Recent Posts
 

 

Links
 

Matt's Twitter Account
@socceroverthere

Howie's Twitter Account
@Howie_OT

Will's Twitter Account
@letsallsoccer

John's Twitter Account
@JohnDHalloran

RJ's Twitter Account
@R_J_D

 

Categories
 



 
Archive for the ‘US U-20 National Team’ Category


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
1 Comment
 

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
No Comments
 

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.

u20

 
Categories: Ben Spencer, Highlights, Paul Arriola, US U-20 National Team, Zack Steffen
1 Comment
 

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
1 Comment
 

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
No Comments
 

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
No Comments
 

US U-20 vs. Jamaica Highlights
   January 18, 2015 (7:15 PM) by Matt Benson
 

The US U-20 team picked up another three points behind two Romain Gall PK goals in this 2-0 victory.  The final game of the group stage will be on Wednesday against Trinidad & Tobago at 5:30 PM Eastern on Fox Sports 2 (the US needs to win or tie to move on to the playoffs).  Here are the highlights.

groupa

 
Categories: Highlights, Romain Gall, US U-20 National Team
2 Comments
 

US U-20 vs. Aruba Highlights
   January 14, 2015 (4:58 PM) by Matt Benson
 

The US U-20 team needed a win today and boy did they get it.  Tab Ramos made a bunch of changes to the starting lineup, including a switch to the ol’ classic 4-4-2.  They ended up with a 8-0 win over Aruba, scoring six goals within the first 32 minutes of the game.  Here are the highlights.

groupa

 
Categories: Highlights, US U-20 National Team
1 Comment
 

An assortment of links for Tuesday
   January 13, 2015 (12:38 AM) by Matt Benson
 

A bunch of goodies to get into.

The USMNT has begun January’s camp this week in beautiful Southern California.  In case you missed it, Jurgen Klinsmann has called in 28 players for this camp, a mixture of vets and a bunch of youth as he looks towards the Olympic/U-23 team.

One player at this month’s camp that you probably don’t know that much about is Julio Morales.  Brian Sciaretta gets you caught up to date on Mr. Morales.  It looks like Morales might not be able to play in the friendlies just yet (although he can still participate in the camp) as he has to file a one-time switch with FIFA since he played with Mexico at the 2013 U-20 World Cup.

Much like Brad Friedel with the U-20 team, another former player, Carlos Bocanegra, is helping out as a coach this month.

Kyle McCarthy takes a look at the mixture of vets and youth as camp begins.

Daryl Grove came up with some humorous one-sentence descriptions for each of the players.  Brek Shea’s is easily the best.

Jurgen Klinsmann did not win FIFA Coach of the Year, but he did receive votes from 12 of the 544 voters, including five first-place votes.

In other USMNT news, CONCACAF has moved up the start of the final round of World Cup qualifying (a.k.a. The Hex) by three months to November of 2016 due to FIFA eliminating some international fixture dates in 2017.  The draw for the first round will take place on Thursday, but the US won’t enter qualification until the fourth round, beginning in November of 2015.  Yes, the whole cycle is about to start up again.

And we might know about two more friendlies for this year as Fox Sports ran this graphic during Friday’s U-20 game, which shows games against Australia and Ghana for later this year.

The US U-20 team is off to a rough start down in Jamaica, drawing to Guatemala (highlights) and losing to Panama (highlights).  Cameron Carter-Vickers has scored the only goal for the US so far and he spoke to Tottenham’s website about it.  Junior Flores had to leave the Panama game after getting his ankle stepped/rolled on and it sounds like he is in a boot and is on crutches.  That makes me think he will be out for a little while.  Want some goalie critique of the first two games?  Will has you covered.  And finally, Tony Meola spoke to Tab Ramos and Ramos claims Gedion Zelalem is “untouchable until March” when it comes to the U-20 team.

Speaking of Mr. Zelalem, the guys over at The Short Fuse have a little write- up on the savoir of American soccer Arsenal prospect.

Moving onto some club news.

All signs are pointing towards Mix Diskerud signing with NYCFC later today (or this week).

There was some more Jozy Altidore-to-MLS chatter over the weekend and Toronto FC appears to have the edge at the moment.  If this were to go down, I am just going to pretend that this was some mastermind of Klinsi to get Michael Bradley and Jozy practicing together everyday.

And both Steven Goff and Jeff Carlisle are hearing that a couple MLS teams are interested in signing Sacha Kljestan as well as an English League Championship side.

DeAndre Yedlin got the start and played 60 minutes with Tottenham’s U-21 team on Friday.  To go along with the video in the last link, here are some photos from the game.

Cody Cropper had to be taken to the hospital with a head injury on Monday after a collision in Southampton’s U-21 game.  Hopefully this doesn’t become anything serious.

Jonathan Spector is finally healthy again.  Although he didn’t play, he did make Birmingham City’s bench this past weekend in their 3-1 win over Wigan Athletic.

Heath Pearce didn’t come to terms with Orlando City after being taken in the expansion draft, so he might be looking to take his talents to Europe.  Pearce began his professional career in Denmark with FC Nordsjælland and also played with Hansa Rostock in Germany so he does have experience abroad.

Ventura Alvarado told Brian Sciaretta last week that he would be interested in a US call-up if Klinsmann called.

Since I get e-mailed one every other month by someone wanting to know Freddy Adu’s status, Steven Goff tells us that he is back training in the D.C. area since being let go from Serbia.

Justin Moose will no longer being playing in Finland with SJK as he signed with the Wilmington Hammerheads of USL Pro last week.

I can’t find much more on this, but Frank Simek’s wikipedia page has been updated that he is now with Sông Lam Nghệ An in Vietnam.  As one would expect, it is not easy to find solid information on this team or league.

Goalkeeper Alex Horwath (not to be confused with U-20 goalkeeper Ethan Horvath) is leaving Sweden and Ljungskile SK and signed with Norwegian second division side SK Brann.  Now Horwath and Horvath will both be in Norway.

Remember when David Yelldell had a hot minute with the USMNT?  He talked about it to Bayer Leverkusen’s website.

Former US U-20 player Fabrice Picault has signed with Sparta Prague in the Czech Republic.

And finally, American-born Ghanaian Koby Osei-Wusu is playing with Ghana’s U-20 team.  And this website doesn’t think highly of US Soccer.

He is one of the young talents recruited and being groomed for the various US national soccer teams through their United States Soccer Development Association (USSDA).

The inclusion of Koby will be a major boost for US soccer which is regarded as a low competitive standard.

Hey Ghana, remember thisOr this?  I do.

 
Categories: Alex Horwath, Brek Shea, Cameron Carter-Vickers, Carlos Bocanegra, Cody Cropper, David Yelldell, DeAndre Yedlin, Fabrice Picault, Frank Simek, Freddy Adu, Gedion Zelalem, Heath Pearce, Jonathan Spector, Jozy Altidore, Julio Morales, Junior Flores, Justin Moose, Koby Osei-Wusu, Mix Diskerud, US Men's National Team, US U-20 National Team, US U-23 National Team, Ventura Alvarado
5 Comments
 

US U-20 vs. Panama Highlights
   January 11, 2015 (4:36 PM) by Matt Benson
 

Oof, one goal and one point after 180 minutes for the US U-20 team after falling 1-0 to Panama today.  Here are the highlights.

groupa

 
Categories: Highlights, US U-20 National Team
5 Comments
 

 
« Older Entries