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February 12, 2009 | THE INQUIRER STAFF
Michael Bradley scored twice to lead the United States to a 2-0 win over Mexico last night in a World Cup qualifier in Columbus, Ohio. Beasley's corner kick found Landon Donovan at the far side of the 6-yard box, with Donovan heading it back into the scrum. Oguchi Onyewu's header was stopped by diving Mexico goaltender Oswaldo Sanchez, but the rebound went right into the path of Bradley, who booted it in from 6 yards. Major League Soccer's San Jose Earthquakes on Tuesday signed midfielder Bobby Convey, a 25-year-old Philadelphia native, who was released last week by Reading F.C. of England.
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June 7, 2009 | INQUIRER STAFF
Carlos Bocanegra scored on a diving header off Landon Donovan's corner kick in the 68th minute, and the United States rallied to beat Honduras, 2-1, in a World Cup qualifier last night in Chicago. Coming off a 3-1 loss at Costa Rica on Wednesday, the United States fell behind when Carlos Costly scored in the fifth minute. Donovan, the best U.S. player throughout the match, tied the score with a penalty kick in the 43d minute after a needless hand ball by Mario Besta. Donovan then started the play for the go-ahead goal with a corner kick that was headed down by Clint Dempsey, who outjumped Hendry Thomas.
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October 24, 1997 | By Roger Allaway, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The U.S. Soccer Federation had to make a difficult decision when it pulled four key players out of Wednesday's U.S. Open Cup final, which will feature Major League Soccer rivals Washington D.C. United and the Dallas Burn. The Open Cup is run by the federation, which would have preferred to see the two finalists field their strongest lineups. But the U.S. national team also is run by the federation, and coach Steve Sampson has four D.C. United players on his training-camp roster for the Nov. 2 World Cup qualifier against Mexico.
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August 13, 2002 | By Marc Narducci INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Marinette Pichon knows the drill, but it will not be any easier if she has to play two games in two nights in two countries. If Philadelphia wins Saturday's WUSA semifinal game against the Washington Freedom, Pichon will have a problem. The WUSA championship game is Aug. 24 in Atlanta. The day before, her French national team is to host Denmark in a World Cup qualifier. Pichon said that if the situation arose, she would show allegiance to both teams. "I want to play for the national team and for Philadelphia," she said.
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August 15, 1997 | By Roger Allaway, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The Philadelphia Freedom will host the Baltimore Bays tonight in the first round of the USISL Pro League playoffs. The two teams qualified for the 7 o'clock game at Marple Newtown High School in Broomall by finishing second and third in the league's Mid-Atlantic Division. Philadelphia locked up second place with room to spare, despite losing twice to first-place Reading during the final weekend of the regular season. With 31 points in the standings, the Freedom avoided the scramble for the final two playoff spots, which went to Baltimore (24)
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July 26, 2000 | Daily News Wire Services
Sex or song? European soccer authorities are investigating claims that a Romanian team tried to offer prostitutes to referees. However, the women in question may have been members of a folk ensemble. UEFA said the issue had been raised by the organization's representative at the July 15 game in Romania between Ceahlaul Piatra Neamt and Austria Vienna. "We are certainly investigating," UEFA spokesman Thomas Giordano said. The Romanian newspaper Pro Sport quoted Ceahlaul Piatra Neamt manager Gheorghe Stefan as saying he was not with the French referees in the restaurant where the offer supposedly took place.
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January 5, 2001 | By Beth Huffman, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
David Schmoyer, an Inquirer all-area field hockey player for Bucks and Montgomery Counties last season, when he competed for Central Bucks West, was named yesterday to the U.S. men's national team. He also will play with the men's under-21 and under-18 teams. Schmoyer was a member of the men's U.S. national team last year and played in a tournament in Vancouver, British Columbia. He was not picked to play on the squad that competed in the Pan American Games in Chile. Schmoyer was previously a member of the under-16 national team.
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September 9, 2012 | The Inquirer Staff
Rodolph Austin and Luton Shelton scored on free kicks as Jamaica rallied to beat the visiting United States, 2-1, Friday night in Kingston in a World Cup qualifier, giving the hosts their first victory over the Americans. Clint Dempsey, playing his first competitive match in three months, put the U.S. ahead 35 seconds in with the fastest American goal in a World Cup qualifier. But the 60th-ranked Reggae Boyz, who had been 0-10-8 against the U.S., rallied with goals in the 23d and 62d minutes on free kicks after fouls from Kyle Beckerman and Maurice Edu. Jamaica (2-0-1)
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February 1, 2013
Ghana vs. Cape Verde Islands 9:50 a.m. Saturday (ESPN3.com) Playing in the Africa Cup of Nations for the first time ever, Cape Verde has made an upset run to the quarterfinals. Now the Blue Sharks face a traditional powerhouse in Ghana, with striker Asamoah Gyan. Ivory Coast vs. Nigeria 9:50 a.m. Sunday (ESPN3.com) This Africa Cup quarterfinal has an English Premier League tilt: Ivory Coast is led by Manchester City's Yaya Touré and former Chelsea star Didier Drogba (now with Turkey's Galatasaray, after a stint in China)
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October 3, 1997 | By Mike Jensen, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
American soccer players have joined the top leagues around the world, but defender Eddie Pope could become the first to play for a club considered a true superpower. The Washington Post's Steven Goff reports that Italy's AC Milan, one of the world's top clubs, is prepared to extend an invitation for Pope to work out for its coaches in late November. The Post also reported this week that Feyenoord, a well-known Dutch League club, will have an assistant coach in the stands tonight watching Pope play for the United States in its World Cup qualifier against Jamaica.
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March 28, 2013 | By the Inquirer Staff
The United States was clinging to a scoreless tie at Azteca Stadium, just seconds away from earning a rare point in Mexico, when Angel Reyna's shot darted perilously close to the goal for El Tri. Veteran keeper Brad Guzan lunged, smothering the ball with his body. Guzan, making his first start since 2010, swatted away shot after shot, young defenders Omar Gonzalez and Matt Besler showed the poise of veterans, and the Americans hung on for a 0-0 draw Tuesday night, earning only their second point ever in a World Cup qualifier at the tough Mexico City venue.
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February 8, 2013
Jerry Bengston took advantage of a defensive mix-up to score the go-ahead goal in the 79th minute, and host Honduras rallied to beat the United States, 2-1, in San Pedro Sula on Wednesday afternoon in the opener of the final 10-game qualifying round for next year's World Cup. Clint Dempsey put the United States ahead in the 36th minute with his 31st goal in 92 appearances. But the Americans, using a new-look defense that featured Omar Gonzalez replacing captain Carlos Bocanegra at center back and the German-born Timmy Chandler making his competitive debut for the United States, gave up the lead when Juan Carlos Garcia tied the score on a 40th-minute bicycle kick.
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February 1, 2013
Ghana vs. Cape Verde Islands 9:50 a.m. Saturday (ESPN3.com) Playing in the Africa Cup of Nations for the first time ever, Cape Verde has made an upset run to the quarterfinals. Now the Blue Sharks face a traditional powerhouse in Ghana, with striker Asamoah Gyan. Ivory Coast vs. Nigeria 9:50 a.m. Sunday (ESPN3.com) This Africa Cup quarterfinal has an English Premier League tilt: Ivory Coast is led by Manchester City's Yaya Touré and former Chelsea star Didier Drogba (now with Turkey's Galatasaray, after a stint in China)
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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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September 12, 2012 | Associated Press
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The fans carried Herculez Gomez, and he helped carry the United States to a significant World Cup qualifying victory. The U.S. team rebounded from a loss at Jamaica last week and moved back into a tie for its group lead by beating the Reggae Boyz, 1-0, on Tuesday night. Gomez curled in a free kick in the 55th minute for all the offense the Americans needed on a night of high emotion and red, white and blue support. "That was an awesome homecoming," Gomez said.
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September 9, 2012 | The Inquirer Staff
Rodolph Austin and Luton Shelton scored on free kicks as Jamaica rallied to beat the visiting United States, 2-1, Friday night in Kingston in a World Cup qualifier, giving the hosts their first victory over the Americans. Clint Dempsey, playing his first competitive match in three months, put the U.S. ahead 35 seconds in with the fastest American goal in a World Cup qualifier. But the 60th-ranked Reggae Boyz, who had been 0-10-8 against the U.S., rallied with goals in the 23d and 62d minutes on free kicks after fouls from Kyle Beckerman and Maurice Edu. Jamaica (2-0-1)
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October 14, 2009 | By Jonathan Tannenwald, FOR THE INQUIRER
WASHINGTON - When the final whistle blew in the U.S. soccer team's 3-2 win at Honduras on Saturday that clinched a berth in the World Cup, their fans back home expected tonight's final World Cup qualifying match to be a celebration. But the mood turned sour early Tuesday morning, when star U.S. forward Charlie Davies was seriously injured in a car crash on a highway near the team's hotel. Both players and fans arrived at RFK Stadium with heavy hearts. The task at hand, however, was the same as it was before: A win or tie against Costa Rica would clinch first place outright in the CONCACAF World Cup qualifying standings for the first time ever.
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June 5, 2009 | THE INQUIRER STAFF
The U.S. soccer team will be under heavy pressure tomorrow night in a World Cup qualifier against Honduras at Chicago's Soldier Field. After getting blown out, 3-1, by host Costa Rica in a qualifier on Wednesday night, the Americans will need a win tomorrow. Their next qualifier is in August at Mexico, where they're 0-22-1. The No. 14 Americans dropped to 0-7-1 in qualifying in Costa Rica, including 0-7 in San Jose, where they have been outscored, 16-5. The United States is 15-0-1 in qualifying at home since a 3-2 defeat to Honduras at Washington's RFK Stadium in September 2001.
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