JAMIE HILL - Tuesday, March 8, 2011
A number of young Americans playing abroad had a strong weekend as the ever-growing pool of professional players is threatening to make a spot on the US U-20 and U-23 teams a precious commodity.

At the top of the list is an old face who is enjoying newfound success in Turkey. Freddy Adu, who was recently loaned to Rizespor in Turkey's second tier, scored his first goal with the club, which proved to be the difference in a narrow 1-0 victory. Adu is attempting to revive a flagging career along the shores of the Black Sea and thus far has made three starts, his first action since last May with Aris Thessaloniki.

Timothy Chandler's steady progress lurched forward another notch over the weekend as FC Nurnberg took no prisoners in a 5-0 flogging of St. Pauli. The young right back earned top reviews as he continues to fill in for the injured Juri Judt. Both Chandler and Nurnberg have been playing exceedingly well as of late; the club has surged to sixth place in the Bundesliga.

The current iteration of the U-20 team has a deep stable of forwards and the competition between them should be intense. Adrian Ruelas helped his case on Saturday by making his first appearance in the Primera División for Santos Laguna. The debut should underscore Ruelas' progress over the past few months.

Meanwhile, other youngsters have been showing positive signs. Bobby Wood continued in his role as a late sub for 1860 Munich, while Alex Zahavi received more playing time for Hapoel Acre. At Hoffenheim, Joseph Gyau is working his way into the reserve team after a promotion from the U-19 squad, while Charles Renken's return to fitness marches on.

Freddy Adu

U-23 eligible
MF Freddy Adu - 90 minutes and a goal, Rizespor
DF/MF Timothy Chandler - 90 minutes, FC Nurnberg
FW Jozy Altidore - 76 minutes, Bursaspor
MF/FW Isaac Acuña - 74 minutes, Queretaro
MF Joe Benny Corona - 31 minutes and a yellow, Club Tijuana
FW Tony Taylor - dressed, but did not play, Estoril-Praia
DF Diego Chavarri - suspended and did not play, Sporting Cristal
DF/MF Daniel Williams - remains out injured
DF/MF Alfredo Morales - 90 minutes midweek and 80 minutes on Saturday, Hertha Berlin II
DF Shawn Barry - 65 minutes, LASK Linz II
FW Andrew Wooten - did not play, Kaiserslautern II
MF Jared Jeffrey - did not play, Mainz II
DF Omar Elmasri - did not play, Tigres S.D.

U-20 eligible
MF Alex Zahavi - 15 minutes, Hapoel Acre
FW Adrian Ruelas - 9 minutes in his first team debut, Santos Laguna
FW Bobby Wood - 2 minutes, 1860 Munich
DF Greg Garza - did not dress, Estoril-Praia
FW Stefan Jerome - did not dress, Sigma Olomouc
DF Parker Walsh - 90 minutes midweek and 90 minutes on Saturday, Karlsruher II
DF Shaquille Phillips - 90 minutes, Energie Cottbus U19
MF Carlos Martinez - 90 minutes, Energie Cottbus U19
FW Terrence Boyd - 63 minutes midweek and 34 minutes on Saturday, Hertha Berlin II
MF Víctor Garza - 45 minutes, Tigres U20
MF Roberto Romero - 24 minutes, Cruz Azul U20
MF Joseph-Claude Gyau - 21 minutes, Hoffenheim II
MF Zachary Steinberger - 14 minutes, Karlsruher U19
MF Sebastian Lletget - made a substitute appearance for West Ham U18
DF Joshua Smith - did not play, Karlsruher U19
MF Kevin Huezo - dressed, but did not play, Pachuca U20
DF Emilio Orozco - did not play, Tigres S.D.
MF Erik Opsahl - did not play, Reading U18. Opsahl has been struggling with an ankle injury

U-18 eligible
DF Juan Pablo Ocegueda - 90 minutes, Tigres U20
DF John Anthony Brooks - 90 minutes, Hertha Berlin U19
MF Fabian Hurzeler - 90 minutes and a yellow, Bayern Munich U19
MF Charles Renken - 30 minutes, Hoffenheim U19
MF Tyrone McCargo - 27 minutes, Greuther Furth U19
FW Jerome Kiesewetter - 23 minutes, Hertha Berlin U19
GK Cody Cropper - 90 minutes and a shutout, Ipswich U18
DF Danny Potts - 90 minutes, West Ham U18
FW Uvaldo Luna - 90 minutes, Tigres U17
DF Jaime Frias - 90 minutes, Chivas U17
FW Erik Sanchez - 90 minutes, Jaguares U17
DF Ralph Smith - 54 minutes, Kaiserslautern U17
DF Hector Delgado - 27 minutes, Club America U17
FW Jesus Rochin - dressed but did not play, Tigres U17
GK Bernabe Magana Cisneros - dressed but did not play, Pumas U17
MF Matthew Dunn - did not play, FC Cologne U17

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