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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.

SiriusXM FC - A 24/7 Soccer Channel - Set to Launch

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At 6:00 a.m. central time on Monday October 15, 2012, SiriusXM will launch a new channel devoted to soccer 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The channel, called SiriusXM FC, will be on Sirius 94, XM 207, and online channel 960. Additionally, certain programs on the new channel will be available on SiriusXM's On Demand feature.

Why isn't MLS like Europe?

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By Jason Davis - WASHINGTON, DC (Oct 4, 2012) US Soccer Players -- Like reports from a distant front, American soccer fans often hear from players who have taken their careers abroad that everything in Europe is more. More intense, more engrossing, more strenuous, just a lot more. Players who have permanently moved to the Continent speak of constant competition for places.

Is Ben Olsen MLS's MacGuyver?

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Major League Soccer is a league full of versatile players. American soccer in general seems good at producing players who are jacks of all trades rather than great specialists. Even our star players end up wandering the field like nomads: Landon Donovan has spent time on both flanks, as a forward, and as a #10.

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.

Player Profiles

Bring Out Your Faithful

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What does our coverage of Landon Donovan tell us?

A Portrait: Jozy Altidore

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On Jozy Altidore.

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?

MLS soccer

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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Photo Credit: Mike Ehrmann

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.

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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Jurgen Klinsmann

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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USMNT Daily Update: How Klinsmann has embraced the 'empty bucket' philosophy without actually playing it

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When Jurgen Klinsmann because U.S. Men's National Team head coach more than a year ago, there was a widely-held belief that he was going to usher in a new era of attack-minded American soccer, and he would do away with the perceived ultra-defensive approach Bob Bradley was deemed guilty of subjecting U.

The Rest

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.

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 du Nord Futbol Show Podcast Ep. 15

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Episode 15 of the du Nord Futbol Show podcast is here.

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In this episode we sit down to interview one of the greats in the current American soccer scene - Peter Wilt.

Corner: Clasicos

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What counts as a big game for American soccer fans? Over the weekend, world soccer provided multiple opportunities to answer that question. Milan - Inter Milan, Real Madrid - Barcelona, Club America - Chivas.... All three easily qualify as big games, arguably bigger than the leagues where those clubs play.

KOSS: Episode 06

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On this convening of the round table Zach, Ryan and Jeremiah are joined by the one and only Alexi Lalas. With this legend of American soccer at our disposal for an episode what do we do? Talk about beards...and a little about Thierry Henry's suspension and the MLS Disciplinary Committee.

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That’s On Point: Just Win, Mon (US/Jamaica Preview)

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By Mike Cardillo / That's On Point

"Well, here's another fine mess you've gotten me into." -- Oliver Hardy

The dust has settled, somewhat, from the U.S.'s "shock" defeat in Kingston to Jamaica on Friday night in the second round of CONCACAF 2014 World Cup qualifying.