Greg Seltzer decided to put together his top five uncapped players currently playing overseas. I think Zak Whitbread got injured just for being mentioned on this list.
Robbie Keane wants Ireland to call in Mike Magee. I still thought he should have been called in for the Gold Cup. He is not flashy by any means (nor do I see him as a long term USMNT player), but he always finds ways to put himself in great positions. If Alan Gordon can get a call in, so should Magee.
Two current USMNT players are working on their broadcasting chops this week. Tim Howard will return to the booth for NBCSN to call this weekend’s Tottenham-Manchester United match. And Landon Donovan will be bouncing around the Fox Lot this week to work on Fox Soccer Daily, Fox’s Champions League coverage and Fox Sports Live.
If you missed Will’s interview with Alan Mayer, go read it now. It is sort of long, but has tons of fun goodies about an American trying to play professional soccer in the 1970s.
And since I love GIFs, here is Sad Timbers fan being sad.
The USMNT are kicking it in Scotland in preparation for Friday’s game. One of the storylines this week has been DaMarcus Beasley’s and Alejandro Bedoya’s return to their old Rangers stomping grounds. US Soccer has one video about it as well as something on the website.
The other big story of yesterday was that Clint Dempsey (calf strain) and Fabian Johnson (ankle) were dropped from the roster due to their injuries. No replacements have been added.
Speaking of Dempsey, Grant Wahl thinks he is the likeliest to go on loan to Europe this winter, while it sounds like Landon Donovan and Graham Zusi might not. But that could always change.
Tab Ramos has been named as US Soccer’s second youth technical director (on top of his U-20 duties).
Sticking with Ramos, he and the US U-20 team lost their first friendly in Italy yesterday, 4-1, to the Hellas Verona academy.
One player not with the US team in Scotland is Tim Ream. Ream talked to Mr. Interview Brian Sciaretta recently.
And finally, Will Packwood’s loan with Bristol Rovers has been extended until January. Packwood has played in four league games with the League Two side, including a couple man of the match performances.
While more attention will be on the senior squad’s friendlies against Scotland and Austria, the U-20s will take on Iran’s U-20, Hellas Verona’s academy, and a to-be-named opponent (I’m leading towards Escalus FC, although I’d be fine with Mercutio).
GOALKEEPERS (2): Santiago Castano (New York Red Bulls; Union City, N.J.), Ethan Horvath (Molde FK; Highlands Ranch, Colo.)
DEFENDERS (6):Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas; Plano, Texas), Conor Donovan (Capital Area RailHawks Academy; Fuquay Varina, N.C.), Matias Fracchia (NJSA 04; Roselle Park, N.J.), Matthew Miazga (New York Red Bulls; Clifton, N.J.), Shaquell Moore (IMG Academy; Powder Springs, Ga.), John Requejo Jr. (Real So Cal; Carpinteria, Calif.)
MIDFIELDERS (8):Russell Canouse (TSG 1899 Hoffenheim; Lancaster, Pa.), Marco Delgado (Chivas USA; Glendora, Calif.), Junior Flores (Borussia Dortmund; Manassas Park, Va.), Romain Gall (FC Lorient; Herndon, Va.), Lynden Gooch (Sunderland AFC; Santa Cruz, Calif.), Emerson Hyndman (Fulham FC; Plano, Texas), Kristian Scott (Swansea City AFC; Winterbourne, Bristol), Omar Thompson (Wigan Athletic; Miami, Fla.)
FORWARDS (6):Kainoa Bailey (Bayer 04 Leverkusen; Henderson, Nev.), Benji Lopez (Real Salt Lake; San Diego, Calif.), Amando Moreno (New York Red Bulls; Morganville, N.J.), Zach Pfeffer (TSG 1899 Hoffenheim; Dresher, Pa.), Rubio Rubin (Unattached; Beaverton, Ore.), Ben Spencer (Molde FK; Albuquerque, N.M.)
US Soccer also subtly breaks the news that Molde has been annexed by Sweden. Seems odd to add an exclave like that, but that’s European politics for you.
Eleven players are based with European teams from four different nations: England, France, Germany and Sweden. England and Germany are most prominently represented with four players each; Sweden has two from Molde FK and France one from FC Lorient.
To my knowledge, these matches will not be streamed or broad/narrowcasted in any manner, but if we learn otherwise, we will certainly share that information so that we can all overreact.
The Champions League and Europa League draws for the first and second qualifying rounds were held yesterday and I broke down the five Americans who be starting action in those rounds.
One of those players mentioned is Tony Taylor. We posted a link last week where it was rumored that he was headed to Cyprus side AC Omonia. Greg Seltzer tells us that he is headed there this week for a physical then sign a two-year deal if everything goes well as expected.
Seltzer also tells us that Jared Jeffrey, whose contract with Mainz ends this week, could be headed to MLS. The 23-year-old midfielder has mainly played with their U-23 team in the Regionalliga the last few years and was once an unused sub for Mainz’s senior team in 2009-10.
The US U-20 team came back to secure a 1-1 draw with France on Monday. You can check out the highlights here and some post-game reactions here. They play their final group stage game against Ghana on Thursday at 1 PM Eastern on ESPNU. They likely need to win to advance, although four of the top six third place teams from each group move on to the Round of 16.
One player many of us wished was in Turkey with the U-20 team, Anthony Brooks, has signed a two-year extension with Hertha Berlin.
Sacha Kljestan, his mustache and Anderlecht have some new white away kits for next season. Speaking of his mustache, you should buy this shirt. Still have some available.
Geoff Cameron wonders where he should be on the field for the USMNT. I think I liked him at center midfield.
Eric Avila has decided to “resign” from the USMNT so he can play for Chivas Guadalajara. That said, Avila hasn’t played for a US team (U-20) since 2007.
Brian Sciaretta talked to US U-18 forward Romain Gall about playing with the U-18 team and FC Lorient in France.
RJ DeMello also checks in with the three Americans (Joe Funicello, Chukwudi Chijindu and Josh Wicks) at Thor Akureyri in Iceland.
We had a couple other goals from Wednesday. Daniel Stevens scored his sixth goal of the season in BK-46′s 1-0 win over SalPa in Finland. And in Swedish Division 2 (fourth tier) action, Lester Dewee scored his first of the 2013 season in Bodens BK’s 3-2 loss to Morön. And you can follow along with our goal tracker.
Jonathan Spector has re-signed with Birmingham City. And he apparently “spurned” some Premier League interest to re-sign with the Championship side.
Since Oka Nikolov is headed to MLS, Steve Cherundolo is now the longest-serving active one-club man in the Bundesliga.
Want a photo album of random Clint Dempsey photos from the last 10 years? Here you go.
Tuesday’s USMNT game against Honduras drew a 0.7 rating, which isn’t too bad since it was up against one of the better NBA Finals games in a while (Game 6 of the 2011 NBA Finals is still the best ever and I am only saying that as a Dallas Mavericks fan).
Not that we didn’t already know this, but Michael Bradley is important to the USMNT.
According to this Portuguese report, Tony Taylor may be headed to Cyprus side AC Omonia. They would be playing in the second qualifying round of Europa League next season.
Junior Flores is headed back to Germany to train with Borussia Dortmund’s U-19 team in July.
Stuttgarter Kickers has extended Royal-Dominique Fennell’s contract through 2015. Fennell appeared in only 12 games for the German 3. Liga side in 2012-13 due to a groin injury.
Paolo DelPiccolo is still on trial with the Montreal Impact since returning from Germany and recently played in a reserve league match.
USF left back Ben Sweat went on some trials in Europe last summer and he is at it again. Another Reading United player, Patrick Slogic, is headed to Austria to train.
According to the Mirror (so you know it is 100% true!), Tottenham and Bolton are interested in 18-year-old goalkeeper Charlie Horton. According to this youtube video from a couple years ago, he was born in England but grew up in the US and was/is committed to North Carolina.