VIDEO: Blake Brettschneider interview

United's rookie forward discusses returning to South Carolina and playing in MLS
Blake Brettschneider

The former University of South Carolina Gamecock discusses playing in the Carolina Challenge Cup in front of family and friends and his transition to MLS.

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CONCACAF looks toward biggest-ever Gold Cup

More markets involved, new venues; but more questions for Blazer
Biggest Gold Cup yet

Bigger and better. That was the message CONCACAF general secretary Chuck Blazer drove home on Tuesday in discussing this summer's Gold Cup on an hour-long conference call with reporters.

Blazer said he and CONCACAF expect to see as much as a 20 percent increase in attendance over the 2009 tournament (won by Mexico) in large part thanks to a friendlier calendar.

7 Days to First Kick: 7 special 7s

The magic No. 7 features heavily throughout MLS history
7 Days to First Kick

Guillermo Barros Schelotto

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It’s seven days till MLS First Kick, so it's fitting that we take a look at the No. 7 throughout MLS history ...

The Greatest 7: Seven was the number worn by Columbus legend Guillermo Barros Schelotto, a three-time All-Star, two-time Best XI, two-time Supporters’ Shield winner, one-time MVP and one-time MLS Cup winner and MVP.

Brasileños en la MLS

12 cariocas estarán encargados de traer el “Joga Bonito” a la MLS
Brasileños en la MLS


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En anticipación a lo que será una emociónate temporada de
la MLS 2011, resalta en esta serie a los jugadores
latinoamericanos que brillarán en el fútbol MLSero esta campaña. Esta vez nos quitamos el sombrero frente a la calidad carioca de la liga.

Supporters Week: Top 5 all-time MLS tifo

Tifo is what separates soccer fandom from other sports
Top 5 MLS tifo

If you could put your finger on the one thing that makes the atmosphere at a soccer match different from any other sporting experience in America, it would be the songs of the supporters and the tifo — an Italian word that descibes the fans' extravagant, choreographed displays — that accompanies them. The supporters groups of MLS are no different than their South American or European counterparts and fill stadiums from Frisco, Texas, to Foxborough, Mass., with their often incredible, always passionate displays.

US to open 2011 Gold Cup vs. Canada in Detroit

Bradley & Co. also draw Panama, Guadeloupe; Mexico in tough Grp A
US-Canada in Gold Cup

As expected, the US national team’s hopes of returning to the Confederations Cup run right through their neighbors – but a little earlier than expected, and with a twist.

Tuesday’s announcement of the draw for this summer’s CONCACAF Gold Cup sees the US kick off their campaign to recapture the regional championship against their neighbors to the north – vs. Canada on June 7 at Detroit’s Ford Field, a stone’s throw from the Canadian Border.

Kurt Morsink: “D.C. United regresará a la Liguilla en 2011”

Volante tico asegura que el cuadro capitalino ha mejorado
"DC irá a la Liguilla"

Kurt Morsink

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – El mediocampista
costarricense del D.C. United, Kurt Morsink, aseguró que la mezcla de jugadores
jóvenes y veteranos en el equipo, así como la compenetración que han logrado en
la pretemporada, serán dos factores determinantes en el logro de la meta de
clasificarse a la Liguilla de la MLS por primera vez desde el 2007.

Supporters Week: Fan groups help MLS grow

Collaboration between supporters, MLS helps keep league on track
Fan groups help MLS grow

Supporter groups have helped MLS grow.

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Sam Pierron had a problem.

The Kansan had been waiting years for a top-flight soccer league here in the States, but when it finally came, a lot of things just weren't right.

Fifteen years ago, MLS kicked off with stadiums that were too big and fields that were often too small. There was a clock that ran backwards, and a total lack of recognition for the best regular-season team, something that’s unheard of nearly everywhere else in the soccer world.

D.C. United keep moving forward in preseason

Rebuilt roster still gelling as new season quickly approaches
DCU keep progressing

The first few days of D.C. United’s trip down to Charleston, S.C., have gotten off to a bright start.

After arriving last Thursday, the team spent the first couple of days enjoying the warm southern weather before opening up the Carolina Challenge Cup with a 2-1 win over defending USL champs and hosts Charleston Battery.

“The first few days have gone well,” midfielder Dax McCarty told by phone. “Obviously, the first few days are to get the travel out of the legs, and just prepare for that first game.”

American Exports: Adu fires Rizespor to victory

Black Sea club into second; Altidore assists in Bursaspor draw
Adu wins it for Rizespor

Adu celebrats after his first Turkish goal

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AMSTERDAM – Freddy Adu played the hero on Sunday, booting Çaykur Rizespor up to second place in the Turkish second flight with a terrific individual goal, claiming a 1-0 victory over Gaziantep BB.

Just after the half hour, the Benfica loanee received on the turn at the top right of the area, then fired a one-hopper inside the far post from 20 yards.

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