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Dempsey a forward in return to Soldier Field

Fulham favorite likely to play as withdrawn striker vs. Poland
Dempsey back up top

CHICAGO – Chicago's Soldier Field has been good to U.S. national team forward Clint Dempsey over the years.

There’s the goal against England on May 28, 2005, and another against Brazil on Sept. 9, 2007. He also started the triumphant CONCACAF Gold Cup final in 2007 against Mexico.

His success there is not only limited to international duty. Dempsey scored in the venue as a member of the New England Revolution back on April 27, 2005, in a 3-0 win over the Chicago Fire. It’s been over five years, but he still remembers the celebration.

Commentary: Welcome (back) to MLS, Nats

USMNT stars look to end their careers here. Is that good for MLS?
Comment: Nats to MLS?

United States national team captain Carlos Bocanegra said on Wednesday that he'd like to finish his professional playing career where it began—with the Chicago Fire, which also happens where former American star Brian McBride has been playing out his days.

Tim Howard has also gone on record expressing his desire to return to a New York-area team at some point in the future. Jay DeMerit could be headed to the expansion Vancouver Whitecaps after failing to land a squad in Europe.

Quakes' Convey empathetic about DC's situation

Former United product recalls time with DC, hopes they improve
SJ's Convey on DC

SAN JOSE, Calif. — When he was a teenager plying his trade for D.C. United, Bobby Convey said he used to hang out at the home of then-teammate Ben Olsen “three or four times a week.”

So when it came time for United to make a midseason coaching change after Curt Onalfo suffered a dreadful 3-12-3 start to the season, Convey wasn’t surprised that his ex-team called upon Olsen, even if the former midfielder had only retired as a player nine months earlier.

Q&A: Wizards defender Roger Espinoza

Honduran reflects on whirlwind year, WCup, fellow Honduran Najar
Q&A: KC's Espinoza

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – To put it mildly, Roger Espinoza has had a whirlwind 2010.

Over the past 10 months, the 23-year-old left back has played his way into the Honduran national team, solidified a starting spot at left back with the Wizards and started for his country at this summer’s World Cup in South Africa.

MLSsoccer.com sat down with Espinoza after practice this week to discuss his breakout season, plans for the future and even the fate of 17-year-old Honduran sensation Andy Najar.

New role as spoilers a rallying cry for D.C.

Long eliminated from postseason, can United still make an impact?
D.C.'s role as spoilers

WASHINGTON — Three weeks ago they dealt a hammer blow to Toronto’s playoff prospects by winning 1-0 at BMO Field. Last weekend, they stunned the red-hot Rapids with a surprising victory in Colorado.

Interim coach Ben Olsen claims the spoiler’s role has little value for his D.C. United squad – “I’m certainly not preaching that,” he said on Tuesday – but the Black-and-Red nonetheless seem to enjoy making life difficult for postseason-chasing opposition.

La Maquina esta lista para el Festival Latino!

Will España, una de las voces lideres de esta agrupacion salvadoreña, nos acompaño en La Tribun
el Festival Latino!

SmorgasBorg: USOC naysayers go in hiding

Seattle’s win gives glimpse into tourney’s true potential
Borg: USOC haters begone

SEATTLE – On a Tuesday night in Seattle, the identity crisis and inferiority complex that has plagued the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup in recent years was nowhere to be found.

Some in MLS circles have called the tournament a waste of time and a second-rate competition. But those phrases were likely never uttered by the 31,311 fans at Qwest Field who did not budge from their seats for the Open Cup trophy presentation.

23 MLSers called up for international duty

New York to lose four players; DC, San Jose miss three apiece
23 MLSers called up

Still feeling that World Cup hangover? Never fear, because starting Friday is a week of FIFA action to sate your thirst for international fixtures.

And though the race to the MLS playoffs surges on, several league players have answered their country’s call.

The New York Red Bulls have had four of their players called up, including Mexico captain Rafa Márquez, who just last week penned a letter to the Federación Mexicana de Fútbol Asociación stating that he did not want to be called up until there was “a change in attitude” at Federation.

POLL: Which team will be hurt most by the FIFA international date?

23 MLS players have been called into international camps
POLL: Most hurt by FIFA?

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This weekend is an official FIFA international date, and several MLS players will be traveling to join their countries despite the league reaching a critical juncture. Some teams are going to lose four players; some teams won't lose any.

Which team is going to miss their international absentees most?

VIDEO: Najar #3 in "24 Under 24" Series

VIDEO: Najar rated #3
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