JAMIE HILL - Tuesday, February 15, 2011
After a handful of quiet weekends, the German youth leagues returned to action and USYNT-eligible players had a weekend full of breakthroughs and debuts.

The highlight of the week was Timothy Chandler's outstanding performance in his first Bundesliga start. Moving from right back to right midfielder, he opened eyes by scoring a goal and assisting on two others in Nürnberg's 4-1 romp over Stuttgart.

Chandler was not the only player to make his first start at a new level. Cody Cropper, who turns 18 this week, made his first start for Ipswich Town's reserves and earned a shutout in the process. Cropper, who is eligible for the next two U-20 World Cups, is emerging as a promising goalkeeping prospect.

Down in the depths of the German U-19 Bundesliga, an old familiar name re-appeared: Charles Renken. The talented midfield prospect made his first appearance for Hoffenheim's youth teams after being shelved by knee injuries for many months. Also in Germany, Hertha Berlin defender John Anthony Brooks debuted for Hertha Berlin's reserves as a late sub. Brooks had been playing with Hertha's U-19s after a successful season with the U-17s last year.

In Israel, Alex Zahavi made his first appearance in the Israeli Premier League for Hapoel Acre shortly after completing his loan from Maccabi Haifa. Meanwhile, in Turkey Jozy Altidore took the field for the field for his new club Bursaspor for the first team.

Timothy Chandler
Andrew Wooten
John Anthony Brooks
Josh Gatt (friendly)

DF/MF Timothy Chandler played 75 minutes in his first Bundesliga start, scored a goal, and assisted on two others
FW Jozy Altidore played 76 minutes in his Bursaspor debut.
MF Joe Benny Corona – 45 minutes, Club Tijuana
MF Isaac Acuña played 33 minutes for Querétaro, his first action in the Mexican League this season
FW Tony Taylor dressed but didn't play, Estoril-Praia
DF/MF Giuseppe Nazzani dressed but didn't play, Gubbio
MF Freddy Adu did not dress for Rizespor
FW Kenneth Di Vita Jensen started in Hønefoss' friendly against Asker
GK Joseph Bendik started in Sogndal's friendly against Molde
MF Mikkel Diskerud didn't play in either of Stabæk's friendlies this week
DF Miguel Ángel Ponce remains out with an injury
FW Andrew Wooten – 90 minutes and a goal, Kaiserslautern II
DF/MF Alfredo Morales – 90 minutes and a yellow for Hertha Berlin II
MF Jared Jeffrey – didn't play, Mainz II

MF Alex Zahavi played 33 minutes for Hapoel Acre in his first ever Israeli Premier League action.
MF Josh Gatt – 45 minutes and a goal in a friendly for Molde and later in the week, 90 minutes in another friendly.
DF Gale Agbossoumonde – 45 minutes in a friendly for Djurgården on Thursday and then another 45 minutes for Djurgården U21 on Friday
FW Bobby Wood – 2 minutes, 1860 Munich
DF Greg Garza didn't dress, Estoril-Praia
MF Zachary Steinberger – 90 minutes, Karlsruher SC U19
DF Joshua Smith – 90 minutes, Karlsruher SC U19
FW Terrence Boyd – 68 minutes, Hertha Berlin II
MF Sebastian Lletget didn't play in West Ham's reserve match on Wednesday or the U18 match on Saturday
MF Joseph-Claude Gyau played neither for Hoffenheim II nor for the U19 team this week.
MF Carlos Martinez – 90 minutes, Energie Cottbus U19
DF Shaquille Phillips didn't play, Energie Cottbus U19

GK Cody Cropper made his first appearance for Ipswich Town's reserve team and maintained a shutout. He also played the first half for Ipswich U18 over the weekend.
DF John Anthony Brooks – 90 minutes and a goal for Hertha Berlin U19 on Saturday. On Sunday, he was a very late substitute for Hertha II, which marked his first appearance at the reserve level.
MF Fabian Hürzeler – 90 minutes and a yellow card, Bayern Munich U19
MF Charles Renken – 90 minutes, Hoffenheim U19
DF Sean Cunningham started and went 45 minutes in a midweek friendly for Molde, playing center back. He played another 45 minutes in a second friendly.
FW Jerome Kiesewetter – 3 minutes, Hertha Berlin U19
MF Tyrone McCargo – didn't play, Greuther Fürth U19
DF Danny Potts – 90 minutes, West Ham U18
MF Matthew Dunn did not play for Köln U17; he is away with the US U17 team.
Wednesday February 16, 2011 6:33 pm
Coach Bradley, you're reading these recaps now? I hope you have a better scouting network than that . . .
Tuesday February 15, 2011 5:48 pm
I really enjoy these recaps. Thanks much!

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