I like numbers and so does Greg Seltzer so he unloads some numbers at us about some Americans in Europe. I wish he would give us a full list of the all-time single-season goals list for AZ Alkmaar now that Jozy Altidore is at 30 across all competitions in 2012-13. I might also be working on something about Herculez Gomez which could be up later today or tomorrow.
Michael Parkhurst has fallen down the depth chart at Augsburg due to missing time with soreness in his knee and having the flu.
I finally found highlights of a Bahia match from down in Brazil from the weekend, but Freddy Adu remained on the bench the whole game. But Adu has made the gameday roster for Wednesday. Hopefully he sees the field and I can find highlights again.
Brad Friedel thinks Gareth Bale is good at soccer and answers some other questions.
Brian Sciaretta introduces us to Desevio Payne. Payne is a 17-year-old right back currently playing with FC Groningen’s youth team in Holland.
Remember how fun and crazy the end of the Premier League was last year? The end of the League One was also pretty crazy this year. Doncaster (second place) played Brentford (third place) over the weekend and Brentford had a stoppage time PK to win the game and give them automatic promotion to the Championship. . . .then this happened.
You may have noticed in The OT Report that Clarence Goodson came off the bench for Brøndby IF this weekend. Goodson has sort of fallen out of the lineup for the club and has voluntarily given up the captain’s armband as well.
I am still looking for highlights of Alejandro Bedoya’s goal from the weekend and this is the best I can do for now. Someone forgot to zoom in.
Staying in Sweden, Paul Torres and Ryan Gracia helped Nyköping (Swedish third tier) upset Kalmar FF (Allsvenskan) in the Swedish Cup. Torres assisted on the first goal of these highlights.
The New York Times has a story up on US U-20 head coach Tab Ramos playing in the 1983 FIFA World Youth Championship.
Dual-citizen Maki Tall has been called into the France U-18 camp/team that will be playing the US and Germany this month.
Devann Yao is continuing his trialing ways, now at English League Two side Chesterfield.
This whole Manti Te’o story has been sadly owning my life today.
In case you missed it earlier today, Sacha Kljestan and Anderlecht advanced to the semifinals of the Belgian Cup. and Michael Bradley had a “hockey” assist in Roma’s win in Coppa Italia action. Such great weight on that pass by Bradley.
Speaking of Kljestan, even the local press are joining in on the mustache fun.
The Shin Guardian breaks out their 23 tickets/boarding passes for the USMNT and the 2014 World Cup.
Mathew Wagner caught up with Michael Parkhurst to talk about his new club Augsburg.
Steve Cherundolo will miss this weekend’s game for Hannover 96 with some knee pain.
FA Cup highlights are hard to come by, but here is short post-game interview with Sturart Holden from yesterday.
He did not get into today’s FA Cup loss to Manchester United, but Sebastian Lletget did make the bench for West Ham United. Getting closer to that first team debut.
While we see players like Edu stuck in no man’s land or the Robbie’s (Findley and Rogers) leaving their clubs, Steve Davis decides to point out the not as cool part of Americans fleeing to Europe to play.
Former NY Red Bull Sacir Hot has signed with Hessen Kassel of the German Regionalliga.
Justin Moose has re-signed with Finnish side SJK. Moose appeared in 23 games last season, scoring one goal.
Here is video of Bryan Meredith being officially introduced at IK Brage.
And finally, I hope this is not true, but it looks like News Corp. might change Fox Soccer in the future to FX2 (or some entertainment-based network) since the station has lost so many league rights over the last couple years. Once next year hits and they lose the Premier League, it won’t have much content on the weekends.
I already posted it earlier today, but it looks like we might see some special centennial USMNT jersey at some point this year.
Graham Zusi retrurns to the US this week to begin training with the USMNT, but he first spoke with Brian Sciaretta about his trial at West Ham United.
His training buddy at West Ham and now with the USMNT, Juan Agudelo, is getting linked some more with a move to Celtic. And possibly Everton. Yay silly season!
Jermaine Jones’ four-game ban has been reduced to three games. And Jones picked up an injury during training camp in Qatar, so I don’t expect him to come back to the US to train/play with the USMNT like he did last year when he had a lengthy suspension around this time.
It looks like only 8,000 tickets have been sold so far for the friendly against Canada.
And one last thing about the USMNT. Tony Beltran kicks off ussoccer.com’s January Camp journal entries.
Stuart Holden will be part of Bolton’s gameday roster for tomorrow’s FA Cup match against Sunderland.
It looks like Clint Dempsey will be looked upon to step up for Tottenham by Andre Villas-Boas while Emmanuel Adebayor leaves for the Africa Cup of Nations.
Not shocking, but Jurgen Klinsmann helped with Michael Parkhurst’s move to Augsburg.
Tony Taylor came off the bench and played nine minutes for Estoril in their 1-0 win over Beira-Mar today. He played in their cup game last week and this was his first league appearance since late November, so he is slowly starting to get some more playing time.
Shawn Parker scored for Mainz in some Winter Cup match/friendly against Borussia Dortmund. And here are some highlights of the goal.
Bruce Arena was asked about Landon Donovan’s future and we really don’t learn anything new.
FD: Landon Donovan? BA: As we get closer to reporting date we’re going to finalize where he’s headed this year.
FD: Sounds optimistic? BA: You never know with Landon, so we’ll see.
Goalkeeper Samir Badr is training with Manchester United this week before reporting to some MLS team’s training camp next month. Badr was supposed to play with Haras El Hodood of the Egyptian Premier League last year before the season was canceled.
Some new jerseys/kits are slowly starting to leak out for next season. Here is Djurgardens IF’s away kit for next season. Hopefully Brian Span will wear it some more in 2013 as he appeared in only nine league games in 2012.
Bob Bradley and Egypt lost 4-2 to Ivory Coast in one of their final friendlies before World Cup qualification resumes in March.
And finally, could Bob and Klinsi battle in the future for a 20-year-old forward? Probably not, but Amro Tarek Abd El-Aziz was born in the US and is apparently being looked at by US scouts according to that article, although he last played for Egypt’s U-20 team. He has scored one goal in 13 appearances with Wolfsburg II in the German Regionalliga in 2012-13.
Michael Parkhurst, out of contract with Danish champions Nordsjælland, has landed in a top five league. He has signed with Augsburg, currently sitting 17th in the Bundesliga.
Augsburg has enjoyed a decade-long rise. They were in the 4th division in 2001-02 and were in the 3rd division as recently as 2005-06. They were promoted to the top tier for the first time after the 2010-11 season.
Famout natives of Augburg include tennis player Philipp Kohlschreiber (a 2012 Wimbledon quarterfinalist ranked #19 in the world) and CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer.
It is hard to imagine both Parkhurst and the Americans at Hoffenheim staying up next year.
15: Wolfsburg 19
16: Hoffenheim: 12 (relegation playoff)
17: Augbsurg: 9 (relegation)
18: SpVgg Greuther Fürth 9 (relegation)
With his move it doesn’t seem likely that he will be at January camp.
Michael Parkhurst went 90 minutes in this 4-1 defeat for Nordsjælland. The loss leaves the defending champions nine points behind perennial power Copenhagen. It may be prove to be Parkhurst’s final match in Demark as he is out of contract.