Soccer By Ives Archives for January 2009

Late equalizer forces Columbus to settle for CCL tie

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The Columbus Crew had a chance to become the first MLS team to reach the knockout rounds of the CONCACAF Champions League, but fell short with just seconds remaining as a late equalizer forced the Crew to settle for a 1-1 tie vs. Deportivo Saprissa at Crew Stadium on Tuesday night.

The Crew looked on its way to clinching a top-two spot in its group before Alexander Robinson headed home an equalizer in the second minute of stoppage time to negate a first-half penalty kick from Robbie Rogers.

Under-20 World Cup: USA 4, Cameroon 1 (A Look Back)

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Thomas Rongen changed half his team, but stuck with his formation, and a decision that started out looking like it might be a stubborn mistake wound up being a smart move that has the U.S. Under-20 national team in great shape at the Under-20 World Cup.

The Americans trotted out a 4-3-3 formation for the second straight match, doing so despite the same formation being largely ineffective in a 3-0 loss to Germany.

Arshavin's back-heel beauty

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If you weren't able to catch Tuesday's UEFA Champions League action, you might have missed a pretty sweet back-heel goal from Arsenal star Andrei Arshavin.

Now, we realize that he was offside, and the goal shouldn't have counted, but you can still appreciate the skill.

Altidore, Donovan and Howard finalists for Honda player of the year award

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Jozy Altidore, Landon Donovan and Tim Howard have been named finalists for the 2009 Honda Player of the Year award, given each year to the U.

UEFA Champions League: Matchday Two (Matchday Commentary)

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As relative tame as Tuesday's half of the UEFA Champions League Matchday Two was, Today's half has the makings of an unforgettable round.

Four high-profile match-ups headline the eight-match menu, including Bayern Munich-Juventus, Manchester United-Wolfsburg, Real Madrid-Marseille and FC Porto-Atletico Madrid.

BMO Field to have grass in 2010

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The Toronto city council voted unanimously to approve the placement of grass at BMO Field in a vote held on Wednesday.

The decision means there will be one less MLS team playing on artificial turf in 2010, with Toronto FC joining the New York Red Bulls as teams set to make the move to grass next season.

D.C., Houston host important Champions League matches tonight

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Two massive CONCACAF Champions League matches loom tonight for the remaining two MLS squads in the competition. D.C., in need of a win to boost their chances of making a rather unlikely quarterfinal bid, face lowly San Juan Jabloteh (8pm, FSC) of Trinidad & Tobago who have yet to win in the competition.

D.C., Houston host important Champions League matches tonight

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Two massive CONCACAF Champions League matches loom tonight for the remaining two MLS squads in the competition. D.C., in need of a win to boost their chances of making a rather unlikely quarterfinal bid, face lowly San Juan Jabloteh (8pm, FSC) of Trinidad & Tobago who have yet to win in the competition.

BMO Field to have grass in 2010

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The Toronto city council voted unanimously to approve the placement of grass at BMO Field in a vote held on Wednesday.

The decision means there will be one less MLS team playing on artificial turf in 2010, with Toronto FC joining the New York Red Bulls as teams set to make the move to grass next season.

Altidore, Donovan and Howard finalists for Honda player of the year award

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Jozy Altidore, Landon Donovan and Tim Howard have been named finalists for the 2009 Honda Player of the Year award, given each year to the U.

UEFA Champions League: Matchday Two (Your Running Commentary)

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As relative tame as Tuesday's half of the UEFA Champions League Matchday Two was, Today's half has the makings of an unforgettable round.

Four high-profile match-ups headline the eight-match menu, including Bayern Munich-Juventus, Manchester United-Wolfsburg, Real Madrid-Marseille and FC Porto-Atletico Madrid.

Arshavin's back-heel beauty

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If you weren't able to catch Tuesday's UEFA Champions League action, you might have missed a pretty sweet back-heel goal from Arsenal star Andrei Arshavin.

Now, we realize that he was offside, and the goal shouldn't have counted, but you can still appreciate the skill.

Under-20 World Cup: USA 4, Cameroon 1 (A Look Back)

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Thomas Rongen changed half his team, but stuck with his formation, and a decision that started out looking like it might be a stubborn mistake wound up being a smart move that has the U.S. Under-20 national team in great shape at the Under-20 World Cup.

The Americans trotted out a 4-3-3 formation for the second straight match, doing so despite the same formation being largely ineffective in a 3-0 loss to Germany.

Late equalizer forces Columbus to settle for CCL tie

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The Columbus Crew had a chance to become the first MLS team to reach the knockout rounds of the CONCACAF Champions League, but fell short with just seconds remaining as a late equalizer forced the Crew to settle for a 1-1 tie vs. Deportivo Saprissa at Crew Stadium on Tuesday night.

The Crew looked on its way to clinching a top-two spot in its group before Alexander Robinson headed home an equalizer in the second minute of stoppage time to negate a first-half penalty kick from Robbie Rogers.

Honduras names squad for USA qualifier

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Now that the USA-Honduras World Cup Qualifier on Oct. 10 will be played in San Pedro Sula, the Hondurans wasted no time calling up the squad it will use to try and secure its place in the 2010 World Cup.

GOALKEEPERS: Noel Valladares, Donis Escober, Ricardo Canales

DEFENDERS: Víctor Bernárdez (Anderlecht), Osman Chávez, Maynor Figueroa (Wigan), Boniek García, Emilio Izaguirre, Erick Norales, Carlos Palacios, Mauricio Sabillón.

USA thumps Cameroon, 4-1, in Under-20 World Cup

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The U.S. Under-20 national team needed a positive result in its match against Cameroon to keep alive its hopes of reaching the second round of the Under-20 World Cup.

FIFA: USA/Honduras qualifier will be played in Honduras despite turmoil

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The USA-Honduras World Cup qualifier scheduled for Oct. 10 in San Pedro Sula, Honduras will be played as scheduled, FIFA announced on Tuesday after an executive committee meeting to determine a course of action.

FIFA determined that the political conflict in Honduras had not caused safety concerns that would put the match at risk, but did state that FIFA's stance could change if the situation worsens.

Columbus looks to seal Champions League quarterfinal berth tonight

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It's all going well for the Columbus Crew at the moment. After their stumbling start to 2009, things have long been smoothed out as the team clinched a playoff spot after the weekend's results. The Crew have an opportunity to further their international pedigree with a win against Deportivo Saprissa tonight (8pm, FSC), which would lock up second place in Group C and advance them through to the Champions League quarterfinals.

UEFA Champions League: Matchday Two (Your Running Commentary)

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After a brief hiatus, the second round of group stages of the UEFA Champions League resumes today with eight matches around Europe. Rubin Kazan and Inter Milan have already started things in Russia, with honors even 1-1 at the end.

Here's a look at the matches on TV:

2:45pm- Setanta Sports USA- Fiorentina vs.

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

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The U.S. Under-20 national team takes on Cameroon today (12:30pm, ESPN) in a match it needs to win to keep its hopes of advancing to the second round going.

The Americans dropped a 3-0 decision to Germany in their opening match, while Cameroon opened its tournament with a 2-0 win vs.

Morning Ticker: Mexico ends World Cup hosting bid, Arsenal striker in car wreck and more

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You can remove Mexico from the list of nations opposing the United States in the race to host the 2018 and 2022 World Cups. Mexico has pulled out of the running, leaving the United States as the lone CONCACAF nation bidding for the 2018 and 2018 World Cups.

The Mexican Soccer Federation stated that, after a careful review, it was determined that the country did not have the financial capacity to host the games, citing the country's need to renovate existing stadiums.

MLS Playoff Race (Through Week 28)

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By TRAVIS CLARK

The race for the final MLS playoff spots continued to heat up over the past weekend. A number of contending teams failed to grab the appropriate result needed in order to maintain confidence in a late playoff run. The three teams on the outside looking in, Real Salt Lake, D.

CONCACAF Champions League match in Honduras will be played

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Thursday's CONCACAF Champions League match between CD Marathon and Mexican club Toluca will go on as scheduled on Thursday, sources confirmed to SBI on Monday evening.

The teams were notified late on Monday afternoon that the match, slated for San Pedro Sula, will go on despite the current political situation in Honduras.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

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by GIANFRANCO PANIZO

While there were few positives to draw from the U.S. U-20 national team's World Cup opener, there were reasons for optimism from some of the Americans Abroad this weekend.

Tim Howard once again provided Everton with a solid performance, making three saves en route to a 1-0 win over Portsmouth.

Monday Morning Centerback: On the US Under-20s, SBI's MLS MVP vote and more

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It was an ugly loss, but one you came away feeling didn't have to happen.

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The SBI Questions: Ask Edgar Castillo

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Edgar Castillo is an American, born and raised in New Mexico, but there were few American fans rooting for him two years ago when he made the decision to play for the Mexican national team.

A lot has changed for Castillo in the two years since. He has switched professional clubs, joining Mexican giant Club America before joining current club (and SuperLiga champions)Tigres UANL on loan.

Ralston out for season with torn ACL

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New England Revolution midfielder Steve Ralston is out for the season with a torn ACL suffered during the Revs' 2-1 win vs. Seattle on Saturday at Gillette Stadium.

Ralston suffered the injury after planting his right leg upon landing following an aerial challenge vs.

EPL Week 6: A Look Back

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By TRAVIS CLARK

Many had trumped this weekend as a maelstrom of mediocre matchups throughout England's top flight. And surely with fixtures like Wigan-Chelsea, Manchester United-Stoke, Sunderland-Wolves, there wasn't much to boast about going in.

MLS Matchday 28: A Look Back

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Week 28 in MLS was supposed to be a chance for teams chasing playoff berths to score clutch victories and grab hold of their opportunities to secure a place in the post-season. Only two team, the New England Revolution and Columbus Crew, did that.

While the Crew already had a hammerlock on a playoff spot, the Revolution was the only team currently in the heart of the playoff race to secure three points (unless you count FC Dallas, which is holding on to the longest of longshots for the playoffs thanks to a suddenly unstoppable offense).

'Red Card' Larrionda to ref USA-Cameroon Under-20 match

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From the "Not that guy again" department comes word that the referee for the U.S. Under-20 national team's crucial Under-20 World Cup match against Cameroon on Tuesday (12:40pm, ESPN2)Â will be none other than Jorge Larrionda.

Weekend College Soccer Wrap

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The important ACC match between UNC and Maryland came down to the wire on Friday. No. 2 UNC saw their unbeaten start to the season come to an end with less than two minutes left. Fifth-year senior Kevin Tangney, who had made two comebacks from knee surgery, grabbed the game's lone goal just when overtime seemed imminent.

Political climate worsens in Honduras just 13 days before USA World Cup qualifier

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The prospects of the USA-Honduras World Cup qualifier set for Oct. 10 actually being played in Honduras appear to be growing dim.

The acting Honduran government has issued an emergency order allowing authorities to limit constitutional rights such as freedoms of expression, travel and gathering in public.

CONCACAF Champions League match in Honduras will be played

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Thursday's CONCACAF Champions League match between CD Marathon and Mexican club Toluca will go on as scheduled on Thursday, sources confirmed to SBI on Monday evening.

The teams were notified late on Monday afternoon that the match, slated for San Pedro Sula, will go on despite the current political situation in Honduras.

Political climate worsens in Honduras just 13 days before USA World Cup qualifier

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The prospects of the USA-Honduras World Cup qualifier set for Oct. 10 actually being played in Honduras appear to be growing dim.

The acting Honduran government has issued an emergency order allowing authorities to limit constitutional rights such as freedoms of expression, travel and gathering in public.

'Red Card' Larrionda to ref USA-Cameroon Under-20 match

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From the "Not that guy again" department comes word that the referee for the U.S. Under-20 national team's crucial Under-20 World Cup match against Cameroon on Tuesday (12:40pm, ESPN2)Â will be none other than Jorge Larrionda.

Weekend College Soccer Wrap

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The important ACC match between UNC and Maryland came down to the wire on Friday. No. 2 UNC saw their unbeaten start to the season come to an end with less than two minutes left. Fifth-year senior Kevin Tangney, who had made two comebacks from knee surgery, grabbed the game's lone goal just when overtime seemed imminent.

MLS Matchday 28: A Look Back

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Week 28 in MLS was supposed to be a chance for teams chasing playoff berths to score clutch victories and grab hold of their opportunities to secure a place in the post-season. Only two team, the New England Revolution and Columbus Crew, did that.

While the Crew already had a hammerlock on a playoff spot, the Revolution was the only team currently in the heart of the playoff race to secure three points (unless you count FC Dallas, which is holding on to the longest of longshots for the playoffs thanks to a suddenly unstoppable offense).

EPL Week 6: A Look Back

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By TRAVIS CLARK

Many had trumped this weekend as a maelstrom of mediocre matchups throughout England's top flight. And surely with fixtures like Wigan-Chelsea, Manchester United-Stoke, Sunderland-Wolves, there wasn't much to boast about going in.

The SBI Questions: Ask Edgar Castillo

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Edgar Castillo is an American, born and raised in New Mexico, but there were few American fans rooting for him two years ago when he made the decision to play for the Mexican national team.

A lot has changed for Castillo in the two years since. He has switched professional clubs, joining Mexican giant Club America before joining current club (and SuperLiga champions)Tigres UANL on loan.

Ralston out for season with torn ACL

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New England Revolution midfielder Steve Ralston is out for the season with a torn ACL suffered during the Revs' 2-1 win vs. Seattle on Saturday at Gillette Stadium.

Ralston suffered the injury after planting his right leg upon landing following an aerial challenge vs.

Monday Morning Centerback: On the US Under-20s, SBI's MLS MVP vote and more

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It was an ugly loss, but one you came away feeling didn't have to happen.

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Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

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by GIANFRANCO PANIZO

While there were few positives to draw from the U.S. U-20 national team's World Cup opener, there were reasons for optimism from some of the Americans Abroad this weekend.

Tim Howard once again provided Everton with a solid performance, making three saves en route to a 1-0 win over Portsmouth.

Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

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It is one of the more quiet Sundays in recent memory in the soccer world, but even on a slow day there are plenty of matches to watch.

The Under-20 World Cup is in full swing, while leagues from Italy to France round out their weekend's schedules. Americans Abroad are in action as well, with Oguchi Onyewu hoping to get some first-team league action with AC Milan and Carlos Bocanegra looking to help Rennes stop mighty Bordeaux.

MLS Matchday 28: Match Night Commentary

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What happens when a playoff race involves almost a dozen Major League Soccer team? Every single game becomes vital.

There are no throwaway matches on this MLS Matchday 28. The league-worst New York Red Bulls aren't in the playoff hunt, but tonight's opponent, Chivas USA, absolutely needs three points in its quest for a playoff berth and high seed.

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

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The U.S. Under-20 men's national team begins World Cup play today against Germany (10am, ESPN Classic) knowing that points are vital from this match in order to help qualifying out of a loaded group that includes Cameroon and South Korea.

The Americans will be looking to improve on a quarterfinal appearance for the 2007 U.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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This Saturday's soccer action doesn't feature as many marquee tilts as previous weeks, but today will give American soccer fans a chance to see every top team in Europe play, as well as some of the best young talent in the world.

Barcelona, Manchester United, Real Madrid, Chelsea and Inter all do battle today, while we will also be treated to the Under-20 World Cup, where the United States will begin play.

SBI's Friday Free Kicks: On the USA U-20s, USMNT defenders and more

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With the Under-20 World Cup now underway, and the U.S. Under-20 team ready to make its World Cup debut on Saturday, there is plenty of talk about the team's lack of star power and name recognition, but this year's installment of the U.

This weekend's soccer on TV

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The kids are coming and you aren't going to want to miss it.

This Weekend's College Soccer Matchups

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By TRAVIS CLARK

There's a big college soccer matchup tonight in College Park, Md. No. 2 North Carolina visits No. 4 Maryland with huge ACC implications on the line. UNC is undefeated coming in, off to a a 4-0-1 start, trailing only Akron for the No. 1 spot in the NSCAA rankings.

Egypt trounces Trinidad & Tobago as U-20 World Cup begins

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by GIANFRANCO PANIZO

The U-20 World Cup in Egypt officially kicked off on Thursday with the hosts convincingly defeating Trinidad and Tobago.

A first half 1-1 draw turned into a route as Egypt midfielder Hassan Hussam Arafat Abdalla's brace led the way to a 4-1 victory over the Soca Warriors in front of the 80,000-plus in attendance.

Is Sol Campbell worth a look from MLS teams?

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English defender Sol Campbell quit a high-paying gig with Notts County due to what he claimed was a lack of fitness. That isn't stopping teams on both sides of the Atlantic from lining up to try and sign up the former Tottenham and Arsenal star.

According to the Daily Mail, the Los Angeles Galaxy and New York Red Bulls are among the teams interested in signing Campbell this winter.

Americans Abroad: A Look Ahead

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by GIANFRANCO PANIZO

Brad Friedel is enjoying a great start to the Premiership season, and it could get even better for him this weekend.

Friedel and Aston Villa head to Ewood Park this Saturday to take on Friedel's former club, Blackburn Rovers. A win for Friedel in the stadium he is so familiar with, in front of the fans that used to cheer him on, would truly cap off the 38-year-old's remarkable start to the season, a start that includes three shutouts and 23 saves.

DeMerit doubtful for qualifiers with eye injury

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If the U.S. national team is to qualify for the 2010Â World Cup, it will likely have to do so without Jay DeMerit.

Report: United States to play Netherlands in 2010

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During this World Cup cycle, the United States national team has tested itself against some of the very best teams, including Spain, Brazil, England and Argentina.

You may soon be able to add Holland to that list.

According to the LA Times, the U.S. is likely to play an exhibition against the Netherlands on March 3 in Eindhoven next year.

CONCACAF Champions League: D.C. United vs. CD Marathon (Your Running Commentary)

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D.C. United still has some hope of advancing past the group stage of the CONCACAF Champions League, but it will need a win by two goals or more to make that happen.

D.C. plays host to Honduran side CD Marathon tonight at RFK Stadium in Washington D.C (8pm, Fox Soccer Channel. knowing it must score goals to set itself up for advancing out of its group.

D.C. United hosts Marathon in vital CCL match

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In just a few hours D.C. United will take to the pitch with their CONCACAF Champions League life on the line. Honduran club Marathon is visiting, fresh off a 7-0 humiliation against Toluca. Adding to their misery is the political unrest that forced the club to hop on a bus to El Salvador just to make the flight up.

MLS Announces 2010 Home Openers

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The Philadelphia Union's introduction into MLS will come in the intense atmosphere of Qwest Field as Major League Soccer's newest team will face its second newest in the league's 2010 season opener on March 25th.

MLS announced the home openers for 15 of the league's 16 teams on Thursday, with Philly-Seattle kicking off the season on Thursday, March 25.

Will D.C. United-Philadelphia Union be the new top rivalry in MLS?

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Major League Soccer has plenty of great rivalries, from Chivas USA-Los Angeles Galaxy, to FC Dallas-Houston, to Chicago-D.C. United, but a new one is on the horizon and could become the league's marquee match-up before long.

When the Philadelphia Union begins play in 2010, it will set up shop within two hours of D.

EPL & Champions League Highlights now available on Hulu

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The inroads of the English Premier League into broadband culture continue, as highlights from the Premier League are now available on Hulu free of charge, via Fox Soccer Channel. Coinciding with that, highlights from the Champions League are up as well.

With it's own channel, fans can access two minute highlight reels of all premier league matches from that particular weekend and Goals of the Week segments.

MLS Playoff Race (Through Week 27)

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By TRAVIS CLARK

With the Rapids' failure to grab three points against San Jose, the playoff race fails to get shaken up. The Rapids loss is another blow to their bid, however, with New England and Chivas still with games in hand to make up the distance.

U-20 World Cup kicks off today

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It's been a tournament that can launch careers and bring players in the spotlight. With less at stake than the full blown World Cup, the U-20 is still a chance to get a look at some of the game's best and brightest talents across the globe. Two years ago, Alexander Pato made a name for himself, while Freddy Adu and Danny Szetela secured European moves on the back of decent performances in Canada.

Morning Ticker: Columbus falls to Cruz Azul, Rapids draw with Quakes and more

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By TRAVIS CLARK

The Columbus Crew once again came away empty handed in a Group C match against Cruz Azul. Two first half goals from the visitors were enough as Columbus fell 2-0.

Americans Abroad: Midweek Rewind

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by GIANFRANCO PANIZO

For the Americans Abroad, Wednesday was a decent day in terms of performance.

Kenny Cooper scored his third goal in European competition, netting in the 50th minute of 1860 Munich's match vs. Hertha Berlin. Cooper's goal gave 1860 Munich a 2-0 lead at the time, but Hertha Berlin would pull level and force penalties.

Politics could force USA-Honduras qualifier to neutral site

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The U.S. men's national team's World Cup qualifier next month in Honduras is could be moved amid growing turmoil surrounding the current shaky politial climate in Honduras.

The New York Times is reporting that FIFA and CONCACAF will make a decision soon about whether to move the match, scheduled for Oct.

Your September Questions Answered (Part 4)

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The U.S. national team's World Cup qualifiers are still two weeks away, but fans can't stop talking about the national team.

Crew and Cruz Azul battle for first place in Group C

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Heading into the fourth round of CONCACAF Champions League and the leaders are separating themselves from the pack. Nowhere is this more evident than Group C, where Columbus and Cruz Azul have a small lead ahead of the bottom two teams in the group, Saprissa and Puerto Rico.Â


With the way the standings are set, the winner of tonight's match is in the driver's seat to at least snag one of the top two spots in the group and advance to the quarterfinals.

MLS Notes: On the Dynamo, Chris Armas and more

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The Houston Dynamo will play a vital CONCACAF Champions League match tonight, and is doing what it can to make sure it has a big crowd behind it.

According to the Houston Chronicle, The Houston Dynamo is charging $5 for end-line seats for tonight's CONCACAF Champions League match at Robertson Stadium vs.

SBI European Club Top 25

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Which is the best team in Europe?

It is a question that has no perfect answer, merely opinions, but the soccer we watch week to week, and the results we come across, usually do a good job of giving us a sense of who the best of the best are.

As we roll through the new European season it is tough to pick anybody but reigning UEFA Champions League champions FC Barcelona, which is off to a strong start to the new campaign.

MLS hands down additional suspensions to Saragosa and Spencer, fines Yallop

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Major League Soccer's disciplinary committee gave additional one-game suspensions to Chivas USA midfielder Marcelo Saragosa and Houston assistant coach John Spencer after both were sent off during their teams' games this past weekend.

Americans Abroad: Tuesday Rewind

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U.S. national team midfielder Michael Bradley played his first club match in almost a month, starting and going the full 90 minutes in Borussia Moenchengladbach's 1-0 loss to Duisburg in the German League Cup action on Tuesday.

Bradley, who had not played for Moenchengladbach since being subbed out at halftime of a loss to Werder Bremen on Aug.

CONCACAF Champions League: Houston Dynamo vs. Arabe Unido (Your Running Commentary)

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The Houston Dynamo take on Panamanian side Arabe Unido tonight in a pivotal CONCACAF Champions League clash at Robertson Stadium in Houston (10pm, Fox Soccer Channel).

The Dynamo currently sit in third place in its group, three points behind group leaders Arabe Unido, and two points behind Pachuca.

Houston mauls Arabe Unido, 5-1, in CONCACAF Champions League

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The last time the Houston Dynamo faced Panamanian side Arabe Unido, there were five red cards issued in the match. On Tuesday, red cards weren't raining. It was only raining Dynamo goals.

Houston had four different players score goals, including Stuart Holden, who netted a brace in the Dynamo's 5-1 thumping of Arabe Unido at Robertson Stadium on Tuesday night.

Barcelona puts on another goal-scoring clinic

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Are you getting tired of Barcelona highlights yet?

Chances are that you aren't, well, unless you're a Real Madrid fan.

FC Barcelona did it again on Tuesday, pouring on the style in a 4-1 victory against Racing Santander. Lionel Messi scored a pair of goals while Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored his own and set up another.

Wednesday College Soccer Wrap

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It was a big day for college soccer yesterday in the ACC. Four of the top sides, all ranked in the top 25, needed to dig deep to overcome weaker opponents on their respective home turf. The University of Maryland eked out a 1-0 win over St. Peter's, a small Jesuit school in New Jersey. The Terps out shot St.

Americans Abroad: A Look Ahead

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By TRAVIS CLARK

It's Davies vs. Bocanegra this afternoon as FC Sochaux-Montbeliard takes on Rennes in the Third Round of the Coupe de la Ligue. No word if both will start, but it's likely as the competition carries some weight, with the winner getting a spot in the Europa League.

Your September Questions Answered (Part 4)

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The U.S. national team's World Cup qualifiers are still two weeks away, but fans can't stop talking about the national team.

Americans Abroad: A Look Ahead

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By TRAVIS CLARK

It's Davies vs. Bocanegra this afternoon as FC Sochaux-Montbeliard takes on Rennes in the Third Round of the Coupe de la Ligue. No word if both will start, but it's likely as the competition carries some weight, with the winner getting a spot in the Europa League.

Wednesday College Soccer Wrap

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It was a big day for college soccer yesterday in the ACC. Four of the top sides, all ranked in the top 25, needed to dig deep to overcome weaker opponents on their respective home turf. The University of Maryland eked out a 1-0 win over St. Peter's, a small Jesuit school in New Jersey. The Terps out shot St.

Barcelona puts on another goal-scoring clinic

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Are you getting tired of Barcelona highlights yet?

Chances are that you aren't, well, unless you're a Real Madrid fan.

FC Barcelona did it again on Tuesday, pouring on the style in a 4-1 victory against Racing Santander. Lionel Messi scored a pair of goals while Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored his own and set up another.

Houston mauls Arabe Unido, 5-1, in CONCACAF Champions League

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The last time the Houston Dynamo faced Panamanian side Arabe Unido, there were five red cards issued in the match. On Tuesday, red cards weren't raining. It was only raining Dynamo goals.

Houston had four different players score goals, including Stuart Holden, who netted a brace in the Dynamo's 5-1 thumping of Arabe Unido at Robertson Stadium on Tuesday night.

CONCACAF Champions League: Houston Dynamo vs. Arabe Unido (Your Running Commentary)

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The Houston Dynamo take on Panamanian side Arabe Unido tonight in a pivotal CONCACAF Champions League clash at Robertson Stadium in Houston (10pm, Fox Soccer Channel).

The Dynamo currently sit in third place in its group, three points behind group leaders Arabe Unido, and two points behind Pachuca.

Americans Abroad: Tuesday Rewind

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U.S. national team midfielder Michael Bradley played his first club match in almost a month, starting and going the full 90 minutes in Borussia Moenchengladbach's 1-0 victory vs. Duisburg in the German League Cup action on Tuesday.

Bradley, who had not played for Moenchengladbach since being subbed out at halftime of a loss to Werder Bremen on Aug.

MLS hands down additional suspensions to Saragosa and Spencer, fines Yallop

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Major League Soccer's disciplinary committee gave additional one-game suspensions to Chivas USA midfielder Marcelo Saragosa and Houston assistant coach John Spencer after both were sent off during their teams' games this past weekend.

Saragosa was issued an extra game to his suspension for kicking Seattle Sounders forward Fredy Montero in the face.

SBI European Club Top 25

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Which is the best team in Europe?

It is a question that has no perfect answer, merely opinions, but the soccer we watch week to week, and the results we come across, usually do a good job of giving us a sense of who the best of the best are.

As we roll through the new European season it is tough to pick anybody but reigning UEFA Champions League champions FC Barcelona, which is off to a strong start to the new campaign.

MLS Notes: On the Dynamo, Chris Armas and more

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The Houston Dynamo will play a vital CONCACAF Champions League match tonight, and is doing what it can to make sure it has a big crowd behind it.

According to the Houston Chronicle, The Houston Dynamo is charging $5 for end-line seats for tonight's CONCACAF Champions League match at Robertson Stadium vs.

A look back at FC Barcelona's 5-2 thumping of Atletico Madrid

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The best team in the world, FC Barcelona, takes the field again today in La Liga action when it faces Racing Santander in a match that will be shown live on ESPN2 (4pm).

There are teams enjoying strong seasons in Europe, such as Chelsea, Real Madrid, Juventus and Inter Milan, but it's tough to argue with the belief that Barcelona remains the team to beat in Europe.

Morning Ticker: Bellamy claims self defense in fan slap, Ruud injured again and more

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Mere seconds away from being the hero in Manchester City's stirring comeback against Manchester United, Craig Bellamy is now fighting to avoid being the villain as he faces a potential suspension for his treatment of a fan that invaded the Old Trafford pitch during Sunday's derby match, won by Manchester United in the final seconds.

Davis named MLS Player of the Week

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In one of the tougher races to call this season, Houston winger Brad Davis earned MLS Player of the week honors for his one-goal, two-assist performance in the Dynamo's 3-2 win vs.

MLS Week 27: A Look Back

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The Los Angeles Galaxy and Houston Dynamo move closer to automatic playoff berths in the Western Conference while the Columbus Crew and Chicago Fire kept their places atop the East in a Week 27 of action that saw four ties out of six matches.

EPL Week 5: A Look Back

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Manchester City can complain about the time keeping all they want, but in the end they couldn't clamp down on Michael Owen in the game's dying seconds.

The Manchester derby was one of the more riveting meetings in recent memories. City was off to a flying start, and hoped to back up their win over Arsenal with a shock upset over their fierce rivals.

ESPN platforms to air all 52 Under-20 World Cup matches

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If you are anxious to get a glimpse of some of the future stars of the soccer world, you will have your chance soon enough.

The Under-20 World Cup in Egypt is set to kick off on Thursday, and ESPN has announced that it will broadcast all 52 matches on a combination of ESPN platforms including ESPN360.

2009 MLS Cup to air on ESPN during prime time

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The 2009 MLS Cup will air on prime time on ESPN, rather than ABC, which had been the home for the event in year's past. The move marks the first time in the league's history that the MLS Cup final won't air on network television.

This year's MLS Cup final is being played in Seattle on Sunday, Nov.

Who is your MLS Player of the Week?

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As far as Player of the Week races go, this week's is as tough as they come.

Several standouts from the weekend have good claims for taking home this week's MLS Player of the Week honors, but only one will secure the prize.

Will it be Brad Davis, who set up two goals before scoring a beautiful game-winner for Houston vs.

Monday Morning Centerback: On MLS referees

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Are there any good MLS referees in MLS? Any?

It is a question worth asking after another weekend of questionable decisions and matches decided by the incorrect or missed calls of the men whose jobs it is to get calls right.

A look back at the Manchester Derby

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It was easily one of the most memorable editions of the Manchester Derby ever. Seven goals, including two goals in the final minutes of play, as Manchester United scored a game-winner in the sixth minute of stoppage time to knock off Manchester City, 4-3, on Sunday.

There was plenty of controversy, both about the time-keeping, the pitch invasion and Carlos Tevez's return to Old Trafford, but nothing could take away from the fact that the game was an exciting and highly-skilled display from two of the best teams in England.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

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After a few forgettable weekends, the Americans Abroad bounced back with some positive performances this weekend.

Columbus Crew at Chicago Fire: Your Running Commentary

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In a match that could be a preview and rematch of the Eastern Conference final, the defending MLS Cup champion Columbus Crew face the Chicago Fire today (3pm, Telefutura).

The Crew boast the best record in MLS and have posted six wins in the past seven MLS matches, while the Fire still harbor hopes of catching Columbus atop the East standings.

Are the Red Bulls in Queiroz's future?

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After all the head coaches to pass through with the New York Red Bulls and the MetroStars before them, it is easy to forget who the first man to run the club was.

That man is Carlos Queiroz, current head coach of the Portuguese national team. Although he is currently employed, Portugal's shaky position in World Cup qualifying could mean that Queiroz will be looking for a job in a month.

Jones' paperwork completed, next stop FIFA

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The U.S. Soccer Federation has received all the necessary paperwork from the German Football Federation, and from Jermaine Jones, for Jones' application for a switch to the U.S. national team to be processed by FIFA, sources told SBI this weekend.

There had been a delay in the securing of the necessary documents, but with the USSF finally receiving all the necessary paperwork to submit the application, the clock now starts ticking on Jones' switch to the U.

Jones' paperwork completed, next stop FIFA

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The U.S. Soccer Federation has received all the necessary paperwork from the German Football Federation, and from Jermaine Jones, for Jones' application for a switch to the U.S. national team to be processed by FIFA, sources told SBI this weekend.

There had been a delay in the securing of the necessary documents, but with the USSF finally receiving all the necessary paperwork to submit the application, the clock now starts ticking on Jones' switch to the U.

SBI'S Friday Free Kicks: On Jermaine Jones, Bryan Leyva and more

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It's Friday and it is time to start a new series, which is more like the old series.

Every Friday, I will touch on some of the week's popular subjects being discussed by readers, as well astouch on news stories SBI may have missed. We've called these types of posts Musings and TGIF before, but now we'll be going with Friday Free Kicks and plan to make it a weekly series.

New England Revolution at New York Red Bulls: Your Running Commentary

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Major League Soccer is playing under the Friday night lights tonight as the New England Revolution take on the New York Red Bulls at Giants Stadium (7:30pm, MSG).

The Red Bulls don't have anything to play for, but the Revs are locked in a tight playoff race and need all three points tonight.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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If you watched FC Barcelona's scoreless draw vs. Inter Milan in mid-week Champions League action and came away disappointed at not seeing any goals, you're in luck.

Barcelona faces Atletico Madrid in today's marquee match-up, a match guaranteed to feature a few goals as the two attack-minded teams always put on a show.

Thornton steps up as Chivas USA earns tie in Seattle

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The Seattle Sounders needed a win at Qwest Field on Saturday to earn some security in the MLS playoff race before going on a rough three-game road trip.

Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

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From the Manchester Derby, to one of the better London Derbies, Sunday's slate of soccer action is loaded.

Manchester United faces Manchester City while Chelsea takes on Tottenham in two of today's top match-ups. They're just two of the great pairings of the day though, with quality matches from Italy to France to MLS.

Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

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From the Manchester Derby, to one of the better London Derbies, Sunday's slate of soccer action is loaded.

Manchester United faces Manchester City while Chelsea takes on Tottenham in two of today's top match-ups. They're just two of the great pairings of the day though, with quality matches from Italy to France to MLS.

Thornton steps up as Chivas USA earns tie in Seattle

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The Seattle Sounders needed a win at Qwest Field on Saturday to earn some security in the MLS playoff race before going on a rough three-game road trip.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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If you watched FC Barcelona's scoreless draw vs. Inter Milan in mid-week Champions League action and came away disappointed at not seeing any goals, you're in luck.

Barcelona faces Atletico Madrid in today's marquee match-up, a match guaranteed to feature a few goals as the two attack-minded teams always put on a show.

New England Revolution at New York Red Bulls: Your Running Commentary

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Major League Soccer is playing under the Friday night lights tonight as the New England Revolution take on the New York Red Bulls at Giants Stadium (7:30pm, MSG).

The Red Bulls don't have anything to play for, but the Revs are locked in a tight playoff race and need all three points tonight.

SBI'S Friday Free Kicks: On Jermaine Jones, Bryan Leyva and more

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It's Friday and it is time to start a new series, which is more like the old series.

Every Friday, I will touch on some of the week's popular subjects being discussed by readers, as well astouch on news stories SBI may have missed.

The first subject today is Jermaine Jones.

This weekend's Soccer on TV

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Can there ever be too much soccer to watch? Okay, probably not, but this weekend's slate of soccer on TV is about as loaded as any weekend a soccer fan could hope for.

The list is enormous, with marquee tilts in England, Italy, France and MLS. Want rivalries? How about Manchester United vs.

This weekend's Soccer on TV

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Can there ever be too much soccer to watch? Okay, probably not, but this weekend's slate of soccer on TV is about as loaded as any weekend a soccer fan could hope for.

The list is enormous, with marquee tilts in England, Italy, France and MLS. Want rivalries? How about Manchester United vs.

Costa Rica hires Simoes as national team head coach

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Costa Rica's hopes of qualifying for the 2010 World Cup are now in the hands of a coach who is familiar with qualifying for the tournament.

The Costa Rican Federation hired Brazilian Rene Simoes to replace Rodrigo Kenton as head coach on Wednesday. He will make his debut when Costa Rica faces Trinidad & Tobago on Oct.

Arsenal rallies, Inter ties Barca in Champions League openers

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Arsenal shook off a terrible start to pull off a dramatic road victory while the much-anticipated clash between Inter Milan and Barcelona left fans hungry for goals.

Arsenal posted a 3-2 victoryover Standard Liege after falling behind by two goals just five minutes into the match. Eduardo da Silva scored the game-winner for Gunners in a match he would have missed if not for UEFA's overturning of his suspension for diving.

Fulham, Everton in action as Europa League Group Stages start today

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With the Europa League group stages starting today, it will likely translate into European action on a regular basis for Fulham and Everton regulars Clint Dempsey and Tim Howard. However, Dempsey is set to miss Fulham's opener against CSKA Sofia due to an injury. With Roy Hodgson set to rest a number of regular starters, there's a chance -- however slight -- that Eddie Johnson might see some action today against the Russian club.

Philadelphia Union to open at Lincoln Financial Field?

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Many Philadelphia fans are stirring with excitement over start of 2010, and the addition of Philadelphia to MLS. With the start of the season yet to be set and a tight construction schedule ahead of the team, Union fans might not get a chance to kickoff the season in their new stadium.

Because of the uncertainties about next year, Philadelphia's front office are keeping their options open as to the site of the first kick in 2010.

FC Dallas signs first Academy Player

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Say what you want about the first team, they keep bringing in young and talented players. After sending five players to the U-20 World Cup, yesterday FC Dallas announced their first ever Academy signing of midfielder Bryan Leyva yesterday.

A 17-year-old who was born in Mexico, Leyva has been a part of the Dallas Academy for over a year, joining in June 2008.

Emmanuel Adebayor banned for three matches

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Having already received charges of both violent and improper conduct this week, Emmanuel Adebayor was officially handed a three-match ban for his stomp of Robin Van Persie. This means that he'll miss out on what is going to be perhaps the most important Manchester derby Old Trafford will ever see.

Jones will not have another surgery

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Schalke midfielder and U.S. national team prospect Jermaine Jones' return to Bundesliga action is set to be delayed by up to three weeks, but it appears as though he will not need a new surgery on the shin fracture that has sidelined him for the summer.

This development is good news for Jones, who had been in jeopardy of needing a new surgery after continuing to feel pain in his leg, which had a metal plate inserted in it to help heal a shin fracture.

Your September Questions Answered (Part 3)

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Chris Rolfe and Jermaine Jones have never met (that we know of), but they're both key figures in the latest installment of Your Questions Answered.

Rolfe is set to leave the Chicago Fire after the season as a free agent, a move that has plenty of readers asking what went wrong, while Jones' potential arrival to the U.

MLS Matchday 27: A Look Ahead

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There aren't many Major League Soccer teams that can be considered save in the MLS playoff race. Other than the Columbus Crew, Houston Dynamo and Chicago Fire, the rest of the teams with serious playoff dreams have serious work to do in the remaining five weeks of the season (though poorly-timed slumps could drop Houston and Chicago back into the mix).

Americans Abroad: A Look Ahead

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Freddy Adu has not played club soccer in quite some time, but that could all change this weekend.

Adu and his new club Belenenses take on Academica de Coimbra on Sunday, and a debut for Adu could potentially signal the beginning of the end to the club drought that has plagued him throughout the majority of 2009.

Americans Abroad: A Look Ahead

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by GIANFRANCO PANIZO

Freddy Adu has not played club soccer in quite some time, but that could all change this weekend.

Adu and his new club Belenenses take on Academica de Coimbra on Sunday, and a debut for Adu could potentially signal the beginning of the end to the club drought that has plagued him throughout the majority of 2009.

MLS Matchday 27: A Look Ahead

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There aren't many Major League Soccer teams that can be considered save in the MLS playoff race. Other than the Columbus Crew, Houston Dynamo and Chicago Fire, the rest of the teams with serious playoff dreams have serious work to do in the remaining five weeks of the season.

That's where Six-Pointers come in, matches that feature two teams in the thick of the race.

Your September Questions Answered (Part 3)

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Chris Rolfe and Jermaine Jones have never met (that we know of), but they're both key figures in the latest installment of Your Questions Answered.

Rolfe is set to leave the Chicago Fire after the season as a free agent, a move that has plenty of readers asking what went wrong, while Jones' potential arrival to the U.

Emmanuel Adebayor banned for three matches

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Having already received charges of both violent and improper conduct this week, Emmanuel Adebayor was officially handed a three-match ban for his stomp of Robin Van Persie. This means that he'll miss out on what is going to be perhaps the most important Manchester derby Old Trafford will ever see.

Jones will not have another surgery

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Schalke midfielder and U.S. national team prospect Jermaine Jones' return to Bundesliga action is set to be delayed by up to three weeks, but it appears as though he will not need a new surgery on the shin fracture that has sidelined him for the summer.

This development is good news for Jones, who had been in jeopardy of needing a new surgery after continuing to feel pain in his leg, which had a metal plate inserted in it to help heel a shin fracture.

FC Dallas signs first Academy Player

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Say what you want about the first team, they keep bringing in young and talented players. After sending five players to the U-20 World Cup, yesterday FC Dallas announced their first ever Academy signing of midfielder Bryan Leyva yesterday.

A 17-year-old who was born in Mexico, Leyva has been a part of the Dallas Academy for over a year, joining in June 2008.

Philadelphia Union to open at Lincoln Financial Field?

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Many Philadelphia fans are stirring with excitement over start of 2010, and the addition of Philadelphia to MLS. With the start of the season yet to be set and a tight construction schedule ahead of the team, Union fans might not get a chance to kickoff the season in their new stadium.

Because of the uncertainties about next year, Philadelphia's front office are keeping their options open as to the site of the first kick in 2010.

Fulham, Everton in action as Europa League Group Stages start today

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With the Europa League group stages starting today, it will likely translate into European action on a regular basis for Fulham and Everton regulars Clint Dempsey and Tim Howard. However, Dempsey is set to miss Fulham's opener against CSKA Moscow due to an injury. With Roy Hodgson set to rest a number of regular starters, there's a chance -- however slight -- that Eddie Johnson might see some action today against the Russian club.

Arsenal rallies, Inter ties Barca in Champions League openers

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Arsenal shook off a terrible start to pull off a dramatic road victory while the much-anticipated clash between Inter Milan and Barcelona left fans hungry for goals.

Arsenal posted a 3-2 victory over Standard Liege after falling behind by two goals just five minutes into the match.

Costa Rica hires Simoes as national team head coach

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Costa Rica's hopes of qualifying for the 2010 World Cup are now in the hands of a coach who is familiar with qualifying for the tournament.

The Costa Rican Federation hired Brazilian Rene Simoes to replace Rodrigo Kenton as head coach on Wednesday. He will make his debut when Costa Rica faces Trinidad & Tobago on Oct.

Crew defeats Saprissa 1-0 in Costa Rica, Houston falls in CCL

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The Columbus Crew ended MLS and American struggles at Estadio Saprissa last night, becoming the first American team to win at the fabled stadium in San Jose, defeating Saprissa 1-0. An Eddie Gaven goal in just the fifth minute of the match stood up as the difference, as Will Hesmer made some nice saves to keep the clean sheet.

CONCACAF Champions League: Your Running Commentary

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Major League Soccer powers Columbus Crew and Houston Dynamo battled each other in league play on Sunday (a match won by Columbus on a last-minute penalty) and tonight both hit the road in CONCACAF Champions League action.

The Houston Dynamo faces familiar foe Pachuca in Mexico (10pm, FSC), while Columbus is in San Jose, Costa Rica to take on Deportivo Saprissa.

MLS won't play during 2010 World Cup group stage

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Major League Soccer's tradition of continuing to play matches during the World Cup will come to an end next summer.

MLS announced on Wednesday that it will not hold matches during the group stages of the 2010 World Cup, which begin on June 11, 2010. MLS, which won't hold matches from June 11th until June 25th, will also not play matches on the days of the World Cup semifinals or the final.

UEFA Champions League: Matchday One (Running Commentary)

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Today is the second day of UEFA Champions League Matchday One and features the FC Barcelona-Inter Milan showdown we've all been waiting for.

There are other matches today, seven others to be exact, but most eyes will be on the battle between the defending Champions League title holders and the Serie A champions.

UEFA Champions League: Matchday One (A Look Ahead)

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The match-up most of us have been waiting for is here and highlights the second day of Matchday One in the UEFA Champions League.

FC Barcelona, the reigning champions, take on Inter Milan, in a match-up chock full of sub-plots and juicy match-ups. Samuel Eto'o looks to show Barcelona that it made a mistake by letting him go while Zlatan Ibrahimovic faces former Inter teammates who aren't too thrilled with him taking all the credit for the three Serie A titles they win with him at striker.

SBI's 23 for 2010: September 2009 Edition

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The U.S. men's national team hasn't booked its place in the 2010 World Cup just yet, but a pair of recent qualifying wins has the Americans on the doorstep.

Morning Ticker: D.C. United wins in CCL, Huckerby close to retiring and more

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D.C. United finally broke through on CONCACAF Champions League play on Tuesday night, posting a 1-0 victory against San Juan Jabloteh in Port of Spain, Trinidad.

Christian Gomez converted a penalty kick in the 14th minute after a handball in the penalty area by Noel Williams. D.C. goalkeeper Milos Kocic made the goal stand up with several crucial saves as D.

Houston trades Kamara to KC for Thompson, allocation

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With a full stable of forwards, and a player in the final year of his contract, the Houston Dynamo did what it always seems to do: finds a way to make a deal that helps the club.

Real Madrid, AC Milan and Man Utd win on opening day of Champions League

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When Real Madrid splashed the cash to make Cristiano Ronaldo the most expensive player in soccer history, it did so with the hope that Ronaldo would help lead the club to a Champions League title.

Ronaldo took the first step toward fulfilling that job on Tuesday, scoring a pair of free kick goals in Real Madrid's 4-2 win vs.

CONCACAF Champions League resumes tonight

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By TRAVIS CLARK

After a two week hiatus for the U.S. Open Cup Final and to accommodate the international break, CONCACAF group play resumes this evening with the third matchday. D.C. United is the only MLS club in action, and have plenty of work cut out for them if they plan on making any inroads in the competition.

UEFA Champions League: Matchday One (Your Running Commentary)

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The new season of the UEFA Champions League kicks off today with eight matches to get you back into the flow of watching the world's best club soccer.

Here is today's TV schedule for the UEFA Champions League:

2pm- Setanta Sports USA- Chelsea vs.

Your September Questions Answered (Part 2)

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While many of you are waiting for today's UEFA Champions League action to kick off, here are some more answers to questions submitted in the most recent Q&A.

It's a small batch, eleven answers to be exact. The topics range from the Columbus Crew, to future U.S. national team managers what's on my TIVO, to Chris Rolfe's impending departure from Chicago.

Who will win the 2009/2010 UEFA Champions League?

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With the UEFA Champions League season set to kick off this afternoon, it is time to start thinking about who everybody sees lifting the trophy in May.

Will it be Barcelona in a repeat? Will Manchester United rebound from last year's final loss to win a second title in three seasons?

Morning Ticker: Cunningham wins POW, Red Bulls unload Pacheco and more

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Jeff Cunningham led the charge in FC Dallas' 6-3 drubbing of the Los Angeles Galaxy, and was honored with his 12th career MLS Player of the Week award for his efforts.

Report: No live TV in USA for USA-Honduras qualifier

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If you were planning to have a nice Saturday night home viewing party for the upcoming World Cup qualifier between the USA and Honduras on Oct.

EPL Week 4: A look back

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By TRAVIS CLARK

Arsenal must be glad to never have to take the trip to Manchester again this season after losing their second consecutive match. This time it was a 4-2 loss to City, leaving Arsene Wenger happy to see the Manchester skyline in the rear view mirror.

MLS Matchday 26: A look back

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That sound you hear is the MLS playoff race tightening as eleven teams battle for eight post-season spots.

Should MLS suspend players for diving?

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The subject of diving has become one of the most controversial and widely-discussed topics in European soccer, and it may be time to start addressing it in MLS.

Seattle Sounders 2, D.C. United 1: A Look Back

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By TRAVIS CLARK

The stakes were still high for Saturday's D.C. United-Seattle matchup despite no trophy on the line. With the playoff race tightening each week, both side needed three points in the worst way.

College Soccer Weekend Wrap

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The ACC season kicked off for a number of teams over the weekend, as college soccer action continued across the country. The University of Maryland got its league schedule started right with a 2-0 victory over Boston College in College Park. The Terrapins face Duquense on Tuesday. Elsewhere in the ACC, Duke beat Virginia 1-0 in double overtime, while midfielder Michael Farfan scored the game winner as UNC beat NC State 2-1.

MLS Playoff Race (Through Week 26)

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By TRAVIS CLARK

Everything's at stake at this late stage of the MLS season. Dropped points now could spell doom for any club -- just ask D.C. United. After grabbing three at home with a narrow in against Kansas City on Wednesday, they lost at home to Seattle.

UEFA Champions League: Matchday One (A look ahead)

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The UEFA Champions League is officially back and ready to feature the world's best teams and players in a competition that is sure to entertain us all the way to May of 2010.

Matchday One kicks off on Tuesday with eight matches and some entertaining encounters. Before we touch on all eight matches, here is a quick look at your live viewing options on Tuesday:

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE ON TV

2pm- Setanta Sports USA- Chelsea vs.

UEFA overturns Eduardo's ban for diving

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A clamor against divers resounded throughout the soccer world when Arsenal's Eduardo dove and won a penalty against Celtic a few weeks ago. As a result, UEFA handed down a two match ban to the Croatian hit man. And as usual, the ban was appealed by Arsenal. Many were glad to see UEFA take that stance against divers.

Costa Rica head coach Kenton fired (UPDATED)

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What a difference three months makes.

Back in June, Costa Rica thrashed the U.S. men's national team, 3-1, in World Cup qualifying, leading to national celebrations and rock star status for Costa Rica head coach Rodrigo Kenton, who had his team in first place in CONCACAF qualifying.

UEFA overturns Eduardo's ban for diving

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A clamor against divers resounded throughout the soccer world when Arsenal's Eduardo dove and won a penalty against Celtic a few weeks ago. As a result, UEFA handed down a two match ban to the Croatian hit man. And as usual, the ban was appealed by Arsenal. Many were glad to see UEFA take that stance against divers.

Costa Rica head coach Kenton on verge of being fired

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What a difference three months makes.

Back in June, Costa Rica thrashed the U.S. men's national team, 3-1, in World Cup qualifying, leading to national celebrations and rock star status for Costa Rica head coach Rodrigo Kenton, who had his team in first place in CONCACAF qualifying.

UEFA Champions League: Matchday One (A look ahead)

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The UEFA Champions League is officially back and ready to feature the world's best teams and players in a competition that is sure to entertain us all the way to May of 2010.

Matchday One kicks off on Tuesday with eight matches and some entertaining encounters. Before we touch on all eight matches, here is a quick look at your live viewing options on Tuesday:

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE ON TV

2pm- Setanta Sports USA- Chelsea vs.

MLS Playoff Race (Through Week 26)

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By TRAVIS CLARK

Everything's at stake at this late stage of the MLS season. Dropped points now could spell doom for any club -- just ask D.

College Soccer Weekend Wrap

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The ACC season kicked off for a number of teams over the weekend, as college soccer action continued across the country. The University of Maryland got its league schedule started right with a 2-0 victory over Boston College in College Park. The Terrapins face Duquense on Tuesday. Elsewhere in the ACC, Duke beat Virginia 1-0 in double overtime, while midfielder Michael Farfan scored the game winner as UNC beat NC State 2-1.

Seattle Sounders 2, D.C. United 1: A Look Back

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By TRAVIS CLARK

The stakes were still high for Saturday's D.

Should MLS suspend players for diving?

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The subject of diving has become one of the most controversial and widely-discussed topics in European soccer, and it may be time to start addressing it in MLS.

MLS Matchday 26: A look back

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That sound you hear is the MLS playoff race tightening as eleven teams battle for eight post-season spots.

EPL Week 4: A Look Back

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By TRAVIS CLARK

Arsenal must be glad to never have to take the trip to Manchester again this season after losing their second consecutive match. This time it was a 4-2 loss to City, leaving Arsene Wenger happy to see the Manchester skyline in the rear view mirror.

Jones facing injury setback

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Jermaine Jones' chances of making his debut with the U.S. men's national team may have taken a major hit after word that he may need another surgery to address the shin fracture he had surgery for this summer.

Jones had attempted to training with Schalke 04 in recent weeks, but continued to feel pain in his leg, prompting Schalke officials to consider new options, one of which could be to perform another surgery.

Report: No live TV in USA for USA-Honduras qualifier

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If you were planning to have a nice Saturday night home viewing party for the upcoming World Cup qualifier between the USA and Honduras on Oct.

Proposed USA-Iran friendly won't happen until after 2010 World Cup (at the earliest)

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If you were hoping to see a USA-Iran friendly later this year, you won't be getting your wish.

As might be expected, the current political instability in Iran has made scheduling a USA-Iran friendly a difficult proposition, but Iran's top soccer official has gone public stating that the teams will play each other after the 2010 World Cup.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

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by GIANFRANCO PANIZO

It was another weekend to forget for the Americans Abroad contingent as many U.S. national team players failed to see action.

Oguchi Onyewu and Michael Bradley were just two of the top Americans to miss out on the weekend festivities, while Freddy Adu also failed to find some playing time in his first official game with new Portuguese club Belenenses.

FC Dallas 6, LA Galaxy 3: A look back

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The Los Angeles Galaxy had spent much of the current MLS season playing stingy defense and establishing itself as a legitimate MLS title contender.

At least before last night.

FC Dallas walked into Home Depot Center on Saturday and proceeded to dismantle Bruce Arena's squad as a combination of speed, impeccable service and defensive breakdowns by LA turned last night's Western Conference clash into a 6-3 blowout.

Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

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If you are a fan of both American football and proper futbol, today may be a tough day of decisions as the NFL season kicks off. If you're loyalty and preference lies with the beautiful game, you will have more than enough options to watch good action today.

U.S. national team fans will surely be interested in watching today's Everton-Fulham clash, with Tim Howard squaring off against Clint Dempsey.

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

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The New York Red Bulls and Kansas City Wizards are out of the playoff race, but players for both teams are still battling for the professional futures as they look to impress in this Eastern Conference tilt at Giants Stadium tonight.

The Red Bulls will try to win a third straight match since Richie Williams took over as interim head coach for Juan Carlos Osorio, while fellow New Jersey native Peter Vermes tries to win his second straight as interim head coach of the Wizards, who he took over for Curt Onalfo.

FC Dallas signs Heath Pearce

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Just a week after looking like he would be playing in Turkey, Heath Pearce is headed to MLS to play for a turkey of a team.

This weekend's Soccer on TV

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It's a great weekend to be an English Premier League fan.

A handful of juicy match-ups headline the EPL schedule, and therefore lead the way in soccer viewing options for this weekend. Tottenham-Manchester United, Manchester City-Arsenal and Fulham-Everton will have American fans watching in big numbers.

Red Bulls sign first Academy Player

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The New York Red Bulls signed their first Academy Product on Friday, adding forward Giorgi Chirgadze to the roster as a Homegrown Player signing.

Chirgadze has been a part of the Red Bulls Academy since 2005 as a member of the Under-15 team. Now 18, Chirgadze was a key figure in the Red Bulls Under-20 team's win in the Super-20 National Championship.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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This weekend is the first full weekend of American football, but if you're a soccer fan, you'll have your own full plate of soccer action to follow as all the world's leagues take the field.

The English Premier League boasts several great match-ups, while leagues from Italy to Germany also feature intriguing clashes.

MLS Matchday 26: Your Running Commentary

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The ever-tightening MLS playoff race will get a little more clear today as several clubs battling for playoff position do battle today.

Seattle takes on D.C. United at RFK Stadium in a rematch of last week's U.S. Open Cup final won by the Sounders. Both teams are in dire need of three points as they try to move up the playoff pecking order.

MLS Matchday 26: Your Running Commentary

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The ever-tightening MLS playoff race will get a little more clear today as several clubs battling for playoff position do battle today.

Seattle takes on D.C. United at RFK Stadium in a rematch of last week's U.S. Open Cup final won by the Sounders. Both teams are in dire need of three points as they try to move up the playoff pecking order.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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This weekend is the first full weekend of American football, but if you're a soccer fan, you'll have your own full plate of soccer action to follow as all the world's leagues take the field.

The English Premier League boasts several great match-ups, while leagues from Italy to Germany also feature intriguing clashes.

Red Bulls sign first Academy Player, deal Conway's rights to Chivas USA

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The New York Red Bulls signed their first Academy Product on Friday, adding forward Giorgi Chirgadze to the roster as a Homegrown Player signing.

Chirgadze has been a part of the Red Bulls Academy since 2005 as a member of the Under-15 team. Now 18, Chirgadze was a key figure in the Red Bulls Under-20 team's win in the Super-20 National Championship.

This weekend's Soccer on TV

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It's a great weekend to be an English Premier League fan.

A handful of juicy match-ups headline the EPL schedule, and therefore lead the way in soccer viewing options for this weekend. Tottenham-Manchester United, Manchester City-Arsenal and Fulham-Everton will have American fans watching in big numbers.

FC Dallas signs Heath Pearce

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Just a week after looking like he would be playing in Turkey, Heath Pearce is headed to MLS to play for a turkey of a team.

This Weekend's College Soccer Matchups

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By TRAVIS CLARK

In an attempt to increase the following and coverage of men's collegiate soccer -- the biggest producer of MLS talent to this point -- welcome to a new series on the Division I game. Nearly all of the prominent MLSÂ rookies in 2009 came to MLS after a successful stint in the collegiate ranks, with Akron, Maryland, UCSB, and Wake Forest producing some of the best rookies this season.

Your September Questions Answered (Part 1)

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I bet you didn't expect to see them this quicky, did you?

The questions are still pouring in, but I've managed to knock out the first batch of answers to the latest Q&A.

This Weekend's College Soccer Matchups

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By TRAVIS CLARK

In an attempt to increase the following and coverage of men's collegiate soccer -- the biggest producer of MLS talent to this point -- welcome to a new series on the Division I game. Nearly all the prominent MLSÂ rookies in 2009 came after a successful stint in the collegiate ranks, with Akron, Maryland, UCSB, and Wake Forest produced some of the best rookies this season.

Your September Questions Answered (Part 1)

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I bet you didn't expect to see them this quicky, did you?

The questions are still pouring in, but I've managed to knock out the first batch of answers to the latest Q&A.

The Julian DeGuzman introductory press conference

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Soccer Wednesday: Your Running Commentary

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With a loaded slate of World Cup qualifiers across the globe, it's time to start talking about today's action.

Whether it's the pivotal European qualifiers, or the vital South American and CONCACAF qualifiers, there are important games galore, starting this afternoon. If you will be watching any of today's action, please feel free to share your thoughts, opinions and some play-by-play in the comments section below.

USA vs. Trinidad & Tobago: Match Night Commentary

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The U.S. men's national team is in must-win mode tonight as it takes on Trinidad & Tobago in CONCACAF World Cup qualifying (7pm, ESPN Classic, Telefutura).

With four teams separated by one point atop the CONCACAF standings, the Americans need to win tonight in Port of Spain in order to assure keeping pace with Honduras, Mexico and Costa Rica.

Mexico vs. Honduras: Your Running Commentary

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No, we don't normally have commentary posts for Mexico matches, but Mexico vs. Honduras is a big-time CONCACAF qualifier and these teams are playing a great game (Telemundo, 9pm). If you are watching the match, please feel free to share your thoughts, opinions and some play-by-play in the comments section below.

USA beats Trinidad & Tobago, moves into first place in CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying

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The U.S. men's national team struggled through another qualifier it was expected to win, but once again found a way to win despite not playing well.

England, Spain and Paraguay seal World Cup qualification

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Another busy day of World Cup qualification spanning the globe saw three more teams book their ticket to South Africa. England, Spain, and Paraguay now mean that 11 nations have qualified for next year's competition.

In England, revenge was sweet against Croatia, as two goals apiece from midfield stalwarts Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard keyed a 5-1 romp.

D.C. United lands vital win against Kansas City

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Most eyes may have been on Port of Spain last night, but there was still an important MLS match last night as Kansas City traveled to face D.

USA 1, Trinidad & Tobago 0: A Look Back

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Things really couldn't have gone much better for the U.S. men's national team on Wednesday night, but for some reason its 1-0 victory against Trinidad & Tobago still didn't feel like the most fulfilling victory ever posted.

The old "It doesn't matter how you win, as long as you do" refrain has merit, but when it seemingly becomes the mantra of a team so much more is expected from you begin to wonder if this team can play better, or if this is as good as we're going to get from the U.

McBride nears return from shoulder injury

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As the playoffs approach, late season additions can add that extra edge to equal playoff success. For the Chicago Fire, the return of Brian McBride from shoulder surgery, perhaps as soon as this weekend, could be just what the Fire need to push them over the top.

Toronto FC to introduce DeGuzman today as its first Designated Player

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Toronto FC will introduce Canadian national team star Julian DeGuzman as the club's first Designated Player at a press conference today in Toronto in a multi-million dollar move that should help TFC make a serious push toward playoff contention.

DeGuzman, 28, joins TFC after a lengthy and successful career in Europe, where he played in Germany and Spain before agreeing to a deal this week to become the club's most high-profile signing since being founded in 2007.

It's Q&A Time

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Okay SBI Readers, it is that time again. Time for you to send me your soccer (and pop culture) questions and time for me to answer most of them (while leaving at least a few of them for answering two months from now).

Want an opinion on the U.S. national team? Curious about which MLS teams will make noise down the stretch?

It's Q&A Time

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Okay SBI Readers, it is that time again. Time for you to send me your soccer (and pop culture) questions and time for me to answer most of them (while leaving at least a few of them for answering two months from now).

Want an opinion on the U.S. national team? Curious about which MLS teams will make noise down the stretch?

Toronto FC to introduce DeGuzman today as its first Designated Player

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Toronto FC will introduce Canadian national team star Julian DeGuzman as the club's first Designated Player at a press conference today in Toronto in a multi-million dollar move that should help TFC make a serious push toward playoff contention.

DeGuzman, 28, joins TFC after a lengthy and successful career in Europe, where he played in Germany and Spain before agreeing to a deal this week to become the club's most high-profile signing since being founded in 2007.

McBride nears return from shoulder injury

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As the playoffs approach, late season additions can add that extra edge to equal playoff success. For the Chicago Fire, the return of Brian McBride from shoulder surgery, perhaps as soon as this weekend, could be just what the Fire need to push them over the top.

USA 1, Trinidad & Tobago 0: A Look Back

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Things really couldn't have gone much better for the U.S. men's national team on Wednesday night, but for some reason its 1-0 victory against Trinidad & Tobago still didn't feel like the most fulfilling victory ever posted.

The old "It doesn't matter how you win, as long as you do" refrain has merit, but when it seemingly becomes the mantra of a team so much more is expected from you begin to wonder if this team can play better, or if this is as good as we're going to get from the U.

D.C. United lands vital win against Kansas City

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Most eyes may have been on Port of Spain last night, but there was still an important MLS match last night as Kansas City traveled to face D.

England, Spain and Paraguay seal World Cup qualification

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Another busy day of World Cup qualification spanning the globe saw three more teams book their ticket to South Africa. England, Spain, and Paraguay now mean that 11 nations have qualified for next year's competition.

In England, revenge was sweet against Croatia, as two goals apiece from midfield stalwarts Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard keyed a 5-1 romp.

USA beats Trinidad & Tobago, moves into first place in CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying

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The U.S. men's national team struggled through another qualifier it was expected to win, but once again found a way to win despite not playing well.

Mexico vs. Honduras: Your Running Commentary

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No, we don't normally do running commentaries for Mexico matches, but Mexico vs. Honduras is a big-time CONCACAF qualifier and these teams are playing a great game (Telemundo, 9pm). If you are watching the match, please feel free to share your thoughts, opinions and some play-by-play in the comments section below.

USA vs. Trinidad & Tobago: Match Night Commentary

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The U.S. men's national team is in must-win mode tonight as it takes on Trinidad & Tobago in CONCACAF World Cup qualifying (7pm, ESPN Classic, Telefutura).

With four teams separated by one point atop the CONCACAF standings, the Americans need to win tonight in Port of Spain in order to assure keeping pace with Honduras, Mexico and Costa Rica.

Soccer Wednesday: Your Running Commentary

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With a loaded slate of World Cup qualifiers across the globe, it's time to start talking about today's action.

Whether it's the pivotal European qualifiers, or the vital South American and CONCACAF qualifiers, there are important games galore, starting this afternoon. If you will be watching any of today's action, please feel free to share your thoughts, opinions and some play-by-play in the comments section below.

Introducing the newest U.S. Under-17 Residency Class

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If you've ever caught yourself wondering which players might be representing the U.S. men's national team 10 years from now, you might want to take a look at the newest class of the U.

FC Dallas signs Daniel Hernandez

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In keeping with the recent theme of adding SMU alumni, FC Dallas head coach Schellas Hyndman reached out to another former college player of his on Wednesday by signing defender Daniel Hernandez.

Today's Soccer on TV

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Several of the world's best players will be playing for their World Cup dreams today as some top national teams face must-win World Cup qualifiers.

Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal and Thierry Henry and France are just two of the world powers in dire needs of victories today, as Portugal faces Hungary and France squares off against Serbia.

USA vs. Trinidad & Tobago: Meet the Ref

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Given the seeming frequency with which match officials make questionable calls in U.S. national team matches, it only made sense to provide U.S.

Morning Ticker: DeGuzman set to join TFC as Dichio retires, KC Stadium update and more

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Toronto FC is set to lose a player who its fans won't soon forget, but appear ready to add a star in the process.

TFC striker Danny Dichio will announce his retirement today, ending a three-year run that saw him score the first goal in club history and establish himself as a fan favorite.

South America World Cup qualifying: A look ahead

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By NESTOR F. SEBASTIAN

Just when the dust has settled on one of the more memorable rounds in South American World Cup qualifying, up come another round of matches that will surely have fans in euphoria or depression at the end of Wednesday night.

A wounded Argentina, a reignited Colombia, a desperate Ecuador, a shocked Uruguay and a nervous Venezuela are battling for the final two spots in CONMEBOL's qualifying table with Brazil already qualified and Paraguay and Chile all but assured of a spot in South Africa next year.

Wednesday's World Cup qualifiers: A Look Ahead

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By TRAVIS CLARK

There's plenty at stake tomorrow in terms of World Cup qualifying. Aside from the ever-important match for the U.S. down in Port of Spain, a quick look around the world reveals how desperate nations are as qualification nears conclusion.

Perhaps standing out above the rest is England's chance to seal qualification against Croatia.

Arguez called in to U-20 World Cup team

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Hertha Berlin midfielder Bryan Arguez has been added to the U.S. national team roster that will compete in the U-20 World Cup in Egypt later this month, sources told SBI on Tuesday.

Arguez was summoned to replace forward Sam Garza, who will miss the tournament due to injury.

Defensive injuries mount for D.C. United

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Right in the middle of a playoff run, a fully fit squad is vital for D.C. United to prevent a second consecutive absence from the playoffs.

Defensive injuries mount for D.C. United

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Right in the middle of a playoff run, a fully fit squad is vital for D.C. United to prevent a second consecutive absence from the playoffs.

Arguez called in to U-20 World Cup team

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Hertha Berlin midfielder Bryan Arguez has been added to the U.S. national team roster that will compete in the U-20 World Cup in Egypt later this month.

Arguez was summoned to replace forward Sam Garza, who will miss the tournament due to injury. The 20-year-old will join a team that already boasts talented youngsters such as Mikkel Diskerud, Brek Shea and Dilly Duka.

Wednesday's World Cup qualifiers: A Look Ahead

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By TRAVIS CLARK

There's plenty at stake tomorrow in terms of World Cup qualifying. Aside from the ever-important match for the U.S. down in Port of Spain, a quick look around the world reveals how desperate nations are as qualification nears conclusion.

Perhaps standing out above the rest is England's chance to seal qualification against Croatia.

Now eligible for USA, is Castillo the left back solution?

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American-born defender Edgar Castillo has been cleared by FIFAÂ to play for the United States, meaning the questions can begin about whether he will eventually be the answer for the team at left back.

Jonathan Bornstein's disappointing showing vs. El Salvador served as a reminder of the lack of options at left fullback, with captain Carlos Bocanegra looking like the most reliable option there these days.

MLS Matchday 25: A Look Back

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You might not have realized it, but there were MLS matches this past weekend. Three matches were on the slate on a full day of World Cup qualifying, so it was easy to miss it.

What you missed, if you didn't notice, were some pretty significant results. New England Revolution saw its three-match winning streak snapped as a controversial red card issued to Shalrie Joseph set the tone in a 4-2 loss to Kansas City.

MLS Playoff Race (Through Week 25)

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By TRAVIS CLARK

With the International break taking most other leagues around the world out of action, the reduced schedule left just three fixtures over the weekend.

MLS Playoff Race (Through Week 25)

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By TRAVIS CLARK

With the International break taking most other leagues around the world out of action, the reduced schedule left just three fixtures over the weekend.

MLS Matchday 25: A Look Back

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You might not have realized it, but there were MLS matches this past weekend. Three matches were on the slate on a full day of World Cup qualifying, so it was easy to miss it.

What you missed, if you didn't notice, were some pretty significant results. New England Revolution saw its three-match winning streak snapped as a controversial red card issued to Shalrie Joseph set the tone in a 4-2 loss to Kansas City.

Now eligible for USA, is Castillo the left back solution?

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American-born defender Edgar Castillo has been cleared by FIFAÂ to play for the United States, meaning the questions can begin about whether he will eventually be the answer for the team at left back.

Jonathan Bornstein's disappointing showing vs. El Salvador served as a reminder of the lack of options at left fullback, with captain Carlos Bocanegra looking like the most reliable option there these days.

Mexico set to face Costa Rica in Estadio Saprissa

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As important as Saturday night's match vs. El Salvador is to the U.S. national team's quest to qualify for the 2010 World Cup, another match that night will also have serious ramifications.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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The 2010 World Cup is still ten months away but today's matches will go a long way in determining which teams will be competing in the event.

World Cup qualifiers from Europe to South America, Asia to North America, headline today's action. You have high-profile match-ups like Brazil-Argentina and Denmark-Portugal, and great CONCACAF match-ups like USA-El Salvador and Mexico-Costa Rica.

A Look Back at USA-El Salvador I

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The U.S. men's national team will look to add a vital three points tonight in Sandy, Utah when it takes on El Salvador in what is basically a must-win match for the Americans.

USA vs. El Salvador (Match Night Commentary)

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The U.S. men's national team is in must-win mode tonight as it faces El Salvador in World Cup qualifying in Sandy, Utah (8pm, ESPN Classic).

The Americans currently sit in third place in CONCACAF qualifying, but a win tonight would go a long way toward helping the USA qualify.

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

USA rallies for 2-1 victory vs. El Salvador

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The U.S. national team trailed early and were in jeopardy of dropping a decision that could have put a severe dent into its World Cup qualifying hopes.

CONCACAF qualifying race tightens

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Saturday's World Cup qualifiers in the CONCACAF region were supposed to help clear things up in the race to make the 2010 World Cup, but the results have only served to make it even tougher to tell which teams will qualify and which will struggle.

Mexico's 3-0 romp in Costa Rica, coupled with Honduras' 4-1 thrashing of Trinidad & Tobago means four teams are within a point of each other atop the CONCACAF standings.

Who should the USA start vs. Trinidad & Tobago?

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The U.S. men's national team will face Trinidad & Tobago on Wednesday night in a World Cup qualifier it desperately needs a result from in order to stay in good shape in the super-tight CONCACAF qualifying race.

Brazil, Ghana the latest to book World Cup spots

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by GIANFRANCO PANIZO

Brazil and Ghana were the latest teams to book their place in next year's World Cup, posting wins over the weekend to make the picture of which teams will be in South Africa a little clearer.

Brazil became the first team from CONMEBOL to secure its place by disposing of arch-rivals Argentina, 3-1.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

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by GIANFRANCO PANIZO

It was a relatively light weekend for the Americans Abroad, but there was still plenty to talk about despite the international fixture schedule.

Mike Grella scored the game-winning goal for Leeds United in their 2-0 win over Stockport County.

Demerit left home as USA heads to Trinidad

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If the U.S. men's national team is to score its first road victory in the CONCACAF Hexagonal round of World Cup qualifying, it will have to do so without Jay DeMerit.

Demerit left home as USA heads to Trinidad

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If the U.S. men's national team is to score its first road victory in the CONCACAF Hexagonal round of World Cup qualifying, it will have to do so without Jay DeMerit.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

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by GIANFRANCO PANIZO

It was a relatively light weekend for the Americans Abroad, but there was still plenty to talk about at despite the

Mike Grella scored the game-winning goal for Leeds United in their 2-0 win over Stockport County. Grella, who was subbed out in the 72nd minute, netted in the ninth.

Brazil, Ghana the latest to book World Cup spots

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by GIANFRANCO PANIZO

Brazil and Ghana were the latest teams to book their place in next year's World Cup, posting wins over the weekend to make the picture of which teams will be in South Africa a little clearer.

Brazil became the first team from CONMEBOL to secure its place by disposing of arch-rivals Argentina, 3-1.

Who should the USA start vs. Trinidad & Tobago?

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The U.S. men's national team will face Trinidad & Tobago on Wednesday night in a World Cup qualifier it desperately needs a result from in order to stay in good shape in the super-tight CONCACAF qualifying race.

Who will start in this all-important match? U.S. head coach Bob Bradley has plenty of options to choose from, both in defense and in the midfield.

CONCACAF qualifying race tightens

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Saturday's World Cup qualifiers in the CONCACAF region were supposed to help clear things up in the race to make the 2010 World Cup, but the results have only served to make it even tougher to tell which teams will qualify and which will struggle.

Mexico's 3-0 romp in Costa Rica, coupled with Honduras' 4-1 thrashing of Trinidad & Tobago means four teams are within a point of each other atop the CONCACAF standings.

USA rallies for 2-1 victory vs. El Salvador

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The U.S. national team trailed early and were in jeopardy of dropping a decision that could have put a severe dent into its World Cup qualifying hopes.

USA vs. El Salvador (Match Night Commentary)

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The U.S. men's national team is in must-win mode tonight as it faces El Salvador in World Cup qualifying in Sandy, Utah (8pm, ESPN Classic).

The Americans currently sit in third place in CONCACAF qualifying, but a win tonight would go a long way toward helping the USA qualify.

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

A Look Back at USA-El Salvador I

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The U.S. men's national team will look to add a vital three points tonight in Sandy, Utah when it takes on El Salvador in what is basically a must-win match for the Americans.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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The 2010 World Cup is still ten months away but today's matches will go a long way in determining which teams will be competing in the event.

World Cup qualifiers from Europe to South America, Asia to North America, headline today's action. You have high-profile match-ups like Brazil-Argentina and Denmark-Portugal, and great CONCACAF match-ups like USA-El Salvador and Mexico-Costa Rica.

Mexico set to face Costa Rica in Estadio Saprissa

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As important as Saturday night's match vs. El Salvador is to the U.S. national team's quest to qualify for the 2010 World Cup, another match that night will also have serious ramifications.

Argentina faces Brazil in must-win qualifier

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A full slate of World Cup qualifying matches will kick off around the world on Saturday and no match will have more international interest than Brazil vs. Argentina.

Argentina finds itself in the improbable position of fourth place in the South American World Cup qualifying, just a spot away from missing out on automatically qualifying for the 2010 World Cup.

Where will you be watching USA vs. El Salvador?

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With the USA-El Salvador set for a Saturday night, chances are you will be looking for a good place to watch the game and enjoy some brews (or sodas) with some friends and fellow U.

This weekend's Soccer on TV

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by GIANFRANCO PANIZO

With the majority of the European seasons off due to the international date, this weekend boasts a plethora of international matches for all to watch.

The game most Americans are looking forward to will be on Saturday night as the United States takes on El Salvador in a critical World Cup qualifier, a qualifier that could give the U.

USA vs. El Salvador: A look ahead

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The U.S. men's national team is a day away from its crucial World Cup qualifier vs. El Salvador in Sandy, Utah, and a game that seemed so simple a few months ago is growing increasingly complicated.

Heath Pearce transfer to Bursaspor falls through

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One minute he's going, the next it's null and void. Heath Pearce, who had agreed to terms with Turkish club Bursaspor, seemed to have a contract signed and sealed.

An important week for Argentina

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By TRAVIS CLARK

It wasn't supposed to be like this. When Diego Maradona took the reins of Argentina, the former star was supposed to re-energize a World Cup qualifying campaign that had taken some hits. With four games in CONMEBOL qualifying left, and hardly the easiest schedule, could Argentina fail to qualify for the World Cup?

Cervi to make Celtic debut in Toronto

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American goalkeeper Dominic Cervi is set to make his club debut for Celtic FC tonight as the Hoops take on Benfica in the CNE Cup, a friendly at BMO Field in Toronto.

Celtic will be without most of its top stars, which are away on international duty, including starting goalkeeper and Polish international Artur Boruc.

U.S. Open Cup Final set for tonight

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Tonight's the night in Washington D.C. as the Seattle Sounders face D.C. United in the U.S. Open Cup final at RFK Stadium (7:30pm, Fox Soccer Channel).

Seattle will be severely short-handed defensively, with starting defenders Jhon Kennedy Hurtado (suspension) and Tyrone Marshall (injury) out.

U.S. Open Cup Final: D.C. United vs. Seattle Sounders (Match Night Commentary)

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Greetings from the nation's capital. It's been what seems like months of build up to this evening. Barbs have been traded between each club, helping to spawn one of the biggest marketing campaigns for an Open Cup final.

More than a month after the U.S. Open Cup semifinals concluded, the Dewar Cup will finally be awarded tonight.

Sounders down D.C. United, 2-1, to win U.S. Open Cup

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The Seattle Sounders might want to consider opening the website 'WeWinTrophiesToo.com' after defying the odds and traveling cross-country to bring him the first trophy in the Sounders' first season.

Chris Rolfe signs with Aalborg

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The Chicago Fire will now lose another player to Europe, but in this case will get to wait until the offseason. Striker Chris Rolfe has agreed to join Danish club Aalborg in the January transfer window. He'll remain with the club through the end of the year, including any possible playoff action.

Chelsea banned from registering players until 2011

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In what is normally a relatively quiet time over in Europe because of impending World Cup qualifiers, FIFA has announced that Chelsea will be banned from registering players until 2011.

The row is over reserve player Gael Kakuta, who Chelsea signed from Ligue 1 club Lens back in 2007.

Who is leading the MLS rookie of the year race?

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As we hit the three-quarter mark in the current MLS season, the race for MLS rookie of the year honors is still too close to call.

D.C. United sign Academy product Bill Hamid

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Lost in the build up and aftermath of yesterday's Open Cup defeat against Seattle was D.C. United's signing of Academy goalie Bill Hamid. He agreed to terms of a Generation adidas contract, becoming the first United Academy player to sign with the first team.

The 18-year-old has a massive physical presence from up close, and is list at 6'3", 235 pounds.

U.S. Open Cup Final: A Look Back

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By TRAVIS CLARK

The jovial cheer in the visitor's locker room pinged through the hallways of RFK after Seattle's 2-1 triumph.

U.S. Open Cup Final: A Look Back

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By TRAVIS CLARK

The jovial cheer in the visitor's locker room pinged through the hallways of RFK after Seattle's 2-1 triumph.

D.C. United sign Academy product Bill Hamid

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Lost in the build up and aftermath of yesterday's Open Cup defeat against Seattle was D.C. United's signing of Academy goalie Bill Hamid. He agreed to terms of a Generation adidas contract, becoming the first United Academy player to sign with the first team.

The 18-year-old has a massive physical presence from up close, and is list at 6'3", 235 pounds.

Who is leading the MLS rookie of the year race?

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As we hit the three-quarter mark in the current MLS season, the race for MLS rookie of the year honors is still too close to call.

Chelsea banned from registering players until 2011

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In what is normally a relatively quiet time over in Europe because of impending World Cup qualifiers, FIFA has announced that Chelsea will be banned from registering players until 2011.

The row is over reserve player Gael Kakuta, who Chelsea signed from Ligue 1 club Lens back in 2007.

Chris Rolfe signs with Aalborg

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The Chicago Fire will now lose another player to Europe, but in this case will get to wait until the offseason. Striker Chris Rolfe has agreed to join Danish club Aalborg in the January transfer window. He'll remain with the club through the end of the year, including any possible playoff action.

Sounders down D.C. United, 2-1, to win U.S. Open Cup

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The Seattle Sounders might want to consider opening the website 'WeWinTrophiesToo.com' after defying the odds and traveling cross-country to bring him the first trophy in the Sounders' first season.

U.S. Open Cup Final: D.C. United vs. Seattle Sounders (Match Night Commentary)

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Greetings from the nation's capital. It's been what seems like months of build up to this evening. Barbs have been traded between each club, helping to spawn one of the biggest marketing campaigns for an Open Cup final.

More than a month after the U.S. Open Cup semifinals concluded, the Dewar Cup will finally be awarded tonight.

U.S. Open Cup Final set for tonight

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Tonight's the night in Washington D.C. as the Seattle Sounders face D.C. United in the U.S. Open Cup final at RFK Stadium (7:30pm, Fox Soccer Channel).

Seattle will be severely short-handed defensively, with starting defenders Jhon Kennedy Hurtado (suspension) and Tyrone Marshall (injury) out.

Cervi to make Celtic debut in Toronto

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American goalkeeper Dominic Cervi is set to make his club debut for Celtic FC tonight as the Hoops take on Benfica in the CNE Cup, a friendly at BMO Field in Toronto.

Celtic will be without most of its top stars, which are away on international duty, including starting goalkeeper and Polish international Artur Boruc.

An important week for Argentina

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By TRAVIS CLARK

It wasn't supposed to be like this. When Diego Maradona took the reins of Argentina, the former star was supposed to re-energize a World Cup qualifying campaign that had taken some hits. With four games in CONMEBOL qualifying left, and hardly the easiest schedule, could Argentina fail to qualify for the World Cup?

Donovan eyes another record Saturday

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As Landon Donovan's national team career ticks on, previous records continue to fall. With the all-time goal scoring title firmly his, a cap on Saturday night will give him the overall lead in World Cup qualifiers with 32.

At the moment Donovan is currently tied with Kasey Keller, Eddie Pope, and Claudio Reyna at 31 qualifying appearances and barring unforeseen circumstances will make the record his own on Saturday night in Sandy, Utah.

USL clubs considering to start a new league

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By TRAVIS CLARK

Recent business developments within U.S. Soccer lower-tier divisions is creating a ripple affect throughout United Soccer Leagues. Last week, NuRock Soccer Holdings, an Atlanta-based company, bought USL from Nike, which came as no surprise after reports surfaced that the league was up for sale.

Morning Ticker: Castillo moves closer to USMNT, Philly to hire assistant and more

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American-born defender Edgar Castillo is a step closer to a potential spot with the U.S. men's national team after completing and submitting his application to switch from the Mexican national team to the United States, sources told SBI.

Heath Pearce lands in Turkey

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Lost in yesterday's transfer news was the move of defender Heath Pearce. Without a club, and considering the possibility of MLS, Pearce signed with Bursaspor of the Turkish Süper Lig on the last day of the transfer window.

Last in action during the Gold Cup, Pearce had been in search of a new club since leaving Hansa Rostock.

Who should the USMNT start vs. El Salvador?

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The U.S. men's national team's crucial World Cup qualifier vs. El Salvador is just four days away and it is time to start thinking about the starting lineup head coach Bob Bradley will turn to in what is shaping up to be a must-win game in the tight CONCACAF qualifying race.

You Write the Caption: The Beckham-Ref Edition

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Welcome to the latest edition of You Write the Caption. It has been a while since we had a caption contest, but today felt like a good day to have one.

Today's subject is David Beckham (surprise), who has won back some of the MLS fans he lost with his whole AC Milan experiment (pun intended).

Seattle and D.C. United set to clash in U.S. Open Cup final

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The U.S. Open Cup is the country's oldest soccer tournament, but it has garner much attention in recent years. That has changed this year, with the tournament final pitting two MLS teams that seem intent on sparking the type of rivalry Major League Soccer is in dire need of.

The Seattle Sounders and D.

Beasley stays at Rangers as European transfer window closes

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The summer transfer window was a chance DaMarcus Beasley needed for a change of scenery. It was clear that Glasgow was not the place for the winger if he hoped to resurrect both his club and country career. Unfortunately for Beasley, rumors of a switch from Rangers to either Germany or Spain failed to come through today.

European Ticker: Eduardo banned, Spalletti leaves Roma and more

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Arsenal striker Eduardo has been suspended for two matches for his dive during Arsenal's recent UEFA Champions League victory against Celtic last week. He will now miss the first two matches of the group stage.

Eduardo was punished for pretending to be taken down by Celtic goalkeeper Artur Boruc on a play that earned Arsenal a penalty kick.

European Ticker: Eduardo banned, Spalletti leaves Roma and more

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Arsenal striker Eduardo has been suspended for two matches for his dive during Arsenal's recent UEFA Champions League victory against Celtic last week. He will now miss the first two matches of the group stage.

Eduardo was punished for pretending to be taken down by Celtic goalkeeper Artur Boruc on a play that earned Arsenal a penalty kick.

Beasley stays at Rangers as European transfer window closes

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The summer transfer window was a chance DaMarcus Beasley needed for a change of scenery. It was clear that Glasgow was not the place for the winger if he hoped to resurrect both his club and country career. Unfortunately for Beasley, rumors of a switch from Rangers to either Germany or Spain failed to come through today.

Seattle and D.C. United set to clash in U.S. Open Cup final

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The U.S. Open Cup is the country's oldest soccer tournament, but it has garner much attention in recent years. That has changed this year, with the tournament final pitting two MLS teams that seem intent on sparking the type of rivalry Major League Soccer is in dire need of.

The Seattle Sounders and D.

You Write the Caption: The Beckham-Ref Edition

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Welcome to the latest edition of You Write the Caption. It has been a while since we had a caption contest, but today felt like a good day to have one.

Today's subject is David Beckham (surprise), who has won back some of the MLS fans he lost with his whole AC Milan experiment (pun intended).

Who should the USMNT start vs. El Salvador?

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The U.S. men's national team's crucial World Cup qualifier vs. El Salvador is just four days away and it is time to start thinking about the starting lineup head coach Bob Bradley will turn to in what is shaping up to be a must-win game in the tight CONCACAF qualifying race.