USSoccerPlayers Archives for January 2009

Roster Update

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Reading goalkeeper Marcus Hahnemann has been released back to his club. Taking his place in the US squad is Chivas USA defender Jonathan Bornstein.img src="http://feeds2.feedburner.com/~r/Ussoccerplayers/~4/PSsNHculE5A" height="1" width="1"/

Kissinger Joins World Cup Bid

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The United States Soccer Federation announced on Monday that Henry Kissinger is now a member of the US bid committee for the 2018 or 2022 World Cups. Kissinger was part of the unsuccessful US bid for the 1986 World Cup. The following is courtesy of the US Soccer Federation -- CHICAGO, IL (Mar 30, 2009) USSF -- US Soccer President Sunil Gulati announced on Monday that former Secretary of State Henry A.

Monday's Daily: Substitute

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With J Hutcherson -- There should be at least three main takeaways from Saturday's 2-2 draw with El Salvador. There's definitely such a thing as overestimating your opponents, there's not enough defensive depth for the US, and it's time to figure out a better substitution policy. All three played out when Jozy Altidore was brought on in the 61st minute.

MLS Week 2

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The Seattle Sounders continue to have the best record in Major League Soccer, putting away Real Salt Lake. Elsewhere, ties abounded in a week where three games ended 1-1. Toronto 1 - Columbus 1 An odd one on opening night in Columbus, with Guillermo Barros Schelotto scoring from the penalty spot in the 30th minute and Gino Padula putting the ball into the back of his own net six minutes from time.

CONCACAF Results: Mexico On Track

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By Clemente Lisi - NEW YORK, NY (Mar 30, 2008) USSoccerPlayers -- While the US mounted a comeback and tied El Salvador 2-2 on the road to retain first place in the CONCACAF Hexagonal, Mexico snapped a four-game winless streak in World Cup qualifying following a 2-0 victory over Costa Rica. Here is a recap of Saturday night's other CONCACAF Qualifiers: Mexico 2 – 0 Costa Rica Mexico coach Sven Goran-Eriksson can breathe a sigh.

Youth Coach: Goalkeeper

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As a parent or coach, even if you claim to know absolutely nothing about the game of soccer, more often than not, you will concede that you know one obvious and important rule -- no hands allowed. Players must learn to control the ball with their feet (and other parts of their body, if they are so inclined) in order to attack the opponent's goal and ultimately score.

Sunday's TV

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Major League Soccer on TeleFutura: Dallas - Chivas USA at 3pm. Womens Professional Soccer on Fox Soccer Channel: Los Angeles - Eashington at 5:30pm.img src="http://feeds2.feedburner.com/~r/Ussoccerplayers/~4/EtOFyA6kBJ4" height="1" width="1"/

El Salvador 2 - United States 2

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The United States had to come back from two goals down on Saturday to salvage a draw with El Salvador at Cuscatlán. Eliseo Quintanilla opened the scoring in the 15th minute and El Salvador doubled that lead in the 72nd through Cristian Castillo. Subbed on in the 61st minute, Jozy Altidore got the US on the board in the 76th.

Saturday's TV

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The United States plays El Salvador at 9pm on ESPN2 and TeleFutura. Join us for follow-along coverage starting at 8:45pm. Mexico - Costa Rica is on Telemundo at 7pm. Major League Soccer on Fox Soccer Channel: New York - New England at 7pm. World Cup Qualifying on Fox Soccer: Iran - Saudi Arabia at 10:30am, Russia - Azerbaijan at 12:30pm, Slovenia - Czech Republic at 3:30pm, and Japan - Bahrain at 11pm.

American Abroad: Madness Update

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By Graig Carbino - ALBANY, NY (Mar 26, 2009) USSoccerPlayers -- The votes have finally been tallied and we are moving forward into Round 2 of the American Abroad March Madness Tournament. In case you missed it last week, we tossed sixteen US players plying their trade abroad into seeds and asked for your help in picking winners.

Friday's Daily: Raise Expectation

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With J Hutcherson -- Pardon me if I don't jump into the pre-match hype that tends to build any team the United States happens to be playing as some test or potential problem. El Salvador doesn't have the players to make this a game home or away, and that should show over ninety minutes. Sure, we all remember Guatemala and Cuba away, when the US spent too much time trying to break down a defense.

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El Salvador

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By Clemente Lisi - MIAMI, FL (Mar 26, 2008) USSoccerPlayers -- El Salvador may not be the toughest team in the world, but their fans sure help make the difference whenever "La Selecta" plays at home. The United States can expect very hostile fans when the squad walks onto the field at San Salvador's Estadio Cuscatlan on Saturday night.

Thursday's Daily: No Time Off

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With J Hutcherson -- Courtesy of Tuesday's conference all with Major League Soccer commissioner Don Garber, we should all be delighted to know that the League puts serious thought into schedule. Ok, the response was more like 'thanks for asking, but we've got that.' So don't look for a substantive discussion on why the League backed itself up into March Madness and yet another round of World Cup Qualifying.

Wednesday's Daily: Blanco Makes It Clear

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With J Hutcherson -- Here's what happens when all you really want to do is bask in the reflected glory of special guest Jim Belushi. Your star player rolls in and lets the media know he's done at the end of the season. Better yet, he's just done with you. Welcome to the Chicago Fire's season kickoff luncheon.

El Salvador Announces Roster

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GOALKEEPERS (3): Luis Castro, Juan Jose Gomez, Miguel Montes DEFENDERS (8): Dennis Alas, Alexander Escobar, Marvin Gonzalez, Mardoqueo Henriquez, Luis Hernandez, Alfredo Pacheco, Manual Salazar, Deris Umanzor MIDFIELDERS (11):Lester Blanco, Cristian Castillo, Salvador Coreas, Oscar Jimenez, Julio Martinez, Edwin Miranda, Carlos Monteagudo, Eliseo Quintanilla, Osael Romero, Ramon Sanchez, William Torres FORWARDS (3): Carlos Ayala, Rudi Corrales, Rodolfo Zelayaimg src="http://feeds2.

Garber Talks Expansion And Montero Named POTW

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Major League Soccer commissioner Don Garber met with the media by conference call on Tuesday afternoon to discuss the latest round of MLS expansion. The League added Vancouver and Portland, bringing the total number of teams to 18 by 2011. Garber talked about the short-term success already being seen in Vancouver, where they set a new season tickets sold record by moving 5,000 tickets in 48 hours.

CAA Announces World Football Challenge

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Creative Artist Agency announced a summer tour featuring Chelsea, Club America, AC Milan, and Inter Milan that will visit six cities from July 19th to the 26th. Stanford Stadium, the Rose Bowl, the Georgia Dome, Baltimore's MT Bank Stadium, Gillette Stadium, and the new Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, TX will host games.

Tuesday's Daily: Contracting The Map

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With J Hutcherson -- Credit Major League Soccer for subtlety. After giving up on "expanding the footprint" language several years ago, they've justified overloading the Pacific Northwest through talk of a sport built on geographic rivalries. As the League's latest talking point, get to used to it. MLS commissioner Don Garber has worked that line well, letting it play without overtly pushing back at the obvious.

American Abroad Update

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English Premier League: Brad Friedel started in goal for Aston Villa in their 5-0 loss to Liverpool. Friedel was sent off in the 64th minute after tripping Fernando Torres in the Villa box. Brad Guzan came off the bench and played 25 minutes. Steven Gerrard scored three times for Liverpool who also received scoring contributions from Dirk Kuyt and Alberto Riera.

Monday's Daily: Knock Off

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With J Hutcherson -- The National Basketball Association has gotten to a few people this season through clubs opting against actually competing. The money doesn't work, the trades that would have improved their squads would have hampered them further down the line, and the relative value of winning this year simply wasn't worth it.

MLS Week 1

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Kenny Cooper hits a wonder goal for Dallas, the usual suspects score for Chicago, and Landon Donovan keys a comeback for Los Angeles. Plus, week one of our MLS Depth Chart. Colorado 1 - Chivas USA 2 The only home team to win in week one, Chivas USA needed a second half comeback to cancel out Omar Cummings 30th minute opener.

Evaluating Players

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One of the most difficult jobs as a coach is to figure out which players would make the best additions to your team. Tryouts or player evaluations typically take place in one of the following scenarios: Club Tryouts (already existing team) Here, you are adding a set number of players to an already existing team.

Sunday's TV

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MLS on TeleFutura: Los Angeles - DC United at 3pm. EPL on Setanta: Wigan Athletic - Hull at 9:30am. On Fox Soccer Channel: Liverpool - Aston Villa at noon and Manchester City - Sunderland at 5:30pm. Russian Premier League on Setanta: Zenit St. Petersburg - Saturn at 7am. Serie A on Fox Soccer: Inter Milan - Reggina at 10am and Napoli - Milan at 3:30pm.

Saturday's TV

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Major League Soccer on Fox Soccer Channel: Houston - Columbus at 7:30pm and Chivas USA - Colorado Rapids at 10pm. EPL on Setanta: Portsmouth - Everton at 8:40am, Fulham - Manchester United at 11am, Blackburn Rovers - West Ham United at 7:45pm, and West Bromwich Albion - Bolton Wanderers at 9:30pm. On Fox Soccer: Spurs - Chelsea at 11am and Newcastle United - Arsenal at 1:30pm.

Roster Set For El Salvador And TT

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US National Team coach Bob Bradley announced his 22-man squad for the March 28th World Cup Qualifier against El Salvador (9pm - ESPN2) and the April 1st Qualifier against Trinidad Tobago (7:30pm - ESPN2). "These next two matches are very important in our efforts to qualify for the 2010 FIFA World Cup," Bradley said.

Arena Adds Sanneh

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Arena Adds Sanneh Former US National Team player Tony Sanneh is now a member of the Los Angeles Galaxy. Sanneh joins the club after missing the 2008 MLS season. He last played with Colorado. "I knew that I still had the ability and desire to play the game, I just had to see if my body would hold up after the time off," he said.

Friday's Daily: Once Again

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With J Hutcherson -- What did we learn from First Kick? Every MLS club needs to forget about making do with a keeper. Spend like they've got sense, and Adin Brown and Troy Perkins are still in this League. Instead, it's rolling with the reserves and hoping for the best. Sure, Red Bull NY can put last night's 3-0 loss to Seattle on first game issues, but this is a club that already tried making.

Thursday Night MLS: Seattle Opens Strong

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Kasey Keller got a shutout to start his run in Major League Soccer, and his club debuted with a win in their first MLS game. Fredy Montero scored on either side of a Brad Evans goal to give the Sounders a 3-0 win to open the MLS regular season. Montero's 12th minute opener becomes the first goal in the history of the MLS version of the Seattle Sounders, who dominated with 14 shots, six on.

Portland Makes 18

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Major League Soccer took advantage of the first game spotlight on Thursday night, with commissioner Don Garber announcing at half-time of the Seattle - New York game that Portland would be joining Vancouver as the other 2011 expansion team. "We will announce a new team tomorrow," Garber said. "We are on our way down south to a press conference in Portland.

Garber Talks Beckham

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During half-time of ESPN2's coverage of Major League Soccer's 2009 opening game, MLS commissioner Don Garber talked about the issues surrounding Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder David Beckham's extended loan with AC Milan. Saying that Beckham "is not a one-man stimulus package for Major League Soccer." "You've got to look at the reality of what this business is about," Garber said.

Thursday's Daily: It's Back

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With J Hutcherson -- I'm sorry, did Major League Soccer suddenly become a lot more complicated? A scan of the hours away from no-longer-being-preseason predictions, and we have everything from New England not making the playoffs to Chivas USA at the bottom of the Western Conference or winning it. Short of Chicago being very good, we're stuck with statements like teams only being an elite striker away from contention.

American Abroad Update

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French Cup: Carlos Bocanegra started for Rennes, 2-0 winners over Rodez Aveyron in the Coupe de France quarterfinals. Stephane M'bia scored in the 31st minute and Jimmy Briand made it 2-0 in the 60th. Freddy Adu wasn't in the squad for Monaco's 2-0 win over Grenoble. Daniel Moreira and Nassim Akrour scored for Monaco.

Vancouver Official For 2011

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Major League Soccer named the Vancouver Whitecaps the 17th MLS club in an announcement on Wednesday. The club will begin MLS play in 2011, using the renovated BC Place. "We are thrilled to welcome Vancouver into Major League Soccer for the 2011 season," Garber said. "The ownership team of Greg Kerfoot, Steve Luczo, Jeff Mallett, and Steve Nash love the game and represent a new breed of ownership group.

Why Us?

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By Andrew Dixon - MIAMI, FL (Mar 18, 2009) USSoccerPlayers -- MLS has attracted-and continues to attract its fair share of critics and haters, perhaps even more so since a certain London-born Englishman began his protracted exit strategy out of LA. Some of these have been legitimate criticisms (e.g. shootouts, loose allocation rules, pay inequities) but there are others have been based more on wanting the see the league operate along the lines of its.

Wednesday's Daily: North And South

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With J Hutcherson -- Hello Vancouver, or something like that. Later today, Major League Soccer will have compounded the player development problem by adding a second Canadian club, pushing MLS further away from the main reason it was founded. For those of you needing a reminder, that was a FIFA mandate about US player development.

WPS Announces Philadelphia Expansion

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In a statement on Tuesday, Womens Professional Soccer commissioner Tonya Antonucci announced that Philadelphia would be the first expansion city. "In the midst of all the build-up for our Inaugural Season, we are proud to approve Philadelphia as our eighth franchise and to bring WPS to Philadelphia in 2010," Antonucci said.

FIFA Confirms World Cup Bids

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On Tuesday, World soccer's governing body announced that 13 countries will be bidding for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups. With both Cups awarded at the end of the year, countries are allowed to bid on both. Depending on who wins hosting rights for 2018, countries from the same Confederation would then be ineligible for 2022.

Mexico Loses Player And Coach To Suspension

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In the aftermath of the United States - Mexico World Cup Qualifier on February 11th, the FIFA Disciplinary Committee announced suspensions for defender Rafael Marquez and assistant manager Francisco Ramirez. Marquez, red carded for contact with US keeper Tim Howard, will now miss the March 28th game against Costa Rica and the April 1st game with Honduras.

American Abroad Update

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The Championship: Marcus Hahnemann got his second game in a row and a shutout in Reading's 1-0 win over Doncaster Rovers. Dave Kitson scored the only goal of the game in the 82nd minute. "When it was put to me a couple of weeks back that this game would be my 1,000th I was hoping we would have picked up a few more victories in between!

American Abroad: Your Say

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By Graig Carbino - ALBANY, NY (Mar 17, 2009) USSoccerPlayers -- There has been a complaint or two recently from a few folks regarding which players and leagues we cover for the American Abroad weekly round-up. It seemed like a fine time to layout the line of thinking to see if it makes sense. For us, it seems to reason that we would mainly follow US players who have, are, or possibly will feature for.

Tuesday's Daily: The Map

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With J Hutcherson -- The last stand for the United Soccer Leagues in CONCACAF Champions League play starts tonight, and let's just keep it polite by saying the Puerto Rico Islanders are up against it. Cruz Azul might be a mediocre Mexican League team this season, but they're good enough to keep this close away and win it at home.

MLS Announces Kamara Suspension

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Major League Soccer announced late Tuesday that Houston dynamo forward Kei Kamara would be suspended for two regular season games and fined $500 dollars for "inappropriate comments to an official." The incident happened after a preseason game with San Jose on February 15th. The following is courtesy of Major League Soccer -- NEW YORK, NY (Mar 16, 2009) MLS -- Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber today suspended Houston forward Kei Kamara two regular season.

Monday's Daily: Yorke

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With J Hutcherson -- Forget about the lack of games for Sunderland, the rumors that he wants a return to the Australian League, and his age relative to his generation of already retired players. Dwight Yorke getting a four-game suspension is a very big deal not only for Trinidad Tobago, but for the rest of the Hexagonal.

Costa Rica Wins Under-20 Qualifying Tournament

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Costa Rica are the CONCACAF Under-20 champions after beating the United States 3-0 on Sunday. Having already advanced to the Olympics along with Costa Rica, Honduras and Trinidad Tobago, US Under-20 coach Thomas Rongen fielded mainly reserves in the final. Diego Alonso Estrada, Josue Martinez, Allen Guevara scored for Costa Rica.

March Madness American Abroad Style

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By Graig Carbino - ALBANY, NY (Mar 15, 2009) USSoccerPlayers -- It seems that far too often soccer fans, real soccer fans that is, think that their favorite sport is the be all, end all. They can't watch pro baseball or the NFL because their precious free time is already devoted to the beautiful game.

Youth Coach: Involving Parents

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As a coach, you may be in one of two positions-- either you need more help from your parents to run your practice, or you have a lot of parents attending practice who want to help, and you don't quite know what to do with them. If you fall into the first category (needing more parent help) it is advisable to use your assistant coach and/or team mom as your 'recruiters,' because you may be.

Sunday's TV

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EPL on Setanta: Chelsea - Manchester City at 9:30am. On Fox Soccer Channel: Aston Villa - Spurs at noon. Russian Premier League on Setanta: Spartak Moscow - Zenit St. Petersburg at 7am. Serie A on Fox Soccer: Siena - Milan at 10am and Inter Milan - Fiorentina at 3:30pm. La Liga on GolTV: Atletico Madrid - Villarreal at 2pm, Almeria - Barcelona at 4pm, and Atheltico Bilbao - Real Madrid at 8pm.

Under-20's Advance On Penalties

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The United States reached the final of the CONCACAF Under-20 Championship after beating hosts Trinidad Tobago on penalties. The US will play Group B winners Costa Rica, who also advanced on penalties beating Honduras The following is courtesy of US Soccer Communications -- MACOYA, TRINIDAD (Mar 13, 2009) USSF -- The US Under-20 Men's National Team booked a place in the CONCACAF U-20 Championship final on Sunday, March 15, with a penalty shootout win.

Saturday's TV

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EPL on Setanta: Manchester United - Liverpool at 8:40am, Arsenal - Blackburn Rovers at 11am, Sunderland - Wigan Athletic at 7:45pm, and Middlesbrough - Portsmouth at 9:30pm. On Fox Soccer Channel: Everton - Stoke City at 11am, Hull City - Newcastle United at 5:30pm, and Bolton Wanderers - Fulham at 7:30pm.

14 Points For Season XIV

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (Mar 16, 2009) USSoccerPlayers -- Considering we're days away from the start of Major League Soccer's 14th season and most of us are inundated with wall-to-wall coverage of what just might hap... OK, I'll stop now. Separate yourself from the wonderful world of soccer-specificity, and the mainstream sports media cares about as much as they always have about the start of yet another MLS campaign.

Friday's Daily: The Really Big Game

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With J Hutcherson -- Is it worth even questioning the All-Star Game, or has that too slipped into the realm of MLS cliche? For yet another summer, it's not the biggest game on the schedule. Inter Milan is playing the Galaxy, Chelsea is playing Seattle, Inter and Chelsea are playing each other, and that other Milan is showing up for a tour as well.

MLS: Conway And Parke Allowed To Practice

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Responding to an appeal from the MLS Players Union, Major League Soccer has altered the punishment handed down to Jon Conway and Jeff Parke when both tested positive for banned substances last season. The two players were suspended for ten League games, carrying over to the 2009 regular season. Both were also forbidden to practice with their clubs during the suspension.

Tuesday's Daily: Turning Over Game One

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With J Hutcherson -- If things play to form, we should expect at least one of today and tomorrow's Champions League second legs to turn around a loss from game one. We have four potential candidates, but Bayern Munich's 5-0 knockout of Sporting Lisbon should hold. That leaves three, all of them 1-0 results, and two of them later this afternoon on ESPN and then ESPN Classic.

Under-20's Advance To World Cup

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The United States qualified for the 2009 Under-20 World Cup with a 2-0 win over El Salvador on Tuesday. Brek Shea scored in the 30th minute and Tony Taylor added a second goal ten minutes later to take first place in Group A. Shea was sent of in the 60th minute and Jorge Flores joined him in the 84th.

American Abroad: Tuesday Update

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Only Eddie Johnson saw playing time with four American Abroad clubs in action on Tuesday. The Championship: Once again, Eddie Johnson was in the starting eleven for Cardiff City, 2-0 losers away to Norwich City. David Mooney and Alan Gow scored for Norwich. The result leaves Cardiff 5th, a point behind Sheffield United, but with 35 games played to United's 37.

US Moves To 17th In World Rankings

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The March FIFA Rankings were released on Wednesday, with the United States moving up three slots to 17th. The US win over Mexico gave them 38 points, while Mexico lost seven. Mexico moved up one slot to 23rd. Costa Rico is now 32nd and Honduras is 40th. Top Twenty

Wednesday's Daily: Putting On A Show

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With J Hutcherson -- Massive game Wednesday, or something like that. Delight with the rest of us in the spectacle that should be Manchester United - Inter Milan at Old Trafford. Wonder how a manager can talk so much smack when his club should be down multiple goals. Thrill at how it seems to actually be working.

2009 MLS Cup At Qwest Field

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Major League Soccer's newest club will be hosting the 2009 MLS Cup, the League announced on Wednesday. MLS Cup will be on Sunday, November 22nd at 8:30pm Eastern on ESPN. MLS Commissioner Don Garber called the work the Sounders have done moving season tickets and turning Qwest Field into a soccer setting "tremendous.

US Loses Algarve On Penalties

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After tying 1-1 in regulation, the United States Women's National Team lost the 2009 Algarve Cup championship game to Sweden 4-3 on penalties. Shannon Box scored a 90th minute goal to take the game to penalties. There is no overtime in Algarve Cup games. The following is courtesy of US Soccer Communications -- FARO, PORTUGAL (Mar 11, 2009) USSF -- The US Women's National Team fell in a penalty kick shootout to Sweden in the.

DC United Issues Statement

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After the Washington Post printed an article questioning the amount of money Prince George's County, Maryland would be contributing towards the DC United stadium project, the club released the following statement on behalf of club president Kevin Payne: "We would like to take this opportunity to clear up a misunderstanding reported in this morning's Washington Post: D.

Chivas USA Signs Lillingston

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Forward Eduardo Lillingston is now a member of Chivas USA after spending 12 years in the Mexican League. Lillingston last played for U.A.G. The following is courtesy of Major League Soccer -- CARSON, CA (Mar 11, 2009) MLS -- Chivas USA today announced the signing of Mexican forward Eduardo Lillingston, a 12-year veteran of the Mexican First Division, for the upcoming 2009 MLS season.

American Abroad: Goal For Dempsey

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Clint Dempsey scored Fulham's opener 90 seconds in against Blackburn on Wednesday, but it wasn't enough in the only Premier League game on the schedule. El-Hadji Diouf brought Blackburn level in the 69th and Jason Roberts gave them the 2-1 win in the 85th minute. "Dempsey and Johnson... they did the job well and I can't complain about them," Fulham manager Roy Hodgson told the club's official site.

Thursday's Daily: Three Over Three

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With J Hutcherson -- Setting aside the clichés concerning Italian soccer, why don't we avoid the big picture pronouncements and look at what actually happened over the last couple of days. Juventus lost Pavel Nedved early and then went a man down against Chelsea, and still managed to make it 2-1 before Didier Drogba's 83rd minute equalizer.

Thursday's Daily: Three Over Three

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With J Hutcherson -- Setting aside the clichés concerning Italian soccer, why don't we avoid the big picture pronouncements and look at what actually happened over the last couple of days. Juventus lost Pavel Nedved early and then went a man down against Chelsea, and still managed to make it 2-1 before Didier Drogba's 83rd minute equalizer.

American Abroad: Goal For Dempsey

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Clint Dempsey scored Fulham's opener 90 seconds in against Blackburn on Wednesday, but it wasn't enough in the only Premier League game on the schedule. El-Hadji Diouf brought Blackburn level in the 69th and Jason Roberts gave them the 2-1 win in the 85th minute. "Dempsey and Johnson... they did the job well and I can't complain about them," Fulham manager Roy Hodgson told the club's official site.

US Loses Algarve On Penalties

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After tying 1-1 in regulation, the United States Women's National Team lost the 2009 Algarve Cup championship game to Sweden 4-3 on penalties. Shannon Box scored a 90th minute goal to take the game to penalties. There is no overtime in Algarve Cup games. The following is courtesy of US Soccer Communications -- FARO, PORTUGAL (Mar 11, 2009) USSF -- The US Women's National Team fell in a penalty kick shootout to Sweden in the.

DC United Issues Statement

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After the Washington Post printed an article questioning the amount of money Prince George's County, Maryland would be contributing towards the DC United stadium project, the club released the following statement on behalf of club president Kevin Payne: "We would like to take this opportunity to clear up a misunderstanding reported in this morning's Washington Post: D.

Chivas USA Signs Lillingston

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Forward Eduardo Lillingston is now a member of Chivas USA after spending 12 years in the Mexican League. Lillingston last played for U.A.G. The following is courtesy of Major League Soccer -- CARSON, CA (Mar 11, 2009) MLS -- Chivas USA today announced the signing of Mexican forward Eduardo Lillingston, a 12-year veteran of the Mexican First Division, for the upcoming 2009 MLS season.

2009 MLS Cup At Qwest Field

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Major League Soccer's newest club will be hosting the 2009 MLS Cup, the League announced on Wednesday. MLS Cup will be on Sunday, November 22nd at 8:30pm Eastern on ESPN. MLS Commissioner Don Garber called the work the Sounders have done moving season tickets and turning Qwest Field into a soccer setting "tremendous.

US Moves To 17th In World Rankings

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The March FIFA Rankings were released on Wednesday, with the United States moving up three slots to 17th. The US win over Mexico gave them 38 points, while Mexico lost seven. Mexico moved up one slot to 23rd. Costa Rico is now 32nd and Honduras is 40th. Top Twenty

Wednesday's Daily: Putting On A Show

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With J Hutcherson -- Massive game Wednesday, or something like that. Delight with the rest of us in the spectacle that should be Manchester United - Inter Milan at Old Trafford. Wonder how a manager can talk so much smack when his club should be down multiple goals. Thrill at how it seems to actually be working.

American Abroad: Tuesday Update

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Only Eddie Johnson saw playing time with four American Abroad clubs in action on Tuesday. The Championship: Once again, Eddie Johnson was in the starting eleven for Cardiff City, 2-0 losers away to Norwich City. David Mooney and Alan Gow scored for Norwich. The result leaves Cardiff 5th, a point behind Sheffield United, but with 35 games played to United's 37.

Under-20's Advance To World Cup

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The United States qualified for the 2009 Under-20 World Cup with a 2-0 win over El Salvador on Tuesday. Brek Shea scored in the 30th minute and Tony Taylor added a second goal ten minutes later to take first place in Group A. Shea was sent of in the 60th minute and Jorge Flores joined him in the 84th.

Sure Thing

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By Andrew Dixon - MIAMI, FL (Mar 10, 2008) USSoccerPlayers -- I've slept on it.I've given it a few days.My initial reaction hasn't changed about FC Barcelona not coming to Miami. I'm not disappointed. That's reserved for what happened to the Dynamo getting obliterated in Mexico. I'm not sad. That's what I was for Montreal in the Champions League.

MLS: Conway And Parke Allowed To Practice

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Responding to an appeal from the MLS Players Union, Major League Soccer has altered the punishment handed down to Jon Conway and Jeff Parke when both tested positive for banned substances last season. The two players were suspended for ten League games, carrying over to the 2009 regular season. Both were also forbidden to practice with their clubs during the suspension.

Tuesday's Daily: Turning Over Game One

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With J Hutcherson -- If things play to form, we should expect at least one of today and tomorrow's Champions League second legs to turn around a loss from game one. We have four potential candidates, but Bayern Munich's 5-0 knockout of Sporting Lisbon should hold. That leaves three, all of them 1-0 results, and two of them later this afternoon on ESPN2 and then ESPN Classic.

US Women Advance To Algarve Final

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The US Women's National Team will play Sweden for the 2009 Algarve Cup after beating Norway 1-0 on Monday. Megan Rapinoe scored the only goal of the game in the 21st minute. Sweden advanced to Wednesday's final by beating Germany 3-2. The following is courtesy of US Soccer Communications -- FERREIRAS, PORTUGAL (Mar 9, 2009) USSF -- Forward Megan Rapinoe scored in the 21st minute to give the US Women's National Team a 1-0 victory.

CONCACAF Names Gold Cup Venues

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Though ticket information and specifics have yet to be released, CONCACAF did announce the venues for the 2009 Gold Cup. Thirteen total, more than any previous Gold Cup. Giants Stadium will be hosting the final on July 26th. First Round 3 July – The Home Depot Center (Los Angeles) 4 July – Qwest Field (Seattle) 5 July – Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum (San Francisco) 7 July – Crew Stadium (Columbus, Ohio) 8 July – Robert F.

American Abroad: A Goal Scored

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By Graig Carbino - ALBANY, NY (Mar 9, 2009) USSoccerPlayers - You just knew something positive was going to happen with Eddie Johnson at Cardiff City at some point this season. At least you hoped it would, right? The guy who burst onto the US National Team scene with a hat trick had way more in him than he was showing up to this point in the UK.

Monday's Daily: It's A Hit

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With J Hutcherson -- The finale of the David Beckham saga is as simple as it was a few weeks ago. Major League Soccer insisted on getting paid beyond what Milan thought was reasonable. Score one for MLS. It worked. Well, sort of. As expected, Beckham managed to win the neutrals sympathy with one sentence -- "I have never seen it as a money issue, only football, and I hope I have proved this.

Under-20's Stay Top

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The United States Under-20 National Team remain in first place in their CONCACAF Qualifying group with a 0-0 draw against Honduras on Sunday. The US played the final half hour a man down after Billy Schuler was sent off. The following is courtesy of US Soccer Communications -- BACOLET, TOBAGO (Mar 8, 2009) USSF -- The US Under-20 Men's National Team played to a scoreless draw against Honduras in Group A action on Sunday night.

Beckham Pays For 'Dream Deal'

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The Los Angeles Galaxy finally announced on Sunday that the extended loan to keep Beckham in Milan for the rest of the season has been completed. Beckham and Milan will be paying the Galaxy. Beckham will be eligible to play for the Galaxy again on July 15th. The following is courtesy of Major League Soccer --CARSON, CA (Mar 8, 2009) MLS -- The LA Galaxy today announced that the club has reached an innovative agreement.

Teaching Penalty Kicks

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Penalty kick situations will be avoided at most young ages, as putting the players in a win-or-lose individual situation can be too difficult. When your league begins implementing the penalty kick rules, it is time to teach the technique to your players. Generally, the player that is fouled in the penalty area will be the one to take the penalty kick.

Sunday's TV

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FA Cup on Fox Soccer Channel: Arsenal - Burnley at 9:30am and Everton - Middlesbrough at noon. Bundesliga on GolTV: Bayer Leverkusen - VfL Bochum at noon. Serie A on Fox Soccer: Milan - Atalanta at 3pm and Fiorentina - Palermo at 5pm. La Liga on GolTV: Sevilla - Almeria at 5pm and Barcelona - Athletico Bilbao at 7pm.

Under-20's Open With Win

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The Under-20 National Team won their opening game of the CONCACAF Championship on Saturday, beating Jamaica 3-0. Peri Marosevic, Dilly Duka and Billy Schuler scored for the United States. The following is courtesy of US Soccer Communications -- BACOLET, TOBAGO (Mar 6, 2009) USSF -- The US Under-20 Men's National Team defeated Jamaica 3-0 behind goals from Peri Marosevic, Dilly Duka and Billy Schuler to kick off the final round of the CONCACAF Under-20 Championship.

Saturday's TV

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FA Cup on Fox Soccer Channel: Coventry City - Chelsea at 7:30am. On Setanta: Fulham - Manchester United at noon. EPL on Setanta: Sunderland - Spurs at 5pm.Bundesliga on GolTV: Bayern Munich - Hannover 96 at 11:30am. Serie A on Fox Soccer: Genoa - Inter Milan at noon and Torino - Juventus at 2:30pm. La Liga on GolTV: Real Madrid - Atletico Madrid at 2pm and Villareal - Espanyol at 4pm.

Algarve: US Women Beat Iceland

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The United States continued their run in the Algarve Cup on Friday, beating Iceland 1-0 in Group B. Natasha Kai got the only goal of The following is courtesy of US Soccer Communications --FERREIRAS, PORTUGAL (Mar 6, 2009) USSF -- Forward Natasha Kai scored a spectacular goal in the last minute of regulation time to give the US Women's National Team a dramatic 1-0 victory over Iceland in the second group game for both teams.

Friday's Daily: With Game

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With J Hutcherson -- If you happen to be Bruce Arena, in theory it's time to stop with the pithy comments and start actually putting a team together. Landon Donovan is back, and that should be key for the 2009 Galaxy. The club managed to squander a season with the best and most consistent attacking player in Major League Soccer.

Moving Right Along

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By Graig Carbino - ALBANY, NY (Mar 5, 2009) USSoccerPlayers -- Oh what a day it was back on January 12th, 2007. The 2007 MLS SuperDraft was in full swing and amateur players from all over the country were nervously awaiting their potential professional destinations. Maurice Edu went to Toronto with the first pick and things seemed to be going so smoothly.

Donovan Set For MLS Return

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The Los Angeles Galaxy confirmed on Thursday that Landon Donovan will be returning to the club on March 10th after finishing his loan with Bayern Munich. Donovan played six games for Bayern Munich since joining the club in January. The following is courtesy of Major League Soccer Communications --CARSON, CA (Mar 5, 2009) MLS -- The LA Galaxy announced today that Galaxy forward Landon Donovan will re-join the club as scheduled following the conclusion of.

Thursday's Daily: Specific Result

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With J Hutcherson -- By way of a preview for tonight's CONCACAF Champions League second leg between Santos and Montreal, let's just say few leads are big enough in Mexico. We've covered this before, but the Mexican clubs have a tendency of playing to the opponent when they're away from home. Win or lose, the results are usually close enough not to be embarrassing in either direction, and the games normally don't look like what.

American Abroad: Thursday Update

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English Premier League: Tim Howard was in goal for Everton's 0-0 draw with Blackburn Rovers. The result has Everton in 6th, trailing Aston Villa in the final European place by seven points. "Teams are pushing us from behind and our ambition is still to get fourth if we can but of course we will need to play better," Everton manager David Moyes said.

US Women Open With Win

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The United States Women defeated Denmark 2-0 to open Group B play at the 1009 Algarve Cup in Portugal. Angie Wonzuk and Tina DiMartino scored and Hope Solo got the shutout for the United States. The following is courtesy of US Soccer Communications -- LAGOS, PORTUGAL (Mar 4, 2009) USSF -- The US Women's National Team got its 2009 Algarve Cup campaign off to a rousing start, defeating Denmark 2-0 in nasty weather conditions as.

Wednesday's Daily: Selling Sports

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With J Hutcherson -- The Wall Street Journal is the latest letting us know that strange things are happening with the National Basketball Association. Namely, clubs opting out of competing for a title because it's better economics to simply play out the string. It's not exactly the kind of thing that gets turned into a catch phrase to promote the product, but it does do a pretty good job of showing the extremes of the.

Houston Exits Champions League

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After drawing 1-1 with Mexican League club Atlante at Robertson Stadium, Houston traveled to Cancun on Tuesday for the deciding second leg. Unfortunately for the last Major League Soccer team left in the CONCACAF Champions League, the night belonged to Atlante. Fernando Navarro opened the scoring in the 23rd minute, Rafael Marquez Lugo made it 2-0 in the 34th, and Giancarlo Maldonado got the third in the 90th minute.

American Abroad: Tuesday Update

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The Championship: Eddie Johnson had one of his best games for Cardiff City in their 3-1 win over Barnsley. Johnson started and played the full ninety. Joe Ledley, Michael Chopra, and Peter Whittingham scored for Cardiff. "I thought the first half we played some super football and could have made life easier for ourselves," Cardiff manager Dave Jones said.

Miami Out For Next Round Of Expansion

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Major League Soccer has announced that the Miami expansion bid fronted by Marcelo Claure partnering with FC Barcelona is no longer under consideration. "I remain a believer in MLS and the future of professional soccer in America... particularly in South Florida," Claure said. "Although we have not been able to move forward at this time for a wide variety of reasons, I will work with FC Barcelona on other soccer projects in South Florida.

Toronto Signs Two

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Gambian Under-20 National Team defenders Emmanuel Gomez and Amadou Sanyang are now members of Toronto FC, the club announced on Monday. The following is courtesy of Major League Soccer -- TORONTO, CANADA (Mar 3, 2009) MLS -- Toronto FC announced Tuesday that they have signed defenders Emmanuel Gomez and Amadou Sanyang to MLS contracts.

Tuesday's Daily: The Emerging Galaxy

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With J Hutcherson -- Though the official word has yet to come down from League and it will likely contain every Major League Soccer fan's favorite line "per league and team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed," all evidence points to MLS getting paid well for David Beckham's exit strategy. Whether or not the curtain call for the second half of the MLS season makes sense, that over $15 million figure making the.

Ticket Information: USA - Honduras, June 6th

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The following is ticket information for the June 6th World Cup Qualifier against Honduras in Chicago, IL. CHICAGO, IL (Mar 3, 2009) USSF -- Tickets for the US Men's National Team's FIFA World Cup qualifier against Honduras on June 6 in Chicago will go on sale beginning March 14 to the general public.

LA Times Reporting Beckham Deal Is Close

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The Los Angeles Times is reporting that a source has Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder David Beckham staying with AC Milan until the end of the European season. If accurate, Beckham would return to the Galaxy on July 15th. According to the Times story, there would be a substantial payout for Major League Soccer.

American Abroad: Half A Chance

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By Graig Carbino - ALBANY, NY (Mar 2, 2009) USSoccerPlayers -- Is it just me, or do US players get about five minutes to prove themselves in Europe before they are brushed aside for the next European/South American up and comer? Seriously, and I really do not mean to be biased here, but this Landon Donovan/Bayern Munich saga has turned into a complete nightmare.

Staging A Classic

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With J Hutcherson -- Here's the thing about National Team baseball. Amid all the complaints about the last World Baseball Classic, it will eventually find more of an audience than any of its critics expect. The why is obvious to anybody interested in soccer, rugby, or cricket. The international component of those games overshadows the club version.

Clearing

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Clearing is the process of getting the ball out of the defensive third of the field into the neutral and offensive third. When on defense, your players should be working to get the ball out as quickly as possible; they do not want to waste time with footwork or back passing in a pressure-level situation.

Sunday's TV

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Carling Cup final on Setanta: Manchester United - Spurs at 10am.EPL on Setanta: West Ham United - Manchester City at 7:30am and Hull - Blackburn Rovers at 5pm. On Fox Soccer Channel: Aston Villa - Stoke City at 10am and Bolton Wanderers - Newcastle United at 4:30pm. Bundesliga on GolTV: Werder Bremen - Bayern Munich at 11am.