Even though Germans don't celebrate Labor Day by habit, the international break did provide some respite from the just-underway league season for players in the top three leagues not representing their respective countries in international play.
Sadly, most players were unable to plan a weekend at the lake as a number of friendlies, benefit games and local cup rounds kept most Americans in Germany - including a pair just beginning their tenure with new teams - busy and focused on the game.
Taking somewhat of a back seat to what turned out to be a largely lackluster summer transfer window finale for Americans was the September 1 deadline for Premier League clubs to submit their final 25-man rosters for the first half of the season and for Champions and Europa League participants to name their final 25 for group-stage play.
Beyond the roster decisions which were obviously never going to be in doubt, the day gave final confirmation for a small handful of Americans on the fringe of their teams' plans as to what they can expect to see in the coming four months in terms of playing time.
Former US national team midfielder Clint Mathis announced his retirement today from soccer and said that this Sunday's LA Galaxy game against Real Madrid will be the final game of his career.
"It has been an amazing and exciting ride, full of moments and people that will stay with me forever," Mathis said in a press release. "I cannot thank everyone who has been a part of this journey with me enough for all that you have done to help me enjoy such a fulfilling life in the sport of soccer."
The US U20 national team defeated Denmark 3-2 Wednesday night at the 2010 Milk Cup in dramatic fashion and advanced to Friday's championship game against the hosts Northern Ireland.
In the 89th minute, Santos Laguna forward Adrian Ruelas pushed a loose ball across the line to break the 2-2 draw in what would turn out to be the game winner for the Americans. It was also the second goal of the game for the 19 year old Ruelas.