USSoccerPlayers Archives for January 2011

Europa League Wednesday

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Steve Cherundolo got the start for Hannover 96, losing 2-0 to Standard Liege in Belgium. Both Group B teams advanced to the knockout stage of the competition. Standard Liege got their first goal in the 25th minute, doubling the lead in the 56th. Cherundolo picked up an 11th minute yellow card. Jozy Altidore went the distance for AZ in a scoreless draw with Malmo in Group G.

Thursday's TV

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Europa League on GolTV: Schalke - Steau Bucharest at 1pm and Atletico Bilbao - Slovan Bratislava at 3pm. Apertura semifinals on TeleFutura: Queretaro - Tigres at 8pm. All Times Eastern

Wednesday's Upside: Exits

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Their Words It's disappointing. Done deal, see you later. It's puzzling. It hurts. You put so much into your organization. ‘D.C. United' were the first words my [2 1/2-year-old] son learned. Santino Quaranta, speaking to The Washington Post's Steven Goff. Other Sources Soccer fan Obama makes call to MLS champs - from USA Today's Aamer Madhani: but this was the first time a sitting president has called to congratulate a cup-winning coach, according to the.

The Galaxy On Tour

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By Jason Davis - WASHINGTON, DC (Nov 30, 2011) US Soccer Players -- Should David Beckham move to another league this winter, all involved in Major League Soccer would probably expect your last memory of his time in MLS to be him walking off the field with the MLS Cup trophy. That shining moment would serve as the natural exclamation mark on Beckham's MLS resume.

The Schedule

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (Nov 30, 2011) US Soccer Players -- And once again it's the schedule. This time, it's Blackburn openly admitting they're prioritizing the league on their way out of the Carling Cup. Blackburn manager Steve Kean made the headline writers in England happy by using the term 'forfeited' in his post-game comments, making it clear that the team with the worst record in the Premier League needed to focus on.

Wednesday's TV

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Europa League on GolTV: Celtic - Atletico Madrid at 1pm and Spurs - PAOK at 3pm. Carling Cup on Fox Soccer Plus: Manchester United - Crystal Palace at 2:40pm. Under-17 friendly on Fox Soccer: USA - France at 5pm. All Times Eastern

Tuesday's Upside: Double Exclamation

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Their Words I am happy that when I look back on my career, I have zero regrets. I would like to thank all the fans in Portland and all the other cities I was lucky enough to play in for everything they have done in supporting me and my teammates. Portland Timbers defender Kevin Goldwaite announces his retirement.

5 Questions: Who Knew Edition

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By Tony Edwards - San Jose, CA (Nov 29, 2011) US Soccer Players -- Tony asks about Carlos Bocanegra's injury, looks at what Fulham and Everton might need to do to move higher in the EPL standings, and is the last one to become aware of AZ Alkmaar's nickname. How does Carlos Bocanegra's injury affect Rangers?

MLS Announces 2012 Home Openers

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On Tuesday, Major League Soccer released the dates for the 2012 home openers. The opponents have yet to be named, with the full schedule expected to be released in January. Houston doesn't debut their new stadium until week 10, and Montreal has yet to settle on a date for the opening of the reconstructed Saputo Stadium.

Adjusting To The Game

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (Nov 29, 2011) US Soccer Players -- When I was a kid, there was a guy at my church who was the son of a professional baseball player. His dad spent 14 years pitching in the big leagues. The son played major college football and minor league baseball. Obviously, this was of interest to those of us who were into pro sports - meaning every kid I knew.

The Upside: Condolences

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Their Words I, and all of the football family of Wales, am devastated by the news of Gary's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with his wife and family at this difficult time. Football Association of Wales chief executive Jonathan Ford. Other Sources Gary Speed: A football man of principle who engendered huge affection - from The Guardian's Richard Williams: Speed's entire record formed a testament to his natural aptitude for the game on the.

Tuesday's TV

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Serie A on Fox Soccer: Napoli - Juventus at 2:30pm. Carling Cup on Fox Soccer Plus: Arsenal - Manchester City at 3pm and Chelsea - Liverpool at 5pm. La Liga on ESPN Deportes: Barcelona - Rayo Vallecano at 3pm. All Times Eastern

A Fan Finds A Team

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By Dario Camacho - MIAMI, FL (Nov 11, 2011) US Soccer Players -- When I was a little kid in Colombia, my father used to take me to a soccer academy. Every Saturday morning I would wake up, and be whisked away so I could fulfill his dream of his son becoming the next Colombian National team goalkeeper.

Rangers And The Premier League Game

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (Nov 28, 2011) US Soccer Players -- Rugby Park seats 18,121 and far less were in attendance when Kilmarnock beat Rangers 1-0 on Sunday in the Scottish Premier League. Though you might not have thought so if you watched the Rangers TV team's postgame coverage, Rangers remain top of the table by four points over old friends Celtic level on games played with 16.

Americans Abroad: Chandler Scores

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The big news of the weekend from Europe was Timmy Chandler scoring the only goal in Nurnberg's 1-0 win over Kaiserslautern in the Bundesliga. Chandler's goal came in the 13th, minute at the Easy-Credit Stadion, with Raphael Schafer needing one save for the shutout. Nurnberg are 14th in the table, two points above the relegation zone.

Weekend TV: Apertura Playoffs

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Saturday PEL on ESPN2: Manchester United - Newcastle United at 10am. On ESPN Deportes: Stoke City - Blackburn at 7:30am. On Fox Soccer: Chelsea - Wolves at 9:30am, Arsenal - Fulham at 12pm, and Bolton - Everton at 5pm. On Fox Soccer Plus: WBA - Spurs at 10am and Norwich City - QPR at 2pm. Championship on FS+: West Ham United - Derby County at 4pm.

Friday's TV

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Serie A on Fox Soccer: Udinese - Roma at 2:30pm. Bundesliga on ESPN Deportes: Cologne - Borussia Moenchengladbach at 2:30pm. All Times Eastern.

5 Questions: Crew, Minutes, Chacon, Castrol, Wins

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By Tony Edwards - San Jose, CA (Nov 23, 2011) US Soccer Players -- Far be it from us not to stick to a schedule, so here's the Thanksgiving Day edition of the 5 Questions. Tony looks at former MVP's new job, the Castrol Ratings for Americans in Europe, and when to show up for a Crew game. What did you miss, this past season, if you got to your seat at a Crew game.

Thursday's TV

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No games today.

The Upside: More Galaxy

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Their Words Other Sources What Happened to Landon Donovan's Uniform from the 2011 MLS Cup? - from Upper Deck's Chris Carlin: "As an added bonus, we even threw in his socks." Hollywood Ending - from Sports Illustrated's Grant Wahl: But there was more to the Galaxy's title than writing checks. Don't airbrush Beckham's legacy - from ESPN.

Montreal Picks 10

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The Montreal Impact started the 2011 expansion draft with a controversial move, selecting Houston Dynamo forward Brian Ching over the player's objections. Ching let it be known before the draft that he planned to retire rather than leave Houston. In the only trade move, Montreal drafted Seattle's James Riley and sent him to Chivas USA for Gerson Mayen and Justin Braun.

The Quick Turnaround

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By Jason Davis - WASHINGTON, DC (Nov 23, 2011) US Soccer Players -- Apologies if you haven't quite processed the Los Angeles Galaxy's coronation as MLS Cup champions yet, but MLS needs your attention. Sorry if you're still pondering what the future of a League where teams with Designated Players can actually win championships might look like, but it's already time to move on.

November 2011 FIFA Rankings

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The United States stay 34th in the November 2011 FIFA Rankings released on Wednesday. Mexico moves up to 20th, first overall in CONCACAF. Spain remains the World #1, with Holland, Germany, Uruguay, and England rounding out the top five. Elsewhere in CONCACAF, Jamaica moves up three spots to 47th, Panama is up two spots to 51st, Honduras moves three spots at 54th, and Costa Rica drops two places to 64th.

Wednesday's TV

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Champions League on Fox Soccer: Milan - Barcelona at 2pm, Arsenal - Borussia Dortmund at 5pm (2pm on Fox Soccer Plus), and Bayer Leverkusen - Chelsea at 7pm. All Times Eastern

Tuesday's Upside: International Interest

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Their Words It would be better for US Soccer, and specifically also for the National Team. And the popularity inside the country. FIFA president Sepp Blatter telling Fox Soccer's Eric Wynalda that he believes MLS should adopt the traditional season schedule. Other Sources Dynamo soar into offseason with optimism - from The Houston Chronicle's Jose De Jesus Ortiz: "On the field, it's very bright.

5 Questions: Galaxy, Dynamo, Ball, Draft, Schedule

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By Tony Edwards - San Jose, CA (Nov 22, 2011) US Soccer Players -- In today's 5 Questions, Tony questions the Galaxy, ponders Houston, and wonders why it's so hard to see a silver soccer ball on television. How complete was the Galaxy's performance on Sunday evening? You could maybe point to needing better finishing, but Los Angeles was better in every facet of the game.

For MLS, It's Game On

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (Nov 22, 2011) US Soccer Players -- Is anybody really surprised that a tape-delayed Premier League game Fox showed on Sunday afternoon outdrew MLS Cup on ESPN later that night by a considerable margin? 1.5 to 0.8 on the Nielsen scale, and once again Major League Soccer's big night turns onto a problem in search of an answer.

Tuesday's TV

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Champions League on Fox Soccer: Manchester United - Benfica at 2:30pm, Real Madrid - Dinamo Zagreb at 5pm, and Napoli - Benfica at 7pm (2:30pm on Fox Soccer Plus). All Times Eastern

Monday's Upside: Postgame

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Their Words A forward like that, you give him one opportunity, he puts it away. You shut him down all game and all of a sudden he gets an opportunity and puts the ball in the back of the net. Houston defender Geoff Cameron on MLS Cup MVP Landon Donovan. Other Sources LA Galaxy shines in win over Houston - from ESPN.

MLS 2011 Review Part 2: What We Should Learn

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By Clemente Lisi – Carson, CA (Nov 20, 2011) US Soccer Players – The joke in the press box at the Home Depot Center on Sunday night was that it had been the fault of the large contingent of English journalists credentialed for MLS Cup (there to see David Beckham) who brought the rain with them to Southern California.

MLS 2011 Review Part 1: What The League Should Learn

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (Nov 20, 2011) US Soccer Players -- We could've called this 'Lessons Learned From 2011,' but that suggests accepting that any of these are actually problems. Instead, the group think at work within Major League Soccer would likely go ahead and move them to the 'successes' side of the docket.

LA 1 - Houston 0

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The Los Angeles Galaxy ended the season the way many Major League Soccer pundits predicted, lifting the MLS Cup. In a game dominated by the Galaxy, Landon Donovan scored the only goal in the 72nd minute with Robbie Keane picking up the assist. Galaxy goalkeeper Josh Saunders had a relatively easy night in goal, needing to make a single save for the championship shutout.

National Teamers Abroad: Goals For Goodson and Findley

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Clarence Goodson got an 18th-minute goal in Brondby's 2-1 win over Copenhagen, one of two Americans to score over the weekend. Robbie Findley got the other goal, with Nottingham Forest beating Ipswich Town 3-2 in England's Championship. Findley equalized in the 42nd minute, with Joel Lynch getting Forest's second equalizer in the 84th and Marcus Tudgay finding a stoppage time winner.

Friday's Upside: DeRo

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Their Words For me, this is the most meaningful individual honor of my career. I couldn't have achieved this without my teammates, and I'm grateful to the players, coaches, fans, media and people at MLS for recognizing me. That said, I'm disappointed not to be playing in the MLS Cup Playoffs right now, and my goal is to get DC United back to where it belongs in 2012.

Managing A Disappointment

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By Dario Camacho - MIAMI, FL (Nov 11, 2011) US Soccer Players -- When the final whistle blows at this Sunday's MLS Cup, the story will finally come to a close for one of the biggest disappointments in Major League Soccer history. It's a story that ended when the Los Angeles Galaxy knocked New York out of the playoffs, a predictable conclusion when a #1 seed meets the 10th-place club.

Rich Levy: The Creative Mind behind the MLS Cup

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By Cesar Diaz - NEW YORK, NY (Nov 18, 2011) US Soccer Players -- With the 2011 MLS Cup taking place on Sunday, fans have been debating on whether the Los Angeles Galaxy or Houston Dynamo will win their third MLS Cup. Along with the debate, many are wondering if this will be David Beckham's final game in Major League Soccer.

Weekend TV: MLS Cup

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Saturday EPL on ESPN2: Norwich City - Arsenal at 7:30am. On Fox Soccer: Manchester City - Newcastle United at 9:30am, Swansea City - Manchester United at noon, and Sunderland - Fulham at 5pm. Fox Soccer Plus has Everton - Wolverhampton at 10am and Stoke City - QPR at 4pm. Championship on Fox Soccer Plus: Burnley - Leeds United at 7:45am.

Blatter In Public

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (Nov 16, 2011) US Soccer Players -- Here are some things about FIFA that we can probably agree with: FIFA is a bureaucratic organization. FIFA creates soccer politicians. Those politicians are beholden to more than their direct electorate. Those politicians should be held to a public trust standard just like politicians in democratic countries all over the world.

5 Questions: Home, Experience, Cable, Scoring, Cards

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By Tony Edwards - San Jose, CA (Nov 15, 2011) US Soccer Players -- In Thursday's edition of the 5 Questions, Tony takes us through home and road attendance, a trend in head coach hiring, and good news for the Galaxy's bottom line. How many MLS teams drew more at home than on the road this past season?

Thursday's Upside: Entertainment

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Their Words If you're a fan and you really want excitement you have to watch a Premier League game. Edgar Davids. Other Sources Keane's return, Davis' absence mark Cup countdown - from Soccer America's Ridge Mahoney: "We're going certainly to give him a couple of easy days and have him ready for Sunday.

Montreal's Examples

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By Jason Davis - WASHINGTON, DC (Nov 17, 2011) US Soccer Players -- There is little originality when it comes to breeding success on the soccer field. That's a truth that applies even in a young league like Major League Soccer. Enough has already happened, even midway through the second decade of the League's existence, to have created a set of blueprints for others to follow.

Friday's TV

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No games today.

Thursday's TV

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No games today.

Wednesday's Upside: Public Statements

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Their Words Every day, Jay set a positive example when he was one of our players: he gave everything he had on the field, no matter if it was a game or a training session, and then was a leader in the locker room and in the community. We believe Jay is the right person to lead us as our head coach and we're very excited to get him in and involved.

Olympic Qualifying TV Information

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Wednesday turned into a day for announcements from CONCACAF, with the region's governing body finalizing a deal for television coverage of the Men's and Women's 2012 Olympic Qualifying tournaments. The tournaments will be available in Spanish on Telemundo with Universal Sports Network showing games involving the US teams and the finals in English.

CONCACAF WCQ Schedule

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On Wednesday, CONCACAF announced the schedule for the Third Round of World Cup Qualifying. The United States will play Jamaica, Guatemala, and Antigua & Barbuda home and away with two team qualifying for the Hexagonal round. The first game for the USA will be on June 8th, at home to Antigua & Barbuda.

Bocanegra's Goals

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In celebration of United States National Team captain Carlos Bocanegra winning his 100th cap on Tuesday, US Soccer has a highlight video of every goal Bocanegra has scored at National Team level.

The US Tells A Different Story

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (Nov 16, 2011) US Soccer Players -- So what about that offense? The United States National Team put on a first-half show on Tuesday at Stozice Stadium, scoring from distance, from a close-range header, and converting from the penalty spot. The timing of the goals was also important, going up within 10 minutes and retaking the lead for good just before halftime.

Video: Slovenia 2 - USA 3

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Wednesday's TV

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No games today.

Tuesday's Upside: Games Past

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Their Words For me, the best part of it all was sharing the moment and that feeling with my teammates. Throughout the whole World Cup, you could see the spirit and the strength of the team, and it was reflected in the way we celebrated goals. USA midfielder Michael Bradley on scoring against Slovenia in the 2010 World Cup.

5 Questions: Goals, Three, LA, 34, Arena

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By Tony Edwards - San Jose, CA (Nov 15, 2011) US Soccer Players -- Five for Tuesday, where Tony looks ahead to a busy 2012 for the Galaxy, looks back at record goal scorers in MLS, and ponders the 34-game schedule. Which player in MLS history has scored the most goals at home? Surprisingly, not Jeff Cunningham, who leads in away goals and game-winning goals.

Slovenia 2 - USA 3

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The United States picked up a road win in Europe on Tuesday, beating Slovenia 3-2 at the Stozice Stadium in Ljubljana. In cold and foggy conditions, the United States came out in a 442 with Jozy Altidore partnering with Edson Buddle. Both players would end up on the score sheet before halftime. Buddle opened the scoring in the 9th minute, with Slovenia equalizing in the 26th.

CCL: Knockout Round Dates Announced

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On Tuesday, CONCACAF announced the matchdays for the knockout stage of the Champions League. Games will start on March 6th, 2012. All Times U.S. Eastern (local times in parentheses) First Leg Tuesday, March 6, 2012 Morelia (MEX) vs. Monterrey (MEX), 10 p.m. (9 p.m.) Wednesday, March 7, 2012 Toronto FC (CAN) vs.

Keller Wins Keeper Of The Year

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In his final professional season, Kasey Keller has added Major League Soccer's Goalkeeper of the Year award to go with being named to the League's Best XI. Keller was in goal for every minute of every MLS game for Seattle this season, and led the League in save percentage at 76%. MLS Goalkeeper of the Year 2011: Kasey Keller – Seattle Sounders 2010: Donovan Ricketts – LA Galaxy 2009: Zach Thornton – Chivas USA 2008:.

Tuesday's TV

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ESPN2 and Galavision have the USA - Slovenia friendly at noon. Euro 2012 qualifying on ESPN Deportes: Croatia - Turkey at 2pm and Portugal - Bosnia and Herzegovina at 4pm. The Germany - Holland friendly is on ESPN Classic at 2:30pm. All Times Eastern

Monday's Upside: November In Europe

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Their Words I was happy to get a few minutes, and hopefully there are more to come. Of course it's nice to get your first cap, but I hope that next time we are going to win. US National Team midfielder Fabian Johnson. Other Sources Klinsmann Has Time on His Side - from The NY Times' Andrew Das: the time left before the next World Cup — is a lifetime in soccer.

Scouting Report: Slovenia

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By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Nov 2011) US Soccer Players -- In their last game of 2011, the United States takes on Slovenia in Ljubljana on Tuesday in a rematch of the thrilling 2010 World Cup opening-round contest that ended 2-2. The game comes at a time when Slovenia, failing to reach the 2012 European Championship, is in the midst of rebuilding after the firing last month of coach Matjaz Kek.

Klinsmann And Self Belief

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (Nov 14, 2011) US Soccer Players -- Perhaps the biggest takeaway from Friday's France - USA friendly was the inability of France to really push more than one point of attack. Without the ability to really complicate matters for the United States, France seldom showed why they belong among the elite teams of Europe.

Real Caribe Soccer Club: Building Character Through Soccer

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By Cesar Diaz - NEW YORK, NY (Nov 14, 2011) US Soccer Players -- If American Soccer has taught us anything, it's that soccer at a grassroots level has outlasted many professional soccer leagues. It's also well documented how the immigrant community has planted the seeds for soccer in this country. Alongside the number of youth academies that were founded in those communities, soccer has flourished in neighborhoods across the US for decades.

Video: France 1 - USA 0

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France 1 - USA 0

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A 72nd minute goal from Loic Remy was all France needed for a 1-0 win over the United States at Stade de France on Friday. USA goalkeeper Tim Howard did a lot of work to keep the score manageable, with France holding a decisive lead in shots taken and shots on goal. Hugo Lloris kept the clean sheet for France.

Friday's Upside: Game On Stade

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Their Words That was the tournament where Fulham came and watched me, and I was able to get the opportunity to go over to the Premiership after that. It was just a huge opportunity, and I was lucky enough that I was able to be seen by some European coaches. US National Team captain Carlos Bocanegra on playing in the 2003 Confederations Cup in France.

Something Given...

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By Dario Camacho - MIAMI, FL (Nov 11, 2011) US Soccer Players -- The script couldn't have been written any better. It was the sort of night that everything aligned perfectly for the Los Angeles Galaxy and Major League Soccer. The LA - Real Salt Lake game had everything you could ask for in a Western Conference Final.

Weekend TV: Friendlies, Qualifiers, Cup

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Saturday Fox Soccer has the England - Spain friendly at 12pm. FA Cup on Fox Soccer Plus: Newport County - Shrewsbury Town at 7:30am, Swindon - Huddersfield at 10am, and East Thurrock - Maclesfield Town at 9pm. On Fox Soccer: Alreton - Carlisle at 10am and Fleetwood - Wycombe at 2:30pm. All Times Eastern Sunday FA Cup on Fox Soccer Plus: Halifax - Charlton Athletic at 8:30am.

The State Of The League Is Questionable

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (Nov 11, 2011) US Soccer Players -- Major League Soccer commissioner Don Garber engaged in the League's rah-rah moment on Thursday, holding the annual State of the League teleconference with the media. As much as any League would like to stress the positives and focus on the future, MLS is currently facing issues that aren't so easily pushed aside.

Friday's TV

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France - USA is at 3pm on ESPN2 and Univision. EURO 2012 qualifying on ESPN Deportes: Bosnia and Herzegovina - Portugal at 2pm and Turkey - Croatia at 4pm. ESPN Deportes also has the Ukraine - Germany friendly at 6pm. Univision has Mexico - Serbia at 9pm. FA Cup on Fox Soccer: Cambridge - Wrexham at 2:30pm.

Thursday's Upside: Shea And Arsenal

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Their Words It's a training period for him to see what his top level is like. The MLS encourage their players to go out to Europe during their off-season for improvement, practice and to have contact with top-level football. That's why Brek Shea is coming here. It is a learning experience for him. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger.

MLS Names Best XI

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During his State of the League teleconference on Thursday, Major League Soccer commissioner Don Garber named the MLS Best XI for 2011. GK: Kasey Keller (Seattle) DEF: Todd Dunivant (Los Angeles), Omar Gonzalez (Los Angeles), Jamison Olave (Salt Lake) MID: David Beckham (Los Angeles), Brad Davis (Houston), Dwayne De Rosario (DC), Landon Donovan (Los Angeles) FOR: Thierry Henry (New York)

5 Questions: Bulls, Coaches, Attendance, Champions, Guardian

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By Tony Edwards - San Jose, CA (Nov 10, 2011) US Soccer Players -- In this edition, Tony asks the obvious question about the Red Bulls, looks at the MLS Cup coaching match-up, and has a bracket prediction for the knockout stage of the CONCACAF Champions League. What international calendar for 2011 were the Red Bulls looking at?

What To Look For: November Friendlies

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By Justin Shaffer - SEATTLE, WA (Nov 10, 2011) US Soccer Players -- With the United States embarking on a new path following the loss to Mexico in the Gold Cup final and the hiring of coach Jurgen Klinsmann, most fans expected one thing to change. Klinsmann was expected to part company with the bunker and counter strategy that constantly left the USA trailing early in games.

Scouting Report: France

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By Clemente Lisi – Harrison, NJ (Nov 10, 2011) US Soccer Players -- The USA gets their first game with France since the Carter administration, Friday in the famed Stade de France in suburban Paris. The contest, arguably the toughest game thus far for the USA under coach Jurgen Klinsmann, will allow the Americans to put into practice all they have learned from their new coach since August.

Thursday's TV

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ESPN Deportes has the Gabon - Brazil friendly at 1pm ET.

Wednesday's Daily: Revs Promote

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Their Words Major League Soccer has evolved significantly in the last few years and while we felt we had a structure in place that had worked well earlier and led us to success, the last two years did not live up to our expectations," said Robert Kraft. "With this new executive structure, we will be better positioned to compete for championships on the field while we continue to focus on growing our business and building.

Houston, LA, And The Money Game

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By Jason Davis - WASHINGTON, DC (Nov 9, 2011) US Soccer Players -- As if predetermined as a way bring into focus the ever-evolving nature of Major League Soccer as a competition, the big spending, superstar-laden LA Galaxy will face off against the more typically frugal blue collar Houston Dynamo in the MLS Cup Final.

FIFA At Work

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (Nov 9, 2011) US Soccer Players -- Faced with what their own top elected official has described as "the need for change and the urgent need for sweeping reforms," what world soccer's governing body really needs right now is another committee. At least that's the takeaway from FIFA president Sepp Blatter's decision to "put to life" the Strategic Committee, one that hasn't met in over two years.

Wednesday's TV

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Copa Del Rey on GolTV: L'Hospitalet - Barcelona at 4pm ET.

Slovenia Squad For Nov 15th

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GK: Samir Handanovic (Udinese), Jasmin Handanovic (NK Maribor), Vid Belec (Crotone) DEF: Miso Brecko (FC Koln), Bostjan Cesar (Chievo), Branko Ilic (Lokomotiv Moscow), Bojan Jokic (Chievo), Matej Mavric Rozic (KSV Superfund), Miral Samardžić (Sheriff Tiraspol), Marko Šuler (Gent) MID: Armin Bačinovič (Palermo), Josip Iličič (Palermo), Andraz Kirm (Wisla Krakow), Rene Krhin (FC Bologna), Dejan Lazarevic (Padova), Darijan Matič (Kryvbas Kryvyi Rih), Ales Mertelj (NK Maribor), Dare Pass (Olimpija Ljubljana) FOR: Valter Birsa (Genoa), Zlatko Heir.

Tuesday's Upside: Poppies

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Their Words FIFA's Regulations regarding Players' Equipment are that they should not carry any political, religious or commercial messages. FIFA has 208 Member Associations and the same regulations are applied globally, and uniformally, in the event of similar requests by other nations to commemorate historical events.

5 Questions: Best, Drafts, Captain, America, Rapids

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By Tony Edwards - San Jose, CA (Nov 8, 2011) US Soccer Players -- In this edition, Tony asks who was the best player in MLS this past season, what MLS Front Offices are busy doing during the off-season, and looks into the history of USA-France. Who was the best player in MLS last season? Chris Wondolowski.

CCL: Quarterfinals Announced

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CONCACAF has announced the pairings for the quarterfinal stage of the Champions League. Seattle will play Santos Laguna, Metapan plays UNAM Pumas, with the other two quarterfinals matching up teams from the same league. Morelia plays Monterrey and Toronto draws the LA Galaxy. The dates and times have yet to be released, with the home-and-away series set for March 2012.

Sapong Wins Rookie Of The Year

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Sporting Kansas City forward CJ Sapong was named Major League Soccer's Rookie of the Year on Tuesday. Sapong scored five goals and had five assists while playing in every game for Sporting in his debut season. "Receiving this honor is very humbling, but it would never have been a possibility without the help of so many people," Sapong said in a press statement.

Big City Stadiums

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (Nov 8, 2011) US Soccer Players -- With all the talk about the District of Columbia's unwillingness to commit to a soccer-specific stadium somewhere within its borders, it's worth looking at what's currently happening in London. After the 2012 Olympics come to a close, London will be left with another massive stadium that right now doesn't have a reasonable future.

Donovan Stays Stateside

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United States National Team midfielder Landon Donovan will not be travelling to Paris for Friday's friendly against France (3pm ET - ESPN2) the US Soccer Federation announced on Monday. Donovan will remain with the Los Angeles Galaxy as they prepare for the MLS Cup final. "The plan was to have Landon come in for the match against France and then return to the LA Galaxy in preparation for MLS Cup, but after further discussion Landon.

Tuesday's TV

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Due to the international break, there are no games today.

Monday's Upside: Sepp

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Their Words It takes time to shake the tree until all bad apples have fallen to the ground. Even if some of them refuse to fall at first. FIFA president Sepp Blatter. Other Sources LA, Houston coaches earn their corn - from FoxSoccer.com's Ives Galarcep: The second half was a completely different story.

LA Is Different

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (Nov 7, 2011) US Soccer Players -- Here are two quotes following last night's Western Conference title game. "I thought we were okay. It wasn't our best night for sure." and... "I thought they threw an awful lot into the game, and we told our guys... when this game slows down it will favor us.

Houston And LA For MLS Cup

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Kansas City 0 - Houston 2 Home field wasn't the advantage Sporting expected with their worst to first 2011 season ending with an Eastern Conference final loss to Houston. After losing Brad Davis to an injury that is expected to keep him out of MLS Cup, Houston's Andre Hainault scored in the 52rd minute and Carlo Costly doubled the lead in the 87th.

National Teamers Abroad: Altidore Scores

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Jozy Altidore scored AZ's final goal in a 3-0 shutout of ADO Den Haag in Holland's Eredivisie. Brett Holman opened the scoring in the 11th minute with Adam Maher making it 2-0 in the 64th. Altidore finished off the scoring in the 83rd minute. Michael Bradley went the distance for Chievo, beating Fiorentina 1-0.

A Legacy Awaits

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By Dario Camacho - MIAMI, FL (Nov 4, 2011) US Soccer Players -- It was a wonderful assist. A lobbing ball, kicked from just past the half field circle. It arched into New York's box, bounced upwards once, and sat pleasantly enough in the air for Mike Magee to slot it far post into the net. To put it simply, it was classic Beckham.

Their Words His effort was great tonight. He's a player with an unbelievable des

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Their Words His effort was great tonight. He's a player with an unbelievable desire to win and compete. I thought when we got down a goal, I thought David helped pick up the team. His energy in the second half and earning that penalty kick, it was all David. And David I thought was an inspiration to our team tonight.

25 Years

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (Nov 4, 2011) US Soccer Players -- Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson has clocked 25 years on the job as of this week, something that deserves all the press attention it's getting. Not that Ferguson was in any danger of missing this milestone. There's no real feeling that he'll end up in the situation where his job would be in jeopardy or that there's anything else out there that.

Weekend TV: Conference Finals

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Saturday EPL on ESPN2: Newcastle United - Everton at 8:30am. On Fox Soccer: Blackburn - Chelsea at 10:30am, QPR - Manchester City at 1pm, and Arsenal - WBA at 6pm. On Fox Soccer Plus: Manchester United - Sunderland at 11am and Liverpool - Swansea City at 3pm. Championship on FS+: Boro - Watford at 9pm.

MLS Playoffs: Houston And LA Advance

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Houston 1 - Philadelphia 0 (3-1 on aggregate) Houston's Brian Ching was the difference in the second-leg of their playoff series with Philadelphia, scoring in first-half stoppage time for the game's only goal. Dynamo goalkeeper Tally Hall picked up the shutout with four saves. This was the last game at Robertson Stadium, wit Houston moving to their new stadium for the 2012 season.

Europa: Wins, Draws, And A Loss For Americans

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Jozy Altidore got the start for AZ, and his club was up two goals away to Austria Vienna only to end up drawing 2-2. Raasmus Elm converted a 19th minute penalty and Pontus Wernbloom doubled the lead in the 44th minute. Austria Vienna battled back in the second-half, scoring in the 58th and 61st minutes to split the points.

Friday's TV

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Bundesliga on ESPN Deportes: Mainz - VfB Stuttgart at 3:30pm. Mexican league on Azteca and Fox Deportes: Morelia - Jaguares at 10pm ET.

Thursday's Upside: The Roster

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Their Words We will train the same way we will play in games, with high intensity and awareness. With every camp, they know exactly what to expect. US National Team coach Jurgen Klinsmann. Other Sources Why madman Marquez would still have a place in my team - from The Mirror's Alexi Lalas: But I'm here to defend Marquez.

Shea To Train With Arsenal

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US National Team and FC Dallas forward Brek Shea will spend a month following the November National Team friendlies training with English Premier League club Arsenal, Dallas announced on Thursday. "We want to give Brek every opportunity to grow and develop his skills as a player," FC Dallas President and CEO Doug Quinn said.

USA Roster For November Friendlies

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US Soccer took to twitter on Thursday to announce the roster for the November friendlies. The United States travels to Europe to play France on the 11th (3pm ET - ESPN2) and Slovenia on the 15th (noon ET - ESPN2). GK: Bill Hamid (DC United, Tim Howard (Everton) DEF: Carlos Bocanegra (Rangers), Timmy Chandler (Nurnberg), Steve Cherundolo (Hannover 96), Alfredo Morales (Hertha Berlin), Michael Orozco (San Luis), Oguchi Onyewu (Sporting) MID: Kyle Beckerman (RSL), Michael.

5 Questions: Games, Fouls, Penalties, Answers, And Champions

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By Tony Edwards - San Jose, CA (Nov 3, 2011) US Soccer Players -- In the ‘regular-season wrap up' edition, Tony asks about various MLS statistical leaders, which team management is at least willing to ask questions about caliber of play, and finds a National Team alum thriving in the NASL. What players led MLS in games played this year?

Magee And The Galaxy's Home Stand

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By Michael Lewis - NEW YORK, NY (Nov 3, 2011) US Soccer Players -- When he took over the coaching reins of the MetroStars prior to the 2003 season, coach Bob Bradley decided to implement an extensive rebuilding process from top to bottom. That included positioning the club in the MLS SuperDraft, where they grabbed midfielder Ricardo Clark as the second overall pick, Mike Magee was the fourth choice, and Eddie Gaven became the the.

France Roster For Nov 11th Friendly

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GK: Cédric Carrasso (Bordeaux), Hugo Lloris (Lyon), Steve Mandanda (Marseille) DEF: Eric Abidal (Barcelona), Matthieu Debuchy (Lille), Jérémy Mathieu (Valencia), Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal), Adil Rami (Valencia), Anthony Réveillère (Lyon), Mamadou Sakho (PSG) MID: Yohan Cabaye (Newcastle), Alou Diarra (Marseille), Florent Malouda (Chelsea) Yann M'Vila (Rennes), Marvin Martin, (Sochaux), Samir Nasri (Manchester City) FOR: Karim Benzema (Real Madrid), Kevin Gameiro (PSG), Jérémy Ménez (PSG), Loïc Rémy (Marseille), Franck Ribéry (Bayern Munich), Olivier Giroud (Montpellier)

An MLS Ending

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (Nov 3, 2011) US Soccer Players -- It had to be a rainy night in Seattle, right? With their season on the line against Real Salt Lake, the Sounders needed the weather on their side. Expecting rain in the Pacific Northwest might not be much of a stretch, but it suited what this game meant.

MLS: Kansas City And Salt Lake Advance

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Kansas City 2 - Colorado 0 (KC 4 - Col 0) There will be a new MLS Cup champion, with Colorado's title defense ending on Wednesday night at LIVESTRONG Park. With Sporting already up two goals from the opening leg of the series, they added two more to win 4-0 in aggregate. Aurelien Collin opened the scoring in the 28th minute and CJ Sapong made it 2-0 on the night in the 76th.

Thursday's TV: Playoffs

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Europa League on GolTV: PSG - Slovan Bratislava at 2pm and Atletico Madrid - Udinese at 4pm. MLS playoffs on ESPN2: Houston - Philadelphia at 8:30pm and LA - NY at 11pm. All Times Eastern

Wednesday's Upside: Tribute

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Their Words I think that would be one thing that would be great for us, if we could have a longer-term view of what our schedule looks like as opposed to what we do today. We scramble and push our schedule out relatively late, which makes it a bit difficult on fans sometimes. Sporting Kansas City president Robb Heineman.

Dempsey Wins Fútbol de Primera Award

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Clint Dempsey won the 2011 Fútbol de Primera award, one of two awards honoring the top player for the US National Team. Dempsey previously won the award in 2006.

Taking The MLS Playoffs Very Seriously

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By Jason Davis - WASHINGTON, DC (Nov 2, 2011) US Soccer Players -- This MLS playoff season has a theme. Folded in along with the narratives of LA's dominance, RSL's return to form, Seattle's annual playoff failure, Sporting's surprising favorite status and Houston's Kinnear-inspired grittiness, is the obvious truth that the playoffs have an edge.

DC's Future

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (Nov 2, 2011) US Soccer Players -- Nothing should warm the home fan's heart like their team looking to the next city over and using phrases like 'you have to understand your options." It is becoming increasingly obvious that those options include packing up and moving 40 miles north to Baltimore.

Wednesday's TV: Champions League And Playoffs

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Champions League on Fox Soccer: Manchester United - Otelul Galati at 3pm and Lyon - Real Madrid at 6pm. Fox Soccer Plus has Villarreal - Manchester City at 3pm. MLS playoffs on Fox Soccer: Kansas City - Colorado at 8pm. ESPN2 has Seattle - Real Salt Lake at 10pm. All Times Eastern

Tuesday's Upside: Squad Rotation

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Their Words Sometimes if you take a team on a roll there is no need to change it. You can defend any (decision) but when a team is on a positive experience, why not? That is what I have to decide. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger. Other Sources Former Red Bulls forward Mike Magee likes playing for Los Angeles Galaxy - from The Newark Star-Ledger's Frank Giase: "That's kind of the way it is around here,".

5 Questions: Backe, Advantage, Season, Cup, Indoors

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By Tony Edwards - San Jose, CA (Nov 1, 2011) US Soccer Players -- In this edition, Tony asks what it takes to get an American striker on the field for the Red Bulls, if there is an advantage in playing the home-game first in the playoffs, and also what American professional team has won a FIFA-sanctioned tournament.

Ownership In The Premier League

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (Nov 1, 2011) US Soccer Players -- Let's get this straight. England's Premier League has created a series of expectations that makes domestic ownership difficult. There's an unwillingness among England's rich to step up and finance their local club that also happens to be a global brand.