Soccer By Ives Archives for January 2011

Manchester United tops Barcelona before record crowd in D.C.

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By THOMAS FLOYD

LANDOVER, MD. - Falling to FC Barcelona in May's Champions League final surely still stings for Manchester United, but the Red Devils exacted a small dose revenge against their European rival on Saturday, wrapping up an unbeaten U.

USA gets Jamaica in preliminary draw for 2014 World Cup

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We may be nearly three years away from the kickoff of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil but the first major step towards determining who will take part occurred in Rio de Janeiro with the preliminary draw for World Cup qualifying on Saturday.

The United States, which gets a buy until the third round of CONCACAF qualifying, was drawn into Group A along with Jamaica and the winners of Group E and Group F from round two.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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The UEFA Champions League final won by Barcelona over Manchester United feels like it was just yesterday, but the reality is an off-season has come and almost gone as the two European giants prepare to do battle in today's marquee match-up.

The New York Red Bulls are in London for the Emirates Cup, meaning a pair of friendlies on consecutive days, starting with a match against Paris St.

Rapids snap Union's home undefeated streak; Ruiz on his way out of Philly

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By JOSE M. ROMERO

The Philadelphia Union have been one of the biggest stories of the MLS season with its play in the first half of the season. But Friday night at PPL Park just wasn't the second-year club's night.

The Colorado Rapids snapped Philly's 10-game unbeaten streak in MLS matches with a 2-1 win at PPL Park.

This Weekend's Soccer on TV

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The last major international tournament of the summer kicks off on Friday, with the FIFA Under-20 World Cup beginning in Colombia.

Some marquee matchups highlight the opening days of group play, as Argentina and Mexico square off Friday night, and Portugal meets Uruguay and host Colombia takes on France on Saturday night.

Saborio suspended, fined for dive

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In the aftermath of Charlie Davies' dive that earned a penalty against Real Salt Lake earlier this season, Major League Soccer's discipline committee promised further punishment for future offenders.

Real Salt Lake forward Alvaro Saborio found that out first-hand on Friday, as the league suspended him one game and fined him $1,000 for his dive last weekend against the San Jose Earthquakes that deceived referee David Gantar, who called a penalty and gave a red card to Bobby Burling.

U.S. U-18s take third place at Milk Cup

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Jordan McCrary and Jerome Kiesewetter each scored, as the United States Under-18 national team defeated Georgia, 2-1, to capture third place at the Milk Cup in Northern Ireland.

McCrary scored off of a Jose Villarreal free kick in the 39th minute, and Kiesewetter finished off an Omar Salgado cross in the 58th for the eventual game-winning tally.

Friday Ticker: Argentina appoints Sabella, Martino resigns from Paraguay & more

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By FRANCO PANIZO

The U.S. men's national team isn't the only one introducing a new head coach to its fan base.

Argentina has appointed Alejandro Sabella as manager of the Albiceleste. Sabella replaces Sergio Batista, who was let go earlier this week after leading Argentina to a disappointing and early exit at the Copa America it hosted earlier this month.

MLS Week 20: A Look Ahead

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By THOMAS FLOYD

Five months after facing off in the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals, Real Salt Lake and the Columbus Crew are getting together once again.

With Columbus on top of the Eastern Conference and Salt Lake riding an eight-game unbeaten streak, the match headlines the weekend schedule as MLS gets back into full swing following Wednesday's All-Star festivities.

Fire Notebook: Pardo not yet fit to start after making practice debut and more

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By ANTHONY ZILIS

For years, Pavel Pardo planned on ending his career in MLS.

Finally, after a long courtship with the Chicago Fire front office, the former Mexican international signed with the team early this week. He practiced the Fire for the first time on Thursday.

What do you think of the USMNT coaching hire?

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The new era of U.S. Soccer has been ushered in with the news that Juergen Klinsmann has been hired as head coach.

The former Germany striker and coach for the German national team and Bayern Munich will be introduced on Monday, when more details about his hiring, his personnel plans -- for both coaches and players -- and his vision for the future should emerge.

Klinsmann hired as USMNT coach

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It took five years, but U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati has the coach he's wanted all along.

Juergen Klinsmann was hired as coach of the U.S. men's national team on Friday, replacing the ousted Bob Bradley.

"We are excited to have Jürgen as the head coach of our Men's National Team," Gulati said in a press release.

Fantasy MLS: Week 21

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By ALAN LEDBETTER

A high-scoring week of MLS action is just what fantasy owners needed after three 0-0 draws in the previous week.

For this season, it has appeared that the best fantasy strategy is to play players that have a game against Toronto.

NASL Week 17: A Look Ahead

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By JOHN BOSCHINI

Time is running out on the Atlanta Silverbacks and the Montreal Impact.

Both teams sit six points off the final playoff spot currently held by the Fort Lauderdale Strikers, and it doesn't get any easier as the bottom dwellers face trips to the top two teams in the league.

FIFA Under-20 World Cup: A Look Ahead

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By DAVID MOSSE

A busy summer of international soccer winds down with 24 countries vying to win the FIFA Under-20 World Cup in Colombia, which takes place from July 29 to Aug. 20. Argentina and Mexico are both back in the fold after failing to qualify two years ago, and the two teams clash Friday in one of the very first matches of the tournament, as the South Americans begin their quest for a record seventh title.

FC Dallas wins away leg of CCL qualifier on strength of Jackson's goal

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FC Dallas fought off the elements and an unfamiliar environment to take a big step closer to reaching the CONCACAF Champions League group stage.

Jackson's 70th-minute goal gave FCD a 1-0 victory over Alianza FC in El Salvador on a rainy Thursday night. The MLS side takes that advantage and the away goal into next Wednesday's return leg with hopes of qualifying for the group stage, where it would compete with Pumas UNAM, Tauro FC and either Toronto FC or Real Esteli.

Americans Abroad: A Look Ahead

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By FRANCO PANIZO

A new era in U.S. Soccer is soon to begin, and with it comes a clean slate for Americans everywhere.

With a friendly against Mexico looming, the portion of Americans Abroad already in action will want to make a good first impression on their soon-to-be named national team coach in order to earn consideration.

MLS West Notes: Donovan ready to go for Vancouver, Fraser deflects transfer rumors and more

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BY ADAM SERRANO

Landon Donovan looks fresh and rested and ready to face off against the Vancouver Whitecaps this weekend.Â

The U.S. star did not take part in recent friendlies for the LA Galaxy against Manchester City last Sunday and MLS All-Stars on Wednesday against Manchester United due to a right calf strain.

MLS Ticker: Collin sidelined six weeks, Whitecaps waive two defenders and more

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By FRANCO PANIZO

If Sporting Kansas City is to remain unbeaten in the coming weeks, it will have to do so without Aurelien Collin.

Collin has been ruled out for approximately six weeks with a lower back injury.

Who would you hire as USMNT head coach?

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The Bob Bradley era with the U.S. national team is over, and while we should find out who is replacing him soon, there's still time to consider the possibilities.

Juergen Klinsmann is the heavy favorite to take the job, but Italian manager Marcelo Lippi has also been mentioned. There are any number of candidates with their names being bounced around, but

poll by twiigs.

Bradley fired as USA coach

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Bob Bradley signed on for a second cycle as U.S. national team head coach a little less than a year ago, but that term has prematurely come to a close.

Bradley has been relieved of his duties, the U.S. Soccer Federation announced on Thursday. The decision to let Bradley go comes after a meeting at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.

Thursday Ticker: Hernandez out two weeks, Pastore to join PSG and more

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By FRANCO PANIZO

MLS wasn't the only team to lose something during All-Star week.

Manchester United forward Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez will miss the next two weeks of preseason preparations after suffering a concussion during the club's practice session on Tuesday.

Yelldell named Leverkusen starter in Adler's absence

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U.S. national team goalkeeper David Yelldell has reason to celebrate.

Yelldell has been named the starting goalkeeper for Bayer Leverkusen in the absence of incumbent Rene Adler, who is recovering from offseason knee surgery. Yelldell beat out Fabian Giefer and will start Leverkusen's season opener against Mainz on August 7.

Toronto deals Gargan for Fire's Robinson

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Toronto FC is making transactions as if they were going out of style.

Toronto traded defender Dan Gargan and its second round pick in the 2012 MLS SuperDraft to the Chicago Fire for defender Dasan Robinson, the clubs announced Thursday.

Robinson, who was selected in the second round in the 2006 MLS Supplemental Draft, has played in five matches for the Fire this season.

Mid-Day Ticker: Aguero signs with City, Orebro wants bigger Bedoya bid and more

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Sergio Aguero's desire to play for a big club has been fulfilled, as he'll soon suit up for Manchester City.

City has signed the Argentine international, agreeing to a $63 million transfer fee with his current club, Atletico Madrid. The move makes him the second most expensive Premier League signing of all time, behind only Chelsea's Fernando Torres.

Must-See Goal: Neymar

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SBI Stoppage Time: MLS All-Star Game Recap

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Plata leads Toronto past Real Estelí in CCL

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By CALEB SONNELAND

Despite its struggles in league play, Toronto FC was able to rally around the play of Joao Plata to record a 2-1 win over Nicaraguan outfit Real Estelí at BMO Field in the CONCACAF Champions League.

Coming off the bench in the second half, Plata recorded a brace to seemingly put the hosts in cruise control, however the Reds couldn't keep the clean sheet and allowed what could be a critical away goal just nine minutes from full time.

U.S. U-18s draw Mexico 1-1, fail to qualify for Milk Cup Final

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There will be no repeat for the United States U-18s in Northern Ireland.

The United States tied arch-rival Mexico, 1-1, on Wednesday afternoon, but the result was unable to help the young Americans qualify for the Milk Cup final. Jesús Ruiz opened the scoring for El Tri in the 12th minute, slotting a corner kick past goalkeeper Cody Cropper.

Manchester United routs MLS All-Stars for second straight year

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HARRISON, N.J. -- Major League Soccer's commitment to righting the wrong that was last year's All-Star Game result against Manchester United went unfulfilled.

Anderson and game MVP Park Ji-Sung scored in the first half, and Dimitar Berbatov added one early in the second half to essentially seal the deal, as Manchester United topped the MLS All-Stars for the second straight year, winning, 4-0, Wednesday night in front of a capacity crowd of 26,760 at Red Bull Arena.

MLS All-Star Game: Match Night Commentary

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The 2011 MLS All-Star Game kicks off tonight, with the MLS All-Stars taking on English Premier League champions Manchester United at Red Bull Arena (8:30pm, ESPN).

The MLS All-Stars will be looking for a measure of revenge after last year's 5-2 MLS All-Star Game loss, though this year's squad is a stronger one than the 2010 edition.

MLS All-Star Game: The Pre-Game Tailgate

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The 2011 MLS All-Star Game kicks off tonight (8:30pm, ESPN) with the MLS All-Stars taking on Manchester United.

The event should offer a better competitive battle than last year's All-Star Game, which saw Manchester United post a 5-2 victory in Houston. With Thierry Henry, David Beckham and Faryd Mondragon among the new faces who didn't play in last year's All-Star Game, MLS should have a better showing at Red Bull Arena.

Saborio facing likely suspension for dive

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It was one of the more egregious dives seen this MLS season, and now Alvaro Saborio looks like he could pay a steep price for his action, which drew a penalty and a red card that turned a scoreless match against San Jose into a 4-0 blowout win.

According to sources within MLS, Saborio stands a very good chance of being suspended for one match for his tide-turning dive against the Earthquakes last Saturday.

MLS All-Star 360

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Oliver to trial with Liverpool

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Former U.S. Under-17 national team standout Andrew Oliver looks to be the latest young American to catch the eye of English powerhouse Liverpool.

Sources have told SBI that Oliver has traveled to England to train with Liverpool with an eye toward securing a contract.

Chicago Fire signing Gulley as Homegrown Player

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The Chicago Fire will be adding another player to its roster, but it won't be a player coming via the international route.

The Fire have agreed to terms with U.S. Under-17 striker Kellen Gulley to make him the latest Homegrown Player signed by the Fire, sources told SBI this week.

MLS East Notes: Pontius excels up top, Ream feeling confident and more

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By THOMAS FLOYD

When D.C. United captain Josh Wolff reaggravated a hamstring injury in the first half of a friendly against Everton on Saturday, coach Ben Olsen looked to a bench that had no natural forwards on it and opted for a throwback, inserting winger Chris Pontius up top.

SBI All-Star Spotlight: Kyle Beckerman

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SBI All-Star Spotlight: Tim Ream

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USA drop to 30th in latest FIFA Rankings

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South America's top performers at Copa America saw the biggest boosts in the latest FIFA World Rankings, with champions Uruguay catapulting 13 places to No. 5, while Chile climbed 16 spots to No. 11.

The U.S. men's national team fell six plays to No. 30 in the world in the latest Rankings.

MLS Players Choice Best XI

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There has been plenty of discussion about the players who were chosen to the 2011 MLS All-Star Team.

Some of Hans Backe's selections were met with skepticism, and much like some of the picks made by fans on the MLS First XI, some of the picks were considered outright wrong.

Would the players have done a better job of picking a Best XI for the current MLS season?

Seattle Sounders vs. San Francisco (CCL): Your Running Commentary

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Just three months after Monterrey was crowned 2010-2011 CONCACAF Champions League champion at Rio Tinto Stadium, the quest for the 2011-2012 crown begins in Panama.

The Seattle Sounders take on San Francisco in the opening leg of their preliminary round tie in Panama City (8 p.

SBI MLS Power Rankings: Week 19

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The Western Conference continues to rule the top of the MLS standings, with the race for the Supporters' Shield looking like a four-way jaunt between Los Angeles, Seattle, Real Salt Lake and FC Dallas. As a result, those teams continue to occupy the top four spots in the latest SBI MLS Power Rankings.

SBI All-Star Spotlight: Brad Davis

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SBI All-Star Spotlight: Nick LaBrocca

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MLS All-Star Notebook: Revenge at stake for MLS, Backe's approach and more

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HARRISON, N.J. -- Putting on an entertaining show is what most hope to accomplish during an All-Star Game, but in the minds of those on the MLS side tasked with going up against Manchester United, getting a result is just as important, especially with the burn from last year's 5-2 thrashing in Houston still lingering.

Mexican veteran Pardo signs with Chicago

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Pavel Pardo's long-rumored move to Major League Soccer is complete.

The Chicago Fire signed the Mexican midfielder, adding the veteran who turned 35 years old on Tuesday.

Pardo's decorated career has taken him from the Primera Division in Mexico to Stuttgart in the Bundesliga and back to his home country, where he most recently played for Club America.

Morning Ticker: Rangers want Bedoya now, Argentina fire Batsita and more

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Alejandro Bedoya must have made quite the impression on Rangers FC.

Having just agreed to a pre-contract with Bedoya that would see him join the club during the winter transfer window, Rangers wants to acquire the U.S. national team midfielder sooner.

SBI MLS Player of the Week: Sanna Nyassi

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The Colorado Rapids looked to be in a world of trouble when star striker Conor Casey went down with a season-ending Achilles tear, but for one week, a new forward option emerged to dazzle the Rapids and keep Colorado on a playoff path.

Sanna Nyassi notched his first career hat-trick in a mid-week blowout win vs.

USL Pro Week 17: A Look Back

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By JOHN BOSCHINI

With Orlando City off until the middle of August, it's now or never for the Richmond Kickers and the Wilmington Hammerheads to mount a challenge on the American Division regular-season title. The results were mixed over the weekend with neither team making significant progress or falling completely out of the picture.

USA U-18s top Israel in Milk Cup opener

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The U.S. U-18 men's national team began its title defense of the Milk Cup in winning fashion, beating Israel 2-0 on Monday.

Second-half goals from Omar Salgado and Jerome Kiesewetter proved to be the difference in the tournament opener. Salgado scored shortly after halftime while Kiesewetter netted an insurance goal off a low cross from substitute Luis Gil in the waning moments of the match.

Six players chosen as inactive MLS All-Stars

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By CALEB SONNELAND

The addition of six more top MLS players has completed the full squad of All-Stars for 2011.

The All-Stars take on EPL champions Manchester United on Wednesday, 8:30pm ET, but they will have to do it without these six top players from around the MLS.

Backe, Beckham, Henry discuss All-Star game as match nears

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By FRANCO PANIZO

The MLS All-Star game is two days away, and although everyone is in good spirits, the tone from the players and coaches is getting more serious as the match nears.

MLS All Star head coach Hans Backe sat down with David Beckham, Thierry Henry and Brad Davis to talk to the media about the game on Monday afternoon.

Mwanga coming of age with Union

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By JOSE M. ROMERO

PHILADELPHIA -- Danny Mwanga, for once, looked around and saw that he was the grizzled vet on the field at one point in the second half of his Philadelphia Union's friendly against Everton of England last Wednesday night.

Monday Ticker: Ribery injured, Villa agree to N'Zogbia fee and more

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Franck Ribery recently said he could be as good as Leo Messi if he kept himself injury-free this coming season.

Well, so much for that.

Ribery could miss the start of the Bundesliga season after picking up an ankle injury during Bayern Munich's training session on Sunday.

SBI MLS Spotlight: George John

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USA U-18s open Milk Cup against Israel

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The 2011 Milk Cup kicks off on Monday, and so does the the U.S. U-18 men's national team's title defense.

Led by Omar Salgado, Luis Gil and Cody Cropper, the United States will attempt to win a second consecutive Milk Cup in Northern Ireland.

NASL Week 16: A Look Back

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By JOHN BOSCHINI

If there were any doubts about the dominance of the Carolina Railhawks after two winless games, they were removed with a 4-1 trouncing of FC Edmonton on Saturday.

Pablo Campos snapped a goalless drought that lasted nearly 700 minutes with a masterful brace to take the forward's goal total to eight on the season.

SBI MLS Spotlight: Brek Shea

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Who should the MLS All-Stars start vs. Manchester United?

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The MLS All-Star team is set to take on Manchester United in a match-up that should be entertaining, but clearly won't be easy.

New York Red Bulls head coach Hans Backe will be tasked with selecting a lineup capable of keeping up with the English champions, something that will be a bit more difficult after LA Galaxy and U.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

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By FRANCO PANIZO

The passing of Dennis Marshall didn't only affect Costa Rican players. It also affected Marshall's teammates at Aalborg BK, and one American paid tribute to the late defender this weekend.

Chris Rolfe honored his former teammate with the game-winning goal in Aalborg's home-opener, a 2-1 win versus AGF Aarhus.

Calf injury forces Donovan from MLS All-Star Game

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BY ADAM SERRANO

Landon Donovan will not be participating in the MLS All-Star Game. The LA Galaxy captain will not participate in Wednesday's match against Manchester United due to a calf injury, the club announced on Sunday.

Donovan missed the club's penalty kick defeat to Manchester City on Sunday.

Magee scores, Balotelli shocks as Galaxy fall in penalties to Manchester City

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BY ADAM SERRANO

The LA Galaxy earned MLS their first points in the World Football Challenge on Sunday falling on penalties to Manchester City in front of 24,897 at the Home Depot Center. Â

Mario Balotelli and Mike Magee provided the scoring in a lively match that went to penalty kicks with Manchester City taking it 7-6 after a World Football Challenge mandated Penalty Kick shootout.

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Uruguay rolls to Copa America title

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By FRANCO PANIZO

If getting to the semifinals in last year's World Cup wasn't proof enough that Uruguay was once again a force to be reckoned with, its win in the Copa America final likely was.Â

Uruguay lifted a record 15th Copa America trophy on Sunday, disposing of Paraguay 3-0 in a match it controlled from the opening whistle.

Must-See Goal: Mike Magee

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Balotelli's latest blunder gets him benched

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International friendlies aren't exactly intense affairs or even matches that count for anything, but even friendlies have limits on what you should and shouldn't do.

Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli learned that the hard way after taking a wide-open scoring chance and throwing it away by trying an absurd spin and back-heel shot rather than burying an easy scoring chance.

Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

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The champion of South America will be crowned today as Uruguay and Paraguay face off in the Copa America Final, the marquee match on today's soccer schedule.

It is a light day on the schedule, but most looking for action will tune in to see if Luis Suarez and Diego Forlan can help Uruguay break down the defensive-minded Paraguayans.

Saborio dive mars RSL blowout win over San Jose

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Real Salt Lake is one of the top teams in MLS, and might have been in their way to another victory against struggling San Jose, but when Alvaro Saborio took a dive in the penalty area, earning a PK and a red card for San Jose's Bobby Burling, the matches outcome was all but decided.

Must-See Goal: Kei Kamara

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Braun hat-trick propels Chivas USA past Houston

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BY JONATHAN VERA

CARSON, Calif – Chivas USA endured their worst month in June, but after a series of ties, a few wins, and an epic hat-trick by Justin Braun, the Goats are starting to get on the right track.

Union surrender two early goals before pushing Real Madrid in 2-1 defeat

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When the Philadelphia Union surrendered two early goals to mighty Real Madrid on Saturday night, the MLS Eastern Conference leaders looked like a team destined to be the latest MLS team blown away by a European powerhouse.

Rather than crumble, the Union shook off the poor start and gave Real Madrid the toughest test the Spanish giants have faced to date during the World Football Challenge.

Everton drops United in lively affair

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By THOMAS FLOYD

WASHINGTON - Saturday's friendly between D.C. United and Everton at RFK Stadium wasn't exactly the match organizers may have envisioned when scheduling it several months ago.

Henry saves point as Red Bulls tie FC Dallas

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The New York Red Bulls responded to their mid-week blowout loss to the Colorado Rapids with a strong start to Saturday night's match against FC Dallas, but another blown lead in the second half left the struggling Red Bulls scrambling before Thierry Henry played the role of hero yet again.

Fire let lead slip away, falls to Manchester United

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BY ANTHONY ZILIS

The Chicago Fire weren't favored against Manchester United, especially after the English Premier League side drubbed the Seattle Sounders 7-0 just three days ago.

Still, some of the Fire players felt like they let one slip away after they lost 3-1 to Manchester United at Soldier field.

Guerrero hat-trick gives Peru third place

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Peru and Venezuela exceeded expectations in the Copa America, and both teams entered the tournament's third-place match hoping to put an exclamtion point on their surprise showings.

The Peruvians were the ones to do that as a hat-trick from Paolo Guerrero gave Peru a 4-1 victory and the bronze medals on Saturday.

Red Bulls vs. FC Dallas: Match Night Commentary

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The New York Red Bulls are in full-blown struggle mode and don't exactly have a pushover of an opponent today as red-hot FC Dallas will try to keep the Red Bulls sliding.

New York is fresh off a 4-1 mauling against Colorado, but welcome back Mexican defender Rafa Marquez.

Bin Hammam banned for life by FIFA

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FIFA has finally punished someone in a corruption case.

No, really, the previously unthinkable happened on Saturday after FIFA banned Mohamed Bin Hammam from soccer for life for attempting to bribe voters in the FIFA Presidential Election.

The decision wasn't really a surprise, and Bin Hammam took no part in the proceeding, skipping the Friday hearing to discuss the charges against him.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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The European club season is fast approaching and today will offer up the first samplings of what should be a great year.

Reigning German Bundesliga champions Borussia Dortmund open play in the German Super Cup against Schalke 04. U.S. national team midfielder Jermaine Jones isn't likely to play a part for Schalke since he's on the way out, but the match should still be a fun one to watch.

Red Bulls supporters groups planning protest tonight

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If you make your way to Red Bull Arena for today's New York-FC Dallas, you're likely to find it much, much quieter than usual.

The Red Bulls upset many of their fans for their recent treatment of the U.S. Open Cup quarterfinals (sending a complete reserve team and not even flying in first-team coaches in an eventual 4-0 loss to the Chicago Fire) and now New York Supporters Groups are ready to let the club know just how upset they are by staging a protest at tonight's match.

This Weekend's Soccer on TV

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The final to the unpredictable Copa America is on tap for this weekend, as Uruguay and Paraguay do battle for South America's regional crown and a place in the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup.

New seasons around the world get set to begin as well, as the Mexican Apertura campaign kicks off this weekend with American striker Herculez Gomez debuting with his new team, Estudiantes Tecos.

MLS Week 19: A Look Ahead

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By THOMAS FLOYD

This weekend's American soccer slate will be dominated by some MLS teams testing themselves against the likes of Manchester United, Real Madrid, Juventus, Manchester City and Everton, but regular season play will go on all the same elsewhere around the league.

Mid-Day Ticker: Roma lands Bojan in odd deal, U.S. women still No. 1 and more

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Rising Spanish striker Bojan Krkic is on his way to Roma. For at least the next two years anyway.

The Serie A club landed the 20-year-old forward on a €12 million deal from Barcelona, but the defending European champions put a buy-back clause in his contract, meaning they have the option to bring him back to Camp Nou after the 2012-2013 season for a €13 million fee.

Sizing up this weekend's friendlies

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Whether MLS coaches like it or not, another full wave of friendlies packs the weekend schedule, with games involving European teams taking place in five North American cities.

Four of the games are part of the World Football Challenge, as high-profile teams Manchester United, Real Madrid and Manchester City continue their tours of America.

Copa America: Villar leads stingy Paraguay to final clash with Uruguay

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By DAVID MOSSE

Paraguay goalkeeper Justo Villar has emerged as an unlikely hero in this 2011 Copa America after helping his team earn another shootout victory on Wednesday against Venezuela. Gerardo Martino's side has yet to claim a single victory in five games but will take on Uruguay next with an opportunity to capture its first Copa America title since 1979, and Villar figures to be busy again.

NASL Week 16: A Look Ahead

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By JOHN BOSCHINI

For the first time since the beginning of June, the Carolina Railhawks' lead is back to single digits.

The Puerto Rico Islanders have emerged as legitimate contenders after a 3-1 victory over the Fort Lauderdale Strikers on Wednesday took their unbeaten streak to seven games.

SBI All-Star Bash TONIGHT at Legends in NYC

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With the 2011 MLS All-Star Game set for Wednesday at Red Bull Arena, we at SBI will be helping soccer fans in town for the festivities enjoy their time in in the area by throwing our first All-Star Bash on Monday night at Legends in Manhattan (6 W. 33rd Street, across the street from the Empire State Building).

MLS West Notes: Angel deals with scoring struggles, Vasquez named head of RSL AZ and more

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BY ADAM SERRANO

Juan Pablo Angel is hoping that a scoring tear is on its way. For one of the most proflic scorers in MLS history, Angel has been unable to get into form this season for the LA Galaxy during a season where he has dealt with a cross country move as well as various injuries.

Americans Abroad: A Look Ahead

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By FRANCO PANIZO

DaMarcus Beasley signed with Puebla earlier this summer in the hopes of reviving his club career, and that challenge begins for him this weekend.

Puebla opens its Apertura campaign on Saturday against Atlas, and Beasley will hope to make his first start for the club.

Transfer Ticker: Barca sign Sanchez, Man City to holds talks over Aguero and more

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By FRANCO PANIZO

The Barcelona-Alexis Sanchez ordeal has come to a close, and Barcelona has gotten its man.

Barcelona officially signed Sanchez from Udinese, the Spanish club announced on its website on Thursday. The deal is for five years and the transfer fee was worth an estimated $42.

Timbers trade Moffat and allocation to Houston for Palmer and Chabala

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The wheeling and dealing in MLS continues.

The Portland Timbers have traded Adam Moffat and allocation money to the Houston Dynamo in exchange for Lovel Palmer, Mike Chabala and an international roster slot through the remainder of the season, the clubs announced on Thursday.Â

The deal sees the Timbers acquire two experienced MLS players while the Dynamo adds more depth to its midfield.

MLS East Notes: Backe talks 'nightmare defending,' Pardew praises LSP and more

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By THOMAS FLOYD

Colorado striker Sanna Nyassi has always been a quality MLS player, good for a speedy spark off the bench and a capable option in the starting lineup when called upon.

The New York Red Bulls defense, however, made him look like an MVP candidate Wednesday, as Nyassi notched a hat trick and chipped in an assist in Colorado's 4-1 win.

McBride, Friedel among stars playing for Cosmos in Scholes Testimonial

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Former U.S. men's national team stars Brian McBride and Brad Friedel will be among the list of standouts who will suit up for the New York Cosmos in the Paul Scholes Testimonial Match against Manchester United at Old Trafford on Aug. 5th (on Fox Soccer Channel).

Scholes will be playing in his final match for Manchester United, ending one of the most impressive careers in the club's storied history, and the New York Cosmos is putting together a star-studded squad to face Scholes and United in that final match.

Bedoya agrees to terms with Glasgow Rangers

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U.S. national team midfielder Alejandro Bedoya is set to follow in the footsteps of an impressive list of current and former Americans to play for Scottish powerhouse Glasgow Rangers after agreeing to terms with the club on Thursday.

Bedoya confirmed the agreement on Monday, and is now awaiting the securing of a work permit to finalize his move from Swedish club Orebro to Rangers, where he will team up with U.

Arena: MLS teams needs "not addressed at all" in friendlies

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BY ADAM SERRANO

LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena has never been a man that bites his tongue, and on Wednesday he launched a rant about results in recent friendly matches between MLS and European sides.

On the heels of a 7-0 defeat for the Seattle Sounders to Manchester United, Arena launched into a scathing review of these types of friendlies.

MLS Rewind: Rapids trounce Red Bulls, Shea's blast downs TFC and more

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The Colorado Rapids Rapids lost Conor Casey for the year on Tuesday, but on Wednesday the Rapids attack didn't miss a beat as Sanna Nyassi's move from midfield to forward produced a hat-trick in a 4-1 thrashing of the New York Red Bulls on Wednesday night.

Rapids head coach Gary Smith shifted Nyassi from the wing to forward, giving Colorado two fast forwards to dismantle a Red Bulls squad that sorely missed Rafa Marquez and Teemu Tainio.

Paraguay advances to final with penalty kick win over Venezuela

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By FRANCO PANIZO

For the second straight game Paraguay had the game taken to them by its opponent. For the second straight game Paraguay was held scoreless. And for the second straight game, Pararaguay persevered and won on penalty kicks.

Paraguay advanced to the Copa America final on Wednesday night with a 5-3 penalty kick win over Venezuela following a scoreless tie.

Wondo, Hassli score twice each in Whitecaps-Quakes draw

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By JOSE M. ROMERO

San Jose and Vancouver didn't look like two teams a long way from playoff contention Wednesday night at Buck Shaw Stadium.

In fact, it was almost a shame neither team -- both were in need of a win -- walked away victorious. Instead, both settled for a 2-2 draw.

Franklin scores first career MLS goal as Galaxy down Crew, 1-0

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BY ADAM SERRANO

Sean Franklin scored his first career MLS goal as the LA Galaxy dispatched the Columbus Crew, 1-0 in front of a crowd of 24,709 at the Home Depot Center.Â

The Galaxy may have extended their unbeaten streak to 13 games, but Los Angeles lost David Beckham for their next match against Vancouver Whitecaps due to yellow card accumulation.

Rooney, United steamroll Sounders in Seattle

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By CALEB SONNELAND

In the second match of its preseason tour of the States, Manchester United made its dominance on the world soccer scene known with a demolition of the hosting Seattle Sounders ending at 7-0 in front of 67,052 attendees.

Despite only being on the field for 45 minutes, Wayne Rooney showed just why he is considered one of the premier strikers in the world, notching a hat trick and giving the Sounders back line a torrid night.

Academy player Hernandez scores late goal in Union win over Everton

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By JOSE M. ROMERO

   CHESTER, Pa. -- All of the Philadelphia Union's  constant peppering of Everton's defense and goalkeeper Jan Mucha -- not Tim Howard -- paid off in thrilling fashion for the home team Wednesday night at PPL Park.

Revolution snap winless stretch with victory over D.C.

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WASHINGTON -- The New England Revolution have been looking for a ray of hope in their recent streak of futility, and they finally got one Wednesday night.

Rookie Stephen McCarthy headed in Chris Tierney's 74th-minute corner kick, and the Revolution held off D.C. United for a 1-0 win to complete a season sweep in front of 15,597 at RFK Stadium and snap a nine-game winless stretch.

Soccer Wednesday: Your Running Commentary

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If you haven't cleared your schedule for tonight, you might want to consider doing so.

With five MLS games, five friendlies pitting an MLS side against an English Premier League one, a Copa America semifinal, a World Football Challenge match featuring Real Madrid and a WPS match featuring a number of the women who represented the United States at the World Cup, Wednesday night's slate has something for just about everybody.

MLS adds Keller to All-Star Matchday Roster

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Seattle Sounders goalkeeper Kasey Keller was voted an MLS All-Star by the fans, but was left off the game-day All-Star roster because of what appeared to be a conflict with Seattle's schedule and next week's All-Star Game. Nobody told Keller, who had already received permission from the Sounders to attend the match.

Altidore finalizes four-year deal with AZ

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United States national team striker Jozy Altidore was introduced at new club AZ Alkmaar on Wednesday, putting pen to paper on a four-year deal that seals his permanent move from Spanish club Villarreal.

Altidore, who will wear the No.

SBI MLS Best XI: Week 18

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In a week when goals were even tougher to come by than most weeks in MLS, the Seattle Sounders and Philadelphia Union had no trouble finding the nets.

The two clubs combined for seven goals in their most recent victories, and their impressive performances led to a combined six selections on this week's SBI MLS Best XI.

Toronto FC adds Viator

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Another day, another personnel move for Toronto FC.

The Reds signed Guadeloupe defender Eddy Viator on Wednesday, making him the latest in a recent spell of player moves.

Viator, 29, was on trial with Toronto for a week and was a starter for Guadeloupe during the CONCACAF Gold Cup.

Report: Orebro rejects Rangers' bid for U.S. midfielder Bedoya

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Alejandro Bedoya's strong season with Swedish outfit Orebro and impressive showing at the Gold Cup has made him a target for some top European clubs, but Orebro isn't ready to part with its American midfielder just yet.

According to The Daily Record in Scotland, Glasgow Rangers, the same team that employs U.

SBI MLS Power Rankings: Week 18

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With all of the draws and teams on friendly duty and an unexpected postponement, there wasn't a whole lot of moving and shaking in the SBI MLS Power Rankings this week.

The top four teams in the West continue to be the top four teams in the league, with Los Angeles, Seattle, Real Salt Lake and FC Dallas continung to look like the class of MLS this season.

Transfer Ticker: Tevez deal falls through, Muslera signs in Turkey and more

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The Carlos Tevez transfer saga has taken an unexpected twist.

Corinthians has pulled its offer for the Manchester City striker, stating that it needs more time and wouldn't be able to complete the deal ahead of today's transfer deadline in Brazil.

In a statement, the club indicated that Tevez would be with Corinthians "in the near future," meaning that a potential move when the January transfer window opens would be an option should Tevez still be on the market.

Fantasy MLS: Week 20

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By ALAN LEDBETTER

When planning for each week of Fantasy MLS, there are many factors to consider. Then there are the things for which fantasy owners can't possibly prepare. Last week, Vancouver postponed its game vs.

USL Pro Week 16: A Look Back

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By JOHN BOSCHINI

Week 15 passed without any major changes, and with the conclusion of the USL Pro season now only a month away, that'll suit Orlando City just fine.

Orlando still holds a comfortable nine-point lead in the American Division and faces a long vacation before the home stretch.

Suarez brace sees Uruguay defeat Peru to advance to final

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Uruguay''s strong run of form continued in the Copa America semifinals, and Peru was Los Charruas' latest victim.

Uruguay stayed unbeaten at the Copa America and reached the tournament final on Tuesday night, beating Peru 2-0 on a pair of goals from Luis Suarez scored five minutes apart.

Sounders gears up to face Manchester United

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By CALEB SONNELAND

An expected sell-out crowd of around 65,000 will watch on intently as the Seattle Sounders play host to the current English Premier League champions, Manchester United, on Wednesday night.

Riding a good run of form, Seattle is eager to make the most of the marquee match-up.

Copa America: Who will win?

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The Copa America is down to four teams, but not the four teams would have expected.

Okay, Uruguay probably isn't the biggest underdog considering it just finished fourth at the 2010 World Cup, but most would have pegged Argentina to knock off Luis Suarez and Co. in the quarterfinals.

The SBI MLS All-Star All-Snub Squad

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When New York Red Bulls head coach Hans Backe named the game-day roster for the 2011 MLS All-Star Team, there were destined to be players who many MLS fans felt were snubbed. It happens every year, but this year there seemed to be more snubs than usual.

It is clear that some of Backe's selections were made with more consideration toward building a team capable of beating Manchester United rather than rewarding the league's best players through the first half of the season.

Casey out for the season with torn Achilles tendon

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Colorado Rapids striker Conor Casey will miss the remainder of the season after suffering a torn Achilles tendon.

Casey suffered the injury during the Rapids' 4-3 loss to the Seattle Sounders on Saturday. The star forward will miss between 8-to-10 months after tearing his Achilles tendon on a play that didn't actually involve any contact.

Tuesday Ticker: 'Caps eye Hargreaves, Barcelona-Fabregras update and more

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By FRANCO PANIZO

The Vancouver Whitecaps have finally admitted it. They want to sign Owen Hargreaves.

Prior to a friendly versus Manchester City on Monday night, Whitecaps co-owner Jeff Mallett confirmed rumors of interest in Hargeaves, saying that the oft-injured midfielder knows of the club's desire to sign him.

SBI MLS Rookie of the Week: Perry Kitchen

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Perry Kitchen isn't naturally a right fullback, but you wouldn't have guessed it watching him hold his own against FC Dallas standout Brek Shea.

Kitchen, the No. 3 pick in the 2010 MLS Draft, did his part in helping contain Shea as D.C. United escaped Pizza Hut Park with a 0-0 tie last weekend.

Manchester City ousts Whitecaps in fourth match of WFC

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The fourth match of the 2011 World Football Challenge took place in Vancouver on Monday night, and though the Vancouver Whitecaps gave their fans hope of a win, it was Manchester City that wound up victorious.

Manchester City defeated the Whitecaps 2-1 on goals from John Guidetti and Shaun Wright-Phillips in the second half.

Vancouver Whitecaps vs. Manchester City: Your Running Commentary

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After the Vancouver Whitecaps' league game against Real Salt Lake was postponed over the weekend due to unplayable field conditions, the playing surface at Empire Field has been inspected and given the green light, so the World Football Challenge continues north of the border as the Whitecaps host Manchester City (10 p.

Agbossoumonde's option not being picked up by Djurgardens IF

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In just a few short weeks, United States international centerback Gale Agbossoumonde will have to go back to the drawing board.

Agbossoumonde's option will not be picked up by his Swedish club Djurgardens IF when his loan expires, the team announced on its website.

MLS Ticker: Casey set for MRI, Dabo retires, Revs reserves defeat Union

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The Colorado Rapids hold their collective breath while they await the injury diagnosis for star forward Conor Casey.

Casey is scheduled to undergo an MRI on Monday to determine the extent of the left calf/Achilles strain he suffered in the first half of Colorado's 4-3 loss at Seattle on Saturday afternoon.

Who is your biggest MLS All-Star snub?

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While 22 MLS players found out that they'll be suting up against Manchester United in the league's All-Star Game next week, there are quite a few others who didn't get the call that have a case, and that's even with players from Seattle, FC Dallas and Toronto FC being ineligible because of their CONCACAF Champions League commitments.

Backe selects MLS All-Star Game roster

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Hans Backe has made his picks.

Taking the fan-voted First XI and Commisioner Don Garber's picks into account, the New York Red Bulls and MLS All-Star team coach has selected the 22 players who will be in uniform to take on Manchester United on July 27 at Red Bull Arena.

Copa America semifinals: A Look Ahead

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By DAVID MOSSE

Uruguay is now in the somewhat unenviable position of being regarded as the favorite to win the 2011 Copa America following a remarkable quarterfinal round that saw both Argentina and Brazil crash out on penalties. The Celeste must guard against any kind of letdown after knocking out the hosts on Saturday in a pulsating encounter that will probably go down as the match of the tournament.

Transfer Ticker: Tevez move not done yet, potential De Guzman trade and more

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Just when it seemed that Carlos Tevez was on his way out of England, the team after his services has claimed that a deal is not yet done.

Tevez's current club, Manchester City, claimed to have finally reached a fee agreement with his former club, Brazilian power Corinthians, according to remarks made by City boss Roberto Mancini.

SBI MLS Player of the Week: Fredy Montero

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Fredy Montero did it again.

The Colombian striker helped lead the red-hot Seattle Sounders to another victory, contributing to multiple goals in a 4-3 win against reigning MLS Cup champions Colorado.

If this sounds familiar it's because Montero was the star of the show last week, and just like last week, Montero has once again earned SBI MLS Player of the Week honors for his heroics.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Most of the big European leagues are still in their preseasons, but that doesn't mean there isn't a portion of the Americans Abroad already in action.

Clarence Goodson began his first full season with Brondby IF by starting and going the distance in the club's 2-2 draw with Aalborg BK.

United acquires Da Luz from New York

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When Atlantic Cup rivals D.C. United and the New York Red Bulls made a trade on Saturday, D.C. sent a 2011 international roster slot to New York for "future considerations."

The specifics of those considerations have been sorted out.

NASL Week 15: A Look Back

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By JOHN BOSCHINI

Don't look now, but the Atlanta Silverbacks are starting to string together some results.

Atlanta and fellow bottom-dweller Montreal Impact battled to a 2-2 draw in Canada on Sunday. It was the first time in 2011 the Atlanta Silverbacks were able to stay unbeaten over two games.

Copa America: Paraguay outdoes Brazil in Penalties, Venezuela eliminates Chile

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If you would've bet before the Copa America that neither Argentina or Brazil would make the final, you likely would have been called delusional.

That will be the case though, as Brazil lost 2-0 on penalty kicks to Paraguay in a quarterfinal match on Sunday.

Union roll past Revs, take sole possession of first place in Eastern Conference

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By IAN HOLLIDAY

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – New England Revolution supporters groups organized a walkout in the 17th minute of Sunday night's game against the Philadelphia Union at Gillette Stadium in protest of the so-called "Fortgate" incident. Aside from a red card to Benny Feilhaber, they didn't miss much in the remaining 73 minutes.

USA gives up lead twice, loses to Japan on penalties in WWC final

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The feel-good story that was the U.S. women's national team at the World Cup has come to a close, and it does so without the fairy-tale ending.

The U.S. team lost in the World Cup final on Sunday, falling to Japan 3-1 on penalty kicks after playing to a 2-2 draw.

Sporting KC signs Brazilian Jeferson

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Sporting Kansas City recently opened a new stadium, and has now added another big-money player to help please the fans at Livestrong Sporting Park.

Sporting KC announced the signing of Brazilian playmaker Jeferson from Brazilian club Vasco de Gama. Jeferson joins Omar Bravo as one of two Designated Players on Sporting KC's roster, along with Omar Bravo.

USA vs. Japan: Match Day Commentary

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The U.S. Women's National Soccer Team will complete their World Cup run today, and will either provide the perfect finish to a dream tournament, or will fall just short in their quest for a third World Cup title when the ladies take on Japan in today's Women's World Cup Final (2:45pm, ESPN/Galavision/ESPN3.

Vancouver-RSL match postponed due to field conditions

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The Vancouver Whitecaps were forced to postpone their MLS match against Real Salt Lake on Saturday because the grass field put in place for Monday's friendly against Manchester City was waterlogged by heavy rain in the Vancouver area.

As a result, the MLS match has to be re-scheduled, and the Real Salt Lake fans who made the trip north to watch their team play were left with no game to watch.

Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

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The Women's World Cup Final will be grabbing most of the attention of American soccer fans today, but it certainly isn't the only match on today's schedule.

The final two places in the Copa America semifinals will be filled today as Brazil looks to avoid the fate of fellow favorite Argentina by beating Paraguay.

Women's World Cup Final: Pre-Game Tailgate

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The U.S. Women's National Team will look to win the second World Cup in the team's history today with a win against Japan in the 2011 World Cup Final in Frankfurt, Germany (2:45pm, ESPN).

The U.S. women reached the final with a pair of thrilling victories against Brazil and France, and now face an inspired Japan side that reached the final by knocking off defending champion Germany before blowing out Sweden in the semifinals.

Commissioner selects Agudelo, Bravo for MLS All-Star Game

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New York Red Bulls striker Juan Agudelo will make his first MLS All-Star Game appearance after being named to the All-Star Team as one of commissioner Don Garber's two selections.

Garber named Agudelo and Sporting Kansas City striker Omar Bravo as his two selections on Saturday.

Timbers snap winless skid with win in Chicago

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BY ANTHONY ZILIS

BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. -- The Fire outshot them, hit two posts, and had the ball in their attacking third for much of the game.

But for the Portland Timbers, who beat Chicago 1-0 Saturday at Toyota Park, it felt great just to get a road win.

While it wasn't necessarily pretty, Jack Jewsbury was upbeat after the Timbers' first road victory in eight tries snapped their seven-game unbeaten streak.

Real Madrid’s quartet of goals trump defenseless Galaxy

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By JONATHAN VERA

LOS ANGELES, Calif – Real Madrid came back to LA with the same agenda as last year: to beat LA. And they did just that as Cristiano Ronaldo and company unleashed a 4-1 clinic on the Galaxy Saturday night at the LA Coliseum.

Argentina eliminated on penalties to Uruguay, Peru stuns Colombia

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Not even homefield advantage was enough to help Argentina put an end to its trophy drought.

Argentina was knocked out of the Copa America at the Santa Fe Stadium on Saturday night, losing to Uruguay, 5-4, in a penalty kick shootout after playing to a 1-1 draw.

Rost debuts, Kennedy the star in scoreless draw between Chivas, Red Bulls

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BY ADAM SERRANO

New York Red Bulls goalkeeper Frank Rost made his debut for the club, but the German veteran was outshined by his opposing goalkeeper.Â

Chivas USA goalkeeper Dan Kennedy made four saves as Chivas USA and the New York Red Bulls played to a scoreless draw in front of 14,838 at the Home Depot Center.

United, Dallas again play to 0-0 draw

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FC Dallas and D.C. United may be separated by 12 points in the standings, but if their two meetings this year are any indication, the teams are as even as can be.

Two months after battling to a scoreless draw at RFK Stadium, Dallas (10-5-5)Â and United (5-5-8)Â played to another 0-0 tie in Frisco, Texas on Saturday.

Montero the hero again as wild finish sees Seattle top Colorado

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By CALEB SONNELAND

The bad blood between the two teams was evident for everyone to see as the Seattle Sounders and Colorado Rapids played out a wild 4-3 Sounders victory rife with disciplinary and goal-mouth action from start to finish.

With the score knotted at 2-2 going into the home stretch of the game, it took some Fredy Montero magic to unlock the Rapids' defense to give the hosts a win and all three points at CenturyLink Field.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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After unloading on Costa Rica in its final group stage match, Argentina heads into the knock-out rounds of Copa American looking like a team capable of winning the trophy.

The first step in the knockout rounds will pit the 'Albiceleste' against Uruguay, the fourth-place finishers in the 2010 World Cup.

This Weekend's Soccer on TV

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The U.S. women's national team is a win away from completing its mission.

With a win over Japan on Sunday, the U.S. women would capture their first World Cup championship since 1999 and third overall. Sunday's final of the Women's World Cup highlights this weekend's slate of soccer across the world, which also includes the Copa America quarterfinals, the World Football Challenge and a full complement of Major League Soccer matches.

Chicago not expected throw 'very gifted' signing Grazzini into fire immediately

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By ANTHONY ZILIS

New Chicago Fire midfielder Sebastian Grazzini arrived in Chicago on Friday morning. The Argentine playmaker will be available for selection for Saturday's game against Portland, though head coach Frank Klopas doubts he'll play that soon.

Real Madrid set to kick off summer U.S. tour with match against Galaxy

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By ADAM SERRANO

Spanish giant Real Madrid has arrived in the United States eager to make waves.

The star-studded Madrid, led by head coach Jose Mourinho and stars Cristiano Ronaldo, Iker Casillas and Kaka, among others, start their U.S. sojurn against the Los Angeles Galaxy Saturday night.

Report: Mullan not making Seattle trip

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Seattle Sounders fans won't get the chance to serenade Brian Mullan after all.

According to The Denver Post, Mullan did not accompany the rest of the Colorado Rapids to Seattle for Saturday afternoon's match, which will be the first meeting between the two clubs since Mullan's tackle broke the leg of Seattle winger Steve Zakuani earlier this season.

Altidore ready to embark on next chapter of career after transfer to AZ Alkmaar

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By FRANCO PANIZO

BOCA RATON, Fla. - Jozy Altidore's club career since heading over to Europe has not gone as well as he would have liked, and that might explain why Altidore was full of smiles when he announced the next phase in his career.

Toronto FC continues to deal, trades Tchani to Columbus for Iro, Griffit

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The revolving door at BMO Field keeps turning.

Toronto FC traded Tony Tchani to the Columbus Crew on Friday in exchange for centerback Andy Iro and midfielder Leandre Griffit.

The move comes a day after Toronto picked up Terry Dunfield from Vancouver and dealt Jacob Peterson, Alan Gordon and Nana Attakora to San Jose for Ryan Johnson, allocation money and an international roster slot.

MLS Week 18: A Look Ahead

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By THOMAS FLOYD

With the likes of Real Madrid, Manchester United, Manchester City and Club America now touring the country, one might forget there is another packed slate of MLS action lined up this weekend.

NASL Week 15: A Look Ahead

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By JOHN BOSCHINI

Just when it looked like no one would catch the Carolina Railhawks, the NASL leaders lost their first game since April 9 over the weekend and followed it up with a 1-1 tie with FC Edmonton on Thursday night.

The departure of captain Brad Rusin has obviously had an effect on Carolina, but the Railhawks still maintain a 13-point lead over second-place Edmonton.

Must-See Video: Best of MLS 2011 (so far)

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USL Pro Week 16: A Look Ahead

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By JOHN BOSCHINI

Just as it looked like Orlando City is poised to run away with the American Division, the mid-season leaders go winless over a weekend.

In a move that is becoming all too common among division leaders, Orlando gained just one point from two games over the weekend with a scoreless draw against the woeful Dayton Dutch Lions and a 1-0 loss to the Charleston Battery.

Altidore joining AZ Alkmaar

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Jozy Altidore has played in three different countries since leaving MLS for Europe back in 2008, and he's about to make it four.

Altidore has agreed to terms with Dutch power AZ Alkmaar for the upcoming Eredivisie season, sources told Fox Soccer on Thursday evening. Details on the move have yet to become available, but Altidore is expected to make the announcement official on Friday morning in Florida.

MLS West Notes: Jacobson unsung hero for FCD, LaBrocca states All-Star case and more

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BY ADAM SERRANO

FC Dallas has shown that the willingness to persevere despite absence, injuries or change.

Part of that rise has been the play of two-way midfielder Andrew Jacobson, who appears to have finally locked down a steady spot on an MLS club after three years of bouncing around the league.

San Jose trades Johnson, gets three players in blockbuster deal with Toronto

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Ryan Johnson's time with the San Jose Earthquakes has come to a close.

The Earthquakes traded Johnson, along with allocation money and an international player spot, to Toronto FC in exchange for Alan Gordan, Nana Attakora and Jacob Peterson in a blockbuster deal on Thursday.

The move provides San Jose with depth at three positions, though it loses an international spot until Jan.

Whitbread set for new Norwich deal

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By CALEB SONNELAND

American defender Zak Whitbread is poised to extend his contract with the newly-promoted EPL side Norwich City.

Whitbread was a key figure in the back for manager Paul Lambert's boys, registering 23 appearances in the successful 2010-2011 Championship season.

MLS Ticker: Toronto FC acquire Dunfield, Schmid extends deal and more

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By FRANCO PANIZO

It appears Toronto FC is trying to do everything it can to ensure it has a better second half of the season.

After signing a pair of designated players in Torsten Frings and Danny Koevermans nearly two weeks ago, Toronto FC acquired midfielder Terry Dunfield in a trade with the Vancouver Whitecaps on Thursday.

Fantasy MLS: Week 19

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By ALAN LEDBETTER

A full week of MLS games made for a high scoring week last week. There is a much lighter schedule this week with no teams playing twice this week as many of them are engaged in the US Open Cup competition. Prepare a challenge to find the right starting lineup as most games are fairly even this week.

MLS East Notes: Revs starters step up against Man U, another concussion for D.C. and more

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By THOMAS FLOYD

For 45 minutes Wednesday, the New England Revolution held its own against one of the top clubs the world has to offer.

Manchester United couldn't break through against the Revolution defense in a friendly before 51,523 at Gillette Stadium, and the two teams went into the break locked in a scoreless draw.

Mid-Day Ticker: Ferguson denies Sneijder deal, Diouf AWOL and more

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By FRANCO PANIZO

If Wesley Sneijder is on the verge of joining Manchester United, Sir Alex Ferguson has his best poker face on.

Amid reports that Manchester United is close to signing Sneijder, Ferguson denied the deal, stating that he doesn't believe Inter Milan is ready to sell the Dutch international.

Birchall, Cháves and Yallop disciplined by MLS

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By CALEB SONNELAND

Much scrutiny has been made of the disciplinary action taken by the MLS this season.

The latest actions taken see suspensions for LA's Chris Birchall and Chicago's Diego Cháves while San Joe head coach Frank Yallop gets a $500 slap on the wrist for "conduct unbecoming of a professional" during the Earthquakes match against the Union over the weekend.

Manchester United routs Revolution as World Football Challenge begins

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Manchester United kicked off its American tour by winning big against an American club.

Federico Macheda scored two goals as Manchester United opened the 2011 World Football Challenge with a 4-1 victory over the New England Revolution on Wednesday night in Boston, Masachusetts. Michael Owen and  Park Ji-Sung also scored for the Red Devils, which started just four players from the side that faced Barcelona in the most rcent Champions League final.

Copa America: A look ahead to the quarterfinals

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By DAVID MOSSE

Argentina and Brazil may well end up meeting in the final of the 2011 Copa America as most people envisioned before the start of the tournament, but the days of the two countries towering over the competition in South America appear to be over.

Transfer Ticker: Liverpool to sign Downing, Modric wants transfer & more

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By CALEB SONNELAND

Liverpool looks set to add yet another new face to its expanding roster this summer.

Stewart Downing appears to be on his way to the Anfield outfit after Aston Villa and Liverpool agreed a fee for the winger yesterday believed to be in the region of up to £20 million.

Brazil wins to claim Group B, Venezuela ties in thriller on final day of first round

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By FRANCO PANIZO

12 combined goals, a last-second comeback and an assist from a goalkeeper.

Those were just some of the highlights on an eventful Wednesday night as group play in the Copa America came to a close. Brazil took first place in Group B and eliminated Ecuador with a 4-2 triumph over La Tri, while Venezuela scored two goals in the final three minutes of its thrilling match against Paraguay to earn a 3-3 draw.

Seattle's Open Cup defense still on, down LA 3-1

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By CALEB SONNELAND

In a rematch from last year's Third Round Open Cup fixture, the Seattle Sounders played host to the Los Angeles Galaxy with the hosts and defending champions trotting out to a 3-1 win and a spot in the next round.Â

With a goal and an assist, Nate Jaqua led the Sounders to the victory and picked up a Man of the Match award for his shift up top.

Seattle Sounders vs. LA Galaxy - Live Open Cup Commentary

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The Seattle Sounders play host to the LA Galaxy in tonight's quarterfinal matchup between the two Western Conference heavyweights at 10pm ET.

Landon Donovan is in the Galaxy Starting XI along with Juninho, while key Sounders Fredy Montero and Osvaldo Alonso take their respective places in the lineup for coach Sigi Schmid.

Soccer Wednesday: Your Running Commentary

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Plenty is on the line in the Copa America Wednesday night as group play wraps up. Three teams, including Brazil, have a shot at winning Group B, and third-place CONCACAF representative Costa Rica holds its breath, as it can still advance to the quarterfinals if Venezuela beats Paraguay.

Club America's Castillo awaiting another call from U.S. national team

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By JOSE M. ROMERO

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Edgar Castillo has kept up with the latest goings on for the U.S. men's national team, and he's ready for another chance to represent his country of birth. He just needs the opportunity to arise.

Japan tops Sweden, will face USWNT in Women's World Cup final

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Japan's dream run in the Women's World Cup continues.

After falling behind in the 10th minute, Japan scored three unanswered goals and defeated Sweden, 3-1, in Wednesday's semifinal to advance to the final against the United States.

Josefine Oqvist put Sweden, which topped the United States in the group stage, ahead early with a clinical finish, but the lead was a short-lived one.

Salgado, Gil highlight U.S. U-18 roster for Milk Cup

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Vancouver Whitecaps forward Omar Salgado and Real Salt Lake attacker Luis Gil are among the 18 players chosen to represent the United States Under-18 national team in the Milk Cup later this month in Northern Ireland.

Chicago Fire midfielder Victor Pineda and Sporting Kansas City goalkeeper Jon Kempin will also represent the United States, along with internationally based goalkeeper Cody Cropper, defender Juan Pablo Ocegueda, midfielder Will Packwood and forward Jerome Kiesewetter.

USWNT headed back to World Cup final after semifinal victory over France

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Abby Wambach's continued late game heroics have the U.S. women's national team a win away from its third World Cup title.

The veteran U.S. forward scored for the third conseuctive game, heading home a Lauren Cheney corner kick in the 79th minute to break a 1-1 deadlock and lead the United States to a 3-1 victory over France in Wednesday's semifinal match.

Chicago adds playmaker Grazzini

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Chicago Fire coach Frank Klopas alluded to a potential player signing after his team's U.S. Open Cup victory on Tuesday night. A day later, that signing is complete.

The Fire added playmaking midfielder Sebastian Grazzini to its roster, signing the 30-year-old Argentine on Wednesday.

USWNT vs. France: Your Running Commentary

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The U.S. women's national team is a game away from reaching the final of the Women's World Cup for the first time since winning it all in 1999.

After their breathtaking, come-from-behind victory over Brazil in the quarterfinals, the U.S. women face France in a semifinal match in Moenchengladbach, Germany (12 p.

Behind the Crest: The Next Moment

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San Jose GK Bingham scores from own end in friendly win over West Brom

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With the San Jose Earthquakes being shut out four times in their last five league games, they needed somebody to step up to snap the team out of its recent funk. As it turns out, that player was rookie goalkeeper David Bingham.

Bingham scored from more than 90 yards, with his long kick bouncing over West Brom's California-born goalkeeper Boaz Myhill to open the scoring in the third minute of San Jose's 2-1 victory in a club friendly Tuesday night.

U.S. Open Cup: SKC kicked out by Richmond, FCD turns tables on RSL

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The Richmond Kickers figured out how to do something no Major League Soccer team could -- beat Sporting Kansas City at Livestrong Sporting Park.

The USL Pro side scored twice after a lengthy weather delay in the second half to keep its U.S. Open Cup hopes alive with a surprise 2-0 quarterfinal victory.

Report: Red Bulls sign GK Rost

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It's no secret that the New York Red Bulls need goalkeeping help, and that help appears to be on the way.

According to a report in German publication Bild, the Red Bulls have signed former Hamburg SV goalkeeper Frank Rost.

Current keepers Bouna Coundoul and Greg Sutton have each made their fair share of goalkeeping errors this season, with neither being able to outdistance the other to claim the No.

Uruguay sets up match with Argentina after beating Mexico, Chile tops Peru

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Uruguay wasted a number of chances, but Alvaro Pereira's goal was enough to give Los Charruas a 1-0 win over Mexico and set up a mouth-watering quarterfinals match against Argentina.

Pereira gave Uruguay three points in the final game of Group C on Tuesday night when he netted his second goal of the tournament in the 14th minute.

Barouch's brace fires Chicago past Red Bulls reserves into U.S. Open Cup semis

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By ANTHONY ZILIS

BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. -- New York Red Bulls manager Hans Backe just didn't seem to care about the U.S. Open Cup – at least not on Tuesday, when his team played the Chicago Fire in its fourth of nine games in July.

Soccer Tuesday: Your Running Commentary

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Three spots in the U.S. Open cup semifinals will be claimed by the night's end, and the Copa America picture will clear up a bit as well, as Group C co-leaders Chile and Peru square off and Uruguay faces Mexico in their final games in the group stage. The summer club friendly schedule also continues, as the San Jose Earthquakes host Premier League club West Brom.

Williams to be inducted into D.C. United Hall of Tradition

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Richie Williams is set to join some exclusive company at RFK Stadium.

The former D.C. United player will be inducted into the club's Hall of Tradition at halftime of the team's match against the Portland Timbers on Aug. 27. Williams joins John Harkes, Marco Etcheverry, Jeff Agoos, Raul Diaz Arce and Eddie Pope as players to earn the honor.

U.S. Open Cup quarterfinals: A Look Ahead

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By Wednesday night, the U.S. Open Cup field will be narrowed down to four teams.

Only one of the eight remaining teams is a non-MLS competitor, as the Richmond Kickers is the last representative of U.S. Soccer's the lower tiers. They'll have the task of doing something no MLS team has been able to do yet -- beat Sporting Kansas City at Livestrong Sporting Park.

Mid-Day Ticker: Smith on trial in Spain, Spurs not into selling Modric and more

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Ryan Smith has resurfaced in Spain.

The speedy left winger, who left Sporting Kansas City earlier this season for unspecified family issues, is reportedly on trial with Real Zaragoza after joining the club at the start of its preseason camp.

SBI MLS Rookie of the Week: Ethan White

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It is rare to see a 20-year-old centerback do well on the professional level, and it's tough to remember many doing well in Major League Soccer, but D.C. United rookie Ethan White has been an exception to that rule, growing into a quality central defense option for the Eastern Conference club.

Whitecaps make Jarju first African DP

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No, the first African Designated Player in MLS won't be Didier Drogba.

The Vancouver Whitecaps announced the signing of 24-year-old Gambian forward Mustapha Jarju on Tuesday, making him the first African DP in MLS history.

Jarju, who is also known as Toubabo, most recently played for RAEC Mons, which was just promoted to the top flight in Belgium.

SBI MLS Power Rankings: Week 17

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After a one-week hiatus, the Los Angeles Galaxy are back on top.

FC Dallas' loss at Real Salt Lake coupled with the Galaxy's victory over the Chicago Fire propelled Landon Donovan & Co. back to No. 1 in SBI's latest MLS Power Rankings.

Tuesday Kickoff: Corinthians eyes Tevez, Red Bulls' Open Cup plan and more

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Carlos Tevez could be returning to Corinthians.

According to reports out of England, the Brazilian power has made Manchester City a £35 million offer for the Argentine forward, who played there from 2004-2006 prior to joining the Premier League.

Tevez' departure from Manchester City seems to be a certainty, but a major team in Europe was expected to be his next destination.

Copa America Rewind: Argentina finally wins, Colombia takes Group A and more

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By FRANCO PANIZO

It took longer than expected, but Argentina finally had a reason to celebrate.

Argentina recorded its first win of the Copa America, topping Costa Rica, 3-0, on Monday night in the final match of Group A. The victory advanced the albiceleste to the quarterfinals as it finished in second place of the group with five points.

Vancouver to make major player announcement Tuesday

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The Vancouver Whitecaps are ready to make a major player announcement on Tuesday morning, and while there is no clear evidence of who the player is, there are plenty of rumors swirling about where the player might be from.

There is a strong belief the player is of Africa descent after well-known Nigerian journalist Colin Udoh wrote on Twitter that a captain of an African national team was going to be announced as the first MLS Designated Player from Africa in a Tuesday press conference.

RSL leave Rimando, Saborio home ahead of U.S. Open Cup clash with FC Dallas

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Real Salt Lake handed FC Dallas a 2-0 defeat in MLS play this past weekend, but will have a weakened squad try to knock off Dallas in U.S. Open Cup action Tuesday.

According to Salt Lake Tribune, RSL has left starting goalkeeper Nick Rimando and striker Alvaro Saborio home ahead of the quarterfinal clash at Pizza Hut Park.

U.S. Soccer's Studio 90: Ali Kreiger

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Mid-Day Ticker: Arsenal agree Gervinho fee, Chelsea still after Modric, & more

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By CALEB SONNELAND

Things seem to be looking up for Arsenal fans.

With the club poised to snatch up Ivory Coast winger/striker Gervinho from Ligue 1's Lille in the following few days, Gunners fans finally have something to smile about.

The attacker notched a solid 15 goals in Lille's championship-winning season last year but has long been linked away from the club, and Arsenal has been consistently showing interest in the player.

A look back at the Under-17 World Cup

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By DAVID MOSSE

One of the better Under-17 World Cups in recent memory drew to a close on Sunday with Mexico knocking off Uruguay 2-0 in front of nearly 100,000 fans at the fabled Azteca Stadium. The hosts fully deserved to claim the trophy after surviving the much tougher side of the draw, and a second Under-17 title in four editions stamps Mexico as one of the rising powers in international soccer.

Donovan or Wambach: Whose U.S. World Cup goal was more dramatic?

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Abby Wambach's thrilling last-second extra time equalizer in Sunday's World Cup quarterfinal victory by the U.S. Women's national team against Brazil came a year after Landon Donovan's own dramatic game-winning goal for the U.S. men against Algeria in the 2010 World Cup.

Two amazing goals, two unforgettable moments.

SBI MLS Player of the Week: Fredy Montero

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Playing in front of a hostile crowd at Jeld-Wen Field, Fredy Montero stepped up on multiple occasions to help his Seattle Sounders erase deficits. His two goals were key in helping the Sounders take down arch-rival Portland on Sunday, which is why Montero was an easy pick for this week's SBI MLS Player of the Week honors.

Mexico wins U-17 World Cup

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By FRANCO PANIZO

If seeing Mexico lift a second consecutive Gold Cup trophy was enough to leave a large gash in U.S. men's national team fans' egos, watching El Tri's youth team win the U-17 World Cup just two weeks later was probably like rubbing salt in the still-fresh wound.

Seattle sees off 10-man Timbers in Portland

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By CALEB SONNELAND

In the return leg of the heated Cascadia derby between hosts Portland Timbers and the traveling Seattle Sounders, it was the visitors who marched away with all three points and the bragging rights in the Pacific Northwest with a 3-2 win.

Osvaldo Alonso smashed home the game-winner in the 82nd minute from the penalty spot after substitute Lamar Neagle was felled by Eric Brunner inside the area to set up the spot kick.

Beckham, Henry named MLS All-Star First XI

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Four members of the Los Angeles Galaxy and three New York Red Bulls were named to the MLS All-Star First XI, revealed on Sunday.

Here are the eleven players who received the most All-Star votes among fans:

GK- Kasey Keller

D- Omar Gonzalez, Sean Franklin, Rafa Marquez, Tim Ream,Â

M-David Beckham, Jack Jewsbury, Brek Shea, Landon Donovan

F- Thierry Henry, Chris WondolowskiÂ

This is not necessarily the lineup that will start in the 2011 MLS All-Star Game against Manchester United on July 27th.

USA women rally to beat Brazil in penalties

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Down a goal and a player well into extra time, the U.S. women's national team looked ready to see their 2011 World Cup end earlier than expected.

That was before Abby Wambach stepped up and delivered a historic equalizer, and Hope Solo made a vital penalty shootout save to set the stage for an amazing comeback.

Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

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The day after defending World Cup champion Germany was upset by Japan, the U.S. women's national team and Brazil will face off in a match that should go a long way toward determining who the next world champion will be.

The United States will look to rebound from an upset loss to Sweden in the group stage, but must find a way to stop a Brazil attack that has gotten the better of the Americans in the past.

Second-half goals help Dynamo topple TFC

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Toronto FC set out to correct the defensive woes made glaringly obvious by a mid-week 5-0 thrashing against New York, and 45 minutes into Saturday night's match against the Houston Dynamo it looked as if TFC might have figured things out.

Two Houston second-half goals later and Toronto is once again left wondering what went wrong.

Beckham's corner kicks douse Fire

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By JONATHAN VERA

CARSON, Calif – After battling a back injury for weeks, David Beckham woke up earlier this week feeling pain free and ready to play.

The Chicago Fire found out the hard way just how ready Beckham was.

The Los Angeles Galaxy star set up a Landon Donovan goal before scoring a goal of his own on, of all things, a corner kick to help lead the Galaxy to a 2-1 win over the Fire on Saturday night at the Home Depot Center.

Earthquakes, Union battle to scoreless draw

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By JOHN BOSCHINI

The Philadelphia Union dominated play in San Jose but could only manage a 0-0 draw with the Earthquakes in a testy affair on Saturday night.

It was a cagey first half that saw few chances with the best opportunity coming when Danny Mwanga's low shot was cleared off the line by Bobby Burling.

Smith, Casey lead Rapids to home victory over Whitecaps

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By JOSE M. ROMERO

Saturday night at home gave the Colorado Rapids a good opportunity to secure three points against the team with the worst record in their conference, and the defending MLS Cup champion took care of business.

Colorado's two goals were enough to defeat the struggling Vancouver Whitecaps, 2-1, at Dick's Sporting Goods Park.

Hartman gaffe highlights Dallas loss in Utah

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By CALEB SONNELAND

Real Salt Lake is back to its winning ways after it ousted a red-hot FC Dallas 2-0 on Saturday thanks to second-half strikes from Andy Williams and Fabian Espindola.

The deadlock was broken almost immediately after halftime when Kevin Hartman couldn't hold onto an Andy Williams free kick when the keeper got behind the ball but couldn't hold onto it as it trickled across the line to earn the hosts a 1-0 lead.

Bravo's last-gasp goal saves SKC against Chivas USA

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Chivas USA was ready to win a second straight game and hand Sporting Kansas City its first ever loss at Livestrong Sporting Park.

That was until Zarek Valentin made a rookie mistake in stoppage time that Omar Bravo capitalized on.

After a long ball was sent into the penalty area, Valentin mis-hit a clearance and Bravo headed it home in the 92nd minute to help Sporting Kansas City earn a 1-1 draw with Chivas USA.

DeRosario burns former club as D.C. knocks off Red Bulls

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Dwayne DeRosario wasn't with the New York Red Bulls long, but that didn't make seeing him score any easier for the team that just traded him away.

DeRosario showed the Red Bulls what they let go when he scored the lone goal in D.C. United's 1-0 victory over New York at Red Bull Arena on Saturday night.

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

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The New York Red Bulls take on arch-rival D.C. United tonight at Red Bull Arena in the latest installment of their heated I-95 Derby.

The Red Bulls enter the match in first place in the Eastern Conference, while D.C. United is looking to make progress in the race for playoff position.

England, Germany eliminated as France, Japan advance to semis in WWC

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By FRANCO PANIZO

It seems all England national teams have something common: penalty kicks are their kryptonite.

England's women's national team was bounced out of the World Cup after losing 4-3 on penalty kicks to France after a 1-1 draw in a quarterfinal match on Saturday.

Copa America Rewind: Peru tops Mexico, Chile and Uruguay tie and more

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Peru's finishing may have been subpar, but that didn't stop Sergio Markarian's men from grabbing three points and a share of first place in Group C.

Jose Paolo Guerrero scored the lone goal in a 1-0 win over Mexico on Friday night, a result that tied the Peruvians with Chile for first place in the group with four points apiece.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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The Women's World Cup and Copa America headline today's slate of soccer action as both tournaments grow more intense by the day.

Women's World Cup host Germany faces Japan while England takes on France in today's quarterfinal action, while Brazil looks to improve on its disappointing opening Copa America match with a win against a tough Paraguay side.

USMNT to face Mexico in Philadelphia on Aug. 10th

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The U.S. men's national team will take on Mexico on Aug. 10th at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia.

More info to follow.


SBI's MLS Best XI (First Half)

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Major League Soccer will be announcing it's All-Star First XI at halftime of Sunday's Portland-Seattle match, so it's a perfect time to roll out SBI's picks of the league's top performers for the first half of the season.

We've picked three teams, using a 3-5-2 formation that is typical of an MLS All-Star Game ballot.

This Weekend's Soccer on TV

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The United States and Brazil didn't think they'd be meeting this early in the FIFA Women's World Cup. That hardly means their matchup will be any less entertaining.

The two powers go head-to-head in the quarterfinals of the World Cup on Sunday in a rematch of the 2008 Olympic gold medal game as a highlight of this weekend's slate of matches.

MLS Week 17: A Look Ahead

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By THOMAS FLOYD

Already considered one of the best atmospheres in MLS, Jeld-Wen Field seems poised to reach a whole new level Sunday afternoon.

That's when the historic Pacific Northwest derby between the Portland Timbers and Seattle Sounders comes to the Rose City for the first time in league history.

Mid-Day Ticker: Essien suffers knee injury, Villa nearing Given deal and more

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All of the optimism surrounding Chelsea after its hiring of manager Andre Villas-Boas appears to have subsided a bit after what appears to be a serious injury to a key player.

Midfielder Michael Essien reportedly ruptured knee ligaments in training and is set to miss a large part of the upcoming season, according to reports from England.

MLS West Notes: Wondo looks to regain scoring touch, RSL's trialists and more

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By ADAM SERRANO

Chris Wondolowski is looking to regain his scoring touch.

After a disappointing Gold Cup where he struggled to find playing time for the United States during the later stages of the tournament, Wondolowski has returned to MLS bent on re-gaining his form.

Zakuani's road to recovery

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Mexico, Uruguay set to tangle for U-17 World Cup crown after semifinal victories

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By DAVID MOSSE

The last time Mexico reached this final of the Under-17 World Cup back in 2005, another South American country stood in its way, but Giovani dos Santos and Co. made short work of Brazil, notching a comprehensive 3-0 victory. Uruguay is the opponent this time around after Fabian Coito's side stunned the Brazilians to advance to the final of the competition for the first time.

Castillo plays, Dike returns in Club America's friendly victory at Portland

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While Angel Reyna's first-half strike provided the lone tally in Club America's 1-0 victory over the Portland Timbers at Jeld-Wen Field Thursday night, the friendly stood out for U.S. national team and MLS fans for a couple of other reasons.

Attack-minded American left back Edgar Castillo started and played the first half for the Mexican side, which has sent him on loan to three clubs over the last two years.

NASL Week 14: A Look Ahead

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By JOHN BOSCHINI

It's no secret that Carolina has been far and away the best team in the NASL this season and, somewhat unfortunately for the Railhawks, teams across the Atlantic Ocean are starting to take notice.

Carolina captain Brad Rusin left the club abruptly earlier this week to sign a three-year contract with Denmark Superliga side HB Køge.

Chivas USA co-owner Cué confirms discussions on possible move from HDC

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BY ADAM SERRANO

Chivas USA co-owner Antonio Cué has confirmed that Chivas USA are in talks with cities in Los Angeles County for a potential move away from the Home Depot Center.

Chvias USA have shared the Home Depot Center since the club's inception in 2005 and have publically made it very clear that they have always sought to have their own residence away from the LA Galaxy.

Soccer Thursday: Your Running Commentary

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Bolivia and Costa Rica each have a chance to pass surpringly disappointing Argentina in their Copa America group as they battle in their second group game of the tournament. Elsewhere, host Mexico and powerhouse Germany clash for a spot in the final of the FIFA U-17 World Cup, where the winner will play a Uruguay side that dispatched Brazil earlier in the day.

Americans Abroad: Altidore-Alkmaar link lingers, Dempsey off Roma radar & more

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The Jozy Altidore-to-AZ Alkmaar link continues to persist.

The U.S. striker is reportedly seen as a fit for the Dutch Eredivisie club, which just offloaded striker Kolbeinn Sigthorsson to Ajax. Financial complications could prevent the move from happening, according to reports from the Netherlands.

Union deals Harvey to Vancouver

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The Philadelphia Union has allowed an Eastern Conference-low 16 goals, and while the team is hoping to continue that defensive toughness during the second half of the season, it will have to do so without Jordan Harvey.

The Union traded Harvey to the Vancouver Whitecaps in exchange for allocation money on Thursday.

Mid-Day Ticker: Henry tops Castrol Index, Zidane gets new Madrid role & more

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For the third straight month, Thierry Henry tops the Major League Soccer Castrol Index.

Henry maintained his status as the league's top player according to the metric. George John, Nat Borchers, Landon Donovan, Omar Gonzalez, Chris Wondolowski, Ugo Ihemelu, Alvaro Fernandez, Donovan Ricketts and Jeff Parke follow Henry, respectively, to round out the top 10.

MLS East Notes: Red Bulls break out, Vermes rips Rapids and more

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By THOMAS FLOYD

After a two-month slump caused by a combination of injuries, international absences and inconsistent play, a nearly 100 percent New York Red Bulls squad reminded MLS just how lethal it can be Wednesday, dismantling Toronto FC for a 5-0 win.

SBI MLS Player of the Month: Graham Zusi

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The month of June was a turning-point month for Sporting Kansas City, which started turning its season around last month after a rough start to the season.

Midfielder Graham Zusi was one of the key forces behind that turnaround. The former University of Maryland standout is enjoying a breakout run with KC, notching two goals and three game-winning assists in the month.

Morning Ticker: Stadium roof collapses, Beasley nets in friendly and more

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By FRANCO PANIZO

An unknown number of people have been trapped as a result of part of FC Twente's Grolsch Veste Stadium collapsing on them on Thursday.

The stadium was undergoing renovation on Thursday morning when the roof of a stand caved in, trapping people under the rubble.

Argentina held to a scoreless draw by Colombia

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Argentina has an envious cast of players that most national teams would love to have, but that collection of world-class talent once again failed to perform for the albiceleste.

Argentina tied Colombia, 0-0, on Wednesday night, leaving the albiceleste with two points from two games.

Zusi equalizer keeps SKC streak alive

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Sporting Kansas City extended its unbeaten streak to nine games with a draw at home on Wednesday night, and it can thank Graham Zusi for that.

Zusi earned Sporting Kansas City a 1-1 tie with the Colorado Rapids at Livestrong Sporting Park with a goal in the 62nd minute.

Chivas USA rides strong second half to win over Earthquakes

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By JONATHAN VERA

CARSON, Calif – It was an uneventful first half at the Home Depot Center in the clash between Chivas USA and the San Jose Earthquakes. The passing was not up to par, and the final touches could have been better.

But in the second half, that all changed.

Historic goal from Cunningham downs Vancouver in late-game thriller

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By JOHN BOSCHINI

Jeff Cunningham couldn't have chosen a better time to make MLS history.

The Columbus Crew striker scored in the final minute of Wednesday's clash with Vancouver to give the Crew a 1-0 victory. Cunningham is now tied with Jaime Moreno as the all-time MLS goals leader with 133.

Red Bulls demolish Toronto FC

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By MIKE NASTRI

After a miserable May and June that included just one win, the New York Red Bulls showed what they can do with a nearly full-strength side.

The Red Bulls overcame a promising start from Toronto FC before finding a good attacking rhythm and dismantling the visitors from Canada in a 5-0 dismantling on Wednesday night.

Soccer Wednesday: Your Running Commentary

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Aside from the New York-Toronto bout, three more MLS matches and Argentina's second Copa America match highlight the mid-week slate of soccer. Red-hot Sporting Kansas City looks to run its unbeaten streak to nine when it hosts defending champion Colorado in perhaps the most intriguing MLS match of the night.

Red Bulls vs. Toronto FC: Match Night Commentary

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The New York Red Bulls will be fielding one of their strongest starting lineups in some time when they take on Toronto FC at Red Bull Arena tonight.

Thierry Henry and Luke Rodgers are in the starting lineup together again after having missed playing time with injuries and illness.

Quarterfinals set in Women's World Cup

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The FIFA Women's World Cup is down to its final eight teams.

On the top half of the bracket, host Germany will face Group B runner-up Japan, and Sweden will face Australia, which surprised perennial power Norway to take the second spot in Group D. On the lower half, England and France meet in an all-European quarterfinal, while the United States takes on Brazil in a meeting that some figured would be a championship-game matchup.

Keller all for a Hahnemann-to-Seattle move despite long odds at acquisition

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By JONATHAN VERA

CARSON, Calif. – Kasey Keller announced at the beginning of the season he was going to retire at the end of the 2011 campaign, and as his farewell tour rolls on, the 41-year-old goalkeeper could not be more relaxed about his situation as he continues to play at a high level while experiencing new things.

U.S. women fall for first time in group stage, will face Brazil in quarterfinals

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The United States women's national team's smooth road in the FIFA Women's World Cup just got a whole lot bumpier.

Two defensive miscues turned into two first-half Sweden goals, and the United States fell in the group stage of the World Cup for the first time after a 2-1 loss to the European side in Wolfsburg, Germany.

USWNT vs. Sweden: Your Running Commentary

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The U.S. women's national team has already cemented its place in the FIFA Women's World Cup quarterfinals, but a win or a draw is still needed in its final group game on Wednesday (2:30 p.m., ESPN/ESPN3.com) if the team is to avoid an encounter with Marta-led Brazil in the first knockout round.

In Reserve: Seattle stays perfect, Nazarit's hat trick leads Chicago and more

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By FRANCO PANIZO

The Seattle Sounders are putting together a string of solid results in more than just the MLS regular season.

The Sounders' reserve team remained undefeated after a 2-1 victory over the Los Angeles Galaxy reserves on Tuesday.

Lamar Neagle was largely responsible for improving Seattle to 7-0-0, as he assisted on Nate Jaqua's opener before scoring off a penalty kick at the 30-minute mark.

Americans Abroad: Blackburn losing out on Jones, Leeds wants Lichaj back & more

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Schalke may be pricing Blackburn Rovers out of the Jermaine Jones sweepstakes.

According to the Lancashire Telegraph, Schalke's asking price of £10 million for a full transfer of the U.S. international midfielder is too high for Blackburn, and the club is resigned to moving on without him.

USL Pro Week 14: A Look Back

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By JOHN BOSCHINI

There was no shortage of action during the holiday weekend as the USL Pro packed 10 games into four days.

Despite the glut of games, everything is pretty much as it was in the races for the division titles as Orlando City padded its massive lead in the American Division and Rochester clings to a three-point lead over on the National side.

Transfer Ticker: Liverpool seals Adam deal, City bidding for Lavezzi and more

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Liverpool appears to have finally landed Charlie Adam.

After a long chase that spans back to the winter transfer window, Liverpool and Blackpool have agreed on a transfer fee for the Scottish international, who was a consistent performer in the Premier League last season and whose set-piece potency was among the best in the league.

FIFA U-17 World Cup Semifinals: A Look Ahead

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By DAVID MOSSE

It remains to be seen whether the current Mexico Under-17 side will supply the senior team with as much talent as the 2005 edition, which captured the U-17 World Cup in Peru behind the likes of Giovani dos Santos and Carlos Vela. Either way, the hosts are into the semifinals of the 2011 tournament following an impressive 2-1 victory over France on Monday, and striker Carlos Fierro certainly looks to have a bright future.

Fantasy MLS: Week 18

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By ALAN LEDBETTER

Everyone had their doubts about FC Dallas after its star midfielder, David Ferreira, was injured early in the season. After another impressive win, FCD is proving to be the hottest team in MLS. Brek Shea has proved to be the spark in the offense that has replaced Ferreira as he has scored in four straight MLS games.

NASL Week 13: A Look Back

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By JOHN BOSCHINI

Goals were plentiful during the July 4th weekend highlighted by four-goal performances from the Puerto Rico Islanders and FC Tampa Bay.

The Islanders scored late to put away an Atlanta Silverbacks side that equalized twice from the spot, winning, 4-3, in a rain-delayed game in Atlanta.

USMNT announces Costa Rica and Belgium friendlies

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By CALEB SONNELAND

The U.S. Soccer Federation has officially announced two upcoming friendlies against Belgium and Costa Rica in early September.

The United States Men's National Team will play host to the Costa Ricans at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California on Sept.

Women's World Cup Rewind: Germany rolls, England tops Japan and more

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By CALEB SONNELAND

The German powerhouse continued to roll as the Women's National Team smashed four goals past France in an exciting 4-2 victory to send the team into the first knockout round.

Striker Inka Grings registered a brace for the Germans on either side of halftime, the second from the penalty spot.

Mid-Day Ticker: City asks £50m for Tevez, USWNT stars sit out Monday, and more

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By CALEB SONNELAND

It isn't really any surprise that Carlos Tevez is in the headlines once again.

The Manchester City striker has come out and made it clear that he intends to quit the club and move home to Argentina to be closer to his family. Â

While Tevez is quick to show his respect for City, its fans and owner, he asks for sympathy for the fans' understanding that he has been away from his daughters for the past year.

Sporting KC wins Saad lottery

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Sporting Kansas City has one of the deepest and strongest collection of forwards in MLS, but will now have yet another forward after winning the weighted lottery for the rights to former Michigan striker Soony Saad.

Sporting KC beat out Chivas USA and the Chicago Fire, which had the best chances of landing Saad in the weighted lottery, held at MLS headquarters on Tuesday.

SBI MLS Rookie of the Week: C.J. Sapong

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Sporting Kansas City has a deep stable of forwards, including stars like Omar Bravo, and established veterans like Kei Kamara, but rookie C.J. Sapong continues to state his case as having the best year among the group.

Sapong added to his strong MLS Rookie of the Year candidacy by notching a goal and assist in Sporting KC's 2-1 win against Portland, a performance that helped him earn SBI MLS Rookie of the Week honors this week.

Sliding Timbers looking to halt skid as Seattle derby looms

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By JOSE M. ROMERO

C.J. Sapong's goal celebration in Saturday's 2-1 Sporting Kansas City win against Portland was nothin Timbers fans hadn't seen before.

Sapong's 15th-minute goal and subsequent stop-and-drop, as if to emulate a falling tree, was one of those numbers others have used at Jeld-Wen Field.

SBI MLS Power Rankings: Week 16

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There's been another change at the top.

Despite not losing, the Los Angeles Galaxy has made way for FC Dallas to take over the No. 1 spot in SBI'S MLS Power Rankings. FCD, on the heels of its 2-0 win over Columbus, extended its torrid streak to 9-1-3 in its last 13 games and trails the Galaxy by two points in the race for the Supporter's Shield but has two games in hand.

SBI MLS Player of the Week: Joel Lindpere

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The New York Red Bulls have endured their share of problems in recent weeks, from injuries, Gold Cup absences and goalkeeping blunders, but one constant positive for the team has been the play of Joel Lindpere.

The Estonian midfielder showed once again why he's fast becoming the most important player on the Red Bulls roster by scoring two goals in New York's 2-2 tie vs.

Tuesday Kickoff: Chandler committed to USMNT, Real Madrid signs Coentrao, and more

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There was plenty of speculation about whether Timmy Chandler's decision to skip the CONCACAF Gold Cup was evidence of the German-born player's potential desire to play for Germany and give up his recent allegiance to the United States.

Chandler shot that down in a recent interview, telling Yanks Abroad he has every intention of playing for the United States, and no desire to represent Germany, where he was born.

RSL battles from two goals down to tie Revs in match marred by poor officiating

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Real Salt Lake entered Monday's match against New England as a heavy favorite expected to win easily. That expectation changed quite a bit after a highly-questionable red card and penalty call just three minutes into the match threatened to doom RSL.

New England took advantage of the early call to jump out to a 2-0 lead, but Real Salt Lake battled back, tying the score at 2-2, and then shaking off a Shalrie Joseph header with a Fabian Espindola goal in the 83rd minute to give RSL a 3-3 draw at Rio Tinto Stadium on Monday night.

Perk stars in debut as Sounders, Galaxy tie

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BY ADAM SERRANO

The LA Galaxy had to reach deep into its bench, but was able to continue its 11-game unbeaten streak with a 0-0 draw against the Seattle Sounders on Monday night.

Third-string goalkeeper Brian Perk performed admirably in his MLS debut, making two saves including the definitive play of the game on a Fredy Montero penalty kick in the 18th minute.

Galaxy vs. Sounders: Match Night Commentary

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Two of the top teams in MLS will square off tonight at Home Depot Center as the first-place Los Angeles Galaxy faces the red-hot Seattle Sounders (10:30pm, ESPN2).

The Galaxy will play with third-string goalkeeper Brian Perk after losing Donovan Ricketts to a broken arm and Josh Saunders to a red card suspension.

Red Bulls not after Hahnemann, Soler claims he's "on his way to Seattle"

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By CALEB SONNELAND

The New York Red Bulls' goalkeeper situation isn't getting any better.

After moving star player Dwayne DeRosario to DC United on June 27th, speculation was rife that the club was looking to bring in a top quality goalkeeper to fill the void between the sticks.

Soccer Monday: Your Running Commentary

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 Today is Fourth of July, and if you're not spending time at the beach, pool or by the grill, chances are you just might be taking in some of the quality soccer action on a good menu of games today.

Germany and England have kicked things off today in the Under-17 World Cup, but Copa America will headline the evening's offerings.

Sunday Rewind: Brazil held in Copa, Marta shines in WWC and more

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By CALEB SONNELAND

In terms of scorelines, Group B at the Copa America didn't bring much excitement to the soccer world with two 0-0 draws.

When Brazil clashed with Venezuela, Neymar and Robinho tested Renny Vega early, but the Venezuelan keeper held firm and kept the Brazilians at bay.

Yelldell signs with Bayer Leverkusen

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Less than four months after making his U.S. national team debut, German-born goalkeeper David Yelldell has made the jump from Bundesliga 2 to the German Bundelisa after signing with Bayer Leverkusen.

Yelldell enjoyed a strong campaign with Bundesliga 2 side MSV Duisburg, helping the club reach the German Cup finals last season.

Happy 4th of July from SBI

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It is the Fourth of July, the day to celebrate our country's independence, as well as to enjoy a holiday.

There is plenty of soccer to watch today between your trips to the beach, the park and the grill, between MLS action, the Under-17 World Cup and Copa America.

We here at SBI are enjoying the holiday as well, but we will also be bringing you coverage of the day's soccer action.

Hall stands tall as Dynamo tie Rapids

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The Colorado Rapids returned home to Dick's Sporting Goods Park badly needing a victory after suffering a pair of blowout defeats, but the home team's hopes for three points were thwarted by Houston goalkeeper Tally Hall.

The Dynamo netminder made six saves, including several highlight-reel caliber stops, to help Houston salvage a 0-0 tie on Sunday night.

Saad signs with MLS, weighted lottery set for Tuesday

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Former University of Michigan striker Soony Saad was the leading goal scorer in college soccer in 2010, and that track record was enough to lead Major League Soccer to sign him to a contract over the weekend.

Saad completed a deal with MLS and now the 18-year-old Michigan native will be made available in a weighted lottery on Tuesday.

Must-See Goal: Andy Najar

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Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

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If you are a fan of all things Brazilian soccer, then today is your day.

Brazil's women's and men's national teams are both in action today, while the men's Under-17 national team is also playing, meaning you'll have three chances to see some Samba soccer on display.

The Brazil men kick off their Copa America campaign, while the women look to keep rolling in the World Cup.

Colombia goes atop Group A with win over 10-man Costa Rica

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Colombia's finishing may have been poor, but that didn't stop it from winning its Copa America opener against Costa Rica on Saturday.

With Argentina and Bolivia tying in the tournament opener, Colombia took sole possession of first place in Group A with a 1-0 triumph over a 10-man Costa Rica side.

Must-See Goal: Darlington Nagbe

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USA women steamroll Colombia at World Cup

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The U.S. women's national team sealed its place in the knockout rounds of the Women's World Cup with an emphatic 3-0 win against Colombia on Saturday.

The Americans were coming off their tournament-opening 2-0 win against North Korea and produced an even better display, though poor finishing kept the USA from posting a six or seven goal blowout.

Lindpere helps Red Bulls overcome GK woes and salvage road point vs. San Jose

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The New York Red Bulls are starting to grow accustomed to two things, one painfully annoying, and one a welcome relief.

The Red Bulls once again watched their goalkeeper commit a goal-allowing blunder, but once again watched Joel Lindpere step up and help his team find a result.

Early goals, second-half defense keep Sporting KC on a roll

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By JOSE M. ROMERO

Make that eight matches in a row without a loss for sizzling Sporting Kansas City.

What was once a season on the brink of utter disaster after a 1-6-1 start with its first 10 games on the road while a new home was being finished is now as promising as it ever has been for SKC.

Second half goals down Crew in Texas

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By CALEB SONNELAND

FC Dallas continued its impressive roll in the MLS as it took down the Columbus Crew 2-0 at Pizza Hut Park in Texas Saturday night thanks to goals from the red-hot duo of Brek Shea and Jackson Goncalves.

Shea got off the mark in the 58th minute when Will Hesmer fumbled a Marvin Chavez effort which Shea was on-hand to tidy up and put his side in front.

Fire extend unbeaten streak to eight games in 1-1 draw with Chivas USA

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BY ADAM SERRANO

CARSON, Calif -- The Chicago Fire earned their MLS' leading 12th draw of the season in a thrilling 1-1 draw against Chivas USA.

Speedy Ghanaian forward Dominic Oduro opened the scoring in the first half for the Fire and midfielder Nick LaBrocca equalized just seconds into the first half in a lively draw.

Fire extend unbeaten streak to eight games in 1-1 draw with Chivas USA

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BY ADAM SERRANO

CARSON, Calif -- The Chicago Fire earned their MLS' leading 12th draw of the season in a thrilling 1-1 draw against Chivas USA.

Speedy Ghanaian forward Dominic Oduro opened the scoring in the first half for the Fire and midfielder Nick LaBrocca equalized just seconds into the first half in a lively draw.

Late Ruiz strike steals draw for Union

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By THOMAS FLOYD

WASHINGTON - For D.C. United, how new acquisitions Dwayne De Rosario and Brandon McDonald would fare in their debuts was the storyline entering Saturday's meeting with the Philadelphia Union. But for the second straight week, the team's inability to hold onto a late lead at home will steal the postgame headlines.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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In a year when male U.S. national teams at all levels have disappointed, the U.S. women's World Cup team has become the last hope for international success this year for the U.S. soccer program.

The ladies will look to improve to 2-0 at the Women's World Cup today against Colombia, with a win securing passage to the knockout rounds.

Argentina salvages a draw against Bolivia in Copa America opener

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By FRANCO PANIZO

It may have been a draw, but it probably felt like a loss for Argentina.

Argentina kicked off the 43rd edition of the Copa America in unconvincing fashion at home on Friday night, needing a spectacular finish from substitute Sergio Aguero to tie Bolivia, 1-1.

Report: Four more unnamed Mexican players tested positive for clenbuterol

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By FRANCO PANIZO

If there wasn't already enough of a cloud surrounding Mexico and its players' use of clenbuterol, now comes word that more of the players on the Gold Cup-winning team reportedly tested positive for the banned substance.

According to Mexican outlet Medio Tiempo, FIFA Medical Director Jiri Dvorak announced Friday that four more of the 14 Mexicans that took the anti-doping test prior to the tournament have tested positive, bringing the total to nine players.

USA-Belgium set for Sept. 6 (Updated and Confirmed)

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The long-rumored USA-Belgium friendly has yet to be announced by the U.S. Soccer Federation, but the Belgian FA isn't wasting time promoting the match, posting an announcement that the friendly is set for Sept. 6th in Brussels.

UPDATED- U.S. Soccer officials confirmed to Fox Soccer on Friday evening that the USA-Belgium friendly will take place and an announcement will take place next week.

This Weekend's Soccer on TV

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The summer of international soccer continues this weekend, as Copa America joins the FIFA U-17 World Cup and FIFA Women's World Cup among the on-going international tournaments.

Host Argentina and defending champion Brazil open their Copa America campaigns on Friday and Sunday against Bolivia and Venezuela, respectively.

MLS Week 16: A Look Ahead

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By THOMAS FLOYD

Those looking to get their MLS fix this holiday weekend should have no problem flipping through the channels and finding a game or two -- or six -- to their liking, as all but two of the league's matches will be nationally televised.

MLS Ticker: Avila may leave on loan, D.C. hires new assistant coach and more

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FC Dallas midfielder Eric Avila may soon be playing in Mexico.

Avila is on his way to Guadalajara to potentially seal a six-month loan to Primera Division side Atlas, FC Dallas announced on Friday. Should he join Atlas, he would be the second MLS player to go there this season after Chicago sold Gaston Puerari to Atlas a couple of weeks ago.

FIFA Under-17 World Cup Quarterfinals: A Look Ahead

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By DAVID MOSSE

England hasn't made a habit of winning too many penalty shootouts, but the Three Lions Under-17 squad did just that on Thursday, overcoming Argentina following a 1-1 draw to reach the quarterfinals of the FIFA Under-17 World Cup. John Peacock's side fell behind to a goal by Maximiliano Padilla after 12 minutes, but Raheem Sterling equalized before halftime and England was the better team.

SBI MLS Team of the Month: Sporting Kansas City

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As it turns out, Sporting Kansas City just needed a little home cooking to turn its season around.

It's no surprise that Sporting KC's recent turnaround has coincided with the opening of Livestrong Sporting Park. The club went 3-0-3 in June (2-0-1 at home), buoyed by a much-improved defense that conceded just twice during that stretch, to earn SBI MLS Team of the Month honors.

After a return to prominence, Copa America 2011 could be one of the best

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By NESTOR F. SEBASTIAN

The tournament that essentially inspired the World Cup had been watered down.

Little by little, Copa America had lost some of its prestige. CONMEBOL decided to implement a two-year cycle in the South American tournament in the mid-1980s to give each nation a chance to host the competition.

Friday Kickoff: Neymar not for sale, Schelotto's club relegated and more

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As up-and-coming Brazilian star Neymar gets set for one of the more important summers of his career, his club has come out and said he is not for sale.

Despite Santos attracting lucrative offers from some of the biggest clubs in the world for its star forward, club president Luis Alvaro de Oliveira said in a statement that "In light of continuous speculation in the national and international press about the future of our player, I feel obliged to communicate the departure of Neymar is non-negotiable.

NASL Week 13: A Look Ahead

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By JOHN BOSCHINI

Major League Soccer's next franchise is going through some hard times in U.S. Soccer's second division.

The Montreal Impact is reeling from the sudden resignation of coach Marc Dos Santos earlier in the week. The Impact is off to an atrocious start, winning only twice in 11 games and sitting seventh in the standings, well outside a playoff spot.