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January 15, 2010 | By Pat Leonard FOR THE INQUIRER
As Major League Soccer celebrated its annual SuperDraft at the Pennsylvania Convention Center yesterday, MLS commissioner Don Garber made his first official statement about the elephant in the room - a possible player lockout. The current collective bargaining agreement expires on Jan. 31. Last week, FIFPro, soccer's international union, reported the league was threatening to lock out its players if they did not agree to continue under a similar contract. "Everything so far is positive," Garber said when asked about a lockout threat.
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February 18, 2010 | By Marc Narducci INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
As the United States stages a final tune-up for this year's World Cup, Philadelphia will attempt to show FIFA, soccer's international governing body, that it can be a suitable host for the sport's biggest event. The ambitions of the U.S. national team and the city will be intertwined May 29 when the Americans meet Turkey in a 2 p.m. matchup at Lincoln Financial Field. It was also announced yesterday that the United States would face the Czech Republic on May 25 at a site to be determined.
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November 1, 2006 | THE INQUIRER STAFF
The president of U.S. Soccer confirmed his interest in hiring former Germany coach Juergen Klinsmann to lead its national team, though he denied any deal was near. Sunil Gulati said the federation has not made a decision about who will be taking over the coaching duties from Bruce Arena, whose contract was not renewed after the U.S. team was knocked out of the World Cup in the first round. "I've said before, Juergen brings some very positive qualities to the possibility of coaching the national team," Gulati said during a conference call yesterday to announce that the United States would take part in the next year's Copa America in Venezuela.
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July 29, 2011 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
When the U.S. men's national team arrives Aug. 10 to play Mexico at Lincoln Financial Field, it will be doing so with a new coach. Could it be one with Philadelphia ties? Bob Bradley was relieved of his duties Thursday, and U.S. Soccer said it would have a further announcement Friday. Union team manager Peter Nowak is the former U.S. under-23 coach and also a former assistant to Bradley with the main national team. The news broke after Nowak's weekly news conference Thursday, but when asked if he had interest, Nowak texted: "I really have better things to do. Maybe Backe would be interested.
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June 11, 2010 | By Kate Fagan, Inquirer Staff Writer
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa - This country is filling with those passionate for the world's game, those preparing for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Across the Atlantic, the question of U.S.progress in the sport is still worth asking, as is the question of the potential implications of Saturday's blockbuster clash with England. "Every time we step on the field as a national team, we represent all the people who are involved in soccer in the United States," said U.S. coach Bob Bradley.
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June 13, 2016 | By Jonathan Tannenwald, STAFF WRITER
For almost the entire time that Jurgen Klinsmann has been part of the American soccer landscape, he has yearned for the kind of occasion that Lincoln Financial Field hosted on Saturday. And not just since he took the helm of the U.S. men's soccer team five years ago. Even before then, as a studio commentator on ESPN's coverage of the 2010 World Cup, he was firing broadsides at aspects of the American soccer system he didn't like. In the same stadium that hosted Klinsmann's first game as U.S. coach in 2011, his longtime dream came true.
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July 12, 2015 | By Lauren Green, Inquirer Staff Writer
NEW YORK - As historic as the U.S. women's soccer team's win was on Sunday, the history did not end there. Friday's parade marked the first time since 1960 that only female athletes were honored with a ticker-tape parade through New York City's Canyon of Heroes. The last female athlete to be honored with her own parade was figure skater Carol Heiss Jenkins after she won Olympic gold in 1960. It was the first time that a women's sports team received such an honor. U.S. midfielder Lauren Holiday, who announced her retirement after the U.S. win, recognized that the significance this day may not sink in for the team right now. "I'm not sure if we realize right now how important this was for women's sports in general, women's soccer obviously," Holiday said.
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November 25, 2012 | By John Smallwood, Daily News Sports Columnist
If you've followed my writing, you know I am a consistent proponent of both the sport of soccer and the advancement of opportunities for women in sports. Combing the two, it would figure that I would be gung-ho about the United States Soccer Federation's announcement Wednesday that a women's professional soccer league will be launched this spring. Perhaps I would be, if the two previous professional women's soccer leagues launched in the United States since the groundbreaking success of the 1999 FIFA Women's World Cup would not have each folded after three seasons.
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July 19, 1994 | By Bob Ford, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The business of playing the 15th World Cup soccer tournament has been completed, but the business of tallying its financial and artistic success will continue for some time. Joseph Blatter, general secretary of FIFA, the international governing body of soccer, expressed disappointment yesterday that the championship match between Brazil and Italy on Sunday had been decided by penalty kicks. Brazil emerged with its fourth world title after 120 minutes of scoreless soccer. "Naturally, this is not exactly what we in football expected from this final," Blatter said.
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August 2, 2011
SAYING THAT yesterday's media event introducing Juergen Klinsmann as the U.S. men's national-team soccer coach should have happened 4 1/2 years ago doesn't matter now. It would just be re-emphasizing what I wrote should have happened immediately after the 2006 World Cup. And patting ourselves on the back is such bad form. But I did write last September that U.S. Soccer Federation president Sunil Gulati was selling fool's gold when he rehired Bob Bradley after the 2010 World Cup. I said Bradley was stale and had no new ideas to move U.S. soccer forward.
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June 13, 2016 | By Jonathan Tannenwald, STAFF WRITER
For almost the entire time that Jurgen Klinsmann has been part of the American soccer landscape, he has yearned for the kind of occasion that Lincoln Financial Field hosted on Saturday. And not just since he took the helm of the U.S. men's soccer team five years ago. Even before then, as a studio commentator on ESPN's coverage of the 2010 World Cup, he was firing broadsides at aspects of the American soccer system he didn't like. In the same stadium that hosted Klinsmann's first game as U.S. coach in 2011, his longtime dream came true.
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July 12, 2015 | By Lauren Green, Inquirer Staff Writer
NEW YORK - As historic as the U.S. women's soccer team's win was on Sunday, the history did not end there. Friday's parade marked the first time since 1960 that only female athletes were honored with a ticker-tape parade through New York City's Canyon of Heroes. The last female athlete to be honored with her own parade was figure skater Carol Heiss Jenkins after she won Olympic gold in 1960. It was the first time that a women's sports team received such an honor. U.S. midfielder Lauren Holiday, who announced her retirement after the U.S. win, recognized that the significance this day may not sink in for the team right now. "I'm not sure if we realize right now how important this was for women's sports in general, women's soccer obviously," Holiday said.
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November 25, 2012 | By John Smallwood, Daily News Sports Columnist
If you've followed my writing, you know I am a consistent proponent of both the sport of soccer and the advancement of opportunities for women in sports. Combing the two, it would figure that I would be gung-ho about the United States Soccer Federation's announcement Wednesday that a women's professional soccer league will be launched this spring. Perhaps I would be, if the two previous professional women's soccer leagues launched in the United States since the groundbreaking success of the 1999 FIFA Women's World Cup would not have each folded after three seasons.
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August 2, 2011
SAYING THAT yesterday's media event introducing Juergen Klinsmann as the U.S. men's national-team soccer coach should have happened 4 1/2 years ago doesn't matter now. It would just be re-emphasizing what I wrote should have happened immediately after the 2006 World Cup. And patting ourselves on the back is such bad form. But I did write last September that U.S. Soccer Federation president Sunil Gulati was selling fool's gold when he rehired Bob Bradley after the 2010 World Cup. I said Bradley was stale and had no new ideas to move U.S. soccer forward.
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July 29, 2011 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
When the U.S. men's national team arrives Aug. 10 to play Mexico at Lincoln Financial Field, it will be doing so with a new coach. Could it be one with Philadelphia ties? Bob Bradley was relieved of his duties Thursday, and U.S. Soccer said it would have a further announcement Friday. Union team manager Peter Nowak is the former U.S. under-23 coach and also a former assistant to Bradley with the main national team. The news broke after Nowak's weekly news conference Thursday, but when asked if he had interest, Nowak texted: "I really have better things to do. Maybe Backe would be interested.
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July 29, 2011 | By Kerith Gabriel, gabrie@phillynews.com
It's very rare for U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati to transcend the norm. So, the bomb he dropped late yesterday with the announcement that U.S. national team coach Bob Bradley was sacked after a 5-year stint as head coach was shocking. Now, make no mistake; this is a good thing, especially if all the talk about the U.S. asserting itself as a world soccer power truly is the case. As solid as his soccer IQ is, Bradley was never able to get the national team over the hump; never good at scouring the talent pool to bring in players who could help and never really seemed as if he effectively knew what to do with the players he had. During his tenure, the U.S. was 43-25-12, but today isn't even among the top 20 best teams in the world, according to the latest FIFA world rankings.
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June 13, 2011
I'M SURE United States men's national soccer team manager Bob Bradley didn't think the wolf would be at his door so quickly. Bradley knew the 2011 CONCACF Gold Cup was going to play a huge role in solidifying confidence in his rehiring last August. But on Saturday, Team USA was rolled like fish, dropping a 2-1 decision to Panama for its first-ever loss in 27 Gold Cup group-play (first-round) games. The USA should - and I emphasize should - move on to the knockout stage of the tournament for the championship of the North and Central America and Caribbean region by beating tiny Guadeloupe tomorrow in Kansas City, Kan. Still, Bradley should be feeling the heat.
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June 11, 2010 | By Kate Fagan, Inquirer Staff Writer
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa - This country is filling with those passionate for the world's game, those preparing for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Across the Atlantic, the question of U.S.progress in the sport is still worth asking, as is the question of the potential implications of Saturday's blockbuster clash with England. "Every time we step on the field as a national team, we represent all the people who are involved in soccer in the United States," said U.S. coach Bob Bradley.
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February 18, 2010 | By Marc Narducci INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
As the United States stages a final tune-up for this year's World Cup, Philadelphia will attempt to show FIFA, soccer's international governing body, that it can be a suitable host for the sport's biggest event. The ambitions of the U.S. national team and the city will be intertwined May 29 when the Americans meet Turkey in a 2 p.m. matchup at Lincoln Financial Field. It was also announced yesterday that the United States would face the Czech Republic on May 25 at a site to be determined.
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January 15, 2010 | By Pat Leonard FOR THE INQUIRER
As Major League Soccer celebrated its annual SuperDraft at the Pennsylvania Convention Center yesterday, MLS commissioner Don Garber made his first official statement about the elephant in the room - a possible player lockout. The current collective bargaining agreement expires on Jan. 31. Last week, FIFPro, soccer's international union, reported the league was threatening to lock out its players if they did not agree to continue under a similar contract. "Everything so far is positive," Garber said when asked about a lockout threat.
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