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D.C. United purchases Conor Doyle outright
   December 13, 2013 (1:01 PM) by Howie Michaels

Doyle, after limited minutes in 2.5 seasons at Derby County, joined MLS bottom-dwellers D.C. United on loan this summer. United has opted to pick up the buy option, making the Texas native a permanent member of their rebuilding efforts.

After one semester at Creighton University, Doyle signed his first professional contract with Derby County (English Championship) after a trial period with the club in 2010. After making 14 appearances with the first team in the 2010-2011 season, Doyle suffered both ankle and hamstring injuries, limiting him to six fixtures that year. In the 2012-2013 season, the young forward dealt with appendicitis and only saw one start and one substitute appearance.

“Conor is a very talented, young forward who will continue to improve,” said D.C. United Scouting Coordinator Kurt Morsink. “His ability to get into good spots and anticipate service is very rare for his age, and makes him a unique forward.”

Doyle scored two goals in fourteen league appearances for a really bad D.C. team. Despite the horrible season, they do have talent (that got them the #2 seed in the Eastern Conference in 2012) and have a nice young core that includes Doyle, Luis Silva, and Jared Jeffrey.

EDIT: It appears that the transfer fee was free. I believe that Doyle’s deal was up in July, which means that he could have signed a pre-contract in January in any case, I assume this is Derby basically saying that they’d rather not pay his salary.

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Conor Doyle headed to DC United on loan
   July 18, 2013 (10:48 AM) by Matt Benson

There was some speculation earlier this month that Conor Doyle would be headed to the US for a loan deal as he was training with the Colorado Rapids, but the 21-year-old forward will be joining DC United on loan.

D.C. United today announced that the club has acquired former U.S. youth international Conor Doyle on loan, the result of a League lottery conducted this morning. Per club and League policy, the terms of the deal were not disclosed. Doyle will join the Black-and-Red immediately and, pending receipt of his International Transfer Certificate, will be available for selection.

“Conor is another quality young talent who has advanced international soccer experience for his age,” said D.C. United General Manager Dave Kasper. “This loan will allow us to take a close look at him with an eye on the future. We look forward to Conor’s arrival in DC and to integrating him among our strong core group of up-and-coming players.”

Doyle has seen his playing time at Derby County shrink the past two seasons (two league appearances in 2012-13 and six in 2011-12) for various reasons after bursting onto the scene with 14 appearances in 2010-11 as an 18-year-old from McKinney, Texas.  He will be going to a struggling DC United squad.

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Thursday morning linkage
   July 18, 2013 (12:02 AM) by Matt Benson

Jurgen Klinsmann decided to use all four of his post-group stage roster swaps for the Gold Cup.  Looks like he wants to solidify that back with Matt Besler and Omar Gonzalez.  Ticket sales have increased to 43,000 for Sunday’s doubleheader according to Steven Goff.

Jon Arnold wrote another good interview for the site.  It was with Tony Taylor and talks about his move to Cyprus and playing in Europa League.  You should go read it so Jon will do more of these for the site.  Everyone wins!

The German Regionalliga has already started up and Julian Green scored two goals in a 4-2 win on Wednesday.  And someone decided to create a video of his preseason goals with Bayern Munich’s first team.

Diego Chavarri scored in his Iranian debut with Gostaresh Foolad on Wednesday.  And here is an interview that he did with Marca about being an American playing in Iran.

As I posted yesterday, Sebastian Lletget played well in West Ham’s friendly this week.  And here are some video highlights from the game.  He has one shot at the 4:40 mark and shows off some fancy footwork around the 5:50 mark.

I don’t think I posted this last week, but Danny Williams scored a goal in Reading’s friendly against Jon-Paul Pittman and Wycombe Wanderers.  Here is a photo of Williams from the game.

Tim Ream started at left back for Bolton in a preseason friendly against Rotherham United on Tuesday.

Who needs Jozy Altidore when you have Aron Johannsson?  Johannsson scored two goals and recorded an assist in AZ Alkmaar’s 3-0 win in a friendly against MVV.

Timothy Chandler is back from his knee injury and went 90 minutes in Nurnberg’s 3-0 loss to Borussia Monchengladbach in a friendly.

Here is a photo of Brad Friedel sporting Tottenham’s new goalkeeper kit from a recent friendly.

Geoff Cameron wants to impress new manager Mark Hughes.

Tyler Ruthven left the club recently and now goalkeeper Bryan Meredith has left Brage and is currently training with the Seattle Sounders.

Cody Cropper is starting the season with Southampton’s U-21 team.

The Charles Renken and Aubrey Perry traveling summer trial/training party is back at Nyköping.

Former US U-20er Victor Garza is on trial with Turkish club Samsunspor.

And Conor Doyle and Derby County have new away kits for this upcoming season.

Categories: Aron Johannsson, Aubrey Perry, Brad Friedel, Bryan Meredith, Charles Renken, Cody Cropper, Conor Doyle, Danny Williams, Diego Chavarri, Geoff Cameron, Julian Green, Sebastian Lletget, Tim Ream, Timothy Chandler, Tony Taylor, Victor Garza

Fourth of July links
   July 4, 2013 (12:15 AM) by Matt Benson

Today is always one of the great days of the year.  Here are a few links to read between some beers and fireworks.

Jurgen Klinsmann has selected DaMarcus Beasley as the captain for the US for the Gold Cup.  A nice honor for Beasley.

US Soccer has not made any official announcements, but Ives is hearing that Josh Gatt’s knee injury is significant enough that he will miss the Gold Cup.  As for the other injured player, Corey Ashe, he returned to full training today.

The USMNT will hold a training session open to the public today at 5 PM Pacific at Qualcomm Stadium.  Admission is free.

The official US Soccer youtube page has uploaded some highlights from past games against Guatemala.  So here is a game from 2000 and one from 2005.

I don’t know if I will do a pre-game primer or not, but here are the game notes.  The US is 13-4-6 all-time against Guatemala (11-0-1 on American soil) and the game will be on at 8 PM Pacific on NBC Sports Network.

The latest run of wins by the US has moved them up to #22 in the latest FIFA world rankings, up six spots from last month and now only two spots behind Mexico who dropped from #17 to #20.

Leander Schaerlaeckens writes about US Soccer’s slowly building scouting network.

If you haven’t read this site in a while, Howie has been bringing the thunder this week with a bunch of posts.  He has posted about Jared Jeffrey joining DC United.  Mario Rodriguez’s move to Borussia Mönchengladbach U-23 team.  Derby County want to send Conor Doyle to MLS on a loan.  Mike Grella is not returning to Scunthorpe United.  And I threw up a post about our latest Jann George sighting.  So this site has been pretty busy this week during a normally slow period.

In some fun site news, I got confirmation that our first international order for a Sacha Kljestan mustache shirt successfully crossed the pond and landed in Beglium.  The buyer is hopefully going to get a photo with Sacha and the shirt at one of Anderlecht’s preseason sessions in the next few weeks.  You can buy your own shirt right here.

While things in Egypt seem to be acting up again, it is good to hear that Bob Bradley and his wife are currently safe and back in the US for the moment.

Greg Seltzer has the latest transfer gossip about Jozy Altidore right here and here.  Thoughts on Jozy at Sunderland?

The Wooten Clan, Andrew Wooten, continues to put the ball in the back of the net in preseason friendlies for Kaiserslautern, scoring another two goals in a 7-0 win over Slovenian champs Maribor.

Chukwudi Chijindu scored his fifth goal of the season in Thór’s 2-1 win over ÍA Akranes on Wednesday.  His five goals this season are tied for the second most in the Icelandic Úrvalsdeild.

And here is what Bobby Wood will be wearing next season at 1860 Munich.  1860 Munich always seem to have some shirts that I like.

Enjoy the day.

Categories: Andrew Wooten, Bob Bradley, Bobby Wood, Chukwudi Chijindu, Conor Doyle, Cory Ashe, DaMarcus Beasley, Jann George, Jared Jeffrey, Josh Gatt, Jozy Altidore, Mario Rodriguez, Mike Grella, Sacha Kljestan, US Men's National Team
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Derby County want to send Conor Doyle on loan to MLS
   July 3, 2013 (9:09 AM) by Howie Michaels

With the recently-extended forward having seen sparse minutes in England, Derby would like to see Doyle spend some time playing in MLS.

“There are a few obstacles to overcome with the MLS* but hopefully we can work our way through them,” said Rams manager Nigel Clough.

“Conor is training full time with Colorado Rapids, which is good.

“A six-month loan spell would do him the world of good.

“We just want to get him playing some games.

“If not in America, we will try and get him fixed up in England.”

*– mainly the fact that MLS doesn’t even understand its own rules.- ed.

He’s been training with the Colorado Rapids, although he would technically be subject to a weighted lottery. Not sure if MLS would sign off on a short-term loan that lacked any sort of option to buy. Also I enjoy the assumption that a player who hasn’t seen a ton of action would step right in and be a regular in MLS for the second half of the season.

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Finally getting back to some links
   June 14, 2013 (12:53 AM) by Matt Benson

A few more USMNT tidbits before moving onto more club-based links.  The US-Panama game was the second-highest rated US qualifier ever on ESPN.  While it was only a 0.8, it was also a 10 PM Eastern start time on a Tuesday night.  Not bad.

It is starting to look like the US won’t be playing its road qualifier at the “lovely” concrete field at Saprissa when they travel to Costa Rica in September.  The stadium is not good enough for FIFA, who recently inspected Costa Rica’s stadium since they are hosting the Women’s U-17 World Cup there in 2014, so the US could be playing at Costa Rica’s new national team stadium in San Jose.

Mexico announced its roster for the Gold Cup, and as expected due to the Confederations Cup, it is a pretty weak roster.  It also features to Mexican-Americans in Miguel Ponce and the recently-found-out-be-an-American Isaac Brizuela.

The U-20 World Cup begins next Friday and Brian Sciaretta talked to Oscar Sorto while Ryan Bacic caught up with Danny Garcia.

Bob Bradley has Egypt one step closer to Brazil with a recent win over Zimbabwe.  And here is an extended look at the documentary on Bob Bradley on Egypt.

As for Michael Bradley, he now knows who his manager will be next season.  Rudi Garcia won the double (Ligue 1 and Coupe de France) in 2010-11 with Lille.

A couple new uniforms came out this week.  Here is Brad Guzan showing off Aston Villa’s new goalkeeper kit for next season.  And here is what Conor Doyle will hopefully wear a few more times on the field next season for Derby County.

If you are a regular of this site, you know that there was a little bit of chatter last week about Eric Lichaj and Nottingham Forest.  Well, it is picking up steam.

Greg Seltzer is hearing that the Ukrainian team interested in Jozy Altidore is Dinamo Kyiv.

Tim Ream’s agent also shot down some rumors to Seltzer about a possible Middlesbrough transfer.

DaMarcus Beasley was not sent to another Mexican league team before last week’s Liga MX draft/transfer deadline.  Puebla’s president recently tweeted that there is a 50 percent chance that they re-sign Beasley.

Another American who didn’t go anywhere in Mexico was Jonathan Bornstein.  Honduras’ favorite US player is still playing the waiting game and looking over his options.

Goalkeeper Caleb Patterson-Sewell has made the move from Vitoria Setubal to fellow Portuguese Primeira Liga side Gil Vicente.

Another player who made a move within his league is Bryan Gerzicich.  The defensive midfielder has switched from Hapoel Ironi Kiryat Shmona to Hapoel Tel Aviv in Israel.

The New York Cosmos have signed Jemal Johnson (not to be confused with Jamel Johnson).  Jemal last played in Europe for Tamworth in England before ending last season with the Fort Lauderdale Strikers.  I love looking as his wikipedia page.  So many different teams.  Octavio Dotel is impressed.

Greg Seltzer has some info on Tony Taylor as he is looking for a new home.

Goalkeeper Ethan Horvath, who has been training at Molde FK for a while, has signed a pre-contract with the Norwegian club and will sign a professional deal with the club once the window opens up in July.

While most of the bigger leagues are shut down at the moment, we still have seen goals in the last week from Christian Eissele, Chukwudi Chijindu and Jordan Seabrook.  Keep track of the lower leagues this season with our goal tracker.

And finally, with one game still left to go in the Polish II Liga (third tier), David Paul and Puszcza Niepołomice have earned promotion and will be playing in the I Liga next season.

Categories: Bob Bradley, Brad Guzan, Bryan Gerzicich, Caleb Patterson-Sewell, Christian Eissele, Chukwudi Chijindu, Conor Doyle, DaMarcus Beasley, Danny Garcia, David Paul, Eric Lichaj, Ethan Horvath, Isaac Brizuela, Jemal Johnson, Jonathan Bornstein, Jordan Seabrook, Jozy Altidore, Michael Bradley, Miguel Angel Ponce, Oscar Sorto, Tim Ream, Tony Taylor, US Men's National Team

Contractual ins and outs from England: Doyle and Holden extend, Lichaj is out
   May 22, 2013 (9:11 PM) by Howie Michaels

With the English season over, contracts are expiring for a number of players. The respective fates of three Americans came out today.

At Bolton, Stuart Holden signed a one-year extension as had been expected. The midfielder has made just a handful of appearances for Wanderers over the past two years following an injury and various setbacks, but he will join the national team for the first time in the Jürgen Klinsmann era this summer and is hoping to continue a return to full form.

Meanwhile, elsewhere in the Championship, Conor Doyle has re-signed for another season with Derby County. The 21 year-old played just 78 total minutes in 2012-13 although he was an unused sub in nearly half of Derby County’s games (seems like strange squad selection to have a guy there you never intend to use, but I once witnessed a college football team dress three kickers for a road game). Doyle will be available for loan which is probably for the best— he has made just 27 league appearances in three years, and I’m not sure he wouldn’t have been better off at Creighton for the last three years to be honest.

Finally, in the Premier League, Eric Lichaj will not return to Aston Villa. The one-time candidate for First Great American Leftback disappeared down the stretch (as part of an ongoing spotty playing time with Villa issue) but still dressed for most matches. I would probably bet on him landing in the Championship which wouldn’t be a bad spot for him at this point.

Categories: Conor Doyle, Eric Lichaj, Stuart Holden

More than a few days worth of links
   December 12, 2012 (11:15 PM) by Matt Benson

A bunch of goodies from the last week.

Clint Dempsey was named Fútbol de Primera’s US Soccer 2012 Player of the Year for the second straight year.  It was Dempsey’s third time winning the award (also in 2006), but Michael Bradley probably would have won my vote.

Speaking of Dempsey, Fulham have accepted Liverpool’s apology over their recruitment of Dempsey over the summer and have withdrawn their complaint.

Tim Howard will be making his 200th consecutive Premier League appearance on Saturday.  Timmy!

Steve Davis had breakfast with Jurgen Klinsmann recently and they talked about Carlos Bocanegra’s current role with the USMNT.

Bobby Wood has played his way into a new contract with 1860 Munich through the 2014-15 season.

Brian Sciaretta caught up with Sebastian Lletget to talk about breaking through with West Ham United.

Bryan Gerzicich has been cleared to play again for Ironi Kiryat Shmona after picking up a calf injury.

Benny Feilhaber signed with Sporting KC this week, but he apparently had some European suitors according to Greg Seltzer.

Seltzer also tells us that Alejandro Bedoya has been offered an extension by Helsingborg, while Swedish champions Elfsborg are also interested in his services.

A bunch of clubs are interested in Michael Parkhurst, who is now a free agent.

Jamie Hill ponders what a 2013 Olympic team would look like if there was one this year.

According to this report, Klinsmann has contacted Aron Johannsson about playing for the US and he “is now in doubt” over his decision.

Conor O’Brien has turned down a couple offers already and is meeting up with some more new teams according to his agent.

Rapid Vienna might be interested in Mix Diskerud.  Much like with Boyd’s move, USMNT assistant Andreas Herzog was the reference.  Speaking of Boyd, here is a Google-translated interview he recently did.

Adam Henley was invited to the upcoming US U-20 camp, but Blackburn nixed that idea.

San Antonio Scorpions defender Karsten Smith is currently on trial at Finnish side VPS.

Marc Pelosi is with Liverpool’s youth team in Singapore at the NexLions Cup.  And they were “mobbed” at the airport.

Conor Doyle made Derby County’s bench this past weekend for the first time since he had his appendix removed.

Categories: Adam Henley, Alejandro Bedoya, Aron Johannsson, Benny Feilhaber, Bobby Wood, Bryan Gerzicich, Carlos Bocanegra, Clint Dempsey, Conor Doyle, Conor O'Brien, Karsten Smith, Marc Pelosi, Michael Parkhurst, Mix Diskerud, Sebastian Lletget, Terrence Boyd, Tim Howard, US Men's National Team

Conor Doyle visits Miami, has appendix burst
   October 18, 2012 (7:00 AM) by Howie Michaels

Worst 21st birthday ever?

Doyle was rushed into hospital during the club’s mini break to Miami last week.

He has now returned to his family home in Dallas, Texas, but he is not allowed to fly back to England for a few weeks.

“We are in the hands of the doctors,” said manager Nigel Clough. “It was a particularly nasty appendicitis. He is not allowed to fly externally for maybe three or four weeks because of the nature of the operation.”

Clough said Doyle suddenly felt unwell and started being sick.

“We thought it was food poisoning at first because he was being sick,” Clough added. “Then he was rushed into hospital at about 2.30 in the morning in an awful lot of pain.

“The only good thing is he’s at home! He was allowed to fly internally and went home to Dallas, where he will spend some time recuperating.

“Had it happened to one of the English lads, we would have had more of a problem.”

An appendix operation was not the birthday present Doyle wanted.

He was 21 on Saturday and members of his family had planned to spend a few days with him at Derby’s hotel in Miami.

Doyle has had a handful of first-team appearances this year and also leads Derby County’s U-21 squad in scoring.

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Derby County’s new home kit for 2012-13
   July 20, 2012 (8:05 PM) by Matt Benson

We showed you Derby County’s away kit earlier this month and now they have released their new home kit for this upcoming season.

Pretty basic.

And if that doesn’t float your boat, here are some photos of Derby County and Conor Doyle doing some team bonding at an assault course challenge at the National Watersports Centre in Nottingham.

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