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Garber: MLS to be one of world's top leagues by '22

Commissioner sets specific target should US land World Cup
MLS aims for top by '22

NEW YORK – Commissioner
Don Garber says that Major League Soccer would seek to become one of the top
leagues in the world by 2022 if the USA is voted host of the FIFA World Cup.

The announcement of
the hosts of both the 2018 and 2022 World Cup tournaments will be made on
Thursday morning at 10 a.m. ET (Fox Soccer Channel, ESPN, ESPN Deportes,
Univisión & CNN International).

“We have a very
specific goal,” Garber said. “If we get the World Cup, we want to be one of the
top leagues in the world by 2022."

Cinco Preguntas con Omar Salgado, delantero del equipo Sub-20 de EE.UU.

El atacante habló de su crecimiento profesional y de su futuro
¿Quién es Omar Salgado?

A pesar de tan solo tener 17 años, Omar Salgado ya es uno de los jugadores regulares en la escuadra Sub-20 de Thomas Rongen. El atacante tuvo dos participaciones recientes con la escuadra nacional en el Torneo de las Américas, jugando los 90 minutos del partido ante México. El delantero jugoo para la academia juvenil de El Tri antes de elegir a los Estados Unidos en el verano y es ahora uno de los prospectos más codiciados para el SuperDraft 2011 de la MLS.

Ben Olsen asume el reto del D.C. United

Tras cumplir como DT interino, estratega se adueña de la posición
Olsen asume el reto en DC

WASHINGTON- Cuando Ben Olsen llegó al D.C. United procedente de la Universidad de Virginia en 1998 y se encontró con un equipo plagado de estrellas internacionales que ese año buscaban su tercera corona consecutiva en igual número de temporadas de la MLS, todo lo que traía eran sus habilidades como mediocampista y una maleta cargada de sueños que cumplir en el fútbol, incluido el de un día llegar a dirigir.

SmorgasBorg: DC's move seldom seen in pro sports

Club execs should be lauded for setting ego aside to hire Olsen
Borg: Club first at DC

Ben Olsen

Photo Credit: 
Courtesy of D.C. United

NEW YORK – Many who look at D.C. United's hiring of Ben Olsen may think it was the easy way out for the club. After all, Olsen is a fan
favorite, he was incumbent and he was already under contract.

But give D.C. United management a lot more credit than that.
The move was a lot tougher than it may seem on the surface.

It’s been well-documented that time and again during Olsen’s
interim tenure, club management was sure of one thing: Olsen was not going to
be the head coach in 2011.

Olsen the youngest manager ever in MLS

History indicates United coach may have rough time in first year
Olsen youngest ever coach

NEW YORK — D.C. United manager Ben Olsen doesn’t need any more challenges – turning
around a team that finished with the worst record in the league in 2010 is an
unenviable task on its own. But now, at the age of 33, Olsen also takes his
seat in the record books as the youngest head coach in MLS history.

Olsen continues to "live the dream" at DC

Youngest-ever MLS head coach says he's ready for career at helm
Olsen "lives the dream"

WASHINGTON — When he joined the coaching profession shortly after ending his playing career a year ago, Ben Olsen held no illusions about the tough road ahead, promising to “put in a hard day's work after all these years of living the dream.”

D.C. United’s rookie assistant certainly delivered on that front, especially after the August firing of Curt Onalfo forced him to take on interim head coach duties for an injury-crippled, psychologically devastated side stuck in last place.

D.C. United name Ben Olsen as new head coach

Following coaching search, DC settle on 33-year-old club legend
DC name Olsen as manager

NEW YORK – D.C. United on Monday removed the interim tag from
Ben Olsen’s title and officially named the 33-year-old as head coach, the youngest in
league history.

Olsen was an assistant for former manager Curt Onalfo at the
start of the 2010 season and took over the reins of the team on an interim
basis after Onalfo was fired on Aug. 4.

He compiled a 3-8-1 record at the helm of the club in the
remaining 12 regular-season matches and was also on the sidelines for a 2-1 US
Open Cup semifinal loss in overtime against the Columbus Crew.

Five Questions With: US U-20 Omar Salgado

Talking Milk Cup, Najar, that pesky right foot with teen phenom
5 Questions: Omar Salgado

Although he turned 17 in September, Omar Salgado is already
a regular on Thomas Rongen's US Under-20 team. He earned two caps during the squad's
recent second-place finish in the Torneo de las Americas, playing the entire 90
minutes in a 1-1 draw with Mexico on Sunday.

The El Paso, Texas-born striker played on El Tri's youth side
before choosing the US this past summer and projects as a high pick in the 2011
MLS SuperDraft.

MLSsoccer.com caught up with Salgado and got his thoughts on
the Milk Cup, his growth as a player, and the future.

United realize their man was there all along

DC name Olsen permanent coach in nod to tradition, history
United keep their man

Ben Olsen

Photo Credit: 
Courtesy of D.C. United

WASHINGTON – D.C. United capped a four-month-long search for their next head coach on Monday morning, awarding the job to interim boss Ben Olsen in a dramatic about-face from repeated assertions that the club’s longtime midfielder would not be considered for the position on a permanent basis.

From the moment the club dismissed former coach Curt Onalfo in August, United president Kevin Payne and general manager Dave Kasper were steadfast in their declarations that Olsen would serve as a temporary leader only, citing his lack of experience.

Morgan Freeman joins USA final WC 2022 push

Oscar-winning actor to be part of final presentation on Wednesday
Freeman joins WC'22 push

Morgan Freeman

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NEW YORK – What better way to deliver a crucial, final 30-minute
presentation than to have the voice of Morgan Freeman as narrator?

The USA Bid Committee is going to do one better: It will
have the Academy Award-winning actor in the flesh when it states its case to
host the 2022 World Cup for the last time in front of the FIFA Executive
Committee on Wednesday at 11 a.m. ET in Zürich, Switzerland (live stream at
FIFA.com).

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