USSoccerPlayers Archives for January 2015

U-20 World Cup: USMNT 2 – Myanmar 1

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The USMNT needed to come back to beat Myanmar in a surprising start to their Group A schedule at the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup. Read More

USMNT U-20s trying for the World Cup summit

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The USMNT U-20s begins group play at the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup in a group where the expectation is for the US to advance. Read More

FIFA reelects Sepp Blatter

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FIFA reelected Sepp Blatter as its president on Friday. Blatter had a clear majority after the first round with Prince Ali withdrawing. Read More

Soccer TV: Copa del Rey final

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The Copa del Rey final between Athletic and Barcelona is on the weekend soccer TV schedule along with plenty from the U-20 World Cup. Read More

Soccer News: It’s still FIFA

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FIFA politics and corruption charges still dominate in Friday's soccer news update, with FIFA's Congress proceeding as scheduled. Read More

The NASL vs the US Open Cup

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The NASL did itself no favors in the US Open Cup, a tournament the league prioritizes as an entry point into the CONCACAF Champions League. Read More

Queretaro loses big in 2015 Liga MX Clausura final first-leg

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The Liga MX 2015 Clausura final opened with a lopsided win for Santos Laguna, beating Queretaro 5-0 at home on Thursday. Read More

Jonathan Bornstein plays for Queretaro

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Jonathan Bornstein went from squad player to crucial to Queretaro during the 2015 Clausura season and is now playing for a title. Read More

Soccer TV: USMNT U-20s vs Myanmar

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The USMNT U-20s begin Group A play against Myanmar at the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup on Friday's soccer TV schedule. Read More

FIFA has games on the schedule

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FIFA's latest crisis comes at the beginning of a busy period for world soccer with games in tournaments all over the globe. Read More

Soccer News: FIFA issues

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FIFA faces another day of international scrutiny following Wednesday's arrests and calls for changes to world soccer's governing body. Read More

MLS Scores: 1-0 wins to open Week 13

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Shutouts were the story on Wednesday night in MLS, with all three games ending 1-0 to open Week 13 of the 2015 season. Read More

Sigi Schmid’s US Open Cup plan

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Seattle Sounders coach Sigi Schmid has a suggestion for the US Open Cup that only helps highlight the issues with the tournament. Read More

Soccer News: FIFA officials under indictment

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World soccer got a shock on Wednesday morning when Swiss authorities arrested FIFA officials for extradition to the USA. Read More

What happens to CONCACAF?

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With FIFA finding its Congress interrupted by arrest warrants, CONCACAF is once again part of the problem for world soccer's governing body. Read More

Week 12 goals

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Scoring goals is still the big problem for the 2015 MLS season with Week 12 providing more examples of stalled offenses across the league. Read More

Soccer TV: Dnipro vs Sevilla

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The Europa League final is on Wednesday's soccer TV schedule with Dnipro vs Sevilla while Manchester City travels to Toronto for a friendly. Read More

Kei Kamara wins MLS Player of the Week

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The Columbus Crew's Kei Kamara scored twice in Week 12 in a 2-2 draw with the Chicago Fire, winning MLS Player of the Week honors. Read More

Soccer News: End of seasons in European soccer

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Real Madrid decides the way forward is with a new coach while other European clubs also look for new leadership in Tuesday's soccer news. Read More

Real Madrid plays only for trophies

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The response to Real Madrid parting ways with their coach Carlo Ancelotti overlooks a basic fact about Europe's super clubs. Read More

Bornstein crucial for Queretaro in Liga MX playoffs

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Jonathan Bornstein scored for Queretaro as they advance on a tiebreaker to face Santos Laguna in the 2015 Liga MX Clausura finals. Read More

MLS Week 12: Draw at the top of the Eastern Conference

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Week 12 of the 2015 MLS season saw New England and DC United draw in the East and Chris Wondolowski score his 100th goal. Read More

USMNT U-23 roster for 2015 Toulon Tournament

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USMNT U-23 coach Andres Herzog released the 19-player USMNT U-23 roster for the 2015 Toulon Tournament that begins later this week in France. Read More

It’s not MLS vs NASL in Miami

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Jason Davis argues that it really isn't MLS vs the NASL in Miami. Instead, it's both leagues vs the history of American pro soccer. Read More

Soccer TV: Hull City vs Manchester United

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The Bundesliga and Premier League conclude on the weekend soccer TV schedule with NBC showing all of Sunday's Premier League games. Read More

Should MLS drop the US Open Cup?

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MLS added the US Open Cup to its schedule from the very beginning, but maybe it's time for the league to focus on itself. Read More

Soccer News: FIFA president

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It's another round of criticism for FIFA in Friday's soccer news update along with two presidential candidates dropping out of the race. Read More

Pachuca 2 – Queretaro 0

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Queretaro is the last Liga MX club standing with a USMNT player, and they now face a two-goal deficit in their playoff semifinal series. Read More

Soccer TV: Columbus vs Chicago and LA Galaxy vs Houston

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The Columbus Crew hosts the Chicago Fire and LA plays Houston in an MLS doubleheader on Friday's soccer TV schedule. Read More

Playing pro soccer in Miami

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The NASL is the latest league to try to claim the Miami soccer market, and they probably won't be the last in the era of soccer expansion. Read More

Soccer News: FIFA’s latest critics

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FIFA is attracting more critics after pressure from its sponsors and a report from Amnesty International on the worker situation in Qatar. Read More

Sporting Kansas City 4 – New England Revolution 2

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Sporting Kansas City started the Week 12 MLS schedule with a win over the New England Revolution at Sporting Park. Read More

The LAFC version of the MLS dream

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LAFC's stadium announcement continued a trend with MLS, placing a team in elite company without the decades of tradition. Read More

Rebuilding the buzz for LA soccer

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MLS pushes its second chance at a second team in LA back a year, but the opportunity in 2018 will be even bigger in a World Cup summer. Read More

Soccer TV: Pachuca vs Queretaro and Santos vs Chivas

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Pachuca plays Queretaro and Santos hosts Chivas in the 2015 Liga MX Clausura playoff semifinals on Thursday's soccer TV schedule. Read More

Does FIFA care?

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FIFA seems able to outlast any criticism and the current presidential election cycle might be another case in point for world soccer. Read More

Soccer News: USMNT U-20s continue World Cup prep

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The USMNT U-20s pick up a friendly win and advice for Real Madrid and Bayern Munich in Wednesday's soccer news update. Read More

Is this the year? A World Cup path opens for the USMNT U-20s

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The USMNT U-20s face new pressure as a potential favorite at the FIFA U-20 World Cup later this month in New Zealand. Read More

The Cosmos and the rest of the NASL

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The New York Cosmos have few issues showing why they're one of the best NASL teams, but that means little in New York City. Read More

Chad Barrett wins MLS Player of the Week

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Seattle Sounders forward Chad Barrett is the MLS Player of the Week for Week 11 with two goals against Vancouver. Read More

Soccer TV: Arsenal vs Sunderland

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Arsenal and Sunderland meet in the Premier League and MLS Week 12 begins on Wednesday's soccer TV schedule. Read More

Managing Manchester City

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Manchester City is one example of a European super club insisting on the old way of assessing blame that might not work anymore. Read More

Soccer News: Dempsey’s pitch

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Seattle Sounders Clint Dempsey throws out the first pitch and reaction to LAFC as we collect the soccer news for Tuesday. Read More

Diskerud: “You always believe”

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Mix Diskerud talks about NYCFC as the expansion MLS team tries to adjust to the league and find success in the Eastern Conference. Read More

Trusting the league table

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Playoffs aren't foreign to a few leagues in Europe, opting for several systems that allow clubs to finish higher than their league positions. Read More

Soccer News: Chris Wondolwoski’s Dad

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Monday's soccer news has Chris Wondolowski's dad paying tribute to his son's 99 goals and news on finances in Europe. Read More

Goals for Johannsson, promotion for Ingolstadt

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It was a strong end to the Eredivisie season for Aron Johannsson, scoring two goals and helping AZ into the Europa League. Read More

MLS Week 11: Big win for Orlando City

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Orlando City picked up a big win over the LA Galaxy to highlight Week 11 in MLS where a game was postponed due to weather. Read More

Talking down MLS

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Steven Gerrard inadvertently caused himself and his new MLS club a but of trouble while saying goodbye at his old Premier League club. Read More

Soccer TV: Manchester United vs Arsenal

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Manchester United hosts Arsenal on Sunday with Champions League positions on the line as part of a busy weekend soccer TV schedule. Read More

Soccer News: Freidel’s club retirement

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Brad Friedel announces his retirement and there's a lot to take from styles of play in the Champions League in Friday's soccer news. Read More

Soccer TV: NYCFC vs Chicago and Dallas vs New York

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Friday means an MLS doubleheader on the soccer schedule with NYCFC hosting Chicago and the Red Bulls at Dallas. Read More

Glory hunting the Champions League final

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By design, the Champions League welcomes glory hunters and short term allegiances, especially when only two teams are left. Read More

Soccer News: Liga MX and CONCACAF

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CONCACAF releases a documentary on Liga MX and raises the issue of best league in the confederation in Thursday's soccer news update. Read More

Gedion Zelalem added to final USMNT U-20 World Cup roster

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USMNT U-20s coach Tab Ramos submitted the final 21-player roster for the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup that begins on May 30. Read More

DC United beats Orlando City 2-1

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DC United stretched its undefeated run to eight games with a win over Orlando City to open Week 11 of the 2015 MLS season. Read More

The Liga MX Clausura 2015 playoffs

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Luis Bueno previews the 2015 Liga MX Clausura playoffs USMNT players meeting in the Queretaro vs Atlas quarterfinal series. Read More

Building bigger MLS stadiums

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Toronto FC opened its 2015 home schedule in an expanded BMO Field, and with it another stage for MLS stadium development. Read More

Soccer TV: Fiorentina vs Sevilla

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Thursday's soccer TV schedule will determine the 2014-15 Europa League semifinalists with Fiorentina playing Sevilla on Fox Sports 2. Read More

The Champions League stays the same

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Critics of the Champions League this season might be missing the point as the tournament once again matches super clubs. Read More

Soccer News: Playing by MLS rules

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LA Galaxy coach Bruce Arena doesn't hesitate in criticizing the new MLS player discovery process in Wednesday's soccer news. Read More

NYCFC can afford to wait

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NYCFC is struggling in their expansion season, but that doesn't mean as much with player upgrades and the safety net of the playoffs. Read More

Soccer TV: Real Madrid vs Juventus

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Real Madrid hosts Juventus in the second-leg of their 2014-15 Champions League semifinal series on Wednesday's soccer TV schedule. Read More

Wright-Phillips wins MLS Player of the Week

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Bradley Wright-Phillips wins the MLS Player of the Week award for Week 10 of the 2015 season with two goals in the Red Bulls win over NYCFC. Read More

Playing up at Almere City

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Almere City is currently playing for a promotion spot in the Eredivisie, raising an issue that has no quick answer for Dutch club soccer. Read More

Soccer News: Naming Atlanta MLS

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In Tuesday's soccer news, Atlanta is closing in on a name for its MLS expansion team and Oguchi Onyewu is a free agent. Read More

The NYC derby

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The first NYC derby is in the books with New York Red Bulls fans getting the home result against NYCFC in Week 10 of the MLS season. Read More

Soccer TV: Bayern Munich vs Barcelona

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Bayern Munich and Barcelona resume their 2014-15 Champions League semifinal series on Tuesday's soccer TV schedule. Read More

Why does promotion make sense for the Premier League?

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Promotion and relegation is still a given in English soccer, but are there limits to what the Premier League will accept? Read More

Soccer News: Klinsmann and tactics

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The soccer news update has USMNT coach Jurgen Klinsmann on progressive soccer and Toronto FC looking for answers after Week 10. Read More

Win for Stoke, goals for Johannsson and Chandler

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Stoke City beat Spurs in the Premier League and Aron Johannsson and Timmy Chandler scored as we wrap-up the weekend for USMNT players. Read More

MLS Week 10: Point for Orlando City

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MLS saw a lot of quality across the Week 10 schedule and it started with Orlando City drawing New England at the Citrus Bowl. Read More

Waiting on players in MLS

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The list of MLS teams waiting on key players either due to transfers or injury is long enough to disrupt what we think we know in 2015. Read More

Soccer TV: New York Red Bulls vs NYCFC

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The New York Red Bulls host NYCFC on the weekend soccer TV schedule in a game that MLS hopes is the start of a great rivalry. Read More

Dnipro understands the Europa League

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Dnipro might not be the team to watch in the Europa League, but they're also the team hanging on round after round. Read More

Soccer News: Toronto FC at home

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Toronto FC starts its home schedule after a revamp to BMO Field that might have a second phase in Friday's soccer news update. Read More

Soccer TV: Orlando City vs New England and Colorado vs San Jose

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It's an MLS doubleheader on Univision Deportes on Friday night starting with Orlando City hosting the New England Revolution. Read More

Lionel Messi once again confirms the obvious

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Barcelona might not be a one-dimensional team, but when they need a result Lionel Messi usually makes it seem that way. Read More

Soccer News: That Champions League semifinal

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Lionel Messi is the story in Thursday's soccer news update, with pundits from all over trying to figure out how he does it. Read More

US Soccer announces 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup roster

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USMNT coach Tab Ramos announced 20 players to his USMNT squad for the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup in New Zealand. Read More

Real Salt Lake 0 – LA Galaxy 0

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Real Salt Lake and the LA Galaxy continued on a trend in MLS this season, playing out a scoreless draw on Wednesday. Read More

Four MLS stadiums

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MLS has stadium issues in four markets, raising concern that the league's push for expansion may have gotten ahead of places to play. Read More

The LA Galaxy does without

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The LA Galaxy looks like a different team early in 2015 and a summer revamp around Steven Gerrard might come too late. Read More

Soccer TV: Sevilla vs Fiorentina and Napoli vs Dnipro

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The Europa League semifinals begin on Fox Sports with Sevilla playing Fiorentina and Napoli vs Dnipro on Wednesday's soccer TV schedule. Read More

What Juventus did against Real Madrid

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Juventus celebrates a first-leg win in the Champions League in a way that only highlights the gap between Serie A and La Liga. Read More

Soccer News: Canada and FIFA

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The Canadian Championship begins and FIFA faces another round of criticism in Wednesday's soccer news roundup. Read More

Houston Dynamo 0 – San Jose Earthquakes 1

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The San Jose Earthquakes picked up three points on Tuesday night in a successful return to Houston for coach Dominic Kinnear. Read More

Why is it so hard to score goals in MLS this season?

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Goals are down in MLS this season and Clemente Lisi has several reasons for why we're seeing such a drop in offensive production. Read More

Rating MLS on UDN

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MLS on Univision Deportes has a Friday night time slot and an English-language option, but it's still a work in progress. Read More

Soccer TV: Barcelona vs Bayern Munich

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The 2014-15 Champions League semifinals continue on Wednesday's soccer TV schedule with Barcelona hosting Bayern Munich. Read More

Obafemi Martins wins MLS Player of the Week

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Seattle Sounders forward Obafemi Martins wins MLS Player of the Week for Week 9 with two goals and an assist against NYCFC. Read More

MLS plays the rivalry game

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MLS excitement about the New York rivalry between the New York Red Bulls and NYCFC overlooks whether or not it even exists. Read More

Soccer News: How Liga MX handles relegation

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Tuesday's soccer news has Liga MX clubs facing relegation, Jason Davis profiled in The Washington Post, and Champions League news. Read More

Benny Feilhaber wins April Player of the Month

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Benny Feilhaber is the MLS Player of the Month for April, 2015 after several standout performances for Sporting Kansas City. Read More

USMNT schedules Guatemala for 2015 Gold Cup warm-up

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US Soccer announced the warm-up friendly for the 2015 Gold Cup, with the USMNT hosting Guatemala in Nashville on July 3. Read More

Soccer TV: Juventus vs Real Madrid

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It's Juventus playing Real Madrid in the first-leg of a 2014-15 Champions League semifinal series on Tuesday's soccer TV schedule. Read More

MLS’s same old scene

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Club soccer never underwent the major changes plenty predicted and that's helped MLS grow in a time of general economic uncertainty. Read More

Soccer News: Coach life

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MLS player Chad Marshall makes it clear why coach isn't the best option for professional soccer players in Monday's soccer news. Read More

MLS Week 9: Texas and NYC

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The Texas derby didn't disappoint FC Dallas fans in Week 9 while Clint Dempsey and Obafemi Martins put on a show in NYC. Read More

Aston Villa beats Everton in the Premier League

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Aston Villa continues their run of form in the Premier League, but this time the win came without Brad Guzan in goal. Read More

Q&A with Chris Wondolowski

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Clemente Lisi speaks with USMNT and San Jose Earthquakes forward Chris Wondolowski about the Quakes season and the Gold Cup. Read More

MLS and the rest of the world

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MLS already takes its place at the table alongside the world's top leagues for its business model rather than its level of competition. Read More

Soccer TV: Spurs vs Manchester City

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Spurs play Manchester City on Sunday as the Premier League becomes about playing for position on the weekend soccer TV schedule. Read More

Major vs minor in American pro soccer

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Does the major vs minor designation work for the North American soccer leagues, or is it borrowing too much from other sports? Read More

Soccer News: Judging MLS Champions League disappointment

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Reactions to how MLS and Montreal handled the CONCACAF Champions League and an award for Tim Ream in Friday's soccer news. Read More