USSoccerPlayers Archives for January 2011

Bradley Moves To Serie A

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United States National Team midfielder Michael Bradley completed a move from Borussia Moenchengladbach to Serie A club Chievo Verona on Tuesday. Bradley spent the second half of last season on loan to Aston Villa with the expectation that he would move to the club permanently. When that didn't work out, 'Gladbach had already set their squad for this season.

Wednesday's TV

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No games today.

Tuesday's Upside: Arsenal

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Their Words Big scores are humiliating and difficult to swallow but I don't think they have a special meaning. They are always under special circumstances. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger. Other Sources Next two games should indicate where U.S. soccer is headed - from The Carson Daily Breeze's Nick Green: "The more we can get together for longer periods of time, the better.

The Shape Of European Soccer

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (Aug 30, 2011) US Soccer Players -- Last week, UEFA president Michel Platini spoke to journalists in advance of the UEFA Super Cup. Using words more closely associated with British soccer pundits, he said: "I fear for the future of football. It's going pear shaped." Platini also referred to "red lights flashing.

Johnson Not Eligible For September Friendlies

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Fabian Johnson will be included in the US National Team training this week, but is ineligible to play for the United States until FIFA completes the transfer of his paperwork. US National Team coach Jurgen Klinsmann told US Soccer's official site that he was aware of the limitation when he announced the roster.

Pontius And Spector Added To Roster

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The United States Soccer Federation announced on Monday that DC United's Chris Pontius and Birmingham City's Jonathan Spector will join the National Team for the September 2nd and 6th friendlies. The two replace Zach Lloyd and Heath Pearce who were injured over the weekend in MLS play. Clint Dempsey will be joining the squad in Europe for the September 6th game after undergoing treatment for back spasms.

Tuesday's TV

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No games today.

Monday's Upside: Howard's Position

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Their Words Top level goalkeepers have to be resilient and have to be able to bounce back from bad games. I'm no different, I try and keep my standards high, last year was a mistake but hopefully today I had a hand in the win and it's now evened out for me. Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard. Other Sources MLS Has a Regular-Season Problem - from Real Clear Sports' Clemente Lisi: "The only thing that matters.

Neagle Wins POTW

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Lamar Neagle's three goals in Seattle's 6-2 win over Columbus were good enough for Player of the Week honors for Week 24. Neagle opened the scoring in the 4th minute at CenturyLink Field. 2011 MLS PLAYER OF THE WEEK WINNERS Week 24: Lamar Neagle (Seattle Sounders FC) Week 23: Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City) Week 22: Chris Pontius (D.

The Tactician

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By Tony Edwards - San Jose, CA (Aug 29, 2011) US Soccer Players -- In Bayern Munich and Germany captain Philip Lahm's new book, The Fine Difference, United States National Team coach Jurgen Klinsmann is presented as, well, less than a tactical genius during his short-lived time leading Bayern. "We practiced little more than fitness," Lahm writes.

What's In It For Wenger?

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (Aug 26, 2011) US Soccer Players -- At times, there's a certain stubbornness when it comes to clubs parting ways with an established coach. The quick exit that we see so regularly - especially in Europe - might happen often enough to be the standard, but there are examples of teams that seem unable to tell when it's time for a change.

National Teamers Abroad: Dempsey And Findley Score

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Clint Dempsey had Fulham's only goal in a 2-1 loss to Newcastle on Sunday. Leon Best scored twice to put Newcastle up two goals by the 66th minute. Dempsey cut that lead in half in the 88th, but that was it for the Fulham offense. "We played ever so well in the opening 20 minutes and we should have taken more from that spell," Fulham manager Martin Jol said.

MLS Week 24: Goals For Seattle

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Seattle 6 - Columbus 2 With Seattle coach Sigi Schmid stressing the importance of the MLS and Open Cup schedule in fielding a weak lineup in Mexico, Columbus proved little problem for the Sounders at CenturyLink Field. Seattle was already up four goals when Jeff Cunningham converted a penalty kick in the 59th minute to become Major League Soccer's all-time leading scorer.

Friday's Upside: Hurricane Schedule

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Their Words It helped us. I would not have probably played Beckham or Gonzalez and it was a plus for us. Then, with the injury to Berhalter, Sunday would have been difficult. This is going to be the story in September and October, to deal with these games sandwiched between MLS games in an important part of this competition as well as MLS so it's really going to be a challenging month of September for.

CNN Hero: Patrice Millet

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Weekend TV: La Liga And Serie A

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Saturday EPL on ESPN2: Aston Villa - Wolves at 7am. Fox Soccer has Chelsea - Norwich at 10am, Liverpool - Bolton at 12:30pm, and Blackburn - Everton at 5pm. On Fox Soccer Plus: Wigan - QPR at 7:30am and Swansea City - Sunderland at 10am. Championship on Fox Soccer Plus: Crystal Palace - Blackpool at 2pm.

Klinsmann's Point

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (Aug 26, 2011) US Soccer Players -- At least two things were immediately clear from Thursday's USA roster announcement for the September 2nd friendly against Costa Rica and the September 6th friendly against Belgium. 1) US coach Jurgen Klinsmann will continue the search for senior professionals with US eligibility, and 2) playing time with clubs matters.

UPDATE: MLS Reschedules East Coast Games

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Update: DC - Portland has been postponed, with the League yet to announce the makeup date. Due to the impending arrival of Hurricane Irene on the East Coast, Major League Soccer adjusted the weekend schedule. "With the safety of our fans and clubs top of mind, and thanks to the cooperation of our clubs and broadcast partners, Major League Soccer has rescheduled two games that were originally set for this weekend," MLS executive vice-president of.

Europa League: Goals For National Teamers

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Rangers 1 - Maribor 1 Carlos Bocanegra got the goal in Rangers' 1-1 draw with Maribor, but it wasn't enough as Rangers exited the tournament after losing 2-1 on aggregate. Maribor went up in the 55th minute at Ibrox, with Bocanegra equalizing in the 75th. Maribor had appealed to UEFA earlier in the week over Bocanegra's eligibility for the UEFA Cup, an appeal UEFA rejected.

CCL: LA 2 - Alajuelense 0

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With Bruce Arena choosing to start a strong lineup with Landon Donovan, David Beckham, and Robbie Keane, the Los Angeles Galaxy picked up another three points in the CONCACAF Champions League group stage on Thursday night at the Home Depot Center. Omar Gonzalez opened the scoring in the 37th minute and Chad Barrett made it 2-0 in the 77th.

USA Roster For September Friendlies

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On Thursday, United States National Team coach Jurgen Klinsmann announced his roster for the September 2nd friendly against Costa Rica and the September 6th friendly against Belgium. "We are excited to get the group back together and to see some fresh new faces," Klinsmann said in a press statement. "We will continue to get to know the players and gather some valuable information during our 10 days together.

Friday's TV: Super Cup

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Fox Soccer has Barcelona - Porto in the UEFA Super Cup at 2:30pm ET.

Thursday's Upside: Early CCL

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Their Words The whole game was quite a unique experience with the stoppage of the game yesterday when we were winning 1-0, sitting around in the locker room for another two hours last night and then getting up early this morning for kickoff. It took a lot out of both teams, but again, our boys came through.

CCL: Toronto 0 - Dallas 1

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In a game that had to be replayed after lightning brought a halt to events on Wednesday night, Dallas got the win on Thursday. Jack Stewart scored the game's only goal in the 45th minute with Kevin Hartman picking up the shutout. Dallas had failed to convert on an earlier penalty. Toronto's Richard Eckersley was sent off in stoppage time.

Belgium Roster For USA Friendly

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GK: Thibaut Courtois (Atletico de Madrid), Jean-Francois Gillet (Bologna), Simon Mignolet (Sunderland) DEF: Toby Alderweireld (Ajax), Vincent Kompany (Manchester City), Nicholas Lombaerts (Zenit), Denis Odoi (Anderlecht), Daniel Van Buyten (Bayern Munich), Jelle Van Damme (Standard Liege), Thomas Vermaelen (Arsenal), Jan Vertonghen (Ajax) MID: Moussa Dembele (Fulham), Marouane Fellaini (Everton), Eden Hazard (Lille), David Hubert (Genk), Dries Mertens (PSV Eindhoven), Vadis Odjidja-Ofoe (Club Brugge), Timmy Simons (Nurnberg), Jelle Vossen (Genk), Axel Witsel (Benfica) FOR: Igor de.

Bin Hammam In Defense

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (Aug 25, 2011) US Soccer Players -- Former FIFA presidential candidate Mohamed Bin Hammam has responded to FIFA's fuller explanation of why they chose to ban him for life over a votes for bribes scandal centered around Caribbean countries. Before the collective eye roll that will likely greet another column on FIFA politics, it's worth keeping in mind who that serves.

Portland 1 - Chivas USA 0

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The Timbers picked up three points at home on Wednesday night, moving into 6th-place in the Western Conference. Eric Brunner scored the game's only goal, heading in a corner in the 44th minute. Troy Perkins recorded the shutout for Portland. "Everyone stepped up," Brunner said. "David (Horst) had a couple chances tonight, Futty has made some great headers in important games and fortunately I've been able to get my head on a few.

Thursday's TV: CCL

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Carling Cup on Fox Soccer Plus: Scunthorpe United - Newcastle United at 2:30pm. CONCACAF Champions League on Fox Soccer: LA - Alajuelense at 10pm. TeleFutura has Tauro - UNAM Pumas at 8pm and Morelia - Motagua at 10pm. All Times Eastern

Wednesday's Upside: Rangers

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Their Words When I signed the pre-contract I thought things would speed up a bit but they kind of slowed down instead. So it's been a lengthy process but I'm finally here and ready to join in. The pre-contract was for January but part of the goal was to speed things up. Rangers midfielder Alejandro Bedoya.

The George John Transfer

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By Jason Davis - WASHINGTON, DC (Aug 24, 2011) US Soccer Players -- Soccer transfers remind me of the story of Janus, the Roman god of beginnings. Janus, when represented in physical form, is typically depicted as having two faces; one looking back into the past, the other looking forward into the future.

Get Out! Get Fit! Get Active! Celebrate Youth Soccer Month

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National Youth Soccer Month kicks off Sept. 1 Enter the Giveaway-a-day starting Sept. 1 Follow on Twitter @soccermonth and become a fan at Facebook.com/YouthSoccerMonth US Youth Soccer, the nation's largest youth sports association, is excited to kick off the ninth annual Youth Soccer Month – Celebrating Soccer in America on September 1, and the celebration continues throughout the month promoting the benefits of soccer.

USA 28th In August 2011 FIFA Ranking

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The United States rose two places to 28th in the August 2011 FIFA Rankings released on Wednesday. Mexico remains 20th. Holland took over as the World #1,the first team to never win the World Cup to take the top spot. Uruguay stays 5th, but they're now the top team in CONMEBOL with Brazil dropping from 4th to 6th.

Seattle Wins, MLS Loses

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (Aug 23, 2011) US Soccer Players -- In almost classic Major League Soccer fashion, last night's two Champions League games returned to that old idea that it's the MLS schedule above everything else. That's why Seattle and Colorado fielded what amounted to reserve teams in the CCL group stage, saving the A squad for those crucial late August League games.

CCL: Win And A Draw For MLS

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Monterrey 0 - Seattle 1 This time, it was the Major League Soccer club playing mostly reserves and the Mexican club and defending CONCACAF Champions League winners starting their regular lineup at home. The result was MLS's second win in Mexico, courtesy of a 38th minute Alvaro Fernandez goal. Real Espana 1 - Colorado 1 The Rapids became the first MLS team not to win in the group stage of the Champions League, giving up.

National Teamers In Carling Cup

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Brad Guzan and Eric Lichaj both started in Aston Villa's 2-0 win over Hereford United in the Carling Cup on Tuesday. Lichaj scored the opening goal in the 80th minute, with Villa doubling the lead eight minutes later. Lichaj was yellow carded in the 70th minute. "You're always wondering if the players are thinking seriously about the start and approach to the game when they are playing against a team from a lower division," Villa.

Wednesday's TV

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UEFA Champions League on Fox Soccer: Udinese - Arsenal at 2pm and Rubin Kazan - Lyon at 5pm (noon on Fox Soccer Plus). On Fox Soccer Plus: Benfica - Twente at 8pm. Carling Cup on Fox Soccer Plus: Exeter City - Liverpool at 2:30pm. CONCACAF Champions League on Fox Soccer: Toronto - Dallas at 8pm (also on Galavision).

Tuesday's Daily: Shaking

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Their Words I'm not sure looking back on the whole Freddy Adu experience that we managed it as well as we could have. MLS commissioner Don Garber. Other Sources MLS weighs tie-game issue amid crazy numbers - from The Newark Star-Ledger's Frank Giase: But the really disturbing statistic this year is this: 11 of the 18 teams have more ties than wins.

Outside Shot

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By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Aug 23, 2011) US Soccer Players -- Goals are not all created equal. Spanish-language TV announcers use the word golazo or bombazo to describe a great goal taken from outside the penalty area. The Brits like to refer to one as a screamer or a cracker. Either way, goals scored from outside the 18-yard box always get a rise in blood pressure from announcers.

Figuring Out United

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (Aug 23, 2011) US Soccer Players -- What, you believed Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson when he was building up Liverpool as a potential title challenger during his club's tour of America? Did he convince you that there was going to be real competition for the Premier League title while complimenting whatever collection of Major League Soccer players a pre-season version of United had just made look a little.

Manchester United 3 - Spurs 0

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Brad Friedel got the start for Tottenham in their first Premier League game of the 2011-12 season, but the results suggest a gap in quality. Score line aside, Friedel did well on a game available on national cable in the United States. United opened the scoring in the 61st minute, adding a second in the 76th and a Wayne Rooney goal in the 87th.

Monday's Upside: Sporting

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Their Words I think probably the last three or four games we've played here at home I think our start has been very, very good. Really pleased with the way we are putting teams under pressure offensively. We're putting teams back on their heels a little bit. Sporting KC coach Peter Vermes. Other Sources Bahamas pull out of World Cup qualifiers - from Reuters' Brian Homewood: FIFA said the group would now be contested by.

Zusi Named POTW

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Sporting Kansas City midfielder Graham Zusi's two goals against Philadelphia on Wednesday won him Player of the Week honors for Week 23. Sporting played two games over the week, beating Philadelphia 3-1 and then winning against DC United 1-0 on Sunday night. "This award could have been given to anyone on the team," Zusi said.

The Protest At Asphalt Green

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By Cesar Diaz - NEW YORK, NY (Aug 3, 2011) US Soccer Players -- On Saturday, August 20th, 2011 U.S. Representative Carolyn Maloney, NY State Senator Liz Krueger, NY Assembly Member Micah Kellner, and NYC Council Member Jessica Lappin, along with residents young and old gathered near the East River waterfront to protest against plans to build a 77,000 square foot, 10 story high Marine Transfer Station (MTS) on the East River at 91st Street.

Tuesday's TV

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UEFA Champions League on Fox Soccer: FC Zurich - Bayern Munich at 2:30pm and Villarreal - Odense BK at 5pm. On Fox Soccer Plus: Malmo - Dinamo Zagreb at 2:30pm. CONCACAF Champions League on Fox Soccer: Monterrey - Seattle at 8pm and Real Espana - Colorado at 10pm. All Times Eastern

LA vs San Jose

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (Aug 22, 2011) US Soccer Players -- If ever a team deserved to get spanked in a regular Season Major League Soccer game, it was the San Jose earthquakes losing 2-0 to to the Los Angeles Galaxy in Saturday. The justness of the result had nothing to do with what happened on the field, and everything to do with the buildup.

Chicago And KC Win On Sunday

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Chicago 2 - Toronto 0 The Chicago Fire got the win at home on Sunday night in an attempt to keep their dwindling playoff hopes alive. Dominic Oduro put the Fire up in the 16th minute, and Dan Gargan doubled the lead in the 69th. Sean Johnson kept the clean sheet against a Toronto squad that had chances.

National Teamers Abroad: Goals For Altidore, Gomez, And Beasley

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We start with the Premier League where Tim Howard was in goal for Everton in a surprising 1-0 loss to promoted team Queens Park Rangers. Tommy Smith scored the game's only goal in the 31st minute. Clint Dempsey went the distance for Fulham in a losing effort, falling 2-0 to Wolverhampton on Sunday at the Molineux.

MLS Week 23: Keane Arrives

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New England 2 - New York 2 Lots of cards at Gillette Stadium, with both teams finishing a man down. Once again, it was New York needing to stage a comeback. The Revs were up a goal 15 minutes in through Milton Caraglio and it was 2-0 by the 37th when Caraglio scored again. Dane Richards cut that lead in half in the 53rd minute and New York was playing with a man advantage two.

Friday's Upside: LA Changes

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Their Words I know it didn't work out the way he wanted to on the field. Obviously he wanted to score a few more goals, but we're going to miss him. LA Galaxy forward Landon Donovan on Juan Pablo Angel joining Chivas USA. Other Sources CHIVAS USA: A most entertaining 'wake' - from ESPN LA's Scott French: "I hope you're enjoying the food at the back.

The Richie Williams Coaching Conundrum

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By Michael Lewis - NEW YORK, NY (Aug 19, 2011) -- Before I go any further, I should make it clear that I do not represent Richie Williams. I am neither his agent nor his manager. OK, now that I've gotten this out of the way, I now can say it: Why isn't Williams a head coach of an MLS team? I mean, what does the man have to do?

Weekend TV: U-20's

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Saturday EPL on ESPN2: Arsenal - Liverpool at 7:30am. Everton - QPR is on Fox Soccer at 10am along with Chelsea - WBA at 12:30pm and Aston Villa - Blackburn at 2:30pm. Fox Soccer Plus has Swansea - Wigan at 2:30pm. Championship on Fox Soccer Plus: Forest - Leicester at 10am and Petersborough - Ipswich Town at 12pm.

Playing In The CCL

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (Aug 19, 2011) US Soccer Players -- I know, I know. We're not supposed to question FC Dallas's win in their opening CONCACAF Champions League group stage game. They beat a Mexican team in Mexico, playing at altitude in Mexico City. It led to quotes like this from FC Dallas coach Schellas Hyndman: "I thought the Pumas team was outstanding.

Chicago 1 - DC 1

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Chicago's season-long trend of splitting the points continued on Thursday night at Toyota Park. The last-place team in the Eastern Conference, Chicago set a new single-season record for ties in Major League Soccer with their 15th. After DC had to sub their goalkeeper at halftime, bringing on Bill Hamid for the injured Steve Cronin, the Fire's Sebastian Grazzini scored in the 59th minute.

National Teamers Abroad: Europa Qualifying

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Fulham 3 - Dnipro 0 A big night at the Cottage for Clint Dempsey, who scored twice in a three goal shutout of Dnipro. Aaron Hughes opened the scoring for Fulham in the 39th minute. Dempsey's goals came in the 43rd and 49th, with both goals coming off of crosses. Mark Schwarzer kept the clean sheet for Fulham.

CCL: Toronto 2 - Tauro 1

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Playing at home, Toronto kept up the MLS win streak in the opening games of the CONCACAF Champions League group stage. Ryan Johnson opened the scoring in the 22nd minute and Juan De Guzman made it 2-0 two minutes later. Tauro pulled a goal back in the 76th from the penalty spot and almost had an 86th minute equalizer that was cleared off the line by a Toronto defender.

Friday's TV

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Galavision has U.A.G. - Pachuca at 9pm ET.

Conrad Retires

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United States National Team and Chivas USA defender Jimmy Conrad announced his retirement on Thursday. The 34-year-old had been attempting to return to the club after recovering from multiple concussions. "I spoke to people that are close to me, like my family, but mainly it was the doctors and coaches who helped me come to this conclusion," Conrad said in a press statement.

Thursday's Upside: Winning In Mexico

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Their Words No, I don't think it's the greatest football club in the world, I know it's the greatest football club in the world. Everton chairman Bill Kenwright. Other Sources Kyle Beckerman says Jurgen Klinsmann brings energy - from The Desert News' James Edward: "The neat thing about it was we got stronger and we got better as a team as the game wore on," said Beckerman.

The Galaxy Version Of Major League Soccer

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By Jason Davis - WASHINGTON, DC (Aug 18, 2011) US Soccer Players -- The latest shot fired on the MLS Designated Players front is a doozy of signing by the LA Galaxy. Irish international, ex-Tottenham captain, and slightly aging striker Robbie Keane is now part of AEG's somewhat desperate push for a title.

CCL: Dallas And Colorado Win

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UNAM Pumas 0 - Dallas 1 FC Dallas opened their Group C campaign on the road in Mexico City and came away with the win. Marvin Chavez was the difference for Dallas, scoring in the 66th minute. Kevin Hartman recorded the shutout. "I'll tell you the first man who broke the four-minute mile was a man named Roger Bannister," Dallas coach Schellas Hyndman said.

Wednesday MLS: Draw And Win

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New England 1 - Houston 1 New England scored early and couldn't hold on late, splitting the points at Gillette Stadium. The Revs' Ryan Cochrane opened the scoring in the 4th minute, and that lead held into stoppage time. Saving the bulk of the action for the 90th minute and beyond, Bobby Boswell equalized for Houston and Dynamo goalkeeper Matt Reis and midfielder Adam Moffat were sent off in the last act of the game,.

Official: Bocanegra And Bedoya Join Rangers

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Rangers FC added two Americans on Wednesday, with United States National Team captain Carlos Bocanegra joining the club from St Etienne and Alejandro Bedoya completing a planned January 2012 move much earlier than expected. Both players could make their debuts on Thursday with Rangers playing in the Europa League.

Thursday's TV: MLS And CCL

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MLS on ESPN2: Chicago - DC at 9pm. CONCACAF Champions League on Fox Soccer and Galavision: Tauro - Toronto at 8pm. All Times Eastern

Wednesday's Upside: CCL Strategy

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Their Words It was a game of two halves. In the first half, the Galaxy dominated and controlled everything, in every aspect of the game. In the second half, we were a little bit more successful. Unfortunately, we had an error in trying to clear the ball that led to their second goal, which put them in a little bit more of an advantage.

LA Pays

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (Aug 17, 2011) US Soccer Players -- In an article we ran last week, Major League Soccer officials described their plans to move MLS towards elite status by 2022. Soccer plans with an end date in this country usually end up being a way to criticize the planners, but MLS took two serious steps in the right direction.

CCL: LA And Seattle Win

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LA 2 - Motagua 0 The Los Angeles Galaxy took advantage of a home field opener to start Group A play on Tuesday. Adam Cristman opened the scoring for the Galaxy in the 12th minute, with LA carrying that 1-0 lead into halftime. Landon Donovan scored in the 59th. Matagua's Ivan Guerrero was red carded in the 69th minute.

Johnson Signs With MLS

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United States National Team forward Eddie Johnson has signed with Major League Soccer and will rejoin the League after four seasons in Europe. Because he is a National Team player, Johnson's new club will be decided by allocation order. Chivas USA holds the #1 slot, but they've passed on two returning National Team players and just completed a move for former LA Galaxy forward Juan Pablo Angel.

Wednesday's TV

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UEFA Champions League on Fox Soccer: Bayern Munich - Zurich at 2pm and Odense - Villarreal at 5pm. Fox Soccer Plus has Dinamo Zagreb - Malmo at 2pm and Wisla Krakow - Apoel at 9pm. Spanish Super Cup 2nd-leg on GolTV and ESPN Deportes: Barcelona - Real Madrid at 5pm. CONCACAF Champions League on Fox Soccer: Colorado - Metapan at 10pm and UNAM Pumas - Dallas at 12:30am (11pm on Galavision).

Tuesday's Upside: CCL

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Their Words You've got to win both. You can't expect that you're going to get a whole lot of points on the road, so we have to win out home games and get a few points on the road, and that's the way we'll qualify. LA Galaxy forward Landon Donovan on playing in the CONCACAF Champions League. Other Sources Grading the summer international transfer window activity - from MLSsoccer.

Sports Entertainment

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By Cesar Diaz - NEW YORK, NY (Aug 3, 2011) US Soccer Players -- On Wednesday, August 10th, 2011, Major League Soccer and NBC Sports Group announced a three-year deal which officially kicks off at the start of the 2012 MLS Season. As part of the deal, NBC and NBC Sports Network will televise 49 games each season (45 MLS and four Men's National Team).

FIFA And The Chance For Change

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (Aug 16, 2011) US Soccer Players -- Strange times once again at FIFA. World soccer's governing body is insisting on holding everyone accused of impropriety from outright ethical lapses to violating the organizations rules to swift and arguably harsh account. No Confederation has been hit harder than CONCACAF as FIFA attempts a cleanup, and the latest from FIFA House is that now CONCACAF general secretary Chuck Blazer will face.

Tuesday's TV: Champions Leagues

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UEFA Champions League on Fox Soccer: Arsenal - Udinese at 2:30pm and Lyon - RC Rubin Kazan at 5pm. Fox Soccer Plus has Twente - Benfica at 2:30pm. CONCACAF Champions League on Fox Soccer: Seattle - CSD Comunicaciones at 10pm. All Times Eastern

Pontius Wins POTW

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Chris Pontius scored twice in DC United's 4-0 win against Vancouver, and that was good enough for Player of the Week honors for Week 22. Pontius opened the scoring in first-half stoppage time and scored DC United's third goal in the 70th minute. This is the third Player of the Week award in a row for United.

Monday's Upside: High Profile

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Their Words I have to admit that when the offer first came in I was slightly taken aback.... However, given the historical relationship between our two clubs and the sheer prestige of the occasion, we were prepared to move heaven and earth to make this happen. Notts County chairman Ray Trew on an invitation to open the new Juventus Arena.

Ignore The Eastern Conference

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (Aug 15, 2011) US Soccer Players -- A look at the Eastern Conference standings will tell you... well, not a whole lot really. If you want to make a case for any team in the top six as the best the division has to offer, there's probably a way to do just that. Columbus might be top, but it's courtesy of an extra game played.

The Pool Keeper

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By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Aug 15, 2011) US Soccer Players -- Chris Konopka has spent the past year chasing his dream of playing in Major League Soccer. On Saturday night, Konopka got a chance to live that dream when he started for the New York Red Bulls before a sellout crowd of 25,000. "All in all, for my League debut, I enjoyed it," said Konopka, who surrendered two goals as New York.

Houston 2 - Portland 1

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The Houston Dynamo held up at home on Sunday night, picking up three points at the expense of Portland. Though the Timbers threatened early, it was Houston opening the scoring with a 17th minute Adam Moffat goal. Brian Ching made it 2-0 Dynamo in the 27th, with Jack Jewsbury spoiling Tally Hall's shutout attempt with a 56th minute goal.

Weekend Update: Goals For Edu, Rolfe, and Buddle

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With the Premier League opening this weekend, Tim Howard and Everton's opener at Brad Friedel's Spurs was delayed due to the civil unrest in London. Clint Dempsey went the distance for Fulham in a 0-0 draw with Aston Villa that was shown in the US on ESPN2. A league down, Robbie Findley went the distance for Forest in a 2-0 loss to Millwall.

MLS Week 22: Match Official

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Seattle 0 - Chivas USA 0 The return of the scoreless draw, this time in front of 36,364 at CenturyLink Field in Seattle. It was the Sounders with the decided advantage in shots, ten to Chivas USA's 4, and it was also Seattle missing on the best opportunity of the game. That came in the 18th minute when Chivas USA's Michael Umana was whistled for a handball in the box.

Friday's Upside: Kickoff Premier League

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Their Words We have a sell out crowd tomorrow so it will be a great atmosphere. The most important thing is putting three points on the board. Fulham manager Martin Jol. Other Sources CCL play will have big effect on stretch run - from MLSsoccer.com's Jonah Freedman: Yes, we already know that of the five MLS sides in the competition, four are from the Western Conference.

MLS Has A Bold 2022 Vision

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By Michael Lewis - PHILADELPHIA, PA (Aug 12, 2011) -- If you think Major League Soccer will be satisfied with only reaching its goal to expanding to 20 teams, then guess again. The league wants to become a leading American sport and one of the best leagues in the world by 2022. You don't believe that statement?

Weekend TV: The Return Of The Premier League

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Saturday The Premier League kicks off on ESPN2: Fulham - Aston Villa at 10am. Fox Soccer has Liverpool - Sunderland at 10am with Newcastle - Arsenal at 12:30pm. Bundesliga on GolTV: VfL Wolfsburg - Bayern Munich at 9:30am. Primera Division on TeleFutura: San Luis - Monterrey at 6pm, Toluca - Pachuca at 8pm, and Atlante - Quretaro at 10pm.

2011-12 Premier League Preview: Go With The Obvious

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (Aug 12, 2011) US Soccer Players --Let's start with the obvious. Manchester United would have to suffer a collapse of tremendous proportions not to come away with another Premier League trophy this season. Picking against United at this point is simple contrariness. Other would-be contenders are worse off than they were the last time we saw them in a competitive game and the teams that have made improvements shouldn't.

Adu Returns To Major League Soccer

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US National Team player Freddy Adu has signed with Major League Soccer on a free transfer from Benfica and has been allocated to the Philadelphia Union, the club announced on Friday. The move reunites Adu with his DC United coach Peter Nowak. Adu will be officially introduced at a press conference later today.

Thursday's Upside: Opening Draw

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Their Words In fairness to the police, they have done a fantastic job but they are unable to hand the Tottenham High Road, which as people will have seen has been pretty much a crime scene for much of this week, they are unable to hand that back to the council until Friday night. Premier League CEO Richard Scudamore, on the decision to postpone the Spurs - Everton game.

Friday's TV

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USL-Pro on Fox Soccer: Charleston - Charlotte at 8pm. Azteca and Fox Deportes has Morelia - Chivas at 9pm. All Times Eastern

Five Things From Mexico

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (Aug 3, 2011) US Soccer Players --United States National Team coach Jurgen Klinsmann got to see the top level of CONCACAF in action in his debut on Wednesday night. The story over the next few months will be about how the US squad develops under Klinsmann. Here are the early returns from game one of the Klinsmann era.

Marsch Named Impact Coach

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US National Team alum and former National Team assistant coach Jesse Marsch was announced as Montreal's head coach for their debut season in Major League Soccer. Marsch played 14 seasons in Major League Soccer before joining Bob Bradley's staff in January of 2010, his first coaching job. "It's an honour to be named the first head coach of the Montreal Impact in MLS," Marsch said in a press statement.

Highlights: USA 1 - Mexico 1

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USA 1 - Mexico 1

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The United States got a quick return after losing the Gold Cup final to Mexico in June, meeting in a friendly on Wednesday night in Philadelphia. In front of 30,138 fans, it looked like the game was going to be all Mexico. The USA finished the first-half with no shots while Mexico went into halftime with a goal.

Thursday's TV

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Fox Soccer Plus has Sheffield Wednesday - Blackpool at 2:30pm ET.

Wednesday's Upside: A Quick Rematch

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Their Words Playing a game like this right away is not an easy task but it's also an exciting one. It's especially exciting because you have an opponent that has improved tremendously over the last couple of years. They've gone to the top 10 in the world, the US right now doesn't belong in that (category).

CONCACAF: Austin Banned

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FIFA's Ethics Committee banned Barbados Football Federation president Lisle Austin for one year on Wednesday. Austin was briefly the interim president of CONCACAF, before being provisionally suspended after attempting to fire general secretary Chuck Blazer without authority. He chose to challenge that suspension in court, getting an injunction to reinstate him from a Bahamas judge.

Bradley And The American Coaching Conundrum

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By Jason Davis - WASHINGTON, DC (Aug 10, 2011) US Soccer Players -- Don't cry for Bob Bradley. Despite losing his job as the head coach of the United States National Team rather unceremoniously just a week and a half ago, Bradley is already in the mix for another position. According to reports and confirmation from his agent, Bradley is the front runner to become the next head coach of Egypt.

Five Things For Mexico

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (Aug 3, 2011) US Soccer Players -- As the United States National Team regroups under a new coach and against an old foe, here are five things to look for against Mexico (9pm ET - ESPN2). Shape Of Things To Come Though new US National Team coach Jurgen Klinsmann has discussed at length a multi-level process as the next step for the USA, we're still dealing with a team.

Wednesday's TV: The Linc

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The United States plays Mexico on ESPN2 and Univision at 9pm. Germany - Brazil is on ESPN Deportes at 2:30pm. The England - Holland friendly has been postponed. Fox Soccer has Valerenga - Liverpool at 3pm. Under-20 World Cup on ESPNU: Spain - Korea at 6pm and Brazil - Saudi Arabia at 9pm. All Times Eastern

Tuesday's Upside: A Day Away In Phila

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Their Words We're disappointed that tomorrow's game has been called off but obviously we understand the reasons behind the decision – and support it. We've all seen the terrible pictures on the television and the most important thing at this time is the safety of the fans and the general public. At this time, the whole squad would like to appeal for calm and an end to the disorder.

Klinsmann's Assistants

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United States National Team coach Jurgen Klinsmann has already announced he won't be naming full-time assistant coaches in the near future. Instead, he plans on inviting guest coaches over the next few months. For the Mexico friendly, Klinsmann has named the following coaching staff (bios courtesy of US Soccer Communications) Martin Vasquez Vasquez re-unites with Klinsmann after serving as an assistant coach at Bayern Munich.

Goodson Latest Absence From US Roster

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Brondby defender Clarence Goodson won't be making the trip to Philadelphia for Wednesday's friendly against Mexico, the US Soccer Federation announced on Tuesday. Goodson strained his left hamstring and was judged unable to travel by Brondby team doctors. US National Team coach Jurgen Klinsmann won't be replacing him in the squad.

Scouting Report: Mexico

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By Clemente Lisi – PHILADELPHIA, PA (Aug 9, 2011) US Soccer Players -- A new era starts Wednesday when Jurgen Klinsmann makes his debut as United States National Team coach against old rivals Mexico at Lincoln Financial Field. The friendly in Philadelphia will be the first game for the USA since losing to Mexico in the Gold Cup final in June.

Tuesday's TV

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Under-20 World Cup on ESPNU: Argentina - Egypt at 6pm and Cameroon - Mexico at 9pm ET.

Monday's Upside: Egypt

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Their Words The president of the federation will meet with the coach this week. He is maybe the top contender. Egypt press officer Azmi Megahed, on Bob Bradley potentially becoming their National Team coach. Other Sources Bruce Arena weighs in on Juergen Klinsmann coaching national team - from The LA Times' Lisa Dillman: "I think if they can get over the hump there, they're going to be fine.

De Rosario Named POTW

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DC United midfielder Dwayne De Rosario won his second straight Player of the Week award after a two goal performance against Toronto. De Rosario has shown a penchant for standout displays against his former clubs, scoring all three of DC's goals in a 3-3 draw at RFK Stadium.

The Red Bulls Story

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By Michael Lewis - NEW YORK, NY (Aug 8, 2011) US Soccer Players -- So, why can't the Red Bulls win? On paper, they have arguably the best starting XI, if not the most expensive, in all of Major League Soccer. After all, how can you go wrong with the likes of former French captain and striker Thierry Henry, Mexican international captain and defender Rafa Marquez, and several other National Team players from across the.

Vancouver 4 - Chicago 2

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Eric Hassli gave Vancouver a quick start at Empire Field on Sunday night, scoring two minutes in against Chicago. The Fire equalized through Dominic Oduro in the 23rd minute, but Gershon Koffie had Vancouver back in front a minute later. Camilo made it 3-1 Vancouver in the 48th, with Hassli scoring his second goal in the 72nd minute.

Scheduling Friendlies

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (Aug 3, 2011) US Soccer Players -- Here's how not to send a mixed message about your league, your fans, and your future. Take advantage of the ability to postpone league games to schedule friendlies, play a big club from another country, and actually give it the feel of an event worth everyone's time.

National Teamers Abroad: Altidore Scores

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Jozy Altidore got things started as well as could've been hoped for in his first appearance in an AZ Alkmaar shirt. Subbing on in the 65th minute, he scored the third goal in AZ's 3-1 win over PSV Eindhoven at the AFAS Stadium. Maarten Martens opened the scoring for AZ, with Nick Viergever making it 2-0 in the 40th.

Rogers Joins National Team

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Columbus Crew midfielder Robbie Rogers was called into the United States National Team for Wednesday's friendly against Mexico in Philadelphia, the US Soccer Federation announced on Sunday. Rogers replaces Rangers midfielder Maurice Edu, who will miss the game after straining his left calf in a Saturday friendly.

MLS Week 21: Galaxy Stays Top

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In a battle at the top of the Western Conference, the Los Angeles Galaxy remain the best team in Major League Soccer by beating Dallas on Saturday night. In the East, New York's troubles continue with a shutout loss to Real Salt Lake while Eastern Conference leaders Columbus remain top after a loss to Colorado.

Loyd Replaces Chandler

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FC Dallas defender Zach Loyd has been added to the USA roster, the US Soccer Federation announced on Friday. Loyd replaces Timmy Chandler who will be staying with FC Nurnberg as he continues to work toward full fitness.

New Yorks Unspoken Soccer Club: FC New York

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By Cesar Diaz - QUEENS, NY (Aug 3, 2011) US Soccer Players -- Ask a New Yorker to name a professional New York-area soccer club, the response you're more than likely to hear is the New York Red Bulls or the New York Cosmos. While the Red Bulls play in Major League Soccer, the New York Cosmos doesn't play in a league while looking to eventually join MLS as an expansion club.

Weekend TV: Community

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Saturday Fox Soccer has Liverpool - Valencia at 12:30pm. ESPN has the Barcelona - Club America friendly at 4pm. Ligue 1 on Fox Soccer: PSG - Lorient at 3pm. Championship on Fox Soccer Plus has Brighton - Doncaster at 10am and Southampton - Leeds United at 12pm. Under-20's on ESPNU: Australia - Spain at 6pm and Saudi Arabia - Nigeria at 9pm.

Friday's TV: Cosmos Return

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The New York Cosmos make their return at Old Trafford against Manchester United for Paul Scholes's testimonial on Fox Soccer at 2:30pm. Borussia Dortmund - Hamburg is on GolTV at 2:30pm. Fox Soccer Plus has Hull City - Blackpool at 5:30pm. USL on Fox Soccer: Wilmington - LA Blues at 7pm. MLS on Fox Soccer: Colorado - Columbus at 9pm.

Thursday's Upside: Shock Result

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Their Words No I think we've played worse, but other times we've just come out of it with a great play or a great goal. But I think the first half is what killed us – we were outworked, outplayed, out-hustled, and for a team as good as us, that should never happen. LA Galaxy midfielder David Beckham, on losing to Portland 3-0.

Hartman Named POTM

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FC Dallas goalkeeper Kevin Hartman is Major League Soccer's Player of the Month for July, the League announced on Thursday. Hartman had four shutouts in six games.

Dallas, RSL, And The Creative Engine

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By Jason Davis - WASHINGTON, DC (Aug 4, 2011) US Soccer Players -- Heading into the second-half of the Major League Soccer season, here's what we now know that we didn't expect a month ago. FC Dallas was better prepared to lose their most influential attacking player than Real Salt Lake. Had you asked the experts which club could handle such a potentially debilitating blow, most would have probably gone with Salt Lake.

Klinsmann Announces Roster

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GK: Bill Hamid (D.C.United), Tim Howard (Everton) DEF Carlos Bocanegra (Saint-Etienne), Edgar Castillo (Club America), Timmy Chandler (FC Nürnberg), Steve Cherundolo (Hannover 96), Clarence Goodson (Brondby), Michael Orozco Fiscal (San Luis), Heath Pearce (Chivas USA), Tim Ream (New York Red Bulls) MID: Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Michael Bradley (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Ricardo Clark (Eintracht Frankfurt), Maurice Edu (Rangers), Jermaine Jones (Schalke 04), Brek Shea (FC Dallas), Jose Torres (Pachuca) FOR: Freddy Adu (Benfica), Juan Agudelo.

2011-12 Bundesliga Preview: Hannover Can Still Surprise

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (Aug 3, 2011) US Soccer Players -- So here's what we're supposed to think heading into the 2011-21 Bundesliga season. The surprises from last season were just that and won't be at or near the top of the table this time around. However, there's a slight problem. Half of the top 10 was a surprise last season, so who exactly replaces them?

MLS Wednesday: Portland Shocks LA

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Kansas City 2 - Salt Lake 0 Real Salt Lake's dip in form continues with a 2-0 loss on the road at Sporting Kansas City. Roger Espinoza opened the scoring in the 29th minute, with Teal Bunbury making it 2-0 in the 34th. Espinoza was sent off in the 56th minute, but RSL was unable to take advantage of the extra man.

CCL: Dallas And Seattle Advance

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FC Dallas got a 1-0 home win over Alianza to advance to the group stage of the CONCACAF Champions League 2-0 on aggregate. Ugo Ihemelu scored the game's only goal in the 37th minute with Kevin Hartman picking up the shutout. Dallas joins UNAM Pumas, Tauro, and Toronto in Group C. "What you saw tonight was fatigue," Dallas coach Schellas Hyndman said.

Rangers Out Of Champions League

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Scottish champion Rangers exited the Champions League in the qualifying stage on Thursday, drawing 1-1 on the night with Malmo and losing 2-1 in aggregate. Rangers were already down a man when Nikica Jelavic scored in the 23rd minute. Steven Whittaker had been sent off five minutes earlier, and Madjid Bougherra followed in the 66th.

Thursday's TV

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Under-20 World Cup on Galavision: Mexico - England at 6pm. On ESPNU: Brazil - Panama at 9pm. All Times Eastern

Wednesday's Upside: League vs Owner

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Their Words It is disappointing that rather than run a professional organization and partner with his fellow owners, Mr. Borislow has chosen to threaten the League by filing this action. Women's Professional soccer chairman of the board T. Fitz Johnson, in a press release responding to MagicJack owner Dan Borislow attempting to block WPS from terminating the club at the end of the season.

Birmingham City Signs Spector

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United States National Team player Jonathan Spector officially joined Birmingham City on a two-year deal the club announced on Tuesday. Spector had been linked with the club after parting ways with West Ham United at the end of last season. Both clubs were relegated to The Championship. "I'm delighted to be here and to be part of this club," Spector told the club's official site.

Romanov's Point

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (Aug 3, 2011) US Soccer Players -- If it's Wednesday, it must be Edinburgh. That's where Hearts majority owner Vladimir Romanov is wondering aloud why anyone would question parting company with a manager that has one point out of six to start the season. Wait, two games into the season with the point coming against defending champions Rangers on opening day?

CCL: Real Esteli 1 - Toronto 2

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Toronto FC advanced to the group stage of the CONCACAF Champions League with a 2-1 win on Tuesday night (4-2 on aggregate) at the Independencia in Nicaragua. Ryan Johnson was the hero for Toronto, scoring on either side of an Esteli penalty. Johnson's opener came in the 37th minute when he took a chance on a long shot that paid off.

Wednesday's TV

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World Football Challenge on ESPN2 and Galavision: Barcelona - Chivas at 8:30pm. CONCACAF Champions League on Fox Soccer: Dallas - Alianza at 8pm and Seattle - San Francisco at 10pm. MLS on ESPN2: Portland - LA at 10:30pm. All Times Eastern

Tuesday's Upside: Responding To Klinsmann

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Their Words I look forward to answering all sorts of questions, and hopefully see you next week in Philadelphia for the first big one. US National Team coach Jurgen Klinsmann, during his introductory press conference. Other Sources Hired to Fix U.S. Team, Klinsmann Says It's Not Broken - from The NY Times' Jack Bell: "But there's still a long way to go.

For Europe, It's Clubs vs UEFA

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (Aug 2, 2011) US Soccer Players -- Sometimes, the best response really is remaining quiet until something actually happens. That this seems impossible for those running soccer was made clear by UEFA president Michel Platini choosing to respond to comments concerning a potential Super League.

Transcript Of Klinsmann Press Conference

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On Monday, the United States Soccer Federation released the following transcript of new National Team coach Jurgen Klinsmann and USSF president Sunil Gulati's remarks to the media. U.S. Soccer President SUNIL GULATI Opening comments: "It's been an exciting summer, which is still going on with some terrific games – Barcelona and Manchester United over the weekend, lots of big crowds and the excitement of the Women's World Cup.

AaB 1 - Midtjylland 0

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Chris Rolfe started and played 80 minutes for AaB in front of 9,313 fans at the Aalborg Arena on Monday. Nicklas Helenius scored the game's only goal in first-half stoppage time. Nicolai Larsen recorded the shutout for Aalborg. Marcus Tracy is recovering from injury and did not play.

De Rosario Named POTW

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DC United midfielder Dwayne De Rosario was named Major League Soccer's Player of the Week for Week 20. De Rosario scored both goals in DC's 2-0 win over San Jose. It was his third goal for DC since joining the club on June 27th from New York. 2011 MLS PLAYER OF THE WEEK WINNERS Week 19: Sanna Nyassi (Colorado Rapids) Week 18: Mauro Rosales (Seattle Sounders FC) Week 17: Fredy Montero (Seattle Sounders FC) Week.

Tuesday's TV

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ESPN Deportes has the Olympique Marseille - Manchester United friendly at 2:40pm. CONCACAF Champions League on Fox Soccer: Real Esteli - Toronto at 10pm. All Times Eastern

Monday's Upside: Klinsmann's Debut

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Their Words Even though he is a highly known international soccer person, he's also a person who has been around the block in the US and he has an idea about what US Soccer is all about. I don't think other guys would have that idea. Seattle coach Sigi Schmid on the hiring of Jurgen Klinsmann as US National Team coach.

South Bronx United And Uptown Soccer Academy

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By Cesar Diaz - NEW YORK, NY (Aug 1, 2011) US Soccer Players -- With the rise of obesity and asthma mixed with low reading scores the children in the South Bronx and Washington Heights continue to produce, they are in danger of never reaching their full potential. Along with the breakdown of family dynamics and the elimination of after-school programs and non-profits, there's a greater demand for the remaining agencies to provide more services.

New York Champions

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (Aug 1, 2011) US Soccer Players -- Would anybody really be surprised if New York just went ahead and awarded themselves the MLS Cup, named Thierry Henry MVP, and called it a season after their weekend in London? After all, any team with a gripe could just go out and beat Boca Juniors and draw Arsenal in front of a massive crowd at the Emirates Stadium.