Stoke join Everton, West Brom and Newcastle United in race for Man City’s Scott Sinclair

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Stoke City have joined the host of Premier League clubs battling for Scott Sinclair's signature. Potters boss Mark Hughes wants to raid his former club Manchester City for the 24-year-old winger. Everton, West Brom and Newcastle have already emerged as potential destinations for the £6m-rated former Swansea man.

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.

Schellas Hyndman: Brek Shea Came off Early Because We Needed Some Fresh Legs

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When FC Dallas head coach Schellas Hyndman brought Brek Shea off the field in the 86th minute of Sunday's 1-1 draw with Seattle Sounders FC, many of those in attendance at FC Dallas Stadium and watching on TV were a bit perplexed. They wondered why Hyndman would bring off one of his top attacking players in what was still a 1-1 tie but a match where the final outcome remained very much in doubt.

On Brek Shea

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I've spilled a lot of virtual ink on Brek Shea. Like, a lot. So, as Shea possibly prepares to take his first important call up this week against Jamaica, I want to pull out a few of these past points that can still serve a purpose. I think, as always, perspective is key, but should more be expected of Shea?

Break Shea Called into US Camp for Qualifyers

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Brek Shea will join the U.S. Men's National Team in Miami on Monday to prepare for the squad's upcoming World Cup Qualifiers versus Jamaica, U.S. Soccer announced Sunday.

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Lineup Juggling: At Caledonia

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The Seattle Sounders have a chance to put their foot solidly in the door for advancement in the CONCACAF Champions League with a win over Trinidad and Tobago club Caledonia. In the three-team table format, wins are more important than ever, and a victory would force Marathon to beat Seattle at least once to move on.

Three (Two) For Three: MLS Week 25 Predictions

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This week, the playoff races start to heat up in D.C. and Los Angeles as the two teams in each conference's final playoff spot look to create some breathing room for themselves. We also have a match between the two teams at the top of the Eastern Conference, Sporting Kansas City and the New York Red Bulls.

"Off The Bench" Episode 21 Part 1 USMNT Upsets Mexico, Thoughts on Brek Shea and MLS Notes

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This is Part 1 of a 2 part episode. In part one, Luke and Pedro discuss the US Men's National Team and their victory over Mexico in Azteca. Heavily debated is the value of Brek Shea and what he brings to both club and country. Geoff Cameron's contributions are acknowledged and not once did we mention the name Jurgen Klinsmann through the entire episode.

Historic Win

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The United States pulled off a historic win tonight in Mexico City, winning the first game by the men's national team at the Azteca Stadium. A goal by Michael Orozco Fiscal in the 79th minute, set up by a great run from Brek Shea and a back heal from Terrance Boyd gave the US a 1-0 win. As a whole it wasn't really a game the US deserved as they showed very little going forward for much of the game.

Michael Orozco’s Historic Game Winning Goal at Estadio Azteca

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An unlikely trio of players created some US Soccer history on Wednesday night. Brek Shea, Terrance Boyd and Michael Orozco, all 2nd half subs for the US Men's National Team friendly against Mexico, combined for a goal in the 80th minute to give the US it's first victory in 75 years on Mexican soil.

Mexico 0-1 USA – Match Recap – Friendly – 15 August 2012

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The United States defeated Mexico 1-0 in an international friendly on August 15, 2012. It's the Americans first ever win at the Estadio Azteca. Very few gave the USA a realistic chance to get a result, let alone win, as Mexico have been dominant at the Azteca.

Mexico started out with most of the possession but the United States were committed to defending and absorbing pressure.

Mexico 0 - USA 1

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The United States shutout Mexico on Wednesday night to record their first win at Estadio Azteca. Michael Orozco was the goal scoring hero for the USA, finishing off a sequence in front of the Mexico goal in the 80th minute that started with a run into the box from Brek Shea. Orozco had subbed on three minutes earlier.

Mexico to honor Olympic gold medal team prior to U.S. friendly at Azteca

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If Terrence Boyd, Sean Johnson, Joe Corona or Brek Shea needed a reminder of what they potentially missed out on by not getting a chance to compete in the Olympics, they will get as close a look as they will possibly want.

Mexico will honor its Olympic gold medal winning team prior to the U.

Brek Shea, Julian de Guzman, and Carlos Rodriguez Called for Friendlies

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Brek Shea (U.S.), Julian de Guzman (Canada) and Carlos Rodriguez (Panama) each joined their respective National Teams on Sunday to prepare for Wednesday's international friendlies. Shea traveled to Mexico City with the U.S. side, which will face rival Mexico on Aug. 15 at the Estadio Azteca. Kickoff for the USA's first friendly against Mexico on Mexican soil since 1984 is set for 7 p.

Portland Timbers vs. FC Dallas Player Ratings: Goodbye Perkins Edition

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Last Sunday was yet another game at home and, while we didn't get the result we all wanted, looking back it was a sad occasion for more than just the draw. It was Troy Perkins' last game as a Portland Timber. Of course, we didn't know it at the time, but with the recent trade, it's almost hard to remember the game at all.

Recap: Oh Captain my Captain! Portland ties FC Dallas on Jewsbury's goal

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Quick Recap:

The weather made it feel like FC Dallas was at home and the Portland Timbers were on the road but the result was not the same as the last game these teams played. Portland, namely Franck Songo'o, came out strong but were unable to get the opening goal in the first half and were then punished for a defensive mistake.

Jack Jewsbury Volley Earns Tie for Portland Timbers

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Jack Jewsbury, Portland Timbers vs Chivas, Photo: Gary Sheldon |

The battle between the two teams at the bottom of the Western Conference ended in a stalemate as the Portland Timbers and FC Dallas played to a 1-1 draw on a hot, steamy Sunday afternoon at JELD-WEN Field.

A goal by FCD forward Scott Sealy in the 51st minute – beautifully assisted by midfielders Brek Shea and David Ferreira – had Dallas in line for their second consecutive victory over Portland before a Zach Loyd red card and a late Jack Jewsbury golazo (below) brought the hosts level.

Some Soccer News for Fri Aug 3, 2012

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The du Nord Futbol Show podcast Ep 5 is ready for action!


Attendance for Seattle v LA will cross the 60,000 threshold on Sunday!


Todd Date of 3rd Degree has the transcript of a press Q + A with FC Dallas' troubled star Brek Shea.

Brek Shea Breaks his Radio Silence on Thursday

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OK, so maybe it wasn't technically radio silence but after training on Thursday, Brek Shea did speak to the leering press for the first time since his much-publicized blowup with FCD head coach Schellas Hyndman on July 18 at San Jose. Here's what he had to say.

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FC Dallas' 2012 Season is Almost as Depressing as Portland's

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FC Dallas players walking out of the tunnel on Sunday beneath chants of "PT! FC!" will almost certainly find a bit of a spring in their steps.

After all, they just beat this team 5-0 two weeks ago and have a 12-5 advantage over the Portland Timbers since they joined the league in 2011.

Their star, Brek Shea, having been humbled (for the bazillionth time) and given some time to "clear his head," could well return to the lineup on a mission.

Hyndman: Shea Remains a Work in Progress

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In a bit of good news for FC Dallas fans, club head coach Schellas Hyndman said after training on Thursday that midfielder Brek Shea, who has missed the last two games, would be traveling with his teammates to Portland on Friday in advance of Sunday's road match with the Timbers.

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Hyndman backs Shea to return to form

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Brek Shea has been conspicuously absent from the FC Dallas lineup for the last two matches, but coach Schellas Hyndman thinks a break from everything is all his struggling star needs to kick start what has been an otherwise disappointing season.

Shea, Hyndman Meet Again; Shea Also Addresses Team

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After training had concluded on Tuesday morning, FC Dallas head coach Schellas Hyndman and Brek Shea, who hasn't played since a well-publicized with his head coach during a 2-1 loss at San Jose almost two weeks ago, were sitting in the shade and having a discussion.

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World Cup qualifiers: USA with key absences take on Jamaica

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No Landon Donovan or Michael Bradley

The USA return to World Cup qualifications today with their match against Jamaica at Kingston. They are without Landon Donovan and Michael Bradley who are out with injuries. Amongst the midfielders, Bradley has an established reputation for his box to box contribution and link up with the strikers up top.

The US vs. Jamaica: What to Expect

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I know that I've made one too many 'Merica jokes on twitter and alienated many of you with my "split allegiances" posts at Fox Soccer. However, I assure that I have white skin, blue blood courses my veins, and that blood when exposed to air turns red. Thus, I am American. Emphasis on the last three syllables.

Major Link Soccer: The Return of Zakuani

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The biggest story of the weekend for the Sounders was clearly the return of Steve Zakuani to the starting lineup exactly five hundred days after his injury. This was a huge step for Zakuani and we all hope that his progress will continue.

Jurgen Klinsmann has announced the USMNT roster for the World Cup Qualifiers against Jamaica.

U.S. Shocks Mexico, 1-0

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Tim Howard made two fantastic late saves to preserve the shutout in the USA's historic win over Mexico. (Photo: Chris Aduama/

For nearly 80 minutes the U.S. Men's National Team's international friendly against Mexico at Mexico City's Estadio Azteca on Wednesday night was shaping up to be perhaps the most lackluster installment in recent memory of the two nations' storied rivalry.

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FC Dallas Vs. Seattle Sounders: Highlights, Stats And Quotes

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Playing a few days after a trip to Trinidad in 100-degree heat without being entirely at full strength is not exactly a recipe for success. No, this was not a standout performance from the Seattle Sounders, but it was the result they needed. A 1-1 tie against FC Dallas keeps the Sounders in good position to get a Top 3 seed in the Western Conference and sets them up nicely for the stretch run.

Making Waves: Rising MLS talent that will draw European interest

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With the recent EPL debut of Houston Dynamo product Geoff Cameron an undeniable success (he received "Man of the Match" honors in Stoke City's scoreless draw against Arsenal), we now look to the next batch of MLS-ers poised and postured to eventually make similar hops across the pond.

MLS Spotlight: John emerges from setbacks, adversity for FC Dallas

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George John has experienced his fair share of setbacks in the past year. But if the FC Dallas centerback's spirits have been dampened, he isn't showing it.

Last summer, a deal that would have sent John to English side Blackburn Rovers FC fell through.

Talking Barry Robson and the MLS DC

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Barry Robson has to learn that MLS refs are different than European refs. (Getty Images)

I wish I had more time over the weekend to really go into this. Saturday morning an email went out to the media regarding the suspension of Vancouver Whitecaps midfielder Barry Robson for his actions on last Wednesday night against FC Dallas.

FC Dallas steals victory from Real Salt Lake after late Ferreira goal

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FC Dallas made it three-for-three for the week and continued their strong form for August, as they escaped from Rio Tinto Stadium with a 2-1 win over Real Salt Lake on Saturday night. David Ferreira notched a late stoppage time goal to steal the win for Dallas, stunning both Real Salt Lake and the raucous crowd.

Klinsmann unveils friendly roster vs. Mexico

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Sunday afternoon US national team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann announced his roster for the upcoming friendly against Mexico, which takes place this Wednesday at Estadio Azteca.

The 23 players that were selected saw a few surprises, including a total of ten MLS players being named to the camp and the exclusion of a few notable Yanks playing abroad.

Timbers battle back for draw vs. 10-man FC Dallas

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Just two weeks after losing 5-0, the Portland Timbers looked to exact some revenge on the visiting FC Dallas squad on Sunday night. While they were unable to pull out a victory, they were able to unleash the wrath of the raucous JELD-WEN Field crowd late in the match to even up the score, and walk off the field with a 1-1 draw.

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The After Bar: USMNT 1 - Mexico 0

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That just happened. An understrength, but undeterred U.S. men's national team walked into Estadio Azteca and weather the crowd and 75 years of history to smash-and-grab a 1-0 win against Mexico. A series of substitutes for Jurgen Klinsmann's side, Brek Shea on... well... the break played the ball across the front of goal where Terrance Boyd backhealed the ball towards an onrushing Michael Orozco Fiscal (why was he so far upfield!

USMNT Gets Historic First Victory In Mexico

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The dust is now just beginning to settle for the first ever victory by the USA in Mexico. And the win came in no other place than Aztec Stadium, notorious for tormenting the USMNT over the years. Although the Americans didn't play what you would call a beautiful soccer game, they played with grit, determination, and hard work.

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Some Soccer News for Tue Aug 14, 2012

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Columbus Crew president Mark McCullers with words on the passing of Kirk Urso.


Chicago captain Logan Pause suffered two broken ribs and a collapsed lung in a collision with former teammate Bakary Soumare during the first half of the Fire game at Philadelphia on Sunday.

TSG’s Official USA vs. Mexico Preview: Have Fun Storming The Castle!

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It's a tired movie analogy, but it works oh so well here.

The movie of course the Princess Bride. The scene? Billy Crystal's Mirace Max character has just returned the Dred Pirate Roberts ("Wesley") to life.

Along with swordsman Indigo Montoya and behemoth Andre The Giant rest his soul the half-alive-Wesley and crew are expected to take on Prince Hupperdink's army, liberate the princess and make a be-pajamaed Fred Savage happy that his Peter Falk grandfather came over to read stories.