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February 25, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter
The U.S. national soccer team announced Tuesday that it has relocated next week's international friendly with Ukraine from the former Soviet republic to Cyprus. The move comes after weeks of consultation with the U.S. State Department and the Ukrainian soccer federation over the deteriorating political situation in Kiev, the Ukraninian capital, which has been the scene of deadly violence between the regime of ousted President Viktor Yanukovich and anti-government protesters. The match was scheduled to be played in Kharkiv, Ukraine's second-largest city, about 300 miles east of Kiev.
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February 25, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
When it comes to long road trips, Arroyo Grande's sports teams are in a different category. They might want to play Willie Nelson's "On the Road Again," in their vans. According to Athletic Director Dwight MacDonald, here are the recent road trips: The boys' soccer team went to Fountain Valley Los Amigos, then Baldwin Park to accumulate more than 800 miles. The wrestling team went to Riverside Norte Vista for more than 450 miles. The girls' basketball team went to Hemet (560 miles round trip)
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February 7, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter
Former U.S. team captain Thomas Dooley was named coach of the Philippines national soccer team, the Associated Press reported Friday, making him the sixth American since 2002 to coach a national team outside the United States. Dooley, of Laguna Niguel, had 81 caps with the U.S., playing in the 1994 World Cup and captaining the team in the 1998 tournament. The defender spent much of his career in Germany, playing for four clubs before joining Major League Soccer, where he played with Columbus and the New York Metro Stars.
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February 5, 2014 | By Jim Peltz
The Galaxy was set to announce a multiyear contract extension for Bruce Arena, the soccer team's head coach and general manager, the Los Angeles Times has learned. The announcement could come as early as Thursday, according to people familiar with the situation who were not authorized to discuss it publicly. Arena, 62, is entering his seventh season with the Galaxy, having led the team to Major League Soccer championships in 2011 and 2012. His overall record with the Galaxy is 82-46-44.
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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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