Showing posts with label the Netherlands. Show all posts
Showing posts with label the Netherlands. Show all posts

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Get to know me!!

Did you miss Rubio Rubin's FC Utrecht debut last week and/or wish to hear his thoughts on the game? Ta-da.

- Greg Seltzer

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

The Dutch side of the force is a pathway to many abilities some consider to be... (dramatic pause) ... unnatural.

I have a morsel of a possible goodie for you. Not sure where this murmur originated, but I can confirm that sudden Ameri-philes FC Utrecht have made contact over apparent Stoke City outcast Brek Shea. Do not get ahead of the game, though, because I cannot yet say which type of transfer these discussions cover, nor am I sure how hot the flirtation is... not yet, anyway. I will get a report up at MLSS whenever I get a fuller picture of the entire scene.

And of course, I will insist this would be a perfect move for him - both from a soccer and an art standpoint. Yeah, for reals on both of his big endeavors.

Either way it goes, I gotta say it is delightful to see the major upswing in USMNT attacker players and prospects looking into an Eredivisie home in the last few years. It is about time.

- Greg Seltzer

Yes, I am alive.

Been traveling and talking around a bit, getting ready for the new seasons, and of course also chasing various goodies (as you would expect). I will back on here regular soon enough, but for now check out my post-debut chat with FC Utrecht forward Rubio Rubin (one of my stops this week).

- Greg Seltzer

Saturday, August 9, 2014

The Recovery Ward

Do not be stunned or overly dismayed if news of American accomplishments in club ball overseas is slow to flow this season. As you can see, at the moment, various injuries (and the resulting recovery periods) have us one keeper away from a rather workable European-based USMNT program line-up with scary attack subs.

Jozy Altidore - expected to make preseason debut this weekend
Terrence Boyd - out until September
Josh Gatt - out until 2015
Stuart Holden - out until at least October (and out of contract)
Aron Jóhannsson - expected out another 2-3 weeks
Fabian Johnson - made preseason debut this week
Eric Lichaj - made preseason debut this week, on bench today
Marc Pelosi - cameo return last season, 15 friendly minutes this week
Rubio Rubin - back in training, but not match fit
Jonathan Spector - made preseason debut this week
Daniel Williams - expected out until September
Zarek Valentin - likely out until 2015

To boot, Juan Agudelo is for the time being without a club and Will Packwood is not in the Birmingham selection today after just returning from US Under-23 camp.

- Greg Seltzer

Friday, August 1, 2014


So, I have done some digging around here here and there. It turns out the Stoke Sentinel article about Geoff Cameron interest was largely headed in the right direction, if not fully comprehensive/up to date.

Let's begin in Germany. Earlier, I threw up a flag on the Eintracht Frankfurt link and that stands as current - but it turns out they did at one time call up to ask about his financial particulars. It went no further and Eintracht are only looking in attack now. Likewise, the Schalke technical staff did actually make a call about Cameron (the right back version), but that is also a closed scene by now. Another Bundesliga club in the picture is Hamburg (think CB here), but it seems that league's number stops at three for the summer and the one current. Across the borders, Cameron also had fleeting glances from PSV Eindhoven and Anderlecht.

Turning to England, he does have several suitors, perhaps even more than the five asserted in the Sentinel article. However, I have been told that Stoke have no interest in selling Cameron and I cannot confirm any single one of the linked clubs as suitors. I will say Southampton and Sunderland seem prime suspects if there ever were some, with both angling for defenders.

To sum up, someone could always knock their socks off with a lofty bid, but for now it appears he is going nowhere.

- Greg Seltzer

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Vecsey on Messi and why he's no Maradona

I got to have a really cool chat the other day with George Vecsey, the longtime "Sports of The Times" columnist and author of "Eight World Cups."

He explained the Germany pick he made months ago and really delved into the flaws of the Messi-Maradona succession narrative in addition to giving some other neat insight.

It's a full Q+A, but you might do a little geeking.

- Jacob Klinger

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Did not see that coming. O_O

I don't know if I just have too many other chases going on or what, but Freddy Adu heading to AZ Alkmaar for a trial toootally slipped past me. Funny part is, I was meant to check back with Stabæk tomorrow. Of course, Adu and AZ director Earnie Stewart won a title together with D.C. United, and the former USMNT star has had good success when grabbing young players. I will have an MLSS report on this once I get a chance to speak with Earnie.

- Greg Seltzer

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Goodie Sauce

As in the last or added touch. Red Bull Leipzig has announced the Terrence Boyd capture on a three-year deal (a detail reported exclusively here).

To boot, I can ladle more on the Sacha Kljestan dish: In addition to at least one Eredivisie team, he also has Genk hanging around that scene. Of course, Olympiacos remain in the picture, but as of my last check, none had tabled an official offer to Anderlecht yet.

I will probably have more tasty treats to share over the next few days.

- Greg Seltzer

Monday, June 30, 2014

Can I just say something?

Costa Rica, dude.

I mean, what?! All props to the Ticos, I have thoroughly enjoyed watching them come of age and find a new level. And to see them crack the Grecian formula with 10 men was amazing. We all know how troublesome that team can be in a tournament.

And ummm, Oranje best pull their socks up this week. In case you did not notice, they could potentially be forced to go through a "Gold Cup knockouts" to reach the final again.

One can hope, anyway...

- Greg Seltzer

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Netherlands 2 - Mexico 1

CONCACAF Thunder was halted, for a moment.

Leading 1-0 heading into the 89th minute, the Mexican National Team was sent packing by a determined Netherlands.

Wesley Sneider brought the game level at 1-1 in the 88th minute and then six minutes of stoppage time were shown by the fourth official.

Rafael Marquez was judged by the ref to have brought down Arjen Robben in the box in the 90+4th minute, giving the Netherlands a penalty. Klas Jan Huntelaar stepped up to the penalty spot and converted the attempt, destroying Mexico's opportunity to continue to surprise in the tournament.

Mexico had pulled ahead of the Netherlands in the 48th minute on a pretty goal by Giovanni Dos Santos, who had been strong through the group stage of the World Cup.

NSC Man of the Match: Miguel Herrera, who nearly orchestrated yet another upset.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Netherlands 3 Austraila 2

Another day, another rally. Oranje all but make themselves the first team through to the last 16 by combating a harsh penalty call with two goals in the final 32 minutes. The game also included the big stage arrival of Memphis Depay, a classic volley from Red Bulls star Tim Cahill and the deadly duo of Arjen Robben and Robin van Persie each grabbing a share of the tourney scoring lead. Never let it be said the Dutch will not share the fun (but not the points).

NSC Man of the Match: Robben/Cahill

- Greg Seltzer

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Netherlands 5 Spain 1

Sorry for the delay, there was a bit of a party here last night.... so sue me. As you know by now, the Dutch ran wild from the 44th minute on, exacting a measure of sweet revenge for the World Cup 2010 final loss. I will be honest, I did not know what to expect from this new variation of Oranje. New players, new set, new holy crap do not fall behind them in this tourney because speed and more speed comes off the bench.

NSC Man of the Match: Arjen Robben

- Greg Seltzer

Saturday, May 31, 2014

A coupla quick goodies

I can now confirm from both sides of the pond that Hannover 96 are in the race with former loan employers FC Utrecht for free agent Juan Agudelo, as reported in a Germany paper. On a separate note, I will also reveal that Austrian champs Red Bull Salzburg are among the clubs that have been calling up about Terrence Boyd.

You've been good, you earned that extra one.

- Greg Seltzer

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Juan Stop Shop?

It will come as little surprise, but I can now confirm that erstwhile loan employers FC Utrecht are in the crowd aiming to sign fresh free agent Juan Agudelo. There will soon be more to come about this chase and others (to be) of note. And some of the stuff I have learned about the others will surprise you a lot more. Welcome to summer, soccer fans.

- Greg Seltzer

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Juan-ning The Game

Having already notched his third assist of the season on FC Utrecht's opener, Juan Agudelo just put them back in front 2-1 with his third goal of the season 12 minutes from time against visiting Vitesse. The US forward netted from a goalmouth scramble to lift the club two spots to a final standing place of 10th in the Eredivisie.

Clip to come...

- Greg Seltzer

Monday, April 14, 2014

Say what you will about his play.

But if one goes so far as to assail the character of Jozy Altidore, they are merely spouting nonsense in my book. And certainly in the book of Nathan Brown.

Meanwhile, Gus Poyet finally seems to have managed realization that Altidore is also not his real headache. He may be in luck; I might just explain the problem for him real soon.

- Greg Seltzer

Sunday, April 13, 2014

You Juan it? You got it.

Four minutes after he hopped off the bench, Juan Agudelo nodded home a restart to give FC Utrecht a 2-0 lead over visiting Heracles. It counts as his second Eredivisie goal, they will go in this post if he adds more.

Juan Agudelo door goalsandmore

- Greg Seltzer

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Hope for some AJ mojo

Caught this US Soccer photo posted by BigSoccer veteran Deeneaus. Maybe the coolness of it can bring Aron Jóhannsson some goals at Benfica tonight. If not, the last American standing in Europe falls. You can follow the radio call in Dutch here.

- Greg Seltzer

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Who ya gonna call??? Slumpbusters!!

The good news is Aron Jóhannsson netted his first goal in seven overall games. The bad news is he shot over from a great position to win the game in stoppage time.

Aron Johannsson door goalsandmore

- Greg Seltzer

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Your morning Bacon. (updated)

Though he was not initially credited with this early AZ goal against Zwolle, it has now been changed to give Aron Jóhannsson, his 17th Eredivisie strike of the season. One more today and he breaks the tie with boss Earnie Stewart to establish the second-highest season haul by an American in the Netherlands. Stay tuned, AZ look like scoring a ton before it is done...

: Record scratch app... now, it has been re-awarded to Steven Berghuis, who sent the cross. Perhaps AJ went and told them he did not touch it? Dunno.

Steven Berghuis door goalsandmore

- Greg Seltzer