Crossing into Eastern Europe

Vermes and Trittschuh helped pave the way for U.S. players

January 10, 2010
By Jeff Carlisle
When it comes to American soccer players heading overseas, it's safe to say that Eastern European countries aren't usually on the list of preferred destinations. Yet 20 years ago, a few brave souls from the United States packed their bags, darted through some holes in the decaying Iron Curtain, and began a soccer education -- one that took place both on and off the field -- that is still paying dividends today.

The late 1980s and early '90s marked a dark period in American soccer. The ...

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