USSoccerPlayers Archives for January 2011

CONCACAF World Cup Draw

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FIFA conducted the World Cup qualification draw in Rio de Janeiro on Saturday. Under the CONCACAF Qualifying system, there will now be a 2nd Round group stage that the United States will not be involved in. The USA enters in Round 3, where they will face fellow seeded team Jamaica along with the winners of Round 2's Groups E and F.

Klinsmann In The Media

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Though new United States National Team coach Jurgen Klinsmann won't speak publicly until he is officially introduced on Monday morning in New York City, here's a selection of columns on his hiring and the future of the National Team. A Thick Résumé for a Tough Job - from The NY Times' George Vecsey: Now it is the time for the mysterious gentleman caller from the world where coaches really understand the sport, or so the.

Friday's Upside: Change

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Their Words This is an iconic group of players who all passionately play our game, and we are excited to have them speak to fans around the world about their own personal experiences playing the best sports game on the planet. EA Sports VP and GM of soccer Matt Bilbey, on announcing the cover for FIFA 12 that will feature Wayne Rooney on the North American cover.

USNSTPA Statement On National Team Coaching Change

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WASHINGTON, DC (July 29, 2011) -- In response to the announcement that Bob Bradley has been relieved of his coaching duties and Jürgen Klinsmann has been named the new coach of the United States National Team, the US National Soccer Team Players Association releases the following statement: On behalf of the members of the US National Team, we would like to thank Bob for his dedication, hard work, and professionalism in continuing to push the.

Klinsmann Takes USA Job

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On Friday, the United States Soccer Federation named Jürgen Klinsmann the new coach of the US National Team. "I am proud and honored to be named the head coach of the U.S. Men's National Team," Klinsmann said. "I would like to thank the U.S. Soccer Federation for the opportunity, and I'm excited about the challenge ahead.

Europa League: SV Josko Ried 2 - Brondby 0

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Clarence Goodson went the distance for Brondby on a tough night in Europa League qualifying. Ried's Florian Mader opened the socring in the 33rd and Daniel Royer finished it off in the 46th at the Keine Sorgen Arena. The result means a tough second-leg at home for Brondby. Did Not Play: Clint Dempsey (RNK Split 0 - Fulham 0), Jozy Altidore (AZ 2 - Jablonec 0)

Weekend TV: Friendlies And Primera

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Saturday Friendlies on Fox Soccer: Kitchee - Blackburn at 6am, Chelsea - Aston Villa at 8:30am, and Inter Milan - Celtic at 11:30am. A select XI plays Manchester City at 9am of Fox Soccer Plus. The Emirates Cup is on ESPN Deportes: PSG - New York at 9am and Arsenal - Boca Juniors at 11:30am. Barcelona plays Manchester United on ESPN2 at 7pm.

Alianza 0 - Dallas 1

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FC Dallas joined Toronto in winning the opening game of their CONCACAF Champions League preliminary series. On the road in San Salvador, Jackson scored the game's only goal in the 70th minute. Dallas put one other shot on frame, while a strong performance from goalkeeper Kevin Hartman shutout Alianza with three saves.

Friday's TV: Break Over

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Major League Soccer returns to league play with Philadelphia - Colorado on Fox Soccer at 7:30pm. Under-20 World Cup on Galavision: Argentina - Mexico at 6:30pm and Brazil - Egypt at 10pm. All Times Eastern

Thursday's Upside: Blatter In Brazil

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Their Words As far as the stadiums and transport links are concerned, there is still some work to be done, but the Ministry of Sport as well as the President are confident everything will be ready. FIFA president Sepp Blatter on preparations for the 2014 World Cup. Other Sources Sepp Blatter insists reforming Fifa will take nine months - from The Telegraph's Paul Kelso: He also indicated that goal-line technology could be introduced in time.

Bradley Relieved Of Duties

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The United States Soccer Federation announced on Thursday that Bob Bradley is no longer the coach of the US National Team. No replacement was announced. "We want to thank Bob Bradley for his service and dedication to U.S. Soccer during the past five years," Gulati said in a press statement. "During his time as the head coach of our Men's National Team he led the team to a number of accomplishments, but we felt now.

That European Option

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By Jason Davis - WASHINGTON, DC (Jul 28, 2011) US Soccer Players -- I've dedicated a few words in this space recently to the question of whether American ownership abroad has any obligation to promote American players at their clubs. They don't, but that doesn't mean some of them won't attempt to bolster a presence in the New World by bringing in a Yank or two.

Once Again, It's The Super League

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (Jul 28, 2011) US Soccer Players -- If you happen to be one of those people that doesn't believe there's very many new ideas in pro sports, yesterday was no surprise. In the midst of FIFA's ethical inquisition, the elite European clubs decided to have their say. They're not pleased with the current state of FIFA politics, not at all.

CCL: Toronto 2 - Real Esteli 1

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Toronto FC got the win in the first-leg of their CONCACAF Champions League preliminary series on Wednesday. Joao Plata scored for Toronto in the 56th and 72nd minutes, grabbing his first goal just seven minutes after subbing in for Gianluca Zavarise. Real Esteli's Alesandro Calero spoiling Milos Kocic's shutout attempt with an 80th minute goal.

MLS All-Stars 0 - Manchester United 4

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Manchester United had no problem finding their offense on Wednesday night at Red Bull Arena, with their defense shutting out the MLS All-Stars. Anderson opened the scoring for United n the 20th minute, with All-Star Most Valuable Player Ji-Sung Park scoring in the 45th minute. In the second-half, Dimitar Berbatov knocked in a ball that rebounded off the crossbar in the 52nd minute.

Thursday's TV: Challenge And Champions

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World Football Challenge on ESPN2 and Galavision: Juventus - Chivas at 8pm. CONCACAF Champions League on Fox Soccer: Alianza - Dallas at 10pm. All Times Eastern

Wednesday's Upside: All Stars Vs United

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Their Words Learn from your experience. You might be feeling excitement, or nervousness—be open to it. You're all champions to be here and have done an enormous amount of work to get here. Experience this moment with all your mind, body and heart and good things will come. US National Soccer Team player alum John O'Brien, speaking at the 2011 US Youth Soccer National Championships.

Howard And Meola

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By Cesar Diaz – NEW YORK, NY (Jul 27, 2011) US Soccer Players – It's not often a soccer writer gets the opportunity to speak with two World Cup goalkeepers with days of each other. A sponsor provided the opportunity, with Allstate making current United States goalkeeper Tim Howard and former US keeper Tony Meola available as part of their ‘Protection Is Our Game' advertising campaign.

The Organization

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (Jul 27, 2011) US Soccer Players -- Let's pretend you're part of an organization that's responsible for a sport played all over the World. You have a marquee tournament that generates ridiculous amounts of money. Since you're by design an egalitarian organization, some of that money is distributed to countries without regards to performance on the field.

July 2011 FIFA Rankings

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The United States fell six spots to 30th in the July 2011 FIFA Rankings released on Wednesday. Mexico's three and out performance in the Copa America dropped them 11 places to 20th. Uruguay winning the tournament moved them up 13 spots to 5th. Elsewhere in CONCACAF, Jamaica dropped six spots to 44th, Hondruas fell seven places to 51st, and Costa Rica dropped a spot to 56th.

Rangers 0 - Malmo 1

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Maurice Edu got the start at home for Rangers in UEFA Champions League qualifying, but the result didn't go there way. Daniel Larsson scored the game's only goal in the 18th minute, making things difficult for the deciding game of the two-game series on August 3rd at Swedbank Stadion. "I really do believe we can go over to Sweden and score," Rangers manager Ally McCoist said.

CCL: San Francisco 1 - Seattle 0

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Things did not go Seattle's way on the road in Panama for the opening leg of their CONCACAF Champions League qualifying series. In front of the home crowd at Estadio Rommel Fernandez, San Francisco's Roberto Brown converted a 27th minute penalty for the game's only goal. Eric Hugues picked up the first-leg shutout for San Francisco.

Wednesday's TV

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Club friendlies on Fox Soccer: Aston Villa - Blackburn at 6am, Chelsea - Kitchee at 8:30am, and the 3rd-place and finals of the Audi Cup beginning at noon. Fox Soccer Plus has Marseille - Lille in the French SuperCup at 2:45pm. Major League Soccer's All-Star Game is on ESPN2 and TeleFutura at 8:30pm.

Tuesday's Upside: ASG

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Their Words I was adamant I would not speak to the BBC until the matter was resolved to my satisfaction so I am pleased an apology has been issued today. Rangers manager Ally McCoist Other Sources Player Dives. Is this the end of the world? - from Soccer America's Paul Gardner: This always puzzles me.

The Overlooked American

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By Michael Lewis, NEW YORK, NY (July 26, 2011) US Soccer Players -- When he talks about Brad Davis, Houston Dynamo coach Dominic Kinnear likes to say how his talented midfielder doesn't always receive all the media attention that is due him. "Brad kind of flies under the radar," Kinnear said on Monday.

Winning In The Champions League

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (Jul 26, 2011) US Soccer Players -- It's CONCACAF Champions League preliminary round first-leg week, and if that doesn't get the soccer fan in you excited... well, you're probably like most North American soccer fans. Not to worry, this isn't going to be a column about how the Champions League is already an unwieldy tournament that goes on far too long.

Tuesday's TV

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Fox Soccer has the Barcelona - Inter Milan friendly at 12pm followed by Bayern Munich - Milan at 2:30pm. World Football Challenge on ESPN2: Juventus - Club America at 8pm. Back to Fox Soccer for Seattle's CONCACAF Champions League game against San Francisco in Panama at 8pm. All Times Eastern

Monday's Upside: Balotelli

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Their Words I think that their coach said it all and we were all really impressed with how he handled it. It seemed like he was having a bit of fun and maybe messing around a little too much. I don't know if he thought that he was offside, you would hope that he thought he was offside. LA forward Mike Magee on Manchester City's Mario Balotelli being subbed off early after attempting a needless.

FIFA Justice

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (Jul 21, 2011) US Soccer Players -- For those of you with better things to do on Saturday, you might have missed the FIFA Ethics Committee's announcement. Streamed live for those of us not in Zurich, chairman Petrus Damaseb announced that once upon a time FIFA presidential candidate and suspended Asian Football Confederation president Mohamed Bin Hammam has been banned for life after being found culpable in a votes.

National Teamers Abroad: SPL And Apertura Start

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Two more leagues involving National Teamers opened over the weekend. Maurice Edu started and went the full 90 for Rangers, drawing Hearts 1-1 to start the Scottish Premier League season. Rangers needed a 57th minute Steven Naismith goal to split the points after going into halftime a goal down. "When you're in the ascendancy towards the end of a game, you're perhaps a little bit disappointed if you don't win," new Rangers manager Ally McCoist.

Donovan Will Miss All-Star Game

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US National Team player and Los Angeles Galaxy forward Landon Donovan will sit out this week's MLS All-Star Game after picking up a calf injury. The LA Galaxy made the announcement on Sunday after Donovan missed a penalty kick loss to Manchester City in a friendly. LA and Manchester City drew 1-1 in regulation at The Home Depot Center with Mike Magee equalizing for the Galaxy in the 53rd minute.

MLS Week 19: Braun Hits Hat-Trick

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New York 2 – Dallas 2 The New York Red Bulls needed a late goal to salvage a point at home. New York took the lead in the 39th minute when Juan Agudelo scored, and that held into halftime. Dallas got a Marvin Chavez equalizer in the 51st, and it was Chavez again in the 78th minute. Thierry Henry equalized for NY in the 85th, five minutes after losing Dane Richards to a second yellow.

FIFA Announces Bin Hammam Decision

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The FIFA Ethics Committee formally found Mohamed Bin Hammam guilty in a votes for bribes scandal on Saturday, receiving a lifetime ban and ending his association with world soccer. Bin Hammam was the president of the Asian Football Confederation and a FIFA presidential candidate. He stood accused of trading cash for presidential votes at a meeting of the Caribbean Football Union.

Friday's Upside: Life Lessons

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Their Words When we get up in the morning, we do not really want to suffer, we would like an easy day. It's not normal for a human being to suffer. But, if you want to be successful, you have to push yourself. That's where careers are made. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, speaking to The Telegraph. Other Sources Why Altidore is set to shine for AZ Alkmaar - from MLSsoccer.

Tell Me About: Sporting

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Oguchi Onyewu's high profile move to Milan might not have worked out as American fans would like, but he gets another opportunity at a storied European club. So what do we need to know about the Sporting that isn't playing in Kansas City but does have a date with Juventus at BMO Field on Saturday (7pm ET - ESPN Deportes).

The Future Of The Designated Player

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By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Jul 22, 2011) US Soccer Players -- Let's be kind and say that the Vancouver Whitecaps' new Designated Player, Mustapha Jarju, is a mystery. His resume is hardly that of one of the League's highest paid players, especially when compared to those of his DP brethren. There's no record of success in Europe, no time at one of the world's most recognizable clubs, no impressive international record.

Weekend TV: Apertura

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Saturday German Super Cup on GolTV: Schalke 04 – Borussia Dortmund at 2:30pm. Copa America 3rd-place game: Peru – Venezuela at 3pm on TeleFutura. World Football Challenge on ESPN2: Chicago – Manchester United at 5pm. On ESPN Deportes: Juventus – Sporting at 7pm and Philadelphia – Real Madrid at 9pm.

Friday's TV

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USL on Fox Soccer: Rochester - Pittsburgh at 8pm ET.

Thursday's Upside: Euro Fixtures

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Their Words It's unfortunate that on a night like tonight we didn't have Omar (Gonzalez), because Omar would have been dangerous on them. We still got a few good chances out of them. I think it was indicative of the pressure we put on them all night. LA Galaxy forward Landon Donovan, on LA's inability to turn any of their 16 corners against Columbus into a goal.

Bedoya To Join Rangers

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Though he'll be staying with Orebro for the rest of the Allsvenskan season, US National Team player Alejandro Bedoya has agreed to join Rangers in January 2012. The move was rumored earlier in the week, with Bedoya now awaiting a work permit to complete the transfer. Bedoya has been with Orebro since turning professional in 2009.

MLS Draws

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By Michael Lewis – NEW YORK, NY (Jul 21, 2011) US Soccer Players -- Ties! Ties! Ties! You would think it was Father's Day, but that was last month. Or that Major League Soccer was having its ultimate parity dream - every game on the schedule ending even. Once again, we're seeing an MLS season where not winning is becoming the story.

MLS Wednesday: Trouble For NY

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Five games were on the midweek MLS schedule, with a recovering Colorado taking advantage over New York at home and the bottom club in the East winning away. DC 0 – New England 1 The Revolution can chalk up their first road win this season, with Stephen McCarthy scoring in the 73rd minute at RFK Stadium.

Against The Giants Of Soccer

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (Jul 21, 2011) US Soccer Players -- Credit Sigi Schmid once again for resisting the urge to talk like a coach. He was in charge of a squad that lost 7-0 before a massive crowd, and he resisted any urge to go into teachable moment mode. Instead, he called it like he saw it.

Thursday's TV

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Chelsea plays a Malaysia select XI at 8:30am ET on Fox Soccer.

Wednesday's Upside: Friendly League

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Their Words It was a little bit of shock, but all I can do is focus on what I do on the field and, if I'm the leading goal scorer at the end of the year, then that's kudos to me for my hard work. Charlie Davies talking to The Washington Post's Steven Goff on missing the All-Star Game. Other Sources Choking on all this tired talk of choking - from The Daily Soccer Fix's.

Tell Me About: AZ Alkmaar

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Jozy Altidore has a new club and with it an opportunity for us to learn a bit more about Holland's Eredivisie. That's the league where Oguchi Onyewu spent the second half of the 2010-11 season and where players like Earnie Stewart, DaMarcus Beasley, and Michael Bradley found success. With an American behind the scenes and another on the field, here's what you need to know about AZ.

Midweek MLS Magic

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (Jul 20, 2011) US Soccer Players -- The League that keeps on giving brings us five Wednesday MLS games alongside two World Football Challenge encounters and two additional MLS-EPL friendlies. Care to guess which of these seven contestants ended up with the national cable coverage?

Wednesday's TV

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Copa America semfinals: Paraguay - Venezuela on Univision at 8:45pm. World Football Challenge on FoxSoccer and Galavision: Seattle - Manchester United at 10pm. Chivas - Real Madrid is on ESPN2 at 11pm. All Times Eastern

Tuesday's Upside: Seattle United

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Their Words The '90 World Cup team was truly a team of amateurs across the board, from the federation who hadn't been there in 40 years to no coaches, no players, nothing. And the first game when we got handled 5-1 by Czechoslovakia that kind of summed it up. Seattle Sounders goalkeeper Kasey Keller, speaking to The Seattle Times' Bob Wickwire.

My Wish: Landon Donovan

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Home Field At The All-Star Game

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By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (July 20, 2011) US Soccer Players – Soccer games aren't typically hot tickets in this country. Taking the pulse of the secondary market to show tickets selling for several times their original cost is usually reserved for the big events on the North American pro sports calendar.

Conor Casey To Miss Significant Time

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Colorado Rapids forward Conor Casey will miss the rest of the 2011 Major League Soccer season after rupturing his Achilles tendon against Seattle over the weekend. After having surgery this week, he is expected to need eight to ten months of recovery time. Casey is currently 9th on the MLS goal scorers chart with six goals in 14 games.

Premier League Rivals

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (Jul 19, 2011) US Soccer Players -- Show of hands from anybody who really thinks Manchester United is sweating (insert name of would-be Premier League contender). At this point, when you're Manchester United, it's just what you say before the start of yet another season where your favorites to take the title.

Tuesday's TV

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Copa America semifinals on Univision: Peru - Uruguay at 8:45pm ET.

Monday's Upside: Germany

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Their Words Evidently it wasn't meant to be. We worked so hard. We believed in each other through everything. The Olympics are right around the corner and we're excited about that opportunity. Hopefully we can qualify and get to London. This is going to hurt for a while and I'm proud of our team. We never gave up.

National Teamers Abroad: 2.Bundesliga

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Germany's second division started the season over the weekend and with it several National Teamers Abroad clubs. Unfortunately for fans of Americans playing abroad, only one 2.Bundesliga American saw playing time. Edson Buddle was a 76th minute substitute for Ingolstadt, losing 2-0 to St Pauli. Fabian Boll scored both goals for St Pauli, opening the scoring in the 51st minute and finishing it off in the 69th.

MLS Announces Complete All-Star Roster

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On Monday, Major League Soccer released the full All-Star squad that will face Manchester United next Wednesday at Red Bull Arena (8:30pm ET – ESPN2). GK: Tally Hall (Houston Dynamo), Faryd Mondragón (Philadelphia Union) DEF: Corey Ashe (Houston Dynamo), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Geoff Cameron (Houston Dynamo), Bobby Convey (San Jose Earthquakes), Sean Franklin (LA Galaxy), Jámison Olave (Real Salt Lake), Heath Pearce (Chivas USA), Tim Ream (New York Red Bulls).

New York's Point

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (Jul 18, 2011) US Soccer Players -- It's good that the New York Red Bulls rested so many of their players for their Open Cup game last week. After all, they needed significant help not to score or be scored on against Chivas USA at the Home Depot Center on Saturday. New York turning an Open Cup quarterfinal into a walkover was made even better by their own match.

New England 0 - Philadelphia 3

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The Philadelphia Union were already ahead by two goals at Gillette Stadium on Sunday when they went a man up. Carlos Ruiz had opened the scoring in the 12th minute and it was 2-0 through Carlos Valdes in the 24th. Whatever chance New England had at a comeback took a hit in the 66th minute when Benny Feilhaber was shown his second yellow card.

MLS Week 18: The Return Of The Draw

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Four of the six games on Major League Soccer's Saturday schedule ended tied, with three of those scoreless. For those preferring offense with their soccer, seven of the 10 Saturday goals came from one game. Seattle 4 – Colorado 3 Wells Thompson gave an early indication of how this game was going to play out, scoring for the visiting Rapids in the first minute.

Agudelo, Bravo Named To All-Stars

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US National Team player and New York Red Bulls forward Juan Agudelo and Sporting Kansas City designated player Omar Bravo will be joining Major League Soccer's All-Star squad as the two Commissioner's Picks. MLS commissioner Don Garber made the announcement on Saturday. "Juan Agudelo is one of the bright young stars in Major League Soccer and a prime example of the benefits of the MLS Homegrown player initiative and our focus on MLS club academies,".

Friday's Upside: Moving Teams

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Their Words Well, you got a guy coming in on Wednesday who's certainly been doing it for a long time at Man United. Sigi Schmid, on his contract extension. Other Sources For U.S. soccer, it's a woman's world - from The LA Times' David Wharton: It wasn't just bold talk. So What If Soccer Isn't a Big Deal Here?

Rise Shine Is Funded

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Rise & Shine, The Jay DeMerit Story passed the $215,000 dollar goal on Kickstarter on Friday, meaning the project is now funded. The producers released a message thanking all of those who donated to the project, saying: When we started this project, who would thought we would have the support of people throughout the country and world, from all walks of life - all supporting an amazing story helping to grow the sport and inspire.

Rise & Shine: Closing In

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As of noon ET on Friday, July 15th, the Jay DeMerit documentary Rise & Shine has raised $211,840 dollars from 1,745 contributors. The filmmakers need $215,000 to pay for rights clearances so they can use footage from the Premier League and the World Cup. They have 62 HOURS remaining to raise the $3,160 difference to fund the project.

McBride's Next Shot

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By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (July 15, 2011) US Soccer Players -- When Brian McBride steps onto the field at Crew Stadium in Columbus this Saturday night, it will be in his relatively new position of former player. McBride will be in Columbus so that he can be the first player inducted into the Crew's Circle of Honor at halftime during their game against the San Jose Earthquakes.

Altidore Moves To Alkmaar

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United States National Team forward Jozy Altidore is now a member of AZ Alkmaar, the club most associated with its US National Team alum and AZ's director of football Earnie Stewart. Alkmaar bought Altidore's contract from La Liga club Villarreal. Altidore joins the Eredivisie club after spending part of last season on loan with Bursaspor in Turkey's topflight.

Weekend TV: WWC Final

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Saturday WWC 3rd-place game on ESPN2: Sweden – France at 11am. MLS on Fox Soccer: Seattle – Colorado at 4pm. On Galavision: Chivas USA – NY at 10:30pm. World Football Challenge on TeleFutura: Club America – Manchester United at 8pm. On ESPN2: LA – Real Madrid at 10pm. Copa America on Univision: Colombia – Peru at 3pm and Argentina – Uruguay at 6pm.

Friday's TV

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USL on Fox Soccer: LA Blues - Dayton at 11pm ET.

Thursday's Upside: WWC Final

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Their Words We came out in the second half and did all right, then obviously the third goal broke our backs but I thought if you take away the first 25 minutes-which might be a pretty stupid statement-it got better. LA Galaxy coach Bruce Arena, on his club's 3-1 loss to Seattle in the US Open Cup. Other Sources US women's soccer team takes joy in forging its own identity - from The Washington Post's.

American Disconnect

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By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Jul 14, 2011) US Soccer Players -- It's friendly season again in America. European powerhouses are flitting about the country, touching down just long enough to take on a Major League Soccer team or one of their Euro counterparts here or there. For a lot of American fans, the European pre-season is a chance to see clubs with deep pockets and deep histories show the country what soccer is.

Rise & Shine: Thursday Update

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ÿAs of noon ET on Thursday, July 14th, the Jay DeMerit documentary Rise & Shine has raised $201,881 dollars from 1,579 contributors. The filmmakers need $215,000 to pay for rights clearances so they can use footage from the Premier League and the World Cup. They have THREE DAYS remaining to raise the $13,119 difference to fund the project.

New England's Big Moment

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (Jul 14, 2011) US Soccer Players -- Let's pretend you're running the New England Revolution, mired in a disappointing season but with a chance to follow Kansas City's example from last season and put on a competitive performance again Premier League title holders Manchester United.

Open Cup: Seattle 3 - LA 1

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The Seattle Sounders took another step towards the US Open Cup trophy on Wednesday night, beating the Los Angeles Galaxy in front of 4,322 at the Starfire Sports Stadium. Nate Jaqua was the difference for Seattle, scoring the opening goal four minutes in and setting up Fredy Montero's goal in the 25th minute.

Wednesday's Upside: In Goal

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Their Words It's a trophy with a pretty significant purse and some history when it comes to our league. It's a chance for our players to earn money and win prestige and an opportunity to get back into the CONCACAF tournament. All those things made us want to take this seriously, and I think that was reflected by the team we put out there tonight.

Rise Shine: Supporting The Jay DeMerit Story

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By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (July 13, 2011) US Soccer Players -- The unbelievable rags to riches story of National Team defender Jay DeMerit is the kind of tale Hollywood usually foams over. Indeed, DeMerit's meteoric rise from unknown amateur to playing at a World Cup would make a great movie.

The Red Bulls And The Value Of The Open Cup

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (Jul 13, 2011) US Soccer Players -- How about we all agree to dispense with the subtlety and ban any club choosing not to field a representative eleven in the quarterfinal stage of the US Open Cup. That way we can avoid what amounted to a walkover last night at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Illinois.

Thursday's TV

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No games today.

Open Cup: Not All MLS In The Semifinals

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With three of the four US Open Cup semifinals in the books, Richmond continued their run in the tournament. The Kickers beat their second Major League Soccer club in a row, once again winning on the road. Chicago 4 – NY 0 With New York opting to rest their regulars, the Chicago Fire took advantage early at Toyota Park.

Richie Williams Honored By DC United

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Former DC United midfielder and US National Team player Richie Williams will be inducted into United's Hall of Tradition, the club announced on Tuesday. Williams played for DC from 1996 until 2000, rejoining the team in 2002. He was part of three MLS Cup winning squads with DC. From 1998 through 2002, he had 20 appearances with the United States National Team, winning the 2002 Gold Cup.

Wednesday's TV: Semis

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The Women's World Cup semifinals are on ESPN: USA - France at 11:30am and Japan - Sweden at 2:15pm. Copa America on TeleFutura: Paraguay - Venezuela at 6pm and Brazil - Ecuador at 8:30pm. World Football Challenge on ESPN2: NEw England - Manchester United at 8pm. All Times Eastern

Tuesday's Upside: WWC And Open

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Their Words My first experience with Manchester United was as a child watching their Treble victory in 1999 on VHS tape, and I am excited to now see them show off their talents here in Foxborough. New England Revolution defender AJ Soares, writing for The Boston Globe. Other Sources US survives amid changing landscape - from FoxSoccer.

Rise & Shine: Tuesday Update

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ÿAs of noon ET on Tuesday, July 12th, the Jay DeMerit documentary Rise & Shine has raised $188,294 dollars from 1,373 contributers. The filmmakers need $215,000 to pay for rights clearances so they can use footage from the Premier League and the World Cup. They have FIVE DAYS remaining to raise the $26,706 difference to fund the project.

World Soccer's Role

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (Jul 12, 2011) US Soccer Players -- While we're distracted by the logistics of a tournament that won't happen until 2022, there are those still concerned with how Qatar managed to go from relative unknown to World Cup host in a matter of months. It's a good question, one that has already had multiple theories – conspiracy and otherwise – grafted on.

Tuesday's TV: Copa

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Copa Ameria on TeleFutura: Chile - Peru at 6pm. On Univision: Uruguay - Mexico at 8:30pm. All Times Eastern

Monday's Upside: American Soccer

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Their Words I think that is a perfect example of what this country is about, what the history of this team has always been. We never give up. USA forward Abby Wambach. Other Sources US shows no quit in victory - from SI.com's Grant Wahl: But then something happened. One Play Erases Doubts About a Coach - from The NY Times' George Vecsey: All it takes in soccer is one play.

Montero Wins POTW

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Seattle Sounders forward Fredy Montero's two goals in his club's 3-2 derby win over Portland won him Player of the Week honors for Week 17, Major League Soccer announced on Monday. Montero scored his first goal in the 57th minute and his second in the 74th. This is Montero's third career Player of the Week award.

Rise & Shine: Monday Update

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As of noon on Monday, July 11th, the Jay DeMerit documentary Rise & Shine has raised $172,818 dollars from 1,308 contributers. The filmmakers need $215,000 to pay for rights clearances so they can use footage from the Premier League and the World Cup. They have six days remaining to raise the $42,182 difference to fund the project.

The MLS First XI And The National Team

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (Jul 11, 2011) US Soccer Players -- First off, congratulations to the National Team players that made the MLS All-Star first XI: Landon Donovan, Omar Gonzalez, Sean Franklin, Tim Ream, Brek Shea, Chris Wondolowski, Kasey Keller who never officially retired from international duty, and potential National Teamers Jack Jewsbury and Matt Besler.

Portland 2 - Seattle 3

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In a game that lived up to its billing, Portland's first time hosting their derby with old rivals Seattle ended in disappointment for the home crowd. Portland took the lead through a 46th minute own goal, but Seattle was level when Fredy Montero scored in the 57th. The two teams would trade goals again, with Jorge Perlaza putting the Timbers up in the 68th and Montero equalizing for Seattle six minutes later.

MLS Week 17: Beckham's Corners

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In a weekend highlighted by Dwayne De Rosario's successful return to Red Bull Arena, it was LA's David Beckham sharing the headlines with a standout performance against Chicago. Kansas City 1 – Chivas USA 1 Omar Bravo was the hero for Kansas City at Livestrong Park on Saturday, scoring well into stoppage time to salvage a point.

USA - Mexico Set For Aug 10th

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The United States - Mexico rivalry will get a quick turnaround. After Mexico won the Gold Cup at the expense of the USA in late June, the two teams will meet at a friendly at Philadelphia's Lincoln Financial Field on August 10th. The game is scheduled for an 8:30pm start and will be shown on ESPN2. "We're thrilled that fans in Philadelphia will have a chance to witness this special rivalry," USA coach Bob Bradley.

Friday's Upside: Stars In LA

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Their Words It's not going to be something that happens overnight where we get them both back and we get them playing 90 minutes together. LA Galaxy coach Bruce Arena on playing Landon Donovan and David Beckham. Other Sources For Pia Sundhage, another pressure-filled moment - from The LA Times' Grahame L.

Weekend TV: WWC Quarters

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Saturday WWC on ESPN: England – France at noon and Germany – Japan at 2:45pm. Copa America on Univision: Brazil – Paraguay at 2:30pm. TeleFutura has Venezuela – Ecuador at 5:30pm. MLS on Galavision: Kansas City – Chivas USA at 7:30pm. On Fox Soccer: LA – Chicago at 7:30pm. All Times Eastern Sunday WWC on ESPN: Sweden – Australia at 7am and USA – Brazil at 11:30am.

FIFA Business Is FIFA's Business

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (Jul 8, 2011) US Soccer Players -- Following up on yesterday's Daily, FIFA is also focusing on suspended CONCACAF president Lisle Austin for taking FIFA business in front of a domestic judge. FIFA doesn't allow the judicial system of individual nations to interfere with soccer business, and they're certainly not interested in the Austin case potentially setting a precedent.

Friday's TV: USL And Copa

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USL on Fox Soccer: Richmond - Charlotte at 8pm. Copa America on TeleFutura: Uruguay - Chile at 6pm. On Univision: Peru - Mexico at 8:30pm. All Times Eastern

Thursday's Upside: Scoring Opportunity

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Their Words Five to zero is hard. Five times they went on the counter and got a goal. They got a chance, and they finished. Toronto FC coach Aron Winter. Other Sources After another injury, U.S. soccer's Stuart Holden again determined to bounce back - from The Washington Post's Paul Tenorio: "Because every day is a step closer to playing.

The Purpose Of The MLS All-Star Game

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By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Jul 7, 2011) US Soccer Players -- In just about three weeks time, Major League Soccer will hold one of its marquee events at Red Bulls Arena in Harrison, New Jersey. The All-Star Game is coming. With it will be the usual gnashing of teeth over the questionable need to play an exhibition in the middle of a long and difficult MLS season.

FIFA's Pending Charges

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (Jul 7, 2011) US Soccer Players -- Sorry FIFA, but after reelecting the sitting president unopposed I'm hoping you'll find out the rest of the World doesn't have a lot of stomach for turning the only other candidate into a no-goodnik. That's the scenario currently playing itself out as we await FIFA formally charging suspended Asian Football Confederation and one-time FIFA presidential candidate Mohamed Bin Hammam.

MLS: Goals At The Arena

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Four Major League Soccer games were on the schedule Wednesday night, with the New York Red Bulls taking a major step in answering recent criticisms. Elsewhere, only one of the games ended in a draw. New York 5 – Toronto 0 If output was the issue in New York, it was the usual suspects making sure they got their names on the score sheet.

11 Days To Go For Rise Shine: The Jay DeMerit Story

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The producers of Rise & Shine: The Jay DeMerit story are closing in on their goal of funding the documentary as a Kickstarter project. For those of you unfamiliar with Kickstarter, it's a way to fund an idea that otherwise wouldn't likely happen. For The Jay DeMerit Story, the producers need $215,000 dollars for rights clearances so they can use actual game footage in the film.

Thursdays TV

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Copa America on TeleFutura: Bolivia – Costa Rica at 6pm. Under-17 World Cup semifinals on Galavision: Uruguay – Brazil at 4pm and Germany – Mexico at 7pm. All Times Eastern

Wednesday's Upside: Toronto In North Jersey

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Their Words "If you have a hamstring injury, you can do something about it, get treatment. With a heel injury, what can you do? Just rest. It's a pain, a real pain." New York forward Luke Rodgers, speaking to MLSsoccer.com Other Sources Brek Shea and MLS at the halfway marker - from DailySoccerFix.com's Steve Davis: Shea wasn't wondering.

USA To Play Costa Rica And Belgium

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The United States Soccer Federation announced a September 2nd friendly against Costa Rica and another four days later against Belgium. The USA will play Costa Rica at the Home Depot Center, with the Belgium game scheduled for Brussels at King Baudouin Stadium. "The matches against Costa Rica and Belgium represent another great opportunity to continue the building process as we move towards the start of 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying," US coach Bob Bradley said.

Wednesday's TV: Group Stage Finale

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WWC on ESPN: Euqatorial Guinea - Brazil at 12pm on ESPN and the same time for Australia - Norway on ESPN2. In the 2:45pm slot, Sweden - USA is on ESPN and North Korea - Colombia is on ESPN2. Copa America on TeleFutura: Argentina - Colombia at 8:45pm. All Times Eastern

US Youth Soccer and US National Soccer Team Players Association create alliance

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Exclusive three-year agreement designed to impact development opportunities of youth coaches and players and create a greater connection between youth, professional and national team players for the benefit of American soccer FRISCO, Texas and Washington, D.C. (July 5, 2011) – US Youth Soccer and the US National Soccer Team Players Association have entered into a 3-year exclusive partnership naming US Youth Soccer as the official youth soccer organization of the US National Soccer Team Players.

Lindpere Wins POTW

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New York midfielder Joel Lindpere was named Major League Soccer's Player of the Week for Week 16. His two goals split the points in a 2-2 draw with San Jose. MLS PLAYERS OF THE WEEK Week 15: Mike Magee (LA Galaxy) Week 14: Bernardo Anor (Columbus Crew) Week 13: Steven Lenhart (San Jose Earthquakes) Week 12: Jean Alexandre (Real Salt Lake) Week 11: Justin Mapp (Philadelphia Union) Week 10: Jeff Parke (Seattle Sounders FC) Week.

Tuesday's Upside: Group Stages

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Their Words During his stay in Zimbabwe, Blatter met the country's President Robert Mugabe and Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai separately, and discussed with both the football development challenges the country is presently facing and the ways to move forward and exploit the potential of game. from FIFA's press release.

FIFA, England, And Change

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (Jul 5, 2011) US Soccer Players -- Shocked looks all around, but FIFA would very much like to move on from May's month of competing corruption charges. Go figure, and it's England deciding their role is to be the nagging whistleblower that simply can't let go. Well, England, the Bahamas, and anyone else wondering if FIFA is familiar with due process.

MLS: Monday Draws

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Major League Soccer put two games on the Fourth of July schedule, and both ended in draws. In Salt Lake, it took six goals to split the points, while in LA the Galaxy vs Sounders game was the 20th this season to end scoreless. Salt Lake 3 – New England 3 Things started poorly for the home side on Monday night, with Salt Lake going a man down 3 minutes in when Nat Borchers was.

Tuesday's TV

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WWC: England - Japan at 12:15pm on ESPN and New Zealand - Mexico at 12:15pm on ESPN2. France - Germany is at 2:45pm on ESPN and Canada - Nigeria is at 2:45pm on ESPN2. All Times Eastern

Yelldell Joins Leverkusen

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US National Team goalkeeper David Yelldell has reportedly completed a move from MSV Duisburg to Bayer Leverkusen in Germany's topflight. Yelldell was the regular starter for Duisburg in the 2.Bundesliga, and is expected to be the backup at Leverkusen. He has one cap with the National Team, playing the second-half against Paraguay on March 29th.

Monday's Upside: Early Edition

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Their Words Overall, we were very disappointed not to get the three points at home but getting at least one point is still a plus. San Jose coach Frank Yallop. Other Sources Marta has her Diego Maradona moment - from ESPN.com's Beau Dure: Marta scored her first goal with some nifty work in the box, but only after shoving a defender to win the ball in open space.

Colorado 0 - Houston 0

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Major League Soccer's Sunday game ended scoreless at Dick's Sporting Goods Park. Though the Rapids had more opportunities, putting 8 shots on goal to Houston's 2, neither team could find the back of the net. Splitting the points leaves both teams 5th in their respective conferences.

MLS Week 16: Big Night In Stanford For Quakes

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DC 2 – Philadelphia 2 The Union needed a late goal to split the points as Dwayne De Rosario made his debut for DC United. De Rosario made his presence count early on, setting up Josh Wolff's 4th minute opener. A DC own-goal leveled the score in the 44th minute. United was back in front in the 58th through Andy Najar, but the Union grabbed an 84th minute equalizer with a Carlos Ruiz goal.

Weekend TV: Lots Of MLS

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Saturday WWC: North Korea – Sweden on ESPN2 at 7:45am and USA – Colombia on ESPN at 11:30am. MLS on Fox Soccer: DC – Philadelphia at 7pm. On ESPN2: San Jose – NY at 10:30pm. Copa America on Galavision: Colombia – Costa Rica at 2:30pm. All Times Eastern Sunday WWC: Australia – Equatorial Guinea at 7:45am on ESPN2 and Brazil – Norway at 12pm on ESPN.

Friday's Upside:

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Their Words It was a privilege to represent my country in this tournament. I was proud to be part of this team and proud of my teammates during these four games. It was a shame that we couldn't go farther, but I was happy with the effort that the team put in. I think we showed a lot of heart during this tournament.

Zusi Is Junes Player Of The Month

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Kansas City midfielder Graham Zusi won Major League Soccer's Player of the Month award for June 2011, the League announced on Friday. Zusi had two goals and two assists in June. 2011 MLS Player of the Month May: Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy) April: Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo) March: Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)