USSoccerPlayers Archives for January 2011

Chicago Gets New Coach

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The Chicago Fire became the second Major League Soccer club to appoint a new head coach on Monday, with Carlos de los Cobos exiting the club in favor of technical director Frankie Klopas. The club has named Klopas as interim for the rest of 2011, with the Fire currently 8th in the Eastern Conference with nine points from 11 games played.

Tuesday's TV

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No games today.

The Upside: Allegations

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Their Words "I said to Jack, 'What are you doing? In 21 years we have never bought a vote, we have had elections and been in office all that time and never bought a vote'." CONCACAF general secretary Chuck Blazer. Other Sources Jack Warner: analysing the Fifa allegations - from The Guardian's David Conn: Doubts have long been expressed about how the Goal money is distributed.

Mapp Named POTW

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Philadelphia midfielder Justin Mapp was named Major League Soccer's Player of the Week for Week 11. Mapp scored two goals in Philadelphia's 6-2 win over Toronto. Player of the Week Winners Week 10: Jeff Parke (Seattle Sounders FC) Week 9: Justin Braun (Chivas USA) Week 8: Joao Plata (Toronto FC) Week 7: Will Bruin (Houston Dynamo) Week 6: Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy) Week 5: Luke Rodgers (New York Red Bulls) Week 4: David Ferreira (FC.

Vancouver First Team To Change Coaches In 2011

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Teitur Thordarson is no longer the head coach of the Vancouver Whitecaps, the club announced on Monday. Thordarson exits with Vancouver bottom of the Western Conference with nine points from 12 games. Goalkeeper coach Mike Salmon is also no longer with the club. "Teitur and Mike have served the club extremely well in recent seasons but we feel that today's changes are necessary in order to accelerate the process of turning around our difficult start.

Blatter: 2022 Not Touched

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In a press conference on Monday, FIFA president Sepp Blatter announced that FIFA's Executive Committee saw no evidence necessitating a reason to act in regard to allegations surrounding the 2022 World Cup hosting vote. Blatter went onto explain that the money he gave to fund Goal projects in CONCACAF was in honor of the Confederation's 50th anniversary and not out of the ordinary.

Weekend TV: National Teams

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Saturday The United States hosts Spain at 4:30pm on ESPN2. Fox Soccer Channel has the England - Switzerland Euro 2012 qualifier at 11:45am. ESPN Deportes has Portugal - Norway at 4pm. MLS on Galavision: San Jose - Houston at 10pm. All Times Eastern Sunday Poland - Argentina is on ESPN2 at 11am. Also on ESPN2, USA Women - Mexico at 2pm.

Bedoya Joins Camp

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US National Team coach Bob Bradley has called midfielder Alejandro Bedoya into camp in advance of Saturday's friendly against Spain and the start of the 2011 Gold Cup. The move has been made as a precaution after Benny Feilhaber was injured playing for the New England Revolution this weekend. If Feilhaber is unavailable, Bedoya would be his likely replacement on the Gold Cup roster.

One Candidate

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (May 30, 2011) US Soccer Players -- In a lengthy statement, suspended CONCACAF president Jack Warner explained why he believes the process employed by the FIFA Ethics Committee is, shall we say, suspect. At issue is what always seems to be at issue in these instances.

Portland 2 - DC 3

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Portland got their first taste of what it's like to lose a game at Jeld-Wen Field on Sunday. Perry Kitchen put DC United up a goal in the 13th minute, with Jack Jewsbury equalizing from the penalty spot in the 67th. Jewsbury's successful attempt came after two previous penalties from Portland's Kenny Cooper were wiped out with the referee deciding DC goalkeeper Bill Hamid left his line early.

National Teamers Abroad: Finishing Up

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Carlos Bocanegra and St Etienne finished the season in 10th-place after drawing 1-1 with PSG at Stade Geoffroy-Guichard. Bocanegra started and went the distance for St Etienne, who thought they had all three points before PSG equalized from the penalty spot in stoppage time. Josua Guilavogui scored St Etienne's goal in the 70th minute.

FIFA Suspends Bin Hammam, Warner

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Hours after announcing he was ending his candidacy for the FIFA presidency, Mohamed Bin Hammam was suspended by that organization's ethics committee. CONCACAF president Jack Warner was also suspended. The ethics committee cleared FIFA president Sepp Blatter and also took no action against those members of FIFA's executive committee accused of wrongdoing by evidence presented in front of a British Parliamentary inquiry into soccer.

MLS Week 11: Goals In Toronto

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Toronto 2 – Philadelphia 6 The Union were already up three goals before Toronto attempted a second-half comeback, and all that seemed to do was provoke Philadelphia. Gabriel Farfan put the Union ahead two minutes in, Justin Mapp made it 2-0 in the 10th minute, and it was 3-0 when Kyle Nakazawa scored in the 44th.

Bin Hammam Withdraws From FIFA Election

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Asian Football Confederation president and FIFA presidential candidate Mohamed Bin Hammam's campaign for the future ended on Sunday with an announcement that he was no longer a candidate for the FIFA presidency. I wanted to spark a debate about change in FIFA. For the good of football, I wanted the future to be bright for our world's governing body and for it to adapt to the ever-changing world we live in today.

Friday's Upside: Ethics For Everyone

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Their Words "It was a lovely warm night, with 100,000 there, and the roar of the crowd was unforgettable. There must have been 90,000 United supporters there. It wasn't like a cup final where you've got one end red and one end blue; it was just a sea of red." Alex Stepney, the goalkeeper for Manchester United the last time they played for the European Cup at Wembley.

Weekend TV: Champions Of Europe

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Saturday The Champions League final between Manchester United and Barcelona is on Fox at 2pm. The League 2 playoff final between Stevenage and Torquay United is on Fox Soccer Plus at 10am. For those who might be wondering where they're playing since Wembley is hosting the Champions League final, the game is at Old Trafford.

Onyewu Returning To Milan

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United States National Team defender Oguchi Onyewu will be returning to AC Milan after his loan deal with FC Twente came to an end. Twente announced via their website that they would not be taking their option to buy Onyewu from Milan. Onyewu is currently in camp with the US National Team who play Spain at Gillette Stadium on June 4th before they start their Gold Cup campaign.

FIFA's Next Game

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (May 26, 2011) US Soccer Players -- What we need to keep in mind is that we're less than a week away from the FIFA presidential election. So why wouldn't it make sense that now both presidential candidates get to spend their Sunday defending themselves in front of that organization's ethics committee.

Friday's TV

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Thursday's Upside: Europa Place

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Their Words "We've got a very early start to the season and we will have to come back on something like June 23rd for a match on June 30th. We'll have three to four weeks break maximum so it's difficult to plan for." Fulham manager Mark Hughes, responding to the news that Fulham have qualified for the Europa League through Europe's Fair Play table.

Soccer In Chinatown, NYC

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By Cesar Diaz – NEW YORK, NY (May 26th, 2011) US Soccer Players -- In honor of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, US Soccer Players is dedicating this feature to New York City's Chinatown adult soccer league, City Soccer. Founded in 2002 by the NYC Chinatown Athletic Council (CAC), City Soccer is a year-round league that is open to anyone of race, creed, color, and gender.

The FIFA System

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (May 26, 2011) US Soccer Players -- It should be a tough weekend for FIFA. With more media intensity than they should've expected directed towards next week's Congress and the FIFA presidential elections, they now have an Ethics Committee meeting as the opening act. Depending on the version of the story, either corruption is rampant among senior officials on the Executive Committee including a presidential candidate, or this is.

MLS: Dallas And LA Win

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New York 2 – Colorado 2 The New York Red Bulls got two quick equalizers on Wednesday nigh at Red Bull Arena to split the points with the Rapids. Colorado's Jeff Larentowicz made it 1-0 in the 27th minute, scoring from his own missed penalty. Thierry Henry had New York level two minutes later. It was Larentowicz again in the 32nd, with Luke Rodgers equalizing for New York a minute later.

National Teamers Abroad: Goodson Scores

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Clarence Goodson opened the scoring for FC Nordsjaelland in a 1-1 draw with Brondby on Wednesday at the Brondby Stadion. Goodson's goal came in the 11th minute, with Brondby equalizing in the 83rd. Nordsjaelland are 7th in the12-team SAS-Ligaen. Also in Denmark, Chris Rolfe started and played 69 minutes in AaB's 2-1 home loss to Sonderjyske.

Thursday's TV

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No games today.

Wednesday's Upside: Ethics

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Their Words "This has been a difficult and painful day for me today. But, if there is even the slightest justice in the world, these allegations will vanish in the wind. This move is little more than a tactic being used by those who have no confidence in their own ability to emerge successfully from the FIFA Presidential " FIFA presidential candidate and AFC president Mohamed Bin Hammam, responding to ethics charges levied against him.

American Outlaws Chapter launches Campaign GBA50

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By Cesar Diaz – NEW YORK, NY (May 25, 2011) US Soccer Players -- On Saturday, June 4th at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass, the United States will battle the #1 ranked team in the World and 2010 FIFA World Cup Champion Spain. The game is a warm-up for the 2011 Gold Cup that starts a few days later for the US in Detroit, and it's the latest in a run of high-profile friendlies for.

Spains Roster For US Friendly

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GK: Iker Casillas (Real Madrid), Jose Manuel Reina (Liverpool), Víctor Valdes (Barcelona). DEF: Alvaro Arbeloa (Real Madrid), Raul Albiol (Real Madrid), Joan Capdevila (Villarreal), Andoni Iraola (Athletic Bilbao), Carlos Marchena (Villarreal), Gerard Pique (Barcelona), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid) MID: Xabi Alonso (Real Madrid), Sergio Busquets (Barcelona), Santiago Cazorla (Villarreal), Andres Iniesta (Barcelona), Bruno Soriano (Villarreal), Borja Valero (Villarreal) FOR: Fernando Llorente, (Athletic Bilbao), Manu Del Moral (Sevilla), Alvaro Negredo (Sevilla), Pedro Rodríguez (Barcelona), David Silva.

No Contest

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (May 25, 2011) US Soccer Players -- World soccer's governing body is once again providing a critical assessment of itself. This time it's not one but two Confederation presidents accused of ethics violations. And one of them happens to be running for FIFA president. On 24 May 2011, FIFA Executive Committee member and CONCACAF General Secretary Chuck Blazer reported to FIFA Secretary General Jérôme Valcke possible violations of the.

Wednesday's TV

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Tuesday's Upside: Manchester Drama

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Their Words "Aye. Then we'll get him. Ban him on Friday." Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson speaking to a United communications officer after an Associated Press reporter asked a question about Ryan Giggs. Other Sources Tornado rips through hometown of Portland Timbers' Jack Jewsbury - from The Oregonian's Geoffrey C.

Rivalries: Real And Imagined

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By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON DC (May 24, 2011) US Soccer Players -- Rivalry "happens" for a variety of reasons. Occasionally, it's a matter of timing. Two teams, each predominant during the same period, fighting it out for supremacy. Generally, it's about geography. Derbies, typically the most intense of rivalries, are defined as matches between neighboring clubs.

Mexico's Rosters

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (May 24, 2011) US Soccer Players -- We now know what players will be involved in next month's Gold Cup, with CONCACAF announcing the rosters for all of the competing teams in a press release on Monday. Surprises, omissions, and interesting choices? Some, but nobody was going to do anything truly shocking like leave out a proven starter for the sake of developing new players.

Tuesday's TV

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The Manchester United - Juventus friendly is at 2:30pm ET on Fox Soccer Channel.

Parke Wins POTW

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Major League Soccer announced on Monday that Seattle defender Jeff Parke is their Player of the Week for Week 10. Parke's stoppage time goal was the difference in Seattle's 1-0 win over Kansas City. 2011 MLS PLAYER OF THE WEEK WINNERS Week 9: Justin Braun (Chivas USA) Week 8: Joao Plata (Toronto FC) Week 7: Will Bruin (Houston Dynamo) Week 6: Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy) Week 5: Luke Rodgers (New York Red Bulls) Week 4:.

Monday's Upside: Squads

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Their Words They are an unbelievable team. The way they play, how they understand their system, and it's nice to play against a team like that. DC United coach Ben Olsen, after his club's 2-1 loss to Ajax. Other Sources Fans get first glimpse of Livestrong Park - from The Kansas City Star's Charles Gooch: However, the stadium wasn't quite ready for the traffic.

GC: USA Roster

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GK: Marcus Hahnemann (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Tim Howard (Everton), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake) DEF: Carlos Bocanegra (St Etienne), Jonathan Bornstein (Tigres), Steve Cherundolo (Hannover), Clarence Goodson (Brondby), Eric Lichaj (Leeds United), Oguchi Onyewu (FC Twente), Tim Ream (New York Red Bulls), Jonathan Spector (West Ham United) MID: Freddy Adu (Rizespor), Michael Bradley (Aston Villa), Clint Dempsey (Fulham), Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy), Maurice Edu (Rangers), Benny Feilhaber (New England Revolution), Jermaine Jones (Blackburn Rovers), Sacha.

The US In The '91 Gold Cup

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By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (May 23, 2011) US Soccer Players – After qualifying for the 1990 World Cup finals, the next big moment for United States soccer came the following year. The National Team – once considered a CONCACAF doormat – did what at the time was considered the unthinkable by knocking out Mexico in the semifinals and beating Honduras in the championship game to win the 1991 Gold Cup.

GC: Group C Rosters

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CANADA GK: Lars Hirschfeld (Valerenga/NOR) , Milan Borjan (SK Rad/SVK), Haidar Al-Shaibani (Nimes Olympique/FRA) DEF: Nikolas Ledgerwood (SV Wehen Wiesbaden/GER), Michael Klukowski (Ankaragücü/TUR), Kevin McKenna (Koln/GER), Andre Hainault (Houston Dynamo/USA), , Terence Dunfield (Vancouver Whitecaps), Will Johnson (Real Salt Lake/USA), Dejan Jakovic (D.

Premier League Money

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (May 23, 2011) US Soccer Players -- If the recently concluded 2010-11 English Premier League season taught us anything, it's that money is nice, but there has to be a framework in place to maximize its benefits. That's true throughout the table, but we'll start at the top.

Sunday MLS: No Goals

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Colorado 0 – Toronto 0 Both teams were left trying to figure out how to push their offense after a scoreless 90 minutes at Dick's Sporting Goods Park. "When moments came, we needed someone to step up and take the bull by the horns and create a chance," Colorado coach Gary Smith said. "On two or three times occasions through balls went skipping out of bounds without any feeling.

National Teamers Abroad: Final Table

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England's Premier League season came to a close on Sunday, with a string of surprise National Teamer Abroad results making sure the top of the table stayed the same. Tim Howard and Everton's 1-0 win over Chelsea leave them the top ranked National Teamers Abroad team. Jermaine Beckford scored in the 74th minute on one of only two Everton shots on goal.

MLS Week 10: West Coast Swing

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Four of the six Saturday games were hosted by West Coast clubs in Week 10, including the Battle of Los Angeles at the Home Depot Center in Carson.That would be the only game where the home team lost. Philadelphia 2 – Chicago 1 The Union opened the scoring at PPL Park through Michael Farfan in the 63rd minute.

Friday's Upside: Squad Selection

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Their Words "I have to juggle the balls and make sure I get the right mix and keep the right energies for Barcelona." Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson on his Premier League squad selection after already winning the title with a game left to play. Other Sources Los Angeles Galaxy coach Bruce Arena: Americans will play for big European clubs - from Goal,com's Alex Labidou and Andrea Canales: "If you look at Manchester United, there.

MLS And The Cost Of Playing Through The Gold Cup

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By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (May 20, 2011) US Soccer Players -- That ominous shadow you see creeping into position over the 2011 Major League Soccer season is the biannual CONCACAF championship, the Gold Cup. As usual, a Summer tournament will impact MLS, temporarily removing some of the brightest lights the League has in its array.

Weekend TV: EPL Finale

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Saturday La Liga on GolTV: Malaga - Barcelona at noon, Real Sociedad - Getafe at 4pm, and Levante - Real Zaragoza at 8pm. On ESPN Deportes: Real Madrid - Almeria at 2pm. Ligue 1 on Fox Soccer Channel: PSG - Lille at 3pm and the same time for Lyon - Caen on Fox Soccer Plus. MLS on Galavision: Philadelphia - Chicago at 8pm.

What The FIFA Election Could've Been

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (May 20, 2011) US Soccer Players -- I'm not a huge fan of the ‘what if' scenario when it comes to politics. Yet as we approach a FIFA election later this month where the real intrigue is whether or not ethics charges will be levied at several members of that organization's Executive Committee, I'll make an exception.

Friday's TV

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No games today.

Gold Cup Referee List

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On Thursday, CONCACAF released the list of eligible referees for the 2011 Gold Cup. Referees will be required to pass a pre-tournament fitness test along with receiving instructions as part of CONCACAF's Elite Referee Course to be held in Dallas from May 30th to June 4th. The Gold Cup kicks off the next day in Dallas with Costa Rica playing Cuba and Mexico facing El Salvador at Dallas Stadium.

Thursday's Upside: Politics

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Their Words "At the end of the day I am eagerly looking forward to our return game in Portland." Seattle Sounders coach Sigi Schmid, speaking to The Seattle Times' Joshua Mayers. Other Sources Football Association snub Sepp Blatter and Mohamed Bin Hammam to abstain in the vote for Fifa presidency - from The Telegraph's Paul Kelso: "The FA Board has today agreed to abstain in the vote for the Presidency of Fifa.

That Pesky FIFA Vote

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (May 19, 2011) US Soccer Players -- FIFA president Sepp Blatter didn't exactly say what a few headlines have gone ahead and run with on Wednesday. With widespread coverage of a potential revote for the rights to host the 2022 World Cup, Blatter's quote was decidedly noncommittal.

2011-12 CONCACAF Champions League Field

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On Wednesday, CONCACAF announced the preliminary round and group stages for the 2011-12 Champions League. CONCACAF Champions League Preliminary Round First Leg: July 26-28 Second Leg: August 2-4 (Teams on left host first leg) Motagua (HON) vs. Municipal (GUA) Mexican Clausura runner-up (Morelia or Pumas) vs.

Thursday's TV

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No games today.

Wednesday's Upside: Gamesmanship

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Their Words "The next time we go up there we'll take plenty of towels for them so we can dry off the field before the game. Maybe take plenty of tissue paper so they can dry their eyes after the game." Portland Timbers coach John Spencer talking about the Sounders, from The Oregonian. Other Sources DiBenedetto confirms Sabatini for Roma - from The Boston Globe's Frank Dell'Apa: "DiBenedetto hopes to sign a US player for.

The Status Of The Europa League

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (May 18, 2011) US Soccer Players -- ​It's tough to get all that enthusiastic about the Europa League final. Part of that is on UEFA for watering down Europe's secondary tournament to the point that only the fans of the participating teams should be expected to care.

USA Stay 22nd In May 2011 FIFA Rankings

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The United States stay 22nd in the May 2011 FIFA Rankings released on Wednesday. With few games played during the rankings period by any country, there was very little movement in the top 25. The US remains the highest ranked team in CONCACAF, with Mexico falling two spots to 28th, Honduras staying 43rd, Costa Rica dropping to 56th, Jamaica moving up nine spots to 55th, and Costa Rica just behind them at 56th.

Wednesday's TV: Europa Final

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ESPN2 has the US Women – Japan friendly at 7pm. GolTV has same day coverage of the Europa League final between Porto and Sporting Braga at 8pm. All Times Eastern

Tuesday's Upside: Indoors And Out

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Their Words "We are obviously pleased to bring the top indoor soccer league in North America into the USL family," United Soccer Leagues CEO Alec Papadakis. Other Sources Gulati: CONCACAF won't tell US Soccer how to vote in FIFA election - from Sports Illustrated's Grant Wahl: "What CONCACAF or the Caribbean Football Union chooses to do will be up to them.

Mexicos New Schedule

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (May 16, 2011) US Soccer Players -- The Primera Division is dropping the three regular season groups and moving to a single-table, their Federation has announced. That single table will determine eight playoff teams, that will then be divided into two groups of four. After a home-and-away group stage, the two group winners will play each other to determine the champion.

Swansea City 3 - Nottingham Forest 1

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Robbie Findley wasn't involved for Nottingham Forest as their season came to a close on Monday in the Championship promotion playoffs. With the first-leg ending 0-0, both teams had their chances in an exciting game at Liberty Stadium in Wales. Swansea went up in the 28th and 33rd, with Forest cutting the lead in half when Robert Earnshaw scored in the 80th minute.

Tuesday's TV: Championship

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Fox Soccer Plus has the second-leg of the Cardiff City - Reading Championship playoff series at 2:30pm ET. The first-leg ended scoreless.

Monday's Upside: West Ham Down

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Their Words The club can confirm that Avram Grant is no longer the manager of West Ham United. from West Ham's official site. Other Sources Gold Cup outlook: Goalkeeper Howard no doubt will anchor US defense - from The Sporting News' Brian Straus: The toughest place to find the balance between immediate results and long-term development will be in back.

Week 9 POTW: Justin Braun

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In what shouldn't come as a surprise to anybody, Chivas USA forward Justin Braun's hat trick won him Player of the Week honors for Week 9. Braun opened the scoring in the 6th minute and added two more goals in the 31st and 56th. 2011 MLS PLAYER OF THE WEEK WINNERS Week 8: Joao Plata (Toronnto FC) Week 7: Will Bruin (Houston Dynamo) Week 6: Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy) Week 5: Luke Rodgers (New York.

Chivas USA's Rebuilding Process

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By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (May 16, 2011) US Soccer Players – Rebuilding a team is no easy task. Just ask Chivas USA coach Robin Fraser. A former National Team defender, Fraser is in his first year as a head coach and learning the hard way that trying to turn a team around takes more than just a few months.

Poll: European League Tables

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That Olympic Stadium

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (May 16, 2011) US Soccer Players -- You might remember Spurs wondering aloud why a relegation-threatened team would be considered a serious bidder for London's Olympic Stadium. Now that West Ham United are officially in the Championship, it becomes a pertinent question.

National Teamers Abroad: Title For Edu

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Maurice Edu leads the National Teamers Abroad news, taking his usual place in Rangers' starting eleven for a 5-1 win over Kilmarnock on the last day of the Scottish Premier League season. The win clinched the title for Rangers, in manager Walter Smith's final game with the club. "Yes, there will be a regret but I still think it's the right thing," Smith told the club's official site.

New York 2 - Chivas USA 3

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A surprise result for Major League Soccer on Sunday night, with Justin Braun scoring a hat trick to lead Chivas USA to a 2-1 win at Red Bull Arena. Braun opened the scoring in the 5th minute, with Thierry Henry equalizing for New York in the 20th. The two teams traded goals again with Brain scoring his second in the 31st and Dwyane De Rsario equalizing from the penalty spot.

MLS Week 9: Galaxy Stay Top

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Toronto 2 – Chicago 2 Things looked good for the home side at BMO Field on Saturday, with Toronto opening the scoring through Joao Plata in the 9th minute. It was 2-0 Toronto when Maicon Santos scored a minute into the second-half. Chicago cut the lead through a Marco Pappa goal in the 63rd minute and Orr Barouch equalized in the 75th to split the points.

MLS Does Better

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By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (May 13, 2011) US Soccer Players -- Major League Soccer's product is most outwardly the quality of play on the field. There are other things that go into the popularity and success of a professional sports competition, some of them related to the star power of individual players and the experience teams can create in their stadiums, but the ability to draw eyes and interest at its most basic.

Weekend TV: FA Cup Final

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Saturday EPL on ESPN2: Blackburn – Manchester United at 7:30am. On Fox Soccer Channel: Sunderland – Wolves at 7:30am and WBA – Everton at 12:30pm. Fox Soccer Plus has Blackpool – Bolton at 7:30am. The FA Cup final is on FSC: Manchester City – Stoke City at 10am. Bundesliga on GolTV: Borussia Dortmund – Eintracht Frankfurt at 9:30am.

Friday's TV: Championship Semi

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Fox Soccer Plus has the Championship semifinal playoff between Reading and Cardiff City at 2:30pm ET.

The Candidate

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (May 12, 2011) US Soccer Players -- Calm down everybody. FIFA presidential candidate and Asian Confederation president Mohamed Bin Hammam has let us know that FIFA's problem isn't corruption, but reputation. "However, under the current status quo it is impossible to deny that the governing body's reputation has been sullied beyond compare and it is time for that to change," Bin Hammam wrote on his official site.

National Teamers Abroad: Playoff And Cups

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Sacha Kljestan and Anderlecht continue to move through the Belgian playoffs with a 4-0 win over Gent. Anderlecht are currently 3rd in the six-team playoff table, trailing leaders Genk and 2nd-place Standard Liege by three points. In the Swedish Cup, Alejandro Bedoya subbed on late in the first-half for Orebro in a 2-2 draw against Ljungskile.

MLS Wednesday: Two Draws And A Win

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Philadelphia 1 – LA 1 Landon Donovan opened the scoring at PPL Park on Wednesday, putting the Galaxy up in the 24th minute. Halftime substitute Danny Mwanga was the difference for Philadelphia, taking advantage of a misplay by the Galaxy defense and equalizing with an 84th minute goal. LA remains the team with the most points in Major League Soccer, with 17.

Thursday's TV: Championship

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Fox Soccer Plus has the first-leg of the Championship playoffs between Nottingham Forest and Swansea City at 2:30pm. Telemundo has Chivas – UNAM Pumas at 8pm. All Times Eastern

Pushing FIFA

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (May 11, 2011) US Soccer Players -- Let's start with a simple set of circumstances. England's Sports Minister is responding to a Parliamentary inquiry into the state of soccer. He, along with anybody paying attention, has heard from a former head of the Football Association and a major newspaper that there are significant ethics issues with members of FIFA's Executive Committee.

Rangers 2 Dundee United 0

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Maurice Edu took his regular spot in midfield for Rangers in their last home game of the Scottish Premier League season on Tuesday. Nikica Jelavic opened the scoring in the 21st minute and Kyle Lafferty finished it off four minutes later with his 25th minute goal. The win has Rangers four points ahead of Celtic at the top of the table on an extra game played.

Wednesday's TV

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La Liga on GolTV: Levante - Barcelona at 2pm. On ESPN Deportes: Espanyol - Valencia at 3pm. Ligue 1 on Fox Soccer Plus: Marseille - Brest at 3pm. Coppa Italia on GolTV: Inter Milan - AS Roma at 4pm. All Times Eastern

English Accusations

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (May 10, 2011) US Soccer Players -- Speaking before the House of Commons select committee investigating the state of soccer, former Football Association chairman Lord Triesman extended the number of FIFA Executive Committee members he believes are corrupt. The allegations were leveled at ExCom members Triesman accused of asking directly for money or other considerations from England to support their World Cup bid.

HDC To Host 2011 MLS Cup

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Major League Soccer announced on Tuesday that the Home Depot Center will host its fourth MLS Cup, scheduled for November 20th at 6pm ET. The game will be shown on ESPN and Galavision. With Columbus hosting in 2001, MLS Cup has been held at soccer-specific stadiums eight times. "We are proud and excited to bring Major League Soccer's championship event back to the City of Los Angeles and the Home Depot Center, one of the.

Fulham 2 - Liverpool 5

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Liverpol jumped out to a three goal lead at Craven Cottage on Monday against Clint Dempsey's Fulham. Maxi Rodriguez had Liverpool up within a minute, scoring again in the 7th. Dirk Kyut made it 3-0 in the 16th minute. Fulham cut that lead when Moussa Demble scored in the 57th, but that would be as close as they would get.

Tuesdays TV: Coppa

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La Liga on ESPN Deportes: Deportivo – Bilbao at 2pm and Real Madrid – Getafe at 4pm. EPL on Fox Soccer Channel: Manchester City – Spurs at 2:30pm. GolTV has the Coppa Italia: Palermo – Milan at 2:45pm. All Times Eastern

Plata Wins POTW

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Toronto forward Joao Plata's goal and assist in their 2-1 win over Houston won him Player of the Week honors for Week 8. Plata becomes the fifth player to debut in Major League Soccer this season and win a Player of the Week award. 2011 MLS PLAYER OF THE WEEK WINNERS Week 7: Will Bruin (Houston Dynamo) Week 6: Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy) Week 5: Luke Rodgers (New York Red Bulls) Week 4: David Ferreira.

What MLS Allows

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (May 5, 2011) US Soccer Players -- Once upon a time, there was a North American professional sports league that decided it was alright for a physical version of its game to become the norm. What made this odd was the league in question was the only one where actual fights were commonplace.

National Teamers Abroad: Season Updates

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Tim Howard was in goal for Everton a 2-1 win over Manchester City, with Everton currently 7th in the Premier League. Brad Friedel and Aston Villa drew 1-1 with Wigan Athletic, good for 14th place. Jermaine Jones went the distance for Blackburn and Jonathan Spector also went the full 90 for West Ham United in a 1-1 draw between the two teams.

MLS Week 9: Five Draws, Three Scoreless

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Salt Lake 1 – Chivas USA 0 Real Salt Lake returned to form at Rio Tinto, beating Chivas USA on an 87th minute Will Johnson goal. The three points keeps their MLS home winning streak going at 28 games. It wasn't all good news. RSL became the latest MLS club to lose a marquee player to injury. Javier Morales suffered a broken ankle, the result of a Marcos Mondaini tackle in the 37th minute.

Portland 1 - Philadelphia 0

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Portland's home streak at Jeld-Wen Field continued on Firday night with a 1-0 win over the Philadelphia Union. Portland's Mamadou Danso headed in a goal off a set piece in the 72nd minute, beating Farid Mondragon for the game's only goal. Timbers' goalkeeper Troy Perkins picked up the shutout. Portland now have 13 points from eight games, with all of their four wins coming at home.

Davis Named Player Of The Month

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Houston midfielder Brad Davis has won Major League Soccer's Player of the Month award for April. Though he didn't end up on the score sheet, Davis helped on seven of Houston's ten goals in April. The Dynamo are currently on a five game unbeaten run.

Waiting For A Trip Home

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By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (May 6, 2011) US Soccer Players -- Despite the new name and badge, Sporting Kansas City isn't an expansion team. They didn't have to scrabble together a roster from the rest of the League's unwanted, or hire a new coach, or install a system unfamiliar to their new squad.

Weekend TV: MLS On ESPN2

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Major League Soccer gets a marquee game in a tough time slot, with LA – NY set for Saturday at 11pm ET. Elsewhere, there are several chances to see National Teamers Abroad in the Premier League including three different options in the Saturday 10a slot and Fulham hosting Liverpool on Monday. Saturday EPL on ESPN2: West Ham - Blackburn at 10am.

Friday's TV

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MLS on FSC: Portland - Philadelphia at 10:30pm ET.

DCs Latest Statement

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (May 5, 2011) US Soccer Players -- Once again, we're at a stage of the Major League Soccer season where we see what teams are most impacted by injury. Dallas, Seattle, DC, Colorado, and others are trying to figure out who fits where in revamped lineups. Some will get their players back sooner than later.

MLS: DC And Colorado Win

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DC 2 – Seattle 1 DC United rewarded the home faithful on Wednesday night at RFK Stadium, denying Seattle their shot at going top of the Western Conference table. Dc opened the scoring when Charlie Davies connected with Josh Wolff in the 31st minute. Those roles were reversed in the 52nd, with Wolff setting up Davies's goal.

Thursdays TV: Europa Semis

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

Tickets In The EPL

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (May 4, 2011) US Soccer Players -- A couple of English Premier League clubs decided to give their fans and the rest of the League a reminder that winning costs money. Manchester United and Arsenal raised ticket prices for next season. In actual terms, neither did as well as a major North American team sport near you.

Warner Re-Elected

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CONCACAF president Jack Warner was re-elected to a 6th term as CONCACAF president, the Confederation announced on Tuesday. Warner ran unopposed and was elected unanimously. "I am honored to have been entrusted to lead this Confederation for another four years, particularly during our 50th Anniversary year" Warner said in a press statement.

Wednesday's TV: Semi

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The Champions League semifinals move to FX with the second-leg of Manchester United - Schalke at 2:30pm ET.

MLS And Games Played

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (May 2, 2011) US Soccer Players -- When DC United hosts Seattle on Wednesday, it's a chance for both teams to show Major League Soccer who they want to be. For DC, that's a chance at sticking around in the middle of the pack in the East. For Seattle, it's showing they're a legitimate top-tier team in the Western Conference.

Portsmouth 0 - Norwich City 1

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Norwich City will be returning to the Premier League next season after beating Portsmouth on Monday. Simeon Jackson scored the game's only goal in the 50th minute. Zak Whitbread started and went the distance for Norwich. He had an opportunity to put Norwich up two minutes in, missing with a header. "I don't think you can get a word to describe what has been achieved," Norwich manager Paul Lambert said.

Tuesday's TV: Champs Semi

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Fox Soccer Channel has the second leg of the Barcelona - Real Madid Champions League semifinal series at 2:30pm ET. Barcelona leads 2-0 from the first leg.

Spector Fighting For Club And Country

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By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (May 2, 2011) US Soccer Players -- It's been an interesting season for Jonathan Spector. After spending the Summer with the United States National Team at the World Cup, he returned to a West Ham United squad that needed a late season surge to avoid relegation. Under new management, Spector spent the first part of the season seeing limited time in the West Ham defense.

Bruin Wins POTW

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Keeping It Close

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (May 2, 2011) US Soccer Players -- In big picture terms, FC Dallas did everyone but Los Angeles a favor on Sunday night. After a lengthy lightening delay, Dallas scored. Normally, that sentence would end with "to take all three points." Instead, what Dallas did for the rest of the League was prevent Los Angeles from taking any.

Dallas 2 - LA 1

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FC Dallas and Los Angeles looked to be playing out a 1-1 draw at Pizza Hut Park on Sunday night before nature intervened. The two teams traded goals early in the second-half. Fabian Castillo put FC Dallas up in the 47th minute, with that lead only lasting until the 51st when Landon Donovan scored. The game was suspended in the 83rd minute due to lightning.

National Teamers Abroad: Weekend Results

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In the Premier League, Brad Friedel was in goal for Aston Villa's 2-1 loss to West Bromwich Albion. Tim Howard started for Everton, drawing 1-1 with Wigan. Jermaine Jones went the distance for Blackburn, beating Bolton 1-0. Martin Olsson scored in the 20th minute with Blackburn in 15th-place and three points ahead of Blackpool.

MLS Week 7: Losses

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Chivas USA and Seattle were the big winners on Saturday, both rolling to multiple goal wins. However the bigger story was Real Salt Lake's MLS undefeated streak coming to an end just days after losing the Champions League final. Philadelphia 1 - San Jose 0 San Jose's problems continue, this time on the road against Philadelphia.