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.