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by BRIAN SCIARETTA
May 29, 2010

The new cycle begins with Brazil
The USSF confirmed the US national team will play Brazil at the new Meadowlands Stadium in New Jersey on August 10 at 8pm EST. It will be the first game for the US of the 2014 cycle.

The US has played Brazil three times during the present cycle. While Brazil won all three games, two of them were very competitive. The Confederations Cup final was the most recent game and in that game the US scored two goals in the first half but Brazil scored three in the second half to come out as eventual victors.
by BRIAN SCIARETTA
May 26, 2010

A foreign-heavy squad completes the 23
With today's announcement of the 2010 World Cup roster, it would be a good time to break down the components of this cycle's team.

This year's team of 23 players comes from 10 different leagues. In doing this, we are going to use the player's most recent club so players like DaMarcus Beasley and Jay DeMerit, who are no longer under contract, are still considered part of the Rangers and Watford, respectively.
by YA STAFF
May 20, 2010

Gooch is back at full strength
While the injury bug has taken its toll of late on members of the US national team, good news surfaced this morning at World Cup training camp in Princeton, New Jersey with the notice that Oguchi Onyewu and team captain Carlos Bocanegra are now healthy and back at full training.

US Soccer announced the news regarding the two defensive stalwarts in an official statement this morning.
by YA STAFF
May 18, 2010

Zach Herold's career is prematurely over
United States youth national team product Zach Herold's budding soccer career has come to a halt, as a heart condition has forced the young Toronto FC player to retire from professional soccer.

Herold is a native of Port St. Lucie, Florida and prominently featured on Wilmer Cabrera's Under-17 squad at last fall's U17 World Cup in Nigeria.
by YA STAFF
May 17, 2010

Rene Khrin could spark the Slovenians
On June 18th US soccer fans will become much more familiar with the relatively unknown Slovenian national team that knocked off favored Russia to advance to their first World Cup since 2002.

Since splitting from the Yugoslavian national team in 1991, Slovenia's success on the world stage has been fairly limited, however their upset of Russia in a two-leg playoff to earn a spot in South Africa sent a message to the rest of Group C that earning a result against head coach Matjaž Kek's squad will be no easy task.
by BRIAN SCIARETTA
May 12, 2010

Eddie Johnson's USMNT status in question
Before the US World Cup camp has even started, the injury bug may have already claimed its first victim.

With less than five minutes to go before halfime, Aris Thessaloniki and US national team forward Eddie Johnson left today's Aris playoff game today with what appeared to be a hamstring injury.
by YA STAFF
May 12, 2010

Madjid Bougherra anchors the back
Fans of France's Ligue 1 and Germany's Bundesliga will be very familiar with the selections made by Algerian coach Rabah Saadane who submitted to FIFA last week his provisional list of 25 players that will then be pared down by two before beginning Group C play in next month's World Cup.

Among the list are five players who play against US team captain Carlos Bocanegra in France including Charlie Davies' Sochaux teammate Riad Boudebouz.
by CLINT WADDELL
May 10, 2010

Three more years in Frankfurt for Clark
Following their last game of the Bundesliga season, Eintracht Frankfurt's CEO Heribert Bruchhagen stated that the team would be extending Ricardo Clark's contract, binding the American midfielder to the club for the next three years. Club officials will be making an official statement on Monday.

Clark joined Frankfurt during the winter transfer period and initially had a contract for the rest of the season, with an option for an additional three years. It took three months before Clark would see his first minutes of action due to problems with fitness and a nagging calf injury. He did, however, start each of the team's last three games of the season and was able to win the confidence of the coaching staff and management.
by YA STAFF
May 4, 2010

Davies' comeback hopes are still alive
Sochaux have denied a report coming out of French sports daily, L'Equipe, suggesting Sochaux doctors have ruled out Charlie Davies for the World Cup this Summer.

The original article stated that Sochaux medical staff did not expect Davies to recover full fitness come June, a claim that has been rejected by club officials.
by BRIAN SCIARETTA
April 26, 2010

Martin is breaking new ground in China
Over the weekend Lyle Martin made history by becoming both the first American to play in the Chinese Super League and also the first American to score in the league as well.

With the match between Shaanxi Chanba and Shenzhen tied at 2-2 in the 89th minute, Martin scored for Shaanxi Chanba in the final minute of the game to lift his club to their first win of the season.
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