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.
Josh Gatt could be in the Champions League next year
Molde FK is tantalizing close to its first ever Eliteserien title.
The Norwegians have been the bridesmaid seven times over its history, but have never been the bride. Now, Ole Gunnar Solskjær's men hold a nearly insurmountable lead with three matches remaining on the schedule.
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.