USSoccerPlayers Archives for January 2012

Tuesday's TV: Olympics, CCL

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The US Women play North Korea at 12:15pm on NBC Sports Network. ESPN2 has the Red Bulls - Spurs friendly at 7pm. The CONCACAF Champions League starts on Fox Soccer Channel with Herediano - Real Salt Lake at 10pm. All Times Eastern

Upside: Football at Villa Park

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Their Words "It's a great place to play football at Villa Park. But last season our home form let us down and we need to improve on that this season. We want fans to wake up and think 'yes it's matchday, we're off to Villa Park.' I know there's a new campaign around where fans are being encouraged to really unite in the Holte End, with scarves and balloon and things like that.

Corner: CCL 2012-13

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It's gotta be better than the SuperLiga, right? AS the CONCACAF Champions League kicks off tomorrow for Major League Soccer's clubs, it's worth remembering the point of that quickly forgotten tournament. The SuperLiga was intended to give an MLS audience home games that counted against Mexican clubs.

Ballouchy joins Quakes

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Midfielder Mehdi Ballouchy is now a member of the San Jose Earthquakes, the club announced on Monday. San Jose sent a 2013 international spot and a 2013 conditional draft pick to New York for Ballouchy. "I've admired his play over the seven years he's been in the league," Earthquakes coach Frank Yallop said.

Tell Me About: Stoke City

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The city where former Guns 'n Roses guitarist Slash spent his early years is now the new home of US National Team player Geoff Cameron. Stoke City is a Premier League club coming off a 14th-place finish in 2011-12. Just like Slash, Stoke are also currently on tour in North America. Why Are We Here? Geoff Cameron has been linked with a Premier League move for a long time, and assuming Stoke's appeal for a.

Week 21 Highlights

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National Teamers Abroad: A goal in Mexico

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Michael Orozco took full advantage in the 55th minute of San Luis's 2-1 loss to Cruz Azul. Standing near the penalty spot, Orozco shot directly at Cruz Azul goalkeeper Yosgart Gutierrez who bobbled the save. that cancelled out Cruz Azul's 17th minute opener, but it would be the visitors taking all three points with an 84th minute winner.

MLS Week 21: Wishing every night was wig night

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Before we head to the results, let's start with another round of designated player excitement. Late Friday, Columbus announced that Federico Higuain had signed. In a press statement Columbus president and GM Mark McCullers thanked both Crew and MLS staff "for their expertise and diligence in seeing this complicated and lengthy negotiation to fruition.

Weekend TV: MLS, Friendlies, Olympics

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Saturday, and the US Women play Colombia at 12pm on NBC Sports Network. MLS on NBC Sports: Dallas - LA at 8pm. ESPN2 has the Chelsea - Milan friendly at 6pm and the DC - PSG friendly is on Fox Soccer at 10pm. On Sunday, the Men's Olympic schedule is split between MSNBC and Telemundo starting at 9:30am.

Upside: Fabric of the digits

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Their Words "On the field and during the game, the names of over 600 Red Bulls full season ticket holders will be included in the fabric of the digits on the back of the jerseys worn by Red Bulls players, signifying the 12th man on the pitch." from a New York Red Bulls press release. Other Sources Sorry, baseball .

Tell Me About: Rapid Vienna

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Terrence Boyd moved Bundesligas in the offseason, leaving Germany's Borussia Dortmund for Austria's Rapid Vienna. Familiar to most MLS fans as the home of the other Red Bulls, Salzburg, it's a league that doesn't get a lot of coverage in the US. A strong showing from Boyd could change that, and his opportunity comes with the league's biggest club.

Team GB, Brazil, and the MLS All-Stars

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (July 27, 2012) US Soccer Players – Almost as soon as it was obvious that Brazil would be the host for the 2014 World Cup, speculation arose as to how one of the best teams in the world would adequately prepare. As the thinking went, lack of meaningful games in the form of World Cup Qualifiers would be detrimental for Brazil.

Friday's TV

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Fox Deportes has Morelia - Monterrey at 8:30pm ET.

Upside: They came to play

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Their Words "That Chelsea team didn't come here and just mess around. They came to play and they played most of their guys sixty minutes and they played hard. While we're not jumping through hoops because we beat a team in preseason, I think there was a lot of really good individual performances." MLS All-Star Landon Donovan.

Cahill move is official

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The New York Red Bulls announced on Thursday that Tim Cahill is now a member of the club. "I am very happy to start a new chapter of my career with the New York Red Bulls," Cahill said in a press statement. "As we have seen over the past few years, MLS has developed into a very competitive league with many talented players.

Questions: Data

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By Tony Edwards - San Jose, CA (July 26, 2012) US Soccer Players -- Thursday, and Tony looks at a classic MLS club, wonders how statistical data powered an expansion draft, and salutes an underappreciated American in the EPL. Which American club has FIFA.com chosen to include in their ‘Classic Clubs' series?

What Ever Happened To: Mike Ammann

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By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (July 26, 2012) US Soccer Players -- Former goalkeeper Mike Ammann is a big believer in giving back. Forced into early retirement back in 2001, Ammann stayed away from the game for a few years. But Ammann's love for soccer was too strong. That's when he decided to use his 15-year experience in Major League Soccer to try and help budding goalies attain the tools they need by.

What Cahill could mean to New York

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By Jason Davis - WASHINGTON, DC (July 19, 2012) US Soccer Players -- Here's a snapshot, taken just before Everton released the news that Tim Cahill will be leaving them to join Major League Soccer as a member of New York's ambitious franchise: The New York Red Bulls are leading the Eastern Conference on 38 points.

All-Stars 3 - Chelsea 2

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The 2012 Major League All-Star game ended with a stoppage time winner for MLS. Eddie Johnson's shot deflected off of Chelsea's David Luiz and over goalkeeper Ross Turnbull. The All-Stars opened the scoring in the 21st minute when Chris Wondolowski beat Henrique Hilário, starting for Chelsea in place of regular goalkeeper Peter Cech who didn't dress.

Cameron close to leaving MLS

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Houston dynamo defender Geoff Cameron's long rumored move to the English Premier League took a substantial step forward on Wednesday, with Stoke City announcing they had agreed to a deal with Major League Soccer. "Whilst we would not normally confirm a transfer until everything is complete, we have agreed a fee and personal terms in this instance and the player will now join up with the squad in Orlando to have his medical," Stoke City.

Thursday's TV

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Multiple Olympic options as the Men's tournament opens with Honduras - Morocco at 7am on NBC Sports Network. Mexico plays South Korea at 9:30am, followed by UAE - Uruguay at 12pm, Great Britain - Senegal at 3pm, and Belarus - New Zealand at 4:45pm. MSNBC has Spain - Japan at 9:45am, Gabon - Switzerland at 11:45am, and Egypt - Brazil at 2:45pm.

Upside: Protecting the integrity

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Their Words "I'd like to quote FIFA President Blatter, who said match-fixing is one of the biggest threats to the sport and must be combated. For me, the integrity of sport, and especially football, is hugely at risk. The values of fair play, respect, discipline and honesty are under threat. Protecting the integrity of football is a task for FIFA, and the police also fundamentally protect these values.

MLS names rest of All-Stars

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Under the terms of Major League Soccer's collective bargaining agreement, the League must name a minimum of 32 All-Stars. With 19 on the active roster for Wednesday's game against Chelsea (ESPN2 - 8:30pm ET), the League announced 13 more players as inactive All-Star selections. GK: Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake), Jon Busch (San Jose Earthquakes) DEF: Jamison Olave (Real Salt Lake), Geoff Cameron (Houston Dynamo) MID: Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo), Marco Pappa (Chicago Fire), Brek.

Toward a more perfect coaching carousel

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By Charles Boehm - WASHINGTON, DC (July 25, 2012) US Soccer Players -- We learn in grade school in this country that one of our government's great strengths is its basis on "laws, not men." In the United States, the political focus is on the system. It's a hedge against a cult of personality. Based on our increasingly sophisticated, yet still strange, relationship with top coaches, it would seem that the American soccer nation is.

All stars in Chester

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (July 25, 2012) US Soccer Players – The now-19 players selected to represent Major League Soccer against Chelsea find themselves in an interesting situation later tonight (ESPN2 - 8:30pm ET). In a game that once gave us Landon Donovan's impromptu tribute to Julie Foudy, the game has become more pressure test than fun.

Wednesday's TV: Olympics and ASG

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ESPN2 has the Liverpool - Roma friendly at 6:30pm followed by the MLS All-Stars vs Chelsea at 8:30pm. The USA Women's Olympic runs starts on NBC sports Network against France at noon. Fox Soccer has the Manchester United - Shanghai - Shenua friendly at 8am. DFB Cup on GolTV: 'Gladbach - Bayern Munich at 12pm.

Upside: Strength of Football

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Their Words "It just proves the incredible strength of football, and most notably of the UEFA Champions League, whose thrilling games deliver the perfect show to stadium crowds and TV spectators. This is thanks in no small part to the great collaboration between UEFA and the clubs." UEFA general secretary Gianni Infantino.

Questions: Picking Penalties

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By Tony Edwards - San Jose, CA (July 24, 2012) US Soccer Players -- In Tuesday's Five, Tony explores confusion in the Dallas penalty kick hierarchy, team goal scoring in MLS, and a bit of the Crew's history they probably shouldn't highlight. In last Wednesday's San Jose-Dallas game, Dallas had a chance to tie the game with a penalty kick in stoppage time.

Whitbread signs with Leicester City

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American defender Zak Whitbread signed a two-year deal with Leicester City, the club announced on Tuesday. Whitbread joins as a free agent after seeing out his contract with Norwich City. "We're really pleased with the business we have been able to do so far this summer," Leicester manager Nigel Pearson told the club's official site.

MLS increases substitutes for All-Star Game

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Major League Soccer announced on Tuesday that they would allow 10 substitutes to be used in the 2012 All-Star Game (8:30pm - ESPN2), up from seven after a request from Chelsea. MLS added Philadelphia Union midfielder Michael Farfan to the All-Star squad to bring the number of available players to 19.

Building for this Season

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (July 24, 2012) US Soccer Players – The insistence on building and keeping a core group of players in professional sports is something we see repeated across North American professional sports. In the National Football League, applying a franchise tag to a quarterback is almost a requirement.

Cahill leaves Everton for Red Bulls

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According to Everton's official site, Tim Cahill is now a member of the New York Red Bulls and will be joining the MLS club later this week. The Australian international has 226 appearances for Everton scoring 56 times. Though he started as a youth player in Australia, the 32-year-old has spent his entire professional career in England, joining Millwall in 1997.

Week 20 Highlights

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Tuesday's TV: Sudamericana

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Fox Deportes has games from the first stage of the Copa Sudamericana: Danubio - Olimpia at 6pm and Tacuari - Cobreloa at 8:30pm. Both Times Eastern

Upside: To be honest

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Their Words "I didn't think we played bad to be honest. It's a difficult surface and it has a different feel. It's not easy to play on." San Jose Earthquakes coach Frank Yallop. Other Sources Bradley Shines at Wrigley Field in Roma Debut - from The NY Times' Ben Strauss: "He knows Italian football, and it helped him a lot.

Carr named POTW

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Houston's Calen Carr is the Player of the Week winner for Week 20, Major League Soccer announced on Monday. Carr scored both goals in Houston's 2-0 win against Kansas City on Wednesday and picked up an assist in the 3-0 shutout of Montreal on Saturday. This is his first Player of the Week award, picking up five of the 20 first-place votes.

Corner: The Summer 2012 Transfer Market

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Depending on how seriously you focus on the European gossip, the summer of 2012 might seem like a bit of a letdown in terms of player movement. Blame it on the European Championships and even the Olympics, but so far we haven't seen the kind of moves that draw attention on both sides of the Atlantic.

Edu, Bocanegra, Bedoya visit Women's National Team camp

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European soccer at Yankee Stadium

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By Clemente Lisi – Bronx, NY (July 23, 2012) US Soccer Players -- When I was in high school 20 years ago, the school soccer team played many of its games on a bumpy and dusty field located in the shadows of Yankee Stadium. With the screeching of subway cars within earshot, my teammates and I spent many weekday afternoons at Macombs Dam Park trying to score goals for LaSalle Academy before sparse crowds that.

National Teamers Abroad: Apertura opens

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Mexico's Fall season started under a new name for the competition, Liga MX. Herculez Gomez started strong for Santos Laguna, scoring the winner in a 2-1 result over San Luis. with Santos down a goal a minute in, Carlos Quintero equalized in the 4th minute. Gomez scored in the 72nd. Jonathan Bornstein subbed on in the 86th minute for Tigres in 4-0 shutout of Chiapas.

MLS Week 20: Lopsided Results

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FC Dallas made the big statement over the weekend in the only way that counts. They scored a bunch of goals, five in fact while shutting out Portland at FC Dallas Stadium. Ok, technically Dallas only scored four. A Portland own goal opened the scoring in the 16th minute and Andrew Jacobson made it 2-0 at the half.

Toronto adds another forward

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On Saturday, Toronto completed a trade with New York for forward Quincy Amarikwa who joins the Reds in exchange for a conditional draft pick. "With the injury to Danny Koevermans there became an immediate need to add some additional help up top and we feel Quincy will address this area," Toronto coach Paul Mariner said.

Hassli moves to Toronto

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Toronto announced late Friday that they have completed a trade with Vancouver for forward Eric Hassli. In exchange, Toronto gives up their 1st round pick in 2014 and an international roster spot. Hassli will fill a designated player slot with Toronto. US Soccer Players' Dario Camacho outlined the need for Toronto to make a major move in his column earlier today, and this certainly qualifies.

Upside: Important changes

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Their Words "I'd like to place on record just how much I've enjoyed working at The FA over the past 18 months. It really has been an honour and a pleasure. Hopefully, I have been able to play some part in delivering important changes to the way children play at the youngest levels." Gareth Southgate, announcing he's stepping down as the Football Association's head of elite development.

More changes in Toronto

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By Dario Camacho - MIAMI, FL (July 20, 2012) US Soccer Players -- In three short games, the truth about Toronto suddenly changes. That's three wins in two weeks. A month ago, that wouldn't have been in the same conversation when Toronto looked like a lost cause. Hope now looms, or at least the promise of something better down the road.

Weekend TV: Friendlies, Mexico, and MLS

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Saturday Fox Soccer has the Ajax Cape Town - Manchester United friendly at 9am and Toronto - Liverpool in the World Football Challenge at 4pm. Friendlies on GolTV: Birmingham City - 'Gladbach at 11am and Fenerbache - Newcastle United at 1pm. MLS on ESPN: NY - Philadelphia at 2:30pm. TeleFutura has LA - Chivas USA at 10pm.

Reyna Family Statement

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The US Soccer Federation released the following statement on behalf of Claudio Reyna and his family. "It is with a heavy heart that we confirm that Jack Reyna lost his battle with cancer today. Jack was so courageous during his two-year fight that he's become a hero and inspiration to many. Surrounded by his entire family, Jack passed peacefully at the age of 13.

ASG: Morrow replaces Pearce

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With New York defender Heath Pearce ruled out of the MLS All-Star Game with a hamstring injury, coach Ben Olsen has called in San Jose defender Justin Morrow. He joins two of his fellow Earthquakes defenders on the All-Star Game roster, Steven Beitashour and Ramiro Corrales. San Jose forward Chris Wondolowski is also in the squad, with four players from the team at the top of the table.

Friday's TV: Mexican soccer returns

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Mexico's 2012 Apertura season opens with Jaguares - Tigres on Fox Deportes at 8:30pm and Tijuana - Puebla on Univision at 10:30pm. both Times Eastern

Upside: Up to you

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Their Words "I think today I'll leave it up to you to answer. Did we deserve to score? We created chances, a couple of good, good chances. It's a matter of self-belief and getting those opportunities and hitting the target, and hitting the target with a purpose." Portland coach Gavin Wilkinson. Other Sources Wilkinson aims to lift struggling Timbers - from The Portland Tribune's Stephen Alexander: The players had a different attitude about the loss.

Questions: Donovan's assists

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By Tony Edwards - San Jose, CA (July 19, 2012) US Soccer Players -- In Thursday's column, Tony puts Landon Donovan's most recent career achievement into perspective before asking about a Player of the Week winner and Pablo Mastroeni's injury situation. How many players in MLS history have recorded 100 goals and 100 assists during their time in the League?

Valuing Le Toux

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By Jason Davis - WASHINGTON, DC (July 19, 2012) US Soccer Players -- No one disputes that Sebastien Le Toux is a very good soccer player. Tireless, intuitive, and skilled, Le Toux has a collection of abilities that make him a highly valued asset on any team with which he plays. That collection of abilities made Le Toux a regular MVP candidate and fan favorite in Philadelphia, where he quickly became the face of a.

CAS rules on Bin Hammam appeal

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The Court of Arbitration for Sport announced on Wednesday that FIFA had not done enough to prove its corruption charges against former vice-president Mohammed Bin Hammam, overturning FIFA's lifetime ban. The ruling was based solely on the evidence FIFA gathered, with the Court noting: "It is a situation of 'case not proven,' coupled with concern on the part of the Panel that the FIFA investigation was not complete or comprehensive enough to fill the gaps.

Highlights: Seattle 2 - Chelsea 4

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MLS Results: Late action out West

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Wednesday's Major League Soccer schedule opened with an early afternoon game at Red Bull Arena. Thierry Henry's 71st minute goal was the difference in the 1-0 win over Chicago, in front of an announced crowd of 15,814. Chivas USA also opted for an early afternoon start and got the same result, a 1-0 win over Portland.

Upside: We must

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Their Words We are Everton and we must win these games." Everton froward Apostolos Vellios. Other Sources Michael Bradley: Roma is an exciting challenge - from Goal.com's Alex Labidou: "that's what I'm about as a player." New league, new start in Mexico - from MLSsoccer.com's Tom Marshall: and Torres looks set to be given the chance to make a central midfield spot his own.

Thursday's TV

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No games today.

Taking the heat

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By Charles Boehm - WASHINGTON, DC (July 18, 2012) US Soccer Players -- Have the schedule-makers lost their minds? That's more or less the tone of the reaction to today's midday Major League Soccer kickoffs in Los Angeles (Chivas USA - Portland) and Harrison, NJ (New York - Chicago), as well as the US Soccer Development Academy's selection of Frisco, TX and Houston for its summertime postseason events.

This Summer's Challenge

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (July 18, 2012) US Soccer Players – It's somewhat fitting that it's Seattle opening the 2012 World Football Challenge. Last season, it was Seattle giving Major League Soccer commissioner Don Garber the opening for one of the most repeated quotes in recent League history.

Video: Best of MLS 2012... So Far

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Wednesday's TV: MLS and friendlies

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Amazulu hosts Manchester United at 2pm on Fox Soccer. MLS on NBC Sports Network: San Jose - Dallas at 11pm. ESPN2 has the Seattle - Chelsea friendly at 9:30pm. All Times Eastern

Upside: Coming to America

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Their Words "It's difficult but we are in good shape, we have no injuries and the players are getting sharper by the day. Coming to America is great for the supporters over here that can see the team, but the downside is spending 11 hours on a plane with an eight-hour time difference." Cheslea assistant coach Steve Holland.

Questions: Numbers

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By Tony Edwards - San Jose, CA (July 17, 2012) US Soccer Players -- In Tuesday's column, Tony looks at numbers. The number of homegrown players on FC Dallas's roster, the number of fulltime MLS referees, and a number from England's Premier League. How many homegrown players are on FC Dallas' roster? Seven, with the signing last week of 16-year-old Plano, Texas native Kellyn Acosta.

Olsen joins United's Hall of Tradition

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DC United has announced they will honor former player and current head coach Ben Olsen by inducting him into the club's Hall of Tradition prior to the game against New England on September 15th. "I am honored that the DC United faithful have put me in the Hall of Tradition," Olsen said. "The support I've received from our fans during my time here has been overwhelming and I can only hope to repay them with.

Scottish club soccer loses control

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (July 17, 2012) US Soccer Players – Scottish club soccer cedes control If you checked the Wikipedia page for Scotland's Third Division shortly after it was announced that Rangers would be playing there this season, you would've seen them listed as "Cheaters." For enough Scottish soccer fans, that's the carryover from the Rangers fall from the top of the club game to the bottom.

Tuesday's TV

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No games today.

Upside: Football is popular

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Their Words "FIFA now has CHF 1.3 billion in reserves, a figure that elicits envy, spite and suspicion. How has that been possible? The answer is because football is popular and has obviously not been run that badly in the last few years." FIFA director of communications and public affairs Walter de Gregorio.

Week 19 Highlights

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Wondolowski wins POTW

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San Jose Earthquake forward Chris Wondolowski's hat-trick won him Major League Soccer's Player of the Week award for Week 19. Wondolwoski is the reigning MLS Player of the Month. This is his second Player of the Week award in 2012.

Corner: Red Card

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Playing a man down doesn't necessarily turn into a travesty. There are enough examples of teams winning games they weren't leading when one of their own had no choice but to make an early exit. It can be done, short-handed isn't just for ice hockey. That doesn't mean it's easy. Then again, it's also not a built-in excuse for capitulating.

Tell Me About: AS Roma

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Michael Bradley is now a member of Roma and with the move comes added pressure for the most American of Serie A clubs. As Clemente Lisi explained in an article earlier this year, Roma is owned by American Thomas DiBenedetto. An American owner, a US National Team player, and a fight for respectability in 2012-13.

The Super Cup in Jersey

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By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (July 16, 2012) US Soccer Players -- Amid the flurry of friendlies that will be played across North America this summer, none of them ultimately count for anything beyond bragging rights. It's preseason for the European clubs, meaning players will be a rusty after being off for the better part of June.

Guzan re-joins Aston Villa

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Another move that had been rumored for awhile is also official. Though he left the club at the end of last season, US National Team goalkeeper Brad Guzan is once again a member of Aston Villa. Guzan has signed a three-year contract and is with the club for the start of their US tour. "I've watched Brad and some of his games when he was in the team last year and he was excellent," Villa.

Return of the Superliga

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The 2012-13 Superliga season started over the weekend in Denmark, with Clarence Goodson taking his regular place in Brondby's starting lineup in a 1-0 loss to Odense BK. Jacob Schoop scored the game's only goal in the 17th minute. Did Not Play: Charlie Davies (Randers 1 - Sonderjyske 6), Ricardo Clark (Stabaek 1 - Sogndal 3)

Bradley joins Roma

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After weeks of speculation, Michael Bradley is now officially a member of AS Roma after agreeing to a four-year deal. Calling the opportunity to sign with the club "once in a lifetime," Bradley is part of a team with high expectations after finishing two points outside of the European places last season.

MLS Week 19: All-Stars Await

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We start with another ESPN game and another opportunity for Major League Soccer to make a very special announcement. This time, it's the 2012 All-Star Game roster, not to be confused with last week's fan voting results for the starting eleven. GK: Dan Kennedy (Chivas USA), Jimmy Nielsen (Sporting Kansas City) DEF: Steven Beitashour (San Jose Earthquakes), Aurélien Collin (Sporting Kansas City), Ramiro Corrales (San Jose Earthquakes), Jay DeMerit (Vancouver Whitecaps FC), Heath Pearce (New.

CONCACAF names new general secretary

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Traffic Sports USA marketing executive Enrique Sanz has been named the new general secretary of CONCACAF. He will officially take over the role later this month. "I am honored to have been appointed as General Secretary," Sanz said in a press statement. "Although not without challenge, I foresee a great new era for the confederation.

Le Toux joins Red Bulls

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In the second major trade on Friday in Major League Soccer, Sebastien Le Toux is now a member of the New York Red Bulls joining the club from Seattle. Going the other way is Dane Richards. "Sebastien is one of the premier attacking players in the League and someone who we have admired for a long time," New York GM Erik Soler said in a press statement.

Weekend TV

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Another weekend without a lot of national available options. On Saturday, NBC Sports Network has the Portland - LA game at 11pm. Sunday brings us two MLS games: New York - Seattle on ESPN at 4pm and Houston - DC on Galavision at 9pm. There's a Monday game on GolTV: the Monaco - Newcastle United friendly at 1pm.

Upside: Playing Football

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Their Words "From the outset, we made clear we would play where we were told to play and we just want to get back to playing football." Rangers CEO Charles Green. Other Sources Webb keen to usher in new era for CONCACAF - from Reuters' Simon Evans: "I think we have a responsibility to all 40 countries to look at what is best for CONCACAF.

The All-Star Game counts

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By Dario Camacho - MIAMI, FL (July 13, 2012) US Soccer Players -- If there is a referendum on the state of Major League Soccer, it's the All-Star game. The yearly event is the pinnacle of the summer friendlies. The opponent, normally a European elite, swooping in for the weather, regaining match fitness, and selling lots of tickets to its American fans.

Europa League: Stabaek exits

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Ricardo Clark's Stabaek are out of the Europa league in the first qualifying round after losing their series with Finland's JJK. Stabaek lost the opening game on July 5th 2-0 and won the home leg 2-1 on Thursday to lose 3-2 on aggregate. Clark played in both legs, leaving last night's game in the 42nd minute due to injury.

Toronto trades de Guzman

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Julian de Guzman is no longer a member of Toronto FC, the club announced on Friday. de Guzman moves to Dallas in exchange for forward Andrew Wiedeman. de Guzman joined Toronto from Deportivo La Coruna in Spain's topflight. Along with Dwayne De Rosario, both players were key Canadian National Teamers playing for a Canadian MLS team.

Scotland's Opportunity

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (July 13, 2012) US Soccer Players – Well, if nothing else it's now abundantly clear how the rest of Scottish soccer feels about Rangers. Our 54-time Scottish league champions are now member of the Third Division, the bottom level of Scottish professional soccer. It's an open question as to whether anybody without a rooting interest is still applauding the rest of the Scottish clubs for punishing Rangers as severely.

Friday's TV

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Continuing a trend for this week, there are no games on the schedule.

Upside: Our Rich Heritage

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Their Words "From Pelé and Messing to Chinaglia, Carlos Alberto and Beckenbauer, the Cosmos have always stood for excellence. While we celebrate and embrace our rich heritage, we hope you'll join us as we create new memories. We're excited about this first step and we'll have more announcements and information regarding the team and our home stadium in the very near future.

Questions: Styles of Play

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By Tony Edwards - San Jose, CA (July 12, 2012) US Soccer Players -- In Thursday's edition, Tony looks at styles of play in Major League Soccer from a few angles. What a coach won't accept, what stats really mean, and how long a team waits for plans to come into focus. Which MLS head coach promises his team won't be parking the bus to get a result?

Rose City Revamp

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By Jason Davis - WASHINGTON, DC (July 12, 2012) US Soccer Players -- John Spencer's hiring as head coach of the expansion Portland Timbers back in the winter of 2010 was one of those decisions that almost made too much sense. Spencer is one of those guys. He knows Major League Soccer. He played here.

Sporting - Seattle for the Open Cup

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Sporting Kansas City will host the Seattle Sounders on August 8th at Livestrong Sporting Park in the US Open Cup final. Both teams advanced on Wednesday with Kansas City beating Philadelphia 2-0 at PPL Park and Seattle dominating Chivas USA 4-1 at the Starfire Sports Complex. In front of 8,486 in Chester, Kansas City's Jacob Peterson opened the scoring in the 65th minute with Graham Zusi making it 2-0 Sporting three minutes into stoppage time.

Toronto 3 - Vancouver 2

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Toronto FC picked up three points in the only game on Major League Soccer's Wednesday schedule. Vancouver got on the board first, with Darren Mattocks scoring in the 50th minute. Luis Silva equalized for Toronto in the 68th minute and Torsten Frings put them in the lead four minutes later. Vancouver's Darren Mattocks equalized a minute into stoppage time, with Terry Dunfield pulling off the unlikely winner for Toronto in the 95th minute.

Thursday's TV

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No games today.

Upside: Big Tradition

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Their Words "It's always a great experience to change club and to change to a new country. In Germany they say the Premier League is the best league in the world and for me it is a great honour to be at a big Club with a big tradition like Fulham. I hope I can help Fulham progress in the right direction.

A Place to Play

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By Charles Boehm - WASHINGTON, DC (July 5, 2012) US Soccer Players -- United States National Team captain Carlos Bocanegra made a bit of a splash this week, taking a VIP turn at baseball's All-Star Game festivities in Kansas City and appearing in ESPN's attention-grabbing "Body Issue." Both are mainstream media hits that probably offer welcome diversions from the ongoing ambiguity about the future of his bankrupt Scottish club, Rangers FC.

MLS and the Transfer Window

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (July 11, 2012) US Soccer Players – As we wait for the fun and games of the summer transfer market 2012 edition, most of the talk in Major League Soccer is about business as usual. That means figuring out if a foreign club will pay the League enough to transfer a player.

Wednesday's TV

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Upside: Expanding its brand

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Their Words "The opportunity to partner with Will and Jason brings exciting possibilities," said Thohir. "D.C. United is a club with great tradition and history of winning. I am looking forward to helping with the continued development of D.C. United both on and off he field as well as expanding its reach as a global brand.

Questions: Stadium Streaks

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By Tony Edwards - San Jose, CA (July 10, 2012) US Soccer Players -- In Tuesday's edition, Tony looks at how long it has been since the Red Bulls won in New England, studies how likely it is that a two-time Player of the Month will win the MVP award, and plays an interesting game of Vermes or Cruyff. When is the last time the New Jersey MLS franchise won a League game at Gillette.

Talking with soccer artist Tim Bradford

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By Cesar Diaz - NEW YORK, NY (July 10, 2012) US Soccer Players -- Anyone who reads When Saturday Comes (WSC), Britain's leading independent football magazine is aware of the publication's quality of articles as well as art work. Long before blogs became a norm, WSC mission since 1986 was to connect with passionate and serious football supporters.

Major League Soccer's mixed message

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (July 10, 2012) US Soccer Players – Though it seems like we're suddenly a site devoted to whatever is happening with the Montreal Impact, they're the latest club to get looks of concern from those following the attendance table. Montreal has a rebuilt stadium and not enough willing fans to fill it.

Video: Bocanegra interview

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Tuesday's TV

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No games today.

Upside: With the Energy

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Their Words "We could have gotten a tie, but we are without six regulars. I cannot expect much more from these guys. They did what they could do with the energy they showed in the second half. Of course, we are too short-handed." NY coach Hans Backe. Other Sources MLS midseason awards ... and some second-half questions - from SI.

Tell Me About: Randers FC

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Charlie Davies has moved leagues, leaving France's Ligue 1 for Denmark's Superliga. Specifically, he's now a member of Randers FC, a club that hasn't been around very long. Here's what you need to know about Davies's new address. Why Are We Here? Every American soccer fan is familiar with the Charlie Davies story.

Saborio wins POTW

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Real Salt Lake's Alvaro Saborio is Major League Soccer's Player of the Week for Week 18. Saborio scored a hat-trick in RSL's 3-0 shutout of Portland over the weekend. Saborio got 11 of the 16 first-place votes. also receiving votes were Michael Farfan (3) and Robbie Keane and Joe Cannon with a vote each.

Week 18 Highlights

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All-Star Fan Voting

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On Sunday, we learned who the fans believe are Major League Soccer's All-Stars. Of course, this being MLS actually allowing those outside the confines of the League's payroll a meaningful say is a step too far. Fans are allowed to select what amounts to a ceremonial starting lineup, with the League quick to make clear might have very little to do with the squad that takes the field against Chelsea.

Italians in MLS

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By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (July 9, 2012) US Soccer Players -- Players from all over the world have called Major League Soccer home. MLS has been, and continues to be, a reflection of America. Hailing from South America, Europe, Africa and Asia, there have been many players – both good, bad and somewhere in between – who have signed with teams since the League's inception in 1996.

MLS Week 18: All-Star Announcement

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We'll start with the big reveal during halftime of Sunday's Chicago - LA game. Your 2012 MLS All-Star First XI (as voted by the fans) are: Jimmy Nielsen, Steven Beitashour, Aurelien Collin, Jay DeMerit, Heath Pearce, Danid Beckham, Dwayne De Rosario, Landon Donovan, Graham Zusi, Thierry Henry, and Chris Wondolowski.

Weekend TV: Viva MLS

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Saturday brings us Seattle - Colorado at 11pm on NBC Sports Network. On Sunday, it's Chicago - LA at 3pm on ESPN and New England - NY on Galavision at 7pm. No games on the schedule for Monday. All Times Eastern

Upside: Wealth of Experience

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Their Words "We were looking for a trainer with a wealth of experience, with personal and technical expertise. Van Gaal earned his spurs not only nationally, but internationally as well and we know him as a dedicated and highly driven coach." KNVB director Bert van Oostveen. Other Sources Tim Howard eyes future MLS return - from Fox Soccer's Ives Galarcep: "but that's something I'd like to do long term.

Up for Grabs

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By Dario Camacho - MIAMI, FL (July 6, 2012) US Soccer Players -- A few weeks ago, I wrote about Real Salt Lake's rise to the top of the Major League Soccer standings. Finally, a team that seemed ahead of the pack, demonstrating skill, proving their worth to be the true contenders for the Supporters Shield and MLS Cup.

Rangers anywhere but the Premier League

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (July 6, 2012) US Soccer Players – Oh Scotland, what are you really thinking? Our friends north of Hadrian's Wall are losing the plot over Rangers in all directions. Allow them back into the Scottish Premier League, and some would have the basic integrity of that august competition crumbling.

MLS Disciplinary Committee acts against LA, Montreal

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Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder David Beckham, LA coach Bruce Arena, and Montreal coach Jesse Marsch were all sanctioned by Major League Soccer's Disciplinary Committee, MLS has announced. Beckham will miss one game and pay a fine for "his confrontational and provocative behavior during and immediately following the Galaxy's 4-3 loss at San Jose on June 30th.

IFAB Rules on Goal-Line Technology

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The International Football Association Board ruled on Thursday that goal-line technology will be implemented. The ruling stressed that the two technical solutions will only be used for goal-line rulings. The IFAB also approved the two additional assistant referees that have been in place for the UEFA club tournaments and Euro 2012.

Friday's TV

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No games on the schedule for your Friday.

Upside: It's Football

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Their Words "Players in comfort zones, players understanding what they're doing, knowing their role and knowing their job. The beauty about it is everybody knows what your job is, and if you don't do it, you get told. It's football." Toronto coach Paul Mariner. Other Sources Alexi Lalas Has No Regrets About Bringing David Beckham to Major League Soccer - from NESN's Marcus Kwesi O'Mard: "It really informed me in a way that I hadn't.

Wondolowski wins Player of the Month

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San Jose Earthquakes forward Chris Wondolowski is Major League Soccer's Player of the Month for June, MLS announced on Thursday. Wondolowski scored three goals in three games in June. This is his second award this season, also winning in April

Questions: Of Montreal

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By Tony Edwards - San Jose, CA (July 3, 2012) US Soccer Players –Thursday's questions, where we study Montreal's response to already declining attendance and other issues around Major League Soccer. Where's the new franchise/new stadium buzz gone in Montreal? With an announced attendance of 13,400 against Houston on June 23rd, 14,400 against Toronto on the 27th, and last night's 12.

What we can - and can't - learn from Spain's Euro conquest

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By Charles Boehm - WASHINGTON, DC (July 5, 2012) US Soccer Players -- Spain's triumphant defense of their European Championship trophy would seem to offer telling vindication of US Soccer's recent rejiggering of their long-term player development strategies. Besides the comforting fact that the USA, shock 2-0 winners over Spain in the 2009 Confederations Cup, remain the only opponents since 2006 to defeat the world champs in the knockout phase of a major tournament, the.

MLS Results: Stalling in the West

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The Fourth of July games presented more questions than answers on Wednesday. Sporting KC got a 3-1 win over Montreal at Saputo Stadium. Patrice Bernier opened the scoring for the home side in the 49th minute, but that was it for the Impact offense. Kansas City equalized through Kei Kamara in the 57th and went ahead from a Graham Zusi goal in the 75th minute.

CONCACAF confirms meeting with CONMEBOL

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On Wednesday, CONCACAF announced that president Jeffrey Webb and vice-president and Mexico Football Federation president Justino Compean were in Brazil to meet with the executive committee of CONMEBOL, South American soccer's governing body. On the agenda is "a special Copa America in 2016 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of CONMEBOL that would involve CONCACAF's partnership and participation, referee development, technical programs and other synergies.

Thursdays TV

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Mexico's Olympic team plays Leon at 8:30pm ET on TeleFutura.

Upside: Something Special

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Their Words "We are a good team with a great attitude. We take one game at a time and I feel that this team has something special. You know a lot of teams would hang their head after a loss like this. We just keep our heads looking forward and continue to push." San Jose forward Alan Gordon. Other Sources The Best Ever MLS Game?

MLS on the Fourth of July

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By Jason Davis - WASHINGTON, DC (July 4, 2012) US Soccer Players -- The Fourth of July, right in the middle of the Major League Soccer calendar, with a national celebration as a backdrop, seems tailor-made for MLS. For many years, record attendances around the League were tied to Independence Day celebrations.

MLS: San Jose Stalls In Portland

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Two games from Tuesday night, with Houston and Chicago ending scoreless in front of 22,039 at BBVA Stadium. Chicago finished with only one shot on goal from six taken. Houston did one better, but needed 13 shots to produce those two chances. In Portland, the Timbers beat the team with the best record in Major League Soccer with a 2-1 win over San Jose at Jeld-Wen Field .

July 2012 FIFA Ranking

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The United States dropped to 36th in the FIFA World Ranking released on Wednesday. The United States beat Antigua and Barbuda and drew with Guatemala in World Cup Qualifying during the rankings period. Mexico is 19th, followed by Panama in 48th and Costa Rica in 57th. Five CONCACAF teams are between 63rd and 68th.

Wednesdays TV

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Fox Deportes has the deciding leg of the Copa Libertadores final: Corinthians – Boca Juniors at 8:30pm ET. The first-leg finished 1-1.

Upside: Be Here

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Their Words "Yes, when I was young I had a Boca poster in my bedroom. I was fascinated by the team, the kit and the players, and it's amazing to be here now." Boca Juniors forward Santiago Silva. Other Sources Portland Timbers eager to move past loss to Colorado - from The Oregonian's Geoffrey C Arnold: they've got enough problems of their own.

Questions: RSL and Montreal

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By Tony Edwards - San Jose, CA (July 3, 2012) US Soccer Players -- In Tuesday's edition, Tony looks at the reactions from two MLS coaches after results didn't go their way. After their third consecutive loss, how is RSL coach Jason Kreis feeling about his team? "I still believe in this group," Kreis told the Salt Lake Tribune.

Wynalda Takes Over Atlanta

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US National Team alum Eric Wynalda is the new interim head coach and ‘team advisor' for the Atlanta Silverbacks, the North American Soccer League club announced on Monday. Wynalda replaces former head coach Alex Pineda Chacon. He will take over "all team-related decisions effective immediately and that will include finding a permanent head coach for the club.

Chicago At Work

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (July 3, 2012) US Soccer Players – Major League Soccer has seven games on the schedule over the next two days, and another opportunity for a team or two to separate themselves. Up first is an unlikely choice. Houston plays Chicago in a game that could give us enough to argue one or the other as the true contender in the Eastern Conference.

Kick interviews Jozy Altidore

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Tuesday's TV

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No games today.

Upside: Underlined The Importance

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Their Words "It has not been an easy task to finalise my squad for this tournament, and the stature of the competition and uniqueness of the occasion has underlined the importance of every choice I have made." Team GB men's coach Stuart Pearce. Other Sources DC heed Olsen's call to be better in possession in big win - from MLSsoccer.

Koevermans Wins POTW

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Toronto's Danny Koevermans is Major League Soccer's Player of the Week, MLS announced on Monday. Koevermans scored against Montreal in a 3-0 win and against New York in a 1-1 draw. Koevermans received five first-place votes, one more than Toronto teammate Torsten Frings. Sean Johnson got three votes for shutting out Kansas City on Friday.

MLS Week 17: San Jose's Game

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The San Jose Earthquakes were the ones making a major statement in Week 17, knocking off the resurgent Los Angeles Galaxy 4-3 in front of a massive crowd at Stanford Stadium. On a night where the promise of fireworks helped swell the gate to 50,391. Steven Lenhart opened the scoring for the Quakes in the 7th minute, with David Beckham equalizing in the 31st.

Corner: Coach Comments

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If you've watched your share of Premier League soccer, you've seen the manager stand in front of a backdrop with a blend of club and sponsor logos trying to say as little as possible. If the referee had a bad game, we'll hear all about that. There will likely be a nod along with a sympathetic journalist allowing the great man more than enough room to belabor the fate of his team.

What We Learned from EURO 2012

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (June 29, 2012) US Soccer Players – It's easy enough to allow Sunday's lopsided Euro 2012 final to overshadow the entire tournament. Yes, Spain once again showed it's them and everybody else at European level and likely the world. We get that, but what else can we take from the European Championships?