Soccer By Ives Archives for January 2008

Altidore to stay with Villarreal, speaks out on lack of Olympic playing time

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Jozy Altidore will be staying with Villarreal for at least the first half of the upcoming La Liga season.

The U.S. national team striker and former Red Bulls standout revealed that he will not be going to another Spanish club on loan, which had long been expected, and will stay with Villarreal as the club deals with a rash of injuries at th forward position.

Rojas to face D.C. United, Red Bulls sign Gambian

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Venezuelan playmaker Jorge Rojas has joined the New York Red Bulls in Washington D.C. today and will play against D.C. United in tomorrow night's Eastern Conference clash at RFK Stadium.

Afternoon Ticker: Twente eyeing Kljestan, Benfica signs Suazo and Milner to Villa

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Plenty of moving and shaking going on in the transfer market today, though sadly there are no completed deals to report on the Americans in the mix just yet.

SBI Fantasy MLS Corner

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If you are a fantasy sports junkie, this might be a tough time a year for you. With fantasy (American) football and fantasy EPL joining the mix, it could be easy for you slack on your fantasy MLS team.

Bradley names USA roster for Cuba/T&T qualifiers

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U.S. men's national team coach Bob Bradley has named his 20-man roster for the upcoming games against Cuba and Trinidad & Tobago.

Here it is:

  • GOALKEEPERS : Brad Guzan (Aston Villa: 2/2 SO), Tim Howard (Everton FC: 4/3 SO)
  • DEFENDERS: Carlos Bocanegra (Rennes: 14/2), Danny Califf (FC Midtjylland: 2/0), Steve Cherundolo (Hannover 96: 16/0), Frankie Hejduk (Columbus Crew: 12/1), Oguchi Onyewu (Standard de Liege: 9/0), Michael Orozco (San Luis: 0/0), Heath Pearce (Hansa Rostock: 3/0), Marvell Wynne (Toronto FC: 0/0)
  • MIDFIELDERS: DaMarcus Beasley (Glasgow Rangers: 17/4), Michael Bradley (SC Heerenveen: 3/1), Ricardo Clark (Houston Dynamo: 1/0), Maurice Edu (Glasgow Rangers: 2/0), Sacha Kljestan (Chivas USA: 1/0), Eddie Lewis (Los Angeles Galaxy: 20/3)
  • FORWARDS: Brian Ching (Houston Dynamo: 8/4), Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy: 22/8), Clint Dempsey (Fulham FC: 9/2), Eddie Johnson (Cardiff City: 8/8)

*numbers indicate all-time World Cup Qualifying caps/goals

Michael Orozco and Marvell Wynne are the new faces, earning call-ups after their performances at the Olympics while Ricardo Clark replaces injured central midfielder Pablo Mastroeni.

SBI MLS Power Rankings: Week 22

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The SBI MLS Power Rankings are back.

Okay, so maybe you didn't miss the SBI MLS Power Rankings, but at least a few of you noticed their absence in recent weeks.

Who should Bob Bradley call up against Cuba and T&T?

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With three points in the bag after last week's 1-0 road win against Guatemala, the U.S. men's national team heads into the next set of World Cup qualifiers knowing that two wins could all but lock up advancement into the Hexagonal round.

Evening Roundup: Edu poised for Old Firm debut, the premature Jozy call-up and the latest Tottenham signing

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Hello all. With the day winding down, here are some tidbits to pass along after another eventful Tuesday in the soccer world:

Edu poised for 'Old Firm' debut

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CONCACAF Champions League kicks off tonight

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The New England Revolution and Chivas USA will kick off the first round of the first annual CONCACAF Champions League tonight with the Revs facing Trinidad & Tobago champions Joe Public while Chivas USA is in Panama to face Panamanian champions Tauro FC.

This year marks the first playing of the CONCACAF Champions League, a tournament featuring 24 teams rather than the eight teams featured in the tournament's original version, the CONCACAF Champions Cup.

Clock is ticking for Americans in the transfer market

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With the deadline fast approaching for players to make transfer moves in Europe, several American standouts remain in limbo with just days to go before decision day.

Oguchi Onyewu, Michael Bradley, Frank Simek and Heath Pearce have all been mentioned as potential transfer targets this summer.

CONCACAF Abroad: Weekend Rewind

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It is that time of year again. Time to find out how players from the CONCACAF region are doing in professional leagues across Europe. With more and more CONCACAF players heading to top leagues, the competition in the region is only getting tougher, and it is getting even more important to keep track of how potential U.

Monday Morning Center Back: Just how bad is the West?

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Good morning everybody. It is Monday morning and time to bring back my weekly series 'Monday Morning Centerback', where I will focus on some topic in the soccer world, be it in MLS or abroad.

Red Bulls roll past Houston

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The forecast looked grim for the Red Bulls as they took the field against the Houston Dynamo. The Red Bulls were set to play without three key players, midfielder Jorge Rojas (visa issues), Jeff Parke (ankle injury) and Gabriel Cichero (red card suspension) and set to face a Dynamo team that hasn't lost an MLS match in more than two months.

A closer look at the Carlos Ruiz trade

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The details finally emerged on the Carlos Ruiz trade from LA to Toronto FC on Thursday and they were shocking to say the least. The LA Galaxy shipped Ruiz to Toronto FC for a pair of supplemental draft picks.

Crew 2, FC Dallas 1: A Supporter's View

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The first-place Columbus Crew. Has a nice ring to it, doesn't it? Sure, it only lasted until Wednesday, when New England beat D.C. to move back on top of the East, but for four days the Crew enjoyed the rarified air of first place in the brutal Eastern Conference.

The fact that Columbus beat red-hot FC Dallas to move into first made the accomplishment even more impressive.

Maurice Edu secures UK work permit, completes Rangers transfer

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U.S. national team midfielder Maurice Edu received his UK work permit on Friday, clearing the way for his $5 million transfer to Glasgow Rangers.

Edu will join U.S. national team teammate DaMarcus Beasley at Rangers, where he is expected to challenge for a starting central midfield role.

Your take on the USA win vs. Guatemala

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Good evening folks. I have finally completed the day-long journey from Guatemala to New Jersey (well, almost completed, I'm in New York right now) and it was good to see the healthy discussions taking place on SBI regarding the U.

USA beats Guatemala (a closer look)

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The U.S. men's national team defeated Guatemala on Wednesday night, 1-0, in the opening match of the World Cup Qualifying group stage. It wasn't pretty. In fact, it was downright ugly for the Americans for the first 60 minutes of the match.

Clavijo resigns as Rapids head coach

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Fernando Clavijo has resigned as Colorado Rapids head coach in a move that seemed destined to happen even before the 2008 season began.

"A lot of things happened through the year that I was not happy with in many ways," Clavijo told the Denver Post.

(The rest of) Your Questions (Finally) answered

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Hello all. I'm coming to you from Guatemala City where tonight's USA vs. Guatemala World Cup qualifier is shaping up to be a good one. With fans here lining up since the morning to get into the stadium for tonight's match, you can expect some of the usual craziness that goes with World Cup qualifiers in Central American.

Toronto FC lands Carlos Ruiz from LA

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The Los Angeles Galaxy has traded Carlos Ruiz to Toronto FC, sources told SBI on Tuesday evening. Details of the deal were not available yet. To make room for Ruiz on the roster, TFC has waived French midfielder Laurent Robert.

Earthquakes 4, Revolution 0: A Supporter's View

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You wouldn't know that New England has spent most of the season as the class of the league and San Jose has spent most of the year as the worst team in the league based on their meeting on Saturday. The revamped Earthquakes thrashed a short-handed Revs side 4-0 to serve notice that their drive for a playoff spot isn't an exercise in futility.

Afternoon Ticker: Terry retains England captaincy, City takes out a loan and EPL transfer watch

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Good afternoon folks. If you are at work trying to catch up on everything you were supposed to be doing when you were watching Argentina-Brazil, don't worry. We will catch you up on some of the other news in the soccer world.

EPL Week One: A Look Back

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The English Premier League is back, and not a minute too soon. After months of transfers and coaches hirings and firings and rumors and speculation on how the new EPL season would eventually shake out, we are finally into the season. No more wondering, the games are on and we will find out soon enough who the real contenders and fake pretenders are.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

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It is that time of year again. Time for European leagues to kick off and time for American players to ply their trade throughout Europe (and Mexico).

This week marked the first week for the English Premier League and German Bundesliga, meaning several names joined the list of Americans playing abroad.

Who should the USA start vs. Guatemala?

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The first group stage of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying is set to kick off on Wednesday with the U.S. national team in Guatemala City to take on Guatemala. The Americans will be favored but can't expect an easy game, especially considering they have never won a qualifier in Guatemala before.

Arena to be introduced as LA coach today

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The Los Angeles Galaxy will introduce Bruce Arena as the team's new head coach at a press conference scheduled for 2pm ET today.

Arena and assistant coach Dave Sarachan will take over for former Galaxy head coach Ruud Gullit, who resigned a week ago, and their first game at the Galaxy helm will be Saturday against the Chicago Fire.

Danny Dichio "okay" after being elbowed

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Toronto FC forward Danny Dichio looked clear-headed and alert as he walked out of Giants Stadium following TFC's 2-0 loss to the Red Bulls. The big English striker left the match after just playing two minutes when Red Bulls defender Gabriel Cichero caught Dichio with an elbow to the face.

MLS Rewind: Earthquakes trounce Revs, Dynamo and Crew move into first place

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Somebody stop the Earthquakes.

San Jose and it's revamped squad trounced the New England Revolution, 4-0, on Saturday, adding more momentum to an improbable playoff push and adding another team to an already crowded playoff chase.

Toronto FC at New York Red Bulls: Matchday Commentary

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Good afternoon everybody. Toronto FC is at Giants Stadium today to take on the New York Red Bulls in a key Eastern Conference clash. The winner today moves into playoff position while the loser falls into the trailing pack in the rugged East.

I will be providing running commentary for today's match so be sure to stay tuned to SBI for the latest on the action.

MLS Rewind: Earthquakes trounce Revs, Dynamo and Crew move into first place

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Somebody stop the Earthquakes.

San Jose and it's revamped squad trounced the New England Revolution, 4-0, on Saturday, adding more momentum to an improbable playoff push and adding another team to an already crowded playoff chase.

Johann Smith to make TFC debut today

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Former U.S. Under 20 forward/midfielder Johann Smith is set to make his debut for Toronto FC today against the New York Red Bulls after signing with TFC on Thursday.

English Premier League Preview: The Big Four

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The English Premier League season kicks off tomorrow and the general consensus is that only four teams have a serious chance of winning the league title. As much as Tottenham would like to disagree, that believe is grounded in reality.

Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal are some of the world's best teams, boasting the game's most talented players and most expensive rosters.

Arena to be named Galaxy head coach

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The Bruce Arena era in Los Angeles is about to begin.

The Los Angeles Galaxy has hired Bruce Arena as the team's new head coach, multiple sources told SBI on Friday.

Beasley added to USA roster vs. Guatemala

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Glasgow Rangers midfielder DaMarcus Beasley has been added to the U.S. national team roster for the USA's upcoming World Cup qualifier against Guatamala in Guatamala City on Wednesday.

Olympics: Men's soccer quarterfinals (Your Running Commentary)

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Good morning folks. The Olympic men's soccer quarterfinals kick off today with four quality match-ups. the games have taken place or are taking place this morning, but since they aren't being shown live I am not posting results until later today.

Here are today's match-ups:

  • Brazil vs.

English Premier League: Matchday One (Your Running Commentary)

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The English Premier League season is kicking off today and I'm sure many of you will be spending the day camped out in front of the TV (or at the soccer bar) as the best league in the world begins anew.

Here are today's games:

  • West Brom at Arsenal
  • Blackburn at Everton
  • Stoke at Bolton
  • Fulham at Hull City
  • Tottenham at Middlesbrough
  • Wigan at West Ham United
  • Liverpool at Sunderland

If you will be watching (or have watched) today's matches, please feel free to share your thoughts, opinions and some play-by-play in the comments section below.

Canadian striker Johnson signs with MLS

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Canadian Under-23 national team striker Will Johnson has signed with Major League Soccer and could join his new MLS team within a week, sources confirmed to SBI on Saturday. The former Heerenveen striker and one-time Chicago Fire player is the target of multiple MLS teams.

The Chicago Fire still holds Johnson's rights, meaning teams interested in Johnson must strike a deal with the Fire, which retained his rights after offering him an MLS contract in 2006, which Johnson turned down before accepting a deal with Heerenveen.

FC Dallas at Columbus Crew: Your Running Commentary

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The red-hot Hoops of FC Dallas will take their five-match unbeaten streak to Crew Stadium tonight to take on a Columbus team that has struggled in recent weeks (1-2-2 in past five).

Dallas will be looking to keep pressure on Real Salt Lake and Houston at the top of the Western Conference standings while Columbus tries to regain second place in the East, as well as avoid falling into the pack chasing the final playoff spots in the East.

D.C. United at Chicago Fire: Your Running Commentary

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The Chicago Fire and D.C. United rekindle one of the most heated rivalries in MLS tonight as D.C. travels to Toyota Park to face Cuauhtemoc Blanco for the first time since his U.S. Open Cup dust-up against D.C. last month.

The match marks the debut of newly-acquired Fire forward Brian McBride, who will make his first appearance since leaving Fulham and signing with MLS.

Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

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Hello all. There is plenty of soccer to watch today so if you plan on watching some, this is your place to discuss it.

Whether it is EPL, Bundesliga or Ligue 1, if you are watching soccer today please feel free to share your thoughts, opinions and some play-by-play in the comments section below.

Johann Smith to make TFC debut today

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Former U.S. Under 20 forward/midfielder Johann Smith is set to make his debut for Toronto FC today against the New York Red Bulls after signing with TFC on Thursday.

Beasley added to USA roster vs. Guatemala

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Glasgow Rangers midfielder DaMarcus Beasley has been added to the U.S. national team roster for the USA's upcoming World Cup qualifier against Guatamala in Guatamala City on Wednesday.

Arena to be named Galaxy head coach

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The Bruce Arena era in Los Angeles is about to begin.

The Los Angeles Galaxy has hired Bruce Arena as the team's new head coach, multiple sources told SBI on Friday.

Report: Edu set for Glasgow Rangers move

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Maurice Edu has spent just two seasons in MLS, but that may be enough time for him to earn a big-money move to Europe.

According to the Washington Post, Edu is on the verge of a $5 million move to Scottish power Glasgow Rangers.

Red Bulls 4, D.C. United 1: A Supporter's View

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Blowouts are nothing new in the Red Bulls-D.C. United rivalry. In fact, they are practically a tradition. What isn't part of that tradition is the team from New Jersey being the one doing the smacking around.

The roles were reversed on Sunday, with the Red Bulls responding to a D.

Feilhaber signs with AGF Aarhus

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U.S. Olympic team midfielder Benny Feilhaber has completed a move to Danish club AGF Aarhus, leaving English club Derby County for his third European team in three seasons.

Leiweke on Arena's chances of coaching LA: "He'd be the ideal guy to come in here"

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With the rumors of Bruce Arena joining the Los Angeles Galaxy growing by the day, the sight of Arena in the Galaxy box at Home Depot Center for Thursday night's match between the Galaxy and Chivas USA gave the talk even more life, but not nearly as much as comments made by AEG president Tim Leiweke about Arena during the ESPN broadcast of the match.

Feilhaber in talks with MLS, could wind up with Revs

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U.S. Olympic team midfielder (and part-time karaoke singer) Benny Feilhaber is in talks with Major League Soccer about a move that could land him in the league with the New England Revolution.

Galaxy looking to deal Ruiz to make room for Lewis

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The Los Angeles Galaxy needs money. No, not actual cash (they have sold enough David Beckham jerseys not to need actual cash). What LA needs is allocation money and salary cap space (despite what the Bottomless Galaxy Salary Cap jokes suggest).

USA men tumble out of Olympic Tournament

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The task was already going to be tough, but when U.S. Olympic defender Michael Orozco drew a red card just four minutes into the U.S. team's crucial Olympic match against Nigeria, the job turned into trying to swim in a shark tank with your foot cut off.

Eddie Lewis set to join LA Galaxy, Gibbs to Colorado (UPDATED)

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Eddie Lewis and Cory Gibbs are set to come back to the Major League Soccer.

SBI has learned that the Los Angeles Galaxy are set to acquire the rights to Lewis after passing on Gibbs with the top spot in the MLS Allocation order.

Nowak tops list of candidates to replace Gullit

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Ruud Gullit is packing his bags and Alexi Lalas is looking for work for the first time in years. What is left in the wake of the Los Angeles Galaxy's blood-letting is a team in need of direction and in desperate need of someone capable of cleaning up the mess.

Who should the USA start vs. Nigeria?

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The task is simple, but far from easy. Avoid defeat against Nigeria and the U.S. men's Olympic team advances to the quarterfinals of the tournament. Secure a victory against Nigeria and the Americans advance AND avoid facing Argentina in the quarters.

Galaxy fires Lalas, Ruud Gullit resigns

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In a stunning, though not completely surprising turn of events at the Los Angeles Galaxy, both Ruud Gullit head coach and team president Alexi Lalas are looking for new jobs.

Red Bulls trounce D.C. United: A second look

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When Jaime Moreno scored what seemed like his 100th career goal against the Red Bulls on Sunday you got the distinct feeling that the season was ready to slip away for the New York squad.

A look back at the USA-Netherlands match

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It's okay to admit it. The U.S. Olympic team's 2-2 tie vs. the Netherlands feels like a loss, doesn't it? Just seconds from the biggest win in U.

FC Dallas 2, Toronto FC 0: A Supporter's View

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There may not be two teams going in more different directions than FC Dallas and Toronto FC. More than a month ago Toronto was playing well while FC Dallas was in turmoil after the firing of former head coach Steve Morrow.

The roles have been reversed. Now, TFC is the struggle squad, looking as bad as it did in its 2007 expansion season.

Cory Gibbs signs with MLS, club yet to be determined

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Former U.S. national team and FC Dallas defender Cory Gibbs completed a deal to play in MLS on Friday, a league source confirmed to SBI. What remains to be seen is just which club he will play for.

Who should the USA start vs. the Netherlands?

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With just two days between Thursday's 1-0 victory against Japan, and Sunday's showdown vs. the Netherlands, U.S. Olympic men's soccer coach Peter Nowak has some tough decisions to make.

The story of the missing U.S. Soccer crests

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If you were watching the U.S. Olympic team play and felt like something was missing, it's because something was.

The U.S. Soccer crest (pictured below) that is emblazoned on every U.

Olympic soccer: USA men vs. Japan (result and analysis after the jump)

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The US men's Olympic team faced Japan in the opening match of the tournament for both teams on Thursday. If you want to read about the game and discuss it, then go to the jump. If you are still waiting to see the match, then feel free to return here after you have watched the match.

Holden goal helps USA down unlucky Japanese

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SBI MLS Fantasy Corner

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It's getting down to crunch time in the fantasy MLS world and decisions are becoming more and more important.

With teams hitting their bye weeks, you can't afford to slip up or else you'll drop out of the contenders pack and join me in the pile of broken fantasy MLS dreams.

USA women fall to Norway in Olympic opener

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Four minutes, two goals, one stunning loss.

The U.S. women's Olympic team got off to a terrible start on Wednesday, giving up two goals in the first four minutes as Norway shut down the Americans, 2-0, in the opening match of the tournament.

Dynamo 2, Crew 0: A Supporter's View

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The Houston Dynamo lost to the New England Revolution in the SuperLiga final on Tuesday night, but that setback didn't overshadow the fact that the defending MLS Cup champions are rounding into form at just the right time in MLS play.

Houston's 2-0 win over a quality Columbus squad showed just how well the Dynamo is playing as it moves toward its rightful place atop the West standings.

New England wins SuperLiga as bonus squabble looms

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The 2008 SuperLiga Tournament came to a close in dramatic fashion on Tuesday night as New England defeated the Houston Dynamo on penalty kicks. Matt Reis played the hero, stopping a pair of shots, including the final shot by Houston's Corey Ashe to give the Revs a second trophy to go with last year's U.

Red Bulls help lift stadium bans on six fans

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There will be a few more New York Red Bulls fans in attendance for Wednesday night's match against FC Barcelona after the Red Bulls helped lift bans on six of 10 fans who were ejected and banned from Giants stadium during the team's match against the Los Angeles Galaxy on July 19th.

Nine fans were ejected during the altercation pictured above, an incident that escalated after Giants Stadium security guards entered Section 101, home of the Empire Supporter's Club, attempted to remove a fan who was crowd-surfing.

Earthquakes 3, Galaxy 2: A Supporter's View

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It was easiest the biggest win in the history of the NEW San Jose Earthquakes.

When Ryan Cochrane scored the last-minute winner to give San Jose a 3-2 triumph against hated rivals Los Angeles Galaxy, the team celebrated like it was releasing weeks and months of frustration, which is what it did.

Who should Peter Nowak start vs. Japan?

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The Olympics are set to kick off for the U.S. men's national team on Thursday morning against Japan, which means that in less than two days we will know who head coach Peter Nowak has chosen to start.

West Coast Update: FC Dallas adds Sikora, Cooper earns MLS honor and San Jose's playoff hopes still not dead

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Good afternoon to the folks on the West side of the country (and the MLS standings). Here are some news items and notes for you to peruse as your day winds to a close:

FC Dallas signs Sikora

FC Dallas said goodbye to Colombian midfielder Juan Toja over the weekend, but have already replaced him.

Why Benny Feilhaber may never leave China

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See that picture? It's Benny Feilhaber after he scored the eventual game-winning goal for the U.S. national team in a packed Soldier Field to defeat Mexico in the 2007 Gold Cup final.

Kenny Cooper Market Watch: Stock Rising

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For those of you who missed it, Kenny Cooper kept his stock heading skyward with another two-goal performance, this time in helping FC Dallas topple Toronto FC on Sunday. The brace upped Cooper's tally to 13, tying him for the league lead with Landon Donovan.

Revs and Dynamo to split SuperLiga Final purse

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The MLS Player's Union has announced that the New England Revolution and Houston Dynamo will split the winning and second-place purses for the SuperLiga final (set for Tuesday at Gillette Stadium) in a show of solidarity.

"The players have made this decision to show their solidarity and in protest of the league's violation of the Collective Bargaining Agreement with respect to the negotiation of bonuses for this tournament.

The latest on the Galaxy mess

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You knew things were bad in Los Angeles Galaxy land after Sunday's loss to San Jose. Now, we have some insight into just how bad things have been.

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Whose head will roll in LA?

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Maybe it was fitting that Ryan Cochrane, a player Alexi Lalas helped draft with the original San Jose Earthquakes four years ago, scored San Jose's game-winning goal on Sunday. Better yet, maybe it was more fitting to see Frank Yallop celebrate a victory over the manager he was dumped for, a manager whose job is in jeopardy.

(Some of) Your Questions (Finally) Answered

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Admit it, you probably gave up on ever seeing the answers to the last SBI Q&A session. It's okay, I don't blame you.

More than month has passed since readers submitted the last bunch of questions, but after a very busy July, I was able to knock out at least half of the record-setting batch of questions.

SBI MLS Power Rankings: Week 18

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Somebody stop Real Salt Lake. No, really.

RSL won another home game last week, beating Toronto FC on a late Robbie Findley goal last week to move four points clear of the pack in the Western Conference.

U.S. Olympic team falls, 1-0, to Cameroon

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The U.S. men's Olympic team fell, 1-0, to Cameroon on Sunday in Hong Kong. A first-half penalty kick goal proved to be the difference for the Africans.

Here is the lineup the Americans trotted out against Cameroon:

--------------McBride-------------Altidore------------------

Rogers--------Holden------------Bradley------------ Kljestan

Orozco----------Edu---------Parkhurst---------------Wynne

------------------------Guzan------------------------------------

Freddy Adu came on for Altidore in the 64th minute.

Red Bulls trade Thornton to Chivas USA

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Chivas USA has turned to an MLS veteran to fill the void left by Brad Guzan's transfer to Aston Villa.

The Goats have acquired Zach Thornton from the New York Red Bulls for future considerations.