USSoccerPlayers Archives for January 2017

Soccer TV: Seattle Sounders vs Atlanta United

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Week 5 in MLS starts on the Friday soccer TV schedule with two games on Fox Sports 1. There's also La Liga, the Championship and the Bundesliga with the European leagues resuming after the international break.

Seattle Sounders vs Atlanta United on Fox Sports 1 at 10pm. We already know that Clint Dempsey is all the way back for country and club, benefitting the defending MLS champions.

Jurgen Klinsmann and US Soccer’s institutional memory

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By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (Mar 30, 2017) US Soccer Players - March's World Cup qualifiers are over. The USMNT have banked four points from a potential six this month, meeting the coach's stated goal. That's restored at least some measure of calm to the process of qualifying for Russia 2018 from the CONCACAF Hexagonal.

Are the NFL’s problems soccer’s problems?

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By J Hutcherson (Mar 30, 2017) US Soccer Players - It's tough being the biggest league in American sports. The National Football League would like to put its problems behind it as it pushes for even greater market share here and around the world. The era of the global sports league might be dawning, and the NFL would like to be at the top.

Schweinsteiger in Chicago

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Bastian Schweinsteiger got in some training and met what passes for the media in Chicago. Some decided to go ahead and prove that there are such a thing as stupid questions, asking if the Fire could win the World Cup and whether or not the internationally retired Schweinsteiger hoped to regain his spot with Germany.

Mexico takes over the Hexagonal

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By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Mar 29, 2017) US Soccer Players - Most years, CONCACAF World Cup qualifying is anything but routine for Mexico. More often than not, Mexico has struggled during the qualification phase, struggles that often necessitate a coaching change and roster overhaul.

This is not one of those years.

Without Lletget, the Galaxy consider their options

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By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Mar 28, 2017) US Soccer Players - The LA Galaxy announced on Tuesday that 24-year old midfielder Sebastian Lletget would miss the next 4-6 months. He needs surgery to fix a broken bone in his foot. Lletget picked up the injury while on duty with the USMNT, for whom he made his competitive debut on Friday night against Honduras.

The USMNT’s point in Panama

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The biggest takeaway from the USMNT's 1-1 draw at Panama is nothing new to CONCACAF World Cup qualifying. Win at home, get whatever you can on the road. The USMNT did that job plus a little more. In a testy game with a referee happy to let both teams play on, Christian Pulisic's weave through the Panama box made the difference.

WCQ: Panama 1 – USMNT 1

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Panama and the USMNT split the points in Panama City, drawing 1-1 in CONCACAF World Cup qualifying. The USMNT and Panama traded first-half goals. Christian Pulisic weaved his way through the Panama box to find Clint Dempsey in the 39th minute. Panama equalized four minutes later through Gabriel Gomez.

The USMNT vs Panama and another game in the Hexagonal

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It's gameday for the USMNT in Panama City (10pm ET - beIN Sport). We're going to go ahead and assume that nobody needs a reminder that the USMNT would like three more World Cup qualifying points. It's a simple scenario for all the teams in CONCACAF's Hexagonal round of World Cup qualifying. Winning means control.

Soccer TV: Panama vs USMNT

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The USMNT is back in action on Tuesday, trying for three more points in Panama. Coming off of their major statement against Honduras, the USMNT takes their newfound confidence on the road in Panama City. Also on the soccer TV schedule, Europe switches to friendlies while World Cup qualifying continues in CONMEBOL and CONCACAF.

MLS needs to stop playing during the international windows

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By Clemente Lisi – HARRISON, NJ (Mar 27, 2017) US Soccer Players – You may have spent the past few days enjoying the bevy of World Cup Qualifiers available during the international window. You may have even found your way to San Jose to witness the USA's 6-0 romp of Honduras Friday night.

The USMNT and the Hexagonal table

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Monday's soccer news starts with newly won confidence for the USMNT following a 6-0 shutout of Honduras. The rest of CONCACAF got a lesson in how not to play the USMNT in this cycle. How Panama responds on Tuesday (10pm ET - beIN Sport) will be on the minds of the rest of the region.

Panama has issues of their own, trying to turnaround a road loss to Trinidad & Tobago.

Another loss for Minnesota United in MLS week 4

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It didn't get any better for Minnesota United in week 4 of the 2017 MLS season. With most of the league taking the international weekend off, Minnesota United didn't get a break. Instead, it was another lopsided loss, this time on the road at New England. The Revolution opened their home schedule with a 5-2 win.

WCQ: USMNT 6 – Honduras 0

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The USMNT resumed World Cup qualifying on Friday night at Avaya Stadium in San Jose, California in a big way. Shaking off two losses to start the Hexagonal round, the USMNT dominated Honduras in a 6-0 shutout.

The goals started early with Sebastian Lletget scoring in the 5th minute. Michael Bradley doubled the lead in the 27th.

Soccer TV: New York Red Bulls vs Real Salt Lake

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UEFA World Cup qaulifying is on the weekend soccer TV schedule, with not a lot of club options due to the international break. MLS plays through with a limited schedule and the 2017 NASL Spring season kicks off on beIN Sport.

New York Red Bulls vs Real Salt Lake at 4pm on Saturday on UniMas.

Bruce Arena stands up for American soccer

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By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Mar 24, 2017) US Soccer Players - It's not that Bruce Arena's semi-regular musings on the state of American soccer didn't matter while he was leading the LA Galaxy. He won three MLS Cup titles, two Supporters Shields, and fully cemented his place as the greatest American soccer coach.

The USMNT needs three points in San Jose

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The soccer news starts with the USMNT in action tonight against Honduras in San Jose (10:30pm ET - FS1). Is there going to be a pregame that pushes that start time closer to 11pm on the East Coast? Of course there is.

After months of concern, we're all well aware of what's at stake for the USMNT.

Soccer TV: USMNT vs Honduras

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The games return in force on Friday's soccer TV schedule. World Cup qualifying resumes in CONCACAF with the USMNT in action against Honduras on Fox Sports 1. That follows Mexico playing Costa Rica. There are also qualifiers from UEFA.

USMNT vs Honduras at 10:30pm on Fox Sports 1. We all know the stakes for the USMNT.

USMNT roll up their sleeves by the Bay

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By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (Mar 23, 2017) US Soccer Players - Experience, aggression and commitment are the tools of choice for the USMNT as they wade into a pressure-packed World Cup qualifying encounter with Honduras at Avaya Stadium in San Jose, California on Friday (10:30pm ET - FS1).

UEFA and the super clubs

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The soccer news starts with UEFA noticing how their soccer clubs spend their money. UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin is talking luxury tax, squad limits, and the transfer market, in an attempt to curb the payrolls of the super clubs. Fair enough in theory, but it's worth asking how the clubs are going to respond to UEFA attempting to impose limits.

Mexico’s home World Cup qualifying schedule

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By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Mar 22, 2017) US Soccer Players - For all the pressure and fear associated with World Cup qualifying, there is a rather simple formula for CONCACAF teams seeking entry to the world's biggest sporting spectacle. Take care of business at home.

It's a tried-and-true formula, really.

Again with the Cosmos

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By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Mar 22, 2017) US Soccer Players - It doesn't seem to matter who's in charge of the most storied name in American soccer. The New York Cosmos are always a lightning rod. Maybe there's something about the brand itself that attracts the iconoclast. These figures who see the Cosmos as a means to rocking the proverbial American soccer boat.

The International Champions Cup is on for 2017

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Wednesday's soccer news starts with the announcement for this summer's International Champions Cup. The 2017 edition brings Juventus, Spurs, Roma, Manchester United, Manchester City, PSG, Real Madrid, and Barcelona to NFL stadiums, Orlando's Camping World Stadium, and Red Bull Arena. It's yet another chance to see the giants of European soccer without having to sit through an eight-hour plane ride.

Real Salt Lake “dismisses” their coach

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By J Hutcherson (Mar 21, 2017) US Soccer Players - Real Salt Lake decided it was time for a coaching change three weeks into the 2017 MLS season. The international break had barely started when RSL announced the club had dismissed Jeff Cassar. Credit the management with using "dismisses" rather than "parted ways", since the scenario is almost always the club telling the coach it's time for him to go.

The Fire get Schweinsteiger

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The soccer news starts with the European media announcing that Bastian Schweinsteiger is moving to Chicago before MLS and the team got the chance. That included Schweinsteiger himself releasing a video. Time zones took away Chicago's moment, signing a marquee player from a marquee club.

A World Cup winner moving from Manchester United to the Chicago Fire is never going to be a small thing.

USMNT vs Honduras – The History

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By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Mar 20, 2017) US Soccer Players – The USMNT is no stranger when it comes to playing in must-win games. From the first round of the World Cup to the Gold Cup knockout stages and Hexagonal tournaments in between, the USMNT has found ways to win. It will need to channel some of those past victories when it plays Honduras on Friday evening at Avaya Stadium in San Jose.

Possession doesn’t win MLS games

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Monday's soccer news starts with a simple point from San Jose Earthquakes assistant coach John Spencer. It was Spencer on the sideline for the Quakes in their 2-1 loss at Sporting Kansas City. Spencer stepped in with Dom Kinnear unable to coach due to an illness. What Spencer saw from his squad on Saturday night was an ability to control possession.

MLS Week 3: More goals for Atlanta United

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It was a busy Saturday for MLS in the weekend before the international break. 20 of the league's 22 teams were in action. It was also a busy day for referees across the league, with several red cards.

Atlanta United continued their scoring streak in MLS, shutting out Chicago 4-0 in front of almost 46,000 at Bobby Dodd Stadium.

Hyndman scores for Rangers, goal for Brooks

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The USMNT players in Europe and Mexico starts with a goal for Emerson Hyndman in Rangers' 4-0 shutout of Hamilton Academical. Hyndman opened the scoring in the 26th minute at Ibrox. Clinton Hill doubled the lead in the 41st minute with Martin Waghorn converting a penalty in the 55th. Waghorn assisted on Lee Wallace's goal in the 74th.

Soccer TV: Manchester City vs Liverpool

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It's the weekend soccer TV schedule with Manchester City playing Liverpool on network TV on Sunday. MLS has two games available nationally. On Saturday, Atlanta visits Chicago on UniMas and on Sunday Fox Sports 1 has Seattle playing the New York Red Bulls. Also on the schedule, GolTV has Sunday's Gladbach vs Bayern Munich game with those teams also set to meet in the DFB Pokal semifinals.

US Soccer to close Bradenton program

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The US Soccer Federation announced on Friday that it will close the U-17 residency program based at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida at the end of the current semester. The program began in 1999 as a way to produce future senior squad players in an intensive residential environment modeled on overseas academy systems.

It’s not going to get any easier for MLS referees

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By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Mar 17, 2017) US Soccer Players - The MLS Disciplinary Committee announced their Week 2 decisions on Wednesday afternoon. The release, as is too often the case, was highly anticipated. This particular week it was the expectation that the DisCo would address a pair of high profile fouls in the match between the LA Galaxy and Portland Timbers.

Champions League quarterfinals set

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The soccer news starts with UEFA holding the draw for the 2016-17 Champions League quarterfinals. The highlight series is Bayern Munich vs Real Madrid, the kind of super club match-up the Champions League covets. Well, maybe a stage closer to the final. As a quarterfinal, it means losing one of the favorites earlier than expected.

Gladbach exits Europa League, new coach for Guzan at Middlesbrough

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Fabian Johnson had to sub out in the 16th minute of Gladbach's Europa League round of 16 second-leg against Schalke. Johnson appeared to injure his hamstring. Gladbach exited the Europa League 2-2 on the night and 3-3 on aggregate.

Andreas Christensen put Gladbach up at home in the 26th minute with Mahmoud Dahoud doubling the lead in first-half stoppage time.

Soccer TV: Borussia Dortmund vs Ingolstadt

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Friday's soccer TV schedule has Christian Pulisic's Borussia Dortmund at home against Alfredo Morales's Ingolstadt. Also on the schedule, the Championship on beIN Sport and Liga MX on Azteca America.

Borussia Dortmund vs Ingolstadt at 3:30pm on Fox Sports 2. Dortmund shutout Sportfreunde Lotte 3-0 in their rescheduled DFB Cup quarterfinal on Tuesday.

Bruce Arena picks his USMNT squad – now what?

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By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (Mar 16, 2017) US Soccer Players - The final countdown to this month's massive World Cup qualifying matches began in earnest on Wednesday. Bruce Arena unveiled his 24-man USMNT roster for the games against Honduras On March 24 and Panama on the 28.

Are the super clubs playing a losing game?

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By J Hutcherson (Mar 16, 2017) US Soccer Players - It's almost too easy with an underachieving super club. Laugh along as they spend too much not to win. There are plenty of handy metrics to show just how badly a club like Manchester City is underachieving in the Champions League.

First-leg goes MLS’s way in Dallas, Arena’s roster

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The soccer news starts with an MLS result in the Champions League. FC Dallas came back to take the first-leg of their semifinal series with Pachuca 2-1 at Toyota Stadium. With Omar Gonzalez in Pachuca's starting eleven, Franco Jara put them up in the 3rd minute. Maxi Urruti equalized for Dallas in the 44th with Kellyn Acosta scoring from a free kick in the 58th.

Soccer TV: Gladbach vs Schalke

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It's the Europa League round of 16 second-legs on Fox Sports. Manchester United tries to advance past Rostov on Fox Sports 1. Fox Sports 2 has the all-Bundesliga finale from the Gladbach vs Schalke season.

Gladbach vs Schalke at 4pm on Fox Sports 2. Fabian Johnson and Gladbach drew 1-1 at Schalke.

USMNT roster for March World Cup qualifiers

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USMNT coach Bruce Arena named 24 players to his squad in advance of the March 24 World Cup qualifiers against Honduras (10:30pm ET - Fox Sports 1) and Panama (10pm ET-beIN Sport). The USMNT players start camp on March 19 in San Jose.

"We put together a roster that we think has balance and one that gives us an option in playing a number of different ways," Arena said.

The best version of MLS vs Liga MX

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By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Mar 15, 2017) US Soccer Players - It's not often that soccer serves up a historic, life-altering, history-making and possibly changing matchup. While soccer still has not served that one up quite yet in CONCACAF Champions League play, there may be just such a matchup waiting around the corner.

China is the wrong example to push MLS in the transfer market

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By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Mar 15, 2017) US Soccer Players - Andrea Pirlo is many things. Fashion icon. Wine connoisseur. New Yorker. Soccer legend. What he is not is an expert on the business of Major League Soccer, or how the way MLS operates affects its ability to compete in the larger soccer world.

Vancouver loses CONCACAF Champions League semifinal opener

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The 2016-17 CONCACAF Champions League semifinal didn't go Vancouver's way. The Whitecaps lost 2-0 at Tigres to open the series. Tigres benefited from a 66th-minute own goal. Eduardo Vargas doubled the lead in the 87th. Tigres goalkeeper Nahuel Guzman didn't have to make a save to keep the clean sheet.

Draw for the FIFA U-20 World Cup

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FIFA held the draw for the U-20 World Cup in South Korea. The USMNT will play in Group F against Ecuador (May 22 - Incheon Stadium), Senegal (May 25 - Incheon Stadium), and Saudi Arabia (May 28 - Daejeon World Cup Stadium).

"We are proud to have earned a group top seed for the 2017 U-20 World Cup," USMNT U-20 coach Tab Ramos said.

Cup win for Dortmund, goal for Pulisic

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There were games outside of the Champions League on Tuesday, with Christian Pulisic in action. Pulisic's Borussia Dortmund shutout Sportfreunde Lotte in the DFB Pokal. Pulisic opened the scoring in the 57th minute at osnatel ARENA. Andre Schurrle doubled Dortmund's lead in the 66th. Marcel Schmelzer finished off the goals in the 83rd minute.

Soccer TV: Monaco vs Manchester City

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Another afternoon of Champions League round of 16 second-legs on the soccer TV schedule. Fox Sports 1 has Monaco hosting Manchester City and Atletico Madrid plays Bayer Leverkusen on Fox Sports 2. There's also the CONCACAF Champions League semifinals on Univision with FC Dallas in action against Pachuca.

Martinez wins MLS Player of the Week

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Atlanta United's Josef Martinez is the MLS Player of the Week for week 2 of the 2017 season. Martinez scored a hat-trick in Atlanta's 6-1 win over fellow expansion club Minnesota United. Martinez started the scoring early, getting a goal in the 3rd minute at TCF Bank Stadium. Martinez made it 3-0 in the 27th, scoring Atlanta's fifth goal in the 75th minute.

Vancouver tries again for MLS in the CONCACAF Champions League

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It's the Vancouver Whitecaps' turn to see if they can get past a Liga MX team in the CONCACAF Champions League semifinals. Two weeks into the MLS season, Vancouver will once again switch focus to the regional tournament, at Tigres tonight (10pm ET - Facebook Live). Not losing in Mexico is another old and not exactly flattering story for MLS.

Soccer TV: Juventus vs Porto

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The Champions League continues on Fox Sports with Juventus playing Porto on FS2 and Leicester City hosting Sevilla on FS1. The CONCACAF Champions League is also on the Tuesday soccer TV schedule, with Tigres playing Vancouver in their semifinal first-leg on Facebook Live.

Juventus vs Porto at 3:45pm on Fox Sports 2 in the second-leg of their Champions League round of 16 series.

Honduras World Cup qualifying roster

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Honduras released its 26-player World Cup qualifying roster. Honduras plays the USMNT on March 24 at Avaya Stadium (10:30pm ET - FS1) and Costa Rica four days later at Estadio Francisco Morazan in San Pedro Sula. Honduras lost 1-0 at home to Panama in their opening Hexagonal round game, beating Trinidad & Tobago on November 15.

Stressing history for MLS in St Louis

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By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Mar 13, 2017) US Soccer Players – MLS is growing each year. The league's 22nd season opened this month with 22 teams, more than the top flights of England, Germany, Spain, and Italy. Next year, Major League Soccer will add another franchise in Los Angeles when LAFC takes to the field.

What’s the MLS metric?

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By J Hutcherson (Mar 13, 2017) US Soccer Players - It's tough in professional club soccer, especially in North America. Nobody is turning off Major League Baseball because the Japanese, Korean, Mexican, or Dominican league is so much better. Nobody is choosing the Kontinental Hockey League over the National Hockey League.

How not to run an international tournament

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In a lesson for everybody else in the business of staging international team sports tournaments, the World Baseball Classic had a moment last night. Mexico played Venezuela with both teams looking to advance from their group to play Italy in a tiebreaker game in Group D. Unfortunately, neither team seemed clear on what they needed to get to that game.

Goal for Wood in Hamburg win

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Bobby Wood scored in Hamburg's 2-1 home win over Gladbach's Fabian Johnson. Andreas Christensen put Gladbach up in the 23rd minute. Hamburg's Filip Kostic equalized in the 36th. Wood scored Hamburg's winner in the 80th. Johnson subbed on in the 57th minute

"It was a very deserved win," Hamburg coach Markus Gisdol said.

MLS Week 2: Atlanta beats Minnesota in the snow

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The weather didn't help Minnesota United in week 2 of the 2017 MLS season. Minnesota lost its second MLS game and first home game 6-1 to Atlanta United. Josef Martinez had Atlanta up at TCF Bank Stadium in the 3rd minute. Miguel Almiron doubled the lead in the 13th with Martinez making it 3-0 in the 27th.

Soccer TV: Arsenal vs Lincoln City

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The quarterfinals of the FA Cup are on the weekend soccer TV schedule. We go with the biggest potential upset, with Lincoln City visiting Arsenal on Saturday. Chelsea plays Manchester United on Monday. The two new MLS teams meet with Minnesota hosting Atlanta in a battle of the Uniteds on Sunday.

Arsenal vs Lincoln City on Saturday at 12:30pm on Fox Sports 2.

Can European soccer handle disruption?

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By J Hutcherson (Mar 10, 2017) US Soccer Players - If you pay enough attention to European soccer, there's the feeling that they're as surprised as anyone the game is so popular. Take any league or any tournament, and the growth charts in a way that wasn't predictable. Those in charge don't do themselves any favors with their plans to make things even better.

Jesse Fioranelli tries something different in San Jose

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By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Mar 10, 2017) US Soccer Players - San Jose Earthquakes general manager Jesse Fioranelli wasn't a typical choice for the job when his new club hired him to replace John Doyle in January. Fioranelli joined the Quakes from Roma, where he was part of management team that oversaw player scouting, player development, match analysis, and recruitment.

Result for Gladbach in the Europa League

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The soccer news starts in the Europa League. Fabian Johnson and Gladbach drew 1-1 at Schalke. Jonas Hofmann put Gladbach up in the 15th minute with Schalke equalizing in the 25th. Johnson subbed out in the 65th minute. The second-leg of the Round of 16 series is on March 16.

"We had too many lapses in concentration today," Gladbach's Jonas Hofmann said.

Soccer TV: Juventus vs Milan

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It's the meeting of two of Italy's biggest clubs with Juventus hosting Milan on beIN Sport. Also on Friday's soccer TV schedule, the Bundesliga is on Fox Sports 2 with Werder Bremen at Bayer Leverkusen.

Juventus vs Milan at 2:45pm on beIN Sport. As with most things in Italian soccer, Juventus has a sizeable advantage in trophies and wins over Milan.

Are MLS stadiums built to last?

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By J Hutcherson (Mar 9, 2017) US Soccer Players - Everybody in pro sports wants to build their version of Dodgers Stadium. They want to get the location and design right to begin with, becoming an archetype for what's best about where we play sports. There's a reason waves of stadiums have come and gone since Dodger Stadium opened in 1962.

Bruce Arena lays out the USMNT roster picture for crucial March qualifiers

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By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (Mar 9, 2017) US Soccer Players - Don't think old dogs can learn new tricks? Bruce Arena has been providing some evidence to the contrary since his return to the USMNT. Arena is continuing and even expanding on the communications outreach efforts of his predecessor Jurgen Klinsmann.

USMNT players getting time in the Copa MX

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USMNT players did well in the Copa MX on Wednesday, with Tijuana shutting out Club America 1-0 at home on a Paul Arriola goal. Michael Orozco and Joe Corona also started for Tijuana. Arriola's goal came in the 29th minute. Orozco saw yellow in the third minute of stoppage time.

Soccer TV: Schalke vs Gladbach

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Fabian Johnson's Gladbach plays Bundesliga rival Schalke in the Europa League round of 16. Manchester United is also in action at Rostov. Both games are available on Fox Sports 2.

Schalke vs Gladbach in the Europa League at 3pm on Fox Sports 2. It's an all-Bundesliga round of 16 game.

Big game for Christian Pulisic in the Champions League

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Borussia Dortmund advanced in the Champions League on Wednesday with a 4-0 shutout of Benfica, taking the series 4-1 on aggregate. Subbing for the injured Marco Reus, USMNT player Christian Pulisic got the start and made a difference at the Signal Iduna Park. Pulisic assisted on Pierre Aubameyang's opening goal in the 4th minute.

CONCACAF wants the summer

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By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Mar 8, 2017) US Soccer Players - The year before a World Cup is The year before a World Cup is typically an important year for CONCACAF teams. High on the list of priorities is qualifying for the World Cup. Somewhere down below for one CONCACAF nation is the Confederations Cup, which gives that team the chance to play in the same venues and in the same country as next summer's World Cup.

A new game in Orlando

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By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Mar 8, 2017) US Soccer Players - What a scene. A wall of soccer fanatics clad head-to-toe in purple, 4,000-strong, filled one end of stadium built purposely for the sport of soccer in the United States. They stood throughout the match, chanting, singing, and imploring for every second of the 90 minutes between the referee's blows of his whistle as their beloved Lions worked to deliver them the victory they so desperately wanted.

Arena on the Gold Cup and World Cup qualifying

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The soccer news starts with Bruce Arena talking about World Cup qualifying at the Gold Cup announcement. He talked about the Gold Cup too, with the USMNT finding out the rest of Group B.

"The year is so important for the US team," Arena said. "We're not going to be allowed to have peaks and valleys during the year.

Arsenal and that blame game

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By J Hutcherson (Mar 7, 2017) US Soccer Players - If you're in Arsenal's situation, why not take a turn at the blame game? Considering what happened over 180 minutes against Bayern Munich, there's no better chance at teasing out some upside. "We wuz robbed" has a long history in American sports of all varieties, that ability to consider the merits of sportsmanship and casually shove them aside.

Draws for Fulham, Reading, and Newcastle, loss for Forest

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The focus might have been on the Champions League games, but the Championship was also on the schedule on Tuesday. It was a tough start for Tim Ream and Fulham in a 1-1 draw with Leeds United at Craven Cottage. Ream was responsible for a 5th minute own goal. Fulham took awhile to get that goal back.

Soccer TV: Barcelona vs PSG

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The Champions League continues on Fox Sports 1 and it's Barcelona's turn to try to stage an unlikely comeback. Also from the Champions League, Christian Pulisic's Borussia Dortmund hosts Benfica on Fox Sports 2. There's a Premier League game on the schedule as well. Geoff Cameron's Stoke City is at Manchester City on NBCSN.

Diego Valeri wins MLS Player of the Week

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Portland Timbers midifelder Diego Valeri is the MLS Player of the week for Week 1 of the 2017 season. Valeri had two goals and an assist in Portland's 5-1 win over expansion club Minnesota United. Valeri had the second assist on Portland's 14th minute opener, heading in their second goal in the 47th.

Gold Cup groups announced

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Though it's easy to think that this already happened, CONCACAF's lengthy route to naming the 2017 Gold Cup field finally concluded on Tuesday. At a media event at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California, CONCACAF officially set the groups for this summer's competition. The USMNT is the seeded team in Group B and will play Panama, Martinique, and either Haiti or Nicaragua depending on a final qualifier.

Waiting on the Gold Cup

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Regardless of how CONCACAF fills in the rest of the Gold Cup schedule, we already know one thing. The Confederation doesn't seem to have a lot of interest in altering the tournament. Even after the success of the Copa Centenario and rumors about joint qualifying, a World Cup bid for the region, and changes to international soccer CONCACAF chooses to press on.

Soccer TV: Arsenal vs Bayern Munich

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It's big clubs in the Champions League on Tuesday's soccer TV schedule. Arsenal tries to overcome a lopsided first-leg loss on Fox Sports 1. Fox Sports 2 has Napoli trying to come back against Real Madrid. Also on the schedule, the Copa MX on ESPN Deportes.

Arsenal vs Bayern Munich at 2:45pm on Fox Sports 1.

MLS player moves mean no one is safe

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By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Mar 6, 2017) US Soccer Players – There are many players around the world who have made playing for one club a hallmark of their careers. Scores of others have played for several clubs, but have become synonyms with one of them. Take Landon Donovan.

The USMNT U-20s move on

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The biggest takeaway from the USMNT winning the 2017 CONCACAF U-20 Championships was job done. Rough starts happen. So do recoveries, with teams figuring things out while playing against time. Losing is acceptable as long as a team moves on. That's what the USMNT did, turning their issues into that classic coaching cliche "the teachable moment".

Johnson marks his son’s birth with two goals for Gladbach

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We start the USMNT player results from Europe and Mexico in the Bundesliga. Fabian Johnson had a two-goal game for Gladbach in their 4-2 win against Schalke. Johnson opened the scoring at home in the 28th minute. Schalke equalized from the penalty spot in the 38th. Johnson scored again in the 64th.

MLS opens with games that count for Minnesota and Atlanta

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Week 1 of the 2017 MLS season is in the books with different ways to lose for the two expansion teams. Minnesota had no answers at the Portland Timbers while Atlanta might have started a rivalry with the New York Red Bulls.

Minnesota United was the first expansion team to take the field in 2017, on the road against Portland.

The USMNT U-20s win the 2017 CONCACAF Championship

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The 2017 CONCACAF U-20 Championship went to penalties with the game finishing scoreless in regulation. The USMNT converted on all five of their attempts with Honduras missing in the fourth round. There was a moment of confusion following the final USMNT penalty with the referee approaching the celebrating players before confirming it counted.

CONCACAF U-20 Championship: USMNT 2 – El Salvador 1

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The USMNT won Group D in the second stage of the CONCACAF U-20 Championships, advancing to the U-20 World Cup. The USMNT beat El Salvador 2-1 on Friday in San Jose, Costa Rica. Emmanuel Sabbi scored in the 18th minute. Eryk Williamson assisted on the Sabbi goal and scored in the 25th. El Salvador pulled a goal back in the 35th.

Soccer TV: Atlanta United vs Red Bulls

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It's the opening weekend of the 2017 MLS season on the soccer TV schedule. Sunday has games on ESPN and Fox Sports 1. In the Premier League, NBCSN has Liverpool hosting Arsenal on Saturday.

Atlanta United vs Red Bulls on Fox Sports 1 on Sunday at 7:30pm. Atlanta makes their MLS debut with a lot of pressure on an expansion team with a marquee coach and several top level players.

The USMNT U-20s will make an MLS impact

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The USMNT U-20s features several MLS players that will be looking for playing time and taking advantage of opportunities in MLS this season.

MLS vs Liga MX in the Champions League semifinals

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It's MLS playing Liga MX in both CONCACAF Champions League semifinals and plenty of MLS season previews in the soccer news.

Jozy Altidore starts a conversation

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Jozy Altidoe discussed race and American soccer in a wide-ranging round table for MLSsoccer.com.

Barcelona’s next step

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Barcelona will need a new coach for next season with Luis Enrique announcing he won't continue with the club after 2016-17 in the soccer news.

Winner for Emerson Hyndman, goal for Bobby Wood

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Two USMNT players scored for their European clubs with Emerson Hyndman getting Rangers' winner and Bobby Wood scoring in the cup for Hamburg.

What’s wrong with the Galaxy’s defense?

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The LA Galaxy defense has no cover with injuries already an issue prior to the start of a 2017 season in transition for the MLS club.

DC United breaks ground

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DC United held the groundbreaking ceremony for Audi Field, finally getting their own soccer-specific stadium.

What haunts MLS?

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Major League Soccer's successes run alongside an obvious issue the league has had difficulty improving.

Comeback win for Newcastle

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DeAndre Yedlin and Newcastle United picked up another three points to retake the top of the Championship table in the soccer news.