There has already been about eleventy billion words written about Bradley and his move to MLS so I will spare you with my thoughts nor will I link every little rant/story out there. That said, here are some quotes from Landon Donovan on the move.
Also from yesterday, Julian Green scored a goal with Bayern Munich’s first team in a friendly against the Sudanese club Al-Merrikh (highlights). And Matt Taylor scored two goals in a friendly against Heracles (photo).
As expected after his contract was terminated by Randers last week, Charlie Davies signed a permanent contract with the New England Revolution.
Brian Span is returning to the US/MLS after two seasons in Sweden.
I posted last month that I got word from an OT reader about the USMNT’s World Cup kits and some more information has been leaked which seems to match up with it. The change in crest (RIP centennial crest) matches all the new branding done by US Soccer’s website and Twitter account. There was also a “leaked shirt” photo circulating around yesterday, but it looked pretty photoshop to me (it looked like someone just tried to create what it should look like based on the description from the new leaked information).
Speaking of new shirts, Tijuana revealed their new red shirt for this season at some party/presentation. Kim Tate was also down there for the presentation and snagged a couple photos.
Sticking with Tijuana, Mexican international Fernando Arce has a son, Fernando Arce Jr., who is also on Tijuana (playing for their U-20 team) and he was born in the US.
Eric Lichaj picked up a “lower body” injury this past weekend, but it doesn’t appear to be anything serious.
With the US U-20 team currently camping down in Florida, Brian Sciaretta talked to Tab Ramos about how things are going.
Brooks Lennon scored a brace for Liverpool’s U-17 team this week (highlights). He is #7.
And finally, I really can’t wait for this full video. Klinsi being Klinsi. Like a boss.
Time to strike up the rumor mill. Juan Agudelo was spotted at Stoke City’s Britannia Stadium this weekend. Maybe attempting another shot at a work permit? While last week’s lazy rumor was Michael Bradley-to-Fulham, this week’s looks like it could be Aron Johannsson-to-Stoke City. “What’s a team with a bunch of Americans…….yeah, put Stoke City down”.
Liga MX kicked off this past weekend with some Americans sporting some new shirts for the season. DaMarcus Beasley played a little wing back and left back for Puebla in these new blew Kappa kits. And four Americans (Greg Garza, Joe Corona, Edgar Castillo and Herculez Gomez) saw the field for Tijuana in these new white Nike kits. I like the Tijuana shirts with the black/grey on the sleeves. Speaking of Liga MX, we might have some new content on that in the near future.
Kicker is already rolling out its World Cup preview stuff. Here is a Google-translated breakdown of the USMNT. They also have a video on Jozy Altidore, which also includes some quotes from former USMNT player Thomas Dooley (the video is all in German). And Kicker must be a huge Jozy fan as they have a photo slideshow of his career. Won’t they be surprised when Aron Johannsson is starting against Germany instead of Jozy come World Cup time (I am joking……sort of). And if you know German, feel free to let us know what is being said in the comments.
Brooks Lennon, a 16-year-old from Arizona playing with Liverpool’s U-17 team, was in the build-up of Liverpool’s goal in this video (I believe he is #7).
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Greg Seltzer decided to put together his top five uncapped players currently playing overseas. I think Zak Whitbread got injured just for being mentioned on this list.
Robbie Keane wants Ireland to call in Mike Magee. I still thought he should have been called in for the Gold Cup. He is not flashy by any means (nor do I see him as a long term USMNT player), but he always finds ways to put himself in great positions. If Alan Gordon can get a call in, so should Magee.
Two current USMNT players are working on their broadcasting chops this week. Tim Howard will return to the booth for NBCSN to call this weekend’s Tottenham-Manchester United match. And Landon Donovan will be bouncing around the Fox Lot this week to work on Fox Soccer Daily, Fox’s Champions League coverage and Fox Sports Live.
If you missed Will’s interview with Alan Mayer, go read it now. It is sort of long, but has tons of fun goodies about an American trying to play professional soccer in the 1970s.
And since I love GIFs, here is Sad Timbers fan being sad.
The USMNT are kicking it in Scotland in preparation for Friday’s game. One of the storylines this week has been DaMarcus Beasley’s and Alejandro Bedoya’s return to their old Rangers stomping grounds. US Soccer has one video about it as well as something on the website.
The other big story of yesterday was that Clint Dempsey (calf strain) and Fabian Johnson (ankle) were dropped from the roster due to their injuries. No replacements have been added.
Speaking of Dempsey, Grant Wahl thinks he is the likeliest to go on loan to Europe this winter, while it sounds like Landon Donovan and Graham Zusi might not. But that could always change.
Tab Ramos has been named as US Soccer’s second youth technical director (on top of his U-20 duties).
Sticking with Ramos, he and the US U-20 team lost their first friendly in Italy yesterday, 4-1, to the Hellas Verona academy.
One player not with the US team in Scotland is Tim Ream. Ream talked to Mr. Interview Brian Sciaretta recently.
And finally, Will Packwood’s loan with Bristol Rovers has been extended until January. Packwood has played in four league games with the League Two side, including a couple man of the match performances.
While more attention will be on the senior squad’s friendlies against Scotland and Austria, the U-20s will take on Iran’s U-20, Hellas Verona’s academy, and a to-be-named opponent (I’m leading towards Escalus FC, although I’d be fine with Mercutio).
GOALKEEPERS (2): Santiago Castano (New York Red Bulls; Union City, N.J.), Ethan Horvath (Molde FK; Highlands Ranch, Colo.)
DEFENDERS (6):Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas; Plano, Texas), Conor Donovan (Capital Area RailHawks Academy; Fuquay Varina, N.C.), Matias Fracchia (NJSA 04; Roselle Park, N.J.), Matthew Miazga (New York Red Bulls; Clifton, N.J.), Shaquell Moore (IMG Academy; Powder Springs, Ga.), John Requejo Jr. (Real So Cal; Carpinteria, Calif.)
MIDFIELDERS (8):Russell Canouse (TSG 1899 Hoffenheim; Lancaster, Pa.), Marco Delgado (Chivas USA; Glendora, Calif.), Junior Flores (Borussia Dortmund; Manassas Park, Va.), Romain Gall (FC Lorient; Herndon, Va.), Lynden Gooch (Sunderland AFC; Santa Cruz, Calif.), Emerson Hyndman (Fulham FC; Plano, Texas), Kristian Scott (Swansea City AFC; Winterbourne, Bristol), Omar Thompson (Wigan Athletic; Miami, Fla.)
FORWARDS (6):Kainoa Bailey (Bayer 04 Leverkusen; Henderson, Nev.), Benji Lopez (Real Salt Lake; San Diego, Calif.), Amando Moreno (New York Red Bulls; Morganville, N.J.), Zach Pfeffer (TSG 1899 Hoffenheim; Dresher, Pa.), Rubio Rubin (Unattached; Beaverton, Ore.), Ben Spencer (Molde FK; Albuquerque, N.M.)
US Soccer also subtly breaks the news that Molde has been annexed by Sweden. Seems odd to add an exclave like that, but that’s European politics for you.
Eleven players are based with European teams from four different nations: England, France, Germany and Sweden. England and Germany are most prominently represented with four players each; Sweden has two from Molde FK and France one from FC Lorient.
To my knowledge, these matches will not be streamed or broad/narrowcasted in any manner, but if we learn otherwise, we will certainly share that information so that we can all overreact.
The Champions League and Europa League draws for the first and second qualifying rounds were held yesterday and I broke down the five Americans who be starting action in those rounds.
One of those players mentioned is Tony Taylor. We posted a link last week where it was rumored that he was headed to Cyprus side AC Omonia. Greg Seltzer tells us that he is headed there this week for a physical then sign a two-year deal if everything goes well as expected.
Seltzer also tells us that Jared Jeffrey, whose contract with Mainz ends this week, could be headed to MLS. The 23-year-old midfielder has mainly played with their U-23 team in the Regionalliga the last few years and was once an unused sub for Mainz’s senior team in 2009-10.
The US U-20 team came back to secure a 1-1 draw with France on Monday. You can check out the highlights here and some post-game reactions here. They play their final group stage game against Ghana on Thursday at 1 PM Eastern on ESPNU. They likely need to win to advance, although four of the top six third place teams from each group move on to the Round of 16.
One player many of us wished was in Turkey with the U-20 team, Anthony Brooks, has signed a two-year extension with Hertha Berlin.
Sacha Kljestan, his mustache and Anderlecht have some new white away kits for next season. Speaking of his mustache, you should buy this shirt. Still have some available.
Geoff Cameron wonders where he should be on the field for the USMNT. I think I liked him at center midfield.
Eric Avila has decided to “resign” from the USMNT so he can play for Chivas Guadalajara. That said, Avila hasn’t played for a US team (U-20) since 2007.
Brian Sciaretta talked to US U-18 forward Romain Gall about playing with the U-18 team and FC Lorient in France.
RJ DeMello also checks in with the three Americans (Joe Funicello, Chukwudi Chijindu and Josh Wicks) at Thor Akureyri in Iceland.