US Men's National Team

Break the mold for MLS referees

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Following Sunday's refereeing debacle in DC, Nate Emeritz considers what might be done to improve officiating and suggests US soccer should invest in a prominent model of mature (not perfect) refereeing.

Preview: USA v. Antigua & Barbuda

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The warm-up is complete. After playing Scotland, Brazil, and Canada, the U.S. Men's National Team must now begin the long slog that is World Cup Qualifying in CONCACAF. Its first opponent: Antigua & Barbuda, today at 7:00pm, in Tampa, Florida.

Antigua & Barbuda What do we know?

Klinsmann shows ignorance of American culture

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We are not a nation of floppers and cheap-shot artists. We expect the men who wear our national team uniforms to show the dignity and class for which the U.S. has been known. Yes, the U.S. was embarrassed last night 4-1 against Brazil. Afterward, Klinsmann, the former German star, claimed our team was too naive and not nasty enough.

Herdling: What position? New USA jersey, yay or nay? More.

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The Union confirmed on Monday that they have signed Kai Herdling on loan from 1899 Hoffenheim ahead of the close of the transfer window on Monday night.

Herdling is listed most places—from Wikipedia, to fussballdaten.de, soccerway.

A Corona-tion in Nashville

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It's looking more and more like something special is going on with the U-23 US Men's National Team. Led by a prodigy-turned-elder-statesman, a team of prodigious talent is turning in to the most exciting group of players to come through the American system in a long time.

Fast start

It took eleven minutes of poking and prodding for the US to take the lead over Cuba on Nashville's LP Field.

U-23 Match report: USA 2-0 Mexico

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Photo: AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez

For nearly 45 minutes, the United States under-23 national team forgot who they were.

US soccer has been making up for a shortage of on-the-ball talent by developing tough, athletic, and hard-working players for a long, long time. The defining moment of the 2010 World Cup was Landon Donovan's lung-bursting downfield run to score the winner over Algeria.

More Le Talk, USWNT blasts Mexico, more news

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Some amazing PSP original work from the past few days: Earl Gardner's sweet photo essay from the SOB Help Kick Hunger event, info on the MLS All-Star game, Ed's fantastic piece on the last All-Star game in Philly, Dan's take on the possibility of selling Le Toux, and Eli's examination of the U's post-Seba strike force.

Olympics 2012 Football

Olympics 2012 Soccer – Clutch Carli Delivers U.S. Three-Peat

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The U.S. charwomen's soccer squad won the Olympic amber medal for the third-straight clip on Thursday, overcoming Japan 2-1 behind two goals from Carli Lloyd. She too scored the contest-victor four twelvemonths ago.

Olympics 2012 Soccer – Expert Analysis: U.S., Japan Set For Rematch

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Arlo White and Brandi Chastain interrupt downwards Team USA's electrifying romp over Canada in the semifinals and stare before to the U.S.' World Cup terminal replay with Japan in Thursday's amber medal tally.

Olympic Football 2012 – U.S. Women Eye Redemption

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It's not simply about the amber medal. It's about salvation. Olympic charwomen's soccer couldn't enquire for a better conclusion: United States vs. Japan in the rubric fit on Thursday a 2011 World Cup concluding replay.

Olympics 2012 Soccer – Fallen And Risen: U.S. Women Do It Again

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Three times the U.S. charwomen fell behind against Canada in Monday's semi. Three times they came back and Alex Morgan scored the contest-victor in the 123rd Min, but these theatre are nothing unexampled.

Olympics 2012 Football – Get Ready: A Look At U.S. Women’s Soccer

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The United States battles Canada and France mug Japan in Monday's two semi correspond-ups. Before those plots place-kicking attwelvep.m. ET, get quick with a sole photo hit of the U.S. womanhoods's soccer squad.

Olympics 2012 Football – Meet Alex Morgan, U.S. Soccer Star

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Alex Morgan leads the U.S. women's soccer team with 19 goals and 11 assists this year. She is a fan favorite on and off the field and is one of the best players in the world. Learn more about the star.

Olympics 2012 Soccer – U.S. women defeat New Zealand 2-0, advance to semifinal

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The U.S. women's soccer squad defeated New Zealand 2-0 on Friday to progress to the quarterfinals of the Olympic tourney.

Olympics 2012 Soccer – U.S. Points To Quarterfinals With Win

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The United States clinched first spot in its grouping in Olympic womanhoods's soccer Tuesday with a 1-0 romp over North Korea. The U.S. will look the extremity of Tuesday's bizs to find away its opposite for Friday.

Olympics 2012 Football – Societies clash as U.S. faces North Korea

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North Korea phiz the United States in an Olympic women's soccer gibe on Tuesday that will cavity the hermit Soviets against the world-wide power it has abominated since they struggled a Cold War struggle six decenniums ago.

Olympics 2012 Football – U.S. women defeat Colombia 3-0, advances to Olympic quarterfinals

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The U.S. womanhoods's soccer squad made it two wins in two bizs Saturday and remembered an injured mate in a 3-0 romp over Colombia.

Olympics 2012 Soccer – U.S. women’s soccer team skips Opening Ceremony ahead of Saturday match

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As the 2012 London Olympics Opening Ceremony kicked away in London on Friday eventide, the U.S. chars's soccer squad was 400 mis north in Glasgow, Scotland. But they nonetheless rung in the Games formally in sort.

Olympics 2012 Soccer – ‘Jersey girl’ Carli Lloyd back in lineup for U.S. women’s soccer team

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As a rugged Jersey girl, Carli Lloyd wasn't about to go softly into the nighttime when she lost her starting line with the U.S. chars's soccer squad. Instead, she clasped downward and came forth the bench to mark the winning goal in the Americans' opening triumph.

Olympics 2012 Soccer – Morgan Doubles And U.S. Doubles Up France

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Alex Morgan scored double as the U.S. womanhoods's soccer squad rallied from a former shortage Wednesday to unfastened its Olympics with a 4-2 romp over France. Abby Wambach and Carli Lloyd besides scored in the start.

Olympics 2012 Football – U.S. women’s soccer team anxious to start Olympics

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More than 400 mis from middle stage, the handler of the U.S. chars's soccer squad leant toward the mike and gave her ain melodious opening to the Olympic Games.

Olympics 2012 Football – U.S. women’s soccer jams to ‘Party In The USA’

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Let's be honorable, nothing says 'cool' more than Miley Cyrus' "Party In The USA." And nobody does 'cool' better than the U.S. womanhoods's soccer squad. The two of those collectively do for overpowering awesomeness.

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Philadelphia: A laboratory for U.S. soccer

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Six weeks ago, the All-Star game looked like a potential PR nightmare for MLS. Today, it could be a chance to highlight the future of American soccer. PSP explains.

Marfan on England, Riley says no on Elite Division, more news

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Michael Farfan talks about his training stint with Sunderland, most of which was spent with the Sunderland reserves. "I don't think it was any change of play compared to here," Marfan says. "It was a good level and I held my own.

Marfan says players were interested to learn more about MLS.

MacMath has backing, new US youth plans, more

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The Tweet of the Week comes from relationship guru Amobi Okugo: "Safehouse and the vow come out tomorrow ... Some people will have to compromise." Compromise movie idea: The Vowhouse. Denzel Washington vows to build a house for the love of his life. Then he roundhouse kicks everyone who comes into said house.

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Olympic dream slips away from Johnson, USA

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Just over one minute into their final group stage match, the United States had wiped the taste of a 2-0 loss to Canada from their memories. Brek Shea fought off two defenders on the left touch line before beating a third man and whipping a waist-high cross into the box.

Xolos Tijuana, con escala en el San Diego Clásico

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De Querétaro a Tijuana, con escala en el San Diego Clásico; Xolos ya está listo

SAN DIEGO, CA.- Xoloitzcuintles del Club Tijuana venció 2-0 a los Gallos Blancos de Querétaro con goles de José Sand y Duvier Riascos y ya viajó rumbo a la ciudad bajacaliforniana, pero antes "hará escala" en el San Diego Clásico para enfrentar a Chivas USA el miércoles.

The Rest

Two UVA Players Named to U.S. Under-20 Women's National Team

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University of Virginia midfielder Morgan Brian, former Soccer America Freshman of the Year and Gatorade Female High School Athlete of the Year, along with her college teammate Oliva Brannon have been named to the roster of the U.S. Under-20 Women's National Team for the upcoming 2012 CONCACAF U-20 Women's Championship.

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Liverpool, women’s football, and violence in Egypt

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Languagecaster\'s ggod, bad and ugly: a side doing well in both the English Cup competitions, a bizarre situation for women\'s football in the USA and tragic events in Egypt.

WPS: Coming and going

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Before I get too far into discussing the decision of WPS to cancel the 2012 season, let me say that my initial reaction when the news first broke was that I was simply gutted. Gutted for every fantastic person I've met covering the Independence and women's soccer in general.