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MLS Preview: Union emerges from the rubble of 2012

Like many observers, defender Jeff Parke wondered what the heck was going on as he watched the Philadelphia Union implode in 2012. "Last year was a setback, even from me watching from the outside," says Parke, the former Sounders defender traded to his hometown team during the offseason. "I was just like, 'Man they're tearing their team up, for some ...
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MLS Preview: Toppled Timbers hope to bounce back with Porter

In their second MLS season the Portland Timbers vaporized the expectations created by an unforgettable 2011 campaign of frenzied sellout crowds and spirited performances.
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MLS Preview: Revs revamp after rough first season for Heaps

When he lost his debut as a head coach to San Jose in the 2012 season opener, Jay Heaps had to admit that even though "I was a rookie out there," the loss really bothered him.
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MLS Preview: Maligned Chivas USA sets new direction

The much-awaited exodus under new head coach Jose Luis Sanchez Sola is underway; as of Monday, a dozen players under contract at the end of the 2012 season had been jettisoned, and another - midfielder Shalrie Joseph - has been told he won't be needed.
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Robbie Rogers: 'I could not be happier with my decision'

Robbie Rogers began with a tweet linking to his web site: "Just getting some sh*t off my chest." In "The Next Chapter," the U.S. international announced that he was stepping away from soccer at the age of 25 and revealed that he is gay. "It's time to discover myself away from football," he said. " It's 1 A.M. ...
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The All-American MLS Best XI

Filling the gap between the American players selected by U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann and the MLS Best XI, we present this hybrid list.
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MLS jumps into the jersey game

MLS hopes to get good mileage out of its designation of the third weekend of the season as "Rivalry Week," during which teams will square off with traditional and/or regional rivals, but "Jersey Week" will be a harder sell, pun intended.
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FOX takes a bold stand with Gus Johnson

The advent of Champions League knockout play in February signifies a first stirring from a long winter slumber, and in this year's edition a new face is blinking into the sunlight.
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Gonzalez learned painful lessons in loss to Honduras

Before we leave the Honduras-USA Hexagonal opener for the time being, examining the Omar Gonzalez situation is mandatory.
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Hexagonal opener was a learning day for USA

By Ridge Mahoney

The next Hexagonal match is nearly six weeks away, whereupon many of the issues raised by Honduras beating the USA, 2-1, Wednesday in San Pedro Sula will be revisited.

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Howard and Dempsey, the only positives in lackluster display

A late defensive breakdown caught centerbacks Omar Gonzalez and Geoff Cameron napping and deprived the Americans of snagging a point. But they weren't the worst performers in the USA's 2-1 loss to Honduras in their Hexagonal opener. That honor fell to their German-American partners on the backline, Timmy Chandler and Fabian Johnson.
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A defeat of historic proportions

For the first time in the history of the Hexagonal, the USA has lost its opener. Or its opening away game, for that matter. The 2-1 loss to Honduras also ended a string of three straight wins over the Catrachos in World Cup qualifying in San Pedro Sula dating back to 1965.
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Chandler's tale is one of patience

If Tim Chandler plays against Honduras on Wednesday, the first of 10 Hexagonal games, he will be the latest player sired by an American and raised in Germany to be bound to the U.S. team.
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Clearing the air on a few Klinsmann exclusions

Omissions from a national team roster always crank up the buzz, and those excluded by Jurgen Klinsmann Monday from the Hexagonal opener in Honduras certainly did their share.
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Hexagonal opener starts off severest test for Klinsmann

In the aftermath of a laborious 0-0 tie with Canada Tuesday night, comfort can be found in the fact that a European-heavy team will probably open the Hexagonal Wednesday against Honduras in San Pedro Sula.
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