USSoccerPlayers Archives for January 2010

Ljungberg Moving To Chicago

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The day after signing their third designated player, Seattle is down to two. The Sounders have traded midfielder Freddie Ljungberg to the Chicago Fire for a conditional pick in the 2011 or 2012 SuperDraft. Ljungberg will be available on Sunday when the Fire face the LA Galaxy, and could join fellow designated player Nery Castillo in making his debut with the club.

What We're Watching: Saturday

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All 7 MLS games are regional/DirectKick only. GolTV has the Emirates Cup with Dominic Cervi's Celtic playing Lyon at 9:30am and Arsenal facing Oguchi Onyewu's Milan at 11:30am. ESPN Deportes has the Inter Milan - Manchester City friendly from Baltimore at 8pm. In Mexico, Galavision has Queretaro - Atlas at 6pm and TeleFutura has Santos Laguna - UNAM Pumas at 8pm.

USA Wins Milk Cup

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The United States Under-20 National Team beat hosts Northern Ireland 2-0 to win the 2010 Milk Cup's elite division on Friday. Gale Agbossoumonde opened the scoring for the United States and Juan Agudelo made it 2-0 in the 43rd. Agbossoumonde and Northern Ireland's Chris Hegarty were sent off in the 77th minute.

Chhetri Leaves For National Team Duty

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Sunil Chhetri will be joining India's National Team for the rest of the Major League Soccer season and through the 2011 Asian Cup. "I'm excited to be joining the National Team," Chhetri said in a press statement, "but I'll miss Kansas City. Everything was falling into place here, including the big win we just had against Manchester United.

Clash Of Styles Out West

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With J Hutcherson -- All 7 Major League Soccer games on Saturday will only be available locally or by subscription, so we don't get the national cable highlight game. That means missing Thierry Henry's competitive debut and the second week in a row Seattle can make a statement out West. It's that second game that's interesting.

Seattle Announces Third Designated Player

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Though it remains an open question as to how long, the Seattle Sounders now have three designated players. As rumors continue to swirl around the future of Freddie Ljungberg, Uruguayan National Team midfielder Alvaro Fernandez has joined the club. The 24-year-old veteran of the 2010 World Cup was most recently on loan from Nacional with Universidad of Chile.

What We're Watching: Friday

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Mexican League on Fox Sports en Espanol: Necaxa - Tigres at 9pm ET.

10 Questions With... Roberto Mancini

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By Clemente Lisi - NEW YORK, NY (Jul 29, 2010) US Soccer Players -- There are signs of summer at every turn. Rising temperatures and crowded beaches are two signs of this very hot summer. For soccer fans, the clearest sign is the sight of barnstorming European clubs in the midst of preseason preparations playing friendlies on US soil.

All-Stars And Champions

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With J Hutcherson -- For me, the big takeaway moment from last night's All-Star Game was whether it was Javier ‘Chicharito' Hernandez getting his debut with Manchester United or Landon Donovan entering the game in the 63rd minute that got the biggest response from the Reliant Stadium crowd. Pick one, because the bigger point still holds.

CCL: Seattle 1 - Isidro Metapan 0

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Seattle will take a one goal lead into the away leg against Metapan in their CONCACAF Champions League playoff series. Fredy Montero scored the game's only goal in the 60th minute on Wednesday night at Qwest Field. Montero's goal came just after being subbed in for Nate Jaqua, beating Misael Alfaro from distance.

MLS All-Stars 2 Manchester United 5

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70,728 at Houston's Reliant Stadium saw the MLS All-Stars lose to Manchester United on Wednesday night. A record attendance for a soccer game at a venue normally associated with USA - Mexico games, United got the big stage for their new signing Mexican international Javier ‘Chicharito' Hernandez. Even with the level of opposition, one of the biggest noises of the night was for Landon Donovan, who came on in the 74th minute.

USA Makes Milk Cup Final

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The United States will play hosts Northern Ireland in the final of the 2010 Milk Cup after beating Denmark 3-2. Adrian Rueglas opened the scoring with Faud Ibrahim following. It would be Rueglas again minutes from time to give the US the late winner.

Braga 3 - Celtic 0

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Dominic Cervi was on the bench as Celtic's future in the 2010-11 Champions League looks bleak. They lost the away leg of their qualifying series with Braga 3-0 at the Estadio Municipal de Braga. Alan converted a 26th minute penalty to open the scoring, Uwa Echiejile made it 2-0 in the 76th, and 66th minute substitute Matheus finished off the scoring in the 89th.

Thursday's TV

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No games today in the What We're Watching category.

At Stake In Seattle

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By Michael Lewis - NEW YORK, NY (Jul 28, 2010) US Soccer Players -- In 2001, the Los Angeles Galaxy, coach Sigi Schmid and a young midfielder named Peter Vagenas thought they had reached the summit of international club soccer by becoming the first US pro team to reach the FIFA Club World Championship in Brazil.

The 24 Hour Turnaround

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With J Hutcherson -- What to make of the Galaxy's 4-1 loss to Puerto Rico in the CONCACAF Champions League qualifiers? If you're another Major League Soccer club, you would need a replay of the roster decisions that put that version of the Galaxy on the field. Only Puerto Rico is likely to see that again with the Galaxy working through a crowded schedule the week of their second leg in Bayamon, Puerto Rico.

CCL: Galaxy Sets Up Tough Away Date, Toronto Wins

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To say that the first-leg of the Los Angeles Galaxy - Puerto Rico Islanders CONCACAF Champions League playoff series did not run to form on Tuesday night at the Home Depot Center is a bit of an understatement. The Galaxy lost 4-1, with the Islanders scoring all five goals. Puerto Rico was up in the 26th minute through David Foley and had a 2-0 lead going into the half when Nicolas Addlery scored.

Mexico's Coaching Situation

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With Justino Compean elected to a second four year term as the president of the Mexican Football Federation, who will be Mexico's next National Team coach remains an open question. The FMF board has announced that Cruz Azul's Enrique Meza will be coaching the team against Spain on August 11th at Azteca Stadium.

What We're Watching: Wednesday

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The MLS All-Star Game is on ESPN2 at 8:30pm. Seattle plays Metapan in the CONCACAF Champions League at 10pm on Fox Soccer Channel. All Times Eastern

Kljestan Scores In Champions League Debut

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Following his Super Cup goal for new club Anderlecht, Sacha Kljestan has now scored in his first opportunity in Champions League play. It took 7 minutes. Kljestan had the opening goal in Anderlecht's 3-1 Third Round Qualifying win over The New Saints on Tuesday. Jonathan Legear made it 2-0 in the 18th before the Welsh club pulled a goal back at the 2,000-capacity Park Hall.

MLS Names Final All-Stars

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After naming the starting XI voted on by fans, media, and League personnel, the rest of the roster picked by coach Bruce Arena, and the Commissioner's two picks, and the non-playing roster, MLS has added 7 more inactive All-Stars. Conor Casey, Kasey Keller, Joel Lindpere, Freddie Ljungberg, Fredy Montero, Jimmy Nielsen, and Robbie Rogers are your remaining All-Stars, bringing the total to 32.

MLS Vs The World

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By Clemente Lisi - HARRISON, NJ (Jul 27, 2010) US Soccer Players -- When the MLS All-Stars take on Manchester United Wednesday night at Houston's Reliant Stadium, Landon Donovan and the rest of the league's best players will give it their all against the English Premier League powerhouse. After all, they have a record to maintain.

Cherundolo Named Hannover 96 Captain

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United States National Team player takes the captain's armband at Hannover 96. Cherundolo has previously served as vice-captain. He replaces Hanno Ballitsch who transferred to Bayer Leverkusen.

Playing In CONCACAF

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With J Hutcherson -- It's Champions League qualifying Tuesday, CONCACAF edition. If that's not enough to get you excited, we get a chance to see the Los Angeles Galaxy show they can play on an international stage against... well, it's the Puerto Rico Islanders (10pm ET - FSC) over two games. Galaxy forward Landon Donovan has already floated the idea that this just might be the Galaxy's tournament to win.

Brazil Announces Friendly Squad

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In what shouldn't come as much of a surprise after their early World Cup exit, Brazil will be bringing a revamped squad to face the USA at New Giants Stadium on August 10th. Only 4 players are holdovers from the World Cup roster. The United States is expected to make its roster announcement early next week.

Milk Cup: USA 1 - China 0

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On the same day Major League Soccer announced he is joining the League, Omar Salgado got the game's only goal for the USA Under-20 National Team's win over China at the Milk Cup in Northern Ireland. Salgado signs with MLS as a Generation adidas player and will be allocated to a team in January. He joins the League from Chivas and is expected to be loaned to a lower division team for the rest of.

Orebro SK 3 - Elfsborg 0

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Alejandro Bedoya got the start and went the distance for Orebro in front of 10,032 at the Behrn Arena on Monday. After subbing on Astrit Ajdarevic in the 23rd minute, he became the hero scoring in the 44th and 56th minutes. Ajdarevic would sub out in the 75th, with Samuel Wowoah scoring Orebro's third goal in the 81st.

What We're Watching: Tuesday

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CONCACAF Champions League on Fox Soccer Channel: Toronto - Montagua at 8pm and Los Angeles - Puerto Rico at 10pm ET.

Mapp Joins Philadelphia

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Justin Mapp is now a member of the Philadelphia Union, with Philadelphia trading allocation money to the Chicago Fire. Mapp is a 9 year MLS veteran with 8 National Team caps.

MLS Week 17: Again With The Friendlies

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We get another incomplete week with clubs taking the Euro option. Meanwhile, with the games that count there was little movement in the West on Saturday courtesy of two draws and Columbus getting a big home win over Houston. Toronto 1 - Dallas 1 Most people in Major League Soccer know better than t go into BMO Field and expect three points.

Zukuani Named POTW

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Steve Zakuani's Sunday night heroics for Seattle won him Major League Soccer's Player of the Week award for Week 17. Zakuani had both goals in the 2-1 win over Colorado at Qwest Field.

American Abroad: Big Debut For Kljestan

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Anderlecht 1 - KAA Gent 0 Sacha Kljestan made his debut for Anderlecht in the Belgian Super Cup on Sunday. Kljestan started for his new club, with Cheikhou Kouyate getting the game's only goal in the 30th minute. This is the 9th time Anderlecht have won the Super Cup, with the league champion facing the Belgian Cup winner.

Monday's TV

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No games today.

American Abroad Update: Pachuca Opens With Win

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Both of Pachuca's Americans got time in their 3-0 win over Club America to open their Apertura schedule. Jose Francisco Torres got the start and Herculez Gomez was a 58th minute substitute. Club America put the ball in the back of their own net to open the scoring in the 13th minute. Edgar Benitez converted a penalty to make it 2-0 in the 40th, and it was Benitez again in the 54th.

What We're Watching: Sunday

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Telemundo has UNAM Pumas - Toluca at 1pm. Toluca is the favorite in Group 2, home to Pachuca and San Luis. Azteca and Fox Sports en Espanol have Morelia - Atlas at 1pm. The Barclays New York Challenge is on Fox Soccer Channel, with Spurs - Sporting Lisbon at 1pm and New York - Manchester City at 3pm.

What We're Watching: Saturday

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Mexican League with Jose Francisco Torres and Herculez Gomez's Pachuca in action against Club America at 8pm on Telefutura. Edgar Castillo's San Luis is also on TeleFutura, playing Monterrey at 10pm. Azteca and ESPN Deportes have Jauguares - Necaxa at 6pm. On Telemundo: Chivas - Puebla at 8pm and Atlante - Santos Laguna at 10pm.

What You Need To Know: Pachuca

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CONCACAF's Club World Cup representatives feature two Americans, old hand Jose Francisco Torres and new arrival . Both were part of the United States World Cup squad in South Africa. Though MLS fans might be discounting their chances in the 2010 Apertura, they're contenders not only in their group but for the title.

Another Summer Of Club Friendlies

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By Michael Lewis - NEW YORK, NY (Jul 23rd, 2010) US Soccer Players -- It's that time of the year again, soccer fans. The magical months when our great soccer land is taken over by the British/Euro Invasion, also known as the touring club schedule. International friendlies are coming out of the wazoo.

Henry Takes The Arena Stage

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By Clemente Lisi - HARRISON, NJ (Jul 23, 2010) US Soccer Players -- If there was any doubt about the skill and value Thierry Henry could bring to a team like the New York Red Bulls, it was put to rest on Thursday night against touring English Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur. On a sweltering summer evening, New York-area soccer fans were treated to a taste of the beautiful game played at a very high.

Ralston Joins Houston Staff

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As expected, Steve Ralston is now an assistant coach with the Houston Dynamo. Ralston retired as a member of the New England Revolution on Tuesday. Ralston takes the spot vacated by John Spencer, who is heavily rumored to be the next coach of the Portland Timbers. "He's been a fantastic player over the years," Houston coach Dominic Kinnear said.

Telling Game On Sunday

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With J Hutcherson -- In another weekend of international exhibitions highlighting the Major League Soccer schedule, we get four games that count. Fortunately, the best of the bunch is available nationally. Seattle hosts Colorado at 10:30pm ET on Fox Soccer Channel, with another opportunity to try to figure out the Rapids.

LA 2 - San Jose 2

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San Jose came very close to beating the League leading Galaxy at the Home Depot Center on Thursday night. The Earthquakes took the lead two minutes in through newly-named All-Star Bobby Convey, and held it into halftime. LA equalized in the 58th when Edson Buddle scored his 12th goal of the season, but San Jose took the lead back in the 71st when Brandon McDonald scored.

Designated Player Poll

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What We're Watching: Friday

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No games involving US players or American teams today, but Fox Soccer Channel has the Manchester City - Sporting Lisbon Barclays New York Challenge game at 8:30pm ET.

10 Questions With... Keith Tozer

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By Clemente Lisi - NEW YORK, NY (Jul 22, 2010) US Soccer Players -- With an astonishing 617-382 record, Keith Tozer is the most successful coach in North American indoor soccer history. Tozer, who has served as a head coach for the past 26 years, has called Milwaukee home for 18 of them. As coach and vice-president of team operations for the Milwaukee Wave, Tozer, 53, guided the franchise to titles in 1998, 2000, 2001.

Convey Replaces Bornstein On All-Stars

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With Chivas USA defender Jonathan Bornstein out with an injury, San Jose Earthquakes midfielder Bobby Convey has been named to the MLS All-Stars. Convey becomes the first Earthquake to make the squad since the team rejoined the League in 2008. He made two All-Star teams as a member of DC United in 2001 and 2004.

Playing Away In The Open Cup

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With J Hutcherson -- Continuing from yesterday's bit on DC United and the US Open Cup, our heroes are now all set to make it to the finals without playing an away game. And no, using alternative venues for games they're hosting doesn't count. After stops at George Mason and the SoccerPlex, DC is returning to RFK for their semifinal date with Columbus.

Wednesdays Exhibitions

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Toronto 1 – Bolton 1 (3-4 on penalties) Stuart Holden was a 61st minute substitute in Bolton's draw with Toronto at BMO Field. On a night when Toronto decided to see how deep their bench was, they fell behind to a 28th minute Matt Taylor goal. Maicon Santos brought Toronto level in first-half stoppage time, finishing of a Mista cross.

SuperLiga Group A Ends

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Dominic Oduro was the difference for Group A winners Houston, scoring in their 1-0 win over Puebla Wednesday night at Robertson Stadium. Houston scored on their only shot on goal and needed one save from keeper Tally Hall for the shutout. Both teams would end with nine men on the field. Houston's Danny Cruz was sent off in the 77th.

Open Cup: United Advances

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DC United will face Columbus in the semifinals of the US Open Cup after beating the Harrisburg City Islanders 2-0 at the Maryland SoccerPlex on Wednesday night. Branko Boskovic had United up within a minute and Thabiso Khumalo finished off the scoring in the 47th. Harrisburg defender Tyler Ruthven was sent off in the 75th minute.

Chivas USA Gets Zizzo Allocation

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Sal Zizzo is set to become a member of Chivas USA. The former Hannover 96 midfielder signed with Major League Soccer and was allocated through a lottery on Wednesday.

What We're Watching: Thursday

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Fox Soccer Channel has New York - Spurs at 8:30pm. San Jose - LA is on ESPN2 at 10:30pm. All Times Eastern

Ralston Sets A Standard

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With J Hutcherson -- First off, the best compliment to give Steve Ralston as he exits Major League Soccer is that for most of his career he was a player that would have made any team in MLS better. It's not just his ironman streak that means he exits as the all time games played leader in American professional soccer with 412 or his career leading 135 assists.

Rose Bowl Gets 2011 Gold Cup Final

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The Rose Bowl will host the final of the 2011 Gold Cup on June 25th, CONCACAF announced on Wednesday. The 2011 Gold Cup determines what CONCACAF tam will play in the 2013 Confederations Cup. "We are very excited to return to the Rose Bowl to crown our region's champion. The Gold Cup has grown dramatically over the past 20 years and the Rose Bowl remains a fantastic venue to celebrate our final," CONCACAF General Secretary.

SuperLiga: Ralston Retires

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The big moment in tonight's SuperLiga ended up anticlimactic. What was supposed to be midfielder Steve Ralston's last game before announcing his retirement ended up a literal retirement announcement. Ralston was unable to take the field due to not being included on the Revolution's official roster. His teammates got the win, beating Morelia 1-0 on a 62nd minute Marko Perovic goal.

What We're Watching: Wednesday

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Philadelphia - Manchester United is on ESPN2 at 7:30pm. SuperLiga on TeleFutura: Houston - Puebla at 7pm and on Galavision: Chivas USA - Pachuca at 10:30pm. Dominic Cervi and Celtic play Sporting Lisbon at 8pm on Fox Soccer Channel. All Times Eastern

MLS Sets Up Another All-Star Moment

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With J Hutcherson -- Credit Major League Soccer for leaving themselves an out. Alongside the LA contingent having a CONCACAF Champions League game just two days prior to the MLS All-Star Game, LA coach Bruce Arena's roster isn't exactly the strongest the League could provide. Against a mix of Manchester United's reserves and regulars, that might not be a problem.

Bornstein Announces Tigres Move

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United States National Team and Chivas USA defender Jonathan Bornstein will be joining Tigres for the Clausura season in January, 2010. Bornstein has signed a pre-contract with Tigres. "First and foremost, I remain focused on finishing this season with Chivas USA," Bornstein said in a press release. "There is a lot we can accomplish, from SuperLiga this week to the Open Cup semifinals in September, getting into the playoffs and making a run at MLS.

Rongen Announces Milk Club Roster

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United States Under-20 National Team coach Thomas Rongen has named 18 players to his squad that will play in the Milk Cup later this month in Northern Ireland. The USA faces China on July 26th and Denmark on July 28th. Mexico, Japan, and hosts Northern Ireland are also competing in the tournament. GOALKEEPERS (2): Samir Badr (F.

Seattle 1 - Celtic 2

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Dominic Cervi got another start in goal for Celtic and this time that came along with the win. Celtic beat the Sounders 2-1 in front of 45,631 at Qwest Field. Georgios Samaras opened the scoring in the 32nd from the penalty spot, and Patrick McCourt made it 2-0 in the 64th. Seattle got their goal when David Estradas scored in the 66th.

What We're Watching: Tuesday

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SuperLiga on TeleFutura: New England - Morelia at 8pm and on Galavision: Chicago - UNAM Pumas at 9:30pm. All Times Eastern

Le Toux Wins POTW

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Philadelphia forward Sebastien Le Toux is Major League Soccer's Player of the Week for Week 16. Le Toux converted the stoppage time penalty that was the difference in the Union's 2-1 win over Toronto. He also won the Player of the Week award for Week 3. 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.

All-Stars Announced

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Major League Soccer All-Star coach Bruce Arena announced the rest of the 2010 MLS All-Star squad that will play Manchester United at Houston's Reliant Stadium on July 28th. Joining the First XI are: GK: Nick Rimando DEF: Kevin Alston, Jonathan Bornstein, Wilman Conde, Heath Pearce MID: Brad Davis, David Ferreira, Shalrie Joseph, Jeff Larentowicz FOR: Sebastien LeToux, Juan Pablo Angel Forwards Jaime Moreno and Brian Ching were added as the two Commissioner's picks.

Money And Certification

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With J Hutcherson -- Back on the Ronaldinho beat, since he's a player still under contract that could become Major League Soccer's worst nightmare. Not only would they actually have to pay a transfer fee for his services, but a big one. With the Thierry Henry scenario, the League followed it's normal operating procedure.

SuperLiga: Houston Draws With Chivas USA

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In front of just over 5,000 fans at Robertson Stadium, a mix of regulars and reserves had Houston in the lead 6 minutes in when Lovel Palmer scored. Chivas USA needed 65 minutes to get that goal back, with Jesus Padilla equalizing in the 71st. Though Houston outshot Chivas USA 16 to 6, they only put 4 of those on frame to Chivas USA's 3.

Goodson Scores For Start

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With the Scandinavian leagues in action over the weekend, Clarence Goodson scored in the 4th minute for IK Start's 1-0 win over Aalesund in Norway's Tippeligaen. Fellow US national Hunter Freeman had the assist on the goal, with both players going the full 90 for Start. Freeman was also yellow carded in the game.

MLS Week 16: League Interrupted

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With several League teams out of action for exhibition and SuperLiga competition, five games were on the schedule. Columbus overcame a midweek upset by adding points to the top of the table at the direct expense of New York. Meanwhile, at Pizza Hut Park, Dallas got a big win over Real Salt Lake and DC United honored one of the best players in Major League Soccer's history by adding Eddie Pope to their Hall of.

Monday's TV

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No games today.

SuperLiga: Revs Advance, Chicago Exits

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Losing their opener 5-1 turned the second game of the 2010 SuperLiga into a crucial one for Chicago on Saturday night at Toyota Park, but it was New England taking the game 1-0. Marko Perovic had the game's only goal in the 77th minute. "As soon as you lose the ball, you try to get the ball back," Revs forward Kheli Dube said about his defensive pressure that setup Perovic's goal.

Castillo Joins Chicago

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Nery Castillo is now a member of the Chicago Fire. The club used a designated player slot to sign the Mexican National Team veteran on loan from Shakhtar Donetsk. The deal includes an option for Major League Soccer to make the loan permanent. "I'm very happy to be joining the Fire, which is a club that I feel embodies the same values that I have as a player," Castillo said.

What We're Watching: Sunday

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Seattle - Celtic is on ESPN at 3pm. Fox Soccer Channel has DC - LA at 7:30pm. SuperLiga on TeleFutura: Houston - Chivas USA at 8pm and Pachuca - Puebla at 10:30pm. All Times Eastern

What We're Watching: Saturday

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San Jose - Tottenham is on ESPN at 4pm. SuperLiga on TeleFutura: Chicago - New England at 7pm and Morelia - UNAM Pumas at 9:30pm. All Times Eastern

Emilio Leaves DC

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For the second time, Luciano Emilio is no longer a member of DC United. The club announced on Friday that an option that would have kept him with DC wasn't picked up. The 31-year-old rejoined United after spending time with Rio Branca in Brazil's second division. He was with United from 2007-09, scoring 41 times in 83 appearances.

Bocanegra Switches Ligue 1 Clubs

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United States National Team captain Carlos Bocanegra will be joining Saint Etienne after completing a transfer from Rennes. The transfer fee was reportedly a little over $600,000 dollars. Bocanegra joined Rennes from Fulham for the 2008-09 season and had 64 appearances and two goals.

New York And The Elite Soccer Player

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By Michael Lewis - HARRISON, NJ (Jul 16, 2010) US Soccer Players -- The names line up like a who's who of soccer greats in the past 20 years or so. They are the Chosen Ones. Roberto Donadoni Branco Lothar Mattaheus Youri Djorkaeff An Italian, Brazilian, German and French. Except for Donadoni, all were World Cup champions.

The Galaxy Could Be Expanding

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With J Hutcherson -- Leave it to the Los Angeles Galaxy to take New York signing Thierry Henry as a push that requires them to push back. If rumors prove accurate, that push back will be Ronaldinho, joining the Galaxy from Milan. And considering that just like with the run-up to the Henry signing that rumor is coming from someone with an ownership stake in an MLS club, well let's just say it's in the.

DC 0 - Seattle 1

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Roger Levesque's 89th minute goal made the SportsCenter highlights, and it was the difference with Seattle winning again at RFK Stadium. With designated player Freddie Ljungberg absent due to injury, Seattle coach Sigi Schmid once again went with an altered lineup. This time, it was worth three points.

SuperLiga: Another Split For MLS

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Houston won their SuperLiga opener on Thursday, beating Pachuca 2-1 at Robertson stadium. Joseph Ngwenya opened the scoring in the 19th minute. Jose Francisco Torres found Damian Manso for the equalizer in the 51st, and fellow US National Team player Herculez Gomez subbed in for Pachuca in the 57th. But it would be Houston getting the late winner, with Ngwenya scoring again in the 85th.

What We're Watching: Friday

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Manchester United - Celtic from Toronto is on ESPN2 at 7pm ET.

Namoff Joins DC's Technical Staff

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DC United has announced that defender Bryan Namoff has "suspended his playing career" to join the club's technical staff. Namoff will assist with scouting, youth development and camp programming and "will also assist the front office in other business development opportunities." Namoff has one cap with the United States National Team, playing in the 3-1 win over Denmark on January 20th.

10 Questions With... Romario

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By Clemente Lisi - SANDTON, SOUTH AFRICA (Jul 15, 2010) US Soccer Players -- The 2010 World Cup may have ended less than a week ago, but preparations for the next tournament are well underway. The next World Cup will be hosted by Brazil and the organizing committee sent a delegation to South Africa in order to promote the tournament, which opens on June 13, 2014.

The Transition Game Tonight In DC

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With J Hutcherson -- It's hard to get a big picture angle on tonight's DC - Seattle game (ESPN2 - 8pm ET). We already know that both of these teams have underachieved so far this season, with Seattle seemingly intent on creating multiple crises within their own locker room and DC very happy to be drawing games rather than losing.

Philadelphia 1 - Celtic 0

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Celtic's preseason tour opened with a loss on Wednesday night, but Dominic Cervi got 90 minutes of work for the visitors at PPL Stadium. With Celtic in the midst of goalkeeping issues after transferring their #1 keeper Artur Boruc to Fiorentina shortly before the club left for their North American tour, Cervi got the opportunity in goal.

National Team Wins Best Moment ESPY

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The United States National Team won the Best Moment ESPY Award on Wednesday night. Landon Donovan also won individual ESPY's for Castrol Performance Under Pressure and Best MLS Player.

SuperLiga: Revs Win, But A Tough Night For Chicago

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The New England Revolution opened their 2010 SuperLiga campaign with a 1-0 win over UNAM Pumas in front of an announced crowd of 7,201 at Gillette Stadium. Zack Schilawski scored the game's only goal in the 18th minute. Revolution backup keeper Bobby Shuttleworth picked up the shutout with 6 saves. It was a different story for Chicago.

Columbus 0 Kansas City 1

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Teal Bunbury's 14th minute goal was the difference, with Kansas City upsetting Columbus at Crew Stadium. Jimmy Nielsen picked up the shutout in a game where Columbus lead on shots on goal 6 to 2 and on corners 8 to 1. The Wizards play Colorado at Dick's Sporting Goods Park on Saturday, while Columbus hosts New York in the second of a 3-game home stand.

Johnson Scores In Pre-Season

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Eddie Johnson got an early highlight on his return to Fulham after his loan spell with Aris in the Greek League, scoring in a friendly against Brentford. Fulham won 5-0 with Johnson's goal coming in the 49th minute to give the club a 4-0 lead. Johnson started and played 79 minutes.

What We're Watching: Thursday

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MLS on ESPN2: DC - Seattle at 8pm. SuperLiga on TeleFutura: Houston - Pachuca at 8pm and on Galavision: Chivas USA - Puebla at 10:30pm. All Times Eastern

SuperLiga Returns

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With J Hutcherson -- Hey look, it's Major League Soccer's answer to the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup, the SuperLiga. Yes, this tournament starts tonight, and yes it really is in its fourth year. For those of you otherwise occupied in the run-up, we get Chicago, Chivas USA, Houston, and New England representing MLS and Morelia, Pachuca, Puebla, and UNAM Pumas representing the Mexican League.

Henry Joins Red Bulls

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France National Team forward Thierry Henry is now officially a member of the New York Red Bulls. The club announced that Henry has signed a "multi-year" contract and will likely play against Spurs in their July 22nd friendly. "This marks an exciting new chapter in my career and life," Henry said. "It is an honor to play for the New York Red Bulls.

July 2010 FIFA Rankings

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The United States moved up a spot to 13th in the July 2010 FIFA Rankings released on Wednesday. The US gained 12 points during the rankings period that included the Australia friendly and the World Cup. They are tied with Serbia at 969 points. Mexico dropped seven slots to 24th. TOP TWENTY

Houston Drops Landin, Spencer Resigns

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Designated player Luis Angel Landin is no longer a member of the Houston Dynamo. Landin has been with Houston since August of 2009, scoring twice in 20 games. "We are sorry things didn't work out with Luis Landín," Dynamo COO Chris Canetti said. "Our hopes and expectations for this signing were never met.

Wednesday's TV

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No games today.

MLS Announces All-Stars

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Major League Soccer announced the starting XI for the 2010 All-Star team. The MLS All-Stars face Manchester United on July 28th at Houston's Reliant Stadium. The First XI was determined by vote, with fans holding 25% of the total. The remaining 75% was split between players, coaches/GM's, and the media.

The MLS Window

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With J Hutcherson -- You have to wonder what the coaches are thinking as Major League Soccer enters their version of the transfer window. With MLS normally unwilling to pay a transfer fee, teams rely on free transfers and trades to try to remake their squads. Even the stable clubs that have already seen success this season have to be aware of what other clubs might do.

Opportunity For Cervi?

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Dominic Cervi's chances at cracking the Celtic starting lineup might have improved. Starting keeper Artur Boruc was with the team waiting on a flight to Philadelphia where they play the Union on the 15th when his transfer to Serie A club Fiorentina was made official. Boruc left for his new club, opening up the starting job at Celtic.

Chivas USA Signings Become Official

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Former Chivas USA midfielder Paulo Nagamura has officially returned to the club alongside forward Giancarlo Maldonado. The two players were introduced to the media on Monday. Nagamura spent the Clausura season with Tigres in the Mexican League. Maldonado is a Venezuelan National Team player who was last played with Atlante.

USA Finishes 12th In World Cup

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FIFA has announced the post-tournament rankings, with the United States in 12th after winning their group and exiting in the knockout round. England finished 13th and Mexico finished 14th. 2006 winners Italy are 26th, with '06 runners-up France in 29th. FIFA World Cup Finishes 1. Spain 2. Holland 3. Germany 4.

Tuesday's TV

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No games today.

Braun Wins POTW

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Chivas USA forward Justin Braun scored both goals in the win over Kansas City, and that was enough for Player of the Week honors. This is Braun's first Player of the Week award in his three seasons as an MLS player. 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).

World Cup Wrap-Up

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By Clemente Lisi - JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA (Jul 12, 2010) US Soccer Players -- If there's such a thing as a soccer hangover, a lot of us should be feeling it. After 31 days filled with 64 intoxicating games that included story lines and subplots that make covering this traveling circus one of the best assignments in the World, we say goodbye to South Africa and the 2010 World Cup.

Red Bulls Designate Difference

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With J Hutcherson -- First off, let's go ahead and save ourselves the trouble of trying to pretend that Thierry Henry and potentially Rafa Marquez won't significantly upgrade the New York Red Bulls. We all know that downplaying big name players goes back to the beginnings of Major League Soccer, especially when we can point to teams that win without the major outlay.

MLS Week 15: LA Slips

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Nobody should've been predicting New England taking three points off of the LA Galaxy, but they did just that with a home shutout. Philadelphia didn't have as much luck at home, dropping a game late to the San Jose Earthquakes. New York was also unable to fully capitalize on home field, playing DC to a scoreless draw.

Monday's TV

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No games today.

Sunday's TV

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ABC and Univision have the World Cup final: Holland - Spain at 2:30pm ET.

Holland Looks To The US Against Spain

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By Clemente Lisi - JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA (Jul 10, 2010) US Soccer Players -- A first-time World Cup champion will be crowned Sunday at Soccer City Stadium and the Netherlands hopes to defeat Spain with some help from the United States. Spain, the pre-tournament favorites to reach the final, have lost only twice since November 2006.

Saturday's TV

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World Cup 3rd-place on ABC and Univision: Uruguay - Germany at 2:30pm. Philadelphia - San Jose is on Fox Soccer Channel at 6pm. FSC also has Club America - Cruz Azul at 10pm. All Times Eastern

Foreign Or Domestic?

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By Michael Lewis - JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA -- As US Soccer Federation president Sunil Gulati ponders the future of the National Team and who should be in charge, here's some food for thought. Does foreign aid help at the World Cup? Well, the answer is yes and no. If you're a smaller in soccer terms country and need to be taken to the next level, you can bring in a coach from Europe or South.

USA Support Still Strong In South Africa

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By Clemente Lisi - DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA (Jul 9, 2010) US Soccer Players -- As 62,000 fans streamed out of Moses Mabhida Stadium on a hot and sticky night following Spain's historic 1-0 win over Germany in the World Cup semifinals on Wednesday, a group of 50 fans gathered outside and slowly made their way onto a waiting charter bus.

San Jose Takes The New Home Tour

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With J Hutcherson -- Philadelphia hosting San Jose on Saturday gets the national cable treatment (6pm - FSC) in a weekend where most will be focused on that other competition coming to its conclusion in Johannesburg on Sunday. Hey, at least MLS isn't trying to go head-to-head with the World Cup finals.

RSL Beats Chicago

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Real Salt Lake extended their undefeated streak on Thursday night, beating Chicago 1-0 at Toyota Park. The game's only goal was a 39th minute penalty converted by Robbie Findley. Chicago dominated corners 10 to 1 but couldn't convert that into a goal. Nick RImando needed 4 saves for the shutout. He's currently gone 498 minutes without giving up a goal.

Friday's TV

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No games today.

10 Questions With... Eusebio

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By Clemente Lisi - CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA (Jul 7, 2010) US Soccer Players -- Portuguese scoring legend Eusebio is still hassled for autographs at the World Cup, even though he hasn't played in one since 1966. Like Pele, he is one of the greatest to ever play the game. And also like the Brazilian legend, Eusebio came to North America in 1975 to play in the North American Soccer League as part of a.

Chicago's Real Problem

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With J Hutcherson -- We know a few things coming into tonight's game between Chicago and Salt Lake (9:30pm ET - ESPN2). Chicago is missing players while trying to prop up a home field advantage and Salt Lake needs to show they can get results on the road. Chicago has 2 wins at home with 1 loss and 3 draws.

Open Cup: Seattle Beats LA

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The Seattle Sounders advanced to the semifinals of the US Open Cup on Wednesday, beating the Los Angeles Galaxy 2-0 in Tukwila, WA. Nate Jaqua got both goals, scoring in the 50th and 62nd minutes. Both teams opted for transitional lineups, with both starting their backup goalkeepers. LA keeper Josh Saunders saw the bulk of the action, making 5 saves.

Thursday's TV

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Chicago - Salt Lake is on ESPN2 at 9:30pm ET.

Open Cup: Columbus And Chivas USA Advance

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Charleston got another long road trip, but this time it was the MLS host taking advantage. Columbus went with the transitional lineup and it worked. Emilio Renteria put them up from the penalty spot in the 38th with Steven Lenhart (70th) and Eddie Gaven (87th) finishing off the scoring. Charleston finished with no shots on goal from 7 taken, giving Crew keeper Andy Gruenebaum an easy night.

Red Bulls Still Building For The Good Of MLS

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With J Hutcherson -- Let's take the club-produced rumors about a designated player signing for the New York Red Bulls and ask a very simple question. Will it make an immediate impact in a weak Eastern Conference? This isn't the National Basketball Association style fun and games where multiple free agent scenarios have a lucky team turning into the best that league has to offer.

Wednesday's TV

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World Cup semifinals on ESPN and Univision: Germany - Spain at 2:30pm ET.

What LA Really Means

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With J Hutcherson -- There's an easy explanation for why the Seattle Sounders look like an expansion team in their second season in Major League Soccer rather than the first. Parity, or at least that peculiar MLS version circa 2009. The season of ties made a lot of teams look better than they probably were, and the Sounders were one of the beneficiaries.

Tuesday's TV

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World Cup semifinals on ESPN and Univision: Uruguay - Holland at 2:30pm ET.

North And South

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By Clemente Lisi - JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA (Jul 5, 2010) US Soccer Players -- The English may have invented the modern game of soccer – and with its vast empire exported it across the globe over a century ago - but when it comes to the sport in South Africa, it has some very American roots. While the game may have toiled in relative obscurity in the USA following the collapse of the North American.

MLS Week 14: Three Draws, Three Wins

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Three of the six Independence Day weekend games ended 1-1. LA - Seattle wasn't one of them, with the Galaxy returning to full strength and adding three more points to the top of the League. Columbus 2 - Chicago 1 The Crew scored all three goals at home one right after the other in a strange ending to the first-half of their game with Chicago.

Monday's TV

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No games today.

Sunday's TV

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MLS on ESPN2: LA - Seattle at 10:30pm ET.

Salt Lake 5 - New England 0

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Salt Lake is serious about keeping 2nd-place in the Western Conference and their home field advantage, unloading on New England Friday night at Rio Tinto. Fabian Espindola opened the scoring in the 27th minute and Jamison Olave made it 2-0 just before halftime. In the second-half, Alvaro Saborio scored in the 51st and 56th, with returning US National Teamer Robbie Findley finishing things off in the 85th.

Donovan Talks Up MLS Return

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Speaking to the media on Friday, LA Galaxy forward Landon Donovan described what it's like making the quick transition from World Cup to Major League Soccer and what it means for ESPN2 to change their schedule to show the Seattle – LA game on Sunday night. "Physically, from a sleep standpoint, I'm a little tired and worn out.

Saturday's TV

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World Cup on ABC and Univision: Germany - Argentina at 10am and Spain - Paraguay at 2:30pm. MLS on Fox Soccer Channel: Columbus - Chicago at 8pm. All Times Eastern

Pope To Join DCs Hall Of Tradition

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United States National Team and DC United legend Eddie Pope will be honored by United as the latest inductee into their Hall of Tradition. Pope will be inducted during halftime of the DC – LA game on July 18th. He won multiple titles with DC and scored the winning goal in the 1996 MLS Cup, the ‘98 CONCACAF Champions Cup, and the ‘98 InterAmerican Cup.

Some Forward Thinking

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By Michael Lewis - CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA (Jul 2, 2010) US Soccer Players -- You've probably heard the numbers so many times that you can recite them in your sleep. No goals by Americans forwards in South Africa. No goals by USA strikers in the past two World Cups. In fact, no goals by the front men over 832 minutes going back to Brian McBride's goal in the 2-0 victory over Mexico on June.

Toronto 1 - Houston 1

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An odd game at BMO Field where Toronto and Houston traded red cards before trading goals. The Dynamo's Joseph Ngwenya and Toronto's Julian De Guzman were sent off in the 62nd. In the 73rd, Brian Ching headed in a corner to put Houston up. Ten minutes later, it was Toronto's turn to head in a corner with Dan Gargan scoring.

New York Teases Designated Player

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Friday's Daily

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World Fabio Capello to continue as England manager, FA reveals -- from The Evening Standard's Simon Johnson: "I explained it is very important we use the disappointment as a motivation in the future." The sleeping finals wake up to a truly thrilling finale -- from The Independent's James Lawton: Some things never change.

Friday's TV

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World Cup on ESPN and Univision: Holland - Brazil at 10am and Uruguay - Ghana at 2:30pm. All Times Eastern

Cooper Injured In Training

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1860 Munich forward Kenny Cooper fractured his right ankle in training with the club on Thursday and is expected to need up to three months to recover. This was Cooper's first training day with the club after returning from his loan to Plymouth Argyle.

US Soccer Announces Open Cup Quarterfinals

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Harrisburg City Islanders (USL-2) at DC United (MLS) July 21st - 7:30pm ET Maryland SoccerPlex - Boyds, MD Charleston Battery (USL-2) at Columbus Crew (MLS) July 6 - 7:30pm ET Columbus Crew Stadium Chivas USA (MLS) at Houston Dynamo (MLS) July 6 - 7:30pm CT Robertson Stadium - Houston, Texas Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS) at Seattle Sounders FC (MLS) July 7 - 7pm PT Starfire Sports Complex - Tukwila, WA

DC Signs Pablo Hernandez

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Forward Pablo Hernandez is now a member of DC United, pending his international transfer certificate. Hernandez joins the club on loan from Uruguay's Defensor Sporting. "Pablo is a talented young striker with a big upside and we are excited to welcome him to our team," United GM Dave Kasper said. "He is a very technical player with great athletic qualities who makes things happen around the goal.

Simek Joins Carlisle United

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Frank Simek is now a member of Carlisle United in England's League One, the third level of English professional soccer. Simek's contract with Sheffield Wednesday ended at the end of the 2009-10 season. He signed with the club for the 2005-06 season and made 119 appearances scoring twice. "I had a couple of conversations with the manager and I liked the things that I heard," Simek told the club's official site.

10 Questions With... Walter Bahr

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By Clemente Lisi - NEW YORK, NY (Jun 30, 2010) US Soccer Players -- The story of how the USA stunned England 1-0 at the 1950 World Cup in Brazil has been told countless times. The game winning goal by Joe Gaetjens off a pass from Walter Bahr is forever immortalized in sepia-toned photographs taken that day in Belo Horizonte, along with the subsequent celebration of the US team by Brazilian fans.

Houston's Latest Big Game

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With J Hutcherson -- Major League Soccer has the only game on the US television schedule later tonight with Toronto hosting Houston (7pm ET - ESPN2). Houston's slide down the Western Conference table is worse than the points totals appear because they've played more games than any team in front of them except for 1st-place LA.

Open Cup: Seattle And DC Advance

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Major League Soccer put two more teams through to the Quarterfinals of the US Open Cup on Wednesday night, taking six of the eight available slots. Though, as expected, it wasn't easy in the Pacific Northwest derby. DC 2 - Richmond 0 Playing at George Mason University in the DC suburbs, Jaime Moreno scored in the 47th minute and Santino Quaranta followed in the 56th to see off the USL-2 Richmond Kickers.

American Abroad: Fulham Loses Coach

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English Premier League manager of the year Roy Hodgson is no longer in charge at Fulham. Hodgson resigned "effective immediately" on Wednesday to take the manager job at Liverpool. Hodgson had been with the club since the 2007-08 season when they finished 17th. They improved to 7th in 2008-09, finishing 7th again last season and making the Europa League final.

The Daily Show: Donovan And Bradley

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