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Former YNTers signing in the NPSL roundup
   April 21, 2014 (1:10 PM) by Howie Michaels

As avid readers of this site, I’m sure many of you have been vexed by such questions as “Whatever happened to Alex Molano?” and “Where did Vincenzo Bernardo wind up, anyways?” If you’ve lost sleep trying to figure out the answers to these types of questions, I have good news: we’ve solved some mysteries.

Vincenzo Bernardo, who came up with Napoli’s youth system before Napoli’s brief run as the cool team for American fans to root for, was last seen playing in the 2nd tier of Guatemala after having also played in the lower levels of Switzerland and the US. He has resurfaced in the US again, signing with Miami United FC of the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL) (semi-pro quasi-4th tier).

Meanwhile, in Texas, Dallas City FC has stacked their roster with players you’ve heard of from their days with the U-20s and U-17s:

– Victor Garza (Tigres academy)

– Moises Orozco (Tigres academy)

– Alex Molano (Dinamo Zagreb)

– Marlon Duran (FC Dallas)

They also have Bryan Levya, a former FC Dallas guy who I don’t believe was ever US-eligible.

Categories: Alex Molano, Marlon Duran, Moises Orozco, Victor Garza, Vincenzo Bernardo
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A bit of this and a bit of that
   April 8, 2013 (11:57 PM) by Matt Benson

It looks like Jurgen Klinsmann would be open to staying on as USMNT manager beyond 2014.

Anthony Brooks recently did an interview with Berliner Kurier where he claims that he will make a decision on US vs. Germany in the coming weeks.

Mr. Soccer Insider Steven Goff is being told that Bryan Gerzicich might be making a move to MLS this summer.  Greg Seltzer is also hearing the same thing and adds that he has an offer from a team in Belgium.

In the “sounds about right for his crazy career” department, Freddy Adu has been at the club for about a week now and his manager at Brazilian side Bahia has already been fired.

Brian Span and Djurgården’s game against Mjällby on Monday was suspended due to Djurgården’s fans throwing beer bottles onto the field.

Want to see Michael Bradley in an Italian Volkswagen ad?  Why not.

US U-20 forward Daniel Cuevas has returned to full training after tearing his meniscus at the CONCACAF U-20 Championship.

Joe Gyau did a Google Hangout with SWOL yesterday where he talked about life in Germany and the USMNT among other things.

Jason Davis is doing a new morning daily show and had Terrence Boyd on as one of his first guests.

It was only a friendly, but Christian Eissele scored a goal this weekend in Kemi Kings’ 3-1 win over Alex Molano, Lester Dewee and Bodens BK.

The US U-17 team opened up the CONCACAF U-17 Championship with a 3-0 win over Haiti.  They play Guatemala next on Thursday.

Categories: Alex Molano, Brian Span, Bryan Gerzicich, Christian Eissele, Daniel Cuevas, Freddy Adu, Joe Gyau, John Brooks, Lester Dewee, Michael Bradley, Terrence Boyd, US Men's National Team

Tuesday morning links
   April 2, 2013 (12:48 AM) by Matt Benson

A couple links for Tuesday morning.

Here are some quotes from Stuart Holden about his first game with Sheffield Wednesday from the weekend.  Here is a photo from that game against Barnsley.

As you can see from yesterday’s The OT Report, Joe Gyau played 45 minutes in St. Pauli’s 1-1 draw.  But here was the nice equalizing goal in stoppage time from St. Pauli’s goalie.

Kaiserslautern’s manager Franco Foda can’t wait to have Andrew Wooten back from his loan with Sandhausen for next season.

Brian Sciaretta talked to Gregg Berhalter as he is set to manage his second season with Hammarby.  And here are the kits that Hammarby will wear this season.

Former US US-20 midfielder Alex Molano has signed with Bodens BK in Sweden’s fourth tier.  It is the same club that has American Lester Dewee on the squad.

Categories: Alex Molano, Andrew Wooten, Gregg Berhalter, Lester Dewee, Stuart Holden
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Friday morning links
   November 16, 2012 (12:29 AM) by Matt Benson

Some reading and links for your Friday morning pleasure.

Juan Agudelo is headed to Celtic for a training stint starting on Friday.  Jurgen Klinsmann has encouraged these training stints in Europe for MLS players in the past.  And Agudelo trained with Liverpool and Stuttgart last winter after the MLS season.

According to AZ Alkmaar technical director Earnie Stewart, Jozy Altidore is being scouted by some bigger clubs.  There was even a offer this past summer by an unnamed eastern European club.

Randy Kim recently spoke to Gregg Berhalter about his first season as manager at Hammarby in Sweden’s second division.

Clint Dempsey explains why he likes the number two.

Guam has already gone after A. J. DeLaGarza and now they are going after Shawn Nicklaw.

I haven’t heard this name in a while, but it looks like Alex Molano is going on trial in Austria (last sentence of the story).

And finally, Robbie Findley’s loan with Gillingham has ended as he is back with Nottingham Forest, playing with their U-21s this week.

Categories: Alex Molano, Clint Dempsey, Gregg Berhalter, Jozy Altidore, Juan Agudelo, Robbie Findley, Shawn Nicklaw

Better know a foreign-based US U-20 player
   January 3, 2011 (4:37 PM) by Howie Michaels

Noah Davis at has a feature on four members of the ongoing U-20 camp in Florida that might be less familiar to American fans. All four play in Europe— one in England, two in Germany, and one in the Czech Republic (Alex Molano, who was a key player on the Milk Cup title team). Others include Fabian Hürzeler, who once captained Germany’s U-17 team before accepting this call-up from Rongen, Cody Cropper, and Bobby Wood.

They are all to varying degrees more examples of Thomas Rongen’s intense recruiting effort of dual-nationality guys (the link is from July and an excellent read if you haven’t read it before).

Categories: Alex Molano, Bobby Wood, Cody Cropper, Fabian Hurzeler, US U-20 National Team
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US U-20 December Camp Roster Announced
   December 9, 2010 (3:43 PM) by Matt Benson

Thomas Rongen has selected the 24 guys that will make up the US U-20 roster for next week’s camp, which includes two friendlies against Canada.

Those that play professionally outside the US are in bold.

GOALKEEPERS (2): Zac MacMath (Maryland; St. Petersburg, Fla.), Kevin Piedrahita (América de Cali; Queens, N.Y.)

DEFENDERS (8): Gale Agbossoumonde (G.D. Estoril Praia; Syracuse, N.Y.), Greg Garza (G.D. Estoril Praia; Grapevine, Texas), Sebastien Ibeagha (Duke; Missouri City, Texas), Perry Kitchen (Akron; Indianapolis, Ind.), Eric Schoenle (West Virginia; Yardley, Pa.), Ben Sweat (South Florida; Palm Harbor, Fla.), Zarek Valentin (Akron; Lancaster, Pa.), Korey Veeder (Unattached; St. Petersburg, Fla.)

MIDFIELDERS (8): Steven Evans (Portland; Troutdale, Ore.), Joshua Gatt (SC Rheindorf Altach; Plymouth, Mich.), Joe Gyau (TSG 1899 Hoffenheim; Silver Spring, Md.), Alex Molano (NK Dinamo Zagreb; Grapevine, Texas), Amobi Okugo (Philadelphia Union; Sacramento, Calif.), Dillon Powers (Notre Dame; Plano, Texas), Kelyn Rowe (UCLA; Newport Beach, Calif.), Conor Shanosky (D.C. United; Sterling, Va.)

FORWARDS (6): Conor Doyle (Derby County FC; McKinney, Texas), Dylan Mares (Louisville; Zionsville, Ind.), Jack McInerney (Philadelphia Union; Alpharetta, Ga.), Adrian Ruelas (Celtic F.C.; Fontana, Calif.), Soony Saad (Michigan; Dearborn, Mich.), Omar Salgado (Unattached; El Paso, Texas)

Categories: Adrian Ruelas, Alex Molano, Conor Doyle, Gale Agbossoumonde, Greg Garza, Joe Gyau, Josh Gatt, Kevin Piedrahita, US U-20 National Team

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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Tony Taylor scores in a Portuguese League Cup match and other stuff
   August 9, 2010 (3:10 PM) by Matt Benson

Lost in the shuffle this weekend was that Tony Taylor and Bryan Arguez both started for Estoril on Sunday in a Portuguese League Cup match.

Estoril’s first match in this year’s Taça da Liga (also known as Carlsberg Cup) was against Varzim and ended in a 1-1 draw after Taylor scored the game-tying goal in the 81st minute.

Estoril’s next first round group stage match is next Sunday against Santa Clara.

Staying in Portugal, we posted in one of the link drops last week that Kamani Hill was released by his former club Vitória Guimarães, but the guys at Yanks Abroad were able to talk to him recently about his future.

And finally, Alex Molano looks back at this year’s Milk Cup.  He also talks about trying to earn a spot with Dinamo Zagreb’s first team next spring after hopefully impressing with the U-19 squad this fall.

Categories: Alex Molano, Bryan Arguez, Kamani Hill, Tony Taylor
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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