USSoccerPlayers Archives for January 2009

RBNY Waives Smith

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Midfielder Khano Smith is no longer a member of the New York Red Bulls. The club announced on Thursday that he had been waived. RBNY traded for Smith after Seattle picked him up from New England in the expansion draft. HE had eight appearances for the Red Bulls in 2009.

Thursday's Daily: Risk/Reward

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With J Hutcherson -- Here's how to simplify the free spending we're seeing from our European friends in a global economic downturn. Some of them believe that they'll recoup. Some of them believe they have to spend to compete regardless of debt. Some don't care. Obviously, you don't want to be the club in that middle group, squeezed from both sides into committing to questionable financial moves.

MLS All-Stars: Everton Win On Penalties

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Opting not to clear their bench, Everton took the 2009 MLS All-Star Game on penalties after drawing 1-1 in regulation Wednesday night at Rio Tinto Stadium. Though the All-Stars remain unbeaten in regulation by foreign clubs, the real story of the night was the play of Everton and US National Team keeper Tim Howard.

CONCACAF Champions League: Toronto Down

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Toronto FC setup a tough away leg in their CONCACAF Champions League qualifying series, losing 1-0 to Puerto Rico at BMO Field on Wednesday. Kendall Jagdeosingh scored the only goal of the game in the 67th minute. Toronto travels to Puerto Rico next week needing to win by at least two goals in regulation to take the series.

MLS All-Stars Follow Along

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By Graig Carbino - ALBANY, NY (July 29, 2009) USSoccerPlayers -- Coming to you live from the land of perpetual downpours (aka upstate NY), this is Graig Carbino with follow along commentary of the 2009 Major League Soccer All-Star Game. Houston Dynamo head coach Dominic Kinnear will lead the MLS contingent against English Premier League side Everton.

WPS Update: Boston 0 - Washington 1

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The Washington Freedom improved their playoff chances at home on Wednesday night, moving into third-place with two games left on their schedule. Washington finally took advantage of a 5th minute Boston red-card and got the only goal of the game when Abby Wambach scored in the 73rd minute. Boston remains in the playoff hunt, currently fourth and trailing Washington by a point.

Four US Players Named To All-Tournament Team

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Four US National Team Players were named to the All-Tournament Team for the 2009 Gold Cup. Kenny Cooper, Clarence Goodson, Stuart Holden, and Chad Marshall received the honor, with the US National Team winning the Fair Play Award for the tournament. Mexico's Giovani dos Santos won the MVP award, Mexico's Mighel Sabah won the Golden Boot, and Costa Rica's Keilor Navas was named best goalkeeper.

Mexico Roster For Aug 12th Qualifier

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Goalkeepers (2): Guillermo Ochoa (América), José de Jesús Corona (Cruz Azul) Defenders (8): José Antonio Castro (Tigres), Aarón Galindo (Guadalajara), Efraín Juárez (UNAM), Jonny Magallón (Guadalajara), Rafael Márquez (Barcelona), Ricardo Osorio (Stuttgart), Carlos Salcido (PSV Eindhoven), Oscar Rojas (América) Midfielders (4): Cuauhtémoc Blanco (Chicago Fire), Israel Castro (UNAM), Andrés Guardado (Deportivo La Coruña), Gerardo Torrado (Cruz Azul) Forwards (6): Nery Castillo (Shakhtar), Guillermo Franco (out of contract), Alberto Medina (Guadalajara), Giovani dos Santos (Tottenham), Miguel.

MLS Mid-Season Awards

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By Brooke Tunstall - CHARLOTTE, NC (Jul 29, 2009) USSoccerPlayers -- With the Major League Soccer All-Star Game upon us tonight, it seems like an appropriate time to look at the front runners for the league's various individual awards and who would win them if the league gave them out at the All-Star break.

The Soccer Daily: Working All-Star

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With J Hutcherson -- I'm not one of those who dismisses Major League Soccer's All-Star game along with the club friendly schedule as not quite worth the intelligent soccer fan's time. Done right, those games can be a lot of fun to watch on TV or in person. However, I am of the opinion that the All-Star Game should be about the fans.

CONCACAF Champions League: Draw For DC

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DC United drew 1-1 with Firpo last night at RFK Stadium, giving up an away goal with a team made up mainly of squad players. "My assistant and I were surprised when we saw the lineup," Firpo coach Agustin Castillo said. "We had prepared for a totally different team." DC fell behind in the 26th minute when Mario Benitez took the ball off of DC's Greg Janicki and beat keeper Milos Klos.

Rapids Swap Cooke For Smith

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Former Aberdeen midfielder Jamie Smith is the newest member of the Colorado Rapids. To make room for Smith, Colorado waived midfielder Terry Cooke. Cooke had 106 games and four goals for the Rapids over five seasons.

El Khalifi Joins RSL

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Real Salt Lake signed Dutch midfielder Rachid El Khalifi to a three-year contract on Wednesday. "We liked Rachid in preseason and he fit in well with our group, but we weren't sure he was the perfect match as a tucked in midfielder in a diamond system," RSL GM Garth Lagerwey said. "With our switch to a 4-3-3 formation we needed wide players, and Rachid has played in this system his entire career.

Ticket Notice For September 5th Qualifier

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The US Soccer Federation has announced the ticket procedure for the September 5th World Cup Qualifier against El Salvador at Rio Tinto Stadium. The following is from their press release: After a presale for U.S. Soccer SC members and others, tickets for the US Men's National Team's FIFA World Cup qualifier against El Salvador on Sept.

Szetela: "To see the differences between playing in Europe and MLS was important."

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By Graig Carbino - ALBANY, NY (July 28, 2009) USSoccerPlayers -- It has been a long road home for new DC United midfielder Danny Szetela. Signed by Spanish club Racing Santander in August of 2007, the former Columbus Crew man spent a year and a half of his time across the Atlantic on loan to Serie B side Brescia.

Zoltan Hercegfalvi Joins KC

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The Kansas City Wizards announced the signing of Hungarian forward Zoltan Hercegfalvi on Friday. Hercegfalvi spent most of his career with Honved. "I've always had the desire to play outside of Hungary," Zoltan said. "Now that soccer in the United States has taken a big step forward, I'm very excited to come here.

Stretching Champions

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With J Hutcherson -- Champions League action in UEFA and CONCACAF today, with season two of the local version. What did we learn from last time around? Major League Soccer played like they would rather not be bothered and USL-1 ended up with the long run courtesy of automatic qualifiers Puerto Rico. Meanwhile, Mexico put three of four teams into the semifinals and ended up with a guaranteed winner in the championship series.

Inactive All-Stars

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Regardless of whether or not Major League Soccer invites a foreign club to participate in the All-Star Game, two rosters of MLS players are selected as All-Stars. The following are the 18 inactive All-Stars: GOALKEEPERS: Pat Onstad (Houston Dynamo), Donovan Ricketts (LA Galaxy) DEFENDERS: Jonathan Bornstein (Chivas USA), Frankie Hejduk (Columbus Crew), Jimmy Conrad (Kansas City Wizards) MIDFIELDERS: Guillermo Barros Schelotto (Columbus Crew), Shalrie Joseph (New England Revolution), Dwayne De Rosario (Toronto FC), Ricardo Clark.

Movsisyan Wins POTW

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Yura Movsisyan is Major League Soccer's Player of the Week for Week 19. The Real Salt Lake forward scored in the 55th and 93rd minutes in RSL's 4-2 win over Dallas on Friday. 2009 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.

American Abroad: Feilhaber Scores

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Benny Feilhaber scored what would turn out to be the game winner for AGF Aarhus on Monday afternoon, in their 3-2 win over Randers. His 45th minute goal was the third of the opening half for the visitors, adding to Mark Howard's goal in the 7th and Nando Rafael's in the 37th. Randers got one back in the 24th through Kenneth Moller Pedersen and Kasper Lorentzen scored in the 90th minute.

Houston Gets 2010 All-Stars

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In an announcement earlier today in Park City, Utah, Major League Soccer commissioner Don Garber named Houston's Robertson Stadium as the host venue for the 2010 MLS All-Star Game. "The city of Houston has consistently and fervently supported the Dynamo and other high-profile soccer events in recent years," Garber said.

Blatter Talks Up NYC

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By Clemente Lisi - EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (Jul 27, 2009) USSoccerPlayers -- FIFA President Sepp Blatter was in a New York state of mind this weekend. Just like in the song made famous by Billy Joel, Blatter heaped praise on the city and said the New Meadowlands Stadium could very well host a World Cup final in the future.

Time In: Andrew McDonough

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The United States National Soccer Team Players Association is proud to be associated with the B+ Foundation, created by the family of Andrew McDonough. Andrew was a soccer player from Delaware who turned tragedy into inspiration through his battle with Leukemia, the life he led on and off the field, and the example he continues to set for numerous people who impacted by his story.

Monday's Daily: The Move On

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With J Hutcherson -- Look, I'm not going to insult anybody's intelligence by pretending that dropping five goals to Mexico with a trophy on the line is anything more than what it was. At the same time, I'm also not going to sway along with whatever the latest result happens to be. There's enough of that, along with treating every loss like the team owes the pundit a personal apology, and it's not getting any.

WPS Update: Thinking Playoffs

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With the Los Angeles Sol already in the Women's Professional Soccer League final as regular season champions, two teams are no longer in contention. Chicago Red Stats and FC Gold Pride are officially eliminated from the playoff race after the weekend results. Sky Blue FC 0 - Boston 0 The Breakers finally got a point off of Sky Blue after losing their three previous meetings.

MLS All-Stars: Thornton In For Onstad

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Chivas USA goalkeeper Zach Thornton has replaced Houston's Pat Onstad on Major League Soccer's All-Star roster. Onstad is recovering from straining his back against New England on Saturday. Thornton has made the All-Star team five previous times, the last coming in 2003 with the Chicago Fire.

Mexico Resets Rivalry

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By Clemente Lisi - EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (Jul 26, 2009) USSoccerPlayers -- The United States is second best once again this summer – and again it was down to a second-half lapse. With 79,156 crammed into Giants Stadium on Sunday in suburban New York, Mexico routed the US 5-0 in the Gold Cup final. The mostly pro-Mexico crowd got the win they wanted, but the how should have left most in attendance shocked.

Gold Cup Final: Mexico 5 - USA 0

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WASHINGTON, DC (Jul 26, 2009) USSoccerPlayers -- The 2009 Gold Cup was decided by a second-half barrage of chances for Mexico, starting with a questionable penalty converted by Gerrardo Torrado in the 58th minute. Though United States keeper Troy Perkins made it difficult with several clutch saves, Mexico was on the board again through Giovani dos Santos in the 63rd.

MLS Week 19: Houston Falls

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Missing Brian Ching and Stuart Holden to National Team duty, Houston dropped a 1-0 decision to New England at Robertson Stadium on Saturday. Meanwhile, Colorado rolled over New York and LA came back to draw with Kansas City. Chicago 0 - Seattle 0 A goalless draw in Saturday's first national cable game, with both teams ending a man down.

Gold Cup: Big Picture

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By Brooke Tunstall - CHARLOTTE, NC (Jul 25, 2009) USSoccerPlayers -- For obvious reasons, the United States National Team's run to the finals of last month's Confederations Cup made headlines around the world. It even captured the attention of the mainstream media that usually has very little time for the sport.

What is a Good Warm Up?

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One of the most neglected areas of different training sessions at the youth level across the United States is a thorough warm up. A simple jog around the field and a couple of quick bends to touch your toes simply does not cut it. The same goes for anything that is done in a span of 10 minutes or less.

Sunday's TV

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Fox Soccer Channel and Univision have the 2009 Gold Cup Final: Mexico - USA at 3pm. WPS on Fox Soccer: Gold Pride - Saint Louis at 6pm. World Football Challenge on ESPN2: Milan - Inter Milan at 5pm and Chelsea - Club America at 7pm. Russian Premier LEague on Setanta: Zenit St Petersburg - Rubin at 6:15am and CSKA Moscow - Spartak Moscow at 8am.

Gold Cup Final Sells Out

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Sunday's Gold Cup Final between the United States and Mexico at Giants Stadium is officially a sellout. The two teams face each other with new look squads, just weeks away from the World Cup Qualifier at Azteca. "I think it'll always bring out the emotion," US coach Bob Bradley said about playing Mexico.

Time In: Andrew McDonough

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The United States National Soccer Team Players Association is proud to be associated with the B+ Foundation, created by the family of Andrew McDonough. Andrew was a soccer player from Delaware who turned tragedy into inspiration through his battle with Leukemia, the life he led on and off the field, and the example he set for numerous people who followed his story.

MLS Announces All-Star Replacements

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Major League soccer has had to add two players to the MLS All-Star squad for Wednesday' game against Everton (ESPN2 - 9:30pm). Real Salt Lake midfielder Will Johnson join the team while New England midfielder Shalrie Joseph leaves due to injury and Houston Forward Brian Ching is allowed to miss the game due to involvement with the US National Team.

MLS: Dallas 2 - Salt Lake 4

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FC Dallas took the early road lead at Rio Tinto Stadium on Friday night, with goals from Jeff Cunningham in the 13th and Dave van den Bergh in the 21st, only for Real Salt Lake to come roaring back in the second-half with four unanswered goals of their own. Yura Movsisyan scored in the 55th, Robbie Findley converted a penalty kick, Dallas' Daniel Torres got the own goal in the 88th, and Movsisyan scored again.

Saturday's TV

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MLS on ESPN: Chicago - Seattle at 3pm. On ESPN2: Los Angeles - Kansas City at 9pm. On Fox Soccer Channel: DC - San Jose at 10:30pm. Peace Cup on GolTV: Lyon - Besiktas at 2:30pm and Malaga - Aston Villa at 4:30pm. MFL: Cruz Azul - Jaguares on Azteca at 6pm. Indios - Monterrey on Fox Sports en Espanol at 8pm (10pm on Azteca).

MLS Fines Beckham

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LA Galaxy midfielder David Beckham received a thousand dollar fine for the widely publicized encounter with the club's supporter group during half-time of Sunday's friendly draw with Milan. "We support our players interacting with fans, whether it is at clinics, charity events or by high-fiving their supporters in the stands while celebrating a goal," MLS commissioner Don Garber said.

Diz Joins Rapids

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The Colorado Rapids signed forward Facundo Diz on Friday. Diz last played with Club Atletico Platense in Argentina's Nacional B. Diz counts as a senior international. "Facundo adds the depth to our forward line that we have been looking for a long time," coach Gary Smith said. "(W)here he's come from he has a wealth of experience.

Scouting Report: Mexico

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By Clemente Lisi - NEW YORK, NY (Jul 24, 2009) USSoccerPlayers -- Gold Cup organizers have gotten their dream final and Mexico now remains the only thing standing in the way between the US and a third straight Gold Cup title. As if the rivalry between the US and Mexico wasn't caliente enough, the two sides will also play August 12th at Azteca.

Friday's Daily: Different Stories

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With J Hutcherson -- What we saw last night in Chicago was a United States team working their tactics, pushing a plan, and getting the goals to advance. It's the kind of thing that should make long-term US fans happy, and it sets up yet another matchday with Mexico. For those that stayed around for the late game, Mexico hardly followed the USA's example in their penalty win over Costa Rica.

Sol Books Spot In WPS Final

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The Los Angeles Sol drew 0-0 on the road to FC Gold Pride on Wednesday night, but the point was enough to clinch first place for the season in Women's Professional Soccer. Under WPS rules, that means the Sol advance directly to the final on August 22nd and get home field advantage. "We are delighted to win the WPS Regular Season title," said Los Angeles Sol coach Abner Rogers.

Gold Cup: Honduras 0 - USA 2

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WASHINGTON, DC (Jul 23, 2009) USSoccerPlayers -- The United States advanced to the 2009 Gold Cup Final, dominating the offense against Honduras in Chicago on Thursday. Clarence Goodson got the first goal of the game in first-half stoppage time and Kenny Cooper added the second in the 90th, minutes after coming on for Davy Arnaud.

Sanchez Sings With Earthquakes

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El Salvador National Team captain Ramon Sanchez is the newest member of the San Jose Earthquakes. The midfielder last played with Alianza in El Salvador's Primera Division. "There have been a number of successful players in Major League Soccer from El Salvador and we think that Ramon has the ability to make an impact here also," said GM John Doyle.

DC And Seattle Engage In Venue Rivalry

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With the United States Soccer Federation choosing DC United's bid for hosting the 2009 US Open Cup Final, Seattle general manager Adrian Hanauer questioned the process. "I don't think DC has played a game in the Open Cup on the road in two years," he told The News Tribune's Don Ruiz. "They had a road through all lower-division teams to get to the Open Cup Final.

Cooper: Positive Contributions

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By Brooke Tunstall - CHARLOTTE, NC (Jul 23, 2009) USSoccerPlayers -- For Kenny Cooper, there was never any doubt who was going to take the penalty kick. After being dropped at the top of penalty box by an obvious foul during overtime of the US National Team's Gold Cup quarterfinal with Panama last week in Philadelphia, the FC Dallas striker walked to the penalty spot and patiently waited for the referee's whistle.

WPS Update: Sky Blue FC 0 - Saint Louis 1

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Saint Louis used their home field advantage and a 48th minute goal from Eniola Aluko to put themselves in second-lace in Women's Professional Soccer. "I could see the defender playing around with the ball a bit and I knew she was a bit uncomfortable so I pressed her," said Aluko. "(Saint Louis coach) Jorge Barcellos talked about how they would give up a ball if we pressed them.

Thursday's Daily: Third Round

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With J Hutcherson -- Game night Chicago, and the United States will be looking to get a little more out of the offense than what we saw in Philadelphia. Against Panama, there were enough opportunities to take the game in regulation and at least the argument that the US defense should have recorded the shutout.

Scouting Report: Honduras - Semifinals

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What has changed since our Group Stage scouting report on Honduras? Well, the 'beat the United States' prediction took a bit of a hit. The United States turned a questionable first-half into a game winning second, beating Honduras 2-0 on July 8th on their way to winning Group B. Honduras got a 4-0 win in their final Group B game against Grenada, but the United States and Haiti had already shown that Grenada was over-matched.

American Abroad: Onyewu Debuts For Milan

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United States National Team defender Oguchi Onyewu saw his first minutes in an AC Milan jersey on Wednesday night, coming on to start the second-half in the 2-1 friendly loss to Club America in front of 53,600 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. "I think it was very fast for him because he arrived yesterday and had to play today," Milan manager Leonardo said.

Canada 0 - US Women 1

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The United States Women's National Team got an 89th minute winner from Christine Nairn at Charleston's Blackbaud Stadium on Wednesday night to sweep their friendly series with Canada. "I was first of all excited to get in the game, but Cheney did all the hard work and I was just there to make sure it went in the goal," Nairn said.

Dallas Signs Benitez

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Defender Jair Benitez has joined FC Dallas on loan from Colombian club Deportivo Cali. "Jair Benitez is going to be a very good addition for FC Dallas," Dallas coach Schellas Hyndman said. "He brings tremendous experience and athleticism to the left fullback position, one of the areas on our team that we had identified for improvement.

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Coming Back

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By Andrew Dixon - MIAMI, FL (Jul 22, 2009) USSoccerPlayers -- Lost amid the discussion surrounding David Beckham's return to MLS from Europe last week was that United States Under-20 World Cup standout Danny Szetela has made his way back to Major League Soccer. Though I'm sure it's not the ending he wanted when he left Columbus a few years ago, it's certainly not the end of the World.

Wednesday's Daily: Chance

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With J Hutcherson -- Let's take former England and Mexico manager Sven-Goran Ericksson's move to Notts County in England's League 2 at face value. "I started my football management career at a small lower division Swedish club and we managed to get them into the top-flight," Eriksson said in a press statement.

Onyewu: "It’s pretty amazing"

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By Brooke Tunstall - ATLANTA, GA (Jul 22, 2009) USSoccerPlayers -- You know you've made it big time when folks are dropping money to watch you practice. That, and it seems like half of your new teammates have won the World Cup. Not played in it, won it. So it goes for US National Team defender Oguchi Onyewu, who was formally introduced yesterday at the Georgia Dome as famed club AC Milan's newest acquisition.

Seattle To Host DC In Open Cup Final

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DC United and Seattle advanced in the US Open Cup on Tuesday. DC beat Rochester 2-1 in regulation, and Seattle needed overtime to advance at the expense of Houston by the same score. Rochester 1 - DC United 2 DC took the lead in the 41st minute from a Jamie Moreno penalty after the referee called Rochester for a handball in the box.

American Abroad: Feilhaber Opens With Assist

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Benny Feilhaber setup the quickest goal in Superliga history on Monday, putting the ball through for Peter Graulund for the only goal in Aarhus' 1-0 win over AaB at NRGi Park. Jeremiah White started and went the full 90 for Aarhus, picking up a yellow card in the 29th minute. Marcus Tracy was a 78th minute substitute for AaB.

Tuesday's Daily: Meaningful Games

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With J Hutcherson -- Last gasp for USL-1 tonight at the Maryland SoccerPlex, with DC hosting the Rochester Rhinos. What could have been three of the four slots in the semifinals ended up one. With all due respect to Rochester, knocking off two Major League Soccer clubs off in a row on the road is expecting a bit much.

Blanco Wins POTW

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Chicago Fire midfielder Cuauhtemoc Blanco is Major League Soccer's Player of the Week for Week 18. Blanco came on in the 60th minute against San Jose, setting up the first goal and scoring the second.

Galaxy Responds To Beckham Incident

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Following the interaction between David Beckham and members of the Galaxy supporter section during Sunday's friendly with Milan, the club issued the following statement: "We regret the incident that happened at the end of the first half of last night's friendly at The Home Depot Center. While it is important that our fans remain free to voice their opinions, they must do so in an appropriate manner.

Kinnear Adds Six

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MLS All-Star Team coach Dominic Kinnear finished off the squad selections on Monday, naming six players to the roster that will have Everton on July 29th at Rio Tinto Stadium. Kinnear used half of his selections on his own players from the Houston Dynamo: Pat Onstad, Brad Davis, and Brian Ching. He also added two more players from Seattle: Jhon Kennedy Hurtad and Fredy Montero, along with Kansas City midfielder Davy Arnaud.

Bradley Adds Parkhurst

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United States National Team defender Michael Parkhurst has been recalled to the roster for the semifinals of the Gold Cup. Parkhurst left the squad after the group stage to return to his club side FC Nordsjaelland.

World Cup Cities

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By Clemente Lisi - PHILADELPHIA, PA (Jul 20, 2009) USSoccerPlayers -- Don't tell David Downs the United States can't replicate the success of the 1994 World Cup. "We have all the infrastructure in place to host a World Cup. No one doubts we would sell out [each game] if it was held here," said Downs, who heads the US's 2018/2022 World Cup bid committee.

Monday's Daily: CONCACAF

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With J Hutcherson -- Anybody needing a working example for the problems with CONCACAF soccer, the Honduras - Canada quarterfinal was for you. It's not the expected questionable call proving the difference. Well, at least not just.... Both teams did exactly what we've come to expect. Unnecessarily playing the bunker.

USA Swaps Keepers

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Jon Bush will be joining the US Gold Cup squad in advance of Thursday's semifinal against Honduras. Luis Robles is returning to Germany for the start of preseason training with Kaiserslautern.

MLS Week 18: East Beats West

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Turning over the Thursday result, the Eastern Conference looked strong over the weekend in Major League Soccer. In five games matching up East and West, three Eastern clubs won and Toronto tied League leaders Houston. Houston 1 - Toronto 1 The Western Conference leaders were trailing the home-standing FC after 37 minutes when Dwayne De Rosario scored.

WPS Update: 1-0

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All three of the weekend games ended 1-0 in Women's Professional Soccer. With the idle Sol firmly in control of first-place, Boston moved into second, Saint Louis has third, and Sky Blue FC have the final slot with their win over Chicago. Saint Louis 0 - Washington 1 Homare Sawa got the only goal of the game 74th minute, with Washington part of a WPS/MLS doubleheader at RFK Stadium.

Canada 0 - US Women 1

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Abby Wambach got the 100th goal of her career and the only one of the game on Sunday as the United States beat Canada 1-0 in Rochester. -- GAME REPORT -- Match: US Women's National Team vs. Canada Date: July 19, 2009 Competition: International Friendly Venue: Marina Auto Stadium; Rochester, N.Y. Kickoff: 3 p.

Group Mentality

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By Graig Carbino - ALBANY, NY (Jul 19, 2009) USSoccerPlayers -- Three minutes. For 180 seconds on Saturday night in Philadelphia Panama could see themselves finally reaching their soccer summit. In the lead courtesy of a Blas Perez goal, the Panamanians were finally going to beat the United States in Gold Cup competition.

Youth Soccer: Involving Parents

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

Sunday's TV

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Canada - United States Women at 3pm on ESPN. Gold Cup on TeleFutura: Guadeloupe - Costa Rica at 4pm. On Univision: Mexico - Haiti at 7pm. WPS on Fox Soccer Channel: Chicago - Sky Blue FC at 4:30pm. World Football Challenge on ESPN2: Inter Milan - Club America at 7pm. Russian Premier League on Setanta: Rubin - CSKA Moscow at 6:15am and Spartak Moscow - Krylia Sovetov at 8am.

Gold Cup: USA 2 - Panama 1

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PHILADELPHIA, PA (Jul 18, 2009) USSoccerPlayers -- The United States needed an over-time penalty from Kenny Cooper for the 2-1 Quarterfinal win over Panama, setting up a Group B rematch with Honduras in the 2009 Gold Cup semifinals. The USA came back against a Panama squad that required the best of their defense on Saturday night in front of 31,087 at Philadelphia's Lincoln Field.

US Soccer Statement On TV For Mexico Qualifier

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In response to Telemundo's decision to show the English-language feed of the August 12th USA - Mexico Qualifier on Mun2, the United States Soccer Federation issued the following statement: "With every game, our main objective is to provide the television broadcast to the widest audience possible in both English and Spanish.

Saturday's TV

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Gold Cup on Univision: Honduras - Canada at 5pm. On Fox Soccer Channel: Panama - United States at 8pm. Major League Soccer on ESPN2: Houston - Toronto at 1pm followed by the Chelsea - Seattle friendly at 3pm. Brasileirao on GolTV: Palmeiras - Santo Andre at 5:30pm. Colombian League on GolTV: Quindio - Millionarios at 7:30pm and Medellin - Cali at 9:30pm.

McBride Out With Shoulder Injury

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Chicago Fire forward Brian McBride is expected to miss four-to-six weeks after needing surgery to repair a labral tear in his left shoulder.

Dallas Trades Saragosa For Harris

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Atiba Harris is now a member of FC Dallas after the club completed a trade with Chivas USA on Friday. Going the other way is midfielder Marcelo Saragosa. "We're excited to be able to bring Atiba Harris to FC Dallas," said FCD Head Coach Schellas Hyndman. "He is a tough, hard-nosed player who can play as both a wide midfielder and forward.

Kicking Contest In Philadelphia

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Holden: This Is A Big Tournament For All Of Us

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By Clemente Lisi - PHILADELPHIA, PA (Jul 17, 2009) USSoccerPlayers -- It must feel good to be Stuart Holden right now. After an impressive string of performances for the US in the first round of the Gold Cup, Holden is ready to take on Panama in the quarterfinals Saturday to help the Americans remain in the hunt to win the CONCACAF trophy for a third straight time.

Scouting Report: Panama

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By Graig Carbino - ALBANY, NY (July 17, 2009) USSoccerPlayers -- Panama enters their Gold Cup quarterfinal match up with the United States on somewhat of a high. After a disappointing 2-1 reverse in game one against Guadeloupe, Los Canaleros were able to right the ship and get things going with a controversial and hotly contested 1-all draw with regional powerhouse Mexico.

Friday's Daily: In The Turn

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With J Hutcherson -- Another crowded weekend for the Summer of Soccerâ„¢, as the Gold Cup reaches the quarterfinal stage, the US Women host Canada, and the leagues play through. For The United States, Saturday night in Philadelphia becomes the major test for this tournament. No safety selections in this squad, and a number of players who are building off their performances in the group stage.

LA Extends Streak

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The Los Angeles Galaxy won their fourth game in a row on Thursday night, beating Red Bull NY 3-1 at Giants Stadium. Alecko Eskandarian put the Galaxy up in the third minute. Working a second chance off a corner kick, Eddie Lewis found Landon Donovan for the second goal in the 31st. Just before halftime, the two reversed roles.

Red Bull NY Adds bster

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Red Bull Salzburg midfielder Ernst Öbster is now a member of Red Bull NY, the MLS club announced today. "We were interested in bringing Ernst to New York since our preseason trip to Austria last year," said Sporting Director Jeff Agoos. "Ernst can play a variety of positions on the field and we think that he has a bright future ahead of him.

Univision CEO Joins USA Bid

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Joe Uva is the latest addition to the USA Bid Committee. Uva is the chief executive of Univision. "In the US, Univision is ‘futbol' for millions of viewers looking to feel the passion and energy that defines the sport," Uva said. "Because of the growing influence and impact of the Hispanic population in this country, we know we will have a critical voice in helping the United States secure the opportunity to host the FIFA.

Beckerman's Turn

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By Brooke Tunstall - CHARLOTTE, NC (Jul 16, 2009) USSoccerPlayers -- If good things do, in fact, come to those who wait, that might explain the sudden run of good fortune for Kyle Beckerman. So too would hard work and professionalism but patience has been key, too. In his tenth season in Major League Soccer – yes, the kid with the dreads and the boundless energy has played an entire decade in MLS – Beckerman.

Thursday's Daily: Putting It Together

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With J Hutcherson -- It's tough when the only way your club gets linked with the phrase "big game" is when it matters to the opposition. Tonight's Los Angeles - New York spectacle holds no more meaning for the Red Bulls except as an attendance boost for the curious. That's what happens when you've won two games 19 into the season.

MLS Friendlies: No Goals In Commerce

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Club America 0 - Colorado 0 10,482 showed up to see Mexican Liga giant Club America in a game that was short on offense but big on substitutions. Nine for Club America and five for Colorado. Club America's number was for nine outfield slots after Ricardo Rojas was ejected in the 28th minute for a foul on Rapids defender Cory Gibbs.

2009 SuperLiga Final Set

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Chicago will host Tigres for the 2009 SuperLiga title after both teams advanced in semifinal play at Gillette Stadium. Chicago 2 - New England 1 Credit Chicago for playing to their strengths. Cuauhtemoc Blanco found Brian McBride for the 34th minute opener, with the Revs pulling even when Edgaras Jankauskas' shot was deflected in just before halftime.

WPS Update: Lots Of Goals

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Two games on Wednesday night, with Washington and Sky Blue FC needing eight goals to split the points in Piscataway to split the points. Meanwhile, Angela Hucles proved the difference in Cambridge. Chicago 0 - Boston 1 Angela Hucles got the game's only goal in the 35th minute on a night when Chicago couldn't get their shots on goal.

RSL Trades For Campos

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Forward Pablo Campos is now a member of Real Salt Lake, after San Jose accepted a trade for a second round pick in the 2010 SuperDraft and a conditional pick in 2011. Campos has played in 14 games this season and has two goals. "We've scouted Pablo now for two years and we are very excited about his potential," Real Salt Lake general manager Garth Lagerwey said.

Beckerman And Morales Make All-Star Team

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Real Salt Lake midfielders Kyle Beckerman and Javier Morales have been named to the MLS All-Star Team as the Commissioner picks. The rest of the MLS lineup will be revealed on Monday.

Szetela Joins DC

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Midfielder Danny Szetela has returned to Major League Soccer as a member of DC United, the club announced late Wednesday. Szetela spent last season on loan to Serie B club Brescia from Spain's Racing Santander. "We are pleased that Danny has decided to return to MLS and that he is now part of D.C. United," said general manager Dave Kasper.

Wednesday's Daily: SuperLiga Semis

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With J Hutcherson -- SuperLiga semifinal Wednesday. SuperLiga semifinal Wednesday? SUPERLIGA SEMINFAL WEDNESDAY! Or something like that. I'll leave it up to you to determine your own relative level of excitement. After all, it is the summer of soccer and there are ever so many options. Tonight, it's the tournament that got New England a shiny trophy last season.

Gold Cup: Updated US Roster

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Forward Charlie Davies is leaving the United States squad to complete his move to France Ligue 1 club Sochaux. The following is the US roster for Saturday's Quarterfinal against Panama. GOALKEEPERS (2): Troy Perkins (IK Start), Luis Robles (FC Kaiserslautern) DEFENDERS (5): Jimmy Conrad (Kansas City Wizards), Clarence Goodson (IK Start), Jay Heaps (New England Revolution), Chad Marshall (Columbus Crew), Heath Pearce (Out of Contract) MIDFIELDERS (8): Davy Arnaud (Kansas City Wizards), Kyle Beckerman (Real.

De Rosario Withdraws From All-Stars

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Toronto midfielder Dwayne De Rosario will not be taking his place among Major League Soccer's First XI against Everton on Wednesday, July 29th. Instead, he will be playing for Toronto that night in their CONCACAF Champions League qualifier against the Puerto Rico Islanders. Chicago Fire midfielder Cuauhtemoc Blanco replaces De Rosario in the First XI as the next highest midfield vote-getter.

American Abroad

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By Andrew Dixon - MIAMI, FL (Jul 14, 2009) USSoccerPlayers -- Don't get it twisted: the thing most American soccer fans will remember about the summer of 2009 will be the Confederations Cup. Yes, the Gold Cup is nice and I hope we win. The soap opera version of Major League Soccer is kinda fun too. But to me the second event thus far is Oguchi Onyewu's signing with AC Milan.

Tuesday's Daily: Expectations

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With J Hutcherson -- There's a billboard heading out of Waldorf, Maryland advertising "International soccer." Last night, what they meant was on display at Regency Furniture Stadium. Crystal Palace Baltimore in the away whites versus what was helpfully referred to as Crystal Palace United Kingdom, in the home red and blue.

American Abroad: Feilhaber On Target

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Benny Feilhaber's return to his club side got off to a quality start on Monday. He scored twice and fellow American Jeremiah White got a goal in AGF Aarhus' 4-2 win over Skive IK in preseason soccer. With Nando Rafael putting Aarhus up in the 4th minute, Thomas Dalgaard equalized for Skive. Feilhaber made it 2-1 in the 25th, with Skive equalizing again through Lasse Ankjaer.

President Obama Welcomes Crew To Rose Garden

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President Barack Obama hosted the 2008 MLS Cup champion Columbus Crew at the Rose Garden on Monday, where he talked about the Crew's run and the support of their fans as well as the success of the United States National Team this summer. "As some of you may know, I just got back from the G8 meeting in Italy, and one of the leaders there was President Lula da Silva of Brazil.

Barrett Wins POTW

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Toronto forward Chad Barrett is Major League Soccer's Player of the Week for Week 17. He scored two goals in Toronto's 3-1 win over San Jose on Saturday. This is his first POTW award.

MLS First XI

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Major League Soccer announced the winners of the vote for the All-Star First XI to represent MLS against Everton at Rio Tinto Stadium on July 29th (9:30pm ET - ESPN). The vote was split between media, coaches/GM's, players, and fans. Kasey Keller (Seattle) Geoff Cameron (Houston) - Wilman Conde (Chicago) - Chad Marshall (Columbus) Dwayne De Rosario (Toronto) - Stuart Holden (Houston) - Shalrie Joseph (New England) - Freddie Ljungberg (Seattle) - Guillermo Barros Schelotto.

Cherundolo And Parkhurst Exit Cup

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US National Team defenders Steve Cherundolo and Michael Parkhurst have returned to their club sides. Cherundolo is starting preseason training with Hannover and Parkhurst returns to FC Nordsjaelland on the SAS Ligaien.

Monday's Daily: Any Indication

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With J Hutcherson -- Can you feel the excitement as the Los Angeles Galaxy once again have a mid-season debut for David Beckham? Rather than focusing on things that have already happened for a team that couldn't make the playoffs, what can we realistically expect from the reloaded version of our Classico winners?

WPS Update: Playoffs In View

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With four playoff slots and less than four weeks left in the regular season, teams are starting to feel the pressure. In Boston, Sky Blue got the away win to push them into a tie with the Breakers in third. A big win for Chicago puts them fourth, but fifth in the playoff hunt. Sky Blue FC 2 - Boston 1 Home field wasn't enough for Boston on Sunday, who ended up ruining Jenni Branam's.

Gold Cup: It's USA - Panama

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The United States will play Panama on Saturday in the Quarterfinals of the Gold Cup. The game is scheduled for 8pm at Philadelphia's Lincoln Financial Field. Panama finished third in Group C after beating Nicaragua 4-0 on Sunday night.

Gold Cup: Audition Tape

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By Graig Carbino - ALBANY, NY (July 12, 2009) USSoccerPlayers -- The United States Men's National Team finished Gold Cup group play on Saturday night with a 2-2 draw with Haiti. Davy Arnaud scored for the US in the 6th minute before early second half goals from Vaniel Sirin and Mones Chery put Haiti in the lead.

Perkins: Doing My Job

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By Clemente Lisi - FOXBOROUGH, MA (Jul 12, 2009) USSoccerPlayers -- Troy Perkins is no stranger when it comes to overcoming huge odds in order to achieve success. As an undrafted player, he was able to make his way onto DC United's roster and eventually become their starting goalkeeper. Perkins then landed a contract with a European club before being named the USA's starting shot-stopper at this month's Gold Cup, where his steady hands and.

MLS Week 17: Saturday Schedule

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The Seattle Sounders won the battle between first and second in the Western Conference, while the Los Angeles Galaxy continue their winning streak by beating stadium neighbors Chivas USA. Meanwhile, the East returned to ties in their head-to-head match-ups. Houston 1 - Seattle 2 The Sounders had the support of the home crowd as they forced their way back after giving up a 12th minute goal to Houston's Brad Davis.

Gold Cup: Aguirre Suspended, Mexico Fined

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Mexico coach Javier Aguirre was suspended for three games and the Mexican Federation was fined $25,000 dollars after incidents in their Group C game against Panama. The CONCACAF punishment means that Mexico needs to make the semifinals of the Gold Cup or Aguirre will miss the August 12th World Cup Qualifier against the United States.

Sunday's TV

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Gold Cup on Galavision: Panama - Nicaragua at 5pm. On Univision: Mexico - Guadeloupe at 7pm. WPS on Fox soccer Channel: Boston- Sky Blue FC at 6pm. Brasileirao on GolTV: Gremio - Corinthians. Uruguayan League final first-leg on GolTV: Defensor Sporting - Nacional at 5pm.

Gold Cup: USA 2 - Haiti 2

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With the United States once again mixing up the lineup, the team needed a late goal to salvage a draw with Haiti in Foxborough, Mass. Davy Arnaud put the US up in the 6th minute, but Haiti answered back through Vaniel Sirin a minute into the second-half. Haiti went a goal up two minutes later, when Mones Chery scored in the 48th.

Saturday's TV

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CONCACAF Gold Cup on Fox Soccer Channel: USA - Haiti at 7pm. On TeleFutura: Honduras - Grenada at 9pm. MLS on ESPN2: Columbus - Chicago at 8pm. On Fox Soccer: Chivas USA - LA at 11pm. Brasileirao on GolTV: Palmeiras - Nautico at 5:30pm. Colombia League on GolTV: Cucuta - America at 7:30pm and Once Caldas - Pereira at 9:30pm.

American Abroad: Davies Joins Sochaux

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United States forward Charlie Davies confirmed earlier today that he will be transferring from his Swedish club Hammarby to French Ligue 1 club Sochaux. Davies has been one of the principle offensive forces for Hammarby, currently 13th in the Allsvenskan with 13 games played.

Marshall Matters

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By Brooke Tunstall - CHARLOTTE, NC (Jul 10, 2009) USSoccerPlayers -- For Chad Marshall, it's all about the zero. In his return to the United States National Team after a nearly four-year absence, the big Columbus Crew center back has helped the US to a pair of clean sheets in this year's CONCAF Gold Cup, adding to a rather remarkable string of shutouts while playing for his country.

Scouting Report: Haiti

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By Graig Carbino - ALBANY, NY (Jul 10, 2009) USSoccerPlayers -- The United States National Team takes on Haiti at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, MA on Saturday evening in each squad's final Group B match of Gold Cup 2009. With the US already qualified for the Quarterfinals, they will look to clinch first place against a Haitian team that still has it all to play for.

For Rogers, It's About The Group

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By Clemente Lisi - NEW YORK, NY (Jul 10, 2009) USSoccerPlayers -- If there's any doubt whether Robbie Rogers wants to make the decisions on next year's World Cup team complicated for United States coach Bob Bradley, that was put to rest last Saturday when he recorded a goal and two assists in a 4-0 US win over Grenada at the Gold Cup.

Friday's Daily: Group C

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With J Hutcherson -- Yesterday, it was the latest chapter in Santo Quaranta's reclamation. Today, it's Mexico coach Javier Aguirre acting out in last night's Gold Cup game against Panama. In case you missed the live show and the multiple people getting an early start on telling you all about it, he impedes the progress of Panama's Ricardo Phillips.

Quaranta Post-Game

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Mexico Schedules US Game For 4pm

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The Mexico - United States world Cup Qualifier will start at 4pm on Wednesday, August 12th. The choice for start time is being considered a bit of gamesmanship on the part of Mexico, similar to the United States scheduling the US leg in Columbus. Though the expected winter weather never materialized, Mexico lost that game 2-0 on February 11th.

Adu Exits Gold Cup

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United States midfielder/forward Freddy Adu has finished his involvement in the 2009 Gold Cup. Adu started both games in Group B, scoring against Grenada in Saturday's opener. He was also in the squad for the United States' Confederations Cup run. "That was part of the arrangement from the start," US coach Bob Bradley said.

Thursday's Daily: Separating Group B

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With J Hutcherson -- No hard feelings for anyone otherwise occupied for last night's early game in the CONCACAF Gold Cup. Self-assigned scouting missions for what the United States might see on Saturday night in Foxborough might have lost out for those that don't savor the prospect of midweek doubleheaders.

WPS Update: Loss For Sol

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In a game that started at noon local time, the Los Angeles Sol's undefeated streak ended at home. Saint Louis midfielder Amanda Cinalli got the only goal of the game in the 11th minute, with Hope Solo needing four saves in the shutout. "The loss today is a small bump in our successful season," Sol coach Abner Rogers said.

Gold Cup: USA 2 - Honduras 0

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The United States returned to Gold Cup Group B action on Wednesday, beating Honduras 2-0 in front of over 26,000 at Washington, DC's RFK Stadium. Santino Quaranta scored the first goal in the 75th minute and Brian Ching followed four minutes later. The US closes out the group stage against early game winners Haiti on Saturday.

US Stays Together Against Honduras

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By Clemente Lisi - NEW YORK, NY (Jul 9, 2009) USSoccerPlayers -- Four minutes. That's all the time it took for the US to score two goals against Honduras on Wednesday night at RFK Stadium to down the Central Americans and all but advance to the quarterfinals of the Gold Cup. Although the match seemed destined to conclude scoreless – even though the winner would virtually punch a ticket out of the group stage –.

Quaranta Reaches A Goal

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By Graig Carbino -- ALBANY, NY (July 9, 2009) USSoccerPlayers - Fight, heart and perseverance. Cliché vocabulary that was thrown around over the past few weeks when speaking of the United States National Team. At first all of these words began with "lack of" and finished with more dismissive language in the back.

Heaps' Turn

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By Brooke Tunstall - CHARLOTTE, NC (Jul 8, 2009) USSoccerPlayers -- More than a few eyebrows were raised when the United States National Team's roster for the CONCACAF Gold Cup was released last month and among the players was New England Revolution veteran Jay Heaps. But of all those that may have been surprised at his inclusion, none was likely more taken aback than Heaps.

Tuesday's Daily: Cups

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With J Hutcherson -- Big game Wednesday Gold Cup style, and rather than attempting some wonders of prognostication, let's look at USA - Honduras for what it is. The game that decides who wins Group B. Going through the rosters and trying to predict match-ups is right up there with trying to scout US Open Cup games.

US Open Cup: MLS Takes Advantage

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With one place in the US Open Cup semifinals already guaranteed, Major League Soccer clubs took two more slots on Tuesday. Houston finally broke their jinx at Blackbaud and DC United got past Harrisburg. Wilmington 1 - Rochester 2 A Tai Atieno goal in the 54th minute and an Andrew Gregor penalty in the 67th had Rochester up two goals before Wilmington got on the board through Jamie Watson in the 72nd.

Scouting Report: Honduras

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By Clemente Lisi - NEW YORK, NY (Jul 8, 2009) USSoccerPlayers -- Honduran midfielder Carlos Costly may have never heard of former Jets quarterback Joe Namath, but he imitated the former NFL great by guaranteeing a victory. "The United States is a very tough opponent. They played very well at the Confederations Cup," Costly said in an interview on Monday ahead of his team's game against the US at the Gold Cup.

Kraft Added To Bid Committee

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New England Revolution investor/operator Robert Kraft is the latest edition to the USA Bid Committee. "Being involved in the 1994 World Cup was one the most thrilling experiences of my professional career and really opened my eyes to the potential for the growth of the sport in this country," Kraft said.

Tuesday's Daily: Money

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With J Hutcherson -- Good for Toronto if they want to make the bold move and try outbidding Europe for the services of a player who is open about wanting to stay in Europe. That would be Julian De Guzman, who is leaving Deportivo La Coruna for somewhere after finishing the Gold Cup with Canada. That the player himself has pushed down expectations that he'll take Toronto's money isn't as important as the idea that.

Bradley Suspended For Four Games

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Sports Illustrated's Grant Wahl has confirmed with FIFA that Michael Bradley will be suspended for four games over an incident with the match official following the Confederations Cup semifinal against Spain. Bradley will serve his suspension during the Gold Cup, making him available for the Mexico World Cup Qualifier on August 12th.

It's Milan

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With his contract expired with Standard Liege, US National Team defender Oguchi Onyewu has been linked to a variety of clubs since his strong showing at the Confederations Cup. Earlier today, his move became official. Onyewu will be playing for AC Milan, signing a three-year deal to join the traditional Serie A power.

Post-Game: Grenada - USA

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Cunningham Named POTW

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FC Dallas forward Jeff Cunningham's two goals against New York won him Player of the Week honors for Week 16. This is Cunningham's 10th POTW award, the most in League history. 2009 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.

US Women's Roster For Canada Friendlies

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United States Women's National Team coach Pia Sundhage has announced the roster for the July 19th (Rochester - 3pm - ESPN) and July 22nd (Charleston - 8pm - FSC) friendlies against Canada. GOALKEEPERS (2): Nicole Barnhart (FC Gold Pride), Hope Solo (St. Louis Athletica) DEFENDERS (7): Rachel Buehler (FC Gold Pride), Stephanie Cox (Los Angeles Sol), Lori Chalupny (St.

Monday's Daily: All The Best

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With J Hutcherson -- What raises the entertainment value of yet another reference to the possibility of a European Super League is how our English friends immediately start penciling in multiple British clubs. The current big four of course. Manchester City could be the next Chelsea. Wouldn't leave out the Old Firm.

Feilhaber Added For Honduras

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Benny Feilhaber has been called into the US National Team in advance of Wednesday's game against Honduras at RFK Stadium. Feilhaber is one of the seven players CONCACAF allowed the US to add to their original 23-man roster. CONCACAF made that ruling due to the USA's participation in the Confederations Cup.

WPS Update: Sol Still Winning

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Washington was unable to stop LA's unbeaten streak on Sunday, with the Sol pushing that number to eleven. Meanwhile, their Wednesday guest at the Home Depot Center also got a 1-0 win. Los Angeles 1 - Washington 0 In a battle of big name players at the Maryland SoccerPlex, Marta once again showed why she's the class of Women's Professional Soccer.

MLS Week 16: Close In The East

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With a chance to reshuffle the top of the Eastern Conference table, only Chicago takes all three points. Meanwhile, a new signing makes the difference for Los Angeles while Houston adds three more points to the to of the Western Conference. DC 1 - Columbus 1 Christian Gomez put DC United up in the 33rd minute and that carried into halftime.

USA Pushes Offense

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By Clemente Lisi - NEW YORK, NY (Jul 5, 2009) USSoccerPlayers -- Talk about putting on a fireworks show. A young US team cruised to an easy win on the Fourth of July in Seattle, overpowering Grenada 4-0 at the Gold Cup. Just six days after the heartbreaking loss to Brazil in the Confederations Cup final, coach Bob Bradley assembled a relatively inexperienced team for its Gold Cup defense.

Small-Sided Drills: The Keeper

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USYSA's rules for each level of small-sided play (see What are the rules for each level of small-sided play?) state that no goalkeeper should be used in 3v3 and 4v4 small-sided games. Once the numbers increase to 6v6 or 7v7, it is important to start incorporating the role of the goalkeeper into the soccer practice and game.

Sunday's TV

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Gold Cup on Galavision: Panama - Guadalupe at 5pm. On Univision: Mexico - Nicaragua at 7pm. WPS on Fox Soccer Channel: Washington - Los Angeles at 6pm. Uruguayan League on GolTV: Nacional - Defensor Sporting at 3pm. Brasileirao on GolTV: Cortiva - Sao Paulo at 5pm.

Gold Cup: Grenada 0 - United States 4

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As expected, the United States pushed the offense in their CONCACAF Gold Cup Group B opener against Grenada on Saturday night in Seattle. With the US going with a new-look lineup, Robbie Rogers found Freddy Adu in the 8th minute to put the US up. It was Rogers again in the 32nd, finding Stuart Holden.

Friday MLS: San Jose 1 - Real Salt Lake 1

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The San Jose Earthquakes scored both goals at Rio Tinto Stadium on Friday night. Arturo Alvarez put the Earthquakes up in the 63rd and Quakes defender Chris Leitch was responsible for the unlikely equalizer in the 91st. RSL lost the most effective part of their offense in the 77th minute when Fabian Espindola was red carded.

Saturday's TV

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Gold Cup on Galavision: Honduras Haiti at 7pm. On Fox Soccer Channel: Grenada - USA at 9pm. Major League Soccer on Fox Soccer: LA - New England at 11pm. Brasileirao on GolTV: Flamengo - Vitoria at 5:30pm.

Gold Cup: Impact On MLS

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By Andrew Dixon - MIAMI, FL (Jul 3, 2009) USSoccerPlayers -- I was slightly amused a few weeks ago to see FIFA General Secretary Sepp Blatter aka Grand Poobah renew his call for the MLS to play its season from fall to spring as the rest of the world does. While I stand by the reasons why he was ultimately wrong on this issue, I can name 15 people who wouldn't mind so much if.

USA Training

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Scouting Report: Grenada

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By Clemente Lisi - NEW YORK, NY (Jul 3, 2009) USSoccerPlayers -- Depending on who you ask, some will know Grenada as a small island that was once a British colony. Others will recall that it's famous for a variety of tasty spices such as ginger and nutmeg. The Trivia Pursuit buffs will remind you that the US invaded the island in October, 1983.

Live: Grenada - USA

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Friday's Daily: The Merits Of Mediocrity

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With J Hutcherson -- Another chance for Major League Soccer to work on the idea that Friday just might be the night for work week soccer. Real Salt Lake hosting San Jose tonight (10pm - DirectKick) in a battle to tease out what bad really means in the Western Conference. Yes, RSL has gotten a few results and currently is a point up on Los Angeles for fifth.

Gulati Addresses Jones Eligibility

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On a conference call earlier today, US Soccer Federation president Sunil Gulati described the timetable for Jermaine Jones joining the US National Team. "We've had pretty regular communication with Jermaine's representatives and advisors," Gulati said. "He has both publicly and privately indicated that he would like to file for an eligibility switch.

Jozy Altidore On Press Pass

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American Abroad: Zizzo On Loan

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Hannover 96 midfielder Sal Zizzo will be on loan with Bundesliga.2 club Fortuna Dusseldorf for the 2009-10 season. The deal was completed earlier today. Zizzo has seven appearances for Hamburg since joining them in 2007. He has one National Team cap, against Sweden in 2007.

Schelotto Wins Player Of The Month

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Guillermo Barros Schelotto is Major League Soccer's Player of the Month for June. Schelotto had four goals and an assist for the month. 2009 MLS Player of the Month Awards March: Fredy Montero – Seattle Sounders FC April: Brian McBride – Chicago Fire May: Conor Casey – Colorado Rapids June: Guillermo Barros Schelotto – Columbus Crew

US Open Cup Quarterfinals

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All games scheduled for Tuesday, July 7th. Harrisburg City Islanders (USL-2) at D.C. United (MLS) 7:30 p.m. ET Maryland Soccerplex - Boyds, MD Wilmington Hammerheads (USL-2) at Rochester Rhinos (USL-1) 7pm Rochester Rhinos Stadium - Rochester, NY Houston Dynamo (MLS) at Charleston Battery (USL-1) 7:30pm Blackbaud Stadium - Charleston, SC Kansas City Wizards (MLS) at Seattle Sounders (MLS) 10pm Starfire Sports Complex - Tukwila, WA All Times Eastern

Bradley Adds Seven For Gold Cup

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Following a CONCACAF decision to allow the United States seven extra players for the Gold Cup, US National Team coach Bob Bradley has named those players. Bradley has chosen Jozy Altidore, Jonathan Bornstein, Conor Casey, Ricardo Clark, Benny Feilhaber, Brad Guzan, and Sacha Kljestan. These seven players will not necessarily be used by the United States for the Gold Cup, but are available if needed.

USA In The Gold Cup: The Statistical Story

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By Brooke Tunstall - CHARLOTTE, NC (Jul 2, 2009) USSoccerPlayers -- When the United States National Team takes the field for the 2009 Gold Cup it will deal with a challenge that is likely greater than playing a minnow like Grenada, their opponent in Saturday's opening match in Seattle: their history of dominance against CONCACAF teams in the Gold Cup.

Gold Cup: Roster Strength

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By Graig Carbino - ALBANY, NY (July 2, 2009) USSoccerPlayers -- From Spain and Brazil to Haiti and Honduras. Not exactly the penthouse to the outhouse but, hey, you get the idea. The United States National Team begins group play in the 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup in Seattle against the Spice Boys of Grenada on Saturday.

Thursday's Daily: Open And Indoor

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With J Hutcherson -- I doubt too many people are keeping late hours trying to figure out how to make every US Open Cup game follow the Portland - Seattle template. Largest crowd for a single game that wasn't a final last night at PGE Park, clocking in at a little over 16,000. It's not the first example of a small part of the tournament deciding to take it very seriously.

WPS Update: Chicago Beats Freedom

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The Red Stars returned to the win column on Wednesday night, beating Washington 2-1 at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, IL. Abby Wambach put the Freedom up 1-0 in the 34th, but the second-half belonged to Chicago. Cristiane scored in the 48th and Lindsay Tarpley got the game winner in the 61st. "The first half we could have been up 2-0 but had a couple of bad breaks," Freedom coach Jim Gabarra said.

US Open Cup: MLS Wins Two

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Things returned to normal for Major League Soccer on Wednesday night, with Houston and Seattle advancing. That puts four MLS and four USL teams into the Fourth Round. Houston 2 - Austin 0 Though the Dynamo went with the expected mix of reserve players, including giving goalkeeper Tally Hall his first start with the club, Austin never looked like they had an answer on either side of the field.

Bradley Talks Cherundolo

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In an interview with US Soccer, National Team coach Bob Bradley talked about integrating regular right back into the lineup as he returns from injury. Cherundolo missed time with Hannover in the German Bundesliga after his hip injury required surgery. Cherundolo is currently with the US National Team in Seattle as they prepare for their Gold Cup opener against Grenada on Saturday (FSC - 9pm ET) "It's great to have him back," Bradley said.

The 1989 US Under-20 National Team

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When American soccer fans think back to 1989, most everyone associates that year with Paul Caligiuri's "Goal Heard Around the World." That was the US National Team's victory over Trinidad & Tobago in Port of Spain in November, clinching a berth in the 1990 World Cup for Bob Gansler's young side. Though Caligiuri's strike was arguably the most important goal scored in modern US history, it was not the only extraordinary accomplishment of that year.

Jankauskas Joins Revs

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Lithuania forward Edgaras Jankauskas is now a member of the New England Revolution. The 34-year-old Jankauskas was thought to be considering retirement after finishing the 2008 season with Skonto Riga in Latvia's Virsliga. He was part of Porto's 2003-04 Champions League winning side.

Eskandarian Switches LA Clubs

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Forward Alecko Eskandarian has changed locker rooms at the Home Depot Center, joining the LA Galaxy from Chivas USA in return for a 2010 SuperDraft pick and allocation money. "This move allows us greater flexibility in terms of our roster and salary budget," Chivas USA coach Preki said. "We would like to thank Alecko for his contributions to our club.

Gold Cup: Top Ten Moments

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By Clemente Lisi - NEW YORK, NY (Jul 1, 2009) USSoccerPlayers -- With yet another edition (the tenth to be exact) of the Gold Cup to start in just a few days, here are 10 of the most memorable moments in the CONCACAF tournament's history. Although the tournament has featured only three winners (the US, Mexico and Canada) since the 1991 inaugural edition, there have been many exciting moments involving many teams in the previous.

Wednsday's Daily: Moving Money

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With J Hutcherson -- Here's why FIFA president Sepp Blatter is concerned about the English Premier League and the transfer market. There are few things like the interest from an English club to inflate the value of a player. Feel free to make up your own international All-Star squad, but for every Ronaldo or Eto'o, there are names associated with surprisingly large transfer figures that are just that.

USA Moves Up To 12th

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In a rankings cycle where the United States lost an away Qualifier and won at home before their historic run in the FIFA Confederations Cup, they moved up two slots to 12th. Brazil replaces Spain as World #1, while Mexico falls seven slots to 33rd. Top Twenty

Open Cup Third Round: Tough Going For MLS

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As expected, Major League Soccer tried their luck with bench players and it proved costly. Of the six games on Tuesday, MLS clubs lost four of them. Columbus 1 - Rochester 1 (3-5 on penalties) With the game delayed an hour due to weather, it was Rochester who came out strong at home. Colorado Rapids defender Ty Harden - currently on loan to Rochester - converted a 32nd minute penalty.

CONCACAF Increases US Gold Cup Roster

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Due to their Confederations Cup run keeping the United States National Team in South Africa until Monday and the Gold Cup starting on Saturday, CONCACAF is increasing the United States' roster from 23 to 30 players. US coach Bob Bradley has yet to announce who those extra seven players will be. The USA is currently training in Seattle.