USSoccerPlayers Archives for January 2009

Dallas Signs Bucknor

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Former Jamaican Under-17 National Team player Sean Bucknor signed with FC Dallas on Thursday, the club announced in a statement. The following is a press release from Major League Soccer --FRISCO, TX (Jan 30, 2009) MLS -- FC Dallas today announced that the team has signed forward Sean Bucknor. Per league and team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Colorado Re-Signs Four

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The Colorado Rapids announced on Thursday that Colin Clark, Nick LaBrocca, Jordan Harvey and Kosuke Kimura have all signed four-year deals with the club. The following is a press release from Major League Soccer -- COMMERCE CITY, CO (Jan 30, 2009) MLS -- The Colorado Rapids announced today that the team has signed midfielders Colin Clark and Nick LaBrocca and defenders Jordan Harvey and Kosuke Kimura to new four-year contracts.

Gallardo Parts Ways With DC United

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DC United has agreed to let Marcelo Gallardo leave the club, ending weeks of speculation about his status. Gallardo held a designated player slot with the club. The following is a press release from Major League Soccer --WASHINGTON, DC (Jan 30, 2009) MLS -- DC United announced today midfielder Marcelo Gallardo has been granted a release from his contract with the club.

Gallardo Parts Ways With DC United

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DC United has agreed to let Marcelo Gallardo leave the club, ending weeks of speculation about his status. Gallardo held a designated player slot with the club. The following is a press release from Major League Soccer --WASHINGTON, DC (Jan 30, 2009) MLS -- DC United announced today midfielder Marcelo Gallardo has been granted a release from his contract with the club.

Find The Market

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By Andrew Dixon - MIAMI, FL (Jan 30, 2009) USSoccerPlayers -- Can I be real for a second? The very notion of establishing and maintaining a professional outdoor soccer league in these United States of America requires vision, patience and (at the very least) ambition. To get Major League Soccer on par with not only the top soccer leagues in the world, but also the top professional sports leagues in the US, requires a certain.

Rapids And Real Maryland Create Partnership

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Major League Soccer's Colorado Rapids and the United Soccer Leagues' Real Maryland have announced a partnership centered on player development. Real Maryland is a USL-2 team that played their 2008 season at the SoccerPlex in Germantown, MD. The following is a press release from Major League Soccer --COMMERCE CITY, CO (Jan 29, 2009) MLS -- The Colorado Rapids and USL-2 club Real Maryland FC have joined together in a strategic partnership, the two clubs announced.

Bradley Calls Camp For Mexico

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CHICAGO, IL (Jan 29, 2009) USSF -- US National Team coach Bob Bradley has called 20 players back to U.S. Soccer's National Training Center at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., to begin preparations for the USA's first match of final round qualifying for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. The U.S. will take on regional rivals Mexico on Feb.

Garcia Signs With Houston

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The following is a press release from Major League Soccer --HOUSTON, TX (Jan 29, 2009) MLS -- The Houston Dynamo announced the signing of 18-year-old forward Felix Garcia at a press conference at the team's downtown office today. Garcia, a Laredo, Texas, native, was signed by Major League Soccer to a Generation adidas contract and selected by the Dynamo via the allocation process.

US Soccer To Bid For World Cup

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Announcing an announcment, the US Soccer Federation has confirmed they will be bidding on the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, with a executive director of the bid committee already in place. Under current FIFA poilicy the hosting rights for those World Cups will be awarded simultaneously. An official statement from US Soccer is scheduled for Monday.

American Abroad: Making Moves

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By Graig Carbino - ALBANY, NY (Jan 29, 2009) USSoccerPlayers -- How can two situations which, on the surface look very similar, be completely different? There certainly is some aspect of philosophy at play when dissecting the relative circumstances surrounding the Landon Donovan-David Beckham-LA Galaxy current state of affairs.

Llamosa Joins Coaching Staff At Chivas USA

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Former US National Team defender and World Cup veteran Carlos Llamosa will be joining fellow National Team alumnus Preki Radosavljevic's coaching staff at Chivas USA. The following is a press release from Major League Soccer --CARSON, CA (Jan 28, 2009) MLS -- Chivas USA Head Coach Preki today announced the hiring of Carlos Llamosa, a World Cup veteran and MLS Cup winner, as the Red-and-White's new Assistant Coach.

DC Re-Ups With McTavish

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The following is a press release from Major League Soccer --Washington, DC (January 28, 2009) - DC United announced today the club has re-signed defender Devon McTavish. In a season that saw a host of lineup changes from the previous year, McTavish was one of the most versatile players on the squad, playing 26 games and tallying a goal and four assists.

MLS Releases Schedule

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The following is a press release from Major League Soccer -- NEW YORK, NY (Jan 28, 2009) MLS -- The 2009 MLS regular season kicks off Thursday, March 19 with a spirited and historic match – the inaugural game of Seattle Sounders FC. In front of an anticipated capacity crowd at Qwest Field, U.S. goalkeeping great Kasey Keller and Sounders FC will host the MLS Cup 2008 finalist New York Red Bulls, led by striker.

Wednesday's Daily: Everything Connects

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With J Hutcherson -- In 2004, the NSCAA Convention was held in Charlotte. I grew up near there, and I spent a week getting dropped off by my Dad like it was middle school. Well, a middle school populated by people wearing tracksuits and calling each other 'coach.' That was also the only time I've ever finagled a press credential.

San Jose Names Shirt Sponsor

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The San Jose Earthquakes became the latest Major League Soccer club to get a jersey sponsor, announcing Amway Global on Wednesday. The following is a press release from Major League Soccer --SAN JOSE, CA (Jan 27, 2009) USSoccerPlayers -- The San Jose Earthquakes and Amway Global announced a historic three-year partnership agreement today that will include Amway Global's name on the front of the Earthquakes jerseys beginning in 2009.

Torres Returns To MLS

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Daniel Torres will once again be playing in Major League Soccer after signing with FC Dallas. Torres has previously played for Columbus and Real Salt Lake. He left the League at the end of the 2007 season to sign with Norwegian club Bryne FK. The following is a press release from Major League Soccer --FRISCO, TX (Jan 27, 2009) MLS -- FC Dallas General Manager Michael Hitchcock today announced that the team has signed Costa.

Jazic Switches Locker Rooms In Carson

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Defender Ante Jazic has signed with Chivas USA, completing a draft day trade with the LA Galaxy. The following is a press release from Major League Soccer --CARSON, CA (Jan 27, 2009) MLS -- Ahead of the official opening of preseason tomorrow at The Home Depot Center, Chivas USA announced today that it has signed Canadian international defender Ante Jazic to a new contract.

American Abroad: Country To Club

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By Graig Carbino - ALBANY, NY (Jan 26, 2009) USSoccerPlayers -- Sacha, Sacha, Sacha. If you didn't come away from Saturday night's National Team game against Sweden thoroughly impressed with the play of one Sacha Kljestan please seek medical attention immediately. "Meaningless game against poor competition" you'll surely cry.

Tuesday's Daily: Put In Print

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With J Hutcherson -- Anybody hear about the Joe Torre book? You know, the one where the famous Yankee/Dodger manager says something critical of the even more famous player? The pull quotes that get very important sporting pundits in very expensive suits sitting behind glass and video boards telling us how very important all of this just might be?

Rapids Hire Steve Guppy

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The following is a press release from Major League Soccer --COMMERCE CITY, CO (Jan 26, 2009) MLS -- Colorado Rapids head coach Gary Smith announced today two additions to his technical staff as Steve Guppy joins the club as assistant coach and David Kramer returns as goalkeeper coach. Assistant coach Steve Guppy comes to Colorado after serving as a player/assistant coach for the Rochester Rhinos during the 2008 season.

Boswell Stays In Houston

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Bobby Boswell has signed a contract extension with the the Houston Dynamo, keeping him with the club he joined from DC United in 20007. Houston also announced that they have traded Patrick Ianni to Seattle for a 2010 draft pick. The following is a press release from Major League Soccer -- HOUSTON, TX (Monday, January 26, 2009) – The Houston Dynamo have re-signed defender Bobby Boswell to a multi-year deal and have traded defender Patrick.

Monday's Daily: Respect The Statement

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With J Hutcherson -- Of course we're just supposed to set aside the obvious. Sacha Kljestan hits three goals against a Sweden defense that's as good as the point you want to make. If it's that Kljestan's next stop is Europe, Sweden is quality. If it's that making the score sheet doesn't really matter, even if it happened three times, Sweden is a bad parody of one of CONCACAF's weaker teams.

Keys To The Attack

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There are several keys to an effective attack. Players must 1) penetrate 2) support and 3) make runs in order to maintain possession en route to scoring a goal. The first attacker is the player who first makes an offensive movement towards the opponent's goal. He attempts to penetrate, whether by dribbling (if no defenders are on him immediately), passing (if other attackers are open) or shooting (if he has a shot on goal).

Sunday's TV

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FA Cup 4th Round on Setanta: Cardiff City - Arsenal at 8:30am and Liverpool - Everton at 11am. On Fox Soccer Channel: Torquay United - Coventry City at 11am.Serie A on Fox Soccer: Bologna - Milan at 9amm and Inter Milan - Sampdoria at 2:30pm. La Liga on GolTV: Sevilla - Racing at 1pm and Real Madrid - Deportivo La Coruna at 3pm.

Saturday's TV

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The United States plays Sweden with the pre-game starting at 8pm on Fox Soccer Channel. FA Cup 4th Round on Setanta: Hartlepool - West Ham United at 7:35am. On Fox Soccer: Doncaster - Aston Villa at 10am, Manchester United - Spurs at noon, Kettering Town - Fulham at 4:30pm.Serie A on Fox Soccer: Juventus - Fiorentina at 2:30pm.

Fire Names Assistant

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The following is a press release from Major League Soccer -- BRIDGEVIEW, IL (Jan 24, 2009) MLS -- Chicago Fire technical director Frank Klopas and head coach Denis Hamlett today announced that they have added Mike Matkovich to the Fire coaching staff. Matkovich will serve as a first team assistant coach as well as an advisor for the Chicago Fire Academy.

USA 3 - Sweden 2

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The United States National Team held on late against Sweden on Saturday night in Carson, California. Leading 2-0 in the 74th minute through two goals from Sacha Kljestan, Sweden answered back when Daniel Nannskog scored. Kljestan made it 3-1 USA a minute later, with Sweden picking up a consolation goal from Mikael Dahlberg.

Friday's TV

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FA Cup 4th Round on Setanta: Derby County - Nottingham Forest at 2:15pm. CONMEBOL Under-20's on GolTV: Ecuador - Colombia at 6pm and Argentina - Peru at 8pm. All Times Eastern

Scouting Report: Sweden

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By Clemente Lisi - NEW YORK, NY (Jan 22, 2009) USSoccerPlayers -- A depleted US "B" team takes on an equally unrepresentative Sweden in a friendly Saturday night in the first game of the year for both teams. Like the Americans, Sweden has brought a mostly domestic club-based roster that includes many of its younger players trying to make their way up the depth chart.

What Sweden Means

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By Graig Carbino - ALBANY, NY (Jan 23, 2008) USSoccerPlayers -- Let's get right into things here. Next month in Columbus is going to be nasty. It will be cold, probably windy and you might even see some snow. The February 11th battle against Mexico at Crew Stadium in Ohio won't be much fun for any of the participants.

Tell Me About: National Team Nicknames

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The US National Team doesn't happen to have an official nickname, though the "Yanks" and the "Red, White and Blue" have been used at times throughout the years. Most every other country around the world's national team does have a nickname, with many of the best ones coming from both the CONCACAF region (Grenada is the "Spice Boyz") and from African nations (Cameroon is the "Indomitable Lions").
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Thursday's TV

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Scottish FA Cup on Setanta: Kilmarnock - Ayr United at 2:30pm. CONMEBOL Under-20's on GolTV: Ecuador - Colombia at 6pm and Argentina - Peru at 8pm. All Times Eastern

Garcia Renews With San Jose

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Nick Garcia will be spending 2009 and beyond with the San Jose Earthquakes, after agreeing to a new contract. Garcia is the youngest player in MLS history to start 100 games. The following is a press release from Major League Soccer --SAN JOSE, CA (Jan 21, 2009) MLS -- The San Jose Earthquakes announced today that the team has signed defender Nick Garcia to a new multi-year contract.

DC Extends Loan For Doe

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Francis Doe will remain with DC United in 2009 after the club extended their loan agreement with Buduburam FC, the Ghana club that owns his contract. The following is a press release from Major League Soccer -- WASHINGTON, DC (Jan 21, 2009) MLS -- DC United announced today the club has re-signed forward Francis Doe.

Madejski Stadium

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Two US National Team players are part of Reading's squad, Marcus Hahnemann and Bobby Convey. Though recently part of the English Premier League, Reading were relegated at the end of last season and currently play in the Championship. They play their home games at the Madejski Stadium, named for the club's chairman.

Petke Returns To NY

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Mike Petke is once again playing his soccer in North Jersey after signing with Red Bull NY. Petke was originally drafted by the Metrostars for the 1998 season, moving to DC United in 2003 and Colorado in 2005. He was put on waivers by the Rapids and had his rights picked up by RBNY in the November waiver draft.

Demolition Begins On KC Stadium Site

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The Kansas City Wizards are a step closer to soccer-specificity. Demolition work has started on the mall that currently occupies the site of their future stadium.The following is a press release from Major League Soccer --KANSAS City, MO (Jan 21, 2009) MLS -- The developer of The Trails announced today that demolition has begun on the exterior of the former Bannister Mall.

Wednesday's Daily: Plan Accordingly

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With J Hutcherson -- Setting aside the temptation to take the Kaka to Manchester City saga as indications of something better at work in the highest levels of European soccer than just a currency exchange, let's look at one of his points. Namely, that Manchester City and a ton of money won't buy championships.

Armas Leaves Fire

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Former US National Team and MLS midfielder Chris Armas is no longer part of the Chicago Fire's coaching staff, after leaving the club for personal reasons. The following is a press release from Major League Soccer --BRIDGEVIEW, IL (Jan 20, 2009) MLS -- Chicago Fire assistant coach, and former player, Chris Armas has made the decision to leave the Fire due to personal reasons and will not return as an assistant coach for the 2009.

Arnaud And Jewsbury Sign Extensions

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The following is a press release from Major League Soccer -- KANSAS CITY, KS (Jan 20, 2008) MLS -- The Kansas City Wizards announced Tuesday that midfielders Davy Arnaud and Jack Jewsbury have signed new four-year contracts. Arnaud and Jewsbury became the longest-tenured players on the Wizards roster after Kerry Zavagnin retired in 2008 to join the coaching staff.

Kovalenko Trade Official

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The Los Angeles Galaxy and Real Salt Lake finally confirmed that midfielder Dema Kovalenko will be moving to LA for the 2009 season. The announcement was delayed due to Kovalenko being unavailable for notification. This is Kovalenko's fifth MLS team. Other than RSL, he also spent time with Red Bull NY, DC United, and the Chicago Fire.

Statement On MLS Primetime Thursday

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Major League Soccer released a statement on Tuesday to address the replacement of ESPN's regular Thursday night prime time slot for League games with a rotating schedule. The following is from Major League Soccer:"As part of our 2009 strategic planning process, MLS and ESPN mutually decided to move from broadcasting the MLS game of the week exclusively on Thursday to include other weekday and weekend nights.

Tuesday's Daily: Keeping Up

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With J Hutcherson -- Gather round children. Scottish soccer would very much like to tell us their story of plight. Of stadiums with rows of empty seats that were once filled with passionate fans in support of their local club. Even as we speak, the brightest minds in Scottish soccer are gathering to address what could be the ruin of a once proud league.

American Abroad: Edu Looking For Time

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United States National Team midfielder Maurice Edu told BBC Sport that he hopes his return from an injured ankle will revive his attempt to break into Rangers' first team. Like teammate and fellow US National Team player DaMarcus Beasley, Edu is aware of the added pressure, since Rangers are shopping players during the transfer window.

American Abroad: Mid Major

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By Graig Carbino - ALBANY, NY (Jan 19, 2009) USSoccerPlayers -- Excuse me while I turn away from the usual 400-word bit about American's playing in Europe this week. I need to have a quick say about what the recent $147 million dollar bid from Manchester City for AC Milan's Kaka makes this part-time soccer scribe feel like.

MLS: ESPN Opts For Varied Time Slots

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Sports Business Journal is reporting that ESPN will no longer have a dedicated Thursday primetime slot for Major League Soccer. MLS games will now be shown on Thursdays, Saturdays, Wednesdays, or Fridays. "We didn't see the kind of ratings climb we'd like to, so we're trying something different," ESPN VP of programming Scott Guglielmino told Sports Business Journal.

Monday's Daily: England Moves Money

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With J Hutcherson -- Do we really have to listen to English clubs pleading poverty when Manchester City goes from second-tier in their own area to the new money in Premier League soccer? After all, it's not like the clubs down the divisions were doing so much better this time last season. Or the season before that.

Sunday's TV

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EPL on Setanta: West Ham United - Fulham at 8:30am.La Liga on GolTV: Real Madrid - Osasuna at 11am, Athletico Bilbao - Valencia at 1pm, and Almeria - Atletico Madird at 3pm. Serie A on Fox Soccer Channel: Lazio - Juventus at 2:30pm. Ligue 1 on Setanta: Lille - Rennes at 3pm.MFL on Telemundo: Toluca - Atlante at 1pm.

Rules For Small-Sided Youth Games

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Small-sided soccer evolved from research showing that children develop at different levels in both physical and emotional matters. This evidence, coupled with the fact that most young players simply want to have fun playing soccer and do not worry as much about competition, has led US Youth Soccer to require all of its member state associations to adopt small-sided play for all games involving players Under 10.

Saturday's TV

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EPL on Setanta: Bolton - Manchester United at 10am, Blackburn - Newcastle United at 5pm, and Sunderland - Aston Villa at 6:45pm. On Fox Soccer Channel: Chelsea - Stoke City at 10am, Hull City - Arsenal at 12:30pm, and Manchester City - Wigan Athletic at 8pm. The Championship on Setanta: Bristol City - Wolverhampton Wanderers at 12:15pm.

Parkhurst Joins Camp

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Former New England Revolution and current FC Nordsjaelland defender Michael Parkhurst has been added the US National Team camp roster currently training in Carson, California. Parkhurst will be looking for his 5th cap as the US faces Sweden on Saturday, January 24th.

Full 2009 SuperDraft Results

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First Round 1. Seattle Sounders - Steve Zakhuani 2. Toronto FC - Sam Cronin 3. Los Angeles Galaxy - Omar Gonzalez 4. Toronto FC - O'Brien White 5. FC Dallas - Peri Marosevic 6. DC United - Rodney Wallace 7. DC United - Chris Pontius 8. Kansas City Wizards - Matt Besler 9. Chivas USA - Michael Lahoud 10.

WPS Announces Playoff Format

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The Womens Professional Soccer League introduced a unique playoff format before the start of today's 2009 Draft. Playing a 20 game regular season, the team with the best regular season record will advance to and host the WPS Championship Game. They will face the winner of a two-tier playoff system. The fourth place finisher will play the third place finisher, that winner faces the second-place finisher for the other spot in the championship.

2009 WPS Draft Results

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The Boston Breakers made Amy Rodriguez the first choice in the 2009 WPS Draft held earlier today in St. Louis, MO. Rodriguez has 21 caps and four goals with the US National Team and had the assist on the goal that beat Brazil for the Olympic gold medal. 2. Chicago Red Stars - Megan Rapinoe 3. FC Gold Pride - Christina DiMartino 4.

Picking Players

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By Graig Carbino - ALBANY, NY (Jan 16, 2009) USSoccerPlayers -- I realize that if something is on television it must be important. At the same time, I don't really get Major League Soccer's SuperDraft. For those that question televised and hyped drafts in general, at least with the other sports most fans have a decent shot at naming a few of the potential first round picks.

Friday's Daily: Draw

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With J Hutcherson -- Is there any point in rehashing the Hall of Fame's growing list of perfectly viable candidates that will be relying on the Veterans Committee? Does anybody need to make the comparison to other sports that are happily elected players that don't have the pedigree of some of the players waiting in line?

Kljestan To Train With Celtic

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Chivas USA and US National Team midfielder Sacha Kljestan will spend the next week training with Celtic. Kljestan has been in camp with the US National Team and is expected to return in time for the January 24th friendly against Sweden.

Agoos And Fawcett Enter Hall

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After a year when no candidates passed the threshold for election, Jeff Agoos and Joy Fawcett are now members of the National Soccer Hall of Fame Class of 2009. The US National Soccer Team Players Association would like to congratulate both players for capping great careers with election to the Soccer Hall.

Franklin Leaves Camp

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LA Galaxy defender and 2008 MLS Rookie of the Year Sean Franklin has been forced out of US National Team camp with a lower abdominal strain. He made 27 appearances for the Galaxy in his rookie season.

Thursday's Daily: Draft Afternoon

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With J Hutcherson -- I don't pay much attention to college soccer and I'm not what anybody would consider a draft expert. It's one of those areas where I know what I'm told. Well, that and I've been around the League long enough to know the list of sure fire high picks that ended up not so much. What Major League Soccer's clubs face with each SuperDraft is an odd combination of not wanting to.

Kreis Gets Extension

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WASHINGTON, DC (Jan 15, 2009) USSoccerPlayers -- Jason Kreis has signed a three-year extension with Real Salt Lake, the club announced on Wednesday. The new deal will keep him with RSL through the 2011 season. "First and most importantly, I am extremely grateful to Dave Checketts and the rest of the ownership group, Bill Manning and Garth Lagerwey for this gesture of faith," Kreis said in a press statement.

Magee Traded To Galaxy

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The following is a press relese from Major League Soccer --SECAUCUS, NJ (Jan 14, 2009) MLS -- Red Bull New York announced today that it has acquired a second round 2010 MLS SuperDraft pick from the Los Angeles Galaxy in exchange for midfielder/forward Mike Magee."We want to thank Mike for his contributions to the New York franchise and wish him the best of luck in Los Angeles," said Red Bull New York Sporting Director Jeff.

Purdy Joins Dallas

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The following is a press release from Major League Soccer --FRISCO, TX (Jan 14, 2009) MLS -- FC Dallas General Manager Michael Hitchcock today announced that the team has signed 23-year-old defender Steve Purdy. Purdy joins Dallas from German club 1860 Munich of the 2.Bundesliga. Per League and team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

American Abroad: Beasley Addresses Status With Rangers

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WASHINGTON, DC (Jan 14, 2008) USSoccerPlayers -- DaMarcus Beasley has responded to rumors linking him to a move out of Rangers by the end of the transfer window, telling the Associated Press that he needs playing time but would prefer to stay with Rangers. "If I'm not playing here, I should move on," Beasley said.

January FIFA Rankings

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WASHINGTON, DC (Jan 14, 2009) USSoccerPlayers -- With most of the world of soccer idle in December, the United States remain 22nd in the FIFA World Rankings, keeping the same points total from last month. It was the same story for Mexico in 26th, with only slots 15 through 19 changing in the top 25. The next FIFA rankings will be released on February 11th.

Wednesday's Daily: Coaches

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With J Hutcherson -- Gentle people of St. Louis. That whooshing noise you're hearing is the mass of nylon-clad soccer types currently heading your way courtesy of the NSCAA Convention. For those of you in proximity to the convention center, just start calling everybody coach for the next few days and you'll be fine.

Kandji Move Made Permanent

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The following is a press release from Major League Soccer --SECAUCUS, NJ (Jan 13, 2009) MLS -- Red Bull New York announced today that forward Macoumba Kandji has signed a contract with Major League Soccer and will be part of the Red Bulls' roster in 2009. Per MLS and club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Harden Returns With Rapids

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The following is a press release from Major League Soccer --COMMERCE CITY, CO (Jan 13, 2009) MLS -- The Colorado Rapids acquired the MLS rights to defender Ty Harden in a trade with the LA Galaxy that was announced today. In exchange, the Rapids sent one of their two third round picks in Thursday's MLS SuperDraft.

Choosing The States

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Andrew Dixon - MIAMI, FL (Jan 13, 2008) USSoccerPlayers -- The Neven Subotic episode and to a lesser extent the loss of Edgar Castillo got me thinking about the players who weren't born here but proudly represented the United States. While other countries have used players born elsewhere (France, Netherlands, Jamaica, Mexico) the issue is a dual edged sword for American soccer.

Namoff Stays With DC

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The following is a press release from Major League Soccer --WASHINGTON, DC (Jan 13, 2009) MLS -- DC United announced today the re-signing of defender Bryan Namoff. In a season that saw a host of lineup changes from the previous year, the veteran defender continued to be a steady presence in United's backline.

American Abroad: Playing Conditions

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By Graig Carbino - ALBANY, NY (Jan 13, 2009) USSoccerPlayers -- After seeing the recent weather related match cancellations in England we can finally end the talk of a "European" schedule calendar in Major League Soccer, right? You think a field is frozen in London, try playing a soccer game outdoors in the Northeast this coming weekend.

van den Bergh Traded To Dallas

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The following are press releases from Major League Soccer --FRISCO, TX (Jan 13, 2009) MLS -- FC Dallas General Manager Michael Hitchcock today announced that the team has acquired Netherlands midfielder Dave van den Bergh from the New York Red Bulls in exchange for forward Dominic Oduro and the team's first selection of the second round (18th overall) of the 2009 MLS SuperDraft.

USA - Mexico Ticket Information

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The following is a press release from the US Soccer Federation -- CHICAGO, IL (Jan 13, 2009) USSF -- Tickets for the United States' FIFA World Cup qualifier against Mexico in Columbus, Ohio, go on sale on Wednesday, Jan. 28, at 12pm ET. The game kicks off at 7pm ET on Wednesday, Feb. 11, and will be televised live on ESPN2 HD and Univision.

Marta Joins Sol

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The following is a press release from Women's Professional Soccer --CARSON, CA (Jan 12, 2009) WPS -- The Los Angeles Sol achieved a major milestone in women's professional sports when they announced an agreement today with three time FIFA World Female Player of the Year Marta Vieira da Silva, better known worldwide simply as Marta.

Tuesday's Daily: Running The Show

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With J Hutcherson -- Interesting times for Bruce Arena's LA Galaxy, a club that could potentially be rebuilding in yet another season they're expected to at least make the playoffs. As the relative wonder that is the Pan-Pacific Championship approaches, the squad Arena fields could end up looking a lot closer to the one that starts the season.

Another Year For Lopez

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The following is a press release from Major League Soccer --KANSAS CITY, MO (Jan 12, 2009) MLS -- The Kansas City Wizards announced Monday that they have re-signed striker Claudio Lopez for the 2009 season. Lopez, who became the club's first-ever Designated Player prior to last season, has signed a new deal that will not require the Wizards to use the Designated Player tag on him in 2009.

Saturday's TV

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EPL on Setanta: Aston Villa - West Bromwich Albion at 7:40am, Arsenal - Bolton at 10am, Portsmouth - Manchester City at 5pm, and Everton - Hull at 6:45pm. On Fox Soccer Channel: Newcastle United - West Ham United at 10am, Stoke City - Liverpool at 12:30pm, and Middlesbrough - Sunderland at 8pm. The Championship on Setanta: Burnley - Swansea at 12:15pm.

Sunday's TV

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EPL on Setanta: Wigan - Spurs at 8:25am. On Fox Soccer Channel: Manchester United - Chelsea at 11am. Serie A on Fox Soccer: Juventus - Siena at 9am and Roma - Milan at 2:30pm. La Liga on GolTV: Mallorca - Real Madrid at 11am and Osasuna - Barcelona at 3pm. Ligue 1 on Setanta: Bordeaux - PSG at 3pm.InterLiga on Fox Sports en Espanol: Final 1 at 7pm and Final 2 at 9:30pm.

Punting

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The art of punting is a skill that is sometimes taken for granted. Goalkeepers with long, accurate punts can change the course of a game with one swift kick. Unfortunately, it is a skill that is not usually fully developed. Keepers, through lack of instruction, often develop bad habits that inevitably lead to poor kicks.

Monday's TV

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No live games today.

Bravo Leaves Galaxy For Rapids

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The following is a press release from Major League Soccer -- COMMERCE CITY, CO (Jan 9, 2009) MLS -- The Colorado Rapids announced today that the club's all-time leading scorer, PAUL BRAVO, has been named the team's Technical Director. Bravo re-joins the Rapids having served as the Director of Soccer with the LA Galaxy the past two years.

Sundhage Calls Camp

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The following is a press release from the US Soccer Federation -- CHICAGO, IL (Jan 9, 2009) USSF -- US Women's National Team head coach Pia Sundhage has called in 25 players for a 17-day training camp that will kick off the team's 2009 activity. The US team will convene at US Soccer's National Training Center at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.

Crew Trade Miglioranzi

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The following is a press release from Major League Soccer -- COLUMBUS, OH (Jan 9, 2008) MLS -- The Columbus Crew announced today that it has acquired a conditional fourth-round selection in the 2010 MLS SuperDraft from Los Angeles, in exchange for the rights to midfielder Stefani Miglioranzi. Miglioranzi, 31, was acquired by the Crew from L.

Pan-Pacific 2009

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The following is a press release from Major League Soccer -- NEW YORK, NY & LOS ANGELES, CA (Jan, 2009) MLS -- Four premier professional soccer clubs, including three of Asia's current champions, will participate in the second edition of the Pan-Pacific Championship (PPC), the international soccer tournament launched last year by Soccer United Marketing (SUM).

Blanco In For '09

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The following is a press release from Major League Soccer -- BRIDGEVIEW, IL (Jan 9, 2009) MLS -- Chicago Fire Soccer announced today that the club has picked up their option for midfielder Cuauhtémoc Blanco for the 2009 season. Terms of the contract will not be disclosed.Blanco signed with the Fire as the team's first Designated Player in April of 2007 and joined the team in July after competing in Gold Cup and Copa America.

Friday's Daily: More Than One

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With J Hutcherson -- We'll start with an update on Women's Professional Soccer. The league's TV deal with Fox Soccer gets them a regular weekly time slot, Chicago has announced a thousand season tickets sold, and Los Angeles has reportedly all but signed the one marquee player WPS believes will make an immediate difference.

Cameron Leaves Camp

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Houston Dynamo midfielder Geoff Cameron returned to Houston from US National Team camp in Carson, CA to rehab a strained hamstring. A finalist for the 2008 MLS Rookie of the Year award, this was Cameron's first look with the full National Team. He is expected to need two to three weeks to recover.

Tell Me About: InterLiga

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Soccer in the United States in early January? Apparently, that's the perfect time for the InterLiga. With the Mexican Fall league ending in December and the Spring season yet to start, this is when the elite clubs of Mexico decide who will represent the league in the Copa Libertadores. Yes, that is South American's top club competition, and yes, the MExican clubs playoff in the United States.
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Ezra Hendrickson Announces Retirement

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The following is a press release from Major League Soccer -- COLUMBUS, OH (Jan 8, 2008) MLS -- Veteran Crew defender Ezra Hendrickson announced his retirement today, ending a stellar, 14-year professional career. Hendrickson capped his 12-season tenure in Major League Soccer by helping the Crew to its first MLS Cup Championship in 2008.

Thursday's Daily: All Involved

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With J Hutcherson -- Apparently, it's knock Michael Bradley day, courtesy of Kicker Magazine. Bradley got named to the mid-season flop list, coming in third. It's easy enough to build a case in either direction for how seriously one wants to take this sort of thing. Then again, it's worth remembering that soccer remains a team sport.

Generation adidas Players Announced

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The following is a press release from Major League Soccer --NEW YORK, NY (Jan 7, 2009) MLS -- Major League Soccer and adidas today announced the 2009 class of Generation adidas players that will enter the professional ranks for the 2009 Major League Soccer season. MLS teams and adidas identified nine of the most promising soccer players in the United States.

Ihemelu Joins Camp

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Colorado Rapids defender Ugo Ihemelu has been called into United States National Team camp in Carson, California. Ihemelu fills the final slot in the original camp roster. He has one cap for the senior side, last year's January friendly against Norway.

Burch And Mendes Sign New Deals

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The following are press releases from Major League Soccer -- WASHINGTON, DC (Jan 7, 2009) MLS -- DC United announced today the club has re-signed defender Marc Burch. In his first full season with the Black-and-Red, the 24-year-old made 28 League appearances (21 starts) along United's backline. Burch was originally acquired by DC from the Columbus Crew on April 4, 2007 for a 2008 Supplemental Draft pick.

Stade Louis II

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If you're going to associate anything with Monaco's State Louis II before the arrival of Freddy Adu, it would probably be the UEFA Super Cup. The annual game between the Champions League and the UEFA Cup winners might not be considered the decider for true champion of Europe, but it does make American television.

Wednesday's Daily: Chasing

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With J Hutcherson -- Remember when England's League Cup was supposed to become a tournament for the otherwise unoccupied and even the venerable FA Cup was under threat? After all, winning the Premier League and Champions League double was the only thing that was supposed to matter for the elite clubs.

Hernandez Added to US Camp

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At least one of the two defensive absences in the United States National Team camp currently underway in Carson, CA has been filled. San Jose Earthquakes defender Jason Hernandez gets his first look at full National Team level. The 25-year-old Englewood, NJ native and former Seton Hall captain has 81 MLS appearances, normally at right back.

Quaranta Re-Ups With DC

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The following is a press release from Major League Soccer --WASHINGTON, DC (Jan 6, 2009) MLS -- DC United announced today the re-signing of midfielder Santino Quaranta. Last season, Quaranta came back to the club where he began his career and posted his best season so far. Per team and League policy, terms of the agreement will not be released.

Tuesday's Daily: Breathing Room

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With J Hutcherson -- For those of you no longer enamored with the wider world of American sports, the college bowl season is throwing up some very high viewer numbers. Somewhat surprising, considering the game that will decide the championship has yet to be played. What this version of the bowl season has figured out is that the games draw better if they're not lumped together.

Galaxy Confirm Donovan Loan

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The following is a press release from Major League Soccer -- CARSON, CA (Jan 5, 2008) USSoccerPlayers -- The LA Galaxy and German Bundesliga club Bayern Munich have reached an agreement that will allow Galaxy forward Landon Donovan to join the club on loan. Donovan's loan spell with the club will commence immediately, with the player scheduled to return to Los Angeles on March 8, two weeks ahead of the Galaxy's season opener against D.

American Abroad: Donovan In Dubai

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By Graig Carbino - ALBANY, NY (Jan 5, 2009) USSoccerPlayers -- I suppose it only makes sense to chime in on the seemingly obvious, but strange situation surrounding the Landon Donovan loan deal to Bayern Munich. The deal is done based on most accounts, yet the LA Galaxy and Major League Soccer have yet to release any sort of news regarding the arrangement.

Camp Down By Two

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The US National Team will be without Cory Gibbs and Clarence Goodson, with both players having to opt out due to injury. The US Soccer Federation has yet to announce whether or not the two slots will be filled.

Sunday's TV

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FA Cup on Fox Soccer Channel: Gillingham - Aston Villa at 8:30am. On Setanta: Southampton - Manchester United at 11am. All Times Eastern

Dutch Triangles

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If you are new to the game as a coach, one of the smartest things you could do is to start training your players using a series of drills in a triangle formation. These exercises were popularized by the Dutch, and have been utilized by coaches all over the world.Many of the Dutch teachings can be credited to Rinus Michels, who led Holland to the World Cup final in 1974 and to a Euro championship.

Monday's Daily: Set Up

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With J Hutcherson -- Let's hope Major League Soccer leadership asked for something other than a power tie, suspenders, and hair gel for the holidays, because the last thing this League needs is to decide they're 80's guys and this is the time for the big play. Namely, continuing to put the US Soccer Federation and, by extension, CONCACAF and FIFA on notice that MLS sets the schedule in North America.

Saturday's TV

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SPL on Setanta: Hearts - Hibs at 6:30am. FA Cup on Setanta: Macclesfield Town - Everton at 9:30am. On Fox Soccer Channel: Preston North End - Liverpool at noon. InterLiga on Fox Sports en Espanol: Tigres - Atlas at 8pm and Chivas - Club America at 10:30pm. All Times Eastern

Friday's Daily: Starting A Conversation

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With J Hutcherson -- What happens if the transfer market stalls over the next four weeks? Imagine something like the handful of truly major moves only involving the handful of clubs with money not really tied to the kind of fluctuations that have made formerly loaded owners merely well off. It's a list about as long as the available targets.

Tell Me About: The Confederations Cup

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The FIFA Confederations Cup was organized as an opportunity for regional champions to come together and compete against one another for a world title in non-World Cup years. Historically less-recognized confederations have a chance to compete with the more renowned confederations in a smaller format than the actual World Cup.
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Thursday's Daily: Pricing Free

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With J Hutcherson -- Transfer window opening day everybody, when dreams of domestic and European domination cause multiple teams to part with their hard earned currency. The big rumors you could easily makeup for yourself. Big teams moving big players around, rumors linking anybody from CSKA Moscow with the brighter lights of Europe, and one of the big four English managers complaining that they simply don't have enough to compete.