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Just a few things for Friday
   February 6, 2015 (1:09 AM) by Matt Benson
 

It’s almost the weekend, but here are a few things to check out.

First off, welcome Roderick MacNeil to the site.  He is going to helping out now and bringing back The OT Report from the dead.  He did a midweek edition last night.  We are probably going to tweak the format around a little bit.

Tired of fitness-gate yet?  If not, here are more quotes from Jurgen Klinsmann on it and his response to Alexi Lalas’ comments.

Want some photo galleries of the USMNT training this week?  You are in luck here, here and here.

We posted the first rumored leak of the USMNT away jersey for 2015 back in December and another actual photo has leaked, so I updated the original post.

It is likely going to be a sellout, but the US-Mexico friendly in San Antonio has sold more than 50,000 tickets already with less than two months left.

Aron Johannsson scored the game’s lone goal in AZ Alkmaar’s 1-0 win over Ajax yesterday.  Here is his goal in highlight form.  Here is also a photo of him celebrating the goal.  He had to be subbed out due to injury later in the game, but it looks to be a minor ankle injury.

John Brooks is going to have a new manager as Jos Luhukay was fired by Hertha Berlin.  Brooks always seem to butt heads with Luhukay so maybe a new manager will be a nice change of pace.

Not surprising, but after possibly being “screwed over” by Rafa Marquez, A.J. Soares and his agent are scrambling to find a new home.

The Daily Mail (your first sign that it likely wasn’t true) had a report in January that Tim Howard was looking into a possible MLS move.  Everton’s manager Roberto Martinez is expecting Howard to see out his contract at Everton and told the press that Howard is still his #1 keeper.  Nothing to see here.

ESPN’s Jeff Carlisle talked to Tim Ream as he continues to put in solid efforts for Bolton.

Brian Sciaretta caught up with Heath Pearce to talk about his move to Sweden.

And finally, a rumor to keep you pondering over the weekend, Deporte Total USA (I have no clue how good/bad they are, so don’t kill me on this) is reporting that Junior Flores is headed to D.C. United on loan for the 2015 season.

 
Categories: A.J. Soares, Aron Johannsson, Heath Pearce, John Brooks, Junior Flores, Tim Howard, Tim Ream, US Men's National Team
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Heath Pearce returns to Europe
   January 29, 2015 (8:53 AM) by Howie Michaels
 

Back in the day before this site was a thing, Heath Pearce was playing abroad, having success with Denmark’s FC Nordsjælland and mixed results with Hansa Rostock (he was a part-time starter for a Bundesliga team at 24). Injuries and conflicts with club led to Pearce returning to the US and joining up with FC Dallas before bouncing around a few MLS teams.

Most recently, the 30 year-old was selected by Orlando City in the expansion draft but was unable to reach a deal with the Lions, leading him to seek international options (and not just Canada). He’s found one, signing with IFK Göteborg in Sweden. IFK finished 2nd in the Allsvenskan last year, so it’s a legit opportunity.

It’s only a half-season deal, but if he can stay healthy and earn a full-time spot he’ll have a chance to play in Europa League.

 
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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
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U.S. roster for Poland/Colombia friendlies
   September 30, 2010 (3:49 PM) by Howie Michaels
 

Three Americans will look to get their first caps— Schalke midfielder Jermaine Jones, Aston Villa defender Eric Lichaj, and FC Dallas winger Brek Shea. In all, eighteen foreign-based players make the squad, with Shea and FC Dallas teammate Heath Pearce the lone MLS players. Shea and Pearce will not be with the team for the Poland match, as FC Dallas will look to continue their run for the MLS Supporters’ Shield.

Thirteen vets of the World Cup are back along with three more players (Pearce, Örebro midfielder Alejandro Bedoya, Fulham forward Eddie Johnson) that made the 30-man camp in May. Michael Parkhurst, who has been doing well with Nordsjælland in the Danish Superliga, makes his first appearance since the 2009 Gold Cup (and even longer since he appeared with the full A-team).

GOALKEEPERS: Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Tim Howard (Everton)
DEFENDERS: Carlos Bocanegra (Saint-Étienne), Steve Cherundolo (Hannover), Clarence Goodson (IK Start), Eric Lichaj (Aston Villa), Oguchi Onyewu (AC Milan), Michael Parkhurst (FC Nordsjaelland), Heath Pearce (FC Dallas), Jonathan Spector (West Ham United)
MIDFIELDERS : Alejandro Bedoya (Örebro), Michael Bradley (Borussia Moenchengladbach), Maurice Edu (Rangers), Benny Feilhaber (Aarhus), Stuart Holden (Bolton Wanderers), Jermaine Jones (FC Schalke), Brek Shea (FC Dallas)
FORWARDS : Jozy Altidore (Villarreal), Clint Dempsey (Fulham), Eddie Johnson (Fulham)

Who excites you? What lineup would you like to see? Who’s missing?

With just two natural forwards I am curious to see if Bob Bradley tinkers with a 4-2-3-1 or 4-3-3.

I am also somewhat srprised to not see Sacha Kljestan and Mikkel Diskerud. It’s nice to see Michael Parkhurst rewarded for his efforts in Denmark.

 
Categories: Alejandro Bedoya, Benny Feilhaber, Brad Guzan, Carlos Bocanegra, Clarence Goodson, Clint Dempsey, Eddie Johnson, Eric Lichaj, Heath Pearce, Jermaine Jones, Jonathan Spector, Jozy Altidore, Maurice Edu, Michael Bradley, Michael Parkhurst, Oguchi Onyewu, Steve Cherundolo, Stuart Holden, Tim Howard, US Men's National Team
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Thursday Links
   June 3, 2010 (4:55 PM) by Matt Benson
 

Nothing new to report on Jozy Altidore, but here are a couple things to check out.

» What are you looking at? [ESPN Soccernet]

» Dempsey scores with chip, rather than feeling 1 [AP/Yahoo]

» USA’s DeMerit goes from rags to riches [Yahoo]

» Turkish champs nosing around for FCD’s Pearce [MLSsoccer.com]

And continuing with US Soccer’s series on MNT in England, here is Jonathan Spector:

 
Categories: Clint Dempsey, Heath Pearce, Jay DeMerit, Jonathan Spector
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