One player at this month’s camp that you probably don’t know that much about is Julio Morales. Brian Sciaretta gets you caught up to date on Mr. Morales. It looks like Morales might not be able to play in the friendlies just yet (although he can still participate in the camp) as he has to file a one-time switch with FIFA since he played with Mexico at the 2013 U-20 World Cup.
Much like Brad Friedel with the U-20 team, another former player, Carlos Bocanegra, is helping out as a coach this month.
Kyle McCarthy takes a look at the mixture of vets and youth as camp begins.
In other USMNT news, CONCACAF has moved up the start of the final round of World Cup qualifying (a.k.a. The Hex) by three months to November of 2016 due to FIFA eliminating some international fixture dates in 2017. The draw for the first round will take place on Thursday, but the US won’t enter qualification until the fourth round, beginning in November of 2015. Yes, the whole cycle is about to start up again.
And we might know about two more friendlies for this year as Fox Sports ran this graphic during Friday’s U-20 game, which shows games against Australia and Ghana for later this year.
Speaking of Mr. Zelalem, the guys over at The Short Fuse have a little write- up on the savoir of American soccer Arsenal prospect.
Moving onto some club news.
All signs are pointingtowards Mix Diskerud signing with NYCFC later today (or this week).
There was some more Jozy Altidore-to-MLS chatter over the weekend and Toronto FC appears to have the edge at the moment. If this were to go down, I am just going to pretend that this was some mastermind of Klinsi to get Michael Bradley and Jozy practicing together everyday.
Heath Pearce didn’t come to terms with Orlando City after being taken in the expansion draft, so he might be looking to take his talents to Europe. Pearce began his professional career in Denmark with FC Nordsjælland and also played with Hansa Rostock in Germany so he does have experience abroad.
I can’t find much more on this, but Frank Simek’s wikipedia page has been updated that he is now with Sông Lam Nghệ An in Vietnam. As one would expect, it is not easy to find solid information on this team or league.
While FIFA updated their rankings a week or so ago. Elo, who I personally like a little bit more, finally updated their numbers post-World Cup. The US dropped from #13 to #17. Costa Rica is now #15, while Mexico is now #11.
And finally, we are slowly adding more content to the site aside from highlights and links over the next couple months. I know one interview of someone who plays in Germany will hopefully be up on the site in the next couple of days. There is also going to be some other more opinionated-type stuff on the USMNT coming out soon as well. Plus, I will keep posting Jermaine Jones Instagram photos.
The US U-20 team opened up the 2014 NTC Invitational with a 2-1 win over Chile. The goals were scored by Andrija Novakovich and Zach Pfeffer. Here is who started and this is what they looked like. Next up is Bermuda on Wednesday at 4 PM Pacific.
Jozy Altidore and Jermaine Jones made the rounds at FOX on Sunday. They were on Fox Sports Live and did this podcast (which randomly features a Iowa Hawkeye helmet!). Jermaine also threw out the first pitch at the Dodgers game on Friday.
Jose Torres, Herculez Gomez and Tigres did not qualify for Copa Libertadores after losing to Morelia in the two-legged SuperCopa MX.
Sebastian Lletget had an assist in West Ham’s Development Squad’s 2-2 draw to AFC Hornchurch on Sunday. Lletget is in an interesting spot. He is probably getting too old for regular development squad minutes, but West Ham won’t play him with the first team or loan him out to get minutes.
We had tons of goals this weekend as you can see from all the highlight posts I made over the weekend. You can also see the non-highlights goals on our goal tracker. We also had some youth team/friendly goals this weekend with Danny Barbir scoring with West Brom’s U-18 team and Rubio Rubin scoring twice with Utrecht’s reserve team.
Remember when David Yelldell was a thing and looked like he might be the #3 goalkeeper for the USMNT? Well, he has been hiding on Bayer Leverkusen’s bench the last couple seasons, but he made a nice double save off a penalty kick in a friendly over the weekend.
I made a post about two things yesterday. I have heard from one of our Brazil Bracket Challenge winners, but still waiting to hear back from dmlacey. I also asked for help trying to find the video that they played in the stadiums before the World Cup games. Brian Straus then tweeted it out later in the afternoon and it was on FIFA’s own Youtube channel. Apparently I can find Icelandic third division highlights, but not something this simple on FIFA’s own channel. That said, enjoy the video. I like it.
I will keep this real quick and to the point today.
Cody Cropper is expected to miss the next 2-3 months after undergoing knee surgery this morning. So much for his chance to appear on Ipswich Town’s gameday roster in the next few weeks. He also tweeted the news this morning.
Champions League Bayer Leverkusen (David Yelldell) vs. Barcelona
AZ (Jozy Altidore) vs. Anderlecht (Sacha Kljestan)
Hannover 96 (Steve Cherundolo) vs. Club Brugge
Schalke (Jermaine Jones) vs. FK Viktoria Plzeň
Sporting CP (Oguchi Onyewu) vs. Legia Warsaw
The new Bayer Leverkusen signing received an opportunity to start for the Bundesliga contenders after starter René Adler went down with injury. However, his debut was less than a smashing success as Leverkusen blew a 3-0 lead in a 4-3 DFB Pokal defeat to 2nd Bundesliga Dynamo Dresden.
Fabian Giefer received the start in Leverkusen’s Bundesliga opener, and it did not go well. A disaster of a pass went directly to a Mainz player (it looked like a pass in FIFA when you aim the wrong direction), and then Giefer later suffered a concussion on a blow to the head.
As the lone remaining senior goalkeeper left on the squad, Yelldell looked to have a second chance, but that may not be the case as Leverkusen on Wednesday secured 19 year-old Bernd Leno on a half-season loan from VfB Stuttgart, where he recently was promoted to the senior team after two years as the starter for VfB Stuttgart II. The youngster lacks any Bundesliga experience, but his arrival puts added pressure on Yelldell, especially when you consider some comments from the front office at Leverkusen:
“Bill has in Leverkusen the chance to prove themselves at the highest level and develop, which will surely be a special motivation for him,” Stuttgart’s sporting director Fredi Bobic said in a published on the Web site VfB press release. He showed opposite Rudi Voeller was pleased that “we were able to quickly find a quality solution to this important position and are confident that we will achieve our goals with Bernd Leno’s help this season.”
Leverkusen’s new coach Robin Dutt had after the unconvincing performances by Yelldell in the trophy and Giefer in Mainz (kicker Note 5) found that he was “not three Rene Adler in the squad” did. Director Wolfgang wooden houses outlined the requirements for the new goalkeeper, who is now Bernd Leno, as follows: The Eagle-alternative “should be stronger than the other two, but not in competition to Rene Adler.”
David Yelldell made his debut with Bayer Leverkusen today in the DFB Pokal. Bayer Leverkusen jumped out to a 3-0 lead, but somehow lost the game 4-3 in extra time. Here are some highlights from the match.
Still trying to catch up on some news over the last 24 hours then, BAM, US Soccer drops that Bob Bradley bomb on us. That said, here are some links/news for stuff that has nothing to do with Bob Bradley, US Soccer, Jürgen Klinsmann or Steve Sampson.
David Yelldell has been named starting goalkeeper for Bayer Leverkusen with Rene Adler still recovering from his knee surgery. There was some debate whether Yelldell or 21-year-old Fabian Giefer would get the nod, but Yelldell’s experience looks to have won out.
Staying with the goalkeeper theme, Brian Sciaretta recently talked to Josh Wicks about his first year in Finland with IFK Mariehamn. The former DC United keeper has Mariehamn currently sitting in fifth place of the Finnish Veikkausliiga table.
Greg Seltzer has an interview up with Aalborg forward Chris Rolfe over at MLSsoccer.com. Rolfe talks about playing with confidence after finally being injury-free.
The third qualifying round of Europa League kicked off this week and a few teams with Americans on them played today. A Clint Dempsey-less Fulham drew its first leg against RNK Split, 0-0. Jozy Altidore is still recovering from his hamstring strain, but AZ defeated Jablonec, 2-0, without his services. And Clarence Goodson went the full 90 minutes in a 2-0 loss to Austrian side Ried. Each team will have next week’s second leg to hopefully move onto the playoff round.
With the season opener for Leverkusen (a trip to Mainz on August 7) just 3.5 weeks away, the new signing from Duisberg may be pressed into the lineup as starting goalkeeper Rene Adler will have surgery to remove scar tissue from his knee.
No timetable for return is set, but it seems unlikely that the German international and four-year starting keeper will be back for the start of the Bundesliga campaign. The other keeper, 21 year-old Fabian Giefer, has a total of five senior appearances (and many more with the U-23 Bayer Leverkusen II). Leverkusen will actually open their 2011-12 campaign in the DFB-Pokal with a trip to Dynamo Dresden (most recently notable for hosting Sunday’s USA-Brazil Women’s World Cup semifinal).
Adler figures to return to the starting lineup once healthy, but the recently-signed former 2nd-division keeper certainly has a great opportunity.
Today was one of those days where I have no clue what has happened outside work (today is Thursday, correct?). Just sitting down to finally eat some dinner and weed through the news and links.
While I posted that Alex Zahavi is headed to Portgual on Tuesday night, Greg Seltzer got to the bottom of it. It looks like he extended his contract with Maccabi Haifa and his move to Vitória Setúbal is just a loan deal.
Bayer Leverkusen played 1860 Munich in a preseason friendly in Germany today. It ended in a 0-0 draw with David Yelldell playing the second half for Leverkusen, while Bobby Wood played the last 13 minutes for 1860 Munich. Also, here is an action shot of Wood. I dig Munich’s jerseys this year.
While there has been a lot of chatter about Marcus Hahnemann returning to the MLS recently, it looks like Hull City might be interested in his services.
Kicker is reporting that David Yelldell, who helped guide MSV Duisburg to an 8th-place finish in the 2nd Bundesliga and to the DFB-Pokal Final, has signed with Bayer 04 Leverkusen. Leverkusen (perhaps most memorable to Americans for an unsuccessful stint by Landon Donovan in 2005) finished 2nd in the Bundesliga last year and has long been a decent power within Germany, with their most famous moment coming when they reached the UEFA Champions League final in 2002. They’re in the Champions League again this year, which should give Yelldell, a 29 year-old who spent most of his career floating around the 3rd and 4th divisions of Germany, some opportunities for minutes if he can win the #2 spot behind German international René Adler.
As the article notes, Leverkusen boss Robin Dutt was Yelldell’s manager at Stuttgarter Kickers II in 2002-03 and later the first team of Kickers from 2005-07.
EDIT: It’s been made official during the course of the holiday. This post has been updated to reflect that.