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Whitbread signs two-year contract with Millwall.

West Ham acquires Spector from Man. U. on $926,000 transfer.

Promotion accomplished, Berhalter surprises with move to 1860 München.

Promotion accomplished, Berhalter surprises with move to 1860 München.

DeMerit goal sparks Watford past Leeds 3-0 to join Premier League.

DeMerit, Lewis meet with life in Premier League at stake.

McBride voted Fulham's best player; Convey, Hahnemann rated best at their positions.

Stewart returns to NAC Breda to become technical director.

Berhalter, Cottbus clinch promotion with 3-1 win over München.

Everton gains Howard, making loan deal with Manchester United.

DeMerit stands out; Watford advances to promotion final.

Gibbs signs with Charlton; Lewis, Leeds United advance in promotion quest.

Lewis free kick gives Leeds 1-1 draw with North End in playoff opener.

Friedel, Rovers are heading to Europe after 1-0 decision over Chelsea.

Hahnemann, Convey help Reading close season with record.

Berhalter penalty kick moves Cottbus to brink of promotion.

Americans Abroad

Rossi has contract with Manchester United extended through 2010.

Ferguson and Rossi
Manager Alex Ferguson, left, gives direction to Manchester United protege Giuseppe Rossi.
--Manchester United web site photo --
By Gary Davidson (in Washington, D.C.)
SoccerTimes

(Tuesday, July 11, 2006) -- Both club and player expressed delight when Giuseppe Rossi signed a two-year contract extension with Manchester United last week, a deal which will keep the young striker at Old Trafford through June 2010.

And there's a chance the new pact could make American fans happy down the road.

"It is great to have extended my contract with the best team in the world," said Rossi, 19, who carries dual American-Italian citizenship. "I just hope to keep progressing and developing my career."

Rossi, 19, was born in New Jersey and, though he has stated a strong desire to play for Italy some day --- and fervently rooted for the Azzurri on its run to the World Cup championship -- he is eligible to represent the United States at this point.

Rossi has complicated the process of his representing Italy by signing in England. Italy strongly prefers all members of its national team play their club ball domestically -- all 23 players on from Sunday's World Cup winner belonged to Italian clubs. Now he is committed to play in England through the next Cup; should the Azzurri pass on him the 2010 Cup in South Africa, the U.S. could make an overture.

Giuseppe Rossi
Giuseppe Rossi scored 30 goals for the Manchester United reserves who won the Barclays Premiership Reserve League North championship.
-- Barclays Premier League web site photo --
"We are delighted that he has signed a new contract. He represents the future of the club," United manager Alex Ferguson told the club's web site. "Last year, he had a remarkable season and he is developing all the time. Giuseppe is a fantastic talent and we see a great future ahead for him."

Rossi, who is a member of Italy's under-21 men and has played for the nation's under-19s, placed second in England's 2006 New Talent balloting behind Arsenal teen Arturo Lupoli, an award that went to American Jay DeMerit of Watford in 2005.

Rossi originally played for Parma in Italy, but when he couldn't make the first team, he signed with Manchester United in 2004. He made his debut with Man. U. that fall when he replaced David Hellion for the final five minutes of a 2-0 Carling Cup victory over Crystal Palace. He later scored in his first Premier League appearance when United defeated Sunderland 3-1 in October 2005.

In 2005-06, Rossi made 12 appearances and scored four goals for the Man U. first team, while providing 30 goals in 28 starts for the United reserves.

The new contract is "great, of course," Rossi said in a television interview. "Just staying with United for another two years is incredible. This is one of the best teams in the world and it's where all the players want to be. I feel blessed with the opportunity to stay. I've played two years with the reserves and we won everything, all the trophies we could. This year, we want to step it up and keep winning."


Sonny Guadarrama
Sonny Guadarrama passed up three years of college eligibilty with Campbell to sign a professional contract in Mexico
-- Barclays Premier League web site photo --
Willie Guadarrama led NCAA Division I in goals in 2005, but it was his younger brother and Campbell University teammate Sonny who has left school early to sign a professional contract.

Sonny Guadarrama, who was named Atlantic Sun Conference "Freshman of the Year" and finished tied for 18th in the 2005 Division I goal-scoring race, gave up his remaining three years of eligibility to sign with Santos Laguna of the Mexican First Division.

Guadarrama, who 13 goals gave him a 0.68 goals per game average (the way the NCAA measures its scoring leaders, has played with the U.S. under-17, under-19 and U-20 national teams. Adding in six assists, Guadarrama finished 16th overall and second among freshman with 32 points (1.68 per game).

The Cedar Park (Texas) High School graduate was a 2005 Parade High School All-American.

"We are so excited for the opportunity Sonny has with Santos," Campbell coach Doug Hess said via e-mail. "It has been his desire from day one to become a professional and this is a fantastic chance for him to continue with his development, starting on what we hope to be a very long and successful professional career."

Among Guadarrama's 13 goals, six were game-winners, first in the Atlantic Sun.

"Although it was short-lived, I truly enjoyed the time I had with Sonny and am thankful for the role Campbell played in his growth as both a soccer player and a person," said Hess, the 2005 Atlantic Sun "Coach of the Year." "He has a lot to offer and I know he will be a success."

Guadarrama's role with Santos was not immediately clear.

Willy Guadarrama, who has two remaining years of eligibility, was the national leader in 21 goals (1.05 per game) and 46 points (2.3).


Kyle Zenoni, a midfielder who completed a four-year career at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, is on trial with Dundee FC, a team in the Scottish Premier League.

"Kyle has worked extremely hard to get where he is right now," UWM head coach Jon Coleman said. "He is very deserving of this opportunity and we wish the best for him. He is a player a team can't go wrong with. . . He will impress anyone. You have to give him a lot of credit -- he has worked very hard to get where he is today."

Zenoni, who was the Panthers' captain as a senior, was selected in the second round of the Major Indoor Soccer League draft by the Chicago Storm. At UWM, he had 10 goals in eight assists, starting 59 of the 83 games in which he played.

Zenoni is expected to see action tomorrow when Dundee faces Stirling Albion in an exhibition match. A decision as to his status should be made soon. League play commences July 29.


American striker Ryan Coiner was released by Holstein Kiel of the German third-division Regionalliga and will probably try to catch on with Major League Soccer.

Gary Davidson is SoccerTimes publisher and managing editor.

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