USSoccerPlayers - May 17th, 2012

Thursday's TV: Mexico Champion

Mexico's Clausura final series opens on TeleFutura: Monterrey - Santos Laguna at 10pm.  Copa Libertadores on Fox Deportes: Boca Juniors - Fluminese at 6:30pm and Velez Sarsfield - Santos at 9pm. All Times Eastern

Their Words

"And then we have younger players coming through the ranks that within one year have established themselves as starters on big clubs. That feeds more quality into our program and it’s also something that makes you proud because it goes hand in hand with what we’re doing." US National Team coach Jurgen Klinsmann.

DC 2 - Colorado 0

In front of 11,593 fans on Tuesday night at RFK Stadium, DC United shutout the Rapids in a game where they put ten of twelve shots on goal. Dwayne De Rosario opened the scoring in the 25th minute with Hamdi Salihi doubling the lead in the 60th.  “I’ve said from the first game that I like it when I come out here, because we have a clear idea of how we want to work, and we work this way every day," Salihi said. "And now everybody can see that every day this is working better and better.”

Vancouver and Toronto drew 1-1 in the first leg of the Canadian Championship.  Toronto's Ryan Johnson opened the scoring in the 66th minute.  Eric Hassli equalized in stoppage time. The winner advances to the CONCACAF Champions League.  “It was a good result, but if you watched the whole game we deserved to win," Toronto coach Aron Winter said. "The first half, we had some difficulties and we got better during the game. After the 1-0 goal, we had the opportunity to get the second and third goals and at those moments, those are the most important situations where we have to finish. In the end, Vancouver tried with a lot of crosses and set pieces to score and finally they got it.”

What Ever Happened To: Guy Newman

By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (May 16, 2012) US Soccer Players -- Guy Newman is one of those who played in both the outdoor and indoor version of the sport in this country throughout the 1970s and ‘80s. Like many who played in the original North American Soccer League, Newman had to transition and play indoors when the outdoor pro league folded. For Newman, he didn’t care whether he played on natural grass or on a green carpet under a roof.

“I love both games,” the former defender said.  “Just as when I was a kid, I loved playing five-a-side or 11-a-side, it didn’t matter as long as I was playing. I used to say, however, that if I was playing in San Diego in August I would prefer the outdoor game, but if I was in Buffalo in January I would prefer the indoor variety.”

Newman, the son of former English player and famed coach Ron Newman, won the US Open Cup in 1977 with Maccabi Los Angeles, a semipro club, before signing with the NASL’s Tampa Bay Rowdies. In 1978, he played for the Fort Lauderdale Strikers and followed his father to the expansion Miami Americans two years later in the American Soccer League. The team lasted one season and folded. In 1980, Ron Newman was named coach of the San Diego Sockers, and again, Guy followed his dad.  Continue reading "What Ever Happened To: Guy Newman" »

D.C. United looking much improved, but crucial MLS stretch awaits - from The Washington Post's Steven Goff: This probably isn’t a championship team.

Hassli aims to get even with Toronto - from The Province's Marc Weber: "But now we have another chance and it starts on Wednesday."

Sounders known for celebrating road wins in song - from The Seattle Times' Joshua Mayers: Catchy, huh?

Manchester City: Will Summer Shopping for Players Decide Next Season’s League Title, Too? - from The Times' Tony Karon: But let’s not kid ourselves....

‘Daddy’s Crying’ - from Grantland's Marc Stein: By now, I suspect, you know the basics.

Dalglish an appointment out of time - from Soccernet's Richard Jolly: "Disappointing" was the word owner John W Henry diplomatically used.

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