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Happy Campers

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On Sunday, Bruce Arena called 27 players to prepare for the USMNT's upcoming friendly with Venezuela and the key pair of World Cup qualifiers (against Honduras and at Mexico) that will follow. There weren't any major surprises and there shouldn't be many complaints... but I have a couple. First of all, I remain baffled at how Eric Lichaj can continually excluded.

Setting The Standard

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Just in case anyone forgot, they give assists for winning a penalty kick that gets buried in Germany. As such, young Christian Pulisic nudged his new single-season record for helpers by an American playing top flight ball in Europe to a lucky 13 - lucky because the spot kick he earned turned into a DfB-Pokal winner.

US U-20 v Senegal Player Ratings

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As a periodic reminder, grades are dished out with "6" as the average mark. All ratings are relative to time spent on the field, so a full-shift "7" is more impressive than one given for 15 minutes of work. -- Jonathan Klinsmann (6.5) - The keeper didn't need to deal with much in the way of shots on goal, but he did show solid command of his area and eliminated the handling gaffes that

US U-20 v Ecuador Player Ratings

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It looks like I'll be doing these here, at least through the group phase. --Jonathan Klinsmann (2) - Woof. Were it not for a sparkling save to temporarily keep things tied in the 57th minute, this mark would scrape the gutter. As is, he was spared giving up a bizarre penalty (and seeing red?) by the first Ecuador goal and foolishly toyed around to self-inflict their third.

The Cardiac Kids

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Suffice it to say that this highlight reel does not cover all the heart-stopping excitement the Baby Nats put early risers through in rallying twice for a 3-3 draw in their Under-20 World Cup opener against Ecuador. - Greg Seltzer

Your US U-20 Line-Up v. Ecuador

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For those of you who will brave the wee hours for the US Under-20 national team's World Cup opener against what looks to be their toughest group foe... Rise and shine! One hour til kickoff at the #U20WC in Incheon! Meet the U-20 #USMNT Starting XI.

Invasion Of Primacy

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Folks, there were just too many great choices among all the transfers in from abroad during the recently closed primary/winter window, that I could not help myself. Instead of two XI's, I made three (even if the third is in a kooky formation). With many of these position, it was incredibly difficult to differentiate between the first and second (and sometimes even the third) choices.

Best. Window. Ever.

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For weeks now, I've been telling anyone who will listen that the recent primary (or winter) transfer window was the best damn transfer window in MLS history by light years. The clubs did a ton of great business to give the league easily its best ever concentrated infusion of talent. One could make teams upon teams of ace XI's from all the standouts new to the scene this year, and still have some

The Last Line

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Do forgive my tardiness with this post, the extensive research lasted until it was time for last night's MLS game. Aaand then I dozed off about two minutes before Toronto FC started their rally. In any event, we now turn to the defenders that have racked up some pretty big numbers across the Atlantic.

Lucky Strikers

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There's scoring goals, and then there's scoring the goals that matter most. Today, we tackle a few categories that specifically honor big strikes. As always, the tallies include all European topflights, select second flights (England, Germany, France, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal), domestic cups and continental cup action.

How does one say "en fuego" in Bosnian?

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It took Nermin Crnkić all of 18 seconds from kickoff on Friday night to bag the only goal that FK Sarajevo would need to tentatively perch at the top of the Bosnian championship playoff table. The winger now has four goals and a helper in his last four games. - Greg Seltzer

Going Continental

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I changed my mind and detoured over to the arena of UEFA tourney stats. I will get to the specialized attack categories on Monday, but for now let's run down everything related to the Champions League, Europa League, UEFA Cup and Cup Winners Cup participants. I did count from qualifying rounds, but did not include the old Intertoto Cup.

On The Offensive

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As promised, now we'll start getting into some attack rankings for Americans who are playing/have played in Europe. Today, we shall keep it simple by updating the all-time goals and assists charts for our boys who've worked overseas. Tomorrow, we'll go into some more specialized categories. All the players below had their stats counted for: all European top division play, select second flights (

And out comes the abacus!

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Today, we shift gears from MLS to the boys playing overseas. It's been a while since I ran some numbers on American exploits in Europe, but I got myself caught in a research loop the other night. I'll have more categories and tabulations on the way soon, but let's start up this round of stats with the simple stuff.

Dutch Silver

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Ladies and gentleman, Matt Miazga is a KNVB Cup champion. The US international went all 90 in defense as Vitesse scored the first trophy in their 125-year history with a 2-0 victory over AZ Alkmaar at De Kuip on Sunday evening. Miazga becomes the fifth American to win the Dutch Cup, following John O'Brien, DaMarcus Beasley, Jozy Altidore and Aron Jóhannsson.