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Hump day link randomness
   April 22, 2015 (12:46 AM) by Matt Benson
 

A bunch of links that are all over the place.

Roderick is over in Europe on vacation so no The OT Report for this past weekend.  As for some highlights, we had goals by Cole Grossman, Evin Nadaner, Cesar Romero, Björn Maars Johnsen, Jay Denny and a brace by Christian Pulisic.  We also had assists by Joe Corona and Aron JohannssonFreddy Adu made his debut in Finland.  Bobby Wood returned from injury and started for Erzgebirge Aue.

As for the mid week so far, Gedion Zelalem help setup a goal for Arsenal’s U-21 team.  Michael Orozco had an assist as Puebla won the Copa MX final over Chivas (Herculez Gomez watched from the bench).  And Andrija Novakovich scored a goal for Reading’s U-21 team.

The US U-20 team is in Austria this week and here is their roster.  They had a 2-2 draw against Qatar yesterday with the US goals coming from Amando Moreno and Conor Donovan.

The US U-23 team will take on Mexico later tonight at the StubHub Center.  Here is their roster.  Apparently manager Andi Herzog asked Hamburg permission for Julian Green to stay after last week’s friendly against Mexico for this game but they didn’t respond yes to him until Green was already on a plane back to Germany.  Herzog also wants to create a pipeline to the USMNT with the U-23 team.  And  Liviu Bird’s random observation from training earlier this week, Jordan Morris has Type 1 diabetes and tests his blood sugar during training.

For those of you that miss watching grainy Youtube videos of Josh Gatt flying down the wings, we have some good news.  He has been cleared to play again after a couple knee surgeries.

Hannover 96 did some shuffling around of their coaching staff and Steve Cherundolo has been promoted to an assistant.

Greg Seltzer took a look at Danny Williams’ performance in the FA Cup semifinals from the weekend.

The USMNT’s 2-0 victory over Mexico last week did well ratings-wise for Fox Sports 1.

Pele thinks the US should host the 2026 World Cup.

Cameron Carter-Vickers and Gedion Zelalem made The Telegraph’s Top 35 hottest prospects in who play in England list.

Mukwelle Akale and Villarreal won the División de Honor Juvenil de Fútbol Group 7 title.

And finally, Tim Ream is better than Jordan Spieth at golf.

 
Categories: Amando Moreno, Andrija Novakovich, Aron Johannsson, Björn Maars Johnsen, Bobby Wood, Cameron Carter-Vickers, Cesar Romero, Christian Pulisic, Cole Grossman, Conor Donovan, Danny Williams, Evin Nadaner, Freddy Adu, Gedion Zelalem, Jay Denny, Joe Corona, Jordan Morris, Josh Gatt, Julian Green, Michael Orozco Fiscal, Mukwelle Akale, Steve Cherundolo, Tim Ream, US Men's National Team, US U-20 National Team, US U-23 National Team
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US U-20 roster for April camp
   April 20, 2015 (5:31 AM) by Matt Benson
 

I forgot to post this on Friday, but Tab Ramos has named a 20-man roster for this month’s U-20 camp in Austria.  There will be friendlies against Qatar and Croatia at FC Red Bull Slazburg’s Red Bull Arena.

GOALKEEPERS (2): Jeff Caldwell (University of Virginia; Todd, N.C.), Zack Steffen (SC Freiburg; Downington, Pa.)

DEFENDERS (6): Cameron Carter-Vickers (Tottenham Hotspur; Westcliff on Sea, England), Conor Donovan (Orlando City SC; Fuquay-Varina, N.C.), Matthew Miazga (Clifton, N.J.; New York Red Bulls), Shaquell Moore (Unattached; Powder Springs, Ga.), Erik Palmer-Brown (Sporting Kansas City; Lee’s Summit, Mo.), John Requejo (Club Tijuana; Carpinteria, Calif.)

MIDFIELDERS (8): Jordan Allen (Real Salt Lake; Rochester, N.Y.), Marco Delgado (Toronto FC; Glendora, Calif.), Junior Flores (Borussia Dortmund; Manassas Park, Va.), Romain Gall (Columbus Crew SC; Herndon, Va.), Lynden Gooch (Sunderland; Santa Cruz, Calif.), Cristian Roldan (Seattle Sounders FC; Pico Rivera, Calif.), Ethan Sonis (SC Freiburg; Coral Springs, Fla.), Joel Sonora (CA Boca Juniors; Buenos Aires, Argentina)

FORWARDS (4): Amando Moreno (Club Tijuana; Morganville, N.J.), Zach Pfeffer (Philadelphia Union; Dresher, Pa.), Maki Tall (Red Star; Washington, D.C.), Tommy Thompson (San Jose Earthquakes; Loomis, Calif.)

Also, the US U-23 team will be taking on Mexico at the StubHub Center on Wednesday (I will be in attendance not that anyone cares).  There hasn’t been an official roster released yet, but according to this tweet, Tijuana’s Alejandro Guido will be there.

 
Categories: US U-20 National Team, US U-23 National Team
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Friday morning links
   April 17, 2015 (6:24 AM) by Matt Benson
 

Remember when the US beat Mexico on Wednesday?  That was fun.  Here are the highlights and some photos.

Will did a real cool interview with former USMNT goalkeeper Victor Gerley.  He played for the US in the 1960s.  He was also nice enough to scan some old newspapers from his playing days.  So go check it out.

As always, Roderick keeps you updated with games at the club level from the past week.

We have a couple goal highlights from the last week.  Luca de la Torre scored for Fulham’s U-18 team last Friday.  Edgar Castillo assisted in Atlas’ win in Copa Libertadores action on Wednesday.  And Brian Span scored a goal in Finnish Suomen Cup action on Thursday.

There were conflicting reports online whether Bobby Warshaw scored in his team’s season opener two weeks ago so I decided to go to the best source to figure this out and he told me that he did.

I meant to post this before the Mexico friendly, but Jeff Carlisle talked to various US players past and present about playing in this rivalry.  It is also your monthly reminder that Franke Hejduk is awesome.

Earlier this week, Canada manager Benito Floro claimed that Tesho Akindele is “99.9 percent” committed to Canada’s national team.  But Akindele pumped the brakes a little on that statement later in the week.

Kristan Heneage wrote some words for The Guardian on everyone’s favorite NASL/USMNT player Miguel Ibarra.  He didn’t do much on Wednesday, but he did have a nice little run on Juan Agudelo’s goal which freed up some space.

The New York Times decided to look at the current status of the goalkeeper position for the USMNT.

One of those goalkeepers, Brad Guzan, is back at it with The Players’ Tribune and gave his Top 5 soccer stadiums.

Want some more goalkeeper talk?  Will has your monthly roundup of news and whatnot for April.

Granted you can’t believe about anything he says, Sepp Blatter is now in favor of CONCACAF getting another automatic spot for the World Cup.  And not shocking, UEFA president Michel Platini doesn’t agree.

Freddy Adu was finally cleared to play for KuPS on Wednesday, but he was a DNP on the bench in the team’s 2-1 win in the Suomen Cup.  This is also what a Freddy Adu/KuPS jersey looks like.

Tom Marshall tells us why Liga MX is becoming an attractive playing option for Americans.

The US U-20 team will have a camp in Austria with games against Qatar and Croatia next week.  While they haven’t announced a roster yet to the public to my knowledge, Seattle’s Cristian Roldan is one of the players making the trip.

And for you few yearning to follow an American in Portugal.  It looks like Maryland product Matt Oduaran has been with Tirsense in Portugal’s Campeonato Nacional (third tier) since last summer.

 
Categories: Bobby Warshaw, Brad Guzan, Brian Span, Cristian Roldan, Edgar Castillo, Freddy Adu, Juan Agudelo, Luca de la Torre, Matt Oduaran, Miguel Ibarra, Tesho Akindele, US Men's National Team, US U-20 National Team
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Everyone’s favorite Friday morning link drop
   April 3, 2015 (12:01 AM) by Matt Benson
 

If not your favorite, we are in your Top 27.

As for some in-house linkage, our Will looked at another Will(iam)’s last two games at goalkeeper.

With the Norwegian Tippeligaen starting up next week, RJ caught up with Alex DeJohn to talk about his career and his move to IK Start.

While it might have been an international break, some lower level leagues kept chugging along and Roderick has you covered with what you missed over the week.

We did have one goal this week and it came from Duane Holmes (highlights).

US Soccer finally put up the US U-20 highlights from their 2-1 loss to England’s U-21 team from the weekend.

The goal scorer in that game was Maki Tall and he talked to Brian Sciaretta this week.

One thing that has been overlooked by many, myself included, until the guys over at Total Soccer Show (I’m guessing Daryl?) pointed out that Jozy Altidore will have to miss the Mexico friendly due to his red card against Switzerland.  I’m guessing most forgot about this since we haven’t had a red card in a friendly since January of 2012.  While I thought it was stupid on Jozy’s part and also pretty harsh by the ref, Alejandro Bedoya told Doug McIntyre after the game that the ref had warned Jozy at halftime about the language.

Who wants some Freddy Adu hot links?  He was introduced to the press yesterday and you can watch it here.  One of the interesting tidbits to come from it (and not that shocking with some of the lower leagues), he hasn’t been paid his salary by FK Jagodina in Serbia.  And I am doing my best from buying his jersey, but think about all the soccer hipster points you would get for it.

Roderick covered these in The OT Report, but a couple injury updates.  Zak Whitbread is one of a few injured Derby County players the team is hoping to get back on the field following the international break.  He has been out for a while with back and hamstring issues.

And Bobby Wood may be available to return this weekend in Erzgebirge Aue’s game against 1860 Munich.

Club Tijuana’s website has a story up with Paul Arriola and John Requejo Jr. following their trip to England with the US U-20 team.

Bobby Warshaw wrote some words on trying to figure out the mindset of Jurgen Klinsmann.

And let’s end this with some lower league transfer news.

Goalkeeper Keith Cardona is returning to the US after signing with NASL’s Indy Eleven.  Cardona spent 2014 in Austria with FC Leifering.

And while one player is returning, Creighton product David Abidor is headed to Sweden after signing with Division 1 (third tier) side Dalkurd FF.

 
Categories: Alejandro Bedoya, Alex DeJohn, Bobby Warshaw, Bobby Wood, David Abidor, Duane Holmes, Freddy Adu, John Requejo Jr., Jozy Altidore, Keith Cardona, Maki Tall, Paul Arriola, US U-20 National Team, William Yarbrough
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US U-20 vs. England U-21 Highlights
   April 2, 2015 (11:32 AM) by Matt Benson
 

The US U-20 team lost 2-1 to England’s U-21 team in Plymouth, England on Sunday.  Maki Tall scored the lone goal for the US.  Here are some highlights.

 
Categories: Highlights, US U-20 National Team
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A few links for Monday
   March 30, 2015 (12:04 AM) by Matt Benson
 

Here are a few links to start your week.

Aron Johannsson has been ruled out for Tuesday’s game with a toe infection.  Jordan Morris has been called in from the US U-23 team in Bosnia to replace him.

Jurgen Klinsmann told ESPN’s Doug McIntyre that he plans on calling in the Euro-based players for the June friendlies against Germany and Netherlands even though most of the European seasons end in early May and the Gold Cup is not until July.  So much for any vacation.

Normally a wing player for the US but he plays centrally at the club level, Alejandro Bedoya is willing to play wherever on the field for the USMNT.

The US finally found out its first opponent of the Gold Cup as Honduras overcame a 3-1 first leg deficit to beat French Guiana 4-3 aggregate.  The US will face Honduras at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas on July 7.

Here are highlights of the US U-23’s 5-2 win over Bosnia from Friday.  And here are some photos from training with the U-23ers.

The US U-23 team will be taking on Mexico’s U-23 team at the StubHub Center on Wednesday, April 22.  Tickets will go on sale this Thursday.  I might have to pick up a ticket for this.

The U-20 team lost their game against England’s U-21 team, 2-1, on Sunday.  Here is the game report.  Hopefully the highlights will become available in the next couple of days.

In case you missed it, Freddy Adu signed with Finnish side KuPS.  He won’t be the only American at the club as former New England Revolution defender Stephen McCarthy signed with the club in January.

Also in Finland, former Santa Clara forward Harrison Hanley signed with Mikkelin Palloilijat.  He has already played in a couple Suomen Cup matches.

Chris Tsonis was last seen in Iceland with Fjölnir last season but he is now with USL’s New York Red Bulls II.

Devann Yao scored a goal and had an assist in Neustrelitz’s 2-0 win over Greifswalder SV in the semifinals of the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Regional Cup last week.

Luca de la Torre scored two goals with Fulham’s U-18 team this weekend.  Still looking for highlights of the brace.

US U-17 forward Haji Wright has trained/trialed with some teams in Europe over the last two years but it looks like he is going to sign with the New York Cosmos.

Quentin Westberg finally found a new home in Norway with Sarpsborg 08.

Caleb Stanko looks like he is getting closer to returning to the field/training after tearing his ACL in 2014.

Want some more Google-translated interviews?  Here is one with Devante Parker.

And finally, it looks like a couple Americans (Tomas Buchmiller and Samuel Strong) are on trial with Eintracht Frankfurt.

 
Categories: Alejandro Bedoya, Aron Johannsson, Caleb Stanko, Chris Tsonis, Devann Yao, Devante Parker, Freddy Adu, Haji Wright, Harrison Hanley, Luca de la Torre, Quentin Westberg, Samuel Strong, Stephen McCarthy, Tomas Buchmiller, US Men's National Team, US U-20 National Team, US U-23 National Team
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International break housekeeping
   March 28, 2015 (5:50 AM) by Matt Benson
 

A couple things on the USMNT, U-23 and U-20 teams.

Jurgen Klinsmann initially said earlier this week that no players with the USMNT would play with the U-23 or U-20 teams after the Denmark friendly.  Syke!

Klinsmann also did a Q&A with US Soccer’s website about the Switzerland friendly and the player pool.

Ventura Alvarado, who made his US debut last week but is not cap-tied, claims he is committed to the United States over Mexico.

Poor Miguel Ibarra.

The injured Terrence Boyd is hanging out with the team this week.

The US U-23 team won its game against Bosnia U-23s, 5-2, on Friday.  The US goals were scored by Jordan Morris, Mario Rodriguez, Benji Joya, Alonso Hernandez and Fatai Alashe.  Here was the starting lineup.

The U-23ers will next play Denmark’s U-23 team on Tuesday at Lyngby Stadion in Copenhagen.

The U-20 team will take on England’s U-21 team at Home Park in Plymouth, England on Sunday.

 
Categories: Alonso Hernandez, Benji Joya, Fatai Alashe, Jordan Morris, Mario Rodriguez, Miguel Ibarra, Rubio Rubin, Terrence Boyd, US Men's National Team, US U-20 National Team, US U-23 National Team, Ventura Alvarado
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Rosterpalooza: senior, U-23s, and U-20s
   March 22, 2015 (11:53 AM) by Howie Michaels
 

The US Soccer PR department was hard at work today, releasing three different camp rosters for three different levels as the senior team, U-23s, and U-20s prepare for upcoming camps.

The senior team, which faces Denmark on Wednesday (3 PM ET, ESPN2/UniMás) and Switzerland on the following Tuesday (12 PM ET, FS1/UniMás), sees 23 players called up. William Yarbrough of León (Mexico) and Ventura Alvarado of América (Mexico) get their first camp callups; Reading’s Danny Williams will be looking for his first cap in over a year. Cody Cropper will also be seeking his elusive first cap.

The U-23s, who face Bosnia and Herzegovina on Friday and Denmark on Tuesday, include a fair number of guys from the 2013 U-20s.

The U-20s will have a camp in England ahead of a Friday match with Tottenham Hotspur’s U-21s and a Sunday match with England’s U-21s. With the U-20 World Cup about two months away, Tab Ramos is bringing back about half of the squad that slipped through CONCACAF but bringing in some entirely fresh faces, including Desevio Payne of Groningen.

 
Categories: US Men's National Team, US U-20 National Team, US U-23 National Team
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Post green beer hangover links
   March 18, 2015 (1:12 AM) by Matt Benson
 

Work has been pretty busy for me over the last week so I haven’t done a links post in a while.  That said, a bunch of goodies for you while you wait that green beer hangover out.

Two US female goalkeepers squared off against each other in UEFA Women’s Champions League last October so Will decided to have a chat with both of them to find out more.

Missed out on the weekend’s games?  Roderick has you covered.

US Soccer is about to have a busy next couple of weeks with the USMNT, U-23 and U-20 teams all having camps and friendlies throughout Europe.  It looks like we should expect to see the various rosters over the weekend.

While we wait for the rosters, a bunch of names are kind of leaking out.  Thanks to Birmingham City’s site, we know that Will Packwood is going to be with the U-23 team.   Brian Sciaretta is also hearing that Jerome Kiesewetter will be with the U-23s, while Andrija Novakovich will be with the U-20s.  And while there has been speculation that Jurgen Klinsmann is going to call in Ventura Alvarado with the MNTers, there is at least one report of Leon goalkeeper William Yarbrough being called in as well.

We are still waiting for Gedion Zelalem’s waiver to go through with FIFA, but he has been called in by Germany’s U-18 team.  He has turned them down in the past and hopefully he does again.

Speaking of rosters, here is Denmark’s roster for the USMNT friendly.

If you hate yourself, here is another (and new) story on Jurgen Klinsmann and fitness.

Will Packwood scored his first professional goal yesterday in Cheltenham Town’s 2-2 draw to Portsmouth (highlights).  He had to be subbed out due to some kind of injury, but he tweeted after the game that he is “feeling groggy” but is OK.

DeAndre Yedlin is back on the field and played with Tottenham’s U-21 team on Monday.  Here is a photo of him in action.

Andrija Novakovich made his debut with Reading’s senior team over the weekend in Reading’s 4-1 loss at Watford.  Here is a photo of Novakovich about to come onto the field.

Reading and Danny Williams (went the full 90) won their FA Cup 6th round replay over Bradford City on Monday.  Reading is headed to the FA Cup semis for the first time since 1927.

Klinsi was impressed with Jozy Altidore’s Toronto FC debut.

I see you, Greg Garza.

A.J. Soares is going to be out 6-8 weeks after picking up a knee injury in training.

According to this report out of Philadelphia, Union midfielder Danny Cruz is headed to Norway to go on a season-long loan with Bodø/Glimt.  If true, he will become teammates with Zarek Valentin.

Greg Seltzer caught up with Helsingborgs IF goalkeeper Matt Pyzdrowski.

Galway United forward Jake Keegan was on Goal’s League of Ireland GoalMouth podcast last week.  He also spoke to Brian Sciaretta.

AZ Alkmaar have brought on Oakland A’s general manager Billy Beane as an advisor.  I think I read the word “moneyball” in every tweet yesterday mentioning this news.

Here is a story from last week on Marc Pelosi and his return to the field over the last year.

Andrew Sousa and Ryan Maduro were both in Iceland last season with Fylkir and now both are returning to the US with the Rhode Island Oceaneers.

According to Will Parchman, US U-17 winger McKinzie Gaines is headed to Germany to trial with Wolfsburg.

And finally, FIFA announced the stadiums that will be used at the 2016 Olympics and somehow Arena da Amazônia in Manaus made the cut as one of the seven stadiums.  I still remember drinking two full glasses of water while just walking to my seat in the upper deck.  It was such a furnace.  I did snap this nice photo.

manaus

 
Categories: A.J. Soares, Andrew Sousa, Andrija Novakovich, Danny Cruz, Danny Williams, DeAndre Yedlin, Gedion Zelalem, Greg Garza, Jake Keegan, Jerome Kiesewetter, Jozy Altidore, Marc Pelosi, Matt Pyzdrowski, McKinzie Gaines, US Men's National Team, US U-20 National Team, US U-23 National Team, Ventura Alvarado, Will Packwood, William Yarbrough, Zarek Valentin
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A bunch of links randomness for Tuesday
   March 3, 2015 (12:35 AM) by Matt Benson
 

A bunch of good stuff for you on this Tuesday.

This past weekend had some action on the field.  Fabian Johnson scored his first goal with Borussia Mönchengladbach. Aron Johannsson and Tim Ream both returned from their injuries.  Roderick has you covered with everyone in The OT Report.

Want to see some highlights of the goals scored this weekend?  Here you go:  Fabian Johnson, Junior Flores, Conor O’Brien and Marc Heider.

The US U-17 team began play at the 2015 CONCACAF U-17 Championship with a 5-0 win over Cuba on Friday (highlights) followed with a 2-0 win over Trinidad & Tobago yesterday (highlights).  Joe Gallardo (four goals) and Christian Pulisic have been the US’s two best players in my non-expert opinion so far.

While the US U-20 team gets ready for the World Cup, they will face England’s U-20 team and Tottenham’s U-21 team in some friendlies at the end of the month.

One US U-20 player, Lynden Gooch, is now with English Conference Premier side Gateshead FC on loan for 28 days to get some playing time.  He already made his debut over the weekend and here is a photo him in a Gateshead jersey.

According to one report out of Germany, Jurgen Klinsmann might call up Ashton Götz for the US friendlies and camp this month even though he doesn’t have his US passport yet (he wouldn’t be able to play in the games but he could train with the team).

There were some rumors that Sebastian Lletget signed with the LA Galaxy this weekend, but his agent shot down those rumors.

It looks like Freddy Adu could be headed to Sweden to sign with a real team according to Ives Galarcep.  If true, this would be his 11th different team in his eighth different country since becoming a pro in 2004.  Over that same time, I have lived in two different apartments and have had the same job.

Continuing with the rumors, this report claims Fabian Johnson has been scouted recently by Barcelona as he is one of a few players on their list of potential fullbacks since Dani Alves’ contract ends this summer.

Jose Mourinho might want an American goalkeeper on Chelsea and apparently he is looking at Old Man Friedel among some other [non-American] veteran keepers.

According to Bild, Bobby Wood’s knee injury might not be as bad as first thought (his meniscus is not damaged as initially suspected) and he might only be out five weeks.

Tim Howard (and Everton) is the only American left in Europa League and the Toffees will face Dynamo Kyiv in the Round of 16.

Here is a recent video interview with Bob Bradley.  Speaking of Coach Sweatpants, I guess there was a rumor that he interviewed with Danish club Aalborg for their manager opening, but Greg Seltzer is hearing from a couple sources that this is not true.

Goalkeeper Brendan Moore has signed with English League One side Fleetwood Town.

Georgian-American midfielder Zourab Tsiskaridze has signed with NASL’s San Antonio Scorpions.  He was last seen with Bangkok Glass in Thailand.

Barcelona youngster Ben Lederman is currently in playing purgatory as part of the team’s injunction that retroactively disqualified many academy players.  Some guys just got cleared to play again but not Lederman.

And also thanks to Josh Deaver, I am now aware of a second American at Barcelona.  Konrad de la Fuente is a U-14 forward and he scored a goal back in early February for Barca’s Infantil A.

 
Categories: Aron Johannsson, Ashton Götz, Ben Lederman, Bob Bradley, Bobby Wood, Brad Friedel, Brendan Moore, Christian Pulisic, Conor O'Brien, Fabian Johnson, Freddy Adu, Joe Gallardo, Junior Flores, Konrad de la Fuente, Lynden Gooch, Marc Heider, Sebastian Lletget, Tim Howard, Tim Ream, US U-17 National Team, US U-20 National Team, Zourab Tsiskaridze
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