Soccer By Ives Archives for January 2009

Afternoon Ticker: Ribery gives Bayern ultimatum, Hill heads to Portugal and Spector discusses injury

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by GIANFRANCO PANIZO

Days after head coach Juergen Klinsmann was relieved of his coaching duties, Franck Ribery has warned Bayern Munich that he too could leave the German club if they fail to qualify for next season's Champions League.

SBI's Recommended Reading

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By SEAN RUBIO

With the first leg of the Champions League semi-finals out of the way, we've got stories from Colombia, Italy, and more for you on this Thursday edition of Recommended Reading. You know its a good day on the internet when you chance upon a Diego Serna interview:

Ex-MLSer Diego Serna talks about life in Miami, and playing for Miami FC [Football in Miami and Beyond]

A look at Real Madrid's €70m credit from a Spanish bank in an effort to land C.

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By SEAN RUBIO

With the first leg of the Champions League semi-finals out of the way, we've got stories from Colombia, Italy, and more for you on this Thursday edition of Recommended Reading. You know its a good day on the internet when you chance upon a Diego Serna interview:

Ex-MLSer Diego Serna talks about life in Miami, and playing for Miami FC [Football in Miami and Beyond]

A look at Real Madrid's €70m credit from a Spanish bank in an effort to land C.

Afternoon Ticker: Ribery gives Bayern ultimatum, Hill heads to Portugal and Spector discusses injury

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by GIANFRANCO PANIZO

Days after head coach Juergen Klinsmann was relieved of his coaching duties, Franck Ribery has warned Bayern Munich that he too could leave the German club if they fail to qualify for next season's Champions League.

Red Bulls 2, Earthquakes 1 (A Look Back and a look ahead)

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It wasn't a league match, or even an official U.S. Open Cup match, but the Red Bulls will gladly take their 2-1 U.S. Open Cup Play-in victory over San Jose. Especially after Sunday's heart-breaking loss to D.C. United.

Head coach Juan Carlos Osorio rested several starters on Wednesday night, allowing his bench players to make their cases for more playing time.

South America: Ronaldo the Comeback Kid

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By NESTOR F. SEBASTIAN

It doesn't seem too long ago when many were calling on Ronaldo Luis Nazario de Lima to call it quits after suffering a serious knee injury early last year while playing for A.C.Milan, who let his contract expire and released him. The injury was the third such setback he suffered in his illustrious career.

You Write the Caption: Best of the Liverpool Lovebirds Edition

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Welcome to the latest edition of You Write the Caption. We received more than 70 entries for this photo of Tom Hicks and George Gillet making nice during a recent Liverpool match and some of YWTC entries were very good (and some were great, but not quite family friendly if you know what I mean).

Wambach named WPS Player of the Week

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By CHRISTA MANN

When the WPS overcame its recent scoring slump and tallied 11 goals in only two games, players from the Washington Freedom, Chicago Red Stars and FC Gold Pride all thought they had a shot at the WPS Player of the Week.

Marrufo to miss match for accepting gift jersey

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MLS referee Jair Marrufo will not officiate an MLS match this weekend as punishment for his handling of the Cuauhtemoc Blanco gift jersey situation, the Columbus Dispatch is reporting.

Everton chosen as MLS All-Star opponent

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Tim Howard's Everton has been chosen as Major League Soccer's opponent in the 2009 MLS All-Star Game, the league announced on Wednesday.

This year's All-Star game is set for July 29th at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah, home of Real Salt Lake.

The match-up will mark the sixth straight All-Star game featuring a foreign club.

What has happened to Sacha Kljestan?

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by GIANFRANCO PANIZO

The start of year couldn't have gone much better for Sacha Kljestan.

Toronto FC names Cummins interim head coach

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As expected, Toronto FC has named Chris Cummins as the team's interim head coach.

Cummins has manned the sidelines for TFC's past two matches, both victories, and takes over for the rest of the year for John Carver, who resigned last week.

What do you think of the decision? Was it a no-brainer?

U.S. Open Cup: Red Bulls at Earthquakes (The Pre-Game)

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The New York Red Bulls are in San Jose today for tonight's U.S. Open Cup play-in match vs. the Earthquakes (10:30pm). The Red Bulls will be looking to erase the memory of Sunday's awful 3-2 loss to D.C. United, while also looking to improve on their 2008 Open Cup performance, which saw the Red Bulls bounced out by USL-2 side Crystal Palace Baltimore.

UEFA Champions League: Arsenal at Manchester United (Your Running Commentary)

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Defending UEFA Champions League winners Manchester United play host to red-hot Arsenal today in an all-England Champions League semifinal at Old Trafford (2:30pm, ESPN2/ESPN360.com).

United is fresh from its stirring comeback win vs. Tottenham as well as a history-making quarterfinal victory vs.

U.S. Open Cup: New York at San Jose (Match Night Commentary)

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By SEAN RUBIO

The New York Red Bulls and San Jose Earthquakes begin their U.S. Open Cup campaigns tonight in a play-in match at Buck Shaw Stadium in San Jose.

A rest for many starters on both sides seems to be on tap tonight as the two MLS strugglers look to rest key players for crucial league matches this weekend.

Chicago Fire falls to Club America in friendly

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By SAM STEJSKAL

Cuauhtemoc Blanco and his Chicago Fire teammates just didn't have enough against Club America Wednesday night, losing to the Mexican giants, 2-1.

Played in front of a raucous Toyota Park crowd, the game was certainly not lacking in excitement.

Chicago Fire falls to Club America in friendly

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By SAM STEJSKAL

Cuauhtemoc Blanco and his Chicago Fire teammates just didn't have enough against Club America Wednesday night, losing to the Mexican giants, 2-1.

Played in front of a raucous Toyota Park crowd, the game was certainly not lacking in excitement.

U.S. Open Cup: New York at San Jose (Match Night Commentary)

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By SEAN RUBIO

The New York Red Bulls and San Jose Earthquakes begin their U.S. Open Cup campaigns tonight in a play-in match at Buck Shaw Stadium in San Jose.

A rest for many starters on both sides seems to be on tap tonight as the two MLS strugglers look to rest key players for crucial league matches this weekend.

U.S. Open Cup: Red Bulls at Earthquakes (The Pre-Game)

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The New York Red Bulls are in San Jose today for tonight's U.S. Open Cup play-in match vs. the Earthquakes (10:30pm). The Red Bulls will be looking to erase the memory of Sunday's awful 3-2 loss to D.C. United, while also looking to improve on their 2008 Open Cup performance, which saw the Red Bulls bounced out by USL-2 side Crystal Palace Baltimore.

UEFA Champions League: Arsenal at Manchester United

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Defending UEFA Champions League winners Manchester United play host to red-hot Arsenal today in an all-England Champions League semifinal at Old Trafford (2:30pm, ESPN2/ESPN360.com).

United is fresh from its stirring comeback win vs. Tottenham as well as a history-making quarterfinal victory vs.

Toronto FC Head Coach Press Conference

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Toronto FC is set to name its head coach for the remainder of the season in a press conference slated for 1pm.

Here is the live feed of the press conference, courtesy of Toronto FC TV:

Share your thoughts on the press conference and on Toronto FC in the comments section below.

What has happened to Sacha Kljestan?

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by GIANFRANCO PANIZO

The start of year couldn't have gone much better for Sacha Kljestan.

Everton chosen as MLS All-Star opponent

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Tim Howard's Everton has been chosen as Major League Soccer's opponent in the 2009 MLS All-Star Game, the league announced on Wednesday.

This year's All-Star game is set for July 29th at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah, home of Real Salt Lake.

The match-up will mark the sixth straight All-Star game featuring a foreign club.

Morning Ticker: Marquez sidelined, Vela quarantined and MLS deals made

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Rafael Marquez, every American's favorite Mexican national team player, is set to miss the rest of the European season after suffering a knee injury on Wednesday.

Marquez, who made headlines back in February for once again drawing a red card vs. the United States, suffered a torn meniscus during Barcelona's 0-0 tie vs.

Morning Ticker: Marquez sidelined, Vela quarantined and MLS deals made

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Rafael Marquez, every American's favorite Mexican national team player, is set to miss the rest of the European season after suffering a knee injury on Wednesday.

Marquez, who made headlines back in February for once again drawing a red card vs. the United States, suffered a torn meniscus during Barcelona's 0-0 tie vs.

UEFA Champions League: Chelsea at Barcelona (Your Running Commentary)

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The UEFA Champions League semifinals kick off today with Chelsea traveling to Spain to take on FC Barcelona (2:30pm, ESPN2)Â in a dream match-up featuring some of the game's biggest stars.

Messi, Lampard, Drogba, Henry, Eto'o, Essien. The world's best will be on display today in what should be a very entertaining match.

SBI's Recommended Reading

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By SEAN RUBIO

With Champions League semi-finals getting most of the attention today, there is not a whole lot to pass along to you. That being said, there are two great reads about lower-level English clubs, as well as some of South Africa's neighbors helping to pitch in for 2010:

Southern African Power Pool offers support for 2010 World Cup [AllAfrica]

Tears of joy for AFC Wimbledon [Guardian]

Red Star Belgrade board quits as clubs nears collapse [ESPNSoccernet]

A look at Burnley's coach Owen Coyle, and their dream season [BBC]

Alfio Basile offered to replace Mark Hughes as Man City coach [MadAboutFutbol]

Think Basile would be a good fit at Man City?

MLS referee under investigation for allegedly receiving gift from player

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MLS referee Jair Marrufo has made his share of controversial calls during his time as an official, but it is a decision he is alleged to have made off the field that has officials investigating him.

MLS referee under investigation for allegedly receiving gift from player

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MLS referee Jair Marrufo has made his share of controversial calls during his time as an official, but it is a decision he is alleged to have made off the field that has officials investigating him.

SBI's Recommended Reading

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By SEAN RUBIO

With Champions League semi-finals getting most of the attention today, there is not a whole lot to pass along to you. That being said, there are two great reads about lower-level English clubs, as well as some of South Africa's neighbors helping to pitch in for 2010:

Southern African Power Pool offers support for 2010 World Cup [AllAfrica]

Tears of joy for AFC Wimbledon [Guardian]

Red Star Belgrade board quits as clubs nears collapse [ESPNSoccernet]

A look at Burnley's coach Owen Coyle, and their dream season [BBC]

Alfio Basile offered to replace Mark Hughes as Man City coach [MadAboutFutbol]

Think Basile would be a good fit at Man City?

UEFA Champions League: Chelsea at Barcelona (Your Running Commentary)

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The UEFA Champions League semifinals kick off today with Chelsea traveling to Spain to take on FC Barcelona (2:30pm, ESPN2)Â in a dream match-up featuring some of the game's biggest stars.

Messi, Lampard, Drogba, Henry, Eto'o, Essien. The world's best will be on display today in what should be a very entertaining match.

Carver: MLS meddling made me leave TFC

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Former Toronto FC head coach John Carver has spoken out about his departure from TFC and he places blame squarely on MLS for his decision to leave.

"I've had restraints on me ever since I got here," Carver said in alengthy interview with the Toronto Star. "If ever you do anything or say anything out of order, they're straight on the phone complaining to the owners and that's how they work because, in my opinion, it's all about image.

WPS Week Five: A Look Back

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By CHRISTA MANN

In Women's Professional Soccer, last week's worst performing teams became this week's best finishers as two teams got over the scoring hump on a weekend of missing players and unlikely results.

UEFA Champions League: Chelsea and Barcelona set for semifinal clash

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When Chelsea takes on Barcelona today in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League semifinal (2:30pm, ESPN2/ESPN360.com), all eyes will be on Lionel Messi and whether the Blues can find a way to stop him.

Messi is just one of the standouts in a star-studded series loaded with some of the best match-ups a soccer fan could hope to see.

SBI WPS Power Rankings

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By CHRISTA MANN

We are five weeks into this opening Womens Pro Soccer season and things keep getting more and more interesting.

Carver: MLS meddling made me leave TFC

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Former Toronto FC head coach John Carver has spoken out about his departure from TFC and he places blame squarely on MLS for his decision to leave.

"I've had restraints on me ever since I got here," Carver said in alengthy interview with the Toronto Star. "If ever you do anything or say anything out of order, they're straight on the phone complaining to the owners and that's how they work because, in my opinion, it's all about image.

SBI WPS Power Rankings

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By CHRISTA MANN

We are five weeks into this opening Womens Pro Soccer season and things keep getting more and more interesting.

WPS Week Five: A Look Back

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By CHRISTA MANN

In Women's Professional Soccer, last week's worst performing teams became this week's best finishers as two teams got over the scoring hump on a weekend of missing players and unlikely results.

UEFA Champions League: Chelsea and Barcelona set for semifinal clash

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When Chelsea takes on Barcelona today in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League semifinal (2:30pm, ESPN2/ESPN360.com), all eyes will be on Lionel Messi and whether the Blues can find a way to stop him.

Messi is just one of the standouts in a star-studded series loaded with some of the best match-ups a soccer fan could hope to see.

Red Bulls suffer late-game meltdown (again)

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If there were a crisis prevention hot-line for New York Red Bulls fans (and let's face it, there should be one after 13 years of agony), the phones would be ringing off the hook after Sunday's embarrassing late-game meltdown.

What went wrong?

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BY DYLAN BUTLER

Seconds from what would have been an impressive 2-1 come-from-behind victory against D.

D.C. celebrates stunning 3-2 win against Red Bulls

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BY DYLAN BUTLER

Three times in their first four games, D.C. United squandered a lead and dropped valuable points.

Mathis turns back the clock with stunning strike

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It might not seem that long ago, but it has been eight years since Clint Mathis was terrorizing MLS defenders as one of the league's best attacking players and one of the best Americans to ever play in MLS.

SBI MLS Power Rankings (Week 6)

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There were some big winners and big losers in this week's MLS Power Rankings, but nothing changed at the top.

MLS Week 6: The Best XI, Worst XI and Team of the Week

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One thing you couldn't call MLS Week Six is boring. You had stunning comebacks, unforgettable goals and one record-setting display of attacking soccer.

Copa Libertadores: Final round of group play set

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By NESTOR F. SEBASTIAN

The final week of Copa Liberatores group-stage action is upon us and with 11 teams vying for the six remaining spots, there are still some chapters to be concluded for these squads who are also carrying the burden of representing a nation as well.

Bayern Munich fires Klinsmann

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The Juergen Klinsmann era at Bayern Munich is over.

The German champions have fired Klinsmann, ending his one-year tenure with the club as Bayern Munich sits in third place in the Bundesliga standings. Jupp Heynckes will take over as interim head coach for Bayern's remaining five Bundesliga matches.

Confederations Cup: Projecting the USA roster

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It might seem like it's still far away, but the U.S. national team is just about a month away from holding training camp ahead of a loaded June calendar, a calendar that includes World Cup qualifiers and the Confederations Cup.

Consider the list of opponents in South Africa: Brazil, Italy and Egypt, a trio of very tough and very dangerous teams.

SBI's Recommended Reading

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By SEAN RUBIO

Welcome to Monday's installment of SBI's Recommended Reading. Today we are truly world-wide, with stories coming in from Peru to Ghana.

SBI's Recommended Reading

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By SEAN RUBIO

Welcome to Monday's installment of SBI's Recommended Reading. Today we are truly world-wide, with stories coming in from Peru to Ghana.

Confederations Cup: Projecting the USA roster

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It might seem like it's still far away, but the U.S. national team is just about a month away from holding training camp ahead of a loaded June calendar, a calendar that includes World Cup qualifiers and the Confederations Cup.

Consider the list of opponents in South Africa: Brazil, Italy and Egypt, a trio of very tough and very dangerous teams.

Bayern fires Klinsmann

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The Juergen Klinsmann era at Bayern Munich is over.

The German champions have fired Klinsmann, ending his two-year tenure with the club as Bayern Munich sits in third place in the Bundesliga standings. He has been replaced temporarily by Jupp Heynckes.

Klinsmann was regarded as one of the top young coaches in the game after guiding the German national team to third place in the 2006 World Cup.

Copa Libertadores: Final round of group play set

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By NESTOR F. SEBASTIAN

The final week of Copa Liberatores group-stage action is upon us and with 11 teams vying for the six remaining spots, there are still some chapters to be concluded for these squads who are also carrying the burden of representing a nation as well.

MLS Week 6: The Best XI, Worst XI and Team of the Week

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One thing you couldn't call MLS Week Six is boring. You had stunning comebacks, unforgettable goals and one record-setting display of attacking soccer.

SBI MLS Power Rankings (Week 6)

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There were some big winners and big losers in this week's MLS Power Rankings, but nothing changed at the top.

Mathis turns back the clock with stunning strike

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It might not seem that long ago, but it has been eight years since Clint Mathis was terrorizing MLS defenders as one of the league's best attacking players and one of the best Americans to ever play in MLS.

D.C. celebrates stunning 3-2 win against Red Bulls

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BY DYLAN BUTLER

Three times in their first four games, D.C. United squandered a lead and dropped valuable points.

What went wrong?

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BY DYLAN BUTLER

Seconds from what would have been an impressive 2-1 come-from-behind victory against D.

Red Bulls suffer late-game meltdown (again)

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If there were a crisis prevention hot-line for New York Red Bulls fans (and let's face it, there should be one after 13 years of pain), the phones would be ringing off the hook after Sunday's embarrassing late-game meltdown. The Red Bulls were winning 2-1, in complete control, then they let up and D.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

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by GIANFRANCO PANIZO

In the battle for safety from the relegation zone, Michael Bradley and Borussia Moenchengladbach tied fellow relegation-threatened Arminia Bielefeld on Sunday. Bradley went 69 minutes in the 1-1 draw that saw Arminia leapfrog Moenchengladbach in the standings.

D.C. United at Red Bulls: Your Running Commentary

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D.C. United is at Giants Stadium today to take on the New York Red Bulls in an Eastern Conference clash that should be a heated encounter (and not just because it's 120 degrees on the field).

The Red Bulls are coming off a loss to Kansas City on Thursday while D.C. is coming in off a stirring comeback draw vs.

Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

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It is a relatively light day of soccer action this Sunday, but as always, there are still some matches worth taking in from all over the globe.

Real Madrid returns to action today for the first time since its stunning comeback victory vs. Getafe (and first since Pepe's freakout). Toronto FC is back in action for the first game of the post-John Carver era, and yes, D.

Real Salt Lake mauls New England in six-goal rout

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Real Salt Lake was coming off a shutout loss and was 52 minutes into its game against New England without finding the net.

Davies hits brace in Swedish Cup

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by GIANFRANCO PANIZO

Charlie Davies came off the bench and scored twice in extra time to carry Hammarby IF to victory over second-division club Atvidabergs FF in the second round of the Swedish Cup.

Special 1 TV: Roy's new job and arrogant EPL managers

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This weekend's installment of Special 1 TV is a special treat for EPL fans who love the spot-on impressions of the many English Premier League managers who make cameos on the show. From Rafa to Wenger to Sir Alex, they all contribute to a good, though perhaps not great, episode.

Enjoy:

What was your favorite line?

Davies hits brace in Swedish Cup

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Charlie Davies came off the bench and scored twice in extra time to carry Hammarby IF to victory over second-division club Atvidabergs FF in the second round of the Swedish Cup.

Special 1 TV: Roy's new job and arrogant EPL managers

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This weekend's installment of Special 1 TV is a special treat for EPL fans who love the spot-on impressions of the many English Premier League managers who make cameos on the show. From Rafa to Wenger to Sir Alex, they all contribute to a good, though perhaps not great, episode.

Enjoy:

What was your favorite line?

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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As the European club season hits the stretch drive, teams are starting to position themselves for title runs. Some teams already have one hand on their domestic titles, while some others are embattled in tight races.

UEFA Champions League semifinalists Barcelona and Manchester United can move closer to their domestic titles with wins today, as Barcelona faces a tough Valencia squad and United takes on Tottenham.

John Carver resigns as Toronto FC head coach

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John Carver has resigned as head coach of Toronto FC.

The former Newcastle manager's resignation was announced by the club on Saturday, the day before TFC takes on the Kansas City Wizards. The club stated that Carver resigned for personal reasons.

Carver's departure comes less 15 months after he was named head coach, taking over for Mo Johnston, who remains as the club's director of soccer.

John Carver resigns as Toronto FC head coach

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John Carver has resigned as head coach of Toronto FC.

The former Newcastle manager's resignation was announced by the club on Saturday, the day before TFC takes on the Kansas City Wizards. The club stated that Carver resigned for personal reasons.

Carver's departure comes less 15 months after he was named head coach, taking over for Mo Johnston, who remains as the club's director of soccer.

Women's Professional Soccer: Week Five Preview

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By CHRISTA MANN

As Women's Professional Soccer approaches its fifth week of play, the quality of finishing is a main concern for at least four of the six competing teams .

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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As the European club season hits the stretch drive, teams are starting to position themselves for title runs. Some teams already have one hand on their domestic titles, while some others are embattled in tight races.

UEFA Champions League semifinalists Barcelona and Manchester United can move closer to their domestic titles with wins today, as Barcelona faces a tough Valencia squad and United takes on Tottenham.

Evening Ticker: Pepe banned, Inter drops Adriano and more

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by GIANFRANCO PANIZO

As they chase for their third successive Spanish title, Real Madrid will be without centerback Pepe as he was given a ten game suspension Friday for his violent actions against a pair of Getafe players in a league game earlier this week.

SBI's Recommended Reading

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By SEAN RUBIO

My apologies for not getting a post out yesterday, I spent the day driving en route to Seattle for tomorrow's match between Seattle Sounders FC and the San Jose Earthquakes. With that said, today we have a double-dose of news to get you through the weekend, and we'll be back Monday for all the news you may have missed.

SBI's Recommended Reading

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By SEAN RUBIO

My apologies for not getting a post out yesterday, I spent the day driving en route to Seattle for tomorrow's match between Seattle Sounders FC and the San Jose Earthquakes. With that said, today we have a double-dose of news to get you through the weekend, and we'll be back Monday for all the news you may have missed.

Evening Ticker: Pepe banned, Inter drops Adriano and more

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by GIANFRANCO PANIZO

As they chase for their third successive Spanish title, Real Madrid will be without centerback Pepe as he was given a ten game suspension Friday for his violent actions against a pair of Getafe players in a league game earlier this week.

Is talk of D.C. United potentially moving reality or posturing?

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With stadium deal after stadium deal collapsing like so many dominoes, D.C. United owners are coming to grips with the harsh reality that finding a new home for Major League Soccer's most storied franchise just might be impossible. That realization has MLS, and specifically commissioner Don Garber stating publicly that if a deal doesn't get done, moving the four-time MLS champions may be inevitable.

U.S. Under-17s qualify for World Cup after downing Canada

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Jack McInerney scored two goals for the second straight game to help lead the U.S. Under-17 national team to a 4-2 win vs. Canada on Thursday night, a victory that helped the Americans clinch a berth in the Under-17 World Cup in October. Sebastian Letget and Joseph Gyau scored the other goals for the United States.

Copa Libertadores Rewind: Liga de Quito, River Plate Eliminated

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By NESTOR F. SEBASTIAN

Copa Libertadores wrapped up another pulsating week of action and saw the elimination of defending champions Liga de Quito of Ecuador and Argentine giants River Plate while Ecuador's Cuenca obtained a historic win against Boca Juniors and Brazil's Sport Recife advanced to the Round of 16 in their very first Libertadores campaign.

Lampard goes off on radio critic

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This hasn't been the best day for Frank Lampard.

The Chelsea star is mourning the one year anniversary of his mother's death while also coping with a messy break-up with the mother of his two young daughters. The combination of the two proved too much to bear as Lampard responded to one radio deejay's accusations that Lampard is a bad father for alledgedly not providing for his children.

MLS Matchday Six

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There have already been two games played this week, but MLS Matchday Six gets into full swing on Saturday with some very good intra-conference match-ups.

The marquee match-up this weekend pits the Chicago Fire against the Columbus Crew. Yes, I know, the Crew hasn't won a game yet, but Columbus is coming off a bye week and was playing better before the bye.

Women's Professional Soccer: Week Five Preview

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By CHRISTA MANN

As Women's Professional Soccer approaches its fifth week of play, the quality of finishing is a main concern for at least four of the six competing teams .

MLS Matchday Six

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There have already been two games played this week, but MLS Matchday Six gets into full swing on Saturday with some very good intra-conference match-ups.

The marquee match-up this weekend pits the Chicago Fire against the Columbus Crew. Yes, I know, the Crew hasn't won a game yet, but Columbus is coming off a bye week and was playing better before the bye.

Lampard goes off on radio critic

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This hasn't been the best day for Frank Lampard.

The Chelsea star is mourning the one year anniversary of his mother's death while also coping with a messy break-up with the mother of his two young daughters. The combination of the two proved too much to bear as Lampard responded to one radio deejay's accusations that Lampard is a bad father for alledgedly not providing for his children.

Copa Libertadores Rewind: Liga de Quito, River Plate Eliminated

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By NESTOR F. SEBASTIAN

Copa Libertadores wrapped up another pulsating week of action and saw the elimination of defending champions Liga de Quito of Ecuador and Argentine giants River Plate while Ecuador's Cuenca obtained a historic win against Boca Juniors and Brazil's Sport Recife advanced to the Round of 16 in their very first Libertadores campaign.

U.S. Under-17s qualify for World Cup after downing Canada

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Jack McInerney scored two goals for the second straight game to help lead the U.S. Under-17 national team to a 4-2 win vs. Canada on Thursday night, a victory that helped the Americans clinch a berth in the Under-17 World Cup in October. Sebastian Letget and Joseph Gyau scored the other goals for the United States.

Is talk of D.C. United potentially moving reality or posturing?

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With stadium deal after stadium deal collapsing like so many dominoes, D.C. United owners are coming to grips with the harsh reality that finding a new home for Major League Soccer's most storied franchise just might be impossible. That realization has MLS, and specifically commissioner Don Garber stating publicly that if a deal doesn't get done, moving the four-time MLS champions may be inevitable.

D.C. United downs FC Dallas in U.S. Open Cup opener

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Defending U.S. Open Cup champions D.C. United began defense of its title on Wednesday night with a 2-0 victory vs. FC Dallas at RFK Stadium. Fred and Brandon Barklage scored the goals for D.C., which move on to play the winner of the New York Red Bulls/San Jose Earthquakes play-in match (set for April 29th).

Pepe: I lost control for a few minutes

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Real Madrid defender Pepe doesn't know what happened, but he does know that he lost his mind.

The Portuguese international is speaking with remorse and doubts about whether he wants to play soccer anymore following the ugly scenes that saw him sent off after kicking an opponent multiple times and then punching another opponent.

L.A. Sol's Wagner named WPS Player of the Week

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By CHRISTA MANN

After assisting the game winner against FC Gold Pride (Bay Area), the L.A. Sol's Aly Wagner not only solidified a starting spot but she also earned herself the honor of WPS Player of the Week.

Your Questions Answered (The Lost Questions)

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Don't let the headline fool you.

No, I'm not answering questions about Benjamin Linus, The Dharma Initiative or the Black Cloud Monster.

Red Bulls depth to be tested in challenging stretch

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BY DYLAN BUTLER

When Juan Carlos Osorio looked to improve his team's depth during the off-season, it was stretches like this the New York Red Bulls coach had in mind.

Free symposium on soccer injuries set for Monday in New Jersey

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If you are a soccer player, coach or parent in the New Jersey/New York/Connecticut/Pennsylvania area who has always want to know more about how to manage and prevent soccer-related injuries, a special event slated for Monday evening could help provide the information you have been looking for.

You Write the Caption: The Liverpool Lovebirds edition

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Welcome to the latest installment of You Write the Caption, where we provide readers with a comedy-inducing photo and see what sort of genius SBI readers can come up with.

Congratulations go out to Kevin Anderson, a University of Michigan student, for submitting the winning entry to the Sven-Nery edition of YWTC.

58 of 70 USA World Cup venue candidates express interest

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And then there were 58.

Representatives from a total of 58 of th original 70 stadiums listed by U.S. Soccer's World Cup bid committee as potential sites for World Cup matches have expressed interest in hosting World Cup matches in either 2018 or 2022.

Representatives from Las Vegas and Raleigh-Durham markets have expressed interest in being considered as hosts for the World Cup as well (No, Las Vegas doesn't have a stadium now, but a proposed stadium project is in the works).

Americans Abroad: Midweek Rewind

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by GIANFRANCO PANIZO

Amongst the midweek action, Carlos Bocanegra and Rennes reached the Coupe de France final after defeating Grenoble 1-0 on Tuesday. Bocanegra, who typically plays left back for the French club, played centrally in the game that saw Rennes reach the cup final for the first time in 38 years.

New York Red Bulls at Kansas City Wizards: Match Night Commentary

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The red-hot Kansas City Wizards are home tonight for a New York Red Bulls squad coming off its first win -- and first two goals not as a result of an own goal -- of the year.

After losing its first two games of the year, the Wizards have reeled off three consecutive victories and currently sit in fourth place in the Eastern Conference, two points behind leaders Chicago.

New York Red Bulls at Kansas City Wizards: Match Night Commentary

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The red-hot Kansas City Wizards are home tonight for a New York Red Bulls squad coming off its first win -- and first two goals not as a result of an own goal -- of the year.

After losing its first two games of the year, the Wizards have reeled off three consecutive victories and currently sit in fourth place in the Eastern Conference, two points behind leaders Chicago.

Americans Abroad: Midweek Rewind

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by GIANFRANCO PANIZO

Amongst the midweek action, Carlos Bocanegra and Rennes reached the Coupe de France final after defeating Grenoble 1-0 on Tuesday. Bocanegra, who typically plays left back for the French club, played centrally in the game that saw Rennes reach the cup final for the first time in 38 years.

58 of 70 USA World Cup venue candidates express interest

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And then there were 58.

Representatives from a total of 58 of th original 70 stadiums listed by U.S. Soccer's World Cup bid committee as potential sites for World Cup matches have expressed interest in hosting World Cup matches in either 2018 or 2022.

Representatives from Las Vegas and Raleigh-Durham markets have expressed interest in being considered as hosts for the World Cup as well (No, Las Vegas doesn't have a stadium now, but a proposed stadium project is in the works).

You Write the Caption: The Liverpool Lovebirds edition

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Welcome to the latest installment of You Write the Caption, where we provide readers with a comedy-inducing photo and see what sort of genius SBI readers can come up with.

Congratulations go out to Kevin Anderson, a University of Michigan student, for submitting the winning entry to the Sven-Nery edition of YWTC.

Free symposium on soccer injuries set for Monday in New Jersey

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If you are a soccer player, coach or parent in the New Jersey/New York/Connecticut/Pennsylvania area who has always want to know more about how to manage and prevent soccer-related injuries, a special event slated for Monday evening could help provide the information you have been looking for.

Red Bulls depth to be tested in challenging stretch

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BY DYLAN BUTLER

When Juan Carlos Osorio looked to improve his team's depth during the off-season, it was stretches like this the New York Red Bulls coach had in mind.

Your Questions Answered (The Lost Questions)

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Don't let the headline fool you.

No, I'm not answering questions about Benjamin Linus, The Dharma Initiative or the Black Cloud Monster.

L.A. Sol's Wagner named WPS Player of the Week

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By CHRISTA MANN

After assisting the game winner against FC Gold Pride (Bay Area), the L.A. Sol's Aly Wagner not only solidified a starting spot but she also earned herself the honor of WPS Player of the Week.

Pepe: I lost control for a few minutes

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Real Madrid defender Pepe doesn't know what happened, but he does not that he lost his mind.

The Portuguese international is speaking with remorse and doubts about whether he wants to play soccer anymore following the ugly scenes that saw him sent off after kicking an opponent multiple times and then punching another opponent.

D.C. United downs FC Dallas in U.S. Open Cup opener

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Defending U.S. Open Cup champions D.C. United began defense of its title on Wednesday night with a 2-0 victory vs. FC Dallas at RFK Stadium. Fred and Brandon Barklage scored the goals for D.C., which move on to play the winner of the New York Red Bulls/San Jose Earthquakes play-in match (set for April 29th).

Atlante draw first blood in CONCACAF Champions League final

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Atlante scored two goals in a seven-minute span midway through the first half to defeat Cruz Azul, 2-0, in the opening leg of the all-Mexican CONCACAF Champions League final Wednesday at Estadio Azul. Atlante takes the commanding lead home to Estadio Quintana Roo in Cancun for the return leg next Wednesday with a chance to capture the second CONCACAF club title in club history and first in 26 years.

Guevara goal leads Toronto FC past Chivas USA

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Amado Guevara scored a first-half goal past old nemesis Zach Thornton to help Toronto FC snap a four-match winless streak and topple previously unbeaten Chivas USA, 1-0, on Wednesday night.

Rookie goalkeeper Stefan Frei posted the shutout for Toronto, which improved to 2-2-2 with the victory.

Tim Howard answers the SBI Questions (Part 2 of 2)

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Four days. Two games. Two shutouts vs. Manchester United and Chelsea. Such is life for Tim Howard.

The U.S. national team goalkeeper posted another shutout on Wednesday, this time blanking Chelsea at Stamford Bridge to put a dent in the Blues' title hopes and adding another point to Everton's account.

Red Bulls 2, Real Salt Lake 0: A look back and a look ahead

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Now that we have let some days pass since the Red Bulls convincing 2-0 victory against Real Salt Lake, we can try and take a more measured and reasonable look at the team's first win of the season and what real trends we can draw from it.

SBI's Recommended Reading

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By SEAN RUBIO

Happy Earth Day to all. We'll keep things on the small side numbers-wise, but there are four really great (albeit relatively lengthy) reads, one Earth Day-related link, and one "Special" quote.

GreenLaces.org - For fans of the planet

Mourinho says Balotelli chants weren't racist [AP]

What Should A Soccer Agent Do Outside of Transfer Windows?

SBI MLS Fantasy Corner (Week 6)

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By CASEY CANNON

Hello and Welcome to the Soccer by Ives Fantasy Corner – now inspecting sewers near you!

Full video of USA vs. Cuba Under-17 match

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If you were wishing you could have watched the U.S. Under-17 national team's 5-0 romp over Cuba in the CONCACAF Championships on Tuesday, you are in luck.

Real Madrid completes thrilling comeback (and Pepe loses his mind)

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Real Madrid pulled off one of the more dramatic comebacks in recent memory on Tuesday, overcoming a late one-goal deficit, and the complete meltdown of one of its own players, to record a victory that keeps Madrid in the La Liga title race.

Gonzalo Higuain's stunning game-winner capped a purely crazy sequence of events in its match vs.

Arshavin buries four goals at Anfield as Liverpool's title hopes take a hit

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Andrei Arshavin put a serious dent in Liverpool's title hopes and did so in amazing fashion.

The Russian star scored four, yes four, goals to help Liverpool earn a 4-4 tie vs. Liverpool at Anfield on Tuesday. Liverpool avoided defeat courtesy of a Yossi Benayoun equalizer in stoppage time, but the result still felt like a defeat to a Reds squad that is now even atop the EPL standings with Manchester United (but with United holding two games in hand).

U.S. Under-17s rout Cuba, 5-0

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Jack McInerney recorded two goals and two assists to help lead the U.S. Under-17 national team to a 5-0 victory over Cuba in their opening match of the CONCACAF Under-17 championships. Stefan Jerome scored the opening goal while Luis Gil added a goal and two assists.

The U.S. team continues tournament play on Thursday against Canada, with the goal of moving a step closer to qualifying for the U.

SBI's Recommended Reading

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By SEAN RUBIO

Light news day today so we'll have a few news stories from today, as well as a couple things that missed the cut yesterday:

Everton switch sponsors from Umbro to Le Coq Sportif for 09/10, bring back 1985 design [Football Fashion]

"The Premier League and the FA are run by donkeys" - Fulham president Al-Fayed sounds off [Times Online]

"Soul Of Soccer Survives in Florida" - A historial look at soccer in the Sunshine State [Reuters UK]

Fulham defender in trouble after allegedly receiving bonus for marking Christiano Ronaldo [Guardian]

Think Wembley's pitch is in bad shape now?

Afternoon Ticker: Santa Cruz set to leave Blackburn, Bellamy injury update and Emerson released by Milan

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by GIANFRANCO PANIZO

Blackburn forward Roque Santa Cruz informed the side on Monday that he wants to continue his club career "at a bigger, more ambitious team."

Santa Cruz, who is currently recovering from a knee injury, told a Paraguayan radio stationthat he has informed the club of his decision and that he wants a move away from Ewood Park this summer.

MLS Week 5: The Best XI, Worst XI and Team of the Week

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Call Week Five of the MLS season the week of the goalkeepers because several net-minders delivered outstanding performances for their clubs

From Pat Onstad making a clutch penalty kick save, to Zach Thornton delivering yet another quality outing, to Jon Conway returning from suspension to post a shutout for New York, goalkeepers as a group enjoyed a great week.

Tim Howard Answers The SBI Questions (Part 1 of 2)

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What a difference a decade can make.

Ten years ago, Tim Howard was a young goalkeeping prospect serving his apprenticeship as a back-up with the 1999 New York/New Jersey MetroStars, one of the worst teams in MLS history.

Mid-week Soccer on TV

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If waiting for the weekend to catch quality soccer is just something you can't do, this is a good week for you.

No, the UEFA Champions League isn't in action this week, but a slew of mid-week games in Europe make for a strong schedule of games to choose from.

A pair of high-powered EPL tilts headline the action, with FA Cup finalists Everton and Chelsea clashing on Wednesday, while Liverpool and Arsenal do battle today.

Josh Wolff named MLS Player of the Week

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Kansas City Wizards forward Josh Wolff was named MLS Player of the Week for his two-goal performance in helping the Wizards battle back from a 2-0 deficit to salvage a 2-2 tie vs.

Copa Libertadores: Week 13 Preview

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By NESTOR F. SEBASTIAN

With group stages of the Copa Libertadores finally set to conclude next week, seven teams are officially out while four have tickets to the Round of 16. That leaves 21 teams to battle-royal it out for the remaining 12 posts available.

SBI's recommended reading

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With a full matchday around the world in the books, lets take a look at what people have to say after the dust has settled:

  • Juventus forced to play a match behind closed doors after racial abuse towards Balotelli [SkySports]

  • Wembley pitch:Â Unsuitable to play on, or more excuses from Wenger and Fergie?

WPS Week 4: A look back

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By CHRISTA MANN

In this fourth week of Women's Professional Soccer, Boston finished 3-1 over Washington; L.

FA Cup star Tim Howard checks in from England

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You couldn't blame Tim Howard if he wanted to take some time to enjoy Everton's dramatic FA Cup semifinal victory vs. Manchester United on Sunday, but life in the EPL doesn't leave much time for basking in the glow of victories.

Howard is still in London as he and Everton prepare to face Chelsea in a league match on Wednesday.

Angel and Kandji forming a dangerous tandem

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It took five matches but the New York Red Bulls offense finally showed up for the 2009 season, and if Saturday's performance in beating Real Salt Lake is any indication, their attack just might be good enough to help the Red Bulls resurrect what was looking like a lost season early on.

The Juan Pablo Angel-Macoumba Kandji forward tandem led the way, giving the Real Salt Lake defense all it could handle on Saturday.

SBI MLS Power Rankings (Week 5)

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The Seattle Sounders are learning just how tough MLS can be, while three previously winless teams finally tasted victory.

Those were just some of the storylines from MLS Week Five as New York, Houston and FC Dallas all registered their first victories of the season. Seattle lost its second straight, and failed to score in a second straight match, in losing to Chivas USA.

SBI MLS Power Rankings (Week 5)

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The Seattle Sounders are learning just how tough MLS can be, while three previously winless teams finally tasted victory.

Those were just some of the storylines from MLS Week Five as New York, Houston and FC Dallas all registered their first victories of the season. Seattle lost its second straight, and failed to score in a second straight match, in losing to Chivas USA.

Angel and Kandji forming a dangerous tandem

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It took five matches but the New York Red Bulls offense finally showed up for the 2009 season, and if Saturday's performance in beating Real Salt Lake is any indication, their attack just might be good enough to help the Red Bulls resurrect what was looking like a lost season early on.

The Juan Pablo Angel-Macoumba Kandji forward tandem led the way, giving the Real Salt Lake defense all it could handle on Saturday.

SBI's recommended reading

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By SEAN RUBIO

Good afternoon folks. If you are looking for some good soccer reading, here are some stories to satisfy your craving:

  • FOX Vice President says Champions League will not be in HD until February 2010 [NY Times]
  • The sins of the NASL and how we're still paying for them [The Offside]
  • "The UEFA Champions' League is stupid and useless and needs to be spayed.

South America: Top Matches to Watch

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By NESTOR F. SEBASTIAN

After a busy week of Champions League, UEFA Cup and Copa Libertadores action, many of the world's leagues get back to business domestically, including in South America, this weekend as a nice slate of derby matches are on tap with Sunday's Argentine Superclassico between Boca Juniors and River Plate serving as the main event.

Hejduk enjoying a renaissance

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Say what you want about Frankie Hejduk, but the veteran defender hasn't slowed down a bit.

Not only has Hejduk maintained a good level of play at the age of 34, he has actually stepped up his play for both club and country.

Real Salt Lake at New York Red Bulls: Match Night Commentary

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The New York Red Bulls are home at Giants Stadium tonight, looking to record their first win of the season against a strong Real Salt Lake team. The tilt is a rematch of last season's Western Conference final, won by New York.

The Red Bulls will welcome newcomer Alfredo Pacheco to the fold.

MLS Match Night: Your Running Commentary

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It's Week Five in MLS and there are eight teams in action tonight.

The Seattle Sounders-Chivas USA match is the marquee tilt of the night, while the East Conference clash between Chicago and Kansas City is another one to watch.

Here is today's schedule:

  • 7:30pm- MSG- Real Salt Lake at New York Red Bulls

  • 8:30pm- Fox Soccer Channel- Kansas City Wizards at Chicago Fire

  • 10:30pm- Direct Kick- Los Angeles Galaxy at San Jose Earthquakes

  • 10:30pm- Direct Kick- Seattle Sounders at Chivas USA

If you are watching tonight's matches, please feel free to share your thoughts, opinions and some play-by-play in the comments section below.

Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

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Tim Howard is one step away from reaching the FA Cup final.

Howard and Everton take on Manchester United today in the FA Cup semifinals in the marquee game of the day. Howard faces off against his former club in what should be an exciting encounter.

There are plenty of other quality matches to watch from all over the world today.

Fire can't hold lead in draw vs. Wizards

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By SAMUEL STEJSKAL

After 75 minutes of play at Toyota Park on Saturday night, the Chicago Fire was sitting pretty.

Special 1 TV: On 'The Potato's" Future and unemployed coaches

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The latest episode of Special1TV is heavy on the managerial side of things this week, with the show covering everything from the uncertain future of Guus Hiddink at Chelsea to the plight of unemployed managers in England. And yes, there's even an appearance from Cristiano Ronaldo.

Enjoy:

What did you think of this week's episode?

Tim Howard leads Everton to FA Cup Final

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Tim Howard is one step closer to winning the second FA Cup of his career.

The U.S. national team goalkeeper kept a clean sheet for 120 minute against Manchester United side made up mostly of reserves, then Howard saved penalty kicks from Dimitar Berbatov and Rio Ferdinand to help Everton post a penalty kick shootout victory over United in the FA Cup semifinals.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

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by GIANFRANCO PANIZO

Oguchi Onyewu became the latest American to net two goals in Europe, heading home the opener and the final goal in Standard Liege's 3-0 victory over Royal Excelsior Mouscron. The American international struck in the 14th minute and then capped off Liege's scoring with his second in the 65th.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

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by GIANFRANCO PANIZO

Oguchi Onyewu became the latest American to net two goals in Europe, heading home the opener and the final goal in Standard Liege's 3-0 victory over Royal Excelsior Mouscron. The American international struck in the 14th minute and then capped off Liege's scoring with his second in the 65th.

Tim Howard leads Everton to FA Cup Final

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Tim Howard is one step closer to winning the second FA Cup of his career.

The U.S. national team goalkeeper kept a clean sheet for 120 minute against Manchester United side made up mostly of reserves, then Howard saved penalty kicks from Dimitar Berbatov and Rio Ferdinand to help Everton post a penalty kick shootout victory over United in the FA Cup semifinals.

Special 1 TV: On 'The Potato's" Future and unemployed coaches

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The latest episode of Special1TV is heavy on the managerial side of things this week, with the show covering everything from the uncertain future of Guus Hiddink at Chelsea to the plight of unemployed managers in England. And yes, there's even an appearance from Cristiano Ronaldo.

Enjoy:

What did you think of this week's episode?

Fire can't hold lead in draw vs. Wizards

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By SAMUEL STEJSKAL

After 75 minutes of play at Toyota Park on Saturday night, the Chicago Fire was sitting pretty.

Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

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Tim Howard is one step away from reaching the FA Cup final.

Howard and Everton take on Manchester United today in the FA Cup semifinals in the marquee game of the day. Howard faces off against his former club in what should be an exciting encounter.

There are plenty of other quality matches to watch from all over the world today.

MLS Match Night: Your Running Commentary

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It's Week Five in MLS and there are eight teams in action tonight.

The Seattle Sounders-Chivas USA match is the marquee tilt of the night, while the East Conference clash between Chicago and Kansas City is another one to watch.

Here is today's schedule:

  • 7:30pm- MSG- Real Salt Lake at New York Red Bulls

  • 8:30pm- Fox Soccer Channel- Kansas City Wizards at Chicago Fire

  • 10:30pm- Direct Kick- Los Angeles Galaxy at San Jose Earthquakes

  • 10:30pm- Direct Kick- Seattle Sounders at Chivas USA

If you are watching tonight's matches, please feel free to share your thoughts, opinions and some play-by-play in the comments section below.

Real Salt Lake at New York Red Bulls: Match Night Commentary

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The New York Red Bulls are home at Giants Stadium tonight, looking to record their first win of the season against a strong Real Salt Lake team. The tilt is a rematch of last season's Western Conference final, won by New York.

The Red Bulls will welcome newcomer Alfredo Pacheco to the fold.

Hejduk enjoying a renaissance

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Say what you want about Frankie Hejduk, but the veteran defender hasn't slowed down a bit.

Not only has Hejduk maintained a good level of play at the age of 34, he has actually stepped up his play for both club and country.

SBI's recommended reading

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By SEAN RUBIO

Good afternoon folks. If you are looking for some good soccer reading, here are some stories to satisfy your craving:

  • FOX Vice President says Champions League will not be in HD until February 2010 [NY Times]
  • The sins of the NASL and how we're still paying for them [The Offside]
  • "The UEFA Champions' League is stupid and useless and needs to be spayed.

South America: Top Matches to Watch

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By NESTOR F. SEBASTIAN

After a busy week of Champions League, UEFA Cup and Copa Libertadores action, many of the world's leagues get back to business domestically, including in South America, this weekend as a nice slate of derby matches are on tap with Sunday's Argentine Superclassico between Boca Juniors and River Plate serving as the main event.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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If you can't wait for the UEFA Champion League semifials to kick off in a few weeks, you are in luck because two of the Final Four will face off in FA Cup action on Saturday as Chelsea battles Arsenal in today's marquee match.

That isn't the only one worth watching either. Inter Milan faces Juventus in a key Serie A tilt while Bordeaux tke on Lyon.

New England at D.C. United: Your Running Commentary

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The New England Revolution is in Washington D.C. tonight, putting its unbeaten record on the line against a D.C. United team coming off its first loss of the season.

Can D.C. United rebound with Ben Olsen and Jaime Moren back in the fold? Will New England come in strong after enjoying a bye week?

Your Questions Answered (The Same Day Best XI Questions)

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Okay, admit it. When I said I would answer some of the questions from today's Q&A on the same day you probably laughed.

MLS Matchday Five

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A pair of top intra-conference match-ups headline Week Five of MLS action as the Seattle Sounders face unbeaten Chivas USA while the red-hot Kansas City Wizards take on the unbeaten Chicago Fire.

There are great storylines throughout the weekend, including tonight's grudge match between the New England Revolution and D.

WPS Week 4 Preview

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By CHRISTA MANN

Womens Professional Soccer takes the field over two days in this fourth week of competition.

Pizarro cleared of allegations, Peru suspension lifted

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by GIANFRANCO PANIZO

Alcohol and prostitutes.

That is what Peruvian striker Claudio Pizarro was accused of sneaking into a hotel while on national team duty, charges that led to a suspension from Peruvian the national team in 2007. The Court of Arbitration for Sport ruled on Friday that there was not enough evidence to support those charges, and thus lifted his suspension.

Some recommended reading (and a new SBI series)

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By SEAN RUBIO

If you have ever been up late (or very early) and wished you had some quality soccer stories to read, your fix is on the way. We will be introducing SBI Late Night, a new feature in which we work to fill the overnight void with some interesting stories that you may have missed during the day.

It's Q&A Time

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It is that time again. Time for SBI readers to submit their soccer (and pop culture) questions and time for me to take way too long to answer them (kidding, okay, so maybe not). I know I still have the final portion of the last Q&A to get through (and I'm finishing that off as we speak), but I wanted to kick off the next Q&A because too much time has passed since the last session and there are plenty of new topics to cover.

SBI MLS Fantasy Corner (Week 5)

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By CASEY CANNON

Hello and Welcome to the Soccer by Ives Fantasy Corner – now truncated for easy reading!

UEFA Cup Quarterfinals set to conclude

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by GIANFRANCO PANIZO

While Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea and Barcelona have all booked their place in the semifinals of the UEFA Champions League, they are not the only teams remaining in search of European glory.

Today kicks off the second legs of the UEFA Cup quarterfinals and although eight teams are left, three of them are already in a hole.

WPS unknowns outshine established stars

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By CHRISTA MANN

With only a few weeks of WPS competition underway, fans of Women's Professional Soccer are witnessing an interesting dynamic.

Morning Ticker: Pacheco receives ITC, Vieri a rounder and USMNT starts supporter's club

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Alfredo Pacheco is officially a New York Red Bull. Finally.

The Salvadoran left back is now formally on the roster after the club received Pacheco's International Transfer Card on Thursday, putting an end to a drawn out loan process that dragged on for two months.

Pacheco is expected to step in and start at left back for the Red Bulls when they take on Real Salt Lake on Saturday.

Altidore to miss a month after toe-nail surgery

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U.S. national team forward Jozy Altidore is set to miss a month of action after having toe-nail surgery, Spanish club Xerez announce on Thursday.

Cherundolo to have hip surgery

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by GIANFRANCO PANIZO

If you were wondering who would start at right back for this summer's World Cup qualifiers and  Confederations Cup then today's latest news should help clarify things.

Kyle Davies heading to Real Salt Lake

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U.S. Under-20 national team defender Kyle Davies is heading to Real Salt Lake.

The young defender was allocated to RSL after Real Salt Lake won Davies rights in a lottery held by MLS on Thursday afternoon. FC Dallas had the best chance of landing Davies, but RSL won the lottery.

Davies had spent time with English club Southampton before deciding to return to the United States.

U.S. Under-17 roster announced for CONCACAF Championships

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If you are wondering who the next generation of American stars are, you just might get a glimpse of them in the upcoming  CONCACAF U.S. Under-17 Championships.

U.S. Under-17 national team manager Wilmer Cabrera named his 20-man roster for the CONCACAF Tournament, set to begin later this month in Tijuana, Mexico.

U.S. Under-17 roster announced for CONCACAF Championships

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If you are wondering who the next generation of American stars are, you just might get a glimpse of them in the upcoming  CONCACAF U.S. Under-17 Championships.

U.S. Under-17 national team manager Wilmer Cabrera named his 20-man roster for the CONCACAF Tournament, set to begin later this month in Tijuana, Mexico.

Kyle Davies heading to Real Salt Lake

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U.S. Under-20 national team defender Kyle Davies is heading to Real Salt Lake.

The young defender was allocated to RSL after Real Salt Lake won Davies rights in a lottery held by MLS on Thursday afternoon. FC Dallas had the best chance of landing Davies, but RSL won the lottery.

Davies had spent time with English club Southampton before deciding to return to the United States.

Cherundolo to have hip surgery

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by GIANFRANCO PANIZO

If you were wondering who would start at right back for this summer's World Cup qualifiers and  Confederations Cup then today's latest news should help clarify things.

Steve Cherundolo, who has missed the United States' three World Cup qualifiers this year because of injury, is set to have season-ending surgery on his hip next Tuesday.

Altidore to miss a month after toe-nail surgery

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U.S. national team forward Jozy Altidore is set to miss a month of actionafter toe-nail surgery, Spanish club Xerez announce on Thursday.

Altidore had yet to make an appearance for the Spanish Second Division leaders, but will now have to wait another month after having a corrective procedure to address a foot ailment that has plagued him for some time.

Morning Ticker: Pacheco receives ITC, Vieri a rounder and USMNT starts supporter's club

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Alfredo Pacheco is officially a New York Red Bull. Finally.

The Salvadoran left back is now formally on the roster after the club received Pacheco's International Transfer Card on Thursday, putting an end to a drawn out loan process that dragged on for two months.

Pacheco is expected to step in and start at left back for the Red Bulls when they take on Real Salt Lake on Saturday.

WPS unknowns outshine established stars

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By CHRISTA MANN

With only a few weeks of WPS competition underway, fans of Women's Professional Soccer are witnessing an interesting dynamic.

UEFA Cup Quarterfinals set to conclude

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by GIANFRANCO PANIZO

While Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea and Barcelona have all booked their place in the semifinals of the UEFA Champions League, they are not the only teams remaining in search of European glory.

Today kicks off the second legs of the UEFA Cup quarterfinals and although eight teams are left, three of them are already in a hole.

UEFA Champions League: Man United and Arsenal advance

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And then there were four.

Manchester United took care of business in Portugal, downing FC Porto, 1-0, to advance to the UEFA Champions League semifinals. They were joined by fellow EPL squad Arsenal, which routed Villarreal, 3-0, in the second leg of their series.

Now Manchester United will meet Arsenal in the second of two enticing semifinal match-ups set to kick off on April 28th when Barcelona faces Chelsea.

UEFA Champions League: Man United and Arsenal advance

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And then there were four.

Manchester United took care of business in Portugal, downing FC Porto, 1-0, to advance to the UEFA Champions League semifinals. They were joined by fellow EPL squad Arsenal, which routed Villarreal, 3-0, in the second leg of their series.

Now Manchester United will meet Arsenal in the second of two enticing semifinal match-ups set to kick off on April 28th when Barcelona faces Chelsea.

Rookie Life: Diary of an MLS Rookie (Episode 5)

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The MLS rookies keep in bringing the heat.

In MLS Week Four we saw Toronto FC goalkeeper Stefan Frei impress in another start, Chris Pontius deliver his first career assist and Matt Besler help Kansas City record another shutout victory.

Toronto FC TV Covers Week 4

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Here is the latest installment of Toronto FC TV, which covers TFC's disappointing draw vs. Fc Dallas, as well as the youth team's trip to Dallas Cup.

Enjoy:

What did you think of Toronto FC's performance against FC Dallas? What stood out from this week's episode of TFC TV?

Red Bulls practice report: Conway looks likely to start, Dufty waived (Updated)

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Jon Conway is eligible to play again and all signs point to him getting the start vs. Real Salt Lake on Saturday.

Nobody was admitting as much in the Red Bulls camp on Wednesday, but Danny Cepero's comments after training seemed to suggest that he is more likely to be on the bench for Saturday's game, if he dresses at all.

UEFA Champions League: Your Running Commentary

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The final two places in the UEFA Champions League semifinals will be booked today after a pair of highly-anticipated quarterfinal match-ups kick off.

Manchester United is in Portugal today and Alex Ferguson's men have the tough task of trying to become the first English team to win a Champions League match at FC Porto.

Rookie Life: Diary of an MLS Rookie (Episode 5)

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The MLS rookies keep in bringing the heat.

In MLS Week Four we saw Toronto FC goalkeeper Stefan Frei impress in another start, Chris Pontius deliver his first career assist and Matt Besler help Kansas City record another shutout victory.

UEFA Champions League: Your Running Commentary

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The final two places in the UEFA Champions League semifinals will be booked today after a pair of highly-anticipated quarterfinal match-ups kick off.

Manchester United is in Portugal today and Alex Ferguson's men have the tough task of trying to become the first English team to win a Champions League match at FC Porto.

Red Bulls practice report: Conway looks likely to start, Dufty waived (Updated)

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Jon Conway is eligible to play again and all signs point to him getting the start vs. Real Salt Lake on Saturday.

Nobody was admitting as much in the Red Bulls camp on Wednesday, but Danny Cepero's comments after training seemed to suggest that he is more likely to be on the bench for Saturday's game, if he dresses at all.

Toronto FC TV Covers Week 4

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Here is the latest installment of Toronto FC TV, which covers TFC's disappointing draw vs. Fc Dallas, as well as the youth team's trip to Dallas Cup.

Enjoy:


With transfer deadline here, what need does your team still have?

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It's April 15th, which means two things. It is the last day to file your taxes (unless you get an extension) and it is the last day for MLS teams to sign players during the winter transfer window.

With New York's acquisition of Salvadoran defender Alfredo Pacheco and Houston's acquisition of defender Andrew Hainault looking like the only significant signings to be completed this week, this year's transfer deadline looks to be a tame one.

With transfer deadline here, what need does your team still have?

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It's April 15th, which means two things. It is the last day to file your taxes (unless you get an extension) and it is the last day for MLS teams to sign players during the winter transfer window.

With New York's acquisition of Salvadoran defender Alfredo Pacheco and Houston's acquisition of defender Andrew Hainault looking like the only significant signings to be completed this week, this year's transfer deadline looks to be a tame one.

Your Questions Answered (Part 3 of 4)

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If you gave up hope on ever seeing the last Q&A session ever completed, I can't say I blame you, but here it is, back from the grave (or more like the SBI storage locker).

Copa Libertadores: Week 12 Preview

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By NESTOR F. SEBASTIAN

After 11 weeks of competition and more than 130 matches so far, the mind-blowing tournament that is Copa Libertadores boils down to the final three weeks of group-stage matches before the original 32-team field is slashed to 16 for the next round.

UEFA Champions League: Your Running Commentary

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Bayern Munich and Liverpool are two of the more storied clubs in the world and both have monumental tasks ahead of them today in the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals.

Liverpool needs a three-goal victory at Stamford Bridge to advance to the semifinals, while Bayern Munich must find a way to erase a four-goal deficit in its home leg vs.

Police will not charge Montero

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Seattle Sounders star Fredy Montero will not be charged with a crime in connection with criminal complaints filed against him by an unidentified accuser last month.

Obama writes FIFA to back USA 2018 World Cup bid

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The United States' bid to host the 2018 World Cup received an assist from none other than President Barack Obama, who wrote a letter to FIFA in support of the nation's bid to host the game's most prestigious event.

"As a child, I played soccer on a dirt road in Jakarta, and the game brought the children of my neighborhood together," Obama wrote, according to excerpts released by the U.

Red Bull Arena 'topped off'

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BY DYLAN BUTLER

Juan Carlos Osorio has stayed away. He didn't want to check out the updated pictures or watch the live web cam.

Red Bull Arena 'topped off'

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BY DYLAN BUTLER

Juan Carlos Osorio has stayed away. He didn't want to check out the updated pictures or watch the live web cam.

Obama writes FIFA to back USA 2018 World Cup bid

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The United States' bid to host the 2018 World Cup received an assist from none other than President Barack Obama, who wrote a letter to FIFA in support of the nation's bid to host the game's most prestigious event.

"As a child, I played soccer on a dirt road in Jakarta, and the game brought the children of my neighborhood together," Obama wrote, according to excerpts released by the U.

Police will not charge Montero

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Seattle Sounders star Fredy Montero will not be charged with a crime in connection with criminal complaints filed against him by an unidentified accuser last month.

UEFA Champions League: Your Running Commentary

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Bayern Munich and Liverpool are two of the more storied clubs in the world and both have monumental tasks ahead of them today in the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals.

Liverpool needs a three-goal victory at Stamford Bridge to advance to the semifinals, while Bayern Munich must find a way to erase a four-goal deficit in its home leg vs.

Copa Libertadores: Week 12 Preview

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By NESTOR F. SEBASTIAN

After 11 weeks of competition and more than 130 matches so far, the mind-blowing tournament that is Copa Libertadores boils down to the final three weeks of group-stage matches before the original 32-team field is slashed to 16 for the next round.

Your Questions Answered (Part 3 of 4)

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If you gave up hope on ever seeing the last Q&A session ever completed, I can't say I blame you, but here it is, back from the grave (or more like the SBI storage locker).

Brazil's latest prodigies set to shine

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By NESTOR F. SEBASTIAN

Some of the biggest clubs in the European circuit, including one that is involved in Champion League play later today, must have been salivating at watching two of its potential targets each score in a highly-anticipated playoff match in Brazil on Saturday.

WPS Week 3: A Look Back

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By CHRISTA MANN

Great play and key match-ups made for an incredible third week of WPS competition.

Brazil's latest prodigies set to shine

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By NESTOR F. SEBASTIAN

Some of the biggest clubs in the European circuit, including one that is involved in Champion League play later today, must have been salivating at watching two of its potential targets each score in a highly-anticipated playoff match in Brazil on Saturday.

WPS Week 3: A Look Back

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By CHRISTA MANN

Great play and key match-ups made for an incredible third week of WPS competition.

MLS Week 4: The Best XI, Worst XI and Team of the Week

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Davy Arnaud did it again.

The Kansas City midfielder delivered another long-range blast and helped his Wizards post a second straight victory, this time knocking off previously unbeaten Seattle.

Arnaud and the Wizards are well-represented in this week's MLS Best XI, Worst XI and Team of the Week.

Red Bulls need to address awful attack ASAP

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The Red Bulls left Robertson Stadium feeling pretty good about taking a point on the road against a team traditionally tough to play on their home field. While the Red Bulls should feel a sense of accomplishment for the result, there were far too many negative signs to call the night a success.

Pearce sent to Hansa Rostock Reserves

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by GIANFRANCO PANIZO

After a dismal performance against El Salvador in World Cup qualifying and after losing his starting spot to DaMarcus Beasley against Trinidad and Tobago, it was difficult to imagine things getting worse for U.

UEFA Champions League quarterfinals set (TV and Watch Party Info)

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The second legs of the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals are set to kick off this week with some dramatic match-ups that will be worth missing work or school for.

Tuesday's quarterfinals are a bit less dramatic, with Liverpool needing a three-goal victory at Stamford Bridge to advance, while Bayern Munich must find a way to erase a four-goal deficit in its home leg vs.

New York Red Bulls waive Dufty

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BY DYLAN BUTLER

Alec Dufty acquitted himself well, making two saves and earning a clean sheet after coming on for injured Danny Cepero in his Major League Soccer debut at hostile Robertson Stadium on Saturday night.

New York Red Bulls waive Dufty

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BY DYLAN BUTLER

Alec Dufty acquitted himself well, making two saves and earning a clean sheet after coming on for injured Danny Cepero in his Major League Soccer debut at hostile Robertson Stadium on Saturday night.

UEFA Champions League quarterfinals set (TV and Watch Party Info)

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The second legs of the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals are set to kick off this week with some dramatic match-ups that will be worth missing work or school for.

Tuesday's quarterfinals are a bit less dramatic, with Liverpool needing a three-goal victory at Stamford Bridge to advance, while Bayern Munich must find a way to erase a four-goal deficit in its home leg vs.

Red Bulls need to address awful attack ASAP

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The Red Bulls left Robertson Stadium feeling pretty good about taking a point on the road against a team traditionally tough to play on their home field. While the Red Bulls should feel a sense of accomplishment for the result, there were far too many negative signs to call the night a success.

Pearce sent to Hansa Rostock Reserves

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by GIANFRANCO PANIZO

After a dismal performance against El Salvador in World Cup qualifying and after losing his starting spot to DaMarcus Beasley against Trinidad and Tobago, it was difficult to imagine things getting worse for U.

MLS Week 4: The Best XI, Worst XI and Team of the Week

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Davy Arnaud did it again.

The Kansas City midfielder delivered another long-range blast and helped his Wizards post a second straight victory, this time knocking off previously unbeaten Seattle.

Arnaud and the Wizards are well-represented in this week's MLS Best XI, Worst XI and Team of the Week.

Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

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Happy Easter and Happy Passover to everybody celebrating holidays today. Even on days like today, you know that many of you will find a way to watch some soccer.

If you are one of those people, then you are in luck because today has plenty of action on tap, with quality games from Mexico to Spain, Brazil to England.

Special 1 TV: The Easter edition (and Sven's lapdance)

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It isn't a weekend without the latest episode of Special1TV and this week's installment has its share of laughs, and a lapdance you won't soon forget.

Enjoy:

If you're a little lost on the Sven lapdance, it's a spoof of this lapdance Fabio Capello received on Italian TV.

Dempsey scores two in Fulham victory

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Clint Dempsey was far from his Texas home on Easter Sunday, but he still managed to celebrate the holiday in style.

The U.S. national team midfielder scored two goals on Sunday to help Fulham post a 3-1 victory over Manchester City on Sunday. Dempsey ran onto a loose ball outside the penalty area and slotted home an equalizer before capping the game by running onto a Bobby Zamora pass and sliding a shot through the legs of an on-rushing Shay Given.

McBride's Goal of the Week candidate

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Brian McBride has scored a ton of goals in his professional career, but his finish in Chicago's 3-3 tie vs. San Jose has to go down as one of his better ones.

McBride's turn and finish, which should battle Davy Arnaud's game winner for Kansas City for this week's Goal of the Week honors, comes courtesy of a great long ball by Bakary Soumare, and perfect header from Cuauhtemoc Blanco.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

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by GIANFRANCO PANIZO

In a weekend that turned out to be a score-fest for Americans Abroad, Clint Dempsey stole the show as he knocked in a brace to help Fulham defeat Manchester City, 3-1.

Dempsey, who upped his total of goals this season to seven, was not the only American to hit a brace this weekend however.

SBI MLS Power Rankings (Week 4)

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So much for anybody going 30-0.

Okay, so a perfect season was never a realistic possibility in MLS, but few folks outside of Kansas City pegged the Wizards to be the team to knock off the previously unbeaten Seattle Sounders, which saw Kasey Keller sent off and watched their hold on first place in the West disappear.

SBI MLS Power Rankings (Week 4)

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So much for anybody going 30-0.

Okay, so a perfect season was never a realistic possibility in MLS, but few folks outside of Kansas City pegged the Wizards to be the team to knock off the previously unbeaten Seattle Sounders, which saw Kasey Keller sent off and watched their hold on first place in the West disappear.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

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by GIANFRANCO PANIZO

In a weekend that turned out to be a score-fest for Americans Abroad, Clint Dempsey stole the show as he knocked in a brace to help Fulham defeat Manchester City, 3-1.

Dempsey, who upped his total of goals this season to seven, was not the only American to hit a brace this weekend however.

McBride's Goal of the Week candidate

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Brian McBride has scored a ton of goals in his professional career, but his finish in Chicago's 3-3 tie vs. San Jose has to go down as one of his better ones.

McBride's turn and finish, which should battle Davy Arnaud's game winner for Kansas City for this week's Goal of the Week honors, comes courtesy of a great long ball by Bakary Soumare, and perfect header from Cuauhtemoc Blanco.

Special 1 TV: The Easter edition (and Sven's lapdance)

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It isn't a weekend without the latest episode of Special1TV and this week's installment has its share of laughs, and a lapdance you won't soon forget.

Enjoy:

If you're a little lost on the Sven lapdance, it's a spoof of this lapdance Fabio Capello received on Italian TV.

Dempsey scores two in Fulham victory

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Clint Dempsey was far from his Texas home on Easter Sunday, but he still managed to celebrate the holiday in style.

The U.S. national team midfielder scored two goals on Sunday to help Fulham post a 3-1 victory over Manchester United on Sunday. Dempsey ran onto a loose ball outside the penalty area and slotted home an equalizer before capping the game by running onto a Bobby Zamora pass and sliding a shot through the legs of an on-rushing Shay Given.

Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

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Happy Easter and Happy Passover to everybody celebrating holidays today. Even on days like today, you know that many of you will find a way to watch some soccer.

If you are one of those people, then you are in luck because today has plenty of action on tap, with quality games from Mexico to Spain, Brazil to England.

CD FAS: Red Bulls to blame for Pacheco delay

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If you were wondering just what was the hold up with Salvadoran defender Alfredo Pacheco's ITC card, which would have allowed him to play for the Red Bulls vs. Houston today, Pacheco's former club is placing the blame squarely on the Red Bulls.

According to CD Fas, the Red Bulls have yet to pay the $30,000 loan fee or provide a completed contract to CD FAS.

MLS rookie class off to a flying start

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It is just three weeks into the MLS season but one of the early trends that has stood out for me has been the impact being made by the 2009 MLS rookie class.

MLS Matchday Four: Live Commentary

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The busiest matchday in MLS history is set to kick off today as 14 teams face off in seven matches across North America.

Starting with FC Dallas/Toronto FC and Chicago/San Jose at 4pm, and concluding with KC/Seattle and Chivas USA/LA Galaxy at 10:30pm tonight, there will be non-stop MLS action for the next eight hours.

MLS and Red Bulls deny any wrongdoing in Pacheco loan deal

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Both MLS and Red Bulls officials have denied claims made by CD FAS vice-president Rafael Villacorta that the reason for the delay in Alfredo Pacheco's loan move to New York was the fault of the league and Red Bulls.

According to league sources, MLS has had a signed contract with the signatures of Alfredo Pacheco and FAS president Reynaldo Valle for weeks, and that one of the conditions for payment of the $30,000 loan price was that the Red Bulls receive Pacheco's ITC (International Transfer Card), which the club has yet to receive.

New York Red Bulls at Houston Dynamo: Match Night Commentary

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The New York Red Bulls are in Houston tonight to take on the Dynamo in a rematch of last year's Western Conference playoff series won by the Red Bulls. Both teams are searching for their first win of the season.

I will be providing running commentary throughout the match so please feel free to folow along.

Seattle Sounders vs. Kansas City Wizards: Match Night Commentary

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The Seattle Sounders and their perfect record are on the line tonight against the visiting Kansas City Wizards. Not many folks outside of KC give the Wizards much of a chance, but you never know.

SBI readers voted to have the Chivas USA-LA match be tonight's SBI Match Commentary, but the voting was extremely close and given the circumstances of tonight's match, I have decided to switch.

Chivas USA vs. LA Galaxy: Match Night Commentary

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The battle for bragging rights in Los Angeles is set for tonight as Chivas USA faces the Los Angeles Galaxy in the latest installment of the Super Clasico.

Chivas USA rolls in unbeaten, at a perfect 3-0, while the Galaxy limp in at 0-1-1, still looking for its first victory. This series has always been a tough one to predict, no matter the records, so you can't really call the Galaxy the underdogs tonight.

New York Red Bulls at Houston Dynamo: Match Night Commentary

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The New York Red Bulls are in Houston tonight to take on the Dynamo in a rematch of last year's Western Conference playoff series won by the Red Bulls. Both teams are searching for their first win of the season.

I will be providing running commentary throughout the match so please feel free to folow along.

MLS and Red Bulls deny any wrongdoing in Pacheco loan deal

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Both MLS and Red Bulls officials have denied claims made by CD FAS vice-president Rafael Villacorta that the reason for the delay in Alfredo Pacheco's loan move to New York was the fault of the league and Red Bulls.

According to league sources, MLS has had a signed contract with the signatures of Alfredo Pacheco and FAS president Reynaldo Valle for weeks, and that one of the conditions for payment of the $30,000 loan price was that the Red Bulls receive Pacheco's ITC (International Transfer Card), which the club has yet to receive.

MLS Matchday: Your Running Commentary

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The busiest matchday in MLS history is set to kick off today as 14 teams face off in seven matches across North America.

Starting with FC Dallas/Toronto FC and Chicago/San Jose at 4pm, and concluding with KC/Seattle and Chivas USA/LA Galaxy at 10:30pm tonight, there will be non-stop MLS action for the next eight hours.

MLS rookie class off to a flying start

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It is just three weeks into the MLS season but one of the early trends that has stood out for me has been the impact being made by the 2009 MLS rookie class.

CD FAS: Red Bulls to blame for Pacheco delay

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If you were wondering just what was the hold up with Salvadoran defender Alfredo Pacheco's ITC card, which would have allowed him to play for the Red Bulls vs. Houston today, Pacheco's former club is placing the blame squarely on the Red Bulls.

According to CD Fas, the Red Bulls have yet to pay the $30,000 loan fee or provide a completed contract to CD FAS.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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There is no shortage of soccer viewing options for the soccer fan looking for something to watch today. If you were up very early this morning then you already saw Liverpool blow away Blackburn.

Whether it's the EPL, Serie A, South America or MLS, there are a ton of matches to watch, some good ones and some great ones.

Can the Red Bulls turn things around?

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Three games, a total of 270 minutes and zero goals scored by a New York Red Bulls player. Those are the stats that stand out for the winless New York Red Bulls as they head to Houston this weekend in search of their first goal and their first win of the season.

What has been the problem exactly?

MLS Match Commentary: You pick the match

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As you may already know by now this Saturday will offer up the heaviest schedule of MLS matches in league history. Seven matches spread out from 4pm to 1am will allow MLS fans to take in as many matches as they can handle and we here at SBI want to help you set up your viewing marathon.

We will already be posting a live match commentary on the New York Red Bulls-Houston Dynamo match, but now is your chance to select a second match for SBI to provide running commentary for.

This weekend's soccer on TV

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If the weather still isn't quite Spring-like where you live, don't you fret. This weekend's slate of soccer matches on TV will give you more than enough to watch.

Whether you like MLS, EPL, Serie A, or even WPS, there is something for everybody to watch and some top-notch match-ups to put on your To-Do list.

Beasley's ribs battered but not broken

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by GIANFRANCO PANIZO

American fans can breathe a little easier over DaMarcus Beasley's most recent knock.

In Rangers' 2-1 victory over St. Mirren on Wednesday, the American international suffered an early injury to his ribs that forced him to be stretchered off the field and taken to a local hospital.

Loaded Chicago Fire has some tough decisions to make

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The Chicago Fire boasts the deepest team in the league, so deep in fact that head coach Denis Hamlett is being left with some extremely tough decisions to make.

After starting out the season with Cuauhtemoc Blanco and Chris Rolfe on the bench due to injury/recovery issues, Hamlett handed starting roles to second-year players Patrick Nyarko and Marco Pappa.

WPS Matchday Three: A look ahead

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By CHRISTA MANN

Week three of Women's Professional Soccer is set to kick off on Saturday with three intriguing match-ups. The Boston Breakers host the St. Louis Athletica , the Washington Freedom comes off a bye to host the Chicago Red Stars and FC Gold Pride(Bay Area) travels to a winless Sky Blue FC (NY/NJ).

SBI MLS Fantasy Corner (Week Four)

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By CASEY CANNON

Hello and Welcome to the SBI Fantasy Corner – now with more vivid hallucinations!

The SBI Questions: Ask Tim Howard

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The U.S. Men's national team is two months away from one of the busiest summers in recent memory, and no player will be more important to the team's success in World Cup qualifying and the Confederations Cup than Tim Howard.

The Friday wrap-up: Notes on Montero, the Red Bulls and more

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Good evening folks (and good afternoon on the West Coast). As we wind down another week it is time to go over some tidbits heading into the weekend, and some stories we missed during the week.

Let's start with Fredy Montero, who is expected to play for the Seattle Sounders vs.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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There is no shortage of soccer viewing options for the soccer fan looking for something to watch today. If you were up very early this morning then you already saw Liverpool blow away Blackburn.

Whether it's the EPL, Serie A, South America or MLS, there are a ton of matches to watch, some good ones and some great ones.

The Friday wrap-up: Notes on Montero, the Red Bulls and more

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Good evening folks (and good afternoon on the West Coast). As we wind down another week it is time to go over some tidbits heading into the weekend, and some stories we missed during the week.

Let's start with Fredy Montero, who is expected to play for the Seattle Sounders vs.

The SBI Questions: Ask Tim Howard

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The U.S. Men's national team is two months away from one of the busiest summers in recent memory, and no player will be more important to the team's success in World Cup qualifying and the Confederations Cup than Tim Howard.

WPS Matchday Three: A look ahead

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By CHRISTA MANN

Week three of Women's Professional Soccer is set to kick off on Saturday with three intriguing match-ups. The Boston Breakers host the St. Louis Athletica , the Washington Freedom comes off a bye to host the Chicago Red Stars and FC Gold Pride(Bay Area) travels to a winless Sky Blue FC (NY/NJ).

SBI MLS Fantasy Corner (Week Four)

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By CASEY CANNON

Hello and Welcome to the SBI Fantasy Corner – now with more vivid hallucinations!

Loaded Chicago Fire has some tough decisions to make

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The Chicago Fire boasts the deepest team in the league, so deep in fact that head coach Denis Hamlett is being left with some extremely tough decisions to make.

After starting out the season with Cuauhtemoc Blanco and Chris Rolfe on the bench due to injury/recovery issues, Hamlett handed starting roles to second-year players Patrick Nyarko and Marco Pappa.

Beasley's ribs battered but not broken

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by GIANFRANCO PANIZO

American fans can breathe a little easier over DaMarcus Beasley's most recent knock.

In Rangers' 2-1 victory over St. Mirren on Wednesday, the American international suffered an early injury to his ribs that forced him to be stretchered off the field and taken to a local hospital.

This weekend's soccer on TV

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If the weather still isn't quite Spring-like where you live, don't you fret. This weekend's slate of soccer matches on TV will give you more than enough to watch.

Whether you like MLS, EPL, Serie A, or even WPS, there is something for everybody to watch and some top-notch match-ups to put on your To-Do list.

MLS Match Commentary: You pick the match

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As you may already know by now this Saturday will offer up the heaviest schedule of MLS matches in league history. Seven matches spread out from 4pm to 1am will allow MLS fans to take in as many matches as they can handle and we here at SBI want to help you set up your viewing marathon.

We will already be posting a live match commentary of the New York Red Bulls-Houston Dynamo match, but now is your chance to select a second match for SBI to provide running commentary for.

Can the Red Bulls turn things around?

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Three games, a total of 270 minutes and zero goals scored by a New York Red Bulls player. Those are the stats that stand out for the winless New York Red Bulls as they head to Houston this weekend in search of their first goal and their first win of the season.

What has been the problem exactly?

Marathon looms in MLS Matchday Four

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If you are an MLS fan who has been looking for a good time to see as many games as possible, Saturday is your day.

If you have the necessary cable channels and MLS Direct Kick package Saturday will allow you to watch as many as four full games and part of a fifth in a marathon from 4pm to 12:30pm.

The SBI Questions: Joe Cannon Answers (Part Two)

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Whether it's making acrobatic saves on the field, or friending thousands of people on Facebook off the field, Joe Cannon likes to go all out in everything he does.

You Write the Caption: Best of the Nery-Sven entries

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Just a few hours before the axe finally fell on Sven Goran Eriksson's tenure as Mexican national team manager, we here at SBI were able to have fun with one of his final moments in charge of 'El Tri' courtesy an image taken from Mexico's 3-1 loss to Honduras.

The picture shows Sven having words with Mexican striker Nery Castillo, who Sven also coached at Manchester City.

Altidore speaks on Xerez, his goals and Mexico's new coach

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by GIANFRANCO PANIZO

If Jozy Altidore were to make a list of the best moments in his professional career then his hat-trick performance in the United States' World Cup qualifying win over Trinidad & Tobago last week would probably be at or near the top of the list.

F.C. New York owner meets with Borough Boys

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BY DYLAN BUTLER

Acquista Trattoria, a quaint family-owned Italian restaurant in the shadows of St. John's University in Queens, was the scene for the first meeting between owner and supporters' group as Doug Petersen of F.

USA bid committee identifies 70 venues as potential World Cup sites

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The USA World Cup bid committee contacted 70 different venues across the United States as potential sites for the USA bids for World Cups 2018 and 2022.

Some familiar soccer-friendly venues, such as Soldier Field, Gillette Stadium and RFK Stadium, and some stadiums still being built, such as Cowboys Stadium and Meadowlands Stadium, were among the 70 sites contacted by the USA bid committee.

Americans Abroad: Edu and Johnson score in wins

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Maurice Edu made the most of his chance to start for Glasgow Rangers on Wednesday, scoring the game-winning goal in Rangers' 2-1 victory against St. Mirren on Wednesday.

Edu's powerful header, his first goal for Rangers, capped what was considered a strong effort in place of cast-off former Rangers captain Barry Ferguson.

UEFA Champions League: Your Running Commentary

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The second pair of UEFA Champions League quarterfinal series kick off today with two thrilling match-ups that will leave folks wondering which match they should watch (assuming you have the option).

In one corner you have Chelsea-Liverpool, the ultimate grudge match and the renewing of a league rivalry that has become just as intense a Champions League rivalry.

UEFA Cup: Quarterfinal Preview

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by GIANFRANCO PANIZO

This week's soccer spotlight may be focused on the UEFA Champions League action today, but Thursday boasts some quality matches as the UEFA Cup also kicks off its quarterfinal round.

After an eventful fourth round of UEFA Cup action, Thursday's first-leg match-ups look to be no different.

The SBI Questions: Joe Cannon Answers (Part 1)

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Along with being one of the best goalkeepers in Major League Soccer, Joe Cannon has always had a reputation for being one of the league's most outgoing and free-spirited players.

Edu handed perfect opportunity to shine

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Maurice Edu has spent the better part of the Scottish Premier League season on the bench, biding his time and waiting for a chance to prove that he is worthy of a larger role with Rangers. That chance has come after a strange series of events cost a team leader his place, leaving the door open for Edu to capitalize.

CONCACAF Champions League: Puerto Rico falls in penalties

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The Puerto Rico Islanders had a berth in the CONCACAF Champions League final in range, but let the chance slip away.

Leading Cruz Azul by two goals on aggregate, the USL-1 club had to love its chances when Cruz Azul had midfielder Christian Riveros in the first half, but much like fellow USL-1 club Montreal did in the quarterfinals, the Islanders crumbled under the pressure of the Mexican club.

Rookie Life: Diary of an MLS Draft Pick (Episode Four)

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The 2009 MLS rookie class is experiencing all the highs and lows of life in the pros, and Omar Gonzalez is one of those players.

The Galaxy defender experienced the high of scoring his first goal (vs. Colorado on Sunday), while also feeling the lows of being beaten on goals that led to an LA defeat (3-2, to the Rapids).

Toronto FC TV covers week 3

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Toronto FC suffered its first loss of the season on Saturday, but the folks at Toronto FC TV stayed unbeaten by bringing us another quality episode of their weekly series.

Casey named MLS Player of the Week

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Colorado Rapids striker Conor Casey took home MLS Player of the Week honors for week three after torching the Los Angeles Galaxy for three goals in the Rapids' 3-2 victory over the Galaxy on Sunday.

MLS Week 3: The Best XI, Worst XI and Team of the Week

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Week Three of the MLS season will be remembered for hat-tricks, comebacks and continued slumps. Conor Casey and Robbie Findley did the honors with three goals apiece, while New England and Colorado fought back for victories after trailing.

Trouble in Timber Land?

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Could the dream of having three Pacific Northwest MLS teams be in danger of not happening? According to this Bloomberg story on the Portland MLS expansion bid, the stadium projects necessary for Portland's bid to work are in jeopardy unless a $15 million spending gap is addressed.

Yes, you may recall that the vote taken a month ago by the city council, which helped clear the way for Portland's MLS expansion, included an amendment that left a potential $15 million void in the funding for the two stadium projects associated with the Portland MLS bid.

UEFA Champions League: Your Running Commentary

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The UEFA Champions League quarterfinals are underway today with Manchester United attempting to move one step closer to repeating.

Here are today's Quaterfinal first leg matches:

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2:45pm- ESPN2/ESPN360.com- FC Porto at Manchester United

2:45pm- Setanta Sports/ESPN Deportes/ESPN360.

Copa Libertadores Preview

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by NESTOR F. SEBASTIAN

With Europe and CONCACAF's Champions league tournaments almost reaching exciting conclusions, Copa Libertadores is still in the process of determining who will advance to the Round of 16Â as group-stage matches intensify this week.

Paraguay's Libertad is the only side that's assured a berth in the next round but Uruguay's Nacional, Brazil's Gremio and Argentina's Boca Juniors can take huge steps towards advancement.

D.C. United sees another potential stadium project die

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D.C. United's long and torturous search for a stadium suffered another snag after the county council of Prince George's County, Maryland voted unanimously to reject plans to allow the state to study the viability of a soccer stadium in the county.

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Copa Libertadores Preview

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by NESTOR F. SEBASTIAN

With Europe and CONCACAF's Champions league tournaments almost reaching exciting conclusions, Copa Libertadores is still in the process of determining who will advance to the Round of 16Â as group-stage matches intensify this week.

Paraguay's Libertad is the only side that's assured a berth in the next round but Uruguay's Nacional, Brazil's Gremio and Argentina's Boca Juniors can take huge steps towards advancement.

D.C. United sees another potential stadium project die

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D.C. United's long and torturous search for a stadium suffered another snag after the county council of Prince George's County, Maryland voted unanimously to reject plans to allow the state to study the viability of a soccer stadium in the county.

Let me put that to you simpler terms.

UEFA Champions League: Your Running Commentary

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The UEFA Champions League quarterfinals are underway today with Manchester United attempting to move one step closer to repeating.

Here are today's Quaterfinal first leg matches:

TUESDAY

2:45pm- ESPN2/ESPN360.com- FC Porto at Manchester United

2:45pm- Setanta Sports/ESPN Deportes/ESPN360.

Trouble in Timber Land?

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Could the dream of having three Pacific Northwest MLS teams be in danger of not happening? According to this Bloomberg story on the Portland MLS expansion bid, the stadium projects necessary for Portland's bid to work are in jeopardy unless a $15 million spending gap is addressed.

Yes, you may recall that the vote taken a month ago by the city council, which helped clear the way for Portland's MLS expansion, included an amendment that left a potential $15 million void in the funding for the two stadium projects associated with the Portland MLS bid.

MLS Week 3: The Best XI, Worst XI and Team of the Week

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Week Three of the MLS season will be remembered for hat-tricks, comebacks and continued slumps.

Casey named MLS Player of the Week

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Colorado Rapids striker Conor Casey took home MLS Player of the Week honors for week three after torching the Los Angeles Galaxy for three goals in the Rapids' 3-2 victory over the Galaxy on Sunday.

Toronto FC TV covers week 3

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Toronto FC suffered its first loss of the season on Saturday, but the folks at Toronto FC TV stayed unbeaten by bringing us another quality episode of their weekly series.

Star is born as Macheda saves Manchester United

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His name is Federico Macheda and the chances are good you never heard of him before Sunday.

If you were lucky enough to catch Manchester United's thrilling 3-2 comeback victory vs. Aston Villa you already know all about the 17-year-old Italian striker. A former Lazio youth player, Macheda made his EPL debut an unforgettable one, scoring a beautiful game-winning goal on Sunday that could wind up helping Manchester United repeat as champions of the English Premier League.

Grafite embarrasses Bayern with dream goal

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There are goal of the year candidates and then there are goal of the year candidates.

While debating the merits of a Goal of the Year can sometimes become tedious, simply enjoying a moment of soccer brilliance never gets old. With that, I bring you a goal from Wolfsburg's Grafite, a Brazilian striker who capped off his club's 5-1 annihilation of Bayern Munich with a goal that pleased fans and embarrassed Bayern defenders with equal totality.

WPS: A look back at Week 2

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The first full week of the Women's Professional Soccer League's season took place last week and the early indications are that the quality of play of the new league has fans of women's soccer thrilled.

UEFA Champions League Quarterfinals set for Tuesday

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The UEFA Champions League returns to action this week as eight of the world's best teams square off in their first leg quarterfinal meetings.

Pick your preference. Want the all-England battle? There's Chelsea-Liverpool. Want a meeting of attacking powerhouses? Try Barcelona-Bayern.

UEFA Champions League Quarterfinals set for Tuesday

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The UEFA Champions League returns to action this week as eight of the world's best teams square off in their first leg quarterfinal meetings.

Pick your preference. Want the all-England battle? There's Chelsea-Liverpool. Want a meeting of attacking powerhouses? Try Barcelona-Bayern.

WPS: A look back at Week 2

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The first full week of the Women's Professional Soccer League's season took place last week and the early indications are that the quality of play of the new league has fans of women's soccer thrilled.

Grafite embarrasses Bayern with dream goal

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There are goal of the year candidates and then there are goal of the year candidates.

While debating the merits of a Goal of the Year can sometimes become tedious, simply enjoying a moment of soccer brilliance never gets old. With that, I bring you a goal from Wolfsburg's Grafite, a Brazilian striker who capped off his club's 5-1 annihilation of Bayern Munich with a goal that pleased fans and embarrassed Bayern defenders with equal totality.

Special 1 TV: Sven on his firing and Rooney plays dad

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When Sven Goran Eriksson was fired as Mexico head coach there were two questions going through the minds of most American soccer fans. Who would replace Sven as Mexico's head coach and what would Special 1 TV do about the firing?

We got answers to both questions pretty quikly, with Javier Aguirre taking over as Mexico head coach, and now we have this weekend's episode of Special 1 TV.

Star is born as Macheda saves Manchester United

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His name is Federico Macheda and the chances are good you never heard of him before Sunday.

If you were lucky enough to catch Manchester United's thrilling 3-2 comeback victory vs. Aston Villa you already know all about the 17-year-old Italian striker. A former Lazio youth player, Macheda made his EPL debut an unforgettable one, scoring a beautiful game-winning goal on Sunday that could wind up helping Manchester United repeat as champions of the English Premier League.

SBI MLS Power Rankings (Week 3)

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Can anybody stop the Seattle Sounders?

After handily beating two teams at home, the Sounders went to BMO Field for what was supposed to be their toughest test to date.

Special 1 TV: Sven on his firing and Rooney plays dad

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When Sven Goran Eriksson was fired as Mexico head coach there were two questions going through the minds of most American soccer fans. Who would replace Sven as Mexico's head coach and what would Special 1 TV do about the firing?

We got answers to both questions pretty quikly, with Javier Aguirre taking over as Mexico head coach, and now we have this weekend's episode of Special 1 TV.

SBI MLS Power Rankings (Week 3)

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Can anybody stop the Seattle Sounders?

After handily beating two teams at home, the Sounders went to BMO Field for what was supposed to be their toughest test to date.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

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by GIANFRANCO PANIZO

Starting in back-to-back games at right back for West Ham United after dealing with so many injuries must have felt special for Jonathan Spector. That feeling went away quickly on Saturday after Spector suffered a brutal injury that could keep him out of action for a while.

Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

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Two teams in desperate need of a victory square off today as struggling Manchester United plays host to Aston Villa today in one of the key matches of the weekend.

United heads into today's match in second place after Liverpool kept its hot streaking going with another victory on Saturday.

MLS Rewind: Sounders topple TFC to stay perfect

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It is getting tougher and tougher to argue that the newest team in Major League Soccer isn't the best team in Major League Soccer.

New York Red Bulls at Chicago Fire: Matchday Commentary

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As heated a rivalry as the Chicago Fire-New York Red Bulls rivalry is, it will struggle to generate heat today in a FREEZING Toyota Park in the Chicago suburb of Bridgeview.

The unbeaten Fire and winless Red Bulls are in much different positions, with the Fire being so deep that it can't find room in its lineup for everybody, while the Red Bulls have struggled at times to piece together a quality lineup.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

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by GIANFRANCO PANIZO

Starting in back-to-back games at right back for West Ham United after dealing with so many injuries must have felt special for Jonathan Spector. That feeling went away quickly on Saturday after Spector suffered a brutal injury that could keep him out of action for a while.

New York Red Bulls at Chicago Fire: Matchday Commentary

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As heated a rivalry as the Chicago Fire-New York Red Bulls rivalry is, it will struggle to generate heat today in a FREEZING Toyota Park in the CHicago suburb of Bridgeview.

The unbeaten Fire and winless Red Bulls are in much different positions, with the Fire being so deep that it can't find room in its lineup for everybody, while the Red Bulls have struggled at times to piece together a quality lineup.

Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

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Two teams in desperate need of a victory square off today as struggling Manchester United plays host to Aston Villa today in one of the key matches of the weekend.

United heads into today's match in second place after Liverpool kept its hot streaking going with another victory on Saturday.

MLS Rewind: Sounders topple TFC to stay perfect

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It is getting tougher and tougher to argue that the newest team in Major League Soccer isn't the best team in Major League Soccer.

MLS Matchday Three

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The third week of the MLS season offers up some exciting match-ups and some new tests for some of the league's best.

The Seattle Sounders hit the road for the first time this season, and they don't just get a road trip, they get to face arguably the best crowd in MLS, at Toronto FC's BMO Field.

Celades cleared to face Fire, Red Bulls waive Echeverry

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Spanish midfielder Albert Celades has received his paperwork and has been cleared to play for the New York Red Bulls vs. Chicago on Sunday. In a related move, the Red Bulls waived Colombian striker Oscar Echeverry to make room for Celades on their roster. What do you think of the news? Can Celades help spark the attack?

Mexico fires Sven

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Mexico has fired Sven-Goran Erikkson. Not that shocking after Mexico's loss to Honduras last night. What do you think? Share your thoughts and jokes below.

Legal Trouble Looming for Montero?

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Seattle Sounders star striker Fredy Montero could miss this weekend's match at Toronto FC with what was being described as the flu, but his problems could involve far worse than an illness.

According to the Seattle Post-Intellegencer, a Seattle-area woman has accused Montero of stalking her and has claimed that he is doing so after she accused him of sexual assault a week earlier.

Findley hat-trick helps RSL smash Columbus

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Perhaps he was inspired by Jozy Altidore's hat-trick on Wednesday, or maybe it was simply being in the starting lineup. Whatever it was, Robbie Findley found some magic on Thursday night, scoring a hat-trick to help Real Salt Lake drop suddenly struggling Columbus, 4-1, at Rio Tinto Stadium.

Who deserves a call-up that hasn't received one in 2009?

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With the spring World Cup qualifiers in the past, and the loaded summer fixture schedule looming for the U.S. men's national team, it is time to think about new players we might see join the mix this summer.

When you consider the Confederations Cup, World Cup qualifying, and especially the CONCACAF Gold Cup, you can bet that U.

LA Galaxy signs Berhalter

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The Los Angeles Galaxy's quest to completely rebuild a defense that was atrocious in 2008 took another step toward completion with the signing of veteran American defender Gregg Berhalter.

The 35-year-old central defender joins an LA squad that was counting on Tony Sanneh and rookies Omar Gonzalez and Yohance Marshall to man the middle of the defense.

MLS Match of the Week: Seattle at Toronto FC

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MLS week three's featured match is without a doubt the Seattle Sounders visit to BMO Field for Toronto FC's first home game of the year (4pm, Fox Soccer Channel).

You have the hottest team in the league taking another one of the league's surprises. Two unbeaten teams with dangerous offenses and entertaining styles, in a match that will be played in front of a sold-out crowd.

Can Aguirre turn Mexico around?

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Another year, another Mexico coach getting the boot.

Sven Goran Erikkson's much-deserved departure from the Mexican national team, coupled with the return of Javier Aguirre to the job he helped almost seven years ago, means 'El Tri' heads into a tough summer schedule with its third coach in two years.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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After a full week of World Cup qualifying last weekend and at mid-week, it is time to get back into the club soccer swing of things. Today's schedule of soccer matches on TV will help you do just that as European action returns.

Red-hot Liverpool will take on Clint Dempsey's Fulham in one of the day's marquee match-ups, while Alan Shearer makes his managerial debut for Newcastle against Chelsea of all teams.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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pa href="http://www.soccerbyives.net/.a/6a00e54ef2975b883301156ee35f9e970c-pi" style="DISPLAY: inline"img alt="Steven Gerrard 1 (AP)" class="at-xid-6a00e54ef2975b883301156ee35f9e970c" src="http://www.soccerbyives.net/.a/6a00e54ef2975b883301156ee35f9e970c-500wi"/img/a /p pAfter a full week of World Cup qualifying last weekend and at mid-week, it is time to get back into the club soccer swing of things.

Can Aguirre turn Mexico around?

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pa href="http://www.soccerbyives.net/.a/6a00e54ef2975b883301156fda495d970b-pi" style="DISPLAY: inline"img alt="JavierAguirre (Reuters)" class="at-xid-6a00e54ef2975b883301156fda495d970b " src="http://www.soccerbyives.net/.a/6a00e54ef2975b883301156fda495d970b-500wi"/img/a /p pAnother year, another Mexico coach getting the boot.

Legal Trouble Looming for Montero?

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pa href="http://www.soccerbyives.net/.a/6a00e54ef2975b883301156fcd5c31970b-pi" style="DISPLAY: inline"img alt="Fredy Montero (ISIphotos.com)" class="at-xid-6a00e54ef2975b883301156fcd5c31970b " height="459" src="http://www.soccerbyives.net/.a/6a00e54ef2975b883301156fcd5c31970b-500wi" width="368"/img/a /p pSeattle Sounders star striker Fredy Montero a href="http://seattletimes.

Findley hat-trick helps RSL smash Columbus

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pa href="http://www.soccerbyives.net/.a/6a00e54ef2975b883301156ed6da53970c-pi" style="DISPLAY: inline"img alt="RobbieFindley (ISIphotos.com)" class="at-xid-6a00e54ef2975b883301156ed6da53970c " src="http://www.soccerbyives.net/.a/6a00e54ef2975b883301156ed6da53970c-500wi"/img/a /p pPerhaps he was inspired by Jozy Altidore's hat-trick on Wednesday, or maybe it was simply being in the starting lineup.

Who deserves a call-up that hasn't received one in 2009?

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pa href="http://www.soccerbyives.net/.a/6a00e54ef2975b883301156fd001ed970b-pi" style="DISPLAY: inline"img alt="Chad Marshall 1 (ISIphotos.com)" class="at-xid-6a00e54ef2975b883301156fd001ed970b " src="http://www.soccerbyives.net/.a/6a00e54ef2975b883301156fd001ed970b-500wi"/img/a /p pWith the spring World Cup qualifiers in the past, and the loaded summer fixture schedule looming for the U.

LA Galaxy signs Berhalter

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pa href="http://www.soccerbyives.net/.a/6a00e54ef2975b883301156eb929e6970c-pi" style="DISPLAY: inline"img alt="GreggBerhalter (ISIphotos.com)" class="at-xid-6a00e54ef2975b883301156eb929e6970c " height="492" src="http://www.soccerbyives.net/.a/6a00e54ef2975b883301156eb929e6970c-500wi" style="WIDTH: 332px; HEIGHT: 421px" width="324"/img/a/p pThe Los Angeles Galaxy's quest to completely rebuild a defense that was atrocious in 2008 took another step toward completion with the signing of veteran American defender Gregg Berhalter.

MLS Match of the Week: Seattle at Toronto FC

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Mexico fires Sven

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Mexico has fired Sven-Goran Erikkson. Not that shocking after Mexico's loss to Honduras last night. What do you think? Share your thoughts and jokes below. pa href="http://feedads.googleadservices.com/~a/m1mvWEwFVMLo94vHvgCt74l-zjw/a"img src="http://feedads.googleadservices.com/~a/m1mvWEwFVMLo94vHvgCt74l-zjw/i" border="0" ismap="true"/img/a/pimg src="http://feeds2.

Celades cleared to face Fire, Red Bulls waive Echeverry

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Spanish midfielder Albert Celades has received his paperwork and has been cleared to play for the New York Red Bulls vs. Chicago on Sunday. In a related move, the Red Bulls waived Colombian striker Oscar Echeverry to make room for Celades on their roster. What do you think of the news? Can Celades help spark the attack?

MLS Matchday Three

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pa href="http://www.soccerbyives.net/.a/6a00e54ef2975b88330112791c79ca28a4-pi" style="DISPLAY: inline"img alt="MLS_Logo" class="at-xid-6a00e54ef2975b88330112791c79ca28a4 " height="139" src="http://www.soccerbyives.net/.a/6a00e54ef2975b88330112791c79ca28a4-500wi" style="WIDTH: 220px; HEIGHT: 163px" width="239"/img/a/p pThe third week of the MLS season offers up some exciting match-ups and some new tests for some of the league's best.

SBI MLS Fantasy Corner (Week 3)

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pa href="http://www.soccerbyives.net/.a/6a00e54ef2975b883301156fc27259970b-pi" style="DISPLAY: inline"img alt="Amado Guevara (Reuters)" class="at-xid-6a00e54ef2975b883301156fc27259970b " src="http://www.soccerbyives.net/.a/6a00e54ef2975b883301156fc27259970b-500wi"/img/a /p pemNow that World Cup qualifying is over, it is time to focus on Major League Soccer, and for many of you, it is time to focus on Fantasy MLS.

CONCACAF Gold Cup groups and schedule announced: USA to face Honduras, Haiti and Grenada

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p h3/h3 pa href="http://www.soccerbyives.net/.a/6a00e54ef2975b8833011168ce34f0970c-pi" style="DISPLAY: inline"img alt="USAGoldCup (ISIphotos.com)" class="at-xid-6a00e54ef2975b8833011168ce34f0970c " src="http://www.soccerbyives.net/.a/6a00e54ef2975b8833011168ce34f0970c-500wi"/img/a/p pThe US. men's national team will be taking on Honduras, Haiti and Grenada in group play of the 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup.

A look at the CONCACAF Hexagonal

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You Write the Caption: The 'El Tri' edition

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pChances are that in the midst of your celebrating the U.S. team's rousing 3-0 victory against Trinidad amp; Tobago you might have missed Mexico's meltdown in Honduras./p pOur neighbors to the south had a terrible time in San Pedro Sula, falling 3-1 to a Honduran team that has leapfrogged them in the CONCACAF qualifying standings.

Altidore hat-trick leads USA past Trinidad Tobago

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pa href="http://www.soccerbyives.net/.a/6a00e54ef2975b883301156ec6e99b970c-pi" style="DISPLAY: inline"img alt="Jozy Altidore (Reuters)" class="at-xid-6a00e54ef2975b883301156ec6e99b970c " src="http://www.soccerbyives.net/.a/6a00e54ef2975b883301156ec6e99b970c-500wi"/img/a /p pCall it Jozy Altidore's coming-out party, or call it the game when Landon Donovan and DaMarcus Beasley found new positions.

Honduras crushes Mexico, 3-1

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pa href="http://www.soccerbyives.net/.a/6a00e54ef2975b883301156ec1ebb7970c-pi" style="display: inline;"img alt="PavelPardoAP" class="at-xid-6a00e54ef2975b883301156ec1ebb7970c " src="http://www.soccerbyives.net/.a/6a00e54ef2975b883301156ec1ebb7970c-500wi"/img/a /pp/ppA great night for American soccer fans got even better when Honduras blasted Mexico, 3-1, in a World Cup qualifier at Estadio Olimpico in San Pedro Sula on Wednesday night.

USA vs. Trinidad Tobago: Match Night Commentary

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F.C. New York to join USL-1 in 2010

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World Cup Qualifying: Your Running Commentary

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pa href="http://www.soccerbyives.net/.a/6a00e54ef2975b883301156ebad141970c-pi" style="DISPLAY: inline"img alt="Lionel Messi (AP)" class="at-xid-6a00e54ef2975b883301156ebad141970c" src="http://www.soccerbyives.net/.a/6a00e54ef2975b883301156ebad141970c-500wi"/img/a /p pWith all the world Cup qualifiers today, it only makes sense to have a post where folks can discuss all the action.

No April Fool's joke this year

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pimg src="http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2142/2379605453_8e17c9e37e_o.jpg"/img/p pIf you were waiting for us to hit you with an April Fool's Day joke today, we must apologize because it isn't going to happen./p pWe felt like it was only right to take this year off because we weren't able to come up with a better one than a href="http://www.

SBI's Mid-Day Musings

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USA vs. Trinidad Tobago: Matchday Preview

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World Cup qualifying resumes worldwide

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pimg alt="France's Franck Ribery (R), Patrice Evra, William Gallas and Yoann Gourcuff celebrate scoring during their 2010 World Cup qualifying soccer match with Lithuania in Kaunas March 28, 2009." class="DL-main-photo " height="384" src="http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/0b7s8Rycqvf7v/610x.jpg" style="WIDTH: 434px; HEIGHT: 330px" width="610"/img/p pstrongby GIANFRANCO PANIZO/strong/p pVenezuela's exciting 2-0 victory over Colombia on Tuesday night kicked off another round of World Cup qualifying this week.

Rookie Life: Diary of an MLS Draft Pick (Episode Three)

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