NSC

United States Men's National Team

A correction regarding recent Neil Lennon comments

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A couple days ago, we discussed a Bolton News article that contained some Neil Lennon complaints over Tim Ream call-ups. These remarks also went into an article I put up at MLSS, but a significant factual error was in the original story, so let's clear that up right now.As it turns out, Bolton was not first informed of his final call-up notice the day of the announcement (March 22).

The Mitch is Back.

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First of all, yes, I have finally discovered Real Husbands of Hollywood. Hilarious. More to the point, it is time to break out the first Clipboard of this cycle. As usual, Jurgen Klinsmann's tastes and choices have no bearing on the lists that will follow - this is how I would prefer to stack the depth charts, both individually and tactically.

Wanna see something funny?

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Of all things, this just arrived to my inbox... and it is on official team "stock." Click it for the big'un. Meanwhile, Sacha Kljestan gives the USMNT an expert Belgium scouting report. - Greg Seltzer

Game day, baby.

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Some won't, but I dig the line-up. As always, I will have ratings after the game. Also, you may wish to notice this new pair of NSC features. Scott Kessler is now on our team, running the feed there and active around here once he is a bit further removed from ankle surgery. - Greg Seltzer

Tactical Difficulties

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I know the promise was to start off the latest Clipboard yesterday, but the mounting injury problems at the back have it temporarily on the fritz. Please bear with us... - Greg Seltzer

Hello Muddah - The Final Postcard

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Our man Klinsi wraps up the January scene, which is fitting because my latest USMNT Clipboard update will begin later today with the crew at the back. There will be some new names and order changes in those top 33 players trying to fit 23 spots on the plane to Brazil. - Greg Seltzer

We're off to the ballot...

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Yes, it's that time again to share my submitted Fútbol de Primera (formerly Honda) US Player of the Year ballot. Here lies my full explanation. 1 - Jozy Altidore 2 - Michael Bradley 3 - Clint Dempsey - Greg Seltzer

Alright, let's just get it over with.

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Yeah, I was the kid who just preferred the band-aid be ripped off quickly in one violent swoop. In that spirit, I give you my USMNT player ratings for last night's appreciated 0-0 draw in Mexico, easily the most disputed/ridiculed I've ever done. And just from a rough count off the top of my head, I have probably done at least a hundred.

The lone bright side to last night

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Sure, we can talk about the game, if you insist. But let's try to focus on something positive, like the bitchingly fast new nickname I coined for Michael Bradley: the Bald Eagle. Yeah.Don't even act like you don't love it. Years from now, you all remember who came up with that one. And I will be awaiting your Photoshop masterpieces to celebrate Mikey's new moniker.

And now for something completamente diversi...

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While Clint Dempsey swept the two big 2012 prizes given in America, folks in Italy apparently felt slightly different. Soccer Italia (run by longtime NSC pal Franco Spicciariello) did a media survey of its own and to no shock it was Michael Bradley who bagged the honor, with Deuce finishing second. I say it's no surprise because nine of the 11 scribes handed ballots are of the Italian press.

Rise and shine, homies!

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And yes, I realize many of you are already at work on this Wednesday... the post title stands.Here is your USMNT line-up, which best I can tell has Josh Gatt on one 4-4-2 empty bucket flank and Michael Bradley on the other. Hopefully, I am reading this wrong.Howard; Chandler, Cameron, Bocanegra, Johnson; Williams, Jones, Bradley, Gatt; Gomez, AltidoreBench: Rimando, Goodson, Edu, Kljestan,

The Perestroika 20

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For those keeping score, Jurgen Klinsmann called up 14 of my earlier "selections" - not half bad considering he also named fewer players then I did on my wishlist. I'm not certain as to why Michael Parkhurst isn't in the squad, but I'd imagine it has to do with FC Nordsjælland's killer upcoming schedule.

Americans Abroad

I've made a huge mistake.

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No, not GOB-huge... but, still. The other day I remarked that AZ forward AJ was the BMOC when it came to US goal scorers operating in UEFA honor divisions. WCGW?Wellll, it turns out I could have fried egg on my face instead of on top of my chorizo, broccoli and sweet potato hash (as the food Gods intended).

And here ya go.

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The promised bit running more numbers on Americans Abroad is now up, which means the challenge is over. The correct answers were... #1 - Clint Dempsey, 10 result-improving goals, 75th minute or later#2 & #3 - Earnie Stewart (he had 8) and Roy Wegerle (7)Top Central Midfielder - Mikkel Diskerud (4)Top Center Back - Gregg Berhalter (5) As such, the winner is Zach, who got two names right (Deuce

Down in the stat nerd dungeon...

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I have taken this break in club ball to research up another Americans abroad running the numbers bit for MLSS, hence my weekend disappearance. This time, it will be all about putting goals on the board. And in addition to revisiting a couple of stat categories not tallied in a while, there are a few new ones I have run through the old abacus.

Stray Morsels

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These are not goodies, because the moves are already done. But every batch of cookies has the scrounging crumbs at the bottom of the batch, which in this metaphor stands for stuff I learn late. We will clean the clutter by adding some interesting post-transfer tidbits from the last several months. I should probably do this more often.

Major League Soccer

Oh, you are gonna love this...

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Let's start with the meat of it: DeAndre Yedlin is all but an AS Roma player. The deal is lacking only the dotted i's and whatnot. He will remain on loan to Seattle for the rest of the season and then may go out on loan again to another Italian club next year. I should have another detail or two at some later point.

Top 5 MLS pleasant surprises

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Saer Sene: superior goalscorer. Impeccable driver. ...to this point, anyway. Because why? Because we're a positive family here at NSC. Y'dig? 5. The Montreal Impact So it's true the Impact haven't done much to quell the notion that expansion teams are destined from on high to be more or less atrocious away from home.

World Cup Qualifiers

Some Soccer For Mon Sep 10, 2012

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STARTERS

Team USA World Cup Qualifying Viewing Party In The Twin Cities - Tue Sep 11 v Jamaica

dN

Charleston are the 2012 USL Pro Champions! Huge congrats to them.

dN

The USA U20 Women won the World Cup on Saturday beating heavy favorites Germany 1-0.

Some Soccer News for Tue, Sep 4, 2012

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STARTERS

The USA has NEVER lost to Jamaica in 18 total games. Anywhere.
-But the USA has also never won on Jamaican soil - only tie games.

dN

Will you look at that - Brad Guzan started a Premier League game without the teams #1 goalkeeper being out injured.

Some Soccer News for Thu Aug 23, 2012

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STARTERS

Episode 8 of the du Nord Futbol Show podcast is now ready for blasting! As in, blasting from your speakers dude!

dN

New soccer channel beIN which had previously announced broadcast deals with Directv and Dish Network has today announced a deal with Comcast.

North American Soccer League

Jamie Watson Loaned to Minnesota Stars for Remainder of Season

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From the days of the Minnesota Thunder playing Real Salt Lake in USOC matches or when the NSC Stars played the Austin Aztex in the USSF D2 Pro League, whenever Jamie Watson touched a ball for those opposing sides, Minnesota pro soccer fans would chant, "You dive like Jamie Watson." The chant was started after [.

NASL Week 21: A Look Back

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By FRANCO PANIZO

If the Ft. Lauderdale Strikers were hoping to end August on a strong note, they did just that by defeating the league-leading San Antonio Scorpions this past weekend.

The Strikers topped the Scorpions, 2-1, in front of 3,268 fans at Lockhart Stadium on Saturday courtesy of two second-half strikes from Abe Thompson.

Minnesota Stars Frustrated with Edmonton Draw

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Minnesota Stars FC 1-1 FC Edmonton The Minnesota Stars were looking to mix things up a bit when they played FC Edmonton on Saturday night at the NSC Stadium in Blaine, Minn. The Stars were sitting on a 6 match winless streak with only 2 goals scored during that time. Starting up top was Amani [...

Veteran Midfielder Daniel Wasson Released by Minnesota Stars

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Veteran midfielder Daniel Wasson has been released by the Minnesota Stars FC according to an article on the team's website yesterday. Wasson was a stalwart midfielder for the newly created NSC Minnesota Stars playing in their first season in 2010. He played in 30 games and had 2 goals and 4 assists.

NASL Week 19: A Look Back

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By FRANCO PANIZO

FC Edmonton are back in the hunt for the playoffs.

The Eddies brought themselves within four points of sixth place in the NASL standings and the final playoff spot that comes with it by blanking the Puerto RIco Islanders, 1-0, at Clarke Stadium on Sunday.

Champions League

Champions League Group Phase Draw LIVE

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If you are able to watch, go here. If not, NSC will bring you the brackets as they fill out. Teams with Americans will be listed in italics (Schalke are in seeding pot 2, Anderlecht in pot 3, FC Nordsjælland in pot 4). Just to be clear, the page will not update on its own. Group A Porto Dinamo Kyiv Paris Saint-Germain Dinamo Zagreb Group B ArsenalSchalke (Jermaine Jones) Olympiakos Montpellier

Results for Champions League for Wednesday 29th August 2012

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19:45 Lille (2-0) FC Copenhagen at Lille Metropole19:45 Celtic (2-0) Helsingborg at Celtic Park19:45 Fenerbahce (1-1) Spartak Moscow at Sukru Saracoglu Stadium19:45 Dynamo Kiev (1-2) M'gladbach at NSC Olimpiyskiy19:45 CFR Cluj-Napoca (1-0) FC Basel at Dr. Constantin Radulescu Stadium

Results for Dynamo Kiev ( 1 – 2 ) M’gladbach at NSC Olimpiyskiy on August 29, 2012, 7:45 pm

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Match just over at NSC Olimpiyskiy Champions League Home Team Dynamo Kiev Goals & Scorers 88′: Brown Ideye; Keeper Midfield Forwards Defense Subs Away Team M'gladbach Goals & Scorers 78′: Juan Fernando Arango;70′:Own Yevhen Khacheridi; Keeper [...]

Champions League Fixtures for Wednesday 29th August 2012

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19:45 Lille v FC Copenhagen at Lille Metropole19:45 Celtic v Helsingborg at Celtic Park19:45 Fenerbahce v Spartak Moscow at Sukru Saracoglu Stadium19:45 Dynamo Kiev v M'gladbach at NSC Olimpiyskiy19:45 CFR Cluj-Napoca v FC Basel at Dr. Constantin Radulescu Stadium

Videos

Movie Time!

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As you've probably surmised, I'm down in the NSC Bat Cave, which means I owe you all a token. And should probably throw you in front of the tube for distraction. Hence, we have one of my absolute favorite films in recent years, for your enjoyment/brain derailment to avoid loss of sanity from fretting our open transfer situations.

This could take a while.

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Here in the NSC nerve center, we await two clips of goals by Americans. Last night, Charles Kazlauskas broke the ice in Helmond Sport's opening day win. The Jupiler League highlight show has changed from Friday night just after the games to Saturday evening, so that's the cause for delay there.This afternoon, FC Nordsjælland defender Michael Parkhurst bagged the second goal for the home side, who

The Rest

Eww.

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No, I haven't abandoned you. I've just been waylaid by a rather severe case of food poisoning. Hopefully, the worst is behind me and I can get back on track this weekend.- Greg Seltzer

Time to spill the beans!

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My visa has been approved and received, which means everything is set for my upcoming temporary move to St. Petersburg. Yeah, I am going to Russia in December - a fact that will surely serve my queen well if she ever gets into a "my man loves me more" duel (it's Russia, so chances are pretty good). This is the gift she left me to celebrate only 12 days remaining until my arrival: We will

Think it through, people.

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I like calling Cristiano Ronaldo "C-Ron" - it makes him sound like a robot.And this is the kind of crap you'd get if I was on Twitter. Then I'd whine about some move I can't quite do yet and boast about what I just ate (Trinidadian chicken and rice), if not also the fact that the stupid fine Russian haircut girl always hides until it's my turn.

A Joy-ous Occasion

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Right now, the big TV talk back home in soccer-America is new kid on the block beIN Sport, which has snapped up several big competitions to air and several trusted names to speak of them. Being curious, I hollered at NSC pal (and honorary STL homeboy emeritus) Ian Joy to get a view of the operation from the new kid on the block's new kid as his channel gets set to tackle its first USMNT World

In the words of the immortal Joaquin Andujar: "Chu-neba-kno"

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It's not that uncommon to see a famous face on the streets of Amsterdam; in the past, I've run across the likes of Nelly Furtado, Gary Lineker, Angelina Jolie and Ashley Tisdale (though I had no earthly clue who she was at the time). Still, it was quite a surprise just now to happen upon none other than USMNT youth technical director Claudio Reyna out for a stroll down Leidsestraat during my