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Herculez Gomez on FOX Sports broadcast team for Copa America

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Sigi Schmid says that it shouldn't affect his time with the Sounders

FOX Sports has announced its lineup of talking heads and reporters for this summer's Copa America Centenario, including Seattle Sounders forward Herculez Gomez. It seems that Gomez's first action in this role will come in the very first match of the tournament on June 3, as he'll be part of the pre-match, halftime, and post-match commentary alongside Alexi Lalas, Fernando Fiore, Eric Wynalda and Aly Wagner for the United States' match against Colombia.

Revolution Revisited: Extras

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Revolution defender Jay Heaps takes the ball up the field in a 2002 game against D.C. (Photo: Chris Aduama/

Note: In 2002, the New England Revolution went from a team in turmoil to a collection of players on the cusp of bringing the franchise their first championship – all within the course of 35 games.

Cosmos returning to NASL in 2013

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After all of the fanfare, VIP backing and posturing, the New York Cosmos will indeed take to the field as a soccer team yet again.

The Cosmos announced Thursday that they will play in NASL starting in the 2013 season, joining the Fort Lauderdale Strikers and Tampa Bay Rowdies as original NASL franchises playing in the modern edition of the league.

Match #15 Preview: Philadelphia Union At LA Galaxy

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Setting: Wednesday, July 4 at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.; kickoff scheduled for 10:38:00 PM Eastern

Broadcast Information: Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia (JP Dellacamera, Bob Rigby), with coverage beginning at 10:00 PM Eastern with a pre-game show / KDOC-TV (Mark Rogondino, Cobi Jones, Heidi Watney), KWHY-TV (Adrian Garcia Marquez, Francisco Pinto), KWKW-AM (Rolando Gonzalez, Armando Aguayo), KTLK-AM/lagalaxy.

The Dirty Game

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Soccer has never been a clean game and never will be. It's original form allowed hacking. Long before the soccer craft was engineered for style and class, hunks of meat took chops at each other. Reputations were built around violence and threats. Men whose shadow was aggression found the soccer field inviting, a safe place to kick the living daylights out of a fellow mortal.

Countdown to MLS Cup in Carson: Galaxy Vs. Houston Dynamo

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Former Galaxy greats Cobi Jones and Chris Klein marked the installation of two Starlight Children's Foundation FunCenters at Children's Hospital Los Angeles Wednesday ahead of MLS Cup. More than 7,000 FunCenters, which include a TV, DVD player and video game system, have been installed nationwide (Photo courtesy MLS).

MLS Fight Night - Rafa Leaves His Marquez

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Watching Major League Soccer highlights last night one might think hockey season broke out. Sporting KC's Kei Kamara mixing it up against Matt Pickens and the Colorado Rapids was the nightcap, but the undercard in the early evening proved to be the most compelling.
The American soccer world is buzzing about the post-game handbags between New York Red Bulls Rafael Marquez and LA Galaxy's Juninho.

FBM DrinkWear - Umbro's "Cosmos For A Blackout"

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On July 13, Brazilian Carlos Alberto Torres arrived in New York City in the midst of a blackout. Not just any blackout, but the infamous 1977 blackout that was marked by extreme violence and looting in the Big Apple. Quite the warm welcome for Pele's former teammate at Santos FC, a member of the 1970 World Cup winning side, and widely regarded as one of the games best defenders.

Mid-year Musings: A Look At The Union And MLS At The 2011 Halfway Point

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At the halfway mark, the Philadelphia Union sit alone atop the Eastern Conference with 27 points - just 4 points away from their resting place at the end of the 2010 season. They are one of only 3 teams with more wins than draws, one of 3 teams in the East with a positive goal differential, and one of 3 teams unbeaten at home.

DaMarcus Beasley

The US and the 2006 World Cup

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Our series on the US at the World Cup continues with a look at 2006 tournament in Germany.

The US and the 2002 World Cup

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Our series on the US at the World Cup continues with a look at the 2002 World Cup.

2011 - By The Numbers

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As people across the United States get ready to celebrate Thanksgiving, we give you some extra food for thought as we look at the year by the numbers. Here's 11 from '11:

  • A total of 46 players earned at least one cap for the full team; under Klinsmann, 28 players got at least one game.

Nike and Bumpy Pitch - A Celebration of Los Angeles

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Nice to see BP's name in lights.
FBM was lucky enough to get a VIP invite to the Nike Soccer/ Bumpy Pitch "Celebration of Los Angeles" party during MLS Cup 2011 weekend. Us, along with the leadership of The American Outlaws took off to the historic Ricardo Montalbon Theater in Hollywood for drinks, diversions, and, of course, some sweet American soccer swag.

Bocanegra reaches 100-cap plateau

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Carlos Bocanegra has enjoyed a distinguished career as a U.S. national team defender, and he joined exclusive company on Tuesday, becoming the 12th player in U.S. Soccer history to reach 100 caps.

The steady U.S. captain marked the 3-2 victory over Slovenia by joining Cobi Jones, Jeff Agoos, Landon Donovan, Marcelo Balboa, Claudio Reyna, Paul Caligiuri, Eric Wynalda, Kasey Keller, Earnie Stewart, Tony Meola and Joe-Max Moore in the century club at the start of his 90-minute shift.

Roy Lassiter

The US and the 1998 World Cup

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Our series on the US at the World Cup continues with the 1998 World Cup, hosted by France.

USA defeats Mexico in Legends Game

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Familiar faces. Familiar result.

An older generation of U.S. men's national team players defeated Mexican rivals of years past, 2-0, in the Legends Game played at the Home Depot Center on Sunday night. Roy Lassiter and Brian McBride scored in the 70-minute match and goalkeeper Ian Feuer came up with several saves to give the Americans their latest dos-a-cero victory.

Rosters set for USA-Mexico legends game

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When word broke about a United States-Mexico legends game last week, there remained some speculation about just which players from the storied rivalry would be participating for both sides.

The final rosters are out, and some of the more prolific heroes and villains from the last two decades of CONCACAF's ongoing feud will be on hand for the unique event.

Some Soccer News for Wed Apr 11, 2012

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Jozy Altidore scored 2 goals AZ today, but they could only tie when they badly need wins to claim the league title. 13 goals for Jozy this season in league play, and 17 overall.
-2nd goal


du Nord at the Controls - Tue Apr 10, 2012 - new music mix at Spotify.

Lalas, Wynalda to lead USA legends vs. Mexico

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Fans of the United States and Mexico were unable to see the two arch-rivals face off this year during Olympic Qualifying, but thanks to a blast from the past, they'll get their fix.Â

The Legends Classic, a match featuring several of the greatest players to play for the US and Mexico is scheduled to take place at the Home Depot Center on April 15th at 9pm EDT.

Instant Reliance

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What lineup will Jurgen Klinsmann use tonight in his USMNT debut against Mexico?
We'll all have to wait and see of course, and another thing we'll have to wait and see about is what players Klinsmann will rely heavily on during his time as US coach.
Might those players be on the field tonight against Mexico?

Instant Reliance

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What lineup will Jurgen Klinsmann use tonight in his USMNT debut against Mexico?
We'll all have to wait and see of course, and another thing we'll have to wait and see about is what players Klinsmann will rely heavily on during his time as US coach.
Might those players be on the field tonight against Mexico?

Brad Davis

Free Beer Match Day - USMNT vs. Panama in Seattle

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The calm before the storm. CenturyLink Field on Sunday evening.

Coverage of U.S. Soccer from "The Seattle Times".

Our hotel was right across the street from the USMNT hotel and I was able to snag pics with a few of the guys.

Jermaine Jones. Concussed or stunned to meet FBM?

Dynamo at Toronto FC: About Damn Time Eh?

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When the final whistle blew at BMO Field in Toronto, one of the few things left on the Dynamo's "to-do" list was done. For the first time in franchise history, Houston had won a game in Canada. Thanks to goals from Calen Carr and Brian Ching, along with two assists from Brad Davis, the Dynamo cruised to a relatively painless 2-0 victory over Toronto FC.

Alexi Lalas

Cobi Talks USMNT, Cameron & Feilhaber

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Former U.S. National Team midfielder Cobi Jones was in Boston last week to discuss sports injury prevention. (Photo: DePuy Mitek Sports Injury Prevention Program)

Few people know the national team scene better than someone who's accumulated over 150 caps in his international career.

Former U.

UVA Alumni and Hall of Fame Inductee, Tony Meola to play in Cinco De Jimi Cup

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EL JIMADOR ANNOUNCES THE ‘DREAM TEAM' ROSTER FOR THE FIRST CINCO DE JIMI CUP Lucky 10 will participate in the ultimate soccer experience as they play alongside their favorite players
LOUISVILLE, KY. (June 6, 2012) – el Jimador, 100 percent blue agave tequila, today announced the soccer legends from the U.

Horror Hair Hall Of Fame: The 20 Worst Footballing Coifs Of All Time

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By Chris Wright

Part-inspired by Sandro's blue Roadkill Mullet-Hawk, welcome one-and-all to the Pies 'Horror Hair Hall Of Fame'. Let's dive straight in shall we?

(Warning: Those with a low resistance to wanton follicle abuse should probably turn around and leave right about.

LA Galaxy

Carson's Home Depot Center to host U.S.-Mexico viewing party

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Former Galaxy great Cobi Jones and retired Mexican goalkeeper Martin Zuñiga will be on hand to meet fans and sign autographs. Fans will also have the opportunity to see the MLS Cup. Note that this free event requires an RSVP. All the details are in the flyer reproduced below.

2012 National Soccer Hall of Fame Induction

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The 2012 National Soccer Hall of Fame induction ceremony was held at FedExField Wednesday night, and USA vs. Brazil provided the perfect setting. It doesn't get much better than a huge game against a legendary team to set the stage for the induction of several U.S. Soccer legends into the Hall of Fame.

Previewing MLS Cup 2011 with Tony Meola and a Timeline of Cup Events

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This is it folks! All the drama and tears and cheers have led us to the end of MLS playoffs. Most fans are left rueing squandered chances, bad decisions, and a lack of that intangible but often referenced "heart", but a few lucky fans get to experience the true excitement of their team in a MLS Cup. It's something you can only really feel when your team could win it all.

Are You Ready for #LAvRSL? The Galaxy Sure as Hell Are

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Sweet Cobi Jones' ghost the promos for the #LAvRSL match are sexier than a couple of MFers. Even Bruce Arena looks like a badass. Can. Not. Wait.

English Premier League


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I'm a big fan of Clint Dempsey. In fact, I'm a big fan of American soccer players. They always seem to be really nice guys. Demspey, McBride, Howard, Lalas, Cobi Jones... the list goes on.

Fulham's word cloud features Clint Dempsey heavily, in fact he was the most written about player in BBC match reports during the 2011/2012 season.

Soccer Business Bits: FOX Broadcasts, MLS Good Deeds & More

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FOX is continuing its series of broadcast EPL matches this weekend with the Liverpool/Chelsea game. The game will be broadcast on Fox Soccer re-broadcast on FOX either before or after NFL football. According to the press release, "CNN talk show host Piers Morgan is slated to join the studio team, providing commentary and analysis for the Chelsea vs.

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Rapids News and Notes - December 3rd 2011

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Sorry I went AWOL on everyone (which I'm guessing is about 5 readers at this point in the offseason ;)) for a few days, stomach flu sucks. A couple of interesting news items came out this week.
  • Colorado declined the options on Miguel Comminges, Danny Earls, Steven Emory, and Michael Holody.
Holody's 3 years of service means he's eligible to be selected by other MLS teams in next week's re-entry drafts.

Interview With Kevin Hartman, FC Dallas Goalkeeper: Exclusive

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July saw Kevin Hartman named MLS's MVP of the month. He follows that accolade with an inclusion into our MLS Legends feature. The 37-year old currently leads the league in minutes, and we caught up with Kevin on the way to practice. He told us all about his stock portfolio, and how he's managed to have such a long career.

The Rest

Egypt’s Ahmed Hassan Sets New Cap Record

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A pretty astonishing achievement was had for Egyptian captain Ahmed Hassan today, earning his 179th cap, which requires an advanced degree simply to count that high. The list is impressive stuff, if only because the top 5 includes not one but two named 'Hassan' from Egypt.

He's also not done, which leaves the possibility of a 200th cap in sight.

The Only U.S. Win Against Brazil

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In one of the biggest upsets in the history of the U.S. Men's National Team, the USA beat Brazil 1-0 on Feb. 11, 1998, in the semifinal of the CONCACAF Gold Cup. That game was the first U.S. win against the South American side, and today it remains the only time in 16 matches the U.S. has emerged victorious.

Residency and Academy Product Signs For Djurgarden

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Cobi Span was on the 2009 Academy Select Red Team before joining Djurgarden.
Brian "Cobi" Span has joined Swedish club Djurgarden and will start trianing with the team early next year.
Span, who got his nickname from U.S. Men's National Team star Cobi Jones, was a member of the U.

On Leadership and What the Hell Is This Blog Anyways

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The following was inspired by Lalo's latest comment. He makes good points about leadership, and poses questions about the work on this blog. What follows is not intended as a full response, but I preferred to post here instead of in the comments.

On the statement: "Leadership is doing the right thing".