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By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | May 22, 2014
The United States Men's National Team will go to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil without perhaps its most iconic player, Landon Donovan. But coach Jurgen Klinsmann included Crofton native Kyle Beckerman and former Maryland players Omar Gonzalez and Graham Zusi in the 23-man side that will be on the plane to Rio. Beckerman, a 14-year MLS midfielder who went to Arundel High, has not featured heavily in the national team for much of his career....
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By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | June 26, 2014
This was supposed to be the World Cup in which a swashbuckling U.S. men's national team shed everything American about it and announced itself as elite at the World Cup. It very well still could be. But the 1-0 loss Thursday to Germany that sent the United States into the last 16 of this year's World Cup - its second straight trip to the knockout rounds - was as American as they come. That's OK, too. In 2002, the United States advanced to the quarterfinals for the first time since 1930, but only after the same group-stage record it posted in Brazil - a win, a draw, then a loss that ultimately didn't matter.
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June 25, 2010
U.S. primed for revenge Grahame L. Jones Los Angeles Times Predictions are a perilous business, especially at this World Cup. Just ask Italy, Spain, Germany, France or England. The U.S. is unbeaten, has the momentum, is relaxed after achieving its stated goal of getting past the first round and has its key players in peak form. On top of all that, there is the not-so-small matter of avenging its first-round loss to Ghana in 2006. Landon Donovan, Carlos Bocanegra, DaMarcus Beasley, Steve Cherundolo, Clint Dempsey and Oguchi Onyewu all started in that 2-1 loss.
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By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | June 17, 2014
Yesterday in one sentence: Jack Bauer narrated the introductions and Clint Dempsey scored and I was very happy, very quickly but slowly realized that America would not score again, then buried my head in my hands after the Ghana goal and peaked through my fingers to see John Brooks prove me wrong and ensure that America can still win the World Cup; Germany is pretty good though. What's on tap: Belgium vs. Algeria, noon, ESPN; Brazil vs. Mexico, 3 p.m., ESPN; Russia vs. South Korea, 6 p.m., ESPN.
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May 27, 2010
Edson Buddle and Herculez Gomez went from long shots to the U.S. World Cup roster, joining veterans Landon Donovan , DaMarcus Beasley and Tim Howard on the American team for South Africa. U.S. coach Bob Bradley cut seven players from his preliminary roster Wednesday to reach the 23-man FIFA limit. The Americans will open against England on June 12. Midfielders Donovan and Beasley, and defender Steve Cherundolo earned their third World Cup trips. Beasley's selection capped a comeback from nine months of national team exile that ended in March.
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By Baltimore Sun | June 27, 2010
Manchester City, which plays Inter Milan at M&T Bank Stadium on July 31, might be looking to add Landon Donovan, the United States' star during the World Cup, to its star-studded roster, according to Yahoo! Sports. English Premier League team Manchester City, which sent a scout to watch Donovan during the World Cup, has "significant interest" in Donovan, Yahoo! Sports reported. Club owner Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, a member of the ruling family of Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates, has indicated that he's willing to spend millions to upgrade Manchester City.
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By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | June 17, 2014
Yesterday in one sentence: Jack Bauer narrated the introductions and Clint Dempsey scored and I was very happy, very quickly but slowly realized that America would not score again, then buried my head in my hands after the Ghana goal and peaked through my fingers to see John Brooks prove me wrong and ensure that America can still win the World Cup; Germany is pretty good though. What's on tap: Belgium vs. Algeria, noon, ESPN; Brazil vs. Mexico, 3 p.m., ESPN; Russia vs. South Korea, 6 p.m., ESPN.
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By Sports Digest | July 18, 2010
Pro soccer U.S. hero Donovan returns to MLS today with game at RFK Nearly a month after his rebound volley propelled the United States into the round of 16, Landon Donovan returns to the pitch today with the hope of carrying some momentum from a dramatic World Cup run into Major League Soccer. "I've always prided myself on the fact that I could stay here and help grow this sport here," he said Saturday as his Los Angeles Galaxy prepared to take on D.C. United at RFK Stadium.
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December 17, 2009
• NBA: Former center Chris Dudley , 44, formally announced he is running as a Republican for Oregon governor. The 6-foot-11 Yale graduate, who said he wants to slow the growth of the state budget, played 16 years in the NBA, including two stints with Portland. ... Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov completed a partnership agreement to buy the Nets. The NBA Board of Governors is expected to rule on the sale early next year. ... Golden State coach Don Nelson returned after missing five games while recovering from pneumonia.
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By Grahame L. Jones, Tribune Newspapers | June 27, 2010
Bob Bradley did not get a good night's rest. The coach of the U.S. national team and his players did not get back to their rural base until the wee hours of Sunday morning, but it wasn't the roosters or the dogs or even the cows that kept Bradley awake. Instead, unable to drop off, he played and replayed the 2-1 loss to Ghana that knocked the U.S. out of the World Cup. "I never sleep well after games," he said. "Wins, losses, it's never easy after a game. I usually watch the game over and over a few times."
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By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | May 22, 2014
The United States Men's National Team will go to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil without perhaps its most iconic player, Landon Donovan. But coach Jurgen Klinsmann included Crofton native Kyle Beckerman and former Maryland players Omar Gonzalez and Graham Zusi in the 23-man side that will be on the plane to Rio. Beckerman, a 14-year MLS midfielder who went to Arundel High, has not featured heavily in the national team for much of his career....
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By Jordan Littman and Don Markus, The Baltimore Sun | July 21, 2013
Before playing El Salvador in the CONCACAF quarterfinals at M&T Bank Stadium, U.S. midfielder Mix Diskerud had some painful memories of last summer's 3-3 tie with the Central American team in the Under-23 Olympic qualifying team. The tying goal came four minutes into added time and cost the U.S. a spot in the London Games. Diskerud, playing with the U.S. national team this year for the first time, said after Sunday's 5-1 win that he still thinks about last summer's game. It doesn't help that a teammate from his club team in Norway, Jaime Alas , constantly sends him a reminder.
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By Don Markus and The Baltimore Sun | July 20, 2013
After the U.S. men's national soccer team lost a friendly to Belgium in May, a disgusted coach Jurgen Klinsmann tried to talk about what positives the Americans could get out of the surprising defeat. “I'd rather play Belgium 10 more times than El Salvador for the 100 th time because that's where you learn,” Klinsmann said.  Klinsmann is hopeful that his team, which has won seven straight official games, is not given a similar lesson Sunday when it meets El Salvador in a 4 p.m. quarterfinal of the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup at M&T Bank Stadium.
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By Don Markus, The Baltimore Sun | May 29, 2012
The soccer term "friendly" can be a misnomer, depending on the teams playing the match and the circumstances surrounding it. For a U.S. side trying to reinvent itself after a disappointing performance in the 2010 World Cup in South Africa while learning a new style under former German national coach Jurgen Klinsmann, Wednesday's much-anticipated 8 p.m. exhibition against Brazil at FedEx Field could be another step forward. Or a big step back. Coming off a 5-1 win over Scotland last Saturday night in Jacksonville, Fla., and with the memory of a 1-0 win in Italy in February not completely faded, the Americans will try to show they belong on the same field with one of the top teams in the world - albeit one going though an even more massive overhaul.
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By The Washington Post | June 19, 2011
If the U.S. national soccer team is feeling the weight of the CONCACAF Gold Cup quarterfinal against Jamaica today at sold-out RFK Stadium, the players and coaches aren't showing it. Since their arrival in Washington on Thursday, the Americans have spoken coolly and confidently about recovering from a turbulent first round. "We came through group play feeling good that we were tested and certain things came to light," coach Bob Bradley said. "Now as a group we are excited and ready to go. " The reassuring vibe, however, belies the broad implications of defeat.
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By Sports Digest | July 19, 2010
USSF D-2 soccer Second-half deflection gives Palace Baltimore key 2-1 win A shot from Shaun Pejic deflected off Andrew Marshall and into the net midway through the second half, and Crystal Palace Baltimore picked up a 2-1 road win Sunday afternoon over the Montreal Impact in front of an announced sellout crowd of 13,034 at Saputo Stadium. The Impact took the lead when Leonardo Di Lorenzo blasted home a shot past goalkeeper Evan Bush just three minutes into the contest.
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By Sports Digest | July 19, 2010
USSF D-2 soccer Second-half deflection gives Palace Baltimore key 2-1 win A shot from Shaun Pejic deflected off Andrew Marshall and into the net midway through the second half, and Crystal Palace Baltimore picked up a 2-1 road win Sunday afternoon over the Montreal Impact in front of an announced sellout crowd of 13,034 at Saputo Stadium. The Impact took the lead when Leonardo Di Lorenzo blasted home a shot past goalkeeper Evan Bush just three minutes into the contest.
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By Kevin Baxter and Tribune Newspapers | June 18, 2010
Was it a goal or wasn't it? Did the U.S. get robbed in Friday's World Cup tie with Slovenia? Or did referee Koman Coulibaly get the call – whatever the call was – right? "I didn't see anything," midfielder Benny Feilhaber said, Considering the fact Feilhaber was on the field when Maurice Edu scored the goal that was disallowed, Feilhaber's confession is almost as hard to believe as Coulibaly's call. But Feilhaber wasn't really pleading ignorance.
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By Sports Digest | July 18, 2010
Pro soccer U.S. hero Donovan returns to MLS today with game at RFK Nearly a month after his rebound volley propelled the United States into the round of 16, Landon Donovan returns to the pitch today with the hope of carrying some momentum from a dramatic World Cup run into Major League Soccer. "I've always prided myself on the fact that I could stay here and help grow this sport here," he said Saturday as his Los Angeles Galaxy prepared to take on D.C. United at RFK Stadium.
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By Grahame L. Jones, Tribune Newspapers | June 27, 2010
Bob Bradley did not get a good night's rest. The coach of the U.S. national team and his players did not get back to their rural base until the wee hours of Sunday morning, but it wasn't the roosters or the dogs or even the cows that kept Bradley awake. Instead, unable to drop off, he played and replayed the 2-1 loss to Ghana that knocked the U.S. out of the World Cup. "I never sleep well after games," he said. "Wins, losses, it's never easy after a game. I usually watch the game over and over a few times."
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