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United States

By ESPN Staff
10 hours ago

Howard reveals tough start to EPL life

Everton and USA goalkeeper, Tim Howard, has revealed how tough it was signing for Manchester United at 23, and his own favourite shot stoppers.

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How are the "U.S. Boys" faring in the Bundesliga so far this season?

ESPN FC's Raphael Honigstein reveals how John Brooks is progressing at Hertha Berlin and gives some areas in which he can continue to improve.

With the German winter break almost upon us, it's a good time to look at how the four "U.S. Boys" (as Germans tend to call them) have fared in the Bundesliga. Raphael Honigstein offers the half-season report on John Anthony Brooks, Julian Green, Fabian Johnson and Timothy Chandler.

Anthony John Brooks, Hertha BSC

The past few days sum up the 21-year-old's hot-and-cold campaign perfectly. On Saturday in the 1-0 win over Dortmund, Brooks was the star of the show with an uncompromising, flawless...

CONCACAF releases host city list for 2015 Gold Cup knockout rounds

Fans cheer on the United States during their 2013 Gold Cup winning campaign. The U.S. men's team schedule for 2015 including the Gold Cup is taking shape.

NEW YORK -- The knockout rounds of next year's CONCACAF Gold Cup will be played in Atlanta, Baltimore and Philadelphia as well as East Rutherford, New Jersey. Part of the tournament will also be played in Canada for the first time.

The United States will open its title defense in the 12-nation championship of North and Central America and the Caribbean on July 7 at Frisco, Texas, CONCACAF announced Tuesday.

United States 2015 Pre-Gold Cup Schedule

Wednesday, Jan. 28 -- at Chile

Sunday, Feb. 8 -- vs. Panama at Carson, California

Friday, March 27 -- at Denmark

Tuesday, March 31 -- at Switzerland

Wednesday, April 15 -- vs. Mexico

Friday, June 5 -- at Netherlands

Wednesday, June 10 -- vs. Germany at Cologne, Germany

a-Tuesday, July 7 -- vs. TBA at Frisco, Texas

a-Friday, July 10 -- vs. TBA at Foxborough, Massachusetts

a-Monday, July 13 -- vs. TBA at Kansas City, Kansas

*a-CONCACAF Gold Cup

The Americans, who are in Group A, play three days later at Foxborough, Massachusetts, and...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Tim Howard to soften stance on Brad Friedel in new book

The ESPN FC team discuss Tim Howard's statements that Brad Friedel did not try to block his move to Manchester United in 2003, but Craig Burley believes the facts should have been sorted before the publish of his book.

Everton and U.S. goalkeeper Tim Howard said on Tuesday via Twitter statement that he will strike all future references in his new autobiography to allegations that compatriot and fellow No. 1 Brad Friedel "actively tried to block" his 2003 move from Major League Soccer to Manchester United.

Just prior to the publication of Howard's new book, "The Keeper," Friedel denied Howard's accusation, telling ESPNFC.com that he never "wrote a letter of negativity toward Tim Howard to anybody in this world."

"It's...

U.S. international John Brooks hailed as 'world class' after Hertha victory

United States centre-back John Brooks scored a dramatic late header to beat Ghana 2-1.
John Brooks and Hertha Berlin celebrate victory over Borussia Dortmund.

John Brooks has been praised for his performance in Hertha Berlin's 1-0 win over Borussia Dortmund on Saturday, with coach Jos Luhukay saying: "That was the Brooks I have always wished for."

Brooks, 21, endured a difficult first year in the Bundesliga last season, dropping down the pecking order at Hertha after starring in their promotion-winning campaign two years ago.

But injury problems in the club's defensive ranks handed the U.S. international a fresh chance in mid-November, with the Berlin-born...