John Harkes

D.C. United

Chris Korb makes the difference in Richmond Kickers 1-1 draw

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The D.C. United veteran nabbed an assist in his first game back

The Richmond Kickers were able to hold on and earn a point at City Stadium Saturday night. Facing off against a stout FC Cincinnati squad, an early Richmond goal was matched in the second half by the visiting team, leaving the Kickers at 2-4-1 on the season.

Ian Harkes: Same last name, new face for D.C. United

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John Harkes' son looks to make his own name at RFK Stadium

In the end for Ian Harkes, signing with D.C. United was an easy choice.

The 2016 MAC Hermann Trophy winner for his play as a senior at Wake Forest possesses a British passport, acquired by being born in England while his father, John Harkes, played several years before being part of the inaugural United team in 1996.

Ian Harkes reportedly set to sign homegrown deal with D.C. United

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The Black-and-Red appear to have midfield set for he foreseeable future with the addition of college soccer's best player

The Washington Post's Steven Goff reported Sunday night that D.C. United has agreed in principle to sign midfielder Ian Harkes as a Homegrown Player. Harkes, a Wake Forest graduate and son of former D.

D.C. United academy star Ian Harkes wins M.A.C. Hermann Trophy

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The potential homegrown signing was named MVP of this year's men's NCAA soccer season

The hype surrounding potential D.C. United homegrown signing Ian Harkes is growing louder every day. This afternoon, the Wake Forest midfielder and son of United/USMNT legend John Harkes, was awarded the M.

Freedom Kicks for 20 March 2014: Kicked right out of the CCL

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Put on some coffee, drink your tea, chug down a Coke, or whatever else you need to do, and read this morning's Freedom Kicks!

In today's Freedom Kicks we have Santino Quaranta, the end of the MLS referee lockout, Clint Dempsey being naughty, and German-based American right backs.

Santino Quaranta named D.

FC Dallas vs. D.C. United TV, schedule, lineups, prediction and GameThread

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If you had to pick the worst possible road trip to take while riding a six-game losing streak, trip to Friso, Tex. might not be the top of the list, but it would probably be in the top 3. At least for D.C. United. (For the record, a trip to Houston and playing the Galaxy away would be the others.) But that's exactly what's on tap for tonight, as United travel to play FC Dallas.

MLS Notes: Barrett on trial in Norway, Olsen gets D.C. United honor and more

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There's good reason for why Los Angeles Galaxy striker Chad Barrett did not accompany the club for its current trip to the Pacific Northwest.

Barrett is on trial with Norwegian club Valerenga this week, a club reportedly looking to fill a hole at striker, and he will miss Wednesday's match against the Vancouver Whitecaps and Saturday's battle with rival Chivas USA as he tries to make his case for a move to Europe.

MLS Doubleheader Doozy: Portland vs. Seattle, RBNY vs. DCU

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Two fine matches today after victory is declared in the England-Italy Euro knockout.

Top'o'the table DC United travel just west of John Harkes's homeland to take on the Red Bulls of NY.

Out west, it's another MLS rivalry going down. Seattle caravans down to P-Town to take on the Chainsaws, who are about three poor games away from calling "Timber" on their season.

Match #12 Preview: Philadelphia Union Vs. D.C. United

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Setting: Saturday, June 16 at PPL Park in Chester; kickoff scheduled for 7:15 PM Eastern

Broadcast Information: CSN Philadelphia (JP Dellacamera, Bob Rigby), with coverage beginning at 6:30 PM Eastern with a pre-game show / CSN Mid-Atlantic (Dave Johnson, John Harkes) / Galavision nationally / MLS Live (CSN Philadelphia feed; blacked out in the DC area)


The Tuesday 10: Harkes on History, Part Deux

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By "The Other 87 Minutes" / Senior Unemployed English Major Correspondents
You didn't think it'd be that simple, did you? That we'd be rid of him so easily, that the break would be so complete, that he wouldn't return in a new, improved, ultimate form to wreak havoc once again, at least across the Washington D.

A Look Back at Season Openers

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With the 2012 season 4 days away for Sporting KC, I thought I'd take a look back at past year's season openers for the club. Some of the earlier matches are blurred together in a mix of games from before my college years but I'll add comments where I can.

1996 - KC Wiz vs Colorado Rapids 3-0

The inaugural game for the team saw the Wiz pull off the shutout win over the Rapids.

United Release Comcast SportsNet Schedule, John Harkes Returns to Broadcast Booth

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Official United Press Release:

D.C. United, Comcast SportsNet announce television schedule John Harkes returns to Comcast SportsNet booth
Washington, D.C. (March 5, 2012) – In conjunction with Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic, the region's premier source for multiplatform sports coverage, D.

John Harkes Is.... "The Commentator"

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"I'm just as surprised as you all are that I'm coming back."Editor's Note: With all due respect and a thousand plaudits to "Dirty Tackle" (It's only fair... they spun off one of our series, too) we present the potentially true life and times of America's favorite soccer commentator, John Harkes.

VIDEO - The Entire MLS Cup '96? Yes, Please!

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John Harkes, lifting the first MLS "Cup"Seventeen years ago seems like a long time. In soccer history, though, it is just a drop in the bucket. For Major League Soccer seventeen years means everything.

In 1996 our domestic league was in its infancy. A Washington D.C. club with a European-sounding "United" slapped on the end faced off against the "Galaxy" (an American sports team name if you've ever heard one) of Los Angeles on a soggy football field in Boston, Massachusetts.

DC United: But For How Long?

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Stadiums function a great deal like shoes. Wear a pair for too long and the shoelaces begin to fray, the outer sole wears thin, and the inner sole starts to emit a smell generally acceptable at the bottom of a rubbish bin. Change them out for new shoes that fit too snug, and walking around becomes a right pain in the heel with ingrown toenails forming from the compression.

Philadelphia Union

New away kit, a Union trialist, league news, more

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Union unveil their new away kit. Bild reports Faf Picault trialing with the Union.

US Open Cup semi tonight, Green Cards, more news

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Union host Fire tonight in US Open Cup as both teams look to salvage poor seasons. Injury update. Union working to secure Green Cards for Fabinho and Nogueira. More news.

Pfeffer named to provisional US U-20 roster, more news

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Pfeffer named to provisional US roster for CONCACAF U-20 championships. More news.

Offseason issues: The manager

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PSP's series on Philadelphia Union's offseason issues kicks off with a look at what the Union can and should do about the Union's manager position. PSP's Dan Walsh examines the issue and argues for a managerial hire you may not expect.

Union tops Hburg, Sak considering “different kind of structure” for tech staff, local school first in US to ban headers

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Union top Harrisburg in annual friendly. Sakiewicz considering changes to structure of Union technical staff. Shipley School first in US to ban headers for middle school players. More.

Curtin, Meola, Harkes, Marsch on Union’s head coach short-list

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Photo by USA Today Sports Images


The Philadelphia Union are getting closer to identifying their next head coach, and their short-list for the position holds quite a few interesting names.

Union CEO Nick Sakiewicz identified to MLSsoccer.

Recaps & reaction to win over Montreal, head coach candidates, league results wrap, more

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Reaction to win over Montreal. Union coaching candidate news. City Islanders win streak now at 4. MLS & NWSL results. More news.

1994 World Cup

The US and the 1998 World Cup

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Our series on the US at the World Cup continues with the 1998 World Cup, hosted by France.

The US and the 1994 World Cup

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Our series on the US at the World Cup continues with a look at the 1994 World Cup, the only time the US hosted the tournament.

Major League Soccer

SiriusXM FC - A 24/7 Soccer Channel - Set to Launch

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At 6:00 a.m. central time on Monday October 15, 2012, SiriusXM will launch a new channel devoted to soccer 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The channel, called SiriusXM FC, will be on Sirius 94, XM 207, and online channel 960. Additionally, certain programs on the new channel will be available on SiriusXM's On Demand feature.

Steve Ralston Captains The New England Revolution All-Decade Team

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Who feels like analyzing why we lost to the Montreal Impact this past weekend? Not me. It's depressing.

Instead, let us together reflect on better times in club history like the 2000s where the New England Revolution were perennial playoff powerhouses, won US Open Cup, Superliga and made repeated playoff runs.

Nowak pleased with preseason, the Williams deal, Okugo & Adu in US U-23 win, more news

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Photo: Earl Gardner

Philadelphia Union

Peter Nowak says, "I think we have been working on some really good stuff in Florida. Now it's just a matter of improving. Now it's working on fitness, formations and getting guys ready for the season. Because of the Olympic qualifiers, it's kind of hard to determine what our set lineup with will be.

The Voices of the American Game

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Changeover at ESPN and Arlo White being hired to be the new voice NBC Sports soccer coverage has raised some interesting discussions on just what exactly makes for a good television announcer in Major League Soccer coverage. Debates over what matters, how credibility is earned and why an accent can make a difference have all been waged.

Saprissa prez confirms Union’s Martinez interest,TT praises Philly fans, more news

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Photo of Taylor Twellman at Union's 2011 home opener by Earl Gardner.

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Deportivo Saprissa president Juan Carlos Rojas has confirmed in an interview with a Costa Rican radio station that the Union has been in contact with the club about Josue Martinez, saying "I would not go into much detail but there has been interest from Philadelphia [in Martinez].

The Rest

Semifinalists for MAC Hermann trophy announced

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Nine seniors, four juniors and two sophomores in the running for college soccer's player of the year trophy

The National Soccer Coaches Association of America released the list of semifinalists for the annual Player of the Year award for college soccer on Tuesday.

The men's list includes the son of a former USMNT star and seven internationals.

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FC Cincinnati's John Harkes
USL Feature

Former U.S. Men's National Team midfielder John Harkes' playing credentials are well known: first American to play in the English Premier League, two FIFA World Cup teams, two MLS Cups with D.

TSG’s USA v. Turkey Preview: Turks & Chaos?

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Fresh off the forgettable...

Fresh off a most forgettable 2-0 victory on Tuesday against Azerbaijan, the US xeroxes it's second game of the 2010 Send-off Series in 2010 and steps into the ring against a young, unproven Turkey side in New Jersey Sunday afternoon. The absence of John Harkes on the broadcast means the over-under on "Kearny, NJ" references drops to single digits.

NASL Virginia franchise name unvailing set for Feb. 6

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Soccer legend Harkes, NBC Sports' Thaler introduce newest NASL franchise
Ashburn, VA – January 23, 2013 – While NASL Virginia's wildly successful Kick The Vote '13 campaign continues, and the battle between potential names Cavalry, Dominion and Stallions rages on, the organization has announced the location and star-studded lineup for the Team Name Unveiling on February 6, 2013.

My Favorite Fredy Montero Goals

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Fredy Montero has scored a lot of goals for the Seattle Sounders. According to his Wikipedia page 44 in his just over 3 seasons in Seattle, and that sounds about right. But for me last night's 35 yard bomb into Bill Gaudette's top right corner stands above them all. Not only was the shot by itself stunning for its power, distance, and accuracy, but taken in context it meant a lot more.

Top 10 Americans To Play In The Premier League

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By Chris Wright

YEEHAA!!! In honour of Clint Dempsey's exemplary exertions this season; superseding Louis Saha's previous record (13) as Fulham's single-season Premier League goalscorer by knocking in his 14th, 15th, and 16th league goals of the campaign over the Easter weekend and taking his overall 2011/12 tally to 22 in the process we thought we'd offer an 'umble doff of our cloth caps to the best rootin' tootin' Yankee Doodle American players to ply their trade this side of the pond.

Americanized Exceptions to Football I Can Live With

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Angelina-Jen: A Derby for the Ages I'm staunchly opposed to the Americanization of football. I don't want overtime, shootouts, substitutions on the fly, bigger goals or shorter fields. I don't want instant replay, playoffs or field turf.

There's a lot of don'ts and won'ts in there. There are also exceptions to every rule.

Brian, Schaffer, Smith 2011 Hermann Trophy Semifinalists

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The 2011 Missouri Athletic Club announced this years Hermann Trophy Semifinalists on December 4th.

On the women's semifinalist list where University of Virginia Freshman Morgan Brian well as Mallory Schaffer, Midfielder from William & Mary.

Only one player made the men's list for a Virginia school - Junior Forward Yannick Smith of Old Dominion.

Brek Shea, Indicted! The Day Soccer Made It In America….

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This is the first piece for TSG by Miriti Murungi's Nutmeg Radio; oops, Nutmeg Radio's Miriti Murungi. Murungi also hosts a rather, make that The Confidential podcast, here. In his spare time, he tutors budding archery proteges in his sleep.

Clean cut no more. MLS & Brek Shea, 2018?

Taylor Twellman No Longer Union Color Commentator, Officially Lead Soccer Analyst At ESPN

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2011 Philadelphia Union color commentator Taylor Twellman has officially left the team's broadcast team. The former New England Revolution star striker thanked the team's fans for making him "feel like family" during his year with the Union.

Twellman was reported as the next ESPN lead soccer analyst by Sports Illustrated's Grant Wahl because John Harkes' ESPN contract was not renewed.

OWN GOALS – some links from around the interwebs

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The internet is a scary place. You never know what lurks just around the next corner. One click and, bam, you get rick-rolled or spammed some life insurance. Still with the proper guidance, you can find some marvelous sites. Here are a few of them....

The first two sites are admittedly not sport-specific.