USSoccerPlayers Archives for January 2012

Weekend TV: The Premier League Takes Over the Schedule

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With most of the major European leagues on break, England's Premier League dominates the Dec 29-30 weekend schedule on US TV. Read More

Friday’s Upside: The Most Significant Change

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The soccer news for the last Friday in 2012, with words from Chelsea goalkeeper Peter Cech and previews for the weekend in the EPL. Read More

2012 Sets the Example for American Soccer in 2013

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That USA win over Mexico? It wasn't enough to take the top spot in Jason Davis's end of year roundup of top moments in US soccer. Read More

New Year for the US National Team Players

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Charles Boehm examines the situations for the USA National Team regulars as we move into 2013 and the final stage of World Cup Qualifying. Read More

Anderlecht 4 – Lierse 1

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Sacha Kljestan and Anderlecht picked up another win in the Belgian Pro League on Dec 27, 2012. Read More

Thursday’s Upside: A Very Disappointing Sequence

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The soccer news roundup for Dec 27 starts with a management decision from Blackburn Rovers. Read More

Questions: How Many Defenders is Enough in Toronto?

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Tony is back with the questions, this time asking about Toronto's defense and the longest uninterrupted rivalry in US pro soccer. Read More

The Two Uniteds and the Boxing Day Letdown

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Is the Premier League missing an international opportunity by not insuring high profile games are scheduled for Boxing Day? Read More

National Teamers Abroad: Big win for Stoke on Boxing Day

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Geoff Cameron's Stoke City beat Liverpool 3-1 on Boxing Day to move up to 8th in the Premier League table. Read More

Chivas USA names Dennis Te Kloese the Club’s ‘Sporting President’

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On Wednesday, Chivas USA confirmed that Dennis Te Kloese is the club's new Sporting President. He will hold the same role with Chivas. Read More

Friedel Completes Deal with Spurs for Another Season

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US soccer player Brad Friedel completes a deal for another season with Tottenham Hotspur. Friedel is battling for the starting spot at the club. Read More

Thurs-Fri Soccer TV: Cleared Schedule

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The soccer television listings in the United States for December 27-28, 2012. Read More

Tues-Wed Soccer TV: Boxing Day in the EPL Awaits

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No games on Christmas, but plenty the day after courtesy of the English Premier League. It's no surprise that our picks feature US players. Read More

National Teamers Abroad: Tough Game for Villa, Win for Roma

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Aston Villa had a tough afternoon at Stamford Bridge, but the news was better for Michael Bradley and Roma. Read More

Friday’s Upside: Leeds United’s New Owners “overwhelmed by the reaction”

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Friday's roundup of soccer news contains a compliment for Aston Villa's Brad Guzan and new owners for Leeds United. Read More

Weekend TV: Big Games for Bradley’s Milan and Onyewu’s Malaga

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The soccer TV listings for the weekend of Dec 22-23 featuring Roma - Milan and Malaga - Real Madrid. Read More

Malaga Suspended from Future European Tournaments and Fined

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Malaga will miss at least one European tournament over the next four seasons after UEFA sanctioned the club. Read More

Friday’s TV: Serie and Liga

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USA soccer television for Dec 21, 2012 featuring games from Serie A, La Liga, and Ligue 1. Read More

Upside: Tie of the Round

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What you need to know from the world of soccer for Dec 20, 2012 including the response to Real Madrid drawing Manchester United in the Champions League. Read More

Agbossoumonde Joins Toronto through Weighted Lottery

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Gale Agbossoumonde joins Toronto FC from a weighted lottery. Read More

Questions: FC Tactics

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Tony Edwards has answers for Dallas's attempt at reviving the 442, Major League Soccer's decision to play in early March, and draft caginess. Read More

Champions League Schedule for National Teamers

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UEFA released the schedules for the knockout round of the 2012-13 Champions League and Europa League on Thursday. Read More

New Ball for MLS

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Major League Soccer gets a new adidas ball for the 2013 season. Read More

Training days

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Charles Boehm looks at scheduling problems across American soccer from MLS, to college, to the Developmental Academy. Read More

Hannover exit DFB Pokal

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Hannover 96 exit the 2012-13 German Cup in the Round of 16 after a loss to Borussia Dortmund on Dec 19, 2012. Read More

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Thursday’s TV: La Liga

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Lots of La Liga for soccer on television for Dec 20, 2012. Read More

Wednesday’s Upside: The plan

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The soccer news roundup for Dec 19th, 2012 featuring a US National Team player on Forbes' 30 Under 30 list and an alum looking to Canada. Read More

CCL Knockout Stage Schedule

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On Wednesday, CONCACAF released the schedule for the quarterfinal round of the Champions League. Read More

Tell Me About: FC Augsburg

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With Michael Parkhurst signing with a new club, here's a brief history of FC Augsburg, their city, and their stadium. Read More

December 2012 FIFA Ranking

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The United States are 28th in the FIFA World Rankings for December 2012. Read More

Parkhurst Moves to Bundesliga

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US National Team defender Michael Parkhurst joins Bundesliga club FC Augsburg. Read More

Goals for Altidore and Onyewu

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US National Team players Jozy Altidore and Oguchi Onyewu scored in their clubs' domestic cup competitions on Tuesday, December 18, 2012. Read More

Tuesday’s Upside: Put together poorly

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Soccer news and links for Dec 18, 2012 featuring Bruce Arena's opinion on last season's schedule and the National Team in Houston. Read More

Wednesday’s TV: Cups

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Steve Cherundolo's Hannover 96 travels to the Westfalenstadion to play Borussia Dortmund in the DFB Pokal Round ... Read More

Questions: CCL Teams

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Tony Edwards ask about the strength of squads for Major League Soccer's teams in the CONCACAF Champions League knockout stage. Read More

2013 MLS Home Openers

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On Tuesday, Dec 18, Major League Soccer released the opening home games for its 19 clubs in 2013. Read More

The Juninhos Story

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LA took a chance with an unproven Juninho while New York signed a legend. Which is the best way forward for Major League Soccer? Read More

USA – Canada Announced for Jan 29

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The United States plays Canada on Jan 29th in Houston, the US Soccer Federation announced on Monday. Read More

Tuesday’s TV: Coppa

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The soccer TV listings for Dec 18, 2012. Read More

Monday’s Upside: Together

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Soccer news and links for Dec 17, 2012. Read More

Corner: Arsenal

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Do Arsenal have to act now to salvage their season, or do they have more time than their critics think? Read More

Juninho to New York

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The New York Red Bulls announced on Dec 17 that they have signed Juninho. Read More

Buddle, Califf, Casey Get New MLS Clubs

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Danny Califf and Conor Casey got new clubs through the Re-Entry Draft and LA traded Edson Buddle to Colorado on a busy MLS Friday. Read More

Schalke 04 get new coach

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Schalke 04 replaced coach Huub Stevens with Jens Keller over the weekend. Read More

National Teamers Abroad: Two for Jozy, Big Win for Villa

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Jozy Altodire scored twice and Brad Guzan and Eric Lichaj's Aston Villa beat Liverpool in an exciting weekend for US soccer players in Europe. Read More

Weekend TV: Club Cup Final

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The weekend soccer television listings, highlighted by the Club World Cup final on Sunday. Read More

Friday’s Upside: Zero impact

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Soccer news and links for Friday, Dec 14, 2012 featuring UEFA's response to racism and Financial Fair Play. Read More

Changes of scenery

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Charles Boehm looks at four National Team players and their prospects as the transfer window looms. Read More

The Playoff Picture in North America

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The NFL is considering expanding their playoffs. What can MLS learn from that discussion? Read More

Friday’s TV

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Soccer TV listings for Dec 14, 2012. Read More

Upside: You can win

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Soccer news and links for Dec 13, 2012. Read More

Questions: Passing Rates

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What MLS records might fall in 2013? Tony Edwards has the likeliest answers. Read More

Marquez, the Red Bulls, and 2013

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Rafa Marquez is no longer a member of the New York Red Bulls. What does this mean for the club? Read More

Thursday’s TV: Club World Cup

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CONCACAF's entry in the Club World Cup faces off with UEFA's early Thursday on Fox Soccer: Monterrey ... Read More

Upside: Good things

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Their Words "I just get my head down and I've been able to do that because I've ... Read More

Dempsey Wins Primera Award

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US National Team midfielder Clint Dempsey is Futbol de Primera's Player of the Year for 2012, the ... Read More

Corner: Premier League

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Is the Premier League threatening to open up in 2012-13? 16 rounds in, and Everton are a top four team. Manchester United have a six-point gap at the top of the table, but their run and gun offense and lax defending leave them vulnerable on goal difference to 2nd-place Manchester City. Yes, United won the latest Manchester derby, but there's the feeling that things could change.

Upside: Friendly matches

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Messi is already FC Barcelona's all-time highest goalscorer in official matches, ahead of César Rodríguez. However, he's third among the highest Club goalscorers when you take friendly matches into account. from Barcelona's official site.
Other Sources

Big Spending kick - from The NY Post's Rich Calder: but sources say MLS is seeking a 35-year, a $1-a-year deal with the city that includes no property taxes or revenue-sharing.

Tuesday’s TV

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English League Cup on beIN Sport: Bradford City - Arsenal at 2:45pm. Coppa Italia on beIN Sport en Espnaol: Roma - Atalanta at 3pm. All Times Eastern

Questions: Signings

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By Tony Edwards - San Jose, CA (Dec 11, 2012) US Soccer Players -- In Tuesday's column, Tony asks if the Revolution need to sign a free-kick specialist, wonders if Vancouver needs to sign a forward, and explains the differences between last week's Re-Entry Draft and this week's Re-Entry draft.

Upside: Even better

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"Over the last three years, each Manchester derby has intensified. The build-up is longer, people start talking about it earlier and the feeling when you win is even better." Manchester United midfielder Ryan Giggs.

Other Sources

Jurgen Klinsmann's mantra: More is better, more and more is best - from The Sporting News's Brian Straus: "You can only get better and get closer to the best in the world if you do more than them," Klinsmann said.

Feilhaber with Sporting KC

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United States National Team player Benny Feilhaber is now a member of Sporting Kansas City, the club announced on Tuesday. "I am really excited to come to Sporting Kansas City," Feilhaber said. "It is a top-class organization and team in Major League Soccer. My goal is to help the team however I can.

Wednesday’s TV

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USA Women - China is on Fox Soccer at 8:30pm.

FIFA Club World Cup on Fox Soccer: Ulsan - Sanfrecce at 2:30am and Al Ahly - Corinthians at 5:30am.

FA Cup on Fox Soccer: Mansfield Town - Lincoln City at 2:30pm. English League Cup on beIN: Swansea - Middlesbrough at 6pm. Copa del Rey on beIN: Barcelona - Cordoba at 2pm and Celta Vigo - Real Madrid at 4pm.

Wins for Villa and Roma in Cup

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Eric Lichaj started for Aston Villa with Brad Guzan on the bench in their 4-1 League Cup quarterfinal win over Norwich City on Tuesday. Norwich took the lead in the 19th minute at Carrow Road, but Villa were level two minutes later when Brett Holman scored. Andreas Weimann's goals in the 79th and 85th minute sealed the win for Villa, with Christian Benteke scoring their fourth in stoppage time.

New coach for Chivas USA

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Jose Luis Sanchez Sola is now in charge at Chivas USA, the club announced on Wednesday. Sola takes over from Robin Fraser, inheriting a club that finished 9th in the Western Conference.

"We are going to try to implement a more appealing style of soccer for our fans, without forgetting that we are a team that plays in the United States," Sola said in a press statement.

What Happens to College Soccer?

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By Jason Davis - WASHINGTON, DC (Dec 12, 2012) US Soccer Players -- The Indiana Hoosiers are college soccer champions. In 2012, that means something different than it did in 2002 or even 2007. The achievement is still notable, and represents a return to the top for Indiana and their eighth championship overall, but the victory comes during a very strange time for the game at the college level.

Wednesday's TV

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USA Women - China is on Fox Soccer at 8:30pm. FIFA Club World Cup on Fox Soccer: Ulsan - Sanfrecce at 2:30am and Al Ahly - Corinthians at 5:30am. FA Cup on Fox Soccer: Mansfield Town - Lincoln City at 2:30pm. English League Cup on beIN: Swansea - Middlesbrough at 6pm. Copa del Rey on beIN: Barcelona - Cordoba at 2pm and Celta Vigo - Real Madrid at 4pm.

Feilhaber with Sporting KC

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United States National Team player Benny Feilhaber is now a member of Sporting Kansas City, the club announced on Tuesday. "I am really excited to come to Sporting Kansas City," Feilhaber said. "It is a top-class organization and team in Major League Soccer. My goal is to help the team however I can.

Upside: Even better

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Their Words "Over the last three years, each Manchester derby has intensified. The build-up is longer, people start talking about it earlier and the feeling when you win is even better." Manchester United midfielder Ryan Giggs. Other Sources Jurgen Klinsmann's mantra: More is better, more and more is best - from The Sporting News's Brian Straus: "You can only get better and get closer to the best in the world if you do more than.

Questions: Signings

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By Tony Edwards - San Jose, CA (Dec 11, 2012) US Soccer Players -- In Tuesday's column, Tony asks if the Revolution need to sign a free-kick specialist, wonders if Vancouver needs to sign a forward, and explains the differences between last week's Re-Entry Draft and this week's Re-Entry draft. In the 2012 season, which team suffered the most fouls and which had the best ‘foul differential' between fouls created and fouls suffered?

Tuesday's TV

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English League Cup on beIN Sport: Bradford City - Arsenal at 2:45pm. Coppa Italia on beIN Sport en Espnaol: Roma - Atalanta at 3pm. All Times Eastern

Upside: Friendly matches

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Their Words Messi is already FC Barcelona's all-time highest goalscorer in official matches, ahead of César Rodríguez. However, he's third among the highest Club goalscorers when you take friendly matches into account. from Barcelona's official site. Other Sources Big Spending kick - from The NY Post's Rich Calder: but sources say MLS is seeking a 35-year, a $1-a-year deal with the city that includes no property taxes or revenue-sharing.

Corner: Premier League

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Is the Premier League threatening to open up in 2012-13? 16 rounds in, and Everton are a top four team. Manchester United have a six-point gap at the top of the table, but their run and gun offense and lax defending leave them vulnerable on goal difference to 2nd-place Manchester City. Yes, United won the latest Manchester derby, but there's the feeling that things could change.

National Teamers Abroad: Goals for Dempsey and Boyd

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We start with a showdown between Americans in the Premier League, with Tim Howard's Everton beating Clint Dempsey's Spurs 2-1 after staging a stoppage time comeback at Goodison Park on Sunday. Dempsey opened the scoring in the 76th minute, but Steven Pienaar equalized in the 90th and Nikica Jelavic scored the winner two minutes later.

Weekend TV: Manchester derby

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Saturday Premier League on ESPN2: Sunderland - Chelsea at 10am. Fox Soccer has Arsenal - WBA at 9:30am, Swansea - Norwich City at 12pm, and Southampton - Reading at 2pm. Fox Soccer Plus has Aston Villa - Stoke at 10am and Wigan - QPR at 2pm. Scottish Premier League on FS+: Kilmarnock - Celtic at 7:30am.

Upside: On the opponents

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Their Words "The final outcome of any game shouldn't rely on the opponents. All of the games to come will be difficult and a big challenge. We must face the situation however it turns out and try and make the best of it." Hannover 96 sporting director Jorg Schmadtke. Other Sources Lessons learned: How every MLS team should re-think its offseason plan - from The Sporting News's Brian Straus: The MLS regular season is important,.

For MLS, it's the ratings

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (Dec 7, 2012) US Soccer Players – There was a time in Major League Soccer when any and all comparisons to the original North American Soccer League soccer brought looks of shock and horror from league officials. Blaming player salaries as the primary problem with its predecessor, MLS adopted a plan to control spending known as single-entity.

Bedoya scores in Europa League

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Alejandro Bedoya scored for Helsingborg in their 3-1 over Twente in Europa League action on Thursday. Nikola Durdic opened the scoring in the 6th minute and Bedoya got a goal in the 21st. Thomas Sorum made it 3-0 in the 67th with Twente spoiling the shutout in the 74th minute. Also in Group L, Steve Cherundolo subbed on in the 71st minute for Hannover 96's 2-2 draw with Levante.

Friday's TV

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Ligue 1 on beIN and Univision Deportes: Toulouse - Bastia at 2:45pm. La Liga on beIN Espanol has Espanyol - Sevilla at 3:30pm. All Times Eastern

Upside: Honored

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Their Words "I'm honored to continue representing the Rapids and the state of Colorado." Colorado Rapids midfielder Pablo Mastroeni. Other Sources BOCANEGA CLOSE TO RETURNING FROM HAMSTRING INJURY - from Soccer by Ives: Bocanegra admitted that he nearly made a move to Major League Soccer this past summer.

Questions: More MLS Drafts

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By Tony Edwards - San Jose, CA (Dec 6, 2012) US Soccer Players -- In Thursday's column, Tony looks at Friday's Re-Entry Draft, examines the Sounders approach towards their academy players, and asks when MLS teams start preseason. How many players are theoretically available in tomorrow, and next Friday's, Re-Entry Draft?

Jones in the USA midfield

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By Charles Boehm - WASHINGTON, DC (Dec 6, 2012) US Soccer Players -- It's an old idea that communication is leadership, and Jurgen Klinsmann is doing a fair job of living out that maxim with his proactive entrées to the American soccer media. The latest was a breakfast meeting with journalists in the run-up to last week's MLS Cup at the Home Depot Center.

Thursday's TV: Club World Cup prelims

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Club World Cup on Fox Soccer: Sanfrecce Hiroshima - Auckland City at 5:30am. Europa League on Fox Soccer: Udinese - Liverpool at 1pm, Spurs - Panathinaikos at 3pm, and Bordeaux - Newcastle United at 5pm. Fox Soccer Plus has Fenerbache - 'Gladbach at 1pm, Inter Milan - Neftci at 3pm, and Viktoia Plzen - Atletico Madrid at 5pm.

Upside: Put things right

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Their Words "If you put it simply then you always have the chance to start again in football and cooking. You can always put things right and quickly secure another win. It's the same with cooking. If something goes wrong at lunch time, then you get back on track in the evening." Bayern Munich chef Alfons Schuhbeck.

MLS to Queens

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By Cesar Diaz - FLUSHING, QUEENS (Dec 5, 2012) US Soccer Players -- On Tuesday, December 4, 2012, Major League Soccer hosted a Soccer Town Hall over at the Queens Theatre. The purpose of this meeting was for the public and residents to learn about how an MLS stadium would benefit their community. Those in attendance consisted of local politicians, supporters groups, youth soccer programs, unions, local merchants and several Latino-based organizations.

Taking advantage of transfer season in MLS

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By Jason Davis - WASHINGTON, DC (Dec 5, 2012) US Soccer Players -- I'm going to make a small request here at the top of this piece about the frenetic insanity of the MLS transaction season. Read it quickly, as quickly as you can. In fact, stop wasting time on this part and skip to the second paragraph, post haste.

Beckhams Significant Role

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By Zac Lee Rigg - LOS ANGELES, CA (Dec 5, 2012) US Soccer Players -- "One more year" rang out in the LA Galaxy locker room on Saturday. "One more year," the fans chanted two days later to celebrate the MLS Cup triumph. Unfortunately, for the Galaxy faithful there will be no more years for David Beckham in Major League Soccer.

UCL: Schalke and Malaga finish top of their groups

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Jermaine Jones subbed on in the 72nd minute for Schalke 04's 1-1 draw with Montpellier in their Champions League Group B finale on Tuesday. Schalke's Benedikt Howedes opened the scoring in the 56th minute with Montpellier equalizing three minutes later. Schalke finished top of the group with Arsenal also advancing to the knockout round in second-place.

Wednesday's TV

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Champions League on Fox Soccer: Chelsea - Nordsjaelland at 2:30pm, Manchester United - CLUJ at 5pm (live on Fox Soccer Plus at 2:30pm), and Barcelona - Benfica at 7pm. FS+ has Celtic - Spartak Moscow at 5pm. Coppa Italia on beIN Sport: Cagliari - Pescara at 12:30pm. Copa Sudamericana on Fox Deportes: Tigres - Sao Paulo at 6:30pm.

Donovan at Galaxy's MLS Cup celebration

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Upside: Keep it going

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Their Words "We want to get through to the knockout stage of the competition and as we've said all along, we want to do something special this season. Things are going well at the moment and we've just got to keep it going." Spurs forward Jermain Defoe. Other Sources About 3,000 attend Galaxy celebration - from The LA Times' Kevin Baxter: "I think we're giving the Lakers a little bit of a run for their.

Questions: Depth and Expectation

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By Tony Edwards - San Jose, CA (Dec 4, 2012) US Soccer Players -- In Tuesday's column, Tony looks at competing benches in MLS Cup, Portland's new coach, and a problem with split seasons if you're looking forward to the revival of the New York Cosmos. For all of Bruce Arena's statements about how roster rules limit dynasty building in MLS, which team had the deeper roster in MLS Cup?

MLS Cup: MatchDay 360

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Tuesday's TV

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Champions League on Fox Soccer: Borussia - Dortmund - Manchester City at 2:30pm, Real Madrid - Ajax at 5pm, and Olympiacos - Arsenal at 7pm. Fox Soccer Plus has Milan - Zenit at 2:30pm. PSG - Porto is on Fox Deportes at 5pm. Coppa Italia on beIN Sport: Catania - Cittadella at 12:30pm. All Times Eastern

Upside: Be ready

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Their Words "Once you step outside of the Premier League, it doesn't get any more difficult than drawing one of the top teams in the Championship away I am sure they will be up for it, and their fans too, and we have to go there and be ready for whatever is thrown at us." Stoke City manager Tony Pulis.

Corner: Chelsea’s Manager

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There are competing myths about the role of the manager in English soccer. One harkens back to gilded days of yore when the manager functioned as the chief operating officer of a club on the field, the front office, and even stadium operations. The manager was the person in charge, with classic accounts of the biggest names in English management badgering reluctant chairmen and battling the board for the necessary funds to do their job.

Gonzalez: "I couldn't believe it was happening to me"

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By Clemente Lisi – Carson, CA (Dec 3, 2012) US Soccer Players – Attacking firepower is a hallmark of the Los Angeles Galaxy. Yet, was Omar Gonzalez, a defender, who made the difference when it mattered most this past Saturday in the MLS Cup Final against the Houston Dynamo. It was Gonzalez's header that put the Galaxy back on the comeback trail, giving him and the team back-to-back titles.

Being the best in MLS and CONCACAF

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (Dec 3, 2012) US Soccer Players – Here's the thing about anointing the Los Angeles Galaxy as the best team in Major League Soccer. While I've argued already that they and Houston were the most competitive teams in 2012, there's also an argument that neither of them were the best.

National Teamers Abroad: Goals for Boyd and Whitbread

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Since we always start with the goal scorers, this week that means we open in Austria before moving to England's Championship. Specifically, that means Terrence Boyd's standout performance for Rapid Vienna in their 4-3 win over Ried. Boyd opened the scoring in the 25th minute with Ried equalizing in the 34th.

Toluca 0 - Tijuana 2

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Tijuana shutout Toluca 2-0 at Toluca's Nemesio Diaz stadium to win the 2012 Liga MX Apertura title 4-1 on aggregate. Richard Ruiz opened the scoring on the night in the 70th and it was 2-0 a minute later when Dubier Riascos scored. Edgar Castillo and Joe Corona started for Tijuana, with Corona subbing out in the 67th minute.

Five Things from MLS 2012

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By Clemente Lisi – Carson, CA (Dec 1, 2012) US Soccer Players – The big storylines ahead of Saturday's MLS Cup Final all involved the Los Angeles Galaxy. It was all about whether they would repeat as champions. It was all about the advantage of playing at home. It was all about David Beckham's last competitive game with the team.

MLS Cup: Galaxy repeats

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Though it seemed unlikely at various points over the 2012 season, the Los Angeles Galaxy won back-to-back MLS Cups on Saturday beating Houston 3-1. The Dynamo took the lead at the Home Depot Center in the 44th minute when Calen Carr scored. Carr would prove decisive for Houston, exiting the game in the 57th minute injuring himself in a collision with Galaxy defender Omar Gonzalez.