Soccer By Ives Archives for January 2009

Torres looking forward to downtime

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Jose Francisco Torres did not see a minute of playing time for the U.S. national team in the Confederations Cup, but that hasn't stopped him from looking forward to a vacation.

In an interview with yanks-abroad.com, the Pachuca midfielder stated that he wants to play in the Gold Cup (which starts July 3) but that his body is in need of rest after a year and a half of activity, which included the FIFA Club World Cup, Pachuca's Clausura season and World Cup qualifiers.

Torres looking forward to downtime

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Jose Francisco Torres did not see a minute of playing time for the U.S. national team in the Confederations Cup, but that hasn't stopped him from looking forward to a vacation.

In an interview with yanks-abroad.com, the Pachuca midfielder stated that he wants to play in the Gold Cup (which starts July 3) but that his body is in need of rest after a year and a half of activity, which included the FIFA Club World Cup, Pachuca's Clausura season and World Cup qualifiers.

Transfer Ticker: Benzema given the green light, Maicon saga continues and more

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by GIANFRANCO PANIZO

Karim Benzema is free to go.

Okay, well not "free" but the Lyon striker has been given the green light to join any of the big clubs reportedly interested in his services.

Lyon coach Claude Puel told the team's website that if Benzema wishes to leave then he will be allowed to do so as long one of the interested clubs meets the transfer fee, reportedly around £34 million ($56.

French club makes bid for Soumare

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With the summer transfer window fast approaching, several MLS players are expected to be the subject of transfer offers in the coming weeks.

An in-depth look at the Beckham-MLS experiment

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If you ever wondered what David Beckham's arrival in Major League Soccer, and his impact on the Los Angeles Galaxy, was really like, wonder no more.

SBI MLS Power Rankings (Week 15)

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Just when you think the Los Angeles Galaxy can be counted out, Bruce Arena's team finds a way to win.

Okay, so maybe the Galaxy still just have three wins all season, but beating Houston without Landon Donovan has to go down as the best accomplishment of the weekend.

It was a limited weekend on the MLS front, with several teams on byes (or in SuperLiga).

Confederations Cup Top 10 Goals

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Admit it, you miss the Confederations Cup. You miss having international matches every day and the World Cup-like feel the tournament gave the month of June.

We can't bring the tournament back, but we can take a look back at some of the more memorable moments, such as the tournament's top goals.

Confederations Cup Final: USA vs. Brazil (Matchday Commentary)

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The U.S. men's national team takes on Brazil in the Confederations Cup final today (2pm, ESPN), the first international tournament final in the history of the U.S. team.

The Americans will be looking to exact some revenge on the Brazilian, who handed them a 3-0 loss in group play.

Confederations Cup: Brazil fights back from two goals down to stop USA

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The U.S. national team played as good a first half as anybody could have imagined against Brazil on Sunday.

A look ahead to the rest of the USMNT's summer

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With the Confederations Cup in the rearview mirror now, we can start to look ahead to the rest of the summer for the U.

Brazil 3, USA 2: A Look Back

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The U.S. national team had Brazil on the mat, but the five-time world championship reminded us why its trophy case is full.

One American's Confederations Cup experience in Brazil

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While most U.S. national team fans were watching Sunday's Confederations Cup final between the United States and Brazil at sports bars or in their own homes, there were a few American soccer fans who had the chance to take in the U.

European clubs eyeing Clark and Davies

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by GIANFRANCO PANIZO

When the U.S. national team closed out its historic run in the Confederations Cup on Sunday, one got the sense that it would only be a matter of time before European suitors came calling for some of the team's key contributors.

Red Bulls sign Bouna Coundoul, waive Conway

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The New York Red Bulls have completed the signing of goalkeeper Bouna Coundoul to a contract through 2012, sources confirmed to SBI on Monday.

Mid-Day Musings (Cervi receives passport, Confed Cup thoughts and more)

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As the American Soccer landscape takes a bit of a breather after Confederations Cup and before the CONCACAF Gold Cup, there is plenty to discuss. Here are some news items, topics and tidbits to go over as we get through Monday.

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So who is the first American to complete a move to Europe this summer?

Report: Edgar Castillo "would play for the United States"

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Edgar Castillo has apparently changed his mind.

Two years after saying he wouldn't play for the United States even if called, the American-born defender is open to the idea of playing for the U.

Sounders-Timbers headlines U.S. Open Cup Third Round

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By SEAN RUBIO

One of the biggest rivalries in American soccer will be rekindled as long-time foes Portland Timbers and Seattle Sounders FC highlight the third round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.

The Pacific Northwest clash headlines a third round filled with intriguing match-ups.

Sounders-Timbers headlines U.S. Open Cup Third Round

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By SEAN RUBIO

One of the biggest rivalries in American soccer will be rekindled as long-time foes Portland Timbers and Seattle Sounders FC highlight the third round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.

The Pacific Northwest clash headlines a third round filled with intriguing match-ups.

Mid-Day Musings (Cervi receives passport, Confed Cup thoughts and more)

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As the American Soccer landscape takes a bit of a breather after Confederations Cup and before the CONCACAF Gold Cup, there is plenty to discuss. Here are some news items, topics and tidbits to go over as we get through Monday.

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So who is the first American to complete a move to Europe this summer?

Report: Castillo ready to play for the USA

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Edgar Castillo has apparently changed his mind.

Two years after saying he wouldn't play for the United States even if called, the American-born defender is ready to play for the U.

Red Bulls sign Bouna Coundoul, waive Conway

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The New York Red Bulls have completed the signing of Bouna Coundoul. To make room for Coundoul, the Red Bulls have parted ways with Jon Conway.

The Red Bulls acquired the rights to Coundoul from the Colorado Rapids for an undisclosed allocation fee.

More info to come.



European clubs eyeing Clark and Davies

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by GIANFRANCO PANIZO

When the U.S. national team closed out its historic run in the Confederations Cup on Sunday, one got the sense that it would only be a matter of time before European suitors came calling for some of the team's key contributors.

One American's Confederations Cup experience in Brazil

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While most U.S. national team fans were watching Sunday's Confederations Cup final between the United States and Brazil at sports bars or in their own homes, there were a few American soccer fans who had the chance to take in the U.

Brazil 3, USA 2: A Look Back

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The U.S. national team had Brazil on the mat, but the five-time world championship reminded us why its trophy case is full.

A look ahead to the rest of the USMNT's summer

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With the Confederations Cup in the rearview mirror now, we can start to look ahead to the rest of the summer for the U.

Confederations Cup: Brazil fights back from two goals down to stop USA

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The U.S. national team played as good a first half as anybody could have imagined against Brazil on Sunday.

Confederations Cup Final: USA vs. Brazil (Matchday Commentary)

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The U.S. men's national team takes on Brazil in the Confederations Cup final today (2pm, ESPN), the first international tournament final in the history of the U.S. team.

The Americans will be looking to exact some revenge on the Brazilian, who handed them a 3-0 loss in group play.

Confederations Cup: Feilhaber could play in another final

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by GIANFRANCO PANIZO

When the U.S. national team plays Brazil on Sunday in the Confederations Cup final, there will likely be twelve Brazilians on the field when the game kicks off.

MLS Matchday 15: Your Running Commentary

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It is a light night in Major League Soccer, with just two matches on the slate. The New York Red Bulls travel to Columbus, where they hope to end their nightmare winless run, while Toronto FC tries to keep its own hot streak going in Utah against Real Salt Lake.

I won't be running the usual live commentary on the Red Bulls match (family commitments) but everyone is welcome to share their own thoughts, opinions and some play-by-play in the comments section below.

MLS Matchday 15: Your Running Commentary

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It is a light night in Major League Soccer, with just two matches on the slate. The New York Red Bulls travel to Columbus, where they hope to end their nightmare winless run, while Toronto FC tries to keep its own hot streak going in Utah against Real Salt Lake.

I won't be running the usual live commentary on the Red Bulls match (family commitments) but everyone is welcome to share their own thoughts, opinions and some play-by-play in the comments section below.

Confederations Cup: Feilhaber could play in another final

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by GIANFRANCO PANIZO

When the U.S. national team plays Brazil on Sunday in the Confederations Cup final, there will likely be twelve Brazilians on the field when the game kicks off.

Remembering the last time USA was in a tournament final

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If you are excited about the prospect of the U.S. national team facing off against Brazil in the final of an international tournament, it's okay. You are not alone.

As much as some want to minimize the importance of the Confederations Cup, the quality of the competition and strength of the rosters makes this more than just a glorified set of friendlies.

WPS Week 14: A Look Ahead

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By CHRISTA MANN

Week 14 in Women's Pro Soccer featured two Wednesday match-ups and will continue with one game on Saturday and another on Sunday.

Catching up with SuperLiga

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Lost in the shadow of the Confederations Cup (at least on SBI) has been the third-annual SuperLiga Tournament. We have largely ignored the MLS vs. Mexico competition and while we've been asleep at the wheel some MLS teams have had good showings vs. their neighbors to the south, with MLS holding a 2-1-1 record against the Mexican clubs.

Where will you be watching USA vs. Brazil?

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After a bumpy start to their Confederations Cup campaign, the U.S. men's national team has reached the tournament's final after two unlikely results, including a 2-0 blanking over #1 ranked Spain. The U.S. will play Brazil on Sunday (2:30 pm ET, ESPN) and are one more surprising victory away from lifting the cup.

Where will you be watching USA vs. Brazil?

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After a bumpy start to their Confederations Cup campaign, the U.S. men's national team has reached the tournament's final after two unlikely results, including a 2-0 blanking over #1 ranked Spain. The U.S. will play Brazil on Sunday (2:30 pm ET, ESPN) and are one more surprising victory away from lifting the cup.

WPS Week 14: A Look Ahead

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By CHRISTA MANN

Week 14 in Women's Pro Soccer featured two Wednesday match-ups and will continue with one game on Saturday and another on Sunday.

Catching up with SuperLiga

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Lost in the shadow of the Confederations Cup (at least on SBI) has been the third-annual SuperLiga Tournament. We have largely ignored the MLS vs. Mexico competition and while we've been asleep at the wheel some MLS teams have had good showings vs. their neighbors to the south, with MLS holding a 2-1-1 record against the Mexican clubs.

Remembering the last time USA was in a tournament final

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If you are excited about the prospect of the U.S. national team facing off against Brazil in the final of an international tournament, it's okay. You are not alone.

As much as some want to minimize the importance of the Confederations Cup, the quality of the competition and strength of the rosters makes this more than just a glorified set of friendlies.

MLS Matchday 15 (A Look Ahead)

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The U.S. national team's dream run to the Confederations Cup final on Sunday is getting all the headlines these days, but there is still Major League Soccer action going on and there are still important games being contested.

It isn't a full slate of games, but the four MLS matches being contested this weekend are still key to the playoff races in both conferences.

Red Bulls part ways with Pietravallo (other moves looming)

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New York Red Bulls fans haven't had much to cheer about during the team's horrendous 2009 season, but they are about to finally get at least some good news.

Argentine midfielder Juan Pietravallo has left the team and has parted ways with the Red Bulls after reaching an agreement to terminate the remainder of his guaranteed $205,000 contract, sources told SBI on Friday.

Jermaine Jones sidelined with hairline leg fracture

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If you were hoping to see Jermaine Jones suiting up for the U.S. national team some time soon, you will have to wait a while longer.

The Schalke 04 midfielder and aspiring U.S. national team player has been diagnosed with a hairline fracture in his left leg after undergoing a scan to find the source of some lingering pain.

Jermaine Jones sidelined with hairline leg fracture

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If you were hoping to see Jermaine Jones suiting up for the U.S. national team some time soon, you will have to wait a while longer.

The Schalke 04 midfielder and aspiring U.S. national team player has been diagnosed with a hairline fracture in his left leg after undergoing a scan to find the source of some lingering pain.

Red Bulls part ways with Pietravallo (other moves looming)

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New York Red Bulls fans haven't had much to cheer about during the team's horrendous 2009 season, but they are about to finally get at least some good news.

Argentine midfielder Juan Pietravallo has left the team and has parted ways with the Red Bulls after reaching an agreement to terminate the remainder of his guaranteed $205,000 contract, sources told SBI on Friday.

MLS Matchday 15 (A Look Ahead)

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The U.S. national team's dream run to the Confederations Cup final on Sunday is getting all the headlines these days, but there is still Major League Soccer action going on and there are still important games being contested.

It isn't a full slate of games, but the four MLS matches being contested this weekend are still key to the playoff races in both conferences.

Who should start for the USA vs. Brazil?

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U.S. men's national team head coach Bob Bradley has had some tough decisions to make regarding his starting lineup during the Confederations Cup, but his decisions heading into Sunday's final can be boiled down to one.

USA 2, Spain 0: The highlights

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After yesterday's remarkable victory by the United States over Spain, we here at SBI were waiting for the right highlight video to post to capture the magnitude of the victory. Thanks to SBI Mafia member Arkjayback, we have one that does a very good job.

We're sure the video folks at U.S. Soccer will put together a longer video at some point, but for now, please enjoy this one:

Is that perfect music or what?

USA 2, Spain 0: A look back

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It is amazing what can be done when a team plays with no fear and a perfect game plan.

The U.S. national team showed no fear in facing the seemingly unbeatable Spanish national team on Wednesday.

U.S. Gold Cup Roster Announced (A closer look)

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While the Confederations Cup still has one more game to play, the U.S. national team will begin play in the CONCACAF Gold Cup very soon. Now we know who will be on that roster.

Charlie Davies, Freddy Adu, Kenny Cooper, Steve Cherundolo and Jimmy Conrad are five of the players chosen for the U.

Mid-Day Musings (More thoughts on USA-Spain, MLS All-Star Game and the Showdown in Chinatown)

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Plenty to discuss in the world of soccer on the day after the Miracle in South Africa so let's get started:

Know how many fouls Michael Bradley, Jay DeMerit, Oguchi Onyewu and Ricardo Clark combined for against Spain?

Transfer Ticker: Milan rejects hefty Pato offer, Tevez favoring City move and more

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AC Milan has rejected a hefty offer from an unidentified English club for striker Alexandre Pato.

Pato raised doubts about his future weeks ago with comments about possibly leaving the club, but Milan appears determined to keep the Brazilian forward as the club has turned down a huge offer from an English Premier League team.

Confederations Cup: Brazil vs. South Africa (Matchday Commentary)

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With one semifinal match already in the books, South Africa and Brazil will battle it out at Ellis Park in the second semifinal match (2:25pm, ESPN) of the Confederations Cup. The prize for the winner? A date with with the United States in the final on Sunday.

The hosts will look to repeat the United States' shocking result over a heavyweight with their own surpising result over the Selecao, while Brazil will look to build on their 3-0 triumph over Italy.

Cast your vote for the USA's win vs. Spain

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The U.S. national team's stunning upset of Spain is easily one of the biggest upsets in national team history, now it is your chance to vote it as the biggest upset in American sports this year.

Brazil 1, South Africa 0: The game-winning goal

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South Africa fought hard and pushed Brazil to the brink in Thursday's Confederation's Cup semifinals, but ultimately a questionable free kick call and a brilliant shot by Barcelona's Dani Alves kept South Africa from pulling off the second upset of the semifinals.

Now we could focus on Ramires going down like a sniper shot him (U.

WPS: A mid-season look at the league's top players

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By CHRISTA MANN

Women's Pro Soccer is 14 weeks, 42 games, and just over halfway through its inaugural season.

Who should start for the USA vs. Brazil?

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U.S. men's national team head coach Bob Bradley has had some tough decisions to make regarding his starting lineup during the Confederations Cup, but his decisions heading into Sunday's final can be boiled down to one.

WPS: A mid-season look at the league's top players

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By CHRISTA MANN

Women's Pro Soccer is 14 weeks, 42 games, and just over halfway through its inaugural season.

Brazil 1, South Africa 0: The game-winning goal

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South Africa fought hard and pushed Brazil to the brink in Thursday's Confederation's Cup semifinals, but ultimately a questionable free kick call and a brilliant shot by Barcelona's Dani Alves kept South Africa from pulling off the second upset of the semifinals.

Now we could focus on Ramires going down like a sniper shot him (U.

Cast your vote for the USA's win vs. Spain

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The U.S. national team's stunning upset of Spain is easily one of the biggest upsets in national team history, now it is your chance to vote it as the biggest upset in American sports this year.

Confederations Cup: Brazil vs. South Africa (Matchday Commentary)

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With one semifinal match already in the books, South Africa and Brazil will battle it out in Ellis Park in the second semifinal match (2:25pm, ESPN) of the Confederations Cup. The prize for the winner? A date with with the United States in the final on Sunday.

The hosts will look to repeat the United States' shocking result over a heavyweight with their own surpising result over the Selecao, while Brazil will look to build on their 3-0 triumph over Italy.

Transfer Ticker: Milan rejects hefty Pato offer, Tevez favoring City move and more

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AC Milan has rejected a hefty offer from an unidentified English club for striker Alexandre Pato.

Pato raised doubts about his future weeks ago with comments about possibly leaving the club, but Milan appears determined to keep the Brazilian forward as the club has turned down a huge offer from an English Premier League team.

Mid-Day Musings (More thoughts on USA-Spain, MLS All-Star Game and the Showdown in Chinatown)

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Plenty to discuss in the world of soccer on the day after the Miracle in South Africa so let's get started:

Know how many fouls Michael Bradley, Jay DeMerit, Oguchi Onyewu and Ricardo Clark combined for against Spain?

U.S. Gold Cup Roster Announced

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While the Confederations Cup still has one more game to play, the U.S. national team will begin play in the CONCACAF Gold Cup very soon. Now we know who will be on that roster.

Charlie Davies, Freddy Adu, Kenny Cooper, Steve Cherundolo and Jimmy Conrad are five of the players chosen for the U.

USA 2, Spain 0: A look back

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It is amazing what can be done when a team plays with no fear and a perfect game plan.

The U.S. national team showed no fear in facing the seemingly unbeatable Spanish national team on Wednesday.

USA 2, Spain 0: The highlights

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After yesterday's remarkable victory by the United States over Spain, we here at SBI were waiting for the right highlight video to post to capture the magnitude of the victory. Thanks to SBI Mafia member Arkjayback, we have one that does a very good job.

We're sure the video folks at U.S. Soccer will put together a longer video at some point, but for now, please enjoy this one:

Is that perfect music or what?

Where will you be watching USA vs. Spain?

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The U.S. men's national team takes on Spain today in the Confederations Cup semifinals (2:25pm, ESPN) in the most anticipated U.S. match since the 2006 World Cup and fans all over the country are making plans to catch the action live.

Whether it is at a bar, at work on the computer (shhh), or in the comfort of your own home, I know many U.

Morning Ticker: Ribery eyes Madrid, Atletico says no to 'Kun' sale and Denilson's disaster

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Real Madrid's third big summer signing is now officially in the cross hairs.

French star Franck Ribery has been on Real Madrid's wish list for some time, but now that Ribery's agent has revealed that the Bayern Munich playmaker wants to sign with Real Madrid, it seems like only a matter of time before he joins Cristiano Ronaldo and Kaka as the new version of 'Los Galacticos'.

Taking a moment to admire Spain

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Some teams are easy to hate, but some teams are just so good at what they do that you can only admire them.

Spain is one of those teams.

Playing a beautiful brand of skillful and deadly attacking soccer, the Spanish have been on an absolute tear over the past two years as a golden generation of stars came together to form a team for the ages.

Would Fulham be a good fit for Altidore?

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Fulham has had its share of Americans pass through the ranks in recent years, with many enjoying very successful stints.

Confederations Cup: USA vs. Spain (Matchday Commentary)

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The U.S. men's national team will look to shock the world today as it takes on world No. 1 Spain (2:25pm, ESPN). The Spanish have been on a roll over the past two years, winning the European championships and establishing themselves as the best team on the planet.

The Americans will be hoping to end Spain's unbeaten streak as well as their own winless streaks against No.

USA stuns top-ranked Spain, 2-0

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Spain hadn't lost in 35 games, and had only tasted victory for 15 straight matches. Considered the unquestioned best team in the world, the Spanish national team was supposed to steamroll a U.

USA 2, Spain 0: Who was your Man of the Match?

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The above group of eleven Americans just delivered one of the best team performances in U.S. Soccer history, defeating seemingly unbeatable Spain, 2-0, on Wednesday.

New York Red Bulls at Toronto FC: Match Night Commentary

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The New York Red Bulls are in Toronto (again) to take on Toronto FC and will be looking to finally put a halt to a winless streak that has turned the 2009 season into a complete nightmare.

TFC, riding high from its Canadian Championship victory last week, will look to make up some ground in the Eastern Conference playoff race with another win against the struggling Red Bulls.

USA 2, Spain 0: Watch it again

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If you missed the U.S. national team's historic 2-0 upset victory against Spain today (maybe your TIVO didn't work or you forgot (doubt it)) you are in luck.

USA 2, Spain 0: The Goals

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The USA's 2-0 win over Spain was chock full of highlights, from clutch defensive plays  to dynamic saves, and before long we are sure to see compilations of Tim Howard saves and Jay DeMerit tackles and Oguchi Onyewu clearances.

USA 2, Spain 0: The Goals

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The USA's 2-0 win over Spain was chock full of highlights, from clutch defensive plays  to dynamic saves, and before long we are sure to see compilations of Tim Howard saves and Jay DeMerit tackles and Oguchi Onyewu clearances.

USA 2, Spain 0: Watch it again

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If you missed the U.S. national team's historic 2-0 upset victory against Spain today (maybe your TIVO didn't work or you forgot (doubt it)) you are in luck.

New York Red Bulls at Toronto FC: Match Night Commentary

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The New York Red Bulls are in Toronto (again) to take on Toronto FC and will be looking to finally put a halt to a winless streak that has turned the 2009 season into a complete nightmare.

TFC, riding high from its Canadian Championship victory last week, will look to make up some ground in the Eastern Conference playoff race with another win against the struggling Red Bulls.

USA 2, Spain 0: Who was your Man of the Match?

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The above group of eleven Americans just delivered one of the best team performances in U.S. Soccer history, defeating seemingly unbeatable Spain, 2-0, on Wednesday.

USA stuns top-ranked Spain, 2-0

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Spain hadn't lost in 35 games, and had only tasted victory for 15 straight matches. Considered the unquestioned best team in the world, the Spanish national team was supposed to steamroll a U.

Confederations Cup: USA vs. Spain (Matchday Commentary)

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The U.S. men's national team will look to shock the world today as it takes on world No. 1 Spain (2:25pm, ESPN). The Spanish have been on a roll over the past two years, winning the European championships and establishing themselves as the best team on the planet.

The Americans will be hoping to end Spain's unbeaten streak as well as their own winless streaks against No.

Would Fulham be a good fit for Altidore?

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Fulham has had its share of Americans pass through the ranks in recent years, with many enjoying very successful stints.

Taking a moment to admire Spain

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Some teams are easy to hate, but some teams are just so good at what they do that you can only admire them.

Spain is one of those teams.

Playing a beautiful brand of skillful and deadly attacking soccer, the Spanish have been on an absolute tear over the past two years as a golden generation of stars came together to form a team for the ages.

Morning Ticker: Ribery eyes Madrid, Atletico says no to 'Kun' sale and Denilson's disaster

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Real Madrid's third big summer signing is now officially in the cross hairs.

French star Franck Ribery has been on Real Madrid's wish list for some time, but now that Ribery's agent has revealed that the Bayern Munich playmaker wants to sign with Real Madrid, it seems like only a matter of time before he joins Cristiano Ronaldo and Kaka as the new version of 'Los Galacticos'.

Where will you be watching USA vs. Spain?

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The U.S. men's national team takes on Spain today in the Confederations Cup semifinals (2:25pm, ESPN) in the most anticipated U.S. match since the 2006 World Cup and fans all over the country are making plans to catch the action live.

Whether it is at a bar, at work on the computer (shhh), or in the comfort of your own home, I know many U.

What change would you make to the SBI MLS All-Star Ballot?

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The media ballot for the 2009 MLS All-Star Game has finally made its way to my inbox, which means its time to seriously consider which eleven players will be getting votes.

WPS Week 13: A Look Back

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By CHRISTA MANN

A few surprises and a some noteworthy performances made for a successful Week 13 in Women's Pro Soccer.

Steve Nash and Thierry Henry are back in NYC for Showdown in Chinatown II

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In case you missed it last year, the Showdown in Chinatown was one of the most memorable soccer events in New York City in recent memory.

Confederations Cup: Have we been too hard on Clint Dempsey?

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When rating the players for the 2009 Confederations Cup, the newly-created Castrol Player Rating Index has taken into account all aspects of player activity, providing us with what is supposed to be a great way to measure the effectiveness and quality of the players participating.

MLS Ticker: Gerba signs with TFC, Petke suspension extended and more

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Toronto FC has completed the signing of Canadian national team striker Ali Gerba, the club announced on Monday. Gerba joins TFC after parting ways with English club MK Dons.

Toronto acquired Gerba's rights in a deal with San Jose earlier this month that also brought veteran defender Nick Garcia to Toronto.

CONCACAF releases Champions League schedule

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D.C. United will host its first CONCACAF Champions League match of the year on July 28 (vs. Chalatenango of El Salvador)Â while the New York Red Bulls will host its first Champions League match on Aug. 5. (vs. W Connection of Trinidad & Tobago), a week after traveling for its first competitive international match on July 30.

Who should the USA start vs. Spain?

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Beat Spain.

Two words, one seemingly impossible task. Not just for the U.S. national team, which faces the European champions on Wednesday, but seemingly for any team these days.

Mexico calls up B Team for Gold Cup

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If you were thinking you might see the U.S. men's national team's B Squad defeat a Mexico A team for the Gold Cup title next month, it won't be happening.

Mid-Day Musings (Another ESPN power play, Howard's hoops career and more)

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Plenty to discuss in the soccer world, some big news, some not so big, so let's get to some of the nuggets that have emerged today:

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On the same day it struck a deal to secure La Liga rights, ESPN also lands the UK rights to broadcast EPL matches.

SBI MLS Power Rankings (Week 14)

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Just when Houston and Columbus was beginning to have their way with Major League Soccer, a pair of struggling sides helped slow down the streaking title contenders.

ESPN strikes deal for La Liga rights

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If you are an American fan of the Spanish First Division (and who isn't?) then you will be able to see many more La Liga games starting next season after ESPN struck a deal with GolTV to partner in multimedia broadcast coverage of the league that boasts world powers FC Barcelona and Real Madrid.

Report: Onyewu to Fenerbahce

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Oguchi Onyewu went into this summer a free agent and hoped to put together a strong Confederations Cup performance to draw some potential suitors for his services. It appears he has found a taker, though not one from the leagues we might have expected him to go to.

According to Sky Sports, Onyewu has signed a three-year deal with Turkish club Fenerbahce, choosing to pass on the possibility of signing with Birmingham City after talks stalled with the English club.

Monday Morning Centerback: The Day After

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It is the day after one of the U.S. national team's most dramatic victories of the past decade and although a stiff test awaits on Wednesday in World No.

USA 3, Egypt 0: The Highlights

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In case you haven't seen them yet, here are the highlights of the U.S. national team's three goals in its 3-0 victory against Egpyt, a win that helped the United States qualify for the semifinals of the Confederations Cup.

Confederations Cup: 23 Americans advance, one goes home

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When Sunday began it had been assumed that the 23 members of the U.S. national team would be the ones heading home from the Confederations Cup disappointed.

Monday Morning Centerback: The Day After

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It is the day after one of the U.S. national team's most dramatic victories of the past decade and although a stiff test awaits on Wednesday in World No.

Confederations Cup: 23 Americans advance, one goes home

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When Sunday began it had been assumed that the 23 members of the U.S. national team would be the ones heading home from the Confederations Cup disappointed.

USA 3, Egypt 0: The Highlights

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In cased you haven't seen them yet, here are the highlights of the U.S. national team's three goals in its 3-0 victory against Egpyt, a win that helped the United States qualify for the semifinals of the Confederations Cup.

Charlie Davies, Michael Bradley and Clint Dempsey scored the goals that helped the Americans pull off what seemed impossible when the day began.

Happy Father's Day from SBI

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Good morning all. I just wanted to take the time out to wish everyone a Happy Father's Day. Make sure to take some time out of your soccer-loving schedule to show your appreciation for the fathers in your life.

We'll be back later today with live commentary of the USA-Egypt match (as well as a separate Italy-Brazil post for those of you who refuse to watch the USA again).

Confederations Cup: USA vs. Egypt (Matchday Commentary)

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The U.S. national team takes on African champions Egypt in its final group game (and likely final match) of the 2009 Confederations Cup (2:30 pm, ESPN2).

The Americans are playing for pride after two losses, while Egypt is still trying to qualify for the semifinals, which it can do with a victory and Italy tie or loss.

Confederations Cup: USA vs. Egypt (Matchday Commentary)

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The U.S. national team takes on African champions Egypt in its final group game (and likely final match) of the 2009 Confederations Cup (2:30 pm, ESPN2).

The Americans are playing for pride after two losses, while Egypt is still trying to qualify for the semifinals, which it can do with a victory and Italy tie or loss.

Happy Father's Day from SBI

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Good morning all. I just wanted to take the time out to wish everyone a Happy Father's Day. Make sure to take some time out of your soccer-loving schedule to show your appreciation for the fathers in your life.

We'll be back later today with live commentary of the USA-Egypt match (as well as a separate Italy-Brazil post for those of you who refuse to watch the USA again).

Saturday Ticker: Tevez leaving Manchester United, Maicion threatens Inter and more

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Take a good look at that picture. It will probably be one of the last times you see Carlos Tevez in a Manchester United jersey.

Tevez is on his way out at Manchester United after refusing to sign a five-year deal that would have made him one of the highest paid players on the Red Devils.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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It is a somewhat light day of soccer on the international calendar, as the Confederations Cup resumes and African World Cup qualifying takes center stage.

There will be a running commentary post for today's MLS action beginning at 4pm, so look out for that, but if you are following the international front (or South American soccer), feel free to share your thoughts, opinions and some play-by-play in the comments section below.

WPS Week 13: A look ahead

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Women's Pro Soccer began Week 13 with two midweek match-ups but will continue over the weekend with one Saturday and two Sunday rematches.

MLS Matchday 14 (Your Running Commentary)

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The No Cal/So Cal Derby kicks off today's MLS action as the San Jose Earthquakes play host to the LA Galaxy in an early afternoon match.

The match of the day features D.C. United traveling to Dick's Sporting Goods Park to take on the Colorado Rapids while the struggling Red Bulls look to stop the bleeding with a win at home against the Seattle Sounders tonight.

Seattle Sounders at New York Red Bulls: Match Night Commentary

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Good evening folks. We are at Giants Stadium for tonight's Red Bulls-Sounders match. It is must-win time for the Red Bulls, who are losers of five straight. The Sounders are coming off a disappointing mid-week tie vs. D.C. United.

I will be providing commentary throughout the match so please feel free to follow along her, and as always, you are welcome to share your own thoughts, opinions and some play-by-play in the comments section below.

Seattle Sounders at New York Red Bulls: Match Night Commentary

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Good evening folks. We are at Giants Stadium for tonight's Red Bulls-Sounders match. It is must-win time for the Red Bulls, who are losers of five straight. The Sounders are coming off a disappointing mid-week tie vs. D.C. United.

I will be providing commentary throughout the match so please feel free to follow along her, and as always, you are welcome to share your own thoughts, opinions and some play-by-play in the comments section below.

MLS Matchday 14 (Your Running Commentary)

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The No Cal/So Cal Derby kicks off today's MLS action as the San Jose Earthquakes play host to the LA Galaxy in an early afternoon match.

The match of the day features D.C. United traveling to Dick's Sporting Goods Park to take on the Colorado Rapids while the struggling Red Bulls look to stop the bleeding with a win at home against the Seattle Sounders tonight.

WPS Week 13: A look ahead

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By CHRISTA MANN

Women's Pro Soccer began Week 13 with two midweek match-ups but will continue over the weekend with one Saturday and two Sunday rematches.

Saturday Ticker: Tevez leaving Manchester United, Maicion threatens Inter and more

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Take a good look at that picture. It will probably be one of the last times you see Carlos Tevez in a Manchester United jersey.

Tevez is on his way out at Manchester United after refusing to sign a five-year deal that would have made him one of the highest paid players on the Red Devils.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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It is a somewhat light day of soccer on the international calendar, as the Confederations Cup resumes and African World Cup qualifying takes center stage.

There will be a running commentary post for today's MLS action beginning at 4pm, so look out for that, but if you are following the international front (or South American soccer), feel free to share your thoughts, opinions and some play-by-play in the comments section below.

Who should the USMNT start vs. Egypt?

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The U.S. men's national team has one match remaining in the Confederations Cup, one last match for players to prove themselves, one last chance for Bob Bradley to test his squad against stiff international competition outside of World Cup qualifying.

MLS Matchday 14

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With SuperLiga set to kick off and four MLS teams participating, it is a slightly-reduced MLS schedule we find ourselves with this week as we reach the mid-point of the 2009 season.

Chicago, New England, Kansas City and Chivas USA are all taking part in the battle vs. Mexican club, leaving ten teams to do battle in MLS this weekend.

SuperLiga 2009 set to kick off

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The third annual SuperLiga Tournament is set to kick off this weekend and what was once a tournament with so much promise has turned into a bit of an afterthought that isn't getting much in the way of attention.

Some of the best teams in MLS and the Mexican First Division are set to do battle in a tournament that has provided some entertaining, as well as feisty, matches.

Brazil 3, USA 0: A Look Back

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I was going to do a standard "Look Back" on the USA-Brazil game when it dawned on me that at this point there aren't many people interested in looking back at that mess.

USMNT preliminary Gold Cup roster revealed

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The preliminary 30-man roster for the U.S. national team's Gold Cup squad has been revealed and, as expected, most of the team's top players, aren't on it.

Jozy Altidore, Freddy Adu, Jose Francisco Torres and Brad Guzan headline the group, which will be reduced to 23 when the team begins Gold Cup play on July 4th vs.

USMNT preliminary Gold Cup roster revealed

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The preliminary 30-man roster for the U.S. national team's Gold Cup squad has been revealed and, as expected, most of the team's top players, aren't on it.

Jozy Altidore, Freddy Adu, Jose Francisco Torres and Brad Guzan headline the group, which will be reduced to 23 when the team begins Gold Cup play on July 4th vs.

Brazil 3, USA 0: A Look Back

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I was going to do a standard "Look Back" on the USA-Brazil game when it dawned on me that at this point there aren't many people interested in looking back at that mess.

SuperLiga 2009 set to kick off

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The third annual SuperLiga Tournament is set to kick off this weekend and what was once a tournament with so much promise has turned into a bit of an afterthought that isn't getting much in the way of attention.

Some of the best teams in MLS and the Mexican First Division are set to do battle in a tournament that has provided some entertaining, as well as feisty, matches.

MLS Matchday 14

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With SuperLiga set to kick off and four MLS teams participating, it is a slightly-reduced MLS schedule we find ourselves with this week as we reach the mid-point of the 2009 season.

Chicago, New England, Kansas City and Chivas USA are all taking part in the battle vs. Mexican club, leaving ten teams to do battle in MLS this weekend.

Who should the USMNT start vs. Egypt?

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The U.S. men's national team has one match remaining in the Confederations Cup, one last match for players to prove themselves, one last chance for Bob Bradley to test his squad against stiff international competition outside of World Cup qualifying.

Late own-goal gives D.C. United draw at Seattle

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The Seattle Sounders looked well on their way to another home victory when Fredy Montero cooly slipped a shot inside the left post to give Seattle a 3-1 lead on D.C. United, but a fierce comeback by D.C. helped the Eastern Conference leaders escape Qwest Field with a point.

Halftime substitute Christian Gomez brought D.

Confederations Cup: USA vs. Brazil (Matchday Commentary)

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The U.S. men's national team takes on Brazil this morning (9:55am, ESPN2) in what comes close to must-win mode if the Americans want to advance to the semifinals of the Confederations Cup.

Fresh from a disappointing 3-1 loss to Italy, the Americans have some positives to look back on and will get some very good tests from the five-time world champions.

Poor play dooms USA in 3-0 loss to Brazil

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For the third time in four matches, the U.S. men's national team surrendered an early goal in a hotly-contested match-up.

Confed Cup: Italy vs. Egypt (Your Running Commentary)

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Since I know some of you are watching today's Italy-Egpyt match (and many are you are Egypt fans for the day), here is a running commentary post for you to share your thoughts, opinions and some play-by-play on the match in.

Not that it matters, but an Egypt win mathematically keeps the United States alive for the semifinals (USA would need to beat Egypt and Italy would have to lose big to Brazil by a combined five or more goals.

Torres or Adu: Who will get the call vs. Egypt?

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The U.S. men's national team has been missing plenty during the Confederations Cup, but one of the most glaring problems is a lack of attacking creativity.

Toronto FC wins Canadian Championship, clinches CCL berth, with shocking 6-1 win vs. Montreal

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There will be five MLS teams competing in this year's CONCACAF Champions League after Toronto FC pulled off the improbable, beating Montreal, 6-1, on Thursday night in the final match of the NutriLite Canadian Championship to take the tournament and clinch its first Champions League berth.

Toronto FC wins Canadian Championship, clinches CCL berth, with shocking 6-1 win vs. Montreal

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There will be five MLS teams competing in this year's CONCACAF Champions League after Toronto FC pulled off the improbable, beating Montreal, 6-1, on Thursday night in the final match of the NutriLite Canadian Championship to take the tournament and clinch its first Champions League berth.

Torres or Adu: Who will get the call vs. Egypt?

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The U.S. men's national team has been missing plenty during the Confederations Cup, but one of the most glaring problems is a lack of attacking creativity.

Poor play dooms USA in 3-0 loss to Brazil

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For the third time in four matches, the U.S. men's national team surrendered an early goal in a hotly-contested match-up.

Confed Cup: Italy vs. Egypt (Your Running Commentary)

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Since I know some of you are watching today's Italy-Egpyt match (and many are you are Egypt fans for the day), here is a running commentary post for you to share your thoughts, opinions and some play-by-play on the match in.

Not that it matters, but an Egypt win mathematically keeps the United States alive for the semifinals (USA would need to beat Egypt and Italy would have to lose big to Brazil by a combined five or more goals.

Confederations Cup: USA vs. Brazil (Matchday Commentary)

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The U.S. men's national team takes on Brazil this morning (9:55am, ESPN2) in what comes close to must-win mode if the Americans want to advance to the semifinals of the Confederations Cup.

Fresh from a disappointing 3-1 loss to Italy, the Americans have some positives to look back on and will get some very good tests from the five-time world champions.

Late own-goal gives D.C. United draw at Seattle

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The Seattle Sounders looked well on their way to another home victory when Fredy Montero cooly slipped a shot inside the left post to give Seattle a 3-1 lead on D.C. United, but a fierce comeback by D.C. helped the Eastern Conference leaders escape Qwest Field with a point.

Halftime substitute Christian Gomez brought D.

Copa Libertadores: Quarterfinal Preview

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By NESTOR F. SEBASTIAN

Copa Libertadores returns to action and its semifinalists will be determined this week as the second legs of he quarterfinals get underway this week with all four matches pretty tight, making the away-goal rule crucial. Brazil has a great chance of having a champion with four of its representatives in the final eight, which would give it its first title since 2006 when Internacional won it.

WPS Week 12: A Look Back

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By CHRISTA MANN

Two scoreless Saturday ties and a single goal Sunday victory summarize Week 12 in Women's Pro Soccer.

The Chicago Red Stars and the Washington Freedom fought to an even battle in their opening half, but the Freedom took the closing advantage when Chicago picked up red card early in the second half.

Who should the USMNT start vs. Brazil?

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While the pain is still fresh from its 3-1 loss to Italy on Monday, the U.S. men's national team must turn its attention to mighty Brazil, which the Americans face on Thursday (9:55 am, ESPN2)Â in their second Confederations Cup match.

U.S. coach Bob Bradley will have to make at least one change to the lineup that pushed Italy for much of Monday's match, with midfielder Ricardo Clark set to serve his one-game suspension for a red card.

Confederations Cup: Matchday Three (Your Running Commentary)

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Today's slate of Confederations Cup matches feature a pairing of the Group A favorites, powerhouse Spain vs. Iraq (9:55am, ESPN2), and the group's lightweights, South Africa and New Zealand (2:55pm, ESPN2).

If you are watching today's matches (and yes, Spain and Iraq are at the half), please feel free to share your thoughts on these matches in the comments section below.

Hahnemann signs with Wolverhampton

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When Reading failed in its bid to return to the English Premier League it was assumed that Marcus Hahnemann's days in the EPL were over.

So much for that.

The American goalkeeper, who turned 37 on Monday, has joined newly-promoted Wolverhampton Wanderers on a free transfer and is projected to be the team's back-up goalkeeper behind starter Wayne Hennessey.

Report: Jones eligible to play for USA in August

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by GIANFRANCO PANIZO

Schalke 04 midfielder Jermaine Jones will not have to wait until October to play international soccer as he will be eligible to play for the United States men's national team as of August 2.

According to a report, a FIFA employee misinformed U.

FC Barcelona to play in San Francisco

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Reigning European Champions League winners FC Barcelona will be heading to the Bay Area this summer as Lionel Messi, Thierry Henry and Co. converge on San Francisco for a friendly sure to excite northern California soccer fans.

Barcelona will take on Chivas de Guadalajara at Candlestick Park on Aug.

Afternoon Ticker: Drogba suspended, Gattuso interested in EPL switch and more

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A four-game suspension from European matches has been given to Chelsea striker Didier Drogba by UEFA for the verbal assault he launched at referee Tom Henning Ovrebo.

Drogba's verbal assault came in the aftermath of Chelsea's 1-1 draw to Barcelona in the semifinals of the UEFA Champions League, a result that eliminated Chelsea from the tournament.

Afternoon Ticker: Drogba suspended, Gattuso interested in EPL switch and more

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by GIANFRANCO PANIZO

A four-game suspension from European matches has been given to Chelsea striker Didier Drogba by UEFA for the verbal assault he launched at referee Tom Henning Ovrebo.

Drogba's verbal assault came in the aftermath of Chelsea's 1-1 draw to Barcelona in the semifinals of the UEFA Champions League, a result that eliminated Chelsea from the tournament.

FC Barcelona to play in San Francisco

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Reigning European Champions League winners FC Barcelona will be heading to the Bay Area this summer as Lionel Messi, Thierry Henry and Co. converge on San Francisco for a friendly sure to excite northern California soccer fans.

Barcelona will take on Chivas de Guadalajara at Candlestick Park on Aug.

Report: Jones eligible to play for U.S. in August

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by GIANFRANCO PANIZO

Schalke 04 midfielder Jermaine Jones will not have to wait until October to play international soccer as he will be eligible to play for the United States men's national team as of August 2.

According to a report, a FIFA employee misinformed U.

Copa Libertadores: Quarterfinal Preview

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By NESTOR F. SEBASTIAN

Copa Libertadores returns to action and its semifinalists will be determined this week as the second legs of he quarterfinals get underway this week with all four matches pretty tight, making the away-goal rule crucial. Brazil has a great chance of having a champion with four of its representatives in the final eight, which would give it its first title since 2006 when Internacional won it.

Confederations Cup: Matchday Three (Your Running Commentary)

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Today's slate of Confederations Cup matches feature a pairing of the Group A favorites, powerhouse Spain vs. Iraq (9:55am, ESPN2), and the group's lightweights, South Africa and New Zealand (2:55pm, ESPN2).

If you are watching today's matches (and yes, Spain and Iraq are at the half), please feel free to share your thoughts on these matches in the comments section below.

Hahnemann signs with Wolverhampton

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When Reading failed in its bid to return to the English Premier League it was assumed that Marcus Hahnemann's days in the EPL were over.

So much for that.

The American goalkeeper, who turned 37 on Monday, has joined newly-promoted Wolverhampton Wanderers on a free transfer and is projected to be the team's back-up goalkeeper behind starter Wayne Hennessey.

WPS Week 12: A Look Back

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By CHRISTA MANN

Two scoreless Saturday ties and a single goal Sunday victory summarize Week 12 in Women's Pro Soccer.

The Chicago Red Stars and the Washington Freedom fought to an even battle in their opening half, but the Freedom took the closing advantage when Chicago picked up red card early in the second half.

Who should the USMNT start vs. Brazil?

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While the pain is still fresh from its 3-1 loss to Italy on Monday, the U.S. men's national team must turn its attention to mighty Brazil, which the Americans face on Friday (9:55 am, ESPN2)Â in their second Confederations Cup match.

U.S. coach Bob Bradley will have to make at least one change to the lineup that pushed Italy for much of Monday's match, with midfielder Ricardo Clark set to serve his one-game suspension for a red card.

Transfer Ticker: Ribery interest rises, Manchester United target Villa and more

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by GIANFRANCO PANIZO

Interest in Bayern Munich midfielder Franck Ribery is heating up as three of this year's UEFA Champions League semifinalists have made offers for the French international.

Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge came out Tuesday and revealed that Chelsea, Manchester United and Champions League winners Barcelona have all made bids for Ribery.

D.C. United 2, Chicago Fire 1: A Look Back

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By TRAVIS CLARK

At the end of a tightly contested 90 minutes, D.C. United stood victorious, and with the result now sit in first place in the Eastern Conference. Their one point of breathing room in the standings equaled their margin of victory over the Fire last Saturday night.

D.C. United 2, Chicago Fire 1: A Look Back

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By TRAVIS CLARK

At the end of a tightly contested 90 minutes, D.C. United stood victorious, and with the result now sit in first place in the Eastern Conference. Their one point of breathing room in the standings equaled their margin of victory over the Fire last Saturday night.

Transfer Ticker: Ribery interest rises, Manchester United target Villa and more

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by GIANFRANCO PANIZO

Interest in Bayern Munich midfielder Franck Ribery is heating up as three of this year's UEFA Champions League semifinalists have made offers for the French international.

Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge came out Tuesday and revealed that Chelsea, Manchester United and Champions League winners Barcelona have all made bids for Ribery.

Italy 3, USA 1: A Look Back

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It is a loss that will take U.S. fans some time to get over, if they ever do, but the U.S. national team's 3-1 loss to Italy on Monday had its bright spots and promising developments to go along with the mind-numbing and spirit-crushing moments.

Hating Giuseppe Rossi

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Admit it, you hate Giuseppe Rossi.

If you are a U.S. national team fan this morning you are cursing Rossi and have included him in the group along with Cuauhtemoc Blanco, Oswaldo Sanchez and Jared Borghetti in the pantheon of most hated U.

Hating Giuseppe Rossi

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Admit it, you hate Giuseppe Rossi.

If you are a U.S. national team fan this morning you are cursing Rossi and have included him in the group along with Cuauhtemoc Blanco, Oswaldo Sanchez and Jared Borghetti in the pantheon of most hated U.

Italy 3, USA 1: A Look Back

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It is a loss that will take U.S. fans some time to get over, if they ever do, but the U.S. national team's 3-1 loss to Italy on Monday had its bright spots and promising developments to go along with the mind-numbing and spirit-crushing moments.

Confederations Cup: Bocanegra questionable for Italy opener

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by GIANFRANCO PANIZO

Carlos Bocanegra has been listed as questionable for the United States men's national team's Confederations Cup opener against Italy on Monday (2:25pm, ESPN).

Bocanegra picked up a hamstring injury shortly after scoring the game-winning goal in the U.

Confederations Cup: USA vs. Italy (Matchday Preview)

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The U.S. men's national team will play its first rematch from the 2006 World Cup today as they take on defending World Cup champion Italy (2:25pm, ESPN).

The U.

SBI MLS Power Rankings (Week 13)

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The cream has risen to the top of the MLS power rankings.

The Houston Dynamo and Columbus Crew have been playing some of the best soccer in the league and have made major moves up the standings in recent weeks.

Jones won't be able to switch to USA until October

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U.S. national team fans hoping to see Jermaine Jones playing for the USA this summer will have to wait a while longer.

According to U.S. Soccer sources and a representative of Jones, the new FIFA rule that will allow players to switch national teams at any age (as long as they haven't appeared for another national team in a senior competition)Â will not take effect until October 1st, meaning the earliest Jones will be in a U.

Confederations Cup: USA vs. Italy (Matchday Commentary)

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The USA/Italy match is finally here (2:25pm, ESPN)Â and we should have a great match today.

No real surprises in the lineups as both Italy and the USA field their strongest lineups.

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

Confederations Cup: Rossi's brace leads Italy to 3-1 win over USA

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The U.S. men's national team was up a goal at halftime against mighty Italy and feeling pretty good about its performance, but losing Ricardo Clark to a terrible red card call meant the Italians would have 45 minutes to try and pick apart the American defense.

Italy did just that.

Led by American-born striker Giuseppe Rossi, the Italians erased the USA lead and rolled to a 3-1 victory in their opening match of the Confederations Cup in South Africa.

Rossi's brace leads Italy to 3-1 win over USA

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The U.S. men's national team was up a goal at halftime against mighty Italy and feeling pretty good about its performance, but losing Ricardo Clark to a terrible red card call meant the Italians would have 45 minutes to try and pick apart the American defense.

Italy did just that.

Led by American-born striker Giuseppe Rossi, the Italians erased the USA lead and rolled to a 3-1 victory in their opening match of the Confederations Cup in South Africa.

Confederations Cup: USA vs. Italy (Matchday Commentary)

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The USA/Italy match is finally here and we should have a great match today.

No real surprises in the lineups as both Italy and the USA field their strongest lineups.

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

SBI MLS Power Rankings (Week 13)

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The cream has risen to the top of the MLS power rankings.

The Houston Dynamo and Columbus Crew have been playing some of the best soccer in the league and have made major moves up the standings in recent weeks.

Jones won't be able to switch to USA until October

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U.S. national team fans hoping to see Jermaine Jones playing for the USA this summer will have to wait a while longer.

According to U.S. Soccer sources and a representative of Jones, the new FIFA rule that will allow players to switch national teams at any age (as long as they haven't appeared for another national team in a senior competition)Â will not take effect until October 1st, meaning the earliest Jones will be in a U.

Confederations Cup: USA vs. Italy (Matchday Preview)

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The U.S. men's national team will play its first rematch from the 2006 World Cup today as they take on defending World Cup champion Italy (2:25pm, ESPN).

The U.

Confederations Cup: Bocanegra questionable for Italy opener

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Carlos Bocanegra has been listed as questionable for the United States men's national team's Confederations Cup opener against Italy on Monday (2:25pm, ESPN2).

Bocanegra picked up a hamstring injury shortly after scoring the game-winning goal in the U.S. team's 2-1 victory over Honduras in World Cup qualifying on June 6.

USA or Mexico: Castillo has another decision to make

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About 20 months ago, Edgar Castillo made what he thought would be the last decision he would have to make regarding his national team future.

Confederations Cup set to kick off on Sunday

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The 2009 Confederations Cup is set to kick off on Sunday and you will want to keep up with every minute of it.

The tournament begins on Sunday with a pair of Group A games, with South Africa facing Iraq and New Zealand taking on Spain.

If you will be near Hoboken, New Jersey on Sunday you can catch a special event being held at Mulligans on First.

MLS Matchday 13: Your Running Commentary

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The standings in the East and West in MLS will see some some shifting around as all six of Saturday's MLS tilts are intra-conference encounters.

East leaders Chicago and D.C. United face off in a key East clash New York and Toronto are both enduring tough stretches heading into their meeting at BMO Field.

New York Red Bulls at Toronto FC: Your Running Commentary

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The New York Red Bulls and Toronto FC are both in the midst of terrible skids and each will be hoping for the victory that can turn things around when they meet tonight at BMO Field (8pm, MSG+).

If the Red Bulls season is on life-support, then a loss tonight would essentially pull the plug on any faint playoff hopes the team might have.

Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

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Good morning folks. It is another light day on the soccer calendar, but a special because of the kickoff of the 2009 Confederations Cup.

Iraq and South Africa have started proceeding with the tournament's opening match, with Spain set to take on New Zealand in the second match of the day.

That isn't the only soccer on the slate.

Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

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Good morning folks. It is another light day on the soccer calendar, but a special because of the kickoff of the 2009 Confederations Cup.

Iraq and South Africa have started proceeding with the tournament's opening match, with Spain set to take on New Zealand in the second match of the day.

That isn't the only soccer on the slate.

New York Red Bulls at Toronto FC: Your Running Commentary

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The New York Red Bulls and Toronto FC are both in the midst of terrible skids and each will be hoping for the victory that can turn things around when they meet tonight at BMO Field (8pm, MSG+).

If the Red Bulls season is on life-support, then a loss tonight would essentially pull the plug on any faint playoff hopes the team might have.

MLS Matchday 13: Your Running Commentary

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The standings in the East and West in MLS will see some some shifting around as all six of Saturday's MLS tilts are intra-conference encounters.

East leaders Chicago and D.C. United face off in a key East clash New York and Toronto are both enduring tough stretches heading into their meeting at BMO Field.

Confederations Cup set to kick off on Sunday

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The 2009 Confederations Cup is set to kick off on Sunday and you will want to keep up with every minute of it.

The tournament begins on Sunday with a pair of Group A games, with South Africa facing Iraq and New Zealand taking on Spain.

If you will be near Hoboken, New Jersey on Sunday you can catch a special event being held at Mulligans on First.

USA or Mexico: Castillo has another decision to make

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About 20 months ago, Edgar Castillo made what he thought would be the last decision he would have to make regarding his national team future.

D.C. United vs. Chicago Fire: A Look Ahead

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By TRAVIS CLARK

The Chicago Fire has already had a big day, getting a chance to visit the White House and the Obamas at the White House. Hopefully that sideshow will be far from their mind as they face a difficult challenge against D.C. United at RFK Stadium on Saturday.

(The rest of) Your Questions Answered (Part 4 of 4)

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Here they are, the last of the questions from the most recent Q&A session (and yes, I use the word recent loosely).

Lots of topics discussed in this batch, including the following subjects: Landon Donovan, U.

It's Q&A Time

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It is (finally) that time again. Time for SBI readers to submit their questions and time for me to answer a few of them before I spend two weeks putting off the rest of them. Okay, I'm half-joking.

Seriously though, fire your soccer (or pop culture) questions my way and I will do my best to give you an answer, or at the very least my own opinion on the matter.

Soccer Saturday: Off-day Freestyle

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Good morning folks. It is one of the slower days of the year in the soccer world. With all of Europe's top leagues out of season, and the international calendar thin, it is a good day to enjoy some time off (like yours truly, who is enjoying a weekend in Florida) or it is a good day to look ahead to a busy summer of soccer action.

Soccer Saturday: Off-day Freestyle

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Good morning folks. It is one of the slower days of the year in the soccer world. With all of Europe's top leagues out of season, and the international calendar thin, it is a good day to enjoy some time off (like yours truly, who is enjoying a weekend in Florida) or it is a good day to look ahead to a busy summer of soccer action.

It's Q&A Time

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It is (finally) that time again. Time for SBI readers to submit their questions and time for me to answer a few of them before I spend two weeks putting off the rest of them. Okay, I'm half-joking.

Seriously though, fire your soccer (or pop culture) questions my way and I will do my best to give you an answer, or at the very least my own opinion on the matter.

(The rest of) Your Questions Answered (Part 4 of 4)

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Here they are, the last of the questions from the most recent Q&A session (and yes, I use the word recent loosely).

Lots of topics discussed in this batch, including the following subjects: Landon Donovan, U.

D.C. United vs. Chicago Fire: A Look Ahead

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By TRAVIS CLARK

The Chicago Fire has already had a big day, getting a chance to visit the White House and the Obamas at the White House. Hopefully that sideshow will be far from their mind as they face a difficult challenge against D.C. United at RFK Stadium on Saturday.

Fulham eyeing Onyewu

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by GIANFRANCO PANIZO

Fulham have expressed interest in U.S. national team centerback Oguchi Onyewu.

Onyewu, who is currently in South Africa with the United States for the Confederations Cup, has been linked for weeks with Birmingham City but the Cottagers are now looking to outbid the recently-promoted club for his services.

Canadian corner: Fan power alive and well north of the 49

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By DUANE ROLLINS

It was a perfect storm of anger and frustration. Starting with a nasty 3-0 loss to Houston, shockingly continuing through a 2-0 loss in the Nutrilite Voyageurs' Cup to USL-1 champion Vancouver and finally ending with a 2-1 spanking to the LA Galaxy, it was not the best week to be a Toronto FC fan.

More WPS games to be broadcast

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By CHRISTA MANN

Fans of Womens Professional Soccer can look forward to some additional broadcasts and webcasts of future WPS games in the coming weeks. This comes after a positive response to the Chicago Red Stars' web productions and will also include WPS coverage on both Fox Soccer Channel (FSC) and regional sports networks.

Your (old) Questions Answered (Part 3 of 4)

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If you have found yourself thinking, "You know, it's been forever since SBI had a Q&A" you are absolutely right. The craziness of the past few months, coupled with the size of the last batch of questions, led to almost half of the questions not being answered.

I didn't forget about them.

CONCACAF Champions League Draw is set: Red Bulls face W Connection, D.C. to play Chalatenango

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The CONCACAF Champions League draw was held on Thursday to determine Preliminary Round pairings as well as Group Stage pairings. The New York Red Bulls will face Trinidadian squad W Connection while D.C. United will take on El Salvador outfit Chalatenango in the preliminary round, which kicks off in late July.

Jermaine Jones wants to play for the USA (Updated)

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The deepest position in the U.S. men's national team pool is about to get even deeper.

Schalke 04 midfielder Jermaine Jones has notified the German Football Federation that he intends to change national teams and plans to play for the U.S. national team. Jones is taking advantage of the new FIFA rule that allows players of any age to change national teams if they are eligible for multiple national teams and have yet to play in an official match for either.

Jermaine Jones wants to play for the USA

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The deepest position in the U.S. men's national team pool is about to get even deeper.

Schalke 04 midfielder Jermaine Jones has notified the German Football Federation that he intends to change national teams and plans to play for the U.S. national team. Jones is taking advantage of the new FIFA rule that allows players of any age to change national teams if they are eligible for multiple national teams and have yet to play in an official match for either.

CONCACAF Champions League Draw is set: Red Bulls face W Connection, D.C. to play Chalatenango

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The CONCACAF Champions League draw was held on Thursday to determine Preliminary Round pairings as well as Group Stage pairings. The New York Red Bulls will face Trinidadian squad W Connection while D.C. United will take on El Salvador outfit Chalatenango in the preliminary round, which kicks off in late July.

Your (old) Questions Answered (Part 3 of 4)

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If you have found yourself thinking, "You know, it's been forever since SBI had a Q&A" you are absolutely right. The craziness of the past few months, coupled with the size of the last batch of questions, led to almost half of the questions not being answered.

I didn't forget about them.

More WPS games to be broadcast

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By CHRISTA MANN

Fans of Womens Professional Soccer can look forward to some additional broadcasts and webcasts of future WPS games in the coming weeks. This comes after a positive response to the Chicago Red Stars' web productions and will also include WPS coverage on both Fox Soccer Channel (FSC) and regional sports networks.

Canadian corner: Fan power alive and well north of the 49

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By DUANE ROLLINS

It was a perfect storm of anger and frustration. Starting with a nasty 3-0 loss to Houston, shockingly continuing through a 2-0 loss in the Nutrilite Voyageurs' Cup to USL-1 champion Vancouver and finally ending with a 2-1 spanking to the LA Galaxy, it was not the best week to be a Toronto FC fan.

Fulham eyeing Onyewu

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by GIANFRANCO PANIZO

Fulham have expressed interest in U.S. national team centerback Oguchi Onyewu.

Onyewu, who is currently in South Africa with the United States for the Confederations Cup, has been linked for weeks with Birmingham City but the Cottagers are now looking to outbid the recently-promoted club for his services.

Evening Ticker: Italy holds off New Zealand, Setanta's struggles and CONCACAF Champions League draw set for Thursday

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Fielding a team of reserves, the Italian national team went into halftime trailing New Zealand 2-1 in their international friendly on Wednesday. A few second-half subs later and Italy had rattled off three goals to score a 4-3 victory against the Kiwis in a friendly in South Africa.

Vincenzo Iaquinta's pair of second-half strikes proved to be the difference as Italy overcame some first-half goalkeeping blunders from back-up Marco Amelia.

USMNT in talks with Iran about potential November friendly

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The U.S. men's national team's long-rumored potential friendly vs. Iran has gone from rumor to very real possibility.

U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati revealed on Thursday that Iran and the United States are in discussions about a potential friendly later this year, with November a potential time-frame.

Chivas USA vs. Houston Dynamo: Your Running Commentary

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The top two teams in Major League Soccer are set to meet tonight in a mid-week Western Conference clash. Chivas USA, holders of the best record in MLS (8-2-3), take on the Houston Dynamo (6-2-3), the hottest team in the league and riders of an eight match unbeaten streak.

There are plenty of great match-ups in this one, from Stuart Holden vs.

World Cup Qualifying: CONCACAF Rewind

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by GIANFRANCO PANIZO

With the United States and Costa Rica having already reached the half-way point in CONCACAF World Cup qualifying, it was the bottom four teams of the table that were left to fight it out in a pair of close qualifiers Wednesday night.

Mexico's qualifying campaign got a much needed lift as El Tri defeated Trinidad and Tobago in the friendly confines of Estadio Azteca, 2-1.

Ronaldo to Real Madrid closer to reality

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Cristiano Ronaldo is heading to Real Madrid (well, not yet, but it's inevitable now).

The longest-running rumor in European soccer has finally closer to become reality after Manchester United announced it was agreeing to let Ronaldo negotiate with Real Madrid after receiving an £80 million ($121 million) bid for the Portuguese star.

World Cup Qualifying: CONMEBOL Rewind

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By NESTOR F. SEBASTIAN

With four rounds left, and after almost three years of home-and-away matches among the 10-nation pool of countries in South America, the dust is closely settling on who will make it to South Africa next year and who will stay home and watch it on TV----and there's been little surprise at the outcome.

World Cup Qualifying: UEFA Rewind

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by GIANFRANCO PANIZO

Seven games. Six shutouts. 22 goals.

Those are just some of the more interesting numbers that describe Wednesday's UEFA World Cup qualifiers. But the midweek action wasn't just about numbers as some intriguing story-lines developed, including England getting one step closer to South Africa, Sweden keeping themselves from the brink of elimination and a former American youth player scoring his first international goal.

World Cup Qualifying: UEFA Rewind

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by GIANFRANCO PANIZO

Seven games. Six shutouts. 22 goals.

Those are just some of the more interesting numbers that describe Wednesday's UEFA World Cup qualifiers. But the midweek action wasn't just about numbers as some intriguing story-lines developed, including England getting one step closer to South Africa, Sweden keeping themselves from the brink of elimination and a former American youth player scoring his first international goal.

World Cup Qualifying: CONMEBOL Rewind

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By NESTOR F. SEBASTIAN

With four rounds left, and after almost three years of home-and-away matches among the 10-nation pool of countries in South America, the dust is closely settling on who will make it to South Africa next year and who will stay home and watch it on TV----and there's been little surprise at the outcome.

Ronaldo to Real Madrid closer to reality

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Cristiano Ronaldo is heading to Real Madrid (well, not yet, but it's inevitable now).

The longest-running rumor in European soccer has finally closer to become reality after Manchester United announced it was agreeing to let Ronaldo negotiate with Real Madrid after receiving an £80 million ($121 million) bid for the Portuguese star.

World Cup Qualifying: CONCACAF Rewind

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by GIANFRANCO PANIZO

With the United States and Costa Rica having already reached the half-way point in CONCACAF World Cup qualifying, it was the bottom four teams of the table that were left to fight it out in a pair of close qualifiers Wednesday night.

Mexico's qualifying campaign got a much needed lift as El Tri defeated Trinidad and Tobago in the friendly confines of Estadio Azteca, 2-1.

USMNT in talks with Iran about potential November friendly

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The U.S. men's national team's long-rumored potential friendly vs. Iran is moving closer to reality.

U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati revealed on Thursday that Iran and the United States are in discussions and a friendly is a very real possibility.

"We've had discussions with the Iran federation about possibly playing a game during one of the international FIFA dates in November," Gulati said in a statement released by the USSF.

Evening Ticker: Italy holds of NZ, Setanta's struggles and CONCACAF Champions League draw set for Thursday

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Fielding a team of reserves, the Italian national team went into halftime trailing New Zealand 2-1 in their international friendly on Wednesday. A few second-half subs later and Italy had rattled off three goals to score a 4-3 victory against the Kiwis in a friendly in South Africa.

Vincenzo Iaquinta's pair of second-half strikes proved to be the difference as Italy overcame some first-half goalkeeping blunders from back-up Marco Amelia.

Chivas USA vs. Houston Dynamo: Your Running Commentary

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The top two teams in Major League Soccer are set to meet tonight in a mid-week Western Conference clash. Chivas USA, holders of the best record in MLS (8-2-3), take on the Houston Dynamo (6-2-3), the hottest team in the league and riders of an eight match unbeaten streak.

There are plenty of great match-ups in this one, from Stuart Holden vs.

SBI Fantasy MLS Corner

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By CASEY CANNON

Hello and Welcome to the Soccer by Ives Fantasy Corner – now extra strength to ease pain and minimize swelling! Every week I dig through statistics, news, and rumors to provide the reader with the kind of fantasy advice that only a professional kick boxer can provide.

A busy day in World Cup Qualifying

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World Cup qualifying kicks off around the world today as the pressure to qualify for the 2010 World Cup grows and teams start securing their places in the 32-team field.

There are always surprises in qualifying, which makes the matches that much more exciting and unpredictable. Consider that Argentina sits in fourth place in CONMEBOL qualifying while Portugal and Sweden stand in danger of not even qualifying for the tournament.

Taking stock of the Red Bulls mess

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Red Bulls fans want blood, and you can't really blame them.

Sunday's 4-0 loss to New England, the team's fourth straight (fifth counting the U.

Confederations Cup: Scouting Italy

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If you have been curious to know what the Italian national team will look like when it lines up against the U.S. national team in Monday's Confederations Cup opener for both teams, today is your chance to see the "Azzurri".

Italy will face New Zealand today in a friendly in South Africa (4:40pm, GolTV).

Confederations Cup: Scouting Italy

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If you have been curious to know what the Italian national team will look like when it lines up against the U.S. national team in Monday's Confederations Cup opener for both teams, today is your chance to see the "Azzurri".

Italy will face New Zealand today in a friendly in South Africa (4:40pm, GolTV).

Taking stock of the Red Bulls mess

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Red Bulls fans want blood, and you can't really blame them.

Sunday's 4-0 loss to New England, the team's fourth straight (fifth counting the U.

A busy day in World Cup Qualifying

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World Cup qualifying kicks off around the world today as the pressure to qualify for the 2010 World Cup grows and teams start securing their places in the 32-team field.

There are always surprises in qualifying, which makes the matches that much more exciting and unpredictable. Consider that Argentina sits in fourth place in CONMEBOL qualifying while Portugal and Sweden stand in danger of not even qualifying for the tournament.

SBI Fantasy MLS Corner

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By CASEY CANNON

Hello and Welcome to the Soccer by Ives Fantasy Corner – now extra strength to ease pain and minimize swelling! Every week I dig through statistics, news, and rumors to provide the reader with the kind of fantasy advice that only a professional kick boxer can provide.

Kaka set to join Real Madrid

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Real Madrid has set out to capture a boat-load of the world top soccer players this summer and is closing in on its first major signing, with Brazilian star Kaka set to join the Spanish giants after passing a physical on Monday.

So how much is Kaka costing? Try £56 million (almost $90 million), smashing the old transfer record set when Zinedine Zidane joined Real Madrid from Juventus for £47m (about $75.

D.C. United 2, Red Bulls 0: A Look Back

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At times it wasn't the prettiest display of soccer, but D.C. United managed to grind out a much-needed win last Thursday against the New York Red Bulls. The result was a welcome difference from the draws that were becoming commonplace at RFK Stadium.

Twellman named MLS Player of the Week

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New England Revolution striker Taylor Twellman scored his first two goals of the 2009 season, including his 100th career goal, to help the Revs beat the New York Red Bulls, 4-0, on Sunday. The performance earned Twellman MLS Player of the Week honors.

Twellman became the youngest player to score 100 goals (29 years, 100 days) and scored 100 in the fastest time (174 games).

Confederations Cup: Who should the USA start vs. Italy?

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The U.S. men's national team is in South Africa preparing for the Confederations Cup and is now just a week away from facing off against Italy in its opening group match.

WPS Week 11: A Look Back

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By CHRISTA MANN

Week 11 in Women's Pro Soccer began with a meeting between the L.A. Sol and Chicago Red Stars on Wednesday in the first WPS midweek match of the season. Late goals by Chicago's Cristiane in the 88th and the Sol's Camile Abily in the 90th opened this week of play with 1-1 tie.

Transfer Ticker: Eto'o open to transfer talk, Pato to speak with Ancelotti and more

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Barcelona striker Samuel Eto'o is not ruling out a possible transfer move this summer.

Eto'o is coming off a 30-goal season in La Liga and with only a year remaining on his current contract, Barcelona is trying to work out a new deal.

Revolution 4, Red Bulls 0: A Look Back

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By CARL SETTERLUND

It was a historic day for the New England Revolution and a forgettable one for the New York Red Bulls on Sunday.

Taylor Twellman (100 goals), Jay Heaps (300 appearances) and Matt Reis all reached major career milestones in a game where it really seemed like a healthy Revs squad could recapture that magic of yesteryear that's helped them to so many memorable seasons.

San Jose deals Weaver to Houston for Wondolowski and draft pick

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The Houston Dynamo has added yet another forward, bringing in Cam Weaver from the San Jose Earthquakes in a trade completed Tuesday that sends Chris Wondolowski to the Earthquakes, along with a conditional draft pick.

San Jose firesale continues: Garcia shipped to Toronto FC, which also lands rights to Gerba

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The San Jose Earthquakes continued their roster reconstruction by sending veteran defender Nick Garcia and the discovery rights to Canadian national team striker Ali Gerba to Toronto FC for a third-round pick in the 2010 MLS Draft.

Why did the Earthquakes just trade the veteran leader of their defense?

European Spotlight: Edin Dzeko

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If you were wondering where AC Milan might spend some of the money just secured from the sale of Kaka, look no further than Bosnian striker Edin Dzeko.

Haven't heard of Dzeko (pronounced Jeh-ko)? If you don't follow the German Bundesliga then it might have been easy to miss the dream season he just enjoyed with Bundesliga champions VFL Wolfsburg.

European Spotlight: Edin Dzeko

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If you were wondering where AC Milan might spend some of the money just secured from the sale of Kaka, look no further than Bosnian striker Edin Dzeko.

Haven't heard of Dzeko (pronounced Jeh-ko)? If you don't follow the German Bundesliga then it might have been easy to miss the dream season he just enjoyed with Bundesliga champions VFL Wolfsburg.

San Jose firesale continues as Garcia shipped to Toronto FC, which also lands rights to Gerba

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The San Jose Earthquakes continued their roster reconstruction by sending veteran defender Nick Garcia and the Discovery rights to Canadian striker Ali Gerba to Toronto FC for a third-round pick.

Why did the Earthquakes just trade the veteran leader of their defense? Well, they did it because he has been absolutely awful this year and has been to blame for countless goals allowed by San Jose's awful back-line.

Revolution 4, Red Bulls 0: A Look Back

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By CARL SETTERLUND

It was a historic day for the New England Revolution and a forgettable one for the New York Red Bulls on Sunday.

Taylor Twellman (100 goals), Jay Heaps (300 appearances) and Matt Reis all reached major career milestones in a game where it really seemed like a healthy Revs squad could recapture that magic of yesteryear that's helped them to so many memorable seasons.

San Jose deals Weaver to Houston for Wondolowski and draft pick

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The Houston Dynamo has added yet another forward, bringing in Cam Weaver from the San Jose Earthquakes in a trade completed Tuesday that sends Chris Wondolowski to the Earthquakes, along with a conditional draft pick.

Transfer Ticker: Eto'o open to transfer talk, Pato to speak with Ancelotti and more

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by GIANFRANCO PANIZO

Barcelona striker Samuel Eto'o is not ruling out a possible transfer move this summer.

Eto'o is coming off a 30-goal season in La Liga and with only a year remaining on his current contract, Barcelona is trying to work out a new deal.

WPS Week 11: A Look Back

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By CHRISTA MANN

Week 11 in Women's Pro Soccer began with a meeting between the L.A. Sol and Chicago Red Stars on Wednesday in the first WPS midweek match of the season. Late goals by Chicago's Cristiane in the 88th and the Sol's Camile Abily in the 90th opened this week of play with 1-1 tie.

Confederations Cup: Who should the USA start vs. Italy?

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The U.S. men's national team is in South Africa preparing for the Confederations Cup and is now just a week away from facing off against Italy in its opening group match.

Twellman named MLS Player of the Week

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New England Revolution striker Taylor Twellman made the most of his first start of the MLS season, scoring two goals, including his 100th career goal, to help the Revs beat the New York Red Bulls, 4-0, on Sunday. The performance earned Twellman MLS Player of the Week honors.

Twellman became the youngest player to score 100 goals (29 years, 100 days) and scored 100 in the fastest time (174 games).

D.C. United 2, Red Bulls 0: A Look Back

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At times it wasn't the prettiest display of soccer, but D.C. United managed to grind out a much-needed win last Thursday against the New York Red Bulls. The result was a welcome difference from the draws that were becoming commonplace at RFK Stadium.

Kaka set to join Real Madrid

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Real Madrid has set out to capture a boat-load of the world top soccer players this summer and is closing in on its first major signing, with Brazilian star Kaka set to join the Spanish giants after passing a physical on Monday.

So how much is Kaka costing? Try £56 million (almost $90 million), smashing the old transfer record set when Zinedine Zidane joined Real Madrid from Juventus for £47m (about $75.

SBI MLS Power Rankings (Week 12)

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The usual suspects are making their way up the Major League Soccer standings.

The defending MLS Cup Champions Columbus Crew and perennial East power New England Revolution are starting to rack up the results, making the Eastern Conference the brutal group it was expected to be when the season began.

CONCACAF Update: How much trouble is Mexico in?

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Three road qualifiers. Three losses. Three points from four matches.

That is the sorry state the Mexican national team finds itself in four games into its World Cup qualifying campaign. Saturday's 2-1 loss to El Salvador has Mexico in must-win mode mid-way through the Hexagonal Round of CONCACAF qualifying.

USA 2, Honduras 1: A Look Back

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What a difference three days can make.

Last Thursday morning, after the U.S. national team's 3-1 loss to Costa Rica, pessimism was king and there was little reason for optimism regarding the U.

Red Bulls at New England Revolution: Your Running Commentary

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The New York Red Bulls are in Gillette Stadium today to take on the New England Revolution (6pm, MSG) in what has to be considered a must-win game if the Red Bulls are to try and keep their faint playoff hopes alive.

Yes, it is only June 7th, but the Red Bulls are losing more and more ground in the Eastern Conference standings and a loss to the Revs today will bury New York even deeper in the basement.

Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

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It is a light day in the soccer world, but there are still matches worth watching and talking about today.

World Cup qualifiers in South America (Peru vs. Ecuador) and Africa (Mali vs. Ghana) headline the schedule, while a pair of MLS matches are on the docket as well.

Whether you watched some of the action from earlier today, or you're preparing to watch the upcoming matches, please feel free to share your thoughts, opinions and some play-by-play in the comments section below.

USA comes back to beat Honduras, 2-1

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When Carlos Costly's fifth-minute strike gave Honduras an early lead on Saturday, U.S. men's national team fans had the scary feeling that they were in for a repeat performance of Wednesday's awful loss to Costa Rica.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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Good afternoon folks. For those of you who will be enjoying the international soccer action today, with World Cup qualifying from Europe to South America, this is your post to discuss all the action.

If you will be watching the likes of England or Serbia, or Argentina or Brazil, please feel free to share your thoughts, opinions and some play-by-play in the comments section below.

USA vs. Honduras: Match Night Commentary

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The U.S. men's national team will look to erase the memories of Wednesday night's crushing 3-1 loss to Costa Rica by trying to beat Honduras at Soldier Field in Chicago tonight (8pm, ESPN2).

The U.S. team needs to avoid a loss tonight to keep from dropping as far as third place in the CONCACAF Hexagonal standing.

USA vs. Honduras: Match Night Commentary

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The U.S. men's national team will look to erase the memories of Wednesday night's crushing 3-1 loss to Costa Rica by beating Honduras at Soldier Field in Chicago tonight (8pm, ESPN2).

The U.S. team needs to avoid a loss tonight to keep from dropping as far as third place in the CONCACAF Hexagonal standing.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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Good afternoon folks. For those of you who will be enjoying the international soccer action today, with World Cup qualifying from Europe to South America, this is your post to discuss all the action.

If you will be watching the likes of England or Serbia, or Argentina or Brazil, please feel free to share your thoughts, opinions and some play-by-play in the comments section below.

MLS Matchday 12: Your Running Commentary

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The U.S. men's national team's match against Honduras tonight will take up most of the attention of American soccer fans today, but there are still MLS matches taking place and still key battles to be waged across the country.

Chivas USA plays host to Seattle tonight in the best match of the day while the Columbus Crew looks to keep climbing up the East standings with a win against Kansas City.

MLS Matchday 12: Your Running Commentary

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The U.S. men's national team's match against Honduras tonight will take up most of the attention of American soccer fans today, but there are still MLS matches taking place and still key battles to be waged across the country.

Chivas USA plays host to Seattle tonight in the best match of the day while the Columbus Crew looks to keep climbing up the East standings with a win against Kansas City.

WPS Week 11: A Look Ahead

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By CHRISTA MANN

Week 11 in Women's Pro Soccer began Wednesday when the L.A. Sol tied the Chicago Red Stars 1-1 in the first-ever WPS midweek match-up of the season.  Regular league play will soon continue with three Sunday games featuring both teams from the midweek match-up and all others minus the Boston Breakers.

WPS Week 11: A Look Ahead

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By CHRISTA MANN

Week 11 in Women's Pro Soccer began Wednesday when the L.A. Sol tied the Chicago Red Stars 1-1 in the first-ever WPS midweek match-up of the season.  Regular league play will soon continue with three Sunday games featuring both teams from the midweek match-up and all others minus the Boston Breakers.

Red Bulls at D.C. United: Match Night Commentary

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The New York Red Bulls are in their favorite house of horrors, RFK Stadium, tonight to take on arch-rival D.C. United (7:30pm, ESPN2). The last-place Red Bulls are in dire need of points, but finding some tonight will be difficult against a D.C. team that has had their number this year (and most years for that matter).

Conor Casey gets USMNT Call-Up

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Colorado Rapids forward Conor Casey is coming off being named MLS Player of the Month of May and he his great form has resulted in a look from the U.S. men's national team.

Casey has been called up by U.S. national team coach Bob Bradley for Saturday's World Cup qualifier vs. Honduras.

Ching out for Honduras qualifier

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by GIANFRANCO PANIZO

Brian Ching has been ruled out of the U.S. national team's World Cup qualifier against Honduras on Saturday.

Who should the USMNT start vs. Honduras?

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The starting lineup you see above is the U.S. national team squad that played against (and was embarrassed by) Costa Rica on Wednesday.

USA Confederations Cup roster revealed

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The U.S. men's national team's Confederations Cup 23-man roster has been selected and it has no surprises but a few injury absences that had to be expected.

Sources have told SBI that Brian Ching and Frankie Hejduk will not be making the trip to South Africa, but Conor Casey will be.

Houston Dynamo at Chicago Fire: Match Night Commentary

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Good evening folks. There is one game on the MLS schedule tonight and it happens to be the best match-up of the week. The red-hot Houston Dynamo take on the Chicago Fire in a battle of top MLS teams.

Both squares are missing players due to national team commitments, but it is the Fire that must cope without Cuauhtemoc Blanco, Gonzalo Segares and Bakary Soumare.

Houston Dynamo at Chicago Fire: Match Night Commentary

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Good evening folks. There is one game on the MLS schedule tonight and it happens to be the best match-up of the week. The red-hot Houston Dynamo take on the Chicago Fire in a battle of top MLS teams.

Both squares are missing players due to national team commitments, but it is the Fire that must cope without Cuauhtemoc Blanco, Gonzalo Segares and Bakary Soumare.

USA Confederations Cup roster revealed

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The U.S. men's national team's Confederations Cup 23-man roster has been selected and it has no surprises but a few injury absences that had to be expected.

Sources have told SBI that Brian Ching and Frankie Hejduk will not be making the trip to South Africa, but Conor Casey will be.

Who should the USMNT start vs. Honduras?

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The starting lineup you see above is the U.S. national team squad that played against (and was embarrassed by) Costa Rica on Wednesday.

Ching out for Honduras qualifier

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by GIANFRANCO PANIZO

Brian Ching has been ruled out of the U.S. national team's World Cup qualifier against Honduras on Saturday.

Conor Casey gets USMNT Call-Up

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Colorad Rapids forward Conor Casey is coming off being named MLS Player of the Month of May and he his great form has resulted in a look from the U.S. men's national team.

Casey has been called up by U.S. national team coach Bob Bradley for Saturday's World Cup qualifier vs. Honduras.


Red Bulls at D.C. United: Match Night Commentary

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The New York Red Bulls are in their favorite house of horrors, RFK Stadium, tonight to take on arch-rival D.C. United (7:30pm, ESPN2). The last-place Red Bulls are in dire need of points, but finding some tonight will be difficult against a D.C. team that has had their number this year (and most years for that matter).

Costa Rica 3, USA 1: The Day After

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It was ugly as it was thorough.

The U.S. men's national team was absolutely dominated on Wednesday night, losing to Costa Rica, 3-1, in a result that could have been even worse. Costa Rica did everything the United States was supposed to do, passing the ball well, moving well as a group, dominating with speed and sound defending.

SBI MLS Fantasy Corner

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By CASEY CANNON

Hello and Welcome to the Soccer by Ives Fantasy Corner – with extra sarcasm! Every week I dig through statistics, news, and rumors to provide the reader with the kind of fantasy advice that only a the winner of the Brimstone Cup can provide.

Red Bulls at D.C. United: A Look Ahead

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By TRAVIS CLARK

The last time New York visited RFK Stadium, Juan Carlos Osorio labeled it one of the worst performances he had ever coached. The 5-3 drubbing in that U.S. Open Cup play-in game will be something New York needs to have forgotten as they return to once again take on conference rivals D.

Knee injury sidelines Edu for three months

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by GIANFRANCO PANIZO

If you were hoping to see Maurice Edu in action for the U.S. national team this summer, then you will be disappointed to know that the midfielder will be sidelined for an extended period of time as he recovers from a knee injury.

Edu, who suffered the knee injury in Rangers' season finale against Dundee United, is scheduled to miss at least three months after undergoing successful knee surgery to fix damaged ligaments on Wednesday.

Afternoon Ticker: Kaka sends wishlist to Madrid , Pato brushes off Chelsea and more

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by GIANFRANCO PANIZO

AC Milan midfielder Kaka has sent Real Madrid a wishlist that they will need to meet in order to sign him from Milan.

Kaka's wishlist, which doesn't even include the record transfer Madrid needs to give Milan, insists of a $14.1 million sign-on fee for himself, a $14.

Afternoon Ticker: Kaka sends wishlist to Madrid , Pato brushes off Chelsea and more

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by GIANFRANCO PANIZO

AC Milan midfielder Kaka has sent Real Madrid a wishlist that they will need to meet in order to sign him from Milan.

Kaka's wishlist, which doesn't even include the record transfer Madrid needs to give Milan, insists of a $14.1 million sign-on fee for himself, a $14.

Knee injury sidelines Edu for three months

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by GIANFRANCO PANIZO

If you were hoping to see Maurice Edu in action for the U.S. national team this summer, then you will be disappointed to know that the midfielder will be sidelined for an extended period of time as he recovers from a knee injury.

Edu, who suffered the knee injury in Rangers' season finale against Dundee United, is scheduled to miss at least three months after undergoing successful knee surgery to fix damaged ligaments on Wednesday.

SBI MLS Fantasy Corner

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By CASEY CANNON

Hello and Welcome to the Soccer by Ives Fantasy Corner – with extra sarcasm! Every week I dig through statistics, news, and rumors to provide the reader with the kind of fantasy advice that only a the winner of the Brimstone Cup can provide.

Red Bulls at D.C. United: A Look Ahead

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By TRAVIS CLARK

The last time New York visited RFK Stadium, Juan Carlos Osorio labeled it one of the worst performances he had ever coached. The 5-3 drubbing in that U.S. Open Cup play-in game will be something New York needs to have forgotten as they return to once again take on conference rivals D.

Costa Rica 3, USA 2: The Day After

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It was ugly as it was thorough.

The U.S. men's national team was absolutely dominated on Wednesday night, losing to Costa Rica, 3-1, in a result that could have been even worse. Costa Rica did everything the United States was supposed to do, passing the ball well, moving well as a group, dominating with speed and sound defending.

WPS Midweek: Chicago Red Stars vs. L.A. Sol

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The Chicago Red Stars return to Women's Professional Soccer this Wednesday against the L.A. Sol in the first WPS midweek match-up of the season.

The webcast for this contest, available on the WPS website, begins at 7:25 with a quick, five minute pregame show before the 7:30 kickoff.

Who should start at left back against Costa Rica?

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by GIANFRANCO PANIZO

With Steve Cherundolo and Frankie Hejduk both sidelined with injuries, much has been made of the United States men's national team's right back situation against Costa Rica. But while right back does present an issue, it is the problematic left back spot which has just as many question marks surrounding it heading into tonight's qualifier.

Where will you be watching USA vs. Costa Rica?

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by GIANFRANCO PANIZO

With kickoff approximately six hours away, it is time to start making those last-minute phone calls and preparations as the United States men's national team takes on Costa Rica in the only World Cup qualifier being played today.

The match, slated to start at 10pm ET on ESPN2 and Galavision, pits the top two teams in the CONCACAF standings against one another in a battle for first place.

A closer look at Estadio Saprissa

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The picture above isn't of a prison, or war camp, but of Estadio Saprissa.

We are about three hours from kickoff and I'll be providing coverage throughout the evening. For now, I wanted to give you all a glimpse of what Estadio Saprissa really looks like, so I took a trip down to the stadium earlier today to get some pictures of the place.

USA vs. Costa Rica: Match Night Commentary

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The top two teams in CONCACAF World Cup qualifying square off tonight at Estadio Saprissa as the U.S. national team visits Costa Rica.

You know all the background by now. The Americans have never won at Saprissa. Costa Rica is very strong at Saprissa and a win for either team tonight would go a long way toward helping that team qualify for the 2010 World Cup.

USA vs. Costa Rica: Match Night Commentary

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The top two teams in CONCACAF World Cup qualifying square off tonight at Estadio Saprissa as the U.S. national team visits Costa Rica.

You know all the background by now. The Americans have never won at Saprissa. Costa Rica is very strong at Saprissa and a win for either team tonight would go a long way toward helping that team qualify for the 2010 World Cup.

A closer look at Estadio Saprissa

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The picture above isn't of a prison, or war camp, but of Estadio Saprissa.

We are about three hours from kickoff and I'll be providing coverage throughout the evening. For now, I wanted to give you all a glimpse of what Estadio Saprissa really looks like, so I took a trip down to the stadium earlier today to get some pictures of the place.

Where will you be watching USA vs. Costa Rica?

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by GIANFRANCO PANIZO

With kickoff approximately six hours away, it is time to start making those last-minute phone calls and preparations as the United States men's national team takes on Costa Rica in the only World Cup qualifier being played today.

The match, slated to start at 10pm ET on ESPN2 and Galavision, pits the top two teams in the CONCACAF standings against one another in a battle for first place.

Who should start at left back against Costa Rica?

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by GIANFRANCO PANIZO

With Steve Cherundolo and Frankie Hejduk both sidelined with injuries, much has been made of the United States men's national team's right back situation against Costa Rica. But while right back does present an issue, it is the problematic left back spot which has just as many question marks surrounding it heading into tonight's qualifier.

WPS Midweek: Chicago Red Stars vs. L.A. Sol

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The Chicago Red Stars return to Women's Professional Soccer this Wednesday against the L.A. Sol in the first WPS midweek match-up of the season.

The webcast for this contest, available on the WPS website, begins at 7:25 with a quick, five minute pregame show before the 7:30 kickoff.

USA/Costa Rica: A closer look at Costa Rica

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So what about Costa Rica?

U.S. national team fans have been hearing all about Saprissa Stadium and the U.S. team's history of poor results there, but we haven't heard much about the actual opponent the Americans will face.

So what can be said about 'Los Ticos'? It is a young and talented team with some good weapons in attack, but a defense that the U.

Manchester City after Tevez

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by GIANFRANCO PANIZO

Just one day after signing midfielder Gareth Barry from Aston Villa to a $17 million deal, Manchester City has revealed that they are interested in Manchester United forward Carlos Tevez.

Tevez has been the talk of much transfer speculation over the past few weeks as United appear unwilling to cough up the reported $45.

USA/Costa Rica: Matchday is here

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After days of waiting, USA-Costa Rica World Cup Qualifying matchday is finally here.

The U.S. men's national team will make its final visit to Estadio Ricardo Saprissa tonight and will be looking to record its first victory at the fabled venue before it is replaced by a new stadium.

USA/Costa Rica: A closer look at Costa Rica

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So what about Costa Rica?

U.S. national team fans have been hearing all about Saprissa Stadium and the U.S. team's history of poor results there, but we haven't heard much about the actual opponent the Americans will face.

So what can be said about 'Los Ticos'? It is a young and talented team with some good weapons in attack, but a defense that the U.

Manchester City after Tevez

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by GIANFRANCO PANIZO

Just one day after signing midfielder Gareth Barry from Aston Villa to a $17 million deal, Manchester City has revealed that they are interested in Manchester United forward Carlos Tevez.

Tevez has been the talk of much transfer speculation over the past few weeks as United appear unwilling to cough up the reported $45.

USA/Costa Rica: Matchday is here

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After days of waiting, USA-Costa Rica World Cup Qualifying matchday is finally here.

The U.S. men's national team will make its final visit to Estadio Ricardo Saprissa tonight and will be looking to record its first victory at the fabled venue before it is replaced by a new stadium. Costa Rica will look to knock off the United States an take over first place in the Hexagonal Round of World Cup qualifying.

Conor Casey named MLS player of the month

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Colorado forward Conor Casey was named MLS player of the month for May. Casey earned the nod after scoring four goals during the month. He helped lead the Rapids to a 2-0-2 mark in May. What do you think of Casey's recent form? Think he merits a national team look? Hoping he gets called into the Gold Cup?

USMNT Notes: Bradley confident in right back options, Donovan looking forward to Saprissa

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The U.S. men's national team held a press conference today in advance of Wednesday night's World Cup qualifier against Costa Rica and while there were no real surprises, the event still had its amusing moments and interesting comments from head coach Bob Bradley, Landon Donovan and Carlos Bocanegra.

USMNT Notes: Bradley confident in right back options, Donovan looking forward to Saprissa

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The U.S. men's national team held a press conference today in advance of Wednesday night's World Cup qualifier against Costa Rica and while there were no real surprises, the event still had its amusing moments and interesting comments from head coach Bob Bradley, Landon Donovan and Carlos Bocanegra.

Conor Casey named MLS player of the month

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Colorado forward Conor Casey was named MLS player of the month for May. Casey earned the nod after scoring four goals during the month. He helped lead the Rapids to a 2-0-2 mark in May. What do you think of Casey's recent form? Think he merits a national team look? Hoping he gets called into the Gold Cup?

Onyewu sues Anderlecht defender over racial slur

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This photo shows much happier times for U.S. national team defender Oguchi Onyewu, who is seen celebrating Standard Liege's Belgian League championship, which was won by defeating Anderlecht in a playoff.

It was during that same playoff series that Onyewu alleges that Anderlecht defender Jelles Van Damme uttered a racial slur at Onyewu.

Notes from San Jose: Seeing Saprissa for the first time

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I saw Estadio Saprissa for the first time on Monday and what I saw wasn't exactly what I was expecting.

Rather than some cathedral to the game, or imposing structure, what I found was a rundown concrete structure that looked more like a post-nuclear ruin than famous stadium (though the inside of the stadium is in better shape than the exterior).

WPS Week 10: A Look Back

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By CHRISTA MANN

Women's Pro Soccer confirmed a few things in Week 10 of its inaugural season. The L.A. Sol is still the best team in the league, Natasha Kai is still capable of playing like her old self, FC Gold Pride will continue to struggle without a consistent starting line-up and the Washington Freedom is a good team that had a rough stretch.

Onyewu sues Anderlecht defender over racial slur

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This photo shows much happier times for U.S. national team defender Oguchi Onyewu, who is seen celebrating Standard Liege's Belgian League championship, which was won by defeating Anderlecht in a playoff.

It was during that same playoff series that Onyewu alleges that Anderlecht defender Jelles Van Damme uttered a racial slur at Onyewu.

WPS Week 10: A Look Back

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By CHRISTA MANN

Women's Pro Soccer confirmed a few things in Week 10 of its inaugural season. The L.A. Sol is still the best team in the league, Natasha Kai is still capable of playing like her old self, FC Gold Pride will continue to struggle without a consistent starting line-up and the Washington Freedom is a good team that had a rough stretch.

Notes from San Jose: Seeing Saprissa for the first time

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I saw Estadio Saprissa for the first time on Monday and what I saw wasn't exactly what I was expecting.

Rather than some cathedral to the game, or imposing structure, what I found was a rundown concrete structure that looked more like a post-nuclear ruin than famous stadium (though the inside of the stadium is in better shape than the exterior).

New England 2, D.C. United 1: A Look Back

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By CARL SETTERLUND

New England needed a little help from the referees, but a last-minute penalty, coolly finished by the incomparable Steve Ralston, was just the break they needed to snap out of their six-game winless skid and grab a 2-1 win over D.C. United.

Taylor Twellman made his first appearance of the year, subbing in for Jeff Larentowicz (concussion) in the 25th minute and he might have had the biggest impact on the game out of anyone, even though it won't show up in the box score.

New England 2, D.C. United 1: A Look Back

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By CARL SETTERLUND

New England needed a little help from the referees, but a last-minute penalty, coolly finished by the incomparable Steve Ralston, was just the break they needed to snap out of their six-game winless skid and grab a 2-1 win over D.C. United.

Taylor Twellman made his first appearance of the year, subbing in for Jeff Larentowicz (concussion) in the 25th minute and he might have had the biggest impact on the game out of anyone, even though it won't show up in the box score.

USMNT calls up Clark to replace Edu

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Houston Dynamo midfielder Ricardo Clark has been called in to the U.S. national team camp ahead of its World Cup qualifier against Costa Rica on Wednesday. Clark replaces Maurice Edu, who suffered a leg injury last week that could keep him out an extended period of time.

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USMNT calls up Clark to replace Edu

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Houston Dynamo midfielder Ricardo Clark has been called in to the U.S. national team camp ahead of its World Cup qualifier against Costa Rica on Wednesday. Clark replaces Maurice Edu, who suffered a leg injury last week that could keep him out an extended period of time.

Set to join the U.

Greetings from Costa Rica: Who should the USA start on Wednesday?

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Good morning all. I am coming to you from San Jose, Costa Rica, where the U.S. men's national team will be arriving today ahead of Wednesday night's crucial CONCACAF World Cup qualifier vs. Costa Rica. I will be providing updates from San Jose periodically so be sure to check in to SBI for the latest updates from San Jose.

Confederations Cup: Spain unveils star-studded squad

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by GIANFRANCO PANIZO

Spain has named its 23-man roster for the Confederations Cup and the team is as stacked as ever.

The European champions' roster includes Xavi, Andres Iniesta, Gerard Pique and Carles Puyol, all of which played last week when Barcelona blanked Manchester United in the UEFA Champions League final.

Ancelotti signs with Chelsea

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by GIANFRANCO PANIZO

Just one day after his dismissal from AC Milan, Carlo Ancelotti has signed a three-year deal with Chelsea.

The appointment of Ancelloti comes just one day after Guus Hiddink departed from The Blues. Ancelloti, who won the Champions League twice with AC Milan, in 2003 and 2007, will officially replace Hiddink as Chelsea manager on July 1.

SBI MLS Power Rankings (Week 11)

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Just when you think you have a good read on Major League Soccer, you get a week like Week 11.

The Chicago Fire defeated Chivas USA, arguably the best team in MLS, on Thursday, then gets pummeled at home by FC Dallas, widely-regarded as one of the worst teams in MLS.

Special1TV: The Best of Season One

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The end of the European soccer season can be a depressing time for soccer fans, but it isn't the only reason to be down. The end of the European season also means the end of the first season of Special 1 TV.

The best part about that? Getting a chance to look back at the best skits and episodes of the past season.

Real Madrid hires Pellegrini as head coach

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Manuel Pellegrini has left Villarreal to become Real Madrid's new head coach, giving the La Liga runner-up a respected tactician in charge while leaving Villarreal's (and Jozy Altidore's) future in doubt.

Real Madrid parted ways with Juande Ramos after less than a full season at the helm and, after having been linked with Arsene Wenger, Madrid eventually signed Pellegrini, one of the most well-respected managers in Europe.

USMNT Update: Hejduk out for Wednesday, Altidore fit enough to start (and more)

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U.S. national team defender Frankie Hejduk has been ruled out for Wednesday night's World Cup qualifier vs. Costa Rica. U.S. coach Bob Bradley confirmed on Wednesday that Hejduk wouldn't be able to overcome the recent groin injury that has kept him out of action with Columbus.

Bradley also revealed that forward Jozy Altidore is fit enough to start for the U.

USMNT Update: Hejduk out for Wednesday, Altidore fit enough to start (and more)

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U.S. national team defender Frankie Hejduk has been ruled out for Wednesday night's World Cup qualifier vs. Costa Rica. U.S. coach Bob Bradley confirmed on Wednesday that Hejduk wouldn't be able to overcome the recent groin injury that has kept him out of action with Columbus.

Bradley also revealed that forward Jozy Altidore is fit enough to start for the U.

Real Madrid hires Pellegrini as head coach

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Manuel Pellegrini has left Villarreal to become Real Madrid's new head coach, giving the La Liga runner-up a respected tactician in charge while leaving Villarreal's (and Jozy Altidore's) future in doubt.

Real Madrid parted ways with Juande Ramos after less than a full season at the helm and, after having been linked with Arsene Wenger, Madrid eventually signed Pellegrini, one of the most well-respected managers in Europe.

Special1TV: The Best of Season One

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The end of the European soccer season can be a depressing time for soccer fans, but it isn't the only reason to be down. The end of the European season also means the end of the first season of Special 1 TV.

The best part about that? Getting a chance to look back at the best skits and episodes of the past season.

SBI MLS Power Rankings (Week 11)

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                                                         Photo by ISIphotos.com


Just when you think you have a good read on Major League Soccer, you get a week like Week 11.

The Chicago Fire defeated Chivas USA, arguably the best team in MLS, on Thursday, then gets pummeled at home by FC Dallas, widely-regarded as one of the worst teams in MLS.

Ancelotti signs with Chelsea

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by GIANFRANCO PANIZO

Just one day after his dismissal from AC Milan, Carlo Ancelotti has signed a three-year deal with Chelsea.

The appointment of Ancelloti comes just one day after Guus Hiddink departed from The Blues. Ancelloti, who won the Champions League twice with AC Milan, in 2003 and 2007, will officially replace Hiddink as Chelsea manager on July 1.

Confederations Cup: Spain unveils star-studded squad

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by GIANFRANCO PANIZO

Spain has named its 23-man roster for the Confederations Cup and the team is as stacked as ever.

The European champions' roster includes Xavi, Andres Iniesta, Gerard Pique and Carles Puyol, all of which played last week when Barcelona blanked Manchester United in the UEFA Champions League final.

Greetings from Costa Rica: Who should the USA start on Wednesday?

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Good morning all. I am coming to you from San Jose, Costa Rica, where the U.S. men's national team will be arriving today ahead of Wednesday night's crucial CONCACAF World Cup qualifier vs. Costa Rica. I will be providing updates from San Jose periodically so be sure to check in to SBI for the latest updates from San Jose.