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Welcome, one and all, to the United States Association Football thread. Herein, we will engage in discussions regarding all things soccer
in or about America's teams or players. Soccer is constantly growing it's fan base in the US and has seen an ever increasing climb in
popularity. Because of this expanding interest across the country, there are many teams and leagues and things happening on a daily
basis. The hope is this thread will consolidate discussion and reduce overlap from splinter threads. As a secondary benefit, we should be
able to excite people about other aspects of American Soccer they may not be aware of. Thirdly, anyone who is just beginning with US
soccer can have a place to come and jump into talking about what interests them without wondering where to go and do it.

Our goal is to be all encompassing. All leagues and things happening in the world of soccer in The States or abroad that relates to US
Soccer or players is welcome.

The discussion will include, but is not limited to: US Men's and Women's National Teams, men's and women's professional
leagues (MLS, NWSL, NASL, USL PRO, etc.), college seasons/teams/players, American players on foreign clubs, and
developing youth players.

As a consideration to our neighbors to the north who also share in American domestic leagues, we will be including discussion
regarding Canada and all her teams and players.

Join in the mayhem and let your passion be known!

----- Table of Contents -----
Quick links to each subsection.

General Knowledge and FAQ
  • What is FIFA, and why do I care?
  • What is CONCACAF, and why do I care?
  • What is the United States Soccer Federation (USSF)?
  • What is a Supporter's Group?
  • What exactly is "Offside"?
  • A list of helpful terms
Important Tournaments:
  • FIFA World Cup
  • FIFA Confederations Cup
  • Summer Olympics
  • CONCACAF Gold Cup
  • CONCACAF Champions League
  • FIFA Club World Cup
  • US Open Cup
National Teams:
- US Men's National Team (USMNT)
- US Women's National Team (USWNT)

Men's Teams and Leagues:
- Major League Soccer (MLS - Men's Division I)
- North American Soccer League (NASL - Men's Division II)
- USL Professional Division (USL PRO - Men's Division III)
- Men's Indoor Soccer League (MISL)

Women's Teams and Leagues:
- National Women's Soccer League (NWSL)

The Canada Addendum
  • Canada Soccer Association
  • Men's National Team
  • Women's National Team
  • League Teams
  • Important Tournaments
World Cup Broadcast Schedule (US Channels: ESPN and ABC)

We're all friends here united in a common bond. Enjoy your stay, and as always...​



What is FIFA, and why should I care?
The "Fédération Internationale de Football Association", simply called FIFA, is the world's governing body for soccer. It is currently made
up of two hundred and nine member nations. FIFA maintains the rules of the game and organize the major international tournaments
across the globe. For all intents and purposes, they are the law regarding soccer worldwide. The beginnings of FIFA are traced to the
early 1900s when it became apparent an overarching body was needed to manage play between international opponents. The charter
memeber nations formed the association. They were France, Belgium, Denmark, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland.
England was the next to join soon after followed by South Africa in 1909, Argentine and Chile in 1912 and the US and Canada in 1913.

As a subset, the participating member nations are broken up into six Confederations. They are; the Asian Football Confederation (AFC),
Confédération Africaine de Football (CAF), Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football
(CONCACAF), Confederación Sudamericana de Fútbol (CONMEBOL), Oceania Football Confederation (OFC), and Union des
Associations Européennes de Football (UEFA).

The United States belongs to the CONCACAF group. How teams do in CONCACAF play is extremely important and directly determines
how or if we qualify for larger competitions.

The elected board officials for FIFA are generally thought to be corrupt, regularly making backroom decisions and deals based on who
lined their pockets with cash. Despite the high worker death rates on construction sites and the ridiculous heat there will be during the
games, they are still planning on keeping the World Cup in Qatar for 2022 since they can't and don't want to give their bribes back. They
are headed by Sepp Blatter, who clearly takes massive amounts of dirty money and is also a well known ball of garbage.


What is CONCACAF, and why should I care?
There are forty one member nations in the CONCACAF group. Each member nation has a National Team that is made up of citizens from
that Nation. For the US Men's and Women's National teams, CONCACAF qualifying play is the start of the long path to the World Cup and
the Olympics. Beyond that, there's also a CONCACAF specific National Team tournament called the CONCACAF Gold Cup.

US Men's and Women's National teams have become a real force in CONCACAF play of late. The US Men's Team placed #1 in World
Cup Qualifying in our group for this year's World Cup and are ranked #13 in the world. The US Women's Team has been nothing short
of dominant over CONCACAF and World Cup play, and are currently ranked #1 in the world. They have won 6 of the last 8 CONCACAF
Gold Cup tournaments, won 2 of the last 6 World Cup tournaments, and won 4 of the last 5 Olympic Gold Medal games. The year they
didn't win Gold in the Olympics, they still made it to the Gold Medal game and took second.

Besides National Teams, Club teams (MLS/NASL/etc) also have dealings with CONCACAF. A Club team is a team created of contract
players from any nationality. While trying to win their respective leagues for trophies and recognition, Club teams can qualify for
other, larger stage tournaments by placing in certain positions in their league (MLS) or winning a domestic tournament (US Open Cup).
These other tournaments feature other CONCACAF Club teams that play in other member nation leagues. In soccer, tournaments and
leagues lead to other tournaments and still other tournaments. As an example, let's look at Sporting Kansas City of MLS.

In 2012, during the MLS season, SKC won the US Open Cup, a US domestic knockout tournament. Winning that tournament, or having a
certain MLS league standing at the end of the season, earned them a place in a competition called the CONCACAF Champion's League or
CCL. The teams in CCL play in 2013 and 2014. The winner of the CCL, moves onto the 2014 FIFA Club World Cup, which determines the
top club in the world. The road is tough and it's a long shot, but playing well in a tournament in 2012 entered them into another tournament.
Winning that tournament could lead to another tournament, and it all began two years ago, and it all went through CONCACAF.


United States Soccer Federation
The United States Soccer Federation (USSF), commonly referred to as U.S. Soccer, is the official governing body of the sport of soccer in the
United States. With headquarters in Chicago, Illinois, the FIFA member governs U.S. amateur and professional soccer, including the men's,
women's, youth, beach soccer, futsal and Paralympic national teams. U.S. Soccer sanctions referees and soccer tournaments for most
soccer leagues in the United States. The U.S. Soccer Federation also administers and operates the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, which was
first held in 1914.

U.S. Soccer was originally known as the United States Football Association. It formed on April 5, 1913 and on August 15 of that year was
accepted as one of the earliest member organizations of FIFA and the first from North and Central America. The affiliation was temporary and
at the following year's FIFA Congress in 1914, the USFA, as it was abbreviated at the time, was accepted as a full FIFA member. The
governing body of the sport in the United States added the word soccer to its name in 1945, when it became the United States Soccer
Football Association. It dropped the word football from its name in 1974 to become known as the United States Soccer Federation.​


Supporters Groups
Supporters groups or supporters clubs are independent fan clubs in association football, particularly in English speaking counties.
Supporters groups in Europe are generally known as Ultras which derives from the Latin word deriving from ultra, meaning beyond in
English, with the implication that their enthusiasm is 'beyond' the normal. In English speaking nations, these groups are generally
known as "supporters groups".

Supporters groups and their members are the emotional backbone of the club. They provide Tifo and chants to support their clubs while
simultaneously trying to taunt and intimidate the opposing side. In some cases, members "live and die" with their team's performance on
the field and will feel the game very deeply like Portland Timbers fan, Sadsack McMantears.

Mr. McMantears saw his team eliminated at home during the 2nd leg of the Western Conference Championships against Real Salt Lake
and he shed many, many tears. After the game he was admitted to a local hospital and given an IV drip to replace the massive amount
of fluids he lost due to his Pseudobulbar episode.


What exactly is Offside?
First off, for the record, the term is Offside, with no s at the end. They call it Offsides in the NFL, but in the soccer world its Offside.

This rule is usually the biggest sticking point to people who are new to watching soccer...the understanding of the offside rule. If
you are a new fan, learn this before you learn anything else because you'll be less frustrated watching matches:

"A player is in an offside position if three conditions are met:
First, the player must be in the opposing team's half of the field.
Second, the player must be in front of the ball.
And Third, there must be fewer than two opposing players between him and the opposing goal line, with the goalkeeper counting as an
opposing player for these purposes. It is not necessary that the goalkeeper be one of the last two opponents.

Any attacker that is level with or behind the ball is not in an offside position and may never be sanctioned for an offside offence.
The 2005 edition of the Laws of the Game included a new International Football Association Board decision that stated being "nearer to
an opponent's goal line" meant that "any part of his head, body or feet is nearer to his opponents' goal line than both the ball and
the second-last opponent (the last opponent typically being the goalkeeper)." This is taken to mean that any part of the attacking
player named in this decision has to be past the part of the second-last defender closest to his goal line and past the part of the
ball closest to the defenders' goal line.​

Got it? If you're still having trouble, let John Cleese explain:

A list of helpful terms
6 yard box - The smaller rectangular box in front of goal.
18 yard box - The large rectangular box in front of goal.
Card, Carded - Punitive action taken by a referee in a game against a player.
Cracker - Long range power shot.
Dos a cero - In recent and important head to head matches in Columbus Ohio, the USMNT has defeated Mexico 2-0. "Dos a cero" is "2 to
0" in Spanish and is used as a taunt against the Mexico team and fans. This scoreline prevailed in 2001, 2005, 2009 and now 2013 World Cup
Qualifying games in Ohio.
GOAT - Greatest Of All Time!
Goats - Another term for Chivas Guadalajara and Chivas USA. Chivas literally means goat in Spanish.
Nutmeg or 'meg' - To pass a ball between an opponents legs.
Scudetto - This means "little shield" in Italian. It is a jersey badge worn by the defending MLS champions the season after victory.
Tifo - Also an Italian term meaning "the phenomenon of supporting a sport team". It has come to mean the painted banners displayed
before and during a game, made by the Supporters Groups for thier team.
Touch line - Out of bounds. The limit of the field.
Ultras - A different word for a Supporter.​


Important Tournaments
The World Cup
The FIFA World Cup, often simply the World Cup, is an international association football competition contested by the senior men's
national teams of the members of FIFA. The championship has been awarded every four years since the inaugural tournament in
1930, except in 1942 and 1946 when it was not held because of the Second World War. The current champions are Spain, who won
the 2010 tournament in South Africa. The current format of the tournament involves 32 teams competing for the title at venues within
the host nation(s) over a period of about a month; this phase is often called the World Cup Finals. A qualification phase, which
currently takes place over the preceding three years, is used to determine which teams qualify for the tournament together with the
host nation(s).

The 19 World Cup tournaments have been won by eight different national teams. Brazil have won five times, and they are the only
team to have played in every tournament. The other World Cup winners are Italy, with four titles; West Germany, with three titles;
Argentina and inaugural winners Uruguay, with two titles each; and England, France, and Spain, with one title each. The World Cup
is among the world's most widely viewed sporting events; an estimated 715.1 million people watched the final match of the 2006
FIFA World Cup held in Germany. The next three World Cups will be hosted by Brazil in 2014, Russia in 2018, and Qatar in 2022.

Further Wikipedia Reading:
Instead of copying all of Wikipedia in this post, here are some links with lots of information for further reading.

FIFA Confederations Cup
The FIFA Confederations Cup is an international association football tournament for national teams, currently held every four years
by FIFA. It is contested by the holders of each of the six FIFA confederation championships (UEFA, CONMEBOL, CONCACAF,
CAF, AFC, OFC), along with the FIFA World Cup holder and the host nation, to bring the number of teams up to eight. Since
2005, the tournament has been held in the nation that will host the FIFA World Cup in the following year, acting as a rehearsal
for the larger tournament. Brazil hosted the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup from 15 to 30 June, which they won by defeating
Spain 3–0 in the final.

The tournament was originally organized by and held in Saudi Arabia and called the King Fahd Cup (Confederations Winners Cup
or Intercontinental Championship), contested in 1992 and 1995 by the Saudi national side and some continental champions. In
1997, FIFA took over the organization of the tournament, named it the FIFA Confederations Cup and staged the competition every
two years. Since 2005, it has been held every four years, in the year prior to each World Cup in the host country of the forthcoming
World Cup (the 2001 edition was hosted in South Korea and Japan, before the quadrennial pattern was established). Considered a
dress-rehearsal for the World Cup it precedes, it uses around half of the stadia intended for use at the following year's competition
and gives the host nation, which qualifies for that tournament automatically, experience at a high level of competition during two
years of otherwise friendlies. At the same time, participation was made optional for the South American and European champions.
Further Wikipedia Reading:

Summer Olympics
Soccer, has been included in every Summer Olympic Games except 1896 and 1932 as a men's competition sport. Women's
football was added to the official program in 1996. Football was not included on the program at the first modern Olympic Games in
1896, as international football was in its infancy at the time. However, sources claim that an unofficial football tournament was
organized during the first competition, in which an Athens XI lost to a team representing Smyrna (Izmir), then part of the Ottoman
Empire. However, it is in fact unclear whether any competition took place at all; the Olympic historian Bill Mallon has written:
"Supposedly a match between a Greek club and a Danish club took place. No such 1896 source supports this and we think this
is an error which has been perpetuated in multiple texts. No such match occurred."

Tournaments were played at the 1900 and 1904 games and the Intercalated Games of 1906, but these were contested by various
clubs and scratch teams. Although the IOC considers the 1900 and 1904 tournaments to be official Olympic events, they are not
recognized by FIFA; neither recognizes the Intercalated Games today. In 1906 teams from Great Britain, Germany, Austria, the
Netherlands and France withdrew from an unofficial competition and left Denmark, Smyrna (one Armenian, two Frenchmen and
eight Britons), Athens and Thessaloniki Music Club to compete. Denmark won the final against Athens 9–0.

For the 1984 Los Angeles Games, the IOC decided to admit professional players. FIFA still did not want the Olympics to rival the
World Cup, so a compromise was struck that allowed teams from Africa, Asia, Oceania and CONCACAF to field their strongest
professional sides, while restricting UEFA and CONMEBOL teams to players who had not played in a World Cup. Many countries
fielded young teams, including France, who won the 1984 Olympic title, coincidentally in the same year that the main team won
the European Football Championship, less than two months before. Since 1992 male competitors must be under 23 years old,
with three over-23 players allowed per squad. The new format allows teams from around the world to compete equally.
Further Wikipedia Reading:

Men's CONCACAF Gold Cup
The CONCACAF Gold Cup is the main association football competition of the men's national football teams governed by
CONCACAF, determining the regional champion of North America, Central America, and the Caribbean. The Gold Cup is held
every two years. Previous to 2015, when the Gold Cup did not fall on the same year as the FIFA Confederations Cup, the winner,
or highest placed team that is a member of both CONCACAF and FIFA, qualified for the next staging of that tournament.
Beginning in 2015, the winners of two successive Gold Cups (the 2013 and 2015 editions in the first instance) will face each other
in a playoff to determine the CONCACAF entrant to the next Confederations Cup. If the same team has won the Gold Cup on
both relevant occasions, there will be no playoff and that team will automatically qualify for the Confederations Cup.​

Women's CONCACAF Gold Cup
The CONCACAF Women's Gold Cup was a football competition sponsored by CONCACAF that sometimes served as the qualifying
competition to the Women's World Cup. It was held as a stand-alone tournament in 2000 and as a qualification tournament in 2002
and 2006. After the 2010 edition, the CONCACAF Women's Gold Cup was replaced by the CONCACAF Women's World Cup
Qualifier. The most successful country has been the United States.

Further Wikipedia Reading:

CONCACAF Champions League
The CONCACAF Champions League, originally known as the CONCACAF Champions' Cup, is an annual continental club football
competition organised by CONCACAF since 1962 for the top football clubs in the region. It is the most prestigious international club
competition in North American football. The winner of the CONCACAF Champions League qualifies for the FIFA Club World Cup.
The tournament consists of two stages. The group stage is played from August to October, in which there are eight groups of three
teams each. The eight group winners enter the knockout phase, which spans March through May. Unlike its European and South
American counterparts, the winners of the CONCACAF Champions League do not automatically qualify for the following season's

The title has been won by 28 different clubs, 17 of which have won the title more than once. Mexican clubs have accumulated the
highest number of victories, with 29 titles. The second most successful league has been Costa Rica's Primera División with six titles
in total. Mexican sides Cruz Azul and América are the most successful clubs in the competition's history, having won the
tournament five times each. The only teams to successfully defend the trophy are Cruz Azul, Pachuca, and Monterrey. The reigning
champions of the competition are Monterrey, after beating Santos Laguna 4–2 on aggregate.

Further Wikipedia Reading:

FIFA Club World Cup
The FIFA Club World Cup, commonly referred to as the Club World Cup, is an international association football competition organised
by FIFA. The championship was first contested as the FIFA Club World Championship in 2000. It was not held between 2001 and
2004 due to a combination of factors, most importantly the collapse of FIFA's marketing partner International Sport and Leisure.
Since 2005, the competition has been held every year, hosted so far by Brazil, Japan, the United Arab Emirates and Morocco.
Morocco is due to host the 2014 edition.

The first FIFA Club World Championship took place in Brazil in January 2000. It ran in parallel with the Intercontinental Cup, a
friendly competition first contested in 1960 by the winners of the European Cup and the Copa Libertadores. Previously called the
European/South American Cup, the competition has been officially known as the Toyota Cup since the 1980 season, following a
change in format which saw Toyota become the main sponsor of the competition until it was discontinued in 2004. In 2005, the
FIFA Club World Championship absorbed the Toyota Cup and the competition's pilot edition and in 2006 took its current name.

The current format of the tournament involves seven teams competing for the title at venues within the host nation over a period
of about two weeks; the winners of that year's AFC Champions League (Asia), CAF Champions League (Africa), CONCACAF
Champions League (North America), Copa Libertadores (South America), OFC Champions League (Oceania) and UEFA
Champions League (Europe), along with the host nation's national champions, participate in a straight knock-out tournament.
The host nation's national champions dispute a play-off against the Oceania champions, from which the winner joins the
champions of Asia, Africa and North America at the quarter-finals. The quarter-final winners go on to face the European and
South American champions, who enter at the semi-final stage, for a place in the final.

The 10 FIFA Club World Cup tournaments have been won by eight different club teams; Spanish Barcelona and Brazilian club
Corinthians have won a record two titles each. The other Club World Cup winners are Brazilian sides São Paulo and
Internacional, Italian clubs Milan and Internazionale, English club Manchester United, as well as German side Bayern Munich
with one victory each in the competition. Brazil's Brasileirão has been the most successful national league with four titles, while
Barcelona have the record for the most final appearances with three. The reigning world club champions are Bayern Munich after
defeating Moroccan side Raja Casablanca 2–0 at the 2013 final.

Further Wikipedia Reading:

US Open Cup - To Be Updated




USMNT site: http://www.ussoccer.com/teams/us-men.aspx
Quick Links
- Schedule
- FIFA Rank
- Facebook
- Twitter

Coach: Jurgen Klinsman.
Jürgen Klinsmann (born 30 July 1964) is a German football manager and former player who is currently the head coach of the United
States national team. As a player, Klinsmann played for several prominent clubs in Europe and was part of the West German team
that won the 1990 FIFA World Cup and the unified German team that won the 1996 UEFA European Championship. One of Germany's
premier strikers during the 1990s, Klinsmann scored in all six major international tournaments he participated in, from Euro 1988
to 1998 World Cup. In 1995 Klinsmann came third in the FIFA World Player of the Year award, and in 2004 he was named in the FIFA
100 list of the "125 Greatest Living Footballers".

He managed the German national team to a third-place finish in the 2006 World Cup. On 12 July 2006, Klinsmann officially announced
that he would step down as Germany's coach after two years in charge and be replaced by assistant coach Joachim Löw. He took
over as coach of Bundesliga club Bayern Munich in July 2008 when Ottmar Hitzfeld stepped down. On 27 April 2009 he was released
early, even though he had won five of the previous seven league games and was only three points behind league leader VfL
Wolfsburg. In the jointly initiated reforms at Bayern it emerged there was a severe clash of opinions between coach and club
management. On 29 July 2011, the US Soccer Federation, named Klinsmann the coach of the United States men's national team. In
2013 he won the CONCACAF Gold Cup with the United States. Outside of his professional football life he earned a diploma as a baker
in 1984, runs a Children Charity foundation in four countries and is a certified Helicopter Pilot.​

USMNT Provisional 30-man World Cup Roster:
Coach Klinsmann has released his 2014 World Cup Provisional roster. Made up of 30 players, this is the next to last group of
players that are in contention for the USMNT World Cup team. This list will later be trimmed to 23 players and will be the final
word in the group that is taken to Brazil.​

USMNT Final 23-man World Cup Roster:
The final roster has been released. These are the men representing the US in Brazil:​

- Player Profiles

Brad Guzan (Aston Villa/England)
Tim Howard (Everton/England)
Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)​

DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla/Mexico)
Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City)
John Brooks (Hertha Berlin/Germany)
Geoff Cameron (Stoke City/England)
Timmy Chandler (Nürnberg/Germany)
Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy)
Fabian Johnson (Hoffenheim/Germany)
DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle Sounders)​

Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake)
Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes/France)
Michael Bradley (Toronto FC)
Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo)
Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg/Norway)
Julian Green (Bayern Munich/Germany)
Jermaine Jones (Besiktas/Turkey)
Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)​

Jozy Altidore (Sunderland/England)
Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders)
Aron Johannsson (AZ Alkmaar/Netherlands)
Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)​

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Important Information

Major League Soccer (MLS) is a professional soccer league representing the sport's highest level in the United States and Canada.
Sanctioned by the United States Soccer Federation (U.S. Soccer), the league is composed of 19 teams — 16 in the U.S. and 3 in Canada.
Major League Soccer was founded in 1993 as part of the United States' bid to host the 1994 FIFA World Cup. Instead of operating as an
association of independently owned teams, MLS is a single entity where each team is owned and controlled by the league's investors. The
league's closed membership makes it one of the world's few soccer leagues not using promotion and relegation. The first season took place in
1996 beginning with ten teams. Seasons presently run from March to December, with each team playing 34 games in the regular season. Ten
teams compete in the postseason MLS Cup Playoffs culminating in the championship game, the MLS Cup.

The Supporters' Shield is an annual award given to the Major League Soccer team with the best regular season record,as determined by the
MLS points system. Akin to the minor premiership of Australasian sports (called a "premiership" by the A-League) and similar to the
President's Trophy of the NHL, the Supporters' Shield has been annually awarded at the MLS Supporters' Summit since 1999, and has been
recognized as a major trophy by the league. Since 2006, the Supporters' Shield winner has earned a berth in the CONCACAF Champions

2013 Year in Review:
MLS Championship: Sporting Kansas City
After a scoreless first half that saw each team miss chances on the cold, slick pitch, RSL's Saborio put his team up 1-0 with a clinical finish of
Kyle Beckerman's no-look through ball. Saborio chested down the pass and put his right-footed shot low and to SKC keeper Jimmy Nielsen's
left. Later in the second half, Aurelien Collin netted a 76th minute goal for SKC, rising in the penalty area to head in Graham Zusi's corner kick
and knot the score at 1-1.

Before that, RSL's Nick Rimando had been stellar in goal for the visitors, with close-range saves on CJ Sapong and Dom Dwyer in the first half.
He came up big again in extra time, tipping Zusi's blast over the crossbar in the 94th minute. SKC keeper Jimmy Nielsen's best friend, meanwhile,
was the frame around his own goal. Salt Lake caught the woodwork three times, including once when Robbie Findlay was faced with an open goal
in the 29th minute after Nielsen misplayed Chris Wingert's cross. Beckerman and Javier Morales both hit the frame after Saborio's goal, each time
missing an opportunity to put Salt Lake up 2-0.

The game ended 1-1 and the end of both extra time periods and the game went to PKs. It took 10 rounds before Sporting Kansas City won the
shootout 7-6 over Real Salt Lake, taking its first MLS cup since the then-Wizards won in 2000.

Supporters' Shield Winner: New York Red Bulls
The New York Red Bulls won their first-ever MLS Supporters’ Shield in front of a sold-out crowd of 25,219 at Red Bull Arena, defeating the Chicago
Fire 5-2. In a must-win situation, captain Thierry Henry scored New York’s first goal after the hosts went behind, while four other players found the
back of the net as the Red Bulls, under first-year head coach and former New York standout defender Mike Petke, completed the regular season
with an MLS-best 59 points and a 17-9-8 record.

MLS Team Listings
Major League Soccer's regular season runs from March to October with its 19 teams playing 34 games in an unbalanced schedule. Teams are
divided into the Eastern and Western Conference.​


------ Eastern Conference -----
Chicago Fire, Columbus Crew, D.C. United, Houston Dynamo, New England Revolution, New York Red Bulls, Philadelphia Union, Sporting Kansas City, Toronto FC, Montreal Impact
Logos link to each team's MLS site:

------ Western Conference ------
Chivas USA, Colorado Rapids, FC Dallas, L.A. Galaxy, Portland Timbers, Real Salt Lake, San Jose Earthquakes, Seattle Sounders FC, Vancouver Whitecaps
Logos link to each team's MLS site:

Expansion Teams
MLS is continuing to experience growth as teams outside the league express interest in joining. New York City FC and Orlando City SC are two
such teams and are scheduled to enter league play in 2015. NYCFC is starting as a brand new organization while Orlando joins as an existing
team coming from the USL PRO league. David Beckham has also exercised his option to enter a club in the league. The team will be new from
the ground up and there is no set date for when they will start league play.​
New York City FC
In May 2010, league commissioner Don Garber announced the league's desire to place its 20th team in New York City. On June 27, 2012, MLS
announced plans to build a new soccer-specific stadium in Queens, New York, with a seating capacity of 25,000 and located near the USTA
Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows. On May 21, 2013, MLS announced New York City FC as the next expansion team.
The team's expansion rights were purchased by the Premier League club Manchester City and the Hated New York Yankees stickball team for
$100 million. It will begin play as early as 2015 depending on stadium availability.​

Orlando City Soccer Club
On October 25, 2010, Phil Rawlins and his investor group of Orlando City Soccer Club, announced their intentions of joining Major League
Soccer within the next 3 to 5 years. Commissioner Garber and other MLS officials met with Orlando City team officials in February 2011 and
again in November 2011 to discuss MLS expansion in Orlando. In March 2012, Garber met with Orlando city and county officials, and said,
“It’s not a matter of if, but when,” when addressing Orlando’s chances of joining MLS. In April 2013, the City of Orlando purchased downtown
land to be used towards the construction of a $110 million MLS soccer stadium. On August 8, 2013, Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs and
Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer reached an agreement on a deal to provide financial support for a variety of Orlando projects including the new MLS
soccer stadium. On October 22, 2013, the Orange County Board of Commissioners voted 5-2 to approve the use of $20 million in tourist
development tax funds to build an $84 million multi-purpose soccer stadium in downtown Orlando. On November 19, 2013, Orlando was
officially announced as the league's 21st team.​

The Southern Florida Fighting Beckhams
The league announced that former LA Galaxy superstar David Beckham has exercised his option for an MLS expansion team and will seek
to build that team in Miami, a move rumored for months that now looks like a reality for soccer fans in South Florida. MLS Commissioner Don
Garber made the announcement with Beckham and Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez during a press conference at Perez Art
Museum Miami. Beckham’s ownership group will now work with MLS and local officials to finalize a deal for a world-class soccer stadium, but a
timeline for when negotiations need to be completed or when a Miami team might join the league were not revealed.​

Supporters Groups Listings
Eastern Conference

Chicago Fire

Columbus Crew

D.C. United

Houston Dynamo

Montreal Impact

New England Revolution

New York Red Bulls

Philadelphia Union

Sporting KC
The Kansas City Cauldron
- Website: http://www.kccauldron.com/
- Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/KCCauldron/
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/KCCauldron/

Toronto FC

Western Conference

Chivas USA

Colorado Rapids

FC Dallas

L.A. Galaxy

Portland Timbers

Real Salt Lake

San Jose Earthquakes

Seattle Sounders FC
Emerald City Supporters
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NASL Site: http://www.nasl.com/
Quick Links
- Schedule
- Standings
- Facebook
- Twitter
Important Information

The North American Soccer League (NASL) is a professional men's soccer league with ten teams in the United States and Canada. It is sanctioned
by the United States Soccer Federation (U.S. Soccer) as the Division II league in the American league system, under Major League Soccer (MLS) and
above USL PRO. The league is named for, but not affiliated with, the original North American Soccer League. The modern NASL was founded in 2009,
and began play in 2011.

The Woosnam Cup is a planned annual award given to the North American Soccer League team with the best regular season, as determined
by the NASL points system on aggregate between the Spring and Fall championship seasons in year. Planning is currently underway to ensure it is
awarded prior to the end of the 2014 season. The Woosnam Cup will be presented retrospectively to the prior year winners. The Woosnam Cup derives
its name from Phil Woosnam, long time Commissioner of the original North American Soccer League who died during the summer of 2013.

2013 Year in Review:
Soccer Bowl 2013: New York Cosmos
Set at Atlanta Silverbacks Park, the Atlanta Silverbacks and the New York Cosmos faced each other at Soccer Bowl 2013 for the NASL Championship
in front of a sellout crowd of 7,211. The event was televised live in English on ESPN3 and in Spanish on ESPN Deportes. After a 0-0 draw at halftime
and returning for the second half, both teams were determined to once again gain the momentum shown in the first 45 minutes. After five minutes in,
the Cosmos finally broke through Nasco's undeniable defense. Ayoze took a free kick that reached the goal area, but was cleared by an Atlanta
defender. The ball fell to Senna who stopped the ball's motion, methodically placed it on the ground, and with precision looped an 18 yard shot from
the right side on the half volley which arched into the opposite upper 90 which Nasco could not reach in time.After several valiant attempts by the
Silverbacks' the Cosmos held their line through the entire stoppage time.

The Woosnam Cup: Carolina RailHawks
The Supporters’ Cup is the overall points championship for North American Soccer League teams. Supporters around the league are coming together
to fund and produce a trophy to award to the overall points champion at the end of each season. The current plan is to retroactively recognize the
2011, 2012 and 2013 winners in addition to future champions.

NASL Team Listings
The NASL began playing a split-season format in 2013. Similar to Liga MX and other Central American leagues, the schedule consists of two competitions,
Spring and Fall, with the winner of the Spring season earning the right to host the Fall champion in a one-game playoff, the Soccer Bowl. The Spring
runs from early April until July 4, and following a one-month break, the Fall season runs from early August until early November.
Logos link to each team's website:



Important Information

The USL Professional Division, commonly known as USL Pro (stylized USL PRO), is a professional men's soccer league in the United
States that began its inaugural season in 2011. USL Pro is sanctioned as a Division III Professional League by United States Soccer
Federation (U.S. Soccer), placing it under Major League Soccer (Division I) and the North American Soccer League (Division II) in the hierarchy.
The league is owned and operated by United Soccer Leagues (USL) and was formed as result of the organization's merger of the old USL First
and Second Divisions. The merger is meant to consolidate USL's position within the American professional soccer landscape and focus on
stability, commercial growth and the professional development of soccer in four main regions throughout the United States, Canada, and the
Caribbean. In January 2013, USL and MLS reached an agreement to integrate USL Pro league competition with the MLS Reserve League,
primarily to improve player development in North America, strengthen league competition and build ties between divisions in the American
soccer pyramid. This multi-year deal encourages MLS and USL Pro team affiliations and player loans, and it will lead to more games for teams
and developing players.

The Commissioner's Cup is is the trophy awarded to the team with the best regular season record as determined by the USL PRO
points system.

2013 Year in Review:
USL PRO Championship: Orlando City SC
Forward Dom Dwyer notched a single game club-record four goals, Dennis Chin and Adama Mbengue added the final three goals as the Lions
captured the 2013 USL PRO Championship 7-4 in front of 20,886 fans at Fifth Third Bank Field at the Florida Citrus Bowl. The attendance is an
all-time record for the club and USL PRO, beating the last mark by upwards of 9,800 fans. Orlando began the match on the offensive, attacking
the Charlotte backline with the dual threat of Forwards Dennis Chin and Dom Dwyer.

Comissioner's Cup Winner: Richmond Kickers
The Richmond Kickers cruised on the strength of two Matthew Delicate goals and some spectacular goalkeeping from Andrew Dykstra to beat
Orlando City SC and clinch the Commissioner's Cup, the USL Pro regular season championship. While both teams have one game remaining,
the Kickers now own the first tiebreaker over Orlando City, which is head to head. Delicate opened the scoring in the 24th minute. Joseph
Ngwenya started the play by receiving the ball in midfield and making a great move to get away from his man. He then made it to the endline to
put in a cross, which Delicate clipped off the back post and into the goal. A mere five minutes later, Delicate scored his second goal and put
the Kickers in complete control of the game.

USL PRO Team Listings
USL PRO played its 2013 regular season schedule with each of its 13 clubs playing a 26-game schedule as the league embarked on a
groundbreaking partnership with MLS that featured interleague games vs. MLS Reserve teams.



Important Information

The Major Indoor Soccer League (MISL), formerly known as the National Indoor Soccer League, is a professional indoor soccer league
which began play in 2008. It is the third league to be known as the Major Indoor Soccer League. Originally, five teams had been announced to
play in the inaugural season; four who were in the previous Major Indoor Soccer League and one formerly in the American Indoor Soccer
League. However, the Orlando Sharks (formerly of the MISL) were forced to go inactive because of scheduling conflicts with Amway Arena.
Later, the Massachusetts Twisters were brought in from the AISL to take the Sharks' place. The MISL is the top-tier professional indoor soccer
league in the USA.

2013 Year in Review:
MISL Championship: Baltimore Breakers
The Baltimore Blast defeated the Missouri Comets, 8-6, in Game Two of the MISL Championship Series to win the 2013 MISL Championship.
Despite being shutout in the first half, the Blast fought back, scoring four second-half goals to earn the come-from-behind victory. Four different
players scored in the victory and Championship Series MVP William Vanzela recorded 12 saves. In a first quarter that featured more injury
time outs than goals, Byron Alvarez scored the only goal, putting the Comets up 2-0 in the 10th minute. Alvarez scored again in the second
quarter, a shootout power play goal to give the Comets a 4-0 lead. Max Ferdinand scored Baltimore's first goal of the match, a power play goal
four minutes into the second half, to cut the Comets' lead to 4-2 and Tony Donatelli closed the third quarter with another power play goal that
tied the game at 4-4. Adriano Dos Santos gave the Blast their first lead of the night, 6-4, four minutes into the final quarter and rookie Lucas
Roque extended the Blast lead to 8-4 midway through the quarter (8-4). Alvarez completed his hat trick and cut the Blast lead to 8-6 with less
than five minutes left in the game.




NWSL Site: http://nwslsoccer.com/
Quick Links
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- Standings
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Important Information

The National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) is the top level professional women's soccer league in the United States. It began play in spring
2013 with eight teams; four of them are former members of Women's Professional Soccer (WPS), which had been the top women's league in the United
States soccer pyramid before its demise in 2012. The NWSL's inaugural season ran from April 2013 through August 2013 with each team scheduled for
22 regular season games, including 11 home games. At the end of the regular season, the team with the highest point total is awarded the regular
season title. The four clubs with the most points from the regular season standings qualify for the league playoffs, which consist of two semifinal single
knockout matches, with the winner of each semifinal advancing to the championship final hosted by the team with most regular season points.

2013 Year in Review:
NWSL 2013 Championship: Portland Thorns FC
The Portland Thorns FC defeated the Western New York Flash 2-0 to win the inaugural National Women's Soccer League Championship before 9,129
fans at Sahlen's Stadium. Thorns FC, which earned the league's championship as the No. 3 seed in the playoffs, played the final 34 minutes with 10
players after rookie defender Kathryn Williamson was ejected following her second yellow card of the match for an off-the-ball foul on Western New
York forward Abby Wambach. Facing five minutes of stoppage time at the end of the second half, Sinclair provided the clinching goal after taking a
pass from substitute forward Alex Morgan, who entered the match in the 71st minute.

NWSL Team Listings
Logos link to each team's website:



Canada Soccer Association
The Canadian Soccer Association is the governing body of soccer in Canada. It is a national organization that oversees the Canadian men's
and women's national teams for international play, as well as the respective junior sides (U-20 and U-17 for men and women). Within Canada,
it oversees national professional and amateur club championships.

The founding meeting of the Dominion of Canada Football Association took place on May 24, 1912. The organization joined FIFA on 31 December
1912. On 21 June 1926, the DCFA resigned from FIFA, only to rejoin on 20 June 1948. The association celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2012.
The Association has hosted three FIFA tournaments, the FIFA U-17 World Cup Canada 1987, the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup Canada 2002,
and the FIFA U-20 World Cup Canada 2007. The Association will next host the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup in 2014 and the FIFA Women's
World Cup in 2015.

The Association's national teams have won nine confederation championships.

Men's National Teams
  • 1985 CONCACAF Men's Championship and the
  • 2000 CONCACAF Gold Cup
  • 1986 and 1996 CONCACAF Under-20 Championship
Women's National Teams
  • 1998 and 2010 CONCACAF Women's Championship
  • 2004 and 2008 CONCACAF Women's U-20 Championship
  • 2010 CONCACAF Women's U-17 Championship.


Canadian Men's and Women's National Team site: http://www.canadasoccer.com/

Professional League teams
Canada, while not yet having it's own top tier national domestic league, fields 5 men's teams in the top divisions of the American soccer hierarchy.
The Montreal Impact, Toronto FC, and Vancouver Whitecaps play in America's top division, Major League Soccer (MLS). MLS is considered the top
division in the Canadian soccer pyramid. Also, they field two teams, FC Edmonton and Ottawa Fury, in America's second division North American
Soccer League. They have 16 players that play in America's National Women's Soccer league (NWSL).​

Important Tournaments
Canada's national and club teams also play in the CONCACAF region described above. The same important tournaments that the United States
and her teams focus on are the same tournaments that also concern Canada and her teams, save the US Open Cup.

Please see the Important Tournaments post above.
  • FIFA World Cup
  • FIFA Confederations Cup
  • Summer Olympics
  • Men's CONCACAF Gold Cup
  • Women's CONCACAF Gold Cup
  • CONCACAF Champions League
  • FIFA Club World Cup
However, Canada also has the Canadian Championship. The winner is awarded the Voyageurs Cup and Canada's berth in the CONCACAF Champions
League. The Voyageurs Cup is the only trophy for top-level professional soccer in Canada. From 2002 to 2007, the cup was awarded annually to
the Canadian team finishing with the best record in the USL First Division, from regular season matches against other Canadian teams in the
league. Since 2008, the trophy has been presented to the winner of the Canadian Championship, and includes Canada's berth in the CONCACAF
Champions League. Montreal Impact won the first seven trophies while Toronto FC took the next four.



World Cup US TV Schedule

The full schedule has been released. Below is the full list of times (all times ET):

Thursday, June 12
  • Brazil vs. Croatia, 3:30 p.m. (ESPN)
Friday, June 13
  • Mexico vs. Cameroon, 11:30 a.m. (ESPN2)
  • Spain vs. Netherlands, 2:30 p.m. (ESPN)
  • Chile vs. Australia, 5:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
Saturday, June 14
  • Colombia vs. Greece, 11:30 a.m. (ABC)
  • Uruguay vs. Costa Rica, 2:30 p.m. (ABC)
  • England vs. Italy, 5:30 p.m. (ESPN)
  • Ivory Coast vs. Japan, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN)
Sunday, June 15
  • Switzerland vs. Ecuador, 11:30 a.m. (ABC)
  • France vs. Honduras 2:30 p.m. (ABC)
  • Argentina vs. Bosnia-Herzegovina 5:30 p.m. (ESPN)
Monday, June 16
  • ********** Germany vs. Portugal, 11:30 a.m. (ESPN) **********
  • Iran vs. Nigeria, 2:30 p.m. (ESPN)
  • ********** Ghana vs. United States 5:30 p.m. (ESPN) **********
Tuesday, June 17
  • Belgium vs. Algeria, 11:30 a.m. (ESPN)
  • Brazil vs. Mexico, 2:30 p.m. (ESPN)
  • Russia vs. South Korea, 5:30 p.m. (ESPN)
Wednesday, June 18
  • Australia vs. Netherlands, 11:30 a.m. (ESPN)
  • Spain vs. Chile, 2:30 p.m. (ESPN)
  • Cameroon vs. Croatia, 5:30 p.m. (ESPN)
Thursday, June 19
  • Colombia vs. Ivory Coast, 11:30 a.m. (ESPN)
  • Uruguay vs. England, 2:30 p.m. (ESPN)
  • Japan vs. Greece, 5:30 p.m. (ESPN)
Friday, June 20
  • Italy vs. Costa Rica, 11:30 a.m. (ESPN)
  • Switzerland vs. France, 2:30 p.m. (ESPN)
  • Honduras vs. Ecuador, 5:30 p.m. (ESPN)
Saturday, June 21
  • Argentina vs. Iran, 11:30 a.m. (ESPN)
  • ********** Germany vs. Ghana, 2:30 p.m. (ESPN) **********
  • Nigeria vs. Bosnia-Herzegovina, 5:30 p.m. (ESPN)
Sunday, June 22
  • Belgium vs. Russia, 11:30 a.m. (ABC)
  • South Korea vs. Algeria, 2:30 p.m. (ABC)
  • ********** United States vs. Portugal, 5:30 p.m. (ESPN) **********
Monday, June 23
  • Netherlands vs. Chile, 11:30 a.m. (ESPN)
  • Australia vs. Spain, 11:30 a.m. (ESPN2)
  • Croatia vs. Mexico, 3:30 p.m. (ESPN
  • Cameroon vs. Brazil, 3:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
Tuesday, June 24
  • Italy vs. Uruguay, 11:30 a.m. (ESPN)
  • Costa Rica vs. England 11:30 a.m. (ESPN2)
  • Japan vs. Colombia, 3:30 p.m. (ESPN)
  • Greece vs. Ivory Coast, 3:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
Wednesday, June 25
  • Nigeria vs. Argentina, 11:30 a.m. (ESPN)
  • Bosnia-Herzegovina vs. Iran, 11:30 a.m. (ESPN2)
  • Ecuador vs. France, 3:30 p.m. (ESPN)
  • Honduras vs. Switzerland, 3:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
Thursday, June 26
  • ********** United States vs. Germany, 11:30 a.m. (ESPN) **********
  • ********** Portugal vs. Ghana, 11:30 a.m. (ESPN2) **********
  • South Korea vs. Belgium, 3:30 p.m. (ESPN)
  • Algeria vs. Russia, 3:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
Saturday, June 28
  • Round of 16, 1A vs. 2B, 11:30 a.m. (ABC)
  • Round of 16, 1C vs. 2D, 3:30 p.m. (ABC)
Sunday, June 29
  • Round of 16, 1B vs. 2A, 11:30 a.m. (ESPN)
  • Round of 16, 1D vs. 2C, 3:30 p.m. (ESPN)
Monday, June 30
  • Round of 16, 1E vs. 2F, 11:30 a.m. (ESPN)
  • Round of 16, 1G vs. 2H, 3:30 p.m. (ESPN)
Tuesday, July 1
  • Round of 16, 1F vs. 2E, 11:30 a.m. (ESPN)
  • Round of 16, 1H vs. 2G, 3:30 p.m. (ESPN)
Friday, July 4
  • Quarterfinals, 11:30 a.m. (ESPN2)
  • Quarterfinals, 3:30 p.m. (ESPN)
Saturday, July 5
  • Quarterfinals, 11:30 a.m. (ESPN2)
  • Quarterfinals, 3:30 p.m. (ESPN)
Tuesday, July 8
  • Semifinals, 3:30 p.m. (ESPN)
Wednesday, July 9
  • Semifinals, 3:30 p.m. (ESPN)
Saturday, July 12
  • Third-place match, 3:30 p.m. (ESPN)
Sunday, July 13
  • Final, 2:30 p.m. (ABC)


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Great OP. I'm excited for the World Cup and the upcoming MLS season. DC United can't be any worse than last year.
Nice work on the thread, Askani!

According to ASN, the following players are starting at the top of the hour for their respective teams in England: Altidore, Cameron, Guzan, Shea, Will Packwood, Tim Ream, and Danny Williams.


I like this thread idea. I'm not a hardcore fan of the MLS per se, so I wasn't in that OT very often, but I am very interested in its overall development, particularly in how that effects the USMNT. So getting all the discussion in one thread would be beneficial to folks like myself.


great job on the thread Askani.

seems like Chandler had to be subbed off with a serious injury ten minutes into the game against Bayern Munich. Tough week for Americans abroad.

Fabian - hand injury
Jermaine- Groin strain
Aron- thigh strain
No word on Chandler yet, but the description didn't sound good. It was a non-contact injury and he was stretchered off.

Do we really have to start this shit in our own thread?
No, we don't, and I'd appreciate people keeping the soccer vs other sports taunts out of this thread. Thanks.
Nice thread!

I'm a Canadian Men's National Team supporter.. man that is tough business.
At least the women are pretty good.


As a Canadian, sometimes I wish the US would annex us just so we can have a decent soccer team to follow :p


I don't usually go through the gaming nor OT community tabs but i'm glad I clicked on this one. I just got my tickets for the SJ match versus Toluca :D


The new thread gets posted, the US women crush Russia 7-0, Timmy Chandler tears his left meniscus....

Askani said:
The discussion will include, but is not limited to: US Men's and Women's National Teams

Since this is the American Soccer thread, I think we should add the Canadian Men's and Women's National Teams to the list, in honor of our Canadian friends.
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