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.
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.
There is no rest for the weary and no one knows that better than the quarterfinalists in the
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
CARSON, Calif.â€” 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
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.
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.
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.
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 overÂ FC Basel and were forced to
settle for a 3-3 draw in UEFA Champions League play at Old Trafford.
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.
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.
CARSON, Calif. â€“ 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.
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
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
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.
Chivas USA isn't dead just yet, and it has its veteran, mid-season acquisition to thank for
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.
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.
Inter's early-season woes continued as Wesley Sneijder was ruled out of the club's upcoming
Champions League match withÂ CSKA Moscow as he nurses a thigh problem. Sneijder's absence in
Tuesday's match is aÂ big blow to Inter, which needs points after losing its Champions League
opener against Trabzonspor last week.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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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
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.
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.
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
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:
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.
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 andÂ belittled his teammates after the club unraveled in a 3-1 loss to Real Salt
Lake, sources confirmed to SBI.
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.
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.
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.
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,Â Hahnemann will back up Tim Howard, something he's done on
the international stage plenty of times.
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.
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.
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.
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.
ALAJUELA, Costa Rica â€” 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 28thÂ minute of play handed the Galaxy their second straight
defeat in group stage play.
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.
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.
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 toÂ lift Chivas USA out of a two-goal hole and carry the Goats to a
2-2 draw with D.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
SEATTLE â€“ 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.
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.
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.
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
Inter Milan fell to Novara on Tuesday, 3-1, to drop to 0-2-1 in league play.
ALAJUELA, Costa Rica â€“Â 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Mark Knight was the first of four separate Cardinals to score on the night with a header in the
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
BRIDGEVIEW, Ill â€“ 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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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).
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.
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
That's what Tauro did, when Luis Moreno converted a penalty kick drawn after a clumsy Ugo
Ihemelu challenge just before halftime.
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.
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.
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
Columbus and Houston also square off in a crucial league game riddled with Eastern Conference
It seemed like an easy three points for Inter Milan as they opened UEFA Champions League play
against Turkish replacementsÂ 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 fromÂ Ondrej Celustka with 15 minutes to play.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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BY ADAM SERRANO
MORELIA, MEXICO â€“ 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.
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
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
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,
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
D.C. United midfielder Chris Pontius has been one of the biggest bright spots for D.
The Beckham experiment could end up lasting another year. At least the Los Angeles Galaxy are
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.
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
Soares has been just that for the Revs this season, and this past week was a strong example of
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
After a Labor Day weekendÂ dominated by international fixtures and a schedule watered down by
Hurricane Irene the week before,Â MLS is finally back in full swing this weekend with a packed
slate of matches.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
When Freddy Adu, fresh off a breakthrough performance in the Gold Cup, signed with the
Philadelphia Union last month, theÂ 22-year-old playmakerÂ was seen as the key missing cog for a
team with lofty playoff aspirations.
But for a player whose club playing time in EuropeÂ 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.
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
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.
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.,
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 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
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.
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'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.
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.
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 defenderÂ Nicolas Lombaerts.
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
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.
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.
Photo by Jeff Camarati/UNC Athletic Communications
By ZACH HAMILTON
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. â€“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.
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
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
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.
CARSON, Calif. â€“ 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
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.
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
That doesn't mean there still aren't some juicy matches to keep you entertained this Labor Day
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.