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Megan Rapinoe

For a glimpse of what fans of one of the Union’s Axis of Evil are thinking about the new squad, check out this piece in a DC United blog.

More on our fair city’s hosting of the USA v Turkey friendly on May 29 and 2018/2022 World Cup hopes from the Inquirer.

The US will play the Czech Republic in another friendly ahead of the World Cup at a yet to be determined location on May 25.

Update on Clint Dempsey’s recovery from knee injury.

More opinion on the meaningfulness of Landon Donovan at Everton from Sports Illustrated.

U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Pia Sundhage replaces midfielder Tobin Heath with Megan Rapinoe for 2010 Algarve Cup squad. The tournament kicks off on February 24 in Portugal.

Rutgers new head coach Dan Donigan adds two new assistants to his staff.

New MLS website news, Benitez, shopping incident, and soccer-related-violence-not associated-with-hooliganism-news update after the jump. (more…)


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American international Clint Dempsey limped off  in the 63rd minute of Blackburn’s 2-0 win over Fulham on Sunday, ESPN reports. Fulham manager Roy Hodgson said Dempsey would have a scan on Monday to determine the extent of the injury, but claimed “it might be a posterior cruciate knee ligament which would be very bad for us and he would be out for a while.” Dempsey has been in terrific form for the London side recently, pairing up with striker Bobby Zamora who has also been forced from the Cottagers line up with an injury . The versatile American, who can play both as a forward and in the midfield, is seen as a key contributor for the national team as they gear up for South Africa.

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Only two matches were played this weekend in England, as bad weather forced most of the schedule to be postponed.

While the winter weather delayed a lot of soccer, it brought out the best in the American contingent playing in England’s top division. On Saturday, Landon Donovan made his Everton debut and provided the Toffees with an assist as they earned a much-needed point against Arsenal. The 2-2 final score does justice to an exciting game, with Tomas Rosicky announcing his return to good health with a stellar run leading to his 90th minute game-tying goal. Rosicky gives Arsenal one more offensive weapon on an already loaded squad. They continue to be an exciting team to watch and Arsene Wenger’s dedication to small, quick players in an age when many teams are going Big or going home is a testament to his belief in his system and his ability to buy players that fit into his system (Eduardo being the notable exception).

The other weekend game saw Birmingham City pull even with Liverpool on points after a 1-1 tie with Manchester United. (more…)

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Adu to Greece?

Freddy Adu says he could move to Aris Thessalonica in Greece or Hull City in England. Aris is the club that acquired Fulham’s Eddie Johnson from last week via loan. Hull is the club that rarely wins in the EPL.

U.S. international Stuart Holden is going on trial at Burnley in the English Premier League. Holden is available on a free transfer and holds a British passport, which means that, if signed, he would not need a work permit. MLS is pushing hard for the Houston Dynamo to resign him and has offered an annual salary of at least $350,000. A complicating factor could be Burnley manager Owen Coyle’s potential move to Bolton.

Former Chivas Guadalajara captain Ramon Morales could move from the team to MLS’s Chivas USA, according to Goal.com. No truth to the rumor that the MLS squad will change the team’s name to Chivas Los Angeles to tell people where the team actually plays.

More transfer news after the jump. (more…)

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Oguchi Onyewu

Gooch on the mend -- slowly

Today’s soccer news:

Oguchi Onyewu is on schedule for a March return to training from a serious knee injury suffered in the United States’ qualifier against Costa Rica. That leaves three months to return to form before the World Cup, which could be tough unless he secures a loan away from AC Milan, perhaps to MLS.

The ever-candid Jimmy Conrad offers some good insights on MLS union contract talks, the Kansas City Star reports. The potential for a lockout or strike exists and could devastate the league if it happened.

Fulham manager Roy Hodgson’s contract renewed for 12 months, ESPN reports. Not years, months. This is England, after all. (See also Mike’s post on Gary Megson’s sacking.)

In related news, Chelsea paid $56.7 million for two seasons worth of coaches it no longer has, an insightful detail the Associated Press culled from a team report that Chelsea is “effectively debt free,” as owner Roman Abramovich put it. You can probably translate “effectively” to mean “kinda sorta, but not really.”


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England, I see you.

His second comeback in as many days.

The current Inter Milan coach claimed “I love it here, I love it here, I love it here” after taking in his former club’s 2-1 defeat of Fulham at Stamford Bridge on Monday.  The ex-Chelsea boss said “I believe I will be back one day. I don’t leave any club in mid-season to go to another,” hinting at a possible return as early as next season.  Inter have drawn Chelsea in the first round of the Champions League knock out stages and it will be Mourinho’s first return to the stadium where he led Chelsea to back to back EPL titles in 2005 and 2006.  The self proclaimed ‘Special One’ has vowed not to celebrate if Inter take down his former club, “If we win I will do nothing. I have a love affair with Chelsea and I will not celebrate. I still love this club and I respect the people here. I respect the fans and I respect the players.”  It is known that Mourinho still has close ties to some current Chelsea players including Frank Lampard, Didier Drogba, John Terry and Ricardo Carvalho.

Inter were champions of Italy under Mourinho last season but it is believed that the Portuguese manager has been brought in to bring Milan European glory.  The Nerazurri were knocked out of Champions League last season by Manchester United with Mourinho renewing his rivalry with Sir Alex Ferguson. Mourinho has had a stormy relationship with the press in Italy and two weeks ago was accused of assaulting a journalist after his side drew away to Atalanta.

Where could “The Special One” land in the EPL? Why not at Anfield, where Rafa Benítez has clearly gone insane.

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Some soccer news from the weekend:

DaMarcus Beasley comes back to earth with an injury, while Maurice Edu returns to the field, USA Today reports.

D.C. United to hire Curt Onalfo as head coach, according to the Washington Post and Soccer by Ives.

David Beckham is in Milan, everyone reports. Stop the presses!

Americans Clint Dempsey and Tim Howard both play today after being in top form in England on Saturday. Dempsey cracked the wood Saturday on a near-miss free kick and very active against Tottenham. Some good  backstopping from Howard keeps Everton clear of the relegation zone as his struggling squad awaits Landon Donovan’s arrival. Several EPL games take place this morning, including Everton-Burnley and Chelsea-Fulham.

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