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Is Klinsmann’s gamesmanship really in US players’ DNA? Landon Donovan vs. Scotland Photo Credit: Getty Images

LANDOVER, Md. — US manager Jurgen Klinsmann may have made an appeal for gamesmanship, nastiness and the ability to work referees during matches. But is it even possible? Does the American soccer player’s DNA allow for it?

The most iconic soccer players of this generation doesn’t necessarily think so.

“It’s not really in our character as Americans,” Donovan told after the match. “We try to play the game fair. We don’t really dive. We don’t do those kind of things."

Well, then Klinsmann has one tall order he’s faced with. And he admitted as much during an emotional rollercoaster of a postgame press conference after Wednesday night’s 4-1 exhibition loss to Brazil at FedEx Field.

"Obviously, we don’t want to change the characters [of the players]," he said. "But [nastiness] needs to be developed, certainly. How? I don’t know yet."

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“We are where we are, that’s not going to change,” Hyndman said of his team’s current situation. “I think the big thing now is, we need a little bit of help from Portland.”

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Indeed, the Dallas playoff dream could finally be taken off life support even before the opening whistle blows at Seattle’s CenturyLink Field on Sunday (9 pm ET, ESPN). Portland and Vancouver will face off two hours before the FC Dallas match with the Timbers needing a wwoman soccer jerseyin or draw against their Cascadia foes to even give Dallas a chance of playoff survival.

Still, Hyndman knows that regardless of what happens in Vancouver, none of it will matter if Dallas can’t earn a result against the Sounders.

“Even if we get the help from Portland, we’ve still got to get the job done,” Hyndman said. “That’s what I’ve always been focused on was to get a good performance in your games and at the end of the season you hope you get enough good performances that you can reach your goals.”

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Fantasy Fixes: Forwards will get busy in Round 28
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*Reminder #1: The cut-off time to make roster changes is 15 minutes prior to the scheduled kickoff of the first match of the week. This week, that deadline is 7:45 pm ET on Wednesday, September 5.

*Reminder #2: Nine different teams play multiple games in Fantasy Round 28.

Top Players in Round 27: Shalrie Joseph and Ramiro Corrales – 19 points

Key Injuries: OUT – Saër Sène, Teal Bunbury, Daniel Woolard, Torsten Frings, Shea Salinas, Justin Mapp, Hamdi Salihi

Last round kicked off the Fantasy Cup Challenge. For those not moving on, don’t get discouraged, there’s no (tangible) prize for the winner this year – just bragging rights. If you are moving on, however, advancing to the next round will not be a cakewalk by any means. The competition will get tougher and the amount of transfers you make will eventually catch up with you. Pay attention to the upcoming fixtures and make sure you aren’t loading up on players with multiple byes in the rounds ahead (i.e., Montreal do not have a game in Round 30 or 32).

Round 28 will run from Sept. 5-15, so be sure to set your lineup and subs accordingly. As always, pay attention to this weeks’ injury report (Note: Saër Sène has a torn ACL and will miss the remainder of the season) and don’t forget to review the list of suspensions as well. Be on the lookout for those players missing time due to International duty as well.

Fredy Montero, $11.3m, Seattle Sounders (110 points, ninth among forwards)

Montero got shut down in Round 27, but look for that to change significantly in Round 28. This time, he’ll have two games to help him climb up the forward rankings. Remember what he did to Chivas USA less than two weeks ago? Let me refresh your memory – three goals, one assist and 20 total points. Montero has acquired the reputation of being a late starter the past few seasons. If there’s any truth to that, you shouldn’t waste any more time picking him up. He’s scored seven goals in his last seven games, and before last weekend’s match vs. FC Dallas, he had racked up 48 points in his previous six outings combined – 8.0 points/game. Trust me, with multiple games coming up for Seattle in Round 28 and 31, Montero is someone who will intimidate almost any opponent you face off against in the weeks ahead – don’t let it be you!

Chris Rolfe, $6.5m, Chicago Fire (62 points, 27th among forwards)

You might be thinking to yourself, I haven’t heard much about Chris Rolfe lately, and while that may be true, the stats don’t lie – 11 key passes, 31 recoveries, four goals and 36 total points in his last six matches. He’s getting more minutes at forward than anybody else on Chicago’s roster, and even when Oduro subs on, Rolfe tends drop into the midfield where he can create chances for others. Similar to Seattle, Chicago play multiple games in Round 28 and 31. Plus, at $6.5m, you will not find a more intriguing option at forward. Save some money with this transaction and use the extra cash elsewhere.

Matt Reis, $5.6m, New England Revolution (117 points, eighth among goalkeepers)

Reis was a bold recommendation in Round 27 (according to some of my colleagues), but those of you who came along for the ride were suitably rewarded. Reis landed on the Dream Team for the second time this season, logging 16 total points over a two-game span. In Round 28, he’s due for another multi-gamer, this time, however, against much stronger opponents – D.C. United and the Columbus Crew. His matchups aren’t flattering by any means, but instead of wasting your only waiver on a 'keeper, consider saving it to fill a position of greater need.

However, If you have the funds available and only wish to change up your goalie, I recommend securing Michael Gspurning, $6.2m, Seattle Sounders. He has a home game against a struggling Chivas USA team and an away matchup vs. Portland. Both teams are capable of scoring, but these are two of the more favorable matchups for any keeper this week. If you can’t afford him, I’ve listed below some other 'keepers I like this round as well – all capable of grabbing that ever so beloved clean sheet.

***Other Notable Goalkeepers: Sean Johnson (CHI), Matt Pickens (COL), Milos Kocic (TOR)***

Chad Marshall, $7.2m, Columbus Crew (83 points, T-38th among defenders)

Marshall missed eight games due to concussion symptoms earlier in the season, but lately he’s been showing no ill effects, helping one of the hottest teams in MLS climb up the Eastern Conference standings. Somehow he has placed himself among the top 10 in CBIs (clearances, blocks and interceptions combined), with 197. Want to know how many have come in the last three rounds? Ninety-four. You’ll only be able to take advantage of Columbus’ games in hand for the next two rounds, after which they’ll be playing just one game a week to finish the season. Marshall is a bit pricey, but remember, he started the season at $7.5m – making him somewhat of a bargain now.

Steven Smith, $4.6m, Portland Timbers (45 points, 15 games played)

It’s easy to siwholesale soccer kitst here and recommend the heavy hitters, but the fact of the matter is that you need those inexpensive players to produce as well. Smith, while playing on team that’s given up the third most goals in 2012, has still managed to score six points on six different occasions this season – two of them coming in the last three weeks. Now, if you have the money to get a Chad Marshall or a Jeff Parke, by all means do it. But if you’re like me and have most of your money invested in attacking players, then Smith is a great bargain to sub in. I have Connor Lade, but this week he only has one game and I’m not banking on him to get a goal or hold the Crew scoreless. Smith, on the other hand, has multiple games, including one against a Rapids side that’s tied for sixth from the bottom in goals scored this season.

The Most

Most added transfer this week: Federico Higuaín

Most dropped transfer this week: Saër Sène


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Crew's Warzycha likely to field first XI against United
Columbus Crew head coach Robert Warzycha Photo Credit: Getty Images

The Columbus Crew have two openings on the roster and three players not under contract, but don’t expect coach Robert Warzycha to turn Saturday’s match in the Carolina Challenge Cup into auditions.

“We have to try to put the best team on the field for [Saturday’s] game, to be honest with you,” he said to Friday. “It’s the final test. We need to not only perform well, we need to win.”

There are several reasons for the urgency: The game against D.C. United is the last of a tournament in Charleston, S.C., that has seen the Crew tie the host Battery (USL Pro) 2-2 and lose 1-0 to Chicago.

“We really want to go out with a win and build some momentum for the season,” goalkeeper Andy Gruenebaum said.

The match also marks the end of the preseason. The next time the Crew take the field, at Colorado on March 10, real points will be at stake. With that in mind, Warzycha is trying to lock down a starting XI.

“We want the team [Saturday] that will be close to what we have in Colorado,” he said. “Obviously, it depends on how well it works tomorrow.”

He’s not guaranteeing evaluations of 2012 MLS SuperDraft pick midfielder Kevan George, Montenegrin defender Nemanja Vukovic or MLS veteran midfielder Stephane Auvray of Guadeloupe.

“I want to make sure we play the guys who are going to play next Saturday,” Warzycha said.

Vukovic has the best chance of acquiring a contract because left back is still unsettled. The battle is between incumbent Shaun Francis and former New York Red Bull Carlos Mendes, with Vukovic viewed as a backup if he were to procure a contract.

“We’ll have to see how it goes at left back,” Warzycha said.

Even so, Crew technical director Brian Bliss said it’s not given that the team will utilize the maximum 30 roster spots.

“Maybe one of those [trialists], two of those guys, end up getting signed, but we still continue to look for the Designated Player that could potentially come in the summer, so we’ve got some room there,” he said.

The Crew had offers to three potential DPs rebuffed but will revisit the idea of signing one later in the season.

In the meantime, the team have started formal talks with Deportivo Saprissa of Costa Rica about signing striker Jairo Arrieta before the April 15 transfer window closes.

It’s possible the Crew will leave a vacancy until the outcome of negotiations is known.

Lining up

Offseason signing Olman Vargas is still working to get in shape afteWholesale soccer uniformr an injury prevented the Costa Rican forward from training prior to coming to Columbus.

“He is getting fit, getting up to the speed of play,” Warzycha said. “He is getting better. He is not there yet.”

Another newcomer, Milovan Mirosevic, will either play beneath forward Emilio Rentería or in the center midfield on Saturday. Dilly Duka, just back from US Under-23 camp, will start at left midfield.

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After another short shift, Adu left to ponder role with Union
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CHESTER, Pa. – After every other player on the Philadelphia Union got showered and dressed, Freddy Adu remained in uniform in front of his locker, scrolling through his phone or staring blankly ahead.

He tried to say all the right things following Philly’s scoreless draw with Real Salt Lake on Friday. But after playing just eight minutes, the 23-year-old midfielder’s frustration – and even sadness – was evident.

“My role changed today where [Union interim manager John Hackworth] wanted to just bring me into the game and make a difference,” Adu said, quieter than usual. “When I went in, I tried to do that. I created a couple of chances. But whatever. It is what it is.”

Just a few days earlier, Adu spoke to Hackworth about his disappointment over being pulled after 69 minutes against D.C. United last weekend, with Hackworth essentially telling him he needed to be more consistent.

Union's Hackworth: Adu needs to produce every game

WATCH: Union react to RSL draw

But Hackworth also praised Adu’s performance vs. D.C., which made the 23-year-old’s omission from the starting lineup against RSL somewhat surprising. In Adu’s place, Hackworth started Gabriel Gómez, a move he hoped would help the Union win the midfield battle against free-flowing Real Salt Lake.

“In my opinion, that tactic worked,” Hackworth said. “But possession doesn’t get you any points. It doesn’t put any balls in the back of the net.”

To his credit, Adu – who has only come off the bench one other time this season – did create a little bit of offense after coming on in the 82nd minute, most notably setting up Amobi Okugo with a late cross into the box.

But the Union could not put the ball into the back of the net, and Adu was left to sit and ponder his role in the locker room, long after the game ended.

When asked if it’s hard to be asked to generate offense when you’re on the field for less than 10 minutes, he laughed.

“Sure, it’s hard,” Adu said. “But you’ve got to do what you’ve got to do and help the team. Today was one of those days where I personally didn’t have a lot of minutes. But when I was in, I was just thinking about making something happen and creating chances. And I was able to do that. I was able to put them on their heels a little bit.”

He only wishes he had more time to do that.

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Follow@DaveZeitlin Brown returns to Chicago for “Ring of Fire” induction

Brown returns to Chicago for "Ring of Fire" induction
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Former Chicago Fire general manager Peter Wilt and then-coach Bob Bradley already had their eye on San Francisco Bay Seals center back C.J. Brown when they arrived at the 1998 pre-draft combine.

Bradley, a former D.C. United assistant, had seen the tough center back when the Bay Seals made an improbable run to the US Open Cup semifinals the year before, where they lost to D.C. United. After Wilt and Bradley talked to Brown, they were sure they wanted to make him the first pick in the Supplemental Draft for the expansion team.

“I just remember being very impressed with how composed he was, and how polite and professional,” Wilt told “You could see right away he was a good fit for the type of team we wanted to put together.”

Brown will be inducted into the Chicago Fire’s Hall of Fame on Wednesday night, an honor for a definitive franchise player who retired in 2010 with a club-record 372 appearances for the Fire during 13 seasons. Brown, who is now an assistant coach with Real Salt Lake, becomes the seventh member of the Ring of Fire.

PREVIEW: Fire host Real Salt Lake (8:30 pm ET, MLS Live)

Not a bad ending for a guy who actually hoped he would end up with his hometown San Jose Clash during the early days of the league.

WATCH: Klopas’ first memory of Brown

“When you leave to go to that combine, you’re hoping your hometown team wants to pick you,” Brown told “It was a blessing in disguise.”

Brown was known for his tough on-field personality on the field throughout his career. His 296 regular-season appearances are tied for 15th all-time in MLS.

“He had his goatee and he looked like he wanted to eat you for dinner,” former teammate and fellow Ring of Fire inductee Chris Armas told “He understood how to roll up the sleeves and compete in every training, and in games.”

But his off-field persona was completely different. His willingness to connect with fans made him one of the most adored players in Fire history.

“People are paying money to watch us knock the ball around,” Brown said. “To go up to somebody and sign an autograph or an autograph for a kid shouldn’t be a big deal. If there are 100 kids out there, I’m going to sign autographs replica soccer Jerseyfor 100 kids.”

Brown was named Chicago Fire Humanitarian of the Year from 2001-03 for his roles with the Chicago Fire Foundation, Teammates for Kids, his soccer academy and other charitable ventures.

His willingness to sign autographs and to make appearances on behalf of charities was unparalleled among Fire players.

“It wasn’t a show with him, it was real stuff, and the fans feel that,” Armas said. “His wife calls him ‘the mayor’ because when she’s getting tired, getting ready to leave at 10:30 at night after a game, ‘the mayor’ is shaking hands and talking to people.”

The Fire lost a fateful coin-flip in 1998, which allowed the Miami Fusion to have the first pick in the MLS College Draft. The Fire got the the first pick in the Supplemental Draft, where they picked Brown, starting a relationship that was one of the best in franchise history.

That’s not a bad consolation prize.

“C.J. represents to me, what the Chicago Fire should be,” Wilt said. “That’s a hard-working, talented athlete who is also a good teacher and a great representative in the community.”

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After a relatively mistake-free 1-0 win over Portland last Sunday, Donovan said the challenge was much tougher heading into Wednesday’s match, and the captain responded with his first multi-goal game of the season.

“That’s the kind of player that Landon is, he is certainly capable of doing that,” Arenwholesale soccer jerseya said. “Obviously, the first goal was a mistake by Beltran and he had a great pass on Magee’s goal for the second goal and Magee gave him a great pass to push Landon behind for the third goal. It was a great performance by Landon and by the whole team.”

While it may not have seemed like much to last year’s team, the Galaxy’s victory was nonetheless a confidence-booster. They not only claimed their first-ever win at Rio Tinto but also notched another first – RSL had never before blown a two-goal lead, home or away.

“They are a great team,” Donovan said. “For probably the last four or five years, the road to the championship goes through them and vice versa for us. It’s chippy, but there is a lot of respect both ways. We play hard and after the game we shake hands.”

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AMSTERDAM – A handful of Americans suited up for some Monday night football overseas, with Alejandro Bedoya's Helsingborg seeing victory snatched away late in a 1-1 home draw with Malmö FF.

The US midfielder (above, right) went the distance at right midfield, drawing two saves from the away 'keeper. The result leaves the defending champs eight points shy of a Europa League slot with seven matches to play.

Next door in Norway's Tippeligaen, Steve Clark had a rare off night in goal as Hønefoss dropped a 3-2 decision at Vålerenga.

Despite four saves from the Michigan native, the visitors saw their win drought stretched to five games. Chad Barrett was a dugout spectator for Vålerenga, who have won three straight at home.

Over in Israel, Hapoel Ironi Kiryat Shmona midfielder Bryan Gerzicich made his first league appearance of the season with 18 minutes off the bench in a 3-0 loss at Maccabi Tel Aviv.

Finally, in Portugal, Tony Taylor went unused as Estoril notched their first top flight win in wholesale soccer kitsmore than seven years, 3-1 over visiting Marítimo.

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BAYAMÓN, Puerto Rico – The LA Galaxy on Wednesday night figure to field a team similar to that which dominated the Puerto Rico Islanders in their first CONCACAF Champions League meeting this season, and they believe it will be enough to ensure – in all but the mathematical sense – their spot in next yearcheap thailand soccer jersey 's quarterfinals.

It was a reserve lineup that pulled out a 4-0 triumph Aug. 29 at the Home Depot Center, and most of that group appears to be in coach Bruce Arena's plans for Wednesday’s rematch at Estadio Juan Ramón Loubriel (8 pm ET, Fox Soccer).

“If we win the game, we're basically through,” Michael Stephens, who played on the right flank three weeks ago and is expected to do so again, said following LA's training session Tuesday afternoon at the stadium. “If you look at goal differential, even if we go into Metapán [for the Group 5 finale Oct. 25] and lose. So basically, it's a win-and-your-through game. So that's nice.”

The Galaxy (2-0-0) have a three-point lead with an eight-goal differential over El Salvador's Isidro Metapán (1-1-0) halfway through the competition. Metapán play next week at Puerto Rico, and matching the Galaxy's result won't be nearly enough. LA won their home game with the Salvadorans, 5-2.

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They're not expecting Wednesday's game to be as simple as the victory over the Islanders (0-2-0) in August. A loss eliminates Puerto Rico, who expect to have a full house providing support, and that's not all.

“It's a different field,” Stephens said. “It's a little but slower than our home stadium, so it will be a little bit more difficult to pass on it. … It's just a different environment. It's very hot and very humid, so it's something we're not used to. We'll be able to adjust to it, but it will definitely be tougher than it was at our home stadium.”

Said Christian Wilhelmsson, who could see his first time on the left flank for LA: “There is humidity in the air, the field was spongy with high grass. It's going to be quite heavy to play the game, and the ball will go a little bit slower than normal, so we have to be prepared.”

Arena brought along several veterans, but most figure to start the game on the bench, especially with a Major League Soccer game against Toronto FC awaiting on Saturday back in California.

He could start the same defense – Brian Perk in the nets, Hector Jimenez, Tommy Meyer, Andrew Boyens and Bryan Gaul across the backline – and again team rookie Kenney Walker and Rafael Garcia in central midfield.

“We've brought a team here that we think can win,” he said. “It's that simple, and it's the same thing as we did some weeks ago. We're positioning a team on the field that we think can be successful.”


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Klinsmann admits heavy legs plagued US in tie vs. Canada
Jurgen Klinsmann with Andreas Herzog and Martin Vasquez during the US-Canada game Photo Credit: Getty Images

TORONTO — The final tune-up for the US national team before 2014 World Cup qualifying begins later this week won’t go down as a masterpiece by any stretch of the imagination. The sleepy 0-0 draw with Canada at BMO Field on Sunday night was probably most remarkable for the dearth of goal-scoring opportunities, which obviously disappointed manager Jurgen Klinsmann.

“In the first half, what we were lacking was in the final third to create more chances, get down to the endlines and get crosses in, which is what we trained on,” the US manager said after the match. “The second half was more open. I think either team could’ve scored a goal, especially in the final minutes.”

The flurry of stoppage-time near misses included a blown sitter from Canada’s Simeon Jackson, whose pace and energy after subbing on caused several problems for the US defense. Fatigue was clearly a factor for a US side playing its third match in nine days. Seven of the starters on Sunday evening here also started in the 5-1 win over Scotland last weekend and in the 4-1 loss to Brazil on Wednesday.

“That game on Wednesday, that cost a lot of energy,” Klinsmann said. “They were chasing the game almost the whole game. But I think they tried [tonight]. We ccheap soccer jerseyan clearly see they have 18, 19 days of hard work in their legs.”

The Americans now have five days to rest up before they host Antigua and Barbuda in Tampa, Fla., on Friday night. It remains to be seen what formation Klinsmann will opt for. He chose his preferred 4-3-3 system in the Scotland win and at the start of the Brazil match. But the US shifted to a 4-4-2 in the second half against Brazil, and that same setup was used for the first hour or so against Canada. After the insertion of Jozy Altidore in the 62nd minute, the went with three attackers up top.

“We switched a bit the systems throughout the game,” Klinsmann said. “At the end, we had a 4-3-1-2. We’re trying different ways of doing it. We have different ways of finding creativity and finding solutions and finding more determination in the final third.

“It’s a work in progress and it’s hopefully going to be alright on Friday.”

WATCH: Klinsmann, US break down 0-0 draw with Canada