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HBO special on Tom Byer’s plan to rescue American men’s soccer is a must-watch

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HBO’s special begins with footage of the United States Men’s National Team being defeated by Trinidad and Tobago in the final World Cup qualifier from the CONCACAF Hex. Seconds later, USSF presidential candidate Kyle Martino utters the words, “US Soccer thinks they have all the answers.

HBO special on Tom Byer’s plan to rescue American men’s soccer is a must-watch

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HBO’s special begins with footage of the United States Men’s National Team being defeated by Trinidad and Tobago in the final World Cup qualifier from the CONCACAF Hex. Seconds later, USSF presidential candidate Kyle Martino utters the words, “US Soccer thinks they have all the answers.

Most-watched soccer games on US TV for October 5-11, 2017

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The United States Men’s National Team’s 4-0 victory over Panama in the penultimate round of the “Hex” last Friday was the most-watched soccer match of the week as 1.152 million viewers tuned into the English-language broadcast on ESPN2 and another 1.5 million watched Univision’s Spanish-language broadcasts.

Most-watched soccer games on US TV for October 5-11, 2017

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The United States Men’s National Team’s 4-0 victory over Panama in the penultimate round of the “Hex” last Friday was the most-watched soccer match of the week as 1.152 million viewers tuned into the English-language broadcast on ESPN2 and another 1.5 million watched Univision’s Spanish-language broadcasts.

When a soccer culture depends too much on a national team, it’s doomed to failure

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When the final whistle sounded in Trinidad and Tobago Tuesday night, and the United States failed to qualify for its first World Cup since the lamentable era of the 1980’s American soccer, the predictable “soccer will die in the US” comments began being made.

Not so fast.

The mistake so many have made in the marketing of sport in this country from FOX Sports to MLS to other media entities is to link perceptions of the sport’s popularity and importance to the US Men’s National Team (USMNT) .

Astana

Schedule of Europa League games on US TV and streaming for Thursday, November 23

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There’s still a lot to play for in gameweek 5 of the Europa League. And for soccer fans in the United States, all of the games will be played on Thanksgiving Day.

The list of teams that could qualify for the next round of the Europa League on Thursday is enormous. It includes Villarreal, Astana, Partizan, Ludogorets, Braga, AC Milan, AEK Athens, Atalanta, Lyon, København, Sheriff, Viktoria Plzeň, Crvena Zvezda, Salzburg, Marseille, Östersund, Zorya Luhansk, Nice and Real Sociedad.

Schedule of Europa League games on US TV and streaming for Thursday, November 23

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There’s still a lot to play for in gameweek 5 of the Europa League. And for soccer fans in the United States, all of the games will be played on Thanksgiving Day.

The list of teams that could qualify for the next round of the Europa League on Thursday is enormous. It includes Villarreal, Astana, Partizan, Ludogorets, Braga, AC Milan, AEK Athens, Atalanta, Lyon, København, Sheriff, Viktoria Plzeň, Crvena Zvezda, Salzburg, Marseille, Östersund, Zorya Luhansk, Nice and Real Sociedad.

France

From Ruben Loftus-Cheek to Tyler Adams… 14 international football new boys – rated

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Where to find Germany vs. France friendly on US TV and streaming

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If you’re trying to find out how you can watch Germany vs. France friendly, you’ve come to the right place.

Two of the best soccer national teams in the world compete on Tuesday in a friendly live from the Rhein Energie Stadion in Cologne, Germany. And the good news is that the match will be televised live to viewers in the United States.

Where to find Germany vs. France friendly on US TV and streaming

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If you’re trying to find out how you can watch Germany vs. France friendly, you’ve come to the right place.

Two of the best soccer national teams in the world compete on Tuesday in a friendly live from the Rhein Energie Stadion in Cologne, Germany. And the good news is that the match will be televised live to viewers in the United States.

Portugal

CJ Sapong earns the start in United States friendly in Portugal

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Philadelphia Union striker had an assist in his first cap since 2012

CJ Sapong earned his first international cap in nearly six years on Tuesday in the starting XI for the United States Men's National Team in a friendly in Portugal.

The international appearances is the third ever for the Philadelphia Union forward and his first since January 25, 2012.

USMNT releases roster, Buescher says goodbye, and more: Freedom Kicks for November 8, 2017

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It's a mix of young and vets on the way to Portugal for the USMNT.

Welcome to Wednesday everyone! Some interesting news stories yesterday, so let's get right to it:

USMNT roster for Portugal friendly announced | Stars & Stripes FC

Bill Hamid makes the 21-man roster for the United States and is off to face Portugal next week.

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Football: FIFA defendants ‘blinded by greed,’ US prosecutors say

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New York (AFP) – Blinded by greed into accepting millions of dollars in bribes, or innocent bystanders?

Prosecution and defense lawyers opened the FIFA corruption trial on Monday, two and a half years after the United States unveiled the largest graft scandal in the history of world soccer.

Football: FIFA defendants ‘blinded by greed,’ US prosecutors say

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New York (AFP) – Blinded by greed into accepting millions of dollars in bribes, or innocent bystanders?

Prosecution and defense lawyers opened the FIFA corruption trial on Monday, two and a half years after the United States unveiled the largest graft scandal in the history of world soccer.

Martino joins race for US soccer top job

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Los Angeles (AFP) – Former Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder Kyle Martino on Monday joined the crowded field vying for the presidency of the United States Soccer Federation in the wake of the country’s 2018 World Cup debacle.

Martino, best known in the US as an analyst for NBC television, said he had decided to challenge for the USSF presidency after the result of “many conversations” in recent weeks.

Martino joins race for US soccer top job

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Los Angeles (AFP) – Former Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder Kyle Martino on Monday joined the crowded field vying for the presidency of the United States Soccer Federation in the wake of the country’s 2018 World Cup debacle.

Martino, best known in the US as an analyst for NBC television, said he had decided to challenge for the USSF presidency after the result of “many conversations” in recent weeks.

Football: FIFA corruption trial opens in New York

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New York (AFP) – It was the raid that changed the face of the world’s most popular sport. Swiss police swooped in on a five-star Zurich hotel at dawn, arresting seven soccer officials at US request.

Two and a half years later, the only defendants detained in the United States who continue to profess their innocence will go on trial.

Football: FIFA corruption trial opens in New York

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New York (AFP) – It was the raid that changed the face of the world’s most popular sport. Swiss police swooped in on a five-star Zurich hotel at dawn, arresting seven soccer officials at US request.

Two and a half years later, the only defendants detained in the United States who continue to profess their innocence will go on trial.

USA to face Portugal in soccer friendly

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Chicago (AFP) – The United States will face Portugal next month in the team’s first game since their shock failure to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, the United States Soccer Federation announced Monday.

A statement said the USA, who were sensationally dumped out of World Cup contention last week following a loss to Trinidad & Tobago, will face Portugal on November 14 in Faro.

Leagues: Argentine Primera

River Plate-Boca Juniors Superclásico to be streamed live on Sunday in United States

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Sunday’s Superclásico between River Plate and Boca Juniors will be streamed free of charge to soccer fans in the United States.

The eagerly anticipated match between the two giants of Argentine soccer will be streamed via a company named Fanatiz, which owns the rights to several leagues from Argentina, Chile, Mexico and Peru.

River Plate-Boca Juniors Superclásico to be streamed live on Sunday in United States

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Sunday’s Superclásico between River Plate and Boca Juniors will be streamed free of charge to soccer fans in the United States.

The eagerly anticipated match between the two giants of Argentine soccer will be streamed via a company named Fanatiz, which owns the rights to several leagues from Argentina, Chile, Mexico and Peru.

Chivas de Guadalajara

Most-watched soccer games on US TV for October 13-22, 2017

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The LigaMX Super Clásico match between Club América and Chivas de Guadalajara was unsurprisingly the most-watched soccer match in the United States over the last two weeks. The game drew 1.92 million viewers on Univision and Univision Deportes, equaling the total viewership from the same matchup in the 2016 Apertura one year ago, but down 21% from the two clubs’ meeting in February 2017.

Most-watched soccer games on US TV for October 13-22, 2017

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The LigaMX Super Clásico match between Club América and Chivas de Guadalajara was unsurprisingly the most-watched soccer match in the United States over the last two weeks. The game drew 1.92 million viewers on Univision and Univision Deportes, equaling the total viewership from the same matchup in the 2016 Apertura one year ago, but down 21% from the two clubs’ meeting in February 2017.

Champions League

UEFA Champions League schedule for October 31-November 1 on US TV and streaming

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The UEFA Champions League schedule for soccer fans in the United States can now be revealed for the games on October 31 and November 1.

Some of the high profile matches including Spurs against Real Madrid from Wembley as well as Celtic against Bayern Munich, and Napoli versus Manchester City.

UEFA Champions League schedule for October 31-November 1 on US TV and streaming

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The UEFA Champions League schedule for soccer fans in the United States can now be revealed for the games on October 31 and November 1.

Some of the high profile matches including Spurs against Real Madrid from Wembley as well as Celtic against Bayern Munich, and Napoli versus Manchester City.

Baseball spoils Champions League coverage on FOX, bumping games to other channels

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The Major League Baseball playoff between the Astros and Yankees has bumped the UEFA Champions League programming this week off FS1, which has ended up causing a domino-effect for soccer games that will cause confusion and havoc for many soccer fans in the United States.

Tuesday’s match between Real Madrid and Tottenham Hotspur was originally scheduled to be televised live on FS1, but due to the baseball game, the Champions League match has been bumped to FS2.

Baseball spoils Champions League coverage on FOX, bumping games to other channels

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The Major League Baseball playoff between the Astros and Yankees has bumped the UEFA Champions League programming this week off FS1, which has ended up causing a domino-effect for soccer games that will cause confusion and havoc for many soccer fans in the United States.

Tuesday’s match between Real Madrid and Tottenham Hotspur was originally scheduled to be televised live on FS1, but due to the baseball game, the Champions League match has been bumped to FS2.

English Premier League

On This Day in Football: US legend makes his debut, England play their last qualifier for 11 years

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On this day in 1961, England beat Portugal 2-0 to qualify for the 1962 FIFA World Cup finals.

This was the Three Lions’ last World Cup qualifier for the next 11 years. Why? Well, they hosted the 1966 World Cup which won them automatic qualification. They went into the 1970 World Cup in Mexico as world champions which exempted them from going through the arduous qualification rounds.

Where to find Swansea vs. Man United League Cup on US TV and streaming

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If you’re trying to find out how you can watch Swansea vs. Manchester United in the League Cup, you’ve come to the right place.

Both Swansea and Manchester United lost at the weekend, so both managers will want to see improved performances from his players in a League Cup game that will be shown live to soccer fans in the United States.

Where to find Swansea vs. Man United League Cup on US TV and streaming

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If you’re trying to find out how you can watch Swansea vs. Manchester United in the League Cup, you’ve come to the right place.

Both Swansea and Manchester United lost at the weekend, so both managers will want to see improved performances from his players in a League Cup game that will be shown live to soccer fans in the United States.

Real Murcia

Schedule of Copa del Rey games on US TV for October 24-26

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The Round of 32 stage of the 2017/18 Copa del Rey tournament will be televised live to soccer fans in the United States this week as many of the top teams will be in action against the minnows of Spanish soccer.

This week’s first leg matches include CF Fuenlabrada, whose stadium has a capacity of 2,500 and plays in Segunda División B, will face off against Real Madrid on Thursday.

Schedule of Copa del Rey games on US TV for October 24-26

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The Round of 32 stage of the 2017/18 Copa del Rey tournament will be televised live to soccer fans in the United States this week as many of the top teams will be in action against the minnows of Spanish soccer.

This week’s first leg matches include CF Fuenlabrada, whose stadium has a capacity of 2,500 and plays in Segunda División B, will face off against Real Madrid on Thursday.

Borussia Dortmund

Bayern Munich, Dortmund and RB Leipzig feature in DFB Pokal games on US TV this week

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The Bundesliga’s top three teams will be playing midweek in the DFB Pokal competition, which will be streamed live to soccer fans in the United States.

All of the games will be shown televised live on ESPN Deportes. English-language broadcasts will also be available on ESPN3.

Here’s the schedule of the matches (all times listed below are Eastern United States time zone):

Tuesday, October 24

Bayer Leverkusen vs.

Bayern Munich, Dortmund and RB Leipzig feature in DFB Pokal games on US TV this week

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The Bundesliga’s top three teams will be playing midweek in the DFB Pokal competition, which will be streamed live to soccer fans in the United States.

All of the games will be shown televised live on ESPN Deportes. English-language broadcasts will also be available on ESPN3.

Here’s the schedule of the matches (all times listed below are Eastern United States time zone):

Tuesday, October 24

Bayer Leverkusen vs.

Landon Donovan

Major Link Soccer: Landon Donovan for US Soccer President?

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Also: Hamid is leaving DC United, and the goalposts have not been kind to Seattle this year

Seattle

Steven Zakuani knew where he wanted to be as the 2009 MLS SuperDraft approached. He also learned to be happy one day at a time.

MLS

As more news comes out about Columbus Crew SC relocating, it's important to remember that teams moving in the United States is not unheard of (though that doesn't really make it any easier for the fans, of course).

Clint Dempsey’s international future very much in doubt

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This was almost certainly his final meaningful match for the USMNT.

With the United States needing a goal to secure a spot in the World Cup, it somehow made sense that it was Clint Dempsey who came closest to scoring it. The width of the goalpost was all the separated Dempsey from scoring a record-breaking goal when his country needed it most.

Leagues: Championship

Where to find Wolves vs. Aston Villa on US TV and streaming

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If you’re trying to find out how you can watch Wolves vs. Aston Villa in the Championship, you’ve come to the right place.

The first Wolves-Aston Villa derby of the season kicks off in the Championship at 12:30pm ET on Saturday for viewers in the United States. While the game isn’t on television, you can stream it to your TV, smartphone, tablet or computer by following the steps below.

Where to find Wolves vs. Aston Villa on US TV and streaming

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If you’re trying to find out how you can watch Wolves vs. Aston Villa in the Championship, you’ve come to the right place.

The first Wolves-Aston Villa derby of the season kicks off in the Championship at 12:30pm ET on Saturday for viewers in the United States. While the game isn’t on television, you can stream it to your TV, smartphone, tablet or computer by following the steps below.

The Rest

Where to find New Zealand vs. Peru World Cup playoff 1st leg on US TV and streaming

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If you’re trying to find out how you can watch New Zealand vs. Peru in the World Cup playoff, you’ve come to the right place.

The World Cup playoff between New Zealand and Peru will be televised for soccer fans in the United States. The game can be found on beIN SPORTS and beIN SPORTS en Espanol.

D.C. United season review: Steve Birnbaum

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The captain goes under the microscope.

Steve Birnbaum had a pretty good 2016, with United States caps both in World Cup Qualifying action and during the Copa America Centenario, and had European interest from Israel and Germany which was parlayed into a new contract to keep him in Black-and-Red for a few years.