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D.C. United

4th Barra Brava Mini Golf Classic

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La Barra Brava, supporters of D.C. United, are pleased to announce their 4th Barra Mini Golf Classic on September 25, 2012 at H Street Country Club in NE DC ( Proceeds from the event are going to United for DC, the Charitable Arm of DC United (www.unitedfordc.

Union to host USOC semi with win, more

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Photo: Nick Waters

Look for the Philly Soccer Show podcast later this morning with guest John Hackworth. The new Union head coach talks to KYW's Greg Orlandini and PSP's Eli Pearlman-Storch about how he is different from Peter Nowak and what he learned from him, the upcoming transfer window and what the Union might be looking for, the merits of Generation adidas, how to get the best out of Lionard Pajoy and Freddy Adu, the 4-3-3, Saturday's game against Kansas City, and more.

The Couch Captain: Red Bulls 1, Revolution 0

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While much was made of the Revs' trip down to New Jersey to take on RBNY, it certainly didn't feel like the rivalry match we had all hoped for. Coming off a bye week and a bit of a layoff, New England came out flat and were punished for it in only the 7th minute, when Thierry Henry scored the only goal RBNY would need to defeat the Revs, 1-0.

American soccer

Remembering Kirk Urso

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It has been less than two days since the death of Columbus Crew midfielder Kirk Urso at the age of 22 and the American soccer community is still coming to grips with the passing of a young player who garnered so much respect and admiration in a relatively short amount of time.

The recurring themes that emerge from people discussing Urso was his friendly and happy personality off the field and his determination and work ethic on the field.

The American Soccer Community Hates Spain

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After the win over Portugal

Maybe not the individuals ...
or maybe so (think of all the shit that's said about Busquets).

But moreso, it's what they represent.

They have been exposing all of American soccer shortcomings and fallacies in a way that's unprecedented. Â What they've been doing has gone against what the American rhetoric has been for decades.

The Amazing Irony of the ‘Culture Problem’!

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There's lots of American soccer:

  • media outlets
  • coaches
  • fans / supporters
  • organizations


In general, there's a huge American soccer community.

And all its constituents cite that the game in this country suffers from a culture problem.

Sounders Knock Cal FC Out Of US Open Cup

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For a team that no one had heard of a few weeks ago Cal FC have certainly captured the attention of the soccer community in these United States. Their amateur status, the firebrand coach, and roster of misfits and success against established teams in higher leagues, the most recent of which being the Portland Timbers, who were felled by Wynalda's small axe in dramatic fashion where a MLS Designated Player missed a PK and the lower division side advanced in shoot out.

It’s Not About Cal FC!

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Cal FC is simply the messenger.

They're trying to tell the American soccer community something that only the badasses in this country have truly known for a VERY LONG TIME.

The Enemy

And yes, for those of you who live in the land opposite 3four3, these players want you to wake the fuck up.

Soccer On TV In America

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Soccer's ratings on TV in the United States are an odd thing. The best teams play at poor times for high ratings, though the Champions League final did pull in 2 Million viewers. MLS struggles and only pops over the 1 Million viewers mark for the MLS Cup Final. Mexican league and playoff matches draw strong numbers (2.

Editorial: Atlanta's Home Game Sale

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Article by Anders Aarhus

[Editors Note: The views expressed in this article are the writer's opinion and do not necessarily reflect the views of as a whole.]

Money talks. That's the message two NASL clubs, the Atlanta Silverbacks and the Minnesota Stars, gave their (now disgruntled) supporters by agreeing to give up their home field advantage in the 3rd round of the US Open Cup in exchange for financial compensation.

Rest in Peace: Rashidi Yekini

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Whenever a member of the world soccer community passes away it is a sad day, but the passing of former Nigerian World Cup striker Rashidi Yekini at the age of 48 last Friday brought an extra tinge of sadness for a generation of American soccer fans.

Yekini's unforgettable goal celebration during Nigeria's 3-0 win vs.

Why Sporting KC-RSL Isn’t This Weekend’s Best Match

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All of the hype and eyes of the American soccer community will be on MLS Live Saturday night (yes, someone forgot to negotiate this game into NBC or ESPN's deal) as Sporting Kansas City host Real Salt Lake in the ...

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PL giants set to face MLS All-Stars

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In a press conference Wednesday morning in Chester, Pa, MLS announced that the 2012 AT&T All-Star game will feature the league's top performers against Chelsea FC, one of the most recognizable and well-known clubs in the world.

The game will serve as a rematch of the 2006 All-Star game, when the hosts defeated the Blues 1-0.

Upside: ASG

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Their Words "Hosting a club as successful and prominent as Chelsea FC makes the AT&T MLS All-Star Game a destination event for the North American soccer community, one that will attract a global television audience. Our players relish the opportunity to challenge the world's best and play under the All-Star spotlight.

Announcing "The Austin Aztex Project" Documenting the Building of American Soccer

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Last September the Austin Aztex, under new ownership, announced their return to the American soccer fold. Almost a year earlier the first incarnation of the Aztex had packed up for greener pastures in Orlando, leaving supporters in the lurch and a bad taste in the mouth of the local soccer community.

player development

The Best Travel Soccer Club in Virginia?

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As the 2012 fall travel soccer season approaches, Virginia Online Soccer News is reaching out to the travel soccer community asking parents, coaches, and players:
Vote Now: Which travel soccer club is the best in the state of Virginia?
When voting please consider the overall club experience including quality of coaching, cost, player development, etc.

Chesterfield United Name Pat McStay Technical Director; Re-structure Staff

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Congratulations to frequent guest contributor Pat McStay who has been named the new Technical Director at Chesterfield United FC (Richmond, VA).

Read posts by Pat McStay

Official United FC Press Release:

Chesterfield United is excited to announce the re-structuring in the club's already successful chain of command effective June 1, 2012.

Major League Soccer

Union Freekicks - Monday, August 6th

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Chances go Begging - Philly Soccer News

If the Philadelphia Union are going to have a legitimate chance of making the playoffs, they are going to have to do a better job of finishing chances.

LOVS: Harrisburg City Islanders In Talks To Host Bolton Wanderers In Friendly

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A report put out by a site in SB Nation's soccer community said that the Bolton Wanderers may play a friendly in Harrisburg this summer.

Lion of Vienna Suite was informed that the Wanderers and the Harrisburg City Islanders, the Philadelphia Union's USL-PRO affiliate, were discussing a deal to have the recently relegated English side travel to Pennsylvania in July.

Rhino Pit: Rhinos To Put Up A Fight At PPL Park

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Mark Pallo, of Rhino Pit, wrote the following article to appear on the Brotherly Game. Rhino Pit is an independent site that has covered the Rochester Rhinos since 1996.

The Rochester Rhinos are no strangers when it comes to competing against MLS clubs in U.S. Open Cup play. Their 1999 USOC title win over the Colorado Rapids is an accomplishment that still remains sweet and special within the Rochester soccer community.

Walker End Houston -- A "fan" Point of View

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There's been some recent buzz around the Houston Dynamo, and it's not all centered around the brand spankin' shiny new toy, BBVA Compass Stadium. As we continue to count down the final week until the first Houston Dynamo home match on their pretty new pitch inside their absolutely gorgeous new stadium, an announcement was made which has polarized certain entities and united others.

Major Link Soccer: New York Cosmos Legend Passes Away, MLS Joins World League Association & Robbie Rodger Having Visa Issues

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A new month and a new day, time to shake off this weekend's showing and look forward to the next fixture. In this edition of Major Link Soccer, we get your week started talking about the fact that USOC qualifying is underway in California. A New York Comos legend passed away over the weekend at the age of 65.

Atlanta Silverbacks

Article by Doak Gips That not so great iPhone picture above this paragraph is

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Article by Doak Gips
That not so great iPhone picture above this paragraph is from my time in the upper-deck at BBVA Compass Stadium this past weekend, as the Dynamo defeated FC Dallas, 2-1. That stadium is really fantastic. They did a great job keeping all the noise in, and that stadium gets very loud.

Countdown to Opening Kick: Supporters Club

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There are three recognized supporter clubs for the Atlanta Silverbacks. The West side 109, East Side 309, and the new family friendly Band of Backs. Supporter organizations are vital parts of every soccer club. They are usually the groups that are the most vocal, devoted, and willing to travel to support their team at away matches.

European Soccer

Thursday Kickoff: Preciado dies of heart attack, Hughton to Norwich and more

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Given his history, track record and vision, Manolo Preciado seemed like the perfect man to be tasked with getting relegated Villarreal back to Spain's top flight. After a tragic event overnight, though, Preciado will never get that chance.

Preciado, a beloved long-time Spanish coach and player, died suddenly of a heart attack, a day before he was set to be introduced as Villarreal's next coach.

Rechargeable Managing Batteries, Better Than Disposables?

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Fates. Met.

This past month or so has seen the firings of two high profile managers from two high profile positions in the greater European soccer community.

André Villas-Boas fired on March 4th from Chelsea, one month shy of celebrating his one-year anniversary.

The firing was not a surprise as club owner Roman Abramovich has shown a lack of patience in keeping managers.

soccer fans

Question of the Week: Does Women’s Soccer Have a Fan Problem?

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Over the past week, a debate has sprouted over sports fandom. On Thursday, a Twitter firestorm raged over the writers/founders of the website While The Men Watch being invited to offer commentary on CBC during the Stanley Cup Playoffs, with most commenting focusing on their lack of serious supportership of hockey or sports in general.

#GrowTheGame Event Previews #2 – Local NPSL Showcase: San Diego Flash vs. San Diego Boca

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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.

A coordinated weekend of activities by the soccer community will help the sport grow in a number of ways including exposure to new players and sponsors, networking with other clubs to share best practice and providing platforms for junior clubs to link with the highest levels of the game in San Diego, inspiring the future generation of players in the process.

#GrowTheGame Events To Have Major Impact On Grassroots Soccer In San Diego

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With the #GrowTheGame weekend of April 14 & 15 fast approaching  soccer fans, coaches, administrators, soccer moms and those keen to learn more about the beautiful game are encouraged to get out in their communities and celebrate the sport at major events being held across the city.

A coordinated weekend of activities by the soccer community will help the sport grow in a number of ways including exposure to new players and sponsors, networking with other clubs to share best practice and providing platforms for junior clubs to link with the highest levels of the game in San Diego, inspiring the future generation of players in the process.

Seattle Sounders

Sounders' Levesque named May Humanitarian of the Month |

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Sounders' Levesque named May Humanitarian of the Month |

Roger Levesque isn't just a fan favorite because of his goal celebrations. He's also an active participant in Seattle's soccer community.

Sounders U23s Add Three

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Mark Lee, Anthony Arena and Aodhan Quinn all signed with the Sounders U23 team as announced per a release today. Unlike previously announced signings that came out of the Seattle Sounders Academy these three players are all new to the Rave Gree. Quinn is the first to sign from outside of the state.

Portland Timbers

Portland Timbers Officially Tie the Knot With Portland Rain; Strategic Partnership Announced

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Great news for fans of the women's game here in Portland, of which I count myself as one, as the Portland Timbers have officially announced a strategic partnership with the local WPSL club the Portland Rain. Up until this moment, aside from some hints and juicy tidbits of information, the Rain's future plans were entirely unknown.

Professionalism, MLS and "Europe"

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Professionalism is an odd topic. It can be as simple as "Does one get paid?" The NCAA has hundreds of pages and dozens of people dedicated to codifying the differences between amateur and pro status. Yesterday, after the Portland Timbers debuted their new dedicated training facility some on Twitter were claiming that the Timbers are still not a fully professional organization because they play on artificial turf.

The Rest

Ozarks O-Zone Increases The Ante

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Have you checked out the O-Zone yet? After offering soccer coverage for 7 years in the Ozarks, it's nice to see the local media finally stepping up their coverage of the beautiful game. A check of the Men's Soccer Page on the O-Zone website shows recent game reports, including photos, from Nixa-Greenwood, Central-Greenwood and Ozark-Parkview.

U.S. Soccer’s First Awards Program Dedicated Solely To Excellence & Achievement In Social Media Is Here!

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Following on from the success of the #GrowTheGame pilot which was held in San Diego on April 14 & 15 and saw over 500 people participate in a weekend of soccer related activities, it was only a matter of time before #GrowTheGame picked up its organizing kit and headed to a new host city to act as a catalyst for grassroots change and new conversations between tits local soccer community.

Minnesota State Referee Committee’s First Video Podcast

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The Minnesota State Referee Committee has put together their first-ever video podcast and it's a good one that is receiving a lot of praise, not only from the referee community but also from the soccer community at large. The consulting panel for the creation of the podcast includes State Director of Assessment Bob Petersen, FIFA [.

Meet the Mexican National Soccer Team May 29th

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Ben Mann over at Adidas PR asked me to post something up on HTIOT to help spread the word in the Chicago Soccer Community about the opportunity to meet members of the Mexican National team. The even is scheduled for tomorrow, May 29th from 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM CST. The team will be on hand to sign autographs and meet fans.

#GrowTheGame Conversation Continues With Forum Between Youth Soccer Clubs And Pro Teams From San Diego

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It has been a month since the inaugural #GrowTheGame weekend and already we are seeing the benefits of this event with a spin-off forum being organized by to be hosted tomorrow at 8pm PST.

The ‘Future of San Diego Soccer' Forum held at the San Diego Hall of Champions was the catalyst for clubs from across the city to come together under one roof and discuss how to create a stronger future for the game.

A video tour of BBVA Compass Stadium and a celebration of a Houston superfan

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I guarantee you this might just be the best four minutes and five seconds of your entire day.

This video was shot Tuesday night at the Statoil party at BBVA Compass Stadium, the first "event" to be held there. It was posted by KeeperNotes, on their Facebook page. The KeeperNotes e-newsletter, by the way, was one of THE only ways the Houston soccer community connected in the pre-Orange days.

#GrowTheGame Event Previews #3 – Future of San Diego Soccer Forum

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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 third event to be previewed this week is the ‘Future of San Diego Soccer' Forum to be held at San Diego's very own Hall of Champions and includes today's announcements of the forums guest panelists, the agenda and interactive ways in which the broader soccer community can participate.