This past weekend was a fantastic one for the various Americans in Europe. We had 12 total goals by 10 different players. I have posted highlights of most of the goals over the last two days, but you can follow along with our goal tracker.
One of those goal scorers was Julian Green, who scored twice against Heimstetten (a photo of him celebrating with teammates from the game), giving him 15 goals in 15 games with Bayern Munich’s U-23 team this season. During last Friday’s morning links, there were some rumblings that Green would be going to the USMNT camp in Europe next month. There was finally confirmation by US Soccer later that afternoon that he would be at least attending the camp, but he hasn’t filled out a FIFA one-time switch so he can’t play in the friendlies. That said, Brian Sciaretta is hearing “optimistic” things about his US prospects.
Another player who scored a goal in the German Regionalliga this weekend was Jann George and here is a photo of him celebrating with a teammate.
Michael Bradley came off the bench and scored the winning goal for Roma over the weekend, giving them the longest winning streak to start a season in Serie A history. Here is a fantastic call by an Italian broadcaster who looses his stuff and calls him Lex Luthor. Seriously, listen to that.
Also in Mikey news, Roma apparently turned down a seven million euro bid by Cardiff City for his services this past summer.
Tim Howard won the battle of American goalkeepers over the weekend in Everton’s 2-0 win over Brad Guzan and Aston Villa. Based on his strong play, including a save on a penalty kick, he was named to BBC Sport’s Garth Crooks’ Premier League Team of the Week. That link also tells us that Howard has saved six penalty kicks in Premier League play since 2008-09, the most by any keeper over that time frame.
Will Packwood put in another Man of the Match honors for Bristol Rovers in a 0-0 draw to Chesterfield.
Steve Cherundolo was supposed to make Hannover 96’s 18-man roster this past weekend, but some medical paperwork wasn’t turned in properly (or something like that).
Huddersfield Town manager Mark Robbins likes Duane Holmes.
Here is a sweet 360-degree photo of Fabian Borini, Jozy Altidore and Sunderland celebrating the game-winning goal from Sunday.
We know Jurgen Klinsmann wants the MLS-based USMNT players to go out on winter loans and now we have our first rumor: Clint Dempsey back to Fulham?
And finally, Michel Platini wants the World Cup to expand to 40 teams. Shockingly, he only wants UEFA to get one of those eight new spots.
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Matt likes soccer. He likes sleeping in. He is also amused easily. That is pretty much it.