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Gracious Hosts, Gracious Guests

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The U.S. U-20 WNT has been treated wonderfully by all of the Japanese organizers, fans and many others they have met here everywhere the team has gone during every moment of every day. And with the U.S. team taking time to visit both the Peace Memorial in Hiroshima and a memorial to the fallen in the tsunami-stricken area of Sendai, the Japanese have more more than appreciative and supportive of the U.

Toting the Torch

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The Olympic Torch is of course in London now, but the U.S. WNT players got a chance to share in the relay in a small way when the local organizers were kind enough to let the players hold one of the torches that came through Glasgow, even if it was in the team's meal room.

A bunch of players go to take pictures with the Torch and surely the entire team will be watching the Opening Ceremonies on July 27 when the Olympic flame is lit.

World Cup

Shinkansen to Saitama

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All aboard! For Sarah Killion, Crystal Dunn, Chi Ubogagu and Kealia Ohai

The U.S. U-20 WNT left Sendai city this afternoon via the Shinkansen, the famed Japanese bullet train, and once again the local organizers made the trip as smooth as possible. Of course, the Shinkansen is about as smooth as it gets, gliding between cities at between 150-180 MPH, meaning the USA's train from Sendai took just over 90 minutes.

Training at The Big Arch Stadium

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U.S. players warm-up on the track before training

The U.S. U-20 WNT held its one allowed training at the game venue today, running through an hour practice at the Hiroshima Big Arch Stadium which will host the USA's first two Group D matches.

While the heat and humidity has been a bit oppressive so far in Hiroshima, the temps during the USA's training session, while a bit sticky, were relatively cool and would be conducive to some good soccer for sure.

Happy Birthday Becca (and Kelly)

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If there is one thing that the U-20 WNT has learned in its short stay in Japan so far is that that Japanese know how to do birthdays.

Forward Becca Wann, who turned 20 today, as well as forward Kelly Cobb, who turns 20 on the 26th, were given gifts after training by the local organizers here in Hiroshima.

Corner: Brazil 2014

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The latest out of Brazil is that they've postponed hosting the Copa America, letting Chile take the 2015 tournament and waiting until later this decade to take their turn. That's not an option with next summer's Confederations Cup or the 2014 World Cup, and it's the FIFA tournaments looming large. Justin Shaffer took us through the issues surrounding the 2014 World Cup, something that both the organizers and world soccer's governing body would've probably preferred.

"Artificial field meant for children" Zico

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The man they called the "White Pele" never failed to reiterate his opinion on having game to be played on artificial surface after made known to the media a day earlier.

"To me personally, I think good football should be played on natural grass and artificial surface shall be used by small children in training instead.

World Football

Win 2 Tickets to AC Milan vs Real Madrid Friendly at Yankee Stadium In New York City

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On Wednesday, August 8, two of the giants of world soccer will compete at Yankee Stadium in New York City. AC Milan will play Real Madrid as part of the 2012 World Football Challenge. And courtesy of the event organizers, we have 2 tickets to give away to one lucky fan.

To enter the contest, answer the following trivia question.

Win 2 Tickets to Real Madrid vs AC Milan Friendly At Yankee Stadium In New York City

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On Wednesday, August 8, two of the giants of world soccer will compete at Yankee Stadium in New York City. AC Milan will play Real Madrid as part of the 2012 World Football Challenge. And courtesy of the event organizers, we have 2 tickets to give away to one lucky fan.

To enter the contest, answer the following trivia question.

Real Madrid to take on Celtic in Philadelphia in latest WFC addition

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Real Madrid is returning to Philadelphia.

The Spanish champions will play Celtic as part of the World Football Challenge on Aug. 11 at Lincoln Financial Field. According to a release, the match will be Celtic's only one during the tournament, but Real Madrid has also signed on to play the Los Angeles Galaxy and Juventus.

Champions Real Madrid, Juventus set for summer showdown in Las Vegas

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Real Madrid and Juventus will be going head-to-head in this summer's World Football Challenge, but they won't be doing so in an established MLS market. They'll be doing it in Vegas, baby.

The newly crowned Spanish and Italian champions will clash on August 5 in Las Vegas' Sam Boyd Stadium, a 36,800-capacity venue that is the home to UNLV football, as part of the summer tournament in North America, match organizers announced on Tuesday.

World Football Challenge Returns For Another Year

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World Football Challenge logo. (Gabriel de los Rios / MLSsoccer.com)

Don't act surprised. You knew this was probably coming. The summer of soccer kicks off once again as Major League Soccer will be hosting foreign-based clubs in the World Football Challenge.

So far only two games are listed.

IFFHS NAMES XAVI HERNANDEZ BEST MIDFIELDER 2011

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The FIFA backed IFFHS ( International Football Federation of History & Statistics) has handed in their list of the "Best Midfielder in World Football" for 2011 ( game creator +Â assistances) . The FCÂ BARCELONAÂ & Spanish Football International XAVI HERNANDEZ tops the list over second placed team-mate Lionel Messi.

Olympics

Olympics 2012 Football – North Korean athletes in seclusion after flag flap

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The emblem flap that eclipsed the start of chars's soccer at the London Olympics might be consigned to a listing of human faults by organizers, but it could barely have been more abusive to North Koreans. More to ejaculate on goalpost.tv from Olympics 2012

USWNT Anxious to Start Olympics

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USWNT Anxious to Start Olympics

The Americans start group play against France at historic Hampden Park, the only Scottish venue for the Summer Games. One can barely move around in London without noticing something that has to do with the Olympics, but the buzz in Glasgow just isn't the same. Some 37,000 fans are expected for the U.

Olympics 2012 Soccer – Beckham’s Olympic torch fetching high price

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An Olympic torch carried by David Beckham has attracted plays of over 1,500 lbs ($ 2,400) after London organizers started an online bridge of Games records. More to ejaculate on goalpost.tv from Olympic 2012 Soccer

Olympics 2012 Football – Olympics organizers withdraw 500,000 soccer tickets

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Half a million slates for Olympic soccer peers have been receded and bowl capacities trimmed owed to a lack of move-up, Games organizers said on Tuesday.

Touch down in England

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The U.S. Olympic Women's Soccer has arrived in England for its pre-tournament training camp and the excitement is building. It was a long (especially for the West Coasters) but smooth trip for the U.S. team (just a five hour flight from Newark! Hello tailwind!), which flew into Manchester before hopping a bus north for a three-hour bus ride to its training base in Darlington.

US Open Cup

US Open Cup: Changes Announced For 2012

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The United States Soccer Federation announced significant changes for the US Open Cup. The 2012 tournament will be larger than in previous years, and the organizers are bringing an end to Major League Soccer having an advantage in hosting games late in the tournament. The following is from the US Soccer press release announcing the 2012 format: 2012 Lamar Hunt U.

US Open Cup's Problems Not So Easy To Fix

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US Open Cup's Problems Not So Easy To Fix

No one is a bigger fan of the US Open Cup than the guys at TheCup.US. Josh Hakala and company know more about the tournament than just about anyone this side of the organizers, and maybe more. That said, there are some scary facts in this piece. Perhaps the most bothersome is the fact that in the past three years, only nine of 117 matches not involving the Sounders drew at least 4,000 fans.

Singapore

So they benefited from a "better head start" ??

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Like mentioned, I did not get to see the match that Cubs lost to the Indonesians due to work.

However, here's the Youtube clip of the match via a Vietnamese broadcaster.


General thoughts of the game gathered online lauded the performance of the Singapore side for keeping the scoreline respectable especially with their performance in the second half, after conceding two goals and a player sent off (Nigel Vanu)in the first half.

Purpose defeated after July's MOU?

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The mood is just so different this time as the Singapore contingent embarked for their annual trip to Shah Alam for the annual Sultan of Selangor Cup tournament.

The coaches carried the Singapore contingent to Shah Alam
This year's edition coincides with the reigning Sultan's 10th anniversary on the throne, which the organizers had promised to make a grand event that two former EPL stars Jason McAteer and Jesper Bloomqvist are being roped in for the Selangor Selection in the marquee match against the Singapore national team, who will be using this match for tuning up to their remaining World Cup qualifier matches.

The Rest

Visit to the Tsunami Zone

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U.S. captain Julie Johnston places flowers at a memorial for the children who lost their lives in the tsunami

Like the full U.S. Women's National Team did at the end of March of this year during their time in Sendai, Japan (while the team was training her for a match against the Japanese), the U.

Abuja Stadium will NOT be re-grassed ahead of Arsenal match

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The JustArsenal team got completely slated by our Nigerian readers the other day for daring to suggest that the Abuja National Stadium would not be ready in time for the game against Arsenal on August 5th. After an inspection in May, a spokesman for the organizers said that the pitch would be fixed before Arsenal's [.

Senegal Strikers Could Miss Newcastle Summer Tour

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Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse may miss quite a bit of the season for Newcastle next term. Papiss Cisse could miss summer tour That's because both strikers could be involved for Senegal in the Olympic Games in the UK, and then there is the African Cup of Nations starting in January in South Africa, and that's the second year in a row the tournament has taken place.

#GrowTheGame Event Previews #5 – Beach Soccer & Burgers

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With the #GrowTheGame San Diego Pilot fast approaching, Soccer Support will be previewing each of the five major events being held across the city on Saturday 14 & Sunday April 15.

Our final #GrowTheGame event previews are those of the Pick-Up Beach Soccer & Soccer viewing parties at our fantastic supporters down at Slaters 50/50.

Drinks With the Fire and musings of a new fan

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In lieu of another book review this week, I have a brief recap of the "Drinks With the Fire" event that I attended last Thursday along with some experiences and thoughts as a new(ish) supporter. I'm hoping it'll give a little perspective into what would be the best approach to attract more MLS and - most importantly - Fire fans.

2012 President's Cup preview

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A record 88 teams will play in Madison United's 19th annual President's Cup indoor soccer tournament this weekend.

And it looks like a record that won't be broken – unless event organizers decide to make a significant format change or expand to a third facility.

"We can't go any more.

BC Place is the Place to Be

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The U.S. team got its first look today at the game venue - BC Place -and were quite impressed. The players reported that the quality of the artificial surface is high and they enjoyed the way the organizers have down-sized the stadium in a highly aesthetic way with huge tarps. The stadium has a retractable roof, but needless to say that thing is staying closed.

NSCAA Interview With Jurgen Klinsmann

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As part of the 2012 NSCAA Convention, the organizers presented an hour-long interview with Jurgen Klinsmann conducted by Allen Hopkins.