World Cup

Sun Clasico Tomorrow

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4 years ago we had Costa Rica and the Snow Clasico. Tomorrow night we'll have Trinidad & Tobago and apparently the Sun Clasico with temps in the mid 80s at kickoff.

Kickoff is at 5:50pm on FOX Sports 1, with the pregame being broadcast live from inside the stadium. Both the official U.

DSG Park To Host USA-T&T World Cup Qualifier

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After being long-rumored the USSF made it official today. DSG Park will host the 5th round World Cup Qualifier between the U.S. and Trinidad & Tobago on Thursday June 8th. Kickoff will be at 5:50pm. This will be a long trip for Mekeil Williams who will have to walk to the visitor locker room instead of the Rapids locker room.

Keep Clam!

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Over the last 5 hours a good portion of the U.S. fanbase seems to have lost their head over the exclusion of Landon Donovan from the 23-man World Cup roster. Personally I'm shocked but not dismayed by it. I assumed inertia would keep Donovan on the roster, but I'm not sure he deserved it at this point.

World Cup Draw

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Well, today's World Cup draw went about as bad as it could have for the U.S. The worst possible draw for the Yanks from Pots 1 and 4 (based on FIFA ranking) would have been Spain and Portugal, the draw was Germany and Portugal. Germany was the second worst choice in Pot 1. To round out the group the Americans got their recent nemesis, Ghana, essentially the 3rd worst choice in a tie with Ecuador from Pot 2.


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That is all.

Oh, one more thing. Gabriel Torres had an absolute goalzo for Panama in tonight's 2-2 draw.
(From SBNation)

Epic Night In Commerce City

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View of the NW corner from 108 right at the end of half
We'll get to the Rapids debacle in LA tomorrow. First lets look at Friday night's epic World Cup Qualifier. Yeah, as a game it stunk. After the first 20 minutes or so it was 22 guys against the elements, not two teams. Who cares though, that doesn't detract from one of the more memorable games I've ever attended.

VIDEO - USWNT “The Redeemers”

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USWNT - The Redeemers from Atlee Hargis on Vimeo.

Since NBC and the International Olympic Committee has put such a stranglehold on the highlights and footage of the 2012 London Olympics getting quality complication videos is quite a chore.

We're not sure how long this video will stick around, but it's got all the goods of a solid gold medal wrap up vid: dramatic music, slow-motions, pained-then-triumphant looks, and more.

Classic Video - USMNT vs. France (1979)

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It's USMNT game day and we're pumped as always to see what Klinnsmann and the Nats have in store for us, but it's the above retro clip that has us buzzing as well.

Dave Brett (who's based in FBM HQ's city of Austin) collects historic videos of American soccer and he sent us a link to the above clip that he posted to YouTube yesterday.

Portland Timbers International Sites and Sounds: Defenders Edition

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And another international weekend comes and goes. While no Portland Timbers were involved, yet again, I feel like I should update you guys a bit on the USMNT as well as how our guys did who were with their national teams.

So first, before we get to the players, the US team!

The USMNT played twice this past weekend (and then some) first against Honduras and then against Ecuador.

Colorado Rapids

Euro & Copa Preview

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Two big tournaments kick off over the next 8 days. Tomorrow we get the start of the Copa America Centenario here in the U.S. and then a week later Euro 2016 starts in France. Surprisingly the Rapids have 3, but only 3, players involved in these tournaments when 5 months ago we thought we'd be lucky to have one (and sadly that one, Kevin Doyle, isn't involved).

October Scheduling Updates

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Two scheduling items were announced today.

The first one was the schedule for the U-23 Olympic Qualifying at the Dick in October.

Tues Oct 6th:
Canada - Cuba
USA - Panama

Wed Oct 7th:
Guatemala/Costa Rica - Haiti
Mexico - Honduras

Tickets on sale a week from Thursday and each night is a separate ticket covering both games.

Busy Times In Commerce City

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Lots of news so lets get to it.

First and foremost, DSG Park will host the first home World Cup Qualifier for the U.S. this year. USA - Costa Rica on March 22nd. Ticket details are yet to be announced but they have said that Rapids full-season ticket holders will get a pre-sale before they're available to the general public.

Haven't I Seen This Before?

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Did you watch the Dallas game? The San Jose game? The New England game? Then you saw this game. I feel lousy and apparently the team doesn't care about actually making an effort (way to totally give up on the second TFC goal Wynne. That will get you time in the Nats) so why should I make an effort?

Rapids Sign Kamani Hill/Pablo Update

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As I expected when Emory was waived last week, Colorado added on of their trialists today. Midfielder/forward Kamani Hill has been signed and will be available as soon as his ITC is received from Germany (don't worry, there's no spurned club to throw a wrench into this one). Hill is a former U.S. National Team forward who got 2 caps in 2007.

Husidic Goes To Sweden

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This actually happened before Christmas but I haven't gotten a chance to mention it. Baggio Husidic, who's rights the Rapids acquired in the Re-Entry Draft, has decided to decline Colorado's contract offer and instead sign with Hammarby IF in Sweden. Former U.S. Nats player Gregg Berhalter was recently named manager of the AEG-owned club and this will probably be the first of multiple signings from MLS for the team.

United States Men's National Team

The After Bar: USMNT 3 - Honduras 1 (Gold Cup)

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Easy as one, two, three. Three goals from the United States men's national team and they're on their way to the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup Final. A thoroughly dominating performance by the Nats, 3-1 over Honduras, means a date with surprise finalists Panama.

Eddie Johnson, freed by a great ball from Landon Donovan, broke away from the Panamanian defense to open the scoring in the 11th minute.

A Brew for You…. And You…. And You… (USMNT vs. Panama)

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Seattle. Washington. United States.

The Nats are back home and in one of America's biggest soccer cities. Panama... we hope you're ready for this. With three, dramatic points in the bag from their Jamaican vacation the USMNT will have to avoid overconfidence against this weakened opponent (FC Dallas man Blas Perez is out with gastroenteritis) and playing in front of, arguably, one of the largest pro-U.

A Beer for You… And You… And You… (USMNT vs. Jamaica)

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Tonight is the night.

That sounds like some gondola singer's line in Venice, but it's appropriate for what's on the line for the United States men's national team in Kingston, Jamaica.

For Jamaica it's win or their World Cup qualifying odyssey is in "beyond serious" trouble. For the Nats the need to play for the "W" while keeping a close eye on not blowing the draw.

VIDEO - USMNT 2012 Year in Review

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The United States Men's National team posted a 9-2-3 record for 2012 (their best winning percentage ever), notched important international friendly wins away to in Italy and Mexico, and saw Michael Bradley emerge as the "general" of this team. Yet, for all their success Landon Donovan was mostly absent and the Nats backed their way into the final round of World Cup Qualifying (not including the U-23 disaster).

The After Bar: USMNT 2 - Russia 2

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This is, seriously, like the only decent photo we found from this game. Thanks "Soccer By Ives"! (Photo Credit:

They certainly don't ever want to make it easy on us. The United States national team left it late, again, as Mix Diskerud, in his third full international cap, grabbed a stoppage time goal to secure a 2-2 draw away in Russia.

US Men's National Team

ATTN: Columbus

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It's not often the USMNT holds an open training session. Even us scribes usually only get to see about 15 minutes near the end. However, on the morning of September 9th, the fine folks of Columbus get the whole enchilada. In case you forgot or missed it, this is how it went the last time the Nats held one of these.

USMNT: Pregaming Olympic Qualifying – US / Canada

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The Junior Nats will take the field Saturday night in Nashville, three points in their pocket and looking for more. A victory would all but lock up a first place finish in group A, and there's no reason to expect anything but another clear victory for the US over the boys from the Great White North.

That's On Point: "Canal Kings" (USMNT vs. Panama Review)

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It's about time, right? We've got ourselves a U.S. National Team writer. Mike Cardillo, who we've been reading for YEARS on his site, "That's On Point", for US preview/reviews and English Premier League musings will be providing some coverage of the Nats as they begin their 2014 World Cup Qualifying campaign.

I love a good guessing game.

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Red Bulls GM Erik Soler says he's about to sign two, if not three "young" Americans with international experience. Before we even think about possible transfers, do realize that quite the crew of U.S. youth prospects are free agents.My first thought was erstwhile Sogndal keeper Joe Bendik - but I can't confirm he's actually spent time with the junior Nats.

Five Predictions [11.15.11, at Slovenia]

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1. We will see a starting lineup very similar to the one used against France. The only differences will be Michael Orozco Fiscal for Clarence Goodson (please see prediction #3 vs. France) and DaMarcus Beasley for Danny Williams.

The Lumberyard: Fresh Hop Tastival

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I know it's been a while since we've had a new Lumberyard post up, but we've been fairly busy with travel and a host of matches lately, and it's kind of fallen by the wayside. Regardless, The Lumberyard's back, and with it are a couple of things to talk about this week to tide you over until our Portland Timbers take the field again.


The After Bar: USWNT 1 - North Korea 0

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They're not all going to be pretty and the U.S. women's national team final Olympic group game, a 1-0 decision over North Korea, fit the bill of a solid, but tough win.

A physical North Korea was helped by the right goal post that saved two shots, but Alex Morgan's hold up play allowed Abby Wambach to slipt through the defense and hammer home the game's lone goal.

The After Bar: USWNT 4 - France 2

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It was scary there for a bit.

The United States women's national team went down early, two goals after fourteen minutes, to France, but scored four unanswered to win their first match of the 2012 London Summer Olympics. A series of defensive blunders put the Lady Nats on the back foot before goals from Abby Wambach, Alex Morgan (2), and Carli Lloyd eased the jitters.

US Women Draw Japan With Big Contributions From Sounders

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If you were committed enough to be up at 3:30 this morning to watch the US Women play Japan on ESPN, you got to see some impressive play from the Sounders Women. Japan controlled the game throughout with slick passing reminiscent of Barcelona's tiki-taka. The US back line struggled to clear the ball and to move the ball into the midfield under intense forward pressure from the Japanese players, and the Nats were rarely able to possess the ball in the offensive end.

Jozy Altidore is Doing All Right for a Kid That Used to Play For RBNY

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Y'all remember when Young Jozy signed my pumpkin? That was a fun night replete with Bruce Arena's smirks and tequila shots with Joey Vide. Jozy was just a baby then, hadn't even suited up for the Nats yet if I recall correctly. My how s*** done changed for him (and his former club but that's another topic entirely).

Jurgen Klinsmann

Musket Rounds: Revs vs. Fire, USMNT, Feilhaber, Alston, And More

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I'm at work and I'm running short on time, so no filler to be had here.

Revolution Links

Feilhaber Finds His Form - New England Soccer Today
Benny Feilhaber collected his first goal and assist in Saturday's win over Chicago. Julian Cardillo talked to Benny and to Jay Heaps about how important getting on the scoresheet was for the creative midfielder.

Cameron Ready for Call-Up

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. Attleboro (Mass.) native Geoff Cameron knew from a young age that he wanted to be a professional soccer player.

Growing up just a stone's throw from Foxborough, the young Cameron got all the inspiration and motivation he needed by watching his hometown Revolution.

Fast forward through high school and a sterling college career with University of Rhode Island that included an NCAA tournament run and getting named Midfielder of the Year, Cameron found himself back in his home state on Saturday playing center back for the the defending Eastern Conference champion Houston Dynamo.

Analysis and player ratings: Union 1-0 Crew

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Winless since their 3-0 road victory over New England on July 17, the Union did just enough to take three points off of a depleted Columbus Crew side before a packed house at PPL Park on Saturday night. Zac MacMath earned his second clean sheet in three attempts and Sebastien Le Toux continued his resurgent goal-scoring form with the game's only goal in the 32nd minute.

Major League Soccer

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Former US National Team stars Claudio Reyna and Tony Meola have earned election to the National Soccer Hall of Fame on the Player Ballot, while their former teammate Desmond Armstrong was the Veteran ballot choice and former US Women's National Team coach Tony DiCiccio is this year's Builder ballot pick, it was announced today.

Convey Option Offically Declined - Available In Re-Entry Draft

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Convey Option Offically Declined - Available In Re-Entry Draft

Teams have until December 1st to decide on options, but the San Jose Earthquakes already told Convey he's not coming back. Phase One of the Re-Entry Draft would be at his option number (between 0-10% of his 336k 2011 contract). Phase Two is at any number the acquiring team can negotiate.

The Rest

The After Bar: USMNT 1 - Honduras 0

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It wasn't pretty and a couple of times it seemed as though the United States men's national team would leave a sold out Rio Tinto Stadium with a sole point, but the on fire Jozy Altidore came up huge again to lead the Nats to a 1-0 win over a stubborn Honduras.

It was Altidore's four in four matches and it was all the U.

USA vs. Guatemala: Live Game Thread

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Hello everybody and welcome to our United States vs. Guatemala live blog! Tonight's match is serious for fans of the National team; a loss, depending on goal differential and the results of the Jamaica vs. Antigua match, could put the USA out of the CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying tournament even before the Hexagonal round.

The After Bar: USWNT 8 - Costa Rica 0

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Yes! The shoe shine celebration! (Photo Credit: inourfinalhour.tumblr)

The United States women's national team played their first match after winning gold in the 2012 London Olympics, and kicked off theif "Fan Tribute Tour" with a bang , defeating Costa Rica 8-0.

Poetry Corner Kicks: Fire 3 - Union 1

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Ugh. This one hurt. A quick thought before we hit the poetry corner kicks recap: Did it seem strange to anyone else to see someone so tall in our lineup? In case you don't have the internet and hadn't seen the news already, Soumaré made his debut for the Union Sunday. Incidentally, if you don't have internet, how are you reading this?

U.S. Demolishes D.R. 14-0

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It started as a soccer game. It ended with a football score.

Former Boston Breakers' striker Amy Rodriguez grabbed a record-tying five goals in the United States' record-setting 14-0 demolition of the Dominican Republic in the first game of Olympic Qualifying at BC Place in Vancouver.