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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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