Soccer By Ives Archives for January 2012

Late Fagundez goal gives Revolution draw with Sounders

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Just when the New England Revolution seemed destined for a loss at home, their youngest player came through to prevent that from happening.

Seventeen-year-old forward Diego Fagundez netted a last-gasp equalizer to give the Revolution a 2-2 draw against the Seattle Sounders at Gillette Stadium on Saturday night, marking a second straight week that New England grabbed a result late.

United reclaims first place in Eastern Conference after cruising past Impact

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D.C. is once again in sole possession of first place in the Eastern Conference, with the Montreal Impact being their latest victim.

United cruised to a 3-0 victory over the expansion Impact in front of a season-high crowd of 18,302 at RFK Stadium on Saturday night. Chris Pontius scored his third goal in two games after a great dribbling effort just before halftime, and Robbie Russell and Hamdi Salihi each found the back of the net in the second half.

Red Bulls, TFC exchange early goals in draw

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Toronto FC's resurgence continues and the New York Red Bulls were the latest team to find that out.

Toronto extended its unbeaten streak to four games with a 1-1 draw against the Red Bulls at BMO Field on Saturday night.

MLS Match Night: Your Running Commentary

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The San Jose Earthquakes and Los Angeles Galaxy always bring plenty of tension and animosity to their 'California Clasico' rivalry, but the latest installment of their derby will bring an extra level of intensity because of just how much is on the line when they face off tonight.

Rodriguez goal lifts USWNT to victory over Canada

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The U.S. women's national team will be heading into the 2012 Olympics in winning fashion.

The United States defeated Canada, 2-1, in their send-off match at Rio Tinto Stadium on Saturday afternoon courtesy of an 85th-minute goal from Amy Rodriguez. The goal came off a rebound after Abby Wambach hit a back-heel shot that was parried by Canada goalkeeper Erin McLeod.

Bradley, Egypt eliminated from African Cup of Nations qualifying

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Bob Bradley has suffered his first big disappointment as head coach of Egypt.

The Pharoahs failed to qualify for the 2013 African Cup of Nations on Saturday after a 1-1 draw with Central African Republic in the second leg of their first-round qualifier. The first leg was played two weeks ago and ended with Central African Republic winning, 3-2.

KickTV: Gringos at the Gate

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Steve Nash's Showdown in Chinatown: Match Highlights

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Johnson stonewalls Sporting Kansas City, leads Fire to key road victory

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Sporting Kansas City has made a habit of overwhelming opponents at Livestrong Sporting Park, but on Friday night the dangerous KC attack just could not find a way to beat Chicago Fire goalkeeper Sean Johnson.

The young netminder made five saves, most of the acrobatic variety to keep Sporting KC off the scoresheet and help Marco Pappa's 58th-minute strike stand up as the game-winning goal in Chicago's 1-0 victory.

This Weekend's Soccer on TV

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All eyes will be on Olympic Stadium in Kiev on Sunday, when Spain and Italy meet for the Euro 2012 championship in the match of the weekend.

The two world powers meet for the second time this tournament after opening group play with a 1-1 draw. For Spain, a win would mean consecutive European championships to go along with a 2010 FIFA World Cup championship.

SBI's sneak peek at FIFA 13

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By FRANCO PANIZO

NEW YORK -- A handful of reporters were given a glimpse of what FIFA13 will be all about when it is released in the fall, scoring a rare chance to play a beta test version of the video game in New York City on Wednesday afternoon.

SBI was among the groups in attendance and we can tell you that the game is looking promising.

Impact's Bernier suspended, fined

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Patrice Bernier's last-second actions against Toronto FC Wednesday night have cost him a place on the field this weekend.

Bernier was suspended one game and fined an undisclosed amount by the MLS Disciplinary Committee Friday for his reckless challenge from behind on TFC's Ryan Johnson -- one that drew a yellow card -- in the waning moments of stoppage time in Toronto's 3-0 victory at Stade Saputo.

MLS Week 17: A Look Ahead

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By THOMAS FLOYD

The California Clasico is always a heated feud. But this weekend's version offers an extra dose of hype.

With the San Jose Earthquakes boasting the best record in MLS, the defending champion Los Angeles Galaxy on a three-game winning streak, and more than 50,000 tickets sold for Saturday night's clash at Stanford Stadium, the fixture is this week's must-see match.

U.S. U-17s brace for Copa Saprissa Internacional semis after loss to Mexico

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The United States Under-17 men's national team is nearing the end of its time at the Copa Saprissa Internacional in Costa Rica, but there is still an opportunity to go out on a winning note.

Playing five 70-minute games in five days, the U.S. U-17s recorded wins over clubs Linafa (3-0) and Chorillo FC (6-1), a triumph over host Costa Rica (3-2) and a draw against Honduras (1-1).

Spain, Italy duel for Euro 2012 title

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Maybe Group C was the Group of Death after all.

Spain and Italy, the two Euro 2012 finalists, emerged from the same group, each dispatching the two survivors from the fear-inspiring Group B, with Portugal and Germany falling by the wayside. Now, they play for the second time this tournament with a chance to claim European bragging rights ahead of the next World Cup qualifying cycle.

Galaxy Notes: Seedorf trains with team, Gonzalez makes progress and more

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By ADAM SERRANO

CARSON, Calif. -- The Los Angeles Galaxy have welcomed Clarence Seedorf in for a training stint, but don't look for the former AC Milan and Real Madrid midfielder to sign with the Galaxy, at least according to Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena.

Bradley faces pressure with Egypt needing Cup of Nations qualifying result

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Bob Bradley is preparing to do something he hasn't had to do in months: Find a way to bounce back from a loss.

After Egypt's 3-2 loss to upstart Central African Republic in African Cup of Nations qualifying two weeks ago, Bradley's Pharaohs need to overturn that result in Saturday's second leg of their first-round qualifier to keep hopes of making it to the 2013 tournament alive -- one of Bradley's two major tasks upon taking over as coach.

Red Bulls Notes: Henry defends Marquez, centerbacks hurt and more

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By DAVE MARTINEZ

New York Red Bulls captain Thierry Henry sympathizes with Rafa Marquez. Having had his own battles with injuries, absences and recoveries, the veteran striker knows what it is like to desperately find one's form in game action.

U.S. women set for Olympic send-off

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For the U.S. women's national team, Saturday afternoon's match against Canada at Rio Tinto Stadium (2 p.m., NBC) provides one last dress rehearsal to get things right ahead of next month's Olympic tournament.

Pia Sundhage's side enters the send-off friendly against its CONCACAF rival in good form, putting the Algarve Cup disappointment in the rear-view mirror and turning things around with a 5-0-1 record since, including two wins over Sweden, a win and a draw against Japan and wins over Brazil and China.

Boskovic signs new deal with D.C. United

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With the way Branko Boskovic had been playing recently, it is no surprise that D.C. United found a way to keep its Montengrin playmaker with his contract due to expire in a couple of weeks.

Boskovic will be remaining with D.C. United, signing a new deal with the club, the terms of which were not disclosed.

Friday Kickoff: Spurs close in on Villas-Boas, Beckham's Olympic role and more

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When Tottenham comes to the United States for their preseason tour next month, they could very well be led by Andre Villas-Boas.

According to reports from England, Villas-Boas could be named Spurs coach as soon as this weekend as the club finalizes plans to find Harry Redknapp's successor.

MLS Ticker: Gaddis suspended, Tan traded to D.C., and more

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When the Philadelphia Union take to the field at BBVA Compass Stadium this weekend, one player who will not be in uniform is Raymon Gaddis.

The Union rookie defender was suspended for one game and fined an undisclosed amount by the MLS Disciplinary Committee on Thursday for his tackle on Sporting Kansas City midfielder Roger Espinoza this past weekend.

Euro 2012: Balotelli braces sees Italy knock off Germany, advance to finals

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Mario Balotelli silenced some of his critics on Thursday, scoring a pair of goals that booked Italy's place in the Euro 2012 final while defeating tournament favorites Germany.

Italy upset the Germans, 2-1, on Thursday courtesy of a first-half Balotelli brace. Balotelli thundered home a header in the 20th minute following some poor defending, and he scored the eventual winner 16 minutes later in spectacular fashion.

Euro 2012 Semifinal: Germany vs. Italy

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The German and Italian national teams face off today for a place in Sunday's European Championship Final against Spain (2:45pm, ESPN2).

The Germans come in off a quarterfinal victory against Greece, and will have the advantage of having had two days of rest more than Italy, which needed penalty kicks to defeat England in the quarters.

Holden making progress in his return from injury

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By FRANCO PANIZO

NEW YORK -- To say Stuart Holden is eager to get back to playing soccer would be an understatement.

Holden has not appeared for either Bolton Wanderers or the U.S. men's national team since March 2011, picking up a knee injury in a match against Manchester United before suffering a setback as he neared his recovery last September.

Mid-Day Ticker: Ronaldo talks PKs, van Marwijk resigns as Dutch coach & more

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By THOMAS FLOYD

Many have criticized Cristiano Ronaldo for waiting until the fifth shot -- an opportunity that never came -- to step up to the spot in Portugal's penalty kicks loss to Spain on Wednesday in the Euro 2012 semifinals.

It turns out it wasn't Ronaldo's idea after all.

MLS Spotlight: Bruin on a roll after his up-and-down rookie year

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By THOMAS FLOYD

Will Bruin set the bar too high for his rookie season. That much, he acknowledges, is now clear.

The 11th overall pick in the 2011 MLS SuperDraft, Bruin immediately stepped into the lineup for the Houston Dynamo that season, starting the first eight matches while bagging four goals -- three of which came via a hat trick in a 4-1 win over D.

Spotlight on Maurice Edu

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It has been one roller coaster ride of a year for Maurice Edu.

The U.S. national team midfielder has seen his club team, Glasgow Rangers, fall into the nightmarish reality of financial ruin, but he has also seen his national team stock rise as he has become a regular starter for Jurgen Klinsmann.

Bocanegra discusses Rangers woes

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Toronto FC thrashes Montreal

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For two straight games, Toronto FC watched two-goal leads disappear and saw key points be dropped by a shoddy defense that has plagued them all season.

TFC flipped the script on Wednesday night, and instead of blowing a two-goal lead, they found a third goal and ran away with a 3-0 thrashing of the Montreal Impact at Stade Saputo.

Thursday Kickoff: No Olympics for Beckham, Barca seal Alba deal, and more

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When David Beckham helped bring the Olympic torch from Greece to England last month, the London native was believed to be a sure bet to be named to the Great Britain Olympic soccer team as one of its overage players.

So much for that.

Beckham has been snubbed from the 18-player squad chosen by Great Britain team manager Stuart Pearce after having been included on the provisional 35-man roster.

Euro 2012: Spain tops Portugal after Ronaldo-less PK round to return to final

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Spain's reign as European champion is still alive, and Cristiano Ronaldo only sat and watched as Portugal's tournament run came to an end.

After a scoreless 120 minutes, Spain outlasted Portugal on penalty kicks 4-2 at Donbass Stadium in Donetsk, Ukraine, with Ronaldo never getting the chance to take a penalty for Portugal.

MLS Notes: D.C. United to play PSG; Crew, Revs each cut three and more

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D.C. United's stand-in opponent for their July 28 friendly will be Paris St. Germain.

As a result of Juventus cancelling its North American tour and pulling out of the World Football Challenge tournament, D.C. scrambled to find a new opponent and landed on PSG, which will also be playing Chelsea at Yankee Stadium on July 22 as part of the WFC.

Henry, Edu, Altidore among those set for Steve Nash Showdown in New York City

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A combination of international soccer, U.S. Soccer, MLS and NBA stars will be out in New York City tonight to take part in Phoenix Suns point guard Steve Nash's annual charity game.

The Steve Nash Showdown at Sarah D. Roosevelt Park in New York City (at the corner of Chrystie St.

Euro 2012 Semifinals: Spain vs. Portugal

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Iberian rivals Spain and Portugal do battle for one place in the Euro 2012 finals, squaring off at Donbass Stadium in Ukraine as the tournament semifinals get underway (2:45 p.m., ESPN/ESPN3.com).

Spain manager Vicente Del Bosque has sprung one major surprise in the defending champions' lineup.

Mid-Day Ticker: Bale gets new Spurs deal, Mandzukic to Bayern Munich & more

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Gareth Bale won't be going anywhere this summer.

The coveted winger signed a new four-year deal with Tottenham on Wednesday, extending his stay in London and putting an end to speculation that he'd be bolting for some of the world's biggest teams. Â

Just 22, Bale has established himself as one of the Premier League's top talents and had been attracting interest from a wide array of teams, including giants Barcelona, Real Madrid and Manchester City.

Soumare completes long road back to MLS, fills needs for resurgent Union

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By FRANCO PANIZO

CHESTER, Pa. -- Following the conclusion of the European season, Bakary Soumare was contemplating what to do with his future. His club, French outfit US Boulogne, had just been relegated from the second division and released him due to financial reasons.

Which semifinalist will win Euro 2012?

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Euro 2012 is down to its final four, with Spain and Portugal kicking off the semifinals in an all-Iberian Peninsula affair at Donbass Arena in Ukraine later today (2:45 p.m., ESPN/ESPN3.com).Â

All four remaining world powers have a reasonable claim to lift the cup in Kiev on Sunday.

FC Dallas announces jersey sponsor deal

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At long last, FC Dallas has a jersey sponsor.

FC Dallas announced a multi-year, multi-million-dollar jersey sponsorship deal with AdvoCare, a Plano, Texas-based health and wellness company. Financial terms of the deal, the first jersey sponsorship deal in team history, were not disclosed, but it will last for three and a half years.

Boca Juniors, Corinthians ready to kick off Copa Libertadores final

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The battle for South American supremacy kicks off tonight.

The Copa Libertadores final gets underway at La Bombonera in Buenos Aires, with the first leg between Boca Juniors and Corinthians (8:30 p.m., Fox Deportes) as both teams aim to secure the presitigious trophy while reserving a place at December's FIFA Club World Cup along with the likes of Chelsea and Monterrey.

MLS transfer window opens today

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MLS front-office personnel, get out your checkbooks. Silly season has arrived.

The MLS summer transfer window opens today, with teams able to bolster their rosters in hopes of making a postseason push in the coming months. The New York Red Bulls, for one, have already suggested that they are closing in on a major DP signing to assist their attack, while the Columbus Crew are also reportedly on the DP hunt.

Wednesday Kickoff: MLS eyes Queens stadium site, Schweinsteiger fit and more

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MLS is reportedly closing in on a home for its coveted second New York franchise.

According to the Wall Street Journal, the league has zoned in on an area in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park in Queens, where a 20,000-25,000-seat soccer-specific stadium would be built. A proposal for what would be a privately funded stadium has been shown to local politicians, and according to WSJ, since the stadium would be built on city-owned park land, the city council and state legislature would need to sign off on the plan, which is in its infancy.

Correa’s brace gives Chivas USA another late-game US Open Cup win

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By KAYLA KNAPP

FULLERTON, Calif.—When Mauricio Salles scored the equalizer in the 89th minute, it seemed that Chivas USA and the Charlotte Eagles were destined for extra time at Titan Stadium on Saturday night.

But five minutes later, in stoppage time, Jose Correa scored his second goal of the night off a free kick from Laurent Courtois, giving the Rojiblancos a 2-1 lead, and the eventual victory in U.

Cato goal, stingy defense lifts Sounders past Earthquakes in Open Cup quarters

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The Seattle Sounders took another step closer to a potential fourth straight U.S. Open Cup title by knocking off the San Jose Earthquakes in their Open Cup quarterfinal in San Francisco on Tuesday night.

Cordell Cato provided the early goal, scoring in the 19th minute, while the Sounders defense made it stand up with a strong group effort to keep the Earthquakes off the scoreboard.

Sapong double propels Sporting KC to Open Cup semifinal

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Sporting Kansas City didn't have the most pleasant trip to Philadelphia last weekend, suffering a 4-0 defeat. The won't have to wait too long for a chance to exact revenge after securing a place in the U.S. Open Cup semifinals, and a return trip to PPL Park.

C.J. Sapong scored two goals and Graham Zusi added his own tally to lead Sporting KC to a 3-0 U.

Union advance to Open Cup semis with victory over Harrisburg

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The Philadelphia Union may have suffered a scare, but in the end they were the ones who looked the most frightening.

Led by a brace from Lionard Pajoy, the Union advanced to the U.S. Open Cup semifinals with a 5-2 victory over USL Pro club Harrisburg City Islanders at PPL Park on Tuesday night.

U.S. Open Cup quarterfinals: Match Night Commentary

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The U.S. Open Cup final four will be determined tonight, with four quarterfinal games taking place across the country.

In Philadelphia, the Union will look to continue building momentum under interim manager John Hackworth against affiliate and upstart USL Pro club Harrisburg City Islanders.

Must-See Promo: San Jose Goonies

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Steven Lenhart started it with an innocent comment that has snowballed into something else.

After the San Jose Earthquakes came back from a two-goal deficit to beat the Los Angeles Galaxy last month, Lenhart offered one of the more memorable quotes of the season, proclaiming that "Goonies never say die" to describe the team's ability to score late and get results.

Studio 90: Development Academy playoffs begin

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SBI MLS Best XI: Week 16

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The goals were flowing in MLS this past week, with many multiple-goal scorers making their case for Best XI recognition and some not making the cut.Â

Landon Donovan's three goals and two assists helped carry the resurgent Los Angeles Galaxy; Alan Gordon had a hand in all four San Jose Earthquakes goals during wins over Colorado and Real Salt Lake; and Danny Koevermans and Will Bruin each scored three goals over the course of two games.

Role players continue to step forward, contribute major minutes for Red Bulls

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By DAVE MARTINEZ

Perhaps there was a silver lining to the plethora of setbacks the New York Red Bulls suffered earlier this season after all.

An injury-plagued April and May, compounded by the suspension of Rafa Marquez and the loss of international players for the U.

SBI MLS Power Rankings: Week 16

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After a pair of dramatic victories away from home, the San Jose Earthquakes now possess the best record in MLS -- and the top spot in this week's SBI MLS Power Rankings.

Paced by late winners from Chris Wondolowski in both contests, the Earthquakes grabbed a 2-1 win at the Colorado Rapids on Wednesday before concluding their fruitful Rocky Mountain swing with a 2-1 triumph over Real Salt Lake.

USL Pro: A Look Back at Week 12

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By FRANCO PANIZO

It took them much longer than they would have expected or liked, but the Dayton Dutch Lions finally have their first win of the season.

Dayton claimed its first victory of the regular season and it did so in emphatic fashion, routing the Wilmington Hammerheads, 4-0, on Saturday night in a match that lifted the Dutch Lions out of last place.

Union, Whitecaps announce trade that brings Soumare to Philadelphia

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Bakary Soumare is officially back in MLS as a member of the Philadelphia Union.

The Vancouver Whitecaps and Philadelphia Union announced their trade Tuesday in which the Whitecaps acquired allocation money and the Union's first-round pick in the 2013 MLS SuperDraft in exchange for the top spot in the MLS allocation order and a 2013 SuperDraft second-round pick.

Spurs look ahead to Red Bulls friendly

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U.S. Open Cup quarterfinals: A Look Ahead

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By Tuesday night's end, the U.S. Open Cup field will be down to four teams.

A three-time defending champion, four other MLS sides and three upstart USL Pro clubs remain in what has been a riveting tournament so far under the new format.Â

The two big questions looming Tuesday are: Will the Sounders' Open Cup reign finally come to an end against an in-form San Jose side?

Reports: Rangers will not get approved for Scottish Premier League

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If Carlos Bocanegra, Maurice Edu and Alejandro Bedoya were thinking of wading through the tough times Rangers and sticking around for another season, they might want to reconsider their options.

In the wake of the club's financial turmoil, liquidation and takeover by new owner Charles Green, Rangers essentially need to start their franchise from scratch.

Tuesday Kickoff: Shevchenko weighs options, new Euro fan racism and more

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After turning in some of the more memorable moments of Euro 2012, Andriy Shevchenko is a wanted man, and the 35-year-old Ukrainian forward is considering his options.

Contrary to some reports that suggest a move to MLS is imminent, Shevchenko said he is still very much figuring out whether he will even continue playing, let alone packing his bags for the United States.

Euro 2012: Heavyweights remain as semifinals loom

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There has been plenty of quality on display throughout Euro 2012 but there also haven't been many surprises, leaving four of the continent's biggest sides still fighting for the chance to be crowned champions.

Germany, Italy, Portugal and reigning champs Spain are the remaining teams who will look to advance to the tournament finale in Kiev on June 1, a chance to be etched into European soccer history looming for all.

Union sign Soumare after swinging deal with Whitecaps for top allocation spot

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The Philadelphia Union have taken a major step toward filling the void at centerback left by the departure of veteran Dan Califf, adding a standout central defender with MLS experience and the qualities to make the Union one of the stingiest defenses in the league.

Mid-Day Ticker: Schweinsteiger questionable, River Plate promoted and more

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By FRANCO PANIZO

If Germany is to defeat Italy in the Euro 2012 semifinals and advance the the tournament finale, they might have to do it without one of their key midfielders.

Bastian Schweinsteiger is questionable for Germany's semifinal bout on Thursday against Andrea Pirlo and the rest of the Azzurri with an ankle injury.

SBI MLS Team of the Week: Los Angeles Galaxy

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The Los Angeles Galaxy are back to winning ways, picking up impressive victories against Western Conference foes Real Salt Lake and the Vancouver Whitecaps in games played just four days apart.

Taking six points from those two matches has bumped the Galaxy to fifth place in the Western Conference while also earning them SBI's MLS Team of the Week award.

Must-See Juke: Heath Pearce

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You have probably gotten used to seeing videos of Brazilian star Neymar embarrassing defenders with tricky moves, but you don't see those kind of ankle-breaking moves in MLS often enough. On Sunday, New York Red Bulls defender Heath Pearce showed that he too can put a move on a defender that can send them flying.

NASL Week 12: A Look Back

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By FRANCO PANIZO

The San Antonio Scorpions were minutes away from walking out of St. Petersburg, Fla. with a big 2-1 victory that would have ensured they stayed in first place atop the NASL standings.

Unfortunately for them, the Tampa Bay Rowdies ruined those plans.

The Rowdies scored twice in the final few minutes of their dramatic match with San Antonio, and they claimed a 3-2 victory that seemed improbable to the 2,559 Rowdies fans that endured the rainy conditions at Al Lang Stadium on Saturday night.

SBI MLS Rookie of the Week: Antoine Hoppenot

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The Philadelphia Union pulled off a surprise rout of Sporting Kansas City this past weekend, and rookie Antoine Hoppenot played a large part in helping that happen.

Coming off the bench for new Union head coach John Hackworth, Hoppenot helped Philadelphia build on their 2-0 lead over Sporting KC by drawing a penalty kick and scoring a beautifully-chipped effort over Jimmy Nielsen to cap a 4-0 win at PPL Park.

SBI MLS Player of the Week: Landon Donovan

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It was a week full of quality performances from several players on different teams, but no one was better than Los Angeles Galaxy forward Landon Donovan.

The U.S. men's national team veteran won SBI's MLS Player of the Week award after a pair of dazzling performances saw him combine for three goals and two assists en route to helping Los Angeles pick up two vital victories against Western Conference opposition in a span of four days.

Barklage rampage leads Red Bulls past D.C. United

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Brandon Barklage picked the perfect time to open his MLS scoring account, netting two beautiful goals on Sunday night to vanquish the very team that waived him last winter.

D.C. United looked ready to steamroll New York after starting fast with a Chris Pontius goal just 31 seconds into the match, but the Red Bulls took that early punch and kept on coming, with Barklage leading the way.

Timbers ride strong start to win over Sounders

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In a match-up of heated rivals both in need of a victory, the Portland Timbers started Sunday's showdown vs. Seattle looking every bit like the team intent on snapping their recent funk.

The Timbers rode a pair of first-half goals from Kris Boyd and David Horst and some of their best soccer of the season to a 2-1 victory over the Sounders at Jeld-Wen Field on Sunday.

EURO 2012: Italy advance to semifinals with PK win over England

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By JOHN BOSCHINI

Penalty shootouts are notoriously unfair but in the end justice was served as Italy are through to the semifinals.

A scoreless 120 minutes was dominated by the Italians as England's torrid time in shootouts continues and sends the Three Lions home in the quarterfinals.

Red Bulls vs. D.C. United: Match Night Commentary

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The New York Red Bulls will put their unbeaten home record on the line tonight as they take on arch-rival D.C. United at Red Bull Arena in a match that could see them catch D.C. for first place in the East.

D.C. United is leading the Eastern Conference on the strength of a four-match winning streak, but their 1-0 victory against Philadelphia showed a team that may have had some rust coming off the long MLS break.

Timbers vs. Sounders: Your Running Commentary

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The Portland Timbers and Seattle Sounders square off at Jeld-Wen Field today in the latest installment of their Cascadia Derby (5pm, ESPN2 first, then ESPN).

The match is a vital one for two teams struggling at the moment. The Sounders come into Portland winless in six matches and in danger of slipping even further down the standings.

Earthquakes work late magic again, top RSL to grab first place in the West

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The San Jose Earthquakes have made it a habit all season of producing goals late in games to snatch points. They did it again on Saturday, and this time the late-game heroics helped them grab first place in the Western Conference.

Chris Wondolowski delivered an 84th-minute goal to give the Earthquakes a 2-1 victory over RSL at Rio Tinto Stadium.

Euro 2012 Quarterfinal: England vs. Italy (Match Day Commentary)

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The must highly-anticipated match of the Euro 2012 quarterfinals is here, as England and Italy square off in a match that should be the most exciting of the round (2:45pm, ESPN).

England comes in having finished in first place in Group D, rattling off a 2-0-1 record in the group.

Revs rally for draw as TFC squanders another lead

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Toronto FC is getting the hang of scoring goals and starting games strongly, but the whole keeping a lead thing is still a work in progress.

For the second straight match, TFC opened up a multiple-goal lead on an opponent, and for the second straight time they watched that lead disappear late.

Euro 2012: Alonso's double leads Spain past France

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France knew the task would be a difficult one, and plotted a defense-minded approach to trying to stop Spain's relentess possession and nearly unstoppable control. Though well-intended, 'Les Blues' simply couldn't stop Spain's domination and became the latest victim to fall short in the quest to dethrone the reigning European and World champions.

McInerney brace leads Union in rout of KC

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The Philadelphia Union offense has been a case-study in frustration for much of the 2012 MLS season, but the Union finally found their attacking stride on Saturday night, rattling off four goals against the stingiest defense in MLS to give Union fans reason to feel optimistic about a turnaround.

Short-handed Fire hold off Crew

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By JEFFREY KRAUSE

BRIDGEVIEW, IL- Chicago fought a surging Columbus Crew team and a man disadvantage for 60 minutes to prevail in a 2-1 win over the Crew Saturday night at Toyota Park. The Fire offense was sparked off first-half goals by Marco Pappa and Dominic Oduro.

Keane pays tribute to fallen fan as Galaxy smash Vancouver

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BY ADAM SERRANO

CARSON, Calif. -- The Los Angeles Galaxy earned their third win in seven days on Saturday with a 3-0 victory over the Vancouver Whitecaps.Â

The Galaxy jumped on Vancouver early tallying three first half goals from Mike Magee, Robbie Keane and Landon Donovan to cap off a nine point week.

MLS Match Night: Live Commentary

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The jockeying for playoff positions in the Eastern and Western Conferences will be in full force tonight as all seven matches on the MLS schedule are between conference rivals.

First place in the West is on the line tonight when Real Salt Lake takes on San Jose. RSL is still smarting from a disappointing mid-week loss to the LA Galaxy, while the Earthquakes will be riding the momentum of a comeback victory against Colorado on Wednesday.

Holgersson out for D.C. United showdown

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New York Red Bulls centerback Markus Holgersson will miss Sunday's match against D.C. United with a left ankle sprain, Red Bulls head coach Hans Backe revealed on Saturday.

Holgersson suffered the injury late in the Red Bulls' 1-1 draw vs. Vancouver on Wednesday. His absence will likely mean a Red Bulls centerback tandem of Wilman Conde and Heath Pearce, though Conde is dealing with what Backe is calling muscle tightness.

Euro 2012 Quarterfinal: Spain vs. France (Your Running Commentary)

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Defending Champion Spain takes on France today in Donetsk, Ukraine in one of the most anticipated match-ups of the European Championship quarterfinals (2:45pm, ESPN2).

The Spanish will look to improve on their form in the group stage, which saw the champions struggle to generate goals they way they were expected to.

Saturday Kickoff: Portland's Mosquera suspended, Santos Laguna replaces Juve in Las Vegas friendly, and more

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When the Portland Timbers take on the Seattle Sounders in Sunday's installment of the Cascadia Derby, they will have to do so without defensive standout Hanyer Mosquera.

Major League Soccer's Disicplinary Committee has suspended Mosquera for three matches for punching LA Galaxy striker Jack McBean late in the Timbers' 1-0 loss to the Galaxy last weekend.

Group stage schedule for 2012-13 CONCACAF Champions League released

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Los Angeles Galaxy, Seattle Sounders, Real Salt Lake, Houston Dynamo and Toronto FC fans: Take out your calendars.

The schedule for the group stage of the CONCACAF Champions League was released on Friday, with the completion of the Caribbean qualifying tournament this week putting Puerto Rico Islanders in the same group as the Galaxy again, Trinidadian side Caledonia AIA in the same group as the Sounders and Trinidadian side W Connection in the same group as Chivas de Guadalajara and Guatemalan side Xelaju.

Euro 2012: Germany responds after equalizer to top Greece, advance to semis

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By JOHN BOSCHINI

In the end, Germany proved to be way too much for upstart Greece to overcome.

Despite a short-lived equalizer by the Greeks in the second half, Germany steamrolled the 2004 European champions, as a 4-2 victory booked the Germans' place in the semifinals.

Messi, Drogba, USMNT trio set for World Soccer Masters exhibition match

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The stars will be out in Miami on Saturday night.

The World Soccer Masters takes place at Sun Life Stadium, with a cast of stars from around the world led by Lionel Messi and U.S. national team stars Clint Dempsey, Carlos Bocanegra and Jozy Altidore taking to the field in the exhibition event (7 p.

Euro 2012 Quarterfinals: Germany vs. Greece

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Germany may have emerged from the Euro 2012 Group of Death unscathed, but the Germans may be overlooking their quarterfinal match just a bit with a lineup that looks like it's geared toward resting some players for an eventual semifinal match against England or Italy.

Germany plays Greece in Gdansk, Poland (2:45 p.

MLS Week 16: A Look Ahead

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By THOMAS FLOYD

Both the Seattle Sounders and Portland Timbers have fallen on hard times recently, with Seattle winless in six and Portland tied for last in the Western Conference. But none of that will matter when they renew their Cascadia Cup rivalry Sunday at Jeld-Wen Field.

This Weekend's Soccer on TV

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The final places in the Euro 2012 semifinals will be booked this weekend, with four teams aiming to join Portugal and Germany as the final four left vying for the continent's crown and a place in the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup.

The most anticipated matches of the quarterfinal round take place Saturday and Sunday, when defending champion Spain looks to thwart France's tournament run and set a date with Cristiano Ronaldo & Co.

Impact's Corradi out with torn ACL

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As it turns out, Designated Player Marco Di Vaio's arrival is coming at just the right time for the Montreal Impact.

Striker Bernardo Corradi was diagnosed with a torn ACLÂ in his left knee that will rule him out for "up to six months," according to the Impact. For Corradi, 36, though, an ACL tear at this juncture likely means at the very least a six-month recovery period, which would rule him out for the rest of the season unequivocally.

McBride to play for ninth-tier side in FA Cup

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For those hoping to see Brian McBride return to the playing field, your wishes have come true.

McBride will be suiting up for ninth-tier English side Wembley FC during its quest to make a run at the FA Cup. The team, which is pairing a number of aging, retired, former standouts with its host of amateurs, is being funded by Budweiser, a lead sponsor of the FA Cup, and is also the subject of a television documentary that will detail its efforts to pull off a shock cup run.

U.S. U-17s set for whirlwind tournament in Costa Rica

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The U.S. senior men's national team is coming off what Jurgen Klinsmann called a five-game tournament, with three friendlies and two World Cup qualifiers in a rather brief time testing the durability of his squad. The U.S. U-17s are about to embark on a whirlwind, five-match adventure of their own.

Union, Sounders among potential U.S. Open Cup semifinal hosts

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The road to the U.S. Open Cup title may very well go through Seattle again.

Should the Seattle Sounders defeat the San Jose Earthquakes in Tuesday's Open Cup quarterfinal, the three-time defending tournament champions would host the semifinal match against either Chivas USA or USL Pro's Charlotte Eagles at Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila, Wash.

Friday Kickoff: Boca Juniors make Copa Libertadores final, Postiga out and more

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One of South America's most storied clubs is on the cusp of adding another Copa Libertadores championship to its tally.

Argentine power Boca Juniors are a step away from their seventh Libertadores title after eliminating Universidad de Chile with a 0-0 draw in the second leg of their semifinal tie Thursday night to reach the final.

Must-See Commercial: Mario Balotelli

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Euro 2012: Ronaldo puts Portugal into semifinals with late goal

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So much for Cristiano Ronaldo disappearing in big tournaments.

The Real Madrid superstar scored his third goal of the tournament as Portugal booked the first place in the semifinals with a 1-0 win over the Czech Republic. Ronaldo found space inside the box with just over 10 minutes left in the game and sent Joao Moutinho's cross rocketing off the turf and into the roof of the net.

Najar, Espinoza named to Honduras Olympic squad

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U.S. Soccer fans might not have a whole lot to root for at this summer's Olympic tournament, but MLS fans will most certainly have a rooting interest.Â

D.C. United winger Andy Najar and Sporting Kansas City midfielder Roger Espinoza were among those named to Honduras' Olympic roster on Thursday, with Espinoza occupying one of the team's three overage places.

Mwanga pleased with Portland debut

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By ADAM SERRANO

CARSON, Calif. -- The result did not go according to plan in Danny Mwanga's debut for the Portland Timbers, but the flashy forward had plenty to be pleased about in his first match for his hometown club.

Euro 2012 Quarterfinals: Czech Republic vs. Portugal

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Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal will look to take a step closer to the European Championship Final when they take on underdog Czech Republic in the first quarterfinal of the tournament (2:45pm, ESPN).

The Portuguese rallied to finish second in the tournament's Group of Death, and looked impressive doing so.

Olsen to coach MLS All-Star Game

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D.C. United head coach Ben Olsen has been chosen to coach the MLS All-Stars when they take on Chelsea in the 2012 MLS All-Star Game at PPL Park on July 25th.

Olsen has been tabbed to replace Peter Nowak, who had been assigned to coach the team before being let go by the Philadelphia Union.

Mexico, USA to meet at Azteca in August

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The summer friendly that Jurgen Klinsmann has been hinting at for months is official.

The Mexican soccer federation announced that El Tri will host the U.S. men's national team at Estadio Azteca on Aug. 15 in a friendly between the two CONCACAF powerhouses.

The meeting will be the second United States-Mexico match of the Klinsmann era, with last August's 1-1 draw in Philadelphia being his first match after replacing Bob Bradley as national team coach.

MLS Spotlight: Kitchen settling into demanding midfield role

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Perry Kitchen is no stranger to adversity, having been apart of the U.S. Under-23 men's national team that disappointingly did not qualify for this summer's Olympics in March. But while Kitchen struggled in the U.S. team's failed attempt to reach London, he has had no such problems in his second season in MLS.

MLS Ticker: United-Juventus friendly canceled, RSL signs Mansally and more

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By FRANCO PANIZO

It appears Juventus will not be making a trip to Washington D.C. this summer after all.

D.C. United announced Thursday that their July 28 friendly with Juventus that was part of the Herbalife World Football Challenge has been canceled.

Altidore finds his place in Europe

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After three trying years in Europe, Jozy Altidore finally found a place that felt right, and a club that gave him the chance he had been working so hard for. The result has been a return to the goal-scoring ways that made Altidore such a highly-regarded prospect as a teenager with the New York Red Bulls.

Pearce header helps Red Bulls salvage draw in Vancouver

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The Vancouver Whitecaps looked like they had three points in the bag when Martin Bonjour buried a second-half goal against the New York Red Bulls on Wednesday night, but New York's newest player picked a perfect time to deliver his first goal for his new club.

Heath Pearce scored a clutch equalizer in the 86th-minute to help the Red Bulls salvage a 1-1 draw at BC Place.

Thursday Kickoff: French tensions rise at Euro, Green signs with QPR & more

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By THOMAS FLOYD

France at Euro 2012 has already done what the 2010 World Cup team could not -- advance out of the group stage -- but the inner turmoil that plagued the squad in South Africa has creeped up once more.

Assistant coach Alain Boghossian, a member of the 2010 World Cup staff for France, said during a Thursday press conference that tensions did rise in the French locker room after a 2-0 loss to Sweden on Tuesday.

Bruin goal helps Dynamo finish two-goal comeback in 3-3 thriller vs. Toronto FC

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The Houston Dynamo's perfect record inside BBVA Compass Stadium was on the brink of coming to an end, but Will Bruin came up with some late game heroics to prevent that from happening.

Bruin capped a comeback for the Houston Dynamo on Wednesday night, heading home a 90th-minute equalizer in a 3-3 draw with Toronto FC.

Controversial penalty helps Earthquakes complete comeback to top Rapids

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Alan Gordon has made a habit of pulling off late-game heroics to salvage valuable points for the San Jose Earthquakes. He did it again on Wednesday, only he did so in a manner that might come back to haunt him.

Gordon scored an 84th minute equalizer against the Colorado Rapids on Wednesday night, but it was what he did in the dying seconds of regulation that left the Rapids irate and the Earthquakes celebrating another late comeback.

Ianni wonder goal helps Sounders tie Sporting KC

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By JASON MITCHELL

SEATTLE, Wash. -Â A feisty match that seemed full of goals ended in a 1-1 draw Wednesday night at CenturyLink Field. A wonder-strike from Seattle defender Patrick Ianni kept the Sounders (7-4-4) from losing back-to-back matches for the first time this season.

Angel's winner leads Chivas USA past Montreal

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By KAYLA KNAPP

CARSON, Calif.—When Chivas USA head coach Robin Fraser brought on second-half substitutes Juan Pablo Angel and Jorge Villafana with 13 minutes left in Wednesday's match against the Montreal Impact, they were brought on to provide a spark.

Donovan brace helps Galaxy pull off comeback vs. RSL

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The Los Angeles Galaxy have sorely been needing a confidence-building victory to help turn around their dismal season, and they may just have gotten it.

The Galaxy picked up a surprise 3-2 road win over Real Salt Lake at Rio Tinto Stadium on Wednesday, rallying from an early 2-0 deficit to give RSL its first league loss in club history after being up by two.

Must-See Goal: Patrick Ianni

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MLS Match Night: Your Running Commentary

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Several high-profile tilts headline tonight's busy mid-week slate of Major League Soccer action, with Real Salt Lake playing host to the LA Galaxy in the night's marquee match-up.

The Galaxy are trying to climb into playoff contention, but must beat red-hot RSL at Rio Tinto to do it.

Cameron scouted by European clubs

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Geoff Cameron's rise from MLS standout to the U.S. men's national team may very well culminate in a move overseas in the near future.

According to the Houston Dynamo broadcast from the club's win over FC Dallas over the weekend scouts from Everton, Stoke City and Schalke were in attendance with an eye on the U.

MLS Notes: Earthquakes sign Zayner, Rapids activate Smith and more

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After an extensive trial period, Jed Zayner has officially found a new home with the San Jose Earthquakes.

The veteran defender signed with the Earthquakes Wednesday, sealing the deal after initially being on trial with the club in the preseason.

USMNT on the Road to Brazil

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Mid-Day Ticker: Van Persie to stay put, Van Bommel retires from Holland & more

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If Arsene Wenger's latest comments are any indication, Robin van Persie won't be leaving Arsenal this summer.

Van Persie has been widely speculated to be making a move from the Emirates, coming off a career-best season in which he won the Premier League golden boot with 30 goals and captured the PFA Player of the Year award.

Who makes your MLS All-Star team?

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Lost in the madness of the U.S. men's national team's start of World Cup qualifying, the MLS international break and Euro 2012 is the fact that MLS All-Star voting has begun and is in full swing.Â

The MLS All-Stars will take on UEFA Champions League and FA Cup winner Chelsea at PPL Park in a little more than a month with an eye on snapping a three-game losing streak after a loss to Everton (in penalties) and two losses to Manchester United.

MLS Wednesday: A Look Ahead

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Euro 2012 might be on its first day off in almost two weeks, but that doesn't mean there is not a full slate of soccer to command your attention on Wednesday.

MLS makes up for lost time during the international break with six mid-week games, including a pair of headliners.

Which goal was the best of the Euro 2012 group stage?

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The Euro 2012 group stage is in the books, and Czech Republic, Greece, Germany, Portugal, Spain, Italy, England and France are the eight teams left standing prior to Thursday's opening match of the quarterfinals.

Before looking ahead to the remaining teams, though, there were a number of individual moments that stood out during what was a memorable group stage that deserve another look.

Wednesday Kickoff: Drogba heads to China, Blatter's goal-line tweet & more

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Didier Drogba's move to China is officially complete.

The former Chelsea star signed a two-and-a-half-year deal with Shanghai Shenhua, where he will be reunited with former strike partner Nicolas Anelka while playing under former Argentina coach Sergio Batista.

"I have considered all the offers I have received in the past few weeks, but feel that Shanghai Shenhua FC is the right move for me at this time," Drogba said in a statement released by Chelsea.

Galaxy Notes: LA look to build on victory, Keane could return Saturday, and more

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BY ADAM SERRANO

CARSON, Calif. --Â After a stellar victory over the Portland Timbers, the Los Angeles Galaxy are looking to build some momentum and will have to do so against the strongest team in MLS.

On Wednesday, the Galaxy will have a quick turn around from Sunday's game as they take on high-flying Real Salt Lake at Rio Tinto Stadium with hopes of building a winning streak.

Sounders' Alonso earns U.S. citizenship

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Osvaldo Alonso is a hard-tackling, long-range shooting, sound-distributing midfielder, one of the best at his craft in MLS. He is also now an American.

The Seattle Sounders midfielder passed his U.S. citizenship test last Thursday, completing a five-year process that dates back to when he defected from Cuba during the 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup.

Euro 2012: England wins group despite controversy, France advances despite loss

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By JOHN BOSCHINI

In the face of lowered expectations, England is excelling at Euro 2012.

Wayne Rooney marked his return from suspension with a goal as England, with the help of a controversial refereeing decision, weathered a relentless Ukraine attack to claim a 1-0 victory, first place in Group D and a date with Italy in the quarterfinals.

Must-See Goal: Zlatan Ibrahimovic

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USL Pro: A Look Back at Week 11

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By FRANCO PANIZO

If you experienced a bit of deja vu when watching both matches between the Los Angeles Blues and Dayton Dutch Lions this weekend, you likely were not the only one.

The Los Angeles Blues ousted the last-place Dutch Lions twice this weekend and both were 1-0 affairs at Cal State Fullerton Titan Stadium.

MLS Notes: FCD's Hernandez sent on loan, Impact's Italians hurt and more

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Moises Hernandez will take the road less traveled when it comes to MLS Homegrown Players.Â

Hernandez, an FC Dallas Homegrown Player and U.S. Under-20 defender, was loaned to Guatemalan club Comunicaciones for the 2012-13 season according to the club's official website. The move gives Hernandez a chance to earn playing time for one of Central America's top clubs, and a place that currently employs former Chivas USA defender Michael Umana in addition to a host of Guatemalan national team players.

Euro 2012: Matchday 12 (Group D)

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The Euro 2012 group stage comes to an end Tuesday, with the final two places in the quarterfinals up for grabs. Three of the four teams in action Tuesday have a chance at qualifying for the knockout round, including co-host Ukraine, which can advance with a win over England (2:45 p.m., ESPN/ESPN3.

SBI MLS Power Rankings: Week 15

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It's a good time to be a Vancouver Whitecaps fan.

After back-to-back wins, the Whitecaps are unbeaten in four and have pushed up to the No. 5 slot in this week's SBI MLS Power Rankings. And to make matters better, Designated Player signing Barry Robson will finally be eligible to play come June 27.

Euro 2012 Ticker: Croatia fined for fan behavior, Germany faces charge & more

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Croatia fans have cost their national team's federation €80,000.

UEFA fined Croatia that amount "for the setting-off and throwing of fireworks, and the improper conduct of supporters (racist chants, racist symbols) at the UEFA EURO 2012 Group C match against Italy," according to a statement released on Tuesday.

Former USMNT coach Panagoulias dies

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Alketas Panagoulias, a former U.S. men's national team, Greece national team and three-time U.S. Open Cup-winning coach died on Monday at his home in Virginia. He was 78 years old.

Panagoulias was the coach of the U.S. men's national team from 1983-1985, which included leading the men's Olympic team in the 1984 Games in Los Angeles.

Should UEFA expand the Euro field?

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Euro 2012 has been one of the more intense, entertaining international tournaments in recent memory, with each game carrying loads of significance and each group coming down to the final day of group play.

Even with the 16-team format providing such a strong competition -- and groups containing multiple world powers, making for high drama -- UEFA is poised to expand the tournament field to 24 teams in 2016, something that UEFA president Michel Platini has conceded "will be less dramatic" in the group stage.

USWNT 4, Japan 1: Match Highlights

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Tuesday Kickoff: Italy hands out scandal bans, Herdling leaves Union and more

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Italian soccer won't be suspended as a whole for two years, like Italian Premier Mario Monti suggested, and the sport as a whole in the country appears ready to move on from the latest match-fixing scandal.

The Italian FA announced its punishments after an investigation, and four players -- Mario Cassano, Alessandro Zamperini, Luigi Sartor and Nicola Santoni -- were banned for five years each.

Monday Rewind: Modric eyed by Madrid, QPR sign Nelsen and Johnson, & more

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By SEAN BALKAN

Tottenham's difficult offseason looks set to continue as rumors suggest that Luka Modric will depart White Hart Lane this summer.

Modric is widely expected to leave Tottenham after the North London club missed out on Champions League qualification for the second straight year.

Euro 2012: Spain, Italy advance to quarterfinals

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By FRANCO PANIZO

They suffered a few scares and needed a few clutch saves from Iker Casillas, but Spain eventually defeated Croatia en route to advancing to the Euro 2012 quarterfinals.

Spain kept their dreams of repeating as European champions alive on Monday with a 1-0 victory over Croatia that was more difficult than some would have imagined.

Hamid overcomes adversity to shine in goal for D.C. United

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It has been a roller coaster 2012 for young D.C. United goalkeeper Bill Hamid.

He started it by earning his first U.S. national team cap, and was subsequently named by no less than Jurgen Klinsmann as the No. 2 goalkeeper in the U.S. national team pool. He was starting on the U.

Must-See Goal: Mario Balotelli

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NASL Week 11: A Look Back

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Not many people expected the San Antonio Scorpions to have much success in their first season in NASL.

They were wrong.

The Scorpions leapfrogged the Puerto Rico Islanders to take sole possession of first place in the standings after beating them, 2-0, in front of 1,551 fans at Bayamon Soccer Complex on Saturday.

Euro 2012: Match Day 11 (Group C)

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Three teams vie for two quarterfinal places in Group C as defending champion Spain and second-place Croatia lead today's Euro action.

The Croatians will be looking for at least a point againt the Spanish to secure their place in the secound round, with a tie of 2-2 or greater eliminating Italy no matter what 'The Azzurri' do against Ireland.

Report: Three Toronto FC players arrested in Houston

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As if Toronto FC's season was not already bad enough, in comes word that three of their players have been arrested for public intoxication.

According to the Toronto Sun, Toronto FC players Luis Silva, Nick Soolsma and Miguel Aceval were jailed outside of a nightclub in Houston on Sunday night.

Morgan, Wambach help USWNT snap winless streak vs. Japan in 4-1 romp

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The U.S. women's national team just keeps on rolling ahead of the upcoming Olympics.

Led by braces from Alex Morgan and Abby Wambach, the United States cruised to a 4-1 victory over Japan in a friendly in Halmstad, Sweden on Monday. The result ended the U.S. team's tour of Sweden at 2-0-0 with seven goals scored.

December Manchester Derby headlines newly-released EPL schedule

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The 2012-2013 Premiership schedule has been released, and fans will have to wait until December to see the Manchester Derby take place.

Manchester City will host Manchester United at Etihad Stadium on Dec. 8 in one of the marquee matches of the season. The Premier League champions return trip to Old Trafford takes place four months later, with an April 5 match against Manchester United scheduled.

SBI MLS Team of the Week: Chicago Fire

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The Chicago Fire did not let a little goal-line controversy get in the way of their return to the win column.

Behind a masterful performance by Patrick Nyarko on the wing and other goals from Gonzalo Segares and Chris Rolfe, the Fire continued their mastery over the New York Red Bulls at Toyota Park with a 3-1 win that improved their record against New York at the venue to 6-0-3 all-time and earned them SBI MLS Team of the Week honors.

SBI MLS Player of the Week: Fabian Espindola

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With a pair of Fabian Espindola goals at the forefront, Real Salt Lake put the rest of MLS on notice on Saturday night with a dominanting showing against Chivas USA.

Espindola was a threat each time that he touched the ball on Saturday and ended the match with two goals in RSL's 3-0 victory over the Rojiblancos to earn SBI MLS Player of the Week honors for Week 15.

SBI MLS Rookie of the Week: Andrew Wenger

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It appears that Montreal Impact coach Jesse Marsch knew what he was doing with No. 1 overall 2012 MLS SuperDraft pick Andrew Wenger all along.

Rewarded with his second straight start at forward, Wenger responded with a classy goal and a 90-minute outing in Montreal's 4-1 victory over the Seattle Sounders to earn SBI MLS Rookie of the Week honors.

Euro 2012: Ronaldo double lifts Portugal past winless Dutch, Germans cruise

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Cristiano Ronaldo had endured a rough European Championship tournament heading into Sunday's final group match against the Netherlands, but he picked the perfect time to wake up and start finding the net.

Ronaldo notched a pair of goals during a masterful performance to help lead Portugal to a 2-1 victory against the Netherlands that secured Portugal's place in the Euro quarterfinals.

Nyarko leads revitalized Fire past rusty Red Bulls

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By JEFFREY KRAUSE

BRIDGEVIEW, IL- The New York Red Bulls defense had been one of the stingiest in the league before going into the extended MLS break, but having nearly a month off from MLS play didn't seem to do much good for the Red Bulls as the Chicago Fire ripped their defense to shreds for a vital home victory.

Saunders returns as Galaxy post their first shutout of the season to top Timbers

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By ADAM SERRANO

CARSON, Calif. -- Josh Saunders made his return to action and the Los Angeles Galaxy returned to winning ways on Sunday as the Galaxy defeated the Portland Timbers, 1-0 at the Home Depot Center.Â

In his first game since April 21st due to his presence in the league's substance abuse and behavioral health program Saunders made four saves as he gave the Galaxy their first shutout of the season.

Dynamo defeat FC Dallas on Moffat goal

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The Houston Dynamo defeated 10-man FC Dallas in the Texas derby on Saturday night, and they can thank Adam Moffat for that.

Moffat scored the winner in Houston's 2-1 triumph over rivals FC Dallas on Saturay night in the first match between the two at BBVA Compass Stadium. Moffat's goal, combined with Jair Benitez being sent off in the second half, improved the Dynamo to 3-0-1 in their new stadium while extending FC Dallas' current winless run to 10 matches.

Red Bulls vs. Fire: Your Running Commentary

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The New York Red Bulls were the hottest team in Major League Soccer before the extended MLS break, and they will look to recapture that momentum tonight by beating the Chicago Fire at Toyota Park (5pm, NBC Sports Network).

The Fire have lost three of their past four in league play, but have been strong at home this season, boasting a 3-1-2 record.

Crew, Revs play to scoreless draw

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The New England Revolution have been a real revelation at home this year, showing considerable improvement at Gillette Stadium under head coach Jay Heaps, but on Saturday the Revs couldn't get past Columbus Crew goalkeeper Andy Gruenebaum, who helped the Crew continue their improbable unbeaten run.

Sporting KC tops TFC in Mariner debut

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Toronto FC may have a new head coach in Paul Mariner, but Sporting Kansas City made sure he got off to a losing start.

Sporting Kansas City ruined Mariner's debut match in charge of Toronto FC, picking up a 2-0 victory courtesy of first-half goals from C.J. Sapong and Julio Cesar at Livestrong Sporting Park on Saturday night.

Impact rout Seattle in Stade Saputo opener

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As far as stadium openers go, the Montreal Impact could not have asked for a much better spectacle.

The Impact opened the recently renovated Stade Saputo with a 4-1 romp of the Seattle Sounders on Saturday night. Patrice Bernier led the way for the Impact with a three-assist performance.

Euro 2012: Match Day Ten (Group B)

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The strongest group in the European Championships will produce two survivors today in a pair of highly-anticipated matches in Group B.

The surprising Danes will look to knock off Germany today and take first place in the group, which would be a stunning accomplishment for a team most considered the weakest in this group.

Late LeToux winner lifts Whitecaps past Rapids

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When rookie Darren Mattocks drew his second yellow card, earning a red card in Saturday's match between the Vancouver Whitecaps and Colorado Rapids, it looked like the home team might struggle to avoid losing at BC Place.

Sebastien LeToux not only made sure that didn't happen, he helped the Whitecaps take all three points in Saturday's battle of Western Conference playoff contenders.

RSL thrashes Chivas USA at HDC

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By KAYLA KNAPP

CARSON, Calif.—Real Salt Lake didn't look like a team that had only played one MLS game in 35 days on Saturday night. They traveled to Los Angeles looking for a little revenge on Chivas USA, the only team to have beaten them at Rio Tinto this season.

DC United extend lead atop East by knocking off Union in Hackworth's debut

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By JOEY SAMUEL

CHESTER, Pa. -- They may have a new head coach, but it was the same old story in front of goal for the Philadelphia Union on Saturday night and DC United made them pay.

Chris Ponitus converted a Branko Boskovic free kick in the 78th minute and that was all DC United needed to spoil John Hackworth's first game as interim team manager of the Union, as DC went on to win the game, 1-0 in front of 18,876 fans at PPL Park.

Euro 2012: Greece eliminates Russia, Poland crashes out

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Russia entered their final group stage match needing just a draw to secure qualification. That seemed like a given to most considering how well the first-place team had looked offensively at Euro 2012.

No one told Greece that.

Greece eliminated Russia from the tournament in stunning fashion, pulling out a 1-0 victory courtesy of a first-half stoppage time goal from Giorgos Karagounis on Saturday.

MLS Week 15: Match Night Commentary

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After an extended break, Major League Soccer is back in full swing tonight, with seven games to be played and some history to be made.

Stade Saputo opens for business in Montreal, with the Impact unveiling their new home with a match against Seattle. The Houston Dynamo welcome FC Dallas to BBVA Compass Stadium for the first installment of the Texas Derby to be played at the new Houston Stadium.

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

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The Philadelphia Union begin life after Peter Nowak tonight as they take on arch-rival D.C. United in their first match under interim head coach John Hackworth.

The Union parted ways with Nowak on Wednesday, saying goodbye to the only head coach they ever had. Now the task is up to Hackworth to turn around a disappointing start to the season by molding a young squad into the winning team expected when the season began.

Euro 2012: Matchday Nine (Group A)

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Poland fans have realized a dream in watching their country host the European Championships, and their national team isn't ready to see that dream end.

The Polish national team has its fate in its own hands, with a win today against the Czech Republic securing a place in the knockout rounds.

Wambach, Morgan lead USWNT past Sweden

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By ADAM WARNER

You would have expected some nervous jitters from U.S. Women's National Team
Head Coach Pia Sundhage. She was coaching against her former team, Sweden, where she played at both
the professional and national levels. The game was being played in Holmestad, Sweden, which is only
about an hour and half away from where she grew up in Ulricehamn.

Wambach, Morgan lead USWNT past Sweden

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By ADAM WARNER

You would have expected some nervous jitters from U.S. Women's National Team
Head Coach Pia Sundhage. She was coaching against her former team, Sweden, where she played at both
the professional and national levels. The game was being played in Holmestad, Sweden, which is only
about an hour and half away from where she grew up in Ulricehamn.

Must-See Goal: Abby Wambach

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Stade Saputo set for MLS debut

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MLS's newest soccer-specific stadium is about to be unveiled.

Having played their first six games of the season at Olympic Stadium, the Montreal Impact are on the brink of officially opening the doors to a renovated Stade Saputo tonight when they host the Seattle Sounders. The stadium can hold more than 20,000 spectators, and each seat is likely to be filled on what should be a memorable night for Montreal fans.

Galaxy Notes: Saunders ready to play, Donovan looks to lead by example & more

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By ADAM SERRANO

CARSON, Calif. – After a trying couple of months, goalkeeper Josh Saunders appears set to return to the Los Angeles Galaxy starting lineup.

After taking a personal leave from the club in April and joining the league's Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health program in May, Saunders was cleared to return to action on June 7.

Must-See Goal: Danny Welbeck

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Euro 2012: Welbeck seals England win; France weathers elements, Ukraine

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The Three Lions have plenty to roar about now.

Danny Welbeck scored off an inventive back-heel flick with his back to the goal mouth in the 78th minute to snap a 2-2 draw and cap off a frenetic second half in England's 3-2 victory over Sweden that eliminated the Swedes from the tournament and put England in a very advantageous position to advance to the knockout stage.

Gomez boosts his USMNT stock

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After the recent run of USMNT matches, no player improved his standing in Jurgen Klinsmann's plans more than Herculez Gomez.

The Santos Laguna striker made the most of his recent call-up, impressing Klinsmann enough become a regular starter in the U.S. National Team's preferred 4-3-3 formation, even starting ahead of highly-regarded Jozy Altidore.

Henry, Marquez out for Red Bulls' next two games

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The New York Red Bulls have grown accustomed to playing without their biggest names this season, and it appears that they'll have to do so again when they resume play after the international break.

Coach Hans Backe told reporters that Designated Players Thierry Henry and Rafa Marquez will sit out the club's two-game road trip to Chicago and Vancouver.

MLS Week 15: A Look Ahead

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By THOMAS FLOYD

For the one and only time in 2012, the Texas derby will be contested Saturday.

Perhaps the most notable casualty of the league's move to an unbalanced schedule this season, the rivalry match will see FC Dallas travel to BBVA Compass Stadium to take on the Houston Dynamo.

This Weekend's Soccer on TV

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There's everything to play for as the group stage of Euro 2012 winds down.Â

The final matches of groups A and B will be played this weekend, with all eight teams still technically alive and fighting for places in the knockout stage. Germany is the closest to qualifying out of the Group of Death after wins in its first two matches, but a slip-up against upstart Denmark could pave the way for a wild Saturday in Group B.

Mid-Day Ticker: SKC hosts Montpellier, El Diablo signs with Pachuca and more

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Sporting Kansas City will be welcoming the Ligue 1 champions to Livestrong Sporting Park this summer.

Sporting KC announced they will be hosting French side Montpellier in a friendly on July 24, the first of two matches Montpellier will play in the United States this summer.

Euro 2012 Matchday Eight (Group D)

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In reaction to France not being able to defeat a Wayne Rooney-less England side in its opening game of Euro 2012, coach Laurent Blanc has made a couple of big changes to his lineup.

Blanc has dropped Patrice Evra and Florent Malouda from the starting lineup in favor of Gael Clichy and Jeremy Menez, as France looks to topple co-host Ukraine (12 p.

Must-See Goals: Euro 2012's best so far

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Euro 2012 has been filled with high drama, memorable results, breakout players and clutch performances, making for one of the more intense group stages in recent memory. Not one team has clinched a place in the knockout stage just yet, and each group will be two-thirds of the way through the opening stage following Friday's England-Sweden and Ukraine-France matches.

Copa Libertadores: Corinthians, Boca Juniors take semifinal edge after first legs

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Two of the most lethal attacks in South America have been held silent through the opening legs of the Copa Libertadores semifinals.

Boca Juniors shut out Universidad de Chile 2-0 on Thursday night, following Corinthians' 1-0 victory over Santos Wednesday night to take the early leads with an eye on reaching the finals.

Friday Kickoff: Spurs reach out to Villas-Boas, Carroll starts for England & more

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Andre Villas-Boas might just get a second go-around in London to prove he can find success in the Premier League.

A day after Tottenham began its coaching search after parting ways with Harry Redknapp, a third party has reached out to Villas-Boas on Spurs' behalf, according to reports from England.

Euro 2012: Torres double leads Spain, Italy ties Croatia

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So maybe Spain just needed a starting forward after all.

Fernando Torres delivered two goals as the defending European champions cruised to a 4-0 victory over Ireland on Thursday. The victory moved Spain into first place in Euro Group C, setting up an exciting final day of action.

David Silva and Cesc Fabregas also provided second-half goal as the Spanish dominated Ireland and helped make the Irish the first team to be eliminated from the Euros.

1 on 1: Hope Solo talks Sweden

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Canada Corner: De Guzman brothers keep CANMNT guessing on Jonathan

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By KURTIS LARSON

TORONTO -- Julian and Jonathan de Guzman are polarizing figures -– two of Canada's most gifted players who continue to pull Canadian supporters in opposite directions.

Following CONCACAF's second round of World Cup qualifying, Julian acknowledged that his brother, Jonathan, who is currently under contract with Spanish side Villarreal, was looking to take steps to become eligible for selection by head coach Stephen Hart and the Canadian national team.

D.C. United Notes: Olsen's lineup choices, White loaned to Kickers & more

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By AVI CREDITOR

WASHINGTON -- The international break has allowed D.C. United's injured players to regain health and fitness, and as a result, coach Ben Olsen has some lineup decisions to make ahead of Saturday's match against the Philadelphia Union.

"That's the good thing about the break at this point in time in the season came at a much-needed time for guys that are injured," said D.

Behind the Crest: The World Cup Qualifying Grind

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Mid-Day Ticker: Euro unrest continues, Bendtner faces punishment and more

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By THOMAS FLOYD

Euro 2012 throughout its opening week has served as a highly visible platform for social unrest. On Thursday, Croatia's supporters got in on the civil disobedience.

Croatians burned a European Union flag and paraded with posters of Ante Gotovina, a convicted war criminal, in Poznan, Poland, before their nation's Group C match against Italy.

Euro 2012: Matchday Seven (Group C)

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Defending champion Spain tied Italy to open play in Group C and now the two group favorites will look to close the gap on group leaders Croatia with wins today.

Italy will look to employ the same stingy defense that stifled Spain to stop a dangerous Croatia attack that soundly defeated Ireland on opening day.

What we've learned from the recent USMNT matches

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The U.S. Men's national team has completed the five-game run that was supposed provide a sample of what World Cup 2014 will be like, while also helping Jurgen Klinsmann learn more about the make-up of his team. It wasn't always pretty, and there were plenty of disappointing moments and questions raised, but the stretch of games has helped shed some light on the current state of the national team.

Thursday Kickoff: Spurs eyeing Moyes, Ronaldo rips Messi, and more

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With the surprising departure of Harry Redknapp shaking things up in the English Premier League, a clear front-runner has emerged to replace Redknapp and it's none other than Everton manager David Moyes.

One of the most well-respected managers in Europe for his consistent ability to produce results with a team that doesn't have the financial strength of its opponents, Moyes has spent a decade at the Liverpool club, but with a year remaining on his contract, he could be tempted to make the move to the big-spending London club.

Reports: Redknapp leaving Tottenham

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What a whirlwind of a four months it has been for Harry Redknapp.

From emerging not guilty from a tax evasion trial in February to being the odds-on favorite for the England national team job until Roy Hodgson was offered the job to guiding Tottenham to fourth place in the Premier League only to have that not be good enough for the UEFA Champions League this year, Redknapp has been through quite the gamut in a short period of time.

USMNT reacts to Guatemala draw

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Quakes goalkeeper Busch suspended one game for altercation with ball boy

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San Jose Earthquakes goalkeeper Jon Busch became the latest player to be punished by the MLS Disciplinary Committee, but his reason for being suspended is one of the more unique ones seen so far this season.

Busch was suspended one game and fined an undisclosed amount for "aggressively retrieving a ball" from a ball boy late into stoppage time in a 2-1 loss at Sporting Kansas City back on May 27 according to a league statement.

Euro 2012: Germany pushes Dutch to brink, Portugal strikes late to top Danes

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By JOHN BOSCHINI

Germany is making survival in the Group of Death look rather clinical.

The Germans won their second straight tough match at Euro 2012, dispatching the Netherlands 2-1 behind two goals from Mario Gomez to maintain first place in Group B and all but seal their place in the knockout stage.

Sounders' Estrada breaks foot

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The Seattle Sounders will be forced to play without their leading scorer for at least the next couple of months.

According to the Seattle Times, David Estrada will miss the next 8-to-12 weeks with a broken foot, one that was suffered in training on Tuesday. Estrada's five goals are tops for a team focused on reclaiming its top form in league play while maintaining its run toward an unprecedented fourth straight U.

Fire Notes: Grazzini negotiations continue, Friedrich nears return & more

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By JEFFREY KRAUSE

Chicago Fire playmaker Sebastian Grazzini is currently in ongoing contract negotiations with the club, and the 31-year-old Argentine is getting a bit anxious to see the next step of his career resolved.

Report: Nowak out as Union coach

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The Philadelphia Union's tumultuous season has reportedly reached its breaking point.

According to the Philadelphia Daily News, Peter Nowak is out as coach of the Union. Club CEO Nick Sakiewicz is expected to officially announce the decision at a press conference at PPL Park on Wednesday afternoon.

Mid-Day Ticker: Di Matteo gets Chelsea job, UEFA punishes Russia and more

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Roberto Di Matteo was just supposed to steady the ship for Chelsea and stabilize things until a new, big-name manager was brought in to bring the club back to the European spotlight. Instead, the interim boss guided the Blues to the UEFA Champions League title and FA Cup title and has been rewarded with the job on a permanent basis.

Euro 2012: Matchday Six (Group B)

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The Group of Death at Euro 2012 resumes play, with the implications and pressure rising after Saturday's opening round of games.

Portugal and Cristiano Ronaldo look to bounce back after a loss to Germany, needing a result against Denmark (Noon, ESPN/ESPN3.com). The Danes pulled off one of the more impressive victories of the tournament so far, silencing the Netherlands to emerge as a surprise contender for the knockout stage considering the other teams in the group.

U.S. U-20s conclude South America trip with loss to Chile

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The U.S. Under-20 men's national team capped a 12-day trip to South America with a third consecutive loss, dropping a 2-1 result to Chile in Santiago on Tuesday.

FC Dallas Academy forward Daniel Garcia scored the lone goal for the United States, converting a second-half stoppage-time penalty kick drawn by Santos Laguna midfielder Benji Joya to end the journey on a bit of a high note.

Guatemala 1, USA 1: Match Highlights

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CONCACAF World Cup qualifying: Mexico ekes by El Salvador and more

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Winning on the road in CONCACAF World Cup qualifying is no easy feat, and Mexico had its hands full Tuesday night before ultimately walking away from Estadio Cuscatlan in El Salvador with a 2-1 victory.

Hector Moreno's 85th-minute goal gave Mexico the decisive edge, with the Espanyol centerback scoring off Edgar Andrade's free kick for the match-winner.

Wednesday Kickoff: Van Marwijk safe, Spain continues to experiment and more

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The Netherlands' quest to bounce back from a disappointing loss to Denmark in their Euro 2012 opener won't cost manager Bert van Marwijk his job, no matter how it unfolds.

Van Marwijk has been given a vote of confidence by the Dutch FA entering Wednesday's massive match against Germany, one that could see the Oranje -- the 2010 FIFA World Cup runners-up and one of the favorites to win Euro 2012 -- get eliminated from the competition.

U.S. settles for 1-1 draw at Guatemala

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By THOMAS FLOYD

Before Tuesday's trip to Guatemala City, a 1-1 draw might have seemed like an acceptable outcome for the U.S. national team. The Americans, after all, knew they would be facing a hostile environment and desperate opponent. But as it turned out, the result left much to be desired.

USA vs. Guatemala: Match Night Commentary

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The U.S. Men's National Team can take control of their World Cup Qualifying group tonight with a win in the hostile environment in Guatemala City as the Americans take on Guatemala at Estadio Nacional Mateo Flores.

The Americans come in off a 3-1 qualifying win against Antigua & Barbuda, a sloppy victory, but a win that put the team closer to qualification.

Studio 90: Guatemala test awaits USA

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Euro 2012: Poland battles to tie Russia, Czechs score early to put away Greece

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By JOHN BOSCHINI

Despite being the lowest-ranked side in Euro 2012, Poland is not going quietly.

A stunning goal from Jakub Blaszczykowski in the second half salvaged a 1-1 draw for the co-hosts against Group A leaders Russia in Warsaw.Â

The match was an end-to-end one, as the teams combined for 26 shots.

MLS Notes: Rapids extend Moor with multi-year deal, Saunders returns & more

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The Colorado Rapids have made a concerted effort to bring in a new kind of personnel this season, revamping their attack with a South American flair under first-year coach Oscar Pareja. The club is also doing what it can to lock up the incumbent nucleus of the team for the long haul, though.

Mid-Day Ticker: Violence erupts in Euro march, Cassano's anti-gay words & more

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No matter how ready riot police in Warsaw were for Russian fans' march to commemorate their independence day, violence and arrests seemed inevitable, and that's exactly how the pre-match festivities between Russia and Poland played out.

According to the BBC, seven people were injured and 56 others were arrested during a march carried out by Russia supporters leading up to the Euro 2012 Group A bout between co-host Poland and first-place Russia.

USA vs. Guatemala: A Look Ahead (And who should the USMNT start tonight?)

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The U.S. Men's National team are in Guatemala City for tonight's vital CONCACAF World Cup Qualifier against Guatemala, and the match will be a significantly more difficult step for the Americans as they look to move a step closer to World Cup 2014.

The USA won the last time they were in Guatemala, four years ago, but it was far from an easy ride.

Boyd discusses transfer to Rapid Vienna

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Terrence Boyd's career arc has been nothing if not unusual.

With no first-team club appearances to his name, Boyd has emerged as a favorite of U.S. national team coach Jurgen Klinsmann and a cornerstone to build around for the future. After a 20-goal season for Borussia Dortmund's reserve team and multiple appearances for the United States -- including the all-important cap-tying appearance on Friday -- Boyd is set for the next step in his club career.

Euro 2012: Matchday Five (Group A)

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Russia was one of the more impressive teams from the first wave of matches at Euro 2012, posting four goals on the Czech Republic, including two by rising star Alan Dzagoev. The Russians' quest to take a giant step out of Group A and toward the knockout round gets a bit tricker on Tuesday.

CONCACAF World Cup qualifying: Honduras faces Canada challenge & more

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Honduras is considered one of the teams expected to be heavily in the mix to secure one of CONCACAF's three automatic berths into the 2014 FIFA World Cup, or at the very least one that will compete for a spot in the playoff against the Oceania regional winner. After Tuesday night, though, Los Catrachos might be left wondering if there will be a place for them in the CONCACAF hexagonal altogether with the next set of qualifiers three months down the line.

USL Pro: A Look Back at Week 10

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By FRANCO PANIZO

The Richmond Kickers were seconds away from being held to a scoreless draw against the struggling Charlotte Eagles, but David Bulow came to the rescue in stoppage time.

The Kickers picked up a 1-0 triumph over the Eagles on Saturday night courtesy of Bulow's late-game heroics.

Where will you be watching Guatemala-USA?

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By now you're surely aware that the U.S. men's national team's World Cup qualifier against Guatemala tonight at Estadio Mateo Flores will not be available on broadcast television and is only available via pay-per view or by purchasing the match online at ustream.tv.Â

Regardless of the lack of U.

Tuesday Kickoff: Lewandowski staying put, Rangers face liquidation and more

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Put a halt to the Robert Lewandowski-to-Manchester United talk.

Days after Poland national team coach Franciszek Smuda reportedly said that the star Polish and Borussia Dortmund striker was on his way to joining the Red Devils, Dortmund has refuted those claims, saying they do not plan to sell Lewandowski and that he will be with the club this upcoming season.

Euro 2012: England and France draw, Shevchenko leads Ukraine to victory

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By JOHN BOSCHINI

For England and France, Monday's Group D opener provided an acceptable, if not ideal, start to their European Championship campaign.

A first-half opener from Joleon Lescott was canceled out by a superb strike from Samir Nasri as the two teams battled to a 1-1 draw in Ukraine.

NASL Week 10: A Look Back

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By FRANCO PANIZO

A week after picking up their first win of the season over the first place team, the Carolina RailHawks continued to shock by beating second-place Minnesota Stars FC in embarrassing fashion.

Uruguay, Chile roll in World Cup qualifying

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The road to World Cup 2014 is a third of the way complete for CONEMBOL as the proverbial powers find themselves in good position to qualify after Matchday Six.

Uruguay remained unbeaten in qualifying with an thrilling 4-2 victory over bottom-dwelling Peru on Sunday. The defending Copa America Champion found goals from four different players to rebound from last week's draw with Venezuela.

Euro 2012: Matchday Four (Group D)

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One of the more highly-anticipated match-ups of the group stage kicks off today's Euro 2012 action as France takes on England in Group D's opener (Noon, ESPN).

The French come in riding high after a strong run of form over the past year. They boast a strong attack and steady defense, and will be favored to knock off an injury-hit England side that will also be without suspended star Wayne Rooney, who is due to miss the match after receiving a red card late in Euro qualifying.

CONCACAF World Cup qualifying: Jamaica keeps pace with USA and more

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When the U.S. men's national team faces Guatemala Tuesday night, it will be facing a somewhat desperate side coming off a disappointing opening to CONCACAF World Cup qualifying.

Jamaica handed Guatemala a 2-1 loss Saturday night behind goals from Demar Phillips and Toronto FC striker Ryan Johnson to keep pace with the Americans atop the Group A standings.

Field-Level View: USA vs. Antigua & Barbuda

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Boyd set to join Rapid Vienna

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Terrence Boyd has made an impressive start to his U.S. national team career, and now his recent success appears to have translated into a move that could offer him a considerable boost in playing time.

Boyd is set to join Austrian club Rapid Vienna via transfer from Borussia Dortmund, according to an announcement made on the club website on Monday.

Mattocks shines as Whitecaps topple Dynamo

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Rookie Vancouver Whitecaps striker Darren Mattocks came into the league with high-expectations as a speed goal-scoring threat and on Sunday he showed just what all the hype was about.

The No. 2 pick in January's MLS Draft torched the Dynamo defense to the tune of two goals as the Whitecaps posted a 3-1 victory at BC Place.

Euro 2012: Spain held to tie by Italy, Croatia tops Ireland

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Spain's title defense is off to an underwhelming start.

The reigning Euro champions were held to a 1-1 draw with Italy on Sunday in a Euro 2012 Group C opener that was full of frustration for the Spanish side. Italy scored first through a finish from Antonio Di Natale in the 61st minute, but Spain leveled the scored when Cesc Fabregas netted three minutes later.

Messi hat-trick leads Argentina to victory over Brazil

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By FRANCO PANIZO

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. --Â It may have only been a friendly and not a World Cup qualifier, but it was still a game that will not be forgotten any time soon.

Argentina defeated archrivals Brazil, 4-3, in front of a record crowd of 81,994 at MetLife Stadium on Saturday afternoon, riding a Leo Messi hat-trick that included a wonderful winner in the final minutes of the South American clasico.

Euro 2012: Matchday Three (Group C)

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Spain, the defending European champions and World Cup Champions, will take their first step toward trying to win an unprecedented third straight major title with their Euro 2012 opener against Italy.

For Italy, the match is a stiff test for a team facing plenty of adversity amid the latest match-fixing scandal and a rash of pre-tournament injuries.

Euro 2012: Danes shock Dutch, Germany tops Portugal

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The toughest group in the European Championships just got even more interesting after the team considered the weakest in Group B pulled off a stunning upset that has shaken up the tournament.

Denmark shocked the Netherlands on Sunday, playing excellent defense and benefiting from sloppy attacking play from the Dutch to post a 1-0 victory.

Must-See Goal: Lionel Messi

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Euro 2012: Matchday Two (Group B)

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The toughest group in Euro 2012, and one of the toughest groups ever seen in a soccer tournament, kicks off action today as Group B gives us the latest Group of Death.

Germany, Netherlands, Portugal and Denmark will embark on a fierce battle for two spots in the knockout rounds and trying to predict which two teams will survive this group is not easy.

USA 3, Antigua & Barbuda 1: Match Highlights

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USMNT begin World Cup qualifying with win over Antigua and Barbuda

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By FRANCO PANIZO

TAMPA, Fla. -- The U.S. men's national team did not need a reminder as to how difficult World Cup qualifying can be, but they got one anyway.

The United States began its qualifying campaign for Brazil 2014 with a 3-1 victory over Antigua and Barbuda at a rainy Raymond James Stadium on Friday night in a match that proved more difficult than many would have expected.

USMNT vs. Antigua & Barbuda: Match Night Commentary

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The U.S. Men's National team begins its quest for the 2014 World Cup tonight at Raymond James Stadium with a CONCACAF World Cup qualifying match against Antigua & Barbuda (ESPN).

The USA will look to get qualifying off to a flying start with a convincing victory against an Antigua & Barbuda side that has never bene this far into World Cup qualifying.

Behind the Crest: The First Step

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Euro 2012: Poland opens with wild draw, Dzagoev leads Russia over Czechs

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Poland backup goalkeeper Przemyslaw Tyton was one of the longer shots to be considered a hero at any point during Euro 2012. After one match, he's a household name across Europe.

Tyton entered for red-carded Arsenal goalkeeper Wojiech Szczesny and immediately stopped a Giorgios Karagounis penalty kick in the 71st minute to preserve a 1-1 draw for Poland against Greece in a wild opening match of the tournament.

This Weekend's Soccer on TV

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International soccer at its finest headlines a weekend of intriguing soccer around the globe.

Between Euro 2012 and World Cup qualifiers in CONCACAF and CONMEBOL, soccer fans have plenty to keep them occupied over the next few days. The U.S. men's national team and Mexico will kick off their World Cup qualifying campaigns Friday night against a pair of opponents that they should be able to overwhelm.

Studio 90: Howard, Dempsey ready to kick off World Cup qualifying

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USMNT aims to open World Cup qualifying with convincing victory

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By FRANCO PANIZO

TAMPA, Fla. -- The U.S. men's national team's road to Brazil 2014 is about to get underway, and nothing but starting World Cup qualifying with three flashy points will suffice.

The United States takes on Antigua and Barbuda at Raymond James Stadium on Friday night, and the widespread expectation of the U.

SBI's Euro 2012 Predictions

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Nothing like waiting as long as possible to do your Euro 2012 predictions, is there?

That's what we at SBI are doing as we try balancing our coverage of the U.S. Men's national team with some coverage of the tournament that will dominate the headlines for the next month.

The Euros are always an exciting event to follow because the quality of the field usually means we see at least one, and many times two, quality games a day for a two weeks straight.

Euro 2012: Matchday One (Group A)

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After weeks and months of build-up, Euro 2012 finally kicks off in Poland, where things get underway in Group A.

Tournament co-hosts Poland will aim to put 2004 champion Greece in an early hole in the opening match of the competition, while group favorite Russia faces an aging but capable Czech Republic side backstopped by Chelsea hero and veteran goalkeeper Petr Cech.

Euro 2012: Group D Preview

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After the disappointment that was the 2010 FIFA World Cup, France has clawed its way back into the international limelight under Laurent Blanc, and Les Bleus are the overwhelming favorites to capture Euro 2012's Group D.

Behind an attacking nucleus that includes the likes of Karim Benzema, Franck Ribery and Samir Nasri, France, which enters the tournament on a 21-match unbeaten streak, eyes a deep Euro run to put all memories of South Africa 2010 in the distant past.

Euro 2012: Group C Preview

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Their seems to be an air of inevitability surrounding Group C, what with defending champion Spain expected to win the group and Italy projected to finish second. While that forecast seems reasonable, it's tough to guarantee that this group will be so predictable.

Yes, Spain still enters the Euros as the tournament favorite, and it's tough to see them not topping this group, but the rest is tough to call when you consider all that Italy has been through with the recent distraction of a national match-fixing scandal (not to mention some key injuries).

Who will win Euro 2012?

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Euro 2012 kicks off on Friday, with Poland playing Greece and Russia facing the Czech Republic in the opening matches of the highly anticipated tournament.

None of the four are favored to be crowned European champions, though, as that distinction largely belongs to defending European and World Cup champion Spain and prime contenders Germany and Netherlands, while France is also a popular selection to complete a return to glory.

Friday Kickoff: Racism at Dutch training, Polish Dortmund trio on move and more

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Euro 2012 has yet to begin, but the fears of fan racism have already begun to be realized.

During an open training session in Krakow, Poland, the Netherlands national team was reportedly subjected to monkey noises and chants from fans in the crowd. The Dutch FA is not submitting a formal complaint, so no action will be taken, but the incident highlights a bigger issue with the tournament's opening games just hours away.

USMNT Notes: Johnson, Castillo doubts to play, Altidore unlikely to start & more

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By FRANCO PANIZO

TAMPA, Fla. -- When the U.S. men's national team begin their 2014 World Cup qualifying campaign on Friday, it seems all but certain that neither Fabian Johnson nor Edgar Castillo will be starting at left back.

Euro 2012: Group B Preview

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When the draw for Euro 2012 was conducted, there was no denying which group was the dreaded Group of Death: Group B. With star-studded contenders Germany, Netherlands and Portugal and a very capable Denmark side vying for two places in the knockout round, every Group B match will have a must-see component to it.

Euro 2012: Group A Preview

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With the European Championships just a day away, it is time to start looking at the tournament's teams, players and match-ups. SBI will offer you a group-by-group overview to help you get ready for the tournament.

If you are a die-hard who has already digested multiple previews and have a wall poster with the tournament schedule already mounted in your home, then you're probably not going to find anything new here (other than a few opinions).

Salgado out 2-3 months with broken foot

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Vancouver Whitecaps and U.S. youth national team forward Omar Salgado will miss the next 2-to-3 months after breaking his foot, sources told Fox Soccer on Thursday.

Salgado suffered the injury while on international duty with the U.S. Under-20 men's national team, which is currently in South America for matches against Uruguay and Chile.

Winter out as coach of Toronto FC

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The Aron Winter era at Toronto FC is over.Â

Winter was let go as coach of TFC on Thursday after a tumultuous last few months during which the Reds endured the worst start in MLS history. Paul Mariner will take Winter's place, making him the seventh coach in the team's six-year history.

Mid-Day Ticker: Dempsey claims Fulham honor, Mathijsen sidelined and more

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By THOMAS FLOYD

Fulham's supporters just put the icing on the cake for Clint Dempsey's historic season.

The club announced Thursday that Dempsey has been voted Fulham's Player of the Season by the club's fans for the second straight year. The honor comes as no surprise for the 29-year-old, who scored 23 goals in all competitions despite logging most of his minutes in the Cottagers' midfield.

Red Bulls pick up pieces after cup ouster

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By DAVE MARTINEZ

The New York Red Bulls didn't expect their U.S. Open Cup run to end this way.

After the Red Bulls declared a more serious tone to their Open Cup ambitions, they still managed to get eliminated earlier than their previous effort - despite an automatic bye to the third round.

Castillo seals full transfer to Tijuana

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Edgar Castillo made a solid impression during his clausura campaign while on loan with Club Tijuana, so much so that he won't be leaving the club anytime soon.

Tijuana completed a full transfer for Castillo, purchasing his rights from Club America on Thursday. Castillo enjoyed a standout clausura season while on loan for Xolos, becoming a fixture in the lineup and earning his way back into the national team picture.

Dynamo sign Garcia to DP deal

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The Houston Dynamo have the momentum sparked by their new stadium and a defense considered to be among the top units in MLS. Now, they have a new attacking component that they hope is the piece that can put them over the top in their quest to return to the MLS Cup final.

Bornstein loaned to Atlante

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Jonathan Bornstein's move to Tigres UANL has not panned out as he would have hoped, but he'll get a second chance to prove his worth in the Mexican Primera with another club.

Bornstein has been loaned by Tigres UANL to Atlante, where he'll eye the playing time that he never consistently received with the 2011-12 Mexican apertura champions.

Thursday Kickoff: Preciado dies of heart attack, Hughton to Norwich and more

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Given his history, track record and vision, Manolo Preciado seemed like the perfect man to be tasked with getting relegated Villarreal back to Spain's top flight. After a tragic event overnight, though, Preciado will never get that chance.

Preciado, a beloved long-time Spanish coach and player, died suddenly of a heart attack, a day before he was set to be introduced as Villarreal's next coach.

Where will USMNT finish in the semifinal round of qualifying?

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Only two days separate the U.S. men's national team from the start of its 2014 World Cup qualifying campaign, but plenty of questions about the team still remain after the three summer friendlies ended with mixed results.

Whether it was tired legs at the end of a three-games-in-nine-days stretch or Canada's ability to stymie the U.

MLS Spotlight: Boyd battling through rough start for Timbers

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By JOSE ROMERO

PORTLAND, Ore. – Kris Boyd came to Oregon with big-time credentials, chief among them being his status as the all-time leading goal scorer in Scottish Premier League history.

Signed as a Designated Player, Boyd figured to be an upgrade at target forward for the second-year Portland Timbers, who parted ways with Kenny Cooper in a trade in January after Cooper couldn't live up to his high-scoring history as a charter member of the Timbers' MLS side.

Union swap Mwanga for Timbers' Perlaza

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Two teams near the bottom of their respective conferences have made a trade involving a pair of talented forwards.

The Portland Timbers and Philadelphia Union finalized a deal that will send Danny Mwanga to Portland and Jorge Perlaza to Philadelphia, the clubs announced on Wednesday.

MNT in Italy: Michael Bradley (Part 2)

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Report: Dynamo close to signing Boniek Garcia as DP

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The Houston Dynamo have the newest soccer-specific stadium in MLS, and they might soon have the newest Designated Player as well.

According to the Houston Chronicle, the Dynamo are close to signing Honduran national team attacker Oscar Boniek Garcia to a DP deal. Dynamo head coach Dominic Kinnear has reportedly been keen on acquring Boniek Garcia since last year, and the 27-year-old would add an attacking option on the right side of Houston's midfield.

U.S. Open Cup: A closer look at the remaining underdogs

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By FRANCO PANIZO

The U.S. Open Cup has had its share of surprises this year, but mostly MLS teams remain as the tournament heads into its quarterfinals stage.

Still, there is a trio of underdogs from third division USL Pro that remain. And they are hoping to keep their dreams of lifting the Open Cup trophy alive next Tuesday when they go on the road to take on more talented MLS teams.

Must-See Goal: Osvaldo Alonso

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USA moves up one spot to 28 in FIFA rankings

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For the first time in three months, the U.S. men's national team is on the way up in the FIFA rankings.

The United States moved up one spot to No. 28 in the latest FIFA rankings after three games that saw them top Scotland, lose to Brazil and tie Canada. The Americans can further improve their chances of rising in the standings in the next week, as a pair of World Cup qualifiers loom large.

Wednesday Kickoff: France wins big, Al Wasl offer Drogba a deal and more

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By FRANCO PANIZO

If France needed any added confidence before heading into Euro 2012, they got it on Tuesday.

Les Bleus finished off preparations for the upcoming tournament by topping Estonia, 4-0, in a friendly in France. Karim Benzema led the way with a brace, while Franck Ribery and Jeremy Menez eached added a goal of their own.

Seattle ends Cal FC run with two braces

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By JASON MITCHELL

TUKWILA, Wash. - Much that unfolded Tuesday night at Starfire Sports Stadium eerily echoed Cal FC's match just a week earlier, three hours down the road in Portland.

Until it didn't.

A pair of second-half braces fueled the Seattle Sounders to a 5-0 U.

Sounders one of five MLS teams to advance to U.S. Open Cup quarterfinals

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Five MLS teams advanced to the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open Cup on Tuesday night, but no club made as big of a statement as the Seattle Sounders.

The Sounders put an end to Cal FC's Cinderella run in the tournament, scoring five second-half goals en route to a 5-0 win. Osvaldo Alonso got things going by converting a penalty kick for the first of his two goals on the night, while Freddy Montero added a brace of his own.

Hoppenot's extra-time winner lifts Union past D.C., into Open Cup quarterfinals

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By AVI CREDITOR

BOYDS, Md. -- Antoine Hoppenot was hoping he'd get a second chance to score after letting a golden opportunity slip away. The Philadelphia rookie did, and his team's quest for the U.S. Open Cup is still alive as a result.

Hoppenot's goal two minutes into the first period of extra time gave the Union a 2-1 victory over D.

U.S. Open Cup: Your Running Commentary

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MLS teams will look to avoid becoming upset casualties for a second straight week as the unpredictable U.S. Open Cup continues. Cal FC and Michigan Bucks are the two lowest-tier teams remaining in the tournament, with Cal facing the daunting task of going up against the three-time defending champion Seattle Sounders at the Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila, Wash.

Buddle has knee surgery, will miss the next 3-to-6 weeks

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For those thinking that something was physically off with Los Angeles Galaxy forward Edson Buddle, that appears to have been the case.

Buddle underwent right knee surgery Monday to repair damage to his right meniscus, the Galaxy announced on Tuesday. The injury will cause him to miss the next 3-to-6 weeks and comes at a time when Robbie Keane is on Euro 2012 duty with the Republic of Ireland.

MLS Notes: Impact talk with Seedorf's agent, Peterlin on trial with 'Caps & more

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The Montreal Impact have already secured one Designated Player, and it appears that they might not be stopping there.

On the heels of signing Bologna striker Marco Di Vaio, the club confirmed that sporting director Nick de Santis has been in talks with the agent for Dutch great and former AC Milan midfielder Clarence Seedorf.

MLS teams learn fate, Toronto FC braces for Santos Laguna rematch in CCL draw

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The draw for the new-look 2012-13 CONCACAF Champions League is out, and the MLS team that got the furthest in 2011-12 will be reacquainted with its semifinal partner in the group stage.

Five MLS teams are spread across the eight three-team groups, and Toronto FC had the misfortune of being drawn with Santos Laguna and Salvadoran side Aguila; Real Salt Lake is paired with Costa Rican side Herediano and Panamanian side Tauro FC; and the Houston Dynamo will play Honduran club Olimpia and Salvadoran club FAS, which is only in the tournament because Belize had its CCL berth rescinded for not having adequate stadium's for the tournament's requirements.

A look back at USA's 2002 World Cup upset of Portugal

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It was one of the stunning, exciting and enjoyable moments in American soccer history, the U.S. Men's national team's stunning 3-2 World Cup upset victory against Portugal on June 5th, 2002. That day in Suwon, South Korea marked a turnaround for the sport in the USA, and helped spark the best World Cup run by the USMNT in half a century.

USL Pro: A Look Back at Week 9

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By FRANCO PANIZO

As far as starting debuts go, Corey Hertzog could not have asked for a better one.

The on-loan New York Red Bulls forward made his first start for the Wilmington Hammerheads Saturday night, and he took full advantage of the opportunity, scoring twice and assisting on another goal in Wilmington's 3-1 win over first-place Orlando City SC.

Field-level view: Canada vs. USA

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U.S. Open Cup: Cal FC, Michigan Bucks aim to shock again and more

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Cal FC has become the story of U.S. club soccer in recent weeks, and the amateur side's biggest test yet is on tap for Tuesday night.Â

The fifth-tier side takes on the three-time defending U.S. Open Cup champion Seattle Sounders in a fourth-round match that will be nationally televised on Fox Soccer Channel.

Red Bulls Notes: Backe sounds off on Open Cup, Tainio's prognosis worsens

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By DAVE MARTINEZ

Two messages have stayed consistent since the Red Bulls began their quest to compete in the 2012 U.S. Open Cup. First and foremost, they are in it to win it. Second, coach Hans Backe is not happy with the tournament structure set out by U.

Canouse becomes latest American to sign pro deal at Hoffenheim

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The American influence at TSG 1899 Hoffenheim continues to grow.Â

According to Fox Soccer, 16-year-old U.S. youth national team midfielder Russell Canouse signed a professional deal with the Bundesliga side and will join the club's U-19 side this coming season after spending one year in the club's youth academy.

Tuesday Kickoff: Kagawa joining Man. United, Ampai heads to Thailand & more

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After weeks of speculation, Shinji Kagawa will be joining Manchester United.

Borussia Dortmund and Manchester United agreed to a transfer fee, which may end up being as much as £18 million -- more than 18 times what Dortmund paid for Kagawa initially. The now-former Dortumund attacker and current Japanese international agreed to terms with the Red Devils as well, with the move being completed pending a physical and Kagawa being approved for a work permit, which should not be an issue considering his presence for the Japan national team.

Ronaldinho finds a new home (but not in MLS)

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Less then a week after leaving Flamengo and suing his former club for unpaid wages, Ronaldinho has found a new team. No, he won't be coming to MLS just yet. He will be staying in Brazil for now.

Ronaldinho signed with Atletico Mineiro on Monday, inking a short-term deal for the rest of the year.

NASL Week 9: A Look Back

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By FRANCO PANIZO

FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- The Ft. Lauderdale Strikers snapped their five-game winless run this weekend, and they did so with a result that won't soon be forgotten.

The Strikers picked up their first victory in league play since April 25 by beating the Tampa Bay Rowdies, 3-1, in front of 3,255 fans at Lockhart Stadium on Saturday night.

Livestrong Sporting Park to host World Cup Qualifier

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LiveStrong Sporting Park in Kansas City will host the World Cup qualifier between the USMNT and Guatemala on Oct. 16th, Sporting Kansas City announced on Monday.

The qualifier will be the second U.S. Men's national team match to be played at LSP, following last year's Gold Cup match between the United States and Guadeloupe.

Gulati: Schmid's comments 'nonsense'

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By AVI CREDITOR

Seattle Sounders coach Sigi Schmid's assertion that U.S. Soccer is on a calculated mission to halt the Sounders' success in the U.S. Open Cup has made its way to U.S. Soccer's highest-ranking personnel, and it was not received with open arms.

USA 0, Canada 0: A Look Back

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There were no goals, and few quality scoring chances, only question marks and some concern for the U.S. national team as it heads toward World Cup qualifying following Sunday's 0-0 draw against Canada.

Credit to the Canadians, they stayed organized and compact and never let the Americans get comfortable in the final third.

Report: D.C. United making progress on stadium front

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By THOMAS FLOYD

After years of false hope and frustration, there finally appears to be legitimate optimism regarding D.C. United's search for a new home in the nation's capital.

According to a draft study commissioned by the Greater Washington Sports Alliance and obtained by The Washington Post, a new stadium at Buzzard Point near Nationals Park would cost at least $157 million to build but could generate $5.

Monday Kickoff: Mexico downs Brazil, Colombia tops Peru, and more

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Mexico has had its fair share of success against Brazil through the years, and 'El Tri' stifled the South Americans yet again, shutting down the high-powered 'Selecao' attack on their way to a 2-0 victory on Sunday at Cowboys Stadium.

Giovani Dos Santos played the role of hero, scoring a goal and setting up another by drawing a penalty, to give the Mexican squad a big boost heading into World Cup qualifying.

Canada 0, USA 0: Match Highlights

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USMNT settles for scoreless draw with Canada in final friendly before qualifying

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By FRANCO PANIZO

The U.S. men's national team may have been hoping to head into World Cup qualifying with a confidence-building win, but they instead finished their summer friendlies with a frustrating result.

The United States was held to a scoreless draw by Canada at BMO Field in Toronto on Sunday night in its third and final friendly before World Cup qualifying begins.

USA vs. Canada: Match Night Commentary

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The U.S. Men's National Team takes on Canada tonight in a match-up of CONCACAF rivals preparing to begin World Cup qualifying later this week.

The Americans have dominated this series, having most recently posted a 2-0 victory over Canada in last year's Gold Cup. The Canadians will be looking for their first victory against the USA since 1985, and should provide a tough test at BMO Field in Toronto.

USA v. Canada: The Pre-Match Tailgate (and who should the USMNT start?)

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The U.S. Men's National Team moves a step closer to the start of World Cup qualifying tonight in Toronto with a match against Canada (7pm, NBC Sports) Â that will serve as the final tune-up before qualifying kicks off on Friday in Tampa.

The Americans will be looking to recover from last Wednesday's 4-1 loss to Brazil by beating a team they haven't lost to since 1985.

Behind The Crest: Final Rehearsal for USMNT

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Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

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There aren't many matches on the schedule today, but the few on the slate should provide plenty of entertainment, including the Brazil-Mexico showdown this afternoon in Texas (2:30pm, Univision).

Brazil is coming off a stellar 4-1 victory against the United States, and will be facing a Mexico side that needed a late Javier Hernandez winner to beat Bosnia.

Studio 90: USMNT prepares for Canada

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England Ticker: Three Lions down Belgium, Cahill to miss Euros, and more

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The England national team were outplayed for stretches, and Belgium certainly provided a good test, but Danny Welbeck's game-winning goal provided the difference in a 1-0 England victory at Wembley.

Both sides saw goal-bound chance hit the woodwork, but Welbeck's beautiful finish off a pass from Manchester United teammate Ashley Young provided the difference in England's Euro tuneup match.

World Cup Qualifying: Argentina cruises, Uruguay ties, and more

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The Argentine national team flashed the kind of form long expected of such a talent-laden side with a World Cup qualifying masterpiece on Saturday night.

Four different players scored goals, including Lionel Messi and birthday boy Sergio Aguero, to help Argentina post a 4-0 pummeling of Ecuador in CONMEBOL World Cup qualifying action in Buenos Aires.

Rookie Rowe sparks Revs to win over Fire

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The New England Revolution and Chicago Fire looked destined to play to a scoreless draw in Major League Soccer's only match on Saturday, but Revs rookie Kelyn Rowe came on in the second half and gave the home side a sorely-needed spark at Gillette Stadium.

The UCLA product scored the opening goal in the 69th minute, then set up a 73rd-minute insurange goal from Benny Feilhaber to help lift New England to a 2-0 victory on Saturday night.

Red Bulls on the mend; prepare for US Open Cup fourth round

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BY DAVE MARTINEZ

An impressive start to the US Open Cup has set the tone desired for the New York Red Bulls, and with the team slowly working their way back to health, it is a vibe they hope continues.

The Harrisburg City Islanders will be playing host to the Red Bulls this Tuesday at the Skyline Sports Complex.

USMNT in Italy: with Michael Bradley

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Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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England's preparations for the European Championships have been marred by injuries, but the Three Lions still have plenty of weapons to lean on heading into next week's Euros. We will see just how much Roy Hodgson's squad has left when England takes on Belgium today.

The losses of Frank Lampard and Gareth Barry have hurt England's midfield, but Steven Gerrard and Scott Parker have the qualities to keep the squad rolling.

International Rewind: Russia stuns Italy, Austria tops Euro co-host, and more

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By FRANCO PANIZO

A little over a week separates Italy from the start of their Euro 2012 campaign, and it appears the Azzurri have a lot to work on before then.

Italy suffered a surprising 3-0 defeat to Russia in Zurich, Switzerland on Friday in a friendly that extended the Italians' scoreless streak to 300 minutes.

Bradley guides Egypt to win over Mozambique in World Cup qualifying

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If Egypt national team head coach Bob Bradley ever dreamt of the perfect start to his side's World Cup qualifying campaign, it probably looked a lot like what transpired on Friday.

Bradley and Egpyt began their quest to the qualify for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil with a 2-0 victory over Mozambique at Cairo International Stadium on Friday night.

USMNT aim to fine-tune things against Canada before qualifying begins

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By FRANCO PANIZO

If this summer's slate of matches were indeed meant to replicate a tournament, the U.S. men's national team would be in must-win territory.

Fortunately for the Americans, this is not a tournament and their visit to BMO Field in Toronto to take on Canada on Sunday is not a win-or-go-home scenario.

Conmebol World Cup qualifying resumes this weekend

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By FRANCO PANIZO

The fifth round of Conmebol World Cup qualifying is set to take place this weekend, and Leo Messi and Argentina are hoping this is the round where they claim first place in the standings.

Argentina will look to overtake Uruguay in the table this weekend, but the albiceleste will need a result at home against Ecuador in arguably the biggest match of the fifth round of Conmebol World Cup qualifying.

MLS fines and suspends Magee, Stephens, Pajoy

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As if things were not bad enough for the Los Angeles Galaxy, in comes word that two of their players have been suspended.

The MLS Disciplinary Committee has suspended and fined Galaxy midfielders Mike Magee and Michael Stephens undisclosed amounts for their actions in Los Angeles' 2-1 loss to the Houston Dynamo on May 26.

Studio 90: 2012 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

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Rodgers named Liverpool manager

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The man tasked with turning things around at Liverpool has been named.

Brendan Rodgers has been appointed manager at Liverpool after a compensation package was agreed upon by the Reds and Rodgers' former club, Swansea City. Rodgers had been linked with a move to Liverpool to be Kenny Dalglish's successor for weeks, but he was officially unveiled as the new manager on Friday.

Friday Kickoff: Mexico beats Bosnia, Hulk closer Chelsea move and more

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Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez may have missed two quality chances, but he came through in the clutch to give Mexico another friendly win on Thursday.

Hernandez made up for two missed shots in the 80th minute by scoring a winner in stoppage time of a 2-1 victory over Bosnia-Herzegovina at Solder FIeld in Chicago, Ill.

Valencia tops Dynamo in friendly

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Valencia's stop in the United States is proving quite successful.

More than a week after defeating the Portland Timbers, the Spanish club beat the Houston Dynamo, 2-1, in a friendly on Thursday night. Valencia rode two early goals from forward Aritz Aduriz to victory against a mostly first-choice Dynamo team in front of a soldout crowd of 22,039 at BBVA Compass Stadium.