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An assortment of links for Tuesday
   January 13, 2015 (12:38 AM) by Matt Benson

A bunch of goodies to get into.

The USMNT has begun January’s camp this week in beautiful Southern California.  In case you missed it, Jurgen Klinsmann has called in 28 players for this camp, a mixture of vets and a bunch of youth as he looks towards the Olympic/U-23 team.

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.

Daryl Grove came up with some humorous one-sentence descriptions for each of the players.  Brek Shea’s is easily the best.

Jurgen Klinsmann did not win FIFA Coach of the Year, but he did receive votes from 12 of the 544 voters, including five first-place votes.

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.

The US U-20 team is off to a rough start down in Jamaica, drawing to Guatemala (highlights) and losing to Panama (highlights).  Cameron Carter-Vickers has scored the only goal for the US so far and he spoke to Tottenham’s website about it.  Junior Flores had to leave the Panama game after getting his ankle stepped/rolled on and it sounds like he is in a boot and is on crutches.  That makes me think he will be out for a little while.  Want some goalie critique of the first two games?  Will has you covered.  And finally, Tony Meola spoke to Tab Ramos and Ramos claims Gedion Zelalem is “untouchable until March” when it comes to the U-20 team.

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 pointing towards 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.

And both Steven Goff and Jeff Carlisle are hearing that a couple MLS teams are interested in signing Sacha Kljestan as well as an English League Championship side.

DeAndre Yedlin got the start and played 60 minutes with Tottenham’s U-21 team on Friday.  To go along with the video in the last link, here are some photos from the game.

Cody Cropper had to be taken to the hospital with a head injury on Monday after a collision in Southampton’s U-21 game.  Hopefully this doesn’t become anything serious.

Jonathan Spector is finally healthy again.  Although he didn’t play, he did make Birmingham City’s bench this past weekend in their 3-1 win over Wigan Athletic.

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.

Ventura Alvarado told Brian Sciaretta last week that he would be interested in a US call-up if Klinsmann called.

Since I get e-mailed one every other month by someone wanting to know Freddy Adu’s status, Steven Goff tells us that he is back training in the D.C. area since being let go from Serbia.

Justin Moose will no longer being playing in Finland with SJK as he signed with the Wilmington Hammerheads of USL Pro last week.

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.

Goalkeeper Alex Horwath (not to be confused with U-20 goalkeeper Ethan Horvath) is leaving Sweden and Ljungskile SK and signed with Norwegian second division side SK Brann.  Now Horwath and Horvath will both be in Norway.

Remember when David Yelldell had a hot minute with the USMNT?  He talked about it to Bayer Leverkusen’s website.

Former US U-20 player Fabrice Picault has signed with Sparta Prague in the Czech Republic.

And finally, American-born Ghanaian Koby Osei-Wusu is playing with Ghana’s U-20 team.  And this website doesn’t think highly of US Soccer.

He is one of the young talents recruited and being groomed for the various US national soccer teams through their United States Soccer Development Association (USSDA).

The inclusion of Koby will be a major boost for US soccer which is regarded as a low competitive standard.

Hey Ghana, remember thisOr this?  I do.

Categories: Alex Horwath, Brek Shea, Cameron Carter-Vickers, Carlos Bocanegra, Cody Cropper, David Yelldell, DeAndre Yedlin, Fabrice Picault, Frank Simek, Freddy Adu, Gedion Zelalem, Heath Pearce, Jonathan Spector, Jozy Altidore, Julio Morales, Junior Flores, Justin Moose, Koby Osei-Wusu, Mix Diskerud, US Men's National Team, US U-20 National Team, US U-23 National Team, Ventura Alvarado

Tuesday morning link thing
   July 29, 2014 (12:21 AM) by Matt Benson

Some more links for your Tuesday morning reading pleasure.

Let’s start off with a stupid but awesome USMNT shirt.

Julian Green doesn’t want a loan and wants to break into the Bayern Munich lineup.  Here is also an adorable photo of him as a young kid cheering on Bayern Munich with his dad.

According to Sunderland manager Gus Poyet, Jozy Altidore’s hamstring is now fine.

I posted last week about Danny Williams’ surgery.  It now looks like he was told by the club to have surgery over the summer while he tried to avoid having it.  But he is going to be out several weeks.

Brad Guzan is aware that he has to prove himself if he wants to take over the #1 job for the USMNT.

The player currently in front of him for that spot, Tim Howard, will be wearing purple in away games this season with Everton.

Geoff Cameron talked to the people over at New England Soccer Today about his World Cup experience.

We learned about Terrence Boyd’s ACL yesterday, but here is an interview he did in Germany last week prior to his injury.  And the headline/quote is funny. did a little write up on a few of the Americans who play among the various leagues in Germany.

US U-20 midfielder Eric Lickert was last seen with SC Freiburg’s U-19 team last year, but he signed a professional contract with German 3. Liga side SpVgg Unterhaching for this season.

With the European season starting up, Brian Sciaretta wrote about five prospects who could make their debuts this year.  Mr. Sciaretta also talked to Pablo Punyed last week about playing in Europa League.

Here is a cool photo of Bobby Wood and Brek Shea from this past weekend’s friendly between their respective clubs.

According to this report, Jonathan Spector has a “niggle in his groin.”  I’m assuming that is like a strain.

Jon-Paul Pittman’s trial with English Conference National side Grimsby Town wasn’t very long as they ended up signing him on a one-year deal.

Mukwelle Akale scored a goal for Villarreal’s U-18 team over the weekend and Top Drawer Soccer has the footage of the goal.

Cal Poly’s Ariel Lassiter signed a professional contract with Swedish Superttan side GAIS.  He will now become teammates with Bobby Warshaw.

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.

Categories: Alfredo Morales, Ariel Lassiter, Bobby Wood, Brad Guzan, Brek Shea, Caleb Stanko, Danny Williams, David Yelldell, Devante Parker, Emerson Hyndman, Eric Lickert, Fabian Johnson, Geoff Cameron, Jon-Paul Pittman, Jonathan Spector, Jozy Altidore, Julian Green, Mukwelle Akale, Nicholas Gaitan, Pablo Punyed, Rubio Rubin, Shawn Parker, Terrence Boyd, Tim Howard, US Men's National Team
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Links, links & more links for Tuesday
   July 15, 2014 (12:02 AM) by Matt Benson

Let’s dive into this.

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.

Not surprising, but Freddy Adu was not offered a contract by AZ Alkmaar.

Eric Lichaj was banged up with injuries for most of the second half of last season and it looks like he might be out until September with a groin injury.

You can add Lyon to the growing list of teams interested in DeAndre Yedlin.  Yedlin also became the fifth USMNT player 20 or younger to play at least 100 minutes at a World Cup.

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.

Remember the Matt Besler/Freiburg rumor from last week?  Greg Seltzer shot that one down.

Bayern Munich’s website has a new interview with Julian Green up on their site.

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.

Greg Seltzer caught up with Terrence Boyd to talk about his move to RB Leipzig.

Tom Marshall talked to Greg Garza about potentially taking over Tijuana’s starting left back spot since Edgar Castillo left the club.

USMNT assistant coach Andy Herzog would like to be the US Olympic team head coach.

CONCACAF president Jeffrey Webb thinks CONCACAF should get more spots for the World Cup.  Based on most ranking metrics out there, CONCACAF outperformed most expectations of the region at the World Cup.

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.

Categories: Andrija Novakovich, Danny Barbir, David Yelldell, DeAndre Yedlin, Eric Lichaj, Freddy Adu, Greg Garza, Herculez Gomez, Jermaine Jones, Jose Francisco Torres, Jozy Altidore, Julian Green, Matt Besler, Rubio Rubin, Sebastian Lletget, Terrence Boyd, US U-20 National Team, Zach Pfeffer

News and notes for Friday
   December 16, 2011 (4:23 PM) by Matt Benson

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.

Bolton Wanderers manager Owen Coyle has some nice things to say about Tim Ream.

Eric Lichaj is getting closer to returning to the field for Aston Villa.

US U-20 leftback Danny Potts signed a professional deal with West Ham United.  Potts has been playing with West Ham’s youth teams in recent years and is eligible to play for both the US and England.

John Kretlow of Yanks Abroad talked to Zak Whitbread about returning to the field.

UEFA held its draws for the knockout phases of Champions League and Europa League.  Jozy vs. Sacha.

Champions League
Bayer Leverkusen (David Yelldell) vs. Barcelona

Europa League
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

Enjoy the weekend.

Categories: Cody Cropper, Danny Potts, David Yelldell, Eric Lichaj, Jermaine Jones, Jozy Altidore, Oguchi Onyewu, Sacha Kljestan, Steve Cherundolo, Tim Ream, Zak Whitbread
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David Yelldell may be returning to the bench
   August 11, 2011 (12:14 AM) by Howie Michaels

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.”

Adler is expected to return in October.

Categories: David Yelldell
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Bayer Leverkusen vs. Dynamo Dresden Highlights
   July 30, 2011 (11:21 AM) by Matt Benson

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.

Categories: David Yelldell, Highlights

Hey, some non-Bob Bradley news
   July 28, 2011 (3:22 PM) by Matt Benson

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  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.

The UK’s Time and Star has a nice little feature on Frank Simek.

Conor Doyle received another start for Derby County in yesterday’s preseason friendly against Crewe Alexandra.  It should be interesting to see if Doyle gets more playing time this season.

And we have a Mike Grella sighting!  Grella made his first appearance of the summer for Leeds United in a preseason friendly against Bradford Park Avenue.

Categories: Chris Rolfe, Clarence Goodson, Clint Dempsey, Conor Doyle, David Yelldell, Frank Simek, Josh Wicks, Jozy Altidore, Mike Grella

David Yelldell is going to get his shot at Bayer Leverkusen
   July 12, 2011 (7:36 PM) by Howie Michaels

At least initially.

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.

Categories: David Yelldell
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Some Thursday night housekeeping
   July 7, 2011 (10:19 PM) by Matt Benson

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.

Jermaine Jones is headed back to Schalke on July 22 as no one has offered for him.

I posted last night that DaMarcus Beasley scored a goal in Puebla’s 1-0 victory over Monterrey in a preseason tournament.  Here is a really random camera view of the goal.

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.

Michael Adubato caught up with Nate Weiss to talk about his current situation in Sweden.

Finally, Sky Sports is reporting that Will Packwood will be part of the US U-18 team at this year’s Milk Cup.

Categories: Alexander Zahavi, Bobby Wood, DaMarcus Beasley, David Yelldell, Jermaine Jones, Marcus Hahnemann, Nate Weiss, Will Packwood
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David Yelldell is heading to Bundesliga power Bayer 04 Leverkusen
   July 4, 2011 (9:53 AM) by Howie Michaels

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.

Categories: David Yelldell

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