Soccer By Ives Archives for January 2010

MMCB: Americans set for Dutch Test

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The U.S. national team's upcoming friendly vs. the Netherlands is less than three days away now and we will soon learn just how far certain players have come in their progression as players with just three months to go before the World Cup.

A pre-season look at the New York Red Bulls

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How do you rebuild and repair the worst team in Major League Soccer? The New York Red Bulls appear to be putting together a decent blueprint for how to recover from a disastrous season like 2009 was for the Red Bulls.

The club's Disney Soccer Classic Championship doesn't mean much in the grand scheme of things, but the performances of the team's new players show signs of a team ready to recover from season to forget.

Mid-Day Ticker: World Cup coaching changes for two African nations and more

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By AVI CREDITOR

With the World Cup set to take place in Africa for the first time, two of the continent's participants have made swift and drastic coaching changes just months before the tournament begins.

The Ivory Coast axed Vahid Halilhodzic over the weekend and is prepared to name his successor after Wednesday's friendly with tournament-host South Africa.

Your February Questions Answered (Part 1)

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Welcome to the first installment of Your February Questions Answered. It is March 1st, the ideal day to look back and begin answering a record-setting number of questions from SBI readers.

I will be traveling quite a bit this week and will hopefully be able to answer as many of the February Questions as possible this week.

Evening Ticker: Cherundolo resumes training, U.S. women reach final and more

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Steve Cherundolo hasn't played in a competitive match in over a month after suffering a shoulder injury, but Cherundolo aims to end that drought this weekend.

Cherundolo trained with the U.S. national team on Monday after being given the green light to return to practice by his club, Hannover 96.

Tuesday Kickoff: Greetings from Amsterdam

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Good morning folks. I'm coming to you from Amsterdam today, a day ahead of the big USA-Netherlands friendly at Amsterdam ArenA. The U.S. national team is in town and ready to face its toughest test before the World Cup in June.

We have already had plenty of discussion about the potential U.

Algerians/Slovenians Abroad: Weekend Rewind

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By FRANCO PANIZOÂ

Slovenia saw more of its players get in on their club teams' action this weekend, but it was the Algerian players who enjoyed the majority of the success.

Two Algerians found the back of the net, and both goals were game-winners. Rafik Djebbour hit the lone tally, a splendid turn and volley, in AEK Athens' 1-0 victory over Ergotelis, and Hassan Yebda scored from the spot in Portsmouth's 2-1 victory vs.

High-profile tilts headline FIFA Fixture Date

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By FRANCO PANIZOÂ

The upcoming FIFA fixture date will be the final time national teams across the globe are tested and tried before their rosters for the World Cup are released, and for soccer fans everywhere that means there are plenty of intriguing matches on tap.

USA vs. Netherlands: Pre-Match Update

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The last day before the U.S. national team's match vs. the Netherlands had some surprises, some good news and some promising signs for the Americans.

Before we get into tidbits from Tuesday, here is my preview piece on Wednesday's match for FoxSoccer.

USA vs. Netherlands: Pre-Match Update

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The last day before the U.S. national team's match vs. the Netherlands had some surprises, some good news and some promising signs for the Americans.

Before we get into tidbits from Tuesday, here is my preview piece on Wednesday's match for FoxSoccer.

High-profile tilts headline FIFA Fixture Date

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By FRANCO PANIZOÂ

The upcoming FIFA fixture date will be the final time national teams across the globe are tested and tried before their rosters for the World Cup are released, and for soccer fans everywhere that means there are plenty of intriguing matches on tap.

Algerians/Slovenians Abroad: Weekend Rewind

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Slovenia saw more of its players get in on their club teams' action this weekend, but it was the Algerian players who enjoyed the majority of the success.

Two Algerians found the back of the net, and both goals were game-winners. Rafik Djebbour hit the lone tally, a splendid turn and volley, in AEK Athens' 1-0 victory over Ergotelis, and Hassan Yebda scored from the spot in Portsmouth's 2-1 victory vs.

Tuesday Kickoff: Greetings from Amsterdam

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Good morning folks. I'm coming to you from Amsterdam today, a day ahead of the big USA-Netherlands friendly at Amsterdam ArenA. The U.S. national team is in town and ready to face its toughest test before the World Cup in June.

We have already had plenty of discussion about the potential U.

Evening Ticker: Cherundolo resumes training, U.S. women reach final and more

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Steve Cherundolo hasn't played in a competitive match in over a month after suffering a shoulder injury, but Cherundolo aims to end that drought this weekend.

Cherundolo trained with the U.S. national team on Monday after being given the green light to return to practice by his club, Hannover 96.

Your February Questions Answered (Part 1)

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Welcome to the first installment of Your February Questions Answered. It is March 1st, the ideal day to look back and begin answering a record-setting number of questions from SBI readers.

I will be traveling quite a bit this week and will hopefully be able to answer as many of the February Questions as possible this week.

Mid-Day Ticker: World Cup coaching changes for two African nations and more

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By AVI CREDITOR

With the World Cup set to take place in Africa for the first time, two of the continent's participants have made swift and drastic coaching changes just months before the tournament begins.

The Ivory Coast axed Vahid Halilhodzic over the weekend and is prepared to name his successor after Wednesday's friendly with tournament-host South Africa.

A pre-season look at the New York Red Bulls

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How do you rebuild and repair the worst team in Major League Soccer? The New York Red Bulls appear to be putting together a decent blueprint for how to recover from a disastrous season like 2009 was for the Red Bulls.

The club's Disney Soccer Classic Championship doesn't mean much in the grand scheme of things, but the performances of the team's new players show signs of a team ready to recover from season to forget.

MMCB: Americans ready for Dutch Test

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The U.S. national team's upcoming friendly vs. the Netherlands is less than three days away now and we will soon learn just how far certain players have come in their progression as players with just three months to go before the World Cup.

Mid-day Ticker: Portsmouth enter administration, Arsenal cuts debt and more

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By TRAVIS CLARK

Over in England this morning, Portsmouth managed to make the wrong kind of history. They became the first Premier League club to enter administration in the league's history when another buyer wasn't found by Thursday's deadline.

MLS Camp Roundup: D.C. United sweep split-squad friendlies, Seattle finishes fifth and more

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By TRAVIS CLARK

D.C. United wrapped up a three-week stint in Florida with two wins in two matches played this morning.

In two split-squad friendlies, United beat the U.S. U-17 squad 5-2, and at the same time had another XI go up against Florida Gulf Coast University.

Friday Free Kicks

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While the snow falls in the Northeast and the sun creeps away in Florida, I wanted to catch you all up on a few items as Friday winds down.

Here is my latest Fox Soccer column on the MLS Labor talks. To sum up, anyone who thinks a strike can't and won't happen is kidding themselves.

This weekend's soccer on TV

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The most anticipated meeting of the weekend isn't Aston Villa-Manchester United in the Carling Cup, or Sporting Lisbon vs. FC Porto, or even Bayern Munich vs. Hamburg.

It's John Terry vs. Wayne Bridge.

The two men involved in one of the sports most controversial scandals in recent memory are expected to be on the field against each other today when Terry's Chelsea faces Bridge's Manchester City in a match with plenty of its own drama.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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Chelsea and Manchester City are both trying to win key races in England, but they are slightly different targets for the two clubs.

For Chelsea, the goal is to win the English Premier League title, and a win today vs. Man City can help that cause. Manchester City's goal is fourth place, and the lucrative UEFA Champions League berth that comes with it.

Houston Dynamo vs. FC Dallas: Match Night Commentary

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Good afternoon everyone. We're here in Orlando, Florida for the Walt Disney Soccer Classic consolation match between FC Dallas and the Houston Dynamo.

This is Franco Panizo and I will be providing commentary throughout the match so please feel free to follow along here. As always, you are welcome to share your thoughts and opinions in the comments section below.

New York Red Bulls vs. Toronto FC: Match Night Commentary

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Good evening folks. We are here in Orlando for tonight's Disney Soccer Classic Final between the New York Red BUlls and Toronto FC.

I will be providing commentary throughout the night so please feel free to follow along here. As always, you are welcome to share your thoughts and opinions in the comments section below.

Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

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American goalkeepers Brad Friedel and Brad Guzan will see their club, Aston villa, take part in today's Carling Cup Final, and if they are to leave Wembley with winner's medals, one of them will have to stop red-hot Wayne Rooney.

Manchester United-Aston Villa in the Carling Cup is just one of several quality match-ups today.

Edu's Old Firm winner

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Maurice Edu put his name in the history books of one of the world's oldest and most storied rivalries on Sunday, scoring a stoppage-time game-winning goal to give Glasgow Rangers a 1-0 victory against Glasgow Celtic. The victory likely pushed Rangers closer to another Scottish Premier League title while also signaling Edu's triumphant return from major knee surgery just nine months ago.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Three days after making his Bolton Wanderers debut, Stuart Holden played in his first Premier League game, and he managed to have a positive performance in a match filled with relegation implications.

Holden started and played 90 minutes in a much-needed 1-0 victory that pushed Bolton out of the relegation zone.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Three days after making his Bolton Wanderers debut, Stuart Holden played in his first Premier League game, and he didn't disappoint

Holden started and played 90 minutes in a much-needed 1-0 victory that pushed Bolton out of the relegation zone.

Edu's Old Firm winner

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Maurice Edu put his name in the history books of one of the world's oldest and most storied rivalries on Sunday, scoring a stoppage-time game-winning goal to give Glasgow Rangers a 1-0 victory against Glasgow Celtic. The victory likely pushed Rangers closer to another Scottish Premier League title while also signaling Edu's triumphant return from major knee surgery just nine months ago.

Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

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American goalkeepers Brad Friedel and Brad Guzan will see their club, Aston villa, take part in today's Carling Cup Final, and if they are to leave Wembley with winner's medals, one of them will have to stop red-hot Wayne Rooney.

Manchester United-Aston Villa in the Carling Cup is just one of several quality match-ups today.

New York Red Bulls vs. Toronto FC: Match Night Commentary

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Good evening folks. We are here in Orlando for tonight's Disney Soccer Classic Final between the New York Red BUlls and Toronto FC.

I will be providing commentary throughout the night so please feel free to follow along here. As always, you are welcome to share your thoughts and opinions in the comments section below.

Houston Dynamo vs. FC Dallas: Match Night Commentary

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Good afternoon everyone. We're here in Orlando, Florida for the Walt Disney Soccer Classic consolation match between FC Dallas and the Houston Dynamo.

This is Franco Panizo and I will be providing commentary throughout the match so please feel free to follow along here. As always, you are welcome to share your thoughts and opinions in the comments section below.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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Chelsea and Manchester City are both trying to win key races in England, but they are slightly different targets for the two clubs.

For Chelsea, the goal is to win the English Premier League title, and a win today vs. Man City can help that cause. Manchester City's goal is fourth place, and the lucrative UEFA Champions League berth that comes with it.

This weekend's soccer on TV

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The most anticipated meeting of the weekend isn't Aston Villa-Manchester United in the Carling Cup, or Sporting Lisbon vs. FC Porto, or even Bayern Munich vs. Hamburg.

It's John Terry vs. Wayne Bridge.

The two men involved in one of the sports most controversial scandals in recent memory are expected to be on the field against each other today when Terry's Chelsea faces Bridge's Manchester City in a match with plenty of its own drama.

Friday Free Kicks

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While the snow falls in the Northeast and the sun creeps away in Florida, I wanted to catch you all up on a few items as Friday winds down.

Here is my latest Fox Soccer column on the MLS Labor talks. To sum up, anyone who thinks a strike can't and won't happen is kidding themselves. It's a strong possibility and I'd bet on a strike happening sometime in mid-March (hopefully not, but there's little reason to think a deal gets done without a strike).

MLS Camp Roundup: D.C. United sweep split-squad friendlies, Seattle finishes fifth and more

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By TRAVIS CLARK

D.C. United wrapped up a three-week stint in Florida with two wins in two matches played this morning.

In two split-squad friendlies, United beat the U.S. U-17 squad 5-2, and at the same time had another XI go up against Florida Gulf Coast University.

Mid-day Ticker: Portsmouth enter administration, Arsenal cuts debt and more

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By TRAVIS CLARK

Over in England this morning, Portsmouth managed to make the wrong kind of history. They became the first Premier League club to enter administration in the league's history when another buyer wasn't found by Thursday's deadline.

Who should the USA start vs. the Netherlands?

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The first chance to see a close to full-strength U.S. national team will come on Wednesday, and while there are still several top players recovering from injuries, the match vs. the Netherlands should provide a good measure of how strong the U.S. squad is just three months from the World Cup.

Americans Abroad: A Look Ahead

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Brad Guzan has received most of the starts for Aston Villa in the club's run to the Carling Cup final, but it could be incumbent Brad Friedel who gets the nod against Manchester United.

Friedel has been red hot as of late, and that, coupled with his experience, may be the reason he replaces Guzan in the Villans' Carling Cup lineup.

MLS Players Union: Old CBA is terminated but no strike imminent

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The MLS player's union released a statement today regarding the labor negotiations with Major League Soccer, stating that talks have not produced a new collective bargaining agreement and the old CBA will expire at midnight tonight.

The Major League Soccer Players Union (the "Union")today announced that the collective bargaining agreement between the Union and Major League Soccer ("MLS") will not be extended past the February 25 deadline previously set by the Union and MLS.

Houston Dynamo vs. New York Red Bulls: Match Night Commentary

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Good afternoon folks. WE're here in sunny (but chilly) Orlando, Florida for the Walt Disney Soccer Classic.

The Houston Dynamo will take on the New York Red Bulls in this pre-season match. Toronto FC faces FC Dallas in the nightcap.

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

USA announces roster for Netherlands friendly (Updated)

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U.S. national team head coach Bob Bradley named the 20-man roster for Wednesday's friendly vs. the Netherlands in Amsterdam and, as expected, the roster is loaded with European-based players.

Just three of the 20 players called up for the match are MLS players, four counting Landon Donovan, who is currently with Everton on loan from the LA Galaxy.

Europa League: Your Running Commentary

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By AVI CREDITOR

The Europa League field will be down to 16 teams Thursday, as a slate of 15 second-leg matches will determine who moves on to the next round of the knockout stage.

Benfica took care of business by eliminating Hertha Berlin 4-0 (5-1 aggregate) on Tuesday.

Afternoon updates

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There is plenty going on today on the news front so here is a quick rundown of some things you should know about.

Today is the deadline for the latest labor negotation extension between MLS and the player's Union. As you probably know by now, a deal isn't going to get done and we've been told the union will be issuing a statement later today.

Fantasy Premier League: Matchweek 28

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By AVI CREDITOR

It's an odd week in the Barclays Premier League. John Terry and Wayne Bridge will be sharing the same pitch at Stamford Bridge, there are two relegation battles (Burnley-Portsmouth, Bolton-Wolves) and Tottenham hosts Everton in an intriguing match.

Mid-Day Ticker: Bridge quits England, Cabanas shooting update and more

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By AVI CREDITOR

The Wayne Bridge-John Terry saga has reached new heights.

Bridge has taken himself out of national-team consideration for the World Cup, further depleting England's options at left back and adding another chapter to an ugly story for the Three Lions.

Pearce shines in first start since 2009 Gold Cup

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Heath Pearce looked to be the solution to the U.

United States rallies late to defeat El Salvador, 2-1

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By FRANCO PANIZO

The United States national team dominated El Salvador in its friendly match at Raymond James Stadium on Wednesday night, but it needed late goals from Brian Ching and Sacha Kljestan to walk away with a 2-1 victory.

After a scoreless first half, El Salvador jumped out in front at the hour mark, when U.

USA vs. El Salvador: Match Night Commentary

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The U.S. men's national team takes on El Salvador tonight in Tampa as the team's MLS-based contingent looks to impress head coach Bob Bradley before he picks the squad for the upcoming Netherlands friendly.

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

Soccer Wednesday: Your Running Commentary

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By AVI CREDITOR

One of the Champions League's most anticipated knockout stage ties kicks off at 2:45 p.m. (Fox Soccer Channel) as Chelsea and Inter Milan do battle in Italy. Jose Mourinho, who has been doing his fair share of talking (otherwise known as the usual) during the week, welcomes his former team to the San Siro for the first leg of a sure-to-be-entertaining matchup.

Mid-Day Ticker: Holden gets a chance, Everton fans get creative and more

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By AVI CREDITOR

Stuart Holden's wait appears to be over.

According to Bolton's team Web site, Holden will be included in the first team for Wednesday's FA Cup tilt with Tottenham.

Bolton manager Owen Coyle said at his Tuesday press conference that the American midfielder has worked shown well in practice and has earned his chance to contribute.

The SBI View: The passing of a special coach

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Fernando Rossi loved the game of soccer.

From his playing days to his decades of service as a high school soccer coach, to his years as the father who molded his son into an international caliber talent, Rossi embraced the beautiful game throughout his life and countless people are better off because of it.

Bradley discusses friendlies, fullbacks and more

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Bob Bradley has plenty to do in the coming weeks and months, between selecting his 23-man World Cup roster and plotting the course for that team to get ready for the tournament. Those preparations continue tonight with the United States' friendly vs.

Wednesday Kickoff: Donovan eyes Everton return, Ferdinand facing World Cup doubts and more

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Landon Donovan is loving life at Everton, so much so that he has every intention of returning to the Liverpool club at some point if and when he leaves to return to the Los Angeles Galaxy.

The U.S. national team star is enjoying a dream run with the Toffees, and spoke recently of his intention to come back to Goodison Park some time during his career.

Evening Ticker: Clark returns to training, Real Salt Lake acquires Gil and more

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By FRANCO PANIZO

The U.S. national team currently has a long list of injuries its trying to deal with, but Ricardo Clark is one name that can now be scratched off.

Chicago Fire blazes trail in MLS by taking academy teams to training camp

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By AVI CREDITOR

The Chicago Fire could be on to something that might help Major League Soccer take the next step in its progression of player development.

By incorporating its U-18 and U-16 youth academy teams into its slate of preseason training, the club has become the first in MLS to take such large measures in integrating its senior and youth teams.

MLS Camp Roundup: Dallas defeats Revolution, Seattle prepares for fifth place game and more

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By TRAVIS CLARK

Fresh off the heels of a 1-0 loss to Florida International University on Sunday, Dallas was ready to bounce back in the next preseason friendly.

They managed just that in a Tuesday win over the New England Revolution, scoring twice and keeping a cleansheet in Orlando, Florida.

UEFA Champions League: Your Running Commentary

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The UEFA Champions League Round of 16 resumes today with two intriguing matches, including one featuring the defending champions.

FC Barcelona takes on VfB Stuttgart (2:30pm, Fox Sports Espanol) in Germany, while Olympiakos plays host to French champions Bordeaux (2:45pm, Fox Soccer Channel).

Mid-day Ticker: Tevez nears City return, Portsmouth financial struggles mount and more

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By TRAVIS CLARK

With Carlos Tevez missing, the Manchester City attack has stagnated. Since the Argentinian striker took off for his homeland on compassionate leave, the Citizens have managed just two goals in three games.

Tevez will also miss tomorrow's FA Cup clash against Stoke City, but coach Roberto Mancini said in a press conference this week that the club expects Tevez to catch a flight back either Thursday or Friday and could be available for Saturday's match against Chelsea.

Kljestan, Wynne looking to keep World Cup dreams alive

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By FRANCO PANIZO

TAMPA, Fla.-- Sacha Kljestan and Marvell Wynne have been given several chances to impress with the U.S. national team over the past year, but their inability to make the most of those opportunities likely means they will both be playing for their World Cup lives when the U.

Algerians/Slovenians Abroad: Weekend Rewind

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(With the World Cup less than four months away it is time to start thinking about the opponents the United States will face when the tournament begins in June. While most American soccer fans know who all of England's top players are, not as much is known about the top players for Algeria and Slovenia.

Copa Libertadores: Ronaldo, Adriano ready for debuts

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By NESTOR F. SEBASTIAN

Ronaldo, Roberto Carlos and Adriano will get their first taste of this year's Copa Libertadores competition as their sides kick off their campaigns in the third week of action, which will also see former Boca Juniors goalkeeper Roberto Abbondanzieri making his debut with a new team.

Wizards win Luis Gil lottery

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The Kansas City Wizards acquired U.S. U-17 national team midfielder Luis Gil through a weighted lottery on Monday, but Gil may not end up playing for them.

According to sources, Gil would prefer to play for one of the Los Angeles-based teams or the Seattle Sounders, making a trade possible.

Cristiano Ronaldo's stunning free kick

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By FRANCO PANIZO

As is the case with every weekend, there were hoards of quality goals, but Cristiano Ronaldo's free kick in Real Madrid's 6-2 victory vs. Villarreal was arguably the best.

Ronaldo opened the scoring in the eight-goal affair, blasting a precise free kick into the top corner of Diego Lopez's net from 25 yards out.

Afternoon Ticker: Argentina to play in U.S., Ronaldo's retirement and more

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The World Cup won't be the only place American fans can catch Argentina men's national team in action this year.

Argentina has scheduled to play a friendly in the U.S., and will do so sometime after the World Cup. According to USA Today, there are four FIFA-sanctioned international dates from which Argentina will play on.

MMCB: On the MLS labor mess

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The 2010 Major League Soccer season may still kick off as planned, without a delay in the start of the season, but the process to get to that point is going to be a messy one after labor talks went public on Friday, leading to an ugly back-and-forth that might just be the beginning of a lengthy battle.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Landon Donovan may not have scored against Manchester United in his first match against the storied club, but he was one of Everton's best players in its stunning 3-1 victory over Sir Alex Ferguson's men.

A week after helping Everton shock first-place Chelsea with an impressive outing, Donovan put forth another Man of the Match-like performance against the Red Devils.

MLS Camp Update: New face impresses Chivas USA

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By ADAM SERRANO

Fresh off the plane from a trip to Guadalajara to train on the fields of mother club C.D. Guadalajara, Chivas USA looks to continue its development under new coach Martin Vasquez as the 2010 season approaches.

The Los Angeles club returned from Mexico with a 1-1 record against Mexican opponents during its time south of the border.

Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

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The battle for fourth place in the EPL, and the final Champions League berth that goes with it, continues today as Manchester City takes on Liverpool in Sunday's match of the day.

Today offers a plethora of quality action from a variety of locations. Be it Italy, where Inter Milan faces Sampdoria, or Brazil, where Sao Paulo rivals Palmeiras and Sao Paulo will do battle, there is something for every taste.

USMNT Camp Notebook: Rogers looking to impress

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By ADAM SERRANO

CARSON, Calif.--The U.S. Men's National Team is set to head to Florida for its upcoming match against El Salvador, where the focus will be on reviewing the domestic players who expect to be contenders for World Cup roster slots in June.

MLS responds to Players Union criticisms over labor talks

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Just a day after members of the Major League Soccer Players Union publicly criticized MLS officials over their handling of labor negotiations, MLS is defending itself against claims that it is not taking talks over a new Collective Bargaining Agreement seriously.

MLS president Mark Abbott responded on Saturday to criticism from players that MLS hasn't done enough to help make a labor deal happen, telling SBI that the league has done quite a bit to try and get a deal to happen.

MLS Camp Update: Galaxy looks to build in 2009

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By ADAMÂ SERRANO

In 2009, the Los Angles Galaxy were a penalty kick shootout away from winning the third MLS Cup in the club's history. With a new season looming, the Galaxy will be looking to begin the road back to the final.

The Western Conference Champions trained on Friday morning before heading to Arizona on Friday afternoon for a training camp that includes matches against the Columbus Crew, Kansas City Wizards and the Colorado Rapids.

Onyewu discusses his comeback

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U.S. national team defender Oguchi Onyewu joined the U.S. team for training recently, marking his first time taking part in soccer activities since suffering a ruptured patellar tendon back in October.

Onyewu spoke with USSoccer.com about his return and his recovery. Here is the video:



Onyewu is expected to rejoin Italian club AC Milan by the end of the month.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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Jozy Altidore and Jonathan Spector will be teammates at the 2010 World Cup, but today they'll be opponents in one of the day's most intriguing match-ups for American fans.

Altidore's Hull City takes on Spector's West Ham on a day with interesting, if not blockbuster matches.

Everton vs. Manchester United (Matchday Commentary)

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The newly-adopted favorite team of many U.S. national team fans takes the field today against one of the best teams in the world as Everton faces Manchester United at Goodison Park (7:45am, ESPN2).

The match will be Landon Donovan's first against Manchester United, as well as Tim Howard's latest encounter with his former club.

MLS labor talks stall as work stoppage looms

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Despite a pair of extensions to the negotiation period between Major League Soccer and its player's union, there has been no significant progress regarding the issues central to the two side's differences.

According to multiple sources, MLS has yet to budge on issues ranging from free agency to team control in player personnel decisions, leaving the negotations stalled with the 2010 season just a month away.

Luis Gil signs with MLS

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U.S. Under-17 national team midfielder Luis Gil has ended speculation over his future and has agreed to a deal with MLS.

After failing to agree to a deal with the league prior to the 2010 MLS Draft, Gil has snubbed interest from high-profile clubs such as Arsenal and Real Madrid. Gil will be allocated in a weighted lottery to be held on Monday.

This Weekend's Soccer on TV

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Remember two weeks ago, when you had to wake up bright and early to watch the Merseyside Derby in order to catch a glimpse of Landon Donovan and Tim Howard in a big European match?

Get ready to do it again.

It's Q&A Time (February Edition)

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It is that time again. Time for you to submit your soccer (and pop culture) questions in the comments section below, where I will select the best, most interesting and least convoluted questions to be answered in installments during the rest of this month.

Have some U.S. national team questions?

Americans Abroad: A Look Ahead

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Landon Donovan's arrival at Goodison Park has been nothing short of successful for Everton, with the club losing just once in its last six league games since the American star's arrival. Donovan will look to extend that good run of results this weekend, as he faces Manchester United for the first time in his career.

Copa Libertadores Rewind: Peruvian and Chilean clubs shine

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The unpredictability and parity was demonstrated this week in the second week of Copa Libertadores group-stage matches as Chilean and Peruvian clubs got off to strong starts to their respective campaigns.

Both of Chile's top teams, Colo Colo and Universidad de Chile, achieved 1-0 victories over their Venezuelan counterparts, Deportivo Italia and Caracas FC, but it was Colo Colo that should have capitalized on various opportunities for a comfortable lead only to be thwarted by Italia's Bolivian veteran goalkeeper, who made some key saves to keep the deficit to a minimum.

Friday Kickoff: Onyewu trains with USMNT, English clubs win in Europa and more

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Oguchi Onyewu took to the practice field Thursday and trained for the first time since being sidelined with a ruptured patellar tendon in the U.S. men's national team's World Cup qualifier vs. Costa Rica last October.

Onyewu took part in 30 minutes of light training with the U.

Mid-Day Ticker: Donovan wins Everton award, Blatter faces challenger and more

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Landon Donovan has won over everyone from Everton's manager to teammates to the UK media since his loan spell in England began early last month.

Now he has won over Everton's fans as well.

Donovan was named Everton's Player of the Month, an award voted on by the Toffees' supporters.

Americans Abroad: Midweek Rewind

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Maurice Edu had to wait a month in between appearances for Rangers after an ankle injury kept him out of action, but that didn't stop Edu from helping the Scottish giants continue towards their ultimate goal of a domestic treble on Wednesday.

Fantasy Premier League: Matchweek 27

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Welcome to the first installment of Fantasy English Premier League on SBI. Granted, we're 27 weeks late, but not too late to help you finish at the top of your table or give you the advice you need to capture your head-to-head league or even the elusive Fantasy Cup.

Who should the USA start vs. El Salvador?

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The U.S. men's national team will play its second match of 2010 in less than a week against El Salvador, and while the match is carrying much less buzz than future matches against the Netherlands, Turkey and the Czech Republic, it is important in its own right.

Davies speaks with Sochaux about his comeback

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Charlie Davies is back in France and visited his club team, FC Sochaux, for the first time since the fatal car accident that he survived in October.

Davies spoke with FC Sochaux's website about his return, and his recovery.

MLS Camp Roundup: Seattle falls in Spain, Red Bulls rout U-17s and more

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By TRAVIS CLARK

The Seattle Sounders opened up the La Manga Cup preseason competition with a 3-0 loss to Rosenborg BK on Thursday.

Seattle came out with a fairly strong first XI that included Fredy Montero, Kasey Keller and Freddie Ljungberg. Proceedings got off to a bad start, however, when Rosenborg opened the scoring inside two minutes of the match.

Europa League: Your Running Commentary

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A bevy of Europa League knockout stage matches are either taking place or have taken place today as it becomes more clear who will have the best chances at moving forward.

Atletico Madrid and Galatasaray's first-leg match will be shown on GOLTV at 3:05 p.

Mid-Day Ticker: Donovan wins Everton award, Blatter faces challenger and more

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Landon Donovan has won over everyone from Everton's manager to teammates to the UK media since his loan spell in England began early last month.

Now he has won over Everton's fans as well.

Donovan was named Everton's Player of the Month, an award voted on by the Toffees' supporters.

MLS Camp Roundup: Seattle falls in Spain, Red Bulls rout U-17s and more

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By TRAVIS CLARK

The Seattle Sounders opened up the La Manga Cup preseason competition with a 3-0 loss to Rosenborg BK on Thursday.

Seattle came out with a fairly strong first XI that included Fredy Montero, Kasey Keller and Freddie Ljungberg. Proceedings got off to a bad start, however, when Rosenborg opened the scoring inside two minutes of the match.

Europa League: Your Running Commentary

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By AVI CREDITOR

A bevy of Europa League knockout stage matches are either taking place or have taken place today as it becomes more clear who will have the best chances at moving forward.

Atletico Madrid and Galatasaray's first-leg match will be shown on GOLTV at 3:05 p.

Davies speaks with Sochaux about his comeback

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Charlie Davies is back in France and visited his club team, FC Sochaux, for the first time since the fatal car accident that he survived in October.

Davies spoke with FC Sochaux's website about his return, and his recovery.

Who should the USA start vs. El Salvador?

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The U.S. men's national team will play its second match of 2010 in less than a week against El Salvador, and while the match is carrying much less buzz than future matches against the Netherlands, Turkey and the Czech Republic, it is important in its own right.

Fantasy Premier League: Matchweek 27

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By AVI CREDITOR

Welcome to the first installment of Fantasy English Premier League on SBI. Granted, we're 27 weeks late, but not too late to help you finish at the top of your table or give you the advice you need to capture your head-to-head league or even the elusive Fantasy Cup.

Americans Abroad: Midweek Rewind

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Maurice Edu had to wait a month in between appearances for Rangers after an ankle injury kept him out of action, but that didn't stop Edu from helping the Scottish giants continue towards their ultimate goal of a domestic treble on Wednesday.

UEFA Champions League: Your Running Commentary

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The Round of 16 of the UEFA Champions League kicks off today with a pair of intriguing match-ups and some juicy reunions.

David Beckham will face off against Manchester United for the first time since leaving as AC Milan faces the English champions (2:45pm, Setanta/Fox Sports Affiliates/MSG+).

USA to face Turkey in Philly on May 29

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The U.S. men's national team will take on the Turkish national team at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia on May 29 in its final World Cup tune-up match, Philadelphia Eagles officials announced on Tuesday.

The match will be one of two tune-up friendlies the United States plays before departing for South Africa for the 2010 World Cup.

Evening Ticker: Beasley scores for Rangers reserves, Fellaini sidelined six months and more

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By FRANCO PANIZO

DaMarcus Beasley followed up his 45-minute weekend return from a thigh injury by starting, playing 70 minutes and scoring a goal in Rangers' 2-1 reserve team victory over Kilmarnock on Tuesday.

According to a game report, Beasley looked sharp throughout the match, and opened the scoring with a finish from the right flank.

Wednesday Kickoff: Davies returns to France, Turkey hires Hiddink and more

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Some four months after a fatal car accident that nearly cost him his life, Charlie Davies has taken the major step of returning to France for the next stage of rehabilitation from multiple injuries suffered in the October wreck.

Adu scores again in Aris romp

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Freddy Adu waited two years between professional goals before snapping his drought last Sunday.

His next wait lasted just three days.

Adu scored his second goal in as many matches for Greek club Aris FC on Wednesday, netting the second goal in Aris' 3-0 Greek Cup quarterfinal second-leg victory against Skoda Xanthi.

Seitz poised to shine for the Union

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Chris Seitz greeted the news with open arms and a smile as wide as the goalposts.

An off-season trade from Real Salt Lake to the Philadelphia Union reunited the promising keeper with two coaches under whom he has flourished.

Americans Abroad: A Look Ahead

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Stuart Holden has yet to make his debut for English side Bolton, but that could change when Bolton plays Wigan Athletic in English Premier League action this afternoon.

Having dressed for Bolton for the first time in its FA Cup draw against Tottenham this past weekend, Holden could see time today in a match with relegation implications.

USMNT to play Czech Republic in May friendly

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The U.S. men's national team will play the Czech Republic in a friendly four days prior to its meeting with Turkey, U.S. Soccer announced Wednesday.

The international friendly will be played May 25 at an undetermined location.

UEFA Champions League: Your Running Commentary

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The second day of UEFA Champions League Round of 16 action kicks off today with another pair of quality match-ups as Arsenal takes on FC Porto and Bayern Munich faces Fiorentina.

Arsenal comes into its match in Portugal with a bunch of injuries, but will still be favored to take the series.

Mid-Day Ticker: Feilhaber rests, Dempsey progressing and more

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American midfielder Benny Feilhaber has been ruled out of action for the next 10 days as he recovers from an ankle injury that he picked up in practice on Monday.

AGF Aarhus doctors have determined that Feilhaber has cartilage damage in the ankle, according to the team's Web site.

Mid-Day Ticker: Feilhaber rests, Dempsey progressing and more

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American midfielder Benny Feilhaber has been ruled out of action for the next 10 days as he recovers from an ankle injury that he picked up in practice on Monday.

AGF Aarhus doctors have determined that Feilhaber has cartilage damage in the ankle, according to the team's Web site.

UEFA Champions League: Your Running Commentary

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The second day of UEFA Champions League Round of 16 action kicks off today with another pair of quality match-ups as Arsenal takes on FC Porto and Bayern Munich faces Fiorentina.

Arsenal comes into its match in Portugal with a bunch of injuries, but will still be favored to take the series.

Americans Abroad: A Look Ahead

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Stuart Holden has yet to make his debut for English side Bolton, but that could change when Bolton plays Wigan Athletic in English Premier League action this afternoon (3pm, ESPN2).

Having dressed for Bolton for the first time in its FA Cup draw against Tottenham this past weekend, Holden could see time today in a match with relegation implications.

USMNT to play Czech Republic in May friendly

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The U.S. men's national team will play the Czech Republic in a friendly four days prior to its meeting with Turkey, U.S. Soccer announced Wednesday.

The international friendly will be played May 25 at an undetermined location.

Adu scores again in Aris romp

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Freddy Adu waited two years between professional goals before snapping his drought last Sunday.

His next wait lasted just three days.

Adu scored his second goal in as many matches for Greek club Aris FC on Wednesday, netting the second goal in Aris' 3-0 Greek Cup quarterfinal second-leg victory against Skoda Xanthi.

Seitz poised to shine for the Union

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Chris Seitz greeted the news with open arms and a smile as wide as the goalposts.

An off-season trade from Real Salt Lake to the Philadelphia Union reunited the promising keeper with two coaches under whom he has flourished.

Wednesday Kickoff: Davies returns to France, Turkey hires Hiddink and more

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Some four months after a fatal car accident that nearly cost him his life, Charlie Davies has taken the major step of returning to France for the next stage of rehabilitation from multiple injuries suffered in the October wreck.

Evening Ticker: Beasley scores for Rangers reserves, Fellaini sidelined six months and more

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By FRANCO PANIZO

DaMarcus Beasley followed up his 45-minute weekend return from a thigh injury by starting, playing 70 minutes and scoring a goal in Rangers' 2-1 reserve team victory over Kilmarnock on Tuesday.

According to a game report, Beasley looked sharp throughout the match, and opened the scoring with a finish from the right flank.

USA to face Turkey in Philly on May 29

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The U.S. men's national team will take on the Turkish national team at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia on May 29 in its final World Cup tune-up match, Philadelphia Eagles officials announced on Tuesday.

The match will be one of two tune-up friendlies the United States plays before departing for South Africa for the 2010 World Cup.

UEFA Champions League: Your Running Commentary

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The Round of 16 of the UEFA Champions League kicks off today with a pair of intriguing match-ups and some juicy reunions.

David Beckham will face off against Manchester United for the first time since leaving as AC Milan faces the English champions (2:45pm, Setanta/Fox Sports Affiliates/MSG+).

Europa League: Everton vs. Sporting Lisbon (Matchday Commentary)

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The Europa League knockout round begins today in England, with Tim Howard and Landon Donovan leading Everton against Sporting Lisbon (12:45pm, DirecTV-462).

The Toffees are coming off an impressive 2-1 win vs. Chelsea and will look to post an impressive result in the first leg of this two-game series at Goodison Park today.

Tuesday Kickoff: Donovan to make Europa debut and Champions League resumes

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Landon Donovan begins the second half of his loan spell with Everton today with his first foray into the Europa League when the Toffees face Sporting Lisbon.

Donovan is coming off his best performance since arriving in England, a masterful display in Everton's 2-1 victory against Chelsea.

Copa Libertadores: Group Stage resumes

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By NESTOR F. SEBASTIAN

With last week's full menu of 13 games kicking off Copa Libertadores' group phase, the tournament continues this week with a light schedule as six matches have the three remaining Argentine representatives facing tricky away ties, two of Chile's top sides making their debuts and two Venezuelan squads starting off their campaigns on the road.

Jones reveals progress, but still has no timetable for return

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Jermaine Jones is making progress in his recovery from leg surgery, a recover that has turned into an eight-month ordeal, but the U.S. national team-eligible midfieler still hasn't set a timetable on his return.

In his first extensive interview in months, Jones told Der Westen that he has begun ball training work in his rehabilitation, though he is still not training with the first team.

Your January Questions Answered (Part 4)

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Welcome to the latest installment of Your Questions Answered. This is the fourth part of our January set of questions, with topics ranging from the U.S. national team lineups to Major League Soccer.

Wondering how an MLS All-Star team would do in the EPL?

Williams emerges as latest potential USMNT prospect

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Daniel Williams has never set foot in the United States, but the SC Freiburg defender had begun making waves among U.S. national team fans as the latest USA-eligible player to emerge as a potential national team prospect.

The son of an American serviceman father, Williams was born and raised in Germany, but recently stated in an in-depth interview with Yanks Abroad that he is open to the idea of playing for the United States.

Feilhaber suffers ankle injury

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Benny Feilhaber became the latest U.S. national team player to be bitten by the injury bug on Monday, and could wind up missing the United States' upcoming friendly vs. the Netherlands because of it.

Feilhaber picked up an ankle injury during AGF Aarhus' training session on Monday, and is undergoing scans to determine the extent of the injury.

MMCB: A strong week for American midfielders

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While the pool of U.S. national team defenders deals with injuries and limited established options, and the pickings at forward remain slim, the U.S. men's national teams' options in midfield look as good as they have in a while after a strong weekend by a handful of Americans Abroad.

SBI 23 for 2010 (February 2010 edition)

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Four months from now, the U.S. men's national team will face England in the World Cup opener, and as fast as that match is approaching, there is still plenty to be settled with regard to the American squad that will be there.

MLS Training Camps: Toronto draws in Florida, Seattle preps for Spain and more

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By TRAVIS CLARK

With most teams in the south and training camps all underway, early friendlies are already taking place. Down in Florida, Preki got to see his new club in game action, as Toronto drew 1-1 against the University of Central Florida men's soccer team.

Mid-Day Ticker: FIFA proposes rule change, Togo appeals ACN ban and more

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The double-whammy that is the red card/penalty kick may be no more.

FIFA has submitted an item for the International Football Associations Board to review that would downgrade a red card to a yellow on a foul that denies an obvious goal-scoring opportunity in the box.

This weekend's soccer on TV

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The English Premier League is on a break from action while the FA Cup takes center stage in England, but leave it to Serie A to pick up the slack in the marquee match department.

A quartet of quality Italian matches headline the weekend's offerings on the soccer TV schedule.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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It might be difficult to believe, but AS Roma has ralled from a rough start to the Serie A season to move into second place in the Italian League. Almost as tough to believe is the recent run of Palermo. Both sides have fired coaches this season and both have seen those coaching chances result in serious turnarounds.

Afternoon Ticker: Hiddink leaving Russian post, Vieria given France promise and more

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One of the world's best coaches is now fair game.

Guus Hiddink has confirmed his departure as head coach of the Russian national team when his contract expires on June 30.

A number of suitors have already expressed their interest in Hiddink, and among them are Juventus and Liverpool.

MLS Camp Roundup: Philly rolls, Crew downs D.C. and more

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The Philadelphia Union's first organized match got the expansion club off to a flying start as three different players scored in a 5-0 exhibition romp over the University of North Carolina in Greensboro on Saturday night.

Sebastien LeToux scored a first-half hat-trick while Shea Salinas and Jack McInerney added second-half strikes to give Union head coach Peter Nowak his first victory as Philly head coach.

Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

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Brad Guzan normally handles Aston Villa's cup competition duties, but fellow American Brad Friedel gets the nod today in FA Cup action against Crystal Palace.

Friedel is the starter for Villa today vs. Crystal Palace in the fifth round of the FA Cup. The Fifth Round of the FA Cup could also offer an opportunity for another American, midfielder Stuart Holden, who could make his first-team debut for Bolton when the Wanderers take on Tottenham (or not).

Adu scores winner in Aris victory

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Freddy Adu and Eddie Johnson enjoyed their first start together for Aris Salonika in the club's match vs. Ergotelis on Sunday, and the American tandem made quite the impact.

After falling behind early, Johnson and Adu each played a part in helping Aris achieve a comeback victory.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

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Jose Francisco Torres was recently battling a hamstring injury, but you wouldn't know it after the goal he scored in Pachuca's latest game.

Torres scored his first goal of the Mexican League season by launching the winner in Pachuca's 5-3 victory over Puebla with just six minutes to play.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

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Jose Francisco Torres was recently battling a hamstring injury, but you wouldn't have known it after the goal he scored in Pachuca's latest game.

Torres scored his first goal of the Mexican League season by nailing the winner in Pachuca's 5-3 victory over Puebla.

Adu scores winner in Aris victory

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Freddy Adu and Eddie Johnson enjoyed their first start together for Aris Salonika in the club's match vs. Ergotelis on Sunday, and the American tandem made quite the impact.

After falling behind early, Johnson and Adu each played a part in helping Aris achieve a comeback victory.

Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

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Brad Guzan will look to keep his stellar form in cup competions going today when Aston Villa faces Crystal Palace in FA Cup action.

While Brad Friedel has been turning in a dream season in English Premier League action for Aston Villa, Guzan has done the work for Villa in cup matches and should do so again today.

MLS Camp Roundup: Philly rolls, Crew downs D.C. and more

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The Philadelphia Union's first organized match got the expansion club off to a flying start as three different players scored in a 5-0 exhibition romp over the University of North Carolina in Greensboro on Saturday night.

Sebastien LeToux scored a first-half hat-trick while Shea Salinas and Jack McInerney added second-half strikes to give Union head coach Peter Nowak his first victory as Philly head coach.

Afternoon Ticker: Hiddink leaving Russian post, Vieria given France promise and more

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One of the world's best coaches is now fair game.

Guus Hiddink has confirmed his departure as head coach of the Russian national team when his contract expires on June 30. Having led Russia to the semifinals of the 2008 European Championship, Hiddink failed to guide the Russians to the World Cup, falling to Slovenia in a two-game playoff.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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It might be difficult to believe, but AS Roma has ralled from a rough start to the Serie A season to move into second place in the Italian League. Almost as tough to believe is the recent run of Palermo. Both sides have fired coaches this season and both have seen those coaching chances result in serious turnarounds.

This weekend's soccer on TV

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The English Premier League is on a break from action while the FA Cup takes center stage in England, but leave it to Serie A to pick up the slack in the marquee match department.

A quartet of quality Italian matches headline the weekend's offerings on the soccer TV schedule.

Mid-Day Ticker: FIFA proposes rule change, Togo appeals ACN ban and more

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By AVI CREDITOR

The double-whammy that is the red card/penalty kick may be no more.

FIFA has submitted an item for the International Football Associations Board to review that would downgrade a red card to a yellow on a foul that denies an obvious goal-scoring opportunity in the box.

MLS Training Camps: Toronto draws in Florida, Seattle preps for Spain and more

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By TRAVIS CLARK

With most teams in the south and training camps all underway, early friendlies are already taking place. Down in Florida, Preki got to see his new club in game action, as Toronto drew 1-1 against the University of Central Florida men's soccer team.

SBI 23 for 2010 (February 2010 edition)

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Four months from now, the U.S. men's national team will face England in the World Cup opener, and as fast as that match is approaching, there is still plenty to be settled with regard to the American squad that will be there.

Americans Abroad: A Look Ahead

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Stuart Holden's debut with the Bolton first team could come in the FA Cup this weekend as he returns from a thigh injury in time for the Wanderers' cup clash vs. Tottenham.

Holden played 60 minutes in a recent Bolton reserve match and is expected to be available for the fifth-round FA Cup match on Sunday.

Thursday Kickoff: Holden returns to action, Dempsey nears comeback and more

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Stuart Holden has yet to play for Bolton since joining the club in a free transfer, but he moved a step closer to action after makinga 60-minute appearance for the Bolton reserves on Wednesday.

Holden made it through a start in Bolton's reserve team loss to Manchester City, coming off in the 60th minute.

Bunbury adjusting to life in MLS

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By TRAVIS CLARK

Preseason can be a difficult time for MLS rookies. They have to get acclimated quickly to new surroundings, new teammates, and impress their new coach in hopes of earning precious playing time. For Teal Bunbury, his first few weeks with his Kansas City teammates have been a fun and exhilarating experience.

Cole out three months with broken ankle

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Were you one of the American soccer fans worried about Landon Donovan going over to the English Premier League and getting injured? Well, it appears that it was England fans who should have been worried.

Donovan went in on a solid challenge (pictured above) against Chelsea defender Ashley Cole on Wednesday on a play that wound up leaving the English national team left back with a broken left ankle that will keep him sidelined for three months.

My Fox Soccer debut

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As most of you know by now, I have made the move to join FoxSoccer.com as a columnist/writer. My debut column appeared today, and it is on Landon Donovan's move to secure his loan deal to Everton.

There seems to be much being made about Donovan's decision to sign a new four-year deal with MLS this off-season when he just had two years left on his MLS contract, but what some are flat failing to realize is that without that new contract there is no loan to Everton.

Evening Ticker: Raul rumored to join NY, Sven out at Notts County and more

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Add Raul to the list of European stars rumored to be joining the New York Red Bulls.

According to two major Madrid news outlets, the Red Bulls are planning on holding talks with the 32-year-old Real Madrid veteran for a move that would bring him to Major League Soccer after the end of the Real Madrid season.

MLS, Players Union agree to extend CBA talks to Feb. 25

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Major League Soccer and its Players Union have agreed to extend negotiations for a new Collective Bargaining Agreement to Feb. 25, thus averting a potential lockout or strike for the time being. The sides agreed to the extension after snow storms in the northeast forced the cancellation of scheduled negotiations.

MLS, Players Union agree to extend CBA talks to Feb. 25

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Major League Soccer and its Players Union have agreed to extend negotiations for a new Collective Bargaining Agreement to Feb. 25, thus averting a potential lockout or strike for the time being. The sides agreed to the extension after snow storms in the northeast forced the cancellation of scheduled negotiations.

Evening Ticker: Raul rumored to join NY, Sven out at Notts County and more

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Add Raul to the list of European stars rumored to be joining the New York Red Bulls.

According to two major Madrid news outlets, the Red Bulls are planning on holding talks with the 32-year-old Real Madrid veteran for a move that would bring him to Major League Soccer after the end of the Real Madrid season.

My Fox Soccer debut

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As most of you know by now, I have made the move to join FoxSoccer.com as a columnist/writer. My debut column appeared today, and it is on Landon Donovan's move to secure his loan deal to Everton.

There seems to be much being made about Donovan's decision to sign a new four-year deal with MLS this off-season when he just had two years left on his MLS contract, but what some are flat failing to realize is that without that new contract there is no loan to Everton.

Cole out three months with broken ankle

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Were you one of the American soccer fans worried about Landon Donovan going over to the English Premier League and getting injured? Well, it appears that it was England fans who should have been worried.

Donovan went in on a solid challenge (pictured above) against Chelsea defender Ashley Cole on Wednesday on a play that wound up leaving the English national team left back with a broken left ankle that will keep him sidelined for three months.

Bunbury adjusting to life in MLS

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By TRAVIS CLARK

Preseason can be the a difficult time for MLS rookies. They have to get acclimated quickly to new surroundings, new teammates, and impress their new coach in hopes of earning precious playing time. For Teal Bunbury, his first few weeks with his Kansas City teammates have been a fun and exhilarating experience.

Thursday Kickoff: Holden returns to action, Dempsey nears comeback and more

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Stuart Holden has yet to play for Bolton since joining the club in a free transfer, but he moved a step closer to action after makinga 60-minute appearance for the Bolton reserves on Wednesday.

Holden made it through a start in Bolton's reserve team loss to Manchester City, coming off in the 60th minute.

Americans Abroad: Donovan shines in Everton victory

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Landon Donovan has enjoyed his share of quality performances since joining Everton on loan, but none has been as good or convincing has the one delivered on Wednesday when he helped lead the Toffees to a 2-1 win vs. Chelsea.

Donovan provided a dangerous threat down the right flank consistently, helped set up Everton's equalizer with a brilliant corner kick, while also drawing a penalty kick with a smart run in the penalty area.

Americans Abroad: Donovan shines in Everton victory

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Landon Donovan has enjoyed his share of quality performances since joining Everton on loan, but none has been as good or convincing has the one delivered on Wednesday when he helped lead the Toffees to a 2-1 win vs. Chelsea.

Donovan provided a dangerous threat down the left flank consistently, helped set up Everton's equalizer with a brilliant corner kick and also drew a penalty kick with a smart run.

Copa Libertadores: Group stage to kick off

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By NESTOR F. SEBASTIAN

A full slate of matches is scheduled to bombard fans this week as the group phase of the Copa Libertadores gets underway with 13 scheduled tilts, including the remaining second-leg matches that will determine the last two sides to join the record 40-team set-up.

Americans Abroad: Cooper looks to build on Plymouth debut

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Kenny Cooper's quest to help Plymouth Argyle avoid relegation has begun, and Cooper's next match could prove pivotal in achieving that goal.

This midweek's Soccer on TV

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By FRANCO PANIZO

If you looked at the midweek's Soccer on TV schedule, you might think you were looking at a weekend lineup.

There are several marquee matches to watch on Tuesday and Wednesday, and among them is the battle between Arsenal and Liverpool. Each team's chance of sporting the Premiership crown is rapidly fading, and one of the rivals may get dealt a serious blow when they square off at the Emirates on Wednesday.

Mid-Day Ticker: Wenger bashes media, Robinho blames Mancini and more

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By TRAVIS CLARK

Life in the Premier League hasn't been kind to Arsenal and Arsene Wenger lately. A brutal stretch of fixtures saw them play Aston Villa, Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool all in a row.

So far, the Gunners have managed just a single point in the last three games, and as a result watched a title challenge go up in smoke.

New World Cup ticket phase begins today for U.S. Supporters

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Tickets are still available in both the U.S. Soccer fan section and other World Cup matches, for those planning on making the trip to South Africa. From today, February 9, through April 7 tickets will be distributed to U.S. Soccer fans on a first come, first served basis.

The newest phase for U.

Americans Abroad: Friedel, Aston Villa aim for sweep of Manchester United

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By TRAVIS CLARK

The last time Manchester United took on Aston Villa, Brad Friedel kept a clean sheet, helping Villa to a 1-0 victory at Old Trafford.

This afternoon, Friedel will be gunning for a repeat performance when Villa plays host to the Reds.

Wednesday Kickoff: Donovan faces next big challenge

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In the unrelenting world of the English Premier League it is rare when teams have much time to dwell on tough losses before another rough challenge awaits. In the case of Landon Donovan, Tim Howard and Everton, the sting of Saturday's loss to Liverpool is still fresh as they prepare to battle first-place Chelsea.

UEFA Champions League Final to air on FOX

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The most important match in world club soccer will now be available to its largest American audience ever.

The 2010 UEFA Champions League final will be aired on the FOX network on Saturday, May 22 (2:30pm), making it the first time a Champions League final has aired on American broadcast television.

Mid-Day Ticker: Portsmouth has a week, MLS talks on hold and more

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By AVI CREDITOR

The cheer at Fratton Park, "Play up, Pompey," has a new twist to it from on high: Pay up, Pompey.

Portsmouth has been given a stay of execution after it was revealed that the team owes approximately £11.5 million in unpaid taxes to Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs.

Soccer Wednesday: Your Running Commentary

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The American Dynamic Duo of Tim Howard and Landon Donovan will look to regroup from Everton's loss to Liverpool by knocking off first-place Chelsea in one of the better matches of a busy Wednesday in the soccer world.

Three top-notch EPL matches lead the way in a good mid-week schedule.

Mid-Day Ticker: Portsmouth has a week, MLS talks on hold and more

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By AVI CREDITOR

The cheer at Fratton Park, "Play up, Pompey," has a new twist to it from on high: Pay up, Pompey.

Portsmouth has been given a stay of execution after it was revealed that the team owes approximately £11.5 million in unpaid taxes to Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs.

Soccer Wednesday: Your Running Commentary

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The American Dynamic Duo of Tim Howard and Landon Donovan will look to regroup from Everton's loss to Liverpool by knocking off first-place Chelsea in one of the better matches of a busy Wednesday in the soccer world.

Three top-notch EPL matches lead the way in a good mid-week schedule.

UEFA Champions League Final to air on FOX

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The most important match in world club soccer will now be available to its largest American audience ever.

The 2010 UEFA Champions League final will be aired on the FOX network on Saturday, May 22 (2:30pm), making it the first time a Champions League final has aired on American broadcast television.

Wednesday Kickoff: Donovan faces next big challenge

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In the unrelenting world of the English Premier League it is rare when teams have much time to dwell on tough losses before another rough challenge awaits. In the case of Landon Donovan, Tim Howard and Everton, the sting of Saturday's loss to Liverpool is still fresh as they prepare to battle first-place Chelsea.

Americans Abroad: Friedel, Aston Villa aim for sweep of Manchester United

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By TRAVIS CLARK

The last time Manchester United took on Aston Villa, Brad Friedel kept a clean sheet, helping Villa to a 1-0 victory at Old Trafford.

This afternoon, Friedel will be gunning for a repeat performance when Villa plays host to the Reds. Keeping Premier League leading scorer Wayne Rooney at bay will be no easy task, but Friedel will look to add to his 11 clean sheets this season.

New World Cup ticket phase begins today for U.S. Supporters

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Tickets are still available in both the U.S. Soccer fan section and other World Cup matches, for those planning on making the trip to South Africa. From today, February 9, through April 7 tickets will be distributed to U.S. Soccer fans on a first come, first served basis.

The newest phase for U.

Mid-Day Ticker: Wenger bashes media, Robinho blames Mancini and more

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By TRAVIS CLARK

Life in the Premier League hasn't been kind to Arsenal and Arsene Wenger lately. A brutal stretch of fixtures saw them play Aston Villa, Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool all in a row.

So far, the Gunners have managed just a single point in the last three games, and as a result watched a title challenge go up in smoke.

This midweek's Soccer on TV

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By FRANCO PANIZO

If you looked at the midweek's Soccer on TV schedule, you might think you were looking at a weekend lineup.

There are several marquee matches to watch on Tuesday and Wednesday, and among them is the battle between Arsenal and Liverpool. Each team's chance of sporting the Premiership crown is rapidly fading, and one of the rivals may get dealt a serious blow when they square off at the Emirates on Wednesday.

Americans Abroad: Cooper looks to build on Plymouth debut

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Kenny Cooper's quest to help Plymouth Argyle avoid relegation has begun, and Cooper's next match could prove pivotal at achieving that goal.

Cooper will look to build on his 32-minute Plymouth Argyle debut, as the club takes on fellow relegation-threatened Reading.

Copa Libertadores: Group stage to kick off

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By NESTOR F. SEBASTIAN

A full slate of matches is scheduled to bombard fans this week as the group phase of the Copa Libertadores gets underway with 13 scheduled tilts, including the remaining second-leg matches that will determine the last two sides to join the record 40-team set-up.

Altidore shares thoughts about Haiti

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Jozy Altidore is beginning to blossom as a striker in the English Premier League, but it is easy to forget that he has been doing so despite dealing with the emotional toll of the earthquake disaster in Haiti.

Altidore scores first EPL goal in Hull victory

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From the early moments of Jozy Altidore's 18th English Premier League match, there were signs his first league goal for Hull City might come.

The U.S. national team striker looked dangerous from the opening moments, and drew yellow cards for both of Manchester City's centerbacks before delivering his first EPL goal to help Hull City post an impressive 2-1 victory against Manchester City.

Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

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A day after Manchester United posted another victory, both Chelsea and Arsenal will head into their London Derby needing a victory to keep pace with the red-hot Red Devils.

Arsenal will be looking to rebound from its loss to Manchester United last week, which won't come easy at Stamford Bridge against a Chelsea team that will be eager to recover after a mid-week stumble against Hull.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

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By FRANCO PANIZO

It appears age is nothing but a number for Brad Friedel.

The 38-year-old Friedel posted his eighth shutout in Aston Villa's last ten league games by making five saves in the Villans' scoreless draw with Tottenham. Averaging less than a goal against per game, Friedel now has 11 cleansheets on the season.

South American Ticker: Robinho dazzles in Santos return, Ortega's struggle and more

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By NESTOR F. SEBASTIAN

Robinho showed his appreciation to his old club Sunday. The diminutive striker made his return to Santos a memorable one by notching a late match-winner with a mind-boggling back-heel goal to help his side to a 2-1 away in against Sao Paulo in the Paulista tournament.

A move to Fox Soccer

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If you follow the SBI Twitter Feed then you know I have some good news to share this morning. I am joining Fox Soccer as full-time writer/columnist.

The move ends a more than five-year stint with ESPN Soccernet, a tenure that included five MLS Cups, four MLS Drafts, a World Cup and countless U.

Monday Morning Centerback: Altidore finding his fire

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Jozy Altidore is 20 years old. He's a starting striker in the English Premier League and he's begun playing the type of soccer expected of him when he drew a $10 million transfer as a teenager.

Oh, and in case you forgot, he is American.

This seems silly to point out here, but it seems some folks lose sight of the fact that Altidore is a 20-year-old American striker playing in the world's biggest league.

Mid-Day Ticker: Cesc plans on Barca return, Gulati re-elected and more

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By AVI CREDITOR

Cesc Fabregas has said that he always had a place in his heart for FC Barcelona. This summer he will reportedly embrace that sentiment to the fullest.

According to Spanish reports, the Arsenal captain and Spain international will snub a lucrative offer from the Gunners to join the Spanish giant during the summer transfer window.

MLS Preseason Update

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By TRAVIS CLARK

The MLS regular season is just weeks away, and clubs across the country are in deep preparation for the 2010 season.

Arizona and Florida are the two mains destinations for February training camps as clubs look to escape the cold weather closer to home.

Evening Ticker: Sounders to face Timbers, USSF D-2 schedule released and more

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If you were already counting down the days to the first Seattle Sounders-Portland Timbers MLS match in 2011, you won't have to wait that long. The fierce rivalry, one of the oldest and most important in American soccer, will resume next month when the Sounders and Timbers face off in the Seattle's inaugural "Community Shield" match at Qwest Field on March 11.

Evening Ticker: Sounders to face Timbers, Mathis sidelined and more

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If you were already counting down the days to the first Seattle Sounders-Portland Timbers MLS match in 2011, there is good news from the Pacific Northwest. The fierce rivalry, one of the oldest and most important in American soccer, will resume next month when the Sounders and Timbers face off in the Seattle's inaugural "Community Shield" match at Qwest Field on March 11.

MLS Preseason Update

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By TRAVIS CLARK

The MLS regular season is just weeks away, and clubs across the country are in deep preparation for the 2010 season.

Arizona and Florida are the two mains destinations for February training camps as clubs look to escape the cold weather closer to home.

Mid-Day Ticker: Cesc plans on Barca return, Gulati re-elected and more

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By AVI CREDITOR

Cesc Fabregas has said that he always had a place in his heart for FC Barcelona. This summer he will reportedly embrace that sentiment to the fullest.

According to Spanish reports, the Arsenal captain and Spain international will snub a lucrative offer from the Gunners to join the Spanish giant during the summer transfer window.

Monday Morning Centerback: Altidore finding his fire

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Jozy Altidore is 20 years old. He's a starting striker in the English Premier League and he's begun playing the type of soccer expected of him when he drew a $10 million transfer as a teenager.

Oh, and in case you forgot, he is American.

This seems silly to point out here, but it seems some folks lose sight of the fact that Altidore is a 21-year-old American striker playing in the world's biggest league.

A move to Fox Soccer

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If you follow the SBI Twitter Feed then you know I have some good news to share this morning. I am joining Fox Soccer as full-time writer/columnist.

The move ends a more than five-year stint with ESPN Soccernet, a tenure that included five MLS Cups, four MLS Drafts, a World Cup and countless U.

South American Ticker: Robinho dazzles in Santos return, Ortega's struggle and more

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By NESTOR F. SEBASTIAN

Robinho showed his appreciation to his old club Sunday. The diminutive striker made his return to Santos a memorable one by notching a late match-winner with a mind-boggling back-heel goal to help his side to a 2-1 away in against Sao Paulo in the Paulista tournament.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

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By FRANCO PANIZO

It appears age is nothing but a number for Brad Friedel.

The 38-year-old Friedel posted his eighth shutout in Aston Villa's last ten league games by making five saves in the Villans' scoreless draw with Tottenham. Averaging less than a goal against per game, Friedel now has 11 cleansheets on the season.

Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

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A day after Manchester United posted another victory, both Chelsea and Arsenal will head into their London Derby needing a victory to keep pace with the red-hot Red Devils.

Arsenal will be looking to rebound from its loss to Manchester United last week, which won't come easy at Stamford Bridge against a Chelsea team that will be eager to recover after a mid-week stumble against Hull.

Altidore scores first EPL goal in Hull victory

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From the early moments of Jozy Altidore's 19th English Premier League match, there were signs his first league goal for Hull City might come.

The U.S. national team striker looked dangerous from the opening moments, and drew yellow cards for both of Manchester City's centerbacks before delivering his first EPL goal to help Hull City post an impressive 2-1 victory against Manchester City.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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Brad Friedel and Aston Villa is in the race for the valuable fourth-place spot in the English Premier League and will look to move a step closer to it when the Villans take on Tottenham in the best of the rest of Saturday's matchday schedule.

Friedel and Villa will look to try and stop a red-hot Tottenham attack as both teams look to keep pace with Liverpool, which posted three points with its win vs.

Liverpool vs. Everton: Matchday Commentary

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Good morning everybody. It is Saturday morning and if you are reading this then you have woken up very early to catch today's edition of the Merseyside Derby between Liverpool and Everton (7:45am, ESPN2).

U.S. national team stars Tim Howard and Landon Donovan will be looking to help Everton score the rare win at Anfield against a streaking Liverpool squad looking to overcome a rough first half of the season.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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Brad Friedel and Aston Villa is in the race for the valuable fourth-place spot in the English Premier League and will look to move a step closer to it when the Villans take on Tottenham in the best of the rest of Saturday's matchday schedule.

Friedel and Villa will look to try and stop a red-hot Tottenham attack as both teams look to keep pace with Liverpool, which posted three points with its win vs.

Liverpool vs. Everton: Matchday Commentary

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Good morning everybody. It is Saturday morning and if you are reading this then you have woken up very early to catch today's edition of the Merseyside Derby between Liverpool and Everton (7:45am, ESPN2).

U.S. national team stars Tim Howard and Landon Donovan will be looking to help Everton score the rare win at Anfield against a streaking Liverpool squad looking to overcome a rough first half of the season.

D.C. United acquires Cristman from Kansas City

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Curt Onalfo isn't the only person making the move from Kansas City to the nation's capital.

D.C. United acquired striker Adam Cristman from the Kansas City Wizards Wednesday afternoon in exchange for an international roster spot through Dec.

Portland city council OK's stadium deal, clears way for 2011 MLS debut

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The final hurdle to bring Major League Soccer to Portland was cleared on Wednesday when the Portland City Council voted 4-1 to approve $31 million in funding to renovate PGE Park. The vote means the Portland expansion team can begin play in 2011 as planned.

Portland will join Vancouver as 2011 MLS expansion cities as the league expands to 18 teams.

John looking to recharge career in Chicago

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Four years ago Collins John's future looked limitless.

He was a 20-year-old goal-scoring sensation for Fulham, notching double-digit goals for the Cottagers in a 2005/2006 season that couldn't have gone much better. Instead of being the kickoff of a blossoming career, that dream season wound up being the premature peak for a young talent who has spent the past four years trying to recapture that magic he spun at Craven Cottage.

Your January Questions Answered (Part 3)

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Ever wonder who the best players not playing in the World Cup are? Have you had questions about just how much MLS allocations are worth? Have you spent time thinking about whether Canada will ever be a CONCACAF power?

These are just some of the questions and topics covered in this latest installment of Your January Questions Answered.

Orozco, Ching among 23 named to USA camp roster for El Salvador friendly

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Recently-signed Philadelphia Union defender Michael Orozco and Houston Dynamo striker Brian Ching were among the 23 players chosen for the upcoming training camp roster for the U.S. men's national team match vs. El Salvador in Tampa on Feb. 24.

The camp squad is made up entirely of MLS players, with the El Salvador match not being played on a FIFA date.

Friday Kickoff: Torres injured, Terry-Capello meeting scheduled and more

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By FRANCO PANIZO

The list of injured U.S. national team players just keeps getting longer and longer.

Jose Francisco Torres is the latest U.S. international to go down with an injury after it was revealed Torres picked up a hamstring strain that will keep him sidelined for the next one to two weeks.

Americans Abroad: A Look Ahead

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Landon Donovan has enjoyed a good run of form since joining Everton five matches ago, impressing against the likes of Arsenal and Manchester City, but this weekend provides him with his biggest challenge yet.

Donovan will get his first taste of the Merseyside derby, as Everton and Liverpool square off in one of the weekend's marque matches.

Terry removed as England captain, Ferdinand likely new skipper

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According to multiple reports out of England, John Terry has been removed as captain of the English national team. The news isn't much of a surprise considering the number of revelations emerging about Terry (the latest being an apparent attempt to rent out the Wembley Stadium luxury box he is given for being England captain).

Donovan has chance to erase bad Liverpool memories

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When Landon Donovan takes the field for Everton against Liverpool on Saturday (7:30am, ESPN2), he will be doing more than playing in the most important match he's played in since going to England on loan. Donovan will also be looking to exorcise some demons against the same team he faced when he put in arguably the worst performance of his career.

This Weekend's Soccer on TV

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Arsenal's fading title hopes will be on the line on Sunday as the Gunners take on first-place Chelsea in the match of the weekend.

Arsenal is fresh off a 3-1 thumping against Manchester United, while Chelsea looks to rebound after dropping points to Hull City at mid-week

American soccer fans will be up bright and early on Saturday to see Landon Donovan, Tim Howard and Everton face Liverpool at Anfield in the latest installment of the Merseyside Derby.

This Weekend's Soccer on TV

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Arsenal's fading title hopes will be on the line on Sunday as the Gunners take on first-place Chelsea in the match of the weekend.

Arsenal is fresh off a 3-1 thumping against Manchester United, while Chelsea looks to rebound after dropping points to Hull City at mid-week

American soccer fans will be up bright and early on Saturday to see Landon Donovan, Tim Howard and Everton face Liverpool at Anfield in the latest installment of the Merseyside Derby.

Donovan has chance to erase bad Liverpool memories

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When Landon Donovan takes the field for Everton against Liverpool on Saturday (7:30am, ESPN2), he will be doing more than playing in the most important match he's played in since going to England on loan. Donovan will also be looking to exorcise some demons against the same team he faced when he put in arguably the worst performance of his career.

Terry removed as England captain, Ferdinand likely new skipper

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According to multiple reports out of England, John Terry has been removed as captain of the English national team. The news isn't much of a surprise considering the number of revelations emerging about Terry (the latest being an apparent attempt to rent out the Wembley Stadium luxury box he is given for being England captain).

Americans Abroad: A Look Ahead

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Landon Donovan has enjoyed a good run of form since joining Everton five matches ago, impressing against the likes of Arsenal and Manchester City, but this weekend provides him with his biggest challenge yet.

Donovan will get his first taste of the Merseyside derby, as Everton and Liverpool square off in one of the weekend's marque matches.

Friday Kickoff: Torres injured, Terry-Capello meeting scheduled and more

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By FRANCO PANIZO

The list of injured U.S. national team players just keeps getting longer and longer.

Jose Francisco Torres is the latest U.S. international to go down with an injury after it was revealed Torres picked up a hamstring strain that will keep him sidelined for the next one to two weeks.

Orozco, Ching among 23 named to USA camp roster for El Salvador friendly

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Recently-signed Philadelphia Union defender Michael Orozco and Houston Dynamo striker Brian Ching were among the 23 players chosen for the upcoming training camp roster for the U.S. men's national team match vs. El Salvador in Tampa on Feb. 24.

The camp squad is made up entirely of MLS players, with the El Salvador match not being played on a FIFA date.

John looking to recharge career in Chicago

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Four years ago Collins John's future looked limitless.

He was a 20-year-old goal-scoring sensation for Fulham, notching double-digit goals for the Cottagers in a 2005/2006 season that couldn't have gone much better. Instead of being the kickoff of a blossoming career, that dream season wound up being the premature peak for a young talent who has spent the past four years trying to recapture that magic he spun at Craven Cottage.

Your January Questions Answered (Part 3)

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Ever wonder who the best players not playing in the World Cup are? Have you had questions about just how much MLS allocations are worth? Have you spent time thinking about whether Canada will ever be a CONCACAF power?

These are just some of the questions and topics covered in this latest installment of Your January Questions Answered.

Wednesday Kickoff: Clark sidelined, Liverpool owners face crisis and more

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You can add Ricardo Clark to the list of U.S. national team starters dealing with injuries.

The Eintracht Frankfurt midfielder will be sidelined three to four weeks after picking up a calf strain in training on Tuesday.

Mid-Day Musings: On Emilio-Angel, Honduran prospects and more

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It's a slow day on the news front, at least today relative to Tuesday's menu of car-bombings, outed affairs and the most recent Mexican player shooting. The days after the close of the winter transfer window usually are on the slow side, but there are some topics to discuss.

I will be looking to post the latest installment of Your Questions Answered shortly, but I wanted to go over a few things to give you all something new to discuss.

2010 MLS schedule announced

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Major League Soccer fans, get out your pens and calendars, and get ready to do some circling.

MLS released its full 2010 schedule Wednesday, with the season kicking off March 25 in Seattle when the Sounders take on the expansion Philadelphia Union at Qwest Field at 9:30 p.

D.C. United acquires Cristman from Kansas City

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Curt Onalfo isn't the only person making the move from Kansas City to the nation's capital.

D.C. United acquired striker Adam Cristman from the Kansas City Wizards Wednesday afternoon in exchange for an international roster spot through Dec.

Portland city council OK's stadium deal, clears way for 2011 MLS debut

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The final hurdle to bring Major League Soccer to Portland was cleared on Wednesday when the Portland City Council voted 4-1 to approve $31 million in funding to renovate PGE Park. The vote means the Portland expansion team can begin play in 2011 as planned.

Portland will join Vancouver as 2011 MLS expansion cities as the league expands to 18 teams.

Evening Ticker: Beasley's car torched, Sampson reveals USA '98 secret and more

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DaMarcus Beasley's car was set on fire outside his Glasgow home on Monday. Beasley was not harmed. Police are calling the incident a deliberate act.

This isn't the first time Beasley has had his car hit by vandals in Glasgow. In December of 2008, Beasley had his car broken into.

Tuesday Kickoff: Cabanas holds World Cup dream, Keane joins Celtic and more

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The last thing most people were thinking about after Salvador Cabanas was shot in the head last week was whether he could still play in the World Cup. For Cabanas, who is recovering and in stable condition, the World Cup is a dream he is still holding on to.

Cabanas has regained consciousness and is movig his limbs and is expected to leave intensive care soon, and reports out of Mexico have revealed that the Paraguayan striker told his father he plans on playing in the World Cup.

Pontius ready to build on stellar rookie season

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What happens when a player doesn't just meet expectations, but surpasses them?

Welcome to Chris Pontius' world.

After notching eight goals and six assists in 40 games (in all competitions) during his rookie season with D.

Copa Liberatores second legs resume tonight

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By NESTOR F. SEBASTIAN

All 12 teams currently contending for the spots available for the group phase of the Copa Libertadores are still very much alive heading into this week's second-leg matches, with Argentina's Colon, Peru's Juan Aurich and Venezuela's Deportivo Tachira enjoying first-leg victories while the other three remaining matches were deadlocked in draws.

Mid-Day Ticker: St. Louis takes top spot in WPS dispersal draft and more

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By AVI CREDITOR

A day after St. Louis welcomed home Steve Ralston, the city appears to be in position to add another top-notch soccer star.

St. Louis Athletica has traded for the top spot in the Los Angeles Sol dispersal draft, sending three players and its second-round pick in the dispersal draft to the expansion Atlanta Beat.

Hull City vs. Chelsea: Your Running Commentary

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It might seem like just another mid-week EPL match, but today's Hull City-Chelsea match (2:45pm, Setanta USA) is so much more.

You have all the John Terry controversy swirling, but you also have U.S. national team striker Jozy Altidore coming off his best game for Hull.

Your January Questions Answered (Part 2)

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We've made the transition into February, a month closer to the World Cup and days away from one of the more active transfer windows for American players.

This portion of Your Questions Answered has a few transfer market related questions, as well as some questions regarding young Americans such as Luis Gil and Sebastian Letget.

Evening Ticker: Philly strikes stadium deal, Red Bulls win in Spain and more

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The Philadelphia Union's new stadium is still months from completion, but Major League Soccer's newest team already has a sponsor ready to spend major money for stadium naming rights.

The Sports Business Journal is reporting that the Union is set to close a 10-year, $20 million stadium naming rights deal with energy company PPL Corp for rights to the team's new stadium, which will be named PPL Park.

Which American winter transfer/loan will wind up being the best?

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With the European transfer windows closing up, another crop of Americans have made moves to Europe with the hope of finding some success and improving their standing in the race for World Cup roster spots.

While Landon Donovan has made a great impact since joining Everton on loan, his time with the Toffees is set to end in March (unless you believe the stories that Everton is ready to make MLS a strong offer for his services).

Ralston introduced as first AC St. Louis player

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Steve Ralston has spent 14 years playing in Major League Soccer. He is now set to return to where his soccer career truly began.

The long-time New England Revolution midfielder was introduced on Monday as the first player signed by NASL club AC St.

Moves galore as Transfer Window nears close

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The European transfer window is set to close today and teams all over Europe are scrambling to either fill roster gaps or unload players they no longer need.

There haven't been many blockbuster moves, though Mancini's loan swap from Inter to AC Milan and Andrew Johnson's imminent move to Manchester City are among the more high-profile moves.

Monday Morning Centerback: The value of the top allocation spot

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The MLS Allocation Order has always been a controversial tool, a complicated process created my MLS to help provide a fair system to distribute top American players returning to MLS. This off-season, perhaps more than any before it, we have seen how teams can take full advantage of the system.