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Jozy to start Copa del Rey match

Posted on 29 October 2008 by ASN Staff

Jozy Altidore is set to make his first start for Villareal when the Yellow Submarine face Polideportivo Ejido in their Copa del Rey matchup later today. “I need to get some games under my belt and this is a good time for me to play a game,” Altidore wrote in his New York Times Goal blog. The 19-year old former New York Red Bulls forward added “I’m just excited that I’m finally going to get to show what I can do and I hope I have a good showing and make a good impression. I just want to help the team in the tournament.”

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The outcome was not what Jozy might have wanted, as the La Liga powerhouse dropped a 5-0 decision to Poli Ejido. Altidore had several scoring chances, but could not find the back of the net. Villarreal now has a huge uphill climb in the home lege if it hopes to advance past the Round of 32

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New York’s playoff campaign: DOA?

Posted on 29 October 2008 by arozsa

If you asked me a question about the New York Red Bulls hopes for the playoffs last Thursday night, how would I have responded? Perhaps an old friend of mine could sum it up for me.

The Red Bulls went 2-5-1 in their last eight games, giving up 18 goals in the process. Their starting goalkeeper, in fact the only goalkeeper on the roster with any MLS experience at all, is suspended until sometime around Memorial Day, 2009. Jeff Parke, oftentimes the only effective defender on this squad, joins him on his sojourn to the methadone clinic.

Playoffs? Are you kidding me?

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Altidore to start Copa del Rey match for Villareal

Posted on 29 October 2008 by ASN Staff

Jozy Altidore is set to make his first start for Villareal when the Yellow Submarine face Polideportivo Ejido in their Copa del Rey matchup later today. “I need to get some games under my belt and this is a good time for me to play a game,” Altidore wrote in his New York Times Goal blog.

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Twellman out indefinitely and other news from Revs land

Posted on 28 October 2008 by ASN Staff

Taylor Twellman has been sidelined indefinitely due to complications resulting from the concussion he suffered in the Revs Aug. 30 game against the L.A. Galaxy. Despite missing 14 regular season games, Twellman notched eight goals and two assists, one short of 100 career goals, and is tied with Steve Ralston as this season’s goal leader. The Revolution now head into the playoffs missing their three most prolific strikers: Twellman, Adam Cristman an Ralston. Gabriel Badilla and Khano Smith will not suit up as a result of red card suspensions. Read more about the Revs preparations, including quotes from Steve Nicol, here.

Separately, the team moved to retract statements made by Shalrie Joseph after the team’s season-ending loss to Kansas City. Speaking of Wizards forward Herculez Gomez, Joseph said “the guy ended Ralston’s season for the rest of the year and he didn’t get a yellow – he didn’t get suspended or fined or nothing. We knew coming in today we definitely wanted to give him payback and make him know we didn’t appreciate what he did to Ralston.”

Joseph changed his tune Monday. “I want to apologize for my comments after our game on Saturday night against Kansas City,” he said in a statement issued by the Revs. “I was still caught up in the heat of the match. I regret implying that we were looking for payback. I know my comments don’t reflect the feelings of my teammates or the club.”

The Revs added a statement of their own. Read on here.

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Twellman out, depleted Revolution regroup for playoffs

Posted on 28 October 2008 by L.E. Eisenmenger

Taylor Twellman has been sidelined indefinitely due to complications resulting from the concussion he suffered in the Revs Aug. 30 game against the L.A. Galaxy. Despite missing 14 regular season games, Twellman notched eight goals and two assists, one short of 100 career goals, and is tied with Steve Ralston as this season’s goal leader. The Revolution now head into the playoffs missing their three most prolific strikers: Twellman, Adam Cristman an Ralston. Gabriel Badilla and Khano Smith will not suit up as a result of red card suspensions.

Today after practice in the freezing rain, the mood was subdued. “How confident can you be?” asked coach Steve Nicol. “We think we’re going to win the game – full stop.

“We played [Chicago] three times and two of those three times we were a man down, so obviously a step in the right direction would be 11 against 11 for 90 minutes. We’ve lost twice to them in questionable circumstances. They outplayed us in one of the games, beat us here 3-nil and deserved to do it, but the other two are a wash for me.”

Nicol said his decision to go with a 4-4-2 formation instead of the traditional 3-5-2 was largely a result of circumstance. “We only played four at the back at the middle of the season because of the tired legs,” he said. “It’s pretty straight forward – we’ve lost Ralston, otherwise we would play three. It just means that the fullbacks have a wee bit more license to get further forward when you play with four as opposed to three.”

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Joseph, Revs apologize for Gomez statement

Posted on 28 October 2008 by L.E. Eisenmenger

Monday, Shalrie Joseph and the New England Revolution issued statements apologizing for his post-game comment on Khano Smith’s red-carded foul to Kansas City’s Hercules Gomez. It was Gomez who delivered the tackle that ended the season Steve Ralston two weeks prior.

After Saturday’s game, Joseph said of Gomez, “the guy ended Ralston’s season for the rest of the year and he didn’t get a yellow – he didn’t get suspended or fined or nothing. We knew coming in today we definitely wanted to give him payback and make him know we didn’t appreciate what he did to Ralston.”

Joseph changed his tune Monday. “I want to apologize for my comments after our game on Saturday night against Kansas City,” he said in a statement issued by the Revs. “I was still caught up in the heat of the match. I regret implying that we were looking for payback. I know my comments don’t reflect the feelings of my teammates or the club.”

The Revolution added a statement of their own. “We apologize for Shalrie Joseph’s comments following our match on Saturday night,” they wrote. “There was no concerted effort to single out any player on Kansas City’s squad. We would never condone such behavior or actions.”

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Donovan gets Golden Boot in entertaining season finale

Posted on 28 October 2008 by iyeo

A season-ending match that didn’t feature any drama regarding the MLS playoff race still provided for plenty of entertainment.

The Los Angeles Galaxy and FC Dallas ended their respective 2008 campaigns against each other at the Home Depot Center on Sunday afternoon. Even though both teams will be watching the 2008 MLS playoffs on their television sets, the two teams still left everything out on the field, which ended in a 2-2 draw.

“There was some character shown by our team,” Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena said. “The players picked themselves up, they took the responsibility to share the workload and deal with the circumstances that we had.”

The match did feature the league’s top two goal scorers; Landon Donovan of the Galaxy and FC Dallas’ Kenny Cooper. Donovan was one ahead of Cooper in the golden boot race with 19 goals heading into Sunday’s match.

Beckham also notched his 10th assist for the season despite being questionable for the match with a quadriceps injury.

“They were burning,” Beckham said regarding his quads.

Donovan came out the winner, as he notched up his 20th goal of the season on a penalty kick in the 78th minute. Eddie Lewis was fouled harshly by goalkeeper Dario Sala while chasing down a David Beckham pass. Referee Tim Weyland awarded the penalty kick and Donovan successfully buried the shot to the far right post. The Galaxy almost had the lead three minutes later, as Beckham crossed a ball into the box, but the header by forward Edson Buddle missed to the far left post by a mere inches.

The two players linked up with more successful outcome in the first half. Beckham crossed a ball into the box and Buddle headed the ball into back of the net at the far right post in the 21st minute. Buddle almost made it a two-goal afternoon, as he tracked a deep ball sent by Mike Randolph, fought off several defenders and let loose a laser that bounced off the right post.

FC Dallas soon had its say. Victor Sikora sent a free kick into the box that was deflected by LA goalkeeper Josh Wicks. The ball however stayed in the box and following a brief touch by defender Adrian Serioux, defender Drew Moor buried the point blank shot for the equalizer in the 34th minute of play. Four minutes later. FC Dallas took the lead when defender Duilio Davino served a ball forward that was tracked down by Sikora, who broke for goal and beat Wicks to the right post from 16 yards out.

The Galaxy’s afternoon looked even more bleak towards the end of the half when midfielder Alvaro Pires was red-carded in the 40th minute for a vicious tackle on Sikora while trying to stop a counter. FC Dallas though conceded the man-advantage in the second half, when defender Aaron Pitchkolan received his second yellow-card in the 49th minute for tripping Donovan.

“It was a difficult game for both teams,” FC Dallas head coach Schellas Hyndman said.

Sunday’s match also marked the final time in uniform for FC Dallas midfielder Bobby Rhine and Galaxy defender Greg Vanney, who announced his retirement prior to the match. Rhine got the start and the captain’s armband and Vanney came in as a sub for Brandon McDonald in stoppage time and received the armband from Beckham.

Sunday’s match ends a season of turbulence for both clubs. FC Dallas fired then head coach Steve Morrow follwing a 2-23 start and a humiliating 5-1 defeat at home against the Galaxy on May 18. Marco Ferruzzi took over on an interim basis before eventually giving way to Hyndman in June. FC Dallas improved well enough to stay in the playoff race until its elimination last week.

FC Dallas’ questions pale in comparison to that of the Galaxy, which endured a 12-match winless streak that lasted over three months and saw head coach Ruud Gullitt resign and general manager Alexi Lalas fired. Apart from needing to address a defense that surrendered its 61st and 62nd goals of the season on Sunday, there is also the future surrounding its two top players Beckham and Donovan. Beckham is reportedly working out a short-term loan deal with Serie A club AC Milan in order to remain fit for continued selection to the England national team. A potential deal would allow him to train and possibly feature in matches with the Italian giants for at least two months, starting in January. Beckham has insisted that the impending loan deal will not turn into a permanent transfer and that he would be in a Galaxy uniform for the start of the 2009 season.

Donovan’s status is not so much clear. Donovan has repeatedly stated that he is ready to make the move to Europe, but only if the right situation came along. German club Bayern Munich showed interest in Donovan during the season and it remains to be seen if they still are interested. Then there is the question of whether or not MLS and the Galaxy are willing to give up the most celebrated American player, even for a steep price.

“Obviously, there’s a lot of ifs,” Donovan said. “From my standpoint, I’m ready to make that step, and I want to.”

Though it will not participate in the 2008 MLS playoffs, the Galaxy will still be active on the pitch in the offseason, as it will embark on a tour of Australia and New Zealand in December.

Match Facts

FC Dallas (8-10-12) vs. Los Angeles Galaxy (8-13-9)
October 26, 2008 — The Home Depot Center

Scoring Summary:
LA — Edson Buddle 15 (David Beckham 10, Eddie Lewis 2) 21
DAL — Drew Moor 2 (Adrian Serioux 4) 34
DAL — Victor Sikora 1 (Duilio Davino 1) 39
LA — Landon Donovan 20 (penalty kick) 79


Lineups:

FC Dallas — Dario Sala, Drew Moor, Duilio Davino, Aaron Pitchkolan, Adrian Serioux (Michael Dello-Russo 67), Blake Wagner, Bobby Rhine (Chase Wileman 58), Bruno Guarda, Victor Sikora (Andre Rocha 64), Kenny Cooper, Jeff Cunningham,

Substitutes Not Used: Eric Avila, Ray Burse, Dominic Oduro, Jamie Watson

Los Angeles Galaxy — Josh Wicks, Sean Franklin, Julian Valentin (Bryan Jordan 54), Mike Randolph, Chris Klein, Alvaro Pires, David Beckham, Landon Donovan, Eddie Lewis, Edson Buddle, Alan Gordon (Brandon McDonald 46) (Greg Vanney 93+),

Substitutes Not Used: Steve Cronin, Ante Jazic, Troy Roberts, Josh Tudela

Misconduct Summary:
LA — Edson Buddle (caution; Tactical Foul) 4
DAL — Aaron Pitchkolan (caution; Reckless Tackle) 28
LA — Alvaro Pires (ejection; Serious Foul Play) 40
LA — David Beckham (caution; Dissent) 42
DAL — Adrian Serioux (caution; Dissent) 42
DAL — Aaron Pitchkolan (ejection; Second Caution) 49
DAL — Dario Sala (caution; Unsporting Behavior) 92+

referee: Tim Weyland
Referee’s Assistants: Emiliano Monje; David Bragg
4th official: Ramon Hernandez
time of game: 1:53
attendance: 27,000
weather: Clear -and- 82 degrees

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Rongen names 18 for Spain

Posted on 28 October 2008 by ASN Staff

U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team head coach Thomas Rongen has named 18 players that will travel to Madrid, Spain from Nov. 15-23. The team will play games against club teams, with dates and opponents to be confirmed.

The squad boasts nine professional players who play in seven different leagues around the world, including a pair from Germany’s Hertha Berlin in Bryan Arguez and Alfredo Morales and a duo from Major League Soccer’s FC Dallas in Josh Lambo and Anthony Wallace. Tristan Bowen of the Los Angeles Galaxy, Jorge Flores of Chivas USA and Abdusalam Ibrahim from Toronto FC round out the MLS contingent.

All five of the domestically-based youth players play for clubs from the U.S. Soccer Development Academy. Gale Agbossoumonde (IMG), Anthony Arena (Crossfire Premier), U-17 Residency player Earl Edwards (La Jolla Nomads), Josh Hernandez (FC Dallas Juniors) and Zarek Valentin (PA Classics) each represent a different Academy club.

U.S. U-20 MNT Roster

GOALKEEPERS (2): Earl Edwards (La Jolla Nomads SC; San Diego, Calif.), Josh Lambo (FC Dallas-MLS)

DEFENDERS (5): Gale Agbossoumonde (IMG Academy; Syracuse, N.Y.), Anthony Arena (Crossfire Premier; Kenmore, Wash.), Kyle Davies (Southampton FC – ENG), Zarek Valentin (PA Classics; Lancaster, Pa.), Anthony Wallace (FC Dallas-MLS)

MIDFIELDERS (7): Bryan Arguez (Hertha Berlin-GER), Jorge Flores (Chivas USA-MLS), Gregory Garza (Sporting Lisbon-POR), Josh Hernandez (FC Dallas Juniors U-18; Dallas, Texas), Jared Jeffrey (Club Brugge-BEL), Alfredo Morales (Hertha Berlin-GER), Giuseppe Nazzani (Reggio Emilia – ITA)

FORWARDS (4): Vincenzo Bernardo (SSC Napoli-ITA), Tristan Bowen (Los Angeles Galaxy-MLS), Abdusalam Ibrahim (Toronto FC-MLS), Jose Torres (Loros de Colina-MEX)

Head Coach: Thomas Rongen

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World Cup roster named

Posted on 28 October 2008 by ASN Staff

U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team head coach Tony DiCicco has named a 20-player roster that will travel to Chile for the 2008 FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup, which takes place from Nov. 19 – Dec. 7. The roster features players representing 17 colleges across the country. Every game of the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup will be shown on ESPN360.com and fans will be able follow the U.S. matches on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker.

The Americans are participating in their fourth World Cup at this level, having qualified for each of the previous three tournaments (held as an Under-19 event in 2002 and 2004) and winning the inaugural event in Canada 2002. Only four other countries – Australia, Brazil, Canada and Germany – have qualified for all four competitions.

The U.S. will open against France on Nov. 19 before facing Argentina on Nov. 22, with both games taking place at the Estadio Nelson Oyarzun in Chillan. The team will then travel to Estadio German Becker in Temuco to conclude group play on Nov. 26 against China.

A total of 17 different universities are represented on the American roster. Portland, with their trio of Michelle Enyeart, Elli Reed and Keelin Winters and North Carolina, represented by Meghan Klingenberg and Nikki Washington, are the only two schools to send more than one player to Chile.

Due to the overlap of the event with the NCAA season, several players who were a part of the team that successfully qualified for the tournament in June are not able to travel to Chile because of commitments to their college programs.

Enyeart leads the U.S. attack with 10 goals in 2008. Alongside Enyeart will likely be California’s Alex Morgan, who has accounted for six goals this year. The team also boasts a potent combination of supporting players to provide an offensive spark. Sydney Leroux is the only member of the team with prior World Cup experience as she was the youngest player in the 2004 event at age 14. With dual citizenship for the U.S. and Canada, Leroux played for Canada in 2004 and is now in a unique position to represent the USA in 2008. Texas A&M’s Alyssa Mautz is a relative newcomer to the team, but her natural goalscoring abilities could prove vital in Chile.

The midfield pairing of Winters and Florida State’s Becky Edwards proved virtually unbeatable during the qualifying campaign, stifling opponents attack in the center of the field. DiCicco used both Ingrid Wells and Gina DiMartino frequently in the midfield during qualifying and will also rely on Portland’s Elli Reed, who can play virtually anywhere on the field, and the youngest member of the team in Christine Nairn.

The U.S. has many options on the back line including Klingenberg and Colorado forward Nikki Marshall. The pair played every minute during qualifying in June at left back and center back, respectively. Next to Marshall, Lauren Fowlkes (Notre Dame) and Kaley Fountain (Wake Forest) have both contributed to stellar defensive efforts throughout the year. Washington State’s Kiersten Dallstream and Arizona State product Liz Harkin round out the defensive unit and provide DiCicco with athletic options at fullback.

Between the goalposts, Penn State standout Alyssa Naeher has been the top-choice goalkeeper for the U.S., earning five shutouts in her nine international games for a 7-2 record. Virginia’s Chantal Jones has also seen some action this year in friendlies, while Minnesota’s Cat Parkhill, the youngest of the trio, earned her place during the team’s final camp before the roster was named.

U.S. U-20 WWC Roster by Position

GOALKEEPERS (3): Chantel Jones (Virginia), Alyssa Naeher (Penn State), Cat Parkhill (Minnesota)
DEFENDERS (6): Kiersten Dallsteam (Washington State), Kaley Fountain (Wake Forest), Lauren Fowlkes (Notre Dame), Liz Harkin (Arizona State), Meghan Klingenberg (North Carolina), Nikki Marshall (Colorado)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Gina DiMartino (Boston College), Becky Edwards (Florida State), Christine Nairn (Bowie, Md.), Elli Reed (Portland), Ingrid Wells (Georgetown), Keelin Winters (Portland)
FORWARDS (5): Michelle Enyeart (Portland), Sydney Leroux (UCLA), Alyssa Mautz (Texas A&M), Alex Morgan (California), Nikki Washington (North Carolina)

U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team Staff:

Head Coach: Tony DiCicco Wethersfield, Conn.
Assistant Coach: Tom Stone Lubbock, Texas
Assistant Coach: Kat Mertz Las Vegas, Nev.
Assistant Coach: Amanda Cromwell Orlando, Fla.
Team Doctor: Dr. Dan Romanelli El Paso, Texas
Dr. Glen Feltham Danville, Pa.
Team Psychologist: Tiffany Jones Raleigh, N.C.
Team Security: Craig Conger Charlotte, N.C.
Athletic Trainer: Donna Hayes Atlanta, Ga.
Massage Therapist: Nestor Battung Chicago, Ill.
Equipment Coordinator: Beto Cuevas Redondo Beach, Calif.
Team Coordinator: Brittany Braun Greenville, S.C.
Press Officer: Kate McMaster Chicago, Ill.

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Dynamo, Chivas split points in regular season finale

Posted on 27 October 2008 by tbruce

With their playoff places already set, Houston Dynamo and Chivas USA, played only for the three points, but came away with a share of the spoils instead tying 1-1, Saturday night at the Home Depot Center in Carson.

Houston’s Dwayne De Rosario scored on a controversial penalty kick in the 50th minute and the Red and Whites’ defender, Jim Curtin, tied the game in injury time.

Although the playoff positions were set and the result would not have an impact on whom the teams would match up with. The game was played at playoff pace.

Both coaches came out with their strongest lineups. Chivas had Ante Razov and Alecko Eskandarian up front plus Jesse Marsch and Sacha Kljestan in the midfield. Houston also had their big guns on the field with De Rosario, Brian Ching and Brian Mullen in the starting lineup.

Almost right of the kick off Houston attacked. De Rosario capitalized on a slip by Francisco Mendoza to get a shot in from the right channel, but fortunately for the Goats it flashed past the far post with goalkeeper, Dan Kennedy, beaten.

In the 13th minute Dynamo had the ball in the back of the net. De Rosario ran onto a ball chipped into the penalty box and stroked the ball past Kennedy but the flag went up and he was called offside.

The Red and Whites also had some chances. Ricardo Clark pulled down Mendoza. Kljestan hit the free kick and the Houston goalkeeper Pat Onstad, punched the ball out to Marsch who hit a rocket over the bar.

Minutes later Eskandarian had the best chance of the game so far. Razov sent him in all alone against Onstad. The Canadian international goalkeeper got his angles correct as he saved what looked like a certain goal.

Houston came right back as Nate Jaqua and Ching combined to set up Mullen but his shot was disappointingly weak and straight at Kennedy.

As halftime approached Houston almost took the lead. Brad Davis played a through ball to Ching. Claudio Suarez stepped up to catch him offside but Mendoza hesitated and played him on. Ching went in with only Kennedy to beat but the Chivas goalie stayed big and managed to block the shot with his feet keeping a clean score sheet going into the half.

Five minutes into the second half Houston did get on the score sheet. Jaqua ran through as Curtin over ran the ball. Kennedy raced out and dived at Jaqua’s feet. The Houston forward pushed the ball past Kennedy an attempted to jump over him, but tumbled to the ground and referee, Terry Vaughn, had no hesitation in pointing to the spot. To add insult to injury he also gave Kennedy a red card despite the animated protests from the Chivas players.

De Rosario stepped up to the spot and made no mistake in giving his team the lead 1-0.

Houston were now in attack mode as the Red and whites head coach, Preki, rearranged his team with Eskandarian coming off and backup goalkeeper Zach Thornton coming in.

Houston almost added to their lead with first De Rosario and then Jaqua being stopped by Thornton.

With the game coming to an end the Goats showed their fighting spirit. Kljestan sent Carey Talley down the right flank and his cross was diverted on frame by defender, Eddie Robinson. Onstad made a great reflex save but Curtin up from his defensive position was” Johnnie on the spot”, to bundle the ball home.

Chivas coach Preki had this to say about the game.” I thought it was a pretty good first half, I thought it was a good game. Playoff intensity, two good teams trying to outplay each other. We had one or two moments, they had one or two moments; I thought it was kind of even. Second half, we weren’t sure of ourselves for the first 3-4 minutes.”

Preki had this to say about the penalty.” After [the penalty] it was very difficult for us, but once again, the guys in the locker room don’t quit. They keep going, they keep fighting, and they got rewarded at the end. Houston had a few chances, they could’ve put the game away, but Zach [Thornton] makes a couple of saves. We scored the equalizing goal in the last seconds of the game, and right away we could’ve lost. But I give my guys an incredible amount of credit for not quitting. They stuck with each other, and they competed against a very good, quality team in Houston.”

Referee Vaughn had no reservations in giving the spot kick and the red card.” As Jaqua was jumping over, the goalkeeper reaches up and trips him with his arm, ending in a PK and a red card for denying an obvious goal scoring opportunity,” commented Vaughn.

Goal scorer, Curtin was happy with his goal but was more impressed with his team’s spirit. “It was a good effort from the team. Everybody worked hard, and pushed as hard as we could being down a man. Against a good team, it’s not always easy, but we didn’t quit and we got a result out of it.” Said defender Curtin.

Houston coach Dominic Kinnear was also happy with his team’s performance. “ I think the energy was good. We didn’t drop off, we kept on trying to play, kept on trying to attack, we gave them nothing, which is a great aspect of this team. I thought we played some good soccer and we kept the ball; I thought we were excellent.” He was also pleased with his teams overall performance for the season. “ I think defensively we’ve been great. I think after tonight we’ve got the best goals against in the league for the second year in a row. I think also in the loss column, we’ve only got five losses, and that’s pretty impressive, considering the amount of games we’ve played. The effort the guys give on both sides of the ball is impressive. I think sometimes the players that we have going forward, it’s dynamic, and it’s quick, and it gives teams problems, and obviously we’re organized too.” Added the Dynamo coach.

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