USSoccerPlayers Archives for January 2009

American Abroad: Spector Describes Injury

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West Ham United and United States National Team defender Jonathan Spector spoke with his club's official site about the extent of his clash of heads three weeks ago that left him unconscious. "I suffered concussion before I hit the ground and then I landed awkwardly and got a little bit of a shoulder problem from that on top of the concussion.

McBride Wins Player Of The Month

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Chicago Fire forward Brian McBride was named Major League Soccer's Player of the Month for April. McBride had Week Four's Goal of the Week and lead Chicago's improbable comeback against Columbus. 2009 MLS Player of the Month Awards March: Fredy Montero – Seattle Sounders FC April: Brian McBride – Chicago Fire

US Soccer Announces Open Cup Setup

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40 clubs will participate in the 2009 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup. With the teams that finished in the bottom half of the Major League Soccer standings in 2008 currently qualifying through a play-in, the United States Soccer Federation announced the rest of the schedule on Thursday. This year's final will be on September 2nd.

World Vs. Confederation

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By Graig Carbino - ALBANY, NY (Apr 30, 2009) USSoccerPlayers -- The United States National Team has a serious docket of matches lined up for the next couple of months. They'll mix in World Cup qualifiers with the Confederations Cup in South Africa and the Gold Cup right here at home. The debate will soon rage on regarding what sort of rosters manager Bob Bradley should assemble for these various competitions.

Thursday's Daily: Playing The Markets

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With J Hutcherson -- During Tuesday's Barcelona - Chelsea game, some of you might have noticed the scroll letting us know that the National Hockey League's leadership wasn't interested in a second Toronto club. Taking that a step further, a second Toronto club was way down the list in the unlikely event that the NHL wanted to relocate a club or expand their league.

American Abroad: Friedel Talks Place

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Aston Villa keeper Brad Friedel is pushing his club to take fifth place in the Premier League, with four games left on the schedule. "Games against the top or bottom clubs in the league at the end of the season are always difficult because they have something to play for and they are really battling," Friedel said on Aston Villa TV.

US Soccer Opts Against Sanctioning Referee

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After an appeal by the Columbus Crew, the United States Soccer Federation has opted against any formal disciplinary action against staff referee Jair Marrufo. Earlier this week, Major League Soccer and the US Soccer Federation were informed that Marrufo was seen fraternizing with Chicago Fire midfielder Cuauhtemoc Blanco before, during, and after the game with Coumbus as weel as being given Blanco's jersey.

Club America Beats Chicago

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In friendly play on Wednesday, Club America defeated the Chicago Fire 2-1 at Toyota Park. Juan Carlos Silva scored for Club America in the 2nd minute and Enrique Esqueda doubled that lead in the 42nd. Chicago made five substitutions to start the second half, including subbing backup keeper Nick Noble for Andrew Dykstra.

American Abroad: France And Sweden

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Two Americans abroad in action on Tuesday, with Carlos Bocanegra's Rennes unable to take advantage a man up and Charlie Davies' Hammarby drawing in the Swedish Allsvenskanliga. France Stade Rennes 2 - Bordeaux 3 Carlos Bocanegra was in for the full 90 as Rennes lost to a Bordeaux club that played a man down from the 27th minute.

Open Cup: Red Bulls Advance To Face DC

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The New York Red Bulls eliminated the San Jose Earthquakes to setup a match with DC United as the MLS Play-In portion of the US Open Cup continued on Wednesday in Santa Clara, California. Mike Petke gave RBNY the early lead in the second minute, and that held until second half substitute Pablo Campos scored for San Jose in the 71st.

Toronto Names Interim

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Less than a week after former coach John Carver gave his resignation, Toronto FC have an interim coach. Carver assistant and UEFA A license holder Chris Cummins will lead the club. No timeframe was given for a permanent hire. Before joining Carver's coaching staff at Toronto, Cummins was director of football at Luton Town.

Tuesday's Daily: Draws And Goals

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With J Hutcherson -- I tend to nod along with those that have Arsenal at least a season away from seeing the rewards from their youth movement. It's an odd angle, considering they're already in the Champions League semifinals. Then again, most fans of the EPL get the difference between the twelve points separating first and Arsenal in fourth.

American Abroad: San Luis Advance

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Michael Orozco got the start for San Luis in the Copa Libertadores on Tuesday night at the Defensores del Chaco in Asunción, Paraguay. San Luis beat Libertad 2-0 and that last goal gave them the differential advantage for second place in Group Eight. Jairo Patino got the opener in the 58th and Jose Rodolfo Reyes scored the goal that put San Luis through in the 90th minute.

US Open Cup: Seattle Advances

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The Seattle Sounders relied on their reserves to see them through to the next round of the MLS play-in bracket on Tuesday night, beating Real Salt Lake 4-1 in Tukwila, Washington. Sebastien Le Toux opened the scoring from the penalty spot in the 24th minute, and Sanna Nayassi made it 2-0 Sounders two minutes later.

MLS - Everton At Rio Tinto

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The 2009 MLS All-Star game finally has an opponent. Tim Howard's Everton will be making the trip to play Major League Soccer's All-Stars on July 29th at Real Salt Lake's Rio Tinto Stadium. MLS had previously been linked with Spanish clubs as All-Star opposition. "We are very excited about Everton FC agreeing to be the opponent for the 2009 MLS All-Star Game," MLS Commissioner Don Garber said.

Crew's Appeal Turns Into Investigation

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An appeal by the Columbus Crew over the red card shown to defender Gino Padula during Saturday's Columbus - Chicago game has turned into an investigation of the match official by the United States Soccer Federation and Major League Soccer. According to The Columbus Dispatch, the Crew have evidence that referee Jair Marrufo was fraternizing with Chicago midfielder Cuauhtemoc Blanco before the game, at halftime, and reportedly Blanco gave him a jersey after the game.

Pitchkolan Moves To San Jose

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Defender Aaron Pitchkolan is now a member of the San Jose Earthquakes, as FC Dallas makes roster space for new signing Kyle Davies. In return, Dallas picks up a 2011 SuperDraft pick. "We are happy to bring Aaron to San Jose," Earthquakes general manager of soccer operations John Doyle said. "He is an experienced MLS player who has great versatility.

Kyle Davies Traded To Dallas

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United States Under-20 National Team captain Kyle Davies is now a member of FC Dallas, after completing a move from Real Salt Lake. In exchange, RSL gets Dallas' lowest second round pick in next year's SuperDraft. RSL won Davies' rights in a special lottery a few weeks ago when he joined Major League Soccer from Southampton.

Champions League Semifinal

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American Abroad: Reading In Position

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At worst, Marcus Hahnemann's Reading extends their season and Danny Califf's FC Midtjylland had more problems than expected from Sonderjyske. The Championship Reading 2 - Norwich City 0 Clean sheet for Marcus Hahnemann and Shane Long gets both Reading goals in the 68th and 78th minutes. Reading will need results from other teams to move from fourth to second and win automatic promotion, but they've already qualified for the playoffs regardless of what happens on.

Tuesday's Daily: Chelsea Style

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With J Hutcherson -- Chelsea is good enough that losing later today doesn't make a lot of sense. Build up Barcelona all you like, but player-to-player Chelsea has a squad that can get enough of an advantage to not lose. I don't see a rehash of last year's Barcelona - Manchester United semifinal series, simply because Chelsea isn't afraid of the other team scoring.

Morales Named POTW

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Real Salt Lake midfielder Javier Morales is Major League Soccer's Player of the Week for Week Six. Morales took the corner kicks that setup RSL's opener in the 53rd and second goal in the 55th in what became a 6-0 win over New England.

CONCACAF Ends U-17 Championship Early - Reschedules Champions League Final

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Due to concerns over swine flu, CONCACAF has ended the Under-17 Championship currently at the semifinal stage in Tijuana, Mexico. All of the semifinalists qualified for the 2008 Under-17 World Cup in Nigeria, with the United States advancing as Group A winners. CONCACAF also postponed the second leg of the CONCACAF Champions League, now rescheduled for Tuesday, May 12th.

American Abroad: Craven

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By Graig Carbino - ALBANY, NY (Apr 27, 2009) USSoccerPlayers -- I know that I have been as guilty as the next person when it comes to talking up Fulham this season and the last. Look, when a team in the English Premier League employs five Americans like Fulham did last season it is going to peak any American soccer follower's interest.

Fire Link With Club America

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The Chicago Fire have announced a business collaboration that will see the two teams playing each other home and away this year as well as developing a camp program, player development, and sponsorship. "The collaboration between Club America and the Chicago Fire will make for a strong partnership and should provide great benefit to both clubs," Club America president Michel Bauer said in a press statement.

Monday's Daily: For Serious

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With J Hutcherson -- Here's the thing with choosing to up and quit - you cede the bulk of the discussion to whoever is left. Now former Toronto FC coach John Carver risks being lumped in with former LA Galaxy coach Ruud Gullit as not getting the league, taking things to seriously, and otherwise acting like you would expect from an established professional.

Edu Talks Rangers

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In an interview with FIFA.com, US National Team player and Rangers midfielder Maurice Edu discussed his club's chances for winning two trophies this season. "It would be massive for me," Edu said. "I came here with the mindset that I wanted to win championships and win medals. In this first year, it would be great for me if that happened.

MLS Week 6: Skunk Rules

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Real Salt Lake runs up the score against New England and it's late excitement in Columbus, Carson, and New York. Meanwhile, Toronto relies on their assistants. Chicago 2 - Columbus 2 Columbus took a 2-0 first half lead with goals from Chad Marshall in the 25th and Alejandro Moreno in the 34th, but they couldn't hold on a late surge from Chicago.

WPS Results: Internationals

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With Women's Professional Soccer missing several international players due to National Team duty, the schedule was full over the weekend. The league got it's first blowout, with Chicago putting up four goals against Boston while Washington and FC Gold Pride also pushed the offense. Saint Louis Athletica 0 - Los Angeles 0 Hope Solo saved an Aly Wagner penalty in the 73rd minute to split the points in a game where Los Angeles could easily.

How To Run A Passing Drill

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One of the most difficult things for any coach is transferring training exercises to the actual run of play. Unless your intent is to work on conditioning, what you teach your players has to matter in the game. No one who has tried to coach soccer would fall for the line that it's basically a simple game with a few elements.

U-17's Win Group A

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The United States Under-17 National Team finished off Group A of the CONCACAF U-17 Championship undefeated, beating Honduras 3-0 on Saturday in Tijuana, Mexico. "We expected to qualify," US coach Wilmer Cabrera said. "That was our first objective. Our second objective was to play the greatest number of players possible to see what level they are at.

Sunday's TV

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MLS on TeleFutura: New York - DC at 3pm. WPS on Fox Soccer Chanel: FC Gold Pride - Washington Freedom at 6pm. EPL on Setanta: Arsenal - Middlesbrough at 8:30am. On Fox Soccer: Blackburn - Wigan at 11am. Scottish FA Cup: Falkirk - Dumferline at 6:45pm. Russian Premier League on Setanta: Rubin - Spartak Moscow at 6am and CSKA Moscow - Rostov at 10pm.

Carver Exits Toronto

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Jon Carver is no longer the coach of Toronto FC. The club announced his resignation on Saturday morning. Carver's coaching staff will remain in place while the club begins the process of filling their head coach slot. Unlike any other Major League Soccer club, Toronto has a separate manager, Mo Johnston, with the head coach running the team from the sidelines.

Yankees Talk MLS

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Yes, those Yankees, or at least their president Randy Levine. As part of his comments at the Associated Press Editors Conference, Major League Soccer commissioner referred to empty front row seats at Yankee Stadium as "incomprehensible." Levine responded. "Don Garber discussing Yankee attendance must be a joke," the Associated Press quoted Levine as saying.

Saturday's TV

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MLS on Fox Soccer Chanel: Columbus - Chicago at 6:30pm. EPL on Setanta: Hull - Liverpool at 9:30am, Everton - Manchester City at 6:45pm, and West Bromwich Albion - Sunderland at 8;30pm. On Fox Soccer: West Ham United - Chelsea at 10am, Manchester United - Spurs at 12:30pm, and Bolton - Aston Villa at 4:30pm.

Kinnear Gets Extension

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Houston coach Dominic Kinnear has signed with the club through 2012. "There's no other place I'd rather be," he said. "I really enjoy my time here. I enjoy working with the players and the front office." Kinnear is a two-time MLS Cup winner and has the highest win percentage of any MLS coach at .594.

American Abroad: Starts But No Wins

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Three games involving Americans on Thursday, with all involved seeing playing time. Swedish Allsvenskanliga Hammarby 0 - IFK 1 Charlie Davies got the start and played the full 9- in the Hammerby attack, but it was IFK with the only goal of the game. Robin Soder scored in the 55th minute and Kim Christensen gets the shutout.

Friday's Daily: Public Statements

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With J Hutcherson -- Major League Soccer commissioner Don Garber said an awful lot yesterday at the Associated Press Sports Editors Conference, to the point it's worth asking whatever happened to "according to League policy" That's the standard line used by MLS for not giving up the details. Rather than play to that, we got the Beckham loan figure, a hard number on the limits to expansion, and a shot at FIFA.

U-17's Advance To The World Cup

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The United States Under-17 National Team advanced to the 2009 FIFA U-17 World Cup with a 4-2 win over Canada in the CONCACAF U-17 Championship. Under CONCACAF rules, making the semifinals advances a team to the World Cup. "We are very happy that we qualified," US coach Wilmer Cabrera said. "That was our objective from the very beginning.

Thursday Night MLS: Ending Early

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Red Bull NY lost defender Carlos Johnson to a straight red card for denying a goal scoring opportunity in the 2nd minute Thursday night in Kansas City, and the Wizards' Claudio Lopez converted the ensuing penalty. That would be the only goal of the game, with Kevin Hartman making two saves to keep the clean sheet.

Altidore Talks Xerez

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In his column with the New York Times' Goal blog, United States National Team forward Jozy Altidore discussed the realities of his loan move to second division Spanish club Xerez. "I know everyone has been asking about me coming to Xerez and not getting any playing time," he wrote. "My job as a player is just to play, whatever environment I'm in.

Avery John Joins DC

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Major League Soccer veteran and Trinidad & Tobago international defender Avery John is now a member of DC United, after the club obtained his rights from the New England Revolution. In exchange, New England gets a conditional draft pick in the 2010 or 2011 MLS SuperDraft. "We are pleased to be acquiring a solid veteran defender in Avery," DC United General Manager Dave Kasper said.

Garber Addresses Over-Expansion, Beckham, Schedule

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Speaking at the Associated Press Sports Editors Conference, Major League Soccer commissioner Don Garber talked about what he defines as the limits to MLS expansion. "I don't think we're near the realm of over-expansion," Garber said. "When is enough? Probably 20 teams in four to six to eight to ten years.

12 Venues Opt Out

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A dozen colleges were not interested in being considered as potential venues for the 2018 or 2022 World Cups, in an update to the list of 70 stadiums released by the United States Soccer Federation. Alabama, Auburn, BYU, LSU, Michigan State, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Penn State, SMU, Texas, Texas A&M, and Virginia Tech turned down the opportunity to host games.

The Setup: Steve Cherundolo

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Scouting Cherundolo The key to Steve's game is endurance and an understanding of the importance of his position. As a right back, he knows what is expected of him, how games are likely to develop, and - perhaps most importantly - what not to do. Even at National Team level, it is very easy for a defender to push up too far, try the tricky run, and leave his defense short if the play breaks.

Thursday's Daily: Inter-League

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With J Hutcherson -- Credit CONCACAF and their revamped Champions League for one thing: regardless of which under-achieving Mexican League club lifts the trophy next week, we won't have long to consider the state of the tournament. Unlike its predecessor, more than comfortable taking extended breaks, season two of the CONCACAF Champions League starts at the end of July.

CONCACAF Champions League: Advantage Atlante

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In the all-Mexico CONCACAF Champions League final, Atlante beat Cruz Azul on Wednesday 2-0 at Cruz Azul's Estadio Azul. Fernando Navarro scored in the 17th and Christian Bermudz got the second in the 24th minute. Rafael Marquez Lugo assisted on both goals. Atlante goes into next Wednesday's second leg at their Estadio Quintana Roo with the away goal tie-breaker in hand.

MLS Results: No Longer Perfect

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In two games across two competitions on Wednesday, Chivas USA had their undefeated streak broken and FC Dallas exits the US Open Cup. Toronto FC 1 - Chivas USA 0 First place in the Western Conference didn't hold up in Toronto on Wednesday, with Amado Guevara's goal in the 36th minute the only one of the game.

American Abroad: White Scores

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Jeremiah White scored for AGF Aarhus in Denmark and Tim Howard's Everton drew with Chelsea 0-0 in the Premier League. English Premier League Chelsea 0 - Everton 0 Both keepers needed to make four saves, and Tim Howard stood up for Everton. The result has Everton in the last UEFA Cup slot, with an eight-point gap between 6th and West Ham United in 7th.

Over 30k Sold For Chicago

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The United States Soccer Federation announced on Tuesday that over 30,000 tickets had been sold for the USA - Honduras World Cup Qualifier on June 6th at Soldier Field in Chicago. Half of those tickets were ordered from fans living over 250 miles away from Chicago. Ticket Information is available here.

Albright Out 6-8 Weeks

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The injury New England defender Chris Albright suffered in training in the run-up to last Saturday's game with DC United required surgery. Albright underwent a successful operation earlier today to repair the lateral meniscus in his left knee. After appearing in the Revolution's home opener, Albright has missed the rest of the club's games.

Working The Triangle

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By Andrew Dixon -- MIAMI, FL (Apr 22, 2009) USSoccerPlayers -- We get a little crazy with sports statistics here in the United States but we're Americans. That's what we do. Last week, Jaime Moreno became the first Major League Soccer player to score 100 goals and notch 100 assists. No doubt that some of them were probably the result of that dubious secondary assist, but nonetheless it's an impressive achievement.

Wednesday's Daily: Goals Scored

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With J Hutcherson -- In every sport with a clock, there comes a time when some coach on some team decides defense really isn't worth it, and opts to throw everything forward. The result normally cranks up the short-term entertainment value, but there's normally a hard crash courtesy of a technically better team.

U-17's Open With Big Win

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The United States Under-17 National Team beat Cuba 5-0 to start the 2009 CONCACAF U-17 Championship. Stefan Jerome opened the scoring in the 31st minute for the USA. Jack McInerney made it 2-0 four minutes later, and Sebastian Lletget added a third in the 40th minute. McInerney got his second goal of the game in the 48th, and Luis Gil added a goal to his two assists in the 63rd to finish off the scoring.

Carver Fined

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Toronto FC coach John Carver was fined $750 dollars for "public criticism of MLS officiating" by Major League Soccer's Disciplinary Committee. Carver told the Toronto Star: "I'm having a go at the referee today because his performance was a disgrace." Specifically, Carver questioned the late handball call that from referee Tim Weyland that ended up being Dallas's equalizer, along with the freekick that setup Dallas's first goal.

American Abroad: Tuesday Update

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Carlos Bocanegra will join Tim Howard as Americans Abroad playing in domestic Cup finals, and Marcus Hahnemann's Reading climb up the table in England's Championship. Coupe de France Grenoble 0 - Stade Rennes 1 Carlos Bocanegra started for Rennes who advanced to the French Cup final courtesy of Moussa Sow's goal in the 20th minute.

Tuesday's Daily: Setting Limits

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With J Hutcherson -- With at least a British government committee deciding that 6+5 is a very good idea, we get the expected statement from its developer. These recommendations are based on the need to protect national teams, promote youth development, safeguard and encourage clubs investing in training domestic talent, restore the competitiveness of competitions, and reach an harmonious development of football world-wide," FIFA president Sepp Blatter said.

$2.7 Billion Expected From 2010 TV Rights

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In a press conference, FIFA TV director Niclas Erikson announced that FIFA expects the various rights packages around the world to broadcast the 2010 World Cup will generate $2.7 billion dollars. The National Football League's domestic television contracts generate $3.085 billion a year.

Wolff Wins POTW

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Josh Wolff won Major League Soccer's Player of the Week Award after scoring two late goals in the Kansas City Wizard's 2-2 draw with the Chicago Fire. "It's always nice to received an individual honor like this," Wolff said. "Our team showed a great will to win, pushing forward those last 15 minutes.

American Abroad: Denmark And Sweden

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Marcus Tracy came on as a 60th minute substitute in AaB's 0-0 draw with Vejle in the Danish SAS-Ligaen. Fifth-place AaB now trail FC Midtjylland by seven points in fourth and leaders FC Copenhagen by twenty points. Charlie Davies scored Hammerby's second goal in their 3-1 win over Djurgarden. Toni Kuivasto put Djurgarden up 1-0 in the 12th minute.

USA Women Announce Series With Canada

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On Monday, the United States Soccer Federation confirmed that the US Women's National Team will be playing Canada in Rochester at 3pm on July 19th, and at Charleston, South Carolina's Blackbaud Stadium at 8pm on July 22nd. Both games will be televised: the Rochester game on ESPN and the Charleston game on Fox Soccer Channel.

American Abroad: Moving Up

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By Graig Carbino - ALBANY, NY (Apr 20, 2009) USSoccerPlayers -- Oguchi Onyewu's two goals this past weekend in Belgium is a quality reminder that he only has a few more weeks left in Liege. His contract is up come summer and no one thinks he'll be returning to Les Rouches. It will be interesting to see where Onyewu ends up after a few years of really solid play in the Jupiler League.

Monday's Daily: Picking Leagues

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With J Hutcherson -- For those of you otherwise occupied with the exploits of American players in Europe over the weekend or the League of your own right here in the United States, you might have missed the stories of yet another super league. This time it's British in scope, combining at least Celtic and Rangers from the Scottish Premier League with as many as 34 English clubs to form a two-tier named to be.

American Abroad: Howard Points To Research

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USA keeper Tim Howard pointed to studying the opposition for why he was able to guess correctly on two of Manchester United's penalty attempts in the penalty shootout that decided Sunday's FA Cup semifinal. Everton advanced after 120 minutes of scoreless soccer. "Technology is crazy today, you can look at the penalties from something like the last eight years," Howard told Everton's official site.

MLS Week 5: The Full Ninety

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The battle for first in the Western Conference ended up being more about who wasn't there for Seattle, while Kansas City left it late against Chicago. Elsewhere, Red Bulls keeper Jon Conway returned with a shutout against Real Salt Lake. Toronto 2 - Dallas 3 Dallas looked to be cruising late in the first half, with a 25th minute opening goal from Drew Moor and a second in the 44th from Kenny Cooper.

WPS Results: Washington Penalties

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The Freedom can't take advantage with their second chance at home and Chicago opened the Women's Professional Soccer schedule at Toyota Park. Boston 3 - Washington 1 A lively second half denied Washington their fist home win in two attempts. Kelly Smith put Boston up in the 56th minute with the first penalty kick in WPS history.

Teammates

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With some soccer teams having 15 or more players, it is natural that everyone may not always get along. However, in most cases, it is advised that you try and work things out with your teammates for the good of the team. First, you should try to identify the problem with your teammate or teammates so that you have a better idea of how you may be able to fix the problem.

Sunday's TV

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MLS on TeleFutura: Houston - Colorado at 3pm. WPS on Fox Soccer Channel: Chicago - Sky Blue FC at 6pm. FA Cup on Fox Soccer: Manchester United - Everton at 11am. EPL on Setanta: Spurs - Newcastle United at 8:30am. Russian Premier League on Setanta: Lokomotiv - Zenit St. Petersburg at 6am and Spartak Moscow - Terek at 10pm.

Friday Night MLS: New England Stays Undefeated

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On a rare night for ESPN2's MLS game of the week, DC United drew 1-1 with the Revolution at home. New England 1 - DC 1 The New England Revolution looked to be cruising to a 1-0 win on Friday night, courtesy of Shalrie Joseph's 50th minute equalizer. An injury hit Revs squad had already gotten the better of several quality DC chances in the first half, and they stopped another DC attack minutes after.

Moreno Sets New Mark For MLS

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DC United forward Jaime Moreno became the first Major League Soccer player with 100 goals and 100 career assists on Friday. Already over the century mark on goals with 122, he grabbed his hundredth assist setting up Ben Olsen's goal in stoppage time to draw 1-1 with New England. "I would have preferred to score that goal I missed but these are numbers that matter," Moreno said.

Saturday's TV

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MLS on Fox Soccer Channel: Chicago - Kansas City at 8pm. FA Cup on Setanta: Arsenal - Chelsea at noon. EPL on Setanta: Aston Villa - West Ham United at 10am, Sunderland - Hull City at 5pm, and Portsmouth - Bolton Wanderers at 8:30pm. On Fox Soccer: Stoke - Blackburn Rovers at 10am and Middlesbrough - Fulham at 4:30pm.

Friday's Daily: Who Says

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With J Hutcherson -- Imagine if English professional soccer provided the media with even close to the same access as their counterparts in Major League Soccer. It's not even that great in MLS, a step down from the bigger North American leagues, but compared to the EPL it's a world away. You can actually talk to players without going through a sponsor in North America.

RSL Wins Rights To Davies

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United States Under-20 captain Kyle Davies is now a member of Real Salt Lake, after the club won his rights through a special MLS Player Lottery. Davies played every minute of the USA's five games in the CONCACAF Under-20 championship. The 5'10" defender joins Major League Soccer from English Championship club Southampton.

FSC To Add High-Definition

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In an interview with the New York Time's Jack Bell, executive VP and general manager of Fox Sports International David Sternberg said that Fox Soccer Channel will have high definition programming by the end of 2009. "People are very keen to have FSC in HD and that's perfectly understandable," Sternberg said.

Getting The Game

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By Graig Carbino - ALBANY, NY (Apr 16, 2009) USSoccerPlayers -- I wonder sometimes about the American soccer fan. How do we define this wide-ranging crowd? To those who don't get our game, our friends and family who prefer American football or baseball or basketball, we are outsiders. Cast aside as Euro-loving snobs or ".

U-17 Squad Named For CONCACAF Championship

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Under-17 National Team coach Wilmer Cabrera has named a 20-player squad for the CONCACAF Championship in Tijuana, Mexico April 21st - May 2nd. The semifinalists qualify for the FIFA U-17 World Cup, hosted by Nigeria from Oct. 24th to Nov 15th. "We have been working for a year and a half on this roster," Cabrera said.

Cherundolo Needs Surgery - Altidore Out

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United States National Team right back Steve Cherundolo will need surgery to repair an injured hip. He is expected to miss the rest of the season with Hannover 96 and likely won't be back with club or country until late in the summer. Cherundolo attempted to play through his hip issue, but in recent weeks it became clear that surgery was the only realistic option.

Gold Cup Tickets On Sale Friday

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Tickets for the 2009 Gold Cup go on sale Friday, April 17th, at GoldCup.org. 2009 CONCACAF GOLD CUP™ GROUP A: Canada, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Jamaica GROUP B: Grenada, Haiti, Honduras, USA GROUP C: Guadeloupe, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama SCHEDULE First Round Friday, July 3 – Los Angeles (The Home Depot Center) Canada vs.

The Breaks

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By Andrew Dixon - MIAMI, FL (Apr 16, 2009) USSoccerPlayers -- I was recently interviewed by Tony McClean of the Black Athlete Sports Network for his show "Weekend Sports Rap". The focus of the interview was mainly about Blacks in the game of soccer domestically and internationally, but the discussion turned toward soccer's relatively low spot in America's sporting landscape.

Thursday's Daily: Other Cup Quarters

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With J Hutcherson -- For the neutrals among us, it's hard to care about the UEFA Cup after two days of better than expected Champions League. Far be it from me to suggest the City version of Manchester soccer setting up a valiant fightback against Hamburg isn't worth your time, but then again. I'm not setting this up as yet another reason why the UEFA Cup needs a revamp or should follow along with the.

American Abroad: Pearce Talks Future

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US National Team defender Heath Pearce talked to Goal.com's Noah Davis about his situation with Hansa Rostock, saying the club demoted him to the reserves because they didn't believe he was injured. Pearce had hurt himself in training. "For now, I'm still a contracted player at Hansa and whether I'm on the first team or second team I'm going to be working hard," he said.

The Setup: Landon Donovan

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Scouting Landon Donovan First off, Landon Donovan is not the typical target forward, but he has more goals than anybody in the history of the US National Team. How? He puts himself in positions to be the difference. Landon knows going in that he's never going to be the biggest player on the field, but that doesn't mean he can't be the best.

Toye Elected To CONCACAF Hall Of Fame

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Former North American Soccer League executive Clive Toye has been elected to the CONCACAF Hall of Fame. Toye is already a member of the National Soccer Hall of Fame class of 2003. Toye was an executive with the New York Cosmos when the decision was made to sign Pele, and later served in leadership positions with the Chicago Sting, Toronto Blizzard, and the league as interim commissioner.

American Abroad: Nordsjælland Wins

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Michael Parkhurst's FC Nordsjælland beat Esberg 2-1 on Tuesday at Bule Water Arena. Nordsjælland took an early lead through Jose Luis Junior in the 4th minute, but it didn't last long. Soren Rieks grabbed Esbjerg's equalizer in the 11th. Nordsjælland answered back when Jonathan Richter scored what would be the winning goal in the 16th minute.

Wednesday's Daily: All As All

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With J Hutcherson -- Twenty years ago, soccer gave up on trying to justify playing on when people were lying dead in a stadium. Today, we remember those that died watching a sport. The 43 people who died at Ellis Park on April 11, 2001, the 127 people who died at Accra Sports Stadium on May 9th, 2001, and the 22 who died at Felix Houphouet-Boigny Arena on March 29th, 2009.

American Abroad: Simek For Arsenal

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Sheffield Wednesday defender Frankie Simek will be working as a commentator for Arsenal's in-house subscription audio for today's Champions League quarterfinal second leg against Villarreal. Simek was an Arsenal youth player

Obama Sends Letter In Support Of World Cup Bid

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President Barack Obama has sent a letter to FIFA supporting the USA bid to host either the 2018 or 2022 tournament. The contents of the letter were given to the New York Times by the US Soccer Federation. In it, President Obama wrote: "Soccer is truly the world's sport, and the World Cup promotes camaraderie and friendly competition across the globe.

Hainault Joins Houston

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Canadian National Team defender Andrew Hainault has completed a transfer from Czech Republic club FK SIAD Most and is now a member of the Houston Dynamo. Hainault takes a senior international roster slot. He has 14 caps for Canada. "We're very pleased to officially have Andrew joining the team," Dynamo Chief Operating Officer Chris Canetti said.

Tell Me About: The Away Goals Rule

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The Away Goals Rule is a simple idea in theory, that gets confusing in practice. Normally, it only applies in a home-and-home series like the knockout stages of the UEFA Champions League and is used as a series tie-breaker. Away goals are goals scored away from your home stadium. If a series is tied on aggregate score (the combined score from both games) at the end of the second-leg, the team that scored the most.

American Abroad: Pearce Demoted

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US National Team defender Heath Pearce was officially demoted to Hansa Rostock's reserve team by manager Andreas Zachhuber for "performance reasons." Zachhuber also demoted goalkeeper Kenneth Kronholm. Pearce has had issues with Rostock management in the past and is expected to move to a new team during the summer transfer window.

Tuesday's Daily: That Second Leg

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With J Hutcherson -- The buildup is simple for this afternoon's schedule. You have to believe no lead is safe in the Champions League quarterfinal round. Chelsea was down a goal last season to Fenerbache, but they had the away goal and ended up taking the second leg 2-0. Roma had the lead against Manchester United in '07, but lost 7-1 in the second leg.

American Abroad: Own Goals

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With multiple American Abroad games featuring own-goals on Monday, it was Zak Whitbread's Millwall that got the most impressive result. ENGLAND The Championship Queens Park Rangers 3 - Sheffield Wednesday 2 Frank Simek wasn't in the squad as Wednesday lost again to a QPR team under new management. QPR's Gavin Mahon ended up scoring for both teams, giving Wednesday the lead through a 35th minute own goal.

Ricketts Named POTW, Dufty Waived

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Los Angeles Galaxy goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts was named Major League Soccer's Player of the Week for Week Four. Ricketts held Chivas USA scoreless in their 0-0 draw with the Galaxy on Saturday. In an odd week for MLS keepers, Alec Dufty was waived by Red Bull NY after playing most of Saturday's 0-0 draw with Houston.

Tell Me About: Relegation

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With the European seasons closing in on their final matchdays, here's a primer on the ideas behind relegation and why it's such a topic among American soccer fans. Simply put, promotion and relegation allows for teams to move up and down between professional divisions. No team is guaranteed a place in the top league season-to-season.

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American Abroad: Madness Winner

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By Graig Carbino - ALBANY, NY (Apr 13, 2009) USSoccerPlayers – This seems like the perfect time to finally wrap up the American Abroad March Madness tournament here at USSoccerPlayers. After what Clint Dempsey did with Fulham on Easter Sunday, is there any doubt as to who the winner is? Dempsey has eight goals and three assists in all competitions, already surpassing his offensive output from last season with six games to play.

Monday's Daily: MLS Leads

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With J Hutcherson -- The Washington Freedom got their slight return at home on Saturday night. They were the Women's United Soccer Association club that never really went away, playing on through the gap years. Whatever advantage that gave them from a marketing standpoint, they put on a good show. Playing at the extremes of what can politely be called the DC market, they had an announced crowd of 5,028 and both sides of the.

Encouraging Shooting

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Players who hesitate to shoot on goal even when it appears that they have a clear shot are obviously holding onto the ball too long. There are many drills that can help forwards and midfielders to take more shots on goal even if it doesn't look like they have a clear shot. A common misconception that many players have is that they can only take that "perfect shot," and many will wait for that very.

WPS Results: A Win And Two Draws

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Three games on Saturday, with Boston getting their first win and Washington and Sky Blue FC opening their home schedule with draws. Saint Louis 0 - Boston 2 The Breakers won at home with goals from English international Kelly Smith in the 53rd minute and US veteran Kristine Lilly in the 87th. "Obviously it's a big win.

MLS Week 4: What It Takes To Beat Seattle

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It took three weeks, but the expansion Seattle Sounders are no longer perfect in Major League Soccer. Chivas USA takes the top spot in the West, undefeated but scored upon. Dallas 1 - Toronto 1 Dwayne De Rosario gave Toronto the early lead with his 17th minute goal, starting as a forward for a new-look Toronto FC lineup.

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Sunday's TV

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EPL on Fox Soccer Channel: Manchester City - Fulham at 11am. On Setanta: Aston Villa - Everton at 12:30pm. Russian Premier League: CSKA Moscow - Lokomotiv at 6am and FC Moscow - Spartak Moscow at 6:45pm. La Liga on GolTV: Real Madrid - Valladolid at 11am, Barcelona - Recreativo at 1pm, and Deportivo La Coruna - Atletico Madrid at 3pm.

Thursday's Daily: Keeping Score

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With J Hutcherson -- See, it's the money that has to be the problem. Forbes let us know last night that Manchester United is worth more than any club in pro soccer, yet this morning multiple outlets were going through the math to figure out just how much debt it takes to be that great. Brief version, a lot.

Gulati Discusses Potential World Cup Venues

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In the follow-up to the announcement that the USA Bid Committee has sent a letter to 70 stadiums identified as potential hosts for the 2018 or 2022 World Cups, United States Soccer Federation president Sunil Gulati and USA Bid Committee executive director David Downs held a conference call on Thursday.

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American Abroad: Good Results In Denmark

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Jeremiah White and Marcus Tracy both saw playing time and all three American Abroad clubs got wins on Thursday. Danish SAS-Ligaen AGF Aarhus 1- AC Horsens 0 Peter Graulund got the only goal of the game in the 76th minute and Horsens lost Martin Spelmann to a second yellow in the 90th minute. Jeremiah White played 64 minutes before being substituted.

Garber Says DC Could Move

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Speaking to The Washington Post's Steve Goff, Major League Soccer commissioner Don Garber made it clear that without a new stadium DC United's days in the greater DC region are numbered. "We don't seem to be able to get a deal done and it could be that, if something can't be resolved, we will move the team," Garber was quoted as saying.

Friday's Daily: Outside The District

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With J Hutcherson -- I'm beginning to think DC United is following me. When I first moved to the greater DC area, I lived a couple miles from the proposed stadium site in Prince George's County. Now at least Montgomery County administrators are talking about a stadium site a couple of miles from where I sit.

The Future Of DC United

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The Setup: Oguchi Onyewu

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Scouting Onyewu Playing with his size and his skill in the air, Oguchi is unafraid to stand at the top of the box and take on the other team's best attacker with the game on the line. It's that fearlessness that keeps him in the starting eleven for club and country. Onyewu will step in against anybody, and rarely lets the referee determine how he plays his game.

American Abroad: Weekend TV

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Five games involving American Abroad clubs are available on US television this weekend, and we run through what you need to know for an All-American 5th vs 6th in England, Carlos Bocanegra in France, and a battle of the top teams in Mexico. Saturday Spurs - West Ham United 6:45pm - Setanta Jonathan Spector's West Ham United are in 7th place and seven points back of Everton a slot ahead of them.

Weekly Wrap: Worth Our While

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By Graig Carbino - ALBANY, NY (Apr 10, 2009) USSoccerPlayers -- Issues with Major League Soccer, 70 potential USA World Cup venues, and we continue on with our version of March/April American Abroad Madness. Why MLS? I cant be the only one who is finding it difficult to really get into Major League Soccer at this point, right?

Saturday's TV

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MLS on TeleFutura: Chicago - San Jose at 4pm. On Fox Soccer Channel: Houston - New York at 8:30pm. On ESPN2: Chivas USA - LA at 10:30pm. WPS on Fox Soccer: Washington - Chicago at 6pm. EPL on Setanta: Liverpool - Blackburn at 7:40am, Sunderland - Manchester United at 10am, Spurs - West Ham United at 6:45pm.

Saturday's TV

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MLS on TeleFutura: Chicago - San Jose at 4pm. On Fox Soccer Channel: Houston - New York at 8:30pm. On ESPN2: Chivas USA - LA at 10:30pm. WPS on Fox Soccer: Washington - Chicago at 6pm. EPL on Setanta: Liverpool - Blackburn at 7:40am, Sunderland - Manchester United at 10am, Spurs - West Ham United at 6:45pm.

Weekly Wrap: Worth Our While

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By Graig Carbino - ALBANY, NY (Apr 10, 2009) USSoccerPlayers -- Issues with Major League Soccer, 70 potential USA World Cup venues, and we continue on with our version of March/April American Abroad Madness. Why MLS? I cant be the only one who is finding it difficult to really get into Major League Soccer at this point, right?

American Abroad: Weekend TV

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Five games involving American Abroad clubs are available on US television this weekend, and we run through what you need to know for an All-American 5th vs 6th in England, Carlos Bocanegra in France, and a battle of the top teams in Mexico. Saturday Spurs - West Ham United 6:45pm - Setanta Jonathan Spector's West Ham United are in 7th place and seven points back of Everton a slot ahead of them.

The Setup: Oguchi Onyewu

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Scouting Onyewu Playing with his size and his skill in the air, Oguchi is unafraid to stand at the top of the box and take on the other team's best attacker with the game on the line. It's that fearlessness that keeps him in the starting eleven for club and country. Onyewu will step in against anybody, and rarely lets the referee determine how he plays his game.

The Future Of DC United

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Friday's Daily: Outside The District

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With J Hutcherson -- I'm beginning to think DC United is following me. When I first moved to the greater DC area, I lived a couple miles from the proposed stadium site in Prince George's County. Now at least Montgomery County administrators are talking about a stadium site a couple of miles from where I sit.

Garber Says DC Could Move

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Speaking to The Washington Post's Steve Goff, Major League Soccer commissioner Don Garber made it clear that without a new stadium DC United's days in the greater DC region are numbered. "We don't seem to be able to get a deal done and it could be that, if something can't be resolved, we will move the team," Garber was quoted as saying.

American Abroad: Good Results In Denmark

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Jeremiah White and Marcus Tracy both saw playing time and all three American Abroad clubs got wins on Thursday. Danish SAS-Ligaen AGF Aarhus 1- AC Horsens 0 Peter Graulund got the only goal of the game in the 76th minute and Horsens lost Martin Spelmann to a second yellow in the 90th minute. Jeremiah White played 64 minutes before being substituted.

Gulati Discusses Potential World Cup Venues

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In the follow-up to the announcement that the USA Bid Committee has sent a letter to 70 stadiums identified as potential hosts for the 2018 or 2022 World Cups, United States Soccer Federation president Sunil Gulati and USA Bid Committee executive director David Downs held a conference call on Thursday.

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Thursday's Daily: Keeping Score

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With J Hutcherson -- See, it's the money that has to be the problem. Forbes let us know last night that Manchester United is worth more than any club in pro soccer, yet this morning multiple outlets were going through the math to figure out just how much debt it takes to be that great. Brief version, a lot.

Pepsi Renews With SUM

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PepsiCo will continue their sponsorship agreement with Major League Soccer, the US Soccer Federation, and SuperLiga, Soccer United Marketing announced on Thursday. SUM represents all three properties. Pepsi has been an MLS sponsor since 1996. The new deal replaces Sierra Mist with Pepsi as the official soft drink of MLS, the USSF, and SuperLiga.

Forbes Releases Rich List

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Forbes announced its annual list of the richest clubs in World soccer, and surprising no one Manchester United is at the top. The complete list is available here. In all, nine of the top 25 are from the English Premier League, six from Germany, four from Italy, two from Spain, two from Scotland, and two from France.

American Abroad: Beasley Out For Saturday

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After suffering a rib injury early in Rangers 2-1 win over St Mirren on Wednesday, midfielder DaMarcus Beasley is expected to miss Saturday's game against Motherwell. The extent of Beasley's injury hasn't been specified, but he did require a visit to the hospital.

American Abroad Update: Edu Scores, Beasley Injured

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Maurice Edu and DaMarcus Beasley both got the start for Rangers, though Beasley's night ended early. In the Championship, Eddie Johnson scored for Cardiff and unfortunately also for Derby County. St Mirren 1 - Rangers 2 Maurice Edu took full advantage of his place in Rangers' starting eleven, scoring his first goal for the club and what would turn out to be the game winner in the 19th minute.

Trinidad Tobago Parts Ways With Maturana

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Francisco Maturana is no longer the coach of the Trinidad & Tobago National Team, with the T&T Football Federation replacing him on an interim basis with veteran midfielder Russell Latapy. Maturana and his entire staff resigned earlier today. "The TTFF wishes to thank Coach Francisco Maturana and his technical staff for their service to our nation's football these past months," the Federation said in a statement.

Bid Casts Wide Net For Venues

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The USA World Cup Bid Committee has released a list of 70 stadiums that could potentially host games if the US wins the rights to either the 2018 or 2022 tournaments. "The United States is uniquely qualified to stage the FIFA World Cup in 2018 or 2022 as demonstrated by the dozens of metropolitan markets with venues capable of staging World Cup matches in every respect, from the quality of their stadiums to their overall.

CONCACAF Champions: Defense Force

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In the mid 80's, Trinidad & Tobago's Defense Force was just that in the CONCACAF Champions Cup. What happened to the team that won the 1985 Cup and made the final in 1987 and '88? The easy answer is the TT Pro League. Since Trinidad & Tobago reworked their domestic topflight, Defense Force has faded.

Poll: Best Chance For Champions League

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American Abroad: A Shot At Euro Glory

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With the European seasons entering their final phases, what is on the line for Americans playing abroad? We take a look at who has the most left to play for over the coming weeks. ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE Aston Villa (Brad Friedel/Brad Guzan) 5th Place Manager Martin O'Neill made the bold statement by sending a B team to what would be their final UEFA Cup game.

Hartman Donates Gloves To Hall

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New Major League Soccer career saves leader Kansas City Wizards goalkeeper Kevin Hartman has donated the gloves he was wearing when he made his record setting 1,137th to the National Soccer Hall of Fame. Hartman tied and broke Tony Meola's record against Colorado on March 28th. "I am excited that the Hall of Fame will place this jersey and these gloves on display," Hartman said.

Altidore Talks Rivalries

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In an interview with FIFA.com, USA forward Jozy Altidore talked about his scoring streak with the National Team and the rivalry with Mexico: "We're not concerned about Mexico at all. Whatever's going on with them is their business. We can't focus on Mexico, El Salvador, Trinidad or anyone else - we need to focus on ourselves and the way we're playing.

USA 15th In April FIFA Ranking

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The United States moved up two more slots from 17th to 15th in the latest FIFA World Rankings. The US drew with Ecuador and beat Trinidad & Tobago in World Cup Qualifying during the rankings period. Mexico fell two slots to 25th. Top Twenty

Wednesday's Daily: Enough Defending

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With J Hutcherson -- Credit the CONCACAF Champions League for one thing, the clubs involved seem to have no problem sacrificing style points. Whether or not the 'at Mexico' jinx would have been broken had Puerto Rico actually shown up to push the offense, what we got was another exercise in one team trying desperately to defend their way to the next round.

American Abroad: Edu Up With Rangers

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US international midfielder Maurice Edu is set to start later today when Rangers play St. Mirren in the Scottish Premier League, benefitting from the Barry Ferguson fallout. Ferguson has been stripped of his captaincy and suspended along with Allan McGregor following their behavior with Scotland's National Team.

American Abroad Update: Sheffield United Wins

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On a day dominated by the UEFA Champions League, two American Abroad clubs were in action in England's Championship. Sheffield United 2 - Barnsley 1 Frank Simek's Sheffield United moved into third-place on Tuesday with a 2-1 win over Barnsley. Simek wasn't in the squad as United took a 2-0 lead late and then had to hold on.

US Open Cup: Rapids Eliminate Galaxy

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The Colorado Rapids and the Los Angeles Galaxy faced off in a US Open Cup play-in game on Tuesday night, with Colorado advancing 4-2 on penalties after the game ended 0-0. Colorado played a man down from the 36th minute when Greg Dalby was red-carded for serious foul play. The Rapids advance to face the winner of Real Salt Lake - Seattle when those teams meet on April 28th.

CONCACAF Champions League: Cruz Azul Advances

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The final of the 2009 CONCACAF Champions League will be a Mexican affair, after Cruz Azul advanced on penalties over the Puerto Rico Islanders in Mexico City on Tuesday. Carrying a two goal first leg lead, the Islanders tried to defend in numbers and absorb the Cruz Azul attack. Cristian Riveros was shown a straight red card in the 31st minute for an ill-advised slide tackle aimed at Puerto Rico keeper Bill Guadette.

DC United Stadium Update

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On Tuesday, DC United's proposed stadium in Prince George's County, Maryland took a major hit. The County Council voted 8-0 to oppose the State of Maryland from conducting a study on the stadium proposal. DC United spokesperson Doug Hicks gave the following statement following the Council's announcement: "We're, of course, disappointed at the outcome of this vote.

CONCACAF Champions League Semifinal Numbers

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Tuesday and Wednesday brings us the second legs of the CONCACAF Champions League semifinals. Puerto Rico carries a 2-0 lead into the away leg at Cruz Azul. Santos Laguna won 2-1 at home to setup the return leg at Atlante. Since this is the first season of the Champions League, we take a look back at its predecessor the CONCACAF Champions Cup to see if we can spot any trends.

American Abroad: Spector to Miss Two

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West Ham United has announced that USA international defender Jonathan Spector will miss the club's next two games after suffering a concussion against Sunderland over the weekend. Spector lost consciousness after hitting the ground hard going for a ball with Sunderland defender Tal Ben Haim in the 66th minute.

Tuesday's Daily: Chance In Mexico City

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With J Hutcherson -- We've seen this before. In a two-leg series, a club wins at home and faces a deciding game in Mexico City. They lose badly, wiping out the game one lead and sending them home. Whether it's Major League Soccer or USL-1, the result is the same. No lead is enough to contend with a Mexican League club playing at home.

Casey Wins POTW

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Colorado Rapids forward Conor Casey was named Major League Soccer's Player of the Week after scoring the second quickest goal in League history and finding the net two more times in the 3-2 win over Los Angeles. Casey scored 16 seconds into the game. Dwayne De Rosario holds the MLS record when he scored in 11 seconds in 2003.

American Abroad: Frequent Fliers

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By Graig Carbino - ALBANY, NY (Apr 6, 2009) USSoccerPlayers - It's always interesting to see how teams and individual players perform following an international fixture week. Keeping this American focused, I wonder how guys like Clint Dempsey and Carlos Bocanegra feel after traveling virtually around the world and back while playing three games in a week.

Monday's Daily: Who Shoulders

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With J Hutcherson -- If there was a sponsor willing to put some dollars behind an official Major League Soccer quote of the year, we've already had some pretty good candidates. Bruce Arena among them after his highly entertaining post game comments courtesy of LA's 3-2 loss to Colorado. Well, entertaining for everybody but the Galaxy.

MLS Week 3: Again It's Seattle

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Seattle's shutout streak continued in Week Three, with Freddy Llungberg taking Fredy Montero's place at striker and in the score sheet. Elsewhere, Colorado's Connor Casey hit a hat-trick to beat LA. Seattle 2 - Toronto 0 Kasey Keller has three shutouts in his three MLS career starts and Seattle keeps the best record in Major League Soccer with a 2-0 win over Toronto at BMO Field.

Under-20's Set For Group C

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The United States Under-20 National Team will join Germany, Cameroon, and Korea in Group C play as part of the 2009 Under-20 World Cup. The tournament kicks off in Egypt on September 24th. "It's going to be a challenge for sure, but we had the same mentality heading into the 2007 U-20 World Cup," US goalkeeper Brian Perk said.

Starting Young

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It's never too early to start your child playing soccer if he or she wants to play and isn't hampered by a medical condition. Most children of six years and under are more than willing to try a new sport or activity. Every new task they undertake at this age seems exciting and encompassing. Yet, there are some characteristics of under-six children that parents and coaches must keep in mind when watching the kids play.

Sunday's TV

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MLS on TeleFutura: New York - Chicago at 3pm. WPS on Fox Soccer Channel: FC Gold Pride - Boston Breakers at 6pm. EPL on Setanta: Everton - Wigan at 10am. On Fox Soccer: Manchester United - Aston Villa at 11am. Russian Premier League on Setanta: Lokomotiv - Krylia Sovetov at 6am and Rubin - FC Moscow at 10pm.

Where We Were: Houston... You Get The Idea

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (Apr 4, 2009) USSoccerPlayers -- It does Houston no favors to start comparing them to DC United. The '09 version of United isn't even average by Major League Soccer standards, much less DC's. Yet here was Houston on Saturday night at RFK looking like they were the stragglers.

Aguirre Named Mexico Coach

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Javier Aguirre is once again coach of the Mexican National Team, replacing Sven-Goran Eriksson who was fired after Wednesday's loss to Honduras. Aguirre was last in charge of Mexico in 2001, also after Mexico lost to Honduras. He remained in charge through the 2002 World Cup, making the final of the 2001 Copa America and the round of 32 in the '02 World Cup.

Saturday's TV

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MLS on Fox Soccer Channel: Toronto - Seattle at 3:30pm. EPL on Setanta: Blackburn Rovers - Spurs at 7:40am, Arsenal - Manchester City at 10am, West Ham United - Sunderland at 6:45pm, and Hull - Portsmouth at 8:30pm. On Fox Soccer: Newcastle United - Chelsea at 10am, Fulham - Liverpool at 12:30pm, and West Bromwich Albion - Stoke City at 6:30pm.

Berhalter Move Official

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US National Team veteran defender Gregg Berhalter is now a member of the Los Angeles Galaxy, after completing a move from 1860 Munich. "I'm really excited to be back in the US and to be joining the Galaxy," Berhalter said. "I always wanted to play in MLS and the timing was perfect. I'd like to thank Bruce Arena and the entire Galaxy management for making this happen, and I'm looking forward to having success here.

Columbus 1 - Real Salt Lake 4

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Real Salt Lake forward Robbie Findley put his club up early, scoring in the 2nd minute. Columbus drew even in the 22nd through Jason Garey, but it was Findley's night. Scoring in the 29th and 62nd minutes, Findley completed the first hat-trick in Real Salt Lake history. Kyle Beckerman added a fourth in the 67th.

Friday's Daily: Strategy And Change

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With J Hutcherson -- Here's the problem with those trying to temper whatever enthusiasm anyone might have following the USA's 3-0 win over Trinidad Tobago on Wednesday. Most of us get that away games are still an issue, along with squad selection, substitution polices, and basic tactics. What some of us also get is there aren't a lot of choices.

Madness, The Nats, And Mexico

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By Graig Carbino - ALBANY, NY (Apr 3, 2009) USSoccerPlayers -- Good afternoon everyone and happy Friday. American Abroad Final Four Not a ton of response to our elite 8 from last week, so it's time to improvise and pick the final four "Yanks Abroad" still standing. Let's try this on and see how it fits: 1 Clint Dempsey vs.

Eriksson Sacked By Mexico

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Former England National Team coach Sven-Goran Eriksson is now the former Mexico National Team coach. Eriksson was relieved of his position on Thursday, following his team's 3-1 loss to Honduras on Wednesday. "This morning we talked to Mr. Eriksson and announced his departure," Mexican Football Federation president Justino Compean said.

United States Drawn Into Gold Cup Group B

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The US National Team will play Grenada, Haiti, and Honduras in Group B of the 2009 Gold Cup. The United States opens in Seattle at 9pm ET on July 4th. They then face Honduras on July 8th in Washington, DC, and conclude group play against Haiti on July 11th at Gillette Stadium outside of Boston. Complete Gold Cup Schedule GROUP A: Canada, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Jamaica GROUP B: Grenada, Haiti, Honduras, USA GROUP C:.

Thursday's Daily: Get Back

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With J Hutcherson -- If we've learned one thing from El Salvador and now Trinidad Tobago, it's that at least three National Team goalkeepers in the region treat their line like a formality. It's there, but not necessarily for them. El Salvador used two keepers on Saturday, and both decided they should be playing higher in the penalty area.

CONCACAF Results: Bad Night For Mexico

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By Clemente Lisi - NEW YORK, NY (Apr 2, 2009) USSoccerPlayers -- While the US remains in first place in CONCACAF World Cup qualifying after a comfortable 3-0 win over Trinidad Tobago in Nashville on Wednesday, MExico and El Salvador fell off the pace with away losses. Costa Rica remain in second after a 1-0 win over El Salvador in San Jose, while Mexico's poor qualifying form continued with a 3-1 loss in Honduras.

USA 3 - Trinidad Tobago 0

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The United States picked up three more points on the road to qualifying for next summer's World Cup, beating Trinidad Tobago 3-0 in Nashville on Wednesday night. Jozy Altidore had all three goals after getting the start, scoring in the 13th, 71st, and 89th minutes. Altidore wasn't the only change for the USA, with DaMarcus Beasley moving to left back, Landon Donovan dropping to left midfield, and Altidore partnering with Brian Ching up top.

Montero Gets Player Of The Month

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With three goals in two games, Seattle midfielder Fredy Montero was named Major League Soccer's Player of the Month for March. Fellow Seattle Sounder Kasey Keller won the weekly award. With Montero winning Player of the Week in Week 1, Seattle takes all the player awards for the opening month of the 2009 MLS season.

The Points

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This column will observe a moment of silence for those who died in Abidjan, Ivory Coast on Saturday. Thank you. By Andrew Dixon - MAIMI, FL (Apr 1, 2009) USSoccerPlayers -- I've been cranking a lot of old school hip hop recently. In fact it was the late Professor X (the Overseer) who summed up what I was thinking as the US gets ready to welcome Trinidad and Tobago to Nashville tonight.

Wednesday's Daily: The Restarts

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With J Hutcherson -- Big night Nashville style... whatever that means. For the United States National Team, it should be a quality attempt towards working their strengths with a first choice eleven. Quality keeping, solid defending, and working a midfield that's equally adept at attack and defense. USA soccer got past the 'athleticism' tag a long time ago, replacing it with soccer knowledge, speed, and the ability to take their game to an opponent quickly.

Berhalter Released from 1860 Munich

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Gregg Berhalter is no longer a member of 1860 Munich, after the club and player agreed to end his contract early. Berhalter is expected to sign a two-year deal with Major League Soccer and go through the allocation process. Reports have him ending up with the Los Angeles Galaxy.img src="http://feeds2.

Live: United States - Trinidad Tobago

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