USSoccerPlayers Archives for January 2012

Behind The Crest: The 23

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USA 1 - Brazil 4

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The United States lost 4-1 to Brazil on Wednesday night in front of 67,619 at FedEx Field in Landover, MD. Brazil opened with Neymar scoring from the penalty spot in the 12th minute. They made it 2-0 when Thiago Silva scored in the 26th. Herculez Gomez pulled a goal back for the United States just before halftime, but it was 3-1 when Marcelo scored in the 52nd.

Thursday's TV

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Two international friendlies on ESPN Deportes: Germany - Israel at 2:30pm and France - Serbia at 4:30pm. Univision has the Mexico - Bosnia & Herzegovina friendly at 8:45pm from Soldier Field in Chicago. All Times Eastern

The Upside: Opening

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Their Words "The 12-minute show will combine heritage and innovation, to bring sport and culture together and mark the start of a historical event, the first UEFA European Football Championship to be staged in central and eastern Europe. It will also promote the participating nations together with key EURO values: unity, rivalry and passion.

Studio 90 Preview: USA - Brazil

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The Open Cup Repeats The Question

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (May 30, 2012) US Soccer Players -- It would be interesting to be able to write that the US Open Cup night of upsets really changed things. Seven Major League Soccer clubs have... and this is where we run into trouble. Underachieved? Disappointed? Perhaps the best way to put it is that these seven clubs - and potentially two more later tonight - didn't take advantage of an opportunity.

Video: Bocanegra In Scotland Part 2

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Open Cup: Big Night For The Lower Divisions

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Seven Major League Soccer clubs lost in US Open Cup play on Tuesday night, with two games remaining to determine the field for the Fourth Round. On Tuesday, San Antonio (NASL) shutout Houston 1-0 and Michigan (PDL) beat Chicago 3-2 in overtime. In a break from the upsets, Sporting KC beat Orlando (USL Pro) 3-2 and DC United needed overtime to get past Richmond (USL Pro) 2-1.

Wednesday's TV: USA - Brazil

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The United States - Brazil friendly is on ESPN2 and TeleFutura at 8pm. ESPN2 has Spain - South Korea at 2pm. Both Times Eastern

Upside: Other Markets

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Their Words "We are delighted to announce that Tuesdays game is Sold Out. Now as the anticipation builds we look forward to our orange clad 12th Man helping to push the team to an important victory." Carolina RailHawks president Curt Johnson. Other Sources The U.S. national team is up next for Fulham's Clint Dempsey but more could be on the way - from The Washington Post's Steven Goff: "You can't believe all the speculation.

Renteria Wins POTW

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Week 12's Player of the Week announcement was delayed by Memorial Day, but Columbus Crew forward Emilio Renteria took the honors. Rentaria scored against Seattle on Wednesday and Chicago on Saturday. He last won the award in 2010.

MLS Week 12 Goals

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Questions: Formation

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By Tony Edwards - San Jose, CA (May 29, 2012) US Soccer Players -- In Tuesday's column, Tony wonders who is right when there's a disagreement on formations. We also talk about points per game and what it means to have success as a forward. What's a formation? Did the United States play a 4-3-3 (as the lineup was listed on USsoccer.

Scouting Report: Brazil

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By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (May 29, 2012) US Soccer Players -- The next stop on the USA's five game, 18-day adventure is a date with Brazil on Wednesday at FedEx Field in Landover, MD (8 pm ET - ESPN2). Considered the most accomplished National Team on the planet, the five-time World Cup champions will give Jurgen Klinsmann's squad a challenge, and it's just that.

Tuesday's TV

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No games today.

Corner: The Working Vacation

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Scotland provided us with an unnecessary reminder of what it looks like when one team shows up not quite ready to play 90 minutes of soccer. Though this is normally associated with friendlies, this isn't a concept solely limited to exhibition games. What Scotland exhibited was a team that couldn't convert tactical planning to on-field coherency.

MLS Week 12: Play On Through

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In retrospect, Major League Soccer's choice to go head-to-head with the US National Team wasn't the best idea. The National Team gave a national audience an entertaining 5-1 win, including a glory goal by Michael Bradley and a Landon Donovan hat-trick. MLS... well, let's just say it was business as usual in the land of strange parity.

Postgame: USA - Scotland

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Media Roundup: USA 5 - Scotland 1

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What news outlets on both sides of the Atlantic are writing about the USA - Scotland friendly. Donovan scores hat-trick, US wins easily - from FoxSoccer.com's Ives Galarcep: "Tonight was one of those nights where most things went right." Three thoughts on U.S.-Scotland - from SI.com's Grant Wahl: The U.

Highlights: USA 5 - Scotland 1

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USA 5 - Scotland 1

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Landon Donovan's return to the National Team was the story on Saturday night in Jacksonville. A combination of club commitments and injury has limited Donovan's time in the squad under coach Jurgen Klinsmann. Donovan opened the scoring in the 3rd minute, with Michael Bradley's impressive long distance shot making it 2-0 ten minutes in.

Behind The Crest: The 23

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Press Conference: USA - Scotland

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Studio 90: USA - Scotland Match Day

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National Team Uniform Numbers

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The following are the numbers the United States National Team players will be wearing for the next five games. 1-Tim Howard 2-Michael Parkhurst 3-Carlos Bocanegra 4-Michael Bradley 5-Oguchi Onyewu 6-Steve Cherundolo 7-Maurice Edu 8-Clint Dempsey 9-Herculez Gomez 10-Landon Donovan 11-Joe Corona 12-Brad Guzan 13-Jermaine Jones 14-Kyle Beckerman 15-Edgar Castillo 16-Jose Torres 17-Josy Altidore 18-Terrence Boyd 19-Chris Wondolowski 20-Geoff Cameron 21-Clarence Goodson 22-Nick Rimando 23-Fabian Johnson

Jones Wins Media Award

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Former Los Angeles Times soccer writer Grahame L. Jones has been named the 2012 Colin Jose Media Award winner, the United States Soccer Federation announced on Friday. Jones will join the Hall of Fame Class of 2012 as part of the induction ceremony scheduled for Wednesday, May 30th before the USA - Brazil friendly.

Conrad And Nicol Preview USA - Scotland

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Upside: Moves

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Their Words "I know there's some interest from teams in and around England which is always good. We'll see what happens in the next few weeks. Hopefully we'll know more information by the end of camp. It's one of those situations that changes day to day and you kind of just roll with it until everything is finalized.

New York Earns Some Attention

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By Dario Camacho - MIAMI, FL (May 11, 2012) US Soccer Players -- Never assume anything in Major League Soccer. The many projections of the standings, the winners and losers, even before a single ball was kicked, have been thrown out by current events. The craziness of the standings over the last couple of weeks looks like a merry game of Chutes and Ladders.

Weekend TV: National Team In Action

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Saturday The United States kicks off the first of five games with a friendly against Scotland at 8pm ET on NBC Sports and Galavision. Also on NBC Sports, Houston - LA at 2:30pm. Univision Deportes has Columbus - Chicago at 7pm. Brazil - Denmark is on GolTV at 9:30am. ESPN Deportes has Ireland - Bosnia & Herzegovina at 10am and Spain - Serbia at 12pm.

Scouting Report: Scotland

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By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (May 25, 2012) US Soccer Players -- For the USA, the next five games could indeed be the most important of 2012. With three friendlies and two World Cup Qualifiers on the schedule over the next three weeks, the National Team is embarking on its toughest stretch of games of the still-early Jurgen Klinsmann era.

Klinsmann Names 23

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In advance of Saturday's friendly against Scotland in Jacksonville (8pm ET - NBC Sports Network) USA coach Jurgen Klinsmann reduced his roster to 23 players. "We have said from the beginning that these games are all about results, and we have chosen the 23 players who are in the best form right now and ready to get the job done," Klinsmann said in a press statement.

Video: Bocanegra In Scotland

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Studio 90: USA - Scotland Preview

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Antigua & Barbuda Roster

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On Thursday, Antigua & Barbuda announced their camp roster in advance of the June World Cup Qualifiers. Antigua & Barbuda play the United States on June 8th in Tampa. GK: Molvin James, Kieta de Castro, Alston Ford DEF: George Dublin, Luke Blakely, Troy Dublin, Ranja Christian, Justine Cochrane, Marvin McCoy, Marc Joseph, Joshua Parker MID: Kim Alexander, Quinton Griffith, Kajana Mack, Randolph Burton, Lawson Robinson, Kerry Skepple, Akeem Thomas, Kieran Murtagh, Mikele Leigterwood FOR: Peter.

Friday's TV: del Rey

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Spain's domestic cup final is on ESPN Deportes at 3:45pm: Bilbao - Barcelona for the Copa del Rey. ESPN Deportes also has the Costa Rica - Guatemala friendly at 9pm. Both Times Eastern

Upside: Critical

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Their Words "I really think the play was offside but it seems like that's the kind of way the season has been going for us. The critical points of time, the ball's not bouncing right and we're not getting it done in critical times where we are making a mistake." FC Dallas coach Schellas Hyndman. Other Sources Donovan candidly discusses future, retirement in wide-ranging Q&A - from SI.

Questions: Guzan, Pearce, FC, MVP, CONCACAF

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By Tony Edwards - San Jose, CA (May 24, 2012) US Soccer Players -- Time for questions, where Tony asks about Brad Guzan's future, who players are fitting in following last week's trades in Major League Soccer, and comes up with two interesting choices for early season MVP candidates. What's the next step for US National Team goalkeeper Brad Guzan?

Trailer: USA - Antigua Barbuda

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The Cost Of The Cup

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By Justin Shaffer - SEATTLE, WA (May 24, 2012) US Soccer Players -- The new US Open Cup bidding and draw process was supposed to change things. It was supposed to mean that lower division teams would get more home games and the benefit of home field advantage against Major League Soccer teams. They told us it would ensure MLS teams with deeper pockets didn't get home-field advantage throughout the tournament simply because they could.

Nordsjaelland 3 - AC Horsens 0

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Michael Parkhurst and Nordsjaelland won the SAS-Ligaen title at Farum Park on Wednesday. Mikkel Beckmann opened the scoring in the 45th minute. Andrea Laudrup made it 2-0 in the 82nd and Andreas Bjelland finished off the 3-0 shutout in the 87th minute. Clarence Goodson's Brondby finished the season in 9th-place after a 1-0 loss to already relegated Lyngby.

San Jose Comes Back

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The story of the Wednesday night MLS games turned out to be the late show, with San Jose getting a 3-2 win over Los Angeles at the Home Depot Center. Hector Jimenez opened the scoring for the Galaxy three minutes in, but would be sent off in the 59th minute. LA's Mike Magee doubled the lead in the 73rd.

Thursday's TV: Libertadores

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Copa Libertadores on Fox Deportes: Santos - Velez Sarsfield at 7pm and Universidad de Chile - Libertad at 9:30pm. Mexico's U-23's play Morocco's U-23's at 11:30am on Telemundo s part of the Toulon tournament in France. All Times Eastern

Webb Elected CONCACAF President

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Jeffrey Webb is now officially the president of CONCACAF. Webb was elected on Wednesday in Budapest during CONCACAF's meeting as part of FIFA's Congress. Webb ran unopposed. Representing the Cayman Islands, Webb was previously president of the Caribbean Football Union, a subsidiary of CONCACAF. "Over the last year our mission and our vision have been blurred, from lawyers, to audit reports to compensation, we have deviated from our mission," Webb said in his acceptance speech.

Upside: Soccer Tours

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Their Words "We'll play Chelsea on 28 July in Miami – announced Adriano Galliani today – then on 4 August in Pittsburg, we'll play against another team yet to be decided and we'll have a friendly against Real Madrid on 8 August in New York in the marvelous New York Yankee stadium." AC Milan CEO Adriano Galliani.

Toronto In The Loss Column

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By Jason Davis - WASHINGTON, DC (May 23, 2012) US Soccer Players -- Losing begets losing. For all the careful preparation, sometimes the game just isn't going to go your way. Sometimes, more often than we'd like, it's not even about who's better. It stretches belief that Toronto FC has just run into bad luck nine times this season.

Open Training At University Of Maryland

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The US Soccer Federation has announced an open training session on Monday at the University of Maryland's Ludwig Field in College Park. Training is scheduled to start at 5pm. For more information, visit ussoccer.com.

Replacing The Key

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (May 23, 2012) US Soccer Players -- Now that Didier Drogba has made it clear he won't be playing for Chelsea next season, our reigning Champions League title holders face the kind of scenario more familiar to North American pro sports teams. How do you replace the player that matters most?

Open Cup: Third Round Set

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Major League Soccer's clubs found out their Open Cup opponents on Tuesday with the completion of the Second Round. Cal FC, the team coached by US National Team alum Eric Wynalda, are the only USASA club to advance to the Third Round. They'll face Portland on May 30th. THIRD ROUND (Tuesday, May 29 and Wednesday, May 30) Houston Dynamo (MLS) at San Antonio Scorpions (NASL): Heroes Stadium; San Antonio, Texas; 7:30 p.

Wednesday's TV

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MLS on Univision Deportes: NY - Chivas USA at 7pm. Copa Libertadores on Fox Deportes: Fluminese - Boca Juniors at 6:30pm and Corinthians - Vasco de Gama at 9pm. All Times Eastern

Upside: Season's Best

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Their Words "Well, I think it's more impressive because he's playing at a team where he's become the man, the go-to guy and that's very difficult. When teams are playing against Fulham every week, the first thing I'm sure that comes out of the manager's mouth is ‘we've got to make sure Clint Dempsey is shut down', and he's still doing it with that attention.

Questions: Coach, Time, RFK, West, Assists

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By Tony Edwards - San Jose, CA (May 15, 2012) US Soccer Players -- In Tuesday's column, Tony asks if a former National Team player could be in the running for coach of the year in MLS, questions the Sunday schedule, and uses stats to wonder what's really going on with Toronto's attack. Which US National Team alum is going to win MLS Coach of the Year this season?

Video: Behind The Crest

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Video: Week 11 Highlights

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Tuesday's TV: Club vs Country

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ESPN Deportes has the Bayern Munich - Holland friendly at 2:30pm ET.

Upside: That Final

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Their Words "I went through it all in 1999, when we lost so dramatically in Barcelona. That was unbelievably brutal, but I almost have the impression this evening is somehow even more bitter, brutal and basically also unnecessary. The pain is unbelievable." Bayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge. Other Sources Dynamo's Cameron called back for shot at U.

Corner: The Better Team

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Once again, Chelsea walked away with a win at the highest level of club soccer while the other team was the one who took the ceremonial title of 'better.' Yes, Chelsea was out shot, out possessed, and out opportuned (not a word, but you know what we mean) by Bayern Munich, a continuation on a theme from their series with mighty Barcelona.

De Rosario Wins POTW

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Those of you sensing a trend in Player of the Week voting won't be surprised that the winner comes from a club that played twice. Congratulations to DC United's Dwayne De Rosario, who scored three goals over two games in Week 11. De Rosario's first goal came in the 2-0 win over Colorado on Wednesday.

Video: U-17's Visit Camp

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DC United To Play Juventus

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A long-rumored friendly was finally comfirmed on Monday, with DC United announcing they will play Serie A champions Juventus on July 28th at RFK Stadium. "Juventus is the most storied club in Italian soccer history, winning the league championship a record 28 times," United president and CEO Kevin Payne said in a press statement.

Donovan: "I'm looking forward to the opportunity"

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FIFA.com interviews US National Soccer Team player Landon Donovan. FIFA.com: Considering the attacking players in the Galaxy's squad, it would be the envy of many teams across the globe. Is that a sign of your attempt to capture a second MLS Cup? Landon Donovan: Well in our league, and particularly in LA, we have an owner here who is very committed to not only winning but to making sure we are putting an exciting product.

Santos Laguna 2 - Monterrey 1 (3-2 agg)

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Santos Laguna won Mexico's Clausura title on Sunday night in front of their home fans at the Nuevo Estadio Corona, taking the title 3-2 on aggregate. With the series tied 1-1 after the opening leg, Daniel Luduena started the scoring in the 5th minute for Santos with Oribe Peralta doubling the lead in the 64th.

MLS Week 11: The Score Draw

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In a weekend where most soccer fans were focused on the Champions League final, Major League Soccer pushed ahead with eight Saturday games and one on Sunday. The highlight of the weekend? How about the quickly revamped Chivas USA beating the Los Angeles Galaxy 1-0 on Saturday night. LA was reduced to 10-men in the 70th minute when Junior Lopes was sent off for a handball in the box.

National Teamers Abroad: Superliga

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Oguchi Onyewu got the start for Sporting in their 1-0 Portuguese Cup final loss to Academica. The game's only goal came in the 3rd minute when Marinho Correia headed in the winner. In Denmark, Michael Parkhurst's Nordsjaelland beat Clarence Goodson's Brondby 1-0 with Parkhurst assisting on the goal. Norway, and Ricardo Clark's Stabaek were shutout 2-0 by Haugesund.

Roster Set For USA

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On Sunday, US National Team coach Jurgen Klinsmann Named the rest of his roster for the upcoming friendlies and World Cup Qualifiers. "When you go into a training camp period like this you have additional players for several reasons," Klinsmann explained. First you want to see where they are at, you want to put them through testing, and you want to cover your bases.

Video: National Team Champions League Predictions

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Upside: Champs League Trophy

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Their Words "We've missed out on this trophy once before, so we're even more motivated now, The belief we can win this trophy is greater than it was two years ago." Bayern Munich captain Philipp Lahm. Other Sources Juan Agudelo ran out of patience with Red Bulls, forcing trade to Chivas USA - from The Newark Star-Ledger's Frank Giase: "but sometimes when you work in this sport you have to put on larger glasses.

US Soccer Explains TV Issues For Guatemala - USA

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The Guatemala - USA World Cup Qualifier on June 12th will only be available on pay-per-view in the United States. The US Soccer Federation has released a FAQ on the issues surrounding televising an away Qualifier. Under CONCACAF rules, the home team controls the broadcast rights for World Cup Qualifiers.

Weekend TV: Champions League

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Saturday The Champions League final is on Fox: Bayern Munich - Chelsea at 2pm. MLS on ESPN2: Chivas USA - LA at 10:30pm. The Championship playoffs give us our final member of the 2012-13 Premier League: Blackpool - West Ham on Fox Soccer at 10am. ESPN Deportes has a friendly between America de Cali and Atletico Madrid at 6pm.

Studio 90: Guzan And Torres

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Trades, Spending, And Playoffs

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (May 18, 2012) US Soccer Players -- Leave it to Major League Soccer to try and takeover the story when most of us are focused on the Champions League final and national team roster announcements. Thursday was a banner day for player movement in MLS, with the Juan Agudelo for Heath Pearce trade and the Danny Califf move making Chivas USA a compelling team.

Video: No Holden Back

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Monterrey 1 - Santos Laguna 1

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Herculez Gomez was on the bench for Santos Laguna in a 1-1 draw with Monterrey to open the Mexican Clausura finals. Santos went up a goal on the road in the 69th minute when Oribe Peralta scoring from distance. That lead held into stoppage time when Humberto Suazo converted a penalty. The series resumes on Sunday for the deciding leg at the Nuevo Estadio Corona.

MLS: Shea Suspended

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Major League Soccer's Disciplinary Committee announced on Thursday that FC Dallas midfielder Brek Shea has been suspended for three games and fined for kicking the ball at the assistant referee. The incident occurred in Dallas's 2-1 loss to Columbus on May 12th.

Friday's TV

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No games today.

Upside: Volley

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Their Words "Alain gave me a great ball, and in practice yesterday I killed some birds, but tonight it was a good goal." Vancouver's Eric Hassli. Other Sources Berhalter's American revolution - from MLSsoccer.com's Greg Seltzer: "we're focusing on the next game." Seeing red sparks Crew on offense - from The Columbus Dispatch's Adam Jardy: Reinforcements are on the way, however.

National Teamers Abroad: Whitbread Released

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Norwich City announced on Thursday that they have released Zak Whitbread, who started 21 games for them this season. "You can't underestimate that they (Norwich also released Aaron Wilbraham) were a big part of what has happened here and people shouldn't forget what they've done and given for this Club," Norwich manager Paul Lambert said.

Chivas Makes Second Move, Picks Up Califf

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On a busy day for Chivas USA, they completed a trade that sends Michael Lahoud and allocation money to Philadelphia in exchange for Danny Califf. "Obviously, losing Heath, our thoughts were to acquire a center back," Chivas USA coach Robin Fraser said. "And we had the ability to get Danny Califf who's a player who has played in a lot of places, he has some good experiences, he's a very experienced and hard-nosed defender.

Chivas USA And New York Swap Pearce For Agudelo

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Major League Soccer saw two of its clubs swap National Team players on Thursday, with New York sending Juan Agudelo to Chivas USA in exchange for Heath Pearce and allocation money. The trade makes both players available for this weekend's games. "I am certainly excited to have Juan Agudelo joining our team," Chivas USA coach Robin Fraser said.

5 Questions: Index, Bulls, Friendlies, Coaches, Finish

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By Tony Edwards - San Jose, CA (May 15, 2012) US Soccer Players -- In today's Q&A for what's happening in the game, Tony wonders who is buying tickets to some summer friendlies, tries to figure out Toronto's coaching shuffle, and highlights an American stalwart's season in charge of a European club. Who is the biggest surprise in the Castrol Index top ten?

Studio 90: Camp Begins In Orlando

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MLS Puts On The Breaks

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By Jason Davis - WASHINGTON, DC (May 17, 2012) US Soccer Players -- Like most in his position, Los Angeles Galaxy coach Bruce Arena would love to have it both ways. If the world of Major League Soccer would just operate reasonably, things would work so much better. If, for example, the League calendar played through international breaks like the old days.

DC 2 - Colorado 0

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In front of 11,593 fans on Tuesday night at RFK Stadium, DC United shutout the Rapids in a game where they put ten of twelve shots on goal. Dwayne De Rosario opened the scoring in the 25th minute with Hamdi Salihi doubling the lead in the 60th. "I've said from the first game that I like it when I come out here, because we have a clear idea of how we want to work, and.

Thursday's TV: Mexico Champion

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Mexico's Clausura final series opens on TeleFutura: Monterrey - Santos Laguna at 10pm. Copa Libertadores on Fox Deportes: Boca Juniors - Fluminese at 6:30pm and Velez Sarsfield - Santos at 9pm. All Times Eastern

Upside: Camp

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Their Words "And then we have younger players coming through the ranks that within one year have established themselves as starters on big clubs. That feeds more quality into our program and it's also something that makes you proud because it goes hand in hand with what we're doing." US National Team coach Jurgen Klinsmann.

What Ever Happened To: Guy Newman

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By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (May 16, 2012) US Soccer Players -- Guy Newman is one of those who played in both the outdoor and indoor version of the sport in this country throughout the 1970s and ‘80s. Like many who played in the original North American Soccer League, Newman had to transition and play indoors when the outdoor pro league folded.

Expecting To Spend In Europe

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (May 15, 2012) US Soccer Players -- As if we needed another indication for how clubs are really responding to the specter of Financial Fair Play, Manchester City has already shown its hand. Media reports are quoting their manager as saying what we've come to expect. Defending the title will cost, and it's time once again to spend on players.

Houston 0 - Portland 0

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Houston's second home game of the season ended scoreless on Tuesday night in front of 22,039 fans at BBVA Compass Stadium. The Dynamo dominated the chances, putting seven of their 18 shots on goal to Portland's two from nine. Houston is 7th in the Eastern Conference with Portland 9th in the West. "I just did my job," Portland goalkeeper Troy Perkins said.

Video: Galaxy's White House Visit

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Wednesday's TV: Libertadores

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Copa Libertadores on Fox Deportes: Libertad - Universidad de Chile at 6:30pm and Vasco Da Gama - Corinthians at 9pm as we open the quarterfinal stage. The Libertad - Universidad matchup is the only oneone of the quarterfinals that doesn't involve clubs from Brazil or Argentina. Both Times Eastern

Klinsmann Names Stage One Of Camp Roster

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On Tuesday, USA National Team coach Jurgen Klinsmann announced the initial players that will report to camp this week week. Klinsmann is expected to announce the second stage on May 20th that could include up to 13 additional players. "All the players coming now for this very special four-week period represent our core," Klinsmann said in a press statement.

Upside: Best

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Their Words "At 17, you just want to train with the first team, then you get greedy, want to get in the team and win trophies, but of course I didn't think I'd still be playing at this age." Manchester United midfielder and Premier League Best Player in 20 Seasons award winner Ryan Giggs. Other Sources 2012 Meet The USASA: Eric Wynalda's Cal FC from Thousand Oaks, CA - from TheCup.

Questions: Quakes, Streaks, Houston, Away, Chievo

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By Tony Edwards - San Jose, CA (May 15, 2012) US Soccer Players -- In Tuesday's column, Tony looks at San Jose's tactical choices, the hottest teams in Major League Soccer, and asks what's with Houston playing on a Tuesday night. Is it already a little bit of a case of the bloom off the rose in San Jose?

The Best Limited To The Premier League Era

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (May 15, 2012) US Soccer Players -- Shocked looks all around, but my pick for best player over the Premier League's 20 seasons didn't even make the Best XI. Congratulations to Ryan Giggs, but one has to wonder how there was no space for Dennis Bergkamp in either version of what the Premier League called a "Fantasy Team.

Scotland Squad For USA Friendly

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GK: Matt Gilks, Craig Gordon, Allan McGregor DEF: Phil Bardsley, Christophe Berra, Gary Caldwell, Russell Martin, Charlie Mulgrew, Lee Wallace, Andy Webster, Steven Whittaker MID: Barry Bannan, Scott Brown, Craig Bryson, Don Cowie, Shaun Maloney, James McArthur, Matt Phillips FOR: David Goodwillie, Craig Mackail-Smith, Kenny Miller, Johnny Russell

Tuesday's TV

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No games today.

Upside: Gains

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Their Words "We are gaining something out of every match it seems. As long as we aren't losing too many of these close games, you will see us improve each and every week." San Jose forward Alan Gordon. Other Sources Lady who built Brian Ching loves House that Ching Built - from The Houston Chronicle's Jose de Jesus Ortiz: "She was my first coach and now my biggest fan.

Nguyen Wins POTW

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New England's Lee Nguyen was named Major League Soccer's Player of the Week for Week 10 on Monday. Nguyen scored twice in New England's 4-1 win against Vancouver. Nguyen's goals were his first in Major League Soccer.

Video: Week 10 Highlights

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The Drop

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Bolton, Blackburn, and Wolverhampton are now Championship clubs, and under England's bizarre league labels that's not a good thing. All three have been playing in the Premier League long enough not to want to spend multiple seasons reinventing what brought them success. They want a quick return, a successful lower division season followed by enough to stay up in 2013-14.

Defending The Playoffs

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (May 14, 2012) US Soccer Players -- Maybe I'm alone in this, but my response to the final day of the 2011-12 Premier League was that playoffs are still the way to go. Part of that was probably because I spent the better part of the afternoon watching playoff games in the National Basketball Association and the National Hockey League's version the day before.

Santos Laguna 2 - Tigres 2, 3-3 agg

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Santos Laguna advanced to the Clausura final with a tiebreaker win over Tigres on Sunday night. In the Mexican Primera Division, the first tiebreaker goes to the team with the higher finish in the regular season. Santos Laguna finished 1st. Herculez Gomez was a 51st minute substitute with Santos down 2-0 on the night.

Week 10: Houston Opens

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You would've had to actively not been paying attention to avoid the build-up to this week's big story. Houston officially opened their new stadium, and they did it with a 1-0 shutout of DC United. Brad Davis's 67th minute goal created an opening for another Eastern Conference team, with New York passing DC in the standings.

National Teamers Abroad: Bolton Drop To Championship

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Tough news for National Teamers Abroad fans, as the back and forth on the final day of the Premier League season meant Bolton ended up relegated after drawing 2-2 with Stoke City. For stretches during the game, it looked as if Bolton would be safe with Queens Park Rangers making the drop. Instead, Bolton's 2-1 lead over Stoke evaporated and even QPR giving up two stoppage time goals in a 3-2 loss at Manchester City.

Brazil Roster For USA Tour

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GK: Jefferson (Botafogo), Neto (Fiorentina), Rafael (Santos) DEF: Dani Alves (Barcelona), Danilo (Porto), Juan (Inter Milan), David Luiz (Chelsea), Marcelo (Real Madrid), Alex Sandro (Porto), Thiago Silva (Milan), Bruno Uvini (Spurs) MID: Casemiro (Sao Paulo), Paulo Henrique Ganso (Santos), Giuliano (Dnipro), Lucas (Sao Paulo), Wellington Nem (Fluminense), Oscar (Internacional), Romulo (Vasco de Gama), Sandro (Spurs) FOR: Leandro Damiao (Internacional), Hulk (Porto), Neymar (Santos), Alexandre Pato (Milan)

Video: Kick's Preview Of BBVA Stadium

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Upside: This Sunday

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Their Words "There is no doubt that it is the biggest game of the season for Bolton Wanderers, the ultimate 'must win'. It is as simple as that." Bolton manager Owen Coyle. Other Sources Sporting Kansas City in need of a new plan of attack - from The Kansas City Star's Charles Gooch: I hate criticizing a first-place team.

MLS, Free Agency, And Rewarding Success

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By Dario Camacho - MIAMI, FL (May 11, 2012) US Soccer Players -- In February, San Jose announced that they had signed forward Chris Wondolowski to a new contract. As always in MLS, the monetary terms weren't disclosed. The length of the deal, however, was made public. Wondolowski will be with the Quakes through 2016.

Weekend TV: EPL Finale

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Saturday MLS on NBC Sports: Houston - DC at 4:30pm. La Liga on ESPN Deportes: Real Sociedad - Valencia at 2pm and Real Betis - Barcelona at 4pm. Clausura playoffs: Monterrey - Club America at 10pm on Univision. The first leg of their semifinal series ended scoreless. Monterrey holds the tiebreaker finishing 2nd in the regular season to Club America's 3rd.

Four Types Of MLS Games

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (May 11, 2012) US Soccer Players -- Shaun writes: I was really disappointed with the New York - Houston game on Wednesday night. To me, it was everything that I dislike about MLS. Two teams bogged down, both unwilling to do the work to get the points. I would have much preferred it to end without New York being rewarded.

Clausura Playoffs: Tigres 1 - Santos Laguna 1

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Herculez Gomez subbed on in the 74th minute for Santos in a 1-1 draw with Tigres to open their Mexican playoff semifinal series at the Estadio Universitario on Thursday night. Santos Laguna's Jorge Estrada opened the scoring in the 61st minute, with Lucas Lobos equalizing in the 68th. Playing at home, Tigres had most of the offense, putting seven of their 16 shots on goal to Santos Laguna's two from three.

Friday's TV

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No games today.

Upside: Nagging Injury

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Their Words "My body felt really good. It's just that my toe was a little sore. It's more annoying than anything. It feels like there is something in your shoe, just poking you all the time. It did feel a lot better than it had after resting it this week. I'm wearing an insert in my boot that helps take a lot of the pressure off of it.

Questions: Kljestan, Marketing, Relegation, Playoffs, Corners

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By Tony Edwards - San Jose, CA (May 10, 2012) US Soccer Players -- Five Questions time, and we join those congratulating Sacha Kljestan on a job well done in Belgium, consider the playoff systems in use in Europe, and look at a stat that flatters Toronto FC. How did Sacha Kljestan react to being asked to become a holding midfielder during RSC Anderlecht's run to the title in Belgium?

Houston Goes Home

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By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (May 10, 2012) US Soccer Players -- Another milestone in the history of Major League Soccer will take place Saturday afternoon when BBVA Compass Stadium opens in Houston. The inaugural match will pit the Dynamo against DC United before an expected sellout crowd of 22,000 and a national TV audience that will be tuning in on NBC Sports Network.

Brown Becomes 7th Member of Chicago's Ring Of Fire

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As part of Wednesday night's Chicago - Real Salt Lake game, Chicago and US National Team alum CJ Brown was inducted into the club's Ring of Fire. Brown retired at the end of the 2010 season with 296 appearances for Chicago. He is now an assistant coach with Real Salt Lake. "As a player I only know the Chicago Fire," Brown said.

Season Ends For Birmingham City

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Jonathan Spector started and played 44 minutes for Birmingham City in a 2-2 draw on the night and a 3-2 aggregate loss to Blackpool in the Championship promotion playoffs. Spector subbed out with an injured thigh. Birmingham trailed by two goals on the night with Blackpool scoring in the 45th and 48th minutes.

MLS Midweek: Red Bulls And Sounders Win

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With three league games on the Wednesday schedule, the New York Red Bulls started the night by beating Houston 1-0 in front of 11,315 at Red Bull Arena. Kenny Cooper was the difference, scoring in the 7th minute after he challenged Dynamo goalkeeper Tally Hall's attempted clearance. In Chicago, the Fire and Real Salt Lake played out a scoreless draw in front of 13.

Thursday's TV

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National Teamers involvement in the Clausura playoffs, with Jonathan Bornstein's Tigres against Herculez Gomez's Santos Laguna on Univision Deportes at 9pm. Copa Libertadores on Fox Deportes: Santos - Bolivar at 6:30pm and Universidad de Chile - Deportivo Quito at 9pm. All Times Eastern

Upside: On Tour

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Their Words "With the national coach Jürgen Klinsmann coming from Germany, Bundesliga football is being followed more intensively. Another reason is the number of USA internationals playing in the German top flight." Schalke 04 and USA midfielder Jermaine Jones. Other Sources American midfielder Sacha Kljestan's 'dirty work' helps build a champion in Belgium - from The Sporting News's Brian Straus: On Sunday, those dreams were real.

The MLS Fan Response To Losing

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By Jason Davis - WASHINGTON, DC (May 9, 2012) US Soccer Players -- Imagine things get rough for the club you support. The team isn't winning and the management seems to be stuck for solutions. The ownership isn't helping, either unable or incapable of changing the situation. Week after week, your club squanders whatever chances it has of getting points from games.

May 2012 FIFA Ranking

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With hardly any movement in the top 50 of the FIFA Rankings, the United States stay 29th. Mexico remain in 20th, with El Salvador staying at 49th. Jamaica improved five spots to 51st, with Panama still at 52nd and Costa Rica staying at 59th. Honduras fell a spot to 62nd. The USA's first opponent in CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying, Antigua and Babuda, remain at 100th.

Schalke 04 In The USA

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Bundesliga 3rd-place finishers Schalke 04 have publicly said they intend to play their best available lineup on Wednesday night against the Philadelphia Union. That includes midfielder and US National Team player Jermaine Jones, who along with Union coach Peter Nowak and Schalke coach Huub Stevens spoke during Tuesday's press conference.

Wednesday's TV: Playoffs

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Championship playoffs in England: Birmingham City - Blackpool at 2:30pm on Fox Soccer. Blackpool lead 1-0. Copa Libertadores on Fox Deportes: Union Espanola - Boca Juniors at 6:30pm and Corinthians - Emelec at 9pm. Clausura playoffs semifinal first-leg on TeleFutura: Club America - Monterrey at 10pm.

Upside: Awareness

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Their Words "For the most part, a lot of European organizations and players are ignorant to what is going on here." Philadelphia Union defender Danny Califf. Other Sources Q&A with Jermaine Jones - from ESPN.com's Davidde Corran: Germany's more tactical, and England's more kick-and-rush and more power games.

Questions: Confidence, Caps, Quakes, Best, Shirts

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By Tony Edwards - San Jose, CA (May 8, 2012) US Soccer Players -- In Tuesday's edition, Tony avoids any discussion of statistics and asks which MLS coach got a vote of confidence already, wonders how many season-tickets the Whitecaps have sold, makes plans for the month of June, and shakes his head in disbelief at some of the League's uniform combinations.

The Importance Of Club Friendlies

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (May 8, 2012) US Soccer Players -- The summer touring schedule starts tomorrow night in Chester, PA. Schalke 04 officially finished 3rd in the Bundesliga on Saturday and are now in the United States to play the Philadelphia Union. More will follow. Yesterday, MLS and Creative Artists announced the full World Football Challenge schedule, with two out of the five games involving Major League Soccer clubs.

Tuesday's TV

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EPL on Fox Soccer gets us a quick rematch of the FA Cup final with Liverpool hosting Chelsea at 3pm. Copa Libertadores on Fox Deportes: Velez Sarsfield - Atletico Nacional at 7pm and Libertad - Cruz Azul at 9:30pm. All Times Eastern

Video: Week 9 Highlights

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Upside: After A Cup Exit

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Their Words "I really don't know why we played as we did for the first 60 minutes. But we didn't turn up and you cannot afford to do that in an FA Cup final." Liverpool's Danie Agger. Other Sources Portland Timbers hope draw is first step toward rebooting season - from The Oregonian's Geoffrey C. Arnold: That intensity was evident throughout the game.

2012 World Football Challenge Announced

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On Monday, Major League Soccer and Creative Artists Agency announced the full World Football Challenge schedule. Venues include Seattle, Toronto, Miami, the Home Depot Center, and Yankee Stadium. July 18 Seattle Sounders FC v Chelsea FC CenturyLink Field Seattle, WA 9:30pm ET July 21 Toronto FC v Liverpool FC Rogers Centre Toronto, ON 4pm ET July 22 Chelsea FC v Paris Saint-Germain Yankee Stadium New York, NY 7pm ET July 28 Chelsea FC v AC.

Wondolowski Wins POTW

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San Jose's crowded schedule helped Chris Wondolowski's Player of the Week credentials. Major League Soccer announced Wondolowski had won the award after he scored three goals in two games in Week 9. Wondowloski scored twice against DC in a win on Wednesday and once against Vancouver in a losing effort on Saturday.

Corner: European Standings

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The conclusion of the Bundesliga season wasn't much of a surprise. The Champions League places were already settled before the final round of play and so were the relegation places. Borussia Dortmund are dominant champions by Bundesliga standards and the runners-up Bayern Munich have that home date with Chelsea.

Toronto Plays Against Parity

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (May 7, 2012) US Soccer Players -- There won't be a magical moment when talking about the Major League Soccer table starts to make sense. The unbalanced schedule, the staggered games, and the off weeks make comparisons within and across conferences difficult. Yet there are some not exactly hasty conclusions that can already be made courtesy of the team with the worst record in the League.

Clausura Playoffs: Santos Laguna, Tigres Advance

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In the Clausura playoffs, Jose Francisco Torres's Pachuca beat Club America 1-0 in their second-leg but exited the playoffs 3-2 on aggregate. Edgar Castillo and Tijuana also saw their season end, drawing 2-2 with Monterrey on the night and exiting 4-3 on aggregate. On Sunday, Herculez Gomez subbed on in the 68th minute with the score line already settled in Santos Laguna's 2-1 win over Chiapas.

MLS Week 9: San Jose Slips

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Who would've thought that San Jose losing would be the story nine weeks into the season, but they did and it is. The Earthquakes couldn't come up with an equalizer against Vancouver at BC Place, falling 2-1 to a late goal like they'd usually score. It was the usual for San Jose to start, taking the lead 15 minutes in through Chris Wondolowski.

National Teamers Abroad: Next Season

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With a week remaining in the Premier League, Clint Dempsey scored another goal and Fulham picked up three points in a 2-1 win over Sunderland. Dempsey opened the scoring in the 12th minute with Sunderland equalizing in the 34th. Moussa Dembele put Fulham in the lead for good a minute later. Fulham are 8th in the Premier League but 9th-place Liverpool have yet to play their 37th game.

DC's Designated Players

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By Dario Camacho - MIAMI, FL (May 4, 2012) US Soccer Players -- In the world of Major League Soccer, a Designated Player is still an oddity. They are given the spotlight, the money, and in a cruel way, a gargantuan task of meeting increasingly high expectations. Unrealistic, unreasonable, maybe just unattainable, the bigger profile means appeasing the fans.

Upside: Battersea

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Their Words "Chelsea Football Club can confirm to our fans that we have today submitted an offer, with our property development partner Almacantar, to acquire the 39-acre Battersea Power Station site. Battersea Power Station is one of London's most famous buildings and has the potential to become one of the most iconic football stadiums in the world.

Roundtable: Surface Issues

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In this edition of the Roundtable, Justin Shaffer, Jason Davis, Dario Camacho, and Tony Edwards debate the midweek MLS games, including the relative merits of DC United, what happens when well-known players don't make road trips, and the ongoing playing surface debate. Justin Shaffer: I was at Wednesday's Sounders-Galaxy game and, admittedly, it was quite annoying not to get Beckham and Keane tonight, especially after going to the Red Bulls game last year and not.

Weekend TV: FA Cup Final

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Saturday MLS on NBC Sports: Seattle - Philadelphia at 4:30pm. On ESPN: LA - NY at 8pm. FA Cup final on Fox Soccer: Chelsea - Liverpool at 11:30am. EPL on ESPN2: Arsenal - Norwich City at 7:30am. SPL on FS+: Rangers - Motherwell at 7:30am. Bundesliga on GolTV: Cologne - Bayern Munich at 9:30am and Mainz - 'Gladbach at 11:30am.

What The European Clubs Do Next

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (May 4, 2012) US Soccer Players -- As seasons end across Europe this weekend and next, we've learned about more than just Barcelona's inability to win two more titles. The Premier League in particular have shown the relative importance of the Champions League in a country where the best club teams aren't even involved in the knockout stage of Europe's top competition.

Friday's TV: Championship

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The Championship playoffs are on Fox Soccer Plus: Blackpool - Birmingham City at 2:30pm. MLS on ESPN Deportes: Chivas USA - Chicago at 11pm. Both Times Eastern

CCL: Extra Place For El Salvador

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With Belize lacking an appropriate venue, El Salvador will have an extra berth to the 2012-13 CONCACAF Champions League, CONCACAF announced on Thursday. El Salvador gets the slot because they were the only Caribbean country that had a team advance to the knockout stage in the 2011-12 tournament. El Salvador will now send three teams to the 2012-13 tournament: Isidro Metapan, Aguila, and FAS.

Upside: Available

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Their Words "One of my big things – a stat they don't show – is availability. Guys that are that just in the lineup and available for a coach's selection and Matt Reis has always shown in his career he's always ready, always available." New England coach Jay Heaps. Other Sources Jozy Altidore: Blogs and Kisses - from The NY Times: I was never in that position.

5 Questions: Backs, Pay, Pressure, Channels, Goals

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By Tony Edwards - San Jose, CA (May 3, 2012) US Soccer Players -- In Thursday's edition, Tony looks at playmakers in MLS, average annual pay per player across sports, and a measuring of success for forwards. Are fullbacks the new playmakers in MLS? Look at almost any chalkboard from MLSsoccer, and for the most part, fullbacks are getting the most touches in a game.

Altidore Update

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MLSsoccer.com's Greg Seltzer reports that US National Team forward Jozy Altidore bruised his back in yesterday's draw with NEC Nijmegen. Altidore had to be subbed out after hitting the ad boards and is expected to miss AZ's final game of the season on Sunday. Contrary to reports at the time, Altidore didn't hit his head.

MLS Midweek: New England, Seattle, And San Jose Win

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Things got better for New England on Wednesday at Gillette Stadium. The Revolution turned around a three game losing streak with a 2-1 win over the Rapids. Colorado led on the road from the 21st minute when Jaime Castrillon scored, but the Revs were level six minutes later from a Saer Sene goal. Fernando Cardenas put New England up for good in the 39th minute.

National Teamers Abroad: Clausura Playoffs

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Edgar Castillo got the start for Tijuana in a 2-1 home loss to Monterrey to open their playoff semifinal series. Monterrey opened the scoring in the 30th minute and doubled the lead in the 49th. Tijuana was reduced to 10-men when Richard Ruiz was sent off in the 78th minute. They pulled a goal back when Raul Arambula scored a short-handed goal in the 87th.

National Teamers Abroad: Wednesday Update

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We start with troubling news from the 1-1 draw between AZ and NEC Breda in the Eredivisie. According to reports, Jozy Altidore fell against the ad boards and was knocked unconscious. AZ was forced to sub him out in the 35th minute for Ruud Boymans. NEC had opened the scoring in the 13th minute, with Boymans equalizing for AZ in the 59th.

USA - Jamaica Set For Columbus

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The United States Soccer Federation announced on Wednesday that the September 11th, 2012 World Cup Qualifier against Jamaica will be played in Columbus. The game is scheduled for 8pm ET and will be shown on ESPN2. "Playing a World Cup qualifier in Columbus makes perfect sense, from the quality of the venue to the amazing history the US team has at Columbus Crew Stadium," National Team coach Jurgen Klinsmann said in a press statement.

Thursday's TV: Playoffs

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Clausura playoffs in Mexico: Chiapas - Santos Laguna is on Azteca at 8pm and Univision Deportes has Tigres - Morelia at 10pm. Copa Libertadores on Fox Deportes: Deportivo Quito - Universidad de Chile at 8pm. All Times Eastern

Upside:

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Their Words "There were loads of positives, everything about Everton tonight was really good." Everton manager David Moyes. Other Sources The real deal - from ESPN The Magazine: 5. AMERICAN SOCCER PLAYERS Al Miller's alligator tale, all true - from Soccer America's Paul Kennedy: "I was three feet from my life.

Wondolowski Named Player Of The Month

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San Jose Earthquakes forward Chris Wondolowski won Player of the Month honors for April, Major League Soccer announced on Wednesday. Wondolowski and the Quakes have become the force in the Western Conference, unbeaten in six games with Wondolowski scoring four goals in April.

Backing Up Forwards In MLS

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By Jason Davis - WASHINGTON, DC (May 2, 2011) US Soccer Players -- In the late stages of a game they had no business losing, the LA Galaxy desperately needed a goal. LA's collection of renowned stars and their role players failed to produce a goal despite plenty of possession. The Galaxy wasted chances.

Watching The Quakes

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (May 2, 2012) US Soccer Players -- With several games on the Major League Soccer and Canadian Championship schedule tonight, the focus should be on San Jose - DC United. Why? Until results go against them, everyone else in MLS should be paying attention to the Earthquakes.

Fulham Win, Draws For Everton And Chievo

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Clint Dempsey and Fulham got three away points at an unlikely place, finally beating Liverpool at Anfield 1-0. Liverpool scored Fulham's goal, putting the ball in the back of their own net in the 5th minute. Both teams finished with four shots on goal, but Liverpool needed 21 tries to Liverpool's 10.

2012 US Open Cup First And Second Round Schedules

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On Tuesday, the United States Soccer Federation announced the schedule for the first and second rounds of the US Open Cup. 64 teams will participate in the competition, including all of the US-based teams from Major League Soccer, the North American Soccer League, and USL Pro. 2012 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Schedule FIRST ROUND - Tuesday, May 15 Jacksonville United (NPSL) at Orlando City U-23s (PDL): Seminole Soccer Complex; Sanford, Fla.

Wednesday's TV: Liga, EPL, SPL

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La Liga on ESPN2: Barcelona - Malaga at 2pm. Premier League on Fox Soccer: Chelsea - Newcastle at 2:30pm. Fox Soccer Plus has a battle of National Teamers Abroad: Tim Ream's Bolton host Brad Friedel's Spurs at 2:45pm. Also on FS+, Rangers - Dundee United at 5pm in the Scottish Premier League. Ligue 1 on FS+: PSG - St Etienne at 7pm.

Upside: Hodgson

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Their Words "It is the team that counts. I will do my very best to ensure the team is well prepared for the task that lies ahead. I am grateful for the chance to be the manager of England I am a looking forward to it." England manager Roy Hodgson. Other Sources Sporting's hot start leads to comparisons with champs - from The Kansas City Star's Tod Palmer: the hard-luck result of an own-goal.

Questions: Chicago, Frankie, Rapids, Impact, Timbers

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By Tony Edwards - San Jose, CA (May 1, 2012) US Soccer Players -- In Tuesday's column, Tony points to the obvious when it comes to the Fire's performance, examines the effect Colorado's formation shift had in their win, and seeks a silver lining for Montreal and Portland. Does Chicago coach Frank Klopas have a point when he complains his team doesn't get the calls from the officials?

New England's Goals

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By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (May 1, 2012) US Soccer Players -- The New England Revolution is a team in transition. The reality is the Revs, once perennial MLS Cup contenders, have been in a rebuilding phase for several seasons now, but are finally doing it in earnest this year under Jay Heaps. Rebuilding, of course, doesn't come without a price.

Barca Counter

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In a counterpoint to our recent stories on the future of Barcelona, Justin Shaffer argues that the criticisms directed at the club this season might be rushing to an unsupportable conclusion. By Justin Shaffer - SEATTLE, WA (May 1, 2012) US Soccer Players -- Let's all take a deep breath. Yes, Barcelona failed to win La Liga and the Champions League this year and Pep Guardiola will step down at the end of the season,.

Sporting 2 - Academica 1

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Oguchi Onyewu started for Sporting on Monday night at the Estadio Jose Alvalade, with the club in 4th-place with two games remaining in the Liga season. Andre Carrillo opened the scoring for Sporting in the 29th minute. A Sporting own-goal leveled the score in the 44th, with Ricky van Wolfswinkel scoring the winner in the 77th minute.

Klinsmann Explains Scouting

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In an interview with US Soccer's official site, United States National Team coach Jurgen Klinsmann outlined his scouting system, the role of his scouts, and how that information is used at National Team level. "When we scout our own players, if they play in the Premier League or they play in the Bundesliga, Portugal, Italy, or players in Mexico and MLS, it's really to see where they are at that specific time to get a.