How will the USMNT perform in the Copa América?
3 and out, baby!
Quarterfinal heartbreak
Reach the semis, but can't take the next step
Loss in the final - it's the 2009 Confed Cup all over again!
Champions on home soil!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.)
July 21, 2009

Yanks Abroad
Gold Cup Switch-a-roo

The days since his team's overtime win over Panama has seen Bob Bradley further juggle around his available roster thanks to injuries and pre-season club commitments.
July 17, 2009

Yanks Abroad
Bob Bradley's squad faces testy Panama on Saturday night short three of its key players, as Steve Cherundolo, Michael Parkhurst and Charlie Davies have all returned to their respective clubs earlier in the week.

Dolo trains in Austria
July 16, 2009

Yanks Abroad
Eddie Johnson was on the verge of dropping off the map, but a strong preseason tour of Australia may have been just what the doctor ordered.

Johnson had a less than impressive 08/09 campaign with Cardiff City, which led him to fall off the international radar. No one was quite sure what was going to happen with the former Kansas City Wizards star until he showed up for preseason training.
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.
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