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Beckham The Businessman

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On the rare occasion when an individual transitions from professional athlete to professional sports team owner, there is a curiosity in the role they will encompass. For now, it is clear that David Beckham will be the face and voice of Major League Soccer's new Miami franchise.

In Wednesday morning's press conference, Beckham was the lone representative of the new club while onstage with MLS Commission Don Garber and Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez.

Beckham The Businessman

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On the rare occasion when an individual transitions from professional athlete to professional sports team owner, there is a curiosity in the role they will encompass. For now, it is clear that David Beckham will be the face and voice of Major League Soccer's new Miami franchise.

In Wednesday morning's press conference, Beckham was the lone representative of the new club while onstage with MLS Commission Don Garber and Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez.

Fusion does the Power Rankings: RS Wk 1

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So we've enjoyed the first week of MLS regular season football. There were some surprises -- oh who am I kidding? To be honest, this is pretty much exactly how I expected it to go. I could've posted this last week and the rankings wouldn't change one bit. And yes, I'm totally serious. Okay, maybe not.

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New Signing - Hendry Thomas

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Today the Rapids announced the rumored signing of Honduran midfielder Hendry Thomas. Thomas is 27 years old and has played for Olympia in Honduras and Wigan in the EPL. He spent the last 3 seasons in England getting 55 appearances before falling out of favor with the current coaching staff. Looking at descriptions from Wigan fans Hendry appears to be a player in the same mold as Pablo Mastroeni.

Sounders U23s End First Season With Semifinal Loss

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In their first season in existence, the Sounders U23s won the toughest division in the PDL, won their first ever playoff match, and defeated 2009 PDL Champion Ventura County Fusion in the conference finals. That took them to the national semifinals yesterday in London, Ontario, where they faced Forest City London, who are on a bit of a cinderella run with the fewest regular season points of any playoff team.

Sounders U23 Conference Final Open Thread

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After defeating FC Tucson in last night's semifinal the Sounders taken on 2009 PDL champions Ventura County Fusion tonight. There's theoretically a livestream at http://www.kadytv.com/sports/ventura-county-fusion though it doesn't seem to be running yet.

If the Sounders win tonight they'll face the other conference champions in a national final 4 in a location yet to be determined.

Sounders U23s Playoff Game Thread

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The Sounders U23s have advanced along with the Timbers U23s out of the Northwest Division of the PDL and tonight play in the Western Conference Semifinals against FC Tucson. With video! And Nate Jaqua!

The Timbers lost in the early match, so if Seattle advances they'd face the Ventura County Fusion in the conference final.

First Friendly In The Books

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The Rapids played their first friendly of the preseason today against the Ventura County Fusion at Oxnard College in California. The game was a scoreless draw and with no coverage its hard to draw much of anything from the result, but here are the starting lineups for each half (* denotes trialist):

1st Half:
Cascio - Amarikwa - AkpanThompson - Nane - LaBauexFreeman - Marshall - Palguta - Zapata*Ceus
2nd Half:
Angulo* - Archer* - ArmstrongThompson - Nane - Guido*Huazo* - Marshall - Palguta - AbabioJoyce
Obviously this was a game for some of the reserves to try to make their mark in competing for a starting spot.

Barrera joins FK Spartak Zlatibor Voda

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It was announced this week that midfielder Danny Barrera will be joining Serbian Super Liga club FK Spartak Zlatibor Voda on a transfer from the Ventura County Fusion of the PDL.

Trialists in the SJ Reserve Game

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4 Trialists featured, Darryl Roberts, a T&T striker with decent pedigree (Dutch league) currently plying his trade in Turkey whose been in camp this week, Koffi Chrysostome, a CB, played a year at Metz in Ligue 1 (France) and Benin's captain, also plying his trade in Turkey (same club as Roberts), Dillon Barna, another CB, currently playing with Ventura County Fusion in the PDL, but played last year with FC St.

West Bromwich Albion Announce Friendly Against Ventura County Fusion

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West Bromwich Albion have announced their third preseason friendly of their 2011 US summer tour. On July 17, they'll play Ventura County Fusion at Oxnard College Stadium in California. Kick-off time is 3pm PT. "It's great to have an English Premier...

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Davies signs for D.C., will play two preseason games in So. Cal.

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Charlie Davies talks with reporters earlier this month in Florida; D.C. United announced today that the former U.S. international will join the club on loan (AP Photo).

The striker will be formally introduced by the team at an 11 a.m. news conference today before flying to D.C. United's training camp at Oxnard College.

Timbers’ Bright Dike may miss complete season

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PORTLAND, Ore. Portland Timbers striker Bright Dike is set to miss a significant amount of the upcoming season after suffering a torn Achilles tendon in an exhibition match. Dike underwent successful surgery Monday. Dike sustained the injury in the 20th minute of a preseason exhibition against the Ventura County Fusion on Friday.

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Meet the 2011-12 Academy Finals Week Teams

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In the days leading up to the Development Academy Finals Week, the 16 participating teams (eight in each age group) were featured on ussoccer.com:

U-17/18 Academy Finals Week Field:
Group 1:
North Carolina Fusion | Vancouver Whitecaps FC | De Anza Force | Colorado Rapids
Group 2:
FC Dallas | Chivas USA | Solar Chelsea SC | Baltimore Bays Chelsea

U-15/16 Academy Finals Week Field:
Group 1:
New York Red Bulls | Pateadores | Charlotte Soccer Academy | Chicago Fire
Group 2:
Crew Soccer Academy Wolves | D.

2011-12 Development Academy Playoffs: Day 1 Results

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The U-17/18 Development Academy teams kicked off play in the 2011-12 Development Academy Playoffs on Monday at the FC Dallas Stadium Complex in Frisco, Texas. Here are the results as they are being tabulated:

Monday's results:
Group 1
Shattuck-Saint Mary's Soccer Academy 0, Crossfire Premier 0
FC DELCO 1, North Carolina Fusion 1

Group 2
Pateadores 3, Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2
Weston FC 3, Texans SC Houston 2

Group 4
Colorado Rapids 4, South Carolina United Battery 1
Empire United 1, Dallas Texans 1

Club notes: North Shore wins finale

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The North Shore United Under-17 girls team closed the Disney Soccer Showcase in winning form.

The Cedarburg-based club doubled up North Carolina's NC Fusion Elite 4-2 on Monday in Orlando, Fla., to finish 1-2-0 in the Showcase Red Division of the elite tournament.

U-15/16 Scenarios

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As the U-15/16 teams conclude group play on Thursday, here is a look at how teams can seal a place in Saturday's championship matches. The LA Galaxy play Seattle Sounders FC at 3 p.m. CT in a winner-take all affair. In group 2, PA Classics and North Carolina Fusion are in control of thier own destinies when they meet at 6 p.

U-15/16 Primer

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The older age group has kicked off and now it's the younger group's turn. All eight U-15/16 Development Academy Finals Week participants have checked in at Marquette University and are ready to go on their own quest for a championship. Get the lowdown on each team at ussoccer.com.

U-15/16 Schedule
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Win and You're In!

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The U-17/18 age group wrap up their Development Academy Playoff games today, sending the top team from each of the eight groups to Milwaukee, Wis., for Finals Week.Below are the possible advancement scenarios for the eight groups:

Group 1
· Pateadores advances with a win OR draw against Empire United
· Winner of North Carolina Fusion/D.

Who Are You Rooting For??

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The Academy players are excited to watch tonight's Gold Cup final between the USA and Mexico. We asked some teams who they thought would win and while most agreed that Mexico would put up a good fight, the consensus was that the USA would win the title. The majority of players predicted a score of 2-1 in favor of the U.

Fagundez, Machado each net 3 at Winter Showcase

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Diego Fagundez and Fabio Machado, Jr. each clocked in three-goal efforts for the Revolution Youth Acamedy during this weekend's U.S. Soccer Development Academy Winter Showcase in Phoenix, Arizona.

Fagundez struck once against Minnesota Thunder Academy on Sunday in a 2-1 loss, then followed up with a brace against Sporting Juniors on Monday during a 2-0 victory for the Revolution U-16s.

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Central FC wraps up Presidents Cup play

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Central FC Select Strikers lost to New York's Capital United Blue Fusion 3-1 Sunday morning in the consolation match of the girls Under-16 competition at the U.S. Youth Soccer National Presidents Cup in Sacramento, Calif.

The Stevens Point-area side finished 0-2-2 at the tournament - both losses came against Capital United, which posted a 5-1 victory in Thursday's opener.

Central FC Select falls in Presidents Cup

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The Central FC Select Under-15 girls team scored 18 goals in its four matches at the U.S. Youth Soccer Region II Presidents Cup over the weekend in South Bend, Ind., but just missed out on advancing to nationals.

The Stevens Point-area team won all three of its group matches, then lost to KC Fusion Cummings 4-3 in the final Sunday.

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2011-12 Development Academy Playoffs Schedule Set

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The 2011-12 Development Academy Playoffs schedule kicks off with 16 games in the U-17/18 age group on Monday, June 25, in Frisco, Texas.

The Academy Showcase games open the day at 4 p.m. CT, and the Academy Playoffs kick off at 6 p.m. CT on Monday. The first matches feature Shattuck-Saint Mary's Soccer Academy against Crossfire Premier, FC DELCO against the North Carolina Fusion, Vancouver Whitecaps FC against the defending U-17/18 champion Pateadores and Texans SC Houston against Weston FC.

VIDEO: Flyover of Fly-Assed Vancouver MLS Stadia

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Oh to be a modern-day MLS expansion club. You get to build on the back of the achievements of the teams who came before you and you get to keep your original name -no weird "Your name is Toby"-period a la the San Jose Clash. You also get fresh-to-death temporary stadiums built for you to tide you over until the renovations on your downtown enormodome are completed.

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Timbers Weekend – Stadium turf installation begins, while season starts with significant injury

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The Portland Timbers participated in their first competitive match of the 2011 season as part of their training camp in Ventura, CA. Taking on the Ventura County Fusion, the Timbers planned on using two complete 11 player squads per half until forward Bright Dike suffered a right leg inury which could be a torn Achilles tendon that could keep him out of competition this season.

Quick Update on Ventura Schedule

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From the San Jose Earthquakes website:

VENTURA CAMP SCHEDULE
Monday, Feb. 7 vs. Chivas USA, 2 p.m. at The Home Depot Center (Field 6)
Tuesday, Feb. 8 Training at Oxnard Community College
Wednesday, Feb. 9 Training at Oxnard Community College
Thursday, Feb.

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2011-12 Development Academy Finals Week Groups Set

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The 2011-12 Development Academy Playoffs are officially in the books as the U-15/16 age group completed play today at FC Dallas Stadium Complex in Frisco, Texas, sending eight teams to Finals Week in Houston.

The U-17/18 age group finished play on Thursday with several down-to-the-wire matches.

Lionel Messi, Didier Drogba, Fernando Torres, Frank Lampard, Jack Wilshere, Sergio Aguero and Calvin Harris: the world’s strangest boy band

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Move over The Wanted, One Direction and, erm, The Osmonds. There's a new boyband in town. Sort of. Lionel Messi, Didier Drogba, Fernando Torres, Frank Lampard, Jack Wilshere and Sergio Aguero have joined forces with DJ Calvin Harris for a fusion of football and music as part of a new Pepsi MAX advertising campaign.

U-19's To Play In Indoor Tournament

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The Under-19 United States National Team will be participating in the Stuttgart Junior Cup, the US Soccer Federation announced on Tuesday. The format is an indoor six-a-side tournament similar to futsal. With that format in mind, the United States is opting for Futsal National Team assistant coach Mark Litton.

Here's a video from the latest Union U18 training session from YSC Sports. Players that I can pick...

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Here's a video from the latest Union U18 training session from YSC Sports. Players that I can pick out in the video include Jimmy McLaughlin (FC Delco), Ryan Dodds (FC Delco), Melvin Snoh (Penn Fusion), Benji Kennel (Penn Fusion), Connor Ryan (FC Delco), and Joe Raymond (Penn Fusion). (Via YSC Sports)

El Ruso Flores jugó… pero para el Ventura Fusion

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En la MLS siempre pasan cosas raras... El salvadoreño Andrés Flores se fue a probar al Portland Timbers, que está haciendo la pretemporada en California. Anoche el equipo donde también juega Steve Purdy hizo un amistoso con el Ventura County Fusion... Lo curioso es que El Ruso no jugó para el Timbers sino para el [.