USSoccerPlayers Archives for January 2009

American Abroad: Not Involved For Rangers

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In our lone American Abroad game on Wednesday, DaMarcus Beasley wasn't in the squad and Maurice Edu was on the bench for Rangers 7-1 demolition of Dundee United. Kris Boyd already had a hat-trick when Damian Casalinuovo scored United's only goal just after halftime. Kenny Miller was sent off in the 51st-minute, reducing Rangers to ten men.

Thursday's TV

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No games today.

Expectations In Toronto

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With J Hutcherson -- Per yesterday's Daily, Toronto is also on the list for the quick turnaround. To call Toronto ambitious in the run-up to their fourth season is fair. They have the biggest day-to-day media presence of any team in Major League Soccer, a true national soccer stadium now that sharing with the Canadian Football League is off the table, and a strong fan base with growing expectations.

Two Games In England And Adu Loan Ends

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Brad Friedel was in goal as Aston Villa lost at home 1- to Liverpool. Fernando Torres had the game's only goal in 93rd-minute. Brad Guzan was on the bench for Villa, sixth in the Premier League with 35 points from 20 games played. "We will fight back," Villa manager Martin O'Neill said. "Make no mistake.

Wednesday's TV

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EPL on Fox Soccer Channel: Portsmouth - Arsenal at 2:30pm. On Setanta: Manchester United - Wigan at 3pm. All Times Eastern

By Michael Lewis - NEW YORK, NY (Dec 29, 2009) USSoccerPlayers -- The Major Leag

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By Michael Lewis - NEW YORK, NY (Dec 29, 2009) USSoccerPlayers -- The Major League Soccer landscape is littered with foreign coaches who have yet to deliver on a consistent basis. So, why does new New York Red Bulls sporting director and general manager Erik Soler reportedly want to hire someone from Europe?

Tuesday's Daily: Change At The Top

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With J Hutcherson -- DC United might genuinely believe that the hiring of Curt Onalfo as head coach changes everything and quickly. Maybe, but the ever-increasing reality is that it's going to take a lot more to return this club to the only thing that counts in Major League Soccer, winning MLS Cup. That's almost laughable, considering how easy some teams have made that look over the last two seasons.

American Abroad: Monday Fixtures

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In a quick turnaround for Americans in England, Tim Howard got the shutout as Everton beat Burnley 2-0. Burnley went down a man when Stephen Jordan was sent off. Everton capitalized, with James Vaughan getting their opener in the 83rd and Steven Plenaar scoring in the 90th-minute. "I'm really pleased we got the three points because they were an important three points," Everton manager David Moyes said.

Tuesday's TV

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EPL on Setanta: Aston Villa - Liverpool at 2:40pm. On Fox Soccer Channel: Bolton - Hull City at 3pm. All Times Eastern

Philadelphia Union: Starting With Tradition... And Mummers

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The newest MLS franchise, the Philadelphia Union, is gearing up for its inaugural 2010 season. Inevitably, the club will be measured against the unprecedented success of the Seattle Sounders. It's a contrast that will start with their opener, when the Union visits Qwest Field to see the Seattle experience first hand on March 25th.

DC Hires Onalfo

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Former Kansas City Wizards coach Curt Onalfo has been hired to replace Tommy Soehn at DC United. Soehn left the club at the end of his contract. Onalfo was fired by Kansas City on August 3rd. "This has been a lengthy process but at the end of it we believe Curt Onalfo will be an outstanding leader for DC United," DC United president Kevin Payne said.

Monday's Daily: Managing Losses

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With J Hutcherson -- For those of you that missed Hull City's game against Manchester United on Sunday, it was pretty much as expected. For all the talk of changes at and near the top of the Premier League table, Hull basically gave us the standard account. We had the near miss (Seyi Olofinjana in the 28th), the questionable call (United's Patrick Evra should've been sent off), and the mistake (Hull's Andy Dawson putting the.

Monday's TV

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EPL on Fox Soccer Channel: Spurs - West Ham United at 7:30am and Blackburn - Sunderland at 10am. On Setanta: Chelsea - Fulham at 10am and Everton - Burnley at noon (10am on Xtra). On ESPN2: Wolves - Manchester City at 2:30pm. All Times Eastern

American Abroad: Bad Boxing Day

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The Boxing Day features in England didn't go the way of the Americans, with only Jonathan Spector's West Ham United winning. Tim Howard was in goal for Everton, who drew 1-1 against Sunderland. Clint Dempsey went the full-ninety with Fulham drawing 0-0 with Spurs. Dempsey hit the crossbar from a freekick and had another opportunity that almost broke the deadlock.

Rangers: Edu Returns, Beasley Injured

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US National Team midfielder Maurice Edu returned to action for Rangers for the first time this season in their 4-1 win over Hibernian on Sunday. Edu came on in the 74th-minute. "I'm obviously delighted to be back in the team and it was nice to get a run out today but what's most important is that we got the win and continued the success we've had in the past couple of weeks," he told the.

Sunday's TV

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EPL on Setanta: Arsenal - Aston Villa at 8:30am. On Fox Soccer Channel: Hull City - Manchester United at 11am. All Times Eastern

Saturday's TV

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EPL on ESPN2: Birmingham City - Chelsea at 7:30am. On Setanta: West Ham United - Portsmouth at 8am, Manchester City - Stoke City at 10am, and Wigan - Blackburn at 5pm (10am on Xtra). On Fox Soccer Channel: Fulham - Spurs at 8am, Sunderland - Everton at 10am, Liverpool - Wolves at 12:30pm, and Burnley - Bolton at 2:30pm.

Friday's TV

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No games today. Happy holidays everybody.

Thursday's Daily

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Europe DaMarcus Beasley revival at Rangers delights Walter Smith -- from The Herald's Graeme Macpherson: "That's why I brought him in." The Question: How will football tactics develop over the next decade? -- from The Guardian's Jonathan Wilson: Europeans view football more as a continuum, the US and Japanese as a series of discrete events.

American Abroad: Ligue 1

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Sochaux beat Rennes 2-0 on Wednesday, with no American involvement. Sochaux's Charlie Davies is recovering from injury and Carlos Bocanegra was on the bench for Rennes, who went a man down when Asamoah was sent off in the 11th-minute. Four Rennes players picked up yellow cards. Sochaux's Stephane Dalmat scored just before halftime and Edouard Butin got the second goal in the 61st-minute.

Thursday's TV

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No games today.

Galaxy Sign Three On Loan

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The Los Angeles Galaxy announced a deal with Sao Paulo of Brazil's Campeonato to bring in three players on loan for the 2010 Major League Soccer season. Pending completion of their international transfer clearances and work visas, defender Alex (21 years old), midfielder Juninho (20), and defender Leonardo (21)will join the Galaxy in time for the start of preseason training.

2010 World Cup: The Real Groups

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By Michael Lewis - NEW YORK, NY (Dec , 2009) USSoccerPlayers -- On December 4th, they shuffled the deck of 32 teams and wound up with the World Cup schedule. But were they the groups that really defines and explains a team's plight? We did the Metrostars group yesterday. Here's the rest of the real groups for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

Wednesday's Daily: Breathing Room

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With J Hutcherson -- My big picture contender for yesterday's number one thing I expected to happen over the last ten years that didn't? The English Premier League remains a 20-team league playing 38 games. In the era of the never-ending season in North American sports, I thought there would be a push back across the Atlantic.

Donovan's Work Permit Approved

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Landon Donovan is now clear to join Everton on January 2nd after getting work permit approval from the British Home Office. Britain requires foreign professional soccer players to qualifiy for a work permit in order to sign with a British club. One of the criterion is playing in 75% of your country's National Team games over the previous two years.

Wednesday's TV

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Ligue 1 on Setanta: Lyon - Montpelier at 1pm, Toulouse - Bordeaux at 3pm, and Marseille - Auxerre at 5pm. All Times Eastern

2010 World Cup: The Legacy Of The Metrostars

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By Michael Lewis - NEW YORK, NY (Dec 22, 2009) USSoccerPlayers -- When you think about clubs that probably would have the greatest representation on World Cup-bound teams, the names of Arsenal, Liverpool, Real Mardrid, Barcelona and Bayern Munich certainly would come to mind. A team from Major League Soccer?

Bradley Announces January Camp Roster

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On Tuesday, United States National Team coach Bob Bradley announced the players invited to the January training camp scheduled to start on January 4th in Carson, California. "This is the start of six months of preparations for the World Cup, and it is important that we get started off heading in the right direction," Bradley said.

Tuesday's Daily

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Europe Careful what you wish for -- from ESPN The Magazine's Luke Cyphers: This, right now, is the world of DaMarcus Beasley and Maurice Edu. Whether by accident or design, Walter Smith seems to have hit on the perfect shape for Rangers – but will he remain bold at Celtic Park and Easter Road? -- from The Herald's Richard Wilson: And so the pace and trickery of Beasley, and the endless industry of Novo and.

Adu's Team Fires Coach

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Joao Carlos Pereira is no longer the coach of Portugal Liga Sagres club Belenenses, in a move made on Monday. Pereira was in season one of a two-year contract. Freddy Adu joined the club on loan from Benfica for the 2009-10 season. He has seen limited opportunities.

Donovan Wins US Soccer Award

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Midfielder Landon Donovan is US Soccer's Male Athlete of the Year for 2010, completing the double for United States soccer awards. This is the third time Donovan has won the US Soccer Federation's award. He was also named the Honda Player of the Year, a separate award Donovan has won six times. "It's a great accomplishment and a great award," said Donovan.

Tuesday's TV

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GolTV has Catalonia - Argentina at 2:30pm. Ligue 1 on Setanta: Lens - St Etienne at 3pm. All Times Eastern

Getting The Opportunity

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By Stefan Bondy - NEW YORK, NY (Dec 20, 2009) USSoccerPlayers -- When Edgar Castillo entered the friendly against Denmark last month, he became the 41st player to earn his first cap under Bob Bradley. It's an amazing statistic. In just three years, Bradley found 41 new faces worthy of playing in a national uniform, even while maintaining the group he inherited from Bruce Arena.

Maryland Coach Cirovski Understands Move To Pros

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By L.E. Eisenmenger - BOSTON, MA (Dec 21, 2009) USSoccerPlayers -- As the search for coaches in Major League Soccer intensifies, the value of established college coaches is on the rise. Bruce Arena and Sigi Schmid are two notable success stories, and Schellas Hyndman has been given time to turn around FC Dallas.

Monday's Daily

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Europe Mark Hughes says he had no warning of Man City sacking -- from BBC Sport: "The speed with which my successor's appointment was announced suggests the club made its decision some time ago." Five things we learned from the Premier League this weekend -- from The Guardian's Paul Doyle: Roy Hodgson is a canny manager.

American Abroad: Another Week For Beasley

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First Star: DaMarcus Beasley had a goal and an assist against Motherwell, once again showing he belongs in the Rangers starting eleven. Rangers stay top of the Scottish Premier League with their 6-1 win. Beasley's goal came in the 84th-minute, the fifth of the game. Beasley was part of Kenny Miller's fifth-minute opener and picked up an assist on their second, with Kris Boyd scoring in the 53rd.

Monday's TV

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EPL on ESPN2: Wigan Athletic - Bolton Wanderers at 3pm. All Times Eastern

Sunday's TV

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EPL on Setanta: Wolverhampton - Burnley at 8:30am. On FSC: West Ham - Chelsea at 11am and Everton - Birmingham City at 5pm. Serie A on FSC: Roma - Parma at 9am and Inter Milan - Lazio at 2:30pm. Bundesliga on GolTV: Hamburg - Werder Bremen at 10:30am. Ligue 1 on Setanta: Lille - Le Mans at 11am. La Liga on ESPN Deportes: Espanyol - Almeria at 11am and Deportivo - Valencia at 3pm.

Saturday's TV

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FIFA Club World Cup on Fox Soccer Channel: third-place at 7pm and final at 9pm. EPL on ESPN2: Portsmouth - Liverpool at 7:30am. On Setanta: Fulham - Manchester United at 9:30am, Blackburn - Spurs on Xtra at 5pm (10am on Xtra). On FSC: Manchester City - sunderland at 10am, Arsenal - Hull at 12:30pm, and Aston Villa - Stoke at 5pm.

US Soccer's Best Of

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(Summary is not available.)

Friday's Daily: Big Game At BayArena

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With J Hutcherson -- This is the last weekend for the Bundesliga until January 15th, and Michael Bradley's Borussia Moenchengladbach get the chance at the big pre-Winter break statement. After winning last week courtesy of multiple Hannover 96 own goals, Moenchengladbach gets a shot at league leaders Bayer Leverkusen.

Everton Announce Completion Of Donovan Loan

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Speaking to the media, Everton manager David Moyes confirmed that Los Angeles Galaxy forward Landon Donovan's ten-week loan has been completed. According to Everton's official site, they are waiting for a work permit and then Donovan will be eligible to play for the club when the transfer window reopens on January 1st.

Friday's TV

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No games today.

SUM: Marketing Club And Country

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By L.E. Eisenmenger - BOSTON, MA (Dec 17, 2009) USSoccerPlayers -- Connecting American soccer fans to both the United States National Team and Major League Soccer could be one of Soccer United Marketing's (SUM's) great challenges. International soccer fans might be disinterested in MLS and MLS fans may be unaware of international rivalries and even of the relationship between MLS and the National Team.

Thursday's Daily: Multi-Club

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With J Hutcherson -- If Honduras captain Amado Guevera is finally done with Major League Soccer, it's yet another example of a quality attacking player who never really found the right MLS club. Or at least the club that stayed right long enough. He's hardly alone in that category. His first year as a member of the '03 Metrostars overlapped forward Clint Mathis's final season with the club.

Another MLS Connection For Argyle

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On the day it was announced that Plymouth Argyle's proposed new stadium would host World Cup games if the England bid was successful, the club announced a new assistant coach. Joining former New England Revolution assistant and now Argyle manager Paul Mariner will be former Toronto FC coach John Carver.

Europa League: Fulham Play On

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Clint Dempsey came on for the final 20 minutes as Fulham advanced to the knockout stage of the Europa League with a 3-2 win over FC Basel. Fulham finished second in Group E to AS Roma. Bobby Zamora socred in the 42nd and 45th to give Fulham a 2-0 lead at the half. Alexander Frei cut that to one from the penalty spot in the 64th-minute.

WPS: Gold Pride Switch Stadiums

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FC Gold Pride are leaving Buck Shaw Stadium for a new arrangement at California State University, East Bay's Pioneer Stadium. The front office is also moving from Sunnyvale to the East Bay. "This is not just a lease for us, this is a partnership," Gold pride GM Ilisa Kessler said. "Pioneer Stadium will be the backdrop for many exciting moments in FC Gold Pride history.

Thursday's TV

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Europa League on GolTV: Genoa - Valencia at 1pm, Benfica - AEK Athens at 3pm, and Villarreal - Salzburg at 8pm. All Times Eastern

USA Schedules Holland

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The United States will play Holland on March 3rd at Amsterdam ArenA live at 2:30pm on ESPN2, the US Soccer Federation announced on Wednesday. Holland are currently ranked third in the World. "We are very excited about the chance to play a team with the quality of the Netherlands," said Bradley. "During the past three years we have tried to challenge ourselves against the best opponents in different environments, and having the chance to play.

Donovan Re-Ups With LA

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Landon Donovan will remain a member of the Los Angeles Galaxy, after signing a new contract with the club through the 2013 season. "I am excited to be able to pledge my future to the Galaxy by signing this new contract," Donovan said. "I have enjoyed my time with the Galaxy and am committed to helping bring the club another MLS Cup championship.

ESPN Builds Up World Cup Coverage

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By L.E. Eisenmenger - BOSTON, MA (Dec 13, 2009) USSoccerPlayers -- As soccer fans around the world tick off the days to World Cup South Africa in June, ESPN is winding up their coverage to an unprecedented level. ESPN will combine with ESPN2 and ABC to present HD coverage of all 64 matches. Beyond the US, ESPN is a World Cup rights-holder in Brazil, India, Pakistan, the Maldives, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal, and the.

USA Still 14th

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The United States stay 14th in the latest FIFA Rankings. With non of the top teams playing during the rankings period, the movement in the Top 20 was limited. Mexico dropped two places to 17th, one of only six Top 20 teams to move. The rankings for the top 11 stayed the same from November. In World Cup Group C, England remain in 9th, Slovenia is 31st, and Algeria is 26th.

Wednesday's Daily: Wanderer Expectations

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With J Hutcherson -- It's doubtful that there's any soccer circuit in the World where there aren't complaints about fixture congestion. You can also take it for granted that there are coaches in all of those leagues more than willing to test squad depth. Major League Soccer has gone from running the reserves in the Open Cup to creative coaching decisions like benching the best player on a team for the first-leg of a playoff.

Porter Staying At Akron

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Caleb Porter will remain the head coach at the University of Akron, reportedly turning down the DC United job. The school, who lost the College Cup final to Virginia after winning all 23 of their regular season games, announced Porter has signed a five-year contract. "After reaching the pinnacle of college soccer this season, my vision will be to sustain the program for long-term success as one of the nation's elite programs," Porter said in.

American Abroad Tuesday: Beasley Scores

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Adding to a top of our table performance over the weekend, DaMarcus Beasley had a goal and assist in Rangers' 3-0 win over Dundee United. Beasley hit the opener in the 26th-minute after forcing a save in the 11th. He exited in the 83rd-minute for Steven Naismith. This was the makeup game after their original meeting was abandoned over a waterlogged pitch.

Vartughian Added To Union Staff

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Rob Vartughian has left his job as an assistant with the University of Maryland to become an assistant and goalkeeper coordinator with the Philadelphia Union. We're very excited to add Rob Vartughian to our staff," Union manager Peter Nowak said. "We've worked together on the Olympic team and I've seen how he developed players within the US National Team system.

Wednesday's TV

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FIFA Club World Cup on ESPN2: Atlante - Barcelona at 11am. Ligue 1 on Setanta: Montpellier - Bordeaux at 12:45pm and PSG - Lens at 6:45pm. EPL on FSC: Spurs - Manchester City at 3pm and Burnley - Arsenal at 5pm. Setanta has Liverpool - Wigan at 3pm and Chelsea - Portsmouth at 5pm. Europa League on GolTV: CSKA Sofia - AS Roma at 1pm, Bilbao - Werder Bremen at 3pm, and FC Basel -.

Teaching American Soccer

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"If you stuck Lebron James in a soccer uniform and a pair of shin guards, the United States would rule the soccer World." "What if Kobe Bryant or Chad Ochocinco had chosen to play soccer rather than follow it as a fan?" "Can you imagine a US Eleven made up of NFL corner backs, wide receivers, and NBA All-Stars?

USA - Honduras On Jan 23rd

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The United States will host Honduras on January 23rd at the Home Depot Center in Carson, CA. Fox Soccer Channel will show the game starting at 9pm ET. "Obviously we know the quality of the Honduran team very well and we think the match is a great way to start the year as we commence preparations for the World Cup," said U.

Tuesday's Daily: Coaching Help Wanted

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With J Hutcherson -- Are we agreed that it's safe to presume that most Major League Soccer clubs would prefer a coach in place by the time the combine starts in January? After all, not having that coach in place pushes whoever takes the job back a draft cycle. Here's why that's important. Nobody in MLS is going to come right out and use the term 'rebuilding year.

Under-20 Camp Roster

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United States Under-20 National Team coach Thomas Rongen announced his roster for a December training camp starting on the 16th and running through the 23rd. GOALKEEPERS: (3) Earl Edwards (Nomads SC), Justin Luthy (Boston College), Spencer Richey (Crossfire Premier) DEFENDERS: (12) Gale Agbossoumonde (Miami FC), Paolo Del Piccolo (Louisville), Moises Hernandez (FC Dallas Juniors), Zachary Herold (West Pines United), Perry Kitchen (Chicago Magic), Tyler Polak (CSA Legacy), Kofi Sarkodie (Akron), Zarek Valentin (Akron), Jared Watts.

Tuesday's TV

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FIFA Club World Cup semifinal on Fox Soccer Channel at 11am. FSC also has has Sunderland - Aston Villa at 2:45pm. Same time for Manchester United - Wolves on Setanta and Bolton - West Ham United on Setanta Xtra (regular Setanta at 5pm). All Times Eastern

The Relevance Of The College Draft

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By L.E. Eisenmenger - BOSTON, MA (Dec 14th, 2009) USSoccerPlayers -- The Major League Soccer SuperDraft launches the 2010 season on January 14th in Philadelphia, PA. That's right after the January 8-12 combine, the showcase for 62 Division I college seniors held in Fort Lauderdale, FL. In 2009, 42 of the drafted players attended the combine and ten combine players were first round selections.

Monday's Daily: The Liga

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With J Hutcherson -- I've long been an endorser of the way the Mexican League tends to play. Unlike say Major League Soccer, it's a game that figured out a long time ago what its fans prefer. The teams play to that, rather than trying to step into every available passing lane and turn every ball into as close as they can get to a 50/50.

Howard Talks Up Donovan

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With Everton pursuing a short-term loan for LA Galaxy forward Landon Donovan, keeper Tim Howard was asked about his international teammate for Everton's official site. "From playing with him in the USA team I know he is a tremendous player," Howard said. "He'd be a good addition to any team and particularly this team.

American Abroad: Back In It

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First Star: DaMarcus Beasley had a strong outing for Rangers, setting up two goals and working the offense against St Johnstone. Rangers won 3-0, with Kris Boyd scoring in the 1st minute off an assist from Beasley, Boyd converting from the penalty spot in the 27th, and Nacho Novo finishing off the scoring from another Beasley assist in the 51st.

Wednesday Look For New Manager

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Frank Simek's Sheffield Wednesday begin the search for a new manager after Brian Laws left the club by mutual consent following Saturday's loss to Leicester City. With his assistant also leaving, academy coach Sean McAuley has been named interim manager while the club looks for a full-time replacement.

Tryout Tips

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So how do you get ready for the big tryout day? Whether you are trying out for a higher-level select team, a high school team, or even a college or pro team, there are certain rules to live by when getting ready for the event. To start, make sure that this team you are trying to make is a good fit for you.

Akron Approached By DC Over Coach

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Akron coach Caleb Porter is definitely on DC United's list of potential coaches. Porter, who saw his team lose the College Cup final to the University of Virginia on penalties, confirmed to the Washington Post's Steven Goff that his school had been contacted by DC United. Akron has reportedly told DC United to wait until the end of the year.

Monday's TV

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Championship on Setanta: West Bromwich Albion - Queens Park Rangers at 2:45pm. All Times Eastern

Sunday's TV

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Men's College Cup Final on ESPN2 at 1pm. MFL Apertura Final on Azteca: Cruz Azul - Monterrey at 6pm. EPL on Fox Soccer Channel: Liverpool - Arsenal at 11am. Serie A on FSC: Atalante - Inter Milan at 9am and Sampdoria - AS Roma at 2:30pm. La Liga on ESPN Deportes: Almeria - Deportivo at 11am and Gijon - Sevilla at 3pm.

Saturday's TV

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FIFA Club World Cup on Fox Soccer Channel: Atlante - Auckland City at 5pm (11am on Fox Sports en Espanol). EPL on ESPN2: Stoke City - Wigan Athletic at 7:30am. On Setanta: Chelsea - Everton at 10am, Spurs - Wolverhampton at 5pm, Birmingham City - West Ham United at 8:30am, and Hull City - Blackburn at 10:15pm.

The Return Of One Grown Man

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By Andrew Dixon - MIAMI, FL (Dec 10th, 2009) USSoccerPlayers -- Wow look at all this mail in the mailbag! My man Zeke in DC writes: Aren't you due for a One Grown Man's Opinion? Yeah, I think my editor was saying the same thing? Davey B sent me something from "Front Row at the Staples Center." He writes: "What else do I have to do to show that I want to be in MLS?

Friday's Daily: Everton's Strength Of Schedule

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With J Hutcherson -- Everton get the unenviable pleasure of visiting Chelsea tomorrow, a battle of 1st vs 15th in the English Premier League. For those of you still associating Everton with last season's top-five finish, things have change. The current version have won four out of 15 games, two home and two away.

Beasley Talks Future

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In an interview with The Telegraph's Lisa Gray, Rangers and United States midfielder DaMarcus Beasley addressed his future with club and country. "I don't have anything to prove," Beasley said. "I'm confident in my own ability. If I do make the World Cup squad and get back into the Rangers team, I don't think I've got anything to prove with what I've done in the past.

Friday's TV

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FIFA Club World Cup on Fox Soccer Channel: TP Mazembe - Pohang Steelers at 11am. Bundesliga on GolTV: Hertha Berlin - Bayer Leverkusen at 2:30pm. Dutch League on ESPN Deportes: Ajax -NEC Breda at 2:45pm. All Times Eastern

10 To Watch In 2010

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By Clemente Lisi - NEW YORK, NY (Dec 10, 2009) USSoccerPlayers -- With the start of a new year upon us, it's worth taking a look at the 10 players who are most likely to stand out in 2010. In less than a month, the MLS SuperDraft will introduce a majority of fans to a new generation of stars, while the World Cup this summer will put a handful of more seasoned players front and.

MLS Releases Combine List

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The following players have been invited to Major League Soccer's combine in advance of the 2010 SuperDraft. GOALKEEPERS (5): Brooks Haggerty (University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill); Jovan Bubonja (University of Illinois-Chicago); Frederick Hall (Quinnipiac University); Brian Perk (University of California - Los Angeles); John Moore (Stanford University) DEFENDERS (18): Kevin Tangney (University of Maryland - College Park); Olukorede Aiyegbusi (North Carolina State University); Tim Ream (Saint Louis University); Kwame Watson-Siriboe (University of Connecticut);.

Thursday's Daily: Value The Europa

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With J Hutcherson -- Maybe there's a point that if the choice is between finishing third or fourth in a Champions League group, the bottom slot might not be the worst outcome. That depends on how much value a club happens to place on the later stages of the Europa Cup. Normally, I'm the type to prop up the idea that any competition is worth a club's time.

Mariner Named Interim Manager At Argyle

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Former New England Revolution assistant Paul Mariner has been named interim manager of Plymouth Argyle, less than two months after joining the club as 'head coach.' Mariner left the Revolution with a week left in the regular season. "Paul Mariner will take charge of all football matters until further notice," club chairman Roy Gardner said in a press statement.

Rangers Exit Champions League

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Rangers finished fourth in Group G of the Champions League, losing their final group stage game 1-0 to group winners Sevilla on Thursday. DaMarcus Beasley started and played the first-half. Frederic Kanoute scored the game's only goal from the penalty spot in the 8th-minute. Rangers finished with one shot on goal from three taken.

Thursday's TV

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Ligue 1 on Setanta: Lille- St Etienne at 1pm. Mexican League Final first-leg on Telemundo: Monterrey - Cruz Azul at 10pm. All Times Eastern

MLS Releases Statement On Montreal Expansion

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On Wednesday, Major League Soccer commissioner Don Garber visited Montreal, potentially an MLS expansion target. "We continued our discussions with the Saputo family about a future MLS expansion team in Montreal and had very productive meetings with Minister Bachand about securing funding for the expansion of Saputo Stadium," Garber said.

Wednesday's Daily: It's A World Championship

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With J Hutcherson -- You can only get so far playing the 'how to make a tournament vital' game, but FIFA is giving us a very good example in how to make one irrelevant. The Club World Cup play-in game is already over, but I'm not going to spoil it for you. Minus the references in the TV listings, I could probably wait a week and spoil most of the competition.

Wednesday's TV

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FIFA Club World Cup on Fox Soccer Channel: Al Ahli - Auckland City at 11am. Champions League on FSC: Inter - Rubin Kazan at 2:30pm (5pm on Setanta), Dynamo Kiev - Barcelona at 5pm (2:40pm on Setanta and FSE), VfB Stuttgart - AFC Unirea Urziceni at 7pm, and Olympiacos - Arsenal at 9pm (6:45pm on Setanta).

Live With Landon & Teammates

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Tuesday's Daily: B And C

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With J Hutcherson -- It's easy enough for the casual US fan to overlook the Champions League. For a tournament that's supposed to have all of our attention, there's no pretending it gets there any earlier than the knockout rounds. Part of that is the midweek afternoon starts in the US. The other is the same thing that has worked against it in Europe.

American Abroad: Monday Update

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Two games featuring Americans on Monday, with Jay DeMerit returning from injury for Watford's 3-1 win over Queens Park Rangers. DeMerit came on as a halftime substitute for Watford, with the score 1-1. Don Cowie made it 2-1 in the 56th and To Cleverley scored in stoppage time to finish off the 3-1 win.

Tuesday's TV

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Champions League on Fox Soccer Channel: VfL Wolfsburg - Manchester United at 2:30pm (6:45pm on Setanta, 9pm on FSE), Juventus - Bayern Munich at 5pm (2:15pm on Setanta, 7pm on FSE), Marseilles - Real Madrid at 7pm (2:30pm on Fox Sports en Espanol), and Zurich - Milan at 9pm (5pm on Setanta and FSE). All Times Eastern

Red Bulls Make Front Office Move

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The New York Red Bulls have officially named Eric Stoler their general manager and technical director. Soler was most recently part-owner and chairman of Norwegian club IK Start. "Erik Soler is highly respected in the international soccer world," head of Red Bull global soccer Dietmar Beiersdorfer said.

Monday's Daily: Management

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With J Hutcherson -- Had the powers that be in World soccer watched last night's 60 Minutes, they would've seen something familiar with the National Basketball Association's response to the Tim Donaghy referee scandal. There wasn't much of one. NBA officials and players refused to be interviewed. You don't have to have any interest in basketball to see that the NBA's strategy has worked.

American Abroad: Keepers Step Up

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First Star: Marcus Hahnemann started again for Wolverhampton, getting early support when Jody Craddock scored in the 3rd-minute. Nenad Milijas made it 2-0 in the 63rd before Johan Elmander spoiled the shutout in the 79th-minute. Hahnemann finished with seven saves. "We got involved in a scrap after they scored but I thought we defended them really well," Wolves manager Mich McCarthy said.

Monday's TV

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Championship on Setanta: Watford - Queens Park Rangers at 2:40pm. Under-17's on Fox Soccer Channel: USA - Holland at 9pm. All Times Eastern

Beating The Offside Trap

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If you have not prepared your team sufficiently to face an offside trap, your squad may not know what hit it when it plays a team with a talented defense. In an offside trap, the defense steps up just as a ball is being sent through by the attacking opponent so that the forward waiting to receive the ball is stuck behind the defensive line, in violation of the offside rule.

Sunday's TV

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SPL on Setanta: Hamilton Academical - Hearts at 7:40am. EPL on Setanta: Fulham - Sunderland at 10am. On Fox Soccer Channel: Everton - Spurs at 11am. Championship on Setanta: Scunthorpe - Coventry at 5pm. Eredivisie on ESPN Deportes: Waalwijik - PSV Eindhoven at 8:30am. Serie A on Fox Soccer: Genoa - Parma at 9am and Roma - Lazio at 2:30pm.

Bradley And Capello On USA - England

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US National Team Coach Bob Bradley: "It gives us a great opportunity to challenge ourselves in the first game. Believe me, we know that Algeria and Slovenia are very good teams and we have respect for what they accomplished. We'll do our preparation and prepare our team. It's a four-year period of growing and we've played very tough teams along the way.

Saturday's TV

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Under-17's on Fox Soccer Channel: USA - Brazil at 9pm. EPL on ESPN2: Portsmouth - Burnley at 7:30am. On Setanta: West Ham United - Manchester United at 9:30am, Blackburn - Liverpool at 5pm, and Wigan - Birmingham City at 8:30pm. On Fox Soccer: Arsenal - Stoke at 10am, Manchester City - Chelsea at 12:30pm, and Aston Villa - Hull at 7pm.

Early Scouting Group C

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By Clemente Lisi - NEW YORK, NY (Dec 4, 2009) USSoccerPlayers -- World Cup draws have traditionally not been kind to the United States. That tradition (finally!) came to an end Friday in Cape Town. Trying to predict which teams the US would be pitted against in the first round of next year's World Cup was nearly impossible on the eve of the draw.

Watching The Draw

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By Graig Carbino - ALBANY, NY (Dec 4th, 2009) USSoccerPlayers -- Welcome to draw day. I'm on the couch in full-anticipation mode so let's get this thing going already. Home Alone 2: Lost in New York is on right now (if you don't like John Hughes then I cant help you), but in about an hour and a half ESPN2 will open up the broadcast window and we'll finally get the groups aligned.

Donovan Reaction To Drawing England

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The US Is In Group C

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The United States was drawn into Group C with England for the 2010 World Cup in the draw held today in Cape Town, South Africa. Mexico was drawn into Group A with South Africa. More To Follow

Friday's Daily: The Who

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With J Hutcherson -- I'm going to go ahead and assume I speak for the lot of us as we continue the countdown to the 2010 World Cup Draw. Let's get at it, regardless of who the ping-pong balls throw the USA's way. It's time to start the focused obsessing. The months where we all act like advanced scouts trying to tease out what this team needs.

Europa League: Fulham 1 - CSKA Sofia 0

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Clint Dempsey came on in the 70th-minute for Fulham in Europa League action on Thursday, with his club getting the 1-0 win over CSKA Sofia. Danny Murphy missed a 9th-minute penalty, and Zoltan Gera got the game's only goal in the 14th. Mark Schwarzer got the shutout for Fulham on six saves. The win has Fulham third in group E, trailing FC Basel by a point and first-place Roma by two.

Califf Joins Union

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Defender Danny Califf has completed a move from Danish SAS-Ligaen club FC FC Midtjylland to Philadelphia Union. "There will be competition for every spot on the pitch" manager Peter Nowak said. "But with a seasoned veteran like Danny Califf, we're adding a player who will help us set the bar ever higher.

Friday's TV

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ESPN2 has the World Cup Draw live at noon. U-17's on Fox Soccer Channel: USA - Portugal at 9pm. All Times Eastern

Ten 2010 World Cup Facts

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By Clemente Lisi - NEW YORK, NY (Dec 3, 2009) USSoccerPlayers -- The World Cup is loaded with facts and figures. While Cape Town prepares to host the 90-minute final draw Friday with all the trappings of an Academy Awards ceremony (Oscar winner Charlize Theron will co-host) before a global TV audience of 200 million, the numbers reveal that the 2010 tournament will be one for the record books.

Zambrano Signs On With KC

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Former Galaxy and Metrostars head coach Octavio Zambrano has joined the Kansas City Wizards as an assistant to Peter Vermes. Zambrano last coached in Major League Soccer in 2002. He was most recently coaching in Hungary. "This is a great opportunity to return to MLS and join an organization with such a strong vision," Zambrano said.

No Changes For Olympic Soccer

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As part of their general announcements on Thrusday, FIFA's Executive Committee addressed rumors that there would be changes to the Olympic soccer tournament. FIFA controls the makeup of the tournament, currently an Under-23 competition with each team allowed three over-age players. There has been a push to make the tournament strictly Under-21.

FIFA Announces Prize Money

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The winner of the 2010 World Cup will be awarded $30 million dollars, FIFA announced on Thursday. The runner-up gets $20 million. In all, participating teams will divide $420 million dollars, 61 % more than the 2006 tournament. FIFA has also allocated $40 million to be paid to clubs as part of the settlement over the clubs vs country controversy.

Thursday's Daily: That Coverage Model

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With J Hutcherson -- Hey look everybody, ESPN has decided the World Cup is a very big deal and worth the time of SportsCenter and their other news oriented shows. There's even executive statements propping up the idea that the World Cup is the high point for what they're covering in 2010. Ok, and...?

Donovan On OTL

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Everton Win In Europa

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Tim Howard was in goal and picked up the shutout, as Everton qualify for the Europa League's knockout stage with a 1-0 win over AEK Athens. Diniyar Bilyaletdinov scoring the game's only goal in the 6th-minute. Howard had nine saves on the night at a rainy Olympic Stadium. The win guarantees them no worse than second-place in Group I.

Thursday's TV

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Europa League on GolTV: Werder Bremen - Nacional Funchal at 1pm and Galatasaray - Panathinaikos at 3pm. All Times Eastern

Vasquez Takes Over At Chivas USA

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Former Chivas USA assistant coach Martin Vasquez has returned to the club as the head coach, replacing Preki. Vasquez was a Chivas USA assistant from 2005-07 and was most recently an assistant with Bayern Munich. He also spent the 2004 season as an assistant with the Los Angeles Galaxy. "I am honored to return to Chivas USA as the club's new Head Coach," Vasquez said.

Heaps Retires

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After making his first National Team appearance as a 33-year-old, Jay Heaps has ended an eventful 2009 by announcing his retirement. The 1999 MLS Rookie of the Year started his career with the Miami Fusion before moving to New England where he was a 2007 US Open Cup and 2008 SuperLiga winner. "I can't imagine writing out a team sheet next year without Jay's name on it," Revolution head coach Steve Nicol said.

No Officiating Changes At World Cup

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The 2010 World Cup will play out with the standard four officials per game and without replay, after the FIFA Executive Committee opted against introducing any changes to the current officiating system. The controversy over the match officials stems from the France - Ireland World Cup Qualifier where Thierry Henry handled the ball while setting up the winning goal.

Wednesday's Daily: Come Out To Play

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With J Hutcherson -- Well, in a move that shouldn't be all that surprising, FIFA's Organizing Committee took advantage of the October FIFA Rankings to seed the usual suspects. That gave them an easy out on seeding France after they barely qualified, along with pretty good odds on setting up two monster groups with France and Portugal in Pot 4 and able to be drawn against any of the seeded teams.

US Players Respond To Draw Procedure

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"Pride, excitement, it's a little bit of everything," US midfielder Michael Bradley said. "To have qualified is certainly a big achievement that was our goal all along, but now I know the mentality of our team is that we're not just going to be content to make up the numbers. We're going to go there with the idea that we have a good team and on our day we can beat anybody.

FIFA Announces Draw Procedure

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After rumors that the FIFA World Ranking wouldn't be heavily weighted for the 2010 World Cup Draw, FIFA's Organizing Committee ended up using the October ranking to determine the seeded teams. With South Africa already holding a seed as the host, the top seven teams in the October '09 ranking took the remaining slots.

Aston Villa 4 - Portsmouth 2

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Brad Guzan was in goal for the Carling Cup match-up between Villa and Portsmouth, getting the 4-2 win at Fratton Park. Guzan needed an early comeback and eight saves after a Stiliyan Petrov own-goal put Pompey up in the 10th-minute. Emile Heskey brought Villa level two minutes later, and James Milner made it 2-0 in the 27th.

Aston Villa 4 - Portsmouth 2

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Brad Guzan was in goal for the Carling Cup match-up between Villa and Portsmouth, getting the 4-2 win at Fratton Park. Guzan needed an early comeback and eight saves after a Stiliyan Petrov own-goal put Pompey up in the 10th-minute. Emile Heskey brought Villa level two minutes later, and James Milner made it 2-0 in the 27th.

MISL Faces Future

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By L.E. Eisenmenger - BOSTON, MA (Dec 2, 2009) USSoccerPlayers -- Peter Wilt likes challenges and it's not hard to see the challenge in making a professional indoor soccer into a viable business. Wilt left the Chicago Red Stars to become president and CEO of the Milwaukee Wave, one of the five teams in the Major Indoor Soccer League (MISL).

Wednesday's TV

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Europa League on GolTV: Salzburg - Lazio at 1pm, Slavia Prague - Genoa at 3pm, and Valencia - Lille at 8pm. Carling Cup on Setanta: Manchester City - Arsenal at 2:40pm. Copa Sudamericana Final on Fox Sports en Espanol: Fluminense - LDU Quito at 6:30pm. All Times Eastern

Tuesday's Daily: Playing The Draw

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With J Hutcherson -- Three days away from the World Cup draw and a day away from actually knowing the criteria... not that it's stopping anybody from going ahead with the predictions. Through the power of punditry, the United States could end up with the best scenario (South Africa as the seeded team and avoiding Portugal and Holland from the UEFA pot) or the worst (let's say Brazil, Portugal, and Ivory Coast).