The only Jersey he scores in...
So with the US loss at Mexico behind us it is time for the start of the Club soccer to begin (besides MLS) and for our players over there to really improve their form. To start this off Clint Dempsey has signed an extension with Fulham:
The Club is delighted to announce that Clint Dempsey has signed a contract extension that will see him remain at Craven Cottage until the summer of 2013.Dempsey signed for the Whites in January 2007 and guaranteed his status as a fan favorite with the all important winning goal against Liverpool that ensured Fulham’s top flight status that season.The 2007/08 campaign saw Dempsey make 36 appearances and score six goals. He bettered that tally in the 2008/09 season, netting eight times in all competitions.Dempsey also played a pivotal role in the United States’ recent Confederations Cup success – with goals against Egypt, Spain and Brazil helping guide his side to the runners-up spot.
Dempsey has been the most successful American in the EPL that is not a Keeper possibly ever, and more time there will hopefully make him stronger.
So Mexico won 2-1… When you consider the lack of importance for the US, the win or they’re probably done mentality for Mexico, and the fact that they played at awful Azteca, this is not the worst result ever. This game undeniable confirmed that the US are the superior team in CONCACAF, or at least in the US v Mexico rivalry (I wont take anything away from Costa Rica yet).
When you take the two games together, our 2-0 win in Columbus and the loss today, this would be a win overall if we considered it a home and home, the way that the Champions League is played, for example. If there is anyone who thinks that Columbus is a harder place to play away than Azteca I would love to hear why, but for now I think that fact makes the overall score even more impressive…
For a recap of the game you can read it on ESPN, but I’m just going to touch on a few things then I would like to hear other peoples thoughts. First I think Charlie Davies has transformed as a player this summer more than any other American and his goal today just confirmed that. Also Landon’s pass was world class and I feel he could still be immensely successful in Europe if he found the right place. I’m glad that I called the two guys who would be left out, although that was not the biggest deal ever. And lastly Tim Howard made some unbelievable saves like always, to help confirm that he is the best in the world.
So tell me what you all think about the game.
Freddy Adu is in negotiations to transfer to Denmark club Odense, who finished second in the Danish Superliga last year, on a one year loan. Steven Goff from the Washington Post reports:
The Insider is getting word from contacts close to Danish and American soccer that Freddy Adu is in final negotiations with Odense on a one-year loan from Portuguese club Benfica. If all goes well, he would be formally introduced this week. Adu, 20, is in the third year of a five-year deal with Benfica and played sparingly while on loan at French club Monaco last season.
Odense finished second in the Danish Superliga last season and is coached by former Denmark national team defender Lars Olsen. The club will face Genoa in a Europa League playoff later this month.
Other Americans in Denmark include Danny Califf, Jeremiah White, Benny Feilhaber, Marcus Tracy and Michael Parkhurst.
Its not a big club or a big League, but its competitive, and probably can offer Adu lots of playing time. The most important thing for Adu right now is to get playing time, becuase he needs to develope as a player and be in top form if he wants to compete in the World Cup in 2010 and be a key member for the USMNT for the future.
Ives Galarcep of ESPN has a really good review of how all the American players who played league matches (no preseason included):
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- Jay DeMerit started and played 90 minutes in Watford’s 1-1 draw vs. Doncaster on Saturday.
- Frank Simek dressed but did not play in Sheffield Wednesday’s 2-2 draw vs. Burnsley on Saturday.
- Ian Joyce dressed but did not play in Southend’s 2-2 draw vs. Huddersfield on Saturday.
- Zak Whitbread did not dress in Millwall’s 1-1 draw vs. Southampton on Saturday.
- Mike Grella dressed but did not play in Leeds United’s 2-1 win vs. Exeter City on Saturday.
- Jemal Johnson started and played 90 minutes in Milton Keynes Dons’ 0-0 draw vs. Hartlepool United on Saturday.
- Michael Bradley started, played 70 minutes and received a yellow card in Borussia Moenchengladbach’s 3-3 draw vs. VfL Bochum on Sunday.
- Steve Cherundolo started, played 90 minutes and received a yellow card in Hannover 96’s 1-0 loss vs. Hertha Berlin on Saturday.
- Kenny Cooper started, played 72 minutes and scored a GOAL in 1860 Munich’s 2-0 win vs. TUS Koblenz on Sunday.
- Luis Robles dressed but did not play in Kaiserslautern’s 2-1 win vs. Furth on Saturday.
- Matt Taylor came off the bench and played 19 minutes in FSV Frankfurt’s 2-1 loss vs. Duisburg on Sunday.
- David Yeldell started and played 90 minutes in TUS Koblenz’s 2-0 loss vs. 1860 Munich on Sunday.
- Carlos Bocanegra started and played 90 minutes in Rennes’ 3-0 win vs. Boulogne on Saturday.
- Charlie Davies came off the bench and played 19 minutes in Sochaux’s 1-0 win vs. Auxerre on Saturday.
- Benny Feilhaber started and played 90 minutes in AGF Aarhus’ 2-1 win vs. Koge on Sunday.
- Jeremiah White came off the bench and played 19 minutes in AGF Aarhus’ 2-1 win vs. Koge on Sunday.
- Dan Califf did not play in FC Midtjylland’s 4-1 loss vs. Randers FC on Sunday.
- Michael Parkhurst started and played 90 minutes in FC Nordsjaelland’s 3-0 win vs. Silkeborg IF on Saturday.
- Troy Perkins started in Valerenga’s 4-3 win vs. Tromso IL (Norwegian Cup).
- Mikkel Diskerud started in Stabaek’s 3-1 loss to Aalesund (Norwegian Cup).
- Alejandro Bedoya started and played 90 minutes in Orebro SK’s 1-0 win vs. Helsingborg on Sunday.
- Jose Francisco Torres came off the bench and played 37 minutes in Pachuca’s 2-0 win vs. Atlante on Saturday.
- Michael Orozco started and played 90 minutes in San Luis’ 2-1 loss vs. Morelia on Sunday.
- Edgar Castillo started, played 90 minutes and received a yellow card in UANL’s 1-0 loss vs. Chiapas on Saturday.
- Marco Vidal started and played 90 minutes in Indios de Ciudad Juarez’s 1-0 loss vs. America on Saturday.