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U.S. Soccer takes centennial show to New York

By Paul Kennedy

U.S. Soccer is taking its centennial celebrations to New York -- its birthplace and home until the 1980s -- this week for activities that include a fan fest Thursday in Times Square.

The centennial program begins Tuesday and concludes Friday, the date the U.S. Soccer charter was signed in 1913.

The Times Square activities will take place at the Fence Island space on Broadway between 45th and 46th Streets.

There will be games on a small-sided field in which players can take part. U.S. national team coach Jurgen Klinsmann, U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati, U.S. women's gold-medalist Carli Lloyd and former national team star Alexi Lalas are among those who will be in attendance to greet fans.

Others scheduled to make appearances are Cobi Jones, Michelle Akers, April Heinrichs, Walter Bahr, Tab Ramos and John Harkes.

The week begins Tuesday with the ringing the New York Stock Exchange closing bell at 4 p.m. ET. The National Soccer Hall of Fame will announce the 2013 Induction Class on Wednesday, and Howard Wolfson, New York's Deputy Mayor for Government Affairs and Communications, and Gulati will speak Friday about the influence U.S. Soccer has had on the sport during the past 100 years at a press conference.

FOX CONFIRMS FXX LAUNCH. FOX's announcement that it will launch FXX on Sept. 2 in another step in the inevitable demise of FOX Soccer.

The soccer network did not come up in last week's announcement that FOX would launch a FX spinoff -- which will target adults 18-34 -- but the Los Angeles Times reported that FOX has been telling pay-TV distributors that FSC's channel was being considering as the new home for FXX.

MAN. CITY TO HOLD D.C. GROUNDBREAKING. Manchester City's City Soccer in the Community program moves to Washington, where ground-breaking will take place Tuesday on the new UAE-Manchester City Field in the heart of the Adams Morgan community for the Marie Reed Elementary School.

The field will be a gift to the community by the United Arab Emirates Embassy in Washington.
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