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U.S. drawn to play Nigeria, Ukraine, Qatar at under-20 World Cup

The United States was drawn to play Ukraine, Nigeria and Qatar in the Under-20 World Cup in Poland.

The U.S. -- coached by Tab Ramos -- opens Group D play against Ukraine on May 24, then faces Nigeria three days later and Qatar on May 30, according to Sunday's draw. The first two matches are in Bielsko-Biala and the third in Tychy.

Sixteen teams advance to the second round -- the top two in each group and the best four third-place teams. The final is in Lodz on June 15.

The U.S. reached the quarterfinals...

U.S. under-18s call up promising Arsenal prospect Folarin Balogun

Arsenal youngster Folarin Balogun will play for the United States' under-18 team in a friendly tournament this week, though the the striker has not officially switched allegiances from England.

This is the first U.S. call-up for the 17-year-old Balogun, who was born in the U.S. but grew up in London and played for England at the European Under-17 Championship in May.

However, U.S. Soccer emphasized that this week's Vaclav Jezek Youth Tournament in Czech Republic is not an official FIFA competition,...


Bayern Munich sign American defender Chris Richards on loan from FC Dallas

Bayern Munich signed American defender Chris Richards on loan from FC Dallas on Monday.

Richards, 18, will join up with the Germany champions' under-19 team this season after impressing in a 10-day trial in April.

He's the first Dallas player to be signed by Bayern since the clubs announced a partnership earlier this year.

"We are very pleased to be making this announcement so early in our partnership," said Rudolf Vidal, Bayern's president of the Americas. "FC Dallas is at the forefront of...

Jonathan Klinsmann in right place at Hertha despite criticism - Rune Jarstein

Jonathan Klinsmann has been backed by Rune Jarstein.

Hertha Berlin goalkeeper Rune Jarstein has said Jonathan Klinsmann could not have made a better choice than joining the club despite recent criticism from goalkeeping coach Zsolt Petry.

Petry last week urged Klinsmann, the son of former Germany captain and U.S. coach Jurgen, to improve his work ethic and claimed there was "too much American" in him.

But Jarstein, 33, backed the U.S. youth international and said he was still learning.

"He's a good lad, who has taken a good development path," Norway...

'Too much American' in Jonathan Klinsmann - Hertha Berlin assistant

Hertha Berlin's goalkeeping coach has urged U.S. youth international Jonathan Klinsmann to work harder, saying there's "too much American" in the 20-year-old. 

Klinsmann, the son of former Germany star and U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann, has made nine appearances for Hertha's under-23 team in the German fourth division and one for the senior team, but he's behind former Bayern Munich goalkeeper Thomas Kraft, 29, and Norway international Rune Jarstein, 33, in the club's pecking order.

And speaking...