July 4, 2010

Yura bags two goals in Europa debut
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.
June 30, 2010

American Tyrel Lacey affected by folding
American goalkeeper Tyrel Lacey will be on the hunt for a new employer as Norwegian 1. Division club FC Lyn announced earlier today that the club has folded and all players have been released.

The Oslo-based club had been experiencing financial issues for the last several years and were given only a short monetary lifeline to begin the 2010 season.
June 25, 2010

Even Sepp is confused at this one...
FIFA approves of the officiating at the 2010 World Cup. What are they smoking?

An article a few days ago in the UK's Guardian caught my attention. It talks about how FIFA's head of refereeing is 'very happy' with the officiating so far at the 2010 World Cup. Jose Maria Garcia-Aranda was quoted as saying that, despite some mistakes, there has been a high overall standard at this summer's tournament.
June 21, 2010

The Mayor of Hannover gets an extension
According the Hannover 96 wwebsite, defender Steve Cherundolo has verbally agreed to a contract extension with the Bundeliga club.

Sport Director Jörg Schmadtke agreed to the terms with Cherundolo's agent Harun Arsian.
June 10, 2010

Thomas is searching for a new club
Michael Thomas is on the hunt for a new employer after being given his release by Swedish Allsvenskan club Halmstads BK.

Thomas had signed with the club prior to this season after a successful trial during the winter offseason.
June 3, 2010

Altidore likely out for Saturday.
United States striker Jozy Altidore suffered a mild ankle sprain during Wednesday's training session forcing him to miss Thursday's session.

The injury looks to have occurred when defender Steve Cherundolo fell and rolled onto the back of Altidore's right ankle during an intrasquad scrimmage.
June 1, 2010

Rossi's switch of allegiance backfired
The number of Americans playing in the World Cup this summer was reduced by one today as Giuseppe Rossi was cut from the Italian World Cup team by head coach Marcello Lippi.

Rossi, 23, was born in New Jersey to Italian born parents and famously turned down repeated requests to play for the United States in hopes to play for the country of his heritage.
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.
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.
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.
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