Soccer By Ives Archives for January 2010

England struggles to edge Japan, 2-1

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The Japanese men's national team scored all three goals in its friendly vs. England on Sunday. Unfortunately for the World Cup-bound Asian squad, two of those goals were scored for England.

The English overcame a first-half deficit, and a missed Frank Lampard penalty kick, as two own goals by Japan gave England a less-than-inspiring 2-1 exhibition win in Graz, Austria.

NYRB Seeing Red in Loss to Revs

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BY MIKE NASTRI

Two red cards doomed the Red Bulls as the Revolution pulled out a victory behind Zack Schilawski's winner in the 80th minute.

Red cards to Carlos Mendes and Roy Miller put NYRB two men down and Shalrie Joseph took advantage playing a perfect chip to the streaking rookie who headed it home for the Revs first win since April, 10th.

Revs Slide By Shorthanded Red Bulls 3-2

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Two red cards doomed the Red Bulls as the Revolution pull out a victory behind a Zack Schilawski winner in the 80th minute.

Red cards to Carlos Mendes and Roy Miller put NYRB two men down and Shairie Joseph took advantage playing a perfect chip to the streaking rookie who headed it home for the Revs first win since April, 10th.

New York Red Bulls v. New England Revolution: Match Night Commentary

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BY MIKE NASTRI

The second-place Red Bulls travel up to Gillette Stadium to take on the New England Revolution (8pm MSG) in their first match-up in the MLS season.

The Revolution are winless in their last seven games (0-5-2), fresh off a 1-0 loss to Toronto last week.

MLS Match Night (Your Running Commentary)

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While the U.S. national team took away most of the attention this weekend, now that the victory vs. Turkey is in the bag, American fans can turn their attentions to Major League Soccer.

The MLS schedule tonight features a battle of unbeatens as the Los Angeles Galaxy takes on the Columbus Crew for the title of best team in MLS.

United States battles back, tops Turkey 2-1

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By FRANCO PANIZO

PHILADELPHIA- If the U.S. men's national team was looking for a challenge its send-off series finale against Turkey, it got just that as it had to rattle off a shaky to start to post a 2-1 victory at Lincoln Financial Field.

Jozy Altidore and Clint Dempsey each scored second-half goals off Landon Donovan assists, erasing a 1-0 deficit after Arda Turan netted on a counterattack in the 27th minute.

USA vs. Turkey (Matchday Commentary)

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The U.S. men's national team takes on Turkey today (2pm, ESPN2) in its final match before departing for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

The United States should feature most of its starters today against a strong Turkish squad that is arguably one of the best teams not going to the World Cup.

USA vs. Turkey: The Pre-Game Tailgate

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Good morning folks. Today is the day the U.S. national team plays its final match before departing for South Africa and the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

The Americans take on Turkey today (2pm, ESPN2, Galavision) in a match that should offer a stern test for Bob Bradley's squad. Bradley is expected to trot out a lineup that will closely resemble the team he will likely field against England on June 12th, though we could see a surprise or two.

Fire Update: De Los Cobos set for more tinkering

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By ANTHONY ZILIS

After practice on Tuesday, Chicago Fire head coach Carlos de Los Cobos talked to his team at the center of the field for about 20 minutes.

His team is 0-3-2Â in all combined games in May as it hits a crucial stretch of three home MLS games before the World Cup break.

Saint Louis Athletica folding, AC St. Louis safe for now

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The financial mess in St. Louis has claimed its first victim. It was announced that St. Louis Athletica of the WPS will fold, becoming the second club to fold this year in the league. Jeff Cooper, one of the financial backers in St. Louis, broke the news to the team.

A financial crisis that impacts both the Athletica and the USSF D-2 side A.

Galaxy prepare to face the Crew on Saturday in a battle of unbeatens

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BY ADAM SERRANO

While much of the focus this week has been on the World Cup, a pair MLS unbeatens will do battle on Saturday as the Los Angeles Galaxy head east to take on the Columbus Crew.

The Galaxy bring the league's best defense to Ohio having only allowed a pair of goals in route to 26 points and an 8-0-2 record which is best in MLS.

Who should the USMNT start vs. Turkey?

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The first chance for Bob Bradley to trot out his first choice starting lineup before the World Cup comes on Saturday against Turkey in Philadelphia.

USA ready for World Cup send-off match vs. Turkey

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By FRANCO PANIZO

The U.S. men's national team will take on Turkey in its final game on American soil before the World Cup, and the match should provide head coach Bob Bradley with a real look at his starting eleven.

With the final 23-man roster finalized, Saturday's match at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, PA (2pm, ESPN2) should help Bradley fine tune his team as it heads towards South Africa.

Fire settles for draw vs. FC Dallas

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The Chicago Fire dropped two more points at Toyota Park on Thursday night after settling for a 1-1 tie against FC Dallas at Toyota Park. The draw leaves the Fire winless in more than a month while FC Dallas adds its seventh tie of the season.

Brian McBride scored for Chicago to help negate an early David Ferreira goal, but the Fire missed several chances, including a shocking missed sitter by Mike Banner.

USMNT practice observations

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The first thing you should know about U.S. men's national team practices is that they are closed to the media. Well, except for the last 15 minutes, a time period that usually doesn't reveal much about the team besides who is doing well in finishing drills and crossing drills.

Afternoon Ticker: Lampard considers MLS, Adriano close to Roma move and more

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Frank Lampard has played his entire club career in England, but that hasn't stopped him from thinking of possibly joining MLS.

Canada Corner: Nutrilite Wrap, National Team News and More

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By KURTIS LARSON

Vancouver's dream of becoming the third different club in three years to hoist the Nutrilite Canadian Cup came to an end Wednesday night at Saputo Stadium drawing Montreal in the tournament's fifth game. A surprisingly inspired Impact side came from a goal down in the second half to level the score at 1-1 and send Toronto FC to their second consecutive CONCACAF tournament.

United States to play Brazil in August

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The U.S. men's national team will play Brazil on August 10 in its first match following the World Cup.

The match, which will be played at the new Meadowlands Stadium in northern New Jersey, falls on a FIFA-sanctioned fixture, meaning clubs will be required to release players called up.

Afternoon Ticker: Lampard considers MLS, Adriano close to Roma move and more

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Frank Lampard has played his entire club career in England, but that hasn't stopped him from thinking of possibly joining MLS.

USMNT practice observations

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The first thing you should know about U.S. men's national team practices is that they are closed to the media. Well, except for the last 15 minutes, a time period that usually doesn't reveal much about the team besides who is doing well in finishing drills and crossing drills.

On Thursday, we were lucky enough to get to see a bit more of training and there was a little more to see as the squad prepared for Saturday's friendly vs.

Fire settles for draw vs. FC Dallas

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The Chicago Fire dropped two more points at Toyota Park on Thursday night after settling for a 1-1 tie against FC Dallas at Toyota Park. The draw leaves the Fire winless in more than a month while FC Dallas adds its seventh tie of the season.

Brian McBride scored for Chicago to help negate an early David Ferreira goal, but the Fire missed several chances, including a shocking missed sitter by Mike Banner.

USA ready for World Cup send-off match vs. Turkey

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By FRANCO PANIZO

The U.S. men's national team will take on Turkey in its final game on American soil before the World Cup, and the match should provide head coach Bob Bradley with a real look at his starting eleven.

With the final 23-man roster finalized, Saturday's match at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, PA (2pm, ESPN2) should help Bradley fine tune his team as it heads towards South Africa.

Who should the USMNT start vs. Turkey?

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The first chance for Bob Bradley to trot out his first choice starting lineup before the World Cup comes on Saturday against Turkey in Philadelphia.

Galaxy prepare to face the Crew on Saturday in a battle of unbeatens

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BY ADAM SERRANO

While much of the focus this week has been on the World Cup, a pair MLS unbeatens will do battle on Saturday as the Los Angeles Galaxy head east to take on the Columbus Crew.

The Galaxy bring the league's best defense to Ohio having only allowed a pair of goals in route to 26 points and an 8-0-2 record which is best in MLS.

Saint Louis Athletica folding, AC St. Louis safe for now

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The financial mess in St. Louis has claimed its first victim. It was announced that St. Louis Athletica of the WPS will fold, becoming the second club to fold this year in the league. Jeff Cooper, one of the financial backers in St. Louis, broke the news to the team.

A financial crisis that impacts both the Athletica and the USSF D-2 side A.

Fire Update: De Los Cobos set for more tinkering

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By ANTHONY ZILIS

After practice on Tuesday, Chicago Fire head coach Carlos de Los Cobos talked to his team at the center of the field for about 20 minutes.

His team is 0-3-2Â in all combined games in May as it hits a crucial stretch of three home MLS games before the World Cup break.

SBI USSF Division 2 Power Rankings: Week 7

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By TRAVIS CLARK

The Austin Aztex refuse to lose. Austin is the hottest thing in the USSF D-2 League, dealing Miami FC its first loss of the season last night, running away as 3-1 winners, maintaining a six-game unbeaten streak.

Puerto Rico Islanders were also back in action last night after a lengthy break, losing 2-1 at home to the Carolina Railhawks.

Fantasy MLS: Week 10

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By AVI CREDITOR

This week's Major League Soccer slate is clearly highlighted by the matchup of unbeatens as the Columbus Crew host the Los Angeles Galaxy in what could be an (extremely) early preview of November's MLS Cup.

The match might not carry as many fantasy implications as some others on the week's fixture list, though.

SBI MLS Power Rankings (Week 9)

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The Los Angeles Galaxy has held a firm grip on the top spot in the MLS Rankings for two months now, but a challenger looks poised to try and take No. 1 from Bruce Arena's squad.

The Columbus Crew posted a pair of road victories to catapult itself into first place in the Eastern Conference and draw closer to the Galaxy just before the unbeaten teams are set to meet at Crew Stadium.

SBI's Live Q&A Set for 1pm Today

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After taking a week off from the SBI Live Q&A, it is time to bring it back in a week when there is a bunch to discuss.

We will have an SBI Live Q&A at 1pm today so be sure to check in with your soccer (and pop culture) questions as I try to answer as many of the questions as possible.

Stay tuned.

SBI Live Q&A (May 27th Edition)

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It is that time again. Time for SBI readers to send in their soccer (and pop culture) questions and time for me to answer as many of those questions as I can.

There are plenty of things to discuss, from the U.S. World Cup roster to the upcoming MLS match of the week between LA and Columbus, to the series finale of Lost.

SBI Live Q&A (May 27th Edition)

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It is that time again. Time for SBI readers to send in their soccer (and pop culture) questions and time for me to answer as many of those questions as I can.

There are plenty of things to discuss, from the U.S. World Cup roster to the upcoming MLS match of the week between LA and Columbus, to the series finale of Lost.

SBI's Live Q&A Set for 1pm Today

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After taking a week off from the SBI Live Q&A, it is time to bring it back in a week when there is a bunch to discuss.

We will have an SBI Live Q&A at 1pm today so be sure to check in with your soccer (and pop culture) questions as I try to answer as many of the questions as possible.

Stay tuned.

SBI MLS Power Rankings (Week 9)

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The Los Angeles Galaxy has held a firm grip on the top spot in the MLS Rankings for two months now, but a challenger looks poised to try and take No. 1 from Bruce Arena's squad.

The Columbus Crew posted a pair of road victories to catapult itself into first place in the Eastern Conference and draw closer to the Galaxy just before the unbeaten teams are set to meet at Crew Stadium.

Fantasy MLS: Week 10

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By AVI CREDITOR

This week's Major League Soccer slate is clearly highlighted by the matchup of unbeatens as the Columbus Crew host the Los Angeles Galaxy in what could be an (extremely) early preview of November's MLS Cup.

The match might not carry as many fantasy implications as some others on the week's fixture list, though.

Wednesday Kickoff: Decision Day looms for USMNT

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Today is the day the U.S. men's national team reveals its 23-man World Cup roster and after last night's 4-2 loss to the Czechs, the picture is a bit clearer as we move closer to the announcement (1:20pm, ESPN).

Donovan's new ESPN commercial

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Jozy Altidore recently made his ESPN commercial debut, but he isn't the only current U.S. national team player to score one of those prized slots.

Landon Donovan can be added to a list that includes the likes of Alexi Lalas and Tab Ramos, national team players to be in an ESPN commercial, with this new (and pretty funny) spot:

What did you think of the spot?

A bittersweet week in Seattle

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By JOSE M. ROMERO

As many ups and downs as Seattle Sounders FC has endured in its second season in MLS, this week was supposed to be more upbeat.

Afternoon Ticker: Mourinho poised to join Madrid, Holden offered extension and more

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By FRANCO PANIZO

One of the world's greatest coaches looks set to join one of the world's richest clubs.

Fresh off winning the Champions League with Inter Milan, Jose Mourinho looks poised to join Real Madrid. Club president Florentino Perez has announced a board meeting for Tuesday evening and stated that it pertains to the coaching position.

USA World Cup Team Announced

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Robbie Findley, Edson Buddle and Herculez Gomez have been chosen to try and solve the U.S. team need at forward after all three were named to the USA 23-man World Cup roster.

Veteran striker Brian Ching did not make the squad in the most surprising omission, while wing options Alejandro Bedoya and Robbie Rogers also missed the cut.

Thoughts on the U.S. World Cup roster

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Now that we have had a few hours to digest the selections made by Bob Bradley for the 23-man World Cup roster, it is time to take a step back and think about what the selections mean, and what the team looks like now.

Here is my piece for Fox Soccer on the selections and the squad the United States will be taking to South Africa.

AC Milan at D.C. United: Match Night Commentary

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By AVI CREDITOR

Ronaldinho & Co. have invaded the nation's capital, as AC Milan kicks off its North American tour by playing D.C. United in a mid-week friendly (8 p.m., live video stream here).

The Serie A power is without some of its top stars but still boasts a squad featuring the former FIFA World Player of the Year.

New York Red Bulls vs. Colorado Rapids US Open Cup: Matchday Commentary

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The Red Bulls and Rapids get ready to battle in the final play-in game to reach the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup (8PM streamed live starting at 7:55PM).

The Rapids defeated the Wizards 2-1 on April 13th to advance to this stage of the USOC. In their last MLS match, the Rapids slid by DC United 1-0 thanks to a goal by Mehdi Ballouchy.

Ronaldinho dazzles, but Pontius, United score surprise friendly result

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By AVI CREDITOR

WASHINGTON - Chris Pontius scored a goal and assisted on another in a 45-minute appearance as D.C. United held on to upend AC Milan, 3-2, in a friendly at RFK Stadium.

The majority of the 30,367 in attendance figured to see the Italian giants have their way with Major League's Soccer's worst side, and while Ronaldinho and Alexandre Pato teamed to generate some inspiring chances, United held the duo scoreless.

Red Bulls Pound Rapids to Advance in Open Cup

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BY MIKE NASTRI

The Red Bull "reserves" did it again.

NYRB's other squad dismantled the Colorado Rapids regulars 3-0 behind a brace by John Wolyniec and a goal by Conor Chinn.Â

The Red Bulls were dominating as they stifled a potent Rapids attack and showed great creativity in the attacking third.

Ronaldinho dazzles, but Pontius, United score surprise friendly result

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By AVI CREDITOR

WASHINGTON - Chris Pontius scored a goal and assisted on another in a 45-minute appearance as D.C. United held on to upend AC Milan, 3-2, in a friendly at RFK Stadium.

The majority of the 30,367 in attendance figured to see the Italian giants have their way with Major League's Soccer's worst side, and while Ronaldinho and Alexandre Pato teamed to generate some inspiring chances, United held the duo scoreless.

Red Bulls Pound Rapids to Advance in Open Cup

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BY MIKE NASTRI

The Red Bull "reserves" did it again.

NYRB's other squad dismantled the Colorado Rapids regulars 3-0 behind a brace by John Wolyniec and a goal by Conor Chinn.Â

The Red Bulls were dominating as they stifled a potent Rapids attack and showed great creativity in the attacking third.

AC Milan at D.C. United: Match Night Commentary

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By AVI CREDITOR

Ronaldinho & Co. have invaded the nation's capital, as AC Milan kicks off its North American tour by playing D.C. United in a mid-week friendly (8 p.m., live video stream here).

The Serie A power is without some of its top stars but still boasts a squad featuring the former FIFA World Player of the Year.

New York Red Bulls vs. Colorado Rapids US Open Cup: Matchday Commentary

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The Red Bulls and Rapids get ready to battle in the final play-in game to reach the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup (8PM streamed live starting at 7:55PM at http://www.newyorkredbulls.com/).

The Rapids defeated the Wizards 2-1 on April 13th to advance to this stage of the USOC.

Thoughts on the U.S. World Cup roster

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Now that we have had a few hours to digest the selections made by Bob Bradley for the 23-man World Cup roster, it is time to take a step back and think about what the selections mean, and what the team looks like now.

Here is my piece for Fox Soccer on the selections and the squad the United States will be taking to South Africa.

USA World Cup Team Announced

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Robbie Findley, Edson Buddle and Herculez Gomez have been chosen to try and solve the U.S. team need at forward after all three were named to the USA 23-man World Cup roster.

Veteran striker Brian Ching did not make the squad in the most surprising omission, while wing options Alejandro Bedoya and Robbie Rogers also missed the cut.

Afternoon Ticker: Mourinho poised to join Madrid, Holden offered extension and more

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By FRANCO PANIZO

One of the world's greatest coaches looks set to join one of the world's richest clubs.

Fresh off winning the Champions League with Inter Milan, Jose Mourinho looks poised to join Real Madrid. Club president Florentino Perez has announced a board meeting for Tuesday evening and stated that it pertains to the coaching position.

A bittersweet week in Seattle

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By JOSE M. ROMERO

As many ups and downs as Seattle Sounders FC has endured in its second season in MLS, this week was supposed to be more upbeat.

Donovan's new ESPN commercial

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Jozy Altidore recently made his ESPN commercial debut, but he isn't the only current U.S. national team player to score one of those prized slots.

Landon Donovan can be added to a list that includes the likes of Alexi Lalas and Tab Ramos, national team players to be in an ESPN commercial, with this new (and pretty funny) spot:

What did you think of the spot?

Wednesday Kickoff: Decision Day looms for USMNT

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Today is the day the U.S. men's national team reveals its 23-man World Cup roster and after last night's 4-2 loss to the Czechs, the picture is a bit clearer as we move closer to the announcement (1:20pm, ESPN).

Gomez makes strong World Cup case

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By AVI CREDITOR

EAST HARTFORD, Conn. - Herculez Gomez. United States men's national team.

Just months ago, the two joining forces seemed farther fetched than American fans rooting for England on June 12. After a season for the ages in Mexico, though, Gomez made his triumphant return to the national team with a goal in a 4-2 loss to the Czech Republic Tuesday night that may be the final chapter in a tremendous individual comeback story.

United States falls to Czech Republic, 4-2

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By FRANCO PANIZO

The United States men's national team got off to a strong start in its send-off series opener against the Czech Republic, but three second half goals would be its undoing as the Czech Republic won 4-2 at Rentschler Field in Hartford, CT on Tuesday night.

USA vs. Czech Republic: Match Night Commmentary

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The U.S. men's national team takes on the Czech Republic tonight (8pm, ESPN2) in their first of two friendlies before departing to South Africa for the 2010 World Cup.

Tonight will be the last chance for some of the fringe players on the 30-man provisional World Cup roster to prove themselves and earn a place on the 23-man World Cup roster, which will be announced on Wednesday.

USMNT looking for answers against Czech Republic

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 by FRANCO PANIZO

Whether it's a fringe player looking to cement a spot on the final 23-man roster, or a starter looking to silence his critics, the U.

USMNT looking for answers against Czech Republic

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by FRANCO PANIZO

Whether it's a fringe player looking to cement a spot on the final 23-man roster, or a starter looking to silence his critics, the U.S. men's national team's friendly against the Czech Republic (8pm, ESPN2) should provide answers for head coach Bob Bradley.

Tuesday Kickoff: England cruises, Argentina rolls and more

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Good morning all. The U.S. men's national kicks off its World Cup preparations tonight when it takes on the Czech Republic (8pm, ESPN2)Â in a friendly that will decide the roster fate of several fringe players.

On Monday, it was the U.S. team's opening World Cup opponent in action as England's World Cup preparations kicked off with a 3-1 victory against Mexico at Wembley Stadium.

Herculez Gomez is a magician

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When you grow up in Las Vegas it is only natural that you pick up some card tricks, so it shouldn't have come as a surprise that U.S. World Cup prospect Herculez Gomez would whip out some tricks during the U.S. team's train ride from Princeton to Hartford.

Here is Gomez showing off the magic skills, courtesy of USSoccer.

SBI's 23 for 2010: The Final Pre-World Cup Edition

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In just about 24 hours we could find out the final 23-man roster for the U.S. World Cup team. There are plenty of unanswered questions heading into tonight's friendly vs. the Czech Republic. Answers U.

SBI's 23 for 2010: The Final Pre-World Cup Edition

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In just about 24 hours we could find out the final 23-man roster for the U.S. World Cup team. There are plenty of unanswered questions heading into tonight's friendly vs. the Czech Republic. Answers U.

Herculez Gomez is a magician

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When you grow up in Las Vegas it is only natural that you pick up some card tricks, so it shouldn't have come as a surprise that U.S. World Cup prospect Herculez Gomez would whip out some tricks during the U.S. team's train ride from Princeton to Hartford.

Here is Gomez showing off the magic skills, courtesy of USSoccer.

Tuesday Kickoff: England cruises, Argentina rolls and more

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Good morning all. The U.S. men's national kicks off its World Cup preparations tonight when it takes on the Czech Republic (8pm, ESPN2)Â in a friendly that will decide the roster fate of several fringe players.

On Monday, it was the U.S. team's opening World Cup opponent in action as England's World Cup preparations kicked off with a 3-1 victory against Mexico at Wembley Stadium.

LA Galaxy to take on Inter Milan, August 7th

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BY ADAM SERRANO

The Los Angeles Galaxy will host reigning UEFA Champions League winners Inter Milan on August 7th, the team reported Monday.

The Nerazzuri will bring a line up that includes World Cup bound players like Argentine forward Diego Milito, Cameroon forward Samuel Eto'o and Dutch midfielder Wesley Sneijder.

Clarence Seedorf unfiltered

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By AVI CREDITOR

After a light training session ahead of Wednesday's friendly with D.C. United, Clarence Seedorf was among the few AC Milan players that met with the media before departing RFK Stadium for the day.

Brazilian snubs Ronaldinho and Alexandre Pato were not made available to the media, which was instructed to not bring up the World Cup if speaking to the Selecao stars.

USSF D-2: A Look Back at Week 7

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By TRAVIS CLARK

Soccer was supposed to make a triumphant return to St. Louis t his year. Steve Ralston had been brought in, and exciting crowds early in the season gave more reason for excitement.

Instead, it's been a rather calamitous two months for A.C. St. Louis, who slumped to another defeat at home, this time a 3-0 thrashing at the hands of fellow expansion team FC Tampa Bay Rowdies.

LA Galaxy to take on Inter Milan, August 7th

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BY ADAM SERRANO

The Los Angeles Galaxy will host reigning UEFA Champions League winners Inter Milan on August 7th, the team reported Monday.

The Nerazzuri will bring a line up that includes World Cup bound players like Argentine forward Diego Milito, Cameroon forward Samuel Eto'o and Dutch midfielder Wesley Sneijder.

USSF D-2: A Look Back at Week 7

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By TRAVIS CLARK

Soccer was supposed to make a triumphant return to St. Louis t his year. Steve Ralston had been brought in, and exciting crowds early in the season gave more reason for excitement.

Instead, it's been a rather calamitous two months for A.C. St. Louis, who slumped to another defeat at home, this time a 3-0 thrashing at the hands of fellow expansion team FC Tampa Bay Rowdies.

Clarence Seedorf unfiltered

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By AVI CREDITOR

After a light training session ahead of Wednesday's friendly with D.C. United, Clarence Seedorf was among the few AC Milan players that met with the media before departing RFK Stadium for the day.

Brazilian snubs Ronaldinho and Alexandre Pato were not made available to the media, which was instructed to not bring up the World Cup if speaking to the Selecao stars.

Saunders, Bowen lead Galaxy past Boca Juniors

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BY ADAM SERRANO

Another match, another shut out for the Los Angeles Galaxy.

A memorable performance by Josh Saunders and a late goal by Tristan Bowen were the difference on Sunday night as the Galaxy defeated Argentine giant Boca Juniors, 1-0, in front of 18,267 at the Home Depot Center.

Monday Kickoff: U.S. preps for Czechs, title weekend recap and more

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Good morning all. It's Monday and the start of one of the most important weeks of the year for American soccer fans. A week from now, we will know who the 23 players on the World Cup squad are, as well as knowing just what kind of shape that squad is in after playing a pair of friendlies on the East Coast.

SBI Video Corner: Post-Game Reaction from Red Bulls 3, Juventus 1

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Which player will you be watching when USA faces Czech Republic?

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The USA-Czech Republic friendly may just be an exhibition, but it will carry much more weight than most friendlies ever could.

The World Cup dreams of several players will be on the line on Tuesday night at Rentschler Field in East Hartford as we get our first glimpse of the group of players Bob Bradley will be choosing from to shape his 23-man roster.

Monday International Friendlies: Your Running Commentary

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By AVI CREDITOR

Two of the United States' chief rivals will do battle at Wembley Stadium, as England and Mexico meet in an international friendly (3 p.m., Fox Soccer Channel) that Fabio Capello scheduled in order to get a better look at CONCACAF competition.Â

The match is part of a nice slate of international action, as nine of the 32 teams that have qualified for the World Cup take part in friendlies.

Monday International Friendlies: Your Running Commentary

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By AVI CREDITOR

Two of the United States' chief rivals will do battle at Wembley Stadium, as England and Mexico meet in an international friendly (3 p.m., Fox Soccer Channel) that Fabio Capello scheduled in order to get a better look at CONCACAF competition.Â

The match is part of a nice slate of international action, as nine of the 32 teams that have qualified for the World Cup take part in friendlies.

Which player will you be watching when USA faces Czech Republic?

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The USA-Czech Republic friendly may just be an exhibition, but it will carry much more weight than most friendlies ever could.

The World Cup dreams of several players will be on the line on Tuesday night at Rentschler Field in East Hartford as we get our first glimpse of the group of players Bob Bradley will be choosing from to shape his 23-man roster.

SBI Video Corner: Post-Game Reaction from Red Bulls 3, Juventus 1

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Monday Kickoff: U.S. preps for Czechs, title weekend recap and more

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Good morning all. It's Monday and the start of one of the most important weeks of the year for American soccer fans. A week from now, we will know who the 23 players on the World Cup squad are, as well as knowing just what kind of shape that squad is in after playing a pair of friendlies on the East Coast.

Saunders, Bowen lead Galaxy past Boca Juniors

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BY ADAM SERRANO

Another match, another shut out for the Los Angeles Galaxy.

A memorable performance by Josh Saunders and a late goal by Tristan Bowen were the difference on Sunday night as the Galaxy defeated Argentine giant Boca Juniors, 1-0, in front of 18,267 at the Home Depot Center.

Cherundolo's veteran leadership a key for the USMNT

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Landon Donovan, Oguchi Onyewu and Carlos Bocanegra are all expected to provide veteran leadership at the World Cup, but one player whose leadership qualities will also be counted upon is Steve Cherundolo.

Fire blanked by Legia Warsaw

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By ANTHONY ZILIS

Chicago Fire head coach Carlos de Los Cobos sat in the Toyota Park press box with a stern look on his face following the Fires 3-0 loss to Legia Warsaw in the Sister Cities Tournament.

It was clear de Los Cobos didn't treat the tournament as a series of friendly matches as much as an opportunity for his club to get past a series of disappointing matches.

New York Red Bulls vs. Juventus: Matchday Commentary

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The New York Red Bulls take on Italian powerhouse Juventus at Red Bull Arena today (1pm, Fox Soccer Channel)Â in one of the many high-profile friendlies being played by MLS teams in coming weeks and months.

The Red Bulls are in the midst of a brutal schedule and will start a team of mostly reserves today, while Juventus will start out with a star-studded lineup featuring Alessandro Del Piero, David Trezeguet and Diego.

Streaking RSL makes Chivas USA latest victim

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BY ADAM SERRANO

Real Salt Lake came through in the clutch once more and earned a full three points on the road Saturday with a 2-1 victory against Chivas USA at the Home Depot Center.

Red Bulls rock Juventus 3-1

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BY MIKE NASTRI

The Red Bulls pulled out a commanding 3-1 victory over Juventus behind three second half goals by Jeremy Hall, Conor Chinn and Juan Pablo Angel.

The Red Bulls starting XI was most of the reserve team that has been playing US Open Cup matches.

Boca Juniors vs. Los Angeles Galaxy: Match Day Commentary

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BY ADAM SERRANO

The Los Angeles Galaxy take on legendary Argentinian club Boca Juniors tonight at the Home Depot Center.

Expect a reserve roster for both sides as the Argentinian giants will be without some of their most vaunted players like Martin Palermo due to international duty and Juan Roman Riquelme to injury.

Boca Juniors vs. Los Angeles Galaxy: Match Day Commentary

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The Los Angeles Galaxy take on legendary Argentinian club Boca Juniors tonight at the Home Depot Center.

Expect a reserve roster for both sides as the Argentinian giants will be without some of their most vaunted players like Martin Palermo due to international duty and Juan Roman Riquelme to injury.

Red Bulls rock Juventus 3-1

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BY MIKE NASTRI

The Red Bulls pulled out a commanding 3-1 victory over Juventus behind three second half goals by Jeremy Hall, Conor Chinn and Juan Pablo Angel.

The Red Bulls starting XI was most of the reserve team that has been playing US Open Cup matches.

Streaking RSL makes Chivas USA latest victim

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BY ADAM SERRANO

Real Salt Lake came through in the clutch once more and earned a full three points on the road Saturday with a 2-1 victory against Chivas USA at the Home Depot Center.

Fire blanked by Legia Warsaw

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By ANTHONY ZILIS

Chicago Fire head coach Carlos de Los Cobos sat in the Toyota Park press box with a stern look on his face following the Fires 3-0 loss to Legia Warsaw in the Sister Cities Tournament.

It was clear de Los Cobos didn't treat the tournament as a series of friendly matches as much as an opportunity for his club to get past a series of disappointing matches.

New York Red Bulls vs. Juventus: Matchday Commentary

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The New York Red Bulls take on Italian powerhouse Juventus at Red Bull Arena today (1pm, Fox Soccer Channel)Â in one of the many high-profile friendlies being played by MLS teams in coming weeks and months.

The Red Bulls are in the midst of a brutal schedule and will start a team of mostly reserves today, while Juventus will start out with a star-studded lineup featuring Alessandro Del Piero, David Trezeguet and Diego.

Cherundolo's veteran leadership a key for the USMNT

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Landon Donovan, Oguchi Onyewu and Carlos Bocanegra are all expected to provide veteran leadership at the World Cup, but one player whose leadership qualities will also be counted upon is Steve Cherundolo.

TFC stays unbeaten at BMO by downing Revs

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By KURTIS LARSON

A towering header from Chad Barrett in the 52nd minute proved enough to keep TFC undefeated at BMO Field and the Revolution winless in their last seven MLS games. The 20,672 on hand saw TFC keep their undefeated streak alive at five games in all competition while the shutout also saw the Revolution advance a scoreless streak to three games.

Real Salt Lake vs. Chivas USA: Matchday Commentary

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BY ADAM SERRANO

Tonight, Chivas USA welcomes the defending champions Real Salt Lake on a brisk night in Carson, California.

The Rojiblancos (3-5-1) will play their first game without co-captains Sacha Kljestan and Jonathan Bornstein who are away trying to make Bob Bradley's World Cup roster in Princeton, New Jersey.

TFC stays unbeaten at BMO by downing Revs

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By KURTIS LARSON

A towering header from Chad Barrett in the 52nd minute proved enough to keep TFC undefeated at BMO Field and the Revolution winless in their last seven MLS games. The 20,672 on hand saw TFC keep their undefeated streak alive at five games in all competition while the shutout also saw the Revolution advance a scoreless streak to three games.

D.C. United at Houston Dynamo: Your Running Commentary

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FC Dallas takes on the Houston Dynamo tonight (8pm, Galavision) in a match-up of teams that have won a combined six MLS Cup titles, but are going through periods of transition this year.

The Dynamo (4-4-1)Â enter in better shape than D.C., but inconsistency has doomed Houston to an average season so far as Dom Kinnear's squad copes with the loss of Stuart Holden and Ricardo Clark (as well as the season-ending surgery for Geoff Cameron).

Real Salt Lake vs. Chivas USA: Matchday Commentary

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Tonight, Chivas USA welcomes the defending champions Real Salt Lake on a brisk night in Carson, California.

The Rojiblancos (3-5-1) will play their first game without co-captains Sacha Kljestan and Jonathan Bornstein who are away trying to make Bob Bradley's World Cup roster in Princeton, New Jersey.

D.C. United at Houston Dynamo: Your Running Commentary

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FC Dallas takes on the Houston Dynamo tonight (8pm, Galavision) in a match-up of teams that have won a combined six MLS Cup titles, but are going through periods of transition this year.

The Dynamo (4-4-1)Â enter in better shape than D.C., but inconsistency has doomed Houston to an average season so far as Dom Kinnear's squad copes with the loss of Stuart Holden and Ricardo Clark (as well as the season-ending surgery for Geoff Cameron).

Onyewu inching towards completing comeback

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Oguchi Onyewu's place on the U.S. national team's World Cup roster may be all but assured, but many questions still remain about his ability to perform at the game's highest level.

UEFA Champions League Final: Your Running Commentary

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Italian champions Inter Milan take on German champions Bayern Munich in today's UEFA Champions League final in Madrid (2:45pm, FOX).

Jose Mourinho will look to win his second Champions League title and go out as Inter manager in grand style (assuming the rumors are true about him joining Real Madrid).

USMNT Training Camp: Day Five Update

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By FRANCO PANIZO

After enjoying a day off, the U.S. men's national team returned to the field in Princeton for the fifth day of the pre-World Cup training camp on Saturday. The players once again ended the training session with some fitness drills, and followed that up by speaking to the media.

USMNT Training Camp: Day Five Update

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By FRANCO PANIZO

After enjoying a day off, the U.S. men's national team returned to the field in Princeton for the fifth day of the pre-World Cup training camp on Saturday. The players once again ended the training session with some fitness drills, and followed that up by speaking to the media.

UEFA Champions League Final: Your Running Commentary

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Italian champions Inter Milan take on German champions Bayern Munich in today's UEFA Champions League final in Madrid (2:45pm, FOX).

Jose Mourinho will look to win his second Champions League title and go out as Inter manager in grand style (assuming the rumors are true about him joining Real Madrid).

Onyewu inching towards completing comeback

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Oguchi Onyewu's place on the U.S. national team's World Cup roster may be all but assured, but many questions still remain about his ability to perform at the game's highest level.

Sounders Update: Tournaments a key for Seattle

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By JOSE M. ROMERO

The most important goal for Seattle Sounders FC is winning the MLS Cup, coach Sigi Schmid said Wednesday.

But that doesn't diminish the emphasis placed on a strong CONCACAF Champions League performance and defending its U.S. Open Cup title, he added.

Pachuca signs Gomez

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Herculez Gomez is currently in the midst of trying to play his way onto the U.S. World Cup team as he takes part in the national team pre-World Cup training camp, but he was also looking for a new club after playing out his contract with Puebla.

Pachuca signs Gomez

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Herculez Gomez is currently in the midst of trying to play his way onto the U.S. World Cup team as he takes part in the national team pre-World Cup training camp, but he was also looking for a new club after playing out his contract with Puebla.

Sounders Update: Tournaments a key for Seattle

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By JOSE M. ROMERO

The most important goal for Seattle Sounders FC is winning the MLS Cup, coach Sigi Schmid said Wednesday.

But that doesn't diminish the emphasis placed on a strong CONCACAF Champions League performance and defending its U.S. Open Cup title, he added.

Canada Corner: TFC keeps rolling, Impact in first place and more

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By KURTIS LARSON

Toronto FC completed a three-game road swing in Burnaby, British Columbia with a 0-0 draw against the Whitecaps in Canadian Cup play Wednesday night. Following a shutout win at Montreal and a hard fought draw at the Home Depot Center, TFC faced an inspired Whitecaps side that was playing for their tournament life.

Who should start vs. the Czech Republic?

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The most important non-World Cup match of the year for the U.S. national team will take place on Tuesday, when the United States faces the Czech Republic in a friendly in East Hartford, Connecticut.

Who will win the UEFA Champions League Final?

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By AVI CREDITOR

Bayern Munich and Inter Milan will meet Saturday afternoon as the world's eyes turn to Estadio Santiago Bernabeu in Madrid for the UEFA Champions League final (2:30 p.m., Fox).Â

Both teams are in position to end the season with a treble, as Inter has already won the Scudetto and Coppa Italia and Bayern won the Bundesliga and German Cup.

USSF D-2: A Look Ahead at Week 7

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By TRAVIS CLARK

Just two months into the USSF Division 2 season, and off the field distractions hang over the head of new club St. Louis.

Ahead of a scheduled meeting with FC Tampa Bay Rowdies on Saturday evening, reports have emerged from St.

Chivas USA battle on without World Cup hopefuls

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BY ADAM SERRANO

The Galaxy isn't the only soccer club in Los Angeles without a pair of its largest contributors due to the World Cup. In fact, the team right across the hall at Home Depot Center has similar problems.

Canada Corner: TFC keeps rolling, Impact in first place and more

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By KURTIS LARSON

Toronto FC completed a three-game road swing in Burnaby, British Columbia with a 0-0 draw against the Whitecaps in Canadian Cup play Wednesday night. Following a shutout win at Montreal and a hard fought draw at the Home Depot Center, TFC faced an inspired Whitecaps side that was playing for their tournament life.

Chivas USA battle on without World Cup hopefuls

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BY ADAM SERRANO

The Galaxy isn't the only soccer club in Los Angeles without a pair of its largest contributors due to the World Cup. In fact, the team right across the hall at Home Depot Center has similar problems.

USSF D-2: A Look Ahead at Week 7

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By TRAVIS CLARK

Just two months into the USSF Division 2 season, and off the field distractions hang over the head of new club St. Louis.

Ahead of a scheduled meeting with FC Tampa Bay Rowdies on Saturday evening, reports have emerged from St.

Who will win the UEFA Champions League Final?

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By AVI CREDITOR

Bayern Munich and Inter Milan will meet Saturday afternoon as the world's eyes turn to Estadio Santiago Bernabeu in Madrid for the UEFA Champions League final (2:30 p.m., Fox).Â

Both teams are in position to end the season with a treble, as Inter has already won the Scudetto and Coppa Italia and Bayern won the Bundesliga and German Cup.

Fire Update: Johnson has mixed results in pro debut

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By ANTHONY ZILIS

Last season, Chicago Fire goalkeeper Andrew Dykstra won his team's backup spot in an exhibition match against Club America.

Dykstra's performance was impressive, and he eventually beat out former MLS Goalkeeper of the Year Jon Busch for this season's starting spot.

Who should start vs. the Czech Republic?

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The most important non-World Cup match of the year for the U.S. national team will take place on Tuesday, when the United States faces the Czech Republic in a friendly in East Hartford, Connecticut.

Friday Kickoff: Galaxy stay unbeaten, post another clean sheet

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By AVI CREDITOR

Despite playing without two of Major League Soccer's top offensive threats, the Los Angeles Galaxy extended their unbeaten streak to 10 games with a 1-0 victory over FC Dallas in Frisco Thursday night.

Mike Magee, expected to undertake a larger offensive role with Edson Buddle and Landon Donovan currently with the U.

Altidore confident as World Cup looms large

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By FRANCO PANIZO

It is no secret that the U.S. national team's forward position is in a state of flux, and although a handful of strikers are fighting for their World Cup lives, Jozy Altidore isn't one of them.

Morning Ticker: Grant leaves Pompey, Ribery staying put and more

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By AVI CREDITOR

Avram Grant, who took over at Portsmouth mid-season and guided the club to the FA Cup final, has resigned as manager and appears set to become Gianfranco Zola's replacement at West Ham.

Grant undertook the position at Fratton Park despite Portsmouth's financial straits, with the team eventually going into administration and being docked nine points that sealed relegation well before season's end.

Fire Update: Johnson has mixed result in professional debut

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By ANTHONY ZILIS

Last season, Chicago Fire goalkeeper Andrew Dykstra won his team's backup spot in an exhibition match against Club America.

Dykstra's performance was impressive, and he eventually beat out former MLS Goalkeeper of the Year Jon Busch for this season's starting spot.

Morning Ticker: Grant leaves Pompey, Ribery staying put and more

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By AVI CREDITOR

Avram Grant, who took over at Portsmouth mid-season and guided the club to the FA Cup final, has resigned as manager and appears set to become Gianfranco Zola's replacement at West Ham.

Grant undertook the position at Fratton Park despite Portsmouth's financial straits, with the team eventually going into administration and being docked nine points that sealed relegation well before season's end.

Altidore confident as World Cup looms large

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By FRANCO PANIZO

It is no secret that the U.S. national team's forward position is in a state of flux, and although a handful of strikers are fighting for their World Cup lives, Jozy Altidore isn't one of them.

Friday Kickoff: Galaxy stay unbeaten, post another clean sheet

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By AVI CREDITOR

Despite playing without two of Major League Soccer's top offensive threats, the Los Angeles Galaxy extended their unbeaten streak to 10 games with a 1-0 victory over FC Dallas in Frisco Thursday night.

Mike Magee, expected to undertake a larger offensive role with Edson Buddle and Landon Donovan currently with the U.

Nike's new World Cup commercial

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Leave it to the folks at Nike to put together a perfect commercial to get fans ready for the World Cup (complete with a cameo from Tim Howard and Landon Donovan).

Enjoy:

Even more excited for the World Cup? It's just three weeks away.

New York Red Bulls vs. Columbus Crew: Match Night Commentary

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The top two teams in the Eastern Conference square off tonight as the Columbus Crew makes its first visit to Red Bull ARena to take on the first-place Red Bulls.

The Crew enter the match unbeaten, but will be short-handed as Robbie Rogers and Chad Marshall are with the U.S. national team and Guillermo Barros Schelotto is serving a one-match suspension.

Columbus claims first place by downing Red Bulls

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BY MIKE NASTRI

Two first half goals by Eddie Gaven and Andy Iro lead the way for the Crew in a 3-1 victory over the New York Red Bulls.

The ex-Red Bull/Metrostar, Gaven, came back to bite his former team, scoring the first goal of the match and assisting on the second.

Columbus claims first place by downing Red Bulls

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Two first half goals by Eddie Gaven and Andy Iro lead the way for the Crew in a 3-1 victory over the New York Red Bulls.

The ex-Red Bull/Metrostar, Gaven, came back to bite his former team, scoring the first goal of the match and assisting on the second.

New York Red Bulls vs. Columbus Crew: Match Night Commentary

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The top two teams in the Eastern Conference square off tonight as the Columbus Crew makes its first visit to Red Bull ARena to take on the first-place Red Bulls.

The Crew enter the match unbeaten, but will be short-handed as Robbie Rogers and Chad Marshall are with the U.S. national team and Guillermo Barros Schelotto is serving a one-match suspension.

Nike's new World Cup commercial

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Leave it to the folks at Nike to put together a perfect commercial to get fans ready for the World Cup (complete with a cameo from Tim Howard and Landon Donovan).

Enjoy:

Even more excited for the World Cup? It's just three weeks away.


Thursday Kickoff: MLS teams in non-MLS action

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By AVI CREDITOR

Ludovic Giuly, a rumored Major League Soccer summer target, assisted on the lone goal as Paris Saint-Germain defeated the Chicago Fire in front of more than 9,000 at Toyota Park Wednesday night, 1-0.

Giuly's cross found Clement Chantome, and the midfielder headed home the 14th-minute pass by rookie goalkeeper Sean Johnson for the winning goal in the opening match of the Chicago Sister Cities International Cup.

Bradley grows into key role

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As the U.S. men's national team goes through its paces at day four of pre-World Cup training camp, one of the players with the most important roles on the team is Michael Bradley.

Though he's still just 22, Bradley has grown into a key force in central midfield and one of the few players who is locked in as a starter at a set position heading into the World Cup.

SBI USSF Division 2 Power Rankings: Week 6

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By TRAVIS CLARK

The second-year Austin Aztex are continuing to prove they are no fluke in the USSF second division. Despite blowing a late lead against Tampa Bay last night in a 3-3 draw, the Aztex have only lost once all season, back on April 25 against Rochester.

That, coupled with two other mid-week results -- Portland losing 1-0 to Montreal at home, and Crystal Palace Baltimore nabbing a 1-0 win on the road against Rochester -- Austin jumped to the top spot in this week's edition of the Power Rankings.

Edu aiming to bounce back

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By FRANCO PANIZO

While most Americans were completely ecstatic about the U.S. national team's run to the Confederations Cup final last summer, one who found the performances tough to watch was Maurice Edu.

Mid-Day Ticker: Spain narrows roster, Madrid moving for Silva and more

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By AVI CREDITOR

Spain manager Vicente del Bosque has trimmed his World Cup roster down to 23, feeling confident enough to bring two of his injured stars to South Africa.

Fernando Torres and Cesc Fabregas, both nursing leg injuries that threatened their inclusions in this summer's tournament, were named in Spain's final roster, one that closely resembles the side that captured the Euro 2008 championship.

MLS Thursday Night Preview

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Three of Major League Soccer's top teams will be in action Thursday night, as the New York Red Bulls welcome a short-handed Columbus Crew side to Red Bull Arena and FC Dallas welcomes the Los Angeles Galaxy, sans Edson Buddle and Landon Donovan, to Pizza Hut Park.

Mid-Day Ticker: Spain narrows roster, Madrid moving for Silva and more

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By AVI CREDITOR

Spain manager Vicente del Bosque has trimmed his World Cup roster down to 23, feeling confident enough to bring two of his injured stars to South Africa.

Fernando Torres and Cesc Fabregas, both nursing leg injuries that threatened their inclusions in this summer's tournament, were named in Spain's final roster, one that closely resembles the side that captured the Euro 2008 championship.

MLS Thursday Night Preview

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Three of Major League Soccer's top teams will be in action Thursday night, as the New York Red Bulls welcome a short-handed Columbus Crew side to Red Bull Arena and FC Dallas welcomes the Los Angeles Galaxy, sans Edson Buddle and Landon Donovan, to Pizza Hut Park.

Bradley grows into key role

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As the U.S. men's national team goes through its paces at day four of pre-World Cup training camp, one of the players with the most important roles on the team is Michael Bradley.

Though he's still just 22, Bradley has grown into a key force in central midfield and one of the few players who is locked in as a starter at a set position heading into the World Cup.

SBI USSF Division 2 Power Rankings: Week 6

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By TRAVIS CLARK

The second-year Austin Aztex are continuing to prove they are no fluke in the USSF second division. Despite blowing a late lead against Tampa Bay last night in a 3-3 draw, the Aztex have only lost once all season, back on April 25 against Rochester.

That, coupled with two other mid-week results -- Portland losing 1-0 to Montreal at home, and Crystal Palace Baltimore nabbing a 1-0 win on the road against Rochester -- Austin jumped to the top spot in this week's edition of the Power Rankings.

Edu aiming to bounce back

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By FRANCO PANIZO

While most Americans were completely ecstatic about the U.S. national team's run to the Confederations Cup final last summer, one who found the performances tough to watch was Maurice Edu.

Thursday Kickoff: MLS teams in non-MLS action

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By AVI CREDITOR

Ludovic Giuly, a rumored Major League Soccer summer target, assisted on the lone goal as Paris Saint-Germain defeated the Chicago Fire in front of more than 9,000 at Toyota Park Wednesday night, 1-0.

Giuly's cross found Clement Chantome, and the midfielder headed home the 14th-minute pass by rookie goalkeeper Sean Johnson for the winning goal in the opening match of the Chicago Sister Cities International Cup.

Struggling Fire turn to exhibitions to fix problems

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By ANTHONY ZILIS

The Chicago Fire are struggling - there's no doubt about it for Patrick Nyarko.

After a heartbreaker on Saturday, in which the Fire dropped two points in the final minutes at Community America Ballpark, they stand fourth in the Eastern Conference with just nine points after eight games.

2010-2011 CONCACAF Champions League Draw Set

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By TRAVIS CLARK

The four MLS clubs who qualified to take part in this year's edition of the CONCACAF Champions League learned their fate this afternoon, as the draw for the 2010-2011 competition took place in New York City.

Defending MLS Cup champion Real Salt Lake was drawn in Group A alongside Arabe Unido and could be joined by Toronto FC or the Vancouver Whitecaps.

Evening Ticker: Barcelona lands Villa, Argentina finalizes roster and more

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By TRAVIS CLARK

It didn't take long for Barcelona to jump head-first into the transfer market. With the offseason in its infancy, the Catalan club has already made a massive move with the acquisition of Spanish international David Villa.

The deal with Valencia, in the range of €40 million, comes with a four-year contract for the striker as Barcelona hopes to maintain its position at the top of La Liga.

2010-2011 CONCACAF Champions League Draw Set

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By TRAVIS CLARK

The four MLS clubs who qualified to take part in this year's edition of the CONCACAF Champions League learned their fate this afternoon, as the draw for the 2010-2011 competition took place in New York City.

Defending MLS Cup champion Real Salt Lake was drawn in Group A alongside Arabe Unido and could be joined by Toronto FC or the Vancouver Whitecaps.

Evening Ticker: Barcelona lands Villa, Argentina finalizes roster and more

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By TRAVIS CLARK

It didn't take long for Barcelona to jump head-first into the transfer market. With the offseason in its infancy, the Catalan club has already made a massive move with the acquisition of Spanish international David Villa.

The deal with Valencia, in the range of €40 million, comes with a four-year contract for the striker as Barcelona hopes to maintain its position at the top of La Liga.

Struggling Fire turn to exhibitions to fix problems

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By ANTHONY ZILIS

The Chicago Fire are struggling - there's no doubt about it for Patrick Nyarko.

After a heartbreaker on Saturday, in which the Fire dropped two points in the final minutes at Community America Ballpark, they stand fourth in the Eastern Conference with just nine points after eight games.

SBI MLS Power Rankings (Week 8)

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A week after a plethora of goals were scored throughout MLS, defenses tightened up in a week that saw the most shutouts of the season.

A total of seven teams were shutout in this past weekend's matches, with some defenses putting in surprisingly strong performances. Toronto FC was chief among them, keeping Los Angeles off the scoreboard with the help of a standout performance from Stefan Frei.

Saborio is SBI's MLS Player of the Week

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Costa Rican striker Alvaro Saborio has been a star in his native country for years, and one of the more underrated strikers in CONCACAF for some time, but now MLS fans are finding out just why the striker is so dangerous.

Rain drenches USMNT Training Camp Day Two

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The second day of the U.S. men's national team's pre-World Cup training camp is being drenched by rain, but that won't stop several new arrivals from being integrated into the team.

For those of you who missed it, here is my Fox Soccer take on Day One of the training camp, which included some interesting comments from Clint Dempsey on topics ranging from the perception that he doesn't play well enough for the national team, to his preferred position.

Mid-Day Ticker: Neville questions Capello, Barca eyes star duo and more

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By AVI CREDITOR

Critics questioning a manager's selections for a World Cup roster is hardly uncommon this time of year, but one of England's strongest critics is one of the country's former stalwarts.

Manchester United's Gary Neville lobbed some questions at Fabio Capello's picks, saying that he should have chosen more than just Glen Johnson at right back and that it was a desperate move to try and lure Paul Scholes out of international retirement.

USMNT Training Camp: Day Two Update

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A steady and cold rain put a damper on proceedings at day two of the U.S. national team training camp, but players were still in a good mood to talk about a variety of topics.

Here are some highlights from Tuesday's day at training camp:

Oguchi Onyewu, Clarence Goodson, Benny Feilhaber and Alejandro Bedoya, will undergo physicals on Wednesday and won't train with the team until Thursday.

DeMerit ready to have another strong tournament

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By FRANCO PANIZO

If there is one word that best describes Jay DeMerit, it is opportunistic.

DeMerit has enjoyed a strong year for the U.S. national team, going from the fringes of the national team radar to cementing a starting role in last summer's Confederations Cup, but it was his performance as a second-half substitute that started it all.

MLS suspends Schelotto for elbow on Umana

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Major League Soccer has suspended Columbus Crew star Guillermo Barros Schelotto for one match for throwing an elbow and hitting Chivas USA defender Michael Umana during the Crew's 1-0 win last Saturday.

Schelotto will miss the Crew's match against the New York Red Bulls at Red Bull Arena on Thursday night after the league ruled on Tuesday on the incident, which was missed by the match referee.

Focused and mature Donovan ready to lead

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It wasn't quite a therapy session, but Landon Donovan's post-practice press conference on Tuesday felt like one.

The U.S. national team star opened up about a variety of topics, but spent the majority of his time discussing his growth as a player and person, and how he has come to reach this new period of enlightenment.

Clark ready to reclaim key USMNT role

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Fantasy MLS: Week 9

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By AVI CREDITOR

It's not just a number of World Cup hopefuls in Princeton that won't be partaking in Major League Soccer action this week.

In addition to the nine players called in for national team duty, Chicago and Colorado rescheduled their match for Week 12 and Philadelphia is on a scheduled bye week, leaving the talent pool a bit watered down, although you probably weren't starting many Union players anyway.

SBI MLS Power Rankings (Week 8)

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A week after a plethora of goals were scored throughout MLS, defenses tightened up in a week that saw the most shutouts of the season.

A total of seven teams were shutout in this past weekend's matches, with some defenses putting in surprisingly strong performances. Toronto FC was chief among them, keeping Los Angeles off the scoreboard with the help of a standout performance from Stefan Frei.

Fantasy MLS: Week 9

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By AVI CREDITOR

It's not just a number of World Cup hopefuls in Princeton that won't be partaking in Major League Soccer action this week.

In addition to the nine players called in for national team duty, Chicago and Colorado rescheduled their match for Week 12 and Philadelphia is on a scheduled bye week, leaving the talent pool a bit watered down, although you probably weren't starting many Union players anyway.

Clark ready to reclaim key USMNT role

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Focused and mature Donovan ready to lead

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It wasn't quite a therapy session, but Landon Donovan's post-practice press conference on Tuesday felt like one.

The U.S. national team star opened up about a variety of topics, but spent the majority of his time discussing his growth as a player and person, and how he has come to reach this new period of enlightenment.

MLS suspends Schelotto for elbow on Umana

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Major League Soccer has suspended Columbus Crew star Guillermo Barros Schelotto for one match for throwing an elbow and hitting Chivas USA defender Michael Umana during the Crew's 1-0 win last Saturday.

Schelotto will miss the Crew's match against the New York Red Bulls at Red Bull Arena on Thursday night after the league ruled on Tuesday on the incident, which was missed by the match referee.

DeMerit ready to have another strong tournament

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By FRANCO PANIZO

If there is one word that best describes Jay DeMerit, it is opportunistic.

DeMerit has enjoyed a strong year for the U.S. national team, going from the fringes of the national team radar to cementing a starting role in last summer's Confederations Cup, but it was his performance as a second-half substitute that started it all.

USMNT Training Camp: Day Two Update

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A steady and cold rain put a damper on proceedings at day two of the U.S. national team training camp, but players were still in a good mood to talk about a variety of topics.

Here are some highlights from Tuesday's day at training camp:

Oguchi Onyewu, Clarence Goodson, Benny Feilhaber and Alejandro Bedoya, will undergo physicals on Wednesday and won't train with the team until Thursday.

Mid-Day Ticker: Neville questions Capello, Barca eyes star duo and more

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By AVI CREDITOR

Critics questioning a manager's selections for a World Cup roster is hardly uncommon this time of year, but one of England's strongest critics is one of the country's former stalwarts.

Manchester United's Gary Neville lobbed some questions at Fabio Capello's picks, saying that he should have chosen more than just Glen Johnson at right back and that it was a desperate move to try and lure Paul Scholes out of international retirement.

Rain drenches USMNT Training Camp Day Two

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The second day of the U.S. men's national team's pre-World Cup training camp is being drenched by rain, but that won't stop several new arrivals from being integrated into the team.

For those of you who missed it, here is my Fox Soccer take on Day One of the training camp, which included some interesting comments from Clint Dempsey on topics ranging from the perception that he doesn't play well enough for the national team, to his preferred position.

Saborio is SBI's MLS Player of the Week

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Costa Rican striker Alvaro Saborio has been a star in his native country for year, and one of the more underrated strikers in CONCACAF for some time, but now MLS fans are finding out just why the striker is so dangerous.

Beasley ready to battle for World Cup spot

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By FRANCO PANIZO

As far as resumes go, there aren't many better on the U.S. national team than DaMarcus Beasley's. Two World Cup appearances, 90 national team caps and UEFA Champions League experience over the course of a decade is the kind of career most players could only dream of having.

Bradley discusses several topics on first day of camp

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By FRANCO PANIZO

The U.S. men's national team opened up their pre-World Cup camp in Princeton, New Jersey, and head coach Bob Bradley discussed a variety of topics following Monday's training session.

From the injury statuses of several players, to his plan for the camp, to Charlie Davies' lashing at FC Sochaux president, Bradley touched on a wide array of things concerning the U.

Afternoon Ticker: Ribery loses appeal, Domenech trims roster and more

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By TRAVIS CLARK

The countdown to the World Cup is being whittled smaller with each passing day, but there's still one more champion to crown on European soil.

Bayern Munich is set to take on Inter Milan in the UEFA Champions League final in Madrid on Saturday, but will have to triumph without French star Franck Ribery, who lost his final appeal on Monday in an attempt to overturn his three-match ban.

Bradley discusses several topics on first day of camp

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By FRANCO PANIZO

The U.S. men's national team opened up their pre-World Cup camp in Princeton, New Jersey, and head coach Bob Bradley discussed a variety of topics following Monday's training session.

From the injury statuses of several players, to his plan for the camp, to Charlie Davies' lashing at FC Sochaux president, Bradley touched on a wide array of things concerning the U.

Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

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Barcelona and Real Madrid have been locked in a battle for the league title all season long and today marks the final weekend in one of the best championship races in La Liga history.

Barcelona takes a one-point lead into its match with relegation-battling Real Valladolid, a match the champions are expected to win.

Sunday Ticker: Scandal rocks England WC bid, Chelsea wins FA Cup and more

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So much for England being a shoe-in to host the 2018 World Cup.

Another scandal has hit English soccer, but this one could prove to be the most costly aftera Daily Mail investigative report uncovered disparaging comments made by the head of the England 2018 World Cup bid, who accused Russia and Spain of conspiring to fix this summer's World Cup.

Montero's late winner topples Red Bulls

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The New York Red Bulls and Seattle Sounders were locked in an even match that saw few chances between either side on Saturday, but Fredy Montero came off the bench to remind us why he's one of the most dangerous strikers in Major League Soccer.

Montero's 85th-minute strike helped give the Sounders a 1-0 victory on Saturday night, snapping a four-match winless streak and handing New York its first loss at Red Bull Arena.

Barcelona crowned Spanish champions again

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Real Madrid chased and chased all the way up until the final weekend of the La Liga season, but Barcelona never let itself be caught.

Barcelona repeated as Spanish First Division champions on Sunday with an easy 4-0 victory against Real Valladolid. Lionel Messi and Pedro provided the goals to help Barca repeat and cap a record-breaking season that saw the club set new records for goals scored and matches won.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

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By FRANCO PANIZO

If there is one young American Abroad player who is currently flying under the radar, that player is midfielder Mikkel Diskerud.

Diskerud made his fifth consecutive start and eleventh overall for Stabaek in its 3-1 win against Stromsgodset.

Morning Ticker: Onyewu extends AC Milan deal, Ballack ruled out and more

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Oguchi Onyewu's first season at AC Milan wasn't the one he had hoped for, but that hasn't stopped the U.S. international from extending his stay with the club.

Henry set to sign with Red Bulls

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Barcelona foward Thierry Henry looks to finally be headed to MLS, and the team he appears set to join should come as no surprise.

Henry, who has fallen out of favor at Barcelona, has agreed to a pre-contract deal with the New York Red Bulls for as long as three weeks now, according to SI.

USSF D-2: A Look Back at Week 6

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By TRAVIS CLARK

Goals have been hard to come by for Montreal and Vancouver this season, and over the weekend that trend continued when the two sides met in league action Saturday night.

The Canadian rivals battled to a 0-0 stalemate in the Pacific Northwest, extending Vancouver's goalless streak in the league to two games.

USMNT training camp kicks off in Princeton

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The U.S. men's national team began its pre-World Cup training camp today in Princeton, New Jersey today and the mood was a happy and confident one as the squad prepares to begin work on building the team that will represent the United States at the World Cup next month.

Afternoon Ticker: Ribery loses appeal, Domenech trims roster and more

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By TRAVIS CLARK

The countdown to the World Cup is being whittled smaller with each passing day, but there's still one more champion to crown on European soil.

Bayern Munich is set to take on Inter Milan in the UEFA Champions League final in Madrid on Saturday, but will have to triumph without French star Franck Ribery, who lost his final appeal on Monday in an attempt to overturn his three-match ban.

USMNT training camp kicks off in Princeton

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The U.S. men's national team began its pre-World Cup training camp today in Princeton, New Jersey today and the mood was a happy and confident one as the squad prepares to begin work on building the team that will represent the United States at the World Cup next month.

USSF D-2: A Look Back at Week 6

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By TRAVIS CLARK

Goals have been hard to come by for Montreal and Vancouver this season, and over the weekend that trend continued when the two sides met in league action Saturday night.

The Canadian rivals battled to a 0-0 stalemate in the Pacific Northwest, extending Vancouver's goalless streak in the league to two games.

Henry set to sign with Red Bulls

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Barcelona foward Thierry Henry looks to finally be headed to MLS, and the team he appears set to join should come as no surprise.

Henry, who has fallen out of favor at Barcelona, has agreed to a pre-contract deal with the New York Red Bulls for as long as three weeks now, according to SI.

Morning Ticker: Onyewu extends AC Milan deal, Ballack ruled out and more

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Oguchi Onyewu's first season at AC Milan wasn't the one he had hoped for, but that hasn't stopped the U.S. international from extending his stay with the club.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

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If there is one young American Abroad player who is currently flying under the radar, that player is midfielder Mikkel Diskerud.

Diskerud made his fifth consecutive start and eleventh overall for Stabaek in its 3-1 win against Stromsgodset.

Barcelona crowned Spanish champions again

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Real Madrid chased and chased all the way up until the final weekend of the La Liga season, but Barcelona never let itself be caught.

Barcelona repeated as Spanish First Division champions on Sunday with an easy 4-0 victory against Real Valladolid. Lionel Messi and Pedro provided the goals to help Barca repeat and cap a record-breaking season that saw the club set new records for goals scored and matches won.

Montero's late winner topples Red Bulls

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The New York Red Bulls and Seattle Sounders were locked in an even match that saw few chances between either side on Saturday, but Fredy Montero came off the bench to remind us why he's one of the most dangerous strikers in Major League Soccer.

Montero's 85th-minute strike helped give the Sounders a 1-0 victory on Saturday night, snapping a four-match winless streak and handing New York its first loss at Red Bull Arena.

Sunday Ticker: Scandal rocks England WC bid, Chelsea wins FA Cup and more

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So much for England being a shoe-in to host the 2018 World Cup.

Another scandal has hit English soccer, but this one could prove to be the most costly aftera Daily Mail investigative report uncovered disparaging comments made by the head of the England 2018 World Cup bid, who accused Russia and Spain of conspiring to fix this summer's World Cup.

Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

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Barcelona and Real Madrid have been locked in a battle for the league title all season long and today marks the final weekend in one of the best championship races in La Liga history.

Barcelona takes a one-point lead into its match with relegation-battling Real Valladolid, a match the champions are expected to win.

D.C. United falls to Rapids, loses at home again

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By TRAVIS CLARK

On the road or at home, goals have been hard to come by for D.C. United. And a familiar tune played out Saturday evening as a Mehdi Ballouchy goal in the 67th minute sent United to yet another defeat.

Toronto FC vs. Los Angeles Galaxy : Match Day Commentary

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BY ADAM SERRANO

It's World Cup send off night tonight here at the Home Depot Center. Tonight's game between Toronto F.C. and the Los Angeles Galaxy will be the final MLS match for two weeks at least for World Cup hopefuls Edson Buddle and Landon Donovan.

Toronto FC comes to the Home Depot Center in search for their first road victory in MLS play.

TFC stifles Galaxy in a scoreless draw

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BY ADAM SERRANO

CARSON, CALIF -- Toronto F.C. were able to steal a point on the road from the hottest team in the league on Saturday night earning a 0-0 draw against the Los Angeles Galaxy.

Toronto stifles the Galaxy in a scoreless draw

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BY ADAM SERRANO

CARSON, CALIF -- Toronto F.C. were able to steal a point on the road from the hottest team in the league on Saturday night earning a 0-0 draw against the Los Angeles Galaxy.

A stiff defense and sound goalkeeping was enough for Toronto to steal a point on the road.

D.C. United downed by Rapids, lose at home again

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By TRAVIS CLARK

On the road or at home, goals have been hard to come by for D.C. United. And a familiar tune played out Saturday evening as a Mehdi Ballouchy goal in the 69th minute sent United to yet another defeat.

United trotted almost the exact same lineup as last weekend's loss against FC Dallas, perhaps hoping that that familiarity would breed success.

Toronto FC vs. Los Angeles Galaxy : Match Day Commentary

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BY ADAM SERRANO

It's World Cup send off night tonight here at the Home Depot Center. Tonight's game between Toronto F.C. and the Los Angeles Galaxy will be the final MLS match for two weeks at least for World Cup hopefuls Edson Buddle and Landon Donovan.

Toronto FC comes to the Home Depot Center in search for their first road victory in MLS play.

Donovan discusses Davies, the World Cup and more

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BY ADAM SERRANO

Landon Donovan knows all too well how important playing in the World Cup is. Though he is slated to play in his third World Cup, the U.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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Carlo Ancelotti will look to add his second trophy as Chelsea manager today when the Blues take on relegation-bound Portsmouth in the FA Cup Final.

Chelsea is coming off having won its first league title in four seasons, and will look to do the double against a Pompey side that has shown heart and ability in its improbable run to the final.

WPS Week 6: A Look Ahead

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By DANIEL LAULETTA

Week 6 in Women's Professional Soccer got off to a memorable start on Friday night, with Marta scoring a pair of goals to lead FC Gold Pride to a 2-1 win over the Boston Breakers at Harvard Stadium.

Marta's two first-half tallies helped push FC Gold Pride's winning streak to five matches and helped offset a Kelly Smith equalizer.

Philadelphia Union vs. FC Dallas: Your Running Commentary

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The Philadelphia Union returns home after a rough road trip hoping to add some points to the win column. Those points will have to come against an opponent on a bit of a hot streak of its own.

The Union take on FC Dallas today at Lincoln Financial Field (4pm, Telefutura) in the final home game before the Union moves into brand new PPL Park next month.

MLS Week 8 (A Look Ahead & Your Running Commentary)

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It's another weekend of East vs. West as five inter-conference match-ups fill out tonight's MLS schedule.

Four Western Conference teams have made the trip East for some interesting tilts, including Seattle's first visit to Red Bull Arena and The San Jose Earthquakes' trip to New England.

New York Red Bulls vs. Seattle Sounders (Match Night Commentary)

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The New York Red Bulls put their unbeaten home record on the line tonight when they take on the struggling Seattle Sounders.

Seattle come in off a 4-0 drubbing against Los Angeles that dropped the Sounders to last place in the Western Conference. They face the same New York team that beat them at Qwest Field earlier in the season.

Colorado Rapids vs. D.C. United (Match Night Commentary)

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In what has been a season of mostly lows for D.C. United, the visiting Colorado Rapids offer a chance at a second win in 2010.

RFK Stadium has a hex over the visiting Rapids, who haven't won in the nation's capital since 1999, and only won twice all-time. Colorado is looking to snap a two-game losing streak, both 1-0 losses against Western Conference opposition.

Colorado Rapids vs. D.C. United (Match Night Commentary)

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In what has been a season of mostly lows for D.C. United, the visiting Colorado Rapids offer a chance at a second win in 2010.

RFK Stadium has a hex over the visiting Rapids, who haven't won in the nation's capital since 1999, and only won twice all-time. Colorado is looking to snap a two-game losing streak, both 1-0 losses against Western Conference opposition.

New York Red Bulls vs. Seattle Sounders (Match Night Commentary)

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The New York Red Bulls put their unbeaten home record on the line tonight when they take on the struggling Seattle Sounders.

Seattle come in off a 4-0 drubbing against Los Angeles that dropped the Sounders to last place in the Western Conference. They face the same New York team that beat them at Qwest Field earlier in the season.

MLS Week 8 (A Look Ahead & Your Running Commentary)

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It's another weekend of East vs. West as five inter-conference match-ups fill out tonight's MLS schedule.

Four Western Conference teams have made the trip East for some interesting tilts, including Seattle's first visit to Red Bull Arena and The San Jose Earthquakes' trip to New England.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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Carlo Ancelotti will look to add his second trophy as Chelsea manager today when the Blues take on relegation-bound Portsmouth in the FA Cup Final.

Chelsea is coming off having won its first league title in four seasons, and will look to do the double against a Pompey side that has shown heart and ability in its improbable run to the final.

WPS Week 6: A Look Ahead

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By DANIEL LAULETTA

Week 6 in Women's Professional Soccer got off to a memorable start on Friday night, with Marta scoring a pair of goals to lead FC Gold Pride to a 2-1 win over the Boston Breakers at Harvard Stadium.

Marta's two first-half tallies helped push FC Gold Pride's winning streak to five matches and helped offset a Kelly Smith equalizer.

Philadelphia Union vs. FC Dallas: Your Running Commentary

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The Philadelphia Union returns home after a rough road trip hoping to add some points to the win column. Those points will have to come against an opponent on a bit of a hot streak of its own.

The Union take on FC Dallas today at Lincoln Financial Field (4pm, Telefutura) in the final home game before the Union moves into brand new PPL Park next month.

Donovan discusses Davies, the World Cup and more

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BY ADAM SERRANO

Landon Donovan knows all too well how important playing in the World Cup. Though he is slated to play in his third World Cup, the U.

Houston visits Real Salt Lake in Western Conference clash tonight

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Real Salt Lake will look for some revenge tonight when it plays host to the Houston Dynamo (9pm, ESPN2)Â in a rematch of a hotly-contested Dynamo victory earlier in the season.

Both teams are coming in playing well of late, with RSL looking to build on a two-match winning streak while the Dynamo come in off a solid 2-0 win vs.

Sounders look to halt their struggles

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By JOSE M. ROMERO

Last year was such a success, and this season was expected to be even better.

Sounders FC increased its stadium capacity and sold even more tickets. It opened Year Two much the same way it started its inaugural campaign, with a dominating win.

Jozy Altidore's ESPN Commercial

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U.S. national team striker Jozy Altidore is back in the United States as he gets ready for the upcoming pre-World Cup training camp. He found some time to shoot a commercial for ESPN, a commercial he unveiled on Twitter.

Enjoy:

Altidore is in the New York area this weekend and will be signing autographs at the adidas Sport Performance Store in Manhattan (610 Broadway)Â from 12:30pm to 2pm.

Real Salt Lake vs. Houston Dynamo: Your Running Commentary

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Real Salt Lake takes on the Houston Dynamo tonight at Rio Tinto Stadium in a battle of Western Conference powers (9pm, ESPN2).

The teams are meeting for the first time since the Dynamo posted a 2-1 victory courtesy of two Brad Davis penalty kicks back on April 1st.

Real Salt Lake comes in having won two straight matches, and will look to catch the Dynamo on points with a win tonight.

Real Salt Lake rolls past Houston

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Costa Rican striker Alvaro Saborio netted a pair of goals while U.S. national team call-up Robbie Findley scored his first goal of the season to help Real Salt Lake topple the Houston Dynamo, 3-1, on Thursday night.

Findley opened the scoring in the third minute, finishing off a Kyle Beckerman pass.

Americans Abroad: A Look Ahead

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 By FRANCO PANIZO

Although most leagues are done for the season, this weekend still boasts several intriguing fixtures as far as the Americans Abroad contingent is concerned.

This Weekend's Soccer on TV

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FC Barcelona will be looking to lift the Spanish First Division championship trophy this weekend, while Real Madrid will be hoping for a slip from the champions so they can pounce.

Barcelona leads Real Madrid by a point heading into this final weekend, with relegation-battling Real Valladolid standing between the champions and a repeat.

Win Tickets to Philly Union-FC Dallas on SBI

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Attention Philadlephia Union fans. Here is your chance to win a pair of tickets to Saturday's Philadelphia Union-FC Dallas match at Lincoln Financial Field on Saturday.

Submit your name in the comments section (along with your email address in the email address line) and SBI will select a winner at random by 4pm today.

USSF D-2: A Look Ahead at Week 6

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By TRAVIS CLARK

Crystal Palace Baltimore has finally won a match in second division soccer.

In the most unlikeliest of places, against an opponent that had yet to lose, Baltimore eked out a 1-0 win against heavy favorites Portland Timbers at PGE Park Thursday night.

What's next for Jay DeMerit?

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The 2010 World Cup will be an important event in the careers of every U.S. national team player, and one player who's future will be riding on his performance in South Africa is Jay DeMerit.

DeMerit has finished out his contract with Watford at the moment and will look to secure a new deal this summer.

What's next for Jay DeMerit?

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The 2010 World Cup will be an important event in the careers of every U.S. national team player, and one player who's future will be riding on his performance in South Africa is Jay DeMerit.

DeMerit has finished out his contract with Watford at the moment and will look to secure a new deal this summer.

USSF D-2: A Look Ahead at Week 6

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By TRAVIS CLARK

Crystal Palace Baltimore has finally won a match in second division soccer.

In the most unlikeliest of places, against an opponent that had yet to lose, Baltimore eked out a 1-0 win against heavy favorites Portland Timbers at PGE Park Thursday night.

Win Tickets to Philly Union-FC Dallas on SBI

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Attention Philadlephia Union fans. Here is your chance to win a pair of tickets to Saturday's Philadelphia Union-FC Dallas match at Lincoln Financial Field on Saturday.

Submit your name in the comments section (along with your email address in the email address line) and SBI will select a winner at random by 4pm today.

This Weekend's Soccer on TV

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FC Barcelona will be looking to lift the Spanish First Division championship trophy this weekend, while Real Madrid will be hoping for a slip from the champions so they can pounce.

Barcelona leads Real Madrid by a point heading into this final weekend, with relegation-battling Real Valladolid standing between the champions and a repeat.

Americans Abroad: A Look Ahead

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 By FRANCO PANIZO

Although most leagues are done for the season, this weekend still boasts several intriguing fixtures as far as the Americans Abroad contingent is concerned.

Real Salt Lake rolls past Houston

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Costa Rican striker Alvaro Saborio netted a pair of goals while U.S. national team call-up Robbie Findley scored his first goal of the season to help Real Salt Lake topple the Houston Dynamo, 3-1, on Thursday night.

Findley opened the scoring in the third minute, finishing off a Kyle Beckerman pass.

Real Salt Lake vs. Houston Dynamo: Your Running Commentary

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Real Salt Lake takes on the Houston Dynamo tonight at Rio Tinto Stadium in a battle of Western Conference powers (9pm, ESPN2).

The teams are meeting for the first time since the Dynamo posted a 2-1 victory courtesy of two Brad Davis penalty kicks back on April 1st.

Real Salt Lake comes in having won two straight matches, and will look to catch the Dynamo on points with a win tonight.

Jozy Altidore's ESPN Commercial

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U.S. national team striker Jozy Altidore is back in the United States as he gets ready for the upcoming pre-World Cup training camp. He found some time to shoot a commercial for ESPN, a commercial he unveiled on Twitter.

Enjoy:

Altidore is in the New York area this weekend and will be signing autographs at the adidas Sport Performance Store in Manhattan (610 Broadway)Â from 12:30pm to 2pm.

Sounders look to halt their struggles

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By JOSE M. ROMERO

Last year was such a success, and this season was expected to be even better.

Sounders FC increased its stadium capacity and sold even more tickets. It opened Year Two much the same way it started its inaugural campaign, with a dominating win.

Houston visits Real Salt Lake in Western Conference clash tonight

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Real Salt Lake will look for some revenge tonight when it plays host to the Houston Dynamo (9pm, ESPN2)Â in a rematch of a hotly-contested Dynamo victory earlier in the season.

Both teams are coming in playing well of late, with RSL looking to build on a two-match winning streak while the Dynamo come in off a solid 2-0 win vs.

Canada Corner: Toronto FC tops Montreal, stars called for Argentina friendly & more

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By KURTIS LARSON

Toronto FC took a massive step in getting back to the CONCACAF Champions League shutting out the Montreal Impact at Stade Suputo in Canadian Cup play on Wednesday night by a score of 1-0.

Head coach Preki made a total of six changes to a lineup that defeated Chicago 4-1 on the weekend resting a number of starters ahead of a league game Saturday.

SBI MLS Power Rankings (Week 7)

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Just how much are things changing in MLS? At present, San Jose, Toronto FC and FC Dallas can be considered streaking teams, while Chicago, New England and Seattle are struggling badly.

The most reliable constant remains the Los Angeles Galaxy, which posted a pair of impressive road victories last week to solidify its place atop the SBI MLS Power Rankings.

Mid-Day Ticker: Terry's fit; America, Pachuca nix Arizona friendly and more

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By AVI CREDITOR

The John Terry foot-injury scare was all for nothing.

Tests revealed no serious damage in the Chelsea and English centerback's foot, and Terry has declared himself 100 percent fit for Saturday's FA Cup final against Portsmouth.

Terry collided with Daniel Sturridge in Wednesday's training session and feared the worst - having to miss the cup final and the World Cup.

SBI USSF Division 2 Power Rankings: Week 5

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By TRAVIS CLARK

With the top club in the power rankings, the Portland Timbers, getting a weekend off -- the rest of the USSF second division had a chance to catch up.

The Rochester Rhinos took advantage of Portland's off week, grabbing a win against A.C. St. Louis, for the club's first win at home in New York.

Davies blasts FC Sochaux president

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Charlie Davies isn't happy about having missed out on the U.S. national team preliminary World Cup roster and he's placing the blame for missing the United States World Cup training camp squarely on his club team's handling of his situation.

Davies spoke with a national French radio program on Wednesday and slammed FC Sochaux president Alexandre Lacombe for his actions, saying Sochaux kept him from joining the U.

Red Bulls rout Revs in Open Cup play-in match

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BY MIKE NASTRI

For the second straight U.S. Open Cup play-in match, the New York Red Bulls fielded a reserve team, and for the second straight match their reserves outplayed an MLS opponent playing mostly starters.

Red Bulls vs. Revolution: Match Night Commentary

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The New York Red Bulls play host to the New England Revolution tonight in U.S. Open Cup play-in action at Red Bull Arena.

The winner of tonight's match faces the Colorado Rapids for a place in the U.S. Open Cup Round of 16.

I will be providing commentary on the match throughout the night so please feel free to share your thoughts and opinions in the comments section below.

Fantasy MLS: Week 8

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By AVI CREDITOR

Edson Buddle and Landon Donovan owners, this is where things get a little tricky.

The Los Angeles Galaxy stars rank first and third, respectively, in overall fantasy points (Galaxy keeper Donovan Ricketts is No.

SBI Live QA&A (May 12 Edition)

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Good afternoon folks. It's that time again. Time to for you to send me your soccer and pop culture questions and time for me to answer as many of them as I can over the course of the next two hours.

Whether you want to discuss preliminary World Cup rosters, MLS, Lost, the NBA playoffs or any other soccer-related topics, fire your questions my way.

Johnson injured in Aris play-off (UPDATED)

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Eddie Johnson suffered what appears to be a hamstring injury in Aris Salonika's Greek play-off with AEK Athens on Wednesday. The injury, which Johnson picked up in the 42nd minute, comes just one day after he was announced to the preliminary 30-man U.

Europa League Final: Fulham vs. Atletico Madrid (Your Running Commentary)

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The Europa League Final kicks off today with Fulham taking on Atletico Madrid in Hamburg, Germany.

Fulham is looking to cap a dream run through the tournament with one more victory, while Atletico looks to add a trophy before seeing its top player sold off this summer.

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Atletico Madrid defeats Fulham, claims Europa League

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By FRANCO PANIZO

It took 14 years, but Atletico Madrid ended its drought of being without a major trophy, beating Fulham 2-1 in the Europa League final on Wednesday.

A pair of Diego Forlan goals were enough to edge Atletico past Fulham in extra time. Forlan's winner, which came four minutes from time and penalty kicks, came off a flick that deflected off Fulham defender Brede Hangeland before going in, giving Atletico its first major trophy since 1996.

Atletico Madrid defeats Fulham, claims Europa League

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By FRANCO PANIZO

It took 14 years, but Atletico Madrid ended its drought of being without a major trophy, beating Fulham 2-1 in the Europa League final on Wednesday.

A pair of Diego Forlan goals were enough to edge Atletico past Fulham in extra time, the last of which came four minutes from penalty kicks.

Europa League Final: Fulham vs. Atletico Madrid (Your Running Commentary)

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The Europa League Final kicks off today with Fulham taking on Atletico Madrid in Hamburg, Germany.

Fulham is looking to cap a dream run through the tournament with one more victory, while Atletico looks to add a trophy before seeing its top player sold off this summer.

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Johnson injured in Aris play-off

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Eddie Johnson's World Cup dreams may be over before they ever really began.

Johnson suffered what appears to be a hamstring injury in Aris Salonika's Greek play-off with AEK Athens on Wednesday. The injury, which Johnson picked up in the 42nd minute, comes just one day after he was announced to the 30-man U.

SBI Live QA&A (May 12 Edition)

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Good afternoon folks. It's that time again. Time to for you to send me your soccer and pop culture questions and time for me to answer as many of them as I can over the course of the next two hours.

Whether you want to discuss preliminary World Cup rosters, MLS, Lost, the NBA playoffs or any other soccer-related topics, fire your questions my way.

Fantasy MLS: Week 8

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By AVI CREDITOR

Edson Buddle and Landon Donovan owners, this is where things get a little tricky.

The Los Angeles Galaxy stars rank first and third, respectively, in overall fantasy points (Galaxy keeper Donovan Ricketts is No.

Red Bulls face Revs in U.S. Open Cup play-in match tonight

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The New York Red Bulls will look to move one step closer to the U.S. Open Cup when it takes on the New England Revolution tonight in an MLS Play-in Match at Red Bull Arena (8pm).

The Red Bulls routed the Philadelphia Union to reach the current round of play, and they will turn to a young squad again as head coach Hans Backe is using the tournament as a chance to give his reserves playing time.

World Cup Preliminary Roster Day

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Call it the day before THE day. Today marks the deadline for teams to submit their 30-player provisional World Cup rosters. These are the squads from which 23 players will be chosen on June 1 to represent their countries at next month's World Cup.

The U.S. national team's preliminary roster will be unveiled at 2pm, but we've already had several high-profile nations reveal their squads.

USSF D-2: A Look Back at Week 5

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By TRAVIS CLARK

Professional soccer has returned to Tampa Bay. Saturday evening's home opener witness the rebirth of the Tampa Bay Rowdies, and gave fans a taste of the USSF Division 2 League, as the home side drew 2-2 against the Austin Aztex.

A sold out crowd of 8,082 was on hand in what turned out to be an entertaining and back-and-forth encounter.

WPS Week 5: A Look Back

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By DAN LAULETTA
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WPS leadership has done a wonderful job pulling together a group of committed owners and selling sponsorships, but the decision to approve last week's trade between Sky Blue FC and Saint Louis Athletica was curious at best, indefensible at worst.

Fantasy Premier League: 2009-2010 Season in Review

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By AVI CREDITOR

Congratulations to Travis Kelley, the 2009-2010 SBI Fantasy Premier League champion.

Travis' team, AC Vols, relied on the Chelsea duo of Frank Lampard and Didier Drogba to provide 48 of its 93 points during the final week in holding off the nearest competition by 17 points.

Toronto 4, Chicago 1: A Look Back

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By KURTIS LARSON

What's better than dismantling a conference rival in front of your home supporters for a 4-1 win? If you are Toronto FC, the fact that three players other than Dwayne De Rosario scored goals.

Toronto FC remained perfect at home with the story being Chad Barrett's ability to finally have the breakout performance he's been looking for since his arrival from the Fire in 2008.

USA announces 30-man provisional World Cup roster

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Charlie Davies' quest to make the U.S. World Cup team appears over, but the dream is alive for 30 others.

Davies was not named to the U.S. team's 30-man provisional World Cup roster. Herculez Gomez and Edson Buddle did make the list, as did Eddie Johnson.

U.S. national team head coach Bob Bradley stated that Davies was in consideration right up until Monday, and that club team Sochaux had yet to fully clear him, which played a part in the decision to leave Davies off the squad.

What's next for Charlie Davies?

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As the list went up on the TV screen this afternoon, Charlie Davies' absence was immediately noticeable, and for many U.S. fans, devastating.

Charlie Davies didn't make the U.S. national team's preliminary World Cup roster, unable to recover from his injuries in time to be selected.

Wednesday Kickoff: World Cup's top snubs, Fulham ready for Europa and more

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The dust has settled on the day after the 32 World Cup teams named their provisional 30-man rosters and there were plenty of surprises all over the world.

Charlie Davies missing out was easily the most shocking news for American fans, but the list of players left out by other countries reads like a who's who of the world game.

Terry injured in training, broken foot suspected

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England national team defender John Terry suffered a foot injury in training with Chelsea on Wednesday and could be a doubt for the World Cup.

Terry underwent scans on his injured right foot, with a fractured metatarsal suspected to be the injury. If Terry does have a broken foot, he could wind up missing the World Cup.

Red Bulls face Revs in U.S. Open Cup play-in match tonight

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The New York Red Bulls will look to move one step closer to the U.S. Open Cup when it takes on the New England Revolution tonight in an MLS Play-in Match at Red Bull Arena.

The Red Bulls routed the Philadelphia Union to reach the current round of play, and they will turn to a young squad again as head coach Hans Backe is using the tournament as a chance to give his reserves playing time.

Terry injured in training, broken foot suspected

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England national team defender John Terry suffered a foot injury in training with Chelsea on Wednesday and could be a doubt for the World Cup.

Terry underwent scans on his injured right foot, with a fractured metatarsal suspected to be the injury. If Terry does have a broken foot, he could wind up missing the World Cup.

Wednesday Kickoff: World Cup's top snubs, Fulham ready for Europa and more

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The dust has settled on the day after the 32 World Cup teams named their provisional 30-man rosters and there were plenty of surprises all over the world.

Charlie Davies missing out was easily the most shocking news for American fans, but the list of players left out by other countries reads like a who's who of the world game.

Tuesday Kickoff: World Cup's top snubs, Fulham ready for Europa and more

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The dust has settled on the day after the 32 World Cup teams named their provisional 30-man rosters and there were plenty of surprises all over the world.

Charlie Davies missing out was easily the most shocking news for American fans, but the list of players left out by other countries reads like a who's who of the world game.

What's next for Charlie Davies?

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As the list went up on the TV screen this afternoon, Charlie Davies' absence was immediately noticeable, and for many U.S. fans, devastating.

Charlie Davies didn't make the U.S. national team's preliminary World Cup roster, unable to recover from his injuries in time to be selected.

USA announces 30-man provisional World Cup roster

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Charlie Davies' quest to make the U.S. World Cup team appears over, but the dream is alive for 30 others.

Davies was not named to the U.S. team's 30-man provisional World Cup roster. Herculez Gomez and Edson Buddle did make the list, as did Eddie Johnson.

U.S. national team head coach Bob Bradley stated that Davies was in consideration right up until Monday, and that club team Sochaux had yet to fully clear him, which played a part in the decision to leave Davies off the squad.

Toronto 4, Chicago 1: A Look Back

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By KURTIS LARSON

What's better than dismantling a conference rival in front of your home supporters for a 4-1 win? If you are Toronto FC, the fact that three players other than Dwayne De Rosario scored goals.

Toronto FC remained perfect at home with the story being Chad Barrett's ability to finally have the breakout performance he's been looking for since his arrival from the Fire in 2008.

Fantasy Premier League: 2009-2010 Season in Review

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By AVI CREDITOR

Congratulations to Travis Kelley, the 2009-2010 SBI Fantasy Premier League champion.

Travis' team, AC Vols, relied on the Chelsea duo of Frank Lampard and Didier Drogba to provide 48 of its 93 points during the final week in holding off the nearest competition by 17 points.

WPS Week 5: A Look Back

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By DAN LAULETTA
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WPS leadership has done a wonderful job pulling together a group of committed owners and selling sponsorships, but the decision to approve last week's trade between Sky Blue FC and Saint Louis Athletica was curious at best, indefensible at worst.

USSF D-2: A Look Back at Week 5

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By TRAVIS CLARK

Professional soccer has returned to Tampa Bay. Saturday evening's home opener witness the rebirth of the Tampa Bay Rowdies, and gave fans a taste of the USSF Division 2 League, as the home side drew 2-2 against the Austin Aztex.

A sold out crowd of 8,082 was on hand in what turned out to be an entertaining and back-and-forth encounter.

World Cup Preliminary Roster Day

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Call it the day before THE day. Today marks the deadline for teams to submit their 30-player preliminary World Cup rosters. These are the squads from which 23 players will be chosen on June 1 to represent their countries at next month's World Cup.

The U.S. national team's preliminary roster will be unveiled at 2pm, but we've already had several high-profile nations reveal their squads.

Algerians/Slovenians Abroad: Weekend Rewind

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By FRANCO PANIZO

U.S. national team forward Eddie Johnson is currently the top goal-scorer in the Greek play-offs with three goals, but hot on his trail is Algerian forward Rafik Djebbour.

Djebbour scored the opener in AEK Athens' play-off against Johnson's Aris Salonika, marking the second consecutive match in which he found the back of the net.

The Monday Freestyle: U.S. squad to be announced, Europa Final set and the team I'd take to Princeton

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It was a relatively slow news day in the soccer world on Monday, what with World Cup preliminary rosters set to be unveiled on Tuesday and the Europa League final headlining proceedings on Tuesday.

Here are some items to ponder as Monday winds down:

The U.S. 30-man preliminary World Cup roster will be unveiled on ESPN2 at 2pm.

Convey, Johnson among those making late push for World Cup camp invite

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With the 30-man preliminary roster for the U.S. World Cup team set to be unveiled on Tuesday we have seen several players step up their bids to be on the team, while some others have faded from the picture.

Donovan is the SBI MLS Player of the Week

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The Los Angeles Galaxy's 4-0 thrashing of the Seattle Sounders was arguably the best team performance of the season in MLS, but one player stood out for pulling the strings on the blowout.

Landon Donovan.

The reigning MLS MVP is no stranger to dominating matches, but his one-goal, three-assist effort on Saturday was especially impressive as he tore apart the Sounders in front of their own fans.

Monday Kickoff: Chelsea crowned champs, Sounders issue refund and more

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After three years of watching Manchester United lift the English Premier League title, Chelsea has returned to the top.

The Blues took care of their business on Sunday, drubbing Wigan, 8-0, to secure the league title and set off celebrations four years in the making.

Didier Drogba finished as the top scorer in the league, edging out Wayne Rooney with a late hat-trick to give him 29 goals on the season.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

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By FRANCO PANIZO

In the final weekend of club action for several Americans Abroad, there was plenty of good news that should add some more intrigue as Bob Bradley prepares to make his selections for the U.S.'s preliminary World Cup roster.

Stuart Holden played in his first match since suffering a broken leg in early March, coming off the bench in Bolton Wanderers' 2-1 win against Birmingham.

Donovan dazzles in Galaxy rout of Seattle

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With the World Cup a month away, one player who doesn't have to worry about his form heading into the tournament is Landon Donovan.

The U.S. national team star delivered yet another stellar performance, scoring a goal and assisting on three others asthe Los Angeles Galaxy demolished the Seattle Sounders, 4-0, at Qwest Field on Saturday.

Earthquakes pummel ten-man Red Bulls

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The New York Red Bulls were always going to have a tough task in beating an improving and confident San Jose Earthquakes side on the road, but when fullback Luke Sassano delivered a clumsy studs-up tackle on Bobby Convey to earn an early red card, that task went from tough to impossible.

Dynamo rolls as early goals doom Chivas USA

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By ADAM SERRANO

CARSON, CALIF- Goals from Brad Davis and Adrian Serioux in the first ten minutes of the match helped the Houston Dynamo beat Chivas USA, 2-0, at the Home Depot Center on Saturday night.

Wind, rain and Barrett help TFC topple Fire

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By KURTIS LARSON

TORONTO -- Toronto FC overcame terrible weather conditions that may have been the worst ever seen at BMO Field to record a surprising 4-1 victory against the Chicago Fire on Saturday.

TFC forward Chad Barrett punished his former team, scoring two goals to help Toronto improve to 3-4 and move into third place in the East.

Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

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The English Premier League title will be decided today as Chelsea looks to hold onto its lead for one more day while Manchester United hopes for a chance to catch them.

Chelsea faces Wigan today and a win will secure the league title, but a tie or loss could open the door for Manchester United to win its fourth straight league crown.

Houston Dynamo vs. Chivas USA: Match Day Commentary

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Tonight at the Home Depot Center, a pair of the league's most inconsistent teams prepare to battle.

Chivas USA return to Los Angeles tonight off a seven day road trip that ended on Wednesday with a 3-0 victory against the New England Revolution. A victory tonight will give the Rojiblancos a share of second place in Western Conference.

MLS Week 7 (A Look Ahead & Your Running Commentary)

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The Los Angeles Galaxy will look to keep its unbeaten record intact today with a seond win in the week against the Seattle Sounders in Week Seven's marquee match-up in MLS.

The Galaxy comes off a 1-0 victory at Colorado, but the Sounders should offer more of a challenge in front of what should be a raucous crowd at Qwest Field.

Cherundolo's Hannover avoids relegation

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Steve Cherundolo's Hannover 96 has endured as difficult a season as one could imagine, but the club's 3-0 victory over VfL Bochum saw it do something that seemed so unlikely just months ago. It avoided relegation.

On the final day of the Bundesliga season, three first half goals were enough to assure Hannover another year in Germany's top flight.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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The Spanish First Division title race has two weeks to go, but this week very likely offers Real Madrid's last chance to catch FC Barcelona.

Barcelona leads Real Madrid by a point, and with the defending champions ending their season against relegation-bound Valladolid, today's match at Sevilla could offer the last chance for Real Madrid to catch up.

This weekend's soccer on TV

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Chelsea and Manchester United will come down to the final weekend of action to determine the winner of this season's English Premier League title.

Chelsea holds a one-point lead and can lock up its first title in four years with a win vs. Wigan, while manchester United will be hoping for a Chelsea slip-up and a win vs.

WPS, Atlanta set to open first women's soccer stadium

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by DAN LAULETTA

One week shy of 11 years since Columbus Crew Stadium ushered in a pivotal era in the history of American soccer, a smaller stadium opening in Atlanta has the potential to carry the same significance for women's soccer here that Columbus Crew Stadium did for soccer in general at the end of the last century.

My Fox Soccer take on Jozy Altidore

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For those of you haven't seen it yet, here is my FoxSoccer.com piece on Jozy Altidore. The column started out as another take on the "What next for Jozy Altidore" theme, but ultimately turned into a piece on the current unsettled state of his career and what he can (and should) do to improve his position.

Fantasy Premier League: Matchweek 38

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By AVI CREDITOR

We've finally reached the end.

After a long, grueling season, there's still prizes to be won, which makes the final week of the Premier League season a fantasy-friendly one.

Chelsea and Manchester United each have favorable home matchups in their respective quests to win the league title.

USSF D-2: A Look Ahead at Week 5

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By TRAVIS CLARK

With the hottest team in the league sitting out this round of fixtures, it's a chance for a couple of other sides to catch up to the Portland Timbers.

Leading the pack is season surprise Austin Aztex. In their second year of existence, the club has enjoyed a solid start to the season, thanks to an all-around team effort -- with Eddie Johnson, Leonard Griffin and Jamie Watson all chipping in two goals apiece.

Which city should be awarded the 20th MLS club?

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With Montreal officially identified as the market getting the 19th MLS team, it is a certainty that MLS will add a 20th team. It is time to consider which cities are in the mix for the 20th team in the league.

Does MLS add a New York team to serve as the Red Bulls' arch-rival?

Friday Ticker: Clark inks Eintracht extension, Barry sidelined and more

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When Ricardo Clark signed a half-season deal with German club Eintracht Frankfurt after leaving Major League Soccer, the move looked like a mistake after injuries sidelined him for much of his time in Germany.

Americans Abroad: A Look Ahead

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It is the final weekend of club action for a number of the Americans Abroad, and even though much of the preliminary roster that will be announced early next week is already known, there is still plenty to play for.

Steve Cherundolo and Hannover 96 enter its final game of the season aiming to defeat fellow bottom-dweller VfL Bochum in order to avoid relegation.

MLS to introduce Montreal as 19th MLS Team

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Major League Soccer and the Montreal Impact have scheduled press conferences for Friday morning, where they are expected to announce Montreal as the 19th MLS franchise. Montreal will join MLS in 2012.

Montreal will become the third Canadian team in MLS, joining Toronto FC and the Vancouver Whitecaps, which will begin MLS play in 2011.

Canadian Corner: Friendlies announced, Nutrilite Update and More

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By KURTIS W. LARSON

Last month the CSA released a list of friendly dates in preparation for the 2014 round of qualification. Head coach Stephen Hart stated his goal to field a competitive side in 2012 to improve on Canada's shocking performance in the 2008 semifinal qualification round as Canada finished with two points behind Mexico, Honduras and Jamaica, including a -7 GD.

Manchester United confirmed as MLS All-Star Game opponent

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Manchester United will face the MLS All-Stars in this summer's MLS All-Star Game in Houston on July 28th, the league announced on Thursday.

The match will be part of a four-match tour of North America for Manchester United, which will also play exhibition matches in Toronto, Philadelphia and Kansas City.

SBI's 23 for 2010 (May 2010 Edition)

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We are now less than a month away from knowing the 23-man roster for the U.S. World Cup team and there are still a bunch of unanswered questions and extremely tough decisions for Bob Bradley to make.

Surprises abound in MLS mid-week action

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D.C. United and FC Dallas won matches, Chivas USA registered a blowout and Edson Buddle didn't score. Any of these events on their own might have come as a surprise, but having all of them take place in last night's MLS action tells you just how unpreditable MLS can be.

Here is a rundown of last night's scores:

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SBI USSF Division 2 Power Rankings: Week 4

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By TRAVIS CLARK

The top two teams in the SBI USSF D-2 Power Rankings met last week, and managed to put on a show that equaled the hype.

A back-and-forth meeting at PGE Park between Vancouver and Portland was an exciting and physical battle, and on the strength of Ryan Pore's two goals, the Timbers walked away victorious and to maintain the top spot in the latest power rankings.

Allsopp lifts United from down under with two-goal performance

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By AVI CREDITOR

WASHINGTON - Danny Allsopp netted his first goals with D.C. United in the 12th and 34th minutes, and 19-year-old goalkeeper Bill Hamid made them stand up, as United snapped its season-long slump with a 2-1 victory over the Kansas City Wizards in front of 10,038 at RFK Stadium.

Kansas City Wizards at D.C. United: Match Night Commentary

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By AVI CREDITOR

Two teams struggling to find the back of the net meet in a nationally televised match, as D.C. United welcomes the Kansas City Wizards to RFK Stadium (7 p.m., ESPN).

D.C. (0-5) has been shut out in four of its five games, including three home shutouts by 2-0 scorelines.

MLS Week 7 (A Look Ahead)

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The busiest week in MLS history begins tonight, with the first of 12 matches over the next four days.

Winless D.C. United takes the field at RFK tonight against struggling Kansas City. The Wizards have gone winless in three, but will still be favored against a point-less D.C.

Soccer Wednesday: Your Running Commentary

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By AVI CREDITOR

Plenty is on the line in two of Wednesday's major soccer matches around the world.

In England, Manchester City will try to leapfrog Tottenham for fourth place in the Premier League when it welcomes Spurs to the Eastlands (2:55 p.m. EST, ESPN2).

SBI Live Q&A (May 5th Edition)

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Good afternoon everybody. It's time for the Cinco de Mayo edition of the SBI Live Q&A.

Feel free to fire off your soccer (and pop culture) questions my way and I will try to answer as many of the questions as I can over the course of the next two hours.

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


SBI Live Q&A (May 5th)


Ribery red-card appeal denied

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By AVI CREDITOR

Bayern Munich's appeal of the red card that Franck Ribery received in the first leg of the UEFA Champions League semifinal against Lyon has been rejected, meaning that the star winger will miss the Champions League final against Inter Milan.

In case you forgot, here's how Ribery was sent off:

Do you think that Ribery's three-game suspension should have been reduced?

Morning Ticker: Algeria releases roster; City-Spurs pre-match drama and more

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By AVI CREDITOR

Algeria has released its 25-man preliminary World Cup roster, with Lorient midfielder Yazid Mansouri handed the captaincy for this summer's tournament.

One of the U.S. men's national team's opponents in group play, Algeria has friendlies with Ireland and the United Arab Emirates lined up before the World Cup begins.

MLS Notes: Lahoud, Onalfo fined; League, players ratify CBA

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By AVI CREDITOR

Major League Soccer fined and suspended Chivas USA midfielder Michael Lahoud and D.C. United coach Curt Onalfo for their actions in last week's games.

Lahoud nailed Chicago's Justin Mapp in the ankle with a studs-up challenge and has been fined $500 and suspended for the Goats' next two matches.

SBI Live Q&A set for 1pm today

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Good morning all. This is your reminder that the weekly SBI Live Q&A will be kicking off at 1pm today. Be sure to check in to SBI to submit your soccer (and pop culture) related questions my way.

There's plenty to discuss these days, from the pending U.S. World Cup camp, the seeming conspiracy by the French media to write false stories about Charlie Davies, to the sad state of D.

Wednesday Kickoff: Barcelona-Tenerife, Old Firm highlights

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By AVI CREDITOR

Lionel Messi scored two more goals to pad his league total to 31, Bojan and Pedro each found the back of the net and FC Barcelona pulled away from Tenerife to win Tuesday, 4-1, and keep the pressure on Real Madrid in the La Liga race.Â


Barca leads Madrid by four points in the league table, though Cristiano Ronaldo & Co.

A look at some of the best moments in USMNT history

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With the 2010 World Cup fast approaching, and the talk about the new U.S. World Cup team heating up, it's as good a time as any to take a look back at some of the best moments in U.S. national team history.

American soccer videographer Jay Bell put together a great compilation of Best USMNT moments that should help you get in the right mood for the World Cup.

Soccer Wednesday Preview: City-Spurs "playoff"; Inter-Roma Coppa Italia final

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By AVI CREDITOR

Although Major League Soccer's sixth week of action gets underway on Wednesday, there are a couple of high-profile matches in England and Italy that deserve the bulk of fans' attention.

Manchester City hosts Tottenham (2:55 p.

Copa Libertadores: Round of 16 set to conclude

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By NESTOR F. SEBASTIAN

Copa Libertadores quarterfinalists will be determined this week as the second-leg matches of the Round of 16 phase kick off with Mexico's Chivas, Argentina's Banfield and Brazil's Cruzeiro going into their away games with comfortable leads.

Galaxy 3, Union 1: A Look Back

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BY ADAM SERRANO

It was a story of two teams on the opposite end of the spectrum at the Home Depot Center on Saturday night. The high flying Los Angeles Galaxy was able to make quick work of the slumping Philadelphia Union in a 3-1 victory. Â

As the Galaxy continued its undefeated run, the story was once again the superb play of forward Edson Buddle, who earned his eighth and ninth goals of the season.

SBI Video Corner: Get to know Chris Seitz

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Real Salt Lake 2, Toronto FC 1: A Look Back

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By KURTIS W. LARSON

A defensive experiment including a questionable lineup and tactics by Toronto FC doomed the visitors to defeat as an undermanned Real Salt lake cruised to a controlling 2-1 win on a blustery night at Rio Tinto Stadium.

Heading into the match, TFC was shown a glimpse of hope when the creative Javier Morales and dangerous Fabian Espindola were ruled out for RSL.

USSF D-2: A Look Back at Week Four

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By TRAVIS CLARK

The wait for A.C. St. Louis' first win had been four agonizing games. Fortunately, the fifth time proved to be the charm Saturday evening, as St. Louis delivered in front of a home crowd.

With listless and fellow bottom-dwellers Crystal Palace Baltimore coming to town, the chance was now for St.

Fantasy MLS: Week 7

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By AVI CREDITOR

Decisions, decisions.

Six teams play two matches apiece in an early, but crucial week for Fantasy MLS.Â

What's tough to determine is how each coach will manipulate his rotation to get through two matches in a four-day span.

Projecting the preliminary U.S. 30-man World Cup roster

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U.S. men's national team head coach Bob Bradley has some tough decisions to make when he picks his 23-man World Cup roster, but even before he selects that final squad, Bradley will first have to pick 30 players for the U.

Algerians/Slovenians Abroad: Weekend Rewind

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Slovenian defender Matej Mavric did this weekend what no U.S. national team fan wants to hear come summer time. He scored on an American goalkeeper.

Mavric scored a penalty kick in TUS Koblenz's 2-2 draw against Kaiserslautern, beating Luis Robles with a chip shot down the middle that was somewhat reminiscent to that of Zinedine Zidane's in the 2006 World Cup final.

Gomez prepares for potential USMNT call

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BY ADAM SERRANO

Chivas USA's full squad may have been on the road preparing for a mid-week match, but amongst their practice players was none other than Mexican League's goals leader and U.S. World Cup hopeful Herculez Gomez.

After a fantastic season with Puebla FC, the Las Vegas native is presently training with Chivas USA in order to build up his fitness ahead of a potential U.

SBI MLS Best XI (Week 6)

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In a week where the Los Angeles Galaxy and Houston Dynamo posted impressive victories, the Western Conference powers accounted for nearly half of this week's SBI MLS Best XI.

Edson Buddle and Juan Pablo Angel are familiar names on the Best XI, but Houston forward Dominic Oduro joined that elite group after his stellar performance in leading the Dynamo to a 3-0 humbling of Kansas City.

Mid-Day Ticker: Ching nears return, Hull officially relegated and more

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By AVI CREDITOR

The Houston Dynamo's thorough beating of the Kansas City Wizards this weekend was a sign of good things to come for Dom Kinnear's squad. Now, there's even better news on the horizon.

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

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By AVI CREDITOR

The tones in the two RFK Stadium locker rooms told the story. One a jubilant scene, smiles all around, high-fives left and right; The other a morbid place, deathly silent, as players coped with what's becoming the norm.

SBI MLS Power Rankings (Week 6)

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There weren't any changes at the very top of the SBI MLS Power Rankings, but a few teams stated their cases for moving closer to the league's elite after Week 6.

The Houston Dynamo delivered the loudest message, thrashing the Kansas City Wizards and serving notice that the loss of Geoff Cameron wasn't going to end their season.

Buddle is SBI MLS Player of the Week (again)

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Edson Buddle may start to run out of room on his resume for all the honors he is racking up.

Buddle scored another two goals to up his season total to nine, while also adding an assist, to help the Los Angeles Galaxy post a 3-1 victory against the Philadelphia Union on Saturday.

West goes unbeaten in busy MLS Week 6

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The MLS Western Conference came into the 2010 season considered the stronger of the two conferences and Week Six of the season did nothing to change that opinion.

Western Conference teams were 3-0-3 against Eastern Conference opponents this week, with the Houston Dynamo, Los Angeles Galaxy and Real Salt Lake all showing why they're playoff favorites.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

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By FRANCO PANIZO

If you are a U.S. national team fan who still isn't convinced that Clint Dempsey can fill in at forward in this summer's World Cup, you might want to see his latest goal.

Playing up top in Fulham's 3-2 win against West Ham United, Dempsey scored the opener, chesting down a long ball to teammate Simon Davies, who returned a pass that Dempsey slotted to the near post.

Old rivalry reborn as Miami ties Tampa Bay

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By FRANCO PANIZO

A bus containing several dozen Tampa Bay residents made a near-275 mile trip to Florida's East Coast on Saturday. It didn't come for the beaches and nightlife, but for the revival of an old soccer rivalry in the Sunshine State.

Tampa Bay citizens traveled in numbers to Lockhart Stadium for the rebirth of a decades old derby between Miami FC and FC Tampa Bay Rowdies, but they weren't the only ones lured out as several South Floridians made the effort to attend their first game of the season.

Sunday Ticker: Chelsea closes in on title, injury threatens Xavi's World Cup and more

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Chelsea moved one step closer to its first Premier League title in four years with an easy 2-0 victory against Liverpool on Sunday.

Didier Drogba and Frank Lampard scored the goals as Chelsea maintained its one-point edge over Manchester United, which defeated Sunderland, 1-0, on Sunday.

Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

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Manchester United fans will be rooting for arch-rival Liverpool like never before today.

If the Reds knock off Chelsea at Anfield today, they will give Manchester United a chance to take over the lead in the Premier League and move a step closer to breaking Liverpool's own record of 18 league titles.

Galaxy dominates Philly for fifth win

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BY ADAM SERRANO

CARSON, CALIF -- It was another impressive offense performance for the Los Angeles Galaxy on Saturday night as the club dominated the Philadelphia Union, earning a 3-1 victory.

AJ DeLaGarza opened the scoring with the second fastest goal in Galaxy history 53 seconds after the opening whistle while Edson Buddle added two more goals to bring his season total to nine.

Philadelphia Union vs. Los Angeles Galaxy: Match Day Commentary

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BY ADAM SERRANO

Tonight's match between the LA Galaxy and the Philadelphia Union looks like a huge mismatch. The Galaxy come into the match with an undefeated record of 4-0-1 while the Union enter on a two game losing skid arriving to Home Depot Center with a 1-3-0 record.

Red Bulls match '09 win total, send United to worst-ever start

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By AVI CREDITOR

WASHINGTON - The New York Red Bulls won their fifth game in six matches - equaling their win total of a season ago - as second-half goals by Salou Ibrahim and Juan Pablo Angel lifted the Red Bulls to a 2-0 Atlantic Cup victory over rival D.C. United at RFK Stadium.

New York Red Bulls at D.C. United: Matchday Commentary

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By AVI CREDITOR

Another installment of the Atlantic Cup takes place Saturday afternoon, as I-95 rivals D.C. United and the New York Red Bulls square off at RFK Stadium (4 p.m., Telefutura).

The Red Bulls (4-1-0) stand atop the Eastern Conference standings with 12 points through five matches, though Columbus is five points off the pace with two matches in hand.

WPS Week Four: A Look Ahead

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By DAN LAULETTA

For the first time in its short history, every WPS team will play on the same day. And for only the second time in the regular season, there will be no games this Sunday. Highlighting today's matches is a nationally televised match featuring the two teams deadlocked atop the standings, Sky Blue FC and FC Gold Pride.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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The race for the final UEFA Champions League place in the English Premier League is as tight as can be and today will offer the top three contenders a chance to move into control.

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.