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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
April 26, 2010

A second incident for Altidore at Hull
Jozy Altidore saw his English Premier League season and his season-long loan to Hull City end under very unfortunate circumstances on Saturday in their game against Sunderland.

Shortly before halftime, Sunderland's Alan Hutton and Altidore challenged for a ball near the sideline. After the ball rolled out of play, Hutton picked the ball up and threw it at Altidore who was still lying on the ground.
April 14, 2010

Rongen looking at overseas-based U-20ers
Over the next few weeks, US U20 head coach Thomas Rongen will be looking to finalize his roster for the International Cor Groenewegen Tournament which starts next month in Holland.

One thing that is very clear is that Rongen will be looking to use this tournament to evaluate many players who are currently based in Europe.
April 11, 2010

Foreign-based U-20ers get their shot
After recently having competed in the Dallas Cup, the US U20 national team's next competition will be the Cor Groenewegen Tournament in Uitgeest, Holland starting on May 22.

The schedule for the tournament is unknown at this time but the US has been drawn into the Pool B of the 12 team tournament.
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