The chants of "Red Bull Reject" rang out in Red Bull Arena, but the player they were aimed at
didn't hear them.
No, Mike Magee was too focused on the task at hand, helping the No. 1 seed Los Angeles Galaxy
post an opening playoff win against the New York Red Bulls, which just so happened to be Magee's
CHESTER, Pa. - In a game between a two-time MLS Cup champion and a team two years into its
existence, one squad's playoff experience shined through.
After Andre Hainault and Sebastien Le Toux traded goals in a furious opening seven minutes,
Calen Carr netted a 30th minute winner and the Houston Dynamo held on for the final hour to earn an
2-1 away win over the Philadelphia Union in front of a sellout crowd at PPL Park.
The defending MLS Cup champion Colorado Rapids take on Sporting Kansas City today in Eastern
Conference semifinal action, and while the Rapids are reigning champs, Sporting KC comes in as the
favorites in a series that kicks off tonight (7:30pm, Fox Soccer Channel).
The Rapids find themselves in the Eastern Conference bracket for the second straight year, but
face a very tough opponent in the semifinals as Sporting KC has been one of the strongest teams in
the league in the second half of the season.
The Los Angeles Galaxy will begin their chase for the 2011 MLS Cup title today against a New York
Red Bulls squad intent on shaking up the playoff field wih an upset of the Supporters Shield
winners (3pm, ESPN2).
Today's Western Conference semifinal first leg brings us to frigid Red Bull Arena, where some
surprising snow covered the area on Saturday.
The Manchester Derby stole all the headlines last week, but the focus in Europe returns to
London this weekend as Arsenal and Chelsea renew their Derby.
Chelsea is coming off a disappointing derby loss to Queens Park Rangers, and will face an
Arsenal side growing in confidence after a slow start to the season, thanks in large part to
red-hot striker Robin Van Persie.
The Seattle Sounders enter the MLS playoffs as one of the league's hottest teams, but in order
to find success in the first leg of the Western Conference semifinals, they'll have to do so
without their midfield maestro.
Mauro Rosales has been ruled out of the first leg of the Sounders' series against Real Salt
Lake, according to the Seattle Times.
The Los Angeles Galaxy have succeeded in every goal that they've set out for themselves this
season thus far. Supporters' Shield? Check. Advancing to the quarterfinals of the CONCACAF
Champions League? Check.Â
On Sunday against the New York Red Bulls, the Galaxy begin their assault on the last item of
their list, an MLS Cup title.
The New York Red Bulls began the season playing as advertised, producing a high-octane style of
play, outpossessing teams and using their cavalcade of international stars to try and overpower the
The MLS playoffs take center stage this weekend, with the first legs of the conference
semifinals on tap for Saturday and Sunday.
Real Salt Lake and Seattle kick things off Saturday night in a highly anticipated clash of
league powers, followed by Sunday's triple-header of Los Angeles-New York, Philadelphia-Houston and
Colorado-Sporting Kansas City.
Luis Gil is well aware of the hype. As a 17-year-old whose uncanny skill and composure on the
ball has drawn the attention of such European titans as Arsenal and Real Madrid, it would be hard
not to be.
The Colorado Rapids flew under the radar last season en route to capturing their first MLS Cup
Despite holding that distinction, the Rapids find themselves in a similar position in 2011. The
defending champions are again quietly still very much alive after defeating the Columbus Crew in
Thursday night's wild card match to advance into the Eastern Conference bracket.
The Colorado Rapids will take their first step toward trying to repeat as MLS Cup champions when
they face the Columbus Crew in the second of two MLS Wild Card games this week (10pm, Direct
The Rapids will look to take advantage of the home-field edge provided at Dick's Sporting Goods
Park against a Columbus side that will be looking for some revenge after being eliminated from the
2010 playoffs by the Rapids.
The Colorado Rapids will take their first step toward trying to repeat as MLS Cup champions when
they face the Columbus Crew in the second of two MLS Wild Card games this week (10pm, Direct
The Rapids will look to take advantage of the home-field edge provided at Dick's Sporting Goods
Park against a Columbus side that will be looking for some revenge after being eliminated from the
2010 playoffs by the Rapids.
Bob Bradley's first game in charge of the Egyptian national team is a little more than a couple
of weeks away, and his opponent, Brazil, named its squad for the friendly that will take place in
Doha, Qatar, on Nov. 14.
While it's not a complete first-team squad because of domestic-based players staying in Brazil
for the final stretch of the Brazilian championship, the Selecao are re-introducing Real Madrid
midfielder Kaka to the mix for the first time since the 2010 World Cup.
Giuseppe Rossi's season has come to a screeching halt.
Rossi's club Villarreal confirmed that the New Jersey-born striker tore his right ACL against
Real Madrid in Wednesday's 3-0 loss at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, and he will have to miss the next
six months of action.
Coming off a the best season of his career to date, the 24-year-old Rossi had scored five goals
in all competitions for Villarreal this season including two in UEFA Champions League play.
Chelsea may not be bolting from Stamford Bridge for a new home after all.
The club came up short in its attempt to convince the necessary majority of the Chelsea Pitch
Owners to sell back the stadium land that the club sold to the supporter-spearheaded group, and as
a result, the club can't regain ownership of the entire grounds.
The New York Red Bulls may have eked into the playoffs, but they're in a position to shake up
the postseason picture in a big way after their latest performance.
Joel Lindpere finished a cross from substitute Mehdi Ballouchy in the 61st minute, and Thierry
Henry scored an insurance goal in the final seconds of stoppage time to lift the Red Bulls to a 2-0
victory over FC Dallas in a single-elimination wild card match Wednesday night.
The road to the 2011 MLS Cup Final begins tonight, with the New York Red Bulls taking on FC Dallas
at Pizza Hut Park in Major League Soccer's first wild card match (Fox Soccer Channel, 9pm).
FC Dallas enters the match as the highest-seeded wild card team, but a 2-5 finish to the regular
season has Schellas Hyndman's club looking vulnerable against a New York Red Bulls side that
finished the season strongly.
Surprise contender Levante and Real Madrid sat back and watched Tuesday as Barcelona leapfrogged
both teams to take the top spot in the Spanish league table. Both have a chance to strike back as
part of a packed Wednesday afternoon of soccer.
Between full slates of La Liga and Serie A games, there's plenty of domestic action to go
around, but cup play is also a big part of the day, as the remaining four spots in the Carling Cup
quarterfinals will be claimed by day's end.
The Vancouver Whitecaps have parted ways with assistant coaches Denis Hamlett and Colin Miller,
the team announced on Wednesday.
With incoming head coach Martin Rennie taking the reins and acting head coach Tom Soehn moving
back to the front office, it's not a big surprise that Rennie would want to bring in his own staff,
but the move leaves two experienced assistants available for other positions.
The first two games of the MLS postseason are set for Wednesday and Thursday night, with the new
wild card format meaning that for two teams it's win and advance, and for two others it's lose and
New York and Dallas open the MLS playoffs Wednesday night at Pizza Hut Park in a meeting of two
teams that had serious title aspirations entering the season.
For much of his rookie season, Chicago Fire defender Jalil Anibaba has gone about his business
putting in work on the back line, but during his regular-season finale, Anibaba made sure to show
off his offensive arsenal as well.
Anibaba scored the first two goals of his MLS career in the opening 30 minutes against Columbus
with a pair of headers from inside the box to earn the final SBI MLS Rookie of the Week honors of
Danny Koevermans needed little time to adjust to MLS, and his performance in Toronto FC's
regular-season finale was the latest piece of evidence of that.
The bruising Dutch Designated Player came up with a goal and an assist in Toronto's
season-ending 2-2 draw with the New England Revolution to put a cap on an impressive few first
months in MLS and take home SBI MLS Player of the Week honors.
By all accounts, New York Red Bulls and U.S. international centerback Tim Ream has struggled in
his second season as a professional, but that doesn't necessarily mean that major clubs overseas
haven't taken note of his potential.
According to reputable UK outlet The Independent, Arsenal has sent scouts to watch Ream in
action during Wednesday night's MLS playoff match against FC Dallas.
The New York Red Bulls have seen what their low-seeded predecessors have accomplished, and
despite falling short of regular-season expectations, the club is hoping to continue the MLS trend
of recent years.
"I was thinking a little about that record," Red Bulls manager Hans Backe said.
Two of the big dogs are still alive in the Carling Cup.
Manchester United and Arsenal each advanced to the quarterfinals of the Carling Cup, with the
Red Devils beating League Two upstart Aldershot Town, 3-0, and Arsenal came from behind to defeat
fellow top-flight side Bolton, 2-1.
Any plans that FC Dallas fans might have had for David Ferreira to make his return in the
postseason should be put on hold.
Ferreira, last year's MLS MVP, has been out since breaking his ankle in an April 23 victory at
Vancouver. He has been working his way back to fitness but is unlikely to suit up for FCD during
the postseason, according to FC Dallas coach Schellas Hyndman.
After a slip-up to West Virginia, the UConn men's soccer team fell off its perch atop the NCAA
RPI rankings, allowing Maryland to claim the top spot. Both teams sport 13-1-2 records, but
Maryland is coming off of a tie at now-No.
It's that time again. Time to discuss all things soccer in the latest SBI Live Q&A.
With the MLS playoffs set to kick off on Wednesday night, and with so much going on in the
international soccer world, we won't have a shortage of topics to discuss. Want to talk about MLS
It's that time again. Time for us to discuss all things soccer in the latest SBI Live Q&A.
If you follow SBI on Facebook you were informed of today's planned Live Q&A last night. Now that
you know, get your soccer-related questions ready and join me at Noon today so we can talk
everything from the MLS playoffs to European soccer to the U.
A riveting weekend of international club soccer just came to an end, but Tuesday's slate of cup
and league matches provides a chance for some more fireworks.
Manchester United takes on upstart Aldershot Town (2:45 p.m., Fox Soccer Plus/FoxSoccer.tv) and
Arsenal faces Bolton in Carling Cup round-of-16 matches; Barcelona returns to action against
Granada (2 p.
After a year in which the United States women's national team reached the World Cup final, Abby
Wambach, Hope Solo and Alex Morgan were rewarded by being namedÂ are among the 10 finalists for the
FIFA Women's World Player of the Year award.
Jurgen Klinsmann's stable of youth coaches continues to evolve.
Richie Williams was hired by U.S. Soccer as the coach of the Under-18 national teamÂ on Monday,
joiningÂ Caleb Porter (U-23) and Tab Ramos (U-20) as recent youth coaching hires under Klinsmann
who will look to discover and develop the next generation of U.
The 2011 MLS Draft was considered a good one with more long-term upside than immediate
contributors when it took place last January, but as the season went on, we realized that the
number of rookies who would wind up playing key roles on teams would be higher than most would have
The Chicago Fire didn't make the playoffs in 2011, but the team's strong finish to the regular
season has interim head coach Frank Klopas looking look a good candidate to keep the coaching job.
No decision has been made yet, but Klopas, also the team's Technical Director, does plan on being
with the club in 2012, whether as the head coach or in another role.
It took Manchester City until the 60th minute to score its second goal at Old Trafford Sunday,
but once Mario Balotelli had tapped home James Milner's cross for his and the team's second of the
match, the metaphorical floodgates opened.
Sergio Aguero struck in the 69th and Edin Dzeko added a brace of his own in the last minute plus
stoppage time as the visitors hammered their derby rivals 6-1.
There is just one match remaining in the 2011 MLS regular season, but that one match will have
implications for a plethora of teams.
The Houston Dynamo play host to the LA Galaxy tonight (7pm, Galavision/Direct Kick) in their
final match at Robertson Stadium before moving into their new stadium in 2012, a match that will
set the final playoff match-ups for the entire league.
NSC Minnesota Stars picked a good time to get its first win over the Ft. Lauderdale
After going winless in four regular season games against the team from South Florida, Minnesota
defeated the Strikers in front of 4,511 fans at home in NSC Stadium in the first leg of the NASL
The most highly-anticipated match of the European club season has arrived, with rivals
Manchester United and Manchester City clashing today with first place in the English Premier League
and bragging rights in the city of Manchester on the line.
Manchester City is currently in first place, riding the stellar form of striker Edin Dzeko and
midfielder David Silva, but City hasn't played nearly as tough a schedule early on as Manchester
United, who have already faced Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool while City has yet to face any of
those regulars in the EPL Top Four.
Playoff spot clinched, Real Salt Lake had victory in its grasp in its regular-season finale
Saturday night at Rio Tinto Stadium, plus the chance to lock up the No. 3 seed from the MLS Western
Conference with no help from other results.Â
BRIDGEVIEW, Ill.-- When the Chicago Fire and Columbus Crew squared off on Saturday night it was
the Crew that had everything to play for and the Fire just playing out the string. You wouldn't
have known it based on how both teams came out though, as the Fire completed a strong finish to the
2011 season with another victory while the Crew stumbled their way into the post-season.
CARSON, Calif. â€“ Playing a game with nothing on the line, the Seattle Sounders went into their
match against Chivas USA on Saturday night looking to stay healthy and looking to keep up their
recent outstanding form heading into the MLS playoffs.
WASHINGTON - The path to the Eastern Conference title will go through Livestrong Sporting
When Sporting Kansas City wrapped up its record road trip to start the MLS campaign in June, the
club's 1-6-3 mark was the league's worst. But thanks to a four-month surge driven by the club's
raucous new venue and capped by a 1-0 win at D.
With MOST of the final weekend of the 2011 MLS regular season being played today, we will have a
very clear picture of what the playoff match-ups will be for the playoffs once tonight's matches
are finished. With that in mind, we will be listing the match-ups and tonight's results so you can
have an updated look at what the playoffs look like.
It may seem strange to see FC Barcelona tied atop the Spanish Premier League standings with
Levante, but Lionel Messi and Co. will have their chance to start pulling away from the upstarts by
beating fourth-place Sevilla in today's battle of La Liga unbeatens.
Barcelona is just one point ahead of familiar foe Real Madrid, but sitting two points back is
Sevilla, which will have hopes of springing an upset today.
A day after being named head coach of the U.S. U-23 men's national team, Porter held a telephone
conference to discuss his new role, plans to qualify for the upcoming Olympics and what he wants to
Well, the New York Red Bulls sure took the drama out of this weekend.
With New York's 1-0 win over the Philadelphia Union on Thursday, the 10th and final ticket to
the postseason was booked, and the Portland Timbers and Chicago Fire were eliminated from playoff
FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla. - In four meetings during the regular season, the Ft. Lauderdale Strikers
went undefeated against NSC Minnesota Stars with a 2-0-2 record and 6-2 goal advantage.
That may have happened in the last few months, but it will seem like long ago to both teams as
they attempt to get a win in the first leg ofÂ the NASL Championship Series at NSC Stadium in
Minnesota on Saturday (8:30pm ET).
The exhausted bodies crumbled to the turf one-by-one after Jair Marrufo's final whistle
Wednesday night, the instant whenÂ hope was extinguished and reality set in. There will be no MLS
postseason for D.
Three months into the season, Everton and Fulham are each just two points away from the
relegation zone, leavingÂ Tim Howard and Clint Dempsey to attempt to help further their respective
club away from there this weekend.
The New York Red Bulls only needed a tie on Thursday night to secure their place in the 2011 MLS
playoffs, but they stepped up despite missing their best player and delivered a victory and some
hope for a dream ending to a largely disappointing season.
Playing without star striker Thierry Henry, the Red Bulls rode an own goal forced by Dane
Richards and disciplined defending on their way to a 1-0 victory over the Philadelphia Union at Red
The third round of the Europa League group stage is underway, and there are a handful of intriguing
matches on tap.
Udinese and Atletico Madrid are set to do battle in one of Thursday's top matches, while
Celtic's road game against Stade Rennes is another to keep an eye on. Several Americans could also
see the field today, including defenders Steve Cherundolo and Jonathan Spector.
Watching Dwayne DeRosario show tremendous heart and incredible ability in trying to will D.C.
United to a victory on Wednesday night against Portland, soomething came to mind that I had thought
about a few times before. Something about DeRosario that is probably widely-accepted as fact, but
never really discussed.
George John had to hold off on his dreams of a move to Europe this summer when a proposed
transfer to Blackburn fell through in the final stages. Those events may ultimately lead John to
wind up at a better club this winter, if reports are to be believed.
According to the UK Daily Mail, Everton and Wigan are both on the trail of the FC Dallas
defender and are expected to make January bids for the big centerback.
These last two days of CONCACAF Champions League group matches have not been kind to American
The Colorado Rapids, despite deploying front-line players in a clear effort to win, became the
third U.S. club in two days to lose its finale of group play after Wednesday night's 2-0 loss to
Santos Laguna in Torreon, Mexico.
Chelsea turned in an epic first-half performance as Andre Villas-Boas remains unbeaten in UEFA
Champions League play with his new club.
Chelsea demolished tiny Racing Genk 5-0 at Stamford Bridge with four goals coming in the first
half. More encouraging for the Blues is the regained form of Fernando Torres, who notched a double
within the first 30 minutes.
Arsene Wenger knows Olympique Marseille quite well from his years in French soccer, and the
Arsenal manager will hope to turn that knowledge into points for his side when it faces Marseille
in a key UEFA Champions League battle.
Marseille and Arsenal are in the top two positions, respectively, in Group F, and their meeting
is one of the more intriguing matchups on Wednesday's slate.
D.C. United and the Portland Timbers can feel each other's pain, but that won't make for a
cordial atmosphere when the two do battle in a crucial match Wednesday night at RFK StadiumÂ (8
p.m., MLS Direct Kick/MatchDay Live/SBI Live Commentary).
Both teams are coming off of deflating home losses and remain on the outside of the playoff
picture looking in with just days remaining in the MLS regular season.
With most of the playoff spots spoken for, the final week of MLS is sure to be
Coaches are more likely to rest key players, which makes picking a fantasy team very difficult.
Since lineups lock for MFLS on Wednesday, you will have to set your lineup with some uncertainty
D.C. United striker Charlie Davies has reportedly filed a $20 million lawsuit against the
nightclub owner and party host that continued to serve alcohol to the woman that was behind the
wheel on the night of the accident that tragically killed one passenger and severely injured
A day after No. 2 ranked North Carolina suffered an upset loss to Davidson College, unbeaten and
No. 1 ranked UConn also fell.
West Virginia rode goals from Shadow Sebele and Eric Schoenle to post a 2-0 victory over the
Huskies in Morgantown on Tuesday night.The Mountaineers took it to the visiting Huskies for much of
the match, and broke through when Sabele converted a first-half penalty kick in the 34th
Sergio Aguero rescued Manchester City with a goal with the last kick of the game as the UEFA
Champions League newcomers retained hope of advancing to the knockout rounds with a 2-1 win over
Pablo Zabaleta fired a low cross in front of goal in the third minute of stoppage time and David
Silva failed to make contact at the near post but the ball found its way to Aguero, who made no
mistake from close range.
Major League Soccer has taken some major strides during the 2011-2012 CONCACAF Champions League,
but as the final games of group play approach, there is still work to be done before crowning this
campaign as a great success.
Only one MLS team, Seattle, has clinched a place in the knockout stage so far, but that could
all change Tuesday night.
Entering the final week of the MLS season, much is already sorted out, and that is reflected in
the latest SBI MLS Power Rankings.
With nine teams already set for the playoffs, five teams eliminated from contention, and the
other four jockeying for that final berth there wasn't much moving and shaking after the last round
As we wind down to the final weekend of the 2011 MLS Regular Season the race for the Eastern
Conference regular season title, and the No. 1 seed that comes with it, is wide open. Four
different teams have a chance to clinch the top spot in the East.
Right now the front-runners are Sporting Kansas City and Philadelphia.
Perhaps No. 2 ranked North Carolina was looking ahead to Friday's showdown against No. 3 ranked
Maryland heading into Monday night's visit to tiny Davidson College. Whether it was distraction, or
just a special team effort by an underdog, the Wildcats took full advantage to knock out one of the
country's top teams.
Looks like it may have been tainted chicken after all.
FIFA revealed on Monday that a majority of the players tested in this past summer's U-17 World
Cup in Mexico had clenbuterol in their bodies, and that it was a result of eating contaminated meat
in the country.
Sporting Kansas City's C.J. Sapong has seen his playing time diminish some late on in the
regular season, due in part to the resurgance of Teal Bunbury as well as his own fatigue after a
long rookie season, but that hasn't stopped the Rookie of the Year front-runner from continuing to
Call it a sentimental pick if you like, but it was tough to give this week's SBI MLS Player of
the Week award to anybody but Seattle goalkeeper Kasey Keller.
Not only did Keller help draw a crowd of more than 64,000 to CenturyLink Field to see the final
regular season home game of his illustrious career, but the 42-year-old goalkeeper made a plethora
of clutch saves with his Seattle Sounders trailing San Jose.
That is where the 2011 MLS playoff race stands as we enter the final week of the regular season.
Nine playoff berths have been clinched, and while there is still plenty to be figured out as far as
match-ups and final places, the real drama will be the race to see who will be the last team to
squeeze into the playoffs.
There are better strikers than Gonzalo Higuain, but there may not be any in better form right
now. On Saturday, Higuain scored his third hat-trick in four matches to lead Real Madrid to a 4-1
victory over Real Betis.
It was the striker's second hat-trick in as many La Liga matches, bringing his goal total to
eight on the season, behind only fellow Argentine Lionel Messi for the league lead.
Despite the fact that there's still a full month until the January transfer window opens, the
possibility of LA Galaxy star David Beckham linking up with Paris St. Germain has the team talking.
Players Kevin Gameiro,Â Sylvain Armand andÂ Christophe Jallet all voiced their support for the
seasoned veteran signing on, and with the financial clout of PSG might be enough to land Beckham at
FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla. - The Puerto Rico Islanders won't soon forget the name Brian Shriver.
A week after scoring the final goal in the Fort Lauderdale Strikers' 3-1 road win against Puerto
Rico, Shriver bagged a brace in the second leg of the NASL semifinals series to give the hosts a
2-1 victory in front of 4,233 fans at Lockhart Stadium on Saturday night.
As far as intense rivalries go, you can't find many more intense than the Rome Derby.
Roma and Lazio always produce some of the most intese matches in Europe, and today should be no
different as the Serie A powers collide. Both teams have gotten off to slow starts in league play,
and are currently tied on points, but today's derby could help catapult one of them up the
Kasey Keller won't turn 42 years old until next month, but what a gift he was given by his
Seatlle Sounders Saturday night.Â
Make that a few gifts.
On what Washington state government officials proclaimed "Kasey Keller Day" around the state in
recognition of the veteran goalkeeper's final regular-season home match as a Sounder, Keller made
seven saves and watched from between the pipes as his teammates rallied from a one-goal deficit
through 81 minutes for a wild 2-1 win over the San Jose Earthquakes at CenturyLink Field.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. â€“ The Columbus Crew came into Gillette Stadium Saturday night knowing all it
needed to secure a fourth consecutive playoff berth was a win over the last-placed New England
Revolution. Ninety minutes and one of its more dominant performances of the year later, the Crew
had done just that.
WASHINGTON - After 89 forgettable minutes Saturday in a match seemingly destined to end in a
scoreless draw, D.C. United and the Chicago Fire more than made up for lost time with as dramatic a
final act as one will see in MLS all season.
United went ahead via an 89th minute penalty kick from Dwayne De Rosario, only to watch Chicago
notch goals from Sebastian Grazzini and Diego Chaves in stoppage time to steal a 2-1 win at RFK
The MLS season is down to its final two weeks and while most of the playoff spots are locked up,
there is still plenty to play for.
Today's matches will go a long way toward clearing up the playoff picture, particularly which
ten teams will be in the post-season. Houston's win against Portland on Friday night pushed the
Chicago Fire to the bring of elimination.
The Portland Timbers had a full stadium of fans trying to will them to a victory they sorely
needed to keep their playoff hopes in good shape. Unfortunately for the Timbers, the Houston Dynamo
were also hungry for a victory to boost their playoff prospects.
Houston put together a strong performance on the road for the second straight time, riding an
Andre Hainault goal and a stunning long-range blast from Danny Cruz to post a 2-0 victory over the
Timbers on Friday night.
Club soccer around the world returns from the international break this weekend. And how.
Whether it's European-based rivalry matches like Liverpool-Manchester United or Lazio-Roma, MLS
rivalry matches like Colorado-Real Salt Lake or Los Angeles-Chivas USA, or games featuring
Americans abroad who are continuing to get acclimated at their new clubs, this weekend's schedule
has it all.
With just a handful of matches remaining, nine teams are still competing for six available
postseason berths. AÂ slate of influential weekend fixtures kicks off Friday with a critical clash
in the wild-card race between the Houston Dynamo and Portland Timbers.
Kasey Keller's legendary playing career is winding down, and the expected crowd of more than
60,000 that will salute him at CenturyLink Field for his regular-season home finale Saturday night
is a testament to what he's meant to the city of Seattle and U.
For all the dominance the Puerto Rico Islanders and the Carolina Railhawks enjoyed during the
regular season, everything goes out the window once the playoffs start and both sides are in
serious danger of being home in time for Halloween.Â
The Puerto Rico Islanders were decimated by international callups and face a difficult task in
overturning a 3-1 deficit in Fort Lauderdale on Saturday.
Trouble is brewing in the front office of the Colorado Rapids.
In an interview with the Denver Post, head coach Gary Smith admitted that there is a
"relationship issue" between himself and Rapids techincal director Paul Bravo that may see Smith
decide not to re-sign with Colorado when his contract is finished at the end of the season.
For those who don't know Roger Espinoza's story well, they may just know him as the Sporting
Kansas City midfielder who also plays for the Honduran national team.
While Espinoza does play for Honduras, his career is very much rooted in the American dream, as
a fateful move from Honduras to the United States when he was just 11 changed his life forever and
has helped him eventually fulfill many of his biggest dreams.
The Kenny Cooper who has showed up in recent matches is exactly the player the Portland Timbers
hoped they were getting when they grabbed the veteran forward with their place in the MLS
allocation order prior to their expansion season.
The timing of Cooper's resurgence couldn't be better for a team that badly needs wins in order
to crash the MLS playoff party.
Just under two months after shocking the soccer world and signing for Russian sideÂ Anzhi
Makhachkala, Samuel Eto'o is being linked with a return to Inter Milan â€” on loan.
Eto'o left the Italian giants in late August, but when the Russian Premier League season takes a
break in January and February, meaning Eto'o could potentially return to Inter for a Serie A as
well as Champions League fixtures.
On the outside looking in for a playoff spot to begin the night, the climb toward the MLS
postseason got a little steeper for D.C. United.Â
The Vancouver Whitecaps played spoiler Wednesday night at B.C. Place Stadium, holding on for a
2-1 victory thanks to strong defensive play for 56 minutes, another goal for leading scorer Camilo
and the first career MLS goal for forward Long Tan.
BRIDGEVIEW, IL -- The Chicago Fire went into Wednesday night's match against FC Dallas knowing
that anything short of a victory would all but erase their chances of reaching the playoffs. For FC
Dallas, the match was about trying snap a losing streak and poor run of form.
The MLS season resumes Wednesday night with a couple of matches featuring teams in the thick of
the playoff hunt. Both D.C. United and the Chicago Fire need to come away with points to maintain
their hopes at sneaking into one of the remaining playoff berths.Â
Time is running short for D.C. United and the Chicago Fire, and an accelerated level of stress
is put on each of the remaining regular season games for two teams with postseason aspirations.
As two of the three teams on the outside of the current playoff picture but within striking
range, United and the Fire need to pile on the results beginning with tonight's matches against the
Vancouver Whitecaps and FC Dallas, respectively.
One of the more decorated American defenders of all-time is hanging up his boots.
Los Angeles Galaxy defender Gregg Berhalter announced his retirement on Wednesday, effective
after the end of the 2011 season. Over the course of his 18-year professional career, Berhalter
appeared in two World Cups for the United States while playing in professional leagues in England,
Germany, Holland and the United States.
HARRISON, N.J. -Â The U.S. men's national team is still a work in progress under new head coach
Jurgen Klinsmann. That much was made obvious during the last two friendlies against Honduras and
What may have been just as obvious is how well Clint Dempsey is adapting to a new role in the
more attack-oriented system Klinsmann is implementing, even if things aren't perfect yet.
HARRISON, N.J. -- MLS Commissioner Don Garber held an informal press conference at halftime of
the U.S. men's national team friendly with Ecuador Tuesday night, and he discussed a bevy of
topics, including MLS scheduling and expansion.
The first thing Garber touched on were the comments made recently by U.
That was the story Tuesday night as Argentina slumped to a 1-0 defeat away to Venezuela in the
second round of 2014 World Cup qualifying in South America. Despite replacing coach Sergio Batista
after a poor performance at the 2011 Copa America, Argentina once again struggled against a lesser
opponent under new coach Alejandro Sabella.
During the qualifying process for the 2010 World Cup, France put on a number of disappointing
performances and was forced to get in through the playoff round. On Tuesday, Les Bleus made sure
that wouldn't happen again.
A Samir Nasri penalty in the 78th minute rescued a 1-1 draw for France against
Bosnia-Herzegovina, allowing France to remain in first place in Group D and seal a place in EURO
The club break for international games continues on Tuesday with a loaded slate of intriguing
matchups across the world. Between the final Euro 2012 qualifiers, World Cup qualifiers and
friendlies, it's a good day to be by either a TV or computer. Â
The United States' friendly with Ecuador is sure to capture the attention of most fans in this
country, but tonight's Mexico-Brazil bout is also one to watch.
HARRISON, N.J. -Â The U.S. men's national team might have been able to cross off winning from
its to-do list after beating Honduras, but its primary goal now is to show further improvement
under the new system thatÂ head coach Jurgen Klinsmann is implementing.
Wayne Rooney is writing to UEFA inÂ hopes of keeping his one-game ban in the European
championship from being extended.Â
Rooney was sent off in England's draw with Montenegro for an unnecessary kick to Miodrag
Dzudovic, and it's up to UEFA to judge whether the automatic suspension should be increased to
three matches for violent conduct.
HARRISON, N.J. -- With the U.S. national team frequently playing in the New York-New Jersey
area, the novelty -- but not the joy -- of coming back has worn off a bit for a few of the players
who call the region home.
Robbie Keane has picked up an injury that force him to miss one of the most important games in
the Los Angeles Galaxy's season.Â
Ireland head coachÂ Giovanni Trapattoni ruled Keane out for Ireland's vital EURO 2012 Qualifer
against Armenia on Tuesday due to a adductor muscle injury that the forward picked up in a 2-0
victory over Andorra.
The U.S. men's national team's 1-0 victory against Honduras had its share of bright spots, but
also some question marks, making Tuesday's friendly against Ecuador a good chance for some players
to redeem themselves, and for some to show their stuff after seeing only limited time on
Top-ranked Connecticut was held to a scoreless draw by No. 12 Notre Dame in front of nearly
2,000 fans in South Bend, Indiana. The draw was the first time the Huskies failed to win in 12
tries this season while Notre Dame continued its home unbeaten run.
If having a week of rest and a first-round bye is supposed to be an advantage it certainly
didn't look that way on Saturday as both top-seeded Carolina and #2 Puerto Rico slumped to
first-leg losses in the semifinals of the NASL.
For the Puerto Rico Islanders, an astounding 10 international call-ups could explain a 3-1 loss
to the third-seeded Fort Lauderdale Strikers.
Just a few months after shocking the soccer world and snapping up Samuel Eto'o from Inter Milan
and making him the highest paid player in the world, Russian big spenders Anzhi Makhachkala are
planning a couple other eyebrow-raising transfers.
The Los Angeles Galaxy clinched their second consecutive Supporters' Shield trophy on Saturday
night when the Seattle Sounders dropped a 2-0 result to the Philadelphia Union.Â
Los Angeles has 64 points with two games remaining and with their regular season championship,
the Galaxy will have home-field advantage throughout the playoffs, including the 2011 MLS Cup
Final, which is scheduled to be played at Home Depot Center.
The Los Angeles Galaxy will have at least one trophy to show off this season.
With the Seattle Sounders falling to the Philadelphia Union 2-0, Los Angeles clinched the
Supporters Shield for the second consecutive season. As a result, the Galaxy also won homefield
advantage throughout the 2011 playoffs andÂ earned automatic entry into the group stage of the
2012-2013 CONCACAF Champions League.
For much of the first half of Saturday night's Seattle-Philadelphia match it looked as though
the short-handed Sounders would still find a way to knock off the visiting Union at CenturyLink
Field. Unfortunately for the reigning U.S. Open Cup champions, they squandered too many quality
scoring chances, giving Philadelphia continued life.
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. - When U.S. men's national team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann revealed his
starting lineup to his players, Danny Williams was in shock.
Williams, the 22-year-old son of an American serviceman and German mother, was included in the
starting XI that would take on Honduras at Sun Life Stadium on Saturday night, something that may
not have even seemed possible just a month ago.
The U.S. men's national team will play its fourth match under new head coach Jurgen Klinsmann
and will be looking for its first victory under the German manager as the Americans take on
Honduras at Sun Life Stadium (6pm, Fox Soccer Channel/Univision).
The Americans are 0-2-1 under Klinsmann, but the United States will look to break through
offensively after some struggles to score in recent matches.
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. - It has been a little more than two months since Jurgen Klinsmann took over
as head coach of theÂ U.S. men's national team, but that short period of time hasn't stopped an
increasing pressure from befalling the team already.
When the draw for Group G of EURO 2012 qualifying was made, many believed England had been
handed an easy road to the tournament. Their path ended up being much more difficult than many
expected, but Friday they finally punched their ticket to Poland and Ukraine.
The U.S. men's national team will field as close to a full strength squad as it has had since
Jurgen Klinsmann took over, leaving what should be some easy decisions when it comes time for him
to pick a lineup for Saturday's match vs. Honduras.
Landon Donovan is the lone regular starter not to make the trip to South Florida, and now
Klinsmann will have some good options as he tries to put together a team to deliver his first win
New England Revolution rookie centerback A.J. Soares will miss the club's final three games
after undergoing ankle surgery on Thursday.
Soares started 28 games in his first season in MLS, but he injured his left ankle and will need
the next 6-to-8 weeks to go through rehabilitation following the surgery, according to a
FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla. - After four training sessions in two days, the U.S. men's national team
returned the practice field on a cool Thursday evening finally able to do one thing: Focus on
Having been recovering from weekend games and with their upcoming friendly against the Catrachos
getting closer, the Americans went through a 90-minute session in which every player aside from
Nick Rimando (who is not yet in camp) participated.
FT. LAUDERDALE, FLA. - Following the news that Omar Gonzalez was open to considering playing for
Mexico, U.S. men's national team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann was again asked about his roster
omissions following Thursday evening's practice session.
Chuck Blazer's run as secretary general of CONCACAF will come to a close at the end of this
Blazer told the Associated Press that he'll be resigning from his post in DecemberÂ after a
21-year run in the position.Â Blazer added that he will maintain his position on FIFA's executive
committee, for which he won't potentially be up for re-election until 2013.
Los Angeles Galaxy centerback Omar Gonzalez hasn't gotten a whiff of the U.S. national team
since Jurgen Klinsmann became head coach, and as a result, it appears that he's keeping his options
open when it comes to international soccer.
If you had spoken with D.C. United coach Ben Olsen this past offseason and told him centerback
Ethan White, a 20-year-old Homegrown Player, would start 19 matches his rookie year, he "probably
wouldn't have believed you.
This week in MLS, which was originally intended to be an international calendar break, was
created due to games that were rescheduled throughout the year. There are three games this week,
and with only three weeks left in the MFLS schedule, it is important that you don't lose ground due
to players not playing.
More than the usual smattering of Rave Green gear sprinkled the streets of downtown Seattle
Wednesday. A plane circled high above Lake Union in the late afternoon, trailing a 3,000
square-foot Sounders FC scarf visible from downtown to the city of Bellevue across Lake
FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla. -Â The U.S. men's national team isn't quite thinking about Honduras just
The United States returned to the practice field on a cloudy Wednesday morning in South Florida,
but rather than turn their attention towards their soon-to-be opponents, the Americans used the
session to focus on themselves.
Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho received a two-game ban for poking Barcelona assistant coach
Tito Vilanova in the eye during a melee between the two clubs in August's Spanish SuperCopa.
The ban is only applicable in the SuperCopa, though, meaning that Mourinho won't have to serve
the suspension until next summer, and that's assuming he is still with Real Madrid and that the
club either wins the league or Copa del Rey to qualify for the two-legged tie.
Whether you're talking heroics like those shown by Fredy Montero and Osvaldo Alonso in Tuesday's
U.S. Open Cup, or CONCACAF Champions League performances by the likes of David Beckham and Landon
Donovan, some of the best players in MLS are performing well on multiple fronts, and not just in
With the New York Red Bulls' victory over the Los Angeles Galaxy Tuesday night, two more teams
had their playoff hopes officially dashed. The San Jose Earthquakes and Chivas USA joined Toronto
FC, New England and Vancouver as teams who will be missing out on the MLS postseason, leaving 13 of
the league's 18 teams vying for 10 spots.
It was almost the perfect redemption to an unaccomplished season for the Chicago Fire. Winning
the U.S. Open Cup for the fifth time in club history would have overshadowed all of the losses,
unnecessary draws, and most importantly, potentially missing out on the playoffs.
SEATTLE, WA -Â New York Greek American in the late 1960s. A St. Louis brewery side in the 1930s.
The Seattle Sounders. After the Sounders topped the Chicago Fire 2-0 Tuesday night before a
raucous, record-breaking crowd, those are the lone teams to three-peat in the 98-year history of
the Lamar Hunt U.
Harrison, NJ--Â The New York Red Bulls finally put together a dominating win that is expected of
the star-laden franchise, pushing them from the brink of missing the playoffs to looking like a
team capable of making noise in the post-season.
Honduras was already going to be without a number of regulars for its friendly against the
United States on Saturday, but a recent development means that Los Catrachos will be even more
shorthanded than previously thought.
Stoke City defensive midfielder Wilson Palacios has had to withdraw from Honduras' roster due to
a knee injury,Â according to reports from Honduras, and he won't take on the U.
The Los Angeles Galaxy have fortified their stay atop the SBI MLS Power Rankings after their
league-leading 18th victory, and while they shoot to top their league-record 68 points (set in
1998), the teams behind them continue to jockey for position.
FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla. - The U.S. men's national team hit the practice field on Tuesday morning to
begin preparations for its upcoming friendly against Honduras, andÂ head coach Jurgen Klinsmann
picked things up where he left off in September.
Either way, history is going to made in Seattle Tuesday night.
Should the host Seattle Sounders defeat the Chicago Fire in the U.S. Open Cup final (10 p.m.,
Fox Soccer Channel), then they'll put the finishing touches on a three-peat, something that has
never been done in the Major League Soccer era and hasn't been accomplished since Greek American AA
did so in 1967-1969.
Chelsea has called Stamford Bridge home since 1905, but it could be looking to secure a new
place to play after recent actions by the club's executives.
The club does not own the pitch and stands at the stadium, which are instead have been owned by
the Chelsea Pitch Owners since 1993 in an effort to make sure that the grounds wouldn't be bought
by property developers, according to the BBC.
For the second straight day, the Portland Timbers got the better of the Vancouver Whitecaps by a
After the Timbers' first team accomplished that feat in the debut of BC Place on Sunday, the
Portland reserves did the same on Monday on the strength of an 82nd-minute goal from Bryan Burke
and a clean sheet by Jake Gleeson.
This is from Saturday, but it's also a leading candidate for European goal of the season. Watch
as Bayer Leverkusen's Eren Derdiyok settles a long pass, volleys to himself while turning and
connects for a bicycle kick against Wolfsburg.
Landon Donovan has withdrawn from the U.S. national team for the upcoming friendlies against
Honduras and Ecuador, and he'll be replaced by his former Los Angeles Galaxy teammate, Edson
Donovan, who looked to suffer a bit of a knock in the second half of the Galaxy's 2-1 victory
over Real Salt Lake on Saturday night, has a strained right quadriceps and will use the
international break to recover.
There were 22 players selected ahead of Michael Farfan in the 2011 MLS Draft. For the second
straight week, the Philadelphia Union midfielder/defender showed many of those teams that passed on
him just what a mistake they made.
It's that time again folks. Time for us to discuss all things soccer in the latest SBI Live
I'll be holding a Live Q&A starting at 3pm today, where I'll be talking about everything from
MLS to the U.S. men's national team's upcoming friendlies, to any other soccer (and pop culture)
topics you want to get to.
For players looking to end a goal-scoring drought, one goal is usually enough to help end the
skid and provide a confidence boost. For Marco Pappa, one goal wasn't enough as he provided a
reminder of just how dangerous a player he can be.
Pappa's hat-trick performance in Chicago's 3-0 beating of Real Salt Lake was one of the best
games of the season and made Pappa the easy pick for MLS Player of the Week this week.
The Premier League's two Manchester giants continued to match each other result for result this
weekend. Each club posted a win on Saturday, but each one took a different route to its
Returning to league play after its surprising UEFA Champions League draw midweek against FC
Basel of Switzerland, Manchester United looked less-than-impressive in grinding out a 2-0 win over
CARSON, Calif. â€“ The Philadelphia Union were just a few seconds of regulation and a few
minutes of overtime from regaining the hold on first place they lost during the summer, but before
they could even celebrate it, Juan Pablo Angel stepped in to spoil the party.
The Philadelphia Union stand a win away from first place in the Eastern Conference, but Chivas
USA will be trying to stop that while also keeping their own faint playoff hopes alive today at
Home Depot Center.
The Union can jump ahead of Sporting KC into first place with a victory today, but will need to
do better than they have on the road this year, where they've posted a 3-6-5 mark.
The Chicago Fire isn't out of the playoff picture just yet.
Chicago kept itself in the mix for a playoff spot on Saturday night, earning a 1-1 draw with the
Houston Dynamo at Robertson Stadium. The result has Chicago on 37 points this season, three shy of
the last wild card spot currently held by the New York Red Bulls.
Tottenham and Arsenal square off today in the latest installment of the North London Derby, one
of the world's premier rivalries, and in this case, a battle between teams with similar aspirations
of being a Top Four team in the English Premier League.
Tottenham will be favored playing at White Hart Lane, and will look to punish an Arsenal defense
that has had its problems in the early season.
The New York Red Bulls needed a win against Toronto FC on Saturday to really boost their playoff
chances, but for a team with just two road wins all year, a draw was probably the more realistic
Toronto FC nearly left the Red Bulls with zero points, but Thierry Henry stepped up to save New
York one more time, collecting a Dax McCarty' corner kick and hitting a perfect turn and shot in
the 88th minute to help the Red Bulls salvage a 1-1 draw at BMO Field.
CARSON, Calif.-- An own goal proved decisive as the Â Los Angeles Galaxy continued their pursuit
of the Supporters Shield by overcoming their first halftime deficit of the season in a 2-1 victory
over Real Salt Lake.Â
RSL was able to put the Galaxy on their heels in the 45th minute when Fabian Espindola opened
the scoring, but a goal by Chad Barrett and an own goal by RSL's Nat Borchers gave the Galaxy the
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. â€” Sixteen-year-old Diego Fagundez scored in his first MLS start, but it was
Fredy Montero who made the difference in Seattle Sounders FC's 2-1 victory over the New England
Revolution at Gillette Stadium Saturday night.
The Columbian capitalized on sloppy defending from the Revs in the 36th and 47th minutes to
overturn Fagundez's 35th minute opener and improve the visitors to 16-6-9 (57 points) on the season
and keep the pressure on Los Angeles in the Supporters Shield race.
A controversial red card marred the Merseyside Derby on Saturday, with Liverpool capitalizing on
the man advantage to eventually post a 2-0 victory over Everton.
Before the Reds broke through, U.S. national team goalkeeper Tim Howard did his part to keep the
short-handed Toffees in the match with his latest penalty kick save, this time stopping Dirk Kuyt
with a perfect diving stop.
Inter Milan is in rebuilding mode under a new manager after a brutal start to the season, and
today will offer new manager Claudio Ranieri and his side a tough test to see just how far along
the blue side of Milan has come.
Napoli will provide the challenge, as Edinson Cavani and the crew from Naples look to boost
their own Serie A title hopes.