Summer Olympics


Training at the National Stadium

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The U.S. had its pre-match training today at the Tokyo National Stadium, which will host both semifinal matches, and it certainly met with their approval. The 48,000-seat venue was built for the 1964 Summer Olympics and is in remarkably good shape for such an old venue.

The field is in fantastic condition and big crowds are expected for both matches with the bigger of course filing in to watch the Japan-Germany game at 7:30 p.

USA Women’s Soccer Team Wins Olympic Gold Medal [PHOTO]

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The USA women's soccer team has won the gold medal in the 2012 Summer Olympics. The American women were victorious after defeating Japan 2-1 in regulation time in front of a record crowd of over 80,000 spectators at Wembley Stadium ...

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Olympic potentials

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By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Aug 6, 2012) US Soccer Players – The 2012 Summer Olympics have featured many wonderful moments. The men's soccer tournament, for instance, has been loaded with riveting matches, surprise outcomes, and penalty-kick drama in the elimination round. It's also been a shop window of sorts for young Major League Soccer players like DC United's Andy Najar.

Hermosa Beach's Wambach scores in USWNT Olympic win

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Slinky celebration? Hermosa Beach's Abby Wambach, second right, celebrates with teammates after scoring the lone goal of the game in a U.S. win over North Korea as group play concludes in the women's tournament at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London (Associated Press). Not a great game or a particularly

Celebration of Women's Soccer Charity Match at Maryland SoccerPlex

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Celebration of Women's Soccer charity match to be held at Maryland Soccer plex during august cup youth tournament Game set for August 25th, 2012 7:30 PM
Washington, D.C. (July 13, 2012) – Mark Washo, Managing Partner for Playbook Management International (PMI) Sports and Entertainment Company and former President and General Manager of the Washington Freedom, has announced there will be a women's charity soccer game played at the Maryland Soccer Plex stadium field on Saturday, August 25, 2012 benefitting the Michael Washo "Art from the Heart" Foundation and DC Scores.

Oscar Signs For Chelsea FC For A Fee Of Around £25m

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Chelsea has signed Oscar for a fee thought to be around £25m. The Brazilian attacking midfielder will meet up with the Chelsea squad after the Summer Olympics. Oscar is on the Brazilian squad, who kick off their first match tournament. According...

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Olympics: USWNT vs. France on NBC

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Olympics: USWNT vs. France on NBC

We may not be able to see our men participate in this year's summer Olympics, but our women will certainly be there!

First game kicks off in just under an hour!

Hyndman on LA: Even without Becks and Landon, They’re Still a Dangerous Team

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On Saturday night, FC Dallas will host the reigning MLS Cup champion Los Angeles Galaxy at FC Dallas Stadium. And it looks like the Galaxy will also be without David Beckham, who will be back in his native England to attend the opening ceremonies of the 2012 London Summer Olympics.

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Women’s Soccer Games at 2012 Summer Olympics: US TV and Internet Listings

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The 2012 Summer Olympics will feature over 10,000 athletes from 204 countries. Out of all of the different sporting events, there's a lot of excitement and anticipation built around the soccer matches, for both the men and women. For viewers ...

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Men’s Soccer Games at 2012 Summer Olympics: US TV and Internet Listings

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The 2012 Summer Olympics will feature over 10,000 athletes from 204 countries. Out of all of the different sporting events, there's a lot of excitement and anticipation built around the soccer matches, for both the men and women. For viewers ...

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Newcastle Not Afraid Of Anybody This Season – Tim Krul

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The lads were white water rafting yesterday at Eiskanal in the city of Augsburg, Germany that was constructed as the canoe slalom venue for the 1972 Summer Olympics, and they seemed to have a great time of it, and then there was a team dinner in Munich to celebrate manager Alan Pardew's 51st birthday.

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The Olympics 2012 Organisers gave up trying to fill up stadia with punters who wouldnt come to matches and have reduced tickets available by 50,000 , from 75,000 to 40,000.

Hope Solo Tests Positive For the Banned Substance Canrenone

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News broke earlier today that USWNT star goalkeeper Hope Solo tested positive for the banned substance canrenone. Solo gave a urine sample back on June 15th and the positive result came from that test. Canrenone is considered to be a specified substance, which means that if the substance is found in an athlete's sample, the consequences are not as severe.

Gus Johnson To Fill-In As Sounders Play-By-Play Voice Vs. Red Bulls

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Ross Fletcher may be denying us the soothing sounds of his voice as he's off in London playing hooky (calling the Summer Olympics), but Seattle Sounders will apparently be in for quite a little treat while he's away. Gus Johnson, who has made a name for himself mostly calling basketball, will be doing the Sounders' play-by-play for Sunday's game against the New York Red Bulls.

Report: Revolution to Sign Top Honduran Striker Bengston

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According to multiple reports, three-time Honduran goalscoring champion Jerry Bengston is on the verge of signing a four-year deal with the Revolution.

The 25-year-old striker has scored 26 goals in 54 appearances for C.D. Motagua in the last two seasons. The club's official site reported on Monday that Bengston is scheduled to arrive in Foxboro on Tuesday for his physical.

Stuart Pearce Names 18-Man Team GB Football Squad for Summer Olympics

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Stuart Pearce has named his 18-man squad for the Team GB football squad to play in the 2012 Summer Olympics. After last week's news that David Beckham would not be included in the squad, the attention has switched to focus ...

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USWNT Top Canada in Olympic Send Off Match at Rio Tinto Stadium

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On a brutally hot day in Utah, the USWNT continued their strong run in form, besting rivals Canada in the last game the two teams will play before the Summer Olympics. Despite the heat, both teams played hard in front of a decent crowd at Rio Tinto Stadium. It may not have been the prettiest of games, but it had good pace and was entertaining throughout.

A Crazy Week of Football: Greece Shocks Russia, Montreal Re-opens Stade Saputo With a Bang, USWNT Pick Up Huge Win over Japan, and More...

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For those not accustomed to having the beautiful game on their televisions, this week must have come as a shock as soccer dominated the airwaves. ESPN made sure all the twist and turns of Euro 2012 were not missed by anyone, while Major League Soccer came back with a vengeance and some upsets along the way.

USWNT Dispatch China With a 4-1 Victory

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With the Olympics quickly approaching, it would seem the USWNT are prepared to take on whoever will be thrown at them when they head to London. Pia Sundhage's squad played a great game of football in front of a sold out crowd at PPL Park on Sunday, coming up with a big win against China. This match also marked the debut of new matching kits for both the USMNT and the USWMNT, who put them to good use.

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The good folks over at SBN Studios -- who's making all kinds of cool YouTube videos -- sat down with Christine Rampone about her and her USWNT teammates' preparations for the 2012 Summer Olympics.

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2012 London Olympics: In an All Time Classic Match, The USWNT Shocks Canada in Extra Time, Moving On to the Final at Wembley Against Japan

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45 seconds left, penalties are all but a certainty. Abby Wambach and Alex Morgan make their way into the box. Heather O'Reilly puts the ball in...and an eruption of cheers. Alex Morgan scores arguably the most important goal of her career, setting up one of the most hyped rematches in soccer history; USWNT versus Japan, this time for Gold in the 2012 Summer Olympics.

2012 London Olympics: USWNT Reach Quarter-Finals, Defeat Colombia 3-0

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Two games into the Summer Olympics and the USWNT have already reached the quarter-finals. Earlier today, the United States took on Colombia, defeating the country 3-0. Don't let the score fool you though, the Colombians gave the US a run for their money all match long. Despite a lack of shots from Colombia, their squad played strong defensively, making tackles and blocking a barrage of shots from the USWNT.

The After Bar: USWNT 4 - France 2

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It was scary there for a bit.

The United States women's national team went down early, two goals after fourteen minutes, to France, but scored four unanswered to win their first match of the 2012 London Summer Olympics. A series of defensive blunders put the Lady Nats on the back foot before goals from Abby Wambach, Alex Morgan (2), and Carli Lloyd eased the jitters.

Women's Professional Soccer Folds, WPS Is No More

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In disappointing but not altogether surprising news, Women's Professional Soccer announced today that after three seasons, it has folded. The league had already ceased operations for the 2012 season and had hoped to return in 2013, but the cancellation is now permanent.

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MLS All-Star Notes: De Rosario named captain, Beckham to play and more

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PHILADELPHIA -- The last time Dwayne De Rosario took the field against Chelsea, he was an MVP. It's only fitting that the D.C. United star captains the MLS side going up against the Blues in Wednesday night's MLS All-Star Game.

De Rosario was given captain's honors by MLS and D.

Seattle Sounders v Philadelphia Union - Three Questions

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One of the major story lines of this match is the fact that Peter Nowak will not be coaching. This is the final game of his suspension for entering the field of play after Gabriel Farfan's red card tackle in the Union's match against Chivas USA. The Seattle Sounders may be missing keeper Michael Gspurning, more on that will come out today, but are as healthy and fresh as can be for their Saturday midday game against the Philadelphia Union.

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Another Summer Stuck at Home

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The U.S. Men's National Team Under-23s will be stuck at home for the second straight Summer Olympic tournament after falling 2-1 (3-2 on aggregate) to Colombia in Tuesday's Qualifying Playoff 2nd Leg at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Tx.

After securing a 1-1 draw in Colombia on Friday, the U.S.

Do the Olympics Serve Notice to Football, Baseball and Basketball?

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Did the Olympics indicate that U.S. spectator sports fans are suffering burnout from college football, college basketball, the NFL, NBA and MLB?

The television ratings for the Olympics were the best ever, but this fact doesn't necessarily represent any correlation with the 'Big 3' U.S. spectator sports.

Mini-review: "Announcing Methodology" AKA Commentators; take them or leave them

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Hello, Hot Time in Old Town readers, it's your friendly soccer literature "expert" checking in with a mini-review. The next book review is on a 1000 page behemoth, so as an appetizer, I tracked down a MLS-centric academic paper and wrote a short, casual review on it. Join me!

With "Transforming Soccer Talk in the United States: The Misapplication of a Formulaic Announcing Methodology", what the author - Aaron DeNu - proposes is that every sport deserves a different commentating format.

Team GB on form at London 2012

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We may not have taken any golds yet at London 2012 but both the men and women's GB football teams have quietly gone about their business and are in good shape to progress to the last 8.


A shock win for Senegal over Uruguay means Stuart Pearce's men sit top of their group with one fixture to come against the South Americans tomorrow in Cardiff.

Previewing Korea DPK WNT

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Democratic People's Republic of Korea (Korea DPR)/ North Korea

FIFA Ranking:Â 8

Head Coach: Gum Ui Sin

Number of Olympic Appearances: This will be North Korea's second time participating in women's soccer at an Olympics.

Ask An American Fan: Olympic Soccer

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The 2012 London summer Olympics offer an appetizing platter of soccer, despite the roster age restrictions. Brazil is featuring close to a full strength squad, while Spain's B team could probably win a proper World Cup with a bit of luck. Thus, we asked a few Americans what they thought about the London games.

FIFA Blocks American Political Advertising; Top 5 Nicknames for a Mitt Romney Soccer Team

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There were so many directions to go with this story when it first broke a couple of days ago.

Originally, many looked at the use of presidential politics on sports uniforms as amusing or satirical, like a Wag the Dog type of funny.

A fourth-tier semi-pro Soccer team running around in 'Vote for Mitt' unis has its irony.

Nixa’s Courtney Frerichs Qualifies for World Junior Championships

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Courtney Frerichs, Nixa Eagles (2011)

News from UMKC on the former Nixa Eagle player who chose cross country for her college sport UMKC sophomore to be Courtney Frerichs (Nixa/Missouri Elite) finished second in the 3,000 Meter Steeplechase at the USA Junior Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Bloomington, Ind.