Etchu Tabe will be playing first division soccer once again in 2011. The Cameroonian-American defender signed a contract extension with Finnish club RoPS, who recently earned promotion to the Veikkausliiga after taking home the second division title.
The former Georgia Southwestern State man began his professional career in neighboring Sweden in 2008 with Ljungskile SK.
The 2010 campaign has concluded in Norway and with it the seasons of a number of Americans plying their trade in Europe's far north.
The most accomplished American player in Norway this season was IK Start's Clarence Goodson. The tall, lanky central defender missed some time in the middle of the season due to his inclusion in the US World Cup squad, but his absence did not prevent him from earning strong reviews for his performances.
Wednesday the Irish website Irishcentral.com issued a report that said that the Football Association of Ireland (FAI) are going to step up their recruiting of Irish-American players in the United States and North America.
According to the report, Ireland's head coach Giovanni Trapattoni initiated the movement with hopes that they can find American players who are eligible for Irish citizenship that can further help the Irish national team.
The four Swedish-based Yanks will begin their well-deserved offseason breaks after another season officially entered the books last weekend.
Alejandro Bedoya, the most well-known American in the Allsvenskan, built on his strong rookie year with an even better sophomore season. The former Boston College man led Örebro SK to a third place finish and a ticket to European play for the first time since 1997-98.
United States Under-20 head coach Thomas Rongen has named former DC United great and Bolivian international Jaime Moreno to be his assistant coach for the upcoming Torneo de Las Americas in Atlanta later this month.
Rongen has a long history of rotating former players into assistant coaching positions throughout his career as the head U20 coach. He will now look to Moreno to help provide leadership to his young group of players.
When US defender Michael Parkhurst got back on the field for the US national team last week against Colombia, it was a possible sign that the 26 year old former MLS defender of the year could be part of Bob Bradley's effort to rebuild the US national team's aging defense.
Bradley did recently give an indication that perhaps Parkhurst in the future could be in his plans to play right back as opposed to his usual central defense.
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