USSoccerPlayers Archives for January 2009

Baudet Joins Rapids

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30-year-old defender Julien Baudet will be joining Colorado when the transfer window opens on July 15th. The Crewe Alexandria captain leaves the club after three seasons and has been in English soccer since the 2001-02 season.

CONCACAF Opts Out Of Sudamericana

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CONCACAF will no longer allow club teams to participate in CONMEBOL's Copa Sudamericana, the second-tier tournament to CONMEBOL's Copa Libertadores. The original agreement ran out after the 2008 Sudamericana ended. "We regret that Mexico's Copa Sudamericana designees Monterrey and Puebla will not participate in the tournament due to CONCACAF's decision," CONCACAF General Secretary Chuck Blazer said.

Tuesday's Daily: Round Three

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With J Hutcherson -- Nothing should warm the hearts of US Open Cup fans more than hearing a Major League Soccer coach talking about testing the depth of his squad and getting people minutes as MLS enters the tournament in force in the Third Round. That's especially true if you like your soccer upsetting - at least in theory.

Jaqua Wins POTW

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Seattle Sounders forward Nate Jaqua is Major League Soccer's Player of the Week for Week 15. Jaqua scored twice in Seattle's 3-0 win over Colorado. His second goal is also nominated for MLS Goal of the Week.

Coundoul Signs With RBNY

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Bouna Coundoul is now a member of Red Bull NY. The Senegal international has been without a club since the start of 2009, but his Major League Soccer rights remained with the Colorado Rapids, where he spent the 2005-08 seasons. Coundoul refused a contract offer with Colorado for 2009. New York traded Colorado allocation money for Coundoul's MLS rights.

Castillo: "I Would Play For The United States"

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By Brooke Tunstall - CHARLOTTE, NC (Jun 29, 2009) USSoccerPlayers -- The United States National Team just might get back one that got away. New Mexico native Edgar Castillo, who seemed unlikely to ever play for the country of his birth after representing Mexico's Under-23 team in Olympic qualifying, said recently he'd be willing to take advantage of a new FIFA rule allowing players cap-tied at the youth National Team level to switch National Teams.

Monday's Daily: Things Change

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With J Hutcherson -- The revival effort in Los Angeles got a lot more legit last night when they knocked off the team with the best record in Major League Soccer. Houston falls, and LA does it without Landon Donovan or the boost they should get when David Beckham shows up. Bruce Arena has taken a substantial amount of criticism and provided a substantial amount of fightback relative to his club's run of draws earlier.

SuperLiga Update: MLS Puts Two Through

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Tigres, Chicago, New England, and Santos advanced to the SuperLiga semifinals over the weekend. All teams were technically in contention on the final matchdays. Chicago 1 - Tigres 2 The Chicago Fire couldn't get a point on Saturday, but it didn't matter. They're through to the SuperLiga semifinals on goal differential.

MLS Week 15: Wide Margins

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With the interest pointing at the United States and their Confederations Cup final against Brazil, Major League Soccer played on with four games on the schedule. Seattle made the big statement for Week 15, scoring three goals in front of over 30 thousand fans. The LA Galaxy was right there with them, beating Houston in Sunday's late game.

WPS Update: Sol Build Differential

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The Los Angeles Sol added three points and four goals to the top of the Women's Professional Soccer table, with Marta scoring two in the second half. Meanwhile, Saint Louis opened the scoring in the second minute en route to their win over Sky Blue FC. Chicago 0 - Los Angeles 4 Bad game for the Chicago Red Stars, who had no answer for the LA defense at the Home Depot Center.

From Johannesburg To Johannesburg

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By Clemente Lisi - NEW YORK, NY (Jun 28, 2009) USSoccerPlayers -- Heartbreaking, upsetting, maybe even sad. There's no shortage of adjectives to describe the United States' 3-2 loss to Brazil on Sunday in the Confederations Cup final. The US, on the verge of making history in Johannesburg, playing a flawless first half – but broke down in the second – to lose its first-ever shot at winning a FIFA men's tournament.

Dempsey And Howard Win Awards

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US National Team keeper Tim Howard was named the keeper of the tournament for the 2009 Confederations Cup and Clint Dempsey won the Bronze Ball for the third best player in the tournament. Fabiano won the Silver Ball and Kaka was the Golden Ball winner.

CC Final: USA 2 - Brazil 3

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The United States took a two-goal lead in the 2009 Confederations Cup final, but were unable to hold on in the second with Brazil scoring three goals. Clint Dempsey put the US up a goal in the 10th minute and it was 2-0 USA when Landon Donovan scored in the 28th. Brazil came back through Fabiano, who scored in the 46th and 74th.

Goalkeeper Skills: Keep Rolling Along

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There are three ways for a goalkeeper to distribute the ball: punting, throwing or rolling. Today, let's concentrate on the one used for short distances and accuracy: rolling. This will not be the hardest skill to master, but the key is deciding when to use it and when to create distance between yourself and the ball.

Dempsey And Donovan Up For Golden Ball

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US National Team players Clint Dempsey and Landon Donovan are among ten players nominated for FIFA's Golden Ball, the Most Valuable Player Award for the 2009 Confederations Cup. The winner is determined by a media vote. Brazil: Kaka, Luis Fabiano, Robinho South Africa: Bernie Parker, Steven Pienaar Spain: Fernando Torres, David Villa, Xavi USA: Clint Dempsey, Landon Donovan

Pre-Game Press For Brazil - USA

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US team has more than game at stake -- from The Miami Herald's Michelle Kaufman: "What we convinced the world was we can beat Spain." Most important game in US soccer history -- from Yahoo! Sports' Dan Wetzel: A World Cup title is, of course, an outrageous goal. US Team Focuses on Tasks, Not Tributes -- from The NY Times' Jere Longman: They are here to win a soccer match, not to mourn the death.

Sunday's TV

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Confederations Cup: Spain - South Africa at 9am on ESPN2 and Brazil - USA at 2:30pm on ESPN. SuperLiga on TeleFutura: New England - Atlas at 4:30pm and Kansas City - Santos at 6:30pm. WPS on Fox Soccer Channel: Sky Blue FC - Saint Louis at 6pm. Colombian League on GolTV: Junior - Once Caldas at 7pm. Mexico - Guatemala is on Telemundo at 8:30pm.

Altidore on PTI

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Saturday's TV

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MLS on Fox Soccer Channel: Columbus - New York at 7pm. SuperLiga on TeleFutura: Chicago - Tigres at 8pm and Chivas USA - San Luis at 10pm. Brasileirao on GolTV: Paranaense - Cornthians at 3pm.

Video: USA - Brazil Press Conference

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Jones Injured

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Schalke 04 and would-be United States National Team midfielder Jermaine Jones has a hairline fracture to his left shin that is expected to keep him out of action with Shalke for several weeks. The injury was confirmed by an MRI earlier today. The normal recovery time for this sort of injury varies, but is normally two months.

Twellman Put On Disabled List

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New England Revolution forward Taylor Twellman's issues with post-concussion symptoms continue, with the club putting him on the disabled list. Twellman last played against DC United on May 30th, where he scored the 100th goal of his career. He will miss at least the Revolution's next six League games.

NY Parts Ways With Pietravallo

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Red Bull NY midfielder Juan Pietravallo's contract has been terminated by the club. He had three appearances for Red Bulls in 2009. "I want to thank Juan for his contribution to the club," sporting director Jeff Agoos said. "This was a very difficult decision for us, but we believe it was the best move for both parties.

PTI

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Jozy Altidore will be the guest tonight on Pardon The Interruptions' Five Good Minutes segment. The show starts at 5:30pm on ESPN and is replayed at 7:30pm on ESPN2.

Bradley Talks Brazil

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In a press conference in Johannesburg earlier today, US National Team coach Bob Bradley got asked about everything from game preparation to his feelings on the death of Michael Jackson. Here are some excerpts: "When you play Brazil the first thing you notice is the talent and the way they go forward.

Live: Brazil - USA

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Brazil - USA

Scouting Report: Brazil

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By Clemente Lisi - NEW YORK, NY (Jun 27, 2009) USSoccerPlayers -- Mention the name Brazil and you conjure up soccer greatness... a rich tradition that spans fours decades highlighted by five World Cups. Brazil's already-packed trophy case, which also includes two Confederations Cups, could see the addition of another title this Sunday.

Friday's Daily: Play To Both

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With J Hutcherson -- After yesterday's tepid display courtesy of the team that many have already gone ahead and penciled in as the new World #1, the United States' chances on Sunday begin to shift somewhat closer to even. It took me awhile to settle on 'tepid,' considering how sorry the Brazil - South Africa semifinal played out.

US Players Talk About Spain Win

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Crayton Exits DC

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Goalkeeper Luis Crayton is no longer a member of DC United after the club refused their option to renew his contract. Crayton joined DC a year ago. "We'd like to thank Louis for his contributions to DC United, which included a US Open Cup title," general manager Dave Kasper said. "We wish him the best of luck in the future.

It's Brazil

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Though few will be surprised that Brazil has advanced to face the United States in Sunday's Confederations Cup final, it took them 87 minutes to get the goal that beat South Africa. Danny Alves scored directly from a freekick just outside South Africa's box minutes after coming on as a substitute. That was the only goal of the game.

Quakes Put Denton and Gray On Waivers

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The San Jose Earthquakes parted ways with defender Eric Denton and midfielder Kelly Gray, placing both on waivers. Denton has played in 10 games and Gray eight this season.

Big Month For Casey

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By Clemente Lisi - NEW YORK, NY (Jun 25th, 2009) USSoccerPlayers -- It's been quite a month for Conor Casey. Three weeks ago, the Colorado Rapids striker was named May's Major League Soccer Player of the Month. Two weeks ago, he was a surprise call-up when Bob Bradley named him as Brian Ching's replacement on the US National Team roster after an injury sidelined the Houston Dynamo forward.

US Names Gold Cup Roster

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GOALKEEPERS (3): Jon Busch (Chicago Fire), Troy Perkins (IK Start), Luis Robles (FC Kaiserslautern) DEFENDERS (7): Steve Cherundolo (Hannover 96), Jimmy Conrad (Kansas City Wizards), Clarence Goodson (IK Start), Jay Heaps (New England Revolution), Chad Marshall (Columbus Crew), Michael Parkhurst (FC Nordsjaellands), Heath Pearce (Hansa Rostock) MIDFIELDERS (8): Davy Arnaud (Kansas City Wizards), Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Colin Clark (Colorado Rapids), Sam Cronin (Toronto FC), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders), Stuart Holden (Houston Dynamo), Logan.

Thursday's Daily: Lesson Plan

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With J Hutcherson -- Told you Spain was one-dimensional. All the credit due to Bob Bradley and his staff for seeing that and getting it through to the players he picked to put on the field. Why did it take this long to pick up on what makes our Spanish friends vulnerable? Simple. A combination of seeing the flaw in their attack and actually being able to do something about it.

MLS Wednesday: Toronto Takes A Step

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Hosting the worst team in the Eastern Conference, Toronto took advantage on Wednesday night. In the West, Colorado left it late to split the points with Dallas. New York 0 - Toronto 2 Strong showing from Toronto, with a 28th minute goal from Pablo Vitti and Dwayne De Rosario scoring in the 59th in front of 20,902 at BMO Field.

SuperLiga: Still In Play

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New England misses a chance to advance at the expense of Kansas City, while Santos and Atlas can't find a goal. Kansas City 1 - New England 1 Tough night for the New England Revolution. With Michael Videria exiting in the 34th for a straight red card, the Revs scored short-handed through Kheli Dube in first-half stoppage time.

WPS Update: Boston 1 - Washington 0

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Christine Latham got the Breakers' game-winner in the 38th minute and Freedom goalkeeper Erin McLeod kept it 1-0 against a strong Amy Rodriguez attempt in the 52nd. Washington was unable to get a goal of their own with Allison Lipsher picking up the shutout for Boston. "We played very poorly in the first half and gave Boston too many chances," Freedom coach Jim Gabarra said.

Highlights: Spain 0 - USA 2

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Credit the Win

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By Graig Carbino - ALBANY, NY (Jun 24, 2009) USSoccerPlayers -- No fight? No heart? The United States took all of that well publicized criticism after losses to Italy and Brazil in the first round of the FIFA Confederations Cup and used it against Spain this afternoon. A rousing 2-0 victory over the number one ranked team in the World should but those complaints to bed for the foreseeable future.

Poll

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poll by twiigs.com

15 wins in a row. 35 games undefeated. The champions of Europe and the World num

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15 wins in a row. 35 games undefeated. The champions of Europe and the World number one Spain falls to the United States in the Confederations Cup semifinals. A team that had people seriously talking about erasing the years of progress the National Team has made. Everything was a problem. Change had to happen.

CC: Spain 0 - United States 2

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The United States topped themselves on Wednesday, following an unlikely last day in Group B by beating World number one Spain in the semifinals of the Confederations Cup at Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg. The US opened the scoring in the 27th minute through Jozy Altidore and made it 2-0 when Clint Dempsey scored in the 74th.

Critical Theory

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"All of the critics in America who said we were no good after losing to Italy and Brazil, let's see what they say now." - Michael Bradley By Andrew Dixon - MIAMI, FL (Jun 24, 2009) USSoccerPlayers -- Michael Bradley doesn't know who I am, but this Grown Man has been one of those critics that he's talking about.

Wednesday's Daily: Making It Interesting

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With J Hutcherson -- Given the standard response to the FIFA Rankings, here's an idea likely to gain about as much traction as you'd expect. Allow teams to bet a portion of their rankings points on games. If you think you've got another team's number, prove it the old fashioned way. Throw in a few controls so you don't have small countries gladly handing over tons of points for the privilege of losing to the.

SuperLiga: Chivas USA Shutout In Chicago

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With Toyota Park hosting both games on Tuesday night, the home standing Chicago Fire beat their MLS counterparts Chivas USA and San Luis reminded Tigres that sending a B squad would catch up with them. Chicago 1 - Chivas USA 0 With Chivas USA only putting one shot on goal to Chicago's seven, while getting nothing from seven corner kicks to Chicago's five, it's hard to put this result on the goalkeeping.

Live: Spain - USA

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Spain - USA

Scouting Report: Spain

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By Graig Carbino - ALBANY, NY (June 23, 2009) USSoccerPlayers -- It almost feels wrong to quickly brush past the United States breathtaking result against Egypt yesterday and look forward to their upcoming semifinal encounter with Spain. Sunday's match will certainly go down in US soccer lore, but for now we look ahead to what might be on Wednesday.

MLS: Petke Suspended

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Red Bull NY defender Mike Petke has had his red card suspension increased by two games along with a $500 dollar fine for what Major League Soccer's Disciplinary Committee deemed "inappropriate conduct and comments made toward the officiating crew." The incident occurred during the Red Bulls' 2-1 loss to Toronto on June 13th.

CONCACAF Champions League Preliminary Round

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FIRST LEG Tuesday, July 28 DC United - Chalatenango (SLV), 8pm Pachuca - Jalapa (GUA), 10pm Wednesday, July 29 Toronto FC - Puerto Rico Islanders, 8pm San Francisco (PAN) - San Juan Jabloteh (TRI), 8pm Liberia (CRC) - Real Espana (HON), 10pm Thursday, July 30 W Connection (TRI) - Red Bull NY, 8pm Herediano (CRC) - Cruz Azul, 10pm Olimpia (HON) vs.

Tuesday's Daily: Extra Time

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With J Hutcherson -- SuperLiga Tuesday, with Chicago - Chivas USA giving us our first look at the MLS-specific part of the schedule. For both, it's a run through of what might have been had they managed to stay top of their respective conferences. With all respect to the Houston Dynamo, Chivas USA should have started the SuperLiga portion of their schedule a couple of games up.

Mexico Goes Domestic For Gold Cup

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Javier Aguirre's Gold Cup squad will be made up of mostly domestic league players. His 23-player squad was released on Monday, with Arsenal's Carlos Vela and Spurs' Giovani Dos Santos making up the overseas contingent. Goalkeepers: Oscar Perez (Tigres), Guillermo Ochoa (Club America), Jose de Jesus Corona (UAG) Defenders: Efrain Juarez (UNAM Pumas), Jose Antonio Castro (Tigres), Jonny Magallon (Chivas), Edgar Duenas (Toluca), Juan Carlos Valenzuela ( Club America), Ismael Rodriguez (Xlub America), Fausto Pinto.

ESPN And GolTV Split La Liga Rights

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ESPN2 will be showing around 20 La Liga games during the 2009-10 season after reaching an agreement to share the Spanish league package with GolTV. "This was not driven by Ronaldo or Kaka," GolTV COO Rodrigo Lombello said. "That was a nice addition, but it would have happened without the two." GolTV just finished it's sixth season broadcasting La Liga in the United States.

Monday's Daily: Write Your Own Story

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With J Hutcherson -- I'm going to start with a short sentence. I believe the United States will beat Spain on Wednesday. Here's another one. We've had enough lectures on tempering expectations. Why not throw it all behind the idea that no team in this tournament has shown they're absolute world beaters?

SuperLiga Update: Hot Start For Revs

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New England got the win in a six-goal fest in Day Two of the 2009 SuperLiga. They join Chicago and Tigres in the win column from Saturday. Chicago 1 - San Luis 0 Brian McBride was the difference, scoring in the 69th minute. Though both teams had chances, that scoreline held. Jon Bush needed eight saves for the shutout.

MLS Week 14: Better A Tie

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Western Conference leaders Houston leave it late for a draw with Real Salt Lake, and Eastern Conference leaders DC United leave Commerce City with a lot of questions. Meanwhile, our decision to freeze SuperLiga teams in our depth chart means not a lot of movement in the rankings. Los Angeles 1 - San Jose 2 Pablo Campos stepped up big-time for the Earthquakes, scoring on the first goal and assisting on the second in a.

WPS Update: Shutouts

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Three clean sheets in Women's Professional Soccer over the weekend, with the Washington Freedom and the Boston Breakers picking up road wins. Meanwhile, Marta scored her fifth goal of the season for LA. Washington 1 - Saint Louis 0 Rebecca Moros' 83rd minute goal was the decider, as the Freedom pick up the road win in front of 2,731 at Anheuser-Busch Soccer Park.

Video: Egypt - Brazil

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The Last Day Of Group B

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By Graig Carbino - ALBANY, NY (June 21, 2009) USSoccerPlayers -- Stunning, amazing, end-to-end, or simply wow. Whatever word you want to describe the scenario that played out for the United States on Sunday. Needing a lop-sided victory over the up-to-this-point impressive Egypt and big help from Brazil against Italy, the US got both with a resounding 3-nil win over the Pharaohs.

CC: Egypt 0 - USA 3

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The United States responded to criticism after their Group B losses to Italy and Brazil by beating Egypt 3-0. With Italy's 3-0 loss to Brazil, the United States advances to the semifinals of the Confederations Cup. They face Spain on Wednesday. Charlie Davies got the opening goal for the USA in the 22nd, capitalizing on a scramble in front of goal.

American Abroad: Brescia Misses Promotion

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Brescia will be staying in Serie B for the 2009-10 season after losing their two-leg promotion series to Livorno 5-2 on aggregate. Whether or not Danny Szetela will be with them is an open question, with his loan deal up as of the end of the season. Saturday's second leg ended 3-0 Livorno. Francesco Tavano opened the scoring in the 49th minute, Alessandro Diamanti made it 2-0 on the hour, and Martin Bergvold finished it.

The Chest Trap

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The chest trap is one of four primary ways to trap a soccer ball (the other ways are the head trap, the thigh trap, and the foot trap). Trapping refers to the process of stopping or slowing a ball that has traveled from one player to another via a pass. If a player is using a chest trap to control the pass, presumably the ball has come to them through the air.

Sunday's TV

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Confederations Cup at 2:30pm: Italy - Brazil on Univision and Egypt - USA on ESPN2. SuperLiga on TeleFutura: Kansas City - Atlas at 4:30pm and New England - Santos at 6:30pm. WPS on Fox Soccer Channel: Los Angeles - FC Gold Pride at 8pm. Uruguayan League on GoltV: Defensor - Nacional at 3pm. Colombian League on GolTV: La Equidad - Tolima at 5pm and Cali - Junior at 7pm.

Saturday's TV

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Confederations Cup at 2:30pm: Spain - South Africa on ESPN2 and Iraq - New Zealand on TeleFutura. MLS on ESPN2: San Jose - Los Angeles at 4:30pm. SuperLiga on TeleFutura: Chicago - San Luis at 8pm and Chivas USA - Tigres at 10pm. Brasileirao on GolTV: Atletico Paranaense - Palmeiras at 3pm.

Initial Gold Cup Roster

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There are 30 names on the USA's Gold Cup roster, with that number falling to 23 for the start of the tournament. In alphabetical order, this is the current list courtesy of CONCACAF. Adu, Freddy Altidore, Jozy Arnaud, Davy Bornstein, Jonathan, Califf, Danny Casey, Conor Cherundolo, Steve Clark, Ricardo Cooper, Kenny Davies, Charlie DeMerit, Jay Feilhaber, Benny Gaven, Eddie Goodosn, Clarence Guzan, Brad Hahnemann, Marcus Holden, Stuart Lichaj, Eric Marshall, Chad Mastroeni, Pablo Orozco, Michael.

Live: Egypt - USA

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Egypt - USA

Bocanegra: It's About All 11

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By Clemente Lisi - NEW YORK, NY (Jun 19, 2009) USSoccerPlayers -- US captain Carlos Bocanegra is one frustrated player. Forced to watch his teammates from the sidelines due to a lingering hamstring injury he picked up recently during the US's 2-1 win over Honduras (where he headed in the game-winner), Bocanegra hopes to be back on the field in Sunday's crucial Confederations Cup match against Egypt.

Scouting Report: Egypt

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By Graig Carbino - ALBANY, NY (Jun 19, 2009) USSoccerPlayers -- It would be easy to say that the United States' final group match of the Confederations Cup against Egypt on Sunday really means just about nothing at this point. In most cases, you would probably be right. With advancement into the knockout round all but impossible (even the eternal optimist would have a hard time wrapping his or her head around making up a.

Friday's Daily: By Way Of A Preview

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With J Hutcherson -- Look at it this way. Only some odd combination of seven goals scored while Brazil beats Italy and Egypt falls in the second game separates the United States from the knockout stage of the Confederations Cup. If Toronto's rampant run over Montreal when they needed to win by four but ended up with five has taught us anything, it's that goal are there to be scored.

USA Technically Still Alive In Confederations Cup

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With Egypt beating Italy 1-0 on Thursday, the United States could still make it into the knockout round of the Confederations Cup with a win over Egypt on Sunday. With a -5 goal differential, they would need a lot of help. One scenario would have Italy losing to Brazil in the early game on Sunday by four goals, reducing their goal differential.

CC: USA 0 - Brazil 3

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Brazil capitalized in their second game of the Confederation Cup's Group B on Thursday morning, shutting out the United States with a strong offensive display. 14 shots taken, eight on goal. Felipe Melo was the first on the board in the 6th minute, with Robinho making it 2-0 in the 19th, and Maicon finishing off the scoring in the 61st.

USA - Brazil: Discipline

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By Graig Carbino - ALBANY, NY (June 18, 2009) USSoccerPlayers -- The United States first match of the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup was a tale of two halves. Now, in their second match against Brazil we only have one tale to tell, with a little bit of déjà vu. We talked in the build up to this game about Brazil's reliance on set-piece goals in their first match against Egypt.

WPS Update: Sky Blue Wins

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In Wednesday night Women's Professional Soccer action, Sky Blue FC won at home while FC Gold Bride and Boston split the points in Cambridge. Chicago 0 - Sky Blue FC 1 Rosana got the only goal of the game in the 24th minute, scoring off a freekick from six yards out. This is Chicago's first away loss of the season FC Gold Pride 1 - Boston 1 Christine Sinclair put the away team up in.

MLS Wednesday: Lots Of Goals

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A strong offensive display from both clubs in front of yet another capacity crowd in Seattle, with the Sounders dominating the offense but only coming up with a point in the 3-3 draw. Chris Pontious gave DC the lead in the 34th minute, with Seattle equalizing four minutes later through Osvaldo Alonso.

Thursday's Daily: Cometh The Hour

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With J Hutcherson -- And so the day arrives. Well, at least the next day for a United States squad that needs to take something from Brazil at Loftus Versfeld. A point will do, so let's look at the likeliest route to get there. No, let's talk about how the US of A wins this thing. There was some twitter chatter late yesterday from Freddy Adu letting us know he's legit on defensive assignments and.

Toronto Releases Ricketts

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26-year-old midfielder Rohan Ricketts becomes the latest player to part ways with Toronto FC, this time by mutual consent. Ricketts has appeared in twelve of Toronto's fourteen games this season. His prior professional experience was with teams in England's Premier League and League one.

US Open Cup Third Round Schedule

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The winners of last night's US Open Cup Second Round advance to face Major League Soccer competition in Round Three. All games will be played on June 30th. June 30 Harrisburg City Islanders (USL2) at New England Revolution (MLS) 7 p.m. ET Willowbrook Park New Britain, Conn. June 30 Ocean City Barons (PDL) at DC United (MLS) 7:30 p.

Live: USA - Brazil

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USA - Brazil

Altidore: Experience And Results

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By Clemente Lisi - NEW YORK, NY (Jun 17, 2009) USSoccerPlayers -- He's from New Jersey. He scores goals. And he is looking for fame and fortune in Europe after leaving this country. No, it's not Giuseppe Rossi, but fellow Villarreal forward Jozy Altidore. Since arriving in South Africa last week, Altidore -- who drew the penalty that gave the Americans a 1-0 lead over Italy in the first half on Monday -- has spent.

Guerrero Parts Ways With Rapids

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Ivan Guerrero is no longer a member of the Colorado Rapids, with the club agreeing to terminate his contract. Guerrero hasn't played since joining the Rapids from DC United In February.

San Jose Announces Doubleheader with Barcelona

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Barcelona and Chivas will be the second half of a double bill on August 8th, when the Earthquakes host Columbus at Candlestick Park in San Francisco. "We are excited to host the ‘Night of Champions' with the two-time MLS Cup Champion Earthquakes, the reigning MLS Cup Champion Crew, FC Barcelona, who won the Champions League this year, and Chivas, who have 11 Mexican league titles," said Earthquakes Executive Vice President David Alioto.

Shalala Joins World Cup Bid

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Former Secretary of Health and Human Services and current president of the University of Miami Donna Shalala is the latest addition to the USA Bid committee for the 2018 or 2022 World Cups. "I'm honored to be associated with US Soccer and look forward to serving the USA Bid Committee and its efforts to bring the FIFA World Cup back to our country," Shalala said.

Wednesday's Daily: Cups And Ligas

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With J Hutcherson -- One has to wonder that if papering the house is the early response to lack of interest on the part of the citizens of our 2010 World Cup hosts, how difficult could it actually get for FIFA? In fairness to South Africa, they have plenty of time to turn the lack of sellouts for the '09 Confederations Cup into a celebration of all that's right with the World's game a year.

Donovan and Bradley Build Up Brazil

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Speaking to FIFA.com, Landon Donovan knows that Thursday's Confederations Cup game against Brazil is a must win. "We hung with Italy and gave them a hard game, made things very complicated for them for a large part of our first game. I don't see any reason why we can't do exactly that against the Brazilians too.

Open Cup Second Round Results

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Real Maryland 0 - Ocean City 1 (aet) Wilmington 3 - Carolina 3 (Wilmington 4-3 on penalties) Cleveland 1 - Rochester 2 (aet) Western Mass 0 - Harrisburg 0 (Harrisburg 4-3 on penalties) Charleston 1 - Miami 0 Chicago 0 - Minnesota 4 El Paso 0 - Austin 2 Portland 3 - Sonoma County 0

American Abroad: Hahnemann Joins Wolverhampton

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Marcus Hahnemann wasn't without an English club for long. Let go by Reading after the club failed to win promotion, he is now a member of the League One champions Wolverhampton Wanderers and will be playing the 2009-10 season in the Premier League. "I'm excited to be here," Hahnemann told the club's official site.

Toronto Parts Ways With Smith

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Johann Smith is no longer a member of Toronto FC. The club announced on Tuesday that they had waived the forward after less than a year with the club. Smith had 14 appearances with Toronto after joining them last August. Four of those came this season, with three starts. He had previously been a member of Bolton Wanderers and was a product of their youth system.

37 Cities On US World Cup List

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The USA Bid Committee for the 2018 or 2022 World Cup released a revised list of potential host cities on Tuesday. The 37 cities account for 45 stadiums, and include several college venues. Proposed stadiums, cities and metropolitan markets for further consideration Atlanta Georgia Dome 71,250 Baltimore M & T Bank Stadium 71,008 Birmingham, Ala.

Scouting Report: Brazil

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By Graig Carbino - ALBANY, NY (June 16th, 2009) USSoccerPlayers -- The US National Team will need to rebound in a hurry if they want to move forward in the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup. After losing to Italy under somewhat controversial circumstances on Monday, they're left with a rough consolation prize waiting just three days later in the form of Brazil.

Monday's Daily: Both Directions

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With J Hutcherson -- Whether or not you want to sign onto the idea that Italy's Guiseppe Rossi is somehow living "the American dream," what yesterday's game means for Italy might be equally complicated. Rossi was the hero for a squad that didn't have enough answers against the United States at any stage of the game.

Early Success Leads To Late Problems

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By Clemente Lisi - NEW YORK, NY (Jun 15, 2009) USSoccerPlayers -- It was a tale of two halves for the US in its 3-1 loss to mighty Italy in its Confederations Cup opener on Monday in Pretoria, South Africa. In the first half, the Americans were a rugged, counterattacking bunch. The players effectively absorbed the pressure.

USA - Italy Highlights

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Schelotto Wins POTW

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Columbus Crew midfielder Guillermo Barros Schelotto is Major League' Soccer's Player of the Week for Week 13. Schelotto scored both goals in the Crew's 2-1 win over Chivas USA on Sunday. MLS Player of the Week Winners WEEK 1: Fredy Montero (Seattle Sounders FC) WEEK 2: Kasey Keller (Seattle Sounders FC) WEEK 3: Conor Casey (Colorado Rapids) WEEK 4: Donovan Ricketts (Los Angeles Galaxy) WEEK 5: Josh Wolff (Kansas City Wizards) WEEK 6: Javier Morales.

Noonan Traded To Rapids

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The Columbus Crew moved forward Pat Noonan to Colorado on Monday in exchange for the Rapids' first round pick in the 2010 SuperDraft. Noon has five appearances and an assist for Columbus in 2009.

CC: USA 1 - Italy 3

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After taking the lead a man down in the first half, the United States gave up three second half goals to lose their Confederations Cup Group B opener 3-1 on Tuesday in South Africa. With Carlos Bocanegra out of the lineup due to a hamstring injury, a revamped US defense held off Italy in the early going.

Monday's Daily: Big Game Italy

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With J Hutcherson -- Though no one should be expecting the United States to push right by Italy this afternoon in their Confederations Cup Group B opener, there is a chance that they're catching the Azzurri on the right day. A reworked defense playing in front of Gianluigi Buffon and a reliance on speed that may not be there courtesy of conditions could work in the USA's favor.

WPS Update: One Goal Weekend

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Eniola Aluko scored the only goal in three games, giving Saint Louis Athletica three points. On Saturday, Chicago, Washington, Los Angeles, and Sky Blue FC all ended up with a point. Chicago 0 - Washington 0 On a hot and humid afternoon at RFK Stadium, Red Stars held up their undefeated road record with eight saves from goalkeeper Caroline Jönsson.

MLS Week 13: Top Teams Fall

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Both Conference leaders going into the weekend lost, with Chicago dropping out of the top slot in the East and Chivas USA slipping to second on goal differential in the West. Also out West, Real Salt Lake turned around a lackluster away record with a win over the LA Galaxy in Carson. Chicago 1 - DC 2 In a game marred by questionable officiating, both teams got quality goals with DC United winning the battle.

The Mental Game

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What makes a strong soccer player? A knowledgeable soccer fan may choose among a variety of appropriate answers. Good foot skills. Aggression. Speed. Athleticism. Although all of these physical abilities strengthen a player's performance on the field, many players and coaches pay little attention to the importance of the mental aspects of the game.

Sunday's TV

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Confederations Cup on ESPN2: South Africa - Iraq at 10am and New Zealand - Spain at 2:30pm. MLS on TeleFutura: Columbus - Chivas USA at 3pm. WPS on Fox soccer Channel: Boston - Saint Louis at 6pm. Russian Premier League on Setanta: FC Moscow - CSKA Moscow at 6am and Rubin - Rostov at 9:15pm. Uruguayan League on GolTV: River Plate - Liverpool and Juventud - Defensor Sporting at 2pm.

US Players Talk Group B

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Tim Howard "Any Confederations Cup group is going to be very difficult; it's the tournament of champions, really. We have our work cut out for us. We didn't get out of our group last time and obviously that's the goal. Once you're out of your group you're within touching distance of getting to the final.

Live: USA - Italy

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USA - Italy

Saturday's TV

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Major League Soccer on Fox Soccer Channel: Dallas - Houston at 8pm. Uruguayan League on GolTV: Nacional - Central Espanol at 2pm. Brasileirao on GolTV: Botafogo - Santos at 5:30pm. Colombian League on GolTV: Once Caldas - Tolima at 7:30pm and Chico - La Equidad at 9:30pm.

Ribeiro Joins Earthquakes

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Canadian international midfielder Antionio Riberio is now a member of the San Jose Earthquakes. Ribeiro joins the club after spending 2008 with the Montreal Impact. "Antonio has a good engine and covers a lot of ground," Quakes GM John Doyle said. "He is a good ball-winner and Frank (Yallop) knows him well so we are happy to bring him to San Jose.

Scouting Report: Italy

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By Clemente Lisi - NEW YORK, NY (Jun 12, 2009) USSoccerPlayers -- Italy and the US last played each other during the first round of the 2006 World Cup, and what resulted was a gritty and hard-fought 1-1 draw. The US was eliminated from the tournament in the opening round. Italy went on to win a fourth World Cup.

Confederations Cup: USA Preview

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By Clemente Lisi - CHICAGO, IL (Jun 12, 2009) -- For the US, the Confederations Cup will be the ultimate test. "We'll find out what we've made of," said forward Landon Donovan. Any success in South Africa over the next few weeks will have to depend on Donovan – the US's all-time leading scorer with 39 goals – and his ability to create the offense needed to win games.

Jones Switches Nations

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27-year-old Shalke 04 midfielder Jermaine Jones has given notice to Germany's DFB that he will no longer be appearing for the German National Team and has changed his international registration to the United States. Jones has three caps, all in friendlies. Under FIFA rules, he is allowed to switch Federations because he has never played in a competitive game for Germany.

Friday's Daily: Two Things

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With J Hutcherson -- Sunday is the start of the Confederations Cup, and why not go ahead and crank up the expectation level for the United States National Team. Sure, we've got recent CONCACAF evidence to the contrary, but the USA has shown in the past an ability to keep marquee games close. They have two in a row, and getting anything from Italy and Brazil could be enough to setup a meaningful encounter with.

American Abroad: Brescia Wins

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Danny Szetela's Brescia made late work of Empoli in the Serie B playoffs. Carrying a 1-0 lead through Davide Zoboli's 53rd minute goal, Brescia scored twice in stoppage time for the 3-0 win. Adam Vass and Andrea Rispoli picked up the late goals.

2009-10 CONCACAF Champions League Draw

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PRELIMINARY ROUND Arabe Unido-San Francisco (PAN) vs. San Juan Jabloteh (TRI) Pachuca (MEX) vs. Comunicaciones-Jalapa (GUA) New York Red Bulls (USA) vs. W Connection (TRI) Olimpia (HON) vs. Arabe Unido/Chorrillo (PAN) Cruz Azul (MEX) vs. Herediano (CRC) D.C. United (USA) vs. Chalatenango (SLV) Liberia (CRC) vs.

Confederations Cup: US Opposition

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By Graig Carbino - ALBANY, NY (June 11th, 2009) USSoccerPlayers -- We are less than a week away from the opening kick of the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup in South Africa. The United States National Team has made their way to South Africa and will look to settle in to their home base as quickly as possible after a sixteen-hour flight from the States.

Rossi: "It will be an emotional game for me."

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By Clemente Lisi - NEW YORK, NY (Jun 11, 2009) USSoccerPlayers -- "Born to play." That's the catchphrase emblazoned across Giuseppe Rossi's official website and the first thing you see when you try to click on any of the links. Exactly where Rossi was born – and whom he now plays for – hamks been a matter of much debate over the past three years.

2009 Confederations Cup Preview

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By Clemente Lisi - NEW YORK, NY (Jun 11, 2009) USSoccerPlayers -- The World Cup may be just a year away, but more importantly for South Africa right now is that the Confederations Cup is just days away. The eight-team tournament isn't only a chance to see the World's greatest national teams compete, but will be used as a dress rehearsal for organizers.

Thursday's Daily: Money Move

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With J Hutcherson -- Doesn't this feel oddly familiar? Real Madrid reloads in earnest, spending like there's no such thing as an economy at least as it applies to them. Kaka and now Cristiano Ronaldo, putting cash behind the idea that they can be the World's best whenever they want. In a global game full of business plans and prime-time managers and chief executives, it remains the job of whoever happens to be the elected.

Weather Delayed Open Cup Results

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Ocean City 3 - Crystal Palace USA 0 Aegean Hawks 0 - Real Maryland 1 (game called in the 74th minute after a weather delay)

CONCACAF Results: Honduars Moves To Third

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By Clemente Lisi - NEW YORK, NY (Jun 11, 2009) USSoccerPlayers -- The Hexagonal heated up on Wednesday night with a pair of matches that saw Mexico finally win a game and Honduras move into third place. With the top three teams automatically earning berths to the 2010 World Cup (the fourth-place team plays the fifth from South America in a two-game playoff), Mexico regained its form with a home win over lowly Trinidad &.

MLS: Chivas Has Road Issues

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Western Conference leaders Chivas USA lost 1-0 to the Houston Dynamo at Robertson Stadium on Thursday night. Stuart Holden got the game's early goal in first half stoppage time. The result pulls Houston to within three points of Chivas USA at the top of the Conference table, but on 12 games played to Chivas USA's 14.

Tell Me About: The Confederations Cup

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The FIFA Confederations Cup was organized as an opportunity for regional champions to come together and compete against one another for a world title in non-World Cup years. Historically less-recognized confederations have a chance to compete with the more renowned confederations in a smaller format than the actual World Cup.

Wednesday's Daily: This Is Mexico?

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With J Hutcherson -- Here's the thing about tonight's must win for Mexico at altitude in the favorable confines of Azteca. Trinidad & Tobago at least starts the conversation that they're better than last place would suggest. This isn't an attempt to fill space simply by being contrary. Sketchy goalkeeping, defensive positioning, and an inability to field a first-choice eleven have been the problems for T&T so far, not quality up front or the ability.

US Open Cup: First Round Results

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Orange County 2 - Sonoma County 5 Carolina 2 - Richmond 1 Western Mass Pioneers 3 - Emigrantes Das Ilhas 2 Wilmington 2 - Charlotte 0 Rochester 1 - Pittsburgh 1 (Rochester 4-2 on penalties) Cleveland 3 - St. Louis Lions 0 Chicago Fire (PDL) 3 - Bavarian 1 Harrisburg 4 - Reading 1 Minnesota 3 - Nebraska 402 1 Charleston 2 - Atlanta FC 0 Miami 2 - Lynch's FC 1 Austin 2 -.

Roster Shuffle In Toronto

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Toronto FC has parted ways with goalkeeper Greg Sutton to make room for San Jose Earthquakes defender Nick Garcia. Toronto also picks up the discovery rights to Ali Gerba. "First and foremost we want to thank Greg for everything he has done for this club," Toronto manager Mo Johnston said. "Greg has always been the consummate professional, he was the first goalkeeper signed by this club, and this was a difficult decision to make.

The Bucket

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By Andrew Dixon - MIAMI, FL (Jun 9, 2009) USSoccerPlayers -- Your favorite Grown Man has been suffering from some ill health lately. Dizzy spells, throbbing ear pain and alternating periods of rest, calm and then more pain. I thought all of these symptoms were my body's reaction to the wildly inconsistent play of my beloved National Team during this latest leg of qualifying, but it was merely an ear infection.

Wondolowski And Weaver Swap Clubs

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Forward Chris Wondolowski is now a member of the San Jose Earthquakes and forward Cam Weaver moves to Houston after the two clubs completed a trade earlier today. Wondolowski was a member of the Earthquakes before that version of the club moved to Houston.

Tuesday's Daily: First Round Proper

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With J Hutcherson -- It's US Open Cup First Round Tuesday. meaning a bunch of regional games that most Major League Soccer fans will likely ignore. Why? Under-promotion and significant lack of interest. This isn't going to be a bit on how to fix the US Open Cup. Aside from USL die-hards and friends and family, Round 1 should be about expectation.

Twellman Named POTW

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For scoring two goals in New England's 4-0 route of New York, Revolution forward Taylor Twellman has been named Major League Soccer's Player Of The Week. The last time Twellman won the award was Week 6 of 2007. This is his eighth overall.

USA - Honduras: Highlights

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Honduras Post-Game

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Monday's Daily: One Week

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With J Hutcherson -- Credit Bob Bradley with ending an experiment that was never likely to work in CONCACAF, but wonder aloud with me over the long-term value of holding onto a few ideas that need not be etched in stone. The most obvious is the insistence on a defensive midfielder against any and all opponents, but it goes past that.

MLS Week 12: LA Wins, New England Rolls

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Blame it on playing through the international matchday. Major League Soccer spends Saturday with mostly winners as Week 12 ignores the plot and gives us results with three points instead of one. Meanwhile, Chivas USA continues their run at the top of the Western Conference at the expense of the Sounders while Red Bull NY finished the week giving up six goals.

WPS Update: LA Holds Up At Home

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After drawing with Chicago on Wednesday, the Los Angeles Sol put another game in the win column on Sunday. Saint Louis Athletica joined them with a shutout of Sky Blue FC. Los Angeles 3 - Washington 1 Los Angeles took the lead in the 14th minute through Camille Abily and held it through halftime. Washington answered back when Sonia Bompaster scored in the 58th, but the Sol responded quickly with another goal from Abily in.

USA Roster For Confederations Cup

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2009 FIFA Confederations Cup June 14-28, 2009 - South Africa GOALKEEPERS: Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Tim Howard (Everton), Luis Robles (Kaiserslautern) DEFENDERS: Carlos Bocanegra (Rennes), Jonathan Bornstein (Chivas USA), Danny Califf (Midtjylland ), Jay DeMerit (Watford), Oguchi Onyewu (Standard de Liege), Heath Pearce (Hansa Rostock), Jonathan Spector (West Ham United), Marvell Wynne (Toronto FC) MIDFIELDERS: Freddy Adu (AS Monaco), DaMarcus Beasley (Rangers), Michael Bradley (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Ricardo Clark (Houston Dynamo), Benny Feilhaber (Aarhus), Sacha Kljestan.

CONCACAF Results: Costa Rica Takes Control

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By Clemente Lisi - NEW YORK, NY (Jun 6, 2009) USSoccerPlayers -- Costa Rica maintained its first place position atop the CONCACAF Hexagonal standings following a 3-2 win on Saturday over Trinidad & Tobago. Costa Rica, with 12 points, has a two-point lead over the United States, 2-1 winners over Honduras.

Teaching Soccer

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As a youth coach, the first thing to teach your newest players is the rules and basic concepts of the game. If you are dealing with a whole team made up of brand-new players, you will want to dedicate the opening practice to learning the basic rules. With very young players (U-6), you will want to avoid lecturing to them whenever possible.

Sunday's TV

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Major League Soccer on TeleFutura: San Jose - Dallas at 3pm. WPS on Fox Soccer Channel: Washington - LA at 6pm.

WCQ: USA 2 - Honduras 1

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The United States kept up their home unbeaten streak in World Cup Qualifying on Saturday night in Chicago, coming from behind to beat Honduras 2-1. Carlos Costly put Honduras one-up in the 5th minute, and brought back bad memories from Wednesday's loss in Costa Rica. This time, the United States regrouped.

MLS: Houston 1 - Chicago 0

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Stuart Holden scored the only goal of the game in the fourth minute Friday night at Toyota Park, and it was enough for Houston to take three points. With both teams missing players to international duty, there wasn't a lot of offense. Houston scored with their only shot on goal. Pat Onstad needed two saves to pick up the shutout.

Saturday's TV

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United States - Honduras at 8pm on ESPN Classic. Join us for live follow-along coverage starting at 7:45pm. El Salvador - Mexico is at 9pm on Telemundo. Major League Soccer on Fox Soccer Channel: Colorado - Salt Lake at 10pm. World Cup Qualifying on Setanta: Azerbaijan - Wales at 11am, Sweden - Denmark at 2pm, and Iceland - Holland at 8:30pm.

Scouting Report: Honduras

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By Clemente Lisi NEW YORK, NY – Don't expect Honduras – eager to earn a World Cup berth for the first time since 1982 – to just roll over and become CONCACAF road kill when they play the United States on Saturday night in Chicago. For starters, not only will Soldier Field be teeming with Honduran fans passionately cheering in the stands (possibly half of the over 50,000 fans expected in attendance could be waving.

Ching Out For Saturday

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Forward Brian Ching's hamstring injury will force him to miss Saturday night's World Cup Qualifier in Chicago. Ching missed Wednesday's Costa Rica game, but had hoped to be able to recover in time to face Honduras.

Friday's Daily: Take Two

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With J Hutcherson -- One would assume that whatever the United States throws at Honduras on Saturday will by default look a little different than the 433 experiment from Wednesday night in Costa Rica. The absence of Michael Bradley disrupts every version of the US midfield we've seen from Bob Bradley in meaningful games.

Live: USA - Honduras

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USA - Honduras

MLS: DC Wins At Home

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With some calling this a must-win for the Red Bulls, New York lost 2-0 to DC on Thursday night. DC United spent 26 minutes playing a man down when Emilio was given the early exit in the 64th, but New York simply could not trigger their offense. Santino Quaranta already had DC a goal up from the 36th minute, and Jamie Moreno would convert a 94th minute penalty to finish off the scoring.

Casey Gets Call-Up

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Colorado forward Conor Casey has been called into the US National Team squad for Saturday's game against Honduras at Chicago's Soldier Field. 50,000 tickets have already been sold for that game, and US Soccer is expecting a sellout.

Italy's Confederations Cup Squad

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Goalkeepers: Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus), Marco Amelia (Palermo), Morgan De Sanctis (Galatasaray) Defenders: Fabio Cannavaro (Juventus), Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus), Gianluca Zambrotta (Milan) Fabio Grosso (Lyon), Davide Santon (Inter), Alessandro Gamberini (Fiorentina), Nicola Legrottaglie (Juventus), Andrea Dossena (Liverpool) Midfielders: Mauro Camoranesi (Juventus), Gennaro Gattuso (Milan), Angelo Palombo (Sampdoria), Riccardo Montolivo (Fiorentina), Daniele De Rossi (Roma), Andrea Pirlo (Milan) Forwards: Alberto Gilardino (Fiorentina), Vincenzo Iaquinta (Juventus), Fabio Quagliarella (Napoli), Luca Toni (Bayern Munich), Giuseppe Rossi (Villarreal), Pepe (Udinese)

Edu Out For Summer

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United State National Team midfielder Maurice Edu will miss a minimum of three months while recovering from an operation on his knee. Edu suffered the injury during the last game of the Scottish Premier League season with Rangers. He was initially expected to only need limited therapy and was expected to be available for Rangers' Scottish Cup final last Saturday.

Thursday's Daily: Not The Same

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With J Hutcherson -- Well, I certainly didn't see that coming. I'm not going to play 'neither did anybody else by that scoreline.' It's one thing to point out the obvious with the litany of issues facing any team with an away date at Saprissa. Quite another to dismiss all of that. Yet here I am, and I still think the US had the edge in quality and experience.

WPS: Chicago Draws in LA

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The Red Stars proved a point on Wednesday night at the Home Depot Center, literally. A 1-1 draw with WPS leaders Los Angeles, is their first positive result in weeks. Chicago took the lead late when Cristiane scored in the 88th minute. Not to be outdone, the Sol equalized in the 90th through Camille Abily.

Costa Rica 3 - United States 1

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A stoppage time penalty from Landon Donovan took some of the sting out of a tough loss to Costa Rica at San Jose's Saprissa Stadium on Wednesday night. Showing an experimental 433 lineup, the US ended up getting tested early and playing behind for most of the game. Alvaro Saborio opened the scoring in the second minute and Celso Borges added another in the 13th.

TONIGHT'S GAME MOVED TO ESPN2

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The Costa Rica - United States World Cup Qualifier will be on ESPN2, along with a pre-game show starting at 9:30pm.

FIFA Rankings: USA Up To 14th

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In a rankings cycle short on games, there was a surprising amount of movement in the Top 20. The United States moved from 15th to 14th without playing a game, and Mexico fell from 25th to 26th. UEFA now holds the top four slots. The next FIFA rankings will be published on July 1st. Top Twenty

Tonight It's Costa Rica

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With J Hutcherson -- It's time to end Costa Rica's scary story. The one about not losing courtesy of a stadium as much as overwhelming skill. With all due respect to tonight's opponent, it's time. The United States enters the field tonight with enough skill players to create chances and defensive stops capable of being the difference.

Mexico Makes Peace With CONMEBOL

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Mexico's absence from South American competitions over CONMEBOL's response to the H1N1 outbreak has ended after only a few weeks. Mexico will once again be participating in the Copa Libertadores and Copa America tournaments. Chivas and San Luis withdrew from the Libertadores after being unable to find an approved neutral site to play their home games.

Schwarzenegger Joins USA Bid Committee

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Governor of California Arnold Schwarzenegger is the latest member of the United States bid committee to host either the 2018 or 2022 World Cup. "Governor Schwarzenegger is a passionate and committed leader in all the projects he takes on," bid committee chairman and US Soccer president Sunil Gulati said.

WCQ: Costa Rica - USA

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Costa Rica - USA

All About: Danny Califf

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United States National Team defender Danny Califf just finished up his club season with FC Midtjylland in the Danish SAS-Ligaen. Midtjylland finished fourth in the twelve-team league, his first season with the club but third in the SAS-Ligaen after spending two seasons with Aalborg. Danny joins us from the US National Team preparations for Wednesday's Qualifier in Costa Rica to answer some personal questions and teach us a bit of what he calls Danglish.

Scouting Report: Costa Rica

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By Clemente Lisi - NEW YORK, NY (Jun 2, 2009) USSoccerPlayers -- Costa Rica may be the most underrated national side in the World. While the US remains one of the heavy favorites to grab one of the three automatic spots awarded to CONCACAF for next year's World Cup, the Ticos have also emerged as contenders for the right to play in South Africa.

Tuesday's Daily: From The Back

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With J Hutcherson -- One day away from that other significant away date on the CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying calendar, and why wouldn't we want to go ahead and talk about this being the cycle when the United States picks up away wins in Costa Rica and Mexico. Sometimes, what's needed is a little swagger.

Onyewu Takes Court Action

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US National Team defender Oguchi Onyewu has filed suit in Belgium over an incident involving Anderlecht player Jelle Van Damme in the Belgian championship playoff with Onyewu's Standard Liege. Onyewu claims he was repeatedly called a "monkey" by Van Damme during the first leg of the two-game series and is pushing the case to bring to light the racial issues in the game.

Clark Added To US Squad

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Houston Dynamo midfielder Ricardo Clark has been called into the National Team squad in advance of Wednesday's world Cup Qualifier in Costa Rica. Clark will travel to Costa Rica tomorrow morning.

CONCACAF Leadership Remains In Place

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CONCACAF president Jack Warner and general secretary Chuck Blazer won reelection to their positions earlier today at the FIFA Congress and Executive Committee meetings underway in the Bahamas. Both ran unopposed. Warner is also the Caribbean representative to FIFA's Executive Committee. Blazer holds the North American committee seat.

Casey Wins Week 11 POTW

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Conor Casey's two goals in Colorado's 3-2 win over Red Bull NY won him his second Player of the Week honors. Casey was also named Player of the Week for Week Three.

Nowak's Union

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By Graig Carbino - ALBANY, NY (June 1, 2009) USSoccerPlayers -- The Philadelphia Union won't kick a ball for real until the Spring of 2010. Their stadium is still early in the process of being constructed and they have yet to introduce their first player. Ownership still felt it important at this stage of the game to bring in a coach and start the groundwork of putting together a brand new team.

Onyewu Talks Transfer Season

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Monday's Daily: The Newcastle Option

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With J Hutcherson -- It's worth paying attention to the Newcastle experiment in the formative stages. For those of you otherwise occupied, the wannabe giant of Europe will be spending the 2009-10 season in The Championship. Wherever you want to place blame, Newcastle spent enough money to expect to make it to at least 17th in the standings.

American Abroad: Pachuca Can't Come Back

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Jose Francisco Torres and Pachuca were unable to turnaround their first leg loss to UNAM Pumas, drawing 2-2 in the second leg of the Mexican Clausura finals on Sunday night and losing 3-2 on aggregate. Christian Gimenez put Pachuca up in the 32nd minute from the penalty spot. UNAM Pumas' Dante Lopez equalized in the 61st.

American Abroad: Game Over In France

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Aside from the Cup action in Scotland and England on Saturday, France's Ligue 1 finished play and Danny Califf got on the score sheet in Denmark. France: Carlos Bocanegra started and went the full 90, as Rennes fell 4-0 to Olympique Marseille. Bakari Kone opened the scoring for L'OM in the 52nd, Mamadou Niang made it 2-0 in the 57th, Nicolas Douchez was credited with an own goal in the 58th, and Niang got his.

WPS Update: All Winners

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For the second week in a row, three Women's Professional Soccer League games and three winners. This time around, it was with first choice rosters. Saint Louis Athletica 0 - Los Angeles 2 The Sol went a goal up in the 35th when Camille Abily scored off an assist from Marta. Shannon Boxx doubled that lead in the 50th with service from Han Duan.

MLS Week 11: Only Two

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Major League Soccer fans got a look at the League as most would like it. A couple of ties, mostly winners and losers, and a few shock results. The biggest came on Sunday, when Chicago finally lost a game. DC 1 - New England 2 The DC faithful have a legit gripe about how their game ended at Foxboro, but the home fans got the return of Taylor Twellman to go with their three points.