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Friday morning linkage
   February 21, 2014 (12:02 AM) by Matt Benson

Let’s start with the USMNT.

We know the situation in Ukraine is not pretty right now, so US Soccer is “exploring alternatives” for the friendly on March 5 that is scheduled for Kharkiv.  Kharkiv is about 300 miles away from Kiev, which is where most of the violence is taking place.

Steven Goff is also hearing that the three pre-World Cup friendlies should hopefully be announced by the end of next week.  Still some last details being worked out.

Duane Holmes is headed to Championship side Yeovil Town on a loan until March 23.  This was sort of expected as Huddersfield Town have returned a bunch of players from injury and their manager wanted him to continue to get playing time.  Here is a video interview with Holmes about the move.  Yeovil Town are currently in last place of the Championship. has a blog/series up with Oguchi Onyewu talking about his emotions and thoughts with the World Cup coming this summer.

John Brooks returned to the field and played in a friendly for Hertha Berlin earlier this week.  He even scored a goal and you can check out some highlights of that right here (0:51 mark).

Babajide Ogunbiyi returned to Viborg FF’s training on Monday after missing some time with a knee injury.

Michael Stephens is continuing his training/trialing across Sweden.  His latest stop is with Falkenbergs FF.

New York Red Bulls homegrown product Amando Moreno is the latest American to sign with Club Tijuana.

Staying with the Tijuana theme, Bruno Piceno scored a goal for Tijuana’s second-division affiliate Dorados in Copa MX action earlier this week.  Here is a cool behind-the-goal look at his goal.

Goalkeeper Samir Badr has signed with USL’s OKC Energy FC.  Badr was last seen abroad with El Hodood in Egypt, but he never was able to play in a game due to the 2012 season being cut short because of the Al Masry-Al Ahly tragedy.

Kevin Hoyos scored another two goals for Estudiantes de La Plata’s youth team this week.

Former US U-17 forward Alfred Koroma is in Brazil trialing with Fluminense.  He will also be part of a Fluminense U-23 team that will be/is already in Orlando taking on MLS teams during the preseason.

Brazilian-American midfielder Luis Felipe is being called back into the US U-20 team for a camp and games in April’s Dallas Cup.  Felipe currently plays with defending Brazilian league champions Cruzeiro.

It looks like FC Dallas could be sending Bobby Warshaw out on loan again this year and Europe is one of the few spots mentioned over at Big D Soccer.  Warshaw did have some success last season in Sweden with Ängelholm, scoring eight goals in nine league appearances.

And finally, Brian Sciaretta caught up with new Philippines national team manager Thomas Dooley.

Categories: Alfred Koroma, Amando Moreno, Babajide Ogunbiyi, Bobby Warshaw, Bruno Piceno, Duane Holmes, John Brooks, Kevin Hoyos, Luis Felipe, Michael Stephens, Samir Badr, Thomas Dooley, US Men's National Team
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Friday morning links
   February 14, 2013 (11:44 PM) by Matt Benson

A leftover from yesterday’s Valentine’s Day fun, but here is a flow chart to pick your USMNT sweetheart.  Looks like I ended up with Clint Dempsey.  The US also dropped four spots to #32 in the latest FIFA world rankings.

Looks like Stuart Holden will make Bolton’s squad this weekend in their match against Nottingham Forest.

I posted yesterday about Justin Moose scoring a goal for SJK in their latest friendly and here it is in highlight form (1:25 mark).

Sticking with the goals in friendlies theme, Brian Span scored a goal for Djurgårdens IF in their 3-2 win over FC Lahti.

As expected, Alejandro Bedoya re-signed a short-term deal with Helsingborgs IF and joined up with the team in Portugal.

We posted about Jonathan Borrajo signing with Mjøndalen in Norway last month and here is a little video feature on him on Mjøndalen’s site.  If anything else, jam out to the Black Keys in the background.

Conor O’Brien was in the starting lineup for Nordsjælland in a 2-1 loss to Norwegian side IK Start in a friendly.

Brad Guzan talks to the local press about having a week off from Premier League action.

We knew that goalkeeper Samir Badr was coming back to the US to head to training camp with an unnamed MLS team after his training stint with Manchester United.  It looks like that team is the Columbus Crew.

And finally, teenager Nick Ledesma has signed a six-month deal with Alemannia Aachen’s U-19 team.

Categories: Alejandro Bedoya, Brad Guzan, Brian Span, Conor O'Brien, Jonathan Borrajo, Justin Moose, Nick Ledesma, Samir Badr, Stuart Holden, US Men's National Team

Monday night links
   January 14, 2013 (6:04 PM) by Matt Benson

I already posted it earlier today, but it looks like we might see some special centennial USMNT jersey at some point this year.

Graham Zusi retrurns to the US this week to begin training with the USMNT, but he first spoke with Brian Sciaretta about his trial at West Ham United.

His training buddy at West Ham and now with the USMNT, Juan Agudelo, is getting linked some more with a move to Celtic.  And possibly Everton.  Yay silly season!

Jermaine Jones’ four-game ban has been reduced to three games.  And Jones picked up an injury during training camp in Qatar, so I don’t expect him to come back to the US to train/play with the USMNT like he did last year when he had a lengthy suspension around this time.

It looks like only 8,000 tickets have been sold so far for the friendly against Canada.

And one last thing about the USMNT.  Tony Beltran kicks off’s January Camp journal entries.

Stuart Holden will be part of Bolton’s gameday roster for tomorrow’s FA Cup match against Sunderland.

It looks like Clint Dempsey will be looked upon to step up for Tottenham by Andre Villas-Boas while Emmanuel Adebayor leaves for the Africa Cup of Nations.

Not shocking, but Jurgen Klinsmann helped with Michael Parkhurst’s move to Augsburg.

Tony Taylor came off the bench and played nine minutes for Estoril in their 1-0 win over Beira-Mar today.  He played in their cup game last week and this was his first league appearance since late November, so he is slowly starting to get some more playing time.

Shawn Parker scored for Mainz in some Winter Cup match/friendly against Borussia Dortmund.  And here are some highlights of the goal.

Bruce Arena was asked about Landon Donovan’s future and we really don’t learn anything new.

FD: Landon Donovan?
BA: As we get closer to reporting date we’re going to finalize where he’s headed this year.

FD: Sounds optimistic?
BA: You never know with Landon, so we’ll see.

Bobby Wood is hitting the weights in Turkey during 1860 Munich’s training camp.

Goalkeeper Samir Badr is training with Manchester United this week before reporting to some MLS team’s training camp next month.  Badr was supposed to play with Haras El Hodood of the Egyptian Premier League last year before the season was canceled.

Some new jerseys/kits are slowly starting to leak out for next season.  Here is Djurgardens IF’s away kit for next season.  Hopefully Brian Span will wear it some more in 2013 as he appeared in only nine league games in 2012.

Bob Bradley and Egypt lost 4-2 to Ivory Coast in one of their final friendlies before World Cup qualification resumes in March.

And finally, could Bob and Klinsi battle in the future for a 20-year-old forward?  Probably not, but Amro Tarek Abd El-Aziz was born in the US and is apparently being looked at by US scouts according to that article, although he last played for Egypt’s U-20 team.  He has scored one goal in 13 appearances with Wolfsburg II in the German Regionalliga in 2012-13.

Categories: Amro Tarek Abd El-Aziz, Bob Bradley, Bobby Wood, Brian Span, Clint Dempsey, Graham Zusi, Jermaine Jones, Juan Agudelo, Landon Donovan, Michael Parkhurst, Samir Badr, Shawn Parker, Stuart Holden, Tony Taylor, US Men's National Team

Friday night updates
   March 9, 2012 (10:48 PM) by Matt Benson

Sorry for the lack of updates over the last 48 hours or so.  It is a crazy weekend at work plus my internet took a full dump in the last 24 hours, so I haven’t had time (or functioning internet when I have had time) to do much.

Some quick things.

* Tim Howard signed a new contract with Everton until 2015-16.

* Fulham and Clint Dempsey have begun discussions over a new deal.

* Andrew Wooten made an appearance on Kaiserslautern’s first team bench today, but did not get into the game.

* Matthew Wagner of Yanks Abroad talks to Samir Badr about Egypt.

* And the guys at Yanks Abroad take another guess at the final Olympic Team.

I will try to get highlights up this weekend, but there might be a delay here and there as work continues to be crazy this weekend with Selection Sunday.

Categories: Clint Dempsey, Samir Badr, Tim Howard, US U-23 National Team
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Monday late night links
   February 27, 2012 (10:49 PM) by Matt Benson

A few links from the last few days, starting with the USMNT.

US Soccer MNT’s blog has had some goodies over the last couple days including a look at the US-Italy all-time series.  Plus they did some Q&A with Brad Guzan.  And they snapped a couple photos from Monday’s training session.  It looks like they are wearing new Nike training gear, which makes me wonder if they will be wearing the new rumored away shirt.

Both Grant Wahl and Brian Sciaretta are live in Italy to give us some Klinsmann quotes on whether the coaching staff are watching Sacha Kljestan and why Terrence Boyd got the call up among other things.  Sciaretta also has a story up on Boyd over at the NY Times soccer blog.

Jozy Altidore recently did some Q&A action with  And Daniella Matar of the AP has a story on Michael Bradley.

Shifting to the youth teams.  The US Soccer Youth blog has a Q&A up with Joe Corona.  And Studio 90 has a video about the start of the second week of the U-23 camp.  And finally, the U-20s played FC Dallas reserves the other day, with the game ending in a 2-2 draw.  The U-20 goal scorers were Daniel Cuevas and Villyan Bijev.

As for two things non national team related, Michael Adubato recently caught up with Devann Yao to talk about his season in the Belgian Second Division.  And Steven Goff talked to Samir Badr about the craziness going on Egypt.

Categories: Brad Guzan, Devann Yao, Joe Corona, Jozy Altidore, Michael Bradley, Samir Badr, US Men's National Team, US U-20 National Team, US U-23 National Team

Somebody’s got a case of the Mondays (links)
   January 23, 2012 (2:27 PM) by Matt Benson

It is Monday, but I am actually in a great mood.  But none of you care about that.  Here are a bunch of links from the weekend and stuff that has come out this morning.

As I posted about an hour ago, Tim Ream was able to get his UK permit, which has also been confirmed by Grant Wahl and Ives.  Ream’s transfer to Bolton is being reported at roughly $3 million, which would be the highest transfer ever by a MLS defender.

The Bolton News had a story this weekend where Owen Coyle talks about targeting American talent.  One part I agree about when it comes to Ream is that he might be 24-years-old, but that is the equivalent of being 21-years-old in soccer development for an American.  But Coyle has a lot of nice things to say about Americans, so check that out.

ESPN Soccernet has their Team of the Week up.  It should come as no surprise that Clint Dempsey is among the 11 players, but Zak Whitbread also made the squad.  Whitbread helped Norwich City hold Chelsea to zero goals, Norwich’s first clean sheet of the season.

Steven Goff is hearing that Edson Buddle is being linked to Belgium club Westerlo after his trial at Everton.

Staying with the twitterverse rumors, UK writer Duncan Castles is expecting Eric Lichaj to go out on loan to Leeds United again.

And Brian Sciaretta is reporting that Jason Villagomez may sign with Polish side LKS Lodz tomorrow.

Staying with Sciaretta and his great work over at Yanks Abroad, he is also reporting that former U-20 goalkeeper Samir Badr has signed a deal with Haras El Hodood of the Egyptian Premier League.  And Jamie Hill has an interview up with Hammarby signee Billy Schuler.

The U-23’s are down in Costa Rica for two friendlies and played to a 0-0 draw against Saprissa’s reserve squad this weekend.  Here was the lineup for the match.

USA: 1-Zac MacMath; 4-Kofi Sarkodie (17-Sheanon Williams, 77), 3-Zarek Valentin (capt.) (19-Royal-Dominique Fennell, 77), 2-Sebastien Ibeagha (Andrew Wenger, 46), 5-Jorge Villafana; 6-Amobi Okugo (15-Mix Diskerud, 46), 8-Jared Jeffrey (13-Michael Stephens, 61), 10-Dilly Duka (12-Isaac Acuna, 67); 7-Freddy Adu, 9-Tony Taylor (11-Jack McInerney, 70), 11-Jack McInerney (14-Joe Corona, 46)

They have one more match in Costa Rica before camp ends.  Studio 90 also has two new videos with the U-23s.  The first one is of Jurgen Klinsmann talking to the team before their second scrimmage against the USMNT last week.  And the second one is of the team preparing for their scrimmages down in Costa Rica.

And if you missed it earlier this morning, I did an Inside the Numbers piece on Bill Hamid’s debut for the USMNT.

Categories: Bill Hamid, Billy Schuler, Clint Dempsey, Edson Buddle, Eric Lichaj, Jason Villagomez, Samir Badr, Tim Ream, US U-23 National Team, Zak Whitbread
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20 U-20 players called in for tournament in Peru
   August 25, 2010 (5:07 PM) by Howie Michaels

Fresh off of a championship in the Milk Cup, Thomas Rongen has called in another U-20 roster for a tournament in Peru, this one the Cuadrangular Internacional Tournament. Eight players return from the Milk Cup, joining 12 newcomers.

With college soccer starting back up (my own alma mater, Drake, kicks off its exhibition season tonight), the roster continues Rongen’s recent trend towards academy/professional players with dual citizenship playing abroad. In all, thirteen players playing outside the US are featured:

– Anthony Brooks (Hertha BSC, Germany)
– Jerome Kiesewetter (Hertha BSC, Germany)
– Samir Badr (Porto, Portugal)
– Gale Agbossoumonde (Braga, Portugal)
– Greg Garza (Estoril Praia, Portugal)
– Cody Cropper (Ipswich Town, England)
– Emilio Orozco (Tigres, Mexico)
– Christian Flores (Club Tijuana, Mexico)
– Victor Garza (Tigres, Mexico)
– Kevin Huezo (Pachuca, Mexico)
– Adrian Ruelas (Santos Laguna, Mexico)
– Ernest Nungaray (Monarcas Morelia, Mexico)
– Moises Orozco (Tigres, Mexico)

There are also five MLS players (all academy graduates) and two guys playing in USSF Division 2.

Obviously, there’s even more of a Latin American favor to this roster with seven players that currently play in Mexico plus another (Omar Salgado) who spent time at the Guadalajara academy. That will make for some different lineups as the US plays three South American sides (as compared to the Milk Cup where they played China, Denmark, and Northern Ireland).

The schedule:

Mon. Sept. 6 vs. Paraguay
Wed. Sept. 8 vs. Colombia
Fri. Sept. 10 vs. Peru

We will let you know more details, such as any sort of stream like the Milk Cup had, as the tournament approaches.

Categories: Gale Agbossoumonde, Greg Garza, Omar Salgado, Samir Badr, US U-20 National Team
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Friday Linkage
   July 30, 2010 (7:13 PM) by Matt Benson

A few things I missed earlier this week.

» Calmer waters await Kljestan in Belgium []

» Bradley, Gladbach ready for new campaign []

» Badr excited for Porto season [Yanks Abroad]

» Lacey Polonia trial derailed by injury [Yanks Abroad]

» Altidore hoping for Villarreal chance [Yanks Abroad]

Also, I don’t know if other people have been experiencing this recently with the site, but the site has been loading slow for me (both on the main page and on the behind the scenes stuff), but I updated the software today and things seem to be loading faster.  But if you guys continue to have a problem or so in a week, let me know, so I figure out what is wrong.

Categories: Jozy Altidore, Michael Bradley, Sacha Kljestan, Samir Badr, Tyrel Lacey
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The US U-20 roster for the Milk Cup
   July 19, 2010 (7:12 PM) by Matt Benson

The US U-20 team will be participating in the Milk Cup in Northern Ireland at the end of this month and manager Thomas Rongen has made his decision on the 18 guys to make the final roster, which includes six Americans who play professionally outside the MLS.

Those six players:

Goalkeeper – Samir Badr (F.C. Porto)
Defender – Gale Agbossoumonde (S.C. Braga)
Defender – Greg Garza (G.D. Estoril Praia)
Midfielder – Alex Molano (NK Dinamo Zagreb)
Midfielder – Ernest Nungaray (Monarcas Morelia)
Forward – Adrian Ruelas (Santos Laguna)

You can view the full roster here.

The Milk Cup was founded in 1983, but the elite division (invitation only) was not added until 1995.  The tournament routinely includes some of the best national youth teams as well as English Premier League squads such as Manchester United, Rangers, Newcastle United and Everton.  A few names that have played in past Milk Cups:  David Beckham, Paul Scholes, Gary Neville, Nicky Butt and Wayne Rooney.

The US won the 2005 Milk Cup, which featured a hat trick by one Charlie Davies in the final.  Other notable players from that 2005 team:  Chris Seitz, Dax McCarty, Lee Nguyen and Sal Zizzo.

Categories: Alex Molano, Gale Agbossoumonde, Greg Garza, Samir Badr, US U-20 National Team