Soccer By Ives Archives for January 2010

Bradley to stay USA coach through 2014

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Bob Bradley will remain the US men's national team coach through 2014 after reaching an agreement with U.S. Soccer on Monday.

The sides reached an agreement to extend Bradley's contract as head coach through 2014 after discussions last week. Bradley's contract was due to expire at the end of 2010.

Fredy Montero named Player of the Week

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Another week, another strong Fredy Montero performance for Sounders FC, and another accolade for the striker, as Montero was named Player of the Week for his role in leading Seattle to a come from behind win.

Montero scored twice against Chicago on Saturday, including a late game-winning goal in stoppage time, as Seattle defeated the Fire by a 2-1 score.

USSF D-2: A Look Back at Week 21

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By TRAVIS CLARK

Two of the top teams in USSF Division 2 squared off Sunday evening, as the Austin Aztex concluded a swing to the Northwest to take on Vancouver. An entertaining 2-2 draw showed how little their was between two the league's finest.

The host Whitecaps have to feel the worse off after this one, failing to hold on to two separate leads -- going ahead through Cornelius Stewart's 14th minute strike, then again thanks to new signing Ridge Mobulu in the 52nd minute.

MLS Week 22: A Look Back

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By AVI CREDITOR

As the Major League Soccer season hits the final stretch, some contenders are rounding into form while an early-season favorite is sputtering to the finish line.

Red Bulls 2, Earthquakes 0: Post-Game Reaction

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MLS, Adidas sign new sponsorship deal with emphasis on player development

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By AVI CREDITOR

The development of youth soccer in the United States is largely seen as one of the areas that has the greatest room for improvement, and Major League Soccer and Adidas have appeared to take a step in attacking that issue.

Monday Kickoff: Inter eyeing Fabregas, Ronaldo injured and more

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Just when you thought it was safe to assume Cesc Fabregas would stay with Arsenal this season, now comes word that a new team has replaced Barcelona as the top team looking to buy him.

Inter Milan is reportedly set to offer £32.5million for the Spanish international in a late move that seems unlikely to succeed given Arsenal's consistent reluctance to part with its captain.

Beasley signs with Hannover 96

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DaMarcus Beasley has played in the Netherlands, England and Scotland, but now the U.S. national team midfielder will be able to add Germany to that list of destinations after signing a two-year deal to play for Hannover 96.

The 28-year-old midfielder has been searching for a club since being let go by Scottish club Rangers, and had been pondering some offers from the Netherlands and England before Hannover expressed interest following the injury of regular starter Carlitos.

Transfer Ticker: Fulham signs Salcido, Meireles joins Liverpool and more

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Carlos Salcido may be best known to American fans for his performances for Mexico in the rivalry against the U.S. national team, but now he'll also be known for playing alongside two Americans.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

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By FRANCO PANIZO

A week after providing two assists in a 4-0 win, Mikkel Diskerud continued his fine run of form with a pretty game-winning goal in Stabaek IF's 2-1 win against Lillestrom.

Diskerud helped Stabaek further distance itself from the relegation zone by playing 90 minutes and scoring just before the end of the first half with a clever chip.

D.C. United vs. Chivas USA: Match Night Commentary

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BY ADAM SERRANOÂ

It's a battle of a pair of teams at the bottom of the table at the Home Depot Center as D.C. United visits Chivas USA (ESPN2, 7pm PST).

Both clubs come into the match looking to salvage something from seasons that quickly gone awry. For United, the club will look to build on a satisfying win at home against expansion Philadelphia while Chivas USA looks for their first win since July 31st.

Braun's goal the difference as Chivas USA downs D.C. United, 1-0

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BY ADAM SERRANO

CARSON, Calif -- An early goal by Justin Braun was the difference as Chivas USA defeated D.C. United at Home Depot Center on Sunday evening.

Braun struck in the 13th minute of the match when after receiving a cross in from Ante Jazic, the burly striker brushed aside defender Dejan Jakovic and sent in a looping header that was too much for goalkeeper Troy Perkins to handle.

Braun's goal the difference as Chivas USA downs D.C. United, 1-0

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BY ADAM SERRANO

CARSON, Calif -- An early goal by Justin Braun was the difference as Chivas USA defeated D.C. United at Home Depot Center on Sunday evening.

Braun struck in the 13th minute of the match when after receiving a cross in from Ante Jazic, the burly striker brushed aside defender Dejan Jakovic and sent in a looping header that was too much for goalkeeper Troy Perkins to handle.

Match Night Commentary: D.C. United vs. Chivas USA

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BY ADAM SERRANOÂ

It's a battle of a pair of teams at the bottom of the table at the Home Depot Center as D.C. United visits Chivas USA (ESPN2, 7pm PST).

Both clubs come into the match looking to salvage something from seasons that quickly gone awry. For United, the club will look to build on a satisfying win at home against expansion Philadelphia while Chivas USA looks for their first win since July 31st.

Transfer Ticker: Fulham signs Salcido, Meireles joins Liverpool and more

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Carlos Salcido may be best known to American fans for his performances for Mexico in the rivalry against the U.S. national team, but now he'll also be known for playing alongside two Americans.

Montero and success against MLS have Sounders thriving

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By JOSE M. ROMERO

     So much came out of Sounders FC's 2-1 come-from-behind win over the Chicago Fire Saturday night. Let's start with the obvious.

   - Seattle now has a seven-match unbeaten streak in MLS play.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

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By FRANCO PANIZO

A week after providing two assists in a 4-0 win, Mikkel Diskerud continued his fine run of form with a pretty game-winning goal in Stabaek IF's 2-1 win against Lillestrom.

Diskerud helped Stabaek further distance itself from the relegation zone by playing 90 minutes and scoring just before the end of the first half with a clever chip.

Kansas City Wizards vs. Los Angeles Galaxy: Match Night Commentary

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BY ADAM SERRANO

The Kansas City Wizards travel west to take on the slumping Los Angeles Galaxy at the Home Depot Center.

Los Angeles may be leading the league in points, but have hit a bit of a skid recently with only two wins in their last six matches.

Streaking Wizards continue slumping Galaxy's woes with 2-0 win

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BY ADAM SERRANO

CARSON, Calif. -- It was a tale of two teams going in very different directions as the surging Kansas City Wizards defeated the Los Angeles Galaxy, 2-0 on Saturday night.Â

A pair of goals from Davy Arnaud and Jimmy Conrad were the difference as Kansas City stretched their winning streak to two games.

Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

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The Spanish First Division's first weekend becomes official today when Barcelona and Real Madrid take the field for their season openers.

The fierce battle for the La Liga title begins with Bercelona opening against Racing Santander and Real Madrid opening against Mallorca.

Two late goals for Union stun 10-man Revs

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 By IAN HOLLIDAY

FOXBORO, Mass. -- The Philadelphia Union looked lethargic and disorganized for the first 81 minutes of Saturday's match against the New England Revolution, but it was the final nine minutes (and stoppage time) that mattered, as the Union left Gillette Stadium with all three points.

SBI Stoppage Time: Red Bulls 2, Earthquakes 0

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Two late Union goals stun 10-man Revs

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By IAN HOLLIDAY

FOXBORO, Mass. - The Philadelphia Union looked lethargic and disorganized for the first 81 minutes of Saturday's match against the New England Revolution Saturday night, but it was the final nine minutes (and stoppage time) that mattered, as the Union left Gillette Stadium with all three points.

Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

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The Spanish First Division's first weekend becomes official today when Barcelona and Real Madrid take the field for their season openers.

The fierce battle for the La Liga title begins with Bercelona opening against Racing Santander and Real Madrid opening against Mallorca.

Streaking Wizards continue slumping Galaxy's woes with 2-0 win

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BY ADAM SERRANO

It was a tale of two teams going in very different directions as the surging Kansas City Wizards defeated the Los Angeles Galaxy, 2-0 on Saturday night.Â

A pair of goals from Davy Arnaud and Jimmy Conrad were the difference as Kansas City stretched their winning streak to two games.

Kansas City Wizards vs. Los Angeles Galaxy: Match Night Commentary

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BY ADAM SERRANO

The Kansas City Wizards travel west to take on the slumping Los Angeles Galaxy at the Home Depot Center.

Los Angeles may be leading the league in points, but have hit a bit of a skid recently with only two wins in their last six matches.

Red Bulls vs. Earthquakes: Match Night Commentary

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The New York Red Bulls are back at Red Bull Arena tonight to take on the San Jose Earthquakes in a key inter-conference clash.

The Red Bulls are coming off an impressive 4-1 thrashing of Toronto FC, but they will have a tough test in San Jose, which is coming off its own impressive win against the Los Angeles Galaxy.

USA to face Colombia at PPL Park on Oct. 12th

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The U.S. men's national team will take on Colombia in a friendly at PPL Park in Chester, PA on Oct.12th, the Philadelphia Union announced on Saturday night.

The United States will be returning to the Philadelphia area after beating Turkey at Lincoln Financial Field in May in its final match before the 2010 World Cup.

USA to face Colombia at PPL Park on Oct. 12th

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The U.S. men's national team will take on Colombia at PPL Park in Chester, PA on Oct.12th, the Philadelphia Union announced on Saturday night.

The United States will be returning to the Philadelphia area after beating Turkey at Lincoln Financial Field in May in its final match before the 2010 World Cup.

Red Bulls vs. Earthquakes: Match Night Commentary

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The New York Red Bulls are back at Red Bull Arena tonight to take on the San Jose Earthquakes in a key inter-conference clash.

The Red Bulls are coming off an impressive 4-1 thrashing of Toronto FC, but they will have a tough test in San Jose, which is coming off its own impressive win against the Los Angeles Galaxy.

Fantasy Premier League: Matchweek 3

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By AVI CREDITOR

How bout all them goals?

After one 6-0 scoreline in Matchweek 1, the Premier League had three more last week, breaking some fantasy scoreboards in the process. We've already seen three players notch hat tricks along with a handful of other players secure two-goal games.

Mid-Day Ticker: Mascherano heading to Barca, Europa groups set and more

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FC Barcelona didn't succeed in landing Cesc Fabregas, but the Spanish champions have landed a standout consolation prize after agreeing to a fee with Liverpool for Argentine midfielder Javier Mascherano.

Barcelona must now finalize a contract with Mascherano, a deal expected to be finalized this weekend.

USSF D-2: A Look Ahead at Week 21

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By TRAVIS CLARK

Much is at stake this weekend when the Montreal-Rochester rivalry returns to the USSF D-2 league on Friday night.

Montreal need a win, and the task couldn't be tougher with a red-hot Rochester side coming to town. The Rhinos bring a six-game winning streak to town and have assumed the league's top spot with a slim margin over the Austin Aztex.

MLS Week 22: A Look Ahead

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By TRAVIS CLARK

Western Conference dominance is the talk of the playoff picture, and while the East can still catch up, as of now six sides from the West are in line to qualify.

Only Columbus and New York look good for a postseason position out of the East, while Toronto must cope with the added pressure of CONCACAF Champions League travel taking them down to Central America this week.

La Liga set for kickoff

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As a national team, Spain grabbed glory at this summer's World Cup in South Africa, and as La Liga gets under way this weekend, the two clubs that dominated the championship roster will square off once again.

Barcelona and Real Madrid are prepared for battle, and have endured contrasting summers.

This Weekend's Soccer on TV

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La Liga and Serie A are back in action this weekend to give us a full complement of European matches on a packed menu of weekend soccer action on TV.

FC Barcelona and Real Madrid will both be on TV this weekend as we get to see how much better the Spanish powers have gotten this off-season.

Fantasy MLS: Week 22

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By AVI CREDITOR

Could crashing out of the CONCACAF Champions League been the best thing that could have happened to the Los Angeles Galaxy?

In the big picture, of course not, but in terms of the team's Major League Soccer aspirations (and MFLS impact), having a less hectic schedule definitely helps keeps the stars and starters playing on a regular basis.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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If you are a fan of Serie A and/or La Liga, this is your favorite day of the year.

The Spanish and Italian first divisions are back in action beginning today, and while the defending champions aren't playing today, there are still some fun matches to watch. Udinese takes on Genoa in the curtain-raiser in Italy, while Malaga takes on Valencia in Spain's opener.

Jones scores in Schalke loss

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Jermaine Jones scored his first Bundesliga goal in a year and a half on Saturday, netting an equalizer in Schalke 04's 2-1 loss to Hannover 96.

Jones headed home a long free kick in the 82nd minute to give Schalke some hope of avoiding the upset, but Steve Cherundolo's squad held on for the victory.

Report: Klinsmann meets with Gulati

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A meeting that seemed inevitable since the end of the U.S. men's national team's run at the 2010 World Cup has taken place.

Juergen Klinsmann has met with U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati to discuss the U.

Report: Klinsmann meets with Gulati

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A meeting that seemed inevitable since the end of the U.S. men's national team's run at the 2010 World Cup has taken place.

Juergen Klinsmann has met with U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati to discuss the U.

Jones scores in Schalke loss

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Jermaine Jones scored his first Bundesliga goal in a year and a half on Saturday, netting an equalizer in Schalke 04's 2-1 loss to Hannover 96.

Jones headed home a long free kick in the 82nd minute to give Schalke some hope of avoiding the upset, but Steve Cherundolo's squad held on for the victory.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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If you are a fan of Serie A and/or La Liga, this is your favorite day of the year.

The Spanish and Italian first divisions are back in action beginning today, and while the defending champions aren't playing today, there are still some fun matches to watch. Udinese takes on Genoa in the curtain-raiser in Italy, while Malaga takes on Valencia in Spain's opener.

Fantasy MLS: Week 22

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By AVI CREDITOR

Could crashing out of the CONCACAF Champions League been the best thing that could have happened to the Los Angeles Galaxy?

In the big picture, of course not, but in terms of the team's Major League Soccer aspirations (and MFLS impact), having a less hectic schedule definitely helps keeps the stars and starters playing on a regular basis.

This Weekend's Soccer on TV

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La Liga and Serie A are back in action this weekend to give us a full complement of European matches on a packed menu of weekend soccer action on TV.

FC Barcelona and Real Madrid will both be on TV this weekend as we get to see how much better the Spanish powers have gotten this off-season.

La Liga set for kickoff

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As a national team, Spain grabbed glory at this summer's World Cup in South Africa, and as La Liga gets under way this weekend, the two clubs that dominated the championship roster will square off once again.

Barcelona and Real Madrid are prepared for battle, and have endured contrasting summers.

MLS Week 22: A Look Ahead

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By TRAVIS CLARK

Western Conference dominance is the talk of the playoff picture, and while the East can still catch up, as of now six sides from the West are in line to qualify.

Only Columbus and New York look good for a postseason position out of the East, while Toronto must cope with the added pressure of CONCACAF Champions League travel taking them down to Central America this week.

USSF D-2: A Look Ahead at Week 21

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By TRAVIS CLARK

Much is at stake this weekend when the Montreal-Rochester rivalry returns to the USSF D-2 league on Friday night.

Montreal need a win, and the task couldn't be tougher with a red-hot Rochester side coming to town. The Rhinos bring a six-game winning streak to town and have assumed the league's top spot with a slim margin over the Austin Aztex.

Mid-Day Ticker: Mascherano heading to Barca, Europa groups set and more

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FC Barcelona didn't succeed in landing Cesc Fabregas, but the Spanish champions have landed a standout consolation prize after agreeing to a fee with Liverpool for Argentine midfielder Javier Mascherano.

Barcelona must now finalize a contract with Mascherano, a deal expected to be finalized this weekend.

Fantasy Premier League: Matchweek 3

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By AVI CREDITOR

How bout all them goals?

After one 6-0 scoreline in Matchweek 1, the Premier League had three more last week, breaking some fantasy scoreboards in the process. We've already seen three players notch hat tricks along with a handful of other players secure two-goal games.

Americans Abroad: A Look Ahead

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By FRANCO PANIZO

The end of last year's club season was one to forget for Jozy Altidore, but he is hoping to make the start of the upcoming campaign one to remember.

Altidore will seek his first minutes in league play with Villarreal since 2008 when the club opens its season at Real Sociedad.

Western Conference Notebook: Dynamo making progress on stadium, West clubs in control of playoff race and more

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BY ADAM SERRANO

The Houston Dynamo have big plans in the works.

In a recent interview, Tim Leiweke, the President of Dynamo co-owner AEG announced that plans are in place to break ground on the Dynamo's new stadium at the end of the year. The 110 million dollar facility will likely be finished during the summer of 2012 and will house the Dynamo and athletics for Texas Southern University.

MLS Notes: Columbus can't host USOC final, Johnson honored again and more

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By AVI CREDITOR

The Columbus Crew might have the best Major League Soccer record among the four U.S. Open Cup semifinal teams, but even if they make the final, they won't be hosting the match.

U.S. Soccer announced Thursday that the three possible venues for the U.

Serie A opening weekend approaches

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This weekend, another major European league is set to open its doors, as the action in Serie A begins on Saturday.

Recently it's been all about Inter -- the prestigious club from Milan swept the silverware last year, walking away with three trophies, including the league title, Coppa Italia and the Champions League.

UEFA Champions League: Your Running Commentary

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English club Tottenham will look to avoid being victims of the biggest upset of the UEFA Champions League playoffs when it takes on Young Boys Berne in the second leg of their series at White Hart Lane.

Young Boys posted a surprising 3-2 victory in the first leg, putting the pressure on Tottenham to show the form that helped Spurs finish fourth in the Premier League last season.

Dempsey scores in Fulham's Carling Cup rout

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Clint Dempsey scored his first goal of the new season, netting in Fulham's 6-0 victory against fourth division Port Vale in the second round of the Carling Cup on Wednesday.

Having come off the bench at halftime, Dempsey capped the scoring for Fulham with a right footed shot from approximately 25 yards out in the 70th minute.

CONCACAF Champions League: Your Running Commentary

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A day after the Columbus Crew became the latest MLS team to fall to Mexican opposition in Mexico (and fall victim to questionable officiating), Real Salt Lake will look to become the first team in league history to win an official match on Mexican soil when it faces Cruz Azul tonight (8pm, Fox Soccer Channel).

Mexican clubs sweep MLS on wild night in CONCACAF Champions League

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Real Salt Lake looked set to end the curse, ready to become the first MLS team to win a competitive match on Mexican soil after 20 failed attempts. Up two goals with three minutes to go, RSL had a win in the bag.

Nobody told Cruz Azul.

The Mexican club rattled off three straight goals to take a 4-3 lead, then found one more goal to cancel out a Will Johnson equalizer in a 5-4 victory at Estadio Azul.

UEFA Champions League field complete; Draw to be held Thursday in Monaco

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By AVI CREDITOR

With Wednesday's matches in the books, the 2010-2011 UEFA Champions League field of 32 is complete.

Peter Crouch's hat trick helped Tottenham exhale and recover from a surprise first-leg loss to BSC Young Boys, as Spurs coasted to a 4-0 victory (6-3 on aggregate) at White Hart Lane to reach the UEFA Champions League group stage for the first time.

U-20 roster set for Peru tournament

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By AVI CREDITOR

Fresh off leading the United States U-20 men's national team to the Milk Cup title in Northern Ireland, coach Thomas Rongen has set his roster for the youth team's next challenge.

The United States Soccer Federation released the 20-man roster for its upcoming four-team tournament in Peru, which begins Sept.

Morning Ticker: Diego set to join Wolfsburg, Squillaci signs with Arsenal and more

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By TRAVIS CLARK

Brazilian playmaker Diego looks set to make a return to the Bundesliga. Just one year after swapping Germany for Italy, the 25-year-old is reported to have passed a medical ahead of joining VfL Wolfsburg.

Wolfsburg will pay a reported fee of €15 million to Juventus for Diego's services, who returns to the league where he made for himself at Werder Bremen from 2006-09, before joining Serie A last summer.

UEFA Europa League Qualifiers: Your Running Commentary

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By AVI CREDITOR

A day after the UEFA Champions League field was completed, the UEFA Europa League has its final day of qualification.Â

Highlighting the remainder of Thursday's 36-match slate is Brad Friedel, Brad Guzan, Eric Lichaj and the rest of Aston Villa hosting Rapid Vienna (2:45 p.

UEFA Champions League draw: AC Milan, Real Madrid drawn together again

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The UEFA Champions League draw was held in Monaco, and the Road to Wembley has some intriguing group-stage matchups along the way.

Oguchi Onyewu and AC Milan were the hard-luck losers of the draw, being drawn into the same group as Real Madrid for the second straight year and also having to deal with Ajax Amsterdam.

Inter sweeps 2009-2010 Club Footballers of the Year awards

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The UEFA Champions League draw wasn't the only notable news to come out of Monaco on Thursday. Also announced during the draw were the 2009-2010 UEFA Club Footballers of the Year awards, which champions Inter Milan swept.

The winners were:

GOALKEEPER OF THE YEAR: Julio Cesar, Inter Milan
(Other nominees: Hugo Lloris, Lyon; Victor Valdes, Barcelona)

DEFENDER OF THE YEAR: Maicon, Inter Milan
(Other nominees: Lucio, Inter Milan; Gerard Pique, Barcelona)

MIDFIELDER OF THE YEAR: Wesley Sneijder, Inter Milan
(Other nominees: Arjen Robben, Bayern Munich; Xavi, Barcelona)

FORWARD OF THE YEAR: Diego Milito, Inter Milan
(Other nominees: Lionel Messi, Barcelona; Wayne Rooney, Manchester United)

PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Diego Milito, Inter Milan

Disagree with any of the winners?

UEFA Champions League draw: AC Milan, Real Madrid drawn together again

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By AVI CREDITOR

The UEFA Champions League draw was held in Monaco, and the Road to Wembley has some intriguing group-stage matchups along the way.

Oguchi Onyewu and AC Milan were the hard-luck losers of the draw, being drawn into the same group as Real Madrid for the second straight year and also having to deal with Ajax Amsterdam.

UEFA Europa League Qualifiers: Your Running Commentary

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By AVI CREDITOR

A day after the UEFA Champions League field was completed, the UEFA Europa League has its final day of qualification.Â

Highlighting Thursday's 36-match slate includes Jozy Altidore's Villarreal (Altidore is starting) taking on Dnepr-Mogliev with a comfortable 5-0 aggregate lead; Brad Friedel, Brad Guzan, Eric Lichaj and the rest of Aston Villa hosting Rapid Vienna with the edge after securing an away goal in their 1-1 first-leg encounter; A shorthanded Liverpool trying to nurse its 1-0 aggregate lead at Turkish opponent Trabzonspor.

Morning Ticker: Diego set to join Wolfsburg, Squillaci signs with Arsenal and more

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By TRAVIS CLARK

Brazilian playmaker Diego looks set to make a return to the Bundesliga. Just one year after swapping Germany for Italy, the 25-year-old is reported to have passed a medical ahead of joining VfL Wolfsburg.

Wolfsburg will pay a reported fee of €15 million to Juventus for Diego's services, who returns to the league where he made for himself at Werder Bremen from 2006-09, before joining Serie A last summer.

U-20 roster set for Peru tournament

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By AVI CREDITOR

Fresh off leading the United States U-20 men's national team to the Milk Cup title in Northern Ireland, coach Thomas Rongen has set his roster for the youth team's next challenge.

The United States Soccer Federation released the 20-man roster for its upcoming four-team tournament in Peru, which begins Sept.

UEFA Champions League field complete; Draw to be held Thursday in Monaco

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By AVI CREDITOR

With Wednesday's matches in the books, the 2010-2011 UEFA Champions League field of 32 is complete.

Peter Crouch's hat trick helped Tottenham exhale and recover from a surprise first-leg loss to BSC Young Boys, as Spurs coasted to a 4-0 victory (6-3 on aggregate) at White Hart Lane to reach the UEFA Champions League group stage for the first time.

Mexican clubs sweep MLS on wild night in CONCACAF Champions League

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Real Salt Lake looked set to end the curse, ready to become the first MLS team to win a competitive match on Mexican soil after 20 failed attempts. Up two goals with three minutes to go, RSL had a win in the bag.

Nobody told Cruz Azul.

The Mexican club rattled off three straight goals to take a 4-3 lead, then found one more goal to cancel out a Will Johnson equalizer in a 5-4 victory at Estadio Azul.

CONCACAF Champions League: Your Running Commentary

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A day after the Columbus Crew became the latest MLS team to fall to Mexican opposition in Mexico (and fall victim to questionable officiating), Real Salt Lake will look to become the first team in league history to win an official match on Mexican soil when it faces Cruz Azul tonight (8pm, Fox Soccer Channel).

Dempsey scores in Fulham's Carling Cup rout

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Clint Dempsey scored his first goal of the new season, netting in Fulham's 6-0 victory against fourth division Port Vale in the second round of the Carling Cup on Wednesday.

Having come off the bench at halftime, Dempsey capped the scoring for Fulham with a right footed shot from approximately 25 yards out in the 70th minute.

UEFA Champions League: Your Running Commentary

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English club Tottenham will look to avoid being victims of the biggest upset of the UEFA Champions League playoffs when it takes on Young Boys Berne in the second leg of their series at White Hart Lane.

Young Boys posted a surprising 3-2 victory in the first leg, putting the pressure on Tottenham to show the form that helped Spurs finish fourth in the Premier League last season.

Afternoon Ticker: Mascherano nearing Barca deal, Evra to appeal and more

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Javier Mascherano's exit from Liverpool appears to be closer than ever, as Barcelona is set to make a move in order to up its transfer bid for the Argentina international.

Barcelona is on the verge of selling Zlatan Ibrahimovic to AC Milan in a move that would help the Spanish giants make a more serious offer for Mascherano.

South American Roundup: National teams regroup after the World Cup

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By NESTOR F. SEBASTIAN

It's been a little more than a month since the festivities in South Africa concluded but work has already begun for many national teams all over the world eying Brazil 2014 as managers and administrators scramble to take advantage of upcoming FIFA dates in the next several month.

UEFA Champions League: Your Running Commentary

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Sacha Kljestan and Anderlecht will try to clinch a place in the UEFA Champions League group stages with a win today in the second leg of Champions League playoff action.

Anderlecht faces Partizan Belgrade after the teams tied, 2-2, in Belgrade. Kljestan did not play in the first leg, but after scoring in league play last weekend he could find himself on the field today.

CONCACAF Champions League: Your Running Commentary

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Toronto FC and the Columbus Crew opened their CONCACAF Champions League group stage campaigns with victories last week, but both will need to find rare wins on the road this week to keep that pace.

TFC is taking on Arabe Unido tonight (8pm, Fox Soccer Channel) while the Crew look to become the first MLS team to win a competitive match in Mexico when it takes on Santos Laguna at 10pm (Fox Soccer Channel).

Beasley in negotiations with Hannover

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DaMarcus Beasley's career abroad has seen him play for clubs in the Netherlands, England and Scotland, and he may soon add Germany to that list.

According to German outlet Bild, Beasley is in talks with Hannover 96 as the club looks for a replacement for injured winger Carlitos.

Shaky refs cost TFC and Columbus in Champions League losses

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Major League Soccer teams have had a history of struggling to gain road points in the CONCACAF Champions League and nothing changed on Tuesday night as the Columbus Crew and Toronto FC both lost group matches.

The Crew fell in heartbreaking fashion, giving up a stoppage-time game winner in a 1-0 loss to Santos Laguna.

Americans Abroad: Carling Cup Rewind

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It was a busy Tuesday in England as the Carling Cup was in full swing, but it wasn't much of a busy day for Americans.

U.S. World Cup teammates Jonathan Spector and Stuart Holden saw action on Tuesday, with Spector playing a full 90 minutes in West Ham's 1-0 win vs. Oxford United.

A peek at Costa Rica's new national stadium

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The U.S. national team and its fans are well aware of the cauldron that is Estadio Saprissa, Costa Rica's former national soccer stadium and a location the U.S. national team never did win a match in.

The next time the United States plays Costa Rica, it will face the Ticos at a brand-new multi-million dollar facility set for completion in March of 2011.

Mid-Day Ticker: Champions League wrap-up, Defoe needs surgery and more

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By AVI CREDITOR

Sacha Kljestan's UEFA Champions League dream is over before it could even get started.

Kljestan's RSC Anderlecht fell in its Champions League qualifier to Partizan Belgrade in penalties (3-2) Tuesday after dramatically scoring twice midway in the second half to send the tie to extra time.

SBI USSF Division 2 Power Rankings: Week 20

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By TRAVIS CLARK

With the summer winding to a close, the margin for error is growing smaller and smaller for teams on the peripheral of the postseason picture.

Minnesota and Tampa Bay each were in dire need of a win over the weekend, but neither could deliver the goods against Portland and Vancouver respectively.

Mid-Day Ticker: Champions League wrap-up, Defoe needs surgery and more

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By AVI CREDITOR

Sacha Kljestan's UEFA Champions League dream is over before it could even get started.

Kljestan's RSC Anderlecht fell in its Champions League qualifier to Partizan Belgrade in penalties (3-2) Tuesday after dramatically scoring twice midway in the second half to send the tie to extra time.

A peek at Costa Rica's new national stadium

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The U.S. national team and its fans are well aware of the cauldron that is Estadio Saprissa, Costa Rica's former national soccer stadium and a locations the Americans never did win a match in.

The next time the United States plays Costa Rica, it will face the Ticos at a brand-new multi-million dollar facility set for completion in the early part of 2011.

Americans Abroad: Carling Cup Rewind

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It was a busy Tuesday in England as the Carling Cup was in full swing, but it wasn't much of a busy day for Americans.

Jonathan Spector was the lone American to see action, playing a full 90 minutes in West Ham's 1-0 win vs. Oxford United. The fact that Spector started has to be seen as promising considering he didn't dress for the Hammers' most recent league match.

TFC, Columbus suffer controversial losses in CONCACAF Champions League

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Major League Soccer teams have had a history of struggling to gain road points in the CONCACAF Champions League and nothing changed on Tuesday night as the Columbus Crew and Toronto FC both lost group matches.

The Crew fell in heartbreaking fashion, giving up a stoppage-time game winner in a 1-0 loss to Santos Laguna.

Beasley in talks with Hannover

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DaMarcus Beasley's career abroad has seen him play for clubs in the Netherlands, England and Scotland, and he may soon add Germany to that list.

According to German outlet Bild, Beasley is in talks with Hannover 96 as the club looks for a replacement for injured winger Carlitos.

CONCACAF Champions League: Your Running Commentary

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Toronto FC and the Columbus Crew opened their CONCACAF Champions League group stage campaigns with victories last week, but both will need to find rare wins on the road this week to keep that pace.

TFC is taking on Arabe Unido tonight (8pm, Fox Soccer Channel) while the Crew look to become the first MLS team to win a competitive match in Mexico when it takes on Santos Laguna at 10pm (Fox Soccer Channel).

UEFA Champions League: Your Running Commentary

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Sacha Kljestan and Anderlecht will try to clinch a place in the UEFA Champions League group stages with a win today in the second leg of Champions League playoff action.

Anderlecht faces Partizan Belgrade after the teams tied, 2-2, in Belgrade. Kljestan did not play in the first leg, but after scoring in league play last weekend he could find himself on the field today.

South American Roundup: National teams regroup after the World Cup

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By NESTOR F. SEBASTIAN

It's been a little more than a month since the festivities in South Africa concluded but work has already begun for many national teams all over the world eying Brazil 2014 as managers and administrators scramble to take advantage of upcoming FIFA dates in the next several month.

Afternoon Ticker: Mascherano nearing Barca deal, Evra to appeal and more

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Javier Mascherano's exit from Liverpool appears to be closer than ever, as Barcelona is set to make a move in order to up its transfer bid for the Argentina international.

Barcelona is on the verge of selling Zlatan Ibrahimovic to AC Milan in a move that would help the Spanish giants make a more serious offer for Mascherano.

USSF D-2 A Look Back at Week 20

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By TRAVIS CLARK

Austin and Rochester keep on rolling through USSF D-2 opposition.

In upstate New York, the Rhinos kept a firm hold on first place in both the overall standings and the USL Conference, defeating Miami FC by a 3-1 score.Â

Down in Texas, the Aztex were not going to be outdone, holding off a comeback by the Carolina Railhawks to win 3-2.

Monday Evening Ticker: Man City thrashes Liverpool, Ching honored and more

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Manchester City put on a performance befitting its multi-million dollar squad on Monday, thrashing Liverpool, 3-0, for its first win of the season.

Carlos Tevez scored two goals to follow up a Gareth Barry finish on a day when Liverpool had no answers for City's dynamic attack.

The win dropped Liverpool to a paltry one point from two matches, while Manchester City improved to four points after posting its second shutout in a row.

Vancouver opts for top MLS Draft pick, Portland to make first expansion draft pick

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The Portland Timbers and Vancouver Whitecaps took part in an Expansion Priority Draft on Monday and the result has left the Whitecaps with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2010 MLS Draft.

Portland will pick second in the MLS Draft and will have the second pick in each round of the draft while the Whitecaps will have the top pick.

Portland, Vancouver to take part in Expansion Priority Draft today

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The 2011 MLS Expansion class, Vancouver and Portland, will take part in an Expansion Priority Draft today to determine which of them gets to select first from a number of transaction mechanisms (yes, that sounds very boring, but it is pretty important in determining how these teams will build their rosters):

The teams will be selecting from the following list, with Vancouver having first pick of the following:

· First pick in the Expansion Draft

· First pick in the MLS SuperDraft

· USL Player Priority on opening of signing period

· Allocation Ranking

· Designated Player Ranking

· Discovery Ranking

· Lottery Ranking

· Waiver/Re-entry Draft Ranking

You can hear the selections via audio on MLSSoccer.

Liverpool vs. Manchester City

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Two of the top teams in England are battling today as Liverpool takes on Manchester City at City of Manchester Stadium (3pm, ESPN).

Liverpool will be looking to rebound from a disappointing season-opening draw against Arsenal, while Manchester City will look to overcome its own season-opening draw with a win at home today.

DeMerit still waiting for right club opportunity

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One of several American soccer players still sorting out their club futures this summer, Jay DeMerit has been laying pretty low in the weeks since the World Cup, but he has emerged to discuss his current status and playing future.

FIFA.com: USA-Colombia in New York on Oct. 12th

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The U.S. men's national team's proposed friendly against Colombia in October has been added to the FIFA.com fixture calendar, and is listed as being played in New York.

U.S. Soccer has yet to announce the USA-Colombia match, but the FIFA Fixture list has the teams playing in New York on October 12th.

MLS Rookie of the Year race remains a close one

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Photo by ISIphotos.comThe MLS Rookie of the Year race is getting tougher and tougher to handicap.

Tim Ream and Andy Najar both enjoyed strong weeks to gain some ground on Philadelphia striker Danny Mwanga and Los Angeles midfielder Michael Stephens.

Monday Morning Centerback: West keeps running MLS, Bradley's Villa interest and more

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The Western Conference's dominance over the East is not a new development, but when the past weekend's results effectively put six West teams into playoff positions and gave us the first glimpse of possibility of just two East teams making the post-season, that dominance felt just a bit more glaring.

Barcelona returns with first trophy of the season

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The Spanish First Division season kicks off next weekend, but Barcelona kicked off its new campaign in grand fashion on Saturday, thumping Sevilla, 4-0, to win its record ninth Spanish Super Cup.

The victory, which gave Barcelona a 5-3 aggregate victory, came after a first leg that saw Sevilla beat a severely short-handed Barcelona squad, 3-1.

MLS Week 21: A Look Back

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The San Jose Earthquakes gave their playoff hopes a major boost, while the Chicago Fire and Toronto FC wasted their own chances to scoop up valuable points in this weekend's MLS action.

The Earthquakes overcame defensive injuries to knock off the Los Angeles Galaxy, while FC Dallas extended the longest unbeaten streak in Major League Soccer to 11 games by beating Chivas USA.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Jermaine Jones' road to a full recovery took another step in the right direction, as Jones did something this weekend that he had not done in over a year.

Jones started and went the distance in a Bundesliga match for the first time since May 2009 in Schalke 04's season opening loss to Hamburg.

D.C. United vs. Philadelphia Union: Your Running Commentary

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D.C. United takes on the Philadelphia Union today in a battle of I-95 rivals at RFK Stadium.

The teams are battling to avoid the Eastern Conference basement, where D.C. currently resides. Philadelphia will be looking to sweep the season series after beating D.C. United for the first win in its history, back in May.

Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

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Clint Dempsey and Fulham take on Manchester United this morning in one of the top matches of the day.

The Cottagers opened the season in somewhat disappointing fashion under new manager Mark Hughes, and things will only get tougher against a Manchester United side that needs to keep up with the torrid early pace being set by defending champion Chelsea.

Quakes strike early, hold on late to defeat Galaxy, 1-0

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BY ADAM SERRANO

Jon Busch was the hero making seven saves on the day, but it was an early Chris Wondolowski goal that was the difference as the San Jose Earthquakes defeated the Los Angeles Galaxy 1-0 in front of a record crowd of 10,799 at Buck Shaw stadium.

Red Bulls roll past Toronto FC

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Toronto FC hadn't lost a home MLS match in more than a year, a span of 17 matches, but the New York Red Bulls put an end to that dominance with their best performance of the year.

Bolstered by Rafa Marquez's first MLS goal, and some costly errors by Toronto, the Red Bulls captured a 4-1 victory against TFCÂ on Saturday afternoon.

Kljestan scores on return to Anderlecht lineup

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When Sacha Kljestan sat out his second straight match for Belgian club Anderledcht during mid-week Champions League action, there was some concern that the U.S. national team midfielder might be losing out in the race for playing time.

Kljestan was back in action today, and made the most of it.

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

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The California Clasico comes back to Buck Shaw Stadium today as the Los Angeles Galaxy travel up the 101 freeway to visit the San Jose Earthquakes (1pm PST, Telefutura)

The Galaxy have rebounded from a dip in form and are now riding high after a 1-0 victory against the New York Red Bulls last week.

USSF D-2: A Look Ahead at Week 20

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By TRAVIS CLARK

For the Vancouver Whitecaps, the draw has been their best friend.

The NASL-leading Whitecaps got another point Thursday night, drawing 1-1 in Tampa Bay, and extending a road unbeaten streak to 10 games. A point isn't good enough for Tampa Bay at this point, badly in need of wins at this stage in the season.

Friday Kickoff: Aquilani, Kuyt could leave Liverpool, Besiktas closes in on Robinho and more

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By TRAVIS CLARK

A pair of Liverpool midfielders could be on their way out of Anfield before the transfer window closes at the end of August.

Alberto Aquilani was a £20 million signing a year ago, and is now a surplus to requirements under new manager Roy Hodgson.

Is staying at Villarreal a good move for Altidore?

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when Jozy Altidore trotted onto the field for Villarrea's Europa League match against Dnepr Mogilev (a 5-0 win) on Thursday, he not only made his European tournament debut, and made his first official appearance for Villarreal in almost two years. Altidore also made it that much more unlikely that he leaves the Spanish club this summer.

MLS Week 21: A Look Ahead

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By TRAVIS CLARK

The playoff race is heating up in MLS and the leaders are beginning to separate themselves from the rest of the pack.

Out West, San Jose hosts the Galaxy and could use a second win in a row. The game could feature the debut of the latest Designated Player, as Geovanni could see time for the Earthquakes, but it's the defense that's a concern for San Jose.

This Weekend's soccer on TV

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Tim Howard and Marcus Hahnemann spent part of this summer as teammates on the U.S. World Cup teammates. This Saturday, they will be on opposite ends of the field as Premier League rivals when Everton takes on Wolves.

The Everton-Wolves match is one of several tilts on TV featuring U.

German Bundesliga set to begin

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It's been a big year for soccer in Germany -- between the nation team's run to the World Cup semifinal, and Bayern Munich's defeat in the Champions League final against Inter Milan, there are plenty of positives ahead of the opening weekend of the 2010-11 Bundesliga campaign. Bayern Munich and VfL Wolfsburg open the season this afternoon (2:30 p.

Afternoon Ticker: Edgar Davids returns, Marseille sign Gignac and more

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By TRAVIS CLARK

Dutch midfielder Edgar Davids is making a surprise return to the pitch, signing a pay-per-play contract with Championship side Crystal Palace on Friday.

The 37-year-old old has been retired since 2008, when he stopped playing for Ajax.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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Blackpool's Premier League season debut was impressive, but Arsenal will provide a much tougher test for the newly-promoted club today.

Cesc Fabregas could be seeing the field today, while the Gunners will be looking for their first win of the young season.

In Germany, the first weekend of the Bundesliga season gets into full swing as Hamburg takes on Schalke in one of the days better match-ups.

Toronto FC vs. Red Bulls: Match Day Commentary

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The New York Red Bulls and Toronto FC renew their Eastern Conference rival today at BMO Field (1pm, MSG)Â as TFC looks to close the gap in the East standings on the second-place Red Bulls.

The Red Bulls are a week and a half removed from a hard-fought 1-0 win against TFC at Red Bull Arena, but Toronto comes into today's afternoon match riding a wave of confidence after an impressive CONCACAF Champions League victory against Cruz Azul on Wednesday.

Toronto FC vs. Red Bulls: Match Day Commentary

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The New York Red Bulls and Toronto FC renew their Eastern Conference rival today at BMO Field (1pm, MSG)Â as TFC looks to close the gap in the East standings on the second-place Red Bulls.

The Red Bulls are a week and a half removed from a hard-fought 1-0 win against TFC at Red Bull Arena, but Toronto comes into today's afternoon match riding a wave of confidence after an impressive CONCACAF Champions League victory against Cruz Azul on Wednesday.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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Blackpool's Premier League season debut was impressive, but Arsenal will provide a much tougher test for the newly-promoted club today.

Cesc Fabregas could be seeing the field today, while the Gunners will be looking for their first win of the young season.

In Germany, the first weekend of the Bundesliga season gets into full swing as Hamburg takes on Schalke in one of the days better match-ups.

Afternoon Ticker: Edgar Davids returns, Marseille sign Gignac and more

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By TRAVIS CLARK

Dutch midfielder Edgar Davids is making a surprise return to the pitch, signing a pay-per-play contract with Championship side Crystal Palace on Friday.

The 37-year-old old has been retired since 2008, when he stopped playing for Ajax.

German Bundesliga set to begin

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It's been a big year for soccer in Germany -- between the nation team's run to the World Cup semifinal, and Bayern Munich's defeat in the Champions League final against Inter Milan, there are plenty of positives ahead of the opening weekend of the 2010-11 Bundesliga campaign. Bayern Munich and VfL Wolfsburg open the season this afternoon (2:30 p.

This Weekend's soccer on TV

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Tim Howard and Marcus Hahnemann spent part of this summer as teammates on the U.S. World Cup teammates. This Saturday, they will be on opposite ends of the field as Premier League rivals when Everton takes on Wolves.

The Everton-Wolves match is one of several tilts on TV featuring U.

MLS Week 21: A Look Ahead

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By TRAVIS CLARK

The playoff race is heating up in MLS and the leaders are beginning to separate themselves from the rest of the pack.

Out West, San Jose hosts the Galaxy and could use a second win in a row. The game could feature the debut of the latest Designated Player, as Geovanni could see time for the Earthquakes, but it's the defense that's a concern for San Jose.

Is staying at Villarreal a good move for Altidore?

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when Jozy Altidore trotted onto the field for Villarrea's Europa League match against Dnepr Mogilev (a 5-0 win) on Thursday, he not only made his European tournament debut, and made his first official appearance for Villarreal in almost two years. Altidore also made it that much more unlikely that he leaves the Spanish club this summer.

Friday Kickoff: Aquilani, Kuyt could leave Liverpool, Besiktas closes in on Robinho and more

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By TRAVIS CLARK

A pair of Liverpool midfielders could be on their way out of Anfield before the transfer window closes at the end of August.

Alberto Aquilani was a £20 million signing a year ago, and is now a surplus to requirements under new manager Roy Hodgson.

Thursday Kickoff: Fire top Revolution, Internacional wins Libertadores and more

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By TRAVIS CLARK

The Chicago Fire emerged with a 2-1 victory over conference rivals New England Wednesday evening, a valuable win for the Fire as they aim to climb back into playoff contention.

Substitute Calen Carr's 85th minute tally secured the victory, after the two sides exchanged first half goals.

Fantasy Premier League: Matchweek 2

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By AVI CREDITOR

The first week of the Barclays Premier League season is in the books, and one of the things we learned is that either Blackpool is a lot better than we thought, or Wigan is just plain awful.

The truth probably wavers somewhere in the middle, but take notice of Blackpool striker Marlon Harewood (a rumored target of D.

Salgado loan to Vancouver falls through

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Recent MLS signing and U.S. U-20 forward Omar Salgado won't be joining the USSF D-2 version of the Vancouver Whitecaps after all. A few weeks after signing his Generation adidas contract, Salgado was supposed to join the Whitecaps on a three-month loan -- essentially an extended tryout period.

UEFA Europa League: Your Running Commentary

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A busy day of Europa League playoff action is already well underway, but a number of other clubs out in Europe are set to get started.

Two Americans were involved today as Eric Lichaj and Brad Guzan both started and played 90 minutes in Aston Villa's 1-1 draw at Rapid Vienna earlier this afternoon.

MLS salaries revealed

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Some of the newest Designated Players in MLS are going to be getting a nice paycheck for their contribution this half of the fall.

MLS Players Union released a survey of current player salaries, as of August 12. David Beckham still leads the way, with compensation of $6.5 million, while New York Red Bull forward Thierry Henry is second with $5.

Evening Ticker: Liverpool win Europa League opener, Queiroz suspended 30 days and more

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BY ADAM SERRANO

Liverpool FC may not be in the Champions League, but the club is still looking for success in Europe. The Reds defeated Turkish side Trabzonspor in the opening leg of the Europa league at Anfield after Dutch winger Ryan Babel scored a goal late in stoppage time of the first half.

Seattle Sounders vs. CD Marathon: Your Running Commentary

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The final match of the first round of CONCACAF Champions League play gives MLS a shot at going a perfect 4-0 in the first week. The Seattle Sounders have made the long journey to Honduras, where they'll face CD Marathon (10 p.m., Fox Soccer Channel).

Seattle will be a bit short handed, particularly in the midfield as Steve Zakuani, Sanna Nyassi, Brad Evans, Pete Vagenas and Pat Noonan didn't make the trip according to the Seattle Times.

Five things the Sounders can take from CCL loss at Marathon

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BY JOSE M. ROMERO

   Both streaks were bound to end sooner or later for Sounders FC.Â

   The current unbeaten streak of nine games (6-0-3) that has Rave Green fans believing again. And the unbeaten streak in non-MLS competition (not including international friendlies) that spanned two seasons, with the Sounders never having lost a U.

Americans Abroad: A Look Ahead

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By FRANCO PANIZO

St. Etienne will hit the road on Saturday for the second time this season, but for Carlos Bocanegra the match against Stade Rennes will be somewhat of a homecoming.

After failing to make the game-day roster last week, Bocanegra will likely suit up to play against his former club and teammates as Saint Etienne looks for a second consecutive victory.

USSF D-2: A Look Ahead at Week 20

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By TRAVIS CLARK

For the Vancouver Whitecaps, the draw has been their best friend.

The NASL-leading Whitecaps got another point Thursday night, drawing 1-1 in Tampa Bay, and extending a road unbeaten streak to 10 games. A point isn't good enough for Tampa Bay at this point, badly in need of wins at this stage in the season.

Americans Abroad: A Look Ahead

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By FRANCO PANIZO

St. Etienne will hit the road on Saturday for the second time this season, but for Carlos Bocanegra the match against Stade Rennes will be somewhat of a homecoming.

After failing to make the game-day roster last week, Bocanegra will likely suit up to play against his former club and teammates as Saint Etienne looks for a second consecutive victory.

Five things the Sounders can take from CCL loss at Marathon

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BY JOSE M. ROMERO

   Both streaks were bound to end sooner or later for Sounders FC.Â

   The current unbeaten streak of nine games (6-0-3) that has Rave Green fans believing again. And the unbeaten streak in non-MLS competition (not including international friendlies) that spanned two seasons, with the Sounders never having lost a U.

Seattle Sounders vs. CD Marathon: Your Running Commentary

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The final match of the first round of CONCACAF Champions League play gives MLS a shot at going a perfect 4-0 in the first week. The Seattle Sounders have made the long journey to Honduras, where they'll face CD Marathon (10 p.m., Fox Soccer Channel).

Seattle will be a bit short handed, particularly in the midfield as Steve Zakuani, Sanna Nyassi, Brad Evans, Pete Vagenas and Pat Noonan didn't make the trip according to the Seattle Times.

Evening Ticker: Liverpool win Europa League opener, Queiroz suspended 30 days and more

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BY ADAM SERRANO

Liverpool FC may not be in the Champions League, but the club is still looking for success in Europe. The Reds defeated Turkish side Trabzonspor in the opening leg of the Europa league at Anfield after Dutch winger Ryan Babel scored a goal late in stoppage time of the first half.

MLS salaries revealed

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Some of the newest Designated Players in MLS are going to be getting a nice paycheck for their contribution this half of the fall.

MLS Players Union released a survey of current player salaries, as of August 12. David Beckham still leads the way, with compensation of $6.5 million, while New York Red Bull forward Thierry Henry is second with $5.

UEFA Europa League: Your Running Commentary

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A busy day of Europa League playoff action is already well underway, but a number of other clubs out in Europe are set to get started.

Two Americans were involved today as Eric Lichaj and Brad Guzan both started and played 90 minutes in Aston Villa's 1-1 draw at Rapid Vienna earlier this afternoon.

Salgado loan to Vancouver falls through

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Recent MLS signing and U.S. U-20 forward Omar Salgado won't be joining the USSF D-2 version of the Vancouver Whitecaps after all. A few weeks after signing his Generation adidas contract, Salgado was supposed to join the Whitecaps on a three-month loan -- essentially an extended tryout period.

But a paperwork problem has undermined that move, and Salgado will look move elsewhere for the time being after spending five days training with the Whitecaps.

Fantasy Premier League: Matchweek 2

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By AVI CREDITOR

The first week of the Barclays Premier League season is in the books, and one of the things we learned is that either Blackpool is a lot better than we thought, or Wigan is just plain awful.

The truth probably wavers somewhere in the middle, but take notice of Blackpool striker Marlon Harewood (a rumored target of D.

Thursday Kickoff: Fire top Revolution, Internacional wins Libertadores and more

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By TRAVIS CLARK

The Chicago Fire emerged with a 2-1 victory over conference rivals New England Wednesday evening, a valuable win for the Fire as they aim to climb back into playoff contention.

Substitute Calen Carr's 85th minute tally secured the victory, after the two sides exchanged first half goals.

Wednesday Kickoff: TFC downs Cruz Azul, Cannon sidelined and more

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Toronto FC kicked its CONCACAF Champions League group stage off to a great start on Tuesday night after registering an impressive 2-1 victory against Mexican powerhouse Cruz Azul at BMO Field.

Martin Saric and Mista scored first-half goals for TFC, which dominated the normally strong Mexican visitors for stretches and looked like a team intent on advancing beyond the group stage.

SBI Live Q&A set for 1pm today

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If you have been wondering when the next SBI Live Q&A would kick off, your wait is over.

I will be holding a live Q&A today at 1pm today so get your soccer ready to send my way. Whether it's MLS, Europe or international soccer, feel free to fire your questions my way (and yes, if you want to talk pop culture, I'll take a few of those questions as well).

Arnoux signs with Whitecaps as Vancouver eyes talent ahead of MLS move

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A year ago Cody Arnoux was a hot-shot Wake Forest striker bypassing his senior season to chase the dream of European soccer rather than going the Major League Soccer route. Today, Arnoux is back on this side of the Atlantic and may be a step closer to MLS.

SBI Live Q&A (Aug. 18 edition)

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Good afternoon everybody. It's time for the latest SBI Live Q&A, where we can discuss all things related to the game of soccer.

Have a question about MLS, European soccer, the U.S. national team? Send them along. Want to talk music, TV or movies? We might have a few of those questions answered as well.

UEFA Champions League: Your Running Commentary

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The UEFA Champions League playoffs continue today with ten teams vying for five spots in the group stages as they begin two-leg series.

Here are today's matches, which can be seen on the Fox family of networks as well as DirecTV:

2:45pm- Fox Soccer Channel/Fox Sports Plus-Â Werder Bremen vs.

USA to face Poland in Chicago on October 9th

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The U.S. men's national team has officially announced the scheduling of its long-rumored friendly against Poland, set for Oct. 9th at Soldier Field in Chicago (8pm, Fox Soccer Channel/Univision).

The match will be the first played by the United States since its 2-0 loss to Brazil last week, and could mark the first chance for German-born midfielder Jermaine Jones to make his U.

Evening Ticker: Werder Bremen takes Champions League advantage, Dembele joins Fulham and more

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By TRAVIS CLARK

One the second day of Champions League playoff first legs, Bundesliga side Werder Bremen took the advantage with a strong second half performance, scoring three times en route to a 3-1 win over Serie A club Sampdoria.

Belgian club Anderlecht was also in action, traveling to Belgrade and notching two away goals in a 2-2 draw with FK Partizan.

CONCACAF Champions League: Your Running Commentary

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The Columbus Crew and Real Salt Lake both begin CONCACAF Champions League group play at home tonight as the past two MLS Cup winners look to join Toronto FC as MLS teams to get off to winning starts.

The Crew takes on CD Municipal (8pm, Fox Soccer Channel) while Real Salt Lake faces Arabe Unido in the nightcap (10pm, Fox Soccer Channel).

Crew, Real Salt Lake keep MLS perfect in CONCACAF Champions League groups

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The Columbus Crew and Real Salt Lake opened their CONCACAF Champions League group stage campaigns in strong fashion on Wednesday with a pair of home victories against Central American competition.

The Crew held off Guatemalan side CD Municipal, 1-0, on the strength of a stingy defensive performance and a 14th-minute goal from Emmanuel Ekpo to win its first match in Group B.

SBI USSF Division 2 Power Rankings: Week 19

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By TRAVIS CLARK

A group of three teams have separated themselves from the pack in D-2 -- Austin, Rochester and Vancouver are tops in the league in points and look assured of a playoff spot.

The surging Rhinos might be the hottest of the bunch at the moment, overtaking Austin in the standings with a fifth straight win Wednesday night.

Crew, Real Salt Lake keep MLS perfect in CONCACAF Champions League groups

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The Columbus Crew and Real Salt Lake opened their CONCACAF Champions League group stage campaigns in strong fashion on Wednesday with a pair of home victories against Central American competition.

The Crew held off Guatemalan side CD Municipal, 1-0, on the strength of a stingy defensive performance and a 14th-minute goal from Emmanuel Ekpo to win its first match in Group B.

CONCACAF Champions League: Your Running Commentary

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The Columbus Crew and Real Salt Lake both begin CONCACAF Champions League group play at home tonight as the past two MLS Cup winners look to join Toronto FC as MLS teams to get off to winning starts.

The Crew takes on CD Municipal (8pm, Fox Soccer Channel) while Real Salt Lake faces Arabe Unido in the nightcap (10pm, Fox Soccer Channel).

Evening Ticker: Werder Bremen takes Champions League advantage, Dembele joins Fulham and more

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By TRAVIS CLARK

One the second day of Champions League playoff first legs, Bundesliga side Werder Bremen took the advantage with a strong second half performance, scoring three times en route to a 3-1 win over Serie A club Sampdoria.

Belgian club Anderlecht was also in action, traveling to Belgrade and notching two away goals in a 2-2 draw with FK Partizan.

USA to face Poland in Chicago on October 9th

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The U.S. men's national team has officially announced the scheduling of its long-rumored friendly against Poland, set for October 9th at Soldier Field in Chicago (8pm, Fox Soccer Channel/Univision).

The match will be the first played by the United States since its 2-0 loss to Brazil last week, and could mark the first chance for German-born midfielder Jermaine Jones to make his U.

UEFA Champions League: Your Running Commentary

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The UEFA Champions League playoffs continue today with ten teams vying for five spots in the group stages as they begin two-leg series.

Here are today's matches, which can be seen on the Fox family of networks as well as DirecTV:

2:45pm- Fox Soccer Channel/Fox Sports Plus-Â Werder Bremen vs.

Arnoux signs with Whitecaps as Vancouver eyes talent ahead of MLS move

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A year ago Cody Arnoux was a hot-shot Wake Forest striker bypassing his senior season to chase the dream of European soccer rather than going the Major League Soccer route. Today, Arnoux is back on this side of the Atlantic and may be a step closer to MLS.

SBI Live Q&A (Aug. 18 edition)

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Good afternoon everybody. It's time for the latest SBI Live Q&A, where we can discuss all things related to the game of soccer.

Have a question about MLS, European soccer, the U.S. national team? Send them along. Want to talk music, TV or movies? We might have a few of those questions answered as well.

SBI Live Q&A set for 1pm today

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If you have been wondering when the next SBI Live Q&A would kick off, your wait is over.

I will be holding a live Q&A today at 1pm today so get your soccer ready to send my way. Whether it's MLS, Europe or international soccer, feel free to fire your questions my way (and yes, if you want to talk pop culture, I'll take a few of those questions as well).

Wednesday Kickoff: TFC downs Cruz Azul, Cannon sidelined and more

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Toronto FC kicked its CONCACAF Champions League group stage off to a great start on Tuesday night after registering an impressive 2-1 victory against Mexican powerhouse Cruz Azul at BMO Field.

Martin Saric and Mista scored first-half goals for TFC, which dominated the normally strong Mexican visitors for stretches and looked like a team intent on advancing beyond the group stage.

Four MLS Clubs set for CONCACAF Champions League group stage

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The CONCACAF Champions League group stage kicks off tonight with Toronto FC the first of four MLS teams vying for a place in the knockout rounds.

Real Salt Lake, Columbus and Seattle are all still alive in the 16-team field. Though the Los Angeles Galaxy was sent packing by the Puerto Rico Islanders, MLS will still be well represented.

Morales named MLS Player of the Week

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Real Salt Lake midfielder Javier Morales scored a pair of quality goals to help the MLS champions down the Columbus Crew on Saturday and the brace helped him earn MLS Player of the Week honors.

Morales opened the scoring against RSL with a well-struck shot off the far post to make it 1-0, then finished off the Crew with a perfect free kick that found a gap in the Columbus wall left by an RSL teammate to give RSL the victory in the battle of the past two MLS Cup champions.

Hartman continues to shine for FC Dallas

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By TRAVIS CLARK

Several players on the FC Dallas roster have stepped up in 2010, playing big roles in the team's resurgence. The improvement has been triggered by the emergence of Brek Shea on the left, David Ferreira on attack, and the composure of Daniel Hernandez in a defensive midfield role.

Manchester United vs. Newcastle United: Your Running Commentary

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The final game of the English Premier League's first week takes place this afternoon as Manchester United takes on newly-promoted Newcastle United (3pm, ESPN2).

For Manchester United, today's match signals the club's first step toward trying to regain the league title it lost by a point to Chelsea last year.

U.S. Soccer issues new league guidelines for USSF D-2

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Last week, the U.S. Soccer Federation issued a new set of rules and regulations for professional leagues in the United States, with particular emphasis placed on the current USSF Division 2 that is the second tier of professional soccer in the United States.

The changes will have a significant impact on the direction of the league by placing new restrictions that will keep the USSF Division 2 from becoming dominated by non-U.

Earthquakes sign Geovanni as first Designated Player

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The San Jose Earthquakes are within striking distance of a playoff berth and made a move on Monday they will be hoping helps them reach the post-season for the first time since MLS returned to San Jose.

Tuesday Kickoff: Milan lands Boateng, Milner off to City and more

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AC Milan's move toward youth has led the Italian club to add a player American fans are very familiar with.

Ghanaian midfielder Kevin Prince Boateng is heading to AC Milan on loan, after Genoa bought out his rights from English club Portsmouth. Genoa is expected to turn around and loan the 23-year-old midfielder to Milan.

SBI MLS Spotlight: Omar Gonzalez

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Los Angeles Galaxy defender Omar Gonzalez is just in his second year as a professional but it could be quite a while before he ever has a week like the one he just had.

UEFA Champions League Playoffs: Your Running Commentary

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The UEFA Champions League is back. Well, not all the way back, but back enough to give us some good European matches to watch this week.

The Champions League playoffs kick off today and will determine the final ten teams to reach the Group Stage. Tottenham and Ajax are among the squads who begin their two-leg playoff series today.

MLS teams rattle off flurry of homegrown player signings

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Major League Soccer is starting to see more and more benefits from its teams academy programs. While D.C. United's Andy Najar and the Los Angeles Galaxy's Tristan Bowen play key roles for their teams, other MLS squads are joining the race to bring up homegrown talent.

Fantasy MLS: Week 21

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By AVI CREDITOR

Chicago made its big moves and brought in the hired guns. All the Designated Players have to do now is perform.

The Chicago Fire have made two of the bolder moves during the transfer window, bringing in Freddie Ljungberg and Nery Castillo to breathe some life into an otherwise mediocre season.

Fantasy MLS: Week 21

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By AVI CREDITOR

Chicago made its big moves and brought in the hired guns. All the Designated Players have to do now is perform.

The Chicago Fire have made two of the bolder moves during the transfer window, bringing in Freddie Ljungberg and Nery Castillo to breathe some life into an otherwise mediocre season.

UEFA Champions League Playoffs: Your Running Commentary

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The UEFA Champions League is back. Well, not all the way back, but back enough to give us some good European matches to watch this week.

The Champions League playoffs kick off today and will determine the final ten teams to reach the Group Stage. Tottenham and Ajax are among the squads who begin their two-leg playoff series today.

MLS teams rattle off flurry of homegrown player signings

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Major League Soccer is starting to see more and more benefits from its teams academy programs. While D.C. United's Andy Najar and the Los Angeles Galaxy's Tristan Bowen play key roles for their teams, other MLS squads are joining the race to bring up homegrown talent.

SBI MLS Spotlight: Omar Gonzalez

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Los Angeles Galaxy defender Omar Gonzalez is just in his second year as a professional but it could be quite a while before he ever has a week like the one he just had.

Tuesday Kickoff: Milan lands Boateng, Milner off to City and more

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AC Milan's move toward youth has led the Italian club to add a player American fans are very familiar with.

Ghanaian midfielder Kevin Prince Boateng is heading to AC Milan on loan, after Genoa bought out his rights from English club Portsmouth. Genoa is expected to turn around and loan the 23-year-old midfielder to Milan.

U.S. Soccer issues new league guidelines for USSF D-2

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Last week, the U.S. Soccer Federation issued a new set of rules and regulations for professional leagues in the United States, with particular emphasis placed on the current USSF Division 2 that is the second tier of professional soccer in the United States.

The changes will have a significant impact on the direction of the league by placing new restrictions that will keep the USSF Division 2 from becoming dominated by non-U.

Earthquakes sign Geovanni as first Designated Player

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The San Jose Earthquakes are within striking distance of a playoff berth and made a move on Monday they will be hoping helps them reach the post-season for the first time since MLS returned to San Jose.

The Earthquakes announced the signing of Brazlian playmaker Geovanni as the team's firsts Designated Player.

Manchester United vs. Newcastle United: Your Running Commentary

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The final game of the English Premier League's first week takes place this afternoon as Manchester United takes on newly-promoted Newcastle United (3pm, ESPN2).

For Manchester United, today's match signals the club's first step toward trying to regain the league title it lost by a point to Chelsea last year.

Hartman continues to shine for FC Dallas

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By TRAVIS CLARK

Several players on the FC Dallas roster have stepped up in 2010, playing big roles in the team's resurgence. The improvement has been triggered by the emergence of Brek Shea on the left, David Ferreira on attack, and the composure of Daniel Hernandez in a defensive midfield role.

Morales named MLS Player of the Week

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Real Salt Lake midfielder Javier Morales scored a pair of quality goals to help the MLS champions down the Columbus Crew on Saturday and the brace helped him earn MLS Player of the Week honors.

Morales opened the scoring against RSL with a well-struck shot off the far post to make it 1-0, then finished off the Crew with a perfect free kick that found a gap in the Columbus wall left by an RSL teammate to give RSL the victory in the battle of the past two MLS Cup champions.

USSF D-2: A Look Back at Week 19

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By TRAVIS CLARK

A busy weekend of Division 2 soccer saw a new team jump to the top of the table.

The red-hot Rochester Rhinos won their fourth straight game, defeating the Montreal Impact by a 2-1 margin, taking over top spot in the league in the process. Isaac Kissi scored a late second-half goal, breaking a 1-1 tie and securing all three points for the Rhinos.

Noon Ticker: Pachuca coach Rivarola quits, Gil loaned to A.C. St. Louis and more

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By TRAVIS CLARK

Three Americans playing in Mexico will have to impress a new coach in the coming weeks, with Pachuca manager Guillermo Rivarola quitting his post in the wake of a 4-1 loss to Cruz Azul.

Pachuca had struggled during their past two games, losing heavily to Cruz Azul the past weekend after getting beat 3-0 at the hands of Santos Laguna.

SBI Video Corner: Galaxy 1, Red Bulls 0 (Post-Game Reactions)

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MLS Week 20: A Look Back

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The Western Conference flexed its collective muscle yet again this weekend, with the top four teams in the West combining for a 3-0-1 record with just one goal allowed (and an own goal at that)Â in four matches.

Real Salt Lake stated its case as a favorite to repeat as MLS Cup champions on Saturday with a convincing 2-0 win against the Columbus Crew, which had its own hot streak going before being cooled off at Rio Tinto Stadium.

Monday Kickoff: Real Madrid closes in on Ozil, Bellamy set for City departure and more

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Real Madrid hasn't spent anywhere near the amount of money this summer that it spent last summer, but the Spanish giants may be set to score their best signing of the off-season by landing German World Cup star Mesut Ozil.

Real Madrid is reported to have agreed to personal terms with Ozil, but must still finalize a transfer fee with Werder Bremen for his services.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Michael Bradley's new season could not have started any better.

Against second division club FC Erzgebirge Aue in the first round of the DFB Pokal, Bradley scored the opener for Borussia Moenchengladbach, netting with a sliding finish. The goal helped pave the way for a 3-1 Moenchengladbach victory.

Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

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The most anticipated English Premier League match of the weekend kicks off this morning with Liverpool taking on Arsenal in Sunday's best match of the day.

Liverpool begins life without Rafa Benitez and will take on a Gunners squad that still boasts Cesc Fabregas in its ranks.

Liverpool-Arsenal headlines a light slate of matches today, with the Sao Paulo-Cruizeiro tilt another quality match on the schedule.

Sounders continue unbeaten run in scoreless draw with Chivas USA

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BY ADAM SERRANO

CARSON, CALIF Â -- The red hot Seattle Sounders were cooled off slightly playing to a scoreless draw against Chivas USA on Saturday night at the Home Depot Center.

In what was a physical match that ended with both teams finishing with ten men after red cards were issued to Mariano Trujillo and Leo Gonzalez after a scuffle between the two deep into stoppage time.

FC Dallas runs unbeaten streak to 10

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By AVI CREDITOR

WASHINGTON - For Schellas Hyndman, one terrible streak came to an end, and two marvelous ones continued.

The FC Dallas coach won for the first time at RFK Stadium in six tries, with David Ferreira, Eric Alexander and Jeff Cunningham each scoring goals in the team's 3-1 victory over D.

Seattle Sounders vs. Chivas USA: Match Night Commentary

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BY ADAM SERRANO

The Seattle Sounders head down the West Coast to take on Chivas USA tonight at the Home Depot Center.

The Sounders are red hot with a five game unbeaten largely due to the play of forward Fredy Montero and will look to take points away from Chivas at the Home Depot Center for the first time.

FC Dallas at D.C. United: Match Night Commentary

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By AVI CREDITOR

In the aftermath of Jaime Moreno announcing that this season will be his last with the team, D.C. United welcomes one of the league's hottest teams, FC Dallas, to RFK Stadium (8 p.m., MLS Direct Kick).

Between the bevy of injuries, Curt Onalfo's dismissal as coach midway through the season and the latest Moreno news, much is unsettled in D.

MLS Match Night (Your Running Commentary)

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Major League Soccer has a big slate of matches tonight after the day's earlier tilts saw Los Angeles down New York and Philadelphia tie FC Dallas.

Defending MLS Cup champions Real Salt Lake face the Columbus Crew while Chivas USA takes on the Seattle Sounders in a West Coast battle.

Red Bulls vs. Galaxy (Matchday Commentary)

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The New York Red Bulls take on the Los Angeles Galaxy today at Red Bull Arena in a battle of star-studded squads.

Today's match marks the home debut for Mexican national team star Rafa Marquez, who missed Wednesday's win vs. Toronto FC due to international duty.

The Red BUlls will have all three of its Designated Players in the lineup today, with Thierry Henry starting despite a lingering groin injury.

Afternoon Ticker: FIFA considers World Cup change, Wenger extension and more

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By FRANCO PANIZO

On the day that the English Premier League season began, FIFA may have stolen the headlines.

FIFA president Sepp Blatter announced that the sport's governing body is considering doing away with ties in the group stages of the World Cup. Blatter suggested that this approach would end defensive-minded teams from playing for draws in the early games of the tournament

Blatter also said FIFA will contemplate whether or not a tie game in the group stage should be decided through penalty kicks or the Golden Goal rule, which has not been used in a World Cup since France 1998.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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Liverpool begins its climb back to the English Premier League Top Four today against Arsenal as the EPL kicks off the 2010/2011 season.

The Reds will begin life without Rafa Benitez as new manager Roy Hodgson tries to pull Liverpool back among the elite. They will be looking to catch teams such as Tottenham and Manchester City, which kicked off today's action with the first match of the season this morning.

Moreno confirms his D.C. United exit

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Jaime Moreno's illustrious playing career with D.C. United appears to have just a few more months remaining.

After a record-setting, 15-year career, 14 of which have been spent in the nation's capital, Moreno reportedly confirmed that this season will be his last with United.

Americans Abroad: A Look Ahead

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Stuart Holden's first full season in the Premiership is set to begin this weekend, and Bolton Wanderers' season opener will likely pit him against some familiar faces.

If Holden sees time when Bolton hosts Fulham, he could play versus U.

Bradley's agent denies reports claiming he has resigned

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Amid a new wave of questionable reports claiming U.S. national team manager Bob Bradley has resigned and is set to be named manager of Aston Villa, Bradley's agent has emerged to shoot down the latest round of rumors.

"All these reports that are coming out saying Bob is quitting (as U.

USSF D-2: A Look Ahead at Week 19

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By TRAVIS CLARK

The Coastal Cup concludes this weekend as the Tampa Bay Rowdies make the trip up to face Miami FC.

Much more is at stake when this rivalry resumes (Saturday, 7:30 p.m.), as the Rowdies are in need of a win to improve their playoff chances, while Miami has to find a way to get all three points to even begin thinking about the playoffs.

Fantasy Premier League: Matchweek 1

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By AVI CREDITOR

Welcome to another year of SBI Fantasy Premier League, where we'll help you make some of the tough personnel decisions over the next 38 weeks.

Anyone can tell you to start Didier Drogba, Wayne Rooney, Frank Lampard and Cesc Fabregas.

MLS Week 20: A Look Ahead

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By TRAVIS CLARK

The midway point of August is here, and the pressure continues to mount on those teams on the fringes of playoff contention.

One team that hasn't won much for the past two months is the San Jose Earthquakes, winners of just one games since the end of May.

A closer look at American players in club limbo

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As European soccer moves into full swing in the coming weeks there are still a handful of American players with uncertain club futures across the pond.

Whether it's members of the U.S. World Cup team, players on the national team fringe, and at least one former prospect at a career crossroads, there is still plenty of uncertainty surrounding several foreign-based American players.

English Premier League season set to kick off

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The English Premier League season kicks off on Saturday as the most popular league in the world returns to action.

Chelsea will look to hold on to the title it finally ripped away from Manchester United after the Red Devils' three-year reign on top. Arsenal will try to challenge those mighty two, while Manchester City stands poised to crash the Top Four for the first time since becoming the league's biggest spenders.

Afternoon Ticker: Balotelli seals City switch, Bravo to join Kansas City and more

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By TRAVIS CLARK

Enigmatic Italian striker Mario Balotelli signed with Manchester City, one day prior to the start of the Premier League season.

Inter Milan sent the 20-year-old to the Eastlands in exchange for a reported fee of £24 million, ending a long summer of speculation about the striker's future.

This Weekend's Soccer on TV

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The English Premier League is back and it kicks off with a handful of juicy season-opening match-ups.

Tottenham and Manchester City faced off in a great battle for fourth place last season and this time around Manchester City will be looking to take care of unfinished business.

Afternoon Ticker: Balotelli seals City switch, Bravo to join Kansas City and more

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By TRAVIS CLARK

Enigmatic Italian striker Mario Balotelli signed with Manchester City, one day prior to the start of the Premier League season.

Inter Milan sent the 20-year-old to the Eastlands in exchange for a reported fee of £24 million, ending a long summer of speculation about the striker's future.

English Premier League season set to kick off

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The English Premier League season kicks off on Saturday as the most popular league in the world returns to action.

Chelsea will look to hold on to the title it finally ripped away from Manchester United after the Red Devils' three-year reign on top. Arsenal will try to challenge those mighty two, while Manchester City stands poised to crash the Top Four for the first time since becoming the league's biggest spenders.

A closer look at American players in club limbo

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As European soccer moves into full swing in the coming weeks there are still a handful of American players with uncertain club futures across the pond.

Whether it's members of the U.S. World Cup team, players on the national team fringe, and at least one former prospect at a career crossroads, there is still plenty of uncertainty surrounding several foreign-based American players.

MLS Week 20: A Look Ahead

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By TRAVIS CLARK

The midway point of August is here, and the pressure continues to mount on those teams on the fringes of playoff contention.

One team that hasn't won much for the past two months is the San Jose Earthquakes, winners of just one games since the end of May.

Fantasy Premier League: Matchweek 1

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By AVI CREDITOR

Welcome to another year of SBI Fantasy Premier League, where we'll help you make some of the tough personnel decisions over the next 38 weeks.

Anyone can tell you to start Didier Drogba, Wayne Rooney, Frank Lampard and Cesc Fabregas.

USSF D-2: A Look Ahead at Week 19

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By TRAVIS CLARK

The Coastal Cup concludes this weekend as the Tampa Bay Rowdies make the trip up to face Miami FC.

Much more is at stake when this rivalry resumes (Saturday, 7:30 p.m.), as the Rowdies are in need of a win to improve their playoff chances, while Miami has to find a way to get all three points to even begin thinking about the playoffs.

Bradley's agent denies reports claiming he has resigned

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Amid a new wave of questionable reports claiming U.S. national team manager Bob Bradley has resigned and is set to be named manager of Aston Villa, Bradley's agent has emerged to shoot down the latest round of rumors.

"All these reports that are coming out saying Bob is quitting (as U.

Americans Abroad: A Look Ahead

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Stuart Holden's first full season in the Premiership is set to begin this weekend, and Bolton Wanderers' season opener will likely pit him against some familiar faces.

If Holden sees time when Bolton hosts Fulham, he could play versus U.

Moreno confirms his D.C. United exit

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Jaime Moreno's illustrious career with D.C. United appears to have just a few more months remaining.

After a record-setting, 15-year career, 14 of which have been spent in the nation's capital, Moreno reportedly confirmed that this season will be his last with United.

Lindpere Goal Propels Red Bulls Past Toronto

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BY MIKE NASTRI

Joel Lindpere's first half goal was the only difference between the New York Red Bulls and Toronto FC at Red Bull Arena.

Lindpere's second MLS goal keeps the Red Bulls in second place, five points ahead of Toronto. After two straight ties, New York was finally able to find that decisive goal.

Union hold RSL to 1-1 draw

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With each side missing a key player due to international duty, the Philadelphia Union and Real Salt Lake played to a 1-1 draw at PPL Park Wednesday night.

Danny Mwanga and Fabian Espindola exchanged goals in the first 17 minutes as Philadelphia coped without forward Alejandro Moreno (Venezuela) and Salt Lake was without leading scorer Alvaro Saborio (Costa Rica).

Beckham back on the pitch, in the headlines

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David Beckham's return to the Los Angeles Galaxy practice pitch has coincided with word from England that his competitive international career appears to be over.

After England's come-from-behind, 2-1 friendly victory over Hungary on Wednesday, manager Fabio Capello said that he'd love to give Beckham a farewell match at an upcoming friendly but that he would not be calling on him for a future competitive match.

Bedoya, Gomez reflect on USA loss to Brazil

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By FRANCO PANIZO

One day after playing against Brazil, U.S. national team players Alejandro Bedoya and Herculez Gomez were busy working out together, but it wasn't while playing soccer.

Bedoya and Gomez were taking part in Gatorade performance testing on Wednesday morning, just hours before their flights back to their respective club teams.

SBI Stoppage Time: RBNY 1, Toronto FC 0

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Friendlies: Spain ties Mexico, England battles back to beat Hungary and more

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By AVI CREDITOR

Mexico had defending World Cup champion Spain on the ropes at a packed Estadio Azteca, but David Silva registered a second-half, stoppage-time equalizer to salvage a 1-1 draw in the highlight of Wednesday's international friendly action.

Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez opened the scoring in the 12th minute, continuing his torrid run of form as his initial season with Manchester United approaches.

Sign up for SBI's Fantasy Premier League

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Want the chance to compete against SBI staff and readers? Here's your shot.

Prove that your knowledge of the Premier League is superior to that of everybody else by drafting your 15-man fantasy squad, substituting and using your transfers wisely and following your team on a weekly basis from August to May.

Fire's Johnson earns Save of the Week

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For the second straight week, Chicago Fire rookie goalkeeper Sean Johnson came up huge.

The University of Central Florida product robbed the New York Red Bulls repeatedly on Sunday, but his diving reaction to a Juan Pablo Angel header in stoppage time earned him his second consecutive Major League Soccer Save of the Week honors.

Transfer Ticker: Poulsen to Liverpool, Carvalho to Madrid and more

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By AVI CREDITOR

Liverpool completed a deal for former Juventus midfielder Christian Poulsen on Thursday for a reported transfer fee of £4.5 million.

The 30-year-old Denmark international will be reunited with manager Roy Hodgson at Anfield.

SBI USSF Division 2 Power Rankings: Week 18

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By TRAVIS CLARK

Once again, the Portland Timbers couldn't hold on to a lead. After coming from behind to take the lead on visiting NSC Minnesota, the Timbers defense conceded again, tying 2-2 as a result.

Granted, they were down a man, but in front of a boisterous crowd at PGE Park, the Timbers should hope to achieve a better result.

Transfer Ticker: Poulsen to Liverpool, Carvalho to Madrid and more

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By AVI CREDITOR

Liverpool completed a deal for former Juventus midfielder Christian Poulsen on Thursday for a reported transfer fee of £4.5 million.

The 30-year-old Denmark international will be reunited with manager Roy Hodgson at Anfield. He previously played for Hodgson with FC Copenhagen back in 2000.

Fire's Johnson earns Save of the Week

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For the second straight week, Chicago Fire rookie goalkeeper Sean Johnson came up huge.

The University of Central Florida product robbed the New York Red Bulls repeatedly on Sunday, but his diving reaction to a Juan Pablo Angel header in stoppage time earned him his second consecutive Major League Soccer Save of the Week honors.

Sign up for SBI's Fantasy Premier League

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Want the chance to compete against SBI staff and readers? Here's your shot.

Prove that your knowledge of the Premier League is superior to that of everybody else by drafting your 15-man fantasy squad, substituting and using your transfers wisely and following your team on a weekly basis from August to May.

Friendlies: Spain ties Mexico, England battles back to beat Hungary and more

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By AVI CREDITOR

Mexico had defending World Cup champion Spain on the ropes at a packed Estadio Azteca, but David Silva registered a second-half, stoppage-time equalizer to salvage a 1-1 draw in the highlight of Wednesday's international friendly action.

Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez opened the scoring in the 12th minute, continuing his torrid run of form as his initial season with Manchester United approaches.

SBI Stoppage Time: Red Bulls 1, Toronto FC 0

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Beckham back on the pitch, in the headlines

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David Beckham's return to the Los Angeles Galaxy practice pitch has coincided with word from England that his competitive international career appears to be over.

After England's come-from-behind, 2-1 friendly victory over Hungary on Wednesday, manager Fabio Capello said that he'd love to give Beckham a farewell match at an upcoming friendly but that he would not be calling on him for a future competitive match.

Union hold RSL to 1-1 draw

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With each side missing a key player due to international duty, the Philadelphia Union and Real Salt Lake played to a 1-1 draw at PPL Park Wednesday night.

Danny Mwanga and Fabian Espindola exchanged goals in the first 17 minutes as Philadelphia coped without forward Alejandro Moreno (Venezuela) and Salt Lake was without leading scorer Alvaro Saborio (Costa Rica).

Bedoya, Gomez reflect on USA loss to Brazil

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By FRANCO PANIZO

One day after playing against Brazil, U.S. national team players Alejandro Bedoya and Herculez Gomez were busy working out together, but it wasn't while playing soccer.

Bedoya and Gomez were taking part in Gatorade performance testing on Wednesday morning, just hours before their flights back to their respective club teams.

Lindpere Goal Propels Red Bulls Past Toronto

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BY MIKE NASTRI

Joel Lindpere's first half goal was the only difference between the New York Red Bulls and Toronto FC at Red Bull Arena.

Lindpere's second MLS goal keeps the Red Bulls in second place, five points ahead of Toronto. After two straight ties, New York was finally able to find that decisive goal.

Philadelphia Union vs. Real Salt Lake: Your Running Commentary

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The MLS Cup champions from Real Salt Lake will face off against the Phiadelphia Union tonight in what should be an entertaining intra-conference clash at PPL Park.

The Union continue to struggle for results despite playing attractive soccer, but one of the tougher tests in MLS awaits tonight in an RSL side still trying to catch Los Angeles atop the West standings.

Red Bulls vs. Toronto FC: Match Night Commentary

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Thierry Henry will be making his home MLS debut tonight as the New York Red Bulls take on Toronto FC in a key Eastern Conference clash at Red Bull Arena.

The Red Bulls currently sit two points ahead of Toronto in the East standings and can open up that gap with a win tonight. TFC will look to leap-frog the Red Bulls into second place in the East with a victory.

Fantasy MLS: Week 20

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By AVI CREDITOR

With three teams playing two matches this week, it's easy to get caught in the more=better trap.

Don't be so fast to jump to that conclusion though. New York and Philadelphia each have two home matches, but the competition is among the best in the league with games against Los Angeles and Real Salt Lake, respectively.

Win Tickets to Tonight's MLS Matches

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If you are an MLS fan on the hunt for tickets to tonight's matches, SBI has the contests for you.

SBI is giving away two club seat tickets to tonight's Philadelphia Union-Real Salt Lake match (7:30pm) at PPL Park as well as two tickets to tonight's New York Red Bulls-Toronto FC match (7:30pm) at Red Bull Arena, which just happens to be Thierry Henry's home MLS debut.

Class of 2010 enters U.S. Soccer Hall of Fame

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By AVI CREDITOR

The lack of a building didn't mean that there was a lack of recognition for four individuals who helped bring U.S. Soccer to new heights.

Despite not having a physical location, the U.S. Soccer National Hall of Fame opened its proverbial doors to Bruce Arena, Kyle Rote Jr.

Portland Timbers introduce John Spencer as MLS head coach

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Former Houston Dynamo assistant coach John Spencer will be officially introduced as the Portland Timbers head coach for the 2011 MLS season during a press conference on Wednesday.

Spencer agreed to a deal earlier this summer, and will be given his first crack at an MLS head coaching job when the expansion Timbers begin play in 2011.

Mid-day Ticker: Lichaj signs new Villa deal, Salgado joins Vancouver and more

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U.S. defender Eric Lichaj extended his Aston Villa career on Wednesday, agreeing to a new three-year deal with the Premier League club.

The right back has yet to make an appearance for the first team, completing loan stints with League Two side Lincoln City and League One side Leyton Orient last season.

SBI Stoppage Time: Brazil 2, USA 0

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SBI Video Corner: USA-Brazil Post-Game Reactions

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Brazil dominates USA, wins 2-0

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By FRANCO PANIZO

East Rutherford, NJ -Â The U.S. men's national team opened up its first post-World Cup friendly against Brazil in impressive fashion, as Landon Donovan nearly scored in the third minute after a string of impressive passes played him through on goal.

USA vs. Brazil (Match Night Commentary)

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The U.S. men's national team returns to action for the first time since the 2010 Wrold Cup tonight against a young Brazil team playing under new head coach Mano Menezes.

The Americans will be fielding a team with nine members of the World Cup team against a Brazil squad loaded with quality young players and anchored by World Cup veterans Robinho, Dani Alves and Ramires.

Former World Cup foes preview USA-Brazil friendly

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By FRANCO PANIZO

More than 65,000 spectators are expected to attend the United States-Brazil friendly on Tuesday, and among them will be two former national team standouts.

Movsisyan the latest to give up on USMNT dreams

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Yura Movsisyan wanted to play for the U.S. national team, and under a different set of circumstances, he could be wearing a United States uniform tonight for the U.S. team's friendly against Brazil.

Instead, Movsisyan has given up his quest to play for the United States and is preparing to make his debut for Armenia against Iran on Wednesday.

Young and talented Brazil faces experienced USA tonight

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The 2014 World Cup cycle will end in Brazil, but for the U.

Altidore and Feilhaber address club situations

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By FRANCO PANIZO

A day before the U.S. men's national team friendly against Brazil, Jozy Altidore revealed that although his club future is uncertain, he'd like to stay with Villarreal.

A peek at the Brazil squad

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Wondering what the Brazil squad will look like that faces the United States on Tuesday night? The 'Selecao' gave us a sneak peak during their training on Monday night at the New Meadowlands Stadium.

Here is the starting XI we could see new Brazil manager Mano Menezes trot out against the United States on Tuesday night:

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Neymar--------------------Ganso--------------------Robinho

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Andre Santos---David Luiz----Thiago---------Dani Alves

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That right there is a scary mix of top experienced talent and freakishly good young talent.

Bradley addresses European club coaching possibilities

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Martin O'Neill's sudden resignation as manager of Aston Villa on Monday sparked speculation that U.S. men's national team manager Bob Bradley would be his replacement. Whether the predictions of British bookies, who have installed Bradley as the favorite for the job, come true remain to be seen but Bradley wasn't doing much to shoot down the idea when asked about the Aston Villa opening on Monday.

Afternoon Ticker: Cunningham named MLS Player of the Week, Barcelona, Manchester United eye Ozil and more

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By TRAVIS CLARK

If this weekend is any indication, Jeff Cunningham's annual goal-scoring streak could just be getting started.

The MLS veteran scored a brace against the Philadelphia Union on Sunday, his plaudits earning him MLS Player of the Week honors.

USSF D-2: A Look Back at Week 18

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By TRAVIS CLARK

For the first time since April 10, the Carolina Railhawks won a game at home.

Carolina defeated the Montreal Impact 2-0 at WakeMed Soccer Park in North Carolina, beginning a stretch of playing three games out of the next four at home. Goals from Cory Elenio and Josh Gardner were enough to secure the victory.

An early look at the MLS Playoff Race

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As we move closer to the 20-game mark in the MLS season, and the end of summer draws nearer, it's a good time to see where the MLS playoff race stands as we prepare for the stretch drive.

The Los Angeles Galaxy, Columbus Crew and Real Salt Lake all boast comfortable cushions of between 12 and 17 points between them and the San Jose Earthquakes, currently the first team on the playoff bubble, while FC Dallas, the New York Red Bulls and Seattle Sounders all currently have five to seven point cushions.

O'Neill resigns as Aston Villa manager

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In one of the more shocking developments of the summer, Martin O'Neill has resigned as Aston Villa manager.

The sudden resignation comes just days before the English Premier League season is to get underway.

Aston Villa has appointed reserve team manager Kevin MacDonald as interim manager.

Monday Kickoff: Sounders down Dynamo, United defeat Chelsea and more

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By TRAVIS CLARK

Fredy Montero is placing the Seattle Sounders on his back and carrying them back into postseason contention.

The young Colombian striker was once again instrumental in orchestrating the Sounders attack, scoring one and setting up a second in Seattle's 2-0 win Sunday evening.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Coming off an embarrassing 8-1 loss, IK Start went back to its winning ways as Clarence Goodson made his way back into the lineup.

Having served a one-game suspension for yellow card accumulation last week, Goodson helped IK Start post a 3-1 victory over Brann.

5 DPs, no goals for Fire, Red Bulls

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The Chicago Fire (5-5-6) and New York Red Bulls (8-6-4) played to a 0-0 draw on Thursday in the first MLS game to feature five designated players.

Mexican star Rafael Marquez started in his MLS debut along with fellow New York DP's Thierry Henry and Juan Pablo Angel and the Fire's Freddie Ljungberg, but neither team made a mark on the scoresheet in front of 21,868 fans, the biggest crowd ever at Toyota Park.

MLS Week 19: A Look Ahead

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By TRAVIS CLARK

Another packed weekend of MLS action beckons, and a change to catch a number of the new signings clubs have landed of late.

Sunday night's meeting in Bridgeview, Ill. between the Chicago Fire and New York Red Bulls is a chance to catch a glimpse of five Designated Players on the field at once a first for MLS.

This Weekend's Soccer on TV

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If you don't want to wait until Tuesday's USA-Brazil friendly to watch U.S. national team players in action, this weekend's slate of games on TV will offer plenty of opportunity to see them.

Those bummed about Jermaine Jones not playing next week can take heart in the fact that they can see him play against a top opponent on Saturday, while those hoping to catch a glimpse of Oguchi Onyewu might be in for a treat tonight.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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The Los Angeles Galaxy take on Cristiano Ronaldo and Real Madrid tonight in one of the summer's more highly-anticipated friendlies.

The Galaxy-Galactico showdown is one of several quality matches on tap today.

Afternoon Ticker: Johnson scores, Deco transfers and more

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By FRANCO PANIZOÂ

Eddie Johnson's pursuit for playing time under new Fulham manager Mark Hughes took a step in the right direction as Johnson scored in the club's 5-1 win against Werder Bremen on Saturday.

Johnson netted the final goal in the match, receiving a pass in space from Zoltan Gera before finishing from 10 yards out.

Real Madrid vs. Los Angeles Galaxy: Match Night Commentary

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BY ADAM SERRANO

In one of the most wildly anticipated friendlies of the summer, the Los Angeles Galaxy take on Spanish giant Real Madrid at the World famous Rose Bowl in Pasadena. (7:30pm PST, FSC)

The match serves as the final match for Galaxy midfielder Clint Mathis who will play his last match in the stadium where he began his illustrious career.

Higuain leads rally as Real battles back to defeat the Galaxy, 3-2

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The Los Angeles Galaxy wanted to put on a show in front of 89,134 at the Rose Bowl and by taking a 2-0 lead at the end of the first half, they succeeded. Los Angeles impressed before Real Madrid roared back to win 3-2 thanks to a pair of goals by Gonzalo Higuain.

Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

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The symbolic beginning of the English Premier League season has kicked off this morning with the Community Shield between Chelsea and Manchester United.

The top two teams in England are squaring off in the match before the actual Premier League season kicks off next week.

Chelsea-ManU is just one of a handful of promising matches on today's schedule.

Altidore scores equalizer in Villarreal friendly

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U.S. national team striker Jozy Altidore scored the equalizing goal for Villarreal in Sunday's 2-2 exhibition draw against Besiktas, volleying home his first goal since scoring in a pre-World Cup friendly against Turkey.

The goal came against Turkish club Besiktas, the same team he was reportedly set to be sold to.

Philadelphia Union vs. FC Dallas (Your Running Commentary)

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The Philadelphia Union takes on FC Dallas in an inter-conference showdown at Pizza Hut Park (6pm, Fox Soccer Channel).

Sebastien LeToux will look to lead Philly to a rare road victory (the Union is 1-7-1 on the road this season), while FC Dallas will look to build off its mid-week 2-2 exhibition draw against Inter Milan.

Fire vs. Red Bulls: Match Night Commentary

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The New York Red Bulls have traveled to the Midwest this weekend to take on the Chicago Fire in the rekindling of a rivalry that has been rather one-sided in recent years.

Tonight's match has special significance because it could be the first match to feature five Designated Players.

Fire vs. Red Bulls: Match Night Commentary

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The New York Red Bulls have traveled to the Midwest this weekend to take on the Chicago Fire in the rekindling of a rivalry that has been rather one-sided in recent years.

Tonight's match has special significance because it could be the first match to feature five Designated Players.

Philadelphia Union vs. FC Dallas (Your Running Commentary)

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The Philadelphia Union takes on FC Dallas in an inter-conference showdown at Pizza Hut Park (6pm, Fox Soccer Channel).

Sebastien LeToux will look to lead Philly to a rare road victory (the Union is 1-7-1 on the road this season), while FC Dallas will look to build off its mid-week 2-2 exhibition draw against Inter Milan.

Altidore scores equalizer in Villarreal friendly

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U.S. national team striker Jozy Altidore scored the equalizing goal for Villarreal in Sunday's 2-2 exhibition draw against Besiktas, volleying home his first goal since scoring in a pre-World Cup friendly against Turkey.

The goal came against Turkish club Besiktas, the same team he was reportedly set to be sold to.

Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

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The symbolic beginning of the English Premier League season has kicked off this morning with the Community Shield between Chelsea and Manchester United.

The top two teams in England are squaring off in the match before the actual Premier League season kicks off next week.

Chelsea-ManU is just one of a handful of promising matches on today's schedule.

Higuain leads rally as Real battles back against Galaxy to win, 3-2

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 BY ADAM SERRANO

The Los Angeles Galaxy wanted to put on a show in front of 89,134 at the Rose Bowl and by taking a 2-0 lead at the end of the first half, they succeeded. Los Angeles impressed before Real Madrid roared back to win 3-2 thanks to a pair of goals by Gonzalo Higuain.

Real Madrid vs. Los Angeles Galaxy: Match Night Commentary

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BY ADAM SERRANO

In one of the most wildly anticipated friendlies of the summer, the Los Angeles Galaxy take on Spanish giant Real Madrid at the World famous Rose Bowl in Pasadena. (7:30pm PST, FSC)

The match serves as the final match for Galaxy midfielder Clint Mathis who will play his last match in the stadium where he began his illustrious career.

Afternoon Ticker: Johnson scores, Deco transfers and more

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By FRANCO PANIZOÂ

Eddie Johnson's pursuit for playing time under new Fulham manager Mark Hughes took a step in the right direction as Johnson scored in the club's 5-1 win against Werder Bremen on Saturday.

Johnson netted the final goal in the match, receiving a pass in space from Zoltan Gera before finishing from 10 yards out.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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The Los Angeles Galaxy take on Cristiano Ronaldo and Real Madrid tonight in one of the summer's more highly-anticipated friendlies.

The Galaxy-Galactico showdown is one of several quality matches on tap today.

This Weekend's Soccer on TV

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If you don't want to wait until Tuesday's USA-Brazil friendly to watch U.S. national team players in action, this weekend's slate of games on TV will offer plenty of opportunity to see them.

Those bummed about Jermaine Jones not playing next week can take heart in the fact that they can see him play against a top opponent on Saturday, while those hoping to catch a glimpse of Oguchi Onyewu might be in for a treat tonight.

Remembering Clint Mathis' best moments

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Even before the Mohawk, and the World Cup goal, and the five-goal game, Clint Mathis was making a name for himself as a Los Angeles Galaxy rookie some twelve years ago.

For these past dozen years, Mathis has wowed us, impressed us, frustrated us, disappointed us, and inspired us with his ability on the soccer field.

Afternoon Ticker: Portsmouth survives court decision, Robinho wants to stay in Brazil and more

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By TRAVIS CLARK

Portsmouth FC face a long road to recovery, but got some good news today.

A High Court decision in favor of the financially struggling club will allow the team to stay afloat as it attempts to pay off its creditors.

Jones will miss Brazil friendly, Altidore and Gonzalez called in (UPDATED)

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German-born midfielder Jermaine Jones will have to wait a while longer to make his U.S. national team debut.

Jones is skipping next week's USA-Brazil friendly after initially accepting the invitation.

SuperLiga: Monarcas Morelia vs. Houston Dynamo (Your Running Commentary)

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The Houston Dynamo look to make it an all-MLS SuperLiga final when they host Monarcas Morelia in tonight's semifinal (8 p.m., Telefutura). Winner of tonight's game advances to play the New England Revolution.

Morelia emerged from New England's Group B, and have already thumped MLS opposition once this year, defeating the Chicago Fire 5-1 in group play.

Columbus Crew vs. Philadelphia Union: Your Running Commentary

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MLS action continues Thursday evening as the Columbus Crew travel to PPL Park to take on the Philadelphia Union (8 p.m., ESPN2/ESPN3.com).

Philadelphia looks to build a winning tradition at their new home in Chester, Pa., and face a difficult challenge with the Crew visiting. The Union are currently just three points off the bottom of the Eastern Conference, and will look to distance themselves from the bottom and creep towards a playoff spot.

Americans Abroad: A Look Ahead

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Before Carlos Bocanegra captains the U.S. national team in its friendly against Brazil, he'll be trying to do something he hasn't done in nearly two years: make his team debut.

Bocanegra will be aiming to see action with new club Saint Etienne as it opens the season on the road against Paris Saint-Germain.

Friday Kickoff: Crew beat Union, Morelia knock out Houston and more

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By TRAVIS CLARK

Two goals from Steven Lenhart was enough for the Columbus Crew, as the Eastern Conference leaders won on the road 2-1 over the Philadelphia Union.

Lenhart struck first in the 43rd minute, heading home off a Guillermo Barros Schelotto free kick.

Who should the USA start vs. Brazil?

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The highly-anticipated USA-Brazil friendly is just five days away, and now that we know who the United States will be fielding, it's time to take a look at what the starting lineup might look like on Tuesday.

The inclusion of Jozy Altidore to the squad should shake up the look of what we can expect from Bob Bradley against the Brazilians.

USSF D-2: A Look Ahead at Week 18

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By TRAVIS CLARK

Can the Tampa Bay Rowdies slow down the Austin Aztex?

It's a question the Florida side will look to answer on a trip to House Park in Austin, Tex. Saturday evening (8:30 p.m.). Two previous matches between the two sides this season have already yielded entertaining draws, one a 3-3 encounter, the other 2-2, both back in April.

MLS Week 19: A Look Ahead

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By TRAVIS CLARK

Another packed weekend of MLS action beckons, and a change to catch a number of the new signings clubs have landed of late.

Sunday night's meeting in Bridgeview, Ill. between the Chicago Fire and New York Red Bulls is a chance to catch a glimpse of five Designated Players on the field at once a first for MLS.

USSF D-2: A Look Ahead at Week 18

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By TRAVIS CLARK

Can the Tampa Bay Rowdies slow down the Austin Aztex?

It's a question the Florida side will look to answer on a trip to House Park in Austin, Tex. Saturday evening (8:30 p.m.). Two previous matches between the two sides this season have already yielded entertaining draws, one a 3-3 encounter, the other 2-2, both back in April.

Who should the USA start vs. Brazil?

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The highly-anticipated USA-Brazil friendly is just five days away, and now that we know who the United States will be fielding, it's time to take a look at what the starting lineup might look like on Tuesday.

The inclusion of Jozy Altidore to the squad should shake up the look of what we can expect from Bob Bradley against the Brazilians.

Friday Kickoff: Crew beat Union, Morelia knock out Houston and more

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By TRAVIS CLARK

Two goals from Steven Lenhart was enough for the Columbus Crew, as the Eastern Conference leaders won on the road 2-1 over the Philadelphia Union.

Lenhart struck first in the 43rd minute, heading home off a Guillermo Barros Schelotto free kick.

Americans Abroad: A Look Ahead

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Before Carlos Bocanegra captains the U.S. national team in its friendly against Brazil, he'll be trying to do something he hasn't done in nearly two years: make his team debut.

Bocanegra will be aiming to see action with new club Saint Etienne as it opens the season on the road against Paris Saint-Germain.

SuperLiga: Monarcas Morelia vs. Houston Dynamo (Your Running Commentary)

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The Houston Dynamo look to make it an all-MLS SuperLiga final when they host Monarcas Morelia in tonight's semifinal (8 p.m., Telefutura). Winner of tonight's game advances to play the New England Revolution.

Morelia emerged from New England's Group B, and have already thumped MLS opposition once this year, defeating the Chicago Fire 5-1 in group play.

Columbus Crew vs. Philadelphia Union: Your Running Commentary

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MLS action continues Thursday evening as the Columbus Crew travel to PPL Park to take on the Philadelphia Union (8 p.m., ESPN2/ESPN3.com).

Philadelphia looks to build a winning tradition at their new home in Chester, Pa., and face a difficult challenge with the Crew visiting. The Union are currently just three points off the bottom of the Eastern Conference, and will look to distance themselves from the bottom and creep towards a playoff spot.

Jones will miss Brazil friendly, Altidore and Gonzalez called in (UPDATED)

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German-born midfielder Jermaine Jones will have to wait a while longer to make his U.S. national team debut.

Jones is skipping next week's USA-Brazil friendly after initially accepting the invitation.

Afternoon Ticker: Portsmouth survives court decision, Robinho wants to stay in Brazil and more

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By TRAVIS CLARK

Portsmouth FC face a long road to recovery, but got some good news today.

A High Court decision in favor of the financially struggling club will allow the team to stay afloat as it attempts to pay off its creditors.

SBI Live Q&A (Aug. 4 Edition)

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Good afternoon everybody. It's that time again. Time for us to discuss all things soccer (and some things pop culture) during SBI's semi-regular Live Q&A.

We had some technical difficulties but I'm hoping everything is fine now.

Want to talk U.S. national team?

USA announces roster for Brazil friendly

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The USA roster for next week's friendly has been released and it features some new faces as well as some familar ones, with 14 of the 18 players called in coming from the 2010 USA World Cup team.

Landon Donovan, Tim Howard and Carlos Bocanegra are among the veterans, while Jermaine Jones and Alejandro Bedoya are two non-World Cup players on the squad that will face Brazil on Tuesday in New Jersey.

Fire counting on Ljungberg to provide creativity

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Photo courtesy of the Chicago Fire

 BY ANTHONY ZILIS

When Chicago Fire head coach Carlos de los Cobos joined the Fire last offseason, he pledged that his team would play attractive soccer, with more short passing in the midfield.

The departures of playmakers Cuauhtemoc Blanco and Chris Rolfe made that more difficult and left the team sorely lacked creativity in the midfield.

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

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The Los Angeles Galaxy face a huge climb tonight as they look to qualify for the group stages of the CONCACAF Champions League against the Puerto Rico Islanders. (5 pm PST, FSC)

Los Angeles needs to win by a four goal margin tonight after losing 4-1 at home to the Division 2 team last week.

Struggling Galaxy eliminated from Champions League

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BY ADAM SERRANO

A day after two MLS teams qualified for the CONCACAF Champions League group stage, the top team in MLS failed to join them.

The Puerto Rico Islanders made their 4-1 first-leg lead stand up on Wednesday as their tough defense held the Los Angeles Galaxy to a 2-1 victory in Bayamon.

Fantasy MLS: Week 19

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By AVI CREDITOR

Major League Soccer's hope that the new Designated Player rule would have some owners open up their wallets is coming to fruition, as evidenced by the last few weeks.

With New York inking two DPs, Seattle adding two and shipping one to Chicago (which added another of its own) and D.

Thursday Kickoff: Revs reach SuperLiga final, Kaka sidelined and more

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The New England Revolution are struggling through a tough MLS season, but will play in yet another SuperLiga final after beating Mexican side Puebla on Wednesday night, advancing on penalty kicks after tying 1-1 in regulation.

Kenny Mansally provided the Revs' lone goal and also converted the winning penalty kick after Matt Reis made a vital save in the fourth round of penalties.

Win tickets to tonight's Union-Crew match

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If you are a Philadelphia Union fan, or a traveling Columbus Crew fan, and you are looking for tickets to tonight's Union-Crew match, SBI has the contest for you.

SBI is giving away two club seat tickets to tonight's match (8pm, ESPN2). All you have to do to win is submit a comment below with your email address in the email section (which can't be seen by the public) along with one sentence on why you deserve tickets to tonight's match.

SBI USSF Division 2 Power Rankings: Week 17

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By TRAVIS CLARK

Miami FC finally managed a win. The often maligned Blues grabbed a 1-0 victory on the road against fellow stragglers Crystal Palace Baltimore.

More movement seems to occur on the bottom of the Power Rankings than the top these days, and the same was true this week.

Remembering Clint Mathis' best moments

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Even before the Mohawk, and the World Cup goal, and the five-goal game, Clint Mathis was making a name for himself as a Los Angeles Galaxy rookie some twelve years ago.

For these past dozen years, Mathis has wowed us, impressed us, frustrated us, disappointed us, and inspired us with his ability on the soccer field.

Fantasy MLS: Week 19

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By AVI CREDITOR

Major League Soccer's hope that the new Designated Player rule would have some owners open up their wallets is coming to fruition, as evidenced by the last few weeks.

With New York inking two DPs, Seattle adding two and shipping one to Chicago (which added another of its own) and D.

Thursday Kickoff: Revs reach SuperLiga final, Kaka sidelined and more

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The New England Revolution are struggling through a tough MLS season, but will play in yet another SuperLiga final after beating Mexican side Puebla on Wednesday night, advancing on penalty kicks after tying 1-1 in regulation.

Kenny Mansally provided the Revs' lone goal and also converted the winning penalty kick after Matt Reis made a vital save in the fourth round of penalties.

Win tickets to tonight's Union-Crew match

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If you are a Philadelphia Union fan, or a traveling Columbus Crew fan, and you are looking for tickets to tonight's Union-Crew match, SBI has the contest for you.

SBI is giving away two club seat tickets to tonight's match (8pm, ESPN2). All you have to do to win is submit a comment below with your email address in the email section (which can't be seen by the public) along with one sentence on why you deserve tickets to tonight's match.

Galaxy crash out the Champions League despite 2-1 win over Islanders

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BY ADAM SERRANO

The Los Angeles Galaxy were eliminated from the CONCACAF Champions League on Wednesday night by the Puerto Rico Islanders after earning a 2-1 victory in Bayamon. The point leaders of MLS fell on aggregate 5-3 to USSF Division 2 side.

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

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BY ADAM SERRANO

The Los Angeles Galaxy face a huge climb tonight as they look to qualify for the group stages of the CONCACAF Champions League against the Puerto Rico Islanders. (5 pm PST, FSC)

Los Angeles needs to win by a four goal margin tonight after losing 4-1 at home to the Division 2 team last week.

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

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BY ADAM SERRANO

The Los Angeles Galaxy face a huge climb tonight as they look to qualify for the group stages of the CONCACAF Champions League against the Puerto Rico Islanders. (5 pm PST, FSC)

Los Angeles needs to win by a four goal margin tonight after losing 4-1 at home to the Division 2 team last week.

Fire counting on Ljungberg to provide creativity

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Photo courtesy of the Chicago Fire

 BY ANTHONY ZILIS

When Chicago Fire head coach Carlos de los Cobos joined the Fire last offseason, he pledged that his team would play attractive soccer, with more short passing in the midfield.

The departures of playmakers Cuauhtemoc Blanco and Chris Rolfe made that more difficult and left the team sorely lacked creativity in the midfield.

USA announce roster for Brazil friendly

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The USA roster for next week's friendly has been released and it features some new faces as well as some familar ones, with 14 of the 18 players called in coming from the 2010 USA World Cup team.

Landon Donovan, Tim Howard and Carlos Bocanegra are among the veterans, while Jermaine Jones and Alejandro Bedoya are two non-World Cup players on the squad that will face Brazil on Tuesday in New Jersey.

SBI Live Q&A (Aug. 4 Edition)

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Good afternoon everybody. It's that time again. Time for us to discuss all things soccer (and some things pop culture) during SBI's semi-regular Live Q&A.

Want to talk U.S. national team? Have questions about the CONCACAF Champions League? Wondering what is wrong with the LA Galaxy? Have a question about the new Jersey Shore (okay, those you could keep to yourself.

SBI Live Q&A set for 1:30pm today

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Okay folks, I'm back from a much-needed vacation and it's time for the latest SBI Live Q&A.

There is a ton to discuss, including the U.S. national team's upcoming Brazil friendly, the transfer market, the CONCACAF Champions League and all things MLS. We can also discuss some pop culture, such asnew albums and the new season of Entourage, if you're so inclined.

Wednesday Kickoff: MLS sweeps CCL series, Kljestan latest assist and more

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Major League Soccer saw two more teams advance to the group stage of the CONCACAF Champions League after Toronto FC and the Seattle Sounders both registered vital draws to win their respective play-in series.

Toronto FC posted a 2-2 draw against Honduran club CD Motagua. Former TFC midfielder Amado Guevara scored twice for Motagua, but Chad Barrett's equalizer gave Toronto the 3-2 series win on aggregate.

D.C. United fires Onalfo, Olsen named interim coach

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D.C. United has endured a nightmare 2010 season and Curt Onalfo has paid the price for the team's disappointing results. The first-year D.C. coach has been fired and has been replaced by D.

CONCACAF Champions League: Your Running Commentary

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Toronto FC and the Seattle Sounders can move a step further in the CONCACAF Champions League tonight as they both take on Central American opponents in second legs of their two-game series.

Toronto FC takes on CD Motagua (8pm, Fox Soccer Channel) in Honduras after winning the first leg, 1-0, while the Sounders face Metapan in El Salvador tonight (10pm, Fox Soccer Channel) with a similar 1-0 lead.

Mathis announces his retirement

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BY ADAM SERRANO

The Los Angeles Galaxy announced on Tuesday afternoon that midfielder Clint Mathis would be retiring after the club's friendly with Real Madrid on August 7th.

"It has been an amazing and exciting ride, full of moments and people that will stay with me forever," said Mathis in a press release.

Marquez Unveiled as 3rd Red Bull DP

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BY MIKE NASTRI

The Red Bulls officially introduced Mexican national team star Rafael Marquez on Tuesday, making the team the first in MLS to boast three Designated Players.Â

Marquez signed a three and a half year deal with the Red Bulls, which he chose over a handful of top European clubs, including Juventus.

Afternoon Ticker: Columbus lands Mendoza, Robles to Karlsruhe and more

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By FRANCO PANIZO

The Columbus Crew is set to strengthen its attacking options, as the club is expected to sign Peruvian forward Andres Mendoza.

Mendoza, 32, will sign with the club after impressing during his trial, which began on Monday. The former Peruvian international has previously played for clubs such as Club Brugge, Monarcas Morelia and Olympique Marseille.

Rafa Marquez Intro Press Conference

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The Red Bulls will introduce their third Designated Player today, former Barcelona defender Rafa Marquez. SBI will have complete coverage of the event throughout the day, but for now, be sure to tune in to the stream below as Marquez is introduced at Red Bull Arena at 1:15 p.m.

If you're watching, feel free to leave any thoughts or comments below.

Tuesday Kickoff: MLS clubs prepare for CCL battle, Torres commits to Liverpool and more

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Toronto FC and the Seattle Sounders are in Central America today to play the second legs of their respective CONCACAF Champions League series, and both are in for tough battles as they attempt to hold on to 1-0 leads from their first legs.

Soccer-themed scoring celebration of the year?

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It isn't often when football players pay homages to soccer in their scoring celebrations, but Canadian Football League wide receiver Dave Stala of the Hamilton Wild Cats did just that last week as he pulled off one of the more impressive touchdown celebrations you'll ever see.

Enjoy.


No word yet on which NFL player will try to pull this off, though noted soccer lover and self-professed soccer player Chad Ochocinco seems like a prime candidate.

MLS Ticker: Onstad to have surgery, Gaven to be evaluated and more

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By TRAVIS CLARK

Injury issues continue to plague the Houston Dynamo, this time striking goalie Pat Onstad.

The 41-year-old goalie, who had missed the last two league matches because of an abdominal injury, now heads to Germany for surgery. Recovery time is expected to last between 10 to 20 days, meaning he could be back by the end of the month.

What MLS teams can bounce back in the second half of the season?

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By TRAVIS CLARK

With July making way for August, the pressure really begins to turn up for clubs in search of a playoff berth.

The international transfer window has seen a number of moves, as front offices bolster rosters in an effort to fortify rosters and make a playoff run.

New York adds Marquez as third Designated Player

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The New York Red Bulls hunt for a third DP ended Monday, as the club announced the signing of Mexican national team captain Rafa Marquez.

Another long-rumored New York move came to fruition just two days after Marquez was released by his former club Barcelona over the weekend. The addition of the 31-year-old defender/midfielder gives Hans Backe a couple of lineup options, depending on how he chooses to use his newest addition.

Angel named Player of the Week

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Juan Pablo Angel's first league game starting alongside Thierry Henry saw the 34-year-old forward strike twice in a 2-2 draw against the Houston Dynamo.

While Angel might be disappointed to not come away with all three points, his goal-scoring plaudits saw him earn the MLS Player of the Week award, Angel's second of the season.

USSF D-2: A Look Back at Week 17

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By TRAVIS CLARK

No matter the opponent, the Austin Aztex keep on rolling.

A struggling Miami FC came to House Park, with the hopes of slowing down the rampant Aztex. But goals from Eddie Johnson and Lawrence Olum gave the hosts a 2-0 early in the second half, and they wouldn't look back.

Who will be the next to 100 goals in MLS?

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In MLS, the 100-goal club is elite territory.

Only seven players can claim a spot in that club, with Landon Donovan joining it with his 100th goal, a penalty kick against the Chicago Fire on Sunday evening.

Now, the race to become the next 100-goal score is one led by Donovan's current teammate Edson Buddle.

Morning Ticker: Garber agrees to contract extension, Chinese billionaire bidding for Liverpool and more

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By TRAVIS CLARK

MLS Commissioner Don Garber will remain at the helm of the league through at least 2014.

The Board of Governors approved a contract extension over the weekend, and Garber has agreed to stay on as commissioner of MLS. During his 11 year tenure, MLS has undergone significant changes and growth.

Cosmos poised for a comeback

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The rumors of a New York Cosmos revival have circulated for a better part of three decades, but the first real signs of a potential comeback for the storied club have emerged.

A group has purchased the rights to the New York Cosmos brand and stand poised to capitalize on Major League Soccer's desire to add a second New York team after announcing its return at a New York soccer event on Sunday.

Early goals too much as Galaxy falls to Fire, 3-2

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BY ADAM SERRANO

Three goals inside of the opening 20 minutes by Marco Pappa, Collins John and Mike Banner were the difference as the Chicago Fire were able to hold off a Landon Donovan led comeback to defeat the Los Angeles Galaxy, 3-2 on Sunday night.

Early goals too much as Galaxy falls to Fire, 3-2

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BY ADAM SERRANO

Three goals inside of the opening 20 minutes by Marco Pappa, Collins John and Mike Banner were the difference as the Chicago Fire were able to hold off a Landon Donovan led comeback to defeat the Los Angeles Galaxy, 3-2 on Sunday night.

Youngsters shine as Chivas USA flatten Crew, 3-1

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BY ADAM SERRANO

"This was a win to remember."

The words of midfielder Paulo Nagamura after Chivas USA's impressive 3-1 victory over the Eastern Conference leading Columbus Crew. Goals by Justin Braun, Blair Gavin and Carlos Borja -- all of whom are 23-years-old or younger -- were the difference as the Rojiblancos dominated, shutting out Columbus until a Steven Lehart goal in the 88th.

Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

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The Los Angeles Galaxy will look to rebound from its disappointing mid-week CONCACAF Champions League embarrassment against Puerto Rico when it takes on the new-look Chicago Fire today.

The Fire could unveil newly-acquired playmaker Freddie Ljungberg, who will be looking to keep the Galaxy on its current slide.

Kansas City outlasts TFC, 1-0, at home

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By KURTIS LARSON

A momentary lapse of concentration early in the second-half was all Kansas City rookie Teal Bunbury needed to find space behind the TFC defense to give the Wizards a 1-0 win in front of a sellout crowd at Community American Ballpark Saturday night.

Henry's debut spoiled as Dynamo tie Red Bulls

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Thierry Henry played his first full match in months, and while he missed a few golden chances, the French star still showed plenty of the skill expected of one of the world's most famous soccer players.

Henry assisted on a pair of Juan Pablo Angel goals, but Houston's Brian Mullan spoiled the debut with a 90th-minute equalizer to help a 10-man Houston Dynamo earn a 2-2 draw at Roberton Stadium on Saturday night.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Edgar Castillo may be coming off the bench with new club San Luis, but he made a case for more playing time with a goal in San Luis' 2-1 loss to Puebla.

Castillo came off the bench in the 55th minute of the match and scored nine minutes later, hitting a left-footed shot from distance into the back of the net.

Revs, Union tie at PPL Park

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Sebastien LeToux and Marko Perovic have carried their respective attacks this season and both continued to deliver as each scored goals in New England's 1-1 tie against Philadelphia at PPL Park on Saturday.

Chicago Fire vs. Los Angeles Galaxy: Match Day Commentary

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BY ADAM SERRANO

The revamped Chicago Fire pay a visit to the Los Angeles Galaxy on a beautiful late afternoon day at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California.

The clubs earned the lionshare of the publicity this week, but for two very different reasons.

Chicago Fire vs. Los Angeles Galaxy: Match Day Commentary

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BY ADAM SERRANO

The revamped Chicago Fire pay a visit to the Los Angeles Galaxy on a beautiful late afternoon day at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California.

The clubs earned the lionshare of the publicity this week, but for two very different reasons.

Revs, Union tie at PPL Park

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Sebastien LeToux and Marko Perovic have carried their respective attacks this season and both continued to deliver as each scored goals in New England's 1-1 tie against Philadelphia at PPL Park on Saturday.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Edgar Castillo may be coming off the bench with new club San Luis, but he made a case for more playing time with a goal in San Luis' 2-1 loss to Puebla.

Castillo came off the bench in the 55th minute of the match and scored nine minutes later, hitting a left-footed shot from distance into the back of the net.

Henry's debut spoiled as Dynamo tie Red Bulls

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Thierry Henry played his first full match in months, and while he missed a few golden chances, the French star still showed plenty of the skill expected of one of the world's most famous soccer players.

Henry assisted on a pair of Juan Pablo Angel goals, but Houston's Brian Mullan spoiled the debut with a 90th-minute equalizer to help a 10-man Houston Dynamo earn a 2-2 draw at Roberton Stadium on Saturday night.

Kansas City outlasts TFC, 1-0, at home

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By KURTIS LARSON

A momentary lapse of concentration early in the second-half was all Kansas City rookie Teal Bunbury needed to find space behind the TFC defense to give the Wizards a 1-0 win in front of a sellout crowd at Community American Ballpark Saturday night.

Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

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The Los Angeles Galaxy will look to rebound from its disappointing mid-week CONCACAF Champions League embarrassment against Puerto Rico when it takes on the new-look Chicago Fire today.

The Fire could unveil newly-acquired playmaker Freddie Ljungberg, who will be looking to keep the Galaxy on its current slide.

Youngsters shine as Chivas USA flatten Crew, 3-1

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BY ADAM SERRANO

"This was a win to remember."

The words of midfielder Paulo Nagamura after Chivas USA's impressive 3-1 victory over the Eastern Conference leading Columbus Crew. Goals by Justin Braun, Blair Gavin and Carlos Borja -- all of whom are 23-years-old or younger -- were the difference as the Rojiblancos dominated, shutting out Columbus until a Steven Lehart goal in the 88th.