USSoccerPlayers Archives for January 2011

Houston 4 - DC 1

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DC United once again gave up four goals in a losing effort, this time to Houston at Robertson Stadium on Friday night. Will Bruin had a hat trick for the Dynamo, opening the scoring in the 4th minute. DC leveled the score at 1-1 with Marc Burch's goal in the 39th, but it was and Bruin scoring again in the 41st and 57th.

Timber Joey: 'It Is Amazing'

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By Cesar Diaz – NEW YORK, NY (Apr 29, 2011) US Soccer Players -- Playing their first home game of the 2011 MLS season on Thursday, April 14th, the Portland Timbers and their fans served noticed to every MLS team that winning a match at JELD-WEN Field is going to be extremely difficult. From the beginning until the end, it was all Portland.

Weekend TV: Fulham On ESPN2

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Saturday EPL on ESPN2: Sunderland - Fulham at 10am. On Fox Soccer Channel: WBA - Aston Villa at 10am and Chelsea - Spurs at 12:30pm. Fox Soccer Plus has Wigan - Everton at 10am and Blackpool - Stoke at 2pm. Championship on FS+: Leeds - Burnley at 7:45am. Bundesliga on GolTV: Borussia Dortmund - Nurnberg at 9:30am.

MLS And The Impact Of Injury

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By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Apr 29, 2011) US Soccer Players -- Maybe it's kizmet that only a month into a season in which League officials set out to clean up some of the more physical nature of the MLS game, two of it's brightest creative stars were lost to injury. Steve Zakuani broke two bones in his leg as a result of a Brian Mullan tackle in Colorado, and FC Dallas' David Ferreira.

Friday's TV: MLS And FMF

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MLS on Fox Soccer Channel: Houston - DC at 8:30pm. Primera Division on Galavision: U.A.G. - Santos Laguna at 9pm ET.

Howard: It's That Simple

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By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Apr 28, 2011) US Soccer Players – Tim Howard is used to high-pressure situations. He suits up for Everton every weekend against some of the best clubs on the planet and has played at the World Cup for the USA. Each time Howard puts on his gloves and gets into position to guard the goal, he knows what he has to do.

MLS In Play

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (Apr 27, 2011) US Soccer Players -- There's two temptations when a story line doesn't give you what you want in pro sports. One is to play up the opponent as the class of the competition. The other is to try to immediately shift focus to what's next on the schedule. Unfortunately for Real Salt Lake after last night's 1-0 loss to Monterrey that cost them the CONCACAF Champions.

CCL: RSL 0 - Monterrey 1 (2-3 agg)

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Real Salt Lake were unable to take advantage of their away goals in the second leg of the CONCACAF Champions League final. Monterrey's Humberto Suazo scored the second leg's only goal just before halftime, and that decided the two-leg series 1-0 on the night and 3-2 on aggregate. After drawing 2-2 in the first leg, Salt Lake would've won with a 0-0 or 1-1 draw.

Fulham 3 - Bolton 0

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Clint Dempsey is now the career leader in goals scored during Fulham's time in the Premier League. Dempsey passed fellow American Brian McBride to set the new mark with a two goal performance at Craven Cottage in a 3-0 shutout win over Bolton. Dempsey opened the scoring in the 15th minute and added a second goal in the 48th.

Thursdays TV: Europa Semi

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GolTV has the Europa League semifinals: Benfica – Braga at 3pm and Porto – Villarreal at 5pm ET.

Hall Induction Scheduled For June 4th

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The National Soccer Hall of Fame Class of 2011 will be inducted prior to the USA – Spain game on June 4th at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, MA, the US Soccer Federation announced on Wednesday. Cobi Jones, Eddie Pope, and Earnie Stewart were elected in the Players category, with Bruce Murray as a Veteran, and former National Team coach Bob Gansler as a Builder.

Real vs Real

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (Apr 22, 2011) US Soccer Players -- In the big picture sense, Real Salt Lake is actually a step closer to the FIFA Club World Cup than their namesake in Madrid. Both play later today, with the UEFA Champions League clasico between Real Madrid and Barcelona (2:30pm ET – FX) on more of our fellow Americans' minds than the Champions League final second-leg between Real Salt Lake and Monterrey.

Stoke City 3 - Wolverhampton 0

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Marcus Hahnemann was on the bench for Wolves in a 3-0 loss to Stoke at the Britannia Stadium on Tuesday. Stoke went up in the 16th minute and added two more goals in the 45th and 51st. The result keeps Wolverhampton in 19th-place, a point from safety. Wolves have a -23 goal differential, tied with 18th-place Wigan for the worst in the EPL and trailing 20th-place West Ham United and 17th-place Blackpool - bot teams.

CONCACAF Announces Revamped WCQ Plan

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CONCACAF has announced the qualifying format they intend to submit to FIFA for final approval next month. CONCACAF is proposing includes a preliminary phase followed by three group phases. The United States would enter in the second group phase, wit three groups of four teams. The top two teams from that group phase would advance to the Hexagonal.

Wednesday's TV: Champions

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The UEFA Champions League semifinals move to the FX network for Real Madrid - Barcelona at 2:30pm. Fox Soccer Plus has Fulham - Bolton in the Premier League at 3pm. The second and deciding leg of the 2010-11 CONCACAF Champions League is on Fox Soccer Channel at 10pm: Real Salt Lake - Monterrey with the series tied 2-2 after the first leg.

RSL In Control

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (Apr 22, 2011) US Soccer Players -- You have to like Real Salt Lake's chances on Wednesday in the second-leg of the CONCACAF Champions League final. They certainly do, continuing to press the point that 2011 is about winning the Champions League and qualifying an MLS team for FIFA's Club World Cup.

Mondays Euro Results

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Jermaine Jones and Blackburn Rovers were in action on Monday, losing 1-0 to Manchester City at Ewood Park. Edin Dezeko scored the game's only goal in the 75th minute. Jones was yellow carded in the 49th. The loss has Blackburn a point out of the relegation zone in 16th-place with four games remaining.

Tuesday's TV: Semis

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The first-leg of the Champions League semifinal series between Schalke and Manchester United is on Fox Soccer Channel at 2:30pm. Fox Soccer Plus has Stoke City - Wolverhampton in the Premier League at 2:30pm. All Times Eastern

Donovan Wins POTW

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Landon Donovan's return to the Los Angeles Galaxy won him Player of the Week honors for MLS Week 6. After missing LA's recent road trip, Donovan returned at home against Portland in a big way. He assisted on LA's opener, converted a penalty for their second goal, and scored their third in a 3-0 win. 2011 MLS Players of the Week Week 1: Omar Bravo (Kansas City) Week 2: Javier Morales (Salt Lake) Week 3:.

San Jose: Lost For More Than Words

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By Tony Edwards - SAN JOSE, CA (Apr 25, 2011) US Soccer Players -- In his postgame media comments, San Jose coach Frank Yallop provided a telling statement about his team after the Earthquakes were clearly second-best to a cohesive, if not thrilling, CD Chivas USA squad. "I'm a little bit lost for words to be honest.

The Season Series In The EPL

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (Apr 22, 2011) US Soccer Players -- If you happen to be one of those elite Premier League teams, you really don't want to find yourself needing to say the following: "It is very frustrating because we should have nine points from this week and we have two. That's a little bit the story of our season.

National Teamers Abroad: Goal In Mexico

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First Star: Herculez Gomez was back on the score sheet for Pachuca on Saturday in a 1-1 draw with Queretaro at the La Corregidora Stadium. Gomez scored in the 28th minute off an assist from Yulian Anchico. Queretaro equalized in stoppage time. Gomez was yellow carded in the 21st. Jose Francisco Torres also started and went the distance for Pachuca, who are bottom of Clausura Group 2 with 17 points from 16 games.

MLS Week 6: Feilhaber Debuts, Donovan Scores Two

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San Jose 1 – Chivas USA 2 Chivas USA came back on he road for their first win of the season and extend their unbeaten streak to four games. Chris Wondolowski opened the scoring for San Jose in the 16th minute in front of 10,525 at Buck Shaw Stadium. Alejandro Moreno equalized just before halftime, with Mariano Trujillo scoring the winning goal in the 85th minute.

Colorado 0 - Seattle 1

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Fredy Montero was the difference on the score sheet at Dick's Sporting Goods Park on Friday, but his 19th minute goal was only part of the story. The Rapids went a man down after four minutes when Brian Mullan was shown a red card for a tackle on Seattle's Steve Zakuani that left him injured. Zakuani had to be subbed off, officially leaving the game in the 9th minute and needing a stretcher to exit.

The Hole In the MLS Safety Net

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By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Apr 22, 2011) US Soccer Players -- The action, so to speak, when it come to the MLS standings happens on two levels, just as it does in most league around the World. The top of the table gets the lion's share of attention, and rightly so. Even in MLS, where the top points earner wins a secondary trophy, the race for first place is hotly contested.

Weekend TV: Everton On ESPN2

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Saturday EPL on ESPN2: Manchester United - Everton at 7:30am. Fox Soccer Channel has Liverpool - BirminghamCity at 10am, Chelsea - West Ham United at 12:30pm, and Spurs - WBA at 5pm. Fox Soccer Plus has Aston Villa - Stoke City at 10am and Wolves - Fulham at noon. Championship on FS+: Cardiff City - QPR at 7:30am.

The 4-0 Result

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (Apr 22, 2011) US Soccer Players -- Red Bulls forward Thierry Henry had nice things to say about DC United, following a 4-0 New York win at RFK Stadium on Thursday. "I don't think it was easy. They played pretty well. I don't think they deserved to lose 4-0. They definitely deserved to score a goal or maybe two, but they didn't.

DC 0 - New York 4

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A tough night at home for DC United, who were shutout at RFK Stadium by New York in front of an ESPN2 audience. Thierry Henry opened the scoring for New York in the 11th minute, and it was Henry scoring again in the 37th. Joel Lindpere added New York's third goal in the 75th minute, with US National Team forward Juan Agudelo making it 4-0 in stoppage time.

Friday's TV: Championship, MLS, and Primera

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Championship on Fox Soccer Plus: Nottingham Forest - Leicester City at 12pm and Eric Lichaj and Leeds at home against Reading at 2:30pm. Fox Soccer Channel has Colorado - Seattle at 9pm. Primera Division on Azteca and Fox Deportes: Necaxa - UNAM Pumas at 9pm. All Times Eastern

RSLs Opening 90

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (Apr 20, 2011) US Soccer Players -- Last night was a special one for Real Salt Lake first and the league they play in second, on the road in Mexico and coming away with a result in a Champions League final. Whatever happens next Wednesday, Salt Lake showed that they deserve the adulation they've been receiving as many people's pick for the class of Major League Soccer.

CCL: Monterrey 2 - Salt Lake 2

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Real Salt Lake came up with a late equalizer to take the away goal advantage into their home leg in the CONCACAF Champions League final series. Playing in front of a huge home crowd at the Tecnológico Stadium, Aldo de Nigris opened the scoring in the 17th minute. RSL was level when Nat Borchers scored in the 34th minute.

Thursdays TV

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MLS on ESPN2: DC – New York at 8pm ET.

Converting A Corner

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By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Apr 20, 2011) US Soccer Players -- Your team is down a goal and putting the pressure on its opponent as the minutes tick away. Just when the game seems lost, your team is able to win a corner kick. With the exception of being awarded a penalty shot, getting a late corner is a solid scoring opportunity.

Feilhaber To Revs Is Official

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With rumors that the New England Revolution planned on trading US National Team midfielder Benny Feilhaber after picking him up through the allocation process, Feilhaber will be joining the Revolution the club announced on Wednesday. "We're very pleased that Benny was available to us through the Allocation Process," VP of player personnel Michael Burns said.

Dundee United 0 - Rangers 4

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Maurice Edu took his regular place in Rangers' starting lineup in a game that was as much about the referee taking out a red card and pointing to the spot than an outpouring of offense from Rangers. As Rangers' designated penalty taker, Steven Whittaker scored from the spot in the 22nd and 60th minutes.

Playing Like An MLS Team

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Tonight in Mexico, Real Salt Lake faces a tough but potentially advantageous scenario (10pm ET – FSC). They need to make sure there are no MLS in Mexico routs, while at the same time trying to avoid playing like an MLS team. No stepping into passing lanes without a clear tactical reason. No overly aggressive displays while the referee or linesman is looking in their direction.

Feilhaber Joins New England

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United States National Team midfielder Benny Feilhaber is now a member of the New England Revolution. Feilhaber signed with Major League Soccer last week and went through the returning US National Team player allocation process. Chivas USA and the Philadelphia Union both chose to keep their first and second positions in the allocation order.

Wednesday's TV: First Leg

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Monterrey hosts Real Salt Lake in the opening leg of the CONCACAF Champions League final on Fox Soccer Channel at 10pm. EPL on ESPN2: Spurs – Arsenal at 2:30pm. FSC has Chelsea – Birmingham City also at 2:30pm. GolTV has Barcelona – Real Madrid in the Copa del Rey at 3:30pm. All Times Eastern

Late Season In Europe

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (Apr 19, 2011) US Soccer Players -- Yesterday, we talked about the three National Teamers Abroad clubs currently 7th, 8th, and 9th place in the Premier League table. Though it's possible that 7th-place Everton could finish as high as 4th, the realistic scenario is one of those three teams taking 6th place.

Orebro 2 - Gefle 3

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Alejandro Bedoya scored for Orebro on Moday, but it was in a losing effort in front of 8,437 at Behrn Arena. After opening the new Allsvenskan season with back-to-back wins, Orebro were up a goal in the 52nd minute when Andrew Haddad scored, but Gefle equalized 10 minutes later. Bedoya got his goal in the 74th, but this time it only took five minutes for Gefle to equalize through Jonas Lantto.

Tuesdays TV

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ESPN2 has Newcastle United – Manchester United in Premier League action at 2:45pm ET.

Two Approaches

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By Clemente Lisi – HARRISON, NJ (Apr 18, 2011) US Soccer Players – When the New York Red Bulls have players such as Thierry Henry and Rafa Marquez in the lineup, there is always an expectation of success. The same expectations heaped on the Red Bulls, however, have also been placed on the San Jose Earthquakes after it knocked New York out of the playoffs last year, coming within a game of reaching the MLS.

Rodgers Named POTW

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Two goals against San Jose won New York Red Bulls forward Luke Rodgers Player of the Week honors for Week 5. Rodgers scored in the 1st and 15th minutes for New York in a 3-0 shutout of the Quakes at Red Bull Arena. 2011 MLS Players of the Week Week 1: Omar Bravo, Sporting Kansas City Week 2: Javier Morales, Real Salt Lake Week 3: Camilo, Vancouver Whitecaps FC Week 4: David Ferreira, FC Dallas

Bolton Vs Stoke

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (Apr 18, 2011) US Soccer Players -- This is Bolton manager Owen Coyle, after losing 5-0 to Stoke City in the FA Cup semifinals: "When you get to this stage and this arena, if you play to your best and are outperformed then you can accept it. But today we didn't reach the levels that we previously reached throughout the season.

MLS Week 5: Sunday

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Chicago 1- Los Angeles 2 With LA missing several players including Landon Donovan, David Beckham, and Juninho, Chicago was unable to take advantage at Toyota Park. Chad Barrett opened the scoring for the Galaxy in the 42nd minute and Omar Gonzalez made it 2-0 in the 72nd. Chicago had used all their substitutes by the 69th minute and were reduced to 10 men when Cory Gibbs was forced to exit with an injury.

National Teamers Abroad: Keeping In England

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First Star: Everton's Tim Howard picked up the shutout in a 2-0 win against Blackburn in a battle of National Teamers Abroad. Jermaine Jones started and went the distance for Blackburn, who were down a goal 54 minutes in at Goodison Park. Everton converted a 75th minute penalty to finish off the scoring.

MLS Week 5: Saturday

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Two 3-0 wins highlighted Saturday's Major League Soccer action, while Columbus extended their shutout streak. Philadelphia 1 – Seattle 1 A Carlos Ruiz free kick put Philadelphia on the score sheet in the 32nd minute, but Seattle's late comeback split the points at PPL Park. Alvaro Fernandez equalized a minute into stoppage time.

Eight Days To Dominance

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By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Apr 15, 2011) US Soccer Players -- "Dominance", as both an abstract ideal and achievable possibility, is a rarity in Major League Soccer. The competitive environment just won't allow one team to strike out ahead very far before getting punished with a harsh does of back-to-the-pack reality.

Weekend TV: FA Cup Semifinals

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Saturday EPL on Fox Soccer Channel: WBA - Chelsea at 10am, Manchester City - Manchester United at noon in the FA Cup, and Everton - Blackburn at 9:30pm. On Fox Soccer Plus: West Ham - Aston Villa is at 10am and Birmingham City - Sunderland at 2pm. Bundesliga on ESPN Deportes: Hamburg - Hannover 96 at 10am.

Portland 4 - Chicago 2

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On a rainy opening night at Jeld-Wen Field, Portland gave the home crowd everything they could've hoped for with their first win as an MLS club. Jorge Perlaza got Portland's first home goal in the 28th minute with Rodney Wallace doubling that lead in the 37th. It was 3-0 Portland in the 49th when Perlaza scored his second goal.

Hillsborough - 22 Years Later

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (Apr 15, 2011) US Soccer Players -- Twenty-two years ago today, 96 Liverpool supporters died at a neutral site FA Cup semifinal played at Hillsborough. Their deaths led to a reevaluation of stadium safety that included replacing terracing with seats and modern crowd control methods.

Europa: Twente 1 - Villarreal 3

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Oguchi Onyewu started for Twente, already in deep trouble after a 5-1 first-leg loss in their Europa series with Villarreal. Though the score line was more flattering, Villarreal won on the night 3-1 and took the series 8-2 on aggregate. Twente looked good early, scoring in the 32nd minute. A red card to Twente's Dwight Tiendalli in the 58th minute led to a peanlty to even the score on the night.

Friday's TV: Championship

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Championship on Fox Soccer Plus: Norwich City - Nottingham Forest at 2:40pm. Zac Whitbread, who was initially called into camp for the last set of US friendlies, plays for Norwich. Forest's Robbie Findley is recovering from injury.

Portland At Home

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (Apr 14, 2011) US Soccer Players -- Tonight is Major League Soccer's latest self-high-five moment, the debut of the revamped Civic Stadium in Portland (11pm ET – ESPN2). Now called Jeld-Wen Field, it's an impressive example of re-purposing an existing venue. Everyone else in the League should be feeling at least a slight pang of jealousy.

Rangers Win, Gomez Scores

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Maurice Edu took his normal spot in the starting eleven and Rangers took three points in a 1-0 win over Aberdeen in the Scottish Premier League. Nikica Jelavic scored the game's only goal in the 22nd minute. Edu picked up a yellow card in the 62nd. "From our point of view, it was a hard-fought game and after being slightly better in the first half, we were put under a lot of pressure in the.

Toronto And LA Draw, RSL Wins

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Toronto 0 - LA 0 In their second game in a row with Landon Donovan out of the lineup, the LA Galaxy picked up another point on the road with a 0-0 draw in Toronto. Both teams had trouble generating much in the way of offense, with LA putting three shots on goal to Toronto's two. LA's Junior was sent off in stoppage time.

Thursday's TV: Portland Stadium

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Europa League on GolTV: PSV - Benfica at 3pm and Spartak Moscow - Porto at 5pm. MLS on ESPN2: Portland - Chicago at 11pm. All Times Eastern

Soccer at the Apollo

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By Cesar Diaz – HARLEM, NY (Apr 13, 2011) US Soccer Players -- Monday, April 11th, 2011 was the day when soccer finally arrived at Harlem's World-famous Apollo Theater. Considered by many as the place "where stars are born and legends are made," the Apollo Theater enthusiastically welcomed the nonprofit organization America SCORES through its historic doors.

Promoting A Streak

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (Apr 13, 2011) US Soccer Players -- We've got two Major League Soccer games with LA at Toronto and Real Salt Lake hosting Colorado. It's RSL – Rapids drawing the midweek attention, with some people noticing this matches up the 2009 and 2010 MLS Cup winners. It's also an opportunity for a quick and unlikely turnaround for the Rapids, who crashed out 3-0 against the 2010 runners-up last Friday.

Tuesday In Europe

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Eric Lichaj started for Leeds United in a 2-1 loss to Derby County at Pride Park. Leeds opened the scoring through Max Gradel in the 58th minute. Derby were level within three minutes and ahead for good within five, scoring in the 61st and 63rd. Also in the Championship, Eddie Johnson started in PNE's 1-1 draw with Doncaster Rovers.

Wednesday's TV

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Champions League on Fox Soccer Channel: Spurs - Real Madrid at 2:30pm. Fox Soccer Plus has Schalke - Inter Milan at 2:30pm (5pm on FSC). Primera on ESPN Deportes: Necaxa - U.A.G. at 8pm. All Times Eastern

The Next Day At Arsenal

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (Apr 12, 2011) US Soccer Players -- A day after Stan Kroenke's move to become the majority shareholder at Arsenal, sections of the English media have opted for exactly what you would expect. There's no love for foreigners taking over English clubs, well, except when they're willing to absorb debt for the sake of trophies.

Tuesday's TV: Champs

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Champions League on Fox regional networks: Shakhtar Donetsk – Barcelona at 2:45pm (5pm – FSC). Fox Soccer Channel has Manchester United – Chelsea at 2:45pm. Primera Division on Azteca: Morelia – Jaguares at 9:30pm. All Times Eastern

Ferreira Wins POTW

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FC Dallas's David Ferreira is Major League Soccer's Player of the Week for Week 4. Ferreira was involved in all three Dallas goals in Fiday's 3-0 win over the Colorado Rapids. Ferreira assisted on Dallas's 26th minute opener and scored two goals of his own in the 40th and 46th minutes.

Excerpt: A History of the World Cup: 1930-2010

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In an updated edition of his book "A History of the World Cup: 1930-2010" (Scarecrow Press), Clemente Lisi details the 2010 tournament in South Africa and the US National Team's emotional run to the Round of 16. From the USA's draw with England to Landon Donovan's last-gasp strike versus Algeria to the elimination against Ghana, the book gives readers a chance to relive the emotional ride that is the World Cup.

Houston 3 - Vancouver 1

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Houston picked up three points in Major League Soccer's Sunday game, beating Vancouver at Robertson Stadium. Cam Weaver opened the scoring in the 36th minute, but Vancouver was level two minutes later through Camilo. Bobby Boswell put Houston in front for good in the 42nd, and Will Bruin added another goal in the 76th minute.

Ownership At Arsenal

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (Apr 11, 2011) US Soccer Players -- With Arsenal now in the control of Colorado Rapids investor/operator Stan Kroenke, it's worth wondering what club takes the Gunners' place as the one that's too precious to be sullied by American ownership. After all Queen and country were out in force a few years ago over the possibility that Arsenal might end up owned by someone without a British passport.

National Teamers Abroad: Goals In Mexico

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First Star: Herculez Gomez takes the top spot this week after scoring twice for Pachuca in a 3-0 shutout of Chiapas. Gomez subbed on in the 62nd minute and headed in his first goal in the 70th. He scored his second eight minutes later from a free kick. Jose Francisco Torres started and played 62 minutes, picking up a yellow card in the 40th.

MLS Week 4: Multiple Cautions

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The Philadelphia Union took over first-place in the Eastern Conference, beating a team many penciled in as the favorites in the East. Elsewhere, DC United salvaged a point at home against LA and RSL remains the only team in MLS that has won all of their games. Seattle 2 – Chicago 1 The Sounders and Fire traded goals early at Qwest Field, but it was Seattle getting the winner midway through the first-half.

Fridays Euro Results: Altidore Scores

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Jozy Altidore made the home crowd happy at least for a moment at Ataturk Stadium on Friday, opening the scoring just before halftime in Bursaspor's 3-2 loss to Antalyaspor in Turkey's Super Lig. Antalyaspor equalized in the 58th minute through Ugur Inceman. The teams traded goals with Bursaspor's Kenny Miller scoring in the 65th and Antalyaspor equalizing two minutes later.

Dallas 3 - Colorado 0

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It might still be early days in the 2011 Major League Soccer season, but things took a dramatic turn on Friday night with previously winless Dallas getting a decisive victory over the previously undefeated Colorado Rapids at Pizza Hut Park. Though a regular season match a month into the season is hardly revenge for losing to Colorado in the 2010 MLS Cup, Dallas answered recent criticisms with the shutout win.

MLS And The American Keeper

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By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Apr 8, 2011) US Soccer Players – When FC Dallas hosts the Colorado Rapids on Friday night at Pizza Hut Park, the game won't just be a rematch of last year's MLS Cup final. The meeting will also pit two of the best US-born goalkeepers in the League against each other: FCD's Kevin Hartman and Colorado's Matt Pickens.

Weekend TV: Mexico's Classico

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Saturday EPL on ESPN2: Wolves - Everton at 7:30am. On Fox Soccer Channel: Manchester United - Fulham at 10am and Spurs - Stoke City at 5pm. Fox Soccer Plus has Cheslea - Wigan at 10am, Sunderland - WBA at noon, and Blackburn - Birmingham City at 6pm. Championship on FS+: Swansea City - Norwich at 2pm.

MLS Month 1

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (Apr 8, 2011) US Soccer Players -- We're a month into the 2011 Major League Soccer season more or less, and it's probably worth pointing out that Philadelphia have the best record in the Eastern Conference courtesy of playing three games to leaders New England's four.

Villarreal 5 - Twente 1

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It was a tough night for Oguchi Onyewu and Twente in the Europa League, with a lopsided loss at El Madrigal. Villarreal opened the scoring in the 22nd minute, adding two more goals in the 43rd and 45th to take a 3-0 lead into halftime. They scored again in the 55th and 80th minutes. Twente spoiled the shutout with a stoppage time goal.

Friday's TV: MLS And Primera

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Fox Soccer Channel has Dallas - Colorado at 8:30pm and Galavision has U.A.G. - Queretaro at 9pm ET.

Colorado’s Chance

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By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Apr 7, 2011) US Soccer Players -- You'll have to excuse Colorado Rapids fans for feeling pretty good about their team at the moment. There's a shiny new trophy for the case - the club's first - and an era of good feelings pervades the confines of Dick's Sporting Good Park.

Home Field In CONCACAF

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In Thursday's edition of The Soccer Daily, we talk about the Under-20's exiting CONCACAF Qualifying, the Champions League final, and our continued fascination with DC United's Open Cup schedule. By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (Apr 7, 2011) US Soccer Players -- The day after Real Salt Lake lost but still advanced in Costa Rica, the United States Under-20's got a first hand lesson in playing away in CONCACAF.

Vancouver 1 - New England 1

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You can't blame Vancouver for thinking they'd overcome a scenario of their own making at Empire Field on Wednesday night. Vancouver's Gershon Koffie was shown a red card in the 44th minute only for the Whitecaps to open the scoring from the penalty spot in the 55th. Eric Hassli celebrated his short-handed goal by taking off his shirt, earning him a second yellow card and an early exit.

U-20s Exit CONCACAF Qualifying

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The United States Under-20 National Team will not be participating in their 8th World Cup in a row following a 2-1 Qualifying defeat to Guatemala on Wednesday in Guatemala City. Playing in front of a crowd happy to stress home field advantage early and often at the Estadio Mateo Flores, the US went down a goal in the 33rd minute.

Thursday's TV: Europa

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Europa League on GolTV: Benfica - PSV Eindhoven at 3pm and Porto - Spartak Moscow at 5pm ET.

Onyewu Eyes Treble

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By Clemente Lisi – EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (Apr 6, 2011) US Soccer Players -- Just a few months ago, Oguchi Onyewu was struggling for playing time at Italian giants AC Milan. Everything changed during the January transfer window when the Serie A club loaned Onyewu to Dutch champions FC Twente. Onyewu went from watching games to playing regularly in a matter of weeks.

RSL Advances To Champions League Final

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Real Salt Lake lost 2-1 on the night to Saprissa, but took their CONCACAF Champions League semifinal series 3-2 on total goals. RSL becomes the first MLS team to advance to the final since CONCACAF launched the Champions League format. Luis Cordero opened the scoring for Saprissa in the 45th, but Jamison Olave equalized on the night and gave Salt Lake the away goals tie breaker in the 61st minute.

Wednesday's TV

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Champions League on Fox Soccer Channel: Chelsea - Manchester United at 2:30pm. Fox Soccer Plus has Barcelona - Shakhtar Donetsk at 2:30pm (5pm on FSC). CONCACAF Champions League on FSC: Cruz Azul - Monterrey at 8pm. ESPN Deportes has the US U-17's against Guatemala at 10pm. All Times Eastern

Soccer In The City: The Metropolitan Oval

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By Cesar Diaz - NEW YORK, NY (Apr 5, 2011) US Soccer Players -- Though the recent history of youth development in American soccer tends to focus on large complexes built on the outskirts of major metropolitan areas, there remains a notable exception. Located in Maspeth, the western corner of Queens, east of Greenpoint and Williamsburg, Brooklyn, the Metropolitan Oval has been in existence since 1925.

What College Basketball Showed MLS

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (Apr 5, 2011) US Soccer Players -- Though it's always tricky trying to draw parallels across sports, last night's National Championship game in college basketball should serve as a reminder of what happens to any sport when the quality tanks. Prior to one of the lowest scoring, and frankly painful, games in national championship history, the conversation was about parity in college basketball.

Tuesday's TV: Leagues

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Champions League: Inter Milan - Schalke is on the Fox Sports regional networks at 2:45pm (5pm on Fox Soccer Channel). FSC has Real Madrid - Spurs at 2:45pm. CONCACAF Champions League on FSC: Saprissa - Real Salt Lake at 10pm. All Times Eastern

Camilo Wins POTW

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Major League Soccer announced Vancouver forward Camilo as the League's Player of the Week for Week 3. Camilo triggered a late comeback for the Whitecaps against Sporting Kansas City on Saturday in a 3-3 draw. Camilo scored twice in stoppage time.

Hostile Territory: RSL Faces Challenge Of Saprissa

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By Michael Lewis – NEW YORK, NY (Apr 4, 2011) US Soccer Players -- Real Salt Lake coach Jason Kreis admits he doesn't remember much about his only game at Estadio Ricardo Saprissa, except for what transpired away from the action. The US National Team bus pulled up to the stadium known as the Purple Monster in San Jose, Costa Rica for a World Cup qualifying match against the Ticos on July 23, 2000.

The Next FIFA President

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (Apr 4, 2011) US Soccer Players -- As of midnight, April 1st, European Central Time it's official that Mohamed Bin Hammam will be the only challenger to standing FIFA president Sepp Blatter. The two candidates have between now and June 1st to sway enough voters to get elected.

Rimando Named Player of the Month

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Real Salt Lake and US National Team goalkeeper Nick Rimando was named Major League Soccer's Player of the Month on Sunday. Rimando had a shutout against San Jose to start the season and was in goal for RSL's 4-1 win over Western Conference rival San Jose in Week 2. Salt Lake's Javier Morales was second in Player of the Month voting.

Colorado 4 - DC 1

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On a night when the weather in Commerce City wasn't exactly meant for soccer, Colorado left it late to turn on the offense. Caleb Folan scored for the Rapids in the 38th minute. DC looked to be in fine position when Santino Quaranta equalized in the 69th, but Jamie Smith had Colorado's lead back a minute later.

National Teamers Abroad: Trophy For Simek

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First Star: Frank Simek and Carlisle United lifted the Johnstone's Paint Trophy at Wembley, beating Brentford 1-0. The League Trophy is contested between clubs in League One and League Two. Peter Murphy scored the game's only goal in the 12th minute. Simek went the distance in a game where Carlisle dominated the chances.

MLS Week 3: Score Draw

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Five out of the six games on Saturday ended even, with only the Los Angeles Galaxy getting three points. Elsewhere, Vancouver put on a shock comeback against Kansas City in a six goal game. Toronto 1 – Chivas USA 1 Chivas USA was up two minutes in at BMO Field when Alejandro Moreno took advantage of Toronto's defense.

Columbus 2 - Dallas 0

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Though the score suggests an easy night for Columbus at home against Dallas, it wasn't that simple. Dallas went a man down in the 33rd minute when Jackson was shown a second yellow a minute after he received his first. Even with the man advantage, it took a 54th minute penalty for Columbus to get on the board.

Weekend TV: Regular Schedule

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Saturday EPL on Fox Soccer Channel: Stoke City - Chelsea at 10am, Arsenal - Blackburn at 12:30pm, and a battle of the American goalkeepers when Everton host Aston Villa at 5pm. On Fox Soccer Plus: WBA - Liverpool at 10am, Wigan - Spurs at 4pm, and Newcastle host Marcus Hahnemann and Wolves at 6pm. Championship on FS+: Eric Lichaj's Leeds host Nottingham Forest (Robbie Findley is recovering from injury).

Class of 2011: Cobi Jones

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On Monday, March 29, 2011 the United States Soccer Federation announced that US National Team all-time leading cap winner Cobi Jones has been elected to the National Soccer of Hall of Fame Class of 2011. Recognized for participating in the three World Cups (1994, 1998, 7 2002) and a long-time member of the Los Angeles Galaxy where he was a player and a coach, Jones picked up votes from an outstanding 87 percent of the.