USSoccerPlayers Archives for January 2012

Wednesday's TV: MLS Play-In

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The Eastern Conference Play-In Round is on ESPN2: Chicago - Houston at 9pm. beIN Sport has Chelsea - Manchester United in the League Cup at 3:45pm. Copa del Rey on beIN Espanol: Jean - Atletico Madrid at 12pm (11:55pm on beIN) and Alcoyano - Real Madrid at 5pm (10pm on beIN). DFB Pokal on Univision Deportes: Bayern Munich - Kaiserslautern at 3:30pm.

Upside: Toward the highest goals

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Their Words "After coaching against many of these players for years, I am looking forward to working with an accomplished group of veterans while integrating the numerous talented young players who are itching for a chance to prove themselves. It will be an exciting few years for the US team and for all the great fans as we work toward the highest goals at the 2015 Women's World Cup.

Questions: Zero

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By Tony Edwards - San Jose, CA (Oct 29, 2012) US Soccer Players -- In Tuesday's column, Tony looks at one way Columbus's season was a success, questions if things really are different in Toronto, and suggests Seattle might be the best pick of any MLS team to win the Champions League. This season, Columbus finished with 52 points and a goal difference of 0.

Keeping score for Toronto

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (Oct 30, 2012) US Soccer Players – This morning, Toronto is once again going to remind the rest of Major League Soccer that they're a team in transition. It's a creative way to maneuver around being a team in trouble. Toronto management always seems to have a plan, pulled from the failure of the last plan.

Tuesday's TV: Cup and Copa

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League Cup on beIN Sport: Reading - Arsenal at 3:45pm. Copa del Rey on beIN Espanol: Llagostera - Valencia at 3pm (7:45pm on beIN) and Alaves - Barcelona at 5pm (10pm on beIN. Copa Sudamericana on Fox Deportes: Gremio - Millonarios at 7:30pm. All Times Eastern

Upside: Moments of misfortune

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Their Words "Certainly over the last couple of months, I've heard comments about the team quitting. I've said along that this team hasn't quit. These guys are fighters, they've had really bad moments of misfortune, which has led to eroded confidence and we've seen that, but we have not seen quit." Chivas USA coach Robin Fraser.

Cooper wins POTW

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New York forward Kenny Cooper is Major League Soccer's Player of the Week for the final week of the regular season, MLS announced on Monday. Cooper scored two goals in the Red Bulls 3-0 shutout of Philadelphia in Week 34.

MLS announces postseason schedule

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Major League Soccer has confirmed the dates and times for the 2012 postseason, starting with the wildcard knockout round later this week. For the first time in League history, the MLS Cup will be hosted by the team with the best regular season record rather than using a neutral site. Knockout Round (Home teams listed first): · Chicago Fire vs.

Corner: Conference Soccer

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One thing you can't say about Major League Soccer in 2012 is that the old conference disparity remains in place. The East finished a strong regular season over the weekend, finally stopping the Western dominance in this League. Was it the unbalanced schedule and the playoff tweaks from last season finally taking hold?

MLS Week 34 Highlights

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National Teamers Abroad: Forward

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Clint Dempsey scored the second goal in Tottenham's 2-1 win over Southampton on Sunday at St Mary's and Brad Friedel picked up the shutout. Gareth Bale opened the scoring in the 15th minute. Dempsey's goal came in the 39th. Southampton pulled a goal back in the 66th minute. Dempsey subbed out in stoppage time.

CONCACAF signs with Univision, EPL on NBC

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CONCACAF announced on Monday that Univision bought the Confederation's Spanish-language television broadcast rights in the United States for the Champions League through 2021-22 and the Gold Cup through 2021. "This substantial deal demonstrates the growing interest in the game among American fans and will ensure millions more can enjoy their favorite matches throughout the United States," CONCACAF president Jeffrey Webb said in a press statement.

New deal for EPL in USA

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NBC will be the home of England's Premier League starting in 2013-14. According to reports, NBC will pay $250 million for three seasons. "The NBC Sports Group has an excellent track record in sports broadcasting and will showcase the Barclays Premier League to fans across the USA through its extensive network of channels and high quality production," Premier League CEO Richard Scudamore said in a press statement.

MLS Week 34: Table Set

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Major League Soccer's 2012 regular season comes to an end with a last bit of drama courtesy of the Chicago - DC game. With DC United taking second-place in the Eastern Conference with a point or better, Chicago was unable to come up with a late winner. The effort was there, the goal wasn't. The Fire's Patrick Nyarko opened the scoring in the 16th minute with Lionard Pajoy equalizing in the 50th.

Upside: More than annoying

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Their Words "There's nothing better for a team than scoring the decisive winning goal in the last second. It was like having the wind knocked out of us when we concede the equaliser in the second half. Basically we played well but we conceded the late goal, which was more than annoying." Hannover 96 manager Christian Schulz.

Sizing up the Hex

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By Charles Boehm - WASHINGTON, DC (Oct 16, 2012) US Soccer Players -- The US National Team's opponents in next year's CONCACAF Hexagonal round are ranked 19th, 43rd, 52nd, 66th and 72nd in the FIFA World Rankings, an unassuming set of numbers which might give outsiders another excuse to minimize the region's difficulty.

Europa League: Hannover wins

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Steve Cherundolo and Hannover 96 got the better of Alejandro Bedoya's Helsingborg, winning 2-1 in Group L on Thursday. Mame Diouf opened the scoring in the 12th minute, but the excitement waited for stoppage time. Alvaro Santos equalized for Helsingborg in the 91st minute and Didier Ya Konan won the game for Hannover with a 93rd minute goal.

CCL: Metapan 2 - LA 3

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The Los Angeles Galaxy won on the road in Champions League play on Thursday night. With the group already secure, they advance as the fourth seed in the knockout stage. With a squad that was closer to the reserve team than what's normally on display in Major League Soccer, LA took the lead with a 38th minute Jack McBean goal.

Weekend TV: MLS regular season finale

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Saturday Major League Soccer on NBC: Philadelphia - NY at 1:30pm. NBC Sports Network has Chicago - DC at 4pm and Portland - San Jose at 6:30pm. Premier League on Fox Soccer: Aston Villa - Norwich 7:30am, Arsenal - QPR at 9:30am, Manchester City - Swansea at 12:30pm, Wigan - West Ham United at 3:30pm, and Stoke - Sunderland at 5:30pm.

CONCACAF issues update on 2016 Copa America

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With CONMEBOL announcing that the 2016 Copa America will take place in the United States and feature teams from CONCACAF, the North and Central American Confederation issued the following statement from general secretary Enrique Sanz: "Even though playing the 2016 Copa America in the CONCACAF region with our teams and those from CONMEBOL would be a wonderful experience for all fans, we are still in the midst of talks and negotiations between all parties involved.

Friday's TV

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Scottish Premier League on Fox Soccer Plus: Motherwell - Hibernian at 2:45pm. Bundesliga on GolTV: Augsburg - Hamburg at 2:30pm. Ligue 1 on Univision Deportes: St Etienne - Rennes at 2:30pm. All Times Eastern

Upside: Nothing to play for

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Their Words "I think it was a weird game to play. You're playing against a team that had absolutely nothing to play for, in my opinioin, they came in with a little 'street smart' attitude. A little dirty here and there but we took care of business." Kansas City goalkeeper Jimmy Nielsen. Other Sources American coaches lag behind on the global stage - from Goal.

Upside: Nothing to play for

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Their Words "I think it was a weird game to play. You're playing against a team that had absolutely nothing to play for, in my opinioin, they came in with a little 'street smart' attitude. A little dirty here and there but we took care of business." Kansas City goalkeeper Jimmy Nielsen. Other Sources American coaches lag behind on the global stage - from Goal.

Questions: Playoff spots

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In Thursday's column, Tony examines the Eastern Conference teams and their recent results, asks why Salt Lake has failed to impress against better teams this season, and wonders if the Galaxy really is likely to repeat their MLS Cup victory. Which Eastern teams have some positive results to build on as they approach the playoffs?

Not a bad weekend for San Jose

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By Zac Lee Rigg - LOS ANGELES, CA (Oct 25, 2012) US Soccer Players -- Three fairly monumental things happened for the San Jose Earthquakes in a rushed but raucous two-day period. One, it won the Supporters' Shield. Next, it broke ground on a new stadium. And, thirdly, Chris Wondolowski pulled to within a goal of the MLS regular season record.

CCL: Result for Seattle, Gomez scores

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The big news for Seattle in CONCACAF Champions League play on Wednesday was Marcus Hahnemann getting his first game in goal. Otherwise, it was business as usual in Group 4 with the Sounders beating Marathon 3-1 at CenturyLink Field. Seattle takes 12 points from their four group stage games with a +7 goal differential.

Champions League: Shutouts for Schalke and Malaga

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Jermaine Jones played the second-half for Schalke 04 in a dramatic 2-0 shutout of Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium. Ibrahim Afellay setup Klaas-Jan Huntelaar's opener in the 76th minute and then scored a goal of his own ten minutes later. Schalke are top of Group B with seven points from three games, leading Arsenal by a point.

Kansas City 2 - Philadelphia 1

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Attempting to play the role of spoiler, Philadelphia became the latest team to run into difficulty at Livestrong Park. A 40th minute Jacob Peterson goal put Kansas City up, with Philadelphia equalizing through Antoine Hoppenot in the 53rd. CJ Sapong scored Sporting's winner in the 82nd minute, giving Kansas City home field advantage in the Eastern Conference playoff bracket.

Thursday's TV: Europa and CCL

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Europa League on Fox Soccer: Maribor - Spurs at 1pm and Liverpool - Anzhi at 3pm. Fox Soccer Plus has Inter Milan - Partizan at 1pm, Newcastle United - Brugge at 3pm, and Panathinaikos - Lazio at 5pm. CONCACAF Champions League on Fox Soccer and Univision Deportes: Metapan - LA at 10pm. Galavision has Chivas - Xelaju at 10pm.

Upside: Turn it around

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Their Words "Even when I was standing in the technical area at 3-0 I just felt that the game hadn't gone from us at that stage. Don't ask me the reasons why, I just had some sort of belief that the players could turn it around...." Birmingham City manager Lee Clark. Other Sources Sporting wary of Philadelphia - from The Kansas City Star's Tod Palmer: However, Sporting KC, 17-8-9, isn't under the illusion that getting.

For MLS, its still the schedule

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By Jason Davis - WASHINGTON, DC (Oct 24, 2012) US Soccer Players -- For all the meddling Major League Soccer's all-powerful brain trust does with the League's format and schedule, the 2012 regular season is set to close with a bit of a whimper. With just a game left to play for 18 out of 19 teams, all ten playoff participants are set.

RSL's point

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (Oct 19, 2012) US Soccer Players – Real Salt Lake coach Jason Kreis can choose to play up the moral victory aspect of his club's 1-1 draw with Herediano on Tuesday night in the CONCACAF Champions League, but in all other respects it was a loss. As everyone knew going in, RSL needed three points to win Group 2 in the ‘only the winner advances' reality of group stage.

CCL: Draws for Houston and RSL

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Houston and Olimpia finished 1-1 at BBVA Compass Stadium on Tuesday night. Olimpia opened the scoring in the 21st minute with Houston's Andrew Hainault equalizing in the 65th minute. The point was enough for Houston to win Group 3. The referee sent off Houston coach Dominic Kinnear in the 40th minute.

National Teamers Abroad: Impressive result for Nordsjaelland

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Michael Parkhurst and Nordsjaelland might be on the outside looking in when it comes to successfully navigating Champions League Group E, but they're showing that they belong in Europe's premier tournament. On Tuesday, Nordsjaelland finished 1-1 against Italian champions Juventus. Nordsjaelland's Mikkel Beckmann opened the scoring in the 50th minute with Juventus equalizing in the 81st.

Wednesday's TV: More Champions Leagues

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UEFA Champions League on Fox Soccer: Zenit - Anderlecht at 12pm, Ajax - Manchester City at 2:45pm, and Borussia Dortmund - Real Madrid at 5pm (2:45pm on Fox Soccer Plus). CONCACAF Champions League on Fox Soccer: Santos Laguna - Toronto at 8pm (also on Univision Deportes 2) and Seattle - Marathon at 10pm.

Upside: Order and organisation

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Their Words "It is a great honour to be Chairman of The Football Association as we head into our 150th year. It is incredible to think how the game has developed from that very first meeting at the Freemasons' Tavern in October 1863. Those founding fathers had real foresight to bring order and organisation to the game.

Questions: The gap in points

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By Tony Edwards - San Jose, CA (Oct 23, 2012) US Soccer Players -- In Tuesday's column, Tony studies the gap in MLS between the Supporter's Shield and 19th-place, salutes Chad Marshall's achievement in Columbus, and reminds us that Taylor Twellman was an exceptional soccer player. With one game to play, the difference between the Supporter's Shield winners and the 19th-placed team in the League is 42 points.

MLS: Week 33 Highlights

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Note: The Player of the Week press release referred to last Week as Week 33, even though no games were played in what would've been Week 32. The highlights package uses Week 32. We're using Week 33.

What ever happened to: Paul Krumpe

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By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Oct 23, 2012) US Soccer Players – Paul Krumpe is known as one of the most successful college coaches out there. In his 15 seasons at Loyola Marymount University, Krumpe has amassed over 100 wins and his team regularly reaches the NCAA Tournament. It's no surprise that Krumpe has built a legacy.

Field Level: USA - Guatemala

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Tuesday's TV: Champs and Liga

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Champions League on Fox Soccer: Spartak Moscow - Benfica at 12pm and Manchester United - Braga at 2:30pm, and Barcelona - Celtic at 5pm (2:30pm on Fox Soccer Plus). CONCACAF Champions League on Fox Soccer and Univision Deportes: Houston - Olimpia at 8pm and Real Salt Lake - Herediano at 10pm. Galavision has Chorrillo - Monterrey at 10pm.

Upside: Hungry for three points

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Their Words "It was a well-earned point for us. They always play us tough and although we are both in the playoffs, they came in here hungry for three points. I can't say enough about my teammates who were able to respond when they needed to. We've been doing it all year long, and to win the season series against the Galaxy is special.

Evans wins POTW

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Seattle Sounders midfielder Brad Evans won Player of the Week for Week 33, Major League Soccer announced on Monday. Evans scored twice in Seattle's 3-1 win against Dallas. Evans received 11 of the 18 first-place votes. Sporting KC goalkeeper Jimmy Nielsen got three, DC's Nick DeLeon two, and one each for Seattle's Michael Gspurning and LA's Robbie Keane.

Corner: Columbus

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It's always interesting to see how a club's season really ends. For the Columbus Crew, it was playing defensively with time running out in Washington DC. In need of three points rather than one, for some reason Columbus looked like the team playing for the tie. They paid for it, giving up a stoppage time winner and exiting the playoffs while a chorus of United supporters let them know exactly what had happened.

MLS Week 32: Regular Season Champions

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San Jose already had the Supporters' Shield in place when they took the field against Los Angeles on Sunday night. That game finished 2-2 with all goals scored in the second-half. Robbie Keane put the Galaxy up in the 59th with Marvin Chavez equalizing for San Jose two minutes later. Edson Buddle put LA back in front in the 69th, with Chris Wondolowski equalizing in the 73rd minute.

National Teamers Abroad: Premier League starts

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In the Premier League, Brad Friedel and Clint Dempsey were in the starting eleven for Spurs, losing 4-2 to Chelsea in a London derby. Chelsea were in front by the 17th minute at White Hart Lane, with William Gallas equalizing for Tottenham in the 47th minute. Spurs went ahead when Jermaine Defoe scored seven minutes later.

FIFA draw to decide Hex schedule

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CONCACAF announced on Friday that the Hexagonal round of World Cup Qualifying will start on February 6th, concluding on October 15th. What they didn't announce was the schedule, with the confederation opting to let FIFA determine the draw. That will happen within the next thirty days.

Schmid sanctioned by Commissioner

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Major League Soccer commissioner Don Garber announced on Friday that he was suspending Seattle coach Sigi Schmid one game and fining him $2,000 dollars for criticizing the officials following Seattle's 0-0 draw with Salt Lake on Wednesday. "Sigi Schmid's comments earlier this week about the officiating were unacceptable," Garber said in a press statement.

Weekend TV: London derby

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Saturday Fox Soccer has the US Women - Germany friendly at 6:30pm. Premier League on ESPN2: Spurs - Chelsea at 7:30am. On Fox Soccer: Manchester United - Stoke City at 9:30am, Norwich - Arsenal at 12pm, and Liverpool - Reading at 3:30pm. Fox Soccer Plus has WBA - Manchester City at 9:45am, Fulham - Aston Villa at 12pm, and West Ham United - Southampton at 2pm.

Upside: You're not catching him

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Their Words "The more touches that he has, the better off they're going to be, that's rule number one. Once he gets it, then you have to do a good job of containing and keep him in front of you, once he gets in behind you, you're not catching him." LA defender Todd Dunivant, speaking about San Jose's Marvin Chavez.

Road to Brazil: episode 6

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Klinsmann, CONCACAF, and the Eastern Conference

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (Oct 19, 2012) US Soccer Players – Letters time, and we start with Will's response to Field Conditions where I made the field in St Johns the principle antagonist in the Antigua & Barbuda – USA story: "You have a point, but I think you're letting Klinsmann off too easy.

Friday's TV

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Championship on beIN Sport: Sheffield Wednesday - Leeds United at 2:40pm. Ligue 1 on Univision Deportes: Bordeaux - Lille at 2:30pm. Bundesliga on GolTV: Hoffenheim - Greuther Furth at 2:30pm. Liga MX on ESPN Deportes: Jaguares - Puebla at 8:30pm. All Times Eastern

Russia - USA set for Nov 14th

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The United States Soccer Federation announced on Thursday that the US National Team will play Russia at Kuban Stadium in Krasnodar on November 14th. The game will be available on ESPN2 and Univision Deportes at 10am ET.

Upside: Try to win

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Their Words "We came here to try to win the game. We tried to do it. Like I said, we tried to find the space. We worked hard to try to score a goal, but we couldn't do it." Salt Lake midfielder Javier Morales. Other Sources U.S. must resolve key issues before the Hexagonal in ‘13 - from The Sporting News's Brian Straus: Klinsmann now has more than three months to plan for the Hexagonal.

Questions: Hexagonal qualifying

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By Tony Edwards - San Jose, CA (Oct 18, 2012) US Soccer Players -- Tony looks at CONCACAF avoiding taking the lead on scheduling for 2013, a landmark event in Stuart Holden's recovery, and Brian Mullan's incredible playoff run ending. Now that the United States has advanced to the final round of World Cup 2014 qualifications (the hex), when can I buy my tickets for US home games?

Seattle 0 - Salt Lake 0

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Major League Soccer's return to action on Wednesday night at CenturyLink Field ended in a scoreless draw. Seattle's Zach Scott picked up a second yellow card in the 30th minute, and RSL couldn't capitalize on the man advantage. Salt Lake finished with 13 shots to Seattle's 10, putting five of those on frame to the Sounders' two.

Thursday's TV: Del Rey

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beIN Sport has Las Palmas - Racing Santander in the third round of the Copa Del Rey at 3pm ET.

Upside: Very pleased

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Their Words "We are very, very pleased with Cameron's development. He came in for the first time in January camp and I was impressed by him. He told me: ‘I want to go to Europe. I want to make it.' I told him what it takes to get there and what to do. He's a very hungry kid." US National Team coach Jurgen Klinsmann.

Gamesmanship in CONCACAF

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By Jason Davis - WASHINGTON, DC (Oct 17, 2012) US Soccer Players -- The United States went down to St John's, Antigua and--get this--found the conditions difficult. The field was a bog, slapped down in the middle of a cricket oval that had not wanted for use. It was muddy. The footing was intermittently treacherous.

Canada's exit is an MLS problem

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (Oct 17, 2012) US Soccer Players – Trust me, I checked and the site still reads "US Soccer Players. Still, what's happening with Canada impacts all of CONCACAF. This is a Confederation in need of strong teams, and Canada can't get it right frequently enough to matter.

USA - Guatemala: Post-game press conference

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USA - Guatemala: Player reaction

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WCQ: USA 3 - Guatemala 1

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Highlights: USA 3 - Guatemala 1

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Quote Sheet: USA 3 - Guatemala 1

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Coach Jurgen Klinsmann On the match against Guatemala: "We'd like to thank that amazing crowd here and the people involved in the game here in Kansas City. It was phenomenal. It was quite an experience for all of us, even for the European players who are used to big places. I think the performance overall was very good.

Wednesday's TV: Major League Soccer

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Club soccer returns with MLS on NBC Sports Network: Seattle - Real Salt Lake at 10pm ET.

Upside: Improve it

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Their Words "If they are going to spend all that money on Anfield and improve it, then fantastic. I'm very happy at that news." Liverpool midfielder Steven Gerrard. Other Sources The chip on Clint Dempsey's shoulder - from ESPN's Roger Bennett: "to try to get to Brazil and go as far as possible." U.S.

Questions: How many keepers?

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By Tony Edwards - San Jose, CA (Oct 16, 2012) US Soccer Players -- In Tuesday's column, Tony counts the goalkeepers in Seattle, contrasts the soccer and gridiron situation in Vancouver, and digs deeper into penalty kicks. How many goalkeepers are on the Sounders roster? Five: Michael Gspurning, Marcus Hahnemann, Andrew Weber, Josh Ford, and Bryan Meredith.

Studio 90: USA - Guatemala

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Preview: USA - Guatemala

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By Charles Boehm - WASHINGTON, DC (Oct 16, 2012) US Soccer Players -- The United States National Team has weathered rough results, injury, and challenging away dates all leading up to the finale of the semifinal round of CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying. Circumstances favor the US as they prepare to host Guatemala on Tuesday evening at Livestrong Park in Kansas City, Kansas.

Field Level: Antigua Barbuda - USA

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Tuesday's TV: CONCACAF semis

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CONCACAF's semifinal World Cup Qualifying stage concludes with USA - Guatemala on ESPN2 and TeleFutura at 7pm. beIN Sport has Jamaica - Antigua & Barbuda delayed at 12:30am. Univision has Mexico - El Salvador at 9pm. Honduras - Canada is delayed on beIN Sport at 10:30pm (live on beIN en Espanol at 4pm).

USA - Guatemala: Monday press conference

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Upside: A big difference

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Their Words "The biggest challenge at FIFA is the way FIFA is organised. FIFA is a summary of its Member Associations, so FIFA belongs to its Member Associations. Therefore we cannot just impose regulations – we have to convince the Member Associations. That's a big difference compared to a privately organised firm.

Corner: Anfield

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Nothing sells newspapers like feigning outrage, so the response from our English friends to Liverpool's announcement that they'll be restructuring their stadium rather than building a new one is going as expected. After all, this is a team that's been flirting with a nice new home somewhere in the greater metropolitan era for longer than it would take to build a succession of several stadiums.

Field Conditions

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (Oct 9, 2012) US Soccer Players – Anyone who follows club cup competitions knows that sometimes the overmatched team manages to win. It's the ‘giant killer' cliché of English soccer, when the mighty topflight club rolls into town and exits the tournament courtesy of a third division team.

National Teamers Abroad: Liga MX

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Mexico's Liga MX played over the international break. Michael Orozco subbed on in the 89th minute for San Luis in their 2-2 draw with Atlante. Luis Mendoza opened the scoring for San Luis in the 2nd minute with Noe Maya doubling that lead in the 61st. Atlante scored in the 81st and equalized three minutes into stoppage time.

Fabian Johnson to miss Guatemala game

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The illness that kept Fabian Johnson from reporting to camp will keep him out of the October qualifiers entirely, the US Soccer Federation confirmed in an announcement. Johnson has the flu, and will not be available for Tuesday's game against Guatemala. That leaves the USA with 16 field players and three goalkeepers.

Antigua & Barbuda - USA: Post-game press conference

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Antigua & Barbuda - USA: Player reaction

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Media: Antigua & Barbuda 1 - USA 2

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Late Goal Eases Pressure on U.S. in World Cup Qualifying - from The NY Times' Brian Sciaretta: It was a difficult week for the United States.... U.S. can breathe after stunning win against Antigua; more thoughts - from SI.com's Grant Wahl: What's more, Klinsmann picked a strange time to teach a lesson.

WCQ: Antigua Barbuda 1 - USA 2

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Eddie Johnson scored both goals on a troubling night for the United States against Antigua & Barbuda. Johnson opened the scoring in the 20th minute at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium. Antigua & Barbuda equalized in the 25th minute, and the USA seemed unable to put together attacking moves on the tiny field in North Sound.

WCQ: Guatemala 2 - Jamaica 1

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Guatemala got a late winner to take three points at home in CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying on Friday night. Carlos Figueroa opened the scoring in the 16th minute, with Jamaica's Luton Shelton equalizing from the penalty spot in the 61st. Carlos Ruiz won the game for Guatemala in the 85th. The United States and Guatemala meet in the final Group A match day tied on points and goal differential.

Quote Sheet: Antigua Barbuda 1 - USA 2

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Coach Jurgen Klinsmann On the match overall: "We knew they would take this game as the game of their lives, and that's what they did. We mentioned it to the players many times and made them aware of it. We expected the game to be very difficult. They have quality players in their side that can surprise you, which they did when they scored the equalizer.

Highlights: Antigua & Barbuda 1 - USA 2

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Weekend TV: Liga MX

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Mexico's Liga MX has games on the schedule during the international break. On Saturday, Univision Deportes has Santos Laguna - Tijuana at 8pm. Same time for San Luis - Atlante on Univision Deportes 2, Monterrey - Toluca on TeleFutura, and Leon - Tigres on Telemundo. On Sunday, UNAM Pumas - Pachuca is on Univision at 1pm.

Upside: From the ground up

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Their Words "I remember talking to Bruce after I left DC I told myself, I need more time, I need to get back in the trenches and relearn my methodology and become a better coach from the ground up. So, I told him, if you ever had a position open, whether I can be helping the academy or the reserve team and be in the trenches, to better myself as a coach, I want to.

Studio 90: Antigua & Barbuda - USA preview

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Preview: Antigua & Barbuda - USA

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By Charles Boehm - WASHINGTON, DC (Oct 11, 2012) US Soccer Players -- United States President Barack Obama is campaigning for reelection which will do much to define his legacy in his homeland. Yet, he's already been immortalized by the Caribbean island of Antigua, whose tallest point was renamed "Mount Obama" three years ago in a nod to his status as "the first black president of the United States of America, as a symbol of.

Friday's TV: Qualifiers

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The Antigua & Barbuda - USA World Cup Qualifier is on beIN Sport at 10pm. Also in CONCACAF, beIN has Guatemala - Jamaica at 7pm. Guyana - Mexico is on Telemundo at 8pm. beIN Sport en Espanol has Panama - Honduras at 10pm. UEFA World Cup Qualifying on ESPN2: Russia - Portugal at 11am. ESPN Deportes has Belarus - Spain at 2pm, Armenia - Italy at 4pm, and Holland - Andorra at 6pm.

Upside: As best we can

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Their Words "We have to make sure we play the football we have been trying to do. We have been working hard all week. The Manager has told us what he expects of us and we have to try and do that as best we can." England captain Wayne Rooney. Other Sources Michael Bradley providing leadership for U.S.

Questions: Goal difference

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By Tony Edwards - San Jose, CA (Oct 11, 2012) US Soccer Players -- In Thursday's column, Tony outlines the Galaxy's playoff options, measures negative goal difference, and compares point totals in the Eastern Conference as a feature of an unbalanced schedule. What's the best option for the Galaxy at this point in the season?

Tell Me About: Brondby

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The other half of the Copenhagen derby, Brondby are a club trying to recapture their magic when they regularly topped the table in Denmark's SuperLiga. It hasn't been easy, with Brondby a work in progress attempting to shake off the indignities of the lower reaches of the league. Why Are We Here? Brondby's captain is United States National Team defender Clarence Goodson.

Road to Brazil: episode 5

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Castillo, Fabian Johnson out for USA

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Edgar Castillo will miss both of the October World Cup Qualifiers and Fabian Johnson won't be in the squad for the first game, the US Soccer Federation announced on Wednesday. Castillo injured his foot and Johnson is recovering from the flu. "Obviously it's a difficult situation losing Fabian for the Antigua game and Edgar being unavailable for both," USA coach Jurgen Klinsmann said in a press statement.

Thursday's TV

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No games today.

Upside: How they train

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Their Words "But they've all got to be doing it on the training pitch first and foremost. Players get judged all time on how they train everyday and how they go about their business." Birmingham City manager Lee Clark. Other Sources Boca, Edu heavy-hearted in Gers exit - from Fox Soccer's Leander Schaerlaeckens: "If the national team wasn't involved, I would have 100 percent stayed with no regrets.

Video: Klinsmann previews October Qualifiers

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Friedel's Position

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By Jason Davis - WASHINGTON, DC (Oct 10, 2012) US Soccer Players -- If you're American, a fan of Brad Friedel's, someone who buys the notion that players should keep their starting jobs as long as their performances are up to snuff, or all of the above, it's a little difficult to stop and celebrate the end of Friedel's historic 310-game streak of Premier League appearances.

MLS Week 31 Highlights

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Klinsmann reworks roster

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USA coach Jurgen Klinsmann announced on Tuesday that Brek Shea (abdominal strain) and Landon Donovan (knee) would miss the October World Cup Qualifiers due to injury. Both players reported to camp where they were diagnosed and eventually released. "It's unfortunate for Landon and Brek that they won't be able to play," Klinsmann said in a press statement.

Wednesday's TV

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No games today.

Upside: High-paced game

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Their Words "We want to play a high-paced game, we want to push the back line up, we want high pressure whenever it's possible and we want to combine this as much as possible. This type of style was not doable in Jamaica because the field was impossible to play a passing game." US National Team coach Jurgen Klinsmann.

Questions: MLS numbers and trouble for FC Dallas

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By Tony Edwards - San Jose, CA (Oct 9, 2012) US Soccer Players -- In Tuesday's column, Tony asks what has become of Major League Soccer's commitment to American players, looks at league-wide penalty kick numbers, and wonders about management decisions in Dallas and New Jersey. What is the percentage of minutes played in MLS by American players this season?

Kenny Cooper and New York push for the postseason

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By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Oct 9, 2012) US Soccer Players -- Kenny Cooper is having a standout season. Cooper's 16 goals – twice his tally from all of 2011 when he played for the Portland Timbers – is proof of that. Cooper is second in Major League Soccer among scorers behind the record-setting Chris Wondolowski.

Bolton parts ways with manager

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Tim Ream and Stuart Holden's club Bolton Wanderers announced on Tuesday that manager Owen Coyle has been 'relieved of his duties.' The club will begin the search for a new manager while their academy coaches Jimmy Phillips and Sammy Lee serve on an interim basis. In a press statement, Bolton chairman Phil Gartside said: "Owen poured his heart and soul into the job, both on and off the pitch, and he led our club with.

Waiting for the MLS Moment

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (Oct 9, 2012) US Soccer Players – When I was first starting out covering soccer, I had lots of questions. Unfortunately, I was dealing with Major League Soccer where there weren't a lot of easy answers. In fairness to MLS back then, the problems were plentiful and their answers kept the League going through a tough era.

National Teamers Abroad: Draws and Shutouts

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Michael Bradley is the story from Europe, scoring for Roma in their 2-0 shutout of Atalanta. Erik Lamela opened the scoring in the 30th minute with Bradley doubling the lead in the 62nd. Roma are 5th in Serie A. In Austria, Terrence Boyd also got a goal over the weekend scoring Rapid Vienna's equalizer in the 1-1 draw with Wiener Neustadt.

MLS Week 31: Spots Still Open

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Seattle's crowd was the easiest story from Week 31 in Major League Soccer, but the big news is the open playoff spots in the Eastern Conference. Only Chicago closed out a place, using a 2-0 win over New York at Red Bull Arena to advance to the postseason. With two rounds remaining, Chicago now has 2nd-place all to themselves.

Corner: Clasicos

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What counts as a big game for American soccer fans? Over the weekend, world soccer provided multiple opportunities to answer that question. Milan - Inter Milan, Real Madrid - Barcelona, Club America - Chivas.... All three easily qualify as big games, arguably bigger than the leagues where those clubs play.

Wondolowski wins POTW

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Chris Wondolowski's three goals and an assist performance against Colorado won the San Jose forward the Player of the Week award for Week 31. This is Wondolowski's fourth award this season, and the 12th time he's scored a game-winning goal in 2012. He received 16 of the 20 first-place votes. Vancouver's Camilo got two votes, along with votes for Real Salt Lake's Fabian Espindola and Chicago's Sherjill MacDonald.

USA roster for October Qualifiers

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On Monday, United States National Team coach Jurgen Klinsmann announced his squad for the World Cup Qualifiers against Antigua & Barbuda (Oct 12th - 7pm ET, beIN Sport) and Guatemala (Oct 16th - 7pm ET, ESPN2). "The mentality we are bringing into these two games is to get six points," Klinsmann said in a press statement.

Upside: The standings

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Their Words "I haven't really looked at the standings, I don't really care. We go out the next game and we play to win." LA Galaxy coach Bruce Arena. Other Sources Is Chris Wondolowski worth a million dollars to San Jose? - from Goal.com's Kyle McCarthy: He is an irreplaceable figure for his club. A stop and chat with Don Garber - from The Seattle Times' Joshua Mayers: "I'm here just to experience it.

Tuesday's TV

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No games today.

Weekend TV: Clasicos

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Saturday EPL on ESPN2: Manchester City - Sunderland at 7:30am. Fox Soccer has Chelsea - Norwich at 9:30am, West Ham - Arsenal at 12pm, Swansea - Reading at 2:30pm, and WBA - QPR at 4:30pm. Championship on beIN Sport: Birmingham - Huddersfield at 10am. Scottish Premier League on Fox Soccer Plus: Celtic - Hearts at 7:45am.

Upside: Really got going

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Their Words "We really got going, put up a strong defence and were very dangerous on the counter. My players deserve a great amount of respect for that." Hannover 96 manager Mirko Slomka. Other Sources Jozy Altidore's lessons from obscurity - from Fox Soccer's Leander Schaerlaeckens: Altidore was nevertheless aware that something needed to change.

San Jose's Goonies turned Bash Brothers

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By Zac Lee Rigg - LOS ANGELES, CA (Oct 5, 2012) US Soccer Players -- Take the storyline from one of the big-hearted kids' movies from the early '90s, plop it in Major League Soccer, and you get Steven Lenhart and Alan Gordon. They know it, too. A few months ago, after yet another dramatic late comeback, a 3-2 win over the LA Galaxy, Lenhart referenced a 1985 hit: "Goonies never say die.

Life in interesting times with Coach Klinsmann

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By Charles Boehm - WASHINGTON, DC (Oct 5, 2012) US Soccer Players -- The Yanks' 1-0 win over Jamaica in Columbus on September 11th calmed the nerves of fans who, thanks to the historic defeat in Kingston four days prior, had been stewing in semi-apocalyptic visions of missing out on World Cup qualification for the first time in a quarter-century.

MLS's fines

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (Oct 5, 2012) US Soccer Players – Major League Soccer gave us an interesting contrast this week. On Tuesday, they announced that Portland Timbers owner Merritt Paulson will pay a $25k fine for tweeting his opinions on the officiating. The very next day, FC Dallas coach Schellas Hyndman was fined for "public criticism of the officials.

Europa League: Hannover lead Group L

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Steve Cherundolo got the start for Hannover 96 in a 2-1 win over Levante at AWD-Arena. Hannover played a man down from the 9th-minute and trailed when Levante converted the ensuing penalty. Szabolcs Huszti equalized from the penalty spot in the 21st and Didier Ya Konan scored Hannover's winner in the 49th minute.

CONCACAF returns to FA for coaching education

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CONCACAF has announced that it will once again be using England's Football Association for coaching education. One coach from each of CONCACAF's countries will receive training from the FA at their facility at St George's Park. "This initiative is a first step into fulfilling our commitment to promote development in our region," CONCACAF president Jeffrey Webb said in a press statement.

Friday's TV: Bundesliga, Ligue 1, SPL, and Liga

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Bundesliga on GolTV: Augsburg - Werder Bremen at 2:30pm. Ligue 1 on beIN Sport: St Etienne - Nancy at 2:45pm. Scottish Premier League on Fox Soccer Plus: Inverness - Ross County at 2:45pm. La Liga on beIN Sport en Espanol: Celta Vigo - Sevilla at 3:30pm (7pm on beIN). All Times Eastern

Upside: Either goal

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Their Words "Obviously we weren't effective enough in front of either goal. We started off pretty well, controlling most of the game, but in the end it doesn't mean anything if you make critical mistakes in front of your goal and you don't finish plays in front of their goal." Chivas USA coach Robin Fraser.

Wondolowski wins third Player of the Month award

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Major League Soccer announced on Thursday that San Jose's Chris Wondolowski is MLS's Player of the Month for September 2012. Wondolowski won the award in April and June, setting a new record for awards in a single season. The MLS leader in scoring, Wondolowski had four goals and two assists in September.

Questions: Work rate

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By Tony Edwards - San Jose, CA (Oct 4, 2012) US Soccer Players -- In Thursday's column, Tony looks at the impact two untimely injuries might have, asks when Chivas USA is going to score again, and salutes two players who more than put in a shift this season. How much does losing Mehdi Ballouchy for the season hurt San Jose's chances in the playoffs?

Why isn't MLS like Europe?

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By Jason Davis - WASHINGTON, DC (Oct 4, 2012) US Soccer Players -- Like reports from a distant front, American soccer fans often hear from players who have taken their careers abroad that everything in Europe is more. More intense, more engrossing, more strenuous, just a lot more. Players who have permanently moved to the Continent speak of constant competition for places.

KickTV: Improving soccer coverage

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Union and Whitecaps win on Wednesday

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Chicago couldn't come up with enough in front of 16,375 at Toyota Park to take advantage of their 31st game, losing 3-1 to Philadelphia. With any points, the Fire would've taken 2nd-place in the East as they pulled level on games played with the contenders. Instead, they remain in 3rd trailing New York on goal difference.

Schalke draw, Malaga win

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In Champions League play involving National Teamers on Wednesday, Schalke 04 and Montpellier drew 2-2 at Veltins-Arena. Montpellier opened the scoring in the 13th minute with Schalke's Julian Draxler equalizing in the 26th. Montpellier's Garry Bocaly was red carded in the 52nd minute and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar converted the ensuing penalty.

Thursday's TV: Lots of Europa

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Europa League on Fox Soccer: Panathinaikos - Spurs at 1pm, Liverpool - Udinese at 3pm, and Atletico Madrid - Victoria Plzen at 5pm. Fox Soccer Plus has Neftci - Inter Milan at 12pm, Newcastle - Bordeaux at 3pm and Sparta Prague - Bilbao at 5pm. Liga MX on ESPN Deportes: Jaguares - Morelia at 9:30pm. All Times Eastern

Upside: Our form

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Their Words "We feel confident now and our form has been impressive. We don't stop here though. We have to improve our home form as well and we have to focus on that to make sure we continue this sequence." Spurs manager Andre Villas-Boas. Other Sources Winning boosts soccer in San Jose, Kansas City - from USA Today's Frederick Dreier: "In years past that didn't happen.

October 2012 FIFA Ranking

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The United States moved up a spot to 32nd in the FIFA World Ranking released on Wednesday. The USA split a home and away series of World Cup Qualifiers against Jamaica during the rankings period. Mexico moves two spots to 19th, followed by Panama at 43rd and Jamaica at 52nd. Haiti leaped 17 places to 60th, moving ahead of Canada at 61st and Honduars at 66th.

New York's Groove

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (Oct 3, 2012) US Soccer Players – There are at least a couple dozen pro sports clichés that warn against what the New York Red Bulls announced on Tuesday. With three games remaining in the season, New York made the move of a club out of the playoffs and already looking to next season.

Champions League: Nordsjaelland 0 - Chelsea 4

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Michael Parkhurst got the start for Nordsjaelland in Champions League play on Tuesday, but the SuperLigaen club and were competitive for long stretches against Chelsea. The defending champions went up in the 33rd minute when Mata scored, with that holding until David Luiz doubled the lead in the 79th.

Red Bulls announce front office changes

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The New York Red Bulls have named former AS Monaco president Jerome de Bontin as the Major League Soccer club's new general manager. He replaces Erik Soler who takes an advisory role, with de Bontin focusing on the business side. Red Bulls global head of soccer Gerard Houllier will run the soccer side for both the New York and Salzburg clubs.

Garber fines Timbers owner

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By Major League Soccer standards, Portland Timbers owner Merritt Paulson was fined significantly for "inappropriate conduct directed at the officials, and through the use of social media, during and after the Timbers' match against D.C. United on Sept 29, 2012." MLS commissioner Don Garber levied a $25,000 dollar fine.

Wednesday's TV: Champs League and Liga MX

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Champions League on Fox Soccer: Zenit St Petersburg - Milan at 12pm, Manchester City - Borussia Dortmund at 2pm, Arsenal - Olympiacos at 5pm, and Ajax - Real Madrid at 7pm (2pm on Fox Soccer Plus). Liga MX on Univision Deportes: Toluca - Queretaro at 8pm and Monterrey - Tijuana at 10pm. Galavision has Santos Laguna - Atlas at 9pm.

Upside: Nothing stopping

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Their Words "If Chelsea can do it, then we can do it. There's nothing stopping us going all the way." Arsenal defender Carl Jenkinson. Other Sources Icelandic-American Johansson, Europe's hottest striker - from Soccer America's Paul Kennedy: Johannsson, who has played for Iceland's under-21 national team, would need to petition FIFA to make a one-time switch.

Ramos calls in 19

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United States Under-20 National Team coach has named a roster of 19 players in advance of the 2012 Marbella Cup. The USA plays Canada, Scotland, and Azerbaijan starting on October 6th in Spain. "For this trip in particular, there was no specific thought in terms of needing to select a certain percentage of players from any one camp that we've had," Ramos told US Soccer's official site.

Crew announces permanent Urso tribute

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The Columbus Crew will dedicate a plaque and oak tree in the club's Founders Park in memory of midfielder Kirk Urso. The Urso memorial will be located adjacent to the statue of club founder Lamar Hunt. "Kirk was known and admired for his hard-working attitude and winning character both on and off the field," Crew president Mark McCullers said.

Questions: Attendance and Awards

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By Tony Edwards - San Jose, CA (Oct 2, 2012) US Soccer Players -- In Tuesday's column, Tony asks about Major League Soccer's chances of getting the average attendance over 20,000, explains how the Galaxy are dealing with losing another defender to injury, and targets what Philadelphia needs to work on for 2013.

Week 30 Highlights

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Tuesday's TV: Champions League groups

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UEFA Champions League on Fox Soccer: Spartak Moscow - Celtic at 12pm, Cluj - Manchester United at 2:30pm, Nordsjaelland - Chelsea at 5pm (2:30pm on Fox Soccer Plus), and Benfica - Barcelona at 7pm. All Times Eastern

Upside: Every footballer

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Their Words "Those teams will carry not only the pride and hopes of their national association, but also those of every footballer in their country, from the youngest child chasing a football in the park, to the most seasoned veteran whose passion for the game has only deepened with the passage of time.

Corner: Houston

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If you had to pick a contending team that has yet to qualify for Major League Soccer's playoffs, it's questionable whether or not Houston is the best selection. The Dynamo might have already made their run for 2012, and what we're seeing now is a team with its best soccer in the rearview mirror. Currently 5th-place in the Eastern Conference where only leaders Sporting Kansas City have formally advanced to the playoffs and with only.

Henry wins POTW

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Thierry Henry's three assists and a goal in New York's 4-1 win over Toronto was enough for Player of the Week honors in Week 30. Henry also won the award in week's 2, 3, 5, and 28. He was the League's Player of the Month in March.

Tell Me About: Nordsjaelland

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Nordsjaelland had the best finish of their short history last season, showing that they can compete in Denmark's SuperLigaen. They had help from their US National Team defender. Last season's title means this season there's Champions League soccer on the schedule, with Nordsjaelland part of Group E with Juventus, Shakhtar Donetsk, and defending champions Chelsea.

National Teamers Abroad: Dempsey

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US National team player Clint Dempsey was one of the heroes for Tottenham Hotspur, beating Manchester United 3-2 on Saturday at Old Trafford. Brad Friedel was in goal for Spurs who opened the scoring through Jan Vertonghen in the 2nd minute. Spurs were up two by the 32nd when Gareth Bale scored. United cut the lead to one in the 51st, but Dempsey had them ahead by two goals a minute later.

MLS Week 30: Four Goals

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We got two examples of Major League Soccer teams scoring four times over the weekend, starting with New York's 4-1 defeat of Toronto. This is exactly the kind of game where the Red Bulls should be scoring in numbers, but it wouldn't be MLS in 2012 without drama. That came courtesy of Toronto's 6th minute opener, meaning New York's onslaught was a comeback effort.