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Tokyo Olympics 2020?

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Tokyo, the host for the semifinals, third-place match and championship game (as well as two group games and two quarterfinals) of the 2012 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup, is also one of thre finalists to for the 2020 Olympic Games along with Madrid, Spain and Istanbul, Turkey.

If the excellent organization of this tournament, which was staged on short notice after the competition was moved by FIFA from Uzbekistan, and the great fans, are any indication, Tokyo would host a fantastic Olympic Games.

Espinoza, the Open Cup, and a Double Header

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photo courtesy of Jarred Donalson

Catching up on some news that was announced today regarding Sporting Kansas City.

Espinoza Named to Olympic Team

Honduras named their team for this summer's Olympics in London. Sporting KC midfielder, Roger Espinoza has been named as one of the team's 3 overage players.

Iniesta - Top 10 fase de grupos en The Guardian

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Iniesta aparece en The Guardian dentro de los 10 momentos en imagenes de la fase de grupos de esta Eurocopa. La reseña al pie de foto menciona:

Andres Iniesta's tiki-taka brilliance The midfielder, who scored the winning goal in the 2010 World Cup final, has been brilliant in Spain's three group games, providing much of the team's cutting thrust

¿Podrá el centrocampista de la selección española continuar con su entrada en el olimpo de los 4 grandes para pasar a ser 5 o la sombra de Messi seguirá siendo demasiado alargada?

Olympic Team

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.

Olympics Take Korean Minds Off Summer Heat

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The first few days of August will be remembered in South Korea for sizzling temperatures that reached 38 degrees Celsius. With the high humidity levels, many Seoulites headed for the river to cool down and watch the Olympics sat on the grass while drinking beer and directing fried chicken delivery riders through the sea of mats on the grass.

LONDON 2012 OLYMPIC FOOTBALL | SPAIN GOES HOME | SPAIN 0 MOROCCO 0

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The SPANISH FOOTBALL OLYMPIC TEAM goes home & last placed in their Group after drawing 0 - 0 in the last 2012 London Olympics match against MOROCCO. This is a real down to earth situation which put the Spanish youngsters perhaps into their place. The most significant aspect however is that Spain has not scored one single goal in all their Group games & this is for deep analysis.

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CCL Rewind: Toronto FC lose late, Alajuelense win

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If Toronto FC were in need of a result into their CONCACAF Champions League match against Santos Laguna, they are in must-win territory now.
Toronto fought back from a one-goal deficit thanks to a goal from Quincy Amarikwa, but they surrendered two late goals to suffer a 3-1 loss at BMO Field in Group 1 action on Tuesday.

Training for Group D Finale

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Crystal Dunn looks to choot as VDB and Chioma Ubogagu try to close

After having Saturday off, the U.S. U-20 WNT hit the field on Sunday for its final training before facing Germany in its Group D finale on Monday, Aug. 27 (ESPN2 & ESPN3 at 2:50 a.m. ET).

The Miyagi prefecture has been much cooler than the USA's stay in Hiroshima -- until today -- when the heat was turned up and the Americans once again trained in hot, humid and sticky weather.

Four Academy Alumni Named to PDL All-League; Ibeagha Set for Title Game

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Former Houston Dynamo Academy defender Sebastien Ibeagha (left) is playing for a PDL title on Saturday with the Carolina Dynamo.

The USL Premier Development League is holding its championship game on Saturday as Houston Dynamo Academy alum Sebastien Ibeagha and his Carolina Dynamo side face Forest City London at 7 p.

Men’s Olympic soccer: Matchday 3

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The final group games in the men's tournament at the Olympics were mostly anticlimactic. PSP recaps the results and looks ahead to Saturday's quarterfinal match ups.

Great Britain, Mexico both win to book places in Men's Olympic quarterfinals

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It may have been more nerve-racking than most fans would have liked, but Great Britain is through to the quarterfinals in this summer's Olympics.

Great Britain emerged as leaders from Group A while simultaneously eliminating Uruguay after a 1-0 victory over the South Americans at Millenium Stadium on Wednesday.

UEFA U19 Championships on GolTV

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GolTV is advertising the UEFA U19 Championships which are in the Quarterfinal stages. The 2nd game of the group stage wrap today with Portugal vs Spain, being shown on a delayed basis this evening at 7:00 pm.

The final group games are being shown live on Monday July 9th with Spain vs Estonia at 10:00 am and France vs England at 12 noon.

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CONCACAF Champions League Redux

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Article by Anders Aarhus


Whether or not it's a result of the new format, there's been goals galore so far in the 2012-13 edition of the CONCACAF Champions League. Last week's action saw an average of 3.25 goals per game. Most importantly, all three MLS teams in action recorded victories that put them in command of their groups.

CCL Rewind: RSL bounce back, Santos Laguna rout Aguila and more

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Real Salt Lake got the performance they were looking for to end a four-game losing streak.

In need of a bounce-back performance after a CONCACAF Champions League-opening loss to Herediano and after three straight losses in league play, RSL topped Panamanian side Tauro FC 2-0 behind second-half goals from Alvaro Saborio and Kyle Beckerman.

By the Numbers: Day 2 at the Development Academy Playoffs

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Concorde Fire U-15/16 players warm up for their first match on Tuesday
Players were at their best during Tuesday's U-15/16 and U-17/18 group games at the Development Academy Playoffs in Frisco, Texas, scoring goals in bunches during several exciting matchups.
Both age groups played a full slate of 16 games, with the U-17/18 group finishing up their second-round of games and the younger age division playing their first matches of the tournament.

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Golden Run in London

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It was a tournament that seemingly had everything: excitement, drama, historic venues, broken records, controversy and redemption. And of course in the end it featured the triumph of the U.S. Olympic Women's Soccer Team.

With a 2-1 victory against Japan in the championship game, the Americans claimed their fourth Olympic gold medal out of five Summer Games in which women's soccer has been contested.

Nadeshiko aim for gold in London

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London 2012 Olympic Games Womens Football FinalJapan v USA 7.45pm GMT Wembley Stadium, LondonJapan can add the Olympic title to their World Cup crown at Wembley today to complete a historic double.
Assured of at least silver, Nadeshiko will pick up their first Olympic medals this afternoon in Wembley having lost their bronze-medal playoff to Germany in Beijing four years ago.

USWNT face rivals Canada with spot in final on the line

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By FRANCO PANIZO

The U.S. women's national team are a step away from advancing to the final of the Olympic tournament, but they will have to go through a familiar opponent if they are to have a chance at fighting for gold.

Euro 2012

Trap Door for Ireland Greats

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Ireland's manager, Giovanni Trapattoni, made a huge decision this week, in announcing his squad for the nation's upcoming friendly match against Serbia in August, which excludes Ireland legends, Shay Given and Robbie Keane.

Accompanying the felled duo out of the national set-up are Richard Dunne – the hero of Ireland's qualifying campaign – and Stephen Hunt.

Euro 2012: Quarterfinals Wrapup

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After a tremendously fun twelve days of Euro2012 group stage matches, we found the knockout phase over the past week a bit of a letdown. Well, until the 2nd semifinal match on Thursday.

(This was originally going to be a wrapup of the quarters and semis, but got long enough with just the quarters.

Euro 2012: Quarterfinals Wrapup

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After a tremendously fun twelve days of Euro2012 group stage matches, we found the knockout phase over the past week a bit of a letdown. Well, until the 2nd semifinal match on Thursday.

(This was originally going to be a wrapup of the quarters and semis, but got long enough with just the quarters.

The European Championships Semifinals: And Then There Were Some

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16 teams were invited to Poland and Ukraine for the European Championships. However, upon arrival, they realized a trap had been set: all had been invited, but not everybody would make it. One by one, like the nursery rhyme "10 Little Indians", they dropped like flies. Why and for what reason did each one die?

Who wore what at Euro 2012?

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Kitbag.com's Euro 2012 lads give us a rundown of who wore what at Euro 2012. All available at Kitbag.com with 10% off and free Kitbag:id embroidery worth £10. Wayne Rooney, England - Nike Total90 (Green) He may have missed the first two group games due to suspension but this gave Wayne a bit more time to polish [.

Who wore what at Euro 2012?

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Kitbag.com's Euro 2012 lads give us a rundown of who wore what at Euro 2012. All available at Kitbag.com with 10% off and free Kitbag:id embroidery worth £10. Wayne Rooney, England - Nike Total90 (Green) He may have missed the first two group games due to suspension but this gave Wayne a bit more time to polish [.

England vs Italy – Euro2012 preview

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Whenever these two countries lock horns on the football field, it is always has an extra level of importance no matter what the circumstances are, and tomorrow, in Olympic Stadium in Kiev, Ukraine, they meet in the Quarter Final of Euro 2012. I can hardly believe that it is eleven years since they last played each other, and historically, the series is close with Italy winning nine, England seven with seven draws.

Germany Throws Gauntlet But How Will Spain Respond

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They have clicked into gear

Spain plays tonight with a challenge thrown to them. They are joint favourites with Germany and the nationalmannschaft throws down the gauntlet with a dominating display which sent Greece home. The 2004 winners tried to compete but once the Germans clicked into gear, there was ever only going to be one outcome.

Czech Republic 0-1 Portugal

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Goals:
Ronaldo 79'

Midway through the first half, this game turned on its head. The Czechs were impressive early on – 55% possession, 9 crosses into the box (of their 11 total), 5 corners (of their 6 total), but no shots on goal. Unfortunately, that advantage didn't last long.

OTP Euro 2012 Podcast – June 21st: Rockin’ Blokhin

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June 21st Rockin' Blokhin by Off The Post on Mixcloud The OTP Podcast set about having a ‘man conversation' about England's progress in to the quarter-finals and quickly found themselves distracted by the apoplectic actions of Ukraine coach Oleg Blokhin. We celebrate his gesture gymnastics on the sidelines and commend his fight proposal off [.

Euro 2012 Quarter Final Predictions

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Excitement mounts now that Euro 2012 has reached the Quarter Final stages and it is Germany, the only team left in the Tournament with a 100% winning record who head the betting at odds of 9/4, narrowly ahead of defending champions, Spain who are a 5/2 chance.

The first of the Quarter Finals takes place in Warsaw on Thursday night and will bring together surprise Group A winners, the Czech Republic against Group B runners up, Portugal.

Where Will Wayne Rooney Play for England Against Ukraine?

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Even if Wayne Rooney was available, England would have been happy with four points from their first two group games. And given their inexplicable reverence for a France (as if France weren't a team that flamed out of the last ...

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Euro 2012 press review: ‘Spain’s Alfred Hitchcock film’

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This article titled "Euro 2012 press review: 'Spain's Alfred Hitchcock film'" was written by Tom Lutz, for guardian.co.uk on Tuesday 19th June 2012 08.01 UTC

It wasn't until the dying moments of Monday night's game against Croatia that Spain sealed their place in the quarter-finals of Euro 2012.

Rooney set to join England for day of destiny against Ukraine

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Wayne Rooney is set to make his first appearance at Euro 2012 when England face co-hosts Ukraine on Tuesday.

England, second in Group D on four points, need only a draw from their last group match to secure a berth in the last eight, while third-placed Ukraine must win to keep their tournament hopes alive.

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2011-12 Development Academy Playoffs: Day 3 Results

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The U-15/16 age group took to the field for their second round of group games with teams looking to clinch a positive result in the search for a spot to the Development Academy Finals Week.

Check back here as results come in:
Wednesday's ResultsU-15/16Group 1CASL Chelsea FC Academy 2, FC Dallas 0New York Red Bulls 2, Georgia United 0
Group 2Pateadores 3, New England Revolution 0Dallas Texans 1, Albertson SC 0
Group 3Charlotte Soccer Academy 0, Vancouver Whitecaps FC 0South Carolina United Battery 3, FC Greater Boston 2
Group 4Chicago Fire 3, Seattle Sounders FC 0Real Salt Lake 4, Clearwater Chargers 1
Group 5Shattuck-Saint Mary's Soccer Academy 2, Crew Soccer Academy Wolves 2NJSA 04 1, Texans SC Houston 1
Group 6LA Galaxy 1, D.

2012 U.S. Soccer Development Academy Playoffs Begin - Fire U16 and U18 squads looking great

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The U.S. Soccer Development Academy program consists of 77 clubs from around the United States and the Vancouver Whitecaps. Of these 78 clubs, 32 each make the playoffs in the U-18 and U-16 division. The Chicago Fire's Academy has a short but proud history that includes a championship in the U-16s during the 2009-2010 campaign.

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Newcastle’s European Dates Quickly Arranged

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Newcastle have announced the dates of their six group games in the Europa League, and that's good because it will allow fans who can go and want to support the lads to get their tickets and travel  booked. Alan Pardew managed only two hames in Europe with West Ham The group is a good one for [..

Game Thread: Dynamo at CD FAS, 2012 CONCACAF Champions League Group Stage

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PREVIEW (via HoustonDynamo.com): The Houston Dynamo begin their 2012-13 CONCACAF Champions League campaign on Wednesday at Estadio Cuscatlán, the national stadium of El Salvador, with their opening Group Stage game against C.

Under-17 Caribbean Qualifiers Start Thursday

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The U.S. Under-17 Men's National Team is closer to knowing its potential Caribbean opponents for the 2013 CONCACAF Under-17 Championship as the region's qualifying starts Thursday with Cuba and Haiti hosting their respective group games.

The two groups of four teams will contest their games from Thursday, July 5, through Monday, July 9, with other groups getting under way later this month.

Sounders Organizational Update - Goodbye June Edition

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The PDL and W-League seasons enter the home stretch in July and the Sounders are racing for playoff position in both. In the Academy, one of the teams already made the playoffs and completed their group games last week. Read on for details.

Sounders Women

soundermom has the details in the game recaps, but the summary is that the Sounders Women bid adieu for the season to their national team contingent with a big home win over Santa Clara, then split two games on a road trip to Colorado.

U.S. U-17s brace for Copa Saprissa Internacional semis after loss to Mexico

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The United States Under-17 men's national team is nearing the end of its time at the Copa Saprissa Internacional in Costa Rica, but there is still an opportunity to go out on a winning note.

Playing five 70-minute games in five days, the U.S. U-17s recorded wins over clubs Linafa (3-0) and Chorillo FC (6-1), a triumph over host Costa Rica (3-2) and a draw against Honduras (1-1).

Arsenal Euro watch: group stage round up and looking ahead to the Quarter Finals

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By Phil Gregory

With the group games done and dusted, the ranks of Arsenal men at the Euros has thinned somewhat. Most surprisingly, a Russia side who started impressively have fallen by the wayside, and with them Andrei Arshavin. Russia's departure means that the situation regarding our little Russian's Arsenal future will be a little [.