Three young Americans have been doing well this winter
As Hertha Berlin prepares to begin the second half of their season, three Yanks are now playing with the club's during the winter break.
On Friday, Hertha defeated Swiss Super League club FC 4-2 and US U20 central defender John Anthony Brooks earned the start. In the midfield, Alfredo Morales was also in the starting lineup under new coach Michael Skibbe.
While most of the leagues in Europe are taking a break during the festive holiday period, there is not much news to report.
That is until former United States U-20 and 'possible' U-23 Olympic team member Preston Zimmerman decided to go to Twitter and rant about the handling of the US National Team by current Coach Jurgen Klinsmann.
Jozy Altidore and the rest of the AZ Alkmaar appear to have caught a break after the latest development in the saga surrounding their Dutch Cup game against Ajax Amsterdam.
The match originally schedule on December 21 in Amsterdam was interrupted in the 36th minute, with Ajax leading 1-0 through an eighth-minute score by Gregory van der Wiel, when a drunk Ajax supporter ran onto the field and attempted to attack AZ's Costa Rican keeper Esteban Alvarado.
The current season has consistently gone from bad, to worse, to bordering on a Shakespearean tragedy for Nürnberg, and after last weekend's home loss to Hoffenheim dropped them down into the bottom three, they suffered another blow that will affect them well into 2012.
Shortly before the half, Nürnberg starting right back Timothy Chandler was shown a straight red card for a late sliding tackle on Hoffenheim midfielder Sejad Salihovic.
When Fulham midfielder Clint Dempsey put away spilled save by Pepe Reina in the 85th minute on Monday night against legendary team Liverpool FC, he not only earned the Cottagers an important three points but also furthered his case for being the top American field player to ever compete in England's top division.
With the goal, his 37th in the Premier League since joining Fulham nearly five years ago, the Texan officially broke Brian McBride's record for goals scored by an American in the division.
Former US U-20 and DC United manager Thomas Rongen recently made headlines for taking on the seemingly impossible task of managing American Samoa.
The Pacific minnows have amassed a hapless record even by the standards of small Pacific nations. American Samoa achieved infamy in April 2001 when they lost to Australia by the eye-opening scoreline of 31-0, the worst defeat in FIFA history.
US national team manager Jurgen Klinsmann has griped that the MLS season is too short, hampering the development of domestic players and allowing potential national team candidates to fall out of form and fitness over the off-season.
In order to rectify this issue, Klinsmann has been proactive as a matchmaker between up-and-coming MLS talent and European clubs. The German legend has used his connections in Europe to set up training stints for a group of Americans in MLS, most of whom are young players eligible for the U23 team.