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A few links for Wednesday
   April 8, 2015 (1:36 AM) by Matt Benson
 

A little of everything for Wednesday.

Missed out on this past weekend’s games?  Roderick has you covered with The OT Report.

A bunch of players changed teams/leagues in the smaller leagues in Europe the last couple months and I did my best to update you on some of the player movement.

Sounds like the USMNT roster for the Mexico friendly will come out on Sunday.

Jurgen Klinsmann told US Soccer’s website that he is using this time (between the World Cup and Gold Cup) to experiment with things, but the focus this summer will be the Gold Cup.

Berti Vogts thinks it is time for DeAndre Yedlin and Julian Green to step up.

There is nothing really new with Gedion Zelalem, but Steven Goff reminds us where we all stand at the moment.

RB Leipzig announced yesterday that Terrence Boyd has resumed to jogging as he rehabs from his ACL surgery.  ESPN’s Doug McIntyre also saw Boyd jogging and riding the exercise bike while he was with the USMNT earlier this month.

It looks like Danny Williams picked up an injury while with the USMNT and his doubtful for this weekend’s game against Blackpool.

Jose Torres is not going to rush back from his herniated disc surgery and will be reevaluated at the end of the month.

Josh Gatt posted a little injury update on his Instagram account last week (along with a video of him doing squats).

Cameron Carter-Vickers and DeAndre Yedlin both played with Tottenham’s U-21 yesterday with CCV wearing the captain’s armband.  Here is also a photo gallery from the game.

Another week and another goal by Duane Holmes with Huddersfield Town’s U-21 team.  I believe that is the third straight week with a goal.  Highlights of their U-21 team usually emerge a few days after the game.

Everyone’s favorite CONCACAF hipster Jon Arnold caught up with Herculez Gomez last week for a few words.

Could Club Tijuana be poaching some more Galaxy academy players?  Possibly.

As for another former Galaxy academy player, US U-17 forward Haji Wright signed with the New York Cosmos AND talked to Will Parchman last week.  A pretty big week.

And finally, Brian Sciaretta has an interview up with Fulham midfielder Emerson Hyndman.

 
Categories: Cameron Carter-Vickers, Danny Williams, DeAndre Yedlin, Duane Holmes, Emerson Hyndman, Gedion Zelalem, Haji Wright, Herculez Gomez, Jose Francisco Torres, Josh Gatt, Julian Green, Terrence Boyd, US Men's National Team
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March madness links
   March 20, 2015 (6:26 AM) by Matt Benson
 

Work is busy with this little hoopyball tournament going on so these will be quick and to the point.

Roderick has your rundown of the midweek games.

Tim Howard and Everton were knocked out of Europa League and here are some highlights.

Some sites credited Eric Lichaj with an assist earlier this week, but as you can see from these highlights, he just headed the ball out to the guy who ended running the full field and scoring.  So a little tough to call it an assist.

William Yarbrough confirmed his USMNT call-up in a Leon press conference yesterday.

Brian Sciaretta also has some news on call-ups for Gedion Zelalem (no longer listed on Germany’s site for their U-18 team), Desevio Payne and Adam Henley.

And it looks like NYCFC forward Khiry Shelton might be called into the US U-23 camp.

Brian Sciaretta also talked to Jerome Kiesewetter about his US U-23 call-up.

Brian Quarstad has a piece up on Mukwelle Akale over at the Northern Pitch.

Goalkeeper Zac Lubin has left Sweden and IFK Lulea for the Tulsa Roughnecks.

Former New England Revolution defender Jossimar Sanchez has signed with Nyköpings BIS in Sweden.

And finally, someone at Nike who creates the jerseys for the national teams apparently learned how to use gradient on photoshop.  And Norway (new to Nike) is getting the US’ third jersey leftovers from 2011.

 
Categories: Adam Henley, Desevio Payne, Gedion Zelalem, Jerome Kiesewetter, Jossimar Sanchez, Khiry Shelton, Mukwelle Akale, Tim Howard, William Yarbrough, Zac Lubin
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Post green beer hangover links
   March 18, 2015 (1:12 AM) by Matt Benson
 

Work has been pretty busy for me over the last week so I haven’t done a links post in a while.  That said, a bunch of goodies for you while you wait that green beer hangover out.

Two US female goalkeepers squared off against each other in UEFA Women’s Champions League last October so Will decided to have a chat with both of them to find out more.

Missed out on the weekend’s games?  Roderick has you covered.

US Soccer is about to have a busy next couple of weeks with the USMNT, U-23 and U-20 teams all having camps and friendlies throughout Europe.  It looks like we should expect to see the various rosters over the weekend.

While we wait for the rosters, a bunch of names are kind of leaking out.  Thanks to Birmingham City’s site, we know that Will Packwood is going to be with the U-23 team.   Brian Sciaretta is also hearing that Jerome Kiesewetter will be with the U-23s, while Andrija Novakovich will be with the U-20s.  And while there has been speculation that Jurgen Klinsmann is going to call in Ventura Alvarado with the MNTers, there is at least one report of Leon goalkeeper William Yarbrough being called in as well.

We are still waiting for Gedion Zelalem’s waiver to go through with FIFA, but he has been called in by Germany’s U-18 team.  He has turned them down in the past and hopefully he does again.

Speaking of rosters, here is Denmark’s roster for the USMNT friendly.

If you hate yourself, here is another (and new) story on Jurgen Klinsmann and fitness.

Will Packwood scored his first professional goal yesterday in Cheltenham Town’s 2-2 draw to Portsmouth (highlights).  He had to be subbed out due to some kind of injury, but he tweeted after the game that he is “feeling groggy” but is OK.

DeAndre Yedlin is back on the field and played with Tottenham’s U-21 team on Monday.  Here is a photo of him in action.

Andrija Novakovich made his debut with Reading’s senior team over the weekend in Reading’s 4-1 loss at Watford.  Here is a photo of Novakovich about to come onto the field.

Reading and Danny Williams (went the full 90) won their FA Cup 6th round replay over Bradford City on Monday.  Reading is headed to the FA Cup semis for the first time since 1927.

Klinsi was impressed with Jozy Altidore’s Toronto FC debut.

I see you, Greg Garza.

A.J. Soares is going to be out 6-8 weeks after picking up a knee injury in training.

According to this report out of Philadelphia, Union midfielder Danny Cruz is headed to Norway to go on a season-long loan with Bodø/Glimt.  If true, he will become teammates with Zarek Valentin.

Greg Seltzer caught up with Helsingborgs IF goalkeeper Matt Pyzdrowski.

Galway United forward Jake Keegan was on Goal’s League of Ireland GoalMouth podcast last week.  He also spoke to Brian Sciaretta.

AZ Alkmaar have brought on Oakland A’s general manager Billy Beane as an advisor.  I think I read the word “moneyball” in every tweet yesterday mentioning this news.

Here is a story from last week on Marc Pelosi and his return to the field over the last year.

Andrew Sousa and Ryan Maduro were both in Iceland last season with Fylkir and now both are returning to the US with the Rhode Island Oceaneers.

According to Will Parchman, US U-17 winger McKinzie Gaines is headed to Germany to trial with Wolfsburg.

And finally, FIFA announced the stadiums that will be used at the 2016 Olympics and somehow Arena da Amazônia in Manaus made the cut as one of the seven stadiums.  I still remember drinking two full glasses of water while just walking to my seat in the upper deck.  It was such a furnace.  I did snap this nice photo.

manaus

 
Categories: A.J. Soares, Andrew Sousa, Andrija Novakovich, Danny Cruz, Danny Williams, DeAndre Yedlin, Gedion Zelalem, Greg Garza, Jake Keegan, Jerome Kiesewetter, Jozy Altidore, Marc Pelosi, Matt Pyzdrowski, McKinzie Gaines, US Men's National Team, US U-20 National Team, US U-23 National Team, Ventura Alvarado, Will Packwood, William Yarbrough, Zarek Valentin
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Arsenal U-18s vs. Leicester City Highlights
   March 6, 2015 (7:32 AM) by Matt Benson
 

Gedion Zelalem went the full 90 minutes and scored a goal in Arsenal U-18’s 5-3 win over Leicester City on Wednesday.  You can see full highlights of the match on Arsenal’s site, but it requires you to sign up for their site (it is free).  Or you can just check out the GIF below.

 
Categories: Gedion Zelalem, Highlights
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Arsenal U-18s vs. Crewe Alexandra Highlights
   February 27, 2015 (8:33 AM) by Matt Benson
 

Gedion Zelalem went the full 90 minutes and was involved with Arsenal U-18’s first goal in their 3-2 loss to Crewe Alexandra in the FA Youth Cup earlier this week.  Zelalem was able to get his foot on a cross which the goalie was able to save, but Zelalem’s teammate rebounded the loose ball for the goal.  Here are some highlights with the goal mentioned in the previous sentence at the 1:35 mark.

 
Categories: Gedion Zelalem, Highlights
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A bunch of links for Thursday
   January 29, 2015 (12:59 AM) by Matt Benson
 

A few more USMNT things before moving on from yesterday’s loss.

In case you missed the game, here are the goals.  And Matthew Doyle took a quick look at the US’s attempt to play the 3-5-2.

As for some “fun” stats/facts courtesy of Paul Carr and Paul Kennedy:

* The US is now winless in five straight games for the first time since 2007.
* The US has now allowed nine goals over a three-game span for the first time since 1993.
* The US has allowed eight goals in the first 10 minutes of games since 2013 after allowing only seven such goals between 2007 and 2012.
* The US has been outscored 9-0 in the second half of its last five games.
* The US is winless in its last four games when leading at the half after going 19-0-2 in Klinsmann’s first 21 games when leading at the half.
* And finally, the US still only has one win in its last 18 games against South American teams.

One of the big non-USMNT news stories from yesterday was Sacha Kljestan signing with the New York Red Bulls.

It looks like Alejandro Bedoya is working on a new contract with Nantes.  Marc Stein’s sources say that Bedoya also has been drawing some interest from Germany, England and MLS.

The New York Times wrote some words on DeAndre Yedlin earlier this week.  And new Tottenham teammate and fellow American Brad Friedel talked about Yedlin to some UK press.

We posted yesterday in the US-Chile pre-game primer about how Gedion Zelalem is currently ineligible to play for the US, but Grant Wahl/Sunil Gulati are making it sound like the FIFA exception will go through and he will be eligible later this spring.

Also in the link above, Wahl is hearing that US U-20 center back Cameron Carter-Vickers could be training with Tottenham’s first team in the coming weeks.

Getting back to Zelalem for a second, he went the full 90 in Arsenal’s 1-0 loss to Atletico Madrid in UEFA Youth League action earlier this week.  Dembakwi Yomba did not dress for Atletico Madrid as it looks like he picked up some kind of knee injury.

Sticking with the youth theme, Jeff Carlisle put together his list of Top 10 US players currently under the age of 21.  His #1 is Emerson Hyndman.

Another player on that list, Julian Green, is healthy again and thinks he can learn from his loan away Bayern Munich.

Speaking of health issues, Tim Howard appears to be ahead of schedule with the rehabbing of his calf injury and could return to the field sooner than first believed.

As for another goalie, Zack Steffen talked to Brian Sciaretta about the U-20 World Cup and Freiburg.

Steffen’s U-20 teammate, Matt Miazga, is in Qatar with RB Leipzig on a training stint/trial.  He had to be subbed out of a scrimmage the other day with an injury, but New York Red Bulls manager Jesse Marsch claims it is just a knock.

Steven Goff has your monthly Freddy Adu update.

Alejandro Guido scored his first goal with Tijuana last week in Copa MX action and he followed that up with another goal in Copa MX action on Tuesday.

It looks like Tim Ream had a nice game earlier this week against Rotherham.

Remember Mike Grella?  He is currently with the New York Red Bulls as a trialist.

Ryan Adeleye was last seen in Israel with Hapoel Ashkelon and now he has signed with the Fort Lauderdale Strikers.

And finally, some might remember the US-Mexico rivalry movie that was being made a few years ago called Gringos at the Gate.  Well, it is finally on the internet for your viewing pleasure.

 
Categories: Alejandro Bedoya, Alejandro Guido, Brad Friedel, Cameron Carter-Vickers, DeAndre Yedlin, Dembakwi Yomba, Emerson Hyndman, Freddy Adu, Gedion Zelalem, Julian Green, Matt Miazga, Mike Grella, Ryan Adeleye, Sacha Kljestan, Tim Howard, Tim Ream, US Men's National Team, Zack Steffen
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An assortment of links for Tuesday
   January 13, 2015 (12:38 AM) by Matt Benson
 

A bunch of goodies to get into.

The USMNT has begun January’s camp this week in beautiful Southern California.  In case you missed it, Jurgen Klinsmann has called in 28 players for this camp, a mixture of vets and a bunch of youth as he looks towards the Olympic/U-23 team.

One player at this month’s camp that you probably don’t know that much about is Julio Morales.  Brian Sciaretta gets you caught up to date on Mr. Morales.  It looks like Morales might not be able to play in the friendlies just yet (although he can still participate in the camp) as he has to file a one-time switch with FIFA since he played with Mexico at the 2013 U-20 World Cup.

Much like Brad Friedel with the U-20 team, another former player, Carlos Bocanegra, is helping out as a coach this month.

Kyle McCarthy takes a look at the mixture of vets and youth as camp begins.

Daryl Grove came up with some humorous one-sentence descriptions for each of the players.  Brek Shea’s is easily the best.

Jurgen Klinsmann did not win FIFA Coach of the Year, but he did receive votes from 12 of the 544 voters, including five first-place votes.

In other USMNT news, CONCACAF has moved up the start of the final round of World Cup qualifying (a.k.a. The Hex) by three months to November of 2016 due to FIFA eliminating some international fixture dates in 2017.  The draw for the first round will take place on Thursday, but the US won’t enter qualification until the fourth round, beginning in November of 2015.  Yes, the whole cycle is about to start up again.

And we might know about two more friendlies for this year as Fox Sports ran this graphic during Friday’s U-20 game, which shows games against Australia and Ghana for later this year.

The US U-20 team is off to a rough start down in Jamaica, drawing to Guatemala (highlights) and losing to Panama (highlights).  Cameron Carter-Vickers has scored the only goal for the US so far and he spoke to Tottenham’s website about it.  Junior Flores had to leave the Panama game after getting his ankle stepped/rolled on and it sounds like he is in a boot and is on crutches.  That makes me think he will be out for a little while.  Want some goalie critique of the first two games?  Will has you covered.  And finally, Tony Meola spoke to Tab Ramos and Ramos claims Gedion Zelalem is “untouchable until March” when it comes to the U-20 team.

Speaking of Mr. Zelalem, the guys over at The Short Fuse have a little write- up on the savoir of American soccer Arsenal prospect.

Moving onto some club news.

All signs are pointing towards Mix Diskerud signing with NYCFC later today (or this week).

There was some more Jozy Altidore-to-MLS chatter over the weekend and Toronto FC appears to have the edge at the moment.  If this were to go down, I am just going to pretend that this was some mastermind of Klinsi to get Michael Bradley and Jozy practicing together everyday.

And both Steven Goff and Jeff Carlisle are hearing that a couple MLS teams are interested in signing Sacha Kljestan as well as an English League Championship side.

DeAndre Yedlin got the start and played 60 minutes with Tottenham’s U-21 team on Friday.  To go along with the video in the last link, here are some photos from the game.

Cody Cropper had to be taken to the hospital with a head injury on Monday after a collision in Southampton’s U-21 game.  Hopefully this doesn’t become anything serious.

Jonathan Spector is finally healthy again.  Although he didn’t play, he did make Birmingham City’s bench this past weekend in their 3-1 win over Wigan Athletic.

Heath Pearce didn’t come to terms with Orlando City after being taken in the expansion draft, so he might be looking to take his talents to Europe.  Pearce began his professional career in Denmark with FC Nordsjælland and also played with Hansa Rostock in Germany so he does have experience abroad.

Ventura Alvarado told Brian Sciaretta last week that he would be interested in a US call-up if Klinsmann called.

Since I get e-mailed one every other month by someone wanting to know Freddy Adu’s status, Steven Goff tells us that he is back training in the D.C. area since being let go from Serbia.

Justin Moose will no longer being playing in Finland with SJK as he signed with the Wilmington Hammerheads of USL Pro last week.

I can’t find much more on this, but Frank Simek’s wikipedia page has been updated that he is now with Sông Lam Nghệ An in Vietnam.  As one would expect, it is not easy to find solid information on this team or league.

Goalkeeper Alex Horwath (not to be confused with U-20 goalkeeper Ethan Horvath) is leaving Sweden and Ljungskile SK and signed with Norwegian second division side SK Brann.  Now Horwath and Horvath will both be in Norway.

Remember when David Yelldell had a hot minute with the USMNT?  He talked about it to Bayer Leverkusen’s website.

Former US U-20 player Fabrice Picault has signed with Sparta Prague in the Czech Republic.

And finally, American-born Ghanaian Koby Osei-Wusu is playing with Ghana’s U-20 team.  And this website doesn’t think highly of US Soccer.

He is one of the young talents recruited and being groomed for the various US national soccer teams through their United States Soccer Development Association (USSDA).

The inclusion of Koby will be a major boost for US soccer which is regarded as a low competitive standard.

Hey Ghana, remember thisOr this?  I do.

 
Categories: Alex Horwath, Brek Shea, Cameron Carter-Vickers, Carlos Bocanegra, Cody Cropper, David Yelldell, DeAndre Yedlin, Fabrice Picault, Frank Simek, Freddy Adu, Gedion Zelalem, Heath Pearce, Jonathan Spector, Jozy Altidore, Julio Morales, Junior Flores, Justin Moose, Koby Osei-Wusu, Mix Diskerud, US Men's National Team, US U-20 National Team, US U-23 National Team, Ventura Alvarado
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A few things for Thursday
   January 8, 2015 (1:26 AM) by Matt Benson
 

New York appears to be the place to be at the moment.

A day after we had Mix Diskerud-to-NYCFC rumors, Taylor Twellman tells us that Jozy Altidore is talking to a few MLS teams, including New York Red Bulls.  Less than an hour later, Ives Galarcep told the world that the Red Bulls are also closing in on Sacha Kljestan.

Those of you waiting to buy a DeAndre Yedlin/Tottenham jersey can now go ahead with that purchase as he is wearing #12.  Here is also a quick video of him scoring in his first training with Spurs.

Speaking of new jerseys, the American contingent at Club Tijuana will be wearing Adidas this season after wearing Nike the last few seasons.  The previous link has the red jerseys while here is the white jerseys.  And here is Joe Corona in the red jersey.

Tijuana’s website also has an interview up with Tab Ramos since the US U-20 team features Paul Arriola, John Requejo, Amando Moreno and Fernando Arce Jr.

Here is a photo of the US U-20 team training in Jamaica from yesterday.

We know the US group stage games will be broadcasted on FS2, but here is a whole PDF with all the broadcast information of the entire tournament from Fox.

The USMNT friendly against Chile on January 28 will be played at Estadio El Teniente in Rancagua.  The game will start at 5 PM Eastern and will be broadcasted on FS1.

Danny Karbassiyoon talked to ONE World Sports about scouting Gedion Zelalem.  I found this part sort of funny.

“I was all over CONCACAF looking for guys,’’ Karbassiyoon said Monday. “And every single trip I went on was a plane ride, and if it was a drive, it was several hours away in another market. But with Gedion, maybe two or three months after I originally met him, his dad had me over. I knew I was close but that area is confusing, and I’m navigationally challenged, so I looked up the house and it said estimated time three minutes. I said that really is close. It was pretty hilarious.”

Cesar Romero (a.k.a. The Joker) got some love from UEFA.com this week.

Goalkeeper Matt Pyzdrowski has moved from Ängelholms FF to Helsingborgs IF in the Allsvenskan (first division).  Some might remember that Alejandro Bedoya played two seasons with Helsingborgs IF.

Speaking of goalkeepers, resident goalkeeper fanatic Will Reno has your monthly recap in American goalkeepers right here.

 
Categories: Amando Moreno, Cesar Romero, DeAndre Yedlin, Fernando Arce Jr., Gedion Zelalem, Joe Corona, John Requejo Jr., Jozy Altidore, Matt Pyzdrowski, Paul Arriola, Sacha Kljestan, US Men's National Team, US U-20 National Team
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Random hump day linkage
   December 31, 2014 (1:08 AM) by Matt Benson
 

This will be the last ever links post of 2014.  Get excited.

The big news of the week is Gedion Zelalem getting his US citizenship.  While not everyone who reads this site is a US soccer fan boy like some of us, Steven Goff does a good job of breaking down who he is and his situation.

Fresh off his loan extension with Charlton Athletic, Oguchi Onyewu got injured while warming up and did not play yesterday while it was announced that he was going to start in Charlton’s 3-0 loss to Ipswich Town.

Speaking of injuries, Tim Howard will be out 5-6 weeks with a calf injury.

Mix Diskerud’s current situation is sort of confusing, but this is what we know right now.  Rosenborg announced that the club and Diskerud were unable to come up with a new deal.  But his dad is saying that Rosenborg is one of four clubs who have emerged as the frontrunners to sign the free agent.  Tijuana was once rumored to be close to signing him, but Ives Galarcep is hearing that those talks are dead.  And the latest rumor of the day is that Celtic is interested in his services.  So basically we know nothing.

The US U-20 team begins its U-20 World Cup qualifying a week from Friday and here is a look at the provisional roster.  Top Drawer Soccer’s Will Parchman did a little breakdown of the roster right here.  Brad Friedel was cleared by Tottenham to come and help coach for two of the games.

In case you missed it last week, here is what the rumored 2015 USMNT away shirt will look like.  And here is a cool story on how the USMNT photo shoot with SI went for last summer’s World Cup edition.

It looks like Wil Trapp will be at January’s USMNT camp.

Jurgen Klinsmann did an interview with FIFA.com recently.

Eric Lichaj has signed a contract extension with Nottingham Forest.

Here is a video of Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino talking about DeAndre Yedlin.

Clint Dempsey talked to SI Kids about rapping.

Tigres officially announced the signing of Omar Salgado on Monday.

Herculez Gomez is already scoring goals for Puebla in a preseason game against Mexico’s U-20 team.

Jon-Paul Pittman had an assist over the weekend in Grimsby Town’s 3-1 loss to Lincoln City.

Hibernian manager Alan Stubbs wants to use Landon Donovan as an adviser on Jack McBean and other potential American players.

US youth player Kyle Scott signed a professional contract with Chelsea last week.

Here is a Google-translated interview with Quentin Westberg about where he stands today.

 
Categories: Brad Friedel, Clint Dempsey, DeAndre Yedlin, Eric Lichaj, Gedion Zelalem, Herculez Gomez, Jack McBean, Jon-Paul Pittman, Kyle Scott, Landon Donovan, Mix Diskerud, Oguchi Onyewu, Omar Salgado, Quentin Westberg, Tim Howard, US Men's National Team, US U-20 National Team, Wil Trapp
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Report: Gedion Zelalem is now a U.S. citizen
   December 29, 2014 (11:09 PM) by Matt Benson
 

Take it away Mr. Goff.

The German-born midfielder, who played six years of youth soccer in the D.C. area before signing with Arsenal in 2013, was in Washington on Monday to finalize the naturalization process, clearing the way to represent the United States in international competition, the Insider has learned.

Zelalem, 17, must now await FIFA approval, but that is believed to be a perfunctory exercise. Although he will remain eligible for Germany and Ethiopia (his family’s homeland), Zelalem has told friends and American officials that he plans to commit to the U.S. program, multiple sources said. The fact he flew to Washington from London during Arsenal’s normal weekly training routine further revealed his intentions.

Zelalem visited the Passport Agency on 19th Street Northwest, three blocks from the White House, and was recognized by at least two bystanders.

Affiliated with a prominent Premier League club, Zelalem will immediately become one of the top young prospects in the U.S. build-up to the 2016 Olympics and 2018 World Cup. The first realistic opportunity for Jurgen Klinsmann to summon him to the senior national team is in late March, the next official period on the FIFA match calendar, when the Americans play friendlies at Denmark and Switzerland.

Zelalem, a thinly built central midfielder with expert vision and ball skills, has played for Germany’s youth national teams but apparently never in official FIFA competition.

Zelalem is eligible for a U.S. passport through the Child Citizenship Act, a federal law that allows offspring of naturalized parents to also become citizens. Zelalem’s father, Zelalem Woldyes, was naturalized this year. The law applies to children under 18 only; Zelalem turns 18 on Jan. 26 — an approaching deadline that had raised anxiety among U.S. supporters and officials.

 
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