A few guys in action yesterday. Fresh off a 45-minute performance with Stoke City’s U-21 team on Monday, Brek Shea got the start and played another 45 minutes on Wednesday in Stoke City’s 3-1 win over Walsall in the Captial One Cup.
We had a Freddy Adu sighting on Wednesday. Adu got the start and played 71 minutes in Bahia’s 0-0 draw to Portuguesa in Copa Sudamericana action.
FC Dallas’ Bobby Warshaw made his debut with Ängelholm in Sweden on Wednesday and scored a goal in a 2-2 draw.
Tijuana defeated Firpo, 1-0, in CONCACAF Champions League action on Wednesday. Greg Garza, Joe Corona, Paul Arriola and Bruno Piceno all started for Tijuana, while Edgar Castillo was an unused sub.
Going back to last weekend, Lester Dewee scored his sixth goal of the season in Bodens BK’s 2-0 win over Robertsfors.
After some talk that he was getting some European interest, Landon Donovan has reached an agreement with the LA Galaxy on a new multi-year contract. The deal is rumored to be about $5 million a year, doubling his current contract. And Donovan is not interested in going out on loan during MLS’s offseason.
Donovan’s Galaxy teammate, A.J. DeLaGarza, is committing his international future to Guam. I remember this was talked about earlier this summer.
FC Nantes manager Michel Der Zakarian had some nice things to say about Alejandro Bedoya earlier this week.
A lot can still change, but it doesn’t appear as of right now that Eric Lichaj will be called into the USMNT’s upcoming qualifiers as he wasn’t mentioned on Nottingham Forest’s website as going on international duty.
The big news of yesterday was the release of the USMNT roster for Wednesday’s friendly. It was also announced later that afternoon that Michael Orozco Fiscal had to withdraw due to a hamstring injury. Here is also the usual quote sheet from Jurgen Klinsmann talking about the roster. And Klinsi talked to the Studio 90 people about Aron Johannsson and Anthony Brooks.
Random side tangent, you might notice that I always call him Anthony Brooks rather than John Anthony Brooks. I have always done that since that is how he was listed on US Soccer’s website and referred by the US U-20 coaches two years ago (sort of like how everyone called Danny Williams by Daniel Williams until he finally came into camp and then everyone started calling him Danny). But Klinsi calls him John in the video linked above, so I might be changing that in the near future. Like I said, random. Good talk.
Another player not making this trip is Herculez Gomez. His knee is still bothering him, causing him to get it cleaned out, which means he will be out the next 4-6 weeks and will likely miss September’s qualifiers.
Now onto some club news.
Anthony Brooks played so well for Hertha Berlin over the weekend that he made Whoscored.com’s statistical European Team of the Weekend. Not bad.
Sporting CP are trying to cancel their contract with Oguchi Onyewu, claiming he got his knee scoped in the US without telling them.
FC Dallas is sending Bobby Warshaw on loan to Swedish side Ängelholms FF for the rest of the season. Ängelholms FF already has one American on the roster in goalkeeper Matt Pyzdrowski.
A couple more goals to add to the weekend tally. I posted a photo of Julian Green from his game this weekend where he scored for Bayern Munich II in the German Regionalliga, but some highlights have popped up of his goal. And here are some highlights of Tony Taylor’s goal in Omonia’s preseason friendly win over Aris.
Sebastian Lletget also found the back of the net on Monday, scoring in West Ham U-21’s 3-0 win over Aston Villa. Here is a photo of Lletget celebrating one of the goals from the game with his teammates.
We had some more goals on Monday. Lester Dewee scored a goal in Bodens BK’s 4-2 win over Assi in Swedish Division 2 (fourth tier) action. Bodens BK also have a new American on the team, Matt Sanner, who also scored in the game. Here is an interview with Sanner shortly after joining the team. And Sanner scored another goal while Dewee scored two goals in a 4-1 win last week.
A couple more post-game interviews from the weekend. Here is one with Euan Holden after Bury lost, 2-1, to Oxford United. And one with Conor O’Brien after FC Nordsjælland’s 2-2 draw to Copenhagen. Also of note, O’Brien’s teammate, Morten Nordstrand, had one of the better goals you will ever see in the draw.
And finally, here is a story on James Pallotta, an American who is AS Roma’s majority owner and president.
We had a couple other goals from Wednesday. Daniel Stevens scored his sixth goal of the season in BK-46’s 1-0 win over SalPa in Finland. And in Swedish Division 2 (fourth tier) action, Lester Dewee scored his first of the 2013 season in Bodens BK’s 3-2 loss to Morön. And you can follow along with our goal tracker.
Jonathan Spector has re-signed with Birmingham City. And he apparently “spurned” some Premier League interest to re-sign with the Championship side.
Since Oka Nikolov is headed to MLS, Steve Cherundolo is now the longest-serving active one-club man in the Bundesliga.
Want a photo album of random Clint Dempsey photos from the last 10 years? Here you go.
Tuesday’s USMNT game against Honduras drew a 0.7 rating, which isn’t too bad since it was up against one of the better NBA Finals games in a while (Game 6 of the 2011 NBA Finals is still the best ever and I am only saying that as a Dallas Mavericks fan).
Not that we didn’t already know this, but Michael Bradley is important to the USMNT.
According to this Portuguese report, Tony Taylor may be headed to Cyprus side AC Omonia. They would be playing in the second qualifying round of Europa League next season.
Junior Flores is headed back to Germany to train with Borussia Dortmund’s U-19 team in July.
Stuttgarter Kickers has extended Royal-Dominique Fennell’s contract through 2015. Fennell appeared in only 12 games for the German 3. Liga side in 2012-13 due to a groin injury.
Paolo DelPiccolo is still on trial with the Montreal Impact since returning from Germany and recently played in a reserve league match.
USF left back Ben Sweat went on some trials in Europe last summer and he is at it again. Another Reading United player, Patrick Slogic, is headed to Austria to train.
According to the Mirror (so you know it is 100% true!), Tottenham and Bolton are interested in 18-year-old goalkeeper Charlie Horton. According to this youtube video from a couple years ago, he was born in England but grew up in the US and was/is committed to North Carolina.
It looks like Jurgen Klinsmann would be open to staying on as USMNT manager beyond 2014.
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.