Soccer By Ives Archives for January 2010

This Weekend's Soccer on TV

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The title races in Europe's top leagues are coming to a close and there is little room seperating the teams vying for league titles.

Chelsea will look to maintain its one-point lead ahead of Manchester United when it takes on Liverpool, while Manchester United tries to keep the pressure on with a win against Sunderland.

Rookies bring energy back to Chivas USA midfield

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BY ADAM SERRANO

After the departure of veteran midfielders Jesse Marsch and Paulo Nagumura, Chivas USA was in dire need of a pair of strong midfielders to fortify the club in the middle of the park.

MLS Week Six: A Look Ahead

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Sigi Schmid faces a familiar foe as his Seattle Sounders take on his former club, the Columbus Crew, in one of the marquee match-ups in a loaded Week Six.

The Sounders are coming off a disappointing week where they managed just one point from two matches. They return to Qwest Field to take on an unbeaten Crew team that won't be easy to knock off.

Rookies bring energy back to Chivas USA midfield

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BY ADAM SERRANO

After the departure of veteran midfielders Jesse Marsch and Paulo Nagumura, Chivas USA was in dire need of a pair of strong midfielders to fortify the club in the middle of the park.

This Weekend's Soccer on TV

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The title races in Europe's top leagues are coming to a close and there is little room seperating the teams vying for league titles.

Chelsea will look to maintain its one-point lead ahead of Manchester United when it takes on Liverpool, while Manchester United tries to keep the pressure on with a win against Sunderland.

USSF D-2: A Look Ahead at Week 4

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By TRAVIS CLARK

With the inclusion of Portland's 2-1 win over Vancouver last night, this weekend is another first for the USSF Division 2 -- every team plays during this stretch of games.

Highlighting this weekend is the rematch of the 2009 USL semifinal that saw the Montreal Impact knock Puerto Rico out of the playoffs en route to the Impact's 2009 USL championship.

Bradley speaks: U.S. coach discusses a variety of topics

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 U.S. national team head coach Bob Bradley was in New York on Thursday for the unveiling of the U.S. national team home jersey, and also to speak with media about preparations for the upcoming World Cup.

Buddle named MLS Player of the Month

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BY ADAM SERRANO

Los Angeles Galaxy forward Edson Buddle was named player of the month for April after his seven goals helped the Galaxy to a 4-0-1 record.

USSF D2: Vancouver Whitecaps at Portland Timbers (Match Night Commentary)

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It's early in the USSF Division 2 season, but tonight's matchup between the Portland Timbers and Vancouver Whitecaps (10pm ET) features the top team in each conference.

Neither side has lost in 2010, and bring identical 2-0-1 records into tonight's game, hosted by Portland at PGE Park.

Fulham fights back to reach Europa League Final

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Fulham looked destined to fall short of its dream run to the Europa League final. Trailing Hamburg late in the second half, and needing two goals to win their two-leg semifinal, the Cottagers pulled off yet another stunning comeback to book their place in a final few could have seen them playing in.

Americans Abroad: A Look Ahead

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Jose Francisco Torres and Pachuca's confidence is likely at a high after having won the CONCACAF Champions League on Wednesday, and they will have to carry that momentum over into this weekend if they are to have a shot at finishing the Mexican season in similar style.

Fantasy Premier League: Matchweek 37

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It's make or break time.

The Fantasy Premier League table will undoubtedly begin to take its final form after this week, one that has four teams play two matches apiece. The fourth-place round-robin that will take place at the Eastlands will draw most of the attention from fantasy owners and Premier League fans alike.

SBI MLS Best XI (March/April)

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The first month of the MLS season had its share of excitement, fast-rising stars and surprising developments. It also had its share of players who easily stood out from the rest.

Picking the SBI MLS Best XI for April (and March) was far from easy, but it wasn't difficult to start with the Los Angeles Galaxy, which has raced out to an incredible start to its season.

Pearce, Cunningham keep focus on club with Bradley's selections looming

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By AVI CREDITOR

With World Cup roster selections just days away, it would only seem natural for players on the bubble of Bob Bradley's pending roster to press a bit and play with individual needs in mind.

Mid-Day Ticker: Rooney fit for this weekend, Hodgson praised and more

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By AVI CREDITOR

Wayne Rooney's injury situation has fluctuated like a stock market gone crazy, but after he was recently ruled out for the remainder of the Premier League campaign comes word that Rooney (and teammate Rio Ferdinand) may be fit for this weekend's clash at Sunderland.

USSF D-2: A Look Ahead at Week 4

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By TRAVIS CLARK

With the inclusion of Portland's 2-1 win over Vancouver last night, this weekend is another first for the USSF Division 2 -- every team plays during this stretch of games.

Highlighting this weekend is the rematch of the 2009 USL semifinal that saw the Montreal Impact knock Puerto Rico out of the playoffs en route to the Impact's 2009 USL championship.

Mid-Day Ticker: Rooney fit for this weekend, Hodgson praised and more

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Wayne Rooney's injury situation has fluctuated like a stock market gone crazy, but after he was recently ruled out for the remainder of the Premier League campaign comes word that Rooney (and teammate Rio Ferdinand) may be fit for this weekend's clash at Sunderland.

Pearce, Cunningham keep focus on club with Bradley's selections looming

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By AVI CREDITOR

With World Cup roster selections just days away, it would only seem natural for players on the bubble of Bob Bradley's pending roster to press a bit and play with individual needs in mind.

SBI MLS Best XI (March/April)

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The first month of the MLS season had its share of excitement, fast-rising stars and surprising developments. It also had its share of players who easily stood out from the rest.

Picking the SBI MLS Best XI for April (and March) was far from easy, but it wasn't difficult to start with the Los Angeles Galaxy, which has raced out to an incredible start to its season.

Fantasy Premier League: Matchweek 37

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By AVI CREDITOR

It's make or break time.

The Fantasy Premier League table will undoubtedly begin to take its final form after this week, one that has four teams play two matches apiece. The fourth-place round-robin that will take place at the Eastlands will draw most of the attention from fantasy owners and Premier League fans alike.

Americans Abroad: A Look Ahead

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Jose Francisco Torres and Pachuca's confidence is likely at a high after having won the CONCACAF Champions League on Wednesday, and they will have to carry that momentum over into this weekend if they are to have a shot at finishing the Mexican season in similar style.

Fulham fights back to reach Europa League Final

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Fulham looked destined to fall short of its dream run to the Europa League final. Trailing Hamburg late in the second half, and needing two goals to win their two-leg semifinal, the Cottagers pulled off yet another stunning comeback to book their place in a final few could have seen them playing in.

USSF D2: Vancouver Whitecaps at Portland Timbers (Match Night Commentary)

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It's early in the USSF Division 2 season, but tonight's matchup between the Portland Timbers and Vancouver Whitecaps (10pm ET) features the top team in each conference.

Neither side has lost in 2010, and bring identical 2-0-1 records into tonight's game, hosted by Portland at PGE Park.

Buddle named MLS Player of the Month

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BY ADAM SERRANO

Los Angeles Galaxy forward Edson Buddle was named player of the month for April after his seven goals helped the Galaxy to a 4-0-1 record.

Bradley speaks: U.S. coach discusses a variety of topics

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 U.S. national team head coach Bob Bradley was in New York on Thursday for the unveiling of the U.S. national team home jersey, and also to speak with media about preparations for the upcoming World Cup.

Europa League: Your Running Commentary

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Both of the finalists in this year's Europa League will be known today as the second legs of Fulham-Hamburg SV and Liverpool-Atletico Madrid are set to take place.

After a scoreless first leg, Fulham boasts a good chance of reaching the final as it hosts Hamburg (3:00pm, DirecTV). Clint Dempsey will begin today's match at Craven Cottage on the bench.

Afternoon Ticker: Dortmund warns United over Subotic, Diarra also on the radar and more

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Add Manchester United to the long list of teams that will have to wait for Borussia Dortmund defender Neven Subotic to become a free agent.

Reports out of Europe claim United is the latest club interested in the blossoming defender, but Dortmund club executive director Hans-Joachim Watzke said the club has no intention of selling Subotic.

Americans Abroad: Holden and Onyewu resume full training and Bedoya notches assist

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The U.S. men's national team moved a few steps closer to being a fully healthy group as recent word out of Europe revealed that injured midfielder Stuart Holden and defender Oguchi Onyewu have resumed full training with their club teams.

Holden, sidelined since suffering a broken leg in the U.

Thursday Kickoff: Pachuca wins CCL, Inter topples Barcelona and more

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Pachuca looked poised for defeat as the final seconds ticked off the clock on Wednesday night, their hopes of another CONCACAF Champions League title fading with each passing moment.

That was before Edgar Benitez scored a dream goal in the 93rd minute to give Pachuca a 1-0 second-leg victory and Champions League final victory on away goals against Cruz Azul.

USMNT Home Jersey unveiled

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The U.S. men's national team's home jersey for the 2010 World Cup was unveiled this morning. Here it is.

What do you think of the jersey? Like it? Miss the old one? Already ordered it?

Share your thoughts below.


Najar nets first professional goal, assist, as D.C. cruises to U.S. Open Cup victory

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By AVI CREDITOR

WASHINGTON - Andy Najar scored his first professional goal and assisted on one of Adam Cristman's two goals, as D.C. United defeated FC Dallas, 4-2, in a U.S. Open Cup qualifying game at RFK Stadium.

Najar, a 17-year-old D.C. United Academy product, ran onto a gorgeous cross from Cristman to head home a goal that gave United a 3-0 lead in the 52nd minute.

U.S. Open Cup: FC Dallas at D.C. United Match Night Commentary

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Two winless teams in league play will look for a change in fortune tonight, as FC Dallas and D.C. United square off in a qualifying round U.S. Open Cup match at RFK Stadium (7:30 p.m., live streams here and here).

The two clubs have a bit of a history in U.

D.C. United re-signs Emilio

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D.C. United re-signed Brazilian forward Luciano Emilio on Wednesday, bringing back the former MLS Most Valuable Player to a team in desperate need of capable finishers in the attacking third.

"Over the past several months, we've been in constant communication with Luciano regarding his playing future and have reached an agreement that provides United a proven MLS goal-scorer at terms that take into consideration both parties' plans for the future," United general manager Dave Kasper said.

Johnson, Adu shine in Aris play-off win

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Greek club Aris Salonika is a step closer to playing in next season's Champions League, and the club can thank Freddy Adu and Eddie Johnson for that.

Johnson netted both of Aris' goals in its 2-0 play-off win against Olympiakos on Wednesday, heading home an Adu cross before capitalizing on a defensive mistake in the 90th minute.

SBI Video Corner: Post-game reaction to Red Bulls' Open Cup win

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SBI USSF Division 2 Power Rankings (Week Three)

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By TRAVIS CLARK

It took three weeks, but every USSF Division 2 team has now kicked off in 2010.

The last team to play, Puerto Rico, got off a hot start right away, beating NSC Minnesota at home, before heading on the road to earn another three points against Crystal Palace Baltimore.

UCL: Barcelona vs. Inter Milan (Match Day Commentary)

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The UEFA Champions League semifinals conclude today with Barcelona taking on Inter Milan (2:45pm, Fox Soccer Channel)Â for the chance to face Bayern Munich in the final.

Inter Milan comes in off a 3-1 first-leg victory at the San Siro, but Barcelona has the firepower to erase that deficit.

SBI Live Q&A (April 28 edition)

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Good afternoon everybody. It's an exciting day in the world of soccer with Barcelona vs. Inter Milan up on tap later this afternoon.

Before we get to that great match, it's time for the latest SBI Live Q&A, where you send in your soccer-related (or pop culture themed) questions and I try to answer as many of them as I can.

Fantasy MLS: Week 6

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By AVI CREDITOR

With the schedule reverting back to the usual eight-game, one-per-team slate, this week is pretty straight-forward. There are the matchups that, on paper, look exploitable, and you should gear any transfers or lineup decisions toward those games.

SBI Live Q&A is set for 1pm today

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Apologies for the late notice (though this day and time have become the regularly scheduled slot), but the latest SBI Live Q&A will take place today at 1pm.

Get your soccer (and pop culture) related questions ready to fire at me come 1pm.

See you all then.


Wednesday Kickoff: Joseph enters rehab, Bayern rolls and more

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New England Revolution midfielder Shalrie Joseph, one of the top players in Major League Soccer, has entered the league's substance abuse and behavioral health program, the Boston Globe reported late on Monday.

The Revs announced on Monday that Joseph was on indefinite leave from the team, but it was unclear why.

Chinn's brace leads RBNY past Philly

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Rookie striker Conor Chinn took his first step toward being known more for his professional soccer career than his brief childhood acting career by delivering two goals to help the New York Red Bulls score a 2-1 victory against Philadelphia in U.

Carver speaks out on recent criticism of TFC management

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Toronto FC is in the midst of a two-match winning streak, so you would think the talk around Toronto would be about Dwayne DeRosario's recent goal-scoring binge and TFC's improved defense.

Instead, the talk is centered around recent criticisms of the club from former interim head coach Chris Cummins and former player Ali Gerba, who both singled out TFC director of soccer Mo Johnston for the brunt of their criticism.

U.S. Open Cup: New York Red Bulls at Philadelphia Union (Match Night Commentary)

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The New York-Philly Derby will play its second installment in four days tonight as the Red Bulls play host to the Union tonight in a U.S. Open Cup play-in match at Red Bull Arena.

Both teams are using tonight's match to play young players, so it's anybody's guess how the match will go.

Galaxy to host Boca Juniors at Home Depot Center on May 23rd

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The Los Angeles Galaxy will welcome South American powerhouse Boca Juniors to the Home Depot Center on May 23rd.

The match is expected to showcase some of the top South American talent that will not be included in World Cup squads, particularly Argentine legends Juan Roman Riquelme and Martin Palermo.

Copa Libertadores: Round of 16 ready to kick off

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By NESTOR F. SEBASTIAN

The defending champions are suffering from exhaustion, all five of Brazil's representatives are still alive and both Mexican teams that withdrew from last year's tournament over the swine flu debacle make their debuts as the Copa Libertadores Round of 16 kicks off tonight .

UCL: Bayern Munich vs. Lyon (Matchday Commentary)

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The first finalist in the Champions League will be decided today when Olympique Lyon hosts Bayern Munich in the second leg of this semifinal (2:30pm, FSE).

Lyon needs to overcome a 1-0 deficit to reach the final, and will have to do so without Jeremy Toulalan, who was given two yellow cards in the first leg.

What's next for Jozy Altidore?

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With one flash of rage, Jozy Altidore saw his season end, and likely his tenure with Hull City.

The headbutt Altidore hit Alan Hutton with last weekend not only meant a red card and suspension, it has meant a ticket back to Spain and the club that owns his rights.

Red Bulls-Union Open Cup match to be streamed online

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If you were hoping to see the New York Red Bulls-Philadelphia Union U.S. Open Cup match tonight, but weren't going to be able to head to Red Bull Arena, you are in luck.

The Red Bulls will be streaming the match live online at the team's website.

Bayern Munich vs. Lyon: Who will win?

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The first spot in the UEFA Champions League final will be determined today in France, where Lyon will play host to Bayern Munich in the second leg of their semifinal series (2:45pm, FSE/FSN/MSG/DirecTV).

Bayern Munich won the first leg in Germany, 1-0, but must now avoid a defeat of two goals or more against a surging Lyon squad that will be riding in with some confidence.

WPS Week 3: A Look Back

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Amy Rodriguez, Allison Falk, and Lianne Sanderson score during a second half flurry to lead the Philadelphia Independence to a come-from-behind, 3-1 victory over the Washington Freedom.

SBI MLS Power Rankings (Week 5)

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Somebody finally managed to slow down the Los Angeles Galaxy, but keeping them off the top of the SBI MLS Power Rankings is another story.

The Kansas City Wizards outplayed the Galaxy and came very close to knocking off the unbeaten squad in Kansas City this weekend, but some stellar goalkeeping from Donovan Ricketts (along with one inexplicable miss) force the Wizards to settle for a tie.

Algerians/Slovenians Abroad: Weekend Rewind

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Samir Handanovic may not have ended April with a shutout performance, but the Slovenian goalkeeper capped off one of the stronger months of the season for Udinese by helping the club to a 4-1 win against Siena.

Handanovic started his 35th game of the season and made three saves in the relatively easy victory, which improved Udinese to 3-0-1 in April.

Evening Ticker: Beckham's gone till November, Cameron's season over and more

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David Beckham's return to MLS will have to wait a bit longer than expected.

Beckham told Good Morning America on Monday that he is targeting a November return, which would mean he will miss the entire 2010 MLS regular season, though he still has an outside chance of playing for the Galaxy in the playoffs.

Davies back to full training with Sochaux

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The news American fans have been anxiously awaiting to hear for months has arrived. Charlie Davies is back to full training for FC Sochaux.

Davies has recovered from the multiple injuries he suffered in a fatal car accident last October and resumed full contact training on Thursday, Davies confirmed to SBI on Monday.

Torres on wrong end of worst tackle ever

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Jose Francisco Torres is enjoying a successful season in Mexico with Pachuca, and is a safe bet to make the U.S. World Cup team, but he probably saw his life flash before his eyes after being hit with one of the most cruel tackles you'll ever see.

Here is the tackle, which took place last week during Pachuca's 2-1 CONCACAF Champions League loss to Cruz Azul (let me preface this by saying Torres is fine and finished out that game):

What did you think of that tackle?

Torres on the wrong end of worst tackle ever

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Jose Francisco Torres is enjoying a successful season in Mexico with Pachuca, and is a safe bet to make the U.S. World Cup team, but he probably saw his life flash before his eyes after being hit with one of the most cruel tackles you'll ever see.

Here is the tackle, which took place last week during Pachuca's 2-1 CONCACAF Champions League loss to Cruz Azul (let me preface this by saying Torres is fine and finished out that game):

What did you think of that tackle?

USSF Division 2: A Look Back at Week 3

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By TRAVIS CLARK

After a tumultuous and uncertain offseason, professional soccer returned to Minnesota over the weekend.

Between the Thunder going out of business and the USL-NASL struggle for power, the future of pro soccer in Minnesota looked bleak -- until the NSC stepped in and put together a team that won their home opener in front of a crowd of 2,310 Saturday night.

SBI Video Corner: Red Bulls v. Union Post-Game Reaction

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SBI MLS Player of the Week: Dwayne DeRosario

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There were some stunning goalkeeping performances in MLS Week Five, but this week's SBI MLS Player of the Week honors go to a field player carrying his team like no other.

Joseph takes indefinite leave from Revs

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New England Revolution midfielder Shalrie Joseph has left the club, taking an indefinite leave of absence to attend to personal matters.

Joseph left the team on Saturday and has been sidelined for much of the 2010 season with a hip injury. He has played in just one of the team's five matches this season.

Monday Ticker: Hamburg coach fired, Rooney honored and more

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Firing a coach just days before a crucial cup match seems like poor timing, but Hamburg wasn't about to wait after suffering an embarrassing defeat at the hands of Hoffenheim.

Hamburg fired head coach Bruno Labbadia on Monday, just a day after his team suffered a 5-1 defeat against Hoffenheim, and just three days before Hamburg will travel to London to face Fulham in the second leg of their Europa League semifinal series.

Kamara's unbelievable miss

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We have all seen our share of videos of players missing extremely easy goal-scoring opportunities, but few could top the miss by Kansas City Wizards striker Kei Kamara against the Los Angeles Galaxy on Saturday night.

Gomez claims share of Mexican scoring title

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Herculez Gomez left Major League Soccer last winter in search of a new challenge, as well as a chance for a fresh start after some disappointing seasons in MLS. He arrived in Mexico hoping for success, but even he couldn't have expected what would happen next.

Gomez joined Puebla FC and promptly started scoring goals.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

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By FRANCO PANIZO

It was a topsy-turvy weekend for the Americans Abroad contingent as some players enjoyed individual or team success while others had games they would like to forget.

Maurice Edu and DaMarcus Beasley added to their Scottish League Cup championship as Rangers secured its second consecutive Scottish League title with a 1-0 win over Hibernian.

Chivas USA halts San Jose, 3-2

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CARSON, CALIF -- If Martin Vasquez needed his club to respond after a poor performance on the road, he got it on Saturday night as Chivas USA impressed in a 3-2 victory over the San Jose Earthquakes at the Home Depot Center.

Red Bulls top Union, 2-1, in first meeting

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BY MIKE NASTRI

The Red Bulls were able to grind out a victory 2-1 against the Philadelphia Union thanks to a goal by Salou Ibrahim and a PK from Juan Pablo Angel. New York once again got the three points despite not dominating but playing some blue-collar soccer.

Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

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Tim Howard and Clint Dempsey will be teammates and key figures on the U.S. World Cup team this summer, but at least for one day before the World Cup, they will be opponents.

Howard's Everton faces Dempsey's Fulham in one of today's top matches. Plenty of eyes will also be on Stamford Bridge, where Chelsea will look to beat Stoke and regain first place in the Premier League.

Americans Abroad: A Look Ahead

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Benny Feilhaber has made a smooth transition back into AGF Aarhus' lineup since recovering from an ankle injury that threatened his World Cup hopes, but while Feilhaber has enjoyed individual success, his club has not.

Davies not ready to give up World Cup chase

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Charlie Davies doesn't believe in giving up.

It is that drive and determination he possesses that has helped him make amazing progress in his recovery from a myriad of major injuries following a deadly car crash last October.

USSF Division 2: A Look Ahead to Week Three

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By TRAVIS CLARK

Two mid-week clashes set up the third week of action in the USSF Division 2. Portland hosted A.C. St. Louis last evening, getting a goal under 20 seconds from Ryan Pore as the Timbers cruised to a 3-0 win.

Wednesday evening, Puerto Rico finally made their 2010 debut, enjoying a successful 3-1 win against expansion Minnesota.

This Weekend's Soccer on TV

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The race for the English Premier League title, as well as the race for the precious fourth place Champions League spot still up for graps in the Premier league, will both be on the line when Tottenham faces Manchester United.

The Red Devils are on Chelsea's heels for the title, while Spurs are trying to hold off Manchester City for the valuable Champions League spot it currently holds.

MLS Week Five: A Look Ahead

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MLS Week Five is loaded with juicy match-ups, rematches and a promising rivalry that will be born this weekend.

Philadelphia Union fans will make the trip East to Red Bull Arena for what should be the first of many visits to northern New Jersey.

As promising as the Union-Red Bulls rivalry will be, two other matches are vying for match of the day honors.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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Manchester United is thinking of another championship, while Tottenham has dreams of the UEFA Champions League.

That is what is on the line today when Spurs take on the Red Devils in the day's top match. Manchester United is trying to catch Chelsea for first place, while Tottenham is trying to hold off Manchester City for fourth place and the Champions League berth that goes with it.

Clark makes Eintracht debut in 3-3 draw

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Ricardo Clark ended his five-month drought from playing at the club level by making his debut for Eintracht Frankfurt in its 3-3 draw at Mainz on Saturday.

Clark started and played 90 minutes as a central midfielder in a match that saw Eintracht lose its lead on two occasions. The tie was Clark's first match at the club level since playing for the Houston Dynamo in the Western Conference Final on Nov.

WPS Week 3: A Look Ahead

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The Canadian National Team plays a friendly away to China on Saturday meaning several prominent WPS players will miss their weekend club matches. Most notably, Christine Sinclair and Candace Chapman will miss FC Gold Pride's home match against the Atlanta Beat.

New York Red Bulls vs. Philadelphia Union: Match Day Commentary

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The expansion Philadelphia Union is making its first trip to Red Bull Arena today to face the first-place New York Red Bulls in the first installment of a rivalry that should be one of the best in the league.

The Red Bulls come into today's match off a 2-1 home win vs.

San Jose Earthquakes vs. Chivas USA: Matchday Commentary

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BY ADAM SERRANO

The San Jose Earthquakes are red hot and come to Home Depot Center tonight to take on a slumping Chivas USA team in need of a victory.

Chivas USA is fresh off a very disappointing 3-0 loss on the road at Houston last week, while the visiting San Jose Earthquakes are on a two game winning streak, including last week's 2-0 victory at home against the New England Revolution.

San Jose Earthquakes vs. Chivas USA: Matchday Commentary

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BY ADAM SERRANO

The San Jose Earthquakes are red hot and come to Home Depot Center tonight to take on a slumping Chivas USA team in need of a victory.

Chivas USA is fresh off a very disappointing 3-0 loss on the road at Houston last week, while the visiting San Jose Earthquakes are on a two game winning streak, including last week's 2-0 victory at home against the New England Revolution.

New York Red Bulls vs. Philadelphia Union: Match Day Commentary

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The expansion Philadelphia Union is making its first trip to Red Bull Arena today to face the first-place New York Red Bulls in the first installment of a rivalry that should be one of the best in the league.

The Red Bulls come into today's match off a 2-1 home win vs.

WPS Week 3: A Look Ahead

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by DAN LAULETTA

The Canadian National Team plays a friendly away to China on Saturday meaning several prominent WPS players will miss their weekend club matches. Most notably, Christine Sinclair and Candace Chapman will miss FC Gold Pride's home match against the Atlanta Beat.

Clark makes Eintracht debut in 3-3 draw

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Ricardo Clark ended his five-month drought from playing at the club level by making his debut for Eintracht Frankfurt in its 3-3 draw at Mainz.

Clark started and played 90 minutes as a central midfielder in a match that saw Eintracht lose its lead on two occasions. The tie was Clark's first match at the club level since playing for the Houston Dynamo in November.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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Manchester United is thinking of another championship, while Tottenham has dreams of the UEFA Champions League.

That is what is on the line today when Spurs take on the Red Devils in the day's top match. Manchester United is trying to catch Chelsea for first place, while Tottenham is trying to hold off Manchester City for fourth place and the Champions League berth that goes with it.

MLS Week Five: A Look Ahead

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MLS Week Five is loaded with juicy match-ups, rematches and a promising rivalry that will be born this weekend.

Philadelphia Union fans will make the trip East to Red Bull Arena for what should be the first of many visits to northern New Jersey.

As promising as the Union-Red Bulls rivalry will be, two other matches are vying for match of the day honors.

This Weekend's Soccer on TV

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The race for the English Premier League title, as well as the race for the precious fourth place Champions League spot still up for graps in the Premier league, will both be on the line when Tottenham faces Manchester United.

The Red Devils are on Chelsea's heels for the title, while Spurs are trying to hold off Manchester City for the valuable Champions League spot it currently holds.

USSF Division 2: A Look Ahead to Week Three

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By TRAVIS CLARK

Two mid-week clashes set up the third week of action in the USSF Division 2. Portland hosted A.C. St. Louis last evening, getting a goal under 20 seconds from Ryan Pore as the Timbers cruised to a 3-0 win.

Wednesday evening, Puerto Rico finally made their 2010 debut, enjoying a successful 3-1 win against expansion Minnesota.

Davies not ready to give up World Cup chase

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Charlie Davies doesn't believe in giving up.

It is that drive and determination he possesses that has helped him make amazing progress in his recovery from a myriad of major injuries following a deadly car crash last October.

Americans Abroad: A Look Ahead

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Benny Feilhaber has made a smooth transition back into AGF Aarhus' lineup since recovering from an ankle injury that threatened his World Cup hopes, but while Feilhaber has enjoyed individual success, his club has not.

Stoppage time penalty helps FC Dallas tie Seattle

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FC Dallas delivered another late-game comeback at Pizza Hut Park, and an officiating decision was at the heart of another Dallas equalizer.

In the final minute of second-half stoppage time, referee Terry Vaughn awarded a penalty for an alleged foul on rookie Jason Yeisley, who appeared to trip over the legs of Seattle defenders Jhon Kennedy Hurtado and Nelson Gonzalez.

Seattle Sounders at FC Dallas: Match Night Commentary

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FC Dallas plays host to the Seattle Sounders tonight at Pizza Hut Park in a key Western Conference match-up (8pm, ESPN2).

The Sounders are still looking for their first road win of the season and will take on a Dallas team that scored a pair of draws in its first two home matches and is still searching for its first win in 2010.

Evening Ticker: Seattle meets FC Dallas, Europa League results and more

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By AVI CREDITOR

Major League Soccer's fifth week of the season kicks off Thursday night, when Seattle Sounders FC and FC Dallas do battle at Pizza Hut Park in a Western Conference showdown (8 p.m., ESPN2, ESPNDeportes).

The Sounders (2-1-1) are riding the momentum of substitute Michael Fucito's last-gasp goal in a 1-0 win over Kansas City last weekend.

Europa League: Your Running Commentary

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By AVI CREDITOR

Fulham's whirlwind of a journey through the Europa League competition continues Thursday afternoon, as the Cottagers face Hamburg SV in the first leg of their semifinal tie (3:05 p.m. EST, GOLTV, DirecTV 465).

Clint Dempsey is expected to be included in Roy Hodgson's squad for the match, and he'll be an essential factor for Fulham if it is to continue its magical run through the tournament.

Mid-Day Ticker: Sex scandal rocks French team; Pompey denied Europe and more

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By AVI CREDITOR

The red card he received in Wednesday's UEFA Champions League semifinal against Lyon is the least worrisome of Franck Ribery's current problems.

The Bayern Munich and French midfielder is at the center of an underage-prostitution scandal that also involves international teammate Karim Benzema, and the two are in jeopardy of being left out of Raymond Domenech's squad for this summer's World Cup, according to the Associated Press.

Report: Davies won't play for Sochaux this season

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All of the positive momentum surrounding Charlie Davies' comeback has hit a roadblock, as FC Sochaux president Alexandre Lacombe told a French newspaper that the American forward won't play for the Ligue 1 side before the season ends.

Davies, who's recovery from a summer car accident has been nothing short of remarkable, was still considered a hopeful to make the U.

Fantasy Premier League: Matchweek 36

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The final stretch is here.

Three more weeks to go before a champion is crowned. Who will make the right decisions? Whose moves will not be enough to get his team over the hump?

No, we're not talking about Carlo Ancelotti or Sir Alex Ferguson, we're talking about you, the fantasy manager.

Thursday Kickoff: UEFA, CONCACAF Champions Leagues highlights

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Arjen Robben played hero again for Bayern Munich, as his 69th-minute goal gave his side a 1-0, first-leg victory over Lyon in their UEFA Champions League semifinal tie Wednesday afternoon at Allianz Arena.

Both teams finished with 10 men, as Bayern's Franck Ribery saw red in the 37th minute, and Lyon's Jeremy Toulalan received two yellow cards three minutes apart, with the final one coming in the 54th minute.

Vasquez and Chivas USA confident of a rebound

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By ADAM SERRANO

The season has not started the way that Chivas USA hoped. With a 1-3-0 record and only two goals scored, this was not the way that Martin Vasquez wanted to start his tenure with Chivas USA.

Afternoon Ticker: Kandji sidelined, Man City & Tottenham coming to America, and more

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New York Red Bulls striker Macoumba Kandji is set to miss two to three months after undergoing surgery for a broken foot.

Kandji suffered a fractured fifth metatarsel during team practice on Tuesday.

USMNT to hold pre-World Cup training camp at Princeton University

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The U.S. men's national team will hold it's pre-World Cup training camp at Princeton University from May 17-23.

The team will hold its final camp at Roberts Stadium on the campus of Princeton University before playing its final two matches on home soil before the World Cup, vs the Czech Republic on May 25 and Turkey on May 29.

Soccer Wednesday: Your Running Commentary

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We're off to a late start with the running commentary due to the Live Q&A going long, but with so much action going on today, it's not to late to start one up.

Whether you're watching the Bayern Munich/Lyon in the UEFA Champions League, or Hull-Aston Villa, or any other matches, please feel free to share your thoughts, opinions and some play-by-play in the comments section below.

SBI USSF Division 2 Power Rankings (Week 2)

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By TRAVIS CLARK

Two weeks into the second division season and only eleven of the 12 teams in the USSF Division 2 League have already played at least one game. Puerto Rico will round out the numbers when they host NSC Minnesota Wednesday evening.

Austin and Portland have enjoyed the best start to the one-year league, with the Aztex the early surprise to this season.

SBI Live Q&A (April 21st)

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Good afternoon everybody. It's that time again. Time for you to send your soccer(and pop culture) related questions to me and time for me to answer as many of them as possible.

Have questions about the U.S. national team? Wondering about the new MLS season? Trying to decide between TV shows?

Fantasy MLS: Week 5

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It's all about the matchups.

If there's a motto for Fantasy MLS, it's that line.

The best players in actuality aren't billed for fantasy success on a week-to-week basis, especially given MFLS' team-driven rules.

Wednesday Kickoff: Inter rolls past Barcelona

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Inter Milan went down a goal early against Barcelona, but as their Champions League first-leg semifinal continued, Inter eventually found cracks in the Barcelona defense on their way to a 3-1 victory at the San Siro.

Wesley Sneijder, Maicon and Diego Milito scored goals for Inter, which head to the Camp Nou second leg up two goals.

Onyewu training with AC Milan

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Oguchi Onyewu's health status has been kept a secret in recent weeks, but video has surfaced showing Onyewu training with club team AC Milan.

While AC Milan has not formally announced that Onyewu is back training with the team, this video would suggest that he is back training with the first team.

Galaxy 2, Real Salt Lake 1: A Look Back

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BY ADAM SERRANO

"I don't think I've ever seen anything like it."

Those were the words Landon Donovan used to describe the run Edson Buddle is on after the Galaxy's 2-1 victory over defending champion Real Salt Lake.

UCL: Inter Milan vs. Barcelona (Your Running Commentary)

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The UEFA Champions League semifinals kick off today, with Inter Milan playing host to defending champion FC Barcelona in Milan (2:45pm, FSN/FSE/DirecTV).

Barcelona has had to take a long journey to Italy thanks to the European flight bans caused by the Icelandic volcano eruption, but that shouldn't stop today's match from being as tightly-contested as the last time these teams met in Milan, a 0-0 draw last fall in the Champions League group stage.

SBI MLS Best XI (Week Four)

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Edson Buddle and Juninho teamed up on the Los Angeles Galaxy's game-winning goal last Saturday and they're teaming up on this week's SBI MLS Best XI.

Buddle's two goals made him the easiest pick for this week's team, while Juninho made the squad after his best performance since joining the Galaxy.

SBI Team of the Week: San Jose Earthquakes

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There were some strong team performances in MLS Week 4, from the Los Angeles Galaxy's victory against a tough Real Salt Lake, and the Houston Dynamo's dismantling of a weak Chivas USA team, but SBI's pick for MLS Team of the Week goes to the San Jose Earthquakes for their impressive 2-0 victory against the New England Revolution.

SBI Live Q&A set for 1pm Wednesday

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Good afternoon everybody. The latest SBI Live Q&A will take place on Wednesday at 1pm. Be sure to have your soccer (and pop culture) related questions ready to submit and I will try to answer as many questions as possible.

Now that the SBI Live Q&A has become a regular weekly series, I do have one question for SBI readers.

Gomez and Buddle forcing their way into World Cup mix

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There is no debating that American strikers Herculez Gomez and Edson Buddle are in the best form of any American forwards on the planet, and this past weekend both strikers score two more goals to boost their chance of earning a surprising World Cup roster spot.

Here my is my take on Gomez and Buddle for Fox Soccer.

Dykstra relishes first win in front of home crowd

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By TRAVIS CLARK

WASHINGTON - Andrew Dykstra couldn't have asked for a better backdrop for his first win in Major League Soccer. Scores of friends and family members were on hand to watch Chicago's 2-0 against D.

WPS Week 2: Falk makes history again

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By DAN LAULETTA

On March 29, 2009 Allison Falk took her unlikely place in WPS history when she got on the end of Aya Miyama's free kick to score the first goal in league history. There was much discussion leading up the Inaugural Match as to who would score the historic goal, but much of the centered on Falk's teammate Marta and Freedom stars Abby Wambach.

Tuesday Kickoff: Barca set to face Inter in UCL semis

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Barcelona will try to take a step closer to repeating as UEFA Champions League winners when the defending champions take on Inter Milan today in their semifinal first-leg in Italy (2:45pm, FSN/FSE, DirecTV).

Barca-Inter is a dream match-up that many are pegging as the de facto final.

Algerians/Slovenians Abroad: Weekend Rewind

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Slovenian forward Valter Birsa may not score goals in bunches, but the U.S. national team will have to be wary of his lethal left foot on free kicks this summer.

Birsa scored a stunning free kick in AJ Auxerre's 4-1 triumph against Lorient, curling in the third goal with a shot from 25 yards that stung off the near post before finding the back of the net.

Evening Ticker: Bedoya delivers assist, Spector's West Ham falls and more

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While Herculez Gomez and Edson Buddle steal the headlines as the hottest strikers in the U.S. national team pool, there are few midfielders playing better than Alejandro Bedoya.

The U.S. national team winger followed up his first goal of the season last week by delivering his first assist of the young Swedish campaign, helping Orebro score a 3-1 victory vs.

Red Bulls 2, FC Dallas 1: A Look Back

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BY MIKE NASTRI

A mark of a playoff caliber team is to win despite not playing the best soccer. The New York Red Bulls showed exactly that against FC Dallas on Saturday night.

The Red Bulls came out flat and uninspired in the first fifteen minutes of the game.

Red Bulls to host Juventus at Red Bull Arena on May 23

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The New York Red Bulls will welcome their first European opponent to Red Bull Arena on May 23rd when they take on Italian powerhouse Juventus.

The friendly is expected to feature the top Juventus players not heading to the World Cup, including such standouts as Alessandro Del Piero, David Trezeguet, Amaury and Sebastian Giovinco.

Chicago Fire 2, D.C. United 0: A Look Back

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The Chicago Fire followed the blueprint D.C. United opponents have succeeded with to a tee. Go ahead in the 80th minute; secure first win of the season.

For the third consecutive week D.

USSF Division 2: A Look Back at Week Two

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By TRAVIS CLARK

Portland fans have to wait one more year to join Major League Soccer, but they showed over the weekend that they are ready to be one of the strongest fan groups in MLS.

A sellout crowd of 15,418 packed into PGE Park to witness Portland's final second-division home opener, a 1-0 win over the Rochester Rhinos.

SBI MLS Player of the Week: Edson Buddle

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If Edson Buddle keeps this up, he will have a few awards named after him.

Buddle was the easy pick for this week's SBI MLS Player of the Week, and the NASR (North American Soccer Reporters) agreed, giving him the official league honor as well.

SBI Video Corner: Post-Game Reactions from Red Bulls win vs. FC Dallas

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SBI MLS Power Rankings (Week 4)

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The Los Angeles Galaxy stayed red hot while D.C. United continued to endure a nightmare start to the season.

Want surprises? The San Jose Earthquakes posted a second straight win, while defending champion Real Salt Lake extended its winless streak to three matches.

The Galaxy's win vs.

Monday Kickoff: Rapids top Toronto FC, Torres has knee operation and more

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Just three days after posting its first win of the season, Toronto FC saw its woes resume, this time at the hands of the Colorado Rapids. Conor Casey converted a pair of penalty kicks to help the Rapids post a 3-1 victory in Colorado on Sunday.

Jeff Larentowicz scored the eventual game-winner for the Rapids, blasting a free kick through the hole in the TFC wall left there by a jumping Julian DeGuzman to make the score 2-1.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Not so fast, Edson Buddle.

Herculez Gomez continued to make a case as to why he is arguably the most in-form American striker, scoring a brace in Puebla's 4-1 victory over Cruz Azul on Sunday. Gomez scored with a driven shot just three minutes in, before adding his second off a header late in the first half.

Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

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League titles and Champions League spots for next season are up for grabs as we move into Sunday's schedule of international matches.

Real Madrid takes on Valencia in one of the day's best matches, while AS Roma looks to hold onto its lead in Serie A with a win against arch-rival Lazio.

Buddle ups goal tally to seven, keeps Galaxy perfect

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BY ADAM SERRANO

CARSON-Edson Buddle's goal-scoring streak officially turned into a record-breaking streak on Saturday night as he scored two more goals to lead the Los Angeles Galaxy to a 2-1 victory against Real Salt Lake.

Real Salt Lake at Los Angeles Galaxy: Matchday Commentary

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It's an MLS Cup Final rematch tonight at the Home Depot Center as Real Salt Lake travels to the Home Depot Center to take on the Los Angeles Galaxy (7:30 pm PST, FSC)

The LA Galaxy are currently undefeated 3-0 coming off a 2-0 victory on the road against the Houston Dynamo.

Angel's brace leads RBNY past FC Dallas

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By MIKE NASTRI

Juan Pablo Angel's 90th minute penalty kick helped the New York Red Bulls complete their comeback and post a 2-1 victory against FC Dallas at Red Bull Arena on Saturday.

Pappa, McBride keep United under Fire

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WASHINGTON - Marco Pappa's second goal in as many weeks put the Chicago Fire in front in the 80th minute, and super-sub Brian McBride came through with an insurance tally nine minutes later, as Chicago defeated D.C. United 2-0 to secure its first win of the season.

Chicago Fire at D.C. United: Match Night Commentary

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A pair of winless teams with proud histories do battle in the nation's capital, as D.C. United (0-3-0) welcomes the Chicago Fire (0-2-1) to RFK Stadium (7:30 p.m., MLS Direct Kick).

United's most recent setback came at the hands of the expansion Philadelphia Union last weekend, while the Fire surrendered a late goal to San Jose's Ike Opara in a 2-1 home loss.

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

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The New York Red Bulls are back home tonight, where FC Dallas will be the latest team to visit Red Bull Arena.

The Red Bulls are coming off a disappointing 2-0 loss to Chivas USA, while FC Dallas is coming off a thrilling 2-2 tie vs. the Columbus Crew.

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

Kansas City Wizards at Seattle Sounders: Matchday Commentary

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The Seattle Sounders play host the unbeaten Kansas City Wizards at Qwest Field today in a rare Noon local time kickoff.

The Sounders will be looking to snap a two-match winless streak against a Wizards side that is a perfect 2-0 and has yet to allow a goal this season.

MLS Week Four: A Look Ahead

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The West Coast will set the stage today for some of the best match-ups in Major League Soccer's Week Four.

We will have our first rematch of the 2009 MLS Cup Final when Real Salt Lake visits Home Depot Center to take on the unbeaten Los Angeles Galaxy. Up north, the unbeaten Kansas City Wizards will look to keep their hot streak going by facing the Seattle Sounders in the tough confines of Qwest Field.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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A day filled with top rivalries from around the world kicks off today in Manchester, where Premier League powers Manchester United and Manchester City face off.

City-United is one of several high-quality matches to watch on TV today. From the heavy slate of MLS matches, to the derbies from Europe and South America, there is something for everybody.

Maicon's wonder goal

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Inter Milan is locked in a fierce battle for the italian League title and scored a much-needed win against Juventus on Friday.

The moment of the match was delivered by none other than Brazilian defender Maicon, widely regarded as the best right back in the world.

Maicon delivered a beautiful volley that has to be seen to be appreciated.

Opara and Schilawski ready for battle

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This weekend's slate of MLS action features a plethora of great match-ups, but one of the most intriguing to watch will be rookies and former college teammates Ike Opara and Zack Schilawski.

The two first-round picks and former Wake Forest standouts are coming off unforgettable weeks and must now battle each other when Opara's San Jose Earthquakes play host to Schilawski's Revolution.

Recommended Reading: April 16th

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The weekend will offer us a plethora of soccer action to enjoy, but if you're looking for a soccer fix, here are some stories that you may or may not have already ready, but that shall surely entertain either way.

USSF Division 2 Week Two: A Look Ahead

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By TRAVIS CLARK

Three teams who sat out last weekend's Division 2 opening matches get their chances to debut in the 2010 second-division season in Week Two action.

Crystal Palace Baltimore and Tampa Bay both play their first-ever game at this level, squaring off in Maryland.

This Weekend's Soccer on TV

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If you love a great soccer rivalry match, this is YOUR weekend.

The scheduling gods have put together a menu of rivalries from around the world this weekend. You will be able to see intense rivalry matches from Europe to South America to MLS.

Sizing up the USMNT Player Pool

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With a month to go before the U.S. men's national team convenes for its pre-World Cup training camp, we are down to a month to go for players to impress and earn invites to that camp, and a month for players to play themselves off the radar.

WPS Week Two: A Look Ahead

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By DAN LAULETTA

The Breakers, Red Stars, and FC Gold Pride will host their home openers this weekend while the Atlanta Beat continue a lengthy road trip while awaiting the opening of their new stadium in Kennesaw, Georgia on May 9.

Defending champion Sky Blue FC is heading west to take on FC Gold Pride, while expansion Atlanta Beat continues its early-season road trip with a visit to Boston to take on the Breakers.

Friday Kickoff: Toronto FC tops Philly, Liverpool up for sale and more

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Toronto FC threw out a make-shift lineup for its home opener at BMO Field on Thursday night, and looked in danger of dropping points in front of a sell-out crowd, but one dumb red card and two goalkeeping blunders opened the door for TFC to score its first win of the season.

Dwayne DeRosario scored two goals, including a second-half penalty, to give Toronto a 2-1 win vs.

Americans Abroad: A Look Ahead

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If there was ever a game for Ricardo Clark to make his debut in, it would be this weekend's.Â

Clark and Eintracht Frankfurt face bottom-feeder Hertha Berlin in a match that likely has little meaning on next season.

Philadelphia Union at Toronto FC: Match Night Commentary

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Good evening folks. Tonight marks the home opener for Toronto FC, which looks to secure its first points of the season when the Canadians take on the Philadelphia Union at BMO Field (7pm, ESPN2).

Philly comes in off an emotional 3-2 victory in its own home opener, beating D.C. United.

Bedoya nets winner for Orebro

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Alejandro Bedoya helped his cause to make the U.S. World Cup team by scoring the winner in Orebro SK's 1-0 win over Brommapojkarna on Thursday.

Three days after missing a potential game-tying chance in a 2-0 loss to GAIS, Bedoya scored his first goal of the season on a header five minutes before the end of the first half.

Costa Ricans look to bring order to Chivas USA defense

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BY ADAM SERRANO

During Chivas USA's time in MLS, the club has been renown throughout the league for its stingy defense.

As the club transitions under first year Head Coach Martin Vasquez from a club based on defensive play to one that seeks to win games through attacking prowess, Vasquez has sought out defenders to maintain the club's impressive defense.

Sounders look to KC match after road draw

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By JOSE M. ROMERO

Teams tend to be just fine with a draw on the road, especially if it comes against the defending league champions.

But leaving Rio Tinto Stadium with a 2-2 draw was a bitter pill to swallow for Seattle Sounders FC last Saturday.

Mid-Day Ticker: Rooney heads PFA nominees, Ribery nears decision and more

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By AVI CREDITOR

Wayne Rooney's stellar season figured to garner him some postseason awards, and Thursday it was revealed that he'll be in the running for at least two on the domestic level.

The Manchester United striker is not surprisingly one of the four PFA Player of the Year nominees, and he's also up for the PFA Young Player of the Year award.

Red Bulls updates: Nielsen deal done, Rodgers deal alive and more

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The New York Red Bulls have completed one acquisition before the April 15 transfer window close, and may have a second done after that date.

The Red Bulls have completed the acquisition of Danish midfielder Brian Nielsen, landing the Vejle and former Danish youth national team player on loan.

Fantasy Premier League: Matchweek 35

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By AVI CREDITOR

This late in the season everybody's looking for something to provide a major boost to the point total. Look no further than Aston Villa's Matchweek 35 schedule.

The Villans get both Hull City AND Portsmouth in a relegation bonanza that could have a major impact on the fantasy landscape.

Thursday Kickoff: RSL advances in Open Cup, Donovan backs Buddle and more

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By AVI CREDITOR

Nat Borchers' goal with three minutes remaining in extra time forced penalty kicks, and Real Salt Lake converted all five of its chances to defeat the San Jose Earthquakes 3-3 (5-3 PK) and advance in the U.S. Open Cup qualifying bracket Wednesday night.

Jeremy Hall's Player Diary: Week Three

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(It has been a roller coaster few weeks for Jeremy Hall and the New York Red Bulls. A week after pulling off a memorable upset win over the Seattle Sounders at Qwest Field, Hall and the Union endured a less pleasant return to the West Coast last weekend, losing a 2-0 decision to Chivas USA.

Americans Abroad: Wednesday Rewind

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Chris Rolfe is enjoying the best week in his short European career.

Just four days after delivering the game-winning assist in in Aalborg BK's win over AGF Aarhus, Rolfe netted the winner in Aalborg's 1-0 victory against Odense BK. The goal was Rolfe's first in Europe.

Danny Rose's wonder goal

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Today's marquee match on the international scene featured London rivals Tottenham and Arsenal, and a game of that magnitude has a funny way of producing unforgettable goals.

Today's London Derby gave us one such goal, courtesy of 19-year-old Danny Rose, who blasted a long-range shot that helped Tottenham record a 2-1 victory against Arsenal, Spurs first league win over the Gunners since 1999.

Red Bulls source: Rodgers' visa application hasn't been rejected (yet)

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The New York Red Bulls' hunt for English striker Luke Rodgers appeared to be over after a report out of the UK said Rodgers' work permit application was rejected for his conviction for affray (fighting in public).

The hunt may not be over just yet.

According to a Red Bulls source, Rodgers' visa application is still being processed, and while his criminal record may ultimate lead to his application being rejected, his application is still being processed.

SBI Live Q&A (April 14th edition)

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Welcome to the latest instllment of the SBI Live Q&A, where readers submit soccer (and pop culture) questions and I try to answer as many of them as possible.

Let's get started (The Q&A is after the jump):

SBI Live Q&A (April 14th Edition)


Wednesday's Soccer on TV

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The UEFA Champions League is off this week, but that doesn't mean it's a slow Wednesday in the soccer world.

In fact, today features a pretty packed slate of games, with the Premier League, La Liga and Mexican leagues all in action, along with Copa Libertadores.

SBI Live Q&A Set for 1pm Today

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Good morning everybody. I will be holding the latest SBI Live Q&A this afternoon at 1pm. Please submit your soccer (and pop culture) related questions and I will answer as many of them as possible.

With no European soccer action on the schedule for once, today's Q&A may be longer than most, so be sure to check in and take part.

Fantasy MLS: Week 4

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By AVI CREDITOR

Ah, another scheduling curveball. Two matches for lowly Toronto FC, another bye week for the Columbus Crew. Are you prepared?

Toronto's slate is intriguing, not because the Reds are full of fantasy potential, but because if the team is ever going to get going, it'd be against expansion Philadelphia at BMO Field.

Wednesday Kickoff: Rapids beat Wizards, Red Bulls land winger and more

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The Colorado Rapids scored a measure of revenge on Tuesday night, beating the Kansas City Wizards in U.S. Open Cup play just three days after suffering a regular season loss to the Wizards.

Midfielder Wells Thompson scored twice to help give the Rapids a 2-1 victory over KC. Rookie striker Teal Bunbury scored the Wizards' lone goal.

Red Bulls target has work permit denied

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Long-rumored New York Red Bulls transfer target Luke Rodgers appeared set to join the Red Bulls before the April 15 close of the MLS transfer window, but now the move for the striker is in serious jeopardy.

The Daily Mail is reporting that Rogers had his application for a work permit denied because of a conviction for affray (fighting in public).

Buddle delivering goals and wins for the Galaxy

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BY ADAM SERRANO

Edson Buddle is scoring goals for fun, and as much as he has enjoyed the five goals he has delivered in just three matches, he has enjoyed the three Los Angeles Galaxy victories even more.

Mid-Day Ticker: Dynamo stadium deal completed, Quakes sign Sealy and more

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The Harris County Commissioners Court voted unanimously to approve a deal for the Houston Dynamo's new stadium project, clearing the final hurdle for the project before it takes the next step of beginning construction ahead of a 2012 opening.

The county and city of Houston have agreed to spend $10 million each in infrastucture for the project, along with $7.

USSF Division 2 Week One: A Look Back

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By TRAVIS CLARK

Two new teams played their first-ever matches, but it was second-year club Austin Aztex that emerged big winners as the USSF Division 2 kicked off over the weekend.

The Aztex, fresh off a maiden season in which they look every bit of an expansion team, opened up 2010 by defeating last season's champion the Montreal Impact by a 2-0 score in Austin.

SBI MLS Rookie of the Week: Zach Schilawski

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When newly-drafted forward Zach Schilawski thanked the wrong team for drafting him at the 2010 MLS Draft, New England Revolution fans figured to forgive him pretty easily. After Saturday, it's safe to say Schilawski has more than made up for it.

WPS Week 1: A Look Back

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By DAN LAULETTA

Chicago Red Stars head coach believes poor officiating by referee Ted Unkel cost her side a chance to equalize against champion Sky Blue FC in a 1-0 loss at Yurcak Field in Sunday night's season opener. She hinted at several questionable calls, but was most perturbed about a would-be penalty kick drawn by Karen Carney right on the nose of the 82-minute mark.

Tuesday Kickoff: D.C. United to face Milan, MLS begins Open Cup play and more

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D.C. United is still searching for its first win of the Major League Soccer season, but it did manage to score an impressive victory on Monday with the news that the club will face AC Milan in a friendly next month.

D.C. will take on the Italian power on May 26 at RFK Stadium in a match that should feature AC Milan's non-World Cup participants.

Algerians/Slovenians Abroad: Weekend Rewind

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Algerian midfielder Abdelkader Ghezzal is beginning to find his scoring touch just in time for the World Cup, and Bari was the latest victim to fall prey to his finishing.

Almost a month after hitting a brace in a shocking comeback draw against Juventus, Ghezzal scored two beautiful equalizers in Siena's 3-2 victory over Bari.

SBI MLS Power Rankings (Week 3)

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MLS Week Three had plenty of surprises and intrigue, as well as some truly impressive performances. With eight matches on the schedule, we saw a little bit of everything.

We saw Los Angeles and New England deliver thoroughly impressive performances, while surprising winners San Jose, Chivas USA and Philadelphia gave their fans reason to be optimistic.

Philadelphia Union 3, D.C. United 2: A Look Back

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By AVI CREDITOR

Advantage, new guys.

Major League Soccer's freshest regional rivalry produced a riveting first chapter, with the expansion Philadelphia Union securing its first-ever win with a 3-2 result over league stalwart D.C. United Saturday night.

MLS Week 3: A Look Back

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The Philadelphia Union threw one heck of a homecoming party on Saturday, and capped it in style with a victory Philly soccer fans won't soon forget.

Almost as promising as the more than 34,000 that turned out for the Union's 3-2 win over D.

Late goals galore in MLS Week 3

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The busiest weekend in MLS history produced what had to be the most last-minute heroics the league has ever seen in one week.

No less than four of the eight games played on Saturday saw late goals determine the outcome. From game-winners in Philadelphia and Chicago, to equalizers in Frisco and Sandy, fans around the country were treated to some serious late-game drama.

A look back at Barcelona's win in 'El Clasico'

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FC Barcelona took a major step toward retaining its Spanish First Division title on Saturday by beating Real Madrid, 2-0, in Madrid in the latest installment of 'El Clasico'.

The victory pushes Barcelona three points clear of Real Madrid and pushes Madrid one step closer to a trophy-less season after a record-setting summer of spending.

Chivas USA 2, Red Bulls 0: A Look Back

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BY ADAM SERRANO

Chivas USA needed an infusion of energy after opening up the season with two straight losses. Against the high-flying New York Red Bulls, the Rojiblancos got that boost of energy from substitute Jesus Padilla, which helped Chivas USA generate enough offense to give Martin Vasquez his first coaching victory.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Avoid relegation.

That is the main priority for several Americans Abroad as their respective season finales draw near, and for a trio of players, that goal is closer to becoming a reality after posting some much-needed wins this weekend.

Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

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A day after one of the most jam-packed days of soccer action, this Sunday is shaping up to be a bit of a tame weekend bhy comparison.

That doesn't mean there aren't matches to watch. Premier League fans will want to watch the FA Cup semifinal between Tottenham and underdog Portsmouth.

Padilla stars as Chivas USA defeat the Red Bulls, 2-0

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BY ADAM SERRANO

Chivas USA received their first victory of the Martin Vasquez era with the club's 2-0 victory over the New York Red Bulls at the Home Depot Center on Saturday afternoon. Vasquez can thank the stellar play of Jesus Padilla for his very first MLS coaching victory.

Le Toux's hat trick seals Union's first victory

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By AVI CREDITOR

PHILADELPHIA - Sebastien Le Toux's hat trick capped off a wild home opener for the Philadelphia Union, as the expansion team defeated regional rival D.C. United 3-2 at Lincoln Financial Field Saturday night.

Le Toux's 20-yard free kick found a seam in United's wall and eventually the back of the net to break a 2-2 tie in the 80th minute and deliver the Union the franchise's first victory.

D.C. United at Philadelphia Union: Match Night Commentary

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By AVI CREDITOR

A Mid-Atlantic rivalry is born, as the Philadelphia Union open their temporary home, Lincoln Financial Field, to welcome D.C. United (6 p.m., Fox Soccer Channel).

While a festive mood is in the air, both teams have had little to celebrate early in the season.

New York Red Bulls at Chivas USA: Matchday Commentary

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The red hot New York Red Bulls bring their hot streak to Los Angeles to take on the slumping Chivas USA.

The Red Bulls (2-0) are coming off an impressive 1-0 road victory against Seattle last week, while Chivas USA (0-2) is still searching for their first victory of the Martin Vasquez era after falling to the LA Galaxy 2-0 in the SuperClasico.

Earthquakes look to rebound against Chicago

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By ADAM SERRANO

The 2010 season did not begin the way that the San Jose Earthquakes wanted. In front of a capacity crowd at Buck Shaw Stadium, the Earthquakes fell 3-0 to Real Salt Lake in a match left Frank Yallop hoping to press the reset button on the season.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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The biggest domestic match of the European season takes place today, and should be the centerpiece for most soccer TV viewing this Saturday.

Real Madrid takes on FC Barcelona in what is easily the match of the day, but on a day when a record eight MLS matches will be played, there is a great selection of action on tap today.

Jaqua suffers injury setback, undergoes surgery

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By JOSE M. ROMERO

Seattle Sounders FC was dealt a blow Thursday with the announcement from the club that forward Nate Jaqua had surgery Wednesday in Philadelphia to repair what was termed as a lower abdominal fascia.

Americans Abroad: A Look Ahead

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Brad Friedel and Aston Villa are a step away from reaching the finals of the FA Cup, but in order to get there they will need to defeat a team that gave them one of the biggest beatings of the season less than two weeks ago.

Aston Villa will clash with arguably the best team in the FA Cup, Chelsea, at Wembley Stadium on Saturday, and the Villans will need to forget about the 7-1 shellacking Chelsea dished out last month in order to have a chance at winning.

Fantasy Premier League: Matchweek 34

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By AVI CREDITOR

Fulham and Stoke City pulled a fast one on Fantasy Premier League managers by postponing their match this week until later in the season. It makes sense, because Fulham already had Thursday's Europa League match in addition to a Premier League tie at Liverpool.

This Weekend's Soccer on TV

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The most anticipated match of the European club season is upon us this weekend, and it may just wind up deciding who lifts the Spanish First Division title this season.

Real Madrid plays host to FC Barcelona on Saturday in the latest installment of 'El Clasico', and with both teams currently tied on points in the La Liga standings, a loss in this match could prove devastating to the loser's title chances.

USSF Division 2 Season Preview: NASL Conference

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By TRAVIS CLARK

For the majority of this winter, it looked like second division soccer in the United States was extinct. Squabbling between the newly-formed NASL and established USL left the second tier hanging in the balance.

USSF Division 2 Season Preview: USL Conference

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By TRAVIS CLARK

When the USSF brokered the deal to ensure second-division soccer took place in 2010, adopting the leagues names as conferences seemed like a logical step. It was a way of paying homage to the two sides that supply the 12 teams that comprise the league.

USSF Division 2 Week One: A Look Ahead

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By TRAVIS CLARK

A second division soccer league is on the verge of kicking off, a moment many U.S. soccer observers thought impossible earlier this year.

With the NASL-USL hatchet buried (for the time being, at least), the 12 clubs that comprise the USSF-run league will leave controversies behind and get down to the business of competing for a championship.

SBI's Philly Union Ticket Contest Winner: Jeff Neumann

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Congratulations to Philadelphia Union fan Jeff Neumann, the winner of the inaugural SBI Philadelphia Union Ticket Contest.

Jeff posted what we felt was the entry most reflective of what Philadelphia-area soccer fans are experiencing with their new team.

Jeff will receive two club seat tickets for Saturday's match between the Philly Union and D.

WPS Week One: A Look Ahead

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By DAN LAULETTAÂ

Sky Blue FC will be forced to open defense of the WPS championship without the services of goalkeeper Jenni Branam after she suffered a broken patella in a collision during a Monday scrimmage. Branam is expected to undergo surgery on her right knee and the timetable for her return has been estimated at four to six weeks.

MLS Week Three: A Look Ahead

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The busiest day in Major League Soccer history will take place on Saturday, when a record eight MLSÂ matches will be played across the country.

You name it and it's probably on the schedule. Conference rivals doing battle? Check. cross-country showdown? There's that too. Expansion team making its home debut?

WPS Week One: A Look Ahead

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By DAN LAULETTAÂ

Sky Blue FC will be forced to open defense of the WPS championship without the services of goalkeeper Jenni Branam after she suffered a broken patella in a collision during a Monday scrimmage. Branam is expected to undergo surgery on her right knee and the timetable for her return has been estimated at four to six weeks.

MLS Week Three: A Look Ahead

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The busiest day in Major League Soccer history will take place on Saturday, when a record eight MLSÂ matches will be played across the country.

You name it and it's probably on the schedule. Conference rivals doing battle? Check. cross-country showdown? There's that too. Expansion team making its home debut?

SBI's Philly Union Ticket Contest Winner: Jeff Neumann

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Congratulations to Philadelphia Union fan Jeff Neumann, the winner of the inaugural SBI Philadelphia Union Ticket Contest.

Jeff posted what we felt was the entry most reflective of what Philadelphia-area soccer fans are experiencing with their new team.

Jeff will receive two club seat tickets for Saturday's match between the Philly Union and D.

USSF Division 2 Week One: A Look Ahead

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By TRAVIS CLARK

A second division soccer league is on the verge of kicking off, a moment many U.S. soccer observers thought impossible earlier this year.

With the NASL-USL hatchet buried (for the time being, at least), the 12 clubs that comprise the USSF-run league will leave controversies behind and get down to the business of competing for a championship.

USSF Division 2 Season Preview: USL Conference

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By TRAVIS CLARK

When the USSF brokered the deal to ensure second-division soccer took place in 2010, adopting the leagues names as conferences seemed like a logical step. It was a way of paying homage to the two sides that supply the 12 teams that comprise the league.

USSF Division 2 Season Preview: NASL Conference

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By TRAVIS CLARK

For the majority of this winter, it looked like second division soccer in the United States was extinct. Squabbling between the newly-formed NASL and established USL left the second tier hanging in the balance.

This Weekend's Soccer on TV

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The most anticipated match of the European club season is upon us this weekend, and it may just wind up deciding who lifts the Spanish First Division title this season.

Real Madrid plays host to FC Barcelona on Saturday in the latest installment of 'El Clasico', and with both teams currently tied on points in the La Liga standings, a loss in this match could prove devastating to the loser's title chances.

Fantasy Premier League: Matchweek 34

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By AVI CREDITOR

Fulham and Stoke City pulled a fast one on Fantasy Premier League managers by postponing their match this week until later in the season. It makes sense, because Fulham already had Thursday's Europa League match in addition to a Premier League tie at Liverpool.

Americans Abroad: A Look Ahead

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Brad Friedel and Aston Villa are a step away from reaching the finals of the FA Cup, but in order to get there they will need to defeat a team that gave them one of the biggest beatings of the season less than two weeks ago.

Aston Villa will clash with arguably the best team in the FA Cup, Chelsea, at Wembley Stadium on Saturday, and the Villans will need to forget about the 7-1 shellacking Chelsea dished out last month in order to have a chance at winning.

Jaqua suffers injury setback, undergoes surgery

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By JOSE M. ROMERO

Seattle Sounders FC was dealt a blow Thursday with the announcement from the club that forward Nate Jaqua had surgery Wednesday in Philadelphia to repair what was termed as a lower abdominal fascia.

Liverpool and Fulham roll to Europa League semifinals

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A day after the last of the English teams was eliminated from the UEFA Champions League, two Premier League teams rose to the occasion to keep the league represented in the Europa League.

Liverpool posted a dominant 4-1 victory against Benfica to score a 5-3 aggregate victory and book a place into the semifinals.

Philly Union sets sights on Carlos Ruiz

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The Philadelphia Union's need for a goal-scoring forward has led them to a familiar face in MLS circles, an enigmatic but dangerous striker who could provide the spark up top the Union desperately needs in year one.

The Union has filed a discovery claim on former MLS MVP Carlos Ruiz and is trying to sign the striker before the close of the April 15 transfer window, Sources within MLS told SBI on Thursday.

The SBI Philadelphia Union Ticket Contest

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Are you a Philadelphia-area soccer fan ready to live the dream of seeing your own professional soccer team play in your hometown this weekend? If so, SBI has a contest just for you.

We are giving away two club seat tickets to Saturday's home opener at Lincoln Financial Field between the Philadelphia Union at D.

Europa League: Matchday Commentary

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The Europa League quarterfinals conclude today with eight teams still battling for places in the semifinals.

Fulham and Liverpool are carrying the flag for the English Premier League as both teams look to knock off tough opponents. The Cottagers carry a 2-1 advantage to Germany against Wolfsburg, while the Reds look to erase a 2-1 deficit against Benfica.

SBI Live Q&A (April 8)

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Another week has gone by, meaning it is time for another SBI Live Q&A.

With so much going on in the soccer world lately, from the UEFA Champions League to the return of MLS, to the countdown to the World Cup, we've got more than enough to discuss this week.

You know the routine. Send your soccer questions (as well as any pop culture questions) my way and I will try to answer as many of them as possible.

Mid-Day Ticker: Manchester United deals for 'Chicharito', Lennon set for return and more

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Manchester United's quest to get younger and replenish its talent pool has led it to Mexico and one of CONCACAF's brightest young stars.

The English powerhouse has reached an agreement with Chivas de Guadalajara for the rights to Mexican national team striker Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez, a deal that is contingent on Hernandez securing a work permit.

SBI Live Q&A set for 1pm Today

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Good afternoon folks. Apologies for the slow start to the day, but we've got a few things brewing this afternoon to keep an eye out for. First off, I will be hosting a new Live Q&A at 1pm. Get your soccer (and pop culture) questions ready and I will be answering as many of them as I can during what has become our weekly Live Q&A session.

Fantasy MLS: Week 3

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For a game in which so much is determined by team success, who would have thought that New York Red Bulls players would be hot Fantasy MLS commodities?

Yet a couple of weeks into the season, that's exactly the situation in which we find ourselves.

Bayern knocks out Man United, will face Lyon in UCL semis

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Two unimaginable events took place in Manchester on Wednesday. First, Wayne Rooney got the start for Manchester United despite having originally been ruled out for several weeks with a serious ankle sprain. Second, Manchester United blew a two-goal lead at Old Trafford.

Bayern Munich overcame an three-goal blitz from Manchester United with two goals of their own, including a series-clinching beauty from Arjen Robben to help Bayern edge Manchester United on away goals after the two-leg quarterfinal series finished tied at 4-4.

Evening Ticker: Dempsey sidelined, U.S. Open Cup matches set and more

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If Fulham is to pull off the improbable and reach the Europan League semifinals, the Cottagers will need to do so without Clint Dempsey.

The American midfielder/forward will miss Fulham's quarterfinal second leg vs. Wolfsburg on Thursday with a thigh injury. He suffered the injury during Fulham's recent win vs.

UEFA Champions League: Your Running Commentary

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With Barcelona and Inter Milan already set for what should be a memorable semifinal, the final two places in the UEFA Champions League semis will be sealed today as Manchester United takes on Bayern Munich (2:45pm, FSC/FSE)Â and Bordeaux faces Lyon (2:45pm, Fox Soccer Plus)Â in two quality quarterfinal second legs.

SBI's 23 for 2010 (April Edition)

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A little more than two months stands between the U.S. national team and its World Cup destiny, less than 10 weeks before 23 Americans will be chosen to represent the United States in sport's biggest event.

The World Cup roster picture is pretty clear for the most part, but some plotlines continue to develop as we draw ever closer to Bob Bradley's deadline to pick his roster.

An in-depth look at Jose Francisco Torres (in Spanish)

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If you always wanted to know more about Jose Francisco Torres, but never knew much, the folks at ESPN Deportes put together a comprehensive profile on the U.

A salute to Charlie Davies

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It doesn't seem like just six months ago since since Charlie Davies' fateful car accident and a moment that shook U.S. national team soccer fans to their cores, but here we are, six months on and that much closer to Davies making a miraculous recovery.

Davies is projected to return to action for Sochaux in early May, which would mark just seven months since the accident.

Women's Professional Soccer: 2010 Season Preview

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The second season of Women's Professional Soccer kicks off this weekend with all eight teams in action, including Sunday's all-expansion battle between the Atlanta Beat and Philadelphia Independence.Â

The league is awash with change this season, having had to contract the Los Angeles Sol when negotiations with a new ownership group fell through at the last minute.

Copa Libertadores group stages continue in Week 10

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With this year's edition of the Copa Libertadores giving Mexico's Chivas and San Luis byes into the Round of 16 because of the swine flu debacle last year, only six of the top second-placed teams from the eight groups will move on.

UEFA Champions League: Your Running Commentary

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The UEFA Champions League will see its first two semifinalists determined today in a pair of tightly-contested quarterfinal contests playing their second legs.

The main event of the day features FC Barcelona playing host to Arsenal (2:45pm, FSN/FSE/DirecTV). The team's tied, 2-2, in the first leg in London and today's second leg is promising to be another exciting affair.

Sounders continue to face home scoring woes

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By JOSE M. ROMERO

They weren't, and probably won't be last year's New York Red Bulls. But Saturday night's Seattle Sounders FC was in many ways the same club as it was in Year One. And that doesn't bode well for the Rave Green and its faithful.

Afternoon Ticker: Holden sets Bolton return, Champions League rewind and more

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Stuart Holden is still recovering from the nasty fibula injury he suffered back in March, but the Bolton Wanderers midfielder has set his sights on a return date.

Messi's Champions League masterpiece

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Lionel Messi's four-goal masterpiece in Barcelona's 4-1 mauling of Arsenal on Tuesday was easily one of the most amazing performances in recent memory, the type of game that inspires fans and fellow players around the world. The type of performance that reminds us why we love this game so much.

Wednesday Kickoff: Ching set to miss 4-6 weeks, Reyna takes USSF gig and more

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When Brian Ching went down clutching his hamstring during the Houston Dynamo's match vs. Real Salt Lake last week, it was pretty clear the veteran striker had just suffered a serious injury. Now we know just how serious.

SBI's 23 for 2010 (April Edition)

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A little more than two months stands between the U.S. national team and its World Cup destiny, less than 10 weeks before 23 Americans will be chosen to represent the United States in sport's biggest event.

The World Cup roster picture is pretty clear for the most part, but some plotlines continue to develop as we draw ever closer to Bob Bradley's deadline to pick his roster.

Wednesday Kickoff: Ching set to miss 4-6 weeks, Reyna takes USSF gig and more

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When Brian Ching went down clutching his hamstring during the Houston Dynamo's match vs. Real Salt Lake last week, it was pretty clear the veteran striker had just suffered a serious injury. Now we know just how serious.

Messi's Champions League masterpiece

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Lionel Messi's four-goal masterpiece in Barcelona's 4-1 mauling of Arsenal on Tuesday was easily one of the most amazing performances in recent memory, the type of game that inspires fans and fellow players around the world. The type of performance that reminds us why we love this game so much.

Afternoon Ticker: Holden sets Bolton return, Champions League rewind and more

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Stuart Holden is still recovering from the nasty fibula injury he suffered back in March, but the Bolton Wanderers midfielder has set his sights on a return date.

Sounders continue to face home scoring woes

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By JOSE M. ROMERO

They weren't, and probably won't be last year's New York Red Bulls. But Saturday night's Seattle Sounders FC was in many ways the same club as it was in Year One. And that doesn't bode well for the Rave Green and its faithful.

Copa Libertadores group stages continue in Week 10

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By NESTOR F. SEBASTIANÂ Â

With this year's edition of the Copa Libertadores giving Mexico's Chivas and San Luis byes into the Round of 16 because of the swine flu debacle last year, only six of the top second-placed teams from the eight groups will move on.

Women's Professional Soccer: 2010 Season Preview

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By DAN LAULETTA

The second season of Women's Professional Soccer kicks off this weekend with all eight teams in action, including Sunday's all-expansion battle between the Atlanta Beat and Philadelphia Independence.Â

The league is awash with change this season, having had to contract the Los Angeles Sol when negotiations with a new ownership group fell through at the last minute.

UEFA Champions League: Your Running Commentary

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The UEFA Champions League will see its first two semifinalists determined today in a pair of tightly-contested quarterfinal contests playing their second legs.

The main event of the day features FC Barcelona playing host to Arsenal (2:45pm, FSN/FSE/DirecTV). The team's tied, 2-2, in the first leg in London and today's second leg is promising to be another exciting affair.

A salute to Charlie Davies

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It doesn't seem like just six months ago since since Charlie Davies' fateful car accident and a moment that shook U.S. national team soccer fans to their cores, but here we are, six months on and that much closer to Davies making a miraculous recovery.

Davies is projected to return to action for Sochaux in early May, which would mark just seven months since the accident.

An in-depth look at Jose Francisco Torres (in Spanish)

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If you always wanted to know more about Jose Francisco Torres, but never knew much, the folks at ESPN Deportes put together a comprehensive profile on the U.

Barcelona vs. Arsenal: Who will win?

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After playing an unforgettable first leg, FC Barcelona and Arsenal will do battle today (2:45pm, FSN/FSE/DirecTV)Â for a berth in the UEFA Champions League semifinals.

Barcelona settled for a 2-2 draw in the first leg after initially holding a 2-0 lead in a match it was thoroughly dominating.

Algerians/Slovenians Abroad: Weekend Rewind

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By FRANCO PANIZO

West Bromwich Albion got one step closer to assuring automatic promotion back into the Premiership next season with a win against Leicester City this weekend, and the club can partially thank Robert Koren for that.

Koren scored the final two goals in a 3-0 West Brom win that saw the club extend its point lead to 12 over third-place Nottingham Forest (the lead is now 11 after games were played on Monday).

Americans Abroad: Monday Rewind

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Alejandro Bedoya has begun to establish himself as a starter for Orebro SK, and his performance on Monday was the latest piece of evidence.

Bedoya started and played 90 minutes in his fourth consecutive match as Orebro disposed of AIK, 1-0. The win ended Bedoya and Orebro's two-game skid and puts them in sixth place of the 16-team Swedish League.

Mid-Day Ticker: Toronto dumps Gerba, Mansally wins honor and more

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Toronto FC signed Ali Gerba with hopes of having the Canadian national team striker be the goal-scoring threat the club had been looking for.

It didn't quite work out that way.

TFC parted ways with Gerba on Monday, terminating his contract and ending a brief tenure that saw him score just one goal in 11 appearances in 2009.

SBI MLS Team of the Week: New York Red Bulls

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There were a handful of teams that were worthy candidates of this week's MLS Team of the Week honor, but one stood out above the rest.

While the Los Angeles Galaxy impressed in beating Chivas USA, and New England showed great resolve in scoring a road victory against D.C.

SBI MLS Power Rankings (Week 2)

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Western Conference powers took a hit this week as the Seattle Sounders and Real Salt Lake both suffered tough losses in tightly-contested matches.

Those results, coupled with another impressive showing by the revamped New York Red Bulls have helped shake up this week's SBI MLS Power Rankings.

SBI MLS Player of the Week & Best XI (Week 2)

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It may seem odd for a second-half substitute who only played 21 minutes to win an MLS Player of the Week Award, but it is what Kenny Mansally did in this 21 minutes that made all the difference for him and the New England Revolution this week.

The Revs were being dominated by D.

Monday Kickoff: Rooney set for shock return, an MLS option for Trez and more

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Just when you thought Wayne Rooney was injured and Manchester United's hopes of winning the UEFA Champions League were dashed, now comes word that the England star could be set for a shocking recovery from sprained ankle ligaments.

Rooney suffered a sprained right ankle in last week's Champions League loss to Bayern Munich, and while the injury forced him to miss Manchester United's crucial Premier League loss to Chelsea on Saturday, Rooney is reportedly recovering well and could be available for the second leg against Bayern on Wednesday.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

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By FRANCO PANIZO

If getting consistent playing time is a prerequisite for making the U.S. World Cup team, Jose Francisco Torres has one less thing to worry about.Â

Torres started his eighth consecutive match for Pachuca in the club's 2-1 win over Indios de Ciudad Juarez.

New England Revolution 2, D.C. United 0: A Look Back

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By AVI CREDITOR

WASHINGTON - The 20,664 at RFK Stadium didn't have time to comprehend the deflating nature of Kenny Mansally's first goal by the time he lofted his second dagger into the upper left-hand corner of the net.

Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

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Sunday's Eastern match between Everton and West Ham doesn't have the same sizzle as the table-topping clash between Chelsea and Manchester United, but it still has tons of meaning for both sides.

For West Ham, the match is one of a dwindling number of chances the Hammers has to avoid the relegation zone.

Gomez scores again, nets equalizer in Puebla's 1-1 tie vs. Morelia

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Herculez Gomez just can't stop scoring.

The American striker scored his eight goal in 13 matches on Sunday, netting a second-half equalizer just six minutes after coming in as a substitute in Puebla's 1-1 draw vs. Morelia. The goal marked Gomez's eighth goal in his past ten matches.

New York Red Bulls at Seattle Sounders: Match Night Commentary

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The New York Red Bulls are in Seattle tonight to take on the Sounders in a battle of 1-0 teams.

The Sounders opened their season with a comprehensive 2-0 victory vs. the Philadelphia Union, while the Red Bulls opened with a strong showing in a 1-0 victory vs. the Chicago Fire.

There will be plenty of important individual battles, from Juan Pablo Angel vs.

New England Revolution at D.C. United: Match Night Commentary

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D.C. United kicks off another home campaign by welcoming the New England Revolution to the nation's capital (7:30 p.m., MLS Direct Kick).

Both teams are coming off unimpressive season openers, with United falling 4-0 at Kansas City and New England dropping a 1-0 result to the Los Angeles Galaxy at the Home Depot Center.

MLS Week Two: A Look Ahead

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It is a light day in Major League Soccer, with just three matches on the schedule as MLS takes a bit of a break on this Easter Weekend.

The Houston Dynamo and Los Angeles Galaxy won key Western Conference clashes on Thursday, while today offers a pair if inter-conference battles and one key Eastern Conference clash.

Chicago Fire at Colorado Rapids: Matchday Commentary

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The Chicago Fire will take on the Colorado Rapids today at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in a key intra-conference clash (4pm, Telefutura).

The Rapids come in off a 1-0 road victory against Chivas USA, while the Fire come off a disappointing 1-0 loss to the Chicago Fire.

Edu scores winner in Rangers' 1-0 victory

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After surprisingly dropping its midweek match, Rangers returned to its winning ways against Hamilton Academical, and it was Maurice Edu who handed the club the victory.

Edu, who started and played 90 minutes, scored the lone goal in Rangers' 1-0 win on Saturday, finishing off a nifty passing sequence with a tap in from close range in the 11th minute.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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Manchester United takes on Chelsea today (7:45am, ESPN2) with first place in the Premier League on the line as both teams enter the match without their top strikers.

If you will be watching today's soccer action on TV, please feel free to share your thoughts, opinions and some play-by-play in the comments section below.

Jones still struggling to recover, likely ruled out for World Cup

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Since suffering a shin injury last June, Jermaine Jones has aimed to recover in time to play in his first World Cup, but that goal looks unlikely as Jones has yet to make significant progress.

Jones traveled to Los Angeles earlier this week to visit U.

Which forward would you take to the World Cup?

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The race to fill the remaining roster spots at forward for the U.S. World Cup team is about as wide open as you could imagine and with Brian Ching suffering a hamstring injury, and Robbie Findley starting out on the bench for Real Salt Lake last night, you have to wonder just who is leading this race to fill the final forward spots.

Galaxy outmuscles Chivas USA to win the Superclasico

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 By ADAM SERRANO

Chivas USA may have brought a different team and a new outlook to this year's clásico, but the result was still the same, a Galaxy victory.

Friday Kickoff: Ching injured, Fulham wins in Europa and more

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Brad Davis converted a pair of penalty kicks to help give the Houston Dynamo a crucial 2-1 victory against Real Salt Lake on Thursday night, but the bigger story was an injury to forward Brian Ching that could jeopardize his World Cup chances.

Ching pulled his left hamstring during the match, and was forced to leave, and while the initial prognosis was a hamstring strain, Ching's injury looked more serious than that.

Americans Abroad: A Look Ahead

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Jonathan Spector and West Ham United are feeling the mounting pressure to avoid relegation after having lost their last six games, but ending that unkind streak won't be an easy task to accomplish this weekend.

Spector and West Ham travel to Goodison Park on Saturday to butt heads with Everton, which has lost just once in its last six games.

Galaxy dominate Chivas USA, 2-0

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A pair of Edson Buddle goals was the difference as the Galaxy dominated from the opening whistle to dispatch their in-stadium rivals, Chivas USA 2-0 at Home Depot Center on Thursday night. The Galaxy opened up the scoring early with a beautiful header by Buddle, who received a perfect cross from Landon Donovan that he slotted behind Chivas keeper Dan Kennedy.

MLS Thursday Night: Your Running Commentary

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The second week of the MLS season kicks off tonight with a pair of Western Conference showdowns among four 2009 playoff participants.

Defending champions Real Salt Lake face their first tough test of the new season by traveling to Robertson Stadium to take on the Houston Dynamo (9pm, ESPN2).

Catching up with Herculez Gomez

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If the recent goal-scoring streak being put together by Herculez Gomez in Mexico had you wondering about the former Los Angeles, Colorado and Kansas City player, wonder no more.

I caught up with Gomez this week to discuss his red-hot run in the Mexican League, his World Cup aspiration and the injury that most impacted his career.

Galaxy and Chivas USA gear up for 'SuperClasico'

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BY ADAM SERRANO

CARSON, CALIF-- Landon Donovan owns Chivas USA. The stats show it, and anyone who has watched the 'SuperClasico" in recent years knows it.

Donovan has recorded 10 goals in 18 career matches vs.

Europa League Quarterfinals: Your Running Commentary

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The Europa League Quarterfinals kick off today with four quality match-ups that should offer up a nice follow up to the excitement generated by the mid-week UEFA Champions League slate.

Clint Dempsey will look to ride the momentum of his magical series-winner vs. Juventus as Fulham faces German champions Wolfsburg, while Liverpool travels to Benfica in what is arguably the most highly-anticipated match-up of the round.

Fantasy Premier League: Matchweek 33

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By AVI CREDITOR

There's a reason for the Emergency Captain Rule in the Fantasy Premier League game, and many managers are thankful for it after a series of surprising roster moves over the weekend.

The matchday scratches of Mikel Arteta, Wayne Rooney and Didier Drogba left fantasy managers who selected any of them as the week's captain in a panic.

MLS adds second Designated Player slot per team, clubs allowed to buy third slot

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Major League Soccer has just announced that, effective immediately, all teams will have two Designated Player slots and all teams will be allowed to purchase a third Designated Player slot.

No, this is NOT an April Fool's Joke.

According to the new guidelines, teams can have two Designated Players on their roster, with each player counting $335,000 against the salary cap.

Thursday Kickoff: Fabregas fears broken leg, Rooney has minor damage and more

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Cesc Fabregas hit a crucial late late penalty kick to give Arsenal a 2-2 draw vs. FC Barcelona in Champions League action on Wednesday, but that could be the last contribution he gives the Gunners this season.

Fabregas limped off after the quarterfinal first-leg in London with what he is fearing is a broken leg.

Nowak coming out of retirement to play for Union

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Peter Nowak had some harsh things to say about Freddie Ljungberg last week, but the Philadelphia Union manager had a revelation after watching what he felt were questionable moves by Ljungberg and preferential treatment by referees toward Ljungberg.