August 20, 2013

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Johnson belongs in the midfield
Fabian Johnson is one of the best U.S national team players, but where should he play on the field?

The versatile Johnson has floated between left back and left midfield ever since he started playing for the United States in 2011. The bonus for U.S team is that he has excelled in both positions but it is becoming clearer that the midfield is where he is most valuable to the U.S team.
August 16, 2013

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The safest of bets is Jozy Altidore
The United States national team has become a lot more competitive and it is a tough team to make

The September qualifiers will be where Jurgen Klinsmann finally puts his entire team together based on three very important and successful learning experiences this summer.
August 14, 2013

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Altidore had a terrific night
The United States national team overcame a 2-0 halftime deficit to defeat Bosnia 4-3 in Sarajevo.

The highlight of the match was certainly the performance of Jozy Altidore, who provided a second half hat trick on top of an assist in one of the best performances by a United States forward in recent memory.
August 13, 2013

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After a decade of Cherundolo at RB, what lies beyond?
The USMNT is in the midst of an 11 game winning streak but lost in the accolades is the growing murkiness of the team's right back situation.

For the past decade this hasn't been much of an issue since Steve Cherundolo has owned the position and has been one of the most reliable players in U.S history. But right now Cherundolo is 34 years old and has had two knee surgeries in 2013.
August 8, 2013

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It is looking like Brooks will play for the United States
John Anthony Brooks is not on the new German U-21 roster and will play for the USMNT next week instead.

German U-21 head coach Horst Hrubesch told the media this week that he was very interested in Brooks and called him up for the August 13 friendly against France. Meanwhile U.S national team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann also called up Brooks for the national team friendly against Bosnia in Sarajevo.
August 7, 2013

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Bedoya is off to Ligue 1
According to a report Ouest France, USMNT midfielder Alejandro Bedoya will sign a three year deal with FC Nantes in Ligue 1.

Bedoya, 26, has been with Helsingborg in Sweden for the past year and that move rejuvenated his career after a difficult season with Rangers in 2011/12. His strong play with Helsingborg has also brought him back into the U.S national team picture where he was part of the Gold Cup winning team this summer.
August 6, 2013

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Dempsey is a hot ticket
It will be a capacity crowd when Portland travels to Seattle for the first time this season on August 25.

Tickets have sold out at almost 67,000 some 19 days before the date, with anticipation for the rivalry at an all time high after Seattle's unveiling of new Designated Player Clint Dempsey.
August 5, 2013

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Dempsey's move has made this an interesting debate
With Clint Dempsey having returned to MLS, the balance of powers between Americans abroad and MLS-based Americans has shifted.

So what would be the result of two U.S national teams facing each other? One team would consist of entirely of MLS-based Americans and the other team made up of YA's
July 21, 2013

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Donovan was masterful against El Salvador
In front of a hostile crowd, U.S team put on a dominant showing against El Salvador to advance to the semifinals of the Gold Cup.

The U.S team controlled the game from the start but struggled to capitalize on its numerous opportunities. The game should have been a rout early but it wasn't until the second half when the Americans put the game away.
July 17, 2013

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Shea unexpectedly got the winner
The USMNT defeated Costa Rica 1-0 to round out group play. Here are the match ratings.

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