USSoccerPlayers Archives for January 2012

Tuesday's TV: EPL Weekday

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Everton - Manchester City 3pm - Fox Soccer Another opportunity to see the Americans at Everton against a top-tier opponent, in this case Premier League leaders Manchester City. Everton's 14th-place record has them winning four games away to three at home, making it tough to stress the Goodison Park advantage.

WPS Will Not Play In 2012

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Women's Professional Soccer announced on Monday that they will suspend the 2012 season. The five-team league is involved in litigation with a former owner.

Corner: England's Cups

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The FA Cup has always had an easier time of it. Like the traditional North American pro sports leagues, it's been around forever, basking in the tradition and resonance that comes with heritage. It's not so easy for the League Cup. Depending on what sponsor has attached a name to it, it gets the kind of treatment associated with Major League Soccer in the United States.

Alums: Manny Lagos

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In this new series, USSoccerplayers.com looks at how retired National Team players (alumni, if you will) are using their experience and knowledge to develop and grow the game in the United States. In a clip of highlights from the 2001 season, Manny Lagos, then of the Earthquakes, has the ball deep on the left side in the attacking zone.

The Gap In Quality?

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By Dario Camacho - MIAMI, FL (Jan 30, 2011) US Soccer Players -- When we see the recent success of former and current Major League Soccer players in England, it has to feel good for fans of North American soccer. An ex-Revolution player outrunning a pair of defenders en route to a triplet of goals was a cathartic, ecstatic moment for those of us rooting for Fulham's Clint Dempsey.

National Teamers Abroad: Onyewu, Beasley Make The Difference

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Oguchi Onyewu was the hero for Sporting, scoring twice on Sunday in a 2-0 win over Biera Mar. Onyewu opened the scoring with an 18th minute header and used his head again for the second goal in the 27th. He was yellow carded in the opening minute. The win moves Sporting into 4th-place in the Portuguese Liga.

Everton 2 - Fulham 1

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Danny Murphy converted a 14th-minute penalty to put Fulham up at Goodison Park, but it would be Everton advancing to the Fifth Round of the FA Cup. Denis Stracqualursi equalized in the 27th minute and Marouane Fellaini headed in the winner in the 73rd. Landon Donovan and Tim Howard started for Everton, with Clint Dempsey in the lineup for Fulham.

Upside: Big Cup Game

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Their Words "We just need everybody to be at the same level on and off the pitch on Saturday. If we play like that and get the support we got, we'll give ourselves a better chance of progressing in the FA Cup." Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish. Other Sources Tim Howard on life in the Prem - from ESPN.

Weekend TV: FA Cup Fourth Round

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Saturday Liverpool - Manchester United 7:30am - Fox Soccer A highlight encounter in the Fourth Round of the FA Cup, even if Liverpool are 7th in the league to United's 2nd. "Liverpool have been struggling for form recently, and if we play like we did at Arsenal then I can't see why we can't get a very positive result," former United striker Ashley Cole told the club's official site.

What American Soccer Fans Should Be Watching

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (Jan 27, 2012) US Soccer Players -- The news that Arsenal - Manchester United drew 1.2 million viewers in the United States for a live game early on a Sunday morning has opened a new discussion for the what it means for televised soccer to succeed. Use whatever cliché you would like, but the impact of that game should have the holders of other foreign soccer rights in the.

Friday's TV: Everton Play Fulham In The Cup

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A spot in the Olympics is on the line for the US Women when they play Costa Rica at 8pm on Universal Sports Network over-air and online. Everton - Fulham 3pm - Fox Soccer Fox Soccer reworked its schedule to bring us a battle of National Teamers abroad in the FA Cup. This is a chance to see Landon Donovan and Clint Dempsey against each other at club level, with a spot in the final.

Upside: Transfers

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Their Words "I had a number of very flattering offers, and a lot of teams were involved, including, at some level, AC Milan. To be honest, the team that I was closest to going to was Borussia Dortmund. They had just won the European Championship, Júlio César had left, and they were interested in bringing me in.

Questions: Fitness, ASG, Coaches, West Ham, City

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Thursday's Questions, and Tony finds proof of the smartest coach in MLS, wonders how Jonathan Spector's Birmingham City are doing, and would like to see MLS have things lined up before they make announcements. Will Jurgen Klinsmann's focus on fitness during the January camp help the MLS players in camp during the first part of the long season?

UEFA And The Fairness Of Transfer Fees

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Once again with UEFA, it's the money. Specifically, who controls it and how it's spent across Europe. That's the broad carryover from UEFA's attempt to restructure European football club finances, a point they pressed with the 4th edition of the Club Licensing Benchmarking Report released on Wednesday.

Dempsey Talks FA Cup

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With their Fourth Round game against Everton on Friday (3pm ET - Fox Soccer) Clint Dempsey described to Fulham's official site what the FA Cup means to him. "To be honest with you I didn't [follow the FA Cup when I was younger] because I didn't have a lot of channels growing up to watch football over in Europe.

Union Espanola 1 - Tigres 0

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Jonathan Bornstein went the distance for Tigres in their Copa Libertadores loss to Union Espanola at the Estadio Santa Laura SEK in Santiago, Chile. Gonzalo Barriga scored the game's only goal in the 58th minute. Bornstein and Tigres are playing a two-leg first stage series with Union Espanola, with the winner advancing to Group 3.

Official: Ream Transfers To Bolton

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Confirming earlier reports, Major League Soccer announced on Thursday that New York Red Bulls defender Tim Ream has completed his move to Bolton Wanderers in the English Premier League. Ream received a work permit earlier this week. Per MLS policy, the financial terms of the deal are not made public.

Video: Panama 0 - USA 1

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Highlights from the January 25th, 2012 friendly between Panama and the United States from Estadio Rommel Fernandez in Panama City.

Panama 0 - USA 1

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Graham Zusi got his first National Team goal in his second National Team game, putting the United States up eight minutes into Wednesday night's friendly against Panama. Both teams pressed the offense in the first-half, with US goalkeeper Nick Rimando and his counterpart Luis Mejia called into service.

Upside: Soccer In Central America

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Their Words "We wanted to take the players out of their comfort zone and give them a different experience." US National Team coach Jurgen Klinsmann. Other Sources Juergen Klinsmann puts U.S. soccer on fast track - from The LA Times' Kevin Baxter: "There is still a lot of catching up to do." Tougher challenge awaits United States - from FoxSoccer's Ives Galarcep: The atmosphere will be a unique national team experience for most of the.

Video: Panama Pre-Game

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US Soccer Communications updates us on what's happening with the United States National Team in Panama.

Thursday's TV

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Milan - Lazio 2:30pm - ESPN3.com We normally don't promote online-only options with limited distribution, but if you have access to ESPN3 this is a good alternative on a slow day for live soccer. Milan host Lazio in the quarterfinal stage of the Coppa Italia. Credit soccer tournament creativity, the round of 16 and semifinal stages of the Coppa are single elimination, switching to two-legs for the semifinals, and then back to a single game.

Upside: Soccer In Honduras

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Their Words "We wanted to take the players out of their comfort zone and give them a different experience." US National Team coach Jurgen Klinsmann. Other Sources Juergen Klinsmann puts U.S. soccer on fast track - from The LA Times' Kevin Baxter: "There is still a lot of catching up to do." Tougher challenge awaits United States - from FoxSoccer's Ives Galarcep: The atmosphere will be a unique national team experience for most of the.

What Fox's Premier League Play Means For MLS

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By Jason Davis - WASHINGTON, DC (Jan 19, 2011) US Soccer Players -- Fox, the national broadcast network that counts iconic properties like The Simpsons and the National Football League among its assets, blazed a new trail by airing a live English Premier League soccer match on Sunday. Soccer getting the full televised sports treatment on a network that isn't an opt-in premium purchase, but a basic part of most Americans' television rotation, cannot be.

Smith Hired By Stevenage

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Former Colorado Rapids coach Gary Smith has a new job. After battling with Rapids management over decision-making, the club announced that they wouldn't offer Smith a new contract. The 2010 MLS Cup winner is instead the new manager at Stevenage, currently 6th in England's League One. He is expected to name his Colorado assistant Steve Guppy as his assistant with Stevenage.

Johns Makes Impression In London

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Though he has yet to make his debut for the United States, George John has already impressed at new club West Ham United. West Ham's official site posted a lengthy article on John's first game with the reserves. John scored 17 minutes into a 1-1 draw with Gillingham. John is with West Ham on a two-month loan from FC Dallas with an option to buy.

Scouting Report: Panama - USA

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By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Jan 25, 2012) US Soccer Players -- The United States takes to the road for the second game of 2012. The match at Panama City's Estadio Rommel Fernandez is aimed at simulating the atmosphere players will experience during World Cup Qualifying. The dress rehearsal serves the younger players called up by coach Jurgen Klinsmann for January camp as well as the coach himself, giving them a firsthand look.

Anderlecht 3 - KAA Gent 1

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Sacha Kljestan took his regular place in the starting eleven for Anderlecht on Tuesday, in a 3-1 win over Gent at the Constant Vanden Stock Stadium. Their lead at the top of the SAS-Ligaen table is now nine points. After falling behind seven minutes in, Milan Jovanovic scored twice for Anderlecht, with Matias Suarez adding the third goal.

Wednesday's TV: Big Games

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The United States is away to Panama at 8:30pm on ESPN3 (web only) and Galavision. Mexico hosts Venezuela at 9pm on Univision. Liverpool - Manchester City 2:30pm - Fox Soccer Carling Cup semifinals, and a tricky second-leg for our Premier League leaders Manchester City. Down an away goal and facing the unfriendly confines of Anfield, City are coming off a late win against Spurs over the weekend.

Upside: ASG In Phila

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Their Words We said from day one that we would do everything first-class. To bring the best of the sport to Philadelphia in just three years is great. We got a franchise and the All-Star Game. There's only one thing left – it's shiny and you can drink out of it. Philadelphia Union chairman Jay Sugarman.

Questions: Hannover, Everton, Houston, Rapids, Cannon

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By Tony Edwards - San Jose, CA (Jan 19, 2012) US Soccer Players -- In today's edition, Tony asks about Everton's tactics and upcoming schedule, looks at Steve Cherundolo's Hannover '96 back in action in Germany, wonders about the Rapids' priorities going into the season, and asks Joe Cannon not to quit his day job.

Williams Takes U-17 Job

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On Tuesday, the United States Soccer Federation announced that Richie Williams has been named coach of the Under-17 National Team. Williams - a former National Team and Major League Soccer player who also served as an MLS assistant coach - had been coaching the U-18 team. The U-17 coach is a fulltime role.

Klinsmann To Speak At US Youth Soccer Workshop

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United States National Team coach Jurgen Klinsmann has been announced as the opening speaker for the 2012 US Youth Soccer Workshop on February 17th, the organization announced on Tuesday. "We are extremely excited to have Jurgen Klinsmann join us at the US Youth Soccer Workshop in Boston," US Youth Soccer president John Sutter said.

All-Star Game Awarded To Philadelphia

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The Philadelphia Union will host the 2012 Major League Soccer All-Star Game, MLS announced in a ceremony at Philadelphia City Hall. The game will be played at PPL Park on July 25th at 8pm ET on ESPN2. An opponent has yet to be named, but it will be an international club as in previous years. "Philadelphia has a deep tradition of playing and supporting soccer, and the huge, enthusiastic fan base of the Philadelphia Union.

History: USA - Panama

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The last time the United States and Panama met was the 2011 Gold Cup. The US lost the June 11th group stage game in Tampa Bay 2-1. Trailing from the 19th minute, the US was down two goals after giving up a 36th-minute penalty. Clarence Goodson pulled a goal back in the 68th, but the USA was unable to come up with an equalizer.

Klinsmann's January

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (Jan 24, 2012) US Soccer Players -- The National Team is one game into a two-game series that caps another January camp. This annual tradition gives a coach the opportunity to audition players over several weeks, a rarity in most countries. US coach Jurgen Klinsmann has already shown a willingness to experiment, using a different formation from what we've seen with his first choice roster.

Olhanense 0 - Sporting 0

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Oguchi Onyewu got the start for Sporting in a scoreless Liga draw with Olhanense on Monday. Sporting are 5th, trailing Maritimo on goal difference with 29 points from 16 games played. Olhanense are 9th. Benfica lead the league with 42 points.

Tuesday's TV

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Cardiff City - Crystal Palace 2:30pm - Fox Soccer Plus Palace leads this Carling Cup semifinal series 1-0, with the winner advancing to play the winner of the Manchester City - Liverpool series. So it's Championship versus Premier League in the final, regardless of who wins. Palace are coming off a 2-1 loss to Blackpool on Saturday, while Cardiff City beat Portsmouth 3-2.

Report: Ream Moving To Bolton

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According to a flash report on the BBC Sport website, Tim Ream has received his work permit and will sign with Bolton Wanderers. Having no ancestral connection to allow for a passport, Ream needed to apply for a work permit. That procedure has hampered potential American moves in the past. New York had been preparing for Ream to be sold to Bolton.

Saprissa Reserves 0 - US U-23's 0

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The United States Under-23 National Team scrimmaged Saprissa's reserves today in Costa Rica. Playing at the Monster's Cave, aka Estadio Ricardo Saprissa Ayma, the two teams finished scoreless. USA: 1-Zac MacMath; 4-Kofi Sarkodie (17-Sheanon Williams, 77), 3-Zarek Valentin (capt.) (19-Royal-Dominique Fennell, 77), 2-Sebastien Ibeagha (Andrew Wenger, 46), 5-Jorge Villafana; 6-Amobi Okugo (15-Mix Diskerud, 46), 8-Jared Jeffrey (13-Michael Stephens, 61), 10-Dilly Duka (12-Isaac Acuna, 67); 7-Freddy Adu, 9-Tony Taylor (11-Jack McInerney, 70), 11-Jack McInerney (14-Joe Corona,.

Upside: Big Announcement

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Their Words "Philadelphia Mayor Michael A. Nutter and City of Chester Mayer John Linder will join Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber and Philadelphia Union CEO and Operating Partner Nick Sakiewicz in making a significant soccer announcement at a press conference Tuesday at City Hall." from the Philadelphia Union's press release.

Corner: Overtime

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Corner is a new feature each Monday on US Soccer Players that attempts to breakdown an issue trending in the world of soccer in under 400 words. Yes, this explanation counts. For those of you watching the end of the National Football League playoff game between the San Francisco 49er's and the New York Giants, you probably took a soccer moment when the announcers explained the new and improved rules for overtime.

Soccer On Network TV

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (Jan 23, 2012) US Soccer Players -- On Sunday morning, the Premier League on Fox gave us a glimpse of the immediate future of professional soccer in the United States. A live regular season game on network television treated the same way as the other North American pro sports.

Video: U-23's In Costa Rica

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The United States Under-23 National Team is currently training in Costa Rica, with scrimmages scheduled against Costa Rican clubs Saprissa and Alajuelense.

National Teamers Abroad: Dempsey's Game

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The story of US National Team players abroad begins and ends with Clint Dempsey this weekend. That's what happens when an American scores three goals in the Premier League. Dempsey was the difference in a game that showed little promise in the first-half, but turned into a 5-2 win for Fulham over Newcastle United.

Postgame: USA 1 - Venezuela 0

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The postgame comments from coach Jurgen Klinsmann and US National Team players following the 1-0 win over Venezuela on January 21st.

Media Roundup: USA 1 - Venezuela 0

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Coverage of the United States 1-0 win over Venezuela. Juergen Klinsmann puts U.S. soccer on fast track - from The LA Times' Kevin Baxter: "This is a different level," Klinsmann says of the international game. Jones showing he's worth risk for US Soccer - from FoxSportsArizona.com's Tyler Lockman: It was the leadership that was unexpected.

Quote Sheet: USA 1 - Venezuela 0

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Coach JURGEN KLINSMANN: On Jermaine Jones and what went in to decision to make captain: "It was certainly a difficult situation for Jermaine with the suspension in Germany. I spoke with his coach and the club and we agreed it was beneficial to all of us to have him come in. He arrived the night of the 14th and the next day he practiced twice.

Video: USA 1 - Venezuela 0

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Highlights from the January 21st, 2012 friendly between the United States and Venezuela from University of Phoenix Stadium.

USA 1 - Venezuela 0

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The United States opened its 2012 schedule with a 1-0 friendly draw against Venezuela at University of Phoenix Stadium. The USA got a last gasp goal, with Ricardo Clark scoring from a corner kick late into stoppage time. Both teams were using experimental lineups, with the game falling outside of the international window.

Panama Releases Friendly Roster

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GK: Luis Mejia (Fenix), Kevin Melgar (Alianza FC) DEF: Rolando Algandona (San Francisco FC), Edward Benitez (Sporting SM), Eduardo Dasent (Tauro FC), Carlos Rodriguez (FC Dallas), Sergio Thompson (Sporting SM), Eric Vasquez (Chorrillo FC) MID: Rolando Botello (Tauro FC), Gabriel Gomez (Philadephia Union), Juan de Gracia (Chepo FC), Luis Ovalle (Sporting SM), Alberto Quintero (Chorrillo FC), Marcos Sanchez (Tauro FC), Amir Waithe (San Francisco FC) FOR: Manuel Mosquera (Arabe Unido), Blas Perez (FC Dallas), Luis.

Video: USA - Venezuela Preview

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US Soccer Communications previews the USA - Venexuela friendly with interviews from players during Friday's public practice at University of Phoenix Stadium.

Video: Dempsey Scores Three

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Courtesy of Fox Soccer, USA midfielder Clint Dempsey scores three times as Fulham beat Newcastle 5-2 at Craven Cottage. Clint Dempsey is sensational

Dempsey Wins USSF Athlete of the Year

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On Friday, the United States National Team announced their Athlete of the Year award winners. On the men's side, Clint Dempsey won the Athlete of the Year award with Brek Shea winning the Young Player award. Abby Wambach and Syndey LeRoux won the women's awards. Dempsey also won the Futbol De Primera award, the other player of the year award associated with the United States National Team.

Upside: Phoenix

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Their Words "My family are happy here. We love living in America, we love living in L.A. But ... the reason I came to L.A. was to play soccer. The reason I came to play for the Galaxy was to win a trophy. I hadn't done that for five years... and then last season we did it." LA Galaxy midfielder David Beckham.

Risky Business

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By Dario Camacho - MIAMI, FL (Jan 20, 2011) US Soccer Players -- As with any new year, all teams in Major League Soccer are in a period of transition. Whether it is a minor tweak here or there, or a full system reboot, most teams will see a few new faces in training camp. In recent years, that's been due to the predictable disruption caused by expansion teams coming into the fold.

Weekend TV: National Teams, Premier League On Fox

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Saturday The January camp moves from training to games, with the United States hosting Venezuela at 9pm on Galavision and ESPN3.com. A note to those of you unfamiliar with how ESPN3 works: it's available to people with certain internet service providers (Comcast, Time Warner, Bright House, or Verizon).

Scouting Report: USA - Venezuela

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By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Jan 20, 2012) US Soccer Players – Following the annual January training camp, the United States National Team opens its 2012 schedule with a friendly against Venezuela on Saturday at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, AZ. For US coach Jurgen Klinsmann, the game will be his first chance to test new players five months before the USA begins the task of trying to reach for the 2014.

Video: National Team vs U-23's

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Highlights from Tuesday's scrimmage between the United States National Team and the Under-23 National Team.

Friday's TV

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'Gladbach - Bayern Munich 2:30pm ET - GolTV 1st versus 4th in the Bundesliga, with Bayern in their historic spot at the top of the table. 'Gladbach trail by four points and 19 goals, with Bayern picking up the season after the winter break on a three-game win streak. These two teams opened their seasons against each other, with 'Gladbach winning 1-0 at Allianz Arena.

Upside: Beckham's Return

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Their Words "Speed is our main weapon. As our defence is pretty solid, when we play as a compact unit, we can launch some pretty effective counter-attacks." Jamaica goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts. Other Sources Michael Bradley in Italy: ‘He's Bravissimo' - from The NY Times' Davidde Corron: "All I've ever wanted to do is play well and give everything I have for the national team.

Questions: DMB, DC, Heaps, Chivas USA, Chicago

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By Tony Edwards - San Jose, CA (Jan 19, 2012) US Soccer Players -- In today's Questions, Tony wonders if it's possible for a professional soccer player to have a more bizarre few days than DaMarcus Beasley and his Puebla teammates. From there, we look at changes in New England, and wonders about the Fire's signings and DC's attack.

Klinsmann's Six Goal Training

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United States National Team coach Jurgen Klinsmann explains a training exercise from US National Team camp.

Ajax 2 - AZ 3

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Jozy Altidore subbed on in the 78th minute for AZ in their rescheduled KNVB Beker (aka the KNVB Cup) game on Thursday. The game was played during the day to allow school children to attend, a compromise after the original game was abandoned due to a fan attacking AZ's goalkeeper and rescheduled to be played without fans present.

Valcke Predicts 2014 World Cup Will Make $200 Million

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Speaking on an inspection trip to Brazil, FIFA general secretary Jerome Valcke put the potential profit for the 2014 World Cup at $200 million dollars. The figure is the difference between the predicted $3.5 billion in revenue and the $3.3 billion in expenses that includes prize money, payments to clubs for use of players, and disbursement of funds to associations for what Valcke termed "financial aid.

Some MLS Teams Start Earlier Than Others

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By Jason Davis - WASHINGTON, DC (Jan 19, 2011) US Soccer Players -- With the longest season ever in the offing, Major League Soccer's preseason is here earlier than ever before. There's much to do and little time to do it, especially for those clubs preparing to play in the poorly timed (from an MLS perspective, anyway) continental tournament known as the CONCACAF Champions League.

Changing The Champions League

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (Jan 19, 2012) US Soccer Players -- It's easy enough to pick on Major League Soccer and the CONCACAF Champions League. Not only are their flaws obvious, in most cases they can't fall back on obvious success. Not so for Europe, where the UEFA Champions League can overlook its faults while generating massive amounts of money for all involved, especially for those teams advancing to the knockout stage.

Beckham Deal Official

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The Los Angeles Galaxy will hold a press conference on Thursday after announcing that David Beckham has signed a two-year contract. Out of contract at the end of the 2011 season, Beckham was strongly linked with a move to Paris Saint-Germain in France's Ligue 1. "This was an important decision for me," Beckham said in a press statement.

NSCAA Interview With Jurgen Klinsmann

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As part of the 2012 NSCAA Convention, the organizers presented an hour-long interview with Jurgen Klinsmann conducted by Allen Hopkins.

Thursday's TV: Coppa

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Inter Milan - Genoa 3pm ET - GolTV The day's lone European game takes us to the San Siro for the Coppa Italia for the last game in the Round of 16. This is Inter's first game in the tournament, with the top eight Serie A clubs entering in this round. Genoa entered in the third round of Section 7, beating Nocerina and Bari to advance.

Upside: Transfers And Signings

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Their Words "The hair is standing up and looking splendiferous. It's standing up on its ends, but it needs a little color so a trip to the stylist may be in order." USA and Bolton midfielder Stu Holden. Other Sources What Ever Happened To ... Roy Lassiter - from MLSsoccer.com's John Bolster: Lassiter was one of the greatest strikers MLS has ever seen.

History: USA - Venezuela

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The United States and Venezuela last met on May 26th, 2006 in a friendly that was part of the send-off series for that summer's World Cup. Playing at Browns Stadium in Cleveland, Brian Ching and Clint Dempsey scored in a 2-0 USA win with Tim Howard recording the shutout. This was also the game where Michael Bradley made his debut, coming on as an 89th minute substitute.

Jan 2012 FIFA Rankings

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The United States moved up one place to 33rd in the January 2012 FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking. Mexico stays 21st, remaining first overall in CONCACAF. Spain remains the World #1, with Holland, Germany, Uruguay, and England rounding out the top five. Elsewhere in CONCACAF, Panama moves up to 47th and Honduras is 51st.

Photo File: Oct 7th, 2001

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The United States needed a win to qualify for the 2002 World Cup, and they got it against Jamaica at Foxboro Stadium. Joe-Max Moore was the hero for the USA that day, scoring both goals in the 2-1 win. Moore put the US up from the run of play four minutes in, only for Jamaica to equalize in the 14th minute.

Wednesday's TV: Cup

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Real Madrid - Barcelona 4pm - GolTV/ESPN Deportes It's the Copa del Rey version of El Clasico, and it's on two channels. Considering we're talking about a Real Madrid - Barca match-up on a Wednesday in January, feel free to hype this one as much as you want. We'll ignore that it's the first in a two-leg quarterfinal series and we get to do this all over again next week.

Chicago Announces Quaker Oats As Shirt Sponsor

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The Chicago Fire will have Quaker Oats as their jersey sponsor, the club announced on Tuesday. Chicago last had Best Buy as their front of jersey sponsor. In a press statement, Chicago Fire president Andrew Hauptman said "It's an honor to partner with a trusted Chicago-based brand like Quaker Oats that shares the same sense of community as the Chicago Fire.

Nats Abroad: Forest Fail To Advance

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Robbie Findley and Nottingham Forest lost 4-0 to Leicester City in an FA Cup Third Round replay on Tuesday. Jermaine Beckford had a hat trick for Leicester in front of the home fans at The King Power Stadium. Forest inadvertently opened the scoring seven minutes in with an own-goal and Findley missed a shot from close range.

Upside: Klinsmann In CONCACAF

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Their Words "It's true, I am not totally familiar with the way things are over here in CONCACAF, but I will be. This is one of the main reasons that we will go play a friendly in Panama later this month." US National Team coach Jurgen Klinsmann. Other Sources Solving the U.S. back line puzzle - from ESPN.

2012 Supplemental Draft Results

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UNC Charlotte midfielder Evan James was selected first in the 2012 Major League Soccer supplemental draft, taken by the Montreal Impact. Cruz Azul youth prospect Gienir Garcia went second to Vancouver. Selecting third, New England took Bethel University midfielder Dawyne Smith, with New Mexico's Michael Green going to Toronto with the fourth pick.

5 Questions: Superpowers And MLS Elsewhere

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By Tony Edwards - San Jose, CA (Jan 17, 2012) US Soccer Players -- In Tuesday's edition of the Five Questions, US National Team coach Jurgen Klinsmann talks competition and Tony presents a case study in using Major League Soccer's model in another part of the world. Also, Wilmer Cabrera's exit as U-17 coach and Open Cup changes.

Supplemental Draft: KC Trades Pick For Rights

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Hours before the start of today's Major League Soccer supplemental draft, Sporting Kansas City announced that they've traded their Fourth Round pick (73rd overall) to San Jose for the rights to midfielder Michael Thomas. San Jose originally drafted Thomas in 2010, but he opted to sign with Sweden's Halmstads.

Another Draft For MLS

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (Jan 17, 2012) US Soccer Players -- It's the dawn of another Major League Soccer draft, this time the Supplemental Draft that until recently was part of what made the SuperDraft super. Now, it's a Tuesday afternoon exercise in player selection minus the television coverage or live audience.

Tuesday's TV

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Leicester City - Nottingham Forest 2:30pm - Fox Soccer FA Cup Third Round replay for Robbie Findley's Nottingham Forest and a reminder that draws don't lead to overtime and penalties in the venerable FA Cup. Instead, they lead to hastily arranged additions to the schedule. Findley was used as a substitute over the weekend, with Forest in the relegation zone in the Championship at 22nd.

Buddle On Trial With Everton

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Everton have risen to the top of likeliest destination for National Team players in the Premier League, bringing in Ingolstadt forward Edson Buddle for a week-long trial. USA goalkeepers Tim Howard and Marcus Hahnemann already play for the club, with Landon Donovan joining them on an MLS off-season loan deal.

Video: Jermaine Jones Interview

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US Soccer communications interviewed Jermaine Jones, a late addition to the United States National Team camp. The USA plays Venezuela on January 21st in Phoenix (9pm ET - ESPN3/Galavision).

Corner: Draft Picks

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Corner is a new feature each Monday on US Soccer Players that attempts to breakdown an issue trending in the world of soccer in under 400 words. Yes, this explanation counts. How many viewers began to wonder if there's such a thing as a bad draft pick after watching ESPN2's coverage of the first round of the 2012 Major League Soccer SuperDraft?

The Premier League's Self-Assessment

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (Jan 16, 2012) US Soccer Players -- Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore's interview with the Daily Mail's Martin Samuel has something for almost everyone. Depending on your constituency, there's something to confirm a position, challenge a view, or generally set you off.

Video: National Team vs U-23's

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Highlights from the scrimmage between the US National Team and the USA Under-23's.

Nats Abroad: Draw At Villa Park

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What had the potential to be a battle of the Americans ended up not happening, with Brad Guzan giving way to the returning Shay Given in goal for Aston Villa. Tim Howard and Landon Donovan started in the 1-1 draw. Donovan assisted on Victor Anichebe's equalizer, with a pass that probably reminded too many of the Everton faithful why Donovan is such an upgrade for their club.

Upside: Stepping Up A Level

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Their Words "They're getting the music. They understand that the pace internationally is much faster. The demand is much faster in terms of the concentration, speed of play, speed of thought, speed of implementing certain things." US National Team coach Jurgen Klinsmann. Other Sources Montreal's first choice in MLS draft is versatile - from The Kansas City Star's Randy Covitz: Where to play him?

Klinsmann Calls On Jones

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The US Soccer Federation announced on Friday that Jermaine Jones will be joining the US National Team squad for the January friendlies. Jones is unavailable to his club team after being suspended by the German Federation for an incident that occurred in the DFP Pokal cup competition. "Obviously this is a very difficult moment for Jermaine," US National Team coach Jurgen Klinsmann said in a press statement.

Coming Back

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By Dario Camacho - MIAMI, FL (Jan 13, 2011) US Soccer Players -- Last year's Major League Soccer season probably had two of the worst injuries I've ever seen. The first I happen to catch on replay, was Steve Zakuani's broken leg. The physical revulsion of watching a pro athlete's leg dangling, swinging in all improper directions, was an unnecessary reminder of the brutal side of the sport.

Weekend TV: Premier League Loans

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Saturday Aston Villa - Everton 12pm - Fox Soccer Potentially a chance to see LA Galaxy teammates Landon Donovan and Robbie Keane face each other at Premier League level, with Keane signing a loan deal with Villa. Assuming Brad Guzan stays in goal for the home team, this is another battle of the American goalkeepers for Tim Howard.

John Joins West Ham On Loan

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After being linked with several moves to England, FC Dallas defender George John has joined West Ham United in England's Championship on loan with an option to buy. FC Dallas announced the move on Friday. John told West Ham's official site: "I am happy to be here, excited by the opportunity and enthusiastic about playing under the manager and getting better.

Friday's TV

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U.A.G. - San Luis 9pm - Galavision As we start the second week of the Clausura season, Michael Orozco's San Luis are coming off a 1-0 home win over UNAM Pumas. U.A.G. lost 3-1 on the road to Toluca. Guadalajara's other team needs to make a break with a subpar Apertura season that had them finishing 16th and losing Herculez Gomez in the offseason.

Thursday's Upside: Picked

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Their Words "I like to be around the ball. Whatever gets me close to the ball, that would work." 2012 SuperDraft #1 pick Andrew Wenger. Other Sources Tottenham can keep Premier League leaders looking over their shoulders - from The Guardian's Kevin McCarra: The Everton game highlighted another trait expected of those with true aspirations.

CONCACAF Adjusts Champions League

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The 2012-13 CONCACAF Champions League will drop the preliminary round, expand the group stage, and seed it by country North and Central America's Confederation announced on Thursday. "This new format will streamline the first phase of the competition," CONCACAF acting general secretary Ted Howard said.

Questions: MLS Fans Turned Players

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By Tony Edwards - San Jose, CA (Jan 12, 2012) US Soccer Players -- In the Thursday edition, Tony looks at how Major League Soccer values the Super Draft, contraction 10 years along, and the kind of enthusiasm from a Crew signing that bodes well for the league. Where can I get an autographed jersey from the guy with the most yellow cards in any one season in MLS?

Keane Latest Loaned MLS Player

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Robbie Keane is returning to the Premier League as a short-term member of Aston Villa. The Los Angeles Galaxy has agreed to loan Keane to Brad Guzan and Eric Lichaj's club and Keane could be playing against the Americans at Everton this weekend. It's a quick trip for Keane, who has spent most of January training with Spurs in London.

LIVE: 2012 MLS SuperDraft

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11:23am: Now is the time to float any and all wacky trade rumors. It's almost expected that at least one MLS veteran will move clubs out of nowhere. 11:20am: How likely is it that Toronto remains the only team with two first round picks? Highly unlikely. 11:06am: Rumors abound that Montreal is trying to entice Houston to part with Andre Hainault in exchange for the quick return of Brian Ching and Montreal's #1 pick.

The Evolving Role Of The MLS SuperDraft

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By Jason Davis - WASHINGTON, DC (Jan 12, 2011) US Soccer Players -- After a grueling invitation-only three-day combine in Florida, young players with professional dreams will be chosen by needy teams anxious to find the next Taylor Twellman, Steve Zakuani, or Geoff Cameron. It's Major League Soccer's SuperDraft, a reprieve for those that can't abide a couple of months without MLS soccer.

Rogers Signs With Leeds

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Though the deal requires a work permit to become official, Robbie Rogers has signed with Leeds United in England's Championship. Rogers has 18 US National Team appearances since 2009, scoring against Mexico in last year's August friendly. After five seasons and 106 appearances with Columbus, Rogers didn't re-sign with Major League Soccer.

Spurs 2 - Everton 0

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Brad Friedel and Spurs got the better of Tim Howard and Landon Donovan's Everton in the latest battle of the Americans at Premier League level. Aaron Lennon fired in a shot from distance to open the scoring in the 35th minute, and Benoit Assou-Ekotto made it 2-0 with a strong shot in the 63rd. Friedel had an easy night, with Everton not putting a shot on goal.

Thursday's TV

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ESPN2 has the first round of the 2012 MLS SuperDraft at noon. Napoli - Cesena 3pm - GolTV The Coppa Italia takes us to the Stadio San Paolo in Naples for game one of a two-game Round of 16 series. These two Serie A clubs are separated by 13 places, with Napoli 6th and Cesena in the relegation zone at 19th.

US Open Cup: Changes Announced For 2012

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The United States Soccer Federation announced significant changes for the US Open Cup. The 2012 tournament will be larger than in previous years, and the organizers are bringing an end to Major League Soccer having an advantage in hosting games late in the tournament. The following is from the US Soccer press release announcing the 2012 format: 2012 Lamar Hunt U.

Upside: Day Before Draft

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Their Words "I think from playing at the combine to have that week and know how you play, whatever happens after the that is going to determine the rest of your future.... You realize that this is your opportunity to do what you love and play the sport you've enjoyed since you were a kid." Chicago Fire goalkeeper Sean Johnson.

Who Preceded Donovan As Everton's Number Nine?

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In British soccer, the number nine takes on extra significance for an elite attacking player. Historically a center forward, at certain clubs the number has a legacy all its own. Previous Everton #9 Duncan Ferguson had a tattoo of the number and it's normally associated with the player most representative of the club.

Tell Me About: 2012 MLS SuperDraft

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The 2012 edition of Major League Soccer's SuperDraft is scheduled for Thursday, January 11th at the NSCAA Convention in Kansas City, Missouri. Here's what you need to know in advance of the Draft. Will it be televised? Yes, the opening round of the SuperDraft will be shown live on ESPN2 starting at noon ET.

Guzan In Contention To Keep Starting Job

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Though Brad Guzan in goal for Aston Villa was supposed to be a temporary assignment, he has done enough to create a problem for Villa manager Alex McLeish. So much so in fact that McLeish has publicly made it known that his former #1 goalkeeper Shay Given isn't a lock to take the job back. "He has made great progress," McLeish said of Given.

SuperDraft: Background

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Here's a selection of articles we've done over the last couple of years on the SuperDraft: Considering The SuperDraft The 2011 SuperDraft added foreign players to the mix. Though the landscape is slowly changing, the Draft still represents an important part of roster building. Clubs will maneuver to select the player or players they believe will best fit their systems.

Watching The SuperDraft

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (Jan 11, 2012) US Soccer Players -- The first SuperDraft I covered was in 2001 when it was still held in Florida, back in the days of dial-up modems. I drew the short straw and ended up manning the laptop rather than attending the event in person. It was much more likely that we would be able to get the draft results out as they happened without trying to.

Speas Signs With Columbus

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As expected, the Columbus Crew signed two-time National Champion and Soccer America's College Soccer Player of the Year for 2011 Ben Speas as a homegrown player. Speas won the 2010 College Cup with the University of Akron before transferring to UNC and winning it again in 2011. Speas scored the only goal in the 2011 final, winning the MVP award.

2012 Combine: Final Day Highlights

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Highlights from the final day of games at the 2012 MLS Combine.

Wednesday's TV

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Spurs - Everton 2:30pm - Fox Soccer Another opportunity to see Landon Donovan during his loan stint in England, this time against a top-tier team. Spurs are 3rd to Everton's 11th, with the two clubs separated by 18 points and a +18 goal difference. A point or three at White Hart Lane would be a huge accomplishment.

Keller Named Sounders' Color Commentator

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After retiring at the end of the 2011 season, US National Team alum and Seattle Sounders goalkeeper Kasey Keller has a new role with the club. He will be joining play-by-play voice Ross Fletcher in the booth for Sounders television and radio broadcasts. "It's exciting for me to be involved with our broadcasts and stay involved with the club," Keller said.

Upside: Lower Division Specific

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Their Words "we are well on our way to our goal of seeing all USL PRO teams playing in soccer-specific stadiums in the next 3-5 years. We will also continue to target expansion markets with soccer-specific stadium prospects." USL PRO CEO Alec Papadakis. Other Sources ‘General Bradley' gets respect in Italy's Serie A - from AP Sports' Andrew Dampf: "When this is your livelihood, your profession, you give everything you have for it and you.

Changes Announced To Under-23 Roster

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United States Under-23 National Team coach Caleb Porter announced three additions to the squad currently training in Carson, California, along with two players unable to attend camp due to injury. Columbus Crew goalkeeper Matt Lampson, Los Angeles Galaxy goalkeeper Brian Perk, and Stuttgart defender Royal-Dominique Fennel have joined the camp, with goalkeeper David Bingham and defender Gale Agbossoumonde unavailable due to injury.

5 Questions: Operating In Major League Soccer

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By Tony Edwards - San Jose, CA (Jan 10, 2012) US Soccer Players -- Tuesday's Five, and Tony considers a big name in CONCACAF coming to MLS, Chicago's latest signing, and coaches who were fired after they won MLS Cup. Which has been the quietest 'big name' signing by an MLS club this offseason? How about Dallas signing Panamanian forward Blas Perez.

Montreal Moves On

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (Jan 10, 2012) US Soccer Players -- Whatever happens on Thursday at Major League Soccer's SuperDraft (12pm ET - ESPN2), Montreal has already made the biggest player move. That happened in the expansion draft, when they opted against taking a player's wishes into account and used a pick on then-Houston forward Brian Ching.

Tuesday's TV: Spurs - Everton

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Spurs - Everton 2:30pm - Fox Soccer Another opportunity to see Landon Donovan during his loan stint in England, this time against a top-tier team. Spurs are 3rd to Everton's 11th, with the two clubs separated by 18 points and a +18 goal difference. A point or three at White Hart Lane would be a huge accomplishment.

Messi Wins Ballon d'Or

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Surprising nobody, Argentina and Barcelona midfielder Lionel Messi won the Ballon d'Or on Monday, world soccer's highest honor. This is Messi's third Ballon d'Or. "It's a huge pleasure to win the third time, a big honour," Messi said. "I want to thank the teammates, players and coaches that voted for me.

Italy - USA Announced

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The United States National Team will travel to Genoa to face Italy in an international friendly, the US Soccer Federation announced on Monday. The game is scheduled for February 29th at 2:30pm ET at Stadio Luigi Ferraris and will be shown on ESPN2. "Obviously we are very excited to be playing a team of such high quality," USA coach Jurgen Klinsmann.

Upside: Honors

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Their Words "Elite football is about results and winning. There is no one better at it than him." FIFA president Sepp Blatter, while presenting Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson with the FIFA Presidential Award. Other Sources An American Loaner in Everton - from The Wall Street Journal's Gabriele Marcotti: It worked.

Klinsmann's Team Talk

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US National Team coach Jurgen Klinsmann talks to the players in January camp during Monday's training session.

Rangers Consider Their Corporate Status

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On Monday, Rangers' stock was suspended from trading after Rangers failed to submit audited finances. The move is part of a broader discussion about whether or not Rangers should be a public company. Rangers chairman Craig Whyte told the club's official site: "Given the structure of the shareholding in the Club, there is very little, if any, tangible benefit for the Club to be a listed company.

Corner: Winter Break

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Corner is a new feature each Monday on US Soccer Players that attempts to breakdown an issue trending in the world of soccer in under 400 words. Yes, this explanation counts. Germany's Bundesliga hasn't played a game that counted in the standings since December 18th. Their season won't resume until January 20th.

Battle Of The Americans In The FA Cup

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Though the Premier League schedule denied a meeting between US National Team players Clint Dempsey and Landon Donovan, the FA Cup schedule has obliged. The two teams advanced over the weekend, and Sunday's draw means they'll meet in the Fourth Round at Goodison Park the weekend of January 28th. Dempsey scored a hat-trick in the Third Round, telling his club's official site: "I'll get the match ball signed by some of the boys and take.

MLS Combine Day 2 Highlights

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Highlights from Day 2 of Major League Soccer's draft combine, currently underway in Florida.

What Ever Happened To... Arnie Mausser

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What Ever Happened To . . . is a new monthly feature on US Soccer Players that attempts to update readers on what has happened to players. coaches and officials of the past who helped shape the game in this country. In our first installment, we catch up with NASL legend and former National Team goalkeeper Arnie Mausser.

FA Cup Good For National Teamers

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Clint Dempsey had the standout performance for National Teamers Abroad over the weekend, scoring three times as Fulham advanced 4-0 over Charlton Athletic in the FA Cup. Playing at home, Dempsey had Fulham's first goal eight minutes in, adding a second in the 61st and converting an 81st minute penalty to finish off the hat-trick.

U-23's: Porter Calls In 22

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22 players will travel to The Home Depot Center for an 11-day Under-23 US National Team camp followed by a two game trip to Costa Rica. The team will play local club sides in Costa Rica starting on January 18th. Camp opens on Sunday, January 8th and runs through the 25th. "I'm very pleased with where we are at in our process," Under-23 coach Caleb Porter said.

Upside: The Loan Deal

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Their Words "The important thing is that Omar is healthy and fit again. We wish him well." Nurnberg chairman Martin Bader. Other Sources MLS shifting resources away from Generation adidas - from FoxSoccer.com's Ives Galarcep: There was nothing subtle about this shift in policy. Ching will not retire, will report to Montreal team - from The Houston Chronicle's Jesus Ortiz: "I've decided I'm not going to retire," Ching said.

MLS, Asia, And The Market For The Established European Player

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By Jason Davis - WASHINGTON, DC (Jan 6, 2011) US Soccer Players -- A funny thing happened to Major League Soccer on the way to international relevancy. With so much going for it - apparent unlimited potential for growth, new stadiums providing verifiable soccer atmospheres, the high standard of living in the US and Canada, a willingness to spend when appropriate, a dash of anonymity some players might find attractive - MLS sat perched atop.

Tell Me About The 2012 Clausura

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The Mexican Primera Division returns with the 2012 Clausura. Just like the Apertura, the Spring season is playing under a traditional single table. For those of you needing a brief refresher, that means 18 teams without the old groups that did very little to provide a better competitive picture for the Mexican League.

Weekend TV: FA Cup, Clausura

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Saturday Bristol Rovers - Aston Villa 12pm - Fox Soccer The FA Cup enters the Third Round proper, with Brad Guzan and Eric Lichaj's Villa getting an away date with League Two club Bristol. Part of the fun of the English cup competitions is seeing stadiums that normally don't appear on US television. Memorial Stadium in Horfield, Bristol is mostly standing areas, since Bristol has never been high enough in the English league system to.

National Team To Have Public Training Session

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The United States National Team will hold a public training session at the University of Phoenix Stadium on January 20th from 5-6pm local time, the US Soccer Federation has announced. The training session will be free and open to the public, but fans are requested to register through ussoccer.com. The US plays Venezuela the next day at University of Phoenix Stadium.

MLS Figures Out The Schedule

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (Jan 6, 2012) US Soccer Players -- During its glory years in the late 1970's, the original North American Soccer League expanded from 18 to 24 teams, increasing the regular season schedule from 26 games to 30. By 1980, those 24 teams were playing 32 games. The number of regular season games stayed the same through 1982, even as the number of clubs dwindled to 14.

Henry Returns To Arsenal On Loan

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The New York Red Bulls announced on Friday that Thierry Henry will be returning to Arsenal on a six-week loan. Like Landon Donovan's current time with Everton, the loan will expire before the start of the Major League Soccer season. "It's kind of weird," Henry said. "I'll be honest, it's kind of unreal.

Friday's TV: Clausura Opener

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Morelia - Tijuana 9pm ET - Azteca, Fox Deportes Mexico's Clausura season opener has Morelia hosting Tijuana. Morelia finished the Apertura season in 7th-place, knocking out 2nd-place Cruz Azul in the opening round of the playoffs. They exited against Santos Laguna in the semifinals. Recently promoted Tijuana missed the playoffs, finishing 15th.

UPDATED: Gonzalez Joins Nurnberg On Loan

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UPDATE: In a bizarre set of circumstances, Gonzalez picked up an injury in his first training session with Nurnberg. In a collision with fellow US National Team player Timmy Chandler, Gonzalez tore his left anterior cruciate ligament and is expected to miss considerable time. Gonzalez is reportedly already on his way back to Los Angeles.

Upside: Coaches, Schedules, And Goal Scoring Keepers

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Their Words "We are incredibly proud of Oscar Pareja. He is a living testament of this organization's commitment to developing home grown talent. We are happy for him and wish him the best in this new stage in his career." FC Dallas president and CEO Doug Quinn on Pareja, Dallas's reserve team coach and academy director, on being named head coach of the Colorado Rapids.

Pareja Named Colorado Coach

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FC Dallas reserve team coach and academy director Oscar Pareja will be leaving that role to take the head coaching job with the Colorado Rapids. Pareja, an MLS veteran as a player, also worked as an assistant coach with the United States Under-17 National Team in 2007-08. "I am honored to join such a great organization like the Colorado Rapids, and want to thank everyone at Kroenke Sports & Entertainment for the opportunity.

Jones Out Until March For Schalke

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Germany's Federation has announced that Jermaine Jones will have to serve an eight week suspension for a yellow card offense during Schalke 04's 3-1 loss to Borussia Moenchengladbach on December 21st last year. Jones stepped on Marco Reus's foot, with the German Federation judging the foul intentional.

MLS Releases 2012 Schedule

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Major League Soccer released the complete schedule for the 2012 season on Thursday, making it available in downloadable format. The League will be broadcasting all 323 regular season games, with 89 nationally available. The regular season starts on March 10th and runs through October 28th. MLS Cup will be played on December 1st, the latest it's ever been played.

5 Questions: MLS Changes

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By Tony Edwards - San Jose, CA (Jan 5, 2012) US Soccer Players -- In Thursday's edition, Tony analyzes the Rapids' coaching choice, the same old news out of Harrison, and midfield options for the Sounders. Are the Rapids getting everything they want in a coach? With Colorado yet to make this Denver Post report official, possibly.

In Need Of The Old Guard

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By Dario Camacho - MIAMI, FL (Jan 5, 2011) US Soccer Players -- If you haven't been keeping up with the transfer rumors, you might have missed an interesting development. With all the young MLS names that have been spread across transfer stories, the ones grabbing the most attention and making actual progress have been with the older designated players in Major League Soccer.

Previewing 2012 International Soccer

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By Justin Shaffer - SEATTLE, WA (Jan 5, 2012) US Soccer Players --Previously, we previewed the year ahead for club soccer and now we give you a look ahead at 2012's jam-packed international calendar. Between the Olympics, European Championships, and World Cup qualifying, 2012 should be a huge year for soccer fans.

Klinsmann Switches Players

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With camp just starting in Phoenix, United States National Team coach has brought in Seattle players Brad Evans and Jeff Parke to replace the LA Galaxy's Omar Gonzalez and FC Dallas's George John. Gonzalez and John have been allowed to leave camp to "deal with club-related matters" according to a press release from US Soccer.

Bliss To Split Duties With Columbus And Under-20's

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The Columbus Crew announced on Wednesday that their technical director and US National Team alum Brian Bliss will be assisting Under-20 National Team coach Tab Ramos. He will remain in his role with Columbus. "Having played for the national team, it is an honor to be asked to return and contribute in another way," Bliss said in a press release announcing the additional role.

Everton 1 - Bolton 2

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On a blustery night at Goodison Park, it was Everton's American doing the most for their club. Landon Donovan got the start on his return to the club on loan. Everton took the lead in the 63rd minute when Tim Howard scored from a goal kick (the fourth in Premier League history) that seemed to accelerate after it took a bounce into the Bolton area.

Thursday's TV: Copa del Rey

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Valencia - Sevilla 4pm - GolTV It's the Copa del Rey in Spain, a tournament most American fans are probably surprised to find on television. Since it's our only option, here's some background. We're in the round of 16 phase, with Valencia beating Cadiz 4-0 and Sevilla beating San Roque 3-1 over two legs to get here.

Wednesday's Upside: Press For Dempsey, Donovan, Beckham

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Their Words "The Football Association of Wales would like to announce the staging of the Gary Speed Memorial match on Wednesday, February 29th,2012, ,kick off 7-45 pm. The opponents will be Costa Rica. Gary made his international debut for Wales against Costa Rica back in May 1990 at Ninian Park in Cardiff, and Wales won by a goal to nil.

Stories To Watch For In 2012

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By Clemente Lisi – MONTREAL, CA (Jan 4, 2012) US Soccer Players – There is nothing like the start of a new year to fill one with hope and anticipation. For USA soccer fans, there's a lot to look forward to from the National Teams and Major League Soccer. The senior side starts their road to Brazil with World Cup Qualifying.

Previewing 2012 Club Soccer

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By Justin Shaffer - SEATTLE, WA (Nov 10, 2011) US Soccer Players -- Many a newspaper, website, and fan have spent the past month talking about what we saw in 2011, what they hope to see in 2012, and the big stories they'll be looking out for this year. Here we take a brief look at the club team events that US fans should have on their schedule.

Wednesday's TV: Premier League And Copa

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Everton - Bolton 3pm - Fox Soccer Plus With Stuart Holden continuing his journey to full fitness, what would have been a battle of National Teamers becomes an opportunity to see Landon Donovan makes his debut on loan from Los Angeles. Hopefully, it's available on a cable system near you. Everton are in 10th-place, with Tim Howard recording four shutouts in 18 Premier League games this season.

5 Questions: Points In The Premier League

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By Tony Edwards - San Jose, CA (Jan 3, 2012) US Soccer Players -- In the first edition of the new year, Tony looks one organization getting new leadership (not the Rapids), the Pan American Maccabi games, and another organization jumping on the retro name train. Also, did Aston Villa's earlier win against Chelsea make up for Monday's loss to Swansea?

Olympic Qualifying Series Tickets

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The US Soccer Federation has announced the ticketing policy for CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying. Starting Wednesday, January 11th, fans will be able to buy series tickets for all games at either the Home Depot Center in Carson, CA or LIVESTRONG Park in Kansas City, KS. The United States will be playing in the Kansas City group.

The Upside: Whitbread

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Their Words "Zak Whitbread has been excellent since he has been at the football club," Norwich City manager Paul Lambert. Other Sources Dynamo give Kinnear 3-year extension - from The Houston Chronicle's Jose De Jesus Ortiz: "But it's safe to say he's going to be the team's head coach for the foreseeable future.

Cabrera To End Role With US Soccer

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Under-17 National Team coach Wilmer Cabrera will be leaving the program at the end of January, the United States Soccer Federation announced on Tuesday. Cabrera has coached the squad since 2007. "I've enjoyed my time with the U-17s, but my journey with U.S. Soccer will be coming to an end," Cabrera said in a press statement.

The National Team's New January

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (Jan 2, 2012) US Soccer Players -- National Team camp opens today in Phoenix, and with it a new set of expectations for the coaching staff. With head coach Jurgen Klinsmann stressing first choice since taking the job last summer, he gets his first look at a group he's calling "the next in line behind the established players.

Beckham Not Joining PSG

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The news out of France on Tuesday morning is that David Beckham will not be signing a lucrative deal with Paris Saint-Germain. PSG are currently in Doha for a training camp, and have yet to confirm reports. The club announced on December 30th that former Chelsea manager Carlos Ancelotti would be replacing Antoine Kombouare as coach.

Ramos Opens Camp With U-20's

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Under-20's US National Team coach Claudio Reyna has called in 36 players for seven days of training starting Monday, January 2nd in Fort Lauderdale. Ramos's squad features 14 professional players, drawing from Major League Soccer and the Scandinavian leagues currently on break. Roster GK: Jesus Guzman (Santos Laguna; Dallas, Texas), Daniel Medina Meza (UANL Tigres; El Paso, Texas), Tyler Miller (Northwestern; Woodbury, N.

U-19's To Play In Indoor Tournament

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The Under-19 United States National Team will be participating in the Stuttgart Junior Cup, the US Soccer Federation announced on Tuesday. The format is an indoor six-a-side tournament similar to futsal. With that format in mind, the United States is opting for Futsal National Team assistant coach Mark Litton.

CONCACAF Names New General Secretary

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CONCACAF officially announced on Monday that Ted Howard will be replacing Chuck Blazer as general secretary, taking the post on an acting basis. Blazer announced several months ago that he would be stepping down at the end of 2011. Howard has worked for CONCACAF since 1998, holding the title of deputy secretary general.

Another Big Win For Fulham

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Clint Dempsey and Fulham headlined another day of National Teamers in action in England's Premier League. Fulham beat Arsenal 2-1 at Craven Cottage, the latest in a series of games where elite clubs have stumbled. Arsenal led from the 21st minute, but were reduced to ten men when Johan Djourou was sent off in the 78th.

Tuesday's TV: Premier League On ESPN2

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Manchester City - Liverpool 3pm - ESPN2 If you read Monday's Corner, you're up on what Manchester City faces in a quick turnaround from that 1-0 loss to Sunderland on New Year's Day. Unfortunately, a home win doesn't count for much in the eyes of the critics even as City manager Roberto Mancini tells his club's official site: "I will make more changes against Liverpool.

Corner: City And The EPL Table

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Corner is a new feature each Monday on US Soccer Players that attempts to breakdown an issue trending in the world of soccer in under 400 words. Yes, this explanation counts. If you take a look at any of the English news outlets, the big story is Manchester City's inability to beat Sunderland. Even with Manchester United and Chelsea also unable to take three points over the New Year's weekend, it's City and their title.

What The Winter Classic Means For American Soccer

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (Jan 2, 2012) US Soccer Players -- Later today, the National Hockey League will put on their annual version of what hockey would be like if it returned to an era that never really existed for professionals. The game played outdoors... with the addition of a full and modern Major League Baseball stadium.

National Teamers Abroad: Big Result For Villa, Findley Injured

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On the last day of 2011, Brad Guzan got his first big result as a starting Premier League goalkeeper. Guzan's Aston Villa beat Chelsea 3-1 at Stamford Bridge. After giving up a 23rd minute penalty, Villa were level five minutes later through a Stephen Ireland goal. Stiliyan Petrov put Villa in front in the 83rd, with Darren Bent scoring three minutes later.