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)

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

What about Geoff?

The Geoff Cameron scene, as of last night. Long story short: none of his suitors have made Stoke an offer they cannot refuse. So far, that is.

- Greg Seltzer

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Da Bruce Lets Fly

I love this guy. Here, Bruce Arena talks about several things, most interestingly about the workings of Major League Soccer. I, too, could go on another rant about this stuff, but nobody cares to see me repeat myself.

- Greg Seltzer

Mr. Jones says a wicked good howdy.

The first Revs presser with new signing Jermain Jones starts at the top of the next hour, you can watch it below at that time.

- Greg Seltzer

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Multiple Reports: Jermaine Jones Signs With MLS, Joins Revolution

The Jermaine Jones - MLS saga is finally over.

The 2014 USMNT World Cup star has signed with Major League Soccer, according to Alexi Lalas, who reported the news at halftime of today's Cascadia derby between the Seattle Sounders and Portland Timbers.

After a blind draw, due to equaled interest between the Chicago Fire and New England Revolution, Jones ended up moving to Foxboro. Lalas provided details about Jones' contract, which will run for 1.5 years and weigh in at around $4.7 million per year.

Sports Illustrated's Brian Straus tweeted that the Revolution - and MLS - boosted their offer by a "few extra $100k" to make sure they obtained the midfielder's rights.

The Revolution beat Chivas USA 1-0 earlier today and don't play again until August 30, giving Jones a possible debut before the beginning of September and a playoff push.