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Rapids Beat NYCFC, Qualify For Diamond Cup Final

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Yesterday was the third of the four matches we'll play in Arizona, this time against NYCFC. I didn't get to see the game so I'm basing this recap on reports from others. The starting XI:

MacMath Miller - Watts - Sjoberg - Burch Azira - Cronin Hairston - Powers - Badji Doyle
Minus the recovering Gashi and maybe Nana that looks like the opening day lineup (and if we're lucky Howard).

USOC And Salary Info

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Two pieces of news today. We'll start with the small stuff first. The 4th round U.S. Open Cup draw was held today and it was determined that the Rapids will host the winner of the game on June 1st in Arizona between Arizona United and the Colorado Springs Switchbacks, both USL teams. The game will be sometime between June 14th and 16th.

Houston Dynamo vs Colorado Rapids: Watch the Desert Diamond Cup Live

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The Dynamo are back in Arizona to take on the Colorado Rapids.

Who

Houston Dynamo vs Colorado Rapids

What

This is the first game for Houston in the 2016 Desert Diamond Cup. During their first set of preseason games in Arizona the team went 1-1-1 against their MLS opponents. The team returns to Arizona for the Desert Diamond Cup and this time they have David Rocha and Agus with them as well as the recently signed Abdoulie Mansally.

Rapids Get Win In Arizona

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Colorado played their final game in Arizona on Saturday morning. Unfortunately my schedule didn't allow me to watch the game, but the Rapids did finally get a win by the score of 1-0. Colorado started with a close to starting XI:


Calderon has been solid at center back, but the weakness of the left backs may force him outside to start.

Pery Martinez In Camp.

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Hendry Thomas' Honduras National teammate, Walter 'Pery' Martinez, has joined the Rapids on trial in Arizona. The team will play their first preseason game tomorrow against Portland in Tucson, and the game will be streamed live on MLSSoccer.com. Kickoff is 11am Denver-time.

Today Colorado also confirmed that the 4 picks from last week's Supplemental Draft are still with the team despite not being on the Arizona travel roster.

Jordan Morris

Three things about Seattle's 2-1 defeat to Celaya FC

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It was a rough start, but there were hopeful signs.

One player comes out of the most recent loss in Arizona perfectly suited for Seattle Sounders new 4-3-3, plus Jordan Morris played his first Sounders game as a pro.

Joevin Jones

In his postgame presser, Sigi said that Joevin (like most of the team) struggled the first 20 minutes before buckling down and playing some good soccer.

Con Jordan Morris firmado, los Sounders inician pretemporada en Arizona

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Los Sounders de Seattle parten hoy hacia Tucson, Arizona para continuar el inicio de su etapa de entrenamientos que arrancó el fin de semana pasado. Ahí sostendán tres partidos de preparación entre el 3 y 9 de febrero (Vancouver, Portland y Celaya) con un último juego en el sur de California frente al LA Galaxy el 17 de febrero.

Frank Yallop

First cuts announced as Fire head to Arizona

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Frank Yallop said there would be cuts at the conclusion of phase two of training camp in Bradenton and the club announced several today. The listed players who are not travelling to Arizona on Saturday are all of the "unsigned" variety. The list includesdraft pick Bryan Ciesulka, open tryout winner Freddie Braun, David Meves, Tim Ward, Daniel Jackson, and Andrea Campbell.

Fire head into last leg of preseason undefeated and unscored upon

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A 1-0 win over DC United this morning leaves the Fire with a 4-0 record heading into the final phase of preseason in Tuscon, Arizona. The clean sheet was also the fourth consecutive shutout for a team that struggled defensively for the better part of the 2013 season. After the "kids" got a chance to play against Orlando City SC on Tuesday night, the starters went 60 minutes against DC United but failed to score.

Major League Soccer

New Season But Same Results As Revs Lose In Arizona

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Brad Evans converted a first-half penalty kick and Eddie Johnson added an insurance strike just before halftime as the New England Revolution lost 2-0 to the Seattle Sounders FC in the first game of the Desert Diamond Cup on Wednesday night at Kino Veterans Memorial Stadium.

For a preseason friendly, the game was unusually physical, with six yellow cards and two red cards as New England's Sainey Nyassi and Seattle's Marc Burch were both sent off in the 80th minute.

Portland Timbers Training Quotes and Notes: Trialist Turnover

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With the Timbers' off season roster moves continuing to come this week, it was no surprise that the group in practice this morning saw several changes from the group that left for Arizona. The biggest news was the departure of Mikael Silvestre who, after a three week trial, is no longer training with the team.

Coaching

Arizona Youth Soccer In The Spotlight

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The Phoenix New Times has an in-depth look at some events in Arizona a few years ago that highlight some of the problems inherent to youth soccer and how youth soccer has changed recently. A successful coach at Sereno Soccer Club named Les Armstrong was suspended from coaching after he forged a parent's signature to drop a player from his roster before the State Cup championships.

Media Outlets Checking Soccer Goal Anchors

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Despite a rash of tragic accidents involving unanchored soccer goals in recent years, many organizations still aren't ensuring the goals are anchored to the ground. An Arizona TV station decided to see just how many are continuing to ignore this important safety issue.

Media Outlets Checking Soccer Goal Anchors

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Despite a rash of tragic accidents involving unanchored soccer goals in recent years, many organizations still aren't ensuring the goals are anchored to the ground. An Arizona TV station decided to see just how many are continuing to ignore this important safety issue.

Soccer, etc.

Sundry Sunday Stuff

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Morning everybody! It's looking like a good reading day here in New Hampshire, although it's early yet!

The Bookeaters had an excellent meeting at the Exeter Inn last night, where we broke bread and discussed The Lincolns: Portrait of a Marriage. We all loved (and most of us read) the book, and I would highly recommend it as a portrait, not only of a marriage but of a period of time.

America, We Hardly Knew Ye

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Healing is painful.

Coming out from under the shadow cast by the past 8 years (and the even larger shadow cast by the long ascendency of the rabid religious right) is going to take time. A long, painful, and ultimately freeing process in which the stories that emerge, both large and small, are heartbreaking and infuriating.

After Round One … the Madness Continues

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Oh my god!  Wisconsin?  Cleveland State? Siena? Patti is tearing it up here ... and the good news for her is that with Arizona's upset of Utah, she's now got her 13 seed facing a 12. Who'd a thunk! Meanwhile, Doris leap-frogged over a few people with her crafty picks ... but somehow missed Siena.  Where's [.

Obama Continues to Come Through (and Saturday is Here)!

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Yesterday President Barack Obama repealed the Mexico City Policy - the infamous gag rule that pulled funding from health care providers who offered (or even just talked about) certain health care options for women.  Yeah, you know what I'm talking about.  Obama's Day Three ... was a mixed bag, reminding me that change is a process [.

Cindy McCain’s Small Plane and Other Wednesday Wrinkles

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Here's Cindy McCain speaking about "the only way to get around in Arizona." (This is way too easy ... I think I'm starting to feel a tad mean-spirited and guilty.) I'll get over it, though. Mark Zeigler writes from San Diego about tonight's USWNT vs. Brazil match-up ... the second this week. On [.

The Rest

Recapping final day of training before Sounders head to Arizona

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Clint Dempsey provides the highlight of the afternoon.

The last day of practice before heading off to Arizona to continue pre-season started off indoors. Originally using both fields, the MLS Cup Champion Sounders were soon ushered off of one field for what looked to be a girls U4 team. (Schmetzer's look was priceless.

Revolution Reveal 2017 Preseason Schedule

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The boys are headed back to Arizona for seven preseason matches.

In five short weeks, the Revolution will take a step closer to the 2017 season when players report to Gillette Stadium for preseason training.

The first session of the preseason will help the Revs prepare for two trips to Arizona, where the club will compete in seven preseason matches.

Roberto Chen passes first physical, could join Sounders soon

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Panama outlet RPCTV reports that Chen has passed his physical and will fly to Arizona today to join the team.

Update: Panama site Somos La Sele, which covers Panama's national team, reports that Chen has a 10 day trial with the Sounders. Chen also spoke with Román Torres, who spoke highly of the Sounders.

Sounders hoping to work on fitness, tactics during Arizona preseason

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Osvaldo Alonso is one player the Sounders will keep a particularly watchful eye upon.

On the eve of Seattle Sounders FC's preseason trip to Arizona, Sigi Schmid said he's happy to have most of his players available and healthy, but worries that the team's truncated preseason could add unwanted injury risk to some of the players.

Portland Timbers win final exhibition match in Arizona, lose Dike to ACL surgery

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The Portland Timbers finished up their 10 day training camp in Arizona with one final match versus PDL side FC Tucson. The Timbers took control of the tempo early behind a Hanyer Mosquera goal in the 3rd minute. Sebastian Rincon and Steven Evans added goals later in the match to give the Timbers a 3 to 0 win.

Countdown Begins: Revs Open Camp on Jan. 17

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The Revolution will open preseason camp on January 17 in Foxboro. (Photo: Chris Aduama/aduama.com)

Although the calendar may havejust flipped to December, springtime isonly sixweeks away. Well, at least for areasoccer fans.

On Monday, the New England Revolution released their five-and-a-half week preseason schedule, with players reporting to camp at Gillette Stadium on Jan.

Sporting Spending Time in Arizona in 2013

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Sporting KC had already announced that they'd be returning to the Disney Pro Soccer Classic but today more of their preseason was announced, including a return to Tucson. For the third straight year, Sporting KC will spend part of their preseason in Arizona. Sporting will arrive in Tucson on the 20th of January to begin their preseason training.

DU women playing 8 spring games

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The University of Denver women's soccer team's spring schedule includes regional rival Air Force at home, as well as a tournament at Wyoming that features the Cowboys, Colorado and Northern Colorado, head coach Jeff Hooker announced.

"We have put together our most challenging spring season thus far and are excited for the opportunity to grow as a team," Hooker said.

Trans-Atlantic Football Fans

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By now it should be clear that I am a dedicated fan of football from both sides of the pond. As mentioned earlier, I was raised in England in the southeast and spent much of my childhood growing up in and around Ipswich, and later in a smaller town, Bishop's Stortford which is about 30 miles or so northeast of London.