International Game

Clint Dempsey

Clint Dempsey will miss another Sounders game

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Clint Dempsey expected to remain with USMNT for third-place game, privacy shades will stay up around training sessions.

The United States may have been dealt a decisive loss to Argentina in the Copa America semifinals. But as anyone who follows the international game should know, that isn't where the tournament ends.

The time has come to worry about Clint Dempsey’s US national team future

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Most soccer fans aren't naïve to the cruel inevitability of the professional game. Yesterday's wow-wow hero is today's trade bait, or a conversation starter as a bunch of us Monday morning center backs discuss who should, shouldn't, might or might not wave goodbye to the international game.

So we knew the day would come when Clint Dempsey would no longer be around to rescue US pride with Deuce Face or, more importantly, to rescue US World Cup endeavors with one of his signature goals.

The time has come to worry about Clint Dempsey’s US national team future

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Most soccer fans aren't naïve to the cruel inevitability of the professional game. Yesterday's wow-wow hero is today's trade bait, or a conversation starter as a bunch of us Monday morning center backs discuss who should, shouldn't, might or might not wave goodbye to the international game.

So we knew the day would come when Clint Dempsey would no longer be around to rescue US pride with Deuce Face or, more importantly, to rescue US World Cup endeavors with one of his signature goals.

Italy 0 – USMNT 1: Resilient Yanks Earn Unexpected Win

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The United States earned their first ever win over Italy in Genoa with an early second half goal from in-form Clint Dempsey.
USMNT's Setup
Jurgen Klinsmann selected to his seemingly favorite 4-2-3-1 formation. With the absences of Landon Donovan, Tim Chandler, Oguchi Onyewu, Jose Torres and Jermaine Jones, the Yank's squad depth was tested.

SBI Live Q&A set for 1pm Today

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If you've been wondering when the next SBI Live Q&A would be, wonder no more. We will be having one today.

The latest SBI Live Q&A will take place at 1pm this afternoon, so get your questions ready to discuss everything from the MLS pre-season to the U.S. national team, to Clint Dempsey's insane form to European soccer and the international game.

Mexico

What Tuca Ferretti learned from Mexico’s September friendlies

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Ricardo "Tuca" Ferretti is an experienced manager, coaching various club teams without much of a break since taking over the Pumas team he played for in 1991. Aside from winning one match with Mexico in 1993, though, Mexico's September friendlies against Trinidad and Tobago and Argentina were the interim Mexico manager's first taste of the international game.

What Tuca Ferretti learned from Mexico’s September friendlies

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Ricardo "Tuca" Ferretti is an experienced manager, coaching various club teams without much of a break since taking over the Pumas team he played for in 1991. Aside from winning one match with Mexico in 1993, though, Mexico's September friendlies against Trinidad and Tobago and Argentina were the interim Mexico manager's first taste of the international game.

LD on Mexico

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Landon Donovan
(leftover quotes from when I spoke to him before his final international game)



Assuming you don't score against Ecuador, goals against Mexico will bookend your international career.
Yeah, that's a good story.

Could you speak on that - and also, were you watching when Mexico was on the brink of elimination from the World Cup last year?

LD on Mexico

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Landon Donovan
(leftover quotes from when I spoke to him before his final international game)



Assuming you don't score against Ecuador, goals against Mexico will bookend your international career.
Yeah, that's a good story.

Could you speak on that - and also, were you watching when Mexico was on the brink of elimination from the World Cup last year?

US vs. Mexico (Women's Soccer)

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The next US women's international game is set to start in the next few minutes, and it's not a friendly. The team is playing for it's right to play in win the London Olympics. The concacaf playoffs for that opportunity have been anything but competitive, but this game looks to be promising.

Copa America

Chile vs Argentina: Copa America final preview and TV times

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The supporters of the Chile and Argentina have been waiting a long time for some major silverware.

Chile, who have been wonderful hosts of the 2015 Copa America, have never lifted an illustrious trophy throughout the soccer team's existence. While fans ofArgentina, although they've only been waiting for a meagre 22 years by comparison, are growing restless to see their men make that final step again.

Chile vs Argentina: Copa America final preview and TV times

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The supporters of the Chile and Argentina have been waiting a long time for some major silverware.

Chile, who have been wonderful hosts of the 2015 Copa America, have never lifted an illustrious trophy throughout the soccer team's existence. While fans ofArgentina, although they've only been waiting for a meagre 22 years by comparison, are growing restless to see their men make that final step again.

International Soccer

Mid-Day Ticker: BVB tops Bayern in SuperCup; Ribery retires from international game; and more

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By RYAN TOLMICH

The 2013-14 Bundesliga campaign saw Bayern Munich cruise through the Bundesliga campaign, topping rivals Borussia Dortmund by 29 points. However, when the two teams clashed Wednesday in the DFL-SuperCup, it was Dortmund that proved to be the dominant side.

Evening Ticker: Gerrard retires from International game; Shakhtar warns AWOL players; and more

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By RYAN TOLMICH

After a disappointing tournament performance, England will emerge post-2014 World Cup facing the international retirement of their captain.

Liverpool and England captain Steven Gerrard announced his retirement Monday, ending a 14-year career with the Three Lions.

A Guide To Future International Soccer Competitions Prior To The 2018 World Cup

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Missing international soccer competitions? Fear not! There are plenty more on the way between now and the 2018 World Cup. Is it 2016 yet?

The 2014 FIFA World Cup is over and all soccer-dom has a sad. One of the greatest tournaments the world has ever seen has ended, and while there is no shame in MLS and the improvement it has undergone in the last four years, it is not the same as the World Cup.

Wednesday Kickoff: FIFA considers rule changes; United, Spurs close gap & more

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By JOHN BOSCHINI

FIFA is considering a number of rule changes that could have a major impact on the international game going forward.

The major proposal that FIFA's board is facing would allow teams to use a fourth substitute in extra time in an attempt to cut down on player injuries.

Carlos “El Pibe” Valderrama and Jorge Campos visit Sun Life Stadium on Wed., December 14 to promote Mexico vs. Colombia match

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One time Miami Fusion player Carlos "El Pibe" Valderrama and former L.A. Galaxy player Jorge Campos visit Sun Life Stadium on Wed., December 14 to promote Mexico vs. Colombia match

Here is the press release:

Two of the game's most popular legends joined by Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders for a memorable afternoon on the pitch, including a jersey presentation to the players


MIAMI (Monday, Dec.

International football

Ball Hog: Ecuador U16s’ Fabian Tello Waltzes Past Nine Tackles, Scores Tremendous Mazy Solo Goal (Video)

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By Chris Wright

Turning out for Ecuador U16s in a recent international game against their similarly aged Paraguayan counterparts, 16-year-old Fabian Tello lit up the game with a fantastic solo strike.

We count nine challenges from seven defenders (including the Paraguay 'keeper), all evaded masterfully by young Fabian on his way to scoring a tremendous, bamboozling slalom goal.

Euro 2012: Germany 2-1 Netherlands

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There are some football matches which transcend mere rivalry and tap into something more deep-seated, as if they tickle a synapse that we may even think that we have evolved away from. Few of these occur in international football, but when they do, they arrive with a force of personality that is almost overwhelming.

European Championship Stories: 1960 – Cold War Football

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There are plenty of people, not least within the governing bodies of football itself, who would have it that football and politics don't mix. This is, of course, bunkum, whether we like it or not. The game holds such influence over so many people that it sometimes seems impossible for politicians not to be able to link the two, from the relatively harmless, "You only win the World Cup under Labour" slogans of Harold Wilson's British government of the late 1960s to the altogether more sinister machinations of the state organisations and their leaders that ran clubs in Eastern Europe during the Cold War.

England

Wayne Rooney swaps shorts with San Marino player

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The tradition of swapping shirts after matches is a fairly standard procedure, particularly in the international game. However, a San Marino player went slightly further by asking Wayne Rooney if he could have the striker's shorts. The player was annoyed that a team mate had pipped him to getting Rooney's shirt, and therefore resorted to [.

John Terry’s International Retirement: Terrible Or Terrific?

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Few footballers in the English game today polarise opinion as much as John George Terry. To his supporters he's a warrior with the heart of a lion and to many Chelsea fans he's simply their "Captain, Leader, Legend". To his detractors Terry is a nasty boor, an arrogant individual whose powers are on the wane.

MLS Agrees To Sell Geoff Cameron To Stoke City

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We're a go.

A US defender who grew up about 20 minutes from Providence, Rhode Island is going to the Providence of England.

Brian Sciaretta has the scoop. MLS agreeing Friday to send the Houston Dynamo center defender to Stoke City. The two sides are near completion on the financial terms and final announcement is expected on early next week.

Euro 2012

This Weekend's Soccer on TV

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Leagues around the world take a back seat to the international game, as World Cup qualifying resumes.

The marquee match for U.S. soccer fans is the U.S. men's national team's battle against Jamaica Friday night, where the U.S. can claim sole possession of first place in its qualifying group with a win.

After A Record-Breaking 125 Caps For Ireland, Shay Given Quits International Football

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By Alan Duffy

One of the best goalkeepers to ever grace the Premier League, 36-year-old Shay Given has decided to retire from the international game after racking up 125 caps for the Republic of Ireland, a record for the Boys In Green.

The Aston Villa glovesman, oft described (erroneously) as a 'short goalkeeper' (he's 6'1″), wasn't at his best in Ireland's disappointing Euro 2012 campaign, and after much thought, decided the time was right to step aside.

Why I’m up for the Czechs tonight + boardroom thoughts

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Good morning to you as the rains return. Yesterday was nice, somewhat warm, and occasionally sunny. This morning it's lashing down, grey and miserable. And it's the longest day of the year too. Oh well.

It was a Euro 2012 free zone last night and I have to admit I kinda missed it. Although I'm not the biggest fan of the international game, it's nice to watch football without the tension and nervousness there is with every Arsenal fixture.

Mid-Day Ticker: Van Persie to stay put, Van Bommel retires from Holland & more

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If Arsene Wenger's latest comments are any indication, Robin van Persie won't be leaving Arsenal this summer.

Van Persie has been widely speculated to be making a move from the Emirates, coming off a career-best season in which he won the Premier League golden boot with 30 goals and captured the PFA Player of the Year award.

Euro 2012 Preview – Group D

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In the final blog looking ahead to the 2012 UEFA European Championship, which begins on Friday June 8th, we preview Group D which contains co-hosts Ukraine as well as two-time winners France, England and Sweden.

ENGLAND: Best Performance = Semi-Finals 1968, 1996

Despite their status in the international game England still remains one of football's great underachievers.

Euro 2012 History of the Hosts: Poland

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Poland and Ukraine: the unlikely duo. This is the first of a two part series by John Ray on the history of Euro 2012's respective hosts, allowing fans to become familiar with the two nations that will soon be placed under a microscope.

When top-scorer David Villa lifted the European championship trophy in 2008 it was clear that Spain had exorcised (at least some of) their demons and a seismic shift in the international game was on the way.

Arsenal

Euro 2012: Can Ven Persie replicate his Arsenal form? Plus: Ronaldo, Lewandowski and Soviet Russia

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Euro 2012: Can Ven Persie replicate his Arsenal form? Plus: Ronaldo, Lewandowski and Soviet Russia - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Euro 2012 got underway on Friday night with two entertaining games in Group A.

Poland and Greece played out a hard-fought 1-1 draw after an elaborate opening ceremony, with sendings off, missed penalties and a lot of passion on show.

Newcastle’s Top Young Target Could Cost Too Much

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Newcastle had scouts at last night's England U21 international game with Belgium, which was a European Qualifying game at Middlesbrough's Riverside Stadium. Wilfried Zaha in action last night for England U21s England easily won that game 4-0, with goals from Arsenal's Henri Lansbury (2) and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, and Swansea City defender Steven Caulker.

Jurgen Klinsmann

Media Roundup: USA 1 - Venezuela 0

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Coverage of the United States 1-0 win over Venezuela. Juergen Klinsmann puts U.S. soccer on fast track - from The LA Times' Kevin Baxter: "This is a different level," Klinsmann says of the international game. Jones showing he's worth risk for US Soccer - from FoxSportsArizona.com's Tyler Lockman: It was the leadership that was unexpected.

USA vs. Venezuela: Match Night Commentary

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The U.S. men's national team kicks off 2012 in Arizona, taking on Venezuela at University of Phoenix Stadium in its first match of the year (9 p.m., Galavision/ESPN3.com).

The friendly comes as part of the culmination of January training camp, and it provides Jurgen Klinsmann a chance to see some of the players he has yet to observe in international game situations on a competitive stage.

Major League Soccer

Season review: Gabriel Farfan

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Photo: Nicolae Stoian

Editor's note: At the end of the 2010 season, we posted a series of season reviews of every Philadelphia Union player. Over the next several weeks PSP continues with a review of the 2011 season.

Gabriel Farfan was the "get one (almost) free" part that came after "buy one," and he turned out to be quite a steal for Philadelphia Union.

Referee Spotlight: Alejandro Mariscal

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Referee Alejandro Mariscal gained some international experience during France's 1-1 tie against Brazil
The 2011 Development Academy Winter Showcase provides an opportunity for the country's top referees to be identified and trained in a positive learning environment. No test at the Premier Sports Campus here in Lakewood Ranch, Fla.

The Rest

USWNT v. China: How to watch Abby Wambach's last game

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It's the final match in the World Cup Victory Tour. It's also the last international game all-time leading goal scorer Abby Wambach will play in.

Later this evening, as the U.S. face China in their final Victory Tour match, Abby Wambach will step off the soccer field for the last time as a player.

The SBI Live Q&A (December 10th Edition)

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It is that time again. Time to answer all your soccer (and other random topic) questions in the latest edition of the SBI Live Q&A.

It's time to catch up on everything in the soccer world. Want to discuss the MLS Cup final? The new MLS TAM funds? Expansion? The international game? College Soccer?

Comment on PSG vs OL : provoking Goliath in his home by Megame

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Lyon was playing an international game tonight : for the FIRST TIME EVER in L1, PSG had ZERO FRENCH PLAYER in their starting lineout.

Prince Tagoe Released By Bursapor?

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Headlines with question marks are always funny, but in this case due to the nature of automated translation and the global nature of football there is little certainty. Indications are that forward Prince Tagoe is no longer with his club. We're talking about a Ghana national team player played in Germany and Serbia during the last season, was heavily connected to the Seattle Sounders at the summer window in 2011, eventually moved to Bursaspor in Turkey.

Philly and the first USA international tour

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On June 9, 1916, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported, "Word was received in this city yesterday that all arrangements had been completed for an All-American soccer team to tour Sweden and Norway in July. The Sweden Football Association, through its secretary, C.L. Kornerup, has cabled a guarantee of $4000 to cover the expenses of the trip.