Olympic Team


Training at Komaba Stadium

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Julie Johnston and Becca Wann try to set their heading record

FIFA has given the USA its one pre-game in-venue training two days before the game a few times in this tournament and it was the same here in Saitama so the Americans did a very light session that was more regeneration than soccer on a beautiful and warm night in this city that sits just northwest of Tokyo.

Setback in Miyaga, but on to Saitama

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Mollie Pathman steps over a tackle from Karoline Heinze

The U.S. U-20 WNT learned a harsh lesson about how mistakes can be punished by good teams at a World Cup, losing 3-0 to Germany in its final Group D game, but fortunately it was not a fatal blow as the Americans still qualified for the quarterfinal round.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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With the Mexican League season getting into full swing this weekend, and a plethora of friendlies taking place, today will offer up plenty of viewing options for fans looking for a soccer fix.

Herculez Gomez and Santos Laguna begin their defense of their Mexican League title today with a match against San Luis, while the morning's action is kicked off with some more Mexican soccer as 'El Tri's Olympic team takes on Japan.

Jurgen Klinsmann

Klinsmann's Roster Includes Some Surprises

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Ahead of their match against Mexico, Jurgen Klinsmann has released the full roster for the US Men's National Team. Nine MLS players were selected to the 23 man roster and they will have their hands full against a powerful Mexican team at Azteca Stadium in Mexico.

Hernandez, Guardado, Ochoa on 18-man Mexico roster for USMNT friendly

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If you thought Mexico were not taking next week's friendly with the U.S. men's national team seriously, you were wrong.

Mexico head coach Jose Manuel de la Torre has revealed his 18-player roster for the upcoming friendly against the United States at Estadio Azteca, and it is comprised of mostly first-choice players.

European Soccer

McBride set for unique FA Cup appearance with Wembley FC

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Four years ago, iconic U.S. forward Brian McBride was captaining the U.S. men's Olympic team in Beijing. Saturday, about two miles to the west of Wembley Stadium, where Brazil and Mexico will meet in this year's men's Olympic final, he'll be trying to lead an upstart team on an entirely different stage.

Mid-Day Ticker: Lucas lured by PSG, Spurs make move for Damiao and more

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Paris St.-German have struck again.

The high-spending French power swooped in to sign rising Brazilian star Lucas Moura, outbidding the likes of Manchester United and Inter Milan for the Sao Paulo attacking midfielder. Reports Tuesday had PSG making a €45 million move for Lucas, who is currently on the Brazilian Olympic team that is vying for the gold medal in London.

Evening Ticker: Brazil reaches Olympic final, Suarez signs long-term deal & more

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The gold medal favorites are within one win of fulfilling their lofty expectations.

Brazil's men's Olympic team got two goals from Leandro Damiao and escaped a controversial no-call on a penalty shout to rout South Korea 3-0 and advance to the Olympic gold medal match against Mexico.

Mid-Day Ticker: PSG bid for Lucas, Revs waive Moreno and more

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The race for Lucas Moura is heating up.

According to Inter Milan president Massimo Moratti, French club Paris Saint-Germain have thrown themselves into the mix for the 19-year-old midfielder. Moratti, whose club is keen on signing the midfielder, said PSG has offered Sao Paulo a bid worth an estimated $55.

Mid-Day Ticker: Bale faces ban, United still interested in Moura and more

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Gareth Bale raised more than a few eyebrows when the midfielder, who denied a call up to Great Britain's Olympic team due to injury, took the field for Tottenham against the LA Galaxy on Tuesday. Now the authorities are beginning to ask questions.

FIFA President Sepp Blatter added to the controversy this morning when he said Bale could be banned for the duration of the Olympics should the Football Association lodge a formal complaint.

Friday Kickoff: Manchester United bids for Van Persie, Lucas rejected & more

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Robin van Persie is a wanted man among Europe's top clubs, but Arsenal is maintaining their ground before deciding to part ways with their star striker.

The Gunners have reportedly turned down a bid from Manchester United that is said to be not close to one in the £20 million range that is being sought after for the 28-year-old Dutch international.

D.C. United

Timbers sign defender, deal Chabala to D.C. United

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The Portland Timbers have had defensive issues for most of the 2012 season, and it is a reason they are out of the playoff race in the MLS Western Conference, so it shouldn't come as a surprise that the team shook up the roster on Thursday with another trade and an international player signing.

Disciplined play is the order of United’s day

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It's summer doldrums time. You know, when there's no wind and nothing happening except heat and humidity. Fortunately for DC United there are few games to wear down the team. Injuries are down to one, Lance Rozeboom, and Coach Ben Olsen can afford to lend out three players for the weekend.

Actually, DC United has been drifting for well over a month, with losses to Philadelphia and RBNY and unimpressive wins over the former and Montreal.

Inter Milan

PSG Spend €100 million To Sign Lucas Moura

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Paris Saint-Germain have beaten Inter Milan and Manchester United in the race to sign Lucas Moura from Sao Paulo for a reported fee of €45 million.

The Brazilian teenager will move to the Parc des Princes in January because PSG currently has filled all their non-EU positions.

It had seen that Manchester United was going to land the talented Brazilian, but PSG have the deepest pockets in football, and they can outspend anyone.

Lucas Frenzy Out Of Control As PSG Bid €45m For Brazil Reserve

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The bidding frenzy for San Paulo starlet Lucas Moura has taken another crazy turn. Inter Milan president Massimo Moratti has claimed that Paris St Germain have offered Sao Paulo €45 million for the midfielder, a fee he believes is "completely illogical".

The Inter President has came to his senses and pulled his club out of the Lucas sweepstakes telling Sky Sport Italia:

"We would never have gone up to that sum," Moratti said.

Olimpia Replaces Cruzeiro in Foxboro Friendly

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. With Cruzeiro dropping out of the August 4 doubleheader at Gillette Stadium, Honduras club C.D. Olimpia has been tabbed as the replacements to face Italian giants A.C. Milan. The friendly match will kick off at 4:30 p.m., followed by the regular season MLS match of the New England Revolution vs.


Olympic Final Four

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The unlikely quarterfinal run of Sporting Kansas City midfielder Roger Espinoza (pictured) and the Honduras Olympic team has come to an end. Honduras seized a 1-0 lead over Brazil, and then a 2-1 lead in the second half on a goal by Roger Espinoza, but Brazil would equalize and then take a 3-2 lead on a pair of brilliant plays by Neymar.

Sergio Ramos thrashes Kaka in 50m swim-off

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Spain are used to having things there own way in footballing terms, so when the Olympic team got knocked out of the football tournament, Sergio Ramos decided to teach Brazilian Kaka a thing or two, presumably frustrated that Brazil are favourites to win the gold that would have completed the set for Spain.


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The SPANISH FOOTBALL OLYMPIC TEAM goes home & last placed in their Group after drawing 0 - 0 in the last 2012 London Olympics match against MOROCCO. This is a real down to earth situation which put the Spanish youngsters perhaps into their place. The most significant aspect however is that Spain has not scored one single goal in all their Group games & this is for deep analysis.

Olympics 2012 Football – France names 18 women to Olympic roster

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The U.S. womanhoods today cognize just who will be standing across from them when they unfastened Olympic compete on JulyXXVin Glasgow as France called its 18-participant Olympic team this hebdomad.

US Women Perfect

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I just watched the US Women's Olympic team defeat North Korea 1-0 at Old Trafford. The TV commentators mentioned that Hope Solo (pictured) and the US Women have not allowed a goal in 256 minutes, since the 14th minute of the opener against France when France seized an unlikely 2-0 lead en route to a 4-2 US victory.

Beatles icon Paul McCartney calls Stuart Pearce an “idiot” for refusing to select David Beckham for Great Britain football team

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Last night ex-Beatle Paul McCartney headlined the London Olympics opening ceremony with a rousing and occasionally shaky rendition of Hey Jude. Another equally classic song in his considerable repertoire is Live and Let Die an appropriate title when you consider his resentful outburst at Stuart Pearce at the end of last week.

Sounders Transfer Rumor: Mario Martinez Signed On Loan From Real Espana

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It appears the Seattle Sounders' wild day of activity isn't quite done. The latest signing is apparently Mario Martinez, a 22-year-old midfielder who plays professionally for Real Espana and is currently with the Honduras Olympic team.

Pardon if already reported, but hearing Sounders have completed loan for Honduran Olympic MF Mario Martinez from Real Espana #mls

- Steven Goff (@SoccerInsider) July 27, 2012

There's not a whole lot of information out there about Martinez, but we know he's been a regular starter for the Honduras U23 team and is a midfielder.


Brazil outclass team GB in Olympic warm up, 2-0

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About half of the Brazilian Olympic squad on display in today's warm up have been linked to Premiership sides.

Remember when Chelsea were gyrating their hips fast and furiously to attract Neymar earlier this year. But it is Olympic team mate, Oscar who has reportedly undergone a medical at Chelsea, in line to be their newest acquisition although the club officially has yet to announce him.

Will Ryo Miyaichi’s exclusion from the Olympics help or hinder his development?

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It surprised many football fans when 21-year-olf Ryo Miyaichi's name was left off of the roster when Japan's Olympic team was announced, especially since he was named to the Japanese national team in May. The Olympics, with their 23-year-old age limit, seem to be tailor made for somebody like him.

What will become of the mysterious Park Chu-Young?

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Arsenal's South Korean star Park Chu-Young has sure made a lot of headlines around the world recently, especially for a guy who only played a handful of minutes in the Premier League last season. Much of the recent fuss has to do with Chu-Young's military service in his homeland and his exclusion from the national team, but inclusion on the nation's Olympic squad.

The Rest

Olympics Take Korean Minds Off Summer Heat

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The first few days of August will be remembered in South Korea for sizzling temperatures that reached 38 degrees Celsius. With the high humidity levels, many Seoulites headed for the river to cool down and watch the Olympics sat on the grass while drinking beer and directing fried chicken delivery riders through the sea of mats on the grass.

Toluca Rises to the Top of Liga MX, Week 3 in Review

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In this installment of Ordinary Orange Fan Talks Mexican, we have much to discuss regarding the most recent week in Liga MX. There were quite a few surprises, a couple great comebacks, and of course incredible goals.

Three weeks into the Apertura 2012, Toluca stands tall at the top of the Mexican table with three victories.

MB 90: Looking Beyond the Green Monster

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Jon Levy Four years ago in Beijing, a young midfielder with a contentious last name very nearly led an Olympic team to medal heights, only to have those dreams dashed by a bad piece of goalkeeping on a Holland set piece and the definition of an ill-timed red card by one Michael Orozco a game [...]

Women's Pro League Final Takes Backseat to US Women's Olympic Team

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The highest level of women's pro Soccer in the U.S. played its final Saturday. The Women's Premier Soccer League (WPSL) Elite match was played in Rochester, New York, home of the Western New York Flash.

The game went to Pk's after the two finalists, the Flash and Chicago Red Stars, played 120 minutes to a 1-1 tie.

Transfer Window Recap: Fernandez Traded, Tiffert Signed, Mario Martinez In 'Advanced Negotiations'

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Say what you will about the way the Seattle Sounders remade their team on the final day of the of the MLS transfer window, but don't accuse them of being boring.

In the manner of a few hours, they shipped Alvaro Fernandez to the Chicago Fire, announced the signing of Christian Tiffert and all but announced the signing of 22-year-old Mario Martinez, who's currently with the Honduras Olympic team.

All eyes on Seattle!

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Tonight, Chelsea have their first pre season outing against the Seattle Sounders and it's a game we are all looking forward to.

As we know we have a pretty broken up group at the moment with Juan Mata being in London with the Spanish Olympic team, Ryan Bertrand with the GB Team, JT being allowed extended time off due to his Euro2012 involvement, his court case commitments, Rual Meireles and Florent Malouda because of Euro2012 and Fernando Torres because of the same, so the group isn't complete as one and won't be until the Olympics has finished.

Thursdays TV

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Mexico's Olympic team plays Leon at 8:30pm ET on TeleFutura.