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USSF continuing Blazer-era closed-shop due to soccer media giving them a ‘free ride’

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A narrative has emerged from the recent FIFA scandal that while corruption is rife around the sport, the United States Soccer Federation (USSF) and Major League Soccer (MLS) are somehow immune to this disease. Never mind that a large portion of the alleged crimes related to the FIFA scandal happened on American soil and involved multiple figures close to the USSF.

USSF continuing Blazer-era closed-shop due to soccer media giving them a ‘free ride’

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A narrative has emerged from the recent FIFA scandal that while corruption is rife around the sport, the United States Soccer Federation (USSF) and Major League Soccer (MLS) are somehow immune to this disease. Never mind that a large portion of the alleged crimes related to the FIFA scandal happened on American soil and involved multiple figures close to the USSF.

Jordan Morris will face more pressure in Seattle than at Werder Bremen

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Jordan Morris, a.k.a. the newest chase rabbit in American soccer's perpetual "next big thing" pursuit, has already established himself as a unique figure in the domestic game. He was a college kid who stamped a mark on the national team; Morris had another collegiate season at Stanford in him when he debuted (and scored!

Jordan Morris will face more pressure in Seattle than at Werder Bremen

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Jordan Morris, a.k.a. the newest chase rabbit in American soccer's perpetual "next big thing" pursuit, has already established himself as a unique figure in the domestic game. He was a college kid who stamped a mark on the national team; Morris had another collegiate season at Stanford in him when he debuted (and scored!

Freedom Kicks: D.C. United, MLS, and USWNT links for Wednesday August 5, 2015

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Hope you have lots of time to read, because a lot of stuff happened.

There were a lot of moves within MLS yesterday. Expect more today, since the transfer window closes tomorrow. Let's get to it:

D.C. United needs to improve defense, but are personnel changes in store? | Soccer Insider
Some pretty good injury news here from Steve Goff, including Bill Hamid apparently getting close to a return as well as potential one-game loans to build fitness for guys like Sean Franklin, Michael Farfan, and Chris Pontius.

A Review Of The Book “Why American Soccer Isn’t There Yet”

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The recent World Cup has spawned a number of books that not only look at the recent past of American soccer but what the men's national team needs to do going forward. Many of these stories are being written by journalists, but it is rare we hear from people who have experienced the U.S. soccer development system that are not on ESPN and NBC.

A Review Of The Book “Why American Soccer Isn’t There Yet”

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The recent World Cup has spawned a number of books that not only look at the recent past of American soccer but what the men's national team needs to do going forward. Many of these stories are being written by journalists, but it is rare we hear from people who have experienced the U.S. soccer development system that are not on ESPN and NBC.

Monday After

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Another weekend of Major League Soccer is complete, but the biggest soccer story of the weekend was the Commerce City based World Cup qualifier between the United States and Costa Rica. Played in blizzard conditions before a sellout crowd at Dick's Sporting Goods Park (recall that the game was a sellout on the first day tickets were available).

Monday Morning Centerback: NBC securing of EPL TV rights a win for American soccer fans

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By IVES GALARCEP

The ever-changing landscape of professional soccer on American television underwent another seismic shift with the news that NBC Universal has secured the rights to the English Premier League in the United States starting with the 2013/2014 season.

The EPL confirmed the news over the weekend that NBC had indeed beaten out Fox and ESPN for the rights, with reports putting the final deal at three-years and approximately $250 million.

The Six-Pack: North American Soccer Network’s Trevor Hayward

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In 2011 the North American Soccer Network was launched with a handful of podcasts covering American soccer and a few Major League Soccer teams. In a little more than a year the network hosts almost 20 shows covering a wide swath of topics and corners of our side of the soccer world. Just last month, NASN began broadcasting NASN Radio, a 24-hour soccer-specific radio station featuring their original programming and on-the-hour news.

Brian Sciaretta

Brian Sciaretta interview; Soccer Morning (8.13.15)

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Today's episode of Soccer Morning features an interview with Brian Sciaretta.

Jason kicks off today's show with Brian Sciaretta (American Soccer Now) as they take a look at several Americans playing in Europe, including Tim Ream's possible move to Queens Park Rangers. .

Listen to the episode above or here.

Brian Sciaretta interview; Soccer Morning (8.13.15)

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Today's episode of Soccer Morning features an interview with Brian Sciaretta.

Jason kicks off today's show with Brian Sciaretta (American Soccer Now) as they take a look at several Americans playing in Europe, including Tim Ream's possible move to Queens Park Rangers. .

Listen to the episode above or here.

The After Bar: USMNT 3 - Guatemala 1

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Clint Dempsey responded to his poor performance last Friday with two goals and an assist to lead the United States men's national team to a 3-1 win over Guatemala. The win secured the group lead and the Nats passage onto the next round of World Cup qualifying, the "Hex".

Highlights:

Reaction:

Post-Game Press Conference:

Analysis from some of American soccer's best writers:

Will Parchman (The Shin Guardian) - "With A Hexclamation Point!

The After Bar - USMNT 2 - Antigua and Barbuda 1

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Eddie Johnson. Take a bow.

The Seattle Sounders sniper found the the back of the net on two headers, including one in the 91st minute, to save the U.S. men's national team blushes and their Hexagonal round hopes of World Cup qualifying, and defeat Antigua and Barduda 2-1.

The American Soccer Alphabet

B is for Bethlehem

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Searching for the heart of American soccer.

The American Soccer Alphabet: A is for Azteca

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What's at the heart of American soccer?

CONCACAF

Blizzard postgaming

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If you want to find my thoughts after that insane game in Colorado, head over to The Shin Guardian to take in my retro diary and then skip over to American Soccer Now to read my match ratings. Word to the wise: ratings in those conditions were rough. Take them with a grain of salt. - Will Parchman

CONMEBOL jumped the gun on the super-sized 2016 Copa America

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So much for that big party in three and a half years.

Tuesday's big news that a revamped Copa America was coming to the United States was the talk of the town, and had American soccer fans drooling at the prospects of a high-profile tournament coming to our shores in 2016. After years of rumors about the possibility, it was easy to fall in love with the news of it actually happening.

CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying: Final Hexagonal spots up for grabs

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Five of the six spots in the final round of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying remain up for grabs, and that should make for an intense final match-day as teams attempt to avoid falling out of the picture for Brazil 2014.

Landon Donovan

Bring Out Your Faithful

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What does our coverage of Landon Donovan tell us?

Donovan opens up again, puts odds of playing in 2014 World Cup at “50/50″

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About four months ago Landon Donovan sent the American soccer community buzzing when he gave the first clear-cut evidence that maybe, just maybe, he was seriously considering retirement sooner rather than later. His latest interview reveals that those earlier statements were far from a passing faze.

The International Game

12 Days of Goals: Day 12 – He is Zlatan

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Z is for Zlatan.

Hercules Gomez and the Question of National Identity

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Who is Mexican?

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the International Break

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Should we have to choose between club and country?

North American Soccer League

Your American Soccer Weekend (October 6-7)

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Get your American soccer fix this weekend! All the satellite, online, local, and national TV listings so you can spread the free beer love.

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Get MLS LIVE for all the great out-of-market MLS Action.

Additionally, the North American Soccer League playoffs continue this weekend (Saturday: Carolina Railhawks vs.

Your American Soccer Weekend (Sept. 28-30)

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Get your American soccer fix this weekend! All the satellite, online, local, and national TV listings so you can spread the free beer love.

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Get MLS LIVE for all the great out-of-market MLS Action.

Additionally, the North American Soccer League playoffs begin this weekend.

Your American Soccer Weekend (Sept 22-23)

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Get your American soccer fix this weekend! All the satellite, online, local, and national TV listings so you can spread the free beer love.

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Get MLS LIVE for all the great out-of-market MLS Action.

Additionally, the North American Soccer League finishes its regular season this weekend.

Americans Abroad

Parkhurst named to Champions League Team of the Week

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Michael Parkhurst is on run of fine form, and American soccer fans and pundits are not the only ones taking notice.

Parkhurst was named to the UEFA Champions League Team of the Week for the third round of matches after turning in a solid 90-minute effort in FC Nordsjaelland's 1-1 draw with Juventus on Tuesday.

Top 20 Achievements by Americans Overseas

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American soccer fans oftentimes talk about the first American to play for a great team, score a certain number of goals or achieve an important status. These milestones show how much U.S. soccer has grown, but on rare occasions, we [...]

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Top 20 Achievements by Americans Abroad

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American soccer fans oftentimes talk about the first American to play for a great team, score a certain number of goals or achieve an important status. These milestones show how much U.S. soccer has grown, but on rare occasions, we [...]

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The Rest

ASL: Connecticut United GM Talks Vision, Goals Ahead of Debut

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American soccer has enjoyed a recent surge in popularity, with multi-million dollar contracts up for grabs at the top of the pyramid.

Further down, success relies on how deep grassroots can reach. Ingrain yourself in the community and you're well on your way to becoming the next Detroit City FC.

New Owners Suggesting the Rhinos are Updating their #Brand

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The Rochester Rhinos were once the cream of the non-MLS American soccer crop. In the intervening decade, however, the public identity of the club has suffered from an outdated logo. David and Wendy Dworkin have hinted at a significant makeover of the crest and team identity.

Ahead of the 2015 season, the Rochester Rhinos announced a special logo for the club's 20th season.

Op-Ed: Leave the legacy of Bethlehem Steel FC alone

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The Philadelphia Union's USL affiliate in the Lehigh Valley will almost certainly be named Bethlehem Steel FC after the historic club that dominated American soccer in the beginning of the 20th century. But should it be?

I'm probably going to be in the minority on this, but I'm also probably not the only one who thinks that the Philadelphia Union should not name their USL affiliate in the Lehigh Valley "Bethlehem Steel FC".

My response to Ann Coulter’s anti-soccer post

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Ann Coulter is a highly unlikeable person. I'd use harsher language, but it wouldn't accomplish anything, along not fitting the tone of this post. On June 25, she posted this story on her blog titled, "America's Favorite Pastime: Hating Soccer". While it's a lousy title, and written in ALL CAPS, because nothing says really important like at title in ALL CAPS, it's at least concise and to the point.

Know Your Enemy: Real Salt Lake

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Praying for victory.

OTF's Stephen Mangatis putting on his formal attire...

In This Book Title is Invisible, author Jarod Kintz wrote "A tie is like an arrow pointing to my crotch." While he probably was referring to a neck tie, Chicago Fire can relate to the quote since their string of ties is pointing right at their crotch, which is now being kicked by MLS opponents.

Lehigh Gap: A Response

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American soccer history, throwback jerseys and historical appreciation.

12 Days of Goals: Day 10 – Julian de Guzman

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Some goals can save a season.

In Defense of Playoffs

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Should we have a playoff system?

Coming Home: Learning To Be An American Soccer Fan

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By Jordan Brown, writing from Chicago

Watching last Tuesday's United States Men's National Team match against Guatemala, what struck me most—beyond the team's confident performance—was the support in the stands. The stadium was a packed array of red, white, and blue.

Why Jozy Altidore’s Omission From The US National Team is a Good Thing

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This week some American soccer fans have decried Jurgen Klinsmann's decision to leave Jozy Altidore off the U.S. Men's National Team roster for the two upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Antigua and Barbuda and Guatemala. Altidore's omission is a wise ... Continue reading →

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