Soccer By Ives Archives for January 2009

Howard leads contingent of Americans going for trophies this weekend

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Four U.S. national team players will have a chance to add some silverware to their collections this weekend before taking part in upcoming World Cup qualifiers.

U.S. national team practice report

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by GIANFRANCO PANIZO

MIAMI- With the United States' men's national team halfway through their training camp, head coach Bob Bradley feels that the team has prepared well so far in South Florida during the build-up to next week's World Cup qualifiers.

World Cup 2010 update

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BY DYLAN BUTLER

Dr. Danny Jordaan, the CEO of the Local Organizing Committee for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, held a press briefing at the South African Consulate General in Manhattan Friday afternoon to give an update on South Africa's preparation for next year's competition.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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Today is the big day.

This is effectively the last weekend of the European club season (of the major leagues at least) and also the last weekend for some Americans to bring home some silverware.

U.S. national team goalkeeper Tim Howard will be at the front of that line today as he tries to lead Everton to an FA Cup victory against Chelsea (10am, Fox Soccer Channel).

U.S. national team practice report

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by GIANFRANCO PANIZO

For the first time since this week's training camp began, the United States men's national team practiced on artificial turf on Saturday morning as they continued preparations for their looming World Cup qualifier against Costa Rica.

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MLS Matchday 11

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Whether you like cross-country clashes, or tense reunions, this weekend's MLS schedule has something for you.

This weekend in Major League Soccer will be headlined by a battle of East vs. West as five intra-conference match-ups line the schedule. Perhaps more intriguing than those match-ups are the reunions Sigi Schmid will have with former club Columbus and Dwayne DeRosario will have with former club Houston.

Rapids vs. Red Bulls: Match Night Commentary

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The New York Red Bulls are at home tonight, hoping to snap their recent funk and hoping to turn around a season that is slowly becoming another nightmare for a snakebit franchise.

In comes the Colorado Rapids, enjoying a solid season and hoping to keep up the success against the Red Bulls they enjoyed last year, when they swept both meetings.

Rapids vs. Red Bulls: Match Night Commentary

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The New York Red Bulls are at home tonight, hoping to snap their recent funk and hoping to turn around a season that is slowly becoming another nightmare for a snakebit franchise.

In comes the Colorado Rapids, enjoying a solid season and hoping to keep up the success against the Red Bulls they enjoyed last year, when they swept both meetings.

MLS Matchday 11

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Whether you like cross-country clashes, or tense reunions, this weekend's MLS schedule has something for you.

This weekend in Major League Soccer will be headlined by a battle of East vs. West as five intra-conference match-ups line the schedule. Perhaps more intriguing than those match-ups are the reunions Sigi Schmid will have with former club Columbus and Dwayne DeRosario will have with former club Houston.

U.S. national team practice report

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by GIANFRANCO PANIZO

For the first time since this week's training camp began, the United States men's national team practiced on artificial turf on Saturday morning as they continued preparations for their looming World Cup qualifier against Costa Rica.

The U.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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Today is the big day.

It is effectively the last weekend of the European club season (of the major leagues at least) and also the last weekend for some Americans to bring home some silverware.

U.S. national team goalkeeper Tim Howard will be at the front of that line as he tries to lead Everton to an FA Cup victory against Chelsea (10am, Fox Soccer Channel).

World Cup 2010 update

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BY DYLAN BUTLER

Dr. Danny Jordaan, the CEO of the Local Organizing Committee for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, held a press briefing at the South African Consulate General in Manhattan Friday afternoon to give an update on South Africa's preparation for next year's competition.

U.S. national team practice report

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by GIANFRANCO PANIZO

MIAMI- With the United States' men's national team halfway through their training camp, head coach Bob Bradley feels that the team has prepared well so far in South Florida during the build-up to next week's World Cup qualifiers.

Howard leads contingent of Americans going for trophies this weekend

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Four U.S. national team players will have a chance to add some silverware to their collections this weekend before taking part in upcoming World Cup qualifiers.

WPS Week 10: A Look Ahead

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By CHRISTA MANN

The fast approaching Week 10 in Women's Professional Soccer has match ups between the St. Louis Athletica and L.A Sol, Jersey's Sky Blue FC and the Boston Breakers, and the Bay Area and Washington Freedom.

The Chicago Red Stars will take a much needed bye this week to recover from a three-game skid.

Report: Real Madrid to face Toronto FC

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By DUANE ROLLINS

According to a report out of Toronto on Thursday, Toronto FC will be the second opponent for Real Madrid in their mini North American tour this summer. Toronto's Globe and Mail reported today that the game would take place Friday, Aug.

Report: Real Madrid to face Toronto FC

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By DUANE ROLLINS

According to a report out of Toronto on Thursday, Toronto FC will be the second opponent for Real Madrid in their mini North American tour this summer. Toronto's Globe and Mail reported today that the game would take place Friday, Aug.

New Jersey Sky Blue fires Sawyers

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New Jersey's Sky Blue FC announced the official firing of Head Coach/General Manager Ian Sawyers on Thursday afternoon.

According to the SBFC CEO and President Thomas Hofstetter, "The dissagreements between the coach, team, and management made it impossible to move forward successfully."

Hofstetter goes on to say that the club "needs to maintain the goals, and the atmosphere that is most conducive for [the] team, and be able to focus on building the league.

UEFA Champions League plays of the year

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The UEFA Champions League final victory by Barcelona was a great display of soccer, but here we are, two days later, and soccer fans everywhere are already in Champions League withdrawal.

Does the idea of waiting three months for the next UEFA Champions League to begin drive you crazy? Do you need your fix of amazing soccer?

New Jersey Sky Blue fires Sawyers

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New Jersey's Sky Blue FC announced the official firing of Head Coach/General Manager Ian Sawyers on Thursday afternoon.

According to the SBFC CEO and President Thomas Hofstetter, "The dissagreements between the coach, team, and management made it impossible to move forward successfully."

Hofstetter goes on to say that the club "needs to maintain the goals, and the atmosphere that is most conducive for [the] team, and be able to focus on building the league.

UEFA Champions League plays of the year

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The UEFA Champions League final victory by Barcelona was a great display of soccer, but here we are, two days later, and soccer fans everywhere are already in Champions League withdrawal.

Does the idea of waiting three months for the next UEFA Champions League to begin drive you crazy? Do you need your fix of amazing soccer?

Altidore ready for USA's busy summer

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by GIANFRANCO PANIZO

Despite coming off toe surgery and not having played a club match in nearly six months, U.

Top two teams in MLS set to square off (and an American prepares for a championship)

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The two best teams in Major League Soccer will square off tonight at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California when Chivas USA plays host to the Chicago Fire (10:30pm, ESPN2)Â in the season's best match-up today.

Chivas USA boasts the most points in the league, led by the midfield tandem of Jesse Marsch and Paolo Nagamura and rejuvenated goalkeeper Zach Thornton.

Nowak resigns from U.S. national team, next stop Philadelphia

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Peter Nowak said farewell to one job on Thursday, setting up his next coaching opportunity, which will begin on Friday.

Nowak officially resigned from his post as U.

U.S. national team practice report

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by GIANFRANCO PANIZO

The United States' men's national team continued its preparation for next week's pair of World Cup qualifiers against Costa Rica and Honduras on Thursday in hot and humid temperatures in Miami.

The team, which still has only 11 players in camp, has admitted that the lack of time together before the qualifier against Costa Rica on Wednesday presents a challenge.

D.C. United to face Real Madrid in August

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By TRAVIS CLARK

In what will be a rematch of a 1-1 draw exactly three years to the day, D.C. United will host Real Madrid on Sunday, August 9 at FedEx Field in Landover, Md. The occasion marks United's highest profile friendly since the two sides met at Qwest Field in 2006, drawing a crowd of 66,830.

Morning Ticker: Fire downs Chivas USA, Pachuca drops first leg and more

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Cuauhtemoc Blanco converted the second of two penalty kicks in second-half stoppage time to help give the Chicago Fire an improbable 3-2 comeback victory against Chivas USA on Thursday night.

The match ended in controversy when referee Terry Vaughn awarded a questionable penalty on an apparent push of Brian McBride by Mariano Trujillo in the penalty area.

Chicago's last-minute penalty vs. Chivas USA: Legit call or bad joke?

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If you stayed up to watch the Chicago Fire-Chivas USA match you saw a match marred by a boat-load of yellow cards (ten to be exact), a red card and three penalty kicks, the last of which left many observers wondering just what Terry Vaughn was thinking.

If you haven't seen the replay of the penalty that helped Chicago pull out a 3-2 victory on Thursday night, here it is:

As you might imagine, Chivas USA head coach Preki wasn't too happy with that call (or the referee's performance in general).

Chicago's last-minute penalty vs. Chivas USA: Legit call or bad joke?

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If you stayed up to watch the Chicago Fire-Chivas USA match you saw a match marred by a boat-load of yellow cards (ten to be exact), a red card and three penalty kicks, the last of which left many observers wondering just what Terry Vaughn was thinking.

If you haven't seen the replay of the penalty that helped Chicago pull out a 3-2 victory on Thursday night, here it is:

As you might imagine, Chivas USA head coach Preki wasn't too happy with that call (or the referee's performance in general).

Morning Ticker: Fire downs Chivas USA, Pachuca drops first leg and more

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Cuauhtemoc Blanco converted the second of two penalty kicks in second-half stoppage time to help give the Chicago Fire an improbable 3-2 comeback victory against Chivas USA on Thursday night.

The match ended in controversy when referee Terry Vaughn awarded a questionable penalty on an apparent push of Brian McBride by Mariano Trujillo in the penalty area.

D.C. United to face Real Madrid in August

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By TRAVIS CLARK

In what will be a rematch of a 1-1 draw exactly three years to the day, D.C. United will host Real Madrid on Sunday, August 9 at FedEx Field in Landover, Md. The occasion marks United's highest profile friendly since the two sides met at Qwest Field in 2006, drawing a crowd of 66,830.

U.S. national team practice report

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by GIANFRANCO PANIZO

The United States' men's national team continued its preparation for next week's pair of World Cup qualifiers against Costa Rica and Honduras on Thursday in hot and humid temperatures in Miami.

The team, which still has only 11 players in camp, has admitted that the lack of time together before the qualifier against Costa Rica on Wednesday presents a challenge.

Nowak resigns from U.S. national team, next stop Philadelphia

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Peter Nowak said farewell to one job on Thursday, setting up his next coaching opportunity, which will begin on Friday.

Nowak officially resigned from his post as U.

Top two teams in MLS set to square off (and an American prepares for a championship)

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The two best teams in Major League Soccer will square off tonight at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California when Chivas USA plays host to the Chicago Fire (10:30pm, ESPN2)Â in the season's best match-up today.

Chivas USA boasts the most points in the league, led by the midfield tandem of Jesse Marsch and Paolo Nagamura and rejuvenated goalkeeper Zach Thornton.

Altidore ready for loaded summer schedule

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by GIANFRANCO PANIZO

Despite coming off toe surgery and not having played a club match in nearly six months, U.

Hejduk sidelined by groin injury, set to miss Costa Rica match

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U.S. national team defender Frankie Hejduk was not in uniform for the Columbus Crew's match tonight vs. San Jose and it looks as though he won't be in uniform when the U.

Nowak to be named Philadelphia Union's first head coach

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The MLS expansion Philadelphia Union has selected its first head coach and it has chosen a man with championship experience and a gritty style perfectly-suited for his new home.

Morning Ticker: Crew top Quakes, Hejduk not ruled out vs. Costa Rica and Libertadores quarters begin

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Goals from Eddie Gaven and Guillermo Barros Schelotto helped the Columbus fight back from an early deficit to top the San Jose Earthquakes, 2-1, on Wednesday night at Crew Stadium.

Edu questionable for Scottish Cup, leaving Costa Rica in doubt

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Maurice Edu played a key role in helping Glasgow Rangers catch Celtic and win its first Scottish League title in four years, but the race to that title might keep him from playing in some very important upcoming matches.

Edu is questionable for Rangers' Scottish Cup final vs. Falkirk on Saturday with a thigh injury suffered in the team's season-ending and league-clinching victory vs.

Edu questionable for Scottish Cup, leaving Costa Rica in doubt

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Maurice Edu played a key role in helping Glasgow Rangers catch Celtic and win its first Scottish League title in four years, but the race to that title might keep him from playing in some very important upcoming matches.

Edu is questionable for Rangers' Scottish Cup final vs. Falkirk on Saturday with a thigh injury suffered in the team's season-ending and league-clinching victory vs.

Morning Ticker: Crew top Quakes, Hejduk could still face Costa Rica and Libertadores quarters begin

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Goals from Eddie Gaven and Guillermo Barros Schelotto helped the Columbus fight back from an early deficit to top the San Jose Earthquakes, 2-1, on Wednesday night at Crew Stadium.

The victory helps the Crew edge out of its tie for last place in the East with the Red Bulls and moved past New England into fifth place in the conference.

Nowak to be named Philadelphia Union's first head coach

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The MLS expansion Philadelphia Union has selected its first head coach and it has chosen a man with championship experience and a gritty style perfectly-suited for his new home.

Hejduk sidelined by groin injury, set to miss Costa Rica match

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U.S. national team defender Frankie Hejduk was not in uniform for the Columbus Crew's match tonight vs. San Jose and it looks as though he won't be in uniform when the U.

Galaxy's Franklin to miss 4-6 months with torn hamstring tendon

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Reigning 2008 MLS Rookie of the Year Sean Franklin is set to miss between four and six months after undergoing surgery to repair a torn right hamstring tendon. The Los Angeles Galaxy right back suffered the injury during the Galaxy's 1-1 tie vs. Columbus on May 17th. He underwent successful surgery on Tuesday.

UEFA Champions League Final: Matchday Preview

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The day has finally arrived.

Manchester United vs. Barcelona.

Cristiano Ronaldo vs. Lionel Messi, Samuel Eto'o vs. Rio Ferdinand, Wayne Rooney vs. Carles Puyol, Michael Carrick vs. Xavi, Anderson vs. Iniesta.

Shall we go on?

The UEFA Champions League Final will kick off today (2:30pm, ESPN) and it will provide us with the dream match-up most folks outside of London have spent weeks, if not months, praying for.

SBI MLS Fantasy Corner (Week 11)

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By CASEY CANNON

Hello and Welcome to the Soccer by Ives Fantasy Corner – now even more fertile!

A Champions League final primer

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Because there can't be too much hype for this game:

Almost three hours until the match? Excited yet?

SBI's Mid-Day Musings (Notes on the U.S. Open Cup, Red Bulls and other MLS moves)

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Today is one of those days where you watch the clock and count the minutes until game-time, making almost everything else you do in that time just a tad bit more difficult to do.

It's okay, we are all in that boat. I am trying to finish up the Bext XI, Worst XI, Team of the Week this afternoon, but am having a hard time getting it done.

Canadian Corner: A Cup with Meaning

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By DUANE ROLLINS

When it comes to the Nutrilite Canadian Championships, you really have to live here to get it. Outsiders look at it and wonder why anyone would care about an event that only involves three teams.

Where it is true that the tournament (which will only be referred to as the Voyageurs' Cup from here on out – more on that in a bit) is small, it is far from insignificant to Canadian soccer fans.

UEFA Champions League Final: Match Day Commentary

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Good afternoon everybody. The match we have all been waiting for is here. Manchester United vs. FC Barcelona in the UEFA Champions League final (2:30pm, ESPN).

The reigning champions from Manchester are back to defend their title against a Barcelona side considered the most dangerous in the world.

Red Bulls deal Oduro to Houston for draft picks

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The New York Red Bulls acquired Dominic Oduro from FC Dallas with the hope of finding a speedy goal-scoring complement to Juan Pablo Angel.

That didn't quite work out.

The Red Bulls traded Oduro to Houston on Wednesday, sending the Ghanaian striker to the Dynamo for a first-round pick in 2010 and second-round pick in 2011.

U.S. national team begins prepping for qualifiers

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by GIANFRANCO PANIZO

With only eleven players in camp, the U.S. men's national team's initial training session kicked off on Wednesday ahead of a pair of World Cup qualifers against Costa Rica and Honduras. The focus on the first day, with so few players available, was simply getting back into national team mode.

Galaxy's Franklin to miss 4-6 months with torn hamstring tendon

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Reigning 2008 MLS Rookie of the Year Sean Franklin is set to miss between four and six months after undergoing surgery to repair a torn right hamstring tendon. The Los Angeles Galaxy right back suffered the injury during the Galaxy's 1-1 tie vs. Columbus on May 17th. He underwent successful surgery on Tuesday.

U.S. national team begins prepping for qualifiers

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by GIANFRANCO PANIZO

With only eleven players in camp for the United States' initial training session before a pair of World Cup qualifers against Costa Rica and Honduras, Wednesday's practice was more about getting back into the national team frame of mind than anything else.

Red Bulls deal Oduro to Houston for draft kicks

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The New York Red Bulls acquired Dominic Oduro from FC Dallas with the hope of finding a speedy goal-scoring complement to Juan Pablo Angel.

That didn't quite work out.

The Red Bulls traded Oduro to Houston on Wednesday, sending the Ghanaian striker to the Dynamo for a first-round pick in 2010 and second-round pick in 2011.

Canadian Corner: A Cup with Meaning

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By DUANE ROLLINS

When it comes to the Nutrilite Canadian Championships, you really have to live here to get it. Outsiders look at it and wonder why anyone would care about an event that only involves three teams.

Where it is true that the tournament (which will only be referred to as the Voyageurs' Cup from here on out – more on that in a bit) is small, it is far from insignificant to Canadian soccer fans.

UEFA Champions League Final: Match Day Commentary

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Good afternoon everybody. The match we have all been waiting for is here. Manchester United vs. FC Barcelona in the UEFA Champions League final (2:30pm, ESPN).

The reigning champions from Manchester are back to defend their title against a Barcelona side considered the most dangerous in the world.

SBI's Mid-Day Musings (Notes on the U.S. Open Cup, Red Bulls and other MLS moves)

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Today is one of those days where you watch the clock and count the minutes until game-time, making almost everything else you do in that time just a tad bit more difficult to do.

It's okay, we are all in that boat. I am trying to finish up the Bext XI, Worst XI, Team of the Week this afternoon, but am having a hard time getting it done.

A Champions League final primer

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Because there can't be too much hype for this game:

Almost three hours until the match? Excited yet?


SBI MLS Fantasy Corner (Week 11)

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By CASEY CANNON

Hello and Welcome to the Soccer by Ives Fantasy Corner – now even more fertile!

UEFA Champions League Final: Matchday Preview

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The day has finally arrived.

Manchester United vs. Barcelona.

Cristiano Ronaldo vs. Lionel Messi, Samuel Eto'o vs. Rio Ferdinand, Wayne Rooney vs. Carles Puyol, Michael Carrick vs. Xavi, Anderson vs. Iniesta.

Shall we go on?

The UEFA Champions League Final will kick off today (2:30pm, ESPN) and it will provide us with the dream match-up most folks outside of London have spent weeks, if not months, praying for.

Where will you be watching the UEFA Champions League final?

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The UEFA Champions League final between Manchester United and FC Barcelona is just a day away, meaning soccer fans around the world are making plans to watch club soccer's game of the year.

The match, slated for a 2:30pm start on ESPN, will have viewers all over the United States taking either days off or long lunches to see what should be a final for the ages.

Who gets your vote for MLS Goal of the Week?

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While the crop of MLS Goal of the Week candidates this week wasn't quite as good as last week's there were still plenty of quality options to choose from.

Afternoon Ticker: Juventus lands Diego, new Inter deal for Mourinho and Bayern close in on striker

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by GIANFRANCO PANIZO

Diego will be playing for Italian giants Juventus next season after Juve and Werder Bremen agreed to a $34.32 million transfer fee for the Brazilian playmaker on Tuesday.

Diego had also attracted interest from Bayern Munich but ultimately agreed to a five-year deal with the Bianconeri.

Fire 1, Red Bulls 0: A look back

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It was one of the New York Red Bulls better performances of the season, but still wasn't good enough for a single goal, let alone point. That is the type of season the Red Bulls are enduring, and the type of season the unbeaten Chicago Fire continue to enjoy.

Chicago didn't create many chances, and were outplayed for most of Sunday's match, but the Fire made the most of its best chance of the day to take the three points and help keep the struggling Red Bulls in last place in the Eastern Conference.

Bradley discusses the USMNT's busy summer and more

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by GIANFRANCO PANIZO

U.S. men's national team head coach Bob Bradley has one busy summer ahead of him.

Bradley is preparing for the biggest summer of his coaching career as the United States plays Costa Rica and Honduras in a pair of World Cup qualifiers before traveling to South Africa to play in the Confederations Cup.

Leitch suspended for knee to Ching's face

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As if things couldn't get any worse for the last-place San Jose Earthquakes, now comes word that defender Chris Leitch has been suspended for the Earthquakes' match vs.

Leitch suspended for knee to Ching's face

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As if things couldn't get any worse for the last-place San Jose Earthquakes, now comes word that defender Chris Leitch has been suspended for the Earthquakes' match vs.

Bradley discusses the USMNT's busy summer and more

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by GIANFRANCO PANIZO

U.S. men's national team head coach Bob Bradley has one busy summer ahead of him.

Bradley is preparing for the biggest summer of his coaching career as the United States plays Costa Rica and Honduras in a pair of World Cup qualifiers before traveling to South Africa to play in the Confederations Cup.

Fire 1, Red Bulls 0: A look back

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It was one of the New York Red Bulls better performances of the season, but still wasn't good enough for a single goal, let alone point. That is the type of season the Red Bulls are enduring, and the type of season the unbeaten Chicago Fire continue to enjoy.

Chicago didn't create many chances, and were outplayed for most of Sunday's match, but the Fire made the most of its best chance of the day to take the three points and help keep the struggling Red Bulls in last place in the Eastern Conference.

Afternoon Ticker: Juventus lands Diego, new Inter deal for Mourinho and Bayern lands striker

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by GIANFRANCO PANIZO

Diego will be playing for Italian giants Juventus next season after Juve and Werder Bremen agreed to a $34.32 million transfer fee for the Brazilian playmaker on Tuesday.

Diego had also attracted interest from Bayern Munich but ultimately agreed to a five-year deal with the Bianconeri.

Where will you be watching the UEFA Champions League final?

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The UEFA Champions League final between Manchester United and FC Barcelona is just a day away, meaning soccer fans around the world are making plans to watch club soccer's game of the year.

The match, slated for a 2:30pm start on ESPN, will have viewers all over the United States taking either days off or long lunches to see what should be a final for the ages.

Who gets your vote for MLS Goal of the Week?

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While the crop of MLS Goal of the Week candidates this week wasn't quite as good as last week's there were still plenty of quality options to choose from.

WPS Week 9: A Look Back

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By CHRISTA MANN

Play continued in Week Nine of Women's Pro Soccer despite the glaring absences of both Canadian and U.

Three foreign-born MLS standouts with USMNT prospects

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If the thought of having Rodney Wallace suit up as the U.S. national team's starting left back one day gets you excited as a USA fan, you shouldn't give up on that possibility actually taking place.

Three foreign-born MLS standouts with USMNT prospects

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If the thought of having Rodney Wallace suit up as the U.S. national team's starting left back one day gets you excited as a USA fan, you shouldn't give up on that possibility actually taking place.

WPS Week 9: A Look Back

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By CHRISTA MANN

Play continued in Week Nine of Women's Pro Soccer despite the glaring absences of both Canadian and U.

Enjoy your Memorial Day

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Good morning all. It is the start of a new week but with today being Memorial Day I am sure many of you are going to be spending more time at places like the beaches and parks than in front of the computer. Enjoy your Memorial Day as we honor those who have given their lives in service of the United States.

Special1TV: The season finale

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This first season of Special1TV has been filled with some of the funniest soccer humor you could find this side of the San Jose Earthquakes and this weekend gave us the last new episode of the season.

The regular season finale gave us some good laughs, and perhaps more importantly, a glimpse into what we might expect come next season.

ESPN's segment on Tim Howard

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In case you didn't catch it this weekend, here is the must-see segment on U.S. national team goalkeeper Tim Howard put together by ESPN. Enjoy:

What did you think of the piece? Will you be rooting for Everton in the FA Cup? Is Tim Howard your favorite U.S. national team player?

SBI MLS Power Rankings (Week 10)

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The lead pack in Major League Soccer is taking shape and this week's results set up a pair of big-time match-ups for next week.

Chivas USA remains the top team in the MLS Power Rankings despite its tie vs.

Iran: U.S. Soccer requests friendly

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The United States' men's national team could soon be making a flight to Iran.

According to Iran Football Federation chief Ali Kafashian, the USSF has made a request for a friendly in the middle eastern country in October or November.

Iran: U.S. Soccer requests friendly

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The United States' men's national team could soon be making a flight to Iran.

According to Iran Football Federation chief Ali Kafashian, the USSF has made a request for a friendly in the middle eastern country in October or November.

SBI MLS Power Rankings (Week 10)

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The lead pack in Major League Soccer is taking shape and this week's results set up a pair of big-time match-ups for next week.

Chivas USA remains the top team in the MLS Power Rankings despite its tie vs.

ESPN's segment on Tim Howard

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In case you didn't catch it this weekend, here is the must-see segment on U.S. national team goalkeeper Tim Howard put together by ESPN. Enjoy:

What did you think of the piece? Will you be rooting for Everton in the FA Cup? Is Tim Howard your favorite U.S. national team player?

Special1TV: The season finale

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This first season of Special1TV has been filled with some of the funniest soccer humor you could find this side of the San Jose Earthquakes and this weekend gave us the last new episode of the season.

The regular season finale gave us some good laughs, and perhaps more importantly, a glimpse into what we might expect come next season.

Enjoy your Memorial Day

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Good morning all. It is the start of a new week but with today being Memorial Day I am sure many of you are going to be spending more time at places like the beaches and parks than in front of the computer. Enjoy your Memorial Day as we honor those who have given their lives in service of the United States.

USA World Cup Qualifying camp roster announced

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The U.S. men's national team announced the 24-man roster for its upcoming training camp ahead of its World Cup qualifiers vs.

Edu's Rangers win Scottish championship

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U.S. national team midfielder Maurice Edu won his first professional title on Sunday as his Glasgow Rangers side beat out Celtic for the championship on the final day of the Scottish Premier League season.

Rangers defeated Dundee United, 3-0, while Celtic settled for a 0-0 draw vs.

Chicago Fire at New York Red Bulls: Matchday Commentary

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The New York Red Bulls take on the Chicago Fire at Giants Stadium today and the Red Bulls come in desperately needing points to catch up with the lead pack in the East. The Fire is in first place in the East and will look to extend its unbeaten streak to ten matches.

I will be providing commentary throughout the match so please feel free to follow along here.

Onyewu's Standard Liege repeats as Belgian champion

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Add U.S. national team defender Oguchi Onyewu to the list, with Glasgow Rangers' Maurice Edu and DaMarcus Beasley, of American players to win European league titles this season.

Onyewu and Standard Liege won the Belgian Jupiler League title after beating Anderlecth in a two-leg series after the team's finished the regular season tied in the standings.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

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It was an overall positive weekend for the Americans Abroad as three U.S. national team players won league titles while another scored in a blow-out victory.

Oguchi Onyewu helped Standard Liege keep a cleansheet in the second-leg of the Belgian league title play-off en route to capturing their second consecutive league title.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

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It was an overall positive weekend for the Americans Abroad as three U.S. national team players won league titles while another scored in a blow-out victory.

Oguchi Onyewu helped Standard Liege keep a cleansheet in the second-leg of the Belgian league title play-off en route to capturing their second consecutive league title.

Onyewu's Standard Liege repeats as Belgian champion

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Add U.S. national team defender Oguchi Onyewu to the list with Maurice Edu and DaMarcus Beasley of American players to win European league titles this season.

Onyewu and Standard Liege won the Belgian Jupiler League title after beating Anderlecth in a two-leg series after the team's finished the regular season tied in the standings.

Chicago Fire at New York Red Bulls: Matchday Commentary

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The New York Red Bulls take on the Chicago Fire at Giants Stadium today and the Red Bulls come in desperately needing points to catch up with the lead pack in the East. The Fire is in first place in the East and will look to extend its unbeaten streak to ten matches.

I will be providing commentary throughout the match so please feel free to follow along here.

Edu's Rangers win Scottish championship

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U.S. national team midfielder Maurice Edu won his first professional title on Sunday as his Glasgow Rangers side beat out Celtic for the championship on the final day of the Scottish Premier League season.

Rangers defeated Dundee United, 3-0, while Celtic settled for a 0-0 draw vs.

Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

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Today marks arguably the most important day of the year in the English Premier League, the final day of the season, the last chance for teams to avoid being relegated and avoid losing out on the millions of dollars (er, pounds) that come with life in the EPL.

Four teams are battling to avoid falling into one of the two remaining relegation spots alongside West Bromwich Albion.

USA World Cup Qualifying camp roster announced

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The U.S. men's national team announced the 24-man roster for its upcoming training camp ahead of its World Cup qualifiers vs.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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The German Bundesliga title race will come to an end today as three teams remain alive for the championship.

Wolfsburg, Bayern Munich and Stuttgart are all alive for the German title and all are in action today in the final matchday of the Bundesliga season. Then you have the relegation race, where Michael Bradley's Borussia Moenchengladbach is looking to avoid the drop.

Bradley's Moenchengladbach avoids relegation

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In a development that seemed improbable just a month ago, Michael Bradley's Borussia Moenchengladbach avoided relegation from the German Bundesliga thanks to a 1-1 tie vs. Borussia Dortmund on Saturday.

A 57th minute goal from Dante held up for Moenchengladbach, which finished one point ahead of Energie Cottbus and two points ahead of Karlsruhe, which both were relegated along with Arminia Bielefeld.

Guevara brace leads Toronto FC past Revs

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Amado Guevara scored two goals to help Toronto FC post a 3-1 victory over New England at BMO Field on Saturday afternoon.

The Revs opened the scoring with a Shalrie Joseph header in the 13th minute, but Guevara responded with an equalizer a minute later. Dwayne DeRosario scored the game-winner in the 68th minute on one of Danny Dichio's two assists before Guevara settled matters with a 70th-minute strike.

MLS Match Night (Your Running Commentary)

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Tonight's full slate of MLS matches get underway with D.C. United facing off against a struggling Real Salt Lake side, with Seattle facing Colorado in a key Western Conference clash.

Here is a rundown of tonight's matches:

Real Salt Lake at D.C. United (7:30pm, Direct Kick) Chivas USA at Kansas City Wizards (8:30pm, Fox Soccer Channel) Los Angeles Galaxy at FC Dallas (8:30pm, Direct Kick) San Jose Earthquakes at Houston Dynamo (8:30pm, Direct Kick) Seattle Sounders at Colorado Rapids (9:30pm, Direct Kick)

If you will be watching tonight's MLS 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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Today marks arguably the most important day of the year in the English Premier League, the final day of the season, the last chance for teams to avoid being relegated and avoid losing out on the millions of dollars (er, pounds) that come with life in the EPL.

Four teams are battling to avoid falling into one of the two remaining relegation spots alongside Stoke City.

Guevara brace leads Toronto FC past Revs

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Amado Guevara scored two goals to help Toronto FC post a 3-1 victory over New England at BMO Field on Saturday afternoon.

The Revs opened the scoring with a Shalrie Joseph header in the 13th minute, but Guevara responded with an equalizer a minute later. Dwayne DeRosario scored the game-winner in the 68th minute on one of Danny Dichio's two assists before Guevara settled matters with a 70th-minute strike.

MLS Match Night (Your Running Commentary)

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Tonight's full slate of MLS matches get underway with D.C. United facing off against a struggling Real Salt Lake side, with Seattle facing Colorado in a key Western Conference clash.

Here is a rundown of tonight's matches:

Real Salt Lake at D.C. United (7:30pm, Direct Kick) Chivas USA at Kansas City Wizards (8:30pm, Fox Soccer Channel) Los Angeles Galaxy at FC Dallas (8:30pm, Direct Kick) San Jose Earthquakes at Houston Dynamo (8:30pm, Direct Kick) Seattle Sounders at Colorado Rapids (9:30pm, Direct Kick)

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

Bradley's Moenchengladbach avoids relegation

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In a development that seemed improbable just a month ago, Michael Bradley's Borussia Moenchengladbach avoided relegation from the German Bundesliga thanks to a 1-1 tie vs. Borussia Dortmund on Saturday.

A 57th minute goal from Dante held up for Moenchengladbach, which finished one point ahead of Energie Cottbus and two points ahead of Karlsruhe, which both were relegated along with Arminia Bielefeld.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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The German Bundesliga title race will come to an end today as three teams remain alive for the championship.

Wolfsburg, Bayern Munich and Stuttgart are all alive for the German title and all are in action today in the final matchday of the Bundesliga season. Then you have the relegation race, where Michael Bradley's Borussia Moenchengladbach is looking to avoid the drop.

D.C. United 5, Red Bulls 3 (The Highlights)

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For you D.C. United fans who didn't get to see your team put on an attacking clinic, and for those Red Bulls fans who missed out on watching your back-line get demolished, here are the highlights, courtesy of D.C. United:


Afternoon Ticker: Rio vows to be fit for UCL final, Inter lands Milito and more

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by GIANFRANCO PANIZO

Despite a calf injury, Manchester United centerback Rio Ferdinand has assured that he will be fit for the Champions League final against Barcelona.

On Wednesday, Sir Alex Ferguson said that Ferdinand would have to prove his fitness against Hull City in Manchester's season finale this weekend in order to get the nod against the La Liga champions in Rome on May 27.

(U.S. Open Cup) D.C. United 5, Red Bulls 3: A Look Back

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So how did the Red Bulls walk into a four goals in 26 minutes haymaker from D.C. United that effectively ended last night's U.

Confederations Cup: Say Hello to Brazil

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No Ronaldinho, Ronaldo or Diego? No problem.

Several big names were missing from Brazil's Confederations Cup roster, but it's still chock full of star power, with the likes of Kaka, Robinho and Aleandre Pato leading the way for the U.S. national team's second opponent at the tournament in South Africa.

This weekend's Soccer on TV

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by GIANFRANCO PANIZO

This weekend's schedule of soccer matches on TV will provideus with a final chance to see Champions League finalists Barcelona and Manchester United in action before their date with destiny on May 27th. Barcelona will host relegation-battling Osasuna, while Manchester United looks to avoid any injuries against Hull City, which is attempting to avoid relegation.

Howard to appear on ESPN Sunday morning

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by GIANFRANCO PANIZO

If you have always wanted a more in-depth look at U.S. men's national team goalkeeper Tim Howard then Sunday morning will be perfect for you.

Howard, who is coming off his record 16th cleansheet for Everton, is set to appear on ESPN's Sunday Conversation this Sunday at 10 a.

A Minute With: Stefan Frei

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Toronto FC rookie goalkeeper Stefan Frei has enjoyed a dream start to his professional career. While most goalkeepers spend years working their way into a starting role, Frei has taken over as TFC's No.

SBI Fantasy MLS Corner (Week 10)

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By CASEY CANNON

Hello and Welcome to the Soccer by Ives Fantasy Corner – now with the latest in nanotech! Every week I dig through statistics, news, and rumors to provide the reader with the kind of fantasy advice that only a man who is retiring from the constant grind of coaching in the U-7 division can provide.

WPS Week 9: A Look Ahead

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By CHRISTA MANN

The Weekend should be interesting in Women's Pro Soccer since players from all seven teams will be on leave with either the U.S. or Canadian national teams. The game between these two North American countries will not take place until Monday, May 25; however, quite a few players traveled on Thursday and will miss Week Nine of the WPS.

MLS Matchday Ten: A Look Ahead

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The surprising Colorado Rapids play host to the Seattle Sounders in one of the marquee match-ups of a very promising slate of MLS matches this weekend.

Rivalries rule the slate as well, with the Dynamo taking on the Earthquakes and the Fire facing favorite whipping boys New York Red Bull.

MLS Matchday Ten: A Look Ahead

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The surprising Colorado Rapids play host to the Seattle Sounders in one of the marquee match-ups of a very promising slate of MLS matches this weekend.

Rivalries rule the slate as well, with the Dynamo taking on the Earthquakes and the Fire facing favorite whipping boys New York Red Bull.

WPS Week 9: A Look Ahead

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By CHRISTA MANN

The Weekend should be interesting in Women's Pro Soccer since players from all seven teams will be on leave with either the U.S. or Canadian national teams. The game between these two North American countries will not take place until Monday, May 25; however, quite a few players traveled on Thursday and will miss Week Nine of the WPS.

SBI Fantasy MLS Corner (Week 10)

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By CASEY CANNON

Hello and Welcome to the Soccer by Ives Fantasy Corner – now with the latest in nanotech! Every week I dig through statistics, news, and rumors to provide the reader with the kind of fantasy advice that only a man who is retiring from the constant grind of coaching in the U-7 division can provide.

A Minute With: Stefan Frei

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Toronto FC rookie goalkeeper Stefan Frei has enjoyed a dream start to his professional career. While most goalkeepers spend years working their way into a starting role, Frei has taken over as TFC's No.

Howard to appear on ESPN Sunday morning

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by GIANFRANCO PANIZO

If you have always wanted a more in-depth look at U.S. men's national team goalkeeper Tim Howard then Sunday morning will be perfect for you.

Howard, who is coming off his record 16th cleansheet for Everton, is set to appear on ESPN's Sunday Conversation this Sunday at 10 a.

This weekend's Soccer on TV

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by GIANFRANCO PANIZO

This weekend's schedule of soccer matches on TV will provideus with a final chance to see Champions League finalists Barcelona and Manchester United in action before their date with destiny on May 27th. Barcelona will host relegation-battling Osasuna, while Manchester United looks to avoid any injuries against Hull City, which is attempting to avoid relegation.

Confederations Cup: Say Hello to Brazil

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No Ronaldinho, Ronaldo or Diego? No problem.

Several big names were missing from Brazil's Confederations Cup roster, but it's still chock full of star power, with the likes of Kaka, Robinho and Aleandre Pato leading the way for the U.S. national team's second opponent at the tournament in South Africa.

(U.S. Open Cup) D.C. United 5, Red Bulls 3: A Look Back

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So how did the Red Bulls walk into a four goals in 26 minutes haymaker from D.C. United that effectively ended last night's U.

Afternoon Ticker: Rio vows to be fit for UCL final, Inter lands Milito and more

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by GIANFRANCO PANIZO

Despite a calf injury, Manchester United centerback Rio Ferdinand has assured that he will be fit for the Champions League final against Barcelona.

On Wednesday, Sir Alex Ferguson said that Ferdinand would have to prove his fitness against Hull City in Manchester's season finale this weekend in order to get the nod against the La Liga champions in Rome on May 27.

D.C. United 5, Red Bulls 3 (The Highlights)

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D.C. United 5, Red Bulls 3 (The Highlights)

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For you D.C. United fans who didn't get to see your team put on an attacking clinic, and for those Red Bulls fans who missed out on watching your back-line get demolished, here are the highlights, courtesy of D.C. United:

Now that you've seen the carnage, was it better or worse than you thought it would be?

Who should be up next for The SBI Questions?

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Those of you who enjoyed our new series, The SBI Questions, will be happy to know that it will making its return to the rotation in the coming weeks. While we count on you, the SBI reader, to submit questions, now it's your turn to select who you would like to see interviewed for the series.

Tell us who you would like to see take part.

Shakhtar Donetsk beats Werder Bremen wins UEFA Cup

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An overtime game-winner from Brazilian midfielder Jadson proved to be the difference in the last UEFA Cup final to ever be played as Ukrainian side Shakhtar Donetsk defeated Werder Bremen, 2-1, on Wednesday in the last final before the tournament becomes the Europa League.

A stunning long-distance free kick from Naldo looked to give Bremen a chance at the victory, but that would be the German club's only goal as Jadson closed things out in overtime with a close-range finish.

Your Questions Answered (Part 2 of 4)

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Welcome to the latest installment of Your Questions Answered. There is a good range of questions in this batch, with topics ranging from Jonathan Spector's U.S. national team prospects to my ranking of all the stadiums in MLS.

Surprisingly, there were no John O'Brien, MLS promotion/relegation or Red Bulls stadium questions.

Red Bulls blasted by D.C. United in Open Cup qualifier

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BY DYLAN BUTLER

Juan Carlos Osorio wasn't mincing words when he spoke to reporters outside of the New York Red Bulls locker room after his team crashed and burned out of the U.

U.S. Open Cup: Red Bulls at D.C. United (Match Night Commentary)

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The New York Red Bulls have made the trip down I-95 to take on D.C. United in a U.S. Open Cup play-in match at RFK Stadium.

The Red Bulls are coming off a 1-1 tie vs. Houston while D.C. United also managed a late equalizer in its 2-2 tie vs. Chivas USA.

Both teams are resting starters, though the Red Bulls look to have fewer starters in their lineup for tonight's match.

U.S. Open Cup: Red Bulls at D.C. United (Match Night Commentary)

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The New York Red Bulls have made the trip down I-95 to take on D.C. United in a U.S. Open Cup play-in match at RFK Stadium.

The Red Bulls are coming off a 1-1 tie vs. Houston while D.C. United also managed a late equalizer in its 2-2 tie vs. Chivas USA.

Both teams are resting starters, though the Red Bulls look to have fewer starters in their lineup for tonight's match.

MLS Week 9: The Best XI, Worst XI and Team of the Week

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Without making anybody's head hurt like an episode of Lost, Josh Wolff sure does look like the 2002 version of himself.

Red Bulls ready for D.C. United rematch

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BY DYLAN BUTLER

Revenge was not a word that the New York Red Bulls players and coaches used when speaking to members of the media in advance of Wednesday's U.

Red Bulls 1, Dynamo 1: A Look Back

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Most times a home team will come away extremely disappointed with a draw, but the Red Bulls can't be too upset with their 1-1 tie on Saturday night against the Houston Dynamo.

Arsenal has eyes on American teenager Luis Gil

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You can add the name Luis Gil to the growing list of young American prospects getting looks from top European clubs.

Gil has been training with English power Arsenal FC since May 11th and could wind up joining the club's youth academy.

Philly's WPS team named Independence

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With the start of the 2009 inaugural season in Women's Professional Soccer, the league has always planned to gradually introduce a few additional clubs every year.

Since both Atlanta and Philadelphia expressed an early interest to kick off in 2010, both teams have spent a great deal of time, money, and energy to secure a place in the upcoming season.

Morning Ticker: UEFA Cup final set, Wenger staying put and Cannavaro's Juve return

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The European final we are all waiting for, between Barcelona and Manchester United, is still a week away, but those craving the excitement of a final will be able to enjoy today's UEFA Cup final between Werder Bremen and Shakhtar Donetsk (2:45pm, Fox Soccer Channel).

The Canadian Soccer corner: Peschisolido's lost identity

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(In the spirit of continuing to bring SBI readers a diverse range of soccer news, we will now be offering The Canadian Soccer Corner, a weekly column on matters pertaining to Canadian soccer. Former SBI correspondent Duane Rollins, he of the excellent site The 24th Minute, is back in the SBI fold and will be providing us with a weekly look at the world of Canadian Soccer.

Cervi finally set to complete Celtic deal

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Dominic Cervi has gone more than a year waiting for his professional soccer dreams to come true, and now the American goalkeeper is set to finally become a pro as he is set to sign a deal with Scottish club Celtic after receiving his Italian passport last week.

Selected with the 12th overall pick in the 2008 MLS Draft by the Chicago Fire, Cervi passed on a minimum-salary offer from the Fire and eventually made his way to Scotland, where he impressed Celtic after a lengthy trial last September.

Johnson parts ways with MK Dons

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American-born winger/forward Jemal Johnson is looking for a new club after parting ways with MK Dons. The sided failed to reach an agreement on a new contract, clearing the way for Johnson's departure. Johnson enjoyed a strong first half of the English First Division season before falling out of favor in recent months.

Sounders fans making noise in All-Star Game fan voting

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BY DYLAN BUTLER

They made their presence known by first reserving a record number of season tickets before the team even played a game and then by drawing 32,523 for their team's inaugural game and averaging 29,536 per game, far and away the best in the league.

Sounders fans making noise in All-Star Game fan voting

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BY DYLAN BUTLER

They made their presence known by first reserving a record number of season tickets before the team even played a game and then by drawing 32,523 for their team's inaugural game and averaging 29,536 per game, far and away the best in the league.

Johnson parts ways with MK Dons

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American-born winger/forward Jamal Johnson is looking for a new club after parting ways with MK Dons. The sided failed to reach an agreement on a new contract, clearing the way for Johnson's departure. Johnson enjoyed a strong first half of the English First Division season before falling out of favor in recent months.

The Canadian Soccer corner: Peschisolido's lost identity

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(In the spirit of continuing to bring SBI readers a diverse range of soccer news, we will now be offering The Canadian Soccer Corner, a weekly column on matters pertaining to Canadian soccer. Former SBI correspondent Duane Rollins, he of the excellent site The 24th Minute, is back in the SBI fold and will be providing us with a weekly look at the world of Canadian Soccer.

Cervi finally set to complete Celtic deal

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Dominic Cervi has gone more than a year waiting for his professional soccer dreams to come true, and now the American goalkeeper is set to finally become a pro as he is set to sign a deal with Scottish club Celtic after receiving his Italian passport last week.

Selected with the 12th overall pick in the 2008 MLS Draft by the Chicago Fire, Cervi passed on a minimum-salary offer from the Fire and eventually made his way to Scotland, where he impressed Celtic after a lengthy trial last September.

Morning Ticker: UEFA Cup final set, Wenger staying put and Cannavaro's Juve return

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The European final we are all waiting for, between Barcelona and Manchester United, is still a week away, but those craving the excitement of a final will be able to enjoy today's UEFA Cup final between Werder Bremen and Shakhtar Donetsk (2:45pm, Fox Soccer Channel).

Philly's WPS team named Independence

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With the start of the 2009 inaugural season in Women's Professional Soccer, the league has always planned to gradually introduce a few additional clubs every year.

Since both Atlanta and Philadelphia expressed an early interest to kick off in 2010, both teams have spent a great deal of time, money, and energy to secure a place in the upcoming season.

Arsenal has eyes on American teenager Luis Gil

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You can add the name Luis Gil to the growing list of young American prospects getting looks from top European clubs.

Gil has been training with English power Arsenal FC since May 11th and could wind up joining the club's youth academy.

Red Bulls 1, Dynamo 1: A Look Back

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Most times a home team will come away extremely disappointed with a draw, but the Red Bulls can't be too upset with their 1-1 tie on Saturday night against the Houston Dynamo.

Red Bulls ready for D.C. United rematch

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BY DYLAN BUTLER

Revenge was not a word that the New York Red Bulls players and coaches used when speaking to members of the media in advance of Wednesday's U.

MLS Week 9: The Best XI, Worst XI and Team of the Week

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Without making anybody's head hurt like an episode of Lost, Josh Wolff sure does look like the 2002 version of himself.

Revolution 1, Rapids 1: A Look Back

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By CARL SETTERLUND

The losses have stopped for the New England Revolution, at least for now, but victories are still proving extremely difficult to find for a short-handed Revs team lacking firepower.

Who would you hire to coach your MLS expansion team?

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With rumors circulating that the Philadelphia Union has already selected its first head coach, you have to wonder just who are the best head coaching candidates in MLS these days.

Repping the SBI Mafia

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Attention all SBI readers, if you an avid follower of Soccer By Ives and consider yourself part of the SBI Mafia then please be sure to get your Limited Edition SBI Mafia t-shirt from Objectivo Apparel. Order yours today.

We want to thank those of you who are repping SBI with your white and navy t-shirts so we want all of you who have purchased t-shirts to submit a photo of yourself wearing the t-shirt.

Osorio clears the air regarding comments about MLS refs

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By DYLAN BUTLER

A day after being accused of saying MLS referees were racially biased against Hispanic players, Red Bulls head coach Juan Carlos Osorio stated that his comments after Saturday's match had nothing to do with a perception of biased referees.

Who gets your vote for MLS Goal of the Week?

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There were two things in great abundance in MLS this past weekend. There were plenty of ties and plenty of great goals. In fact, several of this week's top goals were equalizers.

So which of this week's top goals was the best? Have a look and decide for yourself:

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WPS Week 8: A Look Back

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By CHRISTA MANN

Week Eight revealed some lingering final third issues as teams in Women's Professional Soccer once again experienced a bit of down scoring.

Davies hit with five-match ban after elbowing opponent

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U.S. national team striker Charlie Davies has been tearing up the Swedish First Division this season, but his recent run of goal-scoring form with Hammarby will be put on hold after he was suspended five matches for elbowing an opponent in the face.

Johnson diagnosed with broken foot

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Red Bulls defender Carlos Johnson is set to miss a considerable amount of time after being diagnosed with a broken left foot on Saturday night.

A second look at Wolyniec's equalizer

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The New York Red Bulls looked destined for a loss as the final minutes ticked off the clock on Saturday night.

Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

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It is the day after league titles were clinched in England, Italy and Spain, which makes today's slate of games considerably less dramatic than it could have been.

Special1TV: Wayne in Russia, Little Ronnie workout video and Hitting the Beaches

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This weekend's installment of Special1TV wasn't the best you'll ever see, but still has plenty of quality lines to make you enjoy a laugh or two.

Here it is:

"They're going down faster than Ricky Hatton."

"Oh, you were talking about the holidays."

"Very, very poignant Dave.

Osorio falsely accused of implying MLS refs are racially biased

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Red Bulls head coach Juan Carlos Osorio had his issues with Saturday night's match vs. Houston, and his issues with referee Baldomero Toledo, but none of those issues had to do with race and whether Toledo and other MLS referees are targeting Hispanic players.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

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by GIANFRANCO PANIZO

Charlie Davies continued his scoring ways as he net the lone Americans Abroad goal of the weekend in Hammarby's 1-0 win over Malmo FF. Davies' goal, which came in the 57th minute, was his fourth of the season and further established him as the team's leading scorer.

Who are the Americans in line for a first cap?

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With the summer fast approaching, and the loaded U.S. national team schedule looming, U.S. coach Bob Bradley will soon be selecting rosters and calling up players for events ranging from international tournaments to World Cup qualifiers.

Mid-Day Musings (Notes on Philly Union, Eddie Lewis and Zak Whitbread)

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Good afternoon all. It was another exciting week of soccer action, both in MLS and abroad, and there are plenty of topics to discuss, so here are a few I wanted to touch on:

As we head stand almost a third of the way through the MLS season, these are the playoff match-ups if the season ended today:

  • Chicago vs.

SBI MLS Power Rankings (Week 9)

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Could the Chicago Fire be ready to make a move for the top spot in MLS it held when the season began?

Davies hit with five-match ban after elbowing opponent

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U.S. national team striker Charlie Davies has been tearing up the Swedish First Division this season, but his recent run of goal-scoring form with Hammarby will be put on hold after he was suspended five matches for elbowing an opponent in the face.

Davies elbowed Malmo's Michael Almeback during a recent Swedish league match in an incident that was not seen by the match official.

SBI MLS Power Rankings (Week 9)

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Could the Chicago Fire be ready to make a move for the top spot in MLS it held when the season began?

Mid-Day Musings (Notes on Philly Union, Eddie Lewis and Zak Whitbread)

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Good afternoon all. It was another exciting week of soccer action, both in MLS and abroad, and there are plenty of topics to discuss, so here are a few I wanted to touch on:

As we head stand almost a third of the way through the MLS season, these are the playoff match-ups if the season ended today:

  • Chicago vs.

Who are the Americans in line for a first cap?

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With the summer fast approaching, and the loaded U.S. national team schedule looming, U.S. coach Bob Bradley will soon be selecting rosters and calling up players for events ranging from international tournaments to World Cup qualifiers.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

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by GIANFRANCO PANIZO

Charlie Davies continued his scoring ways as he net the lone Americans Abroad goal of the weekend in Hammarby's 1-0 win over Malmo FF. Davies' goal, which came in the 57th minute, was his fourth of the season and further established him as the team's leading scorer.

Osorio falsely accused of implying MLS refs are racially biased

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Red Bulls head coach Juan Carlos Osorio had his issues with Saturday night's match vs. Houston, and his issues with referee Baldomero Toledo, but none of those issues had to do with race and whether Toledo and other MLS referees are targeting Hispanic players.

Special1TV: Wayne in Russia, Little Ronnie workout video and Hitting the Beaches

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This weekend's installment of Special1TV wasn't the best you'll ever see, but still has plenty of quality lines to make you enjoy a laugh or two.

Here it is:

"They're going down faster than Ricky Hatton."

"Oh, you were talking about the holidays."

"Very, very poignant Dave.

Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

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It is the day after league titles were clinched in England, Italy and Spain, which makes today's slate of games considerably less dramatic than it could have been.

A second look at Wolyniec's equalizer

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The New York Red Bulls looked destined for a loss as the final minutes ticked off the clock on Saturday night.

Johnson diagnosed with broken foot

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Red Bulls defender Carlos Johnson is set to miss a considerable amount of time after being diagnosed with a broken left foot on Saturday night.

WPS Week 8: A Look Ahead

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By CHRISTA MANN

Week Eight in Womens Pro Soccer got off to an early start on Friday night, with the L.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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Good morning all. If you are a Manchester United fan then you've spent your morning celebrating your team's latest EPL championship. For the rest of you, the day has just begun in terms of soccer to watch.

There are great match-ups from Spain to MLS, Mexico to Italy, so if you're stuck in the house due to rainy weather (or just a soccer fanatic), it will be a fun day in front of the television.

U.S. Under-17s 3, Red Bulls U-18 1: A look back

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It was a cool night in Newark as a few hundred soccer enthusists (and a handful of college coaches)Â converged on the campus of New Jersey Institute of Technology to catch a glimpse of the future of American soccer, and the show was worth the trip.

No, there weren't tons of highlight-reel plays, but some good, tough soccer between the U.

MLS Matchday Nine: Your Running Commentary

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The top teams in the East and West square off tonight as D.C. United faces Chivas USA in the marquee match-up of Week nine.

Six games are on the schedule today and each of them has interesting storylines. While the Seattle-FC Dallas looks like it has blowout written all over it, the other five matches provide their own share of intrigue.

Manchester United, Barcelona win league titles

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Let the celebrations begin.

Despite not having a single shot on goal, Manchester United won the English Premier League title on Saturday after drawing 0-0 with Arsenal. The league title is Manchester United's third consecutive and 18th overall.

New York Red Bulls vs. Houston Dynamo: Live Commentary

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Good evening everybody. The New York Red Bulls are back at Giants Stadium tonight, this time to take on the Houston Dynamo in the latest installment of one of the better East-West rivalries in Major League Soccer.

The Red Bulls tied Houston, 0-0, in Houston last month and will look to build on last week's 4-1 victory against San Jose.

Manchester United, Barcelona win league titles

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Let the celebrations begin.

Despite not having a single shot on goal, Manchester United won the English Premier League title on Saturday after drawing 0-0 with Arsenal. The league title is Manchester United's third consecutive and 18th overall.

New York Red Bulls vs. Houston Dynamo: Live Commentary

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Good evening everybody. The New York Red Bulls are back at Giants Stadium tonight, this time to take on the Houston Dynamo in the latest installment of one of the better East-West rivalries in Major League Soccer.

The Red Bulls tied Houston, 0-0, in Houston last month and will look to build on last week's 4-1 victory against San Jose.

MLS Matchday Nine: Your Running Commentary

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The top teams in the East and West square off tonight as D.C. United faces Chivas USA in the marquee match-up of Week nine.

Six games are on the schedule today and each of them has interesting storylines. While the Seattle-FC Dallas looks like it has blowout written all over it, the other five matches provide their own share of intrigue.

U.S. Under-17s 3, Red Bulls U-18 1: A look back

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It was a cool night in Newark as a few hundred soccer enthusists (and a handful of college coaches)Â converged on the campus of New Jersey Institute of Technology to catch a glimpse of the future of American soccer, and the show was worth the trip.

No, there weren't tons of highlight-reel plays, but some good, tough soccer between the U.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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Good morning all. If you are a Manchester United fan then you've spent your morning celebrating your team's latest EPL championship. For the rest of you, the day has just begun in terms of soccer to watch.

There are great match-ups from Spain to MLS, Mexico to Italy, so if you're stuck in the house due to rainy weather (or just a soccer fanatic), it will be a fun day in front of the television.

WPS Week 8: A Look Ahead

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By CHRISTA MANN

Week Eight in Womens Pro Soccer got off to an early start on Friday night, with the L.

Where will Onyewu go?

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by GIANFRANCO PANIZO

Oguchi Onyewu is no stranger to the transfer rumor mill, but things are a bit different this time around.

Onyewu heads into this summer's transfer window a free agent, meaning he will be able to sign with any club he chooses.

Whitbread, Grella and Johnson in midst of promotion playoffs

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Michael Bradley isn't the only European-based American locked in a promotion-relegation batle. Zak Whitbread, Mike Grella and Jemal Johnson are all taking part in the English First Division promotion playoffs, Whitbread with Millwall, Grella with Leeds and Johnson with MK Dons.

A central defense fixture for Millwall, Whitbread is the one steady starter of this trio of Americans, and his team stands one win or draw away from the League Championship.

Why so many ties for the Fire?

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By SAM STEJSKAL

The old saying is that tying is like kissing your sister. In general, that saying doesn't hold true in soccer, where tying is often considered a successful result.

But when a team has tied five league matches in a row, in the process giving up home leads in the second half 3 times, draws start to feel a whole lot worse.

Mid-Day Musings (U.S. Under-17s to play in Jersey, Red Bulls notes and more)

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Good afternoon folks. As I make my way up to Connecticut for some ESPN matters, I wanted to let you all know that I will be appearing on the ESPN podcast, The U.

This weekend's Soccer on TV

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by GIANFRANCO PANIZO

With so many high-profile matches on this weekend's slate of games, a recurring story line throughout Europe's top leagues is teams attempting to win their respective league titles.

Manchester United is a positive result away from adding more hardware to their trophy cabinet.

The MLS Quarter Pole: Who is on the MLS Best XI?

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The 2009 MLS season is a quarter of the way through and while we're still a LONG way away from hounding out season awards, we can still take a look at the players who have enjoyed the best form early in the season.

Picking the MLS Best XI is always a tough process but that doesn' mean we can't try to put one together for the first quarter of the season.

Reading releases Hahnemann

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by GIANFRANCO PANIZO

After spending almost a decade of his career with Reading, Marcus Hahnemann has been released by the Royals.

Hahnemann, along with three other players, were told early Friday morning that their contracts would not be renewed.

Listen to SBI on the ESPN Soccer Podcast

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Attention podcast people, while SBI doesn't have its own podcast (yet), I did manage to make my podcast debut today on the ESPN American Soccer podcast, The U.S. Soccer Show, with Jen Chang and Andrew Hush.

Give today's show a listen as we discuss topics ranging from the MLS All-Star Game player possibilities to the impending summer transfers of Americans such as Oguchi Onyewu and DaMarcus Beasley.

All Stars For Hope match cancelled

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by GIANFRANCO PANIZO

If you were eagerly looking forward to getting an in-person glimpse of your favorite international players in next month's All Stars For Hope game then you most surely will be disappointed to know that the charity match has been cancelled.

The match, which was set to showcase stars like Cristiano Ronaldo, Thierry Henry and Frank Lampard on June 14th at Giants Stadium, was cancelled due to economic reasons.

All Stars For Hope match cancelled

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by GIANFRANCO PANIZO

If you were eagerly looking forward to getting an in-person glimpse of your favorite international players in next month's All Stars For Hope game then you most surely will be disappointed to know that the charity match has been cancelled.

The match, which was set to showcase stars like Cristiano Ronaldo, Thierry Henry and Frank Lampard on June 14th at Giants Stadium, was cancelled due to economic reasons.

Listen to SBI on the ESPN Soccer Podcast

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Attention podcast people, while SBI doesn't have its own podcast (yet), I did manage to make my podcast debut today on the ESPN American Soccer podcast, The U.S. Soccer Show, with Jen Chang and Andrew Hush.

Give today's show a listen as we discuss topics ranging from the MLS All-Star Game player possibilities to the impending summer transfers of Americans such as Oguchi Onyewu and DaMarcus Beasley.

Reading releases Hahnemann

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by GIANFRANCO PANIZO

After spending almost a decade of his career with Reading, Marcus Hahnemann has been released by the royals.

Hahnemann, along with three other players, were told early Friday morning that their contracts would not be renewed. The move comes just three days after Burnley defeated Reading, preventing them from reaching the final of the promotion playoffs.

The MLS Quarter Pole: Who is on the MLS Best XI?

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The 2009 MLS season is a quarter of the way through and while we're still a LONG way away from hounding out season awards, we can still take a look at the players who have enjoyed the best form early in the season.

Picking the MLS Best XI is always a tough process but that doesn' mean we can't try to put one together for the first quarter of the season.

This weekend's Soccer on TV

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by GIANFRANCO PANIZO

With so many high-profile matches on this weekend's slate of games, a recurring story line throughout Europe's top leagues is teams attempting to win their respective league titles.

Manchester United is a positive result away from adding more hardware to their trophy cabinet.

Mid-Day Musings (U.S. Under-17s to play in Jersey, Red Bulls notes and more)

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Good afternoon folks. As I make my way up to Connecticut for some ESPN matters, I wanted to let you all know that I will be appearing on the ESPN podcast, The U.

Why so many ties for the Fire?

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By SAM STEJSKAL

The old saying is that tying is like kissing your sister. In general, that saying doesn't hold true in soccer, where tying is often considered a successful result.

But when a team has tied six league matches in a row, in the process giving up home leads in the second half 3 times, draws start to feel a whole lot worse.

Johnson and Grella in midst of promotion playoffs

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Michael Bradley isn't the only European-based American locked in a promotion-relegation batle. Mike Grella and Jemal Johnson are both taking part in the English First Division promotion playoffs, Grella with Leeds and Johnson with MK Dons.

Grella, who passed on the 2009 MLS Draft to sign with Leeds, has become a regular substitute as the team's first forward option off the bench, while Johnson has adjusted to life in the doghouse, having been relegated to the bench after starting out the season extremely well.

Where will Onyewu go?

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by GIANFRANCO PANIZO

Oguchi Onyewu is no stranger to the transfer rumor mill, but things are a bit different this time around.

Onyewu heads into this summer's transfer window a free agent, meaning he will be able to sign with any club he chooses.

WPS Week 7: A Look Back

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By CHRISTA MANN

In Week Seven of Women's Professional soccer, the two bottom teams earned a first win, the only undefeated club took its first loss, and two of the top-rated finishers played to a scoreless tie.

What lies ahead for Marcus Hahnemann?

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Marcus Hahnemann and Reading take on Burnley today in the second leg of their English League Championship promotion semifinal (2:40pm, Setanta USA), and if Reading cannot overcome a 1-0 first-leg deficit, Hahnemann could wind up missing out on his last chance to return to the English Premier League.

U.S. U-20 and U-18 teams call up squads for upcoming matches

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The U.S. men's national team is preparing for a busy summer, but the U.S. youth national teams are also busy in the coming weeks.

Evening Ticker: Hill signs with Portuguese club, Reading loses and Sala is sidelined

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by GIANFRANCO PANIZO

Kamani Hill has found a new home.

SBI's Recommended Reading

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By SEAN RUBIO

Welcome to the second week of Recommended Reading's new Tuesday/Friday format. Some reading (and videos) to get you through the rest of the week:

  • Former Gunner Lee Dixon weighs in on what Arsenal needs to do to fill the trophy cabinet next season [TimesOnline]

  • A look at unpaid players, and what to do about it [BBC Sport]

  • Swedish hooligans brawl on airplane [AP]

  • Diego Forlán: The best striker in La Liga?

Chalupny named WPS Player of the Week

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By CHRISTA MANN

Women's Professional Soccer named midfielder Lori Chalupny Week Seven's WPS Player of the Week after her game-winning goal brought St.

The MLS Quarter Pole: Handicapping the Rookie of the Year race

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As we hit the quarter pole of the MLS season, it is time to take a first look at some of the races for MLS awards. While there is still plenty of soccer to be played, and candidates can still rise and fall, eight games is enough of a sample size to start getting an early idea about serious contenders and the strength of a field.

Mid-Day Musings (Notes on USA-Costa Rica TV info, MLS All-Star Game and more)

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Good afternoon folks. We are making our way through another slow week in the soccer world and while we still have to wait two weeks for that dream United-Barcelona Champions League final, there are still plenty of other matters to discuss in both international and American soccer.

Bradley's Moenchengladbach wins again

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Maybe Michael Bradley won't have to go looking for a new club this summer after all.

The U.S. national team midfielder's club, Borussia Moenchengladbach, scored a 90th-minute game-winner to defeat fellow relegation battlers Energie Cottbus, 1-0, on Wednesday. The victory moved Moenchengladbach three points clear of relegation and one spot up the Bundesliga standings, ahead of VfL Bochum.

Evening Ticker: Man Utd wins, Barcelona romps and Americans Abroad

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Manchester United moved to within a point of repeating as English Premier League champions after another trademark comeback, this time against Wigan.

Carlos Tevez equalized in the second half before Michael Carrick knocked home the game-winning goal. to give Man Utd a 2-1 victory that leaves United a point from the EPL title with two matches to go.

Evening Ticker: Man Utd wins, Barcelona romps and Americans Abroad

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Manchester United moved to within a point of repeating as English Premier League champions after another trademark comeback, this time against Wigan.

Carlos Tevez equalized in the second half before Michael Carrick knocked home the game-winning goal. to give Man Utd a 2-1 victory that leaves United a point from the EPL title with two matches to go.

Bradley's Moenchengladbach wins again

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Maybe Michael Bradley won't have to go looking for a new club this summer after all.

The U.S. national team midfielder's club, Borussia Moenchengladbach, scored a 90th-minute game-winner to defeat fellow relegation battlers Energie Cottbus, 1-0, on Wednesday. The victory moved Moenchengladbach three points clear of relegation and one spot up the Bundesliga standings, ahead of CfL Bochum.

Mid-Day Musings (Notes on USA-Costa Rica TV info, MLS All-Star Game and more)

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Good afternoon folks. We are making our way through another slow week in the soccer world and while we still have to wait two weeks for that dream United-Barcelona Champions League final, there are still plenty of other matters to discuss in both international and American soccer.

The MLS Quarter Pole: Handicapping the Rookie of the Year race

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As we hit the quarter pole of the MLS season, it is time to take a first look at some of the races for MLS awards. While there is still plenty of soccer to be played, and candidates can still rise and fall, eight games is enough of a sample size to start getting an early idea about serious contenders and the strength of a field.

Chalupny named WPS Player of the Week

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By CHRISTA MANN

Women's Professional Soccer named midfielder Lori Chalupny Week Seven's WPS Player of the Week after her game-winning goal brought St.

SBI's Recommended Reading

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By SEAN RUBIO

Welcome to the second week of Recommended Reading's new Tuesday/Friday format. Some reading (and videos) to get you through the rest of the week:

  • Former Gunner Lee Dixon weighs in on what Arsenal needs to do to fill the trophy cabinet next season [TimesOnline]

  • A look at unpaid players, and what to do about it [BBC Sport]

  • Swedish hooligans brawl on airplane [AP]

  • Diego Forlán: The best striker in La Liga?

Evening Ticker: Hill signs with Portuguese club, Reading loses and Sala is sidelined

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Kamani Hill has found a new home.

U.S. U-20 and U-18 teams call up squads for upcoming matches

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The U.S. men's national team is preparing for a busy summer, but the U.S. youth national teams are also busy in the coming weeks.

What lies ahead for Marcus Hahnemann?

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Marcus Hahnemann and Reading take on Burnley today in the second leg of their English League Championship promotion semifinal (2:40pm, Setanta USA), and if Reading cannot overcome a 1-0 first-leg deficit, Hahnemann could wind up missing out on his last chance to return to the English Premier League.

WPS Week 7: A Look Back

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By CHRISTA MANN

In Week Seven of Women's Professional soccer, the two bottom teams earned a first win, the only undefeated club took its first loss, and two of the top-rated finishers played to a scoreless tie.

MLS Week 8: The Best XI, Worst XI and Team of the Week

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There were goals galore in Major League Soccer's Week Eight as we saw four games with four or more goals and a memorable 3-3 shootout between Toronto FC and D.

MLS Philadelphia introduces new name and colors

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Philadelphia soccer fans enjoyed another milestone day on Monday as the 2010 MLS expansion team revealed its nickname and colors at a ceremony at City Hall.

Red Bulls bring in Exantus and Duka to train with first team

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After years of running one of the league's better youth academy programs, the New York Red Bulls may be finally ready to see their program bear fruit.

The New York Post reported today that the Red Bulls have brought in Red Bulls Academy products Johnny Exantus and Dilly Duka to train with the first team, with the possibility existing that the club could sign one or both of the young prospects.

You Write the Caption: The Ballack-Referee Edition

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Good afternoon and welcome to the latest installment of You Write the Caption, the contest where we ask readers to submit their funniest captions to go with the humorous soccer-related photos we find.

Congratulations to SBI reader Blake for winning the last YWTC contest, the Liverpool Lovebirds edition.

Special1TV: The Swedish S1TV, Champions League recap and Wormholes

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In case you missed this weekend's edition of Special 1 TV, you missed a chance to learn some Swedish, some quantum mechanics and some good lines to make any Arsenal fan cringe.

Enjoy:

"For Sale: 57,000 Arsenal flags. Good as New, only waived for seven minutes."

Get me the TANK!

Mexico cuts ties with CONMEBOL after Libertadores mess

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By NESTOR F. SEBASTIAN

A little over a decade ago, CONMEBOL decided to start including Mexican teams in its club tournaments after noticing the caliber of the Mexican soccer league, its national team and the potential revenue it could bring in. The move paved the way for Libertadores to add further competitiveness.

SBI MLS Power Rankings (Week 8)

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The Columbus Crew winning, the Houston Dynamo shutting teams out and Real Salt Lake struggling to win.

D.C. United fans rally in support of a stadium solution

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D.C. United fans rallied on Saturday to express their displeasure with the team's continued struggles to secure a soccer stadium in the D.C. area. The fans, as well as D.C. United officials, came together to let local politicians know that enough was enough.

Here is footage of the event, courtesy of Behind the Badge, D.

DeRo's Blast a Goal of the Week favorite

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Good morning folks. As we get ready to kick off the new week with a fresh assortment of posts, I wanted to get the day started with the best goal of the weekend. It came courtesy of Toronto FC's Dwayne DeRosario, who looked to have a game-winner before a late penalty helped D.C. salvage a tie.

I'm sure Mike Magee's late equalizer will get its share of votes for Goal of the Week, but DeRosario's run and blast is, for my money, the best effort of Week 8.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

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by GIANFRANCO PANIZO

Goals for a pair of national team starters, coupled with a key victory for the team of another starter, made the past weekend a memorable one for Americans Abroad.

With the Coupe de France up for grabs, Carlos Bocanegra gave Rennes a lead this weekend when he got on the end of a free kick from the right side in the 70th minute.

Fire 1, Revs 1: A Look Back

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By SAM STEJSKAL

When the Chicago Fire and the New England Revolution renewed their rivalry Saturday night at Toyota Park, one team kept up a frustrating streak, while the other halted its own disappointing stretch.

When the match finished tied, 1-1, Fire fans had to start feeling like they were going through their own version of Groundhog's Day, as they watched the same scenario of inconsistent play, flashes of attacking skill and costly defensive miscues to record a fifth straight tie.

Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

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Happy Mother's Day everybody. While today is a day to celebrate the mothers, wives, sisters and daughters in our life, it is also a day with a LOT of quality soccer matches to watch. You might have to TIVO some of them as you celebrate the holiday, but chances are you will eventually see some top notch soccer.

MLS Matchday Eight (Your Running Commentary)

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Good evening folks. We've got a full slate of games on tap in MLS tonight as 10 of the league's 15 teams are in action.

Here is a rundown of tonight's schedule of matches:

  • 7pm- Kansas City Wizards at Columbus Crew

  • 7:30pm- Toronto FC at D.

A closer look at MLS referees

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Officiating has been one of the more talked about topics in MLS circles early in the 2009 season as red cards and penalty calls, many of them which have looked questionable, have drawn criticism from fans and media who have tried figuring out why there has been this new trend of calls and cards.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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Good morning folks. As the European season winds to a close the title races in the top leagues have been all but decided. That doesn't mean there aren't still matches worth watching.

Everton-Tottenham, Fulham-Aston Villa and Houston Dynamo-FC Dallas (for the MLS die-hards) are just three of the better match-ups to keep an eye out for.

WPS Week 7: A Look Ahead

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By CHRiSTA MANN

After an extensive review process in Women's Pro Soccer, the league can now shift from analyzing Week Six to opening Week Seven.

Offensive explosion a perfect storm for Red Bulls

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BY DYLAN BUTLER

Desperate for a win and needing to jump start an anemic attack, the New York Red Bulls found the perfect elixir on Friday night -- the woeful San Jose Earthquakes.

Red Bulls vs. Earthquakes (Match Night Commentary)

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Call it Must-Win May for the New York Red Bulls, who begin a four-game home stand tonight against the struggling San Jose Earthquakes.

The Red Bulls are in last place in the Eastern Conference and need three points tonight to snap a three-match winless streak. Let's face it, the Red Bulls need a handful of wins, and need to start that streak tonight.

Obama discusses American Soccer and a USA World Cup

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You have read about U.S. president Barack Obama's support of soccer and for a USA World Cup bid. Now you can see him discussing the beautiful game, as well as a potential USA World Cup, courtesy of Univision (via U.S. Soccer):

What do you think of Obama's comments? Starting to think he's serious about backing a U.

Bocanegra and Edu set for high-profile matches

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by GIANFRANCO PANIZO

While this weekend's slate of games contains several Americans in action, the two most intriguing fixtures involving Americans Abroad come on Saturday when Carlos Bocanegra and Maurice Edu play in what will arguably be the biggest matches of their club careers.

WPS suspends Wambach and Daniels after Daniella incident

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Amidst some serious controversy in the aftermath of a defining moment for Womens Professional Soccer, the league has come to what should be considered a fair and reasonable decision regarding the issue.

With a statement by WPS Commissioner Tonya Antonucci and the suspensions of Abby Wambach and Kia McNeil, the time has come to move on from this unfortunate incident and to get back to playing soccer.

SBI's Recommended Reading

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By SEAN RUBIO

With the European leagues winding down, the majority of today's stories deal with the domestic game, from the message behind wearing your favorite team's jersey in public, to how to US soccer scene will look in 10 years time:

A look at the "soccer jersey" culture in the US [Offside]

Fun With Statistics [Inside MN Soccer]

American Soccer in 2019:Â A Roundtable Discussion [Match Fit USA]

How To Watch Soccer Online [Advantage Played]

Interview with Leeds and South African great Lucas Radebe [USA Today]

Roman (Riquelme's) Empire [The Run Of Play]

What do you think the American soccer landscape will look like in 10 years?

Shakhtar Donetsk and Werder Bremen reach UEFA Cup final

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by GIANFRANCO PANIZO

After an intense pair of second-legs in the semifinals of the UEFA Cup, Shakhtar Donetsk and Werder Bremen booked their places in the tournament's final with a pair of thrilling victories on Thursday.

Shakhtar Donetsk squeaked out a 2-1Â victory over compatriots Dynamo Kiev, advancing 3-2 on aggregate.

MLS Philadelphia's Nickname to be Union

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The MLS Expansion team in Philadelphia finally has a name.

Major League Soccer's 16th team will be named the Philadelphia Union, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported on Friday. Union beat out four other proposed nicknames, including AC Philadelphia and Philadelphia City.

For those who recall, SBI's informal poll on choosing a Philadelphia nickname back in January drew more than 3,800 votes and saw Philadelphia City (30 percent) edge out both AC Philadelphia (27 percent) and Philadelphia Union (26 percent).

FC Barcelona to face LA Galaxy and Seattle Sounders

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American soccer fans on the West Coast will have multiple chances to see FC Barcelona live this summer as the newly-minted UEFA Champions League finalists are set for a three-match road trip to the United States this summer.

MLS Philadelphia's Nickname to be Union

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The MLS Expansion team in Philadelphia finally has a name.

Major League Soccer's 16th team will be named the Philadelphia Union, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported on Friday. Union beat out four other proposed nicknames, including AC Philadelphia and Philadelphia City.

For those who recall, SBI's informal poll on choosing a Philadelphia nickname back in January drew more than 3,800 votes and saw Philadelphia City (30 percent) edge out both AC Philadelphia (27 percent) and Philadelphia Union (26 percent).

FC Barcelona to face LA Galaxy and Seattle Sounders

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American soccer fans on the West Coast will have multiple chances to see FC Barcelona live this summer as the newly-minted UEFA Champions League finalists are set for a three-match road trip to the United States this summer.

SBI's Mid-Day Musings

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Good afternoon all. So it isn't quite "mid-day", well it is in California, but it's time to go over some topics of the day and some of the things that have been going on in the soccer world.

SBI's Mid-Day Musings

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Good afternoon all. So it isn't quite "mid-day", well it is in California, but it's time to go over some topics of the day and some of the things that have been going on in the soccer world.

Copa Libertadores: Round of 16 Preview

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By NESTOR F. SEBASTIAN

The Copa Libertadores Round of 16 phase got underway on Tuesday with an all-Brazilian affair that jumpstarted the home and away legs in all matches for the next two weeks. With the swine flu scare still hovering, both Mexican teams involved in this round could possibly host their ties here in the U.

Copa Libertadores: Round of 16 Preview

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By NESTOR F. SEBASTIAN

The Copa Libertadores Round of 16 phase got underway on Tuesday with an all-Brazilian affair that jumpstarted the home and away legs in all matches for the next two weeks. With the swine flu scare still hovering, both Mexican teams involved in this round could possibly host their ties here in the U.

MLS Rewind: Stoppage time shootout in RSL-LA draw, KC ties DC and TFC downs Whitecaps

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Three stoppage time goals turned what looked to be a 1-0 Real Salt Lake victory into a 2-2 tie as the Los Angeles Galaxy scored both goals in extra time to stay unbeaten on the road.

WPS faces first controversy with Wambach-Daniela tackle

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By CHRISTA MANN

For a league that is just over six weeks into its inaugural season, Womens Professional Soccer now faces its first big controversy.

SBI MLS Fantasy Corner

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By CASEY CANNON

Hello and Welcome to the Soccer by Ives Fantasy Corner – now with free shipping and handling!

Mid-Day Musings (On the Galaxy, the Red Bulls, Wambach's tackle and Crew Stadium shenanigans)

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It is Wednesday afternoon on an extremely slow news day in the soccer world (well, except for that big game in London in a few hours) and I'm trying to come up with topics as I await some interviews here at the New York Red Bulls practice facility.

This post is a bit more blog-ish than the standard SBI news fare, which may become a new trend as we move forward.

UEFA Champions League: Chelsea vs. Barcelona (Live Commentary)

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With Manchester United already in the final, we will find out today whether the defending UEFA Champions League titleholders will face FC Barcelona in a dream final, or face Chelsea in a rematch of last year's final.

Chelsea and Barcelona square off today at Stamford Bridge in the second leg of their semifinal series.

Hejduk returns from injury in Crew exhibition win

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by GIANFRANCO PANIZO

After more than a month of inactivity due to a hamstring strain, Frankie Hejduk returned to action as the Columbus Crew defeated Ohio State in the eighth annual Connor Senn Memorial Game, 3-1.

MLS Matchday Eight (Mid-week Edition)

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Good evening all. The new MLS week starts early this time around with a pair of Wednesday night tilts to get things going.

D.C. United is on the road taking on Kansas City tonight (8:30pm kickoff), while the Los Angeles Galaxy look to keep its unbeaten record on the road in tact with a trip to Rio Tinto Stadium to take on Real Salt Lake (9pm).

Iniesta's Miracle Strike

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After more than 180 minutes without a goal in its Champions League semifinal series, FC Barcelona looked in danger of having its dream season ruined at the hands of Chelsea.

MLS Rewind: Stoppage time shootout in RSL-LA draw, KC ties DC and TFC downs Whitecaps

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Three stoppage time goals turned what looked to be a 1-0 Real Salt Lake victory into a 2-2 tie as the Los Angeles Galaxy scored both goals in extra time to stay unbeaten on the road.

Iniesta's Miracle Strike

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After more than 180 minutes of scoreless soccer, FC Barcelona looked in danger of having its dream season ruined at the hands of Chelsea.

MLS Matchday Eight (Mid-week Edition)

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Good evening all. The new MLS week starts early this time around with a pair of Wednesday night tilts to get things going.

D.C. United is on the road taking on Kansas City tonight (8:30pm kickoff), while the Los Angeles Galaxy look to keep its unbeaten record on the road in tact with a trip to Rio Tinto Stadium to take on Real Salt Lake (9pm).

Hejduk returns from injury in Crew exhibition win

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by GIANFRANCO PANIZO

After more than a month of inactivity due to a hamstring strain, Frankie Hejduk returned to action as the Columbus Crew defeated Ohio State in the eighth annual Connor Senn Memorial Game, 3-1.

UEFA Champions League: Chelsea vs. Barcelona (Live Commentary)

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With Manchester United already in the final, we will find out today whether the defending UEFA Champions League titleholders will face FC Barcelona in a dream final, or face Chelsea in a rematch of last year's final.

Chelsea and Barcelona square off today at Stamford Bridge in the second leg of their semifinal series.

Mid-Day Musings (On the Galaxy, the Red Bulls, Wambach's tackle and Crew Stadium shenanigans)

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It is Wednesday afternoon on an extremely slow news day in the soccer world (well, except for that big game in London in a few hours) and I'm trying to come up with topics as I await some interviews here at the New York Red Bulls practice facility.

This post is a bit more blog-ish than the standard SBI news fare, which may become a new trend as we move forward.

SBI MLS Fantasy Corner

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By CASEY CANNON

Hello and Welcome to the Soccer by Ives Fantasy Corner – now with free shipping and handling!

WPS faces first controversy with Wambach-Daniela tackle

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By CHRISTA MANN

For a league that is just over six weeks into its inaugural season, Womens Professional Soccer now faces its first big controversy.

SBI's Recommended Reading

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By SEAN RUBIO

With a few days to catch up, Recommeded Reading comes to you chock full of stories, including entries related to Argentina, Mexico, the former Soviet republics, Greece, and more:

The Special One's "special" goal and celebration [The Beautiful Game]

Mexican player suspended for coughing at another player [New York Post]

Football Manager 2010 Wish List [Soccerlens]

Kansas City Wizards fan immortalized on Special1TV [Hillcrest Road]

Roundup of soccer leagues in the former Soviet republics [FourFourtwo]

Video highlights from a wild contest in the Greek Cup Final [Objectivo]

Brazilian cup celebration goes up in flames [Reuters] [Video]

An interview with Peppe Pinton - the current owner of the Cosmos brand [This Is American Soccer]

Ariel Ortega: The Anti-Messi [Mad About Futbol]

A look at youth soccer coaches and in-match communication techniques [Evansville Courier & Press]

Blind EPL fans find solace in commentating geared towards them [OleOle]

Why U.

SBI's Recommended Reading

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By SEAN RUBIO

With a few days to catch up, Recommeded Reading comes to you chock full of stories, including entries related to Argentina, Mexico, the former Soviet republics, Greece, and more:

The Special One's "special" goal and celebration [The Beautiful Game]

Mexican player suspended for coughing at another player [New York Post]

Football Manager 2010 Wish List [Soccerlens]

Kansas City Wizards fan immortalized on Special1TV [Hillcrest Road]

Roundup of soccer leagues in the former Soviet republics [FourFourtwo]

Video highlights from a wild contest in the Greek Cup Final [Objectivo]

Brazilian cup celebration goes up in flames [Reuters] [Video]

An interview with Peppe Pinton - the current owner of the Cosmos brand [This Is American Soccer]

Ariel Ortega: The Anti-Messi [Mad About Futbol]

A look at youth soccer coaches and in-match communication techniques [Evansville Courier & Press]

Blind EPL fans find solace in commentating geared towards them [OleOle]

Why U.

SBI MLS Power Rankings (Week 7)

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Don't look now, but here comes the Houston Dynamo.

Okay, so beating an injury-riddled New England team isn't the ultimate proof that Dom Kinnear's squad is back in business, but two straight wins and three straight shutouts should have fans in Houston excited that maybe, just maybe, the Dynamo is ready to rise and be a power in the West again.

Your Questions Answered (Part 1 of 4)

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Welcome to the latest installment of Your Questions Answered. If you are stunned to see answers to the last Q&A coming about two weeks earlier than you would have expected, shame on you. Of course, the next batch of answers will probably come in September.

This set of answers will cover topics ranging from the U.

UEFA Champions League: Barcelona vs. Chelsea (Who will win?)

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The unstoppable force vs. the immovable object.

That might be the bets way to describe the Barcelona-Chelsea UEFA Champions League semifinal series.

UEFA Champions League: Manchester United vs. Arsenal (Who will win?)

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Defending UEFA Champions League champion Manchester United stands one game away from getting a chance to repeat, but standing in the Red Devil's way is an Arsenal side that has enjoyed a strong run of form in recent weeks.

That run of form wasn't on display in the first leg though as Man Utd dominated possession and created countless chances in last week's 1-0 victory.

WPS Week 6: A Look Back

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By CHRISTA MANN

In this sixth week of Womens Professional soccer, teams could not have made it without their internationals.

Moreno named MLS Player of the Week

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Just when you think Jaime Moreno is slowing down, he steps up and delivers a performance like the one on Saturday.

SBI Reader Roll Call (2009 edition)

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(Attention SBI Readers, this is a re-posting of a Reader Roll Call we started back in March. We are looking to fill out the group sample size for our demographic breakdown of the SBI Mafia. If you already included your information back in March, you don't have to do so again. If you missed the Roll Call in March, please continue reading.

MLS Notes: Morales suspended, Rimando sidelined and Leitch suffers concussion

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What a difference a week makes.

Last week, Javier Morales spent his Monday being honored as MLS player of the week for his performance in Real Salt Lake's 6-0 destruction of New England.

MLS Week 7: The Best XI, Worst XI and Team of the Week

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When the 2009 MLS season got underway, things weren't going so hot for former MLS Cup champions D.C. United and the Houston Dynamo.

UEFA Champions League: Manchester United vs. Arsenal (Live Commentary)

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Manchester United is one step away from returning to the Champions League Final, and the Red Devils will have to dispose of Arsenal today in order to get there.

The Gunners play host to Manchester United today in the second leg of their UEFA Champions semifinal series. United enters with a 1-0 advantage from the first leg, and will be most people's pick to progress.

UEFA Champions League: Manchester United vs. Arsenal (Live Commentary)

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Manchester United is one step away from returning to the Champions League Final, and the Red Devils will have to dispose of Arsenal today in order to get there.

The Gunners play host to Manchester United today in the second leg of their UEFA Champions semifinal series. United enters with a 1-0 advantage from the first leg, and will be most people's pick to progress.

MLS Week 7: The Best XI, Worst XI and Team of the Week

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When the 2009 MLS season got underway, things weren't going so hot for former MLS Cup champions D.C. United and the Houston Dynamo.

MLS Notes: Morales suspended, Rimando sidelined and Leitch suffers concussion

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What a difference a week makes.

Last week, Javier Morales spent his Monday being honored as MLS player of the week for his performance in Real Salt Lake's 6-0 destruction of New England.

SBI Reader Roll Call (2009 edition)

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(Attention SBI Readers, this is a re-posting of a Reader Roll Call we started back in March. We are looking to fill out the group sample size for our demographic breakdown of the SBI Mafia. If you already included your information back in March, you don't have to do so again. If you missed the Roll Call in March, please continue reading.

Moreno named MLS Player of the Week

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Just when you think Jaime Moreno is slowing down, he steps up and delivers a performance like the one on Saturday.

WPS Week 6: A Look Back

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By CHRISTA MANN

In this sixth week of Womens Professional soccer, teams could not have made it without their internationals.

UEFA Champions League: Manchester United vs. Arsenal (Who will win?)

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Defending UEFA Champions League champion Manchester United stands one game away from getting a chance to repeat, but standing in the Red Devil's way is an Arsenal side that has enjoyed a strong run of form in recent weeks.

That run of form wasn't on display in the first leg though as Man Utd dominated possession and created countless chances in last week's 1-0 victory.

UEFA Champions League: Barcelona vs. Chelsea (Who will win?)

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The unstoppable force vs. the immovable object.

That might be the bets way to describe the Barcelona-Chelsea UEFA Champions League semifinal series.

Your Questions Answered (Part 1 of 4)

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Welcome to the latest installment of Your Questions Answered. If you are stunned to see questions to the last Q&A coming about two weeks earlier than you would have expected, shame on you. Of course, the next batch of answers will probably come in September.

This set of answers will cover topics ranging from the U.

SBI MLS Power Rankings (Week 7)

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Don't look now, but here comes the Houston Dynamo.

Okay, so beating an injury-riddled New England team isn't the ultimate proof that Dom Kinnear's squad is back in business, but two straight wins and three straight shutouts should have fans in Houston excited that maybe, just maybe, the Dynamo is ready to rise and be a power in the West again.

MMCB: The improbable case of Anton Peterlin

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You know the script all too well. American soccer player with foreign roots gets a chance of a lifetime and signs with a big English club. It is the basic premise behind the movie "Goal", but it is also the story of California native Anton Peterlin.

A defensive midfielder at Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo last fall, Peterlin scored a dream opportunity to train with English club Everton this spring and made the most of it, impressing Everton manager David Moyes enough to earn a contract offer he will sign this summer.

A look back at Barcelona's 6-2 mauling of Real Madrid

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Maybe you don't have GolTV, or maybe you just had other things to do on Saturday. Whatever the reason, if you missed Barcelona's 6-2 thrashing of Real Madrid you missed a performance for the ages.

No, Barcelona blowing an opponent out is nothing new, but doing it to Real Madrid at the Bernabeu with the La Liga title basically on the line makes the six-pack that much more impressive.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

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by GIANFRANCO PANIZO

Michael Orozco scored the lone goal of the Americans Abroad contingent this weekend when he netted in San Luis' 3-1 loss to Santos.

A look back at Barcelona's 6-2 mauling of Real Madrid

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Maybe you don't have GolTV, or maybe you just had other things to do on Saturday. Whatever the reason, if you missed Barcelona's 6-2 thrashing of Real Madrid you missed a performance for the ages.

No, Barcelona blowing an opponent out is nothing new, but doing it to Real Madrid at the Bernabeu with the La Liga title basically on the line makes the six-pack that much more impressive.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

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by GIANFRANCO PANIZO

Michael Orozco scored the lone goal of the Americans Abroad contingent this weekend when he netted in San Luis' 3-1 loss to Santos.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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As we enter May we are winding down the number of weekends full of quality league soccer action. This weekend isn't skimping on the great games and today has a loaded slate of games to get you through the day.

With 'El Clasico', between Real Madrid and Barcelona, looming, the day has been kicked off by the English clubs, including Clint Dempsey's Fulham, which takes on Chelsea in an all-London affair.

MLS Matchday Seven

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Week seven of the MLS season is set to kick off and two unlikely first-place teams look to hold on to their top spots.

Toronto FC has posted two straight shutout victories to move into first place in the East and now has a chance to bury defending MLS champions Columbus even further in the East basement when the team's meet today.

Seattle Sounders at Chicago Fire: Match Night Commentary

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The MLS match of the weekend kicks off tonight at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Illinois, where the Chicago Fire play host to the Seattle Sounders.

The Sounders will be looking to win their first game on grass this year, having lost their only other match on grass to Chivas USA. The Fire comes in unbeaten, but has been dropping points by settling for ties in matches it has been favored in.

Red Bulls at Galaxy: Match Night Commentary

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The New York Red Bulls are at Home Depot Center tonight to take on the Los Angeles Galaxy in a battle of struggling teams.

The Red Bulls enter the match with just one win, while the Galaxy is still looking for its first win of the season. Three points is crucial for both teams, with a draw not likely to easy early-season fears.

Fire settle for draw vs. ten-man Sounders

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Despite a straight red card putting them a man up for the second week in a row, the Chicago Fire were unable to walk away from Toyota Park with a victory, tying the Seattle Sounders 1-1 Saturday night.

Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

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It is a light day on the TV soccer front, with a small but varied selection of matches to watch.

Whether you are interested in seeing the future stars of the sport in the South American Under-17 championships, or you want to watch the women's game in WPS action, there is a little something for everybody.

Special 1 TV: Sven eyes TFC job, Lampard speaks and a swine flu scare

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MLS fans already love Special 1 TV, but they'll be extra happy with this week's episode as MLS gets some recognition in a week when UEFA Champions League got most of the headlines.

Any time you can see Sven in a costume or two it is probably a good week on Special 1 TV, and this week is no different.

Special 1 TV: Sven eyes TFC job, Lampard speaks and a swine flu scare

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MLS fans already love Special 1 TV, but they'll be extra happy with this week's episode as MLS gets some recognition in a week when UEFA Champions League got most of the headlines.

Any time you can see Sven in a costume or two it is probably a good week on Special 1 TV, and this week is no different.

Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

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It is a light day on the TV soccer front, with a small but varied selection of matches to watch.

Whether you are interested in seeing the future stars of the sport in the South American Under-17 championships, or you want to watch the women's game in WPS action, there is a little something for everybody.

Fire settle for draw vs. ten-man Sounders

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by SAM STEJSKAL

Despite a straight red card putting them a man up for the second week in a row, the Chicago Fire were unable to walk away from Toyota Park with a victory, tying the Seattle Sounders 1-1 Saturday night.

The Sounders, who went down a man in the 48th minute after a Fredy Montero red card, showed tremendous resolve in earning a point, equalizing Marco Pappa's 68th minute goal with one of their own in the 74th.

Red Bulls at Galaxy: Match Night Commentary

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Live Commentary for tonight's match is coming shortly. Feel free to share your pre-game thoughts below.


Seattle Sounders at Chicago Fire: Match Night Commentary

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The MLS match of the weekend kicks off tonight at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Illinois, where the Chicago Fire play host to the Seattle Sounders.

The Sounders will be looking to win their first game on grass this year, having lost their only other match on grass to Chivas USA. The Fire comes in unbeaten, but has been dropping points by settling for ties in matches it has been favored in.

MLS Matchday Seven

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Kudos to the MLS expansion class of 2007, which takes up first place in both conferences heading into this week seven of action.

Toronto FC has posted two straight shutout victories to move into first place in the East and now has a chance to bury defending MLS champions Columbus even further in the East basement when the team's meet today.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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As we enter May we are winding down the number of weekends full of quality league soccer action. This weekend isn't skimping on the great games and today has a loaded slate of games to get you through the day.

With 'El Clasico', between Real Madrid and Barcelona, looming, the day has been kicked off by the English clubs, including Clint Dempsey's Fulham, which takes on Chelsea in an all-London affair.

Morning Ticker: Mexican clubs shunned, Tevez wants to leave Man Utd and Hamburg wins UEFA Cup semi

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For Mexican clubs San Luis and Chivas de Guadalajara, reaching the knockout rounds of Copa Libertadores should have been reason to celebrate. It has instead become a cause for controversy.

The Swine Flu epidemic has led CONMEBOL to force both San Luis and Chivas to consider alternative options for holding its home legs of the Copa Libertadores outside of Mexico.

Copa Libertadores: Round of 16 is set

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By NESTOR F. SEBASTIAN

The Copa Libertadores group stages ended last night with little surprise as Boca Juniors and Cuenca completed their schedules and advanced as the last two teams to complete the Round of 16 matchups, which will involve all of Brazil's five representatives, leaving little doubt on how strong of a league that country boasts.

This weekend's Soccer on TV

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It is the match La Liga fans have been waiting months for.

Real Madrid takes on Barcelona on Saturday in the weekend's marquee match-up and the game that will determine whether Real Madrid has any legitimate chance to catch Barcelona atop the Spanish First Division standings.

WPS: Week Six Preview

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By CHRISTA MANN

As some key internationals return to the league, a renewed confidence from restored starting line-ups will settle the worries of last week's struggling teams.

SBI MLS Fantasy Corner (Week 7)

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By CASEY CANNON

Hello and Welcome to the Soccer by Ives Fantasy Corner – now with more frequent flyer miles! Every week I dig through statistics, news, and rumors to provide the reader with the kind of fantasy advice that only the best referee in the United States can provide.

Red Bulls notes: Celades, Galaxy and D.C. United rematch

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BY DYLAN BUTLER

New York Red Bulls coach Juan Carlos Osorio addressed a number of topics in a conference call with beat writers ahead of tomorrow night's match against the Los Angeles Galaxy at the Home Depot Center.

On the injury front, Osorio said Carlos Mendes (shoulder), Seth Stammler (knee) and Albert Celades (hamstring) are progressing well and each will be in contention on Saturday.

SBI's Recommended Reading

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By SEAN RUBIO

A light day today as we prepare for a weekend full of matches across the world. More poor refereeing (this time in Africa), a critical look at MLS youth development, a review of what was at one time a "Cinderella story" and more. Enjoy:

Phil Schoen takes a look at MLS youth development, and doesn't like what he sees [GolTV]

Almunia For England?

U.S. Soccer suspends Marrufo two matches for Jersey-Gate

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U.S. Soccer has suspended referee Jair Marrufo for two matches for receiving a jersey from Chicago Fire player Cuauhtemoc Blanco after last week's Chicago Fire-Columbus Crew match.

US Soccer suspends Marrufo two weeks for Jersey-Gate

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U.S. Soccer has suspended referee Jair Marrufo for two matches for receiving a jersey from Chicago Fire player Cuauhtemoc Blanco after last week's Chicago Fire-Columbus Crew match.

"The initial step in dealing with the situation was to remove Jair Maruffo from his assignment for this weekend," US Soccer spokesman Neil Buethe told SBI.

SBI's Recommended Reading

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By SEAN RUBIO

A light day today as we prepare for a weekend full of matches across the world. More poor refereeing (this time in Africa), a critical look at MLS youth development, a review of what was at one time a "Cinderella story" and more. Enjoy:

Phil Schoen takes a look at MLS youth development, and doesn't like what he sees [GolTV]

Almunia For England?

Red Bulls notes: Celades, Galaxy and D.C. United rematch

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BY DYLAN BUTLER

New York Red Bulls coach Juan Carlos Osorio addressed a number of topics in a conference call with beat writers ahead of tomorrow night's match against the Los Angeles Galaxy at the Home Depot Center.

On the injury front, Osorio said Carlos Mendes (shoulder), Seth Stammler (knee) and Albert Celades (hamstring) are progressing well and each will be in contention on Saturday.

SBI MLS Fantasy Corner (Week 7)

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Hello and Welcome to the Soccer by Ives Fantasy Corner – now with more frequent flyer miles! Every week I dig through statistics, news, and rumors to provide the reader with the kind of fantasy advice that only the best referee in the United States can provide. I am writing this well before the official injury reports come out, so don't be grumpy if I tell you to pick a hurt player.

WPS: Week Six Preview

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By CHRISTA MANN

As some key internationals return to the league, a renewed confidence from restored starting line-ups will settle the worries of last week's struggling teams.

This weekend's Soccer on TV

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It is the match La Liga fans have been waiting months for.

Real Madrid takes on Barcelona on Saturday in the weekend's marquee match-up and the game that will determine whether Real Madrid has any legitimate chance to catch Barcelona atop the Spanish First Division standings.

Copa Libertadores: Round of 16 is set

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By NESTOR F. SEBASTIAN

The Copa Libertadores group stages ended last night with little surprise as Boca Juniors and Cuenca completed their schedules and advanced as the last two teams to complete the Round of 16 matchups, which will involve all of Brazil's five representatives, leaving little doubt on how strong of a league that country boasts.

Morning Ticker: Mexican clubs shunned, Tevez wants to leave Man Utd and Hamburg wins UEFA Cup semi

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For Mexican clubs San Luis and Chivas de Guadalajara, reaching the knockout rounds of Copa Libertadores should have been reason to celebrate. It has instead become a cause for controversy.

The Swine Flu epidemic has led CONMEBOL to force both San Luis and Chivas to consider alternative options for holding its home legs of the Copa Libertadores outside of Mexico.