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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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Alex Zahavi is headed to Portugal
   July 5, 2011 (10:48 PM) by Matt Benson

Alex Zahavi recently signed a deal with Portuguese side Vitória Setúbal according to this report out of Portugal.

As for a refresher, the 20-year-old midfielder was born in the United States to a Portuguese mother and Israeli father.  He has represented Portugal at the U-17 level, but has played with the US U-20 team and the Israeli U-20 team in the last year, so his allegiance is sort of cloudy right now until he decides to make a final decision (he has played more with the Israeli squad in the last six months).

Zahavi signed with Maccabi Haifa of the Israeli Premier League last summer before going out on loan to fellow Israeli Premier League squad Hapoel Acre in February.  With Hapoel Acre, he appeared in 10 games, mostly coming off the bench.

As for Vitória Setúbal, they play in Portugal’s Primeira Liga (top flight) where they finished in 12th place out of 16 teams in 2010-11.  They have never won the top flight league, but finished runners-up in 1971-72.  They do have three Portuguese Cups to their name, most recently in 2004-05.

And my favorite fun fact courtesy of wikipedia:

The official mascot of VitóriadeSetúbal is “Sadinho” a white Sado river dolphin with a Vitória shirt.

Categories: Alexander Zahavi

A bunch of links for Thursday
   February 10, 2011 (3:40 PM) by Matt Benson

It has sort of been a slow news week with the international break (and the canceled US-Egypt friendly), but here are a couple links from the last two days.

The Shin Guardian has a nice interview up with US Soccer President Sunil Gulati.  Whether you like him or not, I do appreciate how open he is most of the time.

Due to some scheduling conflicts, CONCACAF has bumped up the 2011 regional U-20 Championship by a week and it will now take place between March 28 to April 10.  Because of this, it probably means no Juan Agudelo for the USMNT friendlies in late March.

US U-20 winger Alexander Zahavi will be going out on loan to Hapoel Acre for the rest of the Israeli Premier League season.  Zahavi will be looking for playing time as he has yet to play for the Israeli Premier League-leaders Maccabi Haifa in 2010-11.

Speaking of U-20 players/youngsters, Greg Seltzer takes a look at the future of the forward position for the USMNT.

It looks like DC United will be acquiring Charlie Davies on loan after his week trial, but there are still some financial issues that remain unresolved between the two clubs.

Jonathan Spector has missed the last couple West Ham games with a hamstring injury, but he is healthy again and should be option for Avram Grant this weekend as the Hammers take on West Brom.

Finally, Arch Bell caught up with Maurice Edu to talk about Rangers’ quest to win titles in four different competitions this season:  Europa League, Scottish Cup, Scottish League Cup and Scottish Premier League.

Categories: Alexander Zahavi, Charlie Davies, Jonathan Spector, Maurice Edu, US Men's National Team, US U-20 National Team
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Thursday Linkage
   January 27, 2011 (5:56 PM) by Matt Benson

I am starting to get sick, so you are just getting links tonight.

» Feilhaber could stay at Aarhus []

» Bundesliga teams eye Bradley []

» Year of milestones for US U-20 prospect Zahavi []

» UVA ‘keeper finds home in Colombia []

» Lugano signs Cannas to short term deal [Yanks Abroad]

» Fans In The Forefront as USSF Kicks of 2011 [The Shin Guardian]

Also, The Shin Guardian is having a USMNT video contest for those that can edit/make cool videos.  Check that out here.

Categories: Alex Cannas, Alexander Zahavi, Benny Feilhaber, Diego Restrepo, Michael Bradley, US Men's National Team
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Tuesday night links
   November 16, 2010 (9:00 PM) by Matt Benson

A bunch of links for Tuesday.  This is also your last reminder to sign up for our Over There Book/Sticker Contest: Pick the US-South Africa score.  We have some stickers to hand out to the winners and one winner will walk away with a free book (it is sort of like a car, but not really at all).

» Thomas re-ups with Ljungskile [Yanks Abroad]

» Zahavi out to lead US U-20s [Yanks Abroad]

» Pre-Game Presser With Bob [US Soccer]

» New faces aim to impress Bradley []

» Previewing USA friendly vs. South Africa []

» I’d never underestimate Bafana: US coach [Cape Times]

» Somma vows to destroy US [IOL Sport]

Categories: Alexander Zahavi, Michael Thomas, US Men's National Team
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The US U-20 roster is set for Torneo de las Americas
   November 8, 2010 (3:24 PM) by Matt Benson

The US U-20 roster has been selected for Torneo de las Americas, which is taking later this month in Kennesaw, Georgia.  The three-team round robin tournament also features Colombia and Mexico.

US U-20 head coach Thomas Rongen has finalized 18 of the 20 spots with eight guys playing on teams outside the US from six different countries.  The final two places on the roster will be decided during the NCAA College Cup tournament.

Here is a look at the roster with those playing outside the US in bold.

GOALKEEPERS (2): Cody Cropper (Ipswich Town; Athens, Ga.), Eduardo Fernandez (Real Salt Lake AZ; Casa Grande, Ariz.)

DEFENDERS (7): Gale Agbossoumonde (G.D. Estoril Praia; Syracuse, N.Y.), Bryan De La Fuente (Chivas USA; Bell, Calif.), Greg Garza (G.D. Estoril Praia; Grapevine, Texas), Korey Veeder (Crystal Palace Baltimore; St. Petersburg, Fla.), Parker Walsh (Karlsruher SC; Roanoke, Va.)

MIDFIELDERS (5): Sebastian Lletget (West Ham United; San Francisco, Calif.), Alex Molano (NK Dinamo Zagreb; Grapevine, Texas), Amobi Okugo (Philadelphia Union; Sacramento, Calif.), Moises Orozco (Tigres; Oxnard, Calif.), Conor Shanosky (D.C. United, Sterling, Va.), Alex Zahavi (Maccabi Haifa F.C.; Lisbon, Portugal), Cesar Zamora (Chivas USA; Sylmar, Calif.)

FORWARDS (4): Juan Agudelo (New York Red Bulls; Barnegat, N.Y.), Tristan Bowen (Los Angeles Galaxy; Van Nuys, Calif.), Fuad Ibrahim (Toronto FC; Richfield, Minn.), Omar Salgado (Unattached; El Paso, Texas)

What do you think of the roster?  Are you on the Juan Agudelo bandwagon yet after his performance in the MLS playoffs?

Categories: Alex Molano, Alexander Zahavi, Cody Cropper, Gale Agbossoumonde, Greg Garza, Parker Walsh, Sebastian Lletget, US U-20 National Team
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Wednesday Late Night Links
   July 7, 2010 (10:12 PM) by Matt Benson

Before I dive into the links, I highly reccomend ESPN’s “I scored a goal in a World Cup Final” documentary.  Good stuff.

» Best XI:  Alejandro Bedoya [Yanks Abroad]

» Zahavi close to US switch [Yanks Abroad]

» Gkionis to trail at St. Mirren [Yanks Abroad]

» Rapids’ O’Brien flirting with Ireland move []

» Q&A: Bolton midfielder Stuart Holden []

And I totally missed this earlier even though I posted Charlie Davies’ post-game tweet, but he also tweeted this picture before the game.  Good to see CD9 back on the field.

Categories: Alejandro Bedoya, Alexander Zahavi, Ciaran O'Brien, Niko Gkionis, Stuart Holden
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