Tuesday was a great day for American soccer that will have fans happy even despite recent struggles of the national team.
First, the US U-20 team qualified for the 2013 World Cup in Turkey with a convincing 4-2 win over Canada. In the victory, the Americans played attractive, skillful soccer that showed progress at the youth level. Following recent failures of the 2011 U-20 team and the 2012 U-23 team, this a good performance from this team was needed and the players delivered.
Duane Holmes has been nominated by the Football League for Championship Apprentice of the Year.
Holmes, 18, has been with Huddersfield Town since the Under-9 level and now currently stars for the club's U-18 and U-21 teams. Despite playing as a withdrawn midfielder, he is the leading scorer for the U-18 team.
Buriram United are in the Group Stages of Asia's Champions League
American midfielder Anthony Ampaipitakwong is quietly doing very well at Buriram United in Thailand
This week, Ampaipitakwong and Buriram advanced to the 2013 AFC Champions League group stage after Buriram United defeated the Brisbane Roar on penalty kicks following a 0-0 draw in the qualifying playoff. Ampaipitakwong started and was subbed off in the 103rd minute.
Freiburg's Caleb Stanko has been a team leader this cycle
The United States under-20 national team defeated Jamaica 2-1 on Sunday in their first tune-up friendly ahead of World Cup qualifying.
The American goals were scored by Los Angeles Galaxy forward Jose Villarreal and Santos Laguna midfielder Benji Joya. Both players are expected to be important parts of the team in World Cup qualifying and beyond should the team advance to the World Cup.