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CONCACAF U-20 Championship Groups Announced
   October 31, 2014 (6:45 AM) by Matt Benson
 

The US U-20 team found out its group for the 2015 CONCACAF U-20 Championship yesterday.  The US will be in Group A along with Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobago, Aruba, Panama, and Guatemala.  Group B consists of Haiti, Canada, Mexico, Cuba, Honduras and El Salvador.

The 2015 CONCACAF U-20 Championship will take place between January 9-24 in Kingston and Montego Bay in Jamaica.  Here is the US’s schedule:

Friday, Jan. 9: Guatemala, 6:30 p.m. ET
Sunday, Jan. 11: Panama, 6:30 p.m. ET
Wednesday, Jan. 14: Aruba, 6:30 p.m. ET
Sunday, Jan. 18: Jamaica, 9 p.m. ET
Wednesday, Jan. 21: Trinidad & Tobago, 6:30 p.m. ET

The first three games will be at Independence Park in Kingston, while the final two games of the group stage will take place at Montego Bay Sports Complex in Montego Bay.

The winners of each group will advance to the Final (and both teams will qualify for the U-20 World Cup), while the second and third place teams from each group will advance to a playoff round.  In the playoff round, the four teams will be re-seeded by group stage results with the #1 team playing the #4 team for a spot in the U-20 World Cup, while the #2 team playing the #3 team for a spot in the U-20 World Cup.

While the format have changed numerous times over the years (no titles or runners-up between 1998-2007), the US has never won a CONCACAF U-20 Championship, but has been the bridesmaid six times (1980, 1982, 1986, 1992, 2009, 2013).

 
Categories: US U-20 National Team
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Some links for Thursday
   October 30, 2014 (12:22 AM) by Matt Benson
 

First off, you haven’t read it already, you need to check out Will’s interview with Patrick McLain.  Some interesting stories of his time at Chivas USA, including this one:

Unfortunately, the next coaching staff to come in midway through the 2013 season was very different. The coaching staff was unable to communicate in English and were not good about translating for those of us who didn’t speak Spanish. I was punished by this coaching staff towards the end of the season for not understanding something that was said to me in Spanish, because it was not translated for me, therefore I did not respond to it. I was called into the coach’s office and helplessly tried to plead my ignorance of my apparent disrespect. There was no interpreter present and my message was not received. As punishment, I was demoted from second on the depth chart to third.

Yay Chivas USA?

We have had a few goals over the last couple days.  Terrence Boyd scored his first goal since May in RB Leipzig’s 3-1 win over Erzgebirge Aue in the DFB Pokal on Wednesday (highlights).  And of course he broke out the cyclops.  Sacha Kljestan made his first start of the season and scored his first goal of the season in Anderlecht’s 3-2 win over Kortrijk (highlights).  Bryan Gerzicich scored his first goal of the season on Tuesday in Maccabi Petah Tikva’s 1-0 win over Hapoel Haifa (highlights).

Aron Johannsson returned to AZ Alkmaar’s first team yesterday, playing in the 5-0 win over GVVV in the KNVB Beker.

John Brooks also got his first start since September in Hertha Berlin’s loss (on PKs) to Arminia Bielefeld in the DFB Pokal.

Danny Williams returned to the field this week in Reading U-21s’ 2-0 win over Brighton on Monday.

Michael Orozco and Puebla are headed to the Copa MX final after beating Lobos BUAP on Tuesday.

Alejandro Bedoya could be leaving Nantes come January according to his agent.

Bobby Wood has been demoted to 1860 Munich’s U-23 team.

This is what Michael Bradley looks like post-surgery (with the rare smile!).  And in the latest in Jurgen Klinsmann vs. the (US Soccer) world, Bradley and Klinsi don’t see eye to eye on where he should be playing.

It is that time of year when MLS players head to Europe for training stints and first up is Sean Johnson to Hull City.

Here is a lengthy read on DeAndre Yedlin.

Phil Saunders has re-signed with BI / Bolungarvik in Iceland.

According to Reading’s website, Andrija Novakovich has been called up by the US U-20 team, who will play Russia, Ireland and Canada in Spain this month.

Greg Seltzer gives us some European-based names for the US U-23 team for the 2016 Olympics.

And finally, here is your 2018 World Cup logo.  It is actually not that bad.

 
Categories: Alejandro Bedoya, Andrija Novakovich, Aron Johannsson, Bobby Wood, Bryan Gerzicich, Danny Williams, DeAndre Yedlin, John Brooks, Michael Bradley, Michael Orozco Fiscal, Patrick McLain, Phil Saunders, Sacha Kljestan, Sean Johnson, Terrence Boyd, US U-20 National Team, US U-23 National Team
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Tuesday morning linkage
   October 28, 2014 (12:09 AM) by Matt Benson
 

FIFA announced its finalists for the FIFA Ballon d’Or and for the FIFA World Coach of the Year.  While no USMNT players made the Ballon d’Or list (how did Alan Gordon not get nominated?!), Jurgen Klinsmann is one of the 10 finalists for the Coach of the Year award.

FIFA also plans to show off its new logo for the 2018 World Cup later today.

It looks like the USMNT might play Switzerland in a friendly in Zurich in March.

Congrats to the US Women’s National Team for winning the CONCACAF Women’s Championship and clinching a spot in next summer’s World Cup.  Since 1990, the US is one of three countries to qualify for every men’s and women’s World Cup (also Germany and Brazil).

Michael Bradley is going to have surgery this week to correct a lingering nerve issue in his foot.  This is an injury that has been bugging him for most of the season.  Jeff Carlisle asked him if it was an issue prior to the World Cup, which he said no, but I guess it got worse as the season wore on.

I tweeted out a photo over the weekend of Terrence Boyd getting Randy Orton’s RKO (WWE wrestling move) preformed on him by a teammate and now we have video of the hilarity.

Jake Keegan went 90 minutes yesterday in Galway FC’s 2-1 win over UCD in the first leg of the Irish Premier Division promotion/relegation playoffs.  Galway FC scored two late goals to steal the road win and now host UCD on Friday for a chance at promotion.

Alejandro Bedoya missed Nantes’ 2-0 win this weekend due to a hamstring strain.

While there were some rumblings that Aron Johannsson might play this weekend for AZ Alkmaar, he did not as they want to give him a few more minutes with the reserve team.

Geoff Cameron returned to Stoke City’s starting lineup this past weekend as a holding midfielder, but the Potters fell to Southampton 1-0.  Here is a photo of Cameron in action.

Greg Garza had to leave Tijuana’s draw to Chivas on Sunday with a head injury.

After scoring 12 goals in 14 games with the U-23 team, Jann George finally saw some first team action with Greuther Furth’s senior team in their 5-2 loss to FSV Frankfurt.

We had some goals this weekend.  Matt Taylor scored twice in Saarbrücken’s 4-1 win over Pirmasens.  Christian King scored twice in Ararat’s 3-2 loss to Ulisses in Armenian Premier League action.  Jerome Kiesewetter scored his second goal of the season on Saturday in Stuttgart II’s 1-0 win over Unterhaching.  And over Tigres’ last two games, we have had goals by Jose Torres and Herculez Gomez.

We also had some assists/sort-of-assists.  Mix Diskerud had this pretty little chip assist in Rosenborg’s 3-1 win over Sandnes Ulf.  And in the sort-of-assist category, Tim Ream and Zak Whitbread each had one for their respective clubs.

Marc Pelosi was back in action with Liverpool’s U-21 team this past weekend.

It looks like the US U-20 team might be headed abroad for three friendlies in November.

Mia Hamm was nominated for Roma’s board of directors on Monday.

I saw a Clint Dempsey rumor (loan deal back to the Premier League) has been circulating the interwebs in the last 48 hours, but it all came from a short “story” from the Daily Mirror with no quotes (except for an out of context quote from Klinsmann).  Come on people, I thought we were better than that.

And finally, no matter what happens with the rest of his career, Stuart Holden is still awesome.

 
Categories: Alejandro Bedoya, Aron Johannsson, Christian King, Clint Dempsey, Geoff Cameron, Greg Garza, Herculez Gomez, Jake Keegan, Jann George, Jerome Kiesewetter, Jose Francisco Torres, Marc Pelosi, Matt Taylor, Michael Bradley, Mix Diskerud, Stuart Holden, Terrence Boyd, Tim Ream, US Men's National Team, US U-20 National Team, Zak Whitbread
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A few links for Tuesday
   September 23, 2014 (12:33 AM) by Matt Benson
 

A few things for Tuesday.

Steven Goff has your weekend roundup of the bigger-named players in Europe.  Julian Green came off the bench for Hamburg and played 15 minutes against his parent club Bayern Munich.  Brad Guzan, who had only given up one goal over the first four games of the season, gave up three goals to Arsenal over a four-minute stretch around the 30th minute.

Andrew Wooten scored the lone goal of the game in Sandhausen’s 1-0 victory at Aalen.  And Alfredo Morales assisted on Ingolstadt’s only goal in a 1-1 draw to 1860 Munich.  I really dislike the 2. Bundesliga as it is nearly impossible to find highlights from that league.  I can find goals from the Swedish fourth division or the U-19 league in Germany, but not the second division in Germany.

Speaking of the U-19 league in Germany, Junior Flores started for Borussia Dortmund’s U-19 team in a 3-2 win over Bayer Leverkusen.  I saw some chatter on Twitter that he assisted on a goal, but it doesn’t look like he did as he only played 45 minutes (two of their goals came in the second half) and here are some highlights from the game (they start around the 2:35 mark).

We did have some goals in some smaller leagues this weekend.  As always, our goal tracker has been updated with the information.  As for some highlights of the goals, Cesar Romero scored from the penalty spot in Pyunik’s 1-1 draw to FC Mika in Armenia.  Kyle Curinga scored his second goal of the season on Saturday in GBK’s 3-0 win over Kajaani in Finland.  Andy Lorei scored a goal on Saturday in Bodens BK’s 2-1 win over Söderhamn.  And Jake Keegan scored his 11th goal of the season on Saturday, tied for the third most in the League of Ireland First Division, in Galway’s 3-0 win over Finn Harps.

Also, Brandon Scott, Matt Horth and Leiknir Reykjavík clinched the Icelandic 1. Deild (second division) title this past weekend with a 4-0 win over Tindastóll.  And Horth contributed to the goals in the second half.

Here is an action shot of Fabian Johnson during Borussia Mönchengladbach’s 0-0 draw to FC Köln.

Joe Gyau made the bench for Borussia Dormund’s senior team yet again this past weekend, but he did not play again either.  Here are some photos of Gyau with former USMNT player and current Dortmund U-23 manager David Wagner.

Kyle Scott assisted on a goal for Chelsea’s U-18 team over the weekend.

According to ESPN’s Doug McIntyre, Jurgen Klinsmann plans on calling in a lot of guys into next month’s international break, possibly up to as many as 30 players.  Since it is a full international break, it will be both MLS/Liga MX and European-based players.

Since everyone and their mother does a “pick the USMNT roster for the 2018 World Cup” thing, Brian Sciaretta goes US Soccer hipster on us and picks his 21 players for next summer’s U-20 World Cup.

A new name to keep an eye on (courtesy of a Brian Sciaretta tweet from this weekend) is Björn Maars Johnsen.  He was born in North Carolina, but it looks like he grew up in Norway.  But he has nine goals in eight games for Atlético CP in the Portuguese Segunda Liga (second division) and two goals in three cup matches so far in 2014-15.  And he sort of has a Kid ‘n Play hi-top fade thing going.

Jon Arnold thinks it might be time for the Gold Cup to branch out and play some of its games outside the US.

And finally, FIFA Executive Committee member Theo Zwanziger doesn’t think the 2022 World Cup will be played in Qatar.  But FIFA wants to remind you that his comments are just his personal opinion.

 
Categories: Alfredo Morales, Andrew Wooten, Andy Lorei, Björn Maars Johnsen, Brad Guzan, Brandon Scott, Cesar Romero, Fabian Johnson, Jake Keegan, Joe Gyau, Julian Green, Junior Flores, Kyle Curinga, Kyle Scott, Matt Horth, US Men's National Team, US U-20 National Team
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Tuesday morning links
   September 16, 2014 (12:02 AM) by Matt Benson
 

This past weekend was a busy one throughout Europe.

We had 12 different players score goals for a total of 15 goals.  So far, I have found highlights of Jordan Seabrook, Andrew Jacobson, Kenny Saief, Pablo Punyed and Cesar Romero.  For more information on the other goals, check out our updated goal tracker.

But some other non-goal scoring noteworthy stuff happened this past weekend as well.  Brad Guzan now leads all Premier League goalkeepers in clean sheets this season after posting a 1-0 win over Liverpool at Anfield (highlights).  He was happy about the win.

Brek Shea made his Birmingham City debut and assisted on the Blues’ lone goal in their 1-1 draw to Leeds United (highlights).  His performance was also worthy of Man of the Match honors by Birmingham City’s fans.

Julian Green also made his Hamburg debut, getting the start but getting subbed out at halftime of their 2-0 loss to Hannover 96.  By most accounts, he was pretty so-so.  Here is a photo of him in action (I really do like those white shirts).  And Hamburg’s manager Mirko Slomka was fired.

Joe Gyau made Borussia Dortmund’s bench for the first time this season in their 3-1 win over Freiburg, but he did not get into the game.

On the youth team sides, Andrija Novakovich scored a goal for Reading’s U-18 team in a 2-1 win over Brighton & Hove Albion.  And Kyle Scott scored a goal for Chelsea’s U-18 team in a 2-2 draw to West Ham United.

Aron Johannsson will never get to play a game for new manager Marco van Basten as he has stepped down due to health issues.

Forbes’ Mark J. Burns writes about how Clint Dempsey and Jozy Altidore have seen an uptick in endorsement money following the World Cup.

Andy Schreur talked to Tab Ramos about the US U-20’s trip to Argentina.

It looks like Chivas USA’s Eric Avila is headed to Santos Laguna following the MLS season.

I posted a link last week about how Mexico was going after U-17 defender Edwin Lara and now it looks like Mexico’s U-17 team is going after a couple other dual nationals.

And finally, in the event you haven’t seen AC Milan’s Jeremy Menez’s goal from this past weekend, you need to check it out.  Just dirty.

 
Categories: Andrew Jacobson, Andrija Novakovich, Aron Johannsson, Brad Guzan, Brek Shea, Cesar Romero, Clint Dempsey, Edwin Lara, Eric Avila, Joe Gyau, Jordan Seabrook, Jozy Altidore, Julian Green, Kenny Saief, Kyle Scott, Pablo Punyed, US U-20 National Team
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The weekend is finally here links
   September 12, 2014 (6:19 AM) by Matt Benson
 

A few things to get in before the weekend starts up.

Brek Shea’s loan to Birmingham City became official yesterday.  He will be with the club for three months.  Birmingham City’s manager Lee Clark also said he even tried to buy Shea permanently before the season, so it looks like Clark will give him a chance to play.  Here is also a short video interview with Brekken.

As for some bad news, Freiburg midfielder Caleb Stanko tore his ACL.  Stanko has been mainly playing with Freiburg II this season and was hoping to make his senior team debut this year.

US Soccer put up some highlights of the U-20’s trip to Argentina.  Here is the game against Racing FC’s reserves and here is the game against Argentina’s U-20 team.

Here are some fun photos of the US’s game against the Czech Republic from last week.

Noah Davis gives a basic rundown of the new youngsters on the USMNT.

Danny Williams is hoping to return to the field in November.

Brian Sciaretta introduces us to Israeli-American Kenny Saief, who is currently at Gent in Belgium.

Mike L. Goodman dives into the development of soccer statistics.

Have fun this weekend.

 
Categories: Brek Shea, Caleb Stanko, Danny Williams, Kenny Saief, US Men's National Team, US U-20 National Team
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Thursday morning links
   September 11, 2014 (1:46 AM) by Matt Benson
 

One day closer to the weekend.

The big news of yesterday was that Geoff Cameron underwent hernia surgery on Wednesday and will be out for an unknown amount of time.  This has been a disaster of an opening 2014-15 season for Cameron.

As for his Stoke City teammate, Brek Shea looks to be headed to Birmingham City on a loan and will be available for selection this weekend as the Blues take on Leeds United.  Shea will join fellow Americans Will Packwood and Jonathan Spector at the club.

Julian Green’s chances of making his Hamburg debut this weekend are decent as the club is battling a few injuries to some attacking players.

Berti Vogts doesn’t like when Borussia Monchengladbach manager Lucien Favre plays Fabian Johnson at positions that are not named right back.

Greg Seltzer broke out his stat notebook and has a bunch of random numbers for your viewing pleasure.  Based on the old MLS scoring system (two points for a goal, one point for an assist), Jozy Altidore’s 2012-13 was the best by any American in a top-flight league in Europe.

The US U-20 team ended their Argentina adventure with a 1-1 draw to Argentina’s U-20 team.  Zach Pfeffer scored the lone goal for the US.

Jurgen Klinsmann did a Q&A on US Soccer’s website about the young guns and last week’s game.  Remember how we beat the Czech Republic on their home turf?  That same team just beat the Netherlands, 2-1,  in a Euro qualifier this week.

Brian Sciaretta decided to do a transfer report card on seven key Americans.  He likes Johnson’s move to Borussia Monchengladbach the most and I can’t really complain.

Some horrible news for Quentin Westberg and Luzenac as the club has been denied access to Ligue 2.  The club is not even allowed to go back to the National (third tier) so it will now play in the the amateur seventh division with all current players released of their contracts.

Christopher McCollum caught up with Brandon Scott to talk about his debut season with Leiknir Reykjavík as they have earned promotion to the Icelandic Úrvalsdeild with two games remaining.

Mike Woitalla introduces us to the latest American teenager being courted by both the US and Mexico.

And finally, we are sort of a big deal in Taiwan.

 
Categories: Brad Guzan, Brandon Scott, Brek Shea, Edwin Lara, Fabian Johnson, Geoff Cameron, Jozy Altidore, Julian Green, Quentin Westberg, US Men's National Team, US U-20 National Team, Zach Pfeffer
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This international break seems really long links
   September 9, 2014 (12:02 AM) by Matt Benson
 

Only having one game this international break is making this week seem really long and boring (damn you, Colombia).  Here are a few links.

Julian Green is now at Hamburg and training (photo).  Greg Seltzer got a couple quotes from Green about the move before he headed into the USMNT camp last week.  Seltzer also looks at the playing time situation at Hamburg for Green.

Jurgen Klinsmann wants competition between Brad Guzan and Nick Rimando for the #1 goalkeeper spot.  OT resident goalkeeper guru Will has a couple words on Guzan/Rimando (plus a lot other information on everything US goalkeepers).

Aron Johannsson is hoping to return to the field in October.  And he answered some questions and went kayaking recently.

Jonathan Bornstein has a new teammate at Queretaro.  You might have heard about him before.

The 824234 guys at Tijuana have a new manager in Daniel Guzman.

Brian Sciaretta has talked to Jordan Morris and Andrew Jacobson recently.

Eric Lichaj is ready for the Ryder Cup.

Baltimore is in talks with CONCACAF to host some Gold Cup games next summer.  We should know the final stadiums/locations in the fourth quarter of 2014.

The US U-20 team takes on the Argentina U-20 team later today.  They are 2-0-0 on their trip so far with wins over Racing Club Reserves and Defensa y Justicia Reserves.  Bradford Jamieson IV has the best name ever.  I want him to make it to the USMNT so I can get his jersey someday.

While none of the big boys played this weekend, a lot of the smaller leagues still played and we had goals by Jake Keegan, Irvin Raul Parra, Matt Taylor and Royal-Dominique Fennell.  A couple other guys scored this weekend that I haven’t found highlights of yet, but check out our goal tracker for more information.

 
Categories: Andrew Jacobson, Aron Johannsson, Brad Guzan, Bradford Jamieson IV, Eric Lichaj, Irvin Raul Parra, Jake Keegan, Jonathan Bornstein, Jordan Morris, Julian Green, Matt Taylor, Nick Rimando, Royal-Dominique Fennell, US Men's National Team, US U-20 National Team
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Tuesday’s linkapalooza
   September 2, 2014 (12:01 AM) by Matt Benson
 

Lots of action this past weekend.

Steven Goff has you covered with a weekend roundup of the bigger names in Europe.  Good to see Rubio Rubin and Emerson Hyndman both made appearances again in their respective team’s starting lineups.  Hyndmann is 18 years old and completing 91 percent of his passes this season, fourth highest in the Championship among players with 100+ attempted passes.

As for some goals, Matt Taylor bagged another two goals in Saarbrücken’s 2-1 win over Nöttingen (highlights).  Taylor has put together a nice little career in the various lower leagues in Germany, scoring 55 goals in 162 league appearances since 2008-09.

Bobby Warshaw went the full 90 minutes and scored the opening goal of the game in Bærum’s 2-1 loss to Hønefoss (highlights).  Over in Sweden, Andrew Stadler scored his 11th goal of the season in Landskrona’s 1-1 draw to Sirius (highlights).  Down in the fourth tier in Sweden, Eddy Prugh and Andy Lorei both scored in Bodens BK’s 3-2 loss to Anundsjö (highlights).  And we don’t have highlights of these goals, but Matt Eliason, Drew Jeskey, Anthony Avalos and Christian Eissele also scored this weekend and our goal tracker has some more details.  Will Packwood also scored for Birmingham City’s U-21 team.

While we had some goals this weekend, the assists might have been even better this weekend.  Bobby Wood used his head to assist on 1860 Munich’s goal in their 1-1 draw to Darmstadt 98 (highlights).  Here is also a photo of Wood from that game.  And Alfredo Morales assisted on two goals in Ingolstadt’s 3-0 win over Sandhausen (highlights).  That second one was pretty slick.

The USMNT did some training yesterday at the headquarters of the Czech Football Association.   In case you missed the young roster, John D. Halloran broke things down on Friday.  Terrence Boyd is also there in attendance despite his knee injury and Geoff Cameron has been officially ruled out of Wednesday’s game due to his injury.  I forgot to post this last week, but here is Jurgen Klinsmann’s usual post-roster release quote sheet.  Also from last Friday, US Soccer announced an October 14 friendly against Honduras.

The US U-20 team is headed to Argentina this week to play Racing Club Reserves, Defensa y Justicia Reserves and Argentina’s U-20 team.  Here is the updated roster, which features John Requejo Jr., Fernando Arce, Russell Canouse, Junior Flores and Paul Arriola among others.  Another interesting name on the list is Chivas de Guadalajara’s Luis Martir since Chivas normally has a Mexican international only policy.

We had a pretty quiet Deadline Day on the American front (aside from a dildo going into a reporter’s ear, seriously), but we had a couple moves over the last couple of days.

As we posted over the weekend, Julian Green is headed to Hamburg on a season-long loan.  And for all those soccer jersey hipsters out there, Hamburg has a decent home shirt this year and Green looks to be wearing #37.

As for some other moves, Duane Holmes is now with League Two side Bury on a loan until January.  Seb Hines is now with Coventry City until January on a short-term loan.  Gboly Ariyibi signed with English League One side Chesterfield.  And US U-20 midfielder Kris Scott has made the move from Swansea City’s youth teams to Leicester City’s youth teams.

The bigger news on the American front were the moves that did not happen.  Stoke City decided to keep Geoff Cameron despite bids from Sunderland and Southampton.  Zulte-Waregem made a bid for Sacha Kljestan, but Anderlecht decided to hold onto him as well.  And I guess there might have been some rumblings of Southampton sniffing around Brek Shea, but nothing happened (and it was likely silly season nonsense).

And before multiple more people ask me, Juan Agudelo is still without a club and myself (and many others) don’t know anything more on his situation.

Brian Sciaretta, writing for multiple outlets, has you covered with some interviews with Brad Guzan and Greg Garza.  Jonny Rico also got some audio from Garza and Joe Corona about their recent call-ups to the USMNT.

And finally, Freddy Adu is still in Serbia, still hasn’t played for his new team and is suing his former Brazilian team Bahia over alleged unpaid wages.

 
Categories: Alfredo Morales, Andrew Stadler, Anthony Avalos, Bobby Warshaw, Bobby Wood, Brad Guzan, Brek Shea, Christian Eissele, Drew Jeskey, Duane Holmes, Emerson Hyndman, Fernando Arce, Freddy Adu, Gboly Ariyibi, Geoff Cameron, Greg Garza, Joe Corona, John Requejo Jr., Juan Agudelo, Julian Green, Junior Flores, Kris Scott, Matt Eliason, Matt Taylor, Paul Arriola, Rubio Rubin, Russell Canouse, Sacha Kljestan, Seb Hines, Terrence Boyd, US Men's National Team, US U-20 National Team, Will Packwood
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A bunch of link goodies for Thursday
   July 24, 2014 (12:02 AM) by Matt Benson
 

This summer has been a busy one and here are a bunch more links from the last couple of days.

The big news of yesterday was that DaMarcus Beasley signed a DP contract with the Houston Dynamo.  He becomes the 10th current USMNT player on a designated player contract with MLS.

Danny Williams had surgery on his knee earlier this week.  This is the second time in the last five months that Williams has had some form of surgery on his knee.  No word on how serious or how long he will be out.

Freddy Adu appears to be in talks with FK Jagodina in Serbia.  And he is also getting some interest from a team in Cyprus.

Juan Agudelo has been in Florida training with Orlando City, but much like Brek Shea a couple months ago, this is just a training thing.  He won’t be signing with Orlando City.

Jozy Altidore’s summer vacation is finally ending as he is expected to be back with Sunderland today.

Much like Jermaine Jones throwing out the first pitch with the Dodgers a couple weeks ago, Geoff Cameron did the same with the Red Sox last week and Brad Guzan did it with the Cubs this week.

Do you like stats and numbers?  I did a quick look at Tim Howard, Brad Guzan, Geoff Cameron and Alejandro Bedoya yesterday.  I plan on doing another one next week on a couple guys from the Championship.

A few of the younger US players (and prospects) will be making the trek to the US with their European teams in the next week.  Gedion Zelalem is on Arsenal’s roster which will take on the New York Red Bulls on Saturday.  Emerson Hyndman made Fulham’s squad which is headed to Jacksonville to take on DC United this weekend.  And we already know that Julian Green is with Bayern Munich as they take on the MLS All-Stars.  Pep Guardiola spoke to the US press about Green and how he doesn’t want to loan him out this year.

Another youth player, Lynden Gooch, has been receiving some praise from Sunderland fans this week.  Gooch came off the bench with Sunderland’s first team in a friendly against Carlisle United on Tuesday.  Then he made another appearance with the first team on Wednesday in a friendly against Hartlepool United and assisted on one goal (GIF highlights).

Alfredo Morales scored a goal for FC Ingolstadt in a friendly against Nurnberg earlier this week.  Here is a photo of Morales in action.

Sacha Kljestan is still with Anderlecht and went the full 90 minutes in a friendly earlier this week.

Brek Shea is receiving some praise for his play in Stoke City’s friendly against Borussia Monchengladbach.

Edgar Castillo (and his odd #1 jersey number) talked to Tom Marshall about still trying to keep the USMNT dream alive.

Bobby Wood came off the bench in 1860 Munich’s 3-0 win over SV Heimstetten in a friendly yesterday.  Here is a photo of him in action.

For those of you holding out to buy a Junior Flores/Borussia Dortmund jersey, you can go get those #22 jerseys now.  For those ultimate soccer jersey hipsters, Alonso Hernandez will wear #13 for Monterrey in Mexico.

Will Packwood played with Birmingham City’s U-21 team the other day in a private friendly.  Sounds like he missed a little time recently “after suffering from illness”, but he is now back in action.

The US U-20 team now knows the format for January’s CONCACAF U-20 Championship.  It will be two groups of six teams with the winners of each group clinching a spot in the U-20 World Cup, while the second and third place teams from each group doing a four-team playoff for the last two spots.

One player who might be on that U-20 team, Fernando Arce Jr., talked to Brian Sciaretta about selecting to play for the US over Mexico even though his dad played for Mexico.

Goalkeeper Phil Saunders has signed with Icelandic 1st Division side BÍ/Bolungarvik.

Former Bucknell product Conor O’Brien made the jump to Denmark out of college and now another Bison is headed to Denmark.  This time it is Mayowa Alli and he is signing with Vensyssel in the Danish First Division (second tier).

With Roma in Boston this week, Keith Costigan talked to Roma president James Pallotta and Pallotta claims that we can expect “an announcement in the next few weeks” in regards to an American going to the club.  Could the DeAndre Yedlin deal be back on or could it be another player?  Or could it be nothing?  I have no clue.

US Soccer and Sporting Kansas City are building a new National Training and Coaching Development Center in Kansas City.  Sounds like this would be the main training hub for coaches and refs, while I think they will also get some USMNT/USWNT/youth team camps at the complex (along with the StubHub Center in Carson, California) once it is completed.

In the random but awesome jersey department.  I want this jersey of a lower level Spanish team.  And if the Big Ten had pro-style jerseys with sponsors, here is what one person thinks they would look like.  Basically my Hawkeyes would be Borussia Dortmund.

And finally, this site has been receiving a lot more traffic this month (likely due to the World Cup fever) along with a lot more Twitter and Facebook followers.  If you are new to the site, thanks for checking us out.  If you are not new to the site, thanks for continuing to check us out.  It is nice to see this site grow with all of you.

 
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