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Major League Soccer
American league will advance between one and three teams to Superliga semifinals.

(Tuesday, July 31, 2007) -- Major League Soccer will have at least one team and could possibly have three representatives in the semifinals of the lucrative Superliga 2007, an inaugural event featuring four clubs from the American league and four from Mexico's Primera Division.   Full story

Americans Abroad
Adu, Benfica are in negotiations to complete $2-million transfer.

Freddy Adu
Freddy Adu:
Benfica transfer is nearly done.

(Monday, July 30, 2007) -- Freddy Adu has headed to Portugal to finalize his transfer to Benfica. The Portugese power and Major League Soccer reached an agreement for a reported $2-million fee and now the 18-year-old Real Salt Lake midfielder must sign a contract.   Full story

U.S. under-20 women
Full Brazil team routs American youth 5-0 for Pan American crown.

Lauren Cheney
Lauren Cheney:
American captain has six goals.

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (Thursday, July 26, 2007) -- In a game that promised to be a mismatch, Brazil's women's national team, ranked sixth in the world and playing before a wildly supportive, yellow-clad home crowd of 67,778, routed the United States under-20 women 5-0 to earn its second straight Pan American Games gold medal at Maracaña Stadium.   Full story

It Seems To Me. . .
United might be ready to drop D.C. from its address.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Sunday, July 22, 2007) -- D.C. United has negotiated long and hard to build a soccer-specific stadium on public property near Washington's new baseball stadium in Washington. With a new mayor, United might be forced to look to the suburbs for a new home.   Full story

It Seems To Me. . .
Another columnist misses target trying to shoot down soccer.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Sunday, July 22, 2007) -- The Washington Post sports columnist and ESPN commentator Michael Wilbon has written yet another column denigrating soccer. This time, he does so in an offhand way, almost a backhand slap, by way of a long analogy that is actually quite interesting, but nonetheless flawed.    Full story

Major League Soccer
Beckham is pushed to make token appearance against Chelsea.

CARSON, Calif. (Friday, July 20, 2007) -- Signing David Beckham to a long-term contract was a brilliant move by the Los Angeles Galaxy and Major League Soccer, but the team and league are now showing considerable short-sightedness in pressuring their new superstar to play in tomorrow night's exhibition between the Galaxy and English power Chelsea.    Full story

Americans Abroad
Dalby North End romance ends with work permit denial.

Greg Dalby
Greg Dalby:
Back on market.

(Wednes-
day, July 18, 2007) -- Young American midfielder Greg Dalby who signed with Preston North End 13 days ago, is back on the market after he was turned down yesterday by the English government for a work permit. Meanwhile, Damarcus Beasley made his debut with Glagow Rangers and Heath Pearce signed with Hansa Rostock.   Full story

Major League Soccer
Earthquakes return after two-year absence as expansion team.

Don Garber
Don Garber:
Hails San Jose return.

COM-
MERCE CITY, Colo. (Wednesday, July 18, 2007) -- With the owners of Major League Baseball's Oakland Athletics stepping up to the plate, Major League Soccer will return to San Jose, Calif., after a two-year absence. Lew Wolff and John Fisher hit a homerun as far as former Quakes fans are concerned.   Full story

Major League Soccer
Beckham debut is in doubt with swollen ankle.

CARSON, Calif. (Tuesday, July 17, 2007) -- The worst nightmare of the Los Angeles Galaxy and Major League Soccer presented itself yesterday when David Beckham's participation in his first practice with his new team and league was limited by a swollen left ankle to mostly smiling and waving to the estimated 1,000 fans to had shown up to watch him work out.    Full story

U.S. Open Cup
Cephas' first strike sends Carolina past Fire to quarterfinals.

McColm Cephas
McColm Cephas:
Ends drought.

CARY, N.C. (Sunday, July 15, 2007) -- The Carolina Railhawks have not been particularly successful as a United Soccer Leagues First Division expansion team, but the first-year club nonetheless advanced to the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup quarterfinals tonight with a 1-0 upset of Major League Soccer's Chicago Fire on McColm Cephas' first goal.   Full story

U.S. under-20 men
U.S. loses touch, exits Under-20 World Cup to Austria in overtime.

(Saturday, July 14, 2007) - The good fortune the United States has experienced throughout the men's Under-20 World Cup ran out today in the quarterfinals with a 2-1 overtime loss to defensive-minded Austria, denying the Americans a second trip to the semifinals of this event and first since 1989.   Full story

Analysis
With late comeback, fortunate Americans move on in Under-20 World Cup.

(Thursday, July 12, 2007) -- The United States was very fortunate to overcome a determined Uruguay 2-1 in overtime to advance to the quarterfinals of the men's Under-20 World Cup. In a physical match, the U.S. was never able to establish an offensive rhythm, but prevailed on strength of will.   Full story

U.S. Open Cup
Third-tier Harrisburg stuns D.C. United 1-0 on Fisher header.

Steve Fisher
Steve Fisher:
Sinks United.

LANDISVILLE, Pa. (Wednesday, July 11, 2007) -- Midfielder Steve Fisher scored just before intermission, leading the third-division Harrisburg City Islanders to a 1-0 decision over D.C. United, the four-time Major League Soccer Champion, in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup third round.   Full story

U.S. Open Cup
Charleston, Richmond bounce MLS's Dynamo, Galaxy from third round.

Stephen Armstrong
Armstrong (right):
OT celebration.

CHARLESTON, S.C. (Tuesday, July 10, 2007) -- Midfielder Stephen Armstrong put away a rebound of his own penalty kick early in a second overtime period to send the Charleston Battery to a 1-0 triumph over the Houston Dynamo tonight in the third round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup at Blackbaud Stadium. The host Richmond Kickers eliminated the Los Angeles Galaxy 1-0 on David Bulow's goal.   Full story

Analysis
Seitz saves day as U.S. edges Brazil in Under-20 World Cup.

(Saturday, July 7, 2007) -- With Chris Seitz making 14 saves, the United States won Group D of the men's Under-20 World Cup in a match played at such a torrid pace for 94-plus minutes that spectators were left as exhausted as the players.   Full story

Analysis
U.S. reserves fall short, lose to Colombia in Copa América finale.

(Friday, July 6, 2007) -- The United States men finished its Copa América involvement with yet another loss, 1-0 to Colombia, another entrant on its way home. Playing for pride, neither team looked particularly dangerous or capable, but it was Colombia that put out the superior effort.   Full story

U.S. men
Copa América hopes die day before Colombia match.

(Thursday, July 5, 2007) -- The United States men will be playing for pride when they face Colombia tonight to conclude their Copa América Group C schedule with both having been eliminated from contention by Wednesday's Group A results.   Full story

U.S. men
Young Americans fall 1-0 to Colombia, finish last in Copa América.

BARQUISIMETO, Venezuela (Thursday, July 5, 2007) -- Midfielder Jaime Castrillón struck early to send Colombia to a 1-0 decision over the United States in the finale for both nations, a result which dropped the Americans to last place in Copa América.   Full story

Analysis
Adu, Szetala help U-20 Americans find swagger and rout Poland in world tourney.

(Wednesday, July 4, 2007) -- What has been missing this year from all age groups of the United States men has been a finisher, but Freddy Adu scored three goals and Danny Szetala added two to defy recent history and rout Poland 6-1 in the men's Under-20 World Cup.   Full story

Analysis
U.S. about finished in Copa America for lack of scoring touch.

Tuesday, July 3, 2007) -- Paraguay was able to finish its chances while the United States men could not. That is the simple explanation why Paraguay prevailed 3-1 yesterday to clinch advancement to the Copa America quarterfinals, while leaving the U.S. only a miniscule chance to move on from Group C.   Full story

U.S. under-20 men
Americans were fortunate to manage draw with South Korea in world tourney opener.

(Sunday, July 1, 2007) -- The United States under-20 men were very, very fortunate to emerge from their opening World Cup group D match last night against South Korea with a 1-1 draw. The Koreans dominated much of the match, but were unlucky to have several close calls fall short.   Full story

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