American defender Gale Agbossoumonde has been on trial with FC Cologne of the German Bundesliga this week. The 19-year-old took part in the team's friendly on Tuesday against a team made up of local amateurs.
Cologne's head coach Stale Solbakken watched from the sidelines but the team was made up of mostly second string players, as well as Agbossoumonde and Albanian Armando Vajushi - both on trial. Agbossoumonde played the last 45 minutes of the lopsided game that ended 7-0.
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.
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.
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.