USSoccerPlayers Archives for January 2012

Friday's TV

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Championship on Fox Soccer Plus: Blackpool - Hull City at 2:30pm. U.A.G. - Tijuana 9pm - Galavision Edgar Castillo's Tijuana travel to what was supposed to be their relegation rival Tecos on Friday. Instead, Tijuana's 13 points from eight games already this season should have them out of trouble. Not so for U.

Upside: USA Compliments

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Their Words "Brad should be very proud of how he played for the club and I think he showed a lot of fans, not just Aston Villa, but a lot of fans around the country how good a goalkeeper he is." Aston Villa goalkeeper Shay Given, talking about Brad Guzan. Other Sources Although a friendly, no dismissing impact of U.

Questions: RSL, TFC, FC, Montreal, Norwich

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By Tony Edwards - San Jose, CA (Mar 1, 2012) US Soccer Players -- In Thursday's edition, Tony asks about Salt Lake's roster decisions, attendance in Seattle, the League's commitment to protecting attacking players, and the philosophy behind the Impact's roster decisions. How many players on their roster have suited up for Salt Lake for at least five consecutive seasons?

Video: USA U-23's 2 - Mexico 0 Postgame

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Video: Italy 0 - USA 1 Postgame

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The Day After Italy

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (Mar 1, 2012) US Soccer Players -- In the rush to take meaning from friendlies, sometimes the obvious gets thrown out. The United States played well as a group against Italy on Wednesday, one that had limited time to practice together amid their own squad issues. This wasn't business as usual for the USA, adapting to situations and putting together a game plan that worked.

U-23's: USA 2 - Mexico 0

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The United States Under-23 National Team got two goals and used two goalkeepers to shutout Mexico in Frisco, Texas on Wednesday night. Juan Agudelo opened the scoring for the USA in the 35th minute, with Mix Diskerud doubling the lead a minute later. Bill Hamid started the game in goal, with Sean Johnson subbing on at halftime.

Quote Sheet: Italy 0 - USA 1

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JURGEN KLINSMANN On the team's performance against Italy: "Obviously from our end, we are really pleased with the game and with the result. If you beat Italy on their own soil then that means a lot. For us, the goal was to learn – to come here to learn. The challenge that this game gave us – especially on the tactical side, to read the game ahead, to always think one step ahead – for.

Video: Italy 0 - USA 1

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Programming Note

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The USA Under-23 game against Mexico will be shown on TeleFutura at 10pm ET. It was originally scheduled to be shown on Univision.

Upside: Genoa Tactics

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Their Words "What he has really hammered home is that he wants the attacking players in the attacking half to have their freedom, the ability to express themselves, to take people on and go at defenders. But if you lose the ball, as soon as you lose the ball, you must get yourself back behind the ball and we have 10 guys behind the ball to defend.

Italy 0 - USA 1

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A 55th minute goal from Clint Dempsey gave the United States their first win against Italy, a 1-0 result in Genoa. Tim Howard picked up the shutout in a game where Italy strung together multiple passing moves but had trouble looking dangerous with their final touch. That trouble worsened when Fabian Johnson found Jozy Altidore at the top of the box to start the scoring sequence.

Thursday's TV

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No games today.

Hall Class Of 2012 Announced

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Claudio Reyna and Tony Meola have been elected to the National Soccer Hall of Fame along with veteran inductee Desmond Armstrong and builder inductee Tony DiCicco. Reyna and Meola are both first-ballot inductees, with Armstrong rounding out the group of three US National Soccer Team Players to receive the highest honor in American professional soccer.

LIVE: Italy - USA

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Transfers, Villa, And Financial Fair Play

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (Feb 29, 2012) US Soccer Players -- There are two assumptions that many American fans make about the European transfer system that aren't true. The first is that payment is due upon receipt. Those high dollar amounts associated with a transfer are normally paid in installments.

Thursday's TV

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The United States takes on Italy in Genoa at 2:30pm on ESPN2. You can read our Scouting Report on the latest European test for USA soccer. The Under-23 US National Team plays Mexico at 10pm on Univision. Fox Soccer has England - Holland at 3pm. Montenegro - Iceland is on ESPN Deportes at 12pm followed by Spain - Venezuela at 3:30pm.

Video: Under-23 Scrimmage

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The goals from a United States Under-23 scrimmage in Frisco, TX courtesy of US Soccer Communications. The US U-23's play Mexico on Wednesday (10pm ET - Univision).

Tuesday's Upside: Playing Italy

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Their Words "When you play Italy, you've got to be smart enough to not get involved in some of the mental sides of the game that they're very smart at. They get you out of your game both individually and as a team." US National Team alum Brian McBride. Other Sources U.S. team not just looking for a learning experience against Italy - from SI.

Questions: Stats, Forest, Sounders, Toronto, ECA

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By Tony Edwards - San Jose, CA (Feb 28, 2012) US Soccer Players -- In Tuesday's edition, Tony looks at Major League Soccer's all-time statistical leaders, Nottingham Forest's league position, and an upcoming attendance record in Toronto. At the end of this coming MLS season, could Landon Donovan be the all-time MLS leader in any statistical categories?

Klinsmann And The Concept Of Openness

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By Jason Davis - WASHINGTON, DC (Feb 28, 2011) US Soccer Players -- American soccer is currently in the midst of a new policy of, for lack of a better word, "openness." Specifically, in regards to the United States National Team where head coach Jurgen Klinsmann is making every effort to explain his ideas often and at length to anyone that is willing to listen.

European Clubs Push Changes To International Calendar

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Though nothing becomes official without FIFA consent, UEFA and the European Club Association have reached an understanding on reducing the number of friendlies on the international calendar. Currently, there are 12 international release dates. The UEFA and ECA agreement calls for nine international release dates, all of which would have room for two games.

Scouting Report: Italy

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By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Feb 28, 2012) US Soccer Players -- The United States will put its three-game winning streak on the line Wednesday when it goes up against Italy. The friendly against the four-time World Cup champions at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris – a place US coach Jurgen Klinsmann called "a difficult environment" – will be a tough test for the USA ahead of World Cup Qualifying in June.

Tuesday's TV

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GolTV has the Brazil - Bosnia Herzegovina friendly at 2pm ET.

Monday's Upside: The Support

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Their Words "The fans were brilliant. They came out in their thousands and the atmosphere was brilliant, so all credit to them. They helped inspire a great team performance, although it got a little nervy towards the end, which can happen away from home, but we clung on." Fulham's Andy Johnson. Other Sources Tucson courting MLS as spring site - from The LA Times' Kevin Baxter: Only his idea has nothing to do with baseball.

Corner: Late Winter Friendlies

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What's the point of a late winter friendly? You don't need to be a manager of a European club to imagine their response to that question. Releasing players for friendlies at any time during the season normally gets a backlash from the club side, but FIFA putting a February 29th date on the international calendar probably feels like rubbing it in.

Cup Lessons From Liverpool And Seattle

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (Feb 27, 2012) US Soccer Players -- Before attempting to turn another bit of accepted soccer wisdom on its head, let's make one thing clear. It's tough to grandstand on a League Cup, especially when it took penalties to beat a team playing a league down. Yet that's where the once mighty Liverpool found themselves on Sunday, using the occasion of a trophy to talk about bigger and better.

Klinsmann Announces Squad Changes

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With Timmy Chandler, Jose Torres, and Landon Donovan ruled out for Wednesday's friendly against Italy (2:30pm ET - ESPN2), United States National Team coach Jurgen Klinsmann has called in Sacha Kljestan and Brek Shea. Chandler and Torres were injured over the weekend with their clubs, and Donovan has bronchitis.

National Teamers Abroad: Goals For Altidore

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AZ's Jozy Altidore grabbed the attention of USA fans over the weekend, scoring twice during Sunday's 3-3 draw with Heerenveen. Altidore opened the scoring in the 26th minute and scored again in the 58th with Brett Holman setting up both goals. Heerenveen equalized in the 55th and again in the 76th, going ahead in the 81st.

Italy Roster For Feb 29th

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Italy has announced its roster to face the United States in Genoa on Wednesday (2:30pm ET - ESPN2). GK: Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus), Morgan De Sanctis (Napoli), Salvatore Sirigu (Paris Saint Germain), Emiliano Viviano (Palermo) DEF: Ignazio Abate (AC Milan), Davide Astori (Cagliari), Federico Balzaretti (Palermo), Andrea Barzagli (Juventus), Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus), Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus), Domenico Criscito (Zenit St.

Jones Will Miss Italy Friendly

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Schalke 04 midfielder Jermaine Jones won't be available for the United States due to a right calf injury, the US Soccer Federation announced on Wednesday. Jones played in the January friendlies for the USA. Jones's absence reduces the US roster to 20 players available for Wednesday's game against Italy (2:30pm ET - ESPN2).

CONCACAF Schedules Presidential Election

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CONCACAF announced on Friday that they will hold a presidential election to fill the remainder of the term vacated by Jack Warner when he retired from soccer last summer. The election will be held on May 23rd in Budapest, Hungary the day before the start of the 2012 FIFA Congress. Candidates have to be nominated by a member association by March 25th.

Video: U-23's - San Antonio Scrimmage

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Highlights from Wednesday's game between the United States Under-23 National Team and San Antonio, courtesy of US Soccer Communications. Brek Shea, Dilly Duka and Jack McInerney scored for the United States.

Upside: 2014 At Work

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Their Words "Please allow me, though I may sound repetitive, to stress how much work there is still ahead of us – and here I mean for the authorities, the host cities and states, and FIFA/LOC." FIFA's Jerome Valcke on Brazil 2014. Other Sources Chelsea could take lesson from MLS - from MLSsoccer.com's Jonah Freedman: You don't establish consistency by constantly changing things up.

Putting A Value On The Designated Player

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By Dario Camacho - MIAMI, FL (Feb 24, 2011) US Soccer Players -- For most clubs, the designated player rule doesn't work. Here's how to fix it. At the 2011 MLS Cup, a Designated Player wish was fulfilled. A team that spent well past the salary cap was rewarded with the MLS Cup. A monumental occasion to say the least, tangible proof that spending can mean winning rather than seeing a small budget club take.

Weekend TV: London

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Saturday Chelsea - Bolton 9:30am - Fox Soccer After making his debut in London last week in the FA Cup against Millwall, Tim Ream could see the big time against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. Even Bolton's manager is being realistic about their chances. Queens Park Rangers - Fulham 10am - Fox Soccer Plus Clint Dempsey and company get a London derby against a team that bought their striker during the transfer window.

What If Arsenal Pulls It Off?

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (Feb 24, 2012) US Soccer Players -- What happens should Arsenal manage an unlikely week, beating Spurs and somehow advancing in the Champions League? Does all of the noise directed toward Arsene Wenger simply shift tone? Do we stand in a long line of mea culpas while once again recognizing one of the great managers still working in soccer actually knows what he's doing?

Europa League: Americans Advance To Round Of 16

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In the Europa League meeting of US National Team players, Jozy Altidore's AZ got the better of Sacha Kljestan's Anderlecht 1-0 on the night and 2-0 on aggregate. Maarten Martens scored AZ's goal in the 54th minute. Kljestan got the start and Altidore subbed on in the 44th minute. Kljestan was yellow carded in the 53rd.

Friday's TV

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Borussia Monchengladbach - Hamburg 2:30pm - GolTV On a usual slow Friday for live games, GolTV brings us an interesting option from the Bundesliga. With all teams level on 22 games played, 'Gladbach trail Dortmund by three points at the top of the table. Hamburg are 7th, just out of the European places and tied with 6th-place Bayer Leverkusen on points.

Thursday's Upside: Playing Up The Opponent

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Their Words "I don't think there is ever a good time to face Chelsea. They'll probably be thinking that it's a good time to play Bolton. What I do know is that it'll be two teams going all out to pick up three points." Bolton manager Owen Coyle. Other Sources MLS teams & USMNT representation - from MLSsoccer.

Video: No Holden Back, Episode 1

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Stuart Holden gives an update on his recovery from an injured knee, courtesy of MLSSoccer.com's Kick.

Questions: India, San Diego, Houston, Liverpool, Fairness

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By Tony Edwards - San Jose, CA (Feb 23, 2012) US Soccer Players -- In Thursday's Five Questions, Tony looks at a delayed start in India, Brad Davis's recovery, and Franz Beckenbauer's Fair Play ideas. So how's it working out with the fledgling Premier Soccer League? Not so well. As expected with any startup league, the problems began to mount.

USA Roster For Italy

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On Thursday, United States National Team coach Jurgen Klinsmann announced his roster for the friendly against Italy on February 29th (2:30pm - ESPN2). We're looking forward to having all the European-based players back in the roster and picking up where we left off with them from the Slovenia game," Klinsmann said.

Video: U-23's - FC Dallas Scrimmage

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Highlights from Wednesday's game between the United States Under-23 National Team and FC Dallas, courtesy of US Soccer Communications. The United States won 2-1 with goals from Ike Opara and Brek Shea.

Major League Soccer's Player Search

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By Jason Davis - WASHINGTON, DC (Feb 15, 2011) US Soccer Players -- I suddenly feel old, and it's all Major League Soccer's fault. The League is changing, and I'm struggling a bit to keep up. Like an old-timer who laments that all of the names he knows have left his favorite sport to be replaced by guys he doesn't recognize, I'm left staring at the transaction trackers and rosters with a certain confused grimace.

Earthquakes Take Next Step Towards Stadium

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The San Jose Earthquakes had their Planned Development Permit upheld by the San Jose Planning Commission on Wednesday night. The hearing was held after an appeal over potential noise issues associated with a soccer stadium. "Tonight's decision to uphold the Planned Development Permit that we received in December is a milestone not just for the San Jose Earthquakes but all Bay Area soccer fans," Earthquakes president Dave Kaval said.

Thursday's TV

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Europa League on GolTV: Bilbao - Lokomotiv Moscow at 1pm and Manchester United - Ajax at 3pm. Championship on Fox Soccer Plus: Derby County - Leicester City. Copa Libertadores on Fox Deportes: Olimpia - Lanus 5:30pm and Catolica - Junior at 7:30pm. All Times Eastern

Wednesday's Upside: European Chances

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Their Words "We've shown that we can beat Brugge, so perhaps that means our chances have increased slightly, but we'll definitely need at least one away goal to progress to the next round. Brugge are a different proposition at home and are sure to raise their game." Hannover 96 coach Mirko Slomka. Other Sources Garber to attend exploratory meetings on future Orlando expansion - from MLSsoccer.

Klinsmann In Italy

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By Clemente Lisi – ROME, Italy (Feb 21, 2012) US Soccer Players – When the USA travels to Italy at the end of this month for a friendly in Genoa, it will be a homecoming of sorts for coach Jurgen Klinsmann. The former Germany striker spent two separate stints playing in Serie A (for Inter Milan and Sampdoria) during the 1990s.

Simplifying MLS

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By Justin Shaffer - SEATTLE, WA (Feb 22, 2012) US Soccer Players -- This past Christmas, my brother's gift to me were two tickets to the Seattle Sounders "Opening Day." Shortly into explaining how the Sounders would open their campaign against Santos Laguna in 2012 and how the schedule was setup with the Sounders in three different competitions (MLS, CONCACAF Champions League, and the US Open Cup), my frustrated brother interrupted me, "Why does soccer.

Wednesday's TV

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Champions League on Fox Soccer: Olympique Marseilles - Inter Milan at 2:30pm and Basel - Bayern Munich at 5pm (on Fox Soccer Plus at 2:30pm). Europa League on GolTV: Manchester City - Porto at noon. Serie A on Fox Soccer Plus: Siena - Catania at 12:30pm. Copa Libertadores on Fox Deportes: Velez Sarsfield - Chivas at 8pm.

Upside: Holding The Lead

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Their Words "Every game is dangerous for different reasons, but it is better start with a 2-1 lead, but I think it's important to think that it is 0-0 start." Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini. Other Sources Can't put price tag on Ching's devotion to Dynamo - from The Houston Chronicle's Jerome Solomon: "Putting the orange and the No.

Questions: Quakes, United, Everton, RSL, Bolton

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By Tony Edwards - San Jose, CA (Feb 21, 2012) US Soccer Players -- In Tuesday's edition, Tony looks at the Earthquakes' work towards a new stadium, Landon Donovan's positive influence on Everton, Salt Lake's injury problem, and Bolton's chances for survival. So, what are the chances the Earthquakes' stadium gets approved this week by the San Jose Planning Commission?

Everton Players Compliment Donovan

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Striker Denis Stracqualursi became the latest Everton player with kind words for Landon Donovan, saying: ""Landon is not only a great player, but a great person. Since he's come in, he's helped me a lot and I think very highly of him." Everton captain Phil Neville also spoke of the impact Donovan had on the club during his loan, saying: "He came back this time a couple of years older and with more expectation on.

Champions League Vs Super League

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (Feb 21, 2012) US Soccer Players -- About a decade ago, I was working on a series on the potential for a European Super League and talking to people who knew enough to have an opinion one way or the other. Most believed the big clubs of Europe would get what they wanted one way or another, either through an actual breakaway league or through pushing UEFA toward the.

Tuesday's TV: Champions League

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Champions League on Fox Soccer: CSKA Moscow - Real Madrid at 12pm and Napoli - Chelsea at 2:30pm. Serie A on Fox Soccer Plus: Bologna - Fiorentina at 12:30pm. All Times Eastern

Upside: Debut

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Their Words "We freshened up the side with Tim Ream making his debut for us. Obviously Ryo also started for the first time and I was delighted at how the two of them played, along with the whole team in general." Bolton manager Owen Coyle. Other Sources Old friends return as season draws near - from MLSsoccer.

Corner: Attendance

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Those of you interested in seeing Tim Ream's first game for Bolton Wanderers might have noticed something else. The sparse attendance at Millwall for a Fifth Round FA Cup game, amplified by the empty sections usually associated with the bad old days of Major League Soccer clubs playing in oversized venues.

Update: Onyewu Injury

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UPDATE: Onyewu will undergo surgery to repair "an internal lateral ligament and fracture of the external meniscus," and is expected to miss two months. Sporting's official site has updated the status on the injury US National Team defender Oguchi Onyewu suffered during their 1-0 win over Pacos de Ferreira.

National Teamers Abroad: Championship

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With the Championship scheduling league games during the FA Cup 5th Round weekend, Robbie Findley took advantage with a strong substitute performance for Nottingham Forest. Entering at halftime, Finley helped kick start the Forest offense in a 2-0 defeat of Coventry. Garath McCleary scored in the 74th minute and Findley made it 2-0 in the 86th.

U-20's In Camp

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The United States Under-20 National Team will be in camp from February 20th through March 3rd in Florida, the US Soccer Federation announced on Friday. Head coach Tab Ramos has called in 26 players, with ten playing professionally. GK: Tomas Gomez (Georgetown; Webster Groves, Mo.), Jesus Guzman (Santos Laguna; San Jose, Calif.

Johnson Joins Seattle

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United States National Team forward Eddie Johnson spent a short time as a member of the Montreal Impact on Friday afternoon, before becoming a member of the Seattle Sounders. Johnson went through the returning National Team player allocation process, with Montreal selecting him with their first pick.

Upside: Rapids Tune Up

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Their Words "We have been spending a lot of time on our defensive shape and with the middle of the field, trying to get the ideas with them. Offensively, that's going to be something we'll be working on the next coming days." Colorado Rapids coach Oscar Pareja. Other Sources Rehabbing Gonzalez is patient - from ESPN LA's Scott French: David Beckham agrees with the approach.

Short-Term Loans

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By Dario Camacho - MIAMI, FL (Feb 17, 2011) US Soccer Players -- If you're an American soccer fan, we can add the debate about the Major League Soccer schedule to a list of absolutes that includes items like single-entity and the quality of officiating. Fans and pundits alike want to offer critiques, alternatives, and defenses.

Weekend TV: Fifth Round

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Saturday Everton - Blackpool 9:30am - Fox Soccer Landon Donovan's last game for Everton, with their schedule empty for the rest of the month after their Premier League game against Liverpool was postponed. Relegated from the Premier League last season, Blackpool are currently 4th in the Championship.

Donovan Credits Moyes

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US National Team midfielder Landon Donovan has nothing but good things to say about Everton manager David Moyes as Donovan's loan comes to an end. In an interview with evertonTV, Donovan said Moyes's strength is his directness. "The best thing about him is that he doesn't beat around the bush. If we have played well, he tells us, and if we have played badly he will tell us.

Current Events

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (Feb 17, 2012) US Soccer Players -- The Friday before a federal holiday, I thought I'd update some recent stories and include some reader responses. FIFA's Rules Picking up on a February 1st article on the proposed change to the substitution rules so teams could use a fourth substitute in over time, it's always worth considering the schedule when discussing changes to the laws of the game.

Europa: AZ And Hannover Win

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In a meeting of National Teamers at the AFAS Stadion, Jozy Altidore's AZ got the better of Sacha Kljestan's Anderlecht with a 1-0 win in the opening leg of their Round of 32 series. Adam Maher scored the game's only goal in the 35th minute. Kljestan started, with Altidore subbing on in the 76th minute.

Johnson Signs With MLS

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United States National Team player Eddie Johnson has signed with Major League Soccer, the League announced on Thursday. Johnson will be allocated to a club on Friday, with Montreal holding the top allocation slot.

Friday's TV

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Several games on the schedule today, starting with Inter Milan - Bologna on Fox Soccer at 2:30pm. Fox Soccer Plus has Reading - Burnley in England's Championship at 3pm. Primera Division on Galavision: U.A.G. - Atlante at 9pm. All Times Eastern

Porter Calls In 23 For Camp

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United States Under-23 National Team coach Caleb Porter named 23 players to the roster for the 10-day training camp and March 29th friendly against Mexico in Frisco, TX. "I think Mexico is going to be about as close to a qualifying atmosphere as we can possibly get," Porter said. "We're going to have, for the most part, our entire group together for the first time.

Upside: Arsenal

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Their Words "We have another game and the only thing we can do is show our pride and give 100 per cent. That is what we have to do." Arsenal's Thomas Vermaelen. Other Sources How busy schedules affect lineups - from MLSsoccer.com's Elijah Miller: Before 2011, no season had seen more than four teams hit that mark.

Questions: Roster, Ring, 442, Chievo, MLS

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By Tony Edwards - San Jose, CA (Feb 14, 2012) US Soccer Players -- In today's edition, Tony looks at key roster-building and Champions League dates, notes a worthy honor for CJ Brown, questions how San Jose is going to get their attacking talent on the field, and wonders if Michael Bradley's Chievo can score enough to keep themselves up.

Ching Back With Houston

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Brian Ching is once again a member of the Houston Dynamo, with the club completing a trade with Montreal. In return, the Impact get a conditional draft pick. Ching was left unprotected in the expansion draft, where he was selected first overall after publicly saying he wouldn't play for Montreal. He later agreed to join the club and was with them in training camp.

Arsenal And The Long Game

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (Feb 16, 2012) US Soccer Players -- England's cult of the manager took another hit yesterday. Arsenal had no response against Milan, the latest Premier League club to make things very difficult for themselves in the Champions League. If the story of the 2011-12 season is the major English clubs underperforming, Arsenal is the latest example.

Thursday's TV: Europa

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Europa League on GolTV: Lazio - Atletico Madrid at 1pm, Stoke City - Valencia at 3pm, and Ajax - Manchester United at 5pm. The last one is probably of most interest to US fans, with both teams usually associated with the Champions League. Copa Libertadores on Fox Deportes: Nacional - Libertad at 5pm and Godoy Cruz - Penarol at 7:30pm.

Upside: Everton's Improvement

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Their Words "There was a point in January where no-one was happy with the way we were playing but that changed and in the last few weeks it's been a lot more fun to be a part of." Everton player of the month Landon Donovan. Other Sources Philly native Albright at home with Union - from The Philadelphia Daily News's Frank Bertucci: "It's been a dream of mine to come home and play," he said.

Changing The Game In Philadelphia

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By Jason Davis - WASHINGTON, DC (Feb 15, 2011) US Soccer Players -- Consider all that's happened. The departure of the team's top goalkeeper, the trading of the team's biggest star, and the (understandable) angry reaction on the part of a new and still-solidifying fan base. That's the reality for the Philadelphia Union, something no one outside of their front office should've seen coming.

Video: USA - Scotland History

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Highlights from the May 26th, 1996 friendly between the United States and Scotland, courtesy of US Soccer Communications. The USA will host Scotland on May 26th, 2012.

Feb 2012 FIFA Rankings

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The United States moved up two places to 31st in the February 2012 FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking. Mexico stays 21st, remaining first overall in CONCACAF. Spain remains the World #1, with Germany, Holland, Uruguay, and England rounding out the top five. Elsewhere in CONCACAF, Panama drops two places to 49th with Jamaica a spot behind at 50th.

USA Announces Two Florida Games

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The United States will play Scotland on May 26th in Jacksonville and open World Cup Qualifying on June 8th in Tampa, the US Soccer Federation announced on Wednesday. NBC Sports Network will show the May 26th game at 8pm ET with the June 8th World Cup Qualifier on ESPN at 7pm ET. Check USSoccer.com for ticket information.

The Champions League And Rangers

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (Feb 15, 2012) US Soccer Players -- The story of the European Cup's transformation to the Champions League is an easy target for criticism. The experimentation with two group stages, the current setup that uses the Europa League as a wide safety net for underachieving teams, the market distribution that makes it possible for the loser to make more than the winner.

Championship Results

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A busy night for England's Championship on Tuesday catching up on games postponed by weather over the weekend. Jonathan Spector was in the starting lineup for Birmingham City, drawing 0-0 with Hull. Birmingham finished with three shots on goal to Hull's one. "When you're not at your best it is important that you don't lose," Birmingham manager Chris Hughton said.

Wednesday's TV: Champs And Copa

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Champions League on Fox Soccer: Zenit St Petersburg - Benfica at noon and Milan - Arsenal at 2:30pm. Copa Libertadores on Fox Sports en Espanol: The Strongest - Santos at 5pm and Lanus - Flamengo at 7pm. All Times Eastern

Tuesday's Upside: Gers

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Their Words "It remains our firm belief that the Club's future can be secured and we hope this period of administration will be as short as possible. As Chairman and a Rangers fan, it is very painful to see the Club being deducted 10 league points but I would urge all Rangers supporters to rally round Ally McCoist and the team in these difficult times.

Corner: Everton, Sporting, Cap, Premier, Money

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By Tony Edwards - San Jose, CA (Feb 14, 2012) US Soccer Players -- In Tuesday's edition of the Questions, Tony asks about Everton's tactics against Chelsea, where the real problems might lie for Portugal's Sporting, and how Major League Soccer is viewed in financial terms. How did Everton win the tactical battle against Chelsea this past weekend?

Rangers Officially In Administration

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After what was initially thought to be a 10-day deadline to decide whether or not to officially enter administration, Rangers were instead given one day and chose to go into administration. Rangers appointed Duff and Phelps as administrators on Tuesday afternoon. That means Rangers will lose 10 points in the Scottish Premier League standings while their financial future is handled by the administrators.

Napoli 2 - Chievo 0

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Michael Bradley and Chievo ended up on the wrong side of a shutout on Monday at the Stadio San Paolo. Napoli opened the scoring in the 15th minute and converted a penalty to make it 2-0 in the 38th. Napoli goalkeeper Morgan De Sanctis needed three saves for the clean sheet. Bradley started and played 75 minutes.

What Ever Happened To... Teofilo Cubillas

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By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Feb 14, 2012) US Soccer Players -- Before Designated Players began flocking to our shores in an effort to bolster Major League Soccer's star power, there was a time when it was common - even stylish - for international players to move to the United States. One of those players was Peru's Teofilo Cubillas.

Tuesday's TV: Return Of The Champions League

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It's the knockout stage of UEFA's Champions League. Fox Soccer has Bayer Leverkusen - Barcelona at 2:30pm with Lyon - APOEL at 5pm (2:30pm on Fox Soccer Plus). For the unaffiliated, the easy pick of these two games is anything involving Barcelona. Copa Libertadores on Fox Deportes: Zamora - Boca Juniors at 7pm.

Upside: All Hands

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Their Words "When I went on TV after yesterday's game I hadn't seen what had happened, but I did not conduct myself in a way befitting of a Liverpool manager during that interview and I'd like to apologise for that." Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish. Other Sources Harry Keough -- A soccer legend to be treasured - from Soccer America's Paul Gardner: Harry smiled his way through that too.

Albright Moves To Philadelphia

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US National Team player Chris Albright has completed a move to Philadelphia, the club announced on Monday. Albright spent last season with the New York Red Bulls. He is a three-time MLS Cup winner and has 21 National Team appearances. Entering his 14th season, he's played in 225 regular season games, scoring 11 goals.

Rangers Consider Administration

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The financial crisis at Rangers has moved to the next stage, with the club announcing they're serving notice of intention for entering administration over its debt. Rangers are involved in a court case over roughly $78 million they reportedly owe in taxes. "From my early days as chairman I saw that administration was a very real option to enable the Club to address these challenges and make a fresh start," Rangers chairman Craig Whyte said.

Corner: Beating Contenders

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In a week that wasn't exactly a highpoint for management in England, Everton's David Moyes bucked the trend. After his club beat Chelsea 2-0, he took that opportunity to talk about what he believed was the potential for his squad to be even better. These weren't empty words. Moyes knows he's managing a 10th-place club that since the last day of January has managed to beat two title contenders.

Anxiety Announcing

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (Feb 13, 2012) US Soccer Players -- Watch enough English soccer broadcasts, and you might begin to notice a few trends. Saying the last name of whoever happens to have his foot on the ball at a given moment might be more of a cliché, but it's an expected part of an English soccer broadcast.

National Teamers Abroad: Everton's Big Win

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Once again, Everton knocked off a Premier League contender. This time it was Chelsea, falling 2-0 to Everton at Goodison Park. And once again, it was Americans in the Everton eleven making the difference. Tim Howard needed four saves for the shutout and Landon Donovan setup the second goal. Steven Pienaar opened the scoring in the 5th minute with Denis Stracqualursi doubling the lead in the 71st.

Developmental Academy Adopts 10-month Season

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On Friday, the United States Soccer Federation announced that the US Soccer Developmental Academy will be playing a 10-month season starting in September and ending in June. The new schedule applies to the 2012-13 season. US Youth Soccer technical director Claudio Reyna "Going to a 10-month season is an important step in the evolution of elite player development.

Upside: Fulham's Story

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Their Words "You have to focus on your own game as well but of course we've got players with the size and the quality to cope with the weapon of long balls and throw-ins." Fulham manager Martin Jol. Other Sources Clint Dempsey's Diary: Playing and scoring in the World Cup was the ultimate dream - from Goal.

Here Come The Galaxy

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By Dario Camacho - MIAMI, FL (Feb 10, 2011) US Soccer Players -- All of a sudden, we are back at it again. With just a couple of weeks away from the start of the season, it's time to pick a contender, the team to beat for a title that won't be decided until early December. It's a requisite, lets be honest.

Weekend TV: Everton Face Another Contender

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Saturday The USA Women vs New Zealand will be streamed live on USSoccer.com starting at 4pm. Manchester United - Liverpool 7:30am - ESPN2 A highlight game based on reputation rather than the Premier League table. Liverpool are 7th, 14 points behind second-place Manchester United with both clubs on 24 games played.

England's Management Exam

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (Feb 10, 2012) US Soccer Players -- With Fabio Capello opting not to continue as England manager this week, the interplay between the coach and the administration is once again the topic du jour in world soccer. Whether it's for club or country, the job role of the head coach has historically been a source of friction.

FIFPro Releases Report On Eastern European Soccer

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FIFPro, the international professional soccer players union, has released a wide-ranging report on working conditions for pro players in Eastern Europe. The Black Book Eastern Europe is available as a pdf download from FIFPro's official site. Representing the experiences of 3,357 players, the report details evidence of racism and harassment of players along with club financial issues, unenforced contracts, and lack of oversight in how soccer operates in the region.

Friday's TV: Clausura

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Morelia - Santos Laguna 9pm - Fox Deportes Herculez Gomez and Santos Laguna are top of the Clausura table after five games, with Morelia in 9th. Gomez has been coming off the bench for Santos, subbing on in the 76th last week in a win over UNAM Pumas, not playing in the 3-1 win over Tijuana the week before that, and subbing on in the 73rd in a 1-0 win over Jaguares on January 21st.

Upside: English Changes

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Their Words "Now, I've been in football for nearly 20 years and I have a good understanding of relationships with Managers. I do agree that the Manager is the most important person in a football club or an organisation like this, but there are moments when the Board and the Chairman have to step up to the plate when strong leadership is required.

Wondolowski Re-Ups With Quakes

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United States National Team player Chris Wondolowski has signed a new deal with the San Jose Earthquakes. "I'm grateful to the organization for giving me a new contract for a second straight year and look forward to helping the Earthquakes get back to the MLS Cup Playoffs," Wondolowski said. "I think we have a great team heading into this season and I know I'm looking forward to that home opener on March 10th against New.

Questions: Castrol, Rapids, Buddle, Pairings, West

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By Tony Edwards - San Jose, CA (Feb 9, 2012) US Soccer Players -- Tony looks at an innovative marketing plan by the Rapids, asks about Edson Buddle's childhood role models, and sees the Western Conference getting more difficult. Who is the 31st best player in the English Premier League, according to the latest Castrol Rankings?

USA - Brazil On May 30th

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The United States will host Brazil on May 30th at FedEx Field in suburban Washington DC, the US Soccer Federation announced on Thursday. The game will be shown on ESPN2 and Univision starting at 8pm ET. Click here for ticket information. "When you talk about Brazil, you are speaking of one of the most gifted football playing nations in the world," USA coach Jurgen Klinsmann said in a press statement.

Video: USA - Brazil History

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Highlights from the February 10th, 1998, March 3rd, 2001, and July 23rd, 2003 USA - Brazil games courtesy of US Soccer Communications. The United States will host Brazil on May 30th, 2012.

The Super Bowl And Marketing The Champions League Final

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By Jason Davis - WASHINGTON, DC (Feb 9, 2011) US Soccer Players -- The Super Bowl Experienceâ„¢ (possibly trademarked, I can't be sure, so better safe then sorry), is not an undertaking of small expense. It costs money to fly to the predetermined Super Bowl city, spend a few nights, and, most importantly, purchase a ticket for the game.

TTFF Misses Player Payment

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The Trinidad and Tobago Football Federation had their office furniture, trophies, and other items seized on Wednesday after failing to make a scheduled payment to the members of the 2006 World Cup team. Those players won a court case requiring the TTFF to honor an agreement where the players were promised half of T&T's '06 World Cup revenue.

National Teamers Abroad: Goals For Altidore

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AZ dominated ADO Den Haag on Wednesday, winning 6-0 in a rescheduled Eredivisie game. Charlison Benshop had a hat-trick and Maarten Martens scored before Jozy Altidore subbed on in place of Benshop in the 76th minute. Altidore added two more, with goals in the 85th and 88th minutes at the Kyocera Stadion.

Thursday's TV: Copas

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GolTV has Siena and Napoli in the Coppa Italia at 2:45pm. This is the opening leg of the semifinal stage. Milan and Juventus are in the other half of the bracket. Copa Libertadores on Fox Deportes: Internacional - Juan Aurich at 5pm, Catolica - Bolivar at 7pm, and Emelec - Olimpia at 9:30pm. All Times Eastern

U-23's Schedule Mexico

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The United States Under-23's will play Mexico's U-23's in a friendly at FC Dallas Stadium on February 29th. The game will cap a 10-day training camp. "This game is very important for our players and comes at a critical time for us before the start of Olympic qualifying," USA U-23 coach Caleb Porter said.

Upside: Premier League Standings

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Their Words "The Premier League is always the main priority, I think every club will tell you that. We're out of the cup competitions now, so it is obvious where our focus now is and we're determined to finish the season as strong as possible." Fulham's Stephen Kelly. Other Sources Remembering Harry Keough - from Soccer America's Ridge Mahoney: But Harry's spirit, forged by decades playing and coaching and working and raising three children, captivated.

For American Soccer, Things Are Changing

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (Feb 8, 2012) US Soccer Players -- I was in 8th grade in the Fall of 1989, a time when neon was about to give way to plaid and skater haircuts were close to turning into anything that wasn't a skater haircut. This was also an era when professional soccer was still working to reestablish itself as an American sport, so keep that in mind while reading the story.

Wednesday's TV

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Fox Soccer has an FA Cup Fourth Round replay: Middlesbrough - Sunderland at 3pm. This is a Northeast derby, so there's that angle. The original game ended 1-1 at Sunderland's Stadium of Light. Copa del Rey on GolTV: Barcelona - Valencia at 3pm in the second-leg of their semifinal series. They drew 1-1 in the opener.

Upside: Galaxy

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Their Words "Juninho is not going to be utilized at São Paulo per the coach's decision and the club is accepting the loan deal for Juninho's return to Los Angeles to play for the Galaxy," Sao Paulo spokesperson Felipe Espindola. Other Sources Is salary space an issue for Galaxy? Who knows? - from Soccer America's Ridge Mahoney: The great unknown is, of course, allocation money.

Questions: Convey, Timbers, Beckham, AZ, Quakes

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By Tony Edwards - San Jose, CA (Feb 7, 2012) US Soccer Players -- In today's edition, Peter Vermes' shocking plan to get the most out of Bobby Convey, David Beckham confronts a referee over a red card, how Peter Nowak is building the Union, and the struggles of Jozy Altidore's AZ Alkmaar. What is Peter Vermes' (early) plan to get the best out of Bobby Convey?

R.I.P. Harry Keough

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United States National Team alum, Olympian, National Soccer Hall of Famer, and National Soccer Coaches Association of America Hall of Famer Harry Keough passed away on Tuesday morning. Keough was 84, a member of the 1950 USA World Cup team that beat England. He was also the architect of the St. Louis University soccer dynasty, leading them to five NCAA championships starting in 1967.

What Is With New York?

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By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Feb 7, 2012) US Soccer Players -- The MetroStars/Red Bulls are the most futile Major League Soccer club since the League's inception in 1996. There is little argument to the contrary. Nevertheless, the franchise has had a staggering track record when it comes to producing talented players who have gone on to succeed at other clubs and the US National Team.

Tuesday's TV

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Fox Soccer Plus has Sheffield Wednesday - Blackpool in an FA Cup Fourth Round replay. Copa Libertadores on Fox Deportes: Defensor Sporting - Velez Sarsfield at 5pm and Fluminense - Arsenal at 7pm. For those of you who don't regularly follow the Libertadores, we're starting the Second Stage. That means eight groups of four teams each with 16 advancing to the knockout stage.

Upside: Soccer Shirts

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Their Words "I think our fans will be thrilled with the home kit. We have obviously held meetings with fans about what they wanted - and they have most-certainly got what they asked for, in my opinion. With the away kit, it will be exciting for the club and supporters. There's an ever-changing market and we have to be mindful of our fans but also of trends and fashions.

Corner: Advertising Channels

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With Fox committed to the Premier League and no longer involved nationally in the business of Major League Soccer, how does an MLS team get involved in what Fox is doing with their live Premier League broadcasts? After all, it's not as if the show itself is likely to address MLS news. Simple, they buy advertising.

Fox Tries Again

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (Feb 6, 2012) US Soccer Players -- As halftime came to an end during Sunday's Chelsea - Manchester United broadcast on Fox, studio host Rob Stone fell back on what has become a cliché of getting professional soccer over to a broader audience. Each and every game is of unquestioned importance.

National Teamers Abroad: Weather Patterns

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Clint Dempsey and Fulham had no luck against Manchester City at a snowy Emirates Stadium, falling 3-0. City were up from the penalty spot within ten minutes, making it 2-0 from an own-goal. It was 3-0 in the 72nd, with Joe Hart picking up the shutout. "In the second half I think we had more possession," Fulham manager Martin Jol said.

Video: USA - Canada History

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Highlights from the March 16th, 1997 World Cup Qualifier and the January 18th, 2003 friendly courtesy of US Soccer Communications. The United States Soccer Federation announced last week that the two teams would meet on June 3rd.

Upside: Top 10 Everton

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Their Words "We've just got to make sure that we go to Wigan, prepare correctly, make sure we're in the right frame of mind and I've got to make sure that I do my job well enough that my players know all they can about Wigan." Everton manager David Moyes. Other Sources Striker Salihi joins D.C. United fold - from The Washington Times's Thomas Floyd: "We believe strongly he will become another important piece for.

Philadelphia And The Business Of The Future

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By Dario Camacho - MIAMI, FL (Feb 3, 2011) US Soccer Players -- As weeks go, this hasn't been one of Philadelphia Union manager Peter Nowak's most successful from a public relations perspective. In terms of fan loyalty, it has been down right ugly. What transpired in the course of a couple of days has been the complete gutting of the Union's veteran presence.

Weekend TV: EPL On Super Bowl Sunday

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Saturday EPL on ESPN2: Arsenal - Blackburn at 8am. Wigan - Everton 9:30am - Fox Soccer Everton goes on the road after picking up three points at the expense of Premier League leaders Manchester City. A win against Wigan could push Everton up the table from 10th. This is a different Everton, with the club active in the transfer window adding Nikica Jelavic and Steven Pienaar.

City's Struggles

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (Feb 3, 2012) US Soccer Players -- Manchester City enter the weekend schedule still top of England's Premier League. Unfortunately for the next super club, that lead is only through a superior goal differential to Manchester United. City are coming of a loss to an Everton team that was going through the disruption of the transfer window closing, and once again it's City facing nagging questions about value for.

Tigres 2 - Union Espanola 2

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Jonathan Bornstein once again got the start for Tigres in the Copa Libertadores, but they exit the tournament to Union Espanola. Playing at the Estadio Universitario, Tigres went up a goal in the 14th minute and had a 2-0 lead by the 22nd. Unfortunately for the home side, they went down a man when defender Jose Rivas was red carded in the 37th minute.

USA - Canada Set For June 3rd

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The United States will play Canada on June 3rd at Toronto's BMO Field (7pm ET - NBC Sports Network), the US Soccer Federation announced on Thursday. The game will be part of the Canadian Soccer Association's 100th anniversary. "First of all, we are honored to be chosen to be part of Canada's Centenary Celebration," US National Team coach Jurgen Klinsmann said.

Novara 1 - Chievo 2

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Michael Bradley went 90 minutes for Chievo on Thursday, beating Novara 2-1 at the Stadio Silvio Piola. Sergio Pellissier opened the scoring in the 33rd minute, with Cyril Thereau doubling the lead in the 78th. Novara answered back a minute later, but were unable to come up with an equalizer. The result has Chievo in 10th place, with Novara bottom of the table.

Friday's TV: Bundesliga

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Nurnberg - Borussia Dortmund 2:30pm - Galavision Timmy Chandler's Nurnberg are 13th in the Bundesliga table to Dortmund's 2nd, making this on paper a tough assignment at the EasyCredit-Stadion. Nurnberg are coming off a 1-0 loss to Hannover 96 last Friday, with Chandler absent with a pulled muscle. Clausura on Galavision: U.

Upside: Galaxy Strikers

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Their Words "He has been an outstanding player for us in the past and we look forward to him continuing that success for many years to come." LA Galaxy coach Bruce Arena, on signing Edson Buddle. Other Sources Buddle return might mean repeat - from ESPN LA's Scott French: How big is this? This is Toronto FC's make-or-break season - from The Toronto Sun's Kurtis Larson: It's one of the few remaining question marks the.

Questions: Leeds, Hoffenheim, Rapids, MLS, Wolves

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By Tony Edwards - San Jose, CA (Feb 2, 2012) US Soccer Players -- Tony looks at changes at Leeds United, Major League Soccer's market penetration, and a visit to Hoffenheim in today's edition of Five Questions. So Robbie Rogers, are you enjoying playing under Simon Grayson? Welcome to Leeds, eh? Grayson was fired yesterday after a 4-1 loss to Jonathan Spector's Birmingham City, replaced by Leeds Youth Team manager Neil Redfearn, at least on.

The Hall Calls

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (Feb 2, 2012) US Soccer Players -- The ballot for the National Soccer Hall of Fame's Class of 2012 was released earlier this week, with two of the nominees presenting themselves as obvious choices. Claudio Reyna and Tony Meola should have no problem getting the requisite number of votes to make them first ballot Hall of Famers.

FIFA Statement On Egypt Deaths

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On Thursday, world soccer's governing body released the following statement after more than 70 soccer fans were killed following the Al-Ahly - Al-Masry Egyptian Premier League game on Wednesday, February 2nd. FIFA is deeply saddened by the tragic incidents which led to the death of football fans and others at last night's match in Port Said.

Premier League Results

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Clint Dempsey was once again the goal scorer for Fulham putting them in front in what turned into a 1-1 draw against West Bromwich Albion at Craven Cottage. Dempsey's 69th minute opener was cancelled out in the 82nd. With Bobby Zamora transferred to Queens Park Rangers on Tuesday, Dempsey was used as a striker.

Thursday's TV: Serie A

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Novara - Chievo 2:30pm - Fox Soccer A chance to see Michael Bradley in action, with 12th-place Chievo traveling to bottom club Novara. In 20th-place, Novara have won two games this season, both at home including a shock result against Inter Milan on September 20th. Chievo and Novara met on the opening day of the season, drawing 2-2.

Wednesday's Upside: Nowak And Le Toux

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Their Words "This is a big thing for me. It is a new step in my career, a step forward and I can promise the fans and the people at the Club that I will give my very best and score as many goals as possible." Everton striker Nikica Jelavic. Other Sources Nowak explains why Union let go of Le Toux, Mondragon - from MLSsoccer.

Buddle Rejoins Galaxy

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The day after reports that Edson Buddle had been released from his contract with Ingolstadt in Germany's 2.Bundesliga, Major League Soccer announced that he has signed with the Los Angeles Galaxy. Buddle left the Galaxy following the 2010 season. "I am thrilled to be able to return to MLS and a club that has meant so much to me in my career," Buddle said in a press release.

The Murky MLS Acquisition Rules

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By Jason Davis - WASHINGTON, DC (Jan 19, 2011) US Soccer Players -- Kris Boyd, born August 18th, 1983 in Irvine, Scotland, late of Eskişehirspor of the Turkish Süper Lig, formerly of Nottingham Forest, Middlesbrough FC, and - most famously - Glasgow Rangers, current record-holder for most goals scored in the Scottish Premier League and a name well known in international soccer circles, is Major League Soccer's newest Designated Player.

FIFA's Rules Of The Game

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (Feb 1, 2012) US Soccer Players -- In our Corner feature a couple of weeks ago, we looked at the rules for overtime in the National Football League and compared them to soccer. When we rated the likelihood of the issue going away, we gave it a 9 out of a possible 11. That was mainly due to complaints about the current overtime system coming out of this summer's.