The draw for the early qualifying rounds of the UEFA Champions League and Europa League were held yesterday, giving us the summer plans for a few Americans in the lesser-known first divisions of Europe.
For the Europa League first round, Danijal Brokovic and FK Olimpic, fresh off a 6th-place finish in the Premier League of Bosnia and Herzegovina, will take on Slovakia’s Spartak Trnava. Jordan Seabrook, whose VPS finished 4th in the Finnish Veikkausliiga, will take on AIK of Sweden. Meanwhile, Morgan Langley’s St. Patrick’s Athletic, 3rd in the League of Ireland last year, will face off with Latvia’s Skonto (not to be confused with Tonto).
The leagues of the Europa League first qualfiying round will take place July 2 and 9.
Meanwhile, in the early stages of the Champions League, Cesar Romero and Pyunik will take on San Marino’s Folgore, assuming that the Joker doesn’t depart for interest from Russia or Serbia. If they are successful in winning that tie (the dates aren’t set, but they will either be June 30 or July 1 and July 7 or 8), they will actually force Molde, who of course have Josh Gatt (injury dependent) and Ethan Horvath. So we could be in for a little Armenia-Norway American clash.
The surgeon who operated him for cruciate ligament injury has examined him thoroughly and feedback from him is positive.
_ It seems that things are now going Joshua veg. The swelling in the knee is gone down and he should be retrained sense to get him back as quickly as possible on the pitch, says coach Tor Ole Skullerud. Both he and Joshua Gatt was extremely fond of the message from the surgeon. The US Lynvingen had been worried for a while, and was very relieved modest.
_ Joshua begin with physical exercise and with football again as soon as possible in relation to pain. For some uncertainty there, but all indications are that it will go well. Joshua is also offensive itself. That it has taken time to get clarification because it is performed a series of tests in recent weeks. The surgeon concluded that one has good control of ligament damage, but you are a little unsure how the knee will react when he plays football again.
_ Therefore, it is a very reasonable training period. Joshua was essentially 100 percent healthy when he has gone out against Mjøndalen, so I do not think it should take so long before he started again. He has been very clever in the absence period, says Skullerud.
So that is some good news.
As for Mr. Fred Adu. He has only played in five of KuPS’s 13 league games this season and hasn’t seen the field since May 20. He also sent out a tweet recently letting us know he has picked up an injury in the last week. Yet another setback for the 26-year-old.
Picked up a minor injury that has put me out for the last few days. Working hard and hopefully will be back to full training soon.
I am still playing catch up on the soccer world as work decided to kick me as soon as I got back into the office after the mini vacation. Enough babbling.
In case you missed what happened on the field over the past weekend, Roderick has you covered. I was finally able to go back to update the goal tracker from the few goals over the last week, including links to goals by Moises Orozco, Cesar Romero, Björn Maars Johnsen, Harrison Hanley and Jonathan Bornstein.
Also earlier this week, we unveiled the sixth edition of the legendary OT XI. Plus we picked our MVP of the season as well as goal and performance of the year. So go check that out.
The US U-23 team opened up the Toulon Tournament with a disappointing 3-1 loss to France yesterday. Here are some highlights. Sounds like Jordan Morris was the only player who did somewhat well for the US. Also, if you missed the roster of the team (since it came out while I was gone), here that is. Luis Gil was apparently on the initial roster, but Real Salt Lake was able to keep him after a little talk with US Soccer.
One player on that roster, Cody Cropper, is searching for a new club after parting ways with Southampton. While he is likely to stay in England, Ives Galarcep is hearing that Cropper is on the discovery list of at least three MLS teams.
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.