USSoccerPlayers Archives for January 2012

Highlights: Steve Nash's Showdown In Chinatown

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Upside: Explorers

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Their Words "The world seemed much bigger then. None of us had ever been to Australia or New Zealand and we only knew what we'd read in books. So, even though it was a long trip, there was no moaning: in our eyes it was a big adventure. We felt like explorers." former Manchester United goalkeeper Alex Stepney, on the club's 1967 tour.

The MLS Summer

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By Dario Camacho - MIAMI, FL (Jun 29, 2012) US Soccer Players -- Let me start by saying that I love soccer. I think as sports go, this is an infatuation that I will probably take to the grave, much to the chagrin of my wife. We all have our vices. Sports being ingrained into the American culture, even its psyche, we all understand its appeal, the narrative of athleticism.

Weekend TV: Euros Conclude

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On Saturday, the USA Women play Canada on NBC at 2pm. MLS on Galavision: Toronto – NY at 7pm. San Jose – LA is on ESPN2 at 10pm. Sunday is the Euro 2012 final on ESPN: Spain – Italy at 2:30pm. There are no games on the schedule for Monday. All Times Eastern

Rangers and the Immediate Future of Scottish Soccer

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (June 29, 2012) US Soccer Players – After discussing Italian club soccer in theory earlier this week, it's worth paying attention to what's happening with Scottish club soccer in practice. The quick version is that Rangers as we knew them went out of business on June 14th.

Friday's TV

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MLS on NBC Sports Network: Kansas City - Chicago at 8pm ET. Sporting is 3rd in the East with Chicago in 4th. The teams are separated by four points with both on 15 games played. Chicago is looking for their third win in a row.

Upside: Among The Lucky Ones

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Their Words "With the Union's 4-0 win on Saturday vs Sporting Kansas City, fans were immediately able to feel the rewards of the partnership – and interim Team Manager, John Hackworth was among the lucky ones when he visited the Great Clips in Springfield, Pa, with franchisee owner and Union Season Ticket Holders John and Carolyn Folk.

Questions: Marshalls Recovery

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By Tony Edwards - San Jose, CA (June 28, 2012) US Soccer Players -- In Thursday's edition of the 5 Questions, Tony asks how Chad Marshall's recovery from a concussion is going and emphasizes the need for a change in the substitution rule when it comes to concussions. Also, a look at Montreal's surprising scoring and MLS ratings on ESPN.

Bocanegra interview with Fox Soccer

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One, Two, or Three: Josh Wolff on the National Team striker conundrum

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By Charles Boehm - WASHINGTON, DC (June 28, 2012) US Soccer Players -- The steady growth of the United States National Team's popularity has given rise to levels of media coverage and mainstream relevance that players from past generations could only dream of. Part and parcel of that visibility is an increased amount of punditry.

Montreal 0 - Toronto 3

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Toronto FC shutout Montreal on Wednesday night in front of 14,412 at Saputo Stadium. Torsten Frings opened the scoring in the 52nd minute. Ryan Johnson made it 2-0 in the 72nd and Danny Koevermans finished off the scoring six minutes later. Toronto goalkeeper Milos Kocic needed two saves for the clean sheet.

CONCACAF Announces New Committees

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In what is being called a ‘road map to reform,' CONCACAF has announced three new committees: Integrity, Audit & Compliance, and Ethics. "The creation of these committees is the next logical step in the transformation of CONCACAF, demonstrating that we are committed to transparency and reform," CONCACAF president Jeffrey Webb said in a press statement.

Thursday's TV: Euro 2012

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The other Euro 2012 semifinal is on ESPN: Germany - Italy at 2:30pm ET.

Upside: Play Them Twice

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Their Words "I think there is always a rivalry between us and Seattle. We beat them this year once at their home and they beat us here in the Cup. We got to play them twice again, so we're going to look forward to that." San Jose coach Frank Yallop. Other Sources ‘Jinxed' at home, Real Salt Lake packs bags for Columbus - from The Salt Lake Tribune's Bill Oram: Meanwhile, RSL is 2-2-0 in.

Boyd, Bradley visit MacDill Air Force Base

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Meeting Jozy Altidore

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By Cesar Diaz - NEW YORK, NY (Jun 27, 2012) US Soccer Players -- Anyone who is naïve enough to believe that America will never embrace soccer needs to visit New York City's US Soccer Way. For soccer fans based in New York City, US Soccer Way is located on 33rd Street. In that one block across the street from the Empire State Building, fans have the option of following their favorite league at the.

MLS Announces More Exhibitions

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With Juventus withdrawing from the 2012 Herbalife World Football Challenge, MLS announced the clubs that would take their place on the tour. DC United will host Paris St Germain at RFK on July 28th and Real Madrid will now be playing Mexico's Santos Laguna in Las Vegas on August 5th. The Montreal game has been cancelled.

MLS New York

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (June 27, 2012) US Soccer Players -- It isn't really a surprise to anyone that's ever been to the former World's Fair site in Flushing, Queens that Major League Soccer is targeting it for a soccer stadium. The link was already there even before the New York Mets built their new stadium.

MLS Takes Over The Cup

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The semifinals of the 2012 US Open Cup will look familiar to fans of Major League Soccer. All four spots were taken by MLS teams on Tuesday, ending the runs of three USL-Pro clubs. At PPL Park, Philadelphia advanced 5-2 at the expense of Harrisburg. Freddy Adu opened the scoring in the 5th minute and it was 2-0 by the 9th when Jack McInerney scored.

Wednesdays TV: Euro Semi

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Euro 2012 moves to the semifinal stage on ESPN: Portugal – Spain at 2:30pm. Copa Libertadores on Fox Deportes: Boca Juniors – Corinthians at 8:30pm ET.

Upside: At This Point

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Their Words "We just want to win in general at this point." Seattle Sounders defender Patrick Ianni. Other Sources U.S. Soccer Check-In: 10 Things We Know - from The NY Times' John Godfrey: Here is some speculation on that front. Beckham: Galaxy putting the season in focus - from ESPN LA's Arash Markazi: So what's the problem?

Questions: On Form

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By Tony Edwards - San Jose, CA (June 26, 2012) US Soccer Players -- In Tuesday's edition, Tony looks at forwards finding form and teams losing it. Which player has scored the most goals as substitute this season? No surprise, Alan Gordon of San Jose with five. Playing the middle of a three-game stretch in a week (Wednesday in Colorado, Saturday in 95-degree Salt Lake, Tuesday evening against Seattle in the Open Cup), Earthquakes coach.

The 2012 Open Cup Story

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By Jason Davis - WASHINGTON, DC (June 26, 2012) US Soccer Players -- The 2012 US Open Cup, the 99th edition of a tournament filled with eternal promise but not always so venerable, has reached the quarterfinal stage. Tonight, four games will determine the four semifinalists, bringing us a step closer to crowning a new national champion.

Italy's Immediate Future

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (June 26, 2012) US Soccer Players -- Prior to the start of Euro 2012, an Italian politician one-upped National Team coach Cesare Prandelli. As the latest Italian betting scandal unfolded, Prandelli said that not going to the European Championships 'wouldn't be a problem.

Tuesday's TV

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No games today.

Upside: Very Cruel

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Their Words "I'll be honest with you, soccer can be a very cruel game. I think tonight was every indication of that. We had a ton of chances where we don't finish in their box and they created a couple of chances and finished. We had players that made big mistakes again, so it's heartening for sure." Real Salt Lake coach Jason Kreis.

Donovan Wins POTW

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Los Angeles Galaxy forward Landon Donovan was named Player of the Week for Week 16, Major League Soccer announced on Monday. Donovan scored three goals and had two assists over two games. He received 15 of the first-place votes. Also receiving votes were New York's Brandon Barklage (4), San Jose's Alan Gordon (2), and Toronto's Danny Koevermans (1).

Corner: England

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Once again, England is out and the media enthusiasm shifts back to its regular setting of sifting through a disappointment. That's part of the job when covering a team that has consistently not done as well as expected. This time around offers its own set of explanations and missed opportunities, but it's the same message.

The Era of Soccer Specificity

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (June 25, 2012) US Soccer Players -- The New York Red Bulls had a lot to be proud of on Sunday night, including finally filling Red Bull Arena for a League game. Credit the home crowd for waiting to show up in numbers for an Eastern Conference matchup rather than becoming yet another club that saves the big show of support for when LA is in town.

MLS Week 16: The Philly Haircut

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We would normally be starting with the the resumption of hostilities between Portland and Seattle on Sunday. After all, we've all been sufficiently programmed to believe that this is the greatest rivalry this League. What were we doing all of those seasons marking time for the Sounders and Timbers to arrive and show the rest of us how it's done?

The 2012-13 CONCACAF Champions League schedule

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On Friday, CONCACAF released the schedule for the 2012-13 Champions League group stage. This season, the tournament shifts to eight groups with only the group winner advancing to the knockout round. The tournament kicks off on July 31st and runs through October 25th. The groups are as follow: Group 1: Santos Laguna (Mexico), Toronto FC (Canada), CD Aguila (El Salvador) Group 2: CS Herediano (Costa Rica), Real Salt Lake (United States), Tauro FC (Panama) Group.

Upside: Travel

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Their Words "It's no small thing to charter ten busses. Sometimes they need a little bit of convincing. If you tell them you're a soccer group, they look at you sideways." Emerald City Supporter Aaron Reed. Other Sources EPL's Stoke City begins talks to acquire Dynamo's Cameron - from The Houston Chronicle's Jose de Jesus Ortiz: "It's definitely stressful.

Weekend TV: Quarters Continued

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Saturday Euro 2012 on ESPN2: Spain - France at 2:30pm. MLS on Galavision: Dallas - Chivas USA at 9pm. All Times Eastern Sunday Euro 2012 on ESPN: Italy - England at 2:30pm. MLS on ESPN: Portland - Seattle at 5pm. On NBC Sports Network: NY - DC at 7pm. All Times Eastern Monday No games today.

Some Games Count More

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (June 22, 2012) US Soccer Players -- At least briefly, Cristiano Ronaldo's performance in Thursday's Euro 2012 quarterfinal revives the best player in the world debate. Lionel Messi has the trophy, but it's Ronaldo with the momentum. It's also Ronaldo himself that made a very cogent point earlier in the competition - he's the only one currently playing games that count.

Friday's TV

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Euro 2012 on ESPN: Germany - Greece at 2:30pm ET.

Upside: Clinical

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Their Words "There's two big things for us to make improvements on tonight. One is how we break down a team that sits a little deeper and how we make sure we're clinical when we have chances. The second thing would be when we're ahead in a game with a short time to go making sure that we see the game out.

Mexico - USA scheduled for August 15th

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The United States Soccer Federation announced on Thursday that the US National Team will play Mexico at Azteca Stadium in Mexico City on August 15th at 8pm ET. The game will be on ESPN and Univision. "Mexico has proven to be one of the top teams in the world in the moment, so for us this is a huge opportunity," USA coach Jurgen Klinsmann said.

Olsen to lead All-Stars

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With the recent coaching change in Philadelphia requiringing a new All-Star team coach, Major League Soccer announced on Thursday that DC United's Ben Olsen would be filling that role. "This is a huge honor," Olsen said in a press statement. "This League has been a major part of my life, both as a player and now as a coach, and it's given me a lot.

Questions: Playing Away

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By Tony Edwards - San Jose, CA (June 21, 2012) US Soccer Players -- In Thursday's column, Tony asks what separates playoff teams from non-playoff teams in Major League Soccer, returns to the individual versus system debate, and predicts which MLS team will make a run up the standings. What's the most pronounced difference in MLS this season between playoff and non-playoff teams so far this season?

McBride Joins Wembley FC for FA Cup Run

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Brian McBride will be returning to competitive soccer as a member of Wembley FC. The club plays in England's non-league pyramid, but has signed David Seaman, Ray Parlour, Martin Keown, Graeme Le Saux, and Claudio Caniggia along with McBride for this season's FA Cup. The club is sponsored by Budweiser and the FA Cup campaign will be the subject of a documentary series called Dream.

Juventus cancels USA tour

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Italian giant Juventus will not be going ahead with its tour of the United States scheduled from July 19th to August 1st. The club was supposed to play three games Stateside, including meeting DC United on July 28th. United released a press statement on Thursday confirming that the game has been cancelled.

No Country for Klinsmann

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By Charles Boehm - WASHINGTON, DC (June 21, 2012) US Soccer Players -- One of the more intriguing, and often overlooked, aspects of Bob Bradley's stint in charge of the National Team was his willingness to help members of his player pool secure opportunities overseas. In several instances, Bradley provided a bit of extra playing time for those being scouted by European clubs, granting timely exposure and lending extra legitimacy for Americans ready to move.

MLS Week 15.5: Donovan Show

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Landon Donovan was the difference in what could be a turning point for the Los Angeles Galaxy as they try to turn their season around. It looked like business as usual for Real Salt Lake, with Kyle Beckerman opening the scoring at Rio Tinto Stadium in the 9th minute and Alvaro Saborio making it 2-0 RSL in the 24th.

Thursday's TV: The Quarters

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Euro 2012 moves to the quarterfinal stage, starting with the Czech Republic – Portugal at 2:30pm ET on ESPN.

Upside: Win It

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Their Words "I think they've been good and if someone said we would win it it wouldn't be popular because people thought we wouldn't get out of the group." England manager Roy Hodgson. Other Sources The search for soccer's version of LeBron James needs to be put on hold - from Goal.com's Mike Slane: "I think I played my first cap at 24, and I still made over 100 (caps) through my career.

Mariner's Team

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By Jason Davis - WASHINGTON, DC (June 20, 2012) US Soccer Players -- For the longest time, you couldn't talk about former New England Revolution head coach Steve Nicol without mentioning his top assistant, Paul Mariner. It was Nicol that made the Revolution the annual contenders that they were, pushing for an MLS Cup title year-after-year, nearly winning one on a handful of occasions, and consistently finishing near the top of the League standings.

R.I.P Andy Mate

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CONCACAF has confirmed that US National Team player Andy Mate died on May 13th at the age of 72. Mate had one cap with the National Team, appearing in the 1964 game against England. During that era, the National Team rarely played. That lone game in 1964 was the first for the team since 1960. Mate played his club soccer in the German American Soccer League in the 1960's, and was key to New York.

Real Salt Lakes Latest Journey

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By Dario Camacho - MIAMI, FL (Jun 20, 2012) US Soccer Players -- In 2011, Real Salt Lake was one goal away from becoming one of the best teams Major League Soccer had ever seen. A tremendous run towards the CONCACAF Champions League final against Monterrey of the Mexican league propelled RSL to near mythical status.

R.I.P Alkis Panagoulias

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Former United States and Greek National Team coach Alkis Panagoulias died on Monday. Panagoulias will be remembered as the coach who took Greece to the 1994 World Cup, but his career bridged both the USA and his homeland. Panagoulias won three Open Cup titles in the late 1960's as the coach of Greek American Atlas, spent the better part of the 1970's as Greece's National Team coach and qualified them for the 1980 European Championships,.

Road to Brazil: Episode 2

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Wednesday's TV

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Euro 2012 takes a break between rounds and none of the six MLS games make it to national TV. Copa Libertadores on Fox Espanol: Corinthians - Santos at 8:30pm ET.

Upside: Commitment and Investment

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Their Words "On behalf of the Board of Directors I would like to reaffirm the long term commitment of the investors who acquired the Club last week. The consortium is wholly committed to rebuilding Rangers and their investment is regarded as a strategic long-term project." Rangers chairman Malcolm Murray.

Questions: Winning The West

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By Tony Edwards - San Jose, CA (June 19, 2012) US Soccer Players -- In Tuesday's column, Tony studies the effect coaching changes had this weekend in MLS, asks if Salt Lake can lift the Supporter's Shield, and gives sartorial advice to the Whitecaps. Did the recent coaching changes have any effect on results this past weekend?

When To Part Ways With An MLS Coach

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (June 19, 2012) US Soccer Players -- Let's pretend we're suddenly placed in charge of a struggling Major League Soccer club. We can figure out later what role each of us has, but let's assume we're both in the primary positions of influence within the organization. Though the team can point to a few positives, their own-field performance and long-term position in their local market are questionable.

Tuesdays TV

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Euro 2012 on ESPN: England - Ukraine at 2:30pm, and Sweden - France on ESPN2 also at 2:30pm ET.

Upside: Defending Well

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Their Words "I felt our defending game was too flat. I couldn't see the right attitude. That's a starting point-defending well." New York coach Hans Backe. Other Sources The biggest 'dos a cero' of all time - from Philly.com's Jonathan Tannenwald: But when the calendar turned past the 90's, the U.S. started to seize control of the rivalry.

Bernier named POTW

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Montreal midfielder Patrick Bernier is Major League Soccer's Player of the Week for Week 15, MLS announced on Monday. Bernier assisted on three of the Impact's four goals in their 4-1 win over Seattle. This is Bernier's debut season in MLS and his first POTW award. He picked up seven of the 18 first choice votes, beating Real Salt Lake's Fabian Espindola by one vote.

Corner: The Soccer Cycle

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We're going to return to soccer, but we're starting with baseball. Most of us know someone who is the classic baseball obsessive. Arcane trivia, stats obsessives, the type where 163 regular season games each year isn't enough. We've probably also seen some of the same people get burned out on the sport and find something else to do with their time.

MLS Week 15 Goals

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MLS Week 15: Bad Starts For New Coaches

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First off, yes we checked and it's officially Week 15 even though only two games have been played since the last time we spoke. Somehow, we'll deal with this temporal anomaly in a mature and measured fashion. As for the weekend that was in Major League Soccer, there was none of the new coach magic that leads to wins.

Upside: Football Clubs Play Football

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Their Words "Today we are out of the SPL. Today we are not in the SFA. These are problems that we have to deal with to get this football club back playing football here." Charles Green, head of the Rangers takeover. Other Sources MLS reboots after international break with new faces, old problems, intriguing stories - from the Sporting News's Brian Straus: The smart money is on Mariner to have more success this summer.

Rookies and Awards

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By Dario Camacho - MIAMI, FL (Jun 15, 2012) US Soccer Players -- As we approach the midpoint of the season, the obligatory prognosticating of post-season awards begins. It's par for the course. An American pastime in and of itself. When it comes to sports, it's almost compulsive to a degree. We have to document and statistically arrange players onto a list that signifies who is best at what they do.

Weekend TV: The Return Of Major League Soccer

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After spending two weeks playing only two League games and the Fourth Round of the US Open Cup, MLS returns with nine games on the schedule. Saturday Euro 2012 on ESPN: Czech Republic - Poland at 2:30pm. ESPN 2 has Greece - Russia also at 2:30pm. For those wondering why we're no longer getting our doubleheaders, the final group stage games are played at the same time.

Friday's TV

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Euro 2012 on ESPN2: Ukraine - France at 11:45pm and Sweden - England at 2:30pm ET.

Upside: The Lane

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Their Words "This decision in no way detracts from the excellent work Harry has done during his time with the Club and I should like to thank him for his achievements and contribution. Harry will always be welcome at the Lane." Spurs chairman Daniel Levy. Other Sources Mixed results for Klinsmann, United States - from Fox Soccer's Ives Galarcep: So what have we learned after the US national team's recent run of matches?

Questions: Soccer-Specific Stadiums

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By Tony Edwards - San Jose, CA (June 14, 2012) US Soccer Players -- In Thursday's column, Tony joins a Guardian columnist in celebrating Jay DeMerit's play in the 2009 Confederations Cup and tries to draw conclusions from a sobering look at the real cost of an MLS stadium. How long is US U-20 forward Omar Salgado out for after injuring his fifth metatarsal in his right foot?

Behind The Crest: Deal With It

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What Ever Happened To: Zak Ibsen

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By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (June 14, 2012) US Soccer Players -- Zak Ibsen loves the beach. Always has. He also always loved soccer. It was no surprise that Ibsen combined those two loves a decade ago and used them to overcome a terrible drug addiction. Years earlier, Ibsen used what he learned on those same California beaches to make it as a pro in Germany and later win two MLS Cups.

The Philadelphia Change

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (June 14, 2012) US Soccer Players -- As with so many things, it wasn't just what happened on Wednesday afternoon in Chester, it was how it happened. The Philadelphia Union decide to part ways with manager Peter Nowak, a standard Major League Soccer turn of phrase that masks what might have actually happened.

Postgame: Guatemala - USA

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Thursday's TV

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Euro 2012 on ESPN2: Italy - Croatia at 11:45am and Spain - Ireland at 2:30pm. Copa Libertadores semifinal first-leg on Fox Deportes: Boca Juniors - Universidad de Chile at 7pm. All Times Eastern

Upside: Title Change

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Their Words "Although he has set the bar very high in the short time he has been in charge, we know that Roberto is the right man to lead Chelsea onto further success." Chelsea CEO Ron Gourlay announcing that the club has dropped the interim title for manager Roberto Di Matteo. Other Sources Now Is The Time In Soccer When We Dance - from Sports Illustrated's Grant Wahl: Klinsmann's U.

Nowak No Longer With Philadelphia

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The Philadelphia Union announced on Wednesday that manager Peter Nowak had left the club and his assistant John Hackworth was their new head coach. In a quickly arranged press conference when most of the soccer attention was on the European Championships, Philadelphia CEO Nick Sakiewicz announced the change.

Klinsmanns Continuing Revolution

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By Charles Boehm - WASHINGTON, DC (June 13, 2012) US Soccer Players -- Tuesday night's 1-1 World Cup qualifying draw in Guatemala prompted an interesting range of reactions from fans, pundits and other observers of the US National Team. For some, Marco Pappa's 83rd minute free kick equalizer meant that Jurgen Klinsmann's team had fumbled away a victory, plain and simple.

The Euros: Strategy And Tactics

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By Jason Davis - WASHINGTON, DC (June 13, 2012) US Soccer Players -- So far, the European Championships has been a study in half-baked ideas on how to go about winning a soccer game. So far, the European Championship have hardly been one of those tournaments that sets trends we'll see latched onto around the world in the years ahead.

WCQ: Another Win For Mexico, Canada Fails To Take Advantage

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By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (June 13, 2012) US Soccer Players -- With the opening game of the World Cup just exactly two years away, CONCACAF teams were back in action on the long road to determining who will represent the Confederation in Brazil. Match day two of the Semifinal Round of qualifying was highlighted by three draws – the biggest coming from tiny Antigua and Barbuda.

Highlights: Guatemala - USA

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WCQ: Guatemala 1 - USA 1

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The USA remain atop their group in CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying after drawing 1-1 with Guatemala in Guatemala City. Clint Dempsey opened the scoring for the United States in the 40th minute. Guatemala's Marco Pappa equalized in the 83rd minute from a freekick just outside the arc. The US now leads Jamaica at the top of Group A by goal difference.

Studio 90: Guatemala - USA Preview

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Wednesday's TV

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Euro 2012 on ESPN: Denmark - Portugal at 11:45am and Holland - Germany at 2:30pm ET.

Upside: Getting The News

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Their Words "I always think if you are going to get news, good or bad, it is better if you get it earlier rather than later. If it is good news, you can party for longer and if it's bad it gives you time to recover. That's what we've got here." Charles Green, speaking about the future of Rangers. Other Sources Three thoughts looking ahead to U.

Video: The 1999 and 2007 Games Against Guatemala

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Corner: Successful Passes

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By Tony Edwards - San Jose, CA (June 12, 2012) US Soccer Players -- In Tuesday's column, Tony looks at an underrated factor in Vancouver's recent success, follows the return of one of San Jose's most effective attackers, and finds an unlikely coach-of-the-year candidate. While Gershon Koffie of Vancouver is rightfully being praised for his performance Sunday night against Houston, which Whitecap actually had the most "successful passes" in their victory over Houston?

Five Things For Guatemala

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (June 12, 2012) US Soccer Players -- Game two of CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying for the USA has them on the road in Guatemala City (10pm ET - PPV). Here are five things to look out for as the United States plays for away points. Don't Let This Become An MLS Game That's the big threat Guatemala poses when the strongest players on their squad play in Major League.

Tuesday's TV

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The Guatemala - USA World Cup Qualifier is available on pay-per-view at 10pm. El Salvador - Mexico is on Telemundo at 9:30pm. Euro 2012 on ESPN: Greece - Czech Republic at 11:45am and Poland - Russia at 2:30pm. All Times Eastern

Vancouver 3 - Houston 1

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A lonely Major League Soccer game from a weekend focused on internationals, and a big win for the Vancouver Whitecaps. Darren Mattocks opened the scoring for Vancouver four minutes in and doubled the lead in the 66th. The Dynamo's Macoumba Kandji pulled a goal back in the 83rd. Jordan Harvey scored for Vancouver in the 88th minute.

Upside: Procedure

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Their Words "UEFA has also requested that the authorities ensure that any person found to be engaging in racist behaviour be immediately ejected from the stadium and its vicinity, and that criminal proceedings be launched against such individuals." from UEFA's announcement. Other Sources USA midfielder Jose Torres: Klinsmann wants us all to shoot more - from Goal.

Corner: The Neutral Site Friendly

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Allow us to set a scene. It's a hotel a few miles from the massive National Football League stadium in northern New Jersey. Later that day, the stadium will host a friendly soccer game between Argentina and Brazil. Even an average American sports fan who barely follows regular season games in the major North American sports would likely know the names Argentina and Brazil when it comes to soccer.

Boyd Joins Rapid Vienna

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Austrian Bundesliga club Rapid Vienna announced on Monday that they have completed a transfer for US National Team player Terrence Boyd, who joins the club from Bundesliga champions Borussia Dortmund. Boyd spent the 2011-12 season playing with Dortmund's reserve team where he scored 20 goals in 32 appearances.

Scouting Report: Guatemala

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By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (June 11, 2012) US Soccer Players -- Four days after posting a 3-1 win over tiny Antigua and Barbuda before a hospitable Tampa crowd to open World Cup Qualifying, the USA will face Guatemala on Tuesday (10pm ET – PPV) before a decidedly more partisan crowd at the Estadio Nacional Mateo Flores in Guatemala City.

Studio 90: USA - Antigua and Barbuda Postgame

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Tainio's Injury

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By Dario Camacho - MIAMI, FL (Jun 9, 2012) US Soccer Players -- Serious injuries are by their nature disruptive. They are unexpected and intrusive in the worst possible way. In a span of a few seconds, a soccer player's career is in jeopardy. As cruel as it can be, it's also part of the territory. The risk of injury is always there.

Media Roundup: USA - Antigua and Barbuda

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Torres injury 'not looking very good right now' - from Soccer America's Paul Kennedy: Torres will have X-rays on his ankle bruise and be evaluated over the weekend. Three postgame thoughts on United States-Antigua & Barbuda - from SI.com's Avi Creditor: In vicious conditions on the road at Guatemala, who will Jurgen Klinsmann turn to if Johnson and Castillo are both not ready?

WCQ: Mexico Wins, Panama Surprises

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By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (June 9, 2012) US Soccer Players – The United States was not the only team to start the Semifinal Round of CONCACAF World Cup on Friday with a win. Mexico, Jamaica, Canada and Panama also posted wins in their opening games. Over the next 17 months, the USA and 11 other CONCACAF nations will play to determine which top two teams from each of the three groups advance.

Highlights: USA 3 - Antigua and Barbuda 1

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Highlights: USA 3 - Antigua and Barbuda 1

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Road To Brazil: Episode 1

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Behind The Crest: The First Step

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USA 3 - Antigua and Barbuda 1

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The United States opened CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying with a win over Antigua and Barbuda at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, FL. USA captain Carlos Bocanegra opened the scoring in the 7th minute with Clint Dempsey making it 2-0 just before halftime. Antigua and Barbuda's Peter Byers subbed on in the 62nd minute and scored two minutes later to pull a goal back for the visitors.

Weekend TV: Euros

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Saturday Euro 2012 on ESPN: Holland - Denmark at 11:45am and Germany - Portugal at 2:30pm. GolTV has the Brazil - Argentina friendly at 3pm. All Times Eastern Sunday Euro 2012 on ESPN: Spain - Italy at 11:45am and Ireland - Croatia at 2:30pm ET. Monday Euro 2012 on ESPN: France - England at 11:45am and Ukraine - Sweden at 2:30pm ET.

Upside: Convenience

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Their Words "Aron's press conference has been cancelled today. There will be no formal address with Aron. We apologize for any inconvience." from a Toronto FC media release. Other Sources Bradley ready to lead new generation - from FoxSoccer.com's Ives Galarcep: "You have to use it that way." Q. and A.

The Open Cup Teams

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By Jason Davis - WASHINGTON, DC (June 8, 2012) US Soccer Players -- Beyond the notable upsets, this year's edition of the US Open Cup has another interesting subplot, closely tied into the David v. Goliath story line that has dominated proceedings thus far. Not only are the lower division teams doing well, they're doing well in spite of some very poor league records.

Five Things For Antigua and Barbuda

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (June 8, 2012) US Soccer Players -- With the United States opening World Cup Qualifying tonight at Raymond James Stadium (7pm ET - ESPN) here's the return of my five things I'm looking for from tonight's game. We'll start with an obvious issue for any overmatched situation.

Studio 90: USA - Antigua and Barbuda Preview

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Studio 90: Tampa

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Friday's TV: Qualifiers and Euro

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CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying on ESPN: USA - Antigua and Barbuda at 7pm. Mexico - Guyana is on Univision at 7:30pm. Euro 2012 on ESPN: Poland - Greece at 11:30am and Russia - Czech Republic at 2:30pm. All Times Eastern

Bornstein Loaned To Atlante

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US National Team player Jonathan Bornstein is now a member of Atlante, on loan for the 2012 Apertura season with an option for the 2012 Clausura. Bornstein joins the club from Tigres. Bornstein's appearances for Tigres in the 2011 Apertura and 2012 Clausura were limited to the CONCACAF Champions League.

Upside: Home Support

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Their Words "We can see that when we go to training sessions, we can see the support on the streets, people cheering and waving... it's great. I hope it will continue until the very end of the tournament." Poland coach Franciszek Smuda. Other Sources Whitecaps' Cannon still has a ball tending net - from the Vancouver Sun's Cam Tucker: "I enjoy that part.

Toronto Announces New Coach

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Toronto announced on Thursday that head coach and technical director Aron Winter had "stepped down" and would be replaced by director of player development Paul Mariner. In his new role, Mariner takes the head coach and director of soccer operations titles. Toronto's current assistant coaches remain in their roles.

Questions: DC Plays It 'Cute'

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In Thursday's column, Tony looks at DC United's play in the US Open Cup, studies MLS attendance from different angles, and updates the Galaxy's injury situation. What was DC United Coach Ben Olsen's verdict after Tuesday night's loss to Philadelphia in the US Open Cup? "Maybe it's a good thing because this really does show us we're not as good as we think we are," Olsen said.

Scouting Report: Antigua and Barbuda

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By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (June 7, 2012) US Soccer Players -- Every World Cup Qualifying campaign has a Cinderella team. The glass slipper is usually worn by a small nation that overcomes long-shot odds for the chance to compete for a spot in the finals. This year, that honor goes to Caribbean side Antigua and Barbuda, one of the smallest countries remaining in contention for a spot in Brazil ‘14.

Dempsey Named Fulham's Player of the Season

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Fulham announced on Thursday that Clint Dempsey is the winner of a fan vote for Player of the Season for the second year in a row. Fulham's 2011/12 Player Of The Season - Clint Dempsey from Fulham FC on Vimeo.

Thursday's TV

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Upside: Fair Play

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Their Words "(W)e are the sixth-largest association in Europe and the 15th largest in the world, in financial terms and in terms of the number of professional and amateur footballers. However, a lack of fair play, and discrimination in whichever form it takes, are the main problems facing football in our country.

Video: Bradley In Italy Part 2

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June 2012 FIFA Ranking

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The United States moved up a slot to 28th in the June FIFA Rankings. Mexico also moved up one place to 19th. The Scotland, Brazil, and Canada games counted for this ranking period according to FIFA's official site. The USA's first opponent in CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying, Antigua and Barbuda, dropped five spots to 105th.

Open Cup: Overtime

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The US Open Cup quarterfinals are set after Tuesday night's games. Half of the Fourth Round US Open Cup games needed overtime to determine a winner, with Harrisburg (USL Pro) knocking out New York 3-1 with two overtime goals. Philadelphia beat DC 2-1, Dayton (USL Pro) advanced past Michigan (PDL) 1-0.

Desmond Armstrong's Hall of Fame Induction Speech

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Tony Meola's Hall of Fame Induction Speech

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Wednesday's TV

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Upside: Fourth Rounder

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Their Words "I always want to score goals, no matter who we're playing against." Sporting KC forward Teal Bunbury. Other Sources Green machine - from The Scottish Sun's Robert Grieve: "I took great encouragement from what he had to say." Beasley to stay at Puebla despite offers - from MLSsoccer.com's Tom Marshall: "I feel comfortable, secure and happy with everything around me.

Questions: Standards And Reserves

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By Tony Edwards - San Jose, CA (June 5, 2012) US Soccer Players -- Tony continues to look at what Major League Soccer is doing about concussions before updating us on the good and the bad from the MLS Reserve League. Following up on Thursday's question about Pablo Mastroeni and concussions, what is involved in the MLS concussion guidelines?

CCL: 2012-13 Groups Announced

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CONCACAF has announced the groups for the 2012-13 Champions League. The competition starts on July 31st. Major League Soccer has five teams competing: Toronto in Group 1, Real Salt Lake in Group 2, Houston in Group 3, Seattle in Group 4, and LA in Group 5. Herculez Gomez's Santos Laguna are in Group 1 and Jonathan Bornstein's Tigres are in Group 6.

The New Euro Stadiums

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (June 5, 2012) US Soccer Players -- I remember as a kid reading that Montreal had built a late 70's version of a retractable roof stadium for the Olympics that didn't really work. It and the rest of the Olympic construction didn't come cheap, and the city would be paying off the debt for decades.

Tuesday's TV

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ESPN Deportes has Sweden - Serbia at 1pm and France - Estonia at 3pm ET.

LIVESTRONG Park Gets USA - Guatemala

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The United States Soccer Federation announced on Monday that the October 16th World Cup Qualifier between the USA and Guatemala will be played at LIVESTRONG Park in Kansas City, KS (7pm ET - ESPN2). "We are very excited to play such an important World Cup qualifier in Kansas City," USA coach Jurgen Klinsmann said in a press statement.

Upside: Structure

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Their Words "I didn't think we played behind them enough to stretch them out. Saying that, they did a good job with their structure and getting people behind the ball and they made it really difficult for us." USA captain Carlos Bocanegra on the 0-0 draw with Canada. Other Sources New Questions for U.

Previewing Euro 2012

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You have to feel for the print versions of the Euro 2012 previews. With deadlines to meet and time on the shelf to consider, what looks like a squad in theory several weeks ago can easily turn into something altogether different in practice. Though the internet would seem to have the advantage in the preview department, most of what we're seeing are the same basic concept.

The Problems With Pier 40

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"What is popular is not always right. What is right is not always popular." Francesco Totti. By Cesar Diaz - NEW YORK, NY (Jun 4, 2012) US Soccer Players -- For the past few years, Major League Soccer commissioner Don Garber has openly signaled his intentions for a second New York club. He also said that in order for a second club to exist there must be a stadium plan.

Highlights: Canada 0 - USA 0

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Canada 0 - USA 0

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Canada celebrated its soccer association's centennial with a scoreless draw against the United States on Sunday night at BMO Field in Toronto. Both teams had trouble generating offense, with Canada putting three of their six shots on target and the USA finishing with three from seven. The United States opens CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying on Friday against Antigua & Barbuda in Tampa, FL (7pmET - ESPN).

New England 2 - Chicago 0

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New England got the home shutout in the only Major League Soccer game of the weekend. Both goals came in the second-half with 64th-minute substitute Kelyn Rowe scoring in the 69th minute off an assist from Benny Feilhaber. The second goal came four minutes later, with Feilhaber scoring and Rowe providing the setup.

Studio 90: Canada - USA Preview

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Behind The Crest: Final Rehearsal

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Video: Bradley In Italy Part 1

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Upside: FIFA Prepares

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Their Words "We have now all rolled up our sleeves; Bebeto and Ronaldo and their LOC colleagues, the Minister of Sports and his team as well as my FIFA team. The warm-up is over, we have a set game plan, and nominated our joint-line up." FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke on World Cup preparations.

Changing Things At Chivas USA

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By Dario Camacho - MIAMI, FL (Jun 1, 2012) US Soccer Players -- In a game where one goal can mean the difference between winning and losing, the goalkeeper's importance is hard to overstress. Often not given enough credit, specially when the stars on the field and the attention getters tend to be strikers, keepers are invaluable.

Weekend TV: Friendlies

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Saturday Fox Soccer has England - Belgium at 12pm. ESPN Deportes has Norway - Croatia at 1pm ET. Sunday NBC Sports Network and Univision Deportes have the USA - Canada friendly at 7pm. The Mexico - Brazil game is on Univision at 2:30pm. ESPN Deportes has Spain - China at 4pm ET. Monday No games today.

Scouting Report: Canada

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By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (June 1, 2012) US Soccer Players – After losing 4-1 to Brazil, the USA will look to rebound on Sunday when it takes a rare trip north to Toronto to play Canada at BMO Field (7pm - NBC Sports Network) in its final tune-up ahead of World Cup Qualifying. While USA-Canada conjures up images of men wearing skates slapping around a puck, this matchup is a friendly to.

Roundtable: What Can We Learn From Euro 2012?

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A week away from the start of Euro 2012, US Soccer Players writers Tony Edwards, Jason Davis, and Justin Shaffer look at the potential transfer targets, the tactics, and the bigger picture from an American perspective. Which player do you see as being most important to his team's strategy and success?

Video: 2012 Hall of Fame Induction

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