USSoccerPlayers Archives for January 2012

Weekend TV: London derby

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Saturday Premier League on ESPN2: Arsenal - Chelsea at 7:30am. On Fox Soccer: Fulham - Manchester City at 9:30am, Manchester United - Spurs at 12pm, Reading - Newcastle at 2:30pm, and Sunderland - Wigan at 4:30pm. Fox Soccer Plus has Norwich - Liverpool at 9:45am, Everton - Southampton at 2pm, and Stoke - Swansea at 4pm.

Upside: We know the task

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Their Words "Obviously, we know the task, to go to United and win is always extremely difficult. But as long as there is belief, as long as there is motivation, there is certainly more chance of getting it." Spurs manager Andre Villas-Boas. Other Sources Exclusive Q&A with Jurgen Klinsmann - from ESPN's Doug Mcintyre: "Teams in CONCACAF are getting better, and they're all competitive.

Teaching the teachers

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By Charles Boehm - WASHINGTON, DC (Sep 28, 2012) US Soccer Players -- Last week, I spoke to US Under-20 National Team coach Tab Ramos for an MLSsoccer.com feature on youth development. The site was in the latter stages of its "24 Under 24" countdown, a series attempting to catalogue Major League Soccer's top young players, and I was seeking a national-team perspective on the wider issue.

Agudelo in LA

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By Zac Lee Rigg - LOS ANGELES, CA (Sep 5, 2012) US Soccer Players -- Juan Agudelo ducked behind and around a series of yellow plastic defenders, latching onto a ball threaded through by Chivas USA assistant coach Greg Vanney. One touch to steady himself, one touch to lift the ball over the reserve goalkeeper, his bare calves flexing to scoop the shot.

AZ 4 - Veendam 1

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Jozy Altidore's AZ had no trouble getting past Veendam in the second round of the KNVB Cup on Thursday. Viktor Elm opened the scoring for AZ in the 8th minute and had finished off a hat-trick when he converted a 34th minute penalty. It was Altidore's turn from the penalty spot in the 76th, making it 4-0 before Veendam picked up a consolation goal two minutes later.

Friday's TV

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Bundesliga on GolTV: Fortuna Dusseldorf - Schalke 04 at 2:30pm. beIN Sport and Univision Deportes have Stade Rennais - Lille at 2:30pm. MLS on NBC Sports Network: Kansas City - Chicago at 8:30pm. All Times Eastern

Upside: Level of engagement

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Their Words "We're thrilled that fans throughout North America have embraced FIFA Soccer 13 in such a big way. North Americans appreciate a great-playing game and their level of engagement with our game is helping to drive the sport's popularity in the United States." EA Sports executive VP Andrew Wilson.

Questions: Convey and Differentials

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By Tony Edwards - San Jose, CA (Sep 27, 2012) US Soccer Players -- In Thursday's column, Tony looks at a possible return for Bobby Convey, strategizes one MLS team's bold season-ticket strategy, and wonders why Steve Cherundolo's club team plays in red? Didn't Kansas City trade for Bobby Convey last offseason?

MLS and the Play-In Round

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (Sep 27, 2012) US Soccer Players – We're about to draw the line on success and failure in Major League Soccer. Who is in or out in the playoffs is normally the only critical distinction for coaches in this League. Make the playoffs, and all is forgiven. Fail, and it's time to make the strongest case possible that this is all part of a process.

Johnson scores, Hannover beats Nurnberg

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Fabian Johnson and Danny Williams both went the distance for Hoffenheim in a 3-0 win over Stuttgart. Takashi Usami opened the scoring in the 5th minute with Joselu making it 2-0 in the 47th. Johnson scored Hoffenheim's third in the 58th minute. Williams was yellow carded in the 42nd. Steve Cherundolo's Hannover 96 got the 4-1 win over Timmy Chandler's Nurnberg in the Bundesliga, but it was Chandler who spoiled the shutout.

Thursday's TV: Serie A and CCL

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Serie A on beIN Sport: Siena - Bologna at 2:30pm. CONCACAF Champions League on Univision Deportes: Puerto Rico - Metapan at 8pm and FAS - Olimpia at 10pm. All Times Eastern

Upside: Dedicated to the game

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Their Words "You could talk forever about his contribution to the game of football because he was so dedicated to the game and he loved the game so very much." former Manchester City player Mike Summberbee on his City manager John Bond who died on Tuesday at the age of 79. Other Sources Toronto FC stays alive -- for the moment -- in Champions League - from The Toronto Sun's Kurtis Larson: a skeleton TFC.

KickTV: Conrad, Mathis help with US Embassy youth soccer tournament in Mexico

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The 2013 approach

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By Jason Davis - WASHINGTON, DC (Sep 26, 2012) US Soccer Players -- For the Philadelphia Union and Toronto FC, the competitive portion of the 2012 MLS season is over. All that's left to play for is pride, the intrinsic joy of the game, and a job in 2013. It's the last of those three that takes precedence now, with playoffs hope dashed and a season of pain behind them.

Week 29 Highlights

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Villa knocks out City in League Cup

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In England's League Cup, Eric Lichaj subbed on in the 86th minute for Aston Villa's 4-2 win over Manchester City. Villa got help from an own goal to equalize in the 59th minute, but were once again trailing City five minutes later. Gabriel Agbonlahor equalized for Villa in the 70th minute, with that 2-2 score carrying the game into overtime.

What We Expect from Major League Soccer

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (Sep 26, 2012) US Soccer Players – As we watch Major League Soccer work out which clubs belong in the 2012 postseason, let's talk about what the League should be doing. Not the obvious things that would make most lists. We're going to stay away from officiating, player allocation, the designated player rule, and the schedule.

CCL: Toronto wins

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Toronto had no trouble on the road in El Salvador on Tuesday night, shutting out Aguila 3-0. Quincy Amarikwa opened the scoring in the 15th minute and Terry Dunfield scored in the 40th and 88th. Aguila finished with no shots on goal. Elsewhere in the Champions League, Monterrey shutout Municipal 3-0 and Herediano beat Tauro 2-1.

Wednesday's TV

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beIN Sport has the League Cup: Manchester United - Newcastle at 2:45pm. Bundesliga on GolTV: Stuttgart - Hoffenheim at 2pm. CONCACAF Champions League on Galavision: Marathon - Caledonia at 10pm. Univision Deportes Dos has Connection - Chivas at 8pm. Alajuelense - Real Esteli is on Univision Deportes at midnight.

Upside: Been a member

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Their Words "We were also informed by the SFA that Rangers FC had never in its long existence been a member. That really left us scratching our heads because pride of place in the Boardroom at Ibrox is a framed and mounted certificate of membership signed by Jim Farry confirming that "Rangers FC is a full member of the Scottish Football Association".

Questions: Bad night

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By Tony Edwards - San Jose, CA (Sep 25, 2012) US Soccer Players -- In Tuesday's column, Tony asks if it's bad coaching or the other team; looks at the playoff situation in the Eastern Conference, and has a follow-up to the rumored sale of the Dynamo. Can even experienced coaches have a bad night? Seattle's Sigi Schmid certainly did Saturday night.

Tell Me About: Santos Laguna

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Things change quickly in Mexican soccer, including the league structure. With several US National Team players representing Mexican clubs, there's a strong case that the most successful of the bunch is Herculez Gomez. He's played through several clubs and a league revamp, finding himself with one of the best teams in Mexican soccer.

Tuesday's TV: Leagues and Cups

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Bundesliga on GolTV: Bayern Munich - VfL Wolfsburg at 2pm and Eintracht Frankfurt - Borussia Dortmund at 4pm. League Cup on beIN: Leeds - Everton at 2:30pm. Serie A on beIN en Espanol: Fiorentina - Juventus at 2:30pm (5pm on beIN Sport). CONCACAF Champions League on Fox Soccer: Aguila - Toronto at 10pm.

Upside: Very seriously

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Their Words "We definitely are taking the last games very seriously. We don't want to end the season on the streak that we are on right now. We're going to attack the next games and try to get a couple of wins so that we end the season on a positive note." Chivas USA midfielder Nick LaBrocca. Other Sources Sounders dealt a reality check in tough loss to Quakes - from MLSsoccer.

Wondolowski wins POTW

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San Jose's Chris Wondolowski was named Player of the Week for Week 29, Major League Soccer announced on Monday. This is his third award this season. He scored both goals in a 2-2 draw with Portland on Wednesday and got the winning goal against Seattle on Saturday. Wondolowski received 12 of the 19 first-place votes.

Corner: England... again

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Considering the scenario that played out with England's National Team and their captain John Terry, it's not surprising that he opted to end his international career early. What is surprising is that England seems stuck in a cycle of considerable disappointment. England is one of a handful of teams in world soccer that's always supposed to factor.

Tell Me About: Hoffenheim

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With two US National Team players in their regular lineup, Hoffenheim has drawn the attention of American fans. What some might not know is that this is a club with less of a topflight history than most Major League Soccer teams. To the knowledge.... Why Are We Here? US National Team coach Jugen Klinsmann's outreach to USA-eligible German players brought in Hoffenheim teammates Fabian Johnson and Danny Williams.

MLS Week 29: Dropping Games

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As always as we head towards the end of Major League Soccer's regular season, there are teams leaving points on the table that desperately need them. The Philadelphia Union is playing out the schedule caught in the limbo of still not officially being out of playoff contention but having no reasonable chance of making up at least 15 points over their remaining six games and needing help from the team in 5th-place.

National Teamers Abroad: Hoffenheim scores

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A big result for the US players at Hoffenheim was a disappointment for Steve Cherundolo and Hannover 96. Fabian Johnson and Danny Williams scored in Hoffenheim's 3-1 win on Sunday at the Wirsol Rhein-Neckar-Arena. A Hoffenheim own goal put Hannover up in the 26th minute, but Johnson equalized a minute later.

Weekend TV: Big games Sunday

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Saturday EPL on ESPN2: Swansea - Everton at 7:30am. On Fox Soccer: Chelsea - Stoke at 9:30am, Wigan - Fulham at 12pm, Southampton - Aston Villa at 2pm, and West Ham - Sunderland at 4pm. Fox Soccer Plus has WBA - Reading at 9:45am. Bundesliga on GolTV: Schalke - Bayern Munich at 9:30am and Hamburg - Borussia Dortmund at 11:30am.

Upside: Without fear

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Their Words "This is a team who are doing well, came here extremely motivated and thought they could win the game. But without fear, we held onto the ball to create our chances and promoted good, attacking football." Spurs manager Andre Villas-Boas. Other Sources A Star Turn for Graham Zusi - from The NY Times' Graham Zusi: "I am starting to get use to playing wide on the right side.

MLS suspends Henry

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New York will be without Thierry Henry for their September 22nd game against New England, Major League Soccer announced on Friday. The League's Disciplinary Committee suspended Henry for "violent conduct" in the 93rd minute of New York's 2-0 loss to Sporting Kansas City on Wednesday.

The Seattle Sounders must win the MLS Cup

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By Cesar Diaz - NEW YORK, NY (Sep 20, 2012) US Soccer Players -- On Saturday, the showdown between the San Jose Earthquakes (17-6-6, 57pts) and Seattle Sounders (13-6-9, 48pts), the best two teams in the Western Conference will take place in CenturyLink Field in Seattle. With the Sounders having the best average attendance in Major League Soccer with just over, 42,000, their supporters may witness an offensive shootout between each club's dynamic duos.

Winnable Games

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (Sep 21, 2012) US Soccer Players – There's a tendency at this stage of the Major League Soccer season to treat each and every game like Herculean obstacles, almost impossible to overcome. Part of that is marketing, raising the stakes as we head to the playoffs. That's never likely to account for teams stumbling along, creating their own problems, yet still with enough points and space to make the.

Philadelphia 0 - DC 1

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DC United picked up a road win on Thursday night, beating Philadelphia in front of 16,024 at PPL Park. Lionard Pajoy scored the game's only goal in the 67th minute. The Union had the better offensive states, doubling United's shots total 14 to 7 and putting 5 of those on frame to DC's 2. Philadelphia also led 5 to 2 on corner kicks, but couldn't find a way past Bill Hamid.

Europa League: Groups begin

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Clint Dempsey got the start and almost got a goal in Tottenham's 0-0 draw with Lazio in Group J. Dempsey had a goal called back for offside, one of three for Spurs who led on shots taken, shots on goal, and corners. Dempsey subbed out in the 76th minute. Brad Friedel wasn't in the squad for Spurs. Terrence Boyd got the start in Rapid Vienna's 2-1 loss to Mix Diskerud's Rosenborg, who took the lead.

CCL: Lopsided win for Houston

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The Houston dynamo had no problem putting away CD FAS on Thursday night at BBVA Compass Stadium in a 4-0 shutout. Balancing their Major League Soccer schedule, home field, and the quality of their opponent, Houston went with a transitional lineup that included a mix of regulars and squad players. Giles Barnes put the Dynamo up a goal in the 21st minute and it was 2-0 when Bobby Boswell scored in the 44th.

Upside: Play that way

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Their Words "The way I look at it is, we came from the opening whistle, we came here to play. We weren't going to sit in and drop 11 guys in a 30 yard space and just try to play that way." Sporting KC coach Peter Vermes. Other Sources Michael Arace commentary: Is another Massive season brewing? - from The Columbus Dispatch's Michael Arace: There is something magical, and elusive, about "peaking at the right.

Friday's TV

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Championship on beIN Sport: Blackburn - Middlesbrough at 2:30pm. Liga MX on Fox Deportes and ESPN Deportes: Puebla - Leon at 8:30pm. On Fox Deportes: Morelia - Tigres at 10:30pm. All Times Eastern

KickTV talks to the NBA's David Stern

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Questions: Players and Owners

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By Tony Edwards - San Jose, CA (Sep 18, 2012) US Soccer Players -- In Thursday's column, Tony looks at transfer deadline signings on the West Coast, asks if the Revolution will get their leading scorer back for next season, and examines which teams have the most difficulty in the second half of games.

Are the Red Bulls Contenders or Pretenders?

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By Cesar Diaz - NEW YORK, NY (Sep 20, 2012) US Soccer Players -- On Wednesday night, the Red Bulls had the opportunity to claim the Eastern Conference top spot from Sporting Kansas City. Playing at Red Bull Arena, this was a match between the team with the best MLS home record versus the team with the best road record.

Worldwide stage also a shop window for Parkhurst

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By Charles Boehm - WASHINGTON, DC (Sep 20, 2012) US Soccer Players -- There aren't quite as many these days as there once were, but plenty of white whales remain for US soccer, elusive milestones that typically serve as reality checks on our optimism about the sport's progress. The UEFA Champions League may be the biggest of them all.

MLS: Shutouts for Sporting and Crew

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On the road at Red Bull Arena, Sporting Kansas City had no problems on Wednesday night in a 2-0 shutout of New York. CJ Sapong had Sporting in front by the 12th minute and Kei Kamara finished off the scoring seven minutes later, heading in a Graham Zusi corner. Jimmy Nielsen needed four saves for the shutout.

Champions League: Shakhtar Donetsk 2 - Nordsjaelland 0

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Michael Parkhurst got the start for Nordsjaelland in their Champions League Group E opener, but Shakhtar Donetsk got the goals. In front of 51,624 at Donbass Arena, Shakhtar's Henrik Mkhitaryan opened the scoring in the 44th minute and finished it off in the 76th. Shakhtar take the lead in the group, with Juventus and Chelsea drawing 2-2 in London.

CCL: Santos and Seattle win

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Herculez Gomez got the start and played 72 minutes for Santos Laguna in their 4-0 shutout of Aguila in CONCACAF Champions League Group 1. All of Santos's goals came in the second-half at the Estadio Cuscatlan in El Salvador. Jesus Escobaza opened the scoring in the 48th minute, with Aaron Galindo doubling the lead in the 55th.

Thursday's TV

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MLS on ESPN2: Philadelphia - DC at 8pm. Europa League on Fox Soccer: Young Boys - Liverpool at 12:45pm, Spurs - Lazio at 3pm, and Fenerbache - Marseille at 5pm. Fox Soccer Plus has Maritimo - Newcastle at 12:45pm, Inter Milan - Rubin Kazan at 3pm (also on ESPN Deportes), and Lyon - Sparta Prague at 5pm (also on ESPN Deportes).

Upside: Seal the result

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Their Words "We kept our cool even when it was 1-1 and after the penalty miss. Obviously, I would have preferred us to seal the result earlier on in the game. But, all in all, we're happy to pick up the three points." Schalke 04 coach Huub Stevens. Other Sources AEG sale may be a bolt from NFL blues - from The LA Times' TJ Simers: If so, this makes this mega AEG sale all.

What Ever Happened To: Tatu

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By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Sep 19, 2012) US Soccer Players – When a young player named Antonio Carlos Pecorari came to the United States in 1981 to play for the Tampa Bay Rowdies, his goal was to make enough money so that he could move back to his native Brazil and buy a home. It didn't exactly work out that way.

Soccer Talk Radio

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By Jason Davis - WASHINGTON, DC (Sep 19, 2012) US Soccer Players -- The story of the rise of spectator sports in America is, in many ways, the story of the rise of mass media in America. The popularity of products like the National Football League and Major League Baseball was built on the back of the invisible radio waves and television signals conveying accounts and images of games into American homes just as urbanization.

CCL: RSL wins, Tigres draws

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Tauro 0 - Real Salt Lake 1 RSL got the result they needed in Panama, staying in contention in Group 2. Alvaro Saborio's stoppage time penalty was the difference, setting up another must win in their final group stage game at home against Herediano. Saborio will be suspended for that game due to yellow card accumulation.

Champions League: Win for Schalke, draw for Anderlecht

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Jermaine Jones got the start and subbed out in stoppage time for Schalke 04 in a 2-1 win over Olympiakos in the Champions League Group B. Schalke's Benedikt Howedes opened the scoring in the 41st minute with Olympiakos equalizing in the 58th. Schalke got its winner a minute later when Klaas-Jan Huntelaar scored.

Wednesday's TV

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The US Women play Australia at 10pm on ESPN2. Champions League on Fox Soccer: Chelsea - Juventus at 2pm. Fox Soccer Plus has Manchester United - Galatasaray at 2pm (5pm on Fox Soccer). CONCACAF Champions League on Fox Soccer: Puerto Rico - LA at 8pm (also on Univision Deportes 2) and Marathon - Seattle at 10pm.

Upside: Display of support

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Their Words "I would like to extend a heartfelt thank-you to all the staff and fans at Everton Football Club from everyone at Liverpool for the display of support you have shown the Hillsborough families tonight. We've always been great rivals on the pitch but off it, the two clubs have always supported each other.

Week 28 Highlights

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Questions: Wins and Ties

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By Tony Edwards - San Jose, CA (Sep 18, 2012) US Soccer Players -- In this edition of the Five Questions, Tony asks about LA's wins and Sporting KC's tiebreakers as we close in on the end of the Major League Soccer regular season. How many wins do the Galaxy have in their last 16 League games? A whopping 11 wins, bringing their season record to 14-11-4 after their well-documented early season struggles in both.

Field Level: USA - Jamaica

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League over League

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (Sep 18, 2012) US Soccer Players – It took the first expansion to really get me into Major League Soccer. Chicago joining the League meant I had a team I could watch and later cover in person, and that changed everything. At the time, DC United was the club everybody else wanted to emulate, beat, or otherwise turn into a trivia question.

Everton 2 - Newcastle 2

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It was a tough night in the Premier League for Tim Howard and Everton, who had two goals called back in their draw with Newcastle at Goodison Park. Leighton Baines opened the scoring for Everton in the 15th minute, with Demba Ba equalizing for Newcastle in the 49th. Victor Anichebe subbed on just before halftime for Everton, and had a shot seem to cross the line without a goal given late in the second-half.

Tuesday's TV

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Champions League on Fox Soccer: Real Madrid - Manchester City at 2:30pm. Montpellier - Arsenal is on Fox Soccer Plus at 2:30pm (5pm on Fox Soccer). Fox Sports regional has Milan - Anderlecht at 2:30pm. CONCACAF Champions League on Fox Soccer and Univision Deportes: Tauro - Real Salt Lake at 8pm. Univisions Deportes has Xelaju - W Connection at 10pm and Galavision has Real Esteli - Tigres also at 10pm.

Henry wins POTW

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Thierry Henry's standout performance against Columbus earned him Player of the Week honors for Week 28. New York beat the Crew 3-1 with Henry scoring two goals and assisting on another. Henry received 13 of the 19 1st-place votes. Chicago's Alvaro Fernandez picked up four, with his teammate Chris Rolfe getting one.

Upside: Extra hungry

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Their Words "I'm a forward and I like scoring goals, but I definitely try to make sure I have an impact first, whatever that means, assisting, holding the ball, putting players in, scoring, whatever it is, if I have an impact, I'm happy. I think it's because I brought the Mohawk back, no- but really I just woke up today and I was feeling extra hungry.

The Playoff Race

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Major League Soccer hasn't been shy about considering anything short of free agency, and that includes regular tweaks to its playoff format. The equation they're trying to master is one that equals a meaningful playoff race involving multiple teams in late September and early October. What they've regularly gotten is teams still mathematically capable of making the playoffs over the last few weeks of the season and the occasional already eliminated team ruining someone else's.

Brazil 2014 gets mascot

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Brazil will be holding a contest to name their 2014 World Cup mascot, but the creature in question has already been announced. The endangered three-branded armadillo, the winner from 47 proposals. "I'm delighted to welcome such an important member to the 2014 team," Brazil organizing committee member Ronaldo said in a press statement.

Wilhelmsson's debut

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By Zac Lee Rigg - LOS ANGELES, CA (Sep 17, 2012) US Soccer Players -- There's a month and a half to go until the MLS Cup Playoffs and the defending champs just got a little bit better. Swedish international Christian Wilhelmsson joined the LA Galaxy and made his debut in a 2-0 win over the Colorado Rapids on Friday.

MLS Week 28: The List

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Since Major League Soccer decided to award a Player of the Week for the abbreviated Week 27, we'll count it and move onto the full schedule for Week 28. We're starting to see teams getting knocked out of the playoffs, with Toronto making the earliest exit after losing on Wednesday and New England following on Saturday night.

National Teamers Abroad: Again it's Altidore

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Jozy Altidore continued his run of form with AZ, scoring three of their four goals in a shutout of Roda. Altidore opened the scoring in the 12th minute and then assisted on Erik Falkenburg's goal in the 29th. Altidore added AZ's third in the 40th and finished off the scoring in the 65th minute. Also in the European leagues, Sacha Kljestan went the distance for Anderlecht drawing 1-1 with Lierse.

Hahnemann is a Sounder

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Marcus Hahnemann has returned to Major League Soccer as a member of the Seattle Sounders, the club announced on Friday. Seattle traded Toronto a conditional draft pick to move up to the top slot in the allocation ranking. They used that to select Hahnemann, who joins the team as soon as MLS receives his international transfer clearance.

Weekend TV: Return of the Leagues

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Saturday MLS gets network television with Portland - Seattle on NBC at 3:30pm. Premier League on Fox Soccer: QPR - Chelsea at 9:30am, Sunderland - Liverpool at 12pm, Stoke - Manchester City at 2:30pm, and Fulham - WBA at 5pm. Fox Soccer Plus has Manchester United - Wigan at 9:45am, Arsenal - Southampton at 12pm, and Aston Villa - Swansea at 4pm.

Upside: A difficult game

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Their Words "It's a difficult game, every game in the Premier League is tough, but we have a good team and we will try so hard to get the three points." Spurs midfielder Sandro. Other Sources To Show Their Support, Soccer Fans in the U.S. Need to Master 'Tifo' - from The Wall St Journal's Brian Aguilar: "I was like, 'I want to do that.

Tell Me About: Malaga

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Oguchi Onyewu made one of the biggest moves of the summer transfer season, leaving sporting for Malaga on a season-long loan. What awaits Onyewu at his new club? Champions League soccer and dates against two of the biggest clubs in the world. Why Are We Here? After a high profile move to AC Milan that saw him debut for the club in a friendly in Baltimore, Onyewu's career was in the upswing.

Pontius re-ups with United

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Chris Pontius has signed a new contract with DC United, the club announced on Friday. "I'm obviously very happy today,"Pontius said. "DC has been very good to me – the organization, the fans, and the community – and I'm committed to bringing this team back to where it needs to be." Pontius is the club's leading goal scorer in 2012, with ten of his 23 career goals coming this season.

MLS and the CONCACAF developmental model

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By Jason Davis - WASHINGTON, DC (Sep 14, 2012) US Soccer Players -- From the outset, Major League Soccer wasn't just about getting professional soccer back on the American sports map after a decade-long absence. It wasn't just about mollifying FIFA so they'd give us a World Cup, or giving a few American professionals in need of a job a place to play.

CONCACAF creates Integrity Committee

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In response to questions over accountability and transparency, CONCACAF has announced a three-person Integrity Committee. The new committee is tasked with "ensuring accountability, transparency, and good governance among the CONCACAF Congress and member countries" and will oversee "all investigations pertaining to past practices from the previous leadership in order to ensure clarity regarding all pending issues within the newly reformed confederation.

Road to Brazil: episode 4

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Friday's TV

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MLS on NBC Sports Network: Kansas City - Houston at 8:30pm. On Univision Deportes: LA - Colorado at 11pm. Liga MX on Fox Deportes: Jaguares - Toluca at 8:30pm. Univision Deportes has Pachuca - Morelia at 8:30pm. Ligue 1 on beIN Sport and Univision Deportes: PSG - Toulouse at 2:30pm. Bundesliga on GolTV: Augsburg - Wolfsburg at 2:30pm.

Upside: Their best player

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Their Words "My first statement was that we were their best player. If you want to give teams a two goal stand then carry on, but we're not that good. We were the architects of our own downfall. Playing ridiculous balls in the wrong area of the field. I thought we eradicated that, but obviously some of the lads that have been in the squad haven't been listening.

Quakes get Tracy

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2008 Hermann Trophy winner Marcus Tracy has finally joined Major League Soccer. With injuries limiting his appearances with Aalborg in Denmark's SuperLiga, Tracy was without a club. He joined MLS and was placed into an allocation lottery won by the San Jose Earthquakes. "Our club is thrilled to have won the lottery for Marcus Tracy.

Questions: MLS on NBC

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By Tony Edwards - San Jose, CA (Sep 13, 2012) US Soccer Players -- In Thursday's column, Tony looks forward to League play starting up again, with a look at broadcast schedules, a recent trade, and jersey sales. What channel is Saturday's Portland versus Seattle on? That would be the National Broadcasting Company (NBC).

What happens to Jose Torres?

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By Charles Boehm - WASHINGTON, DC (Sep 13, 2012) US Soccer Players -- Jose Francisco Torres has become the enigma of the United States National Team's player pool. Once a darling of the program and its fans, a leading member of the much-coveted Latino demographic who made the rare and brave choice to wear the colors of his country instead of his father's, Torres' recent fortunes have clouded his place in the larger picture.

Toronto 1 - Chicago 2

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Chicago is now the 2nd-place team in the Eastern Conference, ahead of New York by a point and trailing Kansas City by three with all three of those teams level on 27 games played. At the other end of the table, Toronto is now officially out of the playoffs after the loss at BMO Field. Alvaro Alvarez opened the scoring for Chicago in the 13th minute and it was 2-0 in the 42nd when Chris.

Thursday's TV

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Upside: Can't get frustrated

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Their Words "For me, you can't get frustrated. Every camp you get called in, you have to take that as a positive and try to get better every camp. I think I've been able to do that and tonight I was rewarded with a start and thought I did a pretty decent job." US National Team midfielder Graham Zusi.

CONCACAF Qualifying: Top of the groups

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By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Sep 12, 2012) US Soccer Players – Mexico punched its ticket to the Hexagonal on Tuesday night after defeating Costa Rica 1-0, becoming the first team to advance out of the Semifinal Round. For Mexico, it was their first game at Estadio Azteca since losing to the United States there last month in a friendly.

Four things from Columbus

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (Sep 12, 2012) US Soccer Players – Group A is now a fight among three teams tied at the top, and it took a USA free kick to make that happen. As the October games loom, here are four things from an interesting night in CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying. The Crew's Goal As in, the goal itself that got hit three times by US shots in the first-half.

USA - Jamaica: Player reaction

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USA - Jamaica: Post-game press conference

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Four Things for Columbus

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (Sep 11, 2012) US Soccer Players – CONCACAF's Group A could become complicated at the end of the night. If things go as the United States expects, three teams should be separated by goal difference. That will take a quick statement of purpose against a team that beat the USA just a few days ago.

Questions: Rosters, Limits, and Markets

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By Tony Edwards - San Jose, CA (Sep 11, 2012) US Soccer Players -- In Tuesday's column, Tony asks about rosters, deadlines, and what's happening in the Los Angeles market. It's September, MLS and (most of the) European transfer window have closed until January. Why are we still hearing about players such as Eidur Gudjohnsen being on trial with MLS teams?

Studio 90: USA - Jamaica preview

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Upside: Fire guy

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Their Words "Chicago was really my first home for 11 years and I've always felt like a Fire guy. Certainly I'm still watching the team very closely." former Chicago Fire and US National Team midfielder Chris Armas. Other Sources U.S. men feeling the pressure ahead of game against Jamaica - from The LA Times Kevin Baxter: ""Pressure and expectations is just part of the professional environment.

Wednesday's TV

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WCQ: USA 1 - Jamaica 0

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The United States took the lead in Group A of CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying with a 1-0 win over Jamaica at Crew Stadium in Columbus. After hitting the frame of the goal three times in the first-half, Herculez Gomez scored from a free kick in the 55th minute. US coach Jurgen Klinsmann made several changes to his starting lineup, with the US dominating possession for large stretches of the game.

Highlights: USA 1 - Jamaica 0

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Tuesday's TV: Whole Lotta Qualifiers

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In CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying, the United States plays Jamaica at 8pm on ESPN2 and Galavision. Univision has Mexico - Costa Rica at 9pm. Panama - Canada is on ESPN Deportes at 9pm. UEFA World Cup Qualifying: England - Ukraine at 3pm on Fox Soccer. Univision Deportes has France - Belarus also at 3pm.

Upside: Partner

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Their Words "Our partner club, Earthquakes became the first team to clinch an MLS Cup play-off berth following Chivas USA's loss to Seattle Sounders on Saturday. Simon has been in fine form as the Earthquakes have stormed to the top of the Western Division of the MLS." from Tottenham Hotspur's official site.

Studio 90: Back home in Columbus

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Johnson named POTW

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Seattle forward Eddie Johnson was named Major League Soccer's Player of the Week for Week 27, MLS announced on Monday. In a week with an abbreviated schedule due to international play, Johnson had both goals in Seattle's 2-1 win over Chivas USA.

Corner: Real Salt Lake

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By their own standards, Real Salt Lake isn't getting it done as we move into the final weeks of the season. For one of the few Major League Soccer clubs to establish a style and challenge other teams to overcome it, RSL is in trouble. What once worked is no longer as threatening. A club that has had to put up with over a season's worth of commentary about their age, keeping a core group.

Video: Cherundolo in Germany, Part 2

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Tell Me About: Spurs

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Clint Dempsey is set to make his debut with new club Tottenham Hotspur once the international break concludes. Dempsey will become the third high-profile American addition to Spurs in recent years, and the first outfield player. Why Are We Here? After one of the best displays by any American player who took his game to Europe, Clint Dempsey completed a move from southwest London to north London.

Klinsmanns confidence game

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By Charles Boehm - KINGSTON, JAMAICA (Sep 9, 2012) US Soccer Players -- The office of the President of the United States has a well-documented tendency to speed up the aging process. Those who enter the White House tend to exit with more wrinkles, more gray hair, and a bone-weariness that moderates their subsequent career choices.

Klinsmann discusses what happened in Jamaica

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Seattle 2 - Chivas USA 1

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In the only game of the weekend in Major League Soccer, Seattle held up at home in front of 38,944 fans in a comeback win over Chivas USA. The visitors opened the scoring with a Nick LaBrocca goal in the eighth minute. Eddie Johnson equalized for Seattle in the 28th minute and scored the winner in the 89th.

Jamaica - USA: Player reaction

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Media roundup: Jamaica 2 - USA 1

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Jamaica Beats U.S. in World Cup Qualifier, 2-1 - from The NY Times' Andrew Keh: In all, it should make for a compelling night of soccer. Three things we learned from the US loss in Kingston - from MLSsoccer.com's Matthew Doyle: but it does mean we've got trouble. Sloppy play, lackluster tactics doom U.

CONCACAF Qualifying: Still to play

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By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Sep 8, 2012) US Soccer Players – World Cup Qualifying resumed Friday night with six games that were supposed to help dramatically reduce the number of teams that could clinch a spot to the six-team Hexagonal. They didn't. As a result of several shocking results, all 12 teams remain in contention for a spot in the final round.

Highlights: Jamaica 2 - USA 1

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Jamaica - USA: Post-game press conference

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WCQ: Jamaica 2 - USA 1

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Clint Dempsey scored for the United States 36 seconds into their World Cup Qualifier against Jamaica in Kingston, but it was the home side's night. Jamaica equalized in the 24th minute through Randolph Austin and got a 62nd minute winner from Luton Shelton. The United States will host Jamaica on Tuesday in Columbus, Ohio (7pm - ESPN2).

Weekend TV: During the break

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Saturday The Under-20 Women's World Cup final is on ESPNU and Univision Deportes: USA - Germany at 6:15am. The UEFA World Cup Qualifer between Scotland and Serbia is on ESPN Deportes at 10am. Sunday No games today. Monday GolTV has the Brazil - China friendly at 9pm. All Times Eastern

Upside: Games like this

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Their Words "Games like this can help improve the confidence of the regular reserve players. You can only get so good in practice; you need a game like this to get some match time and show the coaches why they should be confident in you and will look to you to make a play when needed down the stretch of our season.

Road to Brazil: episode 3

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Studio 90: Jamaica - USA preview

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The end of Fulhamerica

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By Jason Davis - WASHINGTON, DC (Sep 7, 2012) US Soccer Players -- The moment Clint Dempsey's transfer to Tottenham was official, an era in American soccer at least temporarily came to an end. "Fulhamerica," for years the American soccer player's likeliest English destination, had followed in the footsteps of Germany's Bayer Leverkusen.

Five Things for Jamaica

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (Aug 28, 2012) US Soccer Players – I'll start by running through a few of the clichés. Away qualifiers are tricky. Away stadiums for any of the established teams in CONCACAF are usually tough to play in. Ties are almost as good as a win on the road. And so on, and so forth.

Houston 1 - Real Salt Lake 0

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Houston returned to their winning ways on Thursday night, in front of 18,452 at BBVA Compass Stadium. After Brad Davis failed to convert a Dynamo penalty in the 74th minute, Colin Clark was successful in stoppage time. Salt Lake goalkeeper Nick Rimando was called for a foul in the box, setting up the penalty.

Friday's TV: Qualifying

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Jamaica hosts the United States at 8pm on beIN Sport. ESPN Deportes has Canada - Panama at 7:30pm. Mexico - Costa Rica is on Telemundo at 10pm. ESPN Deportes has Russia - Northern Ireland at 11am, Bulgaria - Italy at 2:30pm, and Holland - Turkey at 4:45pm. GolTV has Kazakhstan - Ireland at 12pm and Montenegro - Poland at 2:30pm.

Upside: More points

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Their Words "It was up to nine or 10 winless and that was definitely weighing us down. We know we're a better team than that and we're capable of being much higher up on the table and picking up more points than we have thus far." New England defender Chris Tierney. Other Sources USMNT plays basketball & learns how to tear phone books - from MLSsoccer.

Questions: Multiple seasons

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By Tony Edwards - San Jose, CA (Sep 6, 2012) US Soccer Players -- In Thursday's column, Tony has the reason Toronto FC has never been able to compete in MLS presented to him, examines the NASL's new schedule, and looks at a title change in Philadelphia. After all these years, now we understand why Toronto FC has never gotten it right?

Howard: "I think we feel confident."

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By Charles Boehm - WASHINGTON, DC (Sep 6, 2012) US Soccer Players -- Amid wins and losses, new coaching regimes, and any number of other changes to the US National Team over the past half-decade, goalkeeper Tim Howard remains a constant. A remarkably consistent touchstone for his team, Howard is one of coach Jurgen Klinsmann's few unquestioned starters at this early stage in 2014 World Cup qualifying.

Scouting Report: Jamaica

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By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Sept 6, 2012) US Soccer Players – After upsetting Mexico at the Azteca Stadium last month, the United States will try to take that ego boost and refocus its energies on defeating Jamaica in back-to-back World Cup Qualifiers. The USA travels to Kingston on Friday (8pm ET - beIN Sport) for the first game.

Video: Cherundolo in Germany

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MLS: Wins for Revs and Rapids

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In Major League Soccer, assumptions count for very little. That was the lesson from Wednesday when the League's newest favorite contender was shutout in New England. Columbus has the two-time Player of the Week and the momentum, but it was New England getting the result in the 2-0 win. Dimitry Imbongo opened the scoring in the 53rd minute with a Columbus own-goal doubling that lead in the 74th.

September 2012 FIFA Ranking

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The United States improved to 33rd in the FIFA World Ranking released on Wednesday. The USA beat Mexico during the rankings period. Mexico drops three spots to 21st, followed by Panama at 50th and Jamaica at 60th. Costa Rica are 66th and El Salvador are 67th. The next ranking will be released on October 3rd.

Thursday's TV

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GolTV has the Sweden - China friendly at 1pm ET.

Upside: The bottom line Their Words "But the bottom line is that we believe this

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Upside: The bottom line Their Words "But the bottom line is that we believe this new competitive format will bring more excitement and meaning to each of our regular season matches for all of our teams throughout the year." NASL Commissioner David Downs. Other Sources The Future of U.S. Soccer: The Unlikely Rise of Clint Dempsey - from Grantland's Andrew Lewellen: But Dempsey has two traits that have been instrumental in his success.

The return of The Crew

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By Dario Camacho - MIAMI, FL (Aug 22, 2012) US Soccer Players -- Federico Higuain might be the best of all Designated Player signings. In the short history of the DP rule, we've seen our share of marquee players come and go. Outstanding quality is a rarity when it comes to a player pool mined by bigger leagues in Europe.

What's with Chivas USA?

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By Zac Lee Rigg - LOS ANGELES, CA (Sep 5, 2012) US Soccer Players -- The situation at Chivas USA is unclear at the moment. When Chivas de Guadalajara owner Jorge Vergara bought out co-owner Antonio Cue on Wednesday, it took a day for the Los Angeles Times to report that Vergara had dismissed general manager Jose Domene.

Studio 90: Training in South Florida

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Wednesday's TV

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NBC Sports Network had Colorado - Portland at 9pm ET.

Upside: Build the foundation

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Their Words "This is an exciting moment for both organizations as we work together to build the foundation for what will be Northern California's premier soccer venue. 7UP Bottling is the ideal first founding partner for this stadium. Our current partnership with 7UP has been a great success and we are thrilled to have them on board for our new stadium project.

Tell Me About: Racing de Santander

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Welcome to Spain's Segunda Division, currently home of several clubs you might remember from stints in the topflight. Alongside the B teams of Barcelona and Real Madrid, we find Sporting Gijon, Villarreal, and Racing Santander. Why Are We Here? The captain of the United States National Team chose to stay with Rangers, even after the club was relegated to Scotland's Third Division.

Higuain named POTW... again

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Columbus Crew forward Federico Higuain won his second-consecutive Player of the Week award, Major League Soccer has announced. Higuain took advantage of playing two games in Week 26, recording four assists in wins over Philadelphia and Montreal. He picked up 17 of the 19 first-place votes, with San Jose's Ramiro Corrales receiving the other two.

Bernier wins Player of the Month

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Montreal midfielder Patrice Bernier is Major League Soccer's Player of the Month for August, MLS announced on Tuesday. Montreal was a perfect 4-0-0 over the month with Bernier scoring three times with three assists. Bernier got eight of the 19 votes, tying Seattle's Fredy Montero. Bernier got the nod with five 2nd-choice votes to Montero's four.

Questions: Opposite directions in MLS

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By Tony Edwards - San Jose, CA (Sep 4, 2012) US Soccer Players -- For your post-holiday reading, Tony looks at Major League Soccer clubs going in different directions and if there is hope for the teams on the slide. Tell me something good about Saturday night's New England – Philadelphia game? Philadelphia completed a lot of passes and had lots of possession.

Tuesday's TV

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Upside: Breaks back then

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Their Words "We're not excited about the front-loaded schedule, when we had so many injuries during that period. It would have been a lot nicer to have had breaks back then and really ramp it up as these guys have gotten back and be in a better spot in the playoff race." FC Dallas goalkeeper Kevin Hartman.

Corner: Liverpool

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If you pick the responses from certain English Premier League clubs, you get various takes on what the summer transfer window is supposed to provide. For some, it's a rebuilding effort even if a team is good enough to already be a competitor. For others, it's trying to figure out the damage when offers are simply too good to pass on.

Fox Soccer's Rob Stone interviews Jurgen Klinsmann

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Video: FOX Soccer Exclusive: Jurgen Klinsmann

MLS Week 26: Settle down

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After last week's goal-fest, Week 26 returned to Major League Soccer's version of normalcy. The fun started on Friday night, when Portland beat Colorado 1-0 on a 45th minute Bright Dike goal. On Saturday, Columbus continued their streak with a 2-1 win over Montreal at Crew Stadium. As expected, it was Federico Higuain making the difference by assisting on both goals.

National Teamers Abroad: Guzan in

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Premier League, and Brad Guzan was in goal for Aston Villa, drawing 1-1 with Newcastle. Eric Lichaj also started, with both players yellow carded in stoppage time. Ciaran Clark scored Villa's goal in the 22nd minute with Newcastle equalizing in the 59th. "Brad made two world-class saves - the free-kick at the end and the one in the first half," Villa manager Paul Lambert said.

USA roster for Jamaica qualifiers

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On Sunday, US National Team coach Jurgen Klinsmann announced his 25-man squad for the games against Jamaica on September 7th and 11th. "Obviously these are two huge games for us with six points on the line," Klinsmann said in a press statement. "We are in a good position at the moment in our group, but we are going into the games against Jamaica with the mindset that we want to win both.