In a season finale which almost seems scripted for high drama, reigning Dutch Eredivisie champs FC Twente Enschede will take on traditional powerhouse Ajax Amsterdam on Sunday in a winner-takes-all contest for the league title.
Unfortunately, as the game approaches, the likelihood of American defender Oguchi Onyewu to even be available for Twente is dwindling by the hour.
As the US U-20 national team heads to France to begin what is essentially the first camp of the 2013 cycle, many interesting storylines have emerged with the roster that was named.
The most important area to note is that the battle for talented dual nationals continues. The US U-20 team in France will consist of several key dual nationals are likely to have options with other countries. Their inclusion on this team shows the US is ahead of the curve.
Heading into the 2011 Swedish Allsvenskan season, US U-20 back-line fixture and once-capped senior international Gale Agbossoumonde looked to have finally landed himself in a stable, supportive club situation at Djurgardens IF after more than a year of frustrating uncertainty.
As one of the most promising back-line prospects in the US system, the much-heralded, yet largely unpolished 19 year-old Togolese born central defender was widely believed to be only a regular starting role away from breaking out both at the club and international level.
FC Nürnberg announced on their website Thursday that Timmy Chandler has incurred a foot injury. The 21 year-old suffered a laceration to the instep of his right foot during training and will miss the team's daunting trip on Saturday to league leaders Borussia Dortmund.
The right back will likely be replaced by Juri Judt, the Kazakhstan-born German whom Chandler supplanted in the starting lineup earlier this spring. It is unclear whether the injury could cause him to miss any more time in the coming weeks.
Last year Yanks Abroad had an exclusive interview with forward Lyle Martin who became the first American to play in the Chinese Super League in 2010 when he signed with Shaanxi Chanba FC.
After a promising start, including a game winning goal against league rivals Shenzhen Ruby, the Xi'an-based team released the former Vancouver Whitecaps star. However, he was quickly snapped up by Hubei FC in China's League One.
American Joe Enochs has been announced interim head coach for 2. Bundesliga club VfFL Osnabruck where he starred as a player before retiring in 2008.
Enochs, 39, played in 359 games for VfL Osnabruck and scored 10 goals with his most famous goal coming against Bayern Munich in the German Cup. Following his retirement, the club renamed the west end of the stadium after the Californian.