Soccer By Ives Archives for January 2011

U.S. Open Cup semifinals: Your Running Commentary

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By night's end, the final of the 2011 U.S. Open Cup will be set.

The Chicago Fire and Richmond Kickers square off in a battle of unlikely semifinal participants who are both looking to maintain their surprising runs (8:30 p.m., live stream on Chicago-Fire.com). The Kickers are the last non-MLS team remaining in the field and will look to beat their third straight MLS opponent, although the Fire enter the match in good form as winners of two straight games.

Holden returns to action in reserve game

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Stuart Holden's return from a long injury layoff is one giant step closer to completion.

Holden started and played 78 injury-free minutes for Bolton's reserves in Tuesday's 7-0 loss to Fulham in his first game action since suffering a hairline condyle fracture on a tackle from Manchester United defender Jonny Evans in March.

Studio 90: USMNT begins training camp

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SBI MLS Power Rankings: Week 24

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The postponements caused by Hurricane Irene actually did a couple of teams a favor when it comes to the MLS standings and SBI MLS Power Rankings.

Teams like Philadelphia and D.C. were forced to sit idly by watching their competition for postseason berths do battle, and in the end, they had to be happy with the results.

Where would you like to see Dempsey go?

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With the European summer transfer window closing soon, a number of high-profile names are being thrown around as part of rumored moves, and one of those names happens to be U.S. star midfielder Clint Dempsey.

Dempsey is in a favorable spot with Fulham, in terms of playing time and personal success, but he's a hot commodity on the transfer market and has been linked with a number of clubs recently, including Qatari-backed French power Paris-St.

SBI MLS Rookie of the Week: Bobby Warshaw

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Finding minutes on a team as stacked as FC Dallas can't be easy for a rookie, so when Bobby Warshaw gets a chance to step on the field for the reigning Western Conference champions, he has to take full advantage.

Warshaw did just that on Saturday, coming off the bench to score a dramatic stoppage-time game-winning goal to help FC Dallas complete an inspired comeback in a 3-2 victory against Sporting Kansas City.

Transfer Ticker: Arsenal makes moves, Hargreaves on verge of City move & more

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In the aftermath of Sunday's 8-2 drubbing at Old Trafford, it became quite clear that Arsenal had to make some moves before the close of the summer transfer window if it is to be considered a threat in the Premier League this season.

The Gunners have started that process by landing South Korean captain and striker Park Chu-Young from Monaco to boost their attacking options.

Bradley completes move to Chievo

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Michael Bradley is officially out of team limbo.

According to Bradley's agent, Ron Waxman, the 24-year-old U.S. international midfielder has completed his move from Borussia Monchengladbach to Chievo Verona, ending a frustrating spell on the sidelines and beginning a new chapter in his club career.

U.S. Open Cup semifinals: A Look Ahead

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The way the U.S. Open Cup has played out, there's certainly a David bracket and a Goliath bracket.

The Chicago Fire and Richmond Kickers meet in the former, as both carry underdog stories into their Open Cup semifinal matchup at Toyota Park Tuesday night.

FC Dallas and two-time defending champion Seattle square off in the heavyweight matchup, with the winner undoubtedly being the favorite to capture the championship and automatic berth in the 2012-2013 CONCACAF Champions League that goes along with it.

Klinsmann discusses some plans for USMNT future

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BY ADAM SERRANO

MANHATTAN BEACH, CALIF. –Always his analytic yet positive self, Jurgen Klinsmann spoke to a group of reporters during a group interview in Los Angeles and outlined his plans for the U.S. National team.

Barcelona 5, Villarreal 0: Match Highlights

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Maryland rallies to roll past West Virginia

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By AVI CREDITOR

COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- The second half continues to be Maryland's time.

John Stertzer scored twice in a seven-minute span in the second half to lift No. 5 Maryland (Fox Soccer/SBI) to a come-from-behind, 3-1 victory over No.

European Weekend Rewind

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By DAVID MOSSE

Arsenal supporters hope Sunday's embarrassing 8-2 defeat to Manchester United represents rock bottom with Arsene Wenger finally motivated to react in the transfer market. The Gunners were without several first-team players, but there was no excuse for the shambolic defensive performance, particularly in the second half.

USL Pro Playoff Semifinals: A Look Back

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After a five tumultuous months in the USL Pro, only two teams remain.

The Wilmington Hammerheads capped off their regular-season American Division title with a comfortable 3-0 victory over the Richmond Kickers. They'll be joined in the final by the Harrisburg City Islanders, who knocked off top-seeded Rochester in a thrilling 2-1 win.

Johnson not eligible to play in upcoming USMNT friendlies

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German-born midfielder/defender Fabian Johnson was one of the more intriguing call-ups by Jurgen Klinsmann for the U.S. men's national team's upcoming training camp, but he won't be playing in the team's friendlies against Costa Rica and Belgium.

U.S. Soccer announced on Monday that Johnson is not eligible to play in the upcoming friendlies while his paperwork to switch from Germany to the United States is processed.

Latin American Weekend Rewind

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By DAVID MOSSE

The first half of the Brazilian Championship came to a close this weekend with a number of local derbies highlighting the schedule. It's all part of a strategy to avoid teams fielding second-string lineups in the final round of the competition, and the most fascinating matchup took place on Sunday between Santos and Sao Paulo.

Pontius, Spector called into USMNT camp

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D.C. United midfielder Chris Pontius and Birmingham City defender/midfielder Jonathan Spector have been called into the U.S. men's national team training camp as injury replacements for Heath Pearce and Zach Loyd, U.S. Soccer announced on Friday.

Pontius is enjoy a stellar season for D.

College Soccer Weekend Rewind

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By JOHN BOSCHINI

The opening weekend of the 2011 NCAAÂ Soccer season featured upsets for teams towards the bottom of the SBI Top 25, an impressive showing by the defending champions and an early peek at a possible national title game.

Top-ranked Louisville made quick work of No.

Must-See Ad: FIFA12

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This FIFA12 ad was made for European viewers, seeing as how the release date mentioned is Sept. 30 (the UK's release date of the game) and not Sept. 27 (North America's release date). But it is still one of the first TV ads released by EA Sports for its highly-anticipated video game, and with the demo scheduled to come out on Sept.

FC Barcelona vs. Villarreal: Your Running Commentary

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The defending European club champions FC Barcelona kick off their domestic campaign today against fellow La Liga power Villarreal in an exciting opening match and great offering for a Monday afternoon (3pm, GolTV).

Cesc Fabregas and Alexis Sanchez will earn their first starts for Barca in La Liga play and they will try to help Barcelona avoid slipping up against a Villarreal side that has given Barcelona plenty of trouble over the years.

Report: Bradley to sign with Chievo Verona

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Michael Bradley was left off the U.S. mens' national team roster for the upcoming friendlies so as to allow him to find a resolution for his club situation. Bradley appears to have found that resolution, and it will take him to Italy.

Must-See Interview: Jozy Altidore

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Okay, so it's not a MUST-SEE interview, but here is a pretty funny interview with U.S. Men's national team striker Jozy Altidore:

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Mid-Day Ticker: Inter to sign Forlan, Arsenal to compensate fans and more

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Inter Milan is getting ready put some of its Samuel Eto'o money to use, as it is on the brink of signing Uruguay star Diego Forlan as a replacement for the African striker.

Forlan will join Inter after spending four years with Atletico Madrid, where he scored 96 goals in 198 games and won a Europea League title in 2010.

SBI MLS Player of the Week: Lamar Neagle

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Already a hometown favorite among Seattle fans for status as a local product, Lamar Neagle boosted his cult hero status in the Emerald City with his hat-trick performance in the Sounders' 6-2 romp over Columbus on Saturday. He also earned SBI MLS Player of the Week honors in the process.

Holden to make return with Bolton reserves Tuesday

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U.S. men's national team midfielder Stuart Holden has been sidelined since suffering a major injury with Bolton back in March, but he's on the verge of returning to action after five months on the shelf.

Holden will take part in Bolton's reserve match against Fulham on Tuesday, with an eye toward a potential Premier League return on Sept.

NASL Week 21: A Look Back

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By JOHN BOSCHINI

For the first time in a very long time, the Montreal Impact are within striking distance.

The proverbial whipping boys throughout the spring are now within three points of sixth-place Fort Lauderdale following a 2-0 win over the NSC Minnesota Stars.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Jozy Altidore isn't the only one lighting up the scoreboards during the early part of the European season.

Robbie Findley scored his third goal of the season across all competitions for Nottingham Forest in its 4-1 loss to West Ham United.

Manchester United 8, Arsenal 2: Match Highlights

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John move to Blackburn called off

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FC Dallas defender George John was all set for a transfer move to English club Blackburn, and had done everything but sign a contract with the club only to have Blackburn back out and pass on the standout MLS centerback over the weekend.

According to multiple sources, MLS and Blackburn had agreed to terms on the transfer, which was to be for about $1.

Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

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Manchester United is going through a youth movement, while Arsenal is underdoing a transformation after seeing two starts live via transfer, but all that change isn't taking away from the drama that surrounds one of the better rivalries in Europe.

United will be the heavy favorite when the team's meet today, but Arsenal isn't likely to lay down and will have some confidence coming in after an impressive Champions League playoff victory at mid-week.

FC Dallas battles from two goals down for dramatic comeback win vs. Sporting KC

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When Omar Bravo finished off a Teal Bunbury pass to give Sporting Kansas City a 2-0 lead on FC Dallas in the 68th minute on Saturday night, the match-up of top MLS clubs looked to be over. The home team was leading, the visitors were feeling the grind of a busy week, and it would have been easy for Dallas to look ahead to Tuesday's U.

Ten-man RSL holds off punchless Chivas USA

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BY JONATHAN VERA

CARSON, Calif. – Chivas USA had their first home game in a month, and faced an opponent that went a man down after a first-half red card, but the Goats couldn't capitalize on the advantage as a crucial defensive error and inept offense kept Chivas USA from gaining ground in the playoff race.

Blackburn 0, Everton 1: Match Highlights

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Fire end Rapids nine-game unbeaten streak

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BY ANTHONY ZILIS

Last week, the Fire ended a 10-game winless streak by beating Toronto FC 2-0.

This week, they showed it was no fluke, beating the defending MLS Cup champion Colorado Rapids 2-0 at Toyota Park.

"We've got a lot of great players, I think we're finally jelling as a team.

Seattle thrashes Columbus in marquee goal-fest

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By CALEB SONNELAND

An impressive hat-trick from Lamar Neagle sealed a big result for Seattle coach Sigi Schmid in a wild 6-2 victory over Eastern Conference top dogs Columbus Crew.

Columbus, missing Julius James through suspension, elected to replace the defender with Rich Balchan.

Seattle Sounders vs. Columbus Crew: Match Day Commentary

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Two of the best teams in MLS square off today at CenturyLink Field as the Eastern Conference-leading Columbus Crew take the trip to the Pacific Northwest to take on the Seattle Sounders (4pm, Direct Kick).

The Crew boast a four-point lead atop the East, but face a confident Sounders side coming off an eye-opening 1-0 victory in Mexico against Monterrey in CONCACAF Champions League play.

SBI's Top 10 Weekend Matches To Watch

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The Italian Serie A strike might put a damper on the number of soccer viewing options, but the English Premier League and MLS are offering up some quality tilts featuring some of the top teams in each league.

The selection of quality games is a diverse one this week, with France, Germany and Mexico also offering up games worth seeing.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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There is plenty of European soccer on the menu today, but the best match-up for American soccer fans to watch today will feature a pair of American teams.

The Seattle Sounders and Columbus Crew square off in a battle of league powers at CenturyLink Field in Seattle this afternoon (4pm).

Maryland puts it together, W. Virginia tops Virginia in ACC/Big East Challenge

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By AVI CREDITOR

BOYDS, Md. -- It took a half, but the Maryland men's soccer team put together a performance that merited the team's preseason No. 5 ranking in the SBI/Fox Soccer Top 25.

Sophomore Patrick Mullins and junior John Stertzer scored four minutes apart to snap Maryland out of a funk and break a scoreless deadlock early in the second half, and the Terrapins defeated St.

UEFA Super Cup: FC Barcelona 2, FC Porto 0 (Match Highlights)

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NCAA Men's Soccer season set to kick off

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The 2011 NCAA Men's Soccer season kicks into full swing today with many of the nation's top squads starting their seasons tonight and on Saturday.

Louisville, Akron and UCLA come into the season as the big title favorites, and all three boast top-class talent that pro scouts will be keeping their eyes on this fall.

Costa Rica, Belgium release rosters for friendlies against USMNT

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Jurgen Klinsmann's 24-man crew now knows exactly who it'll be going up against in the upcoming friendlies.

Costa Rica and Belgium have put out their rosters for the matches against the U.S. men's national team, who will be hosting Los Ticos at the Home Depot Center on Sept.

UEFA SuperCup: Your Running Commentary

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After already capturing the Spanish SuperCopa, defending UEFA Champions League winner FC Barcelona goes after its second piece of silverware on the young season when it takes on defending UEFA Europa League winner FC Porto in the UEFA SuperCup in Monaco (2:45 p.m., Fox Soccer Channel).

MLS Week 24: A Look Ahead

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By THOMAS FLOYD

Hurricane Irene may have deprived MLS fans of three weekend contests, including Sunday's marquee matchup between the Los Angeles Galaxy and New York Red Bulls, but elsewhere across the league, the games will go on.

This Weekend's Soccer on TV

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Tottenham's start to the 2011-2012 Premier League season hasn't been an enviable one. After having their first game postponed because of the London riots, Spurs dropped a result to Manchester United last week only to have come back and face Manchester City in a marquee matchup Sunday morning.

Looming hurricane forces postponement of Saturday's United-Timbers match

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The threat posed by Hurricane Irene has caused another MLS postponement.

D.C. United and the Portland Timbers have postponed their match this weekend that was slated to be played Saturday afternoon at RFK Stadium. D.C. pushed the start time of the game back from its original 7:30 p.

Friday Ticker: Spanish strike ends while Italian one begins, Grella moves & more

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The players in Spain have gotten their way.

After going on strike in protest of unpaid wages to more than 200 players and an inability to seek employment elsewhere in the event of future unpaid wages, soccer players in Spain have had their demands met and will begin their respective seasons this weekend.

NASL Week 21: A Look Ahead

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By JOHN BOSCHINI

The playoff picture is slowly coming in to focus as the NASL has less than one month left in the regular season.

FC Edmonton was fortunate to play the woeful Atlanta Silverbacks last weekend to snap an eight-game winless streak but faces a much tougher test against Puerto Rico on Saturday.

Americans scattered, Atletico Madrid gets tough group after Europa League draw

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There are plenty of Americans still involved in the UEFA Europa League, but none will play against each other until the knockout stage at the earliest after Friday's draw revealed this season's 12 groups.

Jozy Altidore has been on fire as of late, and his AZ Alkmaar has a favorable outlook in Group G.

Americans Abroad: A Look Ahead

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By FRANCO PANIZO

With more Americans plying their trade abroad than ever before, it's becoming more frequent to see battles between compatriots. This weekend is no different, and there's an intriguing one on tap that involves two U.

Galaxy continue CCL dominance, earn 2-0 victory over Alajuelense

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BY ADAM SERRANO

It wasn't always easy, but the Los Angeles Galaxy picked up their second victory in the CONCACAF Champions League with a 2-0 victory over Costa Rican side Alajuelense.Â

Omar Gonzalez gave the Galaxy their first goal in the 38th minute of play before Chad Barrett added the dagger in the 78th minute.

MLS West Notes: Fraser considers Ochoa, Rennie lays out plan for 'Caps and more

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BY ADAM SERRANO

 Chivas USA have another decision to make with their top spot in the allocation order.

Former United States Under-20 striker Sammy Ochoa was signed by the league on Wednesday and on Friday, the league will decide his placement via an allocation draft.

LA Galaxy vs. Alajualense: Match Night Commentary

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The Los Angeles Galaxy will try to move into sole possession of first place in CONCACAF Champions League Group A with a win against Costa Rican side Alajualense (10pm, Fox Soccer Channel).

The Galaxy opened group play with a convincing 2-0 victory against Motagua, and can open up a three-point gap atop what is considered the toughest group in this Champions League.

Americans Abroad: Europa League Rewind

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Last week it was Clint Dempsey who celebrated after scoring two goals in Europa League play. This week it was Jozy Altidore's turn.

Altidore scored his fourth and fifth goals across all competitions this season in AZ Alkmaar's 6-0 victory over Aalesund in the second leg of their play-off round series.

Red Bulls-Galaxy, Philly-New England postponed due to Hurricane Irene

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Sunday promised to be a busy day in Major League Soccer on the East Coast, but that all changed as weather reports showed that Hurricane Irene would be bearing down on the area just as several MLS teams would be taking the field.

MLS has responded by postponing Sunday's marquee match-up between the New York Red Bulls and Los Angeles Galaxy, as well as the Philadelphia Union's match against New England at PPL Park.

Klinsmann calls in USMNT squad ahead of September friendlies

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Here is the squad Jurgen Klinsmann has called into camp for the U.S. men's national team's upcoming friendlies vs. Costa Rica and Belgium:

GK-Tim Howard, Bill Hamid

D-Carlos Bocanegra, Edgar Castillo, Timothy Chandler, Steve Cherundolo, Clarence Goodson, Zach Loyd, Michael Orozco Fiscal, Heath Pearce, Tim Ream

MF-Kyle Beckerman, Clint Dempsey, Maurice Edu, Fabian Johnson, SachaKljestan, Jeff Larentowicz, Robbie Rogers, Brek Shea, Jose Torres

F-Agudelo, Altidore, Bunbury, Donovan

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What do you think of the squad?

Philly Union Notes: Trialist scores in friendly rout, Daniel called up and more

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By KEITH HICKEY

The Philadelphia Union came out on top of a 5-3 exhibition game against central Pennsylvania affiliate club Harrisburg City Islanders Wednesday night.

After going 2-0 down inside the first twenty minutes, the Union rebounded to score five straight, with Harrisburg adding a late consolation goal in the 85th.

Europa League: Your Running Commentary

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The Europa League Playoff second legs are underway today, and there are a plethora of Americans in action.

Clint Dempsey, Jozy Altidore, Carlos Bocanegra, Maurice Edu, Steve Cherundolo, Sacha Kljestan and Jonathan Spector are all on teams in action so it will be a very important day for Americans Abroad as they all look to progress to the group stages of the Europa League.

Barcelona draws Milan; Manchester City into Group of Death in UCL Group Draw

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The UEFA Champions League Group Stage draw took place on Thursday and while we didn't quite get the ultimate Group of Death, we did see some juicy match-ups and one VERY tough group.

Manchester City's first foray into the Champions League will see the boys in Blue compete in the clear choice for Group of Death as City takes on Bayern Munich, Villarreal and Napoli in Group A.

MLS East Notes: Olsen eyes continuity, Soler talks stretch run and more

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By THOMAS FLOYD

If all goes according to plan in the nation's captial, the centerback pairing of Dejan Jakovic and Brandon McDonald could be in the early stages of a long, productive tenure.

NCAA Preview: North Carolina looks for fresh start under new Somoano

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By JOHN BOSCHINI

Times are changing in Chapel Hill.

After 22 years on the job, former head coach Elmar Bolowich seemed to be part of the furniture at North Carolina. This made his sudden departure for Creighton in the offseason a surprise to just about everyone involved in college soccer, including the team he was leaving behind.

UEFA Champions League Group Draw Set for today

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The UEFA Champions League group stage draw is set for this morning (11:30am, Fox Soccer Channel) and we could be in for some very interesting groups.

With Manchester City and Borussia Dortmund sitting in lower group draw pots, we could find ourselves with some very strong groups, and stand a good chance of seeing at least one and even two groups worth of the Group of Death label.

NCAA Preview: Bolowich ready to turn Creighton into national powerhouse

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By FRANCO PANIZO

After spending nearly a quarter of a century with the University of North Carolina, Elmar Bolowich longed for a new challenge.

He found that challenge this past spring in the form of Creighton University, a solid soccer program that was looking to make the jump to proverbial powerhouse after a 13-5-2 season that ended with a heart-breaking penalty kick loss to SMU in the second round of the 2010 NCAA Tournament.

Toronto FC/FC Dallas CCL replay set for this morning after match postponement

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FC Dallas held a 1-0 lead on Toronto FC at halftime of their CONCACAF Champions League match on Wednesday night, but severe thunderstorms and tornado warnings forced match officials to abandon the match, forcing a full replay scheduled for Thursday morning at 10:15am.

FC Dallas defender Jackson gave the visitors a 1-0 lead in the first half of a match that saw an earlier weather delay because of thunderstorms, but once the teams went to the locker rooms at halftime the weather turned even uglier.

Timbers right back in playoff contention with win over Chivas USA

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By JOSE M. ROMERO

The Portland Timbers are still on the outside looking in as far as the MLS playoff picture, but their important 1-0 win Wednesday night over Chivas USA at Jeld-Wen Field vaulted them into the top spot among teams vying for the 10th and final playoff spot.

Timbers right back in playoff contention with win over Chivas USA

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By JOSE M. ROMERO

The Portland Timbers are still on the outside looking in as far as the MLS playoff picture, but their important 1-0 win Wednesday night over Chivas USA at Jeld-Wen Field vaulted them into the top spot among teams vying for the 10th and final playoff spot.

Udinese 1, Arsenal 2: Match Highlights

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Soccer Wednesday: Your Running Commentary

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The first all-MLS battle of the 2011-2012 CONCACAF Champions League takes place at BMO Field, as FC Dallas and Toronto FC do battle for first place in Group C (8 p.m., Fox Soccer Channel/Galavision).

Both teams won their group openers, with Dallas becoming the first MLS team to win on Mexican soil by beating Pumas UNAM and Toronto winning in Panama with a 1-0 decision over Tauro.

NCAA Preview: Young and talented UCLA goes from upstarts to title contenders

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By ADAM SERRANO

Last season, the UCLA Bruins were a young group hoping to surprise many, but in 2011, the Bruins won't be sneaking up on anybody.

UCLA exceeded expectations in 2010 advancing to the NCAA quarterfinals before falling to the Lousiville Cardinals, 5-4, in a thrilling match considered by many to be the most exciting game of the 2010 NCAA Tournament.

NCAA Preview: Louisville enters season as title favorites after falling short in 2010

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Losing a national championship game can be as demoralizing and heartbreaking as any defeat, but when you enjoyed a near-perfect season, there's reason to be optimistic.

That is the case for the University of Louisville, which returns many of its starters from a 2010 season during which it went without a loss until the final game of the year against Akron.

Corona called up by Mexican U-22s, admits USMNT interest

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By ADAM SERRANO

The chase for Club Tijuana forward Joe Benny Corona just got a bit more interesting.Â

Corona has been called up by Mexico's Under-22 side for a pair of matches against Chile's Under-22s. Corona is joined on the roster by another California native, Chivas de Guadalajara left back Miguel Angel Ponce.

NCAA Preview: Defending champions Akron re-loaded and ready to repeat

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By JOHN BOSCHINI

In many ways, Akron is a victim of its own success.

There was hardly a more dominant team than the Zips last season, amassing a 22-1-2 record with a plus-48 goal differential on their way to Akron's first-ever national championship in any sport.

SBI College Preview Series set to kick off

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The 2011 NCAA men's soccer season is set to kick off this weekend, meaning another year of exciting action across the country featuring future pro stars who could eventually play key roles for the U.S. men's national team.

Defending champion Akron lost most of its top players to MLS last year, but the Zips still head into the new season as one of the leading candidates to lift the NCAA championship trophy again in December.

UEFA Champions League: Your Running Commentary

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Four more spots remain in the draw for the UEFA Champions League group stage, and Arsenal is hoping that it will secure one of those places to be a part of Thursday's festivities instead of having to drop down to the Europa League.

The Gunners have dealt with plenty of loss, between on-field results and important personnel bolting for other teams, and they'll look to hold on to a 1-0 lead over Udinese as their tie shifts to Italy.

Who should Klinsmann call up for September friendlies?

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The U.S. men's national team returns to action in ten days with a pair of international friendlies, meaning Jurgen Klinsmann will soon be calling his first full camp since taking over as national team manager.

Klinsmann stated after the recent 1-1 draw with Mexico that he would call in the best squad possible, all hands on deck, meaning no healthy top players left behind and no MLS standouts left with their clubs.

SBI MLS Team of the Week: Sporting Kansas City

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There really is no place like home when it comes to Kansas.

After getting 10 road games under its belt before opening play in Livestrong Sporting Park, Sporting Kansas City has made a dramatic U-turn to vault all the way to second place in MLS' Eastern Conference. On the strength of two more home victories this past week -- including one over rising contender D.

UEFA denies Maribor protest, clears Bocanegra for Europa League eligibility

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U.S. national team captain Carlos Bocanegra was at the heart of a minor controversy regarding his eligibility for Rangers' UEFA Europa League playoff round first leg against Maribor last week, but UEFA has cleared the Scottish club of any wrongdoing involving its newest acquisition.

Morning Ticker: Spain drops in rankings, Rossi leads Villarreal to UCL and more

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By CALEB SONNELAND

World-champion Spain's stint atop the FIFA rankings is officially over, with the Netherlands being the usurpers.

Bert van Marwijk's side ascended to the No. 1 spot after the Spaniards crashed to a friendly 2-1 defeat to Italy earlier in August.

SBI MLS Player of the Week: Alex Dixon

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The impact of Homegrown Players in MLS has been gradual but significant, and last week the Houston Dynamo saw the frst major contribution from one of their own homegrown players as Alex Dixon stepped up and delivered a clutch game-winning goal against Real Salt Lake.

Dixon's goal, arguably the biggest goal of the past week, earned him SBI MLS Rookie of the Week honors.

Fantasy MLS: Week 25

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By ALAN LEDBETTER

Sporting Kansas City continued their strong form last week with two wins that put them in a excellent position to make the playoffs. Graham Zusi put in a very strong fantasy output, scoring two goals in their midweek game vs.

Rapids can't close, end up with draw vs. Real España in CCL play

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By JOSE M. ROMERO

Chance after chance, run after run, the Colorado Rapids thwarted Real España of Honduras Tuesday night in San Pedro Sula, Honduras.

Sounders knock off Monterrey in Mexico

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When FC Dallas made history last week by beating UNAM Pumas in CONCACAF Champions League play, becoming the first MLS team to win an official match in Mexico in the process, the question immediately became how long would it take for another MLS to pull off the feat.

It took less than a week.

CONCACAF Champions League: Your Running Commentary

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The Seattle Sounders and Colorado Rapids will look to maintain Major League Soccer's perfect record in the CONCACAF Champions League, but they'll have to find success in hostile environments if they are to do so.

The Sounders take on defending champion Monterrey in Mexico in a Group D battle and Colorado goes to Honduras to faces Real Espana in a Group C matchup.

Lichaj, Findley score in Carling Cup

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The goal-scoring bug that's been going around plenty of Americans abroad caught up with another U.S. national team player.

Eric Lichaj scored his first goal for Aston Villa in Carling Cup second-round play on Tuesday, netting the eventual game-winner in the 80th minute of a 2-0 victory over Hereford.

MLS Ticker: McDonald re-signs with D.C.; Colorado, Seattle hit CCL road and more

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All of that talk about Brandon McDonald trying to bolt for Europe should be put on hold.

The D.C. United centerback agreed to a new contract with the club on Tuesday a couple of months after being acquired from the San Jose Earthquakes in exchange for allocation money.

McDonald has helped fortify and improve United's defense in his brief time with the club, but a major question when he was brought in was whether the club would be able to retain his services, as his previous contract was set to expire at the end of the season.

In Reserve: Portland stuns Vancouver late, Red Bulls win and more

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The Portland Timbers struck twice in stoppage time for a dramatic, come-from-behind, 3-2 victory over the Vancouver Whitecaps in front of an announced crowd of more than 10,000 at JELD-WEN Field in Sunday's MLS Reserve League match.

Peter Lowry scored the game-winning goal in the waning seconds, finishing off a header from Steve Purdy to snatch the victory.

UEFA Champions League: Your Running Commentary

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Five spots in the UEFA Champions League group stage will be claimed on Tuesday as the final play-in round winds down in Europe.

Bayern Munich will look to hold on to its 2-0 aggregate lead over FC Zurich, while Villarreal will try and overturn a 1-0 deficit to Odense BK in two of the more intriguing second-leg matches.

Eto'o to become world's highest-paid player after transfer to Russian side Anzhi

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The highest-paid soccer player in the world is no longer going to be Cristiano Ronaldo, and Lionel Messi isn't the one claiming his throne.

After announcing that it has secured his rights from Inter Milan for a reported $39 million, Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala is going to pay Samuel Eto'o a reported $29 million per year over the next three seasons to make him the highest-paid player in the world by a wide margin.

Tuesday Ticker: Arsenal agrees to sell Nasri, Mourinho faces long ban and more

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The mass exodus from Arsenal continues.

Samir Nasri is the latest to bolt London after Arsenal and Manchester City agreed to terms for the transfer of the French midfielder.

Nasri, 24, enjoyed a breakout season during the 2010-11 campaign and reportedly cost Manchester City £24 million to secure the transfer.

Sporting Kansas City to host Chivas de Guadalajara in mid-October friendly

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Sporting Kansas City is giving Designated Player Omar Bravo a chance to go up against his former team.

The MLS club announced that it will play a friendly with Chivas de Guadalajara on Oct. 12 at Livestrong Sporting Park. The match follows a bye week for Sporting KC, but it also comes three days before what could be a crucial match beween the club and the New York Red Bulls considering the current playoff picture.

USL Pro quarterfinals: A Look Back

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By JOHN BOSCHINI

The quarterfinals of the USL Pro playoffs passed with only a marginal upset over the course of the weekend.

The Wilmington Hammerheads' late-season hot streak did them little good in the end as they succumbed on penalty kicks to early-season favorite Richmond.

SBI MLS Power Rankings: Week 23

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There is little question about which team is No. 1 in the SBI MLS Power Rankings, but the Seattle Sounders took matters into their own hands to determine who should be No. 2.

After a victory in Texas over FC Dallas, Seattle grabbed a stranglehold of the spot behind the Los Angeles Galaxy in the latest rankings.

Manchester United 3, Tottenham 0: Match Highlights

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Must-See Goal: Euan Holden

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If you're familar with American left back Euan Holden, younger brother of Bolton star Stuart Holden, you might have been wondering where the former New Mexico defender was plying his trade these days.

Holden is playing in England for Conference National side Stockport County, located near Bolton, and while he has helped his brother through an injury-hit 2011, Euan has continued to keep his playing career going.

Latin American Weekend Rewind

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By DAVID MOSSE

Ronaldinho confirmed his good form by scoring a goal and helping set up another, but Flamengo was held to a 2-2 draw by Internacional on Sunday thanks to the brilliance of Leandro Damiao. The Internacional hitman is one of the rising stars of Brazilian soccer and was recently called up to the national team along with Ronaldinho for the upcoming friendly against Ghana in London.

MLS and Blackburn agree on fee for John

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George John has moved a big step closer to a move to the English Premier League after Major League Soccer and Blackburn agreed on the fee for the standout centerback.

Here is my Fox Soccer story on the latest development's in Blackburn's move for John, who is on his way to Greece to secure his passport, which will help facilitate his transfer.

Manchester United vs. Tottenham: Your Running Commentary

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Manchester United faces its first tough test of the new English Premier League season today with a match-up against Tottenham (2:55pm, ESPN2).

The Red Devils opened their season with a victory, but Spurs will present a much tougher proposition. Tottenham saw its opening match of the season postponed by the London riots, but will debut today.

Mid-Day Ticker: Tottenham to land Adebayor, Revs sign Zerka and more

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Tottenham Hotspur is on the brink of bolstering its attack, as the club is ready to bring in Emmanuel Adebayor on loan.

Tottenham is nearing a deal to sign Adebayor on a season-long loan from Manchester City, but it is still in the process of figuring out how much it will pay the controversial striker.

NASL Week 20: A Look Back

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By JOHN BOSCHINI

The Montreal Impact aren't done yet.

After being absolutely atrocious in the first few months of the season, the Impact is back in the chase for the playoffs, and keeping pace with FC Edmonton.

 FC Edmonton had the good fortune of a Sunday fixture with Atlanta, which the Canadians won 3-0.

SBI MLS Player of the Week: Bobby Boswell

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It is rare when a defender steps up and has a week worthy of Player of the Week honors, but Bobby Boswell is no stranger to such weeks and had another one this past weekend.

The Houston Dynamo defender scored goals in both of Houston's matches last week, including a stoppage time equalizer against New England and late equalizer in an eventual Dynamo win over Real Salt Lake.

A look back at the Under-20 World Cup

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By DAVID MOSSE

Brazilian soccer was recently pronounced dead by British magazine FourFourTwo, and, frankly, the senior team did very little to dispel that notion at the Copa America, but Ney Franco's Under-20 side salvaged the summer by capturing Brazil's fifth World Youth Championship.

European Rewind: Bayern bounces back, Arsenal still goalless and more

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By IAN HOLLIDAY

Last week, Bayern Munich needed a last-second goal from Luiz Gustavo to avoid going winless through the first two weeks of the season. This week, it took significantly less time for the Bavarian giants to get on the board, and once they did, they never looked back.

Sporting KC downs D.C. to grab second place in East

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Sporting Kansas City continued a steady climb up the Eastern Conference standings on Sunday with a vital 1-0 victory over D.C. United at Livestrong Sporting Park.

Kei Kamara delivered the winning goal as Sporting KC's defense pitched a shutout against a D.

Oduro, Gargan, Johnson lead Fire past Toronto FC

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By JOSE M. ROMERO

The Chicago Fire are in last place no more in the MLS Eastern Conference, thanks to goals by someone who is expected to score and someone else who is not.Â

In other words, it's likely to be a good day at Toyota Park when striker Dominic Oduro is flying past his defenders and defender Dan Gargan, with one career goal, nets his second.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

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By FRANCO PANIZO

DaMarcus Beasley's renaissance continued on Sunday, as he did something for Puebla that he has not done in an official game in nearly two years: he scored a goal.

Earning his sixth start for the club in as many games, Beasley netted the game-winner in Puebla's 2-1 triumph versus Pumas UNAM.

Liverpool 2, Arsenal 0: Match Highlights

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Brazil claims Under-20 World Cup

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Brazilians looking ahead to the 2014 World Cup had to be a bit concerned after their national team flamed out of the Copa America, but some of the confidence and excitement about 2014 was replenished after Brazil's Under-20 team won the Under-20 World Cup on Saturday.

Brazil rode a hat-trick from Oscar to knock off Portugal, 3-2, in extra time.

Altidore scores two in Alkmaar rout

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Jozy Altidore is adjusting just fine to life in the Dutch First Division, earning the start and scoring two goals today in AZ Alkmaar's 4-0 blowout win vs. NEC Nijmegen.

Altidore opened the scoring with a header, then helped draw a penalty, and capped the star performance with his third goal of the season off a perfect run and finish.

Late penalty helps Crew edge Union

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The Columbus Crew finished ahead of the Philadelphia Union on Saturday night, but did so by the slimmest of margins.

A questionable penalty call against Philadelphia defender Sheanon Williams helped give the Crew a PK, and Union goalkeeper Faryd Mondragon looked to save the ensuing penalty only to see it trickle past him and into the net to help give Columbus a 2-1 victory at Crew Stadium on Saturday night.

Late Dixon winner drops RSL in Houston

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Real Salt Lake just can't win in Houston.

RSL has never won at Houston's Robertson Stadium, and on Saturday the Western Conference club found a new, more painful way to drop points against the Dynamo as rookie Alex Dixon netted a stoppage-time game-winning goal to give Houston a 3-2 victory.

Rosales goal leads Sounders past FC Dallas

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The Seattle Sounders took a major step toward establishing themselves as the leading candidate to challenge the Los Angeles Galaxy atop the Western Conference after a hard-fought 1-0 win against FC Dallas at Pizza Hut Park on Monday night.

The Sounders pounced on an Ugo Ihemelu turnover to catch Dallas on the counter, and Mauro Rosales provided the game's only goal courtest of a Fredy Montero pass to give Seattle the goal it needed to knock off a Dallas side playing without suspended defensive standout George John.

Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

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Two of the most impressive teams of the English Premier League's first week were Manchester City and Bolton, which both posted blowout wins to start the season.

We will find out just which of those fast starters is the truly legitimate one when they face off at the Reebok this morning in one of the day's most intriguing match-ups.

Timbers top Whitecaps to keep playoff hopes alive

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By JOSE M. ROMERO

The Portland Timbers have become known as the MLS team that doesn't know how to hold leads, that lets advantages on the scoreboard slip away as its defense falters and its offense stagnates.Â

It has happened too many times already in this inaugural season for fans of the Timbers.

Keane scores in his debut as the Galaxy defeat the Earthquakes, 2-0.

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BY ADAM SERRANO

Robbie Keane scored in his debut for the LA Galaxy as the Galaxy defeated the San Jose Earthquakes 2-0 at the Home Depot Center.Â

The Ireland international got the start and went 72 minutes appearing dangerous throughout the match creating a number of chances at the San Jose goal.

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

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It's the debut of Robbie Keane at the Home Depot Center.Â

The new Galaxy DP will be in the starting lineup for Los Angeles as they look to defeat their California rivals. The Earthquakes face their rivals with a great deal of pressure as teh team will look to stay in the playoff hunt.

Caraglio and Richards net braces as Revs and Red Bulls draw

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By IAN HOLLIDAY

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — For the third straight match, the New England Revolution scored first. And for the third straight match, the Revolution squandered its lead.

Recently signed designated player Milton Caraglio netted his first two MLS goals in the first half, and Dane Richards scored a brace of his own in the second as the Revs and the New York Red Bulls split the points Saturday night at Gillette Stadium.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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The second week of the English Premier League kicks off this weekend, but it is MLS with the quality match-ups that headline today's soccer on TV.

First-place Columbus takes on second-place Philadelphia in a vital Eastern Conference clash, while FC Dallas battles Seattle in a match-up of top Western Conference foes.

Gomez scores late winner vs. former club Pachuca

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American striker Herculez Gomez has developed a reputation in Mexico for stepping up late in matches and delivering vital goals. Pachuca learned this when Gomez played for 'Los Tuzos' last season, and on Friday night Gomez reminded Pachuca what it lost when it sold Gomez to Tecos earlier this summer.

Keane unveiled by Galaxy, ready to deal with lofty expectations

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BY ADAM SERRANO

CARSON, Calif. –Irish eyes were smiling on Robbie Keane as he arrived in Los Angeles, but now the hard work begins for the new Los Angeles Galaxy forward.

Keane was officially unveiled by the Galaxy on Friday amid waiving Irish flags and a traditional Gaelic welcome, "Céad míle fáilte," or a 100,000 welcomes" from the Irish Consulate General.

MLS Week 23: A Look Ahead

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By THOMAS FLOYD

First place in the Eastern Conference will be available for the taking at Crew Stadium on Saturday.

That's when newly acquired Freddy Adu and the Philadelphia Union will look to close the three-point gap separating them from the Columbus Crew and the top spot in the conference.

FC Dallas deals Alexander to Portland

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Big things were expected from Eric Alexander after a strong showing down the stretch of his rookie season led to a call up to the U.S. national team's January camp and an appearance in a friendly against Chile.

While those big things may still unfold for the second-year midfielder, they won't be doing so in Dallas.

This Weekend's Soccer on TV

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Even though the much-anticipated start to the domestic soccer season in Spain has been delayed by a players' strike, there's still plenty of intriguing matches on the docket for the weekend.

The FIFA Under-20 World Cup comes to a close, with Brazil and Portugal battling it out for youth international supremacy.

Mid-Day Ticker: Players in Spain on strike, Taylor on trial at Leeds and more

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Barcelona and Real Madrid put on a show during the Spanish SuperCopa, but those hoping to see the two powerhouses in action again sometime soon will have to wait a little while longer than expected.

Players in Spain's first and second division will be on strike for at least the first two scheduled weekends of the season, starting with what was supposed to be Saturday's opening day of the season.

Latin American Weekend Preview

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By DAVID MOSSE

The last unbeaten in the Brazilian Championship fell on Thursday night, as Flamengo was thrashed at home by Atletico Goianiense. Next up is a high-profile clash with Internacional on Sunday (3 p.m.), one that Wanderley Luxemburgo hopes will represent a return to normalcy for the Rio de Janeiro giants, who suffered only their second defeat of the year and are three points behind Corinthians.

How do you think Keane will do in L.A.?

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The Los Angeles Galaxy's newest prized possession has arrived in California with high expectations.

After the Galaxy did not get the return on Juan Pablo Angel they thought they would, the club brought in Irish national team striker Robbie Keane to do some of the heavy lifting up front while Landon Donovan, David Beckham and Juninho help create for the front-running team in the race for the Supporters' Shield.

FIFA Under-20 World Cup final: A Look Ahead

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By DAVID MOSSE

If Brazil intends to avoid the drama of another penalty shootout on Saturday when it takes on Portugal in the final of the FIFA Under-20 World Cup, Ney Franco's side must become the first team to find the back of the net against Portugal, whose remarkable shutout streak in this tournament reached 570 minutes following Wednesday's 2-0 semifinal victory over France.

NASL Week 20: A Look Ahead

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By JOHN BOSCHINI

Are the Carolina Railhawks in trouble?

After months of near total domination of the NASL, a key departure to Europe in team captain Brad Rusin and the announcement of Martin Rennie as the future head coach of the Vancouver Whitecaps have undoubtedly been a distraction.

Chicago sets MLS record for draws after Wolff equalizer salvages point for D.C.

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The Chicago Fire have fallen into a predictable pattern, regardless of the ever-changing crew of personnel wearing the team's jersey.

Josh Wolff cancelled out Sebastian Grazzini's opener with a somewhat controversial equalizer, and D.C. United played the Chicago Fire to a 1-1 draw at Toyota Park Thursday night.

Toronto FC adds to MLS success with CCL win over Tauro

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Style points not withstanding, Toronto FC made Major League Soccer a perfect 5-for-5 in the CONCACAF Champions League group stage Thursday night.

Ryan Johnson and Julian de Guzman took advantage of shoddy defending to score goals three minutes apart midway through the first half, and TFC held on to defeat Tauro FC in Panama City, 2-1, in a Group C matchup.

Americans Abroad: A Look Ahead

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Tim Howard missed out on the Premiership's opening weekend as Everton's game versus Tottenham Hotspur was postponed due to rioting. But the wait to begin the season will end for Howard as he is set to man the pipes against Queens Park Rangers.

Soccer Thursday: Your Running Commentary

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Toronto FC will try to make it 5-for-5 for Major League Soccer in the CONCACAF Champions League group stage when it takes to the road to face Tauro FC in Panama City (8 p.m., Fox Soccer Channel).

The Reds will try to duplicate the early CCL success demonstrated by the Los Angeles Galaxy, Seattle Sounders, Colorado Rapids and FC Dallas, who all walked away from their first group-stage matches with a victory.

MLS West Notes: Keane eligible to play vs. San Jose, Angel praised and more

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By ADAM SERRANO

Robbie Keane appears ready to go for the Los Angeles Galaxy.Â

Los Angeles received the Ireland international's P-1 visa on Wednesday, which will make him eligible to play in the club's match against the San Jose Earthquakes on Saturday.

Americans Abroad: Europa League Rewind

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By FRANCO PANIZO

On a day when a host of Americans Abroad had first-leg games in the playoff round of the UEFA Europa League, Clint Dempsey had the best performance with a 90-minute outing in which he bagged a brace.

Dempsey scored the last two goals in Fulham's 3-0 victory against Dnipro, likely assuring the Cottagers' passage to the next round.

What's next for Eddie Johnson?

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Eddie Johnson's return to Major League Soccer was announced before it was signed, sealed and delivered, and as a result, his return is no longer a certainty or even probable at all.

"We had reached agreement, subject to formal documents," MLS executive vice president Todd Durbin said after it was revealed that the deal to put Johnson in the league's allocation order and assign him to a team was not on the table anymore.

Blackburn makes bid for George John

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FC Dallas defender George John has established himself as one of the best young defenders in MLS, and a player worthy of U.S. national team consideration. His success caught the eye of the Greek national team, and now has caught the attention of English club Blackburn.

Here is my Fox Soccer story on Blackburn making a bid for John, a bid that stands a good chance of being accepted.

Mid-Day Ticker: Pique, Xavi call out Mourinho; Ronaldinho recalled and more

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Barcelona stars Gerard Pique and Xavi aren't hiding their feelings when it comes to Real Madrid and its coach Jose Mourinho.

In the aftermath of Wednesday's SuperCopa second leg, Mourinho took a lot of heat from Barcelona players for his tactics and actions during a melee following a harsh challenge by Madrid fullback Marcelo.

MLS East Notes: Houston's set-piece prowess, Nielsen dazed by doll and more

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By THOMAS FLOYD

When it comes to set pieces, few can contend with the Houston Dynamo.

That much has been true all season, and it was proved again Wednesday night. With Houston on the verge of defeat at the New England Revolution, midfielder Carlo Costly skied to connect with Brad Davis' corner kick and direct a shot on goal.

Conrad retiring after 13-year career

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After 13 seasons, Jimmy Conrad is hanging up his cleats.

Conrad is scheduled to announce his retirement at a press conference at the Home Depot Center on Thursday, signaling the end to a standout career.

Known mostly for his play in San Jose, Kansas City and with the U.

FIFA U-20 World Cup: Brazil, Portugal set for final showdown

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Mexico's quest to capture the Under-17 and Under-20 World Cups in the same summer came up two wins short.

Brazil beat Mexico, 2-0, in a U-20 World Cup semifinal on Wednesday, getting two late goals from Golden Boot front-runner Henrique in a four-minute span to eliminate the final CONCACAF representative in the tournament.

Barcelona tops Real Madrid with late Messi goal to win Spanish SuperCopa

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If early returns are any indication, the already-must-see Barcelona-Real Madrid rivalry might be reaching a new peak in 2011-2012.

Barcelona captured the SuperCopa after a 3-2 victory in Wednesday's second leg (5-4 on aggregate), with Lionel Messi scoring two goals, including a late match-winner, in a thrilling preamble to the Spanish regular season.

Americans Abroad: Europa League

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By FRANCO PANIZO

The final playoff round of the UEFA Europa League is set to get underway on Thursday, and up to a dozen Americans could be in action as a result.

Carlos Bocanegra is one of the players who may see playing time as Rangers is hoping to field him in the first leg of its series against NK Maribor.

Kandji stars as Rapids complete comeback win vs. Metapan

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The Colorado Rapids couldn't have gotten off to a worse start in their CONCACAF Champions League match on Wednesday night, surrendering an early penalty to go down 1-0 to visiting Salvadoran side Metapan.

The defending MLS Cup champions didn't buckle though, not even after a Matt Pickens blunder gave Metapan a 2-1 lead.

Zusi nets a pair as Sporting KC tops Timbers

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By JOSE M. ROMERO

Sporting Kansas City experienced both an odd and a Saad night on its home pitch Wednesday night, with Graham Zusi scoring twice and Soony Saad adding the team's third goal in a 3-1 win over the Portland Timbers.

FC Dallas tops Pumas to post first official MLS win in Mexico

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BY ADAM SERRANO

The hex for MLS clubs in Mexico has finally been broken.Â

Marvin Chavez scored in the 66th minute to give FC Dallas a 1-0 victory over Pumas UNAM in their Group C opener. With the win, Dallas become the first team from MLS to win in Mexico in the CONCACAF Champions League 24 tries south of the border.

Late Boswell goal salvages point for Dynamo

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By IAN HOLIDAY

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Ryan Cochrane scored early and Bobby Boswell struck late as the New England Revolution and the Houston Dynamo split the points in a 1-1 draw at Gillette Stadium Wednesday night.

For the Revolution (4-11-10, 22 points), the result will feel like two points lost, as Boswell's 90th minute goal spoiled a superb individual effort from goalkeeper Matt Reis, who made seven saves and single-handedly preserved the Revs' lead on multiple occasions.

Bocanegra joins Rangers

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Glasgow Rangers has grabbed the unofficial title of Team America on Wednesday after making U.S. national team captain the second American to sign with the Scottish club champions on Wednesday.

Bocanegra joins Rangers via transfer from St. Etientte, and could be in action as soon as Thursday.

Soccer Wednesday: Your Running Commentary

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We haven't even hit September yet, but we're already getting mid-week soccer schedules loaded with incredible match-ups. Today is one of those special days.

FC Barcelona takes on Real Madrid in the Spanish Super Cup second leg today, with Barcelona having earned a 2-2 draw in the first leg in Madrid.

MLS Ticker: Chivas USA announces Angel acquisition, RSL signs Wagner and more

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Chivas USA has finally announced the acquisition of Juan Pablo Angel, and his arrival looks to have come at a cheap price.

Having acquired Angel via a trade with the Los Angeles Galaxy, Chivas USA only gave up a third round natural 2012 Supplemental Draft pick in exchange.

Bedoya completes move to Rangers

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Alejandro Bedoya won't have to wait until next winter to finalize his move to Scottish champions Glasgow Rangers after all.

The U.S. national team midfielder will be joining Rangers immediately after the club reached an agreement with Swedish club Orebro on a transfer for Bedoya.

SBI ML Player of the Week: Chris Pontius

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Chris Pontius endured a rough second season as a professional, dealing with injuries that marred his sophomore campaign after a rookie season that earned him national team consideration.

He has recovered in impressive fashion to put together another strong season, and had arguably his best game of the year on Saturday, scoring two goals in D.

Fantasy MLS: Week 24

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By ALAN LEDBETTER

DC United continued their strong form this week as they trounced Vancouver at home. DC has continued to turn thing around since their acquisition of Dwayne DeRosario and are now likely to make the playoffs if they continue their strong form.

FIFA Under-20 World Cup semifinals: A Look Ahead

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By DAVID MOSSE

No country has been more irritated by the emergence of Spain in recent years than Brazil, which always took for granted being the main attraction at every tournament and the great purveyor of The Beautiful Game. A quarterfinal clash at the FIFA Under-20 World Cup might not seem like much, but Brazilians hope Sunday's triumph over Spain in penalty kicks was a small step towards putting their universe back in order.

Seattle Sounders 4, Comunicaciones 1: Match Highlights

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Galaxy earn 2-0 victory over Motagua in CCL opener

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BY ADAM SERRANO

CARSON, Calif -- The Los Angeles Galaxy got off to a roaring start in the CONCACAF Champions League with a 2-0 victory over Club Motagua in their group A opener on Tuedsay night at Home Depot Center.

Adam Cristman and Landon Donovan tallied for the Galaxy, but Los Angeles was wasteful in front of next squandering several opportunties to extend their lead over the Honduran club.

Fucito lifts Sounders over Comunicaciones, both sides finish with 10

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By CALEB SONNELAND

It was the Mike Fucito show at CenturyLink Field Tuesday night in the CONCACAF Champions League.

The Harvard product notched a brace and an assist for Seattle in the club's first match in group play of the competition. Â Fucito got the nod for the start from head coach Sigi Schmid and repaid the boss's decision with two clinical goals while setting up another to give the Sounders a 4-1 win over Guatemalan foes Comunicaciones.

CONCACAF Champions League: Your Running Commentary

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Two MLS teams begin their quest for CONCACAF Champions League glory as the Seattle Sounders and Los Angeles Galaxy kick off group play. The Galaxy, who face Motagua in their opener, are in Group A, which has all of its teams in action tonight; Seattle, meanwhile, is stationed in Group D, where it will look to get a leg up on Comunicaciones in one if its three home matches during the group stage.

UEFA Champions League: Arsenal takes tentative lead into second leg and more

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Arsenal got a victory in the first leg of its UEFA Champions League qualifier with Udinese, but the 1-0 scoreline will hardly calm any nerves heading into next week's second leg in Italy.

Theo Walcott scored off an Aaron Ramsey cross in the fourth minute, and he nearly scored a second but his effort was stopped by Slovenian goalkeeper Samir Handanovic.

Adu ready to make most of his return to MLS

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Freddy Adu made a promising debut for the Philadelphia Union, and while his first match for his new club didn't bring any fireworks from the U.S. national team midfielder, it was still a good start to what has the makings of a great fit.

Here is my Fox Soccer column on Adu's debut for his new club and his take on his return to MLS.

MLS rule change makes it cheaper for teams to sign young Designated Players

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Major League Soccer is on a mission to foster an environment where teams take more of a chance on signing young, foreign stars-in-the-making, and it is giving teams the financial flexibility to be more open to bringing in those types of players.

Starting next season, Designated Players ages 21-to-23 will count $200,000 against the salary cap, while players 20 and younger will count as just a $150,000 cap hit, MLS executive vice president of competition and player relations Todd Durbin said on a conference call with reporters.

UEFA Champions League qualifiers: Your Running Commentary

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For 20 teams, the UEFA Champions League group stage is within reach, and half of those teams will try and take the first step to getting there on Tuesday.

The final qualifying round for the Champions League kicks off with Arsenal and Udinese stealing the spotlight with the first-leg of their encounter in London.

U.S. forward Johnson returning to MLS

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Eddie Johnson is the latest U.S. national team player to return to MLS.

On a conference call with reporters, MLS executive vice president of competition Todd Durbin announced that the 27-year-old former FC Dallas and Kansas City striker has signed with the league and will go through the allocation order to be assigned to a team.

SBI MLS Rookie of the Week: Joe Willis

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D.C. United's rookie crop has turned in quite the season.

This past weekend it was goalkeeper Joe Willis' turn to answer the call, as he stepped in for the suspended Bill Hamid and delivered some top-notch saves against the Vancouver Whitecaps en route to a clean sheet in his MLS debut and earned SBI MLS Rookie of the Week honors.

SBI MLS Power Rankings: Week 22

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Bye weeks don't get much better than the one the Los Angeles Galaxy just had.

Despite not playing a minute, the Galaxy watched its three chief competitors fail to secure wins while adding Robbie Keane to the fold. Seattle and Dallas each played to draws, and Real Salt Lake fell to Toronto, allowing the Galaxy to fortify their stronghold on the top spot in both the race for the Supporters' Shield and the SBI MLS Power Rankings.

NSCAA releases Hermann watch list

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The college soccer season is around the corner and the NSCAA has released its Hermann Trophy watch list to provide a guide of players to keep an eye on during the upcoming campaign.

The list managed to leave off Louisville striker Colin Rolfe -- a Hermann Trophy finalist last season -- and Notre Dame and United States Under-20 midfielder Dillon Powers -- a consensus top prospect and Generation adidas candidate -- while including current New York Red Bulls (and therefore no longer in college) defender Sacir Hot.

USL Pro Week 20: A Look Back

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By JOHN BOSCHINI

After 20 weeks of regular season play, the playoff picture in the USL Pro came into focus in dramatic fashion with a flurry of high-scoring games.

The Charlotte Eagles failed to lock up a playoff spot with a mid-week loss to the Harrisburg City Islanders and fell late in a 4-3 shootout with Charleston, which would claim the final post-season berth in the American Division.

Seattle, Los Angeles set to kick off CONCACAF Champions League quest

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After Real Salt Lake's success in the CONCACAF Champions League last season, a greater sense of optimism and encouragement surrounds Major League Soccer's participation in the prestigious competition than ever before.

Five MLS teams (Seattle, Los Angeles, Colorado, FC Dallas, Toronto FC) made the group stage for the first time since the tournament went to its new format, and two of those teams kick off their quests for regional glory Tuesday night, as the Seattle Sounders and Los Angeles Galaxy open up group play.

Evening Ticker: Dream debut for Aguero, San Jose signs new striker on loan and more

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By CALEB SONNELAND

Sergio Aguero is already beginning to look good for his money.

Despite reportedly not being 100% fit, Aguero came in as a second-half substitute for Manchester City and notched two goals and an assist in a 4-0 rout of Swansea.

Aguero replaced Nigel de Jong three minutes after the hosts were put 1-0 thanks to Edin Dzeko in the 57th, and it took only eight minutes to mark his debut with a goal — a cool finish following a low Micah Richards cross at the far post.

Keane agrees to deal with the Galaxy

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BY ADAM SERRANO

The Los Angeles Galaxy has officially agreed to terms with Ireland international forward Robbie Keane on Monday morning.Â

The terms of the agreement were not disclosed, but the Dublin native will be added to the club's roster pending the receipt of his P-1 Visa.

Latin American Weekend Rewind

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By DAVID MOSSE

The Uruguayan Apertura Championship kicked off this weekend with a marquee matchup between River Plate and Clausura champions Nacional headlining the slate of games. It was the debut on the Nacional bench fo Argentinean playmaker Marcelo Gallardo and proved to be a see-saw battled that ended in a 3-3 draw.

Angel heading to Chivas USA, paving way for Keane move to LA

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Juan Pablo Angel's tenure with the Los Angeles Galaxy has been a disappointing one, and now it appears to have ended with a move that will keep him in LA, but in different colors.

The Galaxy have traded Angel to Chivas USA, sources told Fox Soccer on Monday.

NASL Week 19: A Look Back

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By JOHN BOSCHINI

It's still a long shot, but the Puerto Rico Islanders aren't giving up on that number one seed.

The Islanders continued to chip away at Carolina's dominating lead at the top of the NASL table with a 2-0 victory over the Railhawks on Saturday. Carolina still holds a six-point lead with a game in hand but must hold on to that lead for anther eight games.

European Rewind: Barca, Real Madrid draw in Cup first leg, EPL begins & more

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By IAN HOLLIDAY

The La Liga season hasn't started yet, but title holders Barcelona are showing some signs that they may not be as dominant in 2011-12 as they have been in recent years. Exhibit A was the club's 4-1 loss to Mexican side Chivas de Guadalajara in a friendly on Aug.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

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By FRANCO PANIZO

It was a topsy-turvy weekend for the Americans Abroad contingent, and no player may have illustrated that more than Maurice Edu.

Having missed out on last week's U.S. men's national team friendly against Mexico with an injury, Edu recovered enough to earn a start in Rangers' 2-0 win against Inverness Caledonian Thistle.

Manchester United 2, West Brom 1: Match Highlights

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Arsenal, Barcelona finally agree on Cesc deal

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After two years of posturing, negotiating and verbal battles in the press, FC Barcelona and Arsenal have FINALLY agreed to a deal to send Cesc Fabregas to the Spanish champions, Barcelona announced on Sunday.

A press conference is slated for Monday to introduce Fabregas as Barcelona's latest, and biggest, signing of the summer.

Liverpool 1, Sunderland 1: Match Highlights

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PK drama sees Chivas salvage point in Seattle

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By CALEB SONNELAND

Penalty kick drama (or lack thereof) highlighted an uncharacteristically exciting scoreless draw as the Sounders slugged it out with Chivas USA to split the points in Seattle.

Often the hero for the hosts, Alvaro Fernandez looked to be right on track as the DP drew a first-half penalty after Michael Umana handled the ball in the area.

Late Penalty Gives Union Point vs. FC Dallas

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By KEITH HICKEY

CHESTER - The Philadelphia Union twice fought back from one-goal deficits to earn penalties and a point at home against FC Dallas. Dallas finished the first half with a 2-1 advantage courtesy of Maicon Santos and Brek Shea against a Sebastien Le Toux spot kick, but had no answer for Le Toux's second effort late on.

Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

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Real Madrid and FC Barcelona will do battle for silverware all year long, and the first installment of that series of clashes is today in the Spanish Super Cup.

Barcelona will look to add the Super Cup to its  UEFA Champions League title and Spanish Primera championship, but Real Madrid will look to duplicate its Copa Del Rey victory over Barcelona.

PK Drama highlights scoreless draw between Sounders, Chivas

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Penalty kick drama (or lack thereof) highlighted an uncharacteristically exciting scoreless draw as the Sounders slugged it out with Chivas USA to split the points in Seattle.

Often the hero for the hosts, Alvaro Fernandez looked to be right on track as the DP drew a first-half penalty after Michael Umana handled the ball in the area.

Rapids get key three points against struggling Earthquakes

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By JOSE M. ROMERO

Jeff Larentowicz's low bouncer through the San Jose wall and past goalkeeper Jon Busch in the 72nd minute proved to be the difference as the Colorado Rapids came from behind to defeat the host San Jose Earthquakes 2-1 Saturday night at Buck Shaw Stadium.

Le Toux penalties help Union tie FC Dallas

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The Philadelphia Union battled back on two occasions from one-goal deficits to earn a valuable point in a 2-2 draw against a strong FC Dallas side at PPL Park on Saturday night.

FC Dallas looked like a good bet to escape PPL Park with a win after taking leads on two occasions, but each time the Union kept battling and earned penalties.

United ends home drought with 4-0 win over Whitecaps

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By THOMAS FLOYD

WASHINGTON - It may have taken a three-month wait until the league's worst team came to town, but D.C. United finally treated its fans to another win at RFK Stadium.

And considering the show the club put on Saturday, it was almost worth the wait for the D.

Red Bulls draws last place Fire

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By MIKE NASTRI

Another game, another draw for the New York Red Bulls.Â

After not winning a game since July 6th, the Red Bulls desperately needed three points to stay in the increasingly crowded Eastern Conference playoff picture. A match against the last place Chicago Fire seemingly was that game, but New York let an opportunity and an early lead slip away once again.

Philadelphia Union vs. FC Dallas: Match Night Commentary

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The Philadelphia Union will look to regain its hold on first place in the Eastern Conference, but it won't be easy against a strong FC Dallas team tonight as the sides clash in the top match in MLS match this weekend (8pm).

The Union will be debuting newly-signed midfielder Freddy Adu, who is in the starting lineup just one day after being introduced as Philadelphia's newest player.

Red Bulls vs. Fire: Match Night Commentary

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The New York Red Bulls are in dire need of a victory, and tonight will offer a golden opportunity as they play host to the struggling Chicago Fire at Red Bull Arena (7:30pm, MSG).

The Red Bulls are coping with the absence of injured goalkeeper Frank Rost, but will have no excuse for not beating the last-place team in the Eastern Conference.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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It's the best day of the year (at least for some soccer fans).

Today marks the start of the English Premier League season, the first real sign that European soccer is back in full swing, and American soccer fans will have plenty of juicy match-ups to make this special day enjoyable.

Join the SBI Fantasy EPL League

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The new 2011/2012 English Premier League season is set to kick off this morning at 10am, but there's still time to take part in SBI's new Fantasy EPL League.

Apologies for the late set-up, but we were able to complete the construction of the league, which will be running on the FoxSoccer.

Sporting KC deal Auvray to Red Bulls

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The New York Red Bulls secured some sorely needed midfield depth on Friday after acquiring Guadeloupe defensive midfielder Stephane Auvray from Sporting Kansas City, sources told SBI on Friday.

The Red Bulls are trading a 2nd-round pick in 2013 as well as an undisclosed amount of allocation money to Sporting KC for Auvray, who had fallen out of favor with SKC weeks ago and was no longer in the team's plans.

This Weekend's Soccer on TV

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It's as if European soccer never left.

A full slate of games from overseas are on tap for this weekend as the Premier League joins the Bundesliga and Ligue 1 as major leagues to start the 2011-2012 campaign. Defending Premier League champion Manchester United opens up against West Brom on Sunday, but a game most Americans will want to keep an eye on is the Fulham-Aston Villa tilt on Saturday.

Galaxy close to deal with Keane, look to shop Angel

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BY ADAM SERRANO

Robbie Keane looks to be on his way to Los Angeles.

A deal is in place for the Galaxy to sign the Ireland International, multiple sources told SBI on Friday. If Keane does come to the Home Depot Center, it would be in conjunction with a trade of Juan Pablo Angel from the Galaxy to clear a Designated Player slot for Keane.

MLS Week 22: A Look Ahead

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By THOMAS FLOYD

A rematch of the 2010 Eastern Conference final -- contested, of course, between two sides from the West -- highlights this weekend's MLS slate.

The struggling San Jose Earthquakes will look to jump back into the playoff hunt Saturday night by picking up the full three points at home against a Colorado team that is 3-0-1 in its past four.

SBI's Latin American Weekend Preview

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By DAVID MOSSE

Boca Juniors had a disappointing debut in this Apertura Championship, being held to a scoreless draw by Olimpo last weekend. Julio Falcioni is already under pressure, especially with a possible presidential election looming, and would love a victory over Union on Monday (8:15 p.

FIFA Under-20 World Cup: Spain, Brazil set for headliner in quarterfinals & more

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By DAVID MOSSE

It would be disrespectful to six-time champions Argentina to call the upcoming quarterfinal clash between Spain and Brazil the decisive match of the Under-20 World Cup, but the winner will have incredible momentum heading into the semifinals.

LIVE: Freddy Adu's Union press conference

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Mid-Day Ticker: Fabregas to Barcelona, Caribbean officials investigated & more

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Cesc Fabregas is returning to Barcelona. Really.

The long-awaited transfer of Fabregas from Arsenal to Barcelona is on the verge of completion, according to various reports in both England and Spain, although the signing is not official as of yet.

Fabregas and Samir Nasri were left off the roster for Arsenal's Premier League opener this weekend against Newcastle, lending more credence to the reports that both players are set to sign elsewhere.

NASL Week 19: A Look Ahead

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By JOHN BOSCHINI

With all the fanfare surrounding the hiring of Martin Rennie as the coach of the Vancouver Whitecaps, it's easy to forget he's still in prime position to win the NASL title with the Carolina Railhawks.

Anything but a spectacular collapse sees Carolina securing the top seed and a first-round bye in the playoffs.

Fantasy MLS: Week 23

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By ALAN LEDBETTER

Dwayne De Rosario seems to have finally found his home in DC. De Rosario was a threat to the attack in Toronto and New York but looks to be a different, more influential player since coming to D.

Bedoya granted work permit

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Alejandro Bedoya is a big step closer to teaming with Maurice Edu at Rangers.

Bedoya was granted his work permit on Friday, giving the clearance for him to join the Scottish club. While Rangers and the U.S. international midfielder agreed on a pre-contract deal to bring him from Orebro in January, Rangers manager Ally McCoist wants to speed up the process now that the biggest hurdle has been cleared.

Americans Abroad: A Look Ahead

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By FRANCO PANIZO

English Premier League defenses beware: Clint Dempsey is back and ready to pick up where he last left off.

Coming off a career season, Dempsey will begin his sixth season with Fulham on Saturday as the Cottagers host Aston Villa on the opening weekend of the Premier League season.

MLS West Notes: Arena looking to make moves, Cruz fits in with FCD and more

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BY ADAM SERRANOÂ

Many MLS teams are looking to make a deal before the end of the transfer period on August 14th and the Los Angeles Galaxy is one of them. Â

The MLS league leading Galaxy are on the cusp of starting play in the CONCACAF Champions League and may be looking to add depth at a number of positions.

Tottenham's game versus Everton postponed over riots

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By now you most surely have seen or heard about the riots in England, but as bad as the situation is, only one match on opening weekend of the Premier League has been postponed.

The Tottenham-Everton game scheduled to be played on Saturday has been pushed back to a further date yet unknown.

Adu signing with Philadelphia Union

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Freddy Adu's return to Major League Soccer will happen, and he will once again be plying his trade on the East Coast, where he'll be reunited with a familar coach.

Adu will be introduced as the Philadelphia Union's newest signing on Friday, marking his return to MLS after four years in Europe, multiple sources confirmed to Fox Soccer on Thursday.

MLS East Notes: Ashton to face Soehn, Crew hoping to bolster attack and more

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By THOMAS FLOYD

Through a couple twists of fate, Saturday's match between D.C. United and the Vancouver Whitecaps will be an unlikely clash between a mentor and his onetime apprentice.

Vancouver interim coach Tom Soehn will be matching wits on the touchline with Chad Ashton, his top assistant when he coached United from 2007 to 2009.

Beckerman makes most of USMNT start

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By AVI CREDITOR

PHILADELPHIA -- With the bevy of European-club-based central midfielders vying for starting roles with the United States men's national team, it's easy to overlook Real Salt Lake's workhorse, Kyle Beckerman.

Sure, he's a perennial standout in Major League Soccer, but he rarely gets the opportunity to shine with a first-team squad on the international stage.

USA 1, Mexico 1: The Highlights

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Shea turns corner with influential USMNT performance against Mexico

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By AVI CREDITOR

PHILADELPHIA -- What a difference 10 months have made for Brek Shea.

Last October, Shea appeared unsure, uncomfortable and out of place in his debut for the U.S. men's national team, which came just miles down the road at PPL Park against Colombia.

Rogers goal gives USA draw against Mexico in Klinsmann's debut

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Jurgen Klinsmann's coaching debut with the U.S. men's national team didn't start out too well, but it finished on a high note.

The United States bounced back from a lackluster first half showing to tie Mexico 1-1 in front of 30,138 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia on Wedndesday night.

USA vs. Mexico: Match Night Commentary

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The U.S. men's national team begin the Jurgen Klinsmann era tonight with a friendly against arch-rival Mexico at Lincoln Financial Field (9pm, ESPN2).

The United States takes on Mexico for the first time since the Gold Cup Final, which Mexico won 4-2, but the circumstances tonight are much different, with Klinsmann looking to learn about his player pool.

USA vs. Mexico: The Pre-Game Tailgate

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It's been a little over six weeks since the U.S. men's national team fell to Mexico in the Gold Cup final, but things won't be exactly the same when the two teams square off tonight in a friendly at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, PA (9pm ET, ESPN2).

The United States' will kick off a new chapter in its history as the game marks the U.

FIFA U-20 World Cup: Mexico through on penalties, Costa Rica out and more

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Mexican national teams have won two international tournaments this summer, and El Tri's U-20 squad got one step closer to potentially making it three.

Mexico advanced to the quarterfinals of the U-20 World Cup after defeaing Cameroon in a penalty shootout following a 1-1 draw.

Mid-Day Ticker: Fabregas inches closer to Barca, Eto'o considering Russia and more

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By CALEB SONNELAND

One of the most drawn out and exasperating transfer sagas could soon be coming to an end.

In a deal believed to be around the £35 million mark, Arsenal's Cesc Fabregas appears to finally be headed Barcelona's way as the two clubs near an agreement for the marquee midfielder.

NBC agrees three-year deal with MLS for television rights

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By CALEB SONNELAND

45 Major League Soccer games and four US Men's National Team matches per season.

That's the television rights deal that NBC reached with the MLS today.  NBC itself will televise two regular season MLS games, two playoff games and two appearances by the USMNT, while the NBC Sports Network (currently VERSUS) will broadcast 38 regular-season games, three playoff games and two USMNT matches.

SBI Live Q&A (August 10th Edition)

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It is that time again folks. Time for us to discuss all things soccer in the latest SBI Live Q&A.

I haven't had a Live Q&A in a long time due to a pretty heavy travel schedule the past few months, but definitely plan to get back to the scheduling regular Q&As, starting with today.

Chivas USA lining up Adu as Designated Player

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Freddy Adu's roller-coaster ride through Europe could end with a return to Major League Soccer.

Chivas USA is lining up a move to sign Adu as a Designated Player, high-ranking MLS sources told SBI late Tuesday night.

Adu is currently in the final year of his contract with Benfica, but could be allowed to move to MLS on a free transfer as the Portuguese club is looking to unload his contract.

SBI Live Q&A set for 1pm Today

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It has been a good while since the last SBI Live Q&A, but now that I'm back from my trip to Peru, it's time to bring the Live Q&A back.

Join me at 1pm today (Wednesday) as I look to answer questions from readers before tonight's USA-Mexico friendly.

Want to talk U.S. national team? MLS?

Morning Ticker: Findley scores first goal abroad, Donovan on FIFA12 and more

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Robbie Findley did something on Tuesday that he hasn't done in over a year: score in an official game.

Findley netted his first goal abroad, scoring Nottingham Forest's second goal in a 3-3 Carling Cup draw with Notts County that had to be decided via penalty kicks.

MLS Ticker: League announces playoff dates, Crew's Gaven out injured and more

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Major League Soccer announced the new-look MLS playoff schedule on Tuesday, with the wildcard round taking place over a Wednesday and Thursday night on Oct. 26-27.

The first leg of the conference semifinals will take place over the weekend a couple of days later, followed by the second leg of those ties and the conference finals the following week.

NSCAA Preseason Top 25: Louisville nabs top spot, rebuilt Akron follows in second

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By JOHN BOSCHINI

For much of last season, Louisville and Akron were fixtures near the top of the NSCAA Top 25, and the voters expect much of the same for 2011.

Louisville received the No. 1 spot on the strength of a strong 2010 campaign and returns of key attacking players Dylan Mares and Colin Rolfe.

SBI MLS Power Rankings: Week 21

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The Los Angeles Galaxy followed an unexpected slip-up with perhaps their most important victory of the season, and as a result, they maintain the top spot in the SBI MLS Power Rankings.

After fending off FC Dallas to create some separation in the race for the Supporters' Shield, L.

Rennie hired as Whitecaps coach for 2012

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The Vancouver Whitecaps believe that they have hired a coach with a vision to lead the team to the next level.

Vancouver announced the hiring of current Carolina Railhawks coach Martin Rennie as the club's new boss starting in the 2012 MLS season.

Goodson out for Mexico friendly with strained hamstring

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Clarence Goodson is the latest of original U.S. men's national team call-ups that won't be participating in Wednesday's friendly with Mexico.

Goodson strained his left hamstring in Brondby's match over the weekend and did not make the trip to the United States after being evaluated by his club's doctors, according to U.

USL Pro Week 19: A Look Back

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By JOHN BOSCHINI

With a week to go in the USL Pro regular season, the playoff picture is clearing up.

The National Division has its playoff participants settled following the Pittsburgh Riverhounds' 2-2 draw with the Charlotte Eagles. Pittsburgh will be joined in the playoffs by the Los Angeles Blues, Harrisburg City Islanders and the Rochester Rhinos.

FIFA Under-20 World Cup: A Look Ahead to the Round of 16

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By DAVID MOSSE

Spain's remarkable run of success recently might carry over into another tournament with Julen Lopetegui's side looking like a serious contender to capture the FIFA U-20 World Cup after blitzing through the group stage in dominating fashion.

NASL Week 18: A Look Back

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By JOHN BOSCHINI

For the Fort Lauderdale Strikers, a win couldn't have come at a better time.

A victory over league-leading Carolina coupled with a Montreal loss put the Strikers nine points clear of the Impact for the final playoff spot. Despite the loss, Carolina clinched a playoff spot with Montreal's loss.

SBI USA-Mexico Watch Party in NYC

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If you're in New York this week and looking for a place to enjoy the U.S. men's national team's friendly with Mexico on Wednesday, Soccer By Ives has you covered.

SBI is teaming with the Football Factory at Legends (6 W. 33rd Street, New York, NY) for a USA-Mexico watch party from 8-11 Wednesday night.

Tuesday Kickoff: Whitecaps' major news, riots force cancellations and more

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The Vancouver Whitecaps have an announcement to make.

The club has called a 1:30 p.m. (ET) press conference Tuesday for an "important club announcement."

According to The Province, the announcement will be the hiring of current Carolina Railhawks coach Martin Rennie as the club's boss in 2012.

Ream, Howard talk USMNT-Mexico

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SBI MLS Player of the Week: Dwayne De Rosario

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For the second week in a row, Dwayne De Rosario reminded MLS fans and opposition that he's still got what it takes, despite being traded twice in the opening months of the season.

With his team playing a man down, De Rosario netted a hat trick against his former club to carry D.

In Reserve: Saad scores first professional goal, D.C. tops Toronto and more

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Soony Saad scored for the first time as a professional, tallying the lone goal in Sporting Kansas City's 1-0, weather-delayed victory over the Colorado Rapids in MLS Reserve League play on Monday.

Saad, a standout at the University of Michigan last year who landed with Sporting KC in a weighted lottery on July 5, took a pass from Teal Bunbury and found the back of the net on a shot from the edge of the area to give SKC (2-2-2) all the offense it would need in the third minute of the win.

Who should the USA start vs. Mexico?

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The Jurgen Klinsmann era begins for the U.S. men's national team on Wednesday and while many of the players the new U.S. coach has called in are familiar faces, there is still plenty of mystery about what Klinsmann's first lineup will look like.

Some regulars like Clint Dempsey and Jozy Altidore won't be making the trip to Philadelphia, while Tim Howard and Landon Donovan are among the first-choice players who will be in attendance.

Latin American Weekend Rewind: Mexican headliner disappoints and more

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By DAVID MOSSE

The highly anticipated clash between Chivas de Guadalajara and Pumas UNAM on Saturday failed to live up to the billing, ending in a disappointing scoreless draw. It was the marquee matchup in the fourth round of Mexico's Apertura Championship, with the two teams sporting perfect records entering the match.

Mid-Day Ticker: Tevez trains with City, Lukaku arrives at Chelsea and more

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By CALEB SONNELAND

The future of Carlos Tevez seems to have taken yet another turn.

The want-away Argentine hit man has returned to Manchester City's Carrington training ground for a light session.

Earlier this summer, a hefty bid for Tevez was made by Corinthians after the striker made it clear that he wasn't happy with life in Manchester, but a move was never finalized and Tevez looked destined to remain a City player.

FIFA U-20 World Cup: Final 16 set

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The field at the FIFA Under-20 World Cup has been narrowed to 16 teams.

Spain, Nigeria and host Colombia were the only teams to win all of their matches in the group stage, with Nigeria boasting a tournament-best +10 goal differential.

On the other end of the spectrum, Guatemala managed to qualify for the group stage after a late goal lifted the first-time participants to a 1-0 victory over Croatia in their final group game.

U.S. Soccer clarifies Chandler situation

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When Timmy Chandler was replaced on the U.S. Soccer roster ahead of Wednesday's friendly against Mexico because of fitness issues, it disappointed plenty who wanted to see Chandler have the chance to go up against El Tri's speedy wingers, an asset that the United States did not have during this summer's CONCACAF Gold Cup final.

Report: Bradley one of three candidates to coach Egypt national team

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Bob Bradley's return to coaching may come sooner than later.

Egyptian outlet Al-Ahram is reporting that the former U.S. national team coach is among three final candidates to take over as coach of Egypt's national team.

Bradley will reportedly interview for the job this week, along with Serbian Zoran Filipovic and Colombian Francisco Maturana.

European Weekend Rewind: United takes Shield, Milan wins Supercoppa and more

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By IAN HOLLIDAY

The Premier League season won't start for another week, but last year's champions Manchester United began their defense Sunday with an impressive, come-from-behind victory over FA Cup holders Manchester City in the Community Shield.

After trailing 2-0 at halftime on goals by Joleon Lescott and Edin Dzeko, the Red Devils stormed back in the second half with a goal from Chris Smalling to cut the lead in half in the 52nd minute and an equalizer from Nani six minutes later.

Hassli scores twice as Whitecaps douse Fire

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By JOSE M. ROMERO

 Almost five months ago on a sunny day at Empire Field in Vancouver, B.C., the home team Whitecaps made quite a first impression in their debut MLS match, with striker Eric Hassli scoring twice in a 4-2 win.

Wins have been hard to come by since then.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Mix Diskerud may not have been called into the U.S. men's national team for its upcoming friendly against Mexico, but he's making quite the case for himself to get the call in September.

Diskerud continued his strong season with Stabaek IF on Friday, hitting the equalizing goal in the club's 2-1 victory over Fredrikstad.

Rogers replaces Edu on USA roster

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Maurice Edu will have to wait a bit longer to meet new U.S. men's national team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann.

Edu was replaced by Robbie Rogers on the U.S. roster for the upcoming Mexico friendly after picking up a calf strain to his left leg in Rangers' friendly with Chelsea on Saturday.

Altidore scores in AZ Alkmaar debut

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Jozy Altidore's time with AZ Alkmaar couldn't have gotten off to a better start.

In his first official game with AZ, Altidore came off the bench and scored a header in the 80th minute of a 3-1 win in the club's season opener against PSV Eindhoven. Altidore made a nifty run to create space between himself and his defender before finishing to the near post.

Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

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Manchester United and Manchester City figure to contend for the Premier League crown this season, but they'll fight for the FA Community Shield on Sunday in a high-profile season tune-up.

A number of Americans are also slated to be in action Sunday as well. Although he's not guaranteed to start after coming off a hamstring injury, Jozy Altidore's AZ Alkmaar gets its season underway against PSV Eindhoven; Carlos Bocanegra and St.

Gordon's first for San Jose saves point against Portland

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By CALEB SONNELAND

There was no separating the San Jose Earthquakes and the traveling Portland Timbers Saturday night as the two sides slugged out a 1-1 draw at Buck Shaw Stadium. Â Having initially fallen behind to a Timbers goal, the hosts clawed their way back into the game to salvage a result.

FC Dallas can't stop set pieces in Galaxy win

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BY ADAM SERRANO

The Los Angeles Galaxy had arguably their worst performance of the year on Wednesday, then proceeded to follow it up with unquestionably their best.Â

With three goals started by David Beckham set pieces, the Galaxy defeated FC Dallas 3-1, to extend their lead a top the MLS standings.

RSL trounces reeling Red Bulls

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Two teams that started the season as title contenders met at Rio Tinto Stadium on Saturday night sorely needing victories, but only Real Salt Lake came away with the result they were looking for.

The New York Red Bulls continued their struggling ways, dropping a 3-0 result to a motivated RSL side.

Seattle storms back late against 10-man Kansas City

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By CALEB SONNELAND

It seems that Sporting Kansas City never quite has 90 minutes in the tank against the Seattle Sounders.

Two late, late second half goals from Mauro Rosales and substitute Lamar Neagle condemned Sporting Kansas City to its second loss to Seattle of the season in the closing minutes of the match.

De Rosario hat trick salvages United draw against Toronto

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By THOMAS FLOYD

WASHINGTON - Before D.C. United's match against Toronto FC on Saturday, many wondered if Dwayne De Rosario could continue tormenting his former clubs with a strong performance against his hometown team.

The answer, as it turned out, was a resounding "yes.

Moreno's brace leads Chivas USA over Revs

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - The New England Revolution's first homegrown player, 16-year-old Diego Fagundez, drew a penalty and scored a goal in his MLS debut against Chivas USA Saturday night, but it wasn't enough to lift his side past the Goats, who got two goals from Alejandro Moreno en route to a 3-2 win.

LA Galaxy vs. FC Dallas: Match Night Commentary

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It's a Western Conference Final rematch at the Home Depot Center.

The LA Galaxy (45 points) are back home after suffering a humiliating 4-1 defeat by the Portland Timbers last Wednesday night. They'll be looking to rebound and stay atop of the MLS table. However, a resurging FC Dallas (42 points) is standing in their way and slowly creeping up the table.

Montreal Impact unveil new logo

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The Montreal Impact won't be undergoing a complete rebranding upon their inclusion into MLS next season, but between the renovated Stade Saputo and the club's new crest, the club will be sporting a different look than the NASL version currently has.

The Impact unveiled their new logo on Saturday night, revealing a sleek, upgraded design and one that pays homage to the province of Quebec with a motto stressing that unity is necessary for victory.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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This weekend marks the opening of the Bundesliga and Ligue 1 seasons overseas, with U.S. men's national team midfielder Jermaine Jones seeking a fresh start with Schalke and American goalkeeper Quentin Westberg getting a chance to start in Evian Thonon Gaillard's first match since being promoted to France's top flight.

Mullan's blast keys Rapids' win over Crew

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Brian Mullan hasn't had much to celebrate individually this season, but that all changed in a big way Friday night.

While Mullan's tackle that broke Steve Zakuani's leg will likely remain his defining moment of the season, his long-range goal against the Columbus Crew was the defining moment of the match, unlocking a scoreless game and lifting the Colorado Rapids to a 2-0 victory at Dick's Sporting Goods Park.

Colorado Rapids vs. Columbus Crew: Your Running Commentary

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A 2010 postseason rematch is set to take place in the Mile High City, as the defending MLS Cup champion Colorado Rapids host the surging Columbus Crew (9:30 p.m., Fox Soccer Channel).

The Rapids have found new life after the Achilles' tear that ruled star striker Conor Casey out for the rest of the season.

This Weekend's Soccer on TV

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This weekend marks the return of some of the top leagues in the world, as the summer break continues to end across Europe.

Teams in the Bundesliga, Ligue 1 and Eredivisie all start their quests for successful seasons, with a number of those teams employing U.S. national team players.

MLS Week 21: A Look Ahead

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By THOMAS FLOYD

The race for the Supporters' Shield will come to a head Saturday at the Home Depot Center.

There, FC Dallas could draw even with league-leading Los Angeles with a win over the Galaxy.

Loyd replaces Chandler on USMNT roster

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FC Dallas defender Zach Loyd has been called into the U.S. national team to replace Timmy Chandler, who suffered an injury in training and is working his way back to full fitness ahead of the upcoming Bundesliga season, according to a U.S. Soccer press release.

Loyd, who was part of the national team's January camp and appeared in a friendly against Chile, has been a consistent contributor along FC Dallas' back line and will be an option at either fullback position for new U.

Philadelphia secures Valdes' full rights

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One of the key components of the Philadelphia Union's turnaround figures to be a fixture with the club for the foreseeable future.

The Union secured the full rights to Carlos Valdes on Friday, ensuring that the 26-year-old Colombian centerback does not return to the club that held his rights, Independiente Santa Fe.

SBI's Latin American Weekend Preview

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By DAVID MOSSE

The recent World Cup draw didn't receive nearly as much attention in Brazil as one might expect thanks in large part to a spectacular game that same week between Flamengo and Santos, which dominated the headlines. Flamengo came from three goals down to claim a 5-4 victory, and the two star attractions didn't disappoint, as Ronaldinho and Neymar carried their respective teams.

Scholes Testimonial: Your Running Commentary

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The New York Cosmos will take to the field for the first time in more than 25 years, doing so at Old Trafford as Manchester United's opponent for the Paul Scholes Testimonial (2:30 p.m., Fox Soccer Channel).

The Cosmos, who will be coached by former United star and current Cosmos director of soccer Eric Cantona, will be featuring the likes of Brad Friedel, Brian McBride, Patrick Vieira, Gary Neville, Robbie Keane, Sol Campbell, Fabio Canavarro, Michel Salgado, Dwight Yorke, Wayne Bridge, Robert Pires and Nicky Butt along with members of the organization's U-23 team.

Mid-Day Ticker: Bin Hammam suspicious of FIFA, Chelsea nears Lukaku & more

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Mohamed bin Hammam wants answers.

Bin Hammam, a recent challenger to president Sepp Blatter's throne who was given a lifetime ban from FIFA after being found guilty of bribery by the organization's ethics committee, has yet to receive documentation outlining the reasons for his expulsion.

Report: Bradley not in Borussia Monchengladbach's plans this season

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It's no secret that United States midfielder Michael Bradley has been seeking a new club, but it appears that if that search goes fruitless, he won't have a place with the team at which he is currently under contract.

Borussia Monchengladbach coach Lucien Favre reportedly stated that Bradley wants to leave and is not in the club's plans at all, and, according to reports out of Germany, he has the backing of the club's sporting director, meaning that should Bradley be unable to secure a transfer, he won't participate with the team despite being under contract with the Bundesliga outfit through June.

FIFA U-20 World Cup: Brazil, Argentina win their groups, Mexico through

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Host Colombia isn't the only South American team enjoying a strong start to the FIFA Under-20 World Cup.

Brazil routed Panama, 4-0, to win Group E, and Argentina shut out North Korea, 3-0, to win Group F as both powers advanced to the knockout stage of the tournament Thursday night.

MLS Ticker: Dynamo finalize Costly move, Rodgers still hurting and more

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After a long search, the Houston Dynamo have added a forward that they hope can bring stability and consistent goalscoring to their front line.

Honduran striker Carlos Costly has officially joined the Dynamo on loan from Mexican club Atlas through the end of the season.

NASL Week 18: A Look Ahead

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By JOHN BOSCHINI

As most NASL teams enter their final 10 games of the season, here's a taste of how dominant Carolina has been since the beginning of April.

The Railhawks have racked up an incredible +25 goal differential over their opening 18 games. That's followed by the NSC Minnesota Stars.

Final play-in draws conducted for UEFA Champions League, Europa League

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The fields for the groups stages of the UEFA Champions League and Europa League are nearly set, with just one play-in round remaining in each competition.

The 10 Champions League play-in ties are highlighted by an Arsenal-Udinese matchup. The teams that win those 10 ties will be entered into the draw for the UCL group stage, while the 10 losers will drop to the Europa League group-stage draw.

Americans Abroad: A Look Ahead

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Jozy Altidore's club troubles are well documented, but the opportunity to put it all past him begins this weekend.

Altidore kicks off his first season with AZ Alkmaar on Sunday, and he does so with a grueling test against heavyweight PSV Eindhoven.

MLS West Notes: Chivas add Courtois, look for more, FCD sign Cruz and more,

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By ADAM SERRANO

Chivas USA head coach Robin Fraser has been eager to add some new blood to a team on the verge of qualifying for the playoffs.Â

On Thursday, Chivas USA added veteran French midfielder Laurent Courtois, a veteran of top leagues in France and England.

Americans Abroad: Thursday Rewind

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Clint Dempsey may not have been on the U.S. men's national team's roster for its friendly against Mexico, but his season with Fulham officially begun on Thursday.

Playing in the third round of the UEFA Europa League, Dempsey helped Fulham advance as the Cottagers knocked off Croatian club RNK Split 2-0.

MLS East Notes: SKC continues climb, Paunovic fills attacking void and more

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By THOMAS FLOYD

When Sporting Kansas City realized it would be playing its first 10 games on the road this season while Livestrong Sporting Park neared completion, the club surely assumed it would start slow and hopefully pick up the pace in the season's second half.

Dos Santos, Guardado, Barrera, Marquez highlight Mexico roster for U.S. friendly

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Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez won't be participating in the United States' friendly with Mexico next week, but his trio of offensive teammates that did most of the damage in Mexico's Gold Cup final victory most certainly will.

Giovani Dos Santos, Andres Guardado and Pablo Barrera will all represent El Tri in Philadelphia next week, along with New York Red Bulls centerback Rafa Marquez and four of the five players who were suspended from the Gold Cup for testing positive for banned substance clenbuterol.

Vasquez, Ramos among assistant coaches named by Klinsmann for Mexico friendly

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Martin Vasquez and Tab Ramos have been named as two of five assistant coaches appointed by U.S. men's national team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann for the upcoming friendly against Mexico.

Thomas Dooley, Mike Curry and Mark Verstegen were the others chosen to be part of Klinsmann's rotating pool of assistant coaches.

Hamid relishes first call to national team

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By AVI CREDITOR

WASHINGTON -- D.C. United goalkeeper Bill Hamid thought he was being spammed by a telemarketer.

Nope, it's just new U.S. national team coach Jurgen Klinsmann offering an opportunity of a lifetime.

USA announces roster for Mexico friendly

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Jurgen Klinsmann has made his first roster selections as U.S. men's national team head coach, and there are surprises aplenty.

Here is the 22-man U.S. roster:

Goalkeepers: Bill Hamid, Tim Howard

Defenders: Carlos Bocanegra, Edgar Castillo, Timmy Chandler, Steve Cherundolo, Clarence Goodson, Michael Orozco Fiscal, Heath Pearce, Tim Ream

Midfielders: Kyle Beckerman, Michael Bradley, Ricardo Clark, Maurice Edu, Jermaine Jones, Break Shea, Jose Torres

Forwards: Freddy Adu, Juan Agudelo, DaMarcus Beasley, Edson Buddle, Landon Donovan

What do you think of the roster?

Johnson involved in incident with wife

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Eddie Johnson has more to worry about than just finding a new club.

Johnson was involved in an incident earlier this week after his wife, Janelle, rammed her car into his rental after seeing him at a Florida hotel with another woman, according to a deputy's report.

Morning Ticker: La Liga season faces possible delay, Neymar to stay and more

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By FRANCO PANIZO

The NFL and NBA might not be the only leagues threatened to have play postponed this summer.

Fans of Leo Messi, Real Madrid and Spanish soccer in general may soon be disappointed after the Spanish soccer players' union has threatened to postpone the upcoming La Liga season if an agreement over wages cannot be made in time.

Portland upsets Los Angeles to end Galaxy winning streak

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The Portland Timbers have done what no other MLS team has been able to in the past three months: beat the Los Angeles Galaxy.

Portland defeated Los Angeles at JELD-WEN Field on Wednesday night, cruising to a 3-0 victory that snapped the Galaxy's 14-game unbeaten run. The win also gave the Timbers, who had won just once in their last 10 games, their first home triumph since May.

Pardo scores in debut as Fire tie again

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Pavel Pardo didn't take long to make an impact with the Chicago Fire.

A little over a week after signing with the Fire, Pardo started, went the distance and scored the equalizer in a 1-1 draw with the Philadelphia Union on Wednesday night.

Veljko Paunovic gave Philadelphia the lead in the first half, but Chicago responded after halftime when Pardo took advantage of a fortunate bounce to rifle home a low shot for his first career MLS goal.

Barcelona loses big to Chivas in WFC

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If Barcelona planned to bounce back from the loss suffered to Manchester United in its World Football Challenge opener, it failed miserably.

Barcelona was stunned by Guadalajara on Wednesday night, losing 4-1 to the Mexican club in front of a record crowd of 70,080 at Sun Life Stadium in Miami, Florida.

FC Dallas advances to CONCACAF Champions League group stage

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Ugo Ihemelu scored off a first-half corner kick, and FC Dallas' stout defense did the rest as the MLS side topped Alianza FC, 1-0, for the second consecutive week to win their CONCACAF Champions League preliminary tie on a 2-0 aggregate and advance to the tournament's group stage.

Seattle ousts San Francisco in extra time to reach CCL group stage

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By CALEB SONNELAND

Nate Jaqua picked a perfect time to break his scoring duck as his 98th-minute, extra-time winner saw the Seattle Sounders top San Francisco FC and progress to the CONCACAF Champions League group stage as 2-1 aggregate winners in the preliminary round.

Must-See Goal: Marco Fabian

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Sporting KC runs unbeaten streak to 14

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By JOSE M. ROMERO

Teal Bunbury didn't celebrate his second goal in as many games by doing a human bobblehead routine. He didn't let the moment pass without a little gesture, though.

Bunbury made binoculars with his hands as the crowd roared after his 34th minute goal, the one that ensured that Sporting Kansas City would run its unbeaten streak to 14 matches as SKC topped Real Salt Lake 2-0 at Livestrong Sporting Park Wednesday night.

Soccer Wednesday: Your Running Commentary

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Grab a seat and get comfortable, because there's plenty of quality soccer to watch tonight.

Between Seattle and Dallas vying for places in the CONCACAF Champions League group stage, some intriguing MLS matchups, the FIFA Under-20 World Cup and a friendly involving FC Barcelona, Wednesday night promises to be an action-packed one.

Bunbury explains his latest goal

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Edu, Rangers eliminated from UEFA Champions League with draw at Malmo

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Rangers FC's 2011-2012 UEFA Champions League run didn't last very long.

Maurice Edu's (and Alejandro Bedoya's soon-to-be) club played to a 1-1 draw at Swedish club Malmo FF on Wednesday and fell via a 2-1 aggregate in a Champions League qualifying round.

Edu set up the opening goal, which leveled the aggregate and away-goal count at 1-1 in the 24th minute, but Rangers couldn't overcome having two players -- Steven Whittaker and Madjid Bougherra -- get sent off.

SBI MLS Player of the Month: Omar Bravo

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When Sporting Kansas City signed Omar Bravo to be a Designated Player last year, it was with months like this past July in mind.

Bravo was the definition of a difference maker, playing key roles in several of Sporting KC's matches as the streaking squad lengthened its unbeaten streak to 13 matches.

U.S. roster announcement for Mexico friendly pushed to Thursday

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Those expecting to analyze Jurgen Klinsmann's first round of player selections will have to wait another day.

U.S. Soccer announced that the roster next week's friendly against Mexico will be revealed on Thursday, not Wednesday, as Klinsmann had suggested during his initial press conference as U.

FIFA U-20 World Cup: Colombia goes through, Portugal in good shape & more

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FIFA Under-20 World Cup host Colombia won't be leaving its own party early.

Colombia defeated Mali, 2-0, on Tuesday to become the first team to seal a place in the knockout stage of the tournament.

Jose Valencia and James Rodriguez scored the goals, and FC Dallas Designated Player Fabian Castillo made his tournament debut, entering as a 61st-minute substitute for Colombia, which is almost assured of winning Group A.

Report: Dynamo nearing deal for Costly

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The Houston Dynamo have long been in the market to add a scoring punch, and after an unsuccessful stint with Spanish striker Koke, the team appears to have turned its attention to Honduran international Carlo Costly.

The Houston Chronicle reports that the club is in negotiations with Costly, who is out of contract after being released by Mexican club Atlas.

Soccer Wednesday: A Look Ahead

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Whether high-stakes regional play, league play or international club friendlies piques your interest, Wednesday's selection of games being played in the United States has you covered.

Between two MLS teams vying for a place in the CONCACAF Champions League group stage, three MLS mid-week battles and a World Football Challenge match involving Barcelona, it's a big night for soccer in this country.

Fantasy MLS: Week 22

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By ALAN LEDBETTER

At this point in the season, losing a team's leading scorer could be devastating. However, Carlos Ruiz's abrupt exit from Philadelphia could bring on an exciting opportunity for young stars Danny Mwanga and Roger Torres.

Johnson's scores twice to give Toronto FC place in CCL group stage

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Ryan Johnson scored twice in a 10-minute span, and Toronto FC topped Real Esteli, 2-1 (4-2 on aggregate) in Nicaragua Tuesday night to win its CONCACAF Champions League preliminary tie and book a place in the tournament's Group C.

Johnson seized momentum for TFC with a great left-footed volley from just outside the area in the 37th minute to negate Real Esteli's away goal and give Toronto a two-goal aggregate edge.

Real Esteli vs. Toronto FC (CCL): Your Running Commentary

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Toronto FC has made headlines for its troubling season and numerous player moves, but the club can earn some acclaim by booking a place in the CONCACAF Champions League group stage with a favorable result in Nicaragua against Real Esteli FC in the second leg of their preliminary round tie (10 p.

FIFA U-20 World Cup: Mexico, Brazil roll while Argentina and England draw

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By ADAM SERRANO

After a disappointing loss to Argentina, Mexico roared back to life in the FIFA Under-20 World Cup with an impressive 3-0 victory over a fiesty North Korea side.

An own goal by North Korea moments before halftime gave Mexico the lead. El Tri doubled that lead in the 54th minute when forward Taufic Guarch launched a laser from 30 yards out, and Mexico midfielder Diego De Buen added a third goal four minutes into stoppage time to cap off the victory.

SBI MLS Player of the Week: Dwayne De Rosario

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Dwayne De Rosario reminded everyone on Saturday that he still has plenty left in his tank.

De Rosario scored two top-notch goals and turned in a strong overall performance to lead D.C. to an important 2-0 victory at San Jose over the weekend, earning SBI MLS Player of the Week honors.

Toronto FC trades Santos for Avila

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Toronto FC has pulled the strings on yet another trade.

The Reds maintained their wheeling-and-dealing ways by trading forward Maicon Santos to FC Dallas for midfielder Eric Avila on Tuesday, adding a potential sparkplug in the midfield while dealing away a captain for the second time this season.

Who do you want to see Klinsmann call up for the Mexico friendly?

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Jurgen Klinsmann's first match as U.S. men's national team head coach is next week, and in his opening press conference as coach he said that he would likely unveil his roster for the game on Wednesday.

U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati suggested that fans should expect a familiar group of players, considering how new Klinsmann is to the job and how little time he'll have had to prepare for the match.

New England signs Caraglio as first DP

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The New England Revolution have taken a step in the right direction to shred the "cheap" label that has accompanied the team for years.

The Revs signed Argentine striker Milton Caraglio as the team's first-ever Designated Player on Tuesday, and he's expected to join the club as soon as Thursday.

Must-see introduction: Jurgen Klinsmann

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SBI MLS Power Rankings: Week 20

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The Columbus Crew's surprising run isn't showing any signs of slowing down.

The Crew came up with a victory over Real Salt Lake at Rio Tinto Stadium over the weekend to take over first place in the MLS Eastern Conference and vault up to No. 4 in the latest SBI MLS Power Rankings.

Lichaj doubtful for Mexico game

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By AVI CREDITOR

Eric Lichaj's emergence at left back was one of the bright spots for the United States men's national team during the Gold Cup, but it doesn't look like he'll be manning that position in next week's rematch against Mexico.

USL Pro Week 18: A Look Back

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By JOHN BOSCHINI

After holding a dominating lead going into its nearly three week break, Orlando City S.C. finds itself with a serious contender breathing down its neck.

The Wilmington Hammerheads won twice over the weekend in convincing fashion to put themselves within three points of the American Division Leaders.

Spector signs Birmingham deal

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By AVI CREDITOR

Cross Jonathan Spector off the list of U.S. internationals looking for a new club.

Spector has officially joined England League Championship club Birmingham City on a two-year deal with an option for a third, a source with knowledge of the deal told SBI.

Report: Ruiz gets transferred to Veracruz

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After weeks of rumors and denials from both parties, it appears that Carlos Ruiz is indeed heading to Veracruz.

According to the Philadelphia Daily News, the Union and the second-division Mexican side have agreed on a transfer that will end the mercurial striker's latest stint in MLS.

TFC on cusp of qualifying for CONCACAF Champions League group stage

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Toronto FC's 2011 campaign has left plenty to be desired, but with a favorable result in Nicaragua Tuesday night (10 p.m., Fox Soccer Channel), the Reds can seal their place in the CONCACAF Champions League group stage.

On the strength of two Joao Plata goals, TFC took the home leg of its preliminary tie with Real Esteli, 2-1, but a late away goal by Alesandro Calero could be a huge factor in determining which team moves forward.

Midnight Ticker: Holden returns to practice, Bruin to have surgery and more

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Stuart Holden took the next step in his recovery process on Monday, returning to the practice field for Bolton Wanderers for the first time since March.

Having been unable to train for the past five months due to a knee injury, Holden returned to training on the day of his 26th birthday.

Must-See Interview: Jurgen Klinsmann

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Monday Ticker: Balotelli speaks out, Valencia extends contract and more

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By CALEB SONNELAND

Mario Balotelli can't seem to stop making headlines for the wrong reasons.

Not long after his intensely public bust up with Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini and his actions during an exhibition against the Los Angeles Galaxy, the controversial City striker has come out and stated his dislike for the area of Manchester.

FIFA U-20 World Cup: Spain, Colombia open with big victories and more

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Spain's dominance on the world stage has extended to the FIFA Under-20 World Cup.

The Spaniards opened their tournament with a thorough 4-1 beating of CONCACAF runner-up Costa Rica behind two goals from Rodrigo on Sunday. Spain wasn't the only team to impress in the opening round of games, either.

SBI MLS Player of the Week: Landon Donovan

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Landon Donovan was in need of an outing like the one he had Saturday night.

In the midst of a mini slump and coming off a minor calf injury, Donovan took control of the Los Angeles Galaxy's match against the Vancouver Whitecaps, scoring two goals and setting up a third in the second half of the Galaxy's 4-0 victory.

Klinsmann addresses culture, style, youth development in first remarks as coach

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By MIKE NASTRI

NEW YORK -- The U.S. Soccer Federation did not just hire the 35th head coach in national team history, but it perhaps altered the direction of the entire national team program.

Jurgen Klinsmann, the first foreign-born U.S. national team coach in 16 years, touched on a few topics during his first press conference since being hired to replace Bob Bradley on Friday, but he frequently emphasized the culture and direction of soccer in the United States.

NASL Week 17: A Look Back

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By JOHN BOSCHINI

The Carolina Railhawks will have to wait another week to wrap up their playoff spot.

After a 1-0 victory over the Atlanta Railhawks, Carolina needed only for Montreal to lose or draw against the Puerto Rico Islanders to assure themselves a postseason berth, but the Impact came out with a surprising 1-0 victory of their own.

Report: Spector on verge of deal with Birmingham City

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Jonathan Spector is one of the U.S. men's national team players that Jurgen Klinsmann will be evaluating during his opening weeks as national team coach, and it appears that he'll have a platform for which to showcase his skills.

LIVE: Jurgen Klinsmann's first press conference as USMNT coach

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MLS Weekend Rewind

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Prior to this MLS season, few expected the Columbus Crew to have the view from the top of the Eastern Conference mountain after a roster overhaul that saw numerous veterans get swapped out for unheralded youngsters.

Yet with the calendar turning to August and after a win at perhaps the toughest venue in the league, that's exactly where Columbus stands.

Klinsmann set to be introduced as USMNT coach in New York City

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Jurgen Klinsmann's first meeting with the American media as U.S. men's national team coach is minutes away.

Klinsmann will be fielding questions from the press at Niketown in Manhattan at 10 a.m., where he will undoubtedly touch on a number of subjects in his first public comments since being hired on Friday.