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DeRosario haunts former club, scores twice to send TFC to ninth straight loss

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Dwayne DeRosario has made a habit of haunting his former teams, and Saturday he burned the hometown team that traded him away just a year ago.

DeRosario scored in the very first minute, and then again just before halftime to lead surging D.C. United to a 3-1 victory over Toronto FC at RFK Stadium on Saturday.

De Rosario hat trick salvages United draw against Toronto

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WASHINGTON - Before D.C. United's match against Toronto FC on Saturday, many wondered if Dwayne De Rosario could continue tormenting his former clubs with a strong performance against his hometown team.

The answer, as it turned out, was a resounding "yes.

To Bid You Adu…

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- Dan Egner

November 18, 2003 should have been one of the greatest, if not THE greatest day in American soccer history. Instead, i's remembered with disgust and resentment by a miniscule handful of soccer fanatics. If you find yourself pondering why this particular date is so significant, I commend you, as you've managed to erase one of the most tragic soccer stories from the bowels of your brain.

Major League Soccer

Philadelphians abroad

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Photo: Daniel Gajdamowicz

Philly locals faced off on opposite sides of the field and determined the course of a match for the first time in Philadelphia Union history.

Not that it was a good thing for any of them.

Colorado midfielder and Chestnut Hill Academy alum Jeff Larentowicz drew a red card in the 58th minute of Colorado's 2-1 win over Philadelphia, turning Sunday's Union home opener into a wide open affair as the Rapids went a man down.

The Best of Both Worlds: Boulevard and Sporting KC Announce Partnership

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When soccer and beer collide... that's the best of both worlds. This space reserved for any intersection of the suds and the sport whether business, beer and soccer events, or random humor.

Another beer and soccer angel got it wings today when Boulevard Brewing announced a partnership with their hometown soccer club, Sporting KC.

Orlando City optimistic about expansion chances after meeting with Garber

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photo by Jon Lorentz/Orlando City SC


ORLANDO, Fla. -- Hundreds of people clad in red and purple were on their feet. Some were banging drums, others were chanting and a another group was cracking jokes at the referee who was officiating the match being played right in front of their eyes.

Wednesday Morning Union Freekicks: Naka, McLaughlin and Sacramento?

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The Philly Soccer Page " Season Review: Kyle Nakazawa
At the end of the 2010 season, the jury was still out on Kyle Nakazawa. Public opinion was split nearly 50/50 about his prospects with the Union.

Beckham in a Phils Hat? " Broad Street Hooligans

This obviously won't blow up the way Plaxico did, which is good, but nobody really knows where he's going.

April showers bring May flowers: A look back at a month of travel

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Over the past six weeks, I've been on the road a ton, so just a quick check in here as my various digital/soccer journeys continue. In early March, I was in Washington D.C. where I met the fine folks at DC United and saw RFK stadium. Then I was off to Seattle for MLS First Kick and some QT with the Sounders digital team.

Benny Feilhaber: Welcome Home

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Image via Interview.

Prepare the cocktail weiners and stock up on cheap champagne, Kickettes, because we're throwing a homecoming bash for Benny Feilhaber.

One of our favourite fuzzy Americans has just signed with the MLS (from Danish team AGF Aarhus) to play with the New England Revolution and could make his debut this weekend when the Revs take on Sporting Kansas City.

Portland TImbers Unveil New Jerseys in Style

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The Portland Timbers unveiled their new kits on Thursday by having players arrive in a specially painted Alaskan Airlines jet (the teams kit sponsors). The jet pulled up in a hanger and players and others stepped out onto a runway sporting the new jersey's along with other Timbers attire.

Dynamo acquire Garey from Columbus

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HOUSTON, Tx The Houston Dynamo acquired forward Jason Garey in a trade with the Columbus Crew for a fourth round draft pick, the Major League Soccer club's announced on Friday. The 26-year-old has played for Columbus over the last five seasons, scoring 15 goals and six assists in 83 regular-season games.


Former Philadelphia Union Trialist Jeremiah White In Montreal Impact's Evaluation Camp

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Philadelphia born Jeremiah White is looking to come back to North America, but it won't be with his hometown team.

White, a former American international, was invited to join the Montreal Impact's evaluation camp, joining 24 other players for a six day tryout with MLS' next team. The versatile attacking midfielder joins fellow American, and Orlando City Lions star, Jamie Watson in the camp.

Video: Supporters of Orlando City soccer have big dreams for their team

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The "Ruckus" really knows how to support its hometown team, the Orlando City Lions. The Ruckus is not your average supporters group, but they're not a bunch of hooligans either. Among their code of conduct stipulations is that every Ruckus member must "remain cheering the entire 90 minutes of and until our team has left the field.

The Rest

Montreal Impact Preview: Three Questions With Mount Royal Soccer

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This week I chatted with GioSardo of Mount Royal Soccer, SB Nation's Montreal Impact site. Sardo and I discussed various things about the teams in a preview of the Philadelphia Union-Impact game.
Question 1: The Impact added Serie A legend Alessandro Nesta after his contract ran out at AC Milan.

Book Review: The Man with Maradona’s Shirt

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The Man with Maradona's Shirt by Steve Hodge Published by Orion 2012, £9.99 ISBN: 9781409117353 Steve Hodge won eight England Under-21 caps, 24 full England caps and the final Division One Championship with Leeds United in 1992. He enjoyed success with Nottingham Forest, his hometown team, to a level that some of the biggest clubs in England would happily take today.

On Friendlies: Storylines, not Scorelines

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As I was leaving the game last night, I passed by a woman on the street who gave me an interested look. I smiled back. She asked me, "Who won?" I was, to be honest, a bit dumbfounded.

Who won? I honestly did not know.

It took me a few seconds to realize she was talking about the scoreline--as if a friendly like this could be boiled down to a mere goals for and goals against.

OFFBEAT : Ronaldo And Irina Shayk’s Tennis Date, Xabi Alonso, Fernando Torres, Kiko Macheda, Frank Lampard and Sergio Ramos

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Welcome to our Wednesday Gossip special, brought to you by the dapper Xabi Alonso! This week, read about Ronaldo and Irina's date, Sergio Ramos' girlfriend, Fernando Torres questionable style, Frank Lampard's daughters and more.

Following Real Madrid's victorious celebrations over the weekend, Xabi Alonso appeared at a Hugo Boss event in Madrid to promote their new fragrance on Monday.

Video: Visiting MLS Fans Keeping it Real

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MLS put the video above on its website to highlight the travel and passion that visiting fans are willing to do in order to see their hometown team play as the rivals.

In a harsh setting, in which everybody else is rooting on the other team, it can be a lonely experience.

Countdown to Opening Kick: Supporters Club

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There are three recognized supporter clubs for the Atlanta Silverbacks. The West side 109, East Side 309, and the new family friendly Band of Backs. Supporter organizations are vital parts of every soccer club. They are usually the groups that are the most vocal, devoted, and willing to travel to support their team at away matches.

Fans, idols, and managers

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When I was about eight years old, my mother took my younger brother and me to Yankee Stadium and introduced us to third base coach and future general manager Gene Michael. As two boys growing up just outside New York City, we should have been thrilled to meet our hometown team's coach, but we didn't really care.

Rapids Play Yokohama FC NOT On ESPN

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See that ESPN on the Hawaiian Islands Invitational logo? ESPN is one of the organizing forces behind the tournament and originally announced all 4 games would be on ESPN International and ESPN3.com. Sometime between then and now though ESPN, who again organized the tournament, decided they were only going to air the 2 games on Saturday and neither of the games today.

Seth Sinovic interview - 5/12

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Seth recently signed with Sporting Kansas City, his hometown team.Talked with Seth after practice...Seth playing with the Sporting KC reserves...

Manchester United... Chicago Fire... So which team gets to wear red?

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In one corner you have Manchester United, the team nicknamed 'the Red Devils'. If you visit their website, they refer to themselves as ‘Reds'. The club has become much more than a simple team. Manchester United is constantly marketing the ‘brand'. Their annual trips to the United States are based around expanding the fan base and reaching out to new audiences.

Being a local guy, how much more special is it to go to the hometown team? "There's no better...

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Being a local guy, how much more special is it to go to the hometown team?

"There's no better feeling. They've been the professional team in Seattle for as long as I can remember. I played for guys that used to play for them and I grew up just admiring it. Now you have the chance to maybe be one of those guys all of a sudden -- to be one of those guys that you grew up watching.

Kinne keen for Revs success

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It's time to add another line to the long list of accomplishments for Monmouth University product Ryan Kinne. The Naugatuck, CT native, who helped lead the Hawks to national prominence under head coach Robert McCourt, is headed to the pros with his hometown team, the New England Revolution.

Monmouth's Ryan Kinne was taken by the Revs in the third round of the 2011 MLS SuperDraft.

Claudio Ranieri Open To Succeeding Kenny Dalglish As Liverpool Boss

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Roma boss Claudio Ranieri has revealed he is open to returning to the Premier League as Liverpool manager amid speculation the club's board will sound him out over the prospect of succeeding Kenny Dalglish at the end of the season.
Ranieri has been linked with a return to England on several occasions since he was sacked as Chelsea manager in 2004, having guided the club to the Champions League semi-finals and second place in the Premier League.

Union Sign 15 yr. Old Homegrown Player

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Zach Pfeffer, former Union U-17 player and USA U-14 and U-15 player, has become the fourth-youngest signing in MLS history.  Having spent a few minutes at the grown-ups' table already during the friendly against Chivas de Guadalajara, he will now take a full time position in a Union shirt. Pfeffer joins his hometown team after a stint training with Bundesliga club [.