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May 17, 2013 | By John Smallwood, Daily News Staff Writer
THE TRUTH is that Landon Donovan simply picked the wrong time to take 4-month hiatus from soccer to re-energize. At a time when United States Senior National Team coach Jurgen Klinsmann emphasized the fact that players in America don't play enough high-level soccer, Donovan, the USA's all-time leading scorer, took a break from the game from January to late March. Donovan's sabbatical cost him the first three games of the 2013 Major League Soccer season with the Los Angeles Galaxy and made him unavailable for three World Cup qualifying matches for the national team.
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June 24, 2010 | By Kate Fagan, Inquirer Staff Writer
PRETORIA, South Africa - Just over a month ago, Landon Donovan sat behind a microphone and methodically conveyed how ready - physically and mentally - he was for the 2010 World Cup. More ready, Donovan said, than he'd been in 2006, when his play, and the team's play, disappointed. Fast forward a month, to Wednesday, to a split-second of sport glory that's already legendary: Donovan netting a frantic rebound goal in the final minutes of his team's must-win match, a score that boosted the U.S. team from embarrassing elimination to exhilarating advancement.
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June 1, 2010 | By Kate Fagan, Inquirer Staff Writer
The days are flipping off the calendar. On Monday afternoon, the U.S. men's national team landed in Johannesburg, South Africa, 12 days in advance of its World Cup-opening match against England on June 12. On June 5, the U.S. team plays Australia in a final exhibition match. The 2010 FIFA World Cup runs from June 11 to July 11. The United States' 23-man squad left for South Africa on Sunday, less than 24 hours after its 2-1 send-off victory over Turkey at Lincoln Financial Field.
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October 11, 2012 | Daily News Wire Reports
LANDON DONOVAN will not play for the U.S. team in a pair of upcoming World Cup qualifying matches because of an injured left knee, adding to what will be a pressure-filled few days for the Americans. U.S. Soccer said Tuesday that Donovan - who has more goals and starting caps than any other player - will likely not be replaced on what was a 24-man roster for the upcoming qualifiers, first on Friday on the road against Antigua and Barbuda, then in Kansas City on Oct. 16 against Guatemala.
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June 25, 2010 | By John Gonzalez, Inquirer Columnist
If you're bored at work one day and need a quick distraction, go back and review America's great accomplishments in the World Cup. Don't worry about your boss catching you and complaining that you're slacking off and wasting valuable company time. It won't take long. The (short) list begins with the U.S. side's improbable 1-0 win in 1950 over our former oppressors from England. Though it remains unclear how many people actually celebrated the victory when it happened, it surely was one of the highlights of the year for Americans across our fine land - right up there with the debut of the Peanuts comic strip and not getting turned into a fine powder by a Soviet atomic bomb.
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July 27, 2013
The Week in Soccer Germany women vs. Norway 9:45 a.m. Saturday (ESPN3.com) The women's European Championships in Stockholm won't feature the host nation, beaten by Célia da Mbabi and Germany in the semifinals. The Germans will face Norway and veteran midfielder Solveig Gulbrandsen in the final.   Los Angeles Galaxy at Colorado Rapids 7 p.m. Saturday (ESPN2) Galaxy forwards Gyasi Zardes and Jose Villareal have made up for David Beckham's departure and Landon Donovan's absence at the Gold Cup. Forward Deshorn Brown and midfielder Dillon Powers lead the Colorado attack.
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May 26, 2010 | Associated Press
EAST HARTFORD, Conn. - The Czech Republic exposed the United States' defensive deficiencies time and again, taking advantage of sloppy play in a 4-2 victory last night in the first of three World Cup warmup matches for the Americans. Maurice Edu and Herculez Gomez each got their first international goals on a night when the U.S. rested Landon Donovan, Clint Dempsey, Tim Howard and several other regulars. Edu scored in the 17th minute. Gomez' second-half goal tied the game in the 65th minute.
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June 12, 2015 | By John Smallwood, Daily News Sports Columnist
IF YOU WANT to be a cynic, you can look back at what the United States men's soccer team has done in Europe over the past week and diminish things by saying, "Oh, they were just friendlies. " True, a friendly is not the same as a World Cup match, but teams do not schedule friendlies just for the fun of it. They always have a purpose and teams always want to win. Keeping things in their proper context, the United States' 4-3 win over the Netherlands in Amsterdam last Friday and a 2-1 win over world champion Germany in Cologne on Wednesday are remarkable achievements, especially as the team prepares for the CONCACAF Gold Cup Tournament this summer, with the championship game at Lincoln Financial Field on July 26. Team USA beat the Dutch for the first time ever and beat Germany in Germany for the first time.
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May 28, 2010
Who: United States vs. Turkey When: Tomorrow, 2 p.m. Where: Lincoln Financial Field TV: ESPN2 Web: ESPN3.com Tickets: Tickets are still available by calling Ticketmaster, or going to www.ussoccer.com or www.philadelphiaeagles.com . For kicks: It's expected that tomorrow's starting 11 for the United States will be similar to the team that will take the pitch for its opening World Cup match against England, June 12 in Rustenburg . . . The Eagles confirmed that more than 48,000 tickets have been sold and more than 200 media outlets will be represented . . . While many will have their eyes peeled on the exploits of Clint Dempsey, Tim Howard, Carlos Bocanegra, Jozy Altidore and Landon Donovan, the face of U.S. Soccer, newcomers Stuart Holden, Herculez Gomez and Edson Buddle and Maurice Edu are players to watch as well.
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June 25, 2010 | by Frank Bertucci
What: Second-round World Cup game. When: Tomorrow, 2:30 p.m. Where: Royal Bafokeng Stadium, Rustenberg, South Africa. TV: 6ABC, Univision. Radio: ESPN (950). For kicks: The U.S. won Group C with a win and two ties, with four goals scored, three allowed. Ghana was second in Group D with one win, loss and tie, with two goals scored and allowed . . . Landon Donovan leads the U.S. with two goals; Asamoah Gyan has scored both Ghanian goals, on penalty kicks . . . The teams have played only once before, a 2-1 win by Ghana in the 2006 Cup in Germany . . . From here on, games tied at the end of regulation move on to two 15-minute overtimes (played out; there's no sudden death)
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June 12, 2015 | By John Smallwood, Daily News Sports Columnist
IF YOU WANT to be a cynic, you can look back at what the United States men's soccer team has done in Europe over the past week and diminish things by saying, "Oh, they were just friendlies. " True, a friendly is not the same as a World Cup match, but teams do not schedule friendlies just for the fun of it. They always have a purpose and teams always want to win. Keeping things in their proper context, the United States' 4-3 win over the Netherlands in Amsterdam last Friday and a 2-1 win over world champion Germany in Cologne on Wednesday are remarkable achievements, especially as the team prepares for the CONCACAF Gold Cup Tournament this summer, with the championship game at Lincoln Financial Field on July 26. Team USA beat the Dutch for the first time ever and beat Germany in Germany for the first time.
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January 18, 2015 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Staff Writer
This week, in the same Convention Center space that houses the Philadelphia Flower Show each March, Soccer Nation has taken over. Stroll down one row, the Downtown Las Vegas Soccer Club will try to lure your club to its International Showcase. Buy some MetaSox if you're interested in serious foot protection. The Voice of America MetroPark of Butler County, Ohio, wants your team for its 2015 College Showcase. Adorn your uniforms with Athletic Heat Transfer Graphics. Laundry Loops keeps the uni sorted as it washes and dries.
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June 1, 2014 | By Max Cohen, Inquirer Staff Writer
NEW YORK - The U.S. men's national team will continue its preparation for the World Cup by playing a friendly against Turkey on Sunday at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J. The match will be the team's second of three friendlies leading up to the tournament. In scheduling Turkey, U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann hopes to challenge his team with a tougher opponent in preparation for the difficult World Cup draw, which includes Ghana, Germany, and Portugal. "I think with Turkey we have a team now on a very high level, a team that almost qualified and [with]
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May 30, 2014 | BY JAKE KAPLAN, Daily News Staff Writer kaplanj@phillynews.com
FOR ITS FINAL five matches before the Major League Soccer season breaks for the World Cup, the Union had prepared for life without one of its best players. Maurice Edu, summoned to Palo Alto, Calif., for World Cup training camp, was certainly in the mix to make the team to represent the United States in Brazil. But after last Thursday, the night U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann unveiled the 23-man roster, Edu found himself on a flight to Los Angeles to rejoin the Union a few weeks early.
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May 28, 2014 | BY JAKE KAPLAN, Daily News Staff Writer kaplanj@phillynews.com
THE PREDOMINANT story line of the Union's weeklong get-away trip to Los Angeles changed Thursday to center more on the opponent. Landon Donovan, shockingly left off the United States' 23-man roster for the World Cup, would play his first game postsnub against Philadelphia's struggling Major League Soccer club. It played out late Sunday in a manner similar to how one might have expected. Donovan scored two goals, the 135th and 136th of his 14-year MLS career, making him the league's all-time leading scorer, and led the LA Galaxy over the Union, 4-1, at the StubHub Center in Carson, Calif.
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May 25, 2014 | By John Smallwood, Daily News Columnist
JURGEN KLINSMANN was not hired as manager of the U.S. senior men's soccer team to necessarily adhere to the status quo. Shaking things up was almost a mandate for the German-born coach, who won a World Cup as a player and managed Germany to a third-place finish in another. So while, Klinsmann made the shocking move to leave the U.S. all-time leading scorer and most recognizable name off the team that will travel to Brazil next month for the 2014 World Cup, it was not unpredictable.
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May 24, 2014 | By Max Cohen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Desperate for points in the midst of a disappointing season, the Union head to Los Angeles to play the Galaxy on Sunday. With just three games until the league's World Cup break, the team needs to begin turning things around. "Obviously having a two-game road swing on the West Coast is not an ideal time to say they have to get results, but that's, in fact, where we are," manager John Hackworth said Wednesday. "We have to do that. " The match against the Galaxy will come eight days after the Union were dismantled at PPL Park by the New England Revolution, 5-3. The Union fell behind by 5-1 before scoring two late goals.
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May 23, 2014 | BY ANDREW ALBERT, Daily News Staff Writer alberta@phillynews.com
THE UNION cannot seem to find its groove at home this season. It has won only once at PPL Park, and the Sons of Ben voiced their displeasure during the previous two home games. Fortunately for the Union, it will not even play on the East Coast for about 2 weeks. They play the Galaxy at Los Angeles on Sunday and Chivas USA at suburban Carson the following Saturday. The team will stay in LA in between games, because it makes sense logistically. "We take this as an opportunity," manager John Hackworth said.
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May 23, 2014 | BY JAKE KAPLAN, Daily News Staff Writer kaplanj@phillynews.com
UNION MIDFIELDER Maurice Edu, a member of the U.S. men's national soccer team that played in South Africa in 2010, was left off the final 23-man roster for this year's FIFA World Cup in Brazil. U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann announced the roster yesterday, the absence of Landon Donovan coming as the biggest surprise. Donovan, 32, is the all-time leading goal scorer in the history of the U.S. national team. Edu, one of 30 players who had been in World Cup training camp in Palo Alto, Calif., will rejoin the Union and be available to play in Sunday night's road match against the LA Galaxy, according to the club.
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March 28, 2014 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Union midfielder Maurice Edu was among 22 players selected Wednesday to the U.S. national team for its April 2 exhibition game against Mexico in Glendale, Ariz. Edu will depart for international duty Sunday after the Union's game against Montreal and return after the match with Mexico. "I'm very happy to be called back in to camp," Edu said. "For different reasons, it has been a little while since I've been with the team. I'm excited to meet up with the group again and get back to wearing my country's colors.
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