*Gedion Zelalem, 14, is three matches into what should be a four-year high school soccer career in the Washington suburbs, but if all goes according to plan, he will enter Arsenal’s youth system in January 2013. He is a German citizen with a U.S. green card, and although he has attended a U.S. under-14 camp, he’s still years from citizenship and American eligibility. His dream is to represent Germany, where he played in Hertha Berlin’s youth system. Read the story, see the front-page and inside-page print presentation, and watch the video:
*U.S. national team midfielder Stuart Holden is slated to make his first Bolton first-team appearance today — at Aston Villa in an English League Cup match — since recovering from a significant knee injury.
*An MLS club leading its CONCACAF Champions League group seeks to bolster the case for passage to the knockout stage tonight when the Seattle Sounders (3-0-0) host Herediano (0-3-0). Also, Toronto FC (1-2-0) is home against Tauro (0-1-2).
*The top-ranked Maryland men’s team (7-0-0) visits the Seton Hall Pirates (3-2-1) in a non-conference match tonight in New Jersey. Beware, Terps: The game falls a day after International Talk Like a Pirate Day. Soccer America’s new top 25 is out.
*Soccer on TV (all times are Eastern):
English League Cup, Leeds-Manchester United 2:30 p.m. Fox Soccer Plus, foxsoccer.tv
Italy, Novara-Inter Milan 2:30 p.m. Fox Soccer, Fox Deportes
France, Bordeaux-Lille 3 p.m. foxsoccer.tv (tape at 5 on Fox Soccer Plus)
Spain, Villarreal-Mallorca 4 p.m. ESPN Deportes, ESPN3.com
Copa Sudamericana, Aurora-Nacional 6 p.m. Fox Deportes
CONCACAF Champions League, Toronto-Tauro 8 p.m. Fox Soccer
CONCACAF Champions League, Monterrey-Comunicaciones 8 p.m. Telefutura
Copa Sudamericana, Emelec-Olimpia 8:30 p.m. Fox Deportes
CONCACAF Champions League, Seattle-Herdiano 10 p.m. Fox Soccer, Telefutura