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Castillo shines as FC Dallas tops Rapids

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FRISCO, Texas-- On a night when three different Colombians scored goals, no Colombian player stood out more in Saturday's FC Dallas-Colorado Rapids tilt than Fabian Castillo, who helped Dallas beat the very man who helped bring him to Major League Soccer.

Monday Kickoff: Mexico downs Brazil, Colombia tops Peru, and more

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Mexico has had its fair share of success against Brazil through the years, and 'El Tri' stifled the South Americans yet again, shutting down the high-powered 'Selecao' attack on their way to a 2-0 victory on Sunday at Cowboys Stadium.

Giovani Dos Santos played the role of hero, scoring a goal and setting up another by drawing a penalty, to give the Mexican squad a big boost heading into World Cup qualifying.

Abby Wambach

The After Bar - USWNT 3 - Colombia 0

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Not every U.S. women's national team game is going to feature both an Alex Morgan AND Abby Wambach goal, but you're usually good for at least one of them finding the back of the net. It took Megan Rapinoe's first goal of the 2012 London Olympic tournament to kickstart an eventual 3-0 win, but for long stretches of the match it looked at though the Colombians, with their heavy (and sometimes too aggressive) pressure would make this a much tougher battle than the Lady Nats expected.

Sweet revenge: US women overpower unlady like Colombians, 3-0

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You're no lady, Lady Andrade. The Colombian forward threw a nasty right hook at Abby Wambach as the US striker fell onto the pitch clutching her face. Play continued on with the referee unaware of what had just happened and the Colombians continued their unsportswoman like conduct by keeping the ball in play.

2012 London Olympics: USWNT Reach Quarter-Finals, Defeat Colombia 3-0

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Two games into the Summer Olympics and the USWNT have already reached the quarter-finals. Earlier today, the United States took on Colombia, defeating the country 3-0. Don't let the score fool you though, the Colombians gave the US a run for their money all match long. Despite a lack of shots from Colombia, their squad played strong defensively, making tackles and blocking a barrage of shots from the USWNT.

USWNT clinch quarterfinal berth as Rapinoe leads rout of Colombia

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The U.S. Women's national team punched their ticket to the Olympic quarterfinals after winning their second consecutive preliminary match, with a 3-0 win over Colombia on Saturday.

Unlike like their first preliminary match against France on Wednesday, which saw the United States women have to overcome a slow start, there was no such struggle against Colombia.

U.S. women aim for complete showing in Olympic battle with Colombia

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This time, the U.S. women's national team will hope for 90 minutes of domination, not just 76.

After falling behind to France 2-0 in the opening 14 minutes of their Olympic run, the U.S. women straightened things out behind the explosive front line of Abby Wambach and Alex Morgan, the flank play of Megan Rapinoe and a rocket of a shot by Carli Lloyd.

Portland Timbers

Union Trade Danny Mwanga To Portland For Jorge Perlaza

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The Philadelphia Union have traded Danny Mwanga for Jorge Perlaza of the Portland Timbers.

Mwanga moved to the United States in 2006 and attended high school in Portland before playing at Oregon State for a year. The 20-year-old was drafted first overall in the 2010 MLS SuperDraft, becoming the Union's first ever draft selection.

The Timbers' Colombian Players Adapt to Playing and Living in Portland

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When Jorge Perlaza first joined the Portland Timbers, he was very much alone. Being the only member of the team who did not have a basic understanding of English, it was an intimidating experience. If you take language out of the equation, he says, you can adapt to just about anything anywhere. But not being able to understand what people are saying makes every aspect of life more difficult.

New England Revolution

Benny Leads Revs To Victory Over Chicago

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Benny Feilhaber and Kelyn Rowe each scored one goal and assisted on the other as the New England Revolution claimed a 2-0 win over the Chicago Fire on Saturday night at rain-soaked Gillette Stadium.

Revolution goalkeeper Matt Reis made three saves to guide New England to its second shutout of the season.

Musket Rounds: Reis's 100th, Colombians, Hydra, and Dempsey

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Some mornings after a Revs game I just don't want to move, but not this morning. This morning I woke up with a renewed sense of purpose. I guess there's nothing like a win to reinvigorate a person. For those like me, who need something to do to pass the nine-to-five hours quicker, here you go.

Revolution Links

Revolution's Reis finally joins century club with 2-1 win

Over at MLS's website, Kyle McCarthy gives us the rundown of how Matt Reis's 100th win went.

Musket Rounds: No One Likes Following A Loss

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No one likes trying to follow a loss like the one suffered on Saturday. Unfortunately, the show must go on, and the world of soccer has not stopped to let us be alone with our grief. MLS's opening weekend has, by and large, been exciting and successful. LA was beaten handily by RSL, Colorado topped Columbus, SKC squeaked a win over DC, Vancouver took down Montreal in the latter's MLS debut, and Houston left it late but managed a victory over Chivas.

Musket Rounds: It's First Kick!!!! Edition

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Can you feel it? CAN YOU FEEL IT?! The New England Revolution are kicking off the season tomorrow night at the SAn Jose Earthquakes! The match is at 10 PM EST, because it's West Coast and apparently the MLS schedule people want to make sure we're all good and drunk by the time the match starts (The Bent Musket does not in any way condone drinking underage or to excess - designate a driver and drink responsibly).

The Revolution’s Words, Actions And Colombians

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To kickoff 2012, my first (and only) blog entry centered on a plea for the New England Revolution to be "blog worthy" in 2012. A hope that it would "show the fanbase how big the Revolution dream is, and steps you are taking to achieve it."

Given a week of activity, I'm concerned the team still cannot explain the vision of the team's future the way I'd like, but its actions actually give me hope.

Revolution Sign John Lozano, Fernando Cardenas

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Mere hours after Mike Burns indicated that the New England Revolution would be finalizing the transfer of two South American players today, the team announced this morning that they have signed Colombians John Lozano and Fernando Cardenas. Both will count as international players and will be added to the roster when their P-1 Visas and International Transfer Certificates have been processed.

Revolution sign pair from America de Cali

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America de Cali's loss has turned out to be the New England Revolution's gain.

The Revolution announced the signings of centerback John Lozano and attacking midfielder Fernando Cardenas from the traditional Colombian giant, which was relegated to the country's second division last month.

Thursday Morning Union Freekicks: YSA, Cheesesteaks And Colombians

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YSA Report – August – Episode 4 " ysareport
The August Edition of the YSA Report features panelists: Jon Marks, Nick Youngstein – Unholy Union blog, Earl "Kemosabe" Gardner – Evil Genius Producer, and as always Murph.

The Philly Soccer Page " PSP talks to Joanna Lohman

As the Independence prepare for Saturday's WPS Final versus Western New York in Rochester, the PSP had the opportunity to catch up with midfielder Joanna Lohman.

International Soccer

Conmebol World Cup qualifying resumes this weekend

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The fifth round of Conmebol World Cup qualifying is set to take place this weekend, and Leo Messi and Argentina are hoping this is the round where they claim first place in the standings.

Argentina will look to overtake Uruguay in the table this weekend, but the albiceleste will need a result at home against Ecuador in arguably the biggest match of the fifth round of Conmebol World Cup qualifying.

International Rewind: Messi nets hat trick, Colombia blanks Mexico and more

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These days it's rare for Lionel Messi to accomplish something he has yet to already do, but he was able to cross another item off his career bucket list on Wednesday.

The Barcelona catalyst and reigning Ballon d'Or winner scored his first career hat trick for his country, tallying all of Argentina's goals -- including two late ones -- in a 3-1 victory over Switzerland in Bern.

International Rewind: Spain salvages draw, Messi tallies for Argentina & more

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They may be playing meaningless friendlies, but the defending World and European champions are stuck in a run of form unbecoming of the top-ranked team in the world.

After trailing 2-0, Spain scored twice in the final 10 minutes to salvage a 2-2 away draw with Costa Rica in a match in which much of the first-team saw action.

FIFA U-20 World Cup: Mexico through on penalties, Costa Rica out and more

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Mexican national teams have won two international tournaments this summer, and El Tri's U-20 squad got one step closer to potentially making it three.

Mexico advanced to the quarterfinals of the U-20 World Cup after defeaing Cameroon in a penalty shootout following a 1-1 draw.


Behind the Axe: Timbers finally sign their man, Jose Adolfo Valencia

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The Timbers finally landed the long rumoured young forward from Colombia, Jose Adolfo Valencia, as the club officially signed him to a Designated Player contract last week. The Timbers now have an impressive group of Colombians on their roster which could pay dividends and goals in their run for the playoffs in 2012.

Timbers make Valencia signing official

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Two weeks after it was reported, the Portland Timbers have officially signed Colombian Jose Adolfo Valencia as a Designated Player.

The 19-year-old Valencia joins Portland from Colombian club Sante Fe pending the succesful completion of a physical, the Timbers announced on Thursday.

Sesselmann helps Canada to final

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Lauren Sesselmann (Green Bay Notre Dame) set up Robyn Gayle's 88th-minute winner as the Canadian women's national team slipped past Colombia 2-1 on Tuesday night in Guadalajara, Mexico, to advance to the championship game of the Pan American Games.

Sesselmann served a free kick into the box that Gayle chested down and finished to send the Canadians to a rematch with Brazil in Thursday's final at Omnilife Stadium.

Colombian nightmare?

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I was recently in the most wonderful country in the world, Colombia, where the U-20 World Cup is currently taking place. The atmosphere is great as Colombians greet the world with their usual smiles, hospitality and friendliness.Except if you are Argentine... I had made nothing of an incident between the Argentinean team during a match against Egypt and the fans in Medellín until, last Saturday,

The Rest


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The U.S. WNT enjoyed its second day of perfect training weather in Glasgow, and had an awesome practice that was on the short side (less than 90 minutes), as the team starts to taper into its first match of the Olympics on July 25 against France.

You can watch on the NBC Sports Network at Noon ET.

How have the other MLS teams done in the off-season? Part 2: Central and Mountain

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A couple weeks ago we looked at six Eastern teams' off-season transactions. This week, I continue the off-season review with six teams from the Central and Mountain timezones. I have omitted the Fire from this preview as there will likely be a comprehensive roundup of the Fire's off-season when the regular season approaches.

A Look at the Revolution Off-Season Thus Far

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With the excitement and craziness of the 2012 SuperDraft in the rearview, it's time for teams around MLS to get down to business. Camp opens tomorrow and the Revolution still have plenty of work to do. I figured that this frigid, lazy Sunday would be a good time to take a look at the Revs' off-season thus far and outline some of the storylines moving forward.

SPECIAL EDITION: Some News for Fri Dec 30, 2011

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This is a Special Edition soccer news blast during this holiday week. I have been off enjoying regular life, cut had to at least lay all of this good stuff on you once this week. We will be back to regular service next week. But for now here is some news, in pretty much random order - no headlines or sections:


du Nord at the Controls - Tue Dec 27, 2011 - My Dad's birthday - new music mix at Spotify.

"The Gents" with Stan Bentley - "A wink, a nod and an extra lump of sugar"

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Welcome to "The Gents" with Stan Bentley - The Yorkies' regular advice column for our valued readers. Bring your modern day problems and have them answered by the most valued voice - a 1950's journeyman footballer. "Back of the net!"
Dear Stan,
I'm very attracted to a woman who I work with and get the feeling she feels the same.

Monday Night Union Freekicks: Rookie Risk Or Reward?

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The Philly Soccer Page " MacMath: "They wanted to tell me I was ready."

At a conference call Monday afternoon, Zac MacMath talked to reporters about his first half in MLS, how he found out he was going in, and what he needs to do to help the team reach the playoffs.

The DOOP we never took | Union Dues

Well, we came up short again in Salt Lake.