USSoccerPlayers Archives for January 2009

National Team Media Session

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No Luck For Americans In Cup Finals

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In hot conditions in London and Glasgow, it ended up being only Tim Howard making the squad for a Cup Final. In Scotland, Maruice Edu's injury cost him his normal place in Rangers' starting eleven and DaMarcus Beasley wasn't included in the squad. England FA Cup Final Chelsea 2 - Everton 1 With field temperatures getting to 105 degrees, Louis Saha put Everton up a goal twenty-five seconds into Saturday's FA Cup Final against Chelsea,.

Red Bulls Stadium Update

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The Red Bulls players tour the new stadium for the first time Courtesy of the Newark Star Ledger

National Team Practice

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Saturday's TV

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Major League Soccer on Fox Soccer Channel: Seattle - Columbus at 10pm. FA Cup Final on Fox Soccer and Setanta: Chelsea - Everton at 10am. La Liga on GolTV: Deportivo - Barcelona at 3pm and Atletico Madrid - Almeria at 5pm. Ligue 1 on Setanta: Caen - Bordeaux at 3pm. Colombian League on GolTV: Tolima - Once Caldas at 7:10pm and Cucuta - Junior at 9:15pm.

What's Happening DC?

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By Andrew Dixon - MIAMI, FL (May 29, 2009) USSoccerPlayers -- About a year or so ago, I wrote about the end of the Major League Soccer season and how I was glad that there were several unresolved questions lingering. The MLS equivalent of a dramatic series cliff hanger. It gave MLS fans things to ponder during the off season and built up the start of Season 14.

Bradley Previews Costa Rica And Honduras

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In a media call on Friday, United States National Team coach Bob Bradley discussed the upcoming World Cup Qualifiers and the team's preparations for the Confederations Cup. "We certainly view these two games as being very very important," Bradley said. "We've had a good start. These two games finish up the first half of the final round and obviously Costa Rica and Honduras are tough opponents.

Sawyers And Sky Blue Part Ways

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After being suspended before the start of last week's game in DC, Sky Blue FC coach Ian Sawyers has been officially fired by the club as coach and general manager. "The disagreements between the coach, team, and management made it impossible to move forward successfully," Sky Blue CEO and president Thomas Hofstetter said in a press statement.

Friday's Daily: Playing The Advantage

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With J Hutcherson -- Let's just run through some intriguing thinking courtesy of our friends in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales. Presented with an offer to field an English team as a British entry for the London Olympic soccer tournament, the other Home Nations responded about like you would think.

American Abroad: UNAM Pumas Take Lead

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Jose Francisco Torres played the full ninety in the first leg of the Mexican League final for Pachuca, but it was UNAM Pumas taking the early lead 1-0 at their Olímpico Universitario. Dante Lopez got the only goal of the game in the 21st minute. Sergio Bernal recorded the shutout with four saves. The second leg is Sunday at Pachuca's Nuevo Hidalgo.

Chicago Wins On Late Penalty

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The Chicago Fire remain undefeated in Major League Soccer, beating League leaders Chivas USA 3-2 on Thursday night. Paulo Nagamura put Chivas USA up a goal in the 16th minute, with Chicago equalizing in the 25th through a Cuauhtémoc Blanco penalty. Chivas USA got the lead back when Maykel Galindo converted a penalty in the 37th, and appeared to be on their way to the win.

American Abroad: Edu Status In Doubt

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United States and Rangers midfielder Maurice Edu might not be able to go for Saturday's Scottish Cup final. Edu is recovering from a leg injury suffered in Rangers' last league game of the season against Dundee United on Sunday. "We've got one or two injury problems - Pedro (Mendes) has a knock on his knee and thigh, as has Maurice," Rangers manager Ally McCoist told the club's official site.

Lippi Names 13 Players For Confeds Cup

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Italy coach Marcello Lippi has named the following 13 players to his roster for the Confederations Cup. Goalkeepers: Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus), Marco Amelia (Palermo) Defenders: Fabio Cannavaro (Real Madrid), Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus), Gianluca Zambrotta (Milan) Midfielders: Mauro Camoranesi (Juventus), Daniele De Rossi (Roma), Simone Pepe (Udinese), Andrea Pirlo (Milan) Forwards: Alberto Gilardino (Fiorentina), Vincenzo Iaquinta (Juventus), Fabio Quagliarella (Udinese), Luca Toni (Bayern Munich) The final ten players will come from his 21-man squad for the.

Nowak Resigns From US National Team

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United States National Team top assistant and Olympic coach Peter Nowak has resigned, with the expectation that he will be announced as the Philadelphia Union's head coach on Friday. The Union begin play in Major League Soccer in 2010. "On behalf of the coaching staff, we want to thank Peter for all of his efforts with US Soccer.

DC - Real Madrid Set For August 9th

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DC United has announced that they will play Real Madrid on August 9th at FedEx Field. "This is an exciting opportunity for D.C. United and our fans," said United President Kevin Payne. "We played a terrific match with Real Madrid in Seattle two years ago, and the largest soccer crowd in Qwest Field history watched us come from behind in a 1-1 draw.

Donovan And Hamm Join Bid Committee

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Landon Donovan and Mia Hamm are now part of the Board of Directors for the USA bid to host the 2018 or 2022 World Cup. "The US Soccer Federation has been an instrumental part of my development as a soccer player for more than a decade, so it's an honor for me to be asked to join the USA Bid to host the FIFA World Cup in 2018 or 2022," said Donovan.

ESPN Confirms National Team Schedule

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Next week's Costa Rica - USA game will be shown live on ESPN. ESPN and ESPN2 will be carrying all the Confederations Cup games from South Africa next month. Costa Rica - USA June 3rd San Jose, Costa Rica 10pm - ESPN USA - Honduras June 6th Chicago, IL 8pm - ESPN Classic/Galavision Tickets USA - Italy June 15th Pretoria, South Africa 2:30pm - ESPN USA - Brazil June 18th Pretoria, South Africa 10am -.

Thursday's Daily: Style Points

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With J Hutcherson -- Manchester United's normal response to failure is to spend tens of millions on players. This time, they have a built-in excuse courtesy of UEFA discipline. Darren Fletcher was suspended, and he becomes the would-be difference. "I thought before the game it may have been a problem," Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson told the club's official site.

Columbus Beats San Jose

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The Columbus Crew got three points at home on Wednesday night, beating San Jose 2-1 in front of 8,793 at Crew Stadium. San Jose took the lead in the 23rd minute though Ryan Johnson, but only held it for six minutes before Eddie Gaven equalized. Guillermo Barros Schelotto scored the game winner one minute into the second half.

Honduras Roster

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Goalkeepers: Noel Valladares, Júnior Morales, Ricardo Canales Defenders: Mario Beata, Víctor Bernárdez, Erick Norales, Osman Chávez, Maynor Figueroa, Oscar Bonieck, Emilio Izaguirre, Mauricio Sabillón Midfielders: Amado Guevara, Ramón Núñez, Roger Espinoza, Wilson Palacios, Hendry Thomas, Julio de León, Danilo Turcios Forwards: Georgie Welcome, Allan Lalín, Carlo Costly, Carlos Pavón, Walter Martínez.

Franklin Out For LA

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Bad news for Bruce Arena and the LA Galaxy, with 2008 Major League Soccer Rookie of the Year Sean Franklin expected to need 4-6 months of recovery following surgery to repair a torn right upper hamstring tendon. Franklin missed part of the preseason after needing surgery for a bilateral sports hernia.

Champions League: Minute By Minute

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By Graig Carbino - ALBANY, NY (May 27, 2009) -- European soccer's 54th final has now officially been decided. The epic battle pitting Manchester United against Barcelona in Rome is in the books. If you haven't seen it yet, hold off on reading further. Once you've had a chance to review the tape come on back and tell us what you thought.

Seattle Joins DC In Open Cup

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The Seattle Sounders took the other US Open Cup slot on Tuesday, beating Colorado 1-0 in front of 4,007 fans in Tukwila, Washington. Kevin Forrest got the only goal of the game in the 62nd minute. Kasey Keller made four saves to pick up the shutout.

Oduro Traded To Houston

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Dominic Oduro is now a member of Houston after Red Bull NY traded him for a 2010 first round pick and a 2011 second round pick. "We played against him several times when he was in Dallas, and he always performed well," Dynamo head coach Dominic Kinnear said. "His pace really stands out. He will definitely be a good addition to the team.

National Team Players Predict Champs League

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Wednesday's Daily: The Latest Glory Game

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With J Hutcherson -- Just for a second, let's aside those utterly conflicted because Barcelona and Manchester United are among their very favorite teams in the whole wide world. What's in this afternoon's Champions League final for those that have resisted the charms of these particular super clubs? There are those who would have us believe that Barcelona will shirk their creative tendencies and "do whatever it takes.

Glen Officially Joins San Jose

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After several days of rumors, Trinidad & Tobago international Cornell Glen is officially back in Major League Soccer as a member of the San Jose Earthquakes. This is his sixth MLS team since exiting the League in 2006. He has been with San Juan Jabloteh in the Trinidad & Tobago league. Glen has 55 caps for the Soca Warriors,including three games in the 2006 World Cup.

Bradley Talks To FIFA.com

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With US National Team camp getting underway in advance of the June 3rd and June 6th World Cup Qualifiers, USA coach Bob Bradley talked to FIFA.com about the state of the team and the road ahead. "The focus has to be the same as always," Bradley said. "We need the get the details right for the first game, and that won't be easy because it's always tough to play in Costa Rica.

Tuesday's Daily: Playing At It

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With J Hutcherson -- Shocked looks all around, but rumors in Newcastle have former Toronto FC coach John Carver taking the first team job at Newcastle United as part of manager Alan Shearer's revamped staff. For that scenario to play out, Shearer would need to sign a new contract with the club. Meanwhile, there are still those propping up a few theories about Carver's exit from Major League Soccer.

US Women 4 - Canada 0

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The United States Women's National Team beat Canada 4-0 on Monday night in a friendly at BMO Field in Toronto. Shannon Boxx opened the scoring for the USA in the third minute, with Christie Rampone making it 2-0 in first half stoppage time. Lindsay Tarpley scored in the 78th minute and Lauren Cheney finished off the US offense in the 81st.

Tim Howard's SportsCenter Profile

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American Abroad Report Card

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By Graig Carbino - ALBANY, NY (May 25, 2009) -- English Premier League: Tim Howard was in goal for Everton in their 2-0 win over Fulham. Leon Osman scored twice for the Toffees. Clint Dempsey started and played the full match for Fulham. Everton and Fulham will both play in the Europa League next season after finishing 5th and 7th respectively.

WPS Update: Interim Change In Jersey

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With the WPS lineups missing players for Monday's USA - Canada game, Saint Louis and Los Angeles got away wins. The story of the weekend happened before the start of the Saint Louis - DC game when coach Ian Sawyer was suspended indefinitely by the club. Sky Blue FC 1 - Washington 2 Missing Abby Wambach to National Team duty and playing for the first time this season at RFK Stadium, Washington got goals from.

MLS Week 10: Memorial Day Edition

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New England 1 - Toronto 3 Shalrie Joseph gave the Revs the lead in the 13th, but it only lasted a minute. Amado Guevera scored in the 14th. Dwyane De Rosario put Toronto up in the 67th, and Guevara got his second goal of the game in the 70th minute in front of 20,478 at BMO Field. "It wasn't a great game," Toronto coach Chris Cummins said.

Monday's Daily: Complications

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With J Hutcherson -- Let's compare two quotes from high level coaches. This is the Orlando Magic's Stan Van Gundy asked to comment on the officiating after last night's game three: "You write a column. The league won't fine you $25,000. You guys see it. Write what you saw." This is LA Galaxy coach Bruce Arena in an MLSnet column: "I have not read an article or heard from anybody who knows a whole lot.

Pachuca Advances On Aggregate

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Jose Francisco Torres started and played 72 minutes as Pachuca took their slot in the Mexican Clausura final on Sunday night. It wasn't easy, with Indios winning 3-2 on the night but losing 4-3 on aggregate. Jose Cardenas put Pachuca up a goal in the 13th, but Indios responded with three goals of their own.

Costa Rica's World Cup Qualifying Squad

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Goalkeepers: Daniel Cambronero (Puntarenas), Ricardo Gonzalez (Herediano), Keilor Navas (Saprissa) Defenders: Dario Delgado (Puntarenas), Junior Diaz (Wisla Krakow, Poland), Freddy Fernandez (Perez Zeledon), Dennis Marshall (Herediano), Gonzalo Segares (Chicago, Major League Soccer), Esteban Sirias (Liberia), Michael Umana (Ramonense), Harold Wallace (Liberia) Midfielders: Armando Alonso (Saprissa), Cristian Bolanos (Start, Norway), Celso Borges (Fredrikstad, Norway), Pablo Brenes (Brujas), Walter Centeno (Saprissa), Esteban Granados (Cartagines), Warren Granados (Ramonense), Carlos Hernandez (Melbourne, Australia), Pablo Herrera (Alajuelense), Cristian Oviedo (Alajuelense).

Onyewu, Edu, And Beasley Are Champions

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Oguchi Onyewu's Standard Liege won a two-game playoff series against Anderlecht to take the Belgian title, while Rangers won the Scottish Premier League. Meanwhile, Millwall remains in League 1 after losing their playoff final to Scunthorpe United. Standard Liege 1 - Anderlecht 0 In what was likely Oguchi Onyewu's last game for Liege, the club won their second consecutive Jupiler League title.

The Volley

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In soccer, the "volley" usually refers to a type of kick that is taken when the ball is in the air. Generally, a player will take a volley when the ball is coming at them via an air ball. Instead of trapping the ball and then passing or dribbling it, the player will perform a trap and pass (or shot) in one movement.

USA Announces Roster On SportsCenter

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With two World Cup Qaulifiers on the schedule, the United States announced the roster that will face Costa Rica and Honduras on June 3rd and 6th. US National Team and Everton keeper Tim Howard was profiled on SportsCenter in the run up to Everton's FA Cup final. Keepers: Brad Guzan, Tim Howard Defenders: Carlos Bocanegra, Jonathan Bornstein, Danny Califf, Jay DeMerit, Frankie Hejduk, Oguchi Onyewu, Heath Pearce, Jonathan Spector, Marvell Wynne Midfielders: Freddy Adu, DaMarcus.

Sunday's TV

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MLS on TeleFutura: Chicago - New York at 3pm. WPS on Fox Soccer: FC Gold Pride - Los Angeles at 7pm. EPL on Setanta: Aston Villa - Newcastle at 11am, Sunderland - Chelsea at 1pm, Arsenal - Stoke at 2:45pm, Blackburn - West Bromwich Albion at 4:30pm, Manchester City - Bolton at 6:15pm, and Fulham - Everton at 8pm.

Costa Rica World Cup Qualifying Roster

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Costa Rica faces the United States on June 3rd in San Jose, Costa Rica. Costa Rican clubs Liberia and Herediano are currently at odds with the Costa Rican Federation over whether or not their players should be required to attend National Team camp. Those two clubs are set to play a two-game series to decide the Costa Rican champion, scheduled for Sunday and Wednesday.

Saturday's TV

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MLS on Fox Soccer Channel: Chivas USA - Kansas City at 8pm. League 2 playoff final on Setanta: Shrewsbury - Gillingham at 6:45pm. Bundesliga on GolTV: VfL Wolfsburg - Werder Bremen and Bayern Munich - Stuttgart starting at 11:30am. La Liga on GolTV: Barcelona - Osasuna at 3pm and Villarreal - Valencia at 5pm.

FC Dallas Schedules Herediano Friendly

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Dallas will play Costa Rican league finalists Club Sport Herediano on June 10th at Pizza Hut Park. "We're very excited to be playing CS Herediano from Costa Rica," said FC Dallas Head Coach Schellas Hyndman. "They're a very good team and this gives our players an extra opportunity to face quality competition.

Friday's Daily: Leaving It Very Late

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With J Hutcherson -- Newcastle United may end up the latest to demonstrate a very simple point for fans of the promotion and relegation system. No team has a right to anything except a schedule from year to year. Te level where those games are played is not necessarily a given. Some of you might remember Newcastle when they were the team just out of reach of the Champions League but still in contention.

American Abroad: Pachuca Wins First Leg

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Pachuca took a 2-0 lead in their Mexican League playoff series against Ciudad Juarez on Thursday night. Christian Gimenez scored in the 17th minute and Luis Montes got the second in the 85th at the Olimpico Benito Juarez. Jose Francisco Torres started and played 78 minutes.

Brazil's Confederations Cup Roster

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Goalkeepers: Julio Cesar (Inter Milan), Gomes (Tottenham Hotspur), Victor (Gremio) Defenders: Maicon (Inter Milan), Daniel Alves (Barcelona), Alex (Chelsea), Juan (AS Roma), Lucio (Bayern Munich), Luisao (Benfica), Kleber (Internacional), Andre Santos (Corinthians). Midfielders: Anderson (Manchester United), Gilberto Silva (Panathinaikos), Josue (VfL Wolfsburg), Ramires (Cruzeiro), Elano (Manchester City), Felipe Melo (Fiorentina), Julio Baptista (AS Roma), Kaka (AC Milan) Forwards: Alexandre Pato (AC Milan), Luis Fabiano (Sevilla), Nilmar (Internacional), Robinho (Manchester City).

American Abroad: Belgian Title Series Even

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Oguchi Onyewu's Standard Liege drew 1-1 away to Anderlecht in the opener of the two-game series to decide the Jupiler League title. Jonathan Legear scored for Anderlecht in the 51st minute and Dieumerci Mbokani got Liege's equalizer in the 60th. Liege hosts the deciding game this Sunday.

Howard On Sportscenter

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The Blanco Issue

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By Graig Carbino - ALBANY, NY (May 21, 2009) USSoccerPlayers -- In case you might have missed it amongst all the "end of the European season, Champions League, looking forward to summer international soccer" fervor, there is a familiar face heading back into Mexican National team camp for upcoming World Cup qualifiers in early June.

Chang Now Majority Investor/Operator Of DC United

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Victor MacFarlane announced on Thursday that he has sold his stake in DC United to his co-investor/operator Will Chang. "It has been an exciting and challenging last few years for DC United," MacFarlane said in a press statement. "I have been so positively impressed with the limitless support of our fans, as well as the community, who all so energetically have voiced their desire to keep the team in the area.

Thursday's Daily: Important Questions

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With J Hutcherson -- I know it predates the fun and excitement of England officially announcing what we already knew - that yes indeed they will be bidding for the 2018 (very much so) or 2022 (not their preferred time slot) World Cups - but... they might want to reconsider their responses to seven very important questions.

Friedel: We're Playing For Fifth

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Former US National Team keeper Brad Friedel is not holding back on what he expects from his Aston Villa teammates in their last game of the season on Sunday. A win against Newcastle United and an Everton tie or loss against Fulham would mean Villa moves from sixth to fifth. "Our form has been a bit disappointing recently, but we are still fighting for a fifth-place finish and that might not bode well for Newcastle.

DC United Advances To Open Cup

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DC United's 5-3 win over Red Bull NY on Wednesday means the 2008 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup champions will have a shot at defending their title. United becomes the first team to advance through the MLS Play-In. Going with a mix of regulars and reserves, DC got on the board early and often. Chris Pontius opened the scoring in the 8th minute, Thabiso Khumalo followed in the 18th, Brandon Barklage scored in the 21st,.

DC United Wins Third Consecutive Goal Of The Week

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This time it was United midfielder Santino Quaranta's turn. His 30-yard shot in the 85th minute of DC's 2-2 draw with Chivas USA won Major League Soccer's Goal Of The Week award. This is the third in a row for DC United.

MLS Disciplinary Committee Acts On Rojas, Joy

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Major League Soccer's Disciplinary Committee fined New York Red Bulls midfielder Jorge Rojas $1000 dollars and added a game to his suspension from a red card received on May 16th against Houston. Rojas was carded for violent conduct in the 34th minute and did not leave the field in a timely manner. Real Salt Lake defender Ian Joy was fined $500 dollars for "inappropriate comments directed at the officiating crew at halftime of Real Salt.

Wednesday's Daily: Open And UEFA

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With J Hutcherson -- Tonight's unavailable on television match between Red Bull NY and DC United at RFK Stadium awards the lucky winner with a spot in the US Open Cup proper. Both had to win one whole game to advance. One could easily imagine that the losers on their side of the MLS Play-In bracket aren't exactly crushed that their campaign ended early.

American Abroad: Cervi Close To Joining Celtic

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Dominic Cervi has finally gotten his Italian passport, allowing him to join Scottish Premier League club Celtic. The move was originally announced in September, but Cervi has been waiting to get his passport in order to join the club. Cervi qualified for an Italian passport through his grandparents, allowing him to bypass the need for a work permit.

Garber Talks Referees

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In his latest MLSnet column, Major League Soccer commissioner Don Garber wrote about the officiating issues the League has faced in season 14. "Clearly, in recent weeks there have been too many MLS games with multiple yellow cards and in some instances red cards," Garber wrote. We often hear phrases like "the referee is a good player manager" or the "referee is losing control" of the game.

The Captain's Armband

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With Carlos Bocanegra in place as the regular National Team captain during the Bob Bradley era, we look back at the players who wore the armband from the 80's up to France '98. Prior to the Bruce Arena era records are a little more difficult to find regarding captains. Oftentimes, decisions on who would captain wouldn't be made until just prior to the game.

Tuesday's Daily: Low Risk Bidding

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With J Hutcherson -- One aspect of FIFA's decision to award World Cup hosting rights years early is that nothing changes between now and then. At least nothing fundamental enough to call decisions into question. At a time when discussions are being held about fundamentally changing the Premier League system, England's bid becomes an interesting counterpoint.

American Abroad: Denmark, Italy, And Sweden

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Michael Parkhurst's FC Nordsjaelland beat Velje 4-1 on Tuesday in the Danish SAS-Ligaen. Bajram Fetai opened the scoring for Nordsjaelland in the 10th and Valentino Lai grabbed Velje's equalizer sixteen minutes later. In the second half, it was all Nordsjaelland. Fetai scored his second in the 49th, Jonathan Richter got a goal in the 60th, and Fetai finished off his hat trick in the 90th minute.

Wolff Wins POTW

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Josh Wolff's two goals in Kansas City's 2-0 win over Real Salt Lake got him his second MLS Player of the Week Award for 2009. He now has six goals for the season. "Playing up top, scoring goals often comes down to the service you receive," Wolff said. "My teammates have provided me with great passes, allowing me to do my job and put balls into the back of the net.

Taking Attendance

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"13 years deep in this marathon I'm runnin'" De La Soul, Trying People By Andrew Dixon - MIAMI, FL (May 18, 2009) USSoccerPlayers -- When Major League Soccer began play in '96, there was a lot of negative energy thrown its way. Just the thought of maintaining a soccer league in the United States seemed like a long shot.

Philadelphia WPS Will Be Independence

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The eighth Women's Professional Soccer club has a name and logo. The Philadelphia Independence begin play in 2010. Along with the name and their yellow, steel grey, and light blue color scheme, the club also announced their motto: "We the People." "Today's announcement marks the beginning of what will be a permanent and proud presence in Philadelphia professional sports," said David Halstead, Independence CEO/President.

Leadership Change At Soccer Hall

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The National Soccer Hall of Fame's Board of Directors have replaced outgoing president and chief operating officer Steve Baumann with Jonathan Ullman, previously the Hall's vice president of operations and business development. Ullman has been in that position for 18 months. "The National Soccer Hall of Fame is a wonderful organization with the important mission of celebrating exceptional individuals and their accomplishments in the beautiful game of soccer," Ullman said.

American Abroad: Closing Out

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By Graig Carbino - ALBANY, NY (May 18, 2009) USSoccerPlayers -- We are getting an up close and personal lesson of a team not quite making it back to the summit and their over-blown reaction to a tough failure. Reading FC of the English Championship flew out of the gates in 2008 and looked all set to make their return to the Premiership next season.

Monday's Daily: More Games, More Ties

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With J Hutcherson -- Go ahead and blame me for jinxing the League of Ties into throwing up five draws in seven games over the weekend. For those keeping score at home, clubs with ties are now ahead of clubs with wins 54 to 41. That's 27 games ending even, and we're now 30 away from last season's grand total with over five months left to play.

WPS Update: Three In Three

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Women's Professional Soccer went with a game a day Friday to Sunday. The weekend's shock result was in Bridgeview, where FC Gold Pride won on the road. Sky Blue FC 1 - Los Angeles 1 Marta scored for the Sol in the 80th minute, taking the best opportunity of the game and turning it into three points. "Even though it was an individual play that I scored the goal on, it was the result of.

MLS Week 9: Happy Birthdays

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Major League Soccer's 2009 trend continued in Week 9, with five of the seven games splitting the points. John Wolyniec's equalizer for New York was the 7000th goal in League history and two MLS players celebrated their birthdays with goals. Chicago 2 - Toronto 0 Chris Rolfe gave the Fire their opener in the 59th minute and Brian McBride put himself top of the Budweiser Golden Boot table with his 81st minute goal.

American Abroad: Mexico

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The last member of the US National Team standing in Mexico's Clausera playoffs is Jose Francisco Torres, who got 29 minutes of work against Chiapas. Pachuca closed out the two-game series with a 2-0 win. Gabriel Caballero scored in the 44th minute and Christian Gimenez got their second in the 49th, to take the series 5-1 on aggregate.

Juggling

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Did you know in 1995 that a player from the Ukraine juggled a ball for over 24 hours straight to set a world record? It's a pretty amazing feat, but it shows what you can do when you have complete mastery of controlling a soccer ball (and a lot of free time). Odds are that you will never have to dribble (or do anything else) for 24 hours straight, especially since soccer matches only last.

Sunday's TV

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MLS on TeleFutura: Columbus - Los Angeles at 3pm. WPS on Fox Soccer: Boston - Washington at 6pm. EPL on Setanta: West Bromwich Albion - Liverpool at 8:30am. On Fox Soccer: Chelsea - Blackburn at 11am. Football Conference playoff final on Setanta: Cambridge - Torquay at 11am. Russian Premier League on Setanta: Lokomotiv - Terek at 6:30am and CSKA Moscow - Zenit St Petersburg at 10pm.

Blanco Returns To Mexican National Team

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Chicago Fire midfielder Cuauhtémoc Blanco has been recalled to Mexico's National Team by new coach Javier Aguirre for the June 6th and 10th World Cup Qualifiers. "The National Team manager is giving me another opportunity, and as I've said before, if I were called up, I'd be there," Blanco said. "Today I'm given the opportunity to again be with the National Team, and we have to do things right so the Mexican National Team heads.

Saturday's TV

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MLS on Fox Soccer Channel: Chivas USA - DC United at 10:30pm. EPL on Setanta: Manchester United - Arsenal at 7:40am, Newcastle United - Fulham at 10am, Middlesbrough - Aston Villa at 6:45pm, and Bolton Wanderers - Hull at 8:30pm. On Fox Soccer: Spurs - Manchester City at 10am, Everton - West Ham United at noon and Stoke City - Wigan Athletic at 6:30pm.

Disciplinary Committee Acts on Pitchkolan

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San Jose Earthquakes defender Aaron Pitchkolan has been fined $250 dollars and suspended from the Earthquakes May 23rd game against Houston. Though the match official chose not to act, Major League Soccer's Disciplinary Committee decided to act over Pitchkolan's foot making contact with Macoumba Kandji's head in the 59th minute of the Earthquakes' game with New York last Friday.

Hahnemann Exits Reading

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As part of the fallout for failing to win promotion through the Championship playoffs, Reading has announced the club won't renew goalkeeper Marcus Hahnemann's contract. "Marcus has been a tremendously consistent and reliable goalkeeper for many years, and has without doubt been one of our most important players in the last decade," Reading director of football Nick Hammond said.

Friday's Daily: All Even

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With J Hutcherson -- If tomorrow night's first vs first game ends in a tie, nobody following Major League Soccer should be all that surprised. The season of draws has already thrown up 44 ties from 122 games. What's one more for what should be an early highlight, Western Conference leaders Chivas USA hosting Eastern Conference leaders DC United (Saturday, 11pm - Fox Soccer Channel).

American Abroad: Playoffs In England And Mexico

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Zak Whitbread's Millwall are heading to the First Division playoff final in England. Meanwhile, Jose Francisco Torres scored for Pachuca in the Mexican League playoffs. ENGLAND Leeds United 1 - Millwall 1 A draw was as good as a win for Millwall in the second leg of the League 1 playoffs series against Leeds United, with Millwall advancing to the playoff final 2-1 on aggregate.

MLS Announces SuperLiga Field

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The third year of SuperLiga kicks off on Saturday, June 20th, and runs until August 5th. This year there tournament features the top MLS clubs not playing in the CONCACAF Champions League. The same system was in play for the Mexican clubs, but the clubs had the right to decline the invitation. Group A Group B Chicago Fire (USA1) Chivas USA (USA 2) San Luis (MEX1) Tigres (MEX3) New England Revolution (USA2) Kansas City Wizards.

Thursday's Daily: Combo

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With J Hutcherson -- There's at least the beginnings of a lesson for Major League Soccer in the aftermath of the Washington Capitals exiting the playoffs. DC apparently likes it when their arena teams are winning, and responds accordingly to the Caps and the Wizards. As the Wizards have already demonstrated, the general interest also responds accordingly when the team isn't doing so well.

Toronto Wins In Nutralite

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Toronto FC won their second game of the Nutralite Canadian Championship, beating Montreal 1-0 on Wednesday night at BMO Field. Chad Barrett got the only goal of the game in the 35th minute after coming on as a 16th minute substitute for the injured Marvell Wynne. Stefan Frei needed on save for the shutout, with Montreal keeper Matt Jordan making seven saves against a strong Toronto attack.

American Abroad: Davies Grabs A Goal

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In American Abroad action on Wednesday, Maurice Edu's Rangers draw in the SPL and Carlos Bocanegra and Rennes returned to Ligue 1 play after a disappointing Cup Final loss. Meanwhile, Michael Bradley and Borussia Moenchengladbach continue to fight off relegation in the Bundesliga. SCOTLAND Hibernian 1 - Rangers 1 A disappointing result for Rangers in their battle for the Scottish Premier League championship.

MLS Offered To Host Libertadores Games

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The Guardian's Matt Scott reported earlier today that Major League Soccer in conjunction with the US Soccer Federation and CONCACAF offered to host the home Copa Libertadores quarterfinals for Chivas and San Luis. Those games had to be moved out of Mexico over swine flu concerns. Instead, CONMEBOL insisted the games be held in South America.

Pontius Wins Goal of the Week

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DC United rookie Chris Pontius won Goa of the Week honors for Week 8 for his 86th minute goal in DC's 3-3 draw with Toronto. Pontius took advantage of a Rodney Wallace pass and beat Toronto keeper Stefan Frei from the top of the penalty box. Pontius was DC's seventh pick in the 2009 SuperDraft.

Wednesday's Daily: Champs League Champion

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With J Hutcherson -- So it's Atlante getting the trip to the U.A.E. to compete in the FIFA Club World Cup as CONCACAF Champions, and we're already underway with the entry phase for the second CONCACAF Champions League. As enthusiasm goes, the real season one winner is Canada. Good thing, since they've already started the second Nutralite Championship to determine their 2009-10 Champions League representative.

Atlante Wins CONCACAF Champions League

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Mexico's Atlante took the first CONCACAF Champions League title at home on Tuesday, drawing 0-0 on the night and beating Cruz Azul 2-0 on aggregate. Atlante won the first leg 2-0 in Mexico City. As the CONCACAF champion, Atlante advances to the FIFA Club World Cup scheduled from December 9th through the 19th in the United Arab Emirates.

US Women To Play Canada

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With space on the US Women's schedule after the Japan cancellation, the US Soccer Federation announced on Tuesday that the team will play Canada at Toronto's BMO Field. The May 25th game will be shown live on Fox Soccer Channel at 7pm. Canada was originally scheduled to play Japan on that date. "I am grateful that we could put together a game on such short notice and want to thank the WPS teams and officials.

American Abroad: Coppell Leaves Reading

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In the aftermath of Reading losing their playoff series to Burnley, manager Steve Coppell has quit the club. "Following our exit from the play-offs, I feel it's the best thing for both the Club and myself for me to leave," Coppell said in a statement. "I have thoroughly enjoyed my time as Reading manager and would like to thank everyone connected to the Club for the support I have received.

American Abroad: Another Season In The Championship

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Marcus Hahnemann's Reading will be spending the 2009-10 season in The Championship after being knocked out of the playoffs by Burnley 3-0 on aggregate. Reading lost Tuesday's home leg 2-0, with Martin Paterson scoring in the 51st minute and Steven Thompson in the 58th.

Japan Cancels US Tour

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The following is courtesy of US Soccer -- CHICAGO, IL (May 12, 2009) USSF -- The first two domestic matches of 2009 for the US Women's National Team have been cancelled after Japan decided not to travel to the United States or Canada, citing concerns with the H1N1 virus. The US team was to face the Japanese in two games, one at Pizza Hut Park in Frisco, Texas on May 20 and another at Rio.

Hill Set To Join Vitoria Guimaraes

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If things go as expected, Kamani Hill will be joining Portugal's Vitoria Guimaraes after the completion of the Bundesliga season. Hill has been with VfL Wolfsburg since 2006, but has not been a regular member of the first team squad. Vitoria Guimaraes management has already announced the signing, but it won't be official until this summer.

Tuesday's Daily: Traveling Show

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With J Hutcherson -- Philadelphia got a step closer to factoring in the minds of most Major League Soccer fans. Having a name tends to do that. Adding in an interesting exercise in over the top branding helps. Join or die indeed, a strong statement by any standard. While it's easy enough to focus on yet another attempt at suburban soccer, the bigger question is what this team can establish along the I-95 corridor.

MLS: Sala To Miss More Time

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FC Dallas goalkeeper Dario Sala's injury problems continue. After already being out a month to a left knee MCL injury, Sala is expected to need four-to-six weeks recovery after reinjuring his knee. This is the same injury that cost him six games in 2007. He has played in two games this season, missing a third due to a red card suspension.

Kandji Wins POTW

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Red Bulls forward Macoumba Kandji is Major League Soccer's Player of the Week. Kandji won his first POTW award for setting up Red Bull NY's three goals before scoring the fourth in their 4-1 win over San Jose on Friday night.

American Abroad: Monday Update

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Two games today, with Charlie Davie's Hammarby in action in the Swedish Allsvenskanliga and at least the potential for both teams featuring Americans abroad in the Danish SAS-Ligaen. SWEDEN Orebro SK 2 - Hammarby 0 Hammarby spent part the second half with ten men after Nathan Paulse was sent off in the 69th minute, but the damage had been done.

Philadelphia Union Is Official

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The Philadelphia Major League Soccer expansion team is now officially called "Union." "This is a special day for our devoted fan base and the people of the Greater Philadelphia Region," Philadelphia Union principal owner Jay Sugarman said. "We‟re incredibly fortunate to have fans who understand the power of loyalty and unity, and our team identity draws its inspiration from them and from the importance these qualities have played in the history of Philadelphia.

American Abroad: England's Number One?

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By Graig Carbino - ALBANY, NY (May 11, 2009) USSoccerPlayers - Tim Howard set an Everton record this past weekend with his 16th shutout of the Premier League season. Howard passes Neville Southall in the Toffees record books, a fantastic achievement for any player. Howard deserves a lot of credit for what he's done with his game post-Manchester United.

Monday's Daily: Name Recognition

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With J Hutcherson -- The league that one day soon some believe Major League Soccer will overtake in mainstream popularity is in the second round of their playoffs. Chasing the excitement of games that count is the usual 'state of the sport' coverage that the National Hockey League seems to attract more than the other major leagues.

MLS Week 8: All Teams With A Win

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Columbus became the last team in Major League Soccer to pick up their first win in 2009 and Chivas USA keeps rolling at the top of the League. Kansas City 2 - Columbus 3 The Crew finally put up a win against their run of ties. Emmanuel Ekpo scored their opener in the 38th minute. Kansas City equalized through Claudio Lopez in the 51st.

WPS Update: Two Winners

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Athletica get their first win of the season by beating FC Gold Pride, and Sky Blue FC joins them by beating Chicago for their first win. FC Gold Pride 0 - Saint Louis Athletica 1 Lori Chalupny got the only goal of the game from a 16th minute corner and Saint Louis Athletica get their first win of the season.

The Ball

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Most sporting good stores or soccer specific stores offer balls made by different companies. The balls can differ in materials, method of construction, and overall strength. Some balls may be better suited to practice than games, some balls are ideal for indoor soccer, and there are specialty or ‘mini' balls as well that can also be helpful in practice.

Sunday's TV

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MLS on TeleFutura: Seattle - Los Angeles at 3pm. WPS on Fox Soccer Channel: Chicago - Sky Blue FC at 6pm. EPL on Setanta: Manchester United - Manchester City at 8:30am. On Fox Soccer: Arsenal - Chelsea at 11am. League 2 Playoffs: Gillingham - Rochdale at 1:30pm and Bury - Shrewsbury at 3:30pm. SPL on Setanta: Inverness - Hamilton at 5:15pm.

Mexico Opts Out Of Libertadores

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In response to what the The Federación Mexicana de Fútbol Asociación (FEMEXFUT) felt was inappropriate treatment of their remaining clubs in the Copa Libertadores, San Luis and Chivas will not play their Copa Libertadores quarterfinal games and have withdrawn from the tournament. The move was made after CONMEBOL refused to allow rescheduled games to go ahead in Mexico due to concerns over the swine flu outbreak.

Red Bulls Show Against San Jose

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In a week where some in the local media where openly asking if their season was already over, the New York Red Bull scored four first half goals for a 4-1 win over San Jose at Giants Stadium on Friday night. Jorge Rojas scored in the 7th and 13th minutes, Juan Pablo Angel made it 3-0 in the 22nd, and Macoumba Kandji got the last Red Bulls goal in the 40th.

Saturday's TV

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MLS on Fox Soccer Channel: Columbus - Kansas City at 6:30pm. Dallas - Houston is on ESPN2 at 9pm. EPL on Setanta: Fulham - Aston Villa at 10am, Hull - Stoke at 5pm, and Bolton - Sunderland at 6:45pm. On Fox Soccer: Everton - Spurs at 10am, West Ham United - Liverpool at 12:30pm, and Blackburn - Portsmouth at 4:30pm.

President Obama On US World Cup Bid

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Bocanegra Stresses Togetherness For USA

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In the run-up to his club team Rennes' Coupe de France final on Saturday, US captain Carlos Bocanegra was asked about the National Team. "We have a dynamic coach, the players are friends off the pitch so we know each other well," Bocanegra told the Press Association. "That shows in our performances on the pitch.

Friday's Daily: The Commish

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With J Hutcherson -- Credit Women's Professional Soccer commissioner Tonya Antonucci for doing what her Major League Soccer counterpart failed to do and publicly asking US Soccer about the quality of the officials assigned to her League's games. As part of the announcement that she was using commissioner discretion in the aftermath of Sunday's Freedom - Athletica game, Antonucci also "directed that the circumstances of this match be brought to the attention of the US.

American Abroad: Boca Talks Cup

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On Saturday, Carlos Bocanegra's Rennes play second division Guingamp in the Coupe de France final. "This is one of the biggest games of my club career," Bocanegra said. "I had a few big championship games in Major League Soccer. But over here in Europe, it is definitely up there with the most important.

Barcelona Sets Tour Schedule

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FC Barcelona will be touring the United States this summer, Major League Soccer announced on Friday. Barca ill face the LA Galaxy at the Rose Bowl on August 1st and the Seattle Sounders at Qwest Stadium on August 5th. A third stop on the tour is being arranged. Ticket information will be released at a later date.

WPS: Commissioner Discretion Cuts Both Ways

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Women's Professional Soccer commissioner Tonya Antonucci has decided to suspend Washington Freedom forward Abby Wambach for the "reckless" tackle that lead to Saint Louis Athletica midfielder Daniela's injury on Sunday. Antonucci also suspended Athletica defender Kia McNeil for "persistent egregious conduct toward an opposing player.

MLS: Two Games, Two Draws

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Wednesday's Major League Soccer schedule ended with all involved taking away a point. In Canada, Toronto got a win in the opening game of the Nutralite Championship. DC 1 - Kansas City 1 DC took the lead in the 27th minute through Rodney Wallace, holding it until the 52nd when Josh Wolff equalized for the Wizards.

Thursday's Daily: Draw To Win

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With J Hutcherson -- Though all involved can throw up excuses convenient and otherwise, last night's MLS schedule ended up being missed opportunities all around. Bruce Arena may like his team, but the increasing reality for the LA Galaxy is that they're leaving points on the table. Eventually, this will break their season.

WPS Commissioner To Review Daniela Incident

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Women's Professional Soccer commissioner Tonya Antonucci has opted to review the Daniela incident after the league's Disciplinary Committee opted not to act. Under WPS rules, the commissioner can step in and assess penalties. The commissioner decision is expected by the end of the day Thursday.

Revs And Rapids Complete Trade

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The New England Revolution sent defender Rob Valentino to Colorado in exchange for midfielder Nico Colaluca. Both players fill Generation adidas roster slots. "We're pleased to bring Nico into the team," Revolution Vice President of Player Personnel Michael Burns said. "When we spoke with him earlier today, he was ecstatic to be coming home.

American Abroad: Scandinavian Wednesday

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While the focus was on the Champions League semifinal in London, Charlie Davies got a goal for Hammarby and Troy Perkins picked up a shutout in Norway. SWEDEN Hammarby 1 - Kalmar FF 4 Charlie Davies got the start and scored Hammarby's only goal in the 81st minute. Unfortunately, Kalmar were already up four goals.

Sundhage Names Roster For Japan Friendlies

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US Women's coach Pia Sundhage has called in 23 players for two games against Japan. The USA - Japan series starts on May 20th at Pizza Hut Park and then moves to Utah's Rio Tinto Stadium on May 23rd (6pm ET on FSC). Sundhage returns 13 of the players that were on the USA's Olympic roster. "Now is the time to start investing in 2011," Sundhage said.

Donovan Works With Kids Wish Network

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The following is courtesy of the LA Galaxy -- CARSON, CA. (May 6, 2009) MLS -- A teenager diagnosed with a severe heart disorder had the chance to meet his goal-scoring hero, LA Galaxy Forward Landon Donovan, with a little help from Kids Wish Network. Fourteen-year-old Taylor's biggest passion in life is soccer.

Houston And Dallas Alter El Capitan

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The Houston Dynamo and FC Dallas announced on Wednesday a new tiebreaker rule for the El Capitan trophy that goes to the winner of the Houston-Dallas games over the course of the regular season. Starting this season, if the two clubs are tied after their four regular season games, the trophy goes to whoever wins a Houston - Dallas playoff series or Open Cup game.

USA 15th In May

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With few games on the schedule over the rankings period, no team in the top 20 moved in the FIFA World Rankings released on Wednesday. The United States stay 15th and Mexico remains at 25th. Top Twenty

NHL Commissioner: Better Players, Higher Profile

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Speaking as part of a Wall Street Journal panel featuring the commissioners from Major League Baseball, the National Football League, the National Basketball Association, and the National Hockey League, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman was asked about the status of professional soccer in the United States.

Wednesday's Daily: On Offer

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With J Hutcherson -- Four teams have a shot at taking advantage of the schedule later tonight in Major League Soccer. DC or Kansas City and Los Angeles or Salt Lake could setup a six point week. This is repeated a few times across MLS this season, but tonight's version could start reshaping both Conferences.

GolTV Keeps Bundesliga

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The Bundesliga will be staying on GolTV through at least the 2011-12 season, after the network announced they had successfully secured the TV rights. The German first division has been on GolTV since 2006.

WPS Update: Wambach Discusses Daniela Injury

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Saint Louis Athletica midfielder Daniela suffered a fractured tibia and damage to two knee ligaments after a collision with Washington Freedom forward Abby Wambach during Sunday night's game. The extent of the recovery has yet to be determined, but was described by the team physician as "lengthy." This afternoon, Wambach issued the following statement.

MLS: Morales Fined

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Real Salt Lake midfielder Javier Morales will miss a game and pay a $250 dollar fine for contact with Colorado Rapids midfielder Pablo Mastroeni's head in the 80th minute of last Saturday's game. Morales was not punished by the referee during play, but the MLS Disciplinary Committee chose to cite him for violent conduct based on the video from the game.

Edu Talks Celtic

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US National Team player and Rangers midfielder Maurice Edu spoke with the club's official site about Saturday's game against Celtic that could decide the Scottish Premier League winner. Rangers would take a two-point lead with two games left to play if they win at home against Celtic. A draw would keep Celtic top on goal differential.

Tuesday's Daily: Talking Points

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With J Hutcherson -- It's the second leg of the all-English Champions League semifinal, so that must mean the immediate futures of Arsenal and Manchester United rests solely on the managers. After all, they're the ones doing the talking. Unfortunately for the rest of us, there's no real metric to judge manager mouth off.

American Abroad: Shutout For Friedel

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Brad Friedel keeps the clean sheet as Aston Villa clinch a European slot, while Aarhus has no answers in Denmark. ENGLAND Aston Villa 1 - Hull City Brad Friedel gets the shutout and John Carew gets the 34th minute goal as Aston Villa clinches a European slot for next season. "We can't finish worse than sixth - the same position as last year - but we can still get fifth spot and that is the.

Moreno Named POTW

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Jaime Moreno is Major League Soccer's Player of the Week for Week 7. Moreno sparked DC United's comeback against Dallas on Saturday, scoring both goals in the 2-1 win. This is his 7th POTW Award and first since Week 9 in 2006.

American Abroad: Up And Down

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By Graig Carbino - ALBANY, NY (May 4, 2009) USSoccerPlayers -- There is something about promotion and relegation that just leaves you feeling empty. I suppose if your team is the one going up, then you feel great. Really though, is moving up one division and most likely losing a bunch of games really better than winning a ton in the league below?

American Abroad: Mexico Update

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On a weekend where swine flu precautions meant games played without fans in the stadiums, Michael Orozco grabbed his team's only goal and Jose Francisco Torres came on as a sub for Pachuca. Pachuca 5 - Chiapas 1 Jose Franciso Torres was a 60th minute substitute with Pachuca already up 3-0. Gabriel Caballero scored in the 33rd minute and Edgar Benítez Santander had goals on either side of halftime.

Monday's Daily: Defining Play

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With J Hutcherson -- There's something that tends to get missed by most people who write off indoor soccer as a game for screaming kids who aren't paying that much attention. Regardless of whatever singalong is happening in the stands, the game on the field is usually brutal. Guys throwing themselves around and suffering the indignities of turf burn for the delight of an audience that might not even be facing the right direction.

American Abroad: Peterlin To Join Everton

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Cal Poly San Luis Obispo captain and Ventura County Fusion midfielder Anton Peterlin will be joining English Premier League club Everton for the start of the 2009-10 season. Peterlin was scouted in California and trained with the club in March. The 22-year-old US citizen has an EU passport through his parents, so he doesn't have to qualify for a work permit.

WPS Update: LA Loses

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The Sol lost their first game of the season away to Boston on Saturday, and the Washington Freedom came back against Saint Louis Athletica on a rainy night in Maryland. Boston 2 - Los Angeles 3 The Breakers were a goal up quickly on Saturday, when Kelly Smith scored in the 2nd minute. Kristine Lilly made it 2-0 Boston in the 55th, with Brittan Bock spoiling the shutout in the 63rd for LA.

MLS Week 7: Weaker Conference

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DC United go top of the Eastern Conference on goal differential, with Toronto even on points. Both clubs have as many wins as ties. Meanwhile, Chivas USA increases the gulf out West. Columbus 1 - Toronto 1 Emmanuel Ekpo put the Crew up 1-0 in the 54th minute, with Toronto answering back ten minutes later when Chad Barrett scored.

Open Cup: DC - RBNY Set

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DC United will host their MLS Play-In game against Red Bull NY on Wednesday, May 20th at RFK Stadium. DC won the right to host based on a coin flip. The winner qualifies for the 2009 US Open Cup.

Sunday's TV

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Major League Soccer on TeleFutura: New England - Houston at 3pm. WPS on Fox Soccer Channel: Washington Freedom - St. Louis Athletica at 6pm. EPL on Setanta: Liverpool - Newcastle at 8am. On Fox Soccer: Sunderland - Everton at 11am. The Championship on Setanta: Crystal Palace - Sheffield United at 6:45pm.

Saturday's TV

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Major League Soccer on Fox Soccer Channel: DC United - Dallas at 7pm. EPL on Setanta: Middlesbrough - Manchester United at 7:40am, Chelsea - Fulham at 9:40am, and Spurs - West Bromwich Albion at 8:30pm. On Fox Soccer: Portsmouth - Arsenal at 10am, Stoke City - West Ham United at noon, Wigan - Bolton Wanderers at 4:30pm, and Manchester City - Blackburn Rovers at 6:45pm.

US Soccer Reconsiders Marrufo Incident

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After initially deciding staff referee Jair Marrufo would miss this weekend's Major League Soccer assignment but not be officially sanctioned for fraternizing with Chicago Fire midfielder Cuauhtemoc Blanco before, during, and after last week's game with Columbus, US Soccer has instead officially suspended Marrufo for two games.

Garber Talks Carver

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In the aftermath of John Carver's exit as coach of Toronto FC, he mentioned that Major League Soccer ordered him to be on the sidelines rather than coaching from a luxury box. MLS commissioner Don Garber responded directly to that in his weekly column: "You should know that MLS did not request or require him to coach from the sideline," Garber wrote.

Friday's Daily: No Comment

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With J Hutcherson -- After last week's fun and games with a coach quitting and what I'll politely refer to as The Columbus Incident, maybe Major League Soccer lays off with the discipline. Let the Committee take a break, maybe watch some hockey or something. Instead, it's Kansas City Wizards coach Curt Onalfo's turn to pay the fee for questioning the officiating.

American Abroad: Championship Sunday

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Marcus Hahnemann and Eddie Johnson get to play for the Premier League on Sunday. Hahnemann's Reading has the clearest shot, needing to beat Birmingham and for Sheffield United to lose or draw. That would promote them automatically. Regardless of the results, they will make the playoffs. Johnson's Cardiff City needs to not lose to Sheffield Wednesday.