EXTRA TIME
by CLINT WADDELL
July 29, 2011

Bongarts
Yelldell in the nets for Bayer
American goalkeeper David Yelldell will be starting in goal for Leverkusen on Saturday in the German Cup game against Dynamo Dresden. With this move, head coach Robin Dutt has declared Yelldell the official fill-in for injured #1 René Adler, who will be sidelined for the next 3-6 months as he recovers from knee surgery.

Dutt was quoted on the team's website, saying "Both Yelldell and Fabian Giefer had similar performances during pre-season," which is why Yelldell's experience last season - where he played in the Cup final with Duisburg - played a deciding role in the decision.
by BRIAN SCIARETTA
July 27, 2011

West Ham United
Lletget ready to start 2011/12 strong
American midfielder Sebastian Lletget yesterday made a preseason appearance for West Ham United in a 1-0 win over Dagenham and Redbridge.

For Lletget, 18, the appearance marked his preseason debut for the first team of West Ham United who were relegated out of the English Premier League last season.
by CLINT WADDELL
July 27, 2011

Bongarts
The Hannover captain is back in action
Just a week ago, it was announced that US national team member and Hannover 96 defender Steve Cherundolo would be retaining the captain's armband for the 2011-2012 season. His back-ups will be Karim Haggui and Christian Schulz.

Maybe even better news is that the 32-year-old has returned to training following a four-week absence due to injury. He has been on the sidelines since the Gold Cup Final when he tore a ligament in his ankle just 11 minutes into the game.
by BRIAN SCIARETTA
July 26, 2011

Chandler continues to impress
As the European season is fast approaching for the top leagues, many Americans saw notable action in final preseason games.

On Saturday night Oguchi Onyewu continued to show that he will be an important part of Sporting Lisbon's defense when he started in a 2-1 preseason victory over Juventus in Toronto. In the first half he picked up an assist when he headed down a corner kick for Yannick Djalo who hammered it home for the first goal.
by BRIAN SCIARETTA
July 25, 2011

Liverpool FC
Deals for the youngsters could be close
Despite reports to the contrary, Liverpool FC deals for Villyan Bijev and Marc Pelosi are not complete as of Monday afternoon.

Liverpool FC press officer Steven Astall said that the deal could not be confirmed at this time.
by BRIAN SCIARETTA
July 24, 2011

Liverpool FC
Oliver will be training at Liverpool
Unconfirmed sources have told YA that former US U-17 international forward Andrew Oliver is the latest American to head to Liverpool FC for training.

Oliver, 17, is set to begin training with the club this week but it is unclear if this is a trial or a mere training session.
by CLINT WADDELL
July 21, 2011

Sandra Behne/Bongarts
Jones is likely out at Schalke
The midfield duo of Michael Bradley and Jermaine Jones has become the norm on the national team. But the two seemed to be unwanted cogs in their club teams, with various reports in the German media pointing towards a parting of ways.

Both started last season in Germany, took their talents to England (both, on loan) for the second half of the season and have now returned to their parent clubs when the purchase options weren't extended.
by BRIAN SCIARETTA
July 20, 2011

Bedoya won't be sold to Rangers just yet
Reports out of Scotland have indicated that Scottish Premier League champions Rangers have sent a transfer bid for USMNT midfielder Alejandro Bedoya and that the bid has been rejected by Orebro.

Rangers coach Ally McCoist told The Daily Record that the bid was rejected by Bedoya's Allsvenskan club.
by BRIAN SCIARETTA
July 14, 2011

Which new players will get the call?
Last week US Soccer announced that the US national team would take part in three friendlies in coming months and it's likely that a lot of different players will be given looks with no major tournaments on the horizon.

The Gold Cup taught the US national team many lessons about the state of its team. Many of the key players are aging and the defense needs a lot of work.
by BRIAN SCIARETTA
July 12, 2011

Bobby Wood is looking to start strong
Across Europe preseason is well underway and a bunch of Americans saw action this past weekend in friendlies across the continent.

In Germany, right back Timothy Chandler has played well so far in the preseason as he looks to win the club's starting job from Juri Judt. On Friday, FC Nurnberg defeated FC Eintracht Bamberg 4-0 and Chandler started the game and was subbed out at halftime with the score 2-0.
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