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United States Men's National Team

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.

Boyd sidelined for ten weeks with knee injury

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Terrence Boyd's season debut with RB Leipzig has been pushed back at least two months.

The U.S. Men's National Team forward suffered a partially torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee in a friendly match on Saturday during RB Leipzig's friendly match against English Premier League club Queens Park Rangers.

Report: Puebla decline to release Beasley and Orozco to USMNT

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The U.S. Men's National Team were stunned on Sunday when they learned they'd be without two of their Liga MX-based players for Wednesday's friendly match against Mexico.

According to a report from Univision Deportes, Puebla have declined to release left back DaMarcus Beasley and centerback Michael Orozco Fiscal for the upcoming USMNT friendly in Phoenix.

Report: USMNT to play Ukraine in March friendly

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By DAN KARELL

U.S. Men's National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann is taking his squad to Eastern Europe for their final FIFA-international date match before the final World Cup squads will be announced.

According to a press release on the Ukrainian Football Federation's website, Ukraine will host the USMNT on March 5, in a city and stadium to be determined later.

Klinsmann speaks about USMNT in Sarajevo

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By DAN KARELL

U.S. Men's National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has selected a diverse squad for the Wednesday friendly match against Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Within the side are plenty of fresh faces such as Aron Johannsson and John Anthony Brooks, who both have chosen the USMNT as their future national team, and old faces such as Jozy Altidore, Michael Bradley, and Tim Howard, who are preparing for four key World Cup qualifiers in September and October, as well as their upcoming club seasons.

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Summer international friendly schedule kicks into full swing

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By DAN KARELL

Many of the world's best players and teams will be making their home in the USA for the next two weeks as they prepare for their upcoming seasons, and tonight will feature the first batch of intriguing friendlies.

The Los Angeles Galaxy take on Manchester United tonight, while Sporting Kansas City faces Manchester City in a pair of high-profile match-ups featuring MLS sides.

Report: USMNT to face Czech Republic in September

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By DAN KARELL

U.S. Soccer is beginning to fill up their post-World Cup friendly dates.

According to the Czech Republic FA's website, the U.S. Men's National Team are set to face the Czech Republic in a friendly match in Prague on Wednesday, September 3.

Spector added to USMNT roster for Ukraine friendly

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By DAN KARELL

It turns out Jurgen Klinsmann has added a player to his squad after all.

After Tim Ream, Mix Diskerud, and Michael Bradley withdrew from the U.S. Men's National Team squad ahead of their friendly match against Ukraine, Klinsmann announced that Birmingham City defender Jonathan Spector has been added to the roster.

Galaxy to open preseason with friendly vs. Armenian champions

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A team renowned for their international stars will be opening up their 2014 preseason campaign with international opposition.

The Los Angeles Galaxy announced on Monday that they will play their first match of the 2014 calendar year in a friendly at the StubHub Center on Feb.

Must-See Video: Player camera worn by Brad Davis at Ching testimonial match

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By DAN KARELL

Were you wondering what that camera was doing strapped to Brad Davis' chest during Brian Ching's testimonial match last Friday?

Well wonder no more. The folks with the Houston Dynamo posted a video with highlights from the Davis GoPro cam, giving fans an inside look not only at the match but what a player sees and hears during a game.

Sermanni names USWNT squad for friendly vs. Brazil

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With 2015 Women's World Cup qualifying beginning next year, U.S. Women's National Team head coach Tom Sermanni is continuing his policy of squad rotation with the addition of a few new faces into the team that will face Brazil in a friendly match on Sunday.

Report: USMNT to face Iran in friendly match

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By DAN KARELL

For only the third time ever, the U.S. Men's National Team could be taking on Iran in an international friendly match.

According to a report in Italian publication Gazzetta Dello Sport, the two nation's soccer associations have agreed to take part in a four team tournament, that will reportedly also involve a country from Europe and from South America.

Tuesday Kickoff: Rooney fit for England; Messi and Balotelli to miss friendly match; and more

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By DAN KARELL

Having missed all of preseason with a variety of injuries, Wayne Rooney could make his season debut on Wednesday.

Currently with the England squad, manager Roy Hodgson said he believes Rooney is free of any injuries, and would like to see him play in the friendly match at Wembley Stadium vs.

Report: German-American Brooks to be called up for USMNT match in Bosnia

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By DAN KARELL

Highly-coveted German-American John Anthony Brooks could make his U.S. Men's National Team debut as soon as next month.

According to a report in Germany, the Hertha Berlin defender has been selected by USMNT head coach Jurgen Klinsmann for next month's friendly match against Bosnia and Herzegovina in Sarejevo.

Monday Kickoff: Balotelli suffers more racial abuse, Swansea wins League Cup, and more

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BY DAN KARELL

In his first Milan derby since his transfer to AC Milan in January, Mario Balotelli was racially abused by fans from his former club during the 1-1 match on Sunday evening.

Inter Milan fans at the San Siro waved bananas at Balotelli whenever he had possession of the ball, or was running near their section.

Americans Abroad

Adu plays for Stabaek in friendly match

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Roughly eight months after being released by Brazilian side Bahia, Freddy Adu's latest move has seen him reunite with a familiar face.

Adurecently joined Norweigian sideStabaekon a trial basis, uniting the 25-year-old midfielder with former U.S.

Corona scores for Tijuana in friendly vs. Santos Laguna

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Opportunities in the Club Tijuana starting lineup have been scarce during the Apertura season for American midfielder Joe Corona, but he may have given himself a good chance to feature more in the final four weeks of the season with his performance on Sunday.

In a friendly match against Santos Laguna at Toyota Field in San Antonio, Texas, Corona scored Xolos' only goal in the 43rd minute, finishing on a first-time volley off a header by Diego Olsina that failed to reach the target.

U.S. Women's National Team

USWNT interim coach Ellis names squad for Canada friendly

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U.S. Women's National Team interim head coach Jill Ellis named a 22-player squad on Wednesday for the USA's friendly match vs. Canada on May 8 in Winnipeg, Canada.

The squad features 18 players currently playing in the National Women's Soccer League and Ellis' selection includes goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris making her return to the squad and call-ups for Portland Thorns midfielder Allie Long and defender Nikki Marshall.

A quick USWNT reminder

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In less than 30 minutes (7:30 ET to be exact), the Lady Nats will again take on New Zealand. The friendly match will be streamed live below, courtesy of US Soccer. The live look-in to warmups has begun and we have a few changes to the line-up from Sunday's 4-1 win over the Football Ferns... - Greg Seltzer

European Soccer

Friday Kickoff: Costa included in Spain squad; Anelka banned for Quenelle gesture; and more

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By DAN KARELL

Diego Costa will have his first chance to represent his adoptive country Spain on Wednesday in a friendly match against Italy.

The Atletico Madrid forward was included in Spain head coach Vicente Del Bosque's squad for the friendly, though there was no place for Manchester United's Juan Mata nor Chelsea's Fernando Torres.

Wednesday Kickoff: Neymar makes Barcelona preseason debut; Man United to make third Fabregas bid; and more

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By DAN KARELL

Just one day after arriving at Barcelona for the upcoming season, Neymar made his preseason debut for the club.

In a friendly match in Poland against Lechia Gdansk, Neymar came on as a second-half substitute, playing 11 minutes in a 2-2 draw, clearly showing that he was lacking in fitness and physicality after taking the better part of the last month to organize his personal life in his move to Spain.

Inter Milan announce friendly with Real Madrid in St. Louis

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After the International Champions Cup finishes, two of the participating squads, Inter Milan and Real Madrid, will meet in one final friendly match.

St. Louis and the Edward Jones Dome will play host on August 10 to the two European sides, who will return to Europe after the match to finish preparations for their upcoming 2013/2014 seasons.

Videos

Robert Pires Spotted In Crowd At Local Football Match While On Holiday In Greece, Comes On For Second Half And Scores (Video)

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Having unofficially retired, Robert Pires tends to spend his free time sunning himself in Greek coastal resorts these days, though his weekend wasn't quite as relaxing as he'd hoped when, having settled in to watch alocal friendly match between Storm Rafina and AO Mykonos, theformer French World Cup winner was spotted in the crowd.

Video: The most amazing assist of the summer

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Schalke beat Al Sadd by a sensational scoreline of 9-0 in a friendly match, and accordingly the match was not short of highlights. Perhaps the pick of the bunch, though, was the assist by Julian Draxler as the German danced through the box and used a stunning skill move to find Raul wide open in the box for an easy tap-in.

English Premier League

Arsenal vs Manchester City Highlights from Finland

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Arsenal vs Manchester City: Preseason Friendly - Finland

In their final preseason match ahead of the start of the Premier League, Arsenal and Manchester City visited Finland to play a friendly match in front of 40,000 fans.

Though Manchester City have spent nearly 9 figures on transfers this summer, they were unable to defeat Arsenal, who are yet to spend a single pound on transfer activity.

New signing in Chelsea XI v AC Milan

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New Chelsea signing Marco van Ginkel will get another opportunity to impress Jose Mourinho as the Dutchman is in the Blues' starting eleven for tonight's friendly match against AC Milan. van Ginkel will play alongside impressive Belgian Kevin De Bruyne in Chelsea's midfield in the International Champions Cup match from New Jersey, as well as Brazilian Oscar and Eden Hazard.

Chelsea Excited (Yawn) About Indonesia Trip

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Indonesia's Chelsea fans can expect to see "the strongest squad available" and "two to three new faces" when the Blues visit Jakarta for the last friendly match of the club's preseason tour in July.

Chelsea will follow on the heels of English Premier League foe Arsenal as the second big-time club from England's top flight to play in the capital this year, with the match scheduled for July 25.

Major League Soccer

Summer of Soccer

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On Wednesday night ESPN televised a friendly match between the Chicago Fire and Club America. The match represented the beginning of what has become an annual summer ritual in the United States; the criss crossing of the nation by prominent soccer clubs playing matches against both MLS Not surprisingly, these games are not all about soccer.

Rapids Win Weighted Lottery On Forward Charles Eloundou

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The Colorado Rapids have acquired forward Charles Eloundou, an 18-year-old attacking player and member of the Cameroonian National Team, in a special lottery held at Major League Soccer headquarters on Friday morning.

Eloundou, currently with Cameroon ahead of their friendly match against Tanzania on February 6, will join the Rapids in the coming weeks.

Did i just see that?

VIDEO: Matt Eliason Overhead Kick Goal Messi XI vs World XI

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Matt Eliason scored an amazing overhead kick during a friendly match between a Lionel Messi XI and a World XI For the record, Matt Eliason is an amateur footballer who works in finance, not that you'd know it after seeing his magnificent overhead kick for the World XI. Messi and co. scored a 9-6 victory [.

VIDEO: Luis Boa Morte Scores Amazing Dummied Penalty!

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Luis Boa Morte scored an outrageous penalty during a friendly match between Venezuelan champions Deportivo Anzoátegui and a special Luis Figo XI. Boa Morte scored twice for the Figo XI, the pick of goals being a dummied penalty to level the scores at 2-2. Catch the penalty below. Now, we know it looked fancy albeit [.

The Rest

Ghana Likely to Play Friendly Against South Korea In Miami This June

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Ghana is on the verge of officially announcing that its World Cup team will play a friendly against South Korea in Miami prior to heading to Brazil for the tournament. If finalized, it means that Ghana and South Korea will join the list of England, Ecuador and Honduras who will play warm-up matches in Miami this June.

DRAW

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Scotland were recently taking on United States in a friendly match, which sparked memories of the humiliating 5-1 suffered at the hands of the North Americans just over a year ago. Since then, Scotland brought in former Celtic manager Gordon Strachan to take charge of the team. The recent friendly match between the two teams finished as a credible 0-0 draw and this led to the praise from the US manager Jurgen Klinsmann about the good work done by Strachan.

Cosmos Notes: Savarese happy despite friendly defeat; Senna settling in well; and more

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With a little more than one week to go until their North American Soccer League home opener on August 3, the New York Cosmos took to the field on Wednesday in their first friendly match against professional opposition.

In the midst of a ten-day preseason trip to London, the Cosmos fell to League One side Leyton Orient, 2-1, with the lone Cosmos goal coming from 21-year-old Queens native Sebastian Guenzatti.

David Moyes says attempts to bring Cesc Fabregas to Man Utd are ‘ongoing’

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Manchester United manager David Moyes says the club's efforts to sign Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas are "ongoing". He was speaking at a press conference in Japan ahead of tomorrow's friendly match against Cerezo Osaka. Asked about the latest on the Fabregas deal, he replied: "Things are ongoing.

Club America defeat Fire 3-2 in friendly match

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A sellout crowd of 20,042 at Toyota Park saw Liga MX champion Club America defeat the Fire 3-2 in a pretty entertaining affair as these mid-season international friendlies go. A wide open first half ended in a 1-1 score after Daniel Paladini put the Fire ahead initially with a pretty chest trap and volley following a pass from Maicon Santos in the 19th minute.

Brazil set to offer England huge test at Wembley

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England take on Brazil in a friendly next week at Wembley which should show us how far away Roy Hodgson's men are from one of the best teams in the world.

England are unlikely to field a full strength team for the friendly match as numerous players are bound to withdraw from the squad with injuries which appear at the last minute.

Two Labrador puppies invade pitch during Galatasaray friendly match

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The adorable-o-meter registered record readings at a friendly between Galatasaray and the 2. Bundesliga's VfR Aalen in Istanbul, as play was halted by the introduction of two playful Labradors. If this doesn't get more signatures on my e-petition for FIFA-sanctioned puppy breaks in every match, I simply don't know what will.

US Schedules November Friendly in Russia

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The United States will play a friendly match against Russia on Nov. 14 in Krasnodar, the U.S. Soccer Federation confirmed Thursday. The match will be played at 10 a.m. EST. The U.S. has a record of 0-2-2 against Russia. The [...]

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Assessing the Understudies

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On Friday I popped along to the u21 game being played at Craven Cottage with the Whites taking on Chelsea's youngsters. These games always strike me as a bit odd – the new u21 and u18 league set up is designed to give youngsters a more competitive edge but the game still had a bit of a sense of a friendly match about it, particularly with several first team players included to aid their return to full fitness.