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Girls Soccer Jerseys CCL- Eliminated again, RSL want to avoid another funk_2

“We’ll just try and pick ourselves up and turn it around,” said captain Kyle Beckerman. “We’ve got some really important games coming up so we can still have a really good season if we get our stuff together.”

READ: The Throw-In: Last hurrah for RSL’s core group?

A key word for the team lies in Beckerman’s observation: together. Ever since Kreis took control as coach in 2007, he has preached the philosophy: “the team is the star.” So don’t expect anything different from the club.

"Nobody was frustrated at each other, just frustrated at the situation,” said midfielder Will Johnson. “You know, that’s CONCACAF. That’s the ugly side of CONCACAF. It always has been and as long as it continues like this, it always will be. So I think the guys are together and looking forward to getting back to MLS play and some real football.”

So for RSL, the question becomes: Will the elimination deflate the team or serve as a rallying cry? With a group of veterans, they all are at least saying the right things.

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CCL: Rose, Ochoa clinical as Seattle top Caledonia Seattle’s Andy Rose celebrates with teammates Sammy Ochoa and Alex Caskey. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Seattle Sounders

SEATTLE — Opportunities to score have not necessarily been plentiful for either Sammy Ochoa or Andy Rose, so it makes sense that the duo is intent on making the most of the ones they do get.

Each player scored a goal and Rose added a couple of assists as the Seattle Sounders won their CONCACAF Champions League group stage opener 3-1 over Caledonia AIA on Thursday. The two players have scored all seven of their combined goals in non-league competitions.


“You gotta take it as seriously as you can, take advantage of your time whatever competition it is, reserve, CONCACAF, [US] Open Cup,” said Ochoa, who has scored all four of his competitive goals this season outside of league play. “I think I’m doing a good job doing what I’m doing.”

Despite Ochoa’s production in Champions League and Open Cup play, he’s yet to translate that to many opportunities in league play, where he has yet to start a game and has logged just 63 minutes of playing time.

Girls Soccer Jerseys “Grandpa” De Rosario honored by seventh All-Star nod

"Grandpa" De Rosario honored by seventh All-Star nod
Dwayne de Rosario Photo Credit: Getty Images

WASHINGTON — As the rain clouds from an early-daybreak shower lifted on Monday, giving way to the first sub-90-degree morning in the nation's capital more than a week, D.C. United’s players executed a footwork drill on wet grass.

And no surprise, Dwayne De Rosario wasn’t about to slip up.

In fact, D.C.’s star playmaker hasn’t slipped up much at all over the past 12 years, evidenced by the seventh MLS All-Star selection of his career, announced on Sunday.

“It gives me an opportunity to play with some of the players I admire in this league, so I still feel very honored when I’m selected,” De Rosario said.

The league’s reigning MVP, De Rosario was selected to the game via fan voting as part of the First XI. The remainder of the All-Star roster for the game against Chelsea on July 25 at PPL Park in Chester, Pa., will be announced on July 15.

“I don’t think anybody was surprised,” D.C. United head coach Ben Olsen said. “People want to see him play. He’s a fun player to watch. A very exciting player.”

The 34-year-old midfielder, who leads the league with 10 assists, has relished hischeap soccer jersey role as captain this season for a side that’s tied atop the Eastern Conference standings with Sporting Kansas City.

“To be considered one of the oldest guys on the team is not the best,” De Rosario said with a smile. “You see these guys calling me 'Grandpa' and stuff like that. But we have a lot of mutual respect for each other. I try to share a lot of advice and experience with them. Things they can do better individually and things we can do better as a group.”

Because of a strong wind storm that rolled through the District little more than a week ago, De Rosario was without power for seven days. But he’s had no trouble sparking United this season.

Counted on as D.C.’s main goalscoring threat upon his arrival midway through 2011, De Rosario has transitioned seamlessly into the role of facilitator this year.

“He obviously adapts,” striker Chris Pontius said. “He has done it with a number of different teams, too. To be consistently that good, it shows a lot.”

De Rosario — who plans to attend the ESPYs as a candidate for MLS Player of the Year on Wednesday night — is now just three shy of matching his career high for assists, which he set in 2005.

“It’s a product of where he has been playing on the field,” Olsen said. “As of late, he has been around the goal and he seems to step up and do the job with whatever position we put him in.”

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American Exports: Kljestan & Co. into Champions League Sacha Kljestan with Anderlecht Photo Credit: Courtesy of RSC Anderlecht thailand soccer jersey

AMSTERDAM – Sacha Kljestan and Anderlecht punched their ticket into the group phase of the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday with a patient 2-0 win over Cypriot guests AEL Limassol.

After the Mauves had hit twice in the final 10 minutes to score a 3-2 aggregate win, the US international picked up a stoppage time yellow card. Anderlecht will be in seeding pot No. 3 in Friday’s group stage draw, the first time they’ve made it that far since 2006-07.

Meanwhile, Hapoel Ironi Kiryat Shmona were relegated to the Europa League group phase after a damning 1-1 home draw against BATE Borisov played without injured midfielder Bryan Gerzicich. The Israeli champs are in seeding pot No. 4 for that tourney’s draw, also to be held on Friday.

Several Americans took part in a heavy Capital One League Cup slate in England, with Jonathan Spector scoring in a losing cause as Birmingham City were bounced from the second round by a 3-2 extra-time defeat at Coventry City.

World Cup Soccer Jerseys For better or worse, Quakes continue comeback habit

For better or worse, Quakes continue comeback habit
Frank Yallop and Simon Dawkins celebrate after San Jose's win over Colorado Photo Credit: Getty Images

At this point, maybe the San Jose Earthquakes should just send the opening kickoff rocketing into soccer jersey suppliertheir own net.

Although the Quakes maintained Wednesday that they don’t want to concede the first goal to the opposition, San Jose showed yet again that they can thrive in such cases, even with time running out. After trailing for more than an hour, the they struck for goals in the 83rd and 92nd minutes to beat the Colorado Rapids 2-1.

San Jose (9-3-3) moved to within two points of league-leading Real Salt Lake, with a top-of-the-table clash at Rio Tinto Stadium looming on Saturday.


“We just keep doing it game in and game out,” substitute forward Alan Gordon said on the Quakes’ TV broadcast immediately after the match. “I don’t think it’s a mistake.”

Gordon didn’t get credit for another critical goal – he had a game-winner and two game-tying scores in the dying moments during a three-game, 10-day stretch last month – but he forced the action that led to Hunter Freeman’s own goal and elicited a foul call in the 90th minute that set up Chris Wondolowski’s injury-time game-winner from the penalty spot.

“We kept going until the end, which we’ve done all year,” Quakes coach Frank Yallop said. “I said to the guys, ‘It doesn’t matter if you score in the first minute or the last minute. The game’s 90 minutes. You’ve got to make sure you’re as good in the first as you are in the last.'”

To reach that point, the Quakes need to improve their play in the early stages of games. San Jose found themselves down 1-0 at the interval for a fifth consecutive regular-season match, and even though they have a league-high 12 goals after the 76th minute and a 4-2-3 record (also a league best) when conceding the first goal, Gordon knows that’s a dangerous way to make a long-term living.

“We want to get the first goal and keep the lead, but that’s not the way the games have been going,” Gordon told MLSsoccer.com by phone from the Quakes locker room at Dick's Sporting Goods Park. “We’ve been doing well in the situations that we’ve been put into and shown a lot of character, but that’s not a habit we want to get into. We want to start playing a little bit better from the get-go and get on the front foot for a change.”

Even so, this was an extremely impressive result for San Jose, wo hadn’t won in Colorado since April 19, 2008. In six previous home matches this season, the Rapids outscored their visitors 14-5 en route to a 4-1-1 record.

All of that – plus some superlative first-half work by Colorado goalkeeper Matt Pickens – fell by the wayside when Gordon ran onto a lead pass from Simon Dawkins and tried to round Pickens. Replays couldn't show conclusively how much contact there was between Pickens' hand and Gordon's shoe.

What was crystal clear: The sight of Wondolowski pumping home his 12th goal of the season to retake sole possession of top spot on the league's scoring charts.

“We’ve got competitors and guys that really want to win, and that’s the difference,” Gordon said. “It comes down to heart at the end and people who are willing to make the extra run and battle the extra bit.”

Geoff Lepper covers the Earthquakes for MLSsoccer.com. He can be reached at sanjosequakes@gmail.com.


Cheap Soccer Uniforms CCL Recap- Dynamo book QF ticket with 1-1 tie vs. Olimpia_2

After a Calen Carr foul on Olimpia’s Javier Portillo on the left side, Caetano stepped up to lace a searing set-piece rocket at the Dynamo goal. Houston ‘keeper Tyler Deric seemingly expected a ball into the box and he could only paw at the ball as it found its way into the roof of the net to give Olimpia a surprise 1-0 lead.

That is when the extracurriculars kicked into high gear.

In the span of five minutes, Houston’s tempers raised several notches after a couple of disputed incidents in the match. Dynamo manager Dominic Kinnear took exception and earned himself a 40th-minute ejection from referee Juan Carlos Guerra.

The feistiness continued into the second half and with seven cards total – six yellow and one red to Olimpia’s Brayan Beckeles in the 79th minute – Hainault’s goal was one of the few moments of quality soccer in the second half.


Dynamo forward Cam Weaver came close to doubling the lead in the 77th minute, but he headed a pinpoint Carr cross against the right post.

Girls Soccer Jerseys Crew’s Warzycha likely to field first XI against United

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 MLSsoccer.com 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.