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Major League Soccer

MLS Week 19: A Look Ahead

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By RYAN TOLMICH

A matchup of American stars including Landon Donovan, Graham Zusi and Matt Besler takes centerstage this weekend when the winners of the past three MLS Cups clash Saturday night.

Reigning Champions Sporting KC will play host to the winner of the two titles that preceded their own, the LA Galaxy.

Is Landon Donovan a midfielder or a forward in MLS?

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Is Landon Donovan better playing as an attacking midfielder or forward in MLS? The LA Galaxy ask an old question in 2014. Read More

Tuesday Freedom Kicks: World Cup soccer links for July 1

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The rest of the world disappears for one day, and we know is the game.

Today, until 4:00, we go through the motions. We head into the office and make our filings. We talk about yesterday's Supreme Court decisions and make plans for Independence Day Weekend. But our hearts aren't in it. Until 4:00, we're distracted.

Recaps & reaction to Union win, USA WC news, league results, more

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Recap roundup from Union's win on Saturday. USA news ahead of Tuesday's big game against Belgium. MLS and NWSL results . More news.

How I Fell In Love With MLS’s Colorado Rapids

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"Should I get Colorado Rapids season tickets?"

If you had told me just three years ago that I would entertain that question for more than five seconds—"uh, no!" would be my response. And yet, here I was, taking more than five seconds (actually, a couple weeks) to seriously consider the investment.

Dempsey tops list of best-selling MLS jerseys

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By TATE STEINLAGE

Clint Dempsey's Major League Soccer form has been on the rise in 2014 and so have his jersey sales.

The league announced Wednesday that the Seattle Sounders forward's No. 2 jersey is the best-selling Adidas MLS jersey in 2014. Dempsey is joined in the top three by LA Galaxy forward Landon Donovan and Toronto FC midfielder Michael Bradley.

Landon Donovan scores again in MLS

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Landon Donovan scores again for the LA Galaxy in week 13 of the MLS season while Toronto FC wins a trophy by beating Columbus. Read More

World Cup

Are USA stronger without Altidore and Donovan? – the Best Team vs Best XI issue

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Are USA stronger without Altidore and Donovan? the Best Team vs Best XI issue - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

There wasa lot of reference throughout the early stages of the World Cup finals to the craftof choosing between thebest eleven players and the best team.Jurgen Klinsmann arguably proved himself to be one of the best at perfecting this technique during the tournament, taking his side further thananticipated.

What If the USA Had Won the World Cup

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As Americans, whether we want to admit it or not, the United States Men's Soccer Team getting knocked out from the 2014 World Cup in Brazil was unfortunately inevitable. Even though at times during the tournament, the USA produced some of the best soccer in its recent history, the continued lack of ability to shift into a higher gear when it counted the most was a weakness that was always going to be exploited.

USA World Cup review: Stars & Stripes do their nation proud… those that care anyway!

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USA World Cup review: Stars & Stripes do their nation proud... those that care anyway! - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

It's no great secret that Americans aren't the world's biggest football fans... well, technically that isboth a truth and a lie. The US are by far the world's biggest fans of what they refer to as football.

USA Lightning Rod Landon Donovan Faces Uncertain Future

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From the moment he was excluded from the U.S. World Cup roster, Landon Donovan faced a critical choice. He could accept, map out the rest of his playing career, and begin to work on his post-playing options. Or he could fight back, showing the world that his exclusion was long-term a poor choice for how the U.

Soccer News: Landon Donovan explains crazy cruel game

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Landon Donovan and the LA Galaxy had a tough time against the Carolina RailHawks goalie as we roundup Wednesday's soccer news. Read More

USA Head Coach Jürgen Klinsmann Silences Critics With Winning Team Selection

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Since dropping Landon Donovan last month, a fury of angry US fans, bloggers and — in some cases — mainstream media personalities have turned into vociferous critics of US Head Coach Jürgen Klinsmann.

The United States' 2-1 victory over Ghana on Monday night was achieved despite Jürgen Klinsmann's team being outplayed for large portions of the match.

WATCH Humorous Landon Donovan Video On What Life Is Like Without Playing in the World Cup [VIDEO]

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Landon Donovan appears in a new EA Sports video that points a finger at Jurgen Klinsmann's decision to not select the American soccer player for the World Cup.

Part humorous, part trying to make a point, you have to watch the video to pick up on the subtle (and not so subtle) references regarding why Donovan should be in the USMNT World Cup 2014 team.

Landon Donovan’s 2014 World Cup moment

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Landon Donovan quickly took to his role as World Cup pundit, explaining exactly why the USMNT plays with hope in the World Cup. Read More

USA – 2014 World Cup squad

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The biggest surprise in Jurgen Klinsmann's 23-man USA World Cup squad was the absence of one of USA's all-time greatest players, Landon Donovan. The omission caused a huge stir in the States, with pundits and fans alike shocked and many outraged at Donovan being left out.

Must-See Video: Landon Donovan ad for World Cup

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Landon Donovan might've wished he were in Brazil right now. But he is keeping his sense of humor about missing the World Cup in a new web ad by the Los Angeles Galaxy. Watch below:

Landon Donovan Says He Disagrees With Klinsmann That The US Cannot Win the World Cup

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Landon Donovan says he disagrees with Jurgen Klinsmann's assertion that the US cannot win the World Cup.

"It's no surprise that I disagree with Jurgen," said Donovan in an interview on ESPN this afternoon.

Donovan believes he had a case to be in the starting XI when the US opens its World Cup campaign against Ghana next Monday evening.

ESPN Adds Landon Donovan as World Cup TV Analyst

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Landon Donovan, the greatest American soccer player in the history of the sport, has joined ESPN as an analyst for its World Cup TV coverage.

Donovan will make his debut on ESPN today at 3pm ET for ESPN's World Cup Preview Show. The preview show will air for two hours, while Donovan will contribute analysis from the ESPN/ABC studios in Los Angeles.

USA vs. Azerbaijan: The Defense

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With the shock of the Landon Donovan omission starting to die down, it is time to turn our focus to the team as a whole as they took on Azerbaijan in the first match of their sendoff series. One thing that the Donovan saga accomplished was that it overshadowed one of the glaring holes in this team, an inexperienced defense, that hasn't played together much.

United States Men's National Team

Notes from Curtin presser, new WC ratings records, FIFA bigwigs want US 2026 WC bid, more

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Curtin on Carlos Valdes, injury update, and more from weekly press conference. New World Cup ratings records. FIFA bigwigs want US 2026 WC bid. More news.

Donovan: Tactical plan to blame for U.S. World Cup loss

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

It was the same result for U.S. Men's National Team: An exit in the Round of 16. Only this time, Landon Donovan, who had played such a pivotal role last time, had to watch it on TV.

Donovan, who was controversially cut from coach Jurgen Klinsmann's World Cup roster, had been offering his pre-game analysis to ESPN throughout the tournament.

SBI Monday Rewind: USMNT beats Ghana; Germany crushes Portugal; Donovan pokes more fun; and more

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

It was the day every U.S. Men's National Team fan was waiting for and it did not disappoint. The U.S. Men's National Team came up with a huge win over Ghana to open the World Cup with three points. Goal-scorers John Brooks and Clint Dempsey will get the attention, but it was in large part thanks to the quiet leadership of Jermaine Jones, SBI's Man of the Match.

Recaps & reaction to Union draw and US win, MLS & NWSL results roundup, WC sponsors concerned, more

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News from Union draw and USA win. Klinsmann on formation talk, More Qatar 2022 bribery allegations. World Cup sponsors starting to pressure FIFA. More news.

Must-See Commercial: This is SportsCenter – Michael Bradley

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By RYAN TOLMICH

With the World Cup exactly one week away, ESPN has unveiled their latest soccer-themed commercial.

The commercial, starring U.S. Men's National Team midfielder Michael Bradley, pokes fun at the game's longstanding tradition of including local youth in pre-game entrances.

Gulati says USMNT must move past Donovan omission

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By FRANCO PANIZO

HARRISON, N.J. Sunil Gulati is keeping his cards close to the vest when it comes to Landon Donovan's surprise omission from the U.S. Men's National Team's World Cup roster.

More than a week after Donovan was left off the 23-man squad headed for Brazil, Gulati touched on head coach Jurgen Klinsmann's shocking decision on Saturday following the Americans' open training session at Red Bull Arena.

LA Galaxy

Dispatch: Chicago Fire (1) vs. Los Angeles Galaxy (1)

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The rookie will learn to use his head more (photo: Chicago-fire.com)

OTF's Alex White draws some mixed conclusions after the Fire's latest result...

L.A. came to Chicago to play a game with everything on the line, filled with players at the top of their game and a shot at another championship on the line for two of the best-run organizations in the sport.

Prime Your Fire Pump: Chicago vs. LA Galaxy

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There will be handshakes and pleasantries between these two on Sunday, but not goals between them (photo: mlssoccer.com)

OTF's Jon Denham hopes the Men In Red can remain focused during a busy time, while Josh Guesman brings the intel on los Galacticos...

There'sso much going on.

Know Your Enemy: LA Galaxy

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It's the famous LA fog.

OTF's Stephen Mangat loves it...

In his 1983 hit "I love LA", Randy Newman sings "let's leave Chicago to the Eskimos, that town's a little too rugged."

While one may debate that suggestion/statement, Newman's love of Los Angeles is a bit insane.

The Rest

Opposite View: Three Questions With Big D Soccer

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This week we sit down with Brian Wachholz of Big D Soccer, SB Nation's FC Dallas blog, about our annual match up with FCD.

tBG) FC Dallas is known for their academy's ability to produce MLS-level talent. To what do you attribute that, and how has that helped the club in terms of on-field results?

SBI Sunday Rewind: Costa Rica makes history; Donovan gets real; Kaka is coming; and more

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

For the first time ever, Costa Rica will play in a World Cup quarterfinals. But the historical context is even larger as the nation will be the first from Central America to advance to that stage of the tournament.

TSG’s USA vs. Germany: Friends In Löw Places?

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Two heavyweights go head to head far away down the pitch.... (illustration by Ben Saufley)

Can't knock the hustle...

The US is entertaining. Give 'em that. Hollywood 101N.

Whether it's a full-scalped Landon Donovan's shifting crossover against Germany in a 2002 clashthatbuilt Oliver Kahn's lore or going down to ten against eventual 2006 World Cup champs Italy and boxing out a draw.

Landon Donovan spielt seine eigene WM

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Landon Donovan spielt seine eigene WM

Was macht ein verdienter Nationalspieler, der kurz vor dem WM-Turnier in Brasilien erfahren hat, dass er mehr mitspielen darf? Die Antwort darauf ist ganz einfach, er macht sich einen schönen Tag und spielt im Bademantel seine eigene WM und wird durch sein Tor Weltmeister.

The World Cup’s Underrated Stars

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Ronaldo, Messi, Neymar, Aguero, Neymar, Messi, Suarez, Ronaldo, Neymar, Neymar. It's all we've heard the last few weeks. Let's face it; we all know what these guys can do. And let's face it; we all expect them to do it. But that's not the real beauty of the World Cup. The beauty is that it unearths huge talent who lift us off our seats, get us talking, and eventually go on to become household names.

Must-See Video: Landon Donovan EA Sports ad

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Landon Donovan isn't finished quite yet with poking fun at his absence in Brazil for the U.S. Men's National Team World Cup campaign. Check out his new web ad for EA Sports below:

TSG’s USA vs. Ghana Preview: Michael vs. Goliath

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USA v. Ghana. Round III. For whom the bell tolls.... (Design by Brent Diskin)

We've arrived.

The World Cup.

In true theatrical fashion, the US embarks on its Brazilianjourney this coming Monday in Natal against their long-time nemesis Ghana.

A four year cycle marked by coaching turnover galore, Olympic failure, the fall-rise-and-fall again of Stu Holden.

It’s here! World Cup news, Union news, MLS news, USA news, news news

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It's World Cup time! News from Brazil, Union, MLS, USA news. Latest Blatter blatherings. More news.

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 Whole Story: Matchday 15 California Dreamin' Of A Win Against Chivas USA

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The Union stay on the Left Coast this week to take on a struggling Chivas USA. Can they stop the bleeding and keep the Goats winless at home for a fifth straight match? Get The Whole Story from match preview to post match analysis all in one place.

Union vs Chivas USA

StubHub Center, Los Angeles CA


10:30pm EST


Comcast SportsNet


The Union remained in California this week to complete their West Coast Swing.