USSoccerPlayers Archives for January 2011

Friday's TV: WWC And Copa

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WWC on ESPN: Japan - Mexico at 8:45am and New Zealand - England at 11:45am. USL on Fox Soccer: New York - Antigua at 8pm. Copa America on TeleFutura: Argentina - Bolivia at 8:30pm. All Times Eastern

Thursday's Upside: Canadian Soccer Players

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Their Words I'm still saying we are rebuilding, and its clear that once the window opens we will have to get some players because we need them. Right now we don't have enough quality, and we are missing a leader on the pitch. That's why it was a loss today that we could not play with Alan Gordon who was out with an injury, because he is one of the guys who is a leader.

De Rosario In DC

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By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Jun 30, 2011) US Soccer Players -- There's a question floating about among MLS watchers these days, a natural response to some of the past year's more intriguing personnel swaps. This particular question revolves around one of the players involved, and the reasons why he's been so quickly shifted from team to team despite a stellar resume as a top League talent.

Changing The Menu

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (June 30, 2011) US Soccer Players -- There's a television show where a celebrity chef quickly revamps a failing restaurant. There are lots of tweaks, tears, and yelling before the place is magically transformed overnight and reopened to shocked looks from the owners, staff, and customers.

Toronto 1 - Vancouver 0

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Toronto's Nick Soolsma converted a penalty kick in the 54th minute, and that was the difference for Wednesday night's MLS game. Stefan Frei picked up the shutout in front of 19,816 at BMO Field. Vancouver left several regulars on the bench to start the game, giving the appearance of a team focused on Saturday's Canadian championship game - also against Toronto - and advancing to the CONCACAF Champions League.

Cherundolo Out A Month

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USA defender Steve Cherundolo will miss four weeks after twisting his ankle during the 4-2 loss to Mexico on Friday. Cherundolo's club Hannover 96 announced on Wednesday that they expect him to miss part of their preseason. He was injured early in the Mexico game, subbing out in the 11th minute.

Thursday's TV

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Women's World Cup on ESPN: Canada - France at 11:45am and Germany - Nigeria at 2:30pm ET.

Wednesday's Upside: One Game In

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Their Words I'm very happy with the way we scored the goals but not only that, the way we played, being so sharp defending. It's a good start to the World Cup. USA Women's coach Pia Sundhage. Other Sources Six ways to fix American soccer - from The San Diego Union-Tribune's Mark Zeigler: Here's how to avoid falling off, or at least how to open a parachute.

Another MLS Cup

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (June 29, 2011) US Soccer Players -- After all, that's what we get when seven of the eight teams in the US Open Cup quarterfinals are from Major League Soccer. Yes, we all knew this going in. The Open Cup format stacks the deck against the lower divisions in the Third Round, including the almost laughable indignity of forcing the bulk of the lower division clubs to try and.

US Open Cup: MLS dominates

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Major League Soccer's clubs took seven of eight available places in the US Open Cup quarterfinals on Wednesday, with only the Richmond Kickers advancing from the lower divisions. Columbus was the only disappointment for MLS, losing to Richmond 2-1. FC New York 1 - NY Red Bulls 2 Chicago Fire 1 - Rochester 0 Richmond 2 - Columbus 1 Wilmington 0 - Real Salt Lake 2 Orlando City SC 2 - FC Dallas 3 Chicago.

June 2011 FIFA Rankings: Big Move For Mexico

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The United States fell two spots to 24th in the June 2011 FIFA Rankings released on Wednesday. With the Gold Cup final counting in this rankings period even though it was played after last Thursday's deadline, Mexico advanced a remarkable 19 places from 28th to 9th. Jamaica also moved up multiple slots after the Gold Cup, climbing to 38th from 55th.

Onyewu Moves To Sporting

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USA National Team defender Oguchi Onyewu is now a member of Sporting in Portugal's Primeira Liga, signing a three season contract. Onyewu leaves Milan in Serie A after spending the second-half of the 2010-11 season on loan to FC Twente in the Dutch Eredivisie. He was part of the squad for the USA's recent Gold Cup run, but did not play.

Wednesday's TV: WWC

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Women's World Cup on ESPN: Norway - Equatorial Guinea at 8:45am and Brazil - Australia at 11:45am ET.

Tuesday's Upside: Opener

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Their Words I have no idea what the Sounders' budget is, but it's more than ours and the gap between our salary and their salary reflects the gap between my salary and Sigi's. Kitsap Pumas coach (and Seattle Sounders broadcaster) Peter Fewing. Other Sources Two Red Bulls Return, Another Exits - from Goal.

The USA And The Golden Generation

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (June 28, 2011) US Soccer Players -- Back in 2001, I was working for a company that provided the material for the official FIFA Under-17 World Cup site. At the time, the United States was expected to turn out better than most in a field of 16 teams. Instead, they crashed out in the group stage to Nigeria, eventual champions France, and fellow under-achievers Japan.

McCarty Traded For De Rosario

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In a surprise move, DC United and the New York Red Bulls swapped midfielders on Monday. Dax McCarty, who joined DC in the offseason from MLS Cup runners-up FC Dallas, is now a member of the New York Red Bulls. New York parts company with five-time all star Dwayne De Rosario, who joined the Red Bulls earlier this season from Toronto.

Tuesday's TV

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Women's World Cup on ESPN: Colombia - Sweden at 9am and USA - North Korea at 12:15pm. ESPN Deportes has the Peru - Sengal friendly at 9pm. All Times Eastern

Magee Wins POTW

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Mike Magee's fill-in performance as a goalkeeper in the second-half of the Los Angeles Galaxy's 0-0 draw with San Jose won him Player of the Week honors for Week 15. Magee kept a clean sheet for 48 minutes, filling in after an injury to LA's regular starter and the sending off of their backup keeper.

Monday's Upside: Dos

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Their Words As a coach, I'm fine. I'm going to enjoy the moment, live it, and many moments will come and in the meantime. We just have to enjoy it. Mexico coach Jose Manuel de la Torre. Other Sources Bigger Is Not Better in Battle of Neighbors - from The NY Times' Rob Hughes: Donovan, as good with words as he is with the ball, explained later why expectations evaporated in the Rose Bowl.

The USA And Position Play

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (June 27, 2011) US Soccer Players -- Let's be honest. Though it's easy to load up years of complaints and unload on the 4-2 USA loss to Mexico in Saturday's Gold Cup final, this was a game with a very clear story line. Against a Mexico team with the best attacking player in the region and a host of other options pushing forward, the United States lost their best.

Sunday MLS: Two Wins And A Draw

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Chicago 1 – NY 1 The Red Bulls stay competitive in the Eastern Conference, but not by winning games. Though a point is better than none, New York had a lead and lost it at Toyota Park. Joel Lindpere put the Red Bulls up in the 40th minute, with Marco Pappa equalizing for the home side in the 58th. Seattle 2 – New England 1 The Revolution also lost a lead on the road on.

MLS Week 15: Playing Through

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With the Gold Cup taking the headlines on Saturday, Major League Soccer had six games on the schedule. One of them featured a field player pressed into service as goalkeeper. DC 2 – Houston 2 Not much to celebrate at RFK Stadium, with Houston getting a late goal to turn three points into one for DC United.

Five Things From The 2011 Gold Cup

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By Clemente Lisi – PASADENA, CA (Jun 26, 2011) US Soccer Players -- History has an awful way of repeating itself. With the USA up 2-0 in the Gold Cup final Saturday afternoon against Mexico at the Rose Bowl, it looked as if the Americans were on their way to the title. It was not meant to be. Like the 2009 Confederations Cup final against Brazil, the USA squandered a 2-0 lead.

Gold Cup Final: USA 2 - Mexico 4

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Mexico successfully defended their Gold Cup title, winning the 2011 edition of the tournament on Saturday in Pasadena. As CONCACAF champions, they advance to the Confederations Cup to be held in Brazil in 2013. In front of a packed Rose Bowl, the United States got a quick start. Michael Bradley scored in the 8th minute from a Freddy Adu corner.

Friday Of Fines In Major League Soccer

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Major League Soccer finished the week issuing $16,000 dollars in fines involving the New York Red Bulls, Los Angeles Galaxy, and DC United forward Charlie Davies. On Monday, the New York Red Bulls issued a statement criticizing the officiating in their 0-0 draw the day before against Portland. On Friday, Major League Soccer put a price point on that type of public criticism.

Friday's Upside: Game Time

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Their Words We don't have stadiums, we don't have airports, we don't have a national transportation system in place and we are one month away from the preliminary draw. FIFA general secretary Jerome Valcke on Brazil 2014. Other Sources U.S.-Mexico Gold Cup final will be a close-fought affair despite form - from SI.

Showdown In Chinatown

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By Cesar Diaz – NEW YORK, NY (Jun 24, 2011) US Soccer Players -- On Wednesday, June 22, 2011, the Steve Nash Foundation hosted their fourth Annual "Showdown in Chinatown" 8 v 8 soccer match at the Sarah D. Roosevelt Park located at Chrystie St. & Staton St in Manhattan. This year's Showdown in Chinatown event featured an All-Star roster that raised funds for The Steve Nash Foundation and its work with underserved children.

Weekend TV: Final

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Saturday The Gold Cup final is on Fox Soccer and Univision: USA – Mexico at 9pm. The U-17 World Cup is on Galavision and ESPNU: Uruguay – England at 3:45pm and USA – New Zealand at 7pm. ESPN Deportes has the Colombia – Senegal friendly at 5pm. MLS on TeleFutura: DC – Houston at 6pm. All Times Eastern Sunday Women's World Cup on ESPN: Germany – Canada at 11:30am.

Scouting Report: Mexico - Gold Cup Final

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By Clemente Lisi – PASADENA, CA (Jun 24, 2011) US Soccer Players – There is no real way not to overhype Saturday's Gold Cup final at the Rose Bowl. Whenever the USA and Mexico meet – be it the Gold Cup, a World Cup Qualifier or friendly – it is always a chance for these CONCACAF heavyweights to add another page to the story of their long-simmering rivalry.

Seattle 4 - NY 2

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The Seattle Sounders opened the upper deck at the recently renamed CenturyLink Field on Thursday, attracting 46,065 fans to a regular season Major League Soccer game where the visiting team was missing both of their marquee players. Seattle gave the fans goals instead. Eric Friberg opened the scoring in the 11th minute and it was 2-0 Seattle a minute later through Osvaldo Alonso.

Friday's TV

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USL on Fox Soccer: Wilmington - Charleston at 8pm. U-17 World Cup on Galavision: Mexico - Holland at 7pm. All Times Eastern

Thurday's Upside: Rose Bowl

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Their Words Fans arriving after 4pm can expect a long walk to the stadium and may even possibly be late for the start of the match. CONCACAF's advice for Saturday's sold out Gold Cup final (6pm Pacific Time start) Other Sources Bradley gamble pays off again, sends U.S. to Gold Cup final - from The Sporting News's Brian Straus: "I've just been putting in a lot of work, a lot of work.

Beasley Leaves Bundesliga For Mexico

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US National Team midfielder DaMarcus Beasley has completed a move to Mexican Primera Division club Puebla. Beasley trained with the club in recent weeks. He joins the club from Hannover 96, where he had four appearances last season.

Playing Chicharito

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By Cesar Diaz – NEW YORK, NY (Jun 23, 2011) US Soccer Players -- For the third consecutive Gold Cup final, bitter border rivals and the class of CONCACAF will meet in the Confederation final. This time it's the Rose Bowl in Pasadena hosting the United States and Mexico. At stake? Regional pride and a shot at the 2013 Confederations Cup in Brazil.

Adu On The Night

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (June 23, 2011) US Soccer Players -- Let it never be forgotten that Freddy Adu is a big game player. He showed that decisiveness that was apparent early on in his career again on Wednesday at Houston's Reliant Stadium. Big stage, everything riding on a result, and it was an Adu pass that unlocked the opportunity for the USA to score the game's only goal.

MLS Wednesday: No Goals

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Both Major League Soccer games ended scoreless on Wednesday. In Philadelphia, the Union and Sporting Kansas City couldn't find a goal, with Sporting finishing the game with no shots on frame to Philadelphia's six. In Chicago, the Fire and Real Salt Lake also ended without a goal. RSL finished with two shots on frame to Chicago's five.

USA 1 - Panama 0

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Something happened in the 78th minute of Wednesday night's Gold Cup semifinal that most USA soccer fans thought would be common by this point in the team's development. Freddy Adu found Landon Donovan with a long pass, Donovan put a ball in front of the net, and Clint Dempsey finished it off for the 1-0 win over Panama.

Thursday's TV: MLS On ESPN2

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ESPN Deportes has Paraguay - Chile in friendly action at 7pm. It's ESPN2 for Seattle - NY at 10pm. All Times Eastern

Altidore To Miss Rest Of Gold Cup

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Jozy Altidore's left hamstring injury will take four-to-six weeks to heal, the US Soccer Federation announced on Wednesday. As a result, Altidore will miss the rest of the Gold Cup. Altidore started as a single forward on Sunday at RFK Stadium against Jamaica, but he had to be subbed off after 12 minutes.

Wednesdays Upside: Game On In Houston

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Their Words We were disappointed on how we played Panama. Having another opportunity to redeem ourselves is nice, but that doesn't guarantee anything. USA midfielder Landon Donovan. Other Sources US soccer readies for Gold Cup rematch with Panama - from The Washington Post's Steven Goff: "Everybody is needed in this type of tournament," Bradley said.

Big Player Games

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By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (June 22, 2011) US Soccer Players -- If you missed Sunday's wild finish to the Red Bulls match with the Timbers in Portland, you didn't see a final half hour that stretched the limits of believability several times over. In the midst of Portland's collapse-turned-escape-turned-disappointment, Thierry Henry was sent off by referee Ricardo Salazar.

Five Things For Panama... Again

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (June 22, 2011) US Soccer Players -- The Individual: The USA has had a tougher than expected time allowing enough space for individual skill. When a US player takes a chance on the ball, it's almost as surprising for his own team as it is for the opposition. Players don't adjust, leaving minimal options and few second chance opportunities.

National Teamers Abroad: Bradley Not Staying At Villa

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United States National Team midfielder Michael Bradley will not be completing a permanent move to Aston Villa. Though a deal had been arranged to make Bradley's loan deal to the club permanent, the managerial change at Villa derailed the move. Bradley remains the property of Borussia Moenchengladbach in the Bundesliga, where the club remained in the top flight after winning a relegation playoff.

Wednesdays TV: Gold Cup Semis

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The USA – Panama game is on Fox Soccer and Univision at 7pm. Univision has the Honduras – Mexico game at 10pm. The USA U-17's play Uzbekistan in the Under-17 World Cup on ESPNU and Galavision at 3:45pm. The second-leg of the Santos – Penarol Copa Libertadores final is on Fox Deportes at 8:30pm.

Tuesday's Upside: Cup Build-Up

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Their Words There is no use being expansive if you are losing games. We've seen that before. So we'll be organised and we'll make sure we attack with purpose but also that we keep the door shut at the back. Aston Villa manager Alex McLeish. Other Sources Remembering John Kerr and his gloriously genuine soccer emotions - from Soccer America's Paul Gardner: And that was the way he played.

Scouting Report: Panama - Semifinals

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By Clemente Lisi – WASHINGTON, DC (Jun 21, 2011) US Soccer Players – The USA's collision course with Mexico remains very much alive at this Gold Cup. That seemingly inevitable final match-up between CONCACAF's two best teams is the likeliest outcome from Wednesday's semifinal doubleheader at what's expected to be a full Reliant Stadium in Houston.

Anor Wins POTW

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The Columbus Crew's Bernardo Anor is Major League Soccer's Players of the Week for Week 14. Anor was involved in all of the critical moments in the Crew's 2-0 win over Houston. He had the assist on Columbus's opening goal, drew the foul that saw a Houston player red carded, and scored. MLS PLAYERS OF THE WEEK Week 13: Steven Lenhart (San Jose Earthquakes) Week 12: Jean Alexandre (Real Salt Lake) Week 11: Justin Mapp.

Tuesday's TV

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Mexico - Congo is on Galavision at 6:45pm ET.

Monday's Upside: Moving On

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Their Words Mr Warner is leaving FIFA by his own volition after nearly 30 years of service, having chosen to focus on his important work on behalf of the people and government of Trinidad and Tobago as a Cabinet Minister and as the Chairman of the United National Congress, the major party in his country's coalition government.

Warner Resigns

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Provisionally suspended CONCACAF president Jack Warner has announced his resignation. In an official statement, FIFA thanked Warner for his contributions to the game while expressing regret at "the turn of events that have led to Mr Warner's decision." The resignation ends the Ethics Committee investigation with "the presumption of innocence.

Five Things From Jamaica

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (June 20, 2011) US Soccer Players -- That Subtlety Question: I've raised it enough times, and I didn't answer a comment on an older Five Things asking for a better explanation. Here's one. When you play two players in your midfield both with defensive minded roles against any team in CONCACAF not used to wearing green and going on extended tours of the US, you're ceding too much tactical.

MLS: NY 3 - Portland 3

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Six goals, seven players picking up yellow cards, and one of New York's designated players getting sent off were highlights from the Sunday MLS game at Red Bull Arena. Austin da Luz opened the scoring for the Red Bulls five minutes in, and that 1-0 score held through halftime. The second-half looked to be all about Protland, with Jack Jewsbury scoring in the 48th, Kevin Goldwaite giving them the lead just a minute later, and.

CONCACAFs Mexico Decision

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Late Sunday, CONCACAF announced that the Gold Cup organizing committee will allow Mexico to call in five players to replace those suspended for testing positive for a banned substance. The following is the official press statement. NEW YORK (Sunday, June 19, 2011) – The CONCACAF Gold Cup Organizing Committee today evaluated the petition from the Federacion Mexicana de Futbol to replace five players on its 23-man competition roster who had been separated from the National.

Jamaica 0 - USA 2

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The USA advanced to the semifinals of the 2011 Gold Cup on Sunday, beating Jamaica on two second-half goals. It took a deflection for the US to score against LA Galaxy goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts, who had already recorded several strong saves. A red card to Jamaica shifted the focus, with Clint Dempsey scoring and the US ending a strong tournament run from Group B winners Jamaica.

MLS Weekend: Men Down

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Toronto 0 – Seattle 1 Playing short handed, Seattle needed a stoppage time winner to take all three points at BMO Field. Jhon Kennedy Hurtado was sent off in the 49th minute, giving Toronto a man advantage for most of the second-half. That ended up counting for very little, with Fredy Montero scoring directly from a free kick in stoppage time.

Gold Cup: Honduras, Mexico Advance

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Saturday night's Gold Cup quarterfinals ended with a tiebreaker in game one to put Honduras through to the semifinals where they will face Mexico on Wednesday in Houston. After dominating Group A, Mexico needed two second-half goals to put Guatemala out of the tournament. In the early game, Honduras went ahead three minutes into the second-half at the New Meadowlands when Jerry Bengtson scored.

Kansas City 1 - San Jose 0

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Sporting Kansas City picked up their first win at Livestrong Park on Friday night, and are now unbeaten in five MLS games. CJ Sapong scored the game's only goal inthe 31st minute on a night where San Jose could argue they had just as much of the offense. Sporting's Jimmy Nielsen needed five saves for the shutout.

Friday's Upside: Game On RFK

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The Upside Their Words We are a country of overcoaches. The talents and abilities of our players now exceed the knowledge of the coaching, so the result is stagnation. US National Team alum Eric Wynalda, speaking to The Wall Street Journal's Matthew Futterman. Other Sources Fifa's Joao Havelange faces IOC inquiry into £610,000 bung allegation - from The Guardian's Matt Scott: "The IOC takes all allegations of corruption very seriously.

Scouting Report: Jamaica

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By Clemente Lisi – WASHINGTON, DC (Jun 17, 2011) US Soccer Players -- It often looks as if the opening round of the Gold Cup is a formality aimed at setting up a USA-Mexico final. More often than not, those are the two countries contending for the trophy. This year, Jamaica has something to say about that.

Weekend TV: Quarters

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Saturday Gold Cup: Honduras - Costa Rica is on Galavision at 5pm followed by Mexico - Guatemala at 8pm on Univision. ESPNU has the Under-17 World Cup game between Congo and Holland at 7pm. All Times Eastern Sunday Gold Cup: Jamaica - USA on Fox Soccer and Univision at 3pm followed by El Salvador - Panama at 6pm also on Univision.

National Teamers Available In England

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Jonathan Spector, Eddie Johnson, and Marcus Hahnemann are available as free transfers after parting ways with their clubs. Spector, who found success last season in a switch from defense to midfield, leaves West Ham United. West Ham was relegated at the end of the season. Spector joined the club for the 2006-07 season, ultimately making 101 Premier League appearances.

Friday's TV

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MLS on Fox Soccer: Kansas City - San Jose at 8:30pm ET.

Thursday's Upside: Attack Positions

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Their Words The technical ability, it doesn't matter if you're 19 or 34. NY Red Bulls forward Thierry Henry, speaking to The Portland Tribune. Other Sources A fresh match–fixing scandal puts Italian football in the dock again - from The Guardian's Paolo Bandini: The scale on this occasion, at least, is rather different.

Hows It Working Out In Toronto?

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By Tony Edwards – SAN JOSE, CA (June 16th, 2011) US Soccer Players -- They haven't won in a month. They've traded their most recognizable player, a star who came home to lead the team into the playoffs. The international coach, brought in after the international consultant arrived to do an organizational review, is struggling to adapt to the League and to get his squad to understand his style of play.

New England 0 - Toronto 0

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In a game that was overshadowed locally by another team in another sport, New England and Toronto played out a lackluster draw in front of a tiny crowd at Gillette Stadium. Though the official attendace was 6,680 the actual attendance appeared to be lower, with the home side getting the bulk of the offense.

Increasing The Tension

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (June 16, 2011) US Soccer Players -- While everyone else lectures Vancouver on being poor losers, vandals, or worse, it might be worth remembering what got them to that point. Let's take a quick look back at the events preceding the aftermath of last night's Stanley Cup final.

Thursday's TV

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No games today.

Wednesday's Upside: Quarters

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Their Words I came off the defense and took a touch and saw that I had little bit of space. I said ‘why not.' US National Team forward Jozy Altidore. Other Sources Fifa risks war with Europe's clubs over international friendlies - from The Guardian's Matt Scott: "The leagues and clubs face the consequences of the decisions made at Fifa level.

Playing In The Shadow

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By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Jun 14, 2011) US Soccer Players --Something must have gotten into the water around Major League Soccer this weekend. From Seattle to DC, high quality finishing was the theme of the round. Hassli's stunner stole the headlines, but Graham Zusi's long range free kick, Break Shea's incisive run, and Thierry Henry's cut back could have all taken home Goal of the Week honors in any other week.

Five Things From Guadeloupe

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (June 15, 2011) US Soccer Players -- Play Up: The United States might have ended the first-half with one goal, but they put themselves in the position to score several more. That's a distinct difference from what we've seen, especially early. Part of that was simply not wasting opportunities before getting to the final touch.

Guadeloupe 0 - USA 1

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In a game that the United States couldn't lose if they wanted to continue on in the Gold Cup, they got an early start from their offense on Tuesday night in Kansas City. After Guadeloupe hit the cross bar, the US responded with a 9th minute goal from Jozy Altidore. That was enough for the 1-0 win and a trip to RFK Stadium to play Jamaica on Sunday.

Wednesday's TV

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The Copa Libertadores final is on Fox Deportes: Penarol – Santos at 8:30pm ET.

Tuesday's Upside: Against Guadeloupe

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Their Words We're going to come out with a lot of energy and push the game, but we have to do that in a smart way so that we're not vulnerable to counter attacks. US National Team defender Carlos Bocanegra. Other Sources Winning is the only option for the US - from FoxSoccer.com's Ives Galarcep: "We know it's an elimination game and we know what we have to do to perform," said U.

Five Things For Guadeloupe

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (June 14, 2011) US Soccer Players -- Group C In Play: Nothing has been decided in Group C going into the final matchday. The United States could finish anywhere from 1st to 4th, with 2nd-place and a game against Jamaica the likeliest outcome from a US win. The US would need a Canada win and to beat Guadeloupe to take Group C and play Guatemala in the next round.

Tuesday's TV

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Gold Cup Group C concludes: Canada – Panama at 7pm on Galavision and Guadeloupe – USA at 9pm on Fox Soccer Channel and TeleFutura. All Times Eastern

Mondays Upside: At The Top

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Their Words "I trust him. He's got an extraordinary amount of integrity, and he's a damn good coach." US Soccer Federation president Sunil Gulati, from Leander Schaerlaeckens's profile at ESPN.com. Other Sources Who has the courage to save CONCACAF? - from FoxSoccer.com's Jamie Trecker: But if you think I'm going to pile on the guys, think again.

Lenhart Wins POTW

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In a week with lots of goals, it was San Jose's Steven Lenhart taking Player of the Week honors for Week 13. Lenhart had a hat trick in the Earthquakes' 4-2 win over DC United Saturday night at RFK Stadium. San Jose haven't lost in six games. 2011 Players of the Week Week 12: Jean Alexandre (Real Salt Lake) Week 11: Justin Mapp (Philadelphia Union) Week 10: Jeff Parke (Seattle Sounders FC) Week 9: Justin.

Scouting Report: Guadeloupe

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By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (June 13, 2011) US Soccer Players – Mention the name Guadeloupe in the context of the Gold Cup and the first thing that comes to mind is the word ‘upset.' In its first-ever Gold Cup appearance in 2007, Guadeloupe reached the semifinals only to lose 1-0 to Mexico.

MLS: Chicago And KC Win

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Columbus 0 – Chicago 1 Following the script from a couple of Saturday games, Chicago left it very late on Sunday to take three points from Columbus at Crew Stadium. Cristian Nazarit's stoppage time goal was the difference, giving Chicago four points from their two games in Week 13. Chicago unloaded on the offense against Columbus, putting nine of their 20 shots on frame to the Crew's two from nine.

One Game

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (June 13, 2011) US Soccer Players -- It's interesting what sets off the anti-Bob Bradley brigade five years into his run as coach of the US National Team. The latest point of no return was Saturday's loss to Panama. Fair enough, to some extent. The Panama game was a distillation of what Bradley's critics have come to see as his hallmarks: false starts, players put in tough positions, tactics.

MLS Week 13: Late Goals

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Philadelphia 1 – Salt Lake 1 Philadelphia kept their home undefeated streak intact after falling behind to a 24th minute Keon Daniel goal. That took a 53rd minute equalizer from Fabian Espindola that not only kept the Union's streak going, but also brought them level on points with 1st-place New York.

USA 1 - Panama 2

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The United States got a first-half shock at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa on Saturday night, falling behind by two goals to Panama. Luis Tejada opened the scoring in the 18th minute and Gabriel Gomez doubled the lead from the penalty spot in the 35th. The USA came back when Clarence Goodson headed in a goal from a set piece in the 67th minute.

Five Things From Panama

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Spacing: Oddly enough considering the level of the opponent, the United States reverted to the same spacing issues they showed against Spain. The gap between the defense and the midfield gave up too much territory, leading to a disconnect that only benefited Panama. Whether it was a set of tactics that just weren't working or miscommunication, the links between the defense and the attack were stretched too far.

MLS: NY 2 - New England 1

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Lots of opportunities for both teams at Red Bull Arena on Friday night, in a game that led Red Bulls coach Hans Backe to say: "I wonder if I have ever seen that number of chances over 90 minutes on this level." It was a fair point, with New England missing a 33rd minute penalty before putting the ball into the back of their own net four minutes later for the opening goal.

Friday's Upside: Words

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Their Words "With the coach, his teammates and the fan base, there seems to be an incident around every corner he turns." Columbus technical director Brian Bliss, speaking to The Columbus Dispatch about Andres Mendoza. Other Sources US sticks to its tried-and-true formula - from ESPN.com's Leander Schaerlaeckens: The US tends to sort out its own game before looking over to see what everybody else is doing.

Scouting Report: Panama

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By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (June 10, 2011) US Soccer Players -- After outclassing Canada in its Gold Cup opener, the United States takes on Panama on Saturday in another delicate Group C encounter. A win would earn the National Team a berth to the quarterfinals. A loss or draw would set up a potential do-or-die match against Guadeloupe.

Weekend TV: Gold Cup

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Saturday The USA - Panama game is on Fox Soccer Channel and TeleFutura at 8pm. Galavision has Canada - Guadeloupe at 6pm. MLS on FSC: Seattle - Vancouver at 10:30pm and the same time for Portland - Colorado on Galavision. All Times Eastern Sunday Gold Cup on Galavision: El Salvador - Cuba at 6pm and Mexico - Costa Rica on Univision at 8pm.

Where MLS Spends Money

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (June 10, 2011) US Soccer Players -- I'm sure there are those within Sporting Kansas City's front office who would like to buy a better story than ‘great opening night at the stadium, shame about the soccer.' Fortunately, they and any other Major League Soccer team can do just that by putting more money into their squad.

Major League Soccer: Kansas City 0 - Chicago 0

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It was Chicago that ended opening night at Kansas City's new stadium feeling like they'd let an opportunity pass them by. Playing a man down from the 67th minute after goalkeeper Jimmy Nielsen was sent off for using his hands outside of the area, Chicago was unable to capitalise on the advantage. "Obviously, I thought the second half when we were a man up, we could have done a little better in the final third,".

Mexico Suspends Five Players

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Hours before the start of their second matchday in Group A, Antonio Naelson, Christian Bermudez, Edgar Duenas, Guillermo Ochoa, and Francisco Javier Rodriguez were provisionally suspended by the Mexican Federation after testing positive for the banned substance clenbuterol. The drug tests were conducted in training camp before the start of Group A last Sunday.

Friday's TV

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Gold Cup Group B on TeleFutura: Jamaica – Guatemala at 7pm and on Galavision: Grenada – Honduras at 9pm. MLS on Fox Soccer Channel: NY – New England at 8:30pm. All Times Eastern

Thursday's Upside: Open Up

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Their Words "I have not received any summons asking me to speak with them nor do I plan to." preliminary suspended CONCACAF president Jack Warner. Other Sources Now, the Stadium Is Up to Date in Kansas City - from The NY Times' Jack Bell: The results seem to speak volumes. Red Bulls' Stadium Bonds Sap New Jersey Town as Condominium Visions Vanish - from Bloomberg's Romy Varghese: To close its $6 million budget gap, Harrison.

Big Games In MLS

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By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Jun 9, 2011) US Soccer Players -- Here we are, smack dab in the middle of it. The Gold Cup has started, so teams might look a bit different here and there, but for the most part things have shaken loose across Major League Soccer. Clubs are what they are. That could mean a potent offensive attack with nary a lick of defense.

Opening KC

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (June 9, 2011) US Soccer Players -- Kansas City finally gets a home game tonight (10pm ET – ESPN2) after posting one win and three draws over their opening ten games on the road. Even their management is now second-guessing that road swing, and for obvious reasons. Nobody expected it to be this bad for Sporting Kansas City.

Columbus 2 - Salt Lake 1

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Columbus needed two late goals to take three points at home on Wednesday, with Real Salt Lake ahead after seven minutes when Jamison Olave scored. The Crew equalized when Andres Mendoza successfully converted from the penalty spot in the 76th minute. Mendoza picked up the assist on Josh Gardner's winner in the 82nd.

Thursday's TV

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Poland - France is on ESPN Deportes at 3pm. Gold Cup on TeleFutura: Costa Rica - El Salvador at 7pm with Cuba - Mexico on Univision at 9pm. Kansas City opens their new stadium against Chicago at 10pm on ESPN2. All Times Eastern

Wednesday's Upside: One Game Down

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Their Words "Howard was absolute magic. I almost clapped." Canada coach Stephen Hart. Other Sources Like '94, USA's victory puts Detroit in soccer spotlight - from The Detroit Free-Press's Jo-Ann Barnas: And the U.S. team didn't disappoint, defeating Canada, 2-0, in front of 28,209 fans. Three thoughts on US-Canada - from SI.

Ranking Players

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By Tony Edwards – SAN JOSE, CA (Jun 7, 2011) US Soccer Players -- Who's the best American player in Major League Soccer? Who is the best American player in Europe? The former is a more complicated question, perhaps. Is it the best player on the team with the most points (Landon Donovan?) Is it the player who drives his team forward, whose presence and leadership are showcased by the success his club has had.

Five Things From Canada

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (June 8, 2011) US Soccer Players -- In the aftermath of the USA's clinical treatment of Canada in the opening night of Group C, we look at five things to carry forward into the second set of games on the Gold Cup schedule. Multiple Choice: The United States was calm, collected, and dangerous on first looks.

USA 2 - Canada 0

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The United States opened their 2011 Gold Cup campaign with a 2-0 Group C win over Canada at Detroit's Ford Field in front of 28,209 fans. A 15th minute goal from Jozy Altidore opened the scoring with Landon Donovan picking up the assist. Clint Dempsey made it 2-0 USA in the 62nd minute, with Altidore assisting.

Wednesdays TV

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Uruguay – Holland is on ESPN Deportes at 3pm ET.

Tuesday's Upside: Game On Detroit

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Their Words "I'm very happy to be back and especially at a Club like Fulham. I remember coming here with Tottenham and I even think I played here when I was a player. Craven Cottage is a real football stadium, I loved going to Fulham." Fulham's new manager Martin Jol. Other Sources U.S. soccer team needs strong performance vs.

Five Things For Canada

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (June 7, 2011) US Soccer Players -- First off, there's nothing to take from the game against Spain and applied directly to Canada. There's no bridging the gap between 1st and 84th. Where Spain flowed and controlled whatever space on the field they wanted, Canada will scrap and fight for opportunity.

Tuesday's TV: Group C

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Gold Cup on Fox Soccer Channel: USA - Canada at 8pm. ESPN Deportes has Azerbaijan - Germany at 1pm in Euro qualifying and the Brazil - Romania friendly at 9:45pm. All Times Eastern

Monday's Upside: In Charge

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Their Words "Right now all I can tell you is that everything is in good hands." CONCACAF general secretary Chuck Blazer. Other Sources US soccer team preps for Gold Cup match - from The Detroit Free Press's Jo-Ann Barnas: "Now we have to go out and get the job done." JACK'S 'BOMB' FIZZLES - from The Trinidad Express's' Keino Swamber: Warner told the crowd gathered at the event that he has been advised by his.

Bedoya Officially Added To Gold Cup Roster

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With Benny Feilhaber unavailable due to injury, Alejandro Bedoya has been added to the Gold Cup roster. Bedoya joined the squad for last week's training camp. He came on as a second-half substitute against Spain on Saturday. The United States had until 24 hours before their opening game to change their Gold Cup roster.

Jean Alexandre Wins POTW

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Real Salt Lake midfielder Jean Alexandre was named Major League Soccer's Player of the Week for Week 12. Playing as a forward, Alexandre scored in the 32nd minute in RSL's win over Vancouver. 2011 MLS Player of the Week Week 11: Justin Mapp (Philadelphia Union) 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.

Scouting Report: Canada

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By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (June 6, 2011) US Soccer Players -- There is absolutely nothing like when two teams hit the field and renew their rivalry. The USA will play Canada on Tuesday night as the Americans open their Gold Cup campaign at Ford Field in Detroit. While Canada is no Mexico, the National Team will not be underestimating its northern neighbor.

Games Vs Politics

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (June 6, 2011) US Soccer Players -- It would seem that CONCACAF has decided to go with the onward and upward response to the recent fun and games at their highest administrative level. Instead of concerning ourselves with who is the rightful president, just focus on goals scored at Cowboys Stadium.

MLS Week 12: International Absence

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Toronto 0 – Kansas City 0 Kansas City's long road journey before next week's opening of their new stadium concluded with a draw in Toronto. Toronto finished with six shots on goal to Sporting's three. Sporting Kansas City opens their home schedule on Thursday against Chicago in a game available on ESPN2.

USA 0 Spain 4

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On a tough afternoon for US soccer supporters, the United States lost 4-0 to Spain in front of over 64,000 fans at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts. The United States started a mix of veterans and squad players against an equally experimental Spain. Without Landon Donovan (illness) or Carlos Bocanegra (rested), US coach Bob Bradley opted to leave regulars Michael Bradley, Steve Cherundolo, and Clint Dempsey on the bench.

Five Things From Foxborough

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Width Of Field: Playing on sod laid over turf, the United States started compact and then began to stretch, responding to the fluid play of Spain. It's doubtful that was the game plan, with the US early on seeming to focus on forcing crosses in from Spain's flank players. With Spain willing to run at the US defense, that didn't prove advantageous.

CONCACAF Leadership Once Again In Flux

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On Saturday, the New York office of CONCACAF released a statement saying acting president Lisle Austin had been relieved of duties for violating CONCACAF statutes. Later on Saturday, CONCACAF released the following statement from new acting president Alfredo Hawit. I am honored to serve as Acting President of CONCACAF.

LA 0 - DC 0

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In a game without the players participating in the Gold Cup, there wasn't a lot of offense on display at the Home Depot Center on Friday night. "We started flat," Galaxy midfielder David Beckham said. "I don't think that we passed the ball well. We didn't create space. I think it just went through the whole game.

Donovan Named Player Of The Month

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LA Galaxy forward Landon Donovan was named Player of the Month for May, Major League Soccer announced on Friday. Donovan had six goals in May.

Visiting the Office of CONCACAF

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By Cesar Diaz – NEW YORK, NY (Jun 3, 2011) US Soccer Players -- With the recent accusations of corruption within FIFA along with the internal power struggle in CONCACAF, it's easy to ignore that Gold Cup 2011 begins on Sunday, June 5th at Cowboy Stadium in Dallas. It's also easy to overlook the fact that 2011 marks the 50th anniversary of CONCACAF's existence.

Scouting Report: Spain

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By Clemente Lisi – FOXBOROUGH, MA (Jun 3, 2011) US Soccer Players – The United States will take on world champion Spain on Saturday afternoon in a marquee friendly ahead of next week's Gold Cup. For Spain, the game at Gillette Stadium in suburban Boston represents its first-ever meeting with the USA on American soil.

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.

Friday's TV

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ESPN2 has the Austria - Germany Euro 2012 qualifer at 2:30pm. MLS on Fox Soccer Channel: LA - DC at 11pm ET.

Thursday's Upside

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Their Words "I am honoured to accept the 61st FIFA Congress's mandate to serve as president during the 2011-2015 period. Together we can tackle the problems that football faces today and show that our game remains very solid and strong." FIFA president Sepp Blatter. Other Sources United States Caught Between Young And Old - from SB Nation's Ryan Rosenblatt: The best hope to slide in for the U.

Quick Change

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By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Jun 2, 2011) US Soccer Players -- Despite the Memorial Day holiday, Monday wasn't a quiet one for Major League Soccer. Two clubs, the Vancouver Whitecaps and Chicago Fire became the first of the 2011 season to dump their coaches. Teitur Thordarson felt the axe in Vancouver, while Carlos de los Cobos was relieved of his duties by the Fire.

FIFA's Next Day

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (May 31, 2011) US Soccer Players -- A day after Sepp Blatter is once again securely in his role as FIFA president for the next four years, it's worth wondering why it was so difficult to get to an obvious result. Blatter keeps his job, no one is all that surprised, and FIFA manages to skirt a set of potential crises of the type that would cause most organizations.

Chivas USA 1 - Vancouver 1

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In their first game since the coaching shuffle, the Vancouver Whitecaps picked up a point at home on Wednesday. Chivas USA went up a goal in the 46th minute through Nick LaBrocca. Vancouver was level two minutes later when Camilo scored. Eric Hasseli was ejected in the 66th minute, with the Whitecaps finishing a man down.

Thursday's TV

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No games today.

Wednesday's Upside: Once Elected

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Their Words "We are faced with an unsatisfactory situation. We are subject to universal criticism from governments, sponsors, media and the wider world. With this background the election has turned into one-horse race." England's FA chairman David Bernstein speaking before the FIFA Congress in an unsuccessful attempt to get the presidential election postponed.

Blatter Re-elected

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FIFA president Sepp Blatter was re-elected on Wednesday as the only candidate standing for the FIFA presidency. "I thank you for your trust and confidence from the bottom of my heart," Blatter said. "Our pyramid is intact, the base, the foundation is strong and together we have four years to continue on our path and do our job.

Class of 2011: Bruce Murray

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By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (May 31, 2011) US Soccer Players – Bruce Murray has achieved a lot in his career. The former National Team star was a pioneering member of the 1990 World Cup squad who later played in England. This Saturday, Murray will add Hall of Fame inductee to his long list of accomplishments.

FIFA To Change World Cup Voting Method

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During remarks at the FIFA Congress, FIFA president Sepp Blatter announced that moving forward the entire 208-member Congress will vote on who hosts the World Cup. "I want to give more power to the national associations. In the future, the World Cup will be decided by the Fifa congress. The executive committee will create a shortlist but will make no recommendations, only a list.

Election Day

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (May 31, 2011) US Soccer Players -- By the time you read this who knows what might've happened in the fun and games that is the FIFA Congress currently taking place in Switzerland. What was supposed to be about deciding who will be the president of FIFA for the next four years has devolved into a fight for power on many fronts, including CONCACAF.