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Category Archives: Youth Teams
June 28, 2013Posted by on
Another American World Cup trip ends with another disheartening loss to Ghana. After being placed in the most intimidating group in Turkey, the US came home with only one point. The team showed well against Spain though being seriously overwhelmed by Spain’s attacking prowess. Jesé and Gerard Deulofeu’s Spanish side were clearly the class of the group and had no trouble against a USA side without a true centerback. Tab Ramos choice to not select a true centerback for the squad was the downfall of a team who out-possessed Spain and Ghana for large stretches of the game, but both opponents were able to take advantage of nearly every opportunity given to them in the USA’s final third.
Ultimately the result of the tournament doesn’t mean much. Our youth team got an opportunity to play against three of the top teams in the world and may even have faced better opponents than some teams that have moved on will see. There were definite standouts on the team, midfielder Luis Gil was the star of the Spain game, Cody Cropper was lights out in goal for the entire tournament despite backing a defense that surrendered nine goals in three games and DeAndre Yedlin showed that he can contain some of the best players at his age and attack against them in his own right.
This U20 tournament was always about establishing players and developing names that can show up in the senior pool in a few years ago. While it might have been nice to see them play a few more games, the games that they got were high quality opportunities. They got a chance to hone their skills against Jesé, Frank Acheampong, and Paul Pogba and did well with the opportunity.
If I had to bet on which of these players ended up with significant senior caps, I would put money on Yedlin and Gill. Gill was by far the best player for the US and martialed the midfield, although the players in front of him are all fairly entrenched, his skills and experience with Salt Lake that made him the best player on the U-20 team also make him the most likely to make an imprint on the senior team. Gil’s individual skill led to two of the three goals the USA scored in the tournament.
DeAndre Yedlin was another strong player exhibiting both skill on the ball and being the most impressive defensive player on the youth team. Yedlin’s rise has been meteoric, making his first appearance with the Sounder’s senior team in early March and immediately making MLS team of the week. He defended well and his forays into the attack were some of the US’s most impressive moments in Turkey.
Other players showed well also, Cody Cropper was the best player on the field, but in a strong goalkeeping competition, he may not see anytime with the senior team for a long time. Will Trapp and Mikey Lopez both impressed in limited time in the midfield and Jose Villareal and Daniel Cuevas had moments of individual brilliance but with the way youth teams work, only a very limited number of players make it out of even the best youth systems. Surprise players come out of nowhere. Established youth heroes get injured and sometimes they just disappear. This tournament is no guarantee of future success, or future failure, but the best we could hope for was to have our team face off with top teams from around the world. They faced the tournament favorites and gained the experience that comes with that. That’s really the best we could have hoped for.
January 9, 2012Posted by on
“I definitely miss playing in Europe,” Adu said via phone from Madrid. “I always said that when I went back to MLS, I wanted stability, and that I wouldn’t go back until I could play for a top-five league. But if I did get the chance, I’d have to pursue it.”-Arch Bell ESPN
A lot has been made of the training stint with Rayo Vallecano, but I really can’t see Freddy going anywhere yet. Then again I couldn’t understand why Sochaux would take back Charlie Davies when DC United didn’t even want him. MLS is a proving grounds for Europe. You can’t just be a name to get into a top league, you have to prove something. Adu had a great Gold Cup and if he has another good run for the national team in the Olympics, I could see him moving quickly to Europe. He hasn’t done that. As much as Rayo Vallecano has asked about bringing Freddy to MadrI can’t believe its serious enough to pay what MLS would be asking to let him go. MLS rates Adu as absolutely key, not only to the Union (which hopefully he can become next year) but to the league as a whole. He may not bring people in to the seats like Beckham, but there are a lot of people who would like to see Freddy Adu, the superstar. Europe won’t do that and therefore won’t offer them the kind of deal it would take.
It’s possible and there’s apparently interest on both sides, but I don’t see any of it falling in to place just yet. I’d be surprised if Freddy doesn’t turn around and end up back in Europe at some point, but the key is he has to turn around first.
Oh and another quote that I’m sure wasn’t intended as a shot at the Sons of Ben, by any means, but I’d love to see taken as a challenge.
“Another thing that has Adu convinced is the level of passion among the fan base at Rayo. He is staying in quarters right next to the club’s training ground and seeing firsthand what it would be like to play for a true neighborhood club. “The fact that fans here at Rayo come to training and watch it every day is so special,” Adu said. “That is what I’m talking about when I say that I miss playing in Europe. That’s the kind of environment I want to play in.”"
Can’t we convince Freddy he doesn’t have to go anywhere but Chester to play in that kind of environment?
November 10, 2011Posted by on
-Another camp is expected in early to mid-December. Then a few camps in both January and February followed by Olympic qualifying and hopefully the tournament.
-Teal Bunbury has backed out of the camp due to an ankle injury. Real Salt Lake’s Luis Gil has been added. I believe these are the only changes that I haven’t mentioned here.
Friday, Nov. 11
VFL Bochum (reserves) 11 a.m.
Azerbaijan (U-21s) 3 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 15
Bayer Leverkusen (U-23s/reserves) 2:30 p.m.
Bayer Leverkusen (U-19s) 5 p.m.
November 6, 2011Posted by on
I know I’m a bit behind the news, I got caught up in the playoffs, and then had to get caught up in some other work, but I promise I’m trying to make it up to you.
As I mentioned earlier the Union’s youth is extraordinarily promising. USMNT-U23 and semi-former Akron Zips coach Caleb Porter called a U-23 camp in Germany for 10 days in November and invited 31 players including 8 from MLS teams who had already been eliminated.
Porter called in 4 more players recently. The Union’s Amobi Okugo, Jack McInerney and Sheannon Williams along with New Yorks Juan Agudelo will join the other players at the camp in Germany. Unless other players are added from the remaining playoff teams, the Union will join DC United as the only team with multiple representatives.
There has been no surprise that so many Union players were called in to camp. Rather there has been rumbling disappointment that Zac MacMath and Freddy Adu were not also added to the roster. I have previously noted that Adu seems to be carrying an injury, which may explain his absence.
MacMath on the other hand was snubbed behind a pair of MLS Goalkeepers (jon Kempin and Sean Bingham) who have managed 90 minutes combined(all by Kempin). MacMath started 7 games and played 675 minutes while allowing 1.06 goals per 90 minutes.
Also of note is Lancaster, PA native Zarek Valentin from Chivas USA joining the team in Germany.
Also Porter won’t be able to meet these players just yet. He’ll be in Akron with his “other” team, and Youth Technical Director Claudio Reyna will lead the U-23 camp while U-20 Head Coach Tab Ramos will section off his own age group. U-18 Coach Richie Williams will also take part. The camp will take place at Sportschule Wedau in Duisburg.
March 25, 2011Posted by on
Most of the news this week is about the upcoming games, Union and USMNT. In case you somehow missed it the Union home-opener is this weekend against Vancouver and the USMNT is taking on Argentina on Saturday (and Paraguay next week.)
For starters here is a video put together by USSoccer of past games against Argentina, including goals from names like Wynalda, Lalas and Johnson, and big saves by Keller Of course there’s the same from Messi, Riquelme and Crespo.
And of course Tim Howard’s absolutely dominating performance against Argentina in the Meadowlands in 2008.
For starters a few links on US players you might not know too much about who got called up for this game
Chandler and fellow German-American David Yelldell
A few articles on other players you may know a bit more about, or just other things related to the USMNT-Argentina game in any way.
Jay Demerit on the game and a few other things, along with an article on Lionel Messi
Brad Guzan, who won’t be playing at all for the US this summer
A look at how Bob Bradley makes these selections
Tim Howard talks about the 2008 game he played against Argentina in Jersey (highlights up top)
Maurice Edu: The Last Action Hero
Jozy’s from Jersey in case you forgot
The go-to Soccer By Ives piece (and comments) on who should start
A little eye into Cary Camp
A look at German-American soccer players, in light of Yelldell and Chandler
And a look at the Union Vancouver Game,
Nowak says the lineup is still changing
A “keys to the game” style preview of the game. I think these things are almost worthless but I know someone will want to read it.
Valdes is eager to please
A little bit of DOOP-troversy the Union have trademarked the word DOOP and its causing quite a scare around the supporter base. They’re very anxious to see how it turns out and what it means in practice.
Video of Chad Ochocinco’s practice with Sporting Kansas Cityhttp://www.nfl.com/videos/cincinnati-bengals/09000d5d81eea388/Kickin-it-with-Ochocinco
March 19, 2011Posted by on
Hey sorry this is a little late, my power’s been out most of the day so I couldn’t get online, but here’s a list of articles I recommend reading to hold you over to Monday. Of course tomorrow’s the first Doop of the season so I’m sure you’ll find something to keep you busy till my next post. I decided that I’m going to try to do a Monday write up for all the weekend games. I know I’d said before that I’d try to get one during the weekend, if we can get a playoff game I’ll promise you a live post or something along those lines but until then this is the best you’ll get. Anyway here’s your links..
How Jay DeMerit got to Vancouver
US Soccer is taking input on a new motto. You’ve got till 12pm on the 23rd to submit your ideas.
Bin Hammam is running, for real
USWNT “How I Make Myself”
A different kind of look at Juan Agudelo’s call-up and the state of the US youth programs.
Spain to play USMNT at Gillete in June?
The driver in Charlie Davies infamous car accident is headed to jail
A bit of information on recent USMNT call-up David Yelldell
Keon Daniel, Gabriel Farfan and Levi Houapeu are no longer just trialists. All three signed.
March 17, 2011Posted by on
Philadelphia Union Midfielder Amobi Okugo, and rookie Goalkeeper Zac MacMath were both called up to play with the USMNT U-20 team for the 2011 CONCACAF U-20 Championship in Guatemala from March 28 to April 10. Okugo and MacMath will be with the national team and therefore not be able to play in the Union’s home opener against Vancouver or in an April 2 match at the LA Galaxy and an April 9 game against the NY Red Bulls at PPL Park. They also will be out for the Union’s April 7 U.S. Open Cup game against D.C. United on at the Maryland SoccerPlex.
The link goes to a Philadelphia Union facebook page video of MacMath and Okugo talking about the tournament and how it affects the Union.
March 11, 2011Posted by on
Putting this up again because it’s a good cause, Stache-Bash on March 26th. The Union gave it their full support from players to front office, and you should do so to.
All matches in Japan were cancelled due to the Tsunami and Earthquake. Obviously there are bigger things going on there.
What if the Gold Cup winners advanced to the Copa America? Obviously this would give the US better competition, but it would also require admitting how bad CONCAF is.
German-American Right Back Timothy Chandler playing well for FC Nurnberg wants to play for the US so should Bradley call him up for a game to lock him in?
Michael Platini and Jack Warner’s importance for Sepp Blatter and Mohamed Bin Hammam
Gooch speaks (Also he’s playing Left Back for Twente, obviously not a long term solution, but putting him out there might be better than whatever else we’ve got.)
One of the many reasons that if the Cosmos want in no one else will keep them out
A piece projecting the USMNT squad that’ll play in the Gold Cup
I’ve said before how much I hate putting these types of soccer-hating-hating posts up, but this one was good and Union specific so I put it up. Also for its suggestion of following The Free Beer Movement (links on the sidebar I believe, if not it should be) the only real answer to any of these arguments.
A piece on Diego Chavarri a Queens-born winger playing in Peru’s first league, he’s turning up his play and wants to play for the US if given a look.
March 5, 2011Posted by on
This isn’t gonna be a regular feature like Friday Football Links, but seeing as I have more allegiance to alliteration than to the term football or soccer and I had a pile of articles i read last night, I figured I could find a way to get some of them off my hands. I don’t plan on doing this every week, but when theres enough new information coming out on a Friday and I have enough time to throw the links up for you I will do so.
Taylor Twellman, often noted as the best US soccer player on Twitter, has joined the Union booth. He’ll be doing color-commentary. He’ll be alongside Dellacamera and will have former NASL GK Bob Rigby on the sidelines.
19 games will be broadcast by Comcast. Another 7 will be broadcast by ABC. Also Bob Rigby will be a main guest on a new half hour Union-centric show on Comcast.
The full Union broadcast schedule
Carlos Ruiz is not Alejandro Moreno
Le Toux in Red,White and Blue. Apparently it’s a more legitimate thing than the last time I discussed it.
The importance of FC Delco
Union Summer Camp!
The mess that Nowak and the Union make by not letting any information out and getting mad at us for it
Jermaine Jones fitting in at Blackburn as easy as we expected Michael Bradley to fit in at Aston Villa
USMNT Alum are getting into coaching
March 4, 2011Posted by on
An article on Grant Wahl
An Article on Bradenton
A bunch of Union notes, especially the Orozco Fiscal part at the bottom
Alfonso Mondelo on The Technical State of MLS
A player by player analysis of the Union, by the Union (so maybe a bit overly positive)
Why we need a technical director for the mens team (Marcelo Bielsa)
Another Union pre-season analysis
Whether or not its good for the US Chuck Blazer is angry
Apparently FIFA hasn’t settled on a goal-line technology, but they are still looking
Portugal could be suspended for failing to conform to FIFA rules, which would mean a few less times we have to hear about the wonderful Cristiano Ronaldo