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.
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.
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.
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.
Clint Dempsey will miss at least today's UEFA game against Wolfsburg and this weekend's Premier League game against Liverpool because of a thigh injury he sustained in the final minutes of Sunday's game against Wigan.
The club reported on its website that Dempsey was injured in the final minute of the game against Wigan when he was challenged in the penalty area on a play where no foul was called.