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Catching up with some links
   December 2, 2014 (12:06 AM) by Matt Benson
 

Haven’t done some links in a while, but here are a bunch of random stuff from recently or two weeks ago (or sometime in the last little bit).  Hopefully my workload will ease up after this week and I could do these more often again.

I posted a couple USMNT tidbits on Friday.

We had some goals this past weekend from Matt Taylor, Rubio Rubin and Cesar Romero.  Two of those three players earned OT’s Player of the Week honors.  And check out our goal tracker for more goals from the last couple of weeks.

Will Packwood picked up a red card in his Colchester United debut over the weekend.

Jose Torres, Herculez Gomez and Tigres knocked out Edgar Castillo in the Liga MX playoffs.

This was like from two weeks ago but John Brooks made Kicker’s Team of the Week, while Timothy Chandler made Bild’s Team of the Week.

According to Lyle Yorks, Jozy Altidore’s agent, there is interest throughout Europe for Altidore.

Juventus is being linked to Erik Palmer-Brown again.

Eric Lichaj apparently has the nickname of “The Rash”.

Rhett Bernstein and Mjøndalen won their promotion playoff and will be playing in Norway’s Tippeligaen next season.

Club America’s Ventura Alvarado has apparently turned down US youth team call-ups in recent years as he holds out hope to play for Mexico.  But another report claims he would be open for a call from the US.

Shane O’Neill is training with Sheffield Wednesday.

Swedish side IFK Göteborg was interested in hiring Bob Bradley, but he wouldn’t be able to bring along one of his assistants so they stopped talking.

Fabian Johnson didn’t travel to Borussia Mönchengladbach’s Europa League game last week due to injury.

While it was first thought that he would be out until January, Joe Gyau has been playing again with Borussia Dortmund’s U-23 team.

Jeff Carlisle did a USMNT report card for 2014.

Gedion Zelalem and Junior Flores squared off against each other in UEFA Youth League action last week with Zelalem’s Arsenal winning 1-0.

The US U-17 team has won its first two games at this year’s Nike International Friendlies.  They take on Brazil later today.

 
Categories: Bob Bradley, Cesar Romero, Edgar Castillo, Eric Lichaj, Erik Palmer-Brown, Gedion Zelalem, Herculez Gomez, Joe Gyau, Jose Francisco Torres, Jozy Altidore, Junior Flores, Matt Taylor, Rhett Bernstein, Rubio Rubin, Shane O'Neill, Timothy Chandler, US Men's National Team, Ventura Alvarado, Will Packwood
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Lots of links before the weekend
   September 26, 2014 (12:01 AM) by Matt Benson
 

Here are a bunch of things from the last couple of days.

Joe Gyau made his first team debut with Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday.  He came off the bench and played the last 16 minutes.  Here are some highlights and an every touch video of his performance.  As for that hugging photo with Jurgen Klopp, that came right after Dortmund scored their first goal right as Gyau was about to sub into the game.

According to NBC’s ProSoccerTalk, Geoff Cameron is expected to return to full training today at Stoke City.

Alejandro Bedoya didn’t play in Nantes’ game over the weekend due to the flu, but he came back and played 84 minutes in a draw to Bastia on Wednesday.  Bedoya also did an interview with FIFA.com this week.

Julian Green missed Hamburg’s mid-week game due to some injured ribs.

Clint Dempsey talked to the website Made Man about his goal against Ghana from the World Cup.

Freddy Adu still exists and finally played for Jagodina in a Serbian Cup win over BSK Borča (highlights).

Stabæk and the Fighting Bob Bradleys were knocked out of the semifinals of the Norwegian Cup by Molde FK this week.  Grant Wahl talked to Bob prior to the game.

While he has a caretaker manager at the moment, Emerson Hyndman went the full 90 minutes in Fulham’s 2-1 win over Doncaster Rovers in the Capital One Cup on Tuesday.

Both Paul Arriola and Alejandro Guido went the distance in Tijuana’s win over Chivas in Copa MX action on Wednesday.  Amando Moreno also came off the bench for the Xolos.

Herculez Gomez and Jose Torres also both went 90 in Tirges’ 1-0 win over Queretaro in Copa MX during the week.

Here are some Nottingham Forest fans singing a song about Eric Lichaj.

Robbie Keane thinks Robbie Rogers should get a look at left back for the USMNT (No Gregory, I am not posting this as a shot at Timmy Chandler.  Just wanted to get that out there in advance. ;) ).

MLSsoccer.com posted their Top 24 players under 24 yesterday.  A few USMNT players (DeAndre Yedlin, Bill Hamid, Luis Gil) on there as well as some possible USMNT hopefuls in the near future (Gyasi Zardes, Wil Trapp).

It might be tough for some of the MLS players to play for the USMNT in the October 10 friendly due to the MLS schedule that week.

Steven Goff has our updated ticket sales numbers for the two October friendlies.  Come on, Boca Raton.

Zarek Valentin is back on the field again as he recovers from his ankle injury.

Marc Heider scored his third goal of the season earlier this week and here are some highlights.

Brian Sciaretta gives us a “scouting report” on West Bromwich Albion’s Danny Barbir.

Don’t have FIFA 15 yet?  Here are some of the ratings for USMNT players on the game.

And finally, we are nearly out of our OT/Sacha Mustache t-shirts, but here is your last chance to get your hands on one.  Some of the ones listed in that post have already been claimed, waiting to hear back from some others, but send me an e-mail if you are interested.

 
Categories: Alejandro Bedoya, Alejandro Guido, Amando Moreno, Bill Hamid, Bob Bradley, Clint Dempsey, Danny Barbir, DeAndre Yedlin, Emerson Hyndman, Eric Lichaj, Freddy Adu, Geoff Cameron, Gyasi Zardes, Herculez Gomez, Joe Gyau, Jose Francisco Torres, Julian Green, Luis Gil, Marc Heider, Paul Arriola, Robbie Rogers, US Men's National Team, Wil Trapp, Zarek Valentin
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This international break seems really long links
   September 9, 2014 (12:02 AM) by Matt Benson
 

Only having one game this international break is making this week seem really long and boring (damn you, Colombia).  Here are a few links.

Julian Green is now at Hamburg and training (photo).  Greg Seltzer got a couple quotes from Green about the move before he headed into the USMNT camp last week.  Seltzer also looks at the playing time situation at Hamburg for Green.

Jurgen Klinsmann wants competition between Brad Guzan and Nick Rimando for the #1 goalkeeper spot.  OT resident goalkeeper guru Will has a couple words on Guzan/Rimando (plus a lot other information on everything US goalkeepers).

Aron Johannsson is hoping to return to the field in October.  And he answered some questions and went kayaking recently.

Jonathan Bornstein has a new teammate at Queretaro.  You might have heard about him before.

The 824234 guys at Tijuana have a new manager in Daniel Guzman.

Brian Sciaretta has talked to Jordan Morris and Andrew Jacobson recently.

Eric Lichaj is ready for the Ryder Cup.

Baltimore is in talks with CONCACAF to host some Gold Cup games next summer.  We should know the final stadiums/locations in the fourth quarter of 2014.

The US U-20 team takes on the Argentina U-20 team later today.  They are 2-0-0 on their trip so far with wins over Racing Club Reserves and Defensa y Justicia Reserves.  Bradford Jamieson IV has the best name ever.  I want him to make it to the USMNT so I can get his jersey someday.

While none of the big boys played this weekend, a lot of the smaller leagues still played and we had goals by Jake Keegan, Irvin Raul Parra, Matt Taylor and Royal-Dominique Fennell.  A couple other guys scored this weekend that I haven’t found highlights of yet, but check out our goal tracker for more information.

 
Categories: Andrew Jacobson, Aron Johannsson, Brad Guzan, Bradford Jamieson IV, Eric Lichaj, Irvin Raul Parra, Jake Keegan, Jonathan Bornstein, Jordan Morris, Julian Green, Matt Taylor, Nick Rimando, Royal-Dominique Fennell, US Men's National Team, US U-20 National Team
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Still catching on things links
   August 8, 2014 (1:13 AM) by Matt Benson
 

I am still catching up on life, but here are a few links from the last week or so while I was gone.

One of the most important players if not the best player in US Soccer history, Landon Donovan, announced his retirement yesterday.  He will play the rest of the 2014 MLS season before officially calling it quits.  The USMNT’s all-time leader in goals (57), assists (57) and games started (141), Donovan brought a lot of joy to US fans over the years.  He scored his first international goal against Mexico and he scored his last USMNT goal against Mexico (highlights of all 57 goals).  Never forget.

As I promised last week, we are starting to add new content to the site aside from links and RJ DeMello started us off last week with an interview with Joe Gyau.  There should also be something else USMNT-centric from another new contributor today.

Of course the weekend that I am gone has 12 goals scored by various Americans throughout Europe, so here are a bunch of GIFs of about half of those goals.  The goal tracker has also been updated with all the goals.

When I left town last week, it looked like Jermaine Jones was headed to Chicago and Sacha Kljestan was headed to the LA Galaxy.  Upon my return, Jones turned down a multi-million dollar deal and Kljestan was still in Belgium with Anderlecht.  Jones has also become friends with Charlie Sheen and Chuck Liddell.

Then Wednesday brought the Mix Diskerud-almost-going-to-Columbus madness.  While the Crew did not land Diskerud, they did sign French-American youth player Romain Gall.

In the never ending DeAndre Yedlin potential transfer saga, Tottenham are the new leaders according to Ives.

It looks like Brek Shea is likely to go out on loan again this season.  Staying at Stoke City, some teams have shown interest in Geoff Cameron, but he is staying with the Potters according to Greg Seltzer.

USMNT vets Clint Dempsey and DaMarcus Beasley both want to continue to play for the US.

Conor O’Brien signed with Austrian Bundesliga side Wiener Neustadt last week.

Aron Johannsson wants to lead the Eredivisie in goals this upcoming season.

Eric Lichaj is finally over his groin injury and returned to training with Nottingham Forest.

Death, taxes and Zak Whitbread injuries.  Whitbread has already injured his back in a friendly and Derby County are hoping he can return to training soon.

Jonathan Bornstein had to leave Queretaro’s Copa MX game earlier this week due to an injury.

ESPN’s Jeff Carlisle caught up with Stuart Holden as he continues to rehab his knee.

Hannover 96 is holding a Steve Cherundolo farewell match this weekend.

Also from last weekend, Bobby Wood assisted on a goal in 1860 Munich’s 3-2 loss to Kaiserslautern.

Sebastien Ibeagha is headed to FC Fredericia for the rest of the season on loan from AC Horsens.

The US U-23 and U-17 teams have been busy lately.  The U-23 team defeated the Bahamas national team 5-1 (highlights).  And the U-17 team are in the semifinals of a tournament in Mexico after winning their first four games (highlights).

In Europa League action yesterday, Pablo Punyed and Stjarnan are advancing to the playoff round, while Mix Diskerud/Rosenborg, Ethan Horvath/Molde and Sean Reynolds/FH have all been eliminated.

Here are some highlights of Ethan Horvath in action between the sticks for Molde II in a recent game.

Bobby Warshaw wrote some words about life as an American player in Europe.

Did you know that League of Ireland Premier Division side Cork City’s manager was born in the US?

 
Categories: Aron Johannsson, Bobby Warshaw, Bobby Wood, Brek Shea, Clint Dempsey, Conor O'Brien, DaMarcus Beasley, DeAndre Yedlin, Eric Lichaj, Ethan Horvath, Geoff Cameron, Jermaine Jones, Joe Gyau, Jonathan Bornstein, Landon Donovan, Mix Diskerud, Pablo Punyed, Romain Gall, Sacha Kljestan, Sean Reynolds, Sebastien Ibeagha, Steve Cherundolo, Stuart Holden, US U-23 National Team, Zak Whitbread
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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.

Read the rest of this entry »

 
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.

Read the rest of this entry »

 
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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