Soccer By Ives Archives for January 2011

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

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The North London Derby headlines this weekend's proceedings as Tottenham and Arsenal renew one of the fiercest rivalries in world soccer.

Brad Friedel and Spurs will be the favorites, but you can never predict what will happen when Harry Redknapp's squad takes on Arsene Wenger's team.

Townsend goal lifts No. 2 Maryland to victory against No. 4 Creighton

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Heading into its road game against No. 2 Maryland, Creighton was the definition of perfection. The fourth-ranked Bluejays were a perfect 8-0 on the season and had yet to surrender a goal.

Casey Townsend changed all that on Friday night.

MLS West Notes: Galaxy focus on Supporters Shield, Schmid rips Rapids and more

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By ADAM SERRANO It's been a good week for the Los Angeles Galaxy. After keeping their hopes of advancing from the CONCACAF Champions League alive with a last second win against Morelia on Wednesday, the Galaxy can clinch the Supporters Shield with a victory on Saturday.

MLS Spotlight: Dunivant quietly enjoying career year for Galaxy

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By THOMAS FLOYD

Todd Dunivant has gotten used to flying under the radar.

As with most solid defenders, not hearing Dunivant's name called throughout a match tends to be a good thing. While he does get like to get forward and provide service from the flank, the 30-year-old is cautious when choosing his overlapping runs.

MLS Week 29: A Look Ahead

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By THOMAS FLOYD

Saturday's showdown between the Colorado Rapids and FC Dallas may be a rematch of last year's MLS Cup, but neither team has looked anything like a title contender lately.

Dallas is 0-6-1 in its past seven matches in all competitions, while Colorado has gone 0-5-1 in six games.

Mid-Day Ticker: West Ham go in for Tevez, Kroenke backs Wenger and more

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By CALEB SONNELAND

Just when will Carlos Tevez find his way out of the media spotlight? Â

Not today.

West Ham is reportedly prepared to offer Tevez a lifeline by taking the want-away striker on loan from Manchester City until at least the January transfer window.

College Soccer Weekend Preview

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By FRANCO PANIZO

If there was one weekend with matches most resembling what we could see in the tournament in December, it could be this weekend.

There are several mouthwatering battles between teams in Fox Soccer/SBI's Top 25 list on tap, including Friday's night headliner between No.

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

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The North London Derby headlines this weekend's proceedings as Tottenham and Arsenal renew one of the fiercest rivalries in world soccer.

Brad Friedel and Spurs will be the favorites, but you can never predict what will happen when Harry Redknapp's squad takes on Arsene Wenger's team.

NASL Playoffs: Quarterfinal Preview

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There is no rest for the weary and no one knows that better than the quarterfinalists in the NASL playoffs.

Combine the physical toll of a long season with the pressure cooker of a win or go home match-up and fans are in for something special come Saturday. Florida will be the host for both quarterfinals as #6 Minnesota travels to #3 Tampa Bay and #4 Fort Lauderdale plays host to #5 Edmonton.

UConn holds onto top spot in Fox Soccer/SBI NCAA Top 25

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UConn had a bit of a scare, but still managed to maintain its hold on the top spot in the latest Fox Soccer/SBI NCAA Top 25.

The Huskies posted an impressive victory over St. John's last weekend, but nearly ruined their perfect record against Yale, but avoided the upset courtesy of a last-minute overtime game-winning goal.

Americans Abroad: A Look Ahead

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Tim Howard and Everton's start to the season has not been a flawless one, but the Toffees could get momentum rolling if they come up with a win in one of the weekend's marquee matches.

Everton hosts Liverpool on Saturday in the first Merseyside derby of the season, and Howard is sure to be tested as he goes up against Luis Suarez, Andy Carroll, Steven Gerrard and the rest of Liverpool's attacking weapons.

Le Toux, Farfan lead Union past D.C. United

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By JOEY SAMUEL

CHESTER, Pa.--In the ever-changing Eastern Conference playoff race, the Philadelphia Union have become the latest team to post a statement win.

A night after Sporting Kansas City made their intentions of winning the East clear with a 2-1 win over Columbus, the Union responded by defeating bitter rivals D.

Philadelphia Union vs. D.C. United: Match Night Commentary

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The Philadelphia Union and D.C. United resume their I-95 rivalry tonight with much more than bragging rights on the line.

The two Eastern Conference rivals clash tonight (8pm, ESPN2) with playoff dreams on the line, as the Union still have visions of first place in the East while D.

Americans Abroad: Europa League Rewind

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Jermaine Jones' struggles for playing time at Schalke 04 have been alleviated somewhat, as Jones made his first appearance for the club in nearly two months on Thursday.

Having last played for Schalke on Aug. 6, Jones came off the bench in the 76th minute of Schalke's Europa League match against Maccabi Haifa to help the club preserve its 2-1 lead.

Johnson's one-time switch to join USMNT approved by FIFA

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TSG Hoffenheim midfielder/defender Fabian Johnson won't be with the U.S. men's national team for its October friendlies due to a neck injury, but he will be able to represent the United States in the near future.

Johnson has had his one-time switch of association approved by FIFA, making him eligible to play for the U.

Klinsmann releases roster for October friendlies

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Jurgen Klinsmann has released the roster for the U.S. men's national team's upcoming friendlies against Honduras and Ecuador, and there are plenty of familiar faces, and one brand new face.

MLS East Notes: United seeking back-to-back wins, Pappa ends slump and more

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By THOMAS FLOYD

The last time D.C. United recorded back-to-back league wins, Tom Soehn was the coach, Josh Wicks was in goal, and the attack was led by Ben Olsen, Christian Gomez, Luciano Emilio and Jaime Moreno.

That was June 2009. Needless to say, a lot has changed for United and now-coach Olsen in the past 27 months, but the lack of any sort of winning streak has continued.

Altidore scores opener against Metalist

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Jozy Altidore has done it again.

Altidore continued his fine start to the season by scoring the opener in AZ Alkmaar's Europa League match against FC Metalist Kharkiv on Thursday. The U.S. international got on the scoreboard after making a run and hitting a shot to the lower right corner in the 26th minute.

Mid-Day Ticker: Tevez could face FIFA sanction, Gallas to miss Arsenal clash and more

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By CALEB SONNELAND

It isn't getting any easier for Carlos Tevez, especially after FIFA vice-president Jim Boyce revealed that the disgruntled striker could face a sanction from soccer's governing body.

Boyce himself claims that Tevez should be banned "from taking an active part in soccer" if he did indeed refuse to come on in Manchester City's 0-2 loss to Bayern Munich on Tuesday in the Champions League.

Americans Abroad resume hunt for Europa League on Thursday

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By FRANCO PANIZO

The quest for European glory continues for several Americans Abroad on Thursday, as the second round of Group Stage games in the Europa League gets underway.

After drawing last week, Clint Dempsey will look to help Fulham get its first win in Group K when the Cottagers take on Odense BK.

Morales completes five-month recovery

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It's been nearly five months since Javier Morales suffered the gruesome ankle injury that threatened to end his season, but the Real Salt Lake midfielder completed his comeback with a substitute appearance on Wednesday night.

Overshadowed by CONCACAF Champions League action, Morales made his first appearance since May 7 by coming off the bench and playing the final 30 minutes in Real Salt Lake's 3-0 defeat to Chicago.

College Rewind: Akron extends home winning streak, UCSB loses and more

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Akron's homefield advantage once again proved to be too much for an opposing team, and this time the victim was a familiar foe.

Akron extended its NCAA-record home winning streak to 43 matches with a 3-1 victory over inner-state rival Ohio State on Wednesday night in a match played in front of a record crowd of 5,819.

Who should Klinsmann call up for the October friendlies?

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The U.S. men's national team's roster for October's friendlies is expected to be released this afternoon, and while we will find out soon enough just who Jurgen Klinsmann plans on taking a look at in the upcoming matches vs. Honduras and Ecuador.

There have been several players who have stepped up in the week's following the last U.

Reserve-filled Rapids squad triumphs in CCL

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The Colorado Rapids looked like a team raising the white flag and giving up on the CONCACAF Champions League when they fielded a reserve team in a must-win game against Salvadoran side Isidro Metapan.

At least that was the initial impression. The Rapids reserves had other plans.

FC Dallas falls to Tauro FC in wild CCL affair

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By FRANCO PANIZO

It seems nothing can stop FC Dallas' current free fall.

Having been beaten in its last three games, Dallas was once again on the losing end on Wednesday night, falling 5-3 on the road to Panamanian club Tauro FC in a wild CONCACAF Champions League match that saw three red cards and two penalty kicks.

Sporting KC knock off Crew to take control of East

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By GARRETT DAVEY

The first time Sporting Kansas City walked off the field after a match at Livestrong Sporting Park, back on June 9th, the club was mired in a ten-match winless streak and buried in last place in the Eastern Conference.

On Tuesday night, with those rough early days firmly in the rearview mirror, Sporting KC completed a 15-week climb up the standings, into sole possession of first place.

Pappa hat-trick propels Fire past RSL

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By FRANCO PANIZO

The MLS playoff race in the Eastern Conference just became a little more intense, and we can thank the Chicago Fire for that.

Midfielder Marco Pappa snapped a personal three-month scoring drought in dramatic fashion, delivering a hat-trick to help the streaking Fire pulled off a stunning 3-0 victory over 10-man Real Salt Lake at Rio Tinto Stadium on Wednesday night.

Galaxy keep CCL quarterfinal hopes alive as Juninho game winner buries Morelia

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By ADAM SERRANO

CARSON, Calif.--Â With their dreams of a place in the Champions League quarterfinals fading fast, the Los Angeles Galaxy produced the same sort of late-game magic they produced the last time they faced Morelia.

MLS/CCL Wednesday: Your Running Commentary

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It's a big night for Major League Soccer teams both domestically and regionally. The Los Angeles Galaxy and Colorado Rapids fighting for their CONCACAF Champions League lives, while FC Dallas looks to take a giant step further toward advancing to the knockout stage.

In league play, Sporting Kansas City and Columbus meet in a crucial Eastern Conference battle, while Real Salt Lake is expected to welcome playmaker Javier Morales back to the field at some point during its match against the Chicago Fire.

UCL Rewind: Barcelona scores 5 in rout, Chelsea concedes late in draw and more

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By JOHN BOSCHINI

Lionel Messi's case as the best Barcelona player of all time got a little bit stronger with a brace in a 5-0 thrashing of BATE Borisov in Belarus in a UEFA Champions League group match.

The Argentinian captain moved into a tie for second place with Ladislau Kubala on Barcelona's all-time goalscorer list with 194 goals scored for the club.

College Rewind: No. 1 UConn wins in OT, Townsend nets 10th goal and more

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The University of Connecticut men's soccer team was close to its first blemish on the season, but Nickardo Blake made sure the team's perfect record stayed intact.

Blake ripped home a rebound off a corner kick for his first goal of the season with 61 seconds remaining in the second period of overtime to pace the No.

Holden out six months after surgery reveals cartilage damage

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The news went from bad to worse for Stuart Holden in a matter of hours.

Previously thought to be missing six weeks of action after needing a routine follow-up procedure on his surgically repaired knee, now Holden is set to miss the next six months of action, according to his club, Bolton.

Fantasy MLS: Week 30

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By ALAN LEDBETTER

Dwayne De Rosario has been on a hot streak that every fantasy MLS owner should riding. After a disappointing first half of the season, he has become the highest-scoring field player in MFLS and had one of the most impressive weeks of the season this past week.

UEFA Champions League: Your Running Commentary

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Juan Mata has made a nice impression since joining Chelsea this past summer, but if he is to influence the Blues' next match, he'll do so at the expense of his former employer.

Mata and Chelsea take on his former club, Valencia, at Estadio Mestalla in one of Wednesday's high-profile UEFA Champions League group matches.

Galaxy in must-win mode ahead of CCL match against Morelia

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By ADAM SERRANO

CARSON, Calif.— The Los Angeles Galaxy have played in a number of big matches this season, but all are dwarfed when compared to Wednesday's match against Monarcas Morelia in the CONCACAF Champions League.

Morales poised for RSL return vs. Fire

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Donning a substitute's bib, Javier Morales went through the motions. Medically cleared to return to action for the first time in months, Morales paced up and down the sidelines at RFK Stadium, staying warm in case he was called upon to try and light a spark under Real Salt Lake.

Wednesday Ticker: Tevez backtracks, Villas-Boas quells Lampard talk and more

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Carlos Tevez created quite the sideshow during Manchester City's UEFA Champions League loss to Bayern Munich on Tuesday after refusing to enter the match as a substitute.

After acknowledging that he wouldn't go into the match, the Argentine striker is now backtracking a bit with his latest public comments.

Holden undergoing follow-up surgery, will miss next 6 weeks for Bolton

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Stuart Holden's latest comeback has hit a minor snag.

Holden will miss the next six weeks after he undergoes a follow-up surgery on his recently repaired knee.

"Our prime concern has always been Stuart's welfare and his long-term health and fitness," Bolton manager Owen Coyle said on the club's official website.

Honduras names roster for U.S. friendly

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Honduras has announced its roster for the Oct. 8 friendly against the United States in Miami, a roster that does not include a few regulars while carrying a bit of an MLS feel to it.

Sporting Kansas City's Roger Espinoza, FC Dallas' Marvin Chavez and Houston's Carlo Costly were all summoned for the match.

Comunicaciones 2, Seattle 2: Match Highlights

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Toronto FC 1, Pumas 1: Match Highlights

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Alonso brace helps Sounders clinch CCL quarterfinal place

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By JOSE M. ROMERO

The Seattle Sounders have gone unbeaten in Mexico and Central America in CONCACAF Champions League group play this year, and now they are into the quarterfinals of the tournament for the first time in the club's three-year MLS history.

TFC draws Pumas to keep second-round hopes alive

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By JOEY SAMUEL

Toronto FC managed to keep their chances of reaching the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals alive on Tuesday night, but only just barely.

Missing several key players, including captain Torsten Frings, TFC managed to draw Mexican power Pumas UNAM 1-1 at BMO Field.

Real Madrid 3, Ajax 0: Match Highlights

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CONCACAF Champions League: Your Running Commentary

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The Seattle Sounders can cement a place in the CONCACAF Champions League knockout stage with a win or a draw when they take on Comunicaciones in Guatemala. The game is a rematch of a 4-1 Sounders victory in the opening game of group play, when Michael Fucito scored twice while Seattle was down a man.

UCL Rewind: United salvages draw, Tevez refuses to play in City loss & more

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By JOHN BOSCHINI

Ashley Young spared Manchester United an embarrassing result with a goal in injury time as the defending Premier League champions squandered a two-goal lead over FC Basel and were forced to settle for a 3-3 draw in UEFA Champions League play at Old Trafford.

Manchester United 3, FC Basel 3: Match Highlights

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Still alive in CCL, Rapids take reserve-heavy team to face Isidro Metapan

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The Colorado Rapids could advance to the quarterfinals of the CONCACAF Champions League by winning both of their last two group matches. Even so, it looks like club is throwing in the towel on its tournament run.

Colorado sent a reserve-heavy squad to face Isidro Metapan in El Salvador for Wednesday's match, and head coach Gary Smith didn't make the trip, either, instead leaving assistant coach Steve Guppy to handle the team.

UEFA Champions League: Your Running Commentary

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One thrilling UEFA Champions League match is already in the books on Tuesday, but the remaining slate of games promises to entertain as well.

Inter Milan already atoned for its stunning loss to Trabzonspor in its opening group game by topping CSKA Moscow, 3-2, earlier in the day.

Manchester United's Valencia highlights Ecuador squad for friendly with USMNT

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Manchester United winger Antonio Valencia highlights the roster that Ecuador announced for its upcoming World Cup qualifier against Venezuela and friendly against the U.S. national team. Veteran midfielder Edison Mendez is also part of the group as is winger Jefferson Montero, a former teammate of Jozy Altidore at Villarreal.

Angel, Chivas proving to be perfect match

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By JONATHAN VERA

CARSON, Calif. – Juan Pablo Angel may have been in a slump with the Los Angeles Galaxy earlier this season, but at Chivas USA the 35-year-old stiker has proven once again that he still has quality minutes left in his tank.

SBI MLS Rookie of the Week: Michael Farfan

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Michael Farfan's versatility has come in handy for the Philadelphia Union throughout the season, and the rookie proved his worth again over the weekend with a standout performance and great individual effort that led to a crucial equalizer in a big game and SBI MLS Rookie of the Week honors.

Tuesday Ticker: UCL injuries mounting, Schalke turns back to Stevens and more

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A day after Manchester United announced that both Wayne Rooney and Javier Hernandez won't be fit for Tuesday's UEFA Champions League match against FC Basel, Arsenal revealed it has some injury problems of its own.

Gervinho (hamstring), Theo Walcott (knee) and Laurent Koscielny (ankle) have all been ruled out for the Gunners' match against Olympiakos on Wednesday, joining a crew of teammates on the sidelines.

SBI MLS Power Rankings: Week 28

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The ever-changing landscape in the Eastern Conference has some teams moving up and down the SBI MLS Power Rankings as the playoffs get closer.

Among those moving up is Houston, as the Dynamo are up to a season-high No. 6 spot following a major victory over Texas rival FC Dallas.

Soccer's newest video games hit shelves Tuesday

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Whether you're a fan of the FIFA series or if you prefer the Pro Evolution Soccer games, Tuesday marks the end of a long wait.

For the first time ever, both FIFA and Pro Evolution Soccer video games are set to drop the latest installments of their respective video games for the Playstation 3 and Xbox360 on the same day.

Who is your MLS MVP right now?

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The MLS season still has a month left to be played in it, but the wide-open MLS MVP race is starting to dominate the headlines as contenders begin stepping up and making strong late-season cases for the award.

Dwayne DeRosario is rising up the charts quickly, while other long-shot candidates like Dominic Oduro and Sebastien LeToux finish the year strong to earn some consideration.

SBI MLS Team of the Week: Chivas USA

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Chivas USA isn't dead just yet, and it has its veteran, mid-season acquisition to thank for that.

Led by a resurgent Juan Pablo Angel, Chivas USA came back from a two-goal deficit to force a 2-2 road draw with D.C. United and blew out Toronto FC, 3-0, to maintain it's postseason hopes for at least another week and capture SBI MLS Team of the Week honors.

College Rewind: No. 1 UConn remains perfect; UCLA, Louisville upset and more

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No. 1 Connecticut stayed perfect with a win over quality opposition after a 2-0 victory over No. 11 St. John's on Saturday.

More than 5,000 were on hand for the Big East conference opener for both teams. St. John's staved off numerous chances from UConn (8-0), but Allando Matheson finally broke through in the 74th minute, snapping St.

Mid-Day Ticker: Sneijder ruled out, Argentina announces roster and more

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Inter Milan just cannot seem to catch a break.

Inter's early-season woes continued as Wesley Sneijder was ruled out of the club's upcoming Champions League match with CSKA Moscow as he nurses a thigh problem. Sneijder's absence in Tuesday's match is a big blow to Inter, which needs points after losing its Champions League opener against Trabzonspor last week.

SBI MLS Player of the Week: Dwayne De Rosario

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Dwayne DeRosario has been on fire in recent weeks for D.C. United, but what he did to Real Salt Lake this past weekend was jaw dropping, even by his loft standards.

DeRosario scored a hat-trick AND added an assist in the first 31 minutes of play in Saturday's 4-1 mauling of RSL, giving him the league record for fastest hat-trick in MLS history and helping him earn his latest SBI MLS Player of the Week honor.

NASL Week 25: A Look Back

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By JOHN BOSCHINI

Minnesota nearly bungled their way out the playoffs with a near-epic collapse towards the end of the season but the Stars came up with a win when it counted, beating the Carolina Railhawks, 2-1, to book a place in the postseason.

Things aren't so bright for Carolina.

Morning Kickoff: Van Persie cools new deal talk, Rooney out "more than a week" and more

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By CALEB SONNELAND

Is Robin Van Persie the next big-name finding its way out of the Emirates?

Despite voicing that, for now, he's happy with his current situation, he refused to give any insight as to what he will do once his contract expires in 18 months.

European Weekend Rewind: Inter posts first win, Man United tied, and more

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By IAN HOLLIDAY

Just one match into his tenure at Inter Milan, Claudio Ranieri has already done something his predecessor Gian Piero Gasperini was unable to do: win.

Inter got two goals in the last nine minutes of its match at Bologna to pull out a 3-1 win.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Michael Bradley has wasted little time settling in with Italian club Chievo.

The U.S. men's national team midfielder earned his second straight start in a week, going a full 90 minutes and having a hand in both goals in Chievo's 2-1 win vs.

Fire ride fast start to victory vs. Revs

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By DAVE GUBALA

BRIDGEVIEW, Ill -- The Chicago Fire knew they couldn't afford anything less than a win on Sunday afternoon and started the match like a team intent on securing all three points.

The Fire did just that after jumping out to an early 3-0 lead and fending off a late New England rally to post a 3-2 victory at Toyota Park on Sunday afternoon.

Sounders beat Whitecaps in final MLS game at Empire Field, win Cascadia Cup

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The Vancouver Whitecaps had the look of a team intent on winning their final game at Empire Field, their MLS home during their inaugural season in the league. The Seattle Sounders looked like a team doomed to be punished by a terrible start and an inspired opponent.

Unfortunately for the Whitecaps, they could only manage a single goal during their early-game domination, which allowed the Sounders to recover from their slow start to rattle off three goals and post a convincing 3-1 victory on Saturday night.

Arsenal 3, Bolton 0: Match Highlights

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Manchester City 2, Everton 0: Match Highlights

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FC Barcelona 5, Atletico Madrid 0: Match Highlights

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Galaxy win, RSL loss has Los Angeles poised for Supporters' Shield repeat

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By AVI CREDITOR

WASHINGTON -- The Los Angeles Galaxy and Real Salt Lake both trotted out reserve-laden lineups Saturday night, aiming to preserve fresh legs through a congested schedule while hoping to eke out road results in the thick of the postseason hunt.

Angel keeps scoring as Chivas USA downs TFC

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BY JONATHAN VERA

CARSON, Calif. -- It wasn't too long ago that Juan Pablo Angel looked more ready to retire than to start scoring goals again, but the Chivas USA striker has enjoyed a renaissance in recent weeks that has him looking like the Angel of old.

Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

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It isn't often that a college soccer game headlines a day's action during the weekend, but today's South Florida/West Virginia tilt has something for all.

Along with being two of the country's top teams, South Florida and West Virginia feature some of the best pro prospects in the nation, with South Florida goalkeeper Chris Blais and West Virginia centerback Eric Schoenle among the most highly-regarded prospects in college soccer.

Colorado, San Jose battle to 1-1 draw

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By JOEY SAMUEL

Just when the Colorado Rapids needed a win the most to hold serve in the Western Conference playoff race, they came up short once again.

Despite a late goal off a corner kick from defender Drew Moor, the Rapids' winless streak was stretched to five games as they tied the San Jose Earthquakes, 1-1, in front of their home fans.

De Rosario hat trick paces United to 4-1 trouncing of RSL

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By THOMAS FLOYD

WASHINGTON - In 65 minutes Saturday, D.C. United forward Dwayne De Rosario once again showed why he is one of the most prolific attacking talents MLS has ever seen. At 33 years old and playing for his third club this season, he could very well be better than ever.

Red Bulls top Timbers to move back into playoff position

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The New York Red Bulls desperately needed a win on Saturday night and responded to that pressure with one of their better performances in recent memory.

The Portland Timbers also came into the match needing a result, but played a flat first half and saw a questionable penalty call and red card effectively end their chances of coming away from Red Bull Arena with a result.

Late goal, good bounces help Dynamo win at FC Dallas

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By JOSE M. ROMERO

Playoff positioning -- and the 19th-century cannon/trophy known as El Capitan -- were on the line Saturday afternoon at Pizza Hut Park, where the Houston Dynamo defeated FC Dallas 1-0 with a late goal to claim this year's Texas Derby title.

MLS Match Night: Live Commentary

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The Major League Soccer season is winding down to its final weeks, meaning each weekend is becoming more and more important with relation to the playoff race, and teams are facing more important matches every weekend.

Tonight is no different, with a bunch of playoff hopefuls take the field in vital matches they need to help boost their post-season chances.

Bocanegra, Edu score in Rangers rout

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There was a decidedly American flavor to Glasgow Rangers' 4-0 rout of Motherwell on Saturday, as U.S. teammates Carlos Bocanegra and Maurice Edu both scored goals for the Scottish champions.

Bocanegra opened the scoring in the ninth minute on a powerful header, while Edu blasted a long-range left-footed shot in the 17th minute.

Friday College Rewind: UNC thrashes UVA, Indiana tops Penn State, and more

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The race for the Big Ten championship is just starting out, but early indications are that Indiana has every intention of regaining its place as the conference's premier program.

The No. 7 Hoosiers sent a big messsage on Friday by knocking off Penn State in their Big Ten opener, posting a 1-0 victory to stay unbeaten on the season.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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For the first time in a long time, neither FC Barcelona or Real Madrid is in first or second place in the Spanish First Division, something both Barca and Madrid will try to change with wins today.

Barcelona is currently sitting in fourth place after four matches, and faces a stiff test against Atletico Madrid today, while Real Madrid tries to climb out of seventh place after some recent disappointing results.

Sporting KC can't capitalize on changes as LeToux helps Union earn road draw

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By GARRETT DAVEY

KANSAS CITY, Kansas -- On a night when both teams had aspirations of taking a hold of first place in the Eastern Conference, neither team could muster the goals needed to walk away with all three points

Sporting Kansas City dominated for stretches, and created more chances on Friday night at Livestrong Sporting Park, but managed just one goal against a resolute Philadelphia defense.

Sporting Kansas City vs. Philadelphia Union: Your Running Commentary

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There are a number of crucial games that will have their impact on the MLS playoff race in the coming weeks, and that is most certainly the case for the match at Livestrong Sporting Park tonight.Â

Sporting Kansas City and the Philadelphia Union do battle (8:30 p.m., Fox Soccer Channel) knowing that the winner will move into first place in the Eastern Conference and secure a strong foothold for one of the conference's three automatic playoff berths.

De Rosario not being disciplined for dive

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By AVI CREDITOR

When Dwayne De Rosario fell to the ground flailing after hardly being contacted by Juan Pablo Angel on a cross and flicked-on header into the Chivas USA box in second-half stoppage time of a crucial game on Wednesday night, most figured the D.

Salgado eyes Europe after securing Spanish passport

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With the MLS playoff race dominating the headlines in recent weeks, a bit of news slipped under the radar recently regarding one of the best young prospects in the league.

Omar Salgado recently celebrated his 18th birthday, and a week after that he scored the best present a young American soccer player could hope for.

MLS Week 28: A Look Ahead

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By THOMAS FLOYD

While the Texas derby between FC Dallas and the Houston Dynamo is an intense affair in its own right, the playoff implications surrounding Saturday's showdown have added a little more spice to the rivalry.

Lincecum 3, Donovan 2: The Highlights

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Two athletes playing a heated game of FIFA12 against each other isn't usually that notable, but when San Francisco Giants ace Tim Lincecum sat down with Los Angeles Galaxy captain Landon Donovan, some trash talking, hilarity and perhaps a surprise result ensued. Enjoy:


College Spotlight: Maryland's Townsend off to dream start in senior season

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By FRANCO PANIZO

The University of Maryland's overtime loss to Michigan in the NCAA tournament quarterfinals last season was a shocking upset, and although it ended the Terps' hopes of a national title, good has come from it.

Backe suspends Marquez for Saturday's game after controversial comments

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Rafa Marquez's controversial comments have cost him a spot in the lineup for the New York Red Bulls' crucial match this Saturday against the Portland Timbers.

New York manager Hans Backe has suspended Marquez for the match after the Designated Player made harsh remarks and belittled his teammates after the club unraveled in a 3-1 loss to Real Salt Lake, sources confirmed to SBI.

NASL Week 25: A Look Ahead

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By JOHN BOSCHINI

After a grueling season spanning nearly six months and consisting of 27 games, it all comes down to the final weekend in the inaugural season of the NASL.

The NSC Minnesota Stars and the Montreal Impact enter the weekend in a fight for the final playoff spot, while FC Tampa Bay and the Fort Lauderdale Strikers jockey for third place.

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Nobody has been able to slow down Manchester City's high-powered attack, but U.S. goalkeeper Tim Howard will have a shot at doing so on Saturday, when the Toffees venture into the Eastlands to take on City, which has scored at least two goals in every league game thus far.

As for a pair of American midfielders, Stuart Holden could be in line for his first Premier League minutes of the season after his 90-minute Carling Cup stint when Bolton travels to the Emirates to face vulnerable Arsenal on Saturday, while Michael Bradley aims for his second consecutive start in Chievo Verona's home match against Genoa on Sunday.

Which team do you think will finish first in the Eastern Conference?

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When Sporting Kansas City and the Philadelphia Union square off at Livestrong Sporting Park Friday night (8:30 p.m., Fox Soccer Channel), first place in the Eastern Conference will be up for grabs. If the teams don't play to a draw, the winner will move into the conference's top spot.

College Spotlight: Blais enjoying his transition to USF

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By FRANCO PANIZO

When goalkeeper Chris Blais' 2010 season came to a close, it did so a game earlier than he wanted. Blais had helped guide Michigan to an impressive run in the NCAA Championship tournament, one that ended with a semifinals loss to eventual champion Akron.

USWNT 3, Canada 0: Match Highlights

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College Soccer Weekend Preview

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By FRANCO PANIZO

The University of Connecticut just got to the top of the Fox Soccer/SBI NCAA Top 25, but the Huskies could lose their No. 1 spot this weekend if they aren't careful.

No. 11 St. John's will be looking to knock UConn from the ranks of the unbeaten.

Report: Hahnemann to sign with Everton

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U.S. international goalkeeper Marcus Hahnemann is reportedly returning to the Premier League, where he'll play a familiar role.

According to Sky Sports, Hahenmann is set to join Everton on a deal that lasts until January. A free agent since the end of last season, Hahnemann will back up Tim Howard, something he's done on the international stage plenty of times.

Americans Abroad: A Look Ahead

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Ever since Oguchi Onyewu was inserted into Sporting CP's starting lineup, the club has done something it did only once during the opening month of the season: Win.

Onyewu has helped Sporting CP come out victorious in its last three matches across all competitions, and as a result, he'll likely get the nod again when the club faces Vitoria Setubal.

MLS West Notes: Robinson adapts to latest trade, Rapids alter focus and more

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By ADAM SERRANOÂ

Dasan Robinson is on his third club in just a year, but he's ready to return to the form that once made him one of the finest young defenders in MLS.Â

Recently acquired by the Los Angeles Galaxy in exchange for Kyle Davies from Toronto FC, who had acquired Robinson less than two months earlier from the Chicago Fire, Robinson is not unfamilar with the L.

Philly Union Notes: Williams out with concussion, goalkeeper needed, and more

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By KEITH HICKEY

Union right back Sheanon Williams will miss Friday's game against Sporting Kansas City after picking up a concussion. The injury to Williams, who had previously missed just one match this season, was reported by Philly.com and is listed on the official injury report, but the club has yet to make an official statement.

Bradley is not Egypt's manager just yet

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Just when you think Bob Bradley was ready to don a track suit with the Egyptian National Team logo on it, we come to find out yet again that th Egyptian Federation has issued another false alarm.

According to Bradley's agent, Ron Waxman, reports that Bradley has been hired as Egyptian National Team manager are false, as are claims that he has reached an agreement on a contract with Egypt.

MLS Spotlight: Cameron thriving for Houston since return from major injury

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By THOMAS FLOYD

In April 2010, Geoff Cameron's flourishing career stumbled upon the most unwelcome of roadblocks.

The Houston Dynamo defender-midfielder ruptured the PCL in his right knee during a match at the Chicago Fire and was promptly ruled out for the season.

UConn takes over as new No. 1 in Fox Soccer/SBI NCAA Top 25 rankings

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Another week, another new No. 1 team atop the Fox Soccer/SBI NCAA Top 25.

The University of Connecticut is the latest to claim the top spot after beating Boston College Tuesday night to improve to 7-0 on the season. That result, combined with previous No.

Bradley hired as head coach of Egypt

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Bob Bradley is officially back in the coaching game.

Having been rumored to take over as head coach of Egypt's national team, Bradley has completed his move to coach the Pharoahs. Bradley flew to Cairo and met with Egyptian Federation officials to finalize the details of his contract on Wednesday, and the federation announced the deal was completed on its website on Thursday.

Mid-Day Ticker: Ranieri snags Inter job, Rangnick steps down at Schalke and more

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By CALEB SONNELAND

Having been out of managerial action since late February, Claudio Ranieri has found work yet again — in Milan, Italy.

Last year's Serie A runner-up Inter Milan has decided to give the Italian journeyman a shot with the Nerazzurri after the club parted ways with Gian Piero Gasperini yesterday.

MLS East Notes: Red Bulls rue mistakes, White treasures first goal and more

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By THOMAS FLOYD

Good luck trying to figure out the New York Red Bulls'Â problems.

With a full-strength starting 11 that featured two players who are each paid well more than Real Salt Lake's entire roster combined, the Red Bulls were outclassed by their visitors from Utah on Wednesday night, conceding three goals in the first 21 minutes before falling 3-1.

FC Dallas, Colorado Rapids lose home games in CCL

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On a day that saw MLS clubs go winless in CONCACAF Champions League Group Stage matches, the Colorado Rapids and FC Dallas lost crucial home games on Wednesday night.

The Rapids were defeated 2-1 at Dick's Sporting Goods Park by Honduran side Real Espana on a pair of goals from Carlos Pavon.

Conditions prove decisive as Galaxy fall to Alajuelense in key CCL match

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By ADAM SERRANO

ALAJUELA, Costa Rica — The Los Angeles Galaxy were made painfully aware that earning road points in the CONCACAF Champions League is no easy task, falling 1-0 to Alajuelense at the Estadio Alejandra Morera Soto.

Pablo Gabas' free kick goal in the 28th minute of play handed the Galaxy their second straight defeat in group stage play.

Morning Ticker: Wenger wants Vargas, Sudamericana match called off and more

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By FRANCO PANIZO

It's no secret that Arsenal is in need of some reinforcements, and manager Arsene Wenger has already identified one possible target for the winter transfer window.

Wenger is hoping to bring in Fiorentina winger Juan Manuel Vargas, the Peruvian international which had been linked with Arsenal during the summer transfer window.

Marquez criticizes teammates after Red Bulls' latest loss

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If things weren't bad enough in New York Red Bulls land, Rafa Marquez has gone and made them worse with his latest public comments.

Speaking through an interpreter after New York's dismal 3-1 loss to Real Salt Lake on Wednesday, Marquez criticized his teammates, saying they were not on his level.

Galaxy blanked by Alajuelense, drops second straight in CCL

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A picture-perfect free kick goal was the decisive strike in the Los Angeles Galaxy's visit to Alajuelense, and it did not come from David Beckham or the Galaxy.

Los Angeles lost its second straight CONCACAF Champions League Group Stage match, losing 1-0 on the road to Alajuelense on Wednesday night.

Timbers draw with Earthquakes, move into lead for final playoff spot

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By JOSE M. ROMERO

Winning was what they wanted. Losing was what they absolutely could not do. But a draw was what happened for the Portland Timbers Wednesday night at Jeld-Wen Field, a difficult result to take since Portland let its lead in the game slip away.

Americans Abroad: Wednesday Rewind

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By FRANCO PANIZO

It took 15 years, but finally another member of the U.S. men's national team has started a Serie A match.

The man responsible for accomplishing that feat is Michael Bradley, who got the nod and went the distance in Chievo Verona's surprising 1-0 win over Napoli on Wednesday.

RSL manhandles New York in 3-1 win

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By MIKE NASTRI

HARRISON, N.J. -- The New York Red Bulls are a sinking ship.Â

New York, after a gutsy win in Dallas on Saturday, had a chance to strengthen its playoff hold. Real Salt Lake was without suspended midfield rock Kyle Beckerman and traveled cross country after a hard-fought win against Sporting KC.

Angel scores twice, Kennedy preserves draw with D.C. with late PK save

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By AVI CREDITOR

WASHINGTON -- Juan Pablo Angel's resurgent night nearly got offset by a questionable decision at the worst possible time for Chivas USA.

That is until Dan Kennedy came to the rescue.

The Chivas USA goalkeeper saved a Dwayne De Rosario penalty kick in stoppage time, and Angel scored twice in the second half to lift Chivas USA out of a two-goal hole and carry the Goats to a 2-2 draw with D.

MLS/CCL Wednesday: Your Running Commentary

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The stakes are high when MLS teams take to the field in both league and CONCACAF Champions League play Wednesday night.

D.C. United, Chivas USA, the New York Red Bulls and Portland Timbers are all fighting for spots in the postseason and are all in need of results, while FC Dallas, the Los Angeles Galaxy and Colorado Rapids all search for crucial CCL points.

Torres has foot surgery, out for rest of Pachuca's Apertura campaign

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Jose Francisco Torres was making plenty of headway for the U.S. national team, getting repeated chances to start under new coach Jurgen Klinsmann.

All of that progress has hit a bit of an obstacle, though, with the word that the midfielder will miss the remainder of Pachuca's Apertura season after suffering an injury to his fifth metatarsal, according to Pachuca's official Twitter feed.

Colorado, Dallas both seek change of fortune in next CCL matches

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The Colorado Rapids and FC Dallas have a couple of things in common these days.

Both 2010 MLS Cup finalists are looking to avoid backing into the playoffs after recent dips in form, and both are seeking CONCACAF Champions League victories Wednesday night that would set them up in a decent position heading into the final games of the group stage.

Soccer Wednesday: Your Running Commentary

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Wednesday night represents a big night for MLS teams both in league and CONCACAF Champions League play, but prior to that, a pretty intriguing mid-week slate of European matches takes center stage.

In addition to Spanish powers Real Madrid and Barcelona being in action, some Americans Abroad should take to the pitch as well.

Locked in tight race, away points crucial for Galaxy in match against Alajuelense

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By ADAM SERRANO

ALAJUELA, Costa Rica --The Los Angeles Galaxy find themselves locked in a three-team dog fight for the final two places atop the CONCACAF Champions League's Group A.

With Alajuelense, Morelia, and the Galaxy currently tied at six points apiece, the Galaxy's match in Costa Rica may prove decisive if the MLS club is to qualify for the knockout rounds.

Mid-Day Ticker: USMNT 31st in FIFA rankings, Inter fires Gasperini and more

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As the U.S. men's national team continues its winless stretch, the team keeps tumbling down the FIFA rankings.

The United States is No. 31 in the latest rankings, down three spots after losses to Costa Rica and Belgium earlier this month.

Where do you think the Red Bulls will finish in the regular season?

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Perhaps no point better illustrates how enigmatic the New York Red Bulls' season has been other than the fact that the team could still conceivably win the Eastern Conference or finish outside of the playoff picture altogether.

College Rewind: Maryland held by Seton Hall, UConn stays hot and more

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The University of Maryland's perfect start is a thing of the past.

Using a defense-first mentality, Seton Hall held the nation's No. 1 team (Fox Soccer/SBI)Â to a 0-0 draw in New Jersey Tuesday night.

Maryland outshot Seton Hall 23-6 and had a 13-0 edge in corner kicks, but the Terrapins (7-0-1) couldn't break through and were held to less than two goals for the first time all season.

Fantasy MLS: Week 29

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By ALAN LEDBETTER

With only five weeks left, now is the time to use your remaining transfers and prepare for a strong ending to the fantasy season. With six teams playing two games this week, there are plenty of fantasy points up for grabs.

Koevermans stays hot, lifts Toronto FC to crucial CCL result

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By DAVID GUBALA

Toronto FC entered Tuesday's CONCACAF Champions League match with a must-win mentality, looking to rebound from a heavy 4-0 defeat at Pumas last Sunday. A regular starting XI featured for Aron Winter's side with hopes of a post group-stage round still remaining well alive.

Herediano hands short-handed Sounders first CCL loss

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By JASON MITCHELL

SEATTLE – The Seattle Sounders went into Tuesday night's CONCACAF Champions League match boasting a perfect record in group play, but badly needing rest for a squad feeling the fatigue of a full fixture list. With that in mind, the Sounders trotted out a team of mostly reserves to try and keep their group stage record undefeated.

CONCACAF Champions League: Your Running Commentary

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It's a make-or-break night in the CONCACAF Champions League for Toronto FC. If TFC can't come up with a home victory over Panamanian side Tauro FC at BMO Field, then the Reds face an extremely difficult uphill battle in their remaining two Group C games. A win, however, would put Toronto in a decent spot moving forward.

Americans Abroad: Tuesday Rewind

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Stuart Holden's road to recovery is officially complete.

Having been sidelined since March with a devastating knee injury, Holden played in his first official match of the season for Bolton Wanderers on Tuesday. The U.S. men's national team midfielder started and went the distance in Bolton's 2-0 triumph over Aston Villa in the third round of the Carling Cup, a promising return for a player looking to get back to the form that had many considering him one of the best midfielders in the Premier League.

Inter Milan continues early-season slide with loss to promoted Novara

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Normally a mid-week Serie A game wouldn't necessarily register on our radar, but when it happens to involve a world power continuing its slide by falling to a newly promoted minnow, it merits a mention.

Inter Milan fell to Novara on Tuesday, 3-1, to drop to 0-2-1 in league play.

Beckham makes trip, Birchall expects hostile crowd for Galaxy's CCL match

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By ADAM SERRANO

ALAJUELA, Costa Rica – David Beckham is expected to partake in the Los Angeles Galaxy's CONCACAF Champions League match against Alajuelense on Wednesday, and his attendance has already caused a stir in the local media.

Handicapping the MLS Golden Boot race

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This year's race for the MLS Golden Boot is congested, unclear and littered with a few surprise candidates. With about a month remaining in the 2011 MLS season, there's no better time to break down the prime contenders and see who will emerge from the pack with the most goals.

SBI MLS Team of the Week: Seattle Sounders

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The well-oiled machine that is the Seattle Sounders keeps on rolling.

Facing a D.C. United team that had just come off gigantic victory and was looking to capitalize on that momentum with the season winding down, the Sounders -- led by Alvaro Fernandez, Mauro Rosales and Mike Fucito -- put together a complete effort to stymie United's attack, coast to a 3-0 result and earn SBI's MLS Team of the Week Honors.

CCL: Toronto FC in need of a win, Sounders close in on knockout stage

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With the final half of the CONCACAF Champions League group stage set to kick off Tuesday night, Toronto FC is faced with an opportunity that it can not let slip through its fingers.

TFC host Tauro FC (8 p.m., Fox Soccer Channel) in a Group C match that carries plenty of significance in relation to Toronto's hopes of advancing to the knockout stage.

Tuesday Ticker: Gazidis backs Wenger, fabricated Fabregas quotes and more

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Despite a tumultuous beginning to the Premier League season, Arsenal has no plans to part ways with manager Arsene Wenger.

Former MLS deputy commissioner and current Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis spoke out on behalf of Wenger, who is under even more scrutiny after the club's 4-3 loss to Blackburn over the weekend dropped the team's league record to 1-3-1.

SBI MLS Power Rankings: Week 27

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The playoff race is heating up, and so too is the charge up the SBI MLS Power Rankings.

Philadelphia and Houston each came up with important victories to make up ground in the Eastern Conference and climb further into the top 10. Even late-charging teams Toronto and Chicago, for whom the postseason is a longshot, are getting their due, with each moving up as well.

Rosales out 2-4 weeks with MCL tear

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Seattle Sounders playmaker Mauro Rosales will miss the next 2-to-4 weeks with a slight tear in his right MCL, the club announced late Monday night.

Rosales was injured at the end of Seattle's 3-0 win over D.C. United on Saturday, a game in which he assisted on two goals and helped create the third.

Onyewu scores game-winning goal for Sporting Lisbon

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U.S. national team centerback Oguchi Onyewu is slowly, but surely, working his way back to the level he once enjoyed as the best defender in the U.S. national team pool.

First, Onyewu enjoyed his first start with new club Sporting Lisbon, and on Monday he delivered his first goal, a game-winning header in Sporting's 3-2 victory against Rio Ave on Monday.

Morales travels with RSL, inches closer to comeback from broken ankle

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Few teams in Major League Soccer are as in-form as Real Salt Lake, which is on a four-game winning streak and is within striking distance of catching the Los Angeles Galaxy and capturing the Supporters' Shield. The club is also on the verge of getting its playmaker back.

Holden will start for Bolton in Tuesday's Carling Cup match

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American midfielder Stuart Holden will make his official return from a broken leg on Tuesday, as he has been selected to start for Bolton in their Carling Cup clash against Aston Villa.

Holden has been sidelined for six months since suffering a broken leg on a studs-up challenge from Manchester United defender Johnny Evans.

College Soccer Rewind: Louisville and Creighton roll, Akron squeaks out a win and more

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After a difficult non-conference schedule saw 2010 finalist Louisville surrender the No. 1, the No. 4Â Cardinals are back and making mincemeat out of inferior competition with a 4-0 thrashing of Butler.

Mark Knight was the first of four separate Cardinals to score on the night with a header in the 18th minute.

SBI MLS Player of the Week: Mauro Rosales

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For the second straight week, the SBI MLS Player of the Week isn't a player with a multi-goal game on the resume, but rather a player responsible for setting up the goals.

This time around it is Seattle Sounders playmaker Mauro Rosales who takes SBI's MLS Player of the Week for his outstanding performance driving Seattle's potent attack during its 3-0 victory against D.

Mid-Day Ticker: Cole not facing FA action, Mancini wants more depth and more

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By CALEB SONNELANDÂ

But it wasn't all good news for the winners as striking sensation Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez was forced out of the game after he suffered a tough challenge from Chelsea's Ashley Cole in front of goal.

Sir Alex Ferguson described the tackle as "shocking" and "over the edge," also citing that he couldn't understand why a penalty wasn't giving, as Cole received a yellow card for the challenge inside the area.

SBI MLS Rookie of the Week: Darlington Nagbe

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When Darlington Nagbe was made the No. 2 overall pick in the 2011 MLS Draft it was widely believed he was the most MLS-ready player in the draft, and the player most capable of making a serious impact on the league.

Last Friday, Nagbe provided the latest bit of evidence to support those early opinions by terrorizing the New England Revolution defense in Portland's 3-0 victory at Jeld-Wen Field.

NASL Week 24: A Look Back

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By JOHN BOSCHINI

The penultimate weekend in the NASL offered little in the way of high-scoring contests but instead set up a thrilling final weekend for the Montreal Impact and the NSC Minnesota Stars.

The NSC Minnesota Stars conceded a second-half goal to draw 1-1 with FC Tampa Bay but the vital point keeps them narrowly ahead of the Montreal Impact for sixth place.

European Weekend Rewind: Cavani burns Milan, Real Madrid falters, and more

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By IAN HOLLIDAY

With the UEFA Champions League and Europa League group stages getting underway last week and most European leagues playing midweek games this week, managers across Europe saw their squads' depths tested this weekend, and some sides fared better than others.

Fulham 2, Manchester City 2: Match Highlights

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Manchester United 3, Chelsea 1: Match Highlights

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Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Whether it was injuries, being out of form or something else, DaMarcus Beasley had a hard time getting minutes at the club level in recent years.

Those days are long gone, with Beasley's latest performance serving as the latest piece of evidence that Beasley is back.

Must-See Goal: Luka Modric

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Must-See Goal: Nani

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Blackburn 3, Arsenal 2: Match Highlights

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Rimando heroics help Borchers goal stand as RSL wins battle vs. Sporting KC

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In a match-up that could wind up being an MLS Cup Final preview, Real Salt Lake and Sporting Kansas City played a physical match that left little doubt about two things.

There isn't that much separating two of the best teams in MLS, and those two teams really don't like each other.

Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

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The first match-up of true English Premier League title contenders takes place today as defending champion Manchester United takes on arch-rival Chelsea in the weekend's top match (11am, Fox Soccer Channel).

Manchester United has been virtually unstoppable in league play, with Wayne Rooney running rampant as the spear-head of United's outstanding attack.

Dynamo strengthen playoff position with comeback win over Earthquakes

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By JOSE M. ROMERO

The Houston Dynamo changed their fortunes for the better in the span of a week, capping off seven days that began with a loss to Sporting Kansas City and progressed with a draw at Columbus with a 2-1, come-from-behind win over the San Jose Earthquakes Saturday night at Robertson Stadium.

Dynamo strengthen playoff position with comeback win over Earthquakes

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By JOSE M. ROMERO

The Houston Dynamo changed their fortunes for the better in the span of a week, capping off seven days that began with a loss to Sporting Kansas City and progressed with a draw at Columbus with a 2-1, come-from-behind win over the San Jose Earthquakes Saturday night at Robertson Stadium.

Koeverman leads TFC over struggling Rapids

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Colorado Rapids have lost four straight meetings at BMO Field when playing Toronto FC and added a fifth one by losing 2-1 on Saturday afternoon.

It was the stellar Dutch striker, Danny Koevermans that piled on more misery for the Colorado Rapids. Toronto FC's Designated Player showcased an impressive second half brace, scoring six goals total in seven league appearances for the club.

Oduro scores winner to help Fire hold off Chivas USA

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By DAVE GUBALA

BRIDGEVIEW, Ill – After watching a two-goal lead in the second half disappear in the span of two minutes, the Chicago Fire looked destined for yet another late-game disappointment. Dominic Oduro had other plans however, as he and Patrick Nyarko combined to give Chicago a sorely-needed win and the Fire continued hope of an improbable run at the playoffs.

Le Toux leads young Union to vital victory

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By JOEY SAMUEL

CHESTER, Pa.-- Sebastien Le Toux continued his recent hot streak with a goal, propelling the Philadelphia Union to a 1-0 victory against the Eastern Conference leading Columbus Crew. The win was the first in nine games for Philadelphia, which picked up valuable points in the tight MLS playoff race.

Magee nets twice as Galaxy cruise to win

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BY ADAM SERRANO

CARSON, Calif.-- The Los Angeles Galaxy showed no ill effects from their midweek loss in the CONCACAF Champions League, beating the Vancouver Whitecaps in relatively easy fashion for the second time this season.

Mike Magee scored twice and Robbie Keane tallied the other adding an assist as the Galaxy were able to handle the Whitecaps, 3-0.

Rosales, Fernandez fuel Sounders romp

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By JASON MITCHELL

SEATTLE, WA - Seattle answered any questions about whether last week's disappointing loss to Real Salt Lake would be more than a hiccup with a resounding 3-0 win over D.C. United Saturday.

In a clash of the old guard and the new rife with both playoff and Supporters' Shield implications, Seattle (14-6-9) unleashed their characteristic attacking, aesthetically-pleasing soccer in keeping the pressure on league-leading Los Angeles Galaxy.

Rodgers scores winner, Rost steps up to help Red Bulls win and stay in playoff race

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Missing Thierry Henry and facing a strong FC Dallas side on the road, the New York Red Bulls didn't look like a good bet to get the three points they needed to pump some sorely-needed life into their fading playoff hopes.

No, the Red Bulls didn't have their star goal-scorer, or three fourths of their starting defense, but the team that hadn't won since July found a way to win anyway, as a Luke Rodgers goal and standout performance from Frank Rost helped New York post a sorely-needed 1-0 victory over FC Dallas at Pizza Hut Park.

MLS Match Night: Live Commentary

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With the playoff race tightening, and tonight's schedule of MLS matches featuring several pivotal match-ups, it's time for us to have an MLS Match Night Live Commentary.

Whether you're talking Philadelphia and Columbus battling in a key East Coast clash, Real Salt Lake and Sporting Kansas City dueling in a potential MLS Cup clash, the Seattle Sounders taking on D.

Barcelona 8, Osasuna 0: Match Highlights

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Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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FC Barcelona is struggling.

Yes, I know that sounds crazy to even read, but by their standards, the reigning European and La Liga champions are struggling after giving up late leads in consecutive draws last week. We will find out how Pep Guardiola's side will respond to those disappointments today when Barca takes on Osasuna in what should be one of today's more entertaining games (if only for the potential for a Barcelona romp).

College Rewind: Hoffman leads UCLA past UCSB, New Mexico ties Akron, Maryland and UConn keep rolling

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UCLA began the year with high expectations, but a slow start raised serious questions about whether the Bruins were going to be a serious contender in 2011.

UCLA looked more like the team that began the year ranked No. 2 in the nation on Friday night, as a Chandler Hoffman hat-trick helped the No.

Timbers roll past Revolution

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The Portland Timbers needed a win in the worst way and with the pressure of fighting for their playoff lives looming, the Timbers delivered a first-class performance that has fans in the Rose City dreaming of the post-season.

The Timbers rolled right through the visiting New England Revolution, scoring early and taking control of a match the Revs never seemed to have much of a chance in, as Diego Chara, Kenny Cooper and Darlington Nagbe scored goals in a 3-0 romp at Jeld-Wen Field on Friday night.

Portland Timbers vs. New England Revolution: Your Running Commentary

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The Portland Timbers and New England Revolution do battle tonight at Jeld-Wen Field in a match-up of teams trying to hold on to their playoff hopes (11pm, Fox Soccer Channel).

The Timbers are right on the fringes of a playoff place, but need a win tonight to stay in position behind Houston and D.

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

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Manchester United and Chelsea have battled for the English Premier League title for years, and both should be there when the title is decided this season. We will find out just which team has the stronger championship bid when the rivals meet on Sunday in this weekend's marquee match-up.

Agent shoots down rumor Chandler is considering playing for Germany

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Concerns over whether Timmy Chandler was really considering playing for the German national team were put to rest by Chandler's agent, who told SI.com there was nothing to the rumor that made the rounds earlier in the week.

Thomas Kroth, Chandler's agent, shot down the rumor, telling SI.

Must-See Video: Beckham's new day job

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No, David Beckham isn't quite in financial need of another job, but he posed as a Target employee for the show Ellen and hilarity ensued.

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MLS Week 27: A Look Ahead

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By THOMAS FLOYD

Playoff seeding in both conferences could see a shake-up Saturday when Real Salt Lake and Sporting Kansas City meet at Rio Tinto Stadium.

Thanks to a win over Houston last weekend, Kansas City currently sits one point behind Columbus for the top spot in the Eastern Conference.

MLS West Notes: Mastroeni mulls retirement, Timbers seek playoffs & more

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By ADAM SERRANO

Pablo Mastroeni is considering hanging up his boots.Â

With a long and illustrious resume, the Colorado Rapids captain and former U.S. international midfielder is thinking about retirement. Mastroeni has been a member of two World Cup squads (2002, 2006) for the U.

Buddle tallies twice in Ingolstadt win

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After seeing Charlie Davies, Teal Bunbury and Jozy Altidore all find goal-scoring success over the last week, Edson Buddle did his part to re-enter the U.S. Soccer forward conversation with a strong aerial display for FC Ingolstadt on Friday.

Mid-Day Ticker: PSG joins Beckham suitors, Bin Hammam denied and more

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David Beckham has a few teams circling in the water for his services once his contract with the Los Angeles Galaxy expires at the end of this MLS season, and Paris-St. Germain is the latest to express an interest.

PSG's sporting director, Leonardo, who worked with Beckham when they were both at AC Milan, addressed the possibility of bringing him to France, saying that "the door is open" and that he "would always consider him.

NASL Week 24: A Look Ahead

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By JOHN BOSCHINI

With only two weeks to go in the NASL regular season, the postseason picture is pretty much set. Five of the six teams headed to the playoffs have already clinched their spot while Carolina and Puerto Rico have wrapped up byes to the semifinals.

That precious final spot will be contested down the stretch by the NSC Minnesota Stars, who have imploded during August and September, and the Montreal Impact, who have turned their form around after an atrocious opening half of the season.

College Soccer Weekend Preview

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By FRANCO PANIZO

A loaded slate of quality soccer action is headlined this week by a battle that should go a long way in determining just who has the best team on the West Coast.

UCSB, currently ranked No. 5 in the Fox Soccer/SBI Top 25 with a 4-0-1 record, takes on an 11th-ranked UCLA team that is beginning to bounce back from a dismal start to the year.

Keane tops new DPs in updated salary list

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After releasing its initial list of player salaries in May, the MLS Players' Union recently released an updated edition, which includes all of the new signings from an active summer transfer period.

More recent Designated Player signings Robbie Keane, Frank Rost, Mustapha Jarju, Jeferson, Milton Caraglio, Danny Koevermans and Torsten Frings are included in the bunch.

Holden could make Tuesday return for Bolton

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Stuart Holden's return to first-team action appears to be right around the corner.

Bolton manager Owen Coyle revealed that while it's unlikely Holden will make the matchday roster against Norwich City this weekend, he is aiming to bring the U.

MLS West Notes: Mastroeni mulls retirement, Saunders looks to return to action and more

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BY ADAM SERRANO

Pablo Mastroeni is considering hanging up his boots.Â

With one of the finest resumes of an American player, the Colorado Rapids captain is considering retirement after the 2011 season. Mastroeni has been a member of two World Cup squads (2002, 2006) for the U.

SBI College Spotlight: UCLA playmaker Rowe dealing with high expectations

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By ADAM SERRANO

UCLA midfielder Kelyn Rowe knows a thing or two about trying to live up to high expections.

Rowe, who will have no shortage of professional options after his sophomore season with the Bruins, starred for the United States Under-20 national team during its failed attempt to qualify for the Under-20 World Cup, scoring three goals and one assist in leading the U.

Americans Abroad: A Look Ahead

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Carlos Bocanegra may be one of the most experienced players on the U.S. men's national team, but he has likely been seeking advice from Maurice Edu in advance of Rangers' upcoming game.

Bocanegra is likely to get his first taste of the Old Firm rivalry on Sunday, as Rangers is set to face Celtic in the first of three matches between the two teams scheduled this season.

MLS teams load up on USL-Pro players as roster deadline day concludes quietly

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While it wasn't quite as crazy as the close of the European transfer window, the close of the MLS transaction window did bring a flurry of moves, though no real blockbusters or moves involving big-name players.

The deadline day activity was confined to one minor trade and a raid on the roster of USL-Pro champions Orlando City, with three Orlando City players making moves to MLS sides.

Union Notes: Farfan adapting to left back, Tait and Langley join squad

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By KEITH HICKEY

When the Philadelphia Union made the surprising decision to trade away defender Jordan Harvey, the biggest concern about the swap was just who would replace him in the Union back-line.

Peter Nowak turned to twin brothers Gabriel and Michael Farfan.

Must-See Serenade: C.J. Sapong

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Because we can all use a good laugh sometimes, here is MLS Rookie of the Year favorite and Sporting Kansas City striker C.J. Sapong serenading U.S. Women's World Cup star Hope Solo with a poem/rap.

It has some cringe-worthy moments, but might be one of the funniest things you see today:

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Must-See Goal: Jozy Altidore

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Jozy Altidore continued his torrid goal-scoring pace for AZ Alkmaar today, scoring on a long-range blast in AZ Alkmaar's Europa league match vs. Swedish side Malmo (the same Malmo squad that eliminated Glasgow Rangers from the Champions League in earlier qualifying rounds).

SBI College Spotlight: West Virginia's Schoenle making a name for himself

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By AVI CREDITOR

Remember the name Eric Schoenle. Opposing forwards have a hard time forgetting it.

Like top college centerbacks Tim Ream and A.J. Soares before him, Schoenle (pronounced SHANE-lee), West Virginia's junior centerback is emerging as a top prospect and has the technical and physical tools that should translate to professional success.

MLS East Notes: United preparing for 'best team in the league,' Crew pleased with draw and more

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By THOMAS FLOYD

For a D.C. United team that is an intriguing darkhorse contender in the wide-open Eastern Conference, Saturday's match at the Seattle Sounders could be a telling barometer of where the club stands.

MLS Spotlight: Zusi relishing breakthrough season for Sporting KC

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 By THOMAS FLOYD

 If Graham Zusi has taken one lesson away from the first three years of his MLS career, it's been understanding the value of patience.

After being selected by the Kansas City Wizards in the second round of the 2009 MLS SuperDraft, the attacking midfielder made just nine starts and scored one goal in his first two seasons.

Europa League Preview: Altidore to face Malmo, Celtic meets Atletico, and more

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By CALEB SONNELAND

Jozy Altidore should make his Europa League debut tonight as AZ Alkmaar lines up against Swedish outfit Malmo FF.

Altidore, currently on a hot streak with his new club, has five goals in six appearances and has been an immediate hit for the Dutch side since signing in mid-July.

Maryland takes over No. 1 spot, Big Ten rising in Fox Soccer/SBI NCAA Top 25

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There's a new team at the top of the college soccer mountain yet again.

High-scoring Maryland is the new No. 1 team in the Fox Soccer/SBI NCAA Top 25 rankings after improving to 6-0 while former No. 1 North Carolina slipped up last weekend against Virginia Tech.

CCL Rewind: FC Dallas settles for draw, TFC demolished by Pumas, and more

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FC Dallas scored an early goal to take control of their CONCACAF Champions League match against Tauro FC, but never could find a second goal, leaving the door open for the visitors to grab a valuable draw.

That's what Tauro did, when Luis Moreno converted a penalty kick drawn after a clumsy Ugo Ihemelu challenge just before halftime.

Chicago falls to Chivas Guadalajara in friendly

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By DAVID GUBALA

BRIDGEVIEW, Ill -- A stunning, left-footed free kick strike in the 62nd minute from Jorge Mora was enough to pull Chivas Guadalajara past the Chicago Fire 1-0 in an international friendly on Wednesday night at Toyota Park.

A blistering second half start was well rewarded for Chivas Guadalajara.

Montero goals keep Seattle rolling in CCL

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By JASON MITCHELL

What a difference a year, and some experience, is making for the Seattle Sounders.

The Sounders scrounged a meager three points from six group-stage matches last summer and fall, their first foray into CONCACAF Champions League.

Crew, Dynamo play to wild 2-2 draw

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By JOSE M. ROMERO

The Houston Dynamo was in the driver's seat at halftime, leading 1-0 over the Columbus Crew with a man advantage after Emmanuel Ekpo was sent off for popping the Dynamo's Adam Moffat in the face with a high elbow in the 11th minute.Â

The Dynamo, leading at halftime after Je-Vaughn Watson's impressive header off a service from Jermaine Taylor in the 34th minute -- over big defender Chad Marshall, no less -- was 45 minutes from picking up three big road points and strengthening their position in the chase for an MLS playoff wild card spot.

Soccer Wednesday: Your Running Commentary

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After a wild Tuesday night involving Los Angeles and Colorado, the other three MLS teams in the CONCACAF Champions League group stage hope for better results as they continue their push for the knockout round.

Columbus and Houston also square off in a crucial league game riddled with Eastern Conference implications.

Inter shocked while Manchester clubs each draw in Champions League play

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By JOHN BOSCHINI

It seemed like an easy three points for Inter Milan as they opened UEFA Champions League play against Turkish replacements Trabzonspor, but the 2010 European champions were shocked with a 1-0 defeat at home.

Inter couldn't convert a plethora of chances and were eventually made to pay with a well-taken goal from Ondrej Celustka with 15 minutes to play.

Seattle, FC Dallas, Toronto FC seek continued CCL success after strong starts

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The Seattle Sounders pulled off perhaps the most impressive road victory for an MLS team in CONCACAF Champions League play by topping defending champion Monterrey in Mexico on Aug. 23.

In order to maintain their post atop Group D, the Sounders will have to dig deep on the road again, this time in Costa Rica.

Report: Egypt selects Bradley

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Bob Bradley's lengthy courtship with the Egyptian national team appears to be reaching it's conclusion, and reports suggest an agreement between the two sides is imminent.

According to reports from Egypt, Bradley will sign a deal to take over as the country's national team coach early next week.

Hoffenheim's Johnson out four weeks with neck injury

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Fabian Johnson isn't yet eligible to suit up for the U.S. national team, but it might be a little while before he plays for club or country.

According his club, TSG 1899 Hoffenheim, Johnson injured his neck in training on Tuesday. He reportedly has a herniated disc and is expected to miss the next four weeks while getting treatment.

UEFA Champions League: Your Running Commentary

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After watching their counterparts get group play underway on Tuesday, the remaining half of the teams in the UEFA Champions League field take to the pitch on Wednesday to start their quest to reach the knockout stage.

Both Manchester United and Manchester City are in action, with City making its debut on this stage against high-octane Napoli.

Chandler rumored to be mulling international choice

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Despite Timmy Chandler's insistence that he wants to play for the United States, a familar name in American soccer has floated the possibility that the German-born fullback might still be considering playing for his native country.

MLS Spotlight: Harvey enjoying new home after surprise trade from Union

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By JOSE M. ROMERO

One had better know his or her soccer when talking Mission Viejo with Jordan Harvey.

The Vancouver Whitecaps defender was quick to point out, when asked recently about his high school alma mater, that MVHS in Orange County, Calif.

MLS Ticker: Dallas mourns another loss, Philadelphia signs Tait and more

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The FC Dallas community suffered another loss of life on Tuesday when 18-year-old academy player Jose Perez was killed in a car accident while on the way to practice at San Jacinto College.

"Today is another very sad day for the entire FC Dallas community," Hunt Sports Group vice president Dan Hunt said.

College Soccer Rewind: Maryland tops UMBC in OT, UVA falls to Liberty & more

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John Stertzer got his second chance, and he took it well.

Stertzer made up for a missed penalty kick in the first overtime period by heading home the game-winner in the second overtime to lift No. 2 Maryland (Fox Soccer/SBI) to a thrilling 4-3 victory over UMBC Tuesday night.

UCL: Manchester clubs aim to maintain top form in group openers and more

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Manchester City and Manchester United have each tried to out-do the other during sterling starts to Premier League play, but both turn their attention to the UEFA Champions League, where the results matter even more.

City hosts Napoli (2:45 p.m., Fox Soccer Plus/FoxSoccer.

Borussia Dortmund 1, Arsenal 1: Match Highlights

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Fantasy MLS: Week 28

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By ALAN LEDBETTER

A high scoring week in MLS left many fantasy points up for grabs last week. One of the more surprising fantasy performers was Charlie Davies, who notched a hat trick on the road vs.

Barcelona 2, AC Milan 2: Match Highlights

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Morelia 2, Los Angeles Galaxy 1: Match Highlights

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Santos Laguna thrashes Rapids in CCL

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The Colorado Rapids entered Tuesday night sitting atop their CONCACAF Champions League group with a chance to move themselves in pole position for a quarterfinal place.

Santos Laguna had other plans.

The visitors from Mexico turned Dick's Sporting Goods Park into their own personal playground, demolishing a make-shift Rapids defense with speedy wing play and precise passing on their way to a 4-1 victory.

Miscues make Galaxy lead disappear as Morelia rallies for comeback win in CCL

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BY ADAM SERRANO

MORELIA, MEXICO – Three points were there for the taking, but errors in goal and by the officiating crew in the last ten minutes proved disastrous for the Los Angeles Galaxy, who fell 2-1 to Monarcas Morelia in their CONCACAF Champions League match.

CONCACAF Champions League: Your Running Commentary

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Major League Soccer teams already have two wins in Mexico in the last few weeks, but the Los Angeles Galaxy will look to make it a third when it defends its place atop Group A at Morelia in a CONCACAF Champions League group stage match.

The Colorado Rapids also hope to maintain their grip atop their group as they welcome Santos Laguna to their home turf for a Group B tilt after starting their CCL group run with a 1-0-1 record.

Milan, Dortmund score late equalizers, Chelsea rolls in Champions League

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Barcelona's quest to become the first team in history to retain the UEFA Champions League got off to a rocky start with a draw to AC Milan as the home side conceded both in the first minute and deep into second-half stoppage time.Â

Alexander Pato put visiting AC Milan ahead after just 25 seconds with an expertly taken goal.

Rapids look to maintain home edge, first place in group against Santos Laguna

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While much has been made of Major League Soccer teams' recent success in Mexico and Central America during the CONCACAF Champions League, MLS teams have done fine for themselves on home soil, as well.

None of the five MLS clubs in the tournament has lost to non-MLS opposition at home so far during the CCL group stage, and the Colorado Rapids will look to maintain that streak when they welcome Mexican club Santos Laguna to Dick's Sporting Goods Park (10 p.

UEFA Champions League: Your Running Commentary

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The UEFA Champions League group stage kicks off on Tuesday with a trio of high-profile matches, and some favorites to get out of the group stage could find themselves in an early hole as a result.

Barcelona-AC Milan headlines the day's schedule, as Lionel Messi & Co. take on the defending Italian champions in a match that will not feature a link between the two clubs, as former Barcelona and current Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic is out injured.

Donovan accepts hatred, relishes challenge ahead of next match in Mexico

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MORELIA, Mexico -- To say that Landon Donovan is Public Enemy No. 1 when he faces Mexican opposition may be a bit of an understatement.Â

Ahead of Tuesday's CONCACAF Champions League match with Morelia, the perception that Mexicans have of the Los Angeles Galaxy captain is that of a vile man, who people in a local marketplace label a "racist" and someone who undoubtedly "hates Mexicans.

Mid-Day Ticker: Torres controversy, Celtic stays in Europa League and more

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Fernando Torres' performance since joining Chelsea has been below average on the field, and now the Spanish striker is taking a bit of heat for comments he has made off the field.

According to reports, Torres called out some of his older Chelsea teammates for being "very slow" in an interview with a Spanish soccer website.

SBI MLS Team of the Week: Toronto FC

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Toronto FC finally put it all together against the Columbus Crew.

TFC put an end to its Trillium Cup nightmare by posting a 4-2 victory over the Crew for its first win in the rivalry series in 13 matches (1-5-7) and a performance worthy of SBI's MLS Team of the Week honors.

SBI MLS Power Rankings: Week 26

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Does anyone want to win the Eastern Conference?

The constant shifting in the East has as many as five teams in position to lay claim to the conference's top seed. Sporting Kansas City looks like the best bet of the bunch after a convincing win over the Houston Dynamo put the club level on points atop the conference table with Columbus and has the team up to No.

Barca-Milan headlines opening day of UEFA Champions League group stage

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The UEFA Champions League group stage kicks off on Tuesday with half of the teams in action, but one match wil command a bit more attention than the rest.

Defending European champion Barcelona welcomes AC Milan to Camp Nou for a high-profile group-stage opener (2:45 p.m.

FIFA12 demo set to release on Tuesday

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By FRANCO PANIZO

If all the trailers and screenshots have you itching to get your hands on FIFA12, Tuesday will provide some temporary relief.

The FIFA12 demo is set to release on both the Playstation 3 and Xbox360 consoles on Tuesday, giving gamers a glimpse of the latest installment of the top selling soccer video game on the market two weeks before it is released.

No Beckham, but Galaxy ready, waiting for Morelia challenge

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BY ADAM SERRANO

MORELIA, MEXICO -- The Los Angeles Galaxy have arrived in Mexico with a target on their back.Â

The Galaxy sit on top of their CONCACAF Champions League Group with  six points after a pair of wins against Alajuelense and Club Motagua at home.

USMNT to face Ecuador at Red Bull Arena on Oct. 11

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The U.S. men's national team will play its first game at Red Bull Arena on Oct. 11 when the Americans take on Ecuador in a friendly in Harrison.

The match will be the United States second match during the October international fixture window, with the Americans taking on Honduras in Miami on Oct.

SBI MLS Player of the Week: Chris Pontius

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When it comes to accolades, goal scorers are usually the player who walk away with most of the awards and notoriety, but this week one player stood out above the rest despite not scoring a goal himself.

D.C. United midfielder Chris Pontius has been one of the biggest bright spots for D.

Monday Ticker: LA offers Beckham extension, MLS negotiating and more

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By FRANCO PANIZO

The Beckham experiment could end up lasting another year. At least the Los Angeles Galaxy are hoping so.

The Galaxy has offered David Beckham a one-year contract extension, which is believed to be worth $8.9 million. The offer is an attempt to keep Beckham with Los Angeles, as his contract is set to expire at the end of the year.

SBI MLS Rookie of the Week: A.J. Soares

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When he was drafted by the New England Revolution, defender A.J. Soares was regarded by many as the most pro-ready defender in the MLS Draft and a player capable of stepping in and contributing right away.

Soares has been just that for the Revs this season, and this past week was a strong example of that.

NASL Week 23: A Look Back

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By JOHN BOSCHINI

The Carolina Railhawks have absolutely nothing to play for and it showed with a toothless 1-0 loss to the Montreal Impact, a team with everything to play for.

The NSC Minnesota Stars managed to keep distance between themselves and seventh-placed Montreal with a 2-0 victory over the Atlanta Silverbacks.

College Soccer Weekend Rewind

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By JOHN BOSCHINI

After a 2010 that saw the top spot change only once, the number one seed seems to be a cursed position this time around.

No. 1 North Carolina followed up a win over former top seed Louisville with a double overtime loss against unranked Virginia Tech.

Must-See Goal: Eden Hazard

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European Weekend Rewind: Bayern rolls again, Serie A begins and more

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By IAN HOLLIDAY

Bayern Munich's slow start to the Bundesliga season was only a distant memory Saturday after the Bavarian giants' 7-0 demolition of SC Freiburg. Since opening the year with a 1-0 loss to Borussia Moenchengladbach and a last minute defeat of Wolfsburg by the same scoreline, Bayern has been basically unstoppable, winning five straight across all competitions without allowing a single goal.

Toronto FC tops slumping Crew

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By DAVE GUBALA

Toronto FC defeated the Columbus Crew for the very first time in franchise history in a six-goal thriller and were able to lift the Trillum Cup on Saturday night at Crew Stadium.

It was a back and forth game from the very start.

Tommy Heinemann reduced Toronto's lead to one in the 67th minute but the Crew were unable to respond as Julian de Guzman netted a third goal in the 87th minute.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

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By FRANCO PANIZO

If Oguchi Onyewu is hoping to earn his first call-up under new U.S. men's national team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann in the near future, he took one step closer towards achieving that this weekend.

Onyewu made his official Sporting Lisbon debut on Saturday, starting and going the distance in the club's 3-2 victory over Pacos de Ferreira.

New England rebounds from mid-week collapse to knock off FC Dallas

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When FC Dallas took on the New England Revolution on Saturday night it was supposed to be a mis-match. Even though they were visitors, FC Dallas were the heavy favorite, particularly against a New England side just three days removed from an embarrassing collapse that saw the Revs blow a 4-1 lead and settle for a 4-4 tie vs.

Manchester City 3, Wigan 0: Match Highlights

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Sporting KC grabs share of first place with rout

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By DAVID GUBALA

Sporting Kansas City completed the impressive climb from last place in the Eastern Conference to first place with their latest victory at Livestrong Park, and the star was a player KC will need to shine if they plan on staying in first place.

Teal Bunbury's sophomore season has been disappointing given the expectations of his second season as a pro, but he showed again on Saturday why he's considered one of the best young players in MLS.

RSL halts red-hot Seattle in card-filed affair

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By DAVID GUBALA

A match-up featuring two of the top teams in MLS turned into a card-filled mess that finished with each team playing with ten men and visiting Real Salt Lake walking away from CenturyLink Field with a vital three points.

RSL halted Seattle's eight-match unbeaten streak as Alvaro Saborio delivered a game-winning goal in a 2-1 victory on Saturday.

Bolton 0, Manchester United 5: Match Highlights

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A bittersweet night for D.C. United, which wins but loses Pontius to broken leg

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BY JONATHAN VERA

CARSON, Calif.--D.C. United received a very encouraging sign from striker Charlie Davies that he was ready to take on a bigger role as the club hits the playoff stretch drive, but also faced the devastating news that they lost one of their best performers of the 2011 season.

Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

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Clint Dempsey didn't wind up going anywhere in the summer transfer window despite a myriad of rumors, and now that the silly season is behind us we can watch Dempsey continue is role as clutch finisher for the Cottagers.

Dempsey and Fulham return to action today against Blackburn, the same Rovers side that came close to signing American defender George John.

Earthquakes end 13-game winless streak with victory over Fire

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By JOSE M. ROMERO

For three months, the San Jose Earthquakes either lost or drew in 13 consecutive MLS matches.

The cherished three points were not to be had, time after time.

Philly drops points at home again as Timbers earn draw at PPL Park

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By JOEY SAMUEL

In a match where two teams coming in were in dire need of three points, each managed to end up with just one. Kyle Nakazawa hit the crossbar late and Troy Perkins was solid in goal as the Philadelphia Union and Portland Timbers played out to a scoreless draw Saturday night at PPL Park.

Agudelo saves point for 10-man New York against Vancouver

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By MIKE NASTRI

The New York Red Bulls couldn't muster more than a point against the last place Vancouver Whitecaps in a virtual must-win.Â

Down a goal and a man, Juan Agudelo came to the rescue with a crucial goal in the 68th minute. Rafa Marquez played a long 30-yard cross into the box that found a streaking Agudelo.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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Arsenal has endured a rough start to the new Premier League season, but a busy transfer deadline day helped Arsene Wenger restock his roster, with the hope being the Gunners could re-load enough to stay a top four teams.

We will get our first chance to see whether the new Arsenal additions can help the Gunners get over the loss of Samir Nasri and Cesc Fabregas when they take on Swansea City today (10am, Fox Soccer Channel).

Donovan scores as Galaxy defeat Rapids and clinch playoff berth

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BY ADAM SERRANO

The Los Angeles Galaxy were able to check off their first box in their "to-do" list for the 2011 MLS season on Saturday night with a 1-0 victory over the Colorado Rapids.

Landon Donovan scored in the 36th minute as Los Angeles was able to clinch the league's first playoff berth.

Freshman GK saves penalty as UVA holds off slumping Duke

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Duke couldn't have started its ACC Conference showdown with Virginia any worse, and also couldn't have finished it any worse.

Virginia saw a second-minute goal from midfielder Brian Span open the scoring and give the Cavaliers the only lead it would need. Duke fought bravely in the second half, and outplayed the visiting Cavs in the second 45 minutes, but wasted chances doomed Duke to a 1-0 loss.

LA Galaxy vs. Colorado Rapids: Your Running Commentary

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The Los Angeles Galaxy have held the best record in MLS for months, but will need to beat a strong Colorado side tonight (11pm, Fox Soccer Channel) to maintain their lead on a chasing pack that includes red-hot Seattle, streaking Real Salt Lake and dangerous FC Dallas.

The Galaxy come in off a somewhat disappointing 2-2 tie against Sporting Kansas City, but return home to the Home Depot Center, where they have been one of the toughest home teams in the league.

AC Milan vs. Lazio: Your Running Commentary

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The Serie A season is underway with a marquee matchup featuring contenders AC Milan and Lazio (Fox Soccer Channel).

Lazio, which is looking to stun the defending league champions at the San Siro, got off to a 2-0 lead, which included a goal from new forward and German veteran Miroslav Klose.

MLS Week 26: A Look Ahead

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By THOMAS FLOYD

After a Labor Day weekend dominated by international fixtures and a schedule watered down by Hurricane Irene the week before, MLS is finally back in full swing this weekend with a packed slate of matches.

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After watching the top teams in England and Spain steal the headlines over the last few weeks, Italy's biggest clubs are set to make an impact of their own.

AC Milan already kicked off its campaign, and Inter Milan, Juventus and the rest of the Serie A teams get their 2011-12 season underway after a temporary resolution to the players' strike allowed the season to commence this weekend.

NASL Week 23: A Look Ahead

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The Carolina Railhawks have been, without question, the most dominant team in the inaugural NASL season, but they had to wait until Wednesday to make it official.

The Railhawks wrapped up the regular-season title despite a 1-0 loss to the Fort Lauderdale Strikers.

Friday Ticker: City CEO Cook resigns amid email scandal, Puyol fit and more

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Manchester City chief executive officer Garry Cook has paid the ultimate price for an ill-mannered email mishap.

Cook resigned on Friday after being found culpable of sending an offensive email to defender Nedum Onuoha's mother that mocked her battle with cancer. Cook reportedly meant to send the response to City's director of football, Brian Marwood, but instead mistakenly sent it Dr.

Report: Bradley doesn't get Santos job

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The hunt for Bob Bradley's next coaching job continues.

According to reports out of Mexico, Santos Laguna is set to hire Benjamin Gallindo as its head coach, opting to go with the former standout player and one-time Santos coach (2006) over the former U.S. national team boss.

College Soccer Weekend Preview

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Maryland and Boston College's respective starts to the season may feel like a dream, seeing as how both have begun with perfect 4-0 records. But one of those dreams is likely to end, as the two teams square off in one of the weekend's tastier matches.

Americans Abroad: A Look Ahead

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By FRANCO PANIZO

It's been a while since we've seen a U.S. men's national team player play in Serie A, but that looks to change this weekend.

Michael Bradley is set to make his debut Chievo Verona debut on Sunday when the club takes on recently-promoted Novara.

MLS West Notes: Pearce eyes recovery, Portland looks for road win and more

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BY ADAM SERRANO

Chivas USA are looking to qualify for the playoffs, but they'll have to be without their star defender Heath Pearce for at least a month.

Pearce pulled his left hamstring in the club's August 27th defeat to Real Salt Lake while running in the open field.

What MLS player should Klinsmann look to next?

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With two more friendlies under his belt, U.S. national team manager Jurgen Klinsmann got a good look at some new faces, including a handful of MLS players.

Kyle Beckerman was the big winner in the recent auditions, showing poise and sharp passing skills. Robbie Rogers wasn't quite as successful in his audition, struggling to make an impact as a starter in two games.

Philly Union Notes: Califf calls for focus, reserve team posts victory and more

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By KEITH HICKEY

After seeing his team go into halftime down by three goals against New England, and then come back to tie the game in thrilling fashion, Union defender Danny Califf called for the Union to display the same sense of urgency in their upcoming match with the Portland Timbers.

MLS East Notes: 'A good day for Freddy,' Rost, Rodgers near returns & more

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By THOMAS FLOYD

When Freddy Adu, fresh off a breakthrough performance in the Gold Cup, signed with the Philadelphia Union last month, the 22-year-old playmaker was seen as the key missing cog for a team with lofty playoff aspirations.

But for a player whose club playing time in Europe has been sporadic at best over the past few years, gaining the fitness to contribute on a consistent basis has been a challenge early in his second MLS stint.

Mid-Day Ticker: QPR plays down Beckham link, Drogba out and more

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By FRANCO PANIZO

If David Beckham makes a return to the Premiership after the MLS season, it appears it won't be with Queens Park Rangers.

The club's manager, Neil Warnock, played down rumors linking QPR with the Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder on Thursday.

Is Chandler the answer at left back for USMNT?

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When the USMNT lineup that would face Belgium came out last Tuesday the sight of Steve Cherundolo and Timmy Chandler in the squad led to the immediate realization that Jurgen Klinsmann was getting serious about his search for a reliable left back.

Chandler responded to the positional switch with a surprisingly steady defensive performance.

Philadelphia 4, New England 4: Match Highlights

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Union rally from 3-goal deficit to tie Revs

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Looking lost and overmatched at home while in the thick of a playoff hunt, the Philadelphia Union dug deep and came up with perhaps a season-altering rally.

Sebastien Le Toux scored twice, and Freddy Adu scored his first goal since joining the Union and his first MLS goal since 2007 to help the Union battle back from a 4-1 halftime deficit and tie the New England Revolution, 4-4, on a wild night at PPL Park.

Philadelphia Union vs. New England Revolution: Your Running Commentary

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With the postseason chase picking up steam, the Philadelphia Union will be looking for a return to their winning ways when they take on the New England Revolution at PPL Park (8 p.m., Galavision).

Zac MacMath is set to get the start in goal in place of the injured Faryd Mondragon, and the rookie will have to do his part to keep Revs' DP striker Milton Caraglio off the scoreboard in a crucial match for the Union's postseason hopes, which have dwindled a bit during the club's six-game winless stretch.

Holden continues comeback with latest appearance for Bolton reserves

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Stuart Holden passed his second test.

Holden started and played 65 minutes in Bolton's 1-1 draw with Rochdale (Bolton won 6-5 in penalties) in a reserve match on Wednesday in rainy conditions. Playing in front of U.S. national team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann, Holden emerged unscathed and is set for the next challenge on his comeback road.

UNC vaults past Louisville to take top spot in Fox Soccer/SBI NCAA Top 25

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After a few marquee matchups in the opening weeks of the college soccer season, a new team has emerged to claim the top spot in the Fox Soccer/SBI NCAA Top 25 rankings.

North Carolina is the new No. 1 team in the land after a victory over Louisville, the team that previously occupied the top spot.

Mid-Day Ticker: Nasri breaks hand, PFA considers minority candidate rule & more

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The positive momentum surrounding Manchester City's hot start to the Premier League season took a bit of a hit with the word that midfielder Samir Nasri sufferred a broken bone in his hand while on international duty with France.

Nasri came on as a late substitute in France's 0-0 draw with Romania, and it's unclear how severe the injury is and if it will force him to miss an extended period of time.

In Reserve: Salgado's goal enough for Vancouver, Chicago tops Salt Lake

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The Vancouver Whitecaps' two 2011 first-round draft picks connected for an early goal, leading the club to a 1-0 victory over the San Jose Earthquakes in MLS Reserve League play on Tuesday.

Michael Nanchoff chipped over the defense toward Omar Salgado, who finished with a left-footed shot from the top of the box in the 11th minute for the only tally of the match.

SBI College Spotlight: Healthy Schuler has UNC rolling, pro scouts taking notice

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By JOHN BOSCHINI

For all the success enjoyed by the University of North Carolina last season, there was one player who found it hard to enjoy.

Redshirt junior forward Billy Schuler was one of the most potent attacking threats the Tar Heels possessed during his first two years in Chapel Hill and was set to be a focal point last season.

Bobby Rhine: A Tribute

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Spain, Italy qualify for Euro 2012; Netherlands, England close in on berths

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As the Euro 2012 qualifying round winds down, the cream is rising to the top.

Defending champion Spain and Italy joined Germany as powerhouses to qualify for next summer's tournament finals after victories over Lichtenstein and Slovenia, respectively, on Tuesday.

David Villa and Alvaro Negredo each netted braces in Spain's 6-0 victory that cemented the nation's place atop Group I, while Giampaolo Pazzini's late goal gave Italy a 1-0 win and guaranteed first place atop Group C.

Canada, Panama earn road victories in CONCACAF World Cup qualifying

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Canada's quest to qualify for the 2014 FIFA World Cup has started off in fine fashion.

After beating St. Lucia convincingly on Friday, the Canadians topped Puerto Rico by a 3-0 scoreline on the road behind goals from Iain Hume, Simeon Jackson and Tossaint Ricketts to take early control of Group D on Tuesday.

Fantasy MLS: Week 27

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By ALAN LEDBETTER

After back-to-back weeks with many teams off, there will be a full slate of MLS matches this week. Many players have been travelling a bunch with their respective national teams, which could affect their play as they return to MLS.

Belgium 1, USA 0: Match Highlights

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Belgium beats USA with second half goal

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Different opponent, different location, same result.

Four days after losing 1-0 to Costa Rica in California, the U.S. men's national team fell to Belgium by the same scoreline in Brussels on Tuesday afternoon. The hosts won the game through a second-half goal from defender Nicolas Lombaerts.

USA vs. Belgium: Match Day Commentary

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The U.S. men's national team takes on Belgium today in the first match away from home in the Jurgen Klinsmann era (2:30pm, ESPN2).

Klinsmann will look to record his first win as head coach, but more importantly, he will be testing out some of the relatively new faces in the U.

Rhine dies of heart attack at 35

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Bobby Rhine, former FC Dallas player front-office figure and broadcaster, passed away Monday evening of a heart attack at age 35.

Known as a hardworking, geniune and caring individual to those who worked with him or played against him, Rhine's passing at such a young age has stunned the U.

Portland's Perlaza adjusting to new surroundings in first MLS season

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By JOSE M. ROMERO

There's something sort of peaceful and calm in Jorge Perlaza's voice, the sound of a man who's pretty happy with his life these days.

The 26-year-old forward from Colombia has made himself a home in Portland.

USA vs. Belgium: The Pre-Game Tailgate

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The U.S. men's national team is ready to play its first game in Europe under new head coach Jurgen Klinsmann, and while recent opponents Mexico and Costa Rica posed their own problems for the United States, facing Belgium in Brussels today (2:30pm, ESPN2) will present its own set of difficulties.

Klinsmann criticized by AZ coach for calling up Altidore

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Jurgen Klinsmann is under a little bit of heat overseas for one of his recent personnel decisions.

According to reports out of the Netherlands, AZ Alkmaar coach Gertjan Verbeek criticized Klinsmann for calling up Jozy Altidore for the United States' friendlies against Costa Rica and Belgium.

Tuesday Kickoff: Serie A strike over, Arsenal's injury woes continue and more

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A long-term work stoppage in Italy's Serie A has been avoided.

The players' union and league came to a temporary agreement that will last through June, allowing the season to commence this weekend after a one-week delay.

The hope is that the two sides come to a more substantial agreement within the next nine months to avoid a repeat scenario next summer.

Bravo PK helps Sporting KC earn draw

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Fresh off a last-minute come-from-ahead loss to FC Dallas last week, Sporting Kansas City desperately needed some good news in Sunday night's match-up against the Los Angele Galaxy.

Some good news came late in the form of a Frankie Hejduk handball.

Hejduk handled a cross in the penalty area to set up an Omar Bravo stoppage time penalty kick that helped Sporting KC salvage a 2-2 draw at Livestrong Sporting Park on Sunday.

Sporting KC vs. LA Galaxy: Match Night Commentary

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The top team in MLS takes on the second-place team in the Eastern Conference as the Los Angeles Galaxy travels to the midwest to take on Sporting Kansas City (6pm, Fox Soccer Channel).

The Galaxy are in first-place in the West, and cruising in Champions League play, and will be favored against a Sporting KC side coming off a disappointing late loss to FC Dallas.

Latin American Weekend Rewind

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By DAVID MOSSE

Mexican striker Guillermo Franco can't stop scoring, but suddenly Velez Sarsfield has stopped winning with Sunday's 2-1 loss to Olimpo representing the third straight match without a victory in all competitions. The reigning Clausura champions showed more initiative throughout, but lacked ideas offensively and were undone by some slack defending following the intermission.

Mondragon sidelined 2-4 weeks with broken finger

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Philadelphia Union goalkeeper Faryd Mondragon has been one of the keys to the second-year club's considerable improvement in 2011, but he won't be in the nets as the Union begin a crucial stretch

Mondragon will be sidelined for between two to four weeks with a fractured finger suffered during the Union's 2-1 loss to Real Salt Lake on Saturday.

Orlando City takes USL Pro Championship in wild, shootout victory

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In terms of excitement and drama, the USL couldn't have asked for much more from a championship game as red cards, late equalizers and a penalty kick shootout highlighted Orlando City's victory over the Harrisburg City Islanders to take the USL Pro title in front of their home fans.

After a relatively quiet first half, the game was sparked into life with the ejection of Orlando City's starting goalkeeper, Miguel Gallardo.

College Soccer Weekend Rewind

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By JOHN BOSCHINI

The college soccer season may only be a few weeks old but some highly-rated programs are already failing to live up to lofty expectations.

No. 12 Duke slumped to a couple of home losses over the weekend to No. 8 UCSB and No. 9 SMU. The Blue Devils are 1-3-0 without having even started ACC play.

NASL Week 22: A Look Back

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Although it has been months since the Atlanta Railhawks were anywhere near the playoff picture, the worst team in the NASL still has the power to stir the pot.

Two first-half goals stunned the visiting Puerto Rico Islanders and were enough to give the Silverbacks their fourth win of the season.

North Carolina topples No. 1 Lousville

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By ZACH HAMILTON

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. –Nine months ago the North Carolina Tar Heels saw their hopes for an NCAA title dashed by the Louisville Cardinals. On Sunday, the Tar Heels earned a measure of revenge, and more importantly, showed that they are ready to make another strong run at the championship.

Must-See Own Goal: Inigo Martinez

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Reports: Bradley in mix for Santos Laguna job

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Former U.S. men's national team head coach Bob Bradley is still looking for his first post-USMNT job and fresh reports have him potentially moving to Mexico to find it.

According to multiple reports that emerged on Sunday, Bradley is in the running to coach Mexican side Santos Laguna.

Who should the USMNT start vs. Belgium?

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The U.S. men's national team has taken the lengthy journey from California to Brussels for Tuesday's friendly against Belgium, not giving the team much time to dwell on Friday's loss to Costa Rica. The focus is instead on a Belgian opponent that will prove to be a much tougher opponent.

Short-handed RSL tops struggling Union

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Real Salt Lake was missing several key players, such as Alvaro Saborio, Will Johnson and Nat Borchers, when they took on the Philadelphia Union on Saturday night, but there was still enough quality in the RSL lineup to keep the team climbing toward the lead pack in the Western Conference.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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It's a relatively quiet Saturday in the soccer world on this Labor Day Weekend, but that doesn't mean there still aren't some tasty match-ups to help you get your soccer fix tonight.

Real Salt Lake takes on the Philadelphia Union in a pivotal match for both squads. RSL would normally be the heavy favorite at home, but missing several key players to international duty will level the playing field against a Union side that has struggled on the road all season.

Torres thriving on Klinsmann's USMNT squad

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BY JONATHAN VERA

CARSON, Calif. – Jose Torres has had his ups and downs as part of the U.S. men's national team over the past three years, but under new U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann, Torres has enjoyed a national team renaissance.

Despite the United States' 1-0 loss to Costa Rica on Friday night, Torres was one of the standout American bright spots, and was arguably the best U.

USA 0, Costa Rica 1: Match Highlights

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International Round-up: Netherlands romp, Spain wins and more

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The international fixtures for the month of September got underway all across the globe on Friday, but no game came close to the Netherlands' match versus San Marino in terms of lopsidedness.

Playing in a Group E European Championship qualifier, the Netherlands scored nearly a dozen goals as it defeated San Marino 11-0.

Klinsmann suffers first loss as USA falls to Costa Rica

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By FRANCO PANIZO

The U.S. men's national team began its game against Costa Rica by dominating possession and pushing the tempo, but its inability to translate that into scoring opportunities proved costly.

The United States suffered its first loss under head coach Jurgen Klinsmann, falling 1-0 to Los Ticos in front of 15,798 spectators at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California on Friday night.

USA vs. Costa Rica: Match Night Commentary

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The U.S. men's national team plays its second match under Jurgen Klinsmann tonight with a friendly against Costa Rica at Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. (11pm, ESPN2/Galavision).

Klinsmann will be looking at several young players, including some of the ones who impressed in Klinsmann's debut against Mexico.

This Weekend's Soccer on TV

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With the international fixture period leaving most of the world's top leagues on breaks, and many of the top national teams having played on Friday, the options for soccer viewing this weekend are limited.

That doesn't mean there still aren't some juicy matches to keep you entertained this Labor Day Weekend.

Latin American Weekend Preview

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By DAVID MOSSE

Boca Juniors looks to get back in the win column on Sunday (5:10 p.m. ET) against Independiente after being very fortunate to salvage a 1-1 draw with San Lorenzo last time out. Goalkeeper Agustin Orion has earned rare reviews and a national team call since joining Los Xeneizes, but he was partly at fault for Gabriel Mendez's free kick.

SBI Live Q&A (Sept. 2 Edition)

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It's SBI Live Q&A Time.

Time for you to send your soccer-related (and pop culture) questions my way and time for me to answer as many questions as I can over the next few hours.

There's plenty to talk about. Jurgen Klinsmann, the U.S. men's national team, the MLS playoff race, college soccer, European soccer.

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

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Hello everybody. It's that time again. Time for us to discuss all things soccer in the latest SBI Live Q&A.

With the U.S. men's national team set to play a pair of friendlies, the MLS season hitting the playoff stretch drive, the college season getting underway and the European club season having already gotten into full swing, it's a good time to catch up on all these topics and more.

NASL Week 22: A Look Ahead

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By JOHN BOSCHINI

The NASL will be somewhat shorthanded heading into the final month of the regular season with 14 players out for international duty.

Among the notable players that will be absent are Puerto Rico's Jonathan Fana (Dominican Republic), Chris Nurse (Guyana) with Fort Lauderdale's Cristian Arrieta leading a sizable chunk of players set to represent Puerto Rico.

Fantasy MLS: Week 26

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By ALAN LEDBETTER

When setting up your teams each week, it is important to think of all factors that will affect each game. Last week, it was very important to account for weather when making your player choices as three games were postponed due to the impact of Hurricane Irene.

College Soccer: A Look Ahead

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By FRANCO PANIZO

The college season may still be in its infant stages but that doesn't mean there are no marquee matches to watch.

No. 1-ranked Louisville will aim to stay perfect in its quest for a national title, but it will have two tough road games against ranked opponents in a span of three days.

USMNT to face Honduras on Oct. 8 in Miami

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The October international fixture dates appear to be filling up on the U.S. men's national team's calendar.

After reports emanated from Ecuador that stated the United States will play the South American team in Connecticut on Oct. 11, news has surfaced that the United States will host Honduras on Oct.

Evening Ticker: Costa Rica re-hires Pinto, European teams spend $2 billion & more

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By JOHN BOSCHINI

Jorge Luis Pinto is returning to CONCACAF.

The Costa Rican Federation has announced the hiring of Pinto as coach of the national team.

The Colombian native has reportedly reached verbal terms with Costa Rica and will replace Ricardo La Volpe, who stepped down last month.

Who should the USMNT start vs. Costa Rica?

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The second match of the Jurgen Klinsmann era with the U.S. national team is set to take place Friday night at the Home Depot Center with the United States taking on Costa Rica, and while it is the less intriguing of the U.S. team's two upcoming friendlies, it should still help shed light on Klinsmann's work with the team.

SBI MLS Player of the Month: Mauro Rosales

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In an August that saw several MLS players enjoy outstanding months, no player had has strong a showing as Mauro Rosales.

The Seattle Sounders playmaker was the driving force behind a stellar month for the Sounders, which finished an incredible 7-0-1 in all competitions in August.

Rosales was a key figure behind several of the wins.

Donovan only available for Costa Rica friendly, will miss Belgium trip

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By ADAM SERRANO

CARSON, Calif. -- Landon Donovan will only be playing in the first of the U.S. national team's two upcoming friendlies.

According to an official with U.S. Soccer, Donovan will not be traveling with the rest of the national team for its match against Belgium in Brussels on Sept.

MLS East Notes: Klopas talks Open Cup, Nowak considers CB options and more

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By THOMAS FLOYD

The Chicago Fire haven't had much to celebrate in a season marred by the ouster of coach Carlos de los Cobos and a league-low four wins through 26 games.

But Tuesday's 2-1 triumph over the Richmond Kickers put Chicago in the U.

Crew reward Warzycha with new contract

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It figured to be a make-or-break year for Columbus Crew coach Robert Warzycha after the club opted to part ways with a number of veterans while turning to younger players and lesser-known commodities in hopes of staying competitive and rebuilding for the future at the same time.

Studio 90: USMNT at the HDC

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Louisville retains top spot, UCLA slips in latest Fox Soccer/SBI NCAA Top 25

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After an impressive victory over another championship contender, it's no wonder that Louisville maintained its perch atop the Fox Soccer/SBI NCAA Top 25 rankings.

The Cardinals topped UCLA in an early-season battle of national powers to justify their preseason No.

Report: USMNT to face Ecuador in October friendly

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The United States men's national team has two friendlies in the next five days with Costa Rica and Belgium, but the identity of one if its next opponents may already be determined.

According to reports from Ecuador, the United States will host Ecuador in an Oct.