USSoccerPlayers Archives for January 2011

USA - Paraguay: Post-Game

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Thursday's TV

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No games today.

Joining the American Outlaws

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By Cesar Diaz – NEW YORK, NY (Mar 29, 2011) US Soccer Players -- In the United States, soccer and outlaws go hand in hand. For many, an outlaw is considered a rebel, an outcast, a nonconformist, or simply a scourge to society. In the case of soccer, there was a time that being a soccer fan was considered almost un-American.

The Class Of 2011

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By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Mar 30, 2011) US Soccer Players – As a teenager growing up during the 1990s, there were a lot of National Team players I admired. Above all, I respected Eddie Pope. A gifted defender, Pope anchored the United States defense for nearly a decade and his contributions were not always reflected in the box score.

MLS Opts for Headliners

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (Mar 29, 2011) US Soccer Players -- There are at least a couple of ways to look at yesterday's announcement that a revamped World Football Challenge will now feature Major League Soccer clubs. The first is obvious. A tour featuring only international clubs that had nothing to do with MLS or their marketing arm is now at least partly under that umbrella.

USA 1 - Paraguay 0

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The United States had the support of 29,059 at LP Field in Nashville, but couldn't get the result on Tuesday in friendly action. Paraguay's Oscar Cardozo scored the game's only goal in the 18th minute, saving face for a Paraguay squad who lost 3-1 to Mexico on Saturday. US coach Bob Bradley made several changes to the team that drew 1-1 with Argentina three days earlier, starting Marcus Hahnemann in goal, changing up the defense,.

Wednesday's TV

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Jones, Pope, Stewart, And Murray Make Hall

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The National Soccer Hall of Fame Class of 2011 has been announced and all five inductees have ties to the US National Team. Cobi Jones, Eddie Pope, and Earnie Stewart were elected from the general ballot. Former US National Team player Bruce Murray joins them from the Veteran ballot. Former US National Team coach Bob Gansler was elected as a Builder.

Five Things For Nashville

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (Mar 29, 2011) US Soccer Players -- In the run-up to Tuesday night's USA - Paraguay friendly (8pm ET - FSC), we look at a different set fo expectations for the United States. With Paraguay losing to Mexico and the United States drawing with Argentina, here are five things we're looking for as the two teams take the stage at LP Field.

Tuesday's TV: Internationals

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The United States hosts Paraguay in Nashville, live on Fox Soccer Channel at 8pm. Also in action, Germany - Austria on ESPN2 at 2:40pm. FSC has England - Ghana at 3pm. Mexico - Venezuela is on Univision at 10:30pm. All Times Eastern

Scouting Report: Paraguay

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By Clemente Lisi - EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (Mar 28, 2011) US Soccer Players -- Three days after drawing Argentina at The New Meadowlands Stadium, the USA will face another South American test Tuesday when it takes on Paraguay. The game at LP Field in Nashville will be the final time this Spring that Bob Bradley will get a chance to look at his European-based players ahead of the Gold Cup.

Five Things From Saturday

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (Mar 28, 2011) US Soccer Players --As we look back at the USA - Argentina friendly, here are five things from Saturday's game to keep in mind as the US prepares for Paraguay on Tuesday. Passing Is Fun But Argentina once again showed that pretty soccer and effective soccer can be mutually exclusive.

Manchester United Announced For All-Star Game

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Manchester United will once again be spending part of their pre-season in North America, facing the MLS All-Stars in the 2011 All Star Game at Red Bull Arena. Major League Soccer announced the matchup on Monday. "We're delighted to have been invited to play the MLS All-Star Game for the second year running," Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson said.

USA - Argentina Highlights

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USA Post-Game Press Conference

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MLS Week 2: Play Through

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With several Major League Soccer players with their National Teams, the League put on a full schedule with one game on Friday and the rest on Saturday. With Landon Donovan with the US, the LA Galaxy failed to end Real Salt Lake's home undefeated streak. Toronto recovered from a Week 1 loss to one expansion team by beating the other.

USA 1 - Argentina 1

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In a game where world superstar Lionel Messi played the full 90, it was the United States with the surprise comeback in front of 78,936 at the New Meadowlands. After sustained pressure throughout the first-half, Argentina finally got on the board when Esteban Cambiasso scored in the 42nd minute. The United States made two changes at the half, giving Timmy Chandler his first cap and bringing on forward Juan Agudelo.

Seattle 1 - Houston 1

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In Major League Soccer action on Friday, Seattle came back at home to split the points with Houston. Geoff Cameron opened the scoring in the 42nd, with Steve Zakuani equalizing in the 80th minute. Seattle has now played more games than any other MLS club, taking one point out of nine. "I enjoy coming here," Houston goalkeeper and Seattle area native Tally Hall said.

Weekend TV: Internationals And MLS

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The weekend schedule is highlighted by a prestige friendly when the United States hosts Argentina at the New Meadowlands stadium on Saturday at 7pm ET on ESPN2. Saturday ESPN2 has England - Wales in Euro 2012 qualifying at 11am and the USA - Argentina game at 7pm. Ecuador - Colombia is on Fox Deportes at 1pm.

USA - Spain on June 4th

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The United States will play Spain at Gillette Stadium three days before they kickoff the Gold Cup against Canada in Detroit, the US Soccer Federation announced on Friday. The game, scheduled for 4:30pm ET, will be shown live on ESPN2 and Galavision. "Spain is clearly one of the most talented teams in the world," US coach Bob Bradley said.

No Competition In CONCACAF

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (Mar 25, 2011) US Soccer Players -- Following UEFA's lead, CONCACAF announced on Thursday that it will be rubber stamping another term for sitting president Jack Warner and every open seat on the Confederation's executive committee. After all, there's nothing that could be done differently or potentially better across the region, right?

Friday's TV: Euro And MLS

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Euro 2012 qualifying on ESPN2: Spain - Czech Republic at 5pm. MLS on Fox Soccer Channel: Seattle - Houston at 9:30pm ET.

The Problem With Toronto

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By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Mar 24 2011) US Soccer Players -- It can't be easy to be the people running Toronto FC. In five years of existence, little they've done has worked. The team, despite some of the best support in Major League Soccer in the stands, can't get out of its own way on the field.

Scouting Report: Argentina

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By Clemente Lisi – JERSEY CITY, NJ (Mar 25, 2011) US Soccer Players – After having their last friendly cancelled due to unrest in Egypt, the United States faces Argentina on Saturday at the New Meadowlands. This is the first time in 2011 we'll see a first-choice US squad, facing off against a World power they last played in August of 2008.

The Manager In England

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (Mar 24, 2011) US Soccer Players -- Once upon a time, the role of manager in English club soccer meant as much control as that person could carve out for himself. Manager versus chairman still plays itself out at the highest level, but it's normally over transfer money rather than the manager trying to usurp roles intended for others.

Mexicos Schedule

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By Tony Edwards – SAN JOSE, CA (Mar 23, 2011) US Soccer Players – What will be the biggest draw at the Oakland Coliseum this year? The Athletics? The Raiders (with the lockout, be careful how you answer)? U2 on its ‘360 Degrees' tour? Right now, the winner would be the Mexican National Team. With no English-language advertising unless you count the electronic billboard along I-880 in front of the Coliseum, more than 48,000 tickets.

Platini As The Future

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (Mar 21, 2011) US Soccer Players -- Leave it tot he FIFA presidential election to already turn away from any issues within a week. Both sitting president Sepp Blatter and candidate Mohamed bin Hammam are openly courting UEFA president Michel Platini. The thought is with Platini's support, the road gets a lot easier for that candidate.

Thursday's TV

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Wednesday's TV

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Bravo Wins POTW

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Sporting Kansas City's Omar Bravo won Major League Soccer's Player of the Week award for Week 1. Kansas City opened their 2011 season with a win on the road against Chivas USA.

Tuesday's TV

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Homegrown: 10 To Watch

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By Clemente Lisi - NEW YORK, NY (Mar 21, 2011) US Soccer Players – Designated Players like and Thierry Henry may get all the attention, but homegrown talents like Juan Agudelo are all the rage in MLS. Clubs have signed 31 home grown players since the policy was implemented in 2007 and many of them are going to be expected to contribute big time this season.

Holden's Abscence

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In Monday's Daily, we discuss the impact of Stuart Holden's injury on Bob Bradley's plans for the National Team, La going four for six in Week One of MLS, and UEFA's continuing issue justifying the cost of Champions League final tickets. By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (Mar 21, 2011) US Soccer Players -- One of the things that might get downplayed with all of us feeling very sorry for Stuart Holden this morning is.

LA 1 - New England 1

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The New England Revolution pulled off a surprise on Sunday night, splitting the points with the Los Angeles Galaxy at the Home Depot Center. LA played their second game in a row in the rain, needing to come back after Shalrie Joseph opened the scoring in the 2nd minute. For the second game in a week, it was Juninho with the answer for LA.

Holden Out For Six Months

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Bolton Wanderers announced on Monday that Stuart Holden's knee injury will need surgery and six months of recuperation. Holden was injured during Saturday's 1-0 loss to Manchester United. "First and foremost our main concern is for Stuart and his recovery. He will get all the time and support that he needs," Bolton manager Owen Coyle said.

National Teamers Abroad: Its Dempseys Show

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First Star: Maurice Edu went the full 120 minutes as Rangers lifted the League Cup with a 2-1 win over Old Firm rivals Celtic. Steven Davis had Rangers up a goal in the 24th minute, but Celtic equalized seven minutes later. With the score 1-1 at the end of regulation, Nikica Jevalic scored the eventual game winner in the 98th minute.

Three Players Out For USA

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Steve Cherundolo, Stuart Holden, and Zak Whitbread were removed from the US roster for the Argentina and Paraguay friendlies due to injury. US National Team coach Bob Bradley called in Eric Lichaj as a replacement, with the roster now at 22 players.

MLS Week 1: Davies Debuts

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The biggest story in Week 1 was Charlie Davies putting two goals in the net for new club DC United. Vancouver opened their first season with a surprise win over Toronto, with Portland going the opposite way in a lopsided loss against Colorado. Vancouver 4 - Toronto 2 At least we've got an early indication that Vancouver won't be hurting for offense in their debut MLS season.

Holden Injured

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United States National Team and Bolton midfielder Stuart Holden had to leave his club's game with Manchester United by stretcher after injuring his knee on Saturday. Holden was taken to the hospital, with the extent of his injury currently unknown. "Let's hope it is just a cut, superficial, and let's hope it's not a break or anything," Bolton manager Owen Coyle said in his post-match interview.

The International Slot

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By Michael Lewis – NEW YORK, NY (Mar 18, 2011) US Soccer Players -- Starting Saturday, the New York Red Bulls will boldly go where only a few MLS clubs have gone before. There is a good chance they will field a starting lineup dominated by foreign players. They certainly won't be the first MLS team to do this, but the game could define the Red Bulls' season or perhaps herald a new direction for.

One Game Down, 304 To Go

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By Jason Davis - WASHINGTON, DC (Mar 18, 2011) US Soccer Players -- Major League Soccer's sixteenth season is underway, meaning the speculation and prognostication that saturates the pre-season can finally come to an end. Most of it is futile anyway. MLS doesn't lend itself to the easy predictions. Change is always in order.

Weekend TV: Rest Of MLS

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There are two national options with the rest of Major League Soccer starting the 2011 season along with several chances to catch National Teamers in the Premier League on Saturday. Saturday EPL on ESPN2: Spurs host Jonathan Spector and West Ham United at 8:30am. On Fox Soccer Channel, Stuart Holden and Bolton travel to Old Trafford to face Manchester United at 11am.

FIFA's Latest Competition

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (Mar 18, 2011) US Soccer Players -- Mohammed Bin Hammam is now officially campaigning to replace Sepp Blatter as president of FIFA, giving us that contested election I've seemed so insistent about in recent months. Now granted, since the voting is an insider operation involving representatives from the 208 members of World Soccer's governing body there's the likely outcome that this becomes an internal squabble.

Paraguay Roster

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GK: Justo Villar (Valladolid), Diego Barreto (Guarini) DEF: Antolín Alcaraz (Wigan Athletic), Marcos Cáceres, Paulo Da Silva (Real Zaragoza), Víctor Hugo Mareco (Brescia), Miguel Samudio (Libertad), Aureliano Torres (San Lorenzo), Darío Verón (UNAM Pumas) MID: Edgar Barreto (Atalanta), Marcelo Estigarribia (Newell's Old Boys), Osvaldo Martínez (Monterrey), Osmar Molinas (Olimpia), Néstor Ortigoza (Argentinos Juniors), Hernán Pérez (Villarreal), Cristian Riveros (Sunderland), Marcos Riveros (Nacional), Enrique Vera (LDU Quito) FOR: Lucas Barrios (Borussia Dortmund), Oscar Cardozo (Benfica), Edgar.

Up And Down In The Europa

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Oguchi Onyewu and FC Twente advanced to the next round of the Europa League on Tuesday, losing 2-0 on the night to Zenit St Petersburg but winning 3-2 on aggregate. Onyewu started and played the full ninety at the Petrovski Stadium. Zenit scored in the 17th and 37th minutes, but were unable to find a third goal to tie the aggregate score.

Friday's TV

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Galavision has Jonathan Bornstein and Tigres travelling to Gudalajara to face U.A.G. at 10pm ET. Tigres are top of Clausura Group 1 and second overall in the Primera to UNAM Pumas.

Hall: 'It's Going To Be A Great Season'

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By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Mar 17, 2011) US Soccer Players -- No one appears to be more anxious to get the MLS season started this weekend than Jeremy Hall. The Portland Timbers midfielder is not only excited about being on a new club, but is also relishing the fact that he will play for a team that is embarking on its first-ever season in Major League Soccer.

Hexagonal Still In CONCACAFs Plans

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The new World Cup qualifying format CONCACAF is expected to submit to FIFA will contain a final Hexagonal stage. CONCACAF general secretary Chuck Blazer confirmed the new qualifying format in a meeting with Mexican media members on Wednesday. Under the new system, the top six teams in the region according to the FIFA Rankings will qualify directly into a three group semifinal stage with four teams in each group.

Telling MLS No

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (Mar 17, 2011) US Soccer Players -- Yesterday's roster announcement for the Argentina and Paraguay friendlies put a damper on the ramp-up for the Real Salt Lake - Los Angeles showdown on March 26th. In what should be one of the marquee games on Major League Soccer's schedule, LA will be without Landon Donovan.

Thursday's TV

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The Europa League is on GolTV: PSG - Benfica at 2pm and Liverpool - Braga at 4pm ET.

Roster Announced For Argentina, Paraguay Games

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United States National Team coach Bob Bradley released his roster for the Argentina and Paraguay friendlies. "This is an important opportunity to get our core group together along with some relatively newer faces as we consider the roster decisions for the Gold Cup this summer," Bradley said. "We have not had these players together for quite some time, so this is a great chance to get in a solid week of training and then face.

LA On A Rough Night

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (Mar 16, 2011) US Soccer Players -- Other than an unnecessary reminder that wet conditions and artificial turf might not be the best platform for flowing soccer, Tuesday's Major League Soccer opener didn't exactly give us much to work with. Sure, it's nice to see the teams on the field with points on the line, but the bigger stories were about who was absent.

RSL Takes Leg One, LA Opens Season With Win

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Real Salt Lake took the opening leg of their CONCACAF Champions League semifinal series 2-0 over Saprissa on Tuesday night at Rio Tinto Stadium. Alvaro Saborio opened the scoring in the 8th minute with Fabian Espindola making it 2-0 in the 55th. The two teams meet again on April 5th in San Jose, Costa Rica.

Wednesday's TV: CCL Mexico

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Champions League on Fox Soccer Channel: Chelsea - Copenhagen at 3pm and Real Madrid - Lyon at 6pm (3pm on Fox Soccer Plus). CONCACAF Champions League on FSC: Monterrey - Cruz Azul at 10pm. All Times Eastern

New York And LA

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (Mar 15, 2011) US Soccer Players -- A long time ago, I used to write a week-by-week Major League Soccer predictions column. 2001 was the last time I did the predictions, and over two and a half seasons I was right more than I was wrong. Just barely, or at least that's how I remember it.

Tuesday's TV: Champions Leagues

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The 2011 MLS season opens with Seattle - LA at 9:30pm on ESPN2. Champions League on Fox Soccer Channel: Manchester United - Marseille at 3:30pm and Bayern Munich - Inter Milan at 6pm. CONCACAF Champions League on FSC: Salt Lake - Olimpia at 10pm. All Times Eastern

MLS's Next Biggest Game

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We start the week with a preview of the RSL - Saprissa CONCACAF Champions League semifinal, a look at ownership in Toronto, and a potential second candidate for the FIFA presidency. By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (Mar 14, 2011) US Soccer Players -- Real Salt Lake opens the semifinal stage of the CONCACAF Champions League tomorrow night at home to Saprissa (Tues, 10pm ET - FSC).

National Teamers Abroad: Sixth Round

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With several National Teamer Abroad clubs out of action over the weekend due to the Sixth Round of the FA Cup in England, we're suspending the star ratings for this week. Two National Teamers in England did see time in the FA Cup, with Stuart Holden getting the start in Bolton's 3-2 win over Birmingham City.

Argentina Announces Roster

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On Friday, Argentina coach Sergio Batista announced his roster for the two-game series in the United States. Argentina open against the USA at the New Meadowlands on March 26th before travelling to Costa Rica to open the new National Stadium on March 29th. GK: Mariano Andujar (Catania), Adrian Gabbarini (Independiente), Sergio Romero (AZ Alkmaar) DEF: Javier Zanetti (Inter Milan), Pablo Zabaleta (Manchester City), Ezequiel Garay (Real Madrid), Gabriel Milito (Barcelona), Nicolas Otamendi (Porto), Federico Fazio.

Gold Cup Ramp-Up: Cummings And The Importance Of FIFA Rankings

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By Michael Lewis (Mar 11, 2011) US Soccer Players -- A week from Saturday, Colorado Rapids striker Omar Cummings will start arguably the most important year of his career -- for club and country. For club, Cummings has to keep up his lethal scoring form for the defending MLS Cup champions, who open up at the Portland Timbers on March 19th.

Weekend TV: Round Six

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Saturday The Sixth Round of the FA Cup is on Fox Soccer Plus: Birmingham City host Stuart Holden and Bolton Wanderers at 7:30am. Fox Soccer Channel has Manchester United - Arsenal at 12pm. The Championship on FS+: Derby County - Swansea at 10am. Bundesliga on ESPN Deportes: Bayern Munich - Hamburg is at 9:30am.

MLS And Squad Selection

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (Mar 9, 2011) US Soccer Players -- In Friday's edition of The Soccer Daily, we look at four things that shold be on the minds of the people running Major League Soccer's 18 clubs as we ramp up for the start of the 2011 season. The Missing Man For the Houston Dynamo last season, it was missing men.

Europa League: Results For National Teamers

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Game one of the PSV Eindhoven – Rangers Europa League Round of 16 series ended scoreless at the Philipsstadion on Thursday. Maurice Edu went the distance for Rangers with backup goalkeeper Neil Alexander getting a surprise start and an easy clean sheet. "When we look over the game Neil Alexander has not had a save to make while their keeper made an excellent save from Kyle Bartley," Rangers manager Walter Smith said.

Friday's TV: Serie And Primera

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Serie A on Fox Soccer Channel: Brescia - Inter Milan at 2:30pm. Azteca and Fox Deportes have Necaxa - Monterrey at 8:30pm. All Times Eastern

What Pre-Season Means

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By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Mar 10, 2011) US Soccer Players -- The weeks between the opening of Major League Soccer training camps and the start of the new season are a metaphorical minefield of meaningless results and poorly informed conclusions. Fans anxious for a hint of what's to come during the Summer and Fall desperately grasp at anything from these games.

Tuesday's TV: Big Game Europe

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Fox Soccer Channel has Barcelona - Arsenal in the second-leg of their Champions League series at 2:30pm. Shakhtar Donetsk - Roma is at 5pm. ESPN Deportes has Atlas - New York in friendly action at 8pm. All Times Eastern

CONCACAF's Schedule

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (Mar 8, 2011) US Soccer Players -- Later today, we find out who will make up the groups in this Summer's CONCACAF Gold Cup. As important to many soccer fans in the region is whether or not CONCACAF general secretary Chuck Blazer will elaborate on his statements following last week's announcement that FIFA will stick with the current allocation system for World Cup qualifying spots.

Gold Cup Groups Announced

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The United States has been drawn into Group C with Panama, Guadeloupe, and Canada in the 2011 Gold Cup, CONCACAF announced on Tuesday. The USA opens against Canada at 8pm ET on June 7th at Ford Field in Detroit. The group then moves to Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, with the United States playing Panama at 8pm ET on June 11th.

Wednesday's TV: Everton In Action

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Though most eyes will be on the Champions League, Tim Howard's Everton host Birmingham City in a Premier League match-up on Fox Soccer Plus at 4:45pm. Everton have moved up to 10th in the standings, and a win against 18th-place Birmingham could move them as high as 8th. In the Champions League, it's Spurs - Milan on Fox Soccer Channel at 2pm and Schalke - Valencia on FS+ at 2:45pm (5pm on FSC).

PNE 1 - Leeds United 2

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There was a battle of National Teamers Abroad clubs in England's Championship on Tuesday. Eddie Johnson started for Preston North End and Eric Lichaj went the distance for Leeds, with United getting the 2-1 win at Deepdale. Leeds were already up two goals when Iain Hume scored for Preston in the 63rd minute.

USA 19th In March FIFA Rankings

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The United States fell a spot to 19th in the March 2011 FIFA Rankings released on Wednesday, swapping places with France. The US remains the highest ranked team in CONCACAF, with Mexico staying in 27th place, Honduras in 38th, and Jamaica in 48th. The next rankings will be released on April 13th.

Setting The Gold Cup

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (Mar 9, 2011) US Soccer Players -- CONCACAF general secretary Chuck Blazer was probably correct in stressing that the 2011 Gold Cup doesn't contain a Group of Death. Then again, that would've taken as much work as the kind of parity the actual distribution of teams created.

Thursday's TV: Europa League

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GolTV brings us two Europa League games: Braga - Liverpool at 1pm and Ajax - Sparta Moscow at 3pm ET.

Everton 1 - Birmingham City 1

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Tim Howard took his usual place in Everton's goal for the 1-1 draw with Birmingham City on Wednesday in a result that was more valuable for relegation threatened Birmingham City. City's point moves them out of the relegation places at 17th-place, leading 18th-place West Ham on goal differential. City went up in the 17th minute with John Heitinga equalizing for Everton in the 35th.

London Stadiums

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (Mar 9, 2011) US Soccer Players --With Spurs openly looking for a new site to build a replacement for White Hart Lane, Chelsea are the only major London club not looking for a nice new home. Sure, they've been linked with multiple moves in the past, but so far they've publicly said they're staying at Stamford Bridge.