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A bunch of links for Thursday
   February 19, 2015 (12:19 AM) by Matt Benson
 

A bunch of stuff to get to today.

Camp Cupcake ended a couple weeks ago so John broke down the USMNT depth chart as we look towards this summer’s Gold Cup.

It has been a good week in Copa MX for various Americans, including goals by Amando Moreno, Stevie Rodriguez and Gabriel Farfan.

Remember this random graphic that aired during a US U-20 game last month that showed two unannounced USMNT friendlies for later this year?  US Soccer shot down the rumor of the Australia friendly.

The new USMNT away jersey became a real thing this week.  And this is what the pre-match and training tops look like.  Then while browsing World Soccer Shop, I stumbled across the socks and anthem jackets.

Winter is coming.  Multiple sources have told Grant Wahl that the 2022 World Cup moving to November and December is a done deal.

Fitness.  Fitness.  Fitness.  Matt Besler made some comments then Jurgen Klinsmann tweeted something out and now Besler has to make another comment.  I hate fitness-gate.  Moving on.

Julian Green scored a goal in a friendly yesterday as Hamburg U-23s beat some fifth division team 13-2.

I’m assuming it was because I was in attendance, but Joe Corona was named to ESPN’s Liga MX Team of the Week.

Robbie Kristo has signed with Serie B side Spezia Calcio.

Alfred Koroma has signed with SV Lafnitz in the Austrian Regionalliga (third division).

A.J. Soares played 45 minutes for Viking FK while on trial in a preseason friendly against Vålerenga yesterday.

In the FA Youth Cup quarterfinals this week, Kyle Scott (started and played 97 minutes) and Chelsea defeated Newcastle United 3-0.  And Cameron Carter-Vickers (started and played 90 minutes) and Tottenham defeated Nottingham Forest 2-1.

Ariel Lassiter has been called up by Costa Rica’s U-23 team for the IMG Suncoast Pro Classic in Bradenton, Florida.

Greg Seltzer caught up with Rhett Bernstein as Mjøndalen begin play in the Tippeligaen in a couple of months after earning promotion last year.

Ryan Adeleye is now with the Fort Lauderdale Strikers, but he spoke to NASL.com about his time in Israel.

George Mason product Chase Miller has signed with Swedish club Bodens BK.  Here is a video of Miller talking while he was on trial a couple weeks ago.

And finally, it looks like the 2015 CONCACAF U-17 Championship will be on Fox Sports 2, while the US U-20’s games at the U-20 World Cup will be on Fox Sports 1.

 
Categories: A.J. Soares, Alfred Koroma, Amando Moreno, Ariel Lassiter, Cameron Carter-Vickers, Chase Miller, Esteban Rodriguez, Gabriel Farfan, Joe Corona, Julian Green, Kyle Scott, Matt Besler, Rhett Bernstein, Robbie Kristo, Ryan Adeleye, US Men's National Team, US U-17 National Team, US U-20 National Team
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Hump day links
   February 11, 2015 (1:32 AM) by Matt Benson
 

A bunch of random stuff so let’s get into it.

Tim Howard has been out injured since December with a calf injury but he is expected to start for Everton today in their game against Chelsea.

Jermaine Jones’ hernia surgery was a success and he is expected to be out 4-6 weeks.

Julian Green has been demoted to Hamburg’s U-23 team in the Regionalliga.  Green has appeared in only five games since being sent out on loan in August.

A.J. Soares is in Norway training with the Stabæk, but this is not a trial.  Sounds like Bob Bradley is just helping him out before he heads out on other trials in Europe.

US U-17 international Christian Pulisic is now a member of Borussia Dortmund and he got to train with the first team yesterday.  And here is a photo of Pulisic talking to Jurgen Klopp.

The US U-20 team found out its group for the U-20 World Cup earlier this week (SPOILER ALERT – It is a favorable one).  Brian Sciaretta talked to Russell Canouse and Dembakwi Yomba to get their reaction.  Tab Ramos also talked to Soccer by Ives to give his thoughts.  Sounds like the U-20 team might have a friendly against England in March and friendlies against Greece and Qatar in April.

Danny Williams scored a goal this past weekend and now he wants to score a goal at home for Reading’s fans.

Will Packwood looks to be playing again with Birmingham City’s U-21 team for the first time since injuring his groin.

Joe Gyau talked to Vice Sports about his crazy last year of signing with Dortmund and battling injuries.

Cody Cropper is slowly working his way back into training after suffering a head injury during a collision during a game last month.  This is what his eye looked like three weeks ago.

Michael Farfan is returning to MLS and has signed with D.C. United.  Farfan left the Philadelphia Union for Cruz Azul after the 2013 season but only appeared in one league game for La Maquina in 2014 (although he did score).

Andrija Novakovich scored a late game-tying goal in Reading U-18’s 1-1 draw to Southampton last week.  You can check out the goal at the 2:42 mark of this video.

Matt Horth is returning to the US and has signed with NASL’s Atlanta Silverbacks.  Horth played the 2014 season in Iceland with Leiknir Reykjavík, scoring six goals in 17 games.

Brian Span looks to be in Finland on trial with IFK Mariehamn after being waived by FC Dallas last week.  Span has European experience with Swedish side Djurgården in 2012 and 2013.  He returned to the US with FC Dallas in 2014, but spent most of his time in USL Pro with Orlando City on loan or with FC Dallas’ reserve team.

Sebastian Troupe has signed a new contract with Bærum in Norway.

Will John was last seen with MAS Fez in Morocco and now he is Croatia trying to find a new home after a near deal with Shamrock Rovers in Ireland hit a snag.

I posted last week with a link about how Kevin Garcia was making the move to Ireland with Galway FC.  Someone in Ireland e-mailed me that it is not true (“was news to the press officer”).  Also, Jake Keegan isn’t with the club either at the moment as he is still waiting for a work permit.  And former Yale and Portland Timbers U-23 defender Andy Hackbarth is on trial with the club.

Goalkeeper Zac Lubin was Kevin Garcia’s teammate at IFK Luleå last season and now he is on trial with Cork City in Ireland.

And completing the IFK Luleå news roundup, goalkeeper Alex Wimmer is on trial with IFK Luleå.  If you are looking for a Swedish third division to cheer for, IFK Luleå has to be winner, right?

 
Categories: A.J. Soares, Alex Wimmer, Andrija Novakovich, Andy Hackbarth, Brian Span, Christian Pulisic, Cody Cropper, Dembakwi Yomba, Jake Keegan, Jermaine Jones, Joe Gyau, Julian Green, Kevin Garcia, Michael Farfan, Russell Canouse, Sebastian Troupe, Tim Howard, US U-20 National Team, Will John, Zac Lubin
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2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup draw
   February 10, 2015 (6:35 AM) by Matt Benson
 

Various US national teams have had some bad luck when it comes to World Cup draws in recent years, including the US U-20s getting Spain, France and Ghana in 2013.  But that all changed last night.

FIFA held the 2015 U-20 World Cup draw in Auckland last night and the US is in Group A along with New Zealand (host nation), Ukraine (they are not weak) and Myanmar.  A little bit easier than in 2013.

The US will begin group play on May 30 against Myanmar in Whangarei.  Their second game will be on June 2 against New Zealand in Auckland and they finish off group play on June 5 against Ukraine in Auckland.  It looks like the game times will be 12 AM Eastern, 3 AM Eastern and 3 AM Eastern (perfect for late night owls on the West Coast)  All three games will be on Fox in some form (likely Fox Sports 1 or Fox Sports 2).

The US will be looking to advance out of the group stage for the first time since Michael Bradley, Jozy Altidore and Freddy Adu led the 2007 team to the quarterfinals.

Here is the complete draw:

Group A
New Zealand
Ukraine
USA
Myanmar

Group B
Argentina
Panama
CAF 3
Austria

Group C
Qatar
Colombia
Portugal
CAF 4

Group D
Mexico
CAF 2
Uruguay
Serbia

Group E
CAF Champion
Brazil
Korea DPR
Hungary

Group F
Germany
Fiji
Uzbekistan
Honduras

The four CAF representatives will be determined at the upcoming African U-20 Championship 2015, which will take place in Senegal between 8 and 22 March.

 
Categories: US U-20 National Team
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Your Thursday morning link extravaganza
   February 5, 2015 (1:03 AM) by Matt Benson
 

Let’s start off with some USMNT stuff.

I am already over Fitness-gate, but Jurgen Klinsman talked some more to Fox Sports 1 about the lack of fitness of the team.  Alexi Lalas disagrees with him.

The team had a special guest at training yesterday.

In the not a total shock department, Jermaine Jones (a midfielder playing centerback) was a little uncomfortable playing a 3-5-2 (a formation new to this group of players).

Kyle McCarthy takes a look at the behind the scenes stuff that happens in order for the USMNT to fly down to Chile for a friendly.

Hankering for a US-Panama preview already?  The Total Soccer Show podcast just uploaded theirs to the interwebs.

Former USMNT goalkeeper Frank Borghi passed away this week.  He will probably be remembered most for his performance against England in the US’s upset at the 1950 World Cup.  Resident goalkeeper historian Will did a good job of collecting news/links/information on Borghi over the last week.

We have had a couple goals so far this week.  Herculez Gomez scored yet another goal for Puebla in Copa MX action on Tuesday (highlights).  Dating back to his first stint with Puebla, it was his 13th goal in 22 career games across all competitions with Puebla

Nermin Crnkic scored a goal yesterday in Jablonec’s 2-0 win over FC Copenhagen in something called the Atlantic Cup (highlights).  It appears to be a friendly/winter break tournament that no one attends.

Heading back to Mexico last night, 20-year-old Jesus Vazquez scored a goal in Leones Negros’ 2-0 win over Necaxa.  Looking at our goal tracker, that is already the fourth goal scored by an American against Necaxa since January 21.

Sticking with Copa MX, Joe Corona wore the arm band for Tijuana last night in their 3-2 win over Coras de Tepic.  Fellow Americans Alejandro Guido, John Requejo Jr. and Paul Arriola also saw the field for the Xolos.  Jon Arnold got some quotes from Arriola following the match.

Also in action on Wednesday, Rubio Rubin went the full 90 minutes in Utrecht’s 1-0 loss to Willem II.  While Tim Ream went 90 minutes in Bolton’s 2-1 loss to Liverpool in their FA Cup fourth-round replay.

After leaving MLS for Mexico and Santos Laguna, Eric Avila is returning to MLS/Orlando City on loan for the 2015 season.

Because projecting is fun, here is Bayern Munich’s starting lineup for 2025, which includes Julian Green!

Kyle Scott got to train with Chelsea’s first team this week.

It looks like Galway FC will have a second American at the club this season as Kevin Garcia made the move from Swedish side IFK Luleå to Ireland.

Will talked to goalkeeper Matt Pyzdrowski about his move to Helsingborgs IF and how he started his career.

Brian Sciaretta caught up with Tab Ramos this week to talk about the US U-20 team.

And finally, Greg Seltzer updates us on which clubs aborad have featured the most Americans over the years.

 
Categories: Alejandro Guido, Eric Avila, Herculez Gomez, Jermaine Jones, Jesus Vazquez, Joe Corona, John Requejo Jr., Julian Green, Kevin Garcia, Kyle Scott, Matt Pyzdrowski, Nermin Crnkic, Paul Arriola, Rubio Rubin, Tim Ream, US Men's National Team, US U-20 National Team
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A look at the USYNT goalkeeper pool
   January 27, 2015 (7:23 AM) by Will Reno
 

2015 is a big year for the US youth national teams. Of course we have the U20 and U17 World Cups on the horizon but we’re also approaching the Olympic U23 qualifying in the fall. We should start seeing more U23 camps and games like we saw against the Bahamas and Brazil in 2014. Because it’s the best position, here’s a quick run through of the state of the goalkeepers on each three USYNT teams.

U23s

Inside tracks: Cody Cropper, Jon Kempin, Alex Bono

Darkhorses: Paul Blanchette (Loyola Marymount), Devin Cook (Austin Aztex), Andrew Wolverton (LA Galaxy), Tyler Miller (SVN Zweibrücken)

Of course Bono is the hot item right now going from expecting to stay for his senior year to landing a Generation Adidas contract and getting a USMNT call-up all within a few weeks. But the Olympic squads only carry two goalkeepers into the final tournament. Qualifying will now take place this fall, the same time as Cropper’s club starts up, so while Bono may make the qualifying roster, he may not be able to jump Cropper or Kempin to make the final two. Kempin, who was named over Bono as one of the three final goalkeepers for the upcoming Chile game.

Cook passed on his senior year to play at Austin Aztex. Wolverton and Miller had rightful buzz this past MLS draft and Paul Blanchette, highlights here of the true dark horse of the bunch, has a playing style very similar to Bono. The four have this next year to really make a case as to why they should be considered for the U23s.

 

U20s

Inside tracks: Zack Steffen, Ethan Horvath

Darkhorses: Evan Louro (Michigan), Jeff Caldwell (Virginia), Paul Christensen (Portland), Josh Weiss (Sienna)

Completely out of the running: Santiago Castaño

Before the Red Bulls keeper switched to Colombia, Castaño was a shoo-in to backup Steffen through the winter qualification. So when he jumped to Colombia, not only did he give up a spot to Horvath, but he didn’t even make the final roster for Colombia. But even with the departure, the US is stacked at the position. The four dark horses all finished their freshman year at their respective schools and would be fine replacements if Steffen or Horvath couldn’t attend.

As for Steffen and Horvath, Steffen finished on a very high note as he saved a penalty in a, at the time, 1-0 game against El Salvador. Steffen not only covered a great deal of the goalmouth to make the save, doing his best Steve Clark impression, but it did it in such a nonchalant manner. It was a lot of fun to see him casually make the game-winning save. Even though he has some mechanics he could work on, he’s a worthy choice for New Zealand 2015.

 

U17s

Inside tracks: Kevin Silva, Will Pulisic

Darkhorses: Cameron Keys (La Salle), Charlie Furrer (Stanford), Austin Aviza (Syracuse), Tucker Schneider (SIUE)

The typically stalwart netminders had an uncharacteristically rough finish in the 2014 Nike Friendlies with a 4-1 loss to Brazil. Still, expect these two to be with the team at the end of February, the start of qualifying. The Silva/Pulisic combo has been a deathly duo for opposing offenses in the past and I expect them to roll zeros through qualification.

Keys, Furrer, Aviza, and Schneider are all looking to start their freshman year around the same time the U17 World Cup kicks off. Of the four, Keys and Aviza have a decent shot at starting for their schools but I don’t think any of them would mind missing their collegiate season to play at the U17 World Cup. Pulisic is actually the youngest of the six listed. In a tournament where age is incredibly important, let that speak as strong testimony for Pulisic’s ability, surpassing his peers that are 16 months older than him.

 
Categories: US U-17 National Team, US U-20 National Team, US U-23 National Team
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Quick link action for Tuesday
   January 27, 2015 (12:45 AM) by Matt Benson
 

Let’s get right to the point with these.

The USMNT are in Chile ahead of their friendly on Wednesday.  Here is a photo gallery from Chile.

US Soccer talked to Jurgen Klinsmann and DeAndre Yedlin about calling Yedlin into camp.

Looking for Chile’s roster?  You can find it at the bottom of this link.

USMNT assistant coach Andreas Herzog was named head coach of the US U-23/Olympic team.

Scott French talked to Marc Pelosi about coming back from his broken leg to making his first USMNT camp.

The latest Juan Agudelo rumor has him talking to the New England Revolution.  If the deal is true, that already fun team just got another fun piece.

It looks like Jurgen Klinsmann is trying to help Bobby Wood find a new club.

Fresh off qualifying for the U-20 World Cup, Matt Miazga flew to Qatar and could be trialing/transferring to RB Leipzig.

Speaking of the US U-20 team, in case you missed it, here are highlights of their 2-0 win over El Salvador to qualify for New Zealand.  Romain Gall shared the Golden Boot with Mexico’s Hirving Lozano with each scoring five goals throughout the tournament.

Greg Garza was named to Medio Tiempo’s Liga MX Team of the Week.

We had a few goals this weekend.  Kenny Saief scored for Gent while Jon-Paul Pittman scored for Grimsby Town.  Alfredo Morales scored a goal for Ingolstadt in a friendly.  And Sebastian Lletget scored a goal for West Ham’s U-21 team.

After injuring his groin while out on loan in December, Will Packwood is back in training with Birmingham City.

And finally, Tab Ramos’ son, Alex, has signed a professional contract with Pachuca.  Also of note, he was born in Mexico while Tab was playing with Tigres.

 
Categories: Alex Ramos, Alfredo Morales, Bobby Wood, DeAndre Yedlin, Greg Garza, Jon-Paul Pittman, Juan Agudelo, Kenny Saief, Marc Pelosi, Matt Miazga, Romain Gall, Sebastian Lletget, US Men's National Team, US U-20 National Team, US U-23 National Team, Will Packwood
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US U-20 vs. El Salvador Highlights
   January 24, 2015 (4:35 PM) by Matt Benson
 

The US U-20 team is headed to New Zealand for the U-20 World Cup after beating El Salvador 2-0 today.  Goals came from Ben Spencer and Paul Arriola, while Zack Steffen made a huge save on a PK with the score only 1-0 in the second half.  Here are the highlights.

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Categories: Ben Spencer, Highlights, Paul Arriola, US U-20 National Team, Zack Steffen
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Some links before the weekend
   January 23, 2015 (12:36 AM) by Matt Benson
 

Some reading material as you countdown until the weekend.

Coming off a 1-0 win over Trinidad & Tobago on Wednesday (highlights), the US U-20 team found out that it will be playing El Salvador on Saturday in the win-or-go-home playoff match to determine who will go to this summer’s U-20 World Cup in New Zealand.  The game will be on Fox Sports 2 at 5:00 PM Eastern.  The US will have a chance to get some revenge on El Salvador as they knocked out the 2012 U-23 team from qualifying for the 2012 Olympics. (UPDATE – Looks like the game is now on Fox Soccer Plus).

US Soccer also put up a video on Tommy Thompson yesterday.

Speaking of the U-23 team, Ives Galarcep decided to guess at a possible Olympic qualifying team of MLS players since some of the European-based played might not get released for qualification.

Joe Corona returned from his broken foot to score in Tijuana’s Copa MX match on Wednesday (highlights).  Jon Arnold (who has been everywhere this week) was at Estadio Caliente on Wednesday and got some post-game quotes from Corona.  Tijuana’s website also got some words from Corona following the game.

Jon Arnold also spoke to Mix Diskerud this week at the USMNT camp.

In case you missed it on Wednesday, Sacha Kljestan scored two nearly identical goals in Anderlecht’s Belgian Cup win (highlights).  And Eric Lichaj was subbed off after only 32 minutes in Nottingham Forest’s 3-2 loss to Fulham.

Still unemployed, but apparently Juan Agudelo is mulling over some offers.

For those of you with a Darlington Nagbe-to-USMNT countdown clock, you can probably move the time up a bit.  Most people thought he would become a US citizen at the end of 2015 but it now looks like it could be September according to Portland Timbers owner Merritt Paulson.

Brad Guzan did a little Q&A action with ESPN FC this week.

With the Bundesliga on winter break, Greg Seltzer decided to do a midseason report card on John Brooks, Timothy Chandler, Julian Green, Joe Gyau, Fabian Johnson and Caleb Stanko.

Mukwelle Akale turned 18 recently so he officially joined Villarreal this week.

Giuseppe Gentile, who bounced around USL Pro/NASL last season, has signed with Swiss Challenge League club FC Chiasso.

And finally, Kevin Dzierzawski is headed on loan to Scottish League One side Peterhead.  Dzierzawski has been with Queen of the South in Scotland since 2013-14.

Enjoy the weekend.

 
Categories: Brad Guzan, Caleb Stanko, Darlington Nagbe, Eric Lichaj, Fabian Johnson, Giuseppe Gentile, Joe Corona, Joe Gyau, John Brooks, Juan Agudelo, Julian Green, Mix Diskerud, Mukwelle Akale, Sacha Kljestan, Timothy Chandler, Tommy Thompson, US U-20 National Team, US U-23 National Team
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US U-20 vs. Trinidad & Tobago Highlights
   January 21, 2015 (5:11 PM) by Matt Benson
 

All the US U-20 team needed was a point to advance to the playoff round and they got the full three points in this 1-0 win.  It was another slightly boring/sloppy game until Bradford Jamieson IV scored the lone goal of the game in the 78th minute on some good ol’ classic US Soccer 4-4-2 counter ball.  The US now has a win or go home playoff game on Saturday in order to qualify for the U-20 World Cup, but they have to wait until tomorrow to find out their opponent once Group B finishes its games.

Here are the highlights.

 
Categories: Bradford Jamieson IV, Highlights, US U-20 National Team
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Tuesday morning links
   January 20, 2015 (12:02 AM) by Matt Benson
 

A bunch of random stuff for you on this Tuesday.

The US U-20 team picked up a 2-0 win over Jamaica on Sunday (highlights).  They just need a win or a tie on Wednesday against Trinidad & Tobago to advance to the playoff round.  It was announced during the broadcast that Kellyn Acosta will miss the rest of the tournament due to a knee injury, while Junior Flores came off the bench and played after missing a game with an ankle injury.

Also over the weekend, Herculez Gomez scored his first goal for Puebla since returning to La Franja (highlights).

We posted the rumored 2015 USMNT away jersey back in December and now it looks like it could have some legs as Alex Morgan was recently seen in the shirt.

The USMNT’s friendly against Chile is listed on US Soccer’s website as being broadcasted on Fox Sports 2, but it looks like it might have switched to Fox Sports 1 along with a pre-game show.

Jon Arnold is in sunny SoCal for the USMNT camp and spoke to Tesho Akindele about his international options and to Bobby Wood about seeking an exit from 1860 Munich during this transfer window.

I don’t think I posted this last week but Brad Evans left the camp due to a knee injury.

The Guardian’s Tom Gottlieb takes a look at the USMNT defense and why it might be the weak link at the moment.

The Toronto Sun’s Kurtis Larson writes how Michael Bradley is a big reason why Jozy Altidore is now with Toronto FC.

As MLSE CEO Tim Leiweke explained to the Toronto Sun on Friday, sacrifice for the crest is certainly one of those principles.

The club’s head honcho told me Bradley restructured part of his deal with the Reds to help bring Altidore back to MLS. The prospects of playing alongside Altidore brought back memories that made it an easy decision.

“I think about what it has been like to play on so many big days with Jozy,” Bradley said. “We’d be standing in the tunnel and you’ll look over at him and he’ll give you a little wink.

“You know he’s ready and you know you’re ready.”

For those of you that watched ESPN’s Inside: U.S. Soccer’s March to Brazil, you might remember Michael Bradley was recruiting Jozy back then.

Now that numerous teams in MLS are interested in Sacha Kljestan, Anderlecht general manager Herman Van Holsbeeck wants Kljestan to stay for at least a couple months since Anderlecht has lost a couple players due to injury and the African Cup of Nations.  Greg Seltzer is also hearing that some European teams are interested in him along with various MLS clubs.

We did have some other goals this past weekend that came in some friendlies.  Fabian Johnson scored a goal in Borussia Mönchengladbach’s 1-0 win over Rot-Weiss Essen (photo).  And Andrew Wooten scored a goal in Sandhausen’s 4-2 win over Jahn Regensburg.

Alejandro Bedoya did a video interview with BeIN Sports recently.

Jose Torres had back surgery and is going to be out for 10-12 weeks according to Tigres.

Dillon Powers just picked up his Italian passport last week.  And according to Greg Seltzer, there are some teams in Italy interested in the Colorado Rapids midfielder (Plano Senior High School represent!).

And as Howie posted yesterday, Northwestern goalkeeper Tyler Miller is skipping MLS for the German fourth division.

 
Categories: Alejandro Bedoya, Andrew Wooten, Bobby Wood, Brad Evans, Dillon Powers, Fabian Johnson, Herculez Gomez, Jose Francisco Torres, Jozy Altidore, Junior Flores, Kellyn Acosta, Michael Bradley, Sacha Kljestan, Tesho Akindele, Tyler Miller, US Men's National Team, US U-20 National Team
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