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Drogba and Saputo show the power of 'big personalities'

Players on big salaries often bring along big egos as well. Montreal owner Joey Saputo has forgiven Didier Drogba, who refused to be a sub last weekend against Toronto, and has decided not to suspend him.
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What was the value of the USA's bumpy win in Cuba?

The USA's 2-0 win in a friendly over Cuba on Friday marked its first return to the island since September of 2008, when the USA beat the Cubans, 1-0, in a semifinal round qualifying game for the 2010 World Cup.
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Paul Arriola takes advantage of opportunities for USA

On and off the field, fast starts are normal for Paul Arriola. He scored a goal in his first game for Club Tijuana in 2013 in an exhibition against Club America. Two weeks later, in his first Liga MX game, he registered an assist. His first U.S. callup last spring resulted in a goal against Puerto Rico, and last month ...
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Options could lead to makeover of U.S. midfield

Strong performances by several players in friendlies against Cuba and New Zealand could create a logjam in the U.S, central midfield heading into the Hexagonal, which starts next month with a USA-Mexico showdown in Columbus.
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Bob Bradley steps into a tough new world

Last season, 11 of 20 Premier League clubs changed managers, including major stars such as Louis Van Gaal and Jose Mourinho. Stepping into this cauldron is former USA head coach Bob Bradley, hired by Swansea City just seven games into the current season.
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New NASL owner expects to see difference in how league operates

The interlocking and overlapping elements of North American pro soccer are among the issues facing owners of the NASL, which could be losing several teams for various reasons heading into an uncertain future.
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So far, Jordan Morris' decisions have been the right ones

U.S. forward Jordan Morris turned down a move to German club Werder Bremen, which is rooted to the bottom of the Bundesliga and recently fired its head coach. He's playing in a lesser league for less money and is okay with his decisions.
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MLS Playoff Watch: Breaking down the Eastern Conference's battle of bubble teams

With a month of the regular season to be played, no Eastern Conference team has clinched a playoff sot and no teams have been eliminated. Three teams could clinch this weekend but for others the chase is probably going to be decided on the final day.
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Strenghtened Sounders set aside distractions to focus on postseason quest

The midseason arrival of Nicolas Lodeiro and the return to fitness of Roman Torres has bolstered the playoff push by Seattle, which won't have Clint Dempsey in the near future and need to make up six points with seven games remaining.
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Talk of treble not heard at FCD

Tuesday night the U.S. Open Cup final sold out, and most of the 16,612 in attendance celebrated not just a rousing FC Dallas victory but yet another step in the growth and maturation of a major-market team that on and off the field has been a straggler for much of its existence.
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Rested Revs will be tested by defining run of games

A formation changed and renewed commitment to defense has tightened up a porous Revs' back line, but two league games plus the Open Cup final during a span of eight days will stretch the resources of head coach Jay Heaps.
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Pulisic helps USA play low and win high

I had high expectations of Christian Pulisic. He delivered -- and then some.
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Christian Pulisic must start on Tuesday

Coaches like to be secretive about their starting lineups, which is the only way to explain why Jurgen Klinsmann answered so apprehensively about whether 17-year-old Christian Pulisic would start on Tuesday against Trinidad & Tobago.
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More than a Hexagonal berth is on the line for USA in Caribbean tests

Does U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann take dramatic steps to revamp his team In qualifiers this month and friendlies in October, or does he stick to more or less the status quo as the .U.S. prepares for the start of Hexagonal play in November?
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Doyle departure starts crucial new era in San Jose

With only two playoff appearances since it rejoined MLS in 2008, San Jose hasn't been able to find the right formula for success moving into a wonderful new stadium last year and instituting player development programs. Taking over for John Doyle as GM is Chris Letich but most of the pressure falls on head coach Dominic Kinnear, a friend of ...
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