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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’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

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.

Categories: Highlights, Tony Taylor
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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.

Categories: Highlights, Tony Taylor
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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

Tony Taylor Eager To Start Europa League With New Club
   July 17, 2013 (6:45 AM) by Jon Arnold


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

Jozy Altidore is already scoring at Sunderland & other links
   July 11, 2013 (12:01 AM) by Matt Benson

Jozy Altidore officially became a member of Sunderland on Monday.  And on Tuesday, he was with the team in Italy and scoring a goal in a preseason friendly.  Here is a photo of Jozy from that game.  And here is a story from Sunderland’s website with some quotes from Altidore about signing with the team.

While Jozy has scored four goals in his last four games with the USMNT, Chris Wondow…..I mean Wondolowski has scored four in his last two games.  And in a cool story, Drew Carey donated some money to two charities in order to buy the “Wondowlowski” jersey.

Jurgen Klinsmann told the press after Tuesday’s game that he did not start Stuart Holden, Oguchi Onyewu or Herculez Gomez due to their prior knee injuries and the turf field at Jeld-Wen Field.

US Soccer has added two videos to their YouTube channel this week, field-level highlights from last Friday’s game against Guatemala and a video of Holden breaking down his first career USMNT goal from 2009.

While Jozy is no longer at AZ Alkmaar, here is what Aron Johannsson and AZ will be wearing next year.  Some interesting collars.

Tony Taylor scored another goal for AC Omonia in a preseason friendly against Xanthi Skoda on Tuesday.  Taylor scored last week against Hapoel Tel Aviv and here are highlights from that game (Taylor’s goal is around the 9:40 mark).

Bryan Gerzicich is now at Hapoel Tel Aviv and Brian Sciaretta got some quotes from him about the move.  Sciaretta also talked to Diego Chavarri about his loan move to Iran.

Here is a story from a local Reading paper on Danny Williams.  It also includes this photo of him from training.

The Daily Mail (yeah, I know) is saying Maurice Edu will be making a permanent move back to Bursaspor.  Edu played in only one league game for Stoke City in 2012-13 before going out on loan to Bursaspor and appearing in 11 league games before ending the season with an injury.

Seb Hines hasn’t been participating with Middlesbrough’s preseason as he continues to rehab from knee surgery.

While he likely won’t play much with Bayern Munich’s senior team during the season, Julian Green continues to see the field with the first team during the preseason.

Michael Hoyos is headed to Greece to play with OFI this upcoming season on a season-long loan.  He also wants to play for the US.

Tyler Ruthven is no longer with IK Brage in Sweden.

Want some news on some youth players?  Emerson Hyndman, FC Dallas head coach Schellas Hyndman’s grandson, has signed an extension with Fulham.  And US U-18 midfielder Omar Thompson has signed a professional contract with Wigan Athletic.

Categories: Aron Johannsson, Bryan Gerzicich, Chris Wondolowski, Danny Williams, Diego Chavarri, Emerson Hyndman, Herculez Gomez, Jozy Altidore, Julian Green, Maurice Edu, Michael Hoyos, Oguchi Onyewu, Omar Thompson, Seb Hines, Stuart Holden, Tony Taylor, Tyler Ruthven, US Men's National Team

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