USA to focus exclusively on 2022 World Cup bid

Withdrawal from running for 2018 event made official on Friday
USA to focus on 2022 WC

NEW YORK – The USA Bid Committee officially announced on Friday that it has withdrawn from the bidding for the 2018 FIFA World Cup and will focus exclusively on securing the 2022 tournament.

The move had been expected for some time, given the fact that it was made clear early on that Europe would likely land the 2018 World Cup. England, Russia and joint bids by Belgium/Netherlands and Spain/Portugal are still in contention for the 2018 event.

Expansion Draft set for November 24

Portland, Vancouver rosters take shape with 10 selections each
Expansion Draft: Nov. 24

Toronto-Philadelphia: Jordan Harvey

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NEW YORK – Details have been released regarding the MLS Expansion Draft that will take place on Wed., Nov. 24.

Existing MLS clubs can protect 11 players, which must include any Designated Players with no-trade clauses. Generation adidas players and Home Grown players are automatically excluded from the Expansion Draft and do not need to be protected.

Zayner settling in with D.C. United

D has impressed after being traded from Columbus midseason
Zayner settling at United

WASHINGTON – No one would have begrudged Jed Zayner a bit of dejection when he was traded from the Columbus Crew to D.C. United back in August. The fifth-year pro not only had to leave behind a first-place team to join the league’s stragglers, he was also departing the city where he’d spent his entire pro career and moving further away from his Indiana roots.

Previa: Chicago Fire – D.C. United

Los grandes ausentes de la Liguilla chocan en la penúltima fecha
Previa: Fire–D.C. United


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Lo Básico

QUÉ: Jornada 29, temporada regular de la MLS

QUIÉN: Chicago Fire vs. D.C. United

DÓNDE: Toyota Park (Bridgeview, IL)

CUÁNDO: Sábado, 16 de octubre, 2010 (4:00 p.m. ET)

TV: TeleFutura

Teams that shoot first have PK advantage

The results of a detailed study do not hold up in MLS shootouts
Helps to take 1st PK

NEW YORK – The scholars who study penalty kicks for a living have come up with another factoid today: the team that goes first in a penalty kick shootout has a 60 percent chance of winning it.

Ignacio Palacios-Huerta, whose penalty kick studies have been most famously highlighted by the book Soccernomics, analyzed 269 shootouts between 1970 and 2008. The results will be published in December by the American Economic Review, showing that the team to kick first has a 60.5 percent chance of winning while the opponent that goes second wins 39.5 percent of shootouts.

Cristman ready to return to United fold

After more than six weeks on the shelf, DC striker is back
Cristman ready to return

WASHINGTON – Injuries, suspensions and other factors have given D.C. United’s gameday roster the look of a carousel recently, with turnover and flux the norm rather than the exception.

Coach Ben Olsen’s numbers have improved this week. But the pattern continues as Jaime Moreno will miss Saturday’s game in Chicago due to his strange red card against San Jose. With the Bolivian legend out, Adam Cristman hopes to step in for his first match action in more than six weeks.

The Thermometer: Can Wondo win Golden Boot?

San Jose striker is closing scoring gap with Galaxy's Buddle
Can Wondo win the Boot?

The playoffs are almost set, but there is plenty still up for grabs at the individual level.

After all, when have strikers not wanted to score goals? And these last two weeks provide the top marksmen a last chance to, um, finish strong.

The Thermometer takes a look at who’s got the inside line the race for the Budweiser Golden Boot.

Wonderful World of Wondo

Cunningham vs. Moreno: A look at the numbers

Players are tied for all-time lead with 132 goals apiece
Cunningham vs. Moreno

cunningham moreno

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FC Dallas striker Jeff Cunningham and D.C. United forward Jaime Moreno are tied for most goals scored in MLS history with 132 apiece.

With Moreno suspended for United’s tilt with the Chicago Fire on Saturday, Cunningham has a golden opportunity to take the lead outright in the race to be all-time scoring leader.

US can't find goal, draw Colombia 0-0

Bradley experiments with 4-3-3 lineup to no avail at PPL Park
Recap: USA 0, COL 0

Jermaine Jones

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CHESTER, Pa. – US manager Bob Bradley experimented with a more
attack-minded 4-3-3 formation, but it brought very few scoring
opportunities as the US settled for a 0-0 tie against Colombia at PPL Park on
Tuesday night.

The match marked the first US cap for FC Dallas midfielder
Brek Shea, who lined up on the left wing of Bradley’s new formation.
After playing at center back against Poland last Saturday, Maurice Edu returned
to his more familiar central midfield role alongside Michael Bradley and
Jermaine Jones, who was making his second appearance for the US.

Fan Appreciation Day Activities

Saturday, October 23, 2010 - D.C. United vs Toronto FC
Fan Appreciation Day

D.C. United has the best fans in MLS. For 15 seasons, you have been supporting the Black-and-Red with passion and enthusiasm unlike any other fans in D.C. and MLS. On October 23, the club will be honoring your commitment to the team with Fan Appreciation Day. Join us for the following activities:


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