EXTRA TIME
by DAVID SMITH
July 13, 2009

Yanks Abroad
The weekend comes a few hours too early

Few will argue that perhaps the best part of the weekend is starting it early. This is especially true in Europe during the summer months, where people jump at any opportunity to get out of their offices on Friday while the afternoon is still young. Coincidentally, this usually makes getting information from clubs in the old country about breaking announcements past lunchtime an exercise in futility. Naturally, there are always some Friday afternoons when club press agents seemingly hit the "send" button on major or simply curious news as a last act before ducking out for the weekend, leaving those of us in the media either digging deep into our black books or left stewing till Monday morning in the search of more information.
by DAVID SMITH
July 7, 2009

Yanks Abroad
The summer silly season is underway and hardly a week into it we've already had indications that we'll get our money's worth. The surprising move of Gooch to Italian giants AC Milan, the supposed loan of still-promising Sal Zizzo to Fortuna Düsseldorf (although we're still awaiting the official announcement from Fortuna) and the signing of young speedster Johann Smith to Croatia's Rijeka (which actually happened a few days before July 1, but who's counting?) are likely just the tip of the iceberg. Another move which shouldn't go unmentioned despite falling in a sort of gray area for our website is the summer's first departure - or rather promised departure - of an MLS player heading to territories unknown.

As announced on Monday, Real Salt Lake forward Yura Movsisyan has penned a three-year contract with Randers FC of the Danish Superliga from the beginning of January 2010. Since the middle of the 2008 MLS season, Movsisyan has developed into one of the league's more notable attackers, leading his team in goals scored last season with seven and currently standing as the team's second-leading scorer in the 2009 term with four scores (coincidentally two behind teammate Robby Findley, a recent trainee with Danish rivals Brøndby).
by BRENT LATHAM
July 3, 2009

Yanks Abroad
Edgar Castillo's recent, open declaration that he is ready to switch federations came as a surprise to just about everyone in the North American soccer world. It was not so shocking that a player who is out of form and seemingly out of contention for the Mexican national team would look to make a change to a team where he could possibly play as soon as next year's World Cup.

What was surprising was the way Castillo went about announcing his intentions. His open declaration was a huge tactical mistake. Certainly his agent should have done a better job of handling this. Castillo backed himself into a corner, and the response from the FMF was predictable. Castillo will never wear the Tricolor again, and he'll be lucky if he can remain in Mexico playing professionally at this point.
by BRENT LATHAM
June 28, 2009

Yanks Abroad
We're just hours from kickoff at Ellis Park Stadium, where the US is preparing for its first full international final at a FIFA event. The task looks huge, but perhaps not as monumental as making it here in the first place.

Brazil
by BRENT LATHAM
June 26, 2009

Yanks Abroad
A sight that you never thought you'd see
Well, I owe everyone on the US team an apology. In no way, at least on this night, were they outclassed by their Spanish opponents, as I said they would be.

Last night was an amazing evening in the history of US soccer, without a doubt. The discussion of what this victory means to the game in America will go on for a while, and I'll have my chance to chime in I'm sure. For the time being, sufficed to say that the way the US played was even more impressive than the final scoreline. Spain, characteristically, had more of the possession, but the US dominated the game, and can be said to have deserved the victory. There was little luck involved, and that in itself is an amazing thing.
by BRENT LATHAM
June 26, 2009

Yanks Abroad
48 hours.

That's how long until the final in Johannesburg, and it's also about how long has past since the stunning US victory on that cold night in Bloemfontein that will go down in soccer history. Now the US is turning to Brazil, who eeked out a 1-0 victory over hosts South Africa last night to reach their second straight Confederations Cup final.
by BRENT LATHAM
June 24, 2009

Yanks Abroad
Can the United States - under any circumstances, beat Spain?

That's the question I keep getting asked. Here's what I just told Spanish sports journal Marca:
by BRENT LATHAM
June 23, 2009

Yanks Abroad
Yesterday was a travel day for us and the US national team, as we headed south from Rustenburg down the main highway to Bloemfontein. The US flew in but we journalists got to drive - four hours through a midwestern like countryside, to the cold city on the border with Lesotho. So here is what I've been thinking about during the trip.

The Potential Excuses
by BRENT LATHAM
June 21, 2009

Yanks Abroad
Well, the wins over Mexico and Portugal in 2002 were probably more important, but it's been a while since the US has had a victory like this. The team came out loose and flowing, spurred by Landon Donovan and Charlie Davies, and put three (it could have been more) on an Egyptian team that was clearly not ready for the US. It was a role reversal on what the Americans usually do in the third game of these tournaments.

The Line-up
by BRENT LATHAM
June 21, 2009

Yanks Abroad
Well we're back live in Rustenburg, and it's dead here. Most everyone involved with soccer in the country is in Pretoria for the Italy-Brazil match, but YA is up the road in the countryside, at the white elephant in the middle of Northwest Province. FIFA wanted to put a World Cup stadium in each of the country's nine provinces, and this is their attempt to bring football to Northwest. The city of Rustenburg is a small town just a couple of streets wide, and Royal Bafokeng Stadium is outside the city in the countryside. It's kind of like playing a match outside of Pierre, South Dakota, I imagine, with apologies to South Dakotans. Anyway the countryside out here is beautiful, and the US is staying on a game reserve, so there's that.

The Egypt Game
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