Pat Noonan

The American Exodus

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One of the factors in yesterday's trade that got little notice was that the Seattle Sounders shipped out two more American players in Mike Fucito and Lamar Neagle. Of course they got an American in return in Eddie Johnson, but, in addition to that transaction, the list of Americans the Sounders have lost this offseason is substantial.

Depth Chart: 3XI - Enlarged to Show Detail

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The Sounders have lost more players this season than any previous MLS off-season. That's without the official losses of Pat Noonan and Nate Jaqua who could still be drafted in Stage Two of the Re-Entry Draft on Monday. But there have been three retirements, the odd departure of Miguel Montano with basically no compensation, the expansion draft loss of James Riley and the trade of Tyson Wahl for allocation money have Seattle with plenty of openings.

Missing Paul Mariner

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Five years ago, the phrase "Revolution attack" elicited vivid images of Clint Dempsey, Taylor Twellman, and Pat Noonan barraging opponents' backlines, breaking ankles, and burying barrels of goals. It was theatre. It was art. And it was breathtaking to behold.

Paul Mariner, who left his position as assistant coach of the Revolution in 2009, is now Director of player development in Toronto.

Brian McBride

CJ Brown FC: A New Chapter in Chicago Soccer

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Chicago Fire original CJ Brown played in his last professional soccer game on October 23, 2010. Both Brown and teammate Brian McBride had announced their retirements days earlier. Chicago was already eliminated from the playoffs going into the game. Prior to kick-off the players knew it was going to be only the second time in the club's history that the Fire did not make the playoffs.

What Would You Like to See from MLS Talk in 2011?

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Happy New Year to all our readers and best wishes in 2011!

The past year was a big one for American soccer. Â A good but not great World Cup run, a highlight goal from Landon Donovan, and the controversial rehiring of Bob Bradley after the World Cup. Â A first MLS Cup win by Colorado, the signings of Rafa Marquez and Thierry Henry by New York, but maybe more importantly the rise of young players like Tim Ream, Teal Bunbury, Juan Agudelo, and Andy Najar.

What will you remember most about 2010?

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With 2010 down to its last day and final hours, it's time to you to share with us the most memorable moments of an eventful year.

What, from a soccer standpoint, will you remember most about 2010? Will it be Landon Donovan's goal against Algeria?

A look back at the USA's 2010 World Cup

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The 2010 World Cup keeps rolling on, but for U.S. national team fans, the reality is still sinking in that the United States' exciting World Cup run is over.

Success or failure? Tournament to remember or tournament to forget? While the disappointment of Saturday's loss to Ghana is sure to leave the lingering tinge of failure, we have to ask ourselves if the tournament the team did play was memorable and whether it exceeded or surpassed our expectations.

Who will coach the USA in 2014?

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Another World Cup cycle has come and gone for the U.S. men's national team and it is time to consider the possibility that a new coach will be leading the team once the next World Cup cycle begins.

Bob Bradley helped guide the team through a period of transition after the retirements of Claudio Reyna, Brian McBride and Eddie Pope.

charity work

Mohammed Abou- treika retires after Al Ahly tragedy

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Mohamed Abou-treika whose accomplishments as a humanitarian are as luminous as his accomplishments on the soccer pitch announced his retirement from his beloved Al Ahly club. He was joined by fellow icons Emad Moteab and Mohamed Barakat, all stalwarts of the club as they made their announcement on Ahly TV.

North American online newspaper soccer coverage: The Washington Post

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I think by now (if you are in fact still reading, which if you are at this point it could count as charity work—Ontario high school students in need of community service hours, take note) you are probably aware of several stultifying patterns in the way North American newspapers present their online soccer coverage.


BBC Sport – Frank Lampard pulls out of England squad due to illness

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BBC Sport Frank Lampard pulls out of England squad due to illness.

Let me start by explaining that I am not, and never have been , a Frank Lampard fan. I think he's overrated, a horrible ball striker, and without a level of talent that allows him to play the position for his club and country.

Gary Neville & Edwin Van Der Sar: Retirement Plans

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Gary and Edwin contemplate the news of Fernando Torres' shock transfer to Chelsea. (Getty Images/Daylife)

In a typically tardy style, we would like to offer our congratulations to Manchester United's Edwin Van Der Sar and Gary Neville, both of whom have announced their respective retirements from football in the last couple of weeks.

England NT Selections: Kevin Davies Gets The Call Up

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Experience over youth? Kevin Davies (l) and Andy Carroll. (Getty Images & AP Photo/Daylife)

With all the retirements, involuntary retirements, captain-related shenanigans and performances ranging in quality from awesome to asshat, we're certain that Fabio Capello is as nervous as we are when it comes to announcing the England squad.

Video: Capello tells Beckham its over on TV

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I have never been a big fan of David Beckham but its even harder to be behind Fabio Capello.

This was no way to "end" the international career - on TV of someone so central to the sport not just in his country but the world over. It is shocking in its disrespect of the former England captain.

Brown and Robinson are no loss to England

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Following the announcement of Fabio Capello's first squad since it all went Emmanuel Frimpong in South Africa, ineptitude in the England ranks appears to have given way to unwillingness. On Sunday, hours after being called up for the friendly with Hungary this Wednesday, first Paul Robinson and then Wes Brown opted to retire from international football instead.

Carragher takes the international blame

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Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher has admitted that he shoulders some of the blame for the recent wave of international retirements. Carragher's comments come just days after both Wes Brown and Paul Robinson announced their international retirements, and the World Cup participant believes that players are beginning to follow the example set by himself and Paul Scholes.

Capello shrugs off retirement reports

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England boss Fabio Capello has shrugged off the abrupt retirements of defender Wes Brown and goalkeeper Paul Robinson. The two Premier League players retired from international football over the course of just two days after being called up for England's friendly against Hungary, prompting some to question if Fabio Capello keeps any sort of contact with his players.

Michael Carrick + Fabio Capello = Awkward Moment

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Remember last week when Michael Carrick was out for the start of the season? Remember how he couldn't possibly figure for United in the Community Shield? And, most obvious, remember how he couldn't possibly be fit in time for England's friendly with Hungary on Wednesday evening? Remember how only two of those things turned out to be true?

England crisis for Fabio Capello: Wes Brown and Paul Robinson quit, 'injured' Michael Carrick plays and Ashley Cole blanks boss

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Fabio Capello's bold new era started in total farce with Paul Robinson and Wes Brown announcing their England retirements hours after a recall and Michael Carrick playing for Manchester United when the Italian thought he was injured.

Capello was further embarrassed by Ashley Cole, who appeared to inadvertently snub his offer of a handshake after the FA Community Shield at Wembley.

Fabio Capello

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Fabio Capello's latest England squad is notable from a Spurs point of view for the absentees this time round. While Kyle Walker, Peter Crouch and Jermain Defoe retained their places, Michael Dawson and Aaron Lennon missed out.

Considering the case of Dawson, it seemed worth checking as to whether he had picked up injury considering the positive comments he drew after the Wales qualifier.

Capello under fire

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It goes without saying that Fabio Capello is in the middle of a mess. The shattered confidence of the England team is something he has to deal with immediately. On the back of the usual high expectations England once again underachieved at the World Cup in South Africa. Now it seems that Fabio Capello is constantly under attack.

The Rest

Young and old, USA get their gold

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The U.S. Women's National Team exacted revenge and defeated Japan 2-1 in the gold medal match of the 2012 London Olympic Games on Thursday at Wembley Stadium. The victory, which marks the U.S.' fourth gold medal in women's soccer, comes 389 days after the U.S.' penalty kick loss to the Japanese in last year's World Cup Final.

Euro 2012 : The Politics Within The Netherlands Squad, Sun Tanning Bonus and Arshavin’s Mystery

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In the last few days, the Dutch national team has been left reeling from their shock opening defeat to Denmark. So the first thing they did on Sunday morning was to have a roll on the grass. You know how therapeutic lying in the sun can be, especially during such difficult moments and van Bommel, Sneijder and Afellay did just that during their stretching sessions.

Portland Timbers vs. Sporting Kansas City Preview and Match Thread [7:30 PM]

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Despite the exciting day yesterday with regards to transfers and retirements today is still game day and, as such, it's time to do our usual preparation for what could be the biggest game yet of the season for the Portland Timbers due to the implications of a win tonight.

As most of us know, Sporting Kansas City are currently unbeaten this season having accrued 21 points over their first 7 games.

So Long Papa Joe Warren; Minnesota Stars FC Veteran Goalkeeper Calls His Pro Career Quits for Good

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Say it ain't so Joe. After 13 seasons spanning 17 years and with over 93 appearances and 2 previous retirements, the goalkeeper who helped the 2011 Minnesota Stars to win the inaugural NASL Soccerbowl Trophy has called his pro career quits for for good. The 6′ 4″ keeper with hulking frame, a wife and two [.

Taylor Graham Retires, Sounders Losing Another Humanitarian

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December 2nd is becoming a day of retirements it seems. Earlier today the Terry Boss retirement became official, and now Taylor Graham is also retiring. Graham's MLS career may be one easy to pass over in history, but if there is one thing he was and always will be is a Sounder. Over the past several years with the team in two iterations playing for Adrian Hanauer and Brian Schmetzer he won the Defender of the Year, twice was was names to the First Team in the USL as well as the Humanitarian of the Year in 2009.

‘Who Wouldn’t Want Giggs In Their Team?’ – Gary Speed Opens The Door For Wales’ Old Guard

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By Chris Wright

Wales' old guard: Simon Davies, Ryan Giggs, Robert Page and Robbie Savage

Since being unveiled as the new Wales manager yesterday, Gary Speed has wasted no time in re-opening the lines of communication with the veterans that former incumbent John Toshack systematically put out to pasture insisting that the door is open should ageing stalwarts like Ryan Giggs, Simon Davies and Robbie Savage wish to overturn their respective international retirements.

The Zeitgeist: Blogs Die

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This is melodramatic even by my standards but, eh, whatever.

It's not a good time in America. It's pretty shitty for a lot of people, actually. It's been a thirty to fifty year decline for the middle class at this point, and when you look at the big picture, it's only going to get worse.

The RBNY Week In Review: After The Fall Edition

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Good Afternoon! A glorious one here in RBNY land and plenty to talk about. I've just about gotten over the total despair that took over my entire being a week ago. Hopefully, all Red Bulls fans have gotten over that disaster that was last Thursday's loss against San Jose. That said, it's time to re-open those fresh wounds (ha, ha).

Knee Specialist Dr Richard Steadman Reveals Owen Hargreaves Is Close To Comeback

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By Chris Wright

The specialist knee surgeon that saved Alan Shearer, Michael Owen and Ruud Van Nistelrooy (amongst others) from early retirements, Dr Richard Steadman, has revealed that Manchester United midfielder Owen Hargreaves is now close to making a return to full fitness after spending the best part of two full seasons on the sidelines.