As for the mid week so far, Gedion Zelalem help setup a goal for Arsenal’s U-21 team. Michael Orozco had an assist as Puebla won the Copa MX final over Chivas (Herculez Gomez watched from the bench). And Andrija Novakovich scored a goal for Reading’s U-21 team.
The US U-20 team is in Austria this week and here is their roster. They had a 2-2 draw against Qatar yesterday with the US goals coming from Amando Moreno and Conor Donovan.
The US U-23 team will take on Mexico later tonight at the StubHub Center. Here is their roster. Apparently manager Andi Herzog asked Hamburg permission for Julian Green to stay after last week’s friendly against Mexico for this game but they didn’t respond yes to him until Green was already on a plane back to Germany. Herzog also wants to create a pipeline to the USMNT with the U-23 team. And Liviu Bird’s random observation from training earlier this week, Jordan Morris has Type 1 diabetes and tests his blood sugar during training.
For those of you that miss watching grainy Youtube videos of Josh Gatt flying down the wings, we have some good news. He has been cleared to play again after a couple knee surgeries.
Hannover 96 did some shuffling around of their coaching staff and Steve Cherundolo has been promoted to an assistant.
There is nothing really new with Gedion Zelalem, but Steven Goff reminds us where we all stand at the moment.
RB Leipzig announced yesterday that Terrence Boyd has resumed to jogging as he rehabs from his ACL surgery. ESPN’s Doug McIntyre also saw Boyd jogging and riding the exercise bike while he was with the USMNT earlier this month.
It looks like Danny Williams picked up an injury while with the USMNT and his doubtful for this weekend’s game against Blackpool.
Cameron Carter-Vickers and DeAndre Yedlin both played with Tottenham’s U-21 yesterday with CCV wearing the captain’s armband. Here is also a photo gallery from the game.
Another week and another goal by Duane Holmes with Huddersfield Town’s U-21 team. I believe that is the third straight week with a goal. Highlights of their U-21 team usually emerge a few days after the game.
“There were a lot of options,” Altidore said. “People were saying I was forced to Toronto or something like that. I just thought at this point in my life it was something that I was ready to do.
“I was ready for the public opinion and backlash. The project they have here excited me the most.”
Even more than the plethora of opportunities he had on Europe’s mainland.
Altidore explained why he chose Toronto FC over four German clubs, two French sides, two Italian teams and a potential loan move within the Premier League.
But there are a lot of goodies in that interview so go read it.
While he is not playing much for Hamburg, Bayern Munich is at least making money off Julian Green. According to one report out of Germany, Bayern Munich is getting paid each time Green doesn’t make Hamburg’s gameday roster. And that has happened a lot this season.
Steven Goff is reporting that US U-20 goalkeeper Zack Steffen is close to signing with Freiburg in Germany. Freiburg currently have Caleb Stanko on their roster and used to have Eric Lickert until this past season.
Tim Howard was named Fútbol de Primera Player of the Year last week. The award is given to the top USMNT player each year and voted on by various journalists. This was Howard’s first year winning the award.
Yesterday was Thursday and Thursday means Europa League. Tim Howard was a beast as he tied a Europa League record with 12 saves in Everton’s 4-1 win over Wolfsburg (highlights). And Fabian Johnson started on the left wing for Borussia Mönchengladbach in their 1-1 draw to Villarreal.
The UEFA Youth League also had some games this week with Gedion Zelalem going the distance in Arsenal’s 2-0 win over Junior Flores (71 minutes) and Borussia Dormund. Here is a photo of them both in action. Zelalem also had a pretty nice assist last week in an Arsenal youth game back in England.
Herculez Gomez scored a goal in Tigres’ 1-0 win over Queretaro in Copa MX action on Wednesday (highlights). It was also Ronaldinho’s debut for Queretaro.
Emerson Hyndman will have a new manager at Fulham as Felix Magath has been sacked after the dumpster fire of a start by the Cottagers this season.
The English FA has proposed some changes about foreign players obtaining work permits in the UK. And as Jeremiah Oshan points out, this could help Americans like DeAndre Yedlin if the US can continue to be a Top 30 team. And here is your reminder that Yedlin is really fast.
The winger, nearly recovered from a torn ACL, is starting to look like the Stuart Holden of the North as he has apparently torn the same ACL. Googlely translated:
Joshua Gatt has most likely torn the same ligament that has put him out of action for the past eight months.
– I dare not affirm what has happened, but there is much to suggest that we get bad news here. And it is in the case tragic, simply. Now we are awaiting a conclusion from the specialist who operated Josh in the United States recently.
– Do you worry Gatt career can be ruined by this, that he is not going back to where he was?
– The need experts opinion on, I can not anticipate anything about the medical. But there are of course tough for Josh to start all over again, it is the most brutal right now. There is also a hard blow for the team, says Skullerud.
It seems like a lifetime ago that the winger was a rising contender for the World Cup (despite his frequent hamstring injuries). Now he looks to be out most of it not all of the Tippeligaen season.
A bunch of guys saw the field yesterday, including one goal by Joe Gyau. Hopefully I will have highlights of that goal in the next two days. Tim Howard and Everton also moved into fifth place of the Premier League after defeating Newcastle United 3-0 (highlights).
Thanks to OT reader Ian for pointing this out, but Gedion Zelalem is no longer listed on Germany’s U-17 roster for their ongoing Euro qualifiers. Jeff Carlisle did some more diggingaround and got some confirmation from Arsenal that he declined the invitation. If he were to play with Germany in an official youth game, he would no longer be eligible to switch to the US at a later date since he is not a US citizen as of yet (and you can only file FIFA one-time switches to countries that you are eligible to play for when you played your first youth game, which would only be Ethiopia for him).
Now, if he were to get US citizenship, he would no longer be eligible to play for Germany, which would cause him to lose his European Union status and affect his ability to work in England with Arsenal. So I don’t see him rushing out the door to get his US citizenship at the moment. But there is still hope, although small, for him to possibly playing for the US in the future, especially with Nick Saban Jurgen Klinsmann as the US’s lead recruiter. (EDIT: Some of Zelalem’s situation noted above could be wrong, but that is how it was explained to me by others.)
“Julian would get very defensive when his brother would make fun of [his English],” his father said. “So Julian would say to his brother, ‘Yeah, well, I was born in America and you weren’t. I’m from Tampa and you’re not. You’re German. I’m an American.’”
Leeds United’s Gregory Ariyibi was sent out on loan to English League One side Tranmere Rovers for the rest of the season. Ariyibi came off the bench and played 48 minutes in a 2-1 loss to Swindon Town on Tuesday. I have also seen his first name as Gboly, but I reached out to him to see which one he wants to go by because that is how I roll.
Jose Torres was subbed out of a game due to injury this past weekend, but he was back in the starting lineup yesterday as Tigres defeated Veracruz in Copa MX action, so I guess it wasn’t serious.
Former Real Salt Lake defender Brandon McDonald has signed with Swedish Superettan side Ljungskile SK. He joins fellow Americans Aaron Nichols and Alex Horwath at the club. The Swedish second division now has nine Americans for this upcoming season, the most of any foreign country.
And finally, Brian Sciaretta caught up with Sebastien Ibeagha as he begins his career with AC Horsens in Denmark.
We had a few goals this past weekend. Aron Johannsson showed off some fancy footwork while scoring a brace in AZ’s 4-0 win (highlights). Jose Torres found the back of the net for Tigres in their 3-0 win over Cruz Azul (highlights). Mario Rodriguez, Jann George and Seth Rudolph also scored this weekend and you can always follow along with our goal tracker.
Howie posted this yesterday, but Brek Shea’s loan with Barnsley was cut short a few weeks early after an incident with a Barnsley fan where Shea gave the fan “the finger” after the fan was apparently yelling some things at a teammate.
Jozy Altidore did not travel with Sunderland’s team this past weekend and it sounds like it was some illness according to Grant Wahl.
Alejandro Bedoya’s FC Nantes were just hit with a 16-month transfer ban. While they will be able to sell and release players, they will not be able to sign any new players until the summer of 2015.
Josh Gatt is getting closer to fully returning to the field. While he thinks it would be possible to return in time for Molde’s season opener on March 28, they might wait a week or two more to make sure everything with his knee is good.
Staying in Norway, Stabæk’s website has a new video interview up with Bob Bradley.
The Men in Blazers’ website has a cool little write-up on two of John Brooks’ tattoos. Showing some love to both the US and Germany.
As of last Friday, about 35,000 tickets have been sold so far for the US-Mexico friendly in Phoenix.
Jurgen Klinsmann was down in Austin this past weekend getting his hipster on at SXSW. Also announced at SXSW this weekend is a “Hard Knocks”-type show by ESPN with the USMNT leading up to the World Cup. One of the co-producers is Jonathan Hock, who did two of my favorite 30 For 30s: “The Best That Never Was” (Marcus Dupree) and “Survive and Advance” (1983 NC State Basketball Team). Basically, this should be in good hands.
I know I linked Part 1 of Roger Bennett’s oral history of the 1994 USMNT last week, but here are Part 2, Part 3 and Part 4.
While Footy Headlines is not Todo Sobre Camisetas when it comes to leaked jerseys, it does have a better batting average than some sites out there and they are saying this is the road jersey for the US for the World Cup. If this is the real deal Holyfield (we are currently in Rumorville at the moment), I think I like it although it does look like a bomb pop.
Here is small interview with Jake Keegan, who is now with Galway FC in Ireland.
And finally, Yannick Smith is now back in the US with USL Pro’s Dayton Dutch Lions FC after playing in Finland with Narpes Kraft last season.