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Seattle Sounders

Brian Schmetzer was a Seattle sports fan long before he was a player or coach

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Like many of you he loves Seattle and Seattle sports.

When you talk to Brian Schmetzer about Seattle and the fans he smiles. This is home. Before he was a player, and long before he was a coach, he was a Sounder. He remains a Sounder. He's been a fan of this club for quite some time.

It started, like so many stories of fandom, with his dad.

Sounders Will Find Motivation In Their Past

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Often the Seattle Sounders players and coaches will talk about how they need the proper mentality in their approach to games. Coming back from so far down will be a challenge. Every player and coach I talked to after practice today made that clear.

Brad Evans had the simplest answer to how he'll find motivation.

Sounders September - Rounding The Turn

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It's early in the stretch run of a season that MLS puts forth as a marathon. In a season where Seattle fell short of two trophies already (Open Cup, 11/12 CCL) they still are capable of two more major trophies as well as the Cascadia Cup. Travel concerns essentially end in September, unless the Sounders are on the road for the MLS Cup Final, which is travel that any fan, supporter, player, coach or front office personnel would love to be forced upon them.

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Arena returns to coach US after Klinsmann sacked

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Chicago (AFP) Bruce Arena was rehired Tuesday for a second stint as United States head coach, replacing sacked German Jurgen Klinsmann.

The 65-year-old American who guided the United States to the 2002 World Cup quarter-finals during his previous tenure from 1998-2006, struck a new deal Tuesday through to the 2018 Russia World Cup.

Klinsmann fired as US coach

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Chicago (AFP) Former Germany player and coach Jurgen Klinsmann was fired Monday as coach of the United States after losing two 2018 World Cup qualifying matches.

The 52-year-old, who won the World Cup as a player with Germany in 1990, had been in charge of the US since 2011.

US Soccer Federation president Sunil Gulati announced the "difficult decision" without naming a replacement.

Klinsmann fired as US coach

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Chicago (AFP) Former Germany player and coach Jurgen Klinsmann was fired Monday as coach of the United States after losing two 2018 World Cup qualifying matches.

The 52-year-old, who won the World Cup as a player with Germany in 1990, had been in charge of the US since 2011.

US Soccer Federation president Sunil Gulati announced the "difficult decision" without naming a replacement.

Nigeria’s ‘Big Boss’ Keshi dies at 54

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Abuja (AFP) Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday led tributes to former Super Eagles player and coach Stephen Keshi, who died of a suspected heart attack at the age of 54.

"Nigeria today lost a great sportsman, football player, coach and citizen," Buhari wrote on his official Twitter account, adding: "Nigerian football will not be the same without Stephen Keshi.

Nigeria’s ‘Big Boss’ Keshi dies at 54

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Abuja (AFP) Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday led tributes to former Super Eagles player and coach Stephen Keshi, who died of a suspected heart attack at the age of 54.

"Nigeria today lost a great sportsman, football player, coach and citizen," Buhari wrote on his official Twitter account, adding: "Nigerian football will not be the same without Stephen Keshi.

Nigeria’s ‘Big Boss’ Keshi dies at 54

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Abuja (AFP) Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday led tributes to former Super Eagles player and coach Stephen Keshi, who died of a suspected heart attack at the age of 54.

"Nigeria today lost a great sportsman, football player, coach and citizen," Buhari wrote on his official Twitter account, adding: "Nigerian football will not be the same without Stephen Keshi.

Nigeria’s ‘Big Boss’ Keshi dies at 54

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Abuja (AFP) Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday led tributes to former Super Eagles player and coach Stephen Keshi, who died of a suspected heart attack at the age of 54.

"Nigeria today lost a great sportsman, football player, coach and citizen," Buhari wrote on his official Twitter account, adding: "Nigerian football will not be the same without Stephen Keshi.

Former Nigeria football coach ‘Big Boss’ Keshi dies

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Abuja (AFP) One of African football's most recognisable figures, former Nigeria player and coach Stephen Keshi, has died of a suspected heart attack, his family said on Wednesday. He was 54.

Keshi in 2013 led Nigeria's Super Eagles to victory in the Africa Cup of Nations, and a year later took the side to the last 16 of the World Cup finals in Brazil.

Zidane seventh into player and coach Champions League heaven

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Madrid (AFP) French football legend Zinedine Zidane became just the seventh man to win the Champions League as a player and a coach after Real Madrid beat Atletico Madrid on penalties on Saturday.

Zidane masterminded a huge turnaround in Real's fortunes just five months into his first senior managerial role as he led the Spanish giants to their 11th European Cup after replacing the sacked Rafael Benitez in January.

Zidane seventh into player and coach Champions League heaven

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Madrid (AFP) French football legend Zinedine Zidane became just the seventh man to win the Champions League as a player and a coach after Real Madrid beat Atletico Madrid on penalties on Saturday.

Zidane masterminded a huge turnaround in Real's fortunes just five months into his first senior managerial role as he led the Spanish giants to their 11th European Cup after replacing the sacked Rafael Benitez in January.

English Premier League

Championship: Struggling Giants Aston Villa Appoint Steve Bruce As New Manager

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Championship strugglers Aston Villa have named ex-Birmingham City player and coach Steve Bruce as their new manager just over a week after Roberto Di Matteo was given the elbow at Villa Park.

The 55-year-old Bruce left Hull City in the summer after taking them back to the Premier League. Indeed, the former Manchester United defender has returned four sides to the top-flight in his managerial career, more than anyone else.

Thais, Trophies & Jasper Carrot

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There was a classic Jasper Carrot sketch many years ago. It was about these middle class wannabes who had a couple of Mercedes in the driveway but sod all in the fridge. Ever since I moved to this part of the world I have been reminded of that almost daily.

Thai football is a case in point.

FC Barcelona

Celebrating Johan Cruyff the Asshole

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Lots of smart and knowledgeable people have chimed in on Johan Cruyff, the Dutch soccer legend who recently passed away. Yet, as pointed out by Brian Phillips on Twitter, nobody has noted or observed or come to grips with the fact he was an asshole. Like all geniuses, Cruyff was difficult to work with as a player, a coach, and even an executive.

Barcelona Name ‘Tata’ Martino Their New Manger

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Barcelona have officially announced the hiring of Gerardo ‘Tata' Martino as their new coach. A statement on the club's web site said:

FC Barcelona has reached an agreement to sign Gerardo Martino as the new first team manager for the next two seasons. The agreement is still pending the drafting and signing of his contract.

D.C. United

Cake or Death? The results of our review of D.C. United's roster and coaches

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Well, sports fans, you voted, you debated and you waited for results. The counts are in, and here is how the Black and Red United community feels about each player and coach from the 2013 edition of D.C. United.

First off, thank you to all the readers who voted over the last seven weeks in the 34 Cake or Death polls and commented in the posts.

D.C. United Notes: Najar braces for Brazil, club ready for August and more

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Andy Najar's Olympic adventure has been a rousing success thus far, but the D.C. United winger will face his biggest test Saturday.Â

Najar has played a major role in getting Honduras' Olympic soccer team out of its group and into the quarterfinals, helping set up the all-MLS goal that led to Honduras' shocking win over Spain and starting all three matches during the group stage.

New York Red Bulls

New training grounds mean no excuses for Red Bulls

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By DAVE MARTINEZ

After experiencing first hand, as a player and a coach, just how difficult it has been for the New York Red Bulls to settle on a proper training ground, head coach Mike Petke would not deny himself another minute to inaugurate the team's new grounds.

Red Bulls name Mike Petke head coach

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By IVES GALARCEP

After months of searching for the right man to lead the New York Red Bulls, the final decision on a new head coach saw the team turn the very man who has been holding the position since the departure of Hans Backe last fall.

The Red Bulls have named Mike Petke as the team's new head coach, ending weeks of speculation and searching by turning to a candidate with strong ties to the club.

Marquez’s status in doubt for East semifinal second leg

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What first appeared to be a fictional story of an injury concocted to cover-up a dust-up between a player and coach is looking more and more like a real injury and real problem for the New York Red Bulls.

Red Bulls defender Rafa Marquez is nursing a calf injury and is questionable forthe Red Bulls' second leg against D.

Madison 56ers

Hohlbein scores twice, 56ers take third

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Given a chance to end their season on a high note, the Madison 56ers did so by finishing some of their chances Saturday night.

Player-coach Jed Hohlbein (Middleton/UW), in charge of the team in coach Jim Launder's absence, scored twice as the 56ers held off the Bay Area Ambassadors 3-2 in the National Premier Soccer League third-place match at Del Norte High School in San Diego.

56ers shake up lineup, fall in friendly

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Coming off a light week of training in the wake of a very busy weekend, the Madison 56ers had plenty of new faces on the field for Friday night's friendly against the Croatian Eagles Under-23 team at Breese Stevens Field.

Just three regulars were in the starting XI picked by player-coach Jed Hohlbein, in charge of the team this week with coach Jim Launder away leading U.

56ers roll to Amateur Cup semifinals

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After two dominating performances Friday at the U.S. Adult Soccer Association Region II Amateur Cup, there might have been a question if the Madison 56ers would be motivated for their pool finale Saturday in Fort Wayne, Ind.

"That was a slight concern," acknowledged 56ers player-coach Jed Hohlbein (Middleton/UW), in charge of the team with coach Jim Launder working at a U.

56ers get past Aris again, remain perfect

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Stacy Terry scored for the third consecutive match and Jerry Maddi found the net in his National Premier Soccer League debut as the Madison 56ers held off visiting Eau Claire Aris 2-1 on Saturday night at Breese Stevens Field to remain perfect in Midwest Region Central Conference play.

FC Dallas

Shea struggling to meet high expectations

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Brek Shea's season could not be straying any further from how most thought it would unfold.

After a year full of U.S. men's national team appearances and an offseason filled with European transfer speculation and a training stint at Arsenal, Shea has struggled to meet the lofty expectations bestowed upon him and has had his standing as a rising American star and transfer candidate take a step back.

TFC shipping DeGuzman to FC Dallas, making way for defensive help

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Toronto FC's roster makeover continued late Thursday night, with the club pulling off a major deal that could pave the way for some much-needed defensive help.

Toronto FC is preparing to trade away Canadian midfielder Julian DeGuzman to FC Dallas in a deal that will free up the cap room and Designated Player slot the team needs to land a high-profile central defender, sources told SBI on Thursday evening.

The Rest

International Match Thread: Could We See Darlington Nagbe in USA vs. Serbia?

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It has been a while since we last saw Darlington Nagbe in the uniform of the United States Men's National Team, but that could change today as the US takes on Serbia in an international friendly.

Today's match will be the USMNT's first under returning boss Bruce Arena and will be vital for a number of players looking to make an impression under the former Galaxy head coach.

Former Nigeria football coach ‘Big Boss’ Keshi dies

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Abuja (AFP) One of African football's most recognisable figures, former Nigeria player and coach Stephen Keshi, has died of a suspected heart attack, his family said on Wednesday. He was 54.

Keshi in 2013 led Nigeria's Super Eagles to victory in the Africa Cup of Nations, and a year later took the side to the last 16 of the World Cup finals in Brazil.

Sign Up This Former Player As A Coach – Quickly

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News today that former Newcastle midfielder Kevin Nolan is reported in the London Evening Standard to be stepping down as Leyton Orient player-manager. There various reports in London that the Leyton Orient owner Francesco Becchetti will hold a meeting tomorrow and ask Kevin to resign. The former Newcastle captain, who scored a hat-trick against Sunderland [.

Watch: Former Revolution player scores a lower division golazo

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Player-coach Ryan Guy scored a beauty for the North Country Battalion (NPSL) on Saturday.

Sean Okoli isn't the only former New England Revolution player finding success in lower division soccer, as Ryan Guy scored a beauty while playing for the North Country Battalion (NPSL) on Saturday night.

Tampines Rovers - SLeague's Glamour Club?

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One thing the SLeague has failed to do over recent years has been to market itself. It seems those at the very top have next to no idea how to sell the most popular game in the world to people in their very own backyard. Given such inertia perhaps it is time the clubs took up the mantle and heading into 2016 season perhaps Tampines Rovers are the side best equipped to do so.

Persib's ACL Adventure

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Before Persib can even contemplate taking on the best in Asia in the AFC Champions League they must overcome an obstacle that afflicts just about every player, coach and official in Indonesia. They face an away game against Hanoi T & T in Vietnam in February and that means dusting off the passports and packing the winter woolies.

Klinsmann's Streak Against Mexico

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U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has an impressive streak going against Mexico: He's never lost to them.
In three games each as a player and a coach, he has a combined record of 4-0-2.
Klinsmann played for Germany in a 0-0 draw at Estadio Azteca, then scored in the 2-1 win in the 1998 FIFA World Cup in France.

Non-Orange Things: Here a player, there a player and a coach

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Chivas USA

A COACH! A COACH! The Goats officially have a coach to well coach them (and feed the goat). Jose Luis Sanchez Sola is the new coach at Chivas. He has been coaching in Liga MX for the past six years but is now ready to coach in a league that needs a 'more appealing style' of soccer.

At A Glance: Fabio Capello

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Fabio Capello took over Russian's managerial post in July, leading the team to a No. 9 ranking and an unbeaten 5-0-1 record through his first six matches in charge. The 66-year-old Italian has a long track record of success as a player and coach – winning four Serie A titles as a midfielder for Juventus and AC Milan and capturing five more titles as head coach of Milan and AS Roma as well as two La Liga championships with Real Madrid.

Madison Hall calls for nominations

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Do you know someone who has made a big contribution to soccer in the Madison area?

The Madison Area Soccer Hall of Fame is seeking nominations for its fourth induction class, which will focus on the 1990s.

Nominations are being accepted for individuals in one of four categories: player, coach, referee and builder.

Wambach for More

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Over 500 athletes will represent the United States at London 2012, and there are sure to be more than a few glasses raised in New York, in particular, as the Empire State is responsible for no less than 37 of them.

Among them will be five-time U.S Soccer Athlete of the Year, and Olympics 2012 athletics betting favourite, Abby Wambach, who has been chosen to carry the national flag at the opening ceremony.

Former Chelsea star Nicolas Anelka’s angry row with Shanghai Shenhua fan

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Shanghai Shenhua former player-coach turned very much just a player, Nicolas Anelka, has rowed with a supporter of the Chinese side over his refusal to perform a traditional post-match bow. The incident followed a 1-0 defeat at bottom-of-the-table Qingdao Jonoon. In Chinese football, the whole team usually bow at the end of the match to [.