USSoccerPlayers Archives for January 2012

Friday's TV: Super Cup

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UEFA's Super Cup is on Fox Soccer at 2:30pm: Chelsea - Atletico Madrid. Bundesliga on GolTV: Mainz - Greuth Furth at 2:30pm. NBC Sports Network has Portland - Colorado at 10:30pm. Liga MX on Univision Deportes: Tijuana - Jaguares at 8:30pm. On Fox Deportes: Morelia - UNAM Pumas at 10:30pm. All Times Eastern

Upside: A little bit

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Their Words "I lost my temper a little bit there, lost my head. If there's cameras in here, someone's has to be laughing at me, because I was going crazy." Columbus Crew defender Josh Williams. Other Sources D.C. United vs. New York Red Bulls: Dwayne De Rosario scores 100th MLS goal, but Wilman Conde equalizes late - from The Washington Post's Steven Goff: At the top of the box, De Rosario met the ball an.

Questions: Standings and tickets

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By Tony Edwards - San Jose, CA (Aug 30, 2012) US Soccer Players -- In Thursday's column, Tony asks what the Revolution needs to do after Wednesday's collapse, questions the ethics of consulting with a coach under contract to another entity, and wonders if Montreal will raise attendance by lowering ticket prices.

Champions League: Group stage announced

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UEFA completed the draw for the 2012-13 Champions League group stage. National Teamer Jermaine Jones and Schalke 04 were drawn into Group B with Arsenal, Olympiacos, and Montpellier. Michael Parkhurst's Nordsjaelland will play Chelsea, Shakhtar Donetsk, and Juventus in Group E. Group A FC Porto (POR) FC Dynamo Kyiv (UKR) Paris Saint-Germain FC (FRA) GNK Dinamo Zagreb (CRO) Group B Arsenal FC (ENG) FC Schalke 04 (GER) Olympiacos FC (GRE) Montpellier Hérault (FRA) Group C.

Pappa leaves Chicago for Heerenveen

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Plans change, and the Chicago Fire's Marco Pappa is now a member of Eredivisie club Heerenveen rather than waiting until after the Major League Soccer season. "This was a very difficult decision to make, however, we feel it is the best move for the club and the player at this time," Chicago president Javier Leon said in a press statement.

Jamaica announces roster

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Jamaica has called in 24 players for the two World Cup Qualifiers against the United States in September. The squad includes nine players based in Major League Soccer. GK: Dwayne Miller (Syrianska, Sweden), Duwayne Kerr (Strommen, Norway), Jacomeno Barrett (Montego Bay United, Jamaica) DEF: Jermaine Taylor (Houston Dynamo, USA), Adrian Mariappa (Reading FC, England), Dicoy Williams (Toronto FC, Canada), Andrae Campbell (Nottodden SK, Norway), Nyron Nosworthy (Watford FC, England), Shavar Thomas (Montreal Impact, Canada), Lovel.

Celtic 2 - Helsingborg 0

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Alejandro Bedoya got the start as Helsingborg exited the Champions League at Celtic Park. Already leading 3-0, Celtic continued their shutout with goals from Gary Hooper (30th) and Victor Wanyama (88th). Also on Wednesday, Everton beat Leyton Orient 5-0 in the League Cup. Tim Howard was on the bench for Everton.

The return of Toja

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By Jason Davis - WASHINGTON, DC (Aug 30, 2012) US Soccer Players -- There's something of the prodigal son about Juan Toja, the former FC Dallas midfielder signed this week by the New England Revolution. Toja is returning to the League that gave him his jump-started his career and sent him forth into the world of European soccer.

MLS: De Ro Scores

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At RFK Stadium, Joel Lindpere had New York up a goal in the 19th minute. It took DC two minutes to pull level through Nich DeLeon. DC would take the lead when Dwayne De Rosario scored his 100th MLS goal in the 68th. Wilman Conde equalized for the Red Bulls in the 88th. The ball is in the air and I figured I'm either going to wake up tomorrow and wonder what happened or I'll.

CCL: LA 4 - Puerto Rico 0

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A version of the Los Angeles Galaxy that bore little resemblance to their regular lineup had no trouble with the Puerto Rico Islanders in CONCACAF Champions League play. Tommy Meyer opened the scoring for LA in the 7th minute. Jose Villarreal scored in the 46th, and Jack McBean added a third in the 80th minute.

MLS fines Olsen, Dallas

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Major League Soccer's Disciplinary Committee announced on Wednesday that DC United coach Ben Olsen had been fined for critical comments concerning the officiating following DC's August 19th game against Philadelphia. The Disciplinary Committee also announced that FC Dallas was fined for "improper bench behavior" against Real Salt Lake on August 17th.

Thursday's TV

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Europa League on Fox Soccer: Liverpool - Hearts at 3pm. Inter Milan - Vaslui is on beIN Sport at 2:45pm. CONCACAF Champions League on Fox Soccer and Univision Deportes: Caledonia - Seattle at 8pm and Olimpia - Houston at 10pm. Univision Deportes 2 has Tauto - Herediano at 8pm. Copa MX on Univision Deportes: Atlas - Cruz Azul at 12pm.

Upside: The result we need

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Their Words "Back in '99, I think we were just expected to go and score every time we had the ball, but nowadays I think fans appreciate we'll play a certain way in order to get the result we need." retired Manchester United goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel. Other Sources Real Salt Lake's game preparation is a 24-hour commitment - from The Salt Lake Tribune's Martin Renzhofer: preparation becomes even more important.

Williams optimistic, but pragmatic about Reggae Boyz

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By Charles Boehm - WASHINGTON, DC (Aug 29, 2012) US Soccer Players -- With the clock ticking down towards next month's USA - Jamaica World Cup qualifiers, I sought out the perspectives of one person with as much knowledge of the two nations' footballing fortunes as anyone: retired Jamaican midfielder Andy Williams.

CCL: Toronto 1 - Santos Laguna 3

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Herculez Gomez started and played 76 minutes for Santos Laguna in an away win in the CONCACAF Champions League group stage. Santos led from the 49th minute when Darwin Quintero scored. Toronto equalized through Quincy Amarikwa in the 68th, but Santos scored twice in stoppage time to take the game. Daniel Luduena got a 90th minute goal and Candido Ramirez added Santos Laguna's third in the 92nd.

Anderlecht advances, Spector scores

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Sacha Klejstan got the start in the second-leg of Anderlecht's Champions League playoff series with AEL. Anderlecht won 2-0 on the night, 3-2 on aggregate to qualify for the group stage. Deiudonne Mbokani opened the scoring in the 81st minute and Oleksandr Yakovenko scored in the 89th. Kljestan was yellow carded in stoppage time.

Wednesday's TV

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Champions League on Fox Soccer: Celtic - Helsingborg at 2pm and Fenerbache - Spartak Moscow at 5pm (2pm on Fox Soccer Plus). CONCACAF Champions League on Fox Soccer: Los Angeles - Puerto Rico at 10pm. Copa Sudamericana on Fox Deportes: Independiente - Boca Juniors at 6pm. MLS on Galavision: DC - NY at 8pm.

Upside: Played in MLS

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Their Words "He's not only played in MLS and is familiar with the league, but he's also been very successful in MLS. We believe he'll be a valuable player for us." New England GM Michael Burns. Other Sources Trash-talking Herculez haunts TFC - from the Toronto Sun's Kurtis Larson: He backed it up. Sporting's Bunbury tears knee ligaments, will miss rest of season - from the Kansas City Star's Tod Palmer: "I talked to him.

Questions: League Leaders

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By Tony Edwards - San Jose, CA (Aug 28, 2012) US Soccer Players -- In Tuesday's column, Tony looks at unexpected ways Montreal is leading the League, salutes Dwayne DeRosario, and suggests DC United's executives might know better than to complain about the scheduling. While Montreal might rue dropped points earlier in the season in terms of playoff qualification, what three races are they easily winning this season?

The MLS Goalkeeper in 2012

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (Aug 28, 2012) US Soccer Players – If you've paid any attention at all to Major League Soccer this season, you might have noticed what we'll politely refer to as 'creative' goalkeeping decisions. Once upon a time, MLS was a league where a team had to work at it to have an unreliable goalkeeper.

Week 25 Highlights

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Bunbury out with knee injury

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Teal Bunbury will miss the rest of the 2012 season after tearing his anterior cruciate ligament against New York on Sunday night. The Sporting Kansas City forward is scheduled for surgery on Friday and will need six to eight months of recovery.

Tuesday's TV: Champions Leagues

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UEFA Champions League on Fox Soccer: Udinese - Braga at 2:30pm and Anderlecht - Limassol at 5pm 2:30pm on Fox Soccer Plus). CONCACAF Champions League on Fox Soccer and Univision Deportes: Toronto - Santos Laguna at 8pm. Univision Deportes has Real Esteli - Alajuelense at 10pm. Copa Mexico on ESPN Deportes: La Piedad - Universidad de Guadalajara at 5pm, Celaya - Merida at 8pm, and Leon - Monaracas at 10pm.

Higuain wins POTW

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Columbus forward Federico Higuain is Major League Soccer's Player of the Week, MLS announced on Monday. Higuain had a goal and an assist in the Crew's Wednesday win over Toronto and scored two goals in their 4-3 win over New England on Saturday. Higuain received 10 of the 22 first-place votes. Seattle's Fredy Montero got nine, with Higuain's teammate Jairo Arrieta picking up two and San Jose's Alan Gordon receiving one.

Upside: The more I play

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Their Words "Obviously, the more I play with the guys, the better our understanding will be. So, hopefully today was the first step, and now we can hopefully build upon that and continue to get better collectively." Stoke City defender Geoff Cameron. Other Sources San Jose announce groundbreaking date for new stadium - from MLSsoccer.

Corner: Bundesliga

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The Bundesliga season started over the weekend, and short a homage to the old Soccer Made in Germany show on public television, it's worth asking about that league's appeal in the United States. In recent years, it's never been exactly high. The language barrier looms, even with the connections to American players.

The playoff race

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (Aug 27, 2012) US Soccer Players – Call it the pull towards mediocrity. Major League Soccer's odd version of parity is once again calling good teams into question while making sure there's no gap at the top of the table. With the top three even on games played, there's five points between first and third.

MLS Week 25: Goals galore

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Imagine you're attending your first Major League Soccer game in San Jose, Columbus, or you were off to see Chivas USA this weekend. What you got were goals, lots of them. Now, imagine your surprise when you figure out this isn't MLS as usual. What? This isn't a league where teams regularly combine for 5, 7, and 8 goal games?

National Teamers Abroad: Stoke

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The big news over the weekend is Stoke City moving for Maurice Edu. Though the move has yet to become official, Stoke City has confirmed they've agreed to personal terms with Edu and are waiting on a work permit. Fellow American Geoff Cameron had a strong debut for Stoke in a scoreless draw with Arsenal, earning praise from Stoke manager Tony Pulis.

KickTV: Herculez Gomez goes home

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Weekend TV: Euro starts

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Saturday Premier League on ESPN2: Swansea - West Ham at 7:30am. Fox Soccer has Manchester United - Fulham at 9:30am, Chelsea - Newcastle at noon, Aston Villa - Everton at 2:30pm, and Southampton - Wigan at 5pm. On Fox Soccer Plus: Spurs - WBA at 9:45am and Norwich - QPR at 4pm. Championship on beIN Sport: Blackburn - Leicester at 10am.

KickTV's Bundesliga preview

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Upside: For the want of trying

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Their Words "We've got a lot of work to do," admitted the boss in his pre-match press conference. "There's absolutely no doubt about that. But for us it won't be for the want of trying. The players here have got a great focus and an incredible attitude. They are very determined and have a real drive to make the supporters proud.

Holden progressing

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Speaking to the club's official site, Bolton manager Owen Coyle said midfielder Stuart Holden was continuing to push to full fitness. "It's one of those ones that we have to do in Stuart's own time," he said. "We have to give him as much time as we can until he feels that both physically and mentally it's time for him to step things up.

Tell Me About: Helsingborg

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So is it Helsingborg or Helsingborgs? Only on Tuesday, sometimes on Thursday, and never on Friday. Or, to put it another way, it's interchangeable when referring to the soccer team and always Helsingborg when referring to the city. Why Are We Here? In the aftermath of Rangers getting dropped from the Scottish Premier League to the Third Division, players started looking for new clubs.

The continuing story of the Champions League

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (Aug 22, 2012) US Soccer Players – We'll start by picking up on the CONCACAF Champions League conversation from Wednesday. The quick version can be summarized by Los Angeles Galaxy coach Bruce Arena. Following last night's game, he somewhat rhetorically asked: "I sometimes wonder why we spend all the resources and time we do in this competition when sometimes it looks really bizarre.

Europa League: Hannover wins

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Steve Cherundolo started for Hannover 96 in their 5-3 win over Slask in Wroclaw. Hannover's Leon Andreasen opened the scoring in the 7th minute and Jan Schlaudraff doubled the lead in the 25th. Slask pulled a goal back in the 34th, but it was 3-1 Hannover when Lars Stindl scored in the 40th minute. Slask came back in the second-half, scoring in the 54th and equalizing in the 61st.

CCL: LA wins

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The Los Angeles Galaxy beat Metapan 5-2 in CONCACAF Champions League play on Thursday night at the Home Depot Center, but it took a quick comeback. Metapan opened the scoring in the 17th minute, giving up an own-goal equalizer three minutes later. Robbie Keane put LA ahead in the 22nd, with David Beckham scoring in the 45th minute.

Friday's TV

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Ligue 1 on beIN Sport: Evian - Lyon at 2:45pm. NBC Sports Network has Philadelphia - Real Salt Lake at 7:30pm. Liga MX on Fox Deportes: Jaguares - Queretaro at 8:30pm. All Times Eastern

Upside: Exact opposite

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Their Words "It was the exact opposite I asked for in the dressing room. If you don't close people down, you're going to get punished." Toronto coach Paul Mariner. Other Sources Looking ahead to U.S. World Cup qualifying - from Soccernet's Jeff Carlisle: The Americans knew to a man that they had ridden the defend-and-counter playbook to perfection.

Questions: Quote of the year

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In Thursday's edition, Tony highlights a contender for quote of the year as Salt Lake gets their Champions League campaign back in order, handicaps the race for the last playoff spot in the Western Conference, and hangs a corner for Jaime Moreno to drive home. If you have to be missing three center backs, is playing a non-Mexican team at home in the Champions League a good way to regain some confidence?

Reggae Boyz seeking their own breakthrough

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By Charles Boehm - WASHINGTON, DC (Aug 23, 2012) US Soccer Players -- Last week the United States broke a 75-year winless streak on Mexican soil with its 1-0 friendly win in Mexico City, providing a timely boost for both the team and its supporters ahead of next month's brace of CONCACAF World Cup qualifiers against Jamaica.

Columbus, DC win

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It was the Eastern Conference filling out the two-game Wednesday schedule for Major League Soccer. Columbus beat Toronto 2-1 in front of 10,049 at Crew Stadium. Eddie Gaven opened the scoring in the 4th minute for the home side, with Federico Higuain making it 2-0 in the 58th. Luis Silva scored for Toronto in the 71st.

UCL: AEL 2 - Anderlecht 1

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Sacha Kljestan's Anderlecht face a one goal deficit after losing the first-leg of their UEFA Champions League playoff series with AEL at Tsirion Stadium in Cyprus. Anderlecht equalized through a Deiudonne Mbokani goal in the 62nd minute, but AEL scored their winner in the 73rd. Anderlecht's Milan Jovanovic was sent off in the 75th minute.

CCL: FAS 1 - Houston 3

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The Houston Dynamo had little trouble adding three more points to their CONCACAF Champions League group stage total at the expense of CD FAS at the Estadio Custcatlan. Brian Ching opened the scoring for Houston in the 12th minute with Cam Weaver doubling the lead seven minutes later. Je-Vaughn Watson made it 3-0 in the 60th minute.

Thursday's TV

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CONCACAF Champions League on Fox Soccer and Galavision: LA - Metapan at 10pm. Univision Deportes has Chorillo - Municipal at 8pm. Europa League on Fox Soccer: Hearts - Liverpool at 2:30pm. On beIN Sport: Red Star - Bordeaux at 3pm. Spain's Super cup on ESPN Deportes: Barcelona - Real Madrid at 4:30pm.

Upside: One thing

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Their Words "I continue to believe that they are a big part of every success we've had here at Rio Tinto Stadium. We couldn't be more happy with the number of fans, and how passionate they are, especially at the beginning of the games. It feels like a big surge of momentum when they're singing the song and it's awesome.

beIN Sport schedules Qualifiers

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The USA's away World Cup Qualifiers and all of the qualifiers for every other CONCACAF team except the United States and Mexico will be shown on beIN Sport, the network announced earlier today. "By securing these exclusive TV rights, beIN SPORT again shows why it's the place for U.S. fans to be in the best soccer action in the world," beIN Sport managing director Yousef Al Obaidly said in a press release.

KickTV's Serie A preview

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Brooks Peck and the lighter side of soccer

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By Dario Camacho - MIAMI, FL (Aug 22, 2012) US Soccer Players -- One of the oddest, and funniest, things I ever read online was a story about Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez. The story's title read like this: Chicharito is...The Baby Killer. The main picture of the article was a cover of a Mexican newspaper describing, in poor translation, the newly christened nickname given to Chicharito (which apparently never existed in the first place), a nickname.

The reality of Yanks Abroad

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By Jason Davis - WASHINGTON, DC (Aug 22, 2012) US Soccer Players -- Among the many duties of the serious American soccer fan - right along with advocating for the perpetual shakeup of the youth ranks, pondering the wisdom of switches to any number of European-styles competitive formats, and bemoaning the predominance of fast and physical players - is the near-obsessive tracking of how Americans are doing in the far flung leagues of the world.

Placing the Champions League

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (Aug 22, 2012) US Soccer Players – There's an idea in play across North and Central America that a tournament can be invested with meaning simply because it exists. That's certainly the carryover from the breadth of the CONCACAF Champions League, a tournament that requires multiple teams and multiple steps to figure out which Liga MX club will represent the Confederation at FIFA's Club World Cup.

Field Level: Mexico 0 - USA 1

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CCL: Santos Laguna and RSL win

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Herculez Gomez subbed on in the 66th minute for Santos Laguna in their 5-0 win over Aguila in the CONCACAF Champions League group stage. Santos was ahead in the 6th minute when Darwin Quintero scored. Quintero scored again in the 26th. Four minutes later, it was 3-0 from an Edgar Lugo goal. Daniel Luduena scored Santos's fourth goal in the 41st minute, with Quintero finishing off his hat-trick and the scoring in the 47th minute.

Helsingborg loses and Championship results

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Alejandro Bedoya got the start on a tough night for Helsingborg in the playoff stage of the UEFA Champions League. Celtic opened the scoring in the 2nd minute and doubled their lead in the 75th at Olympic Stadium. They now carry that advantage back to Celtic Park for the second leg. "The job is only half done," Celtic manager Neil Lennon said.

Wednesday's TV: Midweek EPL and Recopa

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Premier League on ESPN2: Chelsea - Reading at 2:30pm. Champions League on Fox Soccer: Braga- Udinese at 2pm. Fox Soccer Plus has Limassol - Anderlecht at 2pm (5pm on Fox Soccer). The Recopa Sudamericana starts tonight on Fox Deportes: Universidad de Chile - Santos at 9pm. The second leg isn't until September 26th.

Upside: Pretty good game

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Their Words "I think it was a pretty good game actually. We had plenty of possession and made some great openings without actually finishing them. But I have no criticism of my team tonight, they applied themselves well." Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson. Other Sources Mexico-USA is prime-time hit - from Soccer America's Paul Kennedy: Univision averaged more than 4.

Questions: Seattle's weekend

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By Tony Edwards - San Jose, CA (Aug 21, 2012) US Soccer Players -- In Tuesday's column, Tony looks at a good weekend for Seattle and puts Chivas USA's lack of production in historical perspective. Best weekend ever for the Sounders? Of course not, since they didn't win a title or a cup, but it wasn't bad.

Tell Me About: Recopa Sudamericana

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On Wednesday, South America's version of the Super Cup kicks off at the Estadio Nacional in Santiago, Chile. The two-leg competition is a meeting of the 2011 Copa Libertadores champions Santos and Copa Sudamericana winners Universidad de Chile, South America's equivalent of the Champions League and the Europa League.

Everton 1 - Manchester United 0

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Tim Howard needed four saves to shutout Manchester United, with Everton opening their 2012-13 Premier League season with a win at Goodison Park. Marouane Fellaini scored the game's only goal in the 57th minute. Everton outshot United 18 to 14, putting seven shots on frame to United's four. "You can't take anything away from how Everton played tonight or how the team performed and how we defended when we had to," manager David Moyes said.

Tuesday's TV: Champs Leagues

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UEFA Champions League on Fox Soccer Plus: Spartak Moscow - Fenerbache at 12pm. On Fox Soccer: Helsinborg - Celtic at 2:30pm. Fox Sports Net has Borussia Moenchengladbach - Dinamo Kiev at 2:45pm. Copa Sudamericana on Fox Deportes: Sao Paulo - Bahia at 8:15pm and Universidad San Martin - Emelec at 10:30pm.

Upside: Whoever you play

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Their Words "The way we are performing away we would have lost the game for sure. So, but I think also being in this home stretch, winning most of the games, (we) have to kind of believe that you can win every game, whoever you play." New York coach Hans Backe. Other Sources The Impact is for real - from The Montreal Gazette's Pat Hickey: but tonight we didn't back down.

Ferreira wins POTW

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FC Dallas midfielder David Ferreira won Major League Soccer's Player of the Week award for Week 24. Ferreira had a goal and three assists in two games. Dallas beat Vancouver and Real Salt Lake. This is Ferreira's second Player of the Week win.

Week 24 Highlights

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Corner: Referees... again

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Major League Soccer is once again facing an interesting scenario courtesy of the referees. Do they enforce the idea that refereeing decisions can't be criticized by coaches and club personnel even in the face of evidence that the comments are warranted? Or is Week 24 the week where the League decides it's time for a reality check?

What Ever Happened To: Hank Steinbrecher

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By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Aug 20, 2012) US Soccer Players – Hank Steinbrecher has been a ubiquitous presence on the American soccer scene for the past few decades. Elected as a builder into the National Soccer Hall of Fame in 2005, Steinbrecher was the recipient of this year's Werner Fricker award - the United States Soccer Federation's top honor.

MLS Week 24: Rough Night at RFK

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In what was supposed to be a must-win scenario for the Philadelphia Union on Sunday night at RFK Stadium, the points were split and the angst was raised. Brian Carroll opened the scoring for the Union in the 8th minute, and Philadelphia put the ball in the back of their own net in the 71st. DC thought they had already equalized, but the referee called off a 64th minute goal.

National Teamers Abroad: It's Altidore... again

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The start of the Premier League season might be the easy headline, but for Americans Abroad Jozy Alitdore's second double-goal game was the story. Altidore opened the scoring in AZ's 3-1 win over Heracles in the 16th minute. Maarten Martens doubled the lead ten minutes later. Heracles would get a goal back three minutes from time, but it would be Altidore again with a stoppage time goal.

Weekend TV: Premier League returns

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Saturday EPL on ESPN: Arsenal - Sunderland at 10am. On Fox Soccer: WBA - Liverpool at 9:30am, Newcastle - Spurs at 12pm, West Ham - Aston Villa at 2:30pm, and Reading - Stoke City at 4:30pm. Fox Soccer Plus has Fulham - Noreich City at 10am and QPR - Swansea at 3:30pm. SPL on FS+: Ross County - Celtic at 7am.

Upside: That freedom

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Their Words "I think if a player plays with fear, there's only one way he's going to go. There'll be times when you think 'what's he doing?' but you have to give them that freedom." Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert. Other Sources U.S. aims to close gap on Mexico, the world - from ESPNLosAngeles' Scott French: Now the U.

For MLS, digital is an attempt at filling the gaps

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By Dario Camacho - MIAMI, FL (Aug 10, 2012) US Soccer Players -- There is a gap that Major League Soccer is trying to bridge. Consider the nineteen existing teams as satellites floating on the vast landscape of North America. Each team is a self sufficient, independent identity, part of a set of niche markets that have entrenched soccer followers, groups, fans.

Everton's season

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (Aug 17, 2012) US Soccer Players – For those of you who aren't fans of the regular revolving contenders in England's Premier League, there's some good news for 2012-13. Though the dueling Manchesters will almost assuredly be competing for the title, the London contingent might not have done enough.

Ogunbiyi not joing New York

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The New York Red Bulls announced on Friday that defender Babajide Ogunbiyi will not be joining the club. "During our standard, thorough physical, our medical team noticed an issue regarding Jide's health," Red Bulls GM Erik Soler said in a press statement. "Over the past few weeks, Jide has consulted extensively with our doctors as well as other practitioners.

Friday's TV: Liga MX

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Ligue 1 on Univision Deportes: Lille - Nancy at 2pm. Tijuana - Tigres is on Univision Deportes at 8:30pm. Fox Deportes has Cruz Azul - Leon at 10:30pm. Same time for Morelia - Puebla on ESPN Deportes. All Times Eastern

Upside: A lot of everything

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Their Words "It takes a lot of everything. It takes a lot of hard work on a difficult field against a difficult opponent with difficult conditions. It takes belief and I think Jurgen did a great job this week of making us believe we can do it. It takes them missing some chances and us scoring the chance we got.

Video: Mexico - USA post-game

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Questions: Concussions

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By Tony Edwards - San Jose, CA (Aug 14, 2012) US Soccer Players -- In Thursday's column, Tony sees a US National Team player go down with a concussion and asks again how long it will take before MLS and FIFA put player health first. How many concussions is it going to take before MLS and FIFA change their substitution rules?

MLS: Draws and a win

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Major League Soccer scheduled three games for Wednesday's international match day. While Landon Donovan was playing the first half in the USA's win over Mexico, his Los Angeles Galaxy teammates were in Columbus drawing 1-1 with the Crew. Jairo Arrieta opened the scoring for the home side in the 47th minute with Robbie Keane equalizing in the 64th.

Five Things from Mexico

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (Aug 16, 2012) US Soccer Players – The United States won a game that many had already written off well before kickoff on Wednesday night at Azteca Stadium. Instead, a group of USA players decided why not now and why not us. The result was a reassessment of what was supposed to be taken for granted about a USA team on the road in Mexico City.

Highlights: Mexico 0 - USA 1

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Orozco's Goal

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Mexico 0 - USA 1

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The United States shutout Mexico on Wednesday night to record their first win at Estadio Azteca. Michael Orozco was the goal scoring hero for the USA, finishing off a sequence in front of the Mexico goal in the 80th minute that started with a run into the box from Brek Shea. Orozco had subbed on three minutes earlier.

Thursday's TV: Copa

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Copa Sudamericana on Fox Deportes: Universitario de Sucre - Liverpool (Uruguay) at 6pm and Lara - Tolima at 8:30pm ET.

Video: Herculez Gomez interview

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Upside: About the soccer

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Their Words "You want to handle yourself like you've been here before, and the reality is that you have butterflies in your stomach the first time you put on the crest. I was just excited to get out on the field and start playing. Once you're out there, you settle in and it just becomes about the soccer.

KickTV: Donovan interview

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Video: Imposing Azteca

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USA pre-game interviews

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Goals and Assists

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By Jason Davis - WASHINGTON, DC (Aug 15, 2012) US Soccer Players -- When Landon Donovan floated a cross to Dan Kennedy's back post - perfectly placed, just where an unmarked Juninho could side-foot it out of midair, redirecting it into the net for LA's third goal of the game - he officially passed DC United legend Jaime Moreno for fourth-place all-time on the MLS career assist list.

How to beat Mexico

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By Charles Boehm - WASHINGTON, DC (Aug 15, 2012) US Soccer Players -- We can all recite the Mexican capital's challenges by rote: severe altitude, smog, highly skilled opponents, sprawling stands packed with home fans. Their combined effect poses as tough a challenge for visiting teams as any in the global game, and they're always turned up to maximum settings when the Yanquis arrive.

CONCACAF signs deal with Fox Soccer

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CONCACAF has agreed to a four-year broadcast deal with Fox Soccer to show the Gold Cup and the CONCACAF Champions League in the United States, the confederation announced on Tuesday. The agreement begins with the current Champions League and runs through the 2015-16 competition. The 2013 and 2015 Gold Cups will also be shown on Fox Soccer.

Inside The Lines: USA training

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Week 23 Highlights

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KickTV: Gringos at Azteca

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Wednesday's TV: Azteca

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The Mexico - USA friendly is on ESPN2 and Univision at 8pm. Also on ESPN2: Germany - Argentina at 2:30pm. Univision Deportes has France - Uruguay at 3pm. Copa Sudamericana on Fox Deportes: LDU Loja - Monagas at 8pm. All Times Eastern

Video: National Team training

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Upside: Totally fearless

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Their Words "Abby Wambach is tougher than anyone in the MLS — she runs around like a cross between Troy Polamalu and Clint Eastwood circa 1973. Totally fearless. When she gets knocked down, she gets up ... and if she doesn't get up right away, you know she actually got hurt." Grantland's Bill Simmons.

National Team Players on Mexico - USA

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USA midfielder Maurice Edu On taking stock of the atmosphere provided by Estadio Azteca: "We're all aware of that. It's part and parcel of this fixture and it's something we get excited for. It's going to be a crazy environment. It's one of the biggest games for us and we use that as our own personal motivation.

Questions: Origin of the Attack

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By Tony Edwards - San Jose, CA (Aug 14, 2012) US Soccer Players -- In Tuesday's column, Tony looks at where to expect the play to develop if you're playing the Earthquakes and considers a couple of teams making late-season runs. During the San Jose – Seattle game on Saturday night from which direction did almost all of San Jose's attacks originate?

Scouting Report: Mexico

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By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Aug 14, 2012) US Soccer Players -- The USA returns to action on Wednesday where it will have to grapple with the altitude and pressure of the famed Estadio Azteca in a rare away friendly against rivals Mexico. This is the first exhibition game between the two nations on Mexican soil since 1984, a real opportunity for both squads a month before World Cup Qualifiers resume.

What's the point of August friendlies?

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (Aug 14, 2012) US Soccer Players – If you're a European club, there's a quick and abrupt answer. There is none. Surprisingly, FIFA actually listened and we only have one more year to enjoy watching the August date disrupt the early goings of the European seasons. Will any tears fall for a friendly date that seems designed to remind everyone that FIFA sets the schedule?

KickTV's Mexico - USA preview

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Tuesday's TV

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Copa Sudamericana onFox Deportes: Cerro Largo - Aurora at 5:30pm, Nacional - Irquique at 8pm, and Millonarios - Inti Gas at 10:30pm. All Times Eastern

Upside: First minute or the last

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Their Words "Whether it is the first minute or the last minute, we are playing hard and creating chances. We are playing for each other and we are having success. That shows at the end of games." San Jose forward Steven Lenhart. Other Sources Though painful to watch, Mexico's success helps the U.S. national team - from Goal.

Donovan wins POTW

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Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder Landon Donovan was named Major League Soccer's Player of the Week for Week 23, MLS announced on Monday. Donovan assisted on all four goals in LA's 4-0 shutout of Chivas USA on Sunday night. Donovan was Player of the Week for Week 16 and now has a career total of 14 POTW awards.

Corner: Rangers

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Balmoor Stadium on the northeast coast of Scotland has a listed capacity of 4,000 people with only a thousand of those seated. The reported attendance for Peterhead - Rangers was 4485, close but not enough to break the record set last January when Celtic showed up for a Cup game. That's nothing new for the Old Firm, but it's certainly new when a lower division has an Old Firm club on the schedule for an.

National Teamers Abroad: Altidore and Parkhurst in form

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Jozy Altidore and AZ Alkmaar might have been disappointed with a 2-2 draw against Ajax to open their Eredivisie season, but Altidore had a strong individual showing. With Ajax leading 1-0 in front of 48,412 at the Amsterdam ArenA, Altidore equalized in the 48th minute. AZ would take the lead two minutes later, and again it was Altidore with the goal.

MLS Week 23: The Clasico

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The only teams in Major League Soccer brave enough to share a stadium once again played out the problem with that setup. What happens when one team is noticeably better than the other? On Sunday night, the Los Angeles Galaxy surprised very few by beating Chivas USA, but it's how they did it that catches the rest of the League's attention.

USA roster for Mexico friendly

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22 players have been named to the squad for Wednesday's friendly against Mexico (8pm ET - ESPN2), US National Team coach Jurgen Klinsmann announced on Sunday. "We're excited about the opportunity to bring this group together and challenge Mexico for a win," Klinsmann said in a press statement. "For every game, we always look at who is in the best form, who is fit and who is ready to go.

Weekend TV: Gold, Shield, Cup

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Saturday Olympic gold medal game on MSNBC and Telemundo: Brazil-Mexico at 10am. ESPN2 has the Real Madrid - Celtic friendly at 2pm. ESPN Deportes has Dinamo Bucharest - Barcelona at 4pm. Ligue 1 on Univision Deportes: PSG - Lorient at 3pm and Nice - Ajaccio at 5pm. Liga MX on Univision: Club America - Atlas at 5:30pm.

Upside: Such a journey

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Their Words "It was such a journey. It was so emotional. It was up-and-down and we all did it together. We were such a unit and we leaned on each other when we needed to. We ended up on top and I'm so happy. We're the best in the world right now." USA forward Alex Morgan. Other Sources U.S. women played with a purpose - from espnW's Julie Foudy: .

Chivas USA's interesting additions

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By Dario Camacho - MIAMI, FL (Aug 10, 2012) US Soccer Players -- "He has been one of the most consistent players in this League. He brings his experience and he will help us make that final push for the playoffs and hopefully MLS Cup." That's Chivas USA's General Manager, Jose Domene, after acquiring former New England great Sharlie Joseph.

Wondolowski's charge

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By Zak Lee Rigg - LOS ANGELES, CA (Aug 10, 2012) US Soccer Players -- Sketched in tattoo ink across Chris Wondolowski's ribcage are the words "Bau Daigh." Pronounced Bowe Dye, it's the name of one of his ancestors, a Kiowa chief. It means "Warrior coming over the hill." It's fitting. When someone is charging a hill, before he crests, he's briefly invisible to those perched at the top.

UEFA announces Champions League pay-scale

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A team making the group stage of the 2012-13 UEFA Champions League will receive a minimum of €8.6 million before collecting their share of marketing money, European soccer's governing body announced on Friday. A group stage win is worth €1m with €500k for a draw. Advancing to the knockout stage earns a team a €3.

Mexico roster for USA friendly

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Mexico has announced their roster for the August 15th friendly against the United States at Azteca Stadium (8pm ET - ESPN2). GK: Guillermo Ochoa (Ajaccio, France), Alfredo Talavera (Toluca) MID: Francisco Javier Rodríguez (Stuttgart, Germany), Héctor Moreno (Espanyol, Spain), Severo Meza (Monterrey), Hugo Ayala (UANL Tigres), Jorge Torres Nilo (UANL Tigres), Enrique Pérez (Morelia), Adrian Aldrete (América MID: Jesús Zavala (Monterrey), Manuel Viniegra (UANL Tigres), Edgar Gerardo Lugo (Santos Laguna), Pablo Barrera (Cruz Azul), Andrés.

Europa: Hannover and Rapid advance

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Steve Cherundolo took his place in Hannover 96's starting eleven for the second-leg of their Europa League Third round qualifier. Hannover beat St Patricks 2-0 on the night, 5-0 on aggregate at AWD-Arena. Karim Haggui opened the scoring in the 32nd minute and Mario Eggimann followed in the 47th. Hannover will play Slask Warsaw in the next round.

Showing The Cup

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (Aug 10, 2012) US Soccer Players – It's reader response time, and this Friday we have one very long email from Jeff in Seattle sent in after reading our newsletter. Fortunately, he raises several points worth discussing. So here we go. Jeff writes: I find it completely baffling and frustrating how US Soccer can, one week prior to the final, decide to award the TV contract for the US.

MLS reschedules Columbus - Toronto game

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Major League Soccer announced on Friday that the Columbus - Toronto game scheduled for Saturday has been postponed. The game will now be played on August 22nd. "It is important for us to honor Kirk's memory by attending his funeral," Columbus captain Chad Marshall said in a press statement. "We are grateful to the League and Toronto FC for allowing us to move the game and for accommodating our request to be there for Kirk.

Friday's TV: Bronze

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Japan - South Korea face off for the bronze medal in men's Olympic soccer at 2:30pm on MSNBC and Telemundo. The Ligue 1 season kicks off with Montpellier - Toulouse on Univision Deportes at 2:30pm. NBC Sports Network has NY - Houston at 9pm. Liga MX on Fox Deportes: Leon - Santos at 10:30pm. All Times Eastern

Upside: This whole tournament

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Their Words "There were some things I didn't understand this whole tournament for us. Our backs were against the wall this whole tournament. It was as difficult a road as it could be. I'm very proud of guys for getting to this point and battling and not giving up and taking the game into overtime. They battled through all the obstacles that we had to face.

Questions: Rule changes

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By Tony Edwards - San Jose, CA (Aug 9, 2012) US Soccer Players -- Tony asks why MLS waited until August to announce playoff tie-breakers and questions the League's commitment to the Reserve League. How fair is it to change the rules about tie-breakers in the standings more than halfway into the season?

Things to do at Azteca

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By Charles Boehm - WASHINGTON, DC (Aug 1, 2012) US Soccer Players -- It's the week before the Mexico - USA game at Estadio Azteca: Do you know where your loathing is? Just seven days remain until the National Team enters perhaps the most daunting venue in world soccer for their first friendly on Mexican soil since 1984.

UCL: Ekranas 0 - Anderlecht 6

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Sacha Kljestan got the start and scored Anderlecht's 9th-minute opener in a 6-0 win over FK Ekranas to advance to the play-off round of the Champions League. Anderlecht took the third round series 11-0 on aggregate. Ekranas goalkeeper Emilijus Zubas was sent off in the 25th minute. Though Anderlecht failed to convert their penalty, they added a second goal when Dennis Praet scored in the 31st minute.

Sporting KC win 2012 Open Cup on penalties

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Sporting Kansas City played to their home field advantage on Wednesday, drawing 1-1 with three-time champions Seattle in regulation and winning the US Open Cup 3-2 on penalties. Kei Kamara opened the scoring for Sporting KC in the 84th minute and Zach Scott equalized for Seattle two minutes later. With the game in overtime, Seattle's Patrick Ianni was sent off in the 118th minute after picking up a second yellow card.

Highlights: Sporting KC's Open Cup win

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Thursday's TV

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The Women's Olympic soccer tournament concludes on NBC Sports Network: Canada - France in the bronze medal game at 8am and the USA - Japan for the gold medal at 2:30pm. Europa League on Fox Soccer: Liverpool - Gomel at 3pm. Copa Sudamericana on Fox Deportes: Petrolero - Guarani at 6:30pm and Universidad de Catolica - Blooming at 9pm.

Robles joins Red Bulls

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Goalkeeper Luis Robles signed with Major League Soccer earlier this week and on Wednesday learned that he will be a member of the New York Red Bulls. Robles had already trained with the club and there was obvious interest. Major League Soccer's rules required that Robles enter the allocation draft as a returning National Team player.

Upside: It's in your house

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Their Words "No, this game would have been played in Seattle and would have been an even more difficult task for the boys than it will be already. But it's not. It's in your house. It's at the place that happened because you endured the empty cavern, the wacky sight lines and a night when you were told your beloved Wizards were going to be called something as crazy as Sporting Kansas City.

Portland and Montreal trade keepers

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Portland sent Troy Perkins to Montreal for Donovan Ricketts, in a rare exchange of established goalkeepers in Major League Soccer. "Donovan has been an impact player since he joined MLS and is one of the top-performing goalkeepers in the league," Portland coach Gavin Wilkinson said. "Troy has been an important player for us, but we as a coaching staff saw this as an opportunity to improve the position, while optimizing our budget numbers in 2012.

MLS Changes Tiebreaker

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Major League Soccer announced on Wednesday that the first tiebreaker in determining the standings will now be total goals. The rule takes effect immediately. Unlike other leagues, goal differential was not the first tiebreaker. Instead, MLS had been operating with head-to-head record as the first tiebreaker.

Yankee Stadium as a Soccer Venue

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By Cesar Diaz - NEW YORK, NY (Aug 8, 2012) US Soccer Players -- With all the international soccer friendlies that has taken place over the past few years, it was only a matter of time before the New York Yankees would get involved. You might remember some years ago when the Yankees partnered with Manchester United to offer each others merchandise in their respective team stores.

Roger Espinoza's immediate future

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By Jason Davis - WASHINGTON, DC (Aug 8, 2012) US Soccer Players -- If the debate that circles around the games is any indication, the Men's Olympic soccer tournament is not held in the highest regard. Not quite youth tournament, and not a full exhibition of the participating nations' soccer prowess, no one really knows how to properly frame the competition.

National Teamers Abroad: Rangers 4 - East Fife 0

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Rangers advanced in the Scottish Communities League Cup on Tuesday night at Ibrox. Now playing in the Third Division, Rangers entered the competition in the First Round. Carlos Bocanegra started and Lee McCulloch opened the scoring 15 minutes in. Dean Shiels made it 2-0 in the 34th with Lee Wallace adding a third in the 47th.

Cameron gets work permit, Clark joins Houston

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Reports out of England have Geoff Cameron successfully getting a work permit. Stoke City presented what they called "a strong case" for Cameron who lacked the requisite National Team appearances to qualify for a work permit without an appeal. According to a report in the Houston Chronicle, Stoke presented letters from US National Team coach Jurgen Klinsmann and US National Team player Clint Dempsey.

August 2012 FIFA Ranking

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The United States remains 36th in the FIFA World Ranking released on Wednesday. The USA didn't play during the rankings period. Mexico is 18th, followed by Panama at 54th and Costa Rica in 62nd. El Salvador, Honduras, and Jamaica hold the spots between 64th and 66th. The next ranking will be released on September 5th.

Wednesday's TV: Open Cup final

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Fox Soccer has the Barcelona - Manchester United friendly at 2pm. Real Madrid - Milan is on ESPN2 at 8pm. Copa MX on Univision Deportes: Iraputo - Toluca at 8pm and Atlas - Neza at 10pm. On Univision Deportes Dos: Veracruz - Queretaro at 8pm. On Galavision: UNAM Pumas - Merida at 10pm. US Open Cup final: Kansas City - Seattle on GolTV at 9pm.

Upside: All that matters

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Their Words "I'm still in shock. We're in the final. I don't care who scores as long as we score and we win, that's all that matters. I just got my head on it at the end. I didn't even see it go in." USA forward Alex Morgan. Other Sources Morgan's game-winner caps off thrilling U.S. victory over Canada - from SI.

Questions: MLS appearances

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By Tony Edwards - San Jose, CA (Aug 7, 2012) US Soccer Players -- In Tuesday's edition, Tony parallels the situations in Seattle and New Jersey. Is the big test for Seattle yet to come? "It's a statement for ourselves," Sounders coach Sigi Schmid told the Seattle Times after his team defeated the Galaxy 4-0 Sunday.

Seattle and the complete MLS team

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (Aug 7, 2012) US Soccer Players – On Wednesday night (9pm ET - GolTV), Seattle will attempt to become the greatest US Open Cup team of the contemporary era. Unlike the original North American Soccer League, Major League Soccer has always put value into the domestic cup tournament.

Tuesday's TV: Semis

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Olympic Men's semifinals on NBC Sports Network and Telemundo: Japan - Mexico at 12pm and Brazil - South Korea at 2:45pm. Copa Sudamericana on Fox Deportes: Cobreloa - Tacuari at 6pm and Olimpia - Danubio at 8:30pm. All Times Eastern

Upside: Enough Energy

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Their Words "You just do what you can. You talk to the players. You can see that a few guys needed a rest. We've just got to be mindful of that as we go through the last part of the season. We've had some experience before where we've worn our guys out so to speak and then we get to the playoffs and we don't have enough energy to do what it takes.

Johnson wins POTW

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Week 22's Player of the Week is Seattle forward Eddie Johnson, Major League Soccer announced on Monday. Johnson scored in the Sounders' 4-0 win over Los Angeles. He is a four-time Player of the Week winner, with his previous awards coming in the 2007 season.

Corner: Eastern Conference

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In all fairness, it was the Western Conference that gave us the most dramatic result in Major League Soccer's Week 22. That would be Seattle showing up big in front of an NFL-sized crowd at home and shutting out Los Angeles by four goals. Yet that wasn't the most important result. The shakeup at the top of the Eastern Conference takes that honor, with Houston and their win streak moving to the top of the.

Olympic potentials

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By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Aug 6, 2012) US Soccer Players – The 2012 Summer Olympics have featured many wonderful moments. The men's soccer tournament, for instance, has been loaded with riveting matches, surprise outcomes, and penalty-kick drama in the elimination round. It's also been a shop window of sorts for young Major League Soccer players like DC United's Andy Najar.

Week 22 Highlights

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National Teamers Abroad: Gomez keeps at it

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Though the Liga MX season is still in its early rounds, a US soccer player was once again on the score sheet. This time, it was Herculez Gomez getting a goal for Santos Laguna in a 2-2- draw with Puebla on Friday. Carlos Quintero opened the scoring for Santos in the 6th minute with Gomez doubling that lead in the 15th.

MLS Week 22: R.I.P. Kirk Urso

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All thoughts in Major League Soccer shifted after Sunday morning's announcement that Columbus Crew midfielder Kirk Urso had passed away. The Major League Soccer Players Union released the following statement: "Kirk was just beginning his career as an MLS professional and his loss is felt across the entire MLS community.

Weekend TV: Olympics and League

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Saturday Olympic Men's soccer quarterfinals on MSNBC: Japan - Egypt at 7am, Mexico - Senegal at 9:30am, Brazil - Honduras at 12pm, and Great Britain - South Korea at 2:30pm. The Brighton - Chelsea friendly is on GolTV at 10am. PSG - Barcelona is on ESPN Deportes at 2pm. Liga MX on Fox Deportes: Cruz Azul - Chivas at 6pm.

Upside: To the video

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Their Words Other Sources Marlins Park to host soccer tourney that will match top club teams - from The Miami Herald's David J. Neal: The attraction of Marlins Park, especially for the July games, is obvious: a roof, air conditioning and it was built with soccer in mind, too. Kevin Payne is ‘very encouraged' about D.

MLS36 Preview: Chris Wondolowski

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O'Dea joins Toronto

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Darren O'Dea is the newest member of Toronto FC, the club announced on Friday. O'Dea was mot recently with Celtic, where he spent the 2011-12 season on-loan to Leeds United. He won two Scottish Premier League titles as a member of Celtic and has 14 appearances for Ireland. "Darren addresses our need for an experienced, no nonsense central defender," Toronto coach Paul Mariner said in a press statement.

Scottish soccer kicks off its future

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (Aug 3, 2012) US Soccer Players – The Scottish Premier League kicks off this weekend down one Glasgow-based club but still in possession of a television deal. Even in the unchartered territory that the SPL finds itself, things could be worse. Sure, that TV deal includes showing a selection of Rangers games three leagues down but that was to be expected.

CCL: Win for Seattle

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Seattle opened their 2012-13 CONCACAF Champions League schedule with a 3-1 win over Caledonia on Thursday night at CenturyLink Field. The home side went ahead in the 19th-minute when Sammy Ochoa scored, and it was 2-0 at the half hour mark from a Fredy Montero goal. Andy Rose made it 3-0 in the 43rd, with Caledonia pulling a goal back in the 50th.

Europa League: Win for Hannover 96

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Steve Cherundolo got the start and Hannover 96 got the 3-0 shutout of St Patrick's in the opening leg of their Third Qualifying Round serie. It took six minutes for Hannover to take the lead at Dublin's Richmond Park when Leon Andreasen scored. Christian Pander made it 2-0 in the 67th and Didier Konan Ya finished off the scoring in the 80th minute.

Friday's TV

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The USA Women play New Zealand at 9:30am on NBC Sports Network. Also on NBC Sports Network, Houston - NY at 8pm. Univision Deportes has Tijuana - UNAM Pumas at 8:30pm. Santos Laguna - Puebla is on Univision Deportes 2 at 8pm. All Times Eastern

Upside: Lovely clean air

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Their Words "We are surrounded on all sides by the Alps, with fantastic scenery and lovely clean air. The training pitch is 4,000 feet which means they have to physically adapt to the altitude. As to whether it's long lasting when the players get to ground level remains to be seen, but they certainly enjoy it.

Keane named Player of the Month

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Los Angeles Galaxy forward Robbie Keane is Major League Soccer's Player of the Month for July 2012, MLS announced on Monday. Keane had five goals and four assists over the month. LA is currently 5th in the Western Conference with 33 points from 23 games played.

Questions: Expansion class of 2004

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By Tony Edwards - San Jose, CA (Aug 2, 2012) US Soccer Players -- In Thursday's edition, Tony asks what the future holds for the expansion class of 2004, Chivas USA and Real Salt Lake. What is Chivas USA's long-term plan? It has been considered for a while that an athlete's prime years are generally in the 27-30 range, give or take a few years depending on the athlete.

Preview: LA - Real Madrid

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Americans at home

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By Clemente Lisi – Harrison, NJ (Aug 2, 2012) US Soccer Players -- You can come home again. Just ask Brad Friedel and Michael Bradley, two Americans who play overseas who spent a part of their summer training and playing in the United States. For neutral fans choosing what to watch in another summer of exhibition soccer, it's always nice to have a direct connection.

Playing to win in Olympic soccer

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (July 31, 2012) US Soccer Players – Once upon a time, a club in England was fighting to avoid relegation on the last day of the season. The team they were playing was safe and their league position wouldn't change win or lose. The week leading up to the game, that team made a lot of noise about playing their reserves since no one wants to get hurt on.

CCL: Toronto gets three points

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Toronto FC opened their Group 1 schedule with an easy 5-1 win over Aguila in the CONCACAF Champions League. Playing at home, Toronto put a dozen shots on frame from 25 taken to Aguila's four from eight. Luis Silva opened the scoring for Toronto in the 9th minute and it was 2-0 by the 17th from a Reggie Lambe goal.

Champions League: Anderlecht wins

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Sacha Kljestan subbed on in the 61st minute for Anderlecht in a 5-0 shutout of FK Ekranas in the Third Round of Champions League qualifying. Tom De Sutter opened the scoring two minutes in at Constant Vanden Stock Stadium and da Rocha Kanu doubled the lead in the 21st. Deiudonne Mbokani scored in the 41st and 52nd minutes, with Milan Jovanovic adding the fifth goal in the 86th.

Thursday's TV: LA gets Real

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The World Football Challenge resumes on ESPN2 with LA - Real Madrid at 10:30pm. CONCACAF Champions League on Univision Deportes: W. Connection - Xelaju at 8pm. Fox Soccer and Univision Deportes have Seattle - Caledonia at 10pm. CD Olimpia - CD FAS is on Galavision at 10pm. Copa Sudamericana on Fox Deportes: Into Gas - Millonarios at 3pm, Equidad - Mineros 6pm, and Blooming - Universidad Catolica at 8:30pm.

Upside: Taking care of business

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Their Words "We were still very upbeat in the locker room. After the game we talked about how it's really a home-and-away series. We just have to take care of business at home. We have to take these guys down and we also have to take care of Tauro FC, as well. Really it's just going to come down to taking care of business in the next three games in this group.

Real Salt Lake's version of redemption

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By Jason Davis - WASHINGTON, DC (Aug 1, 2012) US Soccer Players -- Redemption stories require failure to work. It's one of the basic elements need to make the narrative possible. Without failure, there is no redemption. The trick lies in framing just what constitutes failure in the first place. Two years ago, Real Salt Lake came within minutes of winning Major League Soccer's first continental championship in the current tournament format.

DeMerit and Johnson in form

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By Charles Boehm - WASHINGTON, DC (Aug 1, 2012) US Soccer Players -- Naturally, last week's MLS All-Star Game was all about the big names, as Chelsea's European champions challenged David Beckham, Landon Donovan, and the rest of the North America-based blue-chippers to show their best in front of an international audience.

Chivas USA trade for Joseph

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Chivas USA's move for designated player Shalrie Joseph became official on Wednesday morning, with the club announcing they'd completed a trade with New England. In exchange, Blair Gavin is now a member of the Revolution along with a 2013 second round SuperDraft pick and allocation money. "We are very glad to bring Shalrie Joseph to the organization," Chivas USA general manager Jose Domene said.

CCL: RSL opens with loss

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The start of the CONCACAF Champions League didn't go as planned for Real Salt Lake. On the road in Costa Rica, they lost 1-0 to Herediano. Elias Aguilar scored the game's only goal in the 14th minute. Salt Lake's Nat Borchers was sent off in the 58th. "When you're down a man you can't afford to take many risks," RSL coach Jason Kreis said.