A pair of American forwards recorded their first professional goals this week during cup matches on Wednesday.
Stefan Jerome buried a tap-in that would prove to be the only goal in Sigma Olomouc's win over Spartak Sezimovo Usti, helping his club advance to the quarterfinals of the Czech cup on aggregate. Jerome, a 19 year old Floridian, signed with Traffic Sports and is on loan with Sigma until the end of 2011.
AZ coach Gertjan Verbeek announced today that Jozy Altidore will not start tomorrow's Europa League against Austria Vienna
The Dutchman criticized Altidore's recent efforts on and off the field in comments to the local press. Verbeek, who is known as a strict disciplinarian, had previously expressed his displeasure with the forward's lack of fitness.
2002 World Cup quarter finalist Gregg Berhalter retires after 18 year career
Gregg Berhalter announced that he will retire following the conclusion of this season.
The 38-year-old defender played 18 professional seasons, 15 of which were in Europe. His most memorable game came against Germany in the 2002 World Cup, when Torsten Frings stopped Berhalter's potential game-tying goal with his hand.
Agbossoumonde was finally cleared to play for Frankfurt
American defender Gale Agbossoumonde has finally received official clearance to play for Eintracht Frankfurt's U23 team.
According to Frankfurt's Under-23 head coach Oscar Corrochano: "The player was cleared to play a few days ago." As a non-EU player, Agbossoumonde was not automatically cleared by the German Soccer Federation (DFB) to play in Germany's regional league. Eintracht's U-23 team is currently in the fourth-tier Regionalliga Süd.
The month of September is crunch time in the Nordic leagues that run from spring to fall.
The lax rules regarding foreigner quotas in Norway, Sweden, and Finland have long made those leagues havens for Americans seeking opportunities abroad. Accordingly, a total of 24 Americans can be found in the top two divisions of these three countries.