Anthony Brooks recently did an interview with Berliner Kurier where he claims that he will make a decision on US vs. Germany in the coming weeks.
Mr. Soccer Insider Steven Goff is being told that Bryan Gerzicich might be making a move to MLS this summer. Greg Seltzer is also hearing the same thing and adds that he has an offer from a team in Belgium.
In the “sounds about right for his crazy career” department, Freddy Adu has been at the club for about a week now and his manager at Brazilian side Bahia has already been fired.
Brian Span and Djurgården’s game against Mjällby on Monday was suspended due to Djurgården’s fans throwing beer bottles onto the field.
Want to see Michael Bradley in an Italian Volkswagen ad? Why not.
US U-20 forward Daniel Cuevas has returned to full training after tearing his meniscus at the CONCACAF U-20 Championship.
Joe Gyau did a Google Hangout with SWOL yesterday where he talked about life in Germany and the USMNT among other things.
You might have seen me post a bunch of the videos already this weekend, but you should probably follow @EveryTouchFooty on Twitter. He/she/it has been posting some great videos of various American players and their every touch in games from this past weekend. If they continue to make these videos, you can expect me to post a lot of them as they give you a decent idea of how someone played aside from the normal 2-3 minute videos with only the goals from the game.
Staying with the U-20 theme, Marc Pelosi had to leave his Liverpool U-21s game this weekend with an injury. And it looks like he broke his leg. That probably knocks him out of this summer’s U-20 World Cup if the US are able to qualify.
Landon Donovan is set to return to the LA Galaxy in late March. No word if/when he plans to return with the USMNT. I’m guessing we won’t see him in a US jersey until May or June.
Alfredo Morales made his 2012-13 senior team debut with Hertha Berlin this weekend. And here is a photo of him and Anthony Brooks celebrating the occasion. Hopefully he is talking in Brooks’ ear about how great it is to play for the USMNT.
I posted some goals from some friendlies last week and it looks like Brian Span has scored again in another one. Hopefully Span can convert this good form into playing time with Djurgården as he appeared in only nine games last season.
Lester Dewee has continued to play/train/trial with Bodens BK and has scored some goals. You can see some photos of some recent friendlies here and a video interview with Dewee right here.
And finally, Robbie Earle thinks Brek Shea can have some success at Stoke City.
The US U-20 roster came out yesterday and you might have noticed Marc Pelosi’s name missing. Well, Pelosi has been named to Liverpool’s Europa League roster for the knockout stages. I doubt he gets much playing time, but his versatility (he has been playing left back, left midfield and central midfield for their U-21 team) was probably wanted as a back-up option.
If you want to rehash the game from Wednesday, the Total Soccer Show has their latest podcast reviewing the game up. If you hate life and don’t want to, at least listen to their fun intro.
Brek Shea is back from getting his visa and is eligible to play in Stoke City’s game against Reading this weekend.
Timothy Chandler was cap tied on Wednesday and Greg Seltzer lists five other guys he would like to see cap tied.
The site should hopefully get back to normal soon, but here are some links from today and the last couple days. I am not going to talk much about the US-Belgium friendly as apparently there wasn’t much to the game and I am guessing most people have already read up on it. That said, here are two “catching up” videos US Soccer did with Sacha Kljestan and Clarence Goodson that I missed earlier this week.
Now for some more club-related news.
Stuart Holden logged another 65 minutes in Bolton’s latest reserve match. There was also some talk that Jurgen Klinsmann was in the stands watching his progress. Hopefully he can return to the first team in the near future.
David Smith talked to Daniel Williams recently about his move from SC Freiburg to TSG Hoffenheim. On top of the move, he signed a new two-year contract that will have him playing with the club until the summer of 2014.
While he hasn’t seen any first team minutes at 1860 Munich this season, it looks like Bobby Wood picked up a knock to his knee during a recent test match. It is the same knee he injured at the end of last season and he will undergo some tests soon to see how bad of an injury it might be.
Another player who hasn’t been seeing the field a lot recently is Jon-Paul Pittman at Oxford United. According to his manager, he hasn’t impressed enough to earn some playing time.
Villyan Bijev apparently has been scoring some goals with Fortuna Düsseldorf’s reserve team since going out on loan. And he recently did an interview with some local press (you have to click the little red arrows for it to scroll to the next questions).
And finally, I missed out on Lester Dewee’s debut with Ängelholm this past weekend. Dewee came off the bench and scored the game-tying goal in injury time. Here is a random photo of him in action from the game.
Brian Sciaretta talked to German-American Fabian Johnson to find out that the 23-year-old midfielder/defender would at least consider a switch to the US if they came calling. Johnson currently plays at TSG Hoffenheim after stints at 1860 Munich and Wolfsburg. He has been playing at midfield for Hoffenheim this season, but has made appearances at left back and right back for both 1860 Munich and Wolfsburg.
Like most German-American soccer players, he was born in Germany, but is the son of an American serviceman and he holds a US passport. Johnson grew up in the German youth system, but has yet to play with the senior team. If he were to make the swap, he would have to go through FIFA to make the one-time switch to play in an official FIFA game for the USMNT.
While he has not come out and said he would switch, he has at least come out and said he would think it over for the first time.
“I can honestly say that I have not received any phone call [from the USSF],” Johnson added. “So I haven’t really thought it over seriously.”
Jurgen, please call him.
According to this article in the Yorkshire Evening Post, Tony Taylor is on trial at Leeds United.
Youngster Lester Dewee did not play, but he did make the bench in Ängelholm’s 3-1 victory over Degerfors in Swedish Superettan action today.
And finally, Quentin Westberg returned to the bench for Evian TG in their 1-1 draw to Ajaccio today. After starting the first two games of the season, he is now the number two goalkeeper as Evian signed Brøndby’s keeper Stephan Andersen earlier this week. While Westberg has played alright, Andersen has much more experience (100+ league games at Brøndby as well as eight games with Denmark’s national team).
I will also announce the winner of the free t-shirt later tonight/early tomorrow.
If you have been living under a rock or don’t have internet, Alejandro Bedoya and Carlos Bocanegra both made moves to Rangers today. The Team America torch has been passed from Fulham to Aston Villa and now to Rangers.
At least one guy in action today as Amaechi Igwe went the full 90 minutes and picked up a yellow card in Babelsberg’s 3-0 victory over Rot-Weiß Erfurt in German 3. Liga action.
Another name to probably cross off the USMNT-Mexico roster list: Eric Lichaj. He picked up a hip injury during Aston Villa’s preseason trip to Hong Kong and is doubtful for the game according to sources close to Soccer by Ives.
The guys over at Yanks Abroad have a few new links to check out. First off, 18-year-old midfielder Lester Dewee has signed a deal with Swedish Superettan club Angelholm FF. Angelholm FF is also the home of American goalkeeper Matt Pyzdrowski. Left back Greg Garza is currently on trial with Norwegian side Valerenga. Garza spent last week on trial with Finnish club FC Honka. And finally, David Smith caught up with midfielder Conor O’Brien to talk about his new season with SønderjyskE.