Soccer By Ives Archives for January 2010

U.S. Open Cup Third Round: Your Running Commentary

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Two more games remain in the U.S. Open Cup Third Round, and by the end of the night the eight-team quarterfinal field will be set.

D.C. United hosts USL-2 side Richmond Kickers, with the visitors looking to boost the third division's record to a perfect 3-0 in this round of the tournament.

Fantasy MLS: Week 14

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By AVI CREDITOR

It should come as no surprise that Los Angeles Galaxy and Real Salt Lake players are becoming fixtures atop the weekly rankings. The 2009 MLS Cup participants have the two best goal differentials in the league.

Aguirre resigns from Mexico post

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Javier Aguirre resigned as Mexico national team head coach on Wednesday after El Tri were eliminated from the World Cup by Argentina in the round of 16.

Aguirre took responsibility for the 3-1 loss, a loss that marked the fifth consecutive World Cup that Mexico was unable to win a game in the second round of the World Cup.

Arena to coach MLS All-Stars against Manchester United

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By ADAM SERRANO

Major League Soccer announced Wednesday that Los Angeles Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena will manage the 2010 MLS All-Stars against English powerhouse Manchester United on July 28 at Houston's Reliant Stadium.

MLS Notes: DCU releases Castillo, Wizards re-acquire Thomas and more

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D.C. United released midfielder Christian Castillo on Tuesday, signaling the end of a disappointing stint in the nation's capital for the speedy, El Salvadorian left winger.

Castillo, who scored once in U.S. Open Cup play but not in league play, was a hit among the large Salvadorian population in the D.

Morning Ticker: Silva joins Manchester City, Brazil injury woes and more

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By AVI CREDITOR

Manchester City has signed the outside midfielder that it has long coveted.

No, it's not Landon Donovan.

City agreed to terms with Valencia on an £30 million transfer fee for Spain international David Silva, making him the second superstar to bolt Los Che this offseason.

A look back at the USA's 2010 World Cup

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The 2010 World Cup keeps rolling on, but for U.S. national team fans, the reality is still sinking in that the United States' exciting World Cup run is over.

Success or failure? Tournament to remember or tournament to forget? While the disappointment of Saturday's loss to Ghana is sure to leave the lingering tinge of failure, we have to ask ourselves if the tournament the team did play was memorable and whether it exceeded or surpassed our expectations.

U.S. Open Cup: Charleston puts out Fire in PKs, Red Bulls fall and more

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By ANTHONY ZILIS

BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. - After scoreless periods of regulation and extra time in the third round of the U.S. Open Cup, the Chicago Fire were defeated in penalty kicks, 3-0, by the Charleston Battery in front of 2,526 at Toyota Park.

In succession, Brian McBride hit his penalty over the goal, Krzysztof Krol's shot was saved by Tim Melia and Wilman Conde sent his into the crossbar.

Juninho and Klein lead the Galaxy past A.C. St. Louis, 2-0

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BY ADAM SERRANO

It took longer than expected, but quality shined through as the Los Angeles Galaxy defeated AC St.Louis 2-0 on Tuesday night in U.

World Cup Daily Recap: Villa lifts Spain, Paraguay tops Japan in penalty kicks

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Spain appears to have steadied its World Cup ship.

After breaking down and holding off Portugal on Tuesday, 1-0, La Furia Roja clinched the eighth and final spot in the quarterfinals and put to bed any worries about a failed tournament run.

LA Galaxy to host Real Madrid on August 7th

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BY ADAM SERRANOÂ

The Los Angeles Galaxy announced on Tuesday that they are hosting Spanish giants Real Madrid on August 7th at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California.

The friendly takes the place of a previously scheduled appearance of European Cup holders Inter Milan.

U.S. Open Cup Third Round: A Look Ahead

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By TRAVIS CLARK

Wednesday night, a rivalry that will soon grace MLS is renewed, as the Portland Timbers are set to host the Seattle Sounders in the Third Round of the U.S. Open Cup.

PGE Park is set to host another Open Cup match between the two sides, with the fierce rivalry set to take center stage once again.

World Cup: Spain vs. Portugal (Matchday Commentary)

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By AVI CREDITOR

The marquee matchup of the Round of 16 will determine the final spot in the World Cup quarterfinals, as Spain and Portugal meet at Green Point Stadium in Cape Town, South Africa (2:30 p.m., ESPN/ESPN3.com).Â

Spain and Portugal, ranked second and third in the world, respectively, not only share a border, but they also hope to share World Cup hosting duties in 2018.

World Cup: Paraguay vs. Japan (Matchday Commentary)

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Two of the World Cup's more surprising teams will clash with a spot in the quarterfinals on the line, as Paraguay and Japan meet at Loftus Versfeld Stadium in Pretoria, South Africa (10 a.m., ESPN/ESPN3.com).

Paraguay's place in the knockout stage isn't a complete surprise, but few would have pegged the South American nation to win Group F over Italy.

Morning Ticker: Blatter to consider replay, Di Maria to Madrid and more

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After the events of the last couple of weeks, more specifically on Sunday, FIFA president Sepp Blatter didn't really have any other choice.

Blatter has stated that FIFA will "re-open the file on goal-line technology" during meetings next month to determine whether the organization will implement the use of instant replay in the future.

World Cup Daily Recap: Brazil and the Netherlands roll on to the Quarterfinals

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BY ADAM SERRANO

There were no surprises in the World Cup on Monday as a powerhouses advanced to a fantastic match in the Quarterfinals.

Brazil may not be the "joga bonito" side of old, but in their 3-0 demolition of Chile, the Brazilians provided their fans with a bit of beautiful soccer as Brazil advanced to the quarterfinals.

MLS Week 13: A Look Back

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By TRAVIS CLARK

Major League Soccer is back with a weekend of action already in the books. Picking up where it left off at the start of June, a full slate of action greeted fans across the country. Perhaps the biggest news was the opening game at PPL Park, as Philadelphia downed Seattle 3-1 along the banks of the Delaware River.

Henry to leave Barcelona

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In a move that makes his arrival to MLS even more likely, French striker Thierry Henry has reached an agreement with his current club Barcelona that allows him to part ways with the Spanish side.

According to Sky Sports, the 32-year-old has agreed part ways with the club he joined from Arsenal in 2007.

World Cup: Chile vs. Brazil (Matchday Commentary)

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After this morning's all-European matchup, a clash of two South American nations awaits. Five-team champions Brazil look to move into the next round when they face Chile (ESPN/ESPN3.com, 2:30 p.m.), with the winner taking on the Netherlands in the quarterfinals.

Brazil is the obvious favorite in this one, having twice beat Chile in World Cup qualification by a wide margin.

Afternoon Ticker: Capello's future unclear, Fabiano keen on United and more

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Fabio Capello is contracted with England through the 2012 European Championship, but with the Three Lions' exiting early from the World Cup, his future has become unclear.Â

Despite telling the FA he would like to remain as England's manager, Capello will have to wait two weeks to find out if England's ruling body would like him to remain.

World Cup: Netherlands vs. Slovakia (Matchday Commentary)

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A busy and controversial weekend of World Cup action has come and gone, but there is plenty of action left in the Round of 16.

World Cup darkhorse Netherlands takes on Slovakia in an all-European clash (ESPN/ESPN3.com, 10:00 a.m.) in Durban. The winner of this morning's game will be rewarded with a matchup against the winner of this afternoon's meeting of Brazil and Chile.

Who will coach the USA in 2014?

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Another World Cup cycle has come and gone for the U.S. men's national team and it is time to consider the possibility that a new coach will be leading the team once the next World Cup cycle begins.

Bob Bradley helped guide the team through a period of transition after the retirements of Claudio Reyna, Brian McBride and Eddie Pope.

Three second-half goals, Seitz PK save seal Union victory in PPL Park debut

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CHESTER, Pa. - The Philadelphia Union sure have a knack for coming up with strong showings in home openers.

Sebastien Le Toux converted a penalty kick and had a hand in two other goals, all in the second half, and Chris Seitz preserved a 1-1 scoreline by saving a Pat Noonan penalty, as the Union opened PPL Park with a 3-1 victory over the Seattle Sounders in front of 18,755 Sunday night.

World Cup Daily Recap: Refs questioned as Mexico and England knocked out

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BY ADAM SERRANO

Questionable referee decisions will make the headlines, but the real story of Day 17 of the World Cup was the continued dominance of a pair of traditional soccer powers who will now meet for a date in the semifinals on the line.

USA-Ghana most-watched World Cup match

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By FRANCO PANIZO

If TV ratings are any indication of the interest in soccer in the United States, then the sport is clearly continuing its ascent.

The U.S. men's national team's 2-1 loss to Ghana on Saturday was the most-watched World Cup match among households and viewers, according to ESPN.

Seattle Sounders FC at Philadelphia Union: Match Night Commentary

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Major League Soccer's ninth soccer-specific stadium opens its gates along the Delaware River, as the Philadelphia Union take to the PPL Park pitch in Chester, Penn., for the first time.

The Seattle Sounders and the Union will play in the stadium's opening match (5 p.

World Cup: Argentina vs. Mexico (MatchDay Commentary)

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 BY ADAM SERRANO

They're at it again. It's the round of 16 so it must mean, Mexico and Argentina.

The Argentines come into the match firing on all cylinders after earning three straight victories in Group play. The success of the Albiceleste has been enough to turn the jeers to cheers for Maradona's men who were once heavily criticized in their home nation.

Report: Donovan attracting interest from Europe

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Landon Donovan's strong World Cup showing was sure to attract interest from European clubs, and two of the better teams in England are interested in signing the U.S. national team midfielder.

According to News of the World, Everton is looking to reacquire Donovan, who enjoyed a successful three-month loan with the club earlier this year.

World Cup: England vs. Germany (Your Running Commentary)

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The third team to reach the quarterfinals will be decided today as England and Germany do battle (10am, ESPN) in a match between two European heavyweights.

England enters the match having struggled in Group C, where it finished second and scored just two goals. Fabio Capello needs to lead the Three Lions to victory here, otherwise he'll feel the wrath of an English media which is pouncing on his every move.

Chivas USA fall 2-1 to FC Dallas for sixth straight loss

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BY ADAM SERRANO

Salvadorian International Osael Romero earned the first goal of his fledgling MLS career, but it was not enough to snap Chivas USA's losing streak which was extended to six games as the Rojiblancos fell to FC Dallas 2-1 on Saturday night.

World Cup Daily Recap: USA trounced, Uruguay advances

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By FRANCO PANIZO

The U.S. men's national team's World Cup run came to a close on Saturday, as it was eliminated for the second straight time by Ghana by the score of 2-1.

It was deja vu all over again for the United States, as it allowed another early goal when Ricardo Clark was dispossessed near midfield before Kevin-Prince Boateng hit a shot to the front post just five minutes into the game.

MLS Match Night (Your Running Commentary)

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While the U.S. national team's elimination from the World Cup is surely hurting American soccer fans everywhere, a source of distraction will be MLS, which kicks things into full throttle tonight.

Tonight's MLS schedule includes a match between Western Conference leader Los Angeles Galaxy and Toronto FC, which has not been defeated in its past seven matches.

United States eliminated after 2-1 extra time loss to Ghana

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By FRANCO PANIZO

The U.S. national team has made a habit of coming back after surrendering early goals, and while it was able to do it once against Ghana, it couldn't do it twice.

The United States was eliminated from the World Cup after a 2-1 loss to Ghana at Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg on Saturday.

USA vs. Ghana: Matchday Commentary

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The U.S. men's national team looks to reach the World CUp quarterfinals for the second time in three World Cups today by beating Ghana in their second round match in Rustenberg, South Africa today (2:30pm, ABC).

The Americans come in having won Group C, while Ghana comes in having finished second in Group D to Germany.

World Cup: Uruguay vs. Korea Republic (MatchDay Commentary)

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The first team to keep its World Cup dreams alive and reach the quarterfinals will be decided today when Uruguay and Korea Republic battle in the opening Round of 16 match (10am, ESPN).

Uruguay enters the second round of the tournament having won a tricky Group A. Led by Diego Forlan, Los Charruas have a potent attack that compliments it stingy defense, which didn't allow a goal in its group stage matches.

USA vs. Ghana: The Pre-Game Tailgate

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Four years ago the U.S. men's national team had its World Cup dreams ended by Ghana. Today, the Americans have a chance for some revenge, and a chance to keep a dream World Cup run going as they take on the Black Stars in World Cup Round of 16 action in Rustenberg (2:30pm, ABC).

The United States are fresh off the unforgettable last-minute victory against Algeria to reach the Round of 16, while Ghana comes in having finished second in Group D on the strength of a tough defense and a key victory against pre-tournament sleepers Serbia.

Earthquakes and Real Salt Lake restart MLS with scoreless draw

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BY ADAM SERRANO

The World Cup break may be over, but the goals have still not arrived for MLS sides as Real Salt Lake and the San Jose Earthquakes played to a scoreless draw on Friday night.

Jon Busch got his first shut out for the Earthquakes, but the real story was the play of his opposite number, Nick Rimando.

San Jose Earthquakes at Real Salt Lake: Your Running Commentary

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The MLS season resumes in Sandy, Utah, as MLS Cup holder Real Salt Lake welcomes the San Jose Earthquakes to Rio Tinto Stadium for a Western Conference encounter (9 p.m., MLS Direct Kick).

Salt Lake is still without the services of injured midfielder Kyle Beckerman and U.S.

Group H: Spain finishes on top, Chile advances, Honduras salvages a point

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After an eye-opening loss to Switzerland in the first match of its World Cup run, Spain is right where most thought it would be.

David Villa and Andres Iniesta scored in a victory over 10-man Chile, and La Furia Roja claimed the top spot in Group H and a date against neighboring country Portugal in the Round of 16.

Where will you be watching USA-Ghana?

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If you're superstitious, you'll likely be wearing the same thing you wore Wednesday, sitting in the same seat, drinking the same beverage(s), surrounded by the same people. You likely won't be wherever you were on June 22, 2006.

World Cup: Group H Matchday Commentary

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The final series of group games contains plenty of suspense and drama, as tournament-favorite Spain tries to avoid being eliminated prior to the knockout stage.

La Furia Roja will meet group leader Chile (2:30 p.m., ESPN/ESPN3.com) in the marquee matchup of the group.

Group G: Brazil, Portugal draw and advance; Ivory Coast finishes strong

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With the drama pretty much zapped out of Group G a few days ago, Brazil and Portugal didn't have a whole lot to play for, and it showed.

Portugal's 7-0 drubbing of North Korea on Monday pretty much guaranteed that both teams would be through to the knockout stage.

SBI Live Q&A (World Cup Edition 2)

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Good afternoon folks. I'm coming to you from Pretoria, where Spain and Chile will clash tonight in a great match-up of skilled teams.

It's time for the latest SBI Live Q&A, where you send your World Cup and soccer-related questions my way, and I answer as many of them as I can.

Let's get started.

SBI Live Q&A Coming at 12:30pm today

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I know it's relatively short notice (unless you follow me on Twitter) but I will be having an SBI Live Q&A at 12:30pm today. Be sure to join me as I discuss the World Cup and all things soccer.

See you then.


USA vs. Ghana: A Look Ahead (& Who should start for USA?)

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With the Group Stage behind them, the U.S. men's national team can now focus on trying to make a dream run to the World Cup final a year after making a dream run to the Confederations Cup Final.

Standing in the way at the first knockout round hurdle is Ghana, which happens to be the same team that eliminated the United States in the 2006 World Cup.

World Cup: Group G Matchday Commentary

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The Group of Death hardly has had the drama that was expected when the World Cup draw was conducted over the winter, but there is still plenty of intrigue entering the final day of play.

Brazil has already qualified for the knockout stage, but it needs to fend off fellow powerhouse Portugal (10 a.

MLS Week 13: A Look Ahead

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After a two-week break for the World Cup group stage, the Major League Soccer season resumes this weekend with all 16 teams in action.

Real Salt Lake and the San Jose Earthquakes kick things off Friday night. The highlight of Week 13, though, is the opening of MLS' newest soccer-specific stadium, as the Philadelphia Union open their true home field against the Seattle Sounders in a rematch of the season-opening game that the Sounders won, 2-0.

MLS at the Break: Western Conference

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BY ADAM SERRANO

MLS is back.

The first three months of the season have proven that the West is best so far with the Los Angeles Galaxy leading the way with 32 points which is the best in MLS. The defending champion Real Salt Lake were the only team to beat the Galaxy before the break and rank second in the league and second in the Western Conference with 23 points.

Celebrating Donovan's goal around the world

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The festive scenes inside Loftus Versfeld Stadium in Pretoria, South Africa after Landon Donovan's game-winning goal for the USA against Algeria on Wednesday won't soon be forgotten, but as someone who was in the stadium, it was easy to forget that millions around the world were watching and celebrating that same goal.

MLS at the break: Eastern Conference

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By TRAVIS CLARK

Ready or not, but the Major League Soccer season is back and ready to go this Saturday.

The first three months of the season have shown the Eastern Conference to be the weaker of the two, with Columbus and New York locked at the top on 21 points. Both of those top two teams had issues with injuries and inconsistency, and will hope to bounce back after a three-week break.

Group E: Honda drives Japan through; Dutch finish off unblemished run

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If Keisuke Honda wasn't a household name among soccer fans around the world before the World Cup, he most certainly is now.

Honda, who plays for CSKA Moscow, buried a marvelous free kick to spearhead Japan's decisive victory over Denmark that cemented Japan's place among the final 16 teams.

Mid-Day Ticker: Rehhagel resigns, Schweingster a doubt for the Round of 16 and more

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BY ADAM SERRANO

The reign of "King Otto" has ended for Greece.

Otto Rehhagel has resigned after a nine-year term as the head coach of the Greek national football team. Greece failed to make it to the knock-out stages on Monday when it fell to Argentina, 2-0 marking the end of the tournament for the Greeks.

World Cup: Group E Matchday Commentary

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The Netherlands is through and Cameroon is eliminated, but much is still up for grabs in Group E.

Denmark and Japan square off in a winner-advances-loser-goes-home matchup at Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenberg, South Africa (2:30 p.m.

Group F: Paraguay, Slovakia advance as Italy is eliminated

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Italy entered the World Cup hoping to go into the history books for becoming just the third team to ever successfully defend its title. While Italy did make history at this World Cup, it wasn't for that reason.

Italy was eliminated from Group F on Wednesday as it lost to Slovenia, 3-2, in a game that ended in thrilling fashion.

World Cup: Group F MatchDay Commentary

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All four teams in Group F still have a shot at progressing to the Round of 16, likely making the group's final matches as exciting as any.

Paraguay currently leads the group with four points, but the South Americans will play a New Zealand team (10am, ESPN2/ESPN3.com) that has managed two shocking draws, and whose confidence is at a high after becoming the Cinderella story of the tournament.

Fantasy MLS: Week 13

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By AVI CREDITOR

Welcome back.

When we last left you, the West was dominating the East, the Los Angeles Galaxy refused to concede a conventional goal and a handful of teams were consistently jockeying for table position.

USA 1, Algeria 0: A Look Back

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Yes America. Yesterday did happen.

The U.S. men's national team did score in stoppage time to beat Algeria. The USA did win Group C, making it the first time an American team won a World Cup group. Landon Donovan did score the biggest goal of his career.

Group D: Ghana, Germany progress as Australia, Serbia are eliminated

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By TRAVIS CLARK

It came down to goal differential, but in the end, the Black Stars of Ghana hung on to bring some respect to African soccer.

In need of a win or draw to secure a berth in the World Cup's knockout stages, Ghana was unable to find gaps in a tough German side, losing 1-0 to a Mesut Ozil curler in the second half.

Group C: USA, England advance with 1-0 wins

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By FRANCO PANIZO

The final day of Group C saw both of the favorites advance, but not in the order expected.

England and the United States each won their final group game 1-0, but the latter claimed the group on the goals scored tiebreaker.

World Cup: Group D Matchday Commentary

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Both the England and United States will learn their second round opponents as Group D's final round of games are set to play (ESPN/ESPN2, 2:30p.m.).

All four teams are mathematically alive and able to qualify from the group, depending on how the results play out. Germany advances with a win, but so do their opponents Ghana.

How far can the United States go in the World Cup?

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It took a dramatic, last-second goal from Landon Donovan, but the United States made it through to the knockout stages, emerging as winners of Group C.

With the second round beckoning, each game is now a win or go home, starting this Saturday against the runner up in Group D. And as the USA showed last year at the Confederations Cup, anything is possible at this point.

Donovan scores late against Algeria, pushes USA to knockout stages

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By FRANCO PANIZO

The U.S. national team was held scoreless by Algeria for 90 minutes and looked headed for an early World Cup exit, but a dramatic Landon Donovan goal in the 91st was enough to push the Americans back to the knockout rounds for the first time since 2002.

Donovan finished a Clint Dempsey rebound in the first minute of stoppage time, giving the United States its first victory of the World Cup and first place in Group C.

USA vs. Algeria: Matchday Commentary

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The U.S. men's national team takes on Algeria today in a crucial World Cup match that could help the Americans reach the second round with a win.

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

USA vs. Algeria: Pre-Match Tailgate

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The World Cup fate of the U.S. men's national team will be decided in a few hours as the Americans prepare to take on Algeria in a World Cup group match that will determine which Group C teams advance to the World Cup second round.

It's still early in the morning in the United States, but I know American fans are already up and getting ready for today's crucial match.

Tim Howard's World Cup diary

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Tim Howard is playing in his first World Cup as a starter, and is getting ready for the biggest match of his national team career on Wednesday as the United States takes on Algeria in a match that could put the Americans in the second round.

Group B: Argentina, S. Korea are through; Nigeria joins ousted African nations

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Greece could only sit back on its heels for so long.

Despite flustering Argentina's attack for almost 80 minutes, Diego Maradona's side, which controlled the vast majority of possession and peppered the Greek goal with shots, broke through the stingy defense on a Martin Demichelis header in the 77th minute and captured first place in Group B with a 2-0 victory.

Where Will You Be Watching USA - Algeria?

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It has come down to one match. Win and the United States is through to the knock out stages for the first time since 2002. A draw and the Yanks will need help to advance. A loss and Bob Bradley's men return home early.

While it is up to Bradley to determine the line-up, the biggest question for the rest of us is where will you be watching the United States' vital match against Algeria at 10 a.

World Cup: Group B Matchday Commentary

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Argentina's spot atop Group B is pretty much solidified, but the three other teams in the group still have shots at advancing to the knockout stage.

The way things stand entering the matches, Argentina is in first place with six points, followed by South Korea and Greece with three apiece, and Nigeria still looking to get on the board.

Group A: Uruguay, Mexico advance; South Africa finishes off France

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As the first halves of the respective games wore on, the odds against South Africa shrunk.

Goal South Africa. Red card France. Goal South Africa. Goal Uruguay.

The goal differential became managable for the host nation and the tension that usually encompasses the final day of group play was palpable.

USA vs. Algeria: A Look Ahead (& Who should start for USA)

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Win and they are in.

It's really that simple for the U.S. men's national team as it faces Algeria on Wednesday in its final World Cup group match.

A draw could conceivably help the Americans qualify for the second round (if England loses or ties while not closing in on the two-goal edge the United States currently holds in goals scored), but all the Americans are thinking about going into the Algeria match is victory.

World Cup: Group A Matchday Commentary

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Group play begins to finish up Tuesday, as two teams seemingly battle for knockout-stage positioning and two duel for survival.

Uruguay and Mexico will square off in a winner-takes-all battle for Group A supremacy at Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenberg, South Africa (10 a.

World Cup Daily Recap: Portugal strikes for seven, Spain and Chile win

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By TRAVIS CLARK

After a goalless draw in its World Cup opener, Portugal needed to score, and score often, to boost the chances of a second round berth. A glut of goals ensued, leaving a beleaguered Korean side wondering what hit them in a 7-0 romp on Monday.

World Cup: Spain vs. Honduras (Match Day Commentary)

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Spain looks to play catch up in Group H when they face Honduras in Monday's late game (ESPN, ESPN3.com, 2:30 p.m.) at Ellis Park in Johannesburg.

A loss by La Furia Roja today would end any hopes of advancing to the knockout stages in a tournament that they entered as heavy favorites.

Afternoon Ticker: USA-Algeria ref assigned, Pirlo practicing and more

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by FRANCO PANIZO

In response to the controversy stirred in the United States-Slovenia match. FIFA has assigned Belgian referee Frank De Bleeckere to officiate the Americans' critical Group C match against Algeria on June 23.

SBI World Cup Diary (My First Two Weeks in South Africa)

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Greetings from South Africa, where the 2010 World Cup is in full swing, and where I've spent the past two weeks following the action and adjusting to life in a new land.

The tournament itself has had its ups and downs, with stingy defending, shoddy refereeing and recently some goal-scoring outbursts.

World Cup: Switzerland vs. Chile (Your Running Commentary)

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The two Group H winners on opening day square off as Switzerland and Chile battle for the group's top spot in Port Elizabeth (ESPN, ESPN3.com, 10:00 a.m.). Both managed to win their first matches of the World Cup, though Switzerland's win over Spain stole the spotlight.

Chile put in a solid attacking performance against Honduras, but were unable to finish numerous opportunities.

World Cup: Portugal vs. North Korea (Your Running Commentary)

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Brazil has already secured advancement from Group G, and this morning Portugal and North Korea will conclude the second round of group games in Cape Town, South Africa (ESPN, ESPN3.com, 7:30 a.m.).

A win today for Portugal would give them the upper hand heading into the final group game against Ivory Coast in a bid to become the second nation to qualify into the second round.

World Cup Daily Recap: Italy held by New Zealand, Brazil cruises, Paraguay wins

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By FRANCO PANIZO

New Zealand earned the biggest result in its history by holding the reigning World Cup champions to a shocking 1-1 draw on Sunday.

Determined defending by Ryan Nelsen and the rest of New Zealand's back line helped post the most surprising result of the World Cup, as Italy failed to score from the run of play in its second consecutive Group F match.

World Cup: Brazil vs. Ivory Coast (Match Day Commentary)

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BY ADAM SERRANO

The Group of Death continues on this afternoon when the Ivory Coast faces a must win situation against five time champion Brazil (2PM EDT ABC/ESPN.COM).

Didier Drogba will start for Les Elephants tonight as they look to get a result against a Brazil side that looked beatable in their first group match against North Korea.

Cherundolo verbally agrees to Hannover extension

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Steve Cherundolo has enjoyed a strong summer with the U.S. national team, reclaiming his starting role at right back while also delivering a pair of strong performances at the World Cup, so it should come as no surprise that Hannover 96 was quick to offer him a new contract.

Mid-Day Ticker: More French drama, Kaita receives threats and more

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By AVI CREDITOR

"Crazy Ray" has struck again.

French coach Raymond Domenech is at the center of yet more drama after getting into an argument with an assistant coach and having his team walk out of practice Sunday.

Domenech has already polarized players through his lineup selection and has sent starting striker Nicolas Anelka home for subordination.

World Cup: Italy vs. New Zealand (Your Running Commentary)

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With Paraguay winning Sunday's early match, the Group F game between New Zealand and Italy (10am, ESPN) has become that much more critical in terms of keeping pace with the South Americans in the hopes of reaching the Round of 16.

Italy is the heavy favorite in the match, but stalwart goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon is out injured, leaving the reigning World Cup champions with inexperienced Federico Marchetti in goal.

World Cup: Slovakia vs. Paraguay (Your Running Commentary)

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After a pair of draws in its opening matches, Group F looks to clear up a bit when Paraguay faces Slovakia (7:30am, ESPN).

Both teams will be aiming to make amends for surrendering leads in their first fixtures, and a win here would help them get a step closer to the Round of 16.

World Cup Daily Recap: Cameroon crashes out, Netherlands beats Japan, Australia still alive

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by FRANCO PANIZO

Cameroon let a 1-0 lead slip away against Denmark, and as a result the Indomitable Lions became the first team eliminated from the World Cup.

In one of the more entertaining matches of the World Cup, Cameroon and Denmark went back and forth in a wide open affair that saw 36 shots taken.

CONMEBOL shining in South Africa

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By NESTOR F. SEBASTIAN

Aside from the vuvuzelas and some questionable refereeing decisions, the headline news to come out of South Africa is the performance of all five South American representatives in the group stage of the World Cup.

World Cup: Denmark vs. Cameroon (MatchDay Commentary)

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The first team to be eliminated from the World Cup could come today as Denmark and Cameroon clash (2:30pm, ABC) in an intriguing Group E match.

Cameroon could be knocked out of the tournament even before it plays its final group stage match if it loses today. Samuel Eto'o and the rest of the Indomitable Lions won't want to let that happen, and will need to show more offensively if it wants to break down the disciplined Danish defense.

Mid-Day Ticker: Anelka sent home, Pecnik breaks ankle and more

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BY ADAM SERRANO

Just when you think it can't get any worse for France, it does. Head Coach Raymond Domench has sent home forward Nicolas Anelka. The forward launched an expletive ridden tirade against his coach at halftime of France's 2-0 loss to Mexico on Thursday.

SBI Video Corner: Red Bulls v. Cruzeiro Post Game

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World Cup: Australia vs. Ghana (Your Running Commentary)

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Australia and Ghana will take to the field (10am, ESPN) in a Group D match that could see the first eliminated team from the tournament.

After losing its first match 4-0, Australia needs a win or it will be heading home early. The Socceroos will be without key midfielder Tim Cahill, who was sent off in the group opener, but Harry Kewell could pick up the slack as he returns from injury.

USA 2, Slovenia 2: A Look Back

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The U.S. men's national team pulled off one of the best comebacks in World Cup history on Friday, only to have a tragic referee's decision deny a victory for the ages.

There is no denying the team endured a rough first half, a disappointing start considering the stakes, but there is also no denying the Americans showed great poise and heart to battle back and erase a two-goal deficit.

World Cup: Netherlands vs. Japan (Your Running Commentary)

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The two teams atop Group E kickoff Saturday's festivities at Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban, and the winner between the Netherlands and Japan (7:30am, ESPN)Â will be all but assured advancement into the knockout stages.

The Netherlands head into the match as the heavy favorites, but Japan showed in its first match that it is capable of upsetting teams.

New York Red Bulls vs. Cruzeiro: Match Night Commentary

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BY MIKE NASTRI

The Red Bulls haven't played a match in almost two weeks, but battle Brazilian side Cruzeiro Esporte Clube in a friendly from Red Bull Arena at 8:00PM.

Cruzeiro is a very competitive side that finished 4th in the Brazilian Serie A this season.

World Cup Daily Recap: USA rallies, England draws, Serbia stuns Germany

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If the U.S. national team's World Cup opening draw against England was a test of its character, the match against Slovenia was a final exam.

After falling behind, 2-0, to goals from Valter Birsa and Zlatan Ljubijankic, the United States managed a memorable comeback draw in its second Group C match.

Who was the Man of the Match for the United States?

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It took a wild and nerve-racking rally, but the United States men's national team managed to keep their World Cup hopes alive in a 2-2 draw with Slovenia.

A number of U.S. players had a good game, and fans voted Landon Donovan as the FIFA Man of the Match. However, players like Michael Bradley and Steve Cherundolo also put in impressive performances at Ellis Park.

World Cup: England vs. Algeria (Match Day Commentary)

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What does Group C have for an encore? England and Algeria are set to face off at Green Point Stadium in Cape Town to wrap up Friday's World Cup action (ESPN2/ESPN3.com, 2:30 p.m.).

England has a chance to draw level on points with Slovenia at the top of the group, and have made a few changes from the side that faced the United States.

United States earns point with comeback draw

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By FRANCO PANIZO

The U.S. national team found itself in a familiar position, surrendering an early goal to Slovenia in t, but once again it fought back to earn a result.

Second-half goals from Landon Donovan and Michael Bradley negated a 2-0 Slovenia lead. Despite getting a draw, the Americans will feel somewhat disappointed with the result, having came close to claiming three points late in the game.

USA vs. Slovenia: Matchday Commentary

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The U.S. men's national team's hopes of reaching the second round of the 2010 FIFA World Cup hinge on the results of today's match against Slovenia (10am, ESPN).

A win gives the Americans four points after two matches, and a share of first place in the group, while a loss would be a devastating blow to the United States chances of progression (as well as giving Slovenia a place in the second round).

World Cup: Serbia vs. Germany (Your Running Commentary)

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A Group D matchup opens today's World Cup action, as Germany looks to build on an impressive opening performance when they take on Serbia in Port Elizabeth, South Africa (7:30 a.m., ESPN/ESPN3.com).

Die Mannschaft played what many have labeled the best game of the tournament, a 4-0 win over Australia last Sunday.

World Cup Daily Recap: Viva Mexico, Higuain nets hat trick, Greece stays alive

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By AVI CREDITOR

Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez figures to make his name overseas when he suits up for new club Manchester United later this summer. His breakout party might be happening right now, though.

Hernandez executed a perfectly timed run to beat France's offside trap and eventually keeper Hugo Lloris in the 64th minute, and Cuauhtemoc Blanco later converted a penalty kick to give Mexico a 2-0 victory over Les Bleus in a critical Group A match.

Evening Ticker: Cronin traded to San Jose, more bad news for Australia and more

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By TRAVIS CLARK

The San Jose Earthquakes are using this World Cup break to add depth to its midfield, acquiring the promising Sam Cronin from Toronto FC.

The San Jose Mercury News is reporting that Cronin is being sent West in exchange for allocation money.

Canada Corner: 'We are not far away'

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By KURTIS LARSON

"We are not far away."

With MLS on break and the sporting world focused on South Africa, there's no better time to recall Canada's lone trip to a FIFA World Cup and those words above issued by Canadian international and Toronto FC Designated Player Julian de Guzman earlier this week in Toronto.

World Cup: France vs. Mexico (Match Day Commentary)

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BY ADAM SERRANO

The World Cup has lacked many marquee match ups so far, but today Mexico and France face a must-win situation as they meet at the Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane (2:30pm EDT , ESPN2/ESPN3.com).

Both nations come into the match after disappointing draws in their opening match ups and will need a victory to help their case for the knock out stages.

USA vs. Slovenia: A Look Ahead (and who will start for the USA?)

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The USA-England World Cup opener got all the hype, but Friday's match between the United States and Slovenia is as actually more important for the Americans. A win puts them in comfortable shape heading into the last group match against Algeria. A loss would all but eliminate the Americans.

Where will you be watching USA-Slovenia?

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The most hyped game of the United States' World Cup run is in the books, but arguably the most important match is on the horizon.

The United States meets Slovenia at 10 a.m. (EDT) on Friday in a match that may very well determine whether the Yanks advance out of Group C, meaning that it's a good time to create a three-day weekend for yourself.

SBI Poll: Which World Cup favorite is in the most trouble?

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After just one match in the World Cup, some of the world's powerhouses are starting to feel some pressure.

Spain, picked by many to beat the field and win the cup, couldn't beat Switzerland and now faces an uphill climb to get out of its group.

England has goalkeeping issues and is feeling the heat after being unable to defeat the United States in their opener.

World Cup: Nigeria vs. Greece (Your Running Commentary)

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With Argentina all but cementing its place atop Group B after defeating South Korea, Nigeria and Greece face must-win situations as they meet at Free State Stadium in Bloemfontein, South Africa (10 a.m., ESPN/ESPN3.com).

Neither team managed a point through its first match, and both trail second-place South Korea by three points.

World Cup: South Korea vs. Argentina (Match Day Commentary)

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BY ADAM SERRANO

The favorites of Group B, South Korea and Argentina will square off at Free State Stadium in Bloemfontein (7:30am EDT, ESPN/ESPN3.com) A victory would put one of these nations in the driver seat to earn that top spot in Group B.

South Korea was one of the true revelations of the tournament early in their free flowing victory over Greece.

The World Cup Best XI (After One Match)

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Now that all 32 World Cup teams have played at least one match, it is time to look back at which players impressed the most in the tournament's first 16 matches.

Now, there haven't been a ton of goals scored, but that doesn't mean there haven't been good performances from attacking players.

World Cup Daily Recap: Swiss shock Spain, Chile cruises, South Africa loses

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Spain entered its World Cup opener against Switzerland on a 12-game winning streak and as the heavy favorites to not only win the game and Group H, but also the World Cup.Â

Nobody told Switzerland that.

The Swiss displayed an impressive defensive effort, holding David Villa and Spain scoreless en route to a shocking 1-0 victory that to this point is the upset of the tournament.

Evening Ticker: Green to start for England, Swiss wait on Senderos and more

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By TRAVIS CLARK

Fabio Capello is set to give Robert Green a vote of confidence ahead of England's second match at the World Cup.

The Italian will take one more close look at Green's performances in training, but according to reports, is preparing to retain Green as his starting goalkeeper as the Three Lions get set to take on Algeria on Friday.

USA World Cup Notes: Howard on Slovenia win guarantee: "Talk is cheap"

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Tim Howard isn't a player who needs bulletin board material, least of all in a World Cup, but even he had to deliver some forceful words after hearing that Slovenian Andrej Komac's guarantee that Slovenia would beat the United States in their World Cup match on Friday.

"Talk is cheap," Howard said of the guarantee.

World Cup: South Africa vs. Uruguay (Your Running Commentary)

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Each of the 32 nations have now had a chance to open their respective World Cup campaigns in South Africa. Now, it's on to the second round of games, with host nation South Africa taking on Uruguay (2:30pm, ESPN/ESPN3.com) to wrap up today's action.

Group A is wide open, with both matches last Friday settled as ties.

Mid-Day Ticker: Barry to return for England, Veron out for second match, and more

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BY ADAM SERRANO

England got a much needed boost today as Head Coach Fabio Capello stated that Gareth Barry will play in the Three Lions match against Group C opponent Algeria on Friday after a six-week injury layoff.

The midfielder has been training with the squad, but has not been able to get up to match fitness.

The Blaise Nkufo watch begins

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BY JOSE M. ROMERO

Blaise Nkufo's play Wednesday in Switzerland's 1-0 stunning World Cup upset of Spain should have Seattle Sounders fans encouraged, even if the Swiss didn't have the ball often.

His settling of a goal kick and subsequent pass ahead help set up Switzerland's goal, and he was dangerous on the counter when Spain was pressing for an equalizer.

World Cup: Spain vs. Switzerland (Match Day Commentary)

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By TRAVIS CLARK

The World Cup has been starved for goals. With the last two teams set to kick off, can Spain -- touted by many as favorites to hoist the Cup -- reverse this trend when they take on Switzerland (ESPN, ESPN3, 10:00am)?

World Cup success has eluded La Furia Roja, and today will be their first test of how they live up to the hype.

Round One of U.S. Open Cup fails to yield multiple upsets

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By TRAVIS CLARK

U.S. Soccer's knockout tournament is officially back. After two months of intermittent play-in matches between a handful of MLS matches, the tournament proper began between a number of amateur and second/third division clubs in action.

Perhaps the only upset emerging from Tuesday night's opening-round matches was the triumph of USL-2 side Richmond Kickers, winners over USSF D-2 side Crystal Palace Baltimore 1-0.

World Cup: Honduras vs. Chile (Match Day Commentary)

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BY ADAM SERRANO

CONCACAF's third participant Honduras kicks off their World Cup adventure this morning in a vital Group H match against Chile that may determine who advances to the second round behind group favorite Spain. The match is set to take place at Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit(7:30 a.

World Cup Daily Recap: N. Korea gives Brazil a fight, Drogba plays and more

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By AVI CREDITOR

Not many figured that Brazil would be tested or frustrated in its World Cup opener against North Korea.

It wasn't until Maicon reminded everyone what the Selecao are capable of that a bit of order was restored for the world's No.

Evening Ticker: Buffon out indefinitely, Torres out for Spain opener and more

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By MIKE NASTRI

After a disappointing tie with Paraguay, Italy received more bad news on Tuesday with the word that star goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon has a serious back injury.

Buffon, one of the world's best at his position, twinged his sciatic nerve and was substituted for at halftime by Federico Marchetti.

2010 MLS Salaries Unveiled

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BY ADAM SERRANO

The MLS Player's Union has released the salaries for the 2010 MLS season.

In a year where salary and guaranteed contracts was the big news prior to the season, the average salary of MLS' 406 players is listed at $138,169, down 6.

World Cup: Brazil vs. North Korea (Your Running Commentary)

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The five-time World Cup champions take to the pitch in their tournament opener, as Brazil looks to grab an early edge in Group G when it faces North Korea at Ellis Park Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa (2:30 p.m., ESPN/ESPN3.com).

After seeing Portugal and the Ivory Coast play to a scoreless draw, the Selecao will look to burst out of the gates and overwhelm their opponent.

SBI Live Q&A (World Cup Edition 1)

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Good afternoon everybody. I am a week into my trip to South Africa for the 2010 FIFA World Cup and it is time to have SBI's first World Cup Q&A.

It's time to talk about anything from the World Cup, to other soccer topics, to South Africa, to pop culture. I will try to answer as many questions as I can in the next hour or so.

SBI's First World Cup Q&A set for 12:30pm today

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Good morning folks. I'm coming to you from Johannesburg, where Brazil takes on North Korea later tonight.

I have been in South Africa for a week and while the SBI crew has spent the past week running the show, I will start posting more updates and stories from here now that I have settled in.

World Cup: Ivory Coast vs. Portugal (Matchday Commentary)

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By AVI CREDITOR

The storylines in Group G are some of the World Cup's best. Will Brazil regret leaving Ronaldinho and Alexandre Pato off the roster, or does it have enough firepower to win a sixth World Cup? How well can Didier Drogba play with a broken arm? Can North Korea score any points?

Drogba not in starting XI for Ivory Coast

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FIFA has cleared Ivory Coast captain Didier Drogba to play with protective cast on his broken right arm. Sven-Goran Eriksson hasn't cleared him to start, though.

Drobga will begin the Ivory Coast's match against Portugal on the bench. He broke his arm in a friendly against Japan 11 days ago, but returned to training determined to compete in this World Cup.

World Cup: New Zealand vs. Slovakia (Your Running Commentary)

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The Group of Death highlights Tuesday's action, but two of the tournament's bigger underdogs have a chance to grab an early lead in their group as New Zealand and Slovakia tangle in Group F action at Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenberg, South Africa (7:30 a.m., ESPN/ESPN3.com).

With Italy and Paraguay playing to a stalemate on Monday, first place in the group is up for grabs.

D.C. United add Branko Bošković as Designated Player

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With the World Cup is in full swing, all the focus is on the tournament in South Africa. With the league in the middle of its two week Cup-imposed hiatus, D.C. United became the first team to make a move, announcing the signing of Branko Bošković on Monday.

The 29-year-old attacking midfielder (who will turn 30 next week) hails from Montenegro in Eastern Europe.

World Cup Daily Recap: Japan upsets, Netherlands wins, Italy settles for draw

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By FRANCO PANIZO

The first upset of this World Cup came on the fourth day of action, and it was at the expense of an African team.

Japan shocked Cameroon, 1-0, in a game that marked the team's first World Cup win away from home soil.

World Cup: Italy vs. Paraguay (Match Day Commentary)

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The defending World Cup champions kick off their title defense in a Group F showdown with South American side Paraguay at Green Point Stadium in Cape Town (2:30 p.m., ESPN/ESPN3.com).

Italy isn't the favorite to repeat as champions, but with a winable group and a veteran-laden roster, anything is possible for the Azzurri.

Mid-Day Ticker: England's injury report, Ralston's dislocated elbow and more

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Ledley King's World Cup appears to be over after suffering a groin injury against the United States on Saturday. Early reports suggest that he'll have to miss at least three weeks while recovering.

King started alongside John Terry at central defense but was substituted for at halftime.

USSF: Howard cleared to play Friday

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No further medical tests are necessary for Tim Howard, and the U.S. goalkeeper has been cleared to play against Slovenia on Friday, the United States Soccer Federation announced Monday.

Howard collided with Emile Heskey during Saturday's match, when he dove out to prevent a cross from getting through to the England forward.

World Cup: Cameroon vs. Japan (Your Running Commentary)

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Samuel Eto'o & Co. will try to join Ghana as African teams to secure three points as Cameroon and Japan meet at Free State Stadium in Bloemfontein, South Africa (10 a.m., ESPN/ESPN3.com).

The Indomitable Lions and Samurai Blue each look to keep pace with the Netherlands in Group E after the Dutch defeated Denmark 2-0 earlier in the day on a Simon Poulsen own goal and a tap-in by Dirk Kuyt.

Portland Timbers unveil new crest

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By AVI CREDITOR

Just days after the Vancouver Whitecaps unveiled their new crest, the other soon-to-be Major League Soccer franchise in the Pacific Northwest has done the same.

The Portland Timbers revealed their new logo over the weekend, one that has an evolved look from the USSF Division 2 side's current one.

World Cup: Netherlands vs. Denmark (Your Running Commentary)

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Two European sides that the United States faced in friendlies during the last eight months get their World Cup runs started, as the Netherlands and Denmark square off in a Group E showdown at Soccer City Stadium in Johannesburg (7:30 a.m., ESPN/ESPN3.com).

The Dutch will be without star winger Arjen Robben, who suffered a hamstring injury in a friendly against Hungary about a week ago.

United States grabs 1-1 draw with England in World Cup opener

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By FRANCO PANIZO

It may have only been a draw, but for the U.S. national team, the 1-1 tie it posted against England surely felt like a victory.

After giving up an early goal to Steven Gerrard, the United States pulled level in the 40th minute when Robert Green fumbled a Clint Dempsey shot into his own net.

World Cup Daily Recap: USA ties England, Argentina and South Korea win

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By FRANCO PANIZO

For U.S. national team fans, the second day of the World Cup was one to remember.

The United States fell behind early to England in the Group C opener, allowing Steven Gerrard to score from close range after Emile Heskey found him wide open in the 4th minute.

World Cup: Algeria vs. Slovenia (Your Running Commentary)

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The United States' next two opponents are in action in Polokwane, South Africa, as Algeria and Slovenia tussle to try and grab first place in Group C (7:30 a.m., ESPN).

A winner would be in great shape considering the United States and England played to a draw, while the loser will have quite the hill to climb.

World Cup: Serbia vs. Ghana (Your Running Commentary)

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One of the more evenly balanced groups is set to kickoff on Sunday at Loftus Versfeld Stadium in Pretoria when Ghana and Serbia do battle in the Group D opener (10am, ESPN).

Ghana looks to become the first African team to grab a victory in the tournament, while Serbia hopes to claim the three points before facing group favorite Germany in its next match on June 18.

Transfer Ticker: Besiktas keen on Robinho, Quaresma leaves Inter and more

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Turkish club Besiktas has become the latest club interested in Robinho, and the club might have an advantage that could lure him to sign them.

Bernd Schuster was appointed manager of the club late last week, and he revealed his interest in bringing Robinho over despite the Brazilian forward's struggles with European clubs.

World Cup: Germany vs. Australia: Matchday Commentary

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Good afternoon everyone. The final action World Cup action is set to get started as Germany and Australia (ABC, 2:30pm) wrap up Group D's opening round of games.

Germany seems to always enter a World Cup as one of the favorites, but a young, injury-hit team might be vulnerable this time around.

World Cup Daily Recap: Germany shines, Ghana and Slovenia win with late goals

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It has only been three days, but Germany already looks like it will be one of the better teams in this World Cup.

Germany put forth a masterful performance on Sunday, cruising to a 4-0 mauling against Australia to take first place in Group D.

World Cup Daily Recap: Germany shines, Ghana and Slovenia win with late goals

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It has only been three days, but Germany already looks like it will be one of the better teams in this World Cup.

Germany put forth a masterful performance on Sunday, cruising to a 4-0 mauling against Australia to take first place in Group D.

World Cup: Germany vs. Australia: Matchday Commentary

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Good afternoon everyone. The final action World Cup action is set to get started as Germany and Australia (ABC, 2:30pm) wrap up Group D's opening round of games.

Germany seems to always enter a World Cup as one of the favorites, but a young, injury-hit team might be vulnerable this time around.

Transfer Ticker: Besiktas keen on Robinho, Quaresma leaves Inter and more

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Turkish club Besiktas has become the latest club interested in Robinho, and the club might have an advantage that could lure him to sign them.

Bernd Schuster was appointed manager of the club late last week, and he revealed his interest in bringing Robinho over despite the Brazilian forward's struggles with European clubs.

World Cup: Serbia vs. Ghana (Your Running Commentary)

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One of the more evenly balanced groups is set to kickoff today at Loftus Versfeld Stadium in Pretoria when Ghana and Serbia do battle in the Group D opener.

Ghana looks to become the first African team to grab a victory in the tournament, while Serbia hopes to claim the three points before facing group favorite Germany on June 18.

World Cup: Algeria vs. Slovenia (Your Running Commentary)

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The United States' next two opponents are in action in Polokwane, South Africa, as Algeria and Slovenia tussle to try and grab first place in Group C (7:30 a.m., ESPN).

A winner would be in great shape considering the United States and England played to a draw, while the loser will have quite the hill to climb.

World Cup Daily Recap: USA ties England, Argentina and South Korea win

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By FRANCO PANIZO

For U.S. national team fans, the second day of the World Cup was one to remember.

The United States fell behind early to England in the Group C opener, allowing Steven Gerrard to score from close range after Emile Heskey found him wide open in the 4th minute.

United States pulls out 1-1 draw with England

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By FRANCO PANIZO

It may have only been a draw, but for the U.S. national team, the 1-1 tie it posted against England surely felt like a victory.

After giving up an early goal to Steven Gerrard, the United States pulled level in the 40th minute when Robert Green fumbled a Clint Dempsey shot into his own net.

World Cup: SBI's Group C Preview

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When World Cup's Group C was drawn in December, Group C was considered an easy one to project. England was seen as the clear favorite, while the United States was seen as the consensus pick to qualify in second place.

Slovenia will have something to say about that.

SBI Watch Party Reminder

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If you will be in the New York City area today to watch the USA-England match, make your way to Dempsey's today for SBI's Official Watch Party.

We should have some good numbers for the watch party and as an added bonus, ESPN will be shooting a live shot from Dempsey's at the party. So if you're in the area, make your way over and join in on the fun.

World Cup Ticker: Bendtner to miss Denmark opener, Gattuso to retire after World Cup and more

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Denmark faced an uphill climb to advance from a group billed by many as the "Group of Depth", that task just got more difficult as star striker Nicklas Bendtner looks set to miss their opening clash against the Netherlands. The striker has been suffering with a nagging groin injury that looks set to knock him out of the Danes' first match of the World Cup.

USA vs. England: The Prematch Tailgate

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The time has almost arrived.

The U.S. men's national team takes on England in TWO hours and I know American fans all over the country are eagerly anticipating a match that can be called the most highly-anticipated match in American soccer history.

I am coming to you from Rustenberg, where the match will take place, and I will be providing you with live commentary on the match.

USA vs. ENGLAND (MATCH DAY COMMENTARY)

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The U.S. men's national team kicks off its World Cup today against England (2:30pm, ABC)Â in one of the most anticipated matches in recent World Cup history.

England enters as the favorites in Group C and will be favored today, but the United States enters with plenty of confidence after enjoying such a strong showing in last summer's Confederations Cup.

USA vs. ENGLAND (MATCH DAY COMMENTARY)

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The U.S. men's national team kicks off its World Cup today against England (2:30pm, ABC)Â in one of the most anticipated matches in recent World Cup history.

England enters as the favorites in Group C and will be favored today, but the United States enters with plenty of confidence after enjoying such a strong showing in last summer's Confederations Cup.

World Cup Ticker: Bendtner to miss Denmark opener, Gattuso to retire after World Cup and more

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Denmark faced an uphill climb to advance from a group billed by many as the "Group of Depth", that task just got more difficult as star striker Nicklas Bendtner looks set to miss their opening clash against the Netherlands. The striker has been suffering with a nagging groin injury that looks set to knock him out of the Danes' first match of the World Cup.

USA vs. England: The Prematch Tailgate

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The time has almost arrived.

The U.S. men's national team takes on England in TWO hours and I know American fans all over the country are eagerly anticipating a match that can be called the most highly-anticipated match in American soccer history.

I am coming to you from Rustenberg, where the match will take place, and I will be providing you with live commentary on the match.

World Cup: SBI's Group C Preview

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When World Cup's Group C was drawn in December, Group C was considered an easy one to project. England was seen as the clear favorite, while the United States was seen as the consensus pick to qualify in second place.

Slovenia will have something to say about that.

SBI Watch Party Reminder

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If you will be in the New York City area today to watch the USA-England match, make your way to Dempsey's today for SBI's Official Watch Party.

We should have some good numbers for the watch party and as an added bonus, ESPN will be shooting a live shot from Dempsey's at the party. So if you're in the area, make your way over and join in on the fun.

World Cup Daily Recap: Draws for all in Group A

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By AVI CREDITOR

After the first round of games for the World Cup's Group A, not a whole lot has been cleared up.

South Africa yielded a late goal to Mexico in their tournament-opening, 1-1 draw, and Uruguay and France played a forgettable 90 minutes in their scoreless tie, meaning that all four teams have earned a point with two games remaining in group play.

World Cup: South Korea vs. Greece (Your Running Commentary)

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One of the most anticipated matches of this World Cup is just hours away, but before England and the United States do battle, Group B will get underway.

South Korea and Greece will square off (7am, ESPN)Â at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth, with both teams looking to become the first to grab three points in this World Cup.

World Cup: Argentina vs. Nigeria (Matchday Commentary)

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The first team to grab three points at the 2010 World Cup is South Korea, making the match between fellow Group B teams Argentina and Nigeria that much more important.

Group favorites Argentina and Nigeria will square off (9:30am, ESPN) at Ellis Park in Johannesburg in the second match of Day Two.

World Cup: Argentina vs. Nigeria (Matchday Commentary)

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The first team to grab three points at the 2010 World Cup is South Korea, making the match between fellow Group B teams Argentina and Nigeria that much more important.

Group favorites Argentina and Nigeria will square off (9:30am, ESPN) at Ellis Park in Johannesburg in the second match of Day Two.

World Cup: South Korea vs. Greece (Your Running Commentary)

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One of the most anticipated matches of this World Cup is just hours away, but before England and the United States do battle, Group B will get underway.

South Korea and Greece will square off (7am, ESPN)Â at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth, with both teams looking to become the first to grab three points in this World Cup.

Philadelphia Union vs. Kansas City Wizards: Your Running Commentary

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Two MLS games stand between now and a two-week break for the World Cup. With that in mind, two Eastern Conference teams go head-to-head tonight as the Kansas City Wizards (2-5-3) host the Philadelphia Union (2-6-1) at 8:00pm (MLS Direct Kick).

Both teams need the momentum going into the extended break, and tonight's match also marks Philadelphia's final game before opening brand-new PPL Park on June 27.

D.C. United vs. Seattle Sounders: Match Night Commentary

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Less than 12 hours to go before the World Cup kicks off, but fans looking to get one final MLS fix can tune in to tonight's meeting up in the northwest as D.C. United (2-8-1) takes on the Seattle Sounders (4-5-3) at 10:00pm on ESPN2.

While attention of soccer fans across the nation are fixated on the southern tip of Africa, tonight is a chance for either Seattle or D.

For Sounders FC at break, way more questions than answers

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By JOSE M. ROMERO

As the final whistle signaled Seattle Sounders FC's fourth loss at home - that's right, fourth - in eight matches at Qwest Field, the Rave Green knew a bad loss to D.C. United would have to stay with them for 17 days.Â

The World Cup break has arrived, and coach Sigi Schmid is charged with keeping spirits up while devising an improvement plan for a club that has in large part been a disappointment this season.

FIFA World Cup Opening Day: Your Running Commentary

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The streets of South Africa are flooded with locals and visitors from all over the world as the 2010 FIFA World Cup prepares to kick off today.

The scenes are festive throughout the country, and Johannesburg is a sea of international humanity as fans of all colors look to take part in today's day-long party.

World Cup: South Africa vs. Mexico (Matchday Commentary)

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The countdown is over. The World Cup is here.

The eyes of the world are upon Soccer City Stadium in Johannesburg, as host South Africa will try to avoid being the first host nation to drop the opening game of the tournament when it takes on Mexico in Group A action (10 a.m., ESPN).

USA vs. England: A Look Ahead (and who should start for the USA?)

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The U.S. men's national team begins World Cup play on Saturday against England in a match American fans have been anxiously awaiting since the teams were drawn together in December.

While I'm sure you have read dozens of previews on the match, here is my Fox Soccer preview on the big USA-England match.

"The USA - The Clown College of football"

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Feeling nervous as the anticipation builds toward the United States' World Cup run? Let England's own John Oliver and the folks at Comedy Central's The Daily Show provide some comic relief:

The Daily Show With Jon StewartMon - Thurs 11p / 10cWorld Cup 2010: Into Africa - Two Teams, One Cupwww.

World Cup: France vs. Uruguay (Matchday Commentary)

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Game one of the 2010 World Cup is in the books, and the two-week madness of World Cup group matches is underway.

France takes on Uruguay in Group A's second matchup of the tournament (2:30pm, ESPN). The backdrop switches to picturesque Cape Town and Green Point Stadium. There, Les Bleus will try to right just about everything that has gone wrong since the infamous Zidane headbutt back in Germany in 2006.

Where will you be watching USA-England?

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The hype has been built. The rosters are set. Now you have just one final decision. Where will you watch the big match?

The United States and England will open World Cup Group C play Saturday afternoon, and chances are you'll want to be somewhere ideal to make the most of your experience for the crucial game.

World Cup Daily Recap: Draws for all in Group A

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By AVI CREDITOR

After the first round of games for the World Cup's Group A, not a whole lot has been cleared up.

South Africa yielded a late goal to Mexico in their tournament-opening, 1-1 draw, and Uruguay and France played a forgettable 90 minutes in their scoreless tie, meaning that all four teams have earned a point with two games remaining in group play.

Where will you be watching USA-England?

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The hype has been built. The rosters are set. Now you have just one final decision. Where will you watch the big match?

The United States and England will open World Cup Group C play Saturday afternoon, and chances are you'll want to be somewhere ideal to make the most of your experience for the crucial game.

World Cup: France vs. Uruguay (Matchday Commentary)

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Game one of the 2010 World Cup is in the books, and the two-week madness of World Cup group matches is underway.

France takes on Uruguay in Group A's second matchup of the tournament (2:30pm, ESPN). The backdrop switches to picturesque Cape Town and Green Point Stadium. There, Les Bleus will try to right just about everything that has gone wrong since the infamous Zidane headbutt back in Germany in 2006.

"The USA - The Clown College of football"

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Feeling nervous as the anticipation builds toward the United States' World Cup run? Let England's own John Oliver and the folks at Comedy Central's The Daily Show provide some comic relief:

The Daily Show With Jon StewartMon - Thurs 11p / 10cWorld Cup 2010: Into Africa - Two Teams, One Cupwww.

USA vs. England: A Look Ahead (and who should start for the USA?)

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The U.S. men's national team begins World Cup play on Saturday against England in a match American fans have been anxiously awaiting since the teams were drawn together in December.

While I'm sure you have read dozens of previews on the match, here is my Fox Soccer preview on the big USA-England match.

World Cup: South Africa vs. Mexico (Matchday Commentary)

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The countdown is over. The World Cup is here.

The eyes of the world are upon Soccer City Stadium in Johannesburg, as host South Africa will try to avoid being the first host nation to drop the opening game of the tournament when it takes on Mexico in Group A action (10 a.m., ESPN).

FIFA World Cup Opening Day: Your Running Commentary

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The streets of South Africa are flooded with locals and visitors from all over the world as the 2010 FIFA World Cup prepares to kick off today.

The scenes are festive throughout the country, and Johannesburg is a sea of international humanity as fans of all colors look to take part in today's day-long party.

For Sounders FC at break, way more questions than answers

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By Jose M. Romero

As the final whistle signaled Seattle Sounders FC's fourth loss at home - that's right, fourth - in eight matches at Qwest Field, the Rave Green knew a bad loss to D.C. United would have to stay with them for 17 days.

The World Cup break has arrived, and coach Sigi Schmid is charged with keeping spirits up while devising an improvement plan for a club that has in large part been a disappointment this season.

D.C. United vs. Seattle Sounders: Match Night Commentary

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Less than 12 hours to go before the World Cup kicks off, but fans looking to get one final MLS fix can tune in to tonight's meeting up in the northwest as D.C. United (2-8-1) takes on the Seattle Sounders (4-5-3) at 10:00pm on ESPN2.

While attention of soccer fans across the nation are fixated on the southern tip of Africa, tonight is a chance for either Seattle or D.

Philadelphia Union vs. Kansas City Wizards: Your Running Commentary

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Two MLS games stand between now and a two-week break for the World Cup. With that in mind, two Eastern Conference teams go head-to-head tonight as the Kansas City Wizards (2-5-3) host the Philadelphia Union (2-6-1) at 8:00pm (MLS Direct Kick).

Both teams need the momentum going into the extended break, and tonight's match also marks Philadelphia's final game before opening brand-new PPL Park on June 27.

World Cup: SBI's Group F Preview

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By TRAVIS CLARK

Can Italy win back-to-back World Cups? Marcello Lippi is relying on a squad heavy on experience and age in the quest to become the first nation to repeat since Brazil in 1962. While their age is a concern, a squad led by players like Gianluigi Buffon, Andrea Pirlo and Fabio Cannavaro cannot be written off.

Mid-Day Ticker: Algerian captain benched, French unrest and more

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By AVI CREDITOR

Algeria coach Rabah Saadane has benched captain Yazid Mansouri for the country's World Cup opener against Slovenia, stating that the midfielder is not in good enough form to start. Medhi Lacen will reportedly take his place in the lineup.

Canada Corner: Hoilett hints at choice, TFC announces Motagua date and more

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By KURTIS LARSON

From Owen Hargreaves (Calgary, AB) to Jonathan de Guzman (Scarborough, ON), Canadian soccer players have repeatedly shunned their country of birth to play for other, more powerful soccer nations around the globe.

Reminder: SBI Viewing Party for USA-England

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For all of the SBI fans in the Tri-State area and beyond, this is just a reminder that we will be having a viewing party for the United States-England match on Saturday.

The party will be at Dempsey's at 61 2nd Avenue, between 3rd and 4th street on the Lower East Side of Manhattan.

World Cup Kickoff Concert gets party started in South Africa

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The 2010 FIFA World Cup won't kick off until Friday, but the festivities in South Africa are well underway.

The World Cup Kickoff Concert has begun at the Orlando Stadium in Soweto and can be seen live on ESPN2. Thousands of fans have packed into the stadium to catch the concert, which includes performances from the Black Eyed Peas and Shakira.

World Cup: SBI's Group G Preview

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By ADAM SERRANO

The Group of Death always brings a great deal of excitement to the World Cup, but this year's addition may be the most anticipated Group of Death ever.

Brazil is once again one of the favorites to go the distance and win their sixth World Cup title, but this isn't your father's seleção as this team is based on defense with a lethal counterattacking style.

How far can USA go in the World Cup (Greetings from South Africa)

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Good afternoon all. I'm coming to you from lovely South Africa, where World Cup fever is in full swing as the country preps for the opening of the tournament on Friday.

The U.S. men's national team begins its tournament on Saturday against England, and the match has folks all over the country (and world) wondering just how the Americans will do in this tournament.

World Cup: SBI's Group H Preview

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By FRANCO PANIZO

With an enviable cast of characters that ply their trade throughout Europe's top clubs, it's easy to see why Spain is considered one of the favorites to lift the World Cup trophy this summer. Having exorcised some of its demons and silenced critics by winning the European Championship two years ago, Spain is still riding high and playing some of the best soccer on the planet.

SBI USSF Division 2 Power Rankings: Week 9

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By TRAVIS CLARK

Even with the World Cup right around the corner, USSF D-2 kept on cranking out mid-week action Wednesday night.

Miami FC showed a real fight back spirit, turning a 3-1 deficit against Crystal Palace Baltimore into a point. Christian Gomez's header in the final minutes tied the score at 3-3.

World Cup: SBI's Group H Preview

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By FRANCO PANIZO

With an enviable cast of characters that ply their trade throughout Europe's top clubs, it's easy to see why Spain is considered one of the favorites to lift the World Cup trophy this summer. Having exorcised some of its demons and silenced critics by winning the European Championship two years ago, Spain is still riding high and playing some of the best soccer on the planet.

How far can USA go in the World Cup (Greetings from South Africa)

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Good afternoon all. I'm coming to you from lovely South Africa, where World Cup fever is in full swing as the country preps for the opening of the tournament on Friday.

The U.S. men's national team begins its tournament on Saturday against England, and the match has folks all over the country (and world) wondering just how the Americans will do in this tournament.

World Cup: SBI's Group G Preview

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BY ADAM SERRANO

The Group of Death always brings a great deal of excitement to the World Cup, but this year's addition may be the most anticipated Group of Death ever.Â

Brazil is once again one of the favorites to go the distance and win their sixth World Cup title, but this isn't your father's seleção as this team is based on defense with a lethal counterattacking style.

Reminder: SBI Viewing Party for USA-England

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For all of the SBI fans in the Tri-State area and beyond, this is just a reminder that we will be having a viewing party for the United States-England match on Saturday.

The party will be at Dempsey's at 61 2nd Avenue, between 3rd and 4th street on the Lower East Side of Manhattan.

World Cup Kickoff Concert gets party started

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The 2010 FIFA World Cup won't kick off until Friday, but the festivities in South Africa are well underway.

The World Cup Kickoff Concert has begun at the Orlando Stadium in Soweto and can be seen live on ESPN2. Thousands of fans have packed into the stadium to catch the concert, which includes performances from the Black Eyed Peas and Shakira.

Mid-Day Ticker: Algerian captain benched, French unrest and more

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By AVI CREDITOR

Algeria coach Rabah Saadane has benched captain Yazid Mansouri for the country's World Cup opener against Slovenia, stating that the midfielder is not in good enough form to start. Medhi Lacen will reportedly take his place in the lineup.

Canada Corner: Hoilett hints at choice, TFC announces Motagua date and more

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By KURTIS LARSON

From Owen Hargreaves (Calgary, AB) to Jonathan de Guzman (Scarborough, ON), Canadian soccer players have repeatedly shunned their country of birth to play for other, more powerful soccer nations around the globe.

World Cup: SBI's Group F Preview

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By TRAVIS CLARK

Can Italy win back-to-back World Cups? Marcello Lippi is relying on a squad heavy on experience and age in the quest to become the first nation to repeat since Brazil in 1962. While their age is a concern, a squad led by players like Gianluigi Buffon, Andrea Pirlo and Fabio Cannavaro cannot be written off.

Kljestan signs with Anderlecht

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Sacha Kljestan is finally headed for Europe.

Kljestan has signed with RSC Anderlecht, agreeing to a four year deal with the Belgian league champions. Kljestan has already passed all his medical tests and will be presented to the media at the end of next week.

What do you think of Kljestan signing with RSC Anderlecht?

Casey's header snatches points from Fire

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By ANTHONY ZILIS

CHICAGO - The Chicago Fire let two points slip away Wednesday night at Toyota Park thanks to Colorado Rapids forward Conor Casey, who scored on a header in second-half stoppage time as the Rapids tied the Fire, 2-2.

The two teams go into the World Cup break with vastly different emotions despite seeing the same result.

Thursday Kickoff: RSL hands Galaxy first loss

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By AVI CREDITOR

Real Salt Lake is the thorn in the Los Angeles Galaxy's side.

The Galaxy's dream of an undefeated season came to an end Wednesday night in an MLS Cup rematch at Rio Tinto Stadium, but not without a little bit of controversy.

Salt Lake playmaker Javier Morales was clearly in an offside position before latching onto a ball inside the penalty area and slotting his shot past Donovan Ricketts in the 80th minute for the only goal in the defending MLS Cup champions' 1-0 victory.

SBI 2010 Fantasy World Cup League

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Almost 500 people have signed up for SBI's Fantasy World Cup league, and there's still time to join the party if you haven't yet.

To join the fun, go here, and after registering and choosing a team name, click to join a private league. The league is called SBI World Cup 2010, and the code is 346014-107467.

Bradley: Altidore fit, Onyewu can go full 90 against England

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Bob Bradley told reporters Wednesday that both Jozy Altidore and Oguchi Onyewu are fit for Saturday's World Cup opener against England.

Even more, the U.S. coach suggested that Onyewu, who hasn't played 90 minutes in any match since tearing his left patellar tendon last October, would be ready to go the full 90 on Saturday.

Fire Notebook: Chicago looks to ride momentum against Rapids

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By ANTHONY ZILIS

Practice was a little different this week for the Chicago Fire than it had been in previous weeks.

No longer do the Fire have a 42-day winless streak hanging over their heads after defeating Philadelphia on Saturday at Toyota Park, and a more chipper feeling was the result.

Dos-a-Cero and more: Your Running Commentary

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If you are itching for Saturday to get here sooner, ESPN Classic has a great way for you to pass the time.

The channel's marathon of past United States and England World Cup matches kicks off at 2:30 p.m. with the 2002 U.

Gonzalez' blast wins Goal of the Week

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Leo Gonzalez hadn't scored in Major League Soccer prior to Saturday. You wouldn't know it based on the quality of the Costa Rican defender's strike against the New England Revolution.

Gonzalez' goal, which broke a 270-minute home scoreless streak for Seattle, acted as the catalyst in the Sounders' 3-0 victory over the Revolution and took home Major League Soccer Goal of the Week honors.

Injury Ticker: Iniesta questionable for opener, Suazo back in training and more

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BY MIKE NASTRI

Spanish playmaker Andres Iniesta might not be making any plays against Switzerland in a week. The Barcelona star hurt his thigh in La Furia Roja's final World Cup tune-up against Poland on Tuesday.

While the scans showed no tear, there was bruising in his right thigh.

World Cup: SBI's Group D Preview

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By TRAVIS CLARK

No other group seems to have been hit by injuries quite as hard as those in Group D. Ghana will be without midfield linchpin Michael Essien, while Germany lost captain Michael Ballack at the end of the club season, two of the tournament's biggest names.

World Cup: SBI's Group E Preview

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By ADAM SERRANO

Group E is one of the deepest groups in the World Cup as each nation will believe that they have the ability to advance to the knock out stages.

The Netherlands have always relied on their attacking flair and in 2010, the story remains the same as Wesley Sneijder and Robin Van Persie lead a fierce dutch attack.

Galaxy veterans relive their World Cup memories

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BY ADAM SERRANO

The Los Angeles Galaxy may be at the top of the league table this season, but as the club prepares for their World Cup break to start after their match against Real Salt Lake, for veterans Eddie Lewis and Gregg Berhalter, memories arise of a different time.

Los Angeles Galaxy vs. Real Salt Lake: Match day Commentary

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BY ADAM SERRANO

The undefeated Los Angeles Galaxy take on their MLS Cup rivals Real Salt Lake tonight at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah.

Los Angeles is riding high right now with a league best 32 points and a 12-0-2 record. Perhaps what makes their recent run so impressive is that the club has not allowed a single goal in all contests on the road.

Los Angeles Galaxy vs. Real Salt Lake: Match day Commentary

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BY ADAM SERRANO

The undefeated Los Angeles Galaxy take on their MLS Cup rivals Real Salt Lake tonight at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah.

Los Angeles is riding high right now with a league best 32 points and a 12-0-2 record. Perhaps what makes their recent run so impressive is that the club has not allowed a single goal in all contests on the road.

Galaxy veterans relive their World Cup memories

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BY ADAM SERRANO

The Los Angeles Galaxy may be at the top of the league table this season, but as the club prepares for their World Cup break to start after their match against Real Salt Lake, for veterans Eddie Lewis and Gregg Berhalter, memories arise of a different time.

World Cup: SBI's Group E Preview

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BY ADAM SERRANO

Group E is one of the deepest groups in the World Cup as each nation will believe that they have the ability to advance to the knock out stages.

The Netherlands have always relied on their attacking flair and in 2010, the story remains the same as Wesley Sneijder and Robin Van Persie lead a fierce dutch attack.

World Cup: SBI's Group D Preview

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By TRAVIS CLARK

No other group seems to have been hit by injuries quite as hard as those in Group D. Ghana will be without midfield linchpin Michael Essien, while Germany lost captain Michael Ballack at the end of the club season, two of the tournament's biggest names.

World Cup Injury Ticker: Iniesta questionable for first match, Suazo back in training and more

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BY MIKE NASTRI

Spain's playmaker might not be making any plays against Switzerland in a week. The Barcelona star hurt his thigh in La Furia Roja's final tuneup match against Poland on Tuesday.

While the scans showed no tear, there was bruising in his right thigh.

Gonzalez' blast wins Goal of the Week

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Leo Gonzalez hadn't scored in Major League Soccer prior to Saturday. You wouldn't know it based on the quality of the Costa Rican defender's strike against the New England Revolution.

Gonzalez' goal, which broke a 270-minute home scoreless streak for Seattle, acted as the catalyst in the Sounders' 3-0 victory over the Revolution and took home Major League Soccer Goal of the Week honors.

Dos-a-Cero and more: Your Running Commentary

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If you are itching for Saturday to get here sooner, ESPN Classic has a great way for you to pass the time.

The channel's marathon of past United States and England World Cup matches kicks off at 2:30 p.m. with the 2002 U.

Fire Notebook: Chicago looks to ride momentum against Rapids

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By ANTHONY ZILIS

Practice was a little different this week for the Chicago Fire than it had been in previous weeks.

No longer do the Fire have a 42-day winless streak hanging over their heads after defeating Philadelphia on Saturday at Toyota Park, and a more chipper feeling was the result.

Bradley: Altidore fit, Onyewu can go full 90 against England

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Bob Bradley told reporters Wednesday that both Jozy Altidore and Oguchi Onyewu are fit for Saturday's World Cup opener against England.

Even more, the U.S. coach suggested that Onyewu, who hasn't played 90 minutes in any match since tearing his left patellar tendon last October, would be ready to go the full 90 on Saturday.

Relive World Cup history

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If you're a U.S. national team fan who needs a soccer fix to hold you over until Saturday's highly anticipated match against England, you're in luck.

ESPN Classic will air five historic World Cup matches today starting at 2:30pm, including the 2002 Round of 16 match between the United States and Mexico.

Wednesday Kickoff: Rafa to Inter, Iniesta hurt in Spain rout of Poland and more

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By AVI CREDITOR

After days of speculation, the search Jose Mourinho's successor at Inter Milan has come to an end, and that successor will be former Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez.

Benitez and Inter have reached an agreement on a contract, though his official presentation as the new coach at the San Siro has not yet been scheduled.

World Cup: SBI's Group B Preview

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Despite its struggles in qualifying, Argentina enters Group B as the favorite, with a plethora of attacking options, including Carlos Tevez, Gonzalo Higuain and FIFA Player of the Year Lionel Messi. If any team is going to outdo Argentina in the group, however, it will likely be Nigeria.

World Cup: SBI's Group A Preview

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The 2010 World Cup will kick off on Friday with Group A, a very difficult group to judge because there is some reason to believe that any of the four teams in the group could qualify.
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South Africa is the long-shot, but being the host has meant a place in the second-round in every previous World Cup.

Spain vs. Poland: Your Running Commentary

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Spain, one of the favorites to win the World Cup, is in action for the final time before its tournament opener against Switzerland as it hosts Poland in an international friendly (4 p.m., ESPN2/ESPN3.com).

Despite the recent rash of injuries to international stars, Spain is fielding a lineup that includes the likes of Xavi, Iniesta, David Silva and David Villa.

Afternoon Ticker: Robben to miss first game, Portugal wins and more

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By FRANCO PANIZOÂ

Arjen Robben may have eluded a long-term injury that would have dashed his World Cup dreams, but he'll likely still miss the Dutch's Group E opener against Denmark on June 14.

Netherlands head coach Bert van Marwijk has all but ruled out Robben from the team's opener in Johannesburg, and still is not sure when Robben will recover from his hamstring injury.

TFC 0, KC 0: A Look Back

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By: KURTIS LARSON

Playing a man up for nearly a half-hour against an already flat and sluggish Toronto side, Kansas City looked all but assured to take three points and break TFC's home unbeaten run Saturday at BMO Field. To the surprise of many however, Kansas City continued to sit back in a defensive set-up pushing only a handful of players forward and not producing any real scoring opportunities.

Galaxy 4, Dynamo 1: A Look Back

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BY ADAM SERRANO

Jovan Kirovski was the latest Los Angeles Galaxy forward to lead the team to victory as the Galaxy dispatched the Houston Dynamo 4-1 on Saturday at the Home Depot Center.

Vancouver Whitecaps unveil new logo

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The Vancouver Whitecaps unveiled the logo they will enter MLS with in 2011 and here it is.

Fellow expansion club Portland Timbers are set to unveil their new logo on Saturday as part of the halftime festivities during a public viewing party of England-United States in downtown Portland.

SBI 2010 Fantasy World Cup League

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Almost 500 people have signed up for SBI's Fantasy World Cup league, and there's still time to join the party if you haven't yet.

To join the fun, go here, and after registering and choosing a team name, click to join a private league. The league is called SBI World Cup 2010, and the code is 346014-107467.

Ralston returns to Revolution

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The New England Revolution's need for another offensive presence has seemingly been filled.

Steve Ralston is returning to his former Major League Soccer side after a brief stint with his hometown USSF Division 2 side AC St. Louis.

As first reported by Inside Minnesota Soccer, AC St. Louis has unloaded Ralston's contract to try to prolong the organization's financial survival.

Morning Ticker: More World Cup injury news, Vancouver's new logo and more

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By AVI CREDITOR

The World Cup infirmary has been getting more crowded by the day, but three nations have received good news on the injury front as the tournament approaches.

Mexico's Rafael Marquez, Serbia's Nemanja Vidic and Slovakia's Martin Skrtel all are on the comeback trail and seem likely to be ready for their respective World Cup openers.

Fantasy MLS: Week 12

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By AVI CREDITOR

With just four games in the final week prior to Major League Soccer's two-week World Cup break, fantasy owners are forced to ponder whether it's worth using multiple substitutions to field a full XI.Â

I say go for it. What's the use in wasting a week and playing it safe when you could potentially make a tremendous leap in the table?

USSF D-2: A Look Back at Week 9

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By TRAVIS CLARK

The Portland Timbers must have hoped a new month would bring sweeping changes to their league form. Winless in May, they took an early lead over the Carolina Railhawks Saturday night on a Ryan Pore goal at PGE Park.

But like what has become all too common out West, no one complimented Pore's scoring, and the Timbers once against conceded a late equalizer to drop two points in a 1-1 draw.

Nani to miss World Cup

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You can now add Portuguese winger Nani to the list of World Cup wounded.

The Manchester United midfielder will miss the World Cup after suffering a shoulder injury in training last Friday.

Portugal will replace Nani with Benfica midfielder Ruben Amorim.

Portugal begins World Cup play on June 15th against Ivory Coast, which is still uncertain about the availability of injured star Didier Drogba.

Brazil thrashes Tanzania, 5-1

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Robinho and Ramires each scored a pair of goals as Brazil toppled Tanzania, 5-1, in its final World Cup warm-up match at National Main Stadium in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

Robinho netted a brace in the opening 33 minutes of the match, while Ramires scored his first two international goals in the second half.

Gareth Barry ruled out of USA-England match

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If England is going to avoid the upset and defeat the United States in Saturday's high-profile World Cup opener, it will have to do so without Gareth Barry.

The Manchester City midfielder revealed on Monday that he is being held out of Saturday's World Cup match to give his injured ankle more time to heal.

FC Dallas' Shea wins MLS Player of the Week

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By AVI CREDITOR

Brek Shea's two-goal performance in a 2-0 victory over the San Jose Earthquakes was enough to earn him Major League Soccer Player of the Week honors.

Shea, the second pick in the 2008 MLS SuperDraft, notched the first multi-goal game of his career and gave FC Dallas some much-needed positive momentum heading into its World Cup break.

Transfer Ticker: Higuain extends stay, Tottenham eyeing Cole and more

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Finishing second in goal scoring in La Liga at just 22-years-old is no small feat, so it should come as no surprise that Real Madrid has extended the stay of Gonzalo Higuain.Â

Having ended the season with 27 goals, second to only Leo Messi's 34, Higuain has signed a new deal that will keep him with Real Madrid through the 2015-16 season.

England cruises in injury-free tune-up

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Wayne Rooney, Joe Cole and Jermain Defoe each netted goals as England silenced the Platinum Stars, a South African club team, 3-0 at Moruleng Stadium.

Fabio Capello took a risk by playing projected World Cup starters, especially in light of all of the recent injuries that have dented other nations' World Cup hopes.

Monday Kickoff: England plays final tune-up, USA-England ref has suspect past and more

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As the countdown to the start of the World Cup hits five days, the anticipation continues to build about a tournament that has arguably had more publicity surround it than any previous World Cup.

The U.S. national team is six days away from taking on England, and is enjoying a day off today, while the English play in a final tune-up scrimmage against South African club team Platinum Stars.

Real Salt Lake at D.C. United: Match Night Commentary

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By AVI CREDITOR

For the second time in four days, defending MLS Cup champions Real Salt Lake will square off with D.C. United in the nation's capital (7:30 p.m., MLS Direct Kick).

United got the best of the visitors in U.S. Open Cup play on Wednesday, as Andy Najar's 107th-minute goal provided the difference in the 2-1 victory.

MLS Match Night: Your Running Commentary

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Major League Soccer is in full swing tonight, with all but two of the league's teams in action in the final full weekend before the World Cup break.

The unbeaten Los Angeles Galaxy take on the Houston Dynamo at Home Depot Center in one of the league's better rivalries, while the Seattle Sounders look to improve their home form against a New England side looking to get over the shocking loss of Preston Burpo to a gruesome injury.

Houston Dynamo vs. Los Angeles Galaxy: Match Day Commentary

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BY ADAM SERRANO

The Los Angeles Galaxy and the Houston Dynamo do battle tonight in one of the last matches before the World Cup break in MLS. The Galaxy are riding an 11 game unbeaten streak while the Dynamo come to Southland having dropped their last two matches.

Galaxy stroll past the Dynamo, 4-1

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The Los Angeles Galaxy extended their undefeated streak to 12 games this season with a 4-1 victory over the Houston Dynamo on Saturday at the Home Depot Center.Â

Jovan Kirovski added a pair of goals while Tristan Bowen and Alex Cazumba also scored for Los Angeles. Kirovski was the hero on the night as the veteran forward began the scoring in the 2nd minute with header that beat Pat Onstad.

United holds RSL to scoreless stalemate

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By AVI CREDITOR

WASHINGTON - Two teams at opposite ends of the Major League Soccer spectrum. Two interesting takes on a scoreless draw.

Although D.C. United was able to keep its first clean sheet of the season in Saturday's 0-0 result against Real Salt Lake at RFK Stadium, the Eastern Conference bottom feeders felt like they let a couple points slip away.

List of injured World Cup stars keeps growing

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When Didier Drogba and Rio Ferdinand went down with serious injuries, it became clear this World Cup would have its share of high-profile player losses. Little did we know how bad things would get.

Dutch star Arjen Robben was the latest player to join the list of the injured this past weekend, but he was hardly the only one.

Stammler's blast lifts Red Bulls past Chivas USA

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Seth Stammler isn't known for his goal-scoring exploits, but you would have thought he was a seasoned goal scorer the way he blasted home the game winner in the New York Red Bulls'Â 1-0 win against Chivas USA on Saturday night at Red Bull Arena.

Fire tops Union to snap long winless streak

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By ANTHONY ZILIS

After a winless May, the Chicago Fire needed a win badly Saturday night opening June against the Philadelphia Union at Toyota Park.

Patrick Nyarko, Marco Pappa and Baggio Husidic helped make it happen, providing the creativity and goals in Chicago's 2-1 win at Toyota Park on Saturday night.

TFC posts another shutout, but Nielsen salvages point for KC

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By KURTIS LARSON

TORONTO- In what has to be considered Jimmy Nielsen's best outing since joining the Wizards this season, Kansas City's 'White Puma' stood tall in preserving a scoreless draw at BMO Field, one of Major League Soccer's most difficult venues on Saturday afternoon.

World Cup Ticker: Stampede overshadows friendly, Robben update and more

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Safety in South Africa during the World Cup has been a major concern for everyone involved, and now those concerns are even higher.

Prior to Sunday's lone international friendly between Nigeria and North Korea, a stampede occurred when fans attempted to enter the Makhulong Stadium in Tembisa.

World Cup Ticker: Stampede overshadows friendly, Robben update and more

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Safety in South Africa during the World Cup has been a major concern for everyone involved, and now those concerns are even higher.

Prior to the day's lone international friendly between Nigeria and North Korea, a stampede occurred when fans attempted to enter the Makhulong Stadiumin Tembisa.

TFC posts another shutout, but Nielsen salvages point for KC

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By KURTIS LARSON

TORONTO- In what has to be considered Jimmy Nielsen's best outing since joining the Wizards this season, Kansas City's 'White Puma' stood tall in preserving a scoreless draw at BMO Field, one Major League Soccer's most difficult venues on Saturday afternoon.

Fire tops Union to snap long winless streak

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By ANTHONY ZILIS

After a winless May, the Chicago Fire needed a win badly Saturday night opening June against the Philadelphia Union at Toyota Park.

Patrick Nyarko, Marco Pappa and Baggio Husidic helped make it happen, providing the creativity and goals in Chicago's 2-1 win at Toyota Park on Saturday night.

Stammler's blast lifts Red Bulls past Chivas USA

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Seth Stammler isn't known for his goal-scoring exploits, but you would have thought he was a seasoned goal scorer the way he blasted home the game winner in the New York Red Bulls' 2-1 win against Chivas USA on Saturday night at Red Bull Arena.

List if injured World Cup stars keeps growing

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When Didier Drogba and Rio Ferdinand went down with serious injuries, it became clear this World Cup would have its share of high-profile player losses. Little did we know how bad things would get.

Dutch star Arjen Robben was the latest player to join the list of the injured this past weekend, but he was hardly the only one.

United holds RSL to scoreless stalemate

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By AVI CREDITOR

WASHINGTON - Two teams at opposite ends of the Major League Soccer spectrum. Two interesting takes on a scoreless draw.

Although D.C. United was able to keep its first clean sheet of the season in Saturday's 0-0 result against Real Salt Lake at RFK Stadium, the Eastern Conference bottom feeders felt like they let a couple points slip away.

Galaxy stroll past the Dynamo, 4-1

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The Los Angeles Galaxy extended their undefeated streak to 12 games this season with a 4-1 victory over the Houston Dynamo on Saturday at the Home Depot Center.Â

Jovan Kirovski added a pair of goals while Tristan Bowen and Alex Cazumba also scored for Los Angeles. Kirovski was the hero on the night as the veteran forward began the scoring in the 2nd minute with header that beat Pat Onstad.

Houston Dynamo vs. Los Angeles Galaxy: Match Day Commentary

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The Los Angeles Galaxy and the Houston Dynamo do battle tonight in one of the last matches before the World Cup break in MLS. The Galaxy are riding a 11 game unbeaten streak while the Dynamo come to Southland having dropped their last two matches.

This is Adam Serrano providing you commentary from the Home Depot Center in Carson, California.

Real Salt Lake at D.C. United: Match Night Commentary

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By AVI CREDITOR

For the second time in four days, defending MLS Cup champions Real Salt Lake will square off with D.C. United in the nation's capital (7:30 p.m., MLS Direct Kick).

United got the best of the visitors in U.S. Open Cup play on Wednesday, as Andy Najar's 107th-minute goal provided the difference in the 2-1 victory.

MLS Match Night: Your Running Commentary

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Major League Soccer is in full swing tonight, with all but two of the league's teams in action in the final full weekend before the World Cup break.

The unbeaten Los Angeles Galaxy take on the Houston Dynamo at Home Depot Center in one of the league's better rivalries, while the Seattle Sounders look to improve their home form against a New England side looking to get over the shocking loss of Preston Burpo to a gruesome injury.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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The U.S. national team's final tuneup prior to the World Cup is in the books, but there are still some international friendlies on tap as teams look to finish their preparations.

From Italy looking to bounce back from its midweek defeat to Mexico when it places Switzerland, to Serbia battling Cameroon, there are enough quality international friendlies to fill pre-World Cup appetites.

Buddle's brace leads USA past Australia

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Edson Buddle's first national team goal was a beauty, and he didn't waste much time scoring a second.

Starting in place of injured striker Jozy Altidore, Buddle scored two goals in helping the U.S. men's national team score a 3-1 victory against Australia in South Africa on Saturday.

Mexico defeats Italy in final World Cup warm-up

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By TRAVIS CLARK

Mexico wrapped up its pre-World Cup friendly schedule with a confident 2-1 win over defending champions Italy in Belgium on Thursday.

Goals from Carlos Vela and Alberto Medina were enough as Mexico trotted out a starting XI that will most likely take the field during next Friday's World Cup opener against South Africa.

Morning Kickoff: Ferdinand injures knee in training, Drogba hurt in friendly and more (UPDATED)

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By TRAVIS CLARK

With just one week until the start of the World Cup, England's campaign may have suffered a setback as Rio Ferdinand injured his knee in training on Friday.

The extent of the injury is still unknown, but was severe enough to send England's captain to the hospital for a scan.

USSF D-2: A Look Ahead at Week 9

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By TRAVIS CLARK

Early on in the USSF D-2 season, newcomers FC Tampa Bay Rowdies are flying high, particularly when measured against fellow expansion teams A.C. St. Louis and NSC Minnesota. Three wins in a row have shot the Rowdies towards the top of the D-2 table, just two points behind the Austin Aztex.

Soccer Friday: Your Running Commentary

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One friendly is already in the books today, but two more pre-World Cup friendlies are still to come. France will take on China (11:55am, ESPN2) as Les Bleus play one last tuneup before next week's opener against Uruguay on June 11.

The later match of the day will be of particular to U.

Who should the USA start vs. Australia?

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We stand just eight days away from the most anticipated match in U.S. national team history and the United States will have one more chance to test things out before the World Cup opener vs. England with its friendly on Saturday vs.

Mid-Day Ticker: Dawson to replace Ferdinand, Pirlo injures calf and more

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By AVI CREDITOR

Tottenham defender Michael Dawson has been tabbed by Fabio Capello to replace Rio Ferdinand, who was ruled out of the World Cup after seriously injuring his knee Friday morning.

Dawson was on Capello's 30-man preliminary roster but was part of the final cuts.

SBI Viewing Party for USA v. England Game

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While Ives will be traveling down to the World Cup, the folks staying behind at SBI have decided to host a viewing party for the USA v. England match on June, 12.

The party will be at Dempsey's at 61 2nd Avenue, between 3rd and 4th street on the Lower East Side of Manhattan.

Bowen seizes the moment after long wait

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BY ADAM SERRANO

Tristan Bowen has waited for this moment.

Being the league's first academy signing in 2007, he has worked tirelessly to be ready to see the field. After years of preparation, it appears that his chance has finally arrived.

The 19-year-old forward has seen considerable time on the pitch for the Los Angeles Galaxy since the departure of Edson Buddle.

What now for England and Ivory Coast?

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Didier Drogba and Rio Ferdinand were poised to do big things at this summer's World Cup. Ferdinand as the new captain of England and Drogba as the face of this African World Cup.

A pair of major injuries have scrapped those plans, with Ferdinand already ruled out of the World Cup and Drogba considering emergency surgery on his broken arm to have him back in time for the latter part of the group stages.

USA vs. Australia: Your Running Commentary

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A week out from its World Cup opener against England, the U.S. national team will do battle with Australia (8:30am, ESPN2, Galavision) in its final tuneup before the big show.Â

The United States still has some questions it needs answered, and today's friendly will likely answer some of those as head coach Bob Bradley looks to find a preferred starting eleven before June 12.

USA vs. Australia (Matchday Commentary)

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The U.S. Men's national team takes on Australia today in its final pre-World Cup tune-up match.

The Americans are coming off a 2-1 win against Turkey in Philadelphia last week, and should get a tough test from the Aussies a week before their World Cup opener vs. England.

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

What now for England and Ivory Coast?

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Didier Drogba and Rio Ferdinand were poised to do big things at this summer's World Cup. Ferdinand as the new captain of England and Drogba as the face of this African World Cup.

A pair of major injuries have scrapped those plans, with Ferdinand already ruled out of the World Cup and Drogba considering emergency surgery on his broken arm to have him back in time for the latter part of the group stages.

SBI Viewing Party for USA v. England Game

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While Ives will be traveling down to the World Cup, the folks staying behind at SBI have decided to host a viewing party for the USA v. England match on June, 12.

The party will be at Dempsey's at 61 2nd Avenue, between 3rd and 4th street on the Lower East Side of Manhattan.

Bowen seizes the moment after long wait

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BY ADAM SERRANO

Tristan Bowen has waited for this moment.

Being the league's first academy signing in 2007, he has worked tirelessly to be ready to see the field. After years of preparation, it appears that his chance has finally arrived.

The 19-year-old forward has seen considerable time on the pitch for the Los Angeles Galaxy since the departure of Edson Buddle.

Mid-Day Ticker: Dawson to replace Ferdinand, Pirlo injures calf and more

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By AVI CREDITOR

Tottenham defender Michael Dawson has been tabbed by Fabio Capello to replace Rio Ferdinand, who was ruled out of the World Cup after seriously injuring his knee Friday morning.

Dawson was on Capello's 30-man preliminary roster but was part of the final cuts.

Who should the USA start vs. Australia?

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We stand just eight days away from the most anticipated match in U.S. national team history and the United States will have one more chance to test things out before the World Cup opener vs. England with its friendly on Saturday vs.

Soccer Friday: Your Running Commentary

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One friendly is already in the books today, but two more pre-World Cup friendlies are still to come. France will take on China (11:55am, ESPN2) as Les Bleus play one last tuneup before next week's opener against Uruguay on June 11.

The later match of the day will be of particular to U.

USSF D-2: A Look Ahead at Week 9

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By TRAVIS CLARK

In the short season of USSF D-2, the FC Tampa Bay Rowdies are flying high, particularly when measured against fellow expansion teams A.C. St. Louis and NSC Minnesota. Three wins in a row have shot the Rowdies towards the top of the D-2 table, just two points off the Austin Aztex.

Morning Kickoff: Ferdinand injures knee in training, Drogba hurt in friendly and more

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By TRAVIS CLARK

With just one week until the start of the World Cup, England's campaign may have suffered a setback as Rio Ferdinand injured his knee in training on Friday.

The extent of the injury is still unknown, but was severe enough to send England's captain to the hospital for a scan.

Mexico defeats Italy in final World Cup warm-up

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By TRAVIS CLARK

Mexico wrapped up its pre-World Cup friendly schedule with a confident 2-1 win over defending champions Italy in Belgium on Thursday.

Goals from Carlos Vela and Alberto Medina were enough as Mexico trotted out a starting XI that will most likely take the field during next Friday's World Cup opener against South Africa.

Angel nets last-second winner to lift Red Bulls past Dynamo

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With seconds left in the match, and with his team staring a five-match winless streak in the face, Juan Pablo Angel lined up for a 35-yard free kick he knew his team had to have. He sized up the straight-ahead shot and picked a strategy on how to beat a goalkeeper who had stopped him all night.

FIFA won't let North Korea pull goalkeeper switch (and a somewhat related memorable MLS moment)

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From the "So much for that plan" department comes word that the North Korean World Cup team will essentially lose the services of one of its forwards after having been told by FIFA that Kim Myong-won can only play goalkeeper since he was listed as goalkeeper on the official roster.

In an attempt to give the team more attacking options, North Korea head coach Kim Jong-hun named just two goalkeepers on his World Cup team, with forward Kim filling in the third goalkeeper slot.

Morning Ticker: Quakes, Crew draw; Capello commits to England and more

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By AVI CREDITOR

The San Jose Earthquakes twice battled from one-goal deficits to salvage a 2-2 draw with the Columbus Crew at Buck Shaw Stadium Wednesday night.

Chris Wondolowski maintained his hot start to the season with his sixth goal, a 79th-minute header off a cross from Scott Sealy that pulled the Quakes level.

Soccer Thursday: Your Running Commentary

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By AVI CREDITOR

The string of pre-World Cup international friendlies continues Thursday, as Italy-Mexico (1:15 p.m. EST, Telemundo) highlights a three-game slate.

Spain and South Korea kicked off at noon in a matchup of two South Africa-bound teams, and Germany and Bosnia-Herzegovina will meet at 2:30 p.

Altidore suffers ankle sprain

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U.S. national team striker Jozy Altidore has suffered a mild ankle sprain in training on Wednesday. According to U.S. Soccer, Altidore is listed as day-to-day after x-rays came back negative on the injury.

Navas golazo leads Spain over S. Korea

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Just what the rest of the world needs to see: Spain has another capable finishing threat.

Jesus Navas' first goal for La Furia Roja lifted his side to a 1-0 win over South Korea in an international friendly Thursday afternoon.

Navas took one touch after receiving a pass about 25 yards out from goal and rifled a laser into the right upper 90 to break the scoreless deadlock in the 85th minute.

Canada Corner: TFC lifts trophy, National Team wraps up friendlies and more

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By KURTIS LARSON

If you would have told the Vancouver Whitecaps before the start of the Canadian Championship they would run through the tournament without a loss, they would have been booking flights for the first leg of the CONCACAF Champions League before they competition's first kick.

Do the Sounders miss Seba Le Toux?

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By JOSE M. ROMERO

The reeling Seattle Sounders continue to look to resolve its scoring deficiencies as it heads into the final two matches - both at home - before the World Cup break.

MLS West Notes: Kennedy to return for Chivas USA, McCarty facing fitness battle and more

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BY ADAM SERRANO

Chivas USA will be able to call on goalkeeper Dan Kennedy for the club's match up against the New York Red Bulls on Saturday. Head Coach Martin Vasquez will require a big performance from his backup goalkeeper as Chivas USA looks to break its recent four-game losing streak.

SBI USSF Division 2 Power Rankings: Week 8

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By TRAVIS CLARK

Two young teams have seized control early on in the USSF D-2 season. The Austin Aztex are joined at the top of the table by expansion club Tampa Bay Rowdies, a club that won twice in a three-day span last week.

Mid-week D-2 action saw Miami FC drop a second straight game, losing 4-2 against Puerto Rico.

MLS West Notes: Kennedy to return for Chivas USA, McCarty facing fitness battle and more

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BY ADAM SERRANO

Chivas USA will be able to call on goalkeeper Dan Kennedy for the club's match up against the New York Red Bulls on Saturday. Head Coach Martin Vasquez will require a big performance from his backup goalkeeper as Chivas USA looks to break its recent four-game losing streak.

Canada Corner: TFC lifts trophy, National Team wraps up friendlies and more

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By KURTIS LARSON

If you would have told the Vancouver Whitecaps before the start of the Canadian Championship they would run through the tournament without a loss, they would have been booking flights for the first leg of the CONCACAF Champions League before they competition's first kick.

Do the Sounders miss Seba Le Toux?

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By JOSE M. ROMERO

The reeling Seattle Sounders continue to look to resolve its scoring deficiencies as it heads into the final two matches - both at home - before the World Cup break.

Navas golaso leads Spain over S. Korea

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Just what the rest of the world needs to see: Spain has another capable finishing threat.

Jesus Navas' first goal for La Furia Roja lifted his side to a 1-0 win over South Korea in an international friendly Thursday afternoon.

Navas took one touch after receiving a pass about 25 yards out from goal and rifled a laser into the right upper 90 to break the scoreless deadlock in the 85th minute.

Altidore suffers ankle sprain

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U.S. national team striker Jozy Altidore has suffered a mild ankle sprain in training. According to ESPN, Altidore is listed as day-to-day after x-rays came back negative on the injury.

If Altidore is unable to play on Saturday vs.

Soccer Thursday: Your Running Commentary

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By AVI CREDITOR

The string of pre-World Cup international friendlies continues Thursday, as Italy-Mexico (1:15 p.m. EST, Telemundo) highlights a three-game slate.

Spain and South Korea kicked off at noon in a matchup of two South Africa-bound teams, and Germany and Bosnia-Herzegovina will meet at 2:30 p.

Morning Ticker: Quakes, Crew draw; Capello commits to England and more

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The San Jose Earthquakes twice battled from one-goal deficits to salvage a 2-2 draw with the Columbus Crew at Buck Shaw Stadium Wednesday night.

Chris Wondolowski maintained his hot start to the season with his sixth goal, a 79th-minute header off a cross from Scott Sealy that pulled the Quakes level.

FIFA won't let North Korea pull goalkeeper switch (and a somewhat related memorable MLS moment)

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From the "So much for that plan" department comes word that the North Korean World Cup team will essentially lose the services of one of its forwards after having been told by FIFA that Kim Myong-won can only play goalkeeper since he was listed as goalkeeper on the official roster.

In an attempt to give the team more attacking options, North Korea head coach Kim Jong-hun named just two goalkeepers on his World Cup team, with forward Kim filling in the third goalkeeper slot.

Angel nets last-second winner to lift Red Bulls past Dynamo

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With seconds left in the match, and with his team staring a five-match winless streak in the face, Juan Pablo Angel lined up for a 35-yard free kick he knew his team had to have. He sized up the straight-ahead shot and picked a strategy on how to beat a goalkeeper who had stopped him all night.

Najar's instant offense keeps United's U.S. Open Cup hopes alive

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WASHINGTON - Kris Kelderman waited until as long as he could to unleash his "warrior."

Turns out the assistant-turned-acting-head-coach's judgment was spot on.

Andy Najar entered as D.C. United's final substitute in the 106th minute and scored the game-winner a minute later to lead United to a 2-1 victory over Real Salt Lake in a U.

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

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The New York Red Bulls will look to halt their four-match losing streak as they take on the Houston Dynamo at Red Bull Arena tonight (7:30pm, MSG).

The Red Bulls are coming off a 3-2 loss to New England that saw them issued a pair of red cards. Houston comes in off a 3-2 loss to Philadelphia.

U.S. Open Cup: Real Salt Lake at D.C. United Match Night Commentary

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By AVI CREDITOR

One of two sides will secure Major League Soccer's eighth spot in the U.S. Open Cup Round of 16 as Real Salt Lake and D.C. United battle in a play-in match at RFK Stadium (streamed live here).

The MLS Cup holders are in the nation's capital for a four-day stretch that includes two matches against United (tonight, MLS game on Saturday) and a trip to the White House to meet with President Barack Obama for their champions' welcome.

Evening Ticker: Liverpool pushing Rafa out, Serbia stumbles again and more

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In perhaps the biggest non-World Cup news of the day, Liverpool has put together a £3 million buyout offer for Rafa Benitez, signaling the likely end of his tenure as Liverpool manager.

Benitez is due a £16 million payout if his current deal is terminated, but the shaky financial state of the club makes it al but impossible for Liverpool to pay that amount, which means Benitez will have to choose between taking the offere made by the club or staying on as manager of a club that doesn't want him and a club with limited resources to improve the roster.

Mid-Day Ticker: A look at Subotic's departure, Arsenal rejects Cesc bid and more

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Good afternoon folks. As we all count down the days until the World Cup, there continues to be World Cup and club soccer news to discuss.

Before we touch on some of today's news items, check out my latest Fox Soccer piece, which discusses former U.S. youth national team player and Serbian national team defender Neven Subotic.

Who would you start in the USA central midfield?

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 There are still some starting jobs up for grabs with the U.S. national team as it prepares to kick off World Cup play, and few competitions are more wide open than the contest to start in central midfield alongside Michael Bradley.

Fantasy MLS: Week 11

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The World Cup has opened up some Major League Soccer opportunities for those who aren't in the South Africa picture.

While it was a lock that Landon Donovan would be gone for the tournament (and maybe beyond?), Edson Buddle and Robbie Findley each were surprise inclusions on the final roster.

Wednesday Kickoff: World Cup squads finalized, Barca makes Cesc bid and more

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The June 1st deadline for teams to submit their World Cup rosters came and went on Tuesday and there were some surprises, though not as many as on the day teams submitted their 30-man provisional rosters.

Italy's exclusion of Giuseppe Rossi, South Africa's snubbing of Benni McCarthy and England's omission of Theo Walcott stole the headlines on a day when Portuguese defender Pepe and England's Gareth Barry were deemed healthy enough to be selected.

Vasquez looks to restore confidence to struggling Chivas USA

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BY ADAM SERRANO

The 2010 season has not started well for Martin Vasquez and Chivas USA.

Currently sitting at the foot of the Western Conference table with a total of 10 points, the Rojiblancos have looked competitive, but concentration in the dying moments of the game continually alludes them.

Are you heading to the World Cup?

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A week from today I will be boarding a plane for South Africa, where I will attend my third straight World Cup. It will be an exciting time to say the least, not just because of the new continent I will get to see, but also because of the great soccer that awaits and the great fans I know I'll see from all over the world.

Italy cuts Giuseppe Rossi

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New Jersey-born striker Giuseppe Rossi passed on the chance to play for the U.S. national team two years ago, and the 2010 World Cup looked like it would be his chance to show the world why he made the decision to play for Italy.

Rossi won't get that chance.

The Villarreal striker was cut from the Italian national team, falling short in the quest to appear in his first World Cup.

A look at Landon Donovan

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 In the coming days and weeks we will see a plethora of TV profiles on U.S. national team players, and few will face the spotlight more than U.S. star Landon Donovan.

Galaxy 2, Crew 0: A Look Back

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Lost amid the hype surrounding the U.S. national team's send-off victory against Turkey, and the fun of a Memorial Day weekend, was the fact that the Los Angeles Galaxy won the battle of unbeatens last Saturday.

The Galaxy disposed of the Columbus Crew, beating the East Leaders, 2-0, at Crew Stadium on Saturday night.

Slovenia announces World Cup squad

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The U.S. national team's second opponent at the World Cup, and the team considered their best competition for a place in the Round of 16 after England, named its 23-man World Cup roster on Tuesday and Slovenia didn't have any real surprises in the mix.

Led by standout goalkeeper Samir Handanovic and veteran Robert Koren, Slovenia's side will offer a tough test for the Americans when the sides meet on June 18th.

Walcott, Johnson among cuts as England names WC squad

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Young wingers Adam Johnson and Theo Walcott were two of the more surprising omissions from England's final 23-man World Cup roster, revealed on Tuesday afternoon.

USA uniform numbers revealed

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The U.S. World Cup squad has been known for almost a week now, but now we finally have word on what numbers the 23 players will be wearing when the team begins its tournament on June 12th vs. England.

Here are the jersey number assignents for the United States:

1- Tim Howard
2- Jonathan Spector
3- Carlos Bocanegra
4- Michael Bradley
5- Oguchi Onyewu
6- Steve Cherundolo
7- DaMarcus Beasley
8- Clint Dempsey
9- Herculez Gomez
10- Landon Donovan
11- Stuart Holden
12- Jonathan Bornstein
13- Ricardo Clark
14- Edson Buddle
15- Jay DeMerit
16- Jose Torres
17- Jozy Altidore
18- Brad Guzan
19- Maurice Edu
20- Robbie Findley
21- Clarence Goodson
22- Benny Feilhaber
23- Marcus Hahnemann

Surprised by any of the assignments?

Tuesday Kickoff: World Cup rosters to be set

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Today is the day aspiring World Cup players have been waiting for, and in some cases dreading.

Today is the day the final 23-man rosters for all 32 World Cup teams are finalized, and while the U.S. national team took away the suspense for American fans by naming its team last Wednesday, there is still plenty of intrigue around the world.