USSoccerPlayers Archives for January 2017

Soccer TV: USMNT vs Ghana

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The weekend soccer TV schedule has the USMNT continuing their Gold Cup preparations with a friendly against Ghana on Saturday. Mexico's Gold Cup squad beat Ghana earlier this week and has a second warmup against Paraguay on Saturday. MLS has a big game on the schedule with San Jose hosting the Galaxy at Stanford Stadium.

Preview: USMNT vs Ghana

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A warm-up friendly for the Gold Cup featuring a mixed squad can end up being a waste of time. Even after 90 minutes of friendly soccer against an old foe, it's going to be tough to predict what that might look like in games that count. This is nothing new for a pre-tournament friendly, but the type of squad complicates things.

The US Open Cup and MLS expansion

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By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Jun 30, 2017) US Soccer Players - The scene in Cincinnati on Wednesday night would have been mind blowing if it wasn't so similar to the scene just two weeks ago in the same stadium. More than 32,000 fans filled Nippert Stadium to see FC Cincinnati, a second-year club playing in the USL, beat a second consecutive MLS side in this year's edition of the US Open Cup.

NYCFC wins at home

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Friday's soccer news starts with NYCFC coming back to beat Minnesota United 3-1 at Yankee Stadium. Christian Ramirez put United up in the 9th minute. Alexander Collins equalized in the 38th with Jack Harrison putting NYCFC up for good in the 52nd. Harrison assisted on David Villa's goal in the 63rd minute.

Much to gain, little to lose for USMNT in July

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By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (Jun 29, 2017) US Soccer Players - Many of us who watch soccer often try to remind ourselves that it's just a game. Normally, that's met with limited success, but at its core soccer is a source of recreation and joy. At its uppermost levels we do tend to pile it high with meaning and intensity and consequence.

Cincinnati and Miami

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Thursday's soccer daily starts with Cincinnati and Miami getting through to the US Open Cup semifinals. More to the point, they'll play each other guaranteeing a lower division club makes the semifinals. That's important since normally there are multiple MLS roadblocks for lower division clubs to get anywhere in the later stages of the Open Cup.

2017 US Open Cup round of 16 scores

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The 2017 US Open Cup round of 16 concluded on Wednesday, with two lower division teams advancing alongside MLS teams to the quarterfinals. The big game was Cincinnati FC knocking out the Chicago Fire on penalties in front of another massive crowd and an ESPN audience. They'll play Miami FC in the quarterfinals, meaning a lower division club will make it to the 2017 US Open Cup semifinals.

The Galaxy plays relevance games

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By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Jun 28, 2017) US Soccer Players - Since the start of the Major League Soccer, the LA Galaxy has been the most relevant team in California. Mostly, anyway. There was a time when the San Jose Earthquakes had more championships than the Galaxy and was winning them at the Galaxy's expense.

eSports and soccer

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By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Jun 28, 2017) US Soccer Players - The concept of eSports is not always easy to understand for older generations. The idea of people watching other people playing video games seems strange and inaccessible. It's not video games themselves that are tough to comprehend, or even the notion of playing them competitively.

Toronto wins Canada

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Wednesday's soccer news starts with Toronto FC celebrating a trophy. Toronto beat Montreal 2-1 in the second-leg of the Canadian Championship final series. That means Toronto takes Canada's spot in the CONCACAF Champions League.

With the series tied 1-1 after the first-leg, Toronto needed a comeback at home to take the title.

FIFA leaves itself with no choice but to move forward

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By J Hutcherson (Jun 27, 2017) US Soccer Players - If anybody believes that Bild's reveal of the full Garcia report and FIFA itself publishing it on their website is a transformative moment, that's a setup for disappointment. FIFA knows what's in the report that they released in an abridged addition a few years back.

FIFA and the Garcia Report

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Tuesday's soccer news starts with the leaked Garcia Report, FIFA's internal investigation into the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bids. It's German outlet Bild releasing that information through the work of reporter Peter Rossberg. The Press Association has the early details. The Telegraph's Ben Rumsby also looks at what making the report public might mean.

American soccer as the family business

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By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Jun 26, 2017) US Soccer Players – Soccer can often be a family affair. Parents pass down the love for the game to their sons and daughters in a variety of forms. From coaching their child's teams on Saturday morning to watching the World Cup on television, soccer's widespread popularity builds on these rituals.

USMNT players in Gold Cup camp

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We start the soccer news with the USMNT players joining up in Nashville in advance of the 2017 Gold Cup. Bruce Arena's roster has some interesting names, the result of his choice to give the regulars playing club soccer in Europe a break. That doesn't mean a squad without European-based talent, with several players trying to break in.

MLS Week 17: Coaching change overshadows rivalry week

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The roundup for week 17 of the 2017 MLS season starts with a coaching change in San Jose. The Earthquakes announced that coach Dom Kinnear and assistant John Spencer are out in favor of technical director Chris Leitch as the new head coach with director of methodology Alex Covelo as his assistant.

2017 USMNT Gold Cup squad

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USMNT coach Bruce Arena cut his provisional Gold Cup squad to 23 players on Sunday. Gold Cup camp begins on June 25 in Nashville, TN. The USMNT opens group play against Panama on July 8 in Nashville (4:30pm ET - Fox Sports). Arena will be able to alter his roster should the USMNT advance to the knockout round.

Soccer TV: New York Red Bulls vs NYCFC

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It's another chance for MLS on national television on the weekend soccer TV schedule. Rivalry week sees New York hosting NYCFC on Fox, part of a Saturday doubleheader with the Russia vs Mexico Confederations Cup game. Also on the soccer TV schedule, Fox doubles down on the network coverage of the Confederations Cup with Germany vs Cameroon on the Sunday schedule.

Recalibrating our ideas about lower division American soccer

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By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (Jun 23, 2017) US Soccer Players - They arrived by the hundreds, some hours early even on a weeknight. Their vehicles backed up for miles down the small country roads and residential streets like the crowds flocking to the baseball diamond in "Field of Dreams.

Weighing the MLS rivalries

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By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Jun 23, 2017) US Soccer Players - Once again, Major League Soccer has manipulated its schedule to bring us a round of games thick with rivalries. The weekend has a sponsor. The league's marketing department is opening up the throttle in a bid for attention. While MLS is clearly the biggest professional soccer league in the country, it nevertheless struggles to entice even a moderate percentage of the available soccer fans here.

The power of the Premier League

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Friday's soccer news starts with another example of how much things have changed in the Premier League. Crystal Palace, far down the list of Premier League clubs in general and London Premier League clubs in particular, is closing in on a new manager. Frank de Boer left Ajax for Inter Milan last season, losing that Italian job after three months.

Questioning instant replay

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Thursday's soccer news starts with the growing complaints about how instant replay is working at the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup. The quick take is that it isn't, at least not enough to convince that it's worth the effort.

Instant replay, which of course FIFA would prefer the soccer world refers to as "video assistant referee", has been a long time coming.

MLS Scores: Wins for DC, Minnesota, and the Galaxy

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Week 17 of the 2017 MLS season began with four games on Wednesday. DC United got its offense restarted with a 2-1 home win over Atlanta United. Julian Gressel put Atlanta up in the 17th minute. Licoano Acosta equalized for DC in the 23rd with Patrick Nyarko scoring in the 60th.

"We made many mistakes tonight, especially individual marking mistakes," Atlanta coach Tata Martino said.

LAFC intrigue and Mexico asks their fans to stop

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By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Jun 21, 2017) US Soccer Players - There is still quite some time until LAFC takes the field. Many things with this club are still up in the air, but the possibilities seem unlimited. The roster will not start to take shape until sometime after a team lifts the 2017 MLS Cup.

Another end for the Strikers

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By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Jun 21, 2017) US Soccer Players - The original version of the Fort Lauderdale Strikers might not have been as famous as the Cosmos or the Rowdies. That doesn't mean they didn't make a mark during the heyday of the original North American Soccer League. In the late-70s and early-80s, the Strikers were not only the club of famed English goalkeeper Gordon Banks, German great Gerd Mueller, and a host of other European stars.

What’s wrong with DC United?

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Wednesday's soccer news starts with games on the MLS schedule. DC United hosts Atlanta United with another chance to try to turn their season around. DC is bottom of the Eastern Conference, six points behind 7th-place Atlanta with both teams about to play their 16th game of the season.

With DC sitting on 10 goals scored, the worst in MLS.

The Cristiano Ronaldo situation

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Tuesday's soccer news starts with Cristiano Ronaldo. Though many people's pick for the best player in the world is currently focused on Portugal's Confederations Cup schedule, it's his club situation making the news. Ronaldo has tax issues in Spain, leading to speculation that his time with Real Madrid could be coming to an end.

In or out for the 2018 World Cup

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By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Jun 19, 2017) US Soccer Players – The World Cup is only a year away. The party in Russia began this past Saturday with the Confederations Cup. The tournament, a dress rehearsal for next year's month-long bonanza, serves a dual purpose. It gives organizers a chance to iron out any problems as well as get the marketing hype going.

David Villa’s goals

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Monday's soccer news starts with NYCFC's David Villa hitting his 50th and 51st MLS goals. Villa scored from the penalty spot and the run of play in the 2-1 win over Seattle. It's easy enough to point to that as proof that a designated player works in Major League Soccer. Villa joined MLS in a familiar situation.

MLS Week 16: Stoppage time equalizers

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After a short schedule in week 15 due to the international break, all 22 MLS teams played over the weekend. Most of the schedule was on Saturday, with 20 MLS teams in action. The American MLS teams also played during the week in the US Open Cup, causing squad rotation issues.

NYCFC beat the Seattle Sounders 2-1 at Yankee Stadium.

Soccer TV: NYCFC vs Seattle Sounders

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MLS is on the weekend soccer TV schedule with NYCFC playing Seattle at Yankee Stadium on Saturday. This weekend is also the start of the Confederations Cup, giving the world an early look at what next summer's World Cup will look like in Russia.

NYCFC vs Seattle Sounders at 1pm on ESPN.

Jurgen and Bruce: The American soccer rift that’s here to stay

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By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (Jun 16, 2017) US Soccer Players - Sunday's 1-1 World Cup qualifying draw with Mexico at Estadio Azteca is a great result by any measure, regardless of the circumstances or personnel involved. While there's ample work still ahead, the USMNT can now consider itself to be back on course for Russia 2018 after last fall's queasy wobbles.

The lower divisions in the US Open Cup

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By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Jun 16, 2017) US Soccer Players - The last time a team that wasn't in Major League Soccer won the US Open Cup, MLS was only in its fourth season. Landon Donovan had yet to debut for the USMNT. Superstar-in-the-making Christian Pulisic was less than one year old. It was so long ago that in the whole of the country there were only two soccer-specific stadiums in existence.

Getting excited about the Confederations Cup

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Friday's soccer news starts with the Confederations Cup. It's easy to dismiss an international tournament that doesn't involve the USMNT. Easier still if you want to jump on board with those who think it's a bit much for FIFA to run a mini-World Cup the year before the main event. Both are fair points, to some extent.

Is soccer getting worse?

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By J Hutcherson (Jun 15, 2017) US Soccer Players - The NBA finals came to a close this week with many people feeling that the league blew an entire season of games and four rounds of playoffs to get to the obvious conclusion. We all knew who the best team was in October. There's more to this than what we now expect in the era of hot take sports coverage.

2017 US Open Cup Fourth Round results

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It wasn't a sweep for MLS teams in the Fourth Round of the 2017 US Open Cup. This is the round where the American MLS teams enter, playing all the Third Round winners and in three games each other to determine the Round of 16. FC Cincinnati set an attendance record for the Fourth Round, drawing 30,160 to see them knockout the Columbus Crew.

Germany in the Confederations Cup

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Thursday's soccer news starts with the Confederations Cup. FIFA's World Cup warmup starts on Saturday in Russia, and it's not a safe assumption that even the participating countries really care. Germany, for instance.

The defending World Cup champions are having issues filling stadiums for friendlies at home, partly because their results seem like a foregone conclusion.

The LA Galaxy plays their schedule

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By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Jun 14, 2017) US Soccer Players - Bruce Arena's shadow looms large over Curt Onalfo. The new LA Galaxy coach has tried to do his best to focus on the present without looking to the past. How he handles the Galaxy over the next few weeks will determine if others will stop looking at the past as well.

The soccer game in Cincinnati

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By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Jun 14, 2017) US Soccer Players - The life of a second division soccer team in the United States is mostly about pushing limits. It's working out what it means to be a second division soccer club in the United States. While it would be easy to make the argument that striving to break through limits in the lower divisions here is a function of the lack of promotion and relegation, it's unlikely you'll hear too many of the clubs themselves moaning about that missing opportunity.

USMNT stays 3rd in the Hexagonal

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The rest of the CONCACAF World Cup qualifiers played out on Tuesday night, with the USMNT remaining in 3rd-place in the Hexagonal. World Cup qualifying resumes in September.

Panama and Honduras drew 2-2 at Estadio Rommel Fernandez. Romell Quioto put Honduras up on the road in the 6th minute with Blas Perez equalizing in the 41st.

What did we learn from the 2016-17 Europa League season?

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By J Hutcherson (Jun 13, 2017) US Soccer Players - The 2016-16 Premier League season lacked the drama, the underdog story, and the pressure. Instead, it was a season of pragmatism from several clubs. For Chelsea, that meant picking up enough points for the title without necessarily convincing anybody that they were the strongest team in the league.

MLS expansion season has issues

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Tuesday's soccer news starts with MLS expansion. MLS might have interested parties in bringing a team to their cities, but that doesn't necessarily obligate local governments. That was the story a few months ago in St Louis, and it's a scenario playing out in San Diego and Charlotte.

San Diego's city council isn't interested in holding special elections for ballot measures this year, according to a report by The San Diego Union Tribune's David Garrick.

The US Open Cup Fourth Round goes regional

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By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Jun 12, 2017) US Soccer Players – The Lamar Hunt US Open Cup may be the country's oldest club tournament, but it is often treated like an inconvenience. Akin to the domestic cups of Europe, the tournament is similar that it is open to professional and amateur clubs alike.

Bruce Arena’s game plan

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The soccer news starts with USMNT coach Bruce Arena not keeping it a secret that he had his plan for Mexico worked out weeks ago. "We told the team on day one of this camp that we would play that way in this game," Arena said of a strategy that required shuffling the starting eleven and giving up a lot of possession.

World Cup qualifying: Mexico 1 – USMNT 1

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The USMNT got the start they wanted against Mexico on Sunday night in CONCACAF World Cup qualifying. Michael Bradley chipped Mexico goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa in the 6th minute to put the USMNT up at Estadio Azteca. That lead held until the 23rd when Carlos Vela equalized for El Tri. Both teams played for the three points with Mexico hitting the bar in the 71st minute and Bradley clipping the outside of the post from distance in the 74th.

MLS Scores: Chicago and Portland win at home

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The abbreviated MLS schedule saw six teams in action on Saturday due to the international break. Chicago extended their home winning streak to six games, shutting out Atlanta United 2-0 at Toyota Stadium. Luis Solignac scored in the 29th with Nemanja Nikolic converting a penalty in the 70th minute.

Soccer TV: Mexico vs USMNT

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It's a weekend of World Cup qualifiers in Europe and CONCACAF. UEFA has Scotland hosting England on Saturday alongside a lengthy schedule of games. On Sunday, the U-20 World Cup concludes on FS1. There's also a US Women's friendly on Fox on Sunday afternoon.

Mexico vs USMNT in CONCACAF World Cup qualifying on FS1 at 8:30pm on Sunday.

Preview: USMNT heads to Mexico City with points, confidence, rhythm

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By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (Jun 9, 2017) US Soccer Players - The USMNT continue to shift through the gears under Bruce Arena. Thursday night's 2-0 win over Trinidad & Tobago set the team up well for Sunday's much anticipated grudge match against Mexico at Estadio Azteca.

Another MLS Saturday in the middle of an international break

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By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Jun 9, 2017) US Soccer Players - The USMNT is the midst of two crucial World Cup qualifiers, with a date at the Estadio Azteca in Mexico City looming on Sunday following Thursday's 2-0 win over Trinidad & Tobago. The five other teams left with a chance at qualifying from CONCACAF will be dealing with the same two-game set.

Three points for the USMNT

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The soccer news starts with the USMNT shutting out Trinidad & Tobago for three points in the Hexagonal table. The USMNT had the early game, waiting on the two later results to learn what those three points would mean. Costa Rica did the USMNT no favors, playing out a scoreless draw at home to Panama.

World Cup Qualifying: USMNT 2 – Trinidad & Tobago 0

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Christian Pulisic was the big story from the USMNT's World Cup qualifying win, but the bigger takeaway was the team effort in Commerce City. The USMNT won 2-0 with Pulisic scoring both goals. Pulisic opened the scoring in the 52nd minute, knocking in a DeAndre Yedlin pass that left Trinidad & Tobago goalkeeper Jan Michael Williams with no chance.

The situation for the USMNT

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By J Hutcherson (Jun 8, 2017) US Soccer Players - For those of you that aren't into the stories of old bands, you might have skipped Amazon's new Grateful Dead documentary. There's a line in it that resonates for what's happening later tonight in Denver. In response to "who's in charge?

Game day for the USMNT vs Trinidad & Tobago

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Thursday's soccer news starts with the USMNT back at it in CONCACAF World Cup qualifying against Trinidad & Tobago (8pm ET - FS1). Qualifying points are on the line with both teams looking at the Hexagonal table and knowing what they need to do. For Trinidad & Tobago, it's making their week at altitude count.

Soccer TV: USMNT vs Trinidad & Tobago

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The USMNT returns to World Cup qualifying along with the rest of CONCACAF on Thursday's soccer TV schedule. The US Women are also in action, at Sweden in a friendly. The FIFA U-20 World Cup is at the semifinal stage, with early morning start times from Korea.

USMNT vs Trinidad & Tobago in CONCACAF World Cup qualifying on FS1 at 8pm.

El Tri in qualifying, the Confederations Cup, and the Gold Cup

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By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Jun 7, 2017) US Soccer Players - Busy summers are part and parcel for national teams. For Mexico though this summer will be busy and historic, with long-lasting effects that could set El Tri up well for the next few years. Whether or not all that comes to fruition depends on how coach Juan Carlos Osorio and the players respond and what they prioritize.

Bruce Arena and the previous USMNT coach

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By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Jun 7, 2017) US Soccer Players - Bruce Arena is not Jurgen Klinsmann. If their considerably different builds, accents, and attitudes weren't evidence enough, there's the distinctly divergent ways the two men see American soccer and their respective custodianship of the United States Men's National Team.

Borussia Dortmund wants more under Peter Bosz

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Wednesday's soccer news starts with the details on Peter Bosz's transfer from Ajax to Borussia Dortmund. It's always interesting when there's a transfer fee for a coach. Dortmund paid Ajax €5m euros for the pleasure of Bosz's company. Setting aside Ajax not doing a lot to shirk their reputation as a selling club by selling their coach, Borussia Dortmund comes complete with significant expectations.

Soccer’s Super Bowl

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By J Hutcherson (Jun 6, 2017) US Soccer Players - The FIFA Club World Cup final isn't fooling anybody. The game that determines the best team in world soccer for a given season is the Champions League final. UEFA reigns supreme in world club soccer for a reason. They pay more and they do a better job of exploiting that commodity.

Playing the youth World Cups

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Tuesday's soccer news wonders if it's really worth the trouble trying to draw overarching conclusions from the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup. There's an argument that FIFA doesn't do the teams much of a favor by selling international broadcast rights to what used to be the youth championships. In terms of relative obscurity, it might be worthwhile to let these tournaments enjoy them.

Juan Agudelo for club and country

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By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Jun 5, 2017) US Soccer Players – Juan Agudelo scores goals. That's what he does. Agudelo has been doing that on a regular basis since starting his pro career with the New York Red Bulls seven years ago. Just 24, it often seems as if the New England Revolution star has been around forever.

Real Madrid adds another Champions League trophy

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Real Madrid did as expected in the Champions League final, though nobody could've predicted the one goal they allowed. Trailing 1-0, Juventus's Mario Mandzukic scored one of the best goals in the history of the final in the 27th minute. It was video game stuff, but that was it. Real Madrid took over, taking the title 4-1 to close out the 2016-17 European season.

MLS Week 14: Coming back at home

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The stories in week 16 of the 2017 MLS season were teams coming back at home and more shutouts. The shutouts started with Friday's game. Portland shutout San Jose 2-0 at Providence Park. San Jose went down a man with a second yellow to Darwin Ceren in the 37th minute for unsporting behavoir. Diego Valeri put the Timbers up in the 50th minute and scored again four minutes into stoppage time.

U-20 World Cup: USMNT 1 – Venezuela 2

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It took extra time to settle the USMNT vs Venezuela U-20 World Cup quarterfinal. Venezuela advanced 2-1 in a game where they had the better chances. Venezuela will play Uruguay in the semifinals. Uruguay knocked out Portugal 5-4 on penalties after drawing 2-2. The other half of the quarterfinal bracket plays on Monday morning.

USMNT 40-man 2017 Gold Cup provisional roster

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CONCACAF requires a 40-man provisional roster for the Gold Cup and the USMNT complied. Releasing the roster during the friendly against Venezuela, the USMNT has plenty of options for this summer's tournament. That includes players new to the USMNT setup. Under tournament rules, the final 23-man Gold Cup roster has to come from the 40-man provisional roster.

USMNT 1 – Venezuela 1

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The USMNT and Venezuela met in an international friendly at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah on Saturday. The game is a warmup for the USMNT, returning to World Cup qualifying on Thursday against Trinidad & Tobago at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colorado (7:50pm ET - FS1).

Venezuela went up in the 29th minute with a goal from Jose Velazquez.

Soccer TV: USMNT vs Venezuela

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The USMNT returns to action on Saturday in an international friendly against Venezuela. Also on the weekend soccer TV schedule, the USMNT plays Venezuela in the U-20 World Cup in Korea. There's also the not at all small matter of Saturday's Champions League final.

USMNT vs Venezuela in an international friendly on Saturday at 10pm ET on FS1.

Preview: USMNT vs Venezuela at senior and U-20 level

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By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (Jun 2, 2017) US Soccer Players - A solid spring for the US youth national team system got even better on Thursday morning, The USMNT Under-20s spanked New Zealand 6-0 in their first knockout round match at the FIFA U-20 World Cup in Korea.

The victory sets up an intriguing weekend doubleheader of sorts.

An underdog story in the US Open Cup

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By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Jun 2, 2017) US Soccer Players - Christos FC, the amateur adult league team from Baltimore, is quite the story in this year's edition of the US Open Cup. The team is little more than a weekend pastime for its players, many of whom gave up on serious careers long ago and who very rarely train together.

Pick a super club

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It's the 2016-17 Champions League final on Saturday and it's Juventus as the underdog against Real Madrid. It's easy enough to question how the Serie A champions are anybody's underdog, but that's the situation against a team like Real Madrid. They spend to win, and they do it well.

Juventus is once again in an interesting situation.

The focus is on the Champions League

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Thursday's soccer news starts with reports that UEFA and the European Professional Football Leagues. Inside World Football's Andrew Warshaw reports that the two groups may figure out a way to not botch the biggest moneymaker in club soccer.

That would be the Champions League, the competition that will crown another winner on Saturday.

U-20 World Cup: USMNT 6 – New Zealand 0

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The USMNT advanced to the quarterfinal round of the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup with a 6-0 shutout of New Zealand on Thursday in Korea. The USMNT will play Venezuela on June 4 in Jeonju (2am ET - FS2). Mexico is the other remaining CONCACAF team in the tournament. They play England on June 5 in Cheonan.

Midweek MLS: Big wins for Columbus and Houston

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Week 14 of the 2017 MLS season started on Wednesday with Columbus shutting out Seattle 3-0 at MAPFRE Stadium. Federico Higuain scored in the 10th with Justin Meram doubling the lead in the 21st. Meram assisted on Ola Kamara's goal in the 59th. Zach Steffen kept the clean sheet with three saves.

NYCFC and New England drew 2-2 at Yankee Stadium.

2017 US Open Cup Third Round results

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The Third Round of the 2017 US Open Cup concluded on Wednesday. Amateur team Christos FC advanced and will play DC United in the next round. LA Wolves, coached by former USMNT player Eric Wynalda, lost to Orange County FC. Nine USL teams made it through along with three from the NASL. All play MLS teams in the Fourth Round.