USSoccerPlayers Archives for January 2010

Rimando Wins Player Of The Month

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Real Salt Lake goalkeeper Nick RImando was named Major League Soccer's Player of the Month for June. Rimando had three shutouts in three games to take the award. He joins teammate Alvaro Saborio who won the award in May. 2010 MLS Player of the Month Winners April: Edson Buddle (LA Galaxy) May: Alvaro Saborío (Real Salt Lake) June: Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)

Thursday's TV

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MLS on ESPN2: Toronto - Houston at 7pm ET.

Arena To Coach MLS All-Stars

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Los Angeles Galaxy coach Bruce Arena will be in charge of the MLS All-Stars as they face Manchester United at Houston's Reliant Stadium on July 28th (8:30pm ET- ESPN). Arena's Galaxy are top of the Major League Soccer table with a 9 point lead over Columbus for best record in MLS. Voting is now open for the MLS All-Stars at MLSSoccer.

Mexico's Coach Quits

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Javier Aguirre is no longer the coach of the Mexican National Team. Telling a press conference "I have to leave, it's the most honest thing to do," Aguirre has been in charge since April 3rd, 2009. He replaced Sven-Goran Eriksson. Aguirre has 59 caps as a member of the Mexican National Team from 1983-92 and coached them previously in 2001 and through the '02 World Cup.

Wednesday's Daily

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Europe Sepp Blatter performs U-turn over goalline technology -- from The Guardian's Owen Gibson: Trials of two rival systems were ruled out at a meeting of IFAB in March. Spain deserved win, says Portugal boss Carlos Queiroz -- from BBC Sport: "I believe the fans have justifiable reason to be proud of the way the team has played.

Open Cup 3rd Round: MLS Goes Four for Six

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Two lower division clubs pulled off upsets on Tuesday night, with Harrisburg and Charleston advancing over Major League Soccer opponents. The 3rd round finishes up tonight with two games. Harrisburg 1 - New York 0 AET Though New York played some regulars, they couldn't find the offense in Harrisburg.

Landon On Letterman

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Wednesday's TV

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Off day for the World Cup.

In The Third Round

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With J Hutcherson -- It's the third round of the US Open Cup later tonight, with Major League Soccer entering the festivities. Eight games, all with MLS involvement, and one obvious highlight. For the last time as a lower division club, Portland hosts Seattle at PGE Park. That's one of only two games hosted by the lower division club, with Harrisburg also getting home field advantage against the New York Red Bulls.

Tuesday's TV

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ESPN and Univision have Paraguay - Japan at 10am and Spain - Portugal at 2:30pm. All Times Eastern

Angel Named POTW

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You Week 13 Major League Soccer Player of the Week is Red Bulls forward Juan Pablo Angel. He takes the prize with two goals on Saturday in the 3-0 win over Kansas City. Angel scored in the 82nd minute and again in stoppage time. This is his first POTW award this season, and fourth all-time. 2010 MLS Player of the Week Winners Week 1: Javier Morales (Real Salt Lake) Week 2: Kenny Mansally (New England.

Monday's TV

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ESPN and Univision have Holland - Slovakia at 10am and Brazil - Chile at 2:30pm. All Times Eastern

For US Media, Time To Assess Blame

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With J Hutcherson -- Look, it's easy enough to play second guess the coach in situations like the United States found themselves in on Saturday. It's a little harder to assume that the coach knew that he was putting himself in a potentially awkward position and maybe give him the benefit of the doubt.

MLS Week 13: Philadelphia Opens Strong

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Major League Soccer returned in full force over the weekend, opening a new stadium in Chester, PA. In other games, own goals were a problem and Toronto and LA drew in front of a smaller than expected home crowd at BMO Field. Columbus 2 - DC United 0 It would be a bit of a cheap shot to criticize DC United for losing yet another game, because this time it came against the best team.

Sunday's Daily

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American World Cup run might finally trigger soccer growth -- from CBSSPORTS.com's Mike Freeman: This game, and the ones before it, was still fascinating to watch. Proud of the U.S. performance? Yes. Satisfied? No. -- from The Miami Herald's Michelle Kaufman: And, in many ways, we should be proud. A Final Day of Chasing Ends the US Run -- from The NY Times' Jere Longman: For the United States, this World Cup will not be.

USA Ghana Postgame Quotes

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BOB BRADLEY On the match as a whole: "Once again we gave up an early goal and put a lot into it to get back to 1-1. I thought at that point we had the chance to finish the game. When you go down early another time (in the first overtime period), it's just a case where you've put yourself in that spot one too many times and already expended a lot of energy.

Sunday's TV

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ESPN and Univision have Germany - England at 10am. ABC and Univision have Argentina - Mexico at 2:30pm. ESPN2 has the opening of Philadelphia's new stadium when the Union play Seattle at 5pm. All Times Eastern

WC: USA 1 - Ghana 2 AET

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The United States exited the World Cup on Saturday, losing 2-1 to Ghana in extra time. The US fell behind early at Royal Bafokeng Stadium in their knockout stage game, with Kevin-Prince Boateng scoring in the 5th minute. Boateng's goal was a result of a misplay in the US midfield, forcing US coach Bob Bradley to make an early change.

The Ghana Problem

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By J Hutcherson - (Jun 26, 2010) US Soccer Players -- Game after game the United States gives up early chances. Whether or not it turns into a goal is beside the point. It's the mental weight of expecting that early problem. Get rid of that, and it's got to be easier to establish a flow and start working on your game.

Uruguay Advance

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Uruguay became the first team to make the Quarterfinals in the 2010 World Cup, beating a strong South Korea 2-1 at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Saturday. Luis Suarez scored in the 8th and 80th minutes to put Uruguay through, but South Korea had their chances. Lee Chung-Yong scored in the 68th to bring the score line even, and they had another opportunity at an equalizer shortly after Uruguay went ahead.

Saturday's Daily

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United States has chance at history against Ghana -- from The Miami Herald's Michelle Kaufman: "I still to this day don't know where the foul came from." US will try to knock out Ghana and bad memories -- from The LA Times' Grahame L. Jones: "That was not a good day, for me or for the team." Could this be the start of something huge?

Salt Lake 0 - San Jose 0

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Real Salt Lake returned to action on Friday night and kept up their undefeated streak at Rio Tinto Stadium. Unfortunately, that didn't mean three points against San Jose. Both teams had their chances, putting 8 of 13 shots on goal. RSL keeper Nick Rimando and his opposite number Joe Cannon were up for the task, splitting the points.

Saturday's TV

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USA - Ghana is on ABC and Univision at 2:30pm. ESPN and Univision have Uruguay - South Korea at 10am. Major League Soccer returns on Fox Soccer Channel at 7:30pm with Toronto - Los Angeles. All Times Eastern

FIFA Ranking And The 2010 World Cup

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Though we're not going to pretend to understand or defend the FIFA World Rankings, they are an indication of relative strength in international soccer. There was a major overhaul of the entire FIFA ranking system in 2006 in an attempt to make the rankings more accurate. The result was for the first time FIFA relied only on the rankings to seed the World Cup.

Scouting Report: Ghana

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By Clemente Lisi - NEW YORK, NY (Jun 25th, 2010) US Soccer Players -- After reaching the Round of 16 on a thrilling, last-gasp dramatic goal by Landon Donovan against Algeria, the energized Americans find themselves up against Ghana on Saturday (2:30pm ET - ABC) in what is expected to be another epic match.

Friday's Daily

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Americas In Praise of Landon Donovan -- from Soccer America's Paul Gardner: What Howard had done so slickly with his hands, Donovan now continued with his feet. When it comes to the World Cup, aim higher, America -- from The LA Times' Bill Plaschke: I respect soccer too much to compromise its potential by accepting the old stereotypes that drag it down.

Everybody Believes

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By Andrew Dixon - MIAMI, FL (Jun 24, 2010) US Soccer Players -- "You must have thought it gone there with just a few seconds left" Admit it... you thought it was done. The closer the United States got to injury time in Wednesday's final group stage match against Algeria, the greater the feeling of dread.

Friday's TV

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In the 10am slot, ESPN and Univision have Portugal - Brazil. EPN2 and TeleFutura have North Korea - Ivory Coast. In the 2:30pm slot, ESPN and Univision have Chile - Spain and ESPN2 and TeleFutura have Switzerland - Honduras. All Times Eastern

10 Questions With... Cuauhtemoc Blanco

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By Clemente Lisi - NEW YORK, NY (Jun 24, 2010) US Soccer Players -- Former Chicago Fire midfielder Cuauhtemoc Blanco is widely regarded as one of the best foreign players to ever sign an MLS contract. During his three seasons in Major League Soccer, from 2007 to 2009, Blanco used his creative genius to ignite the team's offense while helping to attract Latino fans to the League.

Up Next

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With J Hutcherson -- Never say it isn't interesting. The latest big game on the United States schedule leads directly to the next one. Ghana, old friends from the 2006 World Cup. Let's not pretend that part of the fun of the World Cup is playing out revenge fantasies on teams that have done the US in.

Open Cup 3rd Round Games

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On Wednesday, the United States Soccer Federation released the schedule for the 3rd round of the US Open Cup. This is the round where Major League Soccer teams enter the competition. All Games to be played on June 29th. New York Red Bulls (MLS) at Harrisburg City Islanders (USL-2) 7 pm ET - Skyline Sports Complex; Harrisburg, Pa.

USA - Algeria Postgame Quotes

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CARLOS BOCANEGRA On his feelings on seeing Landon score: "It was really emotional. I looked over at the sideline referee, the center referee to make sure it wasn't called back. I didn't even know who scored until after the game, to be honest. I felt so much pride, I couldn't even really think. I was getting a few tears in my eyes and I knew we still had a few minutes left and had to.

Its Ghana

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The United States will play Group D runners-up Ghana on Saturday at 2pm on ABC. Ghana lost 1-0 to Germany on Wednesday. Germany will play England on Saturday at 9am on ESPN. Australia beat Serbia 2-1 in the other Group D game.

WC: USA 1 - Algeria 0

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The United States needed a stoppage time goal from Landon Donovan to see off Algeria 1-0 in Pretoria and advance to the knockout round in the 2010 World Cup. The USA thought they had a goal in the 20th minute, but midfielder Clint Dempsey was called offside. Both teams hit the woodwork, Algeria in the first-half and the USA in the second.

Thursday's TV

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In the 10am slot on ESPN and Univision: Slovakia - Italy. On ESPN2 and TeleFutura: Paraguay - New Zealand. In the 2:30pm slot on ESPN and Univision: Denmark - Japan. On ESPN2 and TeleFutura: Cameroon - Holland. All Times Eastern

Wednesday's Daily

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Americas Team USA seeks to extend its time in the World Cup spotlight -- from USA Today's Kelly Whiteside: It also seems that this group can't play 90 minutes without drama. At World Cup, US soccer has one goal against Algeria: win -- from The Washington Post's Steven Goff: "Our objective is very clear.

Wednesday's TV

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USA - Algeria is on ESPN and Univision at 10am, same time for Slovenia - England on ESPN2 and TeleFutura. In the 2:30pm slot, ESPN and Univision have Ghana - Germany and ESPN2 and TeleFutura have Australia - Serbia. All Times Eastern

Scouting Report: Algeria

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By Clemente Lisi - NEW YORK, NY (Jun 21, 2010) USSoccerPlayers -- Win and they're in the final 16. For the never-say-die USA, it's that simple. Standing in the way is Algeria, a team that has played inconsistently at this World Cup. While the US is coming off a hard-fought 2-2 draw last Friday against Slovenia, Algeria also put on a strong showing in its scoreless tie against England the same day.

About Algeria

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With J Hutcherson -- A day away from the Group C finale against Algeria, the United States once again finds themselves as the favorites to win and advance to the knockout stage. In classic American soccer fashion, that's an open invitation for the media to build up Algeria as more than advertised. Hey, whatever moves the needle.

It's ALive: USA - Algeria

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USA - Algeria

Tuesday's TV

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In the 10am slot, ESPN and Univision have Mexico - Uruguay. ESPN2 and TeleFutura have France - South Africa. In the 2:30pm slot, ESPN and Univision have Greece - Argentina. ESPN2 and TeleFutura have Nigeria - South Africa. All Times Eastern

For Bradley, Life Is About Coachable Moments

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By Michael Lewis - JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA (Jun 21, 2010) US Soccer Players -- Good coaches can make an impact in so many ways. Some are great trainers. Others excel at X's and O's. Others are considered fabulous motivators. Some are known as players' coaches. Bob Bradley showed his true colors when he wasn't even coaching a team.

Still At Play In Group C

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Still At Play In Group C With J Hutcherson -- Well, at least the third match day isn't just an issue for the United States. The fallout from Friday is more than the all to play for scenario that avoids any gamesmanship from the Slovenia - England encounter. It's also the reinterpretation of Group C. Remember, this was the group with two clear favorites.

Cherundolo Expected To Stay With Hannover

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United States National Team defender Steve Cherundolo has agreed in principle to a contract extension with Hannover 96. Hannover 96 sporting director Joerg Schmadtke confirmed on the club's website that Cherundolo's contract will be extended through the 2011-12 season with an additional one-year option.

Monday's TV

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ESPN and Univision have Portugal - North Korea at 7:30am, Chile - Switzerland at 10am, and Spain - Honduras at 2:30pm. All Times Eastern

Sunday's TV

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ESPN and Univision have Slovakia - Paraguay at 7am and Italy - New Zealand at 10am. ABC and Univision have Brazil - Ivory Coast at 2:30pm. All Times Eastern

Saturday's Daily: The Media Aftermath

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Americas When a tie can be considered a loss -- from ESPN's Jemele Hill: The storyline of this match should be about Team USA's resolve. Did soccer referee see things that even TV replays missed? -- from The San Diego Union Tribune's Mark Zeigler: He also, US fans will tell you, has the ability to see things that aren't there.

Saturday's TV

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ESPN and Univision have Holland - Japan at 7:30am and Ghana - Australia at 10am. ABC and Univision have Cameroon - Denmark at 2:30pm. All Times Eastern

WC: England 0 Algeria 0

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England and Algeria played out a lackluster 0-0 draw in Cape Town that has left Group C wide open with one match day left to play. All four teams can still take one of the two slots in the knockout round. Algeria could argue they had the better moments from an attack that couldn't find the back of the net.

Group C Scenarios

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If the USA beat Algeria on Wednesday, they advance to the knockout round. They would also advance if Slovenia beats England and the US draws or beats Algeria. They would also advance if they draw with Algeria and England draws with Slovenia, as long as England doesn't outscore the USA by two or more goals.

The Bradleys

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By Michael Lewis - JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA (Jun 18, 2010) USSoccerPlayers -- If there was a time for any man to be boastful about his son, this was it. After all, it isn't every day that your son scores twice in a World Cup qualifying game, let alone against archrival Mexico. But this is much more complicated than just a father saying how proud he is about his son.

WC: Slovenia 2 - USA 2

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The United States had to fight back from trailing 2-0 at the half to split the points and hold onto a chance at advancing out of Group C. Valter Birsa put Slovenia up in the 14th minute and Zlatan Ljubijankic made it 2-0 in the 42nd. US coach Bob Bradley only made one change from the opener against England, starting Jose Francisco Torres in place of Ricardo Clark.

Friday's Daily

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Americas Against tiny Slovenia in 2010 World Cup, US soccer team needs to think big -- from The Washington Post's Steven Goff: "That's the reality of the situation." Americans prepare for tough World Cup battle against Slovenia -- from The Philadelphia Inquirer's Kerith Gabriel: "They're going to be a tough team.

Kek Talks Slovenia - USA

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Slovakian coach Matjaz Kek spoke with the media in advance of tomorrow's Group C game between Slovakia and the United States. On the match: "I am looking forward to this match. I am also looking forward to this challenge that lies ahead of us. I am looking forward to playing with an excellent competitor who last year achieved a lot of successes and has also shown recently that this team is composed of some excellent.

Friday's TV

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USA - Slovenia is on ESPN and Univision at 10am. Join us for live follow-along coverage starting at 9:45am. Also on ESPN and Univsion: Germany - Serbia at 7:30am. On ESPN2 and Univision: England - Algeria at 2:30pm. All Times Eastern

10 Questions With... Trevor Slavick

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By Clemente Lisi - NEW YORK, NY (Jun 16, 2010) US Soccer Players -- It all started over a decade ago when Trevor Slavick was a pilot for American Airlines and he was getting ready to board a plane in Honduras. When a kid at the airport offered to shine Slavick's shoes, the pilot decided to tip the boy by giving him a soccer ball he had in his bag.

Scouting Report: Slovenia

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By Clemente Lisi - NEW YORK, NY (Jun 16th, 2010) US Soccer Players -- The United States resumes its World Cup adventure on Friday, taking on scrappy Slovenia in Johannesburg. With the England game out of the way, the US can focus its full attention on Slovenia – a team that took advantage against Algeria in their opening game.

Five Things For Slovenia

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With J Hutcherson -- We're closing in on the second match day for Group C. Be so kind as to join me for the live follow-along starting at 9:45am for USA - Slovenia (10am - ESPN). Until then, here are the five things I'm looking for from the USA. Why five? Cause this is the internet, and people like their list.

It's ALive: USA - Slovenia

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USA - Slovenia

Thursday's TV

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The World Cup on ESPN and Univision: Greece - Nigeria at 10am and Argentina - South Korea at 7:30pm. On ESPN2 and Univision: France - Mexico at 2:30pm. All Times Eastern

Winning The First Game

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By Michael Lewis - PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA (Jun 16, 2010) US Soccer Players -- Ten National Teams must be feeling pretty good about themselves these days in South Africa. Why? They have a better than good chance of reaching the second round of the World Cup. South Korea, Argentina, Slovenia, Germany, Ghana, the Netherlands, Japan, Brazil, Chile and Switzerland posted wins in their first game, putting them in the drivers seat to play another match.

The World Cup Style Council

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With J Hutcherson -- Even after whatever that was Brazil did yesterday against North Korea I'm still more than willing to give this World Cup the benefit of the doubt. Considering that - except for one game - the first match day pairings weren't showing us the best any of the groups have to offer, it's not much of a stretch to think we have better games ahead.

Wednesday's TV

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The World Cup on ESPN and Univision: Honduras - Chile at 7:30am, Spain - Switzerland at 10am, and South Africa - Uruguay at 2:30pm. All Times Eastern

For The USA, Knowns And Unknowns Against Slovenia

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With J Hutcherson -- The United States got a lift yesterday when Tim Howard's status for Friday's game against Slovenia was made nice and official. He'll be available, meaning one less worry. And there are worries. The US goes from a high profile game against a team with a roster of players familiar to anybody who watches the Premier League to a game against a relatively unknown squad.

Tuesday's TV

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The World Cup on ESPN and Univision: New Zealand - Slovakia at 7:30am, Ivory Coast - Portugal at 10am, and Brazil - North Korea at 2:30pm. All Times Eastern

Pontius Is POTW

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In a week where only eight teams were in action due to the World Cup break, DC United midfielder Chris Pontius takes Major League Soccer Player of the Week honors with his two goals and an assist in the 3-2 win over Seattle. Pontius claims his first POTW award and the first for DC in 2010. 2010 MLS Player of the Week Winners Week 1: Javier Morales (Real Salt Lake) Week 2: Kenny Mansally (New.

American Fans Take The World Cup Public

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By Clemente Lisi - NEW YORK, NY (Jun 14, 2010) US Soccer Players -- World Cup fever has taken over America. The tournament may just be days old, but the excitement among American fans has already hit a climax. Helping to fuel the passion have been public gatherings, where throngs of fans of all nationalities have come together in a festive atmosphere to root for their favorite country.

Five Things From Group C

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With J Hutcherson -- No, we're not going to start with the goalkeeping gaffs that helped decide both games. Instead, let's look at what could carry over into match day two. Passing None of the Group C teams should be proud of their passing performances. All of them gave up space and snuffed out their own chances because the passes simply weren't connecting.

US Soccer Statement On Howard

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After a physical examination this morning, the medical staff has determined there is no need to conduct additional testing on Tim Howard. He continues to make substantial improvement and is expected to be available for the match against Slovenia.

American Fans Take The World Cup Public

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By Clemente Lisi - NEW YORK, NY (Jun 14, 2010) US Soccer Players -- World Cup fever has taken over America. The tournament may just be days old, but the excitement among American fans has already hit a climax. Helping to fuel the passion have been public gatherings, where throngs of fans of all nationalities have come together in a festive atmosphere to root for their favorite country.

Monday's TV

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ESPN and Univision have Holland - Denmark at 7:30am, Japan - Cameroon at 10am, and Italy - Paraguay at 2:30pm. All Times Eastern

WC: Algeria 0 - Slovenia 1

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Goalkeeping was once again at issue in Group C. Playing a man down after Abdelkader Ghezzal was sent off in the 74th minute, Algeria keeper Faouzi Chaouchi misplayed a shot from Robert Koren that bounced off of Chaouchi and into the back of the net. That 79th minute goal would be the difference in a game that won't be remembered for entertaining soccer.

Sunday's TV

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ABC and Univision have Germany - Australia at 2:30pm. ESPN and Univision have Algeria - Slovenia at 7:30pm and Serbia - Ghana at 10am. All Times Eastern

WC: England 1 - USA 1

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In what turned into the battle of the goalkeepers, the United States should be happy with the 1-1 result against England in Rustenburg on Saturday. After confusion in the US defense, Steven Gerrard made it 1-0 England just four minutes in. The United States would get that goal back in unusual circumstances.

Gaetjens

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The Daily: Run-Up Edition

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The time for talk is over -- from Soccernet's Jeff Carlisle: Turning this strategy into a winning formula is another matter, of course. Bradley's task just starting with rivalry -- from The NY Post's Jay Greenberg: "Bob understands that," the boss said. United States has respect to gain in World Cup match against overconfident England -- from The NY Daily News' Filip Bondy: It was a strange day, and an odder setting.

Bradley And Capello

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On Friday, US Soccer released the following quotes from United States coach Bob Bradley and England manager Fabio Capello. BOB BRADLEY: On whether keeping Wayne Rooney quiet tomorrow is a key to victory: "I would agree with that. I think he's such an important player in their team. He comes off a super season, so our ability to keep track of him and make it hard for him is a very important part of what.

Saturday's TV

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England - USA is on ABC and Univision at 2:30pm (ABC's pregame starts at 1:30pm). ESPN and Univision have South Korea - Greece at 7:30am and Argentina - Nigeria at 10am. All Times Eastern

Know Your History: The 1993 England Upset

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By Michael Lewis (JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA) -- In terms of classic U.S.-England confrontations, this one compared with Lexington, Concord, Yorktown and Belo Horizonte. While it was not put on the same scale as the Americans' upset of the British in the 1950 World Cup, their 2-0 win over England in Foxborough, Mass.

Scouting Report: England

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By Clemente Lisi - PHILADELPHIA, PA (Jun 11, 2010) US Soccer Players -- USA - England is one of the most-anticipated first round matches at the World Cup. When it comes to soccer, the Americans and the English are connected in many ways. A common language, the upset in 1950, the influx of American players in the Premiership over the last 15 years, and the English Premier League's popularity on this side of the pond.

It's England - USA

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With J Hutcherson -- There's a point that throwing everything into a World Cup opener won't produce the kind of surge of form that will carry a tam through the later rounds. For a case in point, see Republic, Czech against the United States in 2006. There's another point that says there's no such thing as an opening loss so bad that a team can't recover in a few days and give their next major.

KC And DC Win on Thursday

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Kansas City won a testy encounter with the Philadelphia Union at CommunityAmerica Ballpark on Thursday, beating them 2-0 with goals from Kei Kamara (9th) and Graham Zusi (35th). The game produced 7 cards, with Philadelphia's Michael Orozco getting an early exit after picking up double yellows in the 42nd minute.

Friday's TV

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ESPN, ESPN Deportes, and Univision have the World Cup: South Africa - Mexico at 10am and Uruguay - France at 2:30pm. All Times Eastern

10 Questions With... Luis Gil

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By Clemente Lisi - WASHINGTON, DC (Jun 10, 2010) US Soccer Players -- While most are focused on the World Cup and how the Americans will fare against England on Saturday, a future US star continues to train in this country in the hopes of playing at the next World Cup. Just 16, Luis Gil is the future of US soccer.

For The USA, Another Opportunity To Be Disruptive

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With J Hutcherson -- I'll start with a simple statement. On Saturday, it's about more than just stopping Rooney. Well duh. More to the point, the real goal for the United States against England is disrupting Rooney's service. Do that, and you've shut down more than just the normal focus point for England's attack.

Kljestan Leaves Chivas USA For Anderlecht

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United States National Team midfielder Sacha Kljestan has joined Anderlecht, according to a report on the Belgian club's official site. Kljestan has spent his entire career with Chivas USA, joining the club as a Generation adidas player in 2006. He is expected to be officially introduced as a member of Anderlecht later this week.

RSL Beats LA, Fire and Rapids Draw

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Real Salt Lake became the first team this season to defeat the Los Angeles Galaxy, beating them 1-0 at Rio Tinto Stadium. Javier Morales scored the game's only goal in the 79th minute, with both teams finishing with 4 shots on frame. In Chicago, the Fire and Rapids drew 2-2 with Colorado needing a late goal to split the points.

Thursday's TV

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Seattle - DC is live on ESN2 at 10pm. All Times Eastern

Operation Beat LA

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With J Hutcherson -- To Major League Soccer games tonight, both on DirectKick at 9pm ET. As usual when the Galaxy are involved, their game is the story. At Rio Tinto, Real Salt Lake gets their turn at what has become the early point of the 2010 MLS season, finally knocking off the Galaxy. They've got as good a shot as anybody.

Wednesday's TV

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No games today.

The US Keeping Corp

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With J Hutcherson -- Once upon a time, US National Team coach Bruce Arena was choosing between two great goalkeepers with different styles. Brad Friedel was an excellent team keeper, setting up his defense and making sure he was in position. For several years, there was a good argument that Kasey Keller was the best 1v1 keeper on the planet, capable of taking over a game from the goal line.

Howard And Dempsey On Facing England

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United States and Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard and US and Fulham midfielder Clint Dempsey spoke with US Soccer about preparing for England: Howard On what the team needs to improve on before facing England: "We can always get better at everything. I can't pinpoint just one thing, but things are starting to click.

Tuesday's TV

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ESPN Deportes has Portugal - Mozambique at 10:30am. ESPN2 and Deportes for Spain - Poland at 4pm. All Times Eastern

Shea Named POTW

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Dallas midfielder Brek Shea's two goals against San Jose won him Major League Soccer's Player of the Week award for Week 11. Shea scored in the 58th and 60th minutes for the 2-0 win at Pizza Hut Park. 2010 MLS Player of the Week Winners Week 1: Javier Morales (Real Salt Lake) Week 2: Kenny Mansally (New England Revolution) Week 3: Sebastien Le Toux (Philadelphia Union) Week 4: Edson Buddle (LA Galaxy) Week 5: Dwayne.

USA World Cup Preview

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By Clemente Lisi - PHILADELPHIA, PA (Jun 7, 2010) US Soccer Players -- It's been 60 years since the United States played England in the World Cup, and the US is looking for another win. That's the first story for this generation of National Team players, kicking off against England this Saturday at Royal Bafokeng Stadium Stadium.

USA World Cup Preview

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By Clemente Lisi - PHILADELPHIA, PA (Jun 7, 2010) US Soccer Players -- It's been 60 years since the United States played England in the World Cup, and the US is looking for another win. That's the first story for this generation of National Team players, kicking off against England this Saturday at Royal Bafokeng Stadium Stadium.

Win For The US, Trouble in San Jose And Houston

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With J Hutcherson -- It's hardly fair to go back and start comparing the strength of a lineup t what it could've been if a game had counted. The United States played Australia on Saturday in an environment that was odd for both teams, with lineups that were still not whole, and substitutions that probably wouldn't be made with points on the line.

Match Officials Named For USA - England

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FIFA announced the following officiating crew for the USA - England opener in Group C:Referee: Carlos SIMON (BRA) Assistant Referee 1: Altemir HAUSMANN (BRA) Assistant Referee 2: Roberto BRAATZ (BRA) Fourth Official: Eddy MAILLET (SEY) This is the third World Cup for Simon, who had England - Sweden in '02.

Monday's TV

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No games today.

MLS Week 11: Same Story Different Player For LA

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On a Saturday when Edson Buddle was scoring for the United States in South Africa alongside Landon Donovan, their Galaxy teammates were once again playing like the best team in Major League Soccer. Seattle also got a big win over New England. Toronto 0 - Kansas City 0 Toronto and the Wizards traded red cards, but neither of them could pick up a goal at BMO Field.

USA - Australia Highlights

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Sunday's TV

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No games today.

USA 3 - Australia 1

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The United States won their final warm-up game before the start of World Cup play with a strong performance from Edson Buddle at Ruimsig Stadium in Roodeport Stadium, South Africa. Buddle put the US up in the 4th minute, taking possession and beating Australia goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer from distance.

Saturday's TV

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USA - Australia is on ESPN2 and Galavision at 8:30am. Fox Soccer Channel has New York - Chivas USA at 7:30pm. Galavision has LA - Houston at 8pm. Holland - Hungary is on ESPN Deportes at 8am. All Times Eastern

Emerton Out Against USA

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Australia and Blackburn Rovers midfielder Brett Emerton will be held out of Saturday's friendly against the United States. Emerton is recovering from a calf injury, but is back training full-time. He was also held out of Australia's Tuesday friendly against Denmark.

For World Cup Scorers, It's An Age Question

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By Michael Lewis - NEW YORK, NY (Jun 4, 2010) US Soccer Players -- So, who will be the scoring stars of this World Cup? Well, if you go by history - the 18 previous World Cups - count on the likes of Brazilian Robinho (26), England's Wayne Rooney (24) or Argentina's Lionel Messi (23) to make an impact and fill the net.

Scouting Report: Australia

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By Clemente Lisi - PHILADELPHIA, PA (Jun 4, 2010) US Soccer Players -- The United States will cap their first week in South Africa with a final warm-up game. The opponent is Australia, one last test before their World Cup opener against England. The sides will meet Saturday at the 7,000-seat Ruimsig Stadium in Roodepoort, a suburb of Johannesburg.

Country Then Club

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With J Hutcherson -- Early tomorrow (8am - ESPN2) the relocated United States National Team gets a small stadium setting in South Africa to see what they can learn about this squad against Australia. As training exercises go, this one has some problems to solve. With the England defense once again in transition after the apparent loss of captain Rio Ferdinand to an elbow injury, the US should be trying to see what works with.

Friday's TV

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ESPN Deportes has France - China at noon. All Times Eastern

10 Questions With... Andreas Cantor

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By Clemente Lisi - EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (Jun 3, 2010) US Soccer Players -- A discussion about the World Cup would not be complete without mentioning Spanish-language broadcaster Andres Cantor. Born in Argentina, Cantor, who currently works for Spanish-language TV network Telemundo, is famous for his gut-busting play-by-play that reaches the "Gooooooaaaal!

Results On The Field

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With J Hutcherson -- Congratulations to DC United for taking full advantage of the ill-conceived Major League Soccer play-in tournament for the US Open Cup. United used their games to develop new players, work through some problems that hindered their League play, and use close to a first choice lineup to make sure they got through to the tournament proper.

US Open Cup: DC Knocks Off RSL

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It took overtime, but DC United advanced through the MLS Qualification mini-tournament with a 2-1 win over Real Salt Lake. Coming off their second MLS win on Saturday, United took a 74th minute lead through a Luciano Emilio penalty. RSL answered back from the penalty spot when Ryan Johnson scored in the 81st.

Wednesday Night MLS: A Win And A Draw

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New York 2 - Houston 1 The Houston Dynamo lost their second game in a row to an Eastern Conference opponent, and again the deciding goal happened in stoppage time. Sinisa Ubiparipovic put New York up in the 14th minute, and that lead held well into the second-half. Brain Ching equalized for Houston in the 64th, but it was Juan Pablo Angel spoiling the draw with a 94th minute goal from a free kick.

Thursday's TV

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ESPN Deportes has Spain - Korea at 11am. Mexico - Italy is on Telemundo at 1pm. GolTV for Germany - Bosnia at 2:30pm. All Times Eastern

Who We're Playing

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By Andrew Dixon - MIAMI, FL (Jun 2, 2010) US Soccer Players -- England England... England! England? Let's be honest, when the draw for the 2010 World Cup was revealed last December, that's what the majority of us saw. England. Finally we got a shot at England, the team we've secretly always wanted to play in a meaningful match.

At Stake In New York And San Jose

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With J Hutcherson -- Tonight's MLS games are regional and DirectKick only, and that's a shame considering both can provide quick answers to questions from Week 10. Namely, how quickly can Houston recover from losing at home to an expansion team and whether or not San Jose can cause enough problems for the no longer undefeated Columbus Crew.

Slovenia's 23

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Goalkeepers: Jasmin Handanovic (Mantova), Samir Handanovic (Udinese), Aleksander Seliga (Sparta Rotterdam) Defenders: Miso Brecko (Cologne), Bostjan Cesar (Grenoble), Elvedin Dzinic (Maribor), Suad Filekovic (Maribor), Bojan Jokic (Chievo), Branko Ilic (Locomotiv Moscow), Marko Suler (Ghent), Matej Mavric Rozic (Coblenz) Midfielders: Valter Birsa (Auxerre), Andraz Kirm (Wisla), Andrej Komac (Maccabi Tel Aviv), Robert Koren (West Bromwich), Rene Krhin (Inter Milan), Aleksander Radosavljevic (Larissa), Dalibor Stevanovic (Vitesse Arnhem) Forwards: Zlatko Dedic (Bochum), Zlatan Ljubijankic (Ghent), Tim Matavz (FC.

England's 23

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Goalkeepers: Joe Hart (Manchester City), David James (Portsmouth), Robert Green (West Ham). Defenders: Jamie Carragher (Liverpool), Ashley Cole (Chelsea), Rio Ferdinand (Manchester United), Glen Johnson (Liverpool), Ledley King (Tottenham), John Terry (Chelsea), Matthew Upson (West Ham), Stephen Warnock (Aston Villa).

Wednesday's TV

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Colombian soccer on GolTV: Junior - La Equidad at 8pm. All Times Eastern

Five Issues On World Cup Roster Reduction Day

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With J Hutcherson -- In honor of World Cup roster reduction day, let's look at five things in play as the 32 teams prepare for a march towards glory in South Africa. Put these in whatever order you like, and feel free to add your own. And yes, the only team-specific issue I'm including involves our English friends.

USA's World Cup Shirt Numbers

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With today the deadline for submitting the official 23-man roster, the United States National Team also submitted the shirt numbers the players will wear during the 2010 World Cup. 1 Tim Howard 2 Jonathan Spector 3 Carlos Bocanegra 4 Michael Bradley 5 Oguchi Onyewu 6 Steve Cherundolo 7 DaMarcus Beasley 8 Clint Dempsey 9 Herculez Gomez 10 Landon Donovan 11 Stuart Holden 12 Jonathan Bornstein 13 Ricardo Clark 14 Edson Buddle 15 Jay DeMerit 16.

Edu Talks Beckham

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In the sunup to the USA - England World Cup game on June 12th, US and Rangers midfielder told his club's official site that he wishes Beckham would be on the field in Rustenburg. "This is the World Cup so you want to test yourself and play against the very best. Beckham is that. I'm disappointed for him that he's going to miss out.