EXTRA TIME
by DAVID SMITH
October 8, 2009

Yanks Abroad
After experiencing further problems during the rehabilitation of his left leg, Schalke midfielder Jermaine Jones will be forced to miss another six weeks following surgery.

Having originally suffered a hairline fracture in his left tibia in as the team began training camp in June, the dual-citizen defensive midfielder had twice briefly resumed full training with the Gelsenkirchen-based team before being ultimately forced out for another three weeks of rehabilitation in mid-September when he felt discomfort arising from the metal plate inserted to stabilize the fracture.
by ANDREW VORCE
October 6, 2009

Fulham's Clint Dempsey will miss a key qualifier
Fulham midfielder Clint Dempsey will miss out on Saturday's World Cup Qualifier against Honduras due to a shoulder sprain.

The US sits in first place in qualification in the tight hexagonal finals, and face third place Honduras, who are three points behind, on Saturday night in San Pedro Sula. Dempsey is the Americans' second leading goalscorer in qualification with five goals to his name.
by BRENT LATHAM
October 2, 2009

Yanks Abroad
Today's match

A big, but winnable match for the Americans today against a Korea team in much the same shape as the Americans. The US is suddenly on a high after Tuesday's big win over Cameroon, and this South Korea match looked all along like the easiest of the three group games, though the Americans are not overlooking a team that has caused them plenty of trouble in the past, and had enough to tie the German team that wreaked havoc on the Americans on the first match day.
by DAVID SMITH
October 1, 2009

Yanks Abroad
An unexpected leader

Through the first two games for the American team in this current FIFA U-20 World Cup, one player which has already stood out amongst the rest is defensive midfielder Bryan Arguez. Recognized as one of the factors which kept the baby-Nats' opening game loss against Germany in-check after his introduction in the second half, and also serving as the most visible anchor of a dominant midfield performance in the 4-1 followup trouncing of Cameroon (and nabbing the opening goal for good measure), the irony of the matter is that the Miami native is lucky to even be in Egypt.
by BRENT LATHAM
September 30, 2009

Yanks Abroad
What a difference a day makes. All Thomas Rongen had to do was turn back to the pros and things changed ever so drastically overnight. While many are prone to now praise Rongen for the changes he made to right the US ship, the more pressing question is why was it not until the second game - after months of training and two friendlies in Cyprus before the tournament - that he put a passable lineup on the field?

But more on that later.
by BRENT LATHAM
September 28, 2009

Yanks Abroad
Tuesday's match-up

The Americans seem to think they match up better with the Cameroons than they did with Germany. The African side is fast and athletic as they have been described, but they are no push overs in back either and they are not nearly as disorganized as the Americans looked in their first match, so that is really no encouragement.
by BRENT LATHAM
September 27, 2009

Hertha Berlin's Bryan Arguez was one of the few who didn't look out their league
The US put in a half-baked performance in Suez yesterday and a professional German team thoroughly punished them for their effort. The result was predictable and unsurprising - nor is it surprising that fans have jumped all over Rongen and the team.

True, this may not be the greatest US Under-20 team ever, but some of the commentaries I have seen are ridiculous. The failure of this team in one game does not mean that the development of US Soccer, or the game in the US, has failed. This team is not going to be the full national team tomorrow.
by BRENT LATHAM
September 25, 2009

Yanks Abroad
The Tournament

The 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup is underway, without too much fanfare even in the host country. The opening game last night saw Egypt knock off Trinidad and Tobago, 4-1, in the opening match at a packed El-Borg Military Stadium in Cairo. It will now be interesting to see how much support is given to the other games.
by BRIAN SCIARETTA
September 24, 2009

Yanks Abroad
With the USA's first game in the Under-20 World Cup now less than three days away, I had the chance to talk to former US National team player and MLS coach, Fernando Clavijo.

Also once the head coach of Haiti, Clavijo is quickly becoming a significant figure in USA youth soccer as a director at Traffic Sports.
by BRENT LATHAM
September 22, 2009

Yanks Abroad
The United States is in the Land of the Sphinx for the Under-20 World Cup
Greetings from Cairo. I've just touched down and am ready to kick off nearly two months following the American youth teams on their adventures through the African continent. In about a month, the U-17 team that has everyone excited at the chance for a FIFA World Cup title for the US will kick off against Spain in Nigeria, and we'll (vaccinations and visas pending) be there.

But the first stop on this tour is alongside the River Nile, where the Under-20 tournament is about to kick off, on Thursday, with the fanfare you would expect for small country. In the US, where we host mega-events on an almost daily basis, it's easy to underestimate the importance to a small country of hosting an event like this. But make no mistake, this event is a milestone for Egypt and Egyptian soccer, and they're pulling out all the stops, from a receiving committee and red carpet at the airport for anyone that can show they have anything to do with FIFA, to the best hotels in the country for the numerous FIFA staff in attendance here, including CONCACAF President Jack Warner and FIFA Chair Sepp Blatter. (YA stays in more pedestrian lodging, preferring to brush elbows with the real fans of the game.)
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