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Bruce Arena Punishment Reinforces His Criticisms

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It is not a surprise that the MLS league office passed on a hefty fine to Bruce Arena this week for his comments on the strange Sacha Kljestan transfer saga. What is a surprise is how it was handled, and the process by which Arena was told of the fine ironically justifies his comments.

As a refresher Arena and the Galaxy cleared roster space and cap room to acquire Sacha Kljestan from Anderlecht during the simmer transfer window, a move that undoubtedly would have made them favorites in the West.

Former USMNT Captain Carlos Bocanegra Announces Retirement Following 2014 Season

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Former United State's Men's National Team Captain and current Chivas defender, Carlos Bocanegra, announced his retirement from soccer following the end of the current 2014 MLS season. Bocanegra has been playing professional soccer for 14 years and earned 110 appearances for the USMNT and scored 14 goals since his first call-up in 2001, as well as captaining the team for six years where he earned the nickname "Captain America".

Brad Guzan vs. Nick Rimando; The Battle For Starting Goalkeeper

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The 1-0 victory against the Czech Republic was the first match played by the USMNT after Tim Howard announced his hiatus from international soccer having gained 104 caps for his country. There's no doubt that Howard leaves behind giant gloves to fill as he saved USMNT time and time again in his thirteen years with Team USA.

Video: USA 1 – Czech Republic 0 (International Friendly Highlights)

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A very experimental United States men's national team secured a gritty 1-0 win over the [...]

USMNT Player Ratings In 1-0 Against The Czech Republic

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The first friendly after a World Cup is usually a particularly mind-numbing affair, but there were certainly positives for the United States to take out of another win on European soil at the Czech Republic, and one big sound-bite from Jurgen Klinsmann on his 2018 expectations. Here are the player ratings.

USMNT v. Czech Republic Friendly Line-Up Prediction

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In their first match since the 2014 World Cup, the United States Men's National Team faces off again the Czech Republic Wednesday night in Prague. Manager Jurgen Klinsmann has named a relatively young and inexperienced side for the friendly, with 13 World Cup players (including Tim Howard, who is taking time off from the national team) being left out of the roster for the match against the team being captained by Arsenal midfielder Tomáš Rosický.

New NWSL Schedule Changes To Accommodate Women’s World Cup

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The National Women's Soccer League has made significant changes to its 2015 schedule in order to accommodate the Women's World Cup next summer

The league announced the new schedule will feature 20 games and a two-week break for the group stages of the tournament. The season will keep its April kickoff date but conclude in September instead of its usual August date.

New NWSL Schedule Changes To Accommodate Women’s World Cup

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The National Women's Soccer League has made significant changes to its 2015 schedule in order to accommodate the Women's World Cup next summer

The league announced the new schedule will feature 20 games and a two-week break for the group stages of the tournament. The season will keep its April kickoff date but conclude in September instead of its usual August date.

Julian Green Leaving Bayern Munich For One Year Loan To Hamburger SV

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Julian Green from the United State's Men's National Team and Bayern Munich will be leaving Bayern to join Hamburger SV for a one-year loan deal, as confirmed by his father's twitter as well as Sven Töllner of Sky Sports earlier today.

Green joined Bayern Munich in 2013 after signing a four-year deal that will see him with the Bundesliga giants until 2017.

Julian Green Leaving Bayern Munich For One Year Loan To Hamburger SV

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Julian Green from the United State's Men's National Team and Bayern Munich will be leaving Bayern to join Hamburger SV for a one-year loan deal, as confirmed by his father's twitter as well as Sven Töllner of Sky Sports earlier today.

Green joined Bayern Munich in 2013 after signing a four-year deal that will see him with the Bundesliga giants until 2017.

Jurgen Klinsmann Announces 22-Man Roster For USMNT Friendly Against Czech Republic

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United States Men's National Team head coach, Jurgen Klinsmann, announced the 22-man roster which have been called into camp to prepare for the country's first friendly of the 2018 World Cup cycle. The USMNT is set to travel to Prague and face Czech Republic on September 3rd at 2:15 PM ET with the game shown on NBC Sports Network and UNIMas as well as tweets from the US Soccer twitter account @ussoccer.

Candidates Who Could Replace Tim Howard During His Leave Of Absence

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While Tim Howard continues to play for Everton and spend more time with his family, there will be sizeable void in the United States Men National Team's defense in a very literal sense. Between the two back-up goalkeepers who traveled with the team to Brazil, and a few scattered amongst MLS and the English Premier League, the fight for a starting birth should become very interesting during the next year.

Like Sochi, the West’s Smear Campaign Against Russia’s 2018 World Cup Won’t Work

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In the latest of brewing Cold War sentiments between the US and Russia, controversial Republican Senator John McCain recently reissued a demand to pull the plug on Russia's right to host the World Cup in 2018. Speaking to ESPN/ABC podcast Capital Games program, McCain asked whether it was "appropriate to have this venue in Russia," — although he's not the first Republican to struggle at his own language, by venue he must have clearly meant event or tournament — "and aren't there other countries that would be far less controversial?

Sunderland and Fulham Interested in Signing Matt Besler

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After a spectacular performance for the United States at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, defender Matt Besler has received a wide variety of interest from a number of European clubs including official bids from Fulham and Sunderland. Besler admitted to wanting the deal done as soon as possible.

"It's a situation which needs to get resolved.

A Remarkable World Cup Moment That Went Unnoticed In the USA-Belgium Game

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This World Cup has been one of the best in recent memory, despite all of the concerns with the tournament being held in Brazil. There have been some fantastic goals and amazing matches.

Of course, any World Cup will have its talking points and controversies. Referees will always be blamed for any manner of "wrong" decisions while fans will infinitely debate plays and calls.

USMNT’s Matt Besler A Target For Bundesliga Side SC Freiburg

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United State's Men's National Team's Matt Besler is said to be receiving multiple offers from both European and English clubs after a solid performance for the United States in the 2014 World Cup. Reports in Kicker Magazine indicate SC Freiburg is a likely destination for the Sporting Kansas City man.

Young USA Players Looking to Move Beyond MLS

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Going into the World Cup, a major storyline around the U.S. national team was the number of key players who had left overseas clubs to return to MLS. Facing a logjam in the AS Roma midfield, Michael Bradley accepted a designated player spot with Toronto FC to earn more money and a starter's spot.

USA Lightning Rod Landon Donovan Faces Uncertain Future

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From the moment he was excluded from the U.S. World Cup roster, Landon Donovan faced a critical choice. He could accept, map out the rest of his playing career, and begin to work on his post-playing options. Or he could fight back, showing the world that his exclusion was long-term a poor choice for how the U.

Where The USA Men’s National Team Goes From Here

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Now that the U.S. has, once again, exited the World Cup in the Round of 16, American soccer aficionados are in the self-reflective, hand wringing stage of sports grief. We're asking ourselves what went wrong? What could we have done differently? Why aren't we better? Will we ever win the top prize of the most popular sport on earth?

Top 10 Best #ThingsTimHowardCouldSave Memes

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The Internet has created its newest meme — Things Tim Howard Could Save, which includes pictures of USA goalkeeper Tim Howard in some classic situations "saving" different people and places. For example, even saving the Titanic.

The meme is a reaction to Tim Howard's record breaking performance against Belgium in the United States's Round of 16 match.

USA World Cup Soccer Team Receives Glowing Praise From Around the World

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The praise for the USA World Cup team has been unanimous across the world. They have won the hearts and minds of so many soccer fans globally, as well as the respect of the soccer critics and media.

This mixed bag of a few German-Americans, one Icelandic-American, a guy from small Texas town, a man who's part Native American, a Haitian-American and even the youngest player to ever see the field in a World Cup game did the impossible.

USA Player Ratings For World Cup Game Against Belgium

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The US exited the 2014 FIFA World Cup with their heads held high after a 2-1 extra time loss to Belgium. Here are the player ratings.

Tim Howard, 10: He covered himself in all kinds of glory with one of the greatest goalkeeping performances in recent memory.

DeMarcus Beasley, 8: While he was twisted into knots by the tricky Kevin Mirallas, Beasley had another terrific game to cap a terrific tournament.

Where to Find the USA-Belgium Game On US Television And Internet

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Today's must-see game between USA and Belgium will be shown live on US television and Internet beginning at 4pm ET/1pm PT (coverage begins at 3pm ET/Noon PT). If the United States beats Belgium, the USMNT will advance to the quarter-finals of the World Cup. If they lose, they go home.

20,000 USA Fans Expected At Chicago Soldier Field’s USA-Belgium World Cup Watch Party

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Chicago's Soldier Field will today host a USMNT World Cup Watch Party where event organizers are expecting more than 20,000 soccer fans to cheer on Team USA.

Home to the NFL's Chicago Bears and multiple USMNT matches down the years, the stadium has a capacity of over 60,000.Even in a stadium that will be just one-third full, the atmosphere promises to be electric during the USA-Belgium game, which kicks off at 4pm ET/3pm CT.

Why The USA Used Clint Dempsey As a Lone Striker in Jozy Altidore’s Absence

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The USMNT could not have had a better start to their World Cup when Seattle Sounders' talisman Clint Dempsey scored in the first minute of group play against Ghana in Natal. It wasn't all that easy though, as twenty-six minutes later the star striker, Jozy Altidore, went down holding his hamstring and he was replaced by Aron Johannson.

Jozy Altidore: Looking at the United States Enigmatic Forward

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The US Soccer Federation announced today that 24 year old forward Jozy Altidore has been cleared to play for the United States when they take on Belgium in the Round of 16 at the 2014 World Cup. Altidore has long been considered the star striker for the USMNT and on the whole his form for the Stars and Stripes has backed that up.

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Diploma Divide

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Hey y'all, checking in with another piece bringing some soccer issues to a general audience light. This time it's college soccer training limitations and reform. I know you know enough to get the gist of it, but I did have Andrew Wenger and Jordan Morris among others weigh in – figured you'd want their $.

Who next?

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Today at MLSS, I unfurled a healthy list of dual-nationals playing in Europe that could become Klinsi's next crossover hit(s). Check it. - Greg Seltzer

USMNT Who’s Who: September 2014 Camp

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Due to a variety of factors, United States men's national team coach Jurgen Klinsmann has had to dig deep into the ranks of Europe-based US national team players or potential players. Major League Soccer's odd and controversial schedule meant that they don't honor FIFA international breaks for friendly matches, and therefore are unlikely to release key players during such a crucial point in the season.

USMNT vs Honduras

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The USMNT will play Honduras in an international friendly on October 14th at Florida Atlantic University's FAU Stadium. Read More

USMNT vs Ireland on Nov 18th

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The USMNT vs Ireland friendly is official, with US Soccer announcing the game for November 18th at Dublin's Aviva Stadium. Read More

USMNT U-20 team in camp for NTC Invitational Tournament

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The USMNT U-20 squad will play three games in July as part of the NTC Invitational Tournament. USMNT U-20 coach Tab Ramos named a 20-player team. Read More

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2014 CONCACAF Women’s World Cup Qualifying Schedule

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The stage is set for the United States Women's National Team to start their 2015 World Cup campaign. First up, CONCACAF Qualifying against Trinidad & Tobago, Guatemala and Haiti.

CONCACAF drew groups for World Cup Qualifying (also known as CONCACAF Championship) Friday morning, where the Americans learned they will be in Group A.

A Review Of The Book “Why American Soccer Isn’t There Yet”

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The recent World Cup has spawned a number of books that not only look at the recent past of American soccer but what the men's national team needs to do going forward. Many of these stories are being written by journalists, but it is rare we hear from people who have experienced the U.S. soccer development system that are not on ESPN and NBC.

A Review Of The Book “Why American Soccer Isn’t There Yet”

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The recent World Cup has spawned a number of books that not only look at the recent past of American soccer but what the men's national team needs to do going forward. Many of these stories are being written by journalists, but it is rare we hear from people who have experienced the U.S. soccer development system that are not on ESPN and NBC.

USA’s World Cup Run Ends Too Soon, But Future Looks Promising

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When a team enters into a tournament format like the World Cup knockout stage, you always know that the next game very well may be your last.

But that doesn't mean it is any easier when the end finally comes.

Such is the case for the United States Men's National team, which saw its World Cup run end on Tuesday in a 2-1 loss to Belgium.

The Rest

2011 Upper Deck MLS Soccer Hot Pack Break

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Online video Score: five / five

MNT vs. Mexico: Highlights – Sept. 10, 2013

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Video clip Rating: four / five

The persistence of legends By Anthony Lopopolo This time,...

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The persistence of legends

ByAnthony Lopopolo

This time, Franco Baresi would play.

He was there with the Italians and the Portuguese, all legends from their country, descending on a pitch in Toronto.

"Major Announcement" Today

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It's game day for Sporting Kansas City as the team takes on BPL Champions, Manchester City in a friendly at Sporting Park. The game though looks like it may not be the biggest news of the day (at least for me). Yesterday, Sporting Club announced that they would have a "major announcement" today that would include the club, Wyandotte County unified government representatives, and Kansas governor Sam Brownback.