Steve Cherundolo

United States Men's National Team

Rosenberry eager to make first impression count in first USMNT camp

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For years, fullback has been a position of need for the U.S. Men's National Team. Since the retirement of Steve Cherundolo, the U.S. has had no consistent, go-to fullback on either side. Midfielders Fabian Johnson and DaMarcus Beasley were shuffled back, DeAndre Yedlin was frequently shuffled forward and a whole other host of players have come in and failed to truly compete for a consistent starting gig.

Tuesday Freedom Kicks: Dolo 4 USMNT

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Montreal go for CCL glory, the Mayor of Hannover keeps being awesome in Hannover, and a Klinsmann conspiracy (or not).

Pros: It's not Monday; soccer links below. Cons: It's not Friday, Saturday, or Sunday; Bayern got goals to make up against Porto today.

Okay, maybe the last one wasn't a con for you.

A closer look at the USMNT Depth Chart: Right Backs

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By FRANCO PANIZO

The U.S. Men's National Team entered the last two World Cups not spending all that much time worrying about their right back situation, but that will not be the case this year.

The retirement of the long-serving and solid Steve Cherundolo earlier this year was just the latest reminder that, for the first time in a long time, the right side of the Americans' back line is up for grabs ahead of a World Cup.

A look at Cherundolo’s retirement, and the void it leaves at the USMNT right back position

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By IVES GALARCEP

One of the best defenders in U.S. Men's National Team history called it a career on Wednesday when Steve Cherundolo announced his official retirement from the game at the age of 35.

Cherundolo's retirement might have come as a surprise to some, but not because he was too young or still at the peak of his game.

Steve Cherundolo retires from professional soccer

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USMNT and Hannover 96 defender Steve Cherundolo announces his retirement and takes an assistant coaching role with Hannover's B team. Read More

Steve Cherundolo changed the USMNT

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USMNT right back Steve Cherundolo turned the National Team into a squad capable of out-thinking as well as outplaying an opponent. Read More

USMNT players in the Bundesliga

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A look at the USMNT players representing clubs in Germany's Bundesliga with Hertha Berlin the surprise of the season. Read More

Donovan, Reyna, McBride headline USMNT All-Time Best XI

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By DAN KARELL

With a nod to the past and present, U.S. Soccer released its All-Time USMNT Best XI to round up the Centennial year celebrations.

Six players on the list have earned more than 100 caps in their USMNT careers, including leading vote-receiver Landon Donovan (52 votes), Marcelo Balboa, Carlos Bocanegra, Clint Dempsey, Eric Wynalda, and Claudio Reyna.

The SBI Show: Episode 86 (Previewing MLS Playoffs, talking USMNT, and more)

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By IVES GALARCEP

With the play-in round in the books, and the final eight teams decided, the 2013 MLS Playoffs are ready to really kickoff this weekend and The SBI Show breaks down all the action in our latest installment.

Episode 86 of The SBI Show takes a close look at all four conference semifinal match-ups, including the highly-anticipated Portland Timbers-Seattle Sounders series, and the tricky New York Red Bulls-Houston Dynamo match.

Let the verbal carnage begin...

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I promise this was not held back so late in the day for suspense; the dirty little secret is that USMNT quality advances have made Klinsi's job freakin' hard. Nevertheless, we've arrived at the right back station... Michael ParkhurstTimothy ChandlerBrad Evans This corner of the depth chart could change a lot in the coming months.

Fabio Alves?, preparing for Dalls, Mac call-up, Marfan in the middle, more

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Brazilian left back who last played in Australia tweets he's joined the Union. Preparing for Dallas. Marfan in the middle. More on Jack's call-up.

USMNT defense continues to take shape after fourth HEX shutout

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By IVES GALARCEP

SANDY, Utah It took a majority of the night, but the U.S. Men's National Team did produce a goal on Tuesday night. The story wasn't just that Jozy Altidore scored a goal for the fourth straight game, or the fact that the U.S. attack created chances in bunches.

Home form, bouncing back, lots of local matches, USMNT roster, robots in Brazil, more

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What's up with the Union's home form? Harrisburg, Ocean City, Reading, and Junior Lone Star in play this weekend. Klinsmann releases US roster for upcoming friendlies and qualifiers. Robots in Brazil. More news.

Beasley, Shea among 26 players called into USMNT training camp for summer qualifers

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There weren't many surprises in 26-player roster chosen by Jurgen Klinsmann for the upcoming U.S. Men's National Team training camp starting in Cleveland on March 26th.

The camp, which will prepare the team for a busy stretch of matches from late May to mid-June, features Clint Dempsey, Tim Howard and Michael Bradley, as well as March qualifying standouts such as DaMarcus Beasley and Matt Besler.

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Jurgen Klinsmann is out, so here are 8 coaching candidates for the U.S. men's soccer team

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Jurgen Klinsmann is out as head coach of the U.S. Men's National Team after two consecutive losses in World Cup qualifying recently. Check out some options for federation president Sunil Gulati.

Analyzing best options for US left back position; By Steve Davis

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For the United States national team, left back is the problem child that just cannot be tamed.

Surely you've heard that before; this is hardly a recent thing. Going way, way back, left back was a mostly unsettled spot for Steve Sampson, then for Bruce Arena, then for Bob Bradley and now, generally, for Jurgen Klinsmann.

Analyzing best options for US left back position; By Steve Davis

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For the United States national team, left back is the problem child that just cannot be tamed.

Surely you've heard that before; this is hardly a recent thing. Going way, way back, left back was a mostly unsettled spot for Steve Sampson, then for Bruce Arena, then for Bob Bradley and now, generally, for Jurgen Klinsmann.

The possession problem and other Union bits, more news

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The Union's possession problem. Pfeffer receives TOW honorable mention. New pro team in Lancaster. More.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

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By FRANCO PANIZO

In the same week that long-time U.S. Men's National Team right back Steve Cherundolo retired, two players staked their claims as his potential long-term successor.

Geoff Cameron likely further convinced U.

Valdes unlikely to return in 2014, Drexel and La Salle advance, US v Scotland previews, more

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John Hackworth expresses doubts that Carlos Valdes will return to the Union in 2014. Drexel and La Salle advance in conference playoffs. USA previews. Zlatan. More news.

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Report: Jermaine Jones Linked to German Club Hannover 96

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Jermaine Jones has long said he has offers from overseas clubs, now we finally have a specific team that the out-of-contract midfielder has been linked too.

Jermaine Jones said told the media yesterday that his six-game suspension was holding up a possible move to Germany. There had been few if any reports out there linking Jones back to Germany until today.

Report: Hannover add Agudelo to their summer transfer window shortlist

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Juan Agudelo's immediate future might lie in the German Bundesliga.

According to a report out of England, Agudelo is being lined up as the replacement for Senegalese striker Mame Diouf at Hannover 96. Diouf is expected to leave Hannover in June for Stoke City, which is where Agudelo was hoping to play next season before a second appeal for a work permit to play in the Premiership failed.

Hannover parts ways with head coach Slomka

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By DAN KARELL

Just halfway through the 2013-2014 Bundesliga campaign, Hannover 96 has decided it's time for a head coaching change.

The club announced on Friday that manager Mirko Slomka had agreed to mutually terminate his contract, ending his three and a half year period as the club's head coach.

The Cup MLS Deserves

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It wasn't best case for Major League Soccer for the 2013 MLS Cup final in a cold weather market like Kansas City in December. Read More

Cherundolo Signs for Another Season with Hannover 96

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Hannover 96 captain Steve Cherundolo will spend another season with the club after signing a new one-year contract. Read More

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The US and the 2010 World Cup

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Our series on the US at the World Cup continues with a look at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

Interlude: Michael Bradley, The 2014 Cycle Moment

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Got a little wispy that we won't see Steve Cherundolo at RB for the US anymore.

For some reason, it meander to thinking about arguably the best moment of the USMNT 2014 World Cup campaign the third goal against Guatemala in Kansas City during the first round of qualifying.

Dempsey: "Sorry I poached your [goal], bro.

USA vs. Belgium Mini-Preview: Tune-Up Saison

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Will the Belgium champ do damage against his league's vacationing natties? It's a bigger moment than that for Sacha.

The United States hopes to get thuggish, ruggish and to the bone as it takes on Belgium in a high-powered of friendly of sorts in Cleveland, Ohio a few days before the first of da month and the first of three critical World Cup Qualifiers.

Philadelphia Union

Notes from Hack’s presser, MLS ref lockout over, Cherundolo retires, Garber on Qatar WC, more

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Bullet points from Wednesday's weekly Union press conference. Referee lockout ends. Steve Cherundolo retires. Garber calls Qatar 2022 "a monumental disaster." More news.

Hack on options against KC, Albright to retire, Williams’ century, more news

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John Hackworth on pressing early against KC and options to replace Brian Carroll. Chris Albright to retire at end of the season. 100th Union game for Williams on Saturday. More news.

Okugo named to SI’s TOW, playoff chances, Donovan open to foreign move, more

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Amobi Okugo named to SI's Team of the Week as Union climbs power rankings. Stat site has Union's playoff chances at 72.6 percent. Landon Donovan says he's open to moving abroad. More news.

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USMNT Legend Steve Cherundolo Retires From Professional Soccer

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"Solid and, at times, unspectacular" described Steve Cherundolo's professional career. The American international, who won 87 caps for the US Men's National Team and played in three World Cups, retired Wednesday after persistent knee problems robbed him of an ability to feature in a fourth World Cup this summer.

On Cussedness and the US Soccer Player

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Charles Boehm identifies the quality that sees US National Team players defying the odds and returning from serious injury. Read More

Americans Abroad

Stevie Wonder's Coda

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I can confirm that Steve Cherundolo will announce his playing retirement at 5 pm Hannover time today. Due to a persistent knee problem, the veteran will not get the chance he wanted to play in MLS, but he will immediately join the 96 reserve squad coaching staff and then continue earning coaching badge upgrades this summer.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

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By FRANCO PANIZO

It does not look to be all doom and gloom as far the U.S. Men's National Team's right back situation is concerned. At least, not on this weekend.

A number of the right backs in the U.S. player pool had noteworthy performances, but none may have been bigger than that of Steve Cherundolo.

23 for Brazil

Kyle McCarthy’s 23 for Brazil

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We asked a few of our friends to take their best guess as what Jurgen Klinsmann's final roster will look like heading into the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Below are the picks from Kyle McCarthy writer for FOX Soccer, Boston Herald, MLSSoccer.com, Goal.com, New England Soccer Journal

GOALKEEPERS (3)
Tim Howard
Brad Guzan
Nick Rimando

DEFENDERS (7)
DaMarcus Beasley
Matt Besler
Carlos Bocanegra
Geoff Cameron
Timothy Chandler
Steve Cherundolo
Omar Gonzalez

MIDFIELDERS (9)
Michael Bradley
Clint Dempsey
Landon Donovan
Maurice Edu
Stuart Holden
Fabian Johnson
Jermaine Jones
Brek Shea
Graham Zusi

FORWARDS (4)
Jozy Altidore
Terrence Boyd
Herculez Gomez
Eddie Johnson

ON THE BUBBLE
Juan Agudelo
Edgar Castillo
Danny Williams

NEXT: SEBASTIAN SALAZAR'S 23 PICKS

RELATED: Listen to Episode 320 with Justin Morrow and Kyle McCarthy.

Kyle McCarthy’s 23 spots for Brazil

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We asked a few of our friends to take their best guess as what Jurgen Klinsmann's final roster will look like heading into the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Below are the picks from Kyle McCarthy writer for FOX Soccer, Boston Herald, MLSSoccer.com, Goal.com, New England Soccer Journal

GOALKEEPERS (3)
Tim Howard
Brad Guzan
Nick Rimando

DEFENDERS (7)
DaMarcus Beasley
Matt Besler
Carlos Bocanegra
Geoff Cameron
Timothy Chandler
Steve Cherundolo
Omar Gonzalez

MIDFIELDERS (9)
Michael Bradley
Clint Dempsey
Landon Donovan
Maurice Edu
Stuart Holden
Fabian Johnson
Jermaine Jones
Brek Shea
Graham Zusi

FORWARDS (4)
Jozy Altidore
Terrence Boyd
Herculez Gomez
Eddie Johnson

ON THE BUBBLE
Juan Agudelo
Edgar Castillo
Danny Williams

RELATED: Listen to Episode 320 with Justin Morrow and Kyle McCarthy.

Mark McClure’s 23 for Brazil

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We asked a few of our friends to guess Jurgen Klinsmann's final roster for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. For fun, we are sharing our picks as well. Below are the picks from Mark McClure a producer on Pitch Pass.

GOALKEEPERS (3)
It is tempting to add Tally Hall, Sean Johnson or Bill Hamid to give them experience.

The Rest

Shutout for Howard, a Goal for Jermaine Jones, and Cherundolo Returns

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In a weekend of shutouts in Europe, Tim Howard gets a big one for Everton and Jermaine Jones scores for Schalke. Read More

Upside: If we play as a team

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The soccer news roundup with words from Roma's manager, an update on Steve Cherundolo, and FIFA's talk of expanding the World Cup. Read More