Soccer By Ives Archives for January 2012

Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Tim Ream and Bolton Wanderers were in need of a confidence boost heading into 2013, and they might have just gotten it on Saturday.

Bolton ended the year on a winning note, defeating Birmingham City, 3-1. Ream started and went the distance in defense for a second consecutive game for the Trotters, who are now in 14th place in the Championship and only five points shy of seventh.

Sunday Kickoff: Wenger won’t sell Walcott in January, Vilanova to return in a month, and more

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By DAN KARELL

With Arsenal's all-time leading goal scorer Thierry Henry in attendance, Theo Walcott produced a performance that even Henry would be proud of, by scoring a hat trick in an emphatic 7-3 win over Newcastle on Saturday night at the Emirates.

Walcott and Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger have been locked in a contract showdown for the past three months, but the Arsenal boss stated after the match last night that he would not consider selling the 23-year old Englishman in January if a new contract isn't signed.

Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

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The 2012 season comes to a close on Sunday, with only the Premier League in action this weekend. With only two matches today, the action will be light on the final gameday of the year.

The morning opens with two clubs that have seen their 2012-2013 season share a similar pattern, as both Everton and Chelsea started off strong, then faded for a few weeks.

Holden closer to return to action for Bolton

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By IVES GALARCEP

It has been 15 months since Stuart Holden suffered the knee injury that sidelined him and derailed his playing career, but he is starting to draw closer to a comeback.

Holden played more than 60 minutes in a recent indoor game for Bolton and came through with no setbacks, leaving Bolton manager Dougie Freedman confident that Holden could be back playing with the first team in less than a month.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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West Bromwich Albion has been one of the surprises of the season in the English Premier League, standing just goal difference out of fourth place in the league. They will have that impressive position tested when they take on league-leading Manchester United in the day's marquee match-up.

Sir Alex Ferguson's squad has extended the lead atop the EPL to seven points, but the Baggies have been tough all season and will look to test Manchester United's vulnerable defense.

2013 MLS Draft Update: Lopez the latest GA signing, Finley inks senior deal, and more

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By IVES GALARCEP

The 2013 MLS Draft class continues to take shape as we draw closer to the new year, and at least one more Generation adidas prospect has reached a deal with Major League Soccer.

Sources have told SBI that North Carolina midfielder Mikey Lopez has signed a Generation adidas contract and is now the fifth player to reach terms on a GA deal with MLS.

SBI’s Top 5 USMNT Goals of 2012

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Another year is about to go into the books, but like any year, 2012 saw a handful of gems scored by the U.S. Men's National Team.

The Americans scored 23 times in 2012, and several of those goals were quality strikes.

This Weekend’s Soccer on TV

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The final weekend of 2012 is upon us and the Premiership is sitting front and center to close out the year.

The Premiership is the only top tier in Europe that will be having games this weekend, but there are plenty of matches worth watching, including Manchester United's clash with West Bromwich Albion on Saturday.

Friday Kickoff: Falcao hints at Atletico stay, Lippi denies Real Madrid link, and more

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The Radamel Falcao-Atletico Madrid saga has taken yet another turn.

In the latest twist in the Falcao sweepstakes, the Colombian striker gave Atletico a boost on Thursday when he alluded to staying in Spain until the end of the season.Falcao was in his native country to receive a "Citizen Award" and said he appreciated everything that Atletico president Enrique Cerezo had done to keep him at the Vicente Calderon, an indication that he may be ready to close out the year with Atletico.

European Weekend Preview: Chelsea takes on Everton as Premier League takes center stage

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By NICK IUELE

While the rest of Europe's top leagues are on winter break, the English Premier League remains in full swing and there are a handful of quality match-ups to enjoy this weekend.

Chelsea travels to Goodison Park to take on Everton in a battle between two of the current top five clubs in the Premiership.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Preview

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By FRANCO PANIZO

If Tim Howard and Everton are to extend their seven-game unbeaten streak on Sunday, they will have to do so against one of the hottest offensive teams in the Premiership right now.

The Toffees are set to host Chelsea in their final match of 2012, and Howard will likely need to put forth a big performance in order to stymie a team that has scored 14 goals in their last three games across all competitions.

USMNT Daily Update: The 2012 All-American Under-23 Team

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By IVES GALARCEP

All it took was one failed Olympic qualifying campaign, on the heels of a failed Under-20 World Cup qualifying campaign, to doom the next generation of young American talent to the trash bin of failed expectations. The next crop of young Americans couldn't be all that strong after such disappointing results could it?

Manchester United 4, Newcastle 3: Match Highlights

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Thursday Kickoff: Man United line up Lewandowski bid, Sneijder shoots down Spurs link, and more

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Manchester United already boasts a loaded stable of forwards, but they appear ready to add yet another star striker to the mix.

German publication Bild is reporting that Manchester United is lining up a 22 million euro transfer offer for Borussia Dortmund striker Robert Lewandowski. The 24-year-old Polish forward is a key figure for Borussia Dortmund, but his wage demands and the fact that he only has a year left on his current Dortmund contract after this season makes him expendable.

Americans Abroad: Wednesday Rewind

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Geoff Cameron took part in his first Boxing Day on Wednesday, and he surely will not forget it any time soon.

Cameron and Stoke City extended their undefeated run to nine games by defeating Liverpool, 3-1, at Britannia Stadium. Cameron went the distance in his latest outing for the Trotters, but his major hiccup in the match came four minutes in when he received a yellow card that will force him out of Stoke's next game.

USMNT Daily Update: A closer look at what two summer rosters could look like

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By IVES GALARCEP

About five months from now, U.S. Men's National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann will have some serious decisions to make. A trio of World Cup qualifiers will be looming in June, a mini-tournament of sorts that will go a long way in determining how well the USMNT qualifying campaign is going.

Mid-Day Ticker: Friedel signs new Spurs deal, Corinthians close in on Pato, & more

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Brad Friedel has made the transition from regular starter at Tottenham to back-up goalkeeper, but that doesn't man he doesn't see a future at the London club.

Friedel has signed a new contract with Tottenham that will keep him at the club until the end of the 2014 season.

The 41-year-old goalkeeper started for Tottenham last season, and began the current season as the first-choice netminder, but the arrival of French goalkeeper Hugo Lloris relegated him to a back-up role.

Sporting KC, RBNY lead the list of MLS teams having the best off-seasons so far

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By IVES GALARCEP

The MLS off-season isn't quite a month old yet, but several Major League Soccer teams have been extremely busy rebuilding and revamping their rosters ahead of the 2013 campaign.

Sporting Kansas City has lead the way, with some smart moves and some gutsy signings, while the New York Red Bulls have also enjoyed an outstanding December since the 2012 season ended, bidding farewell to Rafa Marquez in one of the best moves of the month.

Soccer Wednesday: Your Running Commentary

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After two days without soccer games to watch, a soccer fix is on the way in the form of today's Boxing Day clashes in the English Premier League.

Manchester United saw their lead atop the English Premier League reduced to four points after a disappointing draw against Swansea City, and they will need a win against struggling Newcastle United to avoid losing even more ground to a surging Manchester City.

USMNT Daily Update: A look at the players whose stock rose the most, and fell the most, in 2012

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By IVES GALARCEP

As we reach the final week of the year, and draw closer to 2013, it is time to think back to 2012 and the players who saw their USMNT stock rise and fall the most.

This year has seen plenty of new faces emerge during the Jurgen Klinsmann era, and also some familiar faces that faded from the picture.

After club success and national team struggles in 2012, Altidore seeks consistency in new year

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BY DAVE MARTINEZ

On the club level, Jozy Altidore couldn't ask for a better 2012. He currently leads his side with 11 goals, is second in assists (3), first in minutes played, top of the list with shots on goal and has become an invaluable part of the AZ Alkmaar system.

The same can't necessarily be said on the National stage.

Merry Christmas from SBI

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Hello all. I want to wish a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all of you SBI readers out there. We hope you enjoy some time off, quality family time and a few peeks at SBI in between your unwrapping of presents and celebrating.

We will have a few presents for you in terms of posts today to help quench your thirst for soccer so keep an eye out for those, and feel free to throw some story suggestions our way today as we make our way through a second straight day without soccer to watch (the good news is soccer is on the way on Tuesday courtesy of the Premier League's Boxing Day schedule).

Despite club commitments, Pelosi focused on role with U.S. Under-20 team

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By FRANCO PANIZO

SUNRISE, Fla. Marc Pelosi may be on the books for one of the biggest clubs in Europe, but that does not mean he is taking his spot on the U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team for granted.

A member of the reserve system for English side Liverpool, Pelosi just recently finished partaking in the last U.

USMNT Daily Update: 23 for 2014 (December 2012 Edition)

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By IVES GALARCEP

In just a few days we will be hitting 2013, the year before the World Cup in Brazil, and all of a sudden it will feel like the tournament soccer fans spend four years waiting for will be just around the corner.

There is still plenty of time though, plenty of days and weeks and months until 23 American players will be chosen to represent the United States at the 2014 World Cup (yes, assuming the USMNT qualifies).

New women’s pro league continues to take shape

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By GARRETT CLEVERLY

With just a few months remaining before the National Women's Soccer League is set to kick off, the league is coming together with numerous off the field announcements. Coaching hires and the unveiling of clubs names and logos have dominated the recent headlines for the league during the past week.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

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By FRANCO PANIZO

As far as ending the year goes, Michael Bradley and AS Roma could not have asked for a better performance.

Roma closed out 2012 with a thorough 4-2 thumping of AC Milan on Saturday, and Bradley enjoyed a solid showing in the victory.

Dynamo land Cummings from Rapids

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By IVES GALARCEP

The Houston Dynamo went into the off-season needing a speed option at forward after losing Calen Carr to a torn ACL and not only did they get one, they managed to land one of the best in Major League Soccer.

The Dynamo acquired Jamaican forward Omar Cummings from the Colorado Rapids in exchange for Nathan Sturgis and allocation money, the teams announced on Sunday.

Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

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It is a light day of soccer action today, with just three matches on the docket, but the matches that are on the schedule should offer some good entertainment.

Chelsea has fallen behind the Manchester clubs in the race for first place in the English Premier League, but they can leap from seventh to third place with a victory today at home against Brad Guzan and Aston Villa.

Cropper aiming to lead U.S. U-20s to World Cup

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By FRANCO PANIZO

SUNRISE, Fla. A lot has changed for Cody Cropper since hewas last on a U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team that was attempting to reach the Under-20 World Cup. Cropper has experienced extreme disappointment, switched clubs and gone through the natural maturation process as both a player and a person.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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FC Barcelona has been unstoppable in La Liga this season, but their run to a title has suffered the kind of blow they couldn't prepare for with any amount of skill.

Manager Tito Vilanova cancer relapse has forced him to step down while he recovers from surgery, and his team is coping with the emotional blow of Vilanova's uncertain future.

After promising 2012, Gil poised for a breakout year in 2013

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By FRANCO PANIZO

SUNRISE, Fla. Luis Gil understands the opportunities that stand before him and he is ready to grab them and not let go.

As 2012 wraps up and 2013 begins, Gil looks set for a big year on both the club and international levels.

This Weekend’s Soccer on TV

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Clint Dempsey and Tottenham are currently holding onto one of the Top Four spots in the English Premier League, but they face a tougher challenge this weekend than they might have expected when the EPL schedule first came out.

Stoke City is unbeaten in seven matches and will look to push that streak to eight when Geoff Cameron and the Potters visit White Hart Lane.

SBI 2013 MLS Mock Draft (Version 2.0)

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By IVES GALARCEP

The 2013 MLS Draft is officially just a month away, and teams all across Major League Soccer are preparing their draft boards and doing their final scouting ahead of the MLS Combine and draft.

The draft class is beginning to take shape as the Generation adidas class comes into focus.

Chelsea land Sparta Prague, Tottenham paired with Lyon in Europa League Round of 32 draw

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The draw for the UEFA Europa League Round of 32 was completed on Thursday, and there are quality matches aplenty.

Chelsea-Sparta Prague, Zenit St Petersburg-Liverpool and Bayer Leverkusen-Benfica are just some of the marquee games set to take place in the first round of the knockout phase of the competition.

European Weekend Preview: Milan battle Roma, Real Madrid face Malaga, and more

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By NICK IUELE

Now that the excitement of the Champions League knockout stage draw has passed, attention turns to another round of league play in Europe. Although there are no true heavyweight matches on the docket, there are some interesting fixtures to check out.

Surging AC Milan take on fellow Italian giant Roma this weekend.

Friday Kickoff: Malaga hit with UEFA ban, Vilanova has surgery, and more

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Spanish club Malaga is enjoying an outstanding season, both on the league side and in the UEFA Champions League, but they are set to pay the price for the financial problems that plagued them earlier in the year.

UEFA has slapped Malaga with a one-year ban from European club competitions for failing to pay player wages and tax bills on time.

USWNT add second Scotland friendly in Nashville to open 2013

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The U.S. Women's National Team will be well acquainted with Scotland and the southeast by the time February 2013 ends.

The United States will host Scotland at LP Field in Nashville, Tenn. on Feb. 13 in a friendly that will mark the Olympic gold medalists' second match under new head coach Tom Sermanni.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Preview

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By FRANCO PANIZO

The weekend may be light on matches due to several European leagues being on their winter breaks but that does not mean there are no intriguing games to follow, especially when it comes to the Americans Abroad contingent.

Fresh off of scoring a goal in a midweek Copa Del Rey match, Oguchi Onyewu could find himself playing against Cristiano Ronaldo, Mesut Ozil and the rest of Real Madrid when Malaga host the Spanish heavyweights on Saturday.

After strong 2012 season, McCarty has earned place on USMNT radar

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BY DAVE MARTINEZ

Though he may not have won the Red Bulls team MVP award last season, Dax McCarty certainly didn't go unrecognized.

After putting in perhaps his strongest year as a pro, the Florida native has drawn attention from the U.S. Men's National team.

"My agent has spoken to (U.

Galaxy sign Zardes to Homegrown Player deal

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By IVES GALARCEP

The Los Angeles Galaxy will have some roster tweaking to do this off-season after the departure of David Beckham and trading away of Edson Buddle, but one of the bigger priorities of their off-season has been completed with the signing of a young player with a very bright future.

BREAKING- Farrell, Zimmerman among players to sign Generation adidas deals

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By IVES GALARCEP

Louisville centerback Andrew Farrell and Furman centerback Walker Zimmerman are among the players to have signed Generation adidas deals, sources have confirmed to SBI on Thursday.

Sourcestell SBI that Texas-based youth striker Kekuta Manneh and VCU forward J.

Real Madrid-Man United headlines UEFA Champions League Round of 16

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Manchester United will take on Real Madrid in the most high-profile clash of the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 after the two powerhouses were drawn against each other on Thursday morning.

The dream tilt will provide plenty of storylines, from Sir Alex Ferguson facing Jose Mourinho, to Cristiano Ronaldo returning to Old Trafford.

Agbossoumonde signs with MLS, to be placed in lottery

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By IVES GALARCEP

Young American defender Gale Agbossoumonde has seen his fledgling career take a variety of winding twists and turns, taking him from Europe to the NASL, with a U.S. National Team cap earned along the way.

What Agbossoumonde has been unable to find as a pro is stability.

CONCACAF releases Champions League quarterfinals schedule

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The Houston Dynamo will kick off the 2012-2013 CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals.

CONCACAF announced Wednesday the quarterfinal schedule of the current Champions League competition, and the Dynamo will host Herculez Gomez and Santos Laguna at BBVA Compass Stadium on March 5 in the first leg of their series.

CONCACAF releases Champions League quarterfinals schedule

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The Houston Dynamo will kick off the 2012-2013 CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals.

CONCACAF announced Wednesday the quarterfinal schedule of the current Champions League competition, and the Dynamo will host Herculez Gomez and Santos Laguna at BBVA Compass Stadium on March 5 in the first leg of their series.

Michael Parkhurst signs with Bundesliga side FC Augsburg

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By IVES GALARCEP

U.S. Men's National Team defender Michael Parkhurst turned heads in Europe with his strong performances in the UEFA Champions League, and the result is the move to a top league that he had been looking for.

Parkhurst has signed with German Bundesliga side FC Augsburg on a free transfer, his agent Lyle Yorks confirmed on Wednesday morning.

USMNT finishes 2012 at No. 28 in FIFA rankings

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The U.S. Men's National Team managed a 2-2 draw on the road against highly-rated Russia last month, their last match of 2012, but that result didn't keep the Americans from falling a spot in the final FIFA World Rankings of the year.

The USMNT finished up at No.

Wednesday Kickoff: Vilanova suffers cancer relapse, Arsenal re-sign youngsters, and more

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By IVES GALARCEP

The soccer world has awoken to some sad news out of Barcelona, where FC Barcelona manager Tito Vilanova has suffered a cancer relapse that will force him to step down as manager and undergo immediate surgery to remove another tumor.

SBI Live Q&A set for 1pm today

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It is that time again. Time to discuss all things soccer in the next SBI Live Q&A.

Join me at 1pm today and have your soccer-related questions ready as I take questions from SBI readers on everything soccer (and even some pop culture).

Want to talk MLS off-season? The USMNT? The MLS Draft?

SBI Live Q&A (Dec. 19th Edition)

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Good afternoon everybody (and good morning on the West Coast). It's time for us to talk all things soccer in the latest SBI Live Q&A.

If you want to talk about the U.S. Men's National team, MLS, college soccer, international soccer or the latest in movies, TV or music, feel free to join us now as I answer questions on these topics and more for the next few hours.

Orlando City owner says MLS not stopping at 20 teams

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Even if the New York City market lands a second MLS team in the near future, the league will not be stopping at 20 teams.

That is the belief of Orlando City owner Phil Rawlins, whose club is also considered one of the favorites to enter MLS in the coming years.

USMNT Daily Update: Jones’ suspension bad news for Schalke, but could be good news for USA

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By IVES GALARCEP

Jermaine Jones wasn't the least bit happy with the news that his first career straight red card was going to earn him a four-match suspension from German Bundesliga action, but somewhere Jurgen Klinsmann might have cracked a smile when he looked at the calendar and what the suspension might mean.

Americans Abroad: Tuesday Rewind (Onyewu and Altidore score, and more)

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Malaga were set to head back home trailing in their quarterfinal Copa del Rey series, but Oguchi Onyewu came to the rescue to ensure that did not happen.

Onyewu scored a stoppage-time equalizer to give Malaga a 1-1 tie against third tier SD Eibar in the first leg of their Copa del Rey series on Tuesday.

Sporting KC sign Claudio Bieler as newest Designated Player

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By IVES GALARCEP

Sporting Kansas City introduced Argentine striker Claudio Bieler as the team's newest Designated Player on Tuesday, acquiring the 28-year-old striker via transfer from Ecuadorian side LDU Quito.

"He's proven over the years that he's a very consistent goal scorer," Sporting Kansas City Manager Peter Vermes said.

Kick TV: Jimmy Conrad spends the day with Brad Guzan

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MLS Ticker: Timbers win Fehr lottery, FC Dallas signs striker, and more

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The Portland Timbers were the heavy favorites to land former U.S. Under-17 defender Mobi Fehr, and the lottery held true to the odds, giving the Timbers the lottery victory over the Seattle Sounders and San Jose Earthquakes.

Fehr, listed as a midfielder by the Timbers, will join Portland after signing with MLS in the fall.

Galaxy face Fire, Timbers host Red Bulls in 2013 MLS opening weekend

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Defending MLS Cup champion Los Angeles Galaxy will take on the Chicago Fire at Home Depot Center and the New York Red Bulls will face the Portland Timbers at Jeld-Wen Field in two of the headlining match-ups of the opening weekend of the 2013 MLS season.

Major League Soccer announced the home openers for all 19 teams, and the New England Revolution will be the team with the longest wait for a home opener, facing FC Dallas at Gillette Stadium on March 23rd.

Timbers, Sounders and Earthquakes set for Fehr lottery

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Former U.S. Under-17 national team defender Mobi Fehr will find out which MLS team he will join on Tuesday, and three Western Conference teams are in the running.

The Portland Timbers, San Jose Earthquakes and Seattle Sounders will be vying for Fehr in a weighted lottery MLS will hold on Tuesday.

Louisville star midfielder Mares transferring to Indiana

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By IVES GALARCEP

Dylan Mares, one of the best attacking midfielders in college soccer, will be switching schools this winter, leaving behind a strong program for the defending national champions.

Mares is leaving Louisville to transfer to Indiana University. The redshirt sophomore confirmed the transfer to SBI late Monday night.

Tuesday Kickoff: MLS home openers to be revealed, Napoli sanctioned, & more

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By IVES GALARCEP

If it seems like the 2012 MLS season just ended, and it feels weird to start talking about the 2013 season already, get ready. Major League Soccer isn't wasting any time counting down the days until the next campaign.

MLS will begin revealing season-opening match-ups for the 2013 season today, which means fans can start to make travel plans and we can start talking about which match-ups we will see to kick off the 18th MLS campaign.

Espinoza granted work permit to clear way for Wigan move

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You can now add Roger Espinoza to the list of Major League Soccer alumni to make moves to top European leagues.

The Honduran national team midfielder and former Sporting Kansas City standout was granted his UK work permit on Monday, clearing the way for his free transfer to English Premier League side Wigan Athletic.

Ft. Lauderdale Strikers searching for soccer-specific stadium, not a spot in MLS

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By FRANCO PANIZO

FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla. It is no secret that these days it is vital for lower division clubs to havea sparkling, brand new soccer-specific stadium or at least a remodeled one to be considered a serious soccer franchise. With it, however, usually comes talk of eventually wanting to jump into MLS.

USMNT to face Canada on Jan. 29th in Houston

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The U.S. Men's National Team will face Canada in a friendly at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston, the Canadian Soccer Association announced on Monday (U.S. Soccer has also confirmed the friendly).

The friendly will come at the end of the USMNT's January training camp, slated to take place at Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.

Red Bulls sign Juninho Pernambucano

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By IVES GALARCEP

The New York Red Bulls took the next step in their roster transformation on Monday with the announcement of the signing of Brazilian midfielder Juninho Pernambucano.

The former Lyon star turns 38 before the start of the 2013 season, but the Red Bulls will be hoping he can provide the creative midfield skill the team has been lacking in the middle of the field since the days of Amado Guevara and Youri Djorkaeff.

European Weekend Rewind: Barca rolls, Lazio edge Inter, and more

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By NICK IUELE

Barcelona figured to face a tough test on Sunday when second-place Atletico Madrid visited the Camp Nou, but Atletico learned what we have known for some time. Stopping Barcelona and Lionel Messi is next to impossible.

Led by a Messi brace, Barcelona scored four unanswered goals to coast to a 4-1 victory against Atletico.

USMNT Daily Update: Who should Klinsmann call into the January camp?

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We are now just a month away from the first U.S. Men's National Team training camp, meaning Jurgen Klinsmann has to start thinking about the players he plans on calling in to the camp leading into the crucial Feb. 6 Hex opener against Honduras.

Klinsmann pointed out that there should be a strong contingent of young players called into the camp, though he will also plan on bringing in players who are expected to play key roles in the Honduras qualifier.

Must-See Goal: Adriano

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Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

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By FRANCO PANIZO

If Carlos Bocanegra was supposed to be out for six weeks with the injury he sustained in the U.S. Men's National Team's November friendly with Russia, no one told him that.

Just over a month removed from tearing a muscle in his left leg, Bocanegra slipped back into Racing Santander's starting lineup for the club's match against CD Sabadell on Sunday.

Sunday Ticker: Schalke sacks Stevens, Arsenal to extend Wilshere, and more

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Despite winning their group and advancing to the round of 16 in Champions' League play, Schalke 04 has decided to relieve manager Huub Stevens of his duties following a 3-1 loss to Freiburg on Saturday. The move comes with Schalke currently sitting 7th in the Bundesliga standings.

The Dutchman joined Schalke last year, and was signed through 2013.

U.S. Soccer unveils name, logo of new women’s league

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U.S. Soccer has revealed the name and logo for the new women's league that is set to begin play in spring 2013.

The new eight-team league will be called the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) and the logo features the silhouette of a female player about to shoot the ball. NWSL has already launched its official Twitter account, and is expected to unveil a website in the near future.

Wambach, Rapinoe lead USWNT past China in Fan Tribute Tour finale

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Boca Raton, Fla. The U.S. Women's National Team capped off their golden year in style.

The U.S. finished a busy 2012 and their Fan Tribute Tour after ousting China, 4-1, behind two goals from Abby Wambach at FAU Stadium on Saturday night.

Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

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Chances are, by the time you wake up, the champion of the Club World Cup will have been crowned, as Chelsea takes on Corinthians in Yokohama, Japan. Corinthians is looking for their second title, as they have returned to the tournament for the first time since winning the first Club World Cup in 2000.

Corinthians beat Chelsea in Club World Cup final

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After six years of European dominance, the Club World Cup is heading back to South America.

Brazilian side Corinthians defeated Chelsea, 1-0, in the Club World Cup Final on Sunday in Yokahama, Japan. Peruvian striker Paulo Guerrero delivered the game-winning goal on a late header for his second straight game-winning finish.

Altidore ends drought, bags brace to lift AZ to victory

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AZ Alkmaar snapped their seven-game winless run on Saturday, and unsurprisingly Jozy Altidore played a big role in making that happen.

Altidore ended his scoring drought and lifted AZ to victory by finding the back of the net twice in a 2-1 win over PEC Zwolle. Altidore scored his first goal in the second minute of the match and added the eventual winner with a tap-in finish in the 33rd, giving AZ their first win since Nov.

USWNT stars undecided about joining new women’s league

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By FRANCO PANIZO

BOCA RATON, Fla. A new women's professional soccer league in the United States is set to begin in 2013, and it might wind up launching without some of the more recognizable stars of the U.S. Women's National Team.

Speaking to reporters ahead of the final game of their Fan Tribute Tour, several American players touched on how exciting it was to hear that a new league was set to start after seeing the Women's Professional Soccer (WPS) league fold this past May.

Report: Man City owners the new favorites to buy MLS expansion team in NYC

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The New York Cosmos had long been considered the favorites to ultimately become the ownership group to by a second New York team in Major League Soccer.

That may have changed.

According to a report from Bloomberg News, the owners of Manchester City have been identified as the new front-runners to be awarded the rights to buy the MLS expansion team in New York.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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Stoke City and Everton are two of the more surprising teams in the English Premier League in recent weeks and both will put their recent impressive runs on the line when they face off at the Brittania Stadium.

Geoff Cameron and the Potters enter riding a six-match unbeaten streak (4-0-2), with four shutouts and just two goals allowed during that stretch.

Toronto FC take Califf, Union select Casey as 2012 MLS Re-Entry Draft concludes

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Danny Califf, Conor Casey and Will Hesmer were among the 14 players selected in Stage Two of the MLS Re-Entry Draft on Friday.

Califf and Casey were both selected in the first round, with Toronto FC picking up Califf with the first pick and Philadelphia Union taking Casey four spots later.

SBI 2013 MLS Mock Draft (Version 1.0)

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With the flurry of trades going on around Major League Soccer in the two weeks since the 2012 season ended, it is easy to lose sight of the fact that the 2013 MLS Draft is just five weeks away.

Teams have already commenced improving their rosters via trades, signings and the recent Re-Entry Draft.

Rapids deal for Buddle from Galaxy

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The Colorado Rapids wasted no time in finding Conor Casey's replacement.

Minutes after the conclusion of the 2012 MLS Re-Entry Draft, the Rapids announced they traded for LA Galaxy forward Edson Buddle. Colorado dealt allocation money and its first round pick in the 2013 MLS Supplemental Draft in exchange for the World Cup veteran.

This Weekend’s Soccer on TV

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FC Barcelona is enjoying a dream season in La Liga, and has left Real Madrid in the dust in the title chase, but there is one team that hasn't quite lost sight of Barca in the standings.

Atletico Madrid sits just six point behind Barcelona in the Spanish League standings, and if they want any chance of catching Lionel Messi and Co.

MLS Spotlight: Opara looking ahead to new beginning with Sporting KC

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Ike Opara appreciates everything the San Jose Earthquakes did for him during his three years there and he does not want that to go unnoticed. After all, San Jose is where he started his career and learned what it took to be a professional.

Najar training with Anderlecht through end of 2012

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Andy Najar has become the latest MLS player to land a training stint overseas.

D.C. United announced Friday that Najar is currently training with Belgian club RSC Anderlecht through the end of 2012. Najar had recently been rumored to be joining the club for a training stint, but United had not addressed them until now.

SBI 2013 MLS Draft Big Board (Version 3.0)

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By IVES GALARCEP

The 2013 MLS Combine is now just a month away, and as we draw closer to that important event, we are seeing plenty of shifting and maneuvering on the SBI MLS Draft Big Board.

Today features our third edition of the Big Board, and we have some new additions to the board after some players previously considered Homegrown Players for MLS teams were made available in the draft.

A closer look at Stage Two of MLS Re-Entry Draft

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By FRANCO PANIZO

The talent in the MLS Re-Entry Draft has been diluted a bit since the initial list of players was released. Players have either been traded to new teams or re-signed with their current clubs, leaving fewer options for MLS teams to choose from.

Brooklyn hoping to trump Queens as next MLS expansion home

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MLS may be fixated on putting its next expansion club in Queens, but there is at least one man in New York City who would prefer to see it be in Brooklyn instead.

Brooklyn borough president Marty Markowitz has come out and publicly said he hopes MLS drops its plans to build a stadium in Flushing Meadows Park, as he believes Brooklyn would be better suited to house a professional soccer club in New York.

Sounders’ GM Adrian Hanauer easily wins retention vote

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By JASON MITCHELL

SEATTLE, Wash. In one of the less surprising voting results of fall 2012, Seattle Sounders' fans have given general manager Adrian Hanauer another four years at the team's helm.

The result was widely expected given that the team reached the playoffs each of its first four years in MLS, winning three U.

European Weekend Preview: Barca battle Atletico, City looks to rebound and more

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By NICK IUELE

In recent years, La Liga has been a two-horse race between Barcelona and Real Madrid. This term, Barca is right where they were expected to be: at the top and without a loss.

Real Madrid, however, is not and instead it is Radamel Falcao and Atletico Madrid that have moved into second place ahead of their clash with Barcelona.

Friday Kickoff: FIFA backs World Cup security plan, Sounders re-sign two and more

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Concern and fear were raised about security at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil earlier this week when violence marred the Copa Sudamericana final, but FIFA is saying that everything should be fine when the international tournament rolls around in 18 months.

Two days after Tigre players accused Sau Paulo security officials of beating them with batons and threatening them with guns, FIFA has insisted its security plan for the 2014 World Cup will prevent any repeat of those type of violent scenes.

Lee set for Whitecaps return in 2013

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Young-Pyo Lee will be returning to the Vancouver Whitecaps after all.

The Whitecaps confirmed on Thursday that Lee will be back with the club for the 2013 season. The 35-year-old defender was contemplating retirement but has chosen to play at least one more season in Vancouver, where he shone this year.

Gil, Pelosi headline U.S. Under-20 camp roster

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Only two months separate the U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team from trying to qualify for the 2013 Under-20 World Cup, and head coach Tab Ramos will further preparations and round out the year with a 24-man camp in Florida.

Real Salt Lake's Luis Gil, Santos Laguna's Benji Joya and Liverpool's Marc Pelosi are just three of the players summoned by Ramos for a week-long training camp in Sunrise, Fla.

Crew sign Trapp as Homegrown Player

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Akron midfielder Wil Trapp is leaving college and turning pro as a member of the Columbus Crew.

The Crew announced Thursday that they signed Trapp as a Homegrown Player, making him the fourth Homegrown signing in franchise history after Matt Lampson, Ben Speas and Aaron Horton.

The 19-year-old Trapp joins the Crew after two seasons at Akron, where he scored one goal and had eight assists under Caleb Porter en route to earning back-to-back All-MAC First Team honors.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Preview

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Chievo Verona deeply regretted having signed Michael Bradley to just a two-year deal prior to selling him to AS Roma this past summer.

They might soon lament that decision even more.

Bradley will face his former club for the first time since leaving when Roma travels to Verona to do battle with the Flying Donkeys.

BREAKING- Timbers lining up move for Diskerud

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By IVES GALARCEP

The Portland Timbers figure to be a more possession-oriented team under new head coach Caleb Porter, who is set to install the attacking style he became so well-known for during his time at Akron University and with the U.

Sporting KC signs defender Songo’o

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Sporting Kansas City continue to stock up ahead of what will be a busy 2013 for them.

Sporting KC announced the signing of defender Yann Songo'o, a 21-year-old Cameroon youth international. Songo'o is still awaiting the receipt of his P-1 Visa and ITC before being added to the team's roster.

Marquez returns to Mexico, joins Leon

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Hours after mutually agreeing to part ways with the New York Red Bulls, Rafa Marquez has found a new home in Mexico.

Marquez is returning to Mexican soccer after agreeing to a deal with Leon, the club announced on Thursday. Leon recently secured promotion to Liga MX, and have signed the 33-year-old Marquez and former Mexican national team forward Nery Castillo as reinforcements.

Mapp returning to Impact after signing new deal

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It turns out Justin Mapp is sticking with the Montreal Impact.

Mapp agreed to a new deal with the Impact on Wednesday, and as a result he is no longer available for Phase Two of the MLS Re-Entry Draft on Friday. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but it is likely that the 28-year-old winger is making less than the $210,000 he earned this past season.

Dwyer training with St Mirren ahead of potential loan

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Sporting Kansas City has been busy making moves this offseason, and they might soon make another by allowing one of their younger players to go on loan overseas.

Forward Dom Dwyer is currently training with Scottish side St Mirren, and Sporting KC is not opposed to the idea of allowing him to stick with the club for the near future.

Thursday Kickoff: Chelsea cruise past Monterrey, USWNT crush China and more

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Chelsea's dreams of finishing the year with some more hardware are one step closer to becoming a reality.

Chelsea defeated Mexican club Monterrey, 3-1, on Thursday to advance to the FIFA Club World Cup final.Two goals in the first three minutes of the second half paved the way for the win, with Fernando Torres scoring in the 46th minute and Juan Mata adding another in the 48th.

Red Bulls part ways with Rafa Marquez

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The New York Red Bulls have parted ways with the player who just might go down as one of the worst signings in MLS history.

The Red Bulls have released Mexican star Rafa Marquez, reaching a mutual agreement with the former Barcelona standout, who is expected to join Mexican side Club Leon.

"This decision has been made in the best interests of both parties concerned," said Red Bulls Sporting Director Andy Roxburgh.

Chivas USA, Timbers swap spots in allocation ranking

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Chivas USA and the Portland Timbers swapped spots in the 2013 allocation ranking order via trade, both clubs announced on Wednesday.

The Goats traded their second-overall position in the allocation ranking in exchange for the Portland Timbers' third-overall position and either a 2013 international roster spot or a second round pick in the 2013 MLS SuperDraft.

Sporting KC acquire Opara in deal with Earthquakes

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We are only a few weeks into the offseason, and Sporting Kansas City are already beginning to look like one of the MLS Cup favorites.

On the same day that the club re-signed Defender of the Year Matt Besler, Sporting KC announced that they acquired centerback Ike Opara from the San Jose Earthquakes in exchange fortheir natural second round pick in the 2013 MLS SuperDraft.

Dynamo foursome sign contract extensions

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The Houston Dynamo have reached the MLS Cup final in each of the last two seasons, and they have locked up a number of their core players to ensure they continue to make runs at a title.

Midfielders Brad Davis and Adam Moffat and goalkeeper Tally Hall all signed contract extensions with the Dynamo, the club announced on Wednesday.

MLS Spotlight: Feilhaber excited for fresh start with Sporting KC

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Benny Feilhaber is set to be wed to his long-time girlfriend this weekend, but that is not the only marriage he is excited about.

Feilhaber was traded from the New England Revolution to Sporting Kansas City on Tuesday, and the 27-year-old midfielder could not be any happier with the move.

2013 Walt Disney World Pro Soccer Classic schedule released

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If you cannot wait for the 2013 MLS season to begin, Orlando might be the place to visit in February to get your fix.

The schedule for the 2013 Walt Disney World Pro Soccer Classic has been released and the fourth edition of the tournament will consist of four match-days that are made up of four games a day, a source confirmed to SBI on Wednesday.

BREAKING-Timbers set to trade first-round pick to TFC for Johnson, Kocic

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The Portland Timbers continue to re-shape their roster under new head coach Caleb Porter as they are ready to make another major deal to add some quality veterans to a squad with its share of young talent.

The Timbers and Toronto FC are set to complete a trade that will send Jamaican forward Ryan Johnson and Milos Kocic to Portland for the No.

Sanchez Sola appointed head coach of Chivas USA

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Chivas USA were aiming for a head coach with a wealth of coaching experience and ties to Mexican soccer, and that is exactly what they have gotten with the appointment of Jose Luis Sanchez Sola.

Chivas USA announced Wednesday that they have named Sanchez Sola, also known as "El Chelis", their new head coach.

Wednesday Kickoff: Orlando City targets 2015 MLS debut, Arsenal shocked, & more

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MLS might be adamant about New York City becoming the next expansion team in 2016, but that is not stopping Orlando City from having high hopes of joining the league before then.

In their second fan forum of the year, Orlando City announced that they are still targeting 2015 as a start date to join MLS.

Lichaj delivers assist as Aston Villa books place in Capital One Cup semifinals

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Eric Lichaj is beginning to really make a case for more playing time in the near future.

Lichaj made his third straight start for Aston Villa in their Capital One Cup quarterfinals match against Norwich City on Tuesday, and he delivered the assist on the game-winner in the Villan's 4-1 victory.

Jones suspended four games for recent ejection

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Jermaine Jones will open 2013 the same way he started this year: with a hefty suspension.

The German federation (DFB) has handed Jones a four-game ban for the challenge that saw him earn the first straight red card of his career in Schalke 04′s 3-1 loss to Stuttgart this past weekend. Jones committed a slide tackle from behind in the 73rd minute of the Bundesliga game and was immediately ejected, but DFB has ruled that the challenge deserves a bigger punishment than a one-match suspension.

Besler re-signs with Sporting KC

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Sporting Kansas City lost one key player in the off-season when Roger Espinoza made his long-rumored move to English Premier League side Wigan, but Sporting KC has succeeded in keeping another important player home.

Sporting KC has re-signed 2012 MLS Defender of the Year Matt Besler to a new contract, sources confirmed to SBI on Wednesday.

Galaxy sign Sorto as Homegrown Player

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The LA Galaxy's offseason is officially under way.

The Galaxy announced Tuesday that they signed defender Oscar Sorto as their latest Homegrown Player. The 18-year-old spent most of the 2012 season training with the frist team, and he is the first defender to be signed directly from the Galaxy Academy.

Parkhurst: Luiz Adriano “should have left field limping”

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Michael Parkhurst is a pretty mild-mannered guy, but if you bring up the controversial goal scored by Shakhtar Donetsk's Luiz Adriano against Parkhurst's Nordsjaelland in Champions League play on Nov. 20th, you will hear a different side of Parkhurst.

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Cosmos make Mendes the team’s first player signing

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BY DAVE MARTINEZ

The last remaining Metrostar is now the first New York Cosmos player of the modern era.

The Cosmos have officially signed former Red Bull defender Carlos Mendes. Mendes, who will be 32 at months end, is a Mineola native and no stranger to the New York market.

Powers, Alvarez and Bennett among seniors invited to MLS Combine

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By IVES GALARCEP

Notre Dame midfielder Dillon Powers, UConn playmaker Carlos Alvarez and Coastal Carolina forward Ashton Bennett were among the top players invited to the MLS Combine.

Indiana University goalkeeper Luis Soffner is fresh off winning an NCAA title with the Hoosiers and will be the lone representative from Indiana at the Combine, while Georgetown, the team Indiana defeated, will send Tommy Muller, Jimmy Nealis and Ian Christianson to the Combine.

USL Pro club Phoenix FC to play at Sun Devil Soccer Stadium

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USL Pro expansion club Phoenix FC will play their 2013 home games at Sun Devil Soccer Stadium in Tempe, Ariz., the club announced on Tuesday.

The Wolves have reached an agreement with Arizona State University that will allow them to play at Sun Devil Soccer Stadium for their inaugural season in 2013.

Americans Abroad Spotlight: After UCL experience, Parkhurst poised for major winter move

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By IVES GALARCEP

Michael Parkhurst knew long ago that this winter would be the most important of his career, what with his contract ending and a free transfer looming. With a chance to play in the UEFA Champions League, in a loaded group, Parkhurst knew that if he played well he would have a great opportunity to impress scouts and improve his options.

Selemani hat-trick inspires U.S. U-17s to win over Maccabi Haifa youth team

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The U.S. Under-17 Men's National Team defeated a Maccabi Haifa youth team on Tuesday, and Ahinga Selemani played a big part in making that happen.

Selemani scored a hat-trick to lead the U.S. past Maccabi Haifa, 3-2, at IMG Academies in Bradenton, Fla. Selemani scored twice in the first 14 minutes of the match, but his third goal in the 70th minute stood as the winner after Maccabi Haifi had pulled level with goals in the 22nd and 60th minutes.

Sporting KC land Feilhaber from Revs

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Benny Feilhaber will return to Major League Soccer in 2013, and he will do so as a member of one of the strongest teams in the league.

Sporting Kansas City acquired Feilhaber from New England on Tuesday afternoon, sending allocation money, a first-round pick in the 2014 MLS Draft and second-round pick in the 2015 MLS Draft to the New England Revolution.

Union agree to play preseason friendlies in Jacksonville for next three years

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The Philadelphia Union will be making more than one stop during their upcoming preseason trip to Florida.

In addition to partaking in the 2013 Walt Disney World Pro Soccer Classic in Orlando, the Union announced Tuesday that they have agreed to a deal that will see them play a preseason friendly at EverBank Field in Jacksonville for each of the next three years.

Bocanegra helping next generation of pros with MLS Combine prep camp

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Thirteen years ago, Carlos Bocanegra was a 20-year-old college kid who had chosen to leave school early to pursue his dream of being a professional soccer player. He signed a contract with MLS and headed to Florida to play in the MLS Combine.

Mwanga re-signs with Timbers

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The Portland Timbers have been busy preparing for 2013 by making a number of moves in the early stages of the offseason, and on Tuesday they made another by re-signing forward Danny Mwanga.

The Timbers signed Mwanga to a new contract, assuring that the 21-year-old will stick with the club for the foreseeable future.

Tuesday Kickoff: Blackburn eyeing Friedel, Jamaica near early Caribbean Cup exit and more

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Brad Friedel may be content with trying to fight for the starting goalkeeper spot at Tottenham, but Blackburn Rovers are hoping they can convince him otherwise.

Blackburn are eyeing Friedel as a potential transfer target during the upcoming winter transfer window, with the idea of the 41-year-old netminder joining as a player-coach to help them with their bid for promotion.

Red Bulls sign two U.S. Under-18 MNT players to Homegrown Player deals

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New York Red Bulls sporting director Andy Roxburgh has made it clear that he wants to change the Red Bulls' reputation as a team that doesn't focus on developing young local talent, and on Tuesday the Red Bulls took a major step toward trying to change that reputation.

SBI MLS Spotlight: After career year in 2012, Besler setting bar higher for 2013

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By FRANCO PANIZO

If 2012 provided a glimpse of things to come for Sporting Kansas City centerback Matt Besler, opposing teams better brace themselves.

Fresh off of a career season that saw him win the U.S. Open Cup andthe MLS Defender of the Year award, Besler is aiming to set the bar higher for himself in 2013.

USMNT Daily Update: Not every player that “got away” really got away

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By IVES GALARCEP

A popular topic among some U.S. Men's National team circles is the list of players who could have played for the USMNT but wound up playing elsewhere. Giuseppe Rossi is the patron saint of this subject, with Neven Subotic playing a close second.

Here's the real question.

DeBontin talks RBNY with Bloomberg News

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New York Red Bulls general manager Jerome deBontin has made a point to let people know that the Red Bulls are going to be doing a lot of things differently now under new management, and in his recent interview with Bloomberg News, he even revealed a change in his own philosophies on certain aspects of MLS.

Reports: Marquez leaving RBNY to join Leon

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Christmas may have come early for a large chunk of New York Red Bulls fans.

According to multiple reports, Rafa Marquez is set to leave the Red Bulls and join Mexican club Leon after a two-and-a-half-year stay that was marred by with injuries and controversy.

A look back at Messi’s record 86 goals

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It has been come customary, almost expected, to see Leo Messi break records, but what he accomplished this past weekend is a feat that surely will not be broken for a long time.

Messi scored his 85th and 86th goals of 2012 to lift Barcelona to their latest victory and surpass Gerd Muller as the top scorer in a calendar year, a record that had been held for 40 years.

Report: Crew Homegrown Player Trapp set to turn pro, mulling MLS offer

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Akron standout and Columbus Crew Academy product Will Trapp is widely regarded as one of the best pro prospects in the college game, and it appears now that he is ready to turn pro after two seasons of college soccer.

According to the Columbus Dispatch, Trapp has hired an agent and is preparing to leave school and turn pro.

Cahill contending for RBNY captaincy in 2013

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Tim Cahill has been with the New York Red Bulls for just over four months but there is already a growing respect for him within the organization, a respect that could see him become the club's captain in 2013.

Thierry Henry has sported the Red Bulls' armband for each of the last two seasons, but Cahill could displace the star striker as captain when the club appoints its new head coach in the near future.

Falcao nets five in Atletico’s latest victory

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Leo Messi may have grabbed most of the headlines this past weekend, but Radamel Falcao was not too far behind.

Falcao continued to prove why he is currently one of the best strikers in the world, scoring an astounding five goals in Atletico Madrid's 6-0 thrashing of Deportivo La Coruna. Falcao did not net the winner, but he scored five straight goals for second-place Atletico to up his league total this season to 16.

Everton 2, Tottenham 1: Match Highlights

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Messi scores twice to break world record, netting 86 in 2012

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Lionel Messi returned to action on Sunday and not only did he show no ill effects of the knee injury suffered in Wednesday's Champions League match against Benfica, he scored two impressive goals to mark his place in soccer history.

Messi scored his 85th and 86th goals of the calendar year on Sunday, helping Barcelona post a 2-1 victory against Real Betis, and helping him break Gerd Muller's record for official goals in a calendar year (combined official club matches and national team matches).

Indiana wins eighth NCAA title, topping Georgetown in College Cup final

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It took eight years, but Indiana University finally added their eighth NCAA men's soccer championship, and they did it in a year when few outside of Bloomington could have seen it coming.

The Hoosiers ended the regular season with just one win in five matches, losing in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament, but rather than doom them, that late-season slide helped them regroup and come together in time to put together a championship run.

Monday Kickoff: Febregas sidelined, FIFA Club World Cup semis set and more

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By FRANCO PANIZO

While Leo Messi was celebrating his historic feat, Cesc Fabregas was writhing in pain.

Fabregas lasted only nine minutes in Barcelona's 2-1 over Real Betis on Sunday before being removed due to injury, and it has been determined that the Spanish international will be out for up to a month with a thigh muscle injury.

European Weekend Rewind: Man Utd edges Man City, Barcelona keeps on rolling and more

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When Manchester United and Manchester City square off, the expectation is that anepic battle will ensue, especially with the top spot in the English Premier League on theline.

Like many Manchester derbies past, this one did not disappoint.

In the latest fierce chapter of this storied rivalry, Wayne Rooney struck twice in theopening half to put United way ahead.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Tim Howard and Everton finally put an end to their four-game winless skid, and they did so in dramatic fashion.

Everton pulled off a late comeback against Tottenham on Sunday, grabbing a 2-1 victory after scoring twice in final moments.Steve Pienaar punished his former club and sparked the the Toffees' rally with an equalizer in the 90th minute and Nikica Jelavic found the winner in stoppage time.

Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

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The Premier League has become the Manchester Derby so far this season, with both clubs sitting atop of the standings. Now Manchester United and Manchester City will square off at Ethiad Stadium to determine the league leader as the calendar turns towards the Christmas rush at the end of December.

While not off to the same start as last season, Manchester City has yet to lose a match this year in league play.

Former RSL and KC forward Movsisyan transfers to Spartak Moscow

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Just two years after leaving Major League Soccer for Europe, forward Yura Movsisyan has made a big-money move to Spartak Moscow.

Movsisyan is heading to Spartak on a $9.7 million transfer from FC Krasnodar. The transfer is the second-largest ever involving a current or former MLS players. Only Jozy Altidore's $10 million transfer to Villarreal from the New York Red Bulls was larger.

Report: Chivas USA to hire Sanchez as head coach

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Chivas USA has been rumored with several head coaching candidates, but reports suggest they have settled on a candidate with a strong coaching resume and the Mexican soccer pedigree that appears to be a perfect fit for what owner Jorge Vergara wants for the Goats.

Medio Tiempo in Mexico is reporting that Chivas USA has hired former Puebla and Tecos boss Jose Luis Sanchez Sola to be the team's new head coach.

Indiana and Georgetown reach College Cup Final

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Georgetown goalkeeper Tomas Gomez saved Maryland's fifth and final penalty kick attempt to help the Hoyas win a thrilling College Cup semifinal in PKs and book Georgetown's first trip to the NCAA Final.

The Hoyas will face Indiana in Sunday's College Cup Final after the Hoosiers held off Creighton, 1-0, in Friday's second semifinal.

European Weekend Preview: Manchester rivals clash, Inter Milan meets Napoli, and more

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By NICK IUELE

Manchester United suffered a scare a week ago before disposing of a feisty Reading side a week ago and Sir Alex Ferguson surely knows that the Red Devils will need to be much better if they are going to avoid defeat on the road against arch-rival Manchester City.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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Brad Guzan, Eric Lichaj and Aston Villa have climbed out of the relegation zone on the strength of a three-match unbeaten streak, but they still sit just two points from the bottom three.

They can extend that gap with a home win today against a Stoke City side enjoying their own impressive campaign.

Maicon Santos picked up by Fire in lone selection of Stage One of MLS Re-Entry Draft

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Stage One of the MLS Re-Entry Draft came and went in the blink of an eye, and the lone player selected in it was Maicon Santos.

The former D.C. United forward was picked up by the Chicago Fire on Friday, and he will now join the Fire under the terms of the option that had recently been declined by United.

Union acquire Parke from Sounders

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The Philadelphia Union's wheeling and dealing did not end with the acquisition of Sebastien Le Toux.

A day after picking up Le Toux via a trade with the New York Red Bulls, the Union shipped allocation money and a 2013 first round Supplemental Draft pick to the Seattle Sounders in exchange for defender Jeff Parke.

NCAA College Cup Semifinals: A Look Ahead

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By IVES GALARCEP

The NCAA Tournament is down to four teams, and after a slew of upsets, we are left with two teams expected to be in Alabama for the College Cup semifinals, and two teams that rode impressive Cinderella runs to the Final Four.

This Weekend’s Soccer on TV

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The Manchester Derby headlines a stacked weekend of soccer action across the globe.

Manchester United can put a hammer lock on first place in the English Premier League with a victory on Sunday against a Manchester City side that has yet to lose this season. City will also be at home for the contest, making a Red Devils victory that much tougher.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Preview

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Geoff Cameron and Brad Guzan are two of the Americans enjoying succesful seasons and they will have a chance to further build on them this weekend. Against one another.

Cameron and Guzan are set to square off, as Stoke City visits Aston Villa in what is arguably the biggest game involving Americans on Saturday.

First phase of MLS Re-Entry Draft set for today (several players missing from original list)

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By IVES GALARCEP

Teams hoping to land a quality player in today's MLS Re-Entry Draft, the first phase of a two draft re-entry process, will find the selection much smaller than what was initially released by Major League Soccer earlier this week.

Several top options have been removed from the initial list, and won't be available in today's draft, including the likes of Marvell Wynne, Tony Tchani, Justin Mapp and Rodney Wallace.

Americans Abroad: Midweek Rewind

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Tottenham entered their final Europa League group game on Thursday needing a result in order to secure advancement to the knockout phase of the tournament.

Thanks to Clint Dempsey, the Spurs accomplished just that.

Tottenham advanced out of the Europa League group stage after a 3-1 victory over Panathinaikos on Thursday, and it was Dempsey who played a big role in making that happen.

BREAKING- LeToux returning to Union after Philly and RBNY complete trade

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By IVES GALARCEP

Less than a year after being traded away from the team he spent two years starring for,Sebastien LeToux is one his way back to the Philadelphia Union.

The New York Red Bulls have traded LeToux to the Philadelphia Union for allocation money and the rights to a player to be named later, sources with knowledge of the trade confirmed to SBI on Thursday.

Fire re-sign Segares to multi-year deal

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By IVES GALARCEP

When the list of players made available for the first phase of the MLS Re-Entry draft was released, Gonzalo Segares was one of the names considered among the most surprising to see on the list.

He didn't last on the list very long.

USMNT Daily Update: Holden on the comeback trail, but patience remains key

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By IVES GALARCEP

Stuart Holden resumed full training with Bolton on Thursday, a major step in his return from a knee injury that has cost him most of the past year and a half. Despite the fact that he hasn't worn a U.S. national team uniform in more than two years, U.S. fans still clamor for his return every time there is some hint of a chance he will begin playing again.

Chivas USA considering Ramirez for head coaching job

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By IVES GALARCEP

Chivas USA is still searching for a head coach after parting ways with Robin Fraser, and the recent dismissal of special advisor Johan Cruyff from Chivas Guadalajara has left a cloud of uncertainty about just who will handle the responsibility of finding a replacement for Fraser.

Red Bulls secure LeToux’s MLS rights with Bona Fide offer (UPDATED)

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By IVES GALARCEP

The New York Red Bulls have too many forwards on their roster at the moment, which made it seem unlikely that the team would have an interest in bringing back seldom-used French forward Sebastien LeToux. Apparently that hasn't stopped the Red Bulls from offering LeToux to a new contract.

Injury scare for Messi in UEFA Champions League

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FC Barcelona star Lionel Messi came into Wednesday's UEFA Champions League match against Benfica as a second-half substitute, with observers hoping to see him score a record-breaking goal.

What they witnessed instead was Messi going to the ground clutching his left knee, in the kind of pain we just aren't used to seeing him show.

Galaxy Notes: No loan for Gonzalez, Wilhelmsson gone, and more

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Omar Gonzalez is probably still celebrating his MLS Cup MVP performance, and he will have a little longer to celebrate that victory after LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena made it clear there will be no loans or training stints for the standout centerback this winter.

Bocanega close to returning from hamstring injury

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By IVES GALARCEP

U.S. Men's National Team captain Carlos Bocanegra has been sidelined for three weeks since suffering a torn hamstring in the U.S. friendly against Russia last month, but he is close to returning to action for Spanish second-division side Racing Santander.

Bocanegra started running this past weekend, and while he will miss his team's match against Real Madrid B this weekend, he believes he will be available for selection when Racing Santander faces Sabadell on Dec.

Carr diagnosed with torn ACL suffered in MLS Cup

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The news just went from bad to worse for Calen Carr.

The Houston Dynamo announced Wednesday that the injury Carr suffered in the second half of Sunday's MLS Cup final was a torn ACL in his left knee and he is expected to undergo surgery to repair it.Carr sustained the knock in the 57th minute of the Dynamo's 3-1 loss to the LA Galaxy this past Sunday when he collided with Galaxy centerback Omar Gonzalez, and the 30-year-old forward was immediately replaced by Macoumba Kandji.

Garber, MLS make first public pitch for a stadium in NYC

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BY DAVE MARTINEZ

Over 500 people crammed into the 487 seat capacity Queens Theater in Flushing Meadow Park for Major League Soccer's first public foray into the community to sell the benefits of their stadium project.

Dubbed a "town hall," the closely controlled event felt more like a pep rally.

New pro women’s league hopeful third time is the charm

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By GARRETT CLEVERLY

Abby Wambach has a simple solution on how the new women's professional league needs to be different from the two that have folded within the last ten years.

"Find richer owners, I'm not kidding. There is one reason why the MLS survived is because they had really deep pockets in some of their owners.

UEFA Champions League: Your Running Commentary

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Chelsea's hopes of reaching the UEFA Champions League knockout round hinge on today's final round of group matches.

The Blues must defeat Nordsjaelland and have Shakhtar Donetsk defeat Juventus in order to avoid becoming the first defending champion to be eliminated in the group stage.

Celtic also has their survival hopes hinging on today's action, with the Scottish champions currently tied for second place in Group G with Benfica, which takes on leaders Barcelona.

Fire’s Johnson to train with Stoke City and Everton

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Chicago Fire goalkeeper Sean Johnson will be heading to England this winter for a pair of training stints with English Premier League sides Stoke City and Everton, the Fire announced on Wednesday.

Johnson, 23, is coming off his best pro season to date.

A look at the three vacant MLS head coaching jobs (and the best candidates to fill them)

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The 2013 MLS Draft is just five weeks a way, and the MLS Combine just a month away, but three teams currently sit without permanent head coaches in place as we draw closer to the new year.

The New York Red Bulls, Chivas USA and Montreal Impact have all parted ways with their 2012 head coaches in recent weeks, but none of the three appears close to announcing a permanent replacement.

SBI talking MLS on the podcast circuit

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With so much going on in Major League Soccer this week following Saturday's MLS Cup Final, I have had a chance to make some guest appearances on a couple of podcasts to talk about the trades, the coaching searches and everything going in in MLS.

I spoke with the folks at MLS in 30, and we talked about the MLS Cup, as well as the flurry of trades in MLS earlier this week.

UCL Rewind: Real Madrid roll, English teams fall, and more

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Real Madrid fell short in their quest to finish at the top of the Group of Death, but an impressive 4-1 thumping of Ajax on Tuesday gives the Spanish champions some momentum heading into the knockout rounds.

Jose Callejon scored a pair of goals while Cristiano Ronaldo and Kaka added a goal apiece to send Real Madrid into the Round of 16 team, behind Borussia Dortmund, which clinched first place in Group D after posting a 1-0 victory against last-place Manchester City.

Long-time Pachuca goalkeeper Calero dead at 41

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Former Colombian national team and Pachuca goalkeeper Miguel Calero died on Tuesday at the age of 41.

A familiar face to American soccer fans from his years as Pachuca's netminder, Calero made 50 appearances for the Colombian national team and was a key figure on a Pachuca side that won four Mexican League titles and four CONCACAF Champions League titles.

FC Dallas re-signs George John

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FC Dallas has agreed to terms on a new multi-year contract with centerback George John, the club announced on Tuesday.

John finished out his original MLS contract in 2012, but reached a new deal to rejoin FC Dallas.

John played in 23 matches in 2012, making 19 starts, with injuries limiting his appearances.

USMNT Daily Update: MLS playoffs boost stock for several young Americans

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The MLS playoffs are traditionally a time when careers are defined, stars are made and players catch the eye of national team coaches looking for players who step up when the games are the most important.

The 2012 edition of the MLS playoffs gave us a new crop of American players to add to the list of promising national team prospects.

A look at Real Salt Lake’s extreme makeover, and why it just might leave RSL a much stronger team

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By IVES GALARCEP

At first glance, Real Salt Lake's handful of major roster moves on Monday might have been seen as an act of desperation for a club in dire need of salary cap relief. A closer look reveal the calculated maneuvering of a front office that knows more than most just what it takes to rebuild a team and keep it competitive.

Union’s Pfeffer joining Hoffenheim on loan

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Young Philadelphia Union midfielder Zach Pfeffer will spend 2013 in Germany rather than MLS, joining Bundesliga side TSG Hoffenheim on a year-long loan deal, the Union announced on Tuesday.

The 17-year-old Pfeffer is one of the more promising youth prospects in the MLS system, having helped lead the Philadelphia Union academy team to the Generation adidas Cup title while also earning looks with the U.

Morgan named U.S. Soccer Female Athlete of the Year

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In a year that saw the U.S. Women's National team win Olympic gold and re-establish itself as the top team in the world, no player enjoyed as impressive a year as Alex Morgan.

The 23-year-old forward compiled jaw-dropping stats this year, recording 28 goals and 19 assists to help her be named U.

UEFA Champions League: A Look Ahead

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There will be no suspense regarding knockout round places in today's UEFA Champions League action. Not with all eight spots already secured in the four groups in action today.

What is on the line today is positioning for the top seeds in each group, as well as Europa League places, which should be enough to generate some intense match-ups.

MatchDay 360: MLS Cup 2012 (A Look Back)

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Hartman, Wynne and Angel among players left in MLS Re-Entry Process

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By IVES GALARCEP

FC Dallas goalkeeper Kevin Hartman, Colorado Rapids defender Marvell Wynne and Chivas USA forward Juan Pablo Angel were among the players left available for the 2012 MLS Re-Entry Draft.

Teams have until 5pm on Thursday to re-sign these players. The Stage One Draft for the players left in the Re-Entry process will take place on Friday.

RSL, Timbers and Red Bulls lead the way on busy Monday of MLS moves

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Real Salt Lake and the Portland Timbers wasted no time overhauling their rosters, with both teams enjoying busy Monday's on the first day teams could make trades and announce signings.

The blockbuster trades sending Fabian Espindola and Jamison Olave to the New York Red Bulls, and Will Johnson to Portland, for allocation money were both announced.

Red Bulls land Kimura and draft pick from Timbers for allocation and HG rights to Gallego

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The Caleb Porter era in Portland is in full swing as he helped his new team land the rights to one of the key members of the college team he just left.

The Timbers acquired the Homegrown Player rights to Bryan Gallego and allocation money from the New York Red Bulls for fullback Kosuke Kimura and Portland's second-round pick in the 2012 MLS Draft.

Meola interested in returning to RBNY as coach

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BY DAVE MARTINEZ

Sporting Director Andy Roxburgh told local media that he would be looking at both European and American options as the New York Red Bulls continue to vet their coaching prospects.

Could Tony Meola be on that short list?

Though he doesn't have professional coaching experience in the top ranks, the Hall of Fame goalkeeper has a history in New York both with the Metrostars and as a member of the Red Bulls.

SBI Live Q&A set for 1pm Today

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It's that time again. Time to talk all things soccer in the latest SBI Live Q&A.

The 2012 MLS season is over and the off-season is already promising to be one of the busiest in recent memory. That, coupled with the U.S. national team preparing for qualifying in February, and European soccer still in full swing, there is plenty to discuss.

SBI Live Q&A (Dec. 3rd Edition)

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It is that time again. Time to talk all things soccer in the latest SBI Live Q&A.

Want to talk the MLS season that just ended, the crazy off-season action already underway, or maybe U.S. national team talk? We can talk about all that, as well as European soccer, college soccer and a sprinkling of pop culture questions.

Suitors lining up as Red Bulls ponder Cooper deal

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By IVES GALARCEP

The New York Red Bulls are well underway in the overhauling of their roster, with deals for Fabian Espindola and Jamison Olave from Real Salt Lake and Kosuke Kimura from Portland expected to be announced in the coming days, but the biggest move they make could involve the trading of the team's leading goal scorer in 2012.

Club Tijuana caps dream season with Mexican title

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A year-and-a-half after securing promotion to the top tier in Mexico, Club Tijuana have become champions of Mexico.

Xolos put a dream end to their impressive Apertura campaign bybeating Toluca, 4-1, on aggregate after a 2-0 victory in the second leg of the Liga MX finals on Sunday. Tijuana winning the Mexican championship not only caps off the club's remarkable rapid rise, but also gives Xolos a berth in the upcoming Copa Libertadores tournament.

European Weekend Rewind: Man United wins thriller, Real Madrid makes statement and more

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By NICK IUELE

The English Premier League is fast becoming a two-horse race, and the same contenders who fought to the finish last year appear ready for another tight race this season.

Manchester United pulled three points clear of the pack in the EPL with a dramatic 4-3 victory against Reading on Saturday.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Things just keep getting better and better for Bobby Wood.

A few months removed from having faced an uncertain future because of problematic knee injuries, Wood continued his comeback by scoring his first professional goal in 1860 Munich's 1-1 draw with VfR Aalen on Friday.

BREAKING: Olave and Espindola heading to RBNY, Johnson going to Portland as RSL prepare to shake up roster

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By IVES GALARCEP

The MLS trade window opens on Monday, and when it does open, Real Salt Lake will be at the forefront of a busy window filled with some blockbuster deals.

RSL is set to trade centerback Jamison Olave and forward Fabian Espindola to the New York Red Bulls for a large amount of allocation money, pending league approval, multiple sources confirmed to Soccer By Ives on Sunday.

Late goal propels Creighton to College Cup, joining Indiana, Maryland and Georgetown

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Freshman midfielder Christian Blandon scored an 89th-minute winner to propel Creighton to a 1-0 victory against UConn in the NCAA Tournament quarterfinals on Sunday.

Blue Jays senior Jose Gomez set up the winner with a cross from the right flank that Blandon deposited past UConn goalkeeper Andre Blake to book Creighton's second straight trip to the College Cup semifinals.

USWNT beats Ireland to stay unbeaten on farewell tour

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By JOSE M. ROMERO

GLENDALE, Ariz. Alex Morgan scored her 28th goal of the calendar year just 44 seconds into the match, and Megan Rapinoe added a goal for insurance to lead the U.S. women's national team to a 2-0 win over Ireland in an international friendly Saturday in Glendale, Ariz.

MLS Cup MVP Gonzalez shines in Galaxy cup victory

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By FRANCO PANIZO

CARSON, Calif. LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena has not had any conversations with U.S. Men's National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann about centerback Omar Gonzalez.

That is likely to change after Saturday.

Gonzalez was named the MLS Cup final MVP following a dominant performance that helped the Galaxy defeat the Houston Dynamo en route to repeating as MLS champions at the Home Depot Center.

Despite increased vigor, Dynamo again cope with MLS Cup disappointment

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By THOMAS FLOYD

CARSON, Calif. Down their MVP finalist playmaker and lacking in inspiration, the Houston Dynamo in the 2011 MLS Cup final didn't put up much of a fight. The 1-0 score, it's safe to say, was quite kind.

So when the Dynamo found themselves with a chance at MLS Cup redemption Saturday, facing the same Los Angeles Galaxy side that handled them a year ago, they were determined to fare better this time around.

Galaxy rally to repeat as MLS Cup champions

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By FRANCO PANIZO

CARSON, Calif. In the end, the LA Galaxy gave David Beckham the fairytale finish he was hoping for.

The Galaxy repeated as MLS Champions on Saturday afternoon, defeating the Houston Dynamo, 3-1, at the Home Depot Center in a rematch of last year's MLS Cup final.

Amid uncertainty about his future, Donovan steps up again to win his fifth MLS Cup

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CARSON, Calif. We still don't know what Landon Donovan will be doing, or where he will be when the next MLS season kicks off in March, but whether or not the LA Galaxy star follows through on hints of retirement, or chooses to prolong one of the best careers in American soccer history, Donovan will have the 2012 MLS Cup to add to his lofty list of accomplishments.

Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

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After starting and playing the entire match against Pescara last weekend, Michael Bradley will look to continue his momentum as AS Roma travels to Artemio Franchi to take on Siena. Roma will also be looking to continue its momentum, having won three of their last four, as they look to move into the top five of the Serie A standings.

2012 MLS Cup Final: Match Day Commentary

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CARSON, Calif. The Los Angeles Galaxy and Houston Dynamo square off today at Home Depot Center in the MLS Cup Final for the second straight year (4:30pm, ESPN).

The Galaxy enter as defending champions and will be looking for their fourth title in club history. They take on a Dynamo side with two titles of their own, and a team much better than the squad that lost to the Galaxy in the 2011 MLS Cup Final.

Galaxy, Dynamo set for MLS Cup final rematch

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By FRANCO PANIZO

CARSON, Calif. From David Beckham's MLS exit to the potential retirement from Landon Donovan, there are plenty of subplots heading into this year's MLS Cup final.

The one that is seemingly being overshadowed, however, is that this year's game is a rematch of the 2011 MLS Cup final that came down to the wire.

A year later, healthy Davis relishes shot at MLS Cup redemption

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By THOMAS FLOYD

CARSON, Calif. Standing on the sidelines, there was nothing Brad Davis could do. As empowering as the Houston Dynamo midfielder is on the pitch, the quad injury that reduced him to sporting crutches and a warm-up jacket enveloped him with a sense of helplessness.

With talk of retirement looming, Donovan prepares for what could be an MLS Cup swan song

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CARSON, Calif. The inevitable questions came, both in English and Spanish, and Landon Donovan wasted little energy as he shot each question down, one by one.

The topic was Donovan's future, which had to be expected after hearing for months now that he was burned out, and hearing for weeks now that he was seriously contemplating retirement at the age of 30.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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Real Madrid have watched FC Barcelona run away with the early lead in the Spanish First Division, and have seen their own struggles leave them far behind city rival Atletico Madrid.

If Real Madrid wants any hope of catching unbeaten Barcelona, they must knock off an Atletico side enjoying an outstanding first half of the season.