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by KENYA BROWN
March 31, 2011

Earnie Stewart at the 1994 World Cup
Former US national team standouts Earnie Stewart, Cobi Jones and Eddie Pope have earned the esteemed honor of being selected to the National Soccer Hall of Fame's Class of 2011.

Stewart, the Director of Soccer for Dutch Eredivisie side AZ Alkmaar, is best remembered for scoring the game-winning goal against a heavily favored Colombian national team at the 1994 World Cup.
by KENYA BROWN
March 25, 2011

Lyle Martin (left) is headed to Beijing.
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.
by BRIAN SCIARETTA
March 23, 2011

Osnabruck legend Joe Enochs is in charge
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.
by YA STAFF
March 21, 2011

Chavarri will only miss a few weeks
Sporting Cristal attacking midfielder Diego Chavarri will miss the next several weeks of action due to a right ankle sprain suffered in Sporting's 1-0 victory over Cienciano over the weekend.

Chavarri suffered the sprain in the 38th minute of play in what initially looked to be a very serious injury.
by BRIAN SCIARETTA
March 11, 2011

Lichaj might stay longer at Elland Road
While US national team right back Eric Lichaj's loan from Aston Villa to Leeds United is scheduled to end this weekend after Leeds take on Ipswich, it may not be his last game for Leeds this season.

Today, the Yorkshire Evening Post spoke with Leeds United's head coach Simon Grayson and he confirmed that the club will seek an extension to keep Lichaj with Leeds for the remainder of the season.
by BRIAN SCIARETTA
March 11, 2011

Isaac Acuna has opted for El Tri.
Yesterday the Mexican Federation announced that it has called up Mexican-American and emerging Queretaro midfielder Isaac Acuna to an U-23 roster for a camp this month.

It is part of their team's preparations for this summer's Copa America.
by JAMIE HILL
March 8, 2011

Freddy was all smiles in Turkey
A number of young Americans playing abroad had a strong weekend as the ever-growing pool of professional players is threatening to make a spot on the US U-20 and U-23 teams a precious commodity.

At the top of the list is an old face who is enjoying newfound success in Turkey. Freddy Adu, who was recently loaned to Rizespor in Turkey's second tier, scored his first goal with the club, which proved to be the difference in a narrow 1-0 victory. Adu is attempting to revive a flagging career along the shores of the Black Sea and thus far has made three starts, his first action since last May with Aris Thessaloniki.
by BRIAN SCIARETTA
March 1, 2011

FIFA grants a full four spots for 2014
The road to the 2014 World Cup is about to get easier for the United States and all other CONCACAF teams according to a recent report that FIFA will award CONCACAF a fourth berth.

According to Canadian Soccer News, the Canadian Soccer Association has been informed that FIFA will award CONCACAF a full fourth spot for the 2014 World Cup as opposed to the 3.5 spots that CONCACAF had for the previous two editions.
by BRIAN SCIARETTA
February 28, 2011

A groin injury is hampering Agudelo.
With the US U-20 qualification tournament now a month away, the US team may have to be without their best player in Juan Agudelo who has pulled a muscle in his groin.

Agudelo, 18, is an emerging player for the US senior team and the U-20 team's top forward. BigAppleSoccer reported today that the injury to Agudelo is serious enough that New York Red Bulls head coach Hans Backe fears Agudelo may not be ready for the team's season opener on March 19th.
by BRIAN SCIARETTA
February 25, 2011

Bedoya trained this week in England
US international midfielder Alejandro Bedoya has now returned to Sweden after spending this past week training with English club Birmingham City.

It had been reported in various media outlets that Bedoya was actually on trial for the Premier League club, however YA never received official confirmation that was the case.
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