USSoccerPlayers Archives for January 2010

King Joins United

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Midfielder Stephen King is now a member of DC United, after completing a trade from the Seattle Sounders. Originally drafted by Chicago in 2008 and then picked by Seattle in the expansion draft following the '08 season, King played his college soccer at the University of Maryland. "We are pleased to have concluded a trade to acquire Stephen King," DC general manager Dave Kasper said.

Saturday's TV

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MLS on TeleFutura: DC - New York at 4pm. On Fox Soccer Channel: Houston - Kansas City at 8:30pm. EPL on ESPN2: Birmingham City - Burnley at 7:30am. On FSC: Manchester City - Aston Villa at 10am and Portsmouth - Wolverhampton at 12pm. On Fox Soccer Plus: Spurs - Bolton at 10am and Stoke City - Everton at 4pm.

The Houston Problem

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By Michael Lewis (Apr 30, 2010) US Soccer Players -- Most soccer coaches are puzzle solvers. What makes their job more difficult and challenging is that the pieces and the scope of the puzzle constantly change. Injuries, suspensions, international call-ups and players going in and out form will force even the best of coaches to stretch their abilities and look for answers during difficult times.

RFK And Robertson

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With J Hutcherson -- Saturday's nationally available Major League Soccer games brings us a worst vs first matchup in the Eastern Conference (DC - New York at 4pm on TeleFutura) and Houston - Kansas City at 8:30pm on Fox Soccer Channel. Exciting? Uh, probably not for anybody who wouldn't be able to catch these games on a local channel.

American Abroad: Fulham Make Europa Final

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After a scoreless draw in the first-leg of their Europa League semifinal series with Hamburg, Fulham found themselves down a goal when Mladen Petric scored in the 22nd minute at Craven Cottage. Clint Dempsey came on as a 57th minute substitute for Bobby Zamora, and once again Fulham found a way back.

Friday's TV

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No games today.

Buddle Wins Player Of The Month

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Surprising no one who has been following the opening month of Major League Soccer's 16th season, LA Galaxy forward Edson Buddle is the League's Player of the Month for April. Buddle has seven goals in five games, leading the League. He is the only player to score for the Western Conference leading Galaxy this season.

10 Questions With... Brian Hall

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By Clemente Lisi - NEW YORK, NY (Apr 29, 2010) US Soccer Players -- Brian Hall's officiating career has mirrored the success of the sport in this country. Hall played soccer growing up, but soon found a passion for refereeing games in the American Youth Soccer Organization while only a teen. By age 24, he had become the youngest ref to ever officiate the NCAA Division I Men's final.

Thursday's Daily

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Europe Jose Mourinho delighted by 'greatest win of his career' -- from BBC Sport: "For the players, me, the fans, it's the greatest." José Mourinho triumphed with act of defiance and force of personality -- from The Guardian's Amy Lawrence: Not a chance. The silence that speaks volumes: no one has asked Rafa to stay -- from The Independent's Ian Herbert: That may be easier said than done for Benitez today.

US National Team Home Jersey

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The United States Soccer Federation and Nike presented the new US National Team home jersey in New York on Thursday morning.

American Abroad: Big Game Eddie

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Eddie Johnson scored both goals in Aris's 2-0 win over Olympiakos on Wednesday at Harilaou Stadium. Johnson's first goal came in the 39th minute with Freddy Adu picking up the assist. Johnson finished off the scoring in stoppage time. Adu also won a penalty in the 53rd that Aris failed to convert. Aris are one of four teams playing for the Greek Super League's final Champions League slot.

CCL Qualifying: Toronto 2 - Montreal 0

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On the same night the 2009-10 CONCACAF Champions League winner was crowned, qualifying for the 2010-11 Champions League began in Canada. Toronto hosted Montreal in the first game of the Nutrilite Canadian Championship, taking a 2-0 win at BMO Field. Toronto took the lead in the 12th minute when Dwayne De Rosario scored.

US Open Cup: DC 4 - Dallas 2

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It took the MLS Open Cup qualifying bracket for DC United to post it's first win, beating Dallas 4-2. Adam Cristman opened the scoring at RFK Stadium in the 5th minute, and DC were up 2-0 when Christian Castillo scored from distance in the 39th. Andy Najar made it 3-0 DC just after halftime. With DC seemingly in control, Dallas pulled two goals back through Bruno Guarda in the 52nd minute and a penalty conversion.

American Abroad: Pachuca Are CONCACAF Champions

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Jose Francisco Torres and Pachuca are the champions of CONCACAF, winning the CONCACAF Champions League final 1-0 on the night and 2-2 on aggregate. Pachuca held the away goal advantage after scoring in the first-leg. Torres started and played 80 minutes in a game Pachuca dominated offensively but needed a stoppage time winner to take the title.

2010 SuperLiga Information

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On Wednesday, Major League Soccer announced that the Chicago Fire, Chivas USA, Houston Dynamo, and New England Revolution would represent the League in the 2010 SuperLiga. The Mexican clubs will be announced following the Clausura playoffs. MLS also announced the schedule SuperLiga 2010 Schedule Subject to change Wednesday, July 14 Game 1: Venue TBD – Boston / Foxborough, MA Game 2: Toyota Park – Bridgeview, IL Thursday, July 15 Game 3: Robertson Stadium – Houston,.

Emilio Returns To DC

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Luciano Emilio is once again a member of DC United. The forward left the club in the off season and was reportedly negotiating with other Major League Soccer clubs before coming to terms with DC. In an odd arrangement for MLS, he is only signing for three months with an option to extend his contract at the end of July.

Thursday's TV

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Europa League on GolTV: Liverpool - Atletico Madrid at 3pm and Fulham - Hamburg at 8pm. Copa Libertadores on Fox Sports en Espanol: Cruzeiro - Nacional at 6pm, Alianza - Universitario at 8pm, and Once Caldas - Libertad at 10:30pm. All Times Eastern

The House That Ching Built

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(Summary is not available.)

Champions Leagues In CONCACAF And UEFA

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With J Hutcherson -- Maybe I'm naive, but I believe that there's a future for the CONCACAF Champions League and that it's somewhat close to what CONCACAF envisioned. Tonight's final second-leg between Pachuca and Cruz Azul (8pm - FSC and TeleFutura) might not speak as clearly to the strength of this tournament in specific and this Confederation in general, but that might be as much about a simple design issue as anything else.

April 2010 FIFA Rankings

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The United States moved up two more slots to 14th in the April 2010 FIFA Rankings released on Wednesday. The US gained two points during the rankings period without playing a game. Mexico remain at 17th. In World Cup Group C, England moved from 7th to 8th, Slovenia moved up another six places to 23rd, and Algeria dropped four places to 31st.

US Open Cup: New York 2 - Philadelphia 1

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The New York Red Bulls advanced to the next round of the MLS bracket for US Open Cup qualifying with a 2-1 win over Philadelphia in front of 3,015 fans at Red Bull Arena. Conor Chinn had both goals for New York, scoring in the 16th and 41st minutes. Sebastien Le Toux scored for the Union in the 68th minute.

Wednesday's TV

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Champions League on Fox Soccer Channel: Barcelona - Inter Milan at 2:30pm. Copa Libertadores on Fox Sports en Espanol: Universitario - Sao Paulo at 5pm, Flamengo - Corinthians at 7pm, and Banfield - Internacional at 9pm. CONCACAF Champions League final on FSC and TeleFutura: Pachuca - Cruz Azul at 8pm.

Suffering Through Baseball Or Soccer In DC

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With J Hutcherson -- Look at it this way. At least DC United isn't promoting against a revamped Washington Nationals capable of filling their stadium a few exits down the Anacostia Freeway. As these things go, it could be worse. United has never faced direct competition from the revival of professional baseball in DC.

Tuesday's TV

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The regional Fox Sports channels have Lyon - Bayern Munich in the Champions League at 2:30pm (5pm on Fox Soccer Channel). Copa Libertadores on Fox Sports en Espanol: San Luis - Estudiantes at 7:30pm and Chivas - Velez Sarsfield at 10pm. All Times Eastern

De Rosario Wins POTW

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Toronto midfielder Dwayne De Rosario is Major League Soccer's Player of the Week for Week 5 after scoring in Toronto's 2-0 win over Seattle. De Rosario scored in the 58th minute and assisted on O'Brien White's goal in the 76th minute. This is his fifth POTW award, his first since Week 6 in 2007. 2010 MLS Player of the Week Winners Week 1: Javier Morales (Real Salt Lake) Week 2: Kenny Mansally (New England Revolution).

Still A Chance For Hannover 96

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With J Hutcherson -- Though their horrible goal differential all but takes any tied on points scenario out of the question, Steve Cherundolo and Sal Zizzo's Hannover 96 remain in position for another season in the Bundesliga. With all team at 32 games played and two remaining in the season, Hannover are currently 17th out of 18th with 27 points.

American Abroad: Winning In Scotland

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First Star: Win your league and take the first star. Maurice Edu went the full ninety in Rangers' 1-0 win over Hibs, clinching the Scottish Premier League title. Kyle Lafferty got the game's only goal in the 17th minute. "You always feel grateful for the fact that you've won a trophy and you are in this position, as Rangers teams are a lot of the time," Rangers manager Walter Smith told the club's official site.

MLS Week 5: League On Shuffle

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New York continues their run at the top of the Eastern Conference, and Kansas City almost gives the Galaxy their first loss of the season. At the Home Depot Center, Chivas USA finally wins. New York 2 - Philadelphia 1 Ibriahim Salou put New York up at Red Bull Arena in the 50th minute, and Philadelphia's primary offensive threat Sebastien Le Toux equalized nine minutes later.

Monday's TV

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Championship on Fox Soccer Plus: Crystal Palace - West Bromwich Albion at 3pm. All Times Eastern

Sunday's TV

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EPL on ESPN2: Fulham - Everton at 10am. On Fox Soccer Plus: Aston Villa - Birmingham City at 7am and Burnley - Liverpool at 10am. On Fox Soccer Channel: Chelsea - Stoke City at 11am. Championship on Fox Soccer Plus: Cardiff - Sheffield Wednesday at 4pm. Serie A on FSC: Juventus - Bari at 9am and Roma - Sampdoria at 2:30pm.

Saturday's TV

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MLS on TeleFutura: New York - Philadelphia at 4pm. Fox Soccer Channel has Chivas USA - San Jose at 10:30pm. EPL on ESPN2: Spurs - Manchester United at 7:30am. On Fox Soccer Channel: West Ham United - Wigan at 10am and Wolverhampton - Blackburn at 5pm. On Fox Soccer Plus: Hull - Sunderland at 10am. Bundesliga on ESPN Deportes: Borussia Moenchengladbach - Bayern Munich at 9:30am and Werder Bremen - Cologne at 2pm.

MLS Derbies

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By Clemente Lisi - NEW YORK, NY (Apr 23, 2010) US Soccer Players -- Soccer wouldn't be nearly as exciting if it wasn't for rivalries. Whether they're based on geography, economic status, political differences or religion, fans wouldn't be as passionate about the game – or their favorite teams -- if they didn't have targets for that emotion.

Nowak's Team, Hackworth's Voice

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By Michael Lewis - NEW YORK, NY (Apr 23, 2010) US Soccer Players -- Slowly but surely, Major League Soccer is acting more and more like leagues all over the World. More teams than not can call their own stadiums home. Game atmosphere has become more European or South American. And now teams are adopting the European manager-coaching style and philosophy.

Fridays Daily

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Europe Sir Alex Ferguson dismisses Man Utd retirement rumours -- from BBC Sport: "He is someone all the football managers look up to, they all respect him." Sense and sensitivity -- from The Guardian's David Smith: These, I suspect, are the first spots of ash from a rumbling volcano. Manchester City ready to tempt Liverpool striker Fernando Torres with £60m bid -- from The Telegraph's Mark Ogden: "We are a top team and I think.

Dallas 2 - Seattle 2

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FC Dallas got two penalties from Jeff Cunningham to draw 2-2 and split the points at home against Seattle on Thursday night. Cunningham's first penalty came in the 26th minute, with Seattle's Steve Zakuani equalizing in the 38th. Fredy Montero put Seattle up in the 54th with a 40-yard free kick, but Dallas would get the late equalizer.

Europa League: Dempsey Returns

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Clint Dempsey came on as a 52nd minute substitute in Fulham's 0-0 Europa Cup draw with Hamburg. Dempsey came on for Bobby Zamora, who exited with an ankle inury. The result came after Fulham had a lengthy journey to HSH Nordbank Arena dealing with the European travel issues. On a night when the Fulham attack only produced two shots with none on goal, the defense responded.

Friday' TV

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Bundesliga on ESPN Deportes: VfL Bochum - VfB Stuttgart at 2:30pm. Mexican League on Galavision: U.A.G. - Atlante at 9pm. All Times Eastern

10 Questions With... Francisco Marcos

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By Clemente Lisi - NEW YORK, NY (Apr 22, 2010) US Soccer Players -- When it comes to American soccer, Francisco Marcos has been there and done that. Born in the soccer-mad nation of Portugal, Marcos moved to this country and played at Hartwick College in upstate New York. After graduation, he wasted no time getting involved in the sport.

What Dallas Has To Prove

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With J Hutcherson -- Let's pretend that FC Dallas are the most unlucky team in Major League Soccer. Instead of being the club with the worst record in the Western Conference - no wins and two draws from three games - they're actually good team that simply needs a couple of bounces. After all, they haven't been on the wrong side of lopsided losses like their counterpart at the bottom of the Eastern Conference.

Hull City 0 - Aston Villa 2

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In the Premier League, Aston Villa beat Hull City 2-1 at the Kingston Communications Stadium on Wednesday. Gabriel Agbonlahor scored for Villa in the 13th and James Milner followed from the penalty spot in the 76th minute. Brad Friedel needed five saves for the shutout. Jozy Altidore subbed on for Hull in the 55th minute.

CCL: Cruz Azul Takes Advantage

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Cruz Azul won the first leg of the CONCACAF Champions League final on Wednesday night, beating Pachuca 2-1 at the Estadio Azul. Emanuel Villa put Cruz Azul up in the 19th minute, with Pachuca putting the ball in the back of their own net in the 23rd. PAchua got a goal of their own when Damian Alvarez scored in the 69th minute.

Thursday's TV

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MLS on ESPN2: Dallas - Seattle at 8pm. Europa League on GolTV: Hamburg - Fulham at 3pm and Atletico Madrid - Liverpool at 8pm. Copa Libertadores on Fox Sports en Espanol: Internacional - Deportivo Quito at 6:30pm and Corinthians - Independiente Medellin at 8:30pm. All Times Eastern

The Battle For Style In MLS

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By Andrew Winner - SEATTLE, WA (Apr 20, 2010) US Soccer Players -- There are two factions amassing in Major League Soccer, each with a different approach to playing the game. On one side, there are the teams who can play attractive soccer at times but more often grind out results with rugged play. Teams like Houston and Chivas USA can make things tough on the opponent, both on the scoreboard and in the trainers'.

Playing For Points In MLS

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With J Hutcherson -- In the land of parity, what would it mean if a Major League Soccer club actually dominated the regular season? You can play with the definition of 'dominate,' but that hasn't really happened since the Los Angeles Galaxy finished ten points better than anyone else in 1998. Tampa Bay finished nine points up on the rest of the League in '96, but both of those seasons had the shootout to settle.

Wednesday's TV

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Champions League on Fox Soccer Channel: Bayern Munich - Lyon at 2:30pm. EPL on Fox soccer Plus: Hull - Aston Villa at 2:40pm. Serie A on GolTV: Udinese - AS Roma at 12pm. Copa Libertadores on Fox Sports en Espanol: Uruguay's Nacional - Morelia at 6:30pm and Paraguay's Nacional - Monterrey at 8:30pm. CONCACAF Champions League final first-leg on Fox Soccer Channel and TeleFutura: Cruz Azul - Pachuca at 10pm.

Barcelona's Old Way

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With J Hutcherson -- Sorry, but I'm not gawking in wide-eyed wonder as Barcelona sweeps away all competition with a style of play that can only be described as the best soccer currently on display anywhere in the World©. I'm also not buying into the English media's glee in using Barcelona to beat up on the Premier League's elite clubs.

American Abroad: England And Scandinavia

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Jonathan Spector started for West Ham United and played 80 minutes in a 3-0 loss to Liverpool at Anfield. West Ham had very little offense, while their own goal was bombarded by Liverpool. Though they only managed to put six of their 22 shots on frame, West Ham had only five total, with two on goal. Liverpool opened the scoring in the 19th, and added a second in the 29th minute.

Tuesday's TV

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Champions League on regional Fox Sports channels: Inter Milan - Barcelona at 2:30pm (5pm on Fox Soccer Channel). Copa Libertadores on Fox Sports en Espanol: Estudiantes - Club Alianza. All Times Eastern

Kyle Rote, Jr Veteran Pick For Hall Of Fame

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The National Soccer Hall of Fame announced on Monday that Kyle Rote, Jr has been elected on the Veteran's Ballot for the 2010 class. Rote was the North American Soccer League's leading scorer in 1973, and the first American soccer player to crossover into the mainstream with his successful appearances on ABC's Superstars.

Red Bulls To Play Juventus

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Juventus will be the second foreign club to play the New York Red Bulls at Red Bull Arena. The Red Bulls announced the friendly on Monday, scheduled for Sunday, May 23rd, at 1pm. "Since opening Red Bull Arena, we have been committed to bringing in elite clubs from around the world to play in what we consider to be the best soccer-specific stadium in North America," Red Bulls managing director Erik Stover said.

Red Bull New York's Continuing Saga

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By Clemente Lisi - HARRISON, NJ (Apr 18th, 2010) US Soccer Players -- On an unseasonably cold spring evening, the New York Red Bulls took to their home field Saturday looking at times more like the losing side from last season rather than the winning one of the past few weeks. In the first half against FC Dallas, the Red Bulls were unable to find open spaces, struggling to string together passes as they fell.

Buddle Wins POTW

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Los Angeles Galaxy forward Edson Buddle was voted Major League Soccer's Player of the Week for Week 4. Buddle scored both goals in LA's 2-1 win over Real Salt Lake. He has seven goals in four games this season.

MLS Teams Need To Mind The Gap

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With J Hutcherson -- I'm not a fan of the whole 'fire the coach, blow up the squad' mentality that runs alongside any team failing to reach expectations. Then again, remind me of any Major League Soccer club that was playing down their chances before the start of the 2010 season. That carries with it the open invitation for criticism when things are already going wrong a month into the season.

American Abroad: No Stopping Gomez

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First Star: Herculez Gomez scored twice for Puebla in their 4-1 win over Cruz Azul. Gomez scored in the third and 37th minutes. A red card in the 65th minute will lead to an automatic suspension for disciplinary points. That means this is his final game of the Clausura season. Gomez finishes with ten goals in 13 games played, with several of those games substitute appearances.

MLS Week 4: Late Goals

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Seattle 1 - Kansas City 0 Michael Fucito's stoppage time goal gave Seattle three points and a quality display as an 84th minute substitute. He aso too the gloss off of Kansas City, a team that had been unbeatable until Saturday at Qwest Field. Both teams had limited opportunities, finishing with two shots on goal each.

Monday's TV

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EPL on ESPN2: Liverpool - West Ham United at 3pm. All Times Eastern

Sunday's TV

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EPL on Fox Soccer Plus: Wigan - Arsenal at 8:30am and Stoke City - Bolton at 10:30am. On Fox Soccer Channel: Portsmouth - Aston Villa at 11am. Eredivisie on ESPN Deportes: PSV Eindhoven - Gronngen at 8:30am. La Liga on Deportes: Deportivo - Almeria at 11am and Real Madrid - Valencia at 3pm. On GolTV: Athletico Bilbao - Real Zaragoza at 2pm.

Saturday's TV

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MLS on TeleFutura: Houston - Chivas USA at 4pm. On Fox Soccer Channel: Los Angeles - Real Salt Lake at 10:30pm. EPL on ESPN2: Manchester City - Manchester United at 7:45am. On FSC: Blackburn - Everton at 10am, Spurs Chelsea at 12:30pm, and Sunderland - Burnley at 2:30pm. On Fox Soccer Plus: Birmingham City - Hull at 10am and Fulham - Wolves at 4:30pm.

The van den Bergh Question

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Available: Experienced left-sided midfielder who can either pass or score goals. Might not be as nimble-footed as young players, but his vision and knowledge of the game is excellent. Scored eight goals for an MLS Cup team two years ago and set up 11 goals (second best in MLS) last season. Can relocate.

MLS West And Comparing Attendance

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With J Hutcherson -- Two nationally available games on Saturday, with Chivas USA traveling to Houston at 4pm on Telefutura and Los Angeles hosting Real Salt Lake on Fox Soccer Channel at 10:30pm ET. Of the two, it's the second game giving us a first vs second match-up in the Western Conference. Like last season, it's the Western Conference that's the quality barometer for the League.

Bedoya Scores In Sweden

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Alejandro Bedoya was the difference in Orebro SK's 1-0 win over Brommapojkarna at the Grimsta IP in Stockholm on Thursday. Bedoya's goal came in the 40th minute. Bedoya subbed out in the 83rd. Orebro are 8th in the Allsvenskanliga after six games played.

Toronto 2 - Philadelphia 1

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Dwayne De Rosario, sketchy goalkeeping, and a man advantage proved to be the difference in Toronto FC's 2-1 win over Philadelphia on Wednesday night. The win is the first for Toronto this season, who move to sixth in the Eastern Conference. Philadelphia went down a man in the 33rd when defender Danny Califf was shown straight red for a foul on Julian de Guzman.

Friday's TV

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

10 Questions With... Landon Donovan

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By Clemente Lisi - NEW YORK, NY (Apr 15, 2010) US Soccer Players -- Landon Donovan is the face of American soccer both here and abroad. The California native and 10-year veteran of the United States National Team is gearing up for another World Cup this summer, hoping to get America some much-needed respect around the globe.

The Day We Remember

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With J Hutcherson -- April 15th is the day we remember the 96 people who lost their lives at Hillsborough at the FA Cup semifinal 21 years ago today. Though there have been indications that the full story of what happened that afternoon will finally be released by authorities, the call for justice remains.

US Open Cup: RSL Advances On Penalties

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Only 2,718 people showed up at Buck Shaw Stadium on Wednesday night to see what turned out to be a high scoring US Open Cup qualifier between San Jose and Real Salt Lake. RSL advanced on penalties after the two teams drew 2-2 in regulation and both added a goal in overtime. Salt Lake took the lead in the 7th minute when Robbie Findley scored, and made it 2-0 in the 51st through Nelson Gonzalez.

American Abroad: Busy Night In Mexico

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With a full schedule of games in Mexico's Primera Division on Wednesday, Jose Francisco Torres got the start and went 84 minutes in Pachuca's 2-2 draw with Cruz Azul at Estadio Azul. Pachuca took the lead in the 10th minute, but Cruz Azul equalized from the penalty spot in the 25th. Cruz Azul took the lead when Christian Riveros scored in first-half stoppage time.

American Abroad: Goal For Rolfe

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Chris Rolfe scored his first goal for Aalborg on Wednesday, leading them to a 1-0 win over Odense BK. Rolfe started and went 86 minutes. Aalborg went a man down in stoppage time when Johan Absalonsen was sent off. Also in the SAS-Ligaen, Benny Feilhaber went the full ninety for Aarhus in their 1-0 loss to Midtjylland at SAS Arena.

Thursday's TV

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MLS on ESPN2: Philadelphia - Toronto at 7pm. La Liga on GolTV: Almeria - Real Madrid at 2pm and Valencia - Athletico Bilbao at 4pm. Copa Libertadores on Fox Sports en Espanol: Lanus - Club Universitario at 6:30pm and Colo Colo - Cruzeiro at 8:30pm. All Times Eastern

MLSSoccer's Competitive Balance

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With J Hutcherson -- Yesterday, MLSSoccer.com scooped the rest of the League's media pool with an item on Robert Pires potentially signing with an MLS club. Specifically: "MLSsoccer.com confirmed Tuesday that an MLS club is working on signing the Frenchman in a transaction that could take place during the summer transfer window.

Colorado Advances In Open Cup

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The Colorado Rapids beat the Kansas City Wizards 2-1 at the Stanley H. Durwood Stadium on the campus of the University of Kansas City-Missouri on Tuesday night, advancing to the next round of the Major League Soccer qualifying stage. The Wizards took an early lead when Ted Bunbury scored in the 4th minute.

Celtic Win

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In Tuesday American Abroad action, Dominic Cervi wasn't in the lineup as Celtic beat Motherwell 2-1 on Tuesday. Josh Thompson had both goals for Celtic, equalizing a minute after Motherwell opened the scoring in the 49th and scoring again in the 78th minute. Celtic are second-place in the Scottish Premier League, trailing Rangers by ten points with an extra game played.

Wednesday's TV

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EPL on ESPN2: Spurs - Arsenal at 3pm. On Fox Soccer Channel: Wigan - Portsmouth at 2:30pm. On Fox Soccer Plus: Aston Villa - Everton at 2:40pm. La Liga on GolTV: Real Zaragoza - Mallorca at 2pm. On ESPN Deportes: Xerez - Atletico Madrid at 2pm and Deportivo - Barcelona at 4pm. Mexican League on Deportes: Pachuca - Cruz Azul at 9pm.

US Soccer's Referee Director: Moreno Goal Was Interference

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In an interview with Major League Soccer's official site, US Soccer director of referee development Paul Tamberino said that Jaime Moreno's goal in DC United's 3-2 loss to Philadelphia was a clear case of interference. Moreno took the ball off of Union goalkeeper Chris Seitz as he was preparing to punt it up field.

Hull And Hannover

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With J Hutcherson -- Jozy Altidore's Hull City is in trouble. They're a club more than capable of pulling off the shock upset and in dire need of one. In between those surprise wins against Manchester City and Fulham, they lost five games. Since beating Fulham on Mach 27th, they've lost two more. That leaves them 19th in the 20-team Premier League, even on points with 18th-place Burnley and four points from safety.

Buddle: Focused On Club, Hoping For Country

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By Michael Lewis - NEW YORK, NY (Apr 13, 2010) US Soccer Players -- Talk about incredible timing. Edson Buddle could not have planned his goal-scoring blitz any better. The Los Angeles Galaxy striker has pounded the enemy net for five goals in three games to open the Major League Soccer season. One would assume he's also put himself on US National Team coach Bob Bradley's radar.

American Abroad: Denmark And Norway

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Michael Parkhurst started and played the full ninety for Nordsjaelland, drawing 1-1 draw with Koge at Farum Park in the SAS-Ligaen. Koge took a first half lead when Henrik Toft scored in the 35th minute. Nordsjaelland equalized through Nickie Nielsen in the 78th. In Norway, Alejandro Bedoya started for Orebro in their 2-0 loss to GAIS on Monday.

Tuesday's TV

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EPL on ESPN2: Chelsea - Bolton at 3pm. Coppa Italia on GolTV: Fiorentina - Inter Milan at 2:45pm. La Liga on ESPN Deportes: Getafe - Villareal at 4pm. Copa Libertadores on Fox Sports en Espanol: Deportivo Quito - Atletico Cerro at 7pm and Caracas - Universidad Chile at 9:30pm. All Times Eastern

Le Toux Wins POTW For Week Three

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One of two players to score a hat trick in Week Three, Philadelphia Union forward Sebastian Le Toux has been named Major League Soccer's Player of the Week. Le Toux scored in the 4th, 40th, and 78th minutes for Philadelphia, leading them to their first win - a 3-2 result over DC United at Lincoln Financial Field.

DC United Announce Milan Friendly

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DC United will play AC Milan on May 26th at 8pm at RFK Stadium, the club announced on Monday. "We are very happy to return to RFK Stadium again, but finally to play DC United," Milan director Umberto Gandini said. "After the Italian Supercup in 1993 and a friendly with Barcelona few years ago, it will be great to play one of the most successful clubs in MLS history and to meet again the American.

MLS In Defense

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With J Hutcherson -- It's too much of a stretch to say that sorry defense will be the story of Major League Soccer in 2010, but it was certainly the story of Week Three. Pick a game, and it's likely that the result had as much to do with the losing defense as it did with overwhelming attacking soccer.

American Abroad Update: Lots Of Yellows

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First Star: Steve Cherundolo gets the nod for Hannover 96's big result. Hannover beat Schalke 04 4-2 with Cherundolo starting and going the full ninety at AWD-Arena. Hannover went up from an own goal in the 17th minute and made it 2-0 in the 29th. Schalke came back early in the second-half, scoring in the 46th and converting a penalty in the 52nd.

RIP: Ruben Mendoza, US National Team Forward

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Ruben Mendoza, a product of the Atlante youth system in Mexico and a member of the United States National Team in the 1950's, died on Sunday. Mendoza played in four games for the senior National Team, scoring two goals. He scored on his debut against Haiti in a 3-0 win in Port-au-Prince on April 4th, 1954.

WPS Week 1: Athletica Starts On Top

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Washington 1 - Boston 2 A strong night from Lauren Cheney paced the Boston Breakers at the Maryland SoccerPlex. Cheney scored in the 7th minute, with Kelly Smith following in the 20th. The Freedom pulled a goal back in the 87th when Allie Long scored, but they left their best chances too late to take a point.

Monday's TV

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No games today.

MLS Week 3: Red Bulls Win Streak Ends

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The New York Red Bulls lost on the road in Week 3, while Philadelphia pulled their season record even in front of a big crowd at Lincoln Financial Stadium. Meanwhile, San Jose got a shock result at Toyota Park on a Saturday when all 16 teams were in action. Chivas USA 2 - New York 0 With New York riding high with two wins and Chivas USA showing very little so far in 2010, the.

Sunday's TV

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WPS on Fox Soccer Channel: Sky Blue FC - Red Stars at 6pm. EPL on Fox Soccer Plus: Blackburn - Manchester United at 8:30am. On FSC: Manchester City - Birmingham City at 11am. FA Cup semifinals on Fox Soccer Plus: Spurs - Portsmouth at 11am. Eredivisie on ESPN Deportes:PSV Eindhoven - Feyenoord at 6:30am.

Saturday's TV

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MLS on TeleFutura: Chivas USA - Red Bulls at 4pm. On Fox Soccer Channel: Philadelphia - DC United at 6pm EPL on Fox Soccer Plus: West Ham United - Sunderland at 10am. On FSC: Hull - Burnley at 10am. FA Cup semifinal on FSC: Aston Villa - Chelsea at 12pm. Serie A on Fox Soccer Plus: Napoli - Parma at 12pm.

Former USL MVP Arrieta Joins Union

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Cristian Arrieta is no a member of the Philadelphia Union and could play against DC United on Saturday after joining the club from USL-1's Puerto Rico Islanders. Arrieta was a two-time Defender of the Year and the 2009 MVP in USL-1. "We're very excited to have Arrieta join our club," Union manager Peter Nowak said.

Europa League: Fulham Advance

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With Clint Dempsey not in the lineup, Fulham advanced to the Europa League semifinals with a 1-0 win over VfL Wolfsburg at the Volkswagon Arena. Bobby Zamora scored the game's only goal in the 1st minute, with Mark Schwarzer needing eight saves for the shutout. Fulham took the series 3-1 on aggregate.

Will Philadelphia Bunker And What's Wrong With Chivas USA?

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With J Hutcherson -- Will Philadelphia try to bunker at home against DC? (Sat, 6pm - FSC) The Union have already seen the big National Football League stage in Seattle, so the environment and crowd at Lincoln Financial shouldn't be that off putting. It should also not be surprising if Union manager Peter Nowak plays for the one counter that counts against his old club.

MLS Adds Two Home Grown Player Slots

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Major League Soccer announced on Thursday that they were increasing the roster sizes from 24 to 26. The two additional slots are for home grown players, defined as players identified and developed by the club that will not have to go through the SuperDraft. These players can be signed to Generation adidas contracts and must have been with a club's youth program for at least twelve months.

Friday's TV

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U.A.G - Tigres is on Galavision at 9pm. All Times Eastern

10 Questions With... Tonya Antonucci

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By Clemente Lisi - NEW YORK, NY (Apr 8, 2010) US Soccer Players -- There isn't anyone out there who more than Tonya Antonucci wants to see Women's soccer succeed in this country. As WPS commissioner, Antonucci knows that successfully running a league during tough economic times is an uphill task. In 2003, the Women's United Soccer Association – started after the US's amazing Women's World Cup win in 1999 – folded after just three.

US Soccer And The 1980 Olympic Boycott

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By Michael Lewis - NEW YORK, NY (Apr 8, 2010) US Soccer Players -- Ty Keough seemed destined to play in the Summer Olympics. Three weeks before he was born, his father, the legendary Harry Keough, returned from the Melbourne Games in 1956 with a present for his yet-to-be-born son: a stuffed Koala bear.

WPS In Year Two

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With J Hutcherson -- With the second season of Women's Professional Soccer starting on Saturday, here are five things I'm looking for over the course of season two. We covered the impact of the Sol exiting the league in our preview, so I'm not focusing on that. Not necessarily in order of importance: Quality Of Play: If you made it to a WPS game in 2009, chances were good that you saw competitive soccer played.

CCL: It's Pachuca - Cruz Azul

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Pachuca advanced to the CONCACAF Champions League final on Wednesday night, beating Toluca 1-0 at the Nuevo Hidalgo. Edy Brambila had the game's only goal in the 5th minute, sending Pachuca through 2-1 on aggregate. Jose Francisco Torres wasn't in the lineup for Pachuca. The final is over two legs, scheduled for April 21st and 28th.

American Abroad: Rangers Win

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Rangers added three more points to the top of the Scottish Premier League table on Wednesday, beating Aberdeen 3-1 at Ibrox. Rangers were leading 2-0 with goals from Steven Davis (24th) and Kyle Lafferty (65th) before Aberdeen pulled one back when Darren Mackie scored in the 68th. Kenny Miller finished off the scoring for Rangers in the 76th.

Thursday's TV

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Europa League on GolTV: Liverpool - Benfica at 3pm and Atletico Madrid - Valencia at 5pm. Argentine soccer on Fox Sports en Espanol: Vlez Sarsfield - Estudiantes (11pm on Fox Soccer Channel). Copa Libertadores on Fox Sports en Espanol: Independiente Medelin - Cerro Porteno at 7pm and Alianza - Bolivar at 9:30pm.

Reyna Named US Soccer Youth Technical Director

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Claudio Reyna has joined the United States Soccer Federation as their Youth Technical Director, the USSF announced on Wednesday. Reyna will be in charge of "the design and implementation of long-term strategies for development of both coaches and players at the youth level in the United States." He will begin by looking at the coaching of children ages six to twelve.

2010 WPS Preview: Look West

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The 2010 Women's Professional Soccer season starts on Saturday with the unlikely champions Sky Blue FC trying to defend their title. Two expansion teams join the WPS this season, with the Philadelphia Independence and the Atlanta Beat. Atlanta will be opening the first WPS-specific stadium in suburban Kennesaw, Georgia.

Ching: Four To Six Weeks

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Houston Dynamo and United States National Team forward is expected to return to the field within six weeks after injuring his hamstring against Real Salt Lake on April 1st. Ching told the Houston Chronicle's Jose de Jesus Ortiz: "I think the hamstring pull set me back. Definitely I would say it kind of hurt my chances a little bit for the World Cup, which is kind of frustrating.

Wednesday's Daily

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Europe Arsenal left dizzy by little maestro Lionel Messi and the passing carousel -- from The Times' Oliver Kay: None of his four last night was a collector's item by his standards. 'Mythical, universal, the Lord's anointed one' - Spain hails Leo Messi -- from The Guardian's Sid Lowe: It is a pertinent question.

CCL: Cruz Azul Dominates Second-Leg

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The second-leg of the CONCACAF Champions League semifinal ended up being all Cruz Azul at the Estadio Azul, seeing off fellow Mexican club UNAM Pumas. With the series tied 1-1 on aggregate at halftime, Cruz Azul dominated the second half, scoring five unanswered goals to take the game 5-0 on the night and the series 5-1 on aggregate.

Wednesday's TV

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Champions League on Fox Soccer Channel: Manchester United - Bayern Munich at 2:30pm and Bordeaux - Lyon at 5pm (2:30pm on Fox Soccer Plus). CONCACAF Champions League on FSC and TeleFutura: Pachuca - Toluca at 8pm. Copa Libertadores on Fox Sports en Espanol: Flamengo - Universidad Chile at 9pm. All Times Eastern

Results Count

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With J Hutcherson -- Pity the favorite in any high profile game that barely manages to get by the underdog. We've seen the Duke just beating Butler scenario before, and it resonates club and country with professional soccer. Sure, it's a win, but there's the feeling that for a dominant favorite 'almost' isn't good enough.

The April 6th Salute for Charlie Davies

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The April 6th Salute for Charlie Davies

Mansally POTW For Week 2

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Revolution forward Kenny Mansally was named Major League Soccer's Player of the Week on Monday. He had both goals in the club's 2-0 away win over DC United. This is the first Player of the Week award for Mansally.

American Abroad: England And Scandinavia

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In the Championship, Jay DeMerit was an early substitute for Watford, coming on in the 10th minute in a 1-1 draw with West Bromwich Albion at Vicarage Road. Watford went a man down when Jon Harley was sent off in the 79th minute, but scored their opener through Danny Graham six minutes later. WBA equalized five minutes into stoppage time.

Gerba Exits FC

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Ali Gerba is no longer a member of Toronto FC after agreeing to terminate his contract on Monday. Gerba had been with the club since last June, with one goal in 11 appearances. "We want to wish Ali all the best, and thank him for his contribution to the club" director of soccer Mo Johnston said in a press statement.

Tuesday's TV

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Champions League on Fox Soccer Channel: CSKA Moscow - Inter Milan at 12:30pm and Barcelona - Arsenal at 5pm. CONCACAF Champions League on FSC ad TeleFutura: Cruz Azul - UNAM Pumas at 10pm. Copa Libertadores on Fox Sports en Espanol: Deportivo Italia - Colo Colo at 7pm. All Times Eastern

Making The Calls

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With J Hutcherson -- I'm going to mix sports here and start the week with a moment from Super Bowl XLIII. That's the one where a Pittsburgh Steelers receiver caught the ball at the edge of the end zone for what ended up being the game winner. You might remember it from the numerous replays, conversations, and opinions on whether or not Santonio Holmes stayed in bounds on that catch.

American Abroad: Goals For Americans

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First Star: The magic that is Herculez Gomez's run of form in Mexico continues. Again, he scored as a substitute. This time, Gomez came on at halftime with Puebla trailing Morelia 1-0. He equalized in the 51st minute, and the 1-1 scoreline held. This is his eighth goal in 13 Mexican League games this season.

Monday's TV

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No games today

MLS Week 2: Short Program

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In a weekend with only three games, it's the New York Red Bulls making the big statement knocking off Seattle at Qwest Field. At RFK Stadium, there are more problems for DC United, while Colorado and Chicago settle for the score draw. Colorado 2 - Chicago 2 The Rapids and Fire traded goals and ended even at Dick's Sporting Goods Park on Saturday afternoon.

Sunday's TV

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EPL on Fox Soccer Plus: Birmingham City - Liverpool at 10am and Fulham - Wigan Athletic at 2pm. On Fox Soccer Channel: Everton - West Ham United at 11am. Eredivisie on ESPN Deportes: Willem II - PSV Eindhoven at 8am. Bundesliga on GolTV: Vfl Wolfsburg - Hoffenheim at 10:30am. La Liga on Deportes: Valencia - Osasuna at 11am.

Lopez Signs With Rapids

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The Colorado Rapids boosted their attack on Friday, signing former Kansas City Wizards forward Claudio Lopez. The Argentine international spent two seasons with the Wizards, joining the club as a designated players. "Any time you can add a talented player like Claudio to your club, the group becomes better," Rapids coach Gary Smith said.

Ching Injury Update

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Houston Dynamo and US National Team forward Brian Ching is expected to miss a minimum of several weeks after injuring his left hamstring on Thursday night against Real Salt Lake. Ching told the club's official site: "The injury has been evaluated by team doctors, and I'm hoping to get an MRI on Monday to determine the severity of the strain.

Saturday's TV

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MLS on TeleFutura: Colorado - Chicago at 4pm. Fox Soccer Channel has Seattle - New York at 10:30pm. EPL on ESPN2: Manchester United - Chelsea at 7:30am. On FSC: Sunderland - Spurs at 10am, Burnley - Manchester City at 12:30pm, Stoke - Hull City at 5pm. On Fox Soccer Plus: Arsenal - Wolverhampton at 10am, Bolton - Aston Villa at 6:30pm, and Portsmouth - Blackburn at 8:30pm.

Friday's Daily

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Europe Martin O'Neill warns Aston Villa he could quit in the summer -- from The Guardian's Stuart James: O'Neill has overseen back-to-back sixth-placed finishes. Revealed: the £150m cost of debts owed by Premier League clubs -- from The Times' Oliver Kay: Wages remain by far the biggest expense among the 20 clubs.

American Abroad: Fulham Wins

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Clint Dempsey started and went the distance in what looked to be an overwhelming home win for Fulham in the Europa League. Instead, their 2-0 lead over VfL Wolfsburg was cut in half in the 89th, giving Wolfsburg an away goal advantage in the second leg. Bobby Zamora scored for Fulham in the 59th, with Damien Duff following four minutes later.

Thursday Night MLS: Home Teams Win

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Houston once again showed why taking three points at Robertson Stadium is so difficult. With Real Salt Lake leading 1-0 from a Javier Morales goal in the 17th minute, Houston's Brad Davis converted back-to-back penalties in the 53rd and 56th minutes for the 2-1 win. "Yeah, a little bit of luck shone upon us," Houston coach Dominic Kinnear said out the penalties.

Friday's TV

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10 Questions With... Victor Ingalls

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By Clemente Lisi - NEW YORK, NY (Apr 1, 2010) US Soccer Players -- Diego Maradona claimed that "the hand of God" was responsible for him punching the ball for a goal against England at the 1986 World Cup. Brazilian striker Kaka isn't shy about ripping off his jersey to reveal an undershirt that reads, "I belong to Jesus" while pointing upwards after scoring yet another spectacular goal.

MLS Clubs Get Second DP Slot

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Major League Soccer announced on Thursday that each of the clubs will now have two designated player slots. Previously, clubs were allowed to trade for a second DP slot. Teams wanting a third designated player slot can buy one from the League for $250,000 dollars with the fee distributed among clubs that don't have three designated players.

Revisiting The Red Bulls

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By Graig Carbino - ALBANY, NY (April 4, 2010) US Soccer Players -- My first live New York Red Bulls game was on May 13, 2007, an early season match against the Colorado Rapids. Myself, my soon to be brother-in-law and 7,800 other hearty souls ventured out to East Rutherford on a warm, sunny mid-spring day.

CCL: Pumas Win Game One

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In the CONCACAF Champions League semifinals, UNAM Pumas took game one, beating Cruz Azul 1-0 at the Olimpico Universitario. Pablo Barrera scored the game's only goal in the 23rd minute. Cruz Azul hosts the second leg on April 6th.

RSL And Houston Set For A Show

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With J Hutcherson -- Major League Soccer and ESPN2 gift us a double-header tonight, starting at 9pm ET. Though it might not be fair to try and pull deeper meaning from Week 2 games, these are both well worth your time. Depending on how convinced you are that the playoff version of Real Salt Lake wiped out any memory of the 'last gasp to make those playoffs' regular season version of RSL, tonight is a.

US Women 1 - Mexico 0

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The United States Women won the second game of their two-game series with Mexico 1-0 at Rio Tinto Stadium. Playing in snowy conditions in Sandy, Utah, Abby Wambach got the game's only goal in the 60th minute. The US put 13 of their 20 shots on frame, with Mexico keeper Erika Vanegas making 12 saves. Mexico put two of their four shots on frame.