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Catching up with some links
   November 5, 2015 (12:03 AM) by Matt Benson

Haven’t done one of these in a while.

Aron Johannsson will be out for a while after having hip surgeryAccording to ArJo, the surgery was a success.

Bob Bradley has led Stabæk to a place in next year’s Europa League.  He spoke to Greg Seltzer about the season.  He is one of two American coaches to lead a team to next year’s Europa League.  One Norwegian publication also named him Tippeligaen Manager of the Year.

Sticking with American managers in Europe, it looks like David Wagner is going to be Huddersfield Town’s next manager.

Cameron Carter-Vickers has signed a new deal with Tottenham through 2018.

Brian Sciaretta talked to Danny Williams this week.

US U-20 right back Desevio Payne is starting to get playing time again with FC Groningen.

Eddie Johnson officially announced his retirement from soccer.  He made 63 appearances for the USMNT.

Will Reno made a video on goalkeeper Ethan Horvath.  Will also did an interview this week and shockingly it is not with a goalkeeper (it is with Mexican-American Josue Soto).

Fabian Johnson scored a goal in Champions League action earlier this week.

Jermaine Jones’ contract expires at the end of the season and he is getting some interest from abroad.

Luis Gil is another player who has an expiring contract and is getting some interest from outside the US.

Junior Flores said no to El Salvador and still want to play for the US.

Jurgen Klinsmann did a Q&A session with US Soccer’s website.

Lynden Gooch scored two goals with Sunderland’s U21 team earlier this week.  His U21 coach had some nice things to say about Gooch.  And Sunderland’s website has a little spotlight on Gooch.

The American contingent at Tijuana will now have Miguel Herrera as their manager come 2016.

Paul Arriola and Alejandro Guido both scored with Tijuana’s U20 team this past weekend.

The US U-23 team will play two friendlies in Brazil this month.

And finally, Pablo Punyed is staying in Iceland but will play for IBV next season.

Categories: Alejandro Guido, Aron Johannsson, Bob Bradley, Cameron Carter-Vickers, Danny Williams, David Wagner, Desevio Payne, Eddie Johnson, Ethan Horvath, Fabian Johnson, Jermaine Jones, Josue Soto, Junior Flores, Luis Gil, Lynden Gooch, Pablo Punyed, Paul Arriola, US Men's National Team, US U-23 National Team

Youtube Flashback: US vs. Panama – 2004 World Cup Qualifier
   September 10, 2014 (6:26 AM) by Matt Benson

This international break is killing me.  We are almost back.  That said, here is a 2004 qualifier which features a Landon Donovan brace and a Eddie Johnson hat trick while coming off the bench.

The game was played at RFK Memorial Stadium on October 13, 2004 and ended with a US 6-0 win in the penultimate game of the Third Round of CONCACAF qualifying.

The US’s starting lineup looked like this:  Keller; Hejduk, Pope, Berhalter, Bocanegra; Zavagnin, Beasley, Donovan(c), Lewis; McBride, Wolff.


Categories: Eddie Johnson, Landon Donovan, US Men's National Team, Youtube Flashback

Links for Tuesday morning
   December 17, 2013 (1:19 AM) by Matt Benson

Lets dive right into it.

Landon Donovan spoke at a Galaxy town-hall meeting on Sunday and shot down any rumors linking him to Mexico and any winter loans to Europe.  Sounds like he wants to rest up before diving back into the MLS/World Cup grind.

As for Clint Dempsey and his rumored loan move to Europe, the latest and the most believable of the moment has him headed back to West London with Fulham for two months.  But nothing official has come out yet (The Guardian cites US sources yet everything in the US is citing The Guardian/various European sites.  Yay transfer rumors!).

CONCACAF announced the winners of the inaugural CONCACAF awards this past weekend.  Tim Howard won Goalkeeper of the Year, while Jurgen Klinsmann won Coach of the Year.

UEFA held its draw for the knockout stages of Champions League and Europa League.  In Champions League, Jermaine Jones and Schalke landed Real Madrid.  As for Europa League, Brad Friedel and Tottenham will play FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk, while Aron Johannsson and AZ Alkmaar got FC Slovan Liberec.

Bob Bradley has turned down an offer with the Vancouver Whitecaps to seek opportunities overseas.  Bob also admits the interest from Norwegian side Stabaek which we posted about a couple weeks ago.  Bradley also did an interview recently with

John Brooks was subbed out of Hertha Berlin’s game in the first half this weekend after being at fault for one of the goals.  His manager, Jos Luhukay, also told him (via the press) that he needs to grow up and become an adult.

Who knows if they will continue to scout him or not with the recent firing of Steve Clarke, but it looks like West Brom scouts have been paying attention to Timmy Chandler.

Brian Sciaretta spoke to German-American fullback Jeremy Toljan last week.  But from the sounds of it, it doesn’t look like he has a huge connection with the US.  Who knows though.

USMNT forward Eddie Johnson sounds like he is close to making a move to D.C. United.

Stuart Holden is back in the UK to finish up his rehabbing and poked his head into the Bolton locker room this past weekend.

For those of you that don’t follow Liga MX in Mexico, Leon just won the title this fall with Mexican-American goalkeeper William Yarbrough.

Staying in Mexico, Jonathan Bornstein could finally be on the way out at Tigres according to a couple different reports in Mexico.

And finally, in case you missed it yesterday, Steve Clark is returning to the US to play for the Columbus Crew.

Categories: Aron Johannsson, Bob Bradley, Brad Friedel, Clint Dempsey, Eddie Johnson, Jeremy Toljan, Jermaine Jones, John Brooks, Jonathan Bornstein, Landon Donovan, Steve Clark, Stuart Holden, Tim Howard, Timothy Chandler, William Yarbrough

A few more USMNT roster changes
   October 10, 2013 (11:18 AM) by Matt Benson

There were some tweets that Eddie Johnson was hobbling off the field last night and now he has been officially ruled out for the upcoming games with a groin strain.

Chris Wondolowski has been called in to replace him, while Jurgen Klinsmann has decided to also call in Brad Davis and Clarence Goodson.  There was some speculation that Klinsmann was going to make some more roster additions since he only originally called in 20 players and he probably was making sure Davis and Goodson didn’t get hurt since they had MLS games last night and are idle this this weekend.

Categories: Brad Davis, Chris Wondolowski, Clarence Goodson, Eddie Johnson

Inside the Numbers: Don’t call it a comeback
   August 15, 2013 (12:01 AM) by Matt Benson


Once again, the US keeps winning and putting up ridiculous numbers which leads to me and others (Paul Carr and Mr. Chip) to find interesting things.  Here are some of them.

* The US’s 12-game winning streak is the longest active streak in the world and the longest in CONCACAF history.  The all-time record for any country is 15 by Spain, which the US snapped at the 2009 Confederations Cup.  The US is also the seventh country all-time to reach 12 consecutive victories.  The win also snapped Bosnia’s team-record nine-game unbeaten streak.

* Yesterday was the first win by the US ever on European soil after trailing in the match.  The US came back from a 2-0 deficit for the first time since beating Saudi Arabia (won 4-3 after trailing 3-0) in 1995.  And Wednesday was only the second time that the US has trailed during its current 12-game winning streak.  They also trailed against Cuba in the Gold Cup before coming back to win 4-1.

* The US has now scored 4+ goals in six games during the 12-game winning streak.  The US has also now scored 4+ goals on European soil for the third time ever.  The US won, 4-1, at Liechtenstein in 1990 and beat Mexico, 4-2, in Rome in 1934.

* With 13 wins in 2013, the US has now won 13 games in a calendar year for the third time ever (also 2005 and 2009), tying its single calendar year record.

* The US is now 5-3-1 against European (UEFA) teams under Jurgen Klinsmann, including a 3-2-1 mark on European soil.

* Like it has been mentioned by more than a few people by now, Jozy Altidore is the first US player to score 1+ goal in five straight games.  Jozy’s hat trick was the 16th all-time in USMNT history and the fourth recorded outside the US.  Bert Patenaude scored three goals against Paraguay at the 1930 World Cup in Montevideo, Uruguay.  Aldo “Buff” Donelli had four goals against Mexico in a 1934 World Cup qualifier in Rome, Italy and Peter Millar scored three goals against Haiti in Port-au-Prince, Haiti in 1968.

* With Landon Donovan (7 goals), Jozy Altidore (7) and Chris Wondolowski (6), the US has three players with 6+ goals in a calendar year for the first time since 2002 (Clint Mathis 7, Landon Donovan 6 & Brian McBride 6).  And between Donovan and Altidore, the US has two players with 7+ goals in a calendar year for the first time since 1993 (Joe-Max Moore 8 & Dominic Kinnear 7).

* Eddie Johnson now has four international goals in 2013, his most in a calendar year since he scored five in 2004.  Yesterday’s goal was his 18th career goal for the US, but only his second against a non-CONCACAF opponent (and his first on European soil).

* With the win yesterday, Tim Howard has now become the second US goalkeeper with 50+ career wins and only trails Kasey Keller’s 53 career wins for the most in USMNT history.

Categories: Chris Wondolowski, Eddie Johnson, Jozy Altidore, Landon Donovan, Tim Howard, US Men's National Team

Rumored USMNT players so far for Bosnia friendly
   August 9, 2013 (12:44 AM) by Matt Benson

Don’t expect the USMNT roster to be officially announced until Monday, but thanks to the internet sleuthing of Grant Wahl, Josh Deaver and others, the following players look to be headed to Sarajevo:

Anthony Brooks
Aron Johannsson
Bobby Wood
Danny Williams
Alfredo Morales
Jermaine Jones
Eddie Johnson
Brad Evans
Terrence Boyd

One player not headed to Bosnia is Clint Dempsey according to Wahl.  This is not surprising since he just made a move to Seattle and everyone knows where he stands within the USMNT picture.  Paul Carr also tells us that Bosnia will be the 23rd straight US game that Dempsey and Donovan haven’t played together.  I also doubt Alejandro Bedoya gets called in after just making his move.


Categories: Alejandro Bedoya, Alfredo Morales, Aron Johannsson, Bobby Wood, Brad Evans, Clint Dempsey, Danny Williams, Eddie Johnson, Jermaine Jones, John Brooks, Terrence Boyd, US Men's National Team

USMNT How They Scored vs. Honduras
   July 28, 2013 (9:00 AM) by Matt Benson

Eddie Johnson and Landon Donovan discuss Johnson’s goal vs. Honduras in the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup semifinal.

Nick Rimando, Eddie Johnson, Alejandro Bedoya and Landon Donovan discuss Donovan’s first goal vs. Honduras in the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup Semifinal.

Clarence Goodson, Alejandro Bedoya and Landon Donovan talk about Donovan’s goal in the semifinal vs. Honduras.

Categories: Eddie Johnson, Landon Donovan, US Men's National Team
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Inside the Numbers: We’re going to the ‘ship
   July 25, 2013 (12:30 PM) by Matt Benson


Once again, the US keeps winning and scoring goals, which provides me with a lot of interesting numbers.  Here is a bunch of them.

* With the win last night, the US is headed to its Gold Cup record ninth appearance in the Gold Cup final.  The US is 4-4 all-time in the final. Its four wins are the second most in Gold Cup history.  Mexico leads the way with six Gold Cup titles.

* Jurgen Klinsmann is trying to become the second German manager to lead a team to the Gold Cup title.  German Holger Osieck led Canada to the title in 2000.

* The US continues to extend its USMNT record winning streak.  The current streak is now at 10 consecutive games, one shy of the all-time CONCACAF record according to Mr. Chip.  Mexico had an 11-game winning streak that ran from March 27, 1935 to February 18, 1938.

* The US has also won each of its last nine games on American soil, one shy of the USMNT record of 10 done between June 15, 2008 and July 8. 2009.

* With 11 wins in 2013, the US has now won 11+ games in a calendar year for the fifth time ever (also 2002, 2005, 2007 and 2009).

* Landon Donovan played in his 150th career game on Wednesday, becoming the second USMNT player to reach that mark.  According to the Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation, Donovan is the 12th player in the world all-time to reach 150 caps.


* Donovan also keeps scoring goals, putting another two goals in the back of the net on Wednesday.  It was his ninth career multi-goal game, easily the most in USMNT history.   Here is a look at the US’s top six goal scorers all-time and their multi-goal game tallies.


* Donovan now has seven goals in 2013, the most by any US player in a calendar year since he scored a career-high nine goals in 2007.  It also brings his career total to 56, tied with Carlos Pavon of Honduras for the second most all-time in CONCACAF (I said Pavon had 57 the other day as there are a few different numbers for him out there, but I am now going with 56 after tweeting with Paul Carr).


* Donovan has also tied Chris Wondolowski (2013) for the most goals scored by a US player in a single Gold Cup with five.  And Donovan is the first player from any country in Gold Cup history to score 4+ goals in three different Gold Cups.

* The other goal scorer on Wednesday was Eddie Johnson.  Johnson scored his 17th career international goal, tying him with Jozy Altidore, DaMarcus Beasley and Earnie Stewart for the seventh most in USMNT history.

* Johnson has also now scored 3+ goals in a calendar year for the first time since scoring three goals in 2005.  And according to Paul Carr, 16 of his 17 career goals have come against CONCACAF opponents.  His lone non-CONCACAF goal came against Argentina at the 2007 Copa America.

Categories: Eddie Johnson, Inside the Numbers, Landon Donovan, US Men's National Team

The latest from US Soccer’s “How They” series
   July 24, 2013 (7:30 AM) by Matt Benson

In this edition of How They Scored, take a look back on the MNT’s 5-1 win against El Salvador in the quarterfinals of the CONCACAF Gold Cup. Joe Corona, Eddie Johnson and Landon Donovan break down their goals in M&T Bank Stadium on July 21.

Nick Rimando talks about his big double save during the USA’s 5-1 win against El Salvador in the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup quarterfinals. Rimando’s save preserved a 1-0 lead for the USA at the time.

Categories: Eddie Johnson, Joe Corona, Landon Donovan, Nick Rimando, US Men's National Team
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Inside the Numbers: Post-Charm City numbers
   July 22, 2013 (11:23 AM) by Matt Benson


The US keeps winning and scoring goals, which provides me with a lot of interesting numbers.  Here is a bunch of them.

* The US extended its USMNT record winning streak to nine games on Sunday.  It was also the eighth straight victory on American soil.  The US record for consecutive wins on US soil is 10 done between June 15, 2008 and July 8. 2009.

* The current nine-game winning streak is the longest active streak in the world among the current FIFA Top 25 teams.  The Spanish stat guru Mr. Chip tweeted out that the nine-game winning streak is the second-longest active streak in the world among all teams.  The United Arab Emirates currently hold a 10-game wining streak according to Mr. Chip and (Soccerway has them at 11, while Elo’s site has them losing to North Korea earlier this year in a friendly.  Since it involves North Korea, Kim Jong-un could have made up that score.).

* Also according to Mr. Chip, the nine-game winning streak is the fourth longest in CONCACAF history.  The longest, according to him, is 11 straight victories.  Since he didn’t say who had the longest streak, I decided to waste my Sunday night digging through Mexico’s all-time results and found an 11-game winning streak that ran from March 27, 1935 to February 18, 1938.  They didn’t have any other 9+ game winning streaks in their history on

* With the win on Sunday, the US has now made the semifinals in each of its last seven Gold Cup appearances and has made the semis in 11 of its 12 all-time Gold Cup appearances.

* The US has now scored 5+ goals in 21 games all-time, with four of those games coming under Jurgen Klinsmann.  Three of those games have happened this year, all this month, and the US has never had more than two five-goal games in a single calendar year until 2013.

* Including yesterday’s five goals, the US is averaging 2.50 goals per game in 2013.  Only two years in USMNT history has the US averaged at least 2.00 goals per game for the whole calendar year:  2.18 in 2008 and 2.00 in 2000.

* The US has already scored 16 goals this Gold Cup, breaking the US single tournament record of 13, done in 2003 and 2007.

* While Landon Donovan extended his own Gold Cup record with his 16th career goal of the tournament on Sunday, he also tied a USMNT single-game record for any game with three assists.  Cobi Jones had three assists against the Cayman Islands in 1993, while Landon Donovan also had three assists against Trinidad & Tobago in 2009.

* Donovan has recorded six assists this tournament with each one going to a different goal scorer (Mix Diskerud, Eddie Johnson, Clarence Goodson, Brek Shea, Michael Orozco Fiscal and Stuart Holden).  Talk about getting others involved.

* His first assist on Sunday went to Clarence Goodson who scored his fifth career goal with the USMNT.  Three of his goals have come in a Gold Cup and Goodson is one of two players to score 1+ goal in each of the last three Gold Cups (also Blas Perez of Panama).

* Another one of Donovan’s assists went to Eddie Johnson who was on the field for a total of 15 seconds when he scored the goal.  While he looks like Sisqo, he has now scored in two different games in the same calendar year for the first time since 2007.

* Donovan’s goal was the 54th of his career, one shy of tying Carlos Ruiz of Guatemala for the third most in CONCACAF history.  Stern John of Trinidad & Tobago leads the way with 70, while Carlos Pavon of Honduras is second with 57.

* Probably the most impressive player on the field for El Salvador was Rodolfo Zelaya, who scored his fourth goal of the tournament on Sunday.  With him also scoring four goals in the 2011 Gold Cup, Zelaya joins Landon Donovan (2003 and 2007) as the only players in Gold Cup history to score 4+ goals in two different tournaments.  With Landon Donovan currently sitting on three goals in this year’s Gold Cup, he needs one more to become the first to do it in three different tournaments.

* And finally, I looked at Jurgen Klinsmann compared to other USMNT managers through their first six games back in 2011 since it wasn’t a pretty start.  With things turned around (and Sunday being his 35th game as head coach, a nice sort-of round number), I decided to look at things again.  Here is how he stacks up with the five other managers to reach at least 35 games in charge of the US.  He is right up there along Bob Bradley for one of the best 35-game starts.


Categories: Clarence Goodson, Eddie Johnson, Inside the Numbers, Landon Donovan, US Men's National Team

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