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Catching up on some links
   May 14, 2013 (11:04 PM) by Matt Benson

Jurgen Klinsmann will announce his roster for the upcoming camp/friendlies/qualifiers on Thursday.  He is going to name about 27 players, which is slightly more than usual, due to seven players sitting on yellow cards and late arrivals into camp.

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.

Carlos Bocanegra is looking forward to returning to Rangers next season, although Bocanegra’s agent tells Greg Seltzer that there is some MLS interest.

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.

The LA Times has a new story up about Bob Bradley.

Brian Sciaretta talked to Alejandro Bedoya recently about his good start to the season and his big summer ahead.

Mix Diskerud talked to 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.

Categories: Alejandro Bedoya, Bob Bradley, Brek Shea, Carlos Bocanegra, Edgar Castillo, Frank Simek, Freddy Adu, Geoff Cameron, Jacob Wilson, Joe Corona, Jozy Altidore, Landon Donovan, Maurice Edu, Mix Diskerud, Shane Recklet, Steve Cherundolo, US Men's National Team, US U-20 National Team, Will Packwood

Tuesday morning linkage
   April 30, 2013 (12:14 AM) by Matt Benson

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.

While one player was relegated, DaMarcus Beasley, Michael Orozco Fiscal and Puebla are officially clear of relegation in Mexico.

Rapid Vienna’s fans are not happy about being in third place and let the team and management know about it.

Harris King has some kind words about Steve Cherundolo.

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.

Bruce Arena thinks Mike Magee should at least be considered for the USMNT.  Possibly a Gold Cup spot if he continues to lead MLS in goals?

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.

Categories: Brad Friedel, DaMarcus Beasley, Desevio Payne, Frank Simek, Freddy Adu, Jozy Altidore, Michael Orozco Fiscal, Michael Parkhurst, Mike Grella, Mike Magee, Steve Cherundolo, Terrence Boyd
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Frank Simek has been released by Carlisle
   April 29, 2013 (1:26 PM) by Howie Michaels

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.

Simek also has three US caps; his most famous moment with the Nats was being substituted right (and causing TV coverage to miss the actual corner kick) before Benny Feilhaber’s volley to beat Mexico in the 2007 Gold Cup final.

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.


Categories: Frank Simek
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OT Player of the Week
   January 14, 2013 (2:17 PM) by Matt Benson

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.

Categories: Frank Simek, Player of the Week, Stuart Holden
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Tottenham vs. Carlisle United Highlights
   September 26, 2012 (3:08 PM) by Matt Benson

Clint Dempsey got another start for Tottenham as they defeated Frank Simek and Carlisle United 3-0 in the Capital One Cup.  Here are the goals.

Categories: Clint Dempsey, Frank Simek, Highlights

A few things for Monday afternoon
   July 9, 2012 (2:53 PM) by Matt Benson

Work and errands are getting in the way today, but here are few things.

Brian Sciaretta has the latest on the Michael Bradley to Roma watch.  This suddenly feels like the world’s longest transfer.

Mike Grella has officially signed with Scunthorpe United.

Anton Peterlin is going on trial at Scottish Premier League side Hearts.

Frank Simek recently did a radio interview over in England.

Carlos Bocanegra is returning to Rangers later this week to talk to the manager.

This article in the Brimingham Mail reports that Paul Lambert will give Brad Guzan a chance to compete with Shay Given for the starting goalkeeper job at Aston Villa.

And finally, Julian Green, a 17-year-old German-American at Bayern Munich, was promoted to the U-19 team for this upcoming season.

Categories: Anton Peterlin, Brad Guzan, Carlos Bocanegra, Frank Simek, Julian Green, Michael Bradley, Mike Grella
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Fourth of July links
   July 4, 2012 (5:07 PM) by Matt Benson

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.

Categories: Brad Guzan, Charlie Davies, Frank Simek, Geoff Cameron, Michael Bradley, Mix Diskerud
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A few links for the late night crowd
   July 3, 2012 (1:31 AM) by Matt Benson

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.

Aston Villa winger Marc Albrighton had some nice things to say about teammate Eric Lichaj this week.

Frank Simek is expected to sign a new deal with Carlisle United this week.

Danny Williams is back on the field playing as Joe Gyau and Williams both played in a recent friendly for Hoffenheim.  It also looks like Williams played at center back.

And finally, Diego Chavarri is now playing with CD Cobresol in Peru this season and he scored a nice goal this past weekend (0:45 mark).  A hat tip to Brian Sciaretta for the goal footage.

Categories: Alejandro Bedoya, Danny Williams, Diego Chavarri, Eric Lichaj, Frank Simek, Joe Gyau, Michael Bradley

I should be in bed, but here are some links
   June 13, 2012 (2:05 AM) by Matt Benson

It is too late, but here are some links.

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.

Frank Simek has verbally agreed to sign a new contract with Carlisle United.

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.

Tijuana midfielder Bryan de la Fuente is in Sweden training with Hammarby this week.

Former USF left back Ben Sweat is also in Sweden, but training with Djurgården.

And finally, Robbie Findley and Nottingham Forest will be wearing these shirts in away games next season.

Categories: Alejandro Bedoya, Ben Sweat, Bryan de la Fuente, Carlos Bocanegra, Frank Simek, Jann George, Maurice Edu, Mike Grella, Robbie Findley
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Here is your US-Antigua & Barbuda pre-game primer
   June 8, 2012 (12:29 AM) by Matt Benson

Here is quick rundown on things you might want to look at before today’s game.

» The game is at 7 PM Eastern on ESPN, ESPN3 and Galavision.

» US Soccer gives us their game notes with their usual stats and facts.  The US has never faced Antigua & Barbuda before.

» Want to know which current USMNTers have the most qualifying experience?  The official MNT blog has you covered.

» This will be Antigua & Barbuda’s first game since beating St. Vincent / Grenadines, 2-1, on April 1.  Not quite a warm-up friendly against Brazil.

» It looks like we won’t have Fabian Johnson or Edgar Castillo available to play due to injuries.  Does Gooch and Goodson start at center back and Bocanegra shifts over to left back or do you start Parkhurst or Cameron at left back?

» About 20,000 tickets have been sold so far.  Yesterday’s opening training session was also canceled due to rain.

» In club news about one USMNTer, Rapid Vienna’s coach still wants Terrence Boyd, but no deal has been completed yet.

» I am also going to talk about the U-20 team real quick, but Omar Salgado is now out 2-3 months with a broken foot that he injured in the U-20’s recent loss to Uruguay.

» And in the “this has nothing to do with the USMNT” department, Frank Simek has been asked by Carlisle United to confirm whether he wants to stay with the club or not.

» And finally, congrats to Clint Dempsey for being named Fulham’s Player of the Year.  This link also has a video with all 23 goals from this past season (although I am still shaking my head at the orange jerseys).

Categories: Clint Dempsey, Frank Simek, Omar Salgado, Terrence Boyd, US Men's National Team

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