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News and notes for a new year

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Union bits, league news, more.

USOC final tickets on sale, notes from Curtin’s presser ahead of Montreal, more news

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Tickets for US Open Cup final now on general sale. Notes from Jim Curtin's weekly press conference, including facing Drogba, injury report, and Fabinho getting a green card. More news.

Vitoria debuts as Union lose 1-0 to Rowdies, Marfan joins DC, more news

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Steven Vitoria debuts in Union loss to Tampa Bay Rowdies. Union U-17s in Generation adidas Cup play this weekend. League and national team news. Whopping Premier League deal. More.

Major League Soccer

Thomas Rongen | Episode 531

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We coach Thomas Rongen about MLS Cup Playoffs, the 4-3-3 formation in MLS (great insight here), Freddy Adu's future and much more. Don't miss this one.

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Former D.C. United player signing for Tigres

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A former D.C. United forward is moving to Liga MX.

Luis Silva, who was traded midseason to Real Salt Lake for Alvaro Saborio will not be staying in Major League Soccer. As Thomas Rongen first reported, it looks like Silva is on his way to Mexico as was rumored at the time of the trade, with Tigres seeming to be the destination.

THE RUMOUMETER - January 20, 2012

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Welcome to The Yorkies' regular off-season rumour roundup - "The Rumoumeter". Too busy to keep your TFC ear to the ground every week? Just stop by the site and we will quickly show you what rumours are hot - and which ones have hit the back burner. Some of the rumours have weight - others little more than whispers; we take their temperature with.

Nowak on offseason signings, Martinez. More news.

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In Thursday's press conference, Peter Nowak reiterated a theme that he has stressed since the end of the season: he is looking to create competition among positions within the squad. "The more guys we have in [camp] being involved with the team and the team-mentality is better and will help us to have better results.

Header’s & brain trauma, Crew decline DP, WPS woes, USMNT/Venezuela January friendly

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NBC Philadelphia has a segment on the danger of brain trauma posed by too frequent heading following the release of a study at the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) annual meeting.

You can read more about this story here.

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With the announcement on Tuesday that the Union will play its 2012 home opener on Sunday, March 18, the Goalkeeper writes, "I also would not be surprised if the Union's home opener is nationally televised.

American Samoa For The Win

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It's amazing what a change in coaches can do. Just three weeks after Thomas Rongen (yeah, the same guy who coached the Mutiny, Revolution and Chivas in MLS and the US U20s) took over for American Samoa, they notched their first win... ever. And to follow up that 'miracle', they drew Cook Island 1-1 after they scored an own goal in a game which they dominated for extended periods of time.

More on Gary Smith's departure from Colorado

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Dan thinks Colorado made a phenomenally bad decision based mostly on past performance while admitting this:

Steve Sampson and Thomas Rongen have won doubles in MLS.

I rest my case. Jeff Carlisle goes on to paint a picture of the dysfunctional working relationship between Smith and his superiors:

Smith went public with his displeasure in an October interview with The Denver Post but later tried to make peace with Bravo, realizing that he didn't want to leave the team he had spent three years putting together.

World Soccer

Thomas Rongen interview; World Soccer Talk Radio (11.13.15)

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Listen to the latest episode of World Soccer Talk Radio featuring an interview with Thomas Rongen.

In the interview with Thomas, the topic of heading in US youth soccer is discussed, whether the soccer authorities are more worried about getting sued than what's best for the game, if concussions in general are more the concern not heading, as well as Thomas's opinions on why the US players are not advancing as well or as quickly as they should.

Thomas Rongen interview; World Soccer Talk Radio (11.13.15)

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Listen to the latest episode of World Soccer Talk Radio featuring an interview with Thomas Rongen.

In the interview with Thomas, the topic of heading in US youth soccer is discussed, whether the soccer authorities are more worried about getting sued than what's best for the game, if concussions in general are more the concern not heading, as well as Thomas's opinions on why the US players are not advancing as well or as quickly as they should.

Tampa Bay Rowdies

Former Revs Boss Fired at NASL Post

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Former Revolution manager Thomas Rongen, whowas also a central figure in the soccer documentary Last Goal Wins, was fired from his coaching post with the NASL's Tampa Bay Rowdies on Friday after a recent stretch of struggles.

Rongen, who managed the Revolution in 1997 and 1998, was relieved of his duties with the Rowdies after the club went 2-5-1 to start the league'sfall season.

Freddy Adu signs for Tampa Bay Rowdies

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The oft-traveled Freddy Adu will now take his talents to Florida's Sun Coast, where he'll reunite with Thomas Rongen and NASL's Tampa Bay Rowdies.

If you had Tampa Bay as Freddy Adu's latest stop after flaming out of Finland's Veikkausliiga, congratulations. While most people probably had the New York Cosmos as Adu's NASL destination, it was Thomas Rongen - Adu's USMNT U-20's mentor that was able to convince him to return to the United States and play for the Rowdies.

Listen to World Soccer Talk Radio from 9-10pm ET with guest Thomas Rongen

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Tonight's World Soccer Talk Radio features an interview with Thomas Rongen.

The Tampa Bay Rowdies Head Coach will chat about a variety of topics on tonight's show including how the Rowdies season is going so far, what it was like being in the Ajax youth academy during the golden era of Dutch football, his thoughts on Jurgen Klinsmann, how the style of play in NASL compares to MLS, and much more.

Listen to World Soccer Talk Radio from 9-10pm ET with guest Thomas Rongen

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Tonight's World Soccer Talk Radio features an interview with Thomas Rongen.

The Tampa Bay Rowdies Head Coach will chat about a variety of topics on tonight's show including how the Rowdies season is going so far, what it was like being in the Ajax youth academy during the golden era of Dutch football, his thoughts on Jurgen Klinsmann, how the style of play in NASL compares to MLS, and much more.

Soccer Morning (3.30.15) Thomas Rongen and David Amoyal

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Today's episode of Soccer Morning features guestThomas Rongen and David Amoyal.

Hosted by Jason Davis and produced by Trevor Hayward, Soccer Morning features interviews with prominent journalists, players and coaches in addition to taking listener calls.

Jason kicks off today's show with David Amoyal as they look back at Italy's 2-2 draw with Bulgaria in EURO 2016 qualifying.

Soccer Morning (3.30.15) Thomas Rongen and David Amoyal

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Today's episode of Soccer Morning features guestThomas Rongen and David Amoyal.

Hosted by Jason Davis and produced by Trevor Hayward, Soccer Morning features interviews with prominent journalists, players and coaches in addition to taking listener calls.

Jason kicks off today's show with David Amoyal as they look back at Italy's 2-2 draw with Bulgaria in EURO 2016 qualifying.

Klinsmann may not be the right person for USMNT job, says Thomas Rongen

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Tampa Bay Rowdies Head Coach Thomas Rongen says that Jurgen Klinsmann may not be the right person for the US Men's National Team Head Coach position.

In an exclusive interview with Soccer Morning, Rongen said "On the highest level, I'm not so sure that Jurgen Klinsmann is the right person for the job, quite frankly.

Klinsmann may not be the right person for USMNT job, says Thomas Rongen

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Tampa Bay Rowdies Head Coach Thomas Rongen says that Jurgen Klinsmann may not be the right person for the US Men's National Team Head Coach position.

In an exclusive interview with Soccer Morning, Rongen said "On the highest level, I'm not so sure that Jurgen Klinsmann is the right person for the job, quite frankly.

FIFA

Commodore Barry Bridge to get a facelift, Mbolhi in Group of Death, league news, more

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PPL Park's majestic backdrop, the Commodore Barry Bridge, to get a facelift. Rais Mbolhi's Algeria drawn in Africa Cup of Nations Group of Death. More news.

Johnny Saelua y la breve aventura de Samoa Americana.

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27.11.2011 - Ganó Samoa Americana. "Es tremendo, es obviamente algo muy especial para las islas. No creo que la gente sea realmente consciente de lo que ha pasado - declaró el entrenador, Thomas Rongen - siento que ahora el mundo sabe algo más acerca de esta pequeña nación, y le tiene un poco más de respeto.

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Some Soccer News for Tue Jan 31, 2012

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STARTERS

Wow! Philadelphia really wanted to get rid of Sebastian Le Toux! After he did not get signed by Bolton this week they turned around and sold him to Vancouver today.
-Why in the world would they dump their best player???
-Jonathan Tannenwald of Philly.com with the Le Toux saga.

Wednesday Kickoff: Beckham yet to sign, USA unmoved in FIFA rankings & more

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Depending on whom you believe, David Beckham is either set to make a dent on the Paris-St. Germain payroll or is still very much a free agent.

Despite front-page reports in France that Beckham has signed an 18-month deal with PSG, people in his camp have strongly denied that a deal has been completed.

American Samoa slays its demons with first win

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Victory, at last Just 10 years ago American Samoa were a footballing joke after being mauled 31-0 by Australia in a World Cup qualifier, a result that still stands as the most one-sided full international in history. And frankly their entire international record hasn't been much of a party either with the Pacific side managing [.

Worst Team In World Football Make History Twice In One Game – Seal First Ever Win, Field Transgender Defender

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Ranked joint-bottom of FIFA's world rankings (204th), with a score of zero points to their name, American Samoa went in to a World Cup Qualifying clash against Tonga (ranked 202nd) as underdogs. However, defensive player Johnny 'Jayieh' Saelua, making his debut, would help make history for the most minnowy of all minnows for two reasons.

Worst Team In World Football Make History Twice In One Game – Seal First Ever Win, Field Transgender Defender

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By Alan Duffy


Ranked joint-bottom of FIFA's world rankings (204th), with a score of zero points to their name, American Samoa went in to a World Cup Qualifying clash against Tonga (ranked 202nd) as underdogs. However, defensive player Johnny 'Jayieh' Saelua, making his debut, would help make history for the most minnowy of all minnows for two reasons.

Wednesday Kickoff: Rongen wins debut, USA stays put in rankings and more

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Bob Bradley isn't the only American making waves as coach of a non-U.S. national team.

Thomas Rongen won his debut as coach of American Samoa, which defeated Tonga, 2-1, in an Oceania World Cup qualifier for its first-ever victory.

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U.S. Youth System Fired

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"Wilma...!" -- Fred Flintstone in a paroxysm of ecstasy after he convinces Betty Rubble to "role play a bit."

We'll keep you posted. More on this at 5.

Wait, start from the beginning.

Out of seemingly nowhere, the U.S. Soccer Federation has cleared house. Today, the U.S. power that be announced U.

Cabrera out as U.S. Under-17 coach

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There's been another coaching change in the U.S. Soccer youth tree under the Jurgen Klinsmann regime.

Months after Thomas Rongen and Mike Matkovich made way for Tab Ramos and Richie Williams on the Under-20 and U-18 levels, respectively, U.

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Dutch pancakes and links

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"Mmm - you can barely taste the clog!"Toronto FC got the SIXual Healing bandwagon / promotional tour on track today with a breakfast event for season ticket holders in Downtown Toronto. The second year manager Aron Winter held court and was joined by players Danny Koevermans, Stefan Frei and Ashtone Morgan.

Interview with US U18 Coach Richie Williams

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US Under-18 National Team Coach Richie Williams, was recently interviewed by Mike Woitalla of Soccer America.

Williams on what good youth players need to develop-

"When I'm working with the U-14s and U-15s, you see a lot of talented players," Williams says. "Very skillful with good technique on the ball – dribbling, passing.

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Lletget ready to take next step in development

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By FRANCO PANIZO

SARASOTA, Fla. --Â Sebastian Lletget hasn't had the easiest of times since signing with West Ham United on his 18th birthday, but things are starting to look up for the U.S. Under-23 men's national team midfielder.

Interested in Adu, new kit reaction, WPS troubles, Blatter says row over, more news

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Y0u can watch a live stream of today's Expansion Draft the French Canadian way from 3pm on the Montreal Impact website. (It's supposed to be on the MLS site too but, as of this writing, they haven't put the link up yet.)

Montreal Impact head coach Jesse Marsch is among those who noticed Freddy Adu was left unprotected by the Philadelphia Union ahead of today's Expansion Draft.

Memories from a Ft. Lauderdale Striker

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The U.S. team has been based in Ft. Lauderdale this week and has had a chance to catch up on the latest incarnation of the Ft. Lauderdale Strikers. Coached by former Fire assistant Daryl Shore, the Strikers are currently in the semifinals of the NASL playoffs.

That got us thinking about the good ole' days, and we reached to former U-20 head coach Thomas Rongen, who played here from 1981-83 alongside former legends like Gerd Muller, the German international who scored the second most goals in World Cup history, and Peruvian star Teofilo Cubillas.

Wednesday Training Camp Notes

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The scoop from Day Two ...

  • Edson Buddle took part in both training sessions after arriving Tuesday evening. Juan Agudelo and Tim Ream got in for the afternoon session.
  • Both Jozy Altidore and Jonathan Spector participated in both sessions, confirming they will both be available for selection this weekend.

The Rest

Freedom Kicks for 4 December 2014: D.C. United Stadium, Goalkeeper of the Year, MVP, and more!

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We've got more stadium news, award gripes, and players both old and new.

Here we go, its a brand new day and we are almost to MLS Cup. Let's dive right in.

DC United's New Stadium Still Needs These Things to Happen | InTheCapital: The next steps in the D.C. United stadium process.

Goalkeeper of the Year award continues to elude RSL's Nick Rimando | The Salt Lake Tribune: The view from Salt Lake City on the Goalkeeper of the Year.

Balls of String: Stories to watch as Toronto FC plays out a lost season

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"Today's attendance is 19,575... thank you fans"Getting casual fans to watch TFC matches when times were good... well at least fun.... was a challenge. Now, as yet another season enters the "playing for next year" phase, even getting the most ardent supporters interested grows harder. For those of you who know they are addicted to this club and will be back next year despite 2012, finding a reason to watch a futile string of matches may be frustrating.

THE STARTING 11: Hardest jobs at TFC

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"C'mon you Reds. No really."Happy Labour Day everyone! We hope you got all the presents you asked for when that jolly Steelworker came down your chimney overnight! What?... They don't?... That bastard finished of all those cookies and milk though - and 400 grams of Black Forest Ham!... you dial 9 and 1 and I'll get a net and a Time in Lieu form.

Arena named MLS Coach of the Year for record 3rd time

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Los Angeles Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena was named MLS Coach of the Year for the third time, winning the 2011 award after leading the Galaxy to the Supporters Shield as the team with the best record in the MLS regular season. The Galaxy's 19-5-10 record was also the second best record in league history.