USSoccerPlayers Archives for January 2012

Evans Named Chivas USA Technical Director

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Former Chivas USA player Simon Evans has returned to the club as technical director, Chivas USA announced on Friday. "Simon brings experience as an MLS player, he has always been a leader on and off the field," Chivas USA General manager Jose Domene said in a press statement. "His leadership skills and his knowledge of MLS will help us scout better talent and achieve more for the team.

Klinsmann Talks Olympic Qualifying

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United States National Team coach Jurgen Klinsmann spoke with US Soccer's website about the CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying tournament. " You evaluate player-by-player based on his performances, and based on how disciplined he was to play his own role within the team concept. There are many, many things – the travel aspect, behavior roles, was it all organized perfectly, did you eat the right way, did you sleep the right way .

Larin Suspended

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El Salvador Under-23 player Alexander Larin has been suspended for three games by FIFA after punching USA forward Terrence Boyd during the final group stage game of CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying. The incident wasn't sanctioned by the match official. Larin will miss the rest of qualifying and the first game of the Olympics should El Salvador advance.

Video: Jimmy Conrad Interviews Claudio Reyna

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US Youth Technical Director Claudio Reyna is interviewed on Kick's The Mixer.

Upside: Home Field

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Their Words "This is our home and we want everybody that comes here to fear this stadium." DC United midfielder Dwayne De Rosario. Other Sources D.C. United ‘getting there,' but still has much to prove - from The Washington Post's Steven Goff: The rustiness and lack of understanding were conspicuous.

Silk And Steel In Colorado

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By Dario Camacho - MIAMI, FL (Mar 23, 2011) US Soccer Players -- It wasn't a total revelation that Colorado went out of New York with a 4-1 loss to the Red Bulls. We can debate if New York, having designated player Rafa Marquez back in the starting line-up, played a better game than Colorado, or if the Rapids were just playing underwhelming soccer.

FIFA Adopts New International Match Calendar

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On Friday, FIFA announced that it would accept the proposed international match calendar focusing n double match dates. The following is from FIFA's press statement: The proposal of the working group for the international match calendar, comprising FIFA, the six confederations, clubs, leagues and FIFPro, regarding the 2015-2018 period has been approved as follows: - Structured in two-year cycles - 9 double dates organised in international windows lasting from Monday to Tuesday of the following.

Weekend TV: Olympic Qualifiers

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Saturday CONCACAF will determine which teams go to the Olympics with the winning semifinalists advancing. Honduras - El Salvador is on Mun2 at 6pm followed by Mexico - Canada on Telemundo at 9pm. MLS on NBC Sports Network: LA - New England at 11pm. EPL on ESPN2: Manchester City - Sunderland at 10am. Fox Soccer has Aston Villa - Chelsea at 9:30am and Everton - WBA at 5pm.

Spurs - Liverpool In Baltimore

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Brad Friedel's Tottenham Hotspur will play Liverpool at M&T Bank Stadium on July 28th at 1pm ET, the club announced on Monday. "Taking on Liverpool on US soil will be a great experience and one that I'm sure will really appeal to our fans," Spurs manager Harry Redknapp said. "Both Clubs have a fantastic heritage and matches against the two teams have a history of being exciting, hard fought and high scoring affairs.

FIFA's Reporting

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (Mar 30, 2012) US Soccer Players -- FIFA's leadership wants change and they want it now, or at least they want a cleaner separation between what was and what is. They tried that originally by stressing the bad actor, putting it on the individuals even when the number was enough to suggest overarching trends.

Europa Quarterfinal Results

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Steve Cherundolo started for Hannover 96, losing 2-1 to Atletico Madrid on the road at the Vicente Calderon stadium. Atletico opened the scoring in the 9th minute with Mame Biram Diouf equalizing in the 38th. Atletico got a late winner in the 89th minute. Better news for Jozy Altidore and AZ who beat Valencia 2-1 at home.

Friday's TV: MLS

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Bundesliga on ESPN Deportes: Borussia Dortmund - VfB Stuttgart at 1pm. MLS on NBC Sports Network: DC - Dallas at 7:30pm. All Times Eastern

Upside: MLS Opinion

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Their Words "A total of 78.5 percent of respondents say they want a piece of Copa Libertadores action with three of those managers seeking a schedule change to go with entry into the premier South American competition for clubs." MLSsoccer.com's Simon Borg on results from an anonymous MLS coaches poll.

World League Association Announced

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Representatives of the Association of European Professional Football Leagues, Major League Soccer, the South African Premier League, the Thai Professional League, and the UAE League met in Manchester today to announce the formation of the World League Association. MLS commissioner Don Garber will serve as one of eleven members of the organization's board of directors.

Webb Expected To Be New CONCACAF President

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CONCACAF released a press release on Thursday announcing that Cayman Islands Football Association president Jeffrey Webb will be the only name on the ballot for the vacant CONCACAF presidency when elections are held on May 23rd. "I would like to acknowledge and thank the CONCACAF member associations from across the Confederation that have demonstrated their confidence in me through their support of my nomination for president.

Questions: Reform, League, DP, Liga, Serie

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By Tony Edwards - San Jose, CA (Mar 29, 2012) US Soccer Players -- In today's edition, Tony asks when the FIFA reform report will be released, looks at MLS designated player distinctions, and wonders which teams are going down in Spain What's happening with the anticipated FIFA reform, transparency, and anticorruption report?

Hamid's Injury Status

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United States National Team and DC United goalkeeper Bill Hamid has been diagnosed with a 'grade 1 deltoid ligament sprain and bone contusions in the talus and medial tibia' in his left ankle and will miss one to three weeks. "It's unfortunate that Bill sustained multiple injuries against El Salvador and was not physically able to finish the match," DC general manager Dave Kasper said in a press statement.

The 2012 Soccer Tours

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (Mar 29, 2012) US Soccer Players -- What should we expect from the summer touring schedule? That magical time of year where big and not so big European clubs head Stateside to play a few friendlies and remind their North American fan base that they're thinking of them when they're playing for real back home.

CCL: Toronto 1 - Santos Laguna 1

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Once again it was Herculez Gomez scoring for Santos Laguna, putting his club up in the 31st minute at BMO Field. Toronto's Miguel Aceval equalized in the 37th from a free kick. Both goal scorers would eventually be substituted due to injury, with Aceval leaving in the 49th minute and Gomez exiting in the 69th after colliding with Toronto's goalkeeper.

Thursday's TV: Americans In Europa

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Schalke 04 - Bilbao 3pm - GolTV The first of our Europa League games matching up a Bundesliga club against a team from La Liga. Jermaine Jones has made himself key to Schalke's chances domestically and in Europe. Schalke are third in Germany, nine points off the lead. Bilbao are 11th in La Liga. Atletico Madrid - Hannover 96 5pm - GolTV Steve Cherundolo's Hanover are 8th in Germany, losing to Bayern Munich over the.

Upside: Support

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Their Words "We had brilliant support tonight It was great that the Club looked after them and made sure they all got up here, bussed them up, because we needed them. And you can see by their excitement that tonight was one of those games where if you were here, you'll remember it." Everton manager David Moyes.

Clark Suspended, Fined

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Houston Dynamo midfielder Colin Clark will miss three games and pay an unspecified fine, Major League Soccer announced on Wednesday. Clark used what the League describes as "using unacceptable and offensive language towards a ball boy in the seventh minute of the game in Seattle on Friday, March 24." Clark will also be required to attend sensitivity and diversity training.

Liverpool Schedules Roma In Boston

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Taking advantage of mutual connections, Liverpool will be using Boston's Fenway Park this summer to host AS Roma on July 25th. Liverpool is owned by Fenway Sports Group president John Henry, and one of his partners in Fenway Sports Group - Thomas DiBenedetto - owns AS Roma. "We had a great time playing in front of our supporters in Asia last year and it will be good to give our fans in North America the.

Rebuilding An MLS Club

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By Jason Davis - WASHINGTON, DC (Mar 28, 2011) US Soccer Players -- Let's pretend you run a Major League Soccer team. Let's pretend that the Major League Soccer team you run inhabits a niche in a market that town that also has a Major League Baseball team and National Football League franchise (like so many of them).

What Chelsea Could Mean

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (Mar 28, 2012) US Soccer Players -- Chelsea beat Benfica in the away leg of their Champions League quarterfinal series on Tuesday, and suddenly the English media is trying to figure out if they've got a shot at winning the trophy. They don't, at least not in realistic terms.

National Teamers Abroad:FA Cup Sixth Round

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Spurs and Bolton played out their abandoned FA Cup Sixth Round game, with Spurs advancing at White Hart Lane. Tim Ream didn't start, but was an early sub entering in the 28th minute. Spurs opened the scoring in the 74th minute through Ryan Nelsen, doubling the lead three minutes later. The teams traded goals in stoppage time with Spurs advancing to play London rivals Chelsea.

Wednesday's TV

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UEFA Champions League on Fox Soccer: Milan - Barcelona at 2:30pm and Olympique Marseille - Bayern Munich at 5pm (2:30pm on Fox Soccer Plus). Toronto - Santos Laguna 8pm - Fox Soccer, TeleFutura The last Major League Soccer club left in the Champions League sets out to do what Seattle couldn't and get past Herculez Gomez and Santos Laguna.

Corner: Leagues

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Their Words "I know what it's like to experience success here and I'm eager to win trophies with Schalke. I also talked with some of our fans and they assured me they still have faith in me." Schalke 04 midfielder Jermaine Jones, speaking to UEFA.com. Other Sources Americans' Olympic dreams come to sudden, shocking end - from The Sporting News's Brian Straus: But the U.

Aston Villa To Play Philadelphia

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The Philadelphia Union announced on Tuesday that they will play Brad Guzan and Eric Lichaj's Aston Villa at PPL Park on July 18th. "It's our ongoing commitment to bring world-class international competition to Philadelphia," Philadelphia Union CEO Nick Sakiewicz said. "We are very proud to host Aston Villa in what will be a challenge for our club and a treat for our fans.

5 Questions: Chievo, Spector, Shots, Crowd, Kamara

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By Tony Edwards - San Jose, CA (Mar 27, 2012) US Soccer Players -- In Tuesday's edition, we learn about the chances for two National Teamers Abroad clubs before turning to the early season statistics from Major League Soccer. Can Michael Bradley's Chievo Verona still finish above Inter Milan in Serie A this season?

Behind the Scenes with the Viking Army

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By Cesar Diaz - NEW YORK, NY (Mar 23, 2012) US Soccer Players -- Sunday's home opener at Red Bull Arena was a complete success for the home side. After losing their first two matches to FC Dallas and Real Salt Lake by a combined score of 4-1, the Red Bulls finally showed their horns as Thierry Henry and former Portland Timbers forward Kenny Cooper each produced a two-goal performance.

Five Things From Olympic Qualifying

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (Mar 27, 2012) US Soccer Players -- With the United States exiting the CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying tournament at the group stage, here are five things to consider from what we saw in Group A. Timing United States Under-23 National Team coach Caleb Porter had more time with various versions of his squad than most coaches in the competition.

Video: USA - El Salvador Postgame

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United States Under-23 National Team coach Caleb Porter discusses the 3-3 draw with El Salvador.

USA 3 - El Salvador 3

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A stoppage time equalizer was the difference in Nashville on Monday night, with the United States Under-23 National Team failing to advance out of the group stage in the CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying tournament. After Cuba came up with a stoppage time equalizer against Canada in the early game, Canada advanced in second-place.

Manchester United 1 - Fulham 0

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Fulham's appeal for a late penalty went unanswered and Wayne Rooney's 42nd minute goal was the difference as Clint Dempsey's club lost at Old Trafford on Monday. United finished with 21 shots putting nine on frame to Fulham's two from seven. Dempsey took his regular place in Fulham's starting eleven.

Video: Back To Work

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US Soccer Communications documents the Under-23 National Team's preparations for tonight's game against El Salvador.

Seattle Announces Chelsea

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The Seattle Sounders will host Chelsea on July 18th at CenturyLink Field, the club announced on Monday. "We welcome a return visit from one of the premier teams and leaders in the football world with Chelsea FC," Sounders owner Joe Roth said. "I'm looking forward to an unprecedented match day experience not only for Chelsea FC but also for LA, Vancouver and Portland.

Tuesday's TV: Group B

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Champions League quarterfinal first legs on Fox Soccer: Benfica - Chelsea at 2:30pm and APOEL - Real Madrid at 5pm. The CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying tournament's Group B concludes with Honduras - Trinidad & Tobago at 6pm on Mun2 and Mexico - Panama at 11:30pm on Telemundo. Both games are available on CONCACAF.

Upside: Semifinals

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Their Words "That is a really big win for us. We felt we were a little unfortunate not to get a result out of our first two games and we did what we needed to do. To come in here and get three points from a good team at their own stadium is big time for us." Chivas USA forward Casey Townsend, on beating Salt Lake on Saturday.

Henry Wins POTW Award

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New York Red Bulls forward Thierry Henry has been named Major League Soccer's Player of the Week for Week Three. Henry scored two goals and setup a third in New York's 4-1 win over Colorado. Henry received 18 first-place votes of the 22 cast. Also receiving votes were San Jose forward Chris Wondolowski, Chivas USA goalkeeper Dan Kennedy, and Vancouver keeper Joe Cannon.

Agudelo Out For Six Weeks

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United States National Team and New York Red Bulls forward will miss up to six weeks after needing surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee. Agudelo was injured during CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying duty with the USA Under-23 National Team.

Corner: Brazil 2014

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The latest out of Brazil is that they've postponed hosting the Copa America, letting Chile take the 2015 tournament and waiting until later this decade to take their turn. That's not an option with next summer's Confederations Cup or the 2014 World Cup, and it's the FIFA tournaments looming large. Justin Shaffer took us through the issues surrounding the 2014 World Cup, something that both the organizers and world soccer's governing body would've probably preferred.

New York Red Bulls Can't Play The Waiting Game

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By Clemente Lisi – Harrison, NJ (Mar 26, 2012) US Soccer Players – "Wait until next year." That may as well be the official slogan of the New York Red Bulls. The club embarked on its 17th MLS season three weeks ago with the intent of making the playoffs and ultimately winning it all. Of course, all previous 16 attempts to win MLS Cup have fallen short.

Video: Adu Interview

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US National Team player Freddy Adu is interviewed on US Soccer's Studio 90.

Video: USA - El Salvador Pregame

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US Soccer's Studio 90 talks with Under-23 National Team coach Caleb Porter and players Freddy Adu and Amobi Okugo in advance of Monday night's game against El Salvador (9pm ET on Universal Sports Network, Mun2, and CONCACAF.com).

MLS Week 3: New York Opens

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The New York Red Bulls got a lopsided win to start their home schedule, beating Colorado 4-1. Thierry Henry was the first player on the score sheet, putting New York up in the third minute. He had the assist on Kenny Cooper's goal three minutes later. It would be Henry again in the 53rd minute, with Colorado pulling a goal back in the 77th through Omar Cummings.

National Teamers Abroad: Result For Rangers, Goals In Mexico

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A red card for Carlos Bocanegra meant his game ended early, but Rangers managed to delay Celtic's celebration as Scottish Premier league champions with a 3-2 win at Ibrox. Rangers led from the 11th minute when Sone Aluko scored. Celtic went down a man in the 29th and were shown a second red card in the 57th.

Video: USA - Canada Postgame

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Postgame comments from the United States Under-23 National Team following the 2-0 loss to Canada in the group stage of the CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying tournament.

Olympic Qualifying: USA 0 - Canada 2

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The United States Under-23 National Team lost their second game of Group A, 2-0 to Canada on Saturday in Nashville. Taking advantage of set plays, Canada opened the scoring in the 58th minute when Doneil Henry connected with a Philippe Davies corner. Russell Teibert would take the corner for Canada in the 83rd minute, with Lucas Cavallini scoring.

Video: Gyau And Bunbury Interview

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US Soccer's Studio 90 speaks with Joe Gyau and Teal Bunbury in advance of the USA Under-23's second game in the CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying tournament.

USA U-18's In Camp

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United States Under-18 National Team coach Javier Perez has called 35 players into a camp that will run from March25th through April 1st at the Home Depot Center. GK: Santiago Castano (New York Red Bulls; Union City, N.J.), Ethan Horvath (Stoke City, Eng; Highlands Ranch, Colo.), Zackary Steffen (Philadelphia Union; Dowingtown, Pa.

Upside: Blatter Explains Twitter

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Their Words "When I was still a sports journalist, we had to keep in touch by telephone or telex – communications are developing all the time. Twitter is the new trend – it's short and to the point. I find tweeting really exciting." FIFA president Sepp Blatter. Other Sources Room for growth after US's early romp - from FoxSoccer.

The Departed: LA Lazers

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In his new monthly series, Tony Edwards takes us through the history of defunct American professional soccer clubs. First up, the Major Indoor Soccer League's Los Angeles Lazers. By Tony Edwards - San Jose, CA (Mar 20, 2012) US Soccer Players -- In what turned out to be their final two seasons (1987-88 and 1988-89), the Los Angeles Lazers of the Major Indoor Soccer League thought they had found the right combination to fill the.

Soccer And The Military

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Recently, I came across of an August 1958 issue of Soccer News. With the motto of 'It Covers the Nation's Pitches,' the publication gives us a glimpse of what the game was like in the United States at the time. If you wanted Manchester United manager Matt Busby's autograph, there was a classified ad that could help.

Video: USA - Cuba Postgame

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US Soccer's Studio 90 has interviews with Under-23 coach Caleb Porter and members of the team following the 6-0 CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying tournament win over Cuba.

Weekend TV: Olympics And Bundesliga

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Saturday The United States Under-23 National Team plays Canada in their second Group A game in CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying at 7pm on Universal Sports Network, Mun2, and CONCACAF.com. Cuba - El Salvador is on Telemundo at 4:30pm. EPL on ESPN2: Chelsea - Spurs at 8:30am. On Fox Soccer: Arsenal - Aston Villa at 10:30am, Stoke City - Manchester City at 1pm, and Swansea - Everton at 6pm.

Two Weeks - Two Teams

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By Dario Camacho - MIAMI, FL (Mar 23, 2011) US Soccer Players -- Philadelphia Two weeks in and we are starting to see some inkling of trouble in Philadelphia. As the new season unfolds, 2012 could quickly turn into a referendum on the Union and their coach Peter Nowak. The fate of his tenure rests on his shoulders in a way that's almost unique in Major League Soccer.

Olympic Qualifying: USA 6 - Cuba 0

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The United States Under-23 National Team had no problems against Cuba in their opening game of the CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying tournament. Playing in front of a small crowd at Nashville's massive LP Field, the USA was on the board 11 minutes in when Joe Corona scored. Cuba did themselves no favors, with Jose Macias shown a red card in the 20th minute.

Video: Behind The Crest - Olympic Qualifying

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Video of the preparation for the USA's opening game of the CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying tournament in Nashville, courtesy of US Soccer Communications.

Friday's TV: Multi-Game

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The CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying tournament continues with Honduras - Panama on Mun2 at 9pm and Mexico - Trinidad & Tobago on Telemundo at 11:30pm. Both games are also available on concacaf.tv. Seattle - Houston 10pm - NBC Sports Network Another look at the NBC Sports broadcast style, this time for a Friday night game at Qwest Stadium.

Upside: American Soccer Opportunity

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Their Words "Fulham have been major players in increasing awareness of what American soccer players have to offer." former Fulham forward Brian McBride. Other Sources Olympic Qualifying: USA, Mex. favored for London berths - from MLSsoccer.com's Greg Lalas: As is usually the case, the USA and Mexico are favorites to qualify.

Galaxy - Spurs On July 24th

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Following New York's announcement that they would be hosting Tottenham on July 31st, the Los Angeles Galaxy announced they too would play Spurs a week earlier on July 24th. "We are delighted to have the opportunity to open our U.S. tour against the current MLS Cup Champions, LA Galaxy," Tottenham Hotspur chairman Daniel Levy said.

Questions: Ranking, Crowds, HDC, LA, RBNY

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By Tony Edwards - San Jose, CA (Mar 20, 2012) US Soccer Players -- In today's Questions, Tony discusses several ways to view MLS attendance, the number of games at the Home Depot Center, and the prognosis in New Jersey. What is even sillier than 'Power Rankings' of MLS teams this early in the season?

Red Bulls - Spurs on July 31st

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Brad Friedel's Tottenham Hotspur will be travelling to the United States this summer to play New York as part of the New York Invitational Cup on July 31st, the Red Bulls announced on Thursday. "We are delighted to have the opportunity to take part in the inaugural New York Invitational Cup," Spurs chairman Daniel Levy said.

Video: USA - Cuba Preview

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US Soccer's Studio 90 previews the United States Under-23 National Team's opening game in CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying. The game is live at 9pm ET on Universal Sports Network, Mun2, and CONCACAF.tv.

CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying: MLS Involvement

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By Jason Davis - WASHINGTON, DC (Mar 22, 2011) US Soccer Players -- Why is the CONCACAF Olympic qualifying tournament so important to Major League Soccer that they buck the trend seen elsewhere in the world and make sure that the best age-appropriate MLS players are made available? Simple, for a league founded in part to improve the player pool for the United States National Team, MLS realizes that providing the bulk of the players.

Everton 0 - Arsenal 1, Kljestan Scores

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In England's Premier League on Wednesday, Tim Howard's Everton fell behind to Arsenal and were unable to come up with an equalizer. Everton had an argument for a questionable offside call in the first-half. "There were five decisions which were onside," Everton manager David Moyes said of calls that have gone against his club.

Thursday's TV: Qualifying

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CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying begins, with the USA - Cuba game on Universal Sports Network, Mun2, and CONCACAF.tv starting at 9pm. El Salvador - Canada is at 6:30pm. La Liga on ESPN Deportes: Real Betis - Espanyol is at 3pm. Same time for Racing Santander - Sevilla on GolTV. Copa Libertadores on Fox Deportes: Velez Sarsfield - Deportivo Quito at 6:30pm and Santos - Juan Aurich at 9pm.

Upside: Red Bulls In Lights

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Their Words The Empire State Building will honor the New York Red Bulls 2012 Home Opener by shining its world famous tower lights in the team's colors (white/red/white) from Friday, March 23 to Sunday, March 25, 2012. The New York Red Bulls will host the Colorado Rapids at Red Bull Arena on Sunday, March 25 at 4:00pm ET live on ESPN and ESPN Deportes.

Video: U-23 Roster Announcement

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Video coverage of the US National Team roster announcement for CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying, courtesy of US Soccer Communications.

Video: Interview With Perry Kitchen

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US Soccer's Studio 90 interviews Under-23 National Team player Perry Kitchen.

Messi, Jordan, And The NBA Problem

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (Mar 21, 2012) US Soccer Players -- There's one of those quotes that gets picked up by wire services and shuffled around the internet from Barcelona's manager, Pep Guardiola. In his post-game comments following another Lionel Messi hat-trick, he compares Lionel Messi to Michael Jordan.

Video: Interview With Ike Opara

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US Soccer's Studio 90 interviews Under-23 National Team player Ike Opara.

USA Olympic Qualifying Squad Announced

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Late on Tuesday night, United States Under-23 National Team coach Caleb Porter announced the 20-man squad for CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying. The qualifying tournament starts on Thursday with the United States playing Cuba in Nashville (9pm ET - Universal Sports Network, Telemundo). Philadelphia Union midfielder Freddy Adu will serve as team captain.

Wednesday's TV: EPL

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Premier League on ESPN2: Manchester City - Chelsea at 3:30pm. Everton - Arsenal 4pm - Fox Soccer 10th hosting 4th in the Premier League, with Arsenal looking to keep pace a point behind 3rd-place Spurs. Arsenal beat Everton 1-0 on December 10th, extending an undefeated streak against Everton that goes back to the 2006-07 EPL season.

Upside: Losing Well

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Their Words "When you lose, you take it hard and it's not an easy thing to deal with. Sometimes you'd prefer to play badly and scrape a win than play well and end up with a defeat." Rangers midfielder Maurice Edu. Other Sources Q&A with USMNT coach Jurgen Klinsmann - from ESPN.com's Leander Schaerlaeckens: "I think we're on a great path.

Questions: Road, SJ, Setup, Fulham, Bundesliga

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By Tony Edwards - San Jose, CA (Mar 20, 2012) US Soccer Players -- In Today's edition, Tony looks at Vancouver's success on the road, the Earthquake's central midfield problems, Fulham's struggles, and Americans in the Bundesliga. Now in their second season, how many road wins do the Whitecaps have in MLS?

Roundtable: Two Weeks In

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US Soccer Players columnists Dario Camacho, Justin Shaffer, and Tony Edwards talk about what we've learned so far from the 2012 Major League Soccer. We start with a simple question: what's been the biggest surprise so far? Justin Shaffer: It's really too early to pick any surprise teams. The Colorado Rapids came into the season with a ton of questions given the new coaching staff and roster, but they won their first two games against.

Tuesday's TV: Coppa

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Fox Soccer has Blackburn - Sunderland at 4pm. Championship on Fox Soccer Plus: West Ham - Middlesbrough at 3:30pm. Coppa Italia on GolTV: second leg of the Juventus - Milan semifinal series at 3:45pm. Juventus leads 2-1. ESPN Deportes has Barcelona - Granada at 4pm. All Times Eastern

Upside: All Together

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Their Words "We played a very good first half, we defended well and we got some breaks and they didn't create any chances and it was just a sloppy play that cost us the first goal. And then on the second one we gambled and it was just two mistakes that cost us. By far this was our best game against Salt Lake in two years.

Estrada Wins POTW

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Seattle Sounders forward David Estrada was named Major League Soccer's Player of the Week for Week Two the North American Soccer Reporters announced on Monday. Estrada had a hat-trick with the Sounders beating Toronto 3-1 in their home opener. All but one voter selected Estrada as their first choice.

Video: No Holden Back, Episode 3

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Stuart Holden discusses nutrition, courtesy of MLSSoccer.com's Kick.

Corner: Referees

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It took Major League Soccer exactly two weeks into the season for the attention to shift towards the quality of officiating. In other words, once again the referees are the issue. MLS and the United States Soccer Federation have already worked up a potential solution, announcing their Professional Referee Organization earlier this month.

Video: U-23's Vs Atlanta

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The United States Under-23 National Team played a closed-door scrimmage against the Atlanta Silverbacks over the weekend. Highlights courtesy of US Soccer Communications.

What Ever Happened To Steve Trittschuh

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By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Mar 20, 2012) US Soccer Players -- There aren't too many Americans who have competed in the UEFA Champions League, and the first player on that list might surprise you. Former US defender Steve Trittschuh holds that distinction when in 1990 he signed with Czechoslovakian club Sparta Prague that participated in the European Cup, the precursor to the current Champions League.

MLS Week 2: CCL Aftermath

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With Toronto the last club standing from Major League Soccer after the midweek CONCACAF Champions League games, it was Canada's newest team taking the stage for their first home game. As expected, the Montreal Impact all but filled Olympic Stadium, drawing 58,912 and got to see a first home goal in the MLS era from Davy Arnaud in the 56th minute.

National Teamers Abroad

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The weekend results from Europe were overshadowed by the apparent heart attack suffered by Bolton's Fabian Muamba shortly before halftime in their FA Cup Sixth Round game at Spurs. Muamba had to receive treatment on the field, and the game was eventually postponed in the 41st minute with the score 1-1.

Friday's Upside: Next Stage

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Their Words "But we started sloppily and were punished for that. We bravely fought back from two goals down and held out in the second half and deservedly reached the quarterfinals." AZ coach Gertjan Verbeek. Other Sources Standing on a chair and singing for my U.S. teammates - from Goal.com's Brek Shea: The difference between the senior national team and youth levels is familiarity.

Video: Porter Explains Training Camp Plans

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United States Under-23 National Team coach Caleb Porter talks tactics for the camp leading up to CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying, courtesy of US Soccer Communications

Roundtable: Champions League, RFK, And Protecting Players

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This week, US Soccer Players columnists Dario Camacho, Jason Davis, Justin Shaffer, and Tony Edwards discuss Major League Soccer's problems in the CONCACAF Champions League, DC United's announcement that they'll be playing in a reduced-capacity RFK, and the League's commitment to protecting attacking players.

Weekend TV: Sixth Round

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Saturday Everton - Sunderland 8:30am - Fox Soccer What our English friends call the Sixth Round Proper and the rest of us would refer to as the quarterfinals have Everton hosting Sunderland. "We can't think about a semifinal until we've won the quarterfinal," Everton manager David Moyes said. "Once we've done that, then you can talk about it.

CCL: UNAM Pumas 8 - Metapan 0 (9-2 agg)

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Isidro Metapan's first-leg lead lasted until the 24th minute at the Olimpico Universitario in Mexico City. A 24th minute Metapan own-goal was followed a minute later by another goal, and suddenly Metapan was behind for good. Pumas scored again in the 38th, adding five more goals in the second-half. They advance to play fellow Mexican Primera Division club Monterrey in the semifinal stage.

Europa League Quarterfinals Announced

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On Friday, UEFA conducted the draw for the quarterfinal round of the Europa League. With four National Teamers abroad clubs left, none of them were drawn against each other. Jozy Altidore's AZ will play Valencia, Jermaine Jones and Schalke 04 drew Athletic Bilbao, Oguchi Onyewu's Sporting face Metalist, and Steve Cherundolo and Hannover 96 get Atletico Madrid.

Europa League: Americans Advance

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Hannover 4 - Standard Liege 0, 6-2 agg Steve Cherundolo started for Hannover 96 in what turned out to be an easy night at AWD-Arena. Mohammed Abdellaoue had the home side up within four minutes, and it was 2-0 Hannover when Liege put the ball into the back of their own net in the 21st. Hannover would be the recipients of another own goal in the 73rd, with Sergio Pinto scoring their fourth in stoppage.

Friday's TV: Mexico

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Galavision has U.A.G. - Morelia at 10pm ET. Morelia trail Santos Laguna at the top of the Clausura table on goal difference. U.A.G. are 17th, second from bottom. Morelia have been slumping over the last 10 days, losing both legs of their Champions League quarterfinal series with Monterrey and a league game to Toluca.

Upside: MLS Stadiums

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Their Words "D.C. United is a valued member of the local sports landscape and community, and we are excited the team will continue playing its home games in the nation's capital. RFK Stadium has been home to many special memories for the team, and we look forward to many more." Events DC President and CEO Gregory A.

Questions: Names, Ratings, Moyes, Wanderers, Roster

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By Tony Edwards - San Jose, CA (Mar 15, 2012) US Soccer Players -- In Thursday's edition, Tony looks at nicknames in MLS, Everton's 'Cup or league' debate, and how Tim Ream's Bolton Wanderers are doing. Can we stop with the nicknames in MLS? Blue Collar Boys. The Black and Red. The Hoops. Rojiblancos.

Sapong Sticks With Kansas City

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Sporting Kansas City and US National Team forward C.J. Sapong has signed a new deal, the club announced on Thursday. "I'm definitely very excited to sign an extension with Sporting Kansas City," Sapong said in a press statement. "It's an amazing feeling, because I feel like I progressed so much this past year and I feel like I can progress even more.

The Good And The Bad In MLS

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (Mar 15, 2012) US Soccer Players -- Toronto ending the Los Angeles Galaxy's Champions League campaign at the quarterfinal stage probably didn't shock as many people as it should have. Regardless of how much League officials built up the importance of the Champions League, there's still a disconnect between MLS interest and interest in other competitions involving MLS teams.

CCL: Santos Laguna, Toronto Advance

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Santos Laguna 6 - Seattle 1 (7-3 agg) A disaster on the road for Seattle turned out to be a good game for Herculez Gomez. Santos was up on the night eight minutes in at the Nuevo Estadio Corona and doubled that lead a minute later. Seattle looked like they would make it a game, with Alvaro Fernandez scoring in the 36th minute.

Thursday's TV

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Europa League on GolTV: Bilbao - Manchester United at 2:30pm and Manchester City - Sporting at 4pm. Copa Libertadores on Fox Deportes: Juan Aurich - Santos at 6:30pm and Flamengo - Olimpia at 9pm. CONCACAF Champions League on Galavision: UNAM Pumas - Metapan at 10pm. All Times Eastern

Upside: Rested

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Their Words "It is frustrating that we led - and had a couple of good chances to extend the scoreline - but came away with nothing. But that's exactly what the Championship is like. If you make mistakes you get punished, and that's what happened tonight." Birmingham City manager Chris Hughton. Other Sources Galaxy fights fatigue in Toronto showdown - from Soccer America's Ridge Mahoney: If rest is to be the critical variable in this.

Gringos at the Gate: Addressing The USA - Mexico Soccer Rivalry

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By Cesar Diaz - NEW YORK, NY (Dec 9, 2011) US Soccer Players -- With the CONCACAF World Cup Qualifiers taking place later this year, it is expected that the United States and Mexico will resume their border rivalry. After 60 head-to-head matches, Mexico leads the rivalry with a 33-15-12 (W-L-T) advantage.

R.I.P. John Souza

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The United States National Soccer Team Players Association joins the family and friends of John 'Clarkie' Souza, honoring the memory of the former National Team player and National Soccer Hall of Fame member who died on March 12th. Souza was a member of the 1950 World Cup team that recorded the famous win over England that has become a touchstone moment in the history of American soccer.

MLS Live Gets It Right

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By Jason Davis - WASHINGTON, DC (Mar 14, 2011) US Soccer Players -- My First Kick Saturday started with a trip to the kitchen, where I grabbed a beverage and a salty snack. After sitting down on my couch, I turned on my laptop and navigated to the website of Major League Soccer, where I clicked a link that led me to the League's revamped streaming service called "MLS Live.

CCL: Monterrey 4 - Morelia 1 (7-2 agg)

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Defending champions Monterrey had no issues in the deciding leg of their CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal series with Morelia on Tuesday, winning 4-1 to advance 7-2 on aggregate goals. Monterrey took the lead on the night with a 43rd minute penalty converted by Humberto Suarez. Monterrey returned to the penalty spot to make it 2-0 in the 60th with Luis Perez scored.

Taylor Joins U-23's

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United States Under-23 National Team coach Caleb Porter has added Tony Taylor to the U-23 camp roster that began training today in Nashville. Taylor joins the squad tomorrow from Portugal's Estoril Praia. Updated U-23 Camp Roster GK: Bill Hamid (D.C. United; Annandale, Va.), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire; Lilburn, Ga.

Everton Shutout By Liverpool, Spector Injured

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A tough derby for Tim Howard and Everton, who fell behind to Liverpool at Anfield in the 34th minute and were unable to recover. Steven Gerrard scored all three of Liverpool's goals, making it 2-0 in the 51st and finishing off the hat-trick in stoppage time. The win creates a five-point gap between the two clubs, with Liverpool in 7th and Everton in 9th after 28 games.

Wednesday's TV

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Champions League on Fox Soccer: Chelsea - Napoli at 3:30pm and Real Madrid - CSKA Moscow at 6pm (3:30pm Fox Soccer Plus). Copa Libertadores on Fox Deportes: Cruz Azul - Corinthians at 9pm. Santos Laguna - Seattle 8pm - Fox Soccer, TeleFutura Seattle takes a one goal lead to Mexico in the deciding leg of their series with Santos Laguna.

Upside: EPL Vs UCL

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Their Words "It's their home opener and they brought it." Philadelphia defender Danny Califf. Other Sources Firepower can boost US Olympic bid - from FoxSoccer.com's Ives Galarcep: Porter will look to stretch defenses with speed on the wing.... NBC Sports draws viewership spike for first MLS broadcast of season - from The Sporting News's Brian Straus: The number seems low, but it represents a more than threefold increase from last year's opening telecast on Fox.

Questions: Shirts, Temps, Shots, Shuts, Stats

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By Tony Edwards - San Jose, CA (Mar 13, 2012) US Soccer Players -- In Tuesday's edition, Tony puts on his sponsor unaffiliated warm clothes to watch Major League Soccer's first weekend of play, asking about shirt sponsors, Chivas USA's struggles, and statistical validity. How many teams do not have shirt sponsors?

DC's Stadium

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (Mar 13, 2012) US Soccer Players -- I have no complaints about old stadiums. I'm as likely as anyone you know to walk willingly into the warm embrace of nostalgia when it comes to old ballparks. I was reading books about stadiums that no longer existed when I was in grade school, and my enthusiasm hasn't really waned.

Portland 3 - Philadelphia 1

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After trading goals early in the second-half, it was Portland putting on a late show at JELD-WEN Field to win their season opener on Monday night. The Union's Gabriel Gomez opened the scoring in the 51st minute, with Portland's Andrew Baptiste equalizing three minutes later. Kris Boyd put Portland in the lead for good in the 66th, with Kalif Alhassan scoring for the Timbers in the 76th.

Porter Calls In 19 For Olympic Qualifying

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With CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying later this month, United States Under-23 National Team coach Caleb Porter has named 19 players to a training camp roster in advance of the opening group stage game on Match 22nd. Porter's final 20-man roster is due two days before the start of the tournament. Camp opens on the 13th.

Tuesday's TV: UCL

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Champions League on Fox Soccer: Inter Milan - Olympic Marseilles at 3:30pm and Bayern Munich - FC Basel at 6pm (3:30pm on Fox Soccer Plus). Copa Libertadores on Fox Espanol: Alianza Lima - Nacional at 9pm. CONCACAF Champions League on CONCACAF.com: Monterrey - Morelia at 10pm. All Times Eastern

Upside: Opening

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Their Words "Everyone can expect a mad afternoon when you fight against relegation. I thought we did everything to win the game. Okay we got a bit of luck but as a team I thought it was brilliant we got three points in the end." Bolton Wanderers goalkeeper Adam Bogdan. Other Sources U.S. top boss Jurgen Klinsmann at FC Dallas opener for Lamar Hunt statue ceremony - from The Dallas Morning News's Steve Hunt: "If.

Corner: MLS Schedule

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It took exactly no time for the Major League Soccer schedule to become an issue in 2012. "I think this game is on me, it's my fault," Los Angeles Galaxy coach Bruce Arena said. "I think I should have used fresher bodies. We hit the wall and made mistakes attributed to fatigue. I think the travel and two games this week added up to being a pretty tired team over the last 20 minutes and.

How NBC Shows MLS

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By Dario Camacho - MIAMI, FL (Mar 12, 2011) US Soccer Players -- And so it begins. In what seems like ages since we last saw a ball kicked with points on the line, the seventeenth season of Major League Soccer started over the weekend. The offseason, for us hooked on the sport, felt far too long. Among the offseason transactions, arguably the biggest move had already taken place.

MLS Week 1: Plot Twist

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We're two days into the 2012 Major League Soccer season, and there's already a recasting of roles in the Western Conference. With the Los Angeles Galaxy expected to dominate, especially at home, they recorded their first home loss in League play since 2010 at the expense of rivals Real Salt Lake. RSL recovered after Edson Buddle opened the scoring for LA in the 71st minute to win 3-1.

National Teamers Abroad: Santos Laguna - Puebla

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The Santos Laguna - Puebla game turned into the weekend highlight reel for National Teamers Abroad. Three of the four goals were scored by Americans, with DaMarcus Beasley opening the scoring for Puebla in the 43rd minute. Herculez Gomez answered back for Santos in the 48th, with Oribe Peralta putting them in the lead for good n the 71st.

Wolff Takes On Player/Asst Role With DC

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DC United announced on Friday that US National Team veteran forward Josh Wolff will serve as player/assistant coach in 2012. "Josh's experiences all over the world, his personality, and his skills on the pitch will make him an integral part of the team this season," DC coach Ben Olsen. "A leader on and off the field, Josh will play a greater role both on the field and in the locker room with these new coaching.

Upside: Day Before Season 17

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Their Words "We'd all wish for a big sack full of money, but in the same breath you wouldn't want to be put in the position that some managers have been put in." Everton manager David Moyes, on operating in the transfer market. Other Sources Magic's 'Announcement' soars; NBC begins its MLS coverage - from SI.

Howard Staying With Everton

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Everton announced on Thursday that United States National Team goalkeeper Tim Howard has signed with the club through the 2015-16 season. Calling Everton "a place that is home for me," Howard told the club's official site: "I couldn't be happier. I've had a smile on my face ever since we finalised the deal.

Roundtable: MLS Year 17

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Our Major League Soccer experts Jason Davis, Tony Edwards, and Justin Shaffer answer five questions for the new MLS season. The MLS schedule starts Saturday with games available regionally, moving to nationally available broadcasts Sunday and a Monday night game on ESPN2. What's your top story in 2012?

CCL: Metapan 2 - UNAM Pumas 1

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Things opened up in the non-MLS half of the CONCACAF Champions League bracket, with El Salvador's Metapan getting the home win over Mexico's UNAM Pumas. Mark Blanco scored both of Metapan's goals, opening the scoring in the 26th and doubling the lead in the 48th minute. Eduardo Herrera scored for Pumas in the 66th.

Weekend TV: Season Starts

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Saturday Bolton - QPR 7:30am - ESPN2 A more realistic opportunity for Tim Ream to get his first Premier League win as a member of Bolton. QPR are hardly at the level of Manchester City and Chelsea, and this should be an opportunity for the home team. Everton - Spurs 12pm - Fox Soccer Also known as Howard vs Friedel.

The MLS Message

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (Mar 9, 2012) US Soccer Players -- Major League Soccer commissioner Don Garber took a not entirely new stance during his conference call with media on Thursday. Entering it's 17th season and 12th under Garber's leadership, his version of the League is simple. We know what we're doing, and when we make a misstep it was done with the best of intentions.

Friday's TV

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Chievo - Inter Milan 2:30pm - Fox Soccer Another opportunity to see Michael Bradley and Chievo, this time against a big name Serie A club that hasn't been playing that way in 2011-12. Inter are 7th in the table, three places and three points ahead of Chievo. A Chievo win would have them level on points and games played, but Inter goes into the game with a sizeable lead on goal differential, 0 to Chievo's.

Corner: Video Game Soccer

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Their Words "EA simulated the entire 2012 MLS regular season, testing all 19 clubs under the same conditions they will face in the months ahead to determine that the LA Galaxy will finish first overall in the 34-game regular season with a league record 75 points, posting a 22-9-3 win-draw-loss record.

Questions: Garber, DC, Bradley, Originals, TV

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By Tony Edwards - San Jose, CA (Mar 8, 2012) US Soccer Players -- In Thursday's edition, Tony asks about opportunities for American players in the League, wonders where DC United should be playing its home games, and looks at what the numbers mean for Michael Bradley at Chievo Verona. Is MLS Commissioner Don Garber concerned that the total amount of minutes played by Americans in MLS has gone down?

The Sporting Chance

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (Mar 8, 2012) US Soccer Players -- As Rangers try to figure out their immediate future, it's worth considering what got them there. Though European soccer tends to isolate clubs in trouble and focus only on the particulars of those situations, there's one major overarching trend that applies well past one team in Glasgow.

CCL: A Draw And A Win

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Toronto 2 - Los Angeles 2 47,658 fans filled the Rogers Centre in support of Toronto FC in the opening game of their CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal series with the Los Angeles Galaxy. Toronto took the lead in the 12th minute when Ryan Johnson scored, and it was 2-0 Toronto six minutes later through Luis Silva.

Thursday's TV: Europa and Copa

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Europa League on GolTV: Atletico Madrid - Besiktas at 1pm and Manchester United - Bilbao at 5pm. AZ - Udinese 3pm - GolTV Jozy Altidore's AZ open their Round of 16 series with Udinese at home. AZ advanced at the expense of Sacha Kljestan's Anderlecht, with Udinese beating PAOK. AZ lead the Eredivisie, with Udinese 4th in Serie A.

Upside: Goals Down

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Their Words "I am proud of my team-mates because what we produced today was great football, but it's sad because obviously we are out of the competition. We can go out with our heads held high but we blew it in Milan." Arsenal midfielder Tomas Rosicky. Other Sources Q&A with MLS commish Don Garber - from ESPN.

MLS Season 17: What We Think We Know

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By Jason Davis - WASHINGTON, DC (Mar 7, 2011) US Soccer Players -- The truth is that every new Major League Soccer season is more uniquely MLS than the last one. Things change for this League quicker than most. It's a League of moving parts, playing a game that is as much cultural movement as it is just another professional sports product.

Clavijo Joins Dallas

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United States National Team alum Fernando Clavijo has been named technical director of FC Dallas, the club announced on Wednesday. "I want to thank Clark and Dan Hunt, Doug Quinn and Coach Schellas Hyndman for the opportunity to be a part of FC Dallas," Clavijo said. "I'm very excited to be part of the technical staff and am eager to use my experience in helping FC Dallas be the best professional soccer team and the.

DiBenedetto's Roma

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By Clemente Lisi – ROME, Italy (March 6, 2012) US Soccer Players – Serie A clubs aren't used to having American owners. Unlike England, there hasn't been an American ownership connection with the top tier of the Italian game. That is, until Thomas DiBenedetto took over AS Roma last year. DiBenedetto's group purchased 67 percent of the club's shares in April 2011, for $80 million dollars and in August officially took over as majority owner.

CCL: Morelia 1 - Monterrey 3

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The CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal stage opened on Tuesday night, with Monterrey getting the away win to open an all Mexico series. Monterrey's Humberto Suazo opened the scoring in the 27th minute from the penalty spot, and doubled the lead in the 43rd minute. Joel Huiqui cut that lead in half in the 60th minute, but that was it for the Morelia offense.

March 2012 FIFA Rankings

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The United States moved up four places to 27th in the February 2012 FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking. The USA beat Italy during the ranking period. Mexico drops one spot to 22nd, remaining first overall in CONCACAF. Spain remains the World #1, with Holland, Germany, Uruguay, and Brazil rounding out the top five.

Wednesday's TV: Champs Leagues

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UEFA Champions League on Fox Soccer: Barcelona - Bayer Leverkusen at 2:30pm and Apoel Lyon at 5pm (2:30pm on Fox Soccer Plus). Serie A on FS+: Bologna - Juventus at 12:30pm. FA Cup on FS+: Spurs - Stevenage at 5pm. Toronto - LA 8pm - Fox Soccer, TeleFutura Major League Soccer's clubs open their CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal schedule with a head-to-head matchup at Rogers Centre in Toronto.

USSF, MLS Announce Professional Referee Organization

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The United States Soccer Federation and Major League Soccer announced the creation of the Professional Referee Organization to handle the management of match officials at the pro level in the US and Canada. "Thanks to collaborative work with U.S. Soccer and the Canadian Soccer Association, officiating in MLS made significant strides forward in the past year," MLS commissioner Don Garber said.

Upside: CCL Quarterfinals Loom

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Their Words "My dad always wanted me to be a footballer and wanted to give me a name that stood out. It's not a very forgettable name." Santos Laguna and US National Team forward Herculez Gomez. Other Sources Why is Toronto's Champions League attendance going to be about twice that of Seattle? - from The News Tribune's Don Ruiz: "Some day I think we'll get there.

Questions: Preseason, Attendance, FIFA, Dallas, Calendar

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By Tony Edwards - San Jose, CA (Mar 6, 2012) US Soccer Players -- For Tuesday, Tony asks how preseason went for Chivas USA, looks at where George John will be lining up, wonders who FIFA.com thinks will have a breakout season in MLS, and examines preseason attendance in Tucson. How did the preseason end for Chivas USA?

MLS And The NFL

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (Mar 6, 2012) US Soccer Players -- What happens to a league when another league starts to decline? That's the question professional soccer in North America has been considering for around six decades now. In the mid-1960's, it was getting together a league after promoters noticed that people watched the 1966 World Cup in the United States while sports fans began to drop baseball.

Tuesday's TV: Champs League

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Arsenal - Milan 2:30pm - Fox Soccer Arsenal have done their part. Since getting trounced by Milan at the San Siro, they beat Tottenham and Liverpool in the Premier League. Milan haven't exactly wilted away, winning two and drawing once in Serie A since that first-leg with Arsenal, including a repeat of the 4-0 score line in a win over Palermo on Saturday.

Upside: Manager

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Their Words "Unfortunately the results and performances of the team have not been good enough and were showing no signs of improving at a key time in the season." Chelsea's statement on 'parting ways' with manager Andre Villas-Boras. Other Sources Klinsmann believes playground football is key to early success - from Goal.

Corner: Rule Revisions

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What got through the rigorous International Football Association Board approval process over the weekend? Head scarves are now allowed for women's soccer, reversing a silly insistence on rules that ignored basic common sense. Oh, and players will be required to use the same color tape as the socks they're wearing.

Brazil And FIFA

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By Justin Shaffer - SEATTLE, WA (Mar 5, 2012) US Soccer Players -- Over the weekend, FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke triggered a very public back and forth with Brazil over the current state of readiness for the 2014 World Cup, going so far as to say that Brazil needed a "kick up the backside". Valcke's statements touched on the slow pace of Brazil's infrastructure improvements, stadium construction delays, and FIFA's demands for changes in.

National Teamers Abroad Goals For Dempsey, Altidore, Gomez

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That's 'goals' plural for Clint Dempsey, who scored twice in Fulham's 5-0 romp over Wolverhampton. Dempsey wasn't Fulham's top scorer on the afternoon, with Pavel Pogrebnyak putting the home side up two goals before Dempsey got on the board in the 56th. Pogrebnyak finished off his hat-trick five minutes later.

Upside: Fan Support

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Their Words "It's great to play at Ibrox in front of 50,000 people. The Rangers blood runs deep through the fans and their support is unbelievable. It's really enjoyable as a player to experience that and to be part of this club." Rangers defender Carlos Bocanegra. Other Sources Klinsmann must refine, not reinvent - from ESPN.

MLS Miami

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By Dario Camacho - MIAMI, FL (Mar 2, 2011) US Soccer Players -- There was beer and popcorn flying about at Sun Life Stadium on Wednesday night. An instant reaction when Colombian forward Juan Guillermo Cuadrado poked a through ball into the Mexican goal. An increasingly balmy night, lubricating a bombastic celebration in the stands in Miami.

John Back With Dallas

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George John has returned to FC Dallas after spending two months on loan with West Ham United. "I'm glad I had this opportunity and experience, and I want to thank MLS, FC Dallas and West Ham," John said. "Right now I'm really looking forward to getting back to Dallas. I've been in touch with Schellas and I'm ready to get to work.

Video: Klinsmann On The Italy Result

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United States National Team coach Jurgen Klinsmann discusses the 1-0 win over Italy, courtesy of US Soccer Communications.

Weekend TV: Chievo And Hoffenheim

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Saturday Liverpool - Arsenal 7:30am - ESPN2 The middle game in a series that many believe determines Arsenal's immediate future. We left it out completely when talking about Spurs and the second leg of the Champions League series with Milan, because quite simply this isn't a must win for Arsenal. For Liverpool, it's pretty close.

Discussion: Seattle, Salt Lake, And Attacking Soccer

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With the CONCACAF Champions League and the beginning of Major League Soccer play coming up, Dario Camacho, Jason Davis, Justin Shaffer, and Tony Edwards participated in a web chat to discuss Seattle's acquisition of Eddie Johnson, Salt Lake's roster situation, and the League's commitment to protecting attacking players.

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.