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U.S. under-20 men
Szetala provides lead, but Americans draw 1-1 with South Korea in world tourney.

MONTREAL (Saturday, June 30, 2007) -- The United States under-20 men were outplayed for most of the match, but managed a 1-1 draw with South Korea in their Group D opener of the Under-20 World Cup. Midfielder Danny Szetala put the U.S. ahead with a diving header in the 16th minute.   Full story

Analysis
U.S. hung tough in Argentina loss, until late collapse.

(Friday, June 29, 2007) -- Amazingly, the United States men, under-strength and patched together, stayed level with Argentina's powerhouse for the first hour of their opening Group C match in Copa America before the U.S. succumbed last night to a flurry of late goals and ended up losing 4-1.   Full story

Analysis
Late revival allows U.S. to shock Mexico, defend Gold Cup.

(Sunday, June 24, 2007) -- Mexico is simply cursed when it comes to defeating the United States men on American soil. Or, at least the players must believe they are after the U.S. rallies with two second half goals for a 2-1 triumph in the Gold Cup final.   Full story

U.S. women
Lilly, Wambach covert set pieces to beat Brazil 2-0.

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (Saturday, June 23, 2007) -- Strikers Kristine Lilly and Abby Wambach scored early goals off set pieces and the United States women blanked Brazil 2-0.   Full story

Analysis
U.S. survives late Canadian onslaught with help of faulty offside call.

(Thursday, June 21, 2007) -- The United States men advanced to the CONCACAF Gold Cup final but, for the second straight match, the Americans found protecting a two-goal lead dicey. Only a stunning bad offside call allowed the U.S. to down Canada 2-1.   Full story

It Seems To Me. . .
Chicago fired wrong guy in dismissing Sarachan.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Wednesday, June 20, 2007) -- It was probably inevitable that Chicago Fire head coach Dave Sarachan was going to get canned. However, if the Fire is to get straightened out, president and general manager John Guppy should have been the one to go.   Full story

It Seems To Me. . .
USSF takes first step to improve youth program.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Tuesday, June 19, 2007) -- The United States Soccer Federation has embarked on anew youth program that it hopes will better identify young talent in the country. Whether it will work is another question.   Full story

CONCACAF Gold Cup
Borgetti header beats Costa Rica, sends Mexico to Gold Cup semis.

HOUSTON (Sunday, June 17, 2007) -- Jared Borgetti put away a five-yard header eighth minutes into overtime to send Mexico to a 1-0 decision over shorthanded Costa Rica and a CONCACAF Gold Cup semif6inal date with upstart Guadeloupe.   Full story

Analysis
U.S. survives poor finishing, edges Panama in Gold Cup quarterfinals.

(Sunday, June 17, 2007) -- The United States men dominated an under-strength Panama yesterday, their 2-1 victory at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., propelling them to the CONCACAF Gold Cup semifinals. With some decent marksmanship, however, the Americans would have won by much more.    Full story

U.S. women
Solo will miss China match after death of father.

Hope Solo
Hope Solo:
Mourning father.

CLEVELAND (Saturday, June 16, 2007) -- Starting goalkeeper Hope Solo will not be with the United States women for their match tonight at Cleveland Browns Stadium. Solo's father died Thursday night and she returned home to the Seattle area. The U.S. team will wear black armbands during the match and there will be a moment of silence before the game.    Full story

Americans Abroad
Beasley reported to be near deal with Glasgow Rangers.

DaMarcus Beasley
DaMarcus Beasley:
On the move.

(Thursday, June 14, 2007) -- Glasgow Rangers have completed a deal with PSV Eindhoven to acquire United States midfielder DaMarcus Beasley, it was reported. Accoring to the Glasgow Daily Record, the teams agreed on a transfer fee of $1.38 million, leaving Rangers to negotiate a contract with the 25-year-old Beasley, who spent 2006-07 on loan to Manchester City.   Full story

U.S. men
Beasley strikes twice, U.S. beats El Salvador 4-0 for Group B sweep.

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (Tuesday, June 12, 2007) - Midfielder DaMarcus Beasley struck twice, while forwards Landon Donovan and Taylor Twellman also found net for the United States which cruised to a 4-0 decision over El Salvador to complete a 3-0 record and win Group B of the CONCACAF Gold Cup.   Full story

Analysis
Despite shutout of T&T, U.S. leaves room for improvement.

CARSON, Calif. (Saturday, June 9, 2007) -- For the second CONCACAF Gold Cup match in a row, the United States men managed a positive result, defeating Trinidad & Tobago 2-0. However, given the level of competition, the winning maargin should have been larger.   Full story

U.S. teams
Ching, Johnson goals down T&T 2-0, earn berth in quarters.

CARSON, Calif. (Saturday, June 9, 2007) -- Brian Ching scored midway through the first half, while his strike partner Eddie Johnson found net shortly after intermission, leading the United States men to a 2-0 decision over Trinidad & Tobago and clinching advancement to the CONCACAF Gold Cup quarterfinals with one match remaining in Group B.   Full story

It Seems To Me. . .
Demands for Beckham are growing to insane levels.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Friday, June 8, 2007) -- Between his remaining commitment to Real Madrid, his suddenly essential role in England's Euro 2008 quest and the Los Angeles Galaxy's ridiculous remaining Major League Soccer schedule designed specifically to showcase him, the demands placed on Davic Beckham exceed what is humanly possible.   Full story

Analysis
U.S. Gold Cup win over Guatemala should have been easier.

(Friday, June 8, 2007) -- The United States men opened the Gold Cup with a 1-0 victory over Guatemala last night, but only by the narrowest of margins over an opponent they should have brushed aside with ease. While there seldom was a feeling the Americans were in trouble, there was certainly a sense that they made things more difficult for themselves than needed to be.   Full story

U.S men
Dempsey strike is enough to down Guatemala 1-0 in Gold Cup.

CARSON, Calif. (Thursday, June 7, 2007) -- Striker Clint Dempsey scored midway through the first half, enough to lead the United States men to a 1-0 decision over Guatemala in both nations' opening Gold Cup Group B matches.   Full story

Soccer Smut Daily
Will ascendant Becks bring L.A. fans down?

LONDON (Monday, June 4, 2007) -- On Friday, David Beckham returned from the ashes of international exile to star in England's 1-1 draw with mighty Brazil at the wew Wembley Stadium. However, his nation's renewed need for his services could cause him to miss Major League Soccer matches.   Full story

Analysis
Despite inexperience, U.S. has easy time with China.

(Sunday, June 3, 2007) -- A young, inexperienced United States managed a tidy result in defeating an undermanned China 4-1 l at antiquated Spartan Stadium in San Jose, Calif. The field's narrow width of 70 yards was a major factor in the match.   Full story

U.S. men
Young Americans have easy time in dropping China 4-1.

SAN JOSE, Calif. (Saturday, June 2, 2007) -- Midfielders DaMarcus Beasley and Benny Feilhaber scored in the first half and then each posted an assist after intermission on scoring headers by midfielder Clint Dempsey and defender Oguchi Onyewu as a young United States men's side rolled past a patched-together China team 4-1.   Full story

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