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ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Possible FIFA presidential successors hail Sepp Blatter's resignation

ESPN's Jeremy Schaap discusses potential successors for Sepp Blatter and believes that Blatter is still "a crook" even if he is not found criminally liable.

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.

"It was a difficult...

Grading Europe-based Americans for 2014-15 club season

U.S. midfielder Alejandro Bedoya had a stellar season with Nantes of Ligue 1.
U.S. midfielder Alejandro Bedoya had a stellar season with Nantes of Ligue 1.

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.

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U.S. advance to knockout phase of Under-20 World Cup with win

The U.S. secured their spot in the group stage with a comprehensive victory over New Zealand on Tuesday.

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.

After beating Myanmar 2-1 in their opening match on Saturday, the United States moved atop Group A to become the first of 24 teams to seal a place in the round of 16.

The U.S. overcame wet and cold conditions to beat New Zealand with a double by Rubio Rubin and goals from Emerson Hyndman and...

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Klinsmann says Germany friendly will be special day; excited for Guzan

United States head coach Jurgen Klinsmann discusses the progress of several young players in the European leagues and expectations for their continued success.

U.S. national team coach Jurgen Klinsmann hopes a pair of upcoming friendlies with Germany and the Netherlands can give him a clearer picture of his team ahead of this summer's Gold Cup.

The United States will play the Netherlands on June 5 in Amsterdam and then take on World Cup holders Germany five days later in Cologne. And the former Germany international envisions tests against such high-profile teams, while being great fun, will help gauge where the U.S. team stands heading into the tournament.

"Well,...