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SBI Question of the Day: Who would you vote for in the U.S. Soccer election?

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After months of campaigning and politicking, the U.S. Soccer presidential election is set for this weekend, and there are a number of candidates that have a legitimate chance at winning the upcoming election.

In many ways, the election is divided into two groups. The first is one that represents a sort of status quo, candidates that have been on the business side and are looking to continue to build on U.

SBI Question of the Day: Who would you vote for in the U.S. Soccer presidential race?

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The new year will bring a new U.S. Soccer president. On Feb. 10, one of eight candidates will replace Sunil Gualti and take charge of U.S. Soccer while ushering in a new era for the federation.

Paul Caligiuri, Kathy Carter, Carlos Cordeiro, Steve Gans, Kyle Martino, Hope Solo, Michael Winograd, and Eric Wynalda are all officially in the running for the upcoming election after completing a background check and receiving a letter of nomination from three organization members.

The US and the 1990 World Cup

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Our series on the US and the World Cup continues with the 1990 World Cup, After nearly being eliminated in the preliminary qualification round, the US would need to win its final qualification game before making its first World Cup appearance in 40 years.

USA defeats Mexico in Legends Game

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Familiar faces. Familiar result.

An older generation of U.S. men's national team players defeated Mexican rivals of years past, 2-0, in the Legends Game played at the Home Depot Center on Sunday night. Roy Lassiter and Brian McBride scored in the 70-minute match and goalkeeper Ian Feuer came up with several saves to give the Americans their latest dos-a-cero victory.

Lalas, Wynalda to lead USA legends vs. Mexico

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Fans of the United States and Mexico were unable to see the two arch-rivals face off this year during Olympic Qualifying, but thanks to a blast from the past, they'll get their fix.Â

The Legends Classic, a match featuring several of the greatest players to play for the US and Mexico is scheduled to take place at the Home Depot Center on April 15th at 9pm EDT.

Bocanegra reaches 100-cap plateau

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Carlos Bocanegra has enjoyed a distinguished career as a U.S. national team defender, and he joined exclusive company on Tuesday, becoming the 12th player in U.S. Soccer history to reach 100 caps.

The steady U.S. captain marked the 3-2 victory over Slovenia by joining Cobi Jones, Jeff Agoos, Landon Donovan, Marcelo Balboa, Claudio Reyna, Paul Caligiuri, Eric Wynalda, Kasey Keller, Earnie Stewart, Tony Meola and Joe-Max Moore in the century club at the start of his 90-minute shift.

USA World Cup History (Part II: 1990 – 2006)

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The first part of this USA World Cup history covered USA's1930 to 1950, including the third place finish and the famous win over England in 1950. But it would be 40 years before the USA qualified for another World Cup. They made it to Italia '90 partly thanks to Mexico being disqualified (for fielding overage players in Olympic qualifying) but very much thanks to this goal from Paul Caliguiri vs Trinidad & Tobago:

1990 World Cup in Italy

So the USA were back in the World Cup.

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United States-Trinidad and Tobago Preview - USMNT Faces Toughest Test of Semifinals

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The USMNT is in Port of Spain, Trinidad for their toughest test of the semifinal round of CONCACAF World Cup qualification. Can Jurgen Klinsmann's team conjure up some Paul Caligiuri magic and end a dismal 2015 on a high note?

The United States started their road to the 2018 World Cup with the easiest fixture on the schedule.

Pro rugby at PPL? Also, US faces T&T in WCQ, France returns NT in England for first game since Paris attacks

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Report says pro rugby team to call PPL Park home. US faces Trinidad and Tobago in qualifier. England-France friendly. More news.

Dispersal, Curtin says Edu “willing to play center back,” Blake wins Golden Glove, US embarrassed, more

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Dispersal Draft today. Union to host combine. Curtin says Edu willing to play D. Blake wins Golden Glove as Jamaica wins Caribbean Cup. US embarrassed in Ireland. Further FIFA fun.

Reaction to Meulensteen/Sugarman presser, reaction to US loss to COL, more FIFA investigation fallout

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Reaction to Friday's big Union presser. Reaction to USMNT loss to Colombia. More fallout from release of summary report of investigation into FIFA corruption.

Landon Donovan wasn’t the first US World Cup snub

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Much of the US soccer community was shocked by the omission of Landon Donovan from the US World Cup roster. Steve Holroyd takes a look at some of the surprising US World Cup roster omissions that preceded Donovan's.

Okugo named to MLS TOW, Union & USA bits, Qatar 2022 bribery allegations update, more

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Union and USMNT bits and bobs. FIFA investigator will not consider new 2022 World Cup bribery allegations. Platini denies wrongdoing. More news.

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100 Moments: Paul Caligiuri’s Goal Ends World Cup Drought

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US Soccer's 100 Moments series picks up with the United States National Team in the 1990 World Cup Qualifying campaign. Read More

They’ve still got it

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OMAHA, NE. For three quarters the 1994 United States World Cup team more than held their own in an indoor soccer exhibition against Major Indoor Soccer League's Omaha Vipers on Friday night.

Alexi Lalas and other members of the '94 U.S. World Cup team took part in an indoor exhibition in Omaha on Friday.

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A look back at the Shot Heard Around the World

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Nearly a quarter-century ago, the U.S. Men's National Team started a trend of reaching World Cups thanks to a historical goal from Paul Caligiuri.

It was24 years ago to the day that Caligiuri struck "the Shot Heard Around the World" with his left foot to lift the U.

Somewhere Along The Way, American Soccer Knocked The Hustle

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The @BestSoccerShow's Jared Dubois says American soccer went pop when it should have went hip-hop.

If you are lucky to live long enough, you get the scary gift of watching the decades go by before your eyes.

Green Day went saccharin in a did US Soccer says Jared DuBois.

The Importance of When

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Landon Donovan's added time winner set off a series of reactions around the American soccer whateversphere. Bars exploding everywhere, blogs waxing poetic, yours truly and a ginger-colored man babbling on about "what it all means."

It's all very natural. When something of note happens, we immediately scramble to slot it smoothly into the G.

An all-World Cup 23 player US roster? You decide.

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When the US went to the first World Cup in 1930, 16 players were on the roster, unlike the 23 that are on the roster for 2010. In 1930, there were only five extra players available largely because substitutions were not allowed: you started with 11 players and if one of them was injured during the course of a match and couldn't continue, you played on without him.

The road to the 2002 World Cup

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Our series on the US at the World Cup continues with the second part of our look at the 1998 World Cup. You can read more about US World Cup appearances in 1930 (part 1), 1930 (part 2), 1934, 1950, the 1950-1990 drought, 1990, 1994, 1998 (part 1) and 1998 (part 2)

Putting 1998 in the past

The US had been humiliated at the 1998 World Cup, its poor performance on the field—one goal scored in three losses— mirrored by acrimony and dissent off the field.

Growing Up Soccer

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If you weren't aware, readers (Okay, Dan, Neil, and my mom), I'm 21 years old. I was born on April 16, 1989, the day after the Hillsborough disaster. Coincidentally, 1989 is the year to which a lot of people trace back the modern history of American Soccer. In November of that year, Paul Caligiuri scored his "shot heard round the world" against Trinidad and Tobago to put the US in the World Cup for the first time in forty years.

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The 2010 World Cup will be a tournament of firsts. South Africa is the first African nation to ever host the greatest tournament in the world. The competition is being televised across the states on the ABC/ESPN network for every single game. It will be the first World Cup since the rapid growth of the [.

The US and the 1990 World Cup

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Our series about the US and the World Cup continues with a look at the 1990 World Cup in Italy, the first the US had managed to qualify for in forty years.

The lead up to the 1990 World Cup

On Independence Day, 1988, FIFA announced that the United States would host the 1994 World Cup.

The World Cup drought: US Soccer 1950-1990

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We continue our series on the US in the World Cup with a look at why the US failed to qualify for the tournament between 1950 and 1990.

The US shocked the world when it defeated England at the 1950 World Cup. Yet for forty years after that famous victory that's nine consecutive World Cups -Â the US would not make it out of the qualifying rounds.

Steve Trittschuh interview - Exclusive to Pro Soccer Weekly

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PSW: Looking back now with the opportunity of time to reflect, what are your feelings about your career with the U.S. National team?
ST: When I look back at my career with the National team, it seems like it went very quickly. It was a privilege and an honor every time I put on the USA jersey. I started with the team at a training camp with Lothar Osiander in 1987 in Miami and was a member of the team through 1991.

Thursday Kicks: MLS Cup Edition

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*In praise of Galaxy GM and Coach Bruce Arena.

*For Real Salt Lake MLS Cup equals redemption.

* Former Chivas USA Coach Preki was officially unveiled as Toronto's new coach today. Wonder how much longer Amado Guevara will be around?

*Want to party like it's 1989?

Cobi Jones

Error in Lineup Database

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I noticed a couple of errors yesterday relating to the LA Galaxy's games in the 2000 CONCACAF Champions Cup (played in January 2001, but still called the 2000 edition). They've been fixed, and the corrected version can be downloaded here (stats through 2010).

Brian Kelly & Zak Ibsen were each listed with two sub appearances.

This week in SoCal soccer history

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If you missed the inaugural edition of this new series of retrospective posts, check it out here.

Here's edition number two:

Fifteen years ago this week

*The Galaxy played their first-ever game April 13, 1996 at the Rose Bowl.

Back then I was working for the LA Times in Ventura County and was still a fan rather than sitting in the press box.

Wizards add Octavio Zambrano as Assistant Head Coach

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The Wizards expanded their coaching staff today with the hiring of former Los Angeles Galaxy and New York/New Jersey MetroStars Head Coach Octavio Zambrano. Zambrano has the second-best winning percentage in MLS history, and he will serve as assistant head coach. The technical staff will also retain assistant coaches Kerry Zavagnin, Zoran Savic and John Pascarella for the 2010 season.

Bob Bradley

USMNT and Major Indoor Soccer League Wrap-up... they came together on the field last night too

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The USMNT blog just announced their 18-man roster for tonight's game versus Chile.

1-Sean Johnson
18-Nick Rimando

We hope our own Sean Johnson gets the start. SB Nation's Ryan Rosenblatt has a good preview to get you caught up.

Merging the worlds of USMNT and Major Indoor Soccer League, the Omaha Civic Auditorium hosted an unique matchup that saw a collection of players from the 1994 USMNT World Cup team (and others) take on this year's Omaha Vipers.

World Cup 2010: The American Moment

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Keeping sporting events like yesterday's U.S.-Algeria match in perspective is always difficult in the immediate aftermath. Reaching the Round of 16 isn't virgin territory for the U.S. and advancing past the group stages was expected, so the historical implications of this match aren't as great as qualifying for the '90 World Cup or advancing to the quarters in 2002.

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U.S. 1, Trinidad and Tobago 0.Three points in the bank, 'nuff said. * * *If I didn't feel like I owned all you guys some golden kernels of Internets goodness, those two sentences would have been the beginning, middle and end of my post-game post for an utterly forgettable 90 minutes.Yes, I realize that Paul Caligiuri's wonderstrike in Port-of-Spain in 1989 ushered in the current era of the U.

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Shots Heard 'Round the World, Soccer or Otherwise

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Bobby Thomson died this past weekend. I expect many of you have little interest in a baseball player who retired four decades ago, but his passing does give me a chance to present a general pondering.

Thomson hit the "Shot Heard 'Round the World" in 1951, a home run that won the New York Giants the National League pennant over the Brooklyn Dodgers in a three game playoff.

Media Musings: Thoughts on Color

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Listening to Taylor Twellman's color commentary during the Philly/Columbus game, we got to thinking about some of the color commentators now populating national broadcast media in American soccer. Twellman is a recent addition to the group and has shown some flashes in his first few outings in the booth.

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Major Link Soccer: Point Earned

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The USMNT earned a point on the road drawing with Trinidad & Tobago in Port of Spain Tuesday night.

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Looking for a win the United States settled for a draw Tuesday night in Trinidad and Tabago.The USMNT looked outplayed and uninterested for most of the first half, the U.

The World Cup drought: US Soccer, 1950-1990

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We continue our series on the US and the World Cup with a look at why the US failed to qualify for the tournament between 1950 and 1990.

Williams says Boston will bounce back, SI puts Mac in Gold Cup picture, Kleberson feels good, a Philly future for Califf, more

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Sheanon Williams says Boston will bounce back. Sports Illustrated sees McInereny's as MVP, Gold Cup potential. Kleberson says his debut felt good, praises fans. Danny Califf says his future could be in Philly.

New England Revolution Call In Four New Trialists

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The New England Revolution has some new faces training in Tucson as they have taken on a new crop of trialists. Jeremiah White returns for his second attempt to earn a contract, and he will be joined by Björn Runström (forward, Sweden, 27), Luisito Campisi (midfielder, Italy, 25), Florian Lechner (defender, Germany, 30), and, of course, Tom Cruise (defender, England, 20), according to Sean Donahue at New England Soccer Today.

On Bobby Thomson and Soccer’s Shots Heard ‘Round the World

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First off, who knew that Bobby Thomson was still alive? Second, his home run was legendary, but let's give credit where it is due when Paul Caligiuri passes away decades from now. Schoolhouse Rock, those Saturday morning mini-cartoons aimed at educating children who watched television instead of read books, had one episode about The Shot Heard 'Round the World.

Former USA and Mexican National Team Stars Play in Reunion Match

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Minnesotan Tony Sanneh Plays in USA v Mexico Reunion Game

Last Saturday in that Sun Bowl at El Paso, Texas, you may have had a hard time convincing some retired US and Mexican National Team soccer players that "time heals old wounds." A USA vs Mexico Reunion match was held in which some of those countries former National team stars got to lace up the cleats one more time and enter back into competition between the North American neighbors.