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D.C. United

D.C. United preseason, signings, and Landon Donovan: Freedom Kicks for 28 January 2016

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The news is flying as we get closer and closer to the first games of the preseason

D.C. United has their first preseason game tomorrow night. Real(ish) soccer! This week!

DC United gets going down in Florida | News, Weather, Sports, Breaking News | WJLA: New broadcast partner WJLA with some video from D.

Freedom Kicks: USA, Women's World Cup, D.C. United, and US Open Cup links for Wednesday July 1, 2015

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Good news, bad news, and other news for your morning reading.

Hope you're reading this from a non-flooded residence! As there are always games at all times now, there were two games last night. Let's start with the one that went well, shall we?

Here's our match diary, which contains more German than I know and brings up ninja kicks.

Major League Soccer

Houston Dynamo make tough, yet necessary, decision to trade Brad Davis

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It is always hard to let go of someone so honored and well respected, but the Dynamo's decision to trade six-time All-Star Brad Davis was a good one.

In all sports, it happens occasionally: legends and their clubs publicly part ways in a manner that has an aura of bad blood. Peyton Manning leaving the Indianapolis Colts for the Denver Broncos was one example; another could be Landon Donovan and the US national team.

Clint Dempsey, DeAndre Yedlin nominated for US Soccer Male Player of the Year

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Dempsey is a three-time winner of the award

The United States Soccer Federation announced its nominees for Male Player of the Year today, a list that includes Seattle Sounders forward Clint Dempsey and former Sounders defender DeAndre Yedlin.

Dempsey has won the award three times (2007, 2011, 2012), one short of tying Landon Donovan's tally of four.

D.C. United, MLS streaming, and Freddy Adu: Freedom Kicks for 19 November 2015

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Soccer? Go!

Despite it being the middle of the week before Thanksgiving, there is still plenty of news. Thanksgiving is already next week? Oh goodness. Anyways, here are the links!

Team America: Why the United States national team failed as a club | THE WORD | MLSsoccer.com: Go and read Pablo Maurer's article about Team America, a fun experiment in the original NASL.

Landon Donovan getting itch to return to game as coach

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Landon Donovan has no real interest in returning to the game as a player.

Coming back as a head coach is a whole different story.

It has almost been a year since Donovan decided to hang up his cleats, but his love for soccer could see him make his wayback to the field in a coaching capacity.

Can the Galaxy be better than average?

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The 2015 version of the LA Galaxy has star power, but it's the defense and losing road games telling the story of their season. Read More

Kei Kamara is interrupting our ‘Giovinco for MVP’ talk

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Back in July, Toronto's Sebastian Giovinco put an early chokehold on Major League Soccer's Most Valuable Player honor, the one newly named for Landon Donovan. Giovinico was dominating to a degree rarely seen over 20 MLS seasons, operating with a killer combo of polish, verve and sophistication seen even less over the league's two decades.

Kei Kamara is interrupting our ‘Giovinco for MVP’ talk

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Back in July, Toronto's Sebastian Giovinco put an early chokehold on Major League Soccer's Most Valuable Player honor, the one newly named for Landon Donovan. Giovinico was dominating to a degree rarely seen over 20 MLS seasons, operating with a killer combo of polish, verve and sophistication seen even less over the league's two decades.

The LA Galaxy does without

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The LA Galaxy looks like a different team early in 2015 and a summer revamp around Steven Gerrard might come too late. Read More

D.C. United quickly turn their sights forward with the LA Galaxy on the horizon

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With Robbie Keane and Gyasi Zardes away on international duty, United welcome a weakened LA Galaxy side to RFK this Saturday.

Another week, another game, another D.C. United opponent that had to adjust to the offseason retirement of a huge name. Last week, it was the New York Red Bulls, sans Thierry Henry.

Why L.A. Galaxy should pass on a Robbie Keane contract extension

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All due respect to Landon Donovan, no man in an L.A. Galaxy uniform has been more responsible in forging a Major League Soccer dynasty than veteran striker Robbie Keane.

I was on the record two years ago saying that the passionate, highly productive Irishman should have been Major League Soccer's MVP for 2013.

Why L.A. Galaxy should pass on a Robbie Keane contract extension

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All due respect to Landon Donovan, no man in an L.A. Galaxy uniform has been more responsible in forging a Major League Soccer dynasty than veteran striker Robbie Keane.

I was on the record two years ago saying that the passionate, highly productive Irishman should have been Major League Soccer's MVP for 2013.

Landon on TV: After all the goodbyes, a glimpse of another side

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Landon Donovan moved into TV work quicker than some expected, but he's already showing valuable skills as a soccer pundit. Read More

Sepp Blatter

US plays at Linc in Copa America Centenario on June 11, Union pass again on Re-Entry Draft, more

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Linc to host final US group game in the Copa America Centenario. Union pass again on Re-Entry Draft. Another MLS team challenges Union's homegrown claim on Keegan Rosenberry. More.

News and such

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Newsy news bits.

Blake to start remaining games, US wins Olympic qualifying group, Donovan on Klinsmann, more

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Jim Curtin comments on a number of topics in CBS Philly report. US U-23s thump Panama in Olympic qualifier. Donovan says Klinsmann should get the axe if US loses to Mexico in Confederations Cup playoff game.

Union bits and more news

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Newsy news bits and more news.

No more Valdes, Sak says Union-Eagles will bid to host WC qualifier, more news

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So endeth the Valdes saga. Sakiewicz says Union and Eagles will bid to host a US World Cup qualifier. Drogba signs with Montreal. More news.

Union face NYRB today in USOC quarters, Pfeffer selected, Nowak lawsuit dismissed, more

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Roster questions for the Union ahead of today's US Open Cup game. Pfeffer named to Homgrown Player team. Nowak lawsuit thrownout. FIFA news. More.

Union face Sounders, Fernando loan, no on Palacios, US Gold Cup roster released, more

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Union host Seattle tonight. Curtin reveals Fernando Aristeguieta's loan will soon expire, says team will pass on Wilson Palacios. Klinsmann announces Gold Cup roster. Wambachgate. More.

United States Men's National Team

Donovan offers supportive take on Wambach's dual-nationals comments

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Photo by Derik Hamilton/USA Today Sports

Following Abby Wambach's comments on dual nationals representing the U.S., former LA Galaxy star Landon Donovan provided his take on the topic as well.

The U.S. Men's National Team's all-time leading goal-scorer and assist leader spoke with SiriusXM FC about Wambach's comments and explained why he thinks some dual nationals may not care as much about representing the USMNT as players who have developed through the U.

Local USOC qualifier on Sunday, key offseason dates, US begins WCQ campaign, more

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West Chester United hosts Salone FC on Sunday in US Open Cup qualifier. MLS announces key offseason dates. US begins World Cup qualification. More news.

Donovan pinpoints lack of USMNT continuity, criticizes Dempsey absence

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Roughly a year removed from his retirement, Landon Donovan has watched from afar as the U.S. Men's National Team has struggled in recent months.

After limping through this summer's Gold Cup en route to a fourth-place finish, the U.S. squandered a chance to go to the Confederations Cup with a CONCACAF Cup loss to Mexico.

Everton Football Club

Landon Donovan interview; World Soccer Talk special episode (11.12.15)

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Listen to an exclusive interview with Landon Donovan by World Soccer Talk's Kartik Krishnaiyer.

In the interview, Landon chats about the importance of playing the US game in St. Louis this week, the psychology of playing smaller teams in the World Cup qualifying, as well as what makes his relationship with Everton Football Club so special and different than other clubs.

Landon Donovan interview; World Soccer Talk special episode (11.12.15)

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Listen to an exclusive interview with Landon Donovan by World Soccer Talk's Kartik Krishnaiyer.

In the interview, Landon chats about the importance of playing the US game in St. Louis this week, the psychology of playing smaller teams in the World Cup qualifying, as well as what makes his relationship with Everton Football Club so special and different than other clubs.

FIFA

Soccer News: Swope Park Rangers

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Sporting Kansas City introduces its new USL club Swoop Park Rangers while MLS prepares for the finale of the 2015 regular season. Read More

Soccer News: Donovan in Sacramento

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Landon Donovan meets with Sacramento's mayor and Republic ownership more issues for FIFA in Friday's soccer news update. Read More

2015 MLS Season

Soccer News: Landon Donovan or Taylor Twellman?

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Landon Donovan and Taylor Twellman question who the real career leading MLS goal scorer should've been in Friday's soccer news. Read More

Soccer News: Landon Donovan picks his team

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Landon Donovan takes another turn at coaching with the 2015 MLS Homegrown squad in Tuesday's soccer news update. Read More

Soccer News: Landon Donovan the soccer coach

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Friday's soccer news has Landon Donovan returning to MLS to coach the Homegrown Team and the US Senate looking into FIFA corruption. Read More

The Rest

Major Link Soccer: Matt Miazga to Chelsea?

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Landon Donovan has a baby, Caleb Porter gets an extension, and Juan Carlos Osorio has a problem with MLS.

Seattle

Nos Audietis is no longer alone in the world of Sounders Podcasting. The team has released the first episode of their new official show, the "Sound of Soccer".

Clint Dempsey is entering his third full season with the Seattle Sounders, but this will be his first full off-season.

Some Soccer News for Jan 22, 2016

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It's Day 22 of 2016.


It needs zazz.

dN

There has been a lot of talk about "foreigners" on the USMNT. What does Jermaine Jones think about that?
I don't understand the whole discussion about foreigners in USA! We are all foreigners here!

Restrepo in-Lahoud loaned out, pre-draft news, Nowak, more

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Restrepo deal announced, Lahoud loaned to Cosmos. Roster and draft news. Nowak named head coach of Lechia Gdansk after judge upholds arbitrator's decision against him in Union case. More news.

Philadelphia Union and MLS News and Notes 1-12-16

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Jack McInerney has a new team, Landon Donavan is making headlines, and much more. Check out that along with the latest news below!

Jack McInerney agrees deal with Portland Timbers - sources | ESPN FC:
The reigning MLS Cup champions Portland Timbers are set to acquire out-of-contract forward Jack McInerney from the Columbus Crew SC, sources say.

Sporting KC Acquire Brad Davis From Houston

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Sporting KC made the long rumored Brad Davis trade official today as the club sent two draft picks, a second round in 2017 and a third round in 2018, and future considerations to the Houston Dynamo in exchange for the 14 year veteran. The long time Dynamo midfielder recently turned 34, but still showed very well for the Dynamo last season scoring four goals and adding 10 assists.

Donovan assists on goal in Beckham's charity match

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Landon Donovan might have the itch to coach, but he showed on Saturday that he can still play.

Donovan set up the Rest of the World'slone goal in David Beckham's Unicef charity match, cutting a pass back to Dwight Yorke in the 67th minute of a 3-1 loss to Great Britain and Ireland. Donovan, 33, entered the star-studded affair at Old Trafford in the 67th minute, and gave his side a glimmer of hope with the ball that trimmed its 2-0 deficit in half.

All-Star Game(s) Preview

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Just a few notes as we go into the All-Star Game festivities at DSG Park.

  • As expected Dillon Serna and Shane O'Neill were selected to play in the Chipotle Homegrown Game tomorrow night.
  • Coached by Landon Donovan I'd expect O'Neill to start but maybe not Serna. I'm sure he'll get in the game though.

Whose Jersey Did You Get?

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I asked Landon Donovan that question once, six years ago. He was exiting the locker rooms at the Rose Bowl and he had a Barcelona jersey slung over his shoulder after a friendly game against the Spanish squad.

"Pique." Donovan answered, succinctly.
I wondered what Pique did with his Donovan jersey.