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Friday morning links
   September 19, 2014 (12:03 AM) by Matt Benson
 

A bunch of stuff before the weekend.

The latest FIFA rankings came out yesterday with the US moving up one spot to #17.  The US is still the third-highest ranked team in CONCACAF with Costa Rica at #15 and Mexico at #16.

According to Steven Goff, the US has sold about 25,000 tickets for the October 10 friendly against Ecuador in Hartford.

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.

Sticking at Craven Cottage, remember when Clint Dempsey had his hand all wrapped up for a couple of weeks in 2010?  According to Danny Murphy, it was because Dempsey punched a window after finding out that he wouldn’t start in the Europa League semifinal.  Dempsey can still rap as well.

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.

Terrence Boyd has returned to some solo training this week.

Someone pointed out this tweet from August to me today, but it looks like Josh Gatt is hoping for a January return.

Greg Seltzer takes a look at some possible dual nationals for the USMNT as we begin the 2018 cycle.

Stoke City are setting up some academies in the US and Canada.

Jeffrey Donovan talked to Alfredo Morales about earning his second cap and some other things for ASN.

Right back Travis Brent signed with Heracles Almelo in the Netherlands last month.  He has played in at least one U-21 game over the last month.

Dembakwi Yomba assisted on a goal for one of Atletico Madrid’s youth teams this week.

Kenya Brown talked to Alex Rodier as he begins his second season in Poland with LKS Lomza.

And congrats to Jon Arnold for guest hosting Soccer Morning yesterday.  It seems like yesterday that he was writing about Christian Eissele for us.  He is all grown up.

 
Categories: Alex Rodier, Alfredo Morales, Clint Dempsey, DeAndre Yedlin, Dembakwi Yomba, Emerson Hyndman, Fabian Johnson, Gedion Zelalem, Herculez Gomez, Josh Gatt, Junior Flores, Terrence Boyd, Tim Howard, Travis Brent, 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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Josh Gatt looks to be out again
   March 27, 2014 (9:43 AM) by Howie Michaels
 

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.

 
Categories: Josh Gatt
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Hump day links
   March 26, 2014 (12:01 AM) by Matt Benson
 

Some linkage for this Wednesday.

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).

Todo Sobre Camisetas has some more photos of the “bomb pop” away kits for the US.

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 digging around 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.)

As for the prized recruit that the US did land, Nate Scott talked to Julian Green’s dad about the move.

“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.’”

Here is a photo of Geoff Cameron scoring on Brad Guzan.  Cameron will have some bragging rights for a while.

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.

It looks like Josh Gatt re-injured his knee last week and will be out indefinitely.

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.

 
Categories: Aaron Nichols, Alex Horwath, Brad Guzan, Brandon McDonald, Gboly Ariyibi, Gedion Zelalem, Geoff Cameron, Joe Gyau, Jose Francisco Torres, Josh Gatt, Julian Green, Sebastien Ibeagha, Tim Howard, US Men's National Team
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Tuesday morning links
   March 11, 2014 (12:02 AM) by Matt Benson
 

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.

Not that being named OT Player of the Week was enough honors for Mr. Johannsson this week, but he was also named to a couple different Eredivisie Teams of the Week.

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.

 
Categories: Alejandro Bedoya, Aron Johannsson, Bob Bradley, Brek Shea, Jake Keegan, John Brooks, Jose Francisco Torres, Josh Gatt, Jozy Altidore, US Men's National Team, Yannick Smith
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Tuesday linkage
   February 11, 2014 (12:02 AM) by Matt Benson
 

This video pretty much sums up US Soccer right now (minus the cheap shot portion).

I posted a bunch of injury news on Saturday.  As for some more updates, DaMarcus Beasley had to be subbed off the field on Sunday due to a foot injury.  Alejandro Bedoya sat out this weekend’s game with FC Nantes due to a hamstring injury, but he is hopeful he can play next weekend.  Jermaine Jones’ Besiktas debut has been delayed due to a groin injury.

We know Eric Lichaj is going to be out a while, but his groin injury could possibly be a hernia.  And Aron Johannsson missed this weekend’s game with AZ Alkmaar, but he should be returning to training this week.

Sebastian Lletget scored a goal for West Ham United’s U-21 team in a 2-1 loss to Manchester United on Monday.  The goal is Lletget’s fourth of the year with West Ham’s U-21 team.

Stuart Holden is starting to train again with Bolton Wanderers and he received some good news from manager Dougie Freedman last week.  It looks like Freedman and Bolton are going to give him a new contract this summer once his current contract expires.

Kicker is reporting that Fabian Johnson will sign with Borussia Moenchengladbach this summer once his current contract with Hoffenheim expires.

With a bunch of Huddersfield Town’s players returning from injury, manager Mark Robins told the UK press that they might send Duane Holmes out on loan so he can get some playing time.

Another “Jozy Altidore does more than score goals” type story out of Sunderland.  Teammate Adam Johnson had some nice things to say about Altidore’s performance against Newcastle from two weeks ago.

“There is a lot more to him than goals. Against Newcastle he must have been a nightmare to play against. Genuinely, I thought he was awesome.

Even though he scored two goals in a friendly for Bob Bradley’s Stabæk last week, Michael Stephens, as well as fellow American Christian Eissele, are trialing with Swedish side GAIS.

Goalkeeper Alex Horwath has been trialing with Ljungskile SK in Sweden over the last two weeks and he was rewarded with a contract with the club.

Here is a new interview with Fabian Hurzeler where we learn that he also holds a passport with Switzerland to go along with the US and Germany.

And finally, some new jerseys got released this week.  Josh Gatt, Ben Spencer, Ethan Horvath and Molde FK have some new home and away kits for the 2014 season.  While Eric Lichaj and Nottingham Forest have a new third jersey for this year.

 
Categories: Alejandro Bedoya, Alex Horwath, Aron Johannsson, Ben Spencer, Christian Eissele, DaMarcus Beasley, Duane Holmes, Eric Lichaj, Ethan Horvath, Fabian Hurzeler, Fabian Johnson, Jermaine Jones, Josh Gatt, Jozy Altidore, Michael Stephens, Sebastian Lletget, Stuart Holden
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The middle of the week links
   January 29, 2014 (6:15 AM) by Matt Benson
 

Let’s do this.

The USMNT had a surprise addition at training today.  Stuart Holden has been cleared to do some (not all) of the training.  Stu told Grant Wahl that he is hoping to get back onto the field with Bolton’s reserves in late February.  Good to hear.

Wahl also sat down with Benny Feilhaber and Kyle Beckerman for some video interviews.

US Soccer’s website has been updated with some goodies.  They have a Q&A with Jurgen Klinsmann.  A quote sheet with stuff from Graham Zusi, Michael Parkhurst and Mike Magee.  And a video of some of the guys on the team participating in some graffiti with some youths in Brazil.

I posted on Tuesday about the US-Mexico friendly rumors and now there are some rumors of a game against Serbia in New York in May.  I have no clue how good/bad this Twitter account is (we are now entering Rumorville), but it would add fuel to that fire: Tweet #1 & Tweet #2.

Don’t forget to enter our Pick the US-South Korea score contest.  Free shirts on the line!

As Howie posted yesterday, Barnsley have extended their loan for Brek Shea for another two months.  Shea was one of seven Americans who saw the field on Tuesday.

Another one of those seven players, Tim Ream, had to be subbed off after five minutes after a clash with QPR’s Charlie Austin.  The official diagnosis:  a broken nose and three stitches.

I did a little Inside the Numbers thing on Aron Johnannsson’s 20 goals yesterday.  So check out where his 20 goals stack up in Europe this season.

After having surgery on the fractured metacarpal in his right hand on Sunday, Fabian Johnson is expected to return to training on Wednesday.

Molde’s website is saying Josh Gatt should be ready to return once the Norwegian season starts in two months.  Gatt is returning from a torn ACL.

Also at Molde, Ben Spencer is one of three Molde players training with Norwegian second tier side Kristiansund BK.

Staying in the Tippeligaen, the rumored player with MLS ties who will be trialing with Bob Bradley’s Stabæk appears to be former LA Galaxy midfielder Michael Stephens.

Sebastien Ibeagha is now on trial with AC Horsens in Denmark after playing in two friendlies during a trial with Aalborg BK.

Ljungskile SK in Sweden have two Americans currently on trial:  goalkeeper Alex Horwath and defender Jamel Wallace.  And it sounds like they are leaning towards signing Horwath.

 
Categories: Alex Horwath, Aron Johannsson, Ben Spencer, Benny Feilhaber, Brek Shea, Fabian Johnson, Graham Zusi, Jamel Wallace, Josh Gatt, Kyle Beckerman, Michael Parkhurst, Michael Stephens, Mike Magee, Sebastien Ibeagha, Stuart Holden, Tim Ream
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Post New Year’s Day Links
   January 2, 2014 (12:02 AM) by Matt Benson
 

A few links for the second day of 2014, but first a recap of yesterday’s games.

The big news of the day was Brek Shea’s rumored loan deal going through and he made the starting lineup on Wednesday.  Shea went 75 minutes in a Barnsley’s 1-1 draw to Birmingham City.  Here is a photo of Shea in action and here is a post-game interview.  As for the loan, it is only for 28 days, but should give him a chance to get some games in.

Jozy Altidore came off the bench and played 27 minutes in Sunderland’s 1-0 loss to Brad Guzan and Aston Villa.  Guzan now has six clean sheets on the season (tied for sixth most in the Premier League in 2013-14).

And in another battle of Americans, Geoff Cameron went 90 minutes (and picked up a yellow card) in Stoke City’s 1-1 draw to Tim Howard and Everton.  With the draw (and a Liverpool win), Everton have fallen out of a Champions League spot in the Premier League table.

As for the Championship, Danny Williams (90 minutes) and Reading had a 1-1 draw with Eric Lichaj and Nottingham Forest.  Tim Ream went 90 minutes as Bolton came back from a two-goal deficit to tie Middlesbrough, 2-2.  Duane Holmes came off the bench and played 38 minutes in Huddersfield Town’s 3-2 loss to Burnley.  And Gboly Ariyibi came off the bench again for Leeds, going 45 minutes in a 2-1 loss to Blackburn Rovers.

In case you missed it the other day, US Soccer put together a pretty cool video looking back at 2013.

The guys over at the Best Soccer Show (Jared) gave this site some love on their 2013 in Review show while talking about some of the top American soccer sites of 2013 (around the 45:00 mark).  Thanks guys!

The always good Steven Goff has a nice 2014 calendar up on his blog to keep you up to date on the big things happening this year.

Grant Wahl has 14 predictions for 2014, including a couple on the USMNT and USMNT players.

Greg Seltzer has a Team of the Year for 2013 for Americans playing in Europe.

While he hasn’t played much since he has been hurt (shocker!), Zak Whitbread has extended his loan with Derby County for the rest of the season.  He has appeared in three games for the Rams since beginning the loan in October.

Duane Holmes has been a hit for Huddersfield Town fans so far.

Juan Ocegueda has rejoined Tigres after his weird stint with Chivas Guadalajara where he had to release a statement rejecting future US national team calls due to their policy of only using Mexican players.  No word if he is back to being interested in playing with the US yet.

And finally, a good sight to see:  Josh Gatt training with a ball again.

 
Categories: Brad Guzan, Brek Shea, Danny Williams, Duane Holmes, Eric Lichaj, Gboly Ariyibi, Geoff Cameron, Josh Gatt, Jozy Altidore, Juan Ocegueda, Tim Howard, Tim Ream, US Men's National Team, Zak Whitbread
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A few links for Friday
   December 20, 2013 (12:13 AM) by Matt Benson
 

A few links before the weekend.

More and more signs that Clint Dempsey is headed to Fulham on a loan, although nothing official.  Fulham defender Sascha Riether posted a photo of him and Dempsey on instagram with the caption “Welcome back Clint Dempsey” which was deleted shortly after being posted.

Zarek Valentin has signed to Bodø/Glimt on permanent basis until 2015.  Valentin played in 27 games last season for Bodø/Glimt, helping them to promotion into Norway’s first division.

Kaiserslautern are bringing in some new players this winter break and Andrew Wooten appears to be one of four players leaving the club.

I missed this a couple weeks ago but Daniel Cuevas has left Santos Laguna (mainly their U-20 team) for Lobos Buap in the Ascenso MX (Mexico’s second division).

Jonathan Bornstein is headed to Club Atlante on loan.

Brian Sciaretta caught up with Josh Gatt to talk about his recovery from his ACL tear.  I know he had a knee injury, but I think this is the first time that it has been mentioned it was an ACL tear.  That said, sounds like he is close to returning to the field.

Here an ESPN FC story with some more quotes about Bob Bradley and his interest from Stabaek.

It looks like Celtic manager Neil Lennon was recently in Holland to watch Aron Johannsson.

ESPN FC’s Alex Labidou did a scouting breakdown on Mix Diskerud.

Leeds United has signed Gboly Ariyibi to a short-term deal.  Ariyibi is eligible to play for the US and was brought up through the Southampton youth acaedmy before being released this summer.

The USMNT have ended 2013 ranked No. 14 in the FIFA world rankings, up 14 spots from this time last year.  And for comparison sake, the US is also rated No. 13 in the Elo ratings (they were No. 25 after their last friendly in 2012).

 
Categories: Andrew Wooten, Aron Johannsson, Bob Bradley, Clint Dempsey, Daniel Cuevas, Gboly Ariyibi, Jonathan Bornstein, Josh Gatt, Mix Diskerud, US Men's National Team, Zarek Valentin
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Thursday linkage
   December 19, 2013 (1:01 AM) by Matt Benson
 

A quick recap of yesterday’s games before the links.

Aron Johannsson scored twice (and converted on his PK) in AZ’s win over Heerenveen in the Dutch Cup (highlights).  The brace gives Johannsson 17 goals across all competitions in 2013-14.

In the Capital One Cup, Geoff Cameron plugged away another 90 minutes at right back in a 2-0 loss to Manchester United.

And in Austria, Terrence Boyd picked up a red card in Rapid Vienna’s 2-0 loss to Sturm Graz.

DaMarcus Beasley is staying at Puebla as the deal with Querétaro fell through.  And Puebla’s president Jesús López Chargoy claims it is because Puebla’s fans demanded that Beasley stay with the club.

Joe Corona and Herculez Gomez both scored for Tijuana in a friendly against Dorados.  Gomez apparently has had some interest from Club Atlas recently but he wants to stay at Tijuana.

After winning the Liga MX title this fall with Leon, it should come as no surprise that William Yarbrough is starting to get more attention, especially when it comes to national team talk.

Jurgen Klinsmann is still in contact with Julian Green, but Green has decided to play with Germany’s U-19 team for now.

Now for your injury updates.

Josh Gatt is ahead of schedule on his road to recovery.  We just don’t know exactly what that schedule is at the moment.

Zak Whitbread has missed eight games due to a calf injury, but Derby County manager Paul Simpson is hoping he can return to the field next week.

Bolton manager Dougie Freedman told the team’s website that he is happy that Stuart Holden is back in the UK, but that he still has a long way to go.

US Soccer finally put up the full match of the US U-17’s win over Brazil in the last game of the Nike International Friendlies.  Will Parchman, who was in attendance, wrote about Brazil quitting on the match with about 5-10 minutes left.

If you look at some WhoScored.com numbers, it would tell you that Tim Howard and Brad Guzan are among the top five goalkeepers in the Premier League this season.

Apparently Michael Bradley will be wearing these Nike shirts at Roma next season as they have already leaked.  Both are pretty solid.

And finally, it is never too early to preview the World Cup!  Yanks Abroad is looking at the Group G teams and has already done Germany and Portugal.

 
Categories: Aron Johannsson, Brad Guzan, DaMarcus Beasley, Geoff Cameron, Herculez Gomez, Joe Corona, Josh Gatt, Julian Green, Michael Bradley, Stuart Holden, Terrence Boyd, Tim Howard, US Men's National Team, William Yarbrough, Zak Whitbread
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