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ATF: Veteran MLS Goalkeeper Jon Busch Retires

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Portland

#PDXSEA100 | How the Portland-Seattle rivalry changed Major League Soccer | Portland Timbers
"Portland-Seattle didn't need MLS. MLS needed Portland-Seattle." As much as anybody, Taylor Twellman would know.

Blerim Dzemaili finding transition to MLS easy as Impact chase playoffs

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Adjusting to the rigors of Major League Soccer can be difficult for even some of the game's best players, but that's not been the case for Blerim Dzemaili of the Montreal Impact.

The 31-year-old Switzerland international was loaned to the Impact from Bologna at the tail end of the Serie A season.

Everton ace set to join NY Red Bulls

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News broke late Monday on the official Everton website that 32-year-old Blues ace Tim Cahill will be transferred to the New York Red Bulls for a "nominal fee", pending Cahill agreeing to personal terms and passing a team physical.

The Red Bulls have yet to confirm the reports, releasing a statement that they have "no comment at this time regarding him or any other non-New York player.

Vancouver Signs Kenny Miller To DP Deal

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Kenny Miller is a big risk but could be a big "get" for Vancouver. (Getty Images)

Many wondered last week why the Vancouver Whitecaps would be quick to trade away forward Sebastien Le Toux. It turns out they had an even bigger deal set in motion that required such a trade.

The Whitecaps announced the signing of of Scottish international striker Kenny Miller as the club's newest Designated Player.

Mid-Day Ticker: Warner releases FIFA details, Perez closing in on MLS and more

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Some of the back-room workings between Jack Warner and FIFA are starting to come to the surface.

Warner reportedly claimed that in exchange for drumming up support to get Sepp Blatter elected in the 1998 FIFA presidential election, he secured the television rights to the World Cup for his native Trinidad & Tobago for a single dollar.

Galaxy defender Berhalter retires

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Good time Gregg: Gregg Berhalter, seen here celebrating a Galaxy goal with David Beckham and Todd Dunivant, has played a major role on and off the field in the Galaxy's exemplary defensive record in recent years; they have conceded fewer goals during his three years with the club than any other MLS franchise (Daily Breeze file photo).

Not So Costly After All: Dynamo Sign Honduran Carlos Costly

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Dynamo Press Release

The Houston Dynamo have acquired Honduran international forward Carlo Costly on loan from Mexican club Atlas de Guadalajara, it was announced today. Per team and league policy, terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Costly will become eligible upon receipt of his international transfer certificate and approval of a P-1 visa.

AFP

Argentina end Higuain’s exile for Spain, Italy clashes

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Buenos Aires (AFP) – Juventus striker Gonzalo Higuain was recalled to the Argentina squad after a nine-month absence on Thursday for pre-World Cup friendlies against fellow former winners Spain and Italy.

Higuain, 30, has 31 goals from his 69 international appearances and takes his place in a 22-man squad made up entirely of players based outside of Argentina.

Rennes midfielder Sylla loaned to Panathinaikos

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Athens (AFP) – Mali international midfielder Yacouba Sylla has joined Panathinaikos on loan from French side Rennes, the Greek Super League club announced Wednesday.

The 26-year-old, who has made 28 international appearances, spent last season on loan at Montpellier.

Sylla had two years in the English Premier League with Aston Villa between 2013-2015.

Rennes midfielder Sylla loaned to Panathinaikos

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Athens (AFP) – Mali international midfielder Yacouba Sylla has joined Panathinaikos on loan from French side Rennes, the Greek Super League club announced Wednesday.

The 26-year-old, who has made 28 international appearances, spent last season on loan at Montpellier.

Sylla had two years in the English Premier League with Aston Villa between 2013-2015.

Jovetic, Balde join Monaco to fill Mbappe void

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Monaco (AFP) – French champions Monaco raided Serie A to sign Senegal forward Keita Balde and Montenegrin international striker Stevan Jovetic on Tuesday, from Lazio and Inter Milan respectively.

Balde, 22, who has made 12 international appearances, joined on a five-year deal for a reported 30 million euros ($35.

Jovetic, Balde join Monaco to fill Mbappe void

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Monaco (AFP) – French champions Monaco raided Serie A to sign Senegal forward Keita Balde and Montenegrin international striker Stevan Jovetic on Tuesday, from Lazio and Inter Milan respectively.

Balde, 22, who has made 12 international appearances, joined on a five-year deal for a reported 30 million euros ($35.

Rooney still has role to play for club and country: Scholes

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London (AFP) – England’s record goalscorer Wayne Rooney can still play a useful role for both his country and club Manchester United, his former team-mate Paul Scholes told the BBC on Sunday.

Rooney, who has scored 53 goals in his 119 international appearances, is not definitively out of the England picture, according to coach Gareth Southgate, although lack of first team football at United is not helping his case for inclusion.

Rooney still has role to play for club and country: Scholes

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London (AFP) – England’s record goalscorer Wayne Rooney can still play a useful role for both his country and club Manchester United, his former team-mate Paul Scholes told the BBC on Sunday.

Rooney, who has scored 53 goals in his 119 international appearances, is not definitively out of the England picture, according to coach Gareth Southgate, although lack of first team football at United is not helping his case for inclusion.

Clint Dempsey

Sounders vs. Impact: Many changes to starting lineup

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Without a point in three games and with several players coming off international appearances, the Seattle Sounders are going with a distinctly different starting lineup against the Montreal Impact than they have until now. Clint Dempsey is sliding back to midfield, Aaron Kovar is in for Jordan Morris, Dylan Remick is replacing Joevin Jones and Brad Evans returns at center back.

Clint Dempsey is US player of the year

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Clint Dempsey has been voted the Futbol de Primera USA national-team player of the year for the second time - the last time being way back in 2006.He got 375 points and 99 first place votes .The also rans were Tim Howard - second with 252 points and Landycakes - third with 191 points.
Dempsey scored four goals in 12 games in the U.

Dempsey named US Player of the Year

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The AP reports that Clint Dempsey has been voted the Futbol de Primera U.S. national team player of the year award for the second time.

The 28-year-old midfielder and forward received 375 points and 99 first-place votes in balloting by media released Wednesday. Dempsey also won the award in 2006.

Jurgen Klinsmann

Is The USA Progressing Under Klinsmann?

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Nicklas (Lord) Bendtner scored his first international hat trick, as the USA once again could not hold onto a lead late in the game, as Denmark rallied to beat the Americans 3-2 in a friendly game at Aarhus, Denmark on Wednesday night.

Jozy Altidore scored in the first half and set up former club teammate Aron Johannsson's goal in the second.

22 are Headed to Mexico City

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As you have seen, U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann announced a 22-player travel squad that will gather in Mexico City for the first friendly meeting between the teams on Mexican soil since 1984. There are plenty of notes in the roster announcement, so here's a few more to add to the mix:
  • Landon Donovan is the leading capwinner on the roster with 143 international appearances.

MNT European Update

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While the players take a break from club duty for the midweek international friendlies, there's a lot going on with the U.S. players in Europe. Here's a quick rundown:
  • Jozy Altidore and Steve Cherundolo are still alive in the Europa League, each reaching the Round of 32 that begins March 8, with AZ taking on Udinese and Hannover traveling to Standard Liege.

U.S.-Honduras Preview

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Do you think U.S. Captain Carlos Bocanegra has heard this German philosopher before? (AP Photo).

The friendly kicks off at 3 p.m. on Fox Soccer and Univision.

AP Sports Writer Tim Reynolds has the preview:

MIAMI (AP) - Jurgen Klinsmann made his mark in soccer by being one of the most prolific goal scorers the game has ever seen.

English Premier League

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On the right track

Good day to all of you. International break, not a lot going on but let's get cracking anyway. First up, a couple of things from a day or two back.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is apparently up for contract renewal. He's a bright young lad with the world in front of him.

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On the right track

Good day to all of you. International break, not a lot going on but let's get cracking anyway. First up, a couple of things from a day or two back.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is apparently up for contract renewal. He's a bright young lad with the world in front of him.

Giroud. Who?

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Olivier Giroud (Wikipedia)

With the signing of Olivier Giroud, Arsenal can now claim to have three of the top international strikers in Europe on their books. Of course, that's simply 'for now,' as rumours continue to swirl around the long-term future of Robin van Persie.

But just who is Olivier Giroud?

Park Scores Twice Again For Korea – Why Does He Not Get A Look In At Arsenal?

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In his last three international appearances for Korea Chu Young Park has scored six times, but he still struggles to even get a place on the bench at Arsenal. Is now the time to unleash him on the Premier League? Yesterday he helped himself to two goals in the second half against Poland, two goals [.

Ruiz, the Shooter

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For such a high-priced signing, a lot of us didn't know a whole lot about Bryan Ruiz. Unfortunately, I haven't found many good information sources for the Dutch Eredivisie, but Ruiz does have a handful of Champions League and international appearances that I can pull shooting data from. A few things I was able to find:

  • Has a 60-40 preference toward his left foot, but seems competent with both.

Manchester United

Duric Double Douses Doubters

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When Raddy Avramovic announced his squad to play Hong Kong in a friendly there were the usual whines in Singapore. Not Duric. Not again. He's too old. Why, they whined, do we have to rely on a 42 year old foreigner?

Why indeed.

Singapore defeated Hong Kong 2-0 yesterday and both goals were scored by that old man, Duric.

Ruud van Nistelrooy Announces Retirement

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Former Real Madrid striker Ruud van Nistelrooy has announced his decision to retire after opting not to renew his contract with Malaga.

The former Dutch international feels the time has come to end his superb career.

"Yesterday I've played my last match in my professional career," he told reporters.

Darron Gibson completes Everton move

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Everton have completed the signing of Irish international midfielder Darron Gibson from Manchester United for an undisclosed fee.

The 24-year-old Derry born international joins on a four-and-a-half year deal and will wear the number 4 shirt.

Gibson, whose last appearance for United came in a 5-0 win over Wigan on Boxing Day, will arrive at Finch Farm immediately and could make his debut when the Blues take on Aston Villa at Villa Park on Saturday.

Lionel Messi

World Champions Japan Give Brazil Lessons ’4-1′ & And Germany Women’s Team On Track For Euro 2013

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Japan cemented their position as World Champions last night when they defeated the Selecao feminina (Brazil) 4-1 at the Kobe Stadium. Que aconteceu, irmãs? (what happened, sisters?) Granted, it was only an exhibition match to commemorate the Kirin Challenge's Cup and everybody knows how the Japanese love inviting friendly teams under the pretext of winning a "grand" trophy.

Lionel Messi Is Average & Will Be A Sub To Maradona and Cruyff!

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Former Argentine international Hugo Gatti has launched a scathing attack on Barcelona's Lionel Messi by stating that he would be a 'bench-warmer' in the days of Diego Maradona and Johan Cruyff. Speaking to Radio La Red Gatti who made 18 international appearances for Argentina between 1967 and 1977 sought to bring Lionel Messi [.

European Soccer

Monday Kickoff: World mourns Speed, Guardado expected to move and more

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By CALEB SONNELAND

The loss of life in the sports world always runs deep within the game, and to lose a player like Gary Speed saw shockwaves sent throughout soccer on Sunday.

The Wales manager was discovered at his home Sunday morning with the news spreading to every corner of the Britain within the hour that he had taken his own life.

Tuesday Kickoff: Bradley loses in Egypt debut, Gaven signs extension and more

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Former U.S. men's national team head coach Bob Bradley made his managerial debut for Egypt on Monday, and the result was not a good one.

Brazil spoiled Bradley's first game in charge of the Pharoahs, winning 2-0 in a friendly played in Doha, Qatar.

The Rest

ATF: Minnesota United Close To Signing First Ever DP Darwin Quintero

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Also: Maxi Urruti signs new deal, Merritt Paulson and his role in women's soccer, Kljestan looking forward to date against NYRB, Gareth Southgate has words for Dele Alli and more!

Portland

How Ana-Maria Crnogorčević fits Thorns FC's forward mold | Portland Timbers
At first glance, the move looks like a no-brainer.

S2 hires former A-League player as new head coach

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John Hutchinson promoted to head coach from assistant coach, Wade Webber moves up to S2 from Academy ranks.

John Hutchinson has been promoted from S2 assistant coach to head coach following the departure of Ezra Hendrickson to the LA Galaxy. As part of the move, Wade Webber has moved up to the S2 assistant position from the academy ranks, where he was the U18/19 head coach.

After breakout 2015, Zardes looks to seize USMNT chances in 2016

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Almost exactly one year ago, Gyasi Zardes was the newcomer to the annual U.S. Men's National Team January camp. Previously uncapped on any level, Zardes was riding impressive club form and an MLS Cup crown into a brand new experiencewith the senior team ahead of a busy 2015 season.

Cheers Jimmy

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The club have today announced that Director of Youth Football, Jimmy Ryan, is retiring. He started his career at United when he was a teenager after moving down from Scotland to play for our youth team. Ryan made his début for United at the end of the 1965-66 season against West Brom and scored in his second appearance for the club in a 6-1 win over Aston Villa.

Europa League Final Preview: The Basque Lions vs The Madrid Mattress Makers

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The UEFA Europa League final is upon us. It's an all-Spanish match later today, with Atlético Madrid vs Athletic Bilbao facing off at the National Arena in Bucharest.  It's a late kickoff in Romania: 9:45pm EEST, which corresponds to the usual 2:45pmET/11:45amPT for those of in the US.

UVA Men ink Six for 2012-2013

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Official Virginia Press Release:

Six Sign Letters of Intent to Join Virginia Men's Soccer


CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - Virginia men's soccer head coach George Gelnovatch has announced the signing of six highly-touted student-athletes to National Letters of Intent for the 2012-13 school year.

Philly Union Notes: Williams out with concussion, goalkeeper needed, and more

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By KEITH HICKEY

Union right back Sheanon Williams will miss Friday's game against Sporting Kansas City after picking up a concussion. The injury to Williams, who had previously missed just one match this season, was reported by Philly.com and is listed on the official injury report, but the club has yet to make an official statement.