Jovan Kirovski

Roy Lassiter

Rosters set for USA-Mexico legends game

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When word broke about a United States-Mexico legends game last week, there remained some speculation about just which players from the storied rivalry would be participating for both sides.

The final rosters are out, and some of the more prolific heroes and villains from the last two decades of CONCACAF's ongoing feud will be on hand for the unique event.

Some Soccer News for Wed Apr 11, 2012

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Jozy Altidore scored 2 goals AZ today, but they could only tie when they badly need wins to claim the league title. 13 goals for Jozy this season in league play, and 17 overall.
-2nd goal


du Nord at the Controls - Tue Apr 10, 2012 - new music mix at Spotify.

Lalas, Wynalda to lead USA legends vs. Mexico

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Fans of the United States and Mexico were unable to see the two arch-rivals face off this year during Olympic Qualifying, but thanks to a blast from the past, they'll get their fix.Â

The Legends Classic, a match featuring several of the greatest players to play for the US and Mexico is scheduled to take place at the Home Depot Center on April 15th at 9pm EDT.

LA Galaxy

SBI MLS Season Preview: Los Angeles Galaxy

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In 2011, the Los Angeles Galaxy won it all. Now in 2012, the Galaxy appear even stronger than the side that took the MLS Cup home in November.Â

During the offseason the Galaxy added forward Edson Buddle to pair with Robbie Keane and returned both David Beckham and Juninho to the club's stacked midfield.

Galaxy and the Salary Cap

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Sometimes items from Soccer America can be a total miss but check out today's MLS Confidential on the Galaxy. For anyone out there that couldn't get how the LA Galaxy was able to squeeze in Edson Buddle to their salary cap, check this article out.

By bringing back Edson Buddle into the fold, even if he costs slightly more than the $178,488 salary he earned in 2010 before leaving for Germany, the Galaxy probably hasn't crunched its salary cap to any great extent, because of player departures as well as amassing allocation money.

Buddle Returns To Galaxy, Defense Still Needs Work

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Edson Buddle is back. (Getty Images)

Edson Buddle is back in a LA Galaxy uniform. The deal to bring back one of the league's all-time best goal-scorers happened today.

Buddle rejoins the Galaxy after being released from his contract with FC Ingolstadt 04 on Tuesday. Los Angeles maintained his MLS rights following his free transfer to Ingolstadt last January.

Buddle returning to Galaxy

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For the other 18 teams in MLS, knocking the Los Angeles Galaxy off their perch atop the league just became a bit more difficult.

U.S. national team forward Edson Buddle is rejoining the Galaxy after being released from his contract with FC Ingolstadt 04 on Tuesday, sources told SBI.

The Bomb Has Dropped

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And I'm not talking about Beckham's 2-year $15 million contract.

I'm talking about Omar Gonzalez. Last month Omar pulled out of the national team training camp for a very exciting loan move to Nurnberg. His very first day there he suffered a season ending injury at the hands well, feet of his USMNT teammate Timmy Chandler.

Some Soccer News for Thu Nov 17, 2011

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EDITORIAL NOTE: I will be in LA beginning tomorrow afternoon to personally witness MLS Cup 2011, so the illustrious King of the Plains People Graham Fox will helm the du Nord company truck on Friday, and the Jester-Midwester Exemplar of Salisbury Paul Demko will enlighten you all on Monday. I will be back to entertain you on Tuesday of next short week.

Some Soccer News for Mon Nov 14, 2011

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I'm getting goosebumps already! MLS Cup is 6 days away.


Bruce Arena of the LA Galaxy has been named the MLS Coach of the Year.
-That was an easy one. No one else was even close.


The New England Revolution has hired Jay "He also played basketball for Mike Krzyzewski at Duke" Heaps as their new head coach.

Monday (late night) Kicks: Marta, Miyama - and Morgan on FIFA short list for World Player of the Year & more

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*Hermosa Beach resident Abby Wambach and Dancing with the Stars star Hope Solo join Diamond Bar's Alex Morgan and former LA Sol stars Marta and Aya Miyama on the 10-player short list.

Swedish U.S. women's coach Pia Sundhage is also up for FIFA Women's Coach of the Year.

The full lists are here.

Teen McBean's dream Galaxy debut

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What was essentially a Galaxy reserves team - seldom used players who saw action Sunday in the meaningless 3-1 loss to Houston included the likes of Dan Keat, Hector Jiminez, Jovan Kirovski, Gregg Berhalter and 16-year-old Jack McBean - rounded out the season with a game that won't linger long in the memories of most observers.

Dynamo 3, Galaxy 1: The Particulars

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LA Galaxy (19-5-10) vs. Houston Dynamo (12-9-13)
October 23, 2011 -- Robertson Stadium, Houston TX
Attendance: 30,018

Scoring Summary:
HOU -- Adam Moffat 2 (unassisted) 27
HOU -- Bobby Boswell 5 (Adam Moffat 2) 48
HOU -- Carlo Costly 1 (Brad Davis 16) 74
LA -- Jack McBean 1 (Chad Barrett 5, Michael Stephens 1) 88

LA Galaxy -- Donovan Ricketts, Frankie Hejduk (Ryan Thomas 77), Gregg Berhalter (Sean Franklin 46), Dasan Robinson, A.

Labor Day Galaxy Gameday

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Let's hope the Galaxy enjoyed their long 10-day layoff because as you can see by the schedule with one exception from Oct. 5-15 the club will play the rest of the regular season with a game every three or four days.

Getting things started is a rare (rescheduled) Labor Day match (live at 3 p.

Live: Columbus Crew (7-5-7) at Galaxy (10-2-9) at Home Depot Center

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Galaxy 0 Columbus Crew 0

Given too much space, the Crew's Robbie Rogers hit a cracking 35-yard shot in the 23rd minute that Galaxy goalkeeper Josh Saunders initially had trouble holding.


Galaxy defender Gregg Berhalter received a deserved yellow card for a scissors-like tackle on Bernardo Anor in the 16th minute, right in front of the referee.

Seattle Sounders 3 - LA Galaxy 1 - Statistics, Quotes, Chart

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Euphoria from last night's performance, let alone victory, has yet to disappear. The monkey for the Seattle Sounders is possibly off their back after the 3-1 win over the Los Angeles Galaxy. In reading through the quotes from last night Landon Donovan sums up the match best;

It was a good atmosphere, it was a good environment.

Belated reflections on Texas frustrations: Galaxy vs FC Dallas post-game commentary

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This post didn't go up on Friday like it was supposed to due to problem with Wordpress. -NHJ

I know this is Friday morning, a time for looking ahead to the next game, not looking back at the previous one, but we never got a review of the FC Dallas match up due to a combination of lame amateur blogging and really heinous back-end problems with the blogging software.

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Dominic Oduro -- Getty ImagesBRIDGEVIEW, Ill. -- The Los Angeles Galaxy was without its star power Sunday, but the struggling Chicago Fire could not withstand the rest of L.A.'s depleted roster as Chicago dropped its third straight, 2-1, in front of 18,203 at Toyota Park.

Former Fire forward Chad Barrett and Galaxy defender Omar Gonzalez provided the Galaxy's scoring as L.

Donovan to miss Galaxy-Fire clash on Sunday

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The LA Galaxy will be without Landon Donovan yet again.

Donovan won't play in Sunday's match against the Chicago Fire due to knee inflammation, which will be his third straight match out of the line up for the Galaxy. Donovan's missing the match with the Fire causes particular trouble for the Galaxy, which will also be missing midfielders David Beckham, Jovan Kirovski and Juninho due to suspension.

MLS Ticker: Dynamo signs Koke and Watson, Donovan 'day-to-day' and more

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The Houston Dynamo bolstered its attacking corps with the acquisitions of Spanish striker Sergio Koke and Jamaican midfielder Je-Vaughn Watson on the final day before the early transfer window closes.

Koke joins the club from Greek outfit Aris, where the forward netted 38 goals in 175 appearances.

A Kirovski Kibble

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Blogger Ben (@fivecantonas on twitter) alerted me to a post he put up with a little background on Jovan Kirovski and the world sensation he was supposed to be. I knew he played for ManU, but wasn't aware of all the details. It is hard to fathom how a player can fall from that height to a much maligned journeyman who was released by the Galaxy last year only to be picked up again on a presumably less lucrative contract.

Kenny Cooper

"I do know people are asking me about Brek as he is the premier talent in America"

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Apparently Brek Shea has a mess of foreign suitors; they go by the names Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester United, and Manchester City.* I once had foreign suitors, English women with names like Lucy and Karen. Now? It's just the Pakistani woman from the credit card call center who calls to tell me my payment is late.

On Mullan And The Rapids Being Thugs

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My standard game review is coming tomorrow, but i wanted to get my comments on what happened to Steve Zakuani down before MLS makes its ruling. This is a long post, so settle in. Anyone who watched the game or any other MLS game this weekend has heard (or seen) what happened. In the 3rd minute Brian Mullan went in two-footed on Steve Zakuani and got his leg, breaking the tibia and fibula (both lower leg bones).

Landon Donovan

5 Questions: Kuper, Keeper, Cup, Shots, Bulls

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By Tony Edwards - San Jose, CA (Sep 20, 2011) US Soccer Players -- In this edition of the 5 Questions, Tony wonders what connects Freddy Adu and Moneyball's Billy Beane and Brad Friedel's status in England. What two Americans are interviewed by Simon Kuper for his engaging new book, Soccer Men? Landon Donovan and Clint Dempsey, right?

Like I said, hard to beat: Galaxy vs United post-game commentary

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All effort and no ball sums up the entire Galaxy-United match.

We always miss players when they are away, but we could have won the game at the end of the day. I don't think we didn't play well because of missing Landon. – David Beckham

The only one good thing about tonight is that we lost these games at home last year.

Duh… not winning. Galaxy vs United post-game analysis

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The Galaxy celebrates Mike Magee's 12th minute gol against DC United

Okay, let's just get this out of the way at the top: Charlie Davies dove like a scuba professional searching for treasure in the Caribbean. He dove like the snout of a pig into the muck of the forest on the search for truffles.

Galaxy – Union Preview

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Soooo.... you will notice that we conspicuously left last week's debacle in Sandy alone and concentrated on... other things, like Tony Meola and Jovan Kirovski's past with Manchester United.

I'm hoping that was the right decision and that by doing so we're relegating one of the worst games from a good Galaxy team I've seen since the worst games from the bad Galaxy teams of 2007-2008.

The Rest

Player of the week: Christian Pulisic

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With a Champions League goal, Hershey's second most famous export is PSP's player of the week.

USA vs. Jamaica: Live Commentary

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(Note: Apologies we haven't been able to get to the Orange Slices posts in awhile. We'll get to it next week.)

June 16, 2001 US battles Jamaica at The Office to a 0-0 draw. Steve Cherundolo featured that day. Here were the rest of the starters for the States: Â .

All Growns Up: Michael Bradley To A.S. Roma

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Seven years later.... (DCU Reserves vs. Metrostars Reserves, 10/09/2005)

In a move that TSG has pined for, for some time, Michael Bradley climbs through four different leagues with a detour at Aston Villa and comes out smelling pretty at Serie A side, and Champion's League hopeful, Roma.

Wondering how weird it was

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If you need any evidence of the uneven season the Rapids have endured so far in 2011, look no further than this season's golden boot winner.

On a team with Conor Casey, Omar Cummings and Caleb Folan, it should have been that one of them would win the title as the team's top scorer.

Surprises: However, it was not to be.