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MLS scheduling issues emerge again

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MLS has some scheduling issues -- still. PSP's Earl Reed explores.

Garber discusses goal-line technology and more in latest public conversation

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Goal-line technology is a hot topic in the world of soccer these days, and it could soon be implented in MLS.

If FIFA decides to change its long-standing rules of not using technology to aid match officials when it comes together to discuss the matter this July, MLS is open to being one of the first leagues to try the new approach should it get approved.

Garber touches on expansion, schedule and more in latest State of the League address

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With the 17th season in MLS history just weeks away from kicking off, commissioner Don Garber held his latest State of the League address in Columbus, Ohio to discuss some of the hotter topics.

Accompanied by Columbus Crew owner Clark Hunt and Crew president and general manager Mark McCullers, Garber touched on everything from the Crew's season ticket sales to the league's schedule.

Tuesday Kickoff: Blatter talks MLS, Twellman replaces Harkes and more

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Sepp Blatter has gotten himself in hot water for recent comments, but the FIFA president steered clear of controversy when talking about Major League Soccer.

In an interview with Fox Soccer, Blatter addressed the MLS schedule, maintaining his position that it would be better if the league aligned itself with the European calendar as opposed to continuing the March-to-November schedule.

Fantasy MLS: Week 31

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This week in MLS, which was originally intended to be an international calendar break, was created due to games that were rescheduled throughout the year. There are three games this week, and with only three weeks left in the MFLS schedule, it is important that you don't lose ground due to players not playing.

Promotion & Relegation on hold for MLS

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Any talk of promotion and relegation in Major League Soccer was squashed this week when MLS president Mark Abbott announced that there are no plans of doing so. He also mentioned that the league has no plans of switching to the same international calendar that most other leagues in the world use.

Whether the rumors of exploring both were genuine, or just a ploy to attempt to influence FIFA in giving the United States a World Cup bid, it appears that any chance of either of those changes are gone for now.

MLS Ticker: Crew's Iro frustrated, no promotion-relegation and more

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Another frustrated tweet has made its way out of the Columbus Crew locker room.

Weeks after midfielder Robbie Rogers was involved in a little social media controversy, out-of-favor centerback Andy Iro vented his thoughts about his playing-time situation.

MLS Commish: No U.S. WC, no fall-spring MLS schedule

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So there, FIFA, take that. And just to drive the point home, MLS Commissioner Don Garber made his comments in Canada:

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) -- Now that the United States failed to land the 2022 World Cup, Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber says his league has no plans to align with football's international calendar anytime soon.

Most Unshocking: Garber's Calendar U-Turn

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On Monday in Vancouver, Don Garber said what everyone already knew: MLS won't be switching the "international" calendar, the same one much of Europe is on and Sepp Blatter believes is crucial to soccer's success in North America (of course, Sepp knows zip about soccer in North America, so how he knows what is crucial to the game's success here is anyone's guess), anytime soon.

Coudet waived, more news

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Before the Union won the rights to Chris Agorsor they announced that Eduardo Coudet had been waived, thus ending weeks of speculation about his status with the club. The addition of Agorsor combined with the subtraction of Coudet means that the club's roster remains at 25 players.

MLS Schedule Finally Gives Respect to World Cup Qualifying

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The day has finally come for all of us who support our clubs in Major League Soccer. The announcement of the 2011 regular season schedule was finally released on Thursday, February 10. Finally all of us can now plan our road trips and use our vacation times to travel and see our teams play against each other.

American soccer

The US Open Cup, CAL FC, and Eric Wynalda – The Perfect Storm

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American Soccer fans are very familiar with Eric Wynalda both for his actions on the field and his opinions off the field. He has been called everything from a visionary, loud-mouth, instigator, activist, and hero.

In the books: The Ten Shirt

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Imagine an alternative reality where the USA victory over England in the 1950 World Cup was not only noticed by the general public, it sparked a soccer boom in the United States.

In this reality, the top US professional soccer league, second in popularity only to American football, not only follows the FIFA international calendar, it regularly develops, maintains and retains world class talent.

AC Milan

Mid-Day Ticker: Petrov has leukemia, FIFA orders for Olympic releases & more

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Another player for a major European club is in a battle with a serious illness.

Aston Villa captain Stiliyan Petrov was diagnosed with acute leukemia, the club announced on Friday. According to an Aston Villa statement, Petrov had developed a fever after last week's match against Arsenal, and the disease was discovered in his ensuing blood tests.

Big Asks For Arsenal And Leverkusen This Week

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Champions League football resumes this week with Arsenal and Bayer Leverkusen facing huge uphill tasks while Benfica and Lyon will be looking to protect slender leads.

After allowing the international calendar to take centre stage for a week, the UEFA Champions League returns on Tuesday.

Milan and Madrid Register Massive Wins

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What a fine weekend it was across Europe as a number of top notch clubs produced fantastic results in the respective leagues. The biggest result was definitely, Real Madrid's 7-1 home win over Osasuna.

In neighbouring Italy, champions AC Milan beat Catania 4-0 to move into 3rd place as the eagerly awaited clash between Juventus and Napoli failed to get underway as bad weather hampered the fixture.

Olympics v Euros, Club v Country, and Money

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On the surface, the argument makes perfect sense football players, especially young football players should not be asked to play competitive football 11 months out of 12. By asking UEFA to mandate the national European FAs to only select players for one international tournament per season, the European Club Association (ECA) feels that they well prevent burnout / injuries in young prodigies, and thereby not only having them available at the start of each season but also prolonging their careers.


European Clubs Push Changes To International Calendar

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Though nothing becomes official without FIFA consent, UEFA and the European Club Association have reached an understanding on reducing the number of friendlies on the international calendar. Currently, there are 12 international release dates. The UEFA and ECA agreement calls for nine international release dates, all of which would have room for two games.

Corner: Late Winter Friendlies

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What's the point of a late winter friendly? You don't need to be a manager of a European club to imagine their response to that question. Releasing players for friendlies at any time during the season normally gets a backlash from the club side, but FIFA putting a February 29th date on the international calendar probably feels like rubbing it in.

Euro 2012

Tuesday Kickoff: UEFA agrees to cut fixture dates, Gomez set to start and more

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European clubs and UEFA have come to an agreement that would alter the international calendar significantly.

Under the new agreement, which has yet to be approved by FIFA, the number of international matches would be reduced from 12 a year to an average of nine per year over the course of a two-year period.

Football Tickets: International friendlies in November and Euro 2012 Playoffs

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In a few weeks' time, the focus in the football world will turn away from the club scene to the international arena. Fans around the world will be hoping that the stars of their favorite clubs all return from international duty in one piece, but while they sweat it out, they'll be getting the treat of seeing the worldís top national teams in action, some of them against one another.

Soccer Players

Previewing 2012 International Soccer

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By Justin Shaffer - SEATTLE, WA (Jan 5, 2012) US Soccer Players --Previously, we previewed the year ahead for club soccer and now we give you a look ahead at 2012's jam-packed international calendar. Between the Olympics, European Championships, and World Cup qualifying, 2012 should be a huge year for soccer fans.

5 Questions: Bulls, Coaches, Attendance, Champions, Guardian

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By Tony Edwards - San Jose, CA (Nov 10, 2011) US Soccer Players -- In this edition, Tony asks the obvious question about the Red Bulls, looks at the MLS Cup coaching match-up, and has a bracket prediction for the knockout stage of the CONCACAF Champions League. What international calendar for 2011 were the Red Bulls looking at?


La Liga blog: Cesc and Mata shine but there’s more Torres gloom in international week

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La Liga blog: Cesc and Mata shine but there's more Torres gloom in international week

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Cut international calendar in half, demand European Club Association

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Cut international calendar in half, demand European Club Association

Europe's leading clubs have called for the chaotic international football calendar to be slashed. The European Club Association are demanding that the current fixture list is cut in half from 12 to six games.

The Rest

Full plate for Agudelo limits opportunity with Red Bulls

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Playing time has been hard to come by for Juan Agudelo in his brief time with the New York Red Bulls, even after his emergence as a striker for the U.S. senior and Under-23 men's national teams.

A roundup of Central American action -- 2011-11-13

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It's been a very long time since I've done this, so here is a long-overdue look at action around the Central American leagues. Despite the international calendar, several leagues were in action over the weekend. BELIZE I have not been able to find anything on the Belizean leagues; it's not clear if the teams in the Belizean Premier Football League have agreed on a tournament format.

Morning Ticker: Wenger wants Vargas, Sudamericana match called off and more

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It's no secret that Arsenal is in need of some reinforcements, and manager Arsene Wenger has already identified one possible target for the winter transfer window.

Wenger is hoping to bring in Fiorentina winger Juan Manuel Vargas, the Peruvian international which had been linked with Arsenal during the summer transfer window.

Chicago Fire vs. San Jose Earthquakes - MLS #27 - 9:30 PM CST - CSN TV

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The Chicago Fire return to action tonight after a long break due to the FIFA International calendar. Their opponent is a familiar one as the Fire played the San Jose Earthquakes twice in the last week in May. The first game was the infamous U.S. Open Cup game where Chicago advanced thanks to San Jose's Scott Sealy hitting the crossbar on the last PK attempt.

Time on Their Hands

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Traditionally, when late-August bleeds into early-September, there's usually plenty for the Revs to attend to.

Whether its a slate of MLS games to push its postseason agenda, a SuperLiga final, or even a pair of late-round U.S. Open Cup games, the Revs have often been a busy bunch as the unofficial end of summer approaches.

Algarve Cup Roster Set

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The U.S. team will return to the southern coast of Portugal once again for the Algarve Cup and U.S. WNT head coach Pia Sundhage has selected 24 players for one of the best trips the team makes. Why is it a great trip? Great training, great games, great food, great country, great area...and if they're lucky, great weather.