Soccer By Ives Archives for January 2011

Chivas USA vs. New England Revolution: Match Night Commentary

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BY ADAM SERRANO

The New England Revolution head west to the Home Depot Center to take on a Chivas USA side that is unbeaten in their last four matches (10:30 PST, MLS Direct Kick).

The Rojiblancos earned their first victory of the season last week on the road against the San Jose Earthquakes and will be looking to get their first home victory on Saturday night.

Rodgers goal helps Red Bulls edge KC

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Luke Rodgers found himself in the starting lineup yet again, and once again rewarded New York head coach Hans Backe's confidence.

The English striker finished off a Dwayne DeRosario cross in the first half to lift the Red Bulls to a 1-0 victory against Sporting Kansas City at Red Bull Arena on Saturday night.

Renteria scores twice; Crew hold off Whitecaps 2-1

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By JOSE M. ROMERO

Omar Salgado's first career MLS goal energized his play and that of his Vancouver Whitecaps, but Emilio Renteria was a handful for much of Saturday night's match and scored two goals of his own as the Columbus Crew downed Vancouver 2-1 at Crew Stadium.

Red Bulls vs. Sporting Kansas City: Match Night Commentary

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The New York Red Bulls take on Sporting Kansas City today and will look to keep their recent offensive hot streak going against a KC defense that has been allowing goals in bunches (7:30pm, MSG).

Thierry Henry will look to build on his two-goal game last, while Luke Rodgers earns another start.

Le Toux PK lifts 10-man Union over SJ

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Sebastien Le Toux scored his first goal of the season, doing so from the penalty spot, and the 10-man Philadelphia Union held off the San Jose Earthquakes for a 1-0 result at PPL Park Saturday afternoon.

Philadelphia was gifted the penalty when Earthquakes centerback Jason Hernandez went to ground to block an Amobi Okugo cross by the end-line, and referee Mark Geiger deemed that Hernandez handled the cross.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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Four games remain in the English Premier League season and if Chelsea is going to have any chance of catching Manchester United atop the standings, the Blues will likely have to win every one of them.

The first of the four comes today in the form of a stiff test from London rival Tottenham, which is trying to do it's on catching up by closing the four-point gap behind Manchester City for fourth place.

Bruin's hat-trick leads Dynamo past D.C. United

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The Houston Dynamo offense had struggled to generate goals for much of the 2011 season, but the cure for the lack of scoring came in the form of the D.C. United defense, which provided little resistance on Friday night.

Dynamo rookie Will Bruin scored a hat-trick to help lift the Dynamo to a 4-1 thrashing of D.

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

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The Houston Dynamo will look to extend a five-match unbeaten streak against a D.C. United team looking to erase the taste of last week's 4-0 thrashing against New York in tonight's MLS match-up (8:30pm, Fox Soccer Channel).

The Dynamo will be without forward Brian Ching once again, but will be lead by midfielder Brad Davis.

MLS Week 7: A Look Ahead

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By THOMAS FLOYD

For Real Salt Lake, there will be no time to dwell on its crushing home defeat in the CONCACAF Champions League second leg on Wednesday, as it now faces another steep challenge: trying to get a result at Jeld-Wen Field.

The Portland Timbers are undefeated at their boisterous home field and will be trying to keep it that way Saturday against Salt Lake.

It's SBI Ticket Contest Time

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If you are a New York Red Bulls or Philadelphia Union fan and you're in need of tickets to this weekend's matches, SBI has the contest for you. As we do on a regular basis, SBI is having contests for tickets to both the New York-Sporting Kansas City match as well as the Philadelphia Union-San Jose Earthquakes match on Saturday.

Copa Libertadores Round of 16: A Look Back

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By NESTOR F. SEBASTIAN

Chile's Universidad Catolica, Brazil's Fluminense and Argentina's Velez Sarsfield put themselves in prime position to advance to the quarterfinals with favorable results in this week's first legs of the Copa Libertadores Round of 16 stage.

Projecting the USA Gold Cup roster: April Edition

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One month away.

That's how close we are to finding out which 23 players Bob Bradley will select to represent the United States at the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup.Â

While the nucleus of the squad is pretty much set in stone, there are still some positions in a state of flux.

Take the forward position, where you have young sensation Juan Agudelo suddenly not starting for the New York Red Bulls, Charlie Davies off to a great start with D.

NASL Week 4: A Look Ahead

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By JOHN BOSCHINI

When they won the 2010 USSF Division 2 Championship, the Puerto Rico Islanders rode a stunning hot streak after a mediocre regular season.

That doesn't seem to be a problem this time around as Puerto Rico could open up a six-point lead at the top of the NASL table with a victory over the Ft.

This Weekend's Soccer on TV (& SBI's Top Ten Matches to Watch)

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It is no longer a battle between championship contenders, but Manchester United's battle against Arsenal this weekend will still make for great theatre.

Arsenal has dropped points in recent weeks and has fallen behind Chelsea in the Premier League standings, meaning this weekend's showdown vs.

The Latest from Special1 TV

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Americans Abroad: A Look Ahead

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By FRANCO PANIZO

It's been a tough season for Jonathan Spector and West Ham United, but they can still manage to climb out of the basement and avoid relegation with a strong run during the final month of play. That run will have to begin on Sunday as the Hammers go on the road to face one of the most talented teams in the Premiership.

MLS West Notes: San Jose looking for scoring touch, Harris has surgery & more

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BY ADAM SERRANO

The early season has not been kind to the San Jose Earthquakes.Â

The Earthquakes fell to Chivas USA on last Saturday, giving up an early lead and allowing the Rojiblancos to earn their first victory of the season.

SBI MLS Best XI: Week 6

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The New York Red Bulls and Los Angeles Galaxy sent clear messages last weekend that they are, in fact, legitimate championship contenders, and their respective blowout victories were led by four players who headline this week's SBI MLS Best XI.

Landon Donovan returned to his dominating ways to lead this week's group, while Donovan Ricketts made some amazing saves to join him.

UEFA Europa League: Your Running Commentary

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Giuseppe Rossi and Villarreal will look to do what they can to prevent an all-Portuguese UEFA Europa League final, as the Spanish side takes on Porto in the first leg of one of two semifinal ties on Thursday.

Portugal's Benfica and Sporting Braga meet in the other semifinal. Benfica has dominated the all-time series between the two sides but will be without star striker Eduardo Salvio, who broke his foot in the quarterfinals.

Mullan suspended 10 games, fined $5,000 for tackle that broke Zakuani's leg

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Colorado Rapids midfielder Brian Mullan has been suspended 10 games and fined $5,000 for his tackle that broke Steve Zakuani's leg in two places last Friday night.

The Major League Soccer Disciplinary Committee added nine games and $4,750 onto the automatic punishment for receiving a red card by determining that "Mullan's challenge was reckless, egregious, and showed utter disregard for the safety of his opponent," according to a statement released by the league.

Fantasy MLS: Week 8

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By ALAN LEDBETTER

This past fantasy week was filled with star players coming back strong from nagging injuries, and others getting injuries that will keep them out for quite a long time.

Thierry Henry proved all doubters wrong again this week by scoring two goals and notching an assist in an away game vs.

Eastern Conference notes: Boskovic avoids injury, Collin red rescinded & more

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By THOMAS FLOYD

The D.C. United faithful can breathe a sigh of relief.

After suffering a knee injury that knocked him out of the closing minutes of United's 3-2 U.S. Open Cup qualifying loss to New England on Tuesday, midfielder Branko Boskovic underwent an MRI on Wednesday, and the results were negative, meaning the Montenegro international should be available for D.

Real Madrid 0, Barcelona 2: The Highlights

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Which MLS team has the best chance to make a deep 2011-2012 CCL run?

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The dust is still settling from Real Salt Lake's disappointing loss to Monterrey in the CONCACAF Champions League final, but that doesn't mean it's too early to look ahead to the 2011-2012 edition of the tournament.

The draw for this summer's preliminary round will be held May 18, and as many as three Major League Soccer teams will be involved.

Red Bulls to play in Emirates Cup

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Thierry Henry is going back to the Emirates.

The former Arsenal striker and his New York Red Bulls teammates will participate in this summer's Emirates Cup along with host Arsenal, Paris-St. Germain and Boca Juniors.

New York will be the first Major League Soccer team to participate in the tournament, which is in its fifth year.

MLS teams grab advantage in Canadian championship semifinals

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After the first legs of the Nutrilite Canadian Championship semifinals, it's looking like an all-MLS final is on the docket.

Toronto FC and the Vancouver Whitecaps each scored road victories Wednesday night to take the advantage heading into next week's return leg of the semifinals.

Monterrey topples Real Salt Lake to win CCL title

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Real Salt Lake had a chance to make history on Wednesday night, but instead of history, RSL watched another team lift a trophy on its home turf.

Despite a plethora of early chances, and because of a handful of wasted late chances, RSL failed to score the goal that would make Real Salt Lake the first MLS team to win a CONCACAF Champions League title.

Real Salt Lake vs. Monterrey: Match Night Commentary

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Real Salt Lake stands 90 minutes from history, 90 minutes from lifting a trophy no MLS team has ever lifted.

Standing in the way is defending Mexican League champion Monterrey, which settled for a 2-2 tie in the first leg in Mexico. The 'Rayados' are struggling in league play, but are still a very talented team capable of pulling off what just might be considered an upset at this point.

Must-See Promo: RSL-Monterrey

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Real Salt Lake's CCL journey

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Dempsey scores twice, becomes Fulham's all-time leading goal scorer

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Clint Dempsey keeps re-writing the record books.

A few weeks after setting the single-season goal record for an American in the Premier League, Dempsey scored twice in Fulham's 3-0 victory over Bolton Wednesday to become the club's all-time leading goal scorer in the Premier League era with 33.

Real Madrid vs. Barcelona: Your Running Commentary

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For the third time in 12 days, rivals Real Madrid and Barcelona take to the pitch to add to their storied history. Only this time it's under the biggest set of circumstances yet.

The Spanish powers meet at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League semifinal tie (2:45, FX/FoxSoccer.

Behind the scenes: Real Salt Lake's final preparations for Monterrey

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Must-See Press Conference: Pep Guardiola

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Union to host Everton in July friendly

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Tim Howard's summer tour has another U.S. destination.

The U.S. national team goalkeeper and his club, Everton, will play the Philadelphia Union at PPL Park on July 20 in a friendly, the MLS side announced on Wednesday. Everton had already signed on to play a friendly against D.

Where will you be watching Real Salt Lake vs. Monterrey?

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The biggest game in American club soccer history takes place in Sandy, Utah, tonight, when Real Salt Lake tries to hold on to or build off of its 2-2 draw at Monterrey in the second leg of the CONCACAF Champions League final at Rio Tinto Stadium (10 p.m., Fox Soccer Channel/Telefutura).

Iniesta, Carvalho, Khedira out for Barca-Madrid Champions League clash

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Both Barcelona and Real Madrid will have to do some lineup shuffling ahead of today's UEFA Champions League semifinal first leg (2:45 p.m., FX) at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu.

Barcelona, which received word on Tuesday that Carles Puyol would be available, will be without midfield maestro Andres Iniesta, who has a calf strain.

Proposal: USMNT to start World Cup qualifying in semifinal round next June

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CONCACAF has submitted its proposal for 2014 World Cup qualifying to FIFA, and under the proposed set-up, the United States and the five other highest-ranked teams in the region according to the March FIFA world rankings will begin qualifying in the semifinal round in June, 2012.

Dube leads Revolution over D.C. United and into final U.S. Open Cup qualifier

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By AVI CREDITOR

BOYDS, Md. - With an efficient attack and a defense that bent a bunch and broke just enough times, the New England Revolution kept its hopes of making the U.S. Open Cup field of 40 alive.

Schalke 0, Manchester United 2: The Highlights

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RSL poised to make history

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By JOSE M. ROMERO

With a win at home Wednesday night, where Real Salt Lake hasn't lost in 37 straight matches, the 2010-2011 CONCACAF Champions League trophy will find a home in Sandy, Utah.

It's quite a story. Real Salt Lake has become the darling of soccer in America, with fellow MLS clubs among the many who've gotten behind the claret-and-blue shield in mass show of support for the club.

Behind the scenes: RSL ahead of the CONCACAF Champions League finals

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Holden on his road to recovery

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Schalke vs. Manchester United: Your Running Commentary

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The UEFA Champions League semifinals kick off today with upstart Schalke hosting favored Manchester United in the first leg of their tie (2:45 p.m., Fox Soccer Channel).

Schalke might be the underdog in this series, but that didn't get in the way of its overwhelming upset of cup holder Inter Milan in the quarterfinals.

Are Seattle and Dallas still poised for postseason success?

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Week 6 of the 2011 Major League Soccer season should have been remembered for Benny Feilhaber's debut in the league and the New York Red Bulls' and Los Angeles Galaxy's stars coming through.

Instead, it will go down as the week that Steve Zakuani and David Ferreira both suffered long-term injuries.

Mid-Day Ticker: Puyol cleared for Madrid match, Sunderland's crisis and more

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When Barcelona meets Real Madrid Wednesday afternoon for the third time in a span of less than two weeks it will have a major defensive reinforcement.

Captain Carles Puyol has been included in the squad for Barcelona's UEFA Champions League semifinal first leg with Madrid.

Canadian championship set to kick off

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Change is in the air north of the border, where a fourth team and a new format make for some intriguing action in the 2011 Nutrilite Canadian Championship, which kicks off Wednesday evening.

With the addition of NASL side FC Edmonton, the championships have moved from a three-team, round-robin format to a four-team, knockout stage-style tournament.

New York forwards all finding success in respective roles during latest streak

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By AVI CREDITOR

Hans Backe's forward selection quandary seems to be working itself out.

After an agonizing start to the season, one that saw the New York Red Bulls manager swap Luke Rodgers for Juan Agudelo in the starting lineup, the Eastern Conference favorites have scored seven goals in their last two matches.

In Reserve: Trialist's brace paces Fire; Crew's Mendoza scores, sees red & more

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Gabriel Ferrari had a shot deflect off Houston defender Eddie Robinson for an own goal, and Martin Rivas scored twice as the Chicago Fire topped the Houston Dynamo, 3-0, in MLS Reserve League action on Sunday morning.

Rivas, a 19-year-old Argentine trialist, is hoping to catch on with an MLS club after trialing with D.

Tuesday Kickoff: Champions League preview, Taiwo facing singing suspension and more

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By CALEB SONNELAND

Manchester United tonight faces Schalke 04 in the first leg of the Champions League semifinal at the Veltins Arena.

The German side is tagged as the underdog of the tie, however, as Valencia and Inter Milan found out the hard way, Schalke has plenty of weapons that could make United pay.

SBI MLS Player of the Week: Landon Donovan

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Landon Donovan sat out the Los Angeles Galaxy past few matches nursing a sore knee, but he showed no signs of the knee being a problem last week, scoring two goals and adding an assist in the Galaxy''s 3-0 win against the Portland Timbers. His performance was good enough to earn him SBI's MLS Player of the Week honors.

Americans Abroad: Monday Rewind

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By FRANCO PANIZO

If he hasn't already, Clarence Goodson appears to be cementing a starting spot for Brondby IF.

Goodson started his second game of the season for Brondby on Monday, and he helped the club shutout Randers FC, 4-0, with a 90-minute performance.

USL Pro recap: Richmond rolls, Charlotte and New York struggle to score

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By JOHN BOSCHINI

After four weeks of USL Pro action, one question is emerging. Can anyone stop Richmond?

The Richmond Kickers took their winning streak to four games with a victory over the defending champion Charleston Battery. The Kickers have outscored their opponents 7-2 in their first three games.

Mid-Day Ticker: Wenger blames himself, Berbatov ruled out and more

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Arsenal's hopes of of winning the Premiership title likely came to a halt this weekend, and Arsene Wenger is taking full responsibility for it.

Amid growing speculation of his future, Wenger is pointing the finger at himself rather than his players for what appears will be Arsenal's sixth consecutive season without silverware.

SBI MLS Power Rankings: Week 6

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A few weeks into the season, two of the league's expected powerhouses are playing at an extremely high level.

After falling off the pace slightly, the Los Angeles Galaxy and New York Red Bulls each put forth overwhelming results while posting clean sheets to reclaim their hold on the Nos.

How long should Mullan be suspended?

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Colorado midfielder Brian Mullan's reckless tackle of Seattle winger Steve Zakuani was the talk of the weekend in MLS, with Zakuani sidelined with a broken leg and Mullan facing a stiff suspension.

There has been plenty of talk about what sort of punishment Mullan should receive. Some believe it should only merit the usual suspension for a red card, while plenty feel a harsh punishment (some believing a season-long suspension) is justified.

European Weekend Rewind: Real Madrid gains momentum, Liverpool rolls & more

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By IAN HOLLIDAY

Real Madrid has been a long shot to overtake Barcelona for the La Liga title for a while now, but as the Spanish giants reach the midway point of their four-Clasicos-in-17-days stretch, the Merengues look to have momentum and confidence on their side going into this week's first leg of the UEFA Champions League semifinals.

NASL rewind: Montreal ties Tampa Bay, Atlanta loses at home again

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By JOHN BOSCHINI

The Atlanta Silverbacks just can't catch a break.

A 90th-minute penalty kick prevented Atlanta from earning its first point of the season and instead handed the Ft. Lauderdale Strikers their first win of 2011. It was the second time in their first three games that the Silverbacks conceded a winner in the 90th minute.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Robbie Findley had to wait longer than he would have liked, but he finally made his debut abroad this weekend.

Having fully recovered from a thigh injury picked up in February, Findley made his first appearance for Nottingham Forest on Saturday.

SBI MLS Spotlight: Chris Pontius

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SBI MLS Spotlight: Jan Gunnar Solli

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Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

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Arsenal's title hopes have faded, but now the Gunners must focus on holding off Chelsea for second place in the English Premier League.

In order to avoid sliding into third place permanently the Gunners will need to beat a struggling Bolton side looking to erase the memories of its ugly FA Cup exit.

Lekic nets first as Revs top Sporting KC

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By IAN HOLLIDAY

Benny Feilhaber got the start and most of the headlines this week, but it was the New England Revolution's other recent signing that made the difference at Gillette Stadium Saturday night.

Danish striker Rajko Lekic headed home the first goal of his MLS career in the 83rd minute to give the Revs a 3-2 win over Sporting Kansas City, their first since the second week of the season.

Donovan leads Galaxy past Timbers

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By JONATHAN VERA

CARSON, Calif., -- Landon Donovan's return to action after missing time with a knee injury came just in time as his two goals helped lift the Los Angeles Galaxy past the Portland Timbers, 3-0, at the Home Depot Center on Saturday night.

Ferreira sidelined with broken ankle

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Just a day after Seattle Sounders star Steve Zakuani was lost for the season with a broken leg, reigning MLS MVP David Ferreira joined the list of severely injured stars, suffering a broken ankle in FC Dallas' 2-1 win vs. Vancouver on Saturday.

Ferreira suffered the broken ankle on a challenge from Vancouver defender Jonathan Leathers.

Chivas USA tops San Jose for first victory

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By ADAM SERRANO

For weeks, Chivas USA has searched for goals.

On Saturday, the Rojiblancos finally found them and were able to earn their first victory of the season in a 2-1, come-from-behind result against the San Jose Earthquakes.

Alejandro Moreno and Mariano Trujillo scored the goals, which equaled the highest goal output that Chivas has had all season.

Toronto FC plays with 10 for a half, hangs on for 1-1 draw with Crew

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By JOSE M. ROMERO

Tony Tchani's first goal for his new team also got him sent off with a second yellow. His dismissal helped the Columbus Crew take a point on the road in Saturday's 1-1 draw with Tchani's side, Toronto FC.

The second-year midfielder guided in a long ball from teammate Julian de Guzman in the 41st minute.

Saturday England Rewind: United edges Everton, Torres scores for Chelsea and more

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Manchester United is now one step closer to the Premier League title after narrowly beating Everton today at Old Trafford by a score of 1-0.

True to form, United broke the deadlock on the 84th minute through a 'Chicharito' Hernandez header past Tim Howard.  The U.S. National Team keeper had been a rock throughout the match, and it was a cruel end for Everton, which was defensively sound until the goal.

San Jose Earthquakes vs. Chivas USA: Match Day Commentary

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BY ADAM SERRANO

It's not too early for a match to be a must win.

Chivas USA will look to earn their first victory as they travel on the road to Northern California to take on the San Jose Earthquakes. The match is vital for both teams as they look to avoid falling further back in the Western Conference standings.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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Manchester United is marching toward an English Premier League title, but the Red Devils will have to beat a familiar face to take a step closer.

Former United goalkeeper Tim Howard and Everton will look to upset Manchester United in one of the day's marquee match-ups. Everton is chasing Liverpool for sixth place in the Premier League, while United has pulled away from Arsenal in the title race.

Sounders' Zakuani suffers broken leg bones in Seattle's win over Rapids

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By JOSE M. ROMERO

The final score, a 1-0 road victory for the Seattle Sounders Friday night, hardly mattered in the grand scheme of things.Â

Steve Zakuani, one of the up-and-coming talents in MLS known for his ability to make things happen on offense with blazing speed on the wing, suffered a fractured tibia and fibia (according to the club) in the third minute of Seattle's match against the Colorado Rapids.

Sounders' Zakuani suffers possible broken leg in Seattle's win over Rapids

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By JOSE M. ROMERO

The final score, a 1-0 road victory for the Seattle Sounders Friday night, hardly mattered in the grand scheme of things.Â

Steve Zakuani, one of the up-and-coming talents in MLS known for his ability to make things happen on offense with blazing speed on the wing, suffered what looked to be a broken leg or ankle in the third minute of Seattle's match against the Colorado Rapids.

Reckless tackle leaves Zakuani with broken leg

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Seattle Sounders star Steve Zakuani looks set to miss the rest of the 2011 season after suffering a horrific broken leg early in Friday's Colorado-Seattle match.

Rapids midfielder Brian Mullan broke Zakuani's leg when he raced in on a reckless challenge just seconds after being involved in a sequence where he felt he was fouled.

Rapids vs. Sounders: Your Running Commentary

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The Colorado Rapids and Seattle Sounders will look to try and close the gap on Western Conference leaders Real Salt Lake and Los Angeles when they face off tonight in Colorado (9:30pm, Fox Soccer Channel).

The Rapids will look to halt their own two-match losing streak as well as Seattle's four-match unbeaten streak, while the Sounders will look to win with Fredy Montero back in the starting lineup.

MLS Week 6: A Look Ahead

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By THOMAS FLOYD

Although Real Salt Lake has done more than enough amid its MLS and CONCACAF Champions League conquests to establish itself as the team to beat in the Western Conference, sorting through the tier below is a trickier proposition.

This weekend's slate of MLS action should help clarify things a bit.

SBI Stoppage Time: MLS Edition

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Henry's DCU-RBNY postgame reaction

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SBI Stoppage Time: Red Bulls 4, United 0

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USL Pro Week 4: A Look Ahead

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By JOHN BOSCHINI

An early-season clash between a defending champion and the league leader highlights the fourth weekend of fixtures in the USL Pro.

The Easter weekend slate of matches kicks off tonight with the resurgent Orlando City welcoming a Puerto Rico United side that is struggling to find its feet after going winless in its opening home stand.

Revolution gets first jersey sponsor

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It's been a landmark week for the New England Revolution.

Just days after having U.S. national team midfielder Benny Feilhaber fall to them in the allocation order, the Revs announced a partnership with United Healthcare that will yield the first jersey sponsor in team history.

The partnership is of the philanthropic variety, as the Revolution and United Healthcare have teamed to raise awareness for chronic diseases among children, most notably obesity and diabetes.

Mid-Day Ticker: Houllier hospitalized; Meireles, Parker honored and more

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By CALEB SONNELAND

Aston Villa manager Gerard Houllier was hospitalized on Wednesday evening in Birmingham after suffering chest pains. Â

The Frenchman had undergone serious heart surgery during his managerial stint at Liverpool, but assistant coach Gary McAllister says that Houllier will only need "medicine and rest" in his road to recovery.

NASL Week 3: Carolina downs Edmonton and A Look Ahead

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By JOHN BOSCHINI

Week 3 in the NASL has already seen one surprising upstart stumble against a league favorite, and fans now look forward to weekend matchups featuring teams looking to get back on track.

On Wednesday, the Carolina Railhawks handed a surprising FC Edmonton team its first loss.

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Must-See Goal: Juan Agudelo

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Red Bulls dominate D.C. in 4-0 win

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By THOMAS FLOYD

WASHINGTON - After a modest start to the season, the star-studded New York Red Bulls are officially living up to the hype.

Striker Thierry Henry notched two goals and an assist, Joel Lindpere and Juan Agudelo added goals of their own, and New York put together its second straight emphatic win with a 4-0 triumph at Atlantic Cup rival D.

D.C. United vs. Red Bulls: Match Night Commentary

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The Atlantic Cup battle begins tonight as I-95 rivals D.C. United and the New York Red Bulls square off in a battle of Eastern Conference foes.

Both teams are coming off convincing 3-0 victories, with the Red Bulls looking to carry over the momentum from a 3-0 win against San Jose.

Western Conference Notes: Barrett looks to start, FCD U-18s stand out and more

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By ADAM SERRANO

Now that he's finally on the scoreboard, L.A. Galaxy forward Chad Barrett is hoping for brighter days in Los Angeles.

Barrett tallied his first goal in a Galaxy uniform on last Sunday's victory against the Chicago Fire. After starting several matches at the beginning of the season, Barrett has been resigned to the bench with Argentine Miguel Lopez taking his slot alongside Juan Pablo Angel.

Goodson returns to Brondby starting lineup, scores first goal in Denmark

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United States national team centerback Clarence Goodson made his return to Brondby's starting lineup Thursday and scored in the club's 3-0 win over Esbjerg.

Goodson, who made an appearance as a substitute last week, started for the first time since breaking his toe and scored on a header off a corner kick just before halftime to put Brondby out front.

MLS Ticker: Crew's Iro frustrated, no promotion-relegation and more

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Another frustrated tweet has made its way out of the Columbus Crew locker room.

Weeks after midfielder Robbie Rogers was involved in a little social media controversy, out-of-favor centerback Andy Iro vented his thoughts about his playing-time situation.

United, Red Bulls set for latest installment of Atlantic Cup rivalry

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Over the years, the D.C. United-New York Red Bulls rivalry has included some of the biggest names -- of both players and coaches -- in Major League Soccer history. Names like John Harkes, Marco Etcheverry, Luciano Emilio, Alecko Eskandarian, Jaime Moreno, Ben Olsen, Eddie Pope, Earnie Stewart, Mike Petke, Jozy Altidore, Clint Mathis, Juan Pablo Angel, Tab Ramos, Tony Meola, Tim Howard, Bruce Arena and Bob Bradley.

Copa del Rey trophy dropped, run over by Real Madrid bus during celebration

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You'd think after lifting the World Cup and European Championship trophies that Sergio Ramos would have celebration etiquette mastered. The Real Madrid defender dropped the Copa del Rey from the top of the club's bus during the celebration through the streets of Madrid after Wednesday's 1-0 victory over rival Barcelona.

Monterrey 2, Real Salt Lake 2: The Highlights

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Americans Abroad: A Look Ahead

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Like many of the Championship and League One teams, Derby County has two games in a span of three days this weekend, meaning Conor Doyle is likely to get a chance to score his first goal at the club level.

The U.S. U-20 national team striker has not played for Derby County since assisting in the March 12 win against Swansea City, but that should change as Derby faces Burnley on Saturday and Norwich City (and American centerback Zak Whitbread) on Monday.

Morales' late goal earns RSL draw, edge over Monterrey after first leg of CCL final

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When Real Salt Lake hosts the second leg of the CONCACAF Champions League final next week, it will do so sitting in the driver's seat.

Javier Morales scored an equalizer in the 89th minute to give RSL a 2-2 draw with Monterrey in the first leg of their final matchup in Mexico.

Real Salt Lake vs. Monterrey: Match Night Commentary

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Real Salt Lake will look to take a major step toward becoming the first MLS team to win the CONCACAF Champions League title by gaining a favorable result tonight against Monterrey in Mexico in the first leg of their two-game Championship series (10pm, Fox Soccer Channel)

Monterrey, Mexican champions in two of the past three Mexican seasons, will look to keep RSL from registering any road goals, while also trying to put some goals past a stingy Real Salt Lake defense.

Ronaldo's extra-time header lifts Real Madrid to Copa del Rey title

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After 102 minutes of physical play, tremendous goalkeeping and numerous chances both ways, Cristiano Ronaldo had the final say.

Ronaldo headed home an Angel di Maria cross at the end of the first period of extra time to lift Real Madrid to a 1-0, extra-time victory over Barcelona in a tense, thrilling final of the Copa del Rey.

How will the Feilhaber acquisition affect the Revolution's season?

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The New England Revolution has made a number of player acquisitions both in the preseason and during the 2011 campaign. Between signing the likes of Ousmane Dabo, Didier Domi and Rajko Lekic and drafting A.J. Soares and Stephen McCarthy, manager Steve Nicol has an intriguing cast of players to choose from in trying to navigate his team back to the MLS playoffs.

Soccer Wednesday: Your Running Commentary

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The first leg of tonight's CONCACAF Champions League final between Real Salt Lake and Monterrey might be Wednesday's main course, but the afternoon provides quite the appetizer.

Barcelona and Real Madrid meet in the final of the Copa del Rey (3:30 p.m., GOLTV/ESPN3.com/ESPN Deportes) for their second of four meetings in an 18-day span.

Mid-day ticker: Celtic manager a bomb target, Neuer to leave Schalke and more

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By JOHN BOSCHINI

The long-standing rivalry between Celtic and Rangers in the Scottish Premier League has always been one of the most bitter and dangerous in all of sports but the threat went to a new level yesterday when it was discovered that the bombs sent to the Celtic manager and two supporters were active.

Eastern Conference notes: Olsen talks rivalry, Houston interested in Feilhaber and more

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By THOMAS FLOYD

For most of D.C. United coach Ben Olsen's playing career, the fight for the Atlantic Cup wasn't much of a rivalry.

The trophy, given to the regular-season series winner between United and the New York Red Bulls, has ended up in the nation's capital in 7 of the 9 seasons since it was established in 2002.

Feilhaber will stay with Revs

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Despite some serious interest from the Houston Dynamo, the New England Revolution has decided to pass on trade offers and will instead keep midfielder Benny Feilhaber.

The Revs acquired Feilhaber via the Allocation Process on Tuesday after Chivas USA and Philadelphia passed.

Get Real: RSL vying to win in Mexico, take CCL final advantage over Monterrey

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By JOSE M. ROMERO

Those who take more than a passing interest in Major League Soccer knew Real Salt Lake would have quality side in 2011.Â

Twelve points and a tie for the Western Conference lead say so thus far.

SBI MLS Power Rankings: Week 5

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There's no change at the top, but there's a high riser in the middle of SBI's MLS Power Rankings.

The Portland Timbers, on the strength of two impressive home victories, have climbed out of the cellar and all the way up to No. 11 in the latest rankings, making them the highest risers of the week.

Behind the scenes with Real Salt Lake

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Chivas USA passes on Feilhaber

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Chivas USA has passed on the opportunity to acquire U.S. national team midfielder Benny Feilhaber.

Feilhaber, who signed with Major League Soccer on Friday, must go through the league's allocation order to be delegated to a team. Chivas had the top spot in that order and passed, citing team needs and high salary concerns as reasons for passing in a statement released by coach Robin Fraser.

Galaxy defender Leonardo out for season

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Los Angeles Galaxy centerback Leonardo will be out for the season after tearing the ACL and LCL in his right knee in the waning moments of the Galaxy's victory over the Chicago Fire on Sunday.

Leonardo, who had filled in admirably for injured centerback Gregg Berhalter from the start of the season, was hurt during an encounter with the Fire's Dominic Oduro in stoppage time of the match.

MLS 4 RSL

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Mid-Day Ticker: Media detained in Qatar, RSL focused on home win and more

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By JOHN BOSCHINI

Two employees of a Swiss television station have been released after being detained in Qatar while filming a story on the 2022 World Cup.

Reporter Christophe Cerf and cameraman Yvan Thorimbert were handcuffed and interrogated at police stations before being fined and released with their camera confiscated 10 hours later.

It's Old School Q&A Time

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It's that time again. Time for SBI readers to send me soccer questions in an old-school version of the SBI Live Q&A.

What's the old-school version? You submit your questions in the comments section below, and I'll post answers at a future date. We do far more Live Q&As these days, but I know not everyone can make it to those, so if you have a question you'd like to submit, just ask it below.

MLS Fantasy: Week 7

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By ALAN LEDBETTER

When I said that New York would have a good match up against San Jose, I was not expecting Luke Rodgers to be the main beneficiary. Rodgers notched two goals and an assist in NewYork's beating of San Jose causing many fantasy implications.

When the starting lineups for the game were announced, the many Juan Agudelo fantasy owners were left scratching their heads.

Copa Libertadores: Group stage concludes this week; Flu and Santos battling to continue

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By NESTOR F. SEBASTIAN

Four groups down, four to go. Copa Libertadores finally wraps up its group-stage matches this week as 12 teams battle for the seven remaining spots available in the Round of 16, with defending champions Internacional of Brazil looking for a win at home against a tough Ecuadorean side, Emelec, while Mexico's America just needs a draw in Uruguay against Nacional.

SBI MLS Best XI: Week 5

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Three attacking duos highlight this week's SBI MLS Best XI, with Portland, New York and D.C. United being represented after their teams posted impressive romps in Week Five.

SBI Player of the Week Khalif Alhassan and teammate Jack Jewsbury got the nod, as did New York strike force of Thierry Henry and Luke Rodgers.

Is Henry ready to dominate?

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It was just one game, but Thierry Henry's performance in New York's 3-0 rout of the San Jose Earthquakes has Red Bulls fans wondering if their star forward is ready to start dominating as he was expected to when he was signed last season.

Just days after revealing a nagging Achilles injury that seemed to jeopardize his effectiveness, Henry trotted out to Red Bull Arena and promptly flashed his old form, looking mobile and aggressive, attacking the net rather than deferring to teammates.

Bedoya scores in Orebro loss to Gefle

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U.S. national team midfielder Alejandro Bedoya found the net again, scoring in Orebro's 3-2 loss to Gefle today. The goal didn't prevent the loss, but Bedoya did score a pretty sweet goal.

Here is Bedoya's second goal in two weeks:Â


SBI MLS Player of the Week: Khalif Alhassan

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Showing off quickness, nifty dribbling and sharp passing, Portland Timbers midfielder Khalif Alhassan has quickly established himself as one of Portland's most dangerous players, and his performances in the Timbers two victories last week helped earn him SBI MLS Player of the Week honors for Week five.

USL Pro Week 3 recap: L.A. off to a hot start, Charlotte continues to struggle and more

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By JOHN BOSCHINI

Welcome to the USL, Los Angeles.

The expansion L.A. Blues started off their existence with a couple of victories on the road over Sevilla FC Puerto Rico and fellow newcomer Antigua Barracuda FC.  Walter Gaitan is off to a blistering start with three goals in two games.

Monday Ticker: Dynamo to host Bolton, Rodgers honored and more

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By CALEB SONNELAND

Bolton Wanderers of the English Premier League have agreed to play the Houston Dynamo at Robertson Stadium in Texas on July 20th, soccer marketing firm Santio Sports revealed on Monday.

The match will see United States midfielder Stuart Holden return to his former club where he made 103 appearances and grabbing 15 goals while helping the Dynamo to two MLS Cups.

A night to remember in Portland

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(SBI Staff writer Jose M. Romero was one of the thousands of Portland natives who braved the elements at Jeld-Wen Field last Thursday to take in a historic night for Portland soccer. Here is his account of that unforgettable night.

NASL roundup: Montreal loses again, Islanders roll and more

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By JOHN BOSCHINI

It ha's been a difficult opening couple of games for the MLS-bound Montreal Impact.

A loss to rival Carolina Railhawks gave Montreal an 0-2 start for the first time since 2002 while the Railhawks managed to rebound from an opening-week loss.

Puerto Rico is the early leader as the Islanders wrapped up their road trip with an easy win against FC Tampa Bay.

Who could wind up with Feilhaber?

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The clock continues to tick on Chivas USA as the club decides whether to take Benny Feilhaber, trade him or pass altogether on the U.S. national team midfielder who signed with MLS last week.Â

Whether you believe Chivas USA might actually consider passing on the chance to select Feilhaber, and then either keep him or trade him, or you see the rumblings of passing as a ploy to spark up trade interest, it is clear there are several teams interested in his services.

European Weekend Rewind: Clasico draw, FA Cup is set, and more

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By IAN HOLLIDAY

Saturday's clash between Real Madrid and Barcelona wasn't the most important of the four Clasicos the clubs will play during this 17-day stretch. Nor was it likely to be the most exciting. But the 1-1 draw did set an intriguing stage for Wednesday's Copa Del Rey final and the clubs' UEFA Champions League semifinal matches next week.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Gale Agbossoumonde did something this weekend that he had not done since playing for Miami FC about a year and a half ago: he started a match at the club level.

Agbossoumonde earned his first start for Djurgardens IF, and he went the distance in a 1-0 defeat to Malmo FF on Friday.

Sunday Ticker: Stoke reaches FA Cup final, Liverpool ties Arsenal and more

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Stoke City booked its place in the FA Cup final after thrashing Bolton Wanderers 5-0 today at Wembley today. Â The final will be the first in the Northwest club's 148-year history as they are set to clash with Manchester City after Yaya Toure's goal gave the Blues a win over cross-town rivals Manchester United.

Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

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Arsenal will be looking to keep it's title hopes alive while Liverpool will try to stay ahead of rival Everton in the Premier League standings when the Gunners and Reds face off in today's top match-up.

Arsenal can close the gap behind Manchester United to four points with a win tonight against Liverpool, while Kenny Dalglish's side is now just a point ahead of Everton for sixth place in the Premier League.

Pontius, Davies pace United to 3-0 win

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By THOMAS FLOYD

If any doubts remained about the form of D.C. United's Charlie Davies and Chris Pontius after lengthy injury layoffs, their performances during Saturday's 3-0 win at Toronto FC should clear up those reservations.

Henry ends drought, Rodgers bags brace to lead Red Bulls past Earthquakes

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By MIKE NASTRI

Luke Rodgers broke the New York Red Bulls' 135-minute scoreless streak to power New York past the San Jose Earthquakes, 3-0, in the pouring rain at Red Bull Arena.

Thierry Henry finally got on the scoresheet to break his scoring drought.

Red Bulls vs. Earthquakes: Match Night Commentary

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The New York Red Bulls will be looking for a measure of revenge tonight when they take on the San Jose Earthquakes at Red Bull Arena.

The stadium is the site of San Jose's stunning upset victory against the Red Bulls in last year's playoffs, a defeat that halted what many expected to be a New York run to the MLS Cup Final.

Fernandez scores in stoppage time to lift Sounders to draw with Union

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Designated Players Fredy Montero and Alvaro Fernandez came off the bench and connected for the equalizing goal in second half stoppage time to help the Seattle Sounders to a 1-1 draw against the Philadelphia Union at PPL Park Saturday afternoon.

Donovan to miss Galaxy-Fire clash on Sunday

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BY ADAM SERRANO

The LA Galaxy will be without Landon Donovan yet again.

Donovan won't play in Sunday's match against the Chicago Fire due to knee inflammation, which will be his third straight match out of the line up for the Galaxy. Donovan's missing the match with the Fire causes particular trouble for the Galaxy, which will also be missing midfielders David Beckham, Jovan Kirovski and Juninho due to suspension.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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Manchester City spent millions and millions to build a team capable of winning trophies, but the boys in Blue are down to one last chance for silverware, with the FA Cup being the last trophy the Citizens are capable of winning.

The only problem is Manchester United stands in the way.

This Weekend's Soccer on TV (and SBI's Top Ten Matches to Watch)

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Two if the best rivalries in the world will be headlining this weekend's soccer action, with 'El Clasico' and the Manchester Derby taking center stage.

Real Madrid takes on Barcelona in La Liga action, in what will be the first of four meetings in 18 days between two of the world's best teams.

Feilhaber coming to MLS

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The transfer deadline day has its long-awaited major splash.

According to his agent, Benny Feilhaber has signed with Major League Soccer and will be leaving AGF Aarhus in Denmark, where he has played since 2008. The representative for the U.S. men's national team midfielder, Lyle Yorks, said via Twitter, "Congrats to Benny Feilhaber--officially coming back to MLS!

MLS Ticker: Dynamo signs Koke and Watson, Donovan 'day-to-day' and more

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By CALEB SONNELAND

The Houston Dynamo bolstered its attacking corps with the acquisitions of Spanish striker Sergio Koke and Jamaican midfielder Je-Vaughn Watson on the final day before the early transfer window closes.

Koke joins the club from Greek outfit Aris, where the forward netted 38 goals in 175 appearances.

Sporting KC Sign Aurélien Collin

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After starting a trial with Sporting Kansas City on March 22nd, Aurélien Collin will be added to Peter Vermes' squad after impressing in the three week period. Â

The Frenchman makes his way to Kansas from Portuguese side Vitória FC where the 25 year old defender scored three goals in 33 appearances.

USL Pro Week 3: A Look Ahead

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By JOHN BOSCHINI

It's the first full weekend of action the USL Pro as 18 teams take to the field.

Making their debut are the Rochester Rhinos, Los Angeles Blues, Harrisburg City Islanders, Dayton Dutch Lions, Wilmington Hammerheads and Antigua Barracuda FC.

MLS Week 5: A Look Ahead

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By THOMAS FLOYD

Revenge will be on the mind in New York this weekend when the Red Bulls host San Jose in a rematch of last fall's Eastern Conference semifinal. The second leg of that series saw the Earthquakes pull off a dramatic 3-1 upset at Red Bull Arena to go through by a single goal on aggregate, providing a shocking end to star-studded New York's MLS Cup aspirations.

Barcelona, Real Madrid prepare for first of four meetings in three weeks

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By CALEB SONNELAND

One of the most enticing soccer rivalries in the world revs up Saturday as Lionel Messi and Barcelona travel to the Bernabeu to take on Real Madrid in a key league match-up that is also part of a unique stretch of match-ups between the arch-rivals.

Must-See Anthem: Portland's Jeld-Wen Field

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In case you missed it last night, Portland Timbers fans sang one of the better renditions of the National Anthem you'll hear, celebrating their team's first MLS home match in grand fashion.

Enjoy:


Copa Libertadores: Cruzeiro moves on as top seed, Liga de Quito takes its group

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By NESTOR F. SEBASTIAN


Brazil's Cruzeiro grabbed the top seed into the knockout stages after romping to another win this past week, Ecuador's Liga de Quito took first in its group following an emphatic home victory and supporters for Uruguay's Penarol unfurled what should be the soccer world's largest banner as the Copa Libertadores reaches its final week of group-stage play.

The Latest from Special1 TV

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TFC adds defender Eckersley

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Having already added a boatload of new faces in the off-season, Toronto FC has found one more European player to bring in and bolster the defense.

TFC has brought in defender Richard Eckersley on loan from Burnley. A right back by trade, Eckersley previously played for TFC director of player development Paul Mariner at Plymouth Argyle.

NASL look ahead: Week 2

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By JOHN BOSCHINI

It was an exciting opening weekend in the NASL with an expansion side earning a surprising road victory and the defending champions making a statement as every game ended with a one-goal margin.

This week,two sides that opened strong face off when Puerto Rico continues its North American road trip against FC Tampa Bay.

Americans Abroad: A Look Ahead

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Fresh off scoring his first goal of the Swedish season, Alejandro Bedoya will head into this weekend with one main goal in mind: Keep Orebro undefeated.

After recording two 1-0 wins to start the season, Orebro will take on Gefle in a match between two teams currently in the top five of the Allsvenskan table.

Timbers douse Fire in rainy home opener

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By JOSE M. ROMERO

   PORTLAND, Ore. -- It rained and rained and rained some more, but 18,627 fans packed into compact Jeld-Wen Field for the Portland Timbers' MLS home opener couldn't have cared less.

Portland Timbers vs. Chicago Fire: Match Night Commentary

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The Portland Timbers will make their MLS home debut tonight at Jeld-Wen Field as the Timbers take on the Chicago Fire (11pm, ESPN2).

The Timbers are still looking for their first win of the season, and will look to do so against a Fire team that has gotten off to a decent start thanks the impressive play of forwards Diego Chaves and Gaston Puerari.

Western Conference Notes: L.A.'s MF tested, Sinovic on trial with RSL & more

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By ADAM SERRANO

It's time for the Los Angeles Galaxy to make some creative decisions.

With David Beckham and Juninho suspended, it is likely that head coach Bruce Arena will need to inject some fresh blood in the central midfield when the Galaxy face the Chicago Fire at Toyota Park on Sunday.

In Reserve: RSL takes Rocky Mountain matchup, Union tops Red Bulls and more

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Real Salt Lake's Rocky Mountain victory wasn't limited to just Wednesday night's first-team action.

The RSL reserves topped those of the Colorado Rapids, 2-0, Thursday afternoon in the second reserve match for both clubs. Former New York Red Bull Conor Chinn and Collen Warner tallied the goals for RSL, which improved to 1-1 in reserve play.

Union & Red Bulls Ticket Contest Time

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Okay folks, both the Philadelphia Union and New York Red Bulls are having home games this weekend, meaning we'll be having two more SBI Ticket contests this week.

SBI will be giving away two tickets to the Philadelphia Union's match against Seattle, as well as two sets of two tickets to the New York Red Bulls' match against San Jose.

MLS Ticker: Henry to play vs. San Jose; RSL, Union reschedule match and more

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Thierry Henry is now expected to play against the San Jose Earthquakes this weekend despite his chronic Achilles injury.

Henry, who has yet to score this season, had been a question mark heading into the weekend, but manager Hans Backe told reporters on Thursday that he expected his Designated Player to be part of the starting lineup.

UEFA Europa League: Your Running Commentary

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Oguchi Onyewu and FC Twente need a comeback of epic proportions to keep their UEFA Europa League hopes afloat after being drilled by Giuseppe Rossi and Villarreal in the first leg of their quarterfinal matchup. Twente managed a late away goal in the opening leg to keep its flame flickering but still trails its Spanish opponent by four goals.

Kennedy takes hold of Chivas USA's starting goalkeeper spot

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By JONATHAN VERA

When the 2011 MLS season began, veteran Zach Thornton had a hold on the starting goalkeeper job with Chivas USA. After some early struggles by Thornton, Dan Kennedy has taken over the starting role.

Timbers are talk of the town as home opener against Chicago approaches

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By JOSE M. ROMERO

All that is left to do at re-modeled Jeld-Wen Field is the cleanup ahead of Thursday's home opener for the Portland Timbers against the Chicago Fire before an expected sellout crowd of some 18,600.

Mid-Day Ticker: Gomez scores again, Tevez out of FA Cup derby and more

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Herculez Gomez is at it again.

A year after Gomez led the Mexican Clausura in goals with 10 for Puebla, the American striker is putting together another strong run of form in the spring, scoring in his second consecutive match in Pachuca's 4-2 loss to Tigres Wednesday night.

Beckham on MLS referees: 'They're becoming the stars' of the league

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David Beckham's latest comments about Major League Soccer referees will probably attract some attention from the league office. He knows that, and he doesn't seem to mind.

In the aftermath of the Los Angeles Galaxy's 0-0 draw with Toronto Wednesday night, a match in which Beckham received his fifth yellow card in six games and Juninho was sent off at the end of second-half stoppage time for a second yellow card, Beckham shared his feelings about the league's refereeing with reporters at BMO Field.

Galaxy, Toronto FC unable to convert chances in scoreless draw

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The Los Angeles Galaxy had its fair share of chances to score. Toronto FC did too. Instead, goalkeepers Donovan Ricketts and Stefan Frei stood the tallest in a 0-0 draw at BMO Field Wednesday night.

The Galaxy, playing without the injured Landon Donovan again, hit the post three times.

Real Madrid, Schalke advance to Champions League semis

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By JOHN BOSCHINI

There were no surprises in Wednesday's UEFA Champions League quarterfinals as Real Madrid and Schalke used virtually insurmountable leads to carry them into the semifinals.

Tottenham's European dreams came to an end with a 1-0 defeat (5-0 on aggregate) to Real Madrid at White Heart Lane.

Late Espindola winner lifts RSL past Colorado

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Real Salt Lake and Colorado battled tooth and nail for more than 90 minutes without breaking through, and the past two MLS Cup champions looked destined for a draw, but not before RSL found magic yet again.

Fabian Espindola scored in the third minute of second half stoppage time when he finished off a Javier Morales free kick that caromed off the woodwork to help RSL post a 1-0 victory against the Rapids at Rio Tinto Stadium.

MLS Wednesday: Your Running Commentary

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The past two MLS Cup champions square off in Utah in the latest edition of the Rocky Mountain Cup.

Unbeaten Real Salt Lake and the defending league champions, the Colorado Rapids, have their first meeting of the year at Rio Tinto Stadium, where an intense match between bitter rivals is anticipated (9 p.

Must-See Goals: David Beckham

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Real? Fake? You be the judge:


Report: Dynamo signs Koke as DP

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The Houston Dynamo's search for a Designated Player appears to have come to a fruitful end.

According to a report from Greece, the Dynamo has agreed to a DP deal with Spanish striker Sergio Contreras Pardo, who goes by "Koke" and currently stars for Aris FC.

Koke, 27, previously played at Malaga and Marseille before joining Aris in 2006.

Timbers sign Chara as club's first DP

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A day before the Portland Timbers host the first home game in their Major League Soccer history, the club has signed its first Designated Player.

The Timbers signed Colombian playmaking midfielder Diego Chara to a DP deal on Wednesday. Chara, 25, was formerly with Deportes Tolima in his native Colombia, where he was a key component of his league's most-potent attack.

Rocky Mountain rivalry at its peak as RSL, Rapids face off at Rio Tinto Stadium

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The rivalry for the Rocky Mountain Cup has always been one of the more fierce battles in Major League Soccer.

Now that tonight's match at Rio Tinto Stadium pits the last two MLS Cup champions against each other, the rivalry, in its seventh year, has hit its peak.

UEFA Champions League: Your Running Commentary

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Schalke and Real Madrid each took giant steps toward the UEFA Champions League semifinals after their respective first-leg routs over Inter Milan and Tottenham. Now all that's left to do is finish the job against two desperate, sure-to-be-attack-minded opponents.

Inter and Tottenham each face daunting tasks in order to keep their European dreams alive.

Eastern Conference notes: Henry hurt again, Davies poised for first start & more

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By THOMAS FLOYD

The increasingly prominent fear among New York Red Bulls supporters that Thierry Henry's tenure in New York will ultimately end up being an injury-laden bust was given a little more credence Tuesday when coach Hans Backe told the New York Post that Henry's chronic Achilles injury is causing "so much pain, so we just have to take it day-by-day.

Mid-Day Ticker: Kroenke's Arsenal bid hits snag, UCL preview and more

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By CALEB SONNELAND

Tuesday, it looked fairly certain that American sports tycoon Stan Kroenke's takeover bid for English side Arsenal was likely to succeed, but today's headlines tell a different story. Â

Alisher Usmanov, who still holds a sizeable chunk of the London-based side's shares at 27 percent, refuses to sell his shares to Kroenke, as he says he "loves" Arsenal — despite the club's insistence that the remaining shareholders accept the American's offer of £11,750 per share.

SBI's Portland Timbers Ticket Contest

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The Portland Timbers are preparing to make their historic MLS home debut on Thursday night at Jeld-Wen Field against the Chicago Fire on a night no Timbers fan will want to miss.

Don't have tickets for the big match? SBI and Golazo Energy Drink are teaming up to help some Portland-based SBI readers take in the historic night with the latest SBI Ticket Contest.

USA falls to 22 in latest FIFA rankings

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The recent draw with Argentina and loss to Paraguay did not help the United States in the latest FIFA world rankings, as the results have dropped the national team from 19 down to 22.

Mexico, after its victory over Paraguay and draw with Venezuela, is up a spot to 26, closing the gap between the top two CONCACAF nations as the Gold Cup approaches.

Do you think Beckham will be playing in MLS in 2012?

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David Beckham's contract with the Los Angeles Galaxy expires at the end of this season, but that doesn't necessarily mean that his stint in Major League Soccer is over.

Beckham and the Galaxy are in Toronto for tonight's match with Toronto FC at BMO Field, and when asked by reporters on Tuesday if he would return to MLS next season, Beckham replied, "Yeah, there's a chance.

Fantasy MLS: Week 6

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By ALAN LEDBETTER

How many fantasy managers gave up on David Ferreira one week too early? Last week was his breakout game for FC Dallas, which looked like the team we were used to seeing last year.

There are some other big names in serious fantasy droughts still.

MLS Week 4: A Look Back

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Week Four in MLS had its share of drama, and its share of telling results, controversy and quality.

You had the Philadelphia Union posting a third shutout in four matches, and opening its lead atop the East to four points in the process. You had the Los Angeles Galaxy denied three points by a phantom penalty call, and you had FC Dallas dismantle previously unbeaten Colorado, earning its own first win of the season in the process.

Manchester United 2, Chelsea 1: The Highlights

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SBI Live Q&A: April 12th Edition

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It's that time again everybody. Time for us to talk all things soccer in another evening edition of the SBI Live Q&A.

Want to talk MLS? UEFA Champions League? CONCACAF Champions League? U.S. national team? Music, TV and movies? You name it, and we'll be talking about it over the next few hours.

Manchester United holds off Chelsea, Barcelona coasts in Champions League

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By JOHN BOSCHINI

Chelsea's dream of being the first London club to win the Champions League will have to wait another year as Manchester United held serve at Old Trafford with a 2-1 victory to advance to the Champions League semifinals 3-1 on aggregate.

It's the fourth time United has reached the semifinals in the past five seasons, winning it all in 2008.

SBI Live Q&A set for 8pm tonight

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If you've been wondering when we'd have our next night-time edition of the SBI Live Q&A, tonight is that night.

If you can't make the day-time Q&As, then this is your chance to join us to discuss all things soccer. We'll have plenty to discuss, from today's big UEFA Champions League matches (on Fox Soccer Channel), to Wednesday's big Real Salt Lake-Colorado clash.

UEFA Champions League: Your Running Commentary

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Manchester United and Chelsea square off today with a place in the UEFA Champions League semifinals on the line (2:45pm, Fox Soccer Channel).

The Red Devils posted a vital 1-0 win at Stamford Bridge in the first leg of their quarterfinal series, putting all of the pressure on Chelsea to have to produce a result at Old Trafford, where Manchester United has been largely unbeatable this season.

You Write the Caption: Bob Bradley Edition

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It's time to pick a winner for the most recent edition of You Write the Caption. We received nearly 200 entries, though the quality of comedy wasn't up to the standard of past YWTC. We'll chalk that up to rust from not having had a You Write the Caption in months.

Must-See Promo: Rocky Mountain Cup

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Copa Libertadores: Much still to be determined as group play wraps up

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By NESTOR F. SEBASTIAN

The Copa Libertadores group phase winds down over the next week as the final matchday approaches. With six sides through and 20 teams still battling for the 10 available spots into the knockout round, this has become one of the more exciting conclusions to the group stage in recent memory.

Report: Atletico Madrid eyes Agudelo

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Juan Agudelo is just 18 years old, and has one professional goal to his credit, but he has already shown enough to have foreign clubs keeping tabs on him.

According to Spanish publication Marca, Atletico Madrid is one of those clubs.

A key Atletico Madrid official attended the Philadelphia Union-New York Red Bulls match, but it should also be noted that the official is in the United States in search of new strategic alliances for the Spanish club.

SBI MLS Best XI: Week 4

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When selecting this week's SBI MLS Best XI, one spot was easy to fill. David Ferreira was Player of the Week by a good margin, leaving ten other spots up for grabs and a boatload of worthy candidates for those positions.

Ferreira wasn't alone among FC Dallas players to make this week's squad, with Ugo Ihemelu being honored for helping shut down a normally dangerous Colorado Rapids attack.

SBI MLS Rookie of the Week: Will Bruin

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In one of the tighter races to date, Houston Dynamo striker Will Bruin edged out D.C. United defender Ethan White for this week's SBI MLS Rookie of the Week honors.

Bruin opened his professional scoring account on Sunday, delivering a beautiful finish after racing onto a Brad Davis pass and beating Jay Nolly to the ball before slotting him Houston's third goal in a 3-1 win against Vancouver.

USL Pro Week 2: Richmond emerges as early leader, New York struggles

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By JOHN BOSCHINI

The USL Pro season may only be two weeks old but the Richmond Kickers are already distinguishing themselves as early contenders.

Richmond toppled the Pittsburgh Riverhounds for its second win in as many games as several teams kicked off their season over the weekend.

Behind the Scenes with Tim Howard

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SBI MLS Power Rankings: Week 4

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Everyone expecting the Philadelphia Union to revert back to the mean is in for a rude awakening. Just ask the New York Red Bulls.

In its second season as a franchise, the Union has the look of a winner after gutting out a home result against New York, maintaining its spot atop the Eastern Conference standings and climbing into the top three of the SBI MLS Power Rankings.

MLS Spotlight: White holds his own in MLS debut

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By THOMAS FLOYD

WASHINGTON - At 3 p.m. on Saturday, D.C. United defender Ethan White got some daunting news.

Starting centerback Perry Kitchen was out with the flu, and White would need to step in to make his MLS debut hours later against the Los Angeles Galaxy.

Monday Ticker: Kroenke on verge of Arsenal takeover, Van Gaal fired & more

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American sports mogul, Stan Kroenke, is on the verge of a complete takeover at Arsenal after reports are confirming that after reaching deals with Danny Fiszman and Lady Nina Bracewell-Smith for control of 16.1% owned by Fiszman and 15.9% owned by Bracewell-Smith. Â

In total, Kroenke would control 62.

NASL Week 1: Edmonton rolls, PR rallies late as road teams run the table

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By JOHN BOSCHINI

It was a nail-baiting debut in the NASL as road teams dominated and all four game ended in one-goal victories.

Three road teams managed to score opening-day victories, including a surprising win for the expansion FC Edmonton over the Ft.

SBI MLS Player of the Week: David Ferreira

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Reigning MLS MVP David Ferreira needed a few games to get going, but he finally flashed the form that won him league honors in 2010 by scoring two goals in FC Dallas' first win of the season last Friday. His performance in the 3-0 win against the Colorado Rapids earned Ferreira SBI MLS Player of the Week honors.

European Rewind: Arsenal keeps pace, German & French tables tighten and more

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By IAN HOLLIDAY

Arsenal's chances of winning the Premier League have looked slim for a while now, but the Gunners refuse to fade away.

After Man United went provisionally ahead by 10 points with its 2-0 win over Fulham on Saturday, Arsenal needed a victory at Blackpool to keep itself within striking distance of the leaders.

Dynamo tames Whitecaps for first win of season

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The Houston Dynamo offense enjoyed its best day of the young season, rattling off three goals to knock off the Vancouver Whitecaps, 3-1, on Sunday at Robertson Stadium.

Cam Weaver, Bobby Boswell and Will Bruin scored goals on a night when Vancouver's defense struggled badly, particularly after the departure of veteran centerback Jay DeMerit at halftime with a groin injury.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

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By FRANCO PANIZO

It took Herculez Gomez longer than he probably would have liked, but he scored his first goal of the Clausura campaign this weekend. And his second, too.

Gomez netted a brace in Pachuca's 3-0 victory over Chiapas, scoring the game-winner with a header before firing home a free kick.

Must-See Goals: Herculez Gomez's brace

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Crew, Chivas USA play to scoreless draw

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By JONATHAN VERA

CARSON, Calif. – The Columbus Crew traveled to Sothern California in hopes of breaking a five-year winless streak against Chivas USA at the Home Depot Center. Ninety minutes of scoreless soccer later, the Crew still hadn't figured out how to beat the Rojiblancos.

Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

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With Barcelona and Real Madrid running away with the top two places in the Spanish Primera, the real battle in La Liga is for third place and the automatic Champions League Group Stage place that comes with it.

Valencia has put together a surprisingly strong season after losing stars David Villa and David Silva, but Villarreal rides the red-hot form of Giuseppe Rossi into a match that could help Villarreal catch Valencia for third place.

RSL reserves topple Revolution

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By IAN HOLLIDAY

For the second time in four days, the New England Revolution wound up in a three-red-card match. Unfortunately for the Revs, this week they were unable to salvage a result, falling to a largely reserve Real Salt Lake squad at Gillette Stadium Saturday night.

Union halts mis-firing Red Bulls

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The New York Red Bulls came away from Saturday night's match against the Philadelphia Union feeling like the better team lost, with a dominating display of possession producing no goals and leaving the struggling Red Bulls wondering how Philadelphia came away with another shutout victory.

Chivas USA vs. Columbus Crew: Match Night Commentary

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BY ADAM SERRANO

Two teams enter the Home Depot Center looking to build some momentum as Chivas USA host the Columbus Crew (10:30pm EST, Match Day Live, Direct Kick).

The Rojiblancos will be looking for their first victory in head coach Robin Fraser's tenure against the same team that he won his last defender of the year award with in 2005.

Chivas USA vs. Columbus Crew: Match Night Commentary

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BY ADAM SERRANO

Two teams enter the Home Depot Center looking to build some momentum as Chivas USA host the Columbus Crew (10:30pm EST, Match Day Live, Direct Kick).

The Rojiblancos will be looking for their first victory in head coach Robin Fraser's tenure against the same team that he won his last defender of the year award with in 2005.

Dubious Davies PK salvages D.C. draw vs. LA

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By THOMAS FLOYD

WASHINGTON - With each passing game, Charlie Davies makes it harder and harder for D.C. United coach Ben Olsen to keep him on the bench.

Davies' Â remarkable comeback story saw another notable chapter written Saturday, as the D.

D.C. United vs. Los Angeles Galaxy: Match Night Commentary

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Two of Major League Soccer's most-storied franchises square off in the nation's capital (7:30 p.m., MLS Direct Kick/Matchday Live) in an East-vs.-West battle.

There are plenty surprises in both lineups, everything from Landon Donovan and Perry Kitchen being held out of their respective 18s altogether, to Sean Franklin playing midfield, to Ethan White getting his first-career MLS start, to D.

Sounders top Fire for first MLS win of 2011

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By JOSE M. ROMERO

The Seattle Sounders could certainly use a healthy Fredy Montero back in the starting XI. In the striker's absence, however, Mauro Rosales has quickly emerged as a credible threat with the ball.

So much so, it would seem, that Coach Sigi Schmid might have a bit of a dilemma on his hands come later this week should Montero be deemed fit to play in Seattle's next match against Philadelphia.

Union vs. Red Bulls: Match Night Commentary

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The New York Red Bulls have made the trip down I-95 today to take on the Philadelphia Union in the first meeting between the rivals in 2011.

The Union enter the match in first place in the East, but the Red Bulls are the favorites to win the division and will feature newly-acquired playmaker Dwayne DeRosario in the starting lineup for the first time.

Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

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Clint Dempsey and Fulham won't be given much of a chance to slow down first-place Manchester United today, but with Wayne Rooney suspended and Manchester United facing a vital Champions League match next week, the Cottagers just might be in position to pull the upset.

The match could also offer us a preview of this summer's Gold Cup, where Dempsey and United striker Javier Hernandez could also face off.

Ferreira's brace leads FC Dallas past Rapids

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FC Dallas headed into Friday's MLS Cup Final rematch with the Colorado winless and in dire need of three points against an undefeated Rapids side. By the end of the night, Dallas reminded us how good it can be.

Reigning MLS MVP David Ferreira scored a pair of goals while the FC Dallas defense posted its first shutout of the season in an impressive 3-0 thrashing of the Rapids on Friday night at Pizza Hut Park.

FC Dallas vs. Colorado Rapids: Your Running Commentary

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The 2010 MLS Cup Final was an All-Western Conference affair and now the teams that squared off in that memorable final meet again for the first time.

Colorado rolls into tonight's showdown (9pm, Fox Soccer Channel) with FC Dallas undefeated, while Dallas enters still searching for its first win of the season after suffering a pair of losses that included red cards.

Altidore nets goal in Bursaspor defeat (Video)

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Jozy Altidore and Bursaspor suffered a demoralizing defeat on Friday, but Altidore still likely received a boost in confidence as he scored his first goal for the club.

Just minutes after receiving a yellow card, Altidore opened the scoring in Bursaspor's 3-2 defeat to Antalyaspor with a headed finish that soared into the far post.

MLS Week 4: A Look Ahead

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By THOMAS FLOYD

Tonight's MLS Cup final rematch features two teams heading in two very different directions.

When FC Dallas tries to exact revenge against the Colorado Rapids at Pizza Hut Park tonight, it will also be hoping to pick up its first win of the season and improve upon a league-worst 0-2-1 record.

Friday Ticker: Gerrard Out for Season, PFA finalists named and more

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Liverpool's topsy turvy season continues as word has emerged that captain Steven Gerrard looks to be out for the season.

The Reds' captain suffered another injury set back in training after only returning a week ago, and manager Kenny Dalglish's outlook is grim.

The loss of Gerrard will put increased pressure on the Reds already thin central midfield of Christian Poulson, Lucas Leiva and Jonjo Shelvey, who is due to return in the near future from his own injury struggles.

Bedoya scores in 1-0 Orebro win

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Alejandro Bedoya opened his goal-scoring account for the new Swedish League season with the winner in Orebro SK's match versus Syrianska FC on Friday, and what a goal it was.

Bedoya netted the winner in Orebro's 1-0 victory, volleying a corner kick into the side of the net after the ball bounced by a group of players.

USL Pro Week 2: A Look Ahead

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By JOHN BOSCHINI

When the NASL and USL split back in 2009, the USL decided to focus more on fostering regional rivalries between clubs. That philosophy is on full display in the first full weekend of play.

The league officially kicked off last weekend with the Richmond Kickers scoring a 2-0 win at Orlando City and Sevilla Puerto Rico and River Plate Puerto Rico playing to a 2-2 draw.

SBI Live Q&A (April 8th Edition)

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It's SBI Live Q&A Time.

Apologies for the delay, but now that we're up and running, let's get started with the newest edition of SBI Live Q&A. If you have some soccer questions (or pop culture questions), feel free to send them my way.

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

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NASL Look Ahead: Week One

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By JOHN BOSCHINI

A rematch of last season's USSF Division 2 final headlines the debut weekend in the NASL.

The Carolina Railhawks welcome defending champions Puerto Rico Islanders as both teams look to build upon last year's success with mostly rebuilt squads.

SBI Live Q&A set for 1pm today

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It's that time again. Time for us to talk all things soccer in the latest installment of the SBI Live Q&A, set for 1pm today.

There are plenty of topics to discuss, from Real Salt Lake's recent CONCACAF Champions League triumph, to the U.S. Under-20 national team's failed World Cup bid. Want to talk UEFA Champions League, or perhaps this weekend's MLS schedule.

The Latest from Special1 TV

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This Weekend's Soccer on TV (and SBI's Top Ten Matches to Watch)

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Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez and Clint Dempsey are arguably the two best CONCACAF players in the world right now and they'll face each other in one of the weekend's best match-ups.

Hernandez and Manchester United are rolling, coming off a mid-week UEFA Champions League win against Chelsea.

Villarreal 5, Twente 1: The Highlights

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Villarreal took a giant step toward the UEFA Europa League semifinals with a sound thumping of FC Twente in the first leg of their quarterfinal series. Nilmar scored twice and Giuseppe Rossi added a beautiful strike to put Oguchi Onyewu and his teammates in a giant hole heading into the return leg:


Americans Abroad: A Look Ahead

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Clint Dempsey has made a habit of coming up big in marquee games, and Fulham will be hoping he does so again as the club faces league-leading Manchester United on Saturday.

Having played to a 2-2 home draw in the second week of the season, Fulham will travel to Old Trafford looking to pull out a result against a Manchester United side that just played in a UEFA Champions League quarterfinal.

Western Conference Notes: Donovan may be rested, FCD 'disjointed' and more

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By ADAM SERRANO

The Los Angeles Galaxy is preparing to embark on a three-city road trip but may be without its biggest star, Landon Donovan, for the start of its first match.

The Galaxy captain has missed the last past two days of practice in order to get himself fit for the upcoming trip.

UEFA Europa League: Your Running Commentary

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An Oguchi Onyewu-Giuseppe Rossi head-to-head matchup highlights the first legs of four UEFA Europa League quarterfinals on Thursday.

Onyewu's FC Twente and Rossi's Villarreal do battle in one of the four remaining ties, which involve three teams from Portugal, two from the Netherlands, and one apiece from Spain, Russia and Ukraine.

Mid-Day Ticker: Rooney's ban upheld, LeBron gets Liverpool share and more

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By JOHN BOSCHINI

What's the cost of cursing into a camera? Two games, as it turns out, even if your name is Wayne Rooney.

The English FA upheld Rooney's two-game suspension after the Manchester United striker directed profanities at an on-field camera in United's 4-2 defeat of West Ham on Saturday.

SBI's NASL Preview: A year later, new league is ready to launch

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By JOHN BOSCHINI

It's been almost 27 years since the North American Soccer League last saw a game, but that will change this Saturday when the storied league returns to action under the USSF umbrella with eight franchises.

The NASL was scheduled to begin last April, but a bitter and protracted feud with the United Soccer Leagues, from which the NASL drew a handful of its teams, led to a denial of sanctioning by the USSF and the formation of a temporary USSF Division 2 league.

Whitecaps DP Hassli's unusual red card

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MLS referee Baldomero Toldeo might be notoriously red-card happy, but Vancouver striker and Designated Player Eric Hassli has to know better than to celebrate a goal by taking his shirt off while carrying a yellow card, right?

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What did you think of Toledo's decision?

Guatemala 2, U.S. U-20s 1: CONCACAF championship quarterfinal highlights

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Suazo PK lifts Monterrey into CCL final

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Monterrey will join Real Salt Lake in the CONCACAF Champions League final.

Humberto Suazo's 81st-minute penalty kick sealed a 1-1 draw at Estadio Azul Wednesday night, lifting Monterrey past Cruz Azul, 3-2 on aggregate in their CCL semifinal.

Cruz Azul, looking to reach the CCL final for the third consecutive year, looked to be on its way after Cesar Villaluz scored in the 24th minute to level the aggregate score and give Cruz Azul the edge because of its away goal in the first leg.

Hamid, D.C. United outlast Union in PKs, advance in U.S. Open Cup qualifying

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BOYDS, Md. -- As far as season debuts go, Bill Hamid's had it all.

In his first competitive appearance of the season, D.C. United's 20-year-old Homegrown goalkeeper had a few shaky moments.

USA U-20s lose to Guatemala, fail to qualify for World Cup

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By FRANCO PANIZO

The U.S. U-20 men's national had its chances, but lackluster finishing and defending saw its CONCACAF U-20 Championship campaign end with no World Cup ticket to claim.

The United States was eliminated from the regional tournament and failed to qualify for the World Cup with a 2-1 loss to Guatemala in the quarterfinals at Estadio Mateo Flores in Guatemala City on Wednesday night.

Red cards rule in Whitecaps-Revs draw

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By JOSE M. ROMERO

This time, it was the Whitecaps with the frustrating draw and the Revolution happy to get a point.

The roles were reversed only four days ago, when Vancouver rallied for a stunning 3-3 draw with Sporting KC and New England was unable to defeat the Portland Timbers at home in a 1-1 draw.

CONCACAF U-20s: USA vs. Guatemala (Match Night Commentary)

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One game, one ticket to the Under-20 World Cup.

Those are the stakes tonight as the United States takes on Guatemala tonight in the U.S. Under-20 CONCACAF quarterfinals in Guatemala (10pm, ESPN3.com/ESPN Deportes). Beat the host team tonight and the Americans punch their ticket to the Under-20 World Cup on Colombia this summer.

MLS Week 3: A Look Back

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From Vancouver's thrilling three-goal comeback to Dwayne De Rosario's debut with the New York Red Bulls, MLS Week 3 was memorable for a variety of reasons.

The Whitecaps posted a thrilling battle from three goals down, including a pair of Camilo goals in stoppage time.

U.S. U-20s prepare for 2011 World Cup qualifier: Behind the scenes

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Happy 15th anniversary, MLS

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Fifteen years ago today, the San Jose Clash and D.C. United played the first game in something called "Major League Soccer." Considering RSL's result in the CONCACAF Champions League last night and the overall progress over the years, it's safe to say the league has made some headway since then.


UEFA Champions League: Your Running Commentary

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English rivals. A rematch of the 2008 UEFA Champions League final. Must-see TV.

Chelsea and Manchester United take their domestic rivalry back to the European stage in Wednesday's UCL first-leg quarterfinal match at Stamford Bridge (2:45 p.m., Fox Soccer Channel). United is plenty clear of Chelsea in the Premier League race, but the Blues won their last matchup and will look to take the edge in the confines of their home stadium.

Real Salt Lake vs. Saprissa: A Look Back

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There was no champagne popped or any wild celebrations last night at Estadio Saprissa after Real Salt Lake pulled off a historic CONCACAF Champions League semifinal series victory. Instead, there was a sense of pride, as well as relief, after a dramatic and draining match against Deportivo Saprissa.

Sporting KC meets Houston, Philadelphia faces D.C. in U.S. Open Cup qualifiers

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The path to the U.S. Open Cup through the MLS qualifying bracket will become a bit more clear after Wednesday night.

Mid-Atlantic rivals D.C. United and the Philadelphia Union will do battle at the Maryland SoccerPlex in Boyds, Md.

Eastern Conference Notes: Reis out vs. Vancouver, Ching sidelined and more

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By THOMAS FLOYD

The New England Revolution's trip to Empire Field to face the Vancouver Whitecaps and their fervent supporters just got a little tougher.

The Revolution, making its first trip to Vancouver tonight for a midweek league fixture, will be without goalkeeper Matt Reis due to a right adductor strain.

USA U-20s face Guatemala with summer World Cup berth up for grabs

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By FRANCO PANIZO

The United States Under-20 men's national team won its World Cup qualifying group. It also shut out both of its Group B opponents and scored six goals.

None of that matters anymore.

Schalke 5, Inter Milan 2: The Highlights

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The Schalker of the season.

Schalke, a much-maligned side domestically, but a very in-form one continentally, tallied five away goals at the San Siro to take a commanding 5-2 lead after the first leg of the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals over defending-champion Inter on Tuesday.

Saprissa 2, RSL 1: The Highlights

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Fantasy MLS: Week 5

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By ALAN LEDBETTER

This is Alan Ledbetter, and I will be the SBI Fantasy MLS guru for the rest of the year. Why me you ask? I have been the SBI Fantasy MLS champion the past two seasons (once in MFLS and once in the old MLSnet.com).

Last year, my first year of MFLS, I finished fourth in the entire game in addition to my SBI League title, and I look to build on that performance this year.

RSL holds off Saprissa, advances to CONCACAF Champions League final

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Real Salt Lake became the first Major League Soccer team to advance to the CONCACAF Champions League finals after holding off Deportivo Saprissa in their semifinal tie.

Saprissa won Tuesday's second leg in Costa Rica, 2-1, but RSL advanced on a 3-2 aggregate, with Jamison Olave's second-half goal being the ultimate dagger to Saprissa's comeback hopes.

CCL: Real Salt Lake vs. Deportivo Saprissa (Match Night Commentary)

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Real Salt Lake will look to make history night by defeating Deportivo Saprissa in their CONCACAF Champions League semifinal series. After winning the first leg, 2-0, RSL heads into Estadio Saprissa with a two goal lead and a chance to make its mark in MLS lore.

A hostile and capacity crowd is expected at Estadio Saprissa tonight, with cool breezes replacing rain drops for now.

Real Madrid 4, Tottenham 0: The Highlights

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Emmanuel Adebayor notched a brace, and Angel Di Maria and Cristiano Ronaldo tallied goals late to lead Real Madrid to a 4-0 thumping of 10-man Tottenham in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League quarterfinal. Tottenham was down a man for the final 75 minutes of the match after Peter Crouch was sent off.

SBI MLS Best XI: Week 3

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A trio of two-goal scorers leads the way for SBI's MLS Week 3 Best XI selections.

Colorado's Caleb Folan, Sporting Kansas City's Teal Bunbury and Vancouver's Camilo Sanvezzo each notched braces over the weekend. Folan led Colorado to a 4-1 dismantling of D.C. United, while Bunbury and Sanvezzo scored their goals in the same match, a 3-3 thriller in which the Whitecaps came from three goals down to earn the point.

Najar opts for Honduras

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Ending much speculation, D.C. United midfielder Andy Najar announced that will play internationally for his native Honduras.

At a brief press conference at RFK Stadium, Najar, 18, read a prepared statement in Spanish and then met with reporters, relaying his thought process and explaining that he wanted to wait until he thought he was ready to play international soccer before making any decision.

UEFA Champions League: Your Running Commentary

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The quest for the UEFA Champions League semifinals kicks off on Tuesday, with Real Madrid hosting Tottenham at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu (2:45 p.m., Fox Soccer Channel) and Inter Milan welcoming Schalke to the San Siro (2:45 p.m., FoxSoccer.tv) in two first-leg matches.

Real Madrid is coming off a shocking home loss to Sporting Gijon, which was manager Jose Mourinho's first home loss in league play in nine years.

Behind the scenes of RSL's CONCACAF Champions League preparations

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SBI MLS Player of the Week: Teal Bunbury

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There were several worthy nominees for MLS Player of the Week this week, but no player showed off a more impressive display of skill than Sporting Kansas City's Teal Bunbury, who earned SBI's MLS Player of the Week honors after scoring a pair of amazing goals.

Facing the Vancouver Whitecaps in front of a hostile crowd still angry at his decision to play for the United States instead of Canada, Bunbury silenced the boos with a pair of stunning strikes that helped SKC jump out to a 3-0 lead.

Ronaldo, Kaka, Bale set to return for Champions League quarterfinal

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When Real Madrid and Tottenham take to the pitch for the first leg of their UEFA Champions League quarterfinal tie at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium (2:45 p.m., Fox Soccer Channel), both teams should have their respective stars in tow.

According to reports, Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo, Kaka and Tottenham's Gareth Bale are all expected to be fit and play in the match after battling fitness issues recently.

LA Galaxy Rewind: Beckham shines in central midfield, Gonzalez returns

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BY ADAM SERRANO

On Saturday, David Beckham showed once again that he is vital to the Los Angeles Galaxy, but this time from a different place on the field.

Beckham sparked the Galaxy attack throughout the night playing in the central midfield position.

LA Galaxy Rewind: Beckham shines in central midfield, Gonzalez returns

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BY ADAM SERRANO

On Saturday, David Beckham showed once again that he is vital to the LA Galaxy attack, but this time from a different place on the field.

Beckham sparked the Galaxy attack throughout the night playing in the center midfield position, helping to create several scoring chances and assisting on the lone goal of the night.

Real Salt Lake preparing for historic CCL match in San Jose vs. Deportivo Saprissa

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SAN JOSE, Costa Rica-- A relaxed Real Salt Lake squad went through the paces at Estadio Ricardo Saprissa on Monday in preparation for its CONCACAF Champions League decider against Deportivo Saprissa on Tuesday night (10pm, Fox Soccer Channel).

RSL comes in healthy and in good form, playing the most attractive soccer in MLS and looking every bit like a club capable of posting a win in the hostile environment at Estadio Saprissa.

USMNT vs. Argentina: Behind the scenes

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Najar to discuss national team decision Tuesday

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Andy Najar will apparently end the mystery Tuesday afternoon.

D.C. United has scheduled a press conference for 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday during which Najar will discuss his national team future and presumably pick which country he will represent, either his native Honduras or the United States.

MLS Ticker: Camilo wins Player of the Week, Fire signs tryout winner and more

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Camilo's late-game heroics against Sporting Kansas City can now be called award-winning heroics.

The Vancouver Whitecaps' 22-year-old Brazilian striker was named Major League Soccer's Player of the Week after his goals in the second and third minutes of stoppage time helped his team earn an improbable 3-3 draw with SKC on Saturday.

SBI MLS Power Rankings: Week 3

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There's a Rocky Mountain feel atop the SBI MLS Power Rankings.

After a convincing victory over D.C. United, the Colorado Rapids are off to the best start in club history and have slotted up to No. 2 behind Rocky Mountain rival Real Salt Lake.

The San Jose Earthquakes are also on the rise, taking the No.

SBI MLS Player of the Month (March): Faryd Mondragon

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Last season, the Philadelphia Union's defense was a comedy of errors, unable to stay organized and a sure bet to have a few cataclysmic mistakes every match.

Enter Faryd Mondragon into the fold.

The veteran Colombian goalkeeper has made quite the impact in his first few matches with the Union, earning the captain's armband and guiding the club to two 1-0 shutouts in March en route to earning SBI's Player of the Month honors.

Mid-Day Ticker: Friedel close to Villa extension, Iran hires Queiroz and more

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By JOHN BOSCHINI

Brad Friedel may be pushing 40 by the time the season runs out, but the veteran goalkeeper looks likely to extend his stay at Aston Villa.

Friedel's agent, Tony McGill, said that he has been in contact with the Birmingham-based club and talks are going very well.

SBI Stoppage Time: USMNT Edition

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European Weekend Rewind: Leaders stay strong, Mourinho's streak ends & more

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By IAN HOLLIDAY

It was a good weekend for the leaders of Europe's top five leagues. Each of the table-topping clubs either maintained or extended its lead with a victory this weekend, and no club helped itself more than AC Milan.

The Rossoneri asserted their dominance over derby rivals Inter in less than a minute with the first of Alexandre Pato's two goals in the match, and even though the visitors had their chances to pull back into the game, Milan was able to pull off a convincing 3-0 win.

SBI Postgame: Dom Kinnear after 1-1 draw with New York Red Bulls

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Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

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By FRANCO PANIZO

The U.S. U-20 men's national team is one win away from reaching this summer's World Cup, and one player who could be on the team that isn't right now is Joshua Gatt. The 19-year-old attacker made that more likely with another start for Molde FK this weekend.

Folan, Rapids light up D.C. United 4-1, remain undefeated

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By JOSE M. ROMERO

The Colorado Rapids are off to their best start ever in team history, offering further proof that last season's MLS Cup run perhaps was no fluke.

Imagine, then, what more the Rapids might have accomplished with big Caleb Folan available to them.

SBI Stoppage Time: Dynamo 1, Red Bulls 1

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SBI MLS Spotlight: Dwayne De Rosario

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Rowe nets brace as U.S. U-20s defeat Panama

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By FRANCO PANIZO

The U.S. U-20 men's national team topped Group B in CONCACAF World Cup qualifying on Satuday night, defeating Panama, 2-0, on a Kelyn Rowe brace.

Rowe scored both of his goals in the game's opening 18 minutes, finishing assists from Greg Garza and Sebastian Lletget.

Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

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A pair of top Serie A clashes and key tilts in Portugal and Brazil headline a strong Sunday of soccer on TV today.

Napoli and Lazio are kicking things off this morning, while Roma and Juventus face off in an entertaining match. FC Porto and Benfica battle in a match-up of the top teams in Portugal, while Palmeiras and Santos meet in a clash of top Brazilian sides.

Hall stands tall as Dynamo spoils DeRo's debut in tie with slow-starting Red Bulls

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Dwayne DeRosario's New York Red Bulls debut started as well as he and his new team could have hoped, with a skillful assist on his first touch. Unfortunately for the Red Bulls, that moment of brilliance was one of the few the Red Bulls could muster.

Timbers earn road point vs. Revs

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By IAN HOLLIDAY

FOXBORO, Mass.-- The expansion Portland Timbers have earned the first point of their MLS history, but the club could easily have gotten more.

The Timbers played to a 1-1 draw with the New England Revolution Saturday night at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass.

Leonardo scores as Galaxy shows "character" in 1-0 shutout of Union

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BY ADAM SERRANO

CARSON, CALIF -- The LA Galaxy returned to its winning ways with a 1-0 victory over the Philadelphia Union.

In a match that saw 11 cards issued including two red cards, the Galaxy were able to get their second victory of the season due to a first half goal by Leonardo.

Earthquakes, Sounders battle to action-packed 2-2 draw

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The Seattle Sounders' search for a win continues, but they appeared to take a step closer to doing so Saturday night at Buck Shaw Stadium.

Seattle played physical, maybe even too physical in taking a couple of liberties without much consequence from the officials, but lost a chance for its first win of the 2011 MLS season thanks to a wonder-strike by Earthquakes midfielder Khari Stephenson in the 52nd minute that tied the score at 2.

Camilo's 2 stoppage-time goals cap wild Vancouver comeback in draw with SKC

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When Kei Kamara put Sporting Kansas City ahead of the Vancouver Whitecaps, 3-0, midway through the second half, things looked pretty bleak for the expansion side, playing in front of its home fans for the second time this season.

Two impactful substitutions and three clutch goals later, the Whitecaps earned the wildest point of the MLS season to date.

LA Galaxy vs. Philadelphia Union: Match Night Commentary

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BY ADAM SERRANO

The season is still in its infancy, but the Philadelphia Union and LA Galaxy already have a great deal to prove as they face off at the Home Depot Center.

The Galaxy dropped a major result last week being on business end of a 4-1 defeat against Real Salt Lake. Expect a different attitude from the Galaxy on Saturday with Landon Donovan back from international duty.

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

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The New York Red Bulls return to Red Bull Arena tonight to take on the Houston Dynamo in the first match since New York's blockbuster trade for Dwayne DeRosario (7:30pm, MSG2).

The Red Bulls come in off an impressive 0-0 road draw played without most of the team's top players, while the Dynamo come in searching for a sorely-needed victory after starting the season 0-1-1.

Missed opportunities for TFC lead to 1-1 draw against Chivas USA

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BY ADAM SERRANO

All around Toronto, people are discussing the departure of Dwayne De Rosario, lucky for Toronto FC, that will no longer be the sole focus.Â

A shocking miss by Maicon Santos marred the 1-1 draw between Toronto FC and Chivas USA, in what was a high energy match between the two clubs.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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Whether you're a lover of Premier League soccer, or you prefer a more well-rounded mix of international soccer, today's schedule of matches is attractive enough to entice any soccer fan.

Consider this list of match-ups today:

Borussia Dortmund-Hannover 96, FC Twente-PSV Eindhoven, AC Milan-Inter Milan and Villarreal-Barcelona.

Crew takes advantage of extra man with 2-0 win over FC Dallas

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By JOSE M. ROMERO

Jeff Cunningham got the perfect opportunity for an historic goal.

His close-range open shot, off a brilliant back flick from teammate Emilio Renteria in the 61st minute, missed wide. A goal would have put Cunningham into a tie with Jaime Moreno for first place all-time in goals in MLS history, and would have tied him for the Columbus Crew franchise record for goals.

Columbus Crew vs. FC Dallas: Your Running Commentary

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The Columbus Crew and FC Dallas are both searching for their first victories of the season and will look to knock each other off when they face off tonight at Crew Stadium in Columbus (7:30pm, Fox Soccer Channel).

The Crew comes in off a disappointing 0-0 draw against a severely short-handed New York Red Bulls squad, while FC Dallas enters having lost at San Jose.

Are the Red Bulls the team to beat now?

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Today's blockbuster trade sending Dwayne DeRosario to the New York Red Bulls just gave one of the best teams in MLS ANOTHER star player and has fans in New York talking MLS Cup.

Just how good is New York now? Here's how the starting lineup looks like now:

Yes, Greg Sutton started the season in goal, but Coundoul was the starter last year and is starting this week.

Who would you like to see at left back for the USMNT?

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A natural left back. Must be quick, naturally left-footed, a good crosser, solid defender and not prone to blunders. If interested, please contact Bob Bradley at 555-NEED-A-LB

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MLS Week 3: A Look Ahead

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By THOMAS FLOYD

Two weeks into the MLS season, the Philadelphia Union stands alone atop the Eastern Conference as one of only three teams in the league with an unblemished record. Philadelphia will face its sternest test yet this weekend when it travels to the West Coast for a Saturday night clash with last year's Supporters' Shield winner, the Los Angeles Galaxy.

DeRo trade to Red Bulls off for now

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The proposed trade that would have sent Dwayne DeRosario to the New York Red Bulls has been put on hold due to a snag in the trade process.

Toronto FC had agreed to a trade sending DeRosario to New York for Tony Tchani, Danleigh Borman and a first-round pick in 2012, but a legal issue involving one of the players in the trade has halted the deal.

TFC trade DeRo to Red Bulls in blockbuster (OFFICIAL)

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The New York Red Bulls have acquired Canadian national team star Dwayne DeRosario in a trade with Toronto FC, sources have confirmed to SBI.

The trade, which will send Tony Tchani, Danleigh Borman and a first round pick in 2012, will be announced this afternoon.

MLS is finalizing details on the first blockbuster trade of the new year.

Bunbury to play for Canada in surprise switch

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When Teal Bunbury scored his first goal for the U.S. national team in January, it seemed like it would be the first of many national team goals for the Sporting Kansas City striker.

Unfortunately for the U.S. national team, any more international goals Bunbury scores won't be for the United States.

The latest from Special1 TV

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This Weekend's Soccer on TV (and SBI's Top Ten Matches to Watch)

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You'd be hard-pressed to find a match with more storylines heading into it than this weekend's installment of the Milan Derby.

As if the rivalry didn't have enough history, you also have AC Milan and Inter Milan squaring off in a battle for first place in Serie A, as well as Leonardo leading his new team against the same AC Milan side he managed last year.

Friday Ticker: Injuries mount for Madrid/Spurs, Bosnia banned and more

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By JOHN BOSCHINI

Both Real Madrid and Tottenham Hotspur could be without some of their top players for their Champions League quarterfinal match Tuesday.

Madrid could be without forward Cristiano Ronaldo(thigh), winger Karim Benzema (thigh) and full-back Marcelo (ribs) for the first-leg tie at the Bernabeu.