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Discussion in 'Soccer Board' started by triceratops, Jun 28, 2010.
Dest is so good. Mexico brought Diego Lainez for this game (18 year old winger/talented dribbler who got into it with Miazga at the last MNT game) and he shit all over him. He plays for Ajax's U19's and just started getting time with the 2nd team. He's so good on the ball they just decided to give him time at wing this year and he's been great in that spot too.
U17's play portugal in 10 minutes- here's the stream. Gio reyna (Claudio's son, who is on his way to Dortmund shortly) is the captain. Bello and Busio didn't get released with the MLS playoffs, but Joe Scally, Griffin Yow, and Alfonso Ocampo-Chavez are also in the starting lineup and are elite prospects.
This is the tournament where Sargent exploded onto the scene 2 years ago.
He kind of plays like his dad.
Similar but just at a higher level. Gio’s also bigger but damn he moves so effortlessly.
Konrad makes his Barca B debut
Reyna is filthy
Dest is a monster
Busi-oh my. Those two kids will be fun.
Dest is like Yedlin with actual skill.
Looks like Bayern is about to buy richards permanently. Good stuff.
Significance of the Dest contract:
-He's been dominating with Ajax's second team immediately since being called up
-You can't play with the 1st team until you sign this contract...
Call him up for the next friendly. Fuck, if he's on the cusp of breaking in with Ajax as an 18 yo, I might actually start worrying about the Dutch picking up the phone.
From a soccer america article that's behind a pay wall so I can't read the whole thing, but apparently this year and the next, the US has/will export as many youth players to the Bundesliga than the previous decade combined. More evidence that changes are happening for the better.
Brooks, Hyndman, Novakovich, CCV & Corona lead Americans in solid weekend
It was both a fun and productive weekend for Americans abroad as the usual elite peformers were not among the top performers. Instead it was a time for others to step up - and they did. Brian Sciaretta breaks it down.
MOST OF these recent recaps of Americans abroad have painted a negative light with how the season has gone for Americans abroad. But this weekend was much better, and the accomplishments mostly came from players you’d least expect.
Consider this: Christian Pulisic and Josh Sargent met up on Saturday and both were quiet in late-game cameos. Weston McKennie did not get off the bench for Schalke. Jonathan Amon and Nordsjaelland were soundly beaten by Esbjerg 3-0, with Amon going the final 45 minutes. Miazga has been benched the past two months but didn’t even have an opportunity this weekend as protests postponed most games in France. Erik Palmer-Brown did not play for NAC Breda.
DeAndre Yedlin was suspended in Newcastle’s 1-0 win over Huddersfield (where Danny Williams did not play). Tim Ream did start for Fulham which lost again, this time 2-0 to West Ham, and remain in the Premier League basement.
Even with all of the above, it still managed to be a decent weekend for Americans abroad. Why? It's simple: the players that typically are not the biggest headline grabbers stepped up with big performances.
BROOKS EXCEPTIONAL IN WOLFSBURG WIN
The weekend got off to a very strong start for Americans in Europe as John Brooks was a rock for Wolfsburg’ in a 2-0 win over a dreadful Nurnburg team that is in a complete nosedive at the moment (winless in its last nine and outscored 25-7 in that stretch).
It was a great outing for Brooks who led all players with 80 touches in the game and won eight aerial dual and six clearances – the both the highest in the game for either team. Wolfsburg now has three wins and a draw in its last four to move firmly into the top 10 of the Bundesliga.
To make things even better for Brooks, new U.S. national team head coach Gregg Berhalter was on hand to watch Brooks. With many of the European-based American central defenders struggling, the strong form of Brooks is welcome news to Berhalter.
Brooks has always been a tough player to figure out. Whether with the national team or in the Bundesliga, consistently has always been an issue and his level of play can vary dramatically. At times he can look like an elite central defender against top-level competition. Other times he can struggle against CONCACAF opponents. It will be interesting to see how Berhalter handles Brooks and how Brooks responds.
HYNDMAN & HIBS SINK CELTIC
Emerson Hyndman, 22, is a tough player to figure out. The Texan occasionally shows glimpses of promise but his contract with Bournemouth (along with occasional injuries) has limited his chances at sustained success.
Fortunately, Sunday was a good day for Hyndman who earned the start for Hibernian in a Scottish Premier League matchup against reigning champions Celtic in Edinburgh. Hyndman was sharp throughout the game as Hibs pulled off a 2-0 upset. Hyndman was involved in the build-up to the opening goal.
The big question is what’s next for Hyndman. Hibs has said it would like to extend his loan for the remainder of the season but will Bournemouth be willing to let him go? Or will Bournemouth send him off to a different team in a different team on loan?
With that Portuguese passport, there is no reason why Hyndman shouldn’t be confined to England and Scotland.
NOVAKOVICH HITS ASSISTS VS. FEYENOORD
One of the best moments for Americans in Europe over the weekend came from Fortuna Sittard forward Andrija Novakovich who earned the start and had an outstanding assists on the opening goal in a 2-0 upset over Feyenoord.
The Wisconsin native made a nice run on a counterattack and pulled the ball back to set up Lars Hutten for the finish. It was one of the best examples of Novakovich’s improvement with his composure with the ball in the box.
The win pushed Fortuna Sittard into 10th place and midtable of the Eredivisie. For a newly promoted team, it is setting itself up to avoid a relegation fight.
GATT SCORES IN BIG ALTACH WIN
Josh Gatt, 27, has had a rough career in terms of injuries. The Michigan native has struggled to catch on in various locations after his third ACL tear. Last year he was waived by the Colorado Rapids after being traded by Minnesota United.
Over the summer, Gatt returned to his first ever club, SCR Altach in Austria. Thus far the club has been pushing to avoid a relegation fight and Gatt has been an occasional starter while picking up three assists on the season.
On Sunday, Gatt scored his first goal of the season off a header in the 40th minute against Hartberg. The goal gave Altach a 2-0 lead in what turned into a 6-1 rout. Alatch sit in second to last place – three points clear of cellar-dwellers Admira.
WRIGHT IMPROVED IN SCHALKE DRAW
New United States national team boss Gregg Berhalter was in attendance to watch Schalke take on Augsburg. While he most likely wanted to see Weston McKennie play, he instead was able to see forward Haji Wright in action as Wright played the entire second half in a 1-1 draw. McKennie was an unused substitute.
Wright, 20, came on at halftime with Schalke trailing 1-0 and put in a much more improved performance than his poor first-ever Bundesliga start on December 1. In this game, Wright was not involved in Schalke’s goal but he was energetic and nearly scored a winner, which was correctly called back for being offside.
Overall, it was a very nice sign of mental strength from the young Californian to be able to shake off a poor debut and put forth a much better performance.
CARTER-VICKERS HELPS SWANSEA IN WIN
Tottenham’s Cameron Carter-Vicker’s has not had a great loan this season at Swansea City. This far he has played only sparingly but he came on at the half on Saturday against Sheffield Wednesday with the game scoreless. The American central defender ended up playing an important role in a 2-1 win as Swansea moved into ninth place.
Carter-Vickers won all of his aerial duals and was active defensively as Sheffield Wednesday pushed late in the game for an equalizer. Carter-Vickers is an established central defender in the Championship and needs more minutes than he has been give so far this season.
WOOTEN SCORES SUPERB HEADER
Andrew Wooten, 29, is an established goal scorer in the 2.Bundesliga and he scored his fifth goal of the season on Sunday to help Sandhausen to a 2-2 draw against Jahn Regensburg. On the play he rose high into the year and was able to head the ball down and past the keeper for a 2-1 lead.
Sandhausen needs all the help it can get as it sits just one point clear of the relegation zone.
CORONA WINS LIGA MX AGAIN
Joe Corona, 28, is now a very accomplished player in Mexico. On Sunday night, the California native won his second Mexican title as Club America defeated Cruz Azul on the road 2-0 in the second leg to win the championship. Corona came off the bench in the 77th minute of the second leg after starting the first leg.
Corona first title came in the 2012 Apertura when he helped Club Tijuana to its first Mexican title. In 2011, he scored the decisive goal for Tijuana to win the promotional playoff to secure the club’s first ever berth in the Mexican top flight.
While Corona’s international career with the U.S. team has been mixed, his accomplishments in Mexico are impressive and significant.
Just skip to 1:11
Kids got some handles
Sadly for Yedlin, only WC he'll likely play in was 2014. Dest and Cannon are going to be clearly ahead of him by 2022. Dest and Bello at fullback is going to be some offensive firepower from those positions in the future. Wouldn't mind seeing a 3-5-2 when that time comes.
Brilliant work by FC Dallas on this one.
A Tim Weah Celtic jersey would be pretty cool
Sounds like Taitague is destroying the YNT camp. He’s dealt with a ton of injuries past year plus, but if he can stay healthy he’ll make his Schalke debut by the end of the season.
There’s many that rate him at an almost Pulisic level ability.
Agree to disagree
So Atlanta is going to release Barco for the u20 WC, but not Bello? What gives?
Atlanta hates America
Bello is probably a starter and Barco isn’t, plus our depth at Bellos position is horrible.
I don't think Bello is going to the U20 WC regardless. We've got solid options for that team like Chris Gloster. However, the U17 WC takes place the same time as the MLS playoffs and I doubt Atlanta releases him for that. I wouldn't blame them for that.
Just saw that. Germans love American teenagers.
Celtic loves American teenagers.
He’s an ‘04, so still young but everyone who has watched him has said he’s an enormous talent. Also has a French passport that would allow him to sign in Europe at 16 y/o.
Chances Reyna makes the World Cup squad in 2022?
Is every country different? Germany it doesn’t matter passport or age? England you need a euro passport or be 18?
I would put it at doubtful. But a lot can happen in 3 years.
Any prospect with a passport from an EU country can sign with a Euro club at 16 y/o. Without an EU passport, it's impossible to sign (w/o being a full USMNT player) in England because they won't qualify for a Work Permit. France, Spain, and Italy have tough non-EU restrictions and they just seem not to scout Americans much to begin with. Netherlands has a fairly high minimum pay level for non-EU players.
Germany has no restrictions, but can't sign until 18 y/o like Sargent, McKennie, etc if you don't posses an EU passport because of FIFA laws.
Where was Pulisic’s passport from?
Yeah his Grandfather was born in Croatia.
Reyna's is from Portugal.
So Reyna can’t play with Dortmund’s first unit until he’s 18 but he’s OK to play for their U-19s? I’m guessing Busio would be free to sign because him and his dad are Italian citizens.
Portugal? Is that on his mom’s side? Didn’t she play for the USWNT?
Claudio's mother was Portuguese-American, so guess that's where it's coming from. And these European countries all have different laws on qualifying for a passport.
Oh I just assumed they were all from Argentina.