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February 5, 2014 | By Jim Peltz
Major League Soccer on Wednesday confirmed that David Beckham has exercised his option for an MLS expansion team to play in Miami. MLS Commissioner Don Garber made the announcement at a news conference Wednesday at downtown Miami's museum plaza. Beckham and Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez also attended. Beckham's ownership group now will work with the league and local officials in building a privately funded stadium, MLS said in confirming earlier media reports that Beckham planned a team in Miami.
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February 4, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 The El Camino Real girls' soccer team will have three players sign on Wednesday. They are Peyton Cline (Fresno State), Leslie Ramirez (Georgia State) and Madison Lipton (Rider). Coach Eric Choi has sent 18 players to colleges since becoming head coach in 2006-07.   Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
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January 30, 2014 | By Jim Peltz
The Galaxy on Thursday signed attacking midfielder Stefan Ishizaki, who has spent the last eight years playing for the Swedish soccer team IF Elfsborg. "Stefan is an excellent addition to our team," Galaxy head Coach Bruce Arena said in a statement. "He is an experienced player, an exceptional passer and a proven winner. " Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Ishizaki, the son of a Japanese father and Swedish mother, was born in Stockholm and played with teams in Sweden, Italy and Norway as well as with the Swedish national team.
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January 11, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter
The World Cup kicks off in Brazil in five months. And with the group-play pairings already set, the U.S. knows who it will play, where it will play and when it will play. Still to be determined, however, is who will be in uniform when all that happens, which leaves Coach Juergen Klinsmann and his staff with several difficult decisions to make between now and early June, when the team leaves for Sao Paulo. But with just one FIFA match day on the international calendar this spring, those decisions will necessarily be influenced by what the players did last year, what they do with their club teams this year and what many of them do during the national team's winter camp, which began last week.
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January 3, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter
Coach Juergen Klinsmann called up 26 players for the first training camp of 2014 on Friday as the U.S. national soccer team begins ramping up its preparations for this summer's World Cup in Brazil. The monthlong camp, which begins Monday in Carson, will be split between Southern California and Brazil and will end with a Feb. 1 friendly against South Korea at the StubHub Center. "This is a very important camp in our preparations for the World Cup," said Klinsmann, whose team will hold twice-daily training sessions at its World Cup base in Sao Paulo on Jan. 13 to 25. "It's important for the players to continue developing their bond and sense of urgency for the tournament.
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December 22, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Saturday was not a good day for Concord De La Salle. Not only did the Spartans lose in football to St. John Bosco, but their soccer team was beaten by L.A. Cathedral, 2-1, in the De La Salle Showcase. Cathedral (6-0-1) received goals from Isaias Reyes and Miguel Lorenzo. Next up for the Phantoms is the Nike SoCal Showcase in Oceanside.   Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
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December 20, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter
Landon Donovan was a near-unanimous choice to U.S. Soccer's all-time First XI, chosen by a panel of former players, administrators and journalists. Donovan, the national team's all-time leader in goals and assists, was named on 52 of the 57 ballots. He was paired at midfield on the all-star team with Clint Dempsey, the only other current national team player chosen. Former Galaxy standout Cobi Jones, the national team's all-time leader in appearances, finished sixth in the balloting at midfield.
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December 20, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter
The first time Nick Pugliese's mother wondered if her only son had lost his mind was when he announced he was going to work for a telecommunications company in Afghanistan. The day she was sure of it came last spring, when Nick called from Kabul to say he was quitting that job and leaving the secure compound where he lived to rent a room in a ramshackle boarding house so he could play professional soccer in the Kabul Premier League. "I was, like, 'You've got to be kidding me,'" his mother, Kim Pugliese, recalled.
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December 19, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter
Juergen Klinsmann's U.S. national soccer team will finish the year ranked 14th in the world, according to the latest FIFA team rankings released Thursday. That's 14 places higher than the Americans ranked a year ago and it's the team's best year-end ranking since 2009, when it was also 14th. Klinsmann's team, which won the Gold Cup and finished atop the table in regional World Cup qualifying, won a U.S.-record 16 games in 2014. There was no movement among the world's top 18 teams in the FIFA rankings, with Spain remaining No. 1 followed by Germany, Argentina, Colombia and Portugal.
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December 19, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter
Former World Cup and Olympic champion Mia Hamm plus current players Alex Morgan, Abby Wambach and Christie Rampone were selected to the national women's team all-time best XI on Thursday, part of U.S. Soccer's commemoration of its centennial. Left off the team was current goalkeeper Hope Solo, who was outpolled by Briana Scurry, the woman Solo succeeded on the national team in 2008. A committee of 56 former soccer players and administrators, as well as media members, voted for the team.
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