John Hackworth is no longer the interim head coach of the Philadelphia Union. He's on the job
The Union removed the interim label from Hackworth, who took over after the firing of Peter
Nowak and steadied the club. He has amassed a 5-6-2 record in charge after the horrid 2-7-2 start
that put the Union in an early hole in the Eastern Conference standings a year after they were in
the conference semifinals.
Chivas USA owner Jorge Vergara has not wasted any time in making changes with his new-found
total control of the team.
A day after the Chivas USA and Chivas de Guadalajara owner purchased the other 50 percent of the
club from Antonio Cue to assume complete ownership of the club, Vergara fired general manager Jose
Domene, the Los Angeles Times reported on Thursday.
In a short time, Mix Diskerud has made a major impact on his new team.
Diskerud scored his first goal since joining Rosenborg on loan from Stabaek, and it is one that
put Rosenborg in the UEFA Europa League group stage, as his beautiful 87th-minute, left-footed
volley from the top of the box gave the club a 2-1 victory (3-2 on aggregate) over Polish side
Legia Warsaw in the final qualifying round.
Standing on a stage next to the two most prolific goal scorers in the world, Andres Iniesta
finally received his due.
Iniesta was chosen as the 2011-12 UEFA Best Player in Europe, beating out Barcelona teammate
Lionel Messi and Real Madrid nemesis Cristiano Ronaldo to take home the individual honors that were
voted on by a panel of 53 European journalists at the UEFA Champions League draw in Monaco on
If the U.S. men's national team is to take a pair of World Cup qualifying results off of
Jamaica, it will have to do so without the services of integral midfielder Michael Bradley.
Bradley's agent told FOX Soccer that he will miss the Sept. 7 and 11 matches against JamaicaÂ
after picking up a right thigh injury in training with AS Roma on Tuesday, one that is expected to
keep him out for the next 2-to-3 weeks.
The opportunity has presented itself for Joe Gyau to display his talents on the first-team
Gyau, one of the top midfield prospects in the U.S. pipeline, was loaned to 2. Bundesliga club
St. Pauli for the 2012-13 season by Hoffenheim, a move that provides a chance for the speedy
19-year-old winger to receive consistent playing time.
Maurice Edu's move to Stoke City is officially complete.
Edu signed a three-year deal with StokeÂ Thursday, and the club has been given the green light
by the English FA to finalize his work permit that will make him eligible for selection. According
to the club's official website, it is unlikely that will be completed ahead of this weekend's match
against Wigan Athletic, meaning that Edu will debut for the club following the international
D.C. United captain Dwayne De Rosario cemented his place in exclusive MLS company Wednesday
night, becoming just the seventh player in league history to tally 100 career goals, joining Jeff
Cunningham, Jaime Moreno, Landon Donovan, Ante Razov, Jason Kreis and Taylor Twellman. D.C. United
compiled a highlight reel of all of his goals, capped off by his header against the New York Red
Bulls Wednesday that brought him to the milestone.
If the Chicago Fire are to reach the playoffs and go on a postseason run this season, they will
have to do so without Marco Pappa.
The Guatemalan midfielder's transfer to Dutch club Heerenveen has been expedited, and he will
leave the Fire with immediate effect. The Fire had originally planned on sending Pappa to
Heerenveen following the conclusion of the MLS season after the transfer had been agreed upon
earlier this month.
Time is running short on Clint Dempsey's hopes at moving clubs before Friday's summer transfer
deadline, but Fulham manager Martin Jol revealed that potential for a move is there as the club has
ongoing talks with others about a transfer for the U.S. national team star.
Jol used Sunderland by name in his latest comments, marking the second club he has specifically
identified as a potential landing spot along with Liverpool.
Shalrie Joseph made himself feel quite at home at Gillette Stadium Wednesday night.
In his return to the place he called home since 2003 until a trade sent him across the country
to Chivas USA, Joseph scored two goals to spark a three-goal comeback and help the Goats salvage a
3-3 draw against the Revolution to keep their faint playoff hopes alive.
Real Madrid came out on fire in the second leg of the Spanish SuperCopa Wednesday, then had to
hold on as 10-man Barcelona nearly pulled off the unthinkable at Estadio Santiago Bernabeau.
Gonzalo Higuain and Cristiano Ronaldo scored early, and Madrid were able to hold on despite a
free-kick goal from Lionel Messi to defeat Barcelona 2-1 and win the SuperCopa via the away goals
tiebreaker after the teams played to a 4-4 aggregate draw.
The roadmap for the 2012-13 UEFA Champions League group stage will be set on Thursday, with one
of the ultimate groups of death lingering as a possibility. The champions of England, Germany,
Italy and Spain could all be drawn into the same group, with Real Madrid, Manchester City, Juventus
and Borussia Dortmund put in pots 1-4, respectively.
CARSON, Calif.â€”Injuries, illness and a busy schedule meant a mostly reserve lineup for the Los
Angeles Galaxy in their Wednesday night CONCACAF Champions League matchâ€”nine of the starters were
under 23, including five rookies.
But that didn't stop the youngsters from crushing the Puerto Rico Islanders 4-0.
CHESTER, Pa. -- Despite being down to ten men, and getting dominated in possession for large
parts of the second half, Eddie Gaven gave the Columbus Crew just what they needed to make up
ground in the ever-tightening Eastern Conference playoff race.
Jamaica's lineup against the United States for the pair of World Cup qualifiers next month
certainly won't be lacking speed.
Vancouver Whitecaps rookie Darren Mattocks and winger Dane Richards, and Colorado Rapids forward
Omar Cummings were named to Jamaica's 24-man roster and will spearhead the attack for the Reggae
Boyz in games in Kingston, Jamaica, on Sept.
A ferocious rivalry. An emotional return. A hot team on the playoff hunt. CONCACAF Champions
League revenge. It's all on the docket Wednesday night.
D.C. United and the New York Red Bulls meet in the rubber match of this year's Atlantic Cup,
with United looking to creep up to third place in the Eastern Conference, while New York eyes the
top spot and can leapfrog Sporting Kansas City for first place with a win.
The Montreal Impact just keep on winning, and keep on climbing up the SBI MLS Power
The expansion team pushed their winning streak to five matches thanks to their comprehensive 3-0
victory against D.C. United. Patrice Bernier continued his outstanding season, helping the Impact
push closer to a possible playoff spot.
The second Clasico in as many weeks takes place at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, where Real Madrid
will attempt to overturn a 3-2 deficit to bitter rival Barcelona in the second leg of the Spanish
SuperCopa (4:30 p.m., ESPN3.com/ESPN Deportes).
Barcelona battled back for the opening-leg win after Cristiano Ronaldo opened the scoring in the
second half last Thursday, getting an equalizer from Pedro a minute later that was followed by
consecutive goals from Lionel Messi and Xavi.
Caleb Porter is making the jump to the professional ranks, but not until December.Â
Porter was named the new coach of the Portland Timbers Wednesday, where he will take over
full-time duties from interim coach and general manager Gavin Wilkinson, who took over for the
ousted John Spencer.
Javi Martinez is officially a Bayern Munich player.
After an on-again, off-again transfer saga, the Spanish international has completed his move
from Athletic Bilbao to the German giants for a â‚¬40 millionÂ fee that was necessary to trigger a
buy-out clause in his contract.
Former D.C. United defender Bryan Namoff had his career end prematurely because of a concussion,
and he is reportedly taking legal action against the club for failing to act with the proper care
that could have prevented the ongoing medical issues he faces today.
Michael Bradley's first season with Roma has hit its first speed bump.
According to Italian publication Gazzetta Dello Sport, Bradley suffered a muscle strainÂ in his
right leg and will be out forÂ Roma's trip to Inter Milan this weekend. There is no timetable given
for his return, and the injury will be monitored in the coming days, so it is unclear how it will
affect his standing for the U.
D.C. United and the New York Red Bulls have played many intese games over the years, but it has
been a while since a meeting this late in the season between the two rivals has had playoff
implications for both sides.
The latest edition of the Atlantic Cup will be decided at RFK Stadium Wednesday night in the
rubber match of the season series between two teams looking to gain a stronger foothold in the
Eastern Conference playoff picture.
Playing in front of his home fans, with a place in the UEFA Champions League group stage on the
line during a tense penalty shootout Tuesday, Udinese's Maicosuel stepped to the spot and tried to
catch Sporting Braga goalkeeper Beto off guard with a Panenka, a chip down the center along the
likes of what Andrea Pirlo so fearlessly did against England during Euro 2012.
Arsenal sold Robin van Persie after the Dutch striker refused to sign a long-term contract with
the club. Now, the same scenario has developed with Theo Walcott.
The speedy winger reportedly turned down a five-year contract offer that would have paid him
Â£75,000 a week and is now potentially on his way out from the Emirates, with the likes of
Manchester City and Liverpool ready to pounce prior to Friday's transfer deadline.
If Toronto FC were in need of a result into their CONCACAF Champions League match against Santos
Laguna, they are in must-win territory now.
Toronto fought back from a one-goal deficit thanks to a goal from Quincy Amarikwa, but they
surrendered two late goals to suffer a 3-1 loss at BMO Field in Group 1 action on Tuesday.
Five months after they fought in the CONCACAF Champions League semifinals, Toronto FC and Santos
Laguna meet again in the regional tournament, this time in the group stage when the two duel at BMO
Field (8 p.m., Fox Soccer Channel).Â
Considering it is just the second of four Group 1 games, it's a bit premature to call this a
true "must-win" game for TFC; however, when taking into account how dominant both of these teams
were against the third team in the group, Salvadoran side Aguila, and how dominant Santos Laguna
can be at Estadio Corona, the Reds need to come up with three points to feel secure in their
chances of winning the group and advancing to the knockout stage.
Sacha Kljestan and RSC Anderlecht were on the verge of ending their UEFA Champions League
campaign before it ever really got started, but two goals in the final nine minutes of their second
leg against AEL changed that.
Anderlecht punched their ticket to the group stage of the Champions League, earning a 3-2
aggregate victory after defeating the Cyprus club, 2-0, at home in the final play-off round on
Bob Bradley's task at attempting to guide Egypt to the World Cup something unlike any other
challenge an American soccer coach has faced around the world. Considering the state of the sport
in Egypt following the riots at Port Said this past February and how the national team can be used
as a rallying point for Egyptian people, Bradley's task is about more than just simple wins and
The UEFA Champions League group stage is within reach for two Americans, but their teams will
need to overcome first-leg deficits if they are to maintain hopes of competing on Europe's biggest
stage and join the likes of Americans Jermaine Jones and Michael Parkhurst in the tournament
In-form Seattle Sounders forward Fredy Montero put together one of the best games of the MLS
season in an offensive outburst that was one of the best in a week that saw several outstanding
Montero's hat trick against Chivas USA highlighted a week in which San Jose's Alan Gordon and
Simon Dawkins and Columbus' Federico Higuain and Jairo Arrieta all delivered multiple goals in
victories, earning all five players spots on the SBI MLS Best XI as a result.
The NASL club landed Toyota as a sponsor for its new soccer-specific stadium, which is slated to
open in time for the 2013 season. It will be the second soccer-specific stadium in America with the
Japanese car company's name branded on it, joining the Chicago Fire's Toyota Park in Bridgeview,
Life has not been easy for Real Salt Lake without centerback Jamison Olave, but after a spell of
struggles the club's back line appears to be hitting its stride.
After dropping three straight league matches after Olave's latest injury, RSL won their CONCACAF
Champions League match 2-0 over Tauro FC and played to an ugly, but effective, 0-0 draw with the
Philadelphia Union Friday at PPL Park.
Roger Espinoza's Olympic performance for Honduras is still lingering in the front offices of
clubs in England, and it appears as if one is eager to pry him away from Sporting Kansas City prior
to the close of the European summer transfer window.
According to reports from England, Premier League side Wigan Athletic is looking to make a move
for Espinoza, who is in the final year of his contract with Sporting KC and MLS.
The Wilmington Hammerheads got off to a slow start in their first round playoff match against
the Richmond Kickers, but an improved second half saw them find the back of the net three times en
route to pulling off an upset on the road.
Tom Parratt found the back of the net in stoppage time to score the winner in Wilmington's 3-2
victory over RichmondÂ on Saturday in a game that was a roller coaster of emotions for both
Five months ago to the day, Toronto FC and Santos Laguna kicked off the semifinals of the
2011-12 CONCACAF Champions League at BMO Field, with the Reds holding the Mexican power to a 1-1
draw before ultimately succumbing a week later in a 6-2 rout at Estadio Corona.
Joe Gyau's quest for first-team playing time may involve a drop down to the 2. Bundesliga.
According to second-division German side St. Pauli, Gyau trained with the club TuesdayÂ ahead of
a potential move from TSG 1899 Hoffenheim. It is unclear whether that move would be a loan or
permanent, but either way it would provide Gyau for a chance at first-team minutes that he is not
receiving at Hoffenheim.
It has been far from smooth sailing for former Chelsea teammates Didier Drogba and Nicolas
Anelka in their foray into Chinese soccer.
With their club, Shanghai Shenhua, sitting in 10th place in China's top flight comes word that
the pair may have to be offloaded because of financial issues and a conflict among shareholders,
according to reports out of China.
Juan Toja and his infamous mullet are headed to Gillette Stadium.
The New England Revolution used their place atop the MLS allocation order to select Toja, a
former MLS All-Star at FC Dallas who signed with the league late last week.Â Toja, 27, rejoins MLS
after a foray into European soccer with Romania's Steaua Bucharest and Greece's Aris FC.
When Jose Villarreal went into Sunday's LA Galaxy match against FC Dallas, he was brought in to
provide a spark in a scoreless draw. He provided that and more in helping steer the Galaxy to a 2-0
Villarreal assisted on Juninho's openin goal just seven minutes after entering the match, and
drew plenty of praise after the match for giving the Galaxy attack the energy it needed to pull
Real Madrid are in need of boost after a sluggish start to the La Liga season, and they are
hoping Luka Modric will help provide that.
Modric's long-rumored move to Real Madrid from Tottenham Hotspur became official on Monday, with
the Croatian international undergoing a medical at the Bernabeu Stadium after agreeing to a
five-year deal with the Spanish heavyweights.
The Columbus Crew picked up a pair of narrow wins at home during the past week, and that has placed
them right back into the playoff picture in the Eastern Conference.
The Crew are four points shy of the final playoff spot in the East after picking up big victories
in their two matches at Crew Stadium last week.
The Columbus Crew have propelled themselves into the Eastern Conference playoff race on the
strength of a pair of victories this past week, and no player was more important in securing those
victories than Federico Higuain.
The Argentine newcomer was instrumental in last Wednesday's 2-1 win vs.
While Manchester United was able to enter the win column with a 3-2 win over Fulham after losing
their season debut to Everton last weekend, it was not all good news for the Red Devils, as star
Wayne Rooney went down with a leg injury. After attempting to deflect Fulham's Hugo Rodallega's
shot, Rooney had his thigh cut open by Rodallega's cleat after he stepped on Rooney's leg.
CARSON, Calif.â€”It was a tense affair from the minute the whistle blew to start the game in
Carson on Sunday afternoon. Both LA Galaxy and FC Dallas are in the playoff hunt, and as we come
into the final stretch of the regular season, the intensity of every match is amplified.
A pair of key conference clashes provide a special Sunday night treat for MLS fans as the LA
Galaxy play host to red-hot FC Dallas (7pm, NBC Sports), and Sporting Kansas City put first place
in the East on the line against the New York Red Bulls (9pm, ESPN2).
FC Dallas are charging fast up the Western Conference standings, winners of three straight to
move within five points of Vancouver for the fifth and final playoff spot in the West.
Geoff Cameron may have spent most of this past week in the United States completing paperwork to
finalize his move to Stoke City, but that did not stop him from earning a start and making an
impressive debut for the Potters.Â
Three days after arriving to England, Cameron put forth an impressive 90-minute outing in his
first Stoke appearance as he helped the club hold Arsenal to a scoreless draw at Britannia
A Premier League showdown between Liverpool and Manchester City headlines another action-packed
Sunday of soccer across Europe as all five major leagues are now underway.
Defending champions City pulled off an impressive comeback victory last week over Southampton,
but they suddenly find themselves six points adrift of league leaders Chelsea, who have won their
first three games.
While Houston extended their 21 match home unbeaten streak, it did not go as they had hoped, as
the home Dynamo side let a lead slip away in the final minutes. Toronto FC's Terry Dunfield evened
up the score in the closing minutes to tie up the match at 1-1, just five minutes before the final
Whether it is off the bench or after being introduced in the starting lineup, Fredy Montero is
having quite an impact during August. That continued on Saturday night, as the Colombian netted his
first career hat trick at Home Depot Center against Chivas USA.
The Columbus Crew spent half the season struggling to generate goals as their defense and
goalkeeper Andy Gruenebaum kept the team afloat, but times have changed in Columbus thanks to the
team's newest attacking acquisitions.
Costa Rican striker Jairo Arrieta and Argentine midfielder Federico Higuain scored two goals
apiece, including two Higuain set piece strikes and Arrieta's game-winner to erase an early
two-goal deficit and lift the Crew to a 4-3 victory against the New England Revolution at Crew
Stadium on Saturday night.
The Montreal Impact finished their astounding August in style, defeating DC United 3-0, to
finish the month 4-0. The win, their fifth in a row, and sixth consecutive victory at Stade Saputo,
pulled the Impact within a point of fifth place in the Eastern Conference standings.
Chelsea will be looking to kick their season off with a second straight victory, as will
Newcastle, when the two English Premier League forces square off at Stamford Bridge in today's
The Blues opened the season with a victory against Reading, while the Magpies toppled Tottenham
to get their new campaign off on the right foot.
With the MLS playoff race heating up, both the Philadelphia Union and Real Salt Lake could have
used three points from their match on Friday night. But in a game where chances were few and far
between, each team was forced to settle for a bore draw, although it was the Union who came away
Real Salt Lake has made the trip to Pennsylvania for tonight's visit to PPL Park, where they
will take on a Philadelphia Union side still holding on to faint hopes of a playoff run (7:30pm,
RSL got the week off to a good start, posting a 2-0 CONCACAF Champions League victory against
The 2012 Men's College soccer season is ready to kick off tonight around the country and the
best teams and players in America will give soccer fans plenty of added entertainment to go along
with their usual pro soccer fix.
Defending champion North Carolina is back, and despite all the new faces, the Tar Heels should
be in contention again.
Juventus did not lose a game in Serie A play last season and managed to get better in the
offseason, making major signings and letting the rest of Italy know that the club's return to
greatness was not a one-year fluke.
Juve enter the new season as the overwhelming favorites to capture the scudetto again while
teams behind them reshuffle their rosters looking for answers.
Maurice Edu's move to Stoke City is not complete yet, but Rangers manager Ally McCoist confirmed
that the move is still in the works.Â
"I'm led to believe the Maurice Edu transfer to Stoke is still ongoing," McCoist told Sky
Sports. "If and when that happens, he will go with our best wishes, but I don't think there has
been anything concrete done with that at the moment.
Riding a three-game winning streak, Sporting Kansas City has climbed back to the top of the
Eastern Conference -- a spot the New York Red Bulls are keeping a close eye on from a short
That first place slot will be on the line Sunday when Kansas City hosts New York in a nationally
televised clash at Livestrong Sporting Park in the first of three matches between these two clubs
in the next two months.
U.S. U-17 national team coach Richie Williams announced his 31-player residency class for the
fall semester Friday, one that includes 20 returning players who will train full time at the IMG
Academies facility in Bradenton, Fla., ahead of the 2013 CONCACAF championship tournament in April
that serves as a qualifier for the FIFA U-17 World Cup next summer.
Even though Newcastle finished ahead of Chelsea in the Premier League table last season,
Chelsea's UEFA Champions League title pushed Newcastle into the qualifying rounds of the Europa
League instead of automatic entry into the group stage. The Magpies can exact a bit of revenge at
Stamford Bridge in their high-profile matchup in England on Saturday, a rematch of the meeting
between the two clubs last year in which Papiss Cisse scored one of the goals of the year.
Before he was a college soccer player, and before he developed into one of the best playmakers
in the nation for national power UConn, Carlos Alvarez was just a teenager with a life-changing
decision to make.
If you watched Thursday's Spanish Super Cup first-leg between Barcelona and Real Madrid, chances
are you were left amazed by the stellar skills of Andres Iniesta. He was the best player on the
field at Camp Nou and helped set up two of the three goals.
In case you missed the match, or if you just want to see Iniesta's magic again, here is
Iniesta's performance against Real Madrid.
Similar to La Liga and Premier League, Bundesliga sees itself going into 2012 with two prime
contenders, and then what looks like a strong competition for third place. For the top German
league, last year's top two finishers will go into this season expecting to end that way again this
The A in MAC might as well have stood for Akron for the last couple of decades.Â
Akron has won the Mid-American Conference's regular season title 14 times since 1993, including
each of the last seven years. Caleb Porter's side is reloaded again for another run at the
conference crown and a potential national championship, but the Zips have a new league foe to
contend with this season: West Virginia.
The former FC Dallas All-Star signed a contract with the league and will be assigned a team
through the league's allocation order next week, joining Eddie Johnson, Kamani Hill, Bakary Soumare
and Luis Robles as players to go through the player mechanism this season.
With all of the talent that Mikey Lopez had around him last season, it was understandable for
the U.S. Under-20 midfielder's contributions to get a bit lost in the shuffle at the University of
FC Barcelona dominated play but had no goals to show for it after a scoreless first half against
Real Madrid, but they broke through in the second half with three straight goals to erase a
Cristiano Ronaldo opener and take control of the Spanish Super Cup series.
Goals from Pedro, Lionel Messi and Xavi helped Barcelona jump out to a 3-1 lead before Angel
DiMaria pounced on a Victor Valdes blunder to give Real Madrid a valuable goal in a 3-2 Barcelona
first-leg victory at Camp Nou on Thursday.
The Los Angeles Galaxy kick off their quest for a Champions League title when they take on El
Salvador side Isidro Metapan at Home Depot Center tonight in CONCACAF Champions League action
(10pm, FOX Soccer Channel).
The Galaxy will be without Landon Donovan tonight, but will be fielding all the rest of their
starters against Metapan, which opened group play with a 3-1 victory against the Puerto Rico
If ending a season on a penalty shootout loss is tough to swallow, the UConn Huskies were surely
more than demoralized last year. After all, their penalty kick defeat to Charlotte in the
quarterfinals of the NCAA tournament marked the third straight season in which UConn had their
hopes of winning a national championship dashed in such a manner.
Michael Bradley proved last season that he is more than capable of playing well in Serie A, but
now he will have to show that he can do so with the pressure that comes from playing at one of the
league's premier clubs.
Bradley is set to officially begin his AS Roma tenure on Sunday, as the club kicks off its
2012-2013 campaign against Catania.
Repeating as national champions in men's college soccer rarely happens these days. No team has
gone back-to-back since Indiana in 2003 and 2004, and the only team since then to even reach the
title game in consecutive years was Akron in 2009 and 2010.
Matt Besler, if nothing else, sure has stayed busy this summer.
The Sporting Kansas City centerback has been there for his team's surge back to first place. He
also was a stalwart for the club's run to the U.S. Open Cup title, playing all 120 minutes and
converting a penalty kick in the final earlier this month.
If Andrew Wooten is to find consistent minutes in the 2. Bundesliga this season and further his
development, it apparently won't be with Kaiserslautern.
According to a report, Wooten is set to go on a season-long loan to recently-promoted club SV
Sandhausen in a quest for playing time.
The Houston Dynamo may have failed to win their last two MLS games, but that pair of poor results
did not stop them from grabbing a convincing victory in their CONCACAF Champions League opener.
The Dynamo got their campaign in the regional competition started with a 3-1 win over Salvadoran
Robbie Rogers has a new place to play until this winter.
Rogers was loaned Thursday from Leeds United to League One side Stevenage, where he will play
for former Colorado Rapids manager Gary Smith. The loan extends until the end of 2012, at which
point he will return to Leeds.
A pair of teams featuring Americans will look to take a step closer to the group stage of the
UEFA Champions League, as RSC Anderlecht (Sacha Kljestan) and Hapoel Kiryat Shmona (Bryan
Gerzicich) look to earn favorable road results in the opening legs of their respective final
Javi Martinez has been rumored with a move from Athletic Bilbao to Bayern Munich for weeks. But
suddenly, the deal seems much less likely to be completed.
On Wednesday, Bayern president Uli Hoeness downplayed the potential moveÂ for the centerback,
calling the Athletic Bilbao front office "very, very stubborn" and claiming that Bilbao is doing
everything they can to stop the move.
Fans in the United States will no longer have to worry about U.S. men's national team World Cup
qualifiers being shown on pay-per-view.
New sports network beIN Sport announced in a press release Wednesday that it has acquired
exclusive rights to televise the national team's road qualifiers for the remainder of the 2014
World Cup cycle, starting with the final two matches of this round, Sept.
FC Dallas' Colombian connection has the club entering the playoff discussion after a horrid
stretch of play seemingly had the club closer to the Western Conference cellar than the postseason,
and it looks like David Ferreira and Fabian Castillo have no intentions of slowing down.
Ferreira and Castillo both played major roles in the club's road victories at Vancouver and Real
Salt Lake and were easy selections for SBI's MLS Best XI for Week 24.
Maurice Edu's transfer saga has taken a bit of an odd turn.
Two days after Rangers manager Ally McCoist claimed that League Championship side Ipswich Town
had made an offer for the U.S. international, the club's manager, Paul Jewell, denied that his club
had done such a thing.
Real Salt Lake got the performance they were looking for to end a four-game losing streak.
In need of a bounce-back performance after a CONCACAF Champions League-opening loss to Herediano
and after three straight losses in league play, RSL topped Panamanian side Tauro FC 2-0 behind
second-half goals from Alvaro Saborio and Kyle Beckerman.
Manchester City have avoided the worst-case scenario involving star striker Sergio Aguero.
Aguero will miss about a month with a knee injury, but he reportedly avoided any major tears
after going down in the first half of City's 3-2 win over Southampton following a tackle by
The MLS Disciplinary Committee had plenty of incidents to sift through from this past week, and
three more players have received bans for harsh fouls.
Vancouver Whitecaps midfielder Gershon Koffie, Montreal Impact defender Hassoun Camara and San
Jose Earthquakes defender Victor Bernardez were all suspended for a game and fined an undisclosed
amount for their actions.
If Alejandro Bedoya and Helsingborg are to reach the UEFA Champions League group stage, they'll
need to pull off an inspired road performance.
The Swedish champions conceded a second-minute goal to Kris Commons that set the tone for
Celtic's 2-0 victory in the first leg of their final qualifying round tie, one that happened on
Helsingborg's home ground.
Maurice Edu and Geoff Cameron teamed together in central defense to do their part in the U.S.
men's national team's first-ever win on Mexican soil last week. It appears as if the two may be
joining forces much more frequently for the foreseeable future.
According to Rangers manager Ally McCoist, Edu's representation alerted him to a potential
transfer to Stoke City,Â a move that would facilitate his transfer out of the fourth-tier Scottish
club and into the English Premier League where he would be teammates with Cameron.
The final weekend of almost every regular season has its share of drama, and the USL Pro's
season finale was no different as two teams snuck into the playoffs while another saw its
postseason hopes vanish.
The Harrisburg City Islanders and the Wilmington Hammerheads booked the final two spots in the
postseason and the Charlotte Eagles fell out of sixth place and the playoff picture by losing on
Emmanuel Adebayor is returning to White Hart Lane to inject some much-needed life into
Adebayor, who scored 17 goals last season while on loan with Tottenham from Manchester City, has
completed a permanent transfer to the club after a drawn-out transfer saga has finally concluded
with his departure from Etihad Stadium for a reported Â£5 million fee.
After following his breakout play in the CONCACAF Champions League in March with a slow start to
his first MLS campaign, Luis Silva has rediscovered his groove for Toronto FC.
Silva scored a goal and had his rebounded shot put home by Eric Hassli in Toronto FC's mid-week
draw with the Portland Timbers, and he bounced back to go the distance against Sporting Kansas City
over the weekend to collect SBI MLS Rookie of the Week honors.
The Colorado Rapids may be slipping further and further out of postseason contention, but that
is not stopping the club from making improvements for the stretch run.
The Rapids signed Honduran veteran and former Wigan Athletic central midfielder Hendry Thomas
Tuesday in an effort to bolster the club's quality in the center of the field while adding a player
with immense experience.
When Alejandro Bedoya moved from Orebro to Rangers last summer, he figured to play in crucial
matches against Celtic. A year later, his jersey has changed once more, but the opportunity to take
down the Scottish power has presented itself once again.Â
Bedoya's new club, Swedish champion Helsingborg, takes on Celtic in the first leg of their UEFA
Champions League final playoff round tie on Tuesday (2:30 p.
It is unusual to think that the second game of the CONCACAF Champions League group stage would
be a must-win affair, but that is essentially the situation in which Real Salt Lake finds
themselves after a tournament-opening loss three weeks ago.
With the new tournament format shrinking the group stage from six games to four, the pressure
and importance rises with each match, and as a result, RSL's clash with Panamanian side Tauro FC
With a new void in his midfield, Arsene Wenger may turn yet again to another rising French star
to try and bolster his club.
Arsenal's interest in Stade Rennes midfielder Yann M'Vila has reportedly been rekindledÂ as the
close of the summer transfer window nears. If M'Vila were to sign with Arsenal, he would join a
group of young Frenchmen to sign with the club over the last few years that includesÂ Samir Nasri,
Gael Clichy, Abou Diaby and most recently Olivier Giroud.
Manchester City may have dodged a bullet by coming from behind to beat Southampton this past
weekend, but they have suffered a scare due to the injury to Sergio Aguero.
The Argentine striker had to be taken off on a stretcher in the early moments of Manchester
City's 3-2 win on Sunday, and now the club is anxiously awaiting to hear the results from scans
taken on his right knee.
The Carolina RailHawks were down a goal with not much time left in their match against FC
Edmonton, but two late strikes, including one in stoppage time, helped them come-from-behind to
pick up a win that further distanced them from the Eddies for the final playoff spot.
Maurice Edu has been linked with a move to Ipswich Town in recent weeks, but now a bid by the
English club has formally been submitted.
Rangers manager Ally McCoist confirmed Monday that Ipswich of the English Championship have made
an offer for Edu. The U.S. men's national team midfielder has not played in a game for Rangers this
season, but he has reportedly been keen on making a move away from the club that is currently in
Scotland's fourth tier due to last season's liquidation.
With the final minutes of the first half ticking away on Sunday night, the New York Red Bulls
looked like they just might suffer their first loss at Red Bull Arena this year. Two early goals by
the Portland Timbers had the Red Bulls on the ropes and looking ripe for defeat.
WASHINGTON -- Three red cards, two controversially disallowed goals and a missed penalty by a
reigning MVP with the game in the balance. Just another run-of-the-mill outing for rivals D.C.
United and the Philadelphia Union.
When the dust settled after a series of hard tackles, lost tempers and focus-altering calls by
referee Mark Geiger, the two teams played to a 1-1 draw in front of 12,312 at RFK Stadium, with
Brian Carroll's eighth-minute tally being offset by Amobi Okugo's 64th-minute own goal.
It is a busier-than-usual Sunday night in Major League Soccer, where three matches are on tap,
including a pair of key Eastern Conference showdowns.
D.C. United is looking to avoid a late-season slide like they suffered at the end of last
season, and will need a victory against the Philadelphia Union today at RFK Stadium (5pm, NBC
Sports) to move back ahead of the surging Montreal Impact for the fifth and final playoff spot in
the Eastern Conference.
It may not have been the way they envisioned it, but Manchester City earned an impressive win in
their first game of the season as they opened their defense of the Premier League title in dramatic
City came back from a goal down to defeat newly promoted Southampton, 3-2, at Etihad Stadium
with goals from Carlos Tevez, Edin Dzeko, and Samir Nasri.
The U.S. Men's National Team forward scored two more goals today, both of the quality variety,
in AZ Alkmaar's 3-1 win against Heracles. That gives him four in two matches, and gives him an
outstanding start to the season.
BRIDGEVIEW, IL.- Fans at Toyota Park were treated to plenty of goal-scoring action early and
often in Saturday night's Chicago Fire-New England Revolution, with three goals coming in the first
15 minutes of the match. Luckily for most of those fans, the Fire came away with the edge during
that flurry, as they continued their recent hot form with another victory.
The defending champions of each of the world's two best leagues open their seasons today, but
other top contenders to the English and Spanish crowns will be in action as well as part of an
action-packed Sunday of soccer.
In England, Manchester City begins their defense of the Premier League title with a home opener
against newly promoted Southampton, a week after beating Chelsea in the FA Community Shield.
FC Dallas made it three-for-three for the week and continued their strong form for August, as
they escaped from Rio Tinto Stadium with a 2-1 win over Real Salt Lake on Saturday night. David
Ferreira notched a late stoppage time goal to steal the win for Dallas, stunning both Real Salt
Lake and the raucous crowd.
There was no late match heroics for San Jose this time around, as they built themselves too big
of a hole to come back from thanks to a two goal defecit. After falling behind early, Montreal
charged back, scoring three unanswered goals, and winning their fourth consecutive home match 3-1
at Stade Saputo on Saturday.
The plundering of Arsenal's roster by Europe's top teams continued on Saturday as the Gunners
agreed with FC Barcelona on aÂ Â£15 millionÂ to transfer midfielder Alex Song.
Song joins Robin Van Persie, Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri as top Arsenal stars to leave the
Gunners in the past two summers, though the transfer fees acquired in those deals have left Arsenal
with a sizeable amount of transfer revenue to work with for the second straight summer.
The MLS Disciplinary Committee have received plenty of flak this season for some of their
decisions, but the latest suspension they handed out is sure to raise more than a few eyebrows and
Hours before the Vancouver Whitecaps were set to take on rivals the Seattle Sounders, the MLS
Disciplinary Committee banned Vancouver midfielder Barry Robson one game and fined him an
The Seattle Sounders and Vancouver Whitecaps renew acquaintances in the latest instlalment of
their Cascadia Derby, but more than bragging rights will be on the line when they meet today.
The Sounders and Whitecaps are currently tied on points with the Los Angeles Galaxy in the
Western Conference standings and three points today for either side would vault them into a strong
position heading into the final months of the regular season.
Another Americans Abroad season debut, another goal.
Alejandro Bedoya added himself to the list of Americans who have scored for their respective
clubs in their debut games of the current campaign, netting a bicycle kick in his first game with
Helsingborgs IF. Bedoya got off to a dream start with the Swedish powerhouse by scoring the opener
in the 37th minute, his first goal in the Allsvenskan since May 2011, but he and Helsingborg would
relinquish the lead and lose, 2-1.
Last season, both Tottenham and Newcastle had UEFA Champions League aspirations, and battled
each other to the end of the season only to have Chelsea snatch away the spot they were chasing
after by winning the Champions League Final.
Spurs and the Magpies kick off the new English Premier League season doing battle yet again,
only with plenty of new faces in the mix.
Real Madrid and Barcelona, the two best teams in the world (at least in the eyes of some) will
once again head into a Spanish Primera Division season as the clear-cut favorites and opponents
ready to turn La Liga into their own punching bag.
There is little mystery as to which teams will be dominating the Spanish League yet again.
The curious case of Sebastian Grazzini and the Chicago Fire has come to a resolution.
The Fire loaned Grazzini to Argentine club Atletico de Rafaela on Friday. The terms of the deal
were not disclosed. The Fire had exercised their option on the Argentine playmaker for a second
year at the end of June after a bit of a contract dispute, which, according to the Chicago Sun
Times, was started over Grazzini misunderstanding the original terms of his deal with the club.
Oguchi Onyewu's honeymoon period with Sporting Lisbon appears to be over.
After turning in a rebound season and reclaiming his form with the Portuguese power last season,
a fit Onyewu was left off the club's UEFA Europa League roster, which was turned in on Thursday.Â
With Sporting only submitting a 22-man squad, one player can still be added to the roster up to
a day before next Thursday's opening leg of the club's final qualifying playoff round against
Danish side Horsens, according to reports out of Portugal.
As if the pressure of the Cascadia Cup rivalry between the Seattle Sounders and Vancouver
Whitecaps wasn't enough, this weekend's bout featuring the Pacific Northwest rivals also carries
notable Western Conference playoff implications.
With a crowd of about 60,000 expected to fill CenturyLink Field, the Sounders will host the
Whitecaps in a match contested between two of the teams locked in a three-way tie for third in the
Geoff Cameron's Premier League debut will have to wait a week.
According to Stoke City's official website, Cameron won't be able to return to England until
early next week while finalizing his visa, and he is unavailable for the club's opener against
Reading on Sautrday.
The new seasons in England and Spain get underway this weekend, with full slates of action
featuring some of the top teams in the world. Manchester United's campaign doesn't start until
Monday, but Manchester City kicks off its title defense against Premier League newcomer Southampton
a week after defeating Chelsea to win the Community Shield.
The inevitiable end to Clint Dempsey's Fulham career is starting to get ugly.
According to reports from England, the club has fined Dempsey an undisclosed amount for refusing
to play in Saturday's season opener against Norwich City. This comes hours after Fulham manager
Martin Jol claimed that he was leaving Dempsey out of his squad for the match because he had not
trained with the club's first team for the last four weeks.
After the manner in which the 2011-12 English Premier League season ended, it's hard to think
that this season will be able to top Manchester City and Manchester United's race for the title
that literally came down to the final minute.
With a number of high-profile names changing addresses, a European club champion looking to
reinvent itself and a number of important lingering questions, though, there are still plenty of
unknowns heading into what should be a riveting campaign, one that will kick off Saturday.
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On the eve of the 2012-13 Premier League season, Clint Dempsey remains in club limbo.Â
Fulham manager Martin announced that Dempsey, the club's leading scorer last season, will not be
part of Fulham's matchday roster for Saturday's season opener against Norwich City while also
confirming that Dempsey wants to leave Craven Cottage.
CHESTER, Pa. -- Sean Johnson may be quietly piecing together one of the best seasons among
goalkeepers in MLS this year, but not many people will point to that when asked about the year he
is having. Rather, they will talk about theÂ blunder he had in Olympic qualifying in March that
cost the U.
The Philadelphia Union already have a boat-load of impressive young talent, but on Thursday they
managed to add yet another good youngster will parting ways with an older, expensive player who
never quite panned out.
The Union traded Colombian striker Lionard Pajoy to D.C. United for midfielder Danny Cruz.
A year ago, the Philadelphia Union were competing for the top spot in the Eastern Conference in
their second season of existence. Now, they find themselves fighting just to remain in the hunt for
a playoff spot.
On Sunday, the Union will face the team that holds the fifth and final playoff spot for the
second week in a row when they take on D.
Manchester United fans won't have to wait long to see Robin Van Persie in a Red Devils
Manager Sir Alex Ferguson said he is confident Van Persie, signed Wednesday on a transfer from
Arsenal, will be cleared and ready to play when United kick off their English Premier League season
Monday against Everton.
The Columbus Crew made an emotional return to action on Wednesday night, playing their first
match since the death of midfielder Kirk Urso. As difficult as it was to get back on the field
after such a tragedy, the Crew battled on and honored their fallen teammate with a gutsy
The Portland Timbers may not have won their first road game of the season on Wednesday night,
but they did manage to get a result that surely felt like a victory.
The Timbers drew Toronto FC, 2-2, at BMO Field on Wednesday after a late headed goal from
Darlington Nagbe. The Timbers attacker took advantage of some poor defending by TFC to get open and
equalize in the 82nd minute after Portland had relinquished a 1-0 lead earlier.
That is how many times, and over how long a period of time, the U.S. Men's National Team had
traveled south of the border looking for a win against Mexico. Twenty four times they tried and 24
times they failed to win, and 23 of those times they lost.
FC Dallas is starting to think about a playoff push, something that would have been unthinkable
a month ago, before a dynamic Colombian duo stepped forward to revive a struggling Dallas
The Colombian connection of David Ferreira and Fabian Castillo have been the leading drivers of
an FC Dallas resurgence, and they were at it again on Wednesday night in Vancouver, manufacturing
both goals as FC Dallas posted an impressive 2-0 victory against the Vancouver Whitecaps in
Mexico had lost just eight times in 119 matches at Estadio Azteca and never against the U.S.
men's national team heading into their friendly on Wednesday night, but thanks to some disciplined
defending, key saves and an opportunitic goal, the Americans changed all that.
The United States grabbed a historic win on Wednesday, beating its southern rivals at Estadio
Azteca, 1-0, thanks to a second half goal from substitute Michael Orozco.
The U.S. Men's National Team takes on arch-rival Mexico tonight at Estadio Azteca, and the U.S.
will be looking to become the first Americans to beat 'El Tri' on Mexican soil when the square off
in a rare friendly in Mexico City (8pm, ESPN2).
The Americans will be trying to snap a four-match winless streak against Mexico, a streak that
began with a 2-1 loss at Azteca in 2009 during World Cup qualifying.
After the busiest summer of his brief professional career, Terrence Boyd joined Austrian club
Rapid Vienna from German powerhouse Borussia Dortmund in July with the idea that he would find the
necessary playing time to further his development.
The U.S. Men's National Team will take the field at Estadio Azteca tonight trying to beat a
Mexico team riding a wave of confidence and good form. The Americans will also be trying to win in
a stadium they have never won in, a city they have never won in, and a country they have never won
The Robin van Persie transfer saga has come to a conclusion, and it is one that has the Dutch
striker set for a major move from the Emirates to Old Trafford.
Arsenal announced that they have reached an agreement with Manchester United for the transfer of
Van Persie, who has been the subject of transfer rumors for months, including potential moves to
United rival Manchester City and Italian champion Juventus.
Wednesday's FIFA international fixture date makes for an unusually busy weekday of international
soccer around the world, one with some tantalizing matchups setting the table for tonight's
USA-Mexico bout at Estadio Azteca.
Powers Germany and Argentina square off in Frankfurt, where Germany will trot out a squad
missing some key faces but one that still features Mesut Ozil, Miroslav Klose and Sami Khedira
against a full-strength Argentina team that will feature the likes of Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero,
Gonzalo Higuain and Angel di Maria.
U.S. women's national team goalkeeper Hope Solo left quite the impression on this summer's
Olympics, between her controversial tweets about former U.S. great and television analyst Brandi
Chastain and her two massive saves against Japan in the Olympic final that helped the U.
The U.S. men's national team meets rival Mexico for the first time in more than a year when the
two CONCACAF powers meet at Estadio Azteca later tonight (8 p.m., ESPN2/ESPN3.com/Univision).
The U.S. men have enjoyed some of their finer moments in their history at Mexico's expense, but
the recent meetings against El Tri have gone the way of Mexico, whose golden generation has
captured a FIFA U-17 World Cup, third place in a U-20 World Cup, a CONCACAF Gold Cup and an Olympic
gold medal all since the summer of 2011.
That Fabrice Muamba is alive is a miracle in itself, considering that his heart stopped for 78
minutes after he collapsed during a match against Tottenham in March. The Muamba miracle will not,
however, include a return to the playing field.
Muamba announced his retirement from professional soccer Wednesday, citing a recent visit with a
cardiologist that dissuaded him from attempting to continue his career.
FOX Soccer will be the home for the biggest CONCACAF competitions for the next four years after
signing a four-year deal with the Confederation to air the next two Gold Cups and the CONCACAF
Champions League through the 2015/2016 competition.
FOX Soccer announced the deal on Tuesday, and revealed that not only will the network broadcast
the two tournaments on FOX Soccer Channel, but will also be able to carry all of the tournament's
matches on FOX Soccer's digital platforms:
Additionally, FOX Soccer has the option of showcasing all CONCACAF Champions League and Gold
Cup matches through its wide array of digital platforms, including FOXSoccer.
It sure didn't take long for the San Jose Earthquakes to climb back atop the ladder.
More late heroics gave San Jose a 2-1 win over the Seattle Sounders on Saturday, pushing the
Earthquakes back to the No. 1 spot in this week's SBI MLS Power Rankings after they had been
dethroned the week prior by the Houston Dynamo.
FIFA 13 hits stores next month, and EA released a trailer Tuesday of what fans and gamers can
expect from the latest edition of the popular video game (watch for the cameo from New York Red
Bulls DP Tim Cahill). Enjoy:
It is the U.S. men's national team's house of horrors, one of the more daunting places to play
around the world. And it looms Wednesday night.Â
The U.S. men's national team has never won at the storied Estadio Azteca, and despite bringing a
less-than-full-strength squad to Mexico City for Wednesday night's friendly against El Tri, the
challenge remains the same: Finally put a "1" in the "W" part of the W-L-T column that current
readsÂ 0-8-1 all-time at Azteca, 0-19-1 all-time in Mexico City and 0-23-1 all-time on Mexican
No, Connor Lade did not get on the scoresheet, nor was he directly involved with either of the
New York Red Bulls' goals Friday night, but his contribution was definitely felt in the club's
important 2-0 victory over the Houston Dynamo.Â
The versatile Lade, who got the start at right back, helped lock down in-form Houston forward
Mac Kandji, played a vital role in the clean sheet and was his usual active self up and down the
flank to earn SBI MLS Rookie of the Week honors.
If Terrence Boyd, Sean Johnson, Joe Corona or Brek Shea needed a reminder of what they
potentially missed out on by not getting a chance to compete in the Olympics, they will get as
close a look as they will possibly want.
Mexico will honor its Olympic gold medal winning team prior to the U.
The 2011-12 UEFA Best Player in Europe award candidate list is down to three La Liga
Barcelona's Lionel Messi and Andres Iniesta and Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo made the
shortlist for the award, which is being given out for the second year. Messi won last year's
inaugural award beating out Xavi and Ronaldo, respectively, while Iniesta finished fourth.
When the U.S. Men's National Team takes the field at Estadio Azteca on Wednesday night, they
will be facing arch-rival Mexico with a squad that will look far different from what most would
consider an A team.
There is no Clint Dempsey, Michael Bradley, Carlos Bocanegra, Steve Cherundolo or Jozy Altidore,
which means Jurgen Klinsmann will have to rely on some new faces to try and help the USA earn a
result in Mexico City, a place the United States has never won a match.
There was yet another turn in the Timmy Chandler-U.S. men's national team saga on Monday, but it
is not one unfamiliar to American soccer fans.
According to a German report, Chandler was called up for the United States' Wednesday friendly
against Mexico at Azteca Stadium but he passed on the opportunity due to the scheduling and
'strenous' travel that would have been required.
It took the LA Galaxy until their 25th game of the season before coach Bruce Arena was able to
start his MLS Cup-winning back four, but you wouldn't have guessed that by their performance in
Sunday night's SuperClasico.
The 2012 college season is weeks away from getting started, and the Missouri Athletic Club (MAC)
have released their list of players to watch keep an eye on this year.
Senior Akron midfielder Scott Caldwell and Old Dominion senior forward Yannick Smith are among
the 42 male players who have been identified for the 2012 MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List, which was
announced on Monday.
John Terry is once again back in the headlines, but this time it comes with good news for the
Terry's ban for his violent actions in the UEFA Champions League semifinals against Barcelona
have been reduced on appeal, meaning the centerback will be able to play from the start of their
title defense this upcoming season.
Whether it is because he is on the brink of playing Mexico or just an emphatic response to the
Los Angeles Galaxy's flat performance last week, Landon Donovan enjoyed one of his best
performances of the season en route to picking up SBI's MLS Player of the Week award.
Donovan inspired the Galaxy to a 4-0 win victory over rivals Chivas USA on Sunday, setting up
every goal to record a career-high in assists.
FC Edmonton are back in the hunt for the playoffs.
The Eddies brought themselves within four points of sixth place in the NASL standings and the
final playoff spot that comes with it by blanking the Puerto RIco Islanders, 1-0, at Clarke Stadium
Major League Soccer's desire to have a second team in the New York market is well-documented, as
is the fact that league officials have been working feverishly to find a stadium project in New
York City that could make a second NY team a reality.
Now we know just how close to realizing that goal MLS actually is.
The long-standing question of whether Marco Pappa would be leaving the Chicago Fire and heading
to Europe this season has finally been answered.
Yes, Pappa is heading to Europe, but no, he won't be leaving the Fire this season.
Chicago announced on Monday that Pappa had signed a pre-contract with Dutch Eredivisie side
Heerenveen, but that Pappa would remain with the Fire for the rest of the 2012 season, which will
run through the end of his current contract.
If there was any lingering uncertainty as to the real reason Timmy Chandler turned downed
cap-tying call-ups the past two summers, U.S. men's national team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann put
them to rest on Sunday.
CARSON, Calif. â€“ The LA Galaxy bounced back from their 4-0 loss to the Seattle Sounders in a
big way on Sunday night. LA scored four goals of their own against Chivas USA, with Landon Donovan
assisting all of them, tying the MLS record for assists in a single game.
Alan Gordon's penchant for late-game heroics have saved the San Jose Earthquakes a number of
times this season, and they have now also helped earn the forward a call-up to the U.S. men's
U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann added Gordon to the roster that will take on Mexico in a rare
friendly at Estadio Azteca on Wednesday, U.
No team has played more games than the Montreal Impact, and perhaps no team in the Eastern
Conference has surpassed expectations more than the expansion club. Head coach Jesse Marsch and
company continued their impressive summer form, as they defeated the New England Revolution at
Gillette Stadium, 1-0, on Sunday night.
CHESTER, Pa.-- The Chicago Fire aren't delivering quite as many dramatic last-minute comebacks
as the San Jose Earthquakes, but when it comes to coming back to win games they have trailed in,
the Fire have been as good as any team in MLS this year.
The Fire pulled off their latest comeback on Sunday night, erasing a 1-0 deficit with three
unanswered goals to knock off Eastern Conference rival Philadelphia, 3-1, at PPL Park.
FC Nordsjaelland may have routed Silkeborg IF in their match this weekend, but Michael Parkhurst
was at the front and center to helping them cruise to victory.
Parkhurst played a vital part in Nordsjaelland's early success in their 6-1 win on Saturday,
setting up the opener from the right flank in the third minute before scoring the eventual winner
three minutes later.
With a new Premier League season on the horizon, Manchester City showed on Sunday that they're
ready to begin defending their crown.
Goals from Yaya Toure, Carlos Tevez, and Samir Nasri helped earn Manchester City a 3-2 win over
10-man Chelsea in the FA Community Shield at Villa Park in a battle of last year's Premier League
champions and FA Cup winners.
This summer Jozy Altidore said that his goal for the upcoming club season was to improve on his
22-goal campaign of last season. That seemed like an ambitious goal at the time, but based on how
his new season has begun, it may be more realistic than we thought.
The U.S. National Team striker scored a pair of quality goals just two minutes apart in AZ
Alkmaar's season-opening 2-2 draw vs.
FRISCO, Texas-- On a night when three different Colombians scored goals, no Colombian player
stood out more in Saturday's FC Dallas-Colorado Rapids tilt than Fabian Castillo, who helped Dallas
beat the very man who helped bring him to Major League Soccer.
While few could've predicted how it would happen, it would be hard for anyone to be surprised by
what the San Jose Earthquakes pulled off Saturday night.
In what has become the latest in a series of astonishing late heroics by San Jose, Steven
Lenhart scored a 93rd-minute winner to stun the Seattle Sounders and earn the Earthquakes a 2-1
victory at Buck Shaw Stadium.
A new season in England unofficially kicks off today as defending Premier League champions
Manchester City face off against FA Cup winners Chelsea in the FA Community Shield.
After building a reptuation as big spenders in recent years, Manchester City have yet to sign a
new player in this year's transfer window and enter the Community Shield with essentially the same
roster that captured the Premier League title back in May.
The Red Bulls were full aware that last week's performance against the Houston Dynamo was awful,
and not good enough for a team with championship aspirations. After an intense week of training,
the Red Bulls came out on Friday and showed that they are still very much one of the teams to beat
in the Eastern Conference.
The second episode of NBC Sports Network's MLS36 series airs Friday night following the New York
Red Bulls-Houston Dynamo clash at Red Bull Arena, and it features Seattle Sounders forward Fredy
Montero. Here's a sneak peak at part of the episode, which involves Montero putting his skills to a
unique use in the locker room.
Four years ago, iconic U.S. forward Brian McBride was captaining the U.S. men's Olympic team in
Beijing. Saturday, about two miles to the west of Wembley Stadium, where Brazil and Mexico will
meet in this year's men's Olympic final, he'll be trying to lead an upstart team on an entirely
The U.S. Men's National Team returns to action on Wednesday in the highly-anticipated friendly
vs. Mexico at Estadio Azteca. We already know who Mexico will be bringing to the showdown, but U.S.
head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has held off in announcing his team until the weekend.
Back in June, Klinsmann suggested that he would be fielding a full-strength squad for the trip
to Mexico City, but circumstances might keep that from happening.
Bedoya has left Rangers and signed with Helsingborg, a team currently in the mix for a place in
the UEFA Champions League group stage, through the rest of the Allsvenskan season, according to
Yanks Abroad.Â Ironically, Helsingborg's opponent in the final UCL qualifying round is Rangers'
Just five days after the death of Columbus Crew midfielder Kirk Urso, Major League Soccer
announced on Thursday night that the Crew's match against Toronto FC, originally set for Saturday,
has been postponed until Aug. 22nd.
The re-scheduling of the match will allow the Crew to attend Urso's funeral.
There's clutch, and then there's what Terrence Boyd did for Rapid Vienna on Thursday.
Down a goal on aggregate and facing elimination in the third qualifying round of the Europa
League, Boyd came up big for Rapid Vienna in second-half stoppage time by drawing a penalty kick
that a teammate converted and then scoring an insurance goal to give the Green-Whites a 2-0 win and
3-2 aggregate victory over Serbian outfit Vojvodina.
It was only a matter of time before Nelson Rivas received a decision from the MLS Disciplinary
Committee on his headbutt of the Philadelphia Union's Antoine Hoppenot, and as expected, the
Montreal Impact defender faced some harsh punishment.
Rivas was suspended for two additional games, on top of the automatic one-game suspension that
accompanies his red card, MLS announced Thursday.
A dream tournament ended with a dream result for the U.S. women's national team.
A year after losing to Japan in the World Cup final, the United States exacted revenge en route
to claiming the gold medal in the Olympic final by defeating the Japanese, 2-1, at a sold-out
Wembley Stadium on Thursday.
The U.S. Women's National Team will be looking to win their third straight Olympic gold medal
today, while also exacting a measure of revenge, when they face Japan in the 2012 Olympic Final at
Wembley Stadium (2:45pm, NBC Sports).
The Americans enter today's final undefeated in five matches, having survived a thrilling 4-3
extra-time victory against Canada in the semifinals.
The Portland Timbers have had defensive issues for most of the 2012 season, and it is a reason
they are out of the playoff race in the MLS Western Conference, so it shouldn't come as a surprise
that the team shook up the roster on Thursday with another trade and an international player
If Manchester United wants Robin Van Persie, they are going to have to pay more than any other
team in the running for the Dutch striker's services.
United manager Alex Ferguson revealed on Wednesday that his team had made a bid for Van Persie,
but reports suggest Arsenal won't sell Van Persie to Manchester United for less thanÂ Â£25 million,
if not more.
Sporting Kansas City did something Wednesday night that no team across any level of U.S. Soccer
had been able to do in the last four years: Defeat the Seattle Sounders in the U.S. Open Cup.
Sporting Kansas City captured its second U.S. Open Cup in franchise history, outlasting the
Sounders in penalties 3-2 after a 1-1 draw through regulation and extra time and ending the
Sounders' hopes of becoming the first team to win four straight tournament titles.
The Seattle Sounders will be trying to make history while Sporting Kansas City will be trying to
deliver a trophy to their fans as the two MLS powers square off in tonight's U.S. Open Cup Final
The Sounders will attempt to become the first team in history to win four Open Cup titles in the
tournament's 99-year history, but they will have to do so on the road at LiveStrong Sporting Park,
where Sporting KC will be trying to win the organization's first title since the 2004 U.
Sacha Kljestan has scored in league play in MLS and Belgium, for the U.S. men's national team
and in the UEFA Europa League. He can now add UEFA Champions League goalscorer to his resume.
Kljestan scored the opening goal and assisted on the second tally in Anderlecht's 6-0 rout of
Lithuanian side Ekranas in a UCL third-qualifying-round match on Wednesday, a win that sealed an
11-0 aggregate victory and puts Anderlecht within one round of the UCL group stage.
Luis Robles is a member of the New York Red Bulls after all.
The Red Bulls used their place in the allocation order to select Robles, who signed with MLS
Tuesday night. The club had initially tried to sign Robles during the winter, but when it became
apparent that he could not sign directly with the club and would have been subjected to the
allocation order, the deal came off the table.
The 99th U.S. Open Cup tournament comes to a close Wednesday night, as Sporting Kansas City
attempts to end the Seattle Sounders' three-year reign of the annual knockout competition at
Livestrong Sporting Park.
A capacity crowd is expected for what should be a great end to a memorable tournament.
With the MLS standings the way they are, the races for playoff positioning and the league's 10
postseason berths figure to down to the wire. Instead of past seasons, though, when head-to-head
records were used as a tiebreaker, this year's potential standings ties will be determined by the
most prolific attacks.
The high-spending French power swooped in to sign rising Brazilian star Lucas Moura, outbidding
the likes of Manchester United and Inter Milan for the Sao Paulo attacking midfielder. Reports
Tuesday had PSG making aÂ â‚¬45 million move for Lucas, who is currently on the Brazilian Olympic
team that is vying for the gold medal in London.
It's not often that world powers Manchester United and Barcelona meet each other, and even though
Wednesday's contest is just a preseason friendly, there is still plenty of starpower on the field
for both teams that should make for an entertaining bout.
The two renowned clubs that played in the 2009 and 2011 UEFA Champions League finals meet in
Sweden (2 p.
Seattle's Fredy Montero and Portland's Jack Jewsbury provided some stiff resistance, but this
week's SBI MLS Goal of the Week belongs to Montreal Impact midfielder Felipe, whose sideways
scissor-kick volley off a cross from Hassoun Camara put the finishing touches on Montreal's 2-0
victory over the Philadelphia Union Saturday night at Stade Saputo.
The Los Angeles Galaxy saw their five-game unbeaten streak snapped on Sunday in a crushing 4-0
defeat to the Seattle Sounders, and not only did L.A. fail to score, but their defensive
performance left a lot to be desired.
While the club continued to be without Todd Dunivant at left back, who has been sidelined with a
calf injury since July 19, that was no excuse for how poorly they played against Seattle.
The U.S. Open Cup final is Wednesday's marquee match for U.S. soccer fans, but it's far from the
only match during the day that carries some serious appeal.
Barcelona face Manchester United and Real Madrid meet AC Milan in preseason friendlies, and the
2012-13 UEFA Champions League field will be a narrowed down a bit more after the second legs of the
third play-in round will send 12 more teams onto the final qualifying round.
The U.S. Open Cup may still not draw the type of attention that is warranted of a tournament
that has been around for nearly a century. But that does not matterÂ for the two teams competing in
this year's championship game, because they know all they need to about what is at stake.
Geoff Cameron's transfer saga has come to a satisfying conclusion for all parties involved.Â
Cameron was approved for his UK work permit Wednesday after a successful appeal hearing at
Manchester City's Etihad Stadium, which puts the finishing touches on his transfer from the Houston
Dynamo to Stoke City.
After flirting with the possibility of joining MLS earlier this year, former U.S. men's national
team goalkeeper Luis Robles has finally struck a deal with the league.
The 28-year-old Robles reportedly agreed to a contract with MLS on Tuesday, and his next home
will be determined via the allocation process due to him having been capped by the United States in
the 2009 Gold Cup.
Sporting Kansas City will aim to end the Seattle Sounders' three-year reign as U.S. Open Cup
champions in Wednesday night's final, but exactly what Honduras Olympic hero Roger Espinoza's role
will be in helping the club try to accomplish that is uncertain.
The Wilmington Hammerheads took a giant step towards assuring themselves of being in the
postseason this past weekend, and they did so by grabbing a pair of results against a team that was
expected to beat them.
The Hammerheads went 1-0-1 in their two games in two days against the Charleston Battery, first
grabbing a late 2-2 draw on the road on Friday before picking up a 2-1 win at home on Saturday.
Continuing the country's recent trend of success on the youth international level, Mexico will
play for Olympic gold.
Mexico battled back from an early deficit and got a goal and an assist from Oribe Peralta to
post a 3-1 victory over Japan in their semifinal match at Wembley Stadium Tuesday, sealing a place
in the Olympic final against either Brazil or South Korea.
It appears that Maurice Edu and Alejandro Bedoya's days at Rangers are coming to a close.
With the embattled club set for a League Cup battle against East Fife Tuesday, Edu and Bedoya
won't be part of the festivities, withÂ Rangers manager Ally McCoist leaving both players out of
the squad for the match, claiming that they both are leaving the club.
The world's fastest man thinks he can offer some assistance to one of the world's most storied
Usain Bolt, who set an Olympic record in the 100-meter dash with his 9.63-second run on Sunday
to capture his second straight gold medal in the event, claims that he could make a difference for
Manchester United if given the opportunity for a trial, something that he is reportedly serious
about taking on before he departs England after the conclusion of the Olympics.
Riding a five-game winning streak and six shutouts in their past seven matches, the Dynamo have
climbed to No. 1 in this week's SBI MLS Power Rankings. Houston's latest triumph, a 2-0 result
against the New York Red Bulls, put the Dynamo on top of the Eastern Conference as well.
After the dust settled from the U.S. women's national team's thrilling 4-3, extra-time victory
over Canada in the Olympic semifinals, Norwegian referee Christiana Pedersen and herÂ controversial
six-second call are still at the forefront of the post-match discussion.
Pedersen enforced the seldomly called rule -- one that says the goalkeeper must put the ball
back in play within six seconds -- on Canadian goalkeeper Erin McLeod, who said she was never
warned by the referee and only told at halftime by an assistant referee to "Make sure you don't
slow the play too much.
The U.S. women's national team needed to come back three separate times against Canada, and
ultimately they were the ones that came out victorious in a thrilling match that is already being
considered an instant classic.
Alex Morgan netted the winner seconds before penalty kicks were to take place, heading home a
cross to give the United States aÂ 4-3 extra-time victory over northern rivals Canada in the
semifinals of the Olympics at Old Trafford on Monday.
According to Inter Milan president Massimo Moratti, French club Paris Saint-Germain have thrown
themselves into the mix for the 19-year-old midfielder. Moratti, whose club is keen on signing the
midfielder, said PSG has offered Sao Paulo a bid worth an estimated $55.
The U.S. Women's National Team is one step away from a Gold Medal game against Japan in a
rematch of last year's World Cup Final, but to get to that game the Americans will have to beat a
familiar foe in Canada (2:45pm, NBC Sports).
The Americans are a perfect 4-0 in Olympic play, having posted three straight shutouts.
It has been less than two days since the death of Columbus Crew midfielder Kirk Urso at the age
of 22 and the American soccer community is still coming to grips with the passing of a young player
who garnered so much respect and admiration in a relatively short amount of time.
The recurring themes that emerge from people discussing Urso was his friendly and happy
personality off the field and his determination and work ethic on the field.
The Seattle Sounders flexed their attacking muscle on Sunday night against the Los Angeles
Galaxy, and one night where several players impressed, Eddie Johnson stood out the most.
The Sounders striker scored the opening goal of the night and provided a threat throughout the
match during Seattle's 4-0 thrashing of the Galaxy, a performance that earned him SBI MLS Player of
the Week honors.
The U.S. women's national team are a step away from advancing to the final of the Olympic
tournament, but they will have to go through a familiar opponent if they are to have a chance at
fighting for gold.
Just two weeks after losing 5-0, the Portland Timbers looked to exact some revenge on the
visiting FC Dallas squad on Sunday night. While they were unable to pull out a victory, they were
able to unleash the wrath of the raucous JELD-WEN Field crowd late in the match to even up the
score, and walk off the field with a 1-1 draw.
While the absence of Rangers FC may be hard to fathom, the Scottish Premier League nevertheless
got underway on Saturday as all twelve teams were in action on the first weekend of the SPL
Celtic, now heavy favorites in Scotland with their rivals banished to the fourth division,
opened their 2012-13 campaign with a win as a 79th minute goal from Kris Commons was enough for a
1-0 victory over Aberdeen.
The premiere episode of NBC Sports Network's new series MLS36 will air tonight at 9:30 pm
Eastern time, following the broadcast of the match between the Portland Timbers and FC Dallas.
Viewers will get an unprecendented, behind-the-scenes look at the 36 hours an MLS player spends
before a game.
Tonight's debut episode features San Jose Earthquakes striker Chris Wondolowski as he prepares
for the MLS All-Star Game.
After a wild transfer season that saw Paris Saint-Germain sign the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic
and Thiago Silva, the French club appears to be building much-needed chemistry as it prepares for
the new season. But they also apparently need more practice from the penalty spot.
On Saturday, PSG battled back from a 2-0 deficit to draw Barcelona, 2-2, in a friendly in
In DC United's first league match since the MLS All-Star Game, Chris Pontius showed why he was
chosen as All-Star MVP of that dramtic win over Chelsea almost two weeks ago.
Pontius pounced on a rebound and scored in the 49th minute of a key Eastern Conference showdown
between DC United and the Columbus Crew on Saturday night, and United ended up holding on to earn a
1-0 win in front of 14,640 fans at RFK Stadium.
American fans of Manchester United who were disappointed by the club's absence from the World
Football Challenge can get their preseason fix on Sunday morning, as the Red Devils travel to
Norway to take on Valerenga in a nationally-televised friendly.
Wayne Rooney, Javier Hernandez, newly-signed Shinji Kagawa, and the rest of Manchester United
will face off against the Norwegians in a preseason friendly in Oslo that could see former Los
Angeles Galaxy striker Chad Barrett appear for Valerenga against the English giants.
BRIDGEVIEW, IL- The Chicago Fire returned to Toyota Park Saturday night to take on Toronto FC,
relying on a game-winning header from ROTY candidate Austin Berry late in the 2nd half. Â The win
extends Chicago's unbeaten streak at home against Eastern Conference opponents, while also giving
them more wins on the season than either of their previous two campaigns.
Colorado was finally able to put a stop to a duo of losing streaks, as the Rapids entered
Saturday night on a six match losing streak, aloing with failing to register a win against Rocky
Mountain Cup rivals Real Salt Lake in their last eight matches.
One pattern had to end on Saturday night, as the Montreal Impact welcomed fellow Eastern
Conference foe Philadelphia Union to Saputo Stadium for the first time. The Impact, winners of
their last three home matches, faced off against the Union, winners of three of their last
It is a relatively light Saturday night of MLS action, but there are still plenty of storylines
to follow, with the Eastern Conference leading the way tonight.
Four all-East match-ups headline the schedule as teams jockey for playoff position, and scrap
for survival. In New England, the Revolution begin life without Shalrie Joseph as they take on a
Sporting Kansas City side that will try to avoid the distraction of playing a U.
Battling heavy heat and overwhelming humidity through 90 minutes of play from virtually a
central defensive midfield position against a superior opponent was not exactly the way Tim Cahill,
the New York Red Bulls organization or their fan base pictured the Australian's debut.
The U.S. Men's Under-23 National Team didn't make it to the Olympics, but that hasn't stopped
one team from stepping forward to capture the appreciation of plenty of American soccer fans at
these Olympic Games.
Honduras has put together a dream run into the Olympic quarterfinals, and with four MLS players
on the roster, it has become easy to root for them (and let's face it, not many American fans are
going to root for Mexico).
Herculez Gomez got one step closer to assuring himself of receiving a call-up for the U.S. men's
national team's friendly with Mexico later this month, scoring his second goal in the early parts
of the Mexican Apertura on Friday night.
Gomez netted for the second time in the first three games of the season for Santos Laguna by
thundering home a header on a drawn up set piece in the 15th minute of their match against DaMarcus
Beasley and Puebla.
The top two teams in the Eastern Conference battle for first place as the Houston Dynamo welcome
the New York Red Bulls to BBVA Compass Stadium (8 p.m., NBC Sports Network) in a Friday night bout
fit for primetime.
The match -- the first of two consecutive ones between the two clubs -- marks the MLS debut of
New York Designated Player Tim Cahill, who went 45 minutes and drew a penalty kick against
Tottenham in Tuesday night's friendly.
The Seattle Sounders have been a model of U.S. Open Cup success in the last four years,
capturing the last three tournament titles and reaching the final for a fourth straight year.
Standing in Seattle's way in 2012 is Sporting Kansas City, a team that has made its intentions
for this tournament clear both on the field with its play and off it with a winning bid to host
next Wednesday's final in addition to an intense series of promo videos leading up to the
Andy Najar's Olympic adventure has been a rousing success thus far, but the D.C. United winger
will face his biggest test Saturday.Â
Najar has played a major role in getting Honduras' Olympic soccer team out of its group and into
the quarterfinals, helping set up the all-MLS goal that led to Honduras' shocking win over Spain
and starting all three matches during the group stage.
Marco Di Vaio's first season in MLS could potentially be coming to an abrupt halt.
The Montreal Impact Designated Player faces up to a six-month ban for allegedly failing to
report instances of match-fixing carried out by his teammates when he played for Bologna. Di Vaio
is currently in Italy for a disciplinary hearing and will miss the club's match against the
Philadelphia Union this weekend.
The U.S. women's national team's hopes for another Olympic gold medal are still alive, and so is
its shutout streak.
Abby Wambach scored in the first half, and substitute Sydney LeRoux ended all doubt with a late
clincher, as the U.S. women held off New Zealand 2-0 and advanced to the semifinals of the Olympic
tournament at St.
Toronto FC's search for a dependable centerback to help correct the club's defensive woes has
culminated with the signing of Irish international Darren O'Dea.
After the club's pursuit of Swedish international Olof Mellberg did not come to fruition, TFC
signed O'Dea Friday, adding a 25-year-old centerback in his prime and one with experience in
Scotland and England.
Kaka may not be on his way out of the Bernabeu just yet.
Speaking after Real Madrid's 5-1 thrashing of the Los Angeles Galaxy, Madrid coach Jose Mourinho
claimed that he wanted to keep the Brazilian playmaker this season, this despite rampant reports
that he was headed elsewhere.
The U.S. women's national team's quest to get back to the Olympic gold medal game for the fifth
straight time continues in at St. James' Park in Newcastle, England, as the Americans take on New
Zealand in a quarterfinal knockout game (9:30 a.m., NBC Sports Network, NBCOlympics.
SEATTLE, Wash. -Â Â The last time the Seattle Sounders took the pitch in CONCACAF Champions
League, Santos Laguna handed them one of the worst losses in franchise history. Both the opponent
and score were far different Thursday night at CenturyLink Field.
The Los Angeles Galaxy and Seattle Sounders face each other in a crucial Western Conference
battle Sunday night, but before that they both have a Thursday night tune-up on national
After watching Real Salt Lake and Toronto FC open the new-look CONCACAF Champions League with
mixed results, the Sounders will aim to hold serve at home against Caribbean side Caledonia AIA in
their first group match of the 2012-13 tournament.
The former Dynamo standout central midfielder has re-signed with the club after trying his hand
abroad, according to Houston's FOX affiliate, whichÂ reported the acquisitionÂ as a done deal on
Thursday afternoon. Because Clark left MLS on a free transfer, Houston maintained his MLS rights,
so he was not subjected to the league's allocation order upon his return.
The first episode of NBC Sports Network's MLS36 series will air Sunday night at 9:30 p.m.,
featuring San Jose Earthquakes forward Chris Wondolowski. NBCSN's cameras followed Wondolowski for
36 hours at the MLS All-Star break in Philadelphia, and even managed to catch a memorable moment
between Wondolowski and Chelsea captain John Terry following the final whistle of MLS' 3-2 triumph
over the UEFA Champions League winners.
Not all the news coming out of Red Bull Arena these days involves major player signings, as the
club's front office has reportedly made a significant change.
According to the New York Post, Chris Heck is out as Red Bulls president of business operations.
The club has come under fire for its ticket pricing and attendance numbers, and the scheduling of
mid-day, mid-week games during this summer also drew the ire of players, fans and pundits,
something that fell under Heck's umbrella.
The first part of David Beckham's Olympic adventure is complete, and he has returned to the Los
Angeles Galaxy in time to face his former club yet again.
Beckham rejoined Galaxy training Wednesday and will be available for selection when the
defending MLS Cup champions take on Cristiano Ronaldo and La Liga winners Real Madrid at the Home
Depot Center as part of the World Football Challenge Thursday night (10:30 p.
Four months after being diagnosed with leukemia, Stiliyan Petrov is in remission.
The Aston Villa captain and Bulgaria international was diagnosed after he developed a fever
following a match March 24 against Arsenal. Petrov, 33, has suspended his career while receiving
treatment and was the subject of numerous tributes around the English Premier League this past
Steve Cherundolo has been on this stage before, but for Terrence Boyd, like most experiences for
him on the club level, this one is entirely new.
Boyd's Rapid Vienna and Cherundolo's Hannover 96 enter UEFA Europa League qualifying Thursday,
with the two U.S. national team players and their teams kicking off their respective two-leg
qualifying ties among 58 sides eyeing the final qualifying round for the group stage.
Brek Shea has been conspicuously absent from the FC Dallas lineup for the last two matches, but
coach Schellas Hyndman thinks a break from everything is all his struggling star needs to kick
start what has been an otherwise disappointing season.
Toronto FC made an impressive run to the CONCACAF Champions League semifinals in the
tournament's last installment, and on Wednesday TFC looked every bit like a team determined to make
another deep run.
Toronto opened Champions League play on Wednesday with a resounding 5-1 victory against
Salvadoran side CD Aguila.
The Major League Soccer Player's Union updated the listing of MLS players salaries earlier
today, and shed some light on just how much the league's newcomers are costing.
From million-dollar strikers Kenny Miller and Marco DiVaio, to centerbacks making between $200K
an $300K like Arne Friedrich, Alessando Nesta and Bakary Soumare, MLS teams did some serious
spending to make their mid-season roster improvements.
Time is winding down for Robin van Persie to make a move away from Arsenal, but the question
that remains is: Where exactly will he go?
The list of reported interested suitors in the Dutch international are some of the premier clubs
in the world. From Manchester United to Manchester City to Juventus, van Persie has attracted a
number of top teams who not only have an eye on their respective domestic leagues, but also on the
UEFA Champions League.
Honduras' dream start to the Olympics got a little sweeter on Wednesday, as the CONCACAF team
advanced out of the group stage and into the quarterfinals with a scoreless draw against Japan.
The tie with first-place Japan at City of Coventry Stadium saw Los Catrachos close out Group D
undefeated at 1-0-2 and gave them advancement to the quarterfinals of the competition for the first
time in history.
Arsenal may soon have a bit of Spanish flavor in their attack.
The Premiership club is nearing a deal to acquire midfielder Santi Cazorla from Spanish club
Malaga, and the Spain international is scheduled to undergo a medical in London later this week.
The reported transfer fee Arsenal is going to pay Malaga for the 27-year-old midfielder is
estimated to be $27 million.
Friendly matches are not usually a barometer for judgment when reflecting on regular season
play, but one New York Red Bulls player put an impressive exclamation point after weeks of dominant
performances by stoning Tottenham in Tuesday's 2-1 defeat to the Premiership club.
With Real Salt Lake losing in their 2012-2013 CONCACAF Champions League opener, the Seattle
Sounders and Toronto FC will aim to pick up MLS's first victories in the competition when they kick
off their respective campaigns on Wednesday night.
The Sounders begin their quest for a Champions League title in the fortress that is CenturyLink
Field, as they host Trinidad and Tobago outfit Caledonia AIA in the Group 4 opener.
Brazil and Japan may already be qualified for the quarterfinals and Spain and United Arab
Emirates may already be eliminated, but the remaining 12 teams in the men's Olympic soccer
tournament still have all to play for.
From Great Britain to Mexico to Uruguay, a dozen teams will be vying for one of the last six
berths into the quarterfinals of the Summer Games when the final round of group stage matches
kickoff on Wednesday morning.