Jurgen Klinsmann selected his 23-man roster for the upcoming qualifiers against Costa Rica and Mexico. While some guys got “left off”, I don’t think there were any “snubs”, which sort of shows you the depth is going on beyond 23 spots. US Soccer’s website has its usual post-roster Q&A with Klinsmann. And they have a little video with Klinsmann.
Klinsmann is also aware of Eric Lichaj’s recent good play, but doesn’t want to experiment with the roster now. If the US can clinch a spot in the next two games and Lichaj continues to play well with Nottingham Forest, I bet he gets called in during October.
A report out Germany says John Brooks is only available for the Costa Rica match and has to return back to Hertha Berlin before the qualifier against Mexico. But Liviu Bird was told by a US Soccer spokesman that no agreementexists between US Soccer and Hertha Berlin.
Also in Europa League action on Thursday, Terrence Boyd made the bench, but did not play in Rapid Vienna’s 3-0 win over Dila. A Josh Gatt-less Molde FK were knocked out of Europa League by Rubin Kazan’. And Conor O’Brien (who didn’t play) and Nordsjælland were also knocked out on Thursday.
And finally, Jermaine Jones and Sacha Kljestan learned their groups for Champions League on Thursday.
The US has its last Gold Cup group stage game tomorrow against Costa Rica at 8 PM Eastern on Fox Soccer. The US can win Group C with a win or draw and would likely face Martinique in the quarterfinals. A loss would match them against Honduras in the quarterfinals.
Here are the official US Soccer game notes. The US is 12-12-6 all-time against Costa Rica, although hold a 5-0-1 mark against the Ticos in the Gold Cup. Landon Donovan is the only player on the current roster with a goal against Costa Rica. And the last player to score on Costa Rica was Clint Dempsey during the Snow Clasico in March. Costa Rica has gone 704 consecutive minutes without allowing a goal. Hopefully that ends today.
Grant Wahl was at today’s press conference and gave us some goodies. Jurgen Klinsmann plans on using his best squad instead of experimenting with lineups with a quarterfinal slot already in hand. He also thinks Chris Wondolowski will start since he usually brings a starter to the pre-game press conference and Wondo was there on Monday. And Klinsi decided to troll the Costa Rica fans.
US Soccer’s YouTube channel gives us the latest video on Tony Beltran. And equipment manager Jesse Bignami instagrammed this great photo from today’s training.
I did a bunch of numbers and facts on Sunday about the USMNT and Wondo’s great run of play as of late. Elias also added a couple things on Wondo.
Grant Wahl confirmed the game time for September’s World Cup qualifier against Costa Rica. It will be on September 6 at 8 PM Eastern on BeIN Sport.
The injury bug hit on Monday. First we heard that Fabian Johnson picked up an ankle injury. Hopefully he should return by the end of the week. Then the horrible news about Josh Gatt being out for the rest of the Norwegian season due to an upcoming knee surgery. Then late in the day, I found out that Jonathan Spector fractured his right cheekbone during a behind-closed-doors training match against MK Dons last week.
I did some cleaning up of our goal tracker last night. Found some more goals of guys in lower leagues that we missed. Plus I found a couple decent YouTube channels with Finnish league highlights, so I linked a few more goals that we were missing. If you ever find a highlight or know we are missing a goal, please let us know.
Terrence Boyd and Rapid Vienna were already knocked out of the Austrian Cup on Sunday in penalties to Shawn Barry and LASK Linz. Boyd came off the bench and made his penalty, while Barry went the full 120 minutes of Linz.
Also over the weekend, Bobby Wood continues his strong push for playing time/starting spot with an assist in 1860 Munich’s 2-1 win over Bayer Leverkusen. Here are some highlights, including Wood’s assist around the 1:40 mark.
While some reports came out last week that Tottenham transfer-listed Clint Dempsey, his agent says that he is not being shopped around. And I don’t know if I posted this last week or not, but Dempsey was second on Tottenham only to Gareth Bale in fewest minutes played across all competitions per goals+assists.
A few more links to add about Jozy Altidore’s move to Sunderland. I know there has been some discussion in our comments about how many goals would equal success in people’s eyes for Jozy, but Greg Seltzer is guessing 12 goals in league play for Altidore in 2013-14. If you can understand the accents, here are some Sunderland fans commenting on Sunderland’s moves, including Jozy. And here is short video interview with Altidore.
Everton have signed 23-year-old goalkeeper Joel Robles and Roberto Martinez has “warned” Tim Howard that he has to fight for his starting spot.
I haven’t done a shameless plug roundup in a while so here I go. Are you following me on Twitter? How about Howie or Jon? Did you also know that we are on Facebook and you can “like” us? So do that now. And you should probably also buy one of our Sacha Kljestan mustache shirts. They are great and only $20 (That is including shipping too! So you can just tell yourself that the shirt is only really $15).
Speaking of Twitter, I asked for some new music suggestions and a bunch of people told me some things to check out. Some of the ones that I have listened to so far and liked include Bonbo and Chvrches. Yay for social media!
Molde FK are reporting that Josh Gatt’s knee injury is bad enough that he will have surgery later this month and is expected to miss the rest of the Norwegian season. Some Google-translate fun:
Joshua Gatt knee injury from the game series in Sarpsborg, is so severe that he undergo surgery later this month – and is out for the rest of the season. Josh is currently at home in the U.S. where it was intended that he would play for the U.S. in the Gold Cup. After surgery and initial treatment, Josh get back to Norway for further training, said manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
The Norwegian season runs until November, but even if he gets back by then or December, it will be tough for him to make an impression on Jurgen Klinsmann for the World Cup roster.
If you stayed up late on Friday, you saw the US defeat Guatemala 6-0. If you missed out on the game, here are the highlights. I think most people would say that the “breakout” performers were Stuart Holden and Mix Diskerud. And Jon Arnold was down in San Diego and got some quotes from the second half central midfield duo.
I tweeted out a bunch of stats and facts during/after the game and a few of the interesting ones (at least to me):
* Friday was the 11th time all-time that the US has scored 6+ goals in a single game.
* The US is now 12-0-1 all-time against Guatemala on American soil, including 10 shutouts.
* The US has now won its last five games, tying the longest winning streak in the Klinsmann era.
* Landon Donovan (51 goals) became the fourth CONCACAF player with 50+ goals (also Stern John, Carlos Pavon and Carlos Ruiz).
The Gold Cup started up on Sunday and Martinique shocked Canada with this great goal in stoppage time. And Panama beat Mexico for the first time ever. A crazy first day for the Copa Oro. The US begins its Group C play against Belize on Tuesday at 8 PM Pacific on Fox Soccer. Josh Gatt has been ruled out for the tournament and Brek Shea has replaced him on the final 23-man roster.
Here is a story on Belize’s manager Ian Mork, a native of Wichita, Kansas.
By the time you read this, it will probably became official, but it looks like Jozy Altidore is headed to Sunderland. His personal site took down the story on Friday, but AZ’s site has some information up.
Brad Guzan is headed back to Aston Villa for the preseason with a new contract.
Peruvian-American defender/winger Diego Chavarri is taking his talents to Iran with Gostaresh Fooload on loan. Gostaresh Fooload will be his fifth team since 2011.
LA Galaxy players Charlie Rugg, Kenney Walker and Bryan Gaul are in Sweden to train with Hammarby. Probably mainly happening since Gregg Berhalter is the manager at Hammarby.
And lets end with some more new kits/shirts for the upcoming season. Since it sounds like Jozy will be at Sunderland, here are their home and away jerseys. Looking a lot like Sunderland’s home shirt, but with a collar, here is what Brek Shea, Geoff Cameron and Maurice Edu will be wearing in home games with Stoke City. Jonathan Spector (and Will Packwood hopefully) will be wearing these electronic cigarette-sponsored shirts. And finally, Eric Lichaj made the move this offseason to Nottingham Forest and has this new red shirt to wear. I have always been a fan of Forest’s 70s-looking badge. Speaking of Lichaj, he played in his first preseason friendly with Forest this past weekend.
US Soccer officially announced that Josh Gatt’s knee injury from last weekend will keep him out of the Gold Cup and Brek Shea will replace him on the final 23-man roster. Shea had been training with the team down in San Diego and played in the friendly last night, but was originally going to head back to Stoke City for the preseason after the game.
Since Shea was already on the provisional roster, Chris Pontius has been added to the 35-man provisional roster in place of Gatt. Pontius will be eligible for the the 23-man roster in the event of an injury or if Klinsmann decides to use any of his four roster swaps after the group stage.
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 USMNT Gold Cup squad started up training yesterday in San Diego. Josh Gatt left his game at Molde FK this weekend with a knee injury, but still no news to report on how bad (or good?) it is as they wait for the MRI results. Cory Ashe is also day-to-day with a thigh contusion.
Here is a Google-translated article about Jurgen Klinsmann wanting Bobby Wood for the Gold Cup, but 1860 Munich persuaded that it was in his best interest to stay in Europe for preseason training.
As for another Wood(s), USMNT goalkeeper coach Chris Woods was officially named the goalkeeper coach at Manchester United. Woods was the goalkeeper coach under David Moyes at Everton, and as for the good news, will get to continue coaching with the USMNT (although he won’t be with the team at the Gold Cup).
Jozy Altidore sat down with Grant Wahl recently for this video interview. Greg Seltzer has some Jozy transfer goodies here and here. He also has some more stuff on Alejandro Bedoya and Joe Gyau. And he lets us know that US youth forward Rubio Rubin will sign a deal with FC Utrecht next spring once he turns 18.
Will Packwood is jogging for the first time since his nasty leg injury (and surgeries). Good to hear.
As for some more preseason friendly stuff from the weekend, Alfredo Morales started for FC Ingolstadt in a friendly against Maccabi Tel Aviv. And Julian Green had a hat trick on Saturday in Pep Guardiola’s first game with Bayern Munich, a 15-1 win over some fan club. Then followed that up with a hat trick on Sunday in another friendly with Bayern Munich’s senior team against another amateur team. In my opinion, there is a good chance the 18-year-old could be playing with Bayern’s U-23 team this upcoming season. He scored 10 goals in 28 league games with their U-19 team last season.
Fabian Hurzeler is training with Hoffenheim’s senior team to start out the preseason.
It looks like Borussia Mönchengladbach could be interested in signing US U-20er Mario Rodriguez to their youth team.
Here is a video interview with Aubrey Perry and Charles Renken about their trial at Nyköpings BIS in Sweden.
And finally, OT reader/frequent commenter Daniil let us know that 15-year-old Elbert Green of the Pacific Soccer Academy is down in Honduras training with Olimpia. Green was born in San Jose, California.
UEFA held its draw for the first and second qualifying rounds of Champions League and Europa League for next season on Monday. Here is a quick look at who some Americans will be facing in the early rounds (first and second qualifying rounds). For a look at the full draws, check that out here and here.
Danijal Brkovic – Željezničar
The Bosnian-American forward will enter Champions League in the second qualifying round (played over two legs on July 16-17 & July 23-24) after winning last season’s Bosnian Premier League. Brkovic played in 10 games last season, scoring once, and his team will face Czech Liga champions FC Viktoria Plzeň. Željezničar are making their sixth appearance all-time in Champions League, but have moved past the second round only once (made it to the third qualifying round in 2002-03).
Wikipedia fun fact on their opponent: Goalkeeper Petr Cech was born in Plzeň and grew up in the FC Viktoria Plzeň youth system before signing with FK Chmel Blšany in 1999.
Josh Gatt – Molde FK Josh Gatt and Molde have been struggling this season, but maybe they can spark something with an appearance in Champions League. It will be interesting to see if Gatt will stay in Norway to play with Molde or will miss some Champions League games due to the Gold Cup in the US. Molde drew League of Ireland Premier Division champions Sligo Rovers in the second qualifying round. This will be Molde’s third all-time appearance in Champions League, losing in the third qualifying round last season and making it to the group stage in 1999-00.
Wikipedia fun fact on their opponent: Sligo Rivers are a co-operative venture, owned by the people of Sligo.
Mikkel Diskerud – Rosenborg Much like Josh Gatt, Mix Diskerud is another player who could either still be in Europe playing in these games or he will be missing them due to the Gold Cup. Rosenborg enter this year’s Europa League in the first qualifying round (played over two legs on July 4 & July 11) after finishing third in last year’s Tippeligaen. 2013-14 marks Rosenborg’s 14th appearance in Europa League, playing at least one game in the tournament in seven of the previous eight seasons. They will square of with IFA Premiership (Northern Ireland) runners-up Crusaders FC.
Wikipedia fun fact on their opponent: Crusaders lost to Rosenborg, 4-0 on aggregate, in the first qualifying round of Europa League in 2012-13.
Bryan Gerzicich – Hapoel Tel Aviv After making the move from Hapoel Ironi Kiryat Shmona to Hapoel Tel Aviv this summer, Bryan finds himself in the second qualifying round of Europa League (played over two legs on July 18 & July 25). Hapoel Tel Aviv finished third in the Israeli Premier League and they will be facing the Bulgarian side PFC Beroe Stara Zagora. This will be Hapoel Tel Aviv’s 13th all-time appearance in Europa League after making it to the group stage in 2012-13.
Wikipedia fun fact on their opponent: PFC Beroe Stara Zagora won the now defunct Balkans Cup (an international competition for clubs from Albania, Bulgaria, Greece, Romania, Turkey and Yugoslavia from 1961 to 1994) a record four times (1967-68, 1969, 1981-83 & 1983-84).
Tony Taylor – AC Omonia It looks like Tony Taylor is making a move to the Cyprus side pending a physical (more on this later). AC Omonia enter the competition in the second qualifying round after finishing third in last year’s Cypriot First Division. They will play the winner of Domžale (Slovenia) and Astra Giurgiu (Romania) from the first round. AC Omonia is one of the four biggest clubs in Cyprus, but has yet to ever qualify for a European group stage (Champions League or Europa League).
Wikipedia fun fact on their opponent (Domžale): Domžale was formed in 1921 and is one of the oldest Slovenian clubs.
Wikipedia fun fact on their opponent (Astra Giurgiu): Astra Giurgiu was known as Astra Ploiești until 2012 when it was moved from Ploieşti to Giurgiu by owner Ioan Niculae.
We had a couple other goals from Wednesday. Daniel Stevens scored his sixth goal of the season in BK-46′s 1-0 win over SalPa in Finland. And in Swedish Division 2 (fourth tier) action, Lester Dewee scored his first of the 2013 season in Bodens BK’s 3-2 loss to Morön. And you can follow along with our goal tracker.
Jonathan Spector has re-signed with Birmingham City. And he apparently “spurned” some Premier League interest to re-sign with the Championship side.
Since Oka Nikolov is headed to MLS, Steve Cherundolo is now the longest-serving active one-club man in the Bundesliga.
Want a photo album of random Clint Dempsey photos from the last 10 years? Here you go.
Tuesday’s USMNT game against Honduras drew a 0.7 rating, which isn’t too bad since it was up against one of the better NBA Finals games in a while (Game 6 of the 2011 NBA Finals is still the best ever and I am only saying that as a Dallas Mavericks fan).
Not that we didn’t already know this, but Michael Bradley is important to the USMNT.
According to this Portuguese report, Tony Taylor may be headed to Cyprus side AC Omonia. They would be playing in the second qualifying round of Europa League next season.
Junior Flores is headed back to Germany to train with Borussia Dortmund’s U-19 team in July.
Stuttgarter Kickers has extended Royal-Dominique Fennell’s contract through 2015. Fennell appeared in only 12 games for the German 3. Liga side in 2012-13 due to a groin injury.
Paolo DelPiccolo is still on trial with the Montreal Impact since returning from Germany and recently played in a reserve league match.
USF left back Ben Sweat went on some trials in Europe last summer and he is at it again. Another Reading United player, Patrick Slogic, is headed to Austria to train.
According to the Mirror (so you know it is 100% true!), Tottenham and Bolton are interested in 18-year-old goalkeeper Charlie Horton. According to this youtube video from a couple years ago, he was born in England but grew up in the US and was/is committed to North Carolina.