Here is a hodgepodge of news and other stuff that happened over this weekend.
Conor O’Brien signed a year and a half contract with Danish Superliga side SønderjyskE. The 22-year-old midfielder scored three goals in 11 games with Blokhus FC in 2010-11 as they earned promotion from the Danish 2nd Division to the 1st Division.
Andrew Wooten will have some company at Kaiserslautern II this upcoming season as 2010 Michigan’s Mr. Soccer recipient Dzenan Catic has signed with the club. The 18-year-old Croatian-American comes from the Michigan Development Academy club Derby County Wolves which has also been the home of fellow Americans Josh Gatt and Sean Cunningham.
While we commented on Bobby Wood and Matt Taylor playing in some German preseason games in this weekend’s The OT Report, I also wanted to mention Ricardo Clark. He played a couple games last season at center back and it looks like Eintracht Frankfurt have been trying him out in the back in a few preseason games this summer as well.
Brian Sciaretta tweeted Hertha Berlin’s 2011-12 team picture this weekend and it looks like both Anthony Brooks and Alfredo Morales made the cut for the senior team picture. Brooks is second from the left on the top row (the first player on the left) while Morales is third from the right on the third row (the row below Brooks).
While AZ Alkmaar technical director Earnie Stewart made some comments last week saying that AZ could only go after Jozy Altidore if one of their strikers left, it now looks like they will have some room for Mr. Altidore (if they decide to sign him) as Ajax are set to sign AZ forward Kolbeinn Sigþórsson.
With US Soccer expected to announce a friendly against Belgium for September 6, I decided to look at the series history between the two countries. This would be only the fourth game between the two with the US going 1-2-0 in the previous three meetings.
July 30, 1930 – US won 3-0 in Montevideo, Uruguay (1930 World Cup)
April 22, 1995 – Belgium won 1-0 in Brussels, Belgium
February 25, 1998 – Belgium won 2-0 in Brussels, Belgium
And finally, Clint Dempsey’s Fulham side will be playing their second leg of the first round in Europa League against NSÍ Runavík on Thursday. Dempsey is not going to play, but Fulham hold a 3-0 lead after winning the first leg at Craven Cottage. They will now hit the road to the Faroe Islands for the second leg. NSÍ Runavík normally play their home games at Runavík Stadium (capacity: 2,000), but since it doesn’t meet UEFA standards, they will play the game at the Faroe Islands national team’s home stadium Tórsvøllur (capacity: 6,000). I guess that is what you get in the first round of Europa League.
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Matt likes soccer. He likes sleeping in. He is also amused easily. That is pretty much it.