USSoccerPlayers Archives for January 2008

Saturday's TV

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Major League Soccer on Fox Soccer Channel: Chivas USA - Houston at 10:30pm. Real Salt Lake - Colorado at 9:30pm on HDNet. EPL on Setanta: Everton - Manchester United at 7am and Sunderland - Newcastle United at 6:45pm. On Fox Soccer: West Bromwich Albion - Hull City at 10am and Blackburn - Middlesbrough at 12:30pm.

MLS Announces Expansion Draft Rules

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NEW YORK, NY (Oct 24, 2008) USSoccerPlayers -- The League's 15th team, Seattle Sounders FC, will take another significant step toward their first season in Major League Soccer, as the 2009 MLS expansion side will participate in a 10-round 2008 MLS Expansion Draft scheduled for the afternoon of Wednesday, Nov.

Telling The Story

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With the New York Red Bulls once again in a position where their season could end sooner than expected, Graig Carbino looks at the squad moves RBNY coach Juan Carlos Osorio made with the '08 edition of the Red Bulls. By Graig CarbinoALBANY, NY (Oct 24, 2008) USSoccerPlayers -- The New York Red Bulls had a confident air about their team in the lead up to the Thursday night primetime match-up with the Chicago Fire.

Friday's Daily: Have The Hour

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By J Hutcherson --In a widening economic crisis, the people running World soccer decided earlier today it might not be the best idea to rush the latest FIFA plan to award the 2018 and 2022 World Cup hosting rights simultaneously. Go figure. As US Soccer president Sunil Gulati told Soccer America's Mike Woitalla "For people to say sports is somehow recession proof, that's basically nonsense.

Subotic Ineligible For Germany

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WASHINGTON, DC (Oct 24, 2008) USSoccerPlayers -- Borussia Dortmund defender Neven Subotic will not be able to play for the German National Team, according to a FIFA eligibility rule. That rule requires a player to be a citizen of a country when he plays his first youth international. Subotic played his youth internationals with the United States, before he was a German citizen.

Thursday Night MLS: Not What RBNY Expected

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WASHINGTON, DC (Oct 24, 2008) USSoccerPlayers -- The playoff race got more complicated on Thursday night, courtesy of the Chicago Fire. With New York in position to take one of the two wildcard slots with a win, Chicago routed them 5-2 in Bridgeview. The result gives Chicago second place in the East and puts the Kansas City Wizards into the playoffs as a wildcard.

Working Through

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With Real Salt Lake at the brink of giving Rio Tinto its first playoff game only a few weeks after it opened, USSoccerPlayers' Andrew Dixon looks at the differences between RSL and the Los Angeles Galaxy. Both spent time at the top of the Western Conference, but in the last week of the regular season only one remains in playoff contention.

Last Call MLS: Playoff Implications

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WASHINGTON, DC (Oct 23, 2008) USSoccerPlayers -- MLS Primetime Thursday brings us Chicago - New York, live from Bridgeview, IL. Meanwhile, FC Dallas midfielder Bobby Rhine announces his retirement and LA makes a point about Beckham. Chicago - New York 9pm - ESPN2 Yes, Chicago is playing for home field advantage in a home and home series with New England, and that means about as much as you would imagine.

Thursday's Daily: Mattering In America

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By J Hutcherson --Shocked looks all around, but the potential Beckham loan to Milan has become the latest example in Major League Soccer transparency. By which of course I mean they know nothing until they decide to fill the rest of us in... maybe. Here's what we have from MLS commissioner Don Garber: "Discussions have taken place between AC Milan and the Los Angeles Galaxy regarding the possibility of a short-term loan agreement that would.

CONCACAF Champions League: Bad Night For Houston

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WASHINGTON, DC (Oct 23, 2008) USSoccerPlayers -- Facing a weak UNAM Pumas on a cold and rainy night at Robertson Stadium, Houston simply had no answers on Wednesday night, losing 3-1 and dropping to third in Group B. Pumas' Juan Carlos Cacho converted a penalty in the 19th minute, and the lead was doubled by Fernando Espinoza in the 30th.

Last Call MLS: Points At Robertson

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WASHINGTON, DC (Oct 22, 2008) USSoccerPlayers -- The mighty Dynamo get the CONCACAF Champions League spotlight later tonight when they get their shot at knocking UNAM Pumas off the top of Group B. Only a lonely point and a makeup game separates them. Houston - UNAM Pumas 10pm - FSC and Galavision Like the summary says, Houston can go top of Group B with a game in hand tonight.

Reports: Beckham To Be Loaned To Milan

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WASHINGTON, DC (Oct 22, 2008) USSoccerPlayers -- Multiple sources quoting AC Milan leadership have the Serie A club signing David Beckham on loan from the LA Galaxy from January until the start of the 2009 Major League Soccer season. Reportedly, Beckham plans to use the time in Serie A as a springboard for consideration for the English National Team.

Wednesday's Daily: Respecting The Hierarchy

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By J Hutcherson --The Olympic obsession with time wasting carried over t the CONCACAF Champions League last night, with DC's backup to the backup keeper shown the door after 32 minutes for delaying a restart. Seriously, in a competition vying for legitimacy, it's come to this. Resisting the urge to turn the CONCACAF Champions League into a continuation of the kind of 'self help for unloved tournaments' series.

CONCACAF Champions Cup: Odd Night In Mexico

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WASHINGTON, DC (Oct 22, 2008) USSoccerPlayers -- DC United might have gone into last night's game against Cruz Azul in Mexico City knowing they had basically no chance at advancing, but what played out over 90 minutes was well past any expectation. With their coach serving a red card ban and most of their first team at home, DC lost 2-0.

Last Call MLS: Welcome Back Us

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WASHINGTON, DC (Oct 21, 2008) USSoccerPlayers -- Apologies for last week's hiatus, but we followed the Columbus Crew's lead by sitting the starters for Week 29. Rested and ready for the playoff push? Thought so. Cruz Azul - DC10pm - FSC and TeleFutura Is it even worth considering a wild comeback by DC United in Group A to play the role of spoiler?

Tuesday's Daily: Shades Of The Super League

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By J Hutcherson --The UEFA Champions League group stage gifts us two games this afternoon that scream for the kind of regular galactic match-ups the Super League was supposed to have already provided. The biggest names in Europe creating a model where they would by default attract the best players. No more of this nonsense where some obscure team gets to develop and hold onto talent that could perform on a bigger stage.

American Abroad: Trouble In The Championship

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Graig Carbino runs through the Americans playing in England's Championship, and finds a common theme. Injuries and slips in form have become the stories. By Graig Carbino ALBANY, NY (Oct, 20 2008) USSoccerPlayers -- Is it just me, or is there a hex on American players in the Coca-Cola Championship this season?

Monday's Daily: Meaningless Is Nothing

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By J Hutcherson -- For all the fun the Eastern Conference is giving us with the wildcard slots along with the one game showdown for third in the West, the grim prospects of yet another Houston - New England MLS Cup continue to loom large. Honestly, do you have Columbus as the favorites going into the postseason?

MLS Weekend: Call It Comebacks

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WASHINGTON, DC (Oct 20, 2008) USSoccerPlayers -- The Eastern Conference takes the wildcard slots, but which teams go through has to wait another week. As it stands, Kansas City and New York will advance, but DC could still prove spoiler. Toronto 3 - Chicago 2 Toronto might be last in the East, but they've set themselves up to jump DC on the last week of the season.

Sunday's TV

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Major League Soccer on TeleFutura: Chivas USA - Colorado at 9pm.EPL on Setanta: Hull City - West Ham at 10am. On Fox Soccer Channel: Stoke City - Spurs at 11am. SPL on Setanta: Hibs - Hearts at noon. Serie A on Fox Soccer: Catania - Palermo at 9am and Roma - Inter Milan at 2:30pm. Bundesliga on GolTV: Hamburg - Schalke 04 at 11am.

Saturday's TV

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Major League Soccer on Fox Soccer Channel: Real Salt Lake - FC Dallas at 8:30pm. LA - Houston on HDNet at 8:30pm. EPL on Setanta: Middlesbrough - Chelsea at 7:30am, Liverpool - Wigan at 9:40am, Aston Villa - Portsouth at 5pm, Bolton - Blackburn at 10:15pm. EPL on Fox Soccer: Arseal - Everton at 10am, Manchester United - West Bromwich Albion at 12:30pm, and Fulham - Sunderland at 6:30pm.

Friday's Daily: Conference Soccer

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By J Hutcherson -- Remember the once-mighty Eastern Conference? The ones that would have taken every playoff slot except for the Western Conference winner under the old system, and certainly the odds-on favorites for both of the wildcards. Now, it's more about the 'what if' scenarios that have pushed the contenders down the table.

Thursday Night MLS: Points In DC

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WASHINGTON, DC (Oct 17, 2008) USSoccerPlayers -- DC United remains in the hunt for the playoffs after a 2-1 win over New England Thursday night at RFK Stadium. This was New England's first game since losing midfielder Steve Ralston to a broken leg last weekend. Revs' striker Taylor Twellman scored the 99th goal of his MLS career in the 58th minute to put United 1-0 up.

MLS Suspends Two For Over-The-Counter Supplements

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NEW YORK, NY (Oct 16, 2008) MLS -- Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber announced today that he has suspended and fined New York Red Bulls players Jon Conway and Jeff Parke for violating the MLS Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health (SABH) Policy by testing positive for androstatriendione (ATD) and boldenone metabolites, performance enhancing substances.

What Was Wanted

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Graig Carbino looks at the realities of the youth movement for the US National Team after the 2-1 loss to Trinidad & Tobago on Wednesday night. By Graig Carbino ALBANY, NY (Oct 16, 2008) USSoccerPlayers – Well that was different. The US Men's National team lost to Trinidad and Tobago 2-1 last night for only the second time in their history, and the first time since 1994.

CONCACAF Qualifying: Fighting For Seconds

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With teams already out of contention for the next round of CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying getting wins on Wednesday, the fight to advance to the Hexagonal continues for several teams that should already be in. By Clemente Lisi NEW YORK, NY (Oct 16, 2008) USSoccerPlayers -- El Salvador joined Costa Rica and the US in the final round of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying on Wednesday, while Mexico, Jamaica and Honduras will fight it out for.

Thursday's Daily: Squad Changes

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With J Hutcherson -- What we can take from last night's loss to Trinidad & Tobago is that the United States isn't a modular squad. Replacing core components and expecting the group to gel quickly isn't reliable. The quick impression in either direction for the players involved isn't necessarily accurate.

Wednesday Night MLS: Trouble For San Jose

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Houston and San Jose made up their game postponed by Hurricane Ike on Wednesday night. Houston adding three more points to the top of the Western Conference with the 2-1 win and setting up San Jose to be officially out of the playoff race based on this weekend's results. Stuart Holden put Houston up in the 6th minute, only for the Dynamo to go a man down when Kei Kamara was ejected for serious foul.

Orozco Earns First Cap

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WASHINGTON, DC (Oct 15, 2008) USSoccerPlayers -- Michael Orozco earned his first National Team cap against Trinidad & Tobago on Wednesday night in Port of Spain. Orozco was a member of the Under-23 National Team for Olympic Qualifying, and played all three games in the Beijing Olympics. Orozco plays his club soccer with San Luis in the Mexican League.

Trinidad & Tobago 2 - United States 1

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In a night when Trinidad & Tobago needed points to keep pace in Group 1, they became the first team to beat the United States in 2010 World Cup Qualifying. With the United States already advancing to the final round of CONCACAF Qualifying with their win over Cuba on Saturday, the fight for the other place continues between Trinidad & Tobago and Guatemala.

Galaxy Gets December Date

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CARSON, CA (Oct 15, 2008) USSoccerPlayers -- For the second straight year, the LA Galaxy will play a team from the Hyundai A-League in an international friendly in Australia. On Thursday, December 11th, the Galaxy will take on the Queensland Roar at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Australia. The match is part of the Galaxy's two match Oceania tour, which will also feature a game against an Oceania All Stars Invitational Team in Auckland, New Zealand.

MLS Confirms Expansion Candidates

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NEW YORK, NY (Oct 15, 2008) USSoccerPlayers -- Seven prospective ownership groups from markets throughout the United States and Canada have submitted an application for a future Major League Soccer expansion team, MLS President Mark Abbott announced today. MLS intends to add two more clubs in the next few years, bringing the League to 18 teams.

Wednesday's Daily: Business Plans

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With J Hutcherson -- World Cup Qualifier Tuesday, and the United States gets their away date with Trinidad & Tobago the game after the US made the final round. Tonight should be Trinidad & Tobago pushing or points against an influx of MLS talent trying to show they mesh with the European contingent. It's a big stage, an opportunity, and anything else that would put you and yours in front of the television at 8pm.

Scouting Report: Trinidad & Tobago

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Clemente Lisi takes us through what a new-look United States will face on Wednesday at Hasely Crawford Stadium in Port of Spain. Trinidad & Tobago need points. By Clemente Lisi NEW YORK, NY (Oct 14, 2008) USSoccerPlayers -- When the US takes on Trinidad & Tobago on Wednesday, it will be a far different match from the one last month.

Lessons From The District

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Some of the things we learned from the United States' 6-1 win over Cuba on Saturday night at RFK Stadium were reminders, others indicators. For Graig Carbino, the result is more of the same. The United States shouldn't be dropping home games to anyone in CONCACAF, and they're getting the away wins for a reason.

Roster Changes For US

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WASHINGTON, DC (Oct 14, 2008) USSoccerPlayers -- Pablo Mastroeni and Robbie Rogers will miss Wednesday's World Cup Qualifier in Triniad & Tobago due to injury, so US coach Bob Bradley has called in Columbus Crew midfielder Brian Carroll and Chicago Fire forward Chris Rolfe. Mastroeni is out due to a knee injury from Colorado's loss to the Galaxy on Sunday.

With J Hutcherson -- Isn't it nice that people are already writing of New Englan

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With J Hutcherson -- Isn't it nice that people are already writing of New England's playoff chances because of an injury. Nobody interested in Major League Soccer needs it stressed how good Ralston has been this season. He's going to be another in a line of object lessons for the National Soccer Hall of Fame voters if they continue the trend of discounting club play in favor of total cap numbers.

CONCACAF Qualifying: Two In

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Clemente Lisi runs through the other CONCACAF World Cup Qualifiers from the weekend, with Costa Rica joining the United States in the final round. By Clemente Lisi WASHINGTON, DC (Oct 13, 2008) USSoccerPlayers -- While the US continued to show its regional dominance with a 6-1 win over Cuba in Group 1 at RFK Stadium on Saturday to earn a spot to the final round of World Cup Qualifying, Costa Rica also clinched following a.

MLS Weekend: Playing Through

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WASHINGTON, DC (Oct 13, 2008) USSoccerPlayers -- The United States National Team might have been hosting a World Cup Qualifier in an MLS venue, but the League played on. Six games over the weekend, as the run-in to the playoffs continues. Kansas City 1 - New England 0 With the Revolution already qualified for the playoffs after last week's games, Kansas City capitalized at CommunityAmerica Ballpark.

Roster Altered For Trinidad

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CHICAGO (Oct. 12, 2008) — US National Team coach Bob Bradley has named a roster of 18 players that will travel to Trinidad in advance of the FIFA World Cup Qualifying game against Trinidad & Tobago on Oct. 15 in Port of Spain. Kickoff for the match, which is crucial for T&T's hopes of advancing to the Final Round, is set for 8pm ET, and the match will be shown live on ESPN and Galavision.

Sunday's TV

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Major League Soccer on TeleFutura: Chicago - Columbus at 3pm. USL-1 Championship: Vancouver - Puerto Rico on Fox Soccer Channel at 7pm. CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying: Guatemala - Trinidad & Tobago on Telemundo at 3pm. MFL: Fox Sports en Espanol has Monarcas - Toluca at 1pm (5pm on Azteca). Club America - Puebla on Univision at 5pm.

United States 6 - Cuba 1

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The United States continued their undefeated run in CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying on Saturday night, beating Cuba 6-1 at RFK Stadium in Washington, DC. With the win, the United States qualify for the final round of qualifying. Obviously, that was the goal," US coach Bob Bradley said during the post game press conference.

Saturday's TV

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CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying: United States - Cuba at 7pm on ESPN2 and Galavision. Jamaica - Mexico is at 8pm on Telemundo. Major League Soccer: Dallas - Toronto at 8pm on Fox Soccer Channel. HDNet has Chivas USA - San Jose at 10pm. UEFA World Cup Qualifying: Scotland - Norway at 10am, Wales - Liechtenstein at 12:30pm, Germany - Russia at 2:45pm, and Holland - Iceland at 4:45pm, all on GolTV.

Scouting Report: Cuba

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With the United States looking to take three more points off of Cuba in CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying, Clemente Lisi outlines what it would take for the visitors to get a shock result at RFK Stadium on Saturday (7pm – ESPN Classic). By Clemente Lisi NEW YORK, NY (Oct 10, 2008) USSoccerPlayers -- Being an unknown quantity and playing at home had given Cuba somewhat of an edge going into its much-hyped game against the.

DeMerit Out For US

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WASHINGTON, DC (Oct 10, 2008) USSoccerPlayers -- US National Team defender Jay DeMerit will miss Saturday's game with Cuba (7pm - ESPN Classic) and won't be in the squad for Wednesday's game in Trinidad after injuring his hamstring. DeMerit will return to Watford on Sunday to continue treatment.

Friday's Daily: Pushing For New

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With J Hutcherson Credit the ESPN coverage last night for not falling all over itself about a stadium when the playoffs were in the balance for both teams. That's a change from the expected with Major League Soccer, where real estate sometimes gets the better of League and club personnel. Though the Sandy stadium is without question a success and a rival to the Home Depot Center and what the Red Bulls are building in.

Thursday MLS: Hello Rio

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WASHINGTON, DC (Oct 10, 2008) USSoccerPlayers -- The new stadium in Sandy is officially open, with RSL and Red Bull NY splitting the points with a 1-1 draw on Thursday night. Dave van den Bergh gave New York the lead in the 31st. That held for ten minutes before Jamison Olave equalized in the 41st. The game got surprisingly physical late, when New York's Juan Pietravallo was ejected for a dangerous play after his boot.

CONCACAF Champions League: DC Make Point

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WASHINGTON, DC (Oct 10, 2008) USSoccerPlayers -- With a lineup that would be tough to recognize for most Major League Soccer fans, DC United went on the road on Thursday and got their first point in CONCACAF Champions League play. The 2-2 draw with Saprissa in Costa Rica leaves DC last in Group A, but it also prevented Saprissa from taking over top of the group on points.

Earthquakes Announce Link With Spurs

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SAN JOSE, CA (Oct 9, 2008) USSoccerPlayers -- The San Jose Earthquakes announced today the establishment of a strategic partnership with the English Premier League's Tottenham Hotspur Football Club. Representatives of the Earthquakes and Tottenham Hotspur announced the partnership at a press conference at the Fairmont Hotel in San Jose.

Last Call MLS: Estadio Sandy

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WASHINGTON, DC (Oct 9, 2008) USSoccerPlayers -- Opening night at Real Salt Lake's Rio Tinto Stadium with substantial playoff implications. In Costa Rica, DC United will be trying to get their first points four games into the CONCACAF Champions League. Salt Lake - New York 10pm - ESPN2 The relative wonder that is MLS Primetime Thursday gives us the debut of Real Salt Lake's Rio Tinto Stadium.

Discussion: The Mexican League

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WASHINGTON, DC and SAN JOSE, CA (Sept 3, 2008) USSoccerPlayers -- Tony Edwards and J Hutcherson wonder aloud about the potential for widespread interest in the Mexican League in the United States. Tony Edwards: J, we saw reports today that Pachuca of the MFL is considering starting a team in the USL-1, maybe even for next season and possibly in Arizona.

When It's Due

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Andrew Dixon looks at areas where Major League Soccer has the numbers to show they're moving in the right direction. Namely, the recent Racial and Gender Report Card. By Andrew Dixon MIAMI, FL (Oct 9, 2008) USSSoccerPlayers -- Let's be real. MLS has gotten perpetual stepchild treatment since its inception 13 and half years ago.

Tuesday's Daily: KC

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With J Hutcherson A couple of weeks ago, we put together our list of Eleven Issues For MLS. Number seven was Kansas City. Here's why. The Wizards are in a unique position. They're an established team with established issues trying to turn things around over a decade in. If they can get it right in Kansas City, every other team in the League should take that as an indication that the long view works.

Last Call MLS: Wait For It

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WASHINGTON, dC (Oct 8, 2008) USSoccerPlayers -- In today's roundup of press release material, the Earthquakes have something very important to tell us tomorrow afternoon and Real Salt Lake does some stadium prep. Mystery Announcement The San Jose Earthquakes will be making what they've termed "an important announcement involving a European soccer club.

FIFA Rankings: US Up To 21st

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WASHINGTON, DC (Oct 8, 2008) USSoccerPlayers -- The United States got 73 points over the last rankings period, moving them up seven places to 21st. The US beat Trinidad & Tobago and Cuba during the rankings period. Mexico stayed at 24th. Rankings

Wednesday's Daily: Staying The Same

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With J Hutcherson Though I doubt many would put English professional soccer teams in the same category with American car dealerships, the knock-on effect of shifting finances could - at least in theory - put some clubs at risk. Fear factors from Football Association leadership aside, this isn't exactly new.

CONCACAF Champions League: Game Up for Houston

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WASHINGTON, DC (Oct 8, 2008) USSoccerPlayers -- Houston became the first Major League Soccer club to win a CONCACAF Champions League group stage game on Tuesday night, beating San Francisco 2-1 at Robertson Stadium. Houston took a 13th minute lead through Chris Wondolowski that held until two minutes into the second half when San Francisco equalized through Temistocles Perez.

Finalists Named For Honda Award

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LOS ANGELES, CA (Oct 7, 2008) Fútbol de Primera -- Clint Dempsey, Landon Donovan and TimHoward have been selected by 213 sports journalists from across the nation as the three finalists for the 2008 Honda Player of the Year Award, widely recognized as the most prestigious award a US National Team player can receive.

Last Call MLS: All About Dynamo

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WASHINGTON, DC (Oct 7, 2008) USSoccerPlayers -- Houston have a date in the CONCACAF Champions League with two choices for live viewing tonight at 10pm Eastern, and Dynamo forward Brian Ching wins MLS Player of the Week. Houston - San Francisco 10pm - FSC and Galavision The Dynamo are still in position to turn it on in Group A, with two points from two games and an even goal differential.

US Women Announce More Games

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CHICAGO, IL (Oct 7, 2008) USSF -- The gold medal-winning US Women's National Soccer Team will continue its Achieve Your Gold Tour with three games against South Korea during the first week of November. Tickets for all three games will go on sale this week. The tour, which is taking the Olympic champions across the USA to celebrate its historic run to the top of the podium in Beijing, will resume on Nov.

Tuesday's Daily: All In

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With J Hutcherson Picking up on yesterday's not so popular point about FIFA being a better option to run world soccer than say club owners, FIFA president Sepp Blatter has a point of his own. Speaking to the European Parliament on Monday, Blatter used the English Premier League as an object lesson for inappropriate ownership, saying: "Something is wrong here.

Last Call MLS: Revs Too

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WASHINGTON, DC (Oct 6, 2008) USSoccerPlayers -- The New England Revolution get their name added to the list of Major League Soccer clubs already in the playoffs, and more bad news for DC United. Included The New England said it with a press release on Monday, confirming that the Chicago draw with Kansas City on Sunday gets the Revs an x = Clinched playoff berth beside their name in the standings.

American Abroad: Secondary Routes

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Graig Carbino looks at the opportunities the elite young American talent is getting in Europe while comparing it to the relative success of Americans at smaller clubs. One of them would be Matt Taylor, who went from Hollywood United to getting a hat-trick for Tus Koblenz on Sunday. By Graig Carbino ALBANY, NY (Oct 6, 2008) USSoccerPlayers -- What is the best way to get to Europe?

Monday's Daily: We'll Have Control

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With J Hutcherson FIFA has successfully pushed back another imperious government acting in its own best interest by trying to tamper with how soccer runs in its own country. The potential usurpers in question would be Poland, responding directly to corruption charges with an arbitration decision suspending the current Polish soccer leadership.

MLS Weekend: Moving Up, Nobody Out

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WASHINGTON, DC (Oct 6, 2008) USSoccerPlayers -- Houston officially makes the playoffs, while the rest of the League gets another week where even the bottom clubs could push into contention. Columbus 1 - Los Angeles 0 Another win for the Crew, who are now rolling the rest of the League, ten points up on second-place New England and Western Conference leaders Houston.

CONCACAF Champions League: Houston Gets The Point

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WASHINGTON, DC (Oct 1st, 2008) USSoccerPlayers -- The Houston Dynamo picked up another point in CONCACAF Champions League Group B play on Tuesday night, drawing 4-4 with UNAM Pumas. Houston now has two points from two games. Craig Waibel put Houston up in the fourth minute, with Kei Kamara doubling the lead in the 16th.

Wednesday's Daily: In Power

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With J Hutcherson If there's one thing American soccer has attempted to master over the last couple of decades, it's the blanket statement as excuse. Normally leading with some declarative intended to bring a quick end to whatever issue is under discussion, it's been used to cover a wide variety of things that seem about as obvious as an issue can get to the average observer.

Last Call MLS: League Takes And Gives

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WASHINGTON, DC (Oct 1st, 2008) USSoccerPlayers -- DC United is at home to Cruz Azul tonight in the CONCACAF Champions League, while MLS hits Jaime Moreno with an increased penalty from his red card and Darren Huckerby wins Player of the Month. DC - Cruz Azul 8pm - Fox Soccer Channel All indications point towards rain for at least the first half tonight at venerable RFK Stadium.

CONCACAF Champions League: Cruz Azul Take Three From United

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WASHINGTON, DC (Oct 2, 2008) USSoccerPlayers -- DC United did the smart thing by trying to make a transitional squad work against Cruz Azul on Wednesday night at RFK Stadium, and it almost worked. Instead, DC look to be on their way out of the CONCACAF Champions League after dropping their third straight game.

Thursday's Daily: At The Top

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With J Hutcherson Shocked looks all around, but our English friends are alleging that at least some of the votes for the right to host the '06 World Cup were for sale. Let's see, a world governing body spread out over multiple jurisdictions that does everything possible to keep itself removed from any single government and/or judicial system while making every member nation equal.

American Abroad: Big Night For Onyewu

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WASHINGTON, DC (Oct 2, 2008) USSoccerPlayers -- Oguchi Onyewu's Standard Leige finished off the second leg of their series with Tim Howard's Everton with another shock result. Following their 2-2 draw in Liverpool, Everton went to Maurice Dufranse Stadium trying to prove a class distinction. Instead, it was Standard once again making a serious statement to the rest of the UEFA Cup field.

Thursday Night MLS: Almost Enough For San Jose

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WASHINGTON, DC (Oct 3, 2008) USSoccerPlayers -- San Jose almost got three points from Ryan Johnson's 58th minute goal, but Kenny Cooper proved the spoiler for Dallas, scoring in the 89th minute. Cooper's penalty was the result of a handball that was more about the ball hitting Francisco Lima than intent.

Friday's Daily: Go Wide

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With J Hutcherson How ramped up should we be for the weekend Major League Soccer schedule and what it might mean for the playoff picture? Eh.... As races go, it needs a week, maybe two before the spread is enough to really draw in someone who would otherwise ignore a game not involving their chosen club.

US Roster Announced

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CHICAGO, IL (Oct 3, 2008) USSF -- US National Team coach Bob Bradley has named a roster of 23 players that will train in advance of the FIFA World Cup Qualifying game against Cuba on Oct. 11 in Washington, DC Kickoff for the USA's first game in the nation's capital in four years is set for 7pm ET, and the game will be shown live on ESPN Classic and Galavision.

One Month Left

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Graig Carbino outlines the race for the MLS Playoffs while revising his picks for November soccer. How much hope should the clubs at the bottom of the table still have? Can DC finish off their mid-season revival with a shocking late return to form? Will San Jose have enough to push into contention? Read on.

Saturday's TV

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Major League Soccer on Fox soccer Channel: DC - Chivas USA at 7pm. LA - Columbus at 7:30pm on HDNet. EPL on Fox Soccer: West Bromwich Albion - Fulham at 10am and Blackburn - Manchester United at 12:30pm. On Setanta: Sunderland - Arsenal at 9:40am.The Championship on Setanta: Birmingham - QPR at 7:30am and Coventry - Southampton at 8:30pm.

Sunday's TV

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Major League Soccer on TeleFutura: Kansas City - Chicago at 3pm. USL-1 semifinals on Fox Soccer Channel: Vancouver - Montreal at 6:30pm. EPL on Fox Soccer: Manchester city - Liverpool at 10am and Everton - Newcastle United at 4:30pm. On Setanta: Chelsea - Aston Villa at 10am, West Ham - Bolton at 5pm, and Portsmouth - Stoke City at 10pm.