Soccer By Ives Archives for January 2010

Sounders send Freddie Ljungberg to Chicago Fire

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By JOSE M. ROMERO

Freddie Ljungberg's days in Seattle were numbered as soon as he was allowed to explore the possibility of going to another team.

Those days in limbo came to an end Friday when Sounders FC dealt Ljungberg, Seattle's first designated player in franchise history, to the Chicago Fire for a conditional draft pick in 2011 or 2012.

Sounders add Uruguayan Midfielder Fernandez

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The list of Designated Players grew by one more in MLS Thursday, as the Seattle Sounders announced the signing of Uruguay World Cup veteran Alvaro Fernandez.

A 24-year-old midfielder, Fernandez joins Seattle after last playing for Universidad de Chile in Chile's Primera Division.

Afternoon Ticker: Bradley to coach vs. Brazil, Ronaldinho injured and more

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Bob Bradley's long-term future as head coach of the U.S. national team might be uncertain, but what is known is that he'll coach at least one more game.

Bradley will coach the United States in the team's first post-World Cup friendly against Brazil on Aug.

Zizzo looks for a fresh start in MLS with Chivas USA

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BY ADAM SERRANO

Sal Zizzo is a player in need of a new beginning.Â

After being heralded as one of the next great American wingers and an impressive showing in the 2007 U-20 World Cup, the UCLA product headed to the Bundesliga for Hanover 96, but after a series of injuries and failed loan moves, the winger has returned to MLS looking to restart his career.

Fire introduce new DP Castillo

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BY ANTHONY ZILIS

Over two years have passed since Fire technical director Frank Klopas and managing director Javier Leon met Nery Castillo for coffee while on a scouting trip in England.

At that point, Castilo was on loan to Manchester City and in stellar form after leading Mexico to a third-place finish in the 2007 Copa America.

Americans Abroad: A Look Ahead

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Sacha Kljestan scored his first goal in Europe during the midweek in a UEFA Champions League qualifier, and he will look to follow that up in Anderlecht's season opener this weekend.

USSF D-2: A Look Ahead at Week 17

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By TRAVIS CLARK

The two best defenses in the USSF Second Division are face off this weekend.

Both the Carolina Railhawks and Vancouver Whitecaps have conceded a league-best 13 goals this season, and much is at stake when the two meet at the WakeMed Soccer Park on Saturday at 7:00 p.

MLS Week 18: A Look Ahead

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By TRAVIS CLARK

The All-Star Game has come and gone, but its impact could be felt this weekend. With almost every team represented, tired legs might hamper some of the star players involved in Wednesday's game.

Overshadowing that is the likely MLS debut of New York Red Bull signing Thierry Henry, who could start against the Houston Dynamo.

Milk Cup Final: USA vs. Northern Ireland (Your Running Commentary)

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The U.S. U-20s are in action in today's Milk Cup Final, taking on Northern Ireland as the European Youth tournament comes to a close.

Thomas Rongen's side is in the final after Wednesday's win over Denmark, and look to take home the trophy against the host side. The game kicked off at 1 p.

Afternoon Ticker: Sion passes on Adu, James signs with Bristol City and more

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By TRAVIS CLARK

Freddy Adu's professional playing future is once again up in the air, and his next club destination is unknown.

What is clear is that he won't be joining Swiss club Sion. After a short trial this week, the team decided that it would pass on the chance to add the 21-year-old.

This Weekend's Soccer on TV

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The European club season isn't quite here yet, but that doesn't mean there aren't some intriguing match-ups involving European clubs this weekend.

Arsenal, AC Milan, Lyon and Celtic are taking part in the Emirates Cup, while Inter Milan takes on Manchester City in another high-profile friendly American soccer fans can watch on TV.

Afternoon Ticker: Sion passes on Adu, James signs with Bristol City and more

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By TRAVIS CLARK

Fredy Adu's professional playing future is once again up in the air, and his next club destination is unknown.

What is clear is that he won't be joining Swiss club Sion. After a short trial this week, the team decided that it would pass on the chance to add the 21-year-old.

Milk Cup Final: USA vs. Northern Ireland (Your Running Commentary)

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The U.S. U-20s are in action in today's Milk Cup Final, taking on Northern Ireland as the European Youth tournament comes to a close.

Thomas Rongen's side is in the final after Wednesday's win over Denmark, and look to take home the trophy against the host side. The game kicked off at 1 p.

MLS Week 18: A Look Ahead

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By TRAVIS CLARK

The All-Star Game has come and gone, but its impact could be felt this weekend. With almost every team represented, tired legs might hamper some of the star players involved in Wednesday's game.

Overshadowing that is the likely MLS debut of New York Red Bull signing Thierry Henry, who could start against the Houston Dynamo.

USSF D-2: A Look Ahead at Week 17

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By TRAVIS CLARK

The two best defenses in the USSF Second Division are face off this weekend.

Both the Carolina Railhawks and Vancouver Whitecaps have conceded a league-best 13 goals this season, and much is at stake when the two meet at the WakeMed Soccer Park on Saturday at 7:00 p.

Americans Abroad: A Look Ahead

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Sacha Kljestan scored his first goal in Europe during the midweek in a UEFA Champions League qualifier, and he will look to follow that up in Anderlecht's season opener this weekend.

Fire introduce Castillo after 2 years of interest

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BY ANTHONY ZILIS

Over two years have passed since Fire technical director Frank Klopas and managing director Javier Leon met Nery Castillo for coffee while on a scouting trip in England.

At that point, Castilo was on loan to Manchester City and in stellar form after leading Mexico to a third-place finish in the 2007 Copa America.

Zizzo looks for a fresh start in MLS with Chivas USA

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BY ADAM SERRANO

Sal Zizzo is a player in need of a new beginning.Â

After being heralded as the next great American winger, after an impressive showing in the 2007 U-20 World Cup, the UCLA product headed to the Bundesliga for Hanover 96, but after a series of injuries and failed loan moves, the winger has returned to MLS looking to restart his career.

Canada Corner: TFC warns Arena, Canadian expansion and more

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By: KURTIS LARSON

For Toronto, it's the story behind the MLS' 5-2 loss to Manchester United.

TFC head coach Preki let it be known Tuesday, following a CONCACAF Champions League match with Motagua, that under no circumstances should Dwayne De Rosario play in the MLS All-Star exhibition in Houston.

Afternoon Ticker: Bradley to coach vs. Brazil, Ronaldinho injured and more

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Bob Bradley's long-term future as head coach of the U.S. national team might be uncertain, but what is known is that he'll coach at least one more game.

Bradley will coach the United States in the team's first post-World Cup friendly against Brazil on Aug.

SBI USSF Division 2 Power Rankings: Week 16

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By TRAVIS CLARK

Mid-week USSF Division 2 provided a rather surprising result in the Midwest, shaking up this week's version of the power rankings.

Struggling A.C. St. Louis beat Portland Wednesday evening rather emphatically, winning 3-0 behind a Mike Ambersley hat trick.

Sounders add Uruguayan Midfielder Fernandez

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The list of Designated Players grew by one more in MLS Thursday, as the Seattle Sounders announced the signing of Uruguay World Cup veteran Alvaro Fernandez.

A 24-year-old midfielder, Fernandez joins Seattle after last playing for Universidad de Chile in Chile's Primera Division.

MLS All-Stars vs. Manchester United: Your Running Commentary

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The MLS All-Star game is here, and Houston is ready to go. A sellout crowd will be on hand to watch as the All-Stars take on Manchester United (ESPN2, Telefutura).

In case you missed it, here is my earlier preview of tonight's game. In what is an exhibition where nothing hinges on the outcome, All-Star coach Bruce Arena will try to manage minutes and keep his side healthy, while Sir Alex Ferguson has a chance to scout his youngsters and decide who is ready to step up and contribute this season.

Report: Donovan weighing European offers

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Will he stay or will he go? That question is following Landon Donovan around wherever he goes.

Donovan, who signed a new contract with MLS last year, told Reuters at Wednesday night's All-Star game that he is considering offers from overseas. The 28-year-old has attracted interest during what has arguably been the most successful year of his professional career.

Morning Ticker: Manchester United trounce All-Stars, Vancouver wins priority coin toss and more

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By TRAVIS CLARK

It only took 23 seconds for Manchester United to open the scoring Wednesday night in Houston.

Italian starlet Federico Macheda took an errant backpass from Kevin Alston and beat Donovan Ricketts, a harbinger for the rest of the evening, as Manchester United beat the MLS All-Star team 5-2.

Sounders take first leg of CCL preliminary round

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By Jose M. Romero

Qwest Field just didn't look quite the same with all those empty seats, but home was still good to Seattle Sounders FC Wednesday night in its first-ever CONCACAF Champions League match.

The Sounders, decked out in their third "electricity" kits, provided all the energy in their 1-0 preliminary knockout-round, first-leg win over Isidro Metapan of El Salvador.

Sounders take first leg of CCL preliminary round

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By Jose M. Romero

Qwest Field just didn't look quite the same with all those empty seats, but home was still good to Seattle Sounders FC Wednesday night in its first-ever CONCACAF Champions League match.

The Sounders, decked out in their third "electricity" kits, provided all the energy in their 1-0 preliminary knockout-round, first-leg win over Isidro Metapan of El Salvador.

Morning Ticker: Manchester United trounce All-Stars, Vancouver wins first pick and more

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By TRAVIS CLARK

It only took 23 seconds for Manchester United to open the scoring Wednesday night in Houston.

Italian starlet Federico Macheda took an errant backpass from Kevin Alston and beat Donovan Ricketts, a harbinger for the rest of the evening, as Manchester United beat the MLS All-Star team 5-2.

Report: Donovan weighing European offers

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Will he stay or will he go? That question is following Landon Donovan around wherever he goes.

Donovan, who signed a new contract with MLS last year, told Reuters at Wednesday night's All-Star game that he is considering offers from overseas. The 28-year-old has attracted interest during what has arguably been the most successful year of his professional career.

MLS All-Stars vs. Manchester United: Your Running Commentary

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The MLS All-Star game is here, and Houston is ready to go. A sellout crowd will be on hand to watch as the All-Stars take on Manchester United (ESPN2, Telefutura).

In case you missed it, here is my earlier preview of tonight's game. In what is an exhibition where nothing hinges on the outcome, All-Star coach Bruce Arena will try to manage minutes and keep his side healthy, while Sir Alex Ferguson has a chance to scout his youngsters and decide who is ready to step up and contribute this season.

Barrett gives TFC 1-0 lead heading into Honduras

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By: KURTIS LARSON

Has a 1-0 win ever felt so uneasy?

"On another day we finish one or two more chances and go to Honduras two or three goals up," Dwayne De Rosario said while walking to the changing room.

The players didn't know what to feel following Terry Vaughn's final whistle, neither did the 18,000 plus in attendance.

Adu trialing with Swiss club Sion

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If Freddy Adu is to find consistent playing time in Europe next season, it likely won't be with Aris Salonika.

While Aris departed for a Europa League qualifier on Tuesday, Adu was busy trialing for Swiss club FC Sion. The club, which finished seventh in the 10-team Swiss League last season, is looking to land Adu on loan for the entire upcoming season.

Milk Cup: USA vs. Denmark (Live Streaming Video)

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The U.S. U-20 men's team plays a second Milk Cup match in Northern Ireland this afternoon at 3:00 p.m. against Denmark. A win would give the U.S. a spot in the tournament's final.

If you want to get a glance at new MLS signing Omar Salgado, New York Red Bull Juan Agudelo, or any of the other U.

MLS All-Star Game: A Look Ahead

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By TRAVIS CLARK

In the middle of a hectic league schedule, MLS is set to take a short break to face Manchester United in Wednesday evening's All-Star game in Houston (8:30 p.m., ESPN2, ESPN3.com).

Even though the allure of United is immense, Sir Alex Ferguson will likely field a much younger side as he has during most of the USA tour.

Evening Ticker: U.S. U-20's advance to Milk Cup Final, Hughes to coach Fulham and more

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BY ADAM SERRANO

The United States Under-20s advanced to the final of the Milk Cup on Wednesday with a 3-2 victory over Denmark.Â

A pair of goals by Santos Laguna product Adrian Rueglas and a goal by Toronto FC's Faud Ibrahim put the Americans through to the final in a match that the team needed to win to reach the Final.

Evening Ticker: U.S. U-20's advance to Milk Cup Final, Hughes to coach Fulham and more

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BY ADAM SERRANO

The United States Under-20s advanced to the final of the Milk Cup on Wednesday with a 3-2 victory over Denmark.Â

A pair of goals by Santos Laguna product Adrian Rueglas and a goal by Toronto FC's Faud Ibrahim put the Americans through to the final in a match that the team needed to win to reach the Final.

Milk Cup: USA vs. Denmark (Live Streaming Video)

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The U.S. U-20 men's team plays a second Milk Cup match in Northern Ireland this afternoon at 3:00 p.m. against Denmark. A win would give the U.S. a spot in the tournament's final.

If you want to get a glance at new MLS signing Omar Salgado, New York Red Bull Juan Agudelo, or any of the other U.

MLS All-Star Game: A Look Ahead

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By TRAVIS CLARK

In the middle of a hectic league schedule, MLS is set to take a short break to face Manchester United in Wednesday evening's All-Star game in Houston (8:30 p.m., ESPN2, ESPN3.com).

Even though the allure United is immense, the highest profile team to line up against an MLS All-Star side will likely be a much younger side fielded by Six Alex Ferguson.

Adu trialing with Swiss club Sion

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If Freddy Adu is to find consistent playing time in Europe next season, it likely won't be with Aris Salonika.

While Aris departed for a Europa League qualifier on Tuesday, Adu was busy trialing for Swiss club FC Sion. The club, which finished seventh in the 10-team Swiss League last season, is looking to land Adu on loan for the entire upcoming season.

Barrett gives TFC 1-0 lead heading into Honduras

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By: KURTIS LARSON

Has a 1-0 win ever felt so uneasy?

"On another day we finish one or two more chances and go to Honduras two or three goals up," Dwayne De Rosario said while walking to the changing room.

The players didn't know what to feel following Terry Vaughn's final whistle, neither did the 18,000 plus in attendance.

Evening Ticker: Salgado scores in USA win, Mapp traded to Philly and more

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Omar Salgado scored the game-winning goal to help the U.S. Under-20 national team score a 1-0 victory against China in the Milk Cup opener for both teams.

Salgado, who has signed a Generation adidas contract with Major League Soccer and will be available in the 2011 MLS Draft, scored a first-half goal to give the Americans a victory in its first match in the Northern Ireland-based tournament.

Ferguson backs Bradley to succeed in Europe

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Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson knows Bob Bradley well and believes the U.S. national team manager could succeed as a European club coach if given the chance.

Speaking ahead of Wednesday's MLS All-Star Game, Ferguson expressed his belief that Bradley could coach in the English Premier League, or any league in Europe for that matter.

A peek at Kansas City's new stadium

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In 2010, Major League Soccer has seen the opening of a pair of beautiful new soccer stadiums for the New York Red Bulls and Philadelphia Union. What some may not realize is that the next MLS stadium to be opened is already being built in Kansas City and is set to open in less than a year, June of 2011 to be exact.

Mid-Day Ticker: Barca's debt mounts, Mascherano wants LFC exit and more

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By FRANCO PANIZO

FC Barcelona might be one of the biggest clubs in the world and one that owns a star-studded cast of players, but that comes at a price. A hefty one.

According the club's financial vice president, the club made a loss of $100 million last season.

MLS chooses seven inactive All-Stars

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Major League Soccer has announced the seven players to be added to the total list of MLS All-Stars for the purposes of satisfying the league's Collective Bargaining Agreement and some of the picks are curious to say the least.

Freddie Ljungberg and Robbie Rogers were two of the seven, and the two biggest head-scratchers.

Crucial CONCACAF Champions League qualifiers on tap

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By: KURTIS LARSON

Three MLS teams are in action mid-week as preliminary home and home CONCACAF qualifiers get underway across the continent. Since the preliminary round began in 2008, MLS clubs are 1-4 all time in CONCACAF play-in games.

Major League Soccer has made it known that the league must compete at a high level in this tournament if the league is to be taken seriously.

Americans Abroad: Kljestan scores in CL qualifier, Cherundolo captain and more

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Sacha Kljestan has had less than two months to adjust to life in Europe and with new club RSC Anderlecht, but he is already making his presence felt.

In his first UEFA Champions League start on Tuesday, Kljestan opened the scoring in the first leg of the third round qualifying fixture against Welsh club The New Saints.

Puerto Rico Islanders vs. Los Angeles Galaxy: Match day Commentary

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BY ADAM SERRANO

The CONCACAF Champions league kicks off tonight as the Los Angeles Galaxy host the USL Puerto Rico Islanders at the Home Depot Center.Â

The Puerto Rico Islanders are currently in last place in their respective division while the Galaxy are currently the tops in Major League Soccer.

Morning Ticker: Maradona out as coach, Mexican clubs seize advantage and more

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By TRAVIS CLARK

For Diego Maradona, the message was clear: change or get out. The stubborn and enigmatic manager elected for the latter, ending his run as coach of Argentina.

The Argentinian FA had made Maradona a new offer for a four-year contract that would have seen him lead Argentina at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, but several stipulations went along with the offer.

Galaxy humiliated in 4-1 Champions League defeat to Islanders

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BY ADAM SERRANO

"It was embarrassing."

Those were the words of Edson Buddle after the Los Angeles Galaxy suffered a stunning 4-1 defeat at the hands of the Puerto Rico Islanders in the first leg of the CONCACAF Champions League Preliminary Round Series.

Morning Ticker: Maradona out as coach, Mexican clubs seize advantage and more

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By TRAVIS CLARK

For Diego Maradona, the message was clear: change or get out. The stubborn and enigmatic manager elected for the latter, ending his run as coach of Argentina.

The Argentinian FA had made Maradona a new offer for a four-year contract that would have seen him lead Argentina at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, but several stipulations went along with the offer.

Galaxy humiliated in 4-1 Champions League defeat to Islanders

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BY ADAM SERRANO

"It was embarrassing."

Those were the words of Edson Buddle after the Los Angeles Galaxy suffered a stunning 4-1 defeat at the hands of the Puerto Rico Islanders in the first leg of the CONCACAF Champions League Preliminary Round Series.

Puerto Rico Islanders vs. Los Angeles Galaxy: Match day Commentary

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BY ADAM SERRANO

The CONCACAF Champions league kicks off tonight as the Los Angeles Galaxy host the USL Puerto Rico Islanders at the Home Depot Center.Â

The Puerto Rico Islanders are currently in last place in their respective division while the Galaxy are currently the tops in Major League Soccer.

Puerto Rico Islanders vs. Los Angeles Galaxy: Match day Commentary

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BY ADAM SERRANO

The CONCACAF Champions league kicks off tonight as the Los Angeles Galaxy host the USL Puerto Rico Islanders at the Home Depot Center.Â

The Puerto Rico Islanders are currently in last place in their respective division while the Galaxy are currently the tops in Major League Soccer.

Puerto Rico Islanders vs. Los Angeles Galaxy: Match day Commentary

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BY ADAM SERRANO

The CONCACAF Champions league kicks off tonight as the Los Angeles Galaxy host the USL Puerto Rico Islanders at the Home Depot Center.Â

The Puerto Rico Islanders are currently in last place in their respective division while the Galaxy are currently the tops in Major League Soccer.

Puerto Rico Islanders vs. Los Angeles Galaxy: Match day Commentary

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BY ADAM SERRANO

The CONCACAF Champions league kicks off tonight as the Los Angeles Galaxy host the USL Puerto Rico Islanders at the Home Depot Center.Â

The Puerto Rico Islanders are currently in last place in their respective division while the Galaxy are currently the tops in Major League Soccer.

Americans Abroad: Kljestan scores in CL qualifier, Cherundolo captain and more

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Sacha Kljestan has had less than two months to adjust to life in Europe and with new club RSC Anderlecht, but he is already making his presence felt.

In his first UEFA Champions League start on Tuesday, Kljestan opened the scoring in the first leg of the third round qualifying fixture against Welsh club The New Saints.

Crucial CONCACAF Champions League qualifiers on tap

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By: KURTIS LARSON

Three MLS teams are in action mid-week as preliminary home and home CONCACAF qualifiers get underway across the continent. Since the preliminary round began in 2008, MLS clubs are 1-4 all time in CONCACAF play-in games.

Major League Soccer has made it known that the league must compete at a high level in this tournament if the league is to be taken seriously.

MLS chooses seven inactive All-Stars

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Major League Soccer has announced the seven players to be added to the total list of MLS All-Stars for the purposes of satisfying the league's Collective Bargaining Agreement and some of the picks are curious to say the least.

Freddie Ljungberg and Robbie Rogers were two of the seven, and the two biggest head-scratchers.

Mid-Day Ticker: Barcelona's debt mounts, Mascherano wants Liverpool exit and more

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By FRANCO PANIZO

FC Barcelona might have a star-studded cast of players, but that cast comes at a price. A hefty one.

According the club's financial vice president, the club made a loss of $100 million last season. This has caused the net debt to rise to $573 million and gross debt to $716 million.

A peak at Kansas City's new stadium

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In 2010, Major League Soccer has seen the opening of a pair of beautiful new soccer stadiums for the New York Red Bulls and Philadelphia Union. What some may not realize is that the next MLS stadium to be opened is already being built in Kansas City and is set to open in less than a year, June of 2011 to be exact.

Ferguson backs Bradley to succeed in Europe

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Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson knows Bob Bradley well and believes the U.S. national team manager could succeed as a European club coach if given the chance.

Speaking ahead of Wednesday's MLS All-Star Game, Ferguson expressed his belief that Bradley could coach in the English Premier League, or any league in Europe for that matter.

Evening Ticker: Salgado scores in USA win, Mapp traded to Philly and more

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Omar Salgado scored the game-winning goal to help the U.S. Under-20 national team score a 1-0 victory against China in the Milk Cup opener for both teams.

Salgado, who has signed a Generation adidas contract with Major League Soccer and will be available in the 2011 MLS Draft, scored a first-half goal to give the Americans a victory in its first match in the Northern Ireland-based tournament.

Brazil names young squad for USA friendly

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Robinho and Dani Alves join Chelsea target Ramires as the three World Cup veterans named to a young Brazil squad for the August 10th friendly against the United States at the New Meadowlands Stadium in New Jersey.

Young sensations Neymar and Paulo Henrique Ganso and World Cup snub Alexandre Pato were also called up by newly-named Brazil manager Mano Menezes.

Monday Kickoff: Wizards down Man Utd, Balotelli nears City move and more

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The Kansas City Wizards looked poised for an exhibition defeat when defender Jimmy Conrad was sent off in the first half of the Wizards friendly against Manchester United. Rather than fold, the MLS club put together a strong performance to score a surprising 2-1 upset victory in a friendly at Arrowhead Stadium.

Landon Donovan's new Mexican commercial

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We all enjoyed Landon Donovan's first commercial for the Mexican lottery Ganagol (more like a betting slip than USA-style lottery), and we've been waiting patiently to see when Donovan would give us another gem for the folks South of the Border.

Donovan's second Ganagol commercial has emerged, and while it isn't as funny as the image of him in pancho, sombrero and bad fake moustache, it's still pretty funny (it starts with Donovan saying "Every time it gets easier to win in Mexico.

USSF D-2: A Look Back at Week 16

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By TRAVIS CLARK

In a 90-minute span Sunday, the Tampa Bay Rowdies snapped a winless streak, defeated an inter-state rival and finally scored a goal.

Tampa Bay's 2-0 win over Miami FC on Sunday put an end to a stretch of nine games without a win, dating back to May 29.

Mid-Day Ticker: Man City targets Torres, MLS lands Salgado and more

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By FRANCO PANIZO

The list of star players linked with Manchester City continues to grow.

Fernando Torres has become the latest Manchester City target, with manager Roberto Mancini claiming the club is interested in signing the Spanish striker as long as Manchester City can afford a deal and if Torres wants to leave Liverpool.

Who is your mid-season MLS MVP?

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As we approach the MLS All-Star Break it's time to take a look at the players who have played well enough to draw praise and accolades for their performances during the season's first half.

Sounders get tough, topple Rapids

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By JOSE M. ROMERO

The blood streaming down Conor Casey's bald head said it all. The Seattle Sounders weren't just good in their 2-1 home win against the Colorado Rapids on Sunday, they were physical. As in bringing the pain.

Being the aggressor has never been a hallmark of either of coach Sigi Schmid's first two Sounders teams.

Red Bulls vs. Manchester City: Live Streaming Video

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The New York Challenge concludes today with the New York Red Bulls taking on Manchester City at Red Bull Arena (3:30pm, Fox Soccer Channel).

Today's match marks Thierry Henry's second with the New York Red Bulls after scoring in his debut on Thursday.

If you can't watch today's match on Fox Soccer Channel, you can follow the live stream video for the match here on SBI.

Richards Blast Propels Red Bulls past Man City

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BY MIKE NASTRI

Manchester City's roster features a laundry list of high-priced players, but it was Red Bulls winger Dane Richards who stole the show on Sunday.

He set up a goal and scored a beautiful game-winning goal to give the Red Bulls a 2-1 victory against Manchester City in New York Challenge action at Red Bull Arena.

KC Wizards vs. Manchester United: Your Running Commentary

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Manchester United's North American Tour has led the English powerhouse to Kansas City, where they take on the Kansas City Wizards at Arrowhead Stadium (6pm, Fox Soccer Channel).

The match is the final pre-season match before Manchester United takes on the MLS All-Stars in Wednesday's MLS All Star Game.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Herculez Gomez made his regular season debut for Pachuca this weekend, as the Tuzos tromped America, 3-0, to start off their Apertura campaign.

Just as he had for much of his time with former club Puebla and the U.S. national team this summer, Gomez came off the bench, playing 32 minutes in Pachuca's win.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Herculez Gomez made his regular season debut for Pachuca this weekend, as the Tuzos tromped America, 3-0, to start off their Apertura campaign.

Just as he had for much of his time with former club Puebla and the U.S. national team this summer, Gomez came off the bench, playing 32 minutes in Pachuca's win.

Richards Blast Propels Red Bulls past Man City

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BY MIKE NASTRI

Manchester City's roster features a laundry list of high-priced players, but it was Red Bulls winger Dane Richards who stole the show on Sunday.

He set up a goal and scored a beautiful game-winning goal to give the Red Bulls a 2-1 victory against Manchester City in New York Challenge action at Red Bull Arena.

Kansas City Wizards vs. Manchester United: Your Running Commentary

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Manchester United's North American Tour has led the English powerhouse to Kansas City, where they take on the Kansas City Wizards at Arrowhead Stadium.

The match is the final pre-season match before Manchester United takes on the MLS All-Stars in Wednesday's MLS All Star Game.

If you will be watching the match, please feel free to share your thoughts, opinions and some play-by-play in the comments section below.

Red Bulls vs. Manchester City: Live Streaming Video

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The New York Challenge concludes today with the New York Red Bulls taking on Manchester City at Red Bull Arena (3:30pm, Fox Soccer Channel).

Today's match marks Thierry Henry's second with the New York Red Bulls after scoring in his debut on Thursday.

If you can't watch today's match on Fox Soccer Channel, you can follow the live stream video for the match here on SBI.

MLS Rewind: Crew rolls and RSL held

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The Columbus Crew re-asserted its position as a top MLS Cup contender on Saturday by thrashing the Houston Dynamo, 3-0, on Saturday.

Emilio Renteria, Andy Iro and rookie Leandre Griffit all scored goals for the Crew, which extended its lead atop the Eastern Conference to eight points.

MLS Rewind: Crew rolls and RSL held

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The Columbus Crew re-asserted its position as a top MLS Cup contender on Saturday by thrashing the Houston Dynamo, 3-0, on Saturday.

Emilio Renteria, Andy Iro and rookie Leandre Griffit all scored goals for the Crew, which extended its lead atop the Eastern Conference to eight points.

TFC, Dallas share points at BMO

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By: KURTIS LARSON

Toronto FC and FC Dallas traded goals midway through the second half at BMO Field in Toronto to share the points and keep their respective MLS streaks alive.

TFC, Dallas share points at BMO

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By: KURTIS LARSON

Toronto FC and FC Dallas traded goals midway through the second half at BMO Field in Toronto to share the points and keep their respective MLS streaks alive.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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As a brutal heatwave hits much of the United States today, there will be plenty of soccer to watch for those of you who decide to stay in rather than brave the elements.

There is Major League Soccer action, but there is also Mexican League action for those of you who follow it, or are planning to start following it.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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As a brutal heatwave hits much of the United States today, there will be plenty of soccer to watch for those of you who decide to stay in rather than brave the elements.

There is Major League Soccer action, but there is also Mexican League action for those of you who follow it, or are planning to start following it.

A look back at the USA World Cup run

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It's been a month since the World Cup ended for the U.S. men's national team, enough time to let the team's performance and all the ups and downs sink in.

It's also enough time to take another look back at the unforgettable moments of what will be remembered as an exciting World Cup for American fans.

Red Bulls vs. Tottenham: Live Streaming Video

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The New York Red Bulls will introduce new Designated Player Thierry Henry tonight as he makes his debut against Tottenham in the opening match of the New York Challenge (8:30pm, Fox Soccer Channel).

If you can't watch the Fox Soccer Channel broadcast, you can watch the match here, courtesy of Red Bull's Veetle page (video is after the jump):


Since we have the streaming video tonight, I will pass on doing a live commentary on the match, and will provide Tweets during the action via the SoccerByIves Twitter account (which you should follow if you aren't already).

San Jose Earthquakes vs. Los Angeles Galaxy: Match Night Commentary

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BY ADAM SERRANO

The California Clásico resumes tonight as the San Jose Earthquakes travel down Highway 101(with a transfer to the I-405) to take on the Los Angeles Galaxy (ESPN2, 7:30 PST)

The Earthquakes come to the Home Depot Center in fourth place in the Western Conference having earned a victory in their last MLS match against Philadelphia Union.

Henry Scores in Debut, NYRB nipped by Spurs

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BY MIKE NASTRI

It was Thierry Henry's big night and New York's newest star produced under the bright lights of Red Bull Arena.

Henry dazzled the 20,312 fans in the first half with quick one touch passes and superb vision.

Late Donovan goal salvages 2-2 draw for Galaxy against Quakes

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BY ADAM SERRANO

A Landon Donovan goal in stoppage time was decisive as the Los Angeles Galaxy were able to salvage a 2-2 draw against their California rivals, the San Jose Earthquakes at the Home Depot Center.Â

The Earthquakes were unable to hold a pair of leads in the first and second halves as the Galaxy battled back twice to get the draw, thanks to goals by Edson Buddle and Donovan.

Henry's debut a hit (Highlights from Tottenham-New York)

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Thierry Henry's long-awaited arrival as a member of the New York Red Bulls finally came on Thursday night and he didn't disappoint.

The French star flashed his world class form for 45 minutes on Thursday in the Red Bulls 2-1 loss to Tottenham in the New York Challenge opener.

SBI Live Q&A set for 12:30pm today

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Good morning/afternoon folks. It's time for another SBI Live Q&A. I will kick one off starting at 12:30pm today so get your questions ready.

Want to talk about Thierry Henry's debut? The U.S. national team? The European transfer market? Get your soccer-related questions ready and I'll try to answer as many of them as I can.

SBI Live Q&A (July 23rd Edition)

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It's that time again.

Time for you to send in your soccer (and occasional pop culture) questions for me to try and answer.

There is plenty to discuss, as always, so let's get started:

SBI Live Q&A (July 23rd Edition)


USSF D-2: A Look Ahead at Week 16

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By TRAVIS CLARK

The other Northwest rivalry is alive and well, ready for the jump to MLS in 2011.

In what was a tight, back-and-forth meeting at Swangard Stadium in British Columbia Thursday evening, Portland defeated Vancouver by a 2-1 margin, a first win north of the border since 2004.

MLS Week 17: A Look Ahead

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By TRAVIS CLARK

The All-Star break is approaching, and the schedule is piling up fast with a number of summer friendlies.

Portsmouth visit RFK Stadium to face D.C. United, while Manchester United's next stop is in Kansas City where they'll take on the Wizards, and the Red Bulls are tied up with the New York Challenge.

A look back at the USA World Cup run

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It's been a month since the World Cup ended for the U.S. men's national team, enough time to let the team's performance and all the ups and downs sink in.

It's also enough time to take another look back at the unforgettable moments of what will be remembered as an exciting World Cup for American fans.

MLS Week 17: A Look Ahead

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By TRAVIS CLARK

The All-Star break is approaching, and the schedule is piling up fast with a number of summer friendlies.

Portsmouth visit RFK Stadium to face D.C. United, while Manchester United's next stop is in Kansas City where they'll take on the Wizards, and the Red Bulls are tied up with the New York Challenge.

USSF D-2: A Look Ahead at Week 16

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By TRAVIS CLARK

The other Northwest rivalry is alive and well, ready for the jump to MLS in 2011.

In what was a tight, back-and-forth meeting at Swangard Stadium in British Columbia Thursday evening, Portland defeated Vancouver by a 2-1 margin, a first win north of the border since 2004.

SBI Live Q&A (July 23rd Edition)

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It's that time again.

Time for you to send in your soccer (and occasional pop culture) questions for me to try and answer.

There is plenty to discuss, as always, so let's get started:

SBI Live Q&A (July 23rd Edition)

Henry's debut a hit (Highlights from Tottenham-New York)

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Thierry Henry's long-awaited arrival as a member of the New York Red Bulls finally came on Thursday night and he didn't disappoint.

The French star flashed his world class form for 45 minutes on Thursday in the Red Bulls 2-1 loss to Tottenham in the New York Challenge opener.

SBI Live Q&A set for 12:30pm today

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Good morning/afternoon folks. It's time for another SBI Live Q&A. I will kick one off starting at 12:30pm today so get your questions ready.

Want to talk about Thierry Henry's debut? The U.S. national team? The European transfer market? Get your soccer-related questions ready and I'll try to answer as many of them as I can.

Late Donovan goal salvages 2-2 draw for Galaxy against Quakes

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BY ADAM SERRANO

A Landon Donovan goal in stoppage time was decisive as the Los Angeles Galaxy were able to salvage a 2-2 draw against their California rivals, the San Jose Earthquakes at the Home Depot Center.Â

The Earthquakes were unable to hold a pair of leads in the first and second halves as the Galaxy battled back twice to get the draw, thanks to goals by Edson Buddle and Donovan.

Earthquakes vs. Galaxy: Match Night Commentary

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BY ADAM SERRANO

The California Clásico resumes tonight as the San Jose Earthquakes travel down Highway 101(with a transfer to the I-405) to take on the Los Angeles Galaxy (ESPN2, 7:30 PST)

The Earthquakes come to the Home Depot Center in fourth place in the Western Conference having earned a victory in their last MLS match against Philadelphia Union.

Henry Scores in Debut, but Red Bulls fall to Tottenham

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BY MIKE NASTRI

It was Thierry Henry's big night and New York's newest star produced under the bright lights of Red Bull Arena.

Red Bulls vs. Tottenham: Live Streaming Video

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The New York Red Bulls will introduce new Designated Player Thierry Henry tonight as he makes his debut against Tottenham in the opening match of the New York Challenge (8:30pm, Fox Soccer Channel).

If you can't watch the Fox Soccer Channel broadcast, you can watch the match here, courtesy of Red Bull's Veetle page:


Since we have the streaming video tonight, I will pass on doing a live commentary on the match, and will provide Tweets during the action via the SoccerByIves Twitter account (which you should follow if you aren't already).

Chivas USA wins Sal Zizzo lottery

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Chivas USA hasn't had much go its way this MLS season. The Rojiblancos watched star midfielder head to Anderlecht this summer, and Jonathan Bornstein has made plans to depart after the season. All during a forgettable season that will see the Goats miss the playoffs.

Manchester United vs. Philadelphia Union: Your Running Commentary

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It isn't often that first-year soccer teams get a chance to face off against a team as storied as Manchester United, but tonight is the Philadelphia Union's chance to step on the field with a legendary club.

The Union plays host to Manchester United at Lincoln Financial Field tonight (7:30pm, ESPN2)Â in the first of three matches Man United will play against MLS competition.

Superliga Match Day Commentary: C.F. Pachuca vs. Chivas USA

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BY ADAM SERRANO

Tonight at the Home Depot Center, Chivas USA and Pachuca do battle in what will be the final group game for both clubs. Neither team will have a chance to advance despite the result tonight, but as this is the final warm up before Pachuca's Mexican season, Chivas USA will provide a test for the Tuzos.

Fantasy MLS: Week 17

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By AVI CREDITOR

Some scheduling changes have made Week 17 a rather light one as just 10 teams take to the pitch in league play prior to the Major League Soccer All-Star Game.

The league's three front-runners all play at home, and as is the case most weeks, The Los Angeles Galaxy and Real Salt Lake deserve the bulk of your attention.

Vidal hoping his journey leads to Pachuca greatness

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BY ADAM SERRANO

Marco Vidal's journey has been like that of many Mexican-American youth pursuing the dream of playing professional soccer.

Superliga Recap: Violent ending in Dynamo defeat of Puebla, Chivas USA beat Pachuca

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BY ADAM SERRANO

A goal by Houston Dynamo forward Domnic Oduro was all that Houston needed to defeat Puebla, 1-0 on Wednesday. The victory allowed the Dynamo to claim first place in Group A and gave the Texas club a date in the Superliga semifinals.

The match began slowly for both clubs, but grew lively in the 63rd minute after a Corey Ashe free kick was headed down by Cam Weaver for a streaking Dominic Oduro, who made the score 1-0 for the Dynamo.

Henry set for debut as New York Challenge kicks off tonight

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Thierry Henry is set to make his debut for the New York Red Bulls tonight when the Red Bulls take on English club Tottenham in tonight's kickoff of the New York Challenge (8pm, Fox Soccer Channel).

Henry is scheduled to play the first half tonight at Red Bull Arena against a familiar foe in Tottenham, the London arch-rival of Henry's former club, Arsenal.

MLS Ticker: Convey an All-Star replacement, Houston hires Ralston and more

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When the MLS All-Star team was filled out with reserves earlier this week, one of the most glaring omissions was San Jose's Bobby Convey, one of the league leaders in assists and one of the keys to San Jose's surprising season.

That oversight was rectified on Wednesday, when Convey was selected as a replacement for Jonathan Bornstein, who will miss the match due to a knee injury.

Canada Corner: TFC vs. Bolton, MLS Vancouver, and more

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BY: Kurtis Larson

Call it a well-earned draw.

Though highly overshadowed by Thierry Henry's debut against Tottenham tonight, Toronto FC took on the EPL's Bolton Wanderers Wednesday in front of just under 20,000 in attendance at BMO Field in Toronto.

SBI USSF Division 2 Power Rankings: Week 15

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By TRAVIS CLARK

Past the midway point in the USSF Division 2 League, and the Austin Aztex have yet to take the foot off the pedal.

The Aztex sit atop of the Second Division table, six points clear of Vancouver in the NASL Conference.

Canada Corner: TFC vs. Bolton, MLS Vancouver, and more

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BY: Kurtis Larson

Call it a well-earned draw.

Though highly overshadowed by Thierry Henry's debut against Tottenham tonight, Toronto FC took on the EPL's Bolton Wanderers Wednesday in front of just under 20,000 in attendance at BMO Field in Toronto.

MLS Ticker: Convey an All-Star replacement, Houston hires Ralston and more

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When the MLS All-Star team was filled out with reserves earlier this week, one of the most glaring omissions was San Jose's Bobby Convey, one of the league leaders in assists and one of the keys to San Jose's surprising season.

That oversight was rectified on Wednesday, when Convey was selected as a replacement for Jonathan Bornstein, who will miss the match due to a knee injury.

Superliga Recap: Violent ending in Dynamo defeat of Puebla, Chivas USA beat Pachuca

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BY ADAM SERRANO

A goal by Houston Dynamo forward Domnic Oduro was all that Houston needed to defeat Puebla, 1-0 on Wednesday. The victory allowed the Dynamo to claim first place in Group A and gave the Texas club a date in the Superliga semifinals.

The match began slowly for both clubs, but grew lively in the 63rd minute after a Corey Ashe free kick was headed down by Cam Weaver for a streaking Dominic Oduro, who made the score 1-0 for the Dynamo.

Vidal hoping his journey leads to Pachuca greatness

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BY ADAM SERRANO

Marco Vidal's journey has been like that of many Mexican-American youth pursuing the dream of playing professional soccer.

Henry set for debut as New York Challenge kicks off tonight

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Thierry Henry is set to make his debut for the New York Red Bulls tonight when the Red Bulls take on English club Tottenham in tonight's kickoff of the New York Challenge (8pm, Fox Soccer Channel).

Henry is scheduled to play the first half tonight at Red Bull Arena against a familiar foe in Tottenham, the London arch-rival of Henry's former club, Arsenal.

Fantasy MLS: Week 17

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By AVI CREDITOR

Some scheduling changes have made Week 17 a rather light one as just 10 teams take to the pitch in league play prior to the Major League Soccer All-Star Game.

The league's three front-runners all play at home, and as is the case most weeks, The Los Angeles Galaxy and Real Salt Lake deserve the bulk of your attention.

Superliga Match Day Commentary: C.F. Pachuca vs. Chivas USA

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BY ADAM SERRANO

Tonight at the Home Depot Center, Chivas USA and Pachuca do battle in what will be the final group game for both clubs. Neither team will have a chance to advance despite the result tonight, but as this is the final warm up before Pachuca's Mexican season, Chivas USA will provide a test for the Tuzos.

Manchester United vs. Philadelphia Union: Your Running Commentary

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It isn't often that first-year soccer teams get a chance to face off against a team as storied as Manchester United, but tonight is the Philadelphia Union's chance to step on the field with a legendary club.

The Union plays host to Manchester United at Lincoln Financial Field tonight (7:30pm, ESPN2)Â in the first of three matches Man United will play against MLS competition.

Chivas USA wins Sal Zizzo lottery

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Chivas USA hasn't had much go its way this MLS season. The Rojiblancos watched star midfielder head to Anderlecht this summer, and Jonathan Bornstein has made plans to depart after the season. All during a forgettable season that will see the Goats miss the playoffs.

Afternoon Ticker: Odense BK eyeing Goodson, Gold Cup Final venue selected and more

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Clarence Goodson may become the next American Abroad to find a new club this summer, and Denmark could be his destination.

Goodson is currently being targeted by Odense BK, which is reportedly in negotiations with his current club, IK Start.

Clarifying the Andy Najar situation

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There are few things that stir the imagination of soccer fans more than the rise of a promising young prospect, and no young player in Major League Soccer is stirring emotions like Andy Najar.

The D.C. United academy product has become the subject of various reports from Honduras to England, with a stories ranging from off-season destinations to his national team preferences.

Superliga Recap: New England defeat Morelia, Chicago beat Pumas

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The New England Revolution clinched the top spot in Superliga group A with their 1-0 victory over Monarcas Morelia.Â

Marko Perovic scored in the 62nd minute giving the Revolution their seventh straight win over Mexican clubs during Superliga competition. The match was an even one early, but Morelia was unable to put one away.

The MLS Designated Player Arms Race

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Designated Players are being signed, rumors are flying, and some of the sports biggest names appear to be heading to Major League Soccer.

Yes, the times are changing.

Thanks to new MLS rules that allow teams to sign as many as three Designated Players, teams all over the league are signing or preparing to sign big-name players who may not have been otherwise signed if not for the rule change.

Fire end losing streak, close out out SuperLiga with win

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BY ANTHONY ZILIS

The Fire's SuperLiga performance can only be viewed as disappointing. Last season's runner-up in the tournament, Chicago was eliminated after the first two games.


Still, even though Tuesday's 1-0 win against Pumas was meaningless in the tournament table, it was nice for the Fire to taste victory for the first time in July.

Gomez sets his sights on Pachuca success

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BY ADAM SERRANO

The past two months have been a roller coaster ride for Herculez Gomez, but now its finally time to get back to work with his new club, Pachuca.Â

The U.S. International and his new club are currently competing in Superliga as they prepare for their opening Clasura match this weekend against America.

Who would you like to see called up for USA/Brazil?

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The U.S. men's national team saw its World Cup end less than a month ago, but time waits for no team and now it is just three weeks until the United States returns to the field to take on Brazil on August 10th at the new Meadowlands Stadium in New Jersey.

SBI On The American Soccer Show

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In case you missed it, I made a recent appearance on the American Soccer Show on the Champions Soccer Radio Network. We discussed everything from Thierry Henry to the U.S. national team, to MLS in general. Here is the show.

For those wondering, yes, we are going to be adding an SBI Podcast in the near future.

Jones back in action for Schalke

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The road to recovery has been a long one for Jermaine Jones, but with the Bundesliga preseason gearing up, the midfielder is finally back on the field.

Jones featured for Schalke in its first two preseason games, playing 45 minutes in each match, including Schalke's 1-0 win over Polish club Jagiellonia Bialystok on Sunday.

Morning Ticker: Gerrard to stay with Liverpool, Ralston to retire and more

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By TRAVIS CLARK

After the addition of Joe Cole yesterday, Liverpool fans have another reason to celebrate this morning.

Talisman and captain Steven Gerrard indicated Tuesday that he wants to stay at Anfield, after speculation about his future arose in the past few weeks.

Bornstein to join Mexican Club Tigres after 2010 season

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BY ADAM SERRANO

The speculation over the future of Jonathan Bornstein is over.

Chivas USA announced on Monday afternoon that the United States international has signed a pre-contract deal with Mexican club Tigres UANL.

Philadelphia Union standing pat on DP front

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Fans in Philadelphia have heard the reports from other MLS teams ligning up Designated Player signings and have been left wondering when the Union would join the party.

That's not happening any time soon.

According to multiple sources with knowledge of the team's plans, the Philly Union do not intent to bring in any high-priced players via a Designated Player slot this season.

MLS friendly rewind: Celtic top 10-man Seattle, San Jose ties Tottenham

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The Seattle Sounders can't catch a break even in friendlies.

The Sounders lost their high-profile friendly against Celtic, 2-1, on Sunday in front of 45,631 spectators at Quest Field. Goals from Georgios Samaras and Patrick McCourt outdid a second half strike from David Estrada, but it was the opening goal that marred the match.

Afternoon Ticker: Birmingham eyeing Riquelme, Movsisyan scores and more

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Juan Roman Riquelme has spent the majority of his career with Boca Juniors, but the Argentine playmaker may soon be playing in the Premier League after another club set its sights on him.

Birmingham is currently eyeing the 32-year-old Riquelme, who has never played in the Premiership.

Your 2010 MLS All-Snub All-Stars

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The 2010 MLS All-Star Game selections have been made, and as is the case every year, there are several deserving players who were left out.

This year we have one team that was left out in Seattle because the Sounders are playing a Champions League match the same day as the All-Star Game, so it's tough to call players such as Kasey Keller and Steve Zakuani snubs.

Angel, Moreno among MLS All-Star Reserves

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Houston Dynamo standouts Brian Ching and Brad Davis will have the chance to play in front of their hometown fans at the MLS All-Star Game after being selected as reserves for the match against Manchester United on July 28th.

Here are the MLS All-Star Team Reserve selections:

Nick Rimando, Kevin Alston, Jonathan Bornstein, Wilman Conde, Heath Pearce, Brad Davis, David Ferreira, Shalrie Joseph, Jeff Larentowicz, Sebastien LeToux, Juan Pablo Angel, Brian Ching, Jaime Moreno.

New possibilities emerging for Altidore

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 Two clubs have stepped up their interest in the Jozy Altidore sweepstakes.

Besiktas is hoping to acquire Altidore, who would join former Villarreal teammate Nihat Kahveci should he land on the Turkish club.

Should Andy Najar be an MLS All-Star?

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We will find out in about two hours who the MLS All-Star Team reserve and commissioner's pick selections are and while he's just 17 and on the worst team in MLS, Andy Najar should be one of those selections.

Monday Kickoff: Fulham to hire Jol, Liverpool lands Cole and more

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The lengthy search for a replacement for Roy Hodgson appears to have concluded with Fulham preparing to announce the hiring Dutch manager Martin Jol.

The former Ajax and Tottenham manager beat out several candidates, including U.S. national team head coach Bob Bradley, for the Cottagers job and is expected to be introduced today.

Americans Abroad: Goodson, Diskerud score

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By FRANCO PANIZOÂ

While most of the Americans Abroad contingent is either currently resting or preparing for the upcoming seasons, two players were busy scoring goals this past weekend.

Clarence Goodson and Mikkel Diskerud each scored goals for their respective clubs on Sunday, and both were headers.

Donovan's tie-breaking penalty kick gets Galaxy back on winning track

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By AVI CREDITOR

WASHINGTON - Whether it's Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg, South Africa, or RFK Stadium, the penalty spot and goal are all the same for Landon Donovan.

The Los Angeles Galaxy star stepped to the spot after a Julius James handball in the box and buried a tie-breaking, 58th-minute penalty kick to lift the Galaxy to a 2-1 victory over D.

Donovan responds to Garber's comments

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By AVI CREDITOR

A few days after Major League Soccer commissioner Don Garber effectively stated that Landon Donovan is not for sale, the face of American soccer has his response.

"I have a lot of respect for Don and what he's done for this league," Donovan said after the Los Angeles Galaxy's 2-1 victory over D.

L.A. Galaxy at D.C. United: Match Night Commentary

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By AVI CREDITOR

Polar opposites meet in Washington, D.C., as the league's top team meets its cellar dweller at RFK Stadium (7:30 p.m., Fox Soccer Channel).

Two of the more storied franchises in Major League Soccer history, D.C. United and the Los Angeles Galaxy are on different paths this season.

Columbus humbles lethargic Red Bulls

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So much for there being a tight race for first place in the Eastern Conference.

The Columbus Crew easily manhandled a weak-looking New York Red Bulls squad, 2-0, on Saturday night at Crew Stadium as goals from Emilio Renteria and Brian Carroll provided the difference in a match even more lop-sided than the score.

FC Dallas halts streaking Real Salt Lake

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Real Salt Lake's defense hadn't allowed a goal in 566 minutes, but FC Dallas wasn't content to just snap that streak. The Red Stripes scored two goals for good measure to knock off their Western Conference rivals.

Colombian striker Milton Rodriguez made an impressive debut for Dallas in its 2-0 victory against Real Salt Lake at Pizza Hut Park on Saturday night.

Stoppage time penalty gives Philly 2-1 win

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By KURTIS LARSON

TFC's impressive eight-game MLS unbeaten run came to an end Saturday night thanks to a 94th minute penalty kick from Sebastien Le Toux in Philadelphia.

Fire bounced from SuperLiga, will look to Castillo for spark

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BY ANTHONY ZILIS

After losing 1-0 to New England Saturday, the Chicago Fire are officially out of the SuperLiga.

Gone are the days of Cuauhtemoc Blanco and Chris Rolfe, who helped lead the Fire to the brink of a title in the same tournament last year, and the Fire are left looking for an offensive spark.

Chicago Fire announce Castillo as DP

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The Chicago Fire will be featuring a star Mexican as its Designated Player this season, but it won't be Cuauhtemoc Blanco.

It will be someone younger, and someone with a track record of scoring goals.

The Fire announced Mexican international Nery Castillo as its new Designated Player on Saturday.

New York Red Bulls at Columbus Crew: Your Running Commentary

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The Red Bulls (8-5-2) visit Columbus Crew Stadium in a battle for first place at 7:30 (MSG). The Crew (8-3-4) currently hold a two point advantage over NYRB, so a tie or win would keep them atop the Eastern Conference.

Columbus is fresh off a loss to the KC Wizards last week thanks to an early Teal Bunbury goal.

Toronto FC at Philadelphia Union: Your Running Commentary

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A late-game Dwayne De Rosario penalty was all that separated these two teams during their first ever meeting in April. Now, the Union look to avenge early-season defeat as Toronto visits PPL Park for the first time in Philly's short existence.Â

TFC puts their astounding 11-game unbeaten run on the line against a Philadelphia side that's coming off an impressive 1-0 victory over Celtic midweek.

Who do you want your MLS team to sign?

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With Designated Player signings and rumors running rampant, fans throughout MLS are waiting eagerly to see who, if anybody, their team may be signing this summer.

In Los Angeles there is talk of Ronaldinho, while Chicago could introduce a Mexican star like Nery Castillo tonight.

Blanco joins Mexican side Irapuato ends Fire rumors

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BY ADAM SERRANO

The rumors linking Mexican midfielder Cuauhtemoc Blanco has signed with Liga Ascenso side Irapuato, the midfielder announced on his website on Friday night. The midfielder had been linked with returning to the Chicago Fire and joining fellow Mexican International Nery Castillo.

Friday Free Kicks: Ronaldinho-LA rumor grows, Howard commits and more

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As we wind down the end of the first full week after the World Cup, the rumor mills on both sides of the pond are working at full tilt.

MLS isn't being left out, with rumors left and right about who may be coming and going.

Superliga recap: Puebla defeats Chivas USA, Houston squeaks by Pachuca

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BY ADAM SERRANO

Goals by a pair of Uruguayans Andres Olivera and Alvaro Gonzalez proved the difference as Puebla FC defeated Chivas USA, 2-1 on Thursday night. The defeat ended the Rojiblancos recent four game unbeaten streak.

The Camateros struck early in the 6th minute when Olivera scuffed weak shot into the Chivas USA net that may been deflected by a defender in an offside position.

MLS Week 16: A Look Ahead

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By TRAVIS CLARK

With the transfer window now open, new faces will begin to see the pitch as MLS heads towards another weekend of action.

New signing Thierry Henry won't debut as New York heads to Columbus, but Thursday night already featured two new players with Branko Bošković and Pablo Hernandez earning playing time for D.

Bocanegra sold to St. Etienne

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U.S. national team captain Carlos Bocanegra will be playing for a new team when the French Ligue 1 season begins later this summer.

Stade Rennes announced on its website on Friday that it has sold Bocanegra to Saint Etienne for approximately €500,000.

Bocanegra, 31, had been a transfer target of St.

SBI Live Q&A (July 16th Edition)

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It's that time again.

Time for you to send me your soccer and pop culture questions and time for me to answer as many of them as I can.

It's my first Live Q&A since returning from South Africa so I'm sure there are plenty of questions about the World Cup, my trip to South Africa, European transfer talk, MLS, Thierry Henry, etc.

SBI Live Q&A set for 12:30pm today

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Okay folks, as we move further away from the end of the 2010 World Cup, and closer to the start of the European soccer season, it's time to have another SBI Live Q&A.

Want to ask about the World Cup, my experiences in South Africa, or the European transfer market? How about the U.S. national team, or MLS, or the new season of Entourage?

Who is NYRB's 3rd DP?

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BY MIKE NASTRI

The Red Bulls are going to sign a third Designated Player at some point this summer.

But who is he?

The player's identity continues to remain a mystery as both Hans Backe and Sporting Director Erik Soler remain hush on their target, but signs are pointing to that player being Mexican national team star Rafael Marquez.

Levesque, Seattle keep up success in D.C.

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By AVI CREDITOR

WASHINGTON - There's something about late-game situations at RFK Stadium that brings the best out of Roger Levesque.

Levesque, who scored the cup-clinching goal for the Seattle Sounders against D.C. United late in last year's U.S. Open Cup final, headed home a Fredy Montero cross in the 89th minute, as the Sounders improved to 3-0 all-time at D.

Upheaval at hand in Sounders land?

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By JOSE M. ROMERO

The team that Blaise N'kufo will suit up for, perhaps as soon as tonight, might not be the team the Swiss international figured he'd line up with.

Injuries are a part of that, but N'kufo will be a veteran among plenty of youngsters when the Seattle Sounders take the field against D.

Blanco weighing Irapuato offer

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Mexican International and former Chicago Fire midfielder Cuauhtemoc Blanco is currently weighing an offer from Mexican league two side Irapauto over a return to MLS according to Mexican newspaper Record.

According to MLS sources, the Mexican veteran has rejected a return to the Fire for a return to the Liga Ascenso.

KC surprise Crew 1-0 in Columbus

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By KURTIS LARSON

Teal Bunbury's first MLS goal early in the first-half held up at Crew Stadium Wednesday night to give Kansas City their first win against Columbus since 2007.

Morelia torches Fire 5-1 in SuperLiga opener

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By ANTHONY ZILIS

If the Chicago Fire want to make it back to the SuperLiga final, it will have some ground to make up after losing to Morelia, 5-1, at Toyota Park Wednesday night.

"Today it looked like everybody was dead," Fire defender C.J. Brown said. "We couldn't hold the ball, defensively we couldn't mark people, read the game very well.

Red Bulls to introduce Henry today

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Thierry Henry's long-awaited arrival as Major League Soccer's newest star will take place today, when he is introduced by the New York Red Bulls at a press conference today at Red Bull Arena.

Rumored to be heading to New York for more than a year now, Henry joins New York as the club's most famous acquisition and is a good bet to be one of the best players to ever take the field in Major League Soccer.

U.S. national team wins Best Moment award at ESPYs

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By FRANCO PANIZOÂ

The U.S. national team's 1-0 victory over Algeria was made a little more magical on Wednesday, as it received the award for Best Moment at the ESPYs.

Several U.S. national team players were in attendance at the award ceremony in Los Angeles to witness their World Cup win outdo the New Orleans Saints' Super Bowl victory, Phil Mickelson's win of the Masters and figure skater Joannie Rochette's bronze-medal performance in the Olympics.

Thierry Henry Intro Press Conference

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Afternoon Ticker: Maradona offered extension, Ronaldinho staying at Milan and more

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Diego Maradona's first World Cup as a manager may have ended in a disastrous defeat, but that hasn't stopped the Argentina Federation from offering the soccer legend an extension.

The AFA have announced its plan to try and keep Maradona on as coach, and federation president Julio Grondona will meet with him next week to see if he sticks around for the next World Cup cycle, which ends in 2014 in Brazil.

Henry arrives at RB Arena Ready to Win

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BY MIKE NASTRI

Thierry Henry is finally here in New York and he's determined to bring a championship to his new team.

"I am just thrilled to be here, said Henry.

Upheaval at hand in Sounders land?

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By JOSE M. ROMERO

The team that Blaise N'kufo will suit up for, perhaps as soon as tonight, might not be the team the Swiss international figured he'd line up with.

Injuries are a part of that, but N'kufo will be a veteran among plenty of youngsters when the Seattle Sounders take the field against D.

Seattle Sounders FC at D.C. United: Match Night Commentary

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By AVI CREDITOR

Some of Major League Soccer's newest faces could see the pitch in the nation's capital, as the Seattle Sounders try and avenge an earlier home loss to D.C. United at RFK Stadium (8 p.m., ESPN2/ESPN Deportes).

Seattle's Blaise N'Kufo and D.

Seattle Sounders FC at D.C. United: Match Night Commentary

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By AVI CREDITOR

Some of Major League Soccer's newest faces could see the pitch in the nation's capital, as the Seattle Sounders try and avenge an earlier home loss to D.C. United at RFK Stadium (8 p.m., ESPN2/ESPN Deportes).

Seattle's Blaise N'Kufo and D.

Henry arrives at RB Arena Ready to Win

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BY MIKE NASTRI

Thierry Henry has finally arrived at Red Bull Arena and he's determined to bring a championship to New York

"I am just thrilled to be here, said Henry.

Thierry Henry Introductory Press Conference

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Afternoon Ticker: Maradona offered extension, Ronaldinho staying at Milan and more

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Diego Maradona's first World Cup as a manager may have ended in a disastrous defeat, but that hasn't stopped the Argentina Federation from offering the soccer legend an extension.

The AFA have announced its plan to try and keep Maradona on as coach, and federation president Julio Grondona will meet with him next week to see if he sticks around for the next World Cup cycle, which ends in 2014 in Brazil.

U.S. national team wins Best Moment award at ESPYs

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By FRANCO PANIZOÂ

The U.S. national team's 1-0 victory over Algeria was made a little more magical on Wednesday, as it received the award for Best Moment at the ESPYs.

Several U.S. national team players were in attendance at the award ceremony in Los Angeles to witness their World Cup win outdo the New Orleans Saints' Super Bowl victory, Phil Mickelson's win of the Masters and figure skater Joannie Rochette's bronze-medal performance in the Olympics.

Red Bulls to introduce Henry today

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Thierry Henry's long-awaited arrival as Major League Soccer's newest star will take place today, when he is introduced by the New York Red Bulls at a press conference today at Red Bull Arena.

Rumored to be heading to New York for more than a year now, Henry joins New York as the club's most famous acquisition and is a good bet to be one of the best players to ever take the field in Major League Soccer.

Morelia torches Fire 5-1 in SuperLiga opener

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By ANTHONY ZILIS

If the Chicago Fire want to make it back to the SuperLiga final, it will have some ground to make up after losing to Morelia, 5-1, at Toyota Park Wednesday night.

"Today it looked like everybody was dead," Fire defender C.J. Brown said. "We couldn't hold the ball, defensively we couldn't mark people, read the game very well.

KC surprise Crew 1-0 in Columbus

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By KURTIS LARSON

Teal Bunbury's first MLS goal early in the first-half held up at Crew Stadium Wednesday night to give Kansas City their first win against Columbus since 2007.

Blanco weighing Irapuato offer

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Mexican International and former Chicago Fire midfielder Cuauhtemoc Blanco is currently weighing an offer from Mexican league two side Irapauto over a return to MLS according to Mexican newspaper Record.

According to MLS sources, the Mexican veteran has rejected a return to the Fire for a return to the Liga Ascenso.

Buddle and Gonzalez honored by All-Star Selections

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 BY ADAM SERRANO

The accolades keep rolling in for the Los Angeles Galaxy.

On Wednesday, four members of the Galaxy earned a spot on the MLS All-Star team that will take on Manchester United on July 28th in Houston's Reliant Stadium. Donovan Ricketts, Landon Donovan, Edson Buddle and Omar Gonzalez will make 1/4th of the roster that will face the English powerhouse.

Focused Fire faces Morelia tonight

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By ANTHONY ZILIS

Chicago Fire head coach Carlos de los Cobos made it clear after his team's US Open cup loss to Charleston Battery that his team was more focused on the Superliga Tournament.

The Fire will kick off Superliga action tonight against Morelia at Toyota Park, and will play only in the tournament for the rest of the month.

Which new MLS player will have the biggest impact?

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Thierry Henry is the biggest name joining MLS during the July transfer window, but he's far from the only one.

Henry joins Anthony Obodai, Branko Bošković, Giancarlo Maldonado and Blaise Nkufo on the list of incoming talent to MLS. Each is joining a team in different circumstances, and each one brings a different style to his respective club.

Superliga 2010 kicks off tonight

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The fourth annual edition of Superliga kicks off tonight amid little fan fare for a tournament that has lost a bit of luster over the years, but thanks to the performance of the U.S. National Team in South Africa, the presence of a pair of World Cup veterans are sure to generate interest.

Henry signs with New York

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The worst kept secret in MLS was confirmed Wednesday morning, with the New York Red Bulls announcing the signing of French International Thierry Henry to a multi-year deal.

A move that had been rumored for months has finally come to fruition, and Henry will become New York's second Designated Player alongside Juan Pablo Angel.

Fantasy MLS: Week 16

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Consider the crow eaten.

All the praise I heaped upon the Los Angeles Galaxy and their players for a "sure-thing blowout win" at New England went unwarranted as Steve Nicol's troops did the unthinkable and pulled off the 2-0 victory.

U.S. women tie Sweden, U-20s to begin World Cup

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By TRAVIS CLARK

All winning streaks have an end, and for the U.S. women's team, Tuesday night's 1-1 draw against Sweden in Omaha, Neb. ended a stretch of eight straight wins at home.

In what was the first of two friendlies this week against the fourth-ranked nation in women's soccer, Amy Rodriguez scored in the 44th minute to give the USA a 1-0 lead heading into the halftime break.

Morning Ticker: Torres may miss start of the season, Eriksson favored for Fulham job and more

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By TRAVIS CLARK

When Fernando Torres pulled up lame in the World Cup final, it was certainly the last thing Roy Hodgson and Liverpool fans wanted to see.

And while Torres looked to enjoy Spain's World Cup celebration, news today wasn't good. Torres suffered a ruptured thigh muscle and won't be available for any of Liverpool's preseason preparations leaves him likely to miss out on the start of the English Premier League season.

Superliga 2010 kicks off tonight

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The fourth annual edition of Superliga kicks off tonight amid little fan fare for a tournament that has lost a bit of luster over the years, but thanks to the performance of the U.S. National Team in South Africa, the presence of a pair of World Cup veterans are sure to generate interest.

Morning Ticker: Torres may miss start of the season, Eriksson favored for Fulham job and more

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By TRAVIS CLARK

When Fernando Torres pulled up lame in the World Cup final, it was certainly the last thing Roy Hodgson and Liverpool fans wanted to see.

And while Torres looked to enjoy Spain's World Cup celebration, news today wasn't good. Torres suffered a ruptured thigh muscle and won't be available for any of Liverpool's preseason preparations leaves him likely to miss out on the start of the English Premier League season.

U.S. women tie Sweden, U-20s to begin World Cup

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By TRAVIS CLARK

All winning streaks have an end, and for the U.S. women's team, Tuesday night's 1-1 draw against Sweden in Omaha, Neb. ended a stretch of eight straight wins at home.

In what was the first of two friendlies this week against the fourth-ranked nation in women's soccer, Amy Rodriguez scored in the 44th minute to give the USA a 1-0 lead heading into the halftime break.

Fantasy MLS: Week 16

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Consider the crow eaten.

All the praise I heaped upon the Los Angeles Galaxy and their players for a "sure-thing blowout win" at New England went unwarranted as Steve Nicol's troops did the unthinkable and pulled off the 2-0 victory.

Henry signs with New York

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The worst kept secret in MLS was confirmed Wednesday morning, with the New York Red Bulls announcing the signing of French International Thierry Henry to a multi-year deal.

A move that had been rumored for months has finally come to fruition, and Henry will become New York's second Designated Player alongside Juan Pablo Angel.

Dynamo cut Landin, add Obodai

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The week when a couple of Designated Players look set to join MLS, one exits quietly in Houston.

Luis Angel Landin, signed back in August 2009 as Houston's first Designated Player, was released Tuesday by the Dynamo. The 24-year-old Mexican striker scored just twice in 20 appearances for Houston, succumbing to injuries and inconsistent performances.

Dynamo cut Landin, add Obodai

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The week when a couple of Designated Players look set to join MLS, one exits quietly in Houston.

Luis Angel Landin, signed back in August 2009 as Houston's first Designated Player, was released Tuesday by the Dynamo. The 24-year-old Mexican striker scored just twice in 20 appearances for Houston, succumbing to injuries and inconsistent performances.

Afternoon Ticker: Tottenham eye Fabiano, Ronaldinho linked with Flamengo and more

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Luis Fabiano may be keen on joining one of the top clubs in the world, but he now has another suitor he could join if things don't go as planned.

Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp is interested in bringing in Fabiano, who scored three goals at the World Cup.

What was your favorite moment of the World Cup?

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With the 2010 World Cup in the rear view mirror and 2014 on the horizon, we're left to reminisce about what happened in South Africa.Â

The month long tournament gave us many moments to celebrate that will remain with us for many years to come. From the rise of Germany, the fall of Italy and the Reign of Spain, each of the 32 teams gave us something special.

SBI Poll: Was the World Cup a Success?

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The World Cup is over.

For a month, 32 teams treated us to the highest level soccer imaginable. With Spain having been crowned champions for the first time ever, the parties in Madrid, Barcelona and Sevilla have been going on nonstop. South Africa, a nation that had been under great scrutiny on whether it could host the World's largest event was a gracious host as the tournament appears to have went off without many issues.

Donovan, Buddle among MLS All Star selections

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The votes are in, and the First XI of the 2010 MLS All Star team that will take on Manchester United has been revealed.

World Cup veterans Landon Donovan and Edson Buddle were selected to lead the attacking line, despite missing a healthy chunk of the regular season because of World Cup duty.

Donovan, Buddle among MLS All Star selections

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The votes are in, and the First XI of the 2010 MLS All Star team that will take on Manchester United has been revealed.

World Cup veterans Landon Donovan and Edson Buddle were selected to lead the attacking line, despite missing a healthy chunk of the regular season because of World Cup duty.

SBI Poll: Was the World Cup a Success?

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World Cup is over.

For a month, 32 teams treated us to the highest level soccer imaginable. With Spain having been crowned champions for the first time ever, the parties in Madrid, Barcelona and Sevilla have been going on nonstop. South Africa, a nation that had been under great scrutiny on whether it could host the World's largest event was a gracious host as the tournament appears to have went off without many issues.

What was your favorite moment of the World Cup?

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With the 2010 World Cup in the rear view mirror and 2014 on the horizon, we're left to reminisce about what happened in South Africa.Â

The month long tournament gave us many moments to celebrate that will remain with us for many years to come. From the rise of Germany, the fall of Italy and the Reign of Spain, each of the 32 teams gave us something special.

Afternoon Ticker: Tottenham eye Fabiano, Ronaldinho linked with Flamengo and more

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Luis Fabiano may be keen on joining one of the top clubs in the world, but he now has another suitor he could join if things don't go as planned.

Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp is interested in bringing in Fabiano, who scored three goals at the World Cup.

New signings Maldonado and Nagamura look to motivate Chivas USA to success

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BY ADAM SERRANO

To get back to the playoffs, Chivas USA are turning to someone familiar and someone new.

On Monday afternoon, Chivas USA unveiled their new signings Giancarlo Maldonado and Paulo Nagamura.

Farewell to South Africa (and it's Q&A Time)

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After an exciting, unforgettable and fulfilling five weeks in South Africa, I am about to head back home to the United States.

Apologies in advance for not providing SBI readers with my wrap-up diary on the trip, but illness prevented me from doing it before I left. I'll have 16 hours to kill on the flight back so I think I'll be able to write then.

Report: Blackpool considering move for Bradley

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Michael Bradley's World Cup performance was always sure to attract interest from several clubs, and that interest could soon land him in the Premiership.

Recently promoted side Blackpool is considering a move for Bradley, according to the Daily Mail.

New signings Maldonado and Nagamura look to motivate Chivas USA to success

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BY ADAM SERRANO

To get back to the playoffs, Chivas USA are turning to someone familiar and someone new.

On Monday afternoon, Chivas USA unveiled their new signings Giancarlo Maldonado and Paulo Nagamura.

Farewell to South Africa (and it's Q&A Time)

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After an exciting, unforgettable and fulfilling five weeks in South Africa, I am about to head back home to the United States.

Apologies in advance for not providing SBI readers with my wrap-up diary on the trip, but illness prevented me from doing it before I left. I'll have 16 hours to kill on the flight back so I think I'll be able to write then.

Report: Blackpool considering move for Bradley

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Michael Bradley could soon be playing in the Premiership.

Recently promoted side Blackpool is considering a move for Bradley, according to the Daily Mail. One issue with Blackpool acquiring Bradley from Borussia Moenchengladbach is that the Premiership club may not be able to afford his transfer fee, and may have to settle for a loan.

World Cup Final: Match Day Commentary

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The 2010 World Cup is set to come a close with the highly-anticipated final between Spain and the Netherlands today at Soccer City (2:30pm, ABC).

The Spanish come in as slight favorites, but today's final is fully expected to be a closely-contested affair, a battle between Spain's creativity and the Dutch team's strength and discipline.

Transfer Ticker: Aguero keen on Chelsea, Szetela trialing in Poland and more

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By FRANCO PANIZO

It's no secret that Chelsea is intrigued by Sergio Aguero, but that partnership looks closer to becoming a reality after the Argentine striker revealed he is excited at the possibility of playing for the Blues.

Spain beats Netherlands in extra time, captures first World Cup

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Spain's World Cup may have started off with a nightmare result, but it ended with a dream come true.

Spain captured its first World Cup title with a 1-0 extra time victory over the Netherlands on Sunday at Soccer City in Johannesburg.

Forlan wins Golden Ball as awards are handed out

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Diego Forlan may not have won a medal at the World Cup, but that doesn't mean he's going home empty handed.

Forlan was awarded the Golden Ball for being the World Cup's best player as voted on by accredited media. Forlan helped lead Uruguay to a fourth-place finish, its best World Cup since 1970.

MLS Week 15: A Look Back

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By TRAVIS CLARK

The World Cup is finally over, but MLS mid-season action was in full swing over the weekend.

With a tired Landon Donovan receiving a much-needed game off, the Los Angeles Galaxy slumped to a surprising 2-0 loss against the struggling New England Revolution.

Who was on your World Cup Best XI?

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With the 2010 World Cup now in the record books, it's time to think about the players who stood out the most during the tournament.

Some of the picks for Best XI should be easy enough, such as Diego Forlan, Tomas Mueller and Iker Casillas, but opinions vary all over the field so I'm sure SBI readers have their own unique takes on who should have made the World Cup Best XI.

Afternoon Ticker: Torres' Chelsea switch in doubt, EPL duo eye Balotelli and more

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By FRANCO PANIZO

While Fernando Torres' international career reached a new milestone as Spain won the World Cup on Sunday, his situation at the club level took a hit after he picked up an injury against the Netherlands.

Torres suffered a hamstring knock in the waning moments of the World Cup final and is expected to miss the first month of Premier League season.

Chivas USA's Braun named Player of the Week

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Two goals from Justin Braun led Chivas USA past the Kansas City Wizards over the weekend, and snapped Chivas' seven-game winless streak.

His brace also earned him MLS Player of the Week honors, becoming the first member of Chivas USA to land the award since 2007.

What did you think of Howard Webb's World Cup final performance?

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English referee Howard Webb set a record in Sunday's World Cup final by dishing out 15 cards, 14 yellows and one red.

From the 15th minute on, when Webb showed a yellow card to Robin van Persie, he was quick to his pockets in some instances and showed restraint on other fouls, electing to show Nigel de Jong just a yellow card for a high boot into Xabi Alonso's chest.

Spain 1, Netherlands 0: A Look Back

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It wasn't quite Good triumphing over Evil, but in some ways it felt that way.

Spain joined the list of teams to win the World Cup and proved every bit the deserving champion after winning an ugly, physical and extremely tough match against a strong Netherlands side.

Spain 1, Netherlands 0: A Look Back

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It wasn't quite Good triumphing over Evil, but in some ways it felt that way.

Spain joined the list of teams to win the World Cup and proved every bit the deserving champion after winning an ugly, physical and extremely tough match against a strong Netherlands side.

What did you think of Howard Webb's World Cup final performance?

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English referee Howard Webb set a record in Sunday's World Cup final by dishing out 15 cards, 14 yellows and one red.

From the 15th minute on, when Webb showed a yellow card to Robin van Persie, he was quick to his pockets in some instances and showed restraint on other fouls, electing to show Nigel de Jong just a yellow card for a high boot into Xabi Alonso's chest.

Chivas USA's Braun named Player of the Week

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Two goals from Justin Braun led Chivas USA past the Kansas City Wizards over the weekend, and snapped Chivas' seven-game winless streak.

His brace also earned him MLS Player of the Week honors, becoming the first member of Chivas USA to land the award since 2007.

Afternoon Ticker: Torres' Chelsea switch in doubt, EPL duo eye Balotelli and more

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By FRANCO PANIZO

While Fernando Torres' international career reached a new milestone as Spain won the World Cup on Sunday, his situation at the club level took a hit after he picked up an injury against the Netherlands.

Torres suffered a hamstring knock in the waning moments of the World Cup final and is expected to miss the first month of Premier League season.

Who was on your World Cup Best XI?

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With the 2010 World Cup now in the record books, it's time to think about the players who stood out the most during the tournament.

Some of the picks for Best XI should be easy enough, such as Diego Forlan, Tomas Mueller and Iker Casillas, but opinions vary all over the field so I'm sure SBI readers have their own unique takes on who should have made the World Cup Best XI.

MLS Week 15: A Look Back

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By TRAVIS CLARK

The World Cup is finally over, but MLS mid-season action was in full swing over the weekend.

With a tired Landon Donovan receiving a much-needed game off, the Los Angeles Galaxy slumped to a surprising 2-0 loss against the struggling New England Revolution.

Forlan wins Golden Ball as awards are handed out

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Diego Forlan may not have won a medal at the World Cup, but that doesn't mean he's going home empty handed.

Forlan was awarded the Golden Ball for being the World Cup's best player as voted on by accredited media. Forlan helped lead Uruguay to a fourth-place finish, its best World Cup since 1950.

Transfer Ticker: Aguero keen on Chelsea, Szetela trialing in Poland and more

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By FRANCO PANIZO

It's no secret that Chelsea is intrigued by Sergio Aguero, but that partnership looks closer to becoming a reality after the Argentine striker revealed he is excited at the possibility of playing for the Blues.

Spain beats Netherlands in extra time, claims first World Cup

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Spain's World Cup may have started off with a nightmare result, but it ended with a dream come true.

Spain captured its first World Cup title with a 1-0 extra time victory over the Netherlands on Sunday at Soccer City in Johannesburg.

Andres Iniesta scored the winner off a pass from substitute Fernando Torres in the 116th minute.

World Cup Final: Match Day Commentary

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The 2010 World Cup is set to come a close with the highly-anticipated final between Spain and the Netherlands today at Soccer City (2:30pm, ABC).

The Spanish come in as slight favorites, but today's final is fully expected to be a closely-contested affair, a battle between Spain's creativity and the Dutch team's strength and discipline.

Mandela to appear at Final

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Nelson Mandela has not been in the public eye during the World Cup, but he is slated to make an appearance at the final between the Netherlands and Spain.

Mandela's grandson said that the former South Africa president is planning on making a brief appearance to greet fans prior to the final.

Where will you be watching the World Cup final?

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The 2010 World Cup final between the Netherlands and Spain is just over three hours from kicking off, and soccer fans all across the globe are getting ready for the big event.

With that in mind, we want to know where you will be watching the final. Whether it is alone at home or at a viewing party with hundreds of people, give us your plans for watching the final.

Tie enough for NYRB to clinch Atlantic Cup

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BY MIKE NASTRI

It wasn't pretty, but the New York Red Bulls captured their first Atlantic Cup in seven years with a 0-0 draw against DC United.

NYRB's 2-0 win in the first leg back on May 1st was the difference between the two teams.

Uruguay vs. Germany: A Look Ahead

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While the World Cup final pits two teams who have never won a World Cup against one another, Saturday's third place match between Uruguay and Germany will see a battle of multi-World-Cup-win teams looking to end their respective tournaments on a positive note.

FIFA labels World Cup officiating a success

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Refereeing has been a hot subject for debate at this World Cup, and while players, fans, coaches and media have been critical, FIFA believes the officiating has been a success.

Jose Maria Garcia-Aranda, FIFA's head of refereeing, said Saturday that a study of the 62 matches played so far shows that referees have gotten 96 percent of the calls correct.

World Cup: Germany vs. Uruguay (Match Day Commentary)

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Uruguay and Germany may have fallen a step short of the World Cup final, but both teams still have something to play for when they square off in the Third Place match (2:30pm, ABC) at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth.

Pride and World Cup medals are at stake as both nations look to end their impressive World Cup runs with a bronze finish.

Goodson scores to help IK Start to victory

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Clarence Goodson scored his first goal of the Norwegian season on Saturday, netting the equalizer in IK Start's 2-1 win against Sandefjord.

After playing a part in allowing Sandefjord to score in the 28th minute, Goodson responded by heading the ball home off a corner kick six minutes later.

MLS Week 15: Your Running Commentary

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Major League Soccer is in full swing Saturday night with a six-match slate. Among the highlights include the San Jose Earthquakes traveling to Philadelphia for the second-ever match at PPL Park; D.C. United visiting Red Bull Arena for the first time for an Atlantic Cup rivalry bout against the New York Red Bulls; Chivas USA searching for its first victory in MLS play since May as the Goats travel to the heartland to play the Kansas City Wizards.

World Cup Daily Recap: Germany squeaks by Uruguay for third place

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By ADAM SERRANO

It was a ball off the cross bar that helped Uruguay advance so far in the World Cup and in the end, it was a cross bar that kept them from glory.

In a match that saw a pair of lead changes, Germany defeated Uruguay, 3-2 at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth on Saturday.

Red Bulls v. DC United: Match Night Commentary

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BY MIKE NASTRI

The New York Red Bulls (8-5-1) take on DC United (3-9-2) in the second leg of the Atlantic Cup from Red Bull Arena at 7:30pm (MSG). NYRB took the first leg 2-0 on May 1st, behind goals from Salou Ibrahim and Juan Pablo Angel.

The Red Bulls are in strong form earning 10 points in their last four games.

Henry likely to debut against Tottenham, Red Bulls close to adding third DP

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BY MIKE NASTRI

French star Thierry Henry is set to be introduced by the Red Bulls at Red Bull Arena on Thursday July 15th at 1:15pm, and while the club still isn't naming him due to unsigned contracts, Henry's first match should be against Tottenham on Thursday, July 22nd.

World Cup Daily Recap: Germany squeaks by Uruguay for third place

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By ADAM SERRANO

It was a ball off the cross bar that helped Uruguay advance so far in the World Cup and in the end, it was a cross bar that kept them from glory.

In a match that saw a pair of lead changes, Germany defeated Uruguay, 3-2 at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth on Saturday.

Henry to debut against Tottenham, 3rd DP close to signing with NYRB

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BY Mike Nastri

Erik Soler, Sporting Director for the New York Red Bulls, addressed the media before NYRB's Atlantic Cup tilt against DC United.Â

Soler would still not refer to Thierry Henry by name because the contract has not been officially signed. Soler told the media that "most of it" has been signed but "not all of it".

Red Bulls v. DC United: Match Night Commentary

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BY MIKE NASTRI

The New York Red Bulls (8-5-1) take on DC United (3-9-2) in the second leg of the Atlantic Cup from Red Bull Arena at 7:30pm (MSG). NYRB took the first leg 2-0 on May 1st, behind goals from Salou Ibrahim and Juan Pablo Angel.

The Red Bulls are in strong form earning 10 points in their last four games.

MLS MatchDay: Your Running Commentary

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Major League Soccer is in full swing tonight and there are a number of can't miss match ups. The San Jose Earthquakes travel to Philadelphia for the second ever match at PPL Park. The New York Red Bulls travel down to our nation's capital to visit Atlantic Cup rivals D.C. United.

MLS MatchDay: Your Running Commentary

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Major League Soccer is in full swing tonight and there are a number of can't miss match ups. The San Jose Earthquakes travel to Philadelphia for the second ever match at PPL Park. The New York Red Bulls travel down to our nation's capital to visit Atlantic Cup rivals D.C. United.

Goodson scores to help IK Start to victory

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Clarence Goodson scored his first goal of the Norweigian season on Saturday, netting the equalizer in IK Start's 2-1 win against Sandefjord.

After playing a part in allowing Sandefjord to score in the 28th minute, Goodson responded by heading the ball home off a corner kick six minutes later.

World Cup: Germany vs. Uruguay (Match Day Commentary)

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Uruguay and Germany may have fallen a step short of the World Cup final, but both teams still have something to play for when they square off in the Third Place match (2:30pm, ABC) at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth.

Pride and World Cup medals are at stake as both nations look to end their impressive World Cup runs with bronze.

FIFA labels World Cup officiating a success

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Refereeing has been a hot subject for debate at this World Cup, and while players, fans, coaches and media have been critical, FIFA believes the officiating has been a success.

Jose Maria Garcia-Aranda, FIFA's head of refereeing, said Saturday that a study of the 62 matches played so far shows that referees have gotten 96 percent of the calls correct.

Uruguay vs. Germany: A Look Ahead

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While the World Cup final pits two teams who have never won a World Cup against one another, Saturday's third place match between Uruguay and Germany will see a battle of multi-World-Cup-win teams looking to end their respective tournaments on a positive note.

MLS Week 15: A Look Ahead

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By AVI CREDITOR

The Major League Soccer season is just about halfway over, and for the teams that have struggled through the first 14 weeks of the season, the time to kick things into another gear has come.

For the Kansas City Wizards, their 2-0 start is a thing of the past, and a home win over Chivas USA is a must in order to turn things around.

Real Salt Lake at Chicago Fire: Your Running Commentary

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A 2009 conference final rematch is on tap Thursday night as Real Salt Lake and the Chicago Fire meet at Toyota Park (9:30 p.m., ESPN2/ESPN Deportes).

The two teams went to a penalty shootout in the playoffs last year, with Nick Rimando coming up big to eliminate the Fire and lift Salt Lake to the final.

Who should win the Golden Ball?

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FIFA announced its 10 finalists for the World Cup's Golden Ball Award Friday, with Spain garnering three of the nominees.

David Villa, Xavi and Andres Iniesta are joined by Wesley Sneijder, Arjen Robben, Mesut Ozil, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Diego Forlan, Asamoah Gyan and Lionel Messi on the final ballot.

Paul the Octopus' final picks

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By now you've surely heard that an octopus is the greatest gambling tool in the world.

A day before the third-place match and two days before the World Cup final, Paul the Octopus has made his selections. It's unclear if he can change his mind between now and the first kick. Here are Paul's picks:

For the winner of the third-place match:


Think this octopus craze is a bit much?

Rimando inches toward shutout record

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With his clean sheet against the Chicago Fire Thursday night, Real Salt Lake goalkeeper Nick Rimando extended his shutout streak to 498 minutes, the fourth-longest streak in Major League Soccer history.

Rimando, who was so clutch in Salt Lake's improbable run to the MLS Cup last season, hasn't allowed a goal since Kansas City's Josh Wolff beat him in the 42nd minute of a 4-1 RSL win on May 29.

Findley penalty kick lifts RSL past Fire

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By ANTHONY ZILIS

BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. - In a rematch of last season's Eastern Conference finals, which ended in a shootout, it almost seemed fitting that the game's only goal came was a penalty kick, as Real Salt Lake beat the Chicago Fire, 1-0, Thursday night at Toyota Park on a Robbie Findley spot kick.

Red Bulls tease DP signing

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The New York Red Bulls will be welcoming a new face to their locker room in a few days, and they want everybody to know:


Who will be donning that new jersey? Share your hopes, thoughts and theories in the comments section below.

Manchester United announces 23-man roster for North American tour

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Manchester United has released the 23-man roster for its upcoming North American tour that includes a stop at Reliant Stadium in Houston for the Major League Soccer All-Star game.

Wayne Rooney, not surprisingly, is not included in the squad, nor is Gary Neville, who suffered a calf injury in a recent training session.

MLS Notes: Maldonado signs with Chivas, Santos moves to Toronto and more

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Chivas USA announced the long-anticipated signing of Venezuelan forward Giancarlo Maldonado from Mexican side Atlante. The all-time leading goal scorer in Venezuelan history has been training with the club for several weeks as the club completed his transfer.

Maldonado will be eligible to play for Chivas USA on July 15th for the club's Superliga match against Puebla F.

FIFA World Cup final simulation

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Can't wait until Sunday? Take a peek at how the World Cup final between Spain and the Netherlands might unfold. Spain/Gerard Pique fans might not want to watch through the end:

Here's your chance to be a visionary and put that octopus to shame: What will be the outcome, and who will score the goal(s) in Sunday's final?

FIFA World Cup final simulation

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Can't wait until Sunday? Take a peek at how the World Cup final between Spain and the Netherlands might unfold. Spain/Gerard Pique fans might not want to watch through the end:

Here's your chance to be a visionary and put that octopus to shame: What will be the outcome, and who will score the goal(s) in Sunday's final?

MLS Notes: Maldonado signs with Chivas, Santos moves to Toronto and more

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Chivas USA announced the long-anticipated signing of Venezuelan forward Giancarlo Maldonado from Mexican side Atlante. The all-time leading goal scorer in Venezuelan history has been training with the club for several weeks as the club completed his transfer.

Maldonado will be eligible to play for Chivas USA on July 15th for the club's Superliga match against Puebla F.

Manchester United announces tour roster

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Manchester United has released the 23-man roster for its upcoming North American tour that includes a stop at Reliant Stadium in Houston for the Major League Soccer All-Star game.

Wayne Rooney, not surprisingly, is not included in the squad, nor is Gary Neville, who suffered a calf injury in a recent training session.

Red Bulls tease DP signing

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The New York Red Bulls will be welcoming a new face to their locker room in a few days, and they want everybody to know:


Who will be donning that new jersey? Share your hopes, thoughts and theories in the comments section below.


Findley penalty kick lifts RSL past Fire

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By ANTHONY ZILIS

BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. - In a rematch of last season's Eastern Conference finals, which ended in a shootout, it almost seemed fitting that the game's only goal came was a penalty kick, as Real Salt Lake beat the Chicago Fire, 1-0, Thursday night at Toyota Park on a Robbie Findley spot kick.

Paul the Octopus' final picks

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By now you've surely heard that an octopus is the greatest gambling tool in the world.

A day before the third-place match and two days before the World Cup final, Paul the Octopus has made his selections. It's unclear if he can change his mind between now and the first kick. Here are Paul's picks:

For the winner of the third-place match:


Think this octopus craze is a bit much?

Rimando inches toward shutout record

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With his clean sheet against the Chicago Fire Thursday night, Real Salt Lake goalkeeper Nick Rimando extended his shutout streak to 498 minutes, the fourth-longest streak in Major League Soccer history.

Rimando, who was so clutch in Salt Lake's improbable run to the MLS Cup last season, hasn't allowed a goal since Kansas City's Josh Wolff beat him in the 42nd minute of a 4-1 RSL win on May 29.

Who should win the World Cup's Golden Ball?

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FIFA announced its 10 finalists for the Golden Ball Award Friday, with Spain garnering three of the nominees.

David Villa, Xavi and Andres Iniesta are joined by Wesley Sneijder, Arjen Robben, Mesut Ozil, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Diego Forlan, Asamoah Gyan and Lionel Messi on the final ballot.

Real Salt Lake at Chicago Fire: Your Running Commentary

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A 2009 conference final rematch is on tap Thursday night as Real Salt Lake and the Chicago Fire meet at Toyota Park (9:30 p.m., ESPN2/ESPN Deportes).

The two teams went to a penalty shootout in the playoffs last year, with Nick Rimando coming up big to eliminate the Fire and lift Salt Lake to the final.

MLS Week 15: A Look Ahead

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By AVI CREDITOR

The Major League Soccer season is just about halfway over, and for the teams that have struggled through the first 14 weeks of the season, the time to kick things into another gear has come.

For the Kansas City Wizards, their 2-0 start is a thing of the past, and a home win over Chivas USA is a must in order to turn things around.

Fire Notebook: Brown questions team's mentality, injuries pile up and more

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By ANTHONY ZILIS

It was 90 degrees at the Chicago Fire's practice on Tuesday at Toyota Park, and maybe that contributed to a lackluster attitude.

Or maybe it was the loss to Columbus on Saturday, when the Fire gave up two goals while scoring one of its own (on an own goal) in the span of only a few minutes.

Canada Corner: Could Canada host a future World Cup?

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By KURTIS LARSON

FIFA World Cup final, July 16, 2038, Victoria, British Columbia, CA.

England vs. Ivory Coast (say what you will...).

Full of cameras flashing and spectators chanting, the newly constructed 89,000-seat Tim Horton's Arena sits jammed packed on the Pacific shoreline.

Webb to referee World Cup final

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English referee Howard Webb has gotten the call to officiate the World Cup final between Spain and the Netherlands on Sunday.

Webb, the recognizable Premier League referee, was also the lead official for the 2010 Champions League final between Inter Milan and Bayern Munich.

Sneijder says he is staying at Inter Milan

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Wesley Sneijder is enjoying one of the greatest seasons a soccer player could have.

After winning the UEFA Champions League, Serie A title and Coppa Italia with Inter Milan, Sneijder has guided the Netherlands to the World Cup final.

Transfer Ticker: Liverpool bolsters front line, Gosling bolts Everton and more

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By AVI CREDITOR

Liverpool continued its busy offseason by signing Serbian striker Milan Jovanovic to a three-year deal.

Jovanovic scored the lone goal in Serbia's 1-0 victory over Germany in the World Cup, and he scored 13 goals in all competitions for Standard Liege last season.

SBI Poll: Who wins the World Cup final?

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Either way, one nation will lift the World Cup trophy for the first time.

Spain's "tiki-taka" approach has frustrated its opponents, and David Villa and Carles Puyol have scored timely goals to erase all memories of La Furia Roja's tournament-opening defeat to Switzerland.

The Netherlands has seemingly ditched the "Total Football" philosophy, instead relying on sharp passing, sound defense and the vision and skill of Wesley Sneijder to reach its first final since 1978.

Fantasy MLS: Week 15

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By AVI CREDITOR

Remember when Los Angeles Galaxy-New England Revolution matches commanded anticipation?

Well, in fantasy circles, the anticipation is still there.

The mismatch of the week features fantasy-point stalwarts (Galaxy) and fantasy-point yielders (Revolution), and it's one that fantasy owners need to work to their advantage.

Jaqua brace leads Sounders past Galaxy to U.S. Open Cup semifinals

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Nate Jaqua was the star, as the Seattle Sounders defeated the Los Angeles Galaxy, 2-0, on Wednesday night in a U.S. Open Cup quarterfinal matchup. The forward has struggled to crack the Sounders starting line up this season due to injury, but Jaqua had his best night of 2010 on Wednesday, as the Sounders advanced to the semifinals to continue their title defense.

U.S. Open Cup quarterfinals: Los Angeles vs. Seattle (Your Running Commentary)

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If the Seattle Sounders hope to maintain defense of its U.S. Open Cup title, they'll have to best a persistent nemesis the Los Angeles Galaxy (10 p.m.) in the quarterfinal.

The two sides head to the Northwest and Tukwila, Wash. and the Starfire Sports Complex for their third meeting of the season.

World Cup Daily Recap: Spain reaches final with 1-0 win over Germany

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By FRANCO PANIZO

It took 73 minutes, but Carles Puyol's goal against Germany on Wednesday was enough to see Spain do something it had never done before: reach the World Cup final.

Puyol notched the only goal of the semifinal match, scoring off a thunderous diving header in the 73rd minute.

Davies returns to action for FC Sochaux

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It's been a long road back for Charlie Davies, but the FC Sochaux striker took another step towards a full return on Wednesday.

Davies saw his first competitive minutes since last October's World Cup qualifier in Honduras, starting in the first game of a mini-tournament against Swiss side Neuchâtel Xamax this afternoon.

Spain vs. Germany: Match Day Commentary

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Only three matches remain in the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, and after today's second semifinal, the field for Sunday's final will be set.

Spain's search for that elusive first World Cup title continues, with three-time winners Germany standing in their way at Moses Madhida Stadium in Durban (ESPN/ESPN3.

Mid-day Ticker: Barcelona financial woes revealed, Fabregas is fit and more

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By TRAVIS CLARK

Even the kings of Spain aren't immune from financial problems as new FC Barcelona president Sandro Rossell revealed this week that the club failed to pay wages in June.

According to the Daily Telegraph, in order to alleviate some cash flow problems, the club had to take out a loan of €150 million, and also sell defender Dmitro Chygrynskiy back to his former club Shakhtar Donetsk for €15 million.

Spain vs. Germany: A Look Ahead

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One finalist is known, the other is to be decided in a matter of hours. A rematch of the Euro 2008 final in Vienna touches down in Durban as Spain faces Germany.

Germany has been the most impressive side in the tournament, scoring 13 goals on the road to the semifinals, taking down England and Argentina on the way.

Chivas, Columbus move on to U.S. Open Cup semifinals

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For the very first time in club history, Chivas USA has qualified for the semifinals of the U.S. Open Cup.

Taking on Houston in the quarterfinals -- a club they hadn't beaten in 11 games -- Chivas took an early lead through Justin Braun in the game's fifth minute and never looked back against a reserve-heavy Dynamo side.

U.S. Open Cup quarterfinals: Your Running Commentary

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Two spots in the U.S. Open Cup semifinals will be cemented Tuesday night, as the Columbus Crew look to avoid being upset by the Charleston Battery and the Houston Dynamo and Chivas USA do battle in an all-Major League Soccer quarterfinal.

The Battery outlasted the Chicago Fire in penalty kicks to reach the quarterfinals, but the USL-2 side will likely face a more stern test in the Crew, which has tremendous depth to go with its talent-laden roster.

World Cup Daily Recap: Netherlands tops Uruguay, reaches final

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By FRANCO PANIZO

The Dutch dream lives on.Â

The Netherlands reached the World Cup final with a 3-2 victory over Uruguay at Green Point Stadium in Cape Town on Tuesday.Â

Captains Giovanni Van Bronckhorst and Diego Forlan scored in the first half with long-range efforts, but the Netherlands netted two goals in a span of three minutes in the second half to book a place in its third World Cup final.

Netherlands vs. Uruguay: Match Day Commentary

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The first place in the 2010 World Cup final will be booked tonight when the Netherlands takes on Uruguay in Cape Town in the first of the two World Cup semifinals.

The Netherlands will be heavily favored against an Uruguay team that will be playing without star striker Luis Suarez and veteran defender Diego Lugano (among others).

Sounders FC: What a difference one season makes

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By JOSE M. ROMERO

For the Seattle Sounders, there will be one positive difference from last season: Blaise N'Kufo arrives July 13, the team announced this week.Â

Beyond that, one thing is quite clear: The 2010 Sounders, as they are now, are far removed from the 2009 club as far as level of play.

SBI Live Q&A (World Cup Edition 4)

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Good afternoon folks. I know we just had an SBI Live Q&A on Monday, but there's plenty to talk about in the soccer world and I have an hour to spare before I cover tonight's Netherlands-Uruguay World Cup semifinal.

Want to talk World Cup, European transfer rumors or MLS? Let's do it.

Fire your questions my way (Today's Q&A is after the jump):

SBI Live Q&A (World Cup Edition 4)


Liverpool targeting CONCACAF star Ruiz

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Roy Hodgson's first move as Liverpool boss may be to bring a CONCACAF star to Anfield after all.

Reports suggest that Liverpool is lining up a £12.5 million bid for Costa Rica and FC Twente striker Bryan Ruiz.

While Clint Dempsey is prohibited from following Hodgson from Fulham to Liverpool, Ruiz may be as good of a fit for the Reds.

Toronto FC signs Spanish striker Mista

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By KURTIS LARSON

Toronto FC announced the signing of Spanish striker Miguel Angel Ferrer Martinez to a contract that will run through the end of this season. As per league rules, details of the signing were not released.

Martinez ("Mista") has played for Real Madrid, Valencia and most recently for Deportivo La Coruna, and he will be available for selection following the July 15 summer transfer window.

Who is up for another SBI Live Q&A?

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Okay folks, I'm here at Green Point Stadium in Cape Town for tonight's Uruguay-Netherlands match and while I just did an SBI Live Q&A on Monday I figured I might try and do another one today.

I need to make sure there is interest first. If you're interested in me running another Q&A today, let me know in the comments section below.

Netherlands vs. Uruguay: A Look Ahead

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The World Cup resumes this afternoon with the Netherlands and Uruguay doing battle in one of the semifinal matches.

Uruguay, still alive thanks to the "Hand of Suarez," will have its depth tested with a whole cast of starters unavailable for the match.

Report: Fabregas a doubt for semifinal

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The Associated Press is reporting that Spain midfielder Cesc Fabregas injured his right leg in training and is doubtful for Wednesday's semifinal against Germany.

Fabregas, who has been one of Vicente del Bosque's first substitutes off the bench, figured to have a larger role in the semifinal given the uncertainty of Fernando Torres' status.

Lahm wants to keep German captaincy

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Not all is as smooth as it looks for the German national team.

Days after Germany dismantled Argentina to reach the World Cup semifinal, defender Philipp Lahm has told a German publication that he wishes to keep the captaincy regardless of Michael Ballack's pending return to the team.

Bradley on Fulham shortlist

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When it comes to Americans, It appears Fulham is interested in more than just players.

U.S. national team head coach Bob Bradley is on Fulham's shortlist to succeed manager Roy Hodgson, who joined Liverpool late last week.Â

While Bradley is not considered the favorite to land the job, he would make history for becoming the first American to land a head coaching job with a European club if he wound up as the Cottagers' coach.

MLS Week 14: A Look Back

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By AVI CREDITOR

In a week when six World Cup participants made their returns to Major League Soccer, a few potential 2014 World Cup players showed everyone what might be around the corner.

San Jose's Ike Opara, Philadelphia's Danny Mwanga and D.C.'s Andy Najar reminded all that the future isn't that far off with key goals in their respective matches.

Report: AC Milan eyes Dempsey

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Just a week after seeing manager Roy Hodgson depart for Liverpool, Fulham could be losing Clint Dempsey next.

No, Dempsey isn't joining Hodgson at Liverpool, but according to Yahoo Sports, Dempsey is on the radar of Italian giant AC Milan.

If Dempsey were to join Milan, he would join U.

SBI Live Q&A at 12:30pm Today

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Okay folks, it's time to get together again and talk soccer.

I will be hosting an SBI Live Q&A at 12:30pm today (and yes Eastern, as always)Â so please be sure to check in then and ask your soccer questions, be they World Cup or MLS or international club soccer releated.

See you all at 12:30pm.

The Suarez Handball: Ingenius or Infamous?

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It will go down as one of the most controversial plays in World Cup history, and the debate continues to rage on.

Was Luis Suarez's handball against Ghana an intelligent play and the right play, or was it cheating of the highest order and a smear on the game we all love?

What's my take?

SBI Live Q&A (World Cup Edition 3)

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Good afternoon folks. As we come toward the end of the 2010 World Cup, it's time to talk soccer again in the latest edition of the SBI Live Q&A.

Please submit your soccer-related questions, be they World Cup, MLS or International club soccer related, and I will try to answer as many of them as I can during the next hour.

An ode to the USA World Cup Team

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It has now been a week since the U.S. men's national team's departure from the World Cup, and while there continues to be some angst over the missed opportunity the team had to make a deeper run in the tournament, the fact remains that the run they did make touched quite a few people back home.

It may just be a commercial, but I think this new Nike commercial does a good job of capturing the feelings of many American soccer fans after this World Cup:

What do you think of the commercial?

World Cup stars return as Galaxy trounce Sounders, 3-1

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BY ADAM SERRANOÂ

The World Cup stars were back for the Los Angeles Galaxy and they showed on Sunday that they haven't missed a beat.

The Galaxy flattened the Seattle Sounders in a comprehensive 3-1 victory in front of a capacity crowd at the Home Depot Center on Independence Day.

Seattle Sounders vs. Los Angeles Galaxy: Match day Commentary

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 BY ADAM SERRANO

Happy Fourth of July Everyone! I hope that you're having a stupendous independence day wherever it is you may be. Tonight, United States World Cup heroes Landon Donovan and Edson Buddle return to the Los Angeles Galaxy as they prepare to take on the struggling Seattle Sounders (ESPN2/ESPNDeportes, 7:30PDT)

The Galaxy are playing in their first home game since the World Cup break and will look to get back in the win column after drawing against Toronto last weekend.

Pair of rookies help Chivas USA and the Union battle to 1-1 stalemate

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A pair of potential candidates for Rookie of the Year traded goals on Saturday night at the Home Depot Center as the Philadelphia Union and Chivas USA battled to a 1-1 draw.Â

Danny Mwanga found the back of the net in the 21st first minute of play and just a few minutes before the end of the first half, Chivas would tie up the match thanks to a goal by Blair Gavin.

Happy Independence Day from SBI

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It is the Fourth of July, meaning it's the time of year to celebrate our independence.

With the World Cup on one of its loathed days off, there isn't too much soccer to keep an eye out for in between the trips to the grill and the setting off of fireworks. If you still need your soccer fix though, then today's pair of MLS matches might suffice.

Match Day Commentary: Philadelphia Union vs. Chivas USA

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It's the Fourth of July week and tonight at the Home Depot Center, a pair of last place teams are hoping for some fireworks to get them out of the cellar.

The Philadelphia Union have not been successful on the road having earned a 1-7-0 record so far this season.

World Cup Daily Recap: Uruguay ousts Ghana on penalties, Brazil stunned

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Nearly every exit from the World Cup is heartbreaking, but few will be crueler than Ghana's quarterfinal defeat to Uruguay.

After Luis Suarez temporarily saved his team from elimination by clearing a shot off the goal-line with his hands in the final minute of extra time, Asamoah Gyan had the golden opportunity to make Ghana the first African nation to ever reach the semifinals of a World Cup when he stepped up to take his third penalty kick of the tournament.

Donovan addresses media after successful World Cup

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BY ADAM SERRANO

Landon Donovan has returned to Los Angeles fresh off the most successful World Cup appearance in his storied career.Â

The Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder returned to training on Friday ahead of the club's independence day match up with the Seattle Sounders (7:30 PDT, ESPN2/Deportes).

Real Salt Lake vs. New England Revolution: Your Running Commentary

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After a hectic day of World Cup drama, MLS action continues out in Sandy, Utah, as the New England Revolution travel out west to take on the defending champions Real Salt Lake (Direct Kick, 10:00 p.m.).

Kyle Beckerman -- who has been out several weeks with a foot injury, might be available and make his return for RSL, while forward Robbie Findley could see his first MLS action since returning from the World Cup in South Africa.

Argentina vs. Germany: Match Day Commentary

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Two of the best and most entertaining teams in the World Cup square off today in Cape Town as high-flying Argentina takes on young and dangerous Germany for a place in the World Cup semifinals.

Lionel Messi and Mezut Oezil will square off to see which of them can create the most magic, while Miroslav Klose and Gonzalo Higuain battle to see who can challenge for the tournament Golden Boot.

Mid-day Ticker: Dunga to step down, Netherlands receive injury boost and more

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By TRAVIS CLARK

When Brazil arrives in the United States for the August 10 friendly against the USA, a new coach will likely be in charge of the Seleção.

In the post-match press conference after Brazil's 2-1 loss to the Netherlands, Dunga hinted that he is going to step down from his coaching position.

World Cup: Spain vs. Paraguay (Match-Day Commentary)

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The last quarterfinal match of the World Cup pits Paraguay and Spain (2:30pm, ABC) against one another in a bout that will determine which team meets Germany in the semifinals.

Entering the match as the heavy favorite, Spain will be hoping to knockoff a Paraguay team that has failed to score in its last 214 minutes.

World Cup Daily Recap: Germany destroy Argentina, Spain squeak by Paraguay

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 BY ADAM SERRANO

The final quarterfinal match day was supposed to feature a game for the ages and one blow out. It did. Only it weren't the matches that you'd expect.

It was a young Germany side led by a pair of goals from veteran Miroslav Klose that ended the World Cup dream for Maradona's Argentina with a convincing 4-0 victory to book their place in the last four of the World Cup.

MLS MatchDay: Your Running Commentary

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It's Independence Day weekend and a big Saturday in MLS play. The highlight of Saturday will be the clash between the Chicago Fire and the Columbus Crew, a pair of Midwestern rivals. This weekend will also signal the return of Jonathan Bornstein to Chivas USA after his time with the US national team.

Match Day Commentary: Philadelphia Union vs. Chivas USA

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  BY ADAM SERRANO

It's the Fourth of July week and tonight at the Home Depot Center, a pair of last place teams are hoping for some fireworks to get them out of the cellar.

The Philadelphia Union have not been successful on the road having earned a 1-7-0 record so far this season.

World Cup Daily Recap: Germany destroy Argentina, Spain squeak by Paraguay

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 BY ADAM SERRANO

The final quarterfinal match day was supposed to feature a game for the ages and one blow out. It did. Only it weren't the matches that you'd expect.

It was a young Germany side led by a pair of goals from veteran Miroslav Klose that ended the World Cup dream for Maradona's Argentina with a convincing 4-0 victory to book their place in the last four of the World Cup.

MLS MatchDay: Your Running Commentary

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It's Independence Day weekend and a big Saturday in MLS play. The highlight of Saturday will be the clash between the Chicago Fire and the Columbus Crew, a pair of Midwestern rivals. This weekend will also signal the return of Jonathan Bornstein to Chivas USA after his time with the US national team.

Mid-day Ticker: Dunga to step down, Netherlands receive injury boost and more

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By TRAVIS CLARK

When Brazil arrives in the United States for the August 10 friendly against the USA, a new coach will likely be in charge of the Seleção.

In the post-match press conference after Brazil's 2-1 loss to the Netherlands, Dunga hinted that he is going to step down from his coaching position.

World Cup: Spain vs. Paraguay (Match-Day Commentary)

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The last quarterfinal match of the World Cup pits Paraguay and Spain (2:30pm, ABC) against one another in a bout that will determine which team meets Germany in the semifinals.

Entering the match as the heavy favorite, Spain will be hoping to knockoff a Paraguay team that has failed to score in its last 214 minutes.

Argentina vs. Germany: Match Day Commentary

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Two of the best and most entertaining teams in the World Cup square off today in Cape Town as high-flying Argentina takes on young and dangerous Germany for a place in the World Cup semifinals.

Lionel Messi and Mezut Oezil will square off to see which of them can create the most magic, while Miroslav Klose and Gonzalo Higuain battle to see who can challenge for the tournament Golden Boot.

Donovan addresses media after successful World Cup

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BY ADAM SERRANO

Landon Donovan has returned to Los Angeles fresh off the most successful World Cup appearance in his storied career.Â

The Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder returned to training on Friday ahead of the club's independence day match up with the Seattle Sounders (7:30 PDT, ESPN2/Deportes).

Real Salt Lake vs. New England Revolution: Your Running Commentary

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After a hectic day of World Cup drama, MLS action continues out in Sandy, Utah, as the New England Revolution travel out west to take on the defending champions Real Salt Lake (Direct Kick, 10:00 p.m.).

Kyle Beckerman -- who has been out several weeks with a foot injury, might be available and make his return for RSL, while forward Robbie Findley could see his first MLS action since returning from the World Cup in South Africa.

World Cup Daily Recap: Uruguay ousts Ghana on penalties, Brazil stunned

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Nearly every exit from the World Cup is heartbreaking, but few will be crueler than Ghana's quarterfinal defeat to Uruguay.

After Luis Suarez temporarily saved his team from elimination by clearing a shot off the goal-line with his hands in the final minute of extra time, Asamoah Gyan had the golden opportunity to make Ghana the first African nation to ever reach the semifinals of a World Cup when he stepped up to take his third penalty kick of the tournament.

Portland-Seattle rivalry lives on in tense U.S. Open Cup match

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By JOSE M. ROMERO

The Seattle Sounders-Portland Timbers rivalry is already good, and it's only going to get better once it hits the Major League Soccer stage.

After a 1-1 draw through regulation and extra time, the Sounders escaped the Rose City with a victory (4-3 on penalty kicks) in another dramatic chapter in this NASL-days rivalry.

MLS Week 14: A Look Ahead

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By AVI CREDITOR

Ousted World Cup participants are expected to receive a hero's welcome during Major League Soccer's Week 14, as Landon Donovan, Edson Buddle, Robbie Findley, Jonathan Bornstein, Roger Espinoza and Andrew Boyens return to their respective clubs.

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U.S. national team fans shed tears and let out screams after the USA's loss to Ghana last weekend, but for some, the thoughts turned quickly to 2014 and what they might have to look forward too.

Cooper breaks ankle, out three months

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After enduring an unsuccessful loan stint with Plymouth Argyle, Kenny Cooper returned to TSV 1860 Munich for its first pre-season practice on Thursday.Â

Unfortunately for Cooper, it will be his last practice for a while.

Houston Dynamo at Toronto FC: Your Running Commentary

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It's Canada Day north of the border, and the Houston Dynamo will try to snap Toronto FC's year-long-and-counting home winning streak when the two teams meet Thursday night at BMO Field (7 p.m., ESPN2/ESPN Deportes).

Dwayne De Rosario facing his former team is the obvious storyline, but one of the other notables to keep an eye on is the play of the Toronto defense.

TFC, Dynamo Play To Dirty 1-1 Draw

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By: KURTIS LARSON

A trio of ejections, two second-half goals and a brawl culminated in arguably the most action packed 1-1 draw in Major League Soccer's short season.Â

An otherwise tame opening hour turned into a massive second-half scuffle when Houston's Joseph Ngwenya and Toronto's Nana Attakora exchanged choke holds following an altercation deep in TFC's half.

World Cup: Netherlands vs. Brazil (Matchday Commentary)

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After a two-day break, World Cup action returns Friday with the first of four quarterfinals, as Brazil is set to take on the Netherlands in Port Elizabeth (ESPN/ESPN3.com, 10:00 a.m.).

A spirited Dutch attack will look to break down the dominant Brazilian defense that has only conceded two goals in four games during this tournament.

Bornstein looks to aid Chivas USA after World Cup appearance

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BY ADAM SERRANO

With the United States journey in South Africa completed, Chivas USA's Jonathan Bornstein spoke to reporters on Thursday to address his experiences in South Africa, his hopes for Chivas USA and the rumors that have swirled around about his future in MLS.

Mid-day Ticker: Capello to stay with England, South Korea coach quits and more

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The verdict is in. The future of England national team Fabio Capello was decided today, and it was confirmed that the Italian would remain in charge as England's manager.

After England struggled to meet lofty expectations at the World Cup, Capello's future was up in the air in the immediate aftermath of England's 4-1 humiliating loss at the hands of the Germans.

World Cup: Uruguay vs. Ghana (Matchday Commentary)

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One quarterfinal result is in the books, and Ghana will look to send a second South American nation home when they take on Uruguay today at Soccer City in Johannesburg (ESPN/ESPN3.com, 2:30 p.m.).

It's a bittersweet match for USA fans wondering what could have been, but the Black Stars will look to the support of an entire continent as they seek to become the first African nation to progress to the World Cup semifinals.

World Cup: Uruguay vs. Ghana (Matchday Commentary)

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One quarterfinal result is in the books, and Ghana will look to send a second South American nation home when they take on Uruguay today at Soccer City in Johannesburg (ESPN/ESPN3.com, 2:30 p.m.).

It's a bittersweet match for USA fans wondering what could have been, but the Black Stars will look to the support of an entire continent as they seek to become the first African nation to progress to the World Cup semifinals.

Bornstein looks to aid Chivas USA after World Cup appearance

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BY ADAM SERRANO

With the United States journey in South Africa completed, Chivas USA's Jonathan Bornstein spoke to reporters on Thursday to address his experiences in South Africa, his hopes for Chivas USA and the rumors that have swirled around about his future in MLS.

Mid-day Ticker: Capello to stay with England, South Korea coach quits and more

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The verdict is in. The future of England national team Fabio Capello was decided today, and it was confirmed that the Italian would remain in charge as England's manager.

After England struggled to meet lofty expectations at the World Cup, Capello's future was up in the air in the immediate aftermath of England's 4-1 humiliating loss at the hands of the Germans.

World Cup: Netherlands vs. Brazil (Matchday Commentary)

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After a two-day break, World Cup action returns Friday with the first of four quarterfinals, as Brazil is set to take on the Netherlands in Port Elizabeth (ESPN/ESPN3.com, 10:00 a.m.).

A spirited Dutch attack will look to break down the dominant Brazilian defense that has only conceded two goals in four games during this tournament.

TFC, Dynamo Play To Dirty 1-1 Draw

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By: KURTIS LARSON

A trio of ejections, two second-half goals and a brawl culminated in arguably the most action packed 1-1 draw in Major League Soccer's short season.Â

An otherwise tame opening hour turned into a massive second-half scuffle when Houston's Joseph Ngwenya and Toronto's Nana Attakora exchanged choke holds following an altercation deep in TFC's half.

Houston Dynamo at Toronto FC: Your Running Commentary

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It's Canada Day north of the border, and the Houston Dynamo will try to snap Toronto FC's year-long-and-counting home winning streak when the two teams meet Thursday night at BMO Field (7 p.m., ESPN2/ESPN Deportes).

Dwayne De Rosario facing his former team is the obvious storyline, but one of the other notables to keep an eye on is the play of the Toronto defense.

SBI's 23 for 2014 (and other players to watch)

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U.S. national team fans shed tears and let out screams after the USA's loss to Ghana last weekend, but for some, the thoughts turned quickly to 2014 and what they might have to look forward too.

Cooper breaks ankle, out three months

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After enduring an unsuccessful loan stint with Plymouth Argyle, Kenny Cooper returned to TSV 1860 Munich for its first pre-season practice on Thursday.Â

Unfortunately for Cooper, it will be his last practice for a while.

MLS Week 14: A Look Ahead

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By AVI CREDITOR

Ousted World Cup participants are expected to receive a hero's welcome during Major League Soccer's Week 14, as Landon Donovan, Edson Buddle, Robbie Findley, Jonathan Bornstein, Roger Espinoza and Andrew Boyens return to their respective clubs.

Afternoon Ticker: FIFA investigating Nigeria situation, Simek joins League One club and more

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By FRANCO PANIZO

The first World Cup in Africa has mostly been a disaster for African teams, and not only because one nation advanced from its group.

FIFA is currently investigating Nigerian president Goodluck Jonathan's statement that he has suspended the Super Eagles from competing for two years following their disappointing performance at the World Cup.

Portland-Seattle rivalry lives on in tense U.S. Open Cup match

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By JOSE M. ROMERO

The Seattle Sounders-Portland Timbers rivalry is already good, and it's only going to get better once it hits the Major League Soccer stage.

After a 1-1 draw through regulation and extra time, the Sounders escaped the Rose City with a victory (4-3 on penalty kicks) in another dramatic chapter in this NASL-days rivalry.

Who is on your MLS All-Star Ballot?

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The MLS All-Star Voting closes on Tuesday, and it's time to find out who SBI readers believe should be part of the 11-man lineup that will face Manchester United on July 28th.

Landon Donovan is a lock to be voted in, but the rest of the field can go in any number of directions.

Donovan & Bradley on The Daily Show

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Now that the U.S. men's national team is back home, they are doing a fair share of media, with Landon Donovan leading the way on the talk show circuit and head coach Bob Bradley doing his part by throwing out the first pitch at a recent Yankees game and ringing the bell at the New York Stock Exchange.