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FC Dallas has traded Marcela Saragosa for Atiba Harris in a surprise move today. Click here for the official report.

Atiba Harris (left) and Chivas USA could not crack Kevin Goldthwaite and the Red Bulls defense.

Saragosa had lost his starting spot this year due to injury and poor form. I have never been a fan of Saragosa’s, but he was liked by Schellas Hyndman which allowed him to play even when his form and his decision making were at their worst. Saragosa was a central midfielder who played on the right occassionally and this year was converted to a right back. However, he was dreadful in that position, which got him benched by Hyndman.

Atiba Harris is a young, midfielder/forward who has played on the right side for Chivas. He has been a bench player at the LA club, but it looks like he will challenge for a starting spot at right midfield where no one on the Hoops has fit this year.

I like the move a lot, and think it will work out in our favor. Saragosa was dead weight, and Harris should become a first guy off the bench type or a starter before too long.

I’ll update with more later. Keep checking back to this post to find out.

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In a summer that should be full of Americans moving to promising clubs, Charlie Davies has been transferred from the Swedish club Hammarby to Sochaux, a team in the French first division.

Reports of the deal have been anywhere from €2 million to €2.5 million.

The deal seems like it will be a great move for Davies whose speed and control on the ball will fit in well in Ligue 1.

Here is SBI’s take on Davies’ move.

Davies has been with the USMNT in the Gold Cup, where he scored a goal, but is now leaving camp to join up with Sochaux in preseason training.

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Big news in American Soccer news today. Oguchi Onyewu signed a three year deal with European powerhouse AC Milan today, and Fifa handed out a 3+1 match ban for Micheal Bradley after an altercation between the ref and himself after he was sent off during the Spain v. USMNT match in the Confederations Cup.

My thoughts in two sentences. Great for Gooch, as he will be challenging for a starting role in one of the best leagues in the world. The ban on Bradley won’t make him miss the Mexico match in August, so it doesn’t mean too much besides the fact that he is a little bit of a hothead who needs to mature some more.

Since I was in class when all of this broke, here are some links from every other blog that has covered it. Check them out to learn more about both.

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SoccerByIves: Onyewu, Bradley
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USMNT Blog
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The United States National Team was the best team in the world for 45 minutes today. They went up 2-0 in the first half and played seamless attacking soccer. In the second half, the team came back to earth as Brazil played like Brazil can play. They struck early within the first minute of the second 45, and kept up the pressure bringing wave after wave of attacks against the American defense.

The final scoreline read 3-2 for Brazil, but the true victory was for the United States. While watching the trophy presentation, I expected to see a US team that was comfortable with second place, one that didn’t expect to win and saw all of this as merely an exercise in futlity against a strong Brazil squad that had already beaten them once. What I saw was something different. I saw a team that was dejected, and wanted to win. As Clint Dempsey won the Bronze Ball, the award for the the third best player in the tournament, I saw the pain of the loss was evident in his eyes. This is a victory for the United States. They have a team that has fire, and belief in themselves. They have a team that doesn’t want respect from teams, they want results.

This tournament got more press for the USMNT than ever before, making the non-soccer world become aware of the achievements of this team.

I am more proud of this team than any other. They fought, had heart, and did everything they could to win. Sure there are some things that need to be fixed but I can be happy knowing that this team did everything it could for the shirts on their backs.

Take heart America, this team can play!

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Also, check out No Short Corners, a blog by Greg Seltzer, for some excellent coverage of the USMNT.

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Oguchi Onyewu, the United States’ best defender is reported to have signed with Fenerbahce of the Turkish First Division. He has been out of contract this summer after having a successful career with Standard Leige of Belgium. He helped them to two league titles in two years and was one of the best players in Belgium during that time.

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His agent is playing down the talks as all agents tend to do, but it appears like this one is going to go through barring any complications.

At first I was very unhappy with this news. I feel like Gooch can play with the big dogs in the EPL and that kind of play will only strengthen his game, but a move to the surprisingly competitive Turkish league will see him get immediate playing time and good experience.

I trust that Gooch is making the right decision here.

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Against the odds, the United States wins in their Confederations Cup match against Egypt 3-0 and Brazil stomped all over Italy 3-0 to set up the perfect scenario for the US to advance. The goals were scored by Charlie Davies, Micheal Bradley, and Clint Dempsey.

They will now face Spain, the #1 team in the world in the Semi’s while Brazil will take on South Africa.

It’s been a good day for US soccer.

More to come later hopefully. Match Report is here.

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