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CCV gets a new deal, U-20's lose, Siebatcheu watch, FC Dallas USL, & more

There was a lot of news on Thursday and the top story is that Cameron Carter-Vickers received a big vote of confidence from Tottenham. Elsewhere, Jordan Siebatcheu might have a choice to make, John Brooks likely to remain in the Bundesliga, and FC Dallas might finally have a USL team. 
BY Brian Sciaretta Posted
May 17, 2018
5:00 PM
THERE WAS a bunch of news to hit the American soccer scene on Thursday including a top young defender earning a new contract with one of England’s best teams.

Here is a breakdown

Carter-Vickers gets a new Spurs deal

After a successful season which he between two Championship loans to Sheffield United and Ipswich Town, U.S. national team defender Cameron-Carter Vickers, 20, was rewarded with a new contract with his parent club Tottenham Hotspur which will run through 2021.

This is a very positive development for the English-born Carter-Vickers. While he will probably go on loan again in 2018/19, it is a sign that he is in the plans for the Champions League club. His performances over all last season will likely earn a loan to a bigger league or to a team in contention for promotion in the Championship.

Carter-Vickers is likely to be part of the national team at some point for the three upcoming friendlies against Bolivia, Ireland and France. He is part of a promising young group of central defenders which also includes Matt Miazga, Erik Palmer-Brown, John Brooks, Justen Glad, and Auston Trusty.

U-20s fall to Honduras

The U.S. U-20’s dropped their first of two friendlies against Honduras on Thursday by a score of 3-1. After opening camp in Florida, the team traveled to Honduras for the two friendlies. The U.S. team scored the first goal of the game through Andrew Carleton but allowed three second half goals.

U.S. Soccer and Jordan Siebatcheu

The Washington Post reported on Thursday that U.S. Soccer had made an inquiry about Stade de Reims forward Jordan Siebatcheu who scored 17 goals for the Ligue 2 champs this past season. Born in Washington, D.C but raised in France, Siebatcheu is likely the most high profile multinational in the game right now. Eligible for France, Cameroon, and the United States, he played for France’s U-21 last year.

ASN has learned that Siebatcheu, 22, is also on the provisional roster for France’s U-21 team for two upcoming friendlies against Switzerland and Italy. That wouldn’t preclude him from turning down an offer from France should he make the roster, but it does show that France is still in the picture.

This is not the first time that U.S. Soccer has reached out to Siebatcheu. In 2016, he was called up to the U.S. U-23 team for a camp but was denied release from Stade de Reims.

Brooks and Wolfsburg close to safety

After a poor season where it finished in 16th place, Wolfsburg was forced into a playoff with Holstein Keil, the third place finisher of the 2.Bundesliga.

The first leg of the playoff was on Thursday and Brooks stated for Wolfsbug which hosted the game. Brooks was overall rusty but the team played well enough to earn a 3-1 win. The multigoal lead should be enough to survive the away trip to Holstein Kiel.

Also involved in the game for Holstein Kiel was starting goalkeeper Kenneth Kronholm who was born in the United States but raised in Germany. The 32 year old dual national generally does not garner much media attention in the United States but he struggled in the game in what could have been an opportunity to gain attention in the country of his birth.

Chandler to travel for Cup final

U.S. national team fullback Timothy Chandler has not played since May 5 when he was substituted out of Eintracht Frankfurt’s 3-0 win over Hamburg SV in the 17th minute due to hamstring injury.

The club did announce that Chandler is traveling with the team for Saturday’s Cup final against Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich.

FC Dallas USL on the way?

In an interview with Dallas News, FC Dallas head coach Oscar Pareja said that the club was going to have a USL team next year.

“We are bringing the USL next year,” Pareja said. “That's the solution. You can see we're in the process to do it.”

That is potentially huge news for the club which has signed a lot of homegrown players but has had to send many to its USL affiliate OKC Energy FC. Now as opposed to an affiliate, FC Dallas appears as if it will have its own USL team next year that will provide it a better opportunity to manage his homegrown players. It’s an important step for the team.

Klinsmann on the media tour

Former U.S. national team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann is speaking to the media and Doug McIntyre at Yahoo (ASN is very happy to have Doug back behind the keyboard) got some words in with the coach.

Klinsmann might be way off base with a lot of what he says. But it is interesting to hear his perspective after being in charge of the team from 2011-2016.

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