D.C. United

Countdown to Soccer: 22 Days - Let's talk about the fullback situation at D.C. United

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Fullback play is arguably the defining tactical aspect of the current phase of soccer history. So how does DCU stack up at the position heading into 2015?

Conveniently, just a couple days after he emerged as the most likely contender to succeed Lewis Neal as The Standard, we've reached 22 days, the number of one Mr.

SBI MLS Rookie of the Week: Nick DeLeon

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Nick DeLeon spent his pre-professional days looking up to Dwayne De Rosario and trying to model his game after the D.C. United captain and MLS great. This past week, he combined with him twice for two notable moments.

DeLeon bounced back from an illness to finish off a pass from De Rosario for a goal, and he then returned the favor by assisting De Rosario for his 100th career goal in D.

Mid-Day Ticker: Diskerud trains with Rosenborg, Woolard concussed & more

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A new option has presented itself in Mix Diskerud's quest to leave Stabaek for greener pastures.

Diskerud is training with Norwegian side Rosenborg, one of the country's most storied teams, this week as he eyes a move before the close of the summer transfer window at the end of the month.

Birchall winner leads Crew past D.C. United

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The Columbus Crew had been losers of three of their past four matches, but they scored a sorely-needed victory just before the all-star break to boost their chances of catching the playoff pack in the East.

Midfielder Chris Birchall raced onto a Jairo Arrieta pass just after halftime and beat the D.

D.C. United Notes: Korb set to step in for Russell, Willis gets another shot and more

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Chris Korb's likely reintroduction to D.C. United's starting lineup could not come at a more convenient time for the Ohio native.

With Robbie Russell suffering a foot injury at Houston Sunday and out for "somewhere in the month-plus region," according to D.C. United coach Ben Olsen, Korb will be looked at to fill in at right back starting with Saturday's match at the Columbus Crew.

Match report: Union 5-2 City Islanders

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Despite racing out to a quick 3-0 lead, the Philadelphia Union were made to sweat out some nervy moments before finally dispatching with the Harrisburg City Islanders 5-2, moving into the semifinals of the US Open Cup.

An early Freddy Adu penalty kick was quickly followed by goals from Jack McInerney and Lionard Pajoy, with the Union looking a certain winner at halftime.

Quick Thoughts on United v. Red Bulls

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Apologies for the lack of posting of late. We have a new addition to Clan Fullback, and the baby is taking priority over blogging. Still, I was able to catch much of last night's loss to the Red Bulls and have a few thoughts which my sleep-deprived brain will struggle to transmit to my fingers...
  • Maicon-nective Tissue - I can't see how Salihi continues to start ahead of Santos.

Match Report: Union 4-0 Sporting KC

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Entering Saturday night's contest against Sporting Kansas City at PPL Park, the lingering questions around the Union camp focused on the team's poor finishing. Sixty-two seconds into the match, those concerns were answered.

Jack McInerney pounded home a loose ball for his first of two goals on the night, firing the Union to a 4-0 win over Sporting Kansas City 4-0.

MLS Notes: Earthquakes sign Zayner, Rapids activate Smith and more

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After an extensive trial period, Jed Zayner has officially found a new home with the San Jose Earthquakes.

The veteran defender signed with the Earthquakes Wednesday, sealing the deal after initially being on trial with the club in the preseason.

Inter Milan

Inter Milan chasing Arsenal fullback Bacary Sagna

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Bacary Sagna of Arsenal (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Inter Milan are looking for another fullback to add to their squad after versatile veteran playmaker, Maicon left for Manchester City over the summer. According to reports from TalkSport on October 9, 2012, the club is apparently looking to the English Premier League for their potential new signing.

Transfer Deadline Day: Live Commentary

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Deadline day in the European transfer window is upon us, making today one of the busiest and wildest days of the year.

There have already been a number of moves completed or announced, and there should still be plenty more surprises and signings before the day ends.

American fans will want to know about American payers and today we should find out where Clint Dempsey will land after a dramatic summer with Fulham that should see him leave the club.

NUFC Target Debuchy, Douglas, and Krkic

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There's been increasing speculation in the past few days regarding Newcastle United's foray into the transfer market, or lack thereof. Both the club and Manager are sticking to their policy of not being held to ransom with ridiculous transfer fees, Luuk De Jong and FC Twente being one such example.

NUFC Target Debuchy, Douglas, and Krkic

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There's been increasing speculation in the past few days regarding Newcastle United's foray into the transfer market, or lack thereof. Both the club and Manager are sticking to their policy of not being held to ransom with ridiculous transfer fees, Luuk De Jong and FC Twente being one such example.

Seattle Sounders

Sounders Reserves 4-2 Chivas: Recap

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In a game that was really in their control throughout, the Sounders needed to come from behind to beat that other Chivas USA, after two set pieces had the home team down 2-1. But as the first team did on Saturday, so the reserves mimicked on Sunday, as Seattle picked up their second straight come-from-behind reserve win with a 4-2 victory.

Ex-Ajax FB George Ogararu Joins Sounders On Trial

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In what promised to be the Eidur Gudjohnsen showcase, another player with European pedigree entered the Seattle Sounders' roster picture. Romania international George Ogararu, 32, played right fullback in the second half of Sunday's 4-2 Reserve League win over Chivas USA and apparently could sign with the Sounders if all goes well.

Sounders on Campus: College Season Preview

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This weekend marks the arrival of the college soccer season for most of Division I, and once again the Sounders Academy has spread a crop of talented young players across the American landscape. By my count, the Sounders are represented in over 20 institutes of higher learning. Here's a brief preview of what we'll be watching this season.

Sounders v Whitecaps - Cascadia Cup Gamethread

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Saturday's 1 PM Cascadia Cup match should feature over 55,000 fans watching the most significant contest in this rivalry's young MLS history. Both the Seattle Sounders FC and the Vancouver Whitecaps are poised for MLS Cup Playoff runs and the points from this match could mean the difference in seeding.

Sounders Officially Waive Christian Sivebaek, Sign Daniel Steres

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It should hardly be shocking at this point, but the Seattle Sounders announced that Christian Sivebaek has been waived. To replace his spot on the roster, they also signed Daniel Steres, who had been picked up in the recent waiver draft.

Sivebaek's departure does open up an international roster spot though, and presumably clears about $60,000 in salary cap space (the rough pro-rated portion of his unpaid salary).

Sounders Crushed 4-1 By Montreal Impact

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One could blame poor refereeing. Or a lack of effort. Or that the Seattle Sounders played without passion. That would be passing off the blame. It wasn't in Seattle's head, or referee Mark Geiger's. Seattle was out played. Poor passing out from the backline compounded by poor passing in the middle.

Montreal Impact Scouting Report: Fratricide

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Tomorrow's match against the Impact marks the beginning of the second dense stretch of games the Sounders will have to play this season. If Seattle manages to make the US Open Cup semifinal by beating the San Jose Earthquakes, they won't have a full week between games until after the July 18 friendly with Chelsea - a run of 10 matches in one month.


Anzhi get a new Director, Roberto Carlos retires

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Former Brazil fullback Roberto Carlos, who had an amazing free kick, has wrapped up his playing career and will be promoted to Director at Anzhi Makhachkala. More to follow.

It’s official: Oscar joins Chelsea, finally

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Talk about worst kept secrets.

Chelsea have finally announced that the club has completed the signing of Oscar from Internacional for a fee widely being reported to be around £25 million. The 20-year-old, a Brazilian international, adds even more creativity to a side that has been bolstered by the likes of Eden Hazard and Marko Marin already this summer.

Thierry Henry

MLS Spotlight: Red Bulls rookie Lade proving size doesn't matter

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HARRISON, New Jersey-- Connor Lade is very aware of his size.

He understands that, more often than not, each time he steps onto the field he will be the shortest one out there. It's been this way his entire life, and now that he's midway into his rookie season with the Red Bulls, he knows things aren't about to change.

Some Soccer News for Mon Jun 25, 2012

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Watching those two MLS derby games on Sunday showed exactly how far the league has come, with two packed stadiums and 4 teams going all out. What a great end to a huge Round 16 for MLS.

That may have been the single best week of play in league history.

But unfortunately most of the media is so enamored with Europe that they have all but missed this amazing round of soccer.

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What The Heck Happened With Chris Wingert

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RSL: Not their night

TSG spoke with Real Salt Lake fullback Chris Wingert Monday after his team ended up on the wrong side of a 5-0 scoreline on the road against the San Jose Earthquakes.

The impetus of the conversation was to get a sense of just what happened with RSL's snowball loss and to get an understanding of where the Jason Kreis's team's psyche was after the debacle.

Dynamo v Philadelphia Union: Late Ching PK Gives Houston the Win

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It wasn't a 90 beautiful minutes, but it was a solid first half combined with a nice response in the second half that gave the Dynamo a much needed 2-1 victory over the Philadelphia Union. Goals from Brad Davis and Brian Ching (sure it was a PK but at last he scores at BBVA Compass Stadium) led Houston to the three points.

US Women defeat Canada in send off match

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Amy Rodriguez's 86th minute goal gave the USWNT a 2-1 win in their Olympic send off match in Salt Lake City, UT. A 15th minute own goal by Canada's Carmelina Moscato was canceled out by a well worked Melissa Tancredi goal in the 57th minute. But second half substitute Rodriguez was in the right place at the right time to assure that the Americans headed to London on the back of a 2-1 victory.

Euro 2012

Barcelona Sign Jordi Alba From Valencia

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FC Barcelona have announced the signing of Spain's left-back Jordi Alba from Valencia for €14 million

The 23-year-old Alba, who can also play as a winger, has been one of revelations of Euro 2012 after standing out because of his speed.

His run down the left flank and well-placed cross for Xabi Alonso's header gave Spain its opening goal in the 2-0 win over France in the quarterfinals.

An Oral History of Spain's Perfect Goal

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Since 2006, the Spanish national football team has been focused on maximising the greatest strength of its playing staff – midfielders passing the ball quickly over short distances. In the years since then, the numbers of both passes and midfielders have increased greatly in all areas of their game.

Euro 2012 Tables – Joachim Low: Bender has the qualities to be a good full-back http://t.co/NERSvUxM #Euro2012 #football

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The Rest

Caprice Dydasco re-signs with the Washington Spirit

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The 23 year old fullback will look to build on a promising 2016

The Washington Spirit, just days after confirming that goalkeeper Stephanie Labbe and center back Shelina Zadorsky would return, have re-signed fullback Caprice Dydasco. The 23 year old Hawaiian made major strides last season, starting at right back while Ali Krieger was away with the USWNT during the Olympics before moving to left back for the stretch run.

Rosenberry eager to make first impression count in first USMNT camp

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For years, fullback has been a position of need for the U.S. Men's National Team. Since the retirement of Steve Cherundolo, the U.S. has had no consistent, go-to fullback on either side. Midfielders Fabian Johnson and DaMarcus Beasley were shuffled back, DeAndre Yedlin was frequently shuffled forward and a whole other host of players have come in and failed to truly compete for a consistent starting gig.

Americans Abroad Weekend Rewind: Payne, Corona, Gonzalez and more

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Liga MX saw the best of this weekend's Americans abroad, but a young fullback stole the show with an unlikely goal in the Eredivisie.

U.S. Under-23 Men's National Team fullback Desevio Payne scored a goal in Groningen's 4-1 thrashing of Heracles. The goal came in Payne's first start in over a year, as the fullback has battled injuries while featuring more prominently for the club's reserves since returning.

USA Crowned U-20 Women’s World Cup Champions After Beating Out Favourites Germany 1-0

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USA were officially crowned champions of the U-20 Women's World Cup after a closely-fought 1-0 victory over defending champions Germany in Tokyo tonight. Ironically for the Germans, Kealia Ohai's strike in the 44th minute was the first and only goal they conceded at the tournament and despite a successful campaign so far, they weren't able to fight off a hardworking USA side.

Sounders Loan Michael Tetteh To Ft. Launderdale Strikers

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For the second time in about a year, the Seattle Sounders have loaned out Michael Tetteh to a Florida-based lower-division team. This time, he's joining the Ft. Launderdale Strikers of the NASL as they head into the final stretch of their season. Last year, he played a handful of games for Orlando City of the USL-Pro.

Monday Kickoff: Bradley scores in Roma friendly, Man Utd near Buttner deal, and more

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AS Roma has concluded their preseason preparations for the upcoming Serie A campaign, and Michael Bradley looks ready to tackle the season head-on.

Bradley scored in Roma's final preseason friendly on Sunday, netting the second goal in the Italian club's 3-0 win over Greek side Aris FC.

Barcelona Continue Misinformation Campaign On Neymar

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I am amazed that Barcelona officials are still keeping up the appearances that they are not really that interested in Brazilian superstar Neymay. Just this week Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova insisted that he has never spoken about trying to sign the Santos striker.

"I've never spoken about signing Neymar," he was quoted as saying by Marca.

Arsenal Rumour: Defensive Back-Up From Switzerland?

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More Defensive Cover On the Way? The phones have been ringing, the telegraphs been clicking, the murmurers have been murmuring, and the overall message of all those outlets are reporting that Arsenal are keen on signing a fullback who can also move inward and play centreback. The hinted candidate for this latest media buzz is [.

Getting to Know You: Kosuke Kimura

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The one and only UZ of SB Nation's Rapids blog Burgundy Wave was kind enough to give us an introduction to the Timbers' newest addition, Kosuke Kimura.

Kosuke was a huge fan favorite among Colorado Rapids circles not necessarily because of his brilliant play on the field but because he's just such a fantastic guy.

SBI Mid-season MLS Defender of the Year: Jamison Olave

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Jamison Olave has been one of the most dominant defenders in MLS since joining Real Salt Lake in 2008, and this year has been no different.

Olave has enjoyed a strong start to the first half of the 2012 campaign, helping Real Salt Lake contend for the top spot in the Western Conference with his physical style, aerial dominance and ability on the ball.