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Hump day links
   July 16, 2014 (1:12 AM) by Matt Benson
 

Just a couple things for Wednesday.

Greg Seltzer updates us on the latest on the Matt Besler front.  Looks like he is getting a lot of interest from England and we might know an answer about his friendly come Monday.

Mr. Seltzer also informs us that Olympiacos are no longer interested in Sacha Kljestan.

Omar Gonzalez was on Conan last night and here is a part of his interview.

Aron Johannsson had successful ankle surgery yesterday.  He is expected to miss 6-8 weeks according to AZ’s website.  ArJo appears to be in good spirits.

US Soccer put up a little video of highlights while Tab Ramos, Zach Pfeffer and Andrija Novakovich talk about the US U-20’s 2-1 win over Chile from Monday.

One U-20 player not in Carson at the moment is Rubio Rubin as he was busy playing with FC Utrecht’s senior team in a friendly on Tuesday.  Here are a couple photos of Rubin.

Another young player getting some action with a senior team in a friendly on Tuesday was Joe Gyau with Borussia Dortmund.  Gyau got the start and went the full 90 minutes in Dortmund’s 4-1 win over Hessen Kassel.  That link also has a photo of Gyau in Dortmund’s new jersey for this season.

Speaking of Borussia Dortmund, it looks like US U-17 forward Christian Pulisic has also signed (or will be soon) with Borussia Dortmund.

And finally, Screamer/Deadspin have ranked all 171 goals from the World Cup.  Obviously I am biased, but I think Jermaine Jones’ goal was much better than #40.  Also, I personally think James Rodriguez’s goal against Uruguay was the best of the tournament, which they do not.

 
Categories: Andrija Novakovich, Aron Johannsson, Christian Pulisic, Jermaine Jones, Joe Gyau, Matt Besler, Omar Gonzalez, Rubio Rubin, Sacha Kljestan, US U-20 National Team, Zach Pfeffer
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Which Americans could parlay this World Cup into big transfers?
   June 7, 2014 (10:25 AM) by Howie Michaels
 

Two guys are ineligible for this list. Fabian Johnson and Timmy Chandler have already signed new deals with teams in Germany, so they won’t be moving again this summer. There are also two guys who pretty much seem set to move— Jermaine Jones is done with Schalke and may or may not return to Beşiktaş. DaMarcus Beasley by most accounts will probably be moving to MLS this summer— so I’m not including them below.

While fans tend to overrate tournaments (small sample size) and owners/coaches can be irrational, scouts and coaches are pretty smart/watch a ton of games and probably aren’t going to rethink their thoughts on years of top-level games because of a handful of performances now . In that regard, playing a little off the beaten path could actually help a guy out here.

I tried to evaluate who might be set to make a big move, considering age, current league, current club, recent form with club, and likely playing time. League matters- it’s easier to make a jump from a lower league (like Mix Diskerud) than from a decent league already (like Alejandro Bedoya). I also assumed that any given player actually played well and to their ability.

We’ll begin after the jump.

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Categories: Alejandro Bedoya, Aron Johannsson, DeAndre Yedlin, Graham Zusi, John Brooks, Jozy Altidore, Julian Green, Matt Besler, Mix Diskerud, Omar Gonzalez
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Thursday morning links
   May 15, 2014 (12:01 AM) by Matt Benson
 

I was going to post these yesterday, but my cloud-based bookmarks type site was not working so I couldn’t access the links that I had saved up over the last few days.  So here they are.

In case you have been living under a rock, here is the US’s 30-man provisional roster for the World Cup.  Jurgen Klinsmann did his usual post-roster release Q&A on US Soccer’s website.  The final 23-man roster will be named after the friendly against Turkey at Red Bull Arena.

Most of the team met up in Stanford yesterday, 21 of the 30 to be exact.  Maurice Edu is being limited right now due to some concussion-like symptoms while Omar Gonzalez might be ready to return from his knee injury in a few days.  And Terrence Boyd wants to be a tank up front at forward.

SI.com is counting down the 10 most significant goals in US Soccer history and the first few are already up.

MLSsoccer.com’s Devin Pleuler takes a look at the last 25 years of the USMNT and its history with the defensive midfielder.

The witty Men in Blazers guys are starting World Cup previews on the Grantland Youtube channel, starting off with the USMNT.

I am going to start doing “Youtube Flashbacks” from time to time and here is a great hour-long documentary of the US at the 2002 World Cup.

This has to be a “must buy” for all the serious US Soccer fans.

Sunderland manager Gus Poyet was on The Football Show on SiriusXM FC 94 to talk about Sunderland’s season and Jozy Altidore.

Brian Sciaretta caught up with Alejandro Bedoya before he joined up with the USMNT camp.  And here is a great video of Bedoya leading the Nantes’ fans in the “I Believe” chant.

Now we know why Clint Dempsey always looks pissed off on the field . . . he has to listen to Stephen A. Smith all day.

Here are some quick numbers showing you that Tim Howard is awesome.

Since his second UK work permit appeal was denied, Stoke City and Juan Agudelo have mutually terminated his current deal.  With that said, Agudelo does have “considerable interest” around the Dutch league after his performances with FC Utrecht over the last couple of months.

Jon-Paul Pittman was one of eight players released by Wycombe Wanderers earlier this week.  Pittman missed a lot of this season due to a knee injury.

Here is what John Brooks and Hertha Berlin will wear in home games next season.  And here are Julian Green and Bayern Munich’s home shirts for next season.

Junior Flores will play with Borussia Dortmund II in the German 3. Liga next season.

US U-17 defender Danny Barbir has signed with West Bromwich Albion.

In more youth news, Alonzo Clarke has been in England with Manchester United the last couple weeks.  And he has some interest from Blackpool as well.

 
Categories: Alejandro Bedoya, Alonzo Clarke, Clint Dempsey, Danny Barbir, John Brooks, Jon-Paul Pittman, Jozy Altidore, Juan Agudelo, Julian Green, Junior Flores, Maurice Edu, Omar Gonzalez, Terrence Boyd, Tim Howard, US Men's National Team
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Friday morning links
   May 9, 2014 (6:15 AM) by Matt Benson
 

Some links before the weekend.

The USMNT 30-man provisional roster is coming out on Monday afternoon.  In case you are not tired of reading roster predictions, I was able to get Howie, Jon, Will and myself to make our guesses at the final 23-man roster, so go check that out.  Based on the comments over the last two weeks, I am sure there will be people who disagree with us, but we all pretty much agreed on a core 15-18 guys.

This is a pretty good bookmark-worthy link, but SI is keeping track of all the World Cup rosters as they get announced.

I did not get to watch Showtime’s 60 Minutes Sports piece on the USMNT, but I heard it was alright.  ESPN’s Dougie Mac (a.k.a. Doug McIntyre) was able to spot a potential USMNT friendly against Belgium on June 12 while down in Brazil on Jurgen Klinsmann’s whiteboard during the piece (screenshot).

This is also a reminder that ESPN’s Inside: U.S. Soccer’s March to Brazil starts up next Tuesday.  Here is the full schedule for the six episodes as they are all on different nights, while here is a short trailer.  As I have said before, Jonathan Hock and Roger Bennett are the producers so you know this is in good hands.

The USMNT fell one spot to #14 in the latest FIFA world rankings.  Not a lot of moves in this month’s rankings.

In case you missed it yesterday, Omar Gonzalez is going to be out a week or two with his knee injury, while Clarence Goodson picked up a shin contusion and is questionable for this weekend’s game.  Doesn’t look like either will hurt their World Cup chances.

Two other players who could be arriving late to camp are Aron Johannsson and Timothy Chandler.  Johannsson and AZ Alkmaar could still have Eredivisie Europa League playoffs to deal with.  They are up 3-0 after the first leg of the semifinals with the second leg this weekend.  If they advance to the final, that would overlap with the beginning of camp.  As for Chandler, Nurnberg could have the Bundesliga relegation playoffs to deal with if they can finish above Hamburger SV and Eintracht Braunschweig this weekend.

Here is part two of Arch Rivals/ASN’s video series on Maurice Edu’s quest to make the World Cup roster.

Sacha Kljestan hasn’t played much in Anderlecht’s last third of the season and now a report out of Belgium has him not happy and that he wants to return to the US.  It even throws out the LA Galaxy’s name, but I don’t see that happening since they already have three designated players.

Continuing with the same theme, a report out of Mexico claims that DaMarcus Beasley wants to leave Puebla for a return to MLS.

It looks like Oguchi Onyewu is one of the few players that is newly out of contract at Sheffield Wednesday that the club wants to re-sign.

The English FA chairman Greg Dyke wants to make it tougher for non-EU players to play in England.  This obviously would hurt Americans if something like this were to come true.

Hey Seattle people, the documentary on Bob Bradley, We Must Go, is making its premiere in your fine city on May 26.  Go buy tickets here.

And finally, 8-bit Landon Donovan says “Deal With It”.

 
Categories: Aron Johannsson, Bob Bradley, Clarence Goodson, DaMarcus Beasley, Landon Donovan, Maurice Edu, Oguchi Onyewu, Omar Gonzalez, Sacha Kljestan, Timothy Chandler, US Men's National Team
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Omar Gonzalez expected to miss up to two weeks with knee injury
   May 8, 2014 (4:59 PM) by Matt Benson
 

Omar Gonzalez had to be subbed out of the LA Galaxy’s game this past weekend with a knee injury.  Galaxy manager Bruce Arena spoke to the press today and let us know that Gonzalez should miss a week or two with the injury.

Despite the injury, Arena still expects Gonzalez to be among the 30 called into the training camp.

“Omar is making progress. [He has] just a little tweak on his [left] knee,” said Arena. “[He’ll miss] anywhere from a week or two weeks, but I do expect him to go off next week.”

Not as serious as Gonzalez’s injury, but fellow USMNT centerback hopeful Clarence Goodson picked up a shin contusion on Tuesday and is questionable for San Jose’s game this upcoming weekend.

 
Categories: Clarence Goodson, Omar Gonzalez, US Men's National Team
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Hump day links
   May 7, 2014 (12:42 AM) by Matt Benson
 

A couple things for Wednesday.

The USMNT will be featured on Showtime’s 60 Minutes Sports tonight and you can check out a trailer right here.

The guys over at ESPN FC decided to guess at which 23 guys will make the final World Cup roster.  We probably should do that on this site, so maybe I will put something together in the next week.

One of those ESPN writers, Doug McIntyre, spoke to Tim Howard last week after Howard signed his contract extension with Everton.

Stuart Holden’s contract with Bolton runs out this summer, but it looks like he and the club are talking about a new contract.  Here is a also a quick video of Holden working out and rehabbing.

Howie posted about Josh Gatt’s knee injury back in March and he is now set for his second ACL surgery next week.

Omar Gonzalez had to be subbed out of the LA Galaxy’s game this past weekend with a knee injury, but it does not appear to be serious.

Brian Sciaretta likes writing so here are some interviews with Joe Gyau and Jonathan Spector.

Kristan Heneage spoke to Duane Holmes being an American and the 2016 Olympics.

Fabian Johnson will be joining Borussia Mönchengladbach this summer after the World Cup and here is what his new home jersey for next season will look like.

And there have been a lot of goals from guys in lower leagues recently, so check out the goal tracker for updated numbers and highlights.

 
Categories: Duane Holmes, Fabian Johnson, Joe Gyau, Jonathan Spector, Josh Gatt, Omar Gonzalez, Stuart Holden, Tim Howard, US Men's National Team
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Tuesday morning links
   December 3, 2013 (7:00 AM) by Matt Benson
 

Where in the world is Landon Donovan?

No, really, he is instagramming photos of being in Europe (Donovan to Eintracht Frankfurt!?!?!?) which is making people think he is working on getting a potential winter loan deal worked out, although Bruce Arena told the Galaxy All-Access podcast that both Donovan and Omar Gonzalez won’t be heading to Europe on loan in January.  So now we play the waiting game for more information to leak out.

In case you missed it yesterday, US Soccer announced a friendly against South Korea for February 1.  It sounds like January’s camp will start in Los Angeles for a week.  Head to Brazil for a week or two before returning to Los Angeles for a final week and the friendly at the StubHub Center (RIP Home Depot Center naming rights).

The US fell one spot in the latest FIFA world rankings from #13 to #14.  Mexico moved up from #24 to #20.

Jozy Altidore was named US Soccer’s Male Athlete of the Year for 2013.  Jozy finished 2013 tied with Landon Donovan with a team-leading eight goals, including a USMNT record with a goal in five consecutive games.

CONCACAF also has a bunch of awards that you can vote on right here.  This will be the first edition of the soon-to-be annual CONCACAF awards.  It says you have until mid-December to vote, whenever that is (CONCACAF gonna CONCACAF).

As for the latest on the Bob Bradley new job watch, he is now being tied to the Vancouver Whitecaps.  And here is an updated trailer/sneak peek at the PBS hour-long documentary on Bradley, which will come out in 2014.

John Brooks has been having knee issues, although his MRI from last week showed nothing serious was wrong with it.

Jonathan Spector suffered a setback with his thigh injury and is now out until the end of January.

Southampton goalkeeper Artur Boruc will miss six weeks with a broken hand.  Throw in an injury to Kelvin Davis and there is a chance that Cody Cropper could at least dress for a game or two in the near future for the Saints.

Birmingham City have denied Bristol Rovers’ request to play Will Packwood in their upcoming FA Cup match.  If Packwood were to play, he would be ineligible to play for Birmingham City in the FA Cup for the rest of 2013-14.

Zach Pfeffer’s loan deal with Hoffenheim has officially come to an end.  He got a lot of playing time with Hoffenheim’s U-19 team while he was over in Germany.

Benji Joya, Daniel Cuevas and Santos Laguna’s U-20 team won the U-20 Apertura this past weekend.  And there is speculation that the two could be headed to other teams as they seek out playing time with first teams.

Speaking of that speculation and other possible transfers in Mexico (possibly DaMarcus Beasley), Tom Marshall has you covered.

Jeff Cunningham has been spotted in Vietnam trialing with Hai Phong FC.

And finally, go read Will’s latest goalkeeper interview with Washington Husky Spencer Richey.  Hopefully you guys have been enjoying Will’s interviews as I think he has some more coming in the future.

 
Categories: Benji Joya, Bob Bradley, Cody Cropper, DaMarcus Beasley, Daniel Cuevas, Jeff Cunningham, John Brooks, Jonathan Spector, Jozy Altidore, Landon Donovan, Omar Gonzalez, US Men's National Team, Will Packwood, Zach Pfeffer
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A couple things for Wednesday
   October 9, 2013 (6:00 AM) by Matt Benson
 

First off, we are bringing back our Top 5 Lists series and Howie decided to annoy US Soccer fans.  And if you haven’t already, check out our new USMNT jersey history page.

The big news of yesterday was Michael Orozco replacing Omar Gonzalez on the USMNT roster as Gonzalez picked up a hip strain.  Yet another injury.  And this probably means that Matt Besler and Geoff Cameron will get the start at centerback.

Here is what Jamaica’s 23-man roster looks like.

US Soccer put up a video of the team doing a bunch of fitness tests.

Greg Seltzer has some nuggets on various USMNT players, including that Arsenal have been scouting Brad Guzan.  Nothing more than that, but they are at least watching him.

Fresh off his clean sheet against Rosenborg, Steve Clark did interviews with Mathew Wagner and Greg Seltzer.

Jose Torres denied allegations of going out and partying the night after picking up a red card over the weekend.

Brian Sciaretta spoke to Duane Holmes about his dreams to play for the US.

Ghana want to play Bob Bradley and Egypt at a neutral venue for Egypt’s home leg due to security concerns.

 
Categories: Bob Bradley, Brad Guzan, Duane Holmes, Jose Francisco Torres, Michael Orozco Fiscal, Omar Gonzalez, Steve Clark, US Men's National Team
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Hump day links
   August 7, 2013 (2:23 AM) by Matt Benson
 

A few links for Wednesday.  Some of these are newer while a couple of these are old and I meant to post before my vacation last week.  Here we go.

Greg Seltzer has been dropping transfer goodies over the last two days.  One post on Michael Bradley and Terrence Boyd.  And another on Charlie Davies, Alejandro Bedoya and Maurice Edu.  As for the possible French mystery team interested in Bedoya, it looks like it could be Nantes (and he could be signing a three-year contract).

Bosnia released its roster for the August 14 friendly.  The US roster is not expected to be released to the public until Sunday or Monday.  Some European reports have stated that Bobby Wood and Aron Johannsson are being called in by Jurgen Klinsmann.  Not that it was likely that he would be called in, but Julian Green won’t be there since he was called in by Germany’s U-19 team.

The US’s September 6 qualifier at Costa Rica has been pushed back from 8 PM to 10 PM Eastern.

Grant Wahl has some great details into Clint Dempsey’s move to Seattle.  Also casually thrown in there is the fact that Omar Gonzalez is expected to be upgraded to a DP by the Galaxy with a contract extension.

Stuart Holden had his surgery on Monday.  Get well soon, Stu.

Zak Whitbread had to leave last weekend’s game on a stretcher due to a concussion, but Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson has told the press that Whitbread is expected to return to training this week.

Billy Schuler’s contract with Hammarby doesn’t look like it will be extended when it ends in December.  He has played in 10 of Hammarby’s 17 league games in 2013 with only one goal to his name.

Juan Ocegueda has decided to give up playing with the US so he can play for Chivas Guadalajara.

French-American youth player Maki Tall has signed a three-year contract with Lille.  As for another youth signing, Arizona native Michael Haynes has signed with Reading’s youth academy.

Hump day, woo wooo.

 
Categories: Alejandro Bedoya, Aron Johannsson, Billy Schuler, Bobby Wood, Charlie Davies, Clint Dempsey, Juan Ocegueda, Julian Green, Maki Tall, Maurice Edu, Michael Bradley, Michael Haynes, Omar Gonzalez, Stuart Holden, Terrence Boyd, US Men's National Team, Zak Whitbread
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United Stokes of America, continued?
   August 1, 2013 (7:57 AM) by Howie Michaels
 

It’s been a relatively quiet silly season in US circles thus far, but two new rumors have appeared linking New England Revolution striker Juan Agudelo and LA Galaxy defender Omar Gonzalez to Stoke City.

Ives drops this note:

 

And media from Stoke have suggested Agudelo:

Hughes was interested in Agudelo, who now plays in the United States for New England Revolution, when he was in charge at Manchester City three years ago, and has monitored his progress since then.

Stoke have used their presence in America these past 11 days to conduct advanced talks amid competition from at least one Premier League rival.

Gonzalez, as Ives notes, is generally attractive because his contract with the Galaxy is up at season’s end (this is the second-most undiscussed story in American soccer behind the same being true with Landon Donovan). I don’t know how much sense it would make for Stoke though, given that Ryan Shawcross and Robert Huth are pretty solid in the center of defense (forcing Gonzalez’s US teammate, Geoff Cameron, to rightback most often). Even if they’re looking for a relatively cheap depth signing (since there would be no transfer fee), I’m not sure that Stoke makes sense for Gonzalez unless he really likes hanging out with Cameron, Brek Shea, and Maurice Edu.

Agudelo makes more sense as he is having a nice year with New England (and Chivas USA before that) when healthy. Agudelo would have a tough time getting a work permit; however, several US players have won appeals in recent years (boosted by Jürgen Klinsmann’s involvement) so perhaps it wouldn’t be an issue.

 
Categories: Juan Agudelo, Omar Gonzalez
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