One player at this month’s camp that you probably don’t know that much about is Julio Morales. Brian Sciaretta gets you caught up to date on Mr. Morales. It looks like Morales might not be able to play in the friendlies just yet (although he can still participate in the camp) as he has to file a one-time switch with FIFA since he played with Mexico at the 2013 U-20 World Cup.
Much like Brad Friedel with the U-20 team, another former player, Carlos Bocanegra, is helping out as a coach this month.
Kyle McCarthy takes a look at the mixture of vets and youth as camp begins.
In other USMNT news, CONCACAF has moved up the start of the final round of World Cup qualifying (a.k.a. The Hex) by three months to November of 2016 due to FIFA eliminating some international fixture dates in 2017. The draw for the first round will take place on Thursday, but the US won’t enter qualification until the fourth round, beginning in November of 2015. Yes, the whole cycle is about to start up again.
And we might know about two more friendlies for this year as Fox Sports ran this graphic during Friday’s U-20 game, which shows games against Australia and Ghana for later this year.
Speaking of Mr. Zelalem, the guys over at The Short Fuse have a little write- up on the savoir of American soccer Arsenal prospect.
Moving onto some club news.
All signs are pointingtowards Mix Diskerud signing with NYCFC later today (or this week).
There was some more Jozy Altidore-to-MLS chatter over the weekend and Toronto FC appears to have the edge at the moment. If this were to go down, I am just going to pretend that this was some mastermind of Klinsi to get Michael Bradley and Jozy practicing together everyday.
Heath Pearce didn’t come to terms with Orlando City after being taken in the expansion draft, so he might be looking to take his talents to Europe. Pearce began his professional career in Denmark with FC Nordsjælland and also played with Hansa Rostock in Germany so he does have experience abroad.
I can’t find much more on this, but Frank Simek’s wikipedia page has been updated that he is now with Sông Lam Nghệ An in Vietnam. As one would expect, it is not easy to find solid information on this team or league.
One player who is rumored to be missing from this roster is Landon Donovan. If Landon does not get called in, you would have to think he would be called in with the guys for the Gold Cup.
Speaking of that Gold Cup roster, it looks like they will have their own friendly against Guatemala down in San Diego before the tournament begins on July 9. But US Soccer has not officially announced anything yet.
We told you about the Gold Cup getting a new trophy last week. Well, here it is and it sort of looks like the old trophy.
With all these different USMNT rosters, Brian Sciaretta takes a guess at both rosters.
Jozy Altidore was named to the De Telegraaf Eredivisie Team of the Season. And here are two photos of Jozy holding the Dutch Cup after last week’s victory: Photo 1 & Photo 2.
There was a Sky Sports story that we posted last week about Bursaspor trying to obtain Maurice Edu from Stoke City on a permanent basis and multiple people are telling Greg Seltzer the same.
If Edu does return to Stoke City next season, he along with Brek Shea and Geoff Cameron will look like they play for the Columbus Crew in away games in their new black-and-yellow kits for 2013-14.
Remember when Freddy Adu’s manager at Bahia was fired a week after he joined the club and there was some crazy stat about the club going through 20-25+ managerial changes over the previous 10 years? Well, Bahia fired another manager.
As expected, Steve Cherundolo will be getting a new one-year extension at Hannover 96.
After being released by Carlisle United, Frank Simek is currently on trial with D.C. United even though he would still need to go through the allocation rankings since he has played for the USMNT before. Yay weird MLS rules!
Even with the broken leg, Will Packwood has agreed to a one-year extension with Birmingham City.
Mix Diskerud talked to Goal.com this week about his future with the USMNT and his failed move to Portland.
Tijuana defeated Palmeiras 2-1 last night meaning they will advance to the quarterfinals of Copa Libertadores. Edgar Castillo and Joe Corona both got the start in the win and they will now take on Brazilian side Atlético Mineiro.
Alex Kurial of Yanks Abroad has a story up on how Americans Shane Recklet and Jacob Wilson are trying to help Vasas SC back to the top level of soccer in Hungary.
And go take a look at our cool new Sacha/Over There shirt. They will go up for sale next week.
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.
As Howie posted on Monday, Carlisle United has released Frank Simek.
Mike Grella and Scunthorpe United were officially relegated to League Two this past weekend. Grella is one of six players under contract with the club for the 2013-14 season.
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.
Defender Frank Simek, a member of the 2007 Gold Cup team, will not be retained by League One’s Carlisle United, with whom he spent the last three seasons. He played in 119 league matches over that time, including 38 this season as Carlisle was generally mid-table in the third tier. Previously, he spent several years in the Championship with Sheffield Wednesday after coming up through Arsenal’s youth academy.
What do you foresee next for the rightback? I would guess he’ll settle with another League One or maybe League Two club (the Championship is probably a half-cut above him). Many will speculate MLS (where he’d be subject to the allocation order), but I wonder how much he would consider that given that he has lived in England for more than half of his life.
Howie’s Pick – Stuart Holden (Bolton Wanders – English League Championship)
In a week without a lot of standout performers, why not recognize Stuart Holden for his reserve league performance and return to the squad for Tuesday’s FA Cup match?
Matt’s Pick – Frank Simek (Carlisle United – English League One)
Like Howie said, this week was pretty blah, so I went with Frank Simek. Just giving a lower league guy some love as Simek put in another 90-minute shift at Carlisle United won for the third time in their last five league games and slowly separate itself from the League One relegation zone.
I hope everyone is enjoying some hot dogs and sodas (or beers) today. A couple things to post for today.
Brad Guzan is close to re-signing with Aston Villa after parting ways with the club earlier this summer. I guess new manager Paul Lambert likes Guzan and will let him compete with Shay Given for the starting spot while Alex McLeish saw Guzan more as a back-up.
It looks like Charlie Davies and Sochaux are close to mutually agreeing to part ways. Davies has played in only two games with Sochaux’s first team since his accident. According to his agent, Davies is already talking to some teams in Europe.
Frank Simek officially signed his new contract with Carlisle United. Simek has appeared in over 100 games for Carlisle since joining the team in 2010.
The Houston Chronicle is reporting that Stoke City may make a formal offer to the Houston Dynamo for Geoff Cameron on Thursday. The two sides have been talking for most of this week.
And finally, two things from Greg Seltzer. The “final hurdle” in the Michael Bradley-to-Roma move is the approval of Leandro Greco for his loan move the other way to Chievo. And in Norway, Mikkel Diskerud is back training with Stabæk, although Gent actually have until August 1 to make their decision to buy the midfielder.
For the three other people still awake right now, here are some links (or you are reading this in the morning).
All signs are pointing towards a Michael Bradley move to Roma according to Greg Seltzer. I guess Monaco made a late move for him, but Mr. Bradley wants to stay in Italy.
No word on what is up with Carlos Bocanegra or Maurice Edu, but Alejandro Bedoya has at least returned to training at Rangers. He could still transfer out in the future, but who knows as that whole club is a mess right now.
Nurnberg forward Jann George has been loaned out to Slovakian Super Liga club FK Senica for the upcoming 2012-13 season. FK Senica finished fourth in last year’s Super Liga and will be in next season’s Europa League, entering in the first qualifying round.
I haven’t been fully paying attention to the messy situation at Rangers, but it looks like the clubs is getting pushed towards liquidation. The new possible owner Charles Green might just end up buying the team’s assets and form a new company (Rangers v2.0?). If that were to happen then there is a whole mess about whether the club should be allowed to be in the Scottish Premier League or start all over in the a lower division. Doesn’t look so hot for the “Lone Rangers” (a.k.a. Bedoya/Bocanegra/Edu).
Mike Grella apparently met up with Scunthrope United manager Alan Knill in New York recently to talk. Grella turned down a deal with Bury last week.