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Who's the biggest injury concern for the US heading into the pre-Copa training camp?
Fabian Johnson
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Alejandro Bedoya
by KENYA BROWN
November 19, 2014

Thomas Karlsen
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 Mjøndalen Stadium over the weekend.
by KYLE SCHNITZER
November 16, 2014

Lefteris Pitarakis AP
How did the players do?
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.
by DAVID SMITH
August 21, 2014

Carsten Lektonen/Odense BK
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.
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First off, I must admit, this is as much a plausible wish-list as it is an attempt to decipher Klinsmann's plan.
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