April 9, 2012

Fortuna Dusseldorf
Bijev saw his pro debut over the weekend.
The latest episode of the Yanks Abroad Podcast is now online for streaming or download, can be found here.

Host Christopher McCollum is joined by regular guests Brian Sciaretta, John Kretlow, David Smith, and an under-the-weather Mathew Wagner. A new intro-buffer for the show is fawned over by the guys, before jumping immediately into Los Angeles-born Bryan Gerzicich and Kiryat Shmona clinching the Israeli League title and securing placement in next season's UEFA Champions League.
April 6, 2012

Fortuna Dusseldorf
Bijev is on the rise quickly
US U-20 forward Villyan Bijev made his professional debut this week with Fortuna Dusseldorf.

The Bulgarian-born Bijev, 19, signed with Liverpool last summer and was loaned to Fortuna Dusseldorf for the season. One of the key reasons why he was loaned out is that under EU rules, Bulgarian citizenship does not provide an automatic UK work permit yet.
April 5, 2012

Chavarri will hope to regain his explosive play with Cobresol
American winger Diego Chavarri has signed with CD Cobresol of Peru's Primera Division.

The South American publication Ovacion reported the news on Thursday.
April 3, 2012
Bryan Gerzicich is the latest to qualify
Yesterday Bryan Gezicich became the latest American to qualify for the Champions League, here is where others stand.

Bryan Gerzicich - Kiryat Shmona - Kiryat Shmona won the Israeli Premier League and will begin playing in the UEFA Champions League in the second qualifying round.
April 2, 2012

Jamie McDonald - Getty Images
Clint Dempsey had a great week
Episode 7 of the Yanks Abroad Podcast is now online and be can be found here.

In this episode, usual commentator Brian Sciaretta was unable to join the rest of the guys as they discussed the aftermath of the Olympic Qualifying debacle and what it means in the big picture for American soccer, in regards to fan support and dual-national players, but the show went on.
March 30, 2012

Bobby Wood has struggled with injuries the last few years
The 19-year-old forward from Hawaii needs another knee operation that will end his season.

Wood had only recently returned to match fitness for 1860 Munich, but has learned that the same meniscus problem from last year has flared up again, requiring season ending surgery to hopefully fix the problem.
March 29, 2012

Kljestan is aiming for a spot in the Champions League
With a 16 team league and all teams having played each other home and away already, realistically the Pro League season is over in Belgium.

But ending a professional season in March would be quite ridiculous, so the Belgians have adopted an American idea - the play-offs!
March 26, 2012

AP Photo - Mark Humphrey
U-23's celebrate goal against Cuba
Yanks Abroad Podcast: Episode 6 is now online, and can be located here.

In this episode, the team is a bit short handed as a couple regulars were unable to dress for the show. Christopher McCollum, Brian Sciaretta, and David Smith hold down the fort and cover a range of global recaps, hand out their inaugural Player and Game of the Week awards, and then Dave gives a press box report of the Bayern Munich-Hannover 96 game, which he attended with fellow YA writer Michael Adubato.
March 23, 2012

AP Photo - Mark Humphrey
The US cruised over Cuba in the first game
The USA cruised to a dominate 6-0 win over Cuba in the opening game of the Olympic qualifying.

Here are the player ratings for the match
March 19, 2012
Gerzicich goes up for a header earlier this year
Kiryat Shmona are on the verge of a remarkable title in Israel but the club is now in disarray after a fallout with between the owner and the coach.

Kiryat Shmona currently have a insurmountable 17 point lead with just seven games to play. They can possibly clinch the title next weekend in the first round of the seven game playoffs.
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