Starting XI: Top 11 questions heading into the weekend

US take the first step toward Brazil as World Cup qualifying starts
11 questions heading into the weekend
Starting XI

Starting Xi: June 8, US Fans

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The countdown of the 11 most intriguing questions facing MLS clubs, players and coaches heading into the weekend.

Also, remember to cast your vote to decide who will line up across from Chelsea in the MLS All-Star Game.

11) Who, if anyone, “won” this week’s Union-Timbers trade?

Euro 2012: SKC's Nielsen says "no chance for Denmark"

SKC captain says Denmark will have rough go unless young 'keeper Andersen steps up
Nielsen: No chance for Denmark at Euro 2012

Jimmy Nielsen, Euro 2012

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Ask Jimmy Nielsen about Denmark’s chances in Euro 2012, and his answers tend to come punctuated with pauses, shrugs and sighs.

“If I look with the Denmark glasses ... no chance,” he told MLSsoccer.com on Wednesday. “No chance for Denmark.”

Sporting Kansas City’s goalkeeper and captain, a former Danish youth international, isn’t being unnecessarily gloomy. His country is in a loaded group, with two of four semifinalists from the 2010 World Cup.

Euro 2012: Keane welcomes challenge for underdog Irish

Galaxy striker heads to Euro 2012 firmly entrenched as Ireland's talisman
Keane welcomes challenge for underdog Irish
Keane at Euro 2012

Robbie Keane, Euro template

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Over the next three weeks, LA Galaxy striker Robbie Keane will embark on what is perhaps the most important venture in an already illustrious career.

As the man expected to lead his country to glory during Euro 2012, which kicks off Friday, it doesn’t seem to bother Keane that the expectations of his countrymen will be placed squarely on his shoulders.

Postcard from Europe: MLS repping hard in int'l tourneys

From Donadoni to Keane, MLS reps in int'l tourneys exploding
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Postcard from Europe

Postcard: Robbie Keane

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AMSTERDAM — When LA Galaxy forward Robbie Keane was named to the Republic of Ireland's roster for the 2012 European Championship, he became just the fourth active MLS player tabbed to play for a squad place at UEFA's quadrennial battle royale.

That stat may seem mere trivia, but it's not. Player participation in major international tournaments is another way for fans of a growing league to measure progress (if not vicariously sample some global glory).

Former Bayern reserve Sene shakes off team's UCL loss

French striker scores two goals against Houston, leads club with six
Former Bayern reserve Sene shakes off UCL loss

Saer Sene

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The third Saturday in May assumed a special meaning for Saër Sène well before he made the move to MLS.

On that particular day, Sène long ago hoped he and his Bayern Munich teammates would vie for a chance to win the UEFA Champions League on home soil.

19 May 8:05 pm

The UEFA Champions League final will never be forgotten by Chelsea fans around the world, including in New York City.

And, courtesy of Kick TV, you'll see many of them in the video below as they react to Chelsea's PK shootout victory over Bayern Munich in Saturday's final outside of Legends, a Chelsea fan bar in New York.

We'll let the pictures speak for themselves.

04 May 10:15 am

This week, US internationals playing in Scotland pine for US shores, a New York Red Bull encounters strange things in Manhattan, and an American pundit defends the honor of the Wigan manager's nomenclature.

American Exports: Davies shakes off knee injury

Sochaux striker shakes off "small knee knock," ready to fight for a place at club
Davies battles back from minor injury

Charlie Davies

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AMSTERDAM – Sochaux forward Charlie Davies has beaten a knee knock and is ready to resume fighting for a place in the selection.

The US international was not named in the squad for Saturday's tilt at league leaders Montpellier, but is now back up to speed in full training. Davies looked set for a recall to the first team two weekends ago, but a minor setback forced him to miss their March 18 win over Nice and subsequent loss at Lyon.

Postcard from Europe: What's left at stake this season

Hardware, Champions League & more on the line for Yanks
Postcard: Plenty left to settle in Europe
American Exports

Postcard: Brad Friedel

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AMSTERDAM – It's that time of year again. The flowers are in bloom and there's plenty of glory to chase (or disaster to avoid) for Americans working overseas. So let's get right to the good stuff, shall we?

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