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by RYAN NOEL
December 2, 2009

Charlie Davies thinks he can be ready for the World Cup
Charlie Davies is on the mend...and seemingly thinks he'll be back for the World Cup in South Africa. Davies was interviewed by ESPN's Jeremy Schaap a few days ago and indicated that he hoped to be healthy in time for the trip to South Africa.

While that would be stellar and amazing and all that jazz - don't get your hopes up. Even if Charlie gets healthy by then, there is no reason to believe he'll be in any kind of game shape. He would likely be around eight months out of official action, having played last in October for the United States.
by BRIAN SCIARETTA
November 27, 2009

One-time Bradenton prospect Korey Veeder will be headed to England
YA has heard that American midfielder Korey Veeder will be on trial with Crystal Palace of the the English Championship.

The 18-year old native of St. Petersburg, Florida has been part of the USA youth system in the past, starting in 2007 when he was a Bradenton resident. According to US Soccer, the last time he was with the squad was in January 2009 when Under-18 coach Mike Matkovic held a 72-player mega-camp at the Home Depot Center.
by RYAN NOEL
November 26, 2009

Holland may be on the US schedule in the spring
Word is getting out that the United States will be taking on Holland in Amsterdam on March 3rd.

The Americans will be up against one of the early World Cup favorites, stocked with international stars like Wesley Sneijder, Robin van Persie, Dirk Kuyt, and Arjen Robben.
by RYAN NOEL
November 25, 2009

The United States could be sitting pretty to host a World Cup by 2022
Concacaf has voted, unanimously, to back the United States in its bid for either the 2018 or 2022 World Cups.

"The United States can count on the full support of CONCACAF, including [fellow FIFA executive committee members] Chuck Blazer, Rafael Salgueiro and myself," CONCACAF President Jack Warner said.
by BRIAN SCIARETTA
November 25, 2009

Just 15, Luis Gil has several options
In the weeks since the end of the United States' run at the Under-17 World Cup in Nigeria, rumors have circulated about the professional prospects of Luis Gil and Jack McInerney, two of the American's best players on the team.

A verfied source close to both players has confirmed to YA that Luis Gil, 15, is being courted by Arsenal, Manchester City, Real Madrid, two unidentified Ligue 1 teams, and MLS, among others. Right now, Gil and his family are trying to determine what the best option for him is in terms of playing time and quality coaching.
by RYAN NOEL
November 25, 2009

Ben Olsen has decided to hang up the cleats
Long-time DC United midfielder, and former Yank Abroad, Ben Olsen has announced his official retirement from professional soccer.

Olsen, 32, spent 10 years with D.C., winning multiple MLS Cups and made two appearances in the MLS All-Star Game.
by RYAN NOEL
November 20, 2009

Wilmer Cabrera is already grooming his next Under 17 class
United States Soccer has announced the annual Nike Friendlies for the Under-17 National Team.

Just more than a few weeks removed from the Americans' quick exit at the FIFA U-17 World Cup, the United States Soccer Federation already has exhibition matches lined up for the next U-17 class at the Bradenton Academy.
by RYAN NOEL
November 19, 2009

Brek Shea is among the players that will head to the World Cup draw
MLS has announced an 18-man roster for the annual Generation Adidas trip overseas.

This year, the young MLS standouts will be playing games in South Africa and also get a chance to see the 2010 World Cup Draw live in Cape Town. The team will play a couple of exhibition games with some South African reserve teams and will be in Cape Town on December 4 for the draw.
by RICH FIDLER
November 16, 2009

Yanks Abroad
US Soccer announced late Sunday night that midfidler José Francisco Torres has been removed from the roster for the friendly against Denmark on Wednesday evening for personal reasons.

The 22-year old, who was set to join the team following a match over the weekend, will leave the United States with a roster of 19 players to face the Danes in the home stadium of American midfielder Benny Feilhaber.
by BRIAN SCIARETTA
November 6, 2009

Yanks Abroad
Reports have surfaced this morning that Portugese club Sporting Braga have signed USA U20 defender Gale Agbossoumonde. According to Portugese newspaper A Bola, Agbossoumonde will join the club once he turns 18 years old on November 17.

According to the report, this is a loan agreement and Agbossoumonde will initially play for Sporting Braga's junior team. While with the junior team he will be closely monitored by head coach Domingos Paciencia. Traffic Sports will continue to pay Gale's full salary and Sporting Braga will have a preference or option clause in the event that they want to keep him longer.
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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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