Soccer By Ives Archives for January 2009

Columbus Crew at New York Red Bulls: Matchday Commentary

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The best team in Major League Soccer faces the worst in the last MLS match of the weekend as the COlumbus Crew take on the New York Red Bulls.

Given the sad state of the Red Bulls it's almost a sin to remind folks that this is a rematch of last year's MLS Cup, but it is.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

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by GIANFRANCO PANIZO

In the final weekend of club action before a pair of critical World Cup qualifiers, some of the U.

Beckham's SuperClasico game-winner

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Remember that whole Galaxy fan grudge against David Beckham? A game-winning goal against Chivas USA may have been enough to erase any lingering resentment toward the English star as Beckham delivered an 80th minute goal to help LA knock off the Goats, 1-0, at Home Depot Center on Saturday night.

Real Madrid's 'Galacticos' off to winning start

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Real Madrid debuted the most expensive team in soccer history on Saturday and the start was a winning one for Manuel Pellegrini's men.

New signings Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo scored goals in Real Madrid's 3-2 victory vs. Deportivo La Coruna. Kaka didn't score, but his beautiful pass on Benzema's goal started the proceedings.

WPS All-Stars v. Umeå IK

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The best of the best in Women's Pro Soccer will compete against Umea IK in Sunday's WPS All-Star Game.

Umeå is the top team in Damallsvenskan (Swedish premier division) and has won seven Swedish championships in the last four seasons (2005-2008). In 2007 and 2008 Umeå finished runner-up in the UEFA Women's Cup with Marta on its roster for the five years before she joined the WPS.

Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

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Today's menu of soccer matches on TV may not be as loaded with marquee match-ups as Saturday's, but there are great games nonetheless. From England to France to Spain, there are matches with intriguing sub-plots and stars to see.

Bordeaux-Marseille, Roma-Juventus and Valencia Sevilla are just a few of the quality encounters on tap today, as well as a good MLS showdown between Houston and Colorado.

Inter Milan mauls AC Milan, 4-0

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The scoreboard says it all.

The Milan Derby wasn't much of a contest on Saturday as Inter Milan shredded AC Milan's defense in a first-half display of dominance that has Inter talking another Scudetto and AC Milan fans wondering if their team is just too old.

Inter's 4-0 win, driven by beautiful goals by Thiago Motta and Maicon, will serve notice that Jose Mourinho's men are ready to be a serious challenger to the likes of Barcelona, Real Madrid, Chelsea and Manchester United for the European title.

Inter Milan mauls AC Milan, 4-0

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The scoreboard says it all.

The Milan Derby wasn't much of a contest on Saturday as Inter Milan shredded AC Milan's defense in a first-half display of dominance that has Inter talking another Scudetto and AC Milan fans wondering if their team is just too old.

Inter's 4-0 win, driven by beautiful goals by Thiago Motta and Maicon, will serve notice that Jose Mourinho's men are ready to be a serious challenger to the likes of Barcelona, Real Madrid, Chelsea and Manchester United for the European title.

Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

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Today's menu of soccer matches on TV may not be as loaded with marquee match-ups as Saturday's, but there are great games nonetheless. From England to France to Spain, there are matches with intriguing sub-plots and stars to see.

Bordeaux-Marseille, Roma-Juventus and Valencia Sevilla are just a few of the quality encounters on tap today, as well as a good MLS showdown between Houston and Colorado.

This weekend's Soccer on TV

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by GIANFRANCO PANIZO

If you're a big fan of fierce rivalries and heavyweight brawls then this is the weekend for you.

The Milan Derby will set the stage on a weekend full of high profile match-ups, including Arsenal-Manchester United, AS Roma-Juventus and Olympique Marseille-Bordeaux.

U.S. Under-20 World Cup roster announced

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Midfielders Mikkel Diskerud and Dilly Duka and forwards Brek Shea and Tony Taylor headline the 21-man roster selected to represent the United States at the Under-20 World Cup in Egypt next month.

European Ticker: Eduardo faces suspension, Europa League Groups drawn and more

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Arsenal striker Eduardo is in danger of facing a two-game suspension after UEFA determined that he was guilty of misleading the referee after his blatant dive during Arsenal's Champions League playoff vs. Celtic on Wednesday.

Here is the dive, in case you missed it the first time.

If suspended, Eduardo would miss Arsenal's first two Champions League group stage matches against Standard Leige on Sept.

MLS Matchday 24: A Look Ahead

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September is almost here and the MLS playoff race is beginning to tighten as teams begin to realize just how much tougher it is to make the post-season than it was a few years ago.

The Home Depot Clasico serves as the weekend's headliner, with the Los Angeles looking to put a stranglehold on the playoff spot it currently holds, while also putting a dent into its arch-rival's own post-season chances.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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You've waited all summer for European club soccer to come back into full swing and this weekend is that first weekend when all the top leagues are in action.

Not only are all the leagues you love playing, but there are also juicy match-ups galore, from Man Utd-Arsenal to AC Milan-Inter Milan to Bayern Munich Wolfsburg to tonight's MLS showdown between the LA Galaxy and Chivas USA.

Vieira hints at MLS move

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Inter Milan midfielder Patrick Vieira could soon be playing in MLS.

Vieira revealed on Saturday that this will be his last season playing football in Europe, and that he is considering plying his trade in the United States in 2010. Vieira also stated that former New York Red Bull and French international Youri Djorkaeff had a role in convincing him of playing in MLS.

Man. United rallies to defeat Arsenal

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by GIANFRANCO PANIZO

Manchester United scored two goals in a span of five minutes to come from behind and defeat Arsenal 2-1 at Old Trafford on Saturday.

Arsenal drew first blood in the 40th minute of this intense rivalry when Andrei Arshavin found enough space to hit a splendid strike from distance.

Pittman nets Wycombe Wanderers winner

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American-born forward Jon-Paul Pittman scored the decisive goal in Wycombe Wanderer's 2-1 victory over Bristol Rovers on Saturday.

Pittman, who entered the match at the hour mark, netted the game-winner in the 80th minute. The 2-1 result gave Wycombe their first victory of the year.

Pittman nets Wycombe Wanderers winner

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American-born forward Jon-Paul Pittman scored the decisive goal in Wycombe Wanderer's 2-1 victory over Bristol Rovers on Saturday.

Pittman, who entered the match at the hour mark, netted the game-winner in the 80th minute. The 2-1 result gave Wycombe their first victory of the year.

Man. United rallies to defeat Arsenal

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by GIANFRANCO PANIZO

Manchester United scored two goals in a span of five minutes to come from behind and defeat Arsenal 2-1 at Old Trafford on Saturday.

Arsenal drew first blood in the 40th minute when Andrei Arshavin found enough space to hit a splendid strike from distance that soared into the upper left corner past goalkeeper Ben Foster.

Vieira hints at MLS move

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Inter Milan midfielder Patrick Vieira's future could soon land him in MLS.

Vieira revealed on Saturday that this will be his last year playing football in Europe, and that he is considering plying his trade in the United States in 2010. Vieira also stated that former French international Youri Djorkaeff had a role in convincing him of playing in MLS.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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You've waited all summer for European club soccer to come back into full swing and this weekend is that first weekend when all the top leagues are in action.

Not only are all the leagues you love playing, but there are also juicy match-ups galore, from Man Utd-Arsenal to AC Milan-Inter Milan to Bayern Munich Wolfsburg to tonight's MLS showdown between the LA Galaxy and Chivas USA.

MLS Matchday 24: A Look Ahead

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September is almost here and the MLS playoff race is beginning to tighten as teams begin to realize just how much tougher it is to make the post-season than it was a few years ago.

The Home Depot Clasico serves as the weekend's headliner, with the Los Angeles looking to put a stranglehold on the playoff spot it currently holds, while also putting a dent into its arch-rival's own post-season chances.

European Ticker: Eduardo faces suspension, Europa League Groups drawn and more

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Arsenal striker Eduardo is in danger of facing a two-game suspension after UEFA determined that he was guilty of misleading the referee after his blatant dive during Arsenal's Champions League playoff vs. Celtic on Wednesday.

Here is the dive, in case you missed it the first time.

If suspended, Eduardo would miss Arsenal's first two Champions League group stage matches against Standard Leige on Sept.

U.S. Under-20 World Cup roster revealed

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Midfielders Mikkel Diskerud and Dilly Duka and forwards Brek Shea and Tony Taylor headline the 21-man roster selected to represent the United States at the Under-20 World Cup in Egypt next month.

This weekend's Soccer on TV

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by GIANFRANCO PANIZO

If you're a big fan of fierce rivalries and heavyweight brawls then this is the weekend for you.

The Milan Derby will set the stage on a weekend full of high profile match-ups, including Arsenal-Manchester United, AS Roma-Juventus and Olympique Marseille-Bordeaux.

Eduardo's awful dive

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For you night owls and West Coasters, here is video footage of the dive everybody's talking about. It's Arsenal striker Eduardo doing his best Greg Louganis in Arsenal's UEFA Champions League victory vs. Celtic on Wednesday:

(If this video clip is pulled, you can probably find the clip pretty easily)

Is that the worst dive you've seen in a while?

Rough night for MLS teams in CONCACAF Champions League

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It was about as ugly a night as Major League Soccer fans could have expected in CONCACAF Champions League action on Wednesday night, with two MLS teams suffering multi-goal losses to Mexican clubs while a third squandered a lead in the 90th minute of a red card-filled affair.

Altidore's Carling Cup goal

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It took a few days, but a video of Jozy Altidore's Carling Cup goal has finally surfaced (thanks to SBI reader Alex).

Here's his 30-yard free-kick blast:

What did you think of the goal? Ready to see Altidore try some free kicks for the U.S. national team?

Share your thoughts below.

American owner set to buy Serie A club Bari

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Just when you thought Oguchi Onyewu was the only American plying his trade in Serie A, now comes word that an American has purchased newly-promoted Serie A club Bari.

Texas-based and Connecticut-born business man Tim Barton revealed his plans to not only buy Bari, but also to bring in some American players to help boost the prospects of the club that handed Inter Milan an season-opening draw last weekend.

Barcelona to face Inter Milan as UEFA Champions League groups are set

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The UEFA Champions League group stage draw was always going to provide some juicy match-ups, but this year's draw was filled with them.

Inter Milan and defending champion FC Barcelona will clash in a battle of top teams who traded star forwards this summer as Samuel Eto'o and Zlatan Ibrahimovic pay visits to their old stomping grounds.

An interview with Landon Donovan

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While we wait for the complete roster for the U.S. national team's upcoming World Cup qualifiers to be released (it's being released in pieces on USSoccer.com), here is a rather unique interview with U.S. national team star Landon Donovan (courtesy ofSBI reader Michael Peters).

No, it's not really insightful, but it's a bit funny and is something to help us get through the day

Enjoy:

USA names 24-man camp ahead of World Cup qualifiers

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Bob Bradley has announced the 24-man squad he will bring into camp for the U.S. national team's upcoming World Cup qualifiers vs.

USA names squad ahead of World Cup qualifiers

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Bob Bradley has announced the squad he will bring in for the U.S. national team's upcoming World Cup qualifiers vs.

An interview with Landon Donovan

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While we wait for the complete roster for the U.S. national team's upcoming World Cup qualifiers to be released (it's being released in pieces on USSoccer.com), here is a rather unique interview with U.S. national team star Landon Donovan (courtesy ofSBI reader Michael Peters).

No, it's not really insightful, but it's a bit funny and is something to help us get through the day

Enjoy:


Barcelona to face Inter Milan as UEFA Champions League groups are set

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The UEFA Champions League group stage draw was always going to provide some juicy match-ups, but this year's draw was filled with them.

Inter Milan and defending champion FC Barcelona will clash in a battle of top teams who traded star forwards this summer as Samuel Eto'o and Zlatan Ibrahimovic pay visits to their old stomping grounds.

American owner set to buy Serie A club Bari

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Just when you thought Oguchi Onyewu was the only American plying his trade in Serie A, now comes word that an American is ready to buy newly-promoted Serie A club Bari.

Texas-based and Connecticut-born business man Tim Barton revealed his plans to not only buy Bari, but also to bring in some American players to help boost the prospects of the club that handed Inter Milan an season-opening draw last weekend.

Rough night for MLS teams in CONCACAF Champions League

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It was about as ugly a night as Major League Soccer fans could have expected in CONCACAF Champions League action on Wednesday night, with two MLS teams suffering multi-goal losses to Mexican clubs while a third squandered a lead in the 90th minute of a red card-filled affair.

Altidore's Carling Cup goal

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It took a few days, but a video of Jozy Altidore's Carling Cup goal has finally surfaced.

Here's his 30-yard free-kick blast:

What did you think of the goal? Ready to see Altidore try some free kicks for the U.S. national team?

Share your thoughts below.


Eduardo's awful dive

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For you night owls and West Coasters, here is video footage of the dive everybody's talking about. It's Arsenal striker Eduardo doing his best Greg Louganis in Arsenal's UEFA Champions League victory vs. Celtic on Wednesday:

(If this video clip is pulled, you can probably find the clip pretty easily)

Is that the worst dive you've seen in a while?

Wednesday's Soccer on TV

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While it may not match last week, there is plenty of action to catch today. Today features the return legs of the UEFA Champions League play-in matches, MLS teams in action in the CONCACAF Champions League, not to mention a significant matchup in the Western Conference.

If you will be watching any of today's action TV (or the internet), please feel free to share your thoughts, opinions and some play-by-play in the comments section below.

CONCACAF Champions League Group Stages continue tonight

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The second round of CONCACAF Champions League group games continues tonight, and all three MLS clubs find themselves in action. So far through the early stages of the tournament, no team has managed to come away with a draw.

Last week was certainly a positive start for U.S. teams, with both Columbus and Houston getting off to winning starts in a difficult competition.

Mexican clubs to square off in Kansas City

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The high-profile friendly season was supposed to be over. Big European clubs had already come and gone, staging exhibitions in front of nearly-sold out stadiums across the country. Kansas City was one of few MLS markets that appeared to be left out.

News out of Kansas City is that this is about to change, with the Wizards announcing that Arrowhead stadium will play host to a friendly of Club America and Chivas de Guadalajara.

European Ticker: Sneijder moves to Inter, Champions League draw tomorrow and more

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By TRAVIS CLARK

It certainly wasn't a good start for Jose Mourinho's club last week, drawing 1-1 against newly-promoted side Bari. With Juventus looking like a strong side, it was inevitable for the Special One to bring in some new blood to his side.

Reports out of Italy and Spain have Real Madrid's Dutch midfielder Wesley Sneijder heading to Inter as early as today.

Arsenal secures Champions League group stage spot, draw set for Thursday

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And then there were 32.

Arsenal and Fiorentina booked two of the final five spots in the UEFA Champions League group stages after winning their playoff series on Wednesday.

Arsenal secured passage with a 3-1 victory against Celtic on Wednesday to win their series, 5-1, on aggregate.

Arsenal secures Champions League group stage spot, draw set for Thursday

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And then there were 32.

Arsenal and Fiorentina booked two of the final five spots in the UEFA Champions League group stages after winning their playoff series on Wednesday.

Arsenal secured passage with a 3-1 victory against Celtic on Wednesday to win their series, 5-1, on aggregate.

European Ticker: Sneijder moves to Inter, Champions League draw tomorrow and more

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by TRAVIS CLARK

It certainly wasn't a good start for Jose Mourinho's club last week, drawing 1-1 against newly-promoted side Bari. With Juventus looking like a strong side, it was inevitable for the Special One to bring in some new blood to his side.

Reports out of Italy and Spain have Real Madrid's Dutch midfielder Wesley Sneijder heading to Inter as early as today.

Mexican clubs to square off in Kansas City

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The high-profile friendly season was supposed to be over. Big European clubs had already come and gone, staging exhibitions in front of nearly-sold out stadiums across the country. Kansas City was one of few MLS markets that appeared to be left out.

News out of Kansas City is that this is about to change, with the Wizards announcing that Arrowhead stadium will play host to a friendly of Club America and Chivas Guadalajara.

CONCACAF Champions League Group Stages continue tonight

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The second round of CONCACAF Champions League group games continues tonight, and all three MLS clubs find themselves in action. So far through the early stages of the tournament, no team has managed to come away with a draw.

Last week was certainly a positive start for U.S. teams, with both Columbus and Houston getting off to winning starts in a difficult competition.

Wednesday's Soccer on TV

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While it may not match last week, there is plenty of action to catch today. Today features the return legs of the UEFA Champions League play-in matches, MLS teams in action in the CONCACAF Champions League, not to mention a significant matchup in the Western Conference.

If you will be watching any of today's action TV (or the internet), please feel free to share your thoughts, opinions and some play-by-play in the comments section below.

Morning Ticker: Lescott fires back at Moyes, Mexico names squad for qualifiers and more

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Joleon Lescott was introduced as Manchester City's latest signing on Wednesday and wasted no time having a go at his former boss, Everton manager David Moyes.

No, Lescott didn't do a Tevez and completely bash his former manager, but he did take issue with comments made by Moyes during the whole transfer process, including denying claims that he disrespected Everton and his former teammates during the process.

Sizing up the playoff contenders: A look at the remaining MLS schedule

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by TRAVIS CLARK

September is right around the corner, and this translates into the most important part of the season for MLS clubs fighting for their playoff lives.

SBI MLS Power Rankings (Week 23)

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Major League Soccer seasons are famous for the streaks and slumps that teams invariably go through and two teams coming out of mid-season slumps just in time for the stretch run are New England and Chivas USA.

SBI MLS Power Rankings (Week 23)

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Major League Soccer seasons are famous for the streaks and slumps that teams invariably go through and two teams coming out of mid-season slumps just in time for the stretch run are New England and Chivas USA.

Sizing up the playoff contenders: A look at the remaining MLS schedule

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by TRAVIS CLARK

September is right around the corner, and this translates into the most important part of the season for MLS clubs fighting for their playoff lives.

Morning Ticker: Lescott fires back at Moyes, Mexico names squad for qualifiers and more

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Joleon Lescott was introduced as Manchester City's latest signing on Wednesday and wasted no time having a go at former Everton manager David Moyes.

No, Lescott didn't do a Tevez and completely bash his former manager, but he did take issue with comments made by Moyes during the whole transfer process, including denying claims that he disrespected Everton and his former teammates during the process.

Busy Tuesday for Americans Abroad

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A forgettable weekend for Americans Abroad is in the rear-view mirror and many of those Americans will already have a chance to erase those memories as several of them will be in action today.

Morning Ticker: Villa tops Liverpool at Anfield, Dube honored and more

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The last time Brad Friedel walked off the field at Anfield, he did so in shame after receiving a red card in Aston Villa's 5-0 loss to Liverpool on March 22. Five months later, Friedel made his most recent visit to Anfield a much more enjoyable one.

Friedel enjoyed a dream performance in helping Villa knock off his former club, making ten saves to give Aston Villa a 3-1 victory against the Reds on Monday.

USA youth stars Renken, Gyau sign deals with 1899 Hoffenheim

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Two of the best players in the U.S. national team youth system will be taking their development to Europe.

La Liga Season is almost here

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We are just five days away from the new Spanish First Division season and while the English Premier League is lauded as the best league in the world, for many, La Liga is still the most fun to watch.

We will discuss the start of the La Liga season later in the week, but for now, here is a video clip that serves as an ode to reigning La Liga and European champions FC Barcelona:

Altidore scores in Carling Cup on good day for Americans

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Jozy Altidore's transition into English soccer is going as well as anybody could have hoped as the U.S. national team striker scored his first goal for Hull City in a 3-1 victory against Southend in Carling Cup play on Tuesday.

Altidore scored a 42nd-minute goal on a 30-yard strike to push Hull City into the third round of the Carling Cup.

Altidore scores in Carling Cup on good day for Americans

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Jozy Altidore's transition into English soccer is going as well as anybody could have hoped as the U.S. national team striker scored his first goal for Hull City in a 2-1 victory against Southend in Carling Cup play on Tuesday.

Altidore scored a 42nd-minute goal on a 30-yard strike to push Hull City into the third round of the Carling Cup.

La Liga Season is almost here

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We are just five days away from the new Spanish First Division season and while the English Premier League is lauded as the best league in the world, for many, La Liga is still the most fun to watch.

We will discuss the start of the La Liga season later in the week, but for now, here is a video clip that serves as an ode to reigning La Liga and European champions FC Barcelona:


USA youth stars Renken, Gyau sign deals with 1899 Hoffenheim

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Two of the best players in the U.S. national team youth system will be taking their development to Europe.

Morning Ticker: Villa tops Liverpool at Anfield, Dube honored and more

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The last time Brad Friedel walked off the field at Anfield, he did so in shame after receiving a red card in Aston Villa's 5-0 loss to Liverpool on March 22. Five months later, Friedel made his most recent visit to Anfield a much more enjoyable one.

Friedel enjoyed a dream performance in helping Villa knock off his former club, making ten saves to give Aston Villa a 3-1 victory against the Reds on Monday.

Busy Tuesday for Americans Abroad

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A forgettable weekend for Americans Abroad is in the rear-view mirror and many of those Americans will already have a chance to erase those memories as several of them will be in action today.

Who is your MLS player of the week?

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There were several clutch performances in MLS this week, making the race for Player of the Week honors a tight one.

You have Kheli Dube's hat-trick as well as two-goal efforts from Juan Pablo Angel and Sacha Kljestan.

Three-goal rally gives Fire vital victory

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The Chicago Fire looked to be in danger of sliding into a serious slump on Sunday night, but wound up delivering the kind of victory that can transform a season.

D.C. United 0, LA Galaxy 0: A Look Back

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Heading into Saturday's critical matchup against the Galaxy, three points were almost a necessity for D.

WPS Final: Sky Blue FC 1, LA Sol 0 (A Look Back)

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By CHRISTA MANN

The highs and lows of the Women's Pro Soccer season were ever so present in the first WPS Championship.

Stover addresses state of the Red Bulls

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The New York Red Bulls are just playing out the string in MLS, enduring one of the worst seasons in league history, but the recent departure of former head coach Juan Carlos Osorio, and the expected shake-up of the club's front office structure has the club in the headlines again.

EPL Week 2: A Look Back

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By TRAVIS CLARK

Is this the beginning of a beautiful partnership that will bring Chelsea the title? The work of Didier Drogba and Nicolas Anelka should have defenses on the look out, as the two have been instrumental in Chelsea's three wins in three start to the 2009/10 season.

Bakary Soumare sold to French club Boulogne

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MLS All-Star defender Bakary Soumare is on his way to Europe and has played his last game for the Chicago Fire.

Soumare has been sold to French club Boulogne for an undisclosed fee, sources told SBI on Monday.

European Ticker: Man. City lands Lescott, Fabregas hurt and more

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The battle for defender Joleon Lescott has come to a close, and Manchester City is claimining victory.

Lescott is close to finalizing a deal from Everton to Manchester City, a deal worth a reported £24 million ($34.

El Salvador names squad for USA Qualifier on Sept. 5

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El Salvador national team manager Carlos De Los Cobos has named a 22-man squad for his team's World Cup qualifier against the United States on Sept. 5 in Sandy, Utah.

Eliseo Quintanilla and Alfredo Pacheco lead a squad looking to rebound from a World Cup qualifying loss to Trinidad & Tobago earlier this month.

Cooper scores beautiful goal for 1860 Munich

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Kenny Cooper is having no trouble adjusting to life in Germany.

The U.S. national team striker scored his second goal in three games for 1860 Munich, netting a beautiful goal in 1860's 3-1 loss to Karlsruhe on Monday.

Cooper scores beautiful goal for 1860 Munich

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Kenny Cooper is having no trouble adjusting to life in Germany.

The U.S. national team striker scored his second goal in three games for 1860 Munich, netting a beautiful goal in 1860's 3-1 loss to Karlsruhe on Monday.

El Salvador names squad for USA Qualifier on Sept. 5

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El Salvador national team manager Carlos De Los Cobos has named a 22-man squad for his team's World Cup qualifier against the United States on Sept. 5 in Sandy, Utah.

Eliseo Quintanilla and Alfredo Pacheco lead a squad looking to rebound from a World Cup qualifying loss to Trinidad & Tobago earlier this month.

European Ticker: Man. City lands Lescott, Fabregas out and more

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The battle for defender Joleon Lescott has come to a close, and Manchester City is claimining victory.

Lescott is close to finalizing a deal from Everton to Manchester City, a deal worth a reported £24 million ($34.

Bakary Soumare sold to French club Boulogne

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MLS All-Star defender Bakary Soumare is on his way to Europe and has played his last game for the Chicago Fire.

Soumare has been sold to French club Boulogne for an undisclosed fee, sources told SBI on Monday.

EPL Week 2: A Look Back

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By TRAVIS CLARK

Is this the beginning of a beautiful partnership that will bring Chelsea the title? The work of Didier Drogba and Nicolas Anelka should have defenses on the look out, as the two have been instrumental in Chelsea's three wins in three start to the 2009/10 season.

Stover addresses the state of the Red Bulls

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The New York Red Bulls are just playing out the string in MLS, enduring one of the worst seasons in league history, but the recent departure of former head coach Juan Carlos Osorio, and the expected shake-up of the club's front office structure has the club in the headlines again.

WPS Final: Sky Blue FC 1, LA Sol 0 (A Look Back)

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By CHRISTA MANN

The highs and lows of the Women's Pro Soccer season were ever so present in the first WPS Championship.

Who is your MLS player of the week?

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There were several clutch performances in MLS this week, making the race for Player of the Week honors a tight one.

You have Kheli Dube's hat-trick as well as two-goal efforts from Juan Pablo Angel and Sacha Kljestan.

Three-goal rally gives Fire vital victory

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The Chicago Fire looked to be in danger of sliding into a serious slump on Sunday night, but wound up delivering the kind of victory that can transform a season.

D.C. United 0, LA Galaxy 0: A Look Back

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By TRAVIS CLARK

Heading into Saturday's critical matchup against the Galaxy, three points were almost a necessity for D.

No PSG bid for Donovan yet

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If you were ready to order your Landon Donovan Paris St. Germain jersey, you might want to hold off for a bit.

FC Dallas eyeing Pearce

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U.S. national team defender Heath Pearce may soon be plying his trade in MLS.

According to 3rdDegree.net, FC Dallas head coach Shellas Hyndman revealed that Pearce is interested in playing in MLS.

FC Dallas at New York Red Bulls: Matchday Commentary

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The Post-Osorio era begins today at Giants Stadium as the New York Red Bulls take on FC Dallas in the first match since Juan Carlos Osorio's resignation as head coach.

The Red Bulls' season is over, while FC Dallas isn't too far from being over, but there are still some good storylines.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

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by GIANFRANCO PANIZO

For the Americans Abroad, this weekend was a topsy-turvy one, with numerous players not seeing the field or playing in losing efforts while others came away with solid performances.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

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by GIANFRANCO PANIZO

For the Americans Abroad, this weekend was a topsy-turvy one, with numerous players not seeing the field or playing in losing efforts while others came away with solid performances.

FC Dallas eyeing Pearce

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U.S. national team defender Heath Pearce may soon be plying his trade in MLS.

According to 3rdDegree.net, FC Dallas head coach Shellas Hyndman revealed that Pearce is interested in playing in MLS.

FC Dallas at New York Red Bulls: Matchday Commentary

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The Post-Osorio era begins today at Giants Stadium as the New York Red Bulls take on FC Dallas in the first match since Juan Carlos Osorio's resignation as head coach.

The Red Bulls' season is over, while FC Dallas isn't too far from being over, but there are still some good storylines. Interim head coach Richie Williams is in his first game in charge while former Red Bull Dave Van Den Bergh makes his first appearance at Giants Stadium since being traded by the Red Bulls in the off-season.

Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

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Clint Dempsey's Fulham takes on Chelsea while the New York Red Bulls begin life without head coach Juan Carlos Osorio today against FC Dallas in just two of the matches on tap today.

Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

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Clint Dempsey's Fulham takes on Chelsea while the New York Red Bulls begin life without head coach Juan Carlos Osorio today against FC Dallas in just two of the matches on tap today.

Serie A's schedule kicks into full gear, with defending champion Inter and top contender Juventus beginning their campaigns today.

A Soccer Saturday Reminder

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Who will win Serie A?

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The Italian First Division kicks off its new season this weekend, with a full slate of matches and a familiar champion looking to defend its crown.

Inter Milan enters the season as the favorite to win its fourth straight Scudetto (fifth counting the title forfeited by Juventus in 2005), but it won't come easy.

Report: Donovan on verge of heading to Paris St. Germain

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According to reports from Europe, U.S. national team star and Los Angeles Galaxy striker Landon Donovan is close to heading to France this winter.

SBI MLS Power Rankings (Week 22)

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Don't look now but there are two Eastern Conference teams that look poised for late-season runs.

Osorio resigns as Red Bulls head coach

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Juan Carlos Osorio has resigned as head coach of the New York Red Bulls just nine months after leading the team to the MLS Cup final, the team announced on Friday.

This weekend's Soccer on TV

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by GIANFRANCO PANIZO

Oguchi Onyewu won't be playing in the Milan Derby this weekend, but fans may get a chance to watch him make his Serie A debut when AC Milan faces Siena on Saturday as the new Italian season begins.

That is just one of the many televised Serie A matches to look for this weekend as lots of the league's opening games are being televised, including Juventus-Chievo, Inter Milan-Bari and Bologna-Fiorentina.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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Serie A is back and the European soccer season is almost all the way back in full swing.

If you're a fan of Italian soccer then you're weekend as arrived, with Oguchi Onyewu and AC Milan among the teams kicking off today to start the Serie A season.

There's not just Italian soccer on the slate.

WPS Championship: LA Sol vs. Sky Blue FC (Matchday Preview)

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By CHRISTA MANN

After a twenty game regular season and two opening rounds of the playoffs, today's Women's Pro Soccer Championship (4:00 PM EST on FSN and Comcast affiliates) features the L.A. Sol against Sky Blue FC (NJ).

One team was always expected to be in the championship game, while the other, well the other wasn't even expected to make the playoffs amid inner turmoil and early-season struggles.

Altidore impresses in Hull debut, delivers game-winning assist

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by GIANFRANCO PANIZO

Jozy Altidore had not stepped on the field at the club level in over seven months, but that did not stop him from making an immediate impact in his Hull City debut.

Against Bolton Wanderers on Saturday, Altidore entered the match in the 60th minute, and one minute later he delivered the game-winning assist in the 1-0 victory.

European Ticker: Manchester United trounces Wigan, Burdisso to Roma and more

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by GIANFRANCO PANIZO

Manchester United bounced back from their shocking defeat to Burnley by trouncing Wigan Athletic 5-0 on Saturday.

The Red Devils were held scoreless for almost an hour, but Wayne Rooney opened up the flood gates with a goal in the 56th minute.

European Ticker: Manchester United trounces Wigan, Burdisso to Roma and more

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Manchester United bounced back from their shocking defeat to Burnley by trouncing Wigan Athletic 5-0 on Saturday.

The Red Devils were held scoreless for almost an hour, but Wayne Rooney opened up the flood gates with a goal in the 56th minute.

Altidore impresses in Hull debut, delivers game-winning assist

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Jozy Altidore had not stepped on the field at the club level in over seven months, but that did not stop him from making an immediate impact in his Hull City debut.

Against Bolton Wanderers on Saturday, Altidore entered the match in the 60th minute, and one minute later he delivered the game-winning assist in the 1-0 victory.

WPS Championship: LA Sol vs. Sky Blue FC (Matchday Preview)

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By CHRISTA MANN

After a twenty game regular season and two opening rounds of the playoffs, today's Women's Pro Soccer Championship (4:00 PM EST on FSN and Comcast affiliates) features the L.A. Sol against Sky Blue FC (NJ).

One team was always expected to be in the championship game, while the other, well the other wasn't even expected to make the playoffs amid inner turmoil and early-season struggles.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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Serie A is back and the European soccer season is almost all the way back in full swing.

If you're a fan of Italian soccer then you're weekend as arrived, with Oguchi Onyewu and AC Milan among the teams kicking off today to start the Serie A season.

There's not just Italian soccer on the slate.

This weekend's Soccer on TV

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by GIANFRANCO PANIZO

Oguchi Onyewu won't be playing in the Milan Derby this weekend, but fans may get a chance to watch him make his Serie A debut when AC Milan faces Siena on Saturday as the new Italian season begins.

That is just one of the many televised Serie A matches to look for this weekend as lots of the league's opening games are being televised, including Juventus-Chievo, Inter Milan-Bari and Bologna-Fiorentina.

SBI MLS Power Rankings (Week 22)

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Don't look now but there are two Eastern Conference teams that look poised for late-season runs.

Osorio resigns as Red Bulls head coach

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Juan Carlos Osorio has resigned as head coach of the New York Red Bulls, the team announced on Friday. Assistant coach Richie Williams will take over as interim head coach for the remainder of the season.

"I want to apologize to the fans for the results this season," said Osorio. "I want to thank the players for their hard work.

Report: Donovan heading to Paris St. Germain on loan

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According to reports from Europe, U.S. national team star and Los Angeles Galaxy striker Landon Donovan is heading to France this winter.

According to the French soccer website 10sport, Donovan is heading to Paris St. Germain on loan after the current MLS season. Reports suggest that an official announcement is coming shortly.

Who will win Serie A?

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The Italian First Division kicks off its new season on Saturday, with a full slate of matches and a familiar champion looking to defend its crown.

Inter Milan enters the season as the favorite to win its fourth straight Scudetto (fifth counting the title forfeited by Juventus in 2005), but it won't come easy.

WPS: Sky Blue 1, Athletica 0 (A Look Back)

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By CHRISTA MANN

Sky Blue FC (NJ) will be making an improbable trip to the WPS Championship after pulling off yet another upset when they defeated the St. Louis Athletica 1-0 in the WPS playoff semifinal on Wednesday.  Â

For the first time since July 18, St.

A Soccer Saturday Reminder

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Revs down Sounders at Qwest Field

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The New England Revolution became the first MLS team since April to post a road victory at Qwest Field on Thursday night, riding a Shalrie Joseph goal to post a 1-0 upset of suddenly struggling Seattle.

Steve Ralston set up Joseph for a 21st minute finish to give the Revs their third win in five matches and pull New England to within three points of Colorado, Chivas USA and Toronto FC, the three teams currently holding the final MLS playoff spots.

Americans Abroad: Europa League Rewind

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by GIANFRANCO PANIZO

As the European seasons get underway so too does the Europa League, and some of America's top players began the qualification for the group stages of the tournament on a strong foot.

Clint Dempsey's 51st minute goal proved to be the game-winner in Fulham's 3-1 victory over Russian club Amkar Perm.

New England Revolution at Seattle Sounders: A Look Ahead

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MLS returns to the Northwest as the New England Revolution visit Qwest Field to face the Seattle Sounders tonight. The game will be carried live on ESPN2 at 10 p.m. EST, making it back-to-back nights that ESPN has carried an MLS match.

It's a vital matchup for both sides, as Seattle try to keep pace with the Galaxy side they soundly beat at the Home Depot Center last Saturday.

U.S. World Cup bid trims list of possible venues

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by TRAVIS CLARK

As the U.S. Soccer Federation continues building momentum towards its 2018/2022 bid to host the World Cup, the list of cities has now been trimmed to 27, with 32 possible stadiums still in the mix.

Americans Abroad: Europa League Preview

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by TRAVIS CLARK

Bummed that the Champions League isn't on today? The newly renamed UEFA Cup takes place today, and will have to fill the void left by a otherwise sparse European schedule. A number of Americans could be in action as they take part in the Europe League.

European Ticker: United upset by Burnley, Lescott dropped from Everton squad and more

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by TRAVIS CLARK

It was a monumental upset yesterday in the English Premier League as newly promoted club Burnley shocked the defending champions by a 1-0 score.

A sensational volley by Robbie Blake was enough to overcome a struggling United side. Keeper Brian Jensen did well to save a Michael Carrick penalty, earning a historic victory for the small club from northern England.

Altidore heading to England, delay had nothing to do with swine flu

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U.S. national team striker Jozy Altidore is on his way to England today after a lengthy delay in the process to receive his international clearance, a delay that had nothing to do with the Landon Donovan swine flu case.

Altidore's Hull City debut held up due to swine flu scare

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by TRAVIS CLARK

The unexpected delay to Jozy Altidore's English Premier League career continues this week. The 19-year-old striker was stuck in the United States and was once again unavailable for selection as Hull City was thrashed 5-1 against Tottenham on Wednesday.

Dynamo to announce Landin signing today

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The Houston Dynamo will announce the signing of Mexican striker Luis Angel Landin on loan from Mexican side Cruz Azul this afternoon, sources confirmed on Thursday.

The Dynamo has scheduled a press conference for today at 3pm to introduce its newest player, and sources tell SBI that the player is Landin, the same player Houston has been tracking for a year.

Dynamo to announce Landin signing today

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The Houston Dynamo will announce the signing of Mexican striker Luis Angel Landin on loan from Mexican side Cruz Azul this afternoon, sources confirmed on Thursday.

The Dynamo has scheduled a press conference for today at 3pm to introduce its newest player, and sources tell SBI that the player is Landin, the same player Houston has been tracking for a year.

Morning Ticker: Soumare's Fire future in doubt, Galaxy wins on the road and more

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By TRAVIS CLARK

Overshadowing last night's Chicago-Los Angeles game were reports that Bakary Soumare's bust up with coach Dennis Hamlett may signify that the African's tenure in Chicago is over.

Altidore's Hull City debut held up due to swine flu scare

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by TRAVIS CLARK

The unexpected delay to Jozy Altidore's English Premier League career continues this week. The 19-year-old striker was stuck in the United States and was once again unavailable for selection as Hull City was thrashed 5-1 against Tottenham on Wednesday.

MLS Ticker: Signings galore as transfer deadline passes, D.C. to honor an alum and more

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MLS teams were busy at the league's transfer deadline as several clubs added reinforcements for the stretch run of the season.

The signings had a definite Latin flavor as five clubs have added Latin American players to the fold. The Columbus Crew added to its already potent attack by signing Venezuelan striker Emilio Renteria, while FC Dallas signed another attacker in Honduran playmaker Marvin Chavez.

Houston in action in tonight's Champions League games

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by TRAVIS CLARK

It certainly wasn't the worst start for MLS clubs in yesterday's opening matches of the CONCACAF Champions League. Houston will get their first crack at the competition tonight, looking to improve on their quarterfinal finish from last season.

Chicago Fire vs. Los Angeles Galaxy: Match night Commentary

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The Chicago Fire take on the Los Angeles Galaxy tonight at Toyota Park. No David Beckham, but LA still does have a strong road record while the Fire don't have the best home numbers.

I'll be watching so I decided to do a running commentary. Whether you are watching, or stuck somewhere you can't watch, please feel free to follow along here.

CONCACAF: Houston wins at home, Pachuca defeated in Panama

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By TRAVIS CLARK

It wasn't easy, but thanks to a Brian Ching goal in the 68th minute the Dynamo were able to get their CONCACAF Champions League off to a strong start with a 1-0 win over Isidro Metapan. The club from El Salvador were content to bunker in and let Houston dominate possession, frustrating them for the first half.

Morning Ticker: Soumare's Fire future in doubt, Galaxy wins on the road and more

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Overshadowing last night's Chicago-Los Angeles game were reports that Bakary Soumare's bust up with coach Dennis Hamlett may signify that the African's tenure in Chicago is over.

CONCACAF: Houston wins at home, Pachuca defeated in Panama

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By TRAVIS CLARK

It wasn't easy, but thanks to a Brian Ching goal in the 68th minute the Dynamo were able to get their CONCACAF Champions League off to a strong start with a 1-0 win over Isidro Metapan. The club from El Salvador were content to bunker in and let Houston dominate possession, frustrating them for the first half.

Chicago Fire vs. Los Angeles Galaxy: Match night Commentary

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The Chicago Fire take on the Los Angeles Galaxy tonight at Toyota Park. No David Beckham, but LA still does have a strong road record while the Fire don't have the best home numbers.

I'll be watching so I decided to do a running commentary. Whether you are watching, or stuck somewhere you can't watch, please feel free to follow along here.

MLS Ticker: Signings galore as transfer deadline passes, D.C. to honor an alum and more

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MLS teams were busy at the league's transfer deadline as several clubs added reinforcements for the stretch run of the season.

The signings had a definite Latin flavor as five clubs have added Latin American players to the fold. The Columbus Crew added to its already potent attack by signing Venezuelan striker Emilio Renteria, while FC Dallas signed another attacker in Honduran playmaker Marvin Chavez.

Houston in action in tonight's Champions League games

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by TRAVIS CLARK

It certainly wasn't the worst start for MLS clubs in yesterday's opening matches of the CONCACAF Champions League. Houston will get their first crack at the competition tonight, looking to improve on their quarterfinal finish from last season.

CONCACAF Champions League Group Stages kickoff tonight

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by TRAVIS CLARK

What will MLS teams be able to accomplish in the second edition of the CONCACAF Champions League? Fans will be able to get their first glimpses this week, as the three teams representing MLS take the field against foreign opposition.

Soccer Tuesday: Your Running Commentary

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If you were thinking that today would be a quiet day in the soccer world, think again.

From UEFA Champions League qualifiers (like Arsenal-Celtic), to a heavy slate of English Premier League matches (like Chelsea-Sunderland), to CONCACAF Champions League play, there is plenty on the slate today.

Report: Osorio and Agoos to be let go after season

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The New York Red Bulls' nightmare season is apparently going to lead to some people losing their jobs, but not as quickly as some might have imagined.

CONCACAF: Crew dumps Islanders, D.C. United falls

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The defending MLS Cup champion Columbus Crew helped restore some pride to MLS after downing MLS-killers Puerto Rico Islanders, 2-0, in their opening match of the CONCACAF Champions League group stages. Goals from Steve Lenhart and Robbie Rogers provided the difference for the Crew.

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Fox's UEFA Champions League coverage is a big winner

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Admit it, you had serious concerns when Fox Sports scored the rights to the UEFA Champions League. Unproven American announcers, no HD and uncertainty about Fox's experience covering club soccer's most prestigious event had many American soccer fans wondering if they were necessarily getting an upgrade from ESPN coverage.

Wednesday's Soccer on TV

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If you take a look at today's schedule of soccer matches on TV, you might think it's the weekend. Unfortunately it isn't, but fortunately for soccer fans, there is a plethora of quality soccer to choose from.

WPS Playoff Semifinal: St. Louis vs. Sky Blue FC (A Look Ahead)

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The playoffs continue in Women's Pro Soccer as SKy Blue FC (NJ) takes on the St. Louis Athletica in today's Playoff Semifinal. The winner of this match-up will go on to face the L.A. Sol in Saturday's WPS Championship.

The Athletica finished second in the regular season which was enough to automatically qualify for today's semifinal.

C.D. Marathon 3, D.C. United 1: A Look Back

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by TRAVIS CLARK

In a competition that is becoming somewhat of a nightmare for D.C. United, they couldn't get their 2009 CONCACAF Champions League campaign off to a good start. Two late goals from Jerry Palacios and Marios Berrios were the difference as United's poor road record continued this year.

C.D. Marathon 3, D.C. United 1: A Look Back

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by TRAVIS CLARK

In a competition that is becoming somewhat of a nightmare for D.C. United, they couldn't get their 2009 CONCACAF Champions League campaign off to a good start. Two late goals from Jerry Palacios and Marios Berrios were the difference as United's poor road record continued this year.

WPS Playoff Semifinal: St. Louis vs. Sky Blue FC (A Look Ahead)

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The playoffs continue in Women's Pro Soccer as SKy Blue FC (NJ) takes on the St. Louis Athletica in today's Playoff Semifinal. The winner of this match-up will go on to face the L.A. Sol in Saturday's WPS Championship.

The Athletica finished second in the regular season which was enough to automatically qualify for today's semifinal.

Wednesday's Soccer on TV

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If you take a look at today's schedule of soccer matches on TV, you might think it's the weekend. Unfortunately it isn't, but fortunately for soccer fans, there is a plethora of quality soccer to choose from.

Fox's UEFA Champions League coverage is a big winner

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Admit it, you had serious concerns when Fox Sports scored the rights to the UEFA Champions League. Unproven American announcers, no HD and uncertainty about Fox's experience covering club soccer's most prestigious event had many American soccer fans wondering if they were necessarily getting an upgrade from ESPN coverage.

CONCACAF: Crew dumps Islanders, D.C. United falls

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The defending MLS Cup champion Columbus Crew helped restore some pride to MLS after downing MLS-killers Puerto Rico Islanders, 2-0, in their opening match of the CONCACAF Champions League group stages. Goals from Steve Lenhart and Robbie Rogers provided the difference for the Crew.

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Report: Osorio and Agoos to be let go after season

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The New York Red Bulls' nightmare season is apparently going to lead to some people losing their jobs, but not as quickly as some might have imagined.

Soccer Tuesday: Your Running Commentary

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If you were thinking that today would be a quiet day in the soccer world, think again.

From UEFA Champions League qualifiers (like Arsenal-Chelsea), to a heavy slate of English Premier League matches (like Chelsea-Sunderland), to CONCACAF Champions League play, there is plenty on the slate today.

CONCACAF Champions League Group Stages kickoff tonight

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by TRAVIS CLARK

What will MLS teams be able to accomplish in the second edition of the CONCACAF Champions League? Fans will be able to get their first glimpses this week, as the three teams representing MLS take the field against foreign opposition.

Red Bulls need to clean house immediately

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There is bad, there is awful, and then there are the 2009 Red Bulls, who have taken an already tortured fan base and dragged it to new depths of disappointment.

The Red Bulls are on pace to post the worst record in the history of MLS, haven't won in 13 matches, and have seen anything worth playing for disappear over the past few weeks.

Adu loan to Odense collapses

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Just when you thought Freddy Adu would find steady playing time thanks to a loan move to Denmark, now comes word that Adu is still looking for a loan move to make after a discussed loan to Danish side Odense BK has collapsed.

According to Portuguese publication Record, Adu's proposed loan to Odense stalled due to a inability to reach an agreement over Adu's salary, which is considerably higher than the standard salaries in Denmark.

Red Bulls need to clean house immediately

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There is bad, there is awful, and then there are the 2009 Red Bulls, which have taken an already tortured fan base and dragged it to new depths of disappointment.

The Red Bulls are on pace to post the worst record in the history of MLS, haven't won in 13 matches, and have seen anything worth playing for disappear over the past few weeks.

Adu loan to Odense collapses

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Just when you thought Freddy Adu would find steady playing time thanks to a loan move to Denmark, now comes word that Adu is still looking for a loan move to make after a discussed loan to Danish side Odense BK has collapsed.

According to Portuguese publication Record, Adu's proposed loan to Odense stalled due to a inability to reach an agreement over Adu's salary, which is considerably higher than the standard salaries in Denmark.

Evening Ticker: Fabregas questionable vs. Celtic, Whitbread sidelined and more

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Arsenal's tough UEFA Champions League playoff series vs. Celtic could get a whole lot tougher.

The Gunners have injury concerns surrounding star Cesc Fabregas, Brazilian midfielder Denilson and defender Bacary Sagna ahead of Tuesday's first-leg clash with Celtic at Parkhead.

Arsenal is fresh from its 6-1 mauling of Everton in its EPL opener, but the promising start could quickly become nightmarish if the club stumble in Champions League play.

Evening Ticker: Fabregas questionable vs. Celtic, Whitbread sidelined and more

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Arsenal's tough UEFA Champions League playoff series vs. Celtic could get a whole lot tougher.

The Gunners have injury concerns surrounding star Cesc Fabregas, Brazilian midfielder Denilson and defender Bacary Sagna ahead of Tuesday's first-leg clash with Celtic at Parkhead.

Arsenal is fresh from its 6-1 mauling of Everton in its EPL opener, but the promising start could quickly become nightmarish if the club stumble in Champions League play.

Gaven's great goal is best of the week

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The MLS Goal of the Week race isn't much of a race this week. While Dwayne DeRosario, Steve Zakuani, Chris Rolfe and Maykel Galindo had nice finishes, the Columbus Crew's Eddie Gaven should walk away with the award for his half-field run and finish in the Crew's 2-0 win vs. FC Dallas on Saturday.

Your July Questions Answered (Part 3 of 4)

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Welcome to the latest installment of Your Questions Answered, with the third of a four-part series on July questions.

This batch of questions has a good number of MLS questions, as well as some Americans Abroad queries, with Freddy Adu and Eddie Johnson among the players people want to know about.

Chivas USA acquires Padilla from Guadalajara

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Chivas USA has received a boost in its quest for an MLS playoff spot by acquiring forward Jesus Padilla from CD Chivas de Guadalajara.

Padilla caused a stir when it was revealed that he was actually born in the United States, something that didn't sit well with Guadalajara, a club that has long prided itself on using only Mexican-born players.

The Sports Guy on the Azteca Experience

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You've heard several accounts of the USA-Mexico match at Estadio Azteca, but ESPN columnist Bill Simmons' take on his experience in Mexico City is a unique and entertaining one.

A loaded Tuesday of soccer action awaits

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by GIANFRANCO PANIZO

You know you are in for a good week when Tuesday is filled with soccer action, and that is exactly what is happening this week.

A pair of Premier League games lead the way as Chelsea takes on Sunderland and Wigan Athletic plays Wolverhampton Wanderers.

A loaded Tuesday of soccer action awaits

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by GIANFRANCO PANIZO

You know you are in for a good week when Tuesday is filled with soccer action, and that is exactly what is happening this week.

A pair of Premier League games lead the way as Chelsea takes on Sunderland and Wigan Athletic plays Wolverhampton Wanderers.

The Sports Guy on the Azteca Experience

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You've heard several accounts about the USA-Mexico match at Estadio Azteca, butESPN columnist Bill Simmons' take on his experience in Mexico City is a unique and entertaining one.

Chivas USA acquires Padilla from Guadalajara

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Chivas USA has received a boost in its quest for an MLS playoff spot by acquiring forward Jesus Padilla from CD Chivas de Guadalajara.

Padilla caused a stir when it was revealed that he was actually born in the United States, something that didn't sit well with Guadalajara, a club that has long prided itself on using only Mexican-born players.

Your July Questions Answered (Part 3 of 4)

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Welcome to the latest installment of Your Questions Answered, with the third of a four-part series on July questions.

This batch of questions has a good number of MLS questions, as well as some Americans Abroad queries, with Freddy Adu and Eddie Johnson among the players people want to know about.

Gaven's great goal is best of the week

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The MLS Goal of the Week race isn't much of a race this week. While Dwayne DeRosario, Steve Zakuani, Chris Rolfe and Maykel Galindo had nice finishes, the Columbus Crew's Eddie Gaven should walk away with the award for his half-field run and finish in the Crew's 2-0 win vs. FC Dallas on Saturday.

Sky Blue 2, Freedom 1: A look back

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By CHRISTA MANN

The First Round of the WPS playoffs were in full effect Saturday as the favored Washington Freedom fell to the underdog Sky Blue FC (NJ).

The goal that never was

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If you think Major League Soccer has problems with officiating, consider England's Coca-Cola Championship, where referee Rob Shoebridge inexplicably missed a clear goal for Crystal Palace after a Freddy Sears shot went into the goal and bounced back out after hitting the bottom bar at the back of the goal.

Sky Blue 2, Freedom 1: A look back

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By CHRISTA MANN

The First Round of the WPS playoffs were in full effect Saturday as the favored Washington Freedom fell to the underdog Sky Blue FC (NJ).

The goal that never was

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If you think Major League Soccer has problems with officiating, consider England's Coca-Cola Championship, where referee Rob Shoebridge inexplicably missed a clear goal for Crystal Palace after a Freddy Sears shot went into the goal and bounced back out after hitting the bottom bar at the back of the goal.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

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by GIANFRANCO PANIZO

Just days after a disappointing 2-1 loss to Mexico in a World Cup qualifier, some of the United States' top players bounced back with solid weekends abroad.

Clint Dempsey began the new Premier League season on a positive note, going the full 90 minutes in Fulham's season opener against Portsmouth, and playing a part in the game's lone goal.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

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by GIANFRANCO PANIZO

Just days after a disappointing 2-1 loss to Mexico in a World Cup qualifier, some of the United States' top players bounced back with solid weekends abroad.

Clint Dempsey began the new Premier League season on a positive note, going the full 90 minutes in Fulham's season opener against Portsmouth, and playing a part in the game's lone goal.

Vermes ready to steer Wizards in right direction

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Since joining the Kansas City Wizards as technical director back in 2006, Peter Vermes as developed a reputation as one of the best front office men in Major League Soccer. What he also managed to do was establish himself as a sought-after head coaching candidate, with at least two teams trying to hire him in the past year.

Vermes ready to steer Wizards in right direction

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Since joining the Kansas City Wizards as technical director back in 2006, Peter Vermes as developed a reputation as one of the best front office men in Major League Soccer. What he also managed to do was establish himself as a sought-after head coaching candidate, with at least two teams trying to hire him in the past year.

Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

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The second day of the opening weekend of the English Premier League weekend is underway and the day's marquee match-up is fast approaching as Liverpool takes on Tottenham.

If you're hoping to see some Americans play, you have your chance as Carlos Bocanegra and Edgar Castillo have games on TV.

Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

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The second day of the opening weekend of the English Premier League weekend is underway and the day's marquee match-up is fast approaching as Liverpool takes on Tottenham.

If you're hoping to see some Americans play, you have your chance as Carlos Bocanegra and Edgar Castillo have games on TV.

Seattle Sounders at Los Angeles Galaxy: Match Night Commentary

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The day's top Western Conference clash pits the red-hot Los Angeles Galaxy against the struggling Seattle Sounders.

The Galaxy will be without the services of Landon Donovan, who is being held out as he battles the H1N1 flu virus (and the fatigue of having played in the USA's World Cup qualifying loss vs.

Seattle Sounders at Los Angeles Galaxy: Match Night Commentary

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The day's top Western Conference clash pits the red-hot Los Angeles Galaxy against the struggling Seattle Sounders.

The Galaxy will be without the services of Landon Donovan, who is being held out as he battles the H1N1 flu virus (and the fatigue of having played in the USA's World Cup qualifying loss vs.

Chicago Fire to fine Hamlett and Soumare for locker-room fight

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The Chicago Fire will be issuing fines to head coach Denis Hamlett and defender Bakary Soumare for their roles in a locker-room fight which took place at halftime of the Fire's 3-2 loss to the Houston Dynamo last Sunday.

According to sources with knowledge of the incident, Hamlett and Soumare were involved in a heated exchange that got out of control (though team sources insist that no punches were thrown).

Chicago Fire to fine Hamlett and Soumare for locker-room fight

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The Chicago Fire will be issuing fines to head coach Denis Hamlett and defender Bakary Soumare for their roles in a locker-room fight which took place at halftime of the Fire's 3-2 loss to the Houston Dynamo last Sunday.

According to sources with knowledge of the incident, Hamlett and Soumare exchanged punches after a heated argument got out of control.

New York Red Bulls vs. Chivas USA: Match Night Commentary

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Call it the "Can't Win" Derby. The hapless New York Red Bulls are facing the ice cold Goats of Chivas USA in a match that only true die-hards could care about.

Want to know how bad things have been for the Red Bulls this season? During a pre-game ceremony tonight, a giant circular Red Bulls banner being used at midfield tore in half.

New York Red Bulls vs. Chivas USA: Match Night Commentary

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Call it the "Can't Win" Derby. The hapless New York Red Bulls are facing the ice cold Goats of Chivas USA in a match that only true die-hards could care about.

Want to know how bad things have been for the Red Bulls this season? During a pre-game ceremony tonight, a giant circular Red Bulls banner being used at midfield tore in half.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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The English Premier League kicks into full swing today as the number of weekend soccer viewing options grows dramatically for American soccer fans.

Everton-Arsenal (12:30pm, FSC) is the marquee match of the day, but hardly the only match folks on this ide of the pond will be interested.

SBI MLS Power Rankings (Week 21)

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How do you make the hottest team in MLS even stronger? You bring back the league's most valuable player.

That's exactly what will happen today when the streaking Columbus Crew welcome back MVP Guillermo Barros Schelotto from a four-game injury absence, a stretch that saw the Crew win four straight.

MLS Matchday 22: A Look Ahead (and your running commentary)

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David Beckham vs. Freddie Ljungberg. The battle of the underwear modeling Designated Players is the marquee match-up this week in MLS as the Seattle Sounders look to break their road funk at Home Depot Center against a red-hot LA Galaxy squad.

The Eastern Conference has its own top battle as D.

Davies stays hot, scores twice for Sochaux

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Just when you thought Charlie Davies couldn't keep it up after his stunning goal against Mexico on Wednesday, the young American striker has done it again.

Davies scored two goals as a second-half substitute for Sochaux in a 3-2 loss to Ligue 1 power Bordeaux on Saturday. The match was just Davies' second for the club.

Davies stays hot, scores twice for Sochaux

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Just when you thought Charlie Davies couldn't keep it up after his stunning goal against Mexico on Wednesday, the young American striker has done it again.

Davies scored two goals as a second-half substitute for Sochaux in a 3-2 loss to Ligue 1 power Bordeaux on Saturday. The match was just Davies' second for the club.

MLS Matchday 22: A Look Ahead (and your running commentary)

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David Beckham vs. Freddie Ljungberg. The battle of the underwear modeling Designated Players is the marquee match-up this week in MLS as the Seattle Sounders look to break their road funk at Home Depot Center against a red-hot LA Galaxy squad.

The Eastern Conference has its own top battle as D.

SBI MLS Power Rankings (Week 21)

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How do you make the hottest team in MLS even stronger? You bring back the league's most valuable player.

That's exactly what will happen today when the streaking Columbus Crew welcome back MVP Guillermo Barros Schelotto from a four-game injury absence, a stretch that saw the Crew win four straight.

WPS Playoffs: First Round Preview

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By CHRISTA MANN

It's playoff season in Women's Pro Soccer, and only four of seven teams made the post-season cut.

The top rated L.A. Sol and second place St. Louis Athletica earned a bye in the First round and home field advantage in their eventual postseason match-ups.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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The English Premier League kicks into full swing today as the number of weekend soccer viewing options grows dramatically for American soccer fans.

Everton-Arsenal (12:30pm, FSC) is the marquee match of the day, but hardly the only match folks on this ide of the pond will be interested.

ESPN2 to show Chelsea-Hull City

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The opening match of the English Premier League season will now be shown on ESPN2.

The network finalized a deal with Fox Soccer Channel late on Friday for the rights to air English Premier League matches for the upcoming season, including the Chelsea-Hull City match (7:40am).

BREAKING: ESPN2 to show Chelsea-Hull City

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The opening match of the English Premier League season will now be shown on ESPN.

The network finalized a deal with Fox Soccer Channel late on Friday for the rights to air the Chelsea-Hull City match (7:40am). Details of the match were not made available but sources have confirmed that ESPN has changed its broadcasting schedule on Saturday morning to incllude Chelsea-Hull.

MLS Notebook: Colin Clark out for the season, Montero belongs to MLS and more

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By TRAVIS CLARK

With Wednesday's qualifier behind us—and most U.S. fans want to move on as soon as possible—it's important to remember that the MLS season is in full season and the playoff race is just starting to heat up.

Add to that the start of the CONCACAF Champions League next week and it's going to be a trying time for Columbus, Houston, and D.

Dempsey inks new deal with Fulham

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By TRAVIS CLARK

Clint Dempsey's lackluster performance against Mexico yesterday didn't affect his standing with his club. It was announced today that he signed a four-year contract extension with Fulham, where he has played since January 2007.

As usual, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, but it keeps Deuce at Craven Cottage until the summer of 2013.

Busy and brutal stretch to kickoff for Houston, Columbus, and D.C.

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By TRAVIS CLARK

Three teams are scheduled to represent MLS in the second version of the CONCACAF Champions League. For D.C., Columbus, and Houston it's a chance to take on some of the region's best clubs, and prove that MLS can go put its best foot forward in an international competition.

U.S. Soccer launches website to support World Cup bid

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By TRAVIS CLARK

Somewhat lost in the build up and aftermath of the U.

Back in the States: Catching up on SBI business

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Good evening folks. I have made it back to the United States and am ready to get back on the grind on Friday, but first I wanted to go over a few things (including a big thank you to SBI correspondent Travis Clark for holding things down on SBI while I traveled back from Mexico City).

Report: Donovan has H1N1 virus

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U.S. national team star Landon Donovan has tested positive for the H1N1 flu virus, Donovan told Sports Illustrated on Thursday.

Your July Questions Answered (Part 2 of 4)

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Good morning folks. As we move toward what should be a great weekend of soccer action in Europe and MLS, it's time for the latest installment of Your Questions Answered.

Among the topics covered? MLS stadiums, MLS expansion, DaMarcus Beasley and yes, even John O'Brien (No, he'll never go away).

Americans Abroad: A Look Ahead

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Jozy Altidore is ready to hit the English Premier League running.

The U.S. national team striker is expected to make his debut for Hull City on Saturday against EPL power Chelsea and Altidore could very well earn the start for the Tigers.

Who will win the English Premier League?

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The English Premier League season is set to kick off on Saturday and this could be the most wide-open race for the title in recent memory, with as many as six or seven teams honestly believing they could win the trophy.

Who do I see winning the league? It's hard to pick against Chelsea.

This weekend's Soccer on TV

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by GIANFRANCO PANIZO

Get your DVRs ready and set them accordingly because the English Premier League season is about to begin.

Everton-Arsenal, Manchester United-Birmingham City, Blackburn-Manchester City are some of the key matches to view this weekend, and with some of the games happening simultaneously, you just might have to record a few to watch them all.

This weekend's Soccer on TV

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by GIANFRANCO PANIZO

Get your DVRs ready and set them accordingly because the English Premier League season is about to begin.

Everton-Arsenal, Manchester United-Birmingham City, Blackburn-Manchester City are some of the key matches to view this weekend, and with some of the games happening simultaneously, you just might have to record a few to watch them all.

Who will win the English Premier League?

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The English Premier League season is set to kick off on Saturday and this could be the most wide-open race for the title in recent memory, with as many as six or seven teams honestly believing they could win the trophy.

Who do I see winning the league? It's hard to pick against Chelsea.

Americans Abroad: A Look Ahead

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Jozy Altidore is ready to hit the English Premier League running.

The U.S. national team striker is expected to make his debut for Hull City on Saturday against EPL power Chelsea and Altidore could very well earn the start for the Tigers.

Your July Questions Answered (Part 2 of 4)

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Good morning folks. As we move toward what should be a great weekend of soccer action in Europe and MLS, it's time for the latest installment of Your Questions Answered.

Among the topics covered? MLS stadiums, MLS expansion, DaMarcus Beasley and yes, even John O'Brien (No, he'll never go away).

Report: Donovan has H1N1 virus

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U.S. national team star Landon Donovan has tested positive for the H1N1 flu virus, Donovan told Sports Illustrated on Thursday.

Back in the States: Catching up on SBI business

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Good evening folks. I have made it back to the United States and am ready to get back on the grind on Friday, but first I wanted to go over a few things (including a big thank you to SBI correspondent Travis Clark for holding things down on SBI while I traveled back from Mexico City).

U.S. Soccer launches website to support World Cup bid

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By TRAVIS CLARK

Somewhat lost in the build up and aftermath of the U.

Busy and brutal stretch to kickoff for Houston, Columbus, and D.C.

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By TRAVIS CLARK

Three teams are scheduled to represent MLS in the second version of the CONCACAF Champions League. For D.C., Columbus, and Houston it's a chance to take on some of the region's best clubs, and prove that MLS can go put its best foot forward in an international competition.

Dempsey inks new deal with Fulham

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By TRAVIS CLARK

Clint Dempsey's lackluster performance against Mexico yesterday didn't affect his standing with his club. It was announced today that he signed a four-year contract extension with Fulham, where he has played since January 2007.

As usual, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, but it keeps Deuce at Craven Cottage until the summer of 2013.

MLS Notebook: Colin Clark out for the season, Montero belongs to MLS and more

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By TRAVIS CLARK

With Wednesday's qualifier behind us—and most U.S. fans want to move on as soon as possible—it's important to remember that the MLS season is in full season and the playoff race is just starting to heat up.

Add to that the start of the CONCACAF Champions League next week and it's going to be a trying time for Columbus, Houston, and D.

CONCACAF Rewind: Honduras rolls, T&T has new life

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The Honduran national team moved into second place in CONCACAF World Cup qualifying after posting a 4-0 mauling of Costa Rica in San Pedro Sula. The win, and four goals, pushed Honduras ahead of the United States for second place on goal differential.

Trinidad & Tobago pulled closer to the pack with its own 1-0 home victory against El Salvador.

USA falls at Azteca again as Mexico nets late winner

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The Americans almost escaped Estadio Azteca with a point, but Mexico kepts its cool and created the game-winning chance it needed.

Miguel Sabah's 82nd minute goal off a Jay DeMerit deflection gave Mexico a 2-1 victory against the United States and breathed some much-needed life in 'El Tri's' World Cup qualifying hopes.

USA vs. Mexico (Matchday Commentary)

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The time has finally arrived. The U.S. men's national team is in Estadio Azteca today to take on Mexico in a crucial World Cup qualifier in Mexico City.

The Americans have never beaten Mexico in Mexico, but come in riding the confidence of a strong showing in this summer's Confederation's Cup.

USA vs. Mexico (Matchday Commentary)

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The time has finally arrived. The U.S. men's national team is in Estadio Azteca today to take on Mexico in a crucial World Cup qualifier in Mexico City.

The Americans have never beaten Mexico in Mexico, but come in riding the confidence of a strong showing in this summer's Confederation's Cup.

USA vs. Mexico: Matchday Preview

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"It's on our list of things to do."

With an uncharacteristic smirk on his face and confidence in his voice, Bob Bradley uttered those words back in February when asked about the U.S. national team winning in Mexico. The Americans had just defeated Mexico in Columbus and Bradley had every reason to feel confident about his team's chances of coming to Mexico and recording the team's first victory on American soil.

USA vs. Mexico: Matchday Preview

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"It's on our list of things to do."

With an uncharacteristic smirk on his face and confidence in his voice, Bob Bradley uttered those words back in February when asked about the U.S. national team winning in Mexico. The Americans had just defeated Mexico in Columbus and Bradley had every reason to feel confident about his team's chances of coming to Mexico and recording the team's first victory on American soil.

D.C. United ramps up U.S. Open Cup marketing campaign

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By TRAVIS CLARK

The U.S. Open Cup is the oldest soccer tradition in America. In recent times, fans and supporters have claimed that the tournament fails to receive the proper treatment from MLS teams. The 2009 final between Seattle and D.C. is already starting to gain momentum as the September 2 date is just over three weeks away.

Greetings from Mexico City (And Your July Questions Answered: Part 1)

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Good afternoon folks. I'm coming to you from Mexico City, where we are a day away from the big USA-Mexico World Cup qualifier and the buzz is starting to fill the city.

While I get settled and start working on some posts for the afternoon, here is Part 1 of the July Q&A. There are plenty of national team questions, but also a broad range of topics covered.

USA vs. Mexico: News and Notes

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We are 24 hours from USA/Mexico and there is plenty to discuss, from the potential lineups, to the growing hype surrounding the match. Here are some tidbits about the match to get you in the mood (as if you weren't already):

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With the game sold out, tickets are being scalped for as much as 5000 pesos ($384).

USA vs. Mexico: News and Notes

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We are 24 hours from USA/Mexico and there is plenty to discuss, from the potential lineups, to the growing hype surrounding the match. Here are some tidbits about the match to get you in the mood (as if you weren't already):

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With the game sold out, tickets are being scalped for as much as 5000 pesos ($384).

Greetings from Mexico City (And Your July Questions Answered: Part 1)

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Good afternoon folks. I'm coming to you from Mexico City, where we are a day away from the big USA-Mexico World Cup qualifier and the buzz is starting to fill the city.

While I get settled and start working on some posts for the afternoon, here is Part 1 of the July Q&A. There are plenty of national team questions, but also a broad range of topics covered.

D.C. United ramps up U.S. Open Cup marketing campaign

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By TRAVIS CLARK

The U.S. Open Cup is the oldest soccer tradition in America. In recent times, fans and supporters have claimed that the tournament fails to receive the proper treatment from MLS teams. The 2009 final between Seattle and D.C. is already starting to gain momentum as the September 2 date is just over three weeks away.

Guardado: "Of course we will win"

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Mexican star midfielder Andres Guardado gave his countrymen a scare this weekend after suffering a knee injury that looked as if it might rule him out of Wednesday's World Cup qualifying clash vs.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

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by GIANFRANCO PANIZO

With more European leagues getting their seasons underway this past weekend, it was no surprise to see impressive performances from the Americans Abroad.

Morning Ticker: Dynamo tops Fire, Capello issues Beckham warning and more

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Four MLS players who have been called in for Wednesday's World Cup qualifying showdown between the United States and Mexico took the field in MLS action on Sunday night and none of them looked to be holding anything back.

Altidore granted UK work permit

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U.S. national team striker Jozy Altidore has been granted a UK work permit, clearing the way for him to make the move to English club Hull City on loan.

Join the SBI EPL Fantasy League

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The English Premier League season is just days away, which means it's time for a third season of the SBI EPL Fantasy League.

We have decided to stick with the same website for the league for a third straight year, the English Premier League's official fantasy game,  and invitations were sent out to owners in last year's league on Monday (CORRECTION, the league was activated on Monday.

U.S. national team practice report

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by GIANFRANCO PANIZO

MIAMI-With only two days left before the United States national team takes on Mexico in a crucial World Cup qualifier in Estadio Azteca, the team began their preparations in a hot and humid morning in South Florida.

While much of the discussion was about the game itself, head coach Bob Bradley did touch touch on the team's preparations for the match, and why the team is taking the approach they are.

Real Madrid 3, D.C. United 0: A Look Back

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Are you making the trip to Mexico City?

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With the USA-Mexico World Cup qualifier just two days away, it is time for U.S. national team fans from all over the country to start converging on Mexico for the big game. American fans will be seriously outnumbered at Estadio Azteca on Wednesday, but that doesn't mean USA fans won't represent.

Report: Adu set for Danish move

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Freddy Adu's lengthy quest for regular playing time may finally be coming to an end.

The Washington Post is reporting that Adu is on the verge of a loan move to Danish club Odense BK. The reported one-year loan being discussed would potentially provide Adu with the regularyplaying time he has been unable to find since leaving MLS two years ago.

Where will you be watching USA-Mexico?

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The game most U.S. national team fans have been waiting months for is just a day away and it's time to start thinking about where people will be watching the match.

Report: Adu set for Danish move

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Freddy Adu's lengthy quest for regular playing time may finally be coming to an end.

The Washington Post is reporting that Adu is on the verge of a loan move to Danish club Odense BK. The reported one-year loan being discussed would potentially provide Adu with the regularyplaying time he has been unable to find since leaving MLS two years ago.

Where will you be watching USA-Mexico?

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The game most U.S. national team fans have been waiting months for is just a day away and it's time to start thinking about where people will be watching the match.

Real Madrid 3, D.C. United 0: A Look Back

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One of the hottest and humid days of D.C.'s summer couldn't keep the fans away as Real Madrid took on D.C. United on Sunday. And while the crowd on hand heavily favored the Spanish club, the 72,000 fans saw D.

Are you making the trip to Mexico City?

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With the USA-Mexico World Cup qualifier just two days away, it is time for U.S. national team fans from all over the country to start converging on Mexico for the big game. American fans will be seriously outnumbered at Estadio Azteca on Wednesday, but that doesn't mean USA fans won't represent.

U.S. national team practice report

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MIAMI-With only two days left before the United States national team takes on Mexico in a crucial World Cup qualifier in Estadio Azteca, the team began their preparations in a hot and humid morning in South Florida.

While much of the discussion was about the game itself, head coach Bob Bradley did touch touch on the team's preparations for the match, and why the team is taking the approach they are.

Join the SBI EPL Fantasy League

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The English Premier League season is just days away, which means it's time for a third season of the SBI EPL Fantasy League.

We have decided to stick with the same website for the league for a third straight year, the English Premier League's official fantasy game,  and invitations were sent out to owners in last year's league on Monday.

Altidore granted UK work permit

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U.S. national team striker Jozy Altidore has been granted a UK work permit, clearing the way for him to make the move to English club Hull City on loan.

Morning Ticker: Dynamo tops Fire, Capello issues Beckham warning and more

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Four MLS players who have been called in for Wednesday's World Cup qualifying showdown between the United States and Mexico took the field in MLS action on Sunday night and none of them looked to be holding anything back.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

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by GIANFRANCO PANIZO

With more European leagues getting their seasons underway this past weekend, it was no surprise to see impressive performances from the Americans Abroad.

Guardado: "Of course we will win"

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Mexican star midfielder Andres Guardado gave his countrymen a scare this weekend after suffering a knee injury that looked as if it might rule him out of Wednesday's World Cup qualifying clash vs.

Real Madrid vs. D.C. United: Match Day Commentary

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Good afternoon. It's a hot and humid day down in the D.C. area, with a sea of Madrid-clad fans ready to watch their heroes take on D.C. United. Madrid's second match against MLS opposition will indeed be an interesting when you take into consideration the elements outside.

I'm in the press box at FedEx field, ready to take in all the action.

Donovan's pre-Azteca wonder goal

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If you were wondering whether Landon Donovan's recent hot streak was still intact heading into Wednesday's World Cup qualifier between the United States and Mexico, wonder no more.

Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

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The first official match of the English Premier League season doesn't kickoff until next week, but today's Community Shield still serves as the unofficial start to the new EPL campaign.

Chelsea and Manchester United are the two favorites to lift the EPL title and will face off today in the match of the day.

MLS Matchday 21: A Look Ahead

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A pair of Western Conference clashes highlight Major League Soccer's schedule in week 21 as the Seattle Sounders look to halt their road woes, while the Colorado Rapids look to keep Chivas USA's struggles going.

The best match of the weekend takes place on Sunday, with the Chicago Fire facing the Houston Dynamo.

Morning Ticker: EPL to ESPN, FC Dallas wins again and more

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ESPN may still be reeling from losing the rights to the UEFA Champions League, but that isn't stopping it from building up its collection of soccer offerings.

According to EPL Talk, ESPN has added the English Premier League and will show up to two matches a week, starting next week.

European Ticker: Arsenal draw Celtic, Vidic sidelined and more

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Arsenal's path back to the UEFA Champions League has a tough first hurdle in the form of Scottish giants Celtic.

The British clubs were drawn against each other in the UEFA Champions League fourth round draw on Friday. Here are some of the other high-profile match-ups:

  • Sporting Lisbon vs.

Help SBI pick an Fantasy EPL site

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With the English Premier League season set to kick off in eight days, it is time to start thinking about fantasy EPL.

For the third straight year SBI will host a fantasy EPL league, and for the first time we will definitely have some prizes for the winners of the league. First thing's first, we need to settle on a website to run the league on.

Davies, Cooper among Americans set to kick off European seasons

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U.S. national team striker Charlie Davies is just one of several Americans who will see their European league seasons start this weekend.

WPS Week 20: A Look Ahead

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By CHRISTA MANN

Week 20 marks the final weekend in the regular season of Women's Pro Soccer.

USA names roster for Mexico qualifier

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The U.S. men's national team finally named its 20-man roster for the upcoming World Cup qualifier vs.

This weekend's Soccer on TV

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The selection of soccer matches to watch is about to start growing as more leagues begin to kick off in Europe.

The German and French leagues begin play this week, while Manchester United and Chelsea play the first game of the year among EPL teams in the Community Shield.

There is also plenty of MLS action, as well as the much-anticipated DC United-Real Madrid friendly.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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It's another Saturday, and another weekend filled with great professional soccer action to watch on TV.

Between the start of the Bundesliga season and the intensifying MLS playoff race, there is plenty on tap today for soccer fans looking for a fix.

Can't wait for the EPL season to start?

Saturday Ticker: Zamora to play for T&T, Real Madrid rips TFC and more

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Trinidad & Tobago is in last place in the CONCACAF Hexagonal round of World CUp qualifying, but the Soca Warriors are about to get a big boost with the addition of two European-based players who have committed to play for them.

Fulham striker Bobby Zamora and Bolton defender Jlloyd Samuel have received their T&T passports and will join Trinidad & Tobago for its crucial qualifier vs.

MLS Matchday 21: A Look Ahead

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A pair of Western Conference clashes highlight Major League Soccer's schedule in week 21 as the Seattle Sounders look to halt their road woes, while the Colorado Rapids look to keep Chivas USA's struggles going.

The best match of the weekend takes place on Sunday, with the Chicago Fire facing the Houston Dynamo.

Saturday Ticker: Zamora to play for T&T, Real Madrid rips TFC and more

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Trinidad & Tobago is in last place in the CONCACAF Hexagonal round of World CUp qualifying, but the Soca Warriors are about to get a big boost with the addition of two European-based players who have committed to play for them.

Fulham striker Bobby Zamora and Bolton defender Jlloyd Samuel have received their T&T passports and will join Trinidad & Tobago for its crucial qualifier vs.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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It's another Saturday, and another weekend filled with great professional soccer action to watch on TV.

Between the start of the Bundesliga season and the intensifying MLS playoff race, there is plenty on tap today for soccer fans looking for a fix.

Can't wait for the EPL season to start?

This weekend's Soccer on TV

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The selection of soccer matches to watch is about to start growing as more leagues begin to kick off in Europe.

The German and French leagues begin play this week, while Manchester United and Chelsea play the first game of the year among EPL teams in the Community Shield.

There is also plenty of MLS action, as well as the much-anticipated DC United-Real Madrid friendly.

USA names roster for Mexico qualifier

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The U.S. men's national team finally named its 20-man roster for the upcoming World Cup qualifier vs.

WPS Week 20: A Look Ahead

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By CHRISTA MANN

Week 20 marks the final weekend in the regular season of Women's Pro Soccer.

Davies, Cooper among Americans set to kick off European seasons

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U.S. national team striker Charlie Davies is just one of several Americans who will see their European league seasons start this weekend.

Help SBI pick an Fantasy EPL site

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With the English Premier League season set to kick off in eight days, it is time to start thinking about fantasy EPL.

For the third straight year SBI will host a fantasy EPL league, and for the first time we will definitely have some prizes for the winners of the league. First thing's first, we need to settle on a website to run the league on.

European Ticker: Arsenal draw Celtic, Vidic sidelined and more

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Arsenal's path back to the UEFA Champions League has a tough first hurdle in the form of Scottish giants Celtic.

The British clubs were drawn against each other in the UEFA Champions League fourth round draw on Friday. Here are some of the other high-profile match-ups:

  • Sporting Lisbon vs.

Morning Ticker: EPL to ESPN, FC Dallas wins again and more

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ESPN may still be reeling from losing the rights to the UEFA Champions League, but that isn't stopping it from building up its collection of soccer offerings.

According to EPL Talk, ESPN has added the English Premier Leagueand will show up to two matches a week, starting next week. The network initially made some waves when it secured rights to EPL games in England, a move that was part of ESPN's plan to launch an ESPN UK channel, but now ESPN appears set to show EPL games here in the United States.

FC Dallas vs. Houston Dynamo: Your Running Commentary

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The Battle of Texas kicks off tonight as the first-place Houston Dynamo take on FC Dallas at Pizza Hut Park.

FC Dallas is coming off a 6-0 thumping of the Kansas City Wizards, but must now face a Dynamo team that has welcomed back Brian Ching and Stuart Holden from national team duty.

Seattle Sounders vs. FC Barcelona: Your Running Commentary

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The Seattle Sounders are playing host to FC Barcelona at Qwest Field tonight (10:30pm, ESPN2).

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

Enjoy the match.

Marquez injured, will miss USA-Mexico qualifier

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Mexican national team captain Rafael Marquez suffered a torn calf muscle and is expected to miss Mexico's World Cup qualifying showdown vs. the United States on Aug. 12.

Marquez suffered the injury while training with FC Barcelona ahead of Wednesday's exhibition vs. the Seattle Sounders.

Morning Ticker: Chicago falls in SuperLiga final, Barca bounces Seattle and Red Bulls tumble out of CCL

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The Chicago Fire outplayed UANL Tigres for the better part of 90 minutes on Wednesday night, but could not find the game-winning goal that would have given the Fire the SuperLiga trophy. The SuperLiga final went to penalty kicks, where misses by Mike Banner and Justin Mapp doomed Chicago as Tigres converted four of five penalties to win the 2009 SuperLiga title.

Hull introduces Altidore (and a closer look at Jozy's work permit case)

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Hull City introduced its newest striker on Thursday as Jozy Altidore made his informal debut as a Tiger.

A look back at the USMNT's busy summer

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We are a week away from the U.S. men's national team's last game in a busy summer of soccer that won't soon be forgotten.

A look back at the USMNT's busy summer

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We are a week away from the U.S. men's national team's last game in a busy summer of soccer that won't soon be forgotten.

Hull introduces Altidore (and a closer look at Jozy's work permit case)

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Hull City introduced its newest striker on Thursday as Jozy Altidore made his informal debut as a Tiger.

Morning Ticker: Chicago falls in SuperLiga final, Barca bounces Seattle and Red Bulls tumble out of CCL

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The Chicago Fire outplayed UANL Tigres for the better part of 90 minutes on Wednesday night, but could not find the game-winning goal that would have given the Fire the SuperLiga trophy. The SuperLiga final went to penalty kicks, where misses by Mike Banner and Justin Mapp doomed Chicago as Tigres converted four of five penalties to win the 2009 SuperLiga title.

Marquez injured, will miss USA-Mexico qualifier

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Mexican national team captain Rafael Marquez suffered a torn calf muscle and is expected to miss Mexico's World Cup qualifying showdown vs. the United States on Aug. 12.

Marquez suffered the injury while training with FC Barcelona ahead of Wednesday's exhibition vs. the Seattle Sounders.

Seattle Sounders vs. FC Barcelona: Your Running Commentary

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The Seattle Saunders are playing host to FC Barcelona at Qwest Field tonight. If you are watching tonight's match please feel free to share your thoughrs, opinions and some play by play in the comments section below. Enjoy the match.


CONCACAF Champions League: D.C. United advances, Toronto FC eliminated

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Two MLS teams had a chance to secure a Champions League group stage berth, but only one of them did what it needed to do.

Christian Gomez scored D.C. United's crucial equalizer on a beautiful free kick, then capped a stellar match with a clutch penalty kick to give D.C. United a series victory over Luis Angel Firpo in their CONCACAF Champions League play-in series.

WPS Week 19: A Look Back

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In Week 19 of Women's Pro Soccer, the Sky Blue FC (NJ) coach walked out on her team, a red card left the Boston Breakers shorthanded, and the two bottom teams pulled off some dramatic upsets.  Of all the surprises in Week 19, the drama in New Jersey drew the most attention.

On Thursday, Sky Blue FC Head Coach Kelly Lindsey abruptly left the team with no explanation at all.

Cooper introduced by 1860 Munich

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U.S. national team forward Kenny Cooper was officially introduced by 1860 Munich on Tuesday in a press conference where he showed off the No.

SBI MLS Power Rankings (Week 20)

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The once-struggling Houston Dynamo is back in business with the return of Brian Ching and Stuart Holden reviving an offense that faltered badly without them.

Altidore headed to Hull City on loan

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Jozy Altidore is heading to Hull City.

Altidore has confirmed the one-year loan move, offering this nugget on his Twitter feed: "First match is against chelsea subject to a work permit."

Yes, Hull City plays Chelsea in its season opener on Aug. 15th. As for the work permit, Altidore does not automatically qualify for a UK work permit based on his current percentage of matches played, but considering the number of U.

Who should Bob Bradley call in vs. Mexico?

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The U.S. men's national team's World Cup qualifier against Mexico in Estadio Azteca will take place exactly a week from now and while we know what players Mexico has brought in for the match, we still haven't heard who the United States will be calling in.

SuperLiga Final: Chicago Fire vs. UANL Tigres

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The Chicago Fire will look to win its first trophy since the 2006 U.S. Open Cup by defeating Mexican side Tigres in the 2009 SuperLiga Final tonight at Toyota Park (8pm, Telefutura).

The Fire will look to become the second straight MLS team to win the SuperLiga title after New England won it last year.

CONCACAF Champions League: Red Bulls vs. W Connection (Match Night Commentary)

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What is left of the New York Red Bulls dismal season will either survive or perish tonight when the Red Bulls take on W Connection in the second leg of their CONCACAF Champions League series.

The task is simple. If the Red Bulls win or tie by a goal or less, they advance to the group stage of the Champions League.

CONCACAF Champions League: Red Bulls vs. W Connection (Match Night Commentary)

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What is left of the New York Red Bulls dismal season will either survive or perish tonight when the Red Bulls take on W Connection in the second leg of their CONCACAF Champions League series.

The task is simple. If the Red Bulls win or tie by a goal or less, they advance to the group stage of the Champions League.

SuperLiga Final: Chicago Fire vs. UANL Tigres

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The Chicago Fire will look to win its first trophy since the 2006 U.S. Open Cup by defeating Mexican side Tigres in the 2009 SuperLiga Final tonight at Toyota Park (8pm, Telefutura).

The Fire will look to become the second straight MLS team to win the SuperLiga title after New England won it last year.

Who should Bob Bradley call in vs. Mexico?

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The U.S. men's national team's World Cup qualifier against Mexico in Estadio Azteca will take place exactly a week from now and while we know what players Mexico has brought in for the match, we still haven't heard who the United States will be calling in.

Altidore loan to Hull City looks done

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While no announcement has been made yet, all signs are pointing to Jozy Altidore heading to Hull City on a one-year loan.

Hull is reportedly preparing to introduce two new signings on Thursday, just a day after Altidore visited Hull City to negotiate a one-year loan deal. The report suggests that Altidore is one of the players expected to be introduced.

SBI MLS Power Rankings (Week 20)

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The once-struggling Houston Dynamo is back in business with the return of Brian Ching and Stuart Holden reviving an offense that faltered badly without them.

Cooper introduced by 1860 Munich

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U.S. national team forward Kenny Cooper was officially introduced by 1860 Munich on Wednesday in a press conference where he showed off the No.

WPS Week 19: A Look Back

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In Week 19 of Women's Pro Soccer, the Sky Blue FC (NJ) coach walked out on her team, a red card left the Boston Breakers shorthanded, and the two bottom teams pulled off some dramatic upsets.  Of all the surprises in Week 19, the drama in New Jersey drew the most attention.

On Thursday, Sky Blue FC Head Coach Kelly Lindsey abruptly left the team with no explanation at all.

CONCACAF Champions League: D.C. United advances, Toronto FC eliminated

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Two MLS teams had a chance to secure a Champions League group stage berth, but only one of them did what it needed to do.

Christian Gomez scored D.C. United's crucial equalizer on a beautiful free kick, then capped a stellar match with a clutch penalty kick to give D.C. United a series victory over Luis Angel Firpo in their CONCACAF Champions League play-in series.

Onalfo out as Kansas City head coach

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Curt Onalfo has been fired as head coach of the Kansas City Wizards, teams sources informed SBI on Monday evening. The club is expected to name an interim head coach on Tuesday (with general manager Peter Vermes mentioned as a likely choice to take the position for the remainder of the year).

Morning Ticker: Wizards turn to Vermes, Lescott wants transfer move and more

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The Kansas City Wizards will name general manager Peter Vermes as the team's interim head coach today, setting the stage for the former U.S. national team standout to help turn around a Wizards squad sitting in sixth place in the Eastern Conference.

According to sources, the decision to fire Curt Onalfo as Wizards head coach was made before Saturday's ill-fated 6-0 loss to FC Dallas, with the defeat making the decision a much easier one to follow through with.

Where should Jozy Altidore go?

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With Hull City being the latest clublinked to U.S. national team striker Jozy Altidore, the list of interested clubs continues to grow and it becomes tougher and tougher to figure out just where the 19-year-old striker will wind up.

CONCACAF Champions League: Judgment day for DC United and Toronto FC

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DCÂ United and Toronto FC are both on the road tonight for pivotal second-leg matches in the CONCACAF Champions League and both have some serious work to do.

Toronto FC meets the USL-1 Puerto Rico Islanders tonight (8pm, Fox Soccer Channel) and must erase a 1-0 first-leg deficit and do so in Puerto Rico against an Islanders squad that is coming off a semifinal run in last year's Champions League tournament.

Liverpool agrees to sell Alonso to Real Madrid

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Liverpool never planned on selling Xabi Alonso, but in the end the Reds couldn't fight off Real Madrid.

One of the lengthier transfer sagas of the summer concluded on Tuesday with Liverpool agreeing to sell the Spanish international to Real Madrid for £30 million ($50.76 million).

Evening Ticker: Altidore heading to England, Arnoux signs one-year deal with Everton and more

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Jozy Altidore looks like he will be playing in England this upcoming European season, just where remains to be seen.

CONCACAF Champions League: Your Running Commentary

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It's do-or-die time for MLS clubs DC United and Toronto FC as both head into their CONCACAF Champions League second-leg match-ups needing wins (or in D.C. United's case, at least a multiple-goal draw) to advance to the tournament's group stage.

Toronto FC faces the Puerto Rico Islanders at 8pm, while DC United plays Luis Angel Firpo at 10pm.

CONCACAF Champions League: Your Running Commentary

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It's do-or-die time for MLS clubs DC United and Toronto FC as both head into their CONCACAF Champions League second-leg match-ups needing wins (or in D.C. United's case, at least a multiple-goal draw) to advance to the tournament's group stage.

Toronto FC faces the Puerto Rico Islanders at 8pm, while DC United plays Luis Angel Firpo at 10pm.

Evening Ticker: Altidore heading to England, Arnoux signs one-year deal with Everton and more

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Jozy Altidore looks like he will be playing in England this upcoming season, just where remains to be seen.

Altidore revealed his plans to head to England on Wednesday to finalize a move via Twitter, stating "England early in the morning so im going to get some sleep."

So where is he headed?

Liverpool agrees to sell Alonso to Real Madrid

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Liverpool never planned on selling Xabi Alonso, but in the end the Reds couldn't fight off Real Madrid.

One of the lengthier transfer sagas of the summer concluded on Tuesday with Liverpool agreeing to sell the Spanish international to Real Madrid for £30 million ($50.76 million).

CONCACAF Champions League: Judgment day for DC United and Toronto FC

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DCÂ United and Toronto FC are both on the road tonight for pivotal second-leg matches in the CONCACAF Champions League and both have some serious work to do.

Toronto FC meets the USL-1 Puerto Rico Islanders tonight (8pm, Fox Soccer Channel) and must erase a 1-0 first-leg deficit and do so in Puerto Rico against an Islanders squad that is coming off a semifinal run in last year's Champions League tournament.

Morning Ticker: Wizards turn to Vermes, Lescott wants transfer move and more

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The Kansas City Wizards will name general manager Peter Vermes as the team's interim head coach today, setting the stage for the former U.S. national team standout to help turn around a Wizards squad sitting in sixth place in the Eastern Conference.

According to sources, the decision to fire Curt Onalfo as Wizards head coach was made before Saturday's ill-fated 6-0 loss to FC Dallas, with the defeat making the decision a much easier one to follow through with.

Where should Jozy Altidore go?

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With Hull City being the latest clublinked to U.S. national team striker Jozy Altidore, the list of interested clubs continues to grow and it becomes tougher and tougher to figure out just where the 19-year-old striker will wind up.

Onalfo out as Kansas City head coach

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Curt Onalfo has been fired as head coach of the Kansas City Wizards, teams sources informed SBI on Monday evening. The club is expected to name an interim head coach on Tuesday.

The move comes just two days after the Wizards suffered an embarrassing 6-0 loss to FC Dallas, but team sources tell SBI that the move was not a knee-jerk reaction to Saturday's result.

Morning Ticker: Guzan leads Villa to Cup, Quakes rout Sounders and more

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If you need a penalty kick converted to win a tournament there aren't many players you would rather have standing at the spot than Alessandro Del Piero. The World Cup winner and Juventus legend figured to have the edge when he faced off against Aston Villa goalkeeper and U.S. International Brad Guzan with one kick to make to secure a Peace Cup title.

Adu eyes Eredivisie switch

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Freddy Adu is looking for a new club for the upcoming season, and while has yet to reveal which clubs are interested in him, he has revealed a potential destination: Holland.

Adu told Sportweek that he is eyeing a switch to the Eredivisie. While the club or clubs have yet to be identified, one possible destination could be NAC Breda, where Adu's former D.

MLS Goals of the Week (Week 20)

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There were 21 goals scored in MLS this past weekend in six MLS matches, a boat-load that included a handful of real gems.

Picking this week's MLS goal of the week won't be as easy as last week, when Claudio Lopez' midfield blast took the honors. Here are this week's candidates:

Cast your vote for MLS goal of the week at the MLS website.

MLS players union after free agency, guaranteed contracts?

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By TRAVIS CLARK

With the MLS Collective Bargaining Agreement expiring Jan. 31, 2010, big changes could emerge in MLS. There's a lot of possibilities as to what 2010 could hold for MLS, and recent reports indicate the players union is after a drastic overhaul.

Reports are swirling about the proposal tabled by the MLS players union last month in their meetings with league officials.

Arsenal interested in Subotic

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Arsenal is in the market for a center back and the club has set its sights on Borussia Dortmund defender Neven Subotic.

Subotic is reportedly being pursued by the Gunners, who sold center back Kolo Toure to Manchester City last week. Subotic, 20, is coming off an impressive first season in the German Bundesliga, scoring six goals in 33 league games to help Dortmund to a sixth place finish.

Transfer Ticker: van der Vaart eager to leave, Cole to stay put and more

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Rafael van der Vaart has apparently played his last game for Real Madrid.

The Dutch midfielder has been told by Real Madrid manager Manuel Pellegrini that he is surplus to requirements, and that it would be pointless for him to remain with los merengues.

Transfer Ticker: van der Vaart eager to leave, Cole to stay put and more

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by GIANFRANCO PANIZO

Rafael van der Vaart has apparently played his last game for Real Madrid.

The Dutch midfielder has been told by Real Madrid manager Manuel Pellegrini that he is surplus to requirements, and that it would be pointless for him to remain with los merengues.

Arsenal interested in Subotic

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Arsenal is in the market for a center back and the club has set its sights on Borussia Dortmund defender Neven Subotic.

Subotic is reportedly being pursued by the Gunners, who sold center back Kolo Toure to Manchester City last week. Subotic, 20, is coming off an impressive first season in the German Bundesliga, scoring six goals in 33 league games to help Dortmund to a sixth place finish.

MLS players union after free agency, guaranteed contracts?

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By TRAVIS CLARK

With the MLS Collective Bargaining Agreement expiring Jan. 31, 2010, big changes could emerge in MLS. There's a lot of possibilities as to what 2010 could hold for MLS, and recent reports indicate the players union is after a drastic overhaul.

Reports are swirling about the proposal tabled by the MLS players union last month in their meetings with league officials.

MLS Goals of the Week (Week 20)

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There were 21 goals scored in MLS this past weekend in six MLS matches, a boat-load that included a handful of real gems.

Picking this week's MLS goal of the week won't be as easy as last week, when Claudio Lopez' midfield blast took the honors. Here are this week's candidates:

Cast your vote for MLS goal of the week at the MLS website.

Adu eyes Eredivisie switch

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Freddy Adu is looking for a new club for the upcoming season, and while has yet to reveal which clubs are interested in him, he has revealed a potential destination: Holland.

Adu told Sportweek that he is eyeing a switch to the Eredivisie. While the club or clubs have yet to be identified, one possible destination could be NAC Breda, where Adu's former D.

Morning Ticker: Guzan leads Villa to Cup, Quakes rout Sounders and more

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If you need a penalty kick converted to win a tournament there aren't many players you would rather have standing at the spot than Alessandro Del Piero. The World Cup winner and Juventus legend figured to have the edge when he faced off against Aston Villa goalkeeper and U.S. International Brad Guzan with one kick to make to secure a Peace Cup title.

FC Barcelona 2, Los Angeles Galaxy 1: A Look Back

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David Beckham silenced some boo-birds and Landon Donovan showed once again why he's considered the best field player in U.S. national team history, but even that wasn't enough to stop the European champions.

FC Barcelona posted a 2-1 victory against the Los Angeles Galaxy at the Rose Bowl on Saturday night in front of a crowd of 93,137, a record for a match involving an MLS team.

Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

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It's a light day of action in the soccer world, but there are at least a few matches worth taking in if you can see them.

Start with the Peace Cup in Spain, where Aston Villa will take on Juventus in the final. Brad Guzan and Eric Lichaj started for Villa in the semifinal and should start yet again today.

Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

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It's a light day of action in the soccer world, but there are at least a few matches worth taking in if you can see them.

Start with the Peace Cup in Spain, where Aston Villa will take on Juventus in the final. Brad Guzan and Eric Lichaj started for Villa in the semifinal and should start yet again today.

FC Barcelona 2, Los Angeles Galaxy 1: A Look Back

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David Beckham silenced some boo-birds and Landon Donovan showed once again why he's considered the best field player in U.S. national team history, but even that wasn't enough to stop the European champions.

FC Barcelona posted a 2-1 victory against the Los Angeles Galaxy at the Rose Bowl on Saturday night in front of a crowd of 93,137, a record for a match involving an MLS team.

MLS Matchday 20: A Look Ahead (And your Running Commentary)

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Major League Soccer will feature ten teams in league action and one team in a pretty high-profile friendly tonight.

The Los Angeles Galaxy is taking on FC Barcelona in the Rose Bowl tonight in a game expected to draw more than 85,000 fans. While the five MLS matches tonight aren't a lock to combine for that much in attendance, there are still some great match-ups.

MLS Matchday 20: A Look Ahead (And your Running Commentary)

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Major League Soccer will feature ten teams in league action and one team in a pretty high-profile friendly tonight.

The Los Angeles Galaxy is taking on FC Barcelona in the Rose Bowl tonight in a game expected to draw more than 85,000 fans. While the five MLS matches tonight aren't a lock to combine for that much in attendance, there are still some great match-ups.

Saturday Ticker: Grella scores in Leeds friendly, Bent fined for Twitter and more

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Former Duke University standout Mike Grella finished off his first professional pre-season in style, scoring one of two Leeds goals in Leeds' United's 2-1 victory in pre-season friendly action against newly-promoted EPL side Burnley on Saturday.

Grella saw playing time late in the season for Leeds last spring, and is looking like a good bet for even more playing time for the once-mighty Whites.

Saturday Ticker: Grella scores in Leeds friendly, Bent fined for Twitter and more

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Former Duke University standout Mike Grella finished off his first professional pre-season in style, scoring one of two Leeds goals in Leeds' United's 2-1 victory in pre-season friendly action against newly-promoted EPL side Burnley on Saturday.

Grella saw playing time late in the season for Leeds last spring, and is looking like a good bet for even more playing time for the once-mighty Whites.

WPS Week 19: A Look Ahead

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An early red card for Boston and another coaching change in New Jersey brought a colorful beginning to Week 18 in Women's Pro Soccer. Â These two random incidents caused a bit of commotion heading into these final weeks of the regular season, but the red card was by far more controversial.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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It's a hot, but slow, Soccer Saturday, with MLS, Mexican League and international friendlies running the show today.

If you have been watching, or plan to watch, today's soccer action, feel free to come here to share your thoughts, opinions and play-by-play on all the games in play today.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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It's a hot, but slow, Soccer Saturday, with MLS, Mexican League and international friendlies running the show today.

If you have been watching, or plan to watch, today's soccer action, feel free to come here to share your thoughts, opinions and play-by-play on all the games in play today.

WPS Week 19: A Look Ahead

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An early red card for Boston and another coaching change in New Jersey brought a colorful beginning to Week 18 in Women's Pro Soccer. Â These two random incidents caused a bit of commotion heading into these final weeks of the regular season, but the red card was by far more controversial.