USSoccerPlayers Archives for January 2010

MLS Ticker: Busch Signs

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Jon Busch is now a member of the San Jose Earthquakes, joining the club after being let go on waivers by the Chicago Fire. Busch was the starter with Chicago, but will be backing up Joe Cannon with the Quakes. "The addition of Jon gives one of the best goalkeeping corps in the league," GM John Doyle said.

Wednesday's TV

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US Women - Mexico at 9pm on ESPN2. Champions League on Fox Soccer Channel: Arsenal - Barcelona at 2:30pm and Inter Milan - CSKA Moscow at 5pm (2:30pm on Fox Soccer Plus). Copa Libertadores on Fox Sports en Espanol: Monterrey - Sao Paulo at 9pm and Morelia - Banfield at 11pm. CONCACAF Champions League on FSC and Galavision: UNAM Pumas - Cruz Azul at 10pm.

Toronto Will Host 2010 MLS Cup

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In one of the worst kept secrets in Major League Soccer, MLS confirmed on Tuesday that Toronto will be hosting the 2010 MLS Cup. The game is scheduled for Sunday, November 21st at 8:30pm ET (live on ESPN). "Toronto and the Province of Ontario have proven to be a vibrant market for top-level soccer, and we are pleased to present the city's fans another opportunity to enjoy a marquee event and showcase their passion," MLS.

England Wants To Direct

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With J Hutcherson -- Look, it's easy enough to question the British government deciding to get involved in who owns English soccer clubs. Normally, that's the kind of thing that brings FIFA scrutiny, an odd choice in the middle of a World Cup bid. After all, England would only need to put this off until the bids were in and the hosts announced.

Morales Wins MLS Player Of The Week

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Real Salt Lake midfielder Javier Morales is your MLS Player of the Week for Week 1, as decided by the North American Soccer Reporters. Morales scored two goals and assisted on a third in RSL's 3-0 win over San Jose.

Tuesday's TV

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Champions League on Fox Soccer Channel: Lyon - Bordeaux at 2:30pm and Bayern Munich - Manchester United at 5pm (2:30pm on Fox Sports en Espanol). Copa Libertadores on Fox Sports en Espanol: Libertad - Lanus at 7pm. CONCACAF Champions League on Fox Soccer Channel and Galavision: Toluca - Pachuca at 10pm.

Tuesday's TV

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Champions League on Fox Soccer Channel: Lyon - Bordeaux at 2:30pm and Bayern Munich - Manchester United at 5pm (2:30pm on Fox Sports en Espanol). Copa Libertadores on Fox Sports en Espanol: Libertad - Lanus at 7pm. CONCACAF Champions League on Fox Soccer Channel and Galavision: Toluca - Pachuca at 10pm.

A New Generation Of Foreign Players In MLS

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By Clemente Lisi - NEW YORK, NY (Mar 29, 2010) US Soccer Players -- Major League Soccer may have been a league started with the concept of improving American players, but it has increasingly become a place for foreigners to showcase their skills. MLS opened in 1996 with the intent of helping US-born players grow and prosper.

Americans And Relegation

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With J Hutcherson -- Let's start with an open question that's not exactly rhetorical. As a neutral fan, does it make things more exciting when a well known club faces relegation? For that matter, does it somehow make a season better when it's a big team fighting against the drop? I've got the feeling that for most fans the answer is yes.

US Women 3 - Mexico 0

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The United States Women's National Team opened their friendly series against Mexico with a 3-0 win at Torero Stadium in San Diego. Amy Rodriguez opened the scoring in the 12th minute, with Shannon Boxx making it 2-0 in the 43rd. Lauren Cheney scored in the 72nd. Hope Solo picked up the shutout without having to make a save.

American Abroad Update: Cherundolo Scores, But Hannover In Trouble

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First Star: Steve Cherundolo got Hannover's only goal in a 4-1 loss to Cologne at AWD-Arena. Hannover went a man down in the 45th minute. Cherundolo's goal came in the 81st, with Hannover already trailing 4-0. The loss has them in 17th-place, two points from safety. Second Star: Jozy Altidore contributed in another relegation battle, with Hull City getting a surprise home win against Fulham.

Monday's TV

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EPL on ESPN2: Manchester City - Wigan at 2:45pm. All Times Eastern

MLS Week 1: RSL And KC Take Big Wins

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Real Salt Lake got a jump on their title defense in the opening weekend of Major League Soccer's fifteenth season, taking care of San Jose at Buck Shaw Stadium. Kansas City also made a big statement at home, with a multi-goal shutout of DC. The New York Red Bulls opened their new home in style, beating Chicago at Red Bull Arena.

Sunday's TV

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USA Women - Mexico is on Fox Soccer Channel at 5pm. EPL on Fox Soccer Plus: Burnley - Blackburn at 7am. On FSC: Liverpool - Sunderland at 11am. Championship on Fox Soccer Plus: Derby County - Leicester City at 9am. Eredivisie on ESPN Deportes: PSV Eindhoven - VVV Venlo at 8:30am. Serie A on FSC: Juventus - Atalanta at 9am and Milan - Lazio at 2:30pm.

Friday Night MLS: Chivas USA 0 - Colorado 1

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Chivas USA got a big opening night crowd at the Home Depot Center, with 18,658 in attendance, but they also got shutout by the visiting Colorado Rapids. Omar Cummings scored the game's only goal in the 55th minute. Matt Pickens made three saves for the shutout. Chivas USA started Dan Kennedy in goal, with last season's MLS Goalkeeper of the Year Zach Thornton on the bench.

Toronto And DC Make Moves

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On Friday, Toronto FC waived their backup goalkeeper Brian Edwards and signed keeper Jon Conway, recently waived by Chivas USA. This is Conway's 11th year in MLS. He had 62 appearances with the New York Red Bulls from 2006-09. DC United also worked the waiver wire, signing defender Carey Talley who was also waived by Chivas USA earlier in the week.

Saturday's TV

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MLS on TeleFutura: Dallas - Houston at 4pm. New York - Chicago is on ESPN at 7pm. Fox Soccer Channel has San Jose - RSL at 9pm and LA - Nw England at 11pm. EPL on ESPN Classic: Chelsea - Aston Villa at 11am. On FSC: Spurs - Portsmouth at 11am, Bolton Manchester United at 1:30pm, and Hull - Fulham at 6pm.

Union to play rookies in 2010

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By Andrew Winner - SEATTLE, WA (Mar 26, 2010) US Soccer Players -- In the aftermath of Philadelphia's 2-0 loss to Seattle Sounders FC at Qwest Field, it's clear that the Union's management is committed to the development of its younger players, even if it means a few growing pains along the way. On Thursday night, multi-year MLS veterans Stefani Miglioranzi and Shavar Thomas started on the bench in the rainy, raucous environment of Qwest.

The Coaches' Season

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By Michael Lewis - NEW YORK, NY (Mar 26, 2010) US Soccer Players -- With more teams (16) and the same number of playoff berths (eight), the battle for a post-season spot becomes that more intense and more competitive. Translated, more coaches will find themselves on the hot seat earlier and more probably will face the axe this season.

Kansas City Signs India Favorite Chhetri

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Sunil Chhetri has agreed to terms with the Kansas City Wizards, with a deal expected to be finalized within days. Chhetri is considered India's most popular soccer player. He was named India Player of the Year and Fans Player of the Year in 2009. "I am very happy and optimistic," Chhetri said. "I'm looking forward to getting to know my teammates and the city of Kansas City, and I am going to come to training.

Friday's Daily

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Europe John Terry the last man standing as Chelsea defence hits crisis point -- from The Times' Matt Hughes: Chelsea are already without their first-choice full backs. Cook centre stage in new Everton rift -- from The Independent's Ian Herbert: the two versions of events differ radically. FA charges Roberto Mancini but not David Moyes -- from BBC Sport: "This can happen in a game but it is finished now.

Aris Advance To Greek Cup Final

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With Eddie Johnson playing a cameo role after coming on as a substitute six minutes from time, Aris advanced to the Greek cup final with a 1-1 draw over Kavala to take their semifinal series 4-2 on aggregate. Freddy Adu was on the bench for Aris.

MLS First Kick 2010: Philadelphia 0 - Seattle 2

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The Philadelphia Union got a rude introduction to Major League Soccer courtesy of the Seattle Sounders on opening night. By the end of their first 45 minutes, the Union were two goals and a man down in front of a massive crowd at Qwest Field. Brad Evans put Seattle up in the 12th minute, with Union defender Toni Stahl seeing red in the 40th after picking up a second yellow.

Friday's TV

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GolTV has VfL Bochum - Eintracht Frankfurt at 3:30pm. U.A.G. - Cruz Azul is on Galavision at 10pm. All Times Eastern

Wynne Traded To Colorado

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Marvell Wynne moved from Toronto to Colorado on Thursday in exchange for midfielder Nick LaBrocca and a 2011 third-round SuperDraft pick. Wynne joined Toronto in 2007 from the New York Red Bulls. He has four National Team caps.

Barrett Announces Retirement

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A day after being left off the Houston Dynamo's 2010 roster, captain Wade Barrett has announced his retirement and a new job. Effective immediately, he is a member of Dynamo coach Dominic Kinnear's coaching staff. "I am going to be a sponge and learn as much as I can from this coaching staff," Barrett said in a press statement.

10 Questions With... Sons Of Ben's Bryan James

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By Clemente Lisi - PHILADELPHIA, PA (Mar 24, 2010) USSoccerPlayers -- What started out as a small group of guys in a Philadelphia bar turned into a movement that took over a city and led to the creation of a Major League Soccer team. That's the story of Sons of Ben, a fan group that now numbers nearly 6,000 members.

Major League Soccer's Object Lesson

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With J Hutcherson -- Season 15 starts tonight (9:30pm ET - ESPN2) with Seattle showing Major League Soccer's latest club the new definition for best practices, success, and anything else the League can load onto their greatest success story. That's what selling over 30k season tickets earns you, and Seattle gets the national opener to flaunt it.

American Abroad: Busy Night In Britain

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Maurice Edu and DaMarcus Beasley both started and went the distance for Rangers in the replay of their Scottish Cup quarterfinal with Dundee United, but it was Dundee playing spoiler with a 90th minute winner to take the game 1-0. That ends the hopes of a triple for Rangers, who won the League Cup over the weekend.

MLS Insider Talks To Jack McInerney

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Thursday's TV

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Major League Soccer on ESPN2: Seattle - Philadelphia at 8pm. La Liga on GolTV: Getafe - Real Madrid at 3pm and Atletico Madrid - Bilbao at 5pm. Serie A on Fox Soccer Channel: Napoli - Juventus at 3:30pm. Copa Libertadores on Fox Sports en Espanol: Velez Sarsfield - Colo Colo at 6pm, Deportivo Quito - Emelec at 8pm, and Racing - Independiente Medellin at 10:30pm.

Hahnemann Wins Latest Battle Of Americans

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Marcus Hahnemann was in goal for Wolves, 3-1 winners over West Ham United on Tuesday. Hahnemann stopped eight shots, with Wolves scoring on all three of their attempts. Kevin Doyle put them up in the 28th, Ronald Zubar followed in the 58th, and Matthew Jarvis got their third in the 61st. Guillermo Franco scored for West Ham in the 90th minute.

For MLS, It's Still Quality Of Play

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With J Hutcherson -- Judging by the previews, the great thing about Major League Soccer's Season XV is that a lot of people are going to end up getting it wrong. Well, except just about everybody going with the consensus view that the Galaxy will be good and somehow Philadelphia ended up overrated before they played their first game.

Wednesday's TV

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EPL on Fox Soccer Channel: Portsmouth - Chelsea at 3:30pm. On Fox Soccer Plus: Machester City - Everton at 3:40pm and Aston Villa - Sunderland at 6pm. La Liga on ESPN Deportes: Barcelona - Osasuna at 3pm and Valencia - Malaga at 5pm. Serie A on FSC: Inter Milan - Livorno at 6pm. Copa Libertadores on Fox Sports en Espanol: Universidas Catolica - Caracas at 6:30pm and Cruzeiro - Deportivo Italia at 8:30pm.

MLS Announces CBA Changes

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In a press release, Major League Soccer outlined the roster and competitive changes that will be in effect under the new collective bargaining agreement between the League and the Major League Soccer Players Union. NEW YORK, NY (Mar 23, 2010) Major League Soccer -- Following Saturday's announcement of a new collective bargaining agreement between Major League Soccer (MLS) and the MLS Players Union (Players Union), the League today announced key elements of the five-year agreement.

2010 MLS Preview: That Mythical Single Table

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In honor of the surprisingly Continental feel to the opening of Red Bull Arena in scenic Harrison, New Jersey, we're going World-view with our preview. Rather than get into the playoffs before a regular season game has been played, we're simply looking at what we think teams will do over the regular season.

Major League Soccer's Latest Keeper Issue

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With J Hutcherson -- Consider the Jon Busch exit from Chicago the latest example in a basic misunderstanding of the value of goalkeeping in Major League Soccer. It's certainly not original. We've seen entire Conferences decide to ride their luck over a season when it came to really nailing down their number one keeper.

MLS Waiver Wire

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Major League Soccer's clubs are expected to be moving players before Wednesday's roster freeze. We will be updating this article to reflect those moves:HOUSTON: Defender Wade Barrett and midfielder Erik Ustruck DALLAS: Midfielder Dave Van Den Bergh CHIVAS USA: Defender Cary Talley and goalkeeper Jon Conway KANSAS CITY: Forward Michael Kraus COLORADO: Forward Pat Noonan SEATTLE: Goalkeeper Chris Eylander DC UNITED: Midfielder John DiRaimondo SAN JOSE: Midfielders Simon Elliott, Antonio Ribeiro and goalkeeper Mike Graczyk.

Tuesday's TV

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La Liga on ESPN Deportes: Sporting Gijon - Deportivo at 3pm and Sevilla - Xerez on GolTV at 5pm. EPL on Fox Soccer Plus: West Ham - Wolverhampton at 4pm. Copa Libertadores on Fox Sports en Espanol: Estudiantes - Bolivar at 6:30pm and Libertad - Universitario at 8:30pm. All Times Eastern

WPS All-Star Game Set For June 30th

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For the second version of the Women's Professional Soccer League All-Star Game, the league will be changing locations, time, and format. Atlanta is the host, the game is mid-season rather than after the championship, and the format is what WPS is calling "playground pick-em." The league will designate 36 players as All-Stars on June 7th.

Soccer's Concussion Problem

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By Stefan Bondy - NEW YORK, NY (Mar 21, 2010) US Soccer Players -- Despite its obvious penchant for head clashes and flying goalie fists, soccer is often overlooked as a concussion hazard, especially in a country dominated by the other "football." But given the debilitating nature of the cases in Major League Soccer - albeit a number smaller than in the National Football League - it's clear there's an issue that needs to at.

MLS Roster Compliance

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Major League Soccer's 16 clubs will need to have their rosters set by 5pm ET on Wednesday, the day before the 2010 season kicks off. Each club gets 20 senior roster slots and four developmental. The original roster deadline was set for March 1st. It was postponed while collective bargaining negotiations continued.

MLS Clubs Avoiding The Win

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With J Hutcherson -- With everything in place, we're in full Major League Soccer season 15 preview mode this week, or something like that. We'll start with what turned last season into a battle to not botch a season. Multiple teams going at least five games in a row without a win. Oddly enough, multiple teams pulled off this dubious accomplishment over the same set of games, or managed to overlap.

American Abroad: Trophy Time

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First Star: Maurice Edu takes the honor on behalf of Rangers, your new Scottish Cup winners after beating St Mirren 1-0 at Hampden Park. Edu came on as a second-half substitute in a game that demonstrated all we need to know about this season's squad. Going a man down to St Mirren in the 53rd and losing another player to a red card in the 71st, Rangers found the winner when Kenny Miller scored in.

Monday's TV

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No games today.

A Start For The Red Bulls In Harrison

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By Clemente Lisi - HARRISON, NJ (Mar 20, 2010) US Soccer Players -- Red Bull Arena definitely isn't your father's soccer stadium. The famed New York Cosmos may have had Brazilian legend Pele and a successful, star-studded roster to boot, but they never played in a stadium of their own like the 25,000-seat soccer-specific arena that opened Saturday to a raucous sellout crowd.

Sunday's TV

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EPL on Fox Soccer Plus: Manchester United - Liverpool at 9:30am and Fulham - Manchester City at 11:30am. On Fox Soccer Channel: Blackburn - Chelsea at noon. Championship on Fox Soccer Plus: Leicester City - Coventry at 1:30pm. Serie A on FSC: Milan - Napoli at 10am and Sampdoria - Juventus at 3:30pm.

MLS And MLSPU Agree To New CBA

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On Saturday, Major League Soccer and the Major League Soccer Players Union announced they had signed a new five-year collective bargaining agreement. More To Follow

United Releases Szetela

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DC United officially announced on Friday that the club has waived midfielder Danny Szetela after part of one season with the club. A highly touted youth prospect, Szetela played with the Columbus Crew before joining Racing Satander and later Brescia. He had four league games with DC, alongside five appearances in the CONCACAF Champions League.

Saturday's TV

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New York Red Bulls open Red Bull Arena against Santos at 6:30pm on Fox Soccer Channel. EPL on ESPN2: Aston Villa - Wolves at 8:30am. On Fox Soccer Channel: Everton - Bolton at 11am and Arsenal - West Ham United at 1:30pm, and Portsmouth - Hull at 8:30pm. On Fox Soccer Plus: Stoke - Spurs at 11am, Sunderland - Birmingham City at 5pm, and Wigan - Burnley at 7pm.

Friday's Daily

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Europe Fulham 4 - 1 Juventus (agg 5 - 4) -- from BBC Sport's Phil Dawkes: Dempsey produced a stunning chip that floated over Chimenti and into the far top-corner of the goal. Brilliant winner from Clint Dempsey makes piece of history for Fulham -- from The Times' Tom Dart: "Nine times out of ten a shot like that wouldn't have made it, but sometimes you've got to go for it.

Europa League: Dempsey Gets It Done

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Clint Dempsey can add another goal to his highlight reel. Coming on in the 71st minute with Fulham already even on aggregate with Juventus at 4-4, he sent a floating ball in from distance that found the upper corner in the 82nd. Fulham won 3-1 on the night and 5-4 on aggregate, advancing to the next round of the Europea League.

CCL: Mexico Grabs All Four Semifinal Slots

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Proving that no lead is safe, UNAM Pumas entered Thursday night's CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal second-leg against Marathon trailing 2-0. Proving that it's not just the US clubs that have trouble getting a result in Mexico, Pumas beat Marathon 6-1 at the Estadio Olimpico Universitario, taking the series 6-3 on aggregate.

Friday's TV

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No games today.

10 Questions With... Michael Orozco

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By Clemente Lisi - PHILADELPHIA, PA (Mar 18, 2010) US Soccer Players -- Defender Michael Orozco is ready to make his MLS debut next week. The 24-year-old center back – on loan to the expansion Philadelphia Union from Mexican club San Luis – may be new to the league, but is no stranger to American soccer.

CCL: Toluca Advance

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Toluca will play Pachuca in the semifinals of the CONCACAF Champions League, after beating the Columbus Crew 3-2 on the night and 5-4 on aggregate. If UNAM Pumas can overturn a two-goal deficit on Thursday, only Mexican clubs will remain in the tournament. As with the first-leg, it wasn't easy for Toluca.

Thursday's Daily

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Europe Roman Abramovich on verge of latest Chelsea revamp -- from The Times' Matt Hughes: Such sweeping changes will not come cheap. Fabio Capello, Jose Mourinho, Carlo Ancelotti and Rafa Benitez all in the frame to replace Manuel Pellegrini at Real Madrid -- from The Daily Mail's Matt Lawless: Under the terms of Mourinho's existing three-year deal with Inter, he can leave at any time he desires.

Cabrera's Plan

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By Michael Lewis - BROOKLYN, NY (Mar 18, 2010) US Soccer Players -- Sounds like Wilmer Cabrera wants to start a revolution in this country, a modern soccer revolution. Coaches, youth soccer coaches, are hindering the development of the game by not allowing players to blossom and think on their own, says Cabrera, the U.

Thursday's TV

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Europa League on GolTV: Fulham - Juventus at 2pm, Sporting - Atletico Madrd at 4pm, and Liverpool - Lille at 8pm. Copa Libertadores on Fox Sports en Espanol: Sao Paulo - Nacional at 8:30pm and Independiente - Racing at 10:30pm. CONCACAF Champions League on Galavision: Marathon - UNAM Pumas at 10pm. All Times Eastern

US Women To Play Germany In Cleveland

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The United States Women will play Germany on May 22nd at Cleveland Browns Stadium. The game will be shown live at 6pm ET on ESPN2. "It's rare for the Women's National Team to play in Ohio so it will be special to return to my home state," defender Heather Mitts said. "It's always fun when a player gets to represent the national team especially close to home and to do it against a great team.

Columbus Tries Again In Mexico

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With J Hutcherson -- I'm not here to tell our Ohio friends what they should've been doing with their Sunday afternoon, but Cruz Azul gave the Crew a lesson on how to get a result at the Nemesio Diez. It's simple. Keep playing. Cruz Azul did that, taking advantage of a Toluca penalty miss and eventually netting the winner.

CCL: Pachuca Advance

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Jose Francisco Torres went the full ninety for Pachuca on Tuesday against Comunicaciones, advancing to the semifinals of the CONCACAF Champions League. Pachuca won 2-1 on the night nod 32 on aggregate to take the quarterfinal series. Comunicaciones were reduced to ten men in the 64th minute when Carlos Gallardo was sent off.

American Abroad: Wins for Freidel And DeMerit

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Brad Freidel was in goal as Aston Villa picked up a 2-1 win over Wigan Athletic on Tuesday. A James McCarthy own-goal put Villa up in the 25th, and it only took two minutes for Wigan to equalize through Gary Caldwell. James Milner got the winner in the 63rd. Brad Guzan was on the bench for Villa. "It was a brilliant win by us," Villa manager Martin O'Neill said.

Wednesday's TV

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Champions League on Fox Soccer Channel: Barcelona - VfB Stuttgart at 3:30pm and Bordeaux - Olympiacos at 6pm (3:30pm on FSC Plus). Copa Libertadores on Fox Sports en Espanol: Universidad de Catolica - Flamengo at 8:30pm and Monterrey - Once Caldas at 11pm. CONCACAF Champions League: Toluca - Columbus at 8pm on Fox Soccer Channel and TeleFutura.

More Questions In Toronto

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With J Hutcherson -- Just when you thought Toronto FC couldn't get more cuddly with their player relations, they've gone the public humiliation route. Per a press release this morning, Ali Gerba has been sent to the principal's office. ""Ali's performance this pre-season has not been up to our expectations," said manager, director of soccer Mo Johnston.

USA - Australia Set For June 5th

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The United States will play Australia in South Africa as their final warm-up for the 2010 World Cup. The game is scheduled for Roodepoort on June 5th (8:30am ET on ESPN2), with the US opening group play a week later. "The match against Australia gives us a great opportunity challenge the team a week before our opening match of the World Cup," USA coach Bob Bradley said.

Tuesday's TV

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Champions League on Fox Soccer Channel: Sevilla - CSKA Moscow at 3:30pm (6pm on Fox Spors en Espanol and Fox Soccer Plus) and Chelsea - Inter Milan at 6pm (3:30pm on Fox Sports en Espanol). Copa Libertadores on Fox Sports en Espanol: Colo Colo - Velez Sarsfield at 9pm and Morelia - Cuenca at 11pm. CONCACAF Champions League on Galavision: Pachuca - Comunicaciones at 10pm.

Arena And Capello Discuss Beckham Injury

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In a press release on Monday, Los Angeles Galaxy coach and general manager Bruce Arena gave the following statement: "Injuries are an unfortunate part of our game and they are even more disappointing when they happen to a player who was so close to realizing his dream of representing his nation at this summer's World Cup, We will give David our complete support to make sure that he is able to get himself back to.

What About Beckham?

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With J Hutcherson -- Hey, did you know that David Beckham was still a long-odds outsider to make the England World Cup squad? No? Like most of us, were you under the impression Fabio Capello basically had no choice but to include him if for no other reason his obvious value as a rallying point? Well, that's why you're not a soccer pundit.

American Abroad: Tough For Americans In The EPL

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First Star: Hey look, another week and another goal for Herculez Gomez. This time, he led Puebla back from an Orlando Rincon own-goal in the 47th minute to draw 1-1 with Monterrey. Gomez got his equalizer in the 65th after coming on as a 54th-minute substitute. Puebla are fifth out of six teams in Clausura Group 2.

Beckham Injured

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David Beckham will need an extended period of recovery after tearing his Achilles tendon on Sunday during Milan's 1-0 win over Chievo. The expectation is that Beckham will not recover in time to play in this summer's World Cup.

Monday's TV

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EPL on ESPN2: Liverpool - Portsmouth at 4pm. La Liga on ESPN Deportes: Osasuna - Atletico Madrid at 4pm. All Times Eastern

Sunday's TV

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EPL on Fox Soccer Plus: Manchester United - Fulham at 9:30am. On Fox Soccer Channel: Sunderland - Manchester City at noon. Serie A on FSC: Livorno - AS Roma at 10am and Milan - Chievo at 3:30pm. Dutch League on ESPN Deportes: PSV Eindhoven - Ajax at 11:30am. La Liga on GolTV: Villarreal - Xerez at noon and Valladolid - Real Madrid at 4pm.

Saturday's TV

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EPL on ESPN2: Spurs - Blackburn at 7:30am. On Fox Soccer Channel: Birmingham - Everton at 10am, Hull City - Arsenal at 12:30pm, and Bolton - Wigan at 5pm. On Fox Soccer Plus: Chelsea - West Ham United at 10am, Stoke - Aston Villa at 2pm, and Burnley - Wolverhampton at 4pm. Bundesliga on GolTV: Borussia Moenchengladbach - VfL Wolfsburg at 9:30am and Bayern Munich - Freiburg at 12:30pm.

Serioux Moves Back To Houston

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Defender/midfielder Adrian Serioux is once again a member of the Houston Dynamo, after the club traded a third-round 2011 SuperDraft pick to Toronto. Houston originally traded Serioux to Dalas, where he spent two seasons. He joined Toronto in 2009.

Duka Describes MLS Adjustment

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Friday's Daily

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Europe Fallen giants given lesson in team-building -- from The Independent's James Lawton: Sir Alex Ferguson recognised the inherent dangers of this. We can still beat Juventus says Fulham boss Roy Hodgson -- from BBC Sport: "We showed for large parts of the game we were more than capable of matching them.

Tough Night For Fulham

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Fulham got an away goal in Turin and Clint Dempsey returned to their lineup, but otherwise it was bad news at the Stadio Olimpico. Fulham lost the first-leg of their fourth round Europa League series with Juventus 3-1. Nicola Legrottaglie put Juve up in the 9th minute, with Jonathan Zebina doubling the lead in the 36th.

Eskandarian Announces Likely End To Career At 27

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In an email to the Washington Post, Los Angeles Galaxy forward Alecko Eskandarian confirmed he is likely to be unable to resume his professional soccer career due to post-concussion syndrome. "As a result of injuries that I suffered, I am being forced from the game of soccer at this time. I have not been able to receive clearance by doctors, and therefore I must take a step back to focus on my health and recovery.

Friday's TV

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Serie A on Fox Soccer Channel: Catania - Inter Milan a 2:30pm. All Times Eastern

10 Questions With... Korey Veeder

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By Clemente Lisi - BALTIMORE, MD (Mar 11, 2010) US Soccer Players -- Korey Veeder may be one of the most talented American youth players you've never heard of. Not only is Veeder a member of for the US Under-18 team, but now he's hoping for an opportunity to make a name for himself in England. The Florida native has spent the past few months training with USSF Second Division team Crystal Palace Baltimore before.

Red Bulls Redefine Soccer-Specific Stadium

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By Michael Lewis - NEW YORK, NY (Mar 11, 2010) US Soccer Players -- With a whimper, certainly not with a bang, Red Bull Arena opens this Saturday when the New York Red Bulls Academy Under-18 team hosts the United States Under-17 Men's National Team. The Red Bulls have dubbed the match the soft opening of the stadium.

Thursday's Daily

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Europe World game's summit beckons as Rooney nears peak of his powers -- from The Independent's James Lawton: The first goal was excellent, of course. How Cristiano Ronaldo's exit turned Wayne Rooney into the real deal at Manchester United -- from The Daily Mail's Martin Samuel: Rooney, by contrast, knew he had to make up Ronaldo's shortfall.

Victorine Retires

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Chivas USA midfielder Sasha Victorine has announced he will be taking a job with the Kansas City Wizards front office, ending his playing career after ten seasons. Victorine retired as a member of Chivas USA. "I'd like to thank all of my teammates that I've played with over the years, and all of the fans who have given me their support," Victorine said.

Thursday's TV

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Europa League on GolTV: Hamburg - Anderlecht at 1pm, Juventus - Fulham at 3pm, and Atletico Madrid - Sporting at 8pm. Copa Libertadores on Fox Sports en Espanol: Club Nacional - Sao Paulo at 5pm, Emelec - Atletico Cerro at 7pm, and Deportivo Quito - Internacional at 9:30pm. CONCACAF Champions League on TeleFutura: Arabe Unido - Cruz Azul at 8pm.

Winning Away Is The Next Step

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By Andrew Dixon - MIAMI, FL (Mar 10, 2010) US Soccer Players -- It's rare that Mrs. Grown Man sees me thrust my arms in the air to cheer a goal for an MLS team other than the one I've supported since 1996. However watching a still-in- pre-season Columbus Crew come back from a 2-0 deficit to tie Toluca Tuesday night in the CCL was one of those times.

A Day with the ECS

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By Andrew Winner - SEATTLE, WA (Mar 10, 2010) US Soccer Players -- "You've got health care; we've got tanks... oh-ohh, oh-ohh." Forty-eight hours after my first MLS experience as a fan, the chants still stick in my mind. I've long suspected that the rowdy group of fans in Qwest Field's south stands had the most fun at matches.

Wednesday's Daily: What Columbus Can Do

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With J Hutcherson -- Why yes, we are going to talk about what the Columbus Crew did in the second-half against Toluca last night. For those of you that missed it, they came back from two goals down. They also adjusted, something not enough teams seem capable of anymore. After spending 45 minutes watching Toluca route their attack through the middle of the field and only really going wide on defense, somebody in the Crew.

American Abroad Update: Rangers Win

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Rangers beat Kilmarnock 2-0 on Tuesday in the Scottish Premier League. DaMarcus Beasley went the full-ninety and Maurice Edu was a 68th-minute substitute. Steven Whittaker put Rangers up in the 55th, with Kenny Miller scoring in the 61st. "If I get an opportunity to get in there and have a chance to get a goal or set one up I'll go for it," Whittaker told the club's official site.

CCL: Crew Draw Opening Leg

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Trailing two goals at halftime, the Columbus Crew came back to tie Toluca 2-2 in game one of their two game CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal series. Steven Lenhart was the hero for Columbus, scoring in the 66th and 84th minutes. Columbus travels to Toluca for the second leg on March 17th. "Being down two goals, we just had to come out in the second half and pressure them, get after them," Lenhart said.

Wednesday's TV

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Champions League on Fox Soccer Channel: Manchester United - Milan at 2:30pm and Real Madrid - Lyon at 5pm (2:30pm on Fox Soccer Plus). EPL on Fox Soccer Plus: Burnley - Stoke City at 7pm. Copa Libertadores on Fox Sports en Espanol: Once Caldas - Monterrey at 5:30pm and Medellin - Corinthians at 7:30pm.

Donovan Talks About Last Game At Goodison

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With Landon Donovan's final game on loan to Everton away to Birmingham City, he spoke to evertonTV about what scoring in front of the home crowd on Sunday meant to him. "It has been fantastic and I could never have expected when I got here that it would turn out like this," he said. "The fans want you to play as hard as you can when you are out there.

Former Watford Keeper Ian Joyce Joins Rapids

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The Colorado Rapids have signed former Watford and Southend United goalkeeper Ian Joyce, the club announced on Tuesday. Joyce, a New Jersey native, holds an Italian passport and will fill a senior roster slot. Colorado also released forward Facundo Diz.

Tuesday's Daily: London And Columbus

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With J Hutcherson -- Champions League Tuesday, also known as the day of the 2-1 reversal. Well, at least if you're buying the pre-game talk from Arsenal and Fiorentina. Both are playing at home, and both are heavily plain up their chances of advancing. Bayern Munich went up in the opener on a very late first-half penalty.

Danish League Resumes

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In a game that could've featured three Americans, none were involved with AaB beating FC Nordsjaelland 2-1 on Monday. Chris Rolfe was on the bench for AaB. Marcus Tracy wasn't in the squad. Michael Parkhurst wasn't involved for Nordsjaelland. Louay Chanko put AaB up in the 43rd minute. Nickie Nielsen equalized in the 55th.

Hartman Officially Joins Dallas

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After being out of contract with Kansas City, goalkeeper Kevin Hartman is now a member of FC Dallas. Hartman failed to come to terms with the Wizards on a new contract, meaning he needed another Major League Soccer club to trade for his rights before he could sign with them. Dallas sent a second round 2012 SuperDraft pick to the Wizards in return for the MLS rights to Hartman.

Tuesday's TV

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Champions League on Fox Soccer Channel: Fiorentina - Bayern Munich at 2:30pm, Arsenal - Porto at 5pm (2:45pm on Fox Sports en Espanol). EPL on Fox Soccer Plus: Sunderland - Bolton at 2:30pm and Portsmouth - Birmingham City at 7pm. Copa Libertadores on Fox Sports en Espanol: Catolica - Universidad de Chile at 7pm and Deportivo Cuenca - Morelia at 9:30pm.

US Women's Roster Announced

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The United States Soccer Federation has released the roster for the US Women's friendlies later this month. The US plays Mexico on March 28th in San Diego (5pm - FSC) and March 31st in Sandy, UT (9pm - ESPN2). GOALKEEPERS (3): Nicole Barnhart (FC Gold Pride), Jill Loyden (Chicago Red Stars), Hope Solo (St.

What Do You Think Of Our Site Changes?

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It's been two months since we revamped US Soccer Players. What do you like about the new design. What would you like to see changed? Basically, what's working for you and what isn't. Let us know in the comments or by email.

Monday's Daily: Bundesliga And Premier

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With J Hutcherson -- Picking up the story from a few weeks ago on Hannover 96's relegation struggle.... Steve Cherundolo made his return from injury over the weekend, and Hannover won for the first time since October 31st. Unfortunately for Hannover, Nurnberg also took three points. The Nurnberg result was a shocker, tagging Bayer Leverkusen with their first loss of the season.

American Abroad: Strong Showings From Bocanegra, Donovan, And Gomez

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First Star: Coming off a midweek performance for the United States where he had the only goal in a 2-1 loss to Holland, Carlos Bocanegra was the difference for Stade Rennes. Bocanegra's 28th-minute goal was the only one in the game with Rennes getting the 1-0 result over Monaco at Stade de la Route-de-Lorient.

Monday's TV

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EPL on ESPN2: Wigan - Liverpool at 3pm. La Liga on GolTV: Valencia - Racing Santander at 3pm. All Times Eastern

Sunday's TV

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FA Cup on Fox Soccer Plus: Chelsea - Stoke at 11am. On Fox Soccer Channel: Reading - Aston Villa at 5pm. EPL on FSC: Everton - Hull at 11am. Serie A on FSC: Bologna - Napoli at 9am and Inter Milan - Genoa at 2:30pm. Bundesliga on GolTV: Nuremberg - Bayer Leverkusen at 10:30am. La Liga on ESPN Deportes: Bilbao - Real Valladolid at 1pm.

Saturday's TV

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FA Cup on Fox Soccer Plus: Portsmouth - Birmingham at 7:30am. On Fox Soccer Channel: Fulham - Spurs at 5pm. EPL on Fox Soccer Plus: Arsenal - Burnley at 10am. On FSC: West Ham United - Bolton at 10am and Wolverhampton - Manchester United at 12:30pm. Bundesliga on ESPN Deportes: Cologne - Bayern Munich at 9:30am and Borussia Dortmund - Borussia Moenchengladbach at 4pm.

Friday's Daily

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Europe The Capello conundrums: scores yet to be settled -- from The Independent's Sam Wallace: Some positions are better served than others. Michael Owen ruled out for rest of season -- from BBC Sport: "I am determined to come back at the start of next season in peak condition." Joe Cole: Depressing decline of the fallen wonder kid -- from The Daily Mail's Matt Lawton: Which, if one considers how effective Cole has proved for.

Casey Gets New Deal

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The Colorado Rapids have announced that Conor Casey has signed a new three-year contract. Casey joined the club in a trade with Toronto in 2007. "I'm really excited that the Rapids are committed to me and that my future is with this club," Casey said. "I am looking forward to the coming years, as we continue to build something special.

Friday's TV

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No games today.

10 Questions With... Thomas Dooley

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By Clemente Lisi - NEW YORK, NY (Mar 4, 2010) US Soccer Players -- Thomas Dooley became a US player almost by accident. After years of playing in the Bundesliga, and failing to get the call-up to represent Germany, Dooley finally got a chance to play for the United States in 1991. Just as US Soccer began scouring the world looking for eligible players to don the American jersey ahead of the 1994 World Cup,.

Swiss National Team Player Joins Seattle

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The Seattle Sounders announced on Thursday that Switzerland National Team player and current FC Twente captain Blaise N'Kufo will be joining the club after the World Cup. N'Kufo is a regular with the Swiss National Team. He has seven goals in 29 appearances with Twente. In 2002-03 he was a teammate of US National Team player Steve Cherundolo at Hannover 96.

Thursday's TV

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No games today.

Ellis McLoughlin In Camp With Seattle

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By Andrew Winner - SEATTLE, WA (Mar 4, 2010) US Soccer Players -- Former Under-17 US National Team striker Ellis McLoughlin joined Sounders FC in camp Wednesday on a trial. Although still technically a member of Hertha Berlin, the 19-year old striker is back in his hometown and hoping to catch on with Sounders FC.

Holden Injury Update

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Stuart Holden was able to walk off the field in Amsterdam yesterday with the help of a trainer, but it turns out his injury was more than just a bruised shin. X-rays confirmed Holden fractured his right fibula after being tackled by Nigel de Jong 30 minutes into yesterday's Holland – United States friendly.

Thursday's Daily: The USA's Due

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With J Hutcherson -- If nothing else, yesterday's Holland - United States friendly offered a clear separation between those that can't get over the World's major teams and the rest of us. If you decided that Holland could have swatted the United States aside at any moment, you're in that first category.

Beasley Returns On Form

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By Michael Lewis - AMSTERDAM (Mar 3, 2010) USSoccerPlayers -- The last time we saw DaMarcus Beasley in a USA uniform, he had the embarrassing misfortune to have a Landon Donovan corner kick roll off his foot and turn into a Brazilian goal in the FIFA Confederations Cup last June 18th. Coupled with his disappointing play in the World Cup rehearsal, Beasley never saw the field in the tournament or for the remaining four World.

Algarve Cup: USA 3 Germany 2

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The United States Women won the 2010 Algarve Cup on Wednesday, beating Germany 302 in Faro, Portugal. Carli Lloyd had the first US goal in the 18th minute. Abby Wambach made it 2-0 in the 22nd. Inka Grings got a goal back for Germany in the 40th. Lauren Cheney scored the third US goal in the 69th-minute.

Holland 2 - USA 0

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The United States lost 2-1 to Holland on Wednesday on a tough night at Amsterdam ArenA. Dirk Kuyt put Holland up from the penalty spot in the 40th and the United States was lucky not to have been called for a handball in the box just before halftime. Klaas-Jan Huntelaar had his shot deflected to make it 2-0 in the 73rd.

Send-Off Series Returns To Rentschler Field

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Just like in 2006, Rentschler Field in East Hartford, CT will host a United States National Team game shortly before the team travels to South Africa for the 2010 World Cup. This time, the opponent is the Czech Republic on May 25th with the game available live on ESPN at 8pm. "We are very excited about returning to Hartford," said US National Team coach Bob Bradley said.

Wednesday's Daily: USA's Wingers And Defenders

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With J Hutcherson -- Going into a game versus the World's #3, the United States is once again looking at options. Does anybody really need another reminder that Holland is a really good team, and things are usually tougher playing in that really good team's home stadium? Didn't think so. Instead, I'm looking for two things from the United States: wing speed and organizing the back four.

USA 18th In February FIFA Rankings

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The United States fell four slots to 18th in the February 2010 FIFA Rankings, losing 9 points from January after a friendly win over El Salvador. Devaluation of results from last year and the relatively low ranking of El Salvador caused the slide. Mexico moved up two slots to 15th after beating Bolivia.

Live: Holland - USA

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Holland - USA

Wednesday's TV

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Holland - USA is on ESPN2 and Galavision at 2:30pm. Fox Soccer Plus (new channel replacing Setanta) has England - Egypt at 3pm. Germany - Argentina is on GolTV at 2:45pm, followed by Italy - Cameroon at 4:45pm. France Spain is on ESPN Deportes at 3pm followed by Switzerland - Uruguay at 5pm. Telemundo has Mexico - New Zealand at 11pm.

Scouting Report: Holland

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By Clemente Lisi - NEW YORK, NY (Mar 1, 2010) US Soccer Players -- The United States National Team has spent a large portion of the past two months in training camp. That included games against two Central American opponents in friendly matches. None of this included the players most believe will be crucial to the team's success this summer.

Kubik Named Assistant National Team Coach

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Former Chicago Fire and Dallas Burn player Lubos Kubik is the latest addition to United States National Team coach Bob Bradley's staff. Kubik was officially announced as an assistant on Tuesday, in the run-up to Wednesday's friendly in Amsterdam. He was Peter Nowak's assistant coach for the Beijing Olympics.

Tuesday's Daily: A Premier League Commissioner

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With J Hutcherson -- So what should the Premier League have co-opted from North American sports? What one thing would've helped prevent the economic and competitive issues they face? What did they miss in pursuit of seats in panel discussions on sports business at overpriced conferences? Easy, the role of the league and its commissioner.

MLS Extends Roster Deadline

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According to their schedule, today was supposed to be cut day in Major League Soccer. Squads were supposed to reduce their roster size and submit their payroll in preparation for the start of the season. Instead, MLS has indefinitely postponed the date rosters need to be reduced to 20 senior roster slots and four developmental players along with not announcing the salary cap for the 2010 season.

Tuesday's TV

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Brazil - Ireland is on Fox Soccer Chanel at 3pm. Argentine soccer on Fox Sports en Espanol: Velez Sarsfield - Boca Juniors at 5pm. All Times Eastern

Algarve Cup: USA 2 - Sweden 0

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What seemed like tough going for the United States Women ended up being a comfortable victory courtesy of second-half substitute Lauren Cheney. She scored in the 56th minute and added a second in the 87th to advance the US to the Algarve Cup final. -- GAME REPORT -- Match: US Women's National Team vs.

Monday's Daily: The Premier League's Model Problem

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With J Hutcherson -- There's no need for shocked looks all around when discussing the economics of the Premier League and its member clubs. They've spent too many years - my entire career and I've been writing about the business side of soccer since 1999 - operating with best case scenarios. A few years ago, the EPL and its clubs decided to reinterpret their business models, focusing on what worked in big time North American.

American Abroad: Edu Wins Old Firm

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First Star: Maurice Edu got the stoppage time winner for Rangers, 1-0 over Celtic. In case you didn't catch that, Maurice Edu got the only goal in an Old Firm Derby. In case it's still at issue, that's the kind of thing that makes a player a folk hero on the blue side of Glasgow. Celtic were playing a man down from the 66th minute when Scott Brown was sent off.