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Jack to Impact? Union in Chicago previews, more USA-Mexico reaction, more news

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Taylor Twellman tweets McInerney could be headed to Montreal. Union in Chicago previews and news. More reaction to USA-Mexico friendly. More news.

Steffen and Madison advance to NCAA quarterfinals, Convey released by TFC, more

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Photo: Courtesy of the Philadelphia Union Philadelphia Union I got nothing. Local Former Union Academy goalkeeper Zack Steffen was huge between the posts in University of Maryland's 1-0 win over UC Irvine to advance to the NCAA tournament quarterfinals. Ranked No. 5, the Terrapins travel to face No. 4 ranked [.

Towards a more perfect union

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Charles Boehm looks at a USA squad that has gelled over 2013 after answering criticism with an extended run of success. Read More

United States Men's National Team

USMNT: All Square In Arizona

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Don't call them the B-team (Photo: freep.com)

OTF's Austin Fido brings his take on der Klinnsmannschaft's dos-a-dos with El Tri...

USMNT played perma-rival Mexico to a 2-2 draw in Arizona in the last international either side will play before preliminary World Cup squads are named in May.

Edu on US callup, US news ahead of Mexico friendly, Barca transfer ban, more news

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Edu, saying all the right things, again. USMNT news ahead of tonight's friendly. FIFA bans Barcelona from participating in two transfer windows. More news.

Union top Impact on PKs, BC on new mids, Chipotle, MLS & USMNT news, more

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The Union defeated Montreal on Saturday in their final preseason game. More Union news. Final preseason games results. USMNT news. Much more.

An Unlikely Pair

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By: Matt Hartley

2013 was a banner year for the United States Men's National Team, with an impressive winning streak that included victories over a German-ish team, a Gold Cup triumph, and a nice come from behind victory in Europe, all washed down with the tears of Mexican fans.

This success was built very much on the development of some partnerships that were perhaps a little unexpected.

An Unlikely Pair

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By: Matt Hartley

Two thousand thirteen was a banner year for the United States Men's National Team, with an impressive winning streak that included victories over a German-ish team, a Gold Cup triumph, and a nice come from behind victory in Europe, all washed down with the tears of Mexican fans.

An Unlikely Pair

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By: Matt Hartley

Two thousand thirteen was a banner year for the United States Men's National Team, with an impressive winning streak that included victories over a German-ish team, a Gold Cup triumph, and a nice come from behind victory in Europe, all washed down with the tears of Mexican fans.

Cut Down To Size

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That size being 22, to be exact.G - Bill Hamid (DC United), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)D - Matt Besler (Sporting KC), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Clarence Goodson (San Jose Earthquakes), Michael Harrington (Portland Timbers), Michael Parkhurst (Columbus Crew), DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle Sounders)M - Eric Alexander (New York Red Bulls),

Klinsmann discusses USMNT roster selections for January camp

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By DAN KARELL

When U.S. Soccer announced the U.S. Men's National Team roster for the January camp, it was as much about seeing old faces as it was identifying new talent.

Head coach Jurgen Klinsmann selected a heavily Major League Soccer-based roster, which sees USMNT regulars such as Graham Zusi, Landon Donovan, and Omar Gonzalez return while also giving opportunities to players like Mike Magee and youngsters like Luis Gil, Shane O'Neill, and DeAndre Yedlin.

Klinsi's January Call: 26

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There are some expected names and some surprises, but my main question is about the sheer size of the group. A bit large for World Cup January, no? I'll take this as the final APB of the cycle.G - Tally Hall (Houston Dynamo), Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)D - Matt Besler (Sporting KC), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy),

USMNT Roster Announced For Scotland and Austria Friendlies

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The US Soccer Federation have announced the USMNT roster for the upcoming friendlies against Scotland and Austria.

The roster is as follows:

GOALKEEPERS: Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Tim Howard (Everton), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire)

DEFENDERS: DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla), John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders FC), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest), Michael Orozco (Puebla)

MIDFIELDERS: Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Michael Bradley (Roma), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg), Fabian Johnson (Hoffenheim), Jermaine Jones (Schalke), Sacha Kljestan (Anderlecht), Brek Shea (Stoke City)

FORWARDS: Jozy Altidore (Sunderland), Terrence Boyd (Rapid Vienna), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC), Aron Johannsson (AZ Alkmaar), Eddie Johnson (Seattle Sounders FC), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)

"We are excited about the group we have coming in and the big opportunity to finish the year on a high note," said Klinsmann.

DC previews, adjustments, helmets, USA notes, and more

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News and previews ahead of Saturday's game in DC. Helmets for Princeton school district soccer players. News and Notes ahead of USA v Jamaica. Champions League to be replaced? More news.

“We are going to Brazil!”: Reactions, replays and relief as USMNT qualifies for WC2014

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Columbus was the place to be last night as the United States men's soccer team fought through a rough first half hour to overcome Mexico and qualify for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

Paid Their Dues: Orozco Stumbles in WCQ

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Michael Orozco got the nod at right back over Geoff Cameron, who was picked to fill in for an injured Michael Bradley only moments later. Orozco was partially at fault for the second goal, venturing too far up the touchline, and making Omar Gonzalez come out to defend. Beasley was then powerless against a trio of Costa Rican attackers, one of whom headed the ball into the back of the net.

United States September World Cup Qualifying Content Clearinghouse

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Everything we're writing about the USMNT as they try to secure a berth in Brazil next summer.

In case you were living under a rock and didn't know, the United States is taking on Costa Rica tomorrow night in their seventh match in the Hexagonal. Should the US win this game, they will have all but clinched their spot in Brazil; a tie would be acceptable, and a draw would not be too surprising given the difficulties of playing World Cup qualifiers in Central America.

Sporting Kansas City

The US Roster To Face Mexico: The Last Ride for Edu

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GOALKEEPERS (3): Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)

DEFENDERS (8): DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders FC), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Clarence Goodson (San Jose Earthquakes), Michael Orozco (Puebla), Michael Parkhurst (Columbus Crew), DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle Sounders FC)

MIDFIELDERS (7): Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo), Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy), Maurice Edu (Philadelphia Union), Luis Gil (Real Salt Lake), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)

FORWARDS (4): Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC), Julian Green (Bayern Munich), Eddie Johnson (D.

Besler, Feilhaber, Zusi to Remain with US Team

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Today US Soccer announced that 22 players from the recent 26 man camp will stick around for next Saturday's friendly against South Korea. Of KC's five representatives, three will be remaining with the US team. Matt Besler, Benny Feilhaber, and Graham Zusi will be the three Sporting representatives available for the game.

Shane O’Neill & 25 Others Called Into Camp Klinsmann

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Come on down the Rapids. Well deserved for outlaw Shane.

Shane O'Neill, Eric Alexander, Luis Gil... Yedlin. Nice work Herr Klinsinator.

UScamp opens January 6th in California and jumps midstream to Sao Paulo through the 25th and then finishes up back at the Artist Formerly Known as HDC in early February.

Besler and Nielsen Up for Year End Awards

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Today, MLS announced the finalists for their awards. Sporting Kansas City has two players up for the year end awards. Matt Besler is up for defender of the year, while Jimmy Nielsen is up for goalkeeper of the year.

Besler's award will be announced next Tuesday, the 26th. For the second year in a row Besler is up for the award.

Jurgen Klinsmann Calls 20 For World Qualifying Denouement

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But who else?

A shortened roster. Brad Evans Rightback rides again. Donovan's heating up.

GOALKEEPERS (3): Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Tim Howard (Everton), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)

DEFENDERS (6): DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City) Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Edgar Castillo (Club Tijuana), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders FC), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy)

MIDFIELDERS (6): Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg), Jermaine Jones (Schalke), Sacha Kljestan (Anderlecht), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)

FORWARDS (5): Jozy Altidore (Sunderland), Terrence Boyd (Rapid Vienna), Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy), Aron Johannsson (AZ Alkmaar), Eddie Johnson (Seattle Sounders FC)

Positing:

» How does the team play without Clint Dempsey.

Major League Soccer

Are Esteban Cambiasso and Frank Lampard Heading To MLS This Summer?

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Stories out of Italy and England suggest that former world class midfielders Esteban Cambiasso and Frank Lampard could be heading to Major League Soccer this summer.

Lampard has been linked with a move to MLS for a couple of seasons now, but decided to stay at Chelsea this season in the hope that he will get a place in Roy Hodgson's squad for this summer's World Cup.

SBI MLS Season Preview: LA Galaxy

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By DAN KARELL

Following back-to-back MLS Cup championships, the LA Galaxy's 2013 Major League Soccer season ended earlier than expected.

If you ask Bruce Arena, however, that might not have been a bad thing.

For the first time since 2010, the Galaxy had an extended offseason, allowing the entire squad to recover from a variety of injuries suffered over the course of the year.

MLS signs Chipotle sponsorship, Omar Gonzalez as spokesperson

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MLS has a new sponsorship deal with Chipotle that involves 12 MLS teams and the new Chipotle MLS Homegrown Game. Read More

Free Beer Match Day - 2013 MLS All-Star Game

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All-Star Games are always about the fun. And for Major League Soccer, their unique format allows a major world soccer team to come to town to play the best and the brightest our league has to offer.

It is, though, no doubt a trap match. MLS wins... critics say they played a B-team in pre-season; MLS loses.

VIDEO - Hilarious MLS All-Star Music Video Channels the Zuba Pants Era (Funny Or Die)

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American soccer is really creeping into the mainstream now.

Funny Or Die, the comedy website co-founded by soccer fan Will Farrell, put out this hilarious bad music video with Major League Soccer All-Stars Kyle Beckerman, Graham Zusi, Jack McInernery, Omar Gonzalez, Brad Davis, Chris Wondolowski, and Mike McGee.

On The Fire Soccer Radio #19: From the Eye of the Polar Vortex

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Welcome to 2014, OTF Radio...

Baby, it's cold outside. But the basement studio's back in full effect!

Chicago Fire's back to work, and so are Brian and Scott. What will become of our Men in Red in 2014? The boys have a few ideas.

The show goes international with our the debut of our resident Barbadian/Jerseyite Austin Fido, who fills you in on all things USMNT (and a little Mista Killa) from the carnival climes of Trinidad and Tobago.

LA Galaxy Block Loan Moves For Keane And Donovan

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Los Angeles Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena has ruled out the possibility of Robbie Keane and Landon Donovan returning to the English Premier League on loan during the Major League Soccer off-season.

The pair have both had loan spells in England in recent years with Keane spending two months at Aston Villa at the start of 2012 while Donovan joined Everton on loan in 2010 and 2012.

Revolution’s Goncalves named MLS Defender of the Year

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By DAN KARELL

In his first season in Major League Soccer, there's no doubt that Jose Goncalves hit the ground running.

The physically-imposing center back helped solidify a back line that featured a rookie and two other un-proven defenders to take the New England Revolution into the MLS Cup playoffs for the first time in four years.

MLS Playoff Preview

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The 2013 MLS regular season is in the books. Red Bull NY finishes with the best regular season record to win their first MLS trophy of any kind (MLS Cup, Supporters Shield, or US Open Cup) despite being active for all 18 MLS seasons, originally as the NY/NJ MetroStars. Ten MLS teams make the playoffs, with the #4 and #5 teams in each conference, East and West, playing in a one-game knockout

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US Men’s National Team Squad Named For Games Against Jamaica and Panama

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The US Soccer Federation has named the US men's national team roster for the upcoming World Cup qualifier matches against Jamaica and Panama.

The squad is as follows:

GOALKEEPERS (3): Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Tim Howard (Everton), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)

DEFENDERS (6): DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City) Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Edgar Castillo (Club Tijuana), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders FC), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy)

MIDFIELDERS (6): Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg), Jermaine Jones (Schalke), Sacha Kljestan (Anderlecht), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)

FORWARDS (5): Jozy Altidore (Sunderland), Terrence Boyd (Rapid Vienna), Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy), Aron Johannsson (AZ Alkmaar), Eddie Johnson (Seattle Sounders FC)

The US plays Jamaica on October 11 in Kansas City before playing its last match of the World Cup qualification process against Panama on October 15 in Panama City.

CCL Preview: LA Galaxy vs. Isidro Metapan

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By DAN KARELL

Bruce Arena will be hoping that a short turnaround is just what the Los Angeles Galaxy need after two straight sub-par performances.

After losing at home to the Colorado Rapids on September 7 without their three designated players (Landon Donovan, Robbie Keane, and Omar Gonzalez) and goalkeeper Jaime Penedo, the four players returned to the lineup last Saturday, only to draw with the worst team in Major League Soccer, 2-2.

MLS Ratings Drift

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Jay Bell on what MLS needs to get some eyeballs

"Give me consistency or give me death." The new battle cry of MLS viewers.

MLS Stretching to get any ratings points...

The second half of the 2013 Major League Soccer season has seen the arrival of Clint Dempsey, more homegrown players and more Designated Players giving every MLS team a DP for the first time in league history.

MLS Match Day 28: Your Running Commentary

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By IVES GALARCEP

The Los Angeles Galaxy are missing their top three players to international duty, but that won't stop the defending champions from trying to make a statement tonight in a key Western Conference showdown vs. the Colorado Rapids (10:30pm, MLS Direct Kick).

Landon Donovan, Robbie Keane and Omar Gonzalez won't be suiting up for the Galaxy, but Bruce Arena still has enough weapons to give the Galaxy a fighting chance.

Geoff Cameron

Klinsmann Selects Eric Lichaj and 22 Others To Ax Scotland & Austria

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"Hey man, I didn't think you'd be here." "Yeah, didn't think you'd be here either."

Welcome back tot he living Eric Lichaj. Kljestan and his mustache travel too. Chris Wondowlowski gets his shot but is his right peg fit.

Will Geoff Cameron get to hock his wares deservedly at CB?

Can certainly, certainly see Ale Bedoya getting a runout at RB.

USA vs. Costa Rica lineup: Can the USMNT get three points against the Ticos?

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In case you were living under a rock and didn't know, the United States is taking on Costa Rica tomorrow night in their seventh match in the Hexagonal. Should the US win this game, they will have all but clinched their spot in Brazil; a tie would be acceptable, and a draw would not be too surprising given the difficulties of playing World Cup qualifiers in Central America.

The Rest

SoBs to host national supporters summit, HKH info, Defoe to TFC rumors renewed, more

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SoBs to host national supporters summit during January's NSCAA convention in Philly. News of the 2014 Help Kick Hunger charity event. Brit papers renew Jermaine Defoe to TFC rumors. More news.

USA 0, Scotland 0: SBI Player Grades

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By IVES GALARCEP

The first half was forgettable, but the second half was encouraging. That was the best way to sum up the U.S. Men's National Team's 0-0 tie vs. Scotland.

The first half was truly forgettable, with the U.S. team lacking energy and offering little in the attack.

Orozco Replaces Gonzalez for USA

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With Omar Gonzalez leaving camp with an injury, Michael Orozco joins the United States in advance of Friday's World Cup Qualifier. Read More