Monday, September 1, 2014

Checking In

It is deadline day, so I am swimming in phone calls, text, emails, telegrams and smoke signals. You can also follow my day here, but let me go ahead and catch you up what I can confirm so far:
  • At least two clubs have seen offers for Geoff Cameron rejected by Stoke, one of those being from Sunderland. I honestly have no clue who the other one was from. Yet.
  • Zulte-Waregem have had a bid for Sacha Kljestan knocked back, and apparently Anderlecht have decided they want to keep him.
Perhaps more later. I should I say "hopefully" more... ?

- Greg Seltzer

Sunday, August 31, 2014

In case you're wondering...

Just got the confirm from his agent: Julian Green is now signed and sealed for a season loan to Hamburg. A what-it-means-for-him but will appear at MLSS, perhaps early tomorrow.

- Greg Seltzer

Cameron out for Prague trip

I get the young guys in camp, I do, but there still needs to be some veteran presences around. One of those, Geoff Cameron, has unsurprisingly been ruled out the USMNT gathering in the Czech Republic next week.

- Greg Seltzer

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Breaking El Pato

I meant to get this up the other night and it slipped my slippery mind: Alonso Hernandez opened his Monterrey account with snazzy late winner in midweek Copa MX action. The goal play starts about 1:51 on the reel.

- Greg Seltzer

Friday, August 29, 2014

I have said it before and I will say it again.

Klinsi... boobie*... where is Eric Lichaj? This is becoming a thing.

* = read with Yiddish pronunciation/meaning... it is kinda like their version of "dude"

- Greg Seltzer

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Klinsmann Goes Young With Newest USMNT Squad, Including First Collegian Since '90s

Jurgen Klinsmann and US Soccer announced the 22-man squad for the upcoming friendly against the Czech Republic in Prague.

Surprises came in the form of call ups for a young cast of Emerson Hyndman, Joe Gyau, Bobby Wood, Jordan Morris and Brek Shea.

Hyndman has seen some playing time already this year for Fulham, who has gotten off to a poor start in the English Championship, after relegation from the Premier League last season. Wood has been in-and-out of the national team picture due to injuries, but his talent and ability has put him back into the discussion.

Gyau moved to Dortmund this summer and was placed on the club's reserve team roster and has been solid since, including performances in friendlies for the first team squad. The winger was at one point highly thought of as a USMNT prospect, but his failure to obtain quality playing time in Germany dropped him down the ranks.

Morris is the first collegiate athlete to be called up to the USMNT since the mid-90s, according to former NSC writer Will Parchman, now with Top Drawer Soccer. Morris is eligible to sign as a Seattle Sounders Home Grown Player.

Shea seemed to have dropped off the face of the Earth after not playing for Stoke, getting injured and failing during his loan to a lower English league, but Klinsmann's wish to use this friendly as a way to bring in young or fringe players has given him yet another chance.

Here's the full roster, via US Soccer:
GOALKEEPERS (3) : Cody Cropper (Southampton), Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
DEFENDERS (7) : John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt), Greg Garza (Club Tijuana), Fabian Johnson (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Michael Orozco (Puebla), Tim Ream (Bolton)
MIDFIELDERS (7) : Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Joe Corona (Club Tijuana), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg), Julian Green (Bayern Munich), Emerson Hyndman (Fulham), Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt), Brek Shea (Stoke City)
FORWARDS (5) : Jozy Altidore (Sunderland), Joe Gyau (Borussia Dortmund II), Jordan Morris (Stanford), Rubio Rubin (Utrecht), Bobby Wood (1860 Munich)