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by BRIAN SCIARETTA
November 6, 2009

Yanks Abroad
Reports have surfaced this morning that Portugese club Sporting Braga have signed USA U20 defender Gale Agbossoumonde. According to Portugese newspaper A Bola, Agbossoumonde will join the club once he turns 18 years old on November 17.

According to the report, this is a loan agreement and Agbossoumonde will initially play for Sporting Braga's junior team. While with the junior team he will be closely monitored by head coach Domingos Paciencia. Traffic Sports will continue to pay Gale's full salary and Sporting Braga will have a preference or option clause in the event that they want to keep him longer.
by YA STAFF
November 3, 2009

Will he or won't he?
The agent for Tigres defender Edgar Castillo is refuting a story made by a Mexican news source regarding the call-up of the left-back by US national team head coach Bob Bradley.

Shortly after Tigres' 2-2 draw with Estudiantes this past Saturday, Mexico news source MedioTiempo reported that Castillo had been called by the USMNT for this month's friendlies versus Denmark and Slovakia.
by BRENT LATHAM
October 31, 2009

Yanks Abroad
The Americans have moved south from Kano to Ijebu-Ode for their final game of the group against the United Emirates, a feat more complicated than it sounds. Both teams had to endure a two hour plane flight, followed by a two hour busride to get to the southern city, a trip which, in predictable Nigerian fashion, will have eaten up most of the day Friday.

No one here has any explanations for why that game was scheduled in the venue to the far south, which requires flying to Lagos and then busing back northeast. Nearby venues in Kaduna, Bauchi, and Abuja were available, but the teams were sent to the south. If either had won the group, they would then have had to return to Kano, but that looks outside the realm of possibilities with Spain needing only a tie against Malawi.
by BRENT LATHAM
October 28, 2009

Yanks Abroad
The quick turnaround between games at the youth tournaments means the US has a quick chance at retribution after Monday night's loss to Spain. That loss was disappointing, and Thursday's game will go a long way towards showing how much it has affected the American psyche for the rest of the tournament.

Malawi is a ready-made opponent for an occasion like this. The Africans are by no means pushovers, and will be primed to play in the afternoon heat, which they seemed to particularly enjoy in their first match versus the United Arab Emirates on Monday.
by BRENT LATHAM
October 27, 2009

Yanks Abroad
I haven't posted in the last few days since it has been almost impossible to access internet here in Nigeria. As much as I'd like to say all the fears of organizational disaster in Nigeria were overblown, it seems they were instead well founded. Sufficed to say I'm really feeling Chinua Achebe right now.

I didn't experience the disarray of the opening matches in Abuja. Though I was in attendance I had no work to do, so I escaped unscathed though my fellow journalists were not pleased at all with the media center. FIFA usually has a nice office for journalists to work with internet connections, whereas here we are lucky if the media center even has power at any given time.
by RICH FIDLER
October 23, 2009

Yanks Abroad
US Soccer will play Slovakia on November 14th according to a release from the Slovak Football Association, as both teams begin preparations for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa next summer.

The game will take place four days prior to the previously announced engagement with Denmark in Aarhus at NRGi Park. The Danes are another team that have qualified for the World Cup in South Africa, after topping a European qualifying group consisting of traditional qualifiers Portugal and Sweden.
by CHAD WINGER
October 23, 2009

Yanks Abroad
Recent press reports have been stated that Bob Bradley has been in contact with Leeds United's Bradley Johnson. The young midfielder is having a fine season, having scored six goals from just twelve starts in League One.

I spoke with Johnson, and while he confirmed that he has had contact from the coach and that the US brass has been impressed, there is a potential stumbling block that stands in the way of him playing for the US - he's simply not American.
by BRENT LATHAM
October 22, 2009

Yanks Abroad
With just days to American kickoff in Kano, YA has arrived in Nigeria, and as usual, we'll be bringing you the best coverage available of the U-17 run here in Sub-Saharan Africa. Let's hope it lasts longer than the U-20's turn at the World Cup did.

Of course, the chances of that are excellent based just on the group the Americans find themselves in. With Malawi and the UAE (though they could surprise) in the foursome, the US should be able to manage the four points they need for a round of 16 berth.
by BRENT LATHAM
October 20, 2009

Yanks Abroad
The U-17 roster is out and everyone seems to be focusing on the names not on the list rather than those that will be making the trip to Nigeria.

The missing players are Charles Renken, Joseph Gyau, and Sebastian Lletget.
by DAVID SMITH
October 19, 2009

Yanks Abroad
I'll go ahead and right away offer my apologies to Bob, Benny and the boys.

Having just wrapped up a berth in South Africa next summer, Bob Bradley and US Soccer were quick to schedule the first in what will be a long series of pre-World Cup friendly games. Starting with the November 18 game against Denmark in Aarhus, they will dedicate the next six months to tuning up, sizing up, whittling down and finally sharpening up the 23 faces which will board the plane to South Africa next summer.
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