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Sunderland vs. Chelsea Highlights
   April 19, 2014 (2:16 PM) by Matt
 

Jozy Altidore came off the bench and help draw the PK which led to the game-winning goal in Sunderland’s 2-1 win over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.  The loss was only Jose Mourinho’s third ever at Stamford Bridge in 116 total games as Chelsea’s manager and his first ever at Stamford Bridge in Premier League play in 78 games.

 
Categories: Highlights, Jozy Altidore
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A bunch of links for Tuesday
   April 15, 2014 (12:57 AM) by Matt
 

A lot of things to check out.

US Soccer’s website has a bunch of goodies from the last couple of days.  They stopped by Toronto to do a little Q&A action with Michael Bradley.  They also have the latest Road to the Roster podcast up with Jurgen Klinsmann.  He talks about the Mexico friendly and Jozy Altidore among other things.  And they also have a Q&A up with World Cup hopeful DeAndre Yedlin.

The US U-20 team is down in Texas for the Dallas Cup and is already 2-0-0 after the first two games.  They kicked things off with a 3-2 win over River Plate.  Here is a photo of Ben Spencer celebrating after scoring one of the goals.  On Monday, the team defeated Eintracht Frankfurt 3-0.  Here is a photo of Tijuana and US U-20 teammates Paul Arriola and Amando Moreno celebrating the win.  The US leads Group C with six points and will play Tigres on Wednesday as they look to advance to the semifinals.

While we are on the topic of the U-20 team, Brian Sciaretta caught up with Rubio Rubin before the Dallas Cup to talk about the tournament and joining FC Utrecht.  Rubin turned 18 in March, allowing him to sign a professional contract, but Utrecht can’t register his contract until July 1.

We had some goals this past weekend in Europe.  Alfredo Morales scored his first of the season in a 2-1 loss.  Juan Agudelo scored what turned out to be the game-winning goal in Utrecht’s 2-1 win.  And Michael Farfan came off the bench and scored the game-tying goal in Cruz Azul’s 2-2 draw.  The goal earned Farfan a spot on Medio Tiempo’s Team of the Week as a sub.

Back to Agudelo for a second.  Word on the street is that Stoke City manager Mark Hughes flew to Holland to watch him play this past weekend.  And Stoke City will be looking to get a second appeal on his UK work permit at the end of this month or the beginning of May.

Just in case people forgot, Jozy Altidore is one of the good guys.

ESPN FC’s Alex Labidou wrote some words (or typed them) after talking to FC Nantes’ Alejandro Bedoya.

Stuart Holden talked to the fine folks over at Fox Sports about trying to recover from yet another knee injury.  Stu’s sock game was on point.

Here is a really short film on Clint Dempsey by Degree Men, which was apparently directed by Mad Men’s Jon Hamm.  Dempsey also scored two goals this past weekend, giving him six on the season in only 303 minutes in MLS play after scoring only once in 922 minutes last year with Seattle.

A few guys saw the field on Monday.  After battling some swelling in his knee, Danny Williams returned to Reading’s starting lineup and played 61 minutes in a 1-1 draw.  Bobby Wood came off the bench, played 24 minutes and picked up a yellow card in 1860 Munich’s 4-2 loss to Dynamo Dresden.

Over in Sweden, Matt Pyzdrowski went 90 minutes between the sticks while Eric Pothast played 45 minutes and picked up a yellow card in Ängelholm’s 3-2 win over Jönköpings Södra.  And Alex Horwath started at goalkeeper and Brandon McDonald came off the bench for the final two minutes in Ljungskile’s 0-0 draw to Landskrona, which had Andrew Stadler and Paul Torres each go 90 minutes.

So I have decided to learn how to make GIFs since sometimes they are easier to post/watch than some of these weird video players that some highlight sites use (plus GIFs are just awesome).  I practiced a bunch this weekend making a few of the goals scored in MLS play by some World Cup hopefuls, so here they are:  Clint Dempsey 1, Clint Dempsey 2, Chris Wondolowski, Maurice Edu and Kyle Beckerman.  It is a learning process as I try to figure out size and quality while not trying to make these 10 MB files, but it went better than I expected.

 
Categories: Alejandro Bedoya, Alex Horwath, Alfredo Morales, Amando Moreno, Andrew Stadler, Ben Spencer, Bobby Wood, Brandon McDonald, Chris Wondolowski, Clint Dempsey, Daniel Williams, DeAndre Yedlin, Eric Pothast, Jozy Altidore, Juan Agudelo, Kyle Beckerman, Matt Pyzdrowski, Maurice Edu, Michael Bradley, Michael Farfan, Paul Arriola, Paul Torres, Rubio Rubin, Stuart Holden, US Men's National Team, US U-20 National Team
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Catching up on life links
   April 9, 2014 (12:21 AM) by Matt
 

I am still playing catch up on things, but here are a few links from the last couple of days.

Michael Bradley and Chris Wondolowski talked about their goals from last week’s draw to Mexico.

It looks like Jozy Altidore has fallen out of favor at Sunderland at the moment as he didn’t dress on Monday with the senior team and actually suited up with the U-21 team.

A few guys played in the Championship yesterday, but Danny Williams missed Reading’s game with a knee injury, while Oguchi Onyewu picked up a rib injury and missed Sheffield Wednesday’s game on Tuesday.

Julian Green didn’t play with Bayern Munich II over the weekend due to the shoulder injury that he picked up in the US-Mexico friendly.  According to his dad, he will be out a couple weeks.

I guess there might be some interest by West Bromwich Albion for Tim Ream.  Yay UK tabloids!

Marc Pelosi has finally returned to action with Liverpool’s U-21 team after breaking his leg 14 months ago.

On the US U-18 front, forward Dembakwi Yomba has signed with Atletico Madrid, while forward Andrija Novakovich has signed with Reading.

The Fighting Bob Bradleys are in first place of the Tippeligaen after defeating Brann, 2-1, over the weekend.

And finally, there were seven goals scored over the weekend.  I was finally able to update the goal tracker with highlights of six of the seven goals.  Aron Johannsson also got grabbed in the junk.

 
Categories: Andrija Novakovich, Aron Johannsson, Bob Bradley, Chris Wondolowski, Daniel Williams, Dembakwi Yomba, Jozy Altidore, Julian Green, Marc Pelosi, Michael Bradley, Oguchi Onyewu, Tim Ream
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Tuesday morning links
   March 11, 2014 (12:02 AM) by Matt
 

We had a few goals this past weekend.  Aron Johannsson showed off some fancy footwork while scoring a brace in AZ’s 4-0 win (highlights).  Jose Torres found the back of the net for Tigres in their 3-0 win over Cruz Azul (highlights).  Mario Rodriguez, Jann George and Seth Rudolph also scored this weekend and you can always follow along with our goal tracker.

Not that being named OT Player of the Week was enough honors for Mr. Johannsson this week, but he was also named to a couple different Eredivisie Teams of the Week.

Howie posted this yesterday, but Brek Shea’s loan with Barnsley was cut short a few weeks early after an incident with a Barnsley fan where Shea gave the fan “the finger” after the fan was apparently yelling some things at a teammate.

Jozy Altidore did not travel with Sunderland’s team this past weekend and it sounds like it was some illness according to Grant Wahl.

Alejandro Bedoya’s FC Nantes were just hit with a 16-month transfer ban.  While they will be able to sell and release players, they will not be able to sign any new players until the summer of 2015.

Josh Gatt is getting closer to fully returning to the field.  While he thinks it would be possible to return in time for Molde’s season opener on March 28, they might wait a week or two more to make sure everything with his knee is good.

Staying in Norway, Stabæk’s website has a new video interview up with Bob Bradley.

The Men in Blazers’ website has a cool little write-up on two of John Brooks’ tattoos.  Showing some love to both the US and Germany.

As of last Friday, about 35,000 tickets have been sold so far for the US-Mexico friendly in Phoenix.

Jurgen Klinsmann was down in Austin this past weekend getting his hipster on at SXSW.  Also announced at SXSW this weekend is a “Hard Knocks”-type show by ESPN with the USMNT leading up to the World Cup.  One of the co-producers is Jonathan Hock, who did two of my favorite 30 For 30s:  “The Best That Never Was” (Marcus Dupree) and “Survive and Advance” (1983 NC State Basketball Team).  Basically, this should be in good hands.

I know I linked Part 1 of Roger Bennett’s oral history of the 1994 USMNT last week, but here are Part 2, Part 3 and Part 4.

While Footy Headlines is not Todo Sobre Camisetas when it comes to leaked jerseys, it does have a better batting average than some sites out there and they are saying this is the road jersey for the US for the World Cup.  If this is the real deal Holyfield (we are currently in Rumorville at the moment), I think I like it although it does look like a bomb pop.

Here is small interview with Jake Keegan, who is now with Galway FC in Ireland.

And finally, Yannick Smith is now back in the US with USL Pro’s Dayton Dutch Lions FC after playing in Finland with Narpes Kraft last season.

 
Categories: Alejandro Bedoya, Aron Johannsson, Bob Bradley, Brek Shea, Jake Keegan, John Brooks, Jose Francisco Torres, Josh Gatt, Jozy Altidore, US Men's National Team, Yannick Smith
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Tuesday linkage
   February 11, 2014 (12:02 AM) by Matt
 

This video pretty much sums up US Soccer right now (minus the cheap shot portion).

I posted a bunch of injury news on Saturday.  As for some more updates, DaMarcus Beasley had to be subbed off the field on Sunday due to a foot injury.  Alejandro Bedoya sat out this weekend’s game with FC Nantes due to a hamstring injury, but he is hopeful he can play next weekend.  Jermaine Jones’ Besiktas debut has been delayed due to a groin injury.

We know Eric Lichaj is going to be out a while, but his groin injury could possibly be a hernia.  And Aron Johannsson missed this weekend’s game with AZ Alkmaar, but he should be returning to training this week.

Sebastian Lletget scored a goal for West Ham United’s U-21 team in a 2-1 loss to Manchester United on Monday.  The goal is Lletget’s fourth of the year with West Ham’s U-21 team.

Stuart Holden is starting to train again with Bolton Wanderers and he received some good news from manager Dougie Freedman last week.  It looks like Freedman and Bolton are going to give him a new contract this summer once his current contract expires.

Kicker is reporting that Fabian Johnson will sign with Borussia Moenchengladbach this summer once his current contract with Hoffenheim expires.

With a bunch of Huddersfield Town’s players returning from injury, manager Mark Robins told the UK press that they might send Duane Holmes out on loan so he can get some playing time.

Another “Jozy Altidore does more than score goals” type story out of Sunderland.  Teammate Adam Johnson had some nice things to say about Altidore’s performance against Newcastle from two weeks ago.

“There is a lot more to him than goals. Against Newcastle he must have been a nightmare to play against. Genuinely, I thought he was awesome.

Even though he scored two goals in a friendly for Bob Bradley’s Stabæk last week, Michael Stephens, as well as fellow American Christian Eissele, are trialing with Swedish side GAIS.

Goalkeeper Alex Horwath has been trialing with Ljungskile SK in Sweden over the last two weeks and he was rewarded with a contract with the club.

Here is a new interview with Fabian Hurzeler where we learn that he also holds a passport with Switzerland to go along with the US and Germany.

And finally, some new jerseys got released this week.  Josh Gatt, Ben Spencer, Ethan Horvath and Molde FK have some new home and away kits for the 2014 season.  While Eric Lichaj and Nottingham Forest have a new third jersey for this year.

 
Categories: Alejandro Bedoya, Alex Horwath, Aron Johannsson, Ben Spencer, Christian Eissele, DaMarcus Beasley, Duane Holmes, Eric Lichaj, Ethan Horvath, Fabian Hurzeler, Fabian Johnson, Jermaine Jones, Josh Gatt, Jozy Altidore, Michael Stephens, Sebastian Lletget, Stuart Holden
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Links like you have never linked before
   February 6, 2014 (12:32 AM) by Matt
 

Yeah, I am running out of ideas for titles for these posts.

Jurgen Klinsmann did a Q&A on US Soccer’s website and the door is still open for Timothy Chandler and others in Europe.

ussoccer.com : You have stated that the door is still open for players to make their case for the World Cup roster. There are several players in Europe who are experiencing new opportunities with their clubs and others coming back from injury. What do you need to see from them?

JK : “We just want them to be on the field and build their case. We communicate with them, players like Oguchi Onyewu, Tim Ream, and Danny Williams. You have Brek Shea, who went down into the Championship from Stoke to play games and is now playing 90 minutes almost every week. You have Timmy Chandler at Nurnberg, who for six months has been doing a very consistent, good job. Jermaine Jones goes to Besiktas and will pick up the rhythm of playing games again. We follow the players that have injury problems like Steve Cherundolo, who is still having issues, and John Anthony Brooks with Hertha Berlin who is hopefully back next week. Same with Fabian Johnson who broke his arm and is hopefully back next week as well. Being in February and a few months prior to the World Cup, you want to see them all play. You have to give them a clear message that only if you pick up a rhythm and play week-in, week-out, will you complete one of the big keys in order to make the World Cup roster. That’s why we are really happy some of them now are starting to get their rhythm. This all plays a vital role in evaluating them, and then we have to make the vital calls in May.”

Someone told Grant Wahl that US Soccer spent about $500,000 for January’s camp, including the trip down to Brazil.

Oguchi Onyewu had to leave Sheffield Wednesday’s game in the last few minutes of injury time on Sunday due to an injury.  Now we know that it was a calf injury, but no updates on how serious of an injury.

With one centerback hurt, another has returned to full training.  John Brooks returned to Hertha Berlin’s training on Wednesday after tweaking his knee in early January.

Freddy Adu played 45 minutes in a behind-closed-doors scrimmage against Blackpool’s youth team this week and it looks like he is going to continue to train with the club for the rest of the week.

Benji Joya is headed to the Chicago Fire after winning a weighted lottery.  The US U-20 midfielder joins MLS on a one-year loan from Santos Laguna.

Jozy Altidore talked to the Sunderland Echo about his frustration over not scoring much for Sunderland this season.

Juan Agudelo talked to Greg Seltzer about his first start with FC Utrecht from last weekend.  FC Utrecht host PEC Zwolle today, so Agudelo should get a chance for some more playing time/starts.

Besiktas’ twitter account likes Jermaine Jones and they have posted a few photos of Jones in the last week, including this fun one.

Free agent Euan Holden has been spotted training with the Houston Dynamo.  No word if Houston will extend a contract to him.

Some highlights of one of Andrew Wooten’s goals from last week has popped up on Youtube and you can check out his goal around the 3:15 mark.

Herbert Robinson has scored another goal for Santos Laguna’s U-20 team that is participating at the Viareggio Cup in Italy.  This one in a 4-1 win over Stabaek.

I know there was some talk last week about Kevin Hoyos being close to joining Olimpia, but it looks like he is still with Estudiantes de La Plata and scored a goal with their reserve team last Friday.

I posted earlier this week about Lynden Gooch recording an assist with Sunderland’s U-21 team and now you can check it out in GIF form.

After missing the last 10 weeks with a knee injury, Jon-Paul Pittman has returned to full training with Wycombe Wanderers.

It looks like goalkeeper Josh Wicks is trialing/training with Swedish third tier side AFC United.

And finally, Chris Tsonis is trialing with Cork City in Ireland.

 
Categories: Andrew Wooten, Benji Joya, Chris Tsonis, Euan Holden, Freddy Adu, Herbert Robinson Garcia, Jermaine Jones, John Brooks, Jon-Paul Pittman, Jozy Altidore, Juan Agudelo, Kevin Hoyos, Oguchi Onyewu, Timothy Chandler, US Men's National Team
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A few things for Tuesday
   February 4, 2014 (12:02 AM) by Matt
 

Aside from hearing Alexi Lalas tell a story about eating dog once, the next most exciting USMNT news to come out over the weekend was some more information about pre-World Cup friendlies.

ESPN FC’s Doug McIntyre is hearing that the three-game sendoff series will begin at Stanford Stadium in Stanford, California (opponent TBD).  The US will next head to Red Bull Arena for the next game (opponent TBD) before ending things at Everbank Field in Jacksonville against Nigeria.  The first two opponents are TBD, but US Soccer has apparently had discussions with Sweden, Serbia and Turkey, among others.  Serbia would go along with the New York rumor that has been floating out there the last couple months.

With the January camp coming to an end, Zach Goldman takes a look at the evolution of “Camp Cupcake”.

Michael Parkhurst told MLSsoccer.com’s Andrew King that he would have stayed in Germany instead of coming back to MLS if he wasn’t in the USMNT picture.  I am thinking more and more that Parkhurst might land one of the last spots with his versatility, much like Jonathan Spector in 2010, if he plays well with Columbus.

A leftover nugget from Deadline Day last Friday, but Sunderland made a late bid for Geoff Cameron, but Stoke City told them no dice.

Sunderland manager Gus Poyet told the UK press that he doesn’t need Jozy Altidore to score goals to be impressed by his play.  Jozy also had some quotes on Sunderland’s website after their win over Newcastle United from the weekend.

Hannover 96 press officer Alex Jacob told Greg Seltzer that they are hopeful that Steve Cherundolo will return to full training this week.  He has spent the last week and a half training on the side after having a setback with his left knee.

Staying with the right back theme, Timothy Chandler made Who Scored’s Bundesliga Team of the Week for the second straight week.

Also making a team of the week, Michael Orozco made Medio Tiempo’s Liga MX Team of the Week.

A week after breaking his nose, Tim Ream played for Bolton Wanderers over the weekend and looked like Zorro in the process.

Benji Joya looks like he could be signing with MLS in the near future.

Joya’s US U-20 teammate at the last U-20 World Cup, Jose Villarreal, scored his first goal with Cruz Azul’s U-20 team since going on loan from the LA Galaxy.

Herbert Robinson scored a goal with Santos Laguna’s U-20 team at a tournament in Italy on Monday.  Robinson played with the US U-20 team during this past January’s camp, but it sounds like he has some hoops he needs to jump through before becoming eligible to play for the US.

Michael Hoyos’ loan was ended by OFI Crete and his US agent has told ESPN’s Jeff Carlisle that he is interested in MLS.

US U-20 midfielder Lynden Gooch had an assist in his first game with Sunderland’s U-21 team on Monday.

And finally, for anyone who lives in LA or will be visiting LA over the next couple months, you should probably check out the new exhibit at LACMA called “Futbol – The Beautiful Game” (myself included).  The Original Winger’s Ben Hooper got a chance to see it last week and took a couple photos.

 
Categories: Benji Joya, Geoff Cameron, Herbert Robinson Garcia, Jose Villarreal, Jozy Altidore, Lynden Gooch, Michael Orozco Fiscal, Michael Parkhurst, Steve Cherundolo, Tim Ream, Timothy Chandler, US Men's National Team
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Sunderland vs. Newcastle United Highlights
   February 1, 2014 (11:39 AM) by Matt
 

Jozy Altidore got the start and went the full 90 minutes in Sunderland’s 3-0 win over Newcastle United.  Here are some highlights.

 
Categories: Highlights, Jozy Altidore
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A last few links for the week
   January 31, 2014 (7:15 AM) by Matt
 

A few links to end the work week.

Saturday’s friendly at the StubHub Center has officially reached sold out status.  It marks only the second time that the USMNT have sold out at the StubHub Center (also in 2007 in a Gold Cup match against Trinidad & Tobago).

It looks like one of the May/June pre-World Cup friendlies will be held at Red Bull Arena.  If I had to guess based on the other rumors out there, I would guess this would be the game against Serbia (but there are so many different rumors out there right now on location and opponents).

Grant Wahl has a video interview up with Graham Zusi about earning the nickname “San Zusi” among other things.  He also spoke to Michael Parkhurst this week.

Jeff Carlisle takes a look at the relationship of Brad Evans and DeAndre Yedlin as Evans helps mentor his club teammate while also competing against him for the right back spot.

As for some other USMNT tidbits, here is a video of the team having a BBQ at the U.S. Consulate in Sao Paulo during their trip last week.  And Will Parchman decided to put together an all-time USMNT XI based on guys who wore #1-11 at a World Cup.

Don’t forget to enter our Pick the US-South Korea score contest.  Who doesn’t like free prizes?

Roger Bennett decided to look into why Americans are not taken seriously in Europe.  There are some good quotes from Herculez Gomez.

I’m assuming most people know this by no, but Jermaine Jones is headed to Besiktas on loan for the rest of the season.  And they decided to post a video of Jones going through his medical because they are crazy in Turkey.

According to The Independent’s Ed Aarons, Crystal Palace put in a transfer bid for Fabian Johnson, but Johnson decided to stay at Hoffenheim.

There apparently has been a Freddy Adu sighting! at Blackpool.  So he is at least training in England.

I want to pretend that Who Scored read my Inside the Numbers scoreboard on Aron Johannsson and were inspired as they did their own numbers thing on Johannsson.

Mike Grella will be going on trial with Swedish side Falkenbergs FF according to this report.  Falkenbergs are new to the Allsvenskan in 2014 after winning the Superettan in 2013.

Pat McCann has re-signed with Finn Harps FC of the First Division of the League of Ireland.  The former Holy Cross product appeared in 12 games in 2013, scoring two goals.

Eric Lichaj went 90 minutes for Nottingham Forest on Thursday as they came back from a 2-0 deficit to win 4-2 against Watford.  While he has been playing left back lately, he played at right back in this game.

And finally, this random Youtube video of the day comes courtesy of Alex (@tempofreesoccer).  Here are highlights of the US U-20′s win over Uruguay in the 2007 U-20 World Cup.  The US has Michael Bradley, Freddy Adu and Jozy Altidore among others while Uruguay featured Edinson Cavani and Luis Suarez.  And there is a shoving match/fight at the end of the game.  You don’t mess with a full head of hair Michael Bradley.  Good times.

 
Categories: Aron Johannsson, Brad Evans, DeAndre Yedlin, Eric Lichaj, Fabian Johnson, Freddy Adu, Graham Zusi, Herculez Gomez, Jermaine Jones, Jozy Altidore, Michael Bradley, Michael Parkhurst, Mike Grella, Pat McCann, US Men's National Team
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Sunderland vs. Stoke City Highlights
   January 29, 2014 (5:06 PM) by Matt
 

Jozy Altidore got the start and played 67 minutes in Sunderland’s 1-0 win over Geoff Cameron (90 minutes) and Stoke City.  Jozy also drew Steven N’Zonzi’s second yellow card in the match.  Here is the lone goal of the game (and a GIF of Jozy drawing the foul).

 
Categories: Geoff Cameron, Highlights, Jozy Altidore
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