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.
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.
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.
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.
With the 2012 Olympic soccer tournament just a little more than a year away, it will mark the next opportunity for the US to take part in a major international tournament.
In the past, the Olympics have been a very important tournament for the United States as many players have used the Games as a springboard into becoming very important players for the US national team.
In US soccer circles, UANL Tigres is known primarily as the home of Jonathan Bornstein, but the club has also become a magnet for Mexican-American youth players. More than a dozen Americans have spent time in Tigres' youth academy over the past few years.
As Tigres' first team reconvenes for preseason this month, the Mexican media has reported that nine academy invitees will vie for a place on the senior squad. Of these nine, five hold American citizenship.