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by DAVID SMITH
August 21, 2014

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O'Brien expected to finally debut on Saturday
Conor O'Brien could finally make his Austrian debut for Wiener Neustadt on Saturday.

O'Brien joined the Austrian Bundesliga team at the beginning of August after four years in Denmark, but has thus far been sidelined while awaiting his Austrian work permit to be approved.
by KYLE SCHNITZER
August 10, 2014

Only one American survived the third round of Europa League qualification
As clubs wrap up the pre-season, several Americans featured in the third qualifying round of the UEFA Europa League this Thursday.

The only team with an American to advanced was Stjarnan, where 24-year-old midfielder Pablo Punyed currently plays. The Icelandic side played Lech Poznan to a scoreless draw, enough to advance them on aggregate 1-0.
by DAVID SMITH
August 8, 2014

Carsten Lektonen/Odense BK
O'Brien will be a spectator for Wiener Neustadt on Saturday
Conor O'Brien will have to wait one more week to make his Austrian Bundesliga debut.

One week after joining Austrian team SC Wiender Neustadt following several seasons in Denmark, American midfielder Conor O'Brien is still waiting for his Austrian work permit to go through, according the statements on the club's website.
by KENYA BROWN
August 7, 2014

Karl Decena/InterAksyon.com
Dooley faces drama in Azkals squad
It looks like the honeymoon is over for Philippines national team head coach Thomas Dooley.

A pair of foreign-based members of the Philippines national team have come out to say they will no longer play for the side as long as the German-American is in charge.
by KYLE SCHNITZER
July 3, 2014

Drew Hallowell
Klinsmann can start planning for Russia in 4 years
Just like that, the ride is over.

For 107 minutes, the US looked terrified before the most controversial addition to the 23-man squad forever marked his way into the hearts of Americans. 19-year-old Julian Green, who has never played for the first-team at Bayern Munich, spear-kicked a floating volley from Michael Bradley to beat Belgium goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois' hand deflection. It was a goal that pumped life into the US and even if the end result did not match up with the expectations, it instilled a yearning and hunger for more, for more memories and most of all, more American soccer.
by KYLE SCHNITZER
June 27, 2014

Drew Hallowell
Klinsmann can't beat his old team but still has reason to smile
A tie to Portugal felt like a loss, when a loss to Germany feels like a win.

The US moves on from the self-proclaimed "Group of Death" with a 1-0 defeat against Germany. It was not the best game from the US, but it showed they could contain one of the most electric countries in the world.
by MATHEW WAGNER
June 25, 2014

Drew Hallowell
Klinsmann has something to prove against his old employers
Is that a sense of deja vu creeping in?

With qualification for the 2014 FIFA World Cup already wrapped up more than eight months ago, Jürgen Klinsmann didn't allow the United States men's national team to slack off in Panama City, Panama.
by KYLE SCHNITZER
June 24, 2014

Drew Hallowell
Klinsmann can smile about the performance but not the result
Our own Kyle Schnitzer gives his take on the players performances in Manaus.

Despite dominating most of the second half, including a sensational curving strike from Jermaine Jones and a chest-fueled goal by Clint Dempsey, the US conceded a stoppage-time goal to Portugal's Silvestere Varela to draw 2-2 in Manaus, Brazil. Varela diving head met a tightly spun ball on near side of the field from Cristiano Ronaldo to tie the game in the stoppage time. Even with the disappointment expressed as Tim Howard's hand met his head, the US gained a crucial point and are now tied with Germany, who they face on Thursday.
by KYLE SCHNITZER
June 19, 2014

John Todd/ISI
Brooks was the hero
The most important take from the United States 2-1 victory over Ghana is they secured three points.

Three vital points that places the US in a positive position, where two more points will likely advance them further into the World Cup. But they were exposed. The American counterattack was non-existent and questions again regarding the defense continue to surface, even if they did defeat Ghana. The problem for eighty or so minutes was that the US continued to drop back, trying to secure the win, without pushing the ball further and trying to create something offensively. It took tragedy (Ayew's goal) to motivate them to push forward, when in reality, they should have continued to press with all cylinders.
by KENYA BROWN
June 14, 2014

Themba Hadebe/AP
Manaus having a sea of troubles
The United States national team does not play Group G rivals Portugal until June 22 at the Amazonia Arena in Manaus, but there is already talk about the condition of the field.

The first game to be played at the World Cup stadium located in the middle of the Brazilian rainforest will be a Group D ecounter between England and Italy on June 14, but there are increasing concerns that the condition of the grass turf will not be ideal for play.
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