USSoccerPlayers Archives for January 2010

Bradley To Remain US Coach Through 2014

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The United States Soccer Federation announced on Monday that Bob Bradley has accepted a contract extension through 2014 ending weeks of speculation following the World Cup. More To Follow

Tuesday's TV

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

USA - Colombia Set For Oct 12th

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The United States will pay Colombia in an international friendly on October 12th at PPL Park in Chester, PA at 8pm ET. The game will be shown on ESPN2 and Galavision."One of the important parts of developing the program is to expose the team to different experiences, and Colombia presents a difficult challenge," US coach Bob Bradley said.

Montero Name POTW

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Fredy Montero's two goals in Seattle's 2-1 win over Chicago won him Player of the Week honors for Week 22. Montero scored in the 36th and 45th minutes. 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 De Rosario (Toronto FC) Week 6: Edson Buddle (LA Galaxy).

The Red Bulls Take Time

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By Clemente Lisi - NEW YORK, NY (Aug 30, 2010) US Soccer Players -- Hans Backe may have the toughest job of any MLS coach this season. Not only has Backe been charged with turning around a team that posted the worst regular season record last year, but he also has the task of having to improve the situation after just a season.

Monday's Daily

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Europe Villa to seek manager with Premier League experience -- from BBC Sport: "Two of the traits we believe are of crucial importance are that candidates have experience of managing in the Premier League and a strategy for building on the existing strengths in our current squad." Ghost goals, grand unveilings and a sacking before the season even begins -- from The Guardian's Paolo Bandini: Certainly the fans have been won over.

Beasley Joins Hannover 96

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DaMarcus Beasley has joined fellow US National Team player and World Cup veteran Steve Cherundolo at Hannover 96, signing a two-year deal with the Bundesliga club. "It is a positive sign that we managed to get another US national teamer in Hanover," coach Mirko Slomka said. "DaMarcus's international experience will provide us with a further push in the Bundesliga.

MLS Week 22: Another Loss For LA

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Kansas City got revenge for an earlier game they thought they should've won, beating the Major League Soccer leading LA Galaxy 2-0 at the Home Depot Center. In the Eastern Conference, the race got tighter with first-place Columbus drawing at home to Dallas and New York beating San Jose at Red Bull Arena.

CONCACAF's Changes To Qualifying For 2014

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Reports in the Honduran media and a radio interview with CONCACAF deputy secretary Mario Monterrosa outline the changes to CONCACAF World Cup qualifying the Confederation will present to FIFA in September. Under the new system, the 6 teams in CONCACAF with the lowest FIFA ranking will playoff against each other to reduce the total number of CONCACAF teams to 32.

What We're Watching: Monday

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Serie A on Fox Soccer Channel: Bologna - Inter Milan at 2:30pm. La Liga on GolTV: Atletico Madrid - Sporting Gijon at 4pm. All Times Eastern

National Teamers Abroad: Friedel With The Shutout

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First Star: Brad Friedel recovered quickly after last week's disappointing loss to lead Aston Villa 1-0 over Tim Howard's Everton. Friedel needed 6 saves for the shutout, with Luke Young scoring the game's only goal in the 9th minute. "Let's be fair, the performance of the players - not necessarily in their football - although their football was very good at times - their desire to win a football game must surely instill belief in.

What We're Watching: Sunday

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MLS on ESPN2: Chivas USA - DC United at 10pm. Fox Soccer Plus has Stuart Holden and Bolton hosting Birmingham City at 8:30am. The American contingent at Aston Villa host Tim Howard's Everton at 11am on Fox Soccer Channel. Fox Soccer Plus also has Sunderland - Manchester City at 5pm and Liverpool - WBA at 7pm.

What We're Watching: Saturday

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MLS on TeleFutura: Columbus - Dallas at 4pm. On Fox Soccer Channel: Colorado - Houston at 9:30pm. EPL on ESPN2: Blackburn - Arsenal at 7:30am. On Fox Soccer Channel: Spurs - Wigan Athletic at 10am. Jonathan Spector's West Ham travel to Old Trafford to play Manchester United at 12:30pm. Fox Soccer Plus has Chelsea - Stoke at 10am and Marcus Hahnemann's Wolverhampton hosting Newcastle at 6pm.

Europa League Groups Announced

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Jozy Altidore and Villarreal will be playing Club Brugge, Dinamo Zagreb, and PAOK FC in Europa League group D, after the draw was announced on Friday. Sacha Kljestan and Anderlecht get Zenit St Petersburg, AEK Athens, and Hajduk Split in Group G. 2010-11 Europa League Groups Group A: Juventus, Manchester City, Red Bull Salzburg, Lech Posnan Group B: Atletico Madrid, Bayer Leverkusen, Rosenborg, Aris Thessaloniki Group C: Sporting Lisbon, Lille, Levski Sofia, Gent Group D:.

Liga And Serie

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With J Hutcherson -- The remaining major European leagues join the rest of the class already in season for 2010-11 this weekend. Serie A and La Liga still aren't likely stops for American players, but there's US National Team representation in both as the season starts. Jozy Altidore played for Villarreal in the Europa League this week as he attempts to stick with the home team rather than spend another season on loan.

Europa League: Altidore Plays, Celtic And Villa Exit

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Jozy Altiodre started and went 72 minutes for Villarreal on Thursday, winning 2-1 on the night and 7-1 on aggregate over Dnepr Transmash at Spartak Stadium in the Europa League qualifying round. Tied at 1-1 on the night, Villarreal were reduced to ten men when Marquez Cristobal was red carded in the 68th minute.

What We're Watching: Friday

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UEFA Super Cup on Fox Soccer Channel: Inter Milan - Athletico Madrid at 2:30pm. Bundesliga on GolTV: Bayern Munich - Kaiserslautern at 2:30pm. Mexican Primera on Galavision: U.A.G. - Morelia at 9pm. All Times Eastern

Edu And Rangers Drawn Into Group C

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Maurice Edu's Rangers aren't hurting for big name opposition in their Champions League group. They'll play Manchester United, Valencia, and Turkey's Bursaspor in Champions League Group C, with their opening game scheduled for September 14th against Manchester United at Old Trafford. "Last year we had a strange situation where we performed far better away from home than we did at Ibrox," Rangers manager Walter Smith said.

10 Questions With... Jonny Walker

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By Clemente Lisi - NEW YORK, NY (Aug 26, 2010) US Soccer Players -- Former MetroStars and Columbus goalkeeper Jonny Walker remains the only American to really factor in South American club soccer. As a member of Universidad Catolica's championship team in the Chilean first division in 2002, Walker also played in the Copa Libertadores – South America's equivalent of Europe's Champions League -- recording wins against famed sides such as Argentina's Boca Juniors and.

Stretching The Calendar

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The League Calendar With J Hutcherson -- The National Football League letting it slip that an 18-game regular season schedule is in the works should be an object lesson for soccer on both sides of the Atlantic. There's such a thing as too much, and professional club soccer is already there. FIFA was right to press a reduction in the size of European top flights to 20 clubs (England listened) and again to 18 (England.

CCL: Another Loss In Mexico

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Cruz Azul 5 - Real Salt Lake 4 Real Salt Lake seemed well on their way to becoming the first Major League Soccer club to win in Mexico on Wednesday night, taking a 3-1 lead into the 75th minute against Cruz Azul. But it wasn't to be. Javier Penuelas put Cruz Azul up in the 4th minute, but Salt Lake answered back from the penalty spot in the 22nd through Alvaro Soborio who made it.

Rongen Announces Roster For Peru Tournament

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The United States Under-20 National Team will be playing in Peru from September 1st -10th. The team will take part in a tournament that has them facing Paraguay on September 6th, Colombia on the 8th, and Peru on the 10th. US coach Thomas Rongen's roster is made up entirely of professional players, with seven from the Mexican leagues, six from Europe, five from Major League Soccer, and two from the USSF Division 2.

Thursday's Carling Cup

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Clint Dempsey was a second-half substitute as Fulham dominated an overmatched Port Vale 6-0 at Craven Cottage in the second round of England's League Cup. Dempsey scored the sixth goal in the 70th minute. Zoltan Gera (10th and 45th) and Bobby Zamora (36th and 66th) had two each for Fulham with Moussa Dembele also scoring (26th).

What We're Watching: Thursday

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Fox Soccer Plus has Birmingham City - Rochdale at 2:40pm in the Carling Cup. Toluca plays CD Olimpia in the CONCACAF Champions League at 8pm on TeleFutura. All Times Eastern

Stojanovic Keeps Up His Fight

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By Michael Lewis - Rochester, NY (Aug 25, 2010) US Soccer Players -- Looking at his frame today, it might difficult to imagine this 63-year-old man was one of the great players in American professional soccer a generation ago. He has lost some weight, but none of his swagger or confidence. During his glory days in the old and original North American Soccer League, Mike Stojanovic was a holy terror -- on and off the.

The Champions League Problem

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With J Hutcherson -- Here's a quick recap of the Columbus "robbery" last night at the Estadio Corona. They attempted to break the rules by getting a player back on the field as soon as possible in a shirt minus a name and number. The immediate result was a goal. The other team appealed. The refereeing crew that had allowed the player to reenter reversed themselves and wiped out the goal.

Bizarre Night In CONCACAF Champions League

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Arabe Unido 1 - Toronto 0 Toronto travelled to Panama for their second game in Group A, facing a team heavily criticized for fouling and delaying play in their opener against Real Salt Lake. This time, it was Toronto racking up the fouls with 21 to Arabe Unido's 8. Fidel Caeser had already scored the game's only goal in the 39th minute before Toronto started seeing red cards.

Carling Cup And Champions League

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Jonathan Spector started for West Ham United against Oxford United on Tuesday in the second round of England's League Cup. West Ham needed a stoppage time goal from Scott Parker to see off their League Two guests at Upton Park. Bolton were on the road for their game against League One club Southampton, winning 1-0 with a 31st minute goal from Ivan Klasnic.

Wednesday's TV

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UEFA Champions League on Fox Soccer Channel: Spurs 0 BSC Young Boys at 2pm and Ajax - Dynamo Kiev at 5pm. Fox Soccer Plus has Auxerre - Zenit St Petersburg at 2pm. ESPN Deportes has Oguchi Onyewu's AC Milan playing Barcelona in friendly action at 1:30pm. Fox Soccer Plus has Accrington Stanley - Newcastle in the Carling Cup at 5pm.

Leagues In Balance

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With J Hutcherson -- Nothing says CONCACAF Champions League excitement like leaving some of your top players at home. The Columbus Crew are using the nagging injury and fatigue excuses to exclude Guillermo Barros Schelotto, Chad Marshall and Danny O'Rourke from the trip to Estadio Corona in Torreon (10pm ET - FSC), and there's every indication we'll be seeing a transitional lineup.

National Teamers Abroad: Parkhurst Injured

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Michael Parkhurst had to be subbed out in the 19th minute during Nordsjaelland's 4-0 loss to Midtjylland on Monday. Parkhurst injured his shoulder and was taken to the hospital. Though the score line suggests otherwise, Nordsjaelland played well until the final 20 minutes at the SAS Arena. Midtjylland opened the scoring in the 69th, and added goals in the 77th, 82nd, and 84th.

What We're Watching: Tuesday

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UEFA Champions League on Fox Soccer Channel: Sacha Kljestan's Anderlecht play FK Partizan at 2:30pm. FSC also has Sampdoria - Werder Bremen at 5pm. Fox Soccer Plus has Hapoel Tel-Aviv - Salzburg at 2:30pm. CONCACAF Champions League on FSC: Arabe Unido - Toronto at 8pm and Santos - Columbus at 10pm. All Times Eastern

Ching Named POTW

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Brian Ching's hat trick in Houston's 4-3 win over Chicago earned him Major League Soccer's Player of the Week honors for Week 21. Ching scored in the 31st, 59th, and 85th minutes. 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 De Rosario (Toronto FC) Week 6:.

Hannover And Columbus

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With J Hutcherson -- Last season, it took 32 points to escape the relegation zone and not have to depend on goal differential in Germany's Bundesliga. It was 31 in 2008-09, 32 in 2007-08, 35 in 2006-07, and 34 in 2005-06. If we take the average, it's likely going to mean 33 points for a team to keep their Bundesliga status in 20010-11.

American Abroad: Goal In Belgium

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First Star: Sacha Kljestan takes the honor, scoring for Anderlecht in the 3-0 win over KSC Lokeren. Kljestan opened the scoring at the Daknam Stadium in the 32nd minute. da Rocha Kanu added a goal in the 53rd with Mbark Boussoufa scoring in the 74th. Anderlecht are top of the Jupiler League table with 10 points from 4 games.

What We're Watching: Monday

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ESPN2 has Manchester City - Liverpool at 3pm ET.

MLS Week 21: Down Goes Toronto

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After a surprise win in the CONCACAF Champions League, Toronto's home field undefeated streak that dates back to last season was ended by the New York Red Bulls. Out West, San Jose got the home win over Los Angeles in the Battle of California. In Houston, Brian Ching had a hat trick in the Dynamo's win.

What We're Watching: Sunday

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Fox Soccer Plus has Aston Villa's American contingent away to Newcastle at 8:30am. Also on Fox Soccer Plus: West Bromwich Albion - Sunderland at 10:30am. Clint Dempsey and Eddie Johnson's Fulham hosts Manchester United at Craven Cottage on Fox Soccer Channel at 11am. Bundesliga on GolTV: Borussia Dortmund - Bayer Leverkusen at 11:30am.

What We're Watching: Saturday

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ESPN2 has Arsenal - Blackpool at 10am. Tim Howard and Everton try to recover from last week's disappointing opener against Marcus Hahnemann and Wolves at 10am on Fox Soccer Channel. FSC also has Wigan - Chelsea at noon and Jonathan Spector's West Ham United vs Bolton at 2:30pm. Fox Soccer Plus has Stoke - Spurs at 10am and Birmingham - Blackburn at 4pm.

In The Bundesliga

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With J Hutcherson -- The Bundesliga season starts later today, and the expectations for the three clubs with US National Team players aren't exactly high. For Michael Bradley and Borussia Moenchengladbach, it's the relative prize of mid-table obscurity. It's the same for Ricardo Clark's Eintracht Frankfurt.

CCL: Marathon 2 - Seattle 1

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The Seattle Sounders became the only Major League Soccer club not to win their CONCACAF Champions League group stage opener, falling to Marathon in Group C on Thursday night. Seattle was also the only team that had to go on the road to start the tournament. Roger Levesque put Seattle up in the 16th minute, but Orvin Paz equalized in the 26th for Marathon.

What We're Watching: Friday

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Mexican Primera Division on Galavision: U.A.G. plays Edgar Castillo's San Luis at 9pm ET. San Luis are currently 2nd in Apertura Group 2. Tecos are last in Group 1 with no points after three games.

Europa League Update

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Celtic 2 - FC Utrecht 0 Celtic got the home win on Thursday, with goals from Efrain Juarez (19th) and Gergios Samaras (34th). Dominic Cervi was on the bench, backing up Lukasz Zaluska who got the shutout. Rapid Vienna 1 - Aston Villa 1 Brad Guzan and Eric Lichaj got the start for Aston Villa, who got an early lead when Barry Bannan scored in the 11th minute at the Gerhard-Hanappi Stadium.

10 Questions With... Rafa Benitez

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By Clemente Lisi - NEW YORK, NY (Aug 18, 2010) US Soccer Players -- Inter Milan, fresh off an impressive treble last season, was one of over a dozen European clubs to spend the summer training and playing preseason tune-ups in this country ahead of the high-pressure action that will characterize the next 10 months.

A Proper Exit

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With J Hutcherson -- Clint Mathis pulled off something quite remarkable last week. After finishing his playing career in front of a massive crowd and an elite opponent, he then traveled cross country for a curtain call in front of his fans from his old club. Normally, even a discount version of that kind of laudatory exit is tough to pull off, even when it's completely appropriate.

CCL: Crew And RSL Win

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The Columbus Crew and Real Salt Lake kept up the positive results for Major League Soccer on Wednesday night. MLS teams now have three wins in three games in CONCACAF Champions League group play. Columbus 1 – Municipal 0 Columbus shutout Municipal at Crew Stadium, with Emmanuel Ekpo scoring the game's only goal in the 14th minute.

Chicago 2 New England 1

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Things seemed to be going the Revolution's way early on Wednesday night at Toyota Park. Marko Perovic had them a goal up in the 15th minute, but Baggio Husidic brought Chicago level in the 31st. Six minutes into the second-half, Emmanuel Osei was sent off for New England after picking up his second yellow card.

Partizan Belgrade 2 Anderlecht 2

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Sacha Kljestan wasn't in the squad for Anderlecht's Champions League qualifying visit to FK Partizan Stadium on Wednesday. Anderlecht took the lead in the 54th minute through Guillaume Gillet, but Partizan equalized three minutes later. An Anderlecht own-goal put Partizan in the lead in the 64th minute, but Roland Juhasz evened the score in the 66th.

What We're Watching: Thursday

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Seattle is the only Major League Soccer club traveling for their opening game of the CONCACAF Champions League group stage. They play Marathon at 10pm ET on Fox Soccer Channel.

USA - Poland Set For Oct 9th

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The United States will play Poland at Chicago's Soldier Field on October 9th, the US Soccer Federation announced on Wednesday. The game is scheduled for 8pm ET and will be shown on Fox Soccer Channel and Univision. "These fixture dates are a fantastic opportunity to have the group together for an extended period and then put the work to the test with a difficult match," US coach Bob Bradley said.

Revisiting The Lancers

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By Michael Lewis - NEW YORK, NY (Aug 18, 2010) US Soccer Players -- History, the saying goes, is written by the victors. When it comes to the North American Soccer League, that's why we hear so much about the legendary New York Cosmos. More than fair enough. They were the iconic American soccer team, the draw home and away.

Toronto Raises Stakes In Both Leagues

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With J Hutcherson -- It's unfair to move the carrot for Toronto FC, but that League game against New York on Saturday looms even larger after their 2-1 Champions League win over Cruz Azul. This could be the best week this season for an MLS club, making statements at the highest level of CONCACAF club soccer and in Major League Soccer.

CCL: Toronto 2 Cruz Azul 1

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Toronto FC pulled off an opening game surprise in Group A, beating Cruz Azul at BMO Filed. With Toronto having to reshuffle their offense, they got a 3rd minute goal from Martin Sirac and another from Mista in the 43rd to take a 2-0 lead into the half. Jon Conway almost had the shutout, but Christian Gimenez scored in the 89th.

What We're Watching: Wednesday

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CONCACAF Champions League on Fox Soccer Channel: Columbus - Municipal at 8pm and Salt Lake - Arave Unido at 10pm. TeleFutura has Joe Public - Santos at 8pm and CD FAS - Toluca is on Galavision at 10pm. Chivas is playing for the Copa Libertadores title at 9pm on Fox Sports en Espanol. UEFA Champions League qualifiers on Fox Soccer Channel:Werder Bremen - Sampdoria at 2pm and SC Braga - Sevilla at 5pm.

At Home In Group A

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With J Hutcherson -- I'll dispense with the 'up against it' buildup for tonight's Champions League group stage game in Toronto (8pm ET - FSC). Cruz Azul are top of Apertura Group 3, with nine points from four games. They just beat Pachuca 4-1, building up a +6 goal differential. So far, they've been strong in the Mexican League, trailing only Group 1's Santos (12 points) and Monterrey (10).

Mjallby 1 - Orebro SK 0

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Alejandro Bedoya and Orebro got shutout in front of 3,558 at the Strandvallen on Monday. Marcus Ekenberg had the game's only goal in the 74th minute. Orebro started and played the full 90. In Denmark's SAS-Ligaen, Marcus Tracy and Chris Rolfe weren't involved in AaB's 2-1 loss to FC Midtjylland. Going a man down in the 20th when Martin Albrechtsen was red carded, Midtjylland opened the scoring six minutes later.

What We're Watching: Tuesday

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UEFA Champions League on the regional Fox Sports: Young Boys - Spurs at 2:30pm. Fox Soccer Channel has Dynamo Kyiv - Ajax at 2:30pm and Fox Soccer Plus has Rosenborg - Copenhagen also at 2:30pm. Other options on DirecTV only: Zenit St. Petersburg - Auxerre at 1pm on channel 481 and Sparta Prague - Zilina on channel 482 at 2:30pm.

Geovanni Joins San Jose

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The San Jose Earthquakes became the latest Major League Soccer club to sign a designated player, announcing new midfielder Geovanni. The 30-year-old spent last season with Jozy Altidore at Hull City. He was released from his contract when the club was relegated. He has also played for Manchester City, Barcelona, and Benfica.

Consecutive Losses Means Change For Pachuca

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Two lopsided losses in the young Apertura season will have Pachuca looking for a new coach. Guillermo Rivarola resigned on Sunday, the day after Pachuca lost 4-1 to Cruz Azul. The club announced on Monday that they had accepted Rivarola's resignation. They lost 3-0 to Santos Laguna in their previous game.

Morales Wins POTW

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Real Salt Lake midfielder Javier Morales is Major League Soccer's Player of the Week for Week 20. Morales scored both goals in RSL's 2-0 win over Columbus. "Javier was spectacular tonight," salt Lake coach Jason Kreis said after the win. "We were really concerned because he was really active for us in Philadelphia (on Wednesday).

Bolton And Houston

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With J Hutcherson -- Stuart Holden looked fearless against Fulham on Saturday, something that should have Bolton Wanderers and United States National Team fans excited. Though it ended 0-0, it was Holden with some of the stronger moments. And that wasn't just because he hit the post in the 78th minute.

National Teamers Abroad: Starting in England And Scotland

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First Star: Stuart Holden marked the start of his first full season with Bolton Wanderers by being arguably the best player on the pitch in their 0-0 draw with Fulham. Holden hit the post in the 78th minute, but he had already shown he could use his speed and vision on the ball to make things difficult for Fulham.

What We're Watching: Monday

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EPL on ESPN2: Manchester United - Newcastle United at 3pm ET.

MLS Week 20: Another Delay For The DP Revolution

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Once again, New York had the headline game and was unable to score - this time at home against the Los Angeles Galaxy. Elsewhere, DC United had no answer for Dallas at RFK, and Salt Lake beat Eastern Conference leaders Columbus at home. Philadelphia 1 - Colorado 1 The Union got another home point, and once again it was courtesy of Danny Mwanga.

What We're Watching: Sunday

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EPL and Fox Soccer Channel has Liverpool - Arsenal at 11am. Ligue 1 on Fox Soccer Plus: Metropole - PSG at 3pm. Mexican League on Telemundo: Toluca - Tigres at 1pm. Puebla - Atlante is on ESPN Deportes and Azteca. Club America - Atlas is on Univision at 5pm. All Times Eastern

What We're Watching: Saturday

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The English Premier League season starts, with Brad Friedel and Brad Guzan's Aston Villa facing Jonathan Spector's West Ham at 10am on Fox Soccer Channel. Same time for Tim Howard's Everton away to Blackburn on Fox Soccer Plus. Marcus Hahnemann and Wolves host Stoke City at 2pm on Fox Soccer Plus. Clint Dempsey and Eddie Johnson's Fulham play Bolton at 2:30pm on FSC.

National Teamers Abroad: SPL 2010-11

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For the general fan of National Teamers Abroad, the problem with having American representation on both of the Old Firm squads is that they're rarely on television. Celtic and Rangers draw well on closed-circuit in the United States, and that's where you'll find their games. Only available in pubs and bars that subscribe to the pay-per-view package.

Vermes: Were Not Done Adding To Our Roster

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By Andrew Winner - SEATTLE, WA (Aug 13, 2010) US Soccer Players -- Kansas City Wizards technical director and head coach Peter Vermes isn't done yet. Fresh off the signing of Mexican international forward Omar Bravo, Vermes said the Wizards are hoping to make additional moves before the conclusion of the transfer window August 31st.

National Teamers Abroad: EPL 2010-11

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United States National Team players are in the squads of six English Premier League clubs this season. With Aston Villa playing in the Europa League and Everton and Fulham looking to push back into the European slots, this should be a strong season for American Abroad clubs. In fact, all of them are expected to finish higher than 18th, avoiding any relegation battles.

LA in New York

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With J Hutcherson -- Another weekend in Major League Soccer, and another high profile match-up. This time it's the designated player improved New York Red Bulls hosting our Western Conference leading Los Angeles Galaxy (Sat 6pm ET - FSC). Believe it or not, the all-time record between these two is tied at 14-14-5.

Bravo Becomes Latest Designated Player

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Though he won't officially join the club until next season, Chivas forward Omar Bravo has been announced as a member of the Kansas City Wizards. Bravo was transferred to Deportivo La Coruna in Spain's La Liga for the 2008-09 season, returned to the Mexican League on loan with Tigres in March of '09. He rejoined Chivas last summer, where he had played from 2001-08.

What We're Watching: Friday

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Mexican League on Azteca and Fox Sports en Espanol: Necaxa - Queretaro at 9pm ET.

10 Questions With... Jozy Altidore

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EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ – Jozy Altidore may be the happiest player on the US National Team these days. Always ready to flash his trademark smile, Altidore is currently in the midst of preparing for the new Spanish Liga season after putting in a solid effort at the World Cup this summer. Though he didn't end up on the score sheet, Altidore showed he could contribute as part of a team and create opportunities.

Thursday's Daily

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Europe David Beckham has no England future, says Fabio Capello -- from BBC Sport: "If he is fit, I hope we will play one more game here at Wembley so the fans can say goodbye." Beckham's playing days for England appear done -- from Yahoo! Sports' Martin Rogers: Because now, more than ever, England needs Beckham.

NY Wins, RSL And Philadelphia Draw

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In the two Major League Soccer games on Wednesday night, New York made a move in the Eastern Conference and Real Salt Lake came back to get a point in Chester. New York 1 – Toronto 0 Joel Lindpere scored the game's only goal at Red Bull Arena, putting three more points between New York in 2nd place and Toronto in 3rd in the Eastern Conference.

Thursday's TV

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Nothing in the What We're Watching category today.

Omar

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By Michael Lewis - EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (Aug 11, 2010) US Soccer Players -- After the dust had settled after a rather lackluster by the United States National Team in which the Americans were out shot and outplayed by the new-look Brazilian team, it wasn't easy finding a silver linking to a 2-0 loss on Tuesday night.

Brazil Moves Quicker

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With J Hutcherson -- Brazil got off to a good start on their hearts and minds campaign on Tuesday night in New Jersey. As Clemente Lisi explained in his Scouting Report, Brazil is working to shake off the pragmatic approach employed over the last Qualifying cycle, replacing it with what Brazil has historically pushed - entertainment quality.

USA 18th In August 2010 Rankings

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The United States fell five places to 18th in the August 2010 FIFA Rankings released on Wednesday. The US lost 38 points during the rankings period. Mexico dropped a slot to 25th, with both teams losing points a year after they played each other in the CONCACAF Gold Cup final. The next World Rankings will be released on September 15th.

The Class Of 2010

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By Clemente Lisi - EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (Aug 10, 2010) US Soccer Players --No matter what the sport, Hall of Fame inductions are a time to reminisce about - and often debate - the contributions of the players being honored. For American soccer, the inductions Tuesday of former USA standouts Thomas Dooley and Preki Radosavljevic into the National Soccer Hall of Fame are a reminder of how two players helped shape the game during a.

National Team Players Enter Hall

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Though the National Soccer Hall of Fame no longer has its physical location, the idea behind the Hall was celebrated at New Meadowlands stadium on Tuesday with the induction of the Class of 2010. Former United States National Team players Thomas Dooley and Preki were inducted as Players, Kyle rote Jr as Veteran, and former National Team coach and current LA Galaxy manager Bruce Arena as Builder.

USA 0 - Brazil 2

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In front of a 77,223 at the New Meadowlands Stadium, the United States looked strong early but it was Brazil getting on the score board. New Brazil coach Mano Menezes and his new look roster impressed in their first outing, with Neymar scoring in the 28th minute and Pato making it 2-0 just before halftime.

League Cup: Carlisle 0 Huddersfield 1

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Frank Simek got the start for Carlisle United in the opening round of England's League Cup play on Tuesday in front of 3,475 at Brunton Park. Carlisle exits after Huddersfield's Jordan Rhodes scored in the 89th minute. Though Carlisle led 4 to 3 in shots on goal and 11 to 10 on corners, Rhodes hit the frame twice.

What We're Watching: Wednesday

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Mexico hosts Spain at 4pm on Univision. England plays Hungary at 3pm on Fox Soccer Plus. Chivas is in the Copa Libertadores final, hosting the first leg against Internacional at 8:30pm on Fox Sports en Espanol. All Times Eastern

Spencer Takes Portland Job

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Former Houston Dynamo assistant John Spencer will be in charge as head coach of the Portland Timbers as they join Major League Soccer for the 2011 season. Spencer abruptly quit Houston several weeks ago for what was announced as "personal reasons." He was replaced by Steve Ralston.

General Management

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With J Hutcherson -- The United States plays Brazil tonight (8pm ET - ESPN2) in a game that has quickly become about Brazil, their coach, and their revamped lineup. Meanwhile, the USA continues to work through the issues that halted their World Cup run at the knockout stage. That's now highlighted by the future of current US National Team coach Bob Bradley.

What We're Watching: Tuesday

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The United States hosts Brazil at 8pm on ESPN2 and Univision. League Cup on Fox Soccer Plus: Chesterfield, Middlesbrough at 2:45pm. All Times Eastern

Cunningham Wins POTW

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Dallas striker Jeff Cunningham's two second-half goals against Philadelphia won him Major League Soccer's Player of the Week honors for Week 19. Cunningham scored in the 75th and 81st for the 3-1 win, extending Dallas's undefeated streak to 9 games. Cunningham has 14 Player of the Week awards, winning his first in 1999.

USA - Brazil: A History

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By Michael Lewis - NEW YORK, NY (Aug 9, 2010) US Soccer Players -- 15. That's how many times the United States has taken the field against what is rightly considered the best team in the history of World soccer. Brazil, the owner of five World Cups and the host of the 2010 tournament. In all, the USA have one win and a draw to show against the Brazilians, with a -19 goal differential.

Scouting Report: Brazil

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Under previous coach Carlos Dunga, who was fired after that quarterfinal exit, the Brazilians played a functional and unattractive brand of soccer. Widely criticized in his country, Dunga was defiant, declaring that jogo bonito was dead. Dunga had argued that he could no longer allow European sides who played pragmatic soccer to finish ahead of his squad.

O'Neill Resigns At Aston Villa

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Brad Friedel, Brad Guzan, and Eric Lichaj's club got a shock on Monday, when Aston Villa manager Martin O'Neill resigned days away from the start of the 2010-11 Premier League season. Villa is also owned by an American, Randy Lerner who also owns the National Football League's Cleveland Browns. The club has released the following statement: Aston Villa can confirm that Martin O'Neill has resigned as manager of the football club with immediate effect.

What Makes An MLS Player Of The Week?

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With J Hutcherson -- If the Player of the Week voting follows the normal pattern, we can expect Dallas forward Jeff Cunningham to take the honor for Week 18. After all, he scored two goals. Do that, and as long as nobody else matched or did better, you should expect to make the POTW list. Except, backup Chicago Fire goalkeeper Sean Johnson kept a clean sheet against Thierry Henry, Juan Pablo Angel, and the revamped.

MLS Week 19: Biggest Game Ever?

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If you listen to a Major League Soccer pundit near you, Sunday night's Chicago - New York game was the biggest in League history. It ended in a scoreless draw, capping a weekend where the leaders were idle and the contenders had trouble taking all three points. Toronto 2 - Chivas USA 1 Toronto took a two goal lead into halftime courtesy of Nana Attakora (20th) and Chad Barrett (31st), and that was enough on.

National Teamers Abroad: Friendly Goals

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A tough Saturday for National Team players in Mexico. Herculez Gomez came on for Pachuca as a 66th minute substitute with Pachuca already trailing by two goals to Santos. Pachuca ended up losing 3-0. Jose Francisco Torres wasn't in the squad. Edgar Castillo subbed in for San Luis in the 34th minute, but the score was already settled in the 1-0 loss to Chivas.

What We're Watching: Monday

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Carling Cup on Fox Soccer Plus: Stevenage Borough - Portsmouth at 2:40pm ET.

What We're Watching: Sunday

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The traditional start to the English season is on Fox Soccer Channel at 10am when Chelsea and Manchester United play for the Community Shield. ESPN2 hs Chicago - New York at 9pm. Mexican League, and Telemundo has UNAM Pumas - Cruz Azul at 1pm. Azteca and Fox Sports en Espanol have Morelia - Queretaro at 1pm.

What We're Watching: Saturday

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Carlos Bocanegra and his new club St Etienne play PSG at 3pm on Fox Soccer Channel. TeleFutura has Toronto - Chivas USA at 4pm. Los Angeles hosts Real Madrid at the Rose Bowl on FSC at 10:30pm in what will be Clint Mathis's final appearance. Mexican League, and Jose Francisco Torres and Herculez Gomez's Pachuca play Santos Laguna at 8pm on TeleFutura.

It's Like Coaching Brazil

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By Michael Lewis - NEW YOK, NY (Aug 6, 2010) US Soccer Players -- When you coach the Brazilian National Team, you are in a no-win situation, even when you win. Only days before his team captured the 1994 World Cup title, Brazilian coach Carlos Alberto Parreira was pestered with questions as to why the team did not play with the flair of the past championship teams.

The Designated Player Showdown

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With J Hutcherson -- Though the LA - Real Madrid friendly on Saturday (10:30pm - FSC) or the Chelsea - Manchester United Community Shield game on Sunday (10am - FSC) might beg to differ, Chicago hosting New York on Sunday (9pm - ESPN2) might be the most important game on the schedule. With Columbus adding three more points to the top of the Eastern Conference table, New York now trials by 10 in 2nd with.

SuperLiga: Houston 0 - Morelia 1

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Morelia will be playing New England fro the SuperLiga title later this month after beating Houston 1-0 on Wednesday night in front of 7,641 at Robinson Stadium. Miguel Sabah scored the game's only goal in the 47th minute. Houston started with a modified lineup with regular keeper Pat Onstad out with an abdominal strain, Adrian Serioux also on the injured list, Joseph Ngwenya suspended, and coach Dominic Kinnear opting to leave some of his regulars.

Philadelphia 1 - Columbus 2

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The Columbus Crew picked up a road win on Thursday night at PPL Park, beating the Philadelphia Union 2-1 and adding three more points to the top of the Eastern Conference. Columbus opened the scoring in the 43rd minute through Steven Lenhart. Sebastien Le Toux converted a penalty in the 45th to bring the Union even, but Lenhart got his second goal of the game in the 50th to give the Crew the win.

Jones And Marshall Out For USA

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Jermaine Jones will not be getting his chance at a first cap with the United States after withdrawing from next week's friendly against Brazil. In a statement, Jones said he doesn't believe he is fit enough to play at international level. "I would like to thank Bob Bradley and the US Federation greatly for my first official invitation.

Europa League: Sporting Lisbon 2 - FC Nordsjaelland 1

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Michael Parkhurst and FC Nordsjaelland exited the Europa League at the Third Round qualifying stage on Thursday, losing 2-1 on the night and 3-1 on aggregate to Sporting Lisbon. Helder Postiga gave Sporting the lead in the 24th minute, with Rawez Lawan equalizing for Nordsjaelland in the 79th. Maniche scored for Sporting in stoppage time.

What We're Watching: Friday

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Oguchi Onyewu's AC Milan plays Panathinaikos at the Pontiac Silverdome on Fox Soccer Channel at 8pm ET.

What Mathis Meant

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By Michael Lewis - NEW YORK, NY (Aug 5, 2010) US Soccer Players -- Clint Mathis calls it a career when the Los Angeles Galaxy plays Real Madrid at the Rose Bowl on Saturday. Injuries and age have caught up to the one-time poster boy of American soccer. In 2002, Mathis was on the cover of Sports Illustrated's 2002 World Cup preview along with the title "America's Best.

10 Questions With... Sebastien Le Toux

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By Clemente Lisi - NEW YORK, NY (Aug 5, 2010) US Soccer Players -- If a player could be named Major League Soccer's Most Valuable Player for the way he has played in the first half of the season alone, then Sebastien Le Toux would certainly be in contention for the award. The Philadelphia Union striker has been one of the most pleasant surprises this season.

MLS Philadelphia Style

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With J Hutcherson -- The Columbus Crew travel to PPL Park tonight (8pm - ESPN2) with the opportunity to be the latest team to prop up the idea that Philadelphia is more than their record. The Union doesn't even have to beat the Eastern Conference leaders. They just need one or two moments that could - in some alternate universe - shifted the game in their favor.

CCL: Game Over For Galaxy

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The Los Angeles Galaxy were unable to come back from a 4-1 first-leg deficit against Puerto Rico at Juan Ramon Loubriel stadium, winning 2-1 on the night but losing the series 5-3 on aggregate. It was Puerto Rico who took the early lead, converting a penalty in the 32nd minute. Five minutes later, an Islanders own goal brought LA level.

SuperLiga: New England Advances

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The New England Revolution await the winner of Thursday's Houston - Morelia game after beating Puebla on penalties to advance to the 2010 SuperLiga final. New England and Puebla finished 1-1 in regulation, with Kenny Mansally putting the Revs up in the 56th and Andres Olivera equalizing for Puebla two minutes later.

What We're Watching: Thursday

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MLS on ESPN2: Philadelphia - Columbus at 8pm. SuperLiga on TeleFutura: Houston - Morelia at 8pm. Dallas hosts Inter Milan at 9pm on Fox Soccer Channel. All Times Eastern

Montero Named Player Of The Month

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Seattle Sounders forward Fredy Montero has been named Major League Soccer's Player of the Month for July. He scored twice in five appearances, with the Sounders winning three out of five and drawing once. Montero also won the award in March of '09.

USA Roster For Brazil Friendly

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United States National Team coach Bob Bradley announced an 18-man squad to face Brazil at the New Meadowlands on August 10th (8pm ET - ESPN2). Bradley's 18 features four Major League Soccer players and one from the Mexican League. 14 of the squad are veterans of the 2010 World Cup. Jermaine Jones, who switched his registration from Germany to the United States, was also called into camp.

Changes In England

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With J Hutcherson -- With Frank Simek signing with Carlisle in League One and Jay DeMerit out of contract, we could be approaching a Championship season in England minus any player with an appearance for the full United States National Team cap. Even some people's favorite past time of find the mystery American in a given European league comes up short.

Olsen Takes Over In DC

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DC United assistant coach Ben Olsen has been named interim head coach, with the club announcing Curt Onalfo has been dismissed from the job. Onalfo, the former DC player, US National Team assistant, and Kansas City Wizards coach took over in the offseason after being fired from the Wizards on August 3rd, 2009.

CCL: Toronto And Seattle Advance

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Toronto FC and the Seattle Sounders both advanced to the group stage of the CONCACAF Champions' League on Tuesday night. Toronto drew 2-2 with Motagua, winning 3-2 on aggregate. Amado Guevara put Metapan in front in the 6th minute, with Dwayne De Rosario equalizing in the 57th. It was Guevara again in the 62nd, but Chad Barrett brought Toronto level in the 78th to take the two-game series.

CL: Anderlecht 3 - TNS 0

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Anderlecht took the second leg of their Champions League third-round qualifying series 3-0 on the night and 6-1 on aggregate over Welsh club The New Saints. Sacha Kljestan got the start and played 73 minutes at Anderlecht's Constant Vanden Stock Stadium. Tom De Sutter opened the scoring in the 17th minute and Anderlecht got two second-half goals from Romelu Lukaku (69th and 74th) to finish off the shutout.

Mathis Announces Retirement

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United States National Team player and Los Angeles Galaxy forward Clint Mathis has announced he will be retiring after Saturday's friendly against Real Madrid at the Rose Bowl. Mathis has spent 11 seasons in MLS, starting with the Galaxy in 1998 before stops in New York, Hannover, Salt Lake, Colorado, a second stint in New York and Los Angeles, half a season with Ergotelis in the Greek Super League, and then a return to Real.

What We're Watching: Wednesday

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Fox Soccer Channel has the deciding leg of the Puerto Rico - Los Angeles Champions League qualifying series at 8pm. New England plays Puebla in the SuperLiga at 7pm on TeleFutura. All Times Eastern

MLS And Fixture Congestion

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By Michael Lewis - NEW YORK, NY (Aug 3, 2010) US Soccer Players -- Major League Soccer. The US Open Cup. International friendlies. Barclay's New York Challenge. CONCACAF Champions League. SuperLiga. The MLS All-Star game. Have I forgotten any? It's been one busy summer, and that's not counting the World Cup.

The League And The Designated Player

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By Clemente Lisi - NEW YORK, NY (Aug 3, 2010) US Soccer Players -- The 1970's are in vogue again. Women are stomping around in platform shoes, aviator glasses are a must-have accessory, and the musical "Hair" is a Broadway hit. The announcement on Sunday that the New York Cosmos have returned - with an eye towards joining MLS in the future - is another sign that what was popular over 30 years ago is.

Playing The Advantage At Champions League Level

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With J Hutcherson -- Estadio Nacional Tegucigalpa in Honduras and San Salvador's Monumental Estadio Cuscatlan await Toronto (8pm - FSC) and Seattle (10pm - FSC) later tonight in the latest big games for Major League Soccer. Why make this about all of MLS? Simple. The more teams MLS can get into the group stage of the CONCACAF Champions League, the better chance they have of at least one pushing forward.

Atvidabergs FF 0 - Orebro 2

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Alejandro Bedoya started and played 82 minutes for Orebro on Monday in their 2-0 win over Atvidabergs FF at the Kopparvallen Stadium. Nordin Gerzic put Orebro up in the 9th minute and Paulinho Guara finished off the scoring in the 66th. John Alvbage picked up the shutout.

Hall Of Fame Induction Announced

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The United States Soccer Federation has announced that the National Soccer Hall of Fame Class of 2010 induction will take place in a private ceremony before the start of the USA - Brazil game at the New Meadowlands on August 10th. Preki and Thomas Dooley are the honorees in the Player category, with Bruce Arena elected as a builder and Kyle Rote Jr as a veteran.

What We're Watching: Tuesday

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CONCACAF Champions League on Fox Soccer Channel: Montagua - Toronto at 8pm and Metapan - Seattle at 10pm ET.

Marquez Move Official

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Mexico National Team captain Rafael Marquez is no officially a member of the New York Red Bulls. After getting out of his contract with Barcelona, Marquez joins Major League Soccer as New York's third designated player alongside Juan Pablo Angel and Thierry Henry. "I am excited to be joining the Red Bulls," Marquez said in a press statement.

Angel Wins POTW

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New York Red Bulls forward Juan Pablo Angel's two goals in his club's 2-2 draw with Houston won him Major League Soccer's Player of the Week honors for Week 18. Angel was also named Player of the Week for Week 13, and has won the award five times. 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.

4 More Years For Garber

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Sports Business Journal has reported that Major League Soccer commissioner Don Garber has been given a contract extension that will run through 2014. The report puts Garber's compensation figure at $3 million per year if he meets :incentives and performance goals." Garber has been MLS Commissioner since 1999.

Philadelphia Builds A Development System

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By Clemente Lisi - PHILADELPHIA, PA (Aug 2, 2010) US Soccer Players -- Major League Soccer and United Soccer League teams have coexisted for nearly two decades. Lower-tier USL teams have even defeated MLS clubs in competitive games, like the Puerto Rico Islanders' 4-1 rout of the Los Angeles Galaxy last week in the CONCACAF Champions League.

MLS And The Second Half

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With J Hutcherson -- Only Chicago and Philadelphia have yet to play their 16th game, marking the midpoint of the Major League Soccer season. Conference leaders Columbus and Los Angeles are already at 18 and 19 games played. There's the hope among everybody else that what we've seen from the Crew and the Galaxy in the second-halves of their seasons is an indicator.

MLS Week 18: All In

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Following Wednesday's All-Star Game, every Major League Soccer club was in action over the weekend. In the shock result of the 8 games, Chivas USA beat Columbus 3-1. Elsewhere, the League debut of Thierry Henry ended up being worth one point as New York drew with Houston. Philadelphia 1 - New England 1 Sebastien Le Toux returned from All-Star duty and put Philadelphia up a goal in the 24th minute at PPL Park.

Cosmos Revival Sets Sights on MLS

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A group featuring Pele as its honorary president has announced they own the rights to the New York Cosmos, the two-time North American Soccer League champions that haven't played a high profile game since 1985. "As global ambassador for the game, and as honorary president of The New York Cosmos, it's a great privilege to be able to give back to the future of the sport that gave so much to me," Pele said in.

American Abroad Update: Goal For Castillo

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If we had enough games to do our normal star rankings, Edgar Castillo would take the first star. After coming on as a 55th minute substitute for San Luis against Puebla, Castillo scored in the 64th to cut Puebla's lead in half. Unfortunately for San Luis, that was the extent of their offense in the 2-1 loss.

Monday's TV

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