Soccer By Ives Archives for January 2009

Keller ready for first MLS All-Star game

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by GIANFRANCO PANIZO

Seattle Sounders goalkeeper Kasey Keller has done it all in his career except for play in an MLS All-Star game, but that will change Wednesday night.

Keller was among the first 11 players named to the MLS All-Star team, and his six shutouts and .

Your Questions Answered: Part 3 of 4

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It may be vacation time in SBI land, but that doesn't mean I can't find time to finish off the rest of the biggest Q&A in SBI history.

This installment includes questions about everything from U.

Mexico announces roster for qualifier vs. USA

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Fresh from its triumph in the CONCACAF Gold Cup final, the Mexican national team has announced its roster for the upcoming World Cup qualifier against the United States on Aug. 12 in Mexico City.

The group contains several of the team's top Gold Cup performers, as well as most of Mexico's premier European-based players.

2009 MLS All-Star Game: Your Running Commentary

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The 2009 MLS All-Stars take on English club Everton tonight in the 2009 MLS All-Star Game at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah (9:30pm, ESPN2).

The MLS All-Stars will look to improve to 6-0 against international competiton in the MLS vs. foreign club format, with Everton being the fifth English club to take up the challenge.

Morning Ticker: Howard leads Everton past MLS, TFC falls to Puerto Rico and more

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U.S. men's national team goalkeeper Tim Howard put on a show on Wednesday night, making a handful of spectacular saves before stopping a pair of penalty kicks to give Everton a victory against the MLS all-stars in the 2009 MLS All-Star Game at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah.

Goals from Brad Davis and Louis Saha left the score tied after 90 minutes, leaving the sides to settle the match on penalty kicks.

Red Bulls looking for fresh start in Champions League

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BY DYLAN BUTLER

MARABELLA, Trinidad – While their form back in the United States has been dreadful, the New York Red Bulls view their trip to Trinidad & Tobago as a chance for a fresh start, a possible rare bright spot in an otherwise forgettable season.

Red Bulls waive Khano Smith

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In what is certainly no surprise, the New York Red Bulls announced today that they have waived Khano Smith.

The Bermudian winger was a bust for the Bulls, starting in just six of eight games and was productive in none. The highlight of his forgettable stint in New York was a cross that led to an own goal against his former club, the New England Revolution, in a 1-1 draw on March 28.

D.C. United 1, L.A. Firpo 1: A Look Back

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By TRAVIS CLARK

It was supposed to be a chance at redemption for D.C. United. A new crack at the CONCACAF Champions League, a competition that saw them post a dismal 0-5-1. But whatever optimism that D.C. coming into the preliminary was quickly diffused by a stubborn LA Firpo opponent that held a reserve-heavy United in check Tuesday night.

Transfer Ticker: Mascherano wants Barca, Marseille lands Heinze and more

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by GIANFRANCO PANIZO

Liverpool midfielder Javier Mascherano has become the latest superstar to want a move away from the Premiership in favor of La Liga.

On Thursday, Mascherano's brother Sebastian claimed that the Argentine midfielder desires to play with Barcelona, citing the idea of playing daily with compatriot Leo Messi is an appealing one.

CONCACAF Champions League: Red Bulls vs. W Connection (Your Commentary)

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Welcome live to Manny Ramjohn Stadium in Marabella, Trinidad where the New York Red Bulls hope to salvage something from their miserable season tonight in the opening leg of the CONCACAF Champions League Preliminary Round against Caribbean champions W Connection.

Will a change of venue bring about a change of fortunate for the Red Bulls, who have gone 24 consecutive games without a win in Major League Soccer?

CONCACAF Champions League: Red Bulls vs. W Connection (Your Commentary)

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Welcome live to Manny Ramjohn Stadium in Marabella, Trinidad where the New York Red Bulls hope to salvage something from their miserable season tonight in the opening leg of the CONCACAF Champions League Preliminary Round against Caribbean champions W Connection.

Will a change of venue bring about a change of fortunate for the Red Bulls, who have gone 24 consecutive games without a win in Major League Soccer?

Transfer Ticker: Mascherano wants Barca, Marseille lands Heinze and more

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by GIANFRANCO PANIZO

Liverpool midfielder Javier Mascherano has become the latest superstar to want a move away from the Premiership in favor of La Liga.

On Thursday, Mascherano's brother Sebastian claimed that the Argentine midfielder desires to play with Barcelona, citing the idea of playing daily with compatriot Leo Messi is an appealing one.

D.C. United 1, L.A. Firpo 1: A Look Back

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By TRAVIS CLARK

It was supposed to be a chance at redemption for D.C. United. A new crack at the CONCACAF Champions League, a competition that saw them post a dismal 0-5-1. But whatever optimism that D.C. coming into the preliminary was quickly diffused by a stubborn LA Firpo opponent that held a reserve-heavy United in check Tuesday night.

Red Bulls looking for fresh start in Champions League

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BY DYLAN BUTLER

MARABELLA, Trinidad – While their form back in the United States has been dreadful, the New York Red Bulls view their trip to Trinidad & Tobago as a chance for a fresh start, a possible rare bright spot in an otherwise forgettable season.

Red Bulls waive Khano Smith

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In what is certainly no surprise, the New York Red Bulls announced today that they have waived Khano Smith.

The Bermudian winger was a bust for the Bulls, starting in just six of eight games and was productive in none. The highlight of his forgettable stint in New York was a cross that led to an own goal against his former club, the New England Revolution, in a 1-1 draw on March 28.

Morning Ticker: Howard leads Everton past MLS, TFC falls to Puerto Rico and more

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U.S. men's national team goalkeeper Tim Howard put on a show on Wednesday night, making a handful of spectacular saves before stopping a pair of penalty kicks to give Everton a victory against the MLS all-stars in the 2009 MLS All-Star Game at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah.

Goals from Brad Davis and Louis Saha left the score tied after 90 minutes, leaving the sides to settle the match on penalty kicks.

2009 MLS All-Star Game: Your Running Commentary

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The 2009 MLS All-Stars take on English club Everton tonight in the 2009 MLS All-Star Game at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah (9:30pm, ESPN2).

The MLS All-Stars will look to improve to 6-0 against international competiton in the MLS vs. foreign club format, with Everton being the fifth English club to take up the challenge.

Mexico announces roster for qualifier vs. USA

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Fresh from its triumph in the CONCACAF Gold Cup final, the Mexican national team has announced its roster for the upcoming World Cup qualifier against the United States on Aug. 12 in Mexico City.

The group contains several of the team's top Gold Cup performers, as well as most of Mexico's premier European-based players.

Keller ready for first MLS All-Star game

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by GIANFRANCO PANIZO

Seattle Sounders goalkeeper Kasey Keller has done it all in his career except for play in an MLS All-Star game, but that will change Wednesday night.

Keller was among the first 11 players named to the MLS All-Star team, and his six shutouts and .

Your Questions Answered: Part 3 of 4

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It may be vacation time in SBI land, but that doesn't mean I can't find time to finish off the rest of the biggest Q&A in SBI history.

This installment includes questions about everything from U.

Four U.S. players named to Gold Cup All-Tournament team

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by GIANFRANCO PANIZO

The 2009 Gold Cup is in the books, and while no American fan wants to remember how poorly the tournament ended for the U.S. national team, there were still some great performances to draw from it.

Ribery price tag set at €94m by Bayern

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The once untransferable Franck Ribery is now for sale. It is just going to cost two arms and two legs to get him.

Bayern Munich President Franz Beckenbauer has touched on the Ribery transfer topic quite a bit this summer, and his latest statement claims that Ribery is available to any club willing to spend €94 million ($133.

Mid-Day Ticker: Bayern sets Ribery price, Benfica adds another phenom and more

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Weeks after initially saying that Franck Ribery wouldn't be sold at any price, Bayern Munich has now decided to set a price tag.

And it ain't cheap.

Bayern has set a €94 million asking price for the French star, increasing speculation that there still may be hope for Real Madrid to add another jewel to its already absurd collection of world stars.

CONCACAF Champions' League: D.C. United vs. L.A. Firpo (Match Night Commentary)

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Good evening everyone. As another busy summer rolls along, a new competition officially enters the fray with the preliminary rounds of the CONCACAF kicking off tonight. Starting off the competition will be D.C. United, who take on a team from El Salvador,

With Ives on vacation and out of the country, I'll be coming to you live from the press box at RFK Stadium with commentary and insight from the match.

Afternoon Ticker: City to sign Toure, Obama invited to World Cup and more

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by GIANFRANCO PANIZO

Manchester City has been awfully busy in the transfer window this summer, but the club doesn't look to stop now, having set its sights on Arsenal defender Kolo Toure.

Toure is reportedly close to landing a deal with Manchester City, with a medical all that could be left before his official signing.

Arbeloa nears Real Madrid move

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Liverpool defender Alvaro Arbeloa could become the newest Galactico.

Arbeloa says he has nearly completed a move to Real Madrid, and that all parties involved will benefit from his transfer. Arbeloa has also insisted that he has the most desire to complete the move.

The Spanish defender, who played with Spain in the Confederations Cup, started 29 games for Liverpool last season, helping the club reach a second place finish in the English Premier League.

2009-10 CONCACAF Champions League set to kickoff tonight

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By TRAVIS CLARK

With the MLS season in full swing, for some clubs an already congested schedule is about to become even more cluttered as the CONCACAF Champions' League preliminary rounds kickoff tonight. D.C. United gets things rolling for MLS, and there is potential for a Jose Francisco Torres appearance with Pachuca later on tonight.

American Ticker: Donovan an All-Star doubt, Clark signs for Livorno and more

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by GIANFRANCO PANIZO

If you were hoping to see Los Angeles Galaxy forward Landon Donovan continue his recent tear at the MLS All-Star game, then you may be disappointed to know he might not play.

SBI MLS Power Rankings: Week 19

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After a Gold Cup-induced two week hiatus, the SBI MLS Power Rankings are back and you might think you're looking at some 2008 rankings when you see who is on top now.

The Columbus Crew is hot, red-hot, champion hot, and Toronto FC found out just how hot last Saturday when Jason Garey buried a Frankie Hejduk cross in the net in stoppage time for a 3-2 Crew win.

D.C. United 2, San Jose 2: A Look Back

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By TRAVIS CLARK

It was a dream start for D.C. United on Saturday. With a hectic schedule looming, a Christian Gomez brace had United out to a 2-0 lead at Buck Shaw Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif. Missing midfielder Clyde Simms through injury and Santino Quaranta still on Gold Cup duty, it was a promising first 21 minutes of the match.

Monday Rewind: USA-Mexico in English for all, Galaxy fan un-banned and more

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If you were beginning to worry about being able to see the USA-Mexico World Cup qualifier on August 12th in English, it appears your fears are about to subside.

Houston to host 2010 MLS All-Star Game

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The city of Houston will play host to the 2010 MLS All-Star Game, MLS officials announced on Monday.

The 15th playing of the event will be held either at Robertson Stadium or Reliant Stadium next summer. The 2009 All-Star Game is being played on Wednesday night at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah.

Feilhaber nets game-winner in Aarhus win

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Benny Feilhaber is on fire.

A week after delivering the fastest assist in Danish Superliga history, Feilhaber continued his impressive run of form with a game-winning goal in Aarhus' 3-2 win over Randers FC on Monday. The goal, which came in the 45th minute, helped Aarhus climb to first place in the league after two games played.

SBI's 23 for 2010: August 2009 Edition

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Now that the CONCACAF Gold Cup and FIFA Confederations Cup are behind us, we can start taking stock of the U.

Mexico 5, USA 0: A look back

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It was bound to happen eventually, but not like this.

The U.S. men's national team's unbeaten streak against Mexico on American soil began modestly enough back in 2000, when Mexico fielded a patchwork team consisting of the players from just two Mexican league teams. Nobody seemed to care though as the American rattled off a 3-0 victory.

Report: Clark to Livorno closer to completion

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U.S. national team midfielder Ricardo Clark looks to be the latest American to parlay Confederations Cup success into a transfer move, with Italian side Livorno reportedly ready to complete a deal for the Houston Dynamo midfielder.

Gold Cup Final: USA vs. Mexico (Matchday Commentary)

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The USA-Mexico rivalry is ready to resume today as the the U.S. national team takes on 'El Tri' in the CONCACAF Gold Cup final at Giants Stadium today (3pm, Fox Soccer Channel/Univision).

The Americans are looking to win a third straight Gold Cup while Mexico is looking to win its first match vs.

Claudio Lopez's goal from the midfield stripe

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Those with good memories will remember when David Beckham scored a goal last season against the Kansas City Wizards from the defensive half of the field. On Saturday night, the Wizards garnered a measure of revenge for that highlight-reel goal.

Wizards midfielder Claudio Lopez picked up a turnover near midfield and blasted a left-footed shot over the head of LA goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts and into the net during KC's 1-1 tie vs.

A look back at the 2007 Gold Cup final

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With the 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup final at Giants Stadium today set to give us another classic USA vs.

Columbus scores stoppage time winner to top TFC

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The Columbus Crew-Toronto FC rivalry has developed into one of the better ones in the league, due in no small part to the scores of TFC fans who make the trip down to Ohio. Those fans were sent home sad on Saturday night when Jason Garey headed home a last-second game-winning goal to give Columbus a 3-2 victory and sole possession of first place in the Eastern Conference.

Mexico 1, Costa Rica 1: The Highlights

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The Mexican national team wash pushed to the brink by a game Costa Rica squad, but 'El Tri' stepped up and converted all five of its penalty kicks to defeat Los Ticos, 5-3 in penalties.

If you missed the match, and Costa Rica's last-minute equalizer, here are the highlights:

What did you think of Mexico's performance last night?

USA 2, Honduras 0: The Highlights

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We know you watched last night's USA win vs. Honduras, but in case you didn't, or in case you just in case you want to see the highlights one more time, here they are:

What did you think of the U.S. goals? Did you come away impressed with Troy Perkins?

Share your thoughts below.

This weekend's Soccer on TV

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by GIANFRANCO PANIZO

The European season does not start for another few weeks for most clubs, but that does not mean there won't be top-quality matches to watch this weekend.

One of the most intrigung matches takes place on Sunday, when the Milan derby kicks off as part of the World Football Challenge.

Who should the USA start vs. Mexico?

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The U.S. men's national team has reached the CONCACAF Gold Cup final yet again, and has done so with using basically the same lineup for the quarterfinals and semifinals.

Catch SBI on the ESPN Soccer Podcast

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In case you haven't already heard it, I made a guest appearance on the ESPN Soccer Podcast, the U.S. Soccer Show, today.

Jen Chang, David Mosse and I discuss all things American soccer, from the Gold Cup, to the MLS title race, to the transfer rumor mill (and Landon Donovan's future).

MLS Matchday 19 (A Look Ahead)

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Major League Soccer has some juicy match-ups this week, including some that even the impartial fan will want to see.

MLS fines Beckham $1000 for fan incident

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Major League Soccer has fined LA Galaxy star David Beckham $1,000 for his actions during the Galaxy's recent friendly versus AC Milan.

Benitez urges Alonso to stay at Liverpool

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Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez is encouraging Xabi Alonso to remain with the club despite Real Madrid's efforts to lure the Spanish international.

Alonso has become Madrid's latest target in a summer where los merengues are collecting superstars at will, having already signed players like Kaka and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Soumare replaces Ching on MLS All-Star Team

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Chicago Fire defender Bakary Soumare is replacing Brian Ching on the MLS All-Star Game roster. Ching is being excused from the All-Star Game to recover from the CONCACAF Gold Cup, where he has started for the U.S. men's national team.

Soumare is coming off an MLS Best XI season and will be making his first MLS All-Star Game appearance.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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If you're an American soccer fan who wants some help getting into the mood for Sunday's Gold Cup final between the U.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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If you're an American soccer fan who wants some help getting into the mood for Sunday's Gold Cup final between the U.

Benitez urges Alonso to stay at Liverpool

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Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez is encouraging Xabi Alonso to remain with the club despite Real Madrid's efforts to lure the Spanish international.

Alonso has become Madrid's latest target in a summer where los merengues are collecting superstars at will, having already signed players like Kaka and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Soumare replaces Ching on MLS All-Star Team

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Chicago Fire defender Bakary Soumare is replacing Brian Ching on the MLS All-Star Game roster. Ching is being excused from the All-Star Game to recover from the CONCACAF Gold Cup, where he has started for the U.S. men's national team.

Soumare is coming off an MLS Best XI season and will be making his first MLS All-Star Game appearance.

MLS Matchday 19 (A Look Ahead)

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Major League Soccer has some juicy match-ups this week, including some that even the impartial fan will want to see.

MLS fines Beckham $1000 for fan incident

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Major League Soccer has fined LA Galaxy star David Beckham $1,000 for his actions during the Galaxy's recent friendly versus AC Milan. Beckham confronted Galaxy fans who were heckling him, leading to one fan leaving the stands in an attempt to reach Beckham.

"We support our players interacting with fans, whether it is at clinics, charity events or by high-fiving their supporters in the stands while celebrating a goal," MLS commissioner Don Garber said.

Catch SBI on the ESPN Soccer Podcast

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In case you haven't already heard it, I made a guest appearance on the ESPN Soccer Podcast, the U.S. Soccer Show, today.

Jen Chang, David Mosse and I discuss all things American soccer, from the Gold Cup, to the MLS title race, to the transfer rumor mill (and Landon Donovan's future).

Who should the USA start vs. Mexico?

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The U.S. men's national team has reached the CONCACAF Gold Cup final yet again, and has done so with using basically the same lineup for the quarterfinals and semifinals.

Mexico 1, Costa Rica 1: The Highlights

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The Mexican national team wash pushed to the brink by a game Costa Rica squad, but 'El Tri' stepped up and converted all five of its penalty kicks to defeat Los Ticos, 5-3 in penalties.

If you missed the match, and Costa Rica's last-minute equalizer, here are the highlights:

What did you think of Mexico's performance last night?

USA 2, Honduras 0: The Highlights

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We know you watched last night's USA win vs. Honduras, but in case you didn't, or in case you just in case you want to see the highlights one more time, here they are:

What did you think of the U.S. goals? Did you come away impressed with Troy Perkins?

Share your thoughts below.

USA rolls to set up Gold Cup final vs. Mexico

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For the third time in two months Honduras put up a fight, but for the third time it wasn't enough.

The U.S. national team scored a goal just before halftime, and held Honduras' in check the rest of the way before a Kenny Cooper insurance goal helped give the United States a 2-0 victory in the Gold Cup semifinals on Thursday night.

Gold Cup: USA vs. Honduras (Match Night Commentary)

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The U.S. men's national team will take on Honduras for the third time in less than two months tonight in the CONCACAF Gold Cup semifinals at Soldier Field in Chicago.

The Americans have beaten the 'Catrachos' in the previous two meetings, once in World Cup qualifying, and once in the Gold Cup Group Stage.

A look back at Onyewu's Milan debut

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Oguchi Onyewu's AC Milan debut came and went and while it was just 45Â minutes in a friendly, that doesn't mean we can't look at the performance and analyze how he did.

Onyewu's performance was a solid one marred by one moment, a beautiful volley finish by young Mexican striker Enrique Esqueda.

This weekend's Soccer on TV

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by GIANFRANCO PANIZO

The European season does not start for another few weeks for most clubs, but that does not mean there won't be top-quality matches to watch this weekend.

One of the most intrigung matches takes place on Sunday, when the Milan derby kicks off as part of the World Football Challenge.

Afternoon Ticker: Sampdoria eyeing Adriano, Maradona linked with Portsmouth and more

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Brazilian striker Adriano left Serie A earlier this year because he had lost the desire to play. After regaining that desire, and his form with Flamengo, he could soon be heading back to Italy.

Sampdoria sporting director Beppe Marotta has revealed that his club would consider making a move for Adriano if he was interested in returning to Serie A.

One European club's plan to mine for talent in America

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If you don't know much about English club Burnley FC, it might be because the small club has spent the past 23 years outside of the English top flight. That drought ended last spring when Burnley earned promotion to the English Premier League.

The club has plans to stay in the top flight and grander plans to establish new sources of talent to help make that happen, and one of Burnley's ideas is to establish feeder clubs in the United States, with the hope of uncovering some gems on this side of the pond.

Morning Ticker: Arnoux off to Everton, Eto'o agrees to Inter move and more

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Wake Forest striker Cody Arnoux is set to join the American revolution at Everton.

Arnoux, pictured above (right) during his trial at Everton in March, is set to sign a contract with the Liverpool-based club today, making him the second American player to join Everton this summer.

WFC: AC Milan vs. Club America (Your Running Commentary)

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AC Milan is taking on Club America in the World Football Challenge in Atlanta tonight in what could be Oguchi Onyewu's first match for Milan.

The match is scoreless at halftime, and chances are we will see Onyewu in the second half. That being the case, you can feel free to share your thoughts, opinions and some play-by-play on the second half of action in the comments section below.

Gold Cup: USA vs. Honduras (A look ahead)

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We are a day away from the U.S. national team's Gold Cup semifinal against Honduras and if you're feeling a bit concerned about the U.

Gold Cup: USA vs. Honduras (A look ahead)

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We are a day away from the U.S. national team's Gold Cup semifinal against Honduras and if you're feeling a bit concerned about the U.

Seattle and D.C. United win to advance to U.S. Open Cup final

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The Seattle Sounders needed an 89th minute goal to survive and an overtime strike from Stephen King to reach the first final in the MLS club's young history as the Sounders rallied to post a 2-1 overtime victory against the Houston Dynamo in the U.S. Open Cup semifinals on Tuesday night.

The Sounders will meet D.

Morning Ticker: Chelsea downs Inter, Mascherano eyes Barca and Sven joins Notts County

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Chelsea began its World Football Challenge campaign in style on Tuesday, posting a 2-0 victory against Inter Milan at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California. Didier Drogba and Frank Lampard scored goals for the Blues, who defeated former manager Jose Mourinho.

John Terry and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, two of the most high-profile transfer targets this summer, both played for their current teams even as speculation swirled about where they may be going.

U.S. Open Cup: D.C. United 2, Rochester 1 (A Look Back)

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By TRAVIS CLARK

Generally speaking, a victory that brings you one step away from back-to-back U.S. Open Cup trophies is cause for celebration. But for Tom Soehn and D.C. United, injuries that sent players on both sides to the hospital overshadowed whatever feelings of triumph a win like that might typically bring.

WPS Week 17: A Look Back

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By CHRISTA MANN

An international, an unknown, and an under-performing player made quite the impact in Week 17 of Women's Pro Soccer.

Onyewu could make Milan debut tonight

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U.S. national team defender Oguchi Onyewu could make his debut for AC Milan tonight when the Italian power takes on Club America (7pm, ESPN2) at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta in World Football Challenge action.

Onyewu trained fully with Milan on Tuesday, his first practice session since joining on a free transfer, and is expected to see action.

Mid-Day Musings: On Beckham's fan incident, Onyewu's Milan debut and more

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We are three days removed from David Beckham's home season debut for the Los Angeles Galaxy, as well as the fan backlash that accompanied it, and it's still a bit mind-boggling that Beckham is really going to get away with his actions without so much as a slap on the wrist.

Mid-Day Musings: On Beckham's fan incident, Onyewu's Milan debut and more

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We are three days removed from David Beckham's home season debut for the Los Angeles Galaxy, as well as the fan backlash that accompanied it, and it's still a bit mind-boggling that Beckham is really going to get away with his actions without so much as a slap on the wrist.

Onyewu could make Milan debut tonight

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U.S. national team defender Oguchi Onyewu could make his debut for AC Milan tonight when the Italian power takes on Club America (7pm, ESPN2) at the Georgia Dome in World Football Challenge action.

Onyewu trained fully with Milan on Tuesday, his first practice session since joining on a free transfer, and is expected to see action.

WPS Week 17: A Look Back

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By CHRISTA MANN

An international, an unknown, and an under-performing player made quite the impact in Week 17 of Women's Pro Soccer.

U.S. Open Cup: D.C. United 2, Rochester 1 (A Look Back)

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By TRAVIS CLARK

Generally speaking, a victory that brings you one step away from back-to-back U.S. Open Cup trophies is cause for celebration. But for Tom Soehn and D.C. United, injuries that sent players on both sides to the hospital overshadowed whatever feelings of triumph a win like that might typically bring.

Morning Ticker: Chelsea downs Inter, Mascherano eyes Barca and Sven joins Notts County

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Chelsea began its World Football Challenge campaign in style on Tuesday, posting a 2-0 victory against Inter Milan at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California. Didier Drogba and Frank Lampard scored goals for the Blues, who defeated former manager Jose Mourinho.

John Terry and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, two of the most high-profile transfer targets this summer, both played for their current teams even as speculation swirled about where they may be going.

Seattle and D.C. United win to advance to U.S. Open Cup final

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The Seattle Sounders needed an 89th minute goal to survive and an overtime strike from Stephen King to reach the first final in the MLS club's young history as the Sounders rallied to post a 2-1 overtime victory against the Houston Dynamo in the U.S. Open Cup semifinals on Tuesday night.

The Sounders will meet D.

Report: Livorno interested in Donovan

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Landon Donovan figured to start drawing fresh interest from European clubs after his command performance in the Confederations Cup. The first of those clubs has emerged, and it could bring Donovan to Serie A.

According to the Gazzeta dello Sport, Donovan is being targeted by recently promoted Italian club Livorno.

Report: Livorno interested in Donovan

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Landon Donovan figured to start drawing fresh interest from European clubs after his command performance in the Confederations Cup. The first of those clubs has emerged, and it could bring Donovan to Serie A.

According to the Gazzeta dello Sport, Donovan is being targeted by recently promoted Italian club Livorno.

Who should the USA start vs. Honduras?

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The U.S. men's national team beat Honduras just two weeks ago in Gold Cup group play, but it will be much more difficult this time around.

The MLS All-Star Game That Could Have Been

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MLS fans have grown accustomed to the MLS All-Star Game Format of having a team of MLS stars face a foreign club, and given the previous alternative of East vs.

Feilhaber delivers assist in Aarhus season-opener

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After Benny Feilhaber's impressive performance in the Confederations Cup, it was assumed that he would be able to ride the momentum into a successful club season. It didn't take him long to prove it.

On Monday, Feilhaber assisted on the game-winning goal in AGF Aarhus' season opener, and it only took him 16 seconds.

Your Questions Answered (Part 2 of 4)

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Welcome to the second installment of the latest Your Questions Answered session.

Your Questions Answered (Part 2 of 4)

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Didn't think you would get a second straight day with Your Questions Answered, did you?

Welcome to the second installment of the latest Your Questions Answered session.

Feilhaber delivers assist in Aarhus season-opener

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After Benny Feilhaber's impressive performance in the Confederations Cup, it was assumed that he would be able to ride the momentum into a successful club season. It didn't take him long to prove it.

On Monday, Feilhaber assisted on the game-winning goal in AGF Aarhus' season opener, and it only took him 15 seconds.

The MLS All-Star Game That Could Have Been

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MLS fans have grown accustomed to the MLS All-Star Game Format of having a team of MLS stars face a foreign club, and given the previous alternative of East vs.

Who should the USA start vs. Honduras?

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The U.S. men's national team beat Honduras just two weeks ago in Gold Cup group play, but it will be much more difficult this time around.

Mid-Day Musings: Beckham's backlash, Gold Cup thoughts and more

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The above picture isn't of David Beckham at Pizza Hut Park, or staring at a pocket of Chivas USA fans during a playing of the Home Depot Clasico.

Montero, Hurtado lead Kinnear's six all-star reserve picks

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Houston Dynamo head coach Dom Kinnear probably didn't like the fact that Fredy Montero scored a questionable goal against the Dynamo recently, but that didn't stop him from selecting the Colombian striker to the MLS All-Star Team.

Montero and teammate Jhon Kennedy Hurtado were two of the six players chosen by Kinnear as reserves for the MLS All-Star Game against Everton on July 29 at Rio Tinto Stadium in Utah.

Mid-Day Musings: Beckham's backlash, Gold Cup thoughts and more

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The above picture isn't of David Beckham at Pizza Hut Park, or staring at a pocket of Chivas USA fans during a playing of the Home Depot Clasico.

Montero, Hurtado lead Kinnear's six all-star reserve picks

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Houston Dynamo head coach Dom Kinnear probably didn't like the fact that Fredy Montero scored a questionable goal against the Dynamo recently, but that didn't stop him from selecting the Colombian striker to the MLS All-Star Team.

Montero and teammate Jhon Kennedy Hurtado were two of the six players chosen by Kinnear as reserves for the MLS All-Star Game against Everton on July 29 at Rio Tinto Stadium in Utah.

Adebayor to sign with Manchester City

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Manchester City is close to signing Arsenal striker Emmanuel Adebayor.

Adebayor underwent a medical with the club on Saturday morning, and is finalizing personal terms before making an estimated £25 million ($41 million) move from Arsenal to Manchester City.Â

Once signed, the Togo international, who scored ten goals and assisted on four others last season, will join Roque Santa Cruz, Carlos Tevez and Robinho in one of the most potent offenses in the Premiership.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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The European Soccer season still hasn't begun, but that doesn't mean there aren't some quality games to watch on TV today.

Gold Cup: USA vs. Panama (Match Night Commentary)

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The U.S. national team will be looking to take a step closer to a third straight CONCACAF Gold Cup title today when it takes on Panama in the quarterfinals.

These teams have met in the past two Gold Cups, with the Americans winning the 2005 final via penalty kicks, and the 2007 quarterfinals in a tight 2-1 match.

USA 2, Panama 1: The Highlights

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The U.S. national team's 2-1 overtime victory over Panama in Saturday's Gold Cup quarterfinal wasn't the prettiest game ever played, but it had its share of drama and a great response from a U.

Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

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While it may feel like a relatively slow day in the soccer world, but there are actually several good matches worth watching on this sunny (at least on the East Coast) Sunday.

The second pair of Gold Cup quarterfinals is underway in Dallas, while MLS also has a match on the slate with New England facing Chivas USA.

Gold Cup semis set as Mexico and Costa Rica roll

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While both CONCACAF Gold Cup quarterfinals on Saturday night were tightly contested, Sunday's quarterfinals were anything but.

Mexico and Costa Rica both scored blowout victories on Sunday in Dallas to set up a great semifinal match-up. Costa Rica rolled to a 5-1 victory against Guadeloupe, while the Mexicans were never troubled in posting 4-0 victory against Haiti in front of a sold-out crowd of 82,252 at Dallas Cowboys Stadium, the first event at the new stadium.

USA 2, Panama 1: A look back

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Panama was always going to make it a fight, but the 2009 U.S. Gold Cup team showed on Saturday that it capable of taking a punch and still finding a way to win.

The U.S. national team went into Saturday's Gold Cup quarterfinal as the favorite, but anyone expecting the Panamanians to be a pushover doesn't know much about CONCACAF.

Morning Ticker: Beckham booed as Galaxy tie Milan, Wambach nets 100th and more

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David Beckham's welcome home to the Home Depot Center was far from a warm one, but that didn't stop him from making an impact.

Your Questions Answered (Part 1 of 4)

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Welcome to the latest installment of Your Questions Answered, where I field questions, take weeks to answer them, and then crank out some intriguing responses to get you talking and thinking that I'm either a soccer genius, or an idiot.

Yes, it once again took me a month to get to the Q&A, but given how busy the last month has been for the national team you might understand my issue.

USA-Mexico qualifier to be aired in English on mun2

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The USA-Mexico World Cup qualifier on Aug. 12 in Mexico City is going to be broadcast in English.

USA-Mexico qualifier to be aired in English on mun2

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The USA-Mexico World Cup qualifier on Aug. 12 in Mexico City is going to be broadcast in English.

Your Questions Answered (Part 1 of 4)

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Welcome to the latest installment of Your Questions Answered, where I field questions, take weeks to answer them, and then crank out some intriguing responses to get you talking and thinking that I'm either a soccer genius, or an idiot.

Yes, it once again took me a month to get to the Q&A, but given how busy the last month has been for the national team you might understand my issue.

Morning Ticker: Beckham booed as Galaxy tie Milan, Wambach nets 100th and more

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David Beckham's welcome home to the Home Depot Center was far from a warm one, but that didn't stop him from making an impact.

USA 2, Panama 1: A look back

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Panama was always going to make it a fight, but the 2009 U.S. Gold Cup team showed on Saturday that it capable of taking a punch and still finding a way to win.

The U.S. national team went into Saturday's Gold Cup quarterfinal as the favorite, but anyone expecting the Panamanians to be a pushover doesn't know much about CONCACAF.

Gold Cup semis set as Mexico and Costa Rica roll

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While both CONCACAF Gold Cup quarterfinals on Saturday night were tightly contested, Sunday's quarterfinals were anything but.

Mexico and Costa Rica both scored blowout victories on Sunday in Dallas to set up a great semifinal match-up. Costa Rica rolled to a 5-1 victory against Guadeloupe, while the Mexicans were never troubled in posting 4-0 victory against Haiti in front of a sold-out crowd of 82,252 at Dallas Cowboys Stadium, the first event at the new stadium.

Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

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While it may feel like a relatively slow day in the soccer world, but there are actually several good matches worth watching on this sunny (at least on the East Coast) Sunday.

The second pair of Gold Cup quarterfinals is underway in Dallas, while MLS also has a match on the slate with New England facing Chivas USA.

USA 2, Panama 1: The Highlights

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The U.S. national team's 2-1 overtime victory over Panama wasn't the prettiest game ever played, but it had its share of drama and a great response from a U.S. team that was facing elimination a half-time deficit.

Kyle Beckerman's equalizer and Kenny Cooper's penalty provided the difference against a physical Panama team that looked poised for an upset before eventually being worn down by a result American team.

Gold Cup: USA vs. Panama (Match Night Commentary)

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The U.S. national team will be looking to take a step closer to a third straight CONCACAF Gold Cup title today when it takes on Panama in the quarterfinals.

These teams have met in the past two Gold Cups, with the Americans winning the 2005 final via penalty kicks, and the 2007 quarterfinals in a tight 2-1 match.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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The European Soccer season still hasn't begun, but that doesn't mean there aren't some quality games to watch on TV today.

Adebayor to sign with Manchester City

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Manchester City is close to signing Arsenal striker Emmanuel Adebayor.

Adebayor underwent a medical with the club on Saturday morning, and is finalizing personal terms before making an estimated £25 million ($41 million) move from Arsenal to Manchester City.Â

Once signed, the Togo international, who scored ten goals and assisted on four others last season, will join Roque Santa Cruz, Carlos Tevez and Robinho in one of the most potent offenses in the Premiership.

Ibrahimovic and Eto'o swap teams in blockbuster deal

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If you own a Zlatan Ibahimovic Inter Milan jersey, or if you have a Samuel Eto'o Barcelona jersey, it's time to hang those in the closet for good.

According to Barcelona president Joan Laporta, his club and Inter have agreed to a blockbuster deal involving a swap between Ibrahimovic and Eto'o.

WPS Week 17: A Look Ahead

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By CHRISTA MANN

Week 17 in Women's Pro Soccer began with Wednesday match-ups between the Chicago Red Stars and Boston Breakers along with the Washington Freedom against Sky Blue FC (New Jersey).

YWTC: The best of the Donovan-Beckham Entries

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It's time for the latest installment of You Write the Caption, with David Beckham and Landon Donovan the subject of the latest edition.

Before we get to the top entries for the Beckham/Donovan photo, it is time to recognize the winner of the most recent YTWC.

SuperLiga: Fire 2, Revolution 1 (A Look Back)

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(The Chicago Fire booked its place in the 2009 SuperLiga Final on Wednesday with it's 2-1 victory against an injury-depleted New England side. The Fire will now face Tigres in the final on Aug. 5. SBI correspondent was at the semifinal and gives us his report on the match.)

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By CARL SETTERLUND

In soccer terms, being on the wrong side of thirty is an indicator that a player is in decline and can't quite have the effect on the game that they used to.

Eskandarian's dream volley

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When Chivas USA was shopping around Alecko Eskandarian last month there were plenty of teams wary of taking a chance on an injury-prone player earning a six-figure salary. The Los Angeles Galaxy didn't worry so much, choosing instead to take a chance on a proven MLS goal-scorer.

Eskandarian has repaid that faith pretty quickly, scoring two goals in three matches since joining the Galaxy.

Gold Cup: USA vs. Panama (A look ahead)

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The U.S. men's national team will face Panama for the third-straight CONCACAF Gold Cup on Saturday (8pm, Fox Soccer Channel) in Philadelphia, with a spot in Thursday's semifinals on the line. The Americans will field a very short-handed squad against a Panama team that has some talent but will still come in as the underdogs.

D.C. United Update (Notes on Colorado match, Szetela and more)

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By TRAVIS CLARK

It's been 11 days since their last competitive match, and with the Colorado Rapids heading to the nation's capital on Saturday, D.C. United will be anxious to be back home for their first league match at RFK since June 13. Their home record of 4-0-4 leaves a bit more points on the table than most team's would prefer, but they remain right in the thick of things in what is becoming a tightly-contested Eastern Conference.

MLS Notes: McBride has shoulder surgery, Harris traded to Dallas and more (UPDATED)

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The Chicago Fire is considered one of the deepest teams in Major League Soccer and will now have that depth tested as the Easter Conference power is forced to deal with the loss of star striker Brian McBride.

Ching expects difficult game against Panama

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BY DYLAN BUTLER

Panama has 11 players who competed against the United States in the 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup at Gillette Stadium.

Ching expects difficult game against Panama

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BY DYLAN BUTLER

Panama has 11 players who competed against the United States in the 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup at Gillette Stadium.

MLS Notes: McBride has shoulder surgery, Harris traded to Dallas and more

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The Chicago Fire is considered one of the deepest teams in Major League Soccer and will now have that depth tested as the Easter Conference power is forced to deal with the loss of star striker Brian McBride.

D.C. United Update (Notes on Colorado match, Szetela and more)

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By TRAVIS CLARK

It's been 11 days since their last competitive match, and with the Colorado Rapids heading to the nation's capital on Saturday, D.C. United will be anxious to be back home for their first league match at RFK since June 13. Their home record of 4-0-4 leaves a bit more points on the table than most team's would prefer, but they remain right in the thick of things in what is becoming a tightly-contested Eastern Conference.

Gold Cup: USA vs. Panama (A look ahead)

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The U.S. men's national team will face Panama for the third-straight CONCACAF Gold Cup on Saturday (8pm, Fox Soccer Channel) in Philadelphia, with a spot in Thursday's semifinals on the line. The Americans will field a very short-handed squad against a Panama team that has some talent but will still come in as the underdogs.

SuperLiga: Fire 2, Revolution 1 (A Look Back)

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(The Chicago Fire booked its place in the 2009 SuperLiga Final on Wednesday with it's 2-1 victory against an injury-depleted New England side. The Fire will now face Tigres in the final on Aug. 5. SBI correspondent was at the semifinal and gives us his report on the match.)

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By CARL SETTERLUND

In soccer terms, being on the wrong side of thirty is an indicator that a player is in decline and can't quite have the effect on the game that they used to.

Eskandarian's dream volley

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When Chivas USA was shopping around Alecko Eskandarian last month there were plenty of teams wary of taking a chance on an injury-prone player earning a six-figure salary. The Los Angeles Galaxy didn't worry so much, choosing instead to take a chance on a proven MLS goal-scorer.

Eskandarian has repaid that faith pretty quickly, scoring two goals in three matches since joining the Galaxy.

YWTC: The best of the Donovan-Beckham Entries

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It's time for the latest installment of You Write the Caption, with David Beckham and Landon Donovan the subject of the latest edition.

Before we get to the top entries for the Beckham/Donovan photo, it is time to recognize the winner of the most recent YTWC.

Danny Szetela joins D.C. United

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Danny Szetela is officially back in MLS.

The former U.S. Olympic team midfielder has re-signed with Major League Soccer and was allocated to D.C. United on Wednesday, completing his return to the league just two years after leaving the Columbus Crew to sign with Racing Santander.

Szetela looking for fresh start

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Danny Szetela could have kept on chasing the European dream, but he had spent enough time on the bench to know that he needed a complete change of scenery.

Beckham Speaks

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David Beckham faced the New York (and some international) media on Wednesday. He got some softball questions, but also some tough questions, including one from Grant Wahl, author of the controversial book "The Beckham Experiment.

USA victory vs. Spain wins ESPY for Best Upset

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The U.S. men's national team's stunning upset of Spain in the 2009 Confederations Cup semifinal was a game that won't soon be forgotten by American fans. Now, the victory has been awarded for its dramatic impact with an ESPY Award for Best Upset in American sports. The national team won the award at the ESPY Award Ceremony on Wednesday night in Los Angeles.

Morning Ticker: Blanco leads Fire to SuperLiga final, Estudiantes wins Copa and more

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The Chicago Fire moved one step closer to silverware on Wednesday night, riding a Cuauhtemoc Blanco free kick to knock off the New England Revolution, 2-1, in the SuperLiga semifinals.

The victory means the Fire will now face Mexican side Tigres in the SuperLiga final. Tigres defeated Santos Laguna, 3-2, in the second semifinal at Gillette Stadium.

Canadian Corner: Putting the Gold Cup success in perspective

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By DUANE ROLLINS

Discerning Canadian soccer fans can be forgiven for being a tad bit ambivalent about the Canadian national team's success during the preliminary round of the Gold Cup.
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We've seen the movie before after all. A plucky Canuck team surprises the critics (and terrifies the bookies) by playing attractive, winning football at the CONCACAF championships.

Mid-Day Musings: On Johnson, Cooper and Castillo

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Is Eddie Johnson ready to make a comeback?

No, the American striker hasn't been sidelined by injury, he has just managed to fall off the U.

Red Bulls vs. Galaxy (Match Night Commentary)

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The New York Red Bulls take on David Beckham and the Los Angeles Galaxy tonight at Giants Stadium. The English superstar is set to play his first game for the Galaxy this season, which might explain the larger than usual crowd tonight (though not the usual crowd for a Beckham game).

The Red Bulls will be looking to end their own miserable winless streak and has the strongest lineup they've fielded in months.

Donovan and Beckham hug it out, Galaxy roll to 3-1 victory

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When Landon Donovan and David Beckham embraced before Thursday night's match between the Los Angeles Galaxy and New York Red Bulls, the gesture suggested that the two had put aside any issues that may have arisen from Donovan's comments about Beckham in the recent book, "The Beckham Experiment.

TGIF: Swagger like Landon

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Maybe it was the goal vs. Brazil. Or maybe it was a stint with Bayern Munich that went better than previous German excursions. Perhaps it was simply enjoying a summer where he recaptured the form that has made him arguably the best player in U.S. national team history.

Whatever the reason, Landon Donovan has a swagger these days that he's never had before, a confidence and a belief that he can dominate any game and give any team he plays on a good chance of winning.

TGIF: Swagger like Landon

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Maybe it was the goal vs. Brazil. Or maybe it was a stint with Bayern Munich that went better than previous German excursions. Perhaps it was simply enjoying a summer where he recaptured the form that has made him arguably the best player in U.S. national team history.

Whatever the reason, Landon Donovan has a swagger these days that he's never had before, a confidence and a belief that he can dominate any game and give any team he plays on a good chance of winning.

Donovan and Beckham hug it out, Galaxy roll to 3-1 victory

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When Landon Donovan and David Beckham embraced before Thursday night's match between the Los Angeles Galaxy and New York Red Bulls, the gesture suggested that the two had put aside any issues that may have arisen from Donovan's comments about Beckham in the recent book, "The Beckham Experiment.

Red Bulls vs. Galaxy (Matchnight Commentary)

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The New York Red Bulls take on David Beckham and the Los Angeles Galaxy tonight at Giants Stadium. The English superstar is set to play his first game for the Galaxy this season, which might explain the larger than usual crowd tonight (though not the usual crowd for a Beckham game).

The Red Bulls will be looking to end their own miserable winless streak and has the strongest lineup they've fielded in months.

Mid-Day Musings: On Johnson, Cooper and Castillo

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Is Eddie Johnson ready to make a comeback?

No, the American striker hasn't been sidelined by injury, he has just managed to fall off the U.

Canadian Corner: Putting the Gold Cup success in perspective

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By DUANE ROLLINS

Discerning Canadian soccer fans can be forgiven for being a tad bit ambivalent about the Canadian national team's success during the preliminary round of the Gold Cup.
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We've seen the movie before after all. A plucky Canuck team surprises the critics (and terrifies the bookies) by playing attractive, winning football at the CONCACAF championships.

Morning Ticker: Blanco leads Fire to SuperLiga final, Estudiantes wins Copa and more

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The Chicago Fire moved one step closer to silverware on Wednesday night, riding a Cuauhtemoc Blanco free kick to knock off the New England Revolution, 2-1, in the SuperLiga semifinals.

The victory means the Fire will now face Mexican side Tigres in the SuperLiga final. Tigres defeated Santos Laguna, 3-2, in the second semifinal at Gillette Stadium.

USA victory vs. Spain wins ESPY for Best Upset

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The U.S. men's national team's stunning upset of Spain in the 2009 Confederations Cup semifinal was a game that won't soon be forgotten by American fans. Now, the victory has been awarded for its dramatic impact with an ESPY Award for Best Upset in American sports. The national team won the award at the ESPY Award Ceremony on Wednesday night in Los Angeles.

Beckham Speaks

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David Beckham faced the New York (and some international) media on Wednesday. He got some softball questions, but also some tough questions, including one from Grant Wahl, author of the controversial book "The Beckham Experiment.

Szetela looking for fresh start

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Danny Szetela could have kept on chasing the European dream, but he had spent enough time on the bench to know that he needed a complete change of scenery.

D.C. United signs Danny Szetela

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Danny Szetela is officially back in MLS.

The former U.S. Olympic team midfielder has re-signed with Major League Soccer and was allocated to D.C. United on Wednesday, completing his return to the league just two years after leaving the Columbus Crew to sign with Racing Santander.

Report: Morales and Beckerman selected as All-Star reserves

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Real Salt Lake fans worried that their team wouldn't be represented in the MLS All-Star Game at Rio Tinto Stadium on July 29th can rest easy.

Five players Dom Kinnear should add to the MLS All-Star roster

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Dominic Kinnear is used to having loaded rosters to choose from when making out his starting lineups for the Houston Dynamo, but the task he'll have as MLS All-Star head coach will be a little bit tougher.

WPS Week 16: A Look Back

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By CHRISTA MANN

Week 16 in Women's Pro Soccer featured a midweek upset, an East Coast rivalry, and a Brazilian hat trick. Â

On Wednesday the St. Louis Athletica defeated the L.A. Sol 1-0 with an early goal by Athletica midfielder Amanda Cinalli.

Mid-Day Musings: On Beckham, Copa Libertadores and the 2009 MLS Draft

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In case you didn't know, the Beckham Circus has arrived in the New York area, and while there isn't exactly the type of buzz that existed during his first visit to the area with the Galaxy, there's still some excitement in the air.

A Mid-season Look: Sizing up the MLS Rookie Class

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If you followed SBI's pre-draft coverage as well as the 2009 MLS Draft, you knew that this year's rookie class had the chance to be a special one.

Who should the USMNT start vs. Panama?

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If the U.S. men's national team is going to successfully defend its CONCACAF Gold Cup title, it will do so with a very short-handed squad.

USA Gold Cup squad shrinks as Cherundolo and Parkhurst return to Europe

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Defenders Michael Parkhurst and Steve Cherundolo are the latest U.S. national team players to leave the Gold Cup squad to return to Europe, meaning U.

Morning Ticker: City closes in on Adebayor, Beckham open to EPL return and more

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Manchester City keeps on spending.

The best team oil money can buy is set to land yet another key weapon ahead of the upcoming EPL season by acquiring striker Emmanuel Adebayor from Arsenal in a 25 million pound transfer.

The move for Adebayor comes in the same week Manchester City completed the move for Argentine striker Carlos Tevez, who now means City boasts a strike force of Adebayor, Tevez and Roque Santa Cruz.

A closer look at the MLS All-Star First XI

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While there were no real shocking selections in the 2009 MLS All-Star First XI, there were still plenty of question marks surrounding some of the picks, as well as how some of the voting broke down.

'The Beckham Experiment' hits stores today: Will you be reading?

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David Beckham took part in his first practice with the Los Angeles Galaxy on Monday, and while one might have expected him to be taking questions about his time in AC Milan and his return to LA, all anybody wants to talk about his Landon Donovan.

Mid-Day Musings: On signing for arch-rivals

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Remember back when players would never (or almost never) think of signing for an arch-rival?

Those days are long gone now as money talks more loudly than loyalty and players no longer rule out any potential destination. Former Liverpool legend Michael Owen to Manchester United?

Blanco replaces DeRosario on the MLS All-Star First XI

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Chicago Fire star Cuauhtemoc Blanco has been selected to replace Toronto FC standout Dwayne DeRosario on the MLS All-Star Game First XI, MLS announced on Tuesday.

USMNT loses another player as Davies leaves for France

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Charlie Davies' long and busy summer with the U.S. national team appears to be over (for now).

The young striker, who has been with the team for both the Confederations Cup and Gold Cup, is heading to France to join up with new club Sochaux, and thus won't be available for the U.

Szetela returning to MLS, D.C. United the front-runner for his services

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Former U.S. Olympic team midfielder Danny Szetela is on his way back to Major League Soccer, but he won't be coming back to Columbus or heading home to New Jersey.

Tickets for USA-Mexico qualifier on sale Saturday

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If you are a U.S. national team fan intent on traveling to Mexico for the highly-anticipated World Cup qualifier between Mexico and the United States, your chance to get tickets is coming.

Who should the USMNT start vs. Panama?

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If the U.S. men's national team is going to successfully defend its CONCACAF Gold Cup title, it will do so with a very short-handed squad.

Tickets for USA-Mexico qualifier on sale Saturday

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If you are a U.S. national team fan intent on traveling to Mexico for the highly-anticiplated World Cup qualifier between Mexico and the United States, your chance to get tickets is coming.

Szetela returning to MLS, D.C. United the front-runner for his services

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Former U.S. Olympic team midfielder Danny Szetela is on his way back to Major League Soccer, but he won't be coming back to Columbus or heading home to New Jersey.

USMNT loses another player as Davies leaves for France

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Charlie Davies' long and busy summer with the U.S. national team appears to be over (for now).

The young striker, who has been with the team for both the Confederations Cup and Gold Cup, is heading to France to join up with new club Sochaux, and thus won't be available for the U.

Blanco replaces DeRosario on the MLS All-Star First XI

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Chicago Fire star Cuauhtemoc Blanco has been selected to replace Toronto FC standout Dwayne DeRosario on the MLS All-Star Game First XI, MLS announced on Tuesday. DeRosario was voted to the First XI, but he will be unable to play in the All-Star game because Toronto FC has a CONCACAF Champions League game on July 29th, the same day The MLS All-Stars face Everton at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah.

Mid-Day Musings: On signing for arch-rivals

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Remember back when players would never (or almost never) think of signing for an arch-rival?

Those days are long gone now as money talks more loudly than loyalty and players no longer rule out any potential destination. Former Liverpool legend Michael Owen to Manchester United?

'The Beckham Experiment' hits stores today: Will you be reading?

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David Beckham took part in his first practice with the Los Angeles Galaxy on Monday, and while one might have expected him to be taking questions about his time in AC Milan and his return to LA, all anybody wants to talk about his Landon Donovan.

A closer look at the MLS All-Star First XI

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While there were no real shocking selections in the 2009 MLS All-Star First XI, there were still plenty of question marks surrounding some of the picks, as well as how some of the voting broke down.

Morning Ticker: City closes in on Adebayor, Beckham open to EPL return and more

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Manchester City keeps on spending.

The best team oil money can buy is set to land yet another key weapon ahead of the upcoming EPL season by acquiring striker Emmanuel Adebayor from Arsenal in a 25 million pound transfer.

The move for Adebayor comes in the same week Manchester City completed the move for Argentine striker Carlos Tevez, who now means City boasts a strike force of Adebayor, Tevez and Roque Santa Cruz.

USA Gold Cup squad shrinks as Cherundolo and Parkhurst return to Europe

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Defenders Michael Parkhurst and Steve Cherundolo are the latest U.S. national team players to leave the Gold Cup squad to return to Europe, meaning U.

Keller, Donovan lead MLS All-Star First XI

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The MLS All-Star First XI was announced on Monday, and as expected, Seattle led the way with selections, only not as many might have thought.

Kasey Keller and Freddie Ljungberg were named to the MLS All-Star First XI in their first seasons in the league. Voted on by fans, players and media, the MLS All-Star First XI is the group of players who received the most votes, but isn't necessarily the group that will start against Everton at the All-Star Game at Rio Tinto Stadium on July 29th.

Feilhaber nets brace in Aarhus friendly

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It must feel good to be Benny Feilhaber right now.

After an impressive performance for the U.S. national team in the Confederations Cup, and after a solid showing as a substitute in a 2-1 Gold Cup victory over Honduras last week, Feilhaber scored twice in his first summer appearance for AGF Aarhus on Monday.

Would Greece be a good fit for Altidore?

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So you probably heard about the false alarm reports of Jozy Altidore heading to Greek powerhouse Olympiakos on loan (the interest in Altidore had been in the Greek papers for weeks).

USA 2, Haiti 2: A look back

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It was a game that didn't have much meaning from a results standpoint (at least not for the Americans), but the U.S. national team's 2-2 tie vs. Haiti on Saturday certainly still had plenty of value for the United States.

Along with giving head coach Bob Bradley a chance to see every player he hadn't seen in the team's first two matches, it also helped provide the U.

No firings imminent as Red Bulls stand pat

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When Red Bulls sporting director Erik Stover and technical director Jeff Agoos went to Austria last week to meet with Red Bull management about the struggles of the worst team in MLS, it was thought that the meeting would result in the firing of one or both of them, and the firing of head coach Juan Carlos Osorio.

Gold Cup quarters set after Mexico and Panama win

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No Javier Aguirre? No problem.

With their head coach serving a suspension, the Mexican national team used a first-half blast from Gerardo Torrado to cruise to a 2-0 victory over Guadeloupe on Sunday.

Panama joined Mexico in the Gold Cup quarterfinals courtesy of its 4-0 mauling of Nicaragua.

WPS Week 16: A Look Ahead

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When the midweek match-up between the L.A. Sol and St. Louis Athletica opened Week 16 in Women's Pro Soccer, it set the stage for tonight's games between Sky Blue FC (New Jersey) at the Boston Breakers (6:00 PM on FSC) and the Chicago Red Stars against the Bay Area's FC Gold Pride (8:00 PM Comcast).

Aguirre handed three-match ban

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Mexican national team coach Javier Aguirre will not be on the sidelines for today's Guadeloupe after being suspended for three matches for his run-in with Panama's Ricardo Phillips.

Gold Cup: Matchday Nine (Your Running Commentary)

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The final day of the CONCACAF Gold Cup Group Stage takes place today, with Mexico trying to win Group C by knocking off 2-0 Guadeloupe (7pm, Univision).

The scenarios are very intriguing today for 'El Tri', who could win Group C with a win, but who could wind up playing the United States as a third-place team if they lose and Panama wins its game against Nicaragua (5pm, Galavision).

WPS Week 16: A Look Ahead

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By CHRISTA MANN

When the midweek match-up between the L.A. Sol and St. Louis Athletica opened Week 16 in Women's Pro Soccer, it set the stage for tonight's games between Sky Blue FC (New Jersey) at the Boston Breakers (6:00 PM on FSC) and the Chicago Red Stars against the Bay Area's FC Gold Pride (8:00 PM Comcast).

Gold Cup: Matchday Nine (Your Running Commentary)

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The final day of the CONCACAF Gold Cup Group Stage takes place today, with Mexico trying to win Group C by knocking off 2-0 Guadeloupe (7pm, Univision).

The scenarios are very intriguing today for 'El Tri', who could win Group C with a win, but who could wind up playing the United States as a third-place team if they lose and Panama wins its game against Nicaragua (5pm, Galavision).

Aguirre handed three-match ban

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Mexican national team coach Javier Aguirre will not be on the sidelines for today's Guadeloupe after being suspended for three matches for his run-in with Panama's Ricardo Phillips. The suspension means Aguirre would return to the Mexico sidelin no sooner than the Gold Cup final. If Mexico is eliminated before the Gold Cup final then Aguirre would miss the Aug.

MLS Matchday 17: A look ahead

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The CONCACAF Gold Cup is front and center in the minds of many American soccer fans this week, but while the U.S. national team is playing on Saturday there will also be a handful of great MLS match-ups.

Like rivalries? Want to see the league's best face off? Then this is your weekend.

Gold Cup: Matchday Seven (Your Running Commentary)

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The Gold Cup resumes tonight as the final round of group stage play commences from Miami, Fl. In the first game of the night, Costa Rica will look to climb from its third place position as they take on a Canadian team that currently sits in first and has yet to allow a goal.

In the second match of the night, the last-place Jamaicans will look to keep their slim Gold Cup dreams alive as they play an El Salvador side that currently stands in second with three points.

Exciting times for Charlie Davies

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BY DYLAN BUTLER

It's a good time to be Charlie Davies.

After a breakthrough performance at the FIFA Confederations Cup and scoring a goal in the CONCACAF Gold Cup against Grenada, the 23-year-old forward will get to play in front of family and friends from the Boston area for the first time in a U.

Gold Cup Rewind: Canada wins Group A, Jamaica eliminates El Salvador

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by GIANFRANCO PANIZO

Group A finished in dramatic fashion on Friday night as Canada and Costa Rica assured themselves of a place in the quarterfinals while Jamaica eliminated El Salvador.

In the first match of the double-header played at FIU Stadium in Miami, Fl.

Johnson scores in Fulham preseason victory

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Eddie Johnson came off the bench and scored a goal in Fulham's 3-0 preseason win over Australian A-League champions Melbourne Victory on Saturday.

With the game already 1-0 in favor of the Cottagers, Johnson entered the game as a substitute and doubled the lead, scoring in the 67th minute.

A look back at the first two U.S. games of the Gold Cup

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Two games, two wins, two shutouts.

The start to the U.S. national team's Gold Cup has been far different from the team's Confederations Cup opening and the team's early success has fans excited about a new crop of American players.

Gold Cup: USA vs. Haiti (Match Night Commentary)

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The U.S. men's national team is in Foxborough, Mass. tonight to take on Haiti at Gillette Stadium in the final Group B match for both teams. a win or draw clinches first place in the group for the USA, which has already secured a place in the quarterfinals.

The Americans will look to field a different looking squad as midfielders Freddy Adu and Benny Feilhaber have left the team.

MLS Matchday 16 (Your Running Commentary)

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While the U.S. national team is attracting much of the attention from U.S. fans tonight, some MLS fans are passing on watching the national team in order to see their club teams play in key league fixtures.

The afternoon included a Seattle 2-1 win against Houston, as well as a scoreless draw between New England and Kansas City.

Beckham addresses Donovan criticism

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When Landon Donovan's comments bashing LA teammate David Beckham were released in excerpts from the upcoming book, "The Beckham Experiment" you just knew Beckham wouldn't be happy.

Holden blast gives USA draw vs. Haiti

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Haiti was one minute away from the biggest upset in its national team's history, and one minute away from taking the Gold Cup Group B lead from heavy favorites the United States.

Holden blast gives USA draw vs. Haiti

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Haiti was one minute away from the biggest upset in its national team's history, and one minute away from taking the Gold Cup Group B lead from heavy favorites the United States.

Beckham addresses Donovan criticism

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When Landon Donovan's comments bashing LA teammate David Beckham were released in excerpts from the upcoming book, "The Beckham Experiment" you just knew Beckham wouldn't be happy.

MLS Matchday 16 (Your Running Commentary)

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While the U.S. national team is attracting much of the attention from U.S. fans tonight, some MLS fans are passing on watching the national team in order to see their club teams play in key league fixtures.

The afternoon included a Seattle 2-1 win against Houston, as well as a scoreless draw between New England and Kansas City.

Gold Cup: USA vs. Haiti (Match Night Commentary)

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The U.S. men's national team is in Foxborough, Mass. tonight to take on Haiti at Gillette Stadium in the final Group B match for both teams. a win or draw clinches first place in the group for the USA, which has already secured a place in the quarterfinals.

The Americans will look to field a different looking squad as midfielders Freddy Adu and Benny Feilhaber have left the team.

A look back at the first two U.S. games of the Gold Cup

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Two games, two wins, two shutouts.

The start to the U.S. national team's Gold Cup has been far different from the team's Confederations Cup opening and the team's early success has fans excited about a new crop of American players.

Johnson scores in Fulham preseason victory

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Eddie Johnson came off the bench and scored a goal in Fulham's 3-0 preseason win over Australian A-League champions Melbourne Victory on Saturday.

With the game already 1-0 in favor of the Cottagers, Johnson entered the game as a substitute and doubled the lead, scoring in the 67th minute.

Gold Cup Rewind: Canada wins Group A, Jamaica eliminates El Salvador

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by GIANFRANCO PANIZO

Group A finished in dramatic fashion on Friday night as Canada and Costa Rica assured themselves of a place in the quarterfinals while Jamaica eliminated El Salvador.

In the first match of the double-header played at FIU Stadium in Miami, Fl.

Exciting times for Charlie Davies

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BY DYLAN BUTLER

It's a good time to be Charlie Davies.

After a breakthrough performance at the FIFA Confederations Cup and scoring a goal in the CONCACAF Gold Cup against Grenada, the 23-year-old forward will get to play in front of family and friends from the Boston area for the first time in a U.

Gold Cup: Matchday Seven Commentary

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The Gold Cup resumes tonight as the final round of group stage play commences from Miami, Fl. In the first game of the night, Costa Rica will look to climb from its third place position as they take on a Canadian team that currently sits in first place and has yet to allow a goal.

In the second match of the night, the last-place Jamaicans will look to keep their slim Gold Cup dreams alive as they play an El Salvador side that currently stands in second with six points.

MLS Matchday 17: A look ahead

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The CONCACAF Gold Cup is front and center in the minds of many American soccer fans this week, but while the U.S. national team is playing on Saturday there will also be a handful of great MLS match-ups.

Like rivalries? Want to see the league's best face off? Then this is your weekend.

Mid-Day Musings (Gold Cup thoughts, the deal with Duka, and more)

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How wild was last night?

If you watched Mexico-Panama last night hoping to get some insight into the U.S. national team's biggest rival you were treated to a night filled with ugliness, absurdity and unintentional comedy.

Who should the USMNT start vs. Haiti?

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The U.S. men's national team has secured a place in the Gold Cup quarterfinals, but still needs a result on Saturday vs.

Gold Cup Rewind: Mexico ties Panama in crazy match, Guadeloupe rolls

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Meetings between the Mexican national team and Panama are always heated, but Thursday night's clash in the CONCACAF Gold Cup took the rivalry to new, uglier levels.


Fan violence in the stands and clashes on the field turned the match into an ugly encounter as three red cards and one very unfortunate intervention by Mexican head coach Javier Aguirre (and his subsequent ejection) transformed the match into a farce.

Who was on your final MLS All-Star Ballot?

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This past Monday marked the deadline for media ballots for the MLS All-Star Team, meaning I could no longer keep putting off my selections as I tried to choose in some of the toughest all-star selection races in recent memory.

2010 World Cup jeopardized as stadium workers strike in South Africa

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Stadium construction workers in South Africa have gone on strike, thus jeopardizing the completion of venues for the 2010 World Cup.

What does this mean? Should we be worried? Is Sepp Blatter ringing Sunil Gulati on speed-dial and praying for USA 2010? Okay, so maybe that's a pipe dream, but this news certainly doesn't bode well for South Africa's World Cup.

Gold Cup: USA vs. Honduras (Match Night Commentary)

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The U.S. men's national team will look to move astep closer to qualifying for the CONCACAF Gold Cup quarterfinals tonight by beating Honduras in the marquee match-up of Group B (9pm, FSC).

The Americans are coming off a 4-0 thrashing of Grenada in their first match while Honduras is fresh from a tough 1-0 victory against Haiti.

Quaranta goal rallies USA past Honduras, 2-0, at RFK

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Santino Quaranta fought back tears as the national anthem played at RFK Stadium on Wednesday night. He was overcome with emotion at the chance he had worked so hard to get, the place on the U.

USA 2, Honduras 0: A look back

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It didn't start out as the prettiest game, and for long stretches the USA-Honduras match looked capable of being an upset loss for the Americans, but a strong defense and a pair of dangerous substitutes turned last night's Gold Cup match in the U.

Report: Davies headed to Sochaux

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The quest to sign U.S. national team striker Charlie Davies has apparently come to an end and Sochaux is claiming victory.

French newspaper L'Equipe is reporting that Davies is being sold to Sochaux in a transfer from Swedish club Hammarby.

Donovan: "I should have talked to Beckham"

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Landon Donovan raised plenty of eyebrows with his comments about David Beckhamin the upcoming book "The Beckham Experiment". Now, Donovan is admitting that he probably should have made his comments directly to Beckham.

USA-Mexico World Cup qualifier set to kick off at 4pm

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The Mexican Football Federation has announced that the USA-Mexico World Cup qualifier in Mexico City on Aug.

Quaranta continues his remarkable comeback

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By TRAVIS CLARK

The look on his face said it all. After scoring the first goal in last night's Gold Cup match, the emotion surged over Santino Quaranta, the D.

Gold Cup: Matchday Six (Your Running Commentary

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The Mexican National Team is in action tonight as it tries to keep pace with Gold Cup group leaders USA and Canada. Mexico takes on Panama in group B play (10 pm, Univision). Guadeloupe is facing Nicaragua in the early match of the night(8pm, Galavision). If you are watching tonight's matches please feel free to share your thoughts, opinions and some play-by-play in the comments section below.

Gold Cup: Matchday Six (Your Running Commentary

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The Mexican National Team is in action tonight as it tries to keep pace with Gold Cup leaders USA and Canada. Mexico takes on Panama in group B play. Guadeloupe is facing Nicaragua in the early match of the night. If you are watching tonight's matches please feel free to share your thoughts, opinions and some play-by-play in the comments section below.

Quaranta continues his remarkable comeback

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By TRAVIS CLARK

The look on his face said it all. After scoring the first goal in last night's Gold Cup match, the emotion surged over Santino Quaranta, the D.

USA-Mexico World Cup qualifier set to kick off at 4pm

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The Mexican Football Federation has announced that the USA-Mexico World Cup qualifier in Mexico City on Aug.

Donovan: "I should have talked to Beckham"

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Landon Donovan raised plenty of eyebrows with his comments about David Beckhamin the upcoming book "The Beckham Experiment". Now, Donovan is admitting that he probably should have made his comments directly to Beckham.

Report: Davies headed to Sochaux

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The quest to sign U.S. national team striker Charlie Davies has apparently come to an end and Sochaux is claiming victory.

French newspaper L'Equipe is reporting that Davies is being sold to Sochaux in a transfer from Swedish club Hammarby.

USA 2, Honduras 0: A look back

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It didn't start out as the prettiest game, and for long stretches the USA-Honduras match looked capable of being an upset loss for the Americans, but a strong defense and a pair of dangerous substitutes turned last night's Gold Cup match in the U.

Quaranta goal rallies USA past Honduras, 2-0, at RFK

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Santino Quaranta fought back tears as the national anthem played at RFK Stadium on Wednesday night. He was overcome with emotion at the chance he had worked so hard to get, the place on the U.

Gold Cup: USA vs. Honduras (Match Night Commentary)

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The U.S. men's national team will look to move astep closer to qualifying for the CONCACAF Gold Cup quarterfinals tonight by beating Honduras in the marquee match-up of Group B (9pm, FSC).

The Americans are coming off a 4-0 thrashing of Grenada in their first match while Honduras is fresh from a tough 1-0 victory against Haiti.

2010 World Cup jeopardized as stadium works strike in South Africa

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Stadium construction workers in South Africa have gone on strike, thus jeopardizing the completion of venues for the 2010 World Cup.

What does this mean? Should we be worried? Is Sepp Blatter ringing Sunil Gulati on speed-dial and praying for USA 2010? Okay, so maybe that's a pipe dream, but this news certainly doesn't bode well for South Africa's World Cup.

Who wason your final MLS All-Star Ballot?

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This past Monday marked the deadline for media ballots for the MLS All-Star Team, meaning I could no longer keep putting off my selections as I tried to choose in some of the toughest all-star selection races in recent memory.

WPS Week 15: A Look Back

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By CHRISTA MANN

In Week 15 of Women's Pro Soccer, the Chicago Red Stars finally posted something new in the win column.

SBI Flashback: The day Honduras took over RFK Stadium

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(With today's Gold Cup match between Honduras and the U.S. national team marking their first meeting here in Washington D.C. in eight years, I couldn't help but think back to that meeting two World Cup cycles ago, a match and a day among the most memorable of my career.)

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Fans clad in blue banged on the closed gates of RFK Stadium, demanding to be let into watch a very important World Cup qualifier, only these fans weren't Americans.

Gold Cup Rewind: Canada wins (again) and Costa Rica edges Jamaica

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The Canadian national team took a major step toward qualifying for the CONCACAF Gold Cup quarterfinals with a 1-0 victory against El Salvador on Tuesday night in Columbus, Ohio.

SBI MLS Power Rankings (Week 16)

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Alecko Eskandarian wasted no time making an impact with his new club and the result is another Galaxy win and another LA move up the SBI MLS Power Rankings.

Nightmare season leads to Red Bulls summit in Austria

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The New York Red Bulls are enduring one of the worst seasons in Major League Soccer history, a season so bad that the normally uninvolved Red Bull ownership in Salzburg, Austria has taken notice.

Transfer Ticker: AC Milan bids on strikers, Puyol rejects City and more

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by GIANFRANCO PANIZO

Fans really do have a say in what happens with a club. Well, at least in Italy they do.

One day after AC Milan had around 300 supporters protesting outside of its first preseason training for lack of major off-season signings, the club has made bids for forwards Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (Real Madrid)Â and Luis Fabiano (Sevilla).

Onyewu's Milan move has U.S. teammates excited

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BY DYLAN BUTLER

WASHINGTON, D.C. --Â As news of Oguchi Onyewu's move to AC Milan on a free transfer reached the U.

U.S. Open Cup quarterfinals kick off tonight

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By SEAN RUBIO

Four MLS and four USL teams will combine for the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup quarterfinals, with two USL-2 sides looking to go glory hunting into the semifinals.

In the only all-MLS tie, Kansas City Wizards are travelling to the Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila, WA to take on Seattle Sounders FC.

Gold Cup: Matchday Four (Your running commentary)

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The CONCACAF Gold Cup returns to action tonight and the scene shifts to Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio with Group A matches. Here is the schedule of games:

Jamaica vs. Costa Rica 7p (TeleFutura)

El Salvador vs. Canada 9p (Galavision)

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

Gold Cup: Matchday Four (Your running commentary)

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The CONCACAF Gold Cup returns to action tonight and the scene shifts to Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio with Group A matches. Here is the schedule of games:

Jamaica vs. Costa Rica 7p (TeleFutura)

El Salvador vs. Canada 9p (Galavision)

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

U.S. Open Cup quarterfinals kick off tonight

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By SEAN RUBIO

Four MLS and four USL teams will combine for the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup quarterfinals, with two USL-2 sides looking to go glory hunting into the semifinals.

In the only all-MLS tie, Kansas City Wizards are travelling to the Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila, WA to take on Seattle Sounders FC.

Onyewu's Milan move has U.S. teammates excited

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BY DYLAN BUTLER

WASHINGTON, D.C. --Â As news of Oguchi Onyewu's move to AC Milan on a free transfer reached the U.

Transfer Ticker: AC Milan bids on strikers, Puyol rejects City and more

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Fans really do have a say in what happens with a club. Well, at least in Italy they do.

One day after AC Milan had around 300 supporters protesting outside of its first preseason training for lack of major off-season signings, the club has made bids for forwards Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (Real Madrid)Â and Luis Fabiano (Sevilla).

Nightmare season leads to Red Bulls summit in Austria

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The New York Red Bulls are enduring one of the worst seasons in Major League Soccer history, a season so bad that the normally uninvolved Red Bull ownership in Salzburg, Austria has taken notice.

FIFA suspends Michael Bradley, but he won't miss Mexico qualifier

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U.S. national team midfielder Michael Bradley has been handed a four-match suspension by FIFA for his run-in with referee Jorge Larrionda following the U.

Who should the USMNT start vs. Honduras?

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If Grenada was the appetizer then the U.S. Men's national team's next Gold Cup opponent has to be considered the main course, but while Honduras should provide a tougher test than the 'Spice Boys', this isn't the same Honduras team that pushed the U.

Movsisyan signs pre-contract with Randers, will leave RSL after season

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Real Salt Lake striker Yura Movsisyan has signed a pre-contract with Danish club Randers, meaning he will leave MLS after the current season to join Randers on January 1, 2010. Movsisyan is in the final year of his MLS contract and is allowed to sign with a new club six months before his current contract expires.

Packed Bernabeu welcomes Cristiano Ronaldo to Real Madrid

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You know how you can tell when a player is truly a mega-star? When a stadium fills just to see his introductory press conference.


Cristiano Ronaldo was unveiled at the Bernabeu on Monday in front of a crowd of more than 60,000 fans (with some reports putting the figure as 80,000).

DeGuzman weighing "significant" offer from Toronto FC

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Toronto FC want Julian DeGuzman badly and is prepared to break the bank (of Montreal) to make it happen.

SBI correspondent and Canadian soccer expert Duane Rollins reported on his website, The 24th Minute, that TFC has made a seven-figure offer for the soon-to-be-former Deportivo La Coruna star.

Onyewu signs with AC Milan

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After a summer of speculation about where he may wind up, Oguchi Onyewu has signed with one of the biggest clubs in Europe.

Onyewu has signed with AC Milan, joining the Italian giants on a free transfer. Milan announced the signing on its club website.

A standout for Standard Liege over the past five seasons, Onyewu left the Belgian club after helping lead Liege to a pair of Jupiler League championships.

FIFA suspends Michael Bradley, but he won't miss Mexico qualifier

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U.S. national team midfielder Michael Bradley has been handed a four-match suspension by FIFA for his run-in with referee Jorge Larrionda following the U.

Onyewu signs with AC Milan

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After a summer of speculation about where he may wind up, Oguchi Onyewu has signed with one of the biggest clubs in Europe.

Onyewu has signed with AC Milan, joining the Italian giants on a free transfer. Milan announced the signing on its club website.

A standout for Standard Liege over the past five seasons, Onyewu left the Belgian club after helping lead Liege to a pair of Jupiler League championships.

DeGuzman weighing "significant" offer from Toronto FC

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Toronto FC want Julian DeGuzman badly and is prepared to break the bank (of Montreal) to make it happen.

SBI correspondent and Canadian soccer expert Duane Rollins reported on his website, The 24th Minute, that TFC has made a seven-figure offer for the soon-to-be-former Deportivo La Coruna star.

Packed Bernabeu welcomes Cristiano Ronaldo to Real Madrid

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You know how you can tell when a player is truly a mega-star? When a stadium fills just to see his introductory press conference.


Cristiano Ronaldo was unveiled at the Bernabeu on Monday in front of a crowd of more than 60,000 fans. Wearing the Real Madrid uniform, and the number nine shirt, Ronaldo went through the usual introductory fanfare.

Movsisyan signs pre-contract with Randers, will leave RSL after season

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Real Salt Lake striker Yura Movsisyan has signed a pre-contract with Danish club Randers, meaning he will leave MLS after the current season to join Randers on January 1, 2010. Movsisyan is in the final year of his MLS contract and is allowed to sign with a new club six months before his current contract expires.

Who should the USMNT start vs. Honduras?

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If Grenada was the appetizer then the U.S. Men's national team's next Gold Cup opponent has to be considered the main course, but while Honduras should provide a tougher test than the 'Spice Boys', this isn't the same Honduras team that pushed the U.

Feilhaber called in for Honduras match

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Benny Feilhaber has been called in by U.S. national team head coach Bob Bradley for the United States' Gold Cup match vs. Honduras on Wednesday.

Feilhaber is one of seven players added to the U.

Jaqua accused of sexual assult in lawsuit

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Seattle Sounders forward Nate Jaqua has been slapped with a civil lawsuit accusing him of sexually assaulting a college student in Portland two years ago.

The $10 million lawsuit was filed on Tuesday, almost two years to the day when the accuser says Jaqua raped her in a cemetary.

MLS Matchday 16: Your Running Commentary

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Tonight is a U.S. national team match-day, but that isn't stopping Major League Soccer from playing five matches tonight, including three at the same time as the USA-Grenada match. American soccer fans--at least the ones who follow MLS--will be torn between watching their own teams or watching a USA B-Team against an overmatched opponent.

Gold Cup: USA vs. Grenada (Match Night Commentary)

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The U.S. men's national team plays its first match since the Confederations Cup as it begins CONCACAF Gold Cup play tonight vs. Grenada.

Most of the U.S. team's top stars are sitting this tournament out, leaving the event as an opportunity for young players to prove they belong, and veterans a chance to show they still have what it takes to contribute to the first team.

Plenty of fireworks as U.S. thrashes Grenada

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BY DYLAN BUTLER

SEATTLE -- The United States National Team did something on Saturday night that it failed to do a week ago in South Africa -- protect a two-goal halftime lead.

MLS Week 16 Rewind

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It didn't take Alecko Eskandarian long to make an impact with his new club.

The well-traveled striker scored a goal in his first match with the LA Galaxy and it proved to be the game winner in a 1-0 LA victory against New England. The victory moved the Galaxy into a tie for the fourth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference at the halfway point.

Tevez set to join Manchester City

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Carlos Tevez is already accustomed to wearing light blue while on national team duty with Argentina. It appears he is ready to wear the color full-time as he is on the verge of signing with Manchester City.

The former Manchester United striker is set to join United's cross-town rival in a deal sure to anger United fans who grew to love the mercurial striker.

Gold Cup: Matchday Three (Your Running Commentary)

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The CONCACAF Gold Cup returns to action today with Mexico and Group C kicking things off. Here is today's schedule of games:

  • Panama vs. Guadeloupe, 5pm (Galavision)

  • Nicaragua vs. Mexico, 7pm (Univision)

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

USA 4, Grenada 0: A Look Back

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So what exactly did we learn from the U.S. men's national team's 4-0 drubbing of Grenada on Saturday?

Report: Real Madrid eyeing Onyewu

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Oguchi Onyewu has apparently caught the eye of none other than mega-million-spending club Real Madrid, who could land the U.S. defender if its bid for Liverpool defender Alvaro Arbeloa falls through.

That's what Spanish website Mundo Deportivo is claiming in a report released today.

Feilhaber called in for Honduras match

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Benny Feilhaber has been called in by U.S. national team head coach Bob Bradley for the United States' Gold Cup match vs. Honduras on Wednesday.

Feilhaber is one of seven players added to the U.

Report: Real Madrid eyeing Onyewu

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Oguchi Onyewu has apparently caught the eye of none other than mega-million-spending club Real Madrid, who could land the U.S. defender if its bid for Liverpool defender Alvaro Arbeloa falls through.

That's what Spanish website Mundo Deportivo is claiming in a report released today.

USA 4, Grenada 0: A Look Back

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So what exactly did we learn from the U.S. men's national team's 4-0 drubbing of Grenada on Saturday?

Gold Cup: Matchday Three (Your Running Commentary)

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The CONCACAF Gold Cup returns to action today with Mexico and Group C kicking things off. Here is today's schedule of games:

  • Panama vs. Guadeloupe, 5pm (Galavision)

  • Nicaragua vs. Mexico, 7pm (Univision)

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

Tevez set to join Manchester City

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Carlos Tevez is already accustomed to wearing light blue while on national team duty with Argentina. It appears he is ready to wear the color full-time as he is on the verge of signing with Manchester City.

The former Manchester United striker is set to join United's cross-town rival in a deal sure to anger United fans who grew to love the mercurial striker.

MLS Week 16 Rewind

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It didn't take Alecko Eskandarian long to make an impact with his new club.

The well-traveled striker scored a goal in his first match with the LA Galaxy and it proved to be the game winner in a 1-0 LA victory against New England. The victory moved the Galaxy into a tie for the fourth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference at the halfway point.

Plenty of fireworks as U.S. thrashes Grenada

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BY DYLAN BUTLER

SEATTLE -- The United States National Team did something on Saturday night that it failed to do a week ago in South Africa -- protect a two-goal halftime lead.

Gold Cup: USA vs. Grenada (Match Night Commentary)

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The U.S. men's national team plays its first match since the Confederations Cup as it begins CONCACAF Gold Cup play tonight vs. Grenada.

Most of the U.S. team's top stars are sitting this tournament out, leaving the event as an opportunity for young players to prove they belong, and veterans a chance to show they still have what it takes to contribute to the first team.

MLS Matchday 16: Your Running Commentary

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Tonight is a U.S. national team match-day, but that isn't stopping Major League Soccer from playing five matches tonight, including three at the same time as the USA-Grenada match. American soccer fans--at least the ones who follow MLS--will be torn between watching their own teams or watching a USA B-Team against an overmatched opponent.

WPS Week 15: A Look Ahead

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 By CHRISTA MANN  The Chicago Red Stars opened Week 15 on Wednesday with the league's first-ever come from behind victory.  With three more games on tap for this holiday weekend, let's hope for a few more surprises from some unsuspecting Women's Pro Soccer teams.Â
Today, New Jersey's Sky Blue FC will kick things off against the Boston Breakers and the Bay Area's FC Gold Pride returns from a bye week to host the St.

Jaqua accused of sexual assult in lawsuit

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Seattle Sounders forward Nate Jaqua has been slapped with a civil lawsuit accusing him of sexually assaulting a college student two years ago.

The $10 million lawsuit was filed on Tuesday, almost two years to the day when the accuser says Jaqua raped her in a cemetary.

Gold Cup Rewind: Costa Rica stunned, Canada wins

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New Toronto FC signing Ali Gerba helped the Canadian national team kick off the Gold Cup with a 1-0 victory against Jamaica on Friday night in the tournament's first match.

Canada is joined atop Group A by El Salvador, which used a late goal from Osael Romero to knock off Costa Rica, 2-1, in the nightcap at Home Depot Center.

Happy 4th of July from SBI

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It is the Fourth of July, the day to celebrate our country's independence, as well as to enjoy a holiday.

There is plenty of soccer to watch today between your trips to the beach, the park and the grill, between MLS action and the U.S. national team's opening Gold Cup match against Grenada.

U.S. going Fourth with Gold Cup opener

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BY DYLAN BUTLER

SEATTLE -- Brad Evans has seen his share of special moments at Qwest Field, but hearing the national anthem on the Fourth of July while wearing the U.S. National Team jersey will no doubt be a highlight of his young career.

2009 Gold Cup set to kick off

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The 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup kicks off tonight as 11 teams try to take the crown away from the U.S.national team.

The United States is fresh from its Confederations Cup final appearance and will be fielding a B team in this tournament. It is not alone in that regard, with Mexico also leaving most of its top European players home.

MLS Matchday 16: A Look Ahead

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Confederation Cup players are back but many more Gold Cup call-ups leave their teams as we head into the second half of the MLS season.

This week's slate of games features one very good Eastern Conference clash, one reunion in Dallas and quality inter-conference battle in Colorado as the Chicago Fire take on the Rapids in a tilt loaded with quality match-ups.

Bradley discusses Torres

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Why hasn't Jose Francisco Torres been playing for the U.S. national team lately?

That question has been on the minds of many observers who have wondered about Torres' lack of playing time in recent weeks, including zero appearances in the Confederations Cup.

Owen to Manchester United gaining momentum

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 Manchester United has lost Cristiano Ronaldo and Carlos Tevez this summer and has just added Antonio Valencia as a replacement.

The story of Eric Frimpong

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If you have never heard the name Eric Frimpong (pictured in blue), then chances are you aren't familiar with his story. It is a sad story of a soccer player who seemingly had the world at his feet before a series of events changed his life forever.

ESPN the Magazine's Sam Alipour has written about Frimpong's story, and it is a must-read.

Gold Cup: Adu's chance to shine

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by GIANFRANCO PANIZO

Freddy Adu was forced to watch every minute of the U.S. national team's dream run to the final of the Confederations Cup from the bench. That most likely will not be the case for him in the Gold Cup.

You write the caption: The Beckham-Donovan edition

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While nobody ever accused Landon Donovan and David Beckham of being best friends, their already awkward relationship isn't likely to ever blossom into BFF status after Donovan's revelations in Grant Wahl's soon-to-be-released book, the Beckham Experiment.

We will have to wait a few weeks before Beckham returns to the Galaxy and the awkwardness reaches record heights at Home Depot Center, there is no reason we can't begin to have some fun with it now.

Who should the USA start vs. Grenada?

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Who should Bob Bradley start vs. Grenada?

Doesn't have the same ring of importance and urgency as "Who should Bradley start vs. Spain" or "Who should Bradley start vs.

Benzema latest to join Real Madrid, Ribery wants in

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Fiorentino Perez said he was bringing in a new group of 'Galacticos'.

He was not kidding.

Real Madrid has added Karim Benzema to Kaka and Cristiano Ronaldo in the Real Madrud summer haul, and now Bayern Munich star Franck Ribery wants to be next.

Zizzo close to loan move to Fortuna Dusseldorf

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Sal Zizzo is close to finalizing a loan deal from Hannover 96 to Fortuna Dusseldorf of Germany's Bundesliga II.

The one-year loan deal is in the final steps of negotiations with Zizzo just needing to pass a physical before officially joining the recently promoted club.

Zizzo, who transferred to the Hannover in 2007 following his impressive performance at the U-20 World Cup, played in only five games for Hannover this past season.

U.S. Open Cup: Seattle Sounders vs. Portland Timbers (Your Running Commentary)

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U.S. Open Cup matches don't generally have the heated rivalry factor, but the Portland Timbers-Seattle Sounders third-round match-up isn't your normal rivalry.

Forged from the days of the old NASL, and kept alive for decades in the A-League and USL, Timbers-Sounders is one of the most intense, and arguably the best rivalry in the United States.

Transfer rumors abuzz as interest in Americans grows

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American soccer fans weren't the only ones watching the U.S. national team's run to the Confederations Cup final, and the stellar performances from several American players to make it happen.

Love Michael Jackson AND the USMNT? Presenting your dream jersey (or not)

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Are you both in a state of mourning over the death of Michael Jackson, and enjoying the glow of the U.S. national team's Confederations Cup success? If so, the folks at The Onion Bag have come up with your dream jersey.

The above jersey is NOT official, but an Onion Bag creation, so no, Oguchi Onyewu did not give up his number to honor Michael Jackson.

Bradley calls on Confed Cup vets to fill out Gold Cup roster

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Jozy Altidore leads the group of seven American players added to the U.S. men's national team roster for the CONCACAF Gold Cup. U.S. head coach Bob Bradley called on seven players from his Confederations Cup squad to fill out the 30-man roster after CONCACAF granted the United States seven extra roster spots due to the U.

You Write the Caption: Best of the Ballack-Referee entries

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It took forever, but we FINALLY got around to the last You Write the Caption contest. How could you forget this image of an enraged Michael Ballack chasing down Norwegian referee Tom Henning Ovrebo during Chelsea's Champions League semifinal loss to Barcelona (yes, it's been that long).

It may have been more than a month ago, but this image is still funny, and so are the top entries from the contest.

Zizzo close to finalizing loan deal to Fortuna Dusseldorf

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Sal Zizzo is close to finalizing a loan deal from Hannover 96 to Fortuna Dusseldorf of Germany's Bundesliga II.

The one-year loan deal is in the final steps of negotiations with Zizzo just needing to pass a physical before officially joining the recently promoted club.

Zizzo, who transferred to the Hannover in 2007 following his impressive performance at the U-20 World Cup, played in only five games for Hannover this past season.

You Write the Caption: Best of the Ballack-Referee entries

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It took forever, but we FINALLY got around to the last You Write the Caption contest. How could you forget this image of an enraged Michael Ballack chasing down Norwegian referee Tom Henning Ovrebo during Chelsea's Champions League semifinal loss to Barcelona (yes, it's been that long).

It may have been more than a month ago, but this image is still funny, and so are the top entries from the contest.

Bradley calls on Confed Cup vets to fill out Gold Cup roster

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Jozy Altidore leads the group of seven American players added to the U.S. men's national team roster for the CONCACAF Gold Cup. U.S. head coach Bob Bradley called on seven players from his Confederations Cup squad to fill out the 30-man roster after CONCACAF granted the United States seven extra roster spots due to the U.

Love Michael Jackson AND the USMNT? Presenting your dream jersey

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Are you both in a state of mourning over the death of Michael Jackson, and enjoying the glow of the U.S. national team's Confederations Cup success? If so, the folks at The Onion Bag have come up with your dream jersey.

The above jersey is NOT official, but an Onion Bag creation, so no, Oguchi Onyewu did not give up his number to honor Michael Jackson.

Transfer rumors abuzz as interest in Americans grows

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American soccer fans weren't the only ones watching the U.S. national team's run to the Confederations Cup final, and the stellar performances from several American players to make it happen.

U.S. Open Cup: Seattle Sounders vs. Portland Timbers (Your Running Commentary)

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U.S. Open Cup matches don't generally have the heated rivalry factor, but the Portland Timbers-Seattle Sounders third-round match-up isn't your normal rivalry.

Forged from the days of the old NASL, and kept alive for decades in the A-League and USL, Timbers-Sounders is one of the most intense, and arguably the best rivalry in the United States.

CONCACAF letting USMNT increase Gold Cup roster by seven slots

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CONCACAF has ruled that the U.S. men's national team will be allowed seven extra roster slots for the Gold Cup because of the U.S. team's participation in the Confederations Cup. The ruling means the United States now has 30 roster spots.

So what seven players will be added? Those names haven't been revealed yet.

U.S. Open Cup: Upsets galore as four MLS teams fall

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When six MLS teams took the field on Tuesday night in U.S. Open Cup play, the group was expected to be able to handle competition from lower level USL teams (and one PDL team). By the end of the night, only D.C. United was able to win in regulation, while four other MLS teams saw their U.

Stephen Colbert talks American soccer

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While he may not boast the soccer resume of Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert is apparently a soccer fan now. You can thank the U.S. national team's run through the Confederations Cup for making it happen.


Enjoy this clip of Colbert discussing the sport we love, with his own unique spin:

The Colbert ReportMon - Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30cIs it Time to Care About Soccer?

USA moves up to 12th in FIFA rankings, Brazil takes top spot from Spain

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The U.S. men's national team's run to the Confederations Cup final has helped boost it into uncharted territory in the world rankings.

Mid-Day Musings (on MLS roster moves, Gold Cup roster slots and more)

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As we grind our way from the post-Confederations Cup glow to the CONCACAF Gold Cup, things in the American soccer world have slowed down quite a bit. There was the rash of U.S. Open Cup upsets last night, tonight's much-anticipated Seattle SOunders-Portland Timbers Open Cup match, but not much else going on really.

Chivas USA ships Eskandarian to Galaxy

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The Los Angeles Galaxy was in the market for a forward and Chivas USA was trying hard to unload one of its surplus of forwards, so the Home Depot Center neighbors reached yet another deal, with Alecko Eskandarian heading to the Galaxy for allocation money.

Copa Libertadores Semi-final Preview

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By NESTOR F. SEBASTIAN

South America will see its Copa Libertadores finalists determined this week when the second legs of the semifinals are sorted out with Club Nacional of Montevideo, Uruguay hosting Argentina's Estudiantes de la Plata in the first match-up tonight while tomorrow's all-Brazilian affair has Gremio welcoming Cruzeiro.

Copa Libertadores Semi-final Preview

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By NESTOR F. SEBASTIAN

South America will see its Copa Libertadores finalists determined this week when the second legs of the semifinals are sorted out with Club Nacional of Montevideo, Uruguay hosting Argentina's Estudiantes de la Plata in the first match-up tonight while tomorrow's all-Brazilian affair has Gremio welcoming Cruzeiro.

Galaxy acquires Eskandarian from Chivas USA

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The Los Angeles Galaxy was in the market for a forward and Chivas USA was trying hard to unload one of its surplus of forwards, so the Home Depot Center neighbors reached yet another deal, with Alecko Eskandarian heading to the Galaxy for allocation money.

Mid-Day Musings (on MLS roster moves, Gold Cup roster slots and more)

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As we grind our way from the post-Confederations Cup glow to the CONCACAF Gold Cup, things in the American soccer world have slowed down quite a bit. There was the rash of U.S. Open Cup upsets last night, tonight's much-anticipated Seattle SOunders-Portland Timbers Open Cup match, but not much else going on really.

USA moves up to 12th in FIFA rankings, Brazil takes top spot from Spain

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The U.S. men's national team's run to the Confederations Cup final has helped boost it into uncharted territory in the world rankings.

Stephen Colbert talks American soccer

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While he may not boast the soccer resume of Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert is apparently a soccer fan now. You can thank the U.S. national team's run through the Confederations Cup for making it happen.


Enjoy this clip of Colbert discussing the sport we love, with his own unique spin:

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U.S. Open Cup: Upsets galore as four MLS teams fall

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When six MLS teams took the field on Tuesday night in U.S. Open Cup play, the group was expected to be able to handle competition from lower level USL teams (and one PDL team). By the end of the night, only D.C. United was able to win in regulation, while four other MLS teams saw their U.

CONCACAF letting USMNT increase Gold Cup roster by seven slots

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CONCACAF has ruled that the U.S. men's national team will be allowed seven extra roster slots for the Gold Cup because of the U.S. team's participation in the Confederations Cup. The ruling means the United States now has 30 roster spots.

So what seven players will be added? Those names haven't been revealed yet.