Former US national team midfielder Clint Mathis announced his retirement today from soccer and said that this Sunday's LA Galaxy game against Real Madrid will be the final game of his career.
"It has been an amazing and exciting ride, full of moments and people that will stay with me forever," Mathis said in a press release. "I cannot thank everyone who has been a part of this journey with me enough for all that you have done to help me enjoy such a fulfilling life in the sport of soccer."
The US U20 national team defeated Denmark 3-2 Wednesday night at the 2010 Milk Cup in dramatic fashion and advanced to Friday's championship game against the hosts Northern Ireland.
In the 89th minute, Santos Laguna forward Adrian Ruelas pushed a loose ball across the line to break the 2-2 draw in what would turn out to be the game winner for the Americans. It was also the second goal of the game for the 19 year old Ruelas.
With the summer transfer window now open and many European clubs looking to acquire new players, Northeastern University left back Santiago Bedoya will depart for Sweden and go on a trial with Orebro of Sweden's top league, the Allsvenskan.
Bedoya, 21, is set to begin the trial this weekend and it will run through August 6. While at Orebro, Bedoya will play with his older brother Alejandro who is both a fixture for the club and likely to be a regular for the US national team in the 2014 cycle.
With German Bundesliga teams currently ramping up in preseason, Schalke's American midfielder Jermaine Jones has made his long awaited return to competitive action over the weekend.
Jones, 28, has not played since May 2009 when he suffered a fracture in his leg. While he was injured he filed with FIFA for a one-time switch from Germany, whom he represented at the youth level, to the US.
With most of the world's sights still fixed on South Africa, the Europa and Champions League got off to a quiet start this week featuring the créme de la créme of teams falling in the category of "never heard of 'em, don't even know how to pronounce 'em". While the chances for nearly any of these teams to reach the group stage of their respective competition lay somewhere between winning the lottery and Christiano Ronaldo finishing a major tournament with any level of dignity, these early rounds offer some respite for the hardened soccer junkies who can't bear the thought of looking on the scoreboard to see that there's absolutely no meaningful games happening that day.
Yes, the two-day break between completion of the Round of 16 and the first quarterfinal matchup has been excruciating.