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MLS CONFIDENTIAL: Holding on to Pablo

By Ridge Mahoney
Senior Editor, Soccer America

An attempt to acquire Colorado Rapids midfielder Pablo Mastroeni has, at least for now, been quashed by MLS.

Italian Serie B club Brescia has inquired about taking Mastroeni on loan for the upcoming season, but Rapids coach Fernando Clavijo says the terms, as he understands them, are unacceptable.

''The deal, as it is now, makes no ...
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MLS: Game summaries (July 29)

July 29 in Frisco, Texas

FC Dallas 4 Colorado 1.

Goals: Rhine (Thompson, Nunez) 8, Nunez 71, Nunez 74, Cooper 93+; Beckerman 34.

FC Dallas - Sala, Rhine, Goodson, Moor (Yi 28), Gbandi, Nunez, Mulrooney, Valakari, Alvarez (Oduro, 64), Cooper, Thompson (Saragosa, 74).

Colorado - Cannon, Gargan, Karanka, Petke, Denton, Cooke, Beckerman, Noel (Ben Dayan, 64), Wasson (Mathis, 77), Peterson (Kirovski, 60), Hernandez.

Referee: ...
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U.S. WOMEN: Kai hits fifth goal in eight games

Natasha Kai, 23, scored her fifth goal for the USA since debuting for the national team earlier this year to help the USA down Canada, 2-0, in a friendly on Sunday.

Kai, a Hawaii product, now has five goals in eight games. She finished a rebound off her own shot for her strike late in the second half. Abby Wambach's penalty ...
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U.S. YOUTH SOCCER: Three-peat for Arsenal FC U-17 boys

Arsenal FC won its third straight national title when it captured the under-17 boys group at the U.S. Youth Soccer National Championships on Sunday in Des Moines, Iowa. Eclipse SelectÆs bid for a third straight title ended when it was eliminated in a shootout on Friday in the under-18 girls group. So Cal United (U-15 boys) and the Dallas Texans ...
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USL: Ottawa knocks out W-League champion New Jersey


Amy Vermeulen scored a hat to lead the Ottawa Fury to a fourth straight W-League semifinal appearance as it upset the defending champion New Jersey Wildcats 3-2 Sunday to join the host Vancouver Whitecaps, the Central Conference champion Charlotte Lady Eagles and the Seattle Sounders Saints, who won the Western Conference tournament in the W-League final four.

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Germany 2006


By Mike Woitalla
Executive Editor, Soccer America

The Germans promised they would deliver a party and exceeded all expectations.

The two 30-year-old German men bought replica jerseys of Spain and France.

They cut the shirts down the middle and sewed two different halves together.

That gave them each a shirt representing both teams.

''We couldn't decide who to root for,'' said one of them as they ...
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USA in Germany


By Ridge Mahoney
Senior Editor, Soccer America Magazine

U.S. Soccer is in the midst of a critical self-examination following the national team's first-round ouster at the World Cup. It has much more to ponder than simply what happened during three games in June.

The forlorn faces strewn through the plazas and streets of Nuremberg the night of June 22 starkly revealed the confirmed ...
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My View, by Paul Kennedy


By Paul Kennedy
Managing Editor, Soccer America

There's two ways to look at the impact of the dreary U.S. showing at the World Cup on Major League Soccer.

One view is that MLS is strong enough to withstand a big hit because of its huge investment in stadiums and its long-term contracts with commercial partners - an infusion of upward of $1 billion.

The ...
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World Cup 2006


By Mike Woitalla, in Berlin
Executive Editor, Soccer America Magazine

In the shadow of scandal and amid jeers, Italy lifted the World Cup title.

THEY'RE LIKE GOOD HURDLERS goes one assessment of the Italian national team, jumping only as high as necessary to clear the bar.

The Italians try to advance through tournaments playing not to lose, hoping to squeak through by a goal, ...
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MLS CONFIDENTIAL: Harkes eager to re-connect with Arena

By Ridge Mahoney
Senior Editor, Soccer America

''No-Brainer.'' That's how former U.S. international John Harkes describes his decision to leave the D.C. United Director of Youth Development post to take an assistant coaching position with Red Bull New York.

The specifics of his role under Head Coach Bruce Arena have yet to be finalized, yet he's looking forward to working with ...
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U.S. YOUTH SOCCER: Dallas Texans Red win big in U-18 group

The powerhouse Dallas Texans Red recovered from their opening game loss to beat the Classic FC Bandolero, 5-2, in the Under-18 boys group at the U.S. Youth Soccer National Championships in Des Moines, Iowa. The Texans, who are playing without star Jonathan Villanueva, who joined the U.S. U-18s in Northern Ireland after a two-week tryout at Dutch club Ajax, got ...
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U.S. WOMEN: Aly Wagner set for 100th cap

Aly Wagner will become the 18th women to play 100 or more times for her national team if she plays against Canada on Sunday in Cary, N.C. (live on ESPN2, 1 pm. ET). The USA has won seven of its last eight games against Canada and is 29-3-3 over against the Canadians.

U.S. Women's roster for Canada game:
GOALKEEPERS: ...

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OFF THE POST: Coach attacks his own player

When Vasco da Gama forward Valdir Papel came toward the bench his own coach, Renato Portaluppi, shoved him down the sideline. Papel had been ejected in the 17th minute of the Copa Brasil final after receiving his second yellow card for his second brutal tackle from behind.

''It's unacceptable that you give a player a chance like that and he gets ...
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LIBERTADORES CUP: Keeper goal gives Sao Paulo edge on Chivas Guadalajara

Brazil's Sao Paulo, which had lost twice to Chivas Guadalajara in the group stage, downed the Mexican club, 1-0, in the first leg of their Libertadores Cup semifinal in Mexico.

Sao Paulo goalkeeper Rogerio Ceni scored the game's only goal on a penalty kick. It was Ceni's 63rd career goal, tying Paraguayan Jose Luis Chilavert's record for most goals by a ...
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MEXICO: Fonseca signs with Benfica

The exodus of Mexican World Cup stars to Europe continued when striker Francisco Fonseca joined Portugal's Benfica.

The Cruz Azul player, nicknamed ''Kikin,'' is the fourth member of Mexico's World Cup squad to move to Europe in the last month. Defender Ricardo Osorio and captain Pavel Pardo joined Bundesliga club VfB Stuttgart, and defender Carlos Salcido moved to Dutch champion PSV.

Aaron ...
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