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U.S. Soccer's new development plan

Monday, September 19, 2011
Sep 19
4:16
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U.S. team all about the numbers

Tuesday, September 6, 2011
Sep 06
12:24
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For Jurgen Klinsmann, soccer is all about the numbers.

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U.S.'s finishing problem persists

Saturday, September 3, 2011
Sep 03
3:41
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Luke Cyphers and Doug McIntyre write that the U.S.'s inability to finish scoring opportunities was an issue once again in the Americans' Friday night loss to Costa Rica.

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Klinsmann targeting fitness

Friday, September 2, 2011
Sep 02
4:38
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Jurgen Klinsmann has installed a new fitness coach, conditioning guru Mark Verstegen.

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Chandler, Johnson bring new dimension

Thursday, September 1, 2011
Sep 01
5:41
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Jurgen Klinsmann has welcomed Timmy Chandler and Fabian Johnson to compete with U.S. Soccer.

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A new defensive philosophy

Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Aug 31
7:26
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Jurgen Klinsmann has decided to go small with the United States' back line.

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Ocegueda is a potential find at left back

Monday, August 29, 2011
Aug 29
12:55
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Brent Latham profiles Juan Pablo Ocegueda, a forward turned left back, who could provide a possible solution at a problem position.

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Tim Howard's potential replacement

Monday, August 22, 2011
Aug 22
3:40
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Brent Latham profiles Cody Cropper, a promising young American goalie who could replace Tim Howard.

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U.S. player pool looking much deeper

Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Aug 17
5:53
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A number of U.S. players, such as Jose Torres and Robbie Rogers, are finding themselves back in the national team mix.

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Promising U.S. prospects in Germany

Monday, August 8, 2011
Aug 08
7:09
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Brent Latham examines how Bundesliga teams' youth rosters are suddenly brimming with Americans and analyzes some of the top prospects who could help the U.S. team.

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Luke Cyphers and Doug McIntyre explain why Jurgen Klinsmann's temperament will be a major change for the U.S. national team.

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Luke Cyphers and Doug McIntyre analyze what Jurgen Klinsmann's first batch of guest assistants say about him.

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Young players helped by Klinsmann

Tuesday, August 2, 2011
Aug 02
5:45
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Brent Latham examines several young U.S. players like John Anthony Brooks, Conor Doyle and Josh Gatt who will likely get a chance to prove their worth with Juergen Klinsmann as head coach.

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In his first news conference as head coach of the U.S. national team, Juergen Klinsmann made it clear he's going to take his time creating a vision for the future of the team.

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Luke Cyphers and Doug McIntyre take a look at how the U.S. team could change in the absence of Bob Bradley.

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Luis Gil's growth a good sign for MLS

Monday, July 25, 2011
Jul 25
5:44
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Brent Latham checks in on 17-year-old Luis Gil and his status with Real Salt Lake in MLS.

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Brek Shea's breakout season

Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Jul 27
11:35
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Luke Cyphers and Doug McIntyre discuss the rise of FC Dallas winger Brek Shea, including other notes in advance of the MLS All-Star Game.

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Traffic Sports' impact in the U.S.

Monday, July 18, 2011
Jul 18
5:36
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Brent Latham talks to former U.S. national teamer, Francisco Clavijo, who is the U.S. director of Traffic Sports, the controversial Brazilian conglomerate that has drawn criticism for the way it has handled a number of U.S. players.

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Luke Cyphers and Doug McIntyre explain the reasons why Bob Bradley could end up coaching the U.S. U-23 team at the 2012 Olympics.

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After watching the U.S. team play seven games in the last 22 days, Luke Cyphers and Doug McIntyre take a third look at the projected U.S. roster for the 2014 World Cup.

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Much to build on for U.S. U-17 team

Friday, July 1, 2011
Jul 01
10:55
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Despite their loss in the U-17 World Cup, Brent Latham says there's no reason to panic, as development remains the ultimate goal for these young players.

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Evaluating Gold Cup performances

Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Jun 29
6:42
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Luke Cyphers and Doug McIntyre analyze each player on the Gold Cup roster and whether he hurt or helped his stock by his play throughout the Gold Cup.

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Can the U.S. U-17 team beat Germany?

Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Jun 28
3:30
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Brent Latham examines whether the U.S. under-17 team can pull off the upset against a red-hot German team on Thursday.

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Doug McIntyre and Luke Cyphers analyze the Yanks' loss to Mexico, noting that a big part of the problem was the team's lack of depth.

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U-17 players creating buzz at World Cup

Friday, June 24, 2011
Jun 24
5:28
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Brent Latham breaks down the professional futures of some of the key members of the United States' U-17 squad. One key player is drawing from a major European club.

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Doug McIntyre and Luke Cyphers analyze the Yanks' victory over Panama, including the important role that Freddy Adu played.

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Doug McIntyre and Luke Cyphers examine what the U.S. needs to do to beat Panama tonight.

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A new breed of American player helped the U.S. find an edge in its victory against Jamaica.

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If the U.S. can get in gear against Jamaica in the quarterfinals of the Gold Cup, its lackluster effort in the group stage will be forgotten.

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Stars aligned for a U-17 World Cup run

Friday, June 24, 2011
Jun 24
10:39
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Brent Latham preview the U.S. team in advance of the under-17 World Cup. It's not the most talented squad, but the stars are aligned well for a deep run.

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Heat becoming a Gold Cup factor

Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Jun 15
1:23
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Luke Cyphers and Doug McIntyre examine how the hot weather has affected the U.S. team, and what it means for the rest of the Gold Cup.

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Hyped prospects who didn't pan out

Monday, June 13, 2011
Jun 13
6:13
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Brent Latham looks back at other hyped U.S. phenoms. It turns out Freddy Adu wasn't the only one who didn't pan out as hoped.

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Bob Bradley now in hot water?

Thursday, June 16, 2011
Jun 16
10:07
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Luke Cyphers and Doug McIntyre analyze the reasons that U.S. coach Bob Bradley is in hot water after the loss to Panama.

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Carlos Bocanegra is one of many late bloomers playing a major role on the U.S. national team.

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Luke Cyphers and Doug McIntyre explain how the U.S. team didn't panic after Saturday's loss against Spain, and that showed on the field in beating Canada in the Gold Cup opener.

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Prior to the Gold Cup, Luke Cyphers and Doug McIntyre take a second look at the projected U.S. roster for the 2014 World Cup.

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Molding the U-17 World Cup team

Monday, June 6, 2011
Jun 06
11:39
AM ET
With the U-17 World Cup just two weeks away, Brent Latham talks to coach Wilmer Cabrera about his coaching style, tough decisions and his future in U.S. Soccer.

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The future of the Bradenton academy

Friday, June 3, 2011
Jun 03
4:37
PM ET
Brent Latham examines the current usefulness of the Bradenton Academy in Florida and speculates on its future.

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Luke Cyphers and Doug McIntyre explain why a number of top U.S. players might see limited action (or none at all) against Spain on Saturday.

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Tim Howard looks ahead to Mexico

Wednesday, June 1, 2011
Jun 01
5:32
PM ET
Luke Cyphers and Doug McIntyre talk to Tim Howard, Bob Bradley and Marcus Hahnemann about the Gold Cup and life beyond soccer.

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Michael Bradley's busy summer

Tuesday, May 31, 2011
May 31
5:09
PM ET
In an exclusive interview, Michael Bradley talks about his summer plans, the Gold Cup and his career aspirations.

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Gulati's player development philosophy

Friday, May 27, 2011
May 27
12:26
PM ET
In an exclusive interview with Sunil Gulati, the president of the United States Soccer Federation, Brent Latham gets the inside scoop on Gulati's vision for the future of the U.S. developmental program.

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Charlie Davies checks in with Luke Cyphers and Doug McIntyre to discuss his road to recovery, disappointment about not making the U.S. Gold Cup roster and how close he believes he is to making the 2014 World Cup roster.

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Luke Cyphers and Doug McIntyre examine Bob Bradley's controversial decision to put Freddy Adu, Robbie Rogers and Sacha Kljestan on the Gold Cup roster. The lesson? You're never out of the mix as long as Bradley is in charge.

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Predicting the Gold Cup roster

Wednesday, May 18, 2011
May 18
5:52
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Luke Cyphers and Doug McIntyre project the U.S. roster for the Gold Cup in advance of Monday's announcement.

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Omar Salgado's big move to the U.S.

Monday, May 16, 2011
May 16
1:07
PM ET
Brent Latham profiles striker Omar Salgado and his controversial move from Chivas to MLS. He also details why he could turn into the most elusive of American soccer assets: a top-level international striker.

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Luke Cyphers and Doug McIntyre examine the importance of American soccer culture in bringing up players for the national team, as well as what steps U.S. Soccer is taking to strengthen the soccer culture in America.

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Candidates to replace Thomas Rongen

Tuesday, May 10, 2011
May 10
9:14
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With the U.S. giving Thomas Rongen the ax before his contract ran out for the U-20 national team, who are some candidates to replace him? Former national teamers Tab Ramos and Claudio Reyna will certainly be considered.

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Will Charlie Davies get the call? Is Juan Agudelo a lock? Luke Cyphers and Doug McIntyre attempt to answer some big questions for the U.S. national team heading into the Gold Cup.

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Gale Agbossoumonde has work to do

Monday, May 2, 2011
May 02
3:35
PM ET
Brent Latham profiles Gale Agbossoumonde, a center back who many are comparing favorably to Oguchi Onyewu. However, some obvious errors in recent matches indicate that the kid known as "Boss" is far from a finished product.

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The perpetual left back problem

Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Apr 27
5:32
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Luke Cyphers and Doug McIntyre examine the reasons that the U.S. hasn't been able to find a suitable left back and what is being done in the youth ranks to change that.

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Conor Doyle's impressive versatility

Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Apr 27
3:42
PM ET
Brent Latham profiles U-20 player Conor Doyle, a talented young attacker who can player multiple positions.

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Doug McIntyre and Luke Cyphers break down the salaries of every prominent American soccer player currently employed by a European club.

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The U.S. can learn from Mexico

Monday, April 18, 2011
Apr 18
2:39
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Brent Latham looks at Mexico's U-20 team, which recently won the CONCACAF championship. El Tri modified its player development model after failing to qualify for the U-20 World Cup in 2009, and the new method is already paying off.

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Luke Cyphers and Doug McIntyre examine the changing rivalry between the U.S. and Mexico national soccer teams. With Real Salt Lake and Monterrey set to meet in the CONCACAF Champions League final, this rivalry is moving to the club level.

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Coach Thomas Rongen's shaky status

Monday, April 25, 2011
Apr 25
4:20
PM ET
Brent Latham examines the job status of American U-20 coach Thomas Rongen, noting that this isn't the first time that his teams have failed to live up to expectations and his time as coach could be running short.

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U.S. suffers brutal loss to Guatemala

Thursday, April 7, 2011
Apr 07
4:21
PM ET
Brent Latham explains why the U.S. U-20 team lost to Guatemala, and therefore failed to qualify for the U-20 World Cup.

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Collegians shining for U-20 team

Tuesday, April 5, 2011
Apr 05
8:59
AM ET
Brent Latham examines the shrinking pool of collegiate players on the U-20 national team and explains why college soccer still has a role to play in the development of American talent.

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Road to 2014: The Brazil Board

Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Mar 30
5:06
PM ET
Luke Cyphers and Doug McIntyre take the first look at the projected U.S. roster for the 2014 World Cup, starting a regular feature that follows Team USA's quest to survive qualifying and advance to Brazil.

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Luke Cyphers and Doug McIntyre talk to Argentine soccer experts and provide a scouting report for tomorrow's U.S.-Argentina match.

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Jay DeMerit embracing new role

Thursday, March 24, 2011
Mar 24
4:09
PM ET
Luke Cyphers and Doug McIntyre provide updates on Jay DeMerit's new role with Vancouver, and the U.S.'s lineup changes after Stuart Holden's injury.

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Josh Gatt's stock is rising fast

Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Mar 23
11:25
AM ET
Brent Latham profiles winger Josh Gatt, who is improving quickly under the tutelage of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on a Norwegian club team.

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Cherundolo leading European movement

Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Mar 23
11:25
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Americans playing in the EPL -- such as Clint Dempsey and Michael Bradley, get most of the buzz. However, Steve Cherundolo is having as good of a season in Europe as any American player.

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Najar likely choosing Honduras over U.S.

Monday, March 14, 2011
Mar 14
12:55
PM ET
Brent Latham profiles Andy Najar, a young winger who is choosing between playing for Honduras or the United States.

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Doug McIntyre and Luke Cyphers offer up six things you should know about American soccer player Stuart Holden.

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Finding the next Landon Donovan

Monday, March 7, 2011
Mar 07
3:56
PM ET
Brent Latham profiles Andrew Oliver, a young player who is drawing comparisons to Landon Donovan.

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Tough choices for March friendlies

Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Feb 23
5:18
PM ET
Doug McIntyre and Luke Cyphers examine the state of the U.S. roster before the Gold Cup and what difficult lineup decisions are ahead of Bob Bradley.

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Bob Bradley's tough Gold Cup decisions

Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Feb 16
3:37
PM ET
There are now more Americans than ever seeing meaningful minutes in top-flight soccer leagues around the world. That's good news. The bad news is that coach Bob Bradley's roster decisions are becoming that much harder.

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The spirit of the U.S. National Team

Wednesday, February 9, 2011
Feb 09
5:09
PM ET
In honor of today's cancelled U.S.-Egypt friendly, the U.S. soccer blog looks back at the 2009 Confederations Cup, when a victory against Egypt was the jumping off points for the United States' World Cup run in 2010.

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With the recent cancellation of an upcoming friendly in Cairo, Bob Bradley missed out on a chance to evaluate his logjam at midfield. But with more of his players playing in the EPL, he can still see his guys against elite competition.

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For Oguchi Onyewu, the shift is on

Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Jan 26
1:54
PM ET
The U.S. soccer blog looks at recent examples of position shifting -- Oguchi Onyewu, Jonathan Spector, Ricardo Clark, and more. The entry also delves into how youngsters fit into Bob Bradley's system: by playing simple.

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Dominic Cervi's frustrating journey

Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Jan 19
3:39
PM ET
Luke Cyphers and Doug McIntyre examine goalkeeper Dominic Cervi's journey to participate in the U.S. national team camp. Plus, the latest news and notes on the Yanks.

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Omar Gonzalez and Tim Ream stand out

Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Jan 12
5:12
PM ET
Luke Cyphers and Doug McIntyre examine the rise of Omar Gonzalez and Tim Ream. Plus, the latest news and notes on the Yanks.

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Where U.S. players may transfer

Wednesday, January 5, 2011
Jan 05
4:24
PM ET
Luke Cyphers and Doug McIntyre examine which U.S. players may end up transferring club teams before the Jan. 31 deadline. Plus, the latest news and notes on the Yanks.

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Recapping U.S. team's 2010 campaign

Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Dec 29
4:47
PM ET
Luke Cyphers and Doug McIntyre look back at 2010 for U.S. Soccer, which, by most measures, was a success. But it was not without its fair share of missed opportunities, which will linger for some time. Plus, the latest news and notes on the Yanks.

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Luke Cyphers and Doug McIntyre look ahead to the U.S. team's annual January training camp. This roster will be especially young, with an eye toward the 2012 Olympics and developing new talent for the 2014 World Cup.

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Blazer: Triennial World Cup could work

Thursday, December 16, 2010
Dec 16
5:19
PM ET
Luke Cyphers and Doug McIntyre delve deeper into the possibility of holding the World Cup every three years, an idea which Chuck Blazer, the USA's lone representative on FIFA's executive committee, has long advocated.

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Why the College Cup is important

Thursday, December 9, 2010
Dec 09
12:38
PM ET
Luke Cyphers and Doug McIntyre examine the importance of the College Cup, as well as why college soccer may be gone in the near future.

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Why the U.S. lost out to Qatar

Thursday, December 2, 2010
Dec 02
5:13
PM ET
Doug McIntyre and Luke Cyphers examine why the U.S. lost out to Qatar for the 2022 World Cup, which reveals much about how FIFA views the American market.

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Decision nears on 2022 World Cup bid

Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Dec 01
5:08
PM ET
Doug McIntyre and Luke Cyphers examine the chances of the United States landing the bid for the 2022 World Cup, examining a host of competing factors. Plus, they check in with the latest news and notes on U.S national-teamers playing in Europe.

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U.S. shows rare poise on ball

Thursday, November 18, 2010
Nov 18
6:15
PM ET
Doug McIntyre and Luke Cyphers analyze the U.S.'s victory over South Africa, noting that the young Yanks did a good job of moving the ball under pressure, which could bode quite nicely for the future.

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U.S. looks good with Teal Bunbury

Friday, November 12, 2010
Nov 12
11:06
AM ET
Doug McIntyre and Luke Cyphers examine the importance of Teal Bunbury's decision to play for U.S. national team, as he not only gives the team a potential solution up top, but could open the door to more players with dual-nationality to follow suit.

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In the new World Cup cycle, Bob Bradley faces a vastly different experience. With no key players retiring and fewer top youth players on the cusp, he has to figure out a way to mix in new blood and weed out aging vets anyway. It won't be easy.

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Doug McIntyre and Luke Cyphers examine five guys playing in the MLS playoffs who may be on the U.S. national team's radar, including a 16-year-old looking to follow in Jozy Altidore's footsteps and several defenders who could help a struggling back line.

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More set-piece options for U.S.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Oct 27
4:09
PM ET
Doug McIntyre and Luke Cyphers detail why the emergence of Stuart Holden and Benny Feilhaber as dead-ball specialists is key to lifting the Americans' oft-anemic attack.

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Doug McIntyre and Luke Cyphers examine several players being recruited by both the U.S. and another national team, as well as provide news and notes from around the soccer world.

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Defensive experiments for U.S.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Oct 13
4:48
PM ET
While the U.S. attack usually is the focus of analysis -- and criticism -- Bob Bradley's focus is on an aging defense. Doug McIntyre and Luke Cyphers break down a unit in flux and reveal what they learned from the past two friendlies.

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Stuart Holden seeks midfield role

Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Oct 12
3:19
PM ET
Stuart Holden has the talent to play more minutes, but he's competing with plenty of others in the Yanks' midfield. So maybe a formation change is in order? The U.S.-Colombia game should tell another chapter in the story of Bob Bradley's strategic plans.

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A day ahead of the U.S. soccer team's friendly against Poland, Luke Cyphers and Doug McIntyre investigate some strategic changes by Bob Bradley, including a new role for Maurice Edu. Plus, they offer additional insight on Charlie Davies' comeback attempt.

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Eddie Johnson is back in the mix

Wednesday, October 6, 2010
Oct 06
3:48
PM ET
Doug McIntyre and Luke Cyphers detail the revival of Eddie Johnson's national team career, which has been sparked by a role change with Fulham. Plus, news and notes from the team's training camp, including a possible position switch for Maurice Edu.

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Doug McIntyre and Luke Cyphers check in with an exclusive interview with Jermaine Jones before his U.S. national soccer team debut. Jones talks about everything from how U.S. team doctors healed his troublesome left leg to a possible MLS future.

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Figuring out the 2011 Gold Cup roster

Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Sep 29
6:24
PM ET
Doug McIntyre and Luke Cyphers introduce the U.S. National Team Gold Cup Challenge, in which they offer up their picks to make the roster next summer, then invite readers to share their picks. Plus, the latest news and notes affecting Team USA.

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The importance of games in Mexico

Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Sep 22
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No U.S. squad has ever won in Mexico -- both in national team and club play. While CONCACAF Champions League play will help a club break through soon, a change in World Cup qualifying could damage the U.S.-Mexico rivalry.

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Downside of U.S. hosting a World Cup

Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Sep 15
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U.S. Soccer is going all out to land the 2018 or 2022 World Cup. But is that really a smart plan? Luke Cyphers and Doug McIntyre explore the negative aspects of hosting a World Cup. Plus, DaMarcus Beasley adds exclusive insight into Champions League play.

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Defending Bob Bradley's retention

Wednesday, September 8, 2010
Sep 08
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Readers went after Doug McIntyre and Luke Cyphers in their most recent blog post for supporting the choice to bring back Bob Bradley. Now it's their chance to respond, as they expand their argument and explain where fans are misguided.

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Even though fans of U.S. Soccer may criticize Sunil Gulati for bringing back Bob Bradley, he's actually a better fit for the team than Juergen Klinsmann would have been. Luke Cyphers and Doug McIntyre count the problems Klinsmann might have caused.

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As Sunil Gulati makes another run at Jurgen Klinsmann, that interest signals a change in expectations for U.S. soccer. In the past, Bob Bradley's track record would have triggered an automatic extension, but times are different now.

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Fresh off strong World Cup performances, U.S. players like Clint Dempsey, Michael Bradley and Landon Donovan should be getting offers from top international teams. The global economy, though, is preventing those moves from happening.

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Vets key to youth development

Thursday, August 19, 2010
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Veterans like Carlos Bocanegra, Steve Cherundolo and Jay DeMerit may not be the first choices on the pitch come 2014, but their continued presence with the national team will help develop the next generation of talent.

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Saturday's match between the Red Bulls and Galaxy -- packed with star talent on the field and in the stands -- was a sign that MLS's progress could translate to success for the U.S. national team.

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The U.S. may have lost 2-0 to Brazil in a friendly, but for three young players -- Omar Gonzalez, Alejandro Bedoya and Sacha Kljestan -- the experience of playing against an elite squad was invaluable, and bodes well for the future.

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As the U.S. gets ready for tonight's friendly against Brazil, it's the perfect time to gaze back just over a year in time, when the Americans got destroyed by the Brazilians in the group stage of the Confed Cup. Since then, progress has been the key word.

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The excitement over Jermaine Jones' American debut lasted all of a day -- he was replaced on the roster against Brazil after opting to stay with his club. But his absence will create opportunities for other players to get on Bob Bradley's radar.

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American fans have waited a long time for Jermaine Jones to don a U.S. jersey, and they'll finally get their chance Tuesday. Jones' debut as a defensive midfielder should bolster a defense that was exposed at the World Cup.

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When U.S. Soccer scheduled its upcoming friendly against Brazil back in May, it looked like a great curtain call after the World Cup. Now, though, with 20,000 unsold seats, no news on the coaching situation and several key players missing, it's a problem.

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Charlie Davies' comeback might be nearing a completion. He's playing again for his French club, and with other Euro-based Americans adjusting to new situations, the forward could be called back into duty for the Yanks in their friendly against Brazil.

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Silly season continues for national team

Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Jul 28
6:16
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Doug McIntyre checks in with the latest news affecting the U.S. national soccer team, including potential new faces against Brazil, future destinations for Landon Donovan and Jozy Altidore, and more Bob Bradley speculation.

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Bobby Convey's national team chances

Friday, July 23, 2010
Jul 23
5:55
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Why wasn't Bobby Convey on the U.S. World Cup team? Possibly a falling out with Bob Bradley. Doug McIntyre explains.

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National teamers on the move

Tuesday, July 20, 2010
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Lots of interesting things are happening for the U.S. squad right now: They could hire a new coach, they're playing Brazil soon and several national teamers are on the move.

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Klinsmann right for the U.S.?

Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Jul 14
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Rumors are again flying that Jurgen Klinsmann is the favorite to become the U.S. national team's next head coach. But would he be right for the job? And is Bob Bradley even definitely out the door? Luke Cyphers and Doug McIntyre examine the situation.

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Young guns shooting for a 2014 spot

Monday, July 12, 2010
Jul 12
9:08
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Projecting the 2014 World Cup roster is more than a tad tricky four years out. That said, youth is typically served over a four-year cycle. Doug McIntyre identifies the top young players to watch as the future of the U.S. national team takes shape.

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The search for touch

Monday, June 28, 2010
Jun 28
6:03
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Soccer fans all over the U.S. are lamenting the blown opportunities for goals against Ghana. But, if you've watched the national team closely, you shouldn't be surprised. The team's lack of touch and inability to finish remain fatal flaws.

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One day after the U.S. was eliminated from the 2010 World Cup by Ghana, Luke Cyphers and Doug McIntyre look at the future of several key cogs, in particular Landon Donovan, Michael Bradley and Bob Bradley.

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One day before the U.S. battles Ghana in the knockout round, Luke Cyphers and Doug McIntyre report on the squad's mood. Even though they're giddy and facing a short turnaround after the Algeria match, don't expect a letdown against Ghana.

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The U.S. has just two days off between its dramatic victory against Algeria and its second-round matchup against Ghana. Good thing the team employs one of the most rigorous fitness programs in soccer. Plus, the latest lineup news.

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A coach's reward

Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Jun 23
6:48
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Luke Cyphers was in South Africa for the U.S. team's dramatic victory against Algeria, and one thing is clear to him: Bob Bradley's performance during the group stage is the best we've ever seen from an American coach. Plus news and notes.

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Eddie Pope has seen his fair share of do-or-die World Cup matches ('02, '06), so we asked him to break down the keys for the U.S. against Algeria. Plus, Luke Cyphers and Doug McIntyre explain why discipline, not aggressiveness, is critical Wednesday.

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Algeria scouting report

Monday, June 21, 2010
Jun 21
1:07
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With Wednesday's huge match against Algeria fast approaching, Luke Cyphers and Doug McIntyre break down what the U.S. will see. And they get some help from an exclusive interview with Zinedine Zidane, now an adviser to Algeria's national team.

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After two tiring matches, the Americans may have to get some fresh legs for their Group C finale. Plus, Bob Bradley isn't the only Team USA dad with coaching experience, and Clint Dempsey comments on the physicality of play in South Africa.

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Three keys against Algeria

Saturday, June 19, 2010
Jun 19
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Needing a win against Algeria on Wednesday, the U.S. is in a familiar position -- needing to beat an African nation to advance. Luke Cyphers and Doug McIntyre lay out what the Yanks learned from those previous experiences.

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Adjustments save the day

Friday, June 18, 2010
Jun 18
6:25
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With the World Cup on the brink at halftime against Slovenia, Bob Bradley changed his tactics dramatically, then did so again late in the second half. The result was a Cup-saving draw. Luke Cyphers reports from South Africa on what worked.

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The game plan against Slovenia

Thursday, June 17, 2010
Jun 17
12:01
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The U.S. team has been tight-lipped about tactics heading into its crucial tilt with Slovenia. So Doug McIntyre and Luke Cyphers went to the next-best option -- former assistant coach John Hackworth -- who provided a deep look at the probable game plan.

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Dolo right where U.S. needs him

Thursday, June 17, 2010
Jun 17
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Steve Cherundolo's play against England was overshadowed by Tim Howard's, but the right back was a Man of the Match candidate. And with the U.S. pushing for three points against Slovenia, Dolo's ability to get forward will be critical.

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Good ol' Gooch

Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Jun 16
8:36
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Oguchi Onyewu was one of the biggest U.S. question marks -- if not the most critical -- heading into the England match. Now, after a performance in which he got stronger as the game went on, he looks ready to be his old difference-making self again.

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U.S. hopes to maintain control

Monday, June 14, 2010
Jun 14
8:30
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Shockingly, the U.S. actually possessed the ball more than England in the first half Saturday. But the U.S. reverted to form and defended in the second half. Greater control and better passes in the attacking third are critical against Slovenia on Friday.

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Keys for U.S. after Algeria-Slovenia

Monday, June 14, 2010
Jun 14
10:05
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Three things we learned from the Algeria-Slovenia game.

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Maturity key in draw with England

Saturday, June 12, 2010
Jun 12
9:35
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Less than four minutes into its World Cup opener, the U.S. found itself down a goal. In the past, the Americans might have panicked. But this team has been there and learned key lessons, and the Yanks applied those in earning a draw against England.

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Why the U.S. won't lose to England

Saturday, June 12, 2010
Jun 12
12:41
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Luke Cyphers and Doug McIntyre examine why they think the U.S. will beat England.

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We know all about the U.S.-England hype, but the group stage consists of three games, as the Americans keep reminding themselves. And the nature of the two games after England could be extremely different, depending on what happens Saturday.

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Tim Howard's game guide

Thursday, June 10, 2010
Jun 10
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Ever wondered what it's like to play in a World Cup game? Wonder no more. Tim Howard exclusively explains the entire experience of playing in a big game -- from the anthem to the final whistle -- with nuanced, deep analysis of every step.

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Bradley's big gamble

Wednesday, June 9, 2010
Jun 09
5:23
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Bob Bradley's lineup isn't yet set for Saturday's clash with England. Two choices -- whom to start up top and whether to go with Oguchi Onyewu on D -- are huge gambles. But they also cause scouting headaches for England, which has no idea what to expect.

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Former players offer sage advice

Tuesday, June 8, 2010
Jun 08
4:50
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World Cup vets Kasey Keller and Freddie Ljungberg offer their frank assessments on the World Cup in general, the U.S.-England game in particular and the Yanks' overall chances. Things will be harder than they look for England.

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The power of the press

Monday, June 7, 2010
Jun 07
3:54
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Speculation over lineups and formations has grown repetitive in America. In England? Multiply that scrutiny by thousands. As Luke Cyphers and Doug McIntyre explain, the tabloid pressure facing England on Saturday is an advantage for the U.S. team.

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Bradley's German approach

Monday, June 7, 2010
Jun 07
12:28
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Bob Bradley's coaching development might have occurred at Princeton, but the roots of his style actually stem from Germany. Manfred Schellscheidt, one of Bradley's mentors, explains the U.S. coach's approach in an exclusive interview.

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Luke Cyphers and Doug McIntyre recap five things they learned while watching the U.S. team defeat Australia.

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Options without Altidore

Friday, June 4, 2010
Jun 04
4:24
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In theory, injured striker Jozy Altidore should be healthy for the U.S.'s World Cup opener against England. But what if he's not? Luke Cyphers and Doug McIntyre check in with three alternatives should Altidore sit out.

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Herculez Gomez and Jose Francisco Torres bring a lot of talent to the U.S. team, as each could be called on to bolster the attack during the World Cup. But their play in the Mexican league could also help the Yanks attract some of El Tri's fans, too.

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Holla at 'em

Wednesday, June 2, 2010
Jun 02
3:18
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If you've watched the U.S. team at all, you've noticed guys constantly yelling at each other -- especially the defenders and keeper Tim Howard. Turns out, it's not a problem, but part of Bob Bradley's master plan.

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Three of the four forwards on the U.S. roster are essentially newbies with hardly any international experience. But vets like Landon Donovan are helping Robbie Findley, Herculez Gomez and Edson Buddle fit in quickly before the World Cup.

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Luke Cyphers and Doug McIntyre, embedded with the U.S. national team in Philly for their game against Turkey, offer up a one-day-later blog to showcase what the victory means for Team USA. In short: sustained effort leads to confidence.

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Bob Bradley has selected his 23-man roster for the World Cup, but questions still swirl around the U.S. national team. Doug McIntyre and Luke Cyphers attempt to answer five of the most pressing queries ahead of Saturday's match against Turkey.

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Question marks surround defense

Thursday, May 27, 2010
May 27
3:30
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Now that the U.S. roster is set, will a defense that's been banged up come together at the right time? We provide three numbers that answer some of those questions.

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Swingers key to the 23

Thursday, May 27, 2010
May 27
3:31
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In selecting his 23-man roster for the World Cup, U.S. Soccer head coach Bob Bradley had two words in mind: versatility and cover. The ability of several players to play multiple positions could compensate for a lack of depth.

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Lubos Kubik's job for the U.S. national team is unheralded but critical -- he has spent the past several months traversing Europe to scout players from Slovenia and Algeria. His keen eye could give the Yanks a World Cup edge.

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Injuries could be a blessing

Monday, May 24, 2010
May 24
5:41
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Much has been made of all the injuries the U.S. national team has endured over the past few months. But based on what the players have said, the setbacks could actually be beneficial, as guys enter the World Cup with fresh legs and clear heads.

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In an exclusive interview, Jozy Altidore says he just wants to make the U.S. roster, but he's not fooling anyone. Fact is, he's as much of a lock as anyone, and his play up top – perhaps in a tough role – is critical to the Yanks' success.

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Midfielders Ricardo Clark and Maurice Edu are engaged in a fierce battle to start alongside Michael Bradley at the World Cup. And with the Benny Feilhaber and Jose Francisco Torres also in the mix, the position affords the U.S. rare depth and versatility.

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Herculez Gomez's career season in Mexico has catapulted him from obscurity into the U.S. team's training camp. Now, with the team searching for a goal-scorer, the forward is ready to take advantage of the opportunity to make the roster for South Africa.

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England looking ripe for upset

Wednesday, May 12, 2010
May 12
4:35
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We're now exactly a month away from the highly anticipated World Cup tilt between the U.S. and England. And England's plethora of problems -- from injuries to chemistry issues -- are making an upset seem more and more likely.

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Five factors to fear

Tuesday, May 11, 2010
May 11
6:17
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On the day the U.S. released its 30-man roster for the World Cup, Luke Cyphers and Doug McIntyre check in with some lingering concerns that should have American fans worried heading into training camp.

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Subotic explains his choice

Thursday, May 6, 2010
May 06
1:04
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Giuseppe Rossi isn't the only international star to slip through the USMNT's fingers. Neven Subotic, a rising defender on the international scene and a product of America's development program, finally speaks out on his choice to play for Serbia.

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Camp to focus on fitness

Wednesday, May 5, 2010
May 05
4:29
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As the U.S. national team prepares to gather for its training camp in Princeton, N.J., the guys had better bring their track shoes. Because Bob Bradley will follow in predecessor Bruce Arena's footsteps by emphasizing fitness.

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U.S. fans have lamented the team's fate over the past few months, especially given the rash of injuries the team has suffered. But heading into training camp for the World Cup, the Yanks should actually feel fortunate.

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Coach Bob Bradley spoke openly Thursday about his thinking as decision time nears for training camp invitations in advance of the World Cup. And Luke Cyphers and Doug McIntyre used the coach's words to figure out which bubble players are in good shape.

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Tough slate has left U.S. battle-tested

Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Apr 27
11:51
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Despite injuries, blunders and the ever-evolving striker situation, things are looking up for U.S. Why? Just look back to a friendly loss against the Netherlands in March to see that this team will head into the World Cup remarkably battle-tested.

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The U.S.'s next big thing (shh!)

Saturday, April 24, 2010
Apr 24
11:30
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By now, U.S. soccer fans are wary of young players being labeled the Next Big Thing after the Freddy Adu experience. But 14-year-old Emerson Hyndman should give them reason to believe again.

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J.O.B. search

Monday, April 26, 2010
Apr 26
5:19
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John O'Brien's performance in central midfield at the 2002 World Cup was perhaps the best stretch of soccer from an American on the national stage. Now, the team is still searching for a worthy replacement for a player whose prime was robbed by injuries.

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Doing the 'dirty work' in midfield

Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Apr 14
6:36
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Former U.S. national teamer Chris Armas chimes in to explain Bob Bradley's coaching tactics and Michael Bradley's role with the team. Both Bradleys emphasize doing the dirty work in the midfield that quietly helps teams win games.

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What's next for Bradley?

Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Apr 13
5:18
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U.S. soccer fans have long speculated about Bob Bradley's future as the national team's coach -- including whether he'd even make it to South Africa this summer. He will, but after that things get murky. We have a hunch, though, where he could be headed.

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Onyewu on verge of return

Monday, April 26, 2010
Apr 26
5:20
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Lost in the flood of other injuries to the U.S. national team has been Oguchi Onyewu's slow but critical return after damaging his knee in the final qualifier. In an exclusive interview, Gooch shares his comeback plan, which could be completed soon.

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The past two World Cup rosters were slam dunks. But this year, because of injury, fitness and form concerns, Bob Bradley is likely to bring a full 30 players to camp before naming his 23-man squad for South Africa. This does give him options, though.

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Time's almost up for Jones

Friday, April 2, 2010
Apr 02
4:52
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U.S. fans have long anticipated Jermaine Jones' impact on the U.S. national team. But his lingering shin injury makes it less and less likely that he'll be ready in time for the World Cup.

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Bedoya could be World Cup surprise

Saturday, March 27, 2010
Mar 27
8:10
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The U.S. has a history of little-known players making last-minute moves to join the World Cup roster. This year's best bet? How about midfielder Alejandro Bedoya, for a host of reasons. Also, news and notes on Landon Donovan, Michael Bradley and others.

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The U.S. gets supersized

Monday, April 26, 2010
Apr 26
5:11
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Americans get bigger for the World Cup

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2-1 could be worse

Thursday, March 11, 2010
Mar 11
2:42
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Yes, the U.S. lost to the Netherlands last week, but for the first time in months, things are looking up for the Yanks. Luke Cyphers and Doug McIntyre explain the positive signs they discovered in that game, and contrast them with England's issues.

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Not your typical friendly

Tuesday, March 2, 2010
Mar 02
10:35
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Wednesday's game against the Netherlands is Bob Bradley's last opportunity to see his guys in action before naming his World Cup roster. That said, fans shouldn't read too much into the outcome, based on history. Plus, the latest on Jermaine Jones.

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Edu's moment arrives

Tuesday, March 2, 2010
Mar 02
9:25
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Maurice Edu's performance with Rangers over the weekend couldn't have come at a better time, as he hopes to see action for the U.S. squad for the first time in a year when the Yanks take on the Netherlands.

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Final chance for fringe players

Friday, February 26, 2010
Feb 26
10:26
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As the U.S. heads to the Netherlands on Wednesday for a key friendly, Bob Bradley will get a last look at several fringe players before deciding on his World Cup roster. We rank their chances of making it to South Africa.

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Yanks remain controversy-free

Thursday, February 18, 2010
Feb 18
5:33
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While World Cup rival England is embroiled in the John Terry controversy, the U.S. captaincy remains a point of stability. Plus, a look ahead to the Yanks' pre-Cup friendlies and notes on the latest injuries, which could put Freddy Adu back in the mix.

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Altidore surges in England

Friday, February 19, 2010
Feb 19
3:07
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Jozy Altidore is surging at Hull City, finally earning his first goal and getting regular playing time. How does he take the next step? Vet Brian McBride has some advice. Plus the latest on Landon Donovan.

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Could Friedel be an option?

Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Feb 10
2:56
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Tim Howard is unquestionably the man in goal for the U.S. But what happens if the rash of injuries on the team strikes him, too? Well, Brad Friedel is playing incredibly well for Aston Villa, and it's not far-fetched to consider him an option.

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Last chance for Sacha

Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Feb 03
6:41
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Only a year removed from surging onto the scene for the U.S National Team, Sacha Kljestan is now a long shot to make the World Cup. Plus, news on the Americans' coaching vacancies, Freddy Adu and World Cup foes.

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Time running out for Jones

Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Feb 03
11:01
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Lost in the recent good news about the health of Charlie Davies and Oguchi Onyewu is Jermaine Jones' lingering fitness problems. Our experts update the condition of a player once expected to provide a major boost to the U.S. national team.

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As the U.S. addresses its issues at striker, new opportunities have emerged for rising players. Robbie Findley, in particular, is poised to break out. Our experts spent exclusive time with him, in addition to delivering other USMNT news and notes.

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With Clint Dempsey's injury adding another item to the growing list of factors working against the U.S. team, Insider looks at tactical options Bob Bradley can employ to compensate.

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The economic challenges facing European clubs are having an effect on American players who hoped to find a new home during the transfer period, like Stuart Holden. Plus, a detailed look at the U.S.'s chances of landing the 2018 or 2022 World Cup.

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The stable system

Friday, January 8, 2010
Jan 08
4:12
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Of all the coaches headed to South Africa for the World Cup, only a handful have the tenure of Bob Bradley. Luke Cyphers and Doug McIntyre talk to Sunil Gulati about the difference between the U.S. and other countries in maintaining stability at the top.

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Five on the fringe

Thursday, December 24, 2009
Dec 24
4:22
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DaMarcus Beasley's sudden resurgence with Rangers has put him back into the U.S. national team mix after falling off the map at the Confederations Cup. He is one of five players to watch who could turn out to be mainstays or off the roster come June.

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Camp "Last Chance"

Thursday, December 17, 2009
Dec 17
5:34
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A January camp is last chance for some players to make the squad.

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Holden ponders defining choice

Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Dec 09
3:42
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With the World Cup looming, Stuart Holden faces a critical career decision between Europe and MLS. Plus, Landon Donovan could be leaving the country soon, too, and some World Cup tune-ups begin to take shape.

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By landing in a group with Slovenia and Algeria, it's clear the U.S. lucked out in the World Cup draw. But there are reasons beyond those foes for the team to be thrilled. Plus, reactions after watching the drama with Landon Donovan.

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The World Cup wish list

Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Dec 02
5:28
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Now that the pots have been released in anticipation of Friday's World Cup draw, our experts look at the field and determine the best and worst opponents for the U.S. to face in group play.

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Findley could be the answer

Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Nov 24
1:15
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Robbie Findley is making a strong case to claim a starting forward spot for the U.S. -- at least Landon Donovan thinks so. Plus, a deep examination of a major U.S. flaw -- giving up bunches of goals in a hurry. Also, news on Stuart Holden's Euro future.

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The U.S. learns to improvise

Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Nov 17
6:09
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The U.S. side's unfortunate circumstances have forced them to be a team that thrives on improvisation.

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Cunningham, Johnson get their shot

Friday, November 13, 2009
Nov 13
6:43
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It's been a long road for Eddie Johnson and Jeff Cunningham to get back in the mix at forward for the U.S. team. They're thankful for the opportunity, and on Saturday against Slovakia, they'll get a chance to prove they can fill Charlie Davies' shoes.

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Five thoughts on the new roster

Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Nov 10
5:26
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As the U.S. heads to Slovakia for the first of two friendlies on European soil, Doug McIntyre identifies five key points of emphasis. Of particular concern: Jeff Cunningham will finally get his shot at forward, while the pressure is on Jozy Altidore.

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The U.S. U-17 team's struggles on the heels of a poor performance from the U-20 squad could mean a risky future in a region that continues to improve every cycle. Plus, more news and notes on the senior national team.

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Forwards wanted

Friday, October 30, 2009
Oct 30
1:35
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The U.S. may have a surplus of midfielders, but a lack of quality forwards could force Bob Bradley to make changes that would remove one or two of his best players from their natural positions. Plus, news and notes from the club soccer world.

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Former players talk about Team USA

Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Oct 27
3:55
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Tab Ramos, Claudio Reyna and Tony Meola speak about the state of the present U.S. squad. Plus, notes from around the globe on Americans in action.

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U.S. faces a glut of midfielders

Thursday, October 22, 2009
Oct 22
4:52
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With the recent addition of Jermaine Jones, and the emergence of Stuart Holden, Jose Francisco Torres and Robbie Rogers to the U.S. roster, coach Bob Bradley now has a glut of midfielders.

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Recent injuries leave the U.S.' roster plans for the World Cup (and the next few months) up in the air on both the offensive and defensive ends.

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Coping with Davies' accident

Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Oct 14
5:59
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The U.S. team was all smiles as it trained in Washington, D.C., in anticipation of the final qualifier against Costa Rica. The mood abruptly shifted on Tuesday, though, when news of Charlie Davies' car wreck rocked a tight group that runs a tight ship.

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MLS players such as Conor Casey, Landon Donovan, Stuart Holden and Rico Clark are having a strong showing in the hexagonal qualifying.

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Bradley is a film star

Friday, October 9, 2009
Oct 09
2:41
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U.S. coach Bob Bradley and his staff put as much emphasis into scouting and film work as anyone in the soccer world, and that preparation gives them a leg up against Honduras on Saturday. Plus, how the team plans to combat its yellow-card problem.

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Honduras' unusual home-field advantage

Thursday, October 8, 2009
Oct 08
4:47
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Honduras' Estadio Olimpico could provide the U.S. team with some unique challenges, including specially manicured grass that could slow the tandem of Charlie Davies and Jozy Altidore. As a result, Bob Bradley might consider some other lineup choices.

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Dempsey injury creates opportunity for Holden

Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Oct 07
6:43
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With Clint Dempsey out against Honduras, in which direction will Bob Bradley turn to find a replacement? Luke Cyphers, reporting from training camp in Miami, has a pretty good idea.

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In defense of Dempsey

Friday, October 2, 2009
Oct 02
2:45
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Clint Dempsey is regularly attacked by fans and media members for a lack of effort. That criticism is unfair. Plus, we examine the roster for the final two qualifiers and catch up with key club games affecting U.S. players this weekend.

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Drew Carey talks U.S. Soccer

Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Sep 30
11:59
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Drew Carey talks about U.S. Soccer and the quest to host the 2018 World Cup, we tackle the "enemy fan issue" and catch up with news from Jozy Altidore and Michael Bradley.

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Preparing for Honduras

Thursday, September 24, 2009
Sep 24
4:46
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The political situation in Honduras has left the United States' Oct. 10 qualifier there in doubt. But if the team does have to make the trip to Estadio Olímpico, it can expect a tough crowd. Plus other notes on the national team.

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Lack of PT a concern for Bradley, Onyewu

Thursday, September 17, 2009
Sep 17
5:22
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With huge World Cup qualifiers looming, U.S. soccer fans have to worry about the fact that Michael Bradley and Oguchi Onyewu aren't seeing the field for their respective clubs. Plus other news and notes affecting the national team.

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Luke Cyphers and Doug McIntyre react to the U.S.'s win against Trinidad & Tobago on Wednesday night. Like other recent results, it was far from pretty, and the players know it. Still, the U.S. is on the doorstep of qualifying for the World Cup.

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In advance of Wednesday night's critical qualifier at Trinidad and Tobago, Luke Cyphers and Doug McIntyre examine key lineup choices and strategic decisions. Cyphers, on the road with the team, offers insight from coach Bob Bradley and several players.

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Onward to Trinidad and Tobago

Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Sep 08
6:31
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With three games left in World Cup qualifying, the U.S. is in good shape. But a win Wednesday at Trinidad and Tobago would make things much easier. Luke Cyphers is with the team and offers his latest insight.

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Davies leads confident squad into game day

Friday, September 4, 2009
Sep 04
4:08
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Charlie Davies and the rest of the U.S. team are feeling confident about their qualifier against El Salvador on Saturday. Plus news and notes, including some surprising stats on Bob Bradley's coaching tenure.

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DeMerit likely out for U.S.

Thursday, September 3, 2009
Sep 03
5:18
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Jay DeMerit's groin injury will likely keep him out of the U.S. qualifier against El Salvador on Saturday, leaving the team without its top two central defenders. Several other lineup changes could be in the works, too.

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U.S. searching for a signature style

Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Sep 02
1:39
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Brazil has its own "style" of play. So does Spain. But does the U.S.? We talk to Sunil Gulati and several members of the national team to determine what "American soccer" looks like, and how far along the program is in building a distinctive system.

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Maurice Edu's rehab is progressing on schedule, meaning he could factor into the national team scene before too long. Plus, news on Freddy Adu's loan, the development of a goal-scoring machine and tough decisions heading into a pair of qualifiers.

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Howard has something to prove vs. El Salvador

Thursday, August 27, 2009
Aug 27
3:30
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Tim Howard isn't worried about a rash of goals at Everton or the absence of Oguchi Onyewu in front of him in the upcoming qualifier versus El Salvador. He's just ready to win. Plus news and notes on the U.S. roster choices and club soccer results.

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Spector could find niche at left fullback

Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Aug 25
2:11
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Jonathan Spector could find a spot on the starting roster at a position he first played back in 2005, and which has been problematic for the U.S. team: left back. Plus, news and notes from Yanks in the club soccer world.

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Torres needs to prove he's squad-worthy

Thursday, August 20, 2009
Aug 20
5:29
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What's happened to Jose Francisco Torres? We look at his future with the U.S. team, plus notes on U.S. players around the world

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Some answers on Kljestan

Monday, August 17, 2009
Aug 17
5:24
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The U.S. National Soccer Team Blog looks at how Sacha Kljestan could find his way back into the national team picture. Plus, news and notes from American players' weekend club games in Europe.

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Lessons from Azteca

Thursday, August 13, 2009
Aug 13
2:47
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Before jumping on a plane back to the States, Doug McIntyre shares his lingering thoughts from the U.S. national team's loss in Mexico City.

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Greetings from Mexico City: The Official rosters

Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Aug 12
3:53
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Doug McIntyre is live in Mexico for today's World Cup qualifier against the U.S., and checks in with the scene around the stadium and the official roster.

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Greetings from Mexico City: It's game day!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Aug 12
3:38
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Doug McIntyre is live in Mexico for today's World Cup qualifier against the U.S., and checks in with an early report on the scene in Mexico City. Hint: People are pretty excited.

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Starting spots are up for grabs

Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Aug 11
3:47
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Who's going to start for the U.S. on Wednesday? The altitude in Mexico City and his players' current form could influence Bob Bradley to make some changes to the lineup that reached the Confederations Cup final.

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Can the U.S. rise to the occasion?

Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Aug 11
3:18
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Among Mexico's biggest advantages in Wednesday's World Cup qualifier? The altitude at Azteca. But as the U.S. team prepares, the players should avoid a source other athletes have turned to for help in thin air -- Viagra.

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It's make or break for Mexico

Monday, August 10, 2009
Aug 10
11:38
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Here's a little secret -- Wednesday's World Cup qualifier between the U.S. and Mexico is really only crucial for the Mexican side. We've got the math to prove it. Plus, news and notes from Yanks around the club soccer universe.

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The U.S. national soccer team unveiled its roster for its upcoming qualifier against Mexico. Luke Cyphers and Doug McIntyre offer analysis.

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Insight from Carlos Bocanegra

Thursday, August 6, 2009
Aug 06
5:05
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The blog catches up with U.S. captain Carlos Bocanegra, who gives some insight into the Mexico rivalry and shares some inside nuggets about the U.S. team's culture. Plus, news and notes from club soccer and its effect on Team USA.

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Altidore is Britain-bound

Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Aug 05
4:39
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Jozy Altidore's status with the U.S. national soccer team should rise even higher now that the forward is heading to Hull City on loan from Villarreal.

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Welcome!

Monday, August 10, 2009
Aug 10
5:22
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The U.S. National Soccer Team Blog debuts with a look at how the B team's Gold Cup collapse against Mexico has inspired the A team to make history next Wednesday. Plus, a look at how the latest club soccer news is impacting the U.S. team.

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