USSoccerPlayers Archives for January 2011

National Teamers Abroad: Domestic Cups

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First Star: Maurice Edu bagged the first goal in Rangers' 2-1 Scottish Cup win over Motherwell. Edu scored in the 20th minute, with Motherwell equalizing in the 66th. Rangers went in front for good through Steven Naismith in the 75th, setting up a March 20th final with Celtic. Second Star: Clint Dempsey and Fulham pulled off a shocker in the FA Cup, dominating Spurs in a 4-0 win.

Bayer Leverkusen 2 - Hannover 96 0

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Steve Cherundolo started and played the full ninety for Hannover 96 in a disappointing Friday encounter at the BayArena. Hannover trailed from the 21st minute and Leverkusen doubled their lead in the 42nd. Hannover finished with three shots on goal. The result keeps them third in the Bundesliga, trailing second-place Leverkusen by five points with both teams on 20 games played.

Gold Cup Ramp-Up: What Dane Richards Means To Jamaica

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In the first of an occasional series on CONCACAF players to watch for in the 2011 Gold Cup, Michael Lewis explains the transition of Jamaica's Dane Richards from fast player to good player. By Michael Lewis - NEW YORK, NY (Jan 28, 2011) US Soccer Players -- For the first 3 1/2 years of his Major League Soccer career, the words most associated with Dane Richards were 'unfulfilled potential' and 'inconsistent.

Houston Switches Conferences

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On Friday, Major League Soccer announced that the Houston Dynamo will move to the Eastern Conference for the 2011 season, a result of the latest round of expansion adding two clubs in the Pacific Northwest and the desire for nine-club conferences. Houston finished 7th out of eight teams in the Western Conference in 2010, with a record that put them 12th overall.

Weekend TV: FA Cup Edition

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The FA Cup takes over the English weekend schedule, with chances to see Tim Howard and Clint Dempsey. Also, Jozy Altidore and Villarreal's game against Espnayol on Sundayis available on ESPN Deportes. Saturday FA Cup on Fox Soccer Channel: Tim Howard and Everton are home to Chelsea at 7:30am. At 10am, Birmingham City host Coventry City, and Southampton get Manchester United at noon.

The Blackpool Example

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We end the week by talking about what message England's Premier League is sending by fining Blackpool for fielding a non-representative lineup and what ESPN's ombudsperson column might be telling us about how the network sees soccer. By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (Jan 28, 2011) US Soccer Players -- Let it never be said that the Premier League acts in haste.

Friday's TV: Germany And Mexico

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Though we normally don't give you internet-only listings, for those of you with access ESPN3.com brings us a chance to see Steve Cherundolo and DaMarcus Beasley's Hannover 96 at Bayer Leverkusen at 2:30pm. Mexican Primera on Galavision: U.A.G. - Chivas is at 9pm. All Times Eastern

Anschutz And American Soccer

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By Clemente Lisi - NEW YORK, NY (Jan 27, 2011) US Soccer Players -- As far as team owners go, Philip Anschutz doesn't want to be a household name. He doesn't hold news conferences, is rarely seen in public, and as a result has been able to maintain an aura of privacy despite being at the helm of a vast sports and entertainment empire.

West Ham Out Of Cup

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It took overtime for Birmingham City to advance to the Carling Cup final at the expense of Jonathan Spector and West Ham United on Wednesday at St Andrews. Birmingham won the second leg 3-1 to take the series. Carlton Cole put West Ham up 3-1 on aggregate in the 31st minute, but goals for Birmingham in the 59th and 79th wiped out that lead and forced overtime.

Thursday's TV: Coppa

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The Coppa Italia is on GolTV: Juventus - Roma at 2:40pm ET.

Agudelo And Bunbury

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By Jason Davis - WASHINGTON, DC (Jan 26, 2011) US Soccer Players -- They have featured together in just two United States National Team games - the sum total of their respective international resumes - but young strikers Juan Agudelo and Teal Bunbury are already becoming a tandem. Dynamic attacks and balls hitting the back of the net top the typical soccer fan's list of favorite things.

MLS Winter

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In Wednesday's Daily, we talk about the weather in MLS markets before turning our attention to today's release of the Bundesliga's financial report. By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (Jan 26, 2011) US Soccer Players -- Nothing says Major League Soccer like January weather over most of their markets, yet an MLS team that may or may not be anywhere near you should be in preseason mode this week.

Wigan 1 - Aston Villa 2

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Brad Friedel was in goal for Aston Villa in their Premier League win on Tuesday. Friedel needed five saves to hold Wigan off as the home side tried to launch a late comeback at the DW Stadium. Villa went up in the 50th minute when Gabriel Agbonlahor scored and it was 2-0 after Ashley Young converted a 61st minute penalty.

Wednesday's TV: Americans In England

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We start with Jonathan Spector and West Ham in the second leg of their Carling Cup semifinal series with Birmingham City at 2:30pm on Fox Soccer Plus. West Ham won the opening leg 2-1. EPL on Fox Soccer Channel: Liverpool host Fulham at 3pm. Copa del Rey on ESPN Deportes: Sevilla - Real Madrid at 2pm.

At Rangers

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In the Tuesday edition, we look at the odd concept of wealth in the Scottish Premier League along with what the scale back at BBC Online can tell us about soccer sites. By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (Jan 25, 2011) -- With the added push of a loss to Hearts over the weekend, Rangers are now in the unenviable position of trying to figure out scope in the Scottish Premier League.

Bolton 0 - Chelsea 4

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Stuart Holden started and played 87 minutes for Bolton in a lopsided loss to Chelsea at the Reebok Stadium. Chelsea led from the 11th minute and were up two goals at the half. They added two more in the second, scoring on four of their nine shots on goal. The Bolton offense were only able to put four shots on frame.

Tuesday's TV: League And Cup

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Fox Soccer Channel has the Premier League match-up between Blackpool and Manchester United at 2:30pm. Fox Soccer Plus has the second leg of the Arsenal - Ipswich Carling Cup semifinal also at 2:30pm. Ipswich beat Arsenal 1-0 in the opening leg. All Times Eastern

National Team Rewind: USA - Chile

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By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Jan 24, 2011) US Soccer Players -- There is little one can gauge from the annual January friendly. The USA's 1-1 draw Saturday night at The Home Depot Center against Chile was a meeting of reserve teams with no bold names and nothing on the line. On a night when seven players earned their first caps for the USA, the game was more of an audition for future.

Five To One

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In Monday's Soccer Daily, we take a look at the USA's draw with Chile, the weekend Premier League results, and the latest on FIFA and the 2022 World Cup. By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (Jan 24, 2011) US Soccer Players -- In the aftermath of the USA's 1-1 draw with Chile, let's take a look back at my Five Things For Carson.

USA - Chile Video

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National Teamers Abroad: Dempsey, Spector, and Buddle

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The story of the European weekend was Clint Dempsey. It's tough to compete with two goals, but he wasn't the only National Teamer Abroad to be a difference maker for his club. First Star: Clint Dempsey's two goals gave Fulham a 2-0 win over Stoke City. Dempsey opened the scoring in the 33rd minute and converted from the penalty spot in the 56th for Fulham's second goal.

USA 1 - Chile 1

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The United States opened their 2011 schedule in Carson, California on Saturday night with a 1-1 draw against Chile. Esteban Paredes scored the opening goal of the game in the 54th minute and 59th minute substitute Teal Bunbury answered for the USA with a 74th minute equalizer. After a first-half where the teams traded yellow cards and little more, US coach Bob Bradley substituted starting goalkeeper Nick Rimando for Sean Johnson and eventually made four.

Weekend TV: USA Opens 2011

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The weekend schedule is highlighted by Saturday night's US National Team friendly against Chile (10pm ET - TeleFutura). In England, we also get an American derby with Everton hosting West Ham on Saturday. Saturday The United States hosts Chile at 10pm on TeleFutura (also available on-line at ESPN3.com) EPL on ESPN2: Wolverhampton - Liverpool at 7:30am.

Cooper Returns

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By Jason Davis - WASHINGTON, DC (Jan 21, 2011) US Soccer Players --Thanks to their position atop the allocation order and the decision of one United States international to return home, the Portland Timbers will enter the big leagues this spring with a proven MLS scorer among their ranks. For an expansion side thin on experienced forwards, the signing might be the difference between the usual bottom end inaugural season, respectable mediocrity, or a surprising.

Scouting Report: Costa Rica

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By Clemente Lisi – CARSON, CA (Jan 21, 2011) US Soccer Players -- Following coach Bob Bradley's annual three-week January training camp, the USA opens 2011 with its "B" squad on Saturday against Chile (10pm ET - TeleFutura) in preparation for this Summer's Gold Cup. Departing from tradition, the Americans will not play a Scandinavian or CONCACAF opponent.

Five Things For Carson

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (Jan 21, 2011) US Soccer Players -- As we open the 2011 schedule for the United States National Team, here are five things I'll be watching for on a late Saturday start for those of us on the East Coast (10pm - TeleFutura). The Translation Game For any National Team in the World, squad familiarity is part of the recipe for success.

Friday's TV: Central America

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GolTV has the Copa Centroamericana: Nicaragua - Guatemala at 4pm, Honduras - El Salvador at 6:30pm, and Panama - Costa Rica at 9pm. The Nicaragua - Guatemala 5th-place game is the one to watch, since it will determine the final Gold Cup qualifier. All of the other remaining teams have qualified. All Times Eastern

Teaching The Premier League

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In Thursday's Soccer Daily, we discuss what the North American pro sports really have to teach England's Premier League from a sports business perspective. By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (Jan 20, 2011) US Soccer Players -- Too much of the time, cross sports business comparisons end up downplaying the peculiarities and day-to-day realities between codes.

Thursday's TV: Copa del Rey

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Copa del Rey on GolTV: Atletico Madrid - Real Madrid at 4pm ET.

Wednesday's TV: More Cups

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Fox Soccer Channel has Leeds - Arsenal at 3pm in the FA Cup. Coppa Italia on GolTV: Roma - Lazio at 2:40pm. Copa del Rey on ESPN Deportes: Real Betis - Barcelona at 4pm. All Times Eastern

Lisi Honored By NSCAA

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US Soccer Players writer Clemente Lisi was among the winners in the 2010 NSCAA Writing Contest. Lisi won the Deadline/Game Story award for Henry Takes The Arena Stage, a feature on Thierry Henry's debut for the New York Red Bulls against Tottenham at Red Bull Arena. All of us here at US Soccer Players would like to extend our congratulations to Clemente.

Tell Me About: Blackburn Rovers

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Best known to American fans as the one time home of former National Team goalkeeper Brad Friedel, Blackburn Rovers picked up US midfielder Jermaine Jones on loan for the rest of the 2010-11 season. Why Are We Here? After issues with his manager led to him being demoted to the reserves at Schalke 04, Jermaine Jones needed first team soccer.

Brown Named RSL Assistant

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After retiring at the end of the 2010 Major League Soccer season with the Chicago Fire, former US National Team defender CJ Brown has been named as an assistant coach with Real Salt Lake. Brown spent his entire MLS career in Chicago, winning the double in their first season in 1998. He had 15 caps with the National Team.

CONCACAF's Position

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (Jan 18, 2011) US Soccer Players -- CONCACAF's announcement that they would appeal to FIFA to increase the region's World Cup Qualifying slots from 3.5 to 4 hasn't been met with a collective 'great idea' from the United States media. Both are interesting positions. If CONCACAF sees an opportunity to avoid a playoff scenario for that 4th World Cup slot, as the region's governing body they should take it.

Jones To Blackburn Official

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Pending international clearance, Jermaine Jones will be spending the next six months with Blackburn Rovers the Premier League club announced on Tuesday. Jones will go on loan from Schalke 04 where he has seen limited playing time under manager Felix Magath. Jones joins a club that are currently 11th in the Premier League with 28 points from 23 games played.

Tuesday's TV: Villarreal In Copa

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FA Cup Third Round replay on Fox Soccer Channel: Manchester City - Leicester City at 2:30pm. Coppa Italia on GolTV: Napoli - Bologna at 3pm. ESPN Deportes has Jozy Altidore's Villarreal hosting Sevilla in the Copa del Rey at 4pm. Copa Centroamericana on GolTV: Nicaragua - Belize at 5pm, Honduras - Guatemala at 7pm, and Panama - El Salvador at 9pm.

Cooper Returns To MLS

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Forward Kenny Cooper is once again a member of Major League Soccer, joining the expansion Portland Timbers. Cooper left MLS after the 2009 season, signing with 2.Bundesliga club 1860 Munich. He spent the second half of the 2009-10 season on loan with Plymouth Argyle. Cooper missed time this Fall recovering from an ankle injury.

CONCACAF Asks For Automatic Fourth Slot

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CONCACAF will be pushing for FIFA to give the Confederaiton four World Cup Qualifying slots for Brazil 2014. CONCACAF had 3.5 slots for the 2010 World Cup, with the fourth-place finisher entering into a playoff to advance to the World Cup. Costa Rica lost that home-and-away playoff series 2-1 to Uruguay, who would finish fourth in the World Cup.

Scotland Reverts

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We start the week with a look at the Scottish Premier League's announcement that they will recommend a 10-team SPL. By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (Jan 17, 2011) US Soccer Players -- If you preferred your Scottish Premier League with 10 clubs instead of 12, the SPL leadership has an announcement you might find interesting.

Weekend Results: Edu Scores

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Maurice Edu got a goal for Rangers in the Scottish Premier League and Jermaine Jones will be spending the rest of the season with Blackburn in the English Premier League. We start with another loan deal involving a National Team player. Jermaine Jones has reportedly agreed to a loan deal that will have him leaving Schalke 04 for Blackburn Rovers until the end of the season.

La Looks For Goals

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By Jason Davis - WASHINGTON, DC (Jan 14, 2011) US Soccer Players -- We could almost hear the wheels turning in the minds of Galaxy owners Anschutz Entertainment Group and head coach Bruce Arena following their decisive loss to FC Dallas in the Western Conference Final this November. Having failed to live up to lofty expectations heightened by a Supporters' Shield in the regular season, the brain trust in LA took aim at 2011 almost.

Findley Completes Transfer

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United States National Team forward Robbie Findley is now officially eligible to play for Nottingham Forest. Findley signed with the club earlier this month after parting ways with Real Salt Lake. He has been waiting for work permit approval. That process has concluded successfully. Sent via BlackBerry from T-Mobile

Weekend TV: Derby Sunday

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Most of Europe is back from Winter break, adding Germany and France to the weekend schedule. Sunday brings us the Birmingham and Liverpool derbies. Saturday EPL on Fox Soccer Plus: Stoke City host Stuart Holden's Bolton at 10am with Fulham at Wigan at 6pm. Fox Soccer Channel has Manchester City - Wolverhampton at 10am, Jonathan Spector's West Ham United hosting Arsenal at 12:30pm, and West Bromwich Albion - Blackpool at 5pm.

USA Schedules Argentina And Paraguay

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The United States will play Argentina on March 26th at the New Meadowlands and Paraguay on March 29th in Nashville, the US Soccer Federation announced on Thursday. Both games fall on international match days. "Argentina continues to be one of the most talented teams in the world, and we are excited to have the opportunity to compete against them," US coach Bob Bradley said.

Friday's TV: Centroamericana And Clausura

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GolTV is showing the Copa Centroamericana: El Salvador - Nicaragua at 5pm, Costa Rica - Honduras at 7pm, and Panama - Belize at 9pm. Galavision has UAG - Monterrey at 9pm. All Times Eastern

Tell Me About: Copa Centroamericana

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Though teams like the United States and Mexico qualify automatically for CONCACAF's Gold Cup, other countries have to enter through qualifying tournaments. For the seven nations that make up the Central American Football Union (UNCAF), that means participating in the Copa Centroamericana. That's the old UNCAF Nations Cup, getting a name change for 2011.

Salgado Goes First In SuperDraft

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United States Under-20 National Team player was the surprise #1 pick at the 2011 SuperDraft in Baltimore. With rumors swirling that they would trade the pick, the Vancouver Whitecaps went with Salgado. Akron dominated the top half of the top round, with five players selected in the top eight slots. Pick Player Club Position 1 Omar Salgado Vancouver F 2 Darlington Nagbe Portland M 3 Perry Kitchen DC M 4 Zarek Valentin Chivas USA D.

Disposable Stadiums

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (Jan 13, 2011) US Soccer Players -- If Tottenham have their way, London's Olympic Stadium would have a very short lifespan. The Olympic Stadium is designed to be repurposed, but the running track is a step too far for Spurs. With no way to pull the seats closer to the field for a soccer configuration, they've opted for a plan that would just knock the stadium down entirely.

Villarreal 3 - FC Sevilla 3

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Jozy Altidore was on the bench for Villarreal's 3-3 draw with Sevilla in the opening leg of their semifinal series at El Madrigal. Villarreal were up a goal in the 24th minute when Cani scored. They doubled that lead through Guiseppe Rossi four minutes later. Sevilla cut the lead in half in the 39th, but Villarreal were back in front by two goals when Marco Ruben scored in the 55th minute.

Thursday's TV: SuperDraft

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The MLS SuperDraft is on ESPN2 tomorrow at noon. The Copa Del Rey has Real Madrid - Atletico Madrid on GolTV at 4pm. All Times Eastern

Tell Me About: FC Twente

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In our latest update on new clubs for National Teamers Abroad, we look at Oguchi Onyewu's loan move to FC Twente. Why Are We Here? It's not easy fighting for and keeping a place in the starting lineup of one of the World's biggest clubs. Losing most of a season to injury further complicated Oguchi Onyewu's chances at Milan.

Working As An Assistant

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By Tony Edwards - SAN JOSE, CA (Jan 11, 2011) US Soccer Players -- It looks easy being an assistant coach in Major League Soccer. Sit on the bench in a polo shirt. Lean in and talk to the head coach during the game. Maybe once in a while the camera catches you gesturing to a player or talking to one during a stoppage in play.

USA Updates Camp Roster

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With the United States preparing for the January 22nd friendly against Chile, it was announced on Wednesday that two players have been excused for medical reasons. FC Dallas defender Ugo Ihemelu has a nagging hip injury and has been released back to his club. Chivas USA's Justin Braun required stitches to close a cut on his ankle on Tuesday.

US Stay 18th In FIFA Rankings

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The United States stay tied with France for 18th place in the January 2011 FIFA Rankings released on Wednesday. Like all but two teams during the rankings period, the US neither gained nor lost points. Mexico stays 27th. The next rankings will be released on February 2nd. TOP TWENTY

UEFA's Risk Management

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In Tuesday's Soccer Daily, UEFA has released their latest report on the future of club licensing in Europe. By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (Jan 12, 2011) US Soccer Players -- UEFA released their latest benchmarking report on the road to insisting clubs not operate at a loss if they want to participate in European competition.

West Ham United 2 - Birmingham City 1

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Mark Noble opened the scoring for West Ham in the 13th minute at Upton Park in Tuesday's Carling Cup semifinal first-leg. Birmingham City equalized in the 56th minute, and once again it was West Ham coming up with a winner. Jonathan Spector sent in a cross in the 78th minute that was headed in by Carleton Cole.

Wednesday's TV

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Fox Soccer Channel has Blackpool - Liverpool at 3pm. Fox Soccer Plus has Ipswich Town - Arsenal in the Carling Cup semifinals at 2:40pm. The Copa del Rey is on ESPN Deportes, with Jozy Altidore's Villarreal playing Sevilla at 2pm and Barcelona - Real Betis at 4pm. Coppa Italia on GolTV: Inter Milan - Genoa at 3pm.

Tell Me About: FC Ingolstadt 04

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The new home of US National Team forward Edson Buddle, Ingolstadt are currently trying to find a winning combination in the 2.Bundesliga. Why Are We Here? Edson Buddle's exit strategy from the Los Angeles Galaxy and Major League Soccer has taken LA's MVP to the German second division. Ingolstadt is new to their league, winning promotion at the end of last season from Germany's 3rd Liga.

Finding Gems In The MLS Draft

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By Michael Lewis - NEW YORK, NY (Jan 10, 2011) US Soccer Players -- Not every player that can make a contribution is taken in the first round of the MLS SuperDraft. Some impact players can be found in later rounds, even the old fourth round that the League is doing away with this year. With 18 teams participating in the draft in Baltimore in a few days, it will be more difficult than usual.

How Much Is A Cup Worth?

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In the Tuesday edition of The Soccer Daily, Jonathan Spector and West Ham are in the Carling Cup semifinals, Messi is our Player of the Year, and England could be playing Scotland in 2013. By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (Jan 11, 2011) US Soccer Players -- We'll at least get part of an answer later today when West Ham United open their Carling Cup semifinal series at home against Birmingham City later today (2:30pm.

Onyewu Completes Loan Move

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US National Team and AC Milan defender Oguchi Onyewu will be spending the rest of the season on loan to Belgian club FC Twente. Onyewu has ample experience in the Belgian League as a member of Standard Liege.

Tuesday's TV: Carling Cup

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Fox Soccer Plus has Jonathan Spector's West Ham United hosting Birmingham City in the first-leg of the Carling Cup semifinals at 2:30pm ET.

Buddle Moves To 2.Bundesliga

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United States National Team forward Edson Buddle is now a member of 2.Bundesliga club FC Ingolstadt, leaving Major League Soccer and the Los Angeles Galaxy. Buddle's MLS contract ended after the 2010 season, and in recent weeks he had been linked with clubs in England. The MVP for the Galaxy, Buddle had 17 goals and made the US World Cup roster.

Tell Me About: Carling Cup

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The Carling Cup enters the semifinal stage on Tuesday, with Jonathan Spector and West Ham United still alive. Here's what you need to know about this season's tournament as well as the history of England's other Cup competition. History The first thing to understand about the Carling Cup is that it traditionally takes the name of its sponsor.

Jones Joins Cosmos

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US National Team alum Cobi Jones was announced as the new Associate Director of Soccer for the New York Cosmos. Jones has been an assistant coach with the Los Angeles Galaxy since 2008. He retired as a Galaxy player in 2007. "I am both honored and blessed to have had such a wonderful career with the LA Galaxy and I am thankful for everything the club, the fans and the community has done for me.

Beckham In London

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In the Monday edition of The Soccer Daily, we discuss Beckham training with Tottenham, Liverpool making a decision, and another issue for FIFA. By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (Jan 10, 2010) US Soccer Players -- Blaming insurance issues, Spurs are now saying that the most Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder David Beckham will be doing is training with the club at their wonderfully named Lodge training ground.

Weekend Results: Mexican League Returns

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With the weekend schedule filled with FA Cup games in England, the start of the Clausura in Mexico, and La Liga getting ESPN attention, we take you through the National Teamers Abroad results. In England, Jonathan Spector scored West Ham United's opening goal in the 29th minute in a 2-0 win over Burnley.

Tell Me About: Tigres

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We look at Jonathan Bornstein's new club and the Mexican Primera Division as the 2011 Clausura season kicks off. Why Are We Here? United States National Team defender Jonathan Bornstein is part of a group of players tasked with pushing Tigres into the playoffs this season after a disappointing 9th-place in the 2010 Apertura.

Considering The SuperDraft

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By Jason Davis - WASHINGTON, DC (Jan 7, 2011) US Soccer Players -- When the calendar turns over and the number at the top ticks up a digit, American soccer fans turn their attention to a turnover of a different sort - the kind that may or may not take place on the roster of their favorite Major League Soccer team.

Weekend TV: FA Cup And Mexico

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The FA Cup is on schedule in England this weekend, while Mexico kicks off the 2011 Clausura season. Saturday Third round of the FA Cup on Fox Soccer Plus: Arsenal - Leeds United at 7:30am and Tim Howard's Everton are away to Championship club Scunthorpe United at the 9000-seat Glanford Park. On Fox Soccer Channel, the Americans at Aston Vila travel to Sheffield United at 10am and League Two club Stevenage FC host Newcastle at.

Bradley Adds A Player

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Zenti St Petersburg's Eugene Starikov has been added to the US National Team camp currently training in Carson, California in advance of the January 22nd friendly against Chile. Starikov was born in the Ukraine but spent his childhood in Florida playing his high school soccer in Palm Harbor and staying in Florida by attending Stetson University.

Shirt Sponsorship

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In the Friday edition of The Soccer Daily, we discuss the Columbus Crew's loss of their shirt sponsor and what awaits Jonathan Bornstein in his first season in the Mexican League. By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (Jan 7, 2010) US Soccer Players -- Without a lot more information that Major League Soccer is ever likely to give, it's tough to make broad points now that Columbus has joined Chicago in the hunt for a.

Friday's TV

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No games today.

Toronto Hires Winter

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Aron Winter is officially the new coach of Toronto FC, the club announced on Thursday. Winter takes the title of coach and technical director, with Bob de Klerk named as his first assistant and former New England assistant Paul Mariner returning to Major League Soccer as the club's director of player development.

Villarreal 4 - Valencia 2

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With the Villarreal - Valencia Copa Del Rey series even after the first-leg, Villarreal scored four goals in the second-half to advance to the quarterfinals at their El Madrigal stadium on Thursday. Things didn't look promising for the home side early on. Valencia were on top within five minutes, and had a 2-0 lead by the 23rd.

Youth Movement In AFC

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In the Thursday, January 6th edition of The Soccer Daily, we discuss the AFC election results and the future for Liverpool Football Club. By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (Jan 6, 2011) US Soccer Players -- Chung Mong-joon is no longer the vice-president of the Asian Football Confederation, losing the vote for another term to Jordan's Prince Ali.

Tell Me About: US Player Of The Year Awards

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Each year, the best performers on National Team are honored by two separate awards, the US Soccer Federation Male Athlete of the Year and the Futbol De Primera US Player of the Year. While there is often a consensus between the two awards, there have been six years so far where they have recognized two players who had standout seasons for the US National Team.

National Teamers Abroad: England Results

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Brad Friedel and Aston Villa lost to Sunderland 1-0 on Wednesday, with Phillip Bardsley scoring the game's only goal in the 80th minute. Both teams were playing a man down after Emile Heskey was sent off in the 68th minute for Villa and Boudewijn Zenden followed for Sunderland in the 86th. "They were a bit lucky because for the goal the ball went through practically four or five players," Villa manager Gerard Houllier said.

Donovan Wins 7th Futbol De Primera Award

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US National Team player Landon Donovan was named as Futbol De Primera's Player of the Year for 2010, the seventh time he's won the award. Donovan also won the US Soccer Federation's Athlete of the Year award for 2010, a year highlighted not only by his play for the US National Team, but standout performances on loan to Everton in England's Premier League and with the Los Angeles Galaxy.

Tell Me About: Hull City

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With Brad Guzan joining Hull City on a month-long loan, we take a look at the former Premier League club. Why Are We Here? Most American fans associate Hull City with Jozy Altidore, who spent the 2009-10 Premier League season there on loan from Villarreal. Brad Guzan is now the American at Hull, spending the month of January on loan from Aston Villa.

Vanney Named Assistant At Chivas USA

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Former US National Team player Greg Vanney will be joining Robin Fraser at Chivas USA. The club announced Vanney will be an assistant, returning to Major League Soccer after retiring as a player at the end of the 2008 season.

Fraser At Chivas USA

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In the Wednesday, January 5th edition of The Soccer Daily, we discuss new Chivas USA head coach Robin Fraser, update the story on proposed changes for Scottish club soccer, and look at FIFA's latest indication that the size of Europe's domestic leagues remains an issue. By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (Jan 5, 2011) US Soccer Players -- After being linked with a variety of moves, Chivas USA joins Portland in naming one of Major.

Thursday's TV: Serie A Returns

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Serie A on Fox Soccer Plus: Juventus - Parma at 6:30am and Cagliari - Milan at 9am. On Fox Soccer Channel: Inter Milan - Napoli at 2:30pm. For those needing a refresher after the Italian winter break, Oguchi Onyewu's Milan are top of the table leading Napoli by three points. Copa Del Rey on ESPN Deportes: Valencia host Villarreal in their second leg on ESPN Deportes at noon.

Fulham 3 - West Bromwich Albion 0

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Clint Dempsey took his usual place in Fulham's starting lineup and scored the second goal in a 3-0 shutout of West Brom on Tuesday. Simon Davies opened the scoring in the 45th minute, with Dempsey making it 2-0 in the 56th by heading in a corner kick. Brede Hangeland finished off the scoring in the 65th minute.

Wednesday's TV: Another Marquee EPL Matchup

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ESPN2 has Arsenal - Manchester City at 3pm, highlighting another midweel match day in the English Premier League. Marcus Hahnemann and Wolverhampton play Chelsea at 2:30pm on Fox Soccer Channel. Also on FSC, Newcastle host Jonathan Spector and West Ham United at 5pm. Fox Soccer plus has Blackburn - Liverpool at 3pm.

Fraser Named New Coach Of Chivas USA

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US National Soccer Team player alum Robin Fraser was named as the new coach of Chivas USA on Tuesday. Fraser joins the club from Real Salt Lake, where he has been an assistant since 2007. Fraser was a two-time MLS Defender of the Year, winning the award in 1999 and 2004.

The Toronto Revamp

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By Tony Edwards - SAN JOSE, CA (Jan 4, 2010) US Soccer Players -- Repeating your own mistakes is bad. Especially when you've spent good money to bring in people to tell you how NOT to repeat those mistakes. However, repeating other people's mistakes? There's something special about that. Reports out of Toronto have approximately every out-of-a-job manager eager to head north and try to turn Toronto FC into a playoff team.

What To Make Of January In England

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (Jan 4, 2011) US Soccer Players -- With the opening of the transfer window, it's not just the old question of who will spend and who won't in search of quick success. The English Premier League's new rules limiting squads along with the longer view of what happens when the new UEFA financial regulations come into place across Europe should change things.

Altidore, Guzan, And Simek Get Minutes On Monday

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Jozy Altidore subbed on in the 83rd minute as Villarreal returned to La Liga play with a 2-0 win over Almeria. Jose Manuel Catala scored in the 22nd minute and Borja Valero made it 2-0 in the 58th. Brad Guzan got his second start for Hull in the Championship and made six saves in the 3-2 away win at Fratton Park on Monday.

Tuesday's TV: Premier League Afternoon

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EPL on Fox Soccer Channel: Marcus Hahnemann's Wolverhampton are home to Chelsea at 2:30pm. Newcastle host Jonathan Spector's West Ham United at 5pm. On Fox Soccer Plus, Blackpool play Birmingham City at 3pm. All Times Eastern

What MLS Should've Wished For

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (Jan 3, 2011) US Soccer Players -- Happy 2011 everybody. As we start a new year of The Soccer Daily, I thought I'd go ahead and fill in five things Major League Soccer should've asked for over the holidays. Hey, for all we know they did. Points Spread: It's a simple enough idea that we've seen play out over several seasons.

Chile Roster For January 22nd

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GK: Paulo Garcés (Universidad Católica), Raúl Olivares (Colo Colo) Def: Eugenio Mena (Universidad de Chile), Sebastián Toro (Colo Colo), Paulo Magalhaes (Colo Colo), José Pedro Fuenzalida (Colo Colo), Carlos Labrín (Huachipato), Fernando Meneses (Universidad Católica) Mid: Felipe Seymour (Universidad de Chile), Francisco Silva (Universidad Católica), Luis Pedro Figueroa (Unión Española), Felipe Gutiérrez (Universidad Católica), Lucas Domínguez (Audax Italiano) For: Edson Puch (Universidad de Chile), Esteban Paredes (Colo Colo), Daud Gazale (Colo Colo)

Again In Britain

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The English and Scottish leagues were in action this weekend, with several National Teamers seeing playing time. On Saturday, Tim Howard was in goal for Everton's 2-0 away loss to Stoke City. Stoke went ahead in the 23rd and doubled that lead through an own-goal in the 69th minute. Also on Saturday, Spurs beat Fulham 1-0 at White Hart Lane.