US national team midfielder Stuart Holden made an impressive return to competitive action going 70 minutes for Bolton's reserve team today.
It was announced before the game by Bolton that Holden would start for the reserve team in a game against Oldham's reserves and numerous reports from those in attendance were that Holden looked both fit and sharp.
YA has independently confirmed that US national team midfielder Mix Diskerud is on the verge of signing a new deal with Rosenbork BK.
Reports over night from Norwegian website Adressa said that a deal with the Norwegian-born American could be reached this week. Today, an independent source has confirmed to YA that the Norwegian reports are accurate.
Schalke midfielder Jermaine Jones has been suspended for four games for a recent red card against Stuttgart.
The red card happened in the second half of Schalke's 3-1 loss to Stuttgart on Saturday. For Jones it was his first ever straight red card but the severity of the penalty is due to his reputation as a repeat offender.
If the Olympics were this year, who would be on the team?
In the hope of glimpsing a sign of a brighter future, U.S. soccer fans have long devoted extensive time and attention to youth national teams.
Of these squads laden with the unknown and the unproven, none are higher-profile than the under-23 Olympic team. It's no surprise. The U-23 team is playing to compete in an extremely well-known international competition and its roster is usually populated with a handful of players who have already broken into the full national team, with several more serious prospects besides.
Gyau is one of the highlights of the 2011 U20 team
Nearly 20 months ago, the 2011 US U-20 team disappointed in a failed attempt to qualify for the World Cup but the players are continuing to progress well.
The COCNCACAF U-20 World Cup qualifying tournament is designed to leave little room for error as once a team advances past group play, they face a must win situation in a winner take all quarterfinal. Essentially one game will determine a team's qualifying fate.
Former USMNT defender Cory Gibbs announced his retirement on Monday after an 12-year injury-plagued playing career.
The former Brown University Brown Bear is remembered for his playing time in Europe which started with FC St. Pauli in the German Bundesliga in 2001. In his first season with the team, Gibbs made history when he became the youngest American to score a goal in Germany's top league against FC Cologne. After successive relegations, the Florida native returned to the US where he played with the FC Dallas for a season.