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Edu closing in on comeback

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by FRANCO PANIZO

If you have been anxiously waiting to see midfielder Maurice Edu get back on the field, you may not have to wait much longer.

According to the Rangers club website, Edu is expected to return to full training for Rangers next week, and he could be back to first-team action after November's international break, when the U.

SBI Playoff Preview: Chicago Fire vs. New England Revolution

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If familiarity breeds contempt, then the Chicago Fire and New England Revolution hate each other on a level no two teams in MLS can match.

The Eastern Conference foes have made meeting in the playoffs a rite of passage, having done so for five of the past six years.

SBI Playoff Preview: Chicago Fire vs. New England Revolution

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If familiarity breeds contempt, then the Chicago Fire and New England Revolution hate each other on a level no two teams in MLS can match.

The Eastern Conference foes have made meeting in the playoffs a rite of passage, having done so for five of the past six years.

Edu closing in on comeback

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If you have been anxiously waiting to see midfielder Maurice Edu get back on the field, you may not have to wait much longer.

According to the Rangers club website, Edu is expected to return to full training for Rangers next week, and he could be back to first-team action after November's international break, when the U.

Americans Abroad: A Look Ahead

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by FRANCO PANIZO

From tweets to fines to rumored firings, Hull City's Phil Brown and Jozy Altidore have had quite an interesting week, and it gets even more intriguing this weekend.

This weekend's Soccer on TV

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The North London Derby between Arsenal and Tottenham highlights this weekend's batch of soccer action on TV.

Major League Soccer's playoffs will offer plenty of intrigue, but the Arsenal-Tottenham battle has the makings of a truly exciting encounter with several quality head-to-head clashes.

TGIF: On the U.S. Under-17 team's unmet expectations

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The U.S. Under-17 national team won a World Cup game on Thursday, but for many American observers, the 1-0 victory against Malawi didn't quite feel like a triumph. The disappointing performance led to some criticism (from SBI among others), and while it might seem misguided to be critical of a team of teenagers, the fact remains that this U-17 squad isn't just some youth team.

Who should Chicago turn to next as a DP?

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With Cuauhtemoc Blanco set to leave MLS this winter, and his return far from certain, the Chicago Fire will be left with a big decision to make this off-season. How will the Fire replace Blanco?

Chicago has a promising young midfielder in Baggio Husidic who is already getting playing time, but Husidic can't place Blanco's star power or overall impact.

What in the world is going on in Colorado?

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When it comes to conversations about the most dysfunctional clubs in Major League Soccer, the New York Red Bulls often tend to dominate the conversations, but one club that needs to start being discussed is the Colorado Rapids.

The Rapids downright imploded in the final six weeks of the MLS season to miss out on the playoffs for a third straight year.

What in the world is going on in Colorado?

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When it comes to conversations about the most dysfunctional clubs in Major League Soccer, the New York Red Bulls often tend to dominate the conversations, but one club that needs to start being discussed is the Colorado Rapids.

The Rapids downright imploded in the final six weeks of the MLS season to miss out on the playoffs for a third straight year.

Who should Chicago turn to next as a DP?

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With Cuauhtemoc Blanco set to leave MLS this winter, and his return far from certain, the Chicago Fire will be left with a big decision to make this off-season. How will the Fire replace Blanco?

Chicago has a promising young midfielder in Baggio Husidic who is already getting playing time, but Husidic can't place Blanco's star power or overall impact.

TGIF: On the U.S. Under-17 team's unmet expectations

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The U.S. Under-17 national team won a World Cup game on Thursday, but for many American observers, the 1-0 victory against Malawi didn't quite feel like a triumph. The disappointing performance led to some criticism (from SBI among others), and while it might seem misguided to be critical of a team of teenagers, the fact remains that this U-17 squad isn't just some youth team.

This weekend's Soccer on TV

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The North London Derby between Arsenal and Tottenham highlights this weekend's batch of soccer action on TV.

Major League Soccer's playoffs will offer plenty of intrigue, but the Arsenal-Tottenham battle has the makings of a truly exciting encounter with plenty of quality match-ups.

Americans Abroad: A Look Ahead

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by FRANCO PANIZO

From tweets to fines to rumored firings, Hull City's Phil Brown and Jozy Altidore have had quite an interesting week, and it gets even more intriguing this weekend.

Midweek College Soccer Wrap: Akron wins 16th straight, UNC crushes Stetson 7-0

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Easy schedule or not, there's no stopping the Akron Zips. While their conference schedule in Mid-American play is regarded as fairly light, Wednesday's match against Penn State was a chance at answering those critics, as the Nittany Lions came in ranked 16th in this week's RPI.

Report: Josh Wicks out 4-6 months after surgery

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The list of things to do in the nation's capital grew even longer today, as D.C. United keeper Josh Wicks underwent successful surgery to repair his dislocated shoulder that ended his 2009 campaign. Wicks injured his shoulder in a nasty fall during United's 2-1 loss to San Jose on September 27.

Chad Marshall likely to start Crew's playoff opener

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As their defense of the MLS Cup hits the postseason, Columbus Crew and head coach Robert Warzycha are still waiting on the injury status of Chad Marshall. The Crew's defender of the year has been missing in action since spraining his left knee in practice on September 15. While there was no reason to rush him back from the injury as Columbus secured their second consecutive Supporters' Shield, it looks like he will be ready to make his first start since the injury on Saturday night.

SBI Playoff Preview: Houston Dynamo vs. Seattle Sounders

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With apologies to the LA SuperClasico series, there is perhaps no MLS playoff series this year more intriguing and more tough to call than the Houston Dynamo-Seattle Sounders series.

The two-time MLS Cup champion Dynamo take on the expansion Sounders in a young rivalry that showed plenty of promise during the season.

Blanco signs with Veracruz, will have option to return to Chicago

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One of Major League Soccer's biggest free agents will be leaving MLS this winter, but he may not be gone for good.

Chicago Fire star Cuauhtemoc Blanco has signed a contract with Mexican second division club Veracruz for the 2010 season, but will have an opt-out clause in his contract that will allow him to return to the Fire after the 2010 World Cup, multiple reports out of Mexico have revealed.

MLS Playoffs: Houston Dynamo vs. Seattle Sounders (Matchnight Commentary)

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The Seattle Sounders will make their MLS playoff debut tonight against the two-time MLS Cup champion Houston Dynamo in the opening match of their Western Conference playoff series (10pm, ESPN2).

The Sounders are new to the playoffs as a club, but have plenty of experience across the board, from two-time MLS Cup-winning coach Sigi Schmid, to European soccer veterans Kasey Keller and Freddie Ljungberg.

MLS Playoffs: Houston Dynamo vs. Seattle Sounders (Matchnight Commentary)

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The Seattle Sounders will make their MLS playoff debut tonight against the two-time MLS Cup champion Houston Dynamo in the opening match of their Western Conference playoff series (10pm, ESPN2).

The Sounders are new to the playoffs as a club, but have plenty of experience across the board, from two-time MLS Cup-winning coach Sigi Schmid, to European soccer veterans Kasey Keller and Freddie Ljungberg.

Blanco signs with Veracruz, will have option to return to Chicago

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One of Major League Soccer's biggest free agents will be leaving MLS this winter, but he may not be gone for good.

Chicago Fire star Cuauhtemoc Blanco has signed a contract with Mexican second division club Veracruz for the 2010 season, but will have an opt-out clause in his contract that will allow him to return to the Fire after the 2010 World Cup, multiple reports out of Mexico have revealed.

SBI Playoff Preview: Houston Dynamo vs. Seattle Sounders

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With apologies to the LA SuperClasico series, there is perhaps no MLS playoff series this year more intriguing and more tough to call than the Houston Dynamo-Seattle Sounders series.

The two-time MLS Cup champion Dynamo take on the expansion Sounders in a young rivalry that showed plenty of promise during the season.

Chad Marshall likely to start Crew's playoff opener

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As their defense of the MLS Cup hits the postseason, Columbus Crew and head coach Robert Warzycha are still waiting on the injury status of Chad Marshall. The Crew's defender of the year has been missing in action since spraining his left knee in practice on September 15. While there was no reason to rush him back from the injury as Columbus secured their second consecutive Supporters' Shield, it looks like he will be ready to make his first start since the injury on Saturday night.

Report: Josh Wicks out 4-6 months after surgery

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The list of things to do in the nation's capital grew even longer today, as D.C. United keeper Josh Wicks underwent successful surgery to repair his dislocated shoulder that ended his 2009 campaign. Wicks injured his shoulder in a nasty fall during United's 2-1 loss to San Jose on September 27.

Midweek College Soccer Wrap: Akron wins 16th straight, UNC crushes Stetson 7-0

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Easy schedule or not, there's no stopping the Akron Zips. While their conference schedule in Mid-American play is regarded as fairly light, Wednesday's match against Penn State was a chance at answering those critics, as the Nittany Lions came in ranked 16th in this week's RPI.

Report: Brown out at Hull City

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Phil Brown's days at Hull City figured to be numbered given the team's awful start, but now reports are surfacing that he has already left the club.

Soccernet is reporting that Brown has left Hull, while the Daily Mail is reporting that Brown is on the verge of being given the boot.

Will the Red Bulls hire Richie Williams?

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Of all the decisions to be made on head coaching positions in Major League Soccer this off-season, perhaps none is being watched more carefully than the New York Red Bulls' decision on whether to keep Richie Williams as head coach.

Hiring Williams would seem like a no-brainer for a club that watched him take a hopeless team and transform it into a respectable one that posted more points in eight matches (11) than it posted in its first 22 (10).

Men's College Soccer RPI: Wake on top, Akron third

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The men's college soccer season is nearing the postseason, and with it comes the Ratings Percentage Index (RPI). In the second installment, released earlier this week, Akron found itself in ranked third despite their outstanding 15-0 record. Wake Forest and UCLA sit ahead of the Zips, who are certainly punished for playing weaker opponents in the Mid-American Conference.

SBI's 2009 MLS Rookie of the Year: Omar Gonzalez

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Being the top rookie in any MLS rookie class is an accomplishment, but being the best rookie in arguably the strongest rookie class in league history makes the 2009 MLS Rookie of the Year award more special than most.

Americans Abroad: Wednesday Rewind

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The time is now for Kenny Cooper if he wants to get Bob Bradley's attention for 2010. With two friendlies on the horizon in November, steady play from the tall forward would likely earn up at least a spot when the rosters are announced next month.

Who will win in the MLS Playoff First Round?

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The 2009 MLS playoffs are set to kick off tonight with the Houston Dynamo taking on the Seattle Sounders and SBI will spend the next two days previewing the four first-round match-ups.

We will preview the Houston-Seattle series later today, along with the Chicago-New England series.

SBI's 2009 MLS Defender of the Year: Geoff Cameron

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There aren't many players in MLS more versatile than Geoff Cameron, and this year, there were no defenders who were better.

When Houston's defense reached a critical moment of transition, Dynamo head coach Dom Kinnear turned to Cameron to help anchor the back-line early in the season and all Cameron did was respond with dominant form few could have expected from the 2008 Rookie of the Year candidate.

Under-17 World Cup: USA vs. Malawi (Matchday Commentary)

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The U.S. Under-17 men's national team takes the field today looking to rebound from its Under-20 World Cup opening loss to Spain. The Americans take on Malawi (11am, ESPNU) knowing that a loss would cripple their chances to progress.

The U.S. team didn't play terribly against Spain, but its 2-1 loss was still extremely disappointing considering the fact that it held a man advantage for 88 minutes and squandered a handful of clear chances.

Phil Brown still has a job (for now)

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Phil Brown prepares to break into his ode to Michael Jackson before a recent match.

Yes, Phil Brown is still Hull City's manager. At least for now.

Despite reports suggesting he is on his way out, Brown still has a job, but that didn't stop Hull City chairman Paul Duffen from getting the boot.

New USL-breakway league remains likely

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With talks at a stand-still between the Team Owners Association and Nurock Soccer Holdings, new owners of USL, the chances of a breakaway league led by numerous USL 1 clubs next year is looking more and more likely. Vancouver and Montreal became the latest teams to reportedly sever ties with USL this week, and are part of the group looking to start a new league.

New USL-breakway league remains likely

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With talks at a stand-still between the Team Owners Association and Nurock Soccer Holdings, new owners of USL, the chances of a breakaway league led by numerous USL 1 clubs next year is looking more and more likely. Vancouver and Montreal became the latest teams to reportedly sever ties with USL this week, and are part of the group looking to start a new league.

Phil Brown still has a job (for now)

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Phil Brown prepares to break into his ode to Michael Jackson before a recent match.

Yes, Phil Brown is still Hull City's manager. At least for now.

Despite reports suggesting he is on his way out, Brown still has a job, but that didn't stop Hull City chairman Paul Duffen from getting the boot.

Under-17 World Cup: USA vs. Malawi (Matchday Commentary)

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The U.S. Under-17 men's national team takes the field today looking to rebound from its Under-20 World Cup opening loss to Spain. The Americans take on Malawi (11am, ESPNU) knowing that a loss would cripple their chances to progress.

The U.S. team didn't play terribly against Spain, but its 2-1 loss was still extremely disappointing considering the fact that it held a man advantage for 88 minutes and squandered a handful of clear chances.

SBI's 2009 MLS Defender of the Year: Geoff Cameron

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There aren't many players in MLS more versatile than Geoff Cameron, and this year, there were no defenders who were better.

When Houston's defense reached a critical moment of transition, Dynamo head coach Dom Kinnear turned to Cameron to help anchor the back-line early in the season and all Cameron did was respond with dominant form few could have expected from the 2008 Rookie of the Year candidate.

Who will win in the MLS Playoff First Round?

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The 2009 MLS playoffs are set to kick off tonight with the Houston Dynamo taking on the Seattle Sounders and SBI will spend the next two days previewing the four first-round match-ups.

We will preview the Houston-Seattle series later today, along with the Chicago-New England series.

Americans Abroad: Wednesday Rewind

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The time is now for Kenny Cooper if he wants to get Bob Bradley's attention for 2010. With two friendlies on the horizon in November, steady play from the tall forward would likely earn up at least a spot when the rosters are announced next month.

SBI's 2009 MLS Rookie of the Year: Omar Gonzalez

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Being the top rookie in any MLS rookie class is an accomplishment, but being the best rookie in arguably the strongest rookie class in league history makes the 2009 MLS Rookie of the Year award more special than most.

Men's College Soccer RPI: Wake on top, Akron third

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The men's college soccer season is nearing the postseason, and with it comes the Ratings Percentage Index (RPI). In the second installment, released earlier this week, Akron found itself in ranked third despite their outstanding 15-0 record. Wake Forest and UCLA sit ahead of the Zips, who are certainly punished for playing weaker opponents in the Mid-American Conference.

Will the Red Bulls hire Richie Williams?

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Of all the decisions to be made on head coaching positions in Major League Soccer this off-season, perhaps none is being watched more carefully than the New York Red Bulls' decision on whether to keep Richie Williams as head coach.

Hiring Williams would seem like a no-brainer for a club that watched him take a hopeless team and transform it into a respectable one that posted more points in eight matches (11) than it posted in its first 22 (10).

Report: Brown out at Hull City

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Phil Brown's days at Hull City figured to be numbered given the team's awful start, but now reports are surfacing that he has already left the club.

Soccernet is reporting that Hull has left, while the Daily Mail is reporting that Brown is on the verge of being given the boot.

Real Madrid mauled by third division team

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Real Madrid's new 'Galactico' era has not started out the season quite as expected, and the struggles continued after losing in humiliating fashion on Tuesday.

Real Madrid lost to third division club Alcorcon, 4-0, in a Copa del Rey match. Alcorcon, which has 400 times less the payroll than los merengues, humbled a less-than-full-strength Real Madrid, but it still defeated a team which started players like Raul, Guti and galactico Karim Benzema.

SBI's 2009 Goalkeeper of the Year: Zach Thornton

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The 2009 MLS Goalkeeper of the Year award was far from an easy one to vote for, with the only clear aspect of the voting being that it should probably go to a keeper from the Western Conference.

Kasey Keller looked like he might run away with the award early in the season, but neither he or the Sounders could keep up that early pace.

Study: USA-hosted World Cup could net country $5 Billion

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It's many years down the road, but there is already talk of how the U.S. economy would be affected by hosting the World Cup in either 2018 or 2022. A recent study conducted by the Economics practice at a leading sports consulting firm (AECOM) indicated that the U.S. would receive a potential boost of $5 billion if it were to host the World Cup.

Which MLS coach is the next to go?

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The gears in many front offices haven't ground to a halt just yet. digest their future and ponder what moves to make this offseason. Coaching is one obvious place to start, and for the teams that failed to make the playoffs, now is the time to question who will be on the sidelines again in 2010.

Americans Abroad: Tuesday Rewind

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Even though it was just a Tuesday, there was plenty of action to go around in Europe today, with Cup competitions calling American players into action. Tim Howard and Brad Guzan were both starters today as the Carling Cup resumed in England.

FC Dallas parts ways with GM Michael Hitchcock

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With seven teams now finished the regular season and now playoffs to plan for, the attention turns to 2010. That can include a myriad of things -- from a new stadium to a brand new coach. FC Dallas, who ended the season one win away from the playoffs, didn't do enough to save General Manager Michael Hithcock's job, as the club parted ways with him today.

Which defender will step up to fill the USMNT void?

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We are less than a month away from a pair of U.S. men's national team friendlies against fellow World Cup participants Slovakia and Denmark and it is growing increasingly difficult to project just who will be playing in central defense for the United States when those matches take place.

Brown gives Altidore a life-line

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Being late to a game, and then tweeting about it, wasn't the best sequence of events for Jozy Altidore, but it looks as though the punishment for his actions will be limited to the one-match suspension and fine he has already been hit with.

Who do you think will win the 2009 MLS Cup?

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Eight teams, one trophy. Who will lift the MLS Cup in Seattle next month?

Will it be reigning champions Columbus? How about the Los Angeles Galaxy? Think Seattle can pull off the dream scenario of winning a title in its home stadium?

Who do you think will win the 2009 MLS Cup?

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Eight teams, one trophy. Who will lift the MLS Cup in Seattle next month?

Will it be reigning champions Columbus? How about the Los Angeles Galaxy? Think Seattle can pull off the dream scenario of winning a title in its home stadium?

Brown gives Altidore a life-line

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Being late to a game, and then tweeting about it, wasn't the best sequence of events for Jozy Altidore, but it looks as though the punishment for his actions will be limited to the one-match suspension and fine he has already been hit with.

Which defender will step up to fill the USMNT void?

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We are less than a month away from a pair of U.S. men's national team friendlies against fellow World Cup participants Slovakia and Denmark and it is growing increasingly difficult to project just who will be playing in central defense for the United States when those matches take place.

Altidore facing heat for tardy tweet

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Jozy Altidore's days at Hull City could be numbered, and his chances for playing time in the immediate future seem remote, after he became the latest athlete to get in trouble for posting something revealing via Twitter.

Altidore is being issued an undisclosed fine by Hull for tweeting an apology after arriving late to the club's match vs.

European Ticker: Robinho repeats Barca dream, Iaquinta injured and more

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If Manchester City attacker Robinho's hidden desire is to play for Barcelona then he is not doing a good job at keeping it a secret.

On Monday, Robinho told a Brazilian radio station he is happy with the interest Barcelona has in him, and that he thinks it is much easier to become the world's best player with them than with Manchester City.

European Ticker: Robinho repeats Barca dream, Iaquinta injured and more

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If Manchester City attacker Robinho's hidden desire is to play for Barcelona then he is not doing a good job at keeping it a secret.

On Monday, Robinho told a Brazilian radio station he is happy with the interest Barcelona has in him, and that he thinks it is much easier to become the world's best player with them than with Manchester City.

Altidore facing heat for tardy tweet

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Jozy Altidore's days at Hull City could be numbered, and his chances for playing time in the immediate future seem remote, after he became the latest athlete to get in trouble for posting something revealing via Twitter.

Altidore is being issued an undisclosed fine by Hull for tweeting an apology after arriving late to the club's match vs.

Under-17 World Cup: USA vs. Spain (Matchday Commentary)

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The U.S. Under-17 national team kicks off its Under-17 World Cup in Nigeria today against Spain (2pm, ESPNU).

I will be providing commentary throughout the match so please feel free to follow along here. As always, feel free to share your thoughts and opinions in the comments section below.

Larentowicz's playoff-clinching blast

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The New England Revolution secured the eighth and final playoff berth in Major League Soccer on Sunday by virtue of its 1-0 win vs. Columbus and the goal that did the job was a worthy strike.

Jeff Larentowicz blasted this free kick to set up a New England-Chicago playoff series and finish the 2009 MLS regular season off on style:

Barcelona ends slump with goal-fest

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First came the goal-less draw vs. Valencia, then came the 2-1Â Champions League loss to Rubin Kazan, but after dropping points on two straight occasions, FC Barcelona's attack re-awakened in grand fashion this weekend.

The European champions put on a classic display on Sunday, scoring six goals in a match they could probably have scored eight or nine.

The 2009 MLS Awards: SBI Reader Selections

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Now that the 2009 MLS regular season is over, it is time to start thinking about the end-of-year league awards.

Last week, SBI had readers vote on all the major awards, and while there weren't any shocking choices, there was some interesting voting breakdowns.

USA-Slovakia friendly on Nov. 14 is now official

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The USA-Slovakia friendly scheduled for Nov. 14 in Slovakia that was first reported last Friday is now official, U.S. Soccer revealed on Monday.

The United States will play the Slovaks in Bratislava on Nov. 14. The kickoff time and television information have yet to be finalized.

Slovakia is one of two 2010 World Cup participants the United States will face next month.

EPL Week 9: A Look Back

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By TRAVIS CLARK

It was all or nothing for Rafa Benitez and Liverpool on Saturday. While a loss wouldn't officially knock them out of the title race, it would be the club's fifth loss in a row and continue to undermine Benitez's job status.

However, Fernando Torres was passed fit, and his presence in the starting lineup was welcome considering captain Steven Gerrard was injured.

College Soccer Weekend Wrap

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One unbeaten fell over the weekend while another kept their record intact in another busy weekend for college soccer. A month after entering the top 10 for the first time in school history, Monmouth University saw their unbeaten record end after a 13-0-1 start to 2009. Severe rain prior to the match left the field in poor condition in their 2-0 loss to St.

Under-17 World Cup: USA vs. Spain (Matchday Commentary)

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The U.S. Under-17 national team kicks off its Under-17 World Cup in Nigeria today against Spain.

I will be providing commentary throughout the match so please feel free to follow along here. As always, feel free to share your thoughts and opinions in the comments section below.

Enjoy the action.

College Soccer Weekend Wrap

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One unbeaten fell over the weekend while another kept their record intact in another busy weekend for college soccer. A month after entering the top 10 for the first time in school history, Monmouth University saw their unbeaten record end after a 13-0-1 start to 2009. Severe rain prior to the match left the field in poor condition in their 2-0 loss to St.

EPL Week 9: A Look Back

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By TRAVIS CLARK

It was all or nothing for Rafa Benitez and Liverpool on Saturday. While a loss wouldn't quite knock them out of the title race, it would be the club's fifth loss in a row and put title talk on the backburner, at least for the time being.

The 2009 MLS Awards: SBI Reader Selections

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Now that the 2009 MLS regular season is over, it is time to start thinking about the end-of-year league awards.

Last week, SBI had readers vote on all the major awards, and while there weren't any shocking choices, there was some interesting voting breakdowns.

USA-Slovakia friendly on Nov. 14 is now official

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The USA-Slovakia friendly scheduled for Nov. 14 in Slovakia that was first reported last Friday is now official, U.S. Soccer revealed on Monday.

The United States will play the Slovaks in Bratislava on Nov. 14. The kickoff time and television information have yet to be finalized.

Slovakia is one of two 2010 World Cup participants the United States will face next month.

Barcelona ends slump with goal-fest

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First came the goal-less draw vs. Valencia, then came the 2-0Â Champions League loss to Rubin Kazan, but after being shut out on two straight occasions, FC Barcelona's attack re-awakened in grand fashion this weekend.

The European champions put on a classic display on Sunday, scoring six goals in a match they could probably have scored eight or nine.

Larentowicz's playoff-clinching blast

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The New England Revolution secured the eighth and final playoff berth in Major League Soccer on Sunday by virtue of its 1-0 win vs. Columbus and the goal that did the job was a worthy strike.

Jeff Larentowicz blasted this free kick to set up a New England-Chicago playoff series and finish the 2009 MLS regular season off on style:


Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

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It took three months and nine games, but Clint Dempsey finally scored his first goal of the Premiership season.

Dempsey netted in the 68th minute of Fulham's match against Manchester City, heading home the equalizer from 10 yards out.

Revs and Dynamo win to set MLS playoff match-ups

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The New England Revolution did what D.C. United, Toronto FC and FC Dallas could not. The Revs won to clinch a playoff berth.

New England beat the Columbus Crew, 1-0, on a Jeff Larentowicz free kick on Sunday to secure the final MLS playoff berth and eliminate the Colorado Rapids from playoff contention.

Revs and Dynamo win to set MLS playoff match-ups

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The New England Revolution did what D.C. United, Toronto FC and FC Dallas could not. The Revs won to clinch a playoff berth.

New England beat the Columbus Crew, 1-0, on a Tim Larentowicz free kick on Sunday to secure the final MLS playoff berth and eliminate the Colorado Rapids from playoff contention.

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by FRANCO PANIZO

It took three months and nine games, but Clint Dempsey finally scored his first goal of the Premiership season.

Dempsey netted in the 68th minute of Fulham's match against Manchester City, heading home the equalizer from 10 yards out.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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The Top Four in the EPL has three teams most would have expected, but one that may come as a surprise. That team is Tottenham.

Harry Redknapp's squad heads into Saturday's action in third place, just three points behind Manchester United with Stoke City up next on the schedule.

MLS Matchday 32: Your Running Commentary

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The last weekend of the Major League Soccer season is about to get underway and six teams are still alive for two remaining playoff spots.

Tonight's five matches will go a long way in determining which two teams will join the Columbus Crew and Chicago Fire in the Eastern Conference bracket of the MLS playoffs.

Toronto FC at New York Red Bulls: Match Night Commentary

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It is one hell of a night for a stadium finale.

The New York Red Bulls are playing host to Toronto FC tonight in the regular season finale for both and the final soccer game at Giants Stadium. New York fans might feel some sense of nostalgia as this long-time home for soccer closes, but TFC fans only care about one thing.

Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

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There is soccer action galore on TV today, with a handful of top-notch rivalries on display.

Manchester United-Liverpool is the marquee game of the day, but there is so much more to watch. West Ham-Arsenal, Boca-River, Club America-Chivas and Marseille-Paris St. Germain are some of the quality tilts American soccer fans will have to choose from today.

Real Salt Lake clinches improbable playoff spot as TFC, D.C. and Dallas fall short

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Of the six teams still trying to qualify for the MLS playoffs heading into Saturday's action, Real Salt Lake had the longest odds of actually making it. RSL needed to win its regular season finale and have three other teams drop points in order to qualify for the post-season.

That's exactly what happened.

Real Salt Lake clinches improbable playoff spot as TFC, D.C. and Dallas fall short

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Of the six teams still trying to qualify for the MLS playoffs heading into Saturday's action, Real Salt Lake had the longest odds of actually making it. RSL needed to win its regular season finale and have three other teams drop points in order to qualify for the post-season.

That's exactly what happened.

Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

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There is soccer action galore on TV today, with a handful of top-notch rivalries on display.

Manchester United-Liverpool is the marquee game of the day, but there is so much more to watch. West Ham-Arsenal, Boca-River, Club America-Chivas and Marseille-Paris St. Germain are some of the quality tilts American soccer fans will have to choose from today.

Toronto FC at New York Red Bulls: Match Night Commentary

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It is one hell of a night for a stadium finale.

The New York Red Bulls are playing host to Toronto FC tonight in the regular season finale for both and the final soccer game at Giants Stadium. New York fans might feel some sense of nostalgia as this long-time home for soccer closes, but TFC fans only care about one thing.

MLS Matchday 32: Your Running Commentary

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The last weekend of the Major League Soccer season is about to get underway and six teams are still alive for two remaining playoff spots.

Tonight's five matches will go a long way in determining which two teams will join the Columbus Crew and Chicago Fire in the Eastern Conference bracket of the MLS playoffs.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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The Top Four in the EPL has three teams most would have expected, but one that may come as a surprise. That team is Tottenham.

Harry Redknapp's squad heads into Saturday's action in third place, just three points behind Manchester United with Stoke City up next on the schedule.

A look back at the USA's run through the Hexagonal

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Qualifying for the 2010 World Cup was a two-year process that the U.S. men's national team capped with an unforgettable comeback victory in Honduras and a thrilling 2-2 tie vs. Costa Rica last week. Those results helped the Americans finish first in the CONCACAF Hexagonal.

A look back at the USA's run through the Hexagonal

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Qualifying for the 2010 World Cup was a two-year process that the U.S. men's national team capped with an unforgettable comeback victory in Honduras and a thrilling 2-2 tie vs. Costa Rica last week. Those results helped the Americans finish first in the CONCACAF Hexagonal.

Americans Abroad: A Look Ahead

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by FRANCO PANIZO

If you were looking for battles between Americans then this weekend is perfect for you.

Up to five different matches pit Americans against each other, including Edgar Castillo and Tigres UANL's tilt against Michael Orozco's San Luis.

Who is your 2009 MLS MVP?

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The 2009 race for MVP may be one of the better ones in league history, with a handful of legitimate candidates garnering consideration for the honors.

Los Angeles star Landon Donovan, FC Dallas goal-scoring ace Jeff Cunningham, Seattle standout Fredy Montero, Colorado striker Conor Casey, New England midfield maestro Shalrie Joseph and reigning MLS MVP Guillermo Barros Schelotto are all in the mix.

Reports: USA to face Slovakia in Nov. 14 friendly

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The U.S. national team has yet to announce a second November friendly to go along with its match against Denmark, but reports out of Europe, including this one out of Slovakia, suggest that the Americans will take on Slovakia on Nov. 14.

Slovakian national team head coach Vladimir Weiss is quoted confirming the USA friendly in Slovakia, but U.

TGIF: Saying Goodbye to Giants Stadium

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When the New York Red Bulls take on Toronto FC on Saturday night, it will mark the final soccer game at Giants Stadium. With the new Giants Stadiums set to open in 2010, and the New York Red Bulls moving into Red Bull Arena in the spring, soccer fans will finally be able to say farewell to the former home of the New York Cosmos as well as the site of so many great soccer memories.

Who is in your 2009 MLS Best XI?

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 Choosing the best players in MLS is never an easy task, but choosing the 2009 MLS Best XI is extremely tough when you consider the plethora of candidates at the forward position.

This Weekend's Soccer on TV

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Call it Rafa's Last Stand.

When Manchester United travels to Anfield on Sunday to take on Liverpool, the defending EPL champions will have a very real chance of beating the struggling Reds and pushing Rafa Benitez one step closer to the exit door.

Liverpool has already lost four matches this year in the EPL, and dropped more points in Champions League at mid-week, making Sunday's match a virtual must-win for the under-fire Spanish manager.

Davies improving, takes his first steps since accident

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Charlie Davies continues to show signs of improvement and make significant progress this week as he took his first steps since the fatal car accident that left him with multiple broken bones.

Davies underwent surgery this week on his fractured elbow as well as to stabilize facial fractures.

Davies improving, takes his first steps since accident

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Charlie Davies continues to show signs of improvement and make significant progress this week as he took his first steps since the fatal car accident that left him with multiple broken bones.

Davies underwent surgery this week on his fractured elbow as well as to stabilize facial fractures.

This Weekend's Soccer on TV

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Call it Rafa's Last Stand.

When Manchester United travels to Anfield on Sunday to take on Liverpool, the defending EPL champions will have a very real chance of beating the struggling Reds and pushing Rafa Benitez one step closer to the exit door.

Liverpool has already lost four matches this year in the EPL, and dropped more points in Champions League at mid-week, making Sunday's match a virtual must-win for the under-fire Spanish manager.

Who is in your 2009 MLS Best XI?

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 Choosing the best players in MLS is never an easy task, but choosing the 2009 MLS Best XI is extremely tough when you consider the plethora of candidates at the forward position.

TGIF: Saying Goodbye to Giants Stadium

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When the New York Red Bulls take on Toronto FC on Saturday night, it will mark the final soccer game at Giants Stadium. With the new Giants Stadiums set to open in 2010, and the New York Red Bulls moving into Red Bull Arena in the spring, soccer fans will finally be able to say farewell to the former home of the New York Cosmos as well as the site of so many great soccer memories.

Reports: USA to face Slovakia in Nov. 14 friendly

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The U.S. national team has yet to announce a second November friendly to go along with its match against Denmark, but reports out of Europe, including this one out of Slovakia, suggest that the Americans will take on Slovakia on Nov. 14.

Slovakian national team head coach Vladimir Weiss is quoted confirming the USA friendly in Slovakia, but U.

Who is your 2009 MLS MVP?

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The 2009 race for MVP may be one of the better ones in league history, with a handful of legitimate candidates garnering consideration for the honors.

Los Angeles star Landon Donovan, FC Dallas goal-scoring ace Jeff Cunningham, Seattle standout Fredy Montero, Colorado striker Conor Casey, New England midfield maestro Shalrie Joseph and reigning MLS MVP Guillermo Barros Schelotto are all in the mix.

Americans Abroad: A Look Ahead

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by FRANCO PANIZO

If you were looking for battles between Americans then this weekend is perfect for you.

Up to five different matches pit Americans against each other, including Edgar Castillo and Tigres UANL's tilt against Michael Orozco's San Luis.

Onyewu surgery successful, could miss up to six months

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Oguchi Onyewu's knee injury could leave his World Cup status in jeopardy for next summer. Onyewu, who suffered the injury in the dying minutes of the U.S.'s 2-2 tie against Costa Rica last week, went under the knife this week after tearing a tendon in his knee.

The surgery, completed by U.

Who is your 2009 MLS Rookie of the Year?

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It's been a fabulous season for rookies in MLS. All across the league, rookies have peppered starting lineups, as the 2009 draft yielded one of the best returns ever.

As a result, narrowing the candidates is a tough call. Two rookies in D.C., Rodney Wallace and Chris Pontius, started almost every single game for United, and Pontius showed his class with a couple of spectacular goals this season.

Europa League: Your Running Commentary

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It's Thursday, which means yet another round of Europa League Group matches this afternoon. Both Everton and Fulham have important games this afternoon, both of which are available to those who have GolTV.

First up, Tim Howard and Everton taking on Benfica (1pm) in Portugal. It's a clash the top two clubs in Group I, and if Everton grabs all three points they will be in a commanding position to advance out of their group.

Midweek College Soccer Wrap

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The ACC is once again staking its claim as a dominant conference in men's college soccer. In the latest edition of the NSCAA College Soccer Rankings, the conference now boasts three teams in the top 5. Wake Forest, North Carolina and Maryland all clock in at No. 3, 4 and 5 respectively.

Should Liverpool fire Rafa Benitez?

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One of the biggest storylines over in Europe this week is over the future of Liverpool coach Rafa Benitez. The club is mired in one its worst slumps in 20 years after losing four in a row, injury concerns loom over Fernando Torres and Steven Gerrard, and they face Manchester United over the weekend.

European interest in Gil heating up

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When the U.S. Under-17 national team kicks off its World Cup in Nigeria on Oct. 26, scouts will have their eyes trained on several of the U.S. team's top prospects, including midfielder Luis Gil, who is being pursued by a growing number of European clubs.

CONCACAF Champions League: Help wanted tonight for D.C. United

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The Houston Dynamo may have failed in their bid to become the second MLS team to qualify for the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals but D.C. United still have a glimmer of hope left. After a rough start to the tournament that saw them drop their first two games, three consecutive wins and a draw have turned fortunes around.

Chicago Fire set to face Chivas USA in crucial season finale

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The task is a simple one for the Chicago Fire, but the simplicity doesn't make it any less difficult. The Fire need a win or tie tonight against Chivas USA in order to secure a playoff berth as well as the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference. Chivas USA isn't about to make it easy though, not when a win tonight at Toyota Park (8pm, ESPN2) will move the Goats one step closer to the No.

Americans Abroad: Europa League Rewind

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It was another brutal outing for Tim Howard and Everton this afternoon. Facing Benfica in a clash of the top two teams in Group I, it was never going to be easy. Three of the four Everton defenders were playing out of position, including Seamus Coleman, on his club debut.

The results were pretty much what you would expect.

Fire downs Chivas USA, locks up second seed in Eastern Conference playoffs

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The Chicago Fire could have settled for a draw in its regular season finale against Chivas USA, needing only a point to qualify for the post-season, but the Fire snapped a six-match winless skid and sparked some potential momentum by scoring a 1-0 victory at Toyota Park on Thursday night in Bridgeview, Illinois.

Fire downs Chivas USA, locks up second seed in Eastern Conference playoffs

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The Chicago Fire could have settled for a draw in its regular season finale against Chivas USA, needing only a point to qualify for the post-season, but the Fire snapped a six-match winless skid and sparked some potential momentum by scoring a 1-0 victory at Toyota Park on Thursday night in Bridgeview, Illinois.

Americans Abroad: Europa League Rewind

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It was another brutal outing for Tim Howard and Everton this afternoon. Facing Benfica in a clash of the top two teams in Group I, it was never going to be easy. Three of the four Everton defenders were playing out of position, including Seamus Coleman, on his club debut.

The results were pretty much what you would expect.

Chicago Fire set to face Chivas USA in crucial season finale

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The task is a simple one for the Chicago Fire, but the simplicity doesn't make it any less difficult. The Fire need a win or tie tonight against Chivas USA in order to secure a playoff berth as well as the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference. Chivas USA isn't about to make it easy though, not when a win tonight at Toyota Park (8pm, ESPN2) will move the Goats one step closer to the No.

CONCACAF Champions League: Help wanted tonight for D.C. United

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The Houston Dynamo may have failed in their bid to become the second MLS team to qualify for the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals but D.C. United still have a glimmer of hope left. After a rough start to the tournament that saw them drop their first two games, three consecutive wins and a draw have turned fortunes around.

European interest in Gil heating up

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When the U.S. Under-17 national team kicks off its World Cup in Nigeria on Oct. 26, scouts will have their eyes trained on several of the U.S. team's top prospects, including midfielder Luis Gil, who is being pursued by a growing number of European clubs.

Should Liverpool fire Rafa Benitez?

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One of the biggest storylines over in Europe this week is over the future of Liverpool coach Rafa Benitez. The club is mired in one its worst slumps in 20 years after losing four in a row, injury concerns loom over Fernando Torres and Steven Gerrard, and they face Manchester United over the weekend.

Midweek College Soccer Wrap

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The ACC is once again staking its claim as a dominant conference in men's college soccer. In the latest edition of the NSCAA College Soccer Rankings, the conference now boasts three teams in the top 5. Wake Forest, North Carolina and Maryland all clock in at No. 3, 4 and 5 respectively.

Europa League: Your Running Commentary

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It's Thursday, which means yet another round of Europa League Group matches this afternoon. Both Everton and Fulham have important games this afternoon, both of which are available to those who have GolTV.

First up, Tim Howard and Everton taking on Benfica (1pm) in Portugal. It's a clash the top two clubs in Group I, and if Everton grabs all three points they will be in a commanding position to advance out of their group.

Who is your 2009 MLS Rookie of the Year?

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It's been a fabulous season for rookies in MLS. All across the league, rookies have peppered starting lineups, as the 2009 draft yielded one of the best returns ever.

As a result, narrowing the candidates is a tough call. Two rookies in D.C., Rodney Wallace and Chris Pontius, started almost every single game for United, and Pontius showed his class with a couple of spectacular goals this season.

Onyewu surgery successful, could miss up to six months

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Oguchi Onyewu's knee injury could leave his World Cup status in jeopardy for next summer. Onyewu, who suffered the injury in the dying minutes of the U.S.'s 2-2 tie against Costa Rica last week, went under the knife this week after tearing a tendon in his knee.

The surgery, completed by U.

Who is your 2009 MLS Newcomer of the Year?

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The 2009 version of this award could be contended between just players from Seattle. The league's newest club also boasts some (if not all) of the best newcomers MLS has seen this season. From Fredy Montero, Freddie Ljungberg, Kasey Keller, to Jhon Kennedy Hurtado, there's plenty to choose from when selecting the award.

UEFA Champions League: AC Milan shocks Madrid, Bordeaux halts Bayern Munich

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While Wednesday's UEFA Champions League matches didn't have the same kind of upsets, save for one that was fairly huge. AC Milan, who had been off to a slow, struggling start to the 2009 campaign, came back from a 1-0 deficit to win 3-2 on the road against Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu.

CONCACAF Champions League: Houston falls to Metapan despite goal from Tally Hall

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The stage was set in El Salvador last night for the Houston Dynamo to punch their ticket to the CCL quarterfinals. Earlier in the evening, Pachuca had knocked off Arabe Unido 2-0, meaning three points would seal qualification and give MLS their second entrant in the next round.

But Isidro Metapan, the tiny club from Central America and winless in their previous five CCL matches -- having been outscored 17-0 in those games -- was out to play the spoiler.

FIFA approves Jermaine Jones' USA switch

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FIFA has approved Jermaine Jones' application to switch from the German national team to the U.S. men's national team.

The announcement comes after months of speculation about the switch, but now the approval is a bit anti-climactic since the U.S. team has already qualified for the 2010 World Cup and Jones is currently sidelined after his latest surgery to repair a fractured leg.

Donovan wins sixth Honda Award, named Honda Player of the Decade

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Landon Donovan won his sixth Honda Player of the Year award on Tuesday, also earning Honda Player of the Decade honors in the process.

The award, which goes to the top U.

CONCACAF Champions League: Columbus clinches quarterfinal berth, D.C. United ties, still needs help

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A year after all but one MLS team failed to reach the knockout round of the CONCACAF Champions League, the defending MLS champion Columbus Crew has become the first Major League Soccer team to earn a place in the quarterfinals.

The Crew tied the Puerto Rico Islanders, 1-1, on Tuesday night to lock up a quarterfinal berth.

Edu faces racist taunts from Rangers fans

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Maurice Edu didn't play in Rangers' embarrassing 4-1 UEFA Champions League loss to Unirea Urziceni on Tuesday, but he made news nonetheless after accusing some Rangers fans of racially abusing him after the match.

Edu is sidelined with a knee injury, but attended the match at Ibrox.

UEFA Champions League Matchday Three: A Look Ahead

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Real Madrid's Kaka faces off against former club AC Milan while French champions Bordeaux take on Bayern Munich in today's marquee match-ups in UEFA Champions League group play.

Milan has struggled badly since Kaka's departure, but must now find a way to win in Madrid, while the winner of today's Bordeaux-Bayern clash will take control of a difficult Group A.

Who is your 2009 MLS Defender of the Year?

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Of all the MLS post-season awards up for grabs, there may be no tougher one to call than 2009 MLS Defender of the Year.

Last season, Chad Marshall was the clear-cut winner, topping a strong field of candidates with a career year.

Bradley Johnson not eligible to play for USA

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It sounded like music to the ears of some U.S. national team fans when Leeds United midfielder Bradley Johnson stated in a recent interview with SkySports.com that he wanted to play for the United States. Unfortunately for Johnson and U.S. fans, he can't play for the USA any time soon.

Afternoon Ticker: Keller planning to stay put, Alves sidelined and more

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Seattle Sounders FC goalkeeper Kasey Keller has enjoyed a strong first year in MLS, and the 39-year-old is planning to stick around for a few more seasons.

Keller told reporters Tuesday he would be surprised if he was not around for the start of the 2011 season, when a Pacific Northwest rivalry is expected to begin as expansion teams Portland and Vancouver join MLS.

UEFA Champions League: Your Running Commentary

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Kaka faces AC Milan and Bordeaux takes on Bayern Munich in today's marquee match-ups in the UEFA Champions League.

Here is today's TV schedule:

2:45pm- FSC/FSE- Real Madrid vs. AC Milan

2:45pm- Setanta USA- Chelsea vs. Atletico Madrid

4:45pm- Setanta USA- Real Madrid vs.

CONCACAF Champions League: Match Night Commentary

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The Houston Dynamo's second foray into the CONCACAF Champions League has left their quarterfinal chances to the very last matchday -- with their fate in some other club's hands. And unlike yesterday's matches involving MLS squads, the Dynamo must get three points in El Salvador against Isidro Metapan (10pm, FSC) in order to have any hope of finishing second in Group A.

Houston needs win plus some help to advance in Champions League

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The Houston Dyanmo's second foray into the CONCACAF Champions League has left their quarterfinal chances to the very last matchday -- with their fate in some other club's hands. And unlike yesterday's matches involving MLS squads, the Dynamo must get three points in El Salvador in order to have any hope of finishing second in Group A.

UEFA Champions League: Your Running Commentary

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Kaka faces AC Milan and Bordeaux takes on Bayern Munich in today's marquee match-ups in the UEFA Champions League.

Here is today's TV schedule:

2:45pm- FSC/FSE- Real Madrid vs. AC Milan

2:45pm- Setanta USA- Chelsea vs. Atletico Madrid

4:45pm- Setanta USA- Real Madrid vs.

Afternoon Ticker: Keller plans to stay put, Alves sidelined and more

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by FRANCO PANIZO

Seattle Sounders FC goalkeeper Kasey Keller has enjoyed a strong first year in MLS, and the 39-year-old is planning to stick around for a few more seasons.

Keller told reporters Tuesday he would be surprised if he was not around for the start of the 2011 season, when a Pacific Northwest rivalry is expected to begin as expansion teams Portland and Vancouver join MLS.

Bradley Johnson not eligible to play for USA

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It sounded like music to the ears of U.S. national team fans when Leeds United midfielder Bradley Johnson stated in a recent interview with SkySports.com that he wanted to play for the United States. Unfortunately for Johnson and U.S. fans, he can't play for the USA any time soon.

Who is your 2009 MLS Defender of the Year?

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Of all the MLS post-season awards up for grabs, there may be no tougher one to call than 2009 MLS Defender of the Year.

Last season, Chad Marshall was the clear-cut winner, topping a strong field of candidates with a career year.

UEFA Champions League Matchday Three: A Look Ahead

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Real Madrid's Kaka faces off against former club AC Milan while French champions Bordeaux take on Bayern Munich in today's marquee match-ups in UEFA Champions League group play.

Milan has struggled badly since Kaka's departure, but must now find a way to win in Madrid, while the winner of today's Bordeaux-Bayern clash will take control of a difficult Group A.

Edu faces racist taunts from Rangers fans

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Maurice Edu didn't play in Rangers' embarrassing 4-1 UEFA Champions League loss to Unirea Urziceni on Tuesday, but he made news nonetheless after accusing some Rangers fans of racially abusing him after the match.

Edu is sidelined with a knee injury, but attended the match at Ibrox.

CONCACAF Champions League: Columbus clinches quarters, D.C. still needs help

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A year after every MLS team failed to reach the knockout round of the CONCACAF Champions League, the defending MLS champion Columbus Crew has stepped up to make sure Major League Soccer will be represented in the current Champions League Tournament.

The Crew tied the Puerto Rico Islanders, 1-1, on Tuesday night to lock up a quarterfinal berth.

Donovan wins sixth Honda Award, named Honda Player of the Decade

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Landon Donovan won his sixth Honda Player of the Year award on Tuesday, also earning Honda Player of the Decade honors in the process.

The award, which goes to the top U.S. national team player, was voted on by 221 members of the American sports media.

FIFA approves Jermaine Jones' USA switch

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FIFA has approved Jermaine Jones' application to switch from the German national team to the U.S. men's national team.

The announcement comes after months of speculation about the switch, but now the approval is a bit anti-climactic since the U.S. team has already qualified for the 2010 World Cup and Jones is currently sidelined after his latest surgery to repair a fractured leg.

D.C. United, Columbus vie for CONCACAF CL Quarterfinals

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Two must-win games are on the slate tonight for MLS teams still involved in the CONCACAF Champions League. D.C. United is in Mexico, and takes on Toluca down in Mexico (8pm, FSC/Telefutura). Meanwhile in Puerto Rico, the Crew are out to ensure their passage to the third round (2am, FSC).

It's been a dramatic turnaround for the Black-and-Red in Group B.

UEFA Champions League: Matchday Three (Your Running Commentary)

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The UEFA Champions League returns to action today with eight matches that will go a long way in clarifying the picture as team's battle for position mid-way through the group stage.

Liverpool is in crisis mode and needs a win against Lyon today to stop the bleeding and establish itself as a team capable of advancing out of its group.

Who is your 2009 MLS Coach of the Year?

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It might be one of the easier categories to vote for, but the 2009 MLS coach of the year race has more than just one worthy candidate.

Los Angeles Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena is the clear front-runner for the award, as he should be, but some other coaches have also enjoyed quality seasons.

What's your take on the new SBI comments section?

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You may have noticed a different layout to the SBI comments section. We have launched a new look and set-up that will allow readers to not only respond directly to other reader's comments, but to also personalize their comments with icons.

What do you think of the new look and feel? Love it?

Who is your MLS Goalkeeper of the Year?

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With the Major League Soccer season drawing to a close, it is time to start thinking about MLS season awards.

Voting for the league's major player awards will end on Monday, just a day after the final match of the season, meaning we at SBI will take this week to give readers a chance to select their choices for the league's eight top player awards.

Americans Abroad: Monday Rewind

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Clint Dempsey returned to action on Monday, playing 90 minutes in Fulham's 2-0 win vs. Hull City.

Dempsey had been sidelined due to a shoulder injury, but looked fully fit in making the start. Dempsey's U.S. teammate, Jozy Altidore, came off the bench and played 21 minutes for Hull City, which remains in the relegation zone after the loss.

FIFA 10 set for USA release today

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by FRANCO PANIZO

The day many American soccer fans have been waiting for has finally arrived, the day FIFA 10 makes it to the United States.

The world reknown EA Sports soccer game hit stores across North America on Tuesday, and United States soccer gamers are now finally able to get their paws on the latest installment in the FIFA series.

U.S. Under-17 World Cup roster announced

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Stefan Jerome, Earl Edwards and Jack McInerney headline the 21-man roster chosen to represent the United States in the Under-17 World Cup, slated for later this month in Nigeria.

Here is the squad:

GOALKEEPERS: Keith Cardona (NY Red Bulls; Glen Rock, N.

UEFA Champions League: Matchday Three (A look ahead)

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As we move into the third Matchday of the UEFA Champions League group stage, teams are starting to feel the pressure to procure points and jockey for the top two spots in their groups.

One of those teams is Liverpool, which suffered a 2-0 defeat to Fiorentina on Matchday Two and now meets Lyon knowing a loss to the French club could drop them three points behind Fiorentina for second place in Group E.

Fulham vs. Hull City: Your Running Commentary

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Since A) the match is on ESPN2, and B) Clint Dempsey is starting, we're giving you a delayed Your Running Commentary post for today's Fulham-Hull City match (which is at halftime).

Dempsey is in the starting lineup for Fulham, but Eddie Johnson is not in uniform. Jozy Altidore is on the bench for Hull City.

Weekend College Soccer Wrap

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Thirteen is the magic number for the Akron Zips. There's no stopping the country's No. 1 team these days, and the Zips continues to roll through the opposition with a 1-0 win against North Illinois over the weekend. Akron outshot Northern Illinois 17-3 but could only muster a game-winner in the 70th minute.

EPL Week 8: A Look Back

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By TRAVIS CLARK

After a lengthy respite for the final rounds of World Cup Qualifying, the Premier League fired back up over the weekend. Once again a series of unpredictable and baffling results give the indication that this season of Premier League action could be one of the most open seasons ever.

ESPN to hire Tyler as World Cup announcer

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American soccer fans looking forward to watching the 2010 World Cup will have a familiar voice calling World Cup matches on ESPN.

Sports Illustrated's Richard Deitsch is reporting that ESPN is set to hire English broadcaster Martin Tyler as lead play-by-play announcer for American broadcasts of the 2010 World Cup.

France to face Ireland as UEFA World Cup playoff draw is set

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France and Ireland will square off in the marquee match-up of the UEFA World Cup play-offs after the draw was held on Monday.

France finished second to Serbia in its group while Ireland finished second to Italy in its qualifying group.

In the other drawn match-ups, Portugal will take on Bosnia-Herzegovina, Greece will face Ukraine and Russia will take on Slovenia.

Henry to Red Bulls rumor rehashed again

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Everybody's favorite international star-to-MLS rumor re-appeared over the weekend, and while nothing has really changed with regard to the long-discussed potential THierry Henry to New York Red Bull rumor, it still managed to resurface and create a little more buzz.

This time around it was the Daily Mail with a story on how Henry is set to pass on a move to Manchester City in order to join the Red Bulls after the 2010 World Cup.

Mariner's departure thins field of head coaching candidates

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Major League Soccer lost one of its most respected assistant coaches to Europe this past weekend with Paul Mariner's departure from the New England Revolution to join English side Plymouth. As tough as that departure is on the Revs, it is also a big blow for MLS, which is facing an off-season where several head coaching jobs are expected to open up.

EPL Week 8: A Look Back

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By TRAVIS CLARK

After a lengthy respite for the final rounds of World Cup Qualifying, the Premier League fired back up over the weekend. Once again a series of unpredictable and baffling results give the indication that this season of Premier League action could be one of the most open seasons ever.

Mariner's departure thins field of head coaching candidates

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Major League Soccer lost one of its most respected assistant coaches to Europe this past weekend with Paul Mariner's departure from the New England Revolution to join English side Plymouth. As tough as that departure is on the Revs, it is also a big blow for MLS, which is facing an off-season where several head coaching jobs are expected to open up.

Henry to Red Bulls rumor rehashed again

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Everybody's favorite international star-to-MLS rumor re-appeared over the weekend, and while nothing has really changed with regard to the long-discussed potential THierry Henry to New York Red Bull rumor, it still managed to resurface and create a little more buzz.

This time around it was the Daily Mail with a story on how Henry is set to pass on a move to Manchester City in order to join the Red Bulls after the 2010 World Cup.

France to face Ireland as UEFA World Cup playoff draw is set

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France and Ireland will square off in the marquee match-up of the UEFA World Cup play-offs after the draw was held on Monday.

France finished second to Serbia in its group while Ireland finished second to Italy in its qualifying group.

In the other drawn match-ups, Portugal will take on Bosnia-Herzegovina, Greece will face Ukraine and Russia will take on Slovenia.

ESPN to hire Tyler as World Cup announcer

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American soccer fans looking forward to watching the 2010 World Cup will have a familiar voice calling World Cup matches on ESPN.

Sports Illustrated's Richard Deitsch is reporting that ESPN is set to hire English broadcaster Martin Tyler as lead play-by-play announcer for the 2010 World Cup.

Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

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AC Milan is one of the most prestigious clubs in the world, but this season, things aren't going quite so well.

The Rossoneri sit in 12th place in Serie A and will take on fellow strugglers AS Roma in one of today's marquee match-ups.

With Oguchi Onyewu sidelined for up to three to four months, and with Milan now asking that U.

Davies improving, leaves Intensive Care Unit

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Charlie Davies has shown steady improvement and on has been moved out of the Intensive Care Unit at Washington Hospital Center in Washington, D.

FC Dallas, D.C. United and TFC all win to stay alive in MLS playoff race

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The MLS playoff race was supposed to clear up after the past weekend's matches, but three teams won vital games to stay alive and keep the race as packed as ever.

Galaxy and Dynamo play to scoreless draw

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The Houston Dynamo and Los Angeles Galaxy both had chances to take control of first place in the Western Conference, but neither could take advantage.

The Dynamo and Galaxy played to a scoreless draw on Sunday at Robertson Stadium in Houston.

Dynamo forward Brian Ching became the latest Houston player to earn a red card after being sent off in the 84th minute.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

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by FRANCO PANIZO

The scoring drought is over.

After numerous scoreless weekends, the Americans Abroad killed the near month-long streak as two players found the back of the net this weekend.

Michael Bradley, who scored midweek in the U.S.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

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by FRANCO PANIZO

The scoring drought is over.

After numerous scoreless weekends, the Americans Abroad killed the near month-long streak as two players found the back of the net this weekend.

Michael Bradley, who scored midweek in the U.S.

Galaxy and Dynamo play to scoreless draw

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The Houston Dynamo and Los Angeles Galaxy both had chances to take control of first place in the Western Conference, but neither could take advantage.

The Dynamo and Galaxy played to a scoreless draw on Sunday at Robertson Stadium in Houston.

Dynamo forward Brian Ching became the latest Houston player to earn a red card after being sent off in the 84th minute.

FC Dallas, D.C. United and TFC all win to stay alive in MLS playoff race

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The MLS playoff race was supposed to clear up after the past weekend's matches, but three teams won vital games to stay alive and keep the race as packed as ever.

Davies improving, leaves Intensive Care Unit

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Charlie Davies has shown steady improvement and on has been moved out of the Intensive Care Unit at Washington Hospital Center in Washington, D.

Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

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AC Milan is one of the most prestigious clubs in the world, but this season, things aren't going quite so well.

The Rossoneri sit in 12th place in Serie A and will take on fellow strugglers AS Roma in one of today's marquee match-ups.

With Oguchi Onyewu sidelined for up to three to four months, and with Milan now asking that U.

Americans Abroad: A Look Ahead

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by FRANCO PANIZO

The injury bug has bitten a number of the Americans Abroad recently, but there are still plenty of healthy players to keep an eye on this weekend as club soccer resumes.

Jose Francisco Torres is one of those players. After showing well as a sub in the U.

DeMerit to have eye surgery

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Just when you thought it could not get any worse on the injury front for the U.S. national team, in comes news that defender Jay DeMerit will be going under the knife.

This weekend's Soccer on TV

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With a thrilling week of World Cup qualifying action behind us, international club soccer will once again take center stage this weekend as players change their focus from national teams to club teams.

There is no shortage of marquee match-ups, whether in England, Spain or MLS, which is winding up its regular season with some crucial playoff-impacting tilts.

Your October Questions Answered (Part 1)

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Good afternoon all. As promised, here is the first installment of Your Octobers Questions Answered.

There are several quality questions in the overall batch this month, with the U.

SBI European Club Top 25

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FC Barcelona entered the international break as the best team in Europe, and will have that spot tested this weekend against a surprising Valencia side in one of several match-ups of teams in the SBI European Club Top 25.

There are a total of five match-ups involving Top 25 teams, with no match-up getting as much attention as Aston Villa vs.

A video tribute to Charlie Davies

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As U.S. men's national team players and fans continue to cope with the devastating developments of Charlie Davies' car accident, it is still tough for many to deal with the sad state of affairs that now has the young star striker in a Washington D.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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Marquee battles in each of Europe's top leagues and a loaded schedule of important MLS tilts headline a busy Saturday of soccer action.

Early birds will be able to watch Aston Villa take on Chelsea on ESPN2, while those sleeping in can still wake up and catch Juventus-Fiorentina, Hamburg-Bayer Leverkusen and Valencia Barcelona.

MLS Matchday 31: A Look Ahead

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There are just two weeks left in the MLS regular season and the jockeying for the final four playoff spots will be extra intense this weekend as a handful of vital match-ups look to clear up the playoff picture.

The Chicago Fire, Seattle Sounders and Colorado Rapids can lock up playoff spots with wins this weekend while the New England Revolution attempt to halt a late-season slide that has several contenders dreaming of grabbing the final playoff berth.

MLS Matchday 31: A Look Ahead

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There are just two weeks left in the MLS regular season and the jockeying for the final four playoff spots will be extra intense this weekend as a handful of vital match-ups look to clear up the playoff picture.

The Chicago Fire, Seattle Sounders and Colorado Rapids can lock up playoff spots with wins this weekend while the New England Revolution attempt to halt a late-season slide that has several contenders dreaming of grabbing the final playoff berth.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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Marquee battles in each of Europe's top leagues and a loaded schedule of important MLS tilts headline a busy Saturday of soccer action.

Early birds will be able to watch Aston Villa take on Chelsea on ESPN2, while those sleeping in can still wake up and catch Juventus-Fiorentina, Hamburg-Bayer Leverkusen and Valencia Barcelona.

SBI European Club Top 25

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FC Barcelona entered the international break as the best team in Europe, and will have that spot tested this weekend against a surprising Valencia side in one of several match-ups of teams in the SBI European Club Top 25.

There are a total of five match-ups involving Top 25 teams, with no match-up getting as much attention as Aston Villa vs.

A video tribute to Charlie Davies

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As U.S. men's national team players and fans continue to cope with the devastating developments of Charlie Davies' car accident, it is still tough for many to deal with the sad state of affairs that now has the young star striker in a Washington D.

Your October Questions Answered (Part 1)

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Good afternoon all. As promised, here is the first installment of Your Octobers Questions Answered.

There are several quality questions in the overall batch this month, with the U.

This weekend's Soccer on TV

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With a thrilling week of World Cup qualifying action behind us, international club soccer will once again take center stage this weekend as players change their focus from national teams to club teams.

There is no shortage of marquee match-ups, whether in England, Spain or MLS, which is winding up its regular season with some crucial playoff-impacting tilts.

DeMerit to have eye surgery

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Just when you thought it could not get any worse on the injury front for the U.S. national team, in comes news that defender Jay DeMerit will be going under the knife.

Americans Abroad: A Look Ahead

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by FRANCO PANIZO

The injury bug has bitten a number of the Americans Abroad recently, but there are still plenty of healthy players to keep an eye on this weekend as club soccer resumes.

Jose Francisco Torres is one of those players. After showing well as a sub in the U.

Has Cunningham pushed to the front of the MVP race?

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Jeff Cunningham can't stop scoring goals and it is time to start asking the question: Is he now the MLS MVP front-runner?

No, FC Dallas still hasn't qualified for the playoffs, and it still has plenty of work to do, but the fact that FCD has rattled off four wins in five matches to pull within striking distance of the post-season is a direct product of Cunningham's goal-scoring hot streak.

USA vs. Costa Rica: The Pre-Match Tailgate

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The U.S. men's national team has already clinched its World Cup berth, but a different goal is at stake in tonight's World Cup qualifier vs. Costa Rica (8pm, ESPN2) at RFK Stadium in Washington D.C.

The Americans will be looking to finish in first place in the CONCACAF Qualifying group and can do so with a victory, and while that motivation is tangible, it isn't quite the same as Costa Rica's motivation, which is driven by the knowledge that a win tonight seals Costa Rica's World Cup berth.

USA vs. Costa Rica: Match Night Commentary

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The U.S. men's national team is set to close out its World Cup qualifying campaign tonight against Costa Rica (8pm, ESPN2/Galavision). The Americans have already qualified, but Costa Rica needs a win tonight to ensure a berth in the 2010 World Cup.

Tonight's match is being played under a bit of a somber cloud as the U.

Onyewu suffers torn patellar tendon

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U.S. national team defender Oguchi Onyewu will be sidelined for around three to four months after suffering a torn patellar tendon in his left knee during the U.

USA ties Costa Rica, tops CONCACAF and helps Honduras reach World Cup

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Jonathan Bornstein's 95th minute header helped give the U.S. national team a dramatic 2-2 tie against Costa Rica and helped the Americans clinch first place in the CONCACAF World Cup on Wednesday night.

USA 2, Costa Rica 2: The Highlights

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If you happened to miss last night's USA-Costa Rica match, you missed one of the most exciting U.

USA 2, Costa Rica 2: A Look Back

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Costa Rica scored two beautiful first-half goals and thought it had done enough to finish off the U.

U.S. team and fans pay tribute to Davies in 2-2 draw

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by FRANCO PANIZO

The U.S. national team's 2-2 draw against Costa Rica at RFK Stadium on Wednesday crowned the Americans as champions of the Hexagonal, but perhaps just as big of a story as the U.S. team's first-place finish was the tribute from the fans and players to forward Charlie Davies.

You Write the Caption: The USA-Costa Rica edition

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One of the most bizarre aspects of the U.S. men's national team's 2-2 vs. Costa Rica was Costa Rican head coach Rene Simoes' ejection and the subsequent dust-up that saw a team trainer also tossed and Simoes escorted from the field by security.

That scene not only contributed to the additional stoppage time the United States used to find last-gasp equalizer, it also provided some comic relief.

It's Q&A Time (October Edition)

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It is that time again. Tim for SBI readers to submit their soccer (and occasional pop culture) questions which I will answer in installments over the course of the month.

It's Q&A Time (October Edition)

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It is that time again. Tim for SBI readers to submit their soccer (and occasional pop culture) questions which I will answer in installments over the course of the month.

You Write the Caption: The USA-Costa Rica edition

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One of the most bizarre aspects of the U.S. men's national team's 2-2 vs. Costa Rica was Costa Rican head coach Rene Simoes' ejection and the subsequent dust-up that saw a team trainer also tossed and Simoes escorted from the field by security.

That scene not only cntributed to the additional stoppage time the United States used to find last-gasp equalizer, it also provided some comic relief.

U.S. team and fans pay tribute to Davies in 2-2 draw

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by FRANCO PANIZO

The U.S. national team's 2-2 draw against Costa Rica at RFK Stadium on Wednesday crowned the Americans as champions of the Hexagonal, but perhaps just as big of a story as the U.S. team's first-place finish was the tribute from the fans and players to forward Charlie Davies.

USA 2, Costa Rica 2: A Look Back

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Costa Rica scored two beautiful first-half goals and thought it had done enough to finish off the U.

USA 2, Costa Rica 2: The Highlights

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If you happened to miss last night's USA-Costa Rica match, you missed one of the most exciting U.

USA ties Costa Rica, tops CONCACAF and helps Honduras reach World Cup

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Jonathan Bornstein's 95th minute header helped give the U.S. national team a dramatic 2-2 tie against Costa Rica and helped the Americans clinch first place in the CONCACAF World Cup on Wednesday night.

Onyewu suffers torn patellar tendon

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U.S. national team defender Oguchi Onyewu will be sidelined for around three to four months after suffering a torn patellar tendon in his left knee during the U.S. team's 2-2 tie vs. Costa Rica on Wednesday night in Washington D.C.

Onyewu was challenging for a corner kick in the 83rd minute when his left knee gave after he tried to plant it.

USA vs. Costa Rica: Match Night Commentary

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The U.S. men's national team is set to close out its World Cup qualifying campaign tonight against Costa Rica (8pm, ESPN2/Galavision). The Americans have already qualified, but Costa Rica needs a win tonight to ensure a berth in the 2010 World Cup.

Tonight's match is being played under a bit of a somber cloud as the U.

USA vs. Costa Rica: The Pre-Match Tailgate

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The U.S. men's national team has already clinched its World Cup berth, but a different goal is at stake in tonight's World Cup qualifier vs. Costa Rica (8pm, ESPN2) at RFK Stadium in Washington D.C.

The Americans will be looking to finish in first place in the CONCACAF Qualifying group and can do so with a victory, and while that motivation is tangible, it isn't quite the same as Costa Rica's motivation, which is driven by the knowledge that a win tonight seals Costa Rica's World Cup berth.

Has Cunningham pushed to the front of the MVP race?

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Jeff Cunningham can't stop scoring goals and it is time to start asking the question: Is he now the MLS MVP front-runner?

No, FC Dallas still hasn't qualified for the playoffs, and it still has plenty of work to do, but the fact that FCD has rattled off four wins in five matches to pull within striking distance of the post-season is a direct product of Cunningham's goal-scoring hot streak.

For Lopez, Argentina's struggles are tough to watch

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By KILLIAN O'CONNOR

As Argentina stands on the brink of failure to qualify for the World Cup, former striker Claudio Lopez looks on in disbelief.

USA fans to show support for Davies tonight

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When the U.S. men's national team takes on Costa Rica tonight (8pm, ESPN2)Â in World Cup qualifying in Washington D.C., U.S. national team fans will honor the one American starter who won't be in attendance: Charlie Davies.

USA fans are being encouraged to stand and cheer and wave these signs in the ninth minute (8:01-8:59)Â of tonight's match to honor Davies, who is in a Washington D.

South American qualifying set for dramatic finish

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By NESTOR F. SEBASTIAN

Wednesday marks the final round of South America's World Cup qualifying action and all eyes will be on the masterpiece of a match in Montevideo, where Uruguay plays host to Argentina in a "battle of life and death," as one top player put it.

Davies' recovering from lengthy surgery for multiple injuries, facing long road to recovery.

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Charlie Davies is lucky to be alive, and the long list of injuries he suffered in a deadly car accident on late Monday evening provides the evidence.

Davies injured in deadly car accident in D.C.

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U.S. men's national team striker Charlie Davies is undergoing surgery on Tuesday afternoon after being in a car involved in a deadly one-car accident late Monday night that saw one passenger killed. The details of Davies' injuries are not available yet, but his injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

Where will you be watching USA-Costa Rica?

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The U.S. men's national team will play its final World Cup qualifier on Wednesday night in Washington D.C. and even though the team has already qualified for the 2010 World Cup, the match vs. Costa Rica is an important one to U.S. fans who want to see their team finish strong.

With that in mind, where will you be watching Wednesday's match vs.

Davies injured in serious car accident in D.C.

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U.S. men's national team striker Charlie Davies is undergoing surgery after being the passenger in a car involved in a major car accident on Tuesday. The details of Davies' injuries are not available yet, but they are not believed to be life-threatening. The accident did have a fatality.

Morning Ticker: DeMerit monitored, Barca eyeing Robinho and more

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U.S. national team defender Jay DeMerit may soon be going under the knife.

DeMerit will be monitored over the next ten days by Watford in order to determine if he needs surgery for an eye infection in his right eye. The infection came when DeMerit accidentally cut his eye while removing a contact lens.

USA to face Denmark on Nov. 18 in Aarhus

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The U.S. men's national team wasted no time scheduling an opponent for a November friendly after qualifying for the 2010 World Cup.

The U.S. team will travel to Europe next month to take on fellow World Cup qualifier Denmark on Nov. 18 in Aarhus. The announcement came just three days after the USA qualified for the World Cup with its 3-2 victory vs.

Mid-Week Soccer on TV

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Several of the unclaimed World Cup qualifying berths will be locked on Wednesday as qualifying around the world wraps up group play.

There will be plenty of TV viewing options, though some of the more important matches of the day may require some web surfing for video streams. Among those is the winner-take-all match between Argentina and Uruguay, as well as the Honduras-El Salvador qualifier.

Where will you be watching USA-Costa Rica?

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the U.S. men's national team will play its final World Cup qualifier on Wednesday night in Washington D.C. and even though the team has already qualified for the 2010 World Cup, the match vs. Costa Rica is an important one to U.S. fans who want to see their team finish strong.

With that in mind, where will you be watching Wednesday's match vs.

Mid-Week Soccer on TV

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Several of the unclaimed World Cup qualifying berths will be locked on Wednesday as qualifying around the world wraps up group play.

There will be plenty of TV viewing options, though some of the more important matches of the day may require some web surfing for video streams. Among those is the winner-take-all match between Argentina and Uruguay, as well as the Honduras-El Salvador qualifier.

USA to face Denmark on Nov. 18 in Aarhus

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The U.S. men's national team wasted no time scheduling an opponent for a November friendly after qualifying for the 2010 World Cup.

The United States will travel to Europe next month to take on fellow World Cup qualifier Denmark on Nov. 18 in Aarhus. The announcement came just three days after the USA qualified for the World Cup with its 3-2 victory vs.

Morning Ticker: DeMerit monitored, Totti considers unretiring and more

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U.S. national team defender Jay DeMerit may soon be going under the knife.

DeMerit will be monitored over the next ten days by Watford in order to determine if he needs surgery for an eye infection in his right eye. The infection came when DeMerit accidentally cut his eye while removing a contact lens.

USA vs. Honduras: The Pre-Match Tailgate (Updated)

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The U.S. men's national team will take the field tonight in San Pedro Sula with a chance to clinch its berth in the 2010 World Cup, but it will have to beat a strong Honduras squad to do it.

We are still several hours away from the match but it is certainly not too early to start talking about the match.

USA vs. Honduras: Your Running Commentary

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The moment has arrived. The first chance for the U.S. men's national team to clinch a berth in its sixth straight World Cup.

Standing in the way is a Honduran team that can also book its place in South Africa with a victory tonight.

I will be doing a live commentary for ESPN.

USA beats Honduras, 3-2, to clinch World Cup berth

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The United States will be going to the World Cup for the sixth straight time.

The Americans held off a fierce Honduran attack for a half, then broke down the Honduras defense for three second-half goals to win and clinch its place in the World Cup. Forward Conor Casey played the role of unlikely hero with two goals, his first two for the national team.

USA 3, Honduras 2: The Highlights

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Whether you watched it in a bar tonight, or saw it on a web feed, or if you happened to miss it, you will want to see the highlights of the U.S. national team's 3-2 World Cup berth-clinching victory against Honduras on Saturday night.

Here are the highlights:

Your thoughts?

USA 3, Honduras 2: The Day After

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It is the day after the U.S. national team's impressive 3-2 comeback victory in Honduras and American fans woke up today to the reality that the USA has qualified for the 2010 World Cup.

Argentina's last-gasp game-winner

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Amidst all the World Cup qualifying craziness of Saturday came one of the most dramatic finishes seen in quite some time.

No, I'm not talking about the U.S. team's win vs. Honduras, which was dramatic in its own right. I'm referring to Argentina's late game-winner vs. Peru. With just seconds remaining and with Argentina facing the very real prospect of falling into fifth place in South America's World Cup qualifying race, forward Martin Palermo knocked home a loose ball for a game-winner that will go down in Argentine history.

Who should the USA start vs. Costa Rica?

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With the 2010 World Cup berth already secured, the U.S. national team will head into its final qualifier on Wednesday playing for a chance to top the CONCACAF qualifying group, and a chance to improve its place in the FIFA world rankings (as well as score a measure of revenge for the 3-1 thumping delivered by Costa Rica in June).

MLS Playoff Race (Through Week 30)

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Chivas USA joined the Playoff Qualifiers Club this week after its 2-0 win vs. Kansas City on Saturday, a result that seriously dented the Wizards' already-slim playoff hopes.

Chivas USA becomes the fourth team to qualify for the playoffs, leaving four spots up for grabs with two weeks to go.

Afternoon Ticker: Ronaldo expects quick recovery, Cannavaro cleared and more

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by FRANCO PANIZO

If you were upset at the thought of not seeing Cristiano Ronaldo in action for a month, you may be happy to hear the superstar's latest comments.

Ronaldo expects to recover from the ankle injury he picked up in Portugal's 3-0 World Cup qualifying win against Hungary in less than a month, the amount of time he was originally expected to miss.

Zizzo suffers potential season-ending injury

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Hannover 96 defender Sal Zizzo will be out of action for a substantial amount of time after tearing an ACL on Monday.

Zizzo tore the ligament in practice after his foot got caught in the turf, and it is expected to take six to nine months for recovery, potentially ending the American midfielder's season.

Zizzo suffers potential season-ending injury

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Hannover 96 defender Sal Zizzo will be out of action for a substantial amount of time after tearing an ACL on Monday.

Zizzo tore the ligament in practice after his foot got caught in the turf, and it is expected to take six to nine months for recovery, potentially ending the American midfielder's season.

Afternoon Ticker: Ronaldo expects quick recovery, Cannavaro cleared and more

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by FRANCO PANIZO

If you were upset at the thought of not seeing Cristiano Ronaldo in action for a month, you may be happy to hear the superstar's latest comments.

Ronaldo expects to recover from the ankle injury he picked up in Portugal's 3-0 World Cup qualifying win against Hungary in less than a month, the amount of time he was originally expected to miss.

MLS Playoff Race (Through Week 30)

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Chivas USA joined the Playoff Qualifiers Club this week after its 2-0 win vs. Kansas City on Saturday, a result that seriously dented the Wizards' already-slim playoff hopes.

Chivas USA becomes the fourth team to qualify for the playoffs, leaving four spots up for grabs with two weeks to go.

Who should the USA start vs. Costa Rica?

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With the 2010 World Cup berth already secured, the U.S. national team will head into its final qualifier on Wednesday playing for a chance to top the CONCACAF qualifying group, and a chance to improve its place in the FIFA world rankings (as well as score a measure of revenge for the 3-1 thumping delivered by Costa Rica in June).

Argentina's last-gasp game-winner

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Amidst all the World Cup qualifying craziness of Saturday came one of the most dramatic finishes seen in quite some time.

No, I'm not talking about the U.S. team's win vs. Honduras, which was dramatic in its own right. I'm referring to Argentina's late game-winner vs. Peru. With just seconds remaining and with Argentina facing the very real prospect of being knocked out of the World Cup qualifying race, forward Martin Palermo knocked home a loose ball for a game-winner that will go down in Argentine history.

USA 3, Honduras 2: The Day After

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It is the day after the U.S. national team's impressive 3-2 comeback victory in Honduras and American fans woke up today to the reality that the USA has qualified for the 2010 World Cup.

USA beats Honduras, 3-2, to clinch World Cup berth

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The United States will be going to the World Cup for the sixth straight time.

The Americans held off a fierce Honduran attack for a half, then broke down the Honduras defense for three second-half goals to win and clinch its place in the World Cup. Forward Conor Casey played the role of unlikely hero with two goals, his first two for the national team.

USA 3, Honduras 2: The Highlights

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Whether you watched it in a bar tonight, or saw it on a web feed, or if you happened to miss it, you will want to see the highlights of the U.S. national team's 3-2 World Cup berth-clinching victory against Honduras on Saturday night.

Here are the highlights:

Your thoughts?

USA vs. Honduras: Your Running Commentary

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The moment has arrived. The first chance for the U.S. men's national team to clinch a berth in its sixth straight World Cup.

Standing in the way is a Honduran team that can also book its place in South Africa with a victory tonight.

I will be doing a live commentary for ESPN.

USA vs. Honduras: The Pre-Match Tailgate

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The U.S. men's national team will take the field tonight in San Pedro Sula with a chance to clinch its berth in the 2010 World Cup, but it will have to beat a strong Honduras squad to do it.

We are still several hours away from the match but it is certainly not too early to start talking about the match.

This weekend's soccer on TV

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It is a do-or-die weekend for some of the world's best players, and you will be able to watch most of it on TV.

Okay, so maybe you won't be able to watch most of it on TV, but with some help from your local soccer bar, as well as those reliable internet feeds, you should be able to see the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Thierry Henry as they try to keep their World Cup dreams alive.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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World Cup qualifying takes center stage today as qualifiers around the globe and throughout your TV listings.

European qualifiers dominate the early portion of Saturday's viewing options, with Denmark-Sweden an Russia-Germany headlining. South American and CONCACAF qualifying take place tonight.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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World Cup qualifying takes center stage today as qualifiers around the globe and throughout your TV listings.

European qualifiers dominate the early portion of Saturday's viewing options, with Denmark-Sweden an Russia-Germany headlining. South American and CONCACAF qualifying take place tonight.

This weekend's soccer on TV

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It is a do-or-die weekend for some of the world's best players, and you will be able to watch most of it on TV.

Okay, so maybe you won't be able to watch most of it on TV, but with some help from your local soccer bar, as well as those reliable internet feeds, you should be able to see the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Thierry Henry as they try to keep their World Cup dreams alive.

USA vs. Honduras: A Look Ahead

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The U.S. men's national team has played Honduras three times this year, but none of the previous meetings will be as tough for the Americans as the fourth meeting, this Saturday in San Pedro Sula.

It won't just be the toughest because it is in Honduras, but because Honduras will be featuring a strong side than any the Americans have faced this year.

Morning Ticker: Beckham working on loan, Cannavaro fails drug test and more

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by FRANCO PANIZO

Los Angeles, be prepared to say goodbye to David Beckham...again.

The Los Angeles Galaxy have given Beckham permission to work out a loan deal for the winter transfer window in January. The loan is expected to last until July to give Beckham the best possibility of making the England squad for the 2010 World Cup in June.

South American World Cup Qualifying: A Look Ahead

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By NESTOR F. SEBASTIAN

When all is said and done next week following the conclusion of South America's two-year marathon of World Cup qualifying, fans everywhere will have witnessed one of the most exciting conclusions the continent's federation has ever produced since its decision more than a decade ago to switch to a home-and-away format for all 10 nations.

Feilhaber enjoying career year for club and country

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by FRANCO PANIZO

It has been more than two years since the signature moment of Benny Feilhaber's career, his game-winning Gold Cup Final blast vs. Mexico, and few players have endured more of a roller-coaster ride in the time since.

After a breakout year in 2007, in which he became a fixture in the U.

Your September Questions Answered (Part 5)

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For those of you wondering when you would see the rest of the September Q&A questions answered, here is the newest installment of Your Questions Answered.

This batch of questions is dominated by U.S. national team questions, with Oguchi Onyewu, Michael Bradley and Jermaine Jones among the subjects covered.

USA vs. Honduras: A Look Ahead

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The U.S. men's national team has played Honduras three times this year, but none of the previous meetings will be as tough for the Americans as the fourth meeting, this Saturday in San Pedro Sula.

It won't just be the toughest because it is in Honduras, but because Honduras will be featuring a strong side than any the Americans have faced this year.

Your September Questions Answered (Part 5)

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For those of you wondering when you would see the rest of the September Q&A questions answered, here is the newest installment of Your Questions Answered.

This batch of questions is dominated by U.S. national team questions, with Oguchi Onyewu, Michael Bradley and Jermaine Jones among the subjects covered.

South American World Cup Qualifying: A Look Ahead

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By NESTOR F. SEBASTIAN

When all is said and done next week following the conclusion of South America's two-year marathon of World Cup qualifying, fans everywhere will have witnessed one of the most exciting conclusions the continent's federation has ever produced since its decision more than a decade ago to switch to a home-and-away format for all 10 nations.

Feilhaber enjoying career year for club and country

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by FRANCO PANIZO

It has been more than two years since the signature moment of Benny Feilhaber's career, his game-winning Gold Cup Final blast vs. Mexico, and few players have endured more of a roller-coaster ride in the time since.

After a breakout year in 2007, in which he became a fixture in the U.

Morning Ticker: Beckham working on loan, Cannavaro fails drug test and more

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by FRANCO PANIZO

Los Angeles, be prepared to say goodbye to David Beckham...again.

The Los Angeles Galaxy have given Beckham permission to work out a loan deal for the winter transfer window in January. The loan is expected to last until July to give Beckham the best possibility of making the England squad for the 2010 World Cup in June.

FC Dallas wins again, RSL draws Chivas Guadalajara

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It will likely end up being too little too late, but FC Dallas continues to show that it has plenty of fight left in it. Counted out all season with a poor start to 2009, the amazing turnaround continued last night against a San Jose team that played hard but came up short to Dallas, 2-1.

Midweek College Soccer Wrap

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Upsets continue to be a common occurrence in college soccer this fall. Just when one team makes a jump up the rankings, they'll face a tough or surprising opponent. This time it was No. 9 Duke, who had made strides in the rankings after upsetting then-No. 2 Maryland. Duke received a taste of their own medicine on Tuesday night.

Holden looking to continue his rapid rise

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by FRANCO PANIZO

From Olympic standout to orchestrator of the potent Houston Dynamo offense, to U.

Who will win the 2009 Golden Boot?

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Jeff Cunningham is on fire like few others have ever been in MLS. After a slow start to the 2009 season, the 33-year-old striker has taken off ever since the departure of Kenny Cooper to 1860 Munich. Since Cooper left, Cunningham has scored 16 goals in 13 games, including last night's game winning goal against San Jose.

World Cup Qualifying: A Look Ahead to Saturday

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By TRAVIS CLARK

With just two World Cup qualifying matches left for just about every country, it's the last chance for many countries to make a push at a spot in South Africa next year. Perhaps the best match slated for this weekend is the matchup between Germany and Russia.

What superstar will miss the 2010 World Cup?

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What would a World Cup be without some of the biggest names in soccer? The World Cup in 2010 is shaping up to show what happens when the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi or Zlatan Ibrahimovic don't show up to take part.

The qualifying struggles of each player's home country has been well documented.

Greetings from San Pedro Sula

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The first two things you notice when you arrive in San Pedro Sula are the oven-like and unrelenting heat, and the general lack of police or military presence, which is only surprising after weeks of hearing about the political conflict that had rattled an otherwise peaceful Central American nation.

Greetings from San Pedro Sula

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The first two things you notice when you arrive in San Pedro Sula are the oven-like and unrelenting heat, and the general lack of police or military presence, which is only surprising after weeks of hearing about the political conflict that had rattled an otherwise peaceful Central American nation.

What superstar will miss the 2010 World Cup?

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What would a World Cup be without some of the biggest names in soccer? The World Cup in 2010 is shaping up to show what happens when the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi or Zlatan Ibrahimovic don't show up to take part.

The qualifying struggles of each player's home country has been well documented.

World Cup Qualifying: A Look Ahead to Saturday

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By TRAVIS CLARK

With just two World Cup qualifying matches left for just about every country, it's the last chance for many countries to make a push at a spot in South Africa next year. Perhaps the best match slated for this weekend is the matchup between Germany and Russia.

Who will win the 2009 Golden Boot?

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Jeff Cunningham is on fire like few others have ever been in MLS. After a slow start to the 2009 season, the 33-year-old striker has taken off ever since the departure of Kenny Cooper to 1860 Munich. Since Cooper left, Cunningham has scored 16 goals in 13 games, including last night's game winning goal against San Jose.

Holden looking to continue his rapid rise

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by FRANCO PANIZO

From Olympic standout to orchestrator of the potent Houston Dynamo offense, to U.

Midweek College Soccer Wrap

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Upsets continue to be a common occurrence in college soccer this fall. Just when one team makes a jump up the rankings, they'll face a tough or surprising opponent. This time it was No. 9 Duke, who had made strides in the rankings after upsetting then-No. 2 Maryland. Duke received a taste of their own medicine on Tuesday night.

FC Dallas wins again, RSL draws Chivas Guadalajara

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It will likely end up being too little too late, but FC Dallas continues to show that it has plenty of fight left in it. Counted out all season with a poor start to 2009, the amazing turnaround continued last night against a San Jose team that played hard but came up short, losing Dallas by a 2-1 scoreline.

FC Dallas and San Jose tangle in crucial match tonight

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The MLS playoffs don't begin for another three weeks but tonight will offer us an elimination game with some playoff-like drama.

FC Dallas visits San Jose tonight (10pm, Direct Kick) in a match both teams need to win in order to maintain any realistic chance in the MLS playoff race.

U.S. national team practice report

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By FRANCO PANIZO

MIAMI- When the U.S. national team started practice on Wednesday, there was a familiar face back in practice. The face was that of Frankie Hejduk.

Hejduk made his return to a U.S. national team camp after a five month hiatus due to various injuries.

USA vs. Honduras: Where will you be watching?

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As we close in on three days until the win-and-you're-in World Cup qualifier between the United States and Honduras on Saturday, it is time to start discussing where U.S. national team fans will be watching the match.

This question is a more important one for this match than most thanks to the fact that the match is only being shown via closed circuit, forcing U.

Jones injury woes worsen, will miss at least six more weeks after latest surgery

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Jermaine Jones' injuries woes have gone from bad to worse.

After feeling pain in his surgically-repaired leg, and sitting for three more weeks with the hope of having the pain subside, Jones has now undergone another surgery. This time he had the metal plate in his leg removed, a procedure that will sideline him for at least six more weeks, German newspaper Bild reported on Wednesday.

Jones injury woes worsen, will miss at least six more weeks after latest surgery

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Jermaine Jones' injuries woes have gone from bad to worse.

After feeling pain in his surgically-repaired leg, and sitting for three more weeks with the hope of having the pain subside, Jones has now undergone another surgery. This time he had the metal plate in his leg removed, a procedure that will sideline him for at least six more weeks, German newspaper Bild reported on Wednesday.

USA vs. Honduras: Where will you be watching?

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As we close in on three days until the win-and-you're-in World Cup qualifier between the United States and Honduras on Saturday, it is time to start discussing where U.S. national team fans will be watching the match.

This question is a more important one for this match than most thanks to the fact that the match is only being shown via closed circuit, forcing U.

U.S. national team practice report

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By FRANCO PANIZO

MIAMI- When the U.S. national team started practice on Wednesday, there was a familiar face back in practice. The face was that of Frankie Hejduk.

Hejduk made his return to a U.S. national team camp after a five month hiatus due to various injuries.

FC Dallas and San Jose tangle in crucial match tonight

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The MLS playoffs don't begin for another three weeks but tonight will offer us an elimination game with some playoff-like drama.

FC Dallas visits San Jose tonight (10pm, Direct Kick) in a match both teams need to win in order to maintain any realistic chance in the MLS playoff race.

USA vs. Honduras: Meet the Ref

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When the U.S. men's national team takes the field in Honduras, it will see plenty of familiar faces on the opposing team, but the Americans will see an even more familiar face working the game as referee.

The match referee for Saturday's World Cup qualifier is Panamanian official Roberto Moreno, a referee who has become somewhat of a regular in U.

USA vs. Honduras: Meet the Ref

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When the U.S. men's national team takes the field in Honduras, it will see plenty of familiar faces on the opposing team, but the Americans will see an even more familiar face working the game as referee.

The match referee for Saturday's World Cup qualifier is Panamanian official Roberto Moreno, a referee who has become somewhat of a regular in U.

Who should start in place of Clint Dempsey?

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With Clint Dempsey sidelined for Saturday's World Cup qualifier at Honduras due to a shoulder injury, U.S. head coach Bob Bradley will have to select a replacement for Dempsey from a handful of good candidates.

More trouble for Costa Rica

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Just when you thought Costa Rica's World Cup qualifying hopes couldn't get any worse, they manage to get worse.

Just a week after seeing head coach fired Rodrigo Kenton and replaced by Rene Simoes, the "Ticos' have now lost standout central midfielder Celso Borges for the remainder of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying after he suffered an injury while playing with Norwegian club team Fredrickstad, an injury he blamed on the artificial turf.

U.S. national team practice report

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by FRANCO PANIZO

MIAMI- The U.S. men's national team has won just once on the road in the final round of World Cup qualifying, and Honduras has yet to lose a home qualifier this cycle, but those facts aren't keeping the U.S. team from believing that it can go to San Pedro Sula on Saturday and score a positive result.

Hejduk called into USMNT camp

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Columbus Crew defender Frankie Hejduk has been called into U.S. national team training camp. Hejduk replaces injured midfielder Clint Dempsey, who is out with a shoulder injury.

Hejduk will join the team on Tuesday afternoon and is expected to train on Wednesday with the rest of the 22-player group as it prepares for upcoming World Cup qualifiers at Honduras (Saturday) and vs.

Castillo nursing hamstring injury, expected to return in two weeks

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Those wondering whether Edgar Castillo should have been called up by the U.S. national team for its upcoming World Cup qualifiers should know that Castillo is sidelined with a hamstring injury, but is expected to return to action for Tigres when the club returns to action on Oct. 18 against first-place Toluca.

Is this the best Honduran team ever?

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We are four days away from the USA-Honduras World Cup qualifier and while the U.S. national team is in first place in CONCACAF World Cup qualifying, it won't go in as the favorite in San Pedro Sula.

That is became the Americans are facing a strong Honduras team that just might be the best team in the nation's history.

Is this the best Honduran team ever?

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We are four days away from the USA-Honduras World Cup qualifier and while the U.S. national team is in first place in CONCACAF World Cup qualifying, it won't go in as the favorite in San Pedro Sula.

That is became the Americans are facing a strong Honduras team that just might be the best team in the nation's history.

Castillo nursing hamstring injury, expected to return in two weeks

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Those wondering whether Edgar Castillo should have been called up by the U.S. national team for its upcoming World Cup qualifiers should know that Castillo is sidelined with a hamstring injury, but is expected to return to action for Tigres when the club returns to action on Oct. 18 against first-place Toluca.

Hejduk called into USMNT camp

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Columbus Crew defender Frankie Hejduk has been called into U.S. national team training camp. Hejduk replaces injured midfielder Clint Dempsey, who is out with a shoulder injury.

Hejduk will join the team on Tuesday afternoon and is expected to train on Wednesday with the rest of the 22-player group as it prepares for upcoming World Cup qualifiers at Honduras (Saturday) and vs.

U.S. national team practice report

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by FRANCO PANIZO

MIAMI- The U.S. men's national team has won just once on the road in the final round of World Cup qualifying, and Honduras has yet to lose at home this cycle, but those facts aren't keeping the U.S. team from believing that it can go to San Pedro Sula on Saturday and score a positive result.

More trouble for Costa Rica

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Just when you thought Costa Rica's World Cup qualifying hopes couldn't get any worse, they manage to get worse.

Just a week after seeing head coach fired Rodrigo Kenton and replaced by Rene Simoes, the "Ticos' have now lost standout central midfielder Celso Borges for the remainder of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying after he suffered an injury while playing with Norwegian club team Fredrickstad, an injury he blamed on the artificial turf.

Who should start in place of Clint Dempsey?

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With Clint Dempsey sidelined for Saturday's World Cup qualifier at Honduras due to a shoulder injury, U.S. head coach Bob Bradley will have to select a replacement for Dempsey from a handful of good candidates.

U.S. national team practice report

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by FRANCO PANIZO

MIAMI- The U.S. men's national team reconvened on Monday under the hot South Florida sun, and while only thirteen players were in camp, the team is already starting to focus on the tests that lie ahead: Potential World Cup berth clinching-qualifiers against Honduras and Costa Rica.

Dempsey to miss Honduras qualifier

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If the U.S. national team is planning on getting a result against Honduras on Saturday night, they will have to do so without Clint Dempsey.

MLS Playoff Race (Through Week 29)

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By TRAVIS CLARK

Another frenetic weekend of MLS action and it was a couple of road teams injecting a new look in the ever-clearing MLS playoff picture. Chivas USA and Seattle both improved their postseason credentials and chances with dramatic wins away from the comforts of home.

Evening Ticker: Man City ties Aston Villa, Wicks gets Open Cup ban and more

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Richard Dunne made his old club pay, but in the end neither Dunne's Aston Villa or opponent Manchester City could take all three points on Monday.

Craig Bellamy's second-half equalizer made the final score 1-1 in an entertaining Monday fixture at Villa Park. Dunne gave Aston Villa a first-half lead on a header scored over former Villa midfielder Gareth Barry, but Bellamy continued his recent run of hot form by netting an equalizer off an Emmanuel Adebayor pass.

Donovan named MLS player of the week

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Landon Donovan was named MLS Player of the Week after scoring the game-winning goal in the Los Angeles Galaxy's playoff-clinching 1-0 victory vs. Chicago last Friday.

Donovan's award is the 10th of his career and first in a year, since week 28 of 2008.

Think Donovan was the easy pick this week?

Donovan named MLS player of the week

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Landon Donovan was named MLS Player of the Week after scoring the game-winning goal in the Los Angeles Galaxy's playoff-clinching 1-0 victory vs. Chicago last Friday.

Donovan's award is the 10th of his career and first in a year, since week 28 of 2008.

Think Donovan was the easy pick this week?

Evening Ticker: Man City ties Aston Villa, Wicks gets Open Cup ban and more

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Richard Dunne made his old club pay, but in the end neither Dunne's Aston Villa or opponent Manchester City could take all three points on Monday.

Craig Bellamy's second-half equalizer made the final score 1-1 in an entertaining Monday fixture at Villa Park. Dunne gave Aston Villa a first-half lead on a header scored over former Villa midfielder Gareth Barry, but Bellamy continued his recent run of hot form by netting an equalizer off an Emmanuel Adebayor pass.

MLS Playoff Race (Through Week 29)

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By TRAVIS CLARK

Another frenetic weekend of MLS action and it was a couple of road teams injecting a new look in the ever-clearing MLS playoff picture. Chivas USA and Seattle both improved their postseason credentials and chances with dramatic wins away from the comforts of home.

Dempsey to miss Honduras qualifier

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If the U.S. are planning on getting a result against Honduras on Saturday night, they'll have to do so without Clint Dempsey. The Fulham midfielder left Sunday's 2-2 draw against West Ham in the 83rd minute with a shoulder injury.

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U.S. national team practice report

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by FRANCO PANIZO

MIAMI- The U.S. men's national team reconvened on Monday under the hot South Florida sun, and while only thirteen players were in camp, the team is already starting to focus on the tests that lie ahead: Potential World Cup berth clinching-qualifiers against Honduras and Costa Rica.

Weekend College Soccer Wrap

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The Akron Zips continue to be unstoppable. At this stage of the season, the Zips have begun their important conference schedule and look to roll through their opponents. This time around it was a 3-0 defeat of Florida Atlantic, proving that Akron can win on the road as well as at home. They'll have to back that up over the next two weeks, with three straight games away from home.

Monday Morning Centerback: Why did the U.S. Under-20s fail?

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Whose fault is it?

That is the question some U.S. national team fans are asking after the U.S. Under-20 national team's early exit from the Under-20 World Cup. Who is to blame for the failings of a collection of what is supposed to be the best Under-20 players this country can produce?

Dive or not a dive?

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Unless you are a die-hard New York Red Bulls fan or a San Jose Earthquakes fan, chances are you missed their game last Saturday night, which means you probably didn't see Arturo Alvarez draw what wound up being the match-winning penalty converted by Ryan Johnson.

USA fans not only ones facing road qualifier viewing woes

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U.S. national team fans still seething over the fact that the upcoming World Cup qualifier in Honduras is only available via closed circuit, you are not alone.

England national team fans are facing the same issue with England's upcoming qualifier in Ukraine, with English fans being forced to watch the qualifier either by paying for an internet feed, or by watching in select movie theaters showing the match.

EPL Week 7: A Look Back

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By TRAVIS CLARK

The highly anticipated clash of Chelsea and Liverpool turned out to be somewhat of a letdown Saturday, as Chelsea's defense reigned supreme in their 2-0 win. Even without Petr Cech, the Blues kept Steven Gerrard and Fernando Torres in check all afternoon.

Weekend College Soccer Wrap

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The Akron Zips continue to be unstoppable. At this stage of the season, the Zips have begun their important conference schedule and look to roll through their opponents. This time around it was a 3-0 defeat of Florida Atlantic, proving that Akron can win on the road as well as at home. They'll have to back that up over the next two weeks, with three straight games away from home.

EPL Week 7: A Look Back

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By TRAVIS CLARK

The highly anticipated clash of Chelsea and Liverpool turned out to be somewhat of a letdown Saturday, as Chelsea's defense reigned supreme. Even without Petr Cech, the Blues kept Steven Gerrard and Fernando Torres in check all afternoon. John Terry made sure his English counterpart had no sight of goal all afternoon, all the while ensuring Torres couldn't get a shot off.

Dive or not a dive?

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Unless you are a die-hard New York Red Bulls fan or a San Jose Earthquakes fan, chances are you missed their game last Saturday night, which means you probably didn't see Arturo Alvarez draw what wound up being the match-winning penalty converted by Ryan Johnson.

USA fans not only ones facing road qualifier viewing woes

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U.S. national team fans still seething over the fact that the upcoming World Cup qualifier in Honduras is only available via closed circuit, you are not alone.

England national team fans are facing the same issue with England's upcoming qualifier in Ukraine, with English fans being forced to watch the qualifier either by paying for an internet feed, or by watching in select movie theaters showing the match.

Monday Morning Centerback: Why did the U.S. Under-20s fail?

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Whose fault is it?

That is the question some U.S. national team fans are asking after the U.S. Under-20 national team's early exit from the Under-20 World Cup. Who is to blame for the failings of a collection of what is supposed to be the best Under-20 players this country can produce?

MLS Week 29: A Look Back

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The Los Angeles Galaxy and Houston Dynamo joined the Columbus Crew in the club for MLS playoff qualifiers after posting results in MLS Week 29.

The Galaxy downed the Chicago Fire to secure its first playoff berth in four years, while the Dynamo secured its fourth straight playoff berth with its tie vs.

MLS Week 29: A Look Back

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The Los Angeles Galaxy and Houston Dynamo joined the Columbus Crew in the club for MLS playoff qualifiers after posting results in MLS Week 29.

The Galaxy downed the Chicago Fire to secure its first playoff berth in four years, while the Dynamo secured its fourth straight playoff berth with its tie vs.

Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

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While Chelsea-Liverpool will draw much of the attention from American soccer fans who love European soccer, today's schedule of matches also features Real Madrid's first true test of the season.

Real Madrid take on Sevilla in a battle of top La Liga sides. Real Madrid is unbeaten and untested this season, but will have a chance to prove that it is ready to challenge Barcelona for the La Liga crown today.

Galaxy qualifies for playoffs for first time since 2005

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The Los Angeles Galaxy had not participated in the MLS Playoffs since lifting the MLS Cup trophy in 2005. On Saturday, that drought officially came to an end.

D.C. United's loss to Chivas USA on Saturday helped the Galaxy earn its first playoff berth in four seasons, and moved Los Angeles into first place in the Western Conference.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

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Carlos Bocanegra has made a career out of solid defending and timely tackles, and this weekend he prevented a potential goal with a last-second challenge.

Unfortunately for Stade Rennes, Bocanegra did so with his hands.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

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Carlos Bocanegra has made a career out of solid defending and timely tackles, and this weekend he prevented a potential goal with a last-second challenge.

Unfortunately for Stade Rennes, Bocanegra did so with his hands.

Galaxy qualifies for playoffs for first time since 2005

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The Los Angeles Galaxy had not participated in the MLS Playoffs since lifting the MLS Cup trophy in 2005. On Saturday, that drought officially came to an end.

D.C. United's loss to Chivas USA on Saturday helped the Galaxy earn its first playoff berth in four seasons, and moved Los Angeles into first place in the Western Conference.

Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

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While Chelsea-Liverpool will draw much of the attention from American soccer fans who love European soccer, today's schedule of matches also features Real Madrid's first true test of the season.

Cristiano Ronaldo and Co. take on Sevilla in a battle of top La Liga sides. Real Madrid is unbeaten and untested, but will have a chance to prove that it is ready to challenge Barcelona for the La Liga crown today.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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Major League Soccer's playoff race and the final matches of the Under-20 World Cup group stage highlight today's soccer action on TV.

The U.S. Under-20 national team can advance to the second round of the Under-20 World Cup if certain results go their way today, which will make matches like Costa Rica/Czech Republic worth watching for U.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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Major League Soccer's playoff race and the final matches of the Under-20 World Cup group stage highlight today's soccer action on TV.

The U.S. Under-20 national team can advance to the second round of the Under-20 World Cup if certain results go their way today, which will make matches like Costa Rica/Czech Republic worth watching for U.

Americans Abroad: A Look Ahead

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by FRANCO PANIZO

It is the final weekend of club action before the international break, meaning the last chance for some key U.S. national team players to get some much-needed playing time before the upcoming World Cup qualifiers vs. Honduras and Costa Rica.

Midfielder Michael Bradley looks to continue his recent run of playing time when Borussia Moenchengladbach take on Neven Subotic and Borussia Dortmund, while AC Milan defender Oguchi Onyewu looks to build on his impressive mid-week Rossoneri debut with a match against Serie A bottom-feeders Atalanta.

Who should the USA start vs. Honduras?

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With the roster now selected, it is time to consider the options U.S. head coach Bob Bradley has when selecting his starting lineup in next weekend's World Cup qualifier vs.

This weekend's soccer on TV

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A pair of English giants looking to rebound from disappointing performances in the UEFA Champions League headline this weekend's soccer on TV.

Chelsea takes on Liverpool in a battle of EPL powers. Chelsea will be looking to regroup following a disappointing mid-week performance in the UEFA Champions League, and it's shock loss to Wigan last weekend, by beating a Liverpool team still recovering from a 2-0 loss to Fiorentina in mid-week.

Under-20 World Cup: USA vs. South Korea (Matchday Commentary)

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The U.S. Under-20 national team has its fate in its own hands. A win or a tie today vs. South Korea (12:45pm, ESPN2) in its final Under-20 World Cup group match will put the Americans into the second round of the tournament. A loss would leave seriously jeopardize the U.S. team's chances of advancing.

Cunningham named MLS player of the month

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FC Dallas forward Jeff Cunningham was voted MLS player of the month for September after his seven goals and three assists helped FC Dallas post a 3-1-1 record during the month.

Cunningham edged out a group of players including Shalrie Joseph, Josh Wolff and Eddie Gaven.

The award is the second player of the month honor of Cunningham's career.

MLS Matchday 29: A Look Ahead

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Sigi Schmid makes his return to Columbus this weekend in one of the biggest storylines heading into MLS Week 29.

Schmid and his Seattle Sounders head to Crew Stadium to take on the red-hot Columbus Crew in Schmid's first visit since guiding Columbus to the 2008 MLS Cup title and leaving to take the Seattle job.

MLS Matchday 29: A Look Ahead

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Sigi Schmid makes his return to Columbus this weekend in one of the biggest storylines heading into MLS Week 29.

Schmid and his Seattle Sounders head to Crew Stadium to take on the red-hot Columbus Crew in Schmid's first visit since guiding Columbus to the 2008 MLS Cup title and leaving to take the Seattle job.

Cunningham named MLS player of the month

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FC Dallas forward Jeff Cunningham was voted MLS player of the month for September after his seven goals and three assists helped FC Dallas post a 3-1-1 record during the month.

Cunningham edged out a group of players including Shalrie Joseph, Josh Wolff and Eddie Gaven.

The award is the second player of the month honor of Cunningham's career.

Under-20 World Cup: USA vs. South Korea (Matchday Commentary)

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The U.S. Under-20 national team has its fate in its own hands. A win or a tie today vs. South Korea (12:45pm, ESPN2) in its final Under-20 World Cup group match will put the Americans into the second round of the tournament. A loss would leave seriously jeopardize the U.S. team's chances of advancing.

This weekend's soccer on TV

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A pair of English giants looking to rebound from disappointing performances in the UEFA Champions League headline this weekend's soccer on TV.

Chelsea takes on Liverpool in a battle of EPL powers. Chelsea will be looking to regroup following a disappointing mid-week performance in the UEFA Champions League, and it's shock loss to Wigan last weekend, by beating a Liverpool team still recovering from a 2-0 loss to Fiorentina in mid-week.

Who should the USA start vs. Honduras?

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With the roster now selected, it is time to consider the options U.S. head coach Bob Bradley has when selecting his starting lineup in next weekend's World Cup qualifier vs.

Americans Abroad: A Look Ahead

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by FRANCO PANIZO

It is the final weekend of club action before the international break, meaning the last chance for some key U.S. national team players to get some much-needed playing time before the upcoming World Cup qualifiers vs. Honduras and Costa Rica.

Midfielder Michael Bradley looks to continue his recent run of playing time when Borussia Moenchengladbach take on Neven Subotic and Borussia Dortmund, while AC Milan defender Oguchi Onyewu looks to build on his impressive mid-week Rossoneri debut with a match against Serie A bottom-feeders Atalanta.

Onyewu makes Milan debut in disappointing loss to FC Zurich

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Oguchi Onyewu's official AC Milan debut finally came on Wednesday, but the result of the match itself overshadowed any good feelings that might have come from Onyewu's first official appearance for the Italian club.

The U.S. national team defender played the final 30 minutes in AC Milan's 1-0 loss to FC Zurich, a loss that came just days after Milan's surprising draw vs.

Morning Ticker: American bid to purchase Bari collapses, Kroenke increases shares in Arsenal and more

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So much for an American owning a Serie A club. Timothy Barton, the head of an American bid to takeover Serie A club Bari, saw the deal go up in flames yesterday as the current ownership refused to delay the process any longer.

According to ESPN Soccernet, Barton and his organization, JMJ Holdings had to meet a Wednesday deadline of initial payment under terms of an initial agreement to buy the club.

AC Milan falls, Madrid cruises on Matchday Two of Champions League

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In what will be remembered as one of the most surprising Champions League group stage upsets in recent memory, FC Zurich shocked AC Milan 1-0 at the San Siro. Hannu Tihenen's goal in the 10th minute proved to be enough. Zurich had shown some fight in the previous matchday, coming back from a 3-0 deficit to make Real Madrid sweat a little.

Americans Abroad: Europa League Preview

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With Champions League action done and dusted once again, attention turns to the Europa League today. Americans Tim Howard and Clint Dempsey could all see action again as their respective clubs continue group play.

Howard and Everton head to Borisov, Belarus to take on FC BATE. The lengthy trip will certainly factor into the squad selection, though this second match could be critical for an Everton side that started off well with a 4-0 win against AEK Athens at home.

Midweek College Soccer Wrap

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There's plenty of entertaining college soccer action to catch up on this week, with upsets cropping up once again and Akron breaking their own attendance records last night.

Starting out in Ohio, where No. 1 Akron faced their biggest test of the year against No. 15 Ohio State. A record-setting crowd of 2,473 were on hand to watch the Zips record a comprehensive 3-0 win against the Buckeyes Wednesday night.

Where to watch USA-Honduras World Cup qualifier

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As the qualifier against Honduras nears, many fans are continually wondering where they'll be able watch the game on TV. With just nine days left until the vital qualifier, it looks like this is going to be one hard game to see.

The rights to the broadcast are owned by a Central American media company that is selling the close circuit feed to certain bars and restaurants only.

USA squad for upcoming World Cup qualifiers revealed

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U.S. national team head coach Bob Bradley named the 22-man roster he will bring into camp for the team's upcoming World Cup qualifiers at Honduras (Oct. 10) and vs. Costa Rica (Oct. 14).

Jimmy Conrad and Kenny Cooper making returns to the squad for the first time since the CONCACAF Gold Cup.

Americans Abroad: Europa League Rewind

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It wasn't easy, but Clint Dempsey's Fulham managed to grab the win and three points in the first-ever European match at Craven Cottage. Danny Murphy's goal in the 56th launched Fulham to the top of the Group E table and ended their three game losing streak with a 1-0 victory against FC Basel.

European Ticker: Adebayor handed further punishment, Portsmouth wages go unpaid and more

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The backlash of Emmanuel Adebayor's raucous celebration was felt again today as the striker was doled out more punishment from the FA. This time it was a £25,000 fine and a two match suspended ban for his celebration in front of Arsenal fans. The suspension means that he will only serve the ban if he violates FA rules again before December of next year.

European Ticker: Adebayor handed further punishment, Portsmouth wages go unpaid and more

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The backlash of Emmanuel Adebayor's raucous celebration was felt again today as the striker was doled out more punishment from the FA. This time it was a £25,000 fine and a two match suspended ban for his celebration in front of Arsenal fans. The suspension means that he will only serve the ban if he violates FA rules again before December of next year.

Americans Abroad: Europa League Rewind

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It wasn't easy, but Clint Dempsey's Fulham managed to grab the win and three points in the first-ever European match at Craven Cottage. Danny Murphy's goal in the 56th launched Fulham to the top of the Group E table and ended their three game losing streak. The Swiss side had numerous chances to equalize but failed to do so.

USA squad for upcoming World Cup qualifiers revealed

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U.S. national team head coach Bob Bradley named the 22-man roster he will bring into camp for the team's upcoming World Cup qualifiers at Honduras (Oct. 10) and vs. Costa Rica (Oct. 14).

Jimmy Conrad and Kenny Cooper making returns to the squad for the first time since the CONCACAF Gold Cup.

Where to watch USA-Honduras on TV

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As the qualifier against Honduras nears, many fans are continually wondering where they'll be able watch the game on TV. With just nine days left until the vital qualifier, it looks like this is going to be one hard game to see.

The rights to the broadcast are owned by a Central American media company that is selling the close circuit feed to certain bars and restaurants only.

Midweek College Soccer Wrap

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There's plenty of entertaining college soccer action to catch up on this week, with upsets cropping up once again and Akron breaking their own attendance records last night.

Starting out in Ohio, where No. 1 Akron faced their biggest test of the year against No. 15 Ohio State. A record-setting crowd of 2,473 were on hand to watch the Zips record a comprehensive 3-0 win against the Buckeyes Wednesday night.

Americans Abroad: Europa League Preview

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With Champions League action done and dusted once again, attention turns to the Europa League today. Americans Tim Howard, Clint Dempsey, Eddie Johnson and perhaps even Dominic Cervi could all see action again as their respective clubs continue group play.

Tim Howard and Everton head to Borisov, Belarus to take on FC BATE.

AC Milan falls, Madrid cruises on Matchday Two of Champions League

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In what will be remembered as one of the most surprising Champions League group stage upsets in recent memory, FC Zurich shocked AC Milan 1-0 at the San Siro. Hannu Tihenen's goal in the 10th minute proved to be enough. Zurich had shown some fight in the previous matchday, coming back from a 3-0 deficit to make Real Madrid sweat a little.

Morning Ticker: American bid to purchase Bari collapses, Kroenke increases shares in Arsenal and more

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So much for an American owning a Serie A club. Timothy Barton, the head of an American bid to takeover Serie A club Bari, saw the deal go up in flames yesterday as the current ownership refused to delay the process any longer.

According to ESPN Soccernet, Barton and his organization, JMJ Holdings had to meet a Wednesday deadline of initial payment under terms of an initial agreement to buy the club.

D.C. cruises past Jabloteh, Houston falls to Pachuca

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Both MLS clubs had a chance to seize the initiative in their respective CONCACAF Champions League groups last night, but only one managed to come through. D.C. walloped San Juan Jabloteh 5-1 to hop into second place in Group B, while Houston failed to score and lost to Pachuca 1-0. United has completed a rather remarkable turnaround in the competition, after going winless last year and dropping their first two this year.

Onyewu makes Milan debut in disappointing loss to FC Zurich

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Oguchi Onyewu's official AC Milan debut finally came on Wednesday, but the result of the match itself overshadowed any good feelings that might have come from Onyewu's first official appearance for the Italian club.

The U.S. national team defender played the final 30 minutes in AC Milan's 1-0 loss to FC Zurich, a loss that came just days after Milan's surprising draw vs.

FC Dallas edges New England, 1-0

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FC Dallas' slim playoff hopes gained more steam on Wednesday night after a Jeff Cunningham goal helped give Dallas a 1-0 victory against New England at the Cotton Bowl.

Cunningham headed home a Jair Benitez cross in the 71st minute to give FC Dallas its third win in four matches and move the Texas club closer to the playoff pack with three matches remaining.

Attack of the UEFA Champions League back-heels

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On Wednesday, we posted a video of Andrei Arshavin's nifty (and very offside) back-heel goal from the weekend. Apparently the play inspired some others to break out the back-heel tricks, with two back-heel beauties highlighting Wednesday's UEFA Champions League action.

FC Porto's Radamel Falcao scored this gem:

FC Zurich's Hannu Tihinen delivered this flying, ballet-like game-winning back-heel to knock off AC Milan:

What do you think of these goals?

D.C. cruises past Jabloteh, Houston falls to Pachuca

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Both MLS clubs had a chance to seize the initiative in their respective CONCACAF Champions League groups last night, but only one managed to come through. D.C. walloped San Juan Jabloteh 5-1 to hop into second place in Group B, while Houston failed to score and lost to Pachuca 1-0. United has completed a rather remarkable turnaround in the competition, after going winless last year and dropping their first two this year.

Attack of the UEFA Champions League back-heels

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On Wednesday, we posted a video of Andrei Arshavin's nifty (and very offside) back-heel goal from the weekend. Apparently the play inspired some others to break out the back-heel tricks, with two back-heel beauties highlighting Wednesday's UEFA Champions League action.

FC Porto's Radamel Falcao scored this gem:

FC Zurich's Hannu Tihinen delivered this flying, ballet-like game-winning back-heel to knock off AC Milan:

What do you think of these goals?

FC Dallas edges New England, 1-0

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FC Dallas' slim playoff hopes gained more steam on Wednesday night after a Jeff Cunningham goal helped give Dallas a 1-0 victory against New England at Dallas Cowboys Stadium.

Cunningham headed home a Jair Benitez cross in the 71st minute to give FC Dallas its third win in four matches and move the Texas club closer to the playoff pack with three matches remaining.