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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.
by BRIAN SCIARETTA
February 24, 2011

Igwe saw action on Tuesday.
American left back Amaechi Igwe is putting the finishing touches on his long road to recovery from a knee injury as he played the first half for Ingolstadt in a friendly against the reserve team of Bayern Munich on Tuesday.

Igwe, 22, signed with Ingolstadt last summer but has not been able to play for the struggling 2.Bundesliga club this season due to the injury.
by BRIAN SCIARETTA
February 17, 2011

Szetela in happier times with U-20s
Once labeled as one of the top prospects in American soccer just four years ago, Danny Szetela has seen his career disappear and completely fall out of the game.

Rumors of parties and off field distractions have left the once promising midfielder without a club at just 23 years old.
by JAMIE HILL
February 15, 2011

Cody Cropper starred for Ipswich U-20s
After a handful of quiet weekends, the German youth leagues returned to action and USYNT-eligible players had a weekend full of breakthroughs and debuts.

The highlight of the week was Timothy Chandler's outstanding performance in his first Bundesliga start. Moving from right back to right midfielder, he opened eyes by scoring a goal and assisting on two others in Nürnberg's 4-1 romp over Stuttgart.
by JAMIE HILL
February 9, 2011

Rongen's squad go to Guatemala in March
CONCACAF announced today that the 2011 regional U-20 Championship will be moved up a week after the federation encountered a stadium scheduling conflict in Guatemala.

The tournament will now be played from March 28 to April 10, a change from the originally announced April 3-17 dates.
by JAMIE HILL
February 9, 2011

Ruelas continues to impress at Santos
It was a relatively quiet week among the ranks of youth national team players as a number of regulars were out of action or injured and the German U19 and U17 leagues remain on winter break until next weekend.

The two most widely-known names at the U23 level -- Jozy Altidore and Freddy Adu -- spent their first matchday with their new Turkish clubs watching from the stands. Having recently arrived on loan, they haven't had much time to integrate and therefore will wait another week to make their debuts. Nonetheless, the second half of the season promises to hold much more playing time for the duo than they received during the fall.
by BRIAN SCIARETTA
February 4, 2011

Starikov in action with Tomsk last fall.
American forward Eugene Starikov has started his preseason off in fine fashion for Russian giants Zenit St. Petersburg at the opening game of Marbella Cup by scoring the game winning goal for Zenit in their 2-1 victory over Bulgarian club Lokomotiv Plovdiv.

With the score tied at 1-1 in the 72nd minute, Starikov entered into the game to give the team an offensive boost off the bench.
by JAMIE HILL
February 2, 2011

Findley hopes to debut soon with Forest.
Nottingham Forest forward Robbie Findley has suffered a thigh injury in training, according to the club website.

Findley will await the results of a scan later this week to determine the severity of the injury.
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