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U.S. Beats Mexico 2-0

Good performance tonight from the U.S. as two goals from Michael Bradley lead the U.S. to a 2-0 victory over Mexico in a World Cup qualifier. The win continued the U.S.’s domination in the series over the last nine years.

On a wet and windy night at Crew Stadium the U.S. ran their record to 9-0-2 on home soil against Mexico since 2000.

Beasley’s corner kick found Landon Donovan at the far side of the 6-yard box, with Donovan heading it back into the scrum. Oguchi Onyewu’s header was stopped by diving Mexico goaltender Oswaldo Sanchez, but the rebound came right into the path of Bradley, who kicked in the winner from 6 yards.

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Uncle Sam Coming to Chicago, Salt Lake and Washington

The U.S. Men’s National Team will play their last three final round home FIFA World Cup qualifying matches in Chicago, Salt Lake and Washington, D.C. The U.S. will host Honduras on June 6 at Soldier Field, and then face El Salvador at Rio Tinto Stadium on Sept. 5 in Salt Lake. The team closes out the final round of qualifying against Costa Rica on Oct. 14 at historic RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C.

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US National Team’s Best XI: Preview Edition

Over the next two weeks, I will be detailing the Best XI in US Men’s National Team history. Surely, it will be no easy task for me, a faithful member of Sam’s Army. But, when you look at the team’s results over the past century or so, some players stand out from the others as truly the best to ever take the pitch for the MNT. Though, it does seem like the US has many players today who may some day bump these guys off this list.

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Mexico Squeaks Through in World Cup Qualifying

The Sven-Goran Eriksson reign in Mexico almost came to an abrupt end last night as Mexico qualified for the final round of CONCACAF world cup qualifying on goal difference.

Mexico lost 1-0 to Honduras and finished the game with only nine players after having having two players sent off in the last five minutes. Gerardo Torrado was shown a red card when he pocked up his second yellow card for a tackle on Carlos Costly while Arsenal striker Carlos Vela was given a straight red one minute later for kicking Ramon Nunez. Both players will miss Mexico’s first game in the qualifying round.

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U.S. Kids Defeat Guatemala

It was a good night for U.S. soccer Wednesday as the U.S. kids beat Guatemala 2-0 at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Colorado in CONCACAF World Cup qualifying.

Already assured of qualifying for the next rounf of World Cup qualifying matches, U.S. coach Bob Bradley took this opportunity to play what essentially was his second string team. And he must have been pleased with the results.

The American team dominated possession of the ball throughout the game using short crisp passes. This was a skillful and dominating display from the U.S. albeit against a weak opponent, but skillful and dominating nonetheless. Perhaps the only negative: the quality of finishing did not match the quality of the passing.

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Who Was The Best U.S. WNT Player In 2008?

The U.S. WNT had a fantastic 2008. In March, they reclaimed their FIFA World #1 ranking (from rival Brazil). In August, they captured a second straight Olympic Gold Medal (over rival Brazil). Overall, they were 29-1-1 and outscored their opponents 78-16. Oh, and in those 31 games, they only received 12 yellow cards and no red cards. So, they not only kicked butt, but they did so like true sportsmen (er, sportswomen, I guess).

As the year comes to its conclusion, the US Soccer Federation will announce its 2008 Female Player of the Year. Who will win the award?

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Bradley Names Roster for GUA WC Qualifier

Here are Bob Bradley’s selections for our upcoming World Cup qualifier in Colorado:

GOALKEEPERS: Brian Edwards (Toronto FC), Troy Perkins (Valerenga IF), Matt Pickens (out of contract)

DEFENDERS: Jonathan Bornstein (Chivas USA), Sean Franklin (Los Angeles Galaxy), Cory Gibbs (Colorado Rapids), Clarence Goodson (IK Start), Drew Moor (FC Dallas), Michael Parkhurst (New England Revolution)

MIDFIELDERS: Colin Clark (Colorado Rapids), Ricardo Clark (Houston Dynamo), Sacha Kljestan (Chivas USA), Nick LaBrocca (Colorado Rapids), Pablo Mastroeni (Colorado Rapids)

FORWARDS: Davy Arnaud (Kansas City Wizards), Chad Barrett (Toronto FC), Conor Casey (Colorado Rapids), Brian Ching (Houston Dynamo), Kenny Cooper (FC Dallas)

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Just Who Is Vedad Ibisevic?

One would expect a star such as Klose (FC Bayern München), Diego (SV Werder Bremen), and Gomez (VfB Stuttgart) to be leading the goal tally at this juncture in the 2008-2009 Bundesliga season; however, an unlikely forward from an unlikely club not only leads the goal tally with 13 goals but has a comfortable advantage over second place where two players are tied with 8 goals scored. 

Vedad Ibišević, the 24-year-old Bosnian and Herzegovinian forward, leads TSG 1899 Hoffenheim in goals as the club pushes forward in its bid to shock the German Bundesliga in its debut season.  After 11 matches, TSG 1899 Hoffenheim sits with 25 points.  One point above Bayer 04 Leverkusen and four above global power FC Bayern München. 

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Argentina’s Coach Resigns

Argentinean coach Alfio Basile, noting “personal reasons”, resigned twenty four hours after his squad fell 1-0 to Chile in CONMEBOL’s qualifying round ten in preparation for the 2010 World Cup. Basile, who took over as coach in 2006, had previously coached Argentina from 1990-1994.

The resignation came after the 64-year-old Basile met with Football President Julio Grondona.  Grondona was against Basile’s decision to resign.  Media outlets have already lined up several replacements including Sergio Batista, Diego Simeone, and Miguel Angel Russo.

Whoever takes over must tap into the international potential of club stars – Sergio Agüero (Atlético Madrid), Lionel Messi (Barcelona), and Carlos Tévez (Manchester United).  The trio has combined for 23 goals in 87 international appearances.

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Paraguay Continues to Pace South America’s World Cup Qualification

Paraguay continues to take the old approach of one match at a time and the persistance has paid off as the nation sits in first with 20 points in the South American qualification table for World Cup 2010.

Paced by such players Roque Santa Cruz (Blackburn), Claudio Morel (Boca Juniors), and Jonathan Santana (VfL Wolfsburg), Paraguay rests a full four points ahead of continent heavyweights – Brazil and Argentina.  And with Wednesday’s home match against cellar dweller Peru, Paraguay looks certain to end qualification round ten with 23 points overall.

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