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Scouting Schedule For This Weekend

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The U.S. coaching staff will be deployed in four different countries this weekend scouting U.S. players as part of the constant evaluation process of the player pool. Here's how it's shaping up:
U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann heads to Seattle on Saturday as the Sounders host New England.

MNT on TV

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As spring continues to blossom - in some places faster than others - it starts to be crunch time for MNT players abrod while the guys in MLS are starting to hit their full stride six weeks into the season. Plenty to watch this weekend...
FRIDAY Jonathan Spector (Leicester City vs.

Guzan Gets Huge Result; Cherundolo Returns

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Big day for Brad Guzan and Aston Villa this past Saturday, the club snatching three points and helping their cause for avoiding relegation with a 3-1 win at Stoke City. With six games remaining - four of which at home - the young Villans are gaining momentum and confidence in their effort to stay in the Premier League.

On the Mend

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Remember how the U.S. entered last two World Cup qualifiers with no fewer than eight players unavailable through injury, and how despite that the team collected a 1-0 win at home against Costa Rica, and then two more players got hurt, and we still pulled off a huge 0-0 draw at Estadio Azteca?

That was great news, and it keeps getting better.

Beasley Keeps it Going

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A wonderful stretch for DaMarcus Beasley for the U.S. Men's National Team continued in his return to Puebla, the midfielder coming off the bench to score a composed and clinical header in the 2-1 loss to Tigres.

Beas turned in two fantastic performances for the U.S. in World Cup qualifying, earning Man of the Match honors in the 1-0 win against Costa Rica.

Howard Back in Action

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U.S. fans were rightly thrilled with the performances of goalkeeper Brad Guzan in the last two World Cup qualifiers, the netminder collecting two straight shutouts and earning Budweiser Man of the Match honors against Mexico.

Uniform Colors

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The United States goes all white in the new Nike centennial kits, while Mexico sports all black. The MNT keepers break out the new green centennial jerseys (HAVE A LOOK).

Orozco Fiscal, Azteca ... You Remember

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Why The Passport Check?

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Some folks on Twitter saw thephotos of the team passport checkthat took place this afternoon before training at Estadio Azteca and asked a simple question: Why do they do it?
It's also a simple answer. In order to be eligible to play for a country, you must be able to demonstrate that you are a citizen, and the only acceptable proof in this case is a passport.

Klinsmann's Streak Against Mexico

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U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has an impressive streak going against Mexico: He's never lost to them.
In three games each as a player and a coach, he has a combined record of 4-0-2.
Klinsmann played for Germany in a 0-0 draw at Estadio Azteca, then scored in the 2-1 win in the 1998 FIFA World Cup in France.

Mexico: Two After Two

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Much of the media focus here in Mexico has been on the performance of El Triin the first two matches, having come away with two points from the first two games. Opening at home against Jamaica, the Mexican team walked out with a scoreless draw after the massive crowd at Azteca jeered the team following what they felt was an unsatisfactory performance.

U.S. Marksmen v. Mexico

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Three players on the current U.S. roster have scored against Mexico, two of them in magnificent wins in World Cup qualifying.
DaMarcus Beasley converted a clever free kick play and curled a shot past Oswaldo Sanchez to deliver the U.S. the second of its three consecutive 2-0 wins at home in World Cup qualifying.

Today's "Closed" Training Session

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Today's training session for the U.S team in Mexico City was closed to the media. At least it was supposed to be ...
Some enterprising Mexican reporters took to the rooftops across the street from the training facility of Cruz Azul and (not so surreptitiously) filmed the session. (Note to the journalists: that was our starting lineup - we swear!

Media in Mexico

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Nearly 50 journalists will make the trip to cover the biggest rivalry in the region. ESPN will provide unprecedented coverage, including a one hour pre-game show and no fewer than nine commentators and analysts on site to provide news and analysis in both English and Spanish. Univision has already shot a feature examining the USA-Mexico rivalry which will have interviews with Jurgen Klinsmann, Martin Vasquez, and Mexico coach Chepo de la Torre.

USA-Costa Rica: The Highlights

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