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The long and winding path of Arturo Alvarez from Project-40 player to international

Born and raised in Houston, the Chicago Fire's Arturo Alvarez can look back on a 15-year professional career that started at age 17 and has taken him to several countries to play for clubs and the El Salvador national team.
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Jesse Marsch makes Open Cup priority for Red Bulls, desperate to break trophy drought

As the only original member of MLS not to win a league title nor a U.S. Open Cup, the Red Bulls must deal with that stigma as well as a tough opponent -- Sporting Kansas City -- in front of its raucous home fans.
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Fernando Clavijo on friendship with Brian Schmetzer that goes back to indoor days

One grew up in the Northwest and the other emigrated from Uruguay, but Brian Schmetzer and Fernando Clavijo formed a strong bond as teammates in San Diego that has woven their lives together for more than 30 years.
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Jim Curtin, MLS's youngest head coach, on breaking in, coaching players today and Bob Bradley's influence

At no time in the league's history have so many MLS teams employed young American head coaches. They bring a different perspective to the job, as men who grew up playing in the league -- as well as abroad, in some cases -- before embarking on a coaching career.
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Pulisic learns his harshest lessons against Costa Rica and Honduras

A rough pair of Hexagonal matches left the Americans still well short of World Cup qualification and beset by problems in many areas, including how best to unleash the considerable talents of its 18-year-old star.
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Alejandro Bedoya fits the bill for both club and country

After filling in for Michael Bradley as U.S. captain during the Gold Cup group phase, Alejandro Bedoya left the team to welcome a baby daughter into the world. He's been recalled for Hexagonal matches against Costa Rica and Honduras and is a viable option despite intense midfield competition.
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Anson Dorrance: It should be 'moral imperative to grow the game' so an NWSL player isn't making $16,000 (Part 2)

Anson Dorrance, who this season is aiming to win his 23rd national title with the University of North Carolina Tar Heels, also coached the USA to its first World Cup title 1991. Nearly 60 of his UNC players have played for the USA. Earlier this month, Sarina Wiegman, who was part of the UNC's 1989 NCAA championship team along with ...
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Anson Dorrance on Mallory Pugh, foreign talent in college, how far it's come, and what can be improved (Part 1)

Anson Dorrance just started his 39th season as head coach of the nation's most successful collegiate soccer program, the 21-time NCAA championship-winning North Carolina women.
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New Sounder Leerdam is enthused about move to MLS

Not many teams have used TAM money to shore up the defense, but Seattle chose to pay the freight for Kelvin Leerdam, who played in Holland for Feyenoord and Vitesse before joining up with the Sounders last month.
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Pablo Mastroeni deserved better

Headed toward a third poor season in the four campaigns under Pablo Mastroeni, the Colorado Rapids cut loose their former captain and all-time leader in appearances with 225.
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Paul Mariner: On MLS and the Revs, then and now, the Eastern Conference race and VAR

Few American soccer personalities have as broad a background in the game as Paul Mariner. The former England international striker closed out his playing career in the old APSL, coaches in MLS and England and is now works on the New England TV and radio broadcasts as well as for ESPN.
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From NASL 1971 to Concacaf 2017, Ted Howard reflects on career at forefront of soccer's rise

One of the most important events in the history of American soccer may have occurred back in 1964, when Ted Howard got cut from the Chico State varsity basketball team.
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Eric Wynalda on coaching, his new challenge, Bruce vs. Jurgen, and Pulisic

Most soccer fans know Eric Wynalda for his play on three U.S. World Cup teams and Hall of Fame career or his current role as an analyst on Fox Sports' soccer coverage.
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Crew's Gregg Berhalter: 'The whole group needs to step up'

An appearance in the 2015 MLS Cup final didn't carry over for Columbus, which failed to reach the playoffs last season. So far in 2017 it is barely in the playoff tier and must resolve issues with playmaker Federico Higuain, whose contract is about to expire, as it battles for a postseason slot.
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Fire is poised to reverse years of disappointment

Languishing among the also-rans has left much of the Fire fan base disgruntled, but the 2017 team has established itself as among the best in the league. Yet its amazing reversal won't mean much if it stumbles down the stretch.
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