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Not Even Vincent Nogueira Is Perfect

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While it is true that Nogueira is one of the best pick-ups the Union made in the off season and can compete with any midfielder in the league, he does have one critical flaw....

If you've only watched one Union game this season, you've still probably figured out that Vincent Nogueira is the Union's most important player.

MLS Again Creates New Rule to Appease Owners

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The return of Jermaine Jones to MLS is a great moment for the league. After his stellar play in the World Cup, the veteran midfielder was out of contract and needing one more shot at being a contributor in a major league. His agent and the Chicago Fire had been holding serious negotiations and the Fire appeared to be on the cusp of a real coup just in time for a playoff run.

MLS Week 18: A Look Ahead

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By DAN KARELL

Both Clint Dempsey and DeAndre Yedlin are expected to make their return in front of nearly 70,000 screaming fans as Major League Soccer's best rivalry match commences.

The Sounders host the Timbers for the second time in a week, just four days after Sigi Schmid's squad defeated the Timbers, 3-1, in extra time to advance in the U.

WATCH Clint Dempsey’s Appearance on the David Letterman Show [VIDEO]

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USA World Cup team captain Clint Dempsey was a guest on The Late Show With David Letterman Wednesday night.

Dempsey made an appearance on the show with the veteran late show host. The Seattle Sounders and USMNT attacking midfielder/striker discussed several topics including how to tell the difference between a real injury and a fake injury, his experiences at Brazil 2014, his broken nose, etcetera.

Seattle Sounders

Fanendo Adi nets brace for Portland Timbers, but Seattle Sounders tally four goals for victory

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The Portland Timbers returned home after winning their first CONCACAF Champions League match in Guyana, hoping to gain some traction in the Western Conference playoff chase in hosting the Seattle Sounders. While Fanendo Adi scored twice to give the home fans some great moments, the Timbers defense had issues in controlling Obafemi Martins and Clint Dempsey and the Sounders tallied four goals on the day to earn a 4 to 2 win.

MLS Week 23: A Look Ahead

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By DAN KARELL

After putting together a 6-0 thrashing of the Chicago Fire in Wednesday'sU.S. Open semifinal, the Seattle Sounders will face a much more daunting task when they take the field this Saturday.

Clint Dempsey, DeAndre Yedlin and co.

Clint Dempsey Makes Young Seattle Sounders Fan’s Day By Swapping Jersey For Handful Of Popcorn (Video)

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By Chris Wright

Lovely stuff from DEmpsey after Seattle Sounders' 2-0 victory over Houston Dynamo in the MLS tonight, with the former Fulham man exchanging his match jersey for a handful of popcorn...

What a hero!

USMNT starters headline MLS Fan XI for 2014 All Star Game

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By DAN KARELL

The U.S. Men's National Team will be well represented in the 2014 All-Star Game against Bayern Munich in Portland, Ore.

Major League Soccer announced the results of the Fan XI on Wednesday evening, and the side features no less than eight members of the USMNT at the World Cup.

SBI Monday Rewind: Huge crowd gives Sounders boost in derby; World Cup sets U.S. media records; and more

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

It was already technically Monday on the east coast when the Seattle Sounders were still reacting to their derby win over the Portland Timbers in front of more than 62,000 fans. With goals from Clint Dempsey and Marco Pappa, the Sounders found a second-half surge to continue the Timbers' struggles this season and win 2-0.

Portland Timbers continue to unravel in 2 to 0 to Seattle Sounders FC behind second half goals

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The Portland Timbers did battle with their fierce rivals from Washington for the second time in five days, although the stakes of the meeting were a little different. Meeting for the second time in three scheduled meetings, the Seattle Sounders used two goals in the final 20 minutes and an intensified offensive approach to defeat Portland 2 to 0.

Second-half blitz pushes Sounders past Timbers

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By JASON MITCHELL

SEATTLE Unfortunately for the Portland Timbers, the Seattle Sounders are just about unbeatable when they open up their entire stadium.

In the 86th installment of a rivalry spanning five decades and six leagues, Seattle received second-half goals from Clint Dempsey and Marco Pappa on Sunday night, earning a 2-0 win over the Timbers in front of 64,207 at CenturyLink Field.

What I’m watching for in Portland Timbers second match versus Seattle Sounders FC

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The Portland Timbers jump back into MLS regular season play against their rivals from Washington, the Seattle Sounders FC for a July 13 affair. We also take a look at various news and notes surrounding the team over the past few weeks, including the same two sides battling on July 9 in the U.S. Open Cup quarterfinals.

Whitecaps grab early lead, top shorthanded Sounders

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By JASON MITCHELL

Speedy, young, and relentlessly attacking, the Vancouver Whitecaps had to be licking their chops ahead of Saturday's match against the Seattle Sounders.

No Clint Dempsey, Obafemi Martins, or DeAndre Yedlin to keep the Whitecaps honest. No Gonzalo Pineda or Osvaldo Alonso clogging the center of the pitch.

Obafemi Martins

Visiting Sounders blow past the Timbers

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By MIKE DONOVAN

PORTLAND, Ore.- Despite coming into the match with three losses in their last five matches, the Seattle Sounders made a statement Sunday afternoon as they trounced the Portland Timbers in front of a sellout Providence Park.

Seattle Sounders FC 1 – 1 San Jose Earthquakes | Fotos

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Archivado en: Fútbol MLS, Fotos 2014, Seattle Sounders FC Tagged: 1-1, Adrian HANAUER, CenturyLink Field, Chad BARRETT, Chris WONDOLOWSKI, Clint DEMPSEy, DeANDRE YEDLEY, Jon BUSCH, Kenny COOPER, Obafemi MARTINS, Osvaldo ALONSO, San José Earthquakes, Sigi SCHMID

Seattle Sounders FC 2 – 0 Houston Dynamo | Fotos

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Archivado en: 2014, Fútbol MLS, Fotos 2014, Seattle Sounders FC Tagged: 2-0, Brad DAVIS, CenturyLink Field, Clint DEMPSEy, Damarcus BEASLEY, ECS, Gonzalo PINEDA, Houston Dynamo, Lamar NEAGLE, Obafemi MARTINS, Penalty, Tarjeta Roja, Tary HALL

Matt Besler

Covering the MLS All-Star festivities up close: Day 2

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On my day 2 activities for the MLS All-Star Game in Portland, I spent some time interacting with visiting media, selected participants in the match, and walking about Pioneer Square to visit the stadium replica. I also got to see some behind the scenes work at Providence Park relating to food service.

Valdes update, Casey, Gaddis, and MacMath named to TOW, more news

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Valdes agent disappointed defender won't be playing in Copa Libertadores. Conor Casey, Ray Gaddis, and Zac MacMath get Team of the Week nods. Reading United postseason campaign begins tonight. More news.

Recaps & reaction to Fire draw, Valdes’ to arrive in US “in a few days,” Reading make playoffs, more

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Recaps and reaction to Union draw in Chicago. Valdes' agent says center back will fly to US "in a few days" to "arrange his future." Reading in PDL playoffs for 7th consecutive year. More news.

Recaps & reaction to Fire draw, Valdes’ to arrive in US “in a few days,” Reading make playoffs, more

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Recaps and reaction to Union draw in Chicago. Valdes' agent says center back will fly to US "in a few days" to "arrange his future." Reading in PDL playoffs for 7th consecutive year. More news.

2014 MLS All-Star Fan XI Revealed

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There really wasn't a shocker in the Fan XI for the 2014 MLS All-Star Game. Eight of the players announced were in Brazil for the World Cup this past month. These players and several more to follow will take on Bayern Munich in the annual MLS versus the World match.

U.S. men's national team captain Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC) features alongside World Cup teammates Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City), Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle Sounders FC), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy) and Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake).

GAME THREAD: World Cup Round of 16: Belgium vs. United States

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Winner plays Argentina. Belgians eat waffles differently than Americans.

WORLD CUP MATCH #56
VS
Arena Fonte Nova, Salvador, BRA
July 1, 2014
4:00 PM ET
ESPN - Ian Darke and Taylor Twellman
Starting XI
Eden Hazard, Divock Origi, Dries Mertens Forward Graham Zusi, Clint Dempsey, Alejandro Bedoya
Kevin De Bruyne, Marouane Fellaini, Axel Witsel Midfield Jermaine Jones, Michael Bradley, Geoff Cameron
Jan Vertonghen, Vincent Kompany, Daniel Van Buyten, Toby Alderweireld Defense DaMarcus Beasley, Matt Besler, Omar Gonzalez, Fabian Johnson
Thibaut Courtois Goalkeeper Tim Howard
Sammy Bossut, Nicolas Lombaerts, Laurent Ciman, Simon Mignolet, Thomas Vermaelen, Mousa Dembele, Nacer Chadli, Romelu Lukaku, Adnan Januzaj Bench Nick Rimando, Kyle Beckerman, Brad Davis, Brad Guzan, Chris Wondolowski, Jozy Altidore, Timothy Chandler, Mix Diskerud, Aron Johannsson, John Brooks, DeAndre Yedlin, Julian Green
Game Officials
Referee: Djamel Haimoudi

Are you nervous yet?

Philadelphia Union

Union host USOC final with win over Dallas, Valdes’ return, US open Women’s U20 WC play, more

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Union will host US Open Cup final if they defeat Dallas in semi. Valdes returns. MacMath on M'Bolhi signing. US begins play in Women's U-20 World Cup tonight. More.

Curtin on Brown & Valdes, Union-Rapids news & previews, more

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Curtin on Brown's qualities and Vades possibilities. Union news and previews ahead of Saturday's game against Colorado. More.

Jurgen Klinsmann

Onward and Upward: Closing the Book on the USMNT in Brazil

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Cheer up, Cap'n. We've got the Gold Cup (businessinsider.com.au)

OTF's Joe Maskivish recaps the USMNT's Brazilian vacation and takes a look at what's around the corner for the Yanks...

What could have been, never actually was.

Despite what the sudden media attention has led folks to believe, the performance of the United States at the 2014 World Cup was not an utter success.

USA World Cup review: Stars & Stripes do their nation proud… those that care anyway!

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USA World Cup review: Stars & Stripes do their nation proud... those that care anyway! - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

It's no great secret that Americans aren't the world's biggest football fans... well, technically that isboth a truth and a lie. The US are by far the world's biggest fans of what they refer to as football.

Brazil 2014: World Cup Round of 16 – USMNT 1-2 Belgium

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We feel the same way, Jurgi (phillysportslive.com)

The dream is over and OTF's Joe Maskivish brings the USMNT vs. Belgium review...

With that, it's over. In a game that fully encompassed the United States' play in Brazil, the Yanks lost 2-1 in extra time against the upstart Belgians.

Belgium 2-1 USA: Belgians dump Klinsmann’s Stars & Stripes out of the World Cup in extra-time

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Belgium 2-1 USA: Belgians dump Klinsmann's Stars & Stripes out of the World Cup in extra-time - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Going into this game, the Round of 16 had seen all 7 group winners make it throughto the quarter-finals and this game completed the octuplet. The USA fought the good fight again, taking the Belgians to extra-time before allowing a crackin their armor.

They believe: USA-Belgium previews & news, Cruz & MacMath named to TOW, Kaka joins Orlando, more

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The pregame message from the US team is "we want more." Cruz and MacMath named to MLS Team of the Week. Cruz up for Goal of the Week. Kaka unveiled in Orlando. More news.

Belgium v USA: Les Diables Rouges may be without captain Kompany against USMNT

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Belgium v USA: Les Diables Rouges may be without captain Kompany against USMNT - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Belgium are just one of 4 nations to win every game so far this tournament, topping Group H with 3 victories, however none of which were completely convincing and all by just one goal.

Brazil 2014: World Cup Group G – USMNT 0-1 Germany

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Moving On! (photo: detroit.cbslocal.com)

Losing and winning in the Recife rain; OTF's Joe Maskivish brings the USMNT vs. Germany review...

Two weeks and nearly 9,000miles have resulted in a graduation from the Group of Death.

We'll get to the loss against Germany, but let's just take a moment to acknowledge what the United States has accomplished.

Brazil 2014: World Cup Group G – USMNT 0-1 Germany

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Moving On! (photo: detroit.cbslocal.com)

Losing and winning in the Recife rain; OTF's Joe Maskivish brings the USMNT vs. Germany review...

Two weeks and nearly 9,000miles have resulted in a graduation from the Group of Death.

We'll get to the loss against Germany, but let's just take a moment to acknowledge what the United States has accomplished.

Git ‘er done: US faces Germany, more news

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USA news and previews ahead of today's big game. Ghana camp in turmoil. More news.

World Cup 2014

Why The USA Used Clint Dempsey As a Lone Striker in Jozy Altidore’s Absence

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The USMNT could not have had a better start to their World Cup when Seattle Sounders' talisman Clint Dempsey scored in the first minute of group play against Ghana in Natal. It wasn't all that easy though, as twenty-six minutes later the star striker, Jozy Altidore, went down holding his hamstring and he was replaced by Aron Johannson.

Top 5 Moments of the 2014 World Cup Group Matches [GIFs]

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Two weeks later and the dust has settled on the group stage of the 2014 World Cup. It has been full of highs and lows, lots of goals and plenty of controversy. Let's take a look at the top 5 moments of the group stage.

1. Robin Van Persie's header

On their way to brutally dismantling Spain, Robin van Persie clearly showed his new club manager Louis Van Gaal that good things will come to wait once they both get settled back at Manchester United.

Jones suffers broken nose, recovering Altidore’s status for Belgium unknown

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By FRANCO PANIZO

SAO PAULO It turns out Jermaine Jones' hunch was right.

A day after Jones said he suspected to have broken his nose in a 1-0 loss vs. Germany, U.S. Soccer confirmed that was indeed the veteran midfielder's injury.

The Rest

Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Americans are no strangers to finding success at Fulham, and the latest player that appears poised to do so is Emerson Hyndman.

Hyndman madehis professional debut on Saturday, starting and going the distance in the Cottagers' 2-1 loss to Ipswich Town.

Report: USMNT lining up September friendly vs. Colombia in San Antonio

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By DAN KARELL

The U.S. Men's National Team could be playing their first home game following the World Cup against one of the tournament's most exciting teams.

According to a report in San Antonio, the USMNT are set to face Colombia in a friendly match on Sept.

Desenterrar espinas, eso es lo que quiere el Seattle Sounders esta noche ante Los Angeles Galaxy

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En lunes por la noche, ante teleaudiencia nacional y un CenturyLink Field a capacidad máxima, (67,300), los Sounders FC reciben a uno de sus rivales mas fieros de la MLS, Los Angeles Galaxy, y no puede ser en mejor momento para los de casa. Líder absoluto en la conferencia oeste con seis puntos de ventaja [.

USA 0-1 Germany: Sharp-shooter Muller scores winner as both teams advance to knockouts

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USA 0-1Germany:Sharp-shooter Muller scores winner as both teams advance to knockouts - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Group G's top two teams fought it out in Recife, hammered bytorrential rain, with Germany ending victorious thanks to another Thomas Muller goal.The downpourscaused massive flooding in the area,but the game went ahead as planned, and the passion witnessed by both sideswill have silenced any doubters, who thought this would be played out as a conspired draw.