Category: Yanks Abroad

Three Under Discussed Big Stories of the Last Few Months

Everyone in the American/Canadian soccer press does their best job to keep up with the goings on throughout the continent and stories involving North American ties abroad. The sheer volume of stories makes it difficult to cover everything well, and a few stories have slipped largely under the radar for their overall significance. The moves of Paul Mariner, Gale and Marcus Haber to Europe all have significance beyond simple coaching or transfer moves. All three stories reflect the positive growth of the sport in this region. Paul Mariner served as a player/assistant in the old APSL (now USSF D2) with the Albany ... Read more

Tactically, the US Need DaMarcus Beasley

The last time many of us saw DaMarcus Beasley, his miss on a corner launched a Brazilian counter-attack that led to the eventual trouncing of the US in the group phase of the Confederations Cup.  It was the culmination of a number of mediocre and lackluster performances from him in the national team shirt, which was the only shirt he was wearing due to his lack of play at his club Rangers in Scotland. Fast forward to this December which sees Beasley inserted back in to the starting line up and producing. In five games he’s given Rangers 2 goals ... Read more

The Ballad of Freddy Adu

Freddy Adu & Pele On Saturday in Monaco, A.S. Monaco beat Stade Rennes, 3 to 1, giving Monaco 40 points on the season thus far and securing a spot in the middle of the French Ligue 1 table. Sitting on Monaco’s bench, was one Freddy Adu, watching his team take on a Rennes’ squad that included the captain of the US National Team, Carlos Bocanegra. Despite suiting up on Saturday, Adu did not see any playing time. The apparently star-crossed story of Freddy Adu is familiar to most American soccer fans. Born in Ghana, Adu moved to the United States ... Read more

Tuesday Quick Hits

Brad Friedel’s red card suspension has been rescinded and he will play versus Manchester United in two weeks. Marcus Tracy scored his first league goal for AaB yesterday. Watch the goal here, and recall last week we discussed Tracy critical late match performance for Aab in the UEFA cup tie with Manchester City, the world’s richest football club. Per Steve Goff of the Washington Post, Chelsea and AC Milan will face off in Baltimore on July 24th. Milan will face cross ground rival Inter in Foxborough two days later. Brian Quarstad from Inside Minnesota Soccer reports that USL-Live may be ... Read more

The Weekend that was for Yanks in Europe

Clint Dempsey scored a goal for Fulham while Kasey Keller made his first start less than 48 hours after signing with the London club as Fulham were beaten in the last minute at Villa Park by Aston Villa. Nonetheless, this has to be considered an impressive performance for Fulham. As usual, Carlos Bocanegra made countless mistakes, but at least this time he didn’t give up a free kick or penalty that led to a goal for the opposition. Eddie Lewis had a nice game for Derby County as he set up Matt Oakley for Derby’s lone goal in the 2-1 ... Read more

Rough Weekend For Americans in Europe

European Football swung back into action this weekend with the start of (English) Premier League season as well as that of the Bundesliga. With the exception of an outstanding performances by a trio of American Goalkeepers in England and a solid performance by Jonathan Spector for West Ham the weekend was a virtual washout for American players. Heath Pearce, the self proclaimed best American left back was completely outclassed in his first Bundesliga appearence as Hansa Rostock was routed 3-0 by Bayern Munich. Josh Wolff’s finishing touch completely eluded him despite repeated chances as 1860 Munich smashed FC Augsburg 6-2. ... Read more