Landon Donovan spoke at a Galaxy town-hall meeting on Sunday and shot down any rumors linking him to Mexico and any winter loans to Europe. Sounds like he wants to rest up before diving back into the MLS/World Cup grind.
As for Clint Dempsey and his rumored loan move to Europe, the latest and the most believable of the moment has him headed back to West London with Fulham for two months. But nothing official has come out yet (The Guardian cites US sources yet everything in the US is citing The Guardian/various European sites. Yay transfer rumors!).
CONCACAF announced the winners of the inaugural CONCACAF awards this past weekend. Tim Howard won Goalkeeper of the Year, while Jurgen Klinsmann won Coach of the Year.
UEFA held its draw for the knockout stages of Champions League and Europa League. In Champions League, Jermaine Jones and Schalke landed Real Madrid. As for Europa League, Brad Friedel and Tottenham will play FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk, while Aron Johannsson and AZ Alkmaar got FC Slovan Liberec.
Bob Bradley has turned down an offer with the Vancouver Whitecaps to seek opportunities overseas. Bob also admits the interest from Norwegian side Stabaek which we posted about a couple weeks ago. Bradley also did an interview recently with KingFut.com.
John Brooks was subbed out of Hertha Berlin’s game in the first half this weekend after being at fault for one of the goals. His manager, Jos Luhukay, also told him (via the press) that he needs to grow up and become an adult.
Who knows if they will continue to scout him or not with the recent firing of Steve Clarke, but it looks like West Brom scouts have been paying attention to Timmy Chandler.
Another Europe-based American is returning to the States. This time, it’s goalkeeper Steve Clark, who was unable to prevent Hønefoss from being relegated (despite playing really well) and sort of became the hipster US goalkeeper while earning accolades in Norway. Columbus sent Seattle a token draft pick because the Sounders had his discovery rights (I think, it’s also possible they just felt like being generous because MLS is weird at times).
After years of playing for the small club in Norway, Clark will be moving to a club just a few hours from his hometown in Michigan. Hopefully he will be able to rent on his MLS salary and not live in a tent in the woods like he did in college.
Columbus has a new coach, former Hammarby boss Gregg Berhalter, who would apparently think highly of Clark because in another move, they shipped their starting keeper for the last two years, Andy Gruenebaum, to Sporting Kansas City.
It’s early, but I wager this basically guarantees that the OT XI Goalkeeper will come from England (Clark was definitely a threat to unseat Howard/Guzan).
The big news of yesterday was Michael Orozco replacing Omar Gonzalez on the USMNT roster as Gonzalez picked up a hip strain. Yet another injury. And this probably means that Matt Besler and Geoff Cameron will get the start at centerback.
Josh Gatt and Molde FK got some much needed three points in a 4-0 win over Kenneth Di Vita Jensen, Steve Clark and Hønefoss. Gatt went the full 90 minutes, picking up a yellow card and laying the ball off to Magnus Wolff Eikrem for Molde’s second goal. Here are the highlights.
Staying in the Bradley family, here is a trailer for the upcoming Bob Bradley/Egypt documentary.
Brek Shea made the travel roster, but did not dress in Stoke City’s 1-1 draw yesterday. I guess Ian Darke talked about it more at halftime, but he also tweeted that they are working on getting him 100% match fit as he finally got over his foot injury. Here is also a story from England where it mentions that Tony Pulis brought Shea to the club with next year in mind.
It is not quite the silly season just yet, but we have our first rumor on a possible Jonathan Spector move to newly promoted Cardiff City.
Honefoss goalkeeper Steve Clark was fined for taunting opponents during the club’s Norwegian Cup match from last week. He was fined 20,000 Norwegian crowns, which the internet tells me is about $3,500 or 1,000 Schrute bucks.
Jon-Paul Pittman was one of 12 players released by Oxford United this week. Pittman scored two goals in 15 appearances in 2012-13.
I posted about Paul Arriola’s move to Tijuana last week and he recently talked to Tom Marshall about making the move.
Finally, both Julian Green and Russell Canouse scored for their teams in German U-19 action and you can view the goals in this U-19 video recap of the weekend (their games are the first two games highlighted in the video). Hell of a strike by Canouse.
Steve Clark and Hønefoss opened up the season falling behind 3-0 and rallied to score two goals, but could not complete the comeback in this 3-2 loss. Clark made a couple nice saves that are in these highlights.