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March 4, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter
When U.S. Soccer dumped the red-striped "Where's Waldo" jerseys it debuted in 2012, the feeling was whatever it picked had to be better. Oops. Wrong again. The new Nike white home jerseys unveiled this week and heavily criticized by fans look more like polo shirts than soccer uniforms with full collars. The shirts, which the U.S. will wear in this summer's World Cup in Brazil, also have red trim on the collars and sleeves, the centennial U.S. Soccer patch on the left breast and a blue Nike swoosh on the right side.
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April 7, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter
U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati said Sunday's decision to fire women's Coach Tom Sermanni less than seven months before the start of World Cup qualifying was not made in haste but was the result of consultation with several people inside and outside the team. "Whenever we have changes or possible changes or directional changes with our national team program we ... talk to players, we talk to staff, we talk to people who've observed the team and we also rely on our own assessment," Gulati said in a conference call Monday.
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February 20, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter
Growing political violence in the Ukraine has placed the U.S. soccer team's March 5 friendly in Kharkiv in doubt, although team officials remain tight-lipped about what alternatives they are exploring. The March date is the only FIFA international fixture day before the deadline to set World Cup rosters, meaning it represents the only opportunity for U.S. Coach Juergen Klinsmann to call up the players he hopes will form the core of his team in Brazil this summer. But the situation in Ukraine has grown worse in recent days with the country teetering on the brink of civil war. Reports say at least 70 people , most of them anti-government protesters, were killed in central Kiev on Thursday despite a truce between the opposition and forces under the control of President Victor Yanukovich.
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April 6, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter
Tom Sermanni was fired Sunday as coach of the U.S. women's soccer team just seven months before the start of World Cup qualifying. Sermanni, who replaced Pia Sundhage 15 months ago, was relieved of his duties after a 2-0 win over China on Sunday in Colorado. Former UCLA Coach Jill Ellis will take over on an interim basis starting with Thursday's rematch with China in San Diego. Ellis, U.S. Soccer's director of development, coached seven games at the end of 2012, going 5-0-2. Sermanni, formerly coach of the Australian women's team, was 18-2-4 with the U.S. But the team struggled mightily in last month's prestigious Algarve Cup tournament in Portugal, finishing seventh after losing to Sweden, 1-0, and Denmark, 5-3. The loss to Sweden, now coached by Sundhage, snapped a 43-match unbeaten streak for the Americans.
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April 7, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter
U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati said Sunday's decision to fire women's Coach Tom Sermanni less than seven months before the start of World Cup qualifying was not made in haste but was the result of consultation with several people inside and outside the team. "Whenever we have changes or possible changes or directional changes with our national team program we ... talk to players, we talk to staff, we talk to people who've observed the team and we also rely on our own assessment," Gulati said in a conference call Monday.
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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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December 19, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter
Abby Wambach's game-tying goal in the closing minutes of stoppage time against Brazil in the 2011 World Cup quarterfinals has been voted the best moment in U.S. soccer history. To commemorate its centennial year, U.S. soccer has been asking fans to chose all-star teams for both the U.S. men and women and to select the best overall moment. Wambach's goal, a header off a cross from Megan Rapinoe, came with the Americans less than two minutes from World Cup elimination. The U.S. went on to win that match on penalty kicks before losing to Japan on penalty kicks in the World Cup final.
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December 12, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter
Juergen Klinsmann is still six months away from his first World Cup as coach of the U.S. national team. But he's already looking ahead to the next one after agreeing Thursday to a four-year contract extension that will keep him in place through 2018. "One of the reasons we hired Juergen as our head coach was to advance the program, and we've seen the initial stages of that happening on the field and also off the field in various areas," U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati said. "In the past two years he has built a strong foundation from the senior team down to the youth teams and we want to continue to build up that success.
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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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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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April 5, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter
Juergen Klinsmann hasn't made many missteps in his 2 1/2 years of coach of the U.S. national team. Still it was hard not to question last week's decision to jettison Martin Vasquez, his longtime right-hand man, and replace him with Tab Ramos and former German national team coach Berti Vogts. Sacking your top assistant two months before the World Cup is a little like a presidential candidate dumping his running mate after the convention. So was it an act of panic or prescience? It's too early to tell.
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March 5, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter
It was supposed to be a final U.S. tune-up for this summer's World Cup. But what Wednesday's 2-0 loss to the Ukraine in Cyprus proved is the American national soccer team likely needs a complete overhaul if it expects to be competitive in Brazil. A first-half goal by Andriy Yarmolenko and a second-half score by Marko Devic capped an emotional week for the Ukraine, which nearly canceled the match after Russian troops occupied the Crimean peninsula last weekend. Instead they turned the game into a display of patriotism.
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March 4, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter
When U.S. Soccer dumped the red-striped "Where's Waldo" jerseys it debuted in 2012, the feeling was whatever it picked had to be better. Oops. Wrong again. The new Nike white home jerseys unveiled this week and heavily criticized by fans look more like polo shirts than soccer uniforms with full collars. The shirts, which the U.S. will wear in this summer's World Cup in Brazil, also have red trim on the collars and sleeves, the centennial U.S. Soccer patch on the left breast and a blue Nike swoosh on the right side.
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March 3, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter
U.S. Soccer's on-again, off-again friendly with Ukraine is on again after the ruling federation from the war-torn country reversed itself and said it would travel to Cyprus for Wednesday's game. Because of political violence in the Ukrainian capital of Kiev, the game was moved from the city of Kharkiv to neutral Cyprus last week. But after Russian military incursions into the Crimean peninsula over the weekend, soccer federation President Anatoliy Konkov told the Reuters news service Monday that his team would not go to Cyprus in such “troubled times.” After a day of frantic negotiations, Konkov apparently reversed himself with U.S. Soccer releasing a statement Monday night that said, “The Football Federation of Ukraine confirmed that their team will travel to Cyprus and the match will proceed as scheduled.” The match is not important for Ukraine, which did not qualify for this summer's World Cup in Brazil.
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March 1, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter
Before last year, Matt Besler had never played a game for the U.S. soccer team. And when he finally earned his first start, he played next to the Galaxy's Omar Gonzalez, who was making only his third international appearance. Now 14 months and 26 combined caps later, both could be starting in Brazil in June, becoming the two most inexperienced center backs to play in a World Cup opener for the U.S. since 1950. That's news Gonzalez greets with a smile and a shrug. "I guess it's kind of cool.
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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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September 6, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter
You couldn't blame the U.S. national soccer team if it got out of Costa Rica as soon as possible after Friday night's World Cup qualifier in San Jose. Since the moment the U.S. team arrived Tuesday, the Costa Ricans have proven to be inhospitable hosts. Which isn't to say the Central Americans don't have reason to be unwelcoming. The U.S., which sits atop the six-team table in regional qualifying after six matches, can clinch a berth in next summer's World Cup with a victory.
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March 30, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter
Lost in the euphoria over the United States national team's tie with Mexico in a World Cup qualifier Tuesday was one simple fact: This American team isn't very good. Gritty, gutty, determined, yes. But good? Not so much. Consider that in three World Cup qualifiers this year the U.S. has scored twice, been outshot by a margin of more than 2 to 1 — including an incredible 17-1 in the Mexico game — and managed only three shots on goal. Its only win came in a snowstorm near Denver in a game that should have been suspended.
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February 20, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter
Growing political violence in the Ukraine has placed the U.S. soccer team's March 5 friendly in Kharkiv in doubt, although team officials remain tight-lipped about what alternatives they are exploring. The March date is the only FIFA international fixture day before the deadline to set World Cup rosters, meaning it represents the only opportunity for U.S. Coach Juergen Klinsmann to call up the players he hopes will form the core of his team in Brazil this summer. But the situation in Ukraine has grown worse in recent days with the country teetering on the brink of civil war. Reports say at least 70 people , most of them anti-government protesters, were killed in central Kiev on Thursday despite a truce between the opposition and forces under the control of President Victor Yanukovich.
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