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Thursday morning links
   September 11, 2014 (1:46 AM) by Matt Benson

One day closer to the weekend.

The big news of yesterday was that Geoff Cameron underwent hernia surgery on Wednesday and will be out for an unknown amount of time.  This has been a disaster of an opening 2014-15 season for Cameron.

As for his Stoke City teammate, Brek Shea looks to be headed to Birmingham City on a loan and will be available for selection this weekend as the Blues take on Leeds United.  Shea will join fellow Americans Will Packwood and Jonathan Spector at the club.

Julian Green’s chances of making his Hamburg debut this weekend are decent as the club is battling a few injuries to some attacking players.

Berti Vogts doesn’t like when Borussia Monchengladbach manager Lucien Favre plays Fabian Johnson at positions that are not named right back.

Greg Seltzer broke out his stat notebook and has a bunch of random numbers for your viewing pleasure.  Based on the old MLS scoring system (two points for a goal, one point for an assist), Jozy Altidore’s 2012-13 was the best by any American in a top-flight league in Europe.

The US U-20 team ended their Argentina adventure with a 1-1 draw to Argentina’s U-20 team.  Zach Pfeffer scored the lone goal for the US.

Jurgen Klinsmann did a Q&A on US Soccer’s website about the young guns and last week’s game.  Remember how we beat the Czech Republic on their home turf?  That same team just beat the Netherlands, 2-1,  in a Euro qualifier this week.

Brian Sciaretta decided to do a transfer report card on seven key Americans.  He likes Johnson’s move to Borussia Monchengladbach the most and I can’t really complain.

Some horrible news for Quentin Westberg and Luzenac as the club has been denied access to Ligue 2.  The club is not even allowed to go back to the National (third tier) so it will now play in the the amateur seventh division with all current players released of their contracts.

Christopher McCollum caught up with Brandon Scott to talk about his debut season with Leiknir Reykjavík as they have earned promotion to the Icelandic Úrvalsdeild with two games remaining.

Mike Woitalla introduces us to the latest American teenager being courted by both the US and Mexico.

And finally, we are sort of a big deal in Taiwan.

Categories: Brad Guzan, Brandon Scott, Brek Shea, Edwin Lara, Fabian Johnson, Geoff Cameron, Jozy Altidore, Julian Green, Quentin Westberg, US Men's National Team, US U-20 National Team, Zach Pfeffer

Some links and such for Tuesday
   August 26, 2014 (12:07 AM) by Matt Benson

Let’s get to it.

It is starting to become my super busy time of the year at work so I didn’t have time to do The OT Report.  That said, Steven Goff has you covered with some of the bigger name guys in Europe.

We did have some pretty nice goals this weekend between Conor O’Brien and Cesar Romero.  Shawn Barry also scored in Austria as did Ariel Lassiter in Sweden.  Brad Guzan became the first Aston Villa goalkeeper to record a clean sheet in each of the team’s first two games of a season since David James in 1999-00 with two saves against Newcastle United.  And Bob Bradley and Co took down the Norwegian defending champions Strømsgodset.

At the youth level, Gedion Zelalem went 90 minutes for Arsenal’s U-21 team in a 1-1 draw.  Also at the U-21 level, Cody Cropper and Southampton defeated Sebastian Lletget and West Ham 2-1.  Here are some highlights with Lletget getting an assist at the 3:22 mark.  And Marc Pelosi has come back from his broken leg and started to play again with Liverpool’s U-21 team.

US Soccer’s website put up a Q&A with Tim Howard after he announced his year-long break from the USMNT.  Tim Howard will publish a memoir in December.  And according to our poll from last week, most people think Bill Hamid is the current #3 goalkeeper for the USMNT with Howard sitting out the year.

According to this report out of Germany, Bobby Wood will be called into the USMNT friendly against the Czech Republic.

Jermaine Jones is now in New England.  Here is a photo of him hanging out it with Robert Kraft.

NBC Sports’ Joe Prince-Wright is hearing that Geoff Cameron is getting interest from Lazio and a pretty blah list of Premier League clubs.

Various teams across Europe are interested in a loan deal for Brek Shea according to this report.

The Baltimore Sun’s Ryan Bacic wrote some words on Joe Gyau and his family.

Rubio Rubin did not dress for FC Utrecht this past weekend, but here is a video interview about his debut from two weeks ago (including some highlights from the game).

Here is another story on Quentin Westberg and Luzenac’s current battle in France.

And finally, ESPN’s Doug McIntyre broke out his latest USMNT hot list.

Categories: Ariel Lassiter, Bill Hamid, Bob Bradley, Bobby Wood, Brad Guzan, Brek Shea, Cesar Romero, Cody Cropper, Conor O'Brien, Gedion Zelalem, Geoff Cameron, Jermaine Jones, Joe Gyau, Marc Pelosi, Quentin Westberg, Rubio Rubin, Sacha Kljestan, Sebastian Lletget, Shawn Barry, Tim Howard, US Men's National Team

Links for Thursday
   July 31, 2014 (12:01 AM) by Matt Benson

A few link from the last couple days.

According to a report out of San Antonio, the USMNT will play Colombia in San Antonio in September.

I did a few numbers on players in the English League Championship, so go check that out.

Joe Corona scored his first goal for Tijuana since February of 2013 on Tuesday night.  Check it out here.

Sources are telling Ives that Sacha Kljestan might be headed on loan to the LA Galaxy.  The loan would last through the 2014 MLS season then the Galaxy would hopefully find a way to pay him DP money after that.  Some people are wondering if MLS might create a fourth DP slot.  But obviously this is all speculation at this point.

And it looks like Jermaine Jones is close to signing with the Chicago Fire.

While Matt Besler just got that DP money in Kansas City, Besler told “never say never” about any potential move to Europe in the future.

Impressed by his play so far this summer, FC Utrecht signed Rubio Rubin to a four-year deal yesterday.

Andrew Jacobson was traded from FC Dallas to NYCFC earlier this week then was sent out on loan to Bob Bradley and Stabæk until they actually have a team.

Brian Sciaretta is hearing that Conor O’Brien is set to transfer from OB in Denmark to Wiener Neustadt in Austria.  O’Brien has appeared in only 16 league games for Odense since joining the club last August.

Tim Howard signed a multi-year deal with NBC to work in the booth and in the studio for NBC during its Premier League coverage when it doesn’t conflict with his Everton games.

Goalkeeper Quentin Westberg helped lead Luzenac to a second place finish in the French National (third tier) last season, earning them promotion to Ligue 2, but now their spot in Ligue 2 is in jeopardy since the town/club is so small.

Clutch City Soccer has an interview up with Sebastien Ibeagha.

Emerson Hyndman will be sporting the squad-friendly #28 this season for Fulham.  I bet he will make his senior team debut this year.

US Soccer put up a little video up on US U-20/Hoffenheim midfiedler Russell Canouse.

According to this report out of Germany, assistant coach Andy Herzog has extended his contract with the USMNT through 2018.

Meet a new potential dual-national for the US.  Hey, USSF, get on that.

Both John Brooks and Tim Ream have new away shirts for their respective clubs.

And finally, I am making my annual trip to Chicago to see family and friends (and having fun at Lollapalooza this weekend), so updates might be a little light for me, especially over the weekend.

Categories: Andrew Jacobson, Conor O'Brien, Emerson Hyndman, Jermaine Jones, Joe Corona, John Brooks, Matt Besler, Panos Armenakas, Quentin Westberg, Rubio Rubin, Russell Canouse, Sacha Kljestan, Sebastien Ibeagha, Tim Howard, Tim Ream, US Men's National Team

Stuff for Friday night
   August 10, 2012 (9:11 PM) by Matt Benson

A few guys scored goals today, but I can’t find any highlights as of right now.  Chad Barrett had a good game, getting involved in two of the goals.  As for the goal scorers, Charles Kazlauskas scored a goal in Helmond Sport’s season-opening 2-1 victory over Telstar.  And Jann George (Nurnberg II) and Andrew Wooten (Kaiserslautern II) each scored in their respective Regionalliga games.

Also while looking through the box scores from today, I noticed that Quentin Westberg is no longer with Evian TG.  He got the start at goalkeeper for US Luzenac in their 1-0 loss to Boulogne in the French National (third division) today.

Geoff Cameron made his debut for Stoke City in a friendly against Gruether Furth.  Cameron started the game in the midfield, but played the last 30 minutes or so at centerback.  Here are some highlights of the game.

It looks like Cal FC’s Danny Barrera is on trial at the moment with Derby County.  While Anton Peterlin is on trial at Oxford United.

Former Cal Golden Bear Jacob Wilson has signed with CD Feirense in the Portuguese Liga de Honra (second division).

Jurgen Klinsmann will announce his USMNT roster for the upcoming Mexico friendly via on Sunday at 4 PM Eastern.  Mexico announced its roster earlier today.

Brian McBride and Wembley FC will be playing in the FA Cup tomorrow against Langford FC.

UEFA held its draw for the playoff rounds of Champions League and Europa League earlier today.  Here is a breakdown of all the teams with Americans on them.

I haven’t done new jerseys/kits in a while, so here are a bunch more.

* Bolton Wanderers Third Kit (Tim Ream/Stuart Holden)
* Hoffenheim Away and Third Kit (Danny Williams/Fabian Johnson/Joe Gyau)
* Hannover 96 Away Kit (Steve Cherundolo)
* Roma Third Kit (Michael Bradley)
* Nurnberg Away Kit (Timothy Chandler/Jann George)
* Mainz Away Kit (Jared Jeffrey)

Categories: Andrew Wooten, Anton Peterlin, Brian McBride, Chad Barrett, Charles Kazlauskas, Danny Barrera, Danny Williams, Fabian Johnson, Geoff Cameron, Jacob Wilson, Jann George, Jared Jeffrey, Joe Gyau, Michael Bradley, Quentin Westberg, Steve Cherundolo, Stuart Holden, Tim Ream, Timothy Chandler, US Men's National Team

A whole lot of links for Wednesday
   May 16, 2012 (5:38 PM) by Matt Benson

Do you like links?  Then you will like today’s post.

Still not over Timothy Chandler?  Brian Sciaretta and Ives Galarcep each give their thoughts on Chandler-gate.  I can’t wait until someone named Gate/Gait gets in trouble so we can have Gate-gate.

US U-20 forward Jerome Kiesewetter has left Hertha Berlin and has signed a new four-year deal with VfB Stuttgart.  Kiesewetter is a German-American who played with the US U-18 team at the 2011 Milk Cup and was part of the US U-23/U-20 camp in November.  He leaves behind Alfredo Morales and Anthony Brooks at Hertha Berlin, who were just relegated to the 2. Bundesliga.

With Hapoel Tel Aviv winning the State Cup, Leo Krupnik and Maccabi Netanya will be in next year’s Euopra League.

Mikkel Diskerud wants to make his loan deal to Gent a permanent move.

There are some rumors in Scotland that Dominic Cervi could be headed to MLS this summer.  Cervi has been with Celtic since 2008-09, but has yet to appear in any league games.

Greg Seltzer recently caught up with Gregg Berhalter about his great start to the season at Hammarby.

Seltzer also did an interview with Evian TG goalie Quentin Westberg about his first season in Ligue 1 since 2006.

The Guardian released their team of the year based on the game-by-game player ratings given by the readers and even they are shocked that Clint Dempsey did not make it.  He wasn’t even rated as the top player for Fulham this season.

Sticking with Dempsey, he will be participating in some All-Star game in Miami in June, which will also feature players like Didier Drogba, Lionel Messi and Luis Suárez among others.  It also looks like Carlos Bocanegra and Jozy Altidore will be playing in the game.  Here is the website for the game.

Not quite cool as the OT XI, but has some awards/honors for the various Americans playing abroad.

Brian Sciaretta has an interview up with Sacha Kljestan over at the NY Times soccer blog on Kljestan’s breakout season at Anderlecht.  Based on his quotes in this interview and the fact that he is celebrating his bachelor party this week (according to him on twitter), I don’t think he will be named to the USMNT roster this upcoming Sunday unless some midfielders pick up some injuries.

It should be interesting to see what happens this summer to Stuart Holden and Tim Ream as Bolton announced a plan to slash their wage bill by 50 percent before next season.

And finally, here are some more rumored/leaked kits for next season.

* Everton (Tim Howard) home
* Tottenham (Brad Friedel) away and third
* FC Sochaux (Charlie Davies) home

Categories: Brad Friedel, Carlos Bocanegra, Charlie Davies, Clint Dempsey, Dominic Cervi, Gregg Berhalter, Jerome Kiesewetter, Jozy Altidore, Leo Krupnik, Mix Diskerud, Quentin Westberg, Sacha Kljestan, Stuart Holden, Tim Howard, Tim Ream, Timothy Chandler

Some Saturday odds and ends
   August 20, 2011 (5:29 PM) by Matt Benson

A few random things worth knowing on Saturday.

Brian Sciaretta talked to German-American Fabian Johnson to find out that the 23-year-old midfielder/defender would at least consider a switch to the US if they came calling.   Johnson currently plays at TSG Hoffenheim after stints at 1860 Munich and Wolfsburg.  He has been playing at midfield for Hoffenheim this season, but has made appearances at left back and right back for both 1860 Munich and Wolfsburg.

Like most German-American soccer players, he was born in Germany, but is the son of an American serviceman and he holds a US passport.  Johnson grew up in the German youth system, but has yet to play with the senior team.  If he were to make the swap, he would have to go through FIFA to make the one-time switch to play in an official FIFA game for the USMNT.

While he has not come out and said he would switch, he has at least come out and said he would think it over for the first time.

“I can honestly say that I have not received any phone call [from the USSF],” Johnson added. “So I haven’t really thought it over seriously.”

Jurgen, please call him.

According to this article in the Yorkshire Evening Post, Tony Taylor is on trial at Leeds United.

Youngster Lester Dewee did not play, but he did make the bench in Ängelholm’s 3-1 victory over Degerfors in Swedish Superettan action today.

And finally, Quentin Westberg returned to the bench for Evian TG in their 1-1 draw to Ajaccio today.  After starting the first two games of the season, he is now the number two goalkeeper as Evian signed Brøndby’s keeper Stephan Andersen earlier this week.  While Westberg has played alright, Andersen has much more experience (100+ league games at Brøndby as well as eight games with Denmark’s national team).

I will also announce the winner of the free t-shirt later tonight/early tomorrow.

Categories: Fabian Johnson, Lester Dewee, Quentin Westberg, Tony Taylor
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OT Player of the Week
   August 15, 2011 (9:22 PM) by Matt Benson

Howie’s Pick – Quentin Westberg (Évian TG – French Ligue 1)

Quentin Westberg continued to start in Bertrand Laquait’s absence and picked up a clean sheet in a 1-0 win over Nice. While Laquait will likely return to the lineup when healthy, Westberg is quietly making a case to Jürgen Klinsmann for a call-up.

Matt’s Pick – Chris Rolfe (Aalborg – Danish Superliga)

Speaking of potential USMNT call-ups, Chris Rolfe could be on his way if he continues to find the back of the net much like he did in Aalborg’s 2-1 victory over OB.

Categories: Chris Rolfe, Player of the Week, Quentin Westberg

Évian TG vs. Nice Highlights
   August 14, 2011 (2:14 PM) by Matt Benson

Quentin Westberg got the start between the sticks and picked up a clean sheet in Évian TG’s 1-0 victory over Nice.  Here are some highlights from the match.

Categories: Highlights, Quentin Westberg

Monday night links
   July 25, 2011 (8:00 PM) by Matt Benson

The US U-18ers kicked off the 2011 Milk Cup with a 2-0 victory over Israel.  Goals were scored by Omar Salgado and Jerome Kiesewetter.  I still can’t find any highlights, but here are some photos on the Milk Cup’s facebook page, including some from the US-Israel game (the US decided to break out the 2008 charcoal away jerseys).

The next game will be on Wednesday against Mexico, who lost 2-1 to Georgia today.  The other game in the Elite bracket saw Denmark and Northern Ireland end up in a 1-1 draw.  So a good start to the tournament for the US.  There was also some chatter on Twitter that Bob Bradley was there in attendance (getting a look at potential 2012 Olympic squad players?).

It looks like Anton Peterlin impressed enough during his trial at Walsall as he has accepted a one-year deal with the League One club, who are nicknamed the Saddlers.

While one American impressed during his trial, goalkeeper Chris Konopka did not do enough during his trial with Oxford United as they have decided to not keep him on a permanent basis.

Thanks to Armando for sending this one in, but here is a video interview with Jozy Altidore up on AZ’s official site.

There is a chance Quentin Westberg will be Evian TG’s starting goalkeeper come August 6 when they travel to Brest for the first game of the Ligue 1 season.  Just like the end of last year, starting goalkeeper Bertrand Laquait has picked up an injury and manager Bernard Casoni will have to decide between Westberg and Johann Durand if thigh injury is that bad.  Westberg got the call last year and Evian TG won its last three games with the French-born American between the sticks.

Categories: Anton Peterlin, Chris Konopka, Jozy Altidore, Quentin Westberg, US Men's National Team

Monday news and notes
   June 27, 2011 (5:34 PM) by Matt Benson

The big news of the day is coming out of Portugal were various reports are linking Oguchi Onyewu with a possible move from AC Milan to Sporting CP.  While Onyewu did not play during the 2011 Gold Cup, Sporting are apparently looking to strengthen their backline and have been impressed with Onyewu since his days with Standard Liege.

Also, while looking at Sporting CP facts on wikipedia, this made me laugh for some reason.

Sporting Clube de Portugal, also known as Sporting or Sporting CP, and in English often unofficially and wrongly referred as Sporting Lisbon.

If Gooch does make the move to Sporting, he would be joining a team that finished third in last year’s Primeira Liga and qualified for Europa League.

Jozy Altidore decided to have some fun on twitter today.

Learning Dutch is gona be hard. Can I get the “how to” on Rosetta stone?

Jozy has been rumored/linked to Ajax, PSV Eindhoven and AZ over the last couple weeks, so he could be close to reaching a deal with one of those clubs (or someone else in the Eredivisie) or he is just having fun with his followers (if so, damn him!).

Greg Seltzer has some more transfer stuff up on No Short Corners, including that German side Karlsruher SC are haggling over a fee for Babajide Ogunbiyi with Viborg FF.

For those curious as to whether Quentin Westberg would continue to play with Evian TG, likely as their back-up, since their promotion to Ligue 1 next season, he has resigned with the club.  As we all learned at the end of this season, he is one injury away from getting some valuable playing time.

Defensive midfielder Will Packwood recently signed a two year contract with Birmingham City after spending the previous three years with their academy team.  The 18-year-old is hoping to breakthrough with the first team, although a loan deal to a smaller club to get playing time is more than likely.

American midfielder Steve Arau is one of four players on trial with English League Two side Bradford City as they begin preseason training.

Categories: Babajide Ogunbiyi, Jozy Altidore, Oguchi Onyewu, Quentin Westberg, Steve Arau, Will Packwood

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