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Links, links & more links for Tuesday
   July 15, 2014 (12:02 AM) by Matt Benson
 

Let’s dive into this.

The US U-20 team opened up the 2014 NTC Invitational with a 2-1 win over Chile.  The goals were scored by Andrija Novakovich and Zach Pfeffer.  Here is who started and this is what they looked like.  Next up is Bermuda on Wednesday at 4 PM Pacific.

Not surprising, but Freddy Adu was not offered a contract by AZ Alkmaar.

Eric Lichaj was banged up with injuries for most of the second half of last season and it looks like he might be out until September with a groin injury.

You can add Lyon to the growing list of teams interested in DeAndre Yedlin.  Yedlin also became the fifth USMNT player 20 or younger to play at least 100 minutes at a World Cup.

Jozy Altidore and Jermaine Jones made the rounds at FOX on Sunday.  They were on Fox Sports Live and did this podcast (which randomly features a Iowa Hawkeye helmet!).  Jermaine also threw out the first pitch at the Dodgers game on Friday.

Remember the Matt Besler/Freiburg rumor from last week?  Greg Seltzer shot that one down.

Bayern Munich’s website has a new interview with Julian Green up on their site.

Jose Torres, Herculez Gomez and Tigres did not qualify for Copa Libertadores after losing to Morelia in the two-legged SuperCopa MX.

Sebastian Lletget had an assist in West Ham’s Development Squad’s 2-2 draw to AFC Hornchurch on Sunday.  Lletget is in an interesting spot.  He is probably getting too old for regular development squad minutes, but West Ham won’t play him with the first team or loan him out to get minutes.

We had tons of goals this weekend as you can see from all the highlight posts I made over the weekend.  You can also see the non-highlights goals on our goal tracker.  We also had some youth team/friendly goals this weekend with Danny Barbir scoring with West Brom’s U-18 team and Rubio Rubin scoring twice with Utrecht’s reserve team.

Remember when David Yelldell was a thing and looked like he might be the #3 goalkeeper for the USMNT?  Well, he has been hiding on Bayer Leverkusen’s bench the last couple seasons, but he made a nice double save off a penalty kick in a friendly over the weekend.

Greg Seltzer caught up with Terrence Boyd to talk about his move to RB Leipzig.

Tom Marshall talked to Greg Garza about potentially taking over Tijuana’s starting left back spot since Edgar Castillo left the club.

USMNT assistant coach Andy Herzog would like to be the US Olympic team head coach.

CONCACAF president Jeffrey Webb thinks CONCACAF should get more spots for the World Cup.  Based on most ranking metrics out there, CONCACAF outperformed most expectations of the region at the World Cup.

I made a post about two things yesterday.  I have heard from one of our Brazil Bracket Challenge winners, but still waiting to hear back from dmlacey.  I also asked for help trying to find the video that they played in the stadiums before the World Cup games.  Brian Straus then tweeted it out later in the afternoon and it was on FIFA’s own Youtube channel.  Apparently I can find Icelandic third division highlights, but not something this simple on FIFA’s own channel.  That said, enjoy the video.  I like it.

 
Categories: Andrija Novakovich, Danny Barbir, David Yelldell, DeAndre Yedlin, Eric Lichaj, Freddy Adu, Greg Garza, Herculez Gomez, Jermaine Jones, Jose Francisco Torres, Jozy Altidore, Julian Green, Matt Besler, Rubio Rubin, Sebastian Lletget, Terrence Boyd, US U-20 National Team, Zach Pfeffer
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Even more new kits for 2014-15
   July 9, 2014 (9:45 AM) by Matt Benson
 

I have already done two posts before on this subject (here and here), but we have some even more new kits/jerseys/shirts/whatever you want to call them.

So check out after the jump to see new kits for many teams featuring Americans in 2014-15.

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Categories: Alfredo Morales, Aron Johannsson, Bobby Wood, Danny Williams, Eric Lichaj, Eugene Starikov, Fabian Hurzeler, Jonathan Spector, Jozy Altidore, Timothy Chandler, Zak Whitbread
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Some more new kits for 2014-15
   July 4, 2014 (9:00 AM) by Matt Benson
 

I posted a few the other day and some more new kits have come out in the last week or so.

So check out after the jump to see new kits for many teams featuring Americans in 2014-15.

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Categories: Alejandro Bedoya, Caleb Stanko, Duane Holmes, Emerson Hyndman, Eric Lichaj, Jann George, Jozy Altidore, Zak Whitbread
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USMNT right back injury updates
   March 20, 2014 (7:00 AM) by Matt Benson
 

The right back position for the USMNT has been an interesting spot over the last year.

Steve Cherundolo had locked down the position for years, but he officially announced his retirement yesterday.  While Cherundolo has been battling knee issues over the last year, Brad Evans and Geoff Cameron have received most of the starts at the position.

The next guys on the depth chart after those two are likely Eric Lichaj and Timothy Chandler, but both of them are going through some injury issues at the moment.

For Timothy Chandler, his World Cup prospects likely took a big hit as Nurnberg manager Gertjan Verbeek told the press this week that Chandler is likely done for the season with his knee injury.

As for Eric Lichaj, he underwent double hernia surgery this week and no exact timetable has been set for his return.

“We are hoping that Eric will feature before the end of season,” Forest press officer Ben White told MLSsoccer.com on Wednesday.

If I were a betting man, I doubt you will see either in a US jersey come June.

 
Categories: Eric Lichaj, Timothy Chandler
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Friday morning links
   March 14, 2014 (1:17 AM) by Matt Benson
 

So Aron Johannsson is pretty good and scored his 25th goal of the season yesterday.  It wasn’t the prettiest of PKs, but it went in.  Speaking of ArJo, Yanks Abroad’s RJ DeMello wonders about his club future.

Some other stuff posted on the site over the last couple of days.  This appears to be the USMNT away kit for the World Cup.  Will interviewed US U-17 goalkeeper Kevin Silva.  And Molde FK’s Ben Spencer is headed to Indy Eleven on a one-year loan.

The US fell from #13 to #14 in the latest FIFA world rankings.

Brek Shea can’t be loaned out to another team for another three weeks since he returned to Stoke City early after his “finger incident” with some Barnsley fans, but he is aware that he probably needs to head out on another loan to get playing time if he wants to make the World Cup roster.

Danny Williams did not play in Reading’s mid-week game due to some swelling in his knee.

Eric Lichaj’s injury woes continue as he will have to undergo a double hernia operation.

The Bolton News got some quotes from Tim Ream about Stuart Holden’s injury.

DaMarcus Beasley and Michael Orozco (and the rest of Puebla) are not getting paid all their money at Puebla.

Jon Arnold “berated” me for not posting this the other day, but here is his article about Benji Joya and Daniel Cuevas going their separate ways.  You happy now, Jon?!  (For those three people that didn’t pick on up this, I am joking.  Jon is a nice guy.  Sometimes.)

Brian Sciaretta introduces us to Dennis Flores, who just made his Liga Mx debut for Club Leon last weekend.

Gedion Zelalem was called into Germany’s U-17 team for a Euro qualifier.  If he plays, he will never be eligible to play for the US since you can only use your FIFA one-time switch on countries you are eligible for when you play your first official youth game (he is still not a US citizen yet).  Boo.

Speaking of young players, Greg Seltzer takes a look at some first-team prospects of a few younger Americans playing abroad.

 
Categories: Aron Johannsson, Ben Spencer, Benji Joya, Brek Shea, DaMarcus Beasley, Daniel Cuevas, Danny Williams, Dennis Flores, Eric Lichaj, Gedion Zelalem, Kevin Silva, Michael Orozco Fiscal, Stuart Holden, Tim Ream, US Men's National Team
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Some injury updates on Stuart Holden & Eric Lichaj
   March 7, 2014 (6:15 AM) by Matt Benson
 

Bolton manager Dougie Freedman gave a small update on Stuart Holden yesterday.

“It’s disappointing news for us all,” he said. “We don’t know the exact results at the moment, but we feel that it’s the same injury. He’s since had his scans and he’s going to fly back to America to see his specialist on Monday.

“Hopefully he can read his scans and tell us good news, but if not he will need to go into the knee and have a look at it.

“I did go and meet Stuart the following night to have a long chat with him – he’s very positive and no matter what the outcome of this is, he will carry on and keep on going.

“I want to be very clear to everybody that Stuart Holden will be here in some capacity at this football club – he is such a fantastic lad and is a great ambassador for this football club.”

Freedman continued to gush about Holden throughout that update on Bolton’s site.

We also knew that Eric Lichaj limped off the field early for Nottingham Forest last weekend and now we know that he will be out at least a month with a pelvic problem.

Lichaj had been struggling with a pelvic problem in recent weeks and suffered a recurrence of the injury on his return to the team against Wigan last weekend.

The USA international initially sustained the injury against Watford on January 30 and Forest had hoped a month of rest had resolved the issue, but Lichaj had to come off just before half-time during Saturday’s 4-1 defeat at the City Ground.

The Sky Bet Championship club now fear the 25-year-old may require hernia surgery to remedy the problem – similar to that which Andy Reid underwent last week.

 
Categories: Eric Lichaj, Stuart Holden
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Tuesday morning links
   March 4, 2014 (12:03 AM) by Matt Benson
 

As of right now, the US-Ukraine friendly is back on after it looked like it was going to be canceled.  If you have been out of the loop, three players withdrew from the roster on Saturday due to injuries/personal reasons, while Jonathan Spector was called into camp.

US Soccer officially unveiled their new golf polos home World Cup shirts on Monday.  Also, here is a closer look at the font that will be used for the names and numbers.

Sunil Gulati was unanimously re-elected as President of US Soccer.

Roger Bennett is doing a four-part series on the 1994 USMNT and here is part one.

With a lot of US players leaving Europe over the last couple months, Brian Sciaretta takes a look at one player, Geoff Cameron, who is becoming one of the best US players left in Europe.

ESPN’s Jeff Carlisle talked to Will Packwood about his past year which has seen him go from a broken leg to possibly getting his first cap with the USMNT.

There were some rumblings on Twitter over the weekend and now Brek Shea is under investigation over allegedly flipping off some Barnsley fans.

Stuart Holden made his return to the field on Monday with Bolton’s U-21 team only to fall to the ground clutching his knee about 22 minutes into the game.  He was able run off the field after being subbed off so fingers crossed that it is not anything serious.  Here is a whole photo gallery from the game courtesy of Lion of Vienna Suite’s Facebook page.

Eric Lichaj also had to be subbed out early and limped off the field in Nottingham Forest’s game against Wigan over the weekend.

We did have some goals this weekend.  Terrence Boyd scored in Rapid Vienna’s 6-3 loss to Salzburg (highlights).  DaMarcus Beasley saw his daughter be born on Saturday then scored a goal on Sunday (highlights).  Christian Eissele is back at it in Finland and recorded a hat trick for Kemi Kings.  And Mario Rodriguez found the back of the net twice in Borussia Mönchengladbach II’s win on Friday.  As always, you can follow along with our goal tracker.

We also had some goals scored with youth teams.  Paul Arriola scored for Tijuana’s U-20 team in a 3-3 draw on Saturday.  And Emerson Hyndman scored from the penalty spot for Fulham’s U-18 team over the weekend.

Ethan Horvath got the start between the sticks for Molde FK in a friendly against FC Lokomotiv Moscow and here are some highlights.

UMBC goalkeeper Phil Saunders is headed to English League One side Crewe Alexandra for a trial this week.

Speaking of goalkeepers, OT goalkeeper guru Will spoke with some other goalies on a variety of topics, including Howard vs. Guzan.  It is a decent read, so go check it out.

 
Categories: Brek Shea, Christian Eissele, DaMarcus Beasley, Emerson Hyndman, Eric Lichaj, Ethan Horvath, Mario Rodriguez, Paul Arriola, Phil Saunders, Stuart Holden, Terrence Boyd, US Men's National Team, Will Packwood
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Catching up on life and links
   February 19, 2014 (12:01 AM) by Matt Benson
 

A few links from the last few days.

Despite all the craziness going on in Ukraine, the US-Ukraine friendly is still on schedule for March 5 according to US Soccer, but they are monitoring the situation.

In the random USMNT stat department, Leander Schaerlaeckens crunched some numbers to see how much playing time MLS players have been getting for the US in each of the last four World Cups.  That number has dropped from 62.8% in France (1998) to 18.5% in South Africa (2010).  But that number should shoot up this summer with the return of about everyone over the past couple of months.

Jurgen Klinsmann did an interview with FIFA.com last week.

Inside World Foorball has an article about USMNT assistant coach Andi Herzog and his job of scouting/recruiting in Europe.

Here is the first ever The Brad Evans Show with guests (and fellow USMNT teammates) Matt Besler and Mike Magee.  It is not great, but it is not awful.  A lot of awkwardness.  But I am mainly linking it because it is really funny with how much Magee gets legitimately annoyed at Evans for comparing his hair to Landon Donovan.

After missing some time with a stomach virus, Brek Shea came off the bench and played 45 minutes for Barnsley in their 2-0 loss to Wigan Athletic on Tuesday.

Oguchi Onyewu is out of the training room and is running again.  He is not expected to return this weekend for Sheffield Wednesday, but he is getting closer to a full return after picking up a calf injury.

Jonathan Spector played with Birmingham City’s U-21 team on Monday.  Spector has been sidelined since October with a thigh injury.

After we were told that Eric Lichaj was about 7-10 days away from returning with Nottingham Forest, their website now has a story up saying that he is about 10-14 days away from returning after suffering a groin injury.

Kim Tate has a good interview up with Herculez Gomez and Paul Arriola.  We learn that Gomez used to coach a seven-year-old Arriola in San Diego once upon a time.

So the LA Galaxy sent Jose Villarreal on loan to Cruz Azul to likely get some playing time and now Cruz Azul is sending Villarreal to their second-division affiliate Cruz Azul Hidalgo.  Villarreal had appeared in two games with Cruz Azul’s U-20 team so far this season, scoring one goal.

Bob Bradley is working his MLS connections again as goalkeeper Matt Pickens is currently in Norway training with Stabæk.

US U-20 forward Lynden Gooch scored his 10th goal of the season for Sunderland’s U-18 team on Tuesday.

Goalkeeper Zac Lubin has signed with Swedish Division I (third tier) side IFK Luleå.  The Montana native last played with the Seattle Sounders’ U-23 team.

 
Categories: Bob Bradley, Brad Evans, Brek Shea, Eric Lichaj, Herculez Gomez, Jonathan Spector, Jose Villarreal, Lynden Gooch, Matt Besler, Matt Pickens, Mike Magee, Oguchi Onyewu, Paul Arriola, US Men's National Team, Zac Lubin
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Aron Johannsson & Eric Lichaj injury updates
   February 12, 2014 (5:33 PM) by Matt Benson
 

After missing this past weekend’s game with a thigh injury, Aron Johannsson returned to training today.

There is a good chance we see Johannsson this weekend when AZ Alkmaar host Juan Agudelo and FC Utrecht on Saturday.

While there were some small fears that Eric Lichaj’s groin injury could be a hernia, Nottingham Forest manager Billy Davies spoke to the press yesterday after Forest’s 3-0 win over Huddersfield Town.  Davies announced that it is just a groin injury and that they are hoping for his return in 7-10 days (around the 5:00 mark).

 
Categories: Aron Johannsson, Eric Lichaj
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Tuesday linkage
   February 11, 2014 (12:02 AM) by Matt Benson
 

This video pretty much sums up US Soccer right now (minus the cheap shot portion).

I posted a bunch of injury news on Saturday.  As for some more updates, DaMarcus Beasley had to be subbed off the field on Sunday due to a foot injury.  Alejandro Bedoya sat out this weekend’s game with FC Nantes due to a hamstring injury, but he is hopeful he can play next weekend.  Jermaine Jones’ Besiktas debut has been delayed due to a groin injury.

We know Eric Lichaj is going to be out a while, but his groin injury could possibly be a hernia.  And Aron Johannsson missed this weekend’s game with AZ Alkmaar, but he should be returning to training this week.

Sebastian Lletget scored a goal for West Ham United’s U-21 team in a 2-1 loss to Manchester United on Monday.  The goal is Lletget’s fourth of the year with West Ham’s U-21 team.

Stuart Holden is starting to train again with Bolton Wanderers and he received some good news from manager Dougie Freedman last week.  It looks like Freedman and Bolton are going to give him a new contract this summer once his current contract expires.

Kicker is reporting that Fabian Johnson will sign with Borussia Moenchengladbach this summer once his current contract with Hoffenheim expires.

With a bunch of Huddersfield Town’s players returning from injury, manager Mark Robins told the UK press that they might send Duane Holmes out on loan so he can get some playing time.

Another “Jozy Altidore does more than score goals” type story out of Sunderland.  Teammate Adam Johnson had some nice things to say about Altidore’s performance against Newcastle from two weeks ago.

“There is a lot more to him than goals. Against Newcastle he must have been a nightmare to play against. Genuinely, I thought he was awesome.

Even though he scored two goals in a friendly for Bob Bradley’s Stabæk last week, Michael Stephens, as well as fellow American Christian Eissele, are trialing with Swedish side GAIS.

Goalkeeper Alex Horwath has been trialing with Ljungskile SK in Sweden over the last two weeks and he was rewarded with a contract with the club.

Here is a new interview with Fabian Hurzeler where we learn that he also holds a passport with Switzerland to go along with the US and Germany.

And finally, some new jerseys got released this week.  Josh Gatt, Ben Spencer, Ethan Horvath and Molde FK have some new home and away kits for the 2014 season.  While Eric Lichaj and Nottingham Forest have a new third jersey for this year.

 
Categories: Alejandro Bedoya, Alex Horwath, Aron Johannsson, Ben Spencer, Christian Eissele, DaMarcus Beasley, Duane Holmes, Eric Lichaj, Ethan Horvath, Fabian Hurzeler, Fabian Johnson, Jermaine Jones, Josh Gatt, Jozy Altidore, Michael Stephens, Sebastian Lletget, Stuart Holden
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