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USA v. Portugal Primer: Klinsmannati

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Think about it....

Occam's Razor? Are US fans and media missing the obvious?

Maybe clues to the Klinsminati are sitting there right before out eyes.

The following is all in good fun...or is it?


USA-Ghana Line-Up:

Howard; Johnson, Cameron, Besler, Beasley; Beckerman, Jones, Bradley, Bedoya, Dempsey, Altidore

USA-Nigeria Line-up:

Howard; Johnson, Cameron, Besler, Beasley; Beckerman, Jones, Bradley, Bedoya, Dempsey, Altidore

100% Match!

Orange Slices: USA vs. Ecuador

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Orange Slices! USA vs. Ecuador

Orange Slices is our game day, catch-all post that we update during the day before the match

This ain't your adolescent Honduras.

The USA welcomes Ecuador to the cement confines of Red Bull Arena in Harrison, NJ. Game five of the Jurgen Klinsmann era.


The Right Now 23

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Let's roll it out, and then get to the particulars. Those closest to making the cut (in order): Bedoya, Spector/Castillo, Beckerman, Corona, Boyd, Gomez, Shea. Cherundolo also deserves mention in this light, as a successful return to form from him would definitely alter the picture at his position.G - Howard, Guzan, RimandoD - Parkhurst, Lichaj, Goodson, Besler, Chandler, Brooks, GonzalezM -

United States v Ecuador Friendly - Gamethread

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The Jurgen Klinsmann Era is still fresh and new. He's earned his first win, but the soccer fans in the United States want to see more than a win against a CONCACAF middle team and a draw against the best from our region. Tuesday night's game against Ecuador provides a fairly strong test (21st by SPI).

Real Salt Lake

Beckerman blossoming in role as backbone of USMNT Gold Cup midfield

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As U.S. Men's National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann continues to tinker with his central midfield set-up in the 2013 Gold Cup, there has been one constant.

Kyle Beckerman, now with 28 international caps, has started both of the USMNT matches so far in the Gold Cup, holding down the defensive midfield role while Stuart Holden, Joe Corona, Jose Torres, and Mix Diskerud have been competing for a permanent place.

Klinsmann adds Beckerman to USMNT roster

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Jurgen Klinsmann added Kyle Beckerman to the United States Men's National Team roster on Friday as the team continues their preparation in Salt Lake City ahead of Tuesday's World Cup qualifying match against Honduras.

Beckerman's addition adds depth to a central midfield position that was missing usual starter Jermaine Jones because of a concussion.

Matchday @Rio Tinto: Real Salt Lake vs Red Bulls

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Good afternoon Red Bulls fans! Today, our beloved team is in Utah to take on MLS powerhouse Real Salt Lake (10pm ET, MSG+, game notes here). Let's take a look at how both teams come into this one.

The Red Bulls are coming off a dissapointing 2-1 loss, @FC Dallas.

LA Galaxy defeat Salt Lake in a Match for the Ages

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Every now and again, fans of sports get to witness those special games that remind them what they love about it. That was the case last night in the Western Conference Final as the LA Galaxy and Real Salt Lake went toe to toe at the Home Depot Center. The result was 3-1 in favor of the Galaxy, but the score does little to tell the tale of intensity and composure by both teams.

Monday Bullets: MLS Playoff Odds, Golazo Czar, More…

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Fantastic weekend of footie:

• MLS Playoff Odds

Big changes in the little schematic we put together last week:

• Seattle Sounders (now: 12 to 1) vs. Real Salt Lake (remains 6 to 1)

Beckerman wants you to believe...

Mauro Rosales are no Mauro Rosales, Seattle now looks dusted.

Flounders Get Spanked, Throw Tantrum in Salt Lake

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Álvaro Saborío scored two for Real Salt Lake, and the Seattle Sounders reacted with frustration to their 3-0 loss in the first leg of the Western Conference Semifinals. RSL dominated from the early minutes, pounding eleven shots at Seattle's geriatric keeper while holding the Flounders to exactly zero shots on target for the duration of the match.

State of the MLS Run In: 2 Weeks to Go

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As the regular season winds down I'm going to be posting a weekly summary of the some of the data and predictions we're generating, which should give you some context going into each week of games.

Previous Week

We're in the calm before the storm as the mostly-observed FIFA international break meant that there were only 3 games played since our last update.

MLS Midweek Game Night: Live Commentary

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Woot! Woot!

All aboard! And away we go.... (yes, you'll see this image a few more times this year.)

All aboard the Perlaza MEGABUS!

Three matches all with playoff implication.

FC Vollkswagen vs. FC Corona as Charlie Davies, DeRo and friends (minus Pontius) hope that games-in-hand are a blessing not a curse down the stretch.

Why Tonight’s MLS Games are Critical to the Playoff Race

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It's catch-up time. Â In both games in hand and playoff positioning. In the shadow of the CONCACAF Champions League matches six MLS clubs will take the pitch tonight in critical games for playoff positioning. Â One of the matches is a ...

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Philadelphia Union at Real Salt Lake - Match #25 - Gamethread

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After a very long delay in Philadelphia Union games thanks to Hurricane Irene (seriously, the last Union match was August 20), our boys in blue and gold are back as the Philadelphia Union (8-6-10) are making the trip to Sandy, Utah for a date with Real Salt Lake (11-7-6). Kickoff at Rio Tinto Stadium is scheduled for 9:06:30 PM ET.


USMNT vs Jamaica Game Thread

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The US returns to World Cup Qualification to take on their toughest Group A rivals Jamaica. It's the first of a doubleheader against the Reggae Boyz with the return leg in 4 days in Columbus. A win in Kingston would be the most important result in group play as it'd put the US in comfortable position to win the group.

USMNT vs Mexico: Gamethread

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We're about an hour from kickoff between the US Mens National Team and their bitter rivals to the south, the reigning Olympic soccer champions in Mexico. The game's airing at 5:00 PT on ESPN2 (Comcast 624, Direct TV 209) and ESPN3, as well as Univision (Direct TV 270).

Over the last few weeks, Landon Donovan and the boys weren't given an opportunity to prevent Mexico from taking the second-greatest prize in world soccer (in part due to their ineptitude in the qualifying rounds).

United States 5-1 Scotland – Player Ratings – Friendly – 26 May 2012

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Below are player ratings for the United States in their 5-1 win against Scotland on May 26, 2012.


Howard 6 Rarely was tested but as usual was solid

Cherundolo 7 Continues to be arguably the most consistent player for the USA

Cameron 5.5 Overall was positive except for the own goal early

Bocanegra 6 solid all night but really didn't have a lot of work to do

Johnson 6 Started to look like the starting left-back for World Cup Qualifying

Jones 7.

US Men's National Team

Who should Klinsmann start vs. Jamaica?

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The U.S. Men's National Team takes on Jamaica in World Cup qualifying on Friday and with stars Landon Donovan and Michael Bradley set to miss out, Jurgen Klinsmann will have some important decisions to make on how he shapes his lineup without those two stars.

Without Donovan and Bradley, and potentially without Clint Dempsey, the U.

Mind The Gap!: Klinsanity Makes History

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What a kickoff piece for Will Parchman; his first for TSG. An up-and-coming US footie writer that you should pay attention to.

"This is thunderdome."

Thanks for getting us started off right, Alexi.

THE GAP. Holy God the gap. This thing has dwarfed its own significance and taken on a life of its own.

Beckerman, Johnson, Torres look forward to USA-Mexico friendly

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Who should Klinsmann start vs. Mexico?

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When the U.S. Men's National Team takes the field at Estadio Azteca on Wednesday night, they will be facing arch-rival Mexico with a squad that will look far different from what most would consider an A team.

There is no Clint Dempsey, Michael Bradley, Carlos Bocanegra, Steve Cherundolo or Jozy Altidore, which means Jurgen Klinsmann will have to rely on some new faces to try and help the USA earn a result in Mexico City, a place the United States has never won a match.

Line-up Card+

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Kickoff is looming, so we have the starters and a starter, the snazzy new Behind The Crest clip. As for the line-up... well well, Torres on left wing - and I thought that was only the notion of a madman. Ha! Howard; Cherundolo, Cameron, Bocanegra, Johnson, Edu, Bradley, Jones, Donovan, Torres, Boyd Bench: Guzan, Onyewu, Beckerman, Castillo, Corona, Gomez, Wondolowski - Greg

How’s Klinsy Doing So Far?

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I was only able to watch part of the Slovenia game yesterday. I have been saying for some time that I like Altidore, but he is not good enough to be a lone striker. In theory Klinsmann's 4-3-3 should put more guys forward, but the reality was that the wingers played more defensive roles and Altidore was left to do the attacking work himself.

Beckerman, Rogers, Kitchen set for training stints with German clubs

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A few more U.S. national team players will be extending their trips to Europe.

Real Salt Lake's Kyle Beckerman and the Columbus Crew's Robbie Rogers have had training stints arranged with Bundesliga club Kaiserslautern by U.

France 1, USA 0: A Look Back

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It wasn't a game USA fans will be re-watching for entertainment purposes, or one American players will want to remember, but the U.S. national team's 1-0 loss to France still offered up plenty of information, if not attacking soccer.

France was always going to be favored and expected to be the better side, even with a young lineup, but the U.

P2010 Index: November depth chart

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The P2010 Index tracks every performance of every player who suits up for the National Team during the 2014 World Cup cycle, using match ratings from the country's top soccer writers. The Index factors in recent form, strength of opponent, match type, and location, making it something like Power Rankings for the USMNT.

Mini-On Tap

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Here is your somewhat frustrating USMNT line-up:Howard; Cherundolo, Onyewu, Bocanegra, Chandler; Beckerman; Williams, Edu, Shea; Dempsey, AltidoreHere is my Top 5 Debunked 4-3-3 Misconceptions list (even if ol' boy has momentarily sailed off in a slightly different direction).And here is the preview reel.

Who should the USMNT start vs. Honduras?

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The U.S. men's national team will field as close to a full strength squad as it has had since Jurgen Klinsmann took over, leaving what should be some easy decisions when it comes time for him to pick a lineup for Saturday's match vs. Honduras.

Landon Donovan is the lone regular starter not to make the trip to South Florida, and now Klinsmann will have some good options as he tries to put together a team to deliver his first win as U.

Who Should the USA Start Against Costa Rica?

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Friday night's game for the United States men's national team provides a perfect test for Jurgen Klinsmann to see what several US players who typically don't get much playing time can do against a strong Costa Rica side (11pm ET, ESPN2).

The game, which will be played at Home Depot Center, will give Klinsmann a chance to see what players can do on the international stage such as Jeff Larentowicz, Chris Pontius and Tommy Chandler.

Major League Soccer

Big Night For MLS As They Beat Chelsea 3-2

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Chelsea suffered a first defeat of pre-season on Wednesday night in Philadelphia, thanks to an injury time winner for the MLS.

Eddie Johnson was the hero with the winning goal in the 91st minute with Chris Wondolowski and Chris Pontius also scoring for the all-stars, and John Terry and Frank Lampard scoring for Chelsea.

MLS 3-2 Chelsea – Match Recap – MLS All-Star Game – 25 July 2012

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The Major League Soccer All-Stars defeated English Premier League side Chelsea 3-2 in the 2012 MLS All-Star Game on July 25, 2012. It was an entertaining match that was ultimately decided by a late second half Eddie Johnson goal.

The MLS side started out quickly as Chris Wondolowski scored in the 21st minute.

FIFA Street Review

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FIFA Street was once a series of caricatures exaggeration reality in order to completely defy physics while performs moves with a soccer ball. However, it has been some time since FIFA Street 3 and EA elected to complete reboot the franchise with a more realistic approach to in-game physics.

Gone are the cartoonish players of previous iterations and in there place are more realized, up to date models of players that fans of FIFA proper will identify with.

Timbers Tid Bits: Rio Ferdinand Edition

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So you guys must have heard the news by now. Well not news, but rather the rumors. Rio Ferdinand is going to Chicago! Not really, but it sure does make a sparkly headline doesn't it? Apparently the British media have been having a field day with regards to the transfer rumor. Regardless of whether it true or not (it's not) I just don't see where it makes sense.

The Rest

Rose City Forecast 22: Vancouver vs PTFC

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Here we are back at the Forecast after yet another bad result, and this one was particularly awful. PTFC lost 4-1 on the heels of two red cards and a broken ankle. Victor Arboleda got the first red for a high elbow on Plata. Adi decided to one-up him by charging Beckerman. Beckerman also got a red in the confrontation for what was (probably) a punch to Adi's kidney.

Beckerman needed in starting lineup when USMNT takes on Colombia

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In the build-up to the Copa America, Michael Bradley all but asserted himself as the U.S. Men's National Team's premier No. 6. The midfielder's play seemingly put to rest a positional debate that has spanned years while effectively locking down a spot as a more deep-lying midfielder.


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Chelsea lost to the MLS Allstars last night 3-2 with goals from John Terry and Frank Lampard.

MLS All-Stars (4-4-2 Nielsen (Kennedy h-t); Beitashour, Collin (Valdes 35), DeMerit, Morrow (Corrales 55); Beckham (Farfan 21), De Rosario (c), Alonso (Beckerman 55), Donovan (Pontius h-t); Henry (Zusi 55), Wondolowski (Johnson 59).

Tactical Preview: Fire vs RSL

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Espindola - Movement Movement Movement

One thing that struck me about RSL striker Fabien Espindola in last week's match against New England was his movement. Espindola covered more ground than anyone on the field, constantly switching wings but also making runs down the middle looking for through balls from Beckerman, Morales and co.

Suspicious Minds | a USA Match Reaction

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A win, 1-0 over a second-tier CONCACAF side, and probably just about a deserved one, though by no means hugely impressive. The US showed well in patches against Honduras, and a couple of individuals can be proud of their performances, but collectively, the one word that consistently appears in my notes, often double- or triple-underlined, is sloppy.