Reports in the United States say Blatter himself is being investigated by the FBI in connection with the disclosure of a letter confirming a $10 million payment was made via FIFA's executive office to disgraced executive...
UEFA president Michel Platini was among those to praise Sepp Blatter's decision to resign as FIFA president on Tuesday.
Platini had personally asked his former mentor to resign last week in the wake of indictments against top FIFA officials on U.S. racketeering charges, but Blatter declined and went on to be re-elected to a fifth term as president on Friday.
But Platini was placated on Tuesday after Blatter revealed his decision to step down as soon as a successor can be found.
European football remains a mixed bag for the development of most players in the United States player pool. For some, there is regular playing time and the opportunity to play in roles that advance both their club and international careers. For others, there is a lack of playing time and a level of career uncertainty as they patiently await their chance to shine.
The consistency of European regulars like Brad Guzan, Fabian Johnson and Rubio Rubin directly relates to the perception of and playing opportunities for emerging prospects like DeAndre Yedlin, Joe Gyau and Julian Green. Because of this, U.S. manager Jurgen Klinsmann must rely on these established European professionals, using their performance over the 2014-15 season as a barometer for their impact on this summer's Gold Cup along with future tournaments.
How did Europe-based Americans fair this club season? Here are grades for a dozen players in the national team pool who earned regular playing time in European leagues, with regular playing time defined as making appearances in more than half of their club's games. As such, players like Yedlin, Gyau, Green, Bobby Wood and Emerson Hyndman are not reviewed as they received limited playing time this season due to either injury, poor form or being out of contract or favor with their clubs. Grades are based on performance and improvement from last season to this season, while also factoring in season-long form.
Here are report cards for 12 Europe-based Americans, including analysis on how each player's club performance impacts his USMNT outlook, along with insight from ESPN USMNT reporters Jeff Carlisle and Doug McIntyre.
The United States beat hosts New Zealand 4-0 to become the first team to secure a place in the knockout rounds of the Under-20 World Cup, while Ghana shocked South American champions Argentina on Tuesday.