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A bit of this and that for Tuesday
   August 19, 2014 (12:42 AM) by Matt Benson
 

This weekend was a busy one with tons of players seeing the field throughout Europe.  Here is a quick rundown of how guys did over the weekend.  And as always, our goal tacker is updated with the goals from the weekend with some links to highlights to a few of them.

The big news of the weekend was the professional debut of Rubio Rubin.  Greg Seltzer also recently talked to Rubin about signing with FC Utrecht.

The other odd news of the weekend was the lack of Geoff Cameron in Stoke City’s gameday roster.  While there was first speculation that Mark Hughes was giving extra rest to Cameron and Peter Odemwingie due to the World Cup, it now looks like Cameron is wanting a transfer away from Stoke City.

This weekend also saw Brad Guzan make his 75th straight Premier League start for Aston Villa, the second-longest active streak in the Premier League behind Liverpool’s Simon Mignolet (now at 79 straight starts).

Through two games, Emerson Hyndman has completed 125 passes this season, the fourth most in the English League Championship.  And among Championship players who have attempted at least 100 passes, his 91% completion percentage is the second highest in the Championship.  And there has been a total of 1065 minutes played so far in the Championship by players under the age of 20 with Fulham accounting for 607 of those minutes (57 percent).

Aron Johannsson is going to be out another six weeks after having groin surgery to go along with his ankle surgery from last month.  It will be interesting to see who Jurgen Klinsmann calls into next month’s friendly at forward if he sticks with a European-based roster with Johannsson and Boyd both out with injuries.  Is it finally time to cap Matt Taylor?! (I am joking.)

Seattle Sounders general manager Adrian Hanauer spoke about DeAndre Yedlin’s transfer last Wednesday.  The deal is done, but he won’t be transferred until a later date (since the MLS transfer window is closed and he can’t be loaned back to Seattle?).  Tottenham will “evaluate the situation” at the end of the MLS season once the MLS transfer window opens back up (and see if he can get his UK work permit), although there is a chance he stays in Seattle through the summer of 2015.

People have been asking me a lot recently about anything on Juan Agudelo.  There is nothing new to report that I know of other than he continues to train with Orlando City off and on.

Alfredo Morales and FC Ingolstadt were knocked out of the DFB Pokal by Kickers Offenbach yesterday in a penalty shootout.  Morales went the full 120 minutes and made his penalty attempt.

Will Packwood didn’t play with Birmingham City over the weekend, but he did score a goal with their U-21 team on Monday.

Tony Taylor became a free agent this summer after his contract expired with Omonia Nikosia in Cyprus.  And now the former US youth international is headed to the New England Revolution after the Revolution acquired the forward through a lottery.

ESPN’s Doug McIntyre spoke to Chicago Fire manager Frank Yallop last week and Yallop thinks the Fire are close to signing Jermaine Jones.  McIntyre’s ESPN compadre Jeff Carlisle spoke to a league source who told Carlisle that Jones would “likely” be subject to regular MLS allocation order.  I never understand MLS roster rules.  It is like they are the producers of Paradise Hotel and make up stuff as they go.

Greg Garza did not play with Tijuana last Friday after suffering a nose injury in training which required surgery.  On the Tijuana U-20 front, tilt your computer sideways to see this goal by Amando Moreno from a U-20 game from Friday.

Sticking with odd videos of goals from the weekend, here is Joey Spivack’s first goal of the season for Víkingur Ólafsvík.

Brian Straus with some words on Tim Howard and Tourette syndrome.

US Soccer confirmed the friendly against Ecuador for October 10 last week.  Brian Sciaretta ‏is hearing that US Soccer will add a second game during that international week and it will also take place in the US.

While Germany had the DFB Pokal this past weekend, Borussia Dortmund II had the off week from official games, but both Junior Flores and Joe Gyau (Gyau also scored) played with the U-23 team in a friendly against Wattenscheid last Thursday.

Brooks Lennon made his Liverpool U-21 debut last Wednesday.

Jurgen Klinsmann’s son, Jonathan Klinsmann, did a training stint with VfB Stuttgart last week.

And finally, Timothy Weah, son of the great George Weah, joined Paris Saint-Germain’s academy.  Weah has trained with the US U-14 team recently.

 
Categories: Alfredo Morales, Amando Moreno, Aron Johannsson, Brooks Lennon, DeAndre Yedlin, Emerson Hyndman, Geoff Cameron, Greg Garza, Jermaine Jones, Joe Gyau, Joey Spivack, Jonathan Klinsmann, Juan Agudelo, Junior Flores, Rubio Rubin, Tim Howard, Timothy Weah, Tony Taylor, US Men's National Team, Will Packwood
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Monday morning links
   January 13, 2014 (1:12 AM) by Matt Benson
 

All 26 guys currently in camp for the USMNT this month are headed to Brazil as I type this.  Pleased with the fitness of everyone, Jurgen Klinsmann decided to bring everyone down there for 12 days of training and two closed-door scrimmages.  While back in LA last week, it looks like they decided to play around with a GoPro camera for this training shot.

Once they return back to LA, they will do a little more training before taking on South Korea on February 2 at the StubHub Center.  According to Steven Goff, about 18,000 tickets have been sold so far.  I am wondering if the leaked USMNT shirt will be worn as they are rumored to be coming out in February and South Korea’s red shirt for the World Cup was also leaked this week.  Maybe both teams will be wearing some new gear?

Here is a video talking to a couple of the U-20 players from the last cycle who are in camp right now (Luis Gil, DeAndre Yedlin and Shane O’Neill).

A little recap of the weekend.

Four Americans (Edgar Castillo, Herculez Gomez, Paul Arriola and Joe Corona) saw the field down in Tijuana on Friday as the Xolos notched their first ever home victory over América with Castillo helping setup the game-winning goal (highlights).  Here is also a better look at their new home and road kits for this season.  It looks like their white kits that they wore in the opener were a one off since Atlas wear both red and black.  Too bad as I liked those.

It took 12 days, but we finally had our first goal by an American abroad over the weekend.  Tony Taylor came off the bench and scored a consolation goal in injury time in Omonia Nicosia’s 4-2 loss to Apollon in Cyprus (highlights).  It was Taylor’s third goal of the season.  We had four total goals by this point last year (and I will start up a 2014 goal tracker page this week).

Back in Mexico, Michael Orozco assisted on the game-tying goal in Puebla’s draw to Monterrey (highlights).

In England, we learned that Geoff Cameron shaves his legs.  Cameron and Stoke City lost 5-3 to Liverpool and their horrendous looking shirts.

And Clint Dempsey made his official Premier League return in a 4-1 loss to Jozy Altidore and Sunderland.  He got the start and played 79 minutes, while Sky Sports gave him a “7” rating and said some decent things about his performance.

Making his first start since returning to Fulham and impressed, surging into Sunderland territory but often let down by teammates.

As for Jozy, he came off the bench and “won” a PK which led to Sunderland’s last goal.  Sunderland had only five goals in 10 away games coming into this weekend, yet scored four on Fulham at the once fortress known as Craven Cottage.  Fulham are such a mess this year.

We also had a couple transfers in the last couple days.  Oguchi Onyewu will be joining the 10th team of his career with Sheffield Wednesday.  While Billy Schuler is returning to MLS after two years in Sweden.

And it looks like Michael Parkhurst is also returning to MLS and will be headed to the Columbus Crew after a trade involving a draft pick and allocation money to the New England Revolution according to Ives.

German 3. Liga side Wacker Burghausen were interested in Bobby Wood for a loan deal, but 1860 Munich were not having it.

Despite making only three starts for Oldham Athletic this season, Paul Rachubka has signed a contract extension with the club.

Mix Diskerud told ESPN FC that he has pimped Bob Bradley to Stabæk’s management over the years.

Sticking in Norway, Brian Sciaretta talked to Zarek Valentin about earning promotion last season among other things.

 
Categories: Billy Schuler, Bob Bradley, Bobby Wood, DeAndre Yedlin, Edgar Castillo, Geoff Cameron, Herculez Gomez, Joe Corona, Jozy Altidore, Luis Gil, Michael Orozco Fiscal, Michael Parkhurst, Mix Diskerud, Oguchi Onyewu, Paul Arriola, Paul Rachubka, Shane O'Neill, Tony Taylor, Zarek Valentin
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Omonia Nicosia vs. Apollon Highlights
   January 12, 2014 (10:15 AM) by Matt Benson
 

It took 12 days, but we finally have our first goal of 2014.  Tony Taylor came off the bench and scored in injury time in Omonia Nicosia’s 4-2 loss to Apollon in Cyprus.  Here are the highlights with Taylor’s goal being the last of the bunch.

 
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A couple links for Tuesday
   August 20, 2013 (12:01 AM) by Matt Benson
 

If you missed it yesterday, both Terrence Boyd (three weeks) and Steve Cherundolo (indefinitely) both have injuries that will keep them out for varying lengths.

I was also able to find Julian Green’s goal from the weekend.  Green now has five goals in seven games with Bayern Munich’s U-23 team this season.

Chukwudi Chijindu scored his seventh goal of the season yesterday in Thór’s 2-2 draw to Fylkir in Iceland.  Josh Wicks also started for Thór at goalkeeper.  Chijindu’s seven goals are the fourth most in the Icelandic Úrvalsdeild in 2013.

Sebastian Lletget scored a late game-winning goal for West Ham’s U-21 team in a 2-1 win over Everton on Monday.  Here is a photo of him celebrating with his teammates and another random photo of him from the game.

From this weekend, DaMarcus Beasley “assisted” on an own goal in Puebla’s 4-2 win over Chivas.  His pass was knocked into the goal by a Chivas defender.  You can check it out here at the 1:13 mark.

Here are some field-level highlights from the US-Bosnia game.

Tony Taylor talked to the fine folks over at Yanks Abroad about starting the season at Cypriot side AC Omonia.  They begin their season August 30 at Anorthosis, who finished second last year, one spot above Omonia.

And finally, Landon Donovan did an interview with Julie Stewart-Binks that aired on today’s first episode of Fox Sport 1’s Fox Soccer Daily.  The biggest news to come out of is that Donovan has received multiple offers from teams outside the US for when his contracts ends after this MLS season and that he would be interested if the Galaxy don’t make a competitive offer.

But over a 24-hour period between Sunday and Monday, I was able to watch NBC’s Match of the Day, ESPN FC and Fox Soccer Daily.  It really is a good time to be a soccer fan in the US.

 
Categories: Chukwudi Chijindu, DaMarcus Beasley, Josh Wicks, Julian Green, Landon Donovan, Sebastian Lletget, Steve Cherundolo, Terrence Boyd, Tony Taylor, US Men's National Team
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Tuesday morning links
   August 13, 2013 (1:14 AM) by Matt Benson
 

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.

Speaking of Aron Johannsson, here is a photo of him at camp all decked out in his US gear.  And Greg Seltzer got some quotes from Johannsson.

We are doing a guess the score contest for Wednesday’s game.  Anyone who guesses the correct score will have a chance to win one of our Sacha Kljestan mustache shirtsSo go enter.

The team trained in front of some retired train engine.

With Clint Dempsey absent this trip, Klinsi picked Tim Howard to be the captain.

Another name absent is Timothy Chandler and ESPN’s Doug McIntyre tackles that story.

Brian Sciaretta caught up with Cody Cropper to talk about being called into his first senior team camp.

Graham Ruthven is in Sarajevo and talked to some foreign press to get the Bosnian perspective.

Here are some post-training interviews with Tim Howard and Michael Bradley.

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.

But don’t forget to enter our contest.

 
Categories: Aron Johannsson, Bobby Warshaw, Cody Cropper, Conor O'Brien, Euan Holden, Herculez Gomez, John Brooks, Julian Green, Lester Dewee, Matt Sanner, Michael Bradley, Michael Orozco Fiscal, Oguchi Onyewu, Sebastian Lletget, Tim Howard, Timothy Chandler, Tony Taylor, US Men's National Team
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Omonia vs. Aris Highlights
   August 12, 2013 (11:15 AM) by Matt Benson
 

This was a friendly from over the weekend, but Tony Taylor scored Omonia’s second goal in a 3-0 win over Greek side Aris.  Here is his goal.

 
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Omonia vs. Astra Giurgiu Highlights
   July 18, 2013 (2:41 PM) by Matt Benson
 

Tony Taylor got the start and played 63 minutes in Omonia’s 1-1 draw to Astra Giurgiu in Europa League action.  Here are the goals from the game.

 
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Thursday morning linkage
   July 18, 2013 (12:02 AM) by Matt Benson
 

Jurgen Klinsmann decided to use all four of his post-group stage roster swaps for the Gold Cup.  Looks like he wants to solidify that back with Matt Besler and Omar Gonzalez.  Ticket sales have increased to 43,000 for Sunday’s doubleheader according to Steven Goff.

Jon Arnold wrote another good interview for the site.  It was with Tony Taylor and talks about his move to Cyprus and playing in Europa League.  You should go read it so Jon will do more of these for the site.  Everyone wins!

The German Regionalliga has already started up and Julian Green scored two goals in a 4-2 win on Wednesday.  And someone decided to create a video of his preseason goals with Bayern Munich’s first team.

Diego Chavarri scored in his Iranian debut with Gostaresh Foolad on Wednesday.  And here is an interview that he did with Marca about being an American playing in Iran.

As I posted yesterday, Sebastian Lletget played well in West Ham’s friendly this week.  And here are some video highlights from the game.  He has one shot at the 4:40 mark and shows off some fancy footwork around the 5:50 mark.

I don’t think I posted this last week, but Danny Williams scored a goal in Reading’s friendly against Jon-Paul Pittman and Wycombe Wanderers.  Here is a photo of Williams from the game.

Tim Ream started at left back for Bolton in a preseason friendly against Rotherham United on Tuesday.

Who needs Jozy Altidore when you have Aron Johannsson?  Johannsson scored two goals and recorded an assist in AZ Alkmaar’s 3-0 win in a friendly against MVV.

Timothy Chandler is back from his knee injury and went 90 minutes in Nurnberg’s 3-0 loss to Borussia Monchengladbach in a friendly.

Here is a photo of Brad Friedel sporting Tottenham’s new goalkeeper kit from a recent friendly.

Geoff Cameron wants to impress new manager Mark Hughes.

Tyler Ruthven left the club recently and now goalkeeper Bryan Meredith has left Brage and is currently training with the Seattle Sounders.

Cody Cropper is starting the season with Southampton’s U-21 team.

The Charles Renken and Aubrey Perry traveling summer trial/training party is back at Nyköping.

Former US U-20er Victor Garza is on trial with Turkish club Samsunspor.

And Conor Doyle and Derby County have new away kits for this upcoming season.

 
Categories: Aron Johannsson, Aubrey Perry, Brad Friedel, Bryan Meredith, Charles Renken, Cody Cropper, Conor Doyle, Danny Williams, Diego Chavarri, Geoff Cameron, Julian Green, Sebastian Lletget, Tim Ream, Timothy Chandler, Tony Taylor, Victor Garza
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Tony Taylor Eager To Start Europa League With New Club
   July 17, 2013 (6:45 AM) by Jon Arnold
 

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Cyprus is a tourist haven for its beautiful beaches, historical sites and culinary delicacies. Tony Taylor hasn’t had a chance to experience any of it.

Upon signing on the Mediterranean island, the American forward was whisked straight to Poland to train with his new club, Omonia. He’s been training extensively since the club’s return to Nicosia for more preparation before Thursday’s Europa League match against Astra Giurgiu.

“They look pretty good,” Taylor said of the Romanian opposition. “But I think we all feel we can beat them if we come into the game and give it 100% and are completely focused. We can make a good run. Our goal is to make it to the group stage, but we’re going to take it one game at a time.”

Neglecting the sights for the film room and the training ground looks to be paying off. Taylor has scored in the club’s two most recent friendlies and has a couple other tallies to his name this preseason. He said good movement off the ball had contributed to his hot streak, “and the team feeds me very well, too. The coach speaks with the players to find me, so I make the runs, they get me the ball and I finish. The chemistry’s coming together well.”

Taylor makes it sound simple, but it’s a chemistry he never got to establish when he was playing in Portugal’s top division with Real Estoril. There Taylor, who turned 24 last week, made a career-high 15 appearances in 2012-13, but with 13 of those coming as a substitute he averaged only 21 minutes per match he entered.

“At Estoril I felt like I never really had a chance there, a real chance,” he said. “No matter what I did. I knew it didn’t really have anything to do with my training or with my talent or with my performance when I got in, I just felt I wasn’t really part of their plans there.”

He factors into Macedonian manager Toni Savevski’s plans, and it’s making all the difference so far.

“It’s great,” Taylor said. “You get in there and just feel like you can fly. I’m real happy. All the coaches are positive. The head coach, he likes me a lot, he gives me good pointers, and I’m just real happy.”

He’ll be even happier if Omonia, third-place finishers last season, can get a good result in Bucharest (the match was moved from Giurgiu with its population just more than 50,000. The club itself only recently completed a move from Piolesti in September 2012).

“It’s a dream to play in a European competition,” he said. “I’ve never played in one before, so I’m real excited for it, looking forward to it.”

After all, a man can always go to the beach. The opportunity to play European football? That chance for that comes far less often.

 
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AC Omonia vs. Xanthi Skoda Highlights
   July 11, 2013 (2:49 PM) by Matt Benson
 

As we posted this morning, Tony Taylor scored a goal in a friendly yesterday, a 3-1 win over Xanthi Skoda.  And here is footage of Taylor’s goal.

 
Categories: Highlights, Tony Taylor
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