Gedion Zelalem appears headed to the US National team
Santa made his rounds few days later for many US fans, as Gedion Zelalem appears headed to the stars and stripes.
The ultimate national team destination of the Berlin-born Zelalem has been the subject of speculation, hope and worry for many US fans for much of 2014. While born in Germany to Ethiopian parents, reports indicated that the Arsenal academy member had an opening to US citizenship through his father, with whom he emigrated to the United States in 2006.
Mikkel Diskerud will leave Rosenborg in the off-season, the team confirmed, after the two sides were unable to agree to a new contract.
The Oslo-born US international had spent the better part of the last three seasons as one of the main cogs in the Norwegian giants' lineup, however will be moving on to greener pastures according to a Monday-afternoon announcement by the team.
Thomas Dooley leads the Azkals into the Suzuki Cup
The next test for the Dooley-led revitalization of the Philippine national team kicks off soon.
Former United States national team captain Thomas Dooley will be looking to guide the Philippines to its first silverware since he was appointed head coach as the team take part in the 2014 Suzuki Cup which starts this weekend.
Rhett Berinstein & Mjondalen are one step away from the Tippeligaen
Rhett Bernstein came out ahead an all-yank battle for the chance to reach Norway's top flight.
In the battle of two Americans helping their respective teams in the pursuit of promotion to Norway's Tippeligaen next season, Rhett Bernstein's Mjondalen got the upper hand on Bobby Warshaw's Baerum 4-1 Mj°ndalen Stadium over the weekend.
The United States lost to a talented Colombian team and it was a valuable learning lesson.
Much of the same for the United States, this time in a 2-1 loss against Columbia. They look stout and confident in the early stages of the match. They dropped back and held well. But after time, the walls will break and time and time again, fans have seen the same collapse in the second half that needs to be addressed.
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.