USSoccerPlayers Archives for January 2009

Saturday's TV

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EPL on ESPN2: Arsenal Spurs at 8:30am. On Setanta: Fulham - Liverpool at 11am and Everton - Aston Villa at 10pm. On Fox Soccer Channel: Bolton - Chelsea at 11am, Manchester United - Blackburn at 1:30pm, and Sunderland - West Ham United at 6pm. Russian Premier League on Setanta: FC Moscow - Zenit St. Petersburg at 7am.

Friday's Daily: 5k

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With J Hutcherson -- Courtesy of Major League Soccer, we now have a price point for confirming the obvious. DC president Kevin Payne's $5,000 dollar fine should have been enough, but it had to be chased with an apology. Given that the fine was higher than the ones normally handed out for red cards or mouthing of at the ref, maybe it would've been fairer to have it either/or.

Friday's TV

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Under-17 World Cup on Galavision: Japan - Mexico at 2pm. All Times Eastern

Wambach Nominated For FIFA Award

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US Women's National Team and Washington Freedom forward Abby Wambach is the only American nominated for the FIFA Women's World Player of the Year Award. Freedom teammate Sonia Bompastor is also on the list of ten nominees. There are 23 nominees on the Men's side, with both lists reduced to five in early December.

Houston 0 - Seattle 0

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Thursday night's draw in Seattle sets up Houston for redemption in the opening round of Major League Soccer's playoffs. Last season and facing the same scenario against New York, the Dynamo lost 3-0 at home. A physical game at Qwest Field takes the series to Robertson Stadium with both teams able to point to things that worked.

Blanco To Join Veracruz

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Chicago Fire midfielder Cuauhtemoc Blanco will join Mexican second-division club Veracruz when the international transfer window opens in January. The Fire will hold an option if he chooses to return to Major League Soccer following the 2010 World Cup. Blanco has spent three years in MLS, joining Chicago on April 2, 2007.

Llungberg Wins Player Of The Month

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Seattle Sounders midfielder Freddy Llungberg is Major League Soccer's Player of the Month for October. He had four assists as the expansion Sounders qualified for the MLS playoffs. Llungberg was the Player of the Week for Week 31. 2009 MLS Player of the Month Awards March: Fredy Montero – Seattle Sounders FC April: Brian McBride – Chicago Fire May: Conor Casey – Colorado Rapids June: Guillermo Barros Schelotto – Columbus Crew July: Landon Donovan –.

Germany 0 - USA Women 1

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The United States Women's National Team beat Germany 1-0 at Impuls Arena in Augsburg, Germany. Washington Freedom forward Abby Wambach got the game's only goal in the 35th-minute, heading in a cross from Yael Averbuch. Hope Solo picked up the shutout for the United States with one save.

MLS Playoffs: Quarterfinal Preview

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By Graig Carbino - ALBANY, NY (Oct 29, 2009) USSoccerPlayers -- It's that time of year again. The leaves are falling along with the temperature, the holiday season is right around the corner, and the Major League Soccer playoffs are about to begin. Big match-night one takes place in Seattle this evening, and what better stage for the first game of the 2009 playoffs?

Payne Fined By League

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DC United president Kevin Payne was fined $5,000 dollars for telling the Washington Post's Steven Goff: "We don't want to play like Colorado or New England, which most of the season sat with eight or nine guys behind the ball. How many people go to watch Colorado or New England play? That's a problem for our league.

U-17 WC: USA 1 - Malawi 0

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The United States bounced back from their opening game loss, beating Malawi 1-0 on Thursday at Sani Abacha Stadium in Kano, Nigeria. In a game dominated by the USA, it would take 54 minutes for them to get a goal. Alex Shinsky put a rebound through the legs of Malawi keeper Cuthbert Seengwa for the game winner.

Reports: Manchester United Owner Looking To Sell NFL Team

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News outlets out of Tampa are reporting that Malcolm Glazer is looking for a buyer for his National Football League team. The Glazer family have owned the Tampa Bay Buccaneers since 1995, moving them into a state of the art stadium and winning the 2002 Super Bowl. Glazer completed his takeover of Manchester United in 2005.

The Step Up

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By Andrew Dixon - MIAMI, FL (Oct 29, 2009) USSoccerPlayers -- Like it or not, MLS has become parity central. Unless you entered the League courtesy of expansion and you're not named 'Fire' or 'Sounders,' you have a legit shot at winning MLS Cup. No matter how bad you were the previous year or how much winning tradition you have, everyone can go into the start of the season thinking they have a chance at.

Thursday's Daily: Working The Playoffs

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With J Hutcherson -- For those of you that spent last night in the company of the World Series, that was a pretty good lesson on the why for the best out of seven games. Aside from the extra revenue courtesy of extended playoffs, baseball, hockey, and basketball set it up so it takes more than just one dominant night or a fluke win.

Tough Going In Germany

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Kenny Cooper started and went 56 minutes, but 1860 Munich lost 3-0 at home to Schalke 04 in the DFB Pokal. Rafinha put Schalke up in the 41st. Benedikt Howedes scored twince in the second (40th and 81st). David Yeldell's luck was no better in the German Cup, in goal for TUS Koblenz's 4-0 loss to TSG Hoffenheim.

Thursday's TV

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Argentine League on Fox Sports en Espanol: Boca Juniors - Chacarita Juniors at 2pm. Inter - Palermo on Fox Soccer Channel at 3:45pm. All Times Eastern

Wednesday's Daily: Super Shuffle

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With J Hutcherson -- I started covering soccer in the late 90's, when the offshoot of the '98 World Cup seemed to be how many end game scenarios could be thrown in the direction of European club soccer. At the time, everything was supposedly heading for crisis. Money, expanding markets, and the continued interest of the fans, and basically in that order.

Guzan And Beasley Back In Action

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Cup time in Britain, and Brad Guzan took over for Brad Friedel in goal for Aston Villa. They beat Sunderland on penalties after drawing 0-0. Guzan was strong in net, stopping Kenwyne Jones's 85th-minute penalty and then stoop up during the penalty phase where Villa advanced 4-1. "The lads are pretty euphoric, none more so than Mr Guzan," Villa manager Martin O'Neill said.

Wednesday's TV

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Serie A on Fox Soccer Channel: Napoli - Milan at 2:45pm. All Times Eastern

Toronto Looks For New Coach

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Toronto FC did not renew interim head coach Chris Cummins's contract on Tuesday, announcing they will begin a search for a new head coach. Cummins replaced John Carver, who resigned on April 25th. "We have decided to move forward without Chris for next season," said manager, director of soccer Mo Johnston.

Tuesday's Daily: Tough Luck

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With J Hutcherson -- Yesterday, the United States opened group play in the Under-17 World Cup. They also opened themselves up to the expected criticism that comes with giving up two short-handed goals and losing the game. It's hard to come around on a 2-1 loss. At the same time, you don't have to be an apologist to opt against putting this squarely on the team.

Nordsjaelland Wins

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Michael Parkhurst went the full ninety for Nordsjaelland on Monday, beating AGF Aarhus 2-0 at NGRI Park. Benny Feilhaber started and went 87 minutes for Aarhus, with Jeremiah White coming on as a 65th-minute substitute. Soren Christensen had Nordsjaelland up in the 52nd and Nickie Nielsen finished off the scoring in the 82nd.

Findley Wins POTW

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Real salt Lake forward Robbie Findley won Major League Soccer's Player of the Week award for week 32, the final week of the 2009 regular season. Findley had two of Salt Lake's three goals in their 3-0 win over Colorado. That result put RSL into the playoffs. 2009 MLS Player of the Week Winners WEEK 1: Fredy Montero (Seattle Sounders FC) WEEK 2: Kasey Keller (Seattle Sounders FC) WEEK 3: Conor Casey (Colorado Rapids) WEEK.

Corrales Re-Ups In San Jose

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Ramiro Corrales signed a new deal with San Jose that will keep him with the Quakes past the 2010 season. "Ramiro has been an important part of our team the past two seasons and throughout his career," General Manager of Soccer Operations John Doyle said. "He is an extremely versatile player who has filled a number of roles here through the years.

U-17 World Cup: USA 1 - Spain 2

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Spain scored two short-handed goals to come back and win in Group E on Monday. With just over a minute played, Spain defender Sergi Gomez was sent off. The United States responded with Jack McInerney's goal in the fourth-minute, but that would be it for the US offense. Borja equalized for Spain in the 22nd and Pablo Sarabia scored what would be the winner in the 30th-minute.

Tuesday's TV

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Carling Cup on Setanta: Barnsley - Manchester United at 3:45pm. All Times Eastern

Giants Stadium: The Internationals

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By Clemente Lisi -- EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (Oct 26th, 2009) USSoccerPlayers -- Giants Stadium has hosted many important international soccer games – from high-caliber friendlies to the 1994 World Cup - over the past 30 years. The legendary stadium has also hosted some very important Men's and Women's National Team games over the past three decades.

Giant Farewell

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By Clemente Lisi - EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (Oct 26th, 2009) USSoccerPlayers -- Red Bull NY marked the end of an era – others would argue error – on Saturday night when the team played its last game ever at Giants Stadium. This would have been their final game regardless, with Red Bull Arena in Harrison, NJ opening for 2010.

2009 MLS Cup Playoffs Schedule

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Conference Semifinals – Game #1 Eastern Conference (1) Columbus Crew at (4) Real Salt Lake, Saturday, Oct. 31 – 6pm ET (Regional TV, Direct Kick, MLSnet.com) (2) Chicago Fire at (3) New England Revolution, Saturday, Oct. 31 – 4pm ET (FSC, FSE) Western Conference (1) Los Angeles Galaxy at (4) Chivas USA, Sunday, Nov.

US Schedules Slovakia

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The United States will play Slovakia on November 14th in Bratislava, the US Soccer Federation announced on Monday. Details for the game will be released at a later date. "We are very pleased about the opportunity to face another quality opponent on European soil," US coach Bob Bradley said. "Slovakia finished on top of a very competitive group in UEFA qualifying, and has demonstrated their capabilities throughout the process.

Monday's Daily: Not Even Close

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With J Hutcherson -- All in all, not the best weekend to be a fan of half the teams in Major League Soccer. Whatever route was taken to disappointment in the final weekend of play, it's the same basic point. In 2009, this is a circuit that can't put anybody over. Toronto can't play in the rain. Dallas can't score enough.

American Abroad: Big Game Clint

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First Star: Clint Dempsey went the full ninety for Fulham and got the equalizer in their 2-2 draw with Manchester City. Fulham trailed by two an hour in after Joleon Lescott scored in the 54th and Martin Petrov followed for City in the 60th-minute. Fulham pulled a goal back through Damien Duff in the 62nd, and it was Dempsey with the equalizer in the 68th.

MLS Week 32: The End

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As last game scenarios go, few would have expected so many teams to make themselves a non-issue. Toronto and Dallas couldn't win against teams that were either our of the playoffs are already in, while DC gets to spend an off season wondering what else was needed to beat Kansas City. Toronto 0 - New York 5 The last soccer game at Giants Stadium became more about the Red Bulls continuing their spoiler run late.

Cunningham Wins Second Golden Boot

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FC Dallas forward Jeff Cunningham capped off a remarkable late season surge with his second Bundweiser Golden Boot award as the League's top scorer. Cunningham had 17 goals in 2009, one better than the last time he won the Golden Boot in 2006. His '09 run included scoring in six straight games. MLS Golden Boot Winners 2009: 17 goals – Jeff Cunningham (FC Dallas) 2008: 20 goals – Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy) 2007: 20.

Monday's TV

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Under-17 World Cup on ESPNU: Spain - United States at 1:30pm. Championship on Setanta: Reading - Leicester City at 4pm.

How To Take A Bicycle Kick

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Few things in soccer get a crowd into a game better than a bicycle or overhead kick. While they are a sight to see, there is a proper way to perform the move so you do not land on your neck, elbow or back and end up risking injury. Given the risk of injury in landing incorrectly, this is an advanced skill move for older players.

Sunday's TV

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MLS on TeleFutura: Houston - Chivas USA at 3pm. On ESPN2: New England - Columbus at 6pm. Under-17 World Cup on Galavision: Colombia - Holland at 2pm. EPL on Setanta: Bolton - Everton at 9:30am and Manchester City - Fulham at noon. On Fox Soccer Channel: Liverpool - Manchester United at 10am and West Ham United - Arsenal at noon.

Saturday's TV

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MLS on Fox Soccer Channel: Salt Lake - Colorado at 9pm. Under-17 World Cup on Galavision: Mexico - Switzerland at 11am. EPL on ESPN2: Wolves - Aston Villa at 7:30am. on Setanta: Spurs - Stoke City at 9:30am and Hull - Portsmouth at 5pm. On Fox Soccer: Birmingham City - Sunderland at 10am, Chelsea - Blackburn at 12:30pm, and Burnley - Wigan Athletic at 5pm.

Twenty Years Ago

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By Clemente Lisi - NEW YORK, NY (Oct 23, 2009) USSoccerPlayers -- It was twenty years ago next month that a young US team traveled to Trinidad & Tobago and earned an improbable berth to the 1990 World Cup. Twenty years later, wining that game is considered the starting point for the new era of American soccer.

Friday's Daily: 39 and 45

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With J Hutcherson -- Two wildcard slots left for the 2009 Major League Soccer playoffs, with Colorado becoming the next team to face the win and in scenario. Let's assume Real Salt Lake doesn't pull a Chivas USA and gifting them an own-goal for the three points (Sat, 9pm - FSC). The Rapids are in a situation where they need to remind the rest of the League why they're a point better than the pack.

DC Out Of Champions League

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DC United exited the CONCACAF Champions League on Wednesday night. United needed San Juan Jabloteh to beat Marathon. Instead, Marathon finished in second-place in Group B with a 4-2 win over Jabloteh. Jerry Palacios had a second-half hat-trick for Marathon.

Europa League: Tough For Everton

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Everton lost 5-0 to Benfica in Europa League play on Thursday at Lisbon's Estadio da Luz. Tim Howard was in goal for Everton, who see their goal differential fall to zero in Group I. Benfica now leads the group on differential, with both teams on six points after three games. Javier Saviola opened the scoring in the 14th, and that 1-0 lead carried into the half.

Thursday Night MLS: Fire Make Playoffs

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The Chicago Fire advanced to the 2009 Major League Soccer playoffs with a 1-0 win over Chivas USA on Thursday night. The result means Columbus wins the Supporters' Shield. In a game where neither team seemed to have the advantage, an own-goal proved the difference. Eduardo Lillingston put the ball into the back of his own net to send Chicago to the playoffs as the second-place finisher in the Eastern Conference.

Friday's TV

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Bundesliga on GolTV: Bayer Leverkusen - Borussia Dortmund at 2:30pm. MFL on Galavision: U.A.G. - Toluca at 9pm.

Onyewu Surgery Successful

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United States National Team and Milan defender Oguchi Onyewu underwent surgery on Wednesday to repair his left patellar tendon. The operation was successful, with Milan putting his recovery time at six months.

Thursday's Daily: Work Load

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With J Hutcherson -- As we eagerly await tonight's ESPN MLS Game of the Week (8pm - ESPN2), it's worth remembering that Chicago hasn't actually qualified for the playoffs. The Fire occupy the automatic slot reserved for second-place in the Eastern Conference, but they're still in danger of falling victim to Major League Soccer's tiebreaker scenario.

CCL: Houston Out

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Playing on the road against Group A's worst team, the Houston Dynamo couldn't get the win to send them to the quarterfinals. Instead, they exited the CONCACAF Champions League on Wednesday night, losing 3-2 to Isidro Metapan at the Tiburcio Carías Andino. Metapan opened the scoring through Elian Montes in the 7th, and were up 2-0 a minute later when Anel Canales scored.

Thursday's TV

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MLS on ESPN2: Chivas USA - Chicago at 8pm. Europa League on GolTV: Benfica - Everton at 1pm, Fulham - Roma at 3pm, and Lazio - Villarreal at 8pm. Copa Sudamericana on Fox Sports en Espanol: River Plate - San Lorenzo at 5:30pm and Fluminense - Universidad at 7:30pm. CONCACAF Champions League: Comunicaciones - UNAM Pumas at 10pm.

MacFarlane-Chang Buys Remaining Interest In DC United

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MacFarlane-Chang LLC is now the sole investor-operator in DC United, after buying shares from minority partner SE Development LLC. Will Chang is the chairman of MacFarlane-Chang, buying out his original partner Victor MacFarlane on May 21st. MacFarlane-Chang has been DC's investor-operator since January 1st, 2007.

Why Donovan

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By Graig Carbino - ALBANY, NY (Oct 21, 2009) USSoccerPlayers -- Landon Donovan has done it again. Yesterday it was announced that the LA Galaxy midfielder had won the 2009 Honda Player of the Year Award. This is Donovan's sixth time capturing the title of "best US National Soccer Team player." He took home the award three times running from 2002 through 2004 and has just completed the triple again from 2007 to Tuesdays ceremony.

Wednesday's Daily: MVP

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With J Hutcherson -- For those of you that have ever wondered who is on the list for Major League Soccer's Most Valuable Player, it's the rosters from every team in the League. Seriously, the drop down list on the voting page includes pretty much everybody. Fair enough, all things considered, even if slightly inaccurate clicking could have someone voting for Stewart Ceus instead of Conor Casey or Marvin Chavez instead of Jeff Cunningham.

American Abroad: Tough Night At Ibrox

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DaMarcus Beasley was on the bench for Rangers' bizarre 4-1 Champions League loss at home against Unirea Urziceni. The visitors gifted Rangers an own-goal in the second minute, and Rangers returned the favor twice. With Unirea Urziceni already up a goal from Marius Bilasco in the 32nd-minute, Kyle Lafferty put the ball in the back of his own net in the 49th and Lee McCulloch followed ten minutes later.

CCL: DC Waits While Crew Advance

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Using a mix of reserves and regulars, DC United made a big statement for Major League Soccer on Tuesday night, drawing 1-1 with Toluca in Mexico. DC went up in the 5th-minute when Chris Pontious scored, and that lead held until Israel Lopez coverted a penalty for Toluca in the 60th. DC played very conservatively, scoring on one of two shots they took and the only one they put on frame.

Donovan Wins Honda Award

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United States National Team midfielder Landon Donovan won his sixth Honda Player of the Year award on Wednesday. Donovan was also named the Honda Player of the Decade, winning six of the nine awards available in the 2000's. Donovan was the youngest award winner when he won in 2002, and has twice won the award three years in a row.

Jones Officially Eligible

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FC Schalke midfielder Jermaine Jones is now officially eligible to represent the United States. The 27-year-old German-born Jones's father is American, with Jones opting to switch his international registration under a revamped FIFA policy. FIFA officially approved the move on Tuesday, after Jones announced his intentions on June 12th.

Wednesday's TV

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Champions League on Fox Soccer Channel: CSKA Moscow - Manchester United at 12:30pm (same time on Setanta) and Real Madrid - Milan at 2:30pm. Setanta has Chelsea - Atletico Madrid at 2:40pm. CONCACAF Champions League on Fox Soccer: Metapan - Houston at 10pm. Colombian League on GolTV: Medellin - Tolima at 8pm.

Tuesday's Daily: Approaching The Off-Season

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With J Hutcherson -- Credit DC United with the smart move. Facing an unlikely road to a win in the CONCACAF Champions League, they opted against taking a full-strength team to play Toluca. For those of you pointing at the Group B standings where DC is currently second on goal differential over third-place Marathon, is this even a question of priorities?

Injury Update

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United States and Watford defender Jay DeMerit underwent cornea replacement surgery on Saturday. He is expected to need four to eight weeks of recovery. United States and Milan defender Oguchi Onyewu is scheduled for knee surgery on Wednesday. Onyewu ruptured his patellar tendon during last Wednesday's World Cup Qualifier against Costa Rica.

American Abroad Update: Good Day For Dempsey

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Clint Dempsey went the full ninety in Fulham's 2-0 win over Hull City. Jozy Altidore came on in the 69th-minute for Hull in a game available on national cable in the United States. Bobby Zamora was the beneficiary of a pass across the box that he tapped in for a 43rd-minute goal. Diomansy Kamara finished off the score line in the 64th.

Tuesday's TV

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Champions League on Fox Soccer Channel: Inter Milan - Dynamo Kiev at 2:30pm, Alkmaar - Arsenal at 5pm (on Setanta at 2:15pm), and Liverpool - Olympique Lyonnais at 10pm. Setanta also has Barcelona - Rubin Kazan at 6:45pm (on Fox Sports en Espanol at 2:30pm). CONCACAF Champions League on Fox Soccer: Toluca - DC at 8pm.

U-17 World Cup Roster Announced

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United States Under-17 National Team coach Wilmer Cabrera released his 21-man roster for the World Cup later this month in Nigeria. "We have been working for two years to find the right players, first for qualifying and now for the World Cup," Cabrera said. "We have made some changes over the years to overcome different challenges, but we feel that we picked the best 21 players who are ready to represent their country for this.

Marketing MLS To Adults

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By L.E. Eisenmenger - BOSTON, MA (Oct 19, 2009) USSoccerPlayers -- In August, Major League Soccer ticket sales dipped over 4% overall and dropped double digits up to 34% for six franchises while nationwide sales for international matches skyrocketed. That should be enough of an indication that MLS needs to rethink what marketing to adults means.

MLS Week 31: Seattle Is In

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The Seattle Sounders made the playoffs over the weekend, with the Sounders taking care of a tough Kansas City club with a strong second-half. Elsewhere, DC United knocked off league-leading Columbus to keep their playoff hopes alive going into the final week of the regular season. Salt Lake 0 - Toronto 1 A 48th-minute goal from Toronto's Jim Brennan ended Real Salt Lake's push for a six-point week.

Monday's Daily: Again With The Parity

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With J Hutcherson -- I really wish I could start this one off with the firm belief that Seattle, Dallas, or one of those teams currently on 39 points can actually make some noise in the postseason. Instead, I've got the feeling we're seeing the good clubs marking time. For those of you that sat through Chicago - New England, Columbus - DC, or LA - Houston, it's tough to come up with a better.

American Abroad: Big Win For Villa

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First Star: Brad Friedel was in goal for Aston Villa, 2-1 winners over Chelsea at Villa Park. Chelsea went up in the 15th minute through Didier Drogba, but goals from Richard Dunne (32nd) and James Collins (52nd) gave Villa three points. The win has Villa in sixth-place with 16 points from eight games played.

Monday's TV

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EPL on ESPN2: Fulham - Hull City at 3pm. Santos - Chivas on TeleFutura at 8pm. All Times Eastern

Update On Davies

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United States forward Charlie Davies has been moved out of the intensive care unit, according to an update from the US Soccer Federation.

Responsibilities of a Forward

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Forwards are goal scorers. Forwards are our front line of attack, our main offensive players. If the ball is between a forward and the goal or the goal line, forwards must be running to the ball - all the way to the goal or to the goalkeeper. Forwards have to follow all shots. If another forward has the ball, the first forward must move without the ball, along with the other forwards, to stay one.

Mariner Leaves Revs

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With the club in a playoff race with two games left in the regular season, New England assistant coach Paul Mariner has resigned from the club. Mariner is expected to be named the new manager of English club Plymouth Argyle. "I wish to thank everyone that I've worked with at the Revolution who have been so supportive, including the Kraft family and Steve Nicol," Mariner said.

Sunday's TV

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MLS on TeleFutura: Houston - Los Angeles at 3pm. EPL on Setanta: Blackburn - Burnley at 8am. On Fox Soccer Channel: Wigan - Manchester City at 11am. Russian Premier League on Setanta: Lokomotiv - Spartak Moscow at 6am. Serie A on Fox Soccer: Lazio - Sampdoria at 9am and Milan - Roma at 2:30pm. La Liga on ESPN Deportes: Malaga - Almeria at 11am.

Saturday's TV

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MLS on Fox Soccer Channel: New England - Chicago at 6pm. USL-1 final second-leg on Fox Soccer: Montreal - Vancouver at 2:30pm. EPL on ESPN2: Aston Villa - Chelsea at 7:30am. On Setanta: Manchester United - Bolton at 9:30am, Arsenal - Birmingham City at 8:30pm, and Everton - Wolves at 10:15pm. On Fox Soccer: Sunderland - Liverpool at 10am and Portsmouth - Spurs at 8:30pm.

Galaxy Set Thanksgiving Date With Kaiserslautern

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The Los Angeles Galaxy will play Bundesliga.2 club Kaiserslautern at the Fritz Walter Stadion on Thursday, November 26th. "This is an exciting opportunity for the Galaxy to be able to play a world renowned club like FC Kaiserslautern at an amazing World Cup venue in front of their loyal and passionate fans," LA Galaxy President of Business Operations Tom Payne said.

Friday's Daily: Six Points Remain

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With J Hutcherson -- With 14 of 15 teams on the schedule in Major League Soccer this weekend, once again it becomes about the favorites getting the job done. If things run to form, the playoff picture could be all but settled with a week left in the regular season. Chances of that happening? Slim. As this season goes, we might as well go ahead and pencil in a fading club making a contender look.

DeMerit Out For Another Two Months

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According to Soccer America's Ridge Mahoney, Watford and United States National Team defender Jay DeMerit will need surgery to repair his injured left eye. DeMerit was returning to fitness from a groin pull that caused him to miss the September World Cup Qualifiers when he scratched his cornea. That scratch led to an infection that has kept him out of action with blurred vision in that eye.

October '09 FIFA Rankings

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With FIFA choosing to extend the rankings period for October, the United States played four World Cup Qualifiers. With wins over El Salvador, Trinidad & Tobago, Honduras, and a draw with Costa Rica to finish top of the CONCACAF Qualifying zone, the US remains 11th. Mexico improved six places to 18th with three wins and a draw in Qualifying and a friendly loss to Colombia.

Friday's TV

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Under-20 World Cup final on ESPN: Ghana - Brazil at 1:45pm. All Times Eastern

Altidore's Post-Game

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Thursday's Daily: Working At It

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With J Hutcherson -- Shocked looks all around, but United States National Team coach Bob Bradley is of the opinion that pundits should be the ones figuring out the game on the field. At least that was the response to a question last night following the 2-2 draw with Costa Rica. That he has a point was obvious to everybody in the room.

CONCACAF Results: Honduras Gets Help

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By Clemente Lisi - NEW YORK, NY (Oct 15, 2009) USSoccerPlayers -- In another thrilling CONCACAF matchday, Honduras made it to the 2010 World Cup - joining the US and Mexico - after snagging the final automatic qualifying slot by finishing third in the hexagonal. At the same time, Costa Rica's 2-2 draw against the US in Washington, DC, forced the Ticos into a two-game playoff against Uruguay, who finished fifth in South America after.

New York 0 - Salt Lake 2

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Real Salt Lake remains in the playoff picture after beating New York 2-0 on Wednesday night. Andy Williams scored in the 80th minute and Fabian Espindola got the second goal in the 90th. "It didn't matter if it was New York or Houston," Williams said. "We just needed to get our three points. We weren't thinking about jinxes, or getting over the hump.

Onyewu Out With Knee Injury

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US National Team and Milan defender Oguchi Onyewu tore his torn left patellar tendon during the United States' 2-2 draw with Costa Rica on Wednesday. The normal recovery time is three-to-four months. The injury occurred when Onyewu fell ackwardly on his knee in the 83rd minute. He immediately motioned for the trainers along with the Costa Rican players close to him.

WCQ: Costa Rica 2 - USA 2

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The United States stunned Costa Rica on Wednesday night at RFK Stadium, coming back from two goals down to draw 2-2 in stoppage time. More To Follow

20 Random Grown Man Thoughts On Qualifying

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By Andrew Dixon - MIAMI, FL (Oct 14, 2009) USSoccerPlayers --1) Pray for Charlie Davies's recovery. 2) Five second half goals, two free kicks, a break out performance by a heretofore marginally effective striker. A missed penalty. A win on the road against a good Honduras side. The US of A's sixth-straight World Cup.

In Support Of Davies

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You can send email to this address. For those of you going to the game tonight, print this and join the US support in standing during the 9th minute.

Wednesday's Daily: Game On

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With J Hutcherson -- It's tough to write about someone who survived a terrible accident when another person didn't. That loss overshadows everything else. If that's not the start of the story, something's wrong. Here's the thing about Charlie Davies. The enthusiasm he shows on the field... that's him.

Update on Davies

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Late Tuesday, the US Soccer Federation released an update on forward Charlie Davies's condition. Davies was in a car accident early Tuesday. His injuries include a broken right leg with fractures to his tibia and femur, a fracture to his left elbow, facial fractures, and a lacerated bladder. Davies underwent five hours of surgery on Tuesday and is expected to need six months to a year of recovery along with what Federation doctor Dan Kalbac.

Wednesday's TV

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CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying: Costa Rica - USA is on ESPN2 with the pre-game starting at 7:30pm and Mexico - Trinidad & Tobago is on Telemundo at 8pm. Salt Lake - New York is on ESPN2 at 10pm. WCQ on GolTV: Germany - Finland at noon and Italy - Cyprus at 2pm. On Setanta: Portugal - Malta at 2:40pm and Greece - Luxembourg at 5pm.

Davies In Surgery After Car Accident

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United States National Team and Sochaux forward Charlie Davies was involved in an early morning traffic accident on Wednesday. The SUV Davies was in ripped in two after colliding with a guard rail on the George Washington Parkway outside of the District. Davies is currently undergoing surgery at George Washington Hospital.

Scouting Report: Costa Rica

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By Clemente Lisi - NEW YORK, NY (Oct 13, 2009) USSoccerPlayers -- With the United States already through to the World Cup, the final Qualifier against Costa Rica has been reduced to a glorified friendly for the Americans. Not for Costa Rica, however, who needs a win in order to snag third-place and an automatic berth to South Africa.

Denmark - USA, November 18th

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The US Soccer Federation announced on Monday that the United States will play Denmark on Wednesday, November 18th, at Aarhus's NRGI Park in Denmark. NRGI Park is the home field of Americans Benny Feilhaber and Jeremiah White. The game kicks off at 2:30pm, with television coverage to be determined. "Having qualified for the World Cup, our focus is now on continuing to improve as a team as we build toward next summer," US National Team.

Tuesday's Daily: Spoilers

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With J Hutcherson -- Tomorrow night, New York gets yet another opportunity to mess with the chances of an outsider playoff contender. Yes, we're talking about Major League Soccer the day before the final CONCACAF matchday, but we'll get to that. And yes, MLS is not only playing on yet another FIFA date, they've got the ESPN2 time-slot right after Costa Rica - USA.

Adu Gets Start, Zizzo Injured

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Midfielder Freddy Adu got his first start of the Portuguese Liga on Monday, with Belenenses losing 1-0 to CD Nacional de Madeira. Adu played the first-half before being subbed off with an injured ankle. He isn't expected to need extended recovery time. Anselmo got the game's only goal in the 27th-minute.

Quaranta Injured

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DC United forward Santino Quaranta will miss several months recuperating from surgery on his left foot. Quaranta ruptured his plantar plate during practice on Friday. Quaranta had a strong Gold Cup for the United States over the summer, scoring his first international goal. He had two goals in 22 appearances for DC this season.

Tuesday's TV

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Under-20 World Cup semifinals on ESPN2: Ghana - Hungary at 10:15 am and Brazil - Costa Rica at 1:45pm. Cliftonville - Celtic is on Setanta at 2:15pm.

Another POTW For Cunningham

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In a week where several Major League Soccer clubs were idle and players were missing for international duty, it was once again Jeff Cunningham winning Player of the Week honors. Cunningham set the standard early, with an assist and the game-winner in Dallas's 2-1 win over San Jose on Wednesday. Cunningham has been the difference with the winning goal in seven games this season.

Honduras - USA Highlights

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(Summary is not available.)

Monday's Daily: Avoiding November

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With J Hutcherson -- The big number coming out of Saturday's round of CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying is something that a lot of people have been pointing to for months. Two. This time around, to get out of the region a game early meant the United States had to sweep their home schedule and win two on the road.

Dempsey Out For Costa Rica

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With the United States clinching a spot in the 2010 World Cup on Saturday, midfielder Clint Dempsey will not be joining the squad for Wednesday's finale against Costa Rica. Dempsey will remain in London as he continues rehabbing his shoulder.

Postgame: USA - Honduras

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(Summary is not available.)

Monday's TV

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Setanta has first airs of the following World Cup Qualifiers: Colombia - Chile at 4:30pm, Argentina - Peru at 6:15pm, Ukraine - England at 8pm, Ecuador - Uruguay at 9:45pm, and Venezuela - Paraguay at 11:30pm.

MLS Week 30: Short Round

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With only three games on the schedule, Toronto did themselves no favors giving up a late goal. Meanwhile, Columbus continued their impressive late season run at the top of the table with a win over New England. Out West, Chivas USA qualified for the playoffs. San Jose 1 - Toronto 1 Toronto got on the board two minutes into the second-half through Nana Attakora and looked good for the three points at BMO Field.

Cold Weather Nutrition Tips

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Many athletes tend to forget how important hydration and nutrition are when the weather turns colder. The cold air can suppress feelings of thirst, leading athletes to not drink as much as they should during outdoor exercise in cold weather. The water or sports drink they were used to drinking in hot weather might not have the same rejuvenating effect if the liquid has turned very cold or freezing in its container.

CONCACAF Results: Two Are In

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By Clemente Lisi - NEW YORK, NY (Oct 11, 2009) USSoccerPlayers -- The United States and Mexico both qualified for the 2010 World Cup with wins over Honduras and El Salvador, respectively, to solidify their reputations as the region's heavyweights. The dramatic 3-2 win over Honduras kept the Americans, who reached its sixth straight World Cup, atop the hexagonal standings with 19 points -- one ahead of Mexico, four in front of Costa Rica and.

WCQ: USA 3 - Honduras 2

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FC Dallas forward Conor Casey was the hero for the United States on Saturday night in San Pedro Sula, scoring two goals as the US came from behind to qualify for the 2010 World Cup. It wasn't easy, with both teams saving the offense for the final 45 minutes. Julio Leon put Honduras up two minutes into the second-half, but Casey answered back in the 58th.

Sunday's TV

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Setanta has first airs of the following World Cup Qualifiers: Ireland - Italy at 3:30pm, Czech Republic - Poland at 5:15pm, and Serbia - Romania at 7pm. MFL on Univisions: San Luis - Atlante at 5pm. Argentine League on Fox Sports en Espanol: River - Independiente at 7pm.

BMO Goes Grass

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BMO Field, home of Toronto FC, has gotten official approval to convert the playing surface to natural grass. "The agreement of our government partners means tremendous things for soccer at both the community and professional levels," Toronto Mayor David Miller said. "Since BMO Field was built with public money from all three orders of government, their support was necessary to allow this plan to proceed.

Saturday's TV

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The United States - Honduras game is closed-circuit only at 10pm. MLS on Fox Soccer Channel: Columbus - New England at 7:30pm. USL-1 championship first-leg on Fox Soccer: Vanoucver - Montreal at 7:30pm. CONCACAF World Cup qualifying: Mexico - El Salvador on Telemundo at 6pm and Costa Rico - Trinidad & Tobago on GolTV at 10pm.

The Hard Way

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By Andrew Dixon -- MIAMI, FL (Oct 9, 2009) USSoccerPlayers -- Whenever critics around the world want to minimize the accomplishments of the United States National Team, the one refrain they always come back to is that relative weakness of the CONCACAF region. It's always "The only reason you qualify for so many World Cups is that you play in a weak confederation.

Friday's Daily: Two Results

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With J Hutcherson -- A little over a day left, and is there really much of anything else that can be added to the build for USA - Honduras? Crucial for both teams. Broader political implications for the host country. US fans made to work to even see the game. Last chance for the home fans to put the Estadio Olimpico in the same sentence as Saprissa and Azteca.

Friday's TV

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No games today.

Five Points: Honduras

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By Graig Carbino - ALBANY, NY (Oct 8, 2009) USSoccerPlayers -- Show of hands, who remembers where they were on September 3rd, 2005? Not sure? Think Ralston and Beasley, a close-range header and a smartly executed corner kick routine. Memories jogged hopefully by now, this fateful day just so happens to be the last time the United States National Team qualified for a World Cup.

Scouting Report: Honduras

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By Clemente Lisi - NEW YORK, NY (Oct 8, 2009) USSoccerPlayers -- When the United States plays Honduras on Saturday, the team will be facing yet another tough road game in a year that has been full of them. The match in San Pedro Sula is as big as they come. A win for the US and coach Bob Bradley and his staff can book flights to South Africa for next year's World Cup.

Thursday's Daily: Away Night

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With J Hutcherson -- Does anybody wan to have a go at expressing the importance of Saturday night in San Pedro Sula? Some new Romanticism meets military wordplay on 'big game,' 'must win,' etc? Or are we all clear that the US needs a result just as much as the other teams trying to avoid finishing fourth in CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying.

Dallas 2 - San Jose 1

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FC Dallas moved into a tie with DC United for 9th-place on Wednesday, with a 2-1 win over San Jose at Buck Shaw Stadium. David Ferreria put Dallas up in the 49th-minute, with Quincy Amarikwa equalizing for San Jose in the 73rd. Jeff Cunningham hit the winner for Dallas in the 81st. "We've been playing strong soccer for the past two months," Cunningham said.

Thursday's TV

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No games today.

Wednesday's Daily: Late Show

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With J Hutcherson -- Tonight's national cable Major League Soccer game gives us a working example for flexible scheduling, even if it is the only game on the calendar. San Jose and Dallas would like it very much if we nod along to their late season surge, especially if we take it as an open indication of what to expect in 2010.

Wednesday's TV

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Under-20 World Cup on Galavision: Brazil - Uruguay at 10:30am. ESPN2 has an Under-20 game at 2pm. Chivas - Real Salt Lake is on Fox Soccer Channel at 9pm. MLS on ESPN2L San Jose - Dallas at 10pm.

Hedjuk Added To US Squad

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Columbus Crew defender Frankie Hejduk will be joining the United States National Team squad for the final two games of CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying. Hejduk is expected in Miami later tonight to begin training with the team.

Tuesday's Daily: What's Fair

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With J Hutcherson -- There's something oddly comforting that all these years later those at the highest levels of Major League Soccer still seem to believe that people will turn out in support of a business plan. How else to get around MLS commissioner Don Garber's interview with the Associated Press and the idea that the bright lights of Europe could learn from the MLS business model.

Villa Splits With City

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Brad Friedel was in goal for Aston Villa who had the lead but couldn't hold it in their 1-1 draw with Manchester City. Richard Dunne had Villa up in the 15th minute, but that would be it for Villa's shots on goal. Craig Bellamy brought City level in the 67th, with Friedel needing three saves for the draw.

Donovan Wins POTW

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Los Angeles Galaxy forward Landon Donovan was named Major League Soccer's Player of the Week for Week 29. Donovan got the only goal in the Galaxy's 1-0 win over Chicago to clinch a spot in the MLS playoffs. 2009 MLS Player of the Week Winners WEEK 1: Fredy Montero (Seattle Sounders FC) WEEK 2: Kasey Keller (Seattle Sounders FC) WEEK 3: Conor Casey (Colorado Rapids) WEEK 4: Donovan Ricketts (Los Angeles Galaxy) WEEK 5: Josh.

Tuesday's TV

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No games today.

Roster For US Women Vs. Germany

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GOALKEEPERS (2): Nicole Barnhart (FC Gold Pride), Hope Solo (St. Louis Athletica) DEFENDERS (6): Brittany Bock (Los Angeles Sol), Rachel Buehler (FC Gold Pride), Lori Chalupny (St. Louis Athletica), Amy LePeilbet (Boston Breakers), Heather Mitts (Out of Contract), Cat Whitehill (Washington Freedom) MIDFIELDERS (8): Yael Averbuch (Sky Blue FC), Shannon Boxx (Los Angeles Sol), Tobin Heath (North Carolina), Angela Hucles (Boston Breakers), Lori Lindsey (Washington Freedom), Carli Lloyd (Out of Contract), Heather O'Reilly (Sky Blue.

Dempsey To Mis Honduras Game

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United States National Team midfielder Clint Dempsey sprained his shoulder during Fulham's game over the weekend and will miss Saturday's World Cup Qualifier against Honduras. Dempsey could return to the US squad in time for next Wednesday's game against Costa Rica at RFK Stadium. No replacement will be named to the US roster for Honduras.

Red Bulls Lose Two

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Forward John Wolyniec and defender Kevin Goldthwaite will miss the final two games of the season for New York. Both players are scheduled for surgery this week. Wolyniec will have bone spurs removed from his right ankle and Goldthwaite will have a left abductor release procedure.

MLS Week 29: That Playoff Picture

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Columbus and Los Angeles are in, with the rest of the playoff contenders still doing their best to leave it late. DC United wasted a chance to push themselves into the top eight and Seattle made sure the Crew weren't stacking up points at the top of the table. The Dynamo are in as well, but not with maximum points.

Monday's Daily: Highlight Game

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With J Hutcherson -- Eight games in for the bulk of the teams, and it's arguably too early to even mention the English Premier League table. Then again, the gap between fourth and first is already six points. Chelsea leads with 21 from eight games played, with three teams sitting at 15 points. Fourth-place Arsenal have played seven games, fifth-place Liverpool eight, and this afternoon sixth-place Manchester City plays their seventh.

American Abroad Update: Playing Time

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First Star: Big win for Steve Cherundolo and Hannover, who got the start in the 5-2 win over Freiburg. Sofian Chahed (7th) and Arnold Buggink (10th) had Hannover up two quickly. Freiburg came back in the 35th through Ivica Banovic, but Hannover took a 3-1 lead in first-half stoppage time. Julian Schuster brought Freiburg within one late, scoring in the 82nd.

Monday's TV

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EPL on ESPN2: Aston Villa - Manchester City at 3pm.

No Subs

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Having few or no subs is something that many teams experience on game day from time to time. Some players have other family commitments on a particular weekend, or maybe your players are also playing for other teams. Regardless, if you know you are going to be down players for an upcoming game, it helps to plan a strategy early and even implement some no-sub situations at that week's practice if possible.

US Out Of Under-20 World Cup

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The United Stats exited the Under-20 World Cup on Saturday, the day after losing their final group stage game to Korea. Costa Rica advanced to the next round in the final third-place wild card position.

Sunday's TV

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MLS on TeleFutura: Kansas City - Houston at 3pm. USL semifinals on Fox Soccer Channel at 7pm. EPL on Setanta: Arsenal - Blackburn at 8:30am and Everton - Stoke at 1pm. On Fox Soccer: Chelsea - Liverpool at 11am and West Ham United - Fulham at 5pm. Russian Premier League on Setanta: Lokomotiv - Rubin at 6am.

Galaxy Win At Home

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The Los Angeles Galaxy beat the Chicago Fire 1-0 on Friday night. Galaxy forward Landon Donovan cored the game's only goal in the 42nd minute. "Landon's performance wasn't just about his goal which obviously won us the game," Galaxy midfielder David Beckham said. "It was important but his work rate was exceptional.

U-20 World Cup: USA 0 - Korea 3

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The United States Under-20 National Team had a tough time in their final group stage game, falling to Korea 30. Korea opened the scoring in the 23rd through Kim Young-Gwon. Kim Bo-Kyung made it 2-0 in the 42nd. Koo Ja-Cheol finished off the scoring from the penalty spot in the 75th minute. The United States finished with ten men after Ike Opara was sent off in the 74th.

Cunningham Wins Player Of The Month

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FC Dallas forward Jeff Cunningham is Major League Soccer's Player of the Month for September. Cunningham had seven goals for the month, and he now has the leads the League in that category. 2009 MLS Player of the Month Awards March: Fredy Montero – Seattle Sounders FC April: Brian McBride – Chicago Fire May: Conor Casey – Colorado Rapids June: Guillermo Barros Schelotto – Columbus Crew July: Landon Donovan – Los Angeles Galaxy August: Chad.

Saturday's TV

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MLS on Fox Soccer Channel: New York - San Jose at 11pm. EPL on ESPN2: Bolton - Spurs at 10am. On Setanta: Wolves - Portsmouth at 10am and Burnley - Birmingham City at 5pm. On Fox Soccer: Hull City - Wigan Athletic at 10am and Manchester United - Sunderland at 12:30pm. Russian Premier League on Setanta: Krylia Sovetov - Spartak Nalchik at 6am.

Friday's Daily: Galaxy Get Their Chance

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With J Hutcherson -- Maybe this weekend Major League Soccer finally gets some finality for the surprising number of clubs that believe they're still in contention in the first week of October. Yes, that includes you red hot Dallas, suddenly surprising San Jose, and all of those clubs that simply can't be bothered to take the points on offer.

Fulham Win In Europa

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Danny Murphy's 57th-minute goal was the difference in Fulham's 1-0 over FC Basel in the Europa League's Group E. Clint Dempsey got the start in a game where the losing team produced most of the shots on goal, but Fulham had the dangerous chances. Fulham keeper Mark Schwarzer needed seven saves for the shutout.

Friday's TV

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Under-20 World Cup on ESPN2: Korea - USA at 12:30pm. MLS on ESPN2: Chicago - Los Angeles at 11pm. Bundesliga on GolTV: Schalke 04 - Eintracht Frankfurt at 2:30pm. Mexican Liga on Galavision: U.A.G. - Atlas at 9pm.

US Roster For October Qualifiers

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United States National Team coach Bob Bradley announced his camp rosters for the final run of World Cup Qualifiers on Thursday. The United States plays Honduras away on October 10th and closes out their Qualifying schedule at home to Costa Rica on October 14th. GOALKEEPERS (2): Brad Guzan, Tim Howard DEFENDERS (7): Carlos Bocanegra, Jonathan Bornstein, Steve Cherundolo, Jimmy Conrad, Clarence Goodson, Oguchi Onyewu, Jonathan Spector MIDFIELDERS (7): Michael Bradley, Ricardo Clark, Clint Dempsey, Benny.

Thursday's Daily: Phoenix

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With J Hutcherson -- For those of you not overly interested in the National Hockey League, their season starts tonight amid the biggest franchise issue to hit pro sports since the last time hockey had problems. In the contemporary era of big money and everything in and around sports for sale, it's normally hockey giving us a look at how it could go badly.

CCL: No Problem For United

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DC United rolled over San Juan Jabloteh at RFK Stadium on Wednesday night, beating them 5-1. Christian Gomez opened the scoring in the 13th, followed by Helbert Carreiro Da Silva (30th) and Boyzz Khumalo (43rd) to make it 3-0 at the half. It was Gomez again in the 68th before Jerrel Britto got Jabloteh on the board in the 83rd.

Wednesday Night MLS: Cunningham Again

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Jeff Cunningham once again proved the difference for FC Dallas, and once again it was a contender that suffered. Dallas beat New England 1-0 on Cunningham's 71st-minute goal, putting the Revolution's hold on the final playoff slot in jeopardy. "Tonight they were smart players on killing the game and not allowing goals in the last minutes of the game," Dallas coach Schellas Hyndman said.