USSoccerPlayers Archives for January 2009

Onyewu In For Milan

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United States defender Oguchi Onyewu got his first competitive game for Milan on Wednesday in their 1-0 Champions League loss to FC Zurich. Onyewu came on at the hour mark for Alessandro Nesta with Milan behind on a 10th minute goal from Hannu Tihinen.

Finalists Announced For Honda Award

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Jozy Altidore, Landon Donovan, and Tim Howard are the finalists for the 2009 Honda Player of the Year Award. The winner will be announced on October 20th in Los Angeles. This is Altidore's first nomination. Howard has been nominated three years running. Donovan is a five-time winner including 2008 and 2007.

Thursday's TV

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Europa League on GolTV: AEK Athens - Benfica at 1pm, Valencia - Genoa at 3pm, and Celtic - Rapid Vienna at 8pm. Copa Sudamericana on Fox Sports en Espanol: Lanus - LDU Quito at 6pm and Espanola - Velez Sarsfield at 8:30pm. CONCACAF Champions League on Galavision: Toluca - Marathon at 10pm.

Wednesday's Daily: Down And Up

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With J Hutcherson -- Yesterday's shakeup in Under-20 World Cup Group C might not have been predictable, but it wasn't exactly shocking. At the age level tournaments, a wide swing isn't rare. It's also not distinct to Germany, the United States, Cameroon, and South Korea. For every unabashed crash out after making it this far, there's confirmation of the idea that very few teams walk through the group stage.

Furtado Out For Two Years

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Costa Rica and Marathon striker Andy Furtado had his preliminary ban for the anti-inflammatory steroid betamethasone confirmed on Tuesday, with the Costa Rican Federation banning him from all soccer for two years. Furtado hasn't played since the initial finding on May 26th, suspended while awaiting results of the B sample.

CCL: Point For Columbus

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The Columbus Crew allowed a goal in stoppage time to draw 1-1 at home to Saprissa in the CONCACAF Champions League on Tuesday. They took the lead in the 26th minute through a Robbie Rogers penalty, but Alexander Robinson got the late equalizer for Saprissa. The result leaves both teams in contention to advance on the final matchday on October 20th.

American Abroad: Bad Night For Rangers

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Two American Abroad clubs in action on Tuesday, with none of the American players involved. In the marquee game, DaMarcus Beasley wasn't in the squad for Rangers' 4-1 loss in the Champions League to Sevilla. Rangers argued for a first-half penalty that might have prevented the deluge of goals in the second-half by reducing Sevilla to ten-men, but the referee decided not to make the call.

Honduras Announces Roster

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The Honduran National Team is set for the October 10th World Cup Qualifier against the United States at Estadio Olimpico. GOALKEEPERS: Noel Valladares, Donis Escober, Ricardo Canales DEFENDERS: Victor Bernardez, Osman Chavez, Maynor Figueroa, Boniek Garcia, Emilio Izaguirre, Erick Norales, Carlos Palacios, Mauricio Sabillon MIDFIELDERS: Edgard Alvarez, Julio Cesar Leon, Ramón Nunez, Amado Guevara, Wilson Palacios, Hendry Thomas, Danilo Turcios, Melvin Valladares FORWARDS: Carlos Pavon, Carlo Costly, Walter Martinez, Jerry Palacios, David Suazo

Wednesday's TV

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Under-20 World Cup: Brazil - Czech Republic on Galavision at 12:30pm. UEFA Champions League on Fox Soccer Channel: Manchester United - VfL Wolfsburg at 2:30pm (5pm - Setanta) and Real Madrid - Marseilles at 5pm (6:45pm - Setanta). Setanta has Apoel - Chelsea at 2:30pm. CONCACAF Champions League on Fox Soccer: San Juan Jabloteh - DC at 8pm and Pachuca - Houston at 10pm.

U-20 World Cup: USA 4 - Cameroon 1

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So much for that result against Germany. The United States turned on the offense in their second Group C game, beating Cameroon 4-1. Bryan Arguez opened th scoring for the US in first-half stoppage time. Tony Taylor made it 2-0 two minutes in the second-half, and Dilly Duka had the US up three in the 67th minute.

Lenarduzzi At Work In Vancouver

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By L.E. Eisenmenger - BOSTON, MA (Sep 29, 2009) USSoccerPlayers -- After the first season success of the Seattle Sounders, the USL-1 2008 Champions Vancouver Whitecaps FC have a hard act to follow as they prepare to enter MLS as a 2011 expansion team. The Vancouver ownership group consists of Greg Kerfoot, Steve Luczo, Jeff Mallett, and Steve Nash.

Tuesday's Daily: Against Cameroon

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With J Hutcherson -- By way of a preview for this afternoon's Under-20 World Cup game, the United States can't be expected to turn into the kind of team that will put on a display of free-flowing soccer. Though there are perfectly good players in the US squad, it's simply not the group that's going to play better than the individual positions.

American Abroad: Denmark And England

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Benny Feilhaber and Jeremiah White both saw time for AGF Aarhus in their 3-2 loss to Esbjerg. Feilhaber started and went the full ninety, while White was an 82nd-minute substitute. An Esbjerg own-goal put Aarhus up in the 14th minute, with Tim Janssen equalizing in the 20th and putting Esbjerg up in the 39th.

Mexico Withdraws Bid for 2018/2022 World Cup

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The Mexican Football Federation Association officially withdrew its bid to host the 2018 or 2022 World Cups. Ten countries remain in the process, with the United States the only CONCACAF representative. "Even though Mexico, one of the biggest football nations on earth and host of two FIFA World Cups, has finally opted to withdraw its bid to stage a third edition, FIFA wishes to thank the whole Mexican football family for having taken part in.

Joseph Wins POTW

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New England Revolution midfielder Shalrie Joseph is Major League Soccer's Player of the Week for Week 28. Joseph had both goals in New England's 2-1 win over Seattle. New England is currently third in the Eastern Conference, in the final playoff slot with a one point lead over DC United. The Revs have two fewer games played than the clubs in 9th through 11th.

Tuesday's TV

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Under-20 World Cup on ESPN2: USA - Cameroon at 12:30pm. UEFA Champions League on Fox Soccer Channel: Rangers - Sevilla at 2:30pm (Setanta at 6:30pm), Fiorentina - Liverpool at 5pm (Setanta at 2:40pm), and Arsenal - Olympiacos at 10pm. Setanta also has Barcelona - Dinamo Kiev at 4:45pm. CONCACAF Champions League on Fox Soccer: Columbus - Saprissa at 8pm.

Think Locally

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By Andrew Dixon - MIAMI, FL (Sep 28, 2009) USSoccerPlayers -- For years, Major League Soccer supporters have been asking ourselves when our league will be on par with some of the great leagues in Europe. We envision the day that MLS is regularly producing World-class players and aspiring stars from all over ply their trade for teams like DC United or the Houston Dynamo.

Ralston Out For Season

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The right knee injury that Revolution midfielder Steve Ralston suffered early in Saturday's New England - Seattle game has been diagnosed as a torn anterior cruciate ligament. The injury means Ralston will miss the rest of the 2009 season. Ralston is Major League Soccer's career leader in games and minutes played.

Monday's Daily: On Average

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With J Hutcherson -- If you choose to believe Columbus Crew coach Robert Warzycha, this is undoubtedly their year. After all, this is a team that can run with that MLS cliche of a transitional lineup and actually get a meaningful result. "We don't have a reserve team; we have 23 players right now that can step up anytime on the field and win any game .

American Abroad: A Little More

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First Star: Tim Howard needed three saves and a 42nd minute goal from Louis Saha to see off Portsmouth 1-0 on Saturday, but it wasn't an easy win. "I think that was the hardest I've had to work for a clean sheet this season," Howard told the club's official site. "It was a tough game, not just for myself but all of us because we were under a lot of pressure.

MLS Week 28: Crew Stand Up

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The Columbus Crew stayed on pace for the Supporter's Shield, beating the Los Angeles Galaxy 2-0 at Crew Stadium. Also in the East, Toronto drew with Chicago and New York played spoiler splitting the points with Western Conference playoff hopefuls Chivas USA. San Jose reversed the spoiler role on Sunday, beating Eastern Conference contenders DC United.

Monday's TV

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EPL on ESPN2: Manchester City - West Ham United at 3pm.

Coaching Licenses

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The US Soccer Federation offers coaching education classes at every level for soccer coaches in the United States. Currently, there are four levels of national licensing and certification for all coaches: the A, B, C, and U.S. Soccer Youth licenses. The D, E, and Youth Module coaching education certification programs are available through the state associations.

Sunday's TV

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MLS on TeleFutura: San Jose - Dallas at 3pm. USL-1 quarterfinals on Fox Soccer Channel: Montreal - Charleston at 7pm. Under-20 World Cup on Galavision: Brazil - Costa Rica at 10am. EPL on On Fox Soccer: Sunderland - Wolves at 11am. Championship on Setanta: Plymouth - Forest at 8:10am. La Liga on GolTV: Almeria - Racing at 11am, Real Zaragoza - Getafe at 1pm, and Deportivo La Coruna - Villarreal at 3pm.

U-20 World Cup: USA 0 - Germany 3

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The United States got experience under fire on Saturday, as they opened group play with a 3-0 loss to Germany in the Under-20 World Cup in Suez, Egypt. Semih Aydelik opened the scoring in the 30th from the penalty spot. US midfielder Brian Ownby was shown a yellow card for bringing Bjorn Kopplin down in the box.

Saturday's TV

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Under-20 World Cup on ESPN Classic: USA - Germany at 10am. MLS on Fox Soccer Channel: New York - Chivas USA EPL on ESPN2: Portsmouth - Everton at 7:30am. On Setanta: Stoke - Manchester United at 9:30am, Wigan - Chelsea at 5pm, and Blackburn ROvers - Aston Villa at 8:30pm. On Fox Soccer: Liverpool - Hull City at 10am, Fulham - Arsenal at 12:30pm, and Spurs - Burnley at 7pm.

Rapids Lose Two

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Days after needing a last gasp equalizer to draw with San Jose, the Colorado Rapids have announced two of their midfielders are done for the season. Jacob Petersen will need surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament suffered in Wednesday's game. Jamie Smith's recovery from surgery on his left knee will not be in time to factor in 2009.

Friday's Daily: Running Down The Playoffs

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With J Hutcherson -- It's time for a few more teams to be shown the door in the race for the 2009 MLS playoffs. With ___ weeks left to play, we still have too many teams doing the MLS table equivalent of grade school math. You remember, that inconceivable scenario that will turn that C into an A right before the end of the grading period.

CCL: Big Win For DC

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DC United made a major statement in CONCACAF Champions League Group B play on Thursday night, beating Marathon 3-0 at RFK Stadium. Due to the political situation in Honduras, Marathon had to travel six hours by bus to reach an open airport in Guatemala. "They had a long couple of days getting here and unfortunately for them, they weren't 100 percent," DC midfielder Ben Olsen said.

DeMerit Out With Eye Injury

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US National Team and Watford defender has recovered from the groin injury he suffered during preparations for the US World Cup Qualifier in Utah a few weeks ago, but he has an eye injury that could require surgery. "It was a freak thing," Demerit told Yanks-Abroad.com. "We were in our hotel and as I took out my contact, I cut my eye and I ended up getting an infection from that cut.

Friday's TV

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We're moving the TV listings to 5pm the day before in order to make things easier on the 9-5 crowd. Bundesliga on GolTV: Nurnberg - VfL Bochum at 2:30pm.

Ching Stays With Houston

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US National Team players and Houston Dynamo forward Brian Ching has agreed to a new four-year contract with the club. Ching had a year left on his current deal, but Houston opted to negotiate a new contract. "I think it's a sign of how much they care," Ching told Houston's FOX 26 Sports.... "I think this contract just shows the organization cares about us too.

Thursday's Daily: Germany In Egypt

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With J Hutcherson -- The United States National Team's involvement in the Under-20 World Cup kicks off on Saturday in Suez, Egypt (10am - ESPN Classic/Galavision) minus the associated hype we saw last time around in Canada. Blame it on relative proximity and a lineup not dominated by players on the short list to be the next big thing in Major League Soccer.

MLS: Colorado Leaves It Late

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With a chance to make a push towards the top of the Western Conference, the Colorado Rapids needed a 93rd minute penalty to salvage a point against San Jose on Wednesday night. Conor Casey's goal from the penalty spot equalized a 67th-minute penalty from San Jose's Chris Wondolowski. Until that point, Colorado had gone 377 minutes without being scored against.

CCL: Cruz Azul Go Through

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Cruz Azul advanced the the CONCACAF Champions League Quarterfinals on Wednesday night, beating Columbus 2-0 at Crew Stadium. Pablo Zeballos scored in the 14th and Alejandro Vela followed in the 39th. Cruz Azul keeper Yosgart Gutiérrez made five saves for the shutout. "We did enough to merit the win," Cruz Azul coach Enrique Meza said.

American Abroad: Another Day Of Cups

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A big game for Kenny Cooper in Germany's DFB Pokal. Cooper had 1860 Munich's second goal in the 50th, doubling their lead over Hertha Berlin after Rasmus Bengtsson put the ball into the back of his own net in the 10th. Cooper left the game for Alexander Ludwig in the 68th minute. Hertha would come back, with Gustavo Ramos scoring in the 76th and Valeri Domovchiyski forcing overtime three minutes later.

Wednesday's Daily: The 15th Team

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With J Hutcherson -- Considering what we know about soccer promotion in this country, somehow it makes sense that it's the Major League Soccer game left out of the national cable coverage. Fourth-place Colorado hosts San Jose tonight in a game that will bring them level on games played with third-place Seattle and second-place Los Angeles.

CCL: Big Night In Houston

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The Dynamo took care of business at home, beating Arabe Unido 5-1 to move into second-place in Group A. Eddie Robinson (11th) and William Weaver (50th) had Houston up two when Arabe Unido's Omar Camarg was sent off in the 56th minute. Arabe Unido got a goal back shorthanded when Orlando Rodriguez scored in the in the 69th, but Houston piled on the goals late.

American Abroad Update: Cups

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Michael Bradley returned to Borussia Moenchengladbach's starting eleven for the second round of the DFB Pokal, but the club is no longer in the German Cup after losing 1-0 to Duisburg. Kristoffer Andersen scored in stoppage time to send the visitors to the next round. David Yelldell went the full 120 for TUS Koblenz, needing overtime to see off Energie Cottbus 4-2.

Monday's Daily: Houston At Home

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With J Hutcherson -- Anybody wanting to overlook Houston's opponent later tonight in the CONCACAF Champions League might want to check the Group A standings. Panama's Club Deportivo Arabe Unido are your leaders, undefeated with two wins and a draw. The Dynamo have gone 1-1-1. That draw was the first time these two clubs met, with now departed forward Kei Kamara putting Houston up at Estadio Agustin Sanchez before Orlando Rodriguez equalized four minutes from.

Davis Wins POTW

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Houston Dynamo midfielder Brad Davis is Major League Soccer's Player of the Week for Week 27. Davis had a goal and two assists in Houston's 3-2 win over Real Salt Lake. The Dynamo remain top of the Western Conference, leading Los Angeles by two points on an extra game played. 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.

Monday's Daily: At The Top

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With J Hutcherson -- Leave it to the British to prop up the establishment, but it may be worth reminding the people making the public statements on behalf of Manchester United of a couple of things. Mainly, that they're ownership is foreign, they spend as much as anybody on talent, and they're not all that different from Manchester City and Chelsea.

MLS Week 27: Point Not Points

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For several teams in the hunt for the 2009 Major League Soccer playoffs, the weekend ended with a hard won point rather than three points. Meanwhile, the Houston Dynamo extended the points total at the top of the Western Conference with a win over Real Salt Lake. Chivas USA 0 - Seattle 0 Chivas USA went a man down in the 71st when Marcelo Saragosa was sent off, but keeper Zach Thornton kept his MVP.

American Abroad: Keeping In England

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First Star: Tim Howard shutout Blackburn Rovers and his Everton offense hit for three goals in a strong showing on Sunday after playing midweek in Europe. Louis Saha scored in the 22nd and 54th. Joseph Yobo finished off the scoring four minutes later. Everton manager David Moyes was all praise for Saha, saying: "We signed Louis when we were very short of forwards through injury, and he had been having his own injury problems.

Armas Joins Ring Of Fire

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Former US National Team and Chicago Fire midfielder Chris Armas is the latest inductee into Chicago's 'Ring of Fire' Hall of Fame. Armas spent the bulk of his Major League Soccer career in Chicago, winning the '98 MLS Cup and four US Open Cup titles. He was a seven time All-Star. Armas joins former Fire captain Peter Nowak, former Fire player and current Fire technical director Frank Klopas, the Fire's first General Manager Peter Wilt,.

Indoor Soccer For Youth Teams

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As we head into Fall and the end-of-season outdoor tournaments, it is time to start thinking about indoor soccer as a means to keep your team in shape during the off-season. However, indoor soccer is a much different game than the outdoor one, so as a coach you need to be prepared to make some changes in your practice routine and field set-up.

Sunday's TV

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MLS on TeleFutura: Columbus - Chicago at 3pm. EPL on Setanta: Manchester United - Manchester City at 8:30am. On Fox Soccer: Chelsea - Spurs at 11am and Everton - Blackburn at 7pm. Russian Premier League on Setanta: Lokomotiv - FC Moscow at 4:15am and CSKA Moscow - Dinamo Moscow at 6am. Dutch League on ESPN Deportes: Feyenoord - PSV Eindhoven at 8:30am.

Friday MLS: All Draws

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As surprising as it might sound, New York returned to their recent form by not losing, drawing 1-1 with the New England Revolution at Giants Stadium. New England took the lead in the 13th minute through Sainey Nyassi, with the Red Bulls coming back to equalize in the 69th when John Wolyniec scored. New York had a chance to take three points late, but Macoumba Kandji couldn't keep his shot on frame.

Saturday's TV

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MLS on Fox Soccer Channel: Chivas USA - Seattle at 3pm. EPL on ESPN2: Burnley - Sunderland at 7:30am. On Setanta: Arsenal - Wigan at 9:30am and Hull - Birmingham at 6:45pm. On Fox Soccer: Aston Villa - Portsmouth at 10m, West Ham United - Liverpool at 12:30pm, and Bolton Wanderers - Stoke at 5:30pm. Championship on Setanta: Cardiff City - Queens PArk Rangers at 10:15pm.

Europa League: Easy For Everton

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Everton rolled over AEK Athens on Thursday, winning 4-0 with goals from Joseph Yobo (10th), Sylvain Distin (17th), Steven Pienaar (37th), and Jo (82nd). Tim Howard needed one save for the shutout, but the end of the game didn't go as smoothly. With Athens playing a man down from the 55th when Carlos Araujo was sent off, Everton was also shown red in stoppage time.

Friday's Daily: Building From The Middle

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With J Hutcherson -- For all the knocks he's taken for the frequency of moves Toronto has made in a relatively short time, manager - but not coach - Mo Johnston doesn't seem overly bothered. How else to explain spending designated player money on a primarily defensive midfielder? Julian de Guzman suiting up for Toronto is a very big deal.

The Late Move

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By Andrew Dixon - MIAMI, FL (Sep 17, 2009) USSoccerPlayers -- With the roster freeze, it's time for Major League Soccer's contenders to get down to business. Teams who have a shot at the playoffs have made moves to strengthen their squad for the stretch run while others have had to consider depth for multiple competitions.

Simoes Takes Over Costa Rica

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Rene Simoes is now the coach of the Costa Rican National Team, replacing Rodrigo Kenton who was fired earlier this week. Simoes's opening game will be against Trinidad & Tobago, before what will likely be a crucial away game against the United States at RFK Stadium on October 14th in an attempt to avoid a playoff with the fifth-place CONMEBOL team.

Thursday's Daily: Mixed Media

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With J Hutcherson -- Some of you might have seen HBO's Real Sports segment on newspaper sports writing this week. The points were predictable. Loss of advertisers, changing face of sports consumption due to the internet and availability of games. Altered demographic skewing old for people who actually subscribe to newspapers.

CCL: Crew Win Away

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The Columbus Crew beat Saprissa at the Monster's Cave on Wednesday night, taking the three group stage points on an Eddie Gaven goal in the fifth minute. The Crew are second in Group C, trailing Cruz Azul by one point. How do you make things more difficult playing in Mexico? Play the second-half with ten men.

MLS Takes Off World Cup Group Stage

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Major League Soccer announced a balanced schedule for the 2010 season, with each team playing the other twice. The League also announced that no League games will be played during the World Cup group stage, semifinals, or final. "The decision to stop League play during the group phase of the 2010 FIFA World Cup is part of MLS' commitment to deepen its connection with the millions of soccer fans in the United States and Canada,".

Wednesday's Daily: Winning Mid-Week

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With J Hutcherson -- Whether your enthusiasm is trending towards the UEFA or CONCACAF versions of the Champions League... let's be honest here and go ahead and pencil in the U acronym. Most of us tend to prefer the games where you're not looking at one guy sitting all alone in a section of empty seats.

American Abroad: Three Out

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It's a quick update for the Tuesday games, with no Americans seeing the field in three games. Oguchi Onyewu wasn't in the squad for Milan's Champions League opener, a 2-1 win at Olympique Marseilles's Stade Velodrome. Filippo Inzaghi had both goals for Milan. In the Championship, Frank Simek was on the bench for Sheffield Wednesday's 3-1 home loss to Middlesbrough.

CCL: United Wins On The Road

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DC United got their first win in Champions League play on Tuesday night beating San Juan Jabloteh 1-0 at Hasely Crawford Stadium in Trinidad. Christian Gomez was the difference, converting a 14th-minute penalty for the game's only goal. "They played very direct and they have some guys with some pace that can hurt you," DC coach Tom Soehn said.

FIFA Changes Date For FIFA Rankings

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The release date for the October FIFA Rankings have been moved to October 16th, meaning the current rankings period will be covering six weeks instead of the usual four. For the United States, it also means the rankings will include the September and October World Cup Qualifiers. The release date for the November rankings has also been rescheduled, now set for release on November 20th.

Myrie Signs With Chicago

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Costa Rican international David Myrie joined the Chicago Fire on Tuesday. He spent last season with Costa Rica's Deportiva Alajuelense. "David is a young player with a lot of potential and we are pleased to add him to our roster as the team continues to work toward bringing the MLS Cup to Chicago this season," Fire technical director Frank Klopas said.

Purdy Rejoins Dallas

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Defender Steve Purdy is once again a member of FC Dallas. Purdy joined the club in January, but was waived last week. The club made the move after announcing defender Anthony Wallace has been placed on the Disabled List with a season-ending knee injury. Wallace's injury will keep him out of the FIFA Under-20 World Cup.

Kamara Joins Wizards

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The Houston Dynamo traded forward Kei Kamara to Kansas City today for forward Abe Thompson and allocation money. "We would like to thank Kei for his contributions to the Dynamo, both in 2008 and this year. We feel this is a good move that will help our team remain competitive for the remainder of this season and beyond," Dynamo COO Chris Canetti said.

Earthquakes Cut da Silva

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Fabio da Silva is no longer a member of the San Jose Earthquakes. The Brazilian defender was on the Quakes' books less than a month, appearing in two exhibition games. He originally signed with San Jose on August 18th after spending 2009 with Brazil's Rio Branca. da Silva was part of Red Star Belgrade's Serbian Cup winning squad in 2007.

Tuesday's Daily: Setting Limits

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With J Hutcherson -- Leave it to the Premier League for potentially changing the face of European soccer. If their adoption of the "home-grown rule" becomes the norm across Europe, this could be the last year we see the Champions League as a de facto World All-Star League. Well, at least with so many of the World's elite concentrated among a small group of clubs.

Kenton Out In Costa Rica

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Three consecutive World Cup Qualifying losses cost Costa Rica National Team coach Rodrigo Kenton his job. The Federación Costarricense de Fútbol announced he had been fired on Monday, less than a month away from the final CONCACAF Qualifiers. Currently fourth and facing a playoff with the fifth-place CONMEBOL team, Costa Rica plays Trinidad & Tobago and the United States to close out their schedule.

Cunningham Is POTW

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FC Dallas striker Jeff Cunningham is Major League Soccer's Player of the Week for Week 26 after scoring twice and assisting on two of the other goals in Dallas's 6-3 win over the LA Galaxy. This is his third POTW Award in 2009 and his twelfth all-time. That's an MLS record. 2009 MLS Player of the Week Winners WEEK 1: Fredy Montero (Seattle Sounders FC) WEEK 2: Kasey Keller (Seattle Sounders FC) WEEK 3: Conor.

Red Bulls Make Roster Move

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Defender Alfredo Pacheco is no longer a member of Red Bull NY. Pacheco appeared in 14 games for Red Bulls after joining the club on loan from El Salvador's C.D. FAS. New York announced on Monday that the loan deal and contract for Pacheco have been "terminated."

MLS Player Development: Chicago Pushes South

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The Chicago Fire is the first Major League Soccer club to have a fully integrated youth program running from Under-8 to an Under-23 squad playing in the Premier Development League, and now the club is expanding its reach by selling the Fire brand to youth clubs in Mississippi and Louisiana. The incentive for MLS clubs to increase their youth talent pool is spurred by the "homegrown" policy that allows a club to put young players.

Monday's Daily: What About Dallas?

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With J Hutcherson -- Look at it this way. It wouldn't be as much fun without a struggling club like Dallas throwing up yet another shock result. Los Angeles Galaxy coach Bruce Arena's "our worst game of the season" comments aside, LA dropping a 6-3 result at home isn't necessarily all that embarrassing.

MLS Week 26: Another Game Of The Season

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Once again it was Dallas making the multi-goal statement in Major League Soccer, beating Los Angeles 6-3 at the Home Depot Center. And, once again, it was Jeff Cunningham powering the Dallas offense. In the battle between Conference leaders, Columbus got a late goal to beat Houston. Colorado 2 - Toronto 3 Dwayne De Rosario put Toronto up in the 19th minute, but it ended up being the second-half that told the story.

American Abroad: Big In Mexico

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First Star: Michael Orozco grabbed the second goal in San Luis's rollover of Chivas, winning 4-0 at home. Alfredo Moreno put San Luis up in the 33rd and Michael Orozco doubled that three minutes later. Chivas lost Hector Reynoso to a red card in the 61st, and San Luis took advantage with two more goals.

MLS: Huckerby Out For Season

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San Jose Earthquakes midfielder Darren Huckerby will miss the rest of the 2009 season after undergoing surgery on his right hip. Huckerby scored three goals in 14 games.

Keeping Stats

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As a coach, you may want to ask one of your parents or your assistant coaches to keep stats for you during the game. This way, you can keep track of how many shots or goals you got off against a particular team, how different players are faring in different positions, and how your goalkeeper matches up to the opposing goalkeeper.

Sunday's TV

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MLS on TeleFutura: New England - Chivas USA at 3pm. EPL on Setanta: Birmingham City - Aston Villa at 7am. On Fox Soccer Channel: Fulham - Everton at 11am. Bundesliga on GolTV: Cologne - Schalke 04 at 11:30am. ESPN2 has a La Liga game scheduled for 11am, teams not available at press time. La Liga on GolTV: Xerex - Athletico Bilbao at 3pm.

Saturday's TV

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MLS on Fox Soccer Channel: Chicago - Salt Lake at 9pm. EPL on ESPN2: Liverpool - Burnley at 10am. On Setanta: Manchester City - Arsenal at 10am, Wigan - West HAm United at 6:45pm, and Portsmouth - Bolton at 10:15pm. On Fox Soccer: Stoke City - Chelsea at 10am, Spurs - Manchester United at 12:30pm, and Sunderland - Hull at 5pm.

Busy Day For MLS Acquisitions

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Major League Soccer clubs spent Friday making roster moves. Toronto FC made the biggest signing of their young history, bringing on Canadian international Julien De Guzman as the club's first designated player. Guzman was the first Canadian to play in Spain's topflight, spending his entire professional career in Europe.

Pearce Joins Dallas

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After failing to complete a deal in Turkey, United States National Team player Heath Pearce is now a member of FC Dallas. The club used their #1 allocation to add Pearce. "Heath is a high quality player who can play a lot of different positions, and we are very excited to welcome him to the club," FC Dallas Head Coach Schellas Hyndman said.

Mailbag!

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By Andrew Dixon - MIAMI, FL (Sep 11, 2009) USSoccerPlayers -- Time to open up the One Grown Mailbag. Our first letter comes from a J. Wicks in DC. He asks: "Have I become the new villain in MLS?" In Seattle, I suppose and maybe in certain parts around the DMV.People might have thought you were a little nuts after your tussle with Mark Burch at the end of the Chicago game.

Fridays Daily: Top Of The Tables

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With J Hutcherson -- On Sunday, Major League Soccer gifts us a battle of the Conference leaders. Columbus hosts DC in a game that isn't one of the two nationally available from the weekend schedule. Though the MLS playoff system trends against making this the obvious pick for the '09 MLS Cup final, there's another equally strong point that this isn't a preview.

Thursday's Daily: Points Of Qualifying

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With J Hutcherson -- After a week of Qualifiers, the United States didn't drop any available points. That's the only stat that matters at this stage, especially since the schedule set up a home and away against the teams on the wrong end of the table. Costa Rica's loss to El Salvador showed last night just how dangerous that can be, with teams desperate to prove they belong in the final stage of CONCACAF Qualifying.

CONCACAF Results: El Salvador Still Alive

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By Clemente Lisi - NEW YORK, NY (Sep 10, 2009) USSoccerPlayers -- In what has turned out to be the most competitive Hexagonal tournament in CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying history, the United States, Mexico and Honduras all took one step closer to stamping their passports for South Africa. Following Wednesday's results, the US (5-1-2) is in first place in the six-team group with 16 points after defeating Trinidad & Tobago 1-0 on the road in.

Kansas Cirty 0 - DC 1

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DC United got three points out of their rescheduled game on Wednesday night, beating Kansas City 1-0 on an international matchday that Major League Soccer had planned to take off. DC's prestige friendly with Real Madrid pushed this game to last night, and it was one of DC's prestige players proving the difference.

WCQ: T&T 0 - USA 1

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Trinidad & Tobago's road to the World Cup ended on Wednesday night, losing 1-0 to the United States at Hasely Crawford Stadium in Port of Spain. They didn't go quietly. After a strong first-half against a United States trying to maintain pace at the top of the Hexagonal table, T&T couldn't keep the pressure going.

Hernandez Joins Dallas

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Major League Soccer veteran Daniel Hernandez has rejoined his college coach Schellas Hyndman as a member of FC Dallas. Hernandez has spent time with the Galaxy, Mutiny, Metrostars, and Revolution along with stints in the Mexican Liga with Necaxa, Puebla, Jaguares, and most recently a return stay with Necaxa.

Live: USA - T&T

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USA - T&T

Dichio Retires

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Toronto FC forward Danny Dichio announced his retirement on Wednesday in a move to free up space for the expected signing of Canadian international Julian De Guzman. Dichio moves immediately into an academy coaching and ambassador role with the club. "I'm really looking forward to this new chapter in my career, and I'm happy I get to do it here at Toronto FC," Dichio said.

Wednesday's Daily: Tonight

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With J Hutcherson -- Later tonight the United States plays a knockout game. As in, having the opportunity to knock Trinidad & Tobago out of contention for a slot in next summer's World Cup. This is soccer at the highest level on offer, and it's the United States' turn to run this game. The biggest criticism not directed at a match official coming out of Saturday's win over El Salvador was just that.

Reliant Stadium Will Host '10 All-Stars

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The 2010 Major League All-Star Game will take place at Houston's Reliant Stadium. "It's a real honor for us to be able to bring MLS players and the opponent into a building like this, which has seen great, great soccer in the last seven years since it opened," Dynamo president and general manager Oliver Luck said.

Wolff Wins POTW

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Josh Wolff is the Week 25 Major League Soccer Player of the Week. This is his third award in 2009, also winning in Week 5 and Week 9. "It was good to get three points on Saturday and put two goals in the net personally," Wolff said. "Now we need to build off of our performance and continue to play well throughout the rest of the season.

Scouting Report: Trinidad & Tobago

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By Clemente Lisi - NEW YORK, NY (Sep 8, 2009) USSoccerPayers -- There are many words sportswriters and TV talking heads love to toss around. Several examples include the overuse of "legendary" when describing a great player or "amazing" when talking about a play that is great, but not so rare. Another one of those words -- particularly when it comes to the USA's 2010 World Cup qualifying campaign this year – has been the.

Monday's Daily: The Schedule

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With J Hutcherson -- Allow me to revisit a previous point and invite everybody to wonder what I was thinking picking Chivas USA to be a prime mover over the month of August. Not a lot of games leading into August, ample recovery, and no thought of a fluke injury at the All-Star Game costing them their keeper.

DeMerit Leaves Camp

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West Ham United defender Jay DeMerit did not travel with the United States National Team to Trinidad & Tobago for Wednesday's game. The groin pull that kept him out of Saturday's game in Salt Lake City will also mean he misses Wednesday's Qualifier. After scoring for Colorado on Saturday night, Conor Casey will also not be traveling to Trinidad & Tobago.

ESPN Post-Game

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Monday's TV

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No games today.

Training Ground: Juggling With Josh Wolff

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When I was a youth player, the best advice I got was to practice my juggling. It's a great way for you to learn how the ball reacts to different touches and surfaces. For example, the ball bounces differently when you use your thigh than when you use your foot. At first, juggle just using your feet and see how many you can do, then juggle using just your thighs, and so on.

MLS Week 25: Short Schedule

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Leave it to Major League Soccer to only play three games during an international weekend, but manage to schedule two of them against the United States in World Cup Qualifying. At least we got the opportunity to see DC United retake their lead in ties with a dozen. Kansas City 4 - New England 2 A big away result for the Wizards, who were up quickly when Claudio Lopez scored in the third minute.

CONCACAF Results: Changes At The Top

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By Clemente Lisi - NEW YORK, NY (Sep 6, 2009) USSoccerPlayers -- While the United States edged closer to the 2010 World Cup finals with a 2-1 win over El Salvador, Mexico and Honduras also shook up the Hexagonal standings with victories of their own. Mexico ended Costa Rica's home run at the Monster's Cave and Trinidad & Tobago saw their qualifying hopes severely dented with an away loss to Honduras.

Sunday's TV

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MFL on Telemundo: Toluca - Morelia at 1pm and Atlante - UNAM Pumas at 5pm. Brasileirao on GolTV: Cruzeiro - Sao Paulo at 3pm.

WCQ: El Salvador 1 - USA 2

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The United States kept pace in CONCACAF Qualifying on Saturday night, beating El Salvador 2-1 in Sandy, Utah. The US trailed when Rodolfo Zelaya scored in the 32nd minute. Regrouping, the United States began to push and it paid off when Clint Dempsey headed in a Landon Donovan free kick in the 41st. Jozy Altidore made it 2-1 with a header of his own from a Donovan service in first-half stoppage time.

Castillo Now Eligible

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Edgar Castillo's switch in registration has been completed and he is now eligible to play for the United States. US Soccer Federation president Sunil Gulati made that announcement at halftime of the El Salvador - USA Qualifier. Castillo originally made his intentions to play for the US clear in an exclusive interview with USSoccerPlayers' Brooke Tunstall.

How To Enjoy Soccer On TV

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First off, this isn't hockey so if anybody tells you to watch where the ball is going, ignore them. Televised soccer is different from live soccer for a very obvious reason, namely, that someone else is choosing what you're seeing. The cameras are usually only interested in the ball, so you'll be following the ball and whatever the camera operators happen to catch.

Saturday's TV

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El Salvador - United States is at 8pm on ESPN Classic and TeleFutura. Costa Rica - Mexico is on Telemundo at 10pm. MLS on Fox Soccer Channel: Toronto - Colorado at 10pm. England - Slovenia is on Fox Soccer at 12:30pm along with Bahrain - Saudi Arabia at 3pm and Georgia - Italy at 5pm. On GolTV: Scotland - Macedonia at 10am and Spain - Belgium at 4pm.

Hodgson Needs More Room At The Cottage

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By Graig Carbino - ALBANY, NY (Sep 4, 2009) USSoccerPlayers -- Pop quiz time. Which team finished the 2008-2009 English Premier League table in the top seven places, had the forth least goals conceded last season in league play, and has advanced to the group stages of European competition this term? Manchester United you say?

Scouting Report: El Salvador

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By Clemente Lisi - SAN JOSE, CA (Sep 4, 2009) USSoccerPlayers -- This year will long be remembered as a season of unexpected thrills for the United States National Team. Although the US will go without any silverware, the team did gain valuable experience along the way. All that will mean zilch if the US fails to qualify for the 2010 World Cup.

Live: El Salvador - USA

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El Salvador - USA

Friday's Daily: Prohibitions

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With J Hutcherson -- Hey look everybody. FIFA has stepped in to show European soccer that there are substantial repercussions for poaching players. Well, if you consider taking advantage of the gray areas in rules from country to country poaching. The big ticket item that earned Chelsea a year and a half of no transfers was to play up the prospects for a young player at Stamford Bridge as opposed to the club where he.

American Abroad: Rolfe Signs With Aalborg

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Chicago Fire and US National Team forward Chris Rolfe will be joining Danish SuperLiga club Aalborg when the transfer window reopens in January. "This is a good time for this, because we are in a good position for the playoffs, and I know Chris wants to win a championship with us," Fire technical director Frankie Klopas said.

DC United on Wicks Incident

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In the aftermath of last night's US Open Cup final, where DC United player Josh Wicks stepped on Seattle Sounders forward Fredy Montero moments after he scored for Seattle, DC United released the following statement: "DC United team executives and technical staff met today with Josh Wicks. During the meeting, it was expressed that his behavior in last night's US Open Cup final was unacceptable and that he will be subject to internal discipline.

MLS Fines And Suspends Mastroeni

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Major League Soccer's Disciplinary Committee has increased the initial $250 dollar fine and one game suspension handed down to Colorado Raids midfielder Pablo Mastroeni to $1500 dollars and three games for "endangering the safety of an opponent." Mastroeni tackled Houston Dynamo defender Andrew Hainault in the 63rd minute of their game last weekend.

Thursday's TV

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Argentine League on Fox Sports en Espanol: Boca Juniors - Newell's Old Boys at 7pm. All Times Eastern

Marshall Wins Player Of The Month

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Columbus Crew defender Chad Marshall is Major League Soccer's Player of the Month for the month of August. This is the second Player of the Month award for the 2009 Crew, with Guillermo Barros Schelotto winning in June. 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 July: Landon Donovan –.

Seattle Wins Open Cup

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The Seattle Sounders beat DC United 2-1 on Wednesday night at RFK Stadium to win the 2009 US Open Cup title. Fredy Montero opened the scoring in the 67th minute, and DC was down a man after Josh Wicks made contact with Montero. Seattle scored again in the 86th through Sebastien Le Toux. DC United pulled one back in the 89th, but couldn't find an equalizer through five minutes of stoppage time.

MLS And Player Development: The Local Clubs

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By L.E. Eisenmenger - BOSTON, MA (Sep 2, 2009) USSoccerPlayers -- In a move towards Major League Soccer developing its own talent, the League now requires clubs to create youth programs. That includes fully subsidized Under-16 and Under-18 Developmental Academy teams for each club. How the individual clubs choose to implement that system is up to them.

Ticket Information For Oct 14th Qualifier

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The US Soccer Federation released the following ticket information for the Costa Rica - United States World Cup Qualifier on October 14th at Washington DC's RFK Stadium. CHICAGO, IL (Sep 2, 2009) USSF -- Tickets for the U.S. Men's National Team FIFA World Cup qualifier against Costa Rica on Oct. 14 at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.

Wednesday's Daily: Wide Open

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With J Hutcherson -- It's US Open Cup final Wednesday. Not exactly the ringing call to audience participation that some would like, but credit DC United for trying to build this up locally. Whatever the result on and off the field, DC management deserves respect for trying. They're not the first. But when the Chicago Fire made the hard sell on behalf of the Cup, they were a first year club celebrating that other Cup.

UPDATE: Pearce Move To Bursaspor Is Off

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According to Bursaspor's official site, contract issues prevented them from completing their move for Heath Pearce. With the transfer window now closed, Pearce remains out of contract. Original Post: United States National Team defender Heath Pearce is now a member of Turkish club Bursaspor in the Turkcell Super Lig.

USA 11th In September FIFA Rankings

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The United States moved up a slot to 11th in the FIFA World Rankings. Over the rankings period the US lost their only game, 2-1 away to Mexico. They earned no rankings points in August. The next rankings are scheduled for Oct 7th. The United States has two games during this rankings period, World Cup Qualifiers at home against El Salvador and away to Trinidad & Tobago.

MLS Officiating Issues

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The Washington Post's Steve Goff is reporting that three Major League Soccer referees will no longer be available for assignment, a decision made by the US Soccer Federation. Jair Marrufo, Michael Kennedy, and Abbey Okulaja will be sidelined. Marrufo, one of the US Soccer Federation's full-time referees and a FIFA-listed official, is eligible to work non-MLS games.

Casey Yet To Join Camp

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Colorado Rapids forward Conor Casey had his wisdom teeth removed on Monday, according to US Soccer media relations. Casey could still be back in time to be selected for the squad that faces El Salvador in Salt Lake City on Saturday. The squad currently in camp will stay the same while Casey's situation is evaluated.

Tuesday's Daily: Territory

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With J Hutcherson -- America's second division might not be making as easy of a transfer to their new ownership group as expected. While league management is reconfiguring to put NuRock Soccer Holdings people in the top positions, the major USL-1 teams are threatening to exit their League altogether.