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The SBI College Cup Preview

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It all comes down to one weekend in Kansas City.

The College Cup kicks off at Sporting Park on Friday, and a team will be crowned champion by Sunday (2 p.m., ESPNU).

In the first semifinal, the highest overall seed remaining in No. 2 Clemson takes on No. 6 Syracuse (6 p.m., ESPNU), guaranteeing an ACC team in the final.

NCAA College Cup Final: Match Day Commentary

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The championship favorites take on the ultimate Cinderella story as No. 1 ranked North Carolina faces Charlotte in the NCAA Men's College Cup Final today in Hoover, Alabama (4pm, ESPNU).

The Tar Heels entered the tournament as favorites, and showed their quality in beating a tough UCLA side in penalties in the semifinal.

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Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

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By MICHAEL KLINE

The quarterfinal stage of the U20 World Cup will grab headlines yet again, with the opening matches of the Gold Cup rounding out a solid day of soccer action.

Iraq and South Korea are scheduled to kickoff this morning, with the winner booking a ticket to face Uruguay in the semifinals.

This Weekend’s Soccer on TV

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By MICHAEL KLINE

The Under-20 World Cup quarterfinals headline this weekend's international soccer action, with all three teams from the U.S. Under-20 team's group still alive.

On Saturday, France will face Uzbekistan in the first quarterfinal match of the weekend. Later in the day, the Uruguayan Under-20 national team will host Spain in another pivotal quarterfinal matchup.

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NCAA Soccer on TV: See #1 Florida State vs #2 Duke Tonight

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There is plenty of TV action this week including an ACC matchup that features #1 Florida State vs #2 Duke on Thursday evening. On Sunday you can see #13 Mizzou as they travel to South Carolina for an SEC Conference game.

From Seminole Soccer Top-ranked Florida State (6-0-0) begins the defense of its conference championship this week as the Seminoles open ACC play welcoming No.

U20 World Cup Final Features USA vs Germany Saturday

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The U.S. Under-20 Women's National Team and Germany meet in the 2012 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup Final in a clash of two-time champions on Saturday, Sept. 8, at Tokyo National Stadium in Japan. Live coverage of the match starts at 5:10 a.m. CT on ESPNU and ESPN3. The USA advanced past Nigeria 2-0 in Tuesday's semifinal while Germany posted a 3-0 shutout against host Japan.

Friday Afternoon Union Freekicks: The Road To 2014 Continues Tonight

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Today's open discussion thread, complete with your daily dose of Philadelphia Union, MLS, and U.S. National team related news and notes...

United States Lineup Projection: Anyone's Guess With Donovan Out [Kevin McCauley, Stars and Stripes FC] - "Projecting a first choice starting XI for the United States when everyone is healthy isn't too tough, but when two key players are missing?

Last Training in the Books

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This U.S. U-20 WNT held its last training together today and now only a good night's sleep and a few meals remain before the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup Final against Germany at Tokyo National Stadium.

It's has been quite a journey for this young U.S. team, one they have enjoyed tremendously and one which has seen them grow as people and players across the entire cycle leading into this tournament.

Semifinal Soaring

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The USA celebrates Morgan Brian's opening goal in the semifinal
The U.S. U-20 WNT put on another excellent performance to down Nigeria 2-0 in the semifinal of the 2012 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup. It was the USA's second consecutive victory over a team that had won its first round group and now a much-anticpated World Cup Final against Germany awaits.

U.S. U-20 women defeat Nigeria to advance to World Cup final

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The U.S. Under-20 women's national team will get a chance to make up for its one major blemish at this year's World Cup on the biggest possible stage.

Goals from Morgan Brian and Keaila Ohai lifted the U.S. U-20s to a 2-0 victory over Nigeria in the semifinals at National Olympic Stadium in Tokyo Tuesday, putting them in position capture a third U-20 World Cup title.

Training at the National Stadium

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The U.S. had its pre-match training today at the Tokyo National Stadium, which will host both semifinal matches, and it certainly met with their approval. The 48,000-seat venue was built for the 1964 Summer Olympics and is in remarkably good shape for such an old venue.

The field is in fantastic condition and big crowds are expected for both matches with the bigger of course filing in to watch the Japan-Germany game at 7:30 p.

Training in Tokyo

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As the sun goes down in Tokyo, the USA hits the field for training

The U.S. U-20 WNT arrived in Tokyo on Sept. 1 and hit the training field in the afternoon. The cooler evening temperatures with a nice breeze were much appreciated by the U.S. team that had been training and playing in hot, muggy weather this entire trip.

Sizzling in Saitama

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The U.S. U-20 WNT held its final practice today before the quarterfinal clash with North Korea on Aug. 31 (coverage starts at 6:20 a.m. ET on ESPNU and ESPN3) and it was the hottest day of numerous hot days the U.S. team has experienced in Japan.

With temps hitting 95 on the field and the heat index climbing to 11o, the players went through their paces during a short training that did not lack intensity, despite the heat.

Training at Komaba Stadium

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Julie Johnston and Becca Wann try to set their heading record

FIFA has given the USA its one pre-game in-venue training two days before the game a few times in this tournament and it was the same here in Saitama so the Americans did a very light session that was more regeneration than soccer on a beautiful and warm night in this city that sits just northwest of Tokyo.

U20 US Women Face N Korea In World Cup Quarterfinals Friday

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Via US Soccer Despite dropping its final Group D match in the 2012 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup with a 3-0 loss to defending champion Germany, the U.S. U-20 Women's National Team advanced to the quarterfinals of the tournament. Video highlights can be seen below.

In Monday's other Group D match, China PR defeated Ghana 1-0 to finish the group stage with four points alongside the USA.

Setback in Miyaga, but on to Saitama

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Mollie Pathman steps over a tackle from Karoline Heinze

The U.S. U-20 WNT learned a harsh lesson about how mistakes can be punished by good teams at a World Cup, losing 3-0 to Germany in its final Group D game, but fortunately it was not a fatal blow as the Americans still qualified for the quarterfinal round.

U.S. U-20s Ready for China

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The U.S. U-20 WNT had Tuesday off after defeating Ghana 4-0 on a boiling late Monday afternoon in Hiroshima. The team returned to the pitch on Wednesday and had a short training as the squad has settled into a tournament rhrythm that is more focused on rest and regeneration in hopes of being able to play six games in 20 days.

Good Start in Hiroshima

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Maya Hayes does her best Sydney Leroux after scoring against Ghana

There's is still much soccer to be played in the 2012 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup, but the USA got off to a great start on searing Monday afternoon at the Hiroshima Big Arch Stadium, defeating Ghana 4-0 with three goals from forward Maya Hayes and an own goal that was earned when Morgan Brian smashed a header off the crossbar off a corner kick from Vanessa DiBernardo.

Hot in Hiroshima

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Katie Stengel and Mandy Laddish stretch out after practice while sporting combo patriotic/iced down headbands

It has been quite hot and humid in Hiroshima as the Americans prepare for their opening game of the 2012 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup. The heat was of course not unexpected and the USA has been preparing for the conditions for a while now, including a July training camp in Florida (which = instant sweat) and is taking every precaution here in Japan.

US WNT Open U20 World Cup Play Monday (Early!)

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Sydney Leroux, U20 US WNT 2010 (UCLA) by ISI Photos

The U.S. Under-20 Women's National Team kicks off the 2012 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup on Aug. 20 against Ghana at the Hiroshima Big Arch Stadium. The match can be watched live on ESPNU and ESPN3 with coverage starting at 1:50 a.m. CT early Monday morning while kickoff is set for 2 a.

FIFA Meetings Mean Start of WWC Is Close

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The U.S. U-20 WNT did not train today (although they did do some shopping and regen in the afternoon), but they did have the standard FIFA Arrival Meetings in which they are officially welcomed to the Women's World Cup and listened to presentations on various organizational issues, including medical and referees.

The Kids Are All Right: The Stern Warnings of U.S. U-20 Captain Julie Johnston

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From ussoccer.com, where the interviews are always focused and poignant:
ussoccer.com: You are from Mesa, Ariz., so what is your favorite desert wildlife?
Johnston: "Well, rattlesnakes are scary. Coyotes eat your dog. Scorpions just aren't friendly.

College Cup: Your Running Commentary

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Top prospects and college teams are on display at Regions Park in Hoover, Ala., as the NCAA College Cup gets underway.

Creighton takes on surprising Charlotte (6 p.m., ESPNU/ESPN3.com) to kick off the Final Four. The Bluejays have been one of the top teams in the country all season, relying on the play of senior striker Ethan Finlay and sophomore left back Tyler Polak.

This Weekend's Soccer on TV

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Messi and Ronaldo. Guardiola and Mourinho. Barcelona and Real Madrid.

Anyway you slice it, El Clasico is the marquee match of the weekend and will command the eyes of soccer fans around the world. Real Madrid is currently in the driver's seat in La Liga, leading Barcelona by three points, placing added significance on a match that doesn't need any extra luster.

College Cup: Charlotte looks to keep Cinderella run going in semifinals

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By JOHN BOSCHINI

By just about any measure, it has been a good year for the UNC-Charlotte 49ers.

The little-known school of the Atlantic-10 dispatched defending champions Akron and scored in the final five minutes against stingy UConn to steamroll their way into the College Cup.

Footy on the Telly, Dec. 9-12

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Friday, December 9
Hertha Berlin v Schalke 2:30pm ESPN Deportes, ESPN3.com
NCAA men's College Cup semifinal, Charlotte-Creighton 6pm ESPNU, ESPN3.com
NCAA men's College Cup semifinal, UCLA-North Carolina 8:30pm ESPNU, ESPN3.com
Wellington v Perth 11pm Fox Soccer Channel

Saturday, December 10
Southampton v Blackpool 7:30am Fox Soccer Plus, foxsoccer.

Footy on the Telly, Dec. 2-5

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Friday, Dec. 2
Euro 2012 draw 12pm ESPNews, ESPN Deportes, ESPN3.com
Caen v Marseille 2pm foxsoccer.tv
Leverkusen v Hoffenheim 2:30pm ESPN Deportes, ESPN3.com
Genoa v AC Milan 2:30pm Fox Soccer, ESPN3.com, foxsoccer.tv
Crystal Palace v Derby 2:30pm Fox Soccer Plus, foxsoccer.

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Training at The Big Arch Stadium

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U.S. players warm-up on the track before training

The U.S. U-20 WNT held its one allowed training at the game venue today, running through an hour practice at the Hiroshima Big Arch Stadium which will host the USA's first two Group D matches.

While the heat and humidity has been a bit oppressive so far in Hiroshima, the temps during the USA's training session, while a bit sticky, were relatively cool and would be conducive to some good soccer for sure.

FIFA U-20 WWC: High Germans and Tattooed Americans

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Ready for the Cup? Oh, come on! I'm certain it'll be an entertaining way to end the summer. Plus, it's always good to see who will be destroying the team from your home country in a few years or so. Remember? Two years ago in Germany, we got to see early renditions of Sydney Leroux, Germany's Alexandra Popp and Kim Kulig, and Sweden's Sofia Jakobsson.

U.S. U-20s Arrive in Japan, Gear Up for Women's World Cup

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Morgan Brian leaves the ball for an overlapping Samantha Mewis

If you are a fan of all the U.S. WNTs, there's little time to recover after the roller-coaster that was the 2012 Olympics Game as the U.S. Under-20 Women's National Team has arrived in Japan to prepare for the 2012 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup.

German Soccer Girls Love to Show Their Tits

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The Olympics have wrapped, the women's soccer gold handed to Team USA several days ago now. For a short time (literally, for about two hours yesterday), I was a little nervous about what comes next for this blog. Then, on Sunday morning, there was the Community Shield match awaiting me and my tea. Although I do love all those flaming queens in the EPL, and I do love football because it's football (really, any football is good, minus the MLS—Christ almighty, minus the MLS!

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College Cup 2015 live stream: Time, TV schedule and how to watch NCAA soccer online

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Syracuse v Clemson is the 3PM Pacific under-card. The big show is Stanford v Akron at 5:30 PM Pacific. ESPNU is carrying it on TV. WatchESPN has the streaming.

The final four teams for the Men's Division 1 NCAA soccer tournament features the 2nd, 4th, 6th and 8th seeded teams in the nation.

Weekend TV: During the break

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Saturday The Under-20 Women's World Cup final is on ESPNU and Univision Deportes: USA - Germany at 6:15am. The UEFA World Cup Qualifer between Scotland and Serbia is on ESPN Deportes at 10am. Sunday No games today. Monday GolTV has the Brazil - China friendly at 9pm. All Times Eastern

USA Rises, North Korea Falls

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The starting XI vs. North Korea

In the eyes of many, the U.S. U-20 WNT went into the 2012 U-20 Women's World Cup semifinal in an unusal role: underdogs. Coming off a 3-0 loss to Germany in its Group D finale, and facing a North Korean team that had rolled through group play by scoring 15 goals, by far the most in the tournament, while featuring no less than 10 players from its 2012 Olympic, well, you can see why the Asian power was perhaps the favorite.