USSoccerPlayers Archives for January 2009

Revs Announce 15th Anniversary Logo

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The New England Revolution have announced they will be introducing their 15th anniversary logo a few months early in an attempt to build interest in their 2010 campaign. "We are anxiously anticipating the celebration of our 15th anniversary next year, and we wanted to create an image to commemorate the season," Revolution Chief Operating Officer Brian Bilello said.

Keys To A Successful Attack

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There are several keys to an effective attack, but the concept can be broken down into three simple ideas. Players must 1) penetrate 2) support and 3) make runs in order to maintain possession en route to scoring a goal. The first attacker is the player who first makes an offensive movement towards the opponent's goal.

Sunday's TV

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MLS on TeleFutura: Colorado - Houston at 3pm. WPS All-Star Game on Fox Soccer Channel at 5:30pm. EPL on Setanta: Portsmouth - Manchester City at 8:30am and Bolton - Liverpool at 5pm. On Fox Soccer: Everton - Wigan at 10am and Aston Villa - Fulham at 8pm. Championship on Setanta: Forest - Derby County at 1pm.

Saturday's TV

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MLS on Fox Soccer Channel: Chicago - DC at 8:30pm. MLS on ESPN2: Chivas - Galaxy at 11pm. USL-2 championship at 11pm on Fox Soccer. EPL on ESPN2: Chelsea Burnley at 7:30am. On Setanta: Bolton - Liverpool at 9:30am and Blackburn - West Ham United at 6:45pm. On Fox Soccer: Spurs - Birmingham City at 10am, Manchester United - Arsenal at noon, and Stoke City - Sunderland at 5pm.

Europa League: Keepers

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Three American Abroad clubs involved in second-legs of Europa League qualifying, though one of them featured no American involvement. Fulham advanced with a 1-0 loss to Amkar Perm, holding up their 3-1 opening leg win. Eddie Johnson was an unused substitute and Clint Dempsey didn't travel after picking up a slight ankle injury in training.

Friday's TV

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UEFA Super Cup on Fox Soccer Channel: Barcelona - Shakhtar Donetsk at 2:30pm. Bundesliga on GolTV: Borussia Moenchengladbach - Mainz at 2:30pm. USL-1 on Fox Soccer: Portland - Charleston at 8pm. All Times Eastern

US Roster Announced

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GOALKEEPERS (2): Tim Howard, Brad Guzan DEFENDERS (7): Carlos Bocanegra, Oguchi Onyewu, Jay DeMerit, Chad Marshall, Steve Cherundolo, Jonathan Spector, Jonathan Bornstein MIDFIELDERS: (8): Landon Donovan, Clint Dempsey, Michael Bradley, Stuart Holden, Kyle Beckerman, Ricardo Clark, Benny Feilhaber, Jose Francisco Torres FORWARDS (4): Charlie Davies, Jozy Altidore, Brian Ching, Conor Casey

Thursday's Daily: Understanding Results

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With J Hutcherson -- Shocked looks all around that last night's USA - Mexico club version went Mexico's way. It's not much of a knock against Major League Soccer that they're still squarely in the 'hope for the best' stage. That' what happens when you're handicapped by roster and salary regulations. Columbus got rolled by a better team taking advantage of their home field, but it was the post-game that ended up piling on the.

CCL: Bad Night For MLS

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Major League Soccer had no answers home or away for Mexican clubs in the CONCACAF Champions League on Wednesday. The Columbus Crew now have a decidedly negative goal differential after losing 5-0 to Cruz Azul in Mexico City. Jaime Lozano opened the scoring in the third minute, and the Crew were down by two when Ramon Nunez scored five minutes later.

Wednesday Night MLS: Big Second-Half For RSL

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Real Salt Lake had no trouble with Chivas USA on Wednesday night, shutting them out 4-0 at Rio Tinto Stadium. Pablo Campos put RSL up in the 43rd minute, with Fabian Espindola doubling that in the 75th. Robbie Findley finished off the scoring with two goals in the 85 and 90th minutes. Findley was a 6th minute substitute.

Is There A Better Name For SuperLiga?

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By L.E. Eisenmenger - BOSTON, MA (Aug 26, 2009) USSoccerPlayers -- SuperLiga stirs up controversy whenever the Mexican-US tournament surfaces in conversation or on a blog. There are discrepancies between what SuperLiga claims to be and how some pundits and fans see it. Though no one should be arguing that the games can't rise to the occasion, it's also clear that SuperLiga attendance isn't close to what it should be.

Soumare Transfer Official

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Bakary Soumare is now waiting on the results of a physical before joining French Ligue 1 club Boulogne. Soumare has not played for Chicago since a halftime altercation with coach Denis Hamlett. Both players were fined by the club. "We would like to thank Bakary Soumare for his contributions to this club and wish him the best in his future playing career," said Chicago Fire technical director Frank Klopas.

Wednesday's Daily: Again In Mexico

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With J Hutcherson -- Big night for the American clubs in the CONCACAF Champions League, with DC and Columbus facing Mexican League competition. Bigger night for Columbus, since they're the ones trying for three points in Mexico City. Estadio Azul awaits, with the lack of buildup only a tournament running on general disinterest can provide.

CCL: Improvement For Pachuca

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After a disappointing opener, Pachuca regrouped and shutout Isidro Metapan 5-0 at the Nuevo Hidalgo. Jose Francisco Torres started and wet the full ninety in a game where the Pachuca offense was good for eleven shots on goal while limiting Isidro to 1. Damian Alvarez put Pachuca up in the 12th minute.

Yanks Go Three For Four In Carling Cup

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League Cup in England, with Jozy Altidore continuing his hot start for Hull City. Tom Carney put Hull up in the 7th minute, with Altidore making it 2-0 in the 42nd. Southend pulled a goal back just before halftime, but it was Hull again in the second-half when Deiberson Mauricio Geovanni scored in the 75th.

Sundhage Calls Camp

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United States Women's National Team coach Pia Sundhage has named 26 players for a training camp running from September 21st to October 2nd in Carson, California. GOALKEEPERS (3): Nicole Barnhart (FC Gold Pride), Ashlyn Harris (North Carolina), Hope Solo (St. Louis Athletica); DEFENDERS (8): Brittany Bock (Los Angeles Sol), Rachel Buehler (FC Gold Pride), Lori Chalupny (St.

Tuesday's Daily: Coaching In MLS

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With J Hutcherson -- There's enough cliches about the relative merits of failure in building success in general, without the need to go sports specific. A better question is what actually counts as failure. If you're a professional sports coach, the quick response is not much. That trend isn't bucked by the gentlemen running the squads in Major League Soccer.

American Abroad: Friedel Stands Up For Villa

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Brad Friedel had a strong showing in goal for Aston Villa on Monday, stopping ten shots on the way to a 3-1 win over Liverpool. The home side put Villa up courtesy of an own goal in the 34th minute, and Curtis Davies made it 2-0 just before halftime. Liverpool's Fernando Torres scored in the 72nd, but it was Villa's night with Ashley Young converting a 75th minute penalty.

El Salvador Roster For Sept 5th

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El Salvador released their roster for the September 5th CONCACAF World Cup Qualifier against the United States at Utah's Rio Tinto Stadium. Goalkeepers (2): Miguel Montes, Dagoberto Portillo Defenders (9): Alex Escobar, Ramón Flores, Marvin González, Mardoqueo Henríquez, Luis Miguel Hernández, Alfredo Pacheco, Manuel Salazar, Víctor Turcios, Deris Ariel Umanzor Midfielders (8): Denis Alas, Arturo Álvarez, Christian Castillo, Salvador Coreas, Juan Carlos Moscoso, Eliseo Quintanilla, Osael Romero, Ramón

Dube Wins POTW

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Surprising no one, New England Revolution forward Kheli Dube's hat-trick earned him Player of the Week honors for Week 23. Dube scored in the 9th, 29th, and 67th minutes on Sunday against Real Salt Lake.

Monday's Daily: Playing It Safe

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With J Hutcherson -- No, I'm not going to remind anybody not paying attention that there's an obvious talent gap between the bright lights of Europe readily available on US television and what at least some of us get Stateside courtesy of Major League Soccer. I'm also not going to point out how backwards it seems for a League that hasn't done enough to build up American soccer pushing full force into Canada.

American Abroad: Jozy Is The Show

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First Star: Jozy Altidore got his work permit issues sorted and his first look at Premier League soccer on Saturday. Coming on as a 60th minute substitute, he set up Kamel Ghilas' 61st minute winner in Hull City's 1-0 result over Bolton Wanderers. Altidore had a chance at one of his own, but his shot went wide.

MLS Week 23: Sunday Drivers

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With four of the seven weekend games kicking off on Sunday, the New York Red Bulls sued a coaching change to spark an unlikely win. Elsewhere, DC United and the Los Angeles Galaxy split the points as both fight for position in their respective Conferences, but it was Kheli Dube scoring a hat-trick that ended up the story of the weekend.

How To Beat The Heat

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As the dog days of summer are here, you or your players may be gearing up for end of summer practices and tournaments. Be prepared for playing in especially hot weather and fighting dehydration, and you will be able to run a more effective summer session. Hot weather will directly affect your players' performance.

Sunday's TV

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Major League Soccer on TeleFutura: Dallas - New York at 3pm. USL-1 on Fox Soccer Channel: Montreal - Austin at 4pm. EPL on Setanta: West Ham United - Spurs at 8:30am. On Fox Soccer: Fulham - Chelsea at 11am and Burnley - Everton at 6pm. Eridivisie on ESPN Deportes: PSV Eindhoven - NAC Breda at 8:30am.

WPS Update: Sky Blue Are Champions

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Sky Blue FC finished off their dramatic run through the Women's Professional Soccer playoffs on Saturday, beating the Los Angeles Sol 1-0 at the Home Depot Center to win the first WPS Championship. Heather O'Reilly was named the game's Most Valuable Player for scoring in the 16th minute. "Natasha Kai is pretty well known for headers in the box so I was kind of hanging back post," O'Reilly said.

Saturday's TV

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WPS Final on regional Fox Sports Net at 3:30pm and delayed on Fox Soccer Channel at 10pm: Sol - Sky Blue FC. MLS on Fox Soccer: LA - DC at 7:30pm. EPL on ESPN2: Wigan - Manchester United at 10am. On Fox Soccer: Manchester City - Wolves at 10am and Hull - Bolton at 5pm. On Setanta: Arsenal - Portsmouth at 10am, Sunderland - Blackburn at 6:45pm, and Birmingham - Stoke City at 8:30pm.

Osorio Quits RBNY

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Juan Carlos Osorio resigned as coach of Red Bull NY on Friday, ending his involvement in a season that has seen them win two games after reaching the 2008 MLS Cup. "I want to apologize to the fans for the results this season," Osorio said. "I want to thank the players for their hard work. I would also like to thank the club for the opportunity to coach the team for the past two seasons.

US Women Schedule Game Wth Germany

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The United States Women will play Germany at the new Impuls Arena in Augsburg on October 29th. This is the first meeting between the two since 2000. The United States are currently first in the FIFA Rankings with Germany in third. "I am very pleased about the opportunity to play Germany in Germany," said US coach Pia Sundhage.

Friday's Daily: The Europa

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With J Hutcherson -- Let's talk a bit about what failure in the Europa Cup Qualifying round would mean to the American-enhanced teams in the English Premier League. For those of you not following last season's UEFA Cup swan song, Aston Villa made quite the point in sending their reserves to the knockout stage of the tournament and predictably losing.

American Abroad: Dempsey Hits In Europa Qualifying

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Clint Dempsey's 51st minute goal in Fulham's 3-1 win over Amkar Perm was the highlight of American involvement in the Europa Cup on Thursday. Andrew Johnson had the opener in the 4th minute and Bobby Zamora got the thid in the 77th before Vitali Grishnin ruined the shutout in the 77th. Fulham lost Johnson to injury for what turned out to be a dislocated collar bone.

Thursday Night MLS: Revs Beat Seattle

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The New England Revolution road out a 21st minute goal from Shalrie Joseph to take three points off of the Seattle Sounders at Qwest Field on Thursday night. Matt Reis picked up the shutout without having to make a save after Seattle went 0 for 10 on shots on goal, including Fredy Montero hitting the bar with his 44th minute penalty attempt.

Houston Adds Designated Player

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Cruz Azul forward Luis Angel Landin has joined the Houston Dynamo on loan through the end of the 2010 season. As part of the deal, Houston has the right to make the move a permanent transfer at the end of 2010. The 24-year-old has five appearances with Mexico and played for Pachuca before joining Cruz Azul.

USA Bid Committee Reduces Potental Hosts

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The USA Bid Committee announced on Thursday that 11 cities were no longer in the running to host games should the United States get the 2018 or 2022 World Cup. The 11 cities removed during this round were: Birmingham, Ala.; Cincinnati, Ohio; Columbus, Ohio; Fayetteville, Ark.; Knoxville, Tenn.; Las Vegas, Nev.

Thursday's Daily: Chicago's Problem

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With J Hutcherson -- Let's just stop a second and bask in the scenario that has engulfed the Chicago Fire. You have a player that's considered one of the best defenders in your League. Good enough to attract overseas offers. Your coach questions his commitment in what has been described as a halftime 'altercation' in the locker room.

Wednesday Night MLS: No Home Advantage

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A soldout Toyota Park wasn't enough of an advantage for the Chicago Fire on Wednesday night, losing 2-0 to the Los Angeles Galaxy. LA keeper Donovan Ricketts got the shutout without having to make a save, courtesy of Chicago finishing without putting a shot on frame from their ten attempts. The Galaxy didn't reciprocate, going up in the 23rd through a Goal of the Week candidate from Mike Magee and doubling that when Landon Donovan.

American Abroad: Nordsjaelland Loses To AaB

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Michael Parkhurst got the start for FC Nordsjaelland on Wednesday, but Aalborg got the goal. Andreas Johansson scored in the 86th minute to give the home side all three points. Marcus Tracy wasn't in the lineup for AaB. After five games in the Danish SAS-Ligaen, AaB are in second place with 12 points.

WPS Update: Sky Blue FC Advance

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On Saturday, it will be Sky Blue FC making the trip to the Home Depot Center to face Los Angeles (3:30pm - FSN) after beating Saint Louis 1-0 on Wednesday at the Anheuser-Busch Soccer Park. Keeley Downing scored the game's only goal in the 30th minute. "I had possession of the ball, picked my head up, and placed it with my left foot," Dowling said.

CCL: Shocker In La Chorrera

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Cruz Azul had no trouble with Saprissa in their Group C opener in Mexico City, winning 2-0 in rainy conditions. Christian Riveros opened the scoring in the 13th minute and Joel Huiqui made it 2-0 in the 35th. Jóse de Jesus Corona needed one save for the shutout. In Houston, the Dynamo got a 68th minute goal from Brian Chng to put away Isidro Metapan 1-0 in Group A.

Renteria Joins Crew

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Emilio Renteria is now a member of the Columbus Crew. The 24-year-old Venezuelan has European experience with Spain's Levante (2001-04) and spent last season as part of the Caracas squad that made the Copa Libertadores quarterfinals. "Emilio has been on our radar for some time now and we're pleased to get him signed," said Crew technical director Brian Bliss.

For Villa, Depth Is The Issue

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By Graig Carbino - ALBANY, NY (Aug 19, 2009) USSoccerPlayers -- The English Premier League kicked off in earnest last weekend with teams all across the country even on points for the only time this season. Mid-August is always the opportunity for optimism to abound for any team. Sure, your club might be patiently waiting to disappoint, but they haven't actually gone and done it yet.

Tuesday's Daily: On Television

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With J Hutcherson -- I'm just going to go ahead and safely assume that everybody else is excited about day two of the CONCACAF Champions League group stage. No? How about joining with the hype machine that is Fox Soccer Channel and staring mouth agape at the height of club soccer that is the UEFA Champions League qualifying stage.

American Abroad: DeMerit Gets Win

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Jay DeMerit's Watford beat Nottingham Forest on Tuesday 4-2 at the City Ground. Watford went up in the 31st minute through Danny Graham, but Forest got that one back just before the end of the half when Dexter Blackstock scored. Mike Williamson scored in the 76th for Watford and Tommy Smith grabbed what would end up being the game winner in the 80th.

CCL: MLS Splits Openers

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The Columbus Crew held up at home against the Puerto Rico Islanders in their CONCACAF Champions League Group C opener. Steven Lenhart (57th) and Robbie Rogers (78th) scored for Columbus in the 2-0 win. Crew keeper Will Hesmer needed one save for the shutout. Things weren't as simple for DC United in Group B.

Dallas And San Jose Go International

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FC Dallas announced the signing of Marathon midfielder/forward Marvin Chavez on loan. Chavez had 11 goals and 11 assists last season for Marathon. He also scored the goal that knocked DC United out of last season's CONCACAF Champions League. "Marvin Chávez is a player that adds depth to our attacking options, and I think he'll be a good fit for our system," said FC Dallas Head Coach Schellas Hyndman.

Technical Director: Player Development

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In the second installment of our two-part feature on Technical Directors in Major League Soccer, L.E. Eisenmenger speaks with Paul Bravo of the Colorado Rapids, Brian Bliss of the Columbus Crew, interim head coach Peter Vermes of the Kansas City Wizards, and Mike Burns of the New England Revolution about what their clubs currently do with player development and what they would like to see from MLS.

Ratings For USA - Mexico

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Last week's World Cup Qualifier between the United States and Mexico drew 385,000 viewers on mun2 and 4.3 million on Telemundo.

Tuesday's Daily: This Champions League

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With J Hutcherson -- Dueling Champions Leagues for our viewing enjoyment, with our friends from Major League Soccer appreciating it if you'd be pal and go ahead and pencil in their 'focus on the League' excuse. They have a point. The big win for the CONCACAF Champions League isn't a nice chunk of money and worldwide acclaim.

American Abroad: Whitbread Has Surgery

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Millwall defender Zak Whitbread needed surgery to repair an injured hip. He is expected to be out until November. Whitbread refused a contract extension with Millwall, who have been actively shopping him. He turned down a deal with Peterborough and Swansea City was strongly linked with a move before a nagging injury required surgery.

Marshall Wins POTW, Padilla Joins Chivas USA

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Columbus Crew defender Chad Marshall's 10th minute goal against FC Dallas earned him Player of the Week honors for Week 22. This is his first Player of the Week award. Also on Monday, Chivas USA announced Jesus Padilla is joining the club on loan from Chivas Guadalajara. "Jesus is a talented, explosive attacking player who will help our team as we work toward a spot in the playoffs," said Chivas USA Head Coach Preki.

The Role Of The Technical Director

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By L.E. Eisenmenger - BOSTON, MA (Aug 17, 2009) USSoccerPlayers -- Over the past four years, several Major League Soccer clubs have gone with technical directors. What that job title means varies by club, bu there are a few things usually held in common. A technical director scouts and works with MLS to sign talent, manage the salary cap, negotiate new contracts with players or their agents, and oversee the academies.

Monday's Daily: Strength Of Schedule

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With J Hutcherson -- Depending on how much stress you want to put on Week 1 results, things might be changing for the better in the English Premier League. Chelsea was pushed to the limit in a 'what do they have to do to score' scenario against Hull City, Liverpool lost, and the team making the big statement was not Manchester United.

American Abroad: Davies Powers Sochaux

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First Star: Charlie Davies let everybody in Ligue 1 know what his game was all about, scoring twice in Sochaux's 3-2 loss for Bordeaux. Davies only played the second-half, scoring in the 61st and 90th minutes. As losses go, Sochaux finished last season in 14th and Bordeaux won the league. Or, to put it another way, Davies' goals came against the reigning champion.

MLS Week 22: RSL Makes Point

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Real Salt Lake kept things even with Western Conference leaders Houston. Meanwhile, back East Columbus added three more points to the top of the Conference while DC had no answers against Toronto. DC 2 - Toronto 0 Toronto got goals from Dwayne De Rosario (30th) and O'Brian White (66th) to move into third in the Eastern Conference on 30 points.

Charting Progress

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Any soccer coach wants their players to improve, but sometimes it is hard to quantify that progress. That's why it can be a good idea to use statistics to illustrate the progress of your players. We are not talking about goals and assists either. Any time you measure a physical ability on the soccer field, you are using statistics.

Sunday's TV

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MLS on TeleFutura: Chicago - Kansas City at 3pm. EPL on Setanta: Manchester United - Birmingham City at 8:30am. On Fox Soccer Channel: Spurs - Liverpool at 11am. Bundesliga on GolTV: Schalke 04 - Bochum at 11:30am. Coppa Italia on GolTV: Napoli - Salernitana at 2:30pm. Ligue 1 on Setanta: Nice - Rennes at 11am, Lyon - Valenciennes at 1pm, and Olympique Marseilles - Lille at 3pm.

WPS Update: Freedom's Season Ends

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The Washington Freedom had home field advantage in the opening round of Women's Professional Soccer, but it was Saint Louis Athletica overturning last week's loss on the same field to advance to the semifinals with a 2-1 win. Saint Louis dominated opportunities, putting 10 of 24 shots on frame to Washington's three from 12.

Altidore Out For EPL Opener

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United States National Team forward Jozy Altidore will not be available for new club Hull City's opening game against Chelsea on Saturday. Altidore tweeted late Friday that his work permit situation is still at issue and will keep him out of the squad.

Saturday's TV

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Programming Note: ESPN finalized their deal to show a Saturday English Premier League game, starting with Chelsea Hull at 7:45am. They also have the rights to the Monday live EPL game. WPS playoffs on Fox Sports Net: Saint Louis - Washington at 4pm. TeleFutura has Toronto - DC at 4pm. MLS on Fox Soccer Channel: Houston - Salt Lake at 9pm.

US Soccer Official Response To Donovan Flu Diagnosis

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CHICAGO, IL (Aug 14, 2009) USSF -- US Men's National Team midfielder Landon Donovan was tested and diagnosed with the influenza A virus on Thursday (Aug 13th), a day after playing in the FIFA World Cup qualifier against Mexico in Mexico City. Based on the close exposure to Donovan during the team's training camp in Miami and match against Mexico, the US Soccer medical staff is following the recommendations from the Center of Disease Control.

Earthquakes Trade Cochrane

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The San Jose Earthquakes traded defender Ryan Cochrane to Houston on Friday in exchange for an international roster slot. Cochrane has played in 21 games for the Earthquakes since they picked him up in the expansion draft from Houston. He had 84 appearances as a member of the Dynamo and the original MLS version of the Earthquakes.

DC Signs Defedner

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DC United completed a deal on Friday to add Burundi international defender David Habarugira to their roster. "David is a versatile defender with a big upside," GM Dave Kasper said. "He has been in a structured environment for the last several years and has all the tools to be a successful player." Habarugira last played with Royale Union Saint-Gilloise in Belgium.

Friday's Daily: In England

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With J Hutcherson -- Our dear friends the English Premier League start yet another season on their march to global dominance tomorrow. This time around, we're supposed to believe that it's not just going to be Manchester City making a run against the top four. Since Manchester City ends up the point regardless of how they do, it's not the biggest risk to predict another team ends up in the mix at the top of.

Donovan Diagnosed With H1N1 Virus

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United States National Team midfielder Landon Donovan has been diagnosed with the H1N1 virus. Donovan told Sports Illustrated's Grant Wahl that he was experiencing symptoms during yesterday's game with Mexico at Azteca Stadium and likely picked up the virus in the United States. "I haven't felt that way in a game in a long time," Donovan said on Thursday.

American Abroad: Dempsey Extension Official

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United States National Team midfielder Clint Dempsey has re-upped for four more years with Fulham, the club announced today. Dempsey's contract now runs through the end of the 2013 season.

RSL Complete Loan

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Real Salt Lake added midfielder/forward Nelson Gonzalez on loan from Argentina's Quilmes on Thursday. Quilmes plays in Argentina's Premier Nacional B, where Gonzalez had nine appearances in 2008/09. "We are excited to add a left-footed attacking player of Nelson's quality and potential," Salt Lake GM Garth Lagerwey said.

Toronto Parts Ways With Velez

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Defender Marco Velez is no longer a member of Toronto FC after being released on Thursday. He had 38 appearances with 31 of those starts since joining the club for the 2008 season. "We wish Marco all the best in the future, but we needed to make some changes going forward into the final stretch of the regular season," manager Mo Johnston said.

Thursday's Daily: Mexico Home And Away

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With J Hutcherson -- Maybe it's just me, but there are few soccer-specific phenomena as entertaining as a healthy percentage of US pundits after a loss. 90 minutes on Wednesday, and they realize that they really respected Mexico all along. After all, wouldn't want to have to play cleanup duty on earlier statements, especially the ones trending towards the jingoist extreme.

Hexagonal: Big Night For Honduras, T&T

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By Clemente Lisi - NEW YORK, NY (Aug 13, 2009) USSoccerPlayers -- CONCACAF teams attempting to qualify for the 2010 World Cup took the phrase "Home Sweet Home" to heart. While Mexico kept its World Cup dreams alive with a 2-1 home victory over the US, Honduras rose to second place by defeating Hexagonal leaders Costa Rica in the friendly confines of San Pedro Sula.

WCQ: USA 1 - Mexico 2

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The United States scored early, but couldn't hold on as Mexico came back for the Wednesday afternoon win at Azteca. A great piece of skill from Charlie Davies put the USA up 1-0 in the ninth minute, but Mexico would equalize in the 19th through a bending strike from outside the box by Israel Castro. Three minutes after entering the game, Miguel Sabah hit an 82nd minute winner to give Mexico all three points.

Service

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By Andrew Dixon - MIAMI, FL (Aug 12, 2009) USSoccerPlayers -- My brothers and sisters, that day has arrived. That day we have both anticipated and feared. That day where our beloved National Team undertakes the task that some say cannot be done. We approach it with the faith of those that saw a result in the days before the display against Spain, but tempered by the experiences of dark results of the past.

Limiting Exposure At Altitude The Right Move

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On Wednesday, we spoke with Dr. James Stray-Gundersen, one of the experts on altitude training for athletes. Dr. Stray-Gundersen has served as physician/physiologist for the US Cross-Country Ski Team and was a team physician for Norway's Olympic Team in 2002. He is the co-author of "Live Hi/Train Low" now considered the defining study on altitude training for sea level performance.

Wednesday's Daily: The Region

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With J Hutcherson -- Tonight at Giants Stadium, Jamaica gets the CONCACAF slot in an international friendly doubleheader, the odd man out treatment for a team that should be factoring in the Hexagonal round of World Cup Qualifying. Instead, Jamaica is rebuilding. There's a point that Trinidad & Tobago are doing the same thing as they play through the final round of qualifying.

Clark Out For Season

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Colorado Rapids midfielder Colin Clark will miss the rest of the 2009 season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during training on Tuesday. Clark will have surgery next week. He has played in 16 games for the Rapids this season and earned his first US National Team cap during last month's Gold Cup.

Live: USA - Mexico

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LIVE: USA - Mexico

That Summer Of Soccer

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MIAMI, FL (Aug 11, 2009) USSoccerPlayers -- The Community Shield is referred to as the "curtain raiser" on the English Premiere League season. In fact they use that term so often I wonder if I gotta pay royalties on it. But it's also when fans here in the United States start turning their collective heads towards Europe and South America.

Garber Talks To Forbes

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Scouting Report: Mexico

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By Clemente Lisi - NEW YORK, NY (Jul 11, 2009) USSoccerPlayers -- The simmering rivalry between the United States and Mexico will reach a boil Wednesday when the two sides meet at the legendary Estadio Azteca. The stadium will undoubtedly be a pressure-cooker for the Americans. With over 104,000 fans packed to the brim inside the steamy cauldron, the US players will have to perform under a stinging afternoon sun and the smog-filled skies of.

Tuesday's Daily: Punch List

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With J Hutcherson -- A little more than a day removed from the latest biggest test for the United States National Team, and a chance at knocking off one more bullet point on a shorter list. Azteca, the stadium where Mexico simply doesn't lose. Want a quick rundown of the now crossed out items on that list?

Anschutz Joins USA Bid Committee

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Phil Anschutz is the latest addition to the USA Bid Committee persuing hosting rights for the 2018 or 2022 World Cups. "Phil Anschutz and AEG have played a key role in the development of soccer in this country over the last 15 years," US Soccer president Sunil Gulati said. "Phil and his associates have been instrumental in the continued growth of MLS, in particular, and we're pleased to have his experience and leadership as a.

Casey Named POTW

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Colorado Rapids forward Conor Casey is Major League Soccer's Player of the Week for Week 21. Casey had a first-half hat-trick in Colorado's 4-0 win over Chivas USA. This is his fourth POTW award and his third of the 2009 season. 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).

Howad And Bradley Talk Qualifier

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In a media teleconference earlier today, United States National Team goalkeeper Tim Howard and coach Bob Bradley talked about preparations for Wednesday's World Cup Qualifier against Mexico at Azteca Stadium. "There's a little bit of a different attitude, because this summer I think both in the Confederations Cup and in the Gold Cup final, we've been in quite a few very tough matches as a group," Howard said on the earlier games in June and.

Blanco, Kljestan On FIFA 10 Cover

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Chicago Fire midfielder Cuauhtemoc Blanco and US National Team and Chivas USA midfielder Sacha Kljestan join Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard on the cover of EA Sports FIFA Soccer 10 in North America. The game will be available on multiple platforms on October 20th, 2009. Blanco will have a signature move "the Blanco bounce" as part of the game.

The NFL And The Summer Of Soccer

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By Clemente Lisi - LANDOVER, MD (Aug 10, 2009) USSoccerPlayers -- Jim Lofton and his 13-year-old son Jeremy had been to FedEx Field to see their beloved Washington Redskins numerous times over the past two years. On Sunday afternoon, Lofton and his son drove from their suburban Virginia home in Falls Church and braved the massive gridlock to see a different kind of football.

DC United Steps Up Open Cup Campaign

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DC United ran an open letter in Monday's edition of the Washington Post, encouraging readers to join them for the Open Cup final on September 2nd along with playing up the hosting rights issue. The Sounders, and its fans, have said that Washington, D.C. and its fans do not deserve to host the match at RFK.

Monday's Daily: Questioning The Scale

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With J Hutcherson -- Later today, where running a Clemente Lisi article on the influence of the National Football League on the Summer of Soccer. Staying on topic, one of the issues for Major League Soccer is how much impact the mentality of the NFL is allowed to have on this sport. Simply put, the NFL is an operation that doesn't value players in the same way as other leagues.

American Abroad: Big Debut For Cooper

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1 Star: Kenny Cooper made the most of his first game with TSV 1860 Munich, beating TUS Kobenz keeper David Yelldell in the 17th minute. Munich scored again in the 62nd through Benjamin Lauth for the 2-0 win. How much of a surprise seeing Cooper get the start is more down to lack of training time than intent.

MLS Week 21: Even More Goals

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Columbus and Colorado had multi-goal shutouts on Saturday, in a short-schedule week where the offense was the story. That ended up being unfortunate for Chivas USA, returning to League play with a lopsided loss. Meanwhile, Real Madrid were the competition for two MLS clubs. Los Angeles 2 - New England 1 The Galaxy are still winning, running their unbeaten streak to six games and taking second-place in the Western Conference.

WPS Update: Finale Rematch In Round One

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The Washington Freedom took third-place in the regular season with their win over Sky Blue FC on Saturday, giving them hosting rights to the opening round playoff game. They'll be playing Sky Blue after Los Angeles knocked out Boston. New Jersey 1 - Washington 3 With the playoffs on the line, the Washington Freedom took a first-half lead through Abby Wambach in the 20th minute.

Youth Soccer: Give And Go Youth Soccer: Give And Go Throw

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Saying that there are no set plays in soccer is one of the biggest misconceptions in the game. While the action is free-flowing, it may be hard to notice that players are making runs and passes to spots they have rehearsed in practice. In dead ball situations though, teams can work on plays to get the ball right where they want it.

Sunday's TV

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Community Shield on Fox Soccer Channel and Setanta: Manchester United - Chelsea at 10am. Real Madrid - DC United is also on Fox Soccer at 2:30pm (3pm on TeleFutura). WPS on Fox Soccer: LA - Boston at 6pm. Bundesliga on GolTV: VfL Bochum - Borussia Moenchengladbach at 10:30am. Eredivisie on ESPN Deportes: PSV VVV Venlo at 10:30am.

Nicol Suspended

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Major League Soccer's Disciplinary Committee suspended New England Revolution coach Steve Nicol an extra game and fined him $1000 dollars for getting red carded during the Toronto game on August 1st. That increases his total punishment to two games and a $1500 dollar fine.

Saturday's TV

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MLS on Fox Soccer Channel: Los Angeles - New England at 5:30pm and Columbus - San Jose at 8:30pm. Barcelona - Chivas is also on Fox Soccer at 10:30pm (11pm on TeleFutura). Bundesliga on GolTV: Borussia Dortmund - Colonia at 9:30am. Ligue 1 on Setanta: Grenoble - Olympique Marseille at 3pm. MFL on TeleFutura: Queretaro - Puebla at 6pm.

Group E For U-17's

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The United States Under-17 National Team was drawn into Group E earlier today for the FIFA U-17 World Cup. The US will face Spain, Malawi, and the United Arab Emirates this October in Nigeria. "We knew that whatever group we were going to be placed into would have three good teams," coach Wilmer Cabrera said.

mun2: USA - Mexico

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US Roster For Mexico

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On Friday, United States National Team coach Bob Bradley released his 20-man squad list for the August 12th CONCACAF World Cup Qualifier against Mexico at Azteca Stadium. GOALKEEPERS (2): Brad Guzan, Tim Howard DEFENDERS (7): Carlos Bocanegra, Jonathan Bornstein, Steve Cherundolo, Jay DeMerit, Chad Marshall, Oguchi Onyewu, Jonathan Spector MIDFIELDERS (6): Michael Bradley, Ricardo Clark, Clint Dempsey, Benny Feilhaber, Stuart Holden, José Francisco Torres FORWARDS (5): Jozy Altidore, Conor Casey, Brian Ching, Charlie Davies, Landon.

MLS All-Stars

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Friday's Daily: Real Big Adventure

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With J Hutcherson -- Another big game run for Major League Soccer, as Toronto and DC United take time off from the League schedule to see how they match up against the mighty Real Madrid. At least in DC's case, there's a track record of taking their big nights out a little more seriously than say the substitute happy Seattle squad on display Wednesday night at Qwest Field.

American Abroad: No Problems For Fulham

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Fulham advanced in the Europa League with a 6-0 aggregate win over Vectra, 3-0 on the night. Dickson Etuhu opened the scoring in the 57th and Andrew Johnson added two goals in the 80th and 84th minutes. Clint Dempsey started and went the full 90 for Fulham. Eddie Johnson was an 82nd minute substitute for Bobby Zamora.

Thursday MLS: Houston 0 - Dallas 1

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Dallas wins again, and this time it was against Western Conference leaders Houston. Just like in their six-goal win over Kansas City on Saturday, the hero was Jeff Cunningham. Major League Soccer's reigning Player of the Week had the game's only goal in the 20th minute, ending the night with all three of Dallas's shots on goal.

Watching The SuperLiga

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By Graig Carbino - ALBANY, NY (Aug 6th, 2009) USSoccerPlayers -- The 2009 North American SuperLiga Final is in the books with Tigres of the Mexican Primera Division being crowned champions. They went into a standing room only Bridgeview Stadium outside of Chicago and held on for an historic win over Major League Soccer's Fire.

Altidore Officially Introduced By Hull City

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US National Team forward Jozy Altidore's move to English Premier League club Hull City was made official on Thursday. Altidore will wear the #9 shirt as he spends the 2009-10 season on loan from Villarreal. "Jozy is unproven at this level but we feel he has great potential and hopefully he can fill the void with goals from the front line," Hull City manager Phil Brown said.

Marquez Likely Out For Qualifier

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Mexico captain and Barcelona defender Rafael Marquez is expected to miss the August 12th World Cup Qualifier against the United States at Mexico City's Azteca Stadium. Marquez tore his left calf muscle during training with Barcelona, currently on tour in the United States.

WPS Update: Sky Blue In Contention

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Somebody needs to remind Sky Blue FC that they're supposed to be in crisis. Days after losing their second coach - this time to an impromptu resignation - Sky Blue won again to keep them in the playoff race with one game left in the season. Chicago 0 - Saint Louis 2 With Saint Louis knowing they've taken second for the season and Chicago out of playoff contention, it was the home team putting on.

Thursday's Daily: Three Opportunities

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With J Hutcherson -- Hey, sometimes things just don't work out. By which I mean every game involving Major League Soccer clubs last night. Sorry Chicago, New York, and even Seattle who probably weren't expecting to prop up Barcelona by conceding four goals. That's the problem with the big matchdays. Sometimes, they have a way of turning around on you.

Tigres Wins 2009 SuperLiga

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Mexico's UANL Tigres are the 2009 SuperLiga champions after beating Chicago on penalties at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, IL. Chicago took the early lead when Patrick Nyarko scored in the 10th minute, but Itamar Batista equalized two minutes before halftime. That score held through the second-half. Under SuperLiga rules, the match went directly to penalties.

CCL: No Advantage for RBNY At Home

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Red Bull NY join Toronto FC as Major League Soccer clubs unable to advance out of the CONCACAF Champions League qualifying round. Carrying a 2-2 draw and away goals from game one, Red Bulls lost to W Connection 2-1 at home on Wednesday night. New York jumped out to an early lead when John Wolyniec scored in the 19th minute, but they faltered just before halftime.

Preki Fined For Open Cup Incident

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Chivas USA coach Preki was fined $1000 dollars for inappropriate conduct toward match officials' after Chivas USA's 3-1 loss to the Charleston Battery in the US Open Cup on June 30th. Major League Soccer's Disciplinary Committee handed down the fine on Wednesday.

Altidore To Hull

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United States National Team player Jose Altidore will be spending the 2009-10 season in the English Premier League with Hull City, pending a work permit. Altidore's contract is owned by La Liga club Villarreal

USA Remains 12th In FIFA Rankings

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The August FIFA Rankings were released on Wednesday, with the United States improving by eight points to stay in 12th-place. The US played six Gold Cup games during the rankings period, finishing second in the competition. Gold Cup winners Mexico improved three places to 30th. Top Twenty

Wednesday's Daily: Big Night In Bridgeview

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With J Hutcherson -- Big night at Toyota Park with Chicago and home field advantage looking to finish off the SuperLiga against Tigres (8pm - TeleFutura). In the current atmosphere of club friendlies as the biggest draw in American soccer, it's nice to have something to play for. Fire coach Denis Hamlett isn't even gifting us the expected 'focusing on the League' preliminary excuse.

CCC: MLS Splits Qualifiers

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In Tuesday's CONCACAF Champions League qualifiers, DC United advanced after beating Firpo on penalties. Toronto couldn't score home or away, with USL-1 club Puerto Rico advancing. Jose Francisco Torres' Pachuca were the big winners on the night, beating Jalapa 7-1 in Guatemala. DC United 1 - Firpo 1 (5-4 on penalties) DC United got the result they needed to force overtime in their series with Luis Angel Firpo.

WPS Announces All-Star Starting Eleven

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The Women's Professional Soccer League announced their starters for the August 30th All-Star Game in St. Louis (5:30pm - FSC). Hope Solo was top of the fan balloting, with Marta leading for coaches and media. Amy LePeilbet was the top selection of the players. Each of those four groups held 25% of the vote.

Vermes Takes Interim Title In KC

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Former US National Team player and current Kansas City Wizards technical director Peter Vermes will be coaching the team on an interim basis through the end of the season. "The ownership group wanted to make a change, and I will take over as Interim Head Coach," Vermes said. "We will run a process around the new head coach after the season.

Monday's Daily: Expectations

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With J Hutcherson -- Yet another night for the glory of the CONCACAF Champions League, with DC needing an away result against Firpo and Toronto looking for the comeback in Puerto Rico. Without overdoing the specifics, DC needs anything other than a loss or a 0-0 draw to keep from exiting in regulation courtesy of the away goals rule.

Onalfo Out At KC

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Former United States National Team assistant coach Curt Onalfo has been "dismissed" as coach of the Kansas City Wizards along with assistant coach Kris Kelderman. Wizards investor/operator OnGoal made the announcement late on Monday. "Our shareholder group is thankful for Curt Onalfo's service over the last two-and-a-half seasons, but we felt a change needed to be made," OnGoal CEO and Wizards President Robb Heineman said.

American Abroad: Mixed Results In Season

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We start with Denmark's SuperLiga, where Danny Califf was a 72nd minute substitute in FC Midtjylland's 3-1 away loss to Brondby. All the goals were scored before Califf came on for Filip Marcic. A better result for Michael Parkhurst and Nordsjaelland, who drew 2-2 with Randers. Stephan Petersen (14th) and Nicolai Stokholm (48th) scored for Nordsjaelland.

Cunningham Wins POTW

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FC Dallas striker Jeff Cunningham's four goals against Kansas City on Saturday were enough to take MLS Player of the Week honors for Week 20. 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 Morales (Real Salt Lake) WEEK 7:.

Walker Back In Game

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Former US National Team and Major League Soccer keeper Jonny Walker is now the goalkeeper coach for the University of Memphis Women's soccer program. Walker retired from MLS in 2006 as a member of the Columbus Crew. "We are extremely fortunate to add Jonny Walker to our staff here at the University of Memphis," Women's soccer coach Brooks Monaghan said.

MLS Week 20: Goals, Goals, Goals

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If you like your soccer highs scoring, this was your weekend. Major League Soccer had multiple clubs cranking up the output, with FC Dallas leading the way with whatever you want to call one player scoring four times. Meanwhile, LA got the big crowd in an international friendly against Barcelona at the Rose Bowl.

Monday's Daily: Clocking Speed

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With J Hutcherson -- Let's all just not along with that look you get when entertaining yet another story from an elderly relative when anybody involved in Major League Soccer starts trying to sell the slow growth method. To repeat a previous point, there's nothing about MLS short of player salaries that's slow growth.

American Abroad: Guzan Comes Up Big For Villa

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US National Team keeper Brad Guzan stopped an Alessandro Del Piero penalty to give Aston Villa the Peace Cup title on Sunday. The game ended scoreless in regulation and overtime, with Villa winning 4-3 on penalties. Guzan also made a save on Vincenzo Iaquinta. "Brad was wonderful. He had a fantastic tournament," Villa manager Martin O'Neill said.

WPS Update: Saint Louis Takes Second

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Saint Louis will wait to see who ends up finishing the season in third and fourth, with Athletica taking second-place on Sunday. Under the Women's Professional Soccer playoff system, the second-place club advances directly to the semifinal against the winner of the third vs fourth place clubs. As regular season champions, the LA Sol are already in the final.

Agoos Enters Hall

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US National Soccer Team alumni and five-time MLS Cup winner Jeff Agoos was inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame on Sunday alongside two-time Women's World Cup winner Joy Fawcett. "I am proud to be wearing this jacket," Agoos said. "While my name and picture may be memorialized here, my story cannot be told without the people that made this possible.

Dribbling Exercises For Youth Players

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One of the skills that youth players often don't get as much work on as they need to is their dribbling skills. It's one of those skills that, in a perfect world, young players would perfect by practicing moves in their yard or in pickup games away from a coach or exercise. Unfortunately, that just does not happen as much in the United States as it does in other countries.

Sunday's TV

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MLS on Telefutura: Seattle - San Jose at 3pm. WPS on Fox Soccer Channel: LA - Chicago at 6pm. Emirates Cup on GolTV: Arsenal - Rangers at 11am and PSG - Atletico Madrid at 1:15pm. The Peace Cup final is on GolTV at 4pm. Russian Premier League on Setanta: Saturn - Zenit St Petersburg at 9am. MFL on Telemundo: UNAM Pumas - Cruz Azul at 1pm.

Saturday's TV

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MLS on Fox Soccer Channel: DC - Houston at 8pm. Barcelona - LA is on Fox Soccer at 10:30pm. Emirates Cup on GolTV: Rangers - PSG at 9:30am and Arsenal - Atletico Madrid at 11:30am. Russian Premier League on Setanta: Spartak Moscow - Kuban at 8am. MFL on Telemundo: Monterrey - Atlas at 6pm and Chivas - Tigres at 8pm.