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Klinsmann dumps Johnson: What's wrong with asking to be subbed for the good of the team?

Among the many German-raised players Jurgen Klinsmann brought into the U.S. national team, Fabian Johnson was especially intriguing.

Black Saturday isn't the only reason why Klinsmann's time is up

It was Black Saturday for the USA. Mexico thoroughly outclassed Jurgen Klinsmann's team after the U.S. U-23s, aiming to qualify for the Olympics, got schooled by Honduras.

U.S, result against Mexico won't change issues swirling about Klinsmann's tenure

Is the Concacaf Cup classico to be waged between the USA and Mexico Saturday at the Rose Bowl a referendum on the four years-plus of Jurgen Klinsmann's tenure? Should he resign if the U.S. loses and U.S. Soccer president refuses to fire him?

USA is better off without the hysteria surrounding El Tri

The hiring of Juan Carlos Osorio marks the sixth time in the past two years that the Mexican soccer federation (FMF) has changed national-team head coaches. He's the sixth man named to the post since U.S. Soccer hired Jurgen Klinsmann, which gives an indication how different is the soccer environment in two neighboring but very different cultures.

Year of parity marks 20th MLS season

There are certainly some poor teams in MLS this season for which parity seems a long way away, but none of the top teams have pushed themselves away from the rest of their upper-tier neighbors. With just a handful of games to go for each team, this season might be the first in which no team loses less than 10 ...

U.S. national team succession will begin sooner than you might think

As Jurgen Klinsmann stated in his pre-Concacaf Cup camp interview with U.S. Soccer, Saturday's USA-Mexico game at the Rose Bowl may be the last hurrah for the veteran corps of the U.S. national team.

MLS: Best of September

More brilliance from the Atomic Ant, another top forwar.d robbed by the league's all-time shutout king, and a moment of class from a previously maligned DP made for a very interesting month.

Sporting KC isn't about to rest on its impressive laurels

There is a lot to like about Sporting Kansas City. Its ownership group has built one of MLS's strongest clubs in a market most gave little chance of working.

Does the Open Cup final need a home, too?

Since closing of the U.S. Soccer Hall of Fame building in Oneonta, N.Y,. five years ago, the national soccer governing body has kept its artifacts and exhibits in a warehouse as it searched for a new home. A facility in Frisco, Texas is progressing toward fulfillment and the home of FC Dallas might be a good location to stage the ...

MLS home teams are winning at a near-record pace

Has the rapid pace of MLS expansion and corresponding increase in soccer-specific stadiums translated into better results for home teams?

MLS stars align at just the right time

September was a crazy month in MLS. Not once but in two consecutive weeks the top three teams in MLS all lost. Of the seven teams with winning records in September, just three -- Montreal, New England and Seattle -- are in line to make the playoffs. Not that it's mattered much.

Western Conference race merits attention from all MLS fans, regardless of loyalties

By expanding its playoff field from five teams per conference to six, MLS has broadened interest to more cities and more fan bases. No Western Conference teams have clinched, and though the top three look secure, there are enough possibilities in play that six teams are realistically in contention for fourth, fifth and sixth place.

The case for and against a summer off

We should know soon enough whether the Copa Centenario goes ahead as planned -- the final two berths are supposed to be settled over the October international window -- and whether the USA will participate in the tournament.

My 23 for Mexico

Just about every U.S. fan is anxious to see who will be picked to face Mexico in the Rose Bowl Oct. 10 in the first, and perhaps only, Concacaf Cup and here's one man's plan starting from scratch, not selecting from the designated list of 35 players already submitted to Concacaf.

Fire plagued with questions in aftermath of latest shakeup

Who in their right minds would be encouraged by yet another shakeup at the Chicago Fire?