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.
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.
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.
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.
November 16, 2009

Yanks Abroad
US Soccer announced late Sunday night that midfidler Jos 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.
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.
November 3, 2009

Will he or won't he?
The agent for Tigres defender Edgar Castillo is refuting a story made by a Mexican news source regarding the call-up of the left-back by US national team head coach Bob Bradley.

Shortly after Tigres' 2-2 draw with Estudiantes this past Saturday, Mexico news source MedioTiempo reported that Castillo had been called by the USMNT for this month's friendlies versus Denmark and Slovakia.
October 31, 2009

Yanks Abroad
The Americans have moved south from Kano to Ijebu-Ode for their final game of the group against the United Emirates, a feat more complicated than it sounds. Both teams had to endure a two hour plane flight, followed by a two hour busride to get to the southern city, a trip which, in predictable Nigerian fashion, will have eaten up most of the day Friday.

No one here has any explanations for why that game was scheduled in the venue to the far south, which requires flying to Lagos and then busing back northeast. Nearby venues in Kaduna, Bauchi, and Abuja were available, but the teams were sent to the south. If either had won the group, they would then have had to return to Kano, but that looks outside the realm of possibilities with Spain needing only a tie against Malawi.
October 28, 2009

Yanks Abroad
The quick turnaround between games at the youth tournaments means the US has a quick chance at retribution after Monday night's loss to Spain. That loss was disappointing, and Thursday's game will go a long way towards showing how much it has affected the American psyche for the rest of the tournament.

Malawi is a ready-made opponent for an occasion like this. The Africans are by no means pushovers, and will be primed to play in the afternoon heat, which they seemed to particularly enjoy in their first match versus the United Arab Emirates on Monday.
October 27, 2009

Yanks Abroad
I haven't posted in the last few days since it has been almost impossible to access internet here in Nigeria. As much as I'd like to say all the fears of organizational disaster in Nigeria were overblown, it seems they were instead well founded. Sufficed to say I'm really feeling Chinua Achebe right now.

I didn't experience the disarray of the opening matches in Abuja. Though I was in attendance I had no work to do, so I escaped unscathed though my fellow journalists were not pleased at all with the media center. FIFA usually has a nice office for journalists to work with internet connections, whereas here we are lucky if the media center even has power at any given time.
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