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  • US coach Tab Ramos reveals his plan for 2016 Olympic qualifying as he gathers his first camp (MLS)

    CARSON, Calif. – Tab Ramos has Brazil on his mind, and it's not all about this summer's World Cup. The Rio de Janeiro Olympics are just two years away, so Ramos this week is running US Soccer's first men's under-21 national team camp at StubHub Center, the first step toward qualifying for the 2016 Summer Games. Ramos' foundation is the side he took to the FIFA U-20 World Cup last year in Turkey, which lost to its group winners Spain and semifinalists Ghana and drew with champions France, enduring a group-of-death campaign to finish 22nd in a 24-nation field. “I think it was a good idea for us to start getting a '93s [birth year] group together,” said Ramos, who will assist Jurgen Klinsmann at the World Cup.

  • DC United's Ben Olsen react to PRO statement on missed red card: "This was a no-brainer" (MLS)

    WASHINGTON – On Tuesday afternoon, the Professional Referees Organization used its "Play of the Week" series to highlight what many believed to be this past week’s worst call: the non-issuing of a red card on the Columbus Crew’s Giancarlo Gonzalez after his 71st-minute takedown of D.C. United’s Eddie Johnson in the teams' 1-1 draw at Crew Stadium.  The statement didn’t mince words, stating in no uncertain terms that Johnson was denied a clear goal-scoring opportunity and that referee Juan Guzman and his assistants were clearly in the wrong for issuing only a yellow card on the play. A day later, United head coach Ben Olsen got his chance to share his thoughts on the statement. Indeed, the only surprise involved in Saturday’s non-call and the events that transpired after it was the absence of a red card.

  • Kick Off: A playoff rematch, Champions League final & Canadian Championship kicks off (MLS)

    However, RBNY coach Mike Petke isn't using that game as inspiration. The Dynamo have their own injury issue, as Brad Davis is once again questionable. How will the New York Yankees and New York City FC co-exist in the same stadium in 2015? And head coach Jason Kreis provided some details on his squad-building, revealing that it's "not a foregone conclusion" that he'll take any Manchester City players on loan.

  • Hamstring injury forces Tim Cahill out again, will miss Wednesday's clash with Houston Dynamo (MLS)

    HANOVER, N.J. – A week after making his return from a hamstring injury, Tim Cahill will be back on the sidelines watching his New York Red Bulls play without him. Cahill has been ruled out of Wednesday’s home match against the Houston Dynamo (7:30 pm ET; The Australian Designated Player came off the bench and played 27 minutes for New York in last Wednesday’s 2-1 triumph over the Philadelphia Union, but he was unable to partake in any part of team training on Monday or Tuesday. Red Bulls head coach Mike Petke said Cahill, who did some light ball work and fitness drills on Tuesday morning, could be an option for Saturday’s clash with the Columbus Crew (7:30 pm ET, MLS Live).

  • Columbus Crew, US Under-21 national team agree to play it safe with Wil Trapp injury (MLS)

    OBETZ, Ohio – The Columbus Crew announced Monday that after “tweaking” a lingering abductor injury, midfielder Wil Trapp wouldn't be joining this week's US national team U-21 camp in Carson, Calif. Trapp said the injury likely won't hold him out of any MLS action, but that it wasn't worth the risk of aggravating it with travel and intense training in California. Crew head coach Gregg Berhalter – a former national team player himself – knows U-21 coach Tab Ramos, and Berhalter said he called the coach to inform him of Trapp's dilemma. Berhalter said the Crew “want to get [Trapp] right,” and noted the trouble with the timing of his injury.

  • Columbus Crew, US U-21 national team agree to play it safe with Wil Trapp injury (MLS)

    OBETZ, Ohio – The Columbus Crew announced Monday that after “tweaking” a lingering abductor injury, midfielder Wil Trapp wouldn't be joining this week's US  national team U-21 camp in Carson, Calif. Trapp said the injury likely won't hold him out of any MLS action, but that it wasn't worth the risk of aggravating it with travel and intense training in California. Crew head coach Gregg Berhalter – a former national team player himself – knows U-21 coach Tab Ramos, and Berhalter said he called the coach to inform him of Trapp's dilemma. Berhalter said the Crew, “want to get [Trapp] right,” and noted the trouble with the timing of his injury.

  • Columbus Crew's Giancarlo Gonzalez should have been red-carded on Saturday, says PRO evaluator (MLS)

    Giancarlo Gonzalez's takedown of Eddie Johnson in the 71st minute of Saturday's 1-1 draw between the Columbus Crew and D.C. United was a clear denial of an obvious goalscoring opportunity (DOGSO) and should have been punished with a red card, said Paul Rejer of the Professional Referee Organization on Tuesday. Referee Juan Guzman elected to award only a yellow card to Gonzalez on the controversial play, a decision that Rejer, PRO's training and development manager, made clear was incorrect as he analyzed the sequence in his “Play of the Week” post on PRO's website. “I do not intend to look for reasons why referee Juan Guzman only issued a yellow card for this clear DOGSO offense -- he is responsible and all of the postmatch talk is about him,” wrote Rejer, stressing the importance of communication among the entire four-person team of match referees. “But ... all the members of his crew have a responsibility to inform him that this is DOGSO, especially when it is this clear.

  • MLS Team of the Week: Dempsey not slowing down (Goal.com)

    The Seattle Sounders playmaker made Goal's MLS XI for the third straight week after notching two assists in a 2-1 win over Chivas USA.