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3 Reasons American Soccer Fans Should Watch the World Cup On Univision

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As an American who was raised speaking English, some may question me when I say that Univision is far superior viewing for the World Cup. My primary rationale lies in the announcers for each game. While Ian Darke calling US and England games has become a staple, I cannot continue to bore myself with the remaining English speaking announcers ESPN has insisted upon for the other games.

US-Costa Rica match hit by snow storm that also coated ESPN’s desk

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After losing their first match of the final round of World Cup qualifying to Honduras, the US need a win against Costa Rica to improve moral and banish grumblings of discontent within the team. That task was complicated a bit by the weather conditions in Colorado though, as a snow storm hit before the match that covered the pitch in white powder.

World Cup Qualifiers Today on ESPN/2/3

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World Cup Soccer Watch Party USA vs Algeria

ESPN is pulling out all the stops for its coverage of the USA's World Cup qualifiers Friday against Costa Rica and Tuesday at Mexico.

The Mexico-USA telecast will feature a one-hour pre-game show originating live from Mexico City, marking the first time ESPN is airing a one-hour pre-game preceding a World Cup qualifying match.

Sounders at New York Red Bulls - Gamethread

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Sounders FC in their early MLS history end home streaks. First up was Columbus and then destroying the RioT of RSL. Next up is New York Red Bulls who are yet to lose in 2012 (5-0-2 +9) and ended with a three match regular season streak last year. There's also the little issue of 3 time zone travel that Seattle sports fans know so well.

MLS target entertains at the Euros

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German superstar Michael Ballack has been linked repeatedly with a move to MLS outfit Montreal Impact but at the moment, he looks way too comfortable in his role as a Euro 2012 analyst for ESPN.

Ballack recently concluded his second stint with Bundesliga side Bayer Leverkusen after making 35 appearances for them since moving back from Chelsea in 2010.

My Euro2012 Power Rankings

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For what it's worth so early in the tournament, here are my Power Rankings for all sixteen countries up to and including the second round of games in Group A. I'm sure you'll disagree but use the comments feature to pass your own opinions and give us your rankings:

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Monday After

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Strange weekend for the middle of a Major League Soccer campaign. With World Cup qualifying and the Euro 2012 taking center stage, there was only one MLS match over the last couple of days. Perhaps the biggest soccer match in the United States over the weekend featured Argentina and Brazil in a much hyped friendly between the two South American powers.

Soccer Business Bits: Soccer in Primetime, NBC Promotion & TV Ratings

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The United States National Team squared off against Brazil on Wednesday night and the match was televised on ESPN2. The game broadcast featured Ian Darke and Taylor Twellman, ESPN's primary international team. The pairing of Darke and Twellman makes for an interesting contrast with NBC's primary broadcast team of Arlo White and Kyle Martino.

Keller On The Call

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U.S. goalkeeping legend Kasey Keller has traded in his boots for a microphone and will be part of the ESPN broadcast team for tonight's match against Brazil. With the U.S. looking for only its second ever win against Brazil, it's serendipidous to have the man who recorded a clean sheet in the USA's first and only victory.

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Landon Donovan wasn’t the first US World Cup snub

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Much of the US soccer community was shocked by the omission of Landon Donovan from the US World Cup roster. Steve Holroyd takes a look at some of the surprising US World Cup roster omissions that preceded Donovan's.

The US and the 2006 World Cup

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Our series on the US at the World Cup continues with a look at 2006 tournament in Germany.

Jack to Impact? Union in Chicago previews, more USA-Mexico reaction, more news

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Taylor Twellman tweets McInerney could be headed to Montreal. Union in Chicago previews and news. More reaction to USA-Mexico friendly. More news.

US routs Belize, Klinsmann on McInerney, Altidore signs with Sunderland, Union bits, more news

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First half hat trick from Wondo sets the stage for a commanding win in the opening of group play for the US. Klinsmann says McInerney "is on a good path." Video of brilliant tifo in Portland. Altidore returns to the Prem. Union bits and more.

Prepare for Costa Rica and the USA with some classic highlights

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The US hosts Costa Rica in a FIFA World Cup Qualifier tonight at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colorado, tonight (ESPN, WatchESPN and UniMas from 7 p.m. CT.). Inpreparation for the matchUS Soccer has posted some classic video's of the two sides. So I'm putting them up here for your enjoyment.

Imposing Azteca

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Estadio Azteca is one of the most historic stadiums in the world that presents a rare and imposing opportunity for players. The Mexicans have only lost eight times in their history at this vaunted venue.
Landon Donovan and former U.S. veterans Kasey Keller talk about the value and the experience of playing here.

U.S. MNT vs. Brazil: In-Game Blog

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Welcome to tonight's In-Game Blog for the match between the U.S. Men's National Team and Brazil. We'll have all the information on this international friendly for the USA, including lineups, pre-game facts and in-game notes from Landover.

Lineup:

USA: 1-Tim Howard; 6-Steve Cherundolo, 5-Oguchi Onyewu, 3-Carlos Bocanegra (capt.

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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.

Kevin Hartman Honored To Be Mentioned Alongside Other Great U.S. Keepers

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Since coming over in a trade with Kansas City prior to the 2010 season, Kevin Hartman has been nothing short of a rock between the posts for FC Dallas. After claiming the starting spot for his own early in 2010 and never looking back, "El Gato" has been as dependable and hard-working as they come even now at age 38.

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Freedom Kicks: D.C. United and MLS links for 4 March 2014

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Burritos and single entity for everybody!

Okay, it's only Tuesday morning, but I'm already set to scrap the rest of this week and head straight to Lot 8 to wait out the snow thaw there. Who's with me? No? Nobody? Oh, fine, here are your morning links.

Eddie Johnson on D.C. & Seattle | The News Tribune
Yesterday, touchline brought you one Seattle newspaper's interview with the Grown Ass Man.

An Endangered Species: The Fulhamerican

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The Cottage will be lonely...

This is Eric Beard's second piece for The Shin Guardian. Eric is Wikipedia-like on global soccer. He founded and created the excellent A Football Report and he also is a recent great pick-up for The NY Times.

We're all in a long distance relationship.

Major League Soccer

The Sitter: Kasey Keller on Soccer in America and Damn Good Whiskey

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FBM's Dan trying to play "journalist" with Keller.

During the 2013 Major League Soccer All-Star game in Kansas City we had a chance to sit down with Kasey Keller who's soccer resume over his 17 year career is most impressive (USMNT, Portland Timbers, Milwall, Leiscester City, Rayo Vallecano, Tottenham, Borussia Monchengladbach, Fulham, and retiring with the Seattle Sounders).

PSP talks to Kasey Keller

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PSP spoke to former USMNT goalkeeper and current broadcast analyst Kasey Keller about young players in MLS, moving to Europe, and why struggling goalies are handled differently than field players.

2013 Allocation Ranking Left Back opportunities for Sounders

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MLS player acquisition rules can be quirky. One of those is Allocation Ranking (sometimes called Allocation Order). Seattle used Allocation Ranking, or a trade directly after the use of Allocation, to acquire Kasey Keller (#1), Sammy Ochoa (traded for #3), Eddie Johnson (traded for after Montreal used #1) and Marcus Hahnemann (traded for after Toronto used #3).

Tony Meola: Michael Gspurning was outstanding last year; started strong again

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SEATTLE - U.S. legend Tony Meola was in town to do some promotional work for Allstate, an MLS sponsor. While he was around, he obliged me with a lengthy interview on all things national team-, goalkeeping- and Seattle-related.

Read the bulk of the interview at American Soccer Now, but here are a couple of tidbits that make more sense for our audience.

His own man: Michael Gspurning escapes legend's shadow by just being himself

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It was going to take a special kind of goalkeeper to replace Kasey Keller. Lucky for the Sounders, that's exactly what they found in Austrian Michael Gspurning.

SEATTLE: His name is Michael Gspurning, not Kasey Keller, and he has worked hard to imprint the distinction.

At the end of his first Major League Soccer season, the Seattle Sounders goalkeeper no longer toils in the shadow of one of the best goalkeepers in U.

Ticket sales for Sounders-Timbers surpass 66,000

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By JOSE M. ROMERO

One of, if not the hottest, soccer tickets in the world is in Seattle this weekend, where the Sounders will host their biggest Cascadia rivals the Portland Timbers on Sunday.

Ticket sales have surpassed 66,000 for the match, according to a Seattle Times report.

Match #8 Preview: Philadelphia Union At Seattle Sounders

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Setting: Saturday, May 5 at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Wash.; kickoff scheduled for 4:52 PM Eastern

Broadcast Information: NBC Sports Network (Arlo White, Kyle Martino) nationally, with coverage beginning at 4:30 PM Eastern / 97.3 KIRO-FM (Ross Fletcher, Kasey Keller) and La Gran D 99.

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USA Ties Scotland 0-0

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The U.S. Men's National Team played Scotland to a scoreless tie at Hampden Park to open its final set of international friendlies in 2013 before heading into the new year and the stretch run to the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. It marked the second time in three matches on Scottish soil that the USA has played the hosts to a draw.

Can Brad Guzan Challenge Tim Howard for the USA Number One Shirt?

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Tim Howard established himself as the United States number one right after World Cup 2006. While Kasey Keller was still in the US mix at the time, Howard was named the starter by Bob Bradley, then the interim Head Coach, a place he has retained since.

Howard has generally been good for the United States though he has come under some criticism through the years.

USMNT Daily Update: Howard will be missed this month, but goalkeeper spot in good hands with Guzan

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By IVES GALARCEP

The initial reaction among U.S. Men's National Team fans to the news of Tim Howard's current injury was understandable. Shock and fear seemed a normal way to respond to the news that Howard would likely miss this month's World Cup qualifiers considering Howard has started virtually every important U.

Seattle Sounders

Major Link Soccer: WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO EDITION!

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It only takes one goal. In a battle of two defensive-minded teams, just one shot has to make it's way into the back of the net. Such was the result on an historic Thursday night as the Seattle Sounders finally punched their ticket to the Western Conference Finals.

Oh, who am I kidding. I can't stay straight faced on this.

More Than 66,000 Tickets Distributed For Sounders v Timbers

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Last year the San Jose Earthquakes game managed a huge crowd powered by the retirement of Kasey Keller. This year it is rivalry that is the engine for Seattle's massive crowds. Most teams in MLS draw crowds of this size by facing teams like Manchester United or Barcelona or Real Madrid. Here, in the greater Puget Sound the team does that, but also draws for teams like the LA Galaxy, the Vancouver Whitecaps and the Portland Timbers.

Osvaldo Alonso Named U.S. Open Cup's 'Player Of The Tournament'

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Osvaldo Alonso's lasting memory of the 2012 U.S. Open Cup may not be a great one, but he can at least take solace in being named the "Player of the Tournament" by theCup.US. Alonso was one of three Seattle Sounders players not to convert his attempt in the decisive penalty shootout, but he was undeniably a major reason they were even there to begin with.

Su Madre

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Part of Gordon R. Dickson's Childe Cycle is the story Lost Dorsai. It involves a young military musician from a warrior caste who has chosen not to kill. During the climax of the story he is part of a small force besieged by a much larger army. The larger force comes from a Hidalgo culture.

The Rest

ATTN: Seattleites

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Just caught this on the US Soccer Facebook page:Pep Rally at Cinerama in Seattle TONIGHT. Jurgen Klinsmann, former #USMNT / Seattle Sounders FC goalkeeper Kasey Keller, select members of the team and The American Outlaws will be on hand to pump up the supporters. Doors open at 7:30 PM.Admittance is FREE for all fans.

Player Profile: Michael Gspurning

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Replacing a legend isn't easy. However, Michael Gspurning acquitted himself well in his first season taking over from Kasey Keller.

#3 - Michael Gspurning (Nickname: Cerberus)
National Affiliation Austria Age 31
Years Pro 13 Years Sounder 1
Position Goalkeeper Role Typical Goofy Keeper
MLS (+Playoff) Stats
Apps Starts Mins GA GAA Saves
25 25 2205 19 0.

KJR Kares-A-Thon Features Several Sounders Experiences

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Someone once said that there are more important things than sports for the city government to be focused on accomplishing. Mike Gastineau's response was to prove that sports fans can celebrate sports and support their community. What is now the KJR Kares-A-Thon does just that. It raises money for local charities (this year's partners are the Northwest Literacy Foundation, Central Area Youth Association and the Lorenzo Romar Foundation) while also helping sports fans have unique experiences.

Role Reversal

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It seems like the M.O. for Sporting KC this year has been to employ the high pressure on their opponents, create giveaways and create a number of chances in the game, while limiting the chances that their opponents get. Last night though, Sporting KC reversed that role a little bit. KC still employed some high pressure, but an early goal for Jacob Peterson allowed Sporting KC to sit back a little bit and basically told the Crew "OK come and beat us.

On This Date 20 Years Ago ...

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It's been 20 years since the U.S. has lost to Scotland, the team's first opponent in the "five-game tournament" that begins May 26 at EverBank Field. In fact, it's 20 years to the day ...
On May 17, 1992 at Mile High Stadium in Denver, the U.S. fell 1-0 in front of 24,157 fans. A young Kasey Keller minded the net that day in front of a back four that included recent National Soccer Hall of Fame inductee Desmond Armstrong.

The Timbers Need Improvement on Set Pieces

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At this time last year, the Portland Timbers were just eight games into their inaugural season, and they were already creating a reputation for a dangerous ability to score goals off corner kicks and free kicks.

By May 8 the Timbers had scored eleven goals, seven from set pieces. Portland's next game came against Seattle, when Futty Danso famously got his head above Kasey Keller's outstretched mitts and redirected Jack Jewsbury's long free kick for the score.