Jeff Carlisle

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Timbers Tid Bits: Offseason Lull Addition

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With the playoffs over but for a single game and trade announcements on hold until after the MLS Cup, there's a bit of a lull in major MLS news. So today, take a look back at the 2012 playoffs, the best players of the season, and all the ups and downs of the David Beckham era.

Monday Postgame: Where does Beckham rank among DPs?

Podcast – Episode 40 – Jeff Carlisle previews 2012 MLS Cup Playoffs

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ESPNFC.com's Jeff Carlisle talks about Chris Wondolowski's season and previews the 2012 MLS Cup Playoffs. You can follow Jeff on twitter @JeffreyCarlisle or read his work on ESPNFC.com.

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Questions: MLS numbers and trouble for FC Dallas

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By Tony Edwards - San Jose, CA (Oct 9, 2012) US Soccer Players -- In Tuesday's column, Tony asks what has become of Major League Soccer's commitment to American players, looks at league-wide penalty kick numbers, and wonders about management decisions in Dallas and New Jersey. What is the percentage of minutes played in MLS by American players this season?

Podcast – Episode 37 – Jeff Carlisle talks USMNT & SJ Earthquakes

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ESPN.com and ESPNFC.com's Jeff Carlisle talks about the upcoming USMNT WCQ matches and give his thoughts on the SJ Earthquakes' MLS Cup chances. You can read Jeff's work at ESPNFC.com and follow him on twitter @JeffreyCarlisle

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MLS Signs Sal Zizzo, Weighted Lottery Coming

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MLS has signed another US youth international, this time it's Sal Zizzo. Zizzo is a 23 year old midfielder who had signed with Hannover 96 in Germany after a very successful U-20 World Cup in 2007. Zizzo made 8 appearances for Hannover and during his time at the club he was also loaned out to Fortuna Dusseldorf.

Can the US handle being a favorite?

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Yes they can.

If you've been reading/listening/watching Alexi Lalas talk about Thursday's game against Slovenia, you've probably heard the following "axiom" more than once: the USA are great at playing the underdog role, but struggle as a favorite. Here is a recent example from Jeff Carlisle's article, "Complacency is the U.

MLS Labor talks update

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Jeff Carlisle has written a good update for ESPN's Soccernet on the breakdown in the labor talks between ownership and the players' union. Its still a long road to go and nobody wins if they don't start the MLS season on time so hopefully they will come to a resolution.


ESPN article on the Houston Dynamo

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Jeff Carlisle has written a very good article on ESPN's Soccernet about how the Houston Dynamo are going to replace Ricardo Clark and Stuart Holden.


More Pre-Game Analysis and Info …

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... but first, congratulations to Usain Bolt on his phenomenal victory in the 200! He is just amazing to watch ... how beautifully effortless and strong. Can't wait to see it tonight! On the USWNT front, we've got Lindsey Dolich with her pre-game report and Jeff Carlisle on the USWNT mindset heading into the [.

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Congratulations to the Golden USWNT … Ch-ch-ch-ch changes!

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Call it change. Call it luck. Call it redemption. Call it bravery. Call it what you will - it's gold and it's real and it stays! The USWNT defeated Brazil 1-0 yesterday in extra time after putting on a gritty performance on the pitch on a wet, humid, Beijing night. [...]SHARETHIS.addEntry({ title: "Congratulations to the Golden USWNT .

Japan v Germany … and Final USWNT Thoughts

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Germany-Japan are underway and Japan is looking goo so far (17th minute). meanwhile, I can't imagine what the USWNT must be feeling right now. Hopefully they are focused and confident. Their making it to the gold medal match is a wonderful accomplishment and, at the very least, has brought the eyes [.

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Philadelphia Union Bid $1.2M For Maurice Edu; MLS Accuses Them Of Spending Too Much Money; Mind Blown

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I did not see this one coming.

Remember the days the Union were ridiculed as being a cheap organization? Well those days are gone.

Hearing that #MLS HQ is balking at Maurice Edu's salary of $1.2M. If league nixes Edu to Union deal, expect all hell to break loose.

Coaching Search Hints

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Lots of tweets and inside information today on how this coaching search is going to go. First from ESPN's Jeff Carlisle on Twitter:
#Rapids Prez Tim Hinchey w/re: to hiring new mgr: "We're going to take our time. We're going to be very considerate and deliberate." #mls
More Hinchey: "We want to find the next coach that's going to be here for a decade.

Hackworth: Transfer Of Adu "Possibly" Imminent

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As though a transfer saga couldn't get any lengthier or weirder than the Carlos Valdes', the Philadelphia Union have managed to create one in the form of Freddy Adu's own transfer situation.

John Hackworth has done little to beat away questions about Adu's future with the Union, including today.

Jersey Sponsor Coming Thursday?

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KC is one of only two teams in MLS to never had a jersey sponsor, along with the Colorado Rapids. The question with Sporting KC has usually been why they're waiting. The team has one of the best stadiums in the country and a team that is doing extremely well, one would assume that KC should be able to get a jersey sponsor.

R.I.P Frankie Hejduk?

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Back on June 13th, we released our Imposter! Frankie Hejduk article in the leadup to our first qualifier in Guatemala City.  And on August 14th, we re-released the same article (with a new forward) in reaction to his inclusion in the Havana roster.  Although I never really understood what people saw in Frankie, his presence [.