USSoccerPlayers Archives for January 2011

CCL: Columbus 0 - Salt Lake 0

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The all-Major League Soccer CONCACAF Champions League final will be decided at Rio Tinto Stadium after Columbus and Real Salt Lake ended scoreless in the opening leg of the two-game series. Whatever advantage RSL had with the healthier roster evaporated in the 52nd minute when they were reduced to 10-men after Tony Beltran was red carded.

National Teamers Abroad: Lower Divisions

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Brad Guzan got the start in goal for Hull City on Tuesday, beating Derby County 1-0 at Pride Park. Guzan needed six saves for the shutout, with Anthony Gerrard scoring in the 71st minute. Also in the Championship, Eddie Johnson got the start and played 58 minutes in Preston North End's 2-2 draw at Nottingham Forest.

Wednesday's TV: Champions And Europa

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Champions League on Fox Soccer Channel: Marseille - Manchester United at 2pm and Inter Milan - Barcelona at 5pm (on Fox Soccer Plus at 2pm). FS+ has Arsenal - Stoke City at 5pm. Europa League on GolTV: Porto - Sevilla at noon. All Times Eastern

The Loan Deal

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By Tony Edwards – SAN JOSE, CA (Feb 22, 2011) US Soccer Players -- One of the topics that came up constantly during the January transfer window was players going on loan. In previous years, Major League Soccer has seen players like Landon Donovan go on high profile loan assignments to European clubs.

MLS And The Coaching Game

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (Feb 22, 2011) US Soccer Players -- For all the talk of Major League Soccer needing squad depth, it's worth considering what that means in practice. As we get our first meaningful game later tonight, MLS has been pushing the idea of more players. Part of that is few teams only playing the League's schedule.

West Ham United 5 - Burnley 1

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Monday's FA Cup Fifth Round game turned out to be a rout, with West Ham turning a one goal first-half lead into four unanswered goals by the 59th minute. Burnley pulled a goal back in the 71st, but it was West Ham finishing off the scoring in stoppage time. Jonathan Spector subbed on in the 73rd minute for Carlton Cole, who had scored in the 48th and 50th minutes.

Tuesday's TV: Champs League UEFA And CONCACAF

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In the UEFA version of the Champions League, Fox Soccer Channel has FC Copenhagen - Chelsea at 2:30pm and Lyon - Real Madrid at 5pm. In the CONCACAF version, it's FSC for Columbus - Salt Lake at 8pm. All Times Eastern

That Other Champions League

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In the Presidents' Day episode of The Daily, we talk Champions League soccer CONCACAF edition before following up on the UEFA Champions League ticket pricing story. By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (Feb 21st, 2011) US Soccer Players -- Columbus and Real Salt Lake get the early start to games that actually count, and it's courtesy of two Major League Soccer clubs making the quarterfinal stage of the CONCACAF Champions League (Tue, 8pm ET -.

National Teamers Abroad: Howard Stands Up

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First Star: Tim Howard survived 120 minutes and penalties as Everton advanced to the next round of the FA Cup at the expense of Chelsea 2-1 after penalties. With the game scoreless in regulation, Frank Lampard gave Chelsea a 104th minute lead. Leighton Baines equalized in the 199th minute to force the game to penalties.

MLS And FSC Announce Extension

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Major League Soccer will be on Fox Soccer Channel for another year, the League and the broadcaster announced on Friday. 2011 will be the ninth season for MLS on FSC, and this season's schedule will include as many as 31 regular season games on Friday and Saturday nights along with playoff coverage. List of Regular Season Games

What MLS Might Learn From A Bookstore

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By Tony Edwards – SAN JOSE, CA (Feb 18, 2011) US Soccer Players -- "They overexpanded," Michael Norris, senior analyst with Simba Information, told the New York Times. "They just had the mentality of, ‘If we open a new store, the growth will happen.'" Mr. Norris may have been talking about Borders Books, which filed for bankruptcy protection this week and announced plans to close two hundred of its stores and lay off thousands of.

Big Games Cost

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (Feb 17, 2011) US Soccer Players -- Years ago, I had a friend explain to me the difference between life in London and life in Liverpool. As he told it, in Liverpool when someone was overcharging for something it was almost apologetically. "You know I'd give it to you for free if I could.

Weekend TV: FA Cup Weekend

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Attention in England turns to the Fifth Round of the FA Cup, with several National Teamer clubs in action. Also in the Cup, tiny Crawley Town travel to Old Trafford to face Manchester United at noon on Saturday. Saturday FA Cup on Fox Soccer Channel: Chelsea host Tim Howard and Everton at 7:30am, with Birmingham City - Sheffield Wednesday at 10am, and Manchester United - Crawley Town at noon.

Europa League: Games For Onyewu And Edu

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Oguchi Onyewu and Maurice Edu were on the field for their clubs as the Europa League resumed on Thursday. In a game scheduled early at the Luzhniki Stadium, Onyewu went the full ninety in Twente's 2-0 win over FK Rubin Kazan. Luuk de Jong scored the game's first goal in the 77th minute, with Peter Wisgerhof following in the 88th.

Friday's TV: Bundesliga And Primera

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Ricardo Clark is recovering from an injured cheekbone, but there's a chance to see his Eintracht Frankfurt at Nuremberg at 2:30pm on ESPN3.com (ESPN's online channel). Mexican Primera on Galavision: San Luis - UNAM Pumas at 9:30pm and U.A.G. - Atlante at 11:30pm. All Times Eastern

Portland Challenges The Sounders' Way

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By Jason Davis - WASHINGTON DC (Feb 17, 2011) US Soccer Players -- In 2009, the Seattle Sounders set new standards for a Major League Soccer franchise. By drawing the biggest crowds in the modern professional era and sustaining them over the course of an entire season, the Sounders did more to give the sport legitimacy in America than almost anything else MLS had managed in the previous fourteen years.

Not So Open Cup

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In Thursday's edition of The Soccer Daily, we talk format and the US Open Cup before moving to yesterday's Champions League showdown between Arsenal and Barcelona. By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (Feb 17, 2011) US Soccer Players -- There's been more conversation than expected over the United States Soccer Federation's announcement that even though the North American Soccer League now has provisional sanctioning, they won't be allowed into this year's US Open Cup.

Wigan 0 - Bolton 1

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In front of a crowd of just over 7,000 at The DW Stadium, Bolton Wanderers surprised the home side with a 1-0 win, advancing in the FA Cup. Ivan Klasnic scored the game's only goal in the 66th minute. Bolton will play Fulham at Craven Cottage in the next round. Stuart Holden wasn't in the squad for Bolton.

Thursday's TV: Europa Returns

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GolTV has the Europa League round of 32 first-legs: Benfica - VfB Stuttgart at 1pm and Sparta Prague - Liverpool at 3pm. All Times Eastern

MLS And The Calendar Year

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (Feb 16, 2011) US Soccer Players -- Following up on an earlier Daily, making the media rounds in Vancouver last week Major League Soccer commissioner Don Garber talked about the compressed MLS schedule and the need to once again stretch the calendar. Somebody stop this League before they decide the best way to meet FIFA's preferred calendar is to simply play year round.

Davies Joins DC United

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United States National Team forward Charlie Davies has completed his loan move from Sochaux to DC United, the club announced on Wednesday. Davies has been training with DC while the loan deal was completed. "I'm extremely excited about the opportunity to play for D.C. United and to put on that shirt," Davies said in a press statement.

Watford 2 - PNE 2

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Eddie Johnson started and played 65 minutes in Preston North End's 2-2 draw with Watford on Wednesday. PNE opened the scoring in the first minute and were up two goals by the 37th. Watford came back in the second-half, scoring in the 69th and 79th minutes. "Unfortunately, when they got that first goal, the pressure mounted and we invited trouble by going deeper and deeper," Preston manager Phil Brown said.

Wednesday's TV: Arsenal - Barcelona

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There's a heavy hitter match-up to highlight the Champions League schedule. Fox Soccr Channel has Arsenal - Barcelona at 2:30pm. Fox Soccer Plus has Roma - Shakhtar Donetsk at 2:30pm (5pm on FSC). Serie A on FS+: Fiorentina - Inter Milan at 12:30pm. All Times Eastern

Pearce Moves To Chivas USA

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United States National Team defender Heath Pearce was traded from FC Dallas to Chivas USA for allocation money on Tuesday. Pearce joined Dallas from Hansa Rostock in 2009. "We appreciate everything Heath did for FC Dallas and wish him the best of luck, but this trade will give us some much needed flexibility with our roster and salary cap for the 2011 season," FC Dallas technical director Barry Gorman said in a press statement.

Relative To Scale In Scotland

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (Feb 15, 2011) US Soccer Players -- If the Scottish soccer authorities needed another indicator of their Premier League's place in the wider World of soccer, all they need to do is look at Celtic's six-month financial results released on Monday. Our Premier League leaders posted a profit, but that required an advantageous player sell.

Fulham 0 - Chelsea 0

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Fulham put on a strong showing against Chelsea, but the game will be remembered as much for what didn't happen as for what did. Three minutes into stoppage time, Clint Dempsey stepped to the penalty spot but was unable to convert the penalty he earned. Dempsey had the presence of mind to track down his own rebound, but sent it over the bar.

Tuesday's TV: 2011 Champions League

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UEFA's Champions League returns on Fox Soccer Channel: Milan - Spurs at 2:30pm and Valencia - Schalke 04 at 5pm. Fox Soccer Plus has the Premier League: Birmingham City - Newcastle United at 2:40pm. Telemundo has the Chivas - Red Bulls friendly at 11:30pm. All Times Eastern

West Ham Win A Future

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By Tony Edwards - SAN JOSE, CA (Feb 14, 2011) US Soccer Players --While the opportunity to, say, get hit in the head by a wild strike might be considered a drawback, in the name of intimacy and atmosphere closeness is normally part of soccer-specificity. The controversy surrounding Jonathan Spector's West Ham United and their apparently successful bid to become main tenants of the London Olympic Stadium is mainly focused on the size and original.

The Premier League's Mid-Table Problem

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (Feb 14, 2011) US Soccer Players -- For most Premier League teams, the concept of mid-table obscurity is their version of a rebuild. It's an informal safety mechanism that keeps capable teams of crashing out of the league through relegation while they wait for the Summer to tweak their squads.

National Teamers Abroad: Bocanegra Scores

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Though it was in a losing effort, Carlos Bocanegra got a goal in one of France's biggest derbies. In England, Michael Bradley made his debut for Aston Villa. First Star: Carlos Bocanegra went the distance for St Etienne in a disappointing 4-1 derby loss to Lyon on Saturday at the Stade Geoffrey-Guichard.

Gold Cup Ramp-Up: Shalrie Joseph And Grenada

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In the second of an occasional series on CONCACAF players to watch for in the 2011 Gold Cup, Michael Lewis interviews one of the keys to Grenada's chances this Summer – New England Revolution midfielder Shalrie Joseph. By Michael Lewis – NEW YORK, NY (Feb 11, 2011) US Soccer Players --Coming off his most frustrating and disappointing season of his nine-year pro soccer career, New England Revolution midfielder Shalrie Joseph realizes his biological soccer clock.

Weekend TV: Monday's Big Game

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For fans of National Teamers Abroad, Sunday's showdown between Bolton and Everton and Monday's London derby between Fulham and Chelsea should be on your schedule. Courtesy of Fox Soccer Plus, we also get a look at Leeds United on Saturday with Eric Lichaj starting his month-long loan at the club. Saturday ESPN2 has Arsenal hosting Marcus Hahnemann and Wolverhampton at 10am.

Stars Of Track And Field

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (Feb 11, 2011) US Soccer Players -- West Ham officially got the nod to turn London's Olympic Stadium into their nice new home following the 2012 Games. As expected, Spurs have posted an official response to their website. And, as expected, Spurs want to make sure West Ham are stuck with that blasted running track.

Friday's TV: Primera

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One game on television today, and it's on Azteca America and Fox Deportes: Necaxa - Club America at 9pm ET.

Americans In Europe

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By Jason Davis - WASHINGTON, DC (Feb 10, 2011) US Soccer Players -- The story of United States National Team players in Europe normally centers around those playing in the top-flight leagues of the traditional soccer nations like England, Spain, Italy, France, and Germany. Currently, there are Americans signed with clubs in all of those countries, linking the American fans interested in following their countrymen with the biggest leagues in Europe.

West Ham Vs Spurs

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (Feb 10, 2011) US Soccer Players -- Who would've guessed that the people building the Olympic Stadium in London might prefer handing it over to the soccer club that's not planning on rebuilding it. Advantage West Ham United, who reportedly have the support of the Olympic Park Legacy Committee.

Thursday's TV

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No games today.

Tell Me About: Leeds United

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Another American is going on loan to a club associated with US National Team alum Eddie Lewis. This time it's defender Eric Lichaj joining Leeds United for a one month loan. Why Are We Here? In need of regular playing time, Aston Villa defender Eric Lichaj has joined Leeds United on a short-term loan.

Lichaj Loaned To Leeds

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United States National Team and Aston Villa defender Eric Lichaj will be joining Leeds United for a month, his club announced on Wednesday. Lichaj has seen limited playing time with Villa, but could start immediately with Leeds. Fellow American Brad Guzan is currently on loan from Villa to Hull City.

What The Premier League Wants

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (Feb 9, 2011) US Soccer Players -- Shocked looks all around, but the Premier League leadership didn't hang its collective head in shame when accused of self-interest by the former head of the Football Association. That interaction came during Tuesday's meeting of the British Government's Select Committee on Culture, Media and Sport, hearing testimony from David Triesman.

Wednesday's TV: International Friendlies

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ESPN2 has France - Brazil at 3pm. Argentina - Portugal is on GolTV, also at 3pm. All Times Eastern

England And FIFA

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (Feb 8, 2011) US Soccer Players -- The British government is currently asking very important questions from England's Premier League and Football Association leadership. Nagging complaints like the capabilities of those running the sport, the money circulating through the elite clubs, and the position of the supporter in relation to the business of professional soccer.

Tuesday's TV: Early Friendly

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ESPN Deportes has Peru - Panama at 3:45pm ET.

Montreal Prepares For MLS

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By Tony Edwards - SAN JOSE, CA (Feb 7, 2011) US Soccer Players -- Combine a cosmopolitan metropolitan area, an educated population that has shown it willingness come out for good soccer, and a soccer specific facility in a good location, and you might have the makings of Major League Soccer's latest expansion success.

Talking 2022 FIFA Blues

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In Monday's edition of The Soccer Daily, we discuss FIFA president Sepp Blatter calling time on what might happen with the 2022 World Cup along with a discussion of what Newcastle's comeback against Arsenal really means for the Premier League. By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (Feb 7, 2011) US Soccer Players -- FIFA's leadership seems to have finally figured out that 2022 is a long way away.

National Teamers Abroad: Dempsey Again

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Clint Dempsey once again got on the score sheet for Fulham, and Rangers will need another game against Celtic to figure out who advances in the 5th round of Scotland's FA Cup. Elsewhere, though Marcus Hahnemann wasn't involved his Wolverhampton teammates beat Manchester United. First Star: Clint Dempsey did it again for Fulham, scoring in the 78th minute to draw even with Aston Villa in the 2-2 draw at Villa Park.

Houston Breaks Ground On Stadium

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The Houston Dynamo's East End stadium took a large step on Saturday, with the official groundbreaking ceremony. Dynamo forward Brian Ching took the ceremonial first goal on the site for the new stadium. "It's one of the main reasons why we came here a little over five years ago, so we've all been on the outside of it waiting for it to happen," Houston coach Dominic Kinnear said.

Games Start Early For Columbus And Real Salt Lake

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By Clemente Lisi - NEW YORK, NY (Feb 3, 2011) US Soccer Players -- The Winter is usually a quiet time for American soccer. There's the annual National Team training camp, followed by a friendly, Major League Soccer's SuperDraft, and little else. This year, MLS teams are ramping up early. The expansion Portland Timbers and Vancouver Whitecaps started training in December, with the rest of the League followed suit last month.

Weekend TV: New Players In Europe

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Plenty of National Teamers Abroad in action this weekend, highlighted by a showdown between Aston Villa and Fulham on Saturday. Saturday EPL on ESPN2: Stoke City - Sunderland at 7:30am. Fox Soccer Channel has Newcastle - Arsenal at 10am, Marcus Hahnemann and Wolves hosting Manchester United at 12:30pm, and Stuart Holden's Bolton at Spurs at 5pm.

Bradley At Villa

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (Feb 4, 2011) US Soccer Players -- Though the battle of the clubs that spent is getting the bulk of the hype in England this weekend, for National Teamers Abroad fans Chelsea - Liverpool is only part of the story. The focus shifts to Villa Park, where Michael Bradley could be the latest American to see playing time for Villa against the club we profiled yesterday - Clint Dempsey's.

Friday's TV: England, Germany, And Mexico

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GolTV has Borussia Dortmund - Schalke 04 at 2:30pm. The Championship is on Fox Soccer Plus at 2:45pm with Reading - Queens Park Rangers. Mexican Primera on Fox Deportes: Necaxa - Morelia at 9pm. All Times Eastern

Is Liverpool Playing Moneyball?

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By Jason Davis - WASHINGTON, DC (Feb 3, 2011) US Soccer Players -- It wasn't crazy to think that John W. Henry and New England Sports Ventures were just what Liverpool Football Club needed when the group, also owners of the Boston Red Sox, took over the club back in October. Henry and his partners had a track record of success, custodianship of an American sports franchise with obvious parallels to Liverpool FC foremost on.

What Fulham Face

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (Feb 3, 2011) US Soccer Players -- Though no one should be freely handing out the style points after yesterday's Fulham - Newcastle game, at least one thing was clearly evident: Fulham can play like a better team than their record suggests. 29 points from 25 games, good for 12th in the table.

Wednesday's Scores: Good Show From Dempsey

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Clint Dempsey and Fulham pressed the offense against Newcastle United at Craven Cottage on Wednesday, and looked like they'd get very little to show for it. Newcastle goalkeeper Steve Harper had several excellent saves, including a couple denying Dempsey, before Damien Duff got the game's only goal in the 67th minute.

Thursday's TV: Serie A

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Fox Soccer Channel has Bari - Inter Milan at 2:30pm ET.

Tell Me About: Preston North End

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For National Team fans of a certain age, Preston North End is a club mainly associated with Eddie Lewis. He had 111 appearances for PNE from 2002 to 2005. Another Eddie is now the American in Preston, with Eddie Johnson joining the club on loan from Fulham for the rest of the season. Why Are We Here?

Findley Injured

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In a bad day coupe of days for Nottingham Forest, US World Cup veteran Robbie Findley injured his thigh in training. The extent of the injury won't be known until after medical examination, but early reports have him missing up to three months. Forest also lost midfielder Guy Moussi to injury during Tuesday's 201 win over Coventry City.

USA 18th In February FIFA Rankings

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The United States stay 18th in the February 2011 FIFA Rankings released on Wednesday, but move ahead of France. In the January rankings, the two teams were tied at 18th. Japan's Asian Cup win moved them up to 17th. Due to their Cup of Nations wins losing importance in the rankings process, Egypt fell 23 places to 33rd.

Game One In MLS

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Wednesday's Daily and we talk about the start of preseason games in Major League Soccer, the impact on Premier League managers after Monday's transfer spending, and an expected response from European soccer's governing body. By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (Feb 2, 2011) US Soccer Players -- Though it might have been overshadowed by that very important announcement that Major League Soccer has chosen a venue for the 2011 All-Star game (spoilers, it's Red Bull.

Tuesday Results: Tough Day For Americans

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Arsenal 2 - Everton 1 Tim Howard took his usual place in goal for an Everton side that looked to have the game wrapped up midway through the second-half at the Emirates Stadium. Louis Saha had given the visitors a 24th minute lead that seemed safe until Arsenal sub Andrei Arshavin scored in the 70th minute.

DC United Confirms Davies Interest

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On Tuesday, DC United released the following statement on rumors linking the club with a loan deal for Sochaux and United States National Team forward Charlie Davies: "Charlie Davies is expected to join DC United in Ft. Lauderdale on Wednesday for a week-long evaluation period, which will include training and game time with the first team and a full medical evaluation by team doctors in DC.

Wednesday's TV: Holden's Show

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The Wednesday schedule is highlighted by Stuart Holden and Bolton hosting Marcus Hahnemann's Wolves at 3pm on Fox Soccer Plus. ESPN2 has Birmingham City - Manchester City at 2:30pm. Liverpool - Stoke City is on Fox Soccer Channel at 3pm. FS+ has Palermo - Juventus at 5pm. Copa del Rey on GolTV brings us Almeria - Barcelona at 2pm.

Tell Me About: Bursaspor

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Jozy Altidore will spending the rest of the season on loan to the defending Turkish Super Lig champions. Here's what you need to know about the Green Crocodiles. Why Are We Here? With Jozy Altidore seeing playing time in Cup competitions but not La Liga, Villarreal decided a loan deal was in order. Altidore should see plenty of opportunity with a contending club in a strong league.

The Transfer System

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (Feb 1, 2011) US Soccer Players -- Let's spare a thought for the fine reformers at UEFA. Up until Monday, they looked on as European soccer steadied itself, refusing to get drawn into yet another exercise in overspending otherwise known as the January transfer market.

Altidore And Johnson Go On Loan

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With the transfer and loan window closing on Monday, two more National Teamers abroad are temporarily switching clubs. Jozy Altidore moves from Villarreal to Bursaspor in the Turkey's Super Lig. Eddie Johnson leaves Fulham for Championship club Preston North End.