Soccer By Ives Archives for January 2012

Missed chances, shaky defending doom USMNT in 4-1 loss to Brazil

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By FRANCO PANIZO

LANDOVER, Md. -- The U.S. men's national team looked to their match against Brazil as a way to guage just how far they have come in their first year under head coach Jurgen Klinsmann, and they found out there is still work to be done.

Four days after routing Scotland to open their busy summer, the United States suffered a 4-1 defeat to Brazil in front of a crowd of 67,619 fans at FedEx Field on Wednesday night.

USA vs. Brazil: Match Night Commentary

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The U.S. men's national team takes on five-time World Cup champion Brazil tonight at FedEx Field (8pm, ESPN2). The match will serve as the U.S. team's toughest test ahead of the upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Antigua and Barbuda and Guatemala.

The Americans are riding a four-match unbeaten streak, and just posted a resounding a 5-1 thrashing of Scotland on Saturday.

USA vs. Brazil: The Pregame Tailgate

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The U.S. men's national team takes on five-time World Cup champion Brazil tonight at FedEx Field as a major tune-up for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Antigua and Barbuda and Guatemala. The match comes on the heels of a 5-1 victory over Scotland on Saturday, but the level of competition will be taken to another level given the Brazilians' talent-laden roster.

USMNT to use Brazil as measuring stick before qualifying

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By FRANCO PANIZO

LANDOVER, Md. -- The U.S. men's national team has had 10 months to fine-tune things under head coach Jurgen Klinsmann, and now they will get to see just how far they have come along.

The United States will take on five-time World Cup champions Brazil on Wednesday night at FedEx Field in a high-profile friendly that the Americans are using as to gauge where they stand before World Cup qualifying begins next weekend.

Mid-Day Ticker: Liverpool close in on Rodgers, Balotelli warns racists & more

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It would appear that Brendan Rodgers is Liverpool's man after all.Â

According to reports out of England, the young Swansea City coach will become Kenny Dalglish's replacement in the Liverpool coaches box less than two weeks after reportedly turning down an interview request from the club.

Who should the USMNT start vs. Brazil?

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The U.S. Men's national team faces what could be its toughest test of the year tonight at Fed Ed Field when might Brazil comes calling, and Jurgen Klinsmann will have some tough decisions to make on what lineup, and what formation he should use to best combat the South American powerhouse.

Reyna, Meola among four set to be inducted into National Hall of Fame

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Prior to Wednesday night's match between the U.S. men's national team and Brazil, a quartet of individuals who helped build the foundation for both men's and women's soccer in this country will receive their due.

Claudio Reyna, Tony Meola, Desmond Armstrong and Tony DiCicco will be inducted into the National Hall of Fame, and longtime journalist Grahame Jones will be honored as well, at a ceremony at FedEx Field before the friendly.

Studio 90: USA ready for Brazil

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SBI MLS Player of the Month: Alan Gordon

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When the San Jose Earthquakes needed a late goal this past month, Alan Gordon came to the rescue. Not once, not twice, but three times. In a row.

Gordon's trio of consecutive late-game goals directly secured five points for the Earthquakes, and his heroics helped earn him SBI MLS Player of the Month honors, becoming the second Earthquake to win in as many months, following in the footsteps of Chris Wondolowski.

MNT In Scotland: Carlos Bocanegra (Part 2)

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Seven MLS teams eliminated after wild night in U.S. Open Cup

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One-by-one the results kept coming in Tuesday night, with each one seeming more unlikely than the last. On perhaps the wildest, most unpredictable night in U.S. Open Cup history, seven MLS teams were eliminated from the competition the third round, and the manner in which some of them were sent packing was downright shocking.

USMNT Notes: Bradley talks Italian scandal, Altidore gains confidence & more

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By AVI CREDITOR

LANDOVER, Md. -- Michael Bradley has had two of his best, most influential games in any uniform for club or country in recent wins for the national team against Italy and Scotland. He was able to turn in those performances after growing as a player during a standout season in Serie A for Chievo Verona, taking the road less traveled for U.

Dempsey, Altidore unlikely to start vs. Brazil

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By FRANCO PANIZO

LANDOVER, Md. -- When the U.S. men's national team's starters walk through the tunnel at FedEx Field on Wednesday, two players who likely will not be among that group are Clint Dempsey and Jozy Altidore.

A look at MLS' best and worst values

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When the MLS Players Union released its list of player salaries on Friday, there were plenty of names next to number figures that caused some eyebrows to raise and jaws to drop. There are the productive players who would appear to be grossly underpaid like Red Bulls rookie Ryan Meara ($33,750), FC Dallas defender George John ($47,250) and Chicago Fire playmaker Sebastian Grazzini ($50,400) on one end of the spectrum, and then those not exactly pulling their weight like Toronto FC defenders Richard Eckerlsey ($390,000) and Miguel Aceval ($199,086) on the other.

Boyd takes success in stride, eyes bigger opportunities for club and country

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By FRANCO PANIZO

ORLANDO, Fla. -- When Terrence Boyd found out he would start in the U.S. men's national team's friendly against Scotland last week, he could not help but smile. Boyd was happy as can be knowing he would get a big chance to prove his worth in just his second cap with the United States, and he called his parents to share his excitement.

SBI MLS Power Rankings: Week 12

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D.C. United has perched themselves atop the Eastern Conference standings, and as a result, the club is at its highest spot of the season in the SBI MLS Power Rankings.

D.C. is up to No. 2 after finishing off a three-win home stand over the weekend, but the team was not the highest riser of the week.

Studio 90: Full USMNT squad trains

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SBI MLS Team of the Week: Columbus Crew

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Week 12 in the MLS season was quite kind to the Columbus Crew.

Led by striker Emilio Renteria, the Crew came up with their first MLS win over former coach Sigi Schmid in seven tries to defeat the Seattle Sounders 2-0 at CenturyLink Field before returning home and topping the Chicago Fire 2-1 a few days later to win SBI MLS Team of the Week honors.

Real Madrid to take on Celtic in Philadelphia in latest WFC addition

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Real Madrid is returning to Philadelphia.

The Spanish champions will play Celtic as part of the World Football Challenge on Aug. 11 at Lincoln Financial Field. According to a release, the match will be Celtic's only one during the tournament, but Real Madrid has also signed on to play the Los Angeles Galaxy and Juventus.

MLS teams begin U.S. Open Cup play with third-round matchups

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MLS teams enter the U.S. Open Cup's third round Tuesday night, and while plenty of regional bouts headline the night's slate, the non-regional ones carry some of the top story lines.

The Seattle Sounders begin a third straight Open Cup title defense at home against the NASL's Atlanta Silverbacks.

USL Pro: A Look Back at Week 8

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By FRANCO PANIZO

In Week 7 the Rochester Rhinos were forced to settle for their first draw of the season. In Week 8, they suffered their first loss.

The Rhinos were defeated by the Harrisburg City Islanders, 1-0, on Friday night at Skyline Sports Complex courtesy of a second-half goal from Morgan Langley.

Draw disappointment fuels Red Bulls ahead of U.S. Open Cup match

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By DAVE MARTINEZ

Anyone who witnessed the New York Red Bulls exit the pitch after last week's 1-1 draw against Chivas USA would have surely assumed they lost. Players gestured to team management as they walked back into their locker room. The team scurried out of sight as media awaited them at the door for a lengthy period of time.

Field-level view: USA vs. Scotland

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Tuesday Kickoff: Italian match-fixing scandal grows, Blues win Hazard & more

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The big names continue to be implicated in the latest alleged match-fixing scandal in Italy.

Fresh off guiding Juventus to an undefeated season, coach Antonio Conte is now reportedly under investigation for wrongdoing while he was in charge of Siena in 2010-2011. Conte denied all allegations in comments made to the Associated Press, saying, "My story speaks clearly for itself.

USMNT Notes: Dempsey, Altidore train; team shifts gears for Brazil and more

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By AVI CREDITOR

COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- For the first time since cutting his roster down to 23, U.S. national team coach Jurgen Klinsmann had all of his players available and in training on Monday evening in a public session in front of an estimated couple thousand fans at the University of Maryland's Ludwig Field.

SBI MLS Rookie of the Month: Ryan Meara

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When a rookie goalkeeper can rattle off an undefeated month, it is definitely cause to take notice. But when a goalkeeper does so by putting together strong game after strong game, all you can do is stand up and applaud the kind of month Ryan Meara just had.

Not only did Meara help the New York Red Bulls go 4-0-1 during the month of May, he did so by making coutnless outstanding saves, and did so despite the fact New York was missing key defensive starters all month.

NASL Week 8: A Look Back

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By FRANCO PANIZO

FC Edmonton looked ready to give the San Antonio Scorpions some payback after losing to the Texas club in Week 7, but the Scorpions refused to lose.

San Antonio extended its unbeaten streak to six games on Sunday afternoon, fighting back from two goals down to grab a 2-2 draw with the Eddies.

SBI MLS Rookie of the Week: Darren Mattocks

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Darren Mattocks picked a good time to score his first professional goal, netting the equalizer in Vancouver's 1-1 draw vs. Cascadia rival Portland on Saturday.

The goal, one of several scored by MLS rookies this past weekend, made Mattocks our pick for SBI MLS Rookie of the Week.

Gil, Bijev among players called in for U.S. U-20 camp and South American friendlies

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Real Salt Lake midfielder Luis Gil and Fortuna Dusseldorf forward Villyan Bijev were among the 20 players named for the upcoming U.S. Under-20 national team training camp in Houston by head coach Tab Ramos.

The roster, released on Saturday, includes FC Dallas forward Jonathan Top and University of North Carolina tandem Boyd Okwuonu and Jordan McCrary.

SBI MLS Player of the Week: Emilio Renteria

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The Columbus Crew are enjoying a strong run of form lately, and the leading figure behind the team's recent victories has been Venezuelan striker Emilio Renteria.

The Crew defeated Seattle and Chicago this past week and Renteria found the net in both victories, assisting on a goal before delivering a beautiful striker in the Crew's 2-0 win at Seattle, then scoring the eventual game-winning goal against the Fire.

Morgan's brace leads USWNT to romp over China

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The U.S. Women's national team shook off an uncharacteristic slow start to put on a show for a sold-out crowd at PPL Park on Sunday, as Alex Morgan showed off her outstanding form in a 4-1 rout of China.

The Chinese opened the scoring on the night, temporarily quieting a raucous crowd in Chester, Pa.

Donovan reunited with ball from Algeria goal

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Red Bulls coach Backe unhappy with U.S. Soccer's Open Cup scheduling

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BY DAVE MARTINEZ

New York Red Bulls Head Coach Hans Backe is ready to take the US Open Cup seriously; that has been the message since before the start of the season. Now, all he wants is for US Soccer to do the same.

Last year's disappointing 4-0 U.

Midfield trio key in USMNT win over Scotland

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By FRANCO PANIZO

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Figuring out how to get Michael Bradley, Jermaine Jones and Maurice Edu all on the field at the same time for the U.S. men's national team has proven difficult in the past given their similar playing styles.

Renteria winner helps Crew roll past Fire

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By JEFFREY KRAUSE

COLUMBUS, OH.--The Chicago Fire continued a trend on Saturday night as they faced the Columbus Crew for the first time this season. A late push was not enough for the Fire to walk away with any points, as the Crew prevailed, 2-1, behind first half goals from Eddie Gavin and Emilio Renteria.

Johnson continues to shine at left back for USMNT

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By FRANCO PANIZO

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- No Timmy Chandler at left back. No problem.

For a second straight game, Fabian Johnson filled in for the absent Chandler at the position that has proved most troublesome for the U.

Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

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With CONCACAF World Cup qualifying just around the corner, Mexico will be heading toward qualifying trying to recapture the form that led them to a CONCACAF Gold Cup last summer.

'El Tri' will look to get rolling today with a win against Wales in one of two key international matches on the TV schedule today.

USA 5, Scotland 1: Match Highlights

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Must-See Goal: Michael Bradley

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Mattocks' first professional goal earns Vancouver point in Portland

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By JOSE M. ROMERO

PORTLAND, Ore. – John Spencer refused to look at Saturday night's 1-1 draw between his Portland Timbers and the Vancouver Whitecaps as a disappointing result.

Instead the Timbers coach labeled the match "some of the best football we've played all year.

Late Borchers winner leads RSL to victory

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Real Salt Lake saw two leads disappear and looked destined to settle for a point against FC Dallas on Saturday.

Then Nat Borchers delivered a stoppage-time finish any forward, let alone centerback, would be proud off.

Borchers struck a close-range shot into the top corner of the net in the third minute of second-half stoppage time to give Real Salt Lake a 3-2 victory at Rio Tinto Stadium on Saturday night.

Donovan hat-trick inspires USMNT to rout over Scotland

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By FRANCO PANIZO

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- U.S. men's national team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann talked earlier in the week about starting this jampacked summer by defeating Scotland in an exciting manner.

Klinsmann got just what he asked for.

USA vs. Scotland: Match Night Commentary

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The U.S. Men's national team kicks off a series of five matches in three weeks with a friendly against Scotland in Jacksonville, Florida tonight (8pm, NBC Sports Network).

The match is the start of a busy run that will culminate with the Americans opening qualifying for the 2012 World Cup with matches against Antigua & Barbuda and Guatemala.

Marquez shifts gears for coming Mexican National matches

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BY DAVE MARTINEZ

A thirty-yard, outside-of-the-foot curler that beat Mexican keeper Memo Ochoa upper 90 was followed by a howling celebration and a playful smile as teammates lauded the strike with a chorus of ooh's and ahh's. Â His movement was spry, his passes precise.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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With the European Championships coming up fast on the horizon, some of the tournament's favorites will be in action today fine-tuning their teams ahead of the summer's biggest event.

Spain takes on Serbia today in what shoul be an entertaining encounter. The Spanish will be without their Barcelona-based stars (as well as their Athletic Bilbao contingent), with both clubs having just played in the Copa Del Rey Final, but should still have plenty of firepower on display.

USMNT kick off busy summer with clash against Scotland

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By FRANCO PANIZO

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The U.S. men's national team's busy summer is well underway, but the real action is set to begin.

The United States will play the first of its five matches in the coming weeks against Scotland at EverBank Field on Saturday night, and the game (which will see the U.

USMNT Notebook: Preparations for Scotland continue, Donovan open to move abroad and more

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By FRANCO PANIZO

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. --Â Not long after trimming its roster down to 23 players, the United States took to the field for a public training session at EverBank Field on Friday to continue preparations for the Saturday's friendly against Scotland.

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This Weekend's Soccer on TV

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International soccer picks up where European and Mexican club soccer left off, as pre-World Cup qualifying and pre-European championship friendlies headline a busy weekend around the world.

The U.S. men's national team returns to action for the first time since February, taking on Scotland.

MLS suspends Alonso, Jimenez

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A pair of mid-week challenges have led to two more players being suspended by the MLS Disciplinary Committee.Â

Seattle Sounders midfielder Osvaldo Alonso was suspended two games, and Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder Hector Jimenez was suspended one for their two-footed, studs-up challenges on Wednesday night.

Klinsmann addresses USA roster after cuts, ahead of upcoming matches

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By AVI CREDITOR

The U.S. national team has not played a match in almost three months, but that stretch will end with Saturday night's friendly against Scotland at Jacksonville's EverBank Field, where more than 36,000 seats have been sold ahead of the match.

Guardiola era at Barcelona comes to a close at Copa del Rey final

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Pep Guardiola has one match remaining before a new era at Barcelona begins, and it provides a chance for him to go out in an appropriate manner.

Friday's Copa del Rey final (4 p.m., ESPN3.com/ESPN Deportes) marks the end of Guardiola's four years coaching the Spanish giant, where he enjoyed unparalleled success in bringing three league championships and two UEFA Champions League titles to Camp Nou.

MLS 2012 player salaries released

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Let the scrutinizing begin.

The MLS Players Union released its current list of player salaries (which can be seen by club here) on Friday, and it should come as no surprise that the highest-paid players in the league, respectively, are New York Red Bulls Designated Players Thierry Henry and Rafa Marquez and Los Angeles Galaxy DPs David Beckham, Robbie Keane and Landon Donovan.

MLS Week 12: A Look Ahead

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By THOMAS FLOYD

The Houston Dynamo will be out for revenge Saturday, and they'll be doing so against a Los Angeles Galaxy side that couldn't look more vulnerable.

Six months after defeating Houston in the MLS Cup final, the Galaxy and their Western Conference-worst 3-7-2 record will pay a visit to BBVA Compass Stadium.

U.S. U-18s play Poland, Slovakia to draws

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The U.S. Under-18 men's national team played to its second consecutive draw in the Lisbon International Tournament on Thursday, playing Slovakia to a 0-0 tie.

The result came a day after the U-18s tied Poland 1-1 on a goal by Chivas USA academy forward Ben Spencer, who volleyed in the equalizer after Alejandro Guido's cross was flicked on by Los Angeles Galaxy forward Jack McBean.

Dempsey ready for bigger challenges

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Clint Dempsey sounds like a man ready to tackle a new challenge.Â

Coming off the greatest season of his career and entering the final year of his contract with Fulham, Dempsey opened up about his options and hopes for the upcoming transfer window in an interview with Fox Soccer, and the message is pretty clear: While not outwardly saying a permanent goodbye to Fulham, Dempsey is prepared for the bright lights of the UEFA Champions League and an opportunity at a bigger club.

D.C. United Notes: Club eyes first place, injured group nears return and more

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By AVI CREDITOR

D.C. United is on the cusp of earning what has turned into a rare distinction for the club this deep into the season in recent years. With a win over the New England Revolution Saturday night, D.C. will enter its three-week international break in first place in the Eastern Conference.

MNT In Scotland: Carlos Bocanegra

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Copa Libertadores: Santos, Universidad join Corinthians, Boca Juniors in semis

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Santos' quest to repeat as Copa Libertadores champion is alive. Barely.

The Brazilian giant needed a late equalizer from Alan Kardec to pull even with 10-man Argentine side Velez Sarsfield and then prevailed on penalties 4-2 to advance to the tournament semifinals Thursday night.

Klinsmann cuts Agudelo, Morales, Williams, Zusi ahead of U.S. matches

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The U.S. men's national team's final 23 are on their way to Jacksonville.

Juan Agudelo, Alfredo Morales, Danny Williams and Graham Zusi are not among them, as the four were cut from the national team roster by coach Jurgen Klinsmann ahead of the team's upcoming five matches.

Studio 90: Focus shifts to Scotland

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Friday Kickoff: Blatter looks to eliminate penalties, Beckham to be honored & more

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If you are in the group of fans that cannot stand that important matches can come down to a penalty shootout, you are not alone. The president of FIFA has your back.

Sepp Blatter called for an alternative solution to penalty shootouts at the FIFA Congress in Budapest, saying that, ''Football should not go to one to one, because when football goes to penalty kicks, it loses its essence as a team sport.

Cameron attracting interested from Europe

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By FRANCO PANIZO

ORLANDO, Fla.-- Geoff Cameron's time with the Houston Dynamo could be coming to a close in the near future.

The Dynamo centerback is currently attracting interest from several clubs abroad, sources with knowledge of the situation told SBI on Thursday.

Klinsmann discusses USMNT snubs, training camp and more

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When Jurgen Klinsmann named the 27-man roster for the current U.S. national team training camp, the players who didn't get called in were as big a story as the players who Klinsmann did call in. The absences of several players came as a surprise, while some other long-shots didn't come through for some fans.

Union Notes: Lahoud struggles to integrate, MacMath returns from injury and more

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By JOEY SAMUEL

Days after being acquired from Chivas USA in exchange for Philadelphia Union captain Danny Califf, Michael Lahoud was already into the starting lineup. But Lahoud's first match as a member of the Union saw him struggle to adapt to the team's style of play.

MLS Spotlight: Califf enjoying promising start with Chivas USA after leaving Union

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By FRANCO PANIZO

The relationship between Danny Califf and the Philadelphia Union did not end in the most pleasant of ways, but the start to the latest chapter in his career has gone as well as anyone could have imagined.

Since being traded by the Union to Chivas USA a week ago, Califf has gotten off to a strong start with the Goats by helping them to a win over the Los Angeles Galaxy in his debut last Saturday and a 1-1 draw against the red-hot New York Red Bulls on Wednesday.

MLS Spotlight: Journeyman Steele coming through in the clutch

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By THOMAS FLOYD

Jonny Steele was just 12 years old when he first visited the United States. Little did he know how influential that trip would ultimately be.

Traveling stateside for the USA Cup youth soccer tournament, Steele met some friends that he stayed in touch with over the course of his budding career.

Mid-Day Ticker: Juventus enters Drogba race, Martinez in Liverpool talks & more

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Juventus has jumped into the Didier Drogba sweepstakes.

The Italian champions have reportedly offered the prolific striker a two-year deal that would play him $125,000 a week, as well as a $15 million signing bonus. Drogba, who Saturday led Chelsea to a win over Bayern Munich in the Champions League final, is departing Stamford Bridge after eight seasons with the London outfit.

TFC claims 4th straight Canadian title

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Toronto FC may be the "worst team in the world," in the words of striker Danny Koevermans, but the embattled club is headed to the CONCACAF Champions League for the fourth straight year nonetheless.

After earning a 1-1 draw at Vancouver last week in the first leg of the Canadian Championship final, Toronto finished off the Whitecaps on Wednesday at BMO Field, riding Reggie Lambe's 83rd-minute tally to a 1-0 win and 2-1 aggregate triumph.

Impact sign DiVaio as Designated Player

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The Montreal Impact have announced the signing of Italian striker Marco Di Vaio.

The 35-year old joins the Impact from Serie A side Bologna, and will count as Montreal's first Designated Player. He will be eligible to join the team when the MLS transfer window opens on June 27th.

What do you think of the signing?

Thursday Kickoff: Blazer investigated, Chelsea releases two players and more

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The turmoil in CONCACAF has spread and Chuck Blazer may be in trouble.

The USA representative on the FIFA Executive Committee has been accused of overseeing financial irregularities and is also considering a lawsuit against FIFA over unpaid TV commissions. CONCACAF is still under heavy scrutiny following the scandal that saw former FIFA vice-president Jack Warner resign in disgrace over bribery allegations.

Angel's special night at Red Bull Arena

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Crew shock Sounders in Seattle

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By JASON MITCHELL

It was three years and seven matches in the making, but thanks to a pair of goals and stingy defense the Columbus Crew finally beat the Seattle Sounders.

Justin Meram's header in the 16th minute gave the Crew the only goal they would need Wednesday night, but Emelio Renteria's stunning one-touch volley from 30 yards out in the 76th minute secured the victory.

Gordon stoppage-time goal completes San Jose's comeback win over Galaxy

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BY ADAM Â SERRANO

CARSON, Calif. -- Alan Gordon scored in stoppage time as the San Jose Earthquakes erased a late two-goal deficit with three unanswered goals to defeat the Los Angeles Galaxy, 3-2, on Wednesday.Â

After going down due to goals from Hector Jimenez and Mike Magee, San Jose clawed back as Steven Lenhart and Khari Stephenson scored before Gordon's dramatic stoppage time winner.

Angel, Cooper find the net in Red Bulls, Chivas draw

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BY DAVE MARTINEZ

So close, yet so far.

With a franchise record six consecutive wins within their grasp, the New York Red Bulls failed to convert on a plethora of chances en route to a 1-1 draw against the visiting Chivas USA.

"We should have won this game," Red Bulls Coach Hans Backe said after the match.

Soccer Wednesday: Your Running Commentary

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More than half of MLS is in action Wednesday night, with four league games, the Canadian championship final and a club friendly on tap. There's a CONCACAF Champions League berth on the line in Toronto, where TFC will look to hold off the Vancouver Whitecaps to claim their fourth straight Voyageurs Cup.

Potential Sounders-Timbers clash headlines U.S. Open Cup pairings

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The Seattle Sounders' road to a fourth consecutive U.S. Open Cup title may very well end up going through their archrivals.

Should the Sounders and Portland Timbers each win next week's third-round Open Cup matches, the two will square off at Jeld-Wen Field in a must-see fourth-round clash.

Americans Abroad: Parkhurst's club wins league championship, Span scores

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Michael Parkhurst will be reporting to U.S. national team camp Thursday as a champion.

Parkhurst's FC Nordsjaelland put the finishing touches on their Danish Superliga title on Wednesday, defeating Horsens 3-0 in the season finale to hold off FC Copenhagen and seal a place in the UEFA Champions League.

Messi, USMNT trio among stars playing in Miami World Soccer Masters friendly

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A collection of some of the U.S. national team's top talent and the world's greatest soccer players will be gathering in Miami in a month for one star-studded all-star friendly.Â

Clint Dempsey, Carlos Bocanegra, Jozy Altidore, Lionel Messi and Didier Drogba lead a cast of 42 players who will participate in the World Soccer Masters exhibition match June 23 at Miami's Sun Life Stadium, according to a Fox press release.

Donovan set for national team return after lengthy absence

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By ADAM SERRANO

CARSON, Calif. -- In the last 264 days, Landon Donovan has played for two teams. The U.S. men's national team is not one of them. He has played against Clint Dempsey, but the two have not suited up for the same side since Bob Bradley was the one roaming the U.

Mid-Day Ticker: Barton banned 12 games, Chelsea's Lucas bid rejected & more

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Joey Barton is paying a hefty price for his actions during Queens Park Rangers' season finale against Manchester City.

Barton was fined £75,000 and banned eight games on top of the four he had already accrued for being sent off for violent conduct and for already having been sent off before during the season.

Fire Notes: Rolfe nears return, club looks to end home woes vs. Dallas and more

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By JEFFREY KRAUSE

Chris Rolfe has yet to see the gameday roster for the Chicago Fire due to an ankle injury he suffered after returning to the club following a stint of more than two years in Denmark. That could be changing in the immediate future, though.

Impact to host Lyon in July friendly

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Count the Montreal Impact in for the summer friendly madness.

The Impact will host French Cup champion and UEFA Champions League knockout round participant Lyon at Stade Saputo on July 24, the first of two matches Lyon will play in North America in July.

The club that boasts French national team goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, midfielder Yoann Gourcuff and forward Jimmy Briand will play a few days later at Red Bull Arena when they take on Ligue 1 champion Montpellier for the Champions Trophy on July 28.

MLS Wednesday: A Look Ahead

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With the international break nearly here, MLS teams are cramming in games before World Cup qualifiers begin, and the result is a numerous mid-week matches.

Four MLS games and a friendly accompany the Canadian championship on the docket Wednesday night, highlighted by the New York Red Bulls' five-game winning streak being put to the test by recent trade partner Chivas USA and the Los Angeles Galaxy looking to end their struggles against the San Jose Earthquakes in the California Clasico.

USMNT training sessions open to public prior to Scotland, Brazil matches

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U.S. men's national team fans in the Jacksonville, Fla., and Washington, D.C., areas will get a chance to see Jurgen Klinsmann's squad up close before it takes to the field against Scotland and Brazil.

Friday's training session at EverBank Field in Jacksonville and next Monday's training session at the University of Maryland's Ludwig Field have both been made open to the public, with the latter being announced officially on Wednesday.

TFC, Vancouver battle for Canadian championship, CCL berth

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For the Vancouver Whitecaps and Toronto FC, the Voyageurs Cup is there for the taking at BMO Field Wednesday night.Â

The two clubs square off in the second leg of the Canadian championship final (8 p.m., Rogers Sportsnet), with one earning domestic bragging rights and a place in this summer's CONCACAF Champions League.

U.S. Open Cup: Three amateur sides survive, NASL teams roll in second round

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The U.S. Open Cup often brings about surprise results, and Tuesday's second-round of the new-look tournament was no different.

Three amateur sides are alive after pulling second-round upsets of USL Pro clubs. USASA club Cal FC, coached by Eric Wynalda, got two more goals from former UCSB and U.

Wednesday Kickoff: Drogba has Shenhua talks, Solksjaer passes on Villa & more

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Didier Drogba is reportedly moving closer toward making China the next stop on his career path.

The former Chelsea striker, who confirmed Tuesday that he was leaving the Blues after eight years and just delivering a UEFA Champions League title, has entered into negotiations with Shanghai Shenhua, according to the Chinese club that also employs his former Chelsea teammate, Nicolas Anelka, as a player/coach.

MLS Notes: Saunders trains with Galaxy, Jakovic gets late call-up and more

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The Los Angeles Galaxy had a welcome sight at training on Tuesday.

Goalkeeper Josh Saunders was back in uniform and on the training field despite still being ineligible to play games for the club. Saunders said he was enrolled in the league's substance abuse and behavior health program for stress reasons -- not drugs and alcohol, according to ESPN LA -- and he shed a bit of light on his situation.

Spain's Villa ruled out for Euro 2012

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David Villa will not be playing for Spain at this summer's European championship.

The injured Barcelona striker has been ruled out of contention for the defending world and European champions, according to a statement released by the Spanish federation on Tuesday.

For Villa, who broke his left leg in the FIFA Club World Cup in December and has not played since, it was always an uncertainty that he would be fit in time for this summer's tournament.

USL Pro: A Look Back at Week 7

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By FRANCO PANIZO

The Dayton Dutch Lions failed to pick up their first win of the season in two tries this weekend, but they did manage to put an end to the last impeccable record in the league.

The Dutch Lions ended the Rochester Rhinos' perfect start to the season and their six-match shutout run by grabbing a 1-1 draw at Sahlen Stadium on Friday.

Mid-Day Ticker: Boa Morte trains with TFC, Najar left off Honduras and more

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Luis Boa Morte has resurfaced, and it is with Toronto FC, at least temporarily.

Boa Morte, who abruptly left South African club Orlando Pirates last week and was released from his contract, is reportedly on trial with the winless MLS side and was at training on Tuesday ahead of the club's second-leg match in the Canadian championship final against the Vancouver Whitecaps, according to numerous reporters in Toronto.

SBI MLS Power Rankings: Week 11

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Things have just gone from bad to worse for the Los Angeles Galaxy.

With their first loss to SuperClasico rival Chivas USA in five years, the Galaxy dropped to 3-6-2 and dead last in the Western Conference. And if they're going to climb back up the standings, they'll have to begin doing so without Landon Donovan and Robbie Keane, both of whom are on international duty.

Klinsmann talks Chandler, Boyd, Corona & more as USMNT camp rolls on

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Jurgen Klinsmann isn't one to mince words, so when he was asked about Tim Chandler's decision to turn down his latest U.S. national team call-up, Klinsmann didn't hold back.

In an exclusive interview with Fox Soccer on Monday, Klinsmann expressed his unhappiness with Chandler's decision and cited the player's immaturity as a likely factor in his unwillingness to commit to the national team.

Must-See Goal: Radamel Falcao

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U.S. U-18s set for Portugal tournament

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The U.S. men's national team is currently preparing for friendlies and World Cup qualifiers, but the future of the program is also in action this week. The U.S. Under-18 men's national team kicks off its participation in the Libson International Tournament on Wednesday, the first tournament for new coach Javier Perez.

Tuesday Kickoff: Mourinho signs new deal, FIFA names woman to ExCo & more

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All of the Jose Mourinho departure talk can be put on hold. The Special One is not going anywhere.

Mourinho signed a new four-year deal with Real Madrid that will extend the manager's time with the club until 2016. Two years into his original deal with Madrid, Mourinho guided the club to the first 100-point season in La Liga history, dethroning Barcelona to capture the league championship and adding a title in Spain to ones that he has already claimed in Portugal, England and Italy.

Behind the Crest: A closer look at USMNT training camp ahead of five-game stretch

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SBI MLS Team of the Week: D.C. United

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Two games in a four-day span were no problem for D.C. United, as they continued to climb up the Eastern Conference with back-to-back victories this past week.

D.C. United claimed the SBI MLS Team of the Week award after posting a 2-0 win over the Colorado Rapids on Wednesday and a 3-1 win over Toronto FC Saturday.

Drogba confirms Chelsea departure (UPDATED)

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Didier Drogba will forever be remembered by Chelsea fans for his heroic performance which helped the club lift their first UEFA Champions League trophy, especially since it will be his final contribution for the team.

The 34-year-old Drogba confirmed that he will leave the club when his contract expires next month.

Which snubbed player most deserved to get called into USMNT camp?

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By FRANCO PANIZO

U.S. men's national team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann unveiled the final additions to his summer training camp before World Cup qualifying on Sunday. And is the case every time a roster is announced, there was much debate and criticism over who was and was not selected.

SBI MLS Rookie of the Week: Ryan Meara

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The month of May seems to be Ryan Meara's for the taking.

The New York Red Bulls goalkeeper continued his string of strong performances for the club in a 2-1 win over the Montreal Impact on Saturday, and his five-save performance in that game earned him SBI MLS Rookie of the Week honors for a third consecutive week.

SBI Player of the Week: Dwayne De Rosario

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Dwayne De Rosario came up with two-game winning goals this past week, and his performances in wins over the Colorado Rapids and Toronto FC made him the easy pick for SBI's MLS Player of the Week award.

The reigning MLS MVP began his solid week by scoring the winner in D.C. United's 2-0 victory over the Rapids on Wednesday, and he followed that up with a two-goal performance in a 3-1 triumph over struggling Toronto FC on Saturday.

Red Bulls rally together in unlikely winning streak

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By DAVE MARTINEZ

When Thierry Henry fell flat on his back, clutching his hamstring against the New England Revolution, the Red Bulls' immediate future seemed condemned to failure. Wilman Conde, Teemu Tainio, Stephen Keel, Roy Miller and a suspended Rafa Marquez already left New York scrambling for answers on their starting eleven.

Studio 90: Fans Visit Training in Orlando as MNT Preparation

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Juventus to take on D.C. United, Real Madrid as part of 2012 WFC

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You can add Juventus FC to the list of teams partaking in this year's World Football Challenge.

Serie A champions Juventus have agreed to take part in this summer's tournament, and will travel to RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. to take on D.C. United in a friendly on July 28, United announced on Monday.

NASL Week 7: A Look Back

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By FRANCO PANIZO

The San Antonio Scorpions might just be the hottest team in NASL right now.

After enduring a slow start to the season, the Scorpions picked up a fourth consecutive victory when they topped FC Edmonton, 2-0, at Heroes Stadium on Saturday. Jonathan Greenfield scored minutes prior to halftime, and Ryan Cochrane doubled San Antonio's lead in the second half as 8,310 fans watched on.

Henley called in by Wales for Mexico match

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Gareth Bale and five other players will not be available for Wales' friendly against Mexico this coming Sunday, but one of the replacements called in is American-born Adam Henley.

The 17-year-old left back, who was born in Knoxville, Tennessee, is among the six players who have been summoned by Wales head coach Chris Coleman as replacements for the upcoming friendly versus Mexico at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.

Brunner strike, own goal sink Chicago Fire in Portland

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By JEFFREY KRAUSE

Sunday night two teams heading in opposite directions met at Jeld-Wen Field in Portland, as Chicago put a three-game unbeaten streak on the line against a Timbers side that had not scored a goal in 427 minutes.

The match ended with Portland getting the best of the Fire, with the help of a pair of goals off corner kicks.

Monday Kickoff: Torres' Chelsea future in doubt, Berbatov wants out, and more

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Fernando Torres may have been celebrating winning the Champions League with Chelsea this past weekend, but his future with the club is up in the air after he expressed severe disappointment in not starting in the final.

Torres said being on the bench at the start of Chelsea's game versus Bayern Munich this past Saturday was possibly the biggest disappointment in his life.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

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By FRANCO PANIZO

FC Nordsjaelland are one step away from becoming champions of Denmark, and Michael Parkhurst is a big reason for that.

Playing left back, Parkhurst delivered the assist on the winning goal in Nordsjaelland's 1-0 victory over Brondby. The win placed Nordsjaelland in first place in Denmark with one game left in the season.

Donovan, Onyewu among second round of call-ups for USMNT camp in Orlando

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U.S. men's national team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has added 11 players to the roster partaking in a camp in Orlando, Fla., and veterans Landon Donovan and Oguchi Onyewu are a part of it.

Here is the full roster with the latest additions in bold:

Goalkeepers:Â Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Tim Howard (Everton), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)

Defenders:Â Carlos Bocanegra (Rangers), Edgar Castillo (Club Tijuana), Steve Cherundolo (Hannover), Alfredo Morales (Hertha Berlin), Geoff Cameron (Houston Dynamo), Oguchi Onyewu (Sporting CP), Michael Parkhurst (FC Nordsjaelland), Clarence Goodson (Brondby IF)

Midfielders:Â Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Michael Bradley (Chievo Verona), Joe Corona (Club Tijuana), Maurice Edu (Rangers), Fabian Johnson (Hoffenheim), Jermaine Jones (Schalke 04), Jose Torres (Pachuca), Danny Williams (Hoffenheim), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)

Forwards:Â Clint Dempsey (Fulham), Juan Agudelo (Chivas USA), Terrence Boyd (Borussia Dortmund), Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy), Herculez Gomez (Santos Laguna), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes), Jozy Altidore (AZ Alkmaar)

What do you think of the roster?

Dynamo avoid defeat to Revolution on late goal from Camargo

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Luiz Camargo scored his first career MLS goal for the Houston Dynamo and Saturday, and it could not have come at a better time.

Camargo buried an 87th-minute equalizer off a left-footed volley to give the Dynamo a 2-2 draw with the New England Revolution at Gillette Stadium. The near-post finish negated Saer Sene's second goal of the game, and left the Revolution with their latest bit of heartbreak this season.

Gomez, Perez score in Union's draw with FC Dallas

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FC Dallas and the Philadelphia Union's respective winless runs continue.

Panamanians Blas Perez and Gabriel Gomez each found the back of the net for their teams, as FC Dallas and the Union played to a 1-1 draw at FC Dallas Stadium on Saturday. The result leaves FC Dallas without a victory in their last seven games, while the Union have not won in their last four.

Late Gordon goal gives Earthquakes draw with Crew

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Alan Gordon came through in the clutch to prevent the San Jose Earthquakes from losing for the second straight week, and this time he did so in spectacular fashion.

A week after heading home a late equalizer against Chivas USA, Gordon repeated his late-game heroics by scoring a sideways bicycle kick in the last minute of regulation to give the Earthquakes a 1-1 draw versus the Columbus Crew at Buck Shaw Stadium.

Rapids rally from two down to tie Sporting KC

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Teal Bunbury opened his account with two goals against the Colorado Rapids on Saturday, but even that was not enough to put a halt to Sporting Kansas City's winless streak.

The Rapids rallied from a pair of early first-half strikes from Bunbury and picked up a point with a 2-2 draw at Dick's Sporting Goods Park, extending Sporting KC's winless run to four games.

Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

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Juventus has enjoyed a season for the ages, completing an unbeaten Serie A campaign to win their 27th Scudetto (or 30th if you ask Juve fans), but they have a chance to complete pure perfection today by winning the Coppa Italia final against Napoli.

The match, which will be Alessandro Del Piero's last match for the club he has spent two decades with, can give the Italian champions the Double and give the Italian national team a boost heading toward Euros, with the Juventus contingent making up a large part of the Italian squad.

West Ham returning to Premier League after Vaz Te fires Hammers to Promotion

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The Hammers are back, and it didn't take that long at all.

A year after being relegated in stunning fashion, West Ham United has completed their comeback, earning a return trip to the English Premier League after beating Blackpool in the Promotion Final on Saturday.

Ricardo Vaz Te played the role of hero, delivering the game-winning goal in the 87th minute for West Ham in a 2-1 victory that is projected to be worth between £45 million and £90 million.

Chivas USA snap winless skid vs. Galaxy, wins battle of LA for 1st time in five years

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By KAYLA KNAPP

CARSON,CALIF -- The LA Galaxy came into Saturday's SuperClasico hoping to keep their five-year unbeaten streak against Chivas USA rolling, and tried doing so with a lineup missing both David Beckham and Robbie Keane.

The Rojiblancos had other plans, and bolstered by the team's new acquisitions, Chivas USA played like a team with no interest in being pushed around by their neighbors any longer.

DeRosario haunts former club, scores twice to send TFC to ninth straight loss

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Dwayne DeRosario has made a habit of haunting his former teams, and Saturday he burned the hometown team that traded him away just a year ago.

DeRosario scored in the very first minute, and then again just before halftime to lead surging D.C. United to a 3-1 victory over Toronto FC at RFK Stadium on Saturday.

UEFA Champions League: Bayern Munich 1, Chelsea 1: Match Highlights

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Red Bulls shake off red card to win fifth straight

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An overzealous challenge by Victor Palsson earned him a second yellow card and left his New York Red Bulls a man down and facing the very real prospects of seeing their four-match winning streak snapped in Montreal.

Rather than giving up a goal down a man, the red-hot Red Bulls scored a winner, as Dane Richards pounced on a loose ball and blasted home the vital finish in New York's 2-1 victor over the Impact at Olympic Stadium.

Montero equalizer helps Sounders tie Whitecaps

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The Vancouver Whitecaps looked poised to take all three points and earn some bragging rights on rival Seattle, but the Sounders were bailed out by a familiar hero who delivered yet another clutch goal.

Freddy Montero scored in the 90th minute to help give the Sounders a 2-2 tie at BC Place in Vancouver.

Chelsea win UEFA Champions League title

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When Bayern Munich's Tomas Mueller headed home the first goal of a tightly-contested UEFA Champions League final, Chelsea chances of lifting the trophy looked doomed.

Didier Drogba had other plans though, delivering a vital late equalizer to set up extra time and a dramatic penalty shootout for the ages.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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The UEFA Champions League Final is already the biggest game in club soccer, but today's final in Munich will carry even more importance for Chelsea when they take on Bayern Munich (2:45pm, FOX).

The Blues will be European champions with a victory, but a loss would not only keep Chelsea from their first Champions League trophy, it would also mean no participation in Champions League next year.

Agudelo discusses his move to Chivas USA

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Who do you think will win the Champions League final? (And SBI staff picks)

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Chelsea. Bayern Munich. One game for Europe's bragging rights.

The two clubs fought their way to the UEFA Champions League final (FOX, 2:45 p.m., Saturday), and while both will have to overcome some personnel absences Saturday at Allianz Arena in Munich, players like Franck Ribery, Didier Drogba, Mario Gomez, Frank Lampard, Arjen Robben, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Ashley Cole, Philipp Lahm, Manuel Neuer and Petr Cech carry the starpower and international cache to turn in a memorable final.

Pearce talks trade, future with Red Bulls

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By DAVE MARTINEZ

As surprised as people were about the Red Bulls trading Juan Agudelo for Heath Pearce, perhaps nobody was as taken aback as the former Chivas USA defender himself.

"If it was sudden from your perspective, it was more sudden from mine," Pearce told reporters after his first practice with New York.

Galaxy Notes: Rivalry match on tap; DPs set for international duty and more

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By ADAM SERRANO

CARSON, Calif. –- Heading into the first rivalry match of the season, things could be going better for both Chivas USA and the Los Angeles Galaxy, but the fact that both teams are struggling in the standings does not take away from one of the MLS' most heated rivalries.

Rapids re-sign Cummings

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The Colorado Rapids have taken another step to keep their core players together for the foreseeable future.

The Rapids re-signed striker Omar Cummings to a multi-year contract on Friday, extending the Jamaican forward's stay in Colorado. In his sixth season with the Rapids, Cummings has scored 36 goals and assisted on 26 others.

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Either Chelsea or Bayern Munich will be crowned the champion of Europe on Saturday.

The two clubs meet in the UEFA Champions League final, a match that is the highlight of the weekend slate despite both teams beating the odds to top favored Spanish sides Barcelona and Real Madrid en route to the final at Allianz Arena.

Ronaldo talks record year, Messi & more

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Cristiano Ronaldo had himself a banner year.

No, his season won't end atop the UEFA Champions League winners' podium, and his miss in the penalty kick shootout in the UCL semifinals certainly put a damper on his 2011-2012 resume, but after a season in which Ronaldo scored against every team in La Liga, tallied 46 goals in league play and 60 across all competitions and led Real Madrid to a record 100 points en route to their 32nd Spanish league title, his place as one of the world's greatest players is secure.

Red Bulls Notes: Soler hints at Rodgers return, Marquez out for Montreal & more

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By DAVE MARTINEZ

The high-profile news continues to pour out of Red Bull Arena.

On the heels of Thursday's trade that sent Juan Agudelo to Chivas USA for Heath Pearce, Red Bulls general manager Erik Soler told reporters Friday that Luke Rodgers may suit up for the New York Red Bulls this season after all.

MLS Week 11: A Look Ahead

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By THOMAS FLOYD

Chivas USA and the Los Angeles Galaxy may be toiling near the bottom of the Western Conference standings, but their annual rivalry clash at the Home Depot Center on Saturday has become a must-see event.

The match comes two days after Chivas pulled off a pair of high-profile trades, sending Heath Pearce to the New York Red Bulls for Juan Agudelo and acquiring Danny Califf from the Philadelphia Union for Michael Lahoud.

Studio 90: Torres, Guzan talk training camp

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UEFA Champions League: Short-handed Bayern Munich, Chelsea tangle for title

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By JOHN BOSCHINI

There hasn't been any shortage of excitement on the road to Munich, and Saturday marks the final chapter in what has been a UEFA Champions League that will be remembered as one of the more unpredictable tournaments in recent years.Â

Bayern Munich and Chelsea broke up what was seemed as an inevitable Clasico final and dispelled the myth of a two-team power rising in the Champions League.

Report: Guatemala-USA World Cup qualifier only available on pay-per view

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U.S. men's national team fans will be able to watch next month's World Cup qualifier against Guatemala, but they'll have to fork over a decent chunk of change to do so.

According to the New York Times, the match will be only accessible on television in the United States on pay-per view only for $29.

WPS folds after three seasons

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It is a dark day for women's soccer in America. Women's Professional Soccer is no more.

WPS has stopped operations permanently and is dissolving after three seasons, the league announced on Friday.

"We sincerely regret having to take this course of action," said T.

Must-See Commercial: Nike's latest ad

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Americans Abroad: A Look Ahead

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Herculez Gomez may not have had a chance to help Santos Laguna in the first leg of the Clausura Liguilla final, but the short turnaround before the second game could provide him a prime opportunity to help push the club to a championship.

Friday Kickoff: Monterrey salvages late draw, Villa talks to Solskjaer and more

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Santos Laguna was on the verge of a momentum-seizing victory in the first leg of the Mexican clausura final before a familiar foe struck for some late heroics.

Humberto Suazo scored on a stoppage time penalty kick following a foul from Felipe Baloy to cancel out Oribe Peralta's second-half goal and salvage a 1-1 draw for Monterrey at Estadio Tecnologico Thursday night.

Shea, Danso latest players suspended and fined by MLS Disciplinary Committee

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Brek Shea's frustrating start to the season just got worse.

The MLS Disciplinary Committee handed Shea a three-game suspension and fined him an undisclosed amount for his actions in FC Dallas' 2-1 loss to the Columbus Crew this past weekend. Shea received the punishment for his actions in the 24th minute of the match, when he intentionally kicked the ball at an assistant referee.

Soler: Agudelo pushed for trade

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BY DAVE MARTINEZ

When the time came to pull a trigger on a trade sending away Juan Agudelo, the ultimate push to make a trade happen came from none other than Agudelo himself.

That is the contention of team General Manager Erik Soler as he discussed the details of the young striker's trade to Chivas USA for defender Heath Pearce, allocation money and future considerations.

Union deal Califf to Chivas USA for Lahoud, allocation

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Danny Califf is officially done playing for the Philadelphia Union.

The Union traded Califf to Chivas USA in exchange for midfielder Michael Lahoud and allocation money, the clubs announced on Thursday. The deal comes on the same day Chivas USA traded defender Heath Pearce to acquire forward Juan Agudelo from the New York Red Bulls.

Agudelo traded to Chivas USA for Pearce, allocation money

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New York Red Bulls forward Juan Agudelo has been traded to Chivas USA for defender Heath Pearce, allocation money, and other considerations, Fox Soccer reported on Thursday.

The Red Bulls will receive what sources told Fox Soccer is a "significant amount of allocation money" as well as having Chivas USA pay a portion of Pearce's salary.

Mid-Day Ticker: Norwich releases Whitbread, Canada unveils roster & more

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Zak Whitbread's career has hit a most unwelcome bump in the road.

The American centerback was released by Norwich City on Thursday after another injury-plagued campaign. Whitbread, 28, made 21 appearances for Norwich as the club finished midtable in its first season back in the Premier League.

Studio 90: USMNT begins training camp

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MLS Spotlight: Gaddis emerges as rookie standout

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By FRANCO PANIZO

CHESTER, Penn. --Â When the rosters for the 2012 MLS Combine were released earlier this year, one name that drew attention was Ray Gaddis. But it was not for reasons you might initially think.Â

Gaddis was not among the dozens of players selected for the multi-day event in January in Ft.

Thursday Kickoff: Hassli blast gives Whitecaps tie vs. TFC, United release Owen, and more

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Eric Hassli didn't start Wednesday night's Canadian Championship Final first leg, but the French striker sure did finish it in style.

Hassli came off the bench to deliver a jaw-dropping equalizer in second-half stoppage time to help the Vancouver Whitecaps salvage a 1-1 draw against Toronto FC at BC Place.

Must-See Goal: Eric Hassli

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De Rosario, Salihi lead D.C. past Colorado

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WASHINGTON -- Matt Pickens could only come up big so many times.

The Colorado Rapids goalkeeper made eight saves, most of which came at a high degree of difficulty, but Dwayne De Rosario and Hamdi Salihi were able to break through to deliver D.C. United a 2-0 victory in front of 11,593 at RFK Stadium Wednesday night.

MLS pairings for U.S. Open Cup released

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MLS teams have a better idea of who they'll be playing when they enter the U.S. Open Cup in the third round.

U.S. Soccer released the draw of possible matches for the third round, with the completion of the first round taking place on Tuesday. Unlike in past years, the host sites for the third-round games were determined by random coin flip as opposed to a bidding process, giving every team an equal shot at hosting a match.

U.S. U-20 forward Kiesewetter signs with Stuttgart

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Another young American prospect in Germany has signed a long-term contract that secures the next step on his career path.

Bundesliga club VfB Stuttgart announced Wednesday that they have signed U.S. Under-20 forward Jerome Kiesewetter through 2016, with the player moving to the team from recently relegated Hertha Berlin.

Whitecaps look to break Toronto FC's run in Canadian championship final

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Meeting in the finals of the Canadian championship is nothing new for Toronto FC and the Vancouver Whitecaps, who have tangled for the right to hoist the Voyageurs Cup in each of the last three years. Even though Toronto FC has won all three of those meetings, one look at the MLS standings would suggest that it might just be the Whitecaps' year to break the hex and earn their first berth in the CONCACAF Champions League.

Nowak confirms Califf trade to Chivas

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Speculation started rising over the weekend that the Philadelphia Union were dealing captain Danny Califf to Chivas USA. On Wednesday, Union manager Peter Nowak put an end to all of the speculation. He confirmed that the trade is indeed happening, pending league approval.

UEFA Champions League's Top 10 Goals

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The 2011-12 UEFA Champions League final is on Saturday, when either Bayern Munich or Chelsea will be crowned kings of Europe to mark the end of a memorable tournament. While either side might come up with spectacular highlights in the final match, Fox Soccer has compiled their top 10 goals from this season's competition so far.

Beckham helping deliver Olympic torch to London, will return for Chivas match

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Visiting the White House with his Los Angeles Galaxy teammates was just the beginning of David Beckham's whirlwind week.

Assuming his role as one of London's ambassadors for this summer's Olympic games, Beckham will be part of the contingent bringing the Olympic torch from Athens to London on Friday, one of the traditional ceremonies in the build-up to an Olympics.

Mid-Day Ticker: Dalglish out at Liverpool, Alves breaks collarbone and more

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King Kenny's reign at Liverpool is over.

Kenny Dalglish is out as Liverpool manager after a disappointing season during which the Reds finished in eighth place in the Premier League. The club's Carling Cup triumph and appearance in the FA Cup final could not mask the overall struggles in league play, as the club went 14-14-10 and was nowhere near the race for a Champions League berth for the final months of the campaign.

A look at Chandler's latest USMNT snub

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For the second straight summer, the U.S. Men's national team will be playing important games, and for the second straight summer Timmy Chandler has passed on the chance to play in those important games.

Chandler's decision to stay home rather than take part in the USA's World Cup qualifiers this summer rang alarm bells in American soccer circles for a variety of reasons.

Dynamo, Timbers play to scoreless draw

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Tuesday night's game between the Houston Dynamo and Portland Timbers will be memorable for it being the first night game at BBVA Compass Stadium. But that's about it.Â

The two clubs combined for few chances in a sluggish 0-0 draw in front of a sellout crowd at MLS' newest stadium.

Amateur clubs advance after opening round of new-look U.S. Open Cup

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The first round of the U.S. Open Cup is in the books, with 16 amateur teams advancing to the second round, when NASL and USL Pro sides enter the competition under the tournament's new format.

From Tuesday's first-round results, Pacific Northwest sides Kitsap Pumas and the Portland Timbers' U-23 team both fell, with amateur side Cal FC, coached by Eric Wynalda, knocking off Kitsap 3-1 behind two goals from former UCSB and U.

Wednesday Kickoff: Terry in, Ferdinand out for Euro, Tuzos tab Sanchez & more

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Roy Hodgson's tenure as England national team manager is off to a controversial start.

Hodgson named his squad for Euro 2012 and has included the likes of John Terry, Stewart Downing and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain while leaving out Rio Ferdinand, Daniel Sturridge, Aaron Lennon, Darren Bent and Michael Carrick, among others.

President Obama honors Galaxy at White House for 2011 MLS Cup triumph

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By AVI CREDITOR

WASHINGTON -- The Los Angeles Galaxy's three Designated Players combined for the moment of brilliance that earned the club the MLS Cup trophy last November, and the three were at the heart of President Barack Obama's remarks in the East Room of the White House on Tuesday, when he honored the Galaxy for their 2011 championship.

Klinsmann announces first 16 players for USMNT camp in Orlando

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By FRANCO PANIZO

U.S. men's national head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has released the first part of the roster that will take part in a training camp in Orlando later this month, and there are several veterans included and one big omission.

Mid-Day Ticker: France announces preliminary roster, Del Piero open to Premiership move, and more

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France national team head coach Laurent Blanc has rounded out the preliminary roster for this summer's Euro 2012, and Les Bleus look as deep a team as any.

Blanc has called in a 26-man roster that will need to be trimmed down to 23 by May 29, and among the players selected are Bayern Munich's Franck Ribery, Manchester City midfielder Samir Nasri and Patrice Evra of Manchester United.

MLS Notes: Friedrich has hamstring strain, Kitchen injury minor & more

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When the Chicago Fire signed German international centerback Arne Friedrich, the one major concern was that the defender's injury past would prevent him from staying on the field.

That concern came to fruition over the weekend, when Friedrich had to exit the club's victory over Sporting Kansas City after getting his leg caught under him on the slippery surface on a rainy night at Toyota Park.

MatchDay 360: A look back at the opening of BBVA Compass Stadium

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SBI MLS Best XI: Week Ten

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The New York Red Bulls moved into first place in the Eastern Conference thanks to their two-win week last week, and three players who have been instrumental in the team's four-match winning streak were front and center yet again.

Ryan Meara, Kenny Cooper and Dax McCarty were all vital to the Red Bulls' victories against Houston and Philadelphia, and all three earned spots on SBI's MLS Best XI for Week 10 because of it.

Must-See Goal: Kevin Venegas

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Tuesday Kickoff: Balotelli to return to City, Villa begins coaching search & more

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By JOHN BOSCHINI

It looks like Mario Balotelli isn't going anywhere.

In a complete reversal from barely a month ago, Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini confirmed that the unpredictable Italian striker will return to the Etihad next season. Mancini had suggested Balotelli would be sold in the summer after being sent off against Arsenal in April, but rumors over a swap deal with AC Milan for Zlatan Ibrahimovic were quickly squashed and now Mancini says Balotelli is "101 percent certain to remain with the club.

Miller, Mulgrew, Maloney among 22 on Scotland's roster for USA friendly

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Scotland manager Craig Levein has released the 22-man roster he will bring state-side for a friendly against the U.S. men's national team at EverBank Field in Jacksonville, Fla., on May 26.Â

Assuming he is part of the U.S. roster, Maurice Edu will have a good deal of familiarity with Scotland's side, considering it includes three current Rangers players and former Rangers standout striker Kenny Miller.

SBI MLS Power Rankings: Week 10

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Well it sure didn't take long for Real Salt Lake to dethrone the Seattle Sounders.

Just one week after the Sounders took over the top spot in the SBI MLS Power Rankings, Salt Lake slotted back into the No. 1 position on the strength of a 1-0 win in Seattle on Saturday. At 8-3-2, coach Jason Kreis' side is setting the pace in the race for the Supporters' Shield.

Galaxy set for White House visit with Saunders cleared to attend

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BY ADAM SERRANO

When the defending MLS Cup champion Los Angeles Galaxy are honored at the White House on Tuesday, goalkeeper Josh Saunders will be right alongside his teammates, according to a club release.

After announcing that Saunders will be away from the club indefinitely been away to enter the league's Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health program, but was approved to join the group in Washington, D.

Winless Toronto FC reshuffles front office

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Toronto FC is off to an 0-8 start to the Major League Soccer season, and rather than seeing anybody lose their job, the club's response to that awful start has been to change some people's job titles.

TFC announced on Monday that assistant coach Bob de Klerk has been moved to a role as Technical Manager, while former TFC player and recent Toronto FC Junior Academy coach Jim Brennan takes over as the team's lead assistant.

USL Pro: A Look Back at Week 6

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Not even games on back-to-back days are enough to ruin the run of good form the Rochester Rhinos are currently on.

The Rhinos tied the USL Pro record for wins to start a season while also extending their shutout streak to six games by winning two matches this weekend.

A look back at Adu's bittersweet Sunday

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Freddy Adu was having a day. The Philadelphia Union midfielder was toying with the New York Red Bulls defense, pulling off amazing moves and setting up Philly forwards with chance after chance. The game had all the makings of a banner day for Adu.

SBI MLS Team of the Week: Chicago Fire

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This week was supposed to be a brutal one for the Chicago Fire, with two of MLS' top teams coming to Toyota Park in a four-day stretch. Instead of succumbing to the tough slate, though, the Fire came up with two disciplined performances and four hard-earned points.Â

The Fire held Real Salt Lake to a 0-0 mid-week draw and overcame an early injury to Arne Friedrich to come from behind and deal Sporting Kansas City their third straight loss with a 2-1 result Saturday night to win SBI MLS Team of the Week honors.

Must-See Goal: Lee Nguyen

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NASL Week 6: A Look Back

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By FRANCO PANIZO

The first-place Puerto Rico Islanders just continue to roll in NASL, and their latest victim was a team that handed them their only loss of the season.

The Islanders exacted revenge against the Ft. Lauderdale Strikers on Saturday, beating them, 2-0, in front of a crowd of 1,060 at Bayamon Soccer Complex.

SBI MLS Rookie of the Week: Ryan Meara

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High-quality performances are becoming the norm for New York Red Bulls rookie goalkeeper Ryan Meara.

Meara posted his third straight shutout in a mid-week match against the Houston Dynamo before coming up big down the stretch against the Philadelphia Union to preserve the Red Bulls' fourth victory in a row and capture SBI MLS Rookie of the Week honors for the third consecutive week.

SBI MLS Player of the Week: Lee Nguyen

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Lee Nguyen certainly looked like a man playing with extra motivation Saturday night.

Nguyen torched the Vancouver Whitecaps, the team that cut him in the preseason after winning a player lottery for his services, by scoring two goals and assisting on another in the New England Revolution's 4-1 victory to earn SBI MLS Player of the Week honors.

Polarizing Marquez showcases class, rust in return to Red Bulls' lineup

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By DAVE MARTINEZ

In a single match, Rafa Marquez showed why he can simultaneously be a frustrating yet invaluable part of the New York Red Bulls.

Sunday's 3-2 victory over the Philadelphia Union marked his first match back since April 14th, when his tackle on San Jose Earthquakes midfielder Shea Salinas earned him a three-game suspension.

Late Gordon goal helps Quakes tie Chivas

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Chris Wondolowski did not score or assist on a goal for the first time in eight games. That didn't mean that the San Jose Earthquakes didn't have anybody else to pick up the slack and rescue a point at home.

Alan Gordon headed home a cross from rookie Sam Garza to burn Chivas USA, one of his former clubs, in the 88th minute and salvage a 1-1 draw for the San Jose Earthquakes at Buck Shaw Stadium Sunday night.

European Rewind: City's thrilling title win, Juventus' unbeaten season and more

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By JOHN BOSCHINI

At the kickoff of Survival Sunday in England, most believed that Manchester City would be champions for the first time since 1968. What they couldn't have predicted, however, was the hysteria that was to follow over the next couple of hours.

Monday Kickoff: Raul signs in Qatar, Balotelli makes Italy cut and more

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Feel free to cross Raul off the last of potential summer MLS arrivals.

The Spanish striker signed a one-year deal with Al Sadd in Qatar, signalling the next move in his legendary career. Raul, who turns 35 next month, played two seasons with German club Schalke, with his final match with the team coming at PPL Park in a friendly against the Philadelphia Union last week.

Man. City 3, QPR 2: Match Highlights

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Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Josh Gatt made his return to Molde FK's starting lineup this weekend, and he might be staying there for the foreseeable future after a strong outing in a blowout win.

Molde topped Stabaek 5-0 on Saturday, and Gatt contributed to the rout with a goal and an assist.

Galaxy release statement on Josh Saunders

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BY ADAM SERRANO

The Los Angeles Galaxy will be without the services of goalkeeper Josh Saunders "indefinitely" as the goalkeeper is in the league's Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health program according to a club release on Sunday.

Saunders has missed the Galaxy's last four matches and the club release follows a Los Angeles Times report earlier in the month that stated that Saunders would be in the league's substance abuse treatment program.

Beckham helps Galaxy snatch draw in front of record crowd in Montreal

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BY ADAM SERRANO

A record-setting crowd of 60,860 -- a record for a professional club match in Canada -- arrived the Olympic Stadium looking for some excitement on Saturday afternoon and boy, did they get it.

A vintage free kick goal from David Beckham from  in the 62nd minute negated Davy Arnaud's eighth minute strike to give the Los Angeles Galaxy a 1-1 draw with the Montreal Impact.

Red Bulls edge ten-man Union at PPL Park

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By JOEY SAMUEL

CHESTER, Pa.-- It was a back-and-forth and exciting match, but only one team emerged with three points on Sunday afternoon as the New York Red Bulls defeated the Philadelphia Union, 3-2, at PPL Park.

Kenny Cooper scored the game-winning goal in the 78th minute to lift the Red Bulls to their fourth straight win, a victory that moved New York into first place in the East.

Manchester City wins Premier League with thrilling stoppage time comeback

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The trophy looked lost, but Manchester City never gave up, even as stoppage time ticked away and City needed two goals to lift the Premier League title trophy.

Trailing Queens Park Rangers 2-1, and needing a win to secure their first title in 44 years, City staged a comeback for the ages.

Davis wondergoal helps Dynamo open BBVA Compass Stadium with a victory

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The Houston Dynamo's dream of a soccer stadium became a reality on Saturday, then Brad Davis provided the perfect capper to a historic day.

The Dynamo's brand new BBVA Compass Stadium opened on Saturday and Davis christened Major League Soccer's newest stadium with a beautiful goal to help Houston defeat D.

Union vs. Red Bulls: Match Day Commentary

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The Philadelphia Union take on the New York Red Bulls today in a key Eastern Conference showdown at PPL Park (12:30pm, ESPN2).

The Red Bulls are riding a three-match winning streak, with three straight shutouts, and will look to stifle a Union offense that has struggled to score goals all season.

Oduro winner, Espinoza red card help Fire send Sporting KC to third loss

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Chicago has not lost a home match to an Eastern Conference opponent since October 2010. That streak was put to the test Saturday night when conference leaders Sporting Kansas City entered Toyota Park to take on the Fire.

A second half red card to Roger Espinoza and a late goal by Dominic Oduro kept Chicago's unbeaten streak in tact, while also extending Sporting KC's own losing streak in the process.

Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

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Survival Sunday has arrived.

We will find out today which team will lift the English Premier League trophy, which EPL teams will play in the UEFA Champions League next year, as well as which teams won't be in the Premier League next season as ten league matches kick off to determine the winners and losers.

Espindola's record-setting goal leads RSL past Seattle

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By JASON MITCHELL

SEATTLE, Wa.– Fabian Espindola is a man with a lot to celebrate these days. He became a father last Friday, and his goal in the 51st minute in front of 39,312 at CenturyLink Field gave Real Salt Lake (8-3-2) a 1-0 victory over the Seattle Sounders (7-2-1) on Saturday night.

MLS Match Week 10: Your Running Commentary

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It is a landmark day for Major League Soccer, with some history-making matches set to be played, and the two best teams in the league preparing to square off.

BBVA Compass Stadium is set to open today as the Houston Dynamo unveil their new $95 million stadium by taking on East rival D.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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Borussia Dortmund have already clinched their second German Bundesliga title in a row, but they champs can add the DFB Pokal title to their trophy hall today with a win against UEFA Champions League Final-bound Bayern Munich.

With the German regular season finished and English Premier League poised for a full Sunday of matches, there aren't as many soccer viewing options today as usual on a weekend, but there are still several matches with major implications.

Injured Red Bull Conde charged with assaulting a police officer

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BY DAVE MARTINEZ

New York Red Bulls Red Bulls centerback Wilman Conde was arrested early Saturday morning and charged with aggravated assault on a police officer.

According to the Bergen Record, Fort Lee police responded to an early-morning noise complaint.and found Conde and a friend "intoxicated and belligerent to the responding officer.

This Weekend's Soccer on TV

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This weekend, it's all about Survival Sunday. Mostly, anyway.

One of the two Manchester clubs will be crowned Premier League champion, while Arsenal, Newcastle and Tottenham jockey for UEFA Champions League positioning and Bolton and QPR try to fend off relegation in Sunday's highly anticipated simultaneous slate of English soccer.

BBVA Compass Stadium set to mark dawn of new era for Dynamo

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By FRANCO PANIZO

The stage is set and eyes around the league will be fixated on southeast Texas this weekend, where the latest gem in MLS will be on display for all to see.

BBVA Compass Stadium, the latest soccer-specific stadium built in the United States, will open its doors on Saturday to put an end to the Houston Dynamo's extensive search for a place to call their own.

Ream set for biggest game of his life

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When the final day of the English Premier League season kicks off on Sunday, no American player will be playing in a more important match than Tim Ream.

The former New York Red Bulls centerback and U.S. national team defender is about to cap a strong first half season in England by playing in a match that will determine whether his club, Bolton, stays in the Premier League or is relegated to the League Championship.

MLS Week 10: A Look Ahead

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By THOMAS FLOYD

The Houston Dynamo's long wait for a home to call their own is finally over.

All eyes will be on the Dynamo this weekend as they open BBVA Compass Stadium, the league's latest soccer-specific venue, with a match against D.C. United in front of a national audience on NBC Sports Network.

Mid-Day Ticker: Vela turns down Olympic call; veteran pair leave AC Milan & more

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Mexico's Olympic team is not coming together as El Tri might have hoped.

Along with Javier Hernandez being denied a chance to compete this summer by Manchester United, star striker Carlos Vela has turned down a call-up to the Olympic team, leaving El Tri shorthanded on star power that was expected to make the team a serious contender during the Olympic tournament.

Stoke City, Swansea City to take on MLS sides in summer friendlies

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Summer friendly season in the United States is not only for the giants of European soccer.

The Columbus Crew and Sporting Kansas City announced that they will be hosting Stoke City, and the San Jose Earthquakes and Colorado Rapids will be playing Swansea City in friendlies in July and August.

European Look Ahead: Man. City on cusp of title, Italy's race for third and more

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By JOHN BOSCHINI

For Manchester City, the Premier League title is within their grasp, but standing in the way is a familiar face.

Former City manager Mark Hughes takes his Queens Park Rangers side into Etihad Stadium on Sunday with a chance to spoil his old club's run to the title.

Neymar, Pato headline Brazil roster for USA friendly

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The U.S. men's national team will have its hands full on May 30.

Brazil coach Mano Menezes released his roster for the Selecao's upcoming friendlies against Denmark, Mexico, the United States and Argentina, and he is not holding back as Brazil continues its preparations for this summer's Olympic tournament.

Santos hang 8 on Bolivar to complete Copa Libertadores quarterfinal field

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So much for the defending Copa Libertadores champions being shown an early exit.

Neymar scored two goals and had a hand in five others as Santos easily overturned a 2-1 first-leg deficit with an 8-0 demolition of Bolivian side Bolivar Thursday night to advance to the tournament quarterfinals.

D.C. United Notes: Club readies for BBVA opener, Salihi contributes and more

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D.C. United will be looking to buck an MLS trend while having the dubious honor of being the first visiting team at BBVA Compass Stadium.Â

Visiting teams are 1-5-2 over the last three seasons as the opponent in either the first game of a new stadium or an expansion team's home opener, with D.

Dempsey out for Fulham finale

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Clint Dempsey's record-setting season is over.

Fulham manager Martin Jol confirmed on the club's website that Dempsey will miss Sunday's season finale against Tottenham with a hip injury, prematurely ending what has been the greatest season of the American attacker's career.

Friday Kickoff: Giggs given Olympic green light; Spurs, Barca tangle for Bale & more

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Manchester United might not be letting Javier Hernandez participate in this summer's Olympics, but the club is reportedly all aboard the Ryan-Giggs-for-Team-Great-Britain bandwagon.Â

The Red Devils have given the 38-year-old Welshman the green light to play for Team GB this summer.

Americans Abroad: A Look Ahead

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By FRANCO PANIZO

It is do-or-die time for Bolton Wanderers.

Staring relegation in the face, Bolton will only avoid the drop to the Championship if they win their game at Stoke City and Manchester City tops Queens Park Rangers on Sunday. Tim Ream should resume his role in central defense for the Trotters, and he will need to help shutdown the likes of Peter Crouch and Kenwyne Jones to give Bolton a chance at staying in the EPL.

McCarty leading a depleted Red Bulls side to results

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BY DAVE MARTINEZ

In times of great need, unlikely heroes emerge. For the New York Red Bulls, Dax McCarty has proudly carried the mantle of leadership in the face of daunting odds.

"I feel good. I definitely feel like I'm starting to play like I was in Dallas a few years ago when we made that MLS Cup run," McCarty told reporters after New York's 1-0 shutout of the Houston Dynamo.

Union Notes: Team beats Schalke 2-1 in friendly, Nowak set to return, and more

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By JOEY SAMUEL

Although it doesn't count in the standings, the Philadelphia Union earned a quality win on Wednesday night in front of a paltry crowd at PPL Park.

Rookie forward Chandler Hoffman scored in the 88th minute to give the Union a 2-1 win over U.S. men's national team midfielder Jermaine Jones and German side Schalke 04.

MLS Spotlight: Cameron keeps improving as one of the best in MLS

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Geoff Cameron has kept very busy over the course of the past six months.Â

From playing playing in friendlies with the U.S. men's national team to continuing his transition to centerback with the Houston Dynamo, Cameron has not had too many dull moments since falling at the hands of the Los Angeles Galaxy in last season's MLS Cup final.

Mid-Day Ticker: Di Matteo's fate up in the air, Barcelona defends Messi & more

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If preparing to manage the Champions League final wasn't creating enough pressure for Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo, perhaps doing so with his job status up in the air will.

Chelsea chief executive Ron Gourlay has told the interim manager that no decision on his fate will be made until after the May 19 final against Bayern Munich.

RSL, Fire play to scoreless draw at Toyota Park

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BY JEFFREY KRAUSE

The Chicago Fire went into Wednesday night's match against Real Salt Lake hoping to build on their dramatic road victory against Chivas USA, but they wound up settling for a draw as their offense couldn't match the play of their organized defense.

Messi, Argentina to hold public training session at Red Bull Arena

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One of the world's best players is making a stop at Red Bull Arena this summer.

Leo Messi and Argentina will hold an open training session at Red Bull Arena on June 7, two days before the albiceleste are scheduled to take on archrivals Brazil in a friendly at MetLife Stadium. The session is free to New York Red Bulls season ticket holders, but tickets will need to be purchased otherwise.

Must-See Goals: Falcao

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Colombian striker Radamel Falcao not only scored two goals to help Atletico Madrid defeat Athletic Bilbao, 3-0, in Wednesday's Europa League Final. He did so with a pair of beautiful goals.

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Toronto FC knocks off Montreal, Whitecaps advance in Canadian Championship

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Toronto FC accomplished something on Wednesday night that they have failed to do in nearly two months: they won a game.

Toronto was victorious for the first time in a match across any competition since the middle of March, topping the Montreal Impact, 2-0, at BMO Field in the second leg of their semifinals series in the Amway Canadian Championship.

Montero brace lifts Sounders to fifth straight win

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When Sigi Schmid decided to rest some starters on Wednesday night against FC Dallas, it looked like the red-hot Sounders might just slow down.

Fredy Montero came off the bench and made sure that didn't happen.

The Colombian striker came on at halftime with the score tied 0-0 and scored two goals just three minutes apart to lift the Sounders (7-1-1) to a 2-0 victory in Frisco, Texas.

Thursday Kickoff: Nesta departs Milan and eyes MLS, Chicharito not permitted to play in Olympics and more

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Alessandro Nesta has confirmed he will leave AC Milan at season's end, and MLS is among the places he might land at next.

Nesta said during a press conference on Thursday morning that after 10 years with Milan, he was ready to depart due to all the tournaments the team plays in forcing him to the bench.

Red Bulls roll to third straight 1-0 victory, topping Houston

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BY BRIAN ABERNETHY

New York Red Bulls head coach Hans Backe could have made some changes to his lineup on Wednesday nightÂ

Backe trotted out the same starting 11 that beat the LA Galaxy, 1-0, last Saturday and the group posted a third straight 1-0 victory, beating the Dynamo at Red Bull Arena.

Red Bulls vs. Dynamo: Match Night Commentary

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The New York Red Bulls look to make it three wins in a row, but to do so they'll have to get by a Houston Dynamo side finally at the end of its seven-game road trip to open the season (7 p.m., MLS Live/Direct Kick).

The Red Bulls are again without Rafa Marquez, who has completed his three-game suspension but is out with an ankle injury suffered in training, according to the Red Bulls.

Galaxy Notes: Sarachan faces protege Marsch, Jimenez at right back and more

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By ADAM SERRANO

CARSON, Calif. -- For four years, current Montreal Impact head coach Jesse Marsch was a fulcrum in the midfield for Dave Sarachan's Chicago Fire sides, but on Saturday, the former Fire boss will see his former player lineup against him in the opposing coaching box at Olympic Stadium.

Sundhage names roster for USWNT May camp

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U.S. women's national team coach Pia Sundhage has called on 28 players for a May training camp in New Jersey ahead of a friendly against China at PPL Park on May 27, as the U.S. women continue their preparations for this summer's Olympics.

The U.S. women will train in Princeton from Thursday until May 25 in the build-up to the friendly, and this camp comes on the heels of an April camp in Florida in which 26 of the 28 players called upon this time around participated.

SBI MLS Best XI (Week 9)

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The Seattle Sounders are starting to look like the best team in Major League Soccer, and three of the team's top stars helped lead the Sounders to a two-win week as they climbed up the Western Conference standings.

Fredy Montero, Mauro Rosales and Osvaldo Alonso were all vital in Seattle's Week 9 victories against the LA Galaxy and Philadelphia Union, and all three earned spots on SBI's MLS Best XI.

MLS Notes: Jones, Schalke visit Union; key injuries continue to pile up and more

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Summer friendly season gets an early start, as Schalke visits PPL Park to take on the Philadelphia Union tonight at 7:30.

The match gives U.S. national team fans a chance to check out Jermaine Jones' before his expected call into May training camp in addition to seeing Bundesliga-leading scorer Klaas-Jan Huntelaar and star Spanish striker Raul, who will not be returning to Schalke after this season and is entertaining transfer moves to other leagues.

Soccer Wednesday: Your Running Commentary

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Matches all across North and South America highlight the Wednesday evening slate to cap a busy day of soccer worldwide. In MLS, the Houston Dynamo complete their season-opening, seven-game road trip at Red Bull Arena, facing a rejuvenated New York Red Bulls side that has overcome injuries and adversity to the tune of consecutive clean-sheet victories (SBI will have matchnight commentary from Red Bull Arena, so keep an eye out for that as well).

Mid-Day Ticker: Holden commits to Bolton, Argentina alters format & more

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Stay up, or go down, Bolton can count on Stuart Holden to stick around.

The U.S. midfielder, who is continuing his comeback from fall knee surgery, pledged his future to the club regardless of what happens in its battle against relegation. In order to stave off the drop and remain in the Premier League, Bolton need to defeat Stoke City on Sunday while hoping that Queens Park Rangers lose to Manchester City.

Star strikers, Spanish sides square off in Europa League final

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Either way, a Spanish side will be lifting a trophy in Romania today, as Atletico Madrid and Athletic Bilbao tangle for the UEFA Europa League championship (2:45 p.m., DirecTV/7 p.m. replay, GOLTV).

For Atletico Madrid, led by red-hot Colombian striker Radamel Falcao, the match marks a chance to win the Europa League for the second time in three years.

Messi's record-breaking 72 goals

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No player in any single season, in any country or any era, has scored more goals than the 72 that Lionel Messi has accounted for in the 2011-2012 campaign. With a four-goal performance over the weekend, Messi added to his European record, which he had already taken from German legend Gerd Mueller.

USA stays 29th in FIFA rankings

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The U.S. men's national team will reconvene next week, and it will do so as the 29th-ranked team in the world.

The U.S. men remained at 29Â in the FIFA rankings after a month that saw little action on the international stage and thus little change in the world table. The only move among the top 33 teams was Argentina sliding a spot ahead of Denmark for ninth overall.

Toronto FC hoping to avoid catastrophe in Canadian championship semifinals

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Ever since their CONCACAF Champions League run came to an end, Toronto FC have been hit with a string of setbacks, one after another. There are still ways for Toronto FC's calamitous season to get worse, though, and one of those scenarios presents itself tonight.

Playing at home against the rival and expansion Montreal Impact, Toronto FC need a victory in the second leg of their tie to avoid being sent home in the semifinals of the Canadian championship for the first time in the tournament's five-year history.

Wednesday Kickoff: Italy's latest match-fixing scandal, Rapids duo hurt & more

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Italian soccer is back under the spotlight for the wrong reasons after the nation's federation is investigating 22 teams and 61 people, including 52 players, in a widespread match-fixing scandal.

Serie A clubs Atalanta, Novara and Siena are the only top-flight teams reportedly under investigation, and their involvement in the scandal dates back to their time in Serie B.

Liverpool 4, Chelsea 1: Match Highlights

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Revs successful in appeal of Cardenas card; Sounders' Gonzalez suspended

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Retroactive refereeing has now gone both ways.

The New England Revolution were successful in the first-ever appeal of a red card under the league's new system, getting Fernando Cardenas' fine and suspension for the card he received Saturday against Real Salt Lake rescinded.

FOX unveils Survival Sunday schedule

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A Premier League championship, UEFA Champions League spots and dreaded relegation are all on the line Sunday, and FOX has every angle of the simultaneous action covered across its family of networks and online platforms.

FOX unveiled its Survival Sunday schedule, on a day when plenty will be decided in a few-hour span.

Klinsmann to call in as many as 29 for May USMNT training camp

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It is nearing the time for Jurgen Klinsmann to call upon the players who he thinks can get the U.S. national team's World Cup qualifying campaign started off on the right foot, but it appears that there will be a degree of on-field competition before the U.S. manager narrows down his final roster.

Red Bulls Notes: Soler addresses player search, Marquez returns and more

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By DAVE MARTINEZ

Ever since the offseason, the New York Red Bulls have been adamant about acquiring an attacking, distributive midfielder with their third and final Designated Player slot. Recent injuries to the backline have forced the team to consider other personnel options, though.

Liverpool vs. Chelsea: Your Running Commentary

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Just a few days ago Liverpool and Chelsea were vying for the FA Cup, and after the Blues' triumph at Wembley Stadium, the two clubs meet again.

Liverpool hosts Chelsea at Anfield in a rematch of Saturday's final (3 p.m., Fox Soccer Channel), with the Reds looking to finish off an uneven season on a high note in their home finale, and Chelsea trotting out a lineup with only three players who started Saturday while looking to stay sharp prior to the UEFA Champions League final.

Mid-Day Ticker: Anderlecht eyes Kljestan extension, Spector fit for playoff & more

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On the heels of a campaign in which Sacha Kljestan was a focal point in helping lead Anderlecht to a Belgian league championship, the club is hoping to lock up the U.S. midfielder for the long term.Â

Kljestan's current deal with Anderlecht runs through 2014, but according to Belgian outlet Het Niuewsblad, Anderlecht is looking to extend Kljestan's stay in Belgium for two or three more years beyond then.

Miller withdraws bid to buy Rangers

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An American won't be purchasing Rangers after all.

Bill Miller, a Tennessee-based businessman who appeared poised to take over as new head of Rangers after his bid was accepted by Rangers administrators last week, withdrew that bid on Tuesday, putting the club back in a tenuous and precarious situation when it appeared that it was finally ready to take significant steps forward.

A look at BBVA Compass Stadium

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Major League Soccer's newest soccer-specific stadium will officially open Saturday afternoon, as the Houston Dynamo end their season-opening, seven-game road trip to open up BBVA Compass Stadium against D.C. United.

The final touches have been put on the stadium, which Geoff Cameron told the Houston Chronicle is like "an oven" because of the lack of wind that carries through the park.

USL Pro Week 5: A Look Back

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By FRANCO PANIZO

When the Pittsburgh Riverhounds scored late to pull level with Orlando City SC, some fans thought the game would end in a 1-1 draw.

It turns out that was far from the case.

Orlando City topped Pittsburgh, 3-2, in a thrilling match at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Fla.

MLS Notes: Rimando out a game, Keane named to Ireland Euro squad and more

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Nick Rimando has come to Real Salt Lake's rescue countless times over his tenure with the club, but RSL will have to do without their steady goalkeeper Wednesday night.

Rimando suffered a shoulder injury during RSL's 2-1 victory over the New England Revolution Saturday night, and he did not travel with the club for its mid-week match against the Chicago Fire at Toyota Park.

Champions Real Madrid, Juventus set for summer showdown in Las Vegas

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Real Madrid and Juventus will be going head-to-head in this summer's World Football Challenge, but they won't be doing so in an established MLS market. They'll be doing it in Vegas, baby.

The newly crowned Spanish and Italian champions will clash on August 5 in Las Vegas' Sam Boyd Stadium, a 36,800-capacity venue that is the home to UNLV football, as part of the summer tournament in North America, match organizers announced on Tuesday.

SBI MLS Power Rankings: Week 9

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The Seattle Sounders are back on top.

On the strength of shutout wins over the Los Angeles Galaxy and Philadelphia Union, Seattle vaulted to the top slot in this week's SBI MLS Power Rankings, a position the club held for one week earlier this season. Things are certainly looking up for the Sounders, as Mauro Rosales continues to build toward 90-minute fitness and Alvaro Fernandez nears his return from a quad strain.

Tuesday Kickoff: Puyol doubtful for Euro 2012, Blackburn relegated and more

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Spain's European championship title defense is going to be a bit more challenging, as a vital component to its back line is unlikely to be available for the world's No. 1-ranked team.

Carles Puyol is doubtful for this summer's tournament after Barcelona announced that their captain and 34-year-old centerback requires arthroscopic knee surgery that will sideline him for around the next six weeks.

Crew sign former Galaxy midfielder Birchall

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The Columbus Crew have been struggling in a variety of areas, one of which is the team's lack of a proven defensive midfielder. The team addressed that need on Monday with the signing of MLS veteran Chris Birchall.

The Crew announced the signing of Birchall on Monday, an addition that should bolster a midfield that has seen rookie Kirk Urso and Tony Tchani among the players who have tried to man the defensive midfield position.

NASL Week 5: A Look Back

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By FRANCO PANIZO

After enduring a heartbreaking defeat in Week 4, Shaun Saiko put FC Edmonton on his back and carried them to their first win of the season.

Saiko brought Edmonton's losing ways to a screeching halt on Sunday afternoon, scoring a hat-trick that inspired the Canadian club to a 3-0 victory over the Carolina RailHawks at Clarke Stadium in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

Galaxy to host Real Madrid at Home Depot Center in early August

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Real Madrid is coming back to the United States, and once again they will pay a visit to the Los Angeles Galaxy.

The recently-crowned La Liga champions will battle Los Angeles at the Home Depot Center on Aug. 2 as part of the 2012 World Football Challenge, the Galaxy announced Monday.

Rest in Peace: Rashidi Yekini

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Whenever a member of the world soccer community passes away it is a sad day, but the passing of former Nigerian World Cup striker Rashidi Yekini at the age of 48 last Friday brought an extra tinge of sadness for a generation of American soccer fans.

Yekini's unforgettable goal celebration during Nigeria's 3-0 win vs.

SBI MLS Team of the Week: Montreal Impact

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There were several teams that put together good weeks in MLS. From the two-win Seattle Sounders, to the Vancouver Whitecaps, but only one team went on the road and posted a victory in a venue where no team had come close to winning this season.

That distinction belongs to the Montreal Impact.

Chelsea's USA tour adds stops in NYC, Miami as part of World Football Challenge

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Chelsea's tour of the United States has added confirmed dates in New York and Miami to the stops in Seattle and Philadelphia.

Major League Soccer announced on Monday that Chelsea will play Paris St. Germain at Yankee Stadium on July 22nd and AC Milan at Sun Life Stadium in Miami on July 28th.

Red Bulls reserves step up in another shutout win

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BY DAVE MARTINEZ

David Beckham. Landon Donovan. Edson Buddle. Robbie Keane. In the world of Major League Soccer, these names are the equivalent of Mount Rushmore when talking about offensive firepower. This weekend, the New York Red Bulls and there rag-tag group of rookies, newcomers and role players managed to shut down the foursome in a remarkable 1-0 win at the Home Depot Center.

SBI MLS Player of the Week: Fredy Montero

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It took him eight weeks, but Fredy Montero finally notched his first goal and assist of the season during MLS Week Nine, and both of them proved worth the wait.

Montero's long-range blast of a goal in Seattle's 2-0 win against the LA Galaxy, and his brilliant game-winning assist in Seattle's 1-0 win against Philadelphia helped the Sounders register a six-point week.

Newcastle 0, Manchester City 2: Match Highlights

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SBI MLS Rookie of the Week: Ryan Meara

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For the second straigh week, Ryan Meara helped lead a short-handed New York Red Bulls defense to a shutout, and for the second straight week he was the clear-cut choice as the top rookie in Major League Soccer.

Meara managed to turn in an even better performance against the Los Angeles Galaxy on Saturday than the stellar showing he had against New England a week earlier, keeping the Galaxy's high-powered offense off the board in a 1-0 victory at Home Depot Center.

European Rewind: Juventus clinch title, Guardiola wins home finale and more

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It's been a long and difficult road but Juventus are finally, legitimately, champions of Italy again.

Six years after Calciopoli threatened the very existence of the Turin-based club, Juventus wrapped up their first Serie A title with a game to spare thanks to a 2-0 win over Cagliari and are only one game away from completing an unbeaten season.

Rapids cruise past nine-man FC Dallas

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When FC Dallas started Sunday's match against the Colorado Rapids, they were already facing the prospect of trying to win without Brek Shea, sidelined by turf toe. Two red cards later, Dallas' task went from difficult to impossible.

First-half red cards to Daniel Hernandez and Blas Perez gave the visiting Rapids a two-man edge.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Sacha Kljestan will never forget what he accomplished this weekend.

Kljestan won his first trophy as a professional on Sunday, as RSC Anderlecht secured the Pro League championship with a 1-1 draw versus Club Brugge despite two games still left to play in the season.

Clint Dempsey nails free kick for his 50th career Premier League goal

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Clint Dempsey's dream season with Fulham continued today as he notched his 17th goal of the Premier League season and 23rd in all competitions with an outstanding free kick.

The goal also marked the 50th Premier League goal in Dempsey's career, extending the American record he already held.

Arsenal 3, Norwich City 3: Match Highlights

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Hapless Toronto FC fall to MLS record-worst 0-8 as DC United wins in Canada

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Toronto FC secured their solitary place in the MLS record books on Saturday, but for a distinction nobody would ever want.

TFC lost their eight straight match, an MLS record, as D.C. United went to BMO Field and posted a 2-0 victory. Chris Pontius and Hamdi Salihi delivered the goals for a D.

Chelsea 2, Liverpool 1: Match Highlights

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Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

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Manchester City stands two games from the English Premier League title, but Newcastle United has aspirations of a Top Three place and UEFA Champions League berth when the sides meet today in Newcastle.

Papiss Cisse is the hottest player in the Premier League right now and he will look to keep his incredible goal-scoring rate going against a City side riding high after their win against Manchester United.

Patchwork Red Bulls defeat Galaxy, 1-0

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BY ADAM SERRANO

CARSON, Calif--The New York Red Bulls may have been missing five starters, but it was no difference as New York defeated the Los Angeles Galaxy, 1-0.Â

A first half goal by Joel Lindpere and a stellar performance from rookie goalkeeper Ryan Meara was all the patchwork Red Bulls needed to defeat the defending MLS Cup champions in front of a sell-out crowd at the Home Depot Center.

Rosales nets winner as Sounders edge Union

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By JASON MITCHELL

SEATTLE, WA - Mauro Rosales is more subtle playmaker than big-time scorer, but his first goal of the 2012 season couldn't have been any bigger for the Seattle Sounders Saturday afternoon.Â

The Argentine playmaker's powerful strike into the far corner of the net in the 64th minute was all even a patchwork lineup needed to preserve a 1-0 victory over the Philadelphia Union on Saturday at CenturyLink Field.

Galaxy vs. Red Bulls: Match Night Commentary

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The Los Angeles Galaxy will look to get their season rolling tonight against an injury-ravaged New York Red Bulls squad (8pm, ESPN2).

The Red Bulls come into the match missing three starting defenders, as well as star striker Rafa Marquez and midfielder Rafa Marquez. They take on a Galaxy side featuring all their top stars, including Landon Donovan, David Beckham and Robbie Keane.

MLS Match Day 9: Your Running Commentary

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The San Jose Earthquakes, the hottest team in MLS at the moment, is in Canada today to put their seven-match unbeaten streak on the line against the Vancouver Whitecaps in the match of the day in Major League Soccer.

Today's schedule features seven MLS matches, and while the LA-New York tilt will garner the usual attention, the Earthquakes are playing the best soccer in the league at the moment and will take on a tough Vancouver side they defeated last month.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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Chelsea and Liverpool began the current season with hopes of challenge for the English Premier League title, and while both teams saw their league campaigns turn into disappointments, both have enjoyed considerable success in cup competitions.

Now the Blues and Reds are set to face off today in the FA Cup Final (12:15pm, Fox Soccer Channel), with Chelsea hoping to add the trophy to its collection ahead of the UEFA Champions League Final, and with Liverpool looking to add the FA Cup to the Carling Cup the club has already won this season.

Pappa’s stoppage-time winner lifts Fire past Chivas USA

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By KAYLA KNAPP

CARSON, Calif. -- Chivas USA came into Friday night's match hungry for their first win home win of the season, while the Chicago Fire came in looking to become the latest team to take three points at the Home Depot Center.

It looked like neither team was going to get what the wanted as the final seconds ticked away, but Marco Pappa lifted the Fire past Chivas USA when he belted a game-winning goal from 20 yards away in the dying seconds of the match to give Chicago a 2-1 victory.

MLS Week 9: A Look Ahead

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By THOMAS FLOYD

Six months after facing off in a feisty, high-profile playoff series, the Los Angeles Galaxy and New York Red Bulls meet again -- but with a bit less star power.

Saturday's clash is the only match this season between the big-market clubs, both of which have experienced some early bumps in the road this year.

This Weekend's Soccer on TV

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Whether you want to see relegation-threatened teams fight for survival or clubs attempting to win a title, this weekend should have just what you're looking for and then some.

There are several quality games to watch, starting with the FA Cup final between Chelsea and Liverpool on Saturday afternoon.

Di Vaio weighing offer from Impact

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Bologna striker Marco Di Vaio recently revealed that one option for the next destination in his career is the Montreal Impact, and the expansion MLS club has confirmed that.

The Impact held a conference call on Friday, and they said the team is in talks with Di Vaio over a potential deal that would bring him to the club at the end of the current Serie A season.

SBI Live Q&A (May 4th Edition)

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It's SBI Live Q&A Time.

That's right, it's time to talk all things soccer in the latest installment of our Live Q&A. Feel free to send your soccer-related questions my way and I will try to answer as many of them as I can in the next hour or so.

Want to talk USMNT? MLS? UEFA Champions League?

European Look Ahead: Milan Derby looms, Race for EPL title and more

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By JOHN BOSCHINI

As Real Madrid and Ajax officially wrapped up their league titles in midweek, three of the six major leagues in Europe have already crowned their champion.

The question of who will raise the Scudetto hinges on the penultimate weekend in Serie A as the Milan derby looms large and the league leaders jockey for position.

Altidore avoided major injuries in nasty fall

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Jozy Altidore has a bruised back for his trouble, but the U.S. men's national team striker is not expected to miss much time after being given the all-clear following the nasty crash into a video board during a match on Wednesday.

Altidore left AZ Alkmaar's match against NEC Breda after being pushed into a hard surface near the edge of the playing field.

#Follow Friday with Bobby Convey: Episode 2

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Chelsea, Liverpool set to square off in FA Cup final

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Two teams dealing with the disappointment of having failed seasons in the Premiership will have the opportunity to salvage their underwhelming campaigns, as Chelsea and Liverpool battle for the FA Cup on Saturday.

The FA Cup final at Wembley Stadium (12pm, Fox Soccer Channel) will pit two sides looking to put their rabid fans at ease by winning some silverware after, by their standards, below-average seasons.

SBI Live Q&A set for 1pm today

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

Join me at 1pm today as I field questions from SBI readers on everything under the soccer sun. Want to talk MLS? USMNT? Europe? Or maybe you want some non-soccer questions, perhaps about music or movies or other pop culture topics?

Red Bulls Notes: Solli and Agudelo return, injury updates, more

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BY DAVE MARTINEZ

Though the New York Red Bull's backline certainly pulled off a miracle this weekend against the New England Revolution, they will face a far more difficult challenge as they head out West to take on a struggling but ever-dangerous Los Angeles Galaxy side.

Friday Kickoff: Egypt to host World Cup qualifier, Chelsea submit bid for stadium site and more

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Egypt will be hosting a World Cup qualifier at home afterall.

Still dealing with political unrest and violence in the country, Egypt has been granted permission by security officials to host their World Cup qualifier against Mozambique next month.

Americans Abroad: A Look Ahead

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By FRANCO PANIZO

This time last year, Joe Corona and Club Tijuana were fighting to gain promotion to the top division in Mexican soccer. Now, the team has its eyes on the Primera Division title, but it will need a road comeback to keep that dream alive.

Corona is one of several Americans partaking in the liguilla this season, and he and fellow Americans Edgar Castillo and Greg Garza will look to help Tijuana overturn a 2-1 deficit to CONCACAF Champions League winner Monterrey in the quarterfinals of the Mexican playoffs.

MLS Notes: Di Vaio-to-Montreal intensifies, Agudelo nears return & more

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The Montreal Impact appear to be closing in on their big-name acquisition.

According to numerous reports out of Canada and Italy, the Impact are on the verge of signing Bologna striker Marco Di Vaio through the 2013 MLS season. Di Vaio, who will be 36 in July, is reportedly holding a press conference on Friday to announce his future intentions.

American set to become Rangers owner

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All signs point to another American joining the fold at Rangers, only this one won't be playing on the field. He'll be sitting in the owner's box.

After a drawn out process that has seen the legendary Scottish club go into administration and reach the brink of liquidation, the club's administrators have approved the sale of the team to American Bill Miller, a Tennessee-based businessman.

Union Notes: Club looks to recover against Seattle, Gaddis shines and more

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By JOEY SAMUEL

After suffering a gutting 2-1 loss to the San Jose Earthquakes on Saturday, the Philadelphia Union will look to get back to winning when they travel to Seattle to face the Sounders this weekend.

Philadelphia had been on a two-game winning streak heading into the game against San Jose, even winning an away game on the West Coast when they beat Chivas USA 1-0.

Mid-Day Ticker: Robben inks new Bayern deal, Spurs lock up Walker & more

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By THOMAS FLOYD

It turns out Arjen Robben and Bayern Munich won't be parting ways anytime soon.

After months of rumors surrounding the Dutch winger's future, Robben has signed a new deal that will keep him with the German giants through 2015. The 28-year-old has scored 16 goals in all competitions for Bayern this season while helping the club secure a place in the Champions League final in Munich on May 19.

MLS Spotlight: Revolution's Soares emerging as leader

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By FRANCO PANIZO

After a 2011 season in which A.J. Soares experienced some highs and lows and the growing pains commonly associated with a rookie season, he has made a speedy transition from rookie to leader, maturing into one of the best and most influential players on an improved New England Revolution squad.

Muamba discusses his comeback

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Salgado sparks Whitecaps, TFC draw Impact in Canadian championship

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Martin Rennie may have found something in using Omar Salgado on the left wing.

Salgado had a hand in goals scored by Eric Hassli and Atiba Harris, as the Whitecaps cruised by FC Edmonton 2-0 in the first leg of their Canadian championship semifinal tie Wednesday night. Salgado cut down the left side and got to the end line before playing a ball back to Hassli at the top of the box for the opening goal, and his chip hit off the post and right to Harris for the second.

Thursday Kickoff: Madrid clinch La Liga, coach axed for attacking player & more

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Add Spain to the list of countries that Jose Mourinho has conquered.

Real Madrid defeated Athletic Bilbao 3-0 Wednesday to put the finishing touches on their record 32nd La Liga championship and first since the 2007-2008 season. With two games remaining in the season, Madrid lead Barcelona by seven points, thus ending their rivals' three-year reign in Spain.

Cardenas scores first MLS goal as Revolution top Rapids

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It took over a month, but the New England Revolution have gotten another taste of victory.

First-half goals from Saer Sene and Fernando Cardenas were good enough to give the Revolution a 2-1 win over the Colorado Rapids at Gillette Stadium on Wednesday night, marking the first time they have come out victorious since their upset win over the Los Angeles Galaxy in late March.

Johnson, Montero lead Sounders past Galaxy

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By JASON MITCHELL

SEATTLE, WA.– Eddie Johnson ended a four-year scoring drought Saturday against the Chicago Fire. He only waited four days to find the net again, opening the scoring in the Seattle Sounders' 2-0 victory over the shorthanded Los Angeles Galaxy Wednesday night at CenturyLink Field.

Wondolowski scores two more as Earthquakes steamroll DC United

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In a battle of two teams riding lengthy unbeaten streaks, D.C. United looked poised to knock off the San Jose Earthquakes when they delivered the first blow courtesy of a Dwayne DeRosario goal just eight minutes into their match on Wednesday night.

Then San Jose responded. And responded.

Must-See Goal: Fredy Montero

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MLS Match Night: Your Running Commentary

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Two of the hottest teams in MLS put their lengthy unbeaten streaks on the line, as the surging San Jose Earthquakes take on in-form D.C. United in the headliner on a busy night in MLS.

The New England Revolution and Colorado Rapids kick things off at Gillette Stadium, where Benny Feilhaber is back in the starting lineup for the Revs, and Colorado has had to make some changes to the back line.

Americans Abroad: Altidore exits with injury, Bedoya scores and more

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The timing could not be worse for Jozy Altidore.

With three friendlies and a pair of World Cup qualifiers on the horizon for the U.S. national team and his club in a fight for a place in Europe next season, Altidore was forced to exit AZ Alkmaar's 1-1 draw with NEC in the first half with an apparent head injury.

Must-See Goal: Papiss Cisse

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Messi sets single-season goal record with hat trick against Malaga

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Lionel Messi's season won't end atop the UEFA Champions League winner's podium, but that doesn't mean it won't go down as the most prolific individual season in European soccer history.

Messi tallied a hat trick against Malaga in Barcelona's 4-1 victory Wednesday, scoring his 68th goal in all competitions and breaking Gerd Mueller's record of 67 set in the 1972-1973 season for Bayern Munich.

Crew Stadium to host USA-Jamaica World Cup qualifier

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The U.S. men's national team is heading back to Columbus.

U.S. Soccer announced that Crew Stadium will host the national team's World Cup qualifier against Jamaica on Sept. 11, the second qualifier against the Reggae Boyz in a five-day stretch. The national team was last in Columbus in 2009 -- a 2-0 World Cup qualifying victory over Mexico -- and is 5-0-3 there all-time.

SBI MLS Best XI: Week 8

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Steven Lenhart and Marvin Chavez didn't start for San Jose in last week's match against the Philadelphia Union, but that didn't stop either from making bigger impacts than many players around the league who played a full 90 minutes.

The Earthquakes super subs combined for both late goals in San Jose's 2-1 victory against Philadelphia, a set of performances that helped them both earn places on SBI's MLS Best XI.

PPL Park to host 2013 men's College Cup

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After a couple of years at a minor league baseball stadium, the men's College Cup is returning to soccer-specific grounds.

PPL Park will host the 2013 men's College Cup, the NCAA announced on Wednesday. This past year's tournament was held at Regions Park in Hoover, Ala.

Soccer Wednesday: Your Running Commentary

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There are stacked days of mid-week soccer, and then there is a day like today. Between a bevy of Americans in action overseas and races for league titles and places in Europe reaching their peak, it's a good day to be by your television and computer.

In terms of Americans, Tim Ream's relegation-threatened Bolton is in action against Brad Friedel's Tottenham, and Carlos Bocanegra, Maurice Edu and Alejandro Bedoya take aim at Dundee United while hoping to hold onto second place in Scotland.

MLS Notes: Galaxy face Seattle down two DPs, tests confirm Henry timeline & more

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The Los Angeles Galaxy's match in Seattle tonight has lost a bit of its starpower.

David Beckham and Robbie Keane did not travel north for the club's highly anticipated game against the Sounders, taking two more starters out of Bruce Arena's lineup. That is in addition to the loss of goalkeeper Josh Saunders, who is out for an undisclosed period of time after reportedly enrolling in the league's substance abuse treatment program.

Americans aim for playoff success in Mexican liguilla

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The Mexican clausura liguilla kicks off Wednesday night, and this year's edition has quite the strong American tie to it.

Each of the four quarterfinal matchups contains at least one team with an American presence, headlined by top-seeded Santos Laguna and in-form striker Herculez Gomez.

MLS Team of the Month: San Jose Earthquakes

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If the San Jose Earthquakes used March to let MLS competition know that they were an improved side, they used April to let their foes know that they are a legitimate contender.

San Jose was able to go through the month unscathed, snapping the Vancouver Whitecaps' record shutout streak to start a season in a 3-1 win;Â twice coming back from deficits to draw the New York Red Bulls 2-2 even after losing centerback Victor Bernardez and winger Shea Salinas to injury;Â defeating Real Salt Lake 3-1 and winning 2-1 in Philadelphia en route to first place in the Western Conference and SBI's MLS Team of the Month honors.

Whitecaps poised for cup run as Canadian championship kicks off

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After three consecutive years of finishing as runner-up to Toronto FC in the Canadian championship, 2012 could finally be the Vancouver Whitecaps' year to claim the Voyageurs Cup.

Considering Toronto FC's struggles and Vancouver's rise to respectability after a trying MLS expansion season, the Whitecaps are the favorites entering this year's Canadian championship, which commences Wednesday night.

Wednesday Kickoff: UCL yellow cards stand, Fulham make history and more

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Chelsea and Bayern Munich will have their respective roster depth tested in the biggest match of the season. Officially.

The six Chelsea and Bayern Munich players suspended for the UEFA Champions League final because of card accumulation will remain suspended, after UEFA stated that its rule regarding cards would not change ahead of the final and for at least the next three years.

Report: Galaxy's Saunders in substance abuse treatment program

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BY ADAM SERRANOÂ

Josh Saunders' absence from the Los Angeles Galaxy lineup was sudden and it appears that the club may be without their number one goalkeeper for the foreseeable future.Â

According to the Los Angeles Times, the Galaxy 'keeper has checked into a substance abuse treatment program and will be unavailable for the Galaxy until he completes the program.

Pairings released for first two rounds of U.S. Open Cup

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The U.S. Open Cup format has changed immensely from past editions, and the pairings for the first two rounds of the tournament have been released.

The first round, which will be played in two weeks, contains all amateur teams from PDL, NPSL, USASA and U.S. Club Soccer, and the matchups are based on regional and geographical location.

SBI MLS Player of the Month: Chris Wondolowski

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The San Jose Earthquakes are no longer a one-man show, but that hardly means that their go-to guy is not doing his part in the club's resurgence.

Chris Wondolowski's prolific season continued in April, as he scored four goals and had two assists in helping lead the Earthquakes to a 3-0-1 record in the month and a place atop the Western Conference standings to earn SBI MLS Player of the Month honors.

Johnson fined for gesture in Chicago

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The MLS Disciplinary Committee sees all, even what happens after the final whistle when players are on their way back to the locker room.

The league fined Seattle Sounders forward Eddie Johnson an undisclosed amount for "making an inappropriate gesture" toward fans as he was retreating to the tunnel at Toyota Park following Seattle's 2-1 victory over the Chicago Fire on Saturday night.

SBI MLS Rookie of the Month: Nick DeLeon

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Ever since Nick DeLeon got his chance to play regularly for D.C. United, he has played more like a seasoned veteran than a first-year pro, adding a hard-working, prolific dynamic to the left wing, and the effect has been felt on the club that currently boasts the longest unbeaten streak in the league.

SBI MLS Power Rankings: Week 8

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D.C. United just keep climbing up the ladder.

For the first time this season, Ben Olsen's squad has cracked the top five of the SBI MLS Power Rankings. United defeated the Houston Dynamo 3-2 on Saturday, stretching their unbeaten run to seven games and claiming consecutive wins for the first time since June 2009.

Soccer Tuesday: Your Running Commentary

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Three of the U.S. national team's most valuable players are in action on Tuesday as they aim to close out their respective seasons in good form before joining training camp later this month ahead of friendlies and World Cup qualifiers.Â

Michael Bradley's Chievo Verona held AS Roma to a 0-0 draw under a downpour and on a waterlogged pitch in Italy, with the American emerging unscathed after turning in a productive 79-minute shift that included a number of pivotal passes that ultimately did not end up leading to goals.

Wooten to sign deal with Kaiserslautern

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Add Andrew Wooten to the list of young U.S. internationals who will have their club futures secured for the next few years.

Wooten, a German-American forward who was part of the U.S. Under-23 player pool leading up to Olympic qualifying, will sign his first professional contract, a three-year-deal, with FC Kaiserslautern this week, according to reports out of Germany.

A look back at the 2011-12 CCL

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Report: Meara called in by Ireland U-21s (UPDATED)

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It would appear that Ryan Meara's rise from unheralded college goalkeeper to New York Red Bulls starter is just the beginning of his whirlwind year.Â

According to the Irish Independent, Meara has declared his intent to play for Ireland and he will be called into the country's Under-21 national team later this month.

Tuesday Kickoff: Hodgson gets England job, De Jong injures Welbeck and more

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Roy Hodgson will be the next manager of England's national team.

Hodgson will be introduced at a Tuesday press conference at Wembley Stadium, according to multiple reports out of the UK, after emerging as a late candidate following months of speculation surrounding Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp.