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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

24 Under 24: #3 Andy Najar (D.C. United)

Teenaged star has shown the poise of a veteran in his first year
24 Under 24: #3 Najar

Teenagers have broken out in MLS in 2010, including Philadelphia's Danny Mwanga, who came in at #5 in the 24 Under 24. But none of the "kids" has impressed as much as D.C. United's crafty versatile attacker Andy Najar.

DC's McTavish takes one for the team at left back

Natural righty playing out of position, but making it work
McTavish mans left for DC

WASHINGTON — “Wrong-footed wingers,” attacking flank players like Lionel Messi and Arjen Robben who are eager to cut inside onto their stronger foot and create, have become a hot trend in modern soccer.

Wrong-footed fullbacks? Not so much.

Capital Construction: DC's central midfield puzzle

Simms and Boskovic are set, but who else can man the center?
DC's center mid puzzle

Clyde Simms

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WASHINGTON — The idea of building a team around a strong spine won’t win any points for originality. But if executed properly, it almost always brings results.

It doesn’t take much for D.C. United supporters to turn misty-eyed and nostalgic about their club’s effective central partnerships of the past, with names like Etcheverry, Harkes, Williams, Olsen and Gomez mentioned readily and reverentially.

Commentary: Growing US presence in Europe a great sign

Nearly all players in US camp play consistently for clubs abroad
US int'l presence growing

Brad Guzan, GK

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As the United States national team's blog points out, all 18 players on Saturday's game day roster are based in Europe. (Brek Shea and Heath Pearce, the only two representatives from Major League Soccer, will join the squad in Philadelphia after their club match over the weekend.)

MLS Power Rankings: Week 27

RSL hold onto top spot heading into crucial match at Red Bulls
Power Rankings: Week 27

No, not much changed this week in the MLS Power Rankings. RSL are still on top by our count. But would an FC Dallas win over Colorado next weekend change our tune? Perhaps. Or maybe RBNY-RSL matchup at Red Bull Arena this week could be the one to send shockwaves through the rankings.

Moreno: “Mi era en D.C. a terminado”

Emblemático delantero decidirá su futuro al final de la temporada
El adiós de Moreno

Jaime Moreno

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WASHINGTON – Jaime Moreno en la cara de D.C. United, el capitán del club, su vocero y uno de los últimos lazos que quedan del brillante pasado del equipo.

Sin embargo, también está en el banquillo del último equipo de la MLS a menos de un mes de la culminación de su carrera en United, lo cual es una difícil realidad que golpea su instinto competitivo, especialmente a sus 36 años.

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