USSoccerPlayers Archives for January 2011

MLS Conference Semifinals: No Draws

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Salt Lake 3 - Seattle 0 Real Salt Lake came up with a huge home result, beating the higher seeded Sounders by three goals at Rio Tinto Stadium in the opening leg of their Western Conference semifinal two-game series. Alvaro Saborio was the hero for RSL, scoring in the 41st and 53rd minutes. Javier Morales assisted on both goals, with Ned Grabavoy scoring the third in the 88th minute.

National Teamers Abroad: Dempsey Scores

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The story of the weekend for National Teamers was Clint Dempsey's 42nd minute goal with Fulham beating Wigan Athletic 2-0 at DW Stadium. Moussa Dembele scored Fulham's second goal in the 87th minute. Mark Schwarzer needed six saves for the shutout, with Fulham only putting three shots on frame. "I'm happy we got the points today and I'm sure people back home in the States like to see me doing well.

Friday's Upside: Two Game Series

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Their Words That season's done. You don't pay attention to it. You're in the playoffs. That's all that counts. You try to make a run in the playoffs. Rapids forward Omar Cummings on what happened during the regular season. Other Sources Cummings' goal gives Rapids 1-0 playoff win over Columbus Crew - from The Denver Post's John Meyer: "Omar was standing there, just chilling by himself.

Playing Favorites

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By Dario Camacho - MIAMI, FL (Oct 28, 2011) US Soccer Players -- The season is over. The gauntlet's been thrown. The second season begins. The preamble of the last eight months has produced the final ten teams looking for glory in November. We all have our favorites and our dark horses and the teams that will surprise us, and since Wednesday those ten teams will test our predictions.

Weekend TV: Semifinals

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Saturday EPL on ESPN2: Chelsea - Arsenal at 7:30am. ESPN Deportes has Everton - Manchester United at 7:30am. On Fox Soccer Plus: Sunderland - Aston Villa at 10am and Norwich - Blackburn at 4pm. On Fox Soccer: Manchester City - Wolverhampton at 10am, WBA - Liverpool at 12:30pm, and Wigan - Fulham at 5pm.

Berhalter's Timing

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By Michael Lewis - NEW YORK, NY (Oct 28, 2011) US Soccer Players -- As his career dwindles own to a precious few games, Los Angeles Galaxy defender Gregg Berhalter is savoring every minute and making sure every minute counts on the field. "I'm putting every last drop of energy in and the effort in these last games," Berhalter said.

One More Game

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (Oct 25, 2011) US Soccer Players -- There was an interesting quote from Columbus Crew coach Robert Warzycha following last night's playoff exit to the Colorado Rapids. Asked what he said to his team, Warzycha responded with this: "What can you say? Congratulations on the season and we are going to have a meeting in Columbus.

Colorado 1 - Columbus 0

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The Colorado Rapids took the other MLS wildcard spot, beating Columbus at Dick's Sporting Goods Park. With the Colorado grounds crew needing to quickly prepare the stadium after yesterday's snow, it was the Rapids taking advantage late in the first-half with a goal from Omar Cummings. That turned out to be the game winner, with both teams pressing late.

Friday's TV

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Galavision has the Guadalajara derby: U.A.G. - Cruz Azul at 9pm ET.

Thursday's Upside: One Card Set

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Their Words You put so much into a season... It's tough. We're in front of a home crowd with a lot of fan support that we really appreciate. It was a quick turnaround, and to have everyone come out on a Wednesday night was exciting for us. We just did not play up to our expectations, except for maybe the first 15 minutes.

5 Questions: Boston, Blazer, Beckenbauer, Goals, Assists

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By Tony Edwards - San Jose, CA (Oct 27, 2011) US Soccer Players -- In this edition, Tony asks about Steve Nicol, Chuck Blazer, what #6 for the Cosmos can do about the offside law, and if Chris Wondolowski has a chance to break the MLS record for most goals scored in a three consecutive seasons. Can you name two former Boston area coaches/managers who will have no trouble getting a job either in broadcasting.

Dallas 0 - New York 2

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The New York Red Bulls scored twice on the road in Frisco to advance and face the Los Angeles Galaxy in the MLS playoffs. New york went up a goal in the 61st minute when Joel Lindpere scored, but looked to be in trouble when Solli Jan Gunnar was called for a red card foul in the 79th. Instead, it was New york getting the last gasp goal, with Thierry Henry scoring eight minutes into.

Apertura Wednesday

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Michael Orozco was yellow carded four minutes into San Luis's 2-1 win over Queretaro on a crowded Wednesday schedule in Mexico's Primera Division. Alfredo Moreno scored twice for the home side in the 57th and 72nd minutes before Queretaro pulled a goal back from the penalty spot in the 81st. In a battle of National Teamers, DaMarcus Beasley's Puebla beat Herculez Gomez's U.

Leagues And Cups In Europe

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With most English action taking place in the Carling Cup on Wednesday, Jonathan Spector's Birmingham City got a 1-0 league win over Leeds United at St Andrews. Spector got the start and went the distance, with Nikola Zigic scored in the 35th minute. In Serie A, Michael Bradley started for Chievo in a 1-0 home loss to Bologna.

Thursday's TV

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With no national availability for the Colorado - Columbus wildcard game, Major League Soccer is making it freely available online at 10pm ET. La Liga on ESPN Deportes: Espanyol - Real Betis at 2pm. On GolTV: Atletico Madrid - Bilbao at 4pm. Serie A on Fox Soccer Plus: Palermo - Lecce at 2:30pm.

Wednesday's Upside: Frisco

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Their Words Compared to the average team in our league, the combination of expenses and revenue, we're about $2.85 million worse per year: about $1 million more in expenses than the average MLS team and about $1.85 million less in revenue. It's a lot of money. DC United president Kevin Payne, speaking to The Washington Post's Steven Goff.

Wildcard

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By Jason Davis - WASHINGTON, DC (Oct 26, 2011) US Soccer Players -- A scan of Major League Soccer's wildcard qualifiers reveals a collection of teams with significant problems. Over the course of the season, by virtue of inconsistency, injury, or simply not being good enough to challenge the League's best, New York, FC Dallas, Columbus and Colorado mostly bumbled their way into the playoffs.

Wednesday's TV

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MLS playoffs on Fox Soccer: Dallas - NY at 9pm. Serie A on Fox Soccer: Milan - Parma at 2:30pm and Atalanta - Inter Milan at 4pm. Carling Cup on Fox Soccer Plus: Wolverhampton - Manchester City at 2:40pm and Stoke - Liverpool at 5pm. La Liga on ESPN Deportes: Real Zaragoza - Valencia at 2pm. On GolTV: Real Madrid - Villarreal at 4pm.

Tuesday's Upside: Revs

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Their Words We all agreed a change of direction was needed to reverse the trend of the past couple of years. New England Revolution investor/operator Jonathan Kraft. Other Sources Red Bulls coach Hans Backe confident Thierry Henry, Rafa Marquez will help carry team in MLS playoffs - from The Newark Star-Ledger's Frank Giase: Henry, however, didn't agree.

5 Questions: Clash, DeRo, TV, 2.0, Playoffs

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By Tony Edwards - San Jose, CA (Oct 13, 2011) US Soccer Players -- In this edition, Tony finds influence in celery and jade, that the Galaxy just fell short of a rare achievement, and asks how the new US World Cup TV rights deal can be good for MLS. The San Jose Clash: the most influential team ever in American soccer?

The MLS Coach

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (Oct 24, 2011) US Soccer Players -- Barring an open fan revolt pushing for a change, there's a tendency to side with a coach when a team decides to move in another direction. In the modern era of wide interest in sports business, most fans know problems go far beyond the influence of the person standing on the sidelines.

National Teamers Abroad: Monday Update

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With Oguchi Onyewu on the bench, Sporting got a lopsided win over Gil Vincente, beating them 6-1 at the Jose Alvade stadium. Diego Capel and Valeri Bojinov both scored twice in a game where Sporting produced five goals in the second-half. Sporting are 3rd in the Liga table, with Gil Vincente in 9th. Also on Monday, Michael Parkhurst's Nordsjaelland beat FC Copenhagen 3-1 at Copenhagen with Parkhurst taking his regular place in the starting eleven.

Nicol Exits Revs

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New England became the first team to part ways with their coach after the 2011 regular season. The club announced on Monday that Steve Nicol and the club had "mutually decided to part ways." Nicol spent ten seasons as the coach of the Revolution. "I'm very thankful to the Krafts for giving me the opportunity to be their head coach," Nicol said.

Tuesday's TV

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Serie A on Fox Soccer: Juventus - Fiorentina at 2:30pm. Carling Cup on Fox Soccer Plus: Aldershot - Manchester United at 2:30pm. All Times Eastern

Monday's Upside: Playoff Picture

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Their Words We've had a lot of stretches where we've had some positive things happen and we've had a lot of stretches where it seems we couldn't buy a result. We've been more consistent for longer periods of time – it hasn't been one week to the next – but there is just a ton of difficulties we've faced this year.

MLS And Local Television

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By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Oct 24, 2011) US Soccer Players – When it comes to national television ratings, American soccer fans already know that Major League Soccer lags far behind this country's established sports leagues. MLS has long talked about a broader footprint, but even with 19 teams next season there are areas of the USA and Canada where the League has no presence.

City After United

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (Oct 24, 2011) US Soccer Players -- The first English League game I ever saw was on television, extended highlights from Liverpool beating Crystal Palace 9-0 in 1989. It's a game so famous it has its own wikipedia entry, but for all I knew at the time it was business as usual in England.

De Rosario Wins Scoring Title

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Though San Jose Earthquakes forward Chris Wondolowski tied DC United midfielder Swayne De Rosario on the final weekend of the season with 16 goals each, De Rosario takes the Budweiser Golden Boot by leading 12 to 3 on assists. De Rosario scored for three different teams in 2011, starting the season with Toronto before being traded to New York and then DC.

National Teamers Abroad: Goals For Americans

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Chris Rolfe had a two goal game for Aalborg, beating Odense 2-1. Herculez Gomez also scored two goals, with U.A.G. beating Santos Laguna 5-2 on Saturday. Gomez opened the scoring in the 2nd minute and scored again in the 15th, with Santos going a man down in the 32nd. Gomez subbed out in the 68th with U.

MLS Week 30: Finale

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Toronto 2 - New England 2 The two clubs at the bottom of the Eastern Conference played for pride on Saturday, finishing the season by splitting the points at BMO Field. Nick Soolsma put Toronto up in the 20th minute. New England equalized in the 41st when Monsef Zerka scored and went ahead in the 46th through Milton Caraglio.

Friday's Upside: Setting The Playoffs

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Their Words We have to get better. I don't think we've played that well the last two games. We came out and did a better job in the second half. We have to go back and regroup, focus and get better. The last two games haven't been great. I know we can play better. Philadelphia Union midfielder Freddy Adu.

Weekend TV: MLS Regular Season Finale

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Saturday EPL on ESPN2: Wolverhampton - Swansea at 7:30am. Fox Soccer has Newcastle - Wigan at 9:30am, Liverpool - Norwich at 12:30pm, and Bolton, Sunderland at 5pm. Aston Villa - WBA is on Fox Soccer Plus at 9:30am. Championship on Fox Soccer Plus: Reading - Southampton at 2pm and Blackpool - Nottingham Forest at 4pm.

CCL: LA 1 - Motagua 0

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The Galaxy won on the road in Honduras to take the final spot in the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals. Juninho scored the game's only goal in the 29th minute, LA's only shot on frame from five taken. Galaxy goalkeeper Josh Suanders needed four saves for the shutout. The Galaxy won Group A, the only MLS team to win its group.

FIFA And Good Governance

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (Oct 21, 2011) US Soccer Players -- It must be tough when the rest of the world decides to question an organization like FIFA. There's the expected lack of transparency from an organization that only really answers to a limited electorate. That's those 208 people who get a vote.

Europa League: Draws And Wins

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Steve Cherundolo got the start for Hannover 96, drawing 2-2 with FC Copenhagen in Group B. Hannover took the lead through Christian Pander 29 minutes in, with Copenhagen equalizing in the 58th. Sergio Pinto put the home team back in front in the 82nd, but Copenhagen split the points with a late equalizer from Cesar Santin in the 89th minute.

New York 1 - Philadelphia 0

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The Red Bulls ended any hope Portland or Chicago had of making the playoffs, becoming the 10th team to qualify for the postseason by beating Philadelphia. A Dane Richards header eight minutes in deflected off Philadelphia goalkeeper Fared Mondragon for the game's only goal. New York's Frank Rost picked up the shutout in front of 25,044 fans at Red Bull Arena.

Friday's TV

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ESPN Deportes has Augsburg - Werder Bremen at 2:30pm ET.

Thursday's Upside: United

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Their Words If he doesn't get MVP of the League there's something wrong. Plain and simple. For the last three months of the season since he came here he's been the best player in the League by far... a country mile. He needs to win MVP. Portland coach John Spencer on his MLS MVP candidate, DC United's Dwayne De Rosario.

5 Questions: Dallas, Houston, Timing, Minutes, Age

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By Tony Edwards - San Jose, CA (Oct 13, 2011) US Soccer Players -- In this set of questions, Tony asks about what really ended FC Dallas's Champs League run, a surprise contender in the East, and a different take on the MLS schedule. Was it the loss to Toronto at home that eliminated FC Dallas from the knock-out rounds of the CONCACAF Champions League?

A League in Transition

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By Dario Camacho - MIAMI, FL (Oct 11, 2011) US Soccer Players -- It's no surprise what Major League Soccer wants to become: an elite soccer league. What elite means isn't necessarily easily definable, but in general it could be argued that a world class league has world class players. Where those players come from, be it national players born, raised and developed in the USA or from other countries doesn't matter.

FIFA's Big Reveal

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (Oct 20, 2011) US Soccer Players -- Though some in Europe are treating the two-day FIFA executive committee meetings as Blatter's chance to make sure he's seen as a leader rather than a preservationist, that's very Eurocentric thinking. Blatter's legacy was cemented when he pushed for the World Cup to be played in Africa, and that's going to be his big picture moment looking back years from now.

CCL: Santos Laguna 2 - Colorado 0

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The Rapids were shutout in Mexico on Wednesday night, now waiting for Thursday's CONCACAF Champions League results to see if they advance in the competition. Aaron Galindo opened the scoring in the 55th minute and it was 2-0 Santos when Jesus Escoboza scored in the 67th. The Rapids are in the unenviable situation of needing a draw from the Metapan - Real Espana game to move on as Group B runners-up.

DC 1 - Portland 1

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DC United got a second-half equalizer against Portland in front of 14,317 at RFK Stadium on Wednesday night, but couldn't find a winner. Kenny Cooper put Portland on the board in the 24th minute, with Dwayne De Rosario bringing DC level in the 73rd. The draw means no chance at the postseason for DC United, who have a game left to play in 2011.

Thursday's TV

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Europa League on GolTV: Brugge - Birmingham City at 1pm and Sporting - Vaslui at 3pm. MLS on ESPN2: New York - Philadelphia at 8pm. CONCACAF Champions League on Galavision: Metapan - Real Espana at 8pm and Motagua - LA at 10pm (also on Fox Soccer). All Times Eastern

Wednesday's Upside: Toronto Advances

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Their Words If you watch the whole game, we played a very good game. We gave nothing away. There were maybe two opportunities for Dallas to score. I am very proud of the players' performance on the field. It is a great day for Toronto FC because it is the first time the club has qualified for the next round.

Foreign Relations In The Premier League

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By Jason Davis - WASHINGTON, DC (Oct 12, 2011) US Soccer Players -- It finally happened, the news item that most astute observers knew was coming, whether English soccer was ready for it or not. League Managers' Association chief executive Richard Bevan told a gathered throng at the Professional Players Federation meeting in London that several Premier League owners, made up of the foreign Asian and American concerns, were pushing to eliminate promotion and relegation.

The Back-Pass

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By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Oct 19, 2011) US Soccer Players -- What would soccer be like today without the back-pass rule? Though we'll never really know, in all likelihood there would feature fewer goals and a lot more goalkeeper possession. Since 1992, the back-pass rule forbids goalkeepers from handling the ball when a teammate intentionally kicks it to him or puts it in his direction from a throw-in.

CCL: Dallas Out, Toronto In, Seattle Loses

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Dallas 0 - Toronto 3 Home field advantage didn't help Dallas in a Major League Soccer matchup where the winner advanced to the knockout stage of the CONCACAF Champions League. Danny Koevermans scored in the 29th minute and Joao Plata had two goals in the 69th and 81st minute with Milos Kocik picking up the shutout in front of 2,578 at Pizza Hut Park.

October 2011 FIFA Rankings

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The United States is 34th in the October 2011 FIFA Rankings released on Wednesday. Mexico dropped to 22nd, first overall in CONCACAF. Spain remains the World #1, with Holland, Germany, Uruguay, and Brazil rounding out the top five. Elsewhere in CONCACAF, Jamaica drops five spots to 50th, Honduras is down four spots at 57th, and Costa Rica drops five places to 62nd.

Wednesday's TV: UEFA And CONCACAF

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UEFA Champions League on Fox Soccer: Marseille - Arsenal at 2:30pm and Barcelona - Viktor Pizen at 5pm. Fox Soccer Plus has Chelsea - Genk at 2:30pm. CONCACAF Champions League on Fox Soccer and TeleFutura: Santos Laguna - Colorado at 8pm. TeleFutura also has UNAM Pumas - Tauro at 10pm. Herediano - Comunicaciones is on Galavision at 10pm.

Tuesday's Upside: FC's In Frisco

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Their Words They have plans for me, it's just that it's not something that is going to be immediate. Jeff Larentowicz, on his future with the US National Team. Other Sources TFC needs win to stay alive - from The Toronto Sun's Kurtis Larson: "Big games like this is why you play," Dunfield said. Red Bulls, United search for answers - from FoxSoccer.

5 Questions: Sporting, DC, Minutes, RBA, Corners

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By Tony Edwards - San Jose, CA (Oct 13, 2011) US Soccer Players -- With the regular season coming to a close in Major League Soccer, Tony asks about Sporting's record, DC's lapses, and Red Bulls' future before moving to facial hair in Serie A. As always, your comments are welcome. Is Sporting Kansas City's road record really that bad?

USA - Slovenia Scheduled For Nov 16th

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The United States will play Slovenia in Ljubljana on November 16th, the second game on their European trip. The National Team opens against France on November 11th. "Slovenia is a small nation that has achieved big results," USA coach Jurgen Klinsmann said in a press statement. "For them to have qualified for two World Cups in such a short time is an incredible achievement.

Waiting On FIFA

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (Oct 18, 2011) US Soccer Players -- World Soccer's governing body owes us an announcement later this month. FIFA will explain how they plan on reforming their organization after almost a year of discontent. Though there's a good case for dating it even earlier, the obvious trouble started with the World Cup hosting announcement and carried through a presidential election cycle.

Tuesday's TV: Champions Leagues

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UEFA Champions League on Fox Soccer: FC Otelul Galati - Manchester United at 2:30pm and Real Madrid - Lyon at 5pm. Fox Soccer Plus has Manchester City - Villarreal at 2:30pm. CONCACAF Champions League on FoxSoccer: Dallas - Toronto at 8pm and Seattle - Monterrey at 10pm. All Times Eastern

Monday's Upside: Captain Berhalter

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Their Words It was an honor and I take my role as a Vice-Captain very seriously, so it was nice that it worked out for my last game and it ended perfect. I was going to be it anyway because Landon is that type of guy, he does the right thing and he wanted me to wear it no matter what. LA's Gregg Berhalter.

Figuring Out Fulham

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (Oct 17, 2011) US Soccer Players -- During Saturday's Stoke City - Fulham game, one of the commentators mentioned Fulham's tendency to play down the middle. Specifically, Clint Dempsey's tendency to move toward center. This denies Fulham a fully formed wide game. Fair enough point, especially when Fulham's offense stalled in a 2-0 loss at Stoke.

National Teamers Abroad: Goal For Gomez

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We'll start with the league that had an American scoring a goal. Herculez Gomez once again did his job as a super sub for U.A.G., but unfortunately it was in a losing effort. Gomez subbed on in the 68th minute and was on the score sheet five minutes later. Unfortunately, Chivas already lead 5-1, taking the game 5-2.

MLS Week 29: Contention

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Week 29 filled all but one playoff slot, with the order in the Eastern Conference still to be determined. After a multi-goal stoppage time finish to the DC - Chicago game, New York, Portland, Chicago, and DC remain in contention for the final wildcard slot. Portland 0 - Houston 2 Home field counted for very little for the timbers on Friday, shutout by Houston.

France - USA On November 11th

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The US Soccer Federation announced on Friday that the National Team will play France at the Stade de France at 3pm ET on November 11th. The game will be shown on ESPN2 and Univision. "France is traditionally one of the best teams in the world," coach Jurgen Klinsmann said in a press statement. "When you look at their history, the players that have come through their team and what they have accomplished, you have to.

Friday's Upside: Big Game Premier League

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Their Words It had a lot to do with the history of both cities and both clubs. It's an inherent situation. Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson on his club's rivalry with Liverpool. Other Sources Klinsmann's charge: Change soccer culture in U.S. - from The Sporting News's Brian Straus: But Klinsmann was hired to do more than just win.

Book Review: Soccer Made in St. Louis

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By Cesar Diaz - Harrison, NJ (Sep 28, 2011) US Soccer Players -- With all the coverage that's invested in various soccer leagues worldwide, it's easy to forget that the United States has a soccer history of its own. Whether or not many in the audience recognized it, that point was stressed by last week's US Open Cup final.

Keller's Last Stand

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By Justin Shaffer - SEATTLE, WA (Oct 14, 2011) US Soccer Players -- Since the 1990 rebirth of the United States National Team, the squad has consistently been blessed with World Cup caliber goalkeepers. On Saturday, the Seattle Sounders final regular season home game (10pm ET - Fox Soccer) is the beginning of the end for Kasey Keller's decorated career as a professional soccer player.

Weekend TV: Liverpool - Man U

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Saturday ESPN2 has Liverpool - Manchester United at 7:30am. EPL on Fox Soccer: Manchester City - Aston Villa at 9:30am, Chelsea - Everton at 12pm, and Stoke City - Fulham at 5pm. On Fox Soccer Plus: Norwich City - Swansea City at 10am, QPR - Blackburn at 2pm, and Wigan - Bolton at 4pm. Championship on FS+: Portsmouth - Barnsley at 9pm.

Friday's TV

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Bundesliga on GolTV: Werder Bremen - Borussia Dortmund at 2:30pm. Fox Soccer Plus has Doncaster Rovers - Leeds United in the Championship at 2:45pm. Primera on Azteca: Morelia - Tigres at 7pm. MLS on ESPN2: Colorado - Salt Lake at 10:30pm. All Times Eastern

Thursday's Upside: Colorado

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Their Words The reality is that when people don't work together well, you tend to miss out on certain things. Things fall through cracks. Colorado coach Gary Smith, speaking to The Denver Post about his relationship with technical director Paul Bravo. Other Sources Why LA Galaxy deserve more than just the Supporters Shield and a playoff crapshoot - from The Mirror's Alexi Lalas: So, in essence, when the regular season ends, the playoffs come along.

5 Questions: Age, Points, Schedule, Attendance, TV

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By Tony Edwards - San Jose, CA (Oct 13, 2011) US Soccer Players -- In the Thursday edition of the 5 Questions, Tony asks about the big issues from this week, including the impact of statements from US National Team coach Jurgen Klinsmann and a look at some MLS numbers. As always, let us know what you're thinking in the comments section.

Berhalter Announces Retirement

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Los Angeles Galaxy player/assistant coach Gregg Berhalter is dropping the player part of his title at the end of the season, retiring after 18 years. "This was not an easy decision for me to make but I feel that the timing is right for me to close this chapter of my career and begin to focus on the next stage as I look to continue my career in coaching," Berhalter said in a press statement.

Wins For Dallas And Vancouver

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Chicago 1 - Dallas 2 Two teams going different directions at Toyota Park in suburban Chicago. For the Fire, it's a realistic end to their playoff chances. For Dallas, it's the playoffs. Dallas led 2-0 with goals from Jackson in the 41st minute and Daniel Cruz in the 52nd. After Chicago's Pavel Pardo was ejected in the 78th, Sebastian Grazzini ruined Kevin Hartman's shutout attempt in the 85th minute.

Thursday's TV

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No games today.

Wednesday's Upside: Day After Ecuador

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Their Words It's a growing process we are going through that will take time. If you look at the overall roster, we have a good team together that is highly competitive going into World Cup qualifiers. US National Team coach Jurgen Klinsmann. Other Sources Klinsmann resolute about U.S. hopes, even in defeat - from The Sporting News's Brian Straus: "These types of partnerships .

National Teams And Foreign Coaches

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By Jason Davis - WASHINGTON, DC (Oct 12, 2011) US Soccer Players -- Jamie Carragher says, despite the underwhelming results on the field over the last few years, that England is cheating. Cheating by employing a foreign manager, a coach who hails from somewhere other than England itself, wasn't reared as a coach in England, isn't English like all of England's players.

Five From Ecuador

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (Oct 12, 2011) US Soccer Players -- The United States split the October friendlies with a win over Honduras on Saturday and a loss to Ecuador on Tuesday. Here are my five things to consider after last night's game. Left Back Timmy Chandler is perhaps the most mobile American left back since DaMarcus Beasley was pressed into service as part of the Chicago Fire's back line over a decade.

Highlights: USA 0 - Ecuador 1

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USA 0 - Ecuador 1

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The United States fell to a second-half goal from Ecuador at Red Bull Arena on Tuesday night. With Ecuador coming off a World Cup qualifying win over Venezuela, they brought a mostly first choice team that had a tough time cracking the United States defense in the first-half. With US coach Jurgen Klinsmann making four substitutions at halftime and eventually using all six, Ecuador faced a different version of the US when they capitalized in.

Wednesday's TV

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The Kansas City - Chivas friendly is on ESPN Deportes at 8:30pm ET.

Tuesday's Upside: Ecuador

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Their Words The big challenge is for MLS overall. How can they stretch that season into a format that is kind of competitive with the rest of the world? Right now it's not competitive. If you have a seven-eight month season, that's not competitive with the rest of the world. US National Team coach Jurgen Klinsmann, during Monday's public training session.

5 Questions: Shield, Fusion, Cup, Fouls, Reserves

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By Tony Edwards - San Jose, CA (Oct 11, 2011) US Soccer Players -- Tony starts the discussion with the tough time Major League Soccer clubs have had turning a Supporters' Shield into an MLS Cup. Join us in the comments section. How many Supporters' Shield winners have gone on to lift the Rothenberg/Anschutz trophy?

Too Much Of A Good Thing

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By Dario Camacho - MIAMI, FL (Oct 11, 2011) US Soccer Players -- Here we go again. Deep into the final weeks of Major League Soccer's regular season, we start to talk about next year. The addition of the Montreal Impact in 2012 as MLS's 19th team will have one major consequence to every MLS team. Montreal's debut unbalances the schedule.

National Team Visits Ground Zero Memorial

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Klinsmann And Belief In The Team

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (Oct 11, 2011) US Soccer Players -- Tonight, the United States faces their first team already participating in World Cup Qualifying (7pm - ESPN2). CONMEBOL starts early, and Ecuador has already seen success. The level of difficulty picks up considerably from Saturday to Tuesday, and with it is an opportunity for US coach Jurgen Klinsmann's group to make a statement about this squad.

Tuesday's TV: Qualifiers And Friendlies

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USA - Ecuador is on ESPN 2 and Univision at 7pm. Euro 2012 qualifying on ESPN2: Germany - Belgium at 1pm. On ESPN Deportes: Spain - Scotland at 3pm, France - Bosnia at 5pm, and Denmark - Portugal at 7pm. Mexico plays Brazil on ESPN2 at 9:30pm. GolTV has Panama - Nicaragua at 8pm. All Times Eastern

Monday's Upside: New Era Win

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Their Words He's providing a tremendous amount of leadership. Tim is really getting to a time of his career where he realizes the golden years are ahead. He's moving forward undoubtedly as the No. 1 here, he's playing for a very good team in Europe, and we want him to be one of the strong guys here both on and off the field.

Scouting Report: Ecuador

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By Clemente Lisi – Harrison, NJ (Oct 10, 2011) US Soccer Players -- Ecuador comes to the New York area to play the United States on Tuesday night at Red Bull Arena four days after embarking on their two-year quest to reach the 2014 World Cup finals. Ecuador defeated Venezuela 2-0 on Friday in their opening game in CONMEBOL World Cup qualifying.

CONCACAF, The Passing Game, And Quality Control

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (Oct 10, 2011) US Soccer Players -- As a region, there's a basic inability of CONCACAF teams to pass into space. Get a CONCACAF team to develop a midfielder and defender capable of passing into space and a forward pairing that can expect to run onto those balls and they would dominate.

MLS: San Jose And Philadelphia Win

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Seattle's loss was LA's gain. Though the Los Angeles Galaxy didn't play on Saturday, Seattle losing means LA wins the Supporters' Shield as the team with the best regular season record. This is the Galaxy's fourth Supporters' Shield and their second in a row. They're also the third team in a row to win back-to-back Supporters' Shields.

Highlights: USA 1 - Honduras 0

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USA 1 - Honduras 0

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The United States got its first win under head coach Jurgen Klinsmann, beating Honduras on Saturday night in Miami. Clint Dempsey scored the game's only goal in the 35th minute. Tim Howard picked up the shutout, making several strong saves. Without Landon Donovan, Klinsmann used Clint Dempsey in an attacking role playing behind the two forwards.

Friday's Upside: Multi-Goal

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Their Words You could tell Vancouver came out with a little bit of edge and once that PK happened with the ejection, we were really forced into a situation that we didn't want to be in. Real Salt Lake assistant coach Jeff Cassar. Other Sources More than 55,000 tickets sold for home finale on Oct. 15 - from The Seattle Times' Joshua Mayers: The number is amazing and just another example of the unparalleled support.

Scouting Report: Honduras

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By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Oct 7, 2011) US Soccer Players -- The story of Saturday's USA - Honduras friendly will be as much about who isn't there as who is. The absenteeism applies to both teams, with regulars missing the trip to Miami. Honduras will be without several of their starters as well as DC United striker Andy Najar, but will feature three other MLS-based players.

Weekend TV: Internationals

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Saturday The United States plays Honduras at 6pm on Fox Soccer and Univision. Primera Division on TeleFutura: Queretaro - Santos Laguna at 6pm, Pachuca - Jaguares at 8pm, and Atlante - San Luis at 10pm. Galavision has Atlas - Tijuana at 9:30pm. All Times Eastern Sunday Primera Division on Univision: Club America - Morelia at 5pm.

Vancouver 3 - Salt Lake 0

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Real Salt Lake's Collen Warner was shown a straight red card for a handball in the 42nd minute, with Vancouver's Camilo converting the resulting penalty. That opened the door for a Whitecaps rout in front of 20,113 fans at BC Place. Camilo converted a second penalty in the 53rd minute, with Nizar Khalfan scoring in the 88th.

The Future Of CONCACAF

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (Oct 6, 2011) US Soccer Players -- The last thing anybody should've wanted to hear from CONCACAF general secretary Chuck Blazer showed up in a press release yesterday. "My passion for soccer is undiminished and it is time for me to explore new challenges within this wonderful sport.

Friday's TV

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Euro 2012 qualifying: Finland - Sweden at 12pm and Czech Republic - Spain at 3pm. Costa Rica plays Brazil at 10pm. Primera on Galavision: U.A.G. - Monterrey at 9pm. All Times Eastern

Thursday's Upside: Euro Calendar

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Their Words We understand that the international match calendar is a FIFA matter. But UEFA is providing suggestions via a democratic process involving all stakeholders. The main point is to replace friendly matches with double-header fixtures and to harmonise kick-off times as per the UEFA Champions League approach.

5 Questions: Montreal, Seattle, Ties, Preki, NASL

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By Tony Edwards - San Jose, CA (Oct 6, 2011) US Soccer Players -- In this edition of the 5 Questions, Tony wonders what Montreal's newest signing says about the club's plans, looks at the Sounders' Open Cup legacy, and answers his own MVP question. As always, your contributions are welcome in the comments section.

EPL On Fox Vs MLS On NBC

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (Oct 6, 2011) US Soccer Players -- So we now know what a top-tier soccer game on network television draws. Even on tape-delay, it's about 1.5 million viewers. That's the takeaway from Fox's experiment in showing delayed English Premier League games on Sunday afternoon, and it's also a new goal for what counts as success with televised soccer in America.

Thursday's TV

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No games today.

Wednesday's Upside: Seattle's Third

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Their Words Like we said, every time we enter a competition we want to win it, so we'll enter it next year and we'll want to win it next year as well. Seattle coach Sigi Schmid. Other Sources As Donovan ages, his time as U.S. centerpiece ticks away - from The Sporting News's Brian Straus: It's not that Donovan has performed poorly or that he's no longer an elite player.

Time And MLS

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (Oct 5, 2011) US Soccer Players --One of the constant complaints during what feels like a never ending season of Major League Soccer has been time. Coaches don't have enough of it. Players are expected to do too much with limited amounts of it. The schedule has turned into the biggest obstacle between a team doing their best and simply making due.

Sounders Lift Cup

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The Seattle Sounders ended up in a familiar position on Tuesday night, US Open Cup champions. This time, Seattle had to get through the other great MLS Open Cup team the Chicago Fire. With Chicago looking to win their fifth Cup and Seattle playing for their third in a row, it was Seattle getting the 2-0 win at CenturyLink Field.

New York 2 - LA 0

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Without forwards Landon Donovan and Robbie Keane, the Los Angeles Galaxy was shutout on the road at Red Bull Arena on Tuesday night. Luke Rodgers opened the scoring in the 32nd minute and Thierry Henry finished it off in the 59th. Frank Rost recorded the shutout with three saves. New York outshot LA 15 to 12, putting six of those shots on frame.

Wednesday's TV

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No games today.

Le Toux Named Player Of The Month

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Philadelphia Union forward Sebastien Le Toux is Major League Soccer's Player of the Month for September, the League announced on Tuesday. Le Toux scored seven goals in six games in September, and has yet to miss a minute for the Union this season. This is his first Player of the Month win.

Tuesday's Upside: Open

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Their Words I find it difficult to work out how a head coach from another club can offer advice to a team that, quite frankly, is so different to theirs. Has he not got enough going on there? He's in four competitions, he has no idea of the circumstances at this club. Colorado coach Gary Smith responds to Seattle's Sigi Schmid.

5 Questions: Kuper, Keeper, Cup, Shots, Bulls

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By Tony Edwards - San Jose, CA (Sep 20, 2011) US Soccer Players -- In this edition of the 5 Questions, Tony wonders what connects Freddy Adu and Moneyball's Billy Beane and Brad Friedel's status in England. What two Americans are interviewed by Simon Kuper for his engaging new book, Soccer Men? Landon Donovan and Clint Dempsey, right?

The Cosmos In Europe

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (Oct 4, 2011) US Soccer Players -- In Paul Doyle's transfer rumors column in The Guardian, he mentions "whispers" that UEFA is considering an expansion of the Champions League to include foreign clubs. Namely, Major League Soccer's would-be 20th team the New York Cosmos.

Donovan Out For Upcoming Friendlies

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The closest thing the United States has had to a constant presence, midfielder Landon Donovan will miss the October friendlies the US Soccer Federation announced on Monday. Donovan is suffering from a strained right quadriceps and will not join the team in Miami. Donovan's former LA Galaxy teammate and current Ingolstadt forward Edson Buddle has been called up in his place.

Tuesday's TV: Open Cup

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MLS on ESPN2: NY - LA at 8pm. The US Open Cup final is on Fox Soccer at 10pm: Seattle - Chicago. Both Times Eastern

Monday's Upside: Contention

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Their Words That was the last chance for Chivas to get a taste of the playoffs or be in the group that still have a chance, so they threw a lot of numbers forward, and you could see it was the last chance for them to come back in the game. We played a very difficult and tough game on Thursday and had to fly across the country, so at some point I knew that.

No Place Like Home

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By Dario Camacho - MIAMI, FL (Oct 3, 2011) US Soccer Players -- As the saying goes, home is where the heart is. When applied to Major League Soccer, taking advantage of home stands is the bread and butter of successful teams. Win at home and settle for a draw on the road. Obtain the magic combination of those two ideals and you have the makings of a productive season.

Fulham's Goals

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (Oct 3, 2011) US Soccer Players -- For those of you that might have missed Fulham beating Queens Park Rangers 6-0 on Sunday, at least one QPR player took it upon himself to police Fulham's response. Up five goals with the fifth scored by Clint Dempsey, Alejandro Faurlín was yellow carded for a foul on Dempsey.

National Teamers Abroad: Goals For Buddle, Beasley, And Dempsey

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Clint Dempsey scored as Fulham routed Queens Park Rangers 6-0 in a new Premier League level London derby. Andrew Johnson opened the scoring two minutes in at Craven Cottage, with Danny Murphy converting a penalty in the 20th minute. Johnson finished off his hat-trick with goals in the 38th and 59th minutes.

MLS Week 28: Leading At Home

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Houston 1 - Chicago 1 Things stay competitive in the Eastern Conference, with Houston unable to hold onto a lead at home. Colin Clark put the Dynamo up in the 33rd minute with Dominic Oduro equalizing in the 43rd. Houston finished with five shots on goal from 14 taken. Chicago put four on goal from 10 taken.