Soccer By Ives Archives for January 2013

Report: Miller returns to full training with Red Bulls

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By DAN KARELL

The New York Red Bulls' strength in depth improved on Wednesday with the news that left back Roy Miller took part in full training.

After spending the last two months recovering from what looked to initially be a serious Achilles injury, Miller trained fully with the squad as they prepare to play either the Houston Dynamo or Montreal Impact in the Eastern Conference semifinals of the MLS Cup playoffs.

MLS Ticker: Sounders likely to be without Martins; D.C. United decline option on Ruiz; and more

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By DAN KARELL

With the 2013 MLS Cup playoffs set to begin on Wednesday evening, the Seattle Sounders will likely be without one of their most talented players for a must-win game.

On Tuesday evening after training, Sounders head coach Sigi Schmid confirmed to reporters that it's very unlikely for forward Obafemi Martins to play a part in the knockout round game against the Colorado Rapidsat CenturyLink Field.

Klinsmann decides against Green call-up for USMNT November camp

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By DAN KARELL

After multiple reports and then confirmation that 18-year-old German-American midfielder Julian Green would be joining the U.S. Men's National Team to train next month, head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has decided to change course.

In an interview with U.S. Soccer, Klinsmann confirmed that due to all the discussion surrounding the decision to call up Green to the squad, Klinsmann has decided to leave the Bayern Munich youngster with his club during the international break.

SBI MLS Rookie of the Week: Kofi Opare

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By DAN KARELL

With two U.S. Men's National Team starters in his general vicinity all night and playing in a raucous atmosphere on the road, it's safe to say that Los Angeles Galaxy defender Kofi Opare had his hands full on Sunday evening.

Earthquakes remove interim label, sign Watson to multi-year contract

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By DAN KARELL

The San Jose Earthquakes didn't make the playoffs in 2013, but after Mark Watson took over for Frank Yallop in a mid-season change of head coaches, the front office clearly liked what they saw.

The Earthquakes announced on Wednesday that they were making Watson the full head coach, signing the former Canadian international to a "multi-year" contract.

Complete MLS Cup playoffs schedule released

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By DAN KARELL

The 2013 Major League Soccer regular season is complete, and boy did it finish with a bang.

For the first time ever, the New York Red Bulls won a major trophy, taking the Supporters Shield title and with it, a chance to host the MLS Cup final at Red Bull Arena as well as a place in next season's CONCACAF Champions League.

SBI MLS Fantasy: Round 37 Preview

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By CASEY CANNON

Hello and Welcome to the Soccer by Ives Fantasy Corner – now with even more pressure!! Every week I dig through statistics, news, and rumors to provide the reader with the kind of fantasy advice that only the best active MLS coach can provide.

This is be a very exciting week for weekly soccer pundits.

SBI NASL Power Rankings: Week 13

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By MIKE GRAMAJO

With the North American Soccer League Fall season entering its last week, the New York Cosmos look to have the momentum they need as they enter the final stretch.

After conceding an early goal on Saturday, Giovanni Savarese's men responded by scoring two goals in less than five minutes in the second half, which helped them clinch a spot in the Soccer Bowl.

Cosmos culminate reboot year with fall season title

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By DAN KARELL

Before they had played a game, before they had even finished building their roster, the New York Cosmos made it their goal to win the NASL Fall Season.

Last Saturday, the Cosmos realized their goal, defeating the San Antonio Scorpions, 2-1, in typical comeback fashion on the road.

Bedoya scores Nantes winner, Shea makes substitute appearance for Stoke

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By FRANCO PANIZO

U.S. Men's National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has had no shortage of praise for Alejandro Bedoya in recent weeks, and that will not look to stop any time soon after the midfielder scored another game-winning goal.

Bedoya netted the decisive tally for the second straight match in which he has played for FC Nantes, scoring the opener in Tuesday's 2-0 victory over FC Lorient in a Coupe de la Ligue match.

Klopas dismissed by Chicago Fire

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The Chicago Fire saw their 2013 season end amid a blaze of New York Red Bulls goals in Sunday's 5-2 loss at Red Bull Arena. The result kicked off Supporters Shield celebrations for the Red Bulls, but also signaled the end of another coaching era in Chicago.

The Fire have parted ways with head coach Frank Klopas, firing him after parts of three seasons in charge of the club.

The SBI Show: Episode 85 (Talking MLS Playoffs, expansion buzz, and more)

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By IVES GALARCEP

The last weekend of the MLS regular season was filled with suspense and drama, and produced some memorable moments and a good primer for what should be a quality post-season.

Episode 85 of The SBI Show takes a look back at the final weekend of the season, including the New York Red Bulls history-making victory against the Chicago Fire.

Wednesday Kickoff: Costa chooses to play with Spain; Klopp signs Dortmund extension; and more

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By DAN KARELL

Diego Costa has made his decision and it's one that has Brazil head coach Luiz Felipe Scolari unhappy.

The Atletico Madrid striker has decided to cast his lot with Spain moving forward, parting ways with his native Brazil despite representing them last March in two friendly matches.

Report: Beckham hoping to start Miami MLS franchise by 2016

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By FRANCO PANIZO

We have all heard the rumors by now of David Beckham's interest in bringing an MLS team back to Miami, but what we have not heard is when would be the target date for that.

Until now.

According to a report from the Associated Press, Beckham has not only settled on owning a team in Miami but is hoping that it can begin play by 2016.

Report: MLS considering changing playoff schedule on eve of first game

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By FRANCO PANIZO

The unusual MLS playoff format that is scheduled to start Wednesday may never see the light of day.

MLS is considering doing away with its current playoff schedule to allow games to take place during the upcoming FIFA international window, according to a Tuesday report from SI.

Falcons release more new stadium images, including MLS seating configuration

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By FRANCO PANIZO

The expansion noise in Atlanta just will not die down.

A week after the NFL's Atlanta Falcons released images of their new stadium that included one of a soccer field with the MLS logo clearly visible in the background, more pictures were dropped on Tuesday.

Sounders set MLS attendance record while league average drops

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By KEVIN KOCZWARA

The attendance numbers are in and the Seattle Sounders once again reign supreme.

The Sounders set the Major League Soccer attendance record for a fifth consecutive year while the league average suffered a slight dip in 2013. The Sounders averaged 44,038 fans a game at CenturyLink Field this year, which is more than double that of any other MLS team and whatMLB's Seattle Mariners averaged this season.

SBI Live Q&A (October 29th Edition)

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By IVES GALARCEP

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

Want to talk about the upcoming MLS playoffs? Or maybe MLS awards picks? Interested in the state of the U.S. Men's National Team? Want to revel in the struggles of the Mexican National Team?

PRO announces initial MLS playoff assignments

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The schedule for the first two rounds of the MLS playoffs is largely complete, and so too are the referee assignments.

Professional Referee Organization (PRO) released on Tuesday the list of the officiating crews that will be in charge of this week's postseason games.

SBI MLS Goal of the Week: Thierry Henry

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Report: Whitecaps part ways with Rennie

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By FRANCO PANIZO

The Martin Rennie era in Vancouver has reportedly come to an end.

Rennie has been let go by the Whitecaps after failing to lead the club to a playoff spot for a second consecutive season, according to reports out of Vancouver. Speculation over Rennie's future with the club had lingered throughout the recently-concluded campaign and there are rumors that former San Jose Earthquakes coach Frank Yallop is in line to replace him.

SBI Live Q&A set for 1pm Today

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

With the MLS playoffs set to get underway, it is a good time to catch up on all the action on the American soccer front, as well as the international scene. If you have questions, feel free to fire them my way starting at 1pm.

Tuesday Kickoff: Ballon d’Or list revealed; Sinha recalled to El Tri; and more

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By DAN KARELL

FIFA released their shortlist of 23 players for the male Ballon d'Or winner and as expected, it's many of the usual suspects in the group.

Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Zlatan Ibrahimovic lead the shortlist for the Player of the Year award that's been won by Messi for the last three years.

Red Bulls Notes: Players point to draw in Seattle as key moment, Henry praises team effort, and more

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By FRANCO PANIZO

From Mike Petke and Thierry Henry's heated exchange in practice to the dramatic come-from-behind win over Real Salt Lake, many moments have been discussed as the turning point in theNew York Red Bulls' Supporters' Shield-winning season.

Red Bulls players dedicate Supporters Shield to Petke

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By DAN KARELL

If there's one person on the New York Red Bulls who truly understands the magnitude of Sunday evening's 5-2 victory against the Chicago Fire, it's head coach Mike Petke.

Following the match, Petke and the team came together in front of the South Ward, where the most fervent of Red Bulls supporters stand and cheer game in and game out, and along with equipment manager Fernando Ruiz and his son Sean, who have been with the team since it's inception in 1996, lifted the Supporters Shield aloft.

Report: Jol plays down suggestions of Fulham signing Dempsey on loan

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By DAN KARELL

Seattle Sounders forward Clint Dempsey is expected to join a European club on loan this winter, but it doesn't seem like a return to Fulham is in the cards.

Fulham manager Martin Jol, who coached Dempsey in his best year at Fulham in 2011/2012, denied any speculation that the U.

MLS Ticker: Gonzalez unhappy with no-goal call; Earthquakes coach Watson reportedly offered contract; and more

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By MARC SERBER

The goal-line technology debate has long been a hot topic of conversation and it came alive at a very crucial moment of the season for Omar Gonzalez and the LA Galaxy in the 42nd minute of its 1-1 draw with the Seattle Sounders.

Trailing 1-0, the center back appeared to score off a corner kick but neither referee Mark Geiger or assistant referee Greg Barkey signaled for the goal.

SBI MLS Player of the Week: Camilo Sanvezzo

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By DAN KARELL

Even with the playoffs out of reach, Vancouver Whitecaps forward Camilo made sure to stamp his name in Major League Soccer history on Sunday evening.

The Brazilian scored all three of his team's goals as the Whitecaps defeated the Colorado Rapids, 3-0, taking his total to 22 goals on the season to earn the MLS Golden Boot.

SBI MLS Team of the Week: New York Red Bulls

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By DAN KARELL

After 17 prior seasons of disappointment and heartbreak, the New York Red Bulls exercised some of their demons on Sunday night when they clinched the Supporters Shield.

Four second half goals from the Red Bulls were enough to pull away from the Chicago Fire as they overcame an early goal from Mike Magee to win.

Report: RSL ink multi-million dollar shirt sponsor deal

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By DAN KARELL

Real Salt Lake jersey's could have a new look next season.

According to a report in Sports Business Daily, RSL has signed a new shirt sponsorship deal with LifeVantage worth in $30 million over ten years, tripling the amount of money that RSL will make compared with their current shirt sponsor, XanGo.

Liga MX Round 15: A Look Back

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By MARC SERBER

Club America continued its dominance of the Apertura with a 3-1 victory over Puebla. A victory for the visitors would have put them just one point out of the playoff spots but there was nothing DaMarcus Beasley or Michael Orozco could do about Rubens Sambueza.

College Soccer Weekend Rewind: Washington falls to UCLA; Notre Dame loses first game; and more

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By JAY BELL

An upset-filled weekend of college soccer saw the top three ranked teams in the country lose at least once. No.2 Washington won 1-0 over San Diego St. on Friday, but then fell 2-1to No. 9 UCLA in the Pac-12′s biggest match of the weekend.

The biggest shock of the weekend came in Berkeley, Calif.

Monday Kickoff: Platini wants World Cup expansion; Totti ruled out one month; and more

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By DAN KARELL

If Michel Platini has his way, there could be expansion in the future of the FIFA World Cup.

The UEFA president, in an interview with The Times of London, stated that he believes the World Cup should expand from the current 32 nations to 40, and that it would only add three days to the already 31-day-long quadrennial tournament.

NASL Week 13: A Look Back

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By MIKE GRAMAJO

Second half goals from Marcos Senna and Stefan Dimitrov were all the New York Cosmos needed to punch their Soccer Bowl ticket, defeating the San Antonio Scorpions, 2-1, at Toyota Field in front of an announced crowd of 7,702 fans.

"I'm just very proud of the guys and excited for them," Cosmos head coach Giovanni Savarese told reporters after the match.

Keane equalizer earns Galaxy draw with Sounders

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By JASON MITCHELL

SEATTLE Just call him the Sounder slayer. Robbie Keane came into Sunday night's match with six goals in his last seven games against the Seattle Sounders.

Make that seven goals in his last eight games.

European Weekend Rewind: Neymar leads Barca to Clasico victory; Chelsea defeat Man City; and more

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

For new Barcelona winger Neymar, 2013 keeps getting better and better.

The 21-year-old Brazilian, who scored key goals for his home country's run to the Confederations Cup title this summer, made a memorable El Clasico debut Saturday with a goal and an assist in Barcelona's 2-1 home victory against Real Madrid.

Red Bulls rip Fire, roll to 2013 MLS Supporters Shield

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By DAN KARELL

These New York Red Bulls were not going to lose.

On a night when previous Red Bulls teams may have wilted under the pressure of potentially winning their first major piece of silverware, this Red Bulls ignored club history and turned in a performance never before seen in the club's mostly disappointing 18 years of existence.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Talk about a dream return.

Sidelined since early September with an ankle injury, Michael Bradley made his way back onto the field for AS Roma as substitute in Sunday's duel with Udinese and came up with the timeliest of goals to give his club the three points.

Dynamo clinch playoff berth as D.C.’s dreadful season draws to a close

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WASHINGTON The Houston Dynamo booked their spot in the MLS playoffs this afternoon, clinching the third seed in the east with a 2-1 victory at RFK stadium. The victory keeps Houston out of MLS' dreaded play-in game, allowing them some much needed rest before entering in the conference semi-finals.

Neymar leads Barcelona to Clasico win vs. Real Madrid

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As far as Clasico debuts go, you could do a lot worse than the one enjoyed by Neymar.

The Brazilian star was at the forefront of an impressive team performance as FC Barcelona defeated Real Madrid, 2-1, in the first installment of 'El Clasico' of the new La Liga season.

Neymar put his stamp on the game in the 19th minute when he latched onto a perfect pass from Andres Iniesta, and tucked a shot past Diego Lopez to make it 1-0.

Sporting KC takes Supporters Shield lead with stoppage time winner vs. Union

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By JAY BELL

A stoppage time-goal on Saturday lifted Sporting Kansas City to a 2-1 victory over the Philadelphia Union and gave Sporting KC the chance to win the Supporters Shield.

The Union needed a win to keep their slim playoff hopes alive, but Sporting KC were still able to get the best of the chances early.

Early second half goals give Cosmos win vs. Scorpions and a place in Soccer Bowl

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By DAN KARELL

Stefan Dimitrov's first ever professional goal could be the most important goal of the New York Cosmos 2013 season.

After teammate Marcos Senna tied the match in the 52nd minute, Dimitrov received a pass from winger Diomar Diaz and curled in a beautiful shot two minutes later that completed a stunning turnaround.

Timbers clinch top seed in Western Conference by blowing out Chivas USA

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By MIKE DONOVAN

Portland headed into Saturday night's matchup with Chivas USA, knowing a victory would clinch the top seed in the Western Conference. And the Timbers decided not to leave it to the last minute to seal their fate.

Diego Valeri notched two first-half goals and added an assist as Portland blew out the cellar-dwelling Chivas USA, 5-0, Saturday night at the StubHub Center.

Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

Two of the biggest names in modern English soccer take to the field once again Sunday as Manchester City visit Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is unbeaten in his last 64 home matches in the English Premier League, but his second-place Blues have a considerable challenge ahead of them when Manuel Pellgrini's Citizens visit West London.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

After a near seven-month wait, global giants Barcelona and Real Madrid will meet at Camp Nou on this Soccer Saturday for this season's first installment of El Clasico, one of the world's biggest sports rivalries.

Barcelona forward Lionel Messi and Real Madrid winger Cristiano Ronaldo will be joined Saturday by some new faces making their Clasico debuts.

Earnshaw goal gives TFC win vs. struggling Impact

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By JAY BELL

The Montreal Impact remained winless in Toronto and lost control of its own playoff fate following a 1-0 road loss to Toronto FC to close out the regular season Saturday.

TFC's high defensive pressure paid off in the 16th minute when an Impact giveaway resulted in a break for the home team.

Wambach, Morgan on FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year shortlist

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By DAN KARELL

For the second consecutive year, the U.S. Women's National Team will have two representatives on the ten-player shortlist for FIFA's Women's Ballon D'or, or the World Player of the Year award.

FIFA revealed on Friday that 2012 Ballon D'or winner USWNT forward Abby Wambach and teammate Alex Morgan have both been nominated for the award.

U.S. Soccer confirms Green call-up, but one-time switch not yet filed

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By DAN KARELL

U.S. Soccer confirmed on Friday that Bayern Munich U-23 midfielder Julian Green will indeed join the U.S. Men's National Team next month, though only for training purposes.

News broke on Thursday afternoon in a report from German publication BILD that Green had been called up by USMNT head coach Jurgen Klinsmann to the U.

College Soccer Weekend Preview

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By JAY BELL

The picture in the Pac-12 should become more clear after this weekend. The No.1 ranked California in SBI's College Soccer Top 25 has a chance to stake its claim to the top spot on Friday before being able to watch No. 2 Washington and No. 9 UCLA play two more games this weekend.

MLS Week 36: A Look Ahead

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By DAN KARELL

A crescendo has built since March all the way until now as we head into the final week of the Major League Soccer regular season.

Seven teams, including the once first-place Montreal Impact and last season's MLS Cup runners-up Houston Dynamo, enter this weekend not knowing whether they'll still be playing into next week.

This Weekend’s Soccer on TV

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By MARC SERBER

As many as 400 million pairs of eyes will be on the Camp Nou on Saturday when Real Madrid visit La Liga leading Barcelona.

The two clubs are meeting for the first El Clasico of the season, and the game is already being billed as the most expensive game on earth, with the total transfer value of the players expected to take the pitch in excess of £417 million ($674 million).

Report: Onyewu set to make QPR debut on Saturday

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By DAN KARELL

Only days after signing a contract with Queens Park Rangers, manager Harry Redknapp is ready to hand defender Oguchi Onyewu his debut on Saturday.

According to QPRs website, Onyweu is included in the team squad that's heading to Burnley for a top of the table clash on Saturday.

CCL quarterfinal matchups set: Galaxy vs. Tijuana; Sporting KC vs. Cruz Azul; and more

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By DAN KARELL

Major League Soccer didn't have the best of nights on Thursday with both the Los Angeles Galaxy and the Houston Dynamo losing, but the league will have a chance to make up for it in the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal round.

All three American teams who qualified for the knockout rounds were paired with clubs from Mexico including the Los Angeles Galaxy taking on nearby Club Tijuana, giving Tijuana's Herculez Gomez another chance to show his skill in front of an MLS audience in the CCL for the third consecutive season.

Looking at some Americans who could use winter moves

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By IVES GALARCEP

The recent signing of Oguchi Onyewu by Queens Park Rangers has meant one less name on a long list of Americans who could use a new club situation to help spark their careers. That list will be worth watching closely as we draw closer to January, when several players could, and should, be on the move.

NFL’s Falcons release new stadium designs featuring soccer configuration

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By DAN KARELL

With Orlando City's stadium deal approved and ready to begin, there's a real possibility that Atlanta could join Orlando as the next cities with Major League Soccer expansion teams.

In an interview with WSB-TV in Atlanta, Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank revealed new designs of his proposed $1 billion retractable-roof stadium that will replace the Georgia Dome, including configurations to the stadium when soccer games are held.

Liga MX Round 15: A Look Ahead

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By DAN KARELL

Heading into the final three rounds of the Liga MX Apertura campaign, both Club Tijuana and Tigres UANL are on the outside looking in.

One of the two clubs, who face each other at the Estadio Caliente in Tijuana on Friday, will move one point away from the final place in the Liguilla, or playoffs following the conclusion of the regular season.

SBI College Soccer Top 25 (Oct. 25th Edition)

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By IVES GALARCEP

While the very top of the SBI College Soccer Top 25 has looked the same for several weeks, one team has slowly climbed up the charts to place itself in striking distance of the country's elite. That team is Coastal Carolina.

The Chanticleers boast a 10-match winning streak, the longest in the nation, and have climbed up to the No.

European Weekend Preview: Barca battle Real in season’s first Clasico; Chelsea host Man City; and more

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

It has been almost seven full months since the last El Clasico, the star-studded battle between Spanish powers FC Barcelona and Real Madrid.

This Saturday, the long wait will finally be over for soccer fans all over the world.

The long wait will also be over for a handful of new key members on each side of this massive rivalry.

Friday Kickoff: Valencia, Tottenham continue Europa League runs; UEFA opens racism investigation; and more

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By DAN KARELL

Spanish side Valencia and Premier League title contender Tottenham have continued to show why they are a step ahead of the rest of the pack in the UEFA Europa League.

Valencia scored four first half goals on the way to a crushing 5-1 victory over St. Gallen to move into second place in the group, one point behind EPL side Swansea City.

NASL Week 13: A Look Ahead

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By MIKE GRAMAJO

After failing to clinch the NASL Fall Season title last week, the New York Cosmos will have another chance to put the season to bed when they visit Toyota Field to battle the San Antonio Scorpios on Saturday (8:30 p.m. WATCH HERE).

"We want to spoil their party," Scorpions interim coach Alen Marcina told NASL.

Report: Klinsmann to call up Bayern Munich youngster Green for November USMNT friendlies

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By DAN KARELL

If the latest report is true, U.S. Men's National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann isn't yet finished looking for the best dual-national talent in Germany.

According to a report in German publication BILD, Klinsmann plans to call in 18-year-old Bayern Munich midfielder Julian Green for the U.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Preview

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By FRANCO PANIZO

There has been plenty of talk this year over who is better between Tim Howard and Brad Guzan. Now, that discussion will become reality.

No, this weekend will not serve as the determining factor in that debate, but it will pit Howard and Guzan against one anotherin a match-up of the top two American goalkeepers.

Wondolowski goal sends Earthquakes through to CCL quarterfinals

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The San Jose Earthquakes' MLS season may be all but finished, but theirCONCACAF Champions League dream is still alive thanks to another heroic goal from Chris Wondolowski.

Wondolowski helped the Earthquakes advanced to the quarterfinals of the competition on Wednesday night, scoring a second-half winner in a 1-0 victory over Guatemalan outfit CD Heredia in their group-stage finale at Buck Shaw Stadium.

Cosmos Notes: Johnson returns to the field; players react to Savarese extension; and more

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By DAN KARELL

It was just another New York Cosmos practice featuring a scrimmage until midway through the second half of play.

American-born English raised forward Jamal Johnson, who suffered a serious knee injury on the Cosmos' preseason tour of London last July, came on the field for the final 10-15 minutes of the scrimmage to the applause of his teammates as he looks to return to full fitness ahead of schedule.

MLS West Notes: Zakuani’s season likely over, Timbers look to knock off old demons, and more (FINISH THURSDAY MORNING)

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By MIKE DONOVAN

Steve Zakuani's season is likely all but over.

Zakuani has been dealing with pain from a sports hernia surgery he had earlier in the year, and it looks as if he will not able to recover in time to return to action this year. The injury has been one that Zakuani has dealt with much for of the season and he suffered a setback earlier this month when he played against the Portland Timbers.

SiriusXM to carry live coverage of MLS playoffs

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Watching television will not be the only way to catch the MLS playoffs this season.

MLS announced on Thursday that its playoffs will take to the airwaves this year courtesy of Sirius XM Radio. The satellite radio stationwill offer its subscribers nationwide extensive coverage of the upcoming MLS playoffs and there will be live play-by-play for all the postseason games, including the MLS Cup final on Dec.

Klinsmann expresses desire for MLS-based USMNT players to stay active in offseason

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By FRANCO PANIZO

The MLS season may be nearing its end, but that does not mean that players can go on break just yet. Not U.S. Men's National Team players, anyway.

U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann expressed his desire for MLS-based players in his pool to stay active during the upcoming offseason in an interview with USSoccer.

A closer look at the MLS Rookie of the Year candidates

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By FRANCO PANIZO

The final weekend of the 2013 MLS regular season is upon us, and with it comes another opportunity for this year's class of rookies to make an impression.

The 2013 MLS draft class has churned out many impactful professionals, players who in their first seasons have already shown an ability to score timely goals, defend impressively or handle the rigors of being an every-game starter.

Report: Johnson held out of Sounders practice for undisclosed reasons

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Things in Seattle appear to be going from bad to worse at the most inopportune time.

According to a report from the Seattle Times, the Sounders, winless in their last six matches, practiced without Eddie Johnson on Wednesday ahead of their Sunday season finale against the LA Galaxy.

Wednesday Evening Ticker: Touré subjected to racist chanting; Neymar transfer figures revealed; and more

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By DAN KARELL

While Manchester City defeated CSKA Moscow, 2-1, on a dilapidated field in Moscow on Wednesday evening, much of the focus from the following the match centers on reported racist chanting from the CSKA ultras.

At one point in the second half, Man City midfielder Yaya Toure was reportedly the subject of racist chanting and following the game, Toure called on UEFA to punish the club and the fans for their actions.

Sporting KC reach CCL quarterfinals after scoreless draw

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By ALAN HAINKEL

KANSAS CITY, Kansas — Sporting Kansas City advanced to the quarterfinals of the 2013-14 CONCACAF Champions League as winners of Group 2 after a scoreless draw against CD Olimpia of Honduras at Sporting Park on Wednesday night.

Despite playing a high pressure game, Sporting KC was unable to score a goal in front of a sellout crowd at home.

RSL keeps Supporters Shield hopes alive with win vs. Chivas USA

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by TYLER GRAY

SANDY, Utah -Real Salt Lake have done their part, beating Chivas 2-1 at home on Wednesday night. Joao Plata scored both goals to deliver the victory.

Now, RSL will play the waiting game.

With an outside chance at the Supporter's Shield and playing against a decidedly atrocious Chivas USA side at home, Real Salt Lake should have come out buzzing, but it was the visitors who had the first big chance of the night.

Thursday Kickoff: French clubs plan strike; Puyol fit for El Clasico; and more

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By DAN KARELL

With their belief that the future of French soccer could be in peril, club's in France's top two divisions are preparing to take a serious stand against the French government.

According to reports in France, Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 clubs will go on strike at the end of November, refusing to play matches scheduled during the weekend of Nov.

UCL Rewind: Real Madrid beat ten-man Juventus; Ibrahimovic scores four for PSG; and more

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By DAN KARELL

As he seems to do so often these days, Cristiano Ronaldo provided all the goal-scoring that Real Madrid needed on Wednesday in a matchup against defending Italian champions Juventus.

The Portuguese star opened his scoring account in the fourth minute after rounding Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon before finishing from the penalty spot in the 29th minute to give Real Madrid a lead they wouldn't relinquish as they won their third UEFA Champions League match in a row, 2-1, against ten-man Juventus.

Cherundolo: “It’s definitely a goal of mine” to go to Brazil with USMNT

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By DAN KARELL

When U.S. Men's National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann qualified for the Hexagonal round of World Cup qualifying last October, he probably didn't think he would have to do it without his veteran right back Steve Cherundolo.

Must-See Goals: Zlatan Ibrahimovic

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MLS Ticker: Arena blames himself for Galaxy schedule; FC Dallas players fined for altercation; and more

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By DAN KARELL

Though the Los Angeles Galaxy would rather focus on their final game of the Major League Soccer regular season, they're a bit preoccupied at the moment with the CONCACAF Champions League.

The Galaxy, who are currently in El Salvador preparing for their CCL Group Stage match against Isidro Metapan, are one of four MLS teams in action this week and will have to stretch their squads thin when trying to keep players fresh for the important league action.

USMNT 3, Panama 2: Field Level Highlights

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Report: Shea pushing for loan away from Stoke City

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By DAN KARELL

In a different year, Stoke City winger Brek Shea may have been content to be patient and fight his way into a first team place. However, with the World Cup right around the corner, Shea doesn't have time to spare.

According to a report with The Sentinel in Stoke, Shea has gone on the record saying that he hopes for a solution to his playing time issue sooner rather than later.

Soccer Wednesday: Your Running Commentary

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By DAN KARELL

On Wednesday afternoon, Manchester United will look to take control of UEFA Champions League Group A when they host Real Sociedad.

David Moyes' side dropped two points at home last Saturday and they could only work out a 1-1 draw on the road at Shakhtar Donetsk the last time they played a Champions League match.

The SBI Show: Episode 83 (Talking Orlando City’s MLS expansion bid, the Supporters Shield race, and more)

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By IVES GALARCEP

Orlando City's successful bid to secure public funding for a soccer stadium project has cleared the way for MLS to return to Florida, and the result is the likely first step in the league's rapid push towards 24 teams.

Episode 83 of The SBI Show takes a look at Orlando City's soon-to-be successful bid to join MLS, and what it means for the league, and how the rest of the expansion field looks as MLS takes aim on rapid expansion in the coming years.

CCL Preview: Sporting KC host Olimpia; Earthquakes in must-win game vs. Heredia; and more

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By DAN KARELL

By the end of the week, there could be four Major League Soccer teams through to the knockout round of the CONCACAF Champions League.

In addition to already-qualified Los Angeles Galaxy, both Sporting Kansas City and the Houston Dynamo need just a draw to move on while the San Jose Earthquakes are putting their all into earning a huge home victory.

SBI MLS Fantasy: Round 36 Preview

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By CASEY CANNON

Hello and Welcome to the Soccer by Ives Fantasy Corner – now with Mouse ears!! Every week I dig through statistics, news, and rumors to provide the reader with the kind of fantasy advice that only a preemptively retired USL coach can provide.

UEFA Champions League Wednesday: A Look Ahead

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By DAN KARELL

Carlo Ancelotti welcomes his former club to the Spanish capital when Real Madrid host Juventus on Wednesday evening at the Estadio Bernabeu.

The two giants of their respective domestic leagues each made big signings over the summer, as Juventus brought in Carlos Tevez and Real Madrid signed Gareth Bale, but the focus will be on Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo and Juventus' iconic midfielder Andrea Pirlo.

Orlando City SC stadium funding approved by Orange County board

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By MIKE GRAMAJO

ORLANDO, Fla. — For the first time in 12 years, Major League Soccer looks to be on its way back to Florida.

The Orange County Board of Commissioners voted on Tuesday evening, 5-2, to grant the Orlando City Soccer Club $20 million of the remaining Tourism Development Tax (TDT), which will bring a downtown soccer stadium with a purpose of luring an MLS expansion team.

Onyewu signs with Championship side Queens Park Rangers

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By DAN KARELL

After spending nearly the last two months without a club, American defender Oguchi Onyewu finally has a new home.

On Wednesday morning, English Championship club Queens Park Rangers announced that they had signed Onyewu to an undisclosed contract, after he had been on trial with the club recently.

Wednesday Kickoff: América knocked out of CCL; Pellegrini hits out at CSKA pitch; and more

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By DAN KARELL

For the second time in two weeks, a Mexican side were defeated by one from Costa Rica.

In unceremonious fashion, Club America were stunningly knocked out of the CONCACAF Champions League at home in a 1-0 defeat to Alajuelense. Despite playing at Estadio Azteca and having the best domestic league record, for the second consecutive game against their Costa Rican opponents, America couldn't find the back of the net.

UCL Rewind: Borussia down Arsenal on the road; Milan hold Barcelona to draw; and more

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By DAN KARELL

Considering Robert Lewandowski's form when he plays in London, he might want to consider a move to the Premier League next summer.

The Polish striker, who scored for Borussia Dortmund in the UEFA Champions League final defeat last season at Wembley, fired home the winner at the Emirates Stadium with eight minutes remaining to defeat Arsenal, 2-1.

Red Bulls Notes: Petke plans to start strongest lineup available; Carney and Espindola progressing; and more

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By DAN KARELL

Heading into the final week of the 2013 Major League Soccer season, the New York Red Bulls stand on the precipice of their first significant piece of silverware in club history, but they have some important decisions ahead.

With a top-two place in the MLS Cup playoffs wrapped up thanks to their 3-0 victory at the Houston Dynamo on Sunday, the Red Bulls could theoretically rest some of their veterans to prepare them for their Eastern Conference semifinals matches on November 2/3.

Soccer Tuesday: Your Running Commentary

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By DAN KARELL

AC Milan have had a frustrating start to their season, but they can turn around their fortunes in a big way when they welcome AC Milan to the San Siro on Tuesday in UEFA Champions League action.

The two teams are meeting up in Italy for the first time since Milan's 2-0 victory over the Spanish side, and for the first time since 2009, Lionel Messi and Mario Balotelli are expected to line up against one another, making for a must-watch encounter.

Klinsmann unhappy with FIFA’s World Cup seeding process

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By FRANCO PANIZO

There are many things Jurgen Klinsmann is happy about these days. The upcoming 2014 World Cup draw isn't one of them.

A week removed from helping his U.S. Men's National Team finish first in the Hexagonal round of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying, Klinsmann expressed his displeasure with FIFA's World Cup seeding process for the 2014 tournament in Brazil in an interview on ussoccer.

SBI MLS Save of the Week: Nick Rimando

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Sir Alex Ferguson tells all in new book

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By KEVIN KOCZWARA

There is no disputing Sir Alex Ferguson's legend. He led Manchester United into the Premier League era and returned the club to glory. During his 27-year reign, Ferguson was able to shape and reshape the Manchester United squad over and over again and was able to keep up with modern trends in management while dealing with more than his share of egos.

SBI MLS Goal of the Week: Tim Cahill

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Savarese signs contract extension with Cosmos

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By DAN KARELL

With his team on the verge of clinching a place in the NASL Soccer Bowl, the New York Cosmos made Giovanni Savarese an offer he couldn't refuse to remain with the club for the long-term.

The Cosmos announced on Tuesday morning in a press release that Savarese has signed a "multi-year" extension to remain with the club after leading his side to first place in the standings through 12 weeks in the NASL Fall Season and an undefeated campaign at home.

A closer look at the final week’s Supporters Shield and playoffs scenarios

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By DAN KARELL

As we head into the final week of the 2013 Major League Soccer season, there are still four places in the playoffs and a Supporters Shield title up for grabs.

The Eastern Conference has the tightest playoff race with the Montreal Impact, Chicago Fire, New England Revolution, Houston Dynamo, and Philadelphia Union still fighting for a chance to make the post season.

MLS Insider: Episode 14 (Thierry Henry, Chris Seitz)

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UEFA Champions League Tuesday: A Look Ahead

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By DAN KARELL

Arsenal's strong start to the 2013/2014 season will be put to the test as Borussia Dortmund visit the Emirates on Tuesday in matchday three of the UEFA Champions League.

German international Mesut Özil scored twice while Jack Wilshere and Aaron Ramsey scored a brilliant goals as well as Arsenal ran over Norwich last Saturday, but they'll face a different and more experienced challenge in Borussia.

Tuesday Kickoff: Balotelli and Messi expected to play in UCL; Iniesta agrees Barcelona extension; and more

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By DAN KARELL

The last time that Lionel Messi and Mario Balotelli were supposed to face each other in an August international friendly match between Argentina and Italy, both players had to pull out of the squad with muscle injuries.

This time, when AC Milan host Barcelona in the UEFA Champions League, both Balotelli and Messi are expected to play after taking part their first-team's training sessions this week, with Messi even a possibility to start after coming off the bench last Saturday in Barcelona's scoreless draw at Osasuna.

Must-See Goal: Pajtim Kasami

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Timbers notes: Playoffs on the horizon; record defensive year at Jeld-Wen Field; and more

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By MIKE DONOVAN

After clinching a MLS playoff spot for the first time, the Timbers locker room on Saturday was not filled with champagne-soaked celebrations or even extra smiles on the players' faces. Instead, it was business as usual for a club that has produced one of the best one-year turnarounds in league history.

College Soccer Weekend Rewind: Wake Forest takes down Maryland; Cal tops Stanford; and more

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By MARC SERBER

Wake Forest recorded its 400th victory in program history as the No. 13 Demon Deacons defeated the sixth-ranked Maryland Terrapins 4-3.

Senior midfielder Luca Gimenez recorded two goals and one assist as the Demon Deacons raced out to a 4-1 halftime lead.

MLS Ticker: Fagundez recieves Green Card; Red Bulls announce playoff dates: and more

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By MARC SERBER

Much has been made about the new-found depth of the U.S. Men's National Team and it's possible that it could become even deeper.

Fresh off of scoring the game winner against the Columbus Crew, news has broken out that New England Revolution midfielder Diego Fagundez has received his Green Card, meaning the 18-year-old is now closer to being able to represent the USMNT in the future.

Report: Orlando City to be awarded MLS expansion if stadium plans are approved

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By MIKE GRAMAJO

The dream of Major League Soccer coming to Orlando is now in the hands of the Orange County Board of Commissioners.

According to a report from the Orlando Sentinel, MLS President Mark Abbott, who is in Orlando ahead of Tuesday's crucial county vote, said that the league will move "very quickly" if the county votes in favor for a downtown soccer stadium.

SBI MLS Player of the Week: Gabriel Torres

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By DAN KARELL

On Saturday evening, Gabriel Torres showed exactly why the Colorado Rapids made him their first ever designated player when they signed him in August.

The Panamanian international star scored two goals in the Rapids 3-2 victory over the Vancouver Whitecaps, including the game-winning-goal in the 77th minute on an absolute blast into the top corner.

SBI MLS Rookie of the Week: Kofi Opare

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By DAN KARELL

For all the veterans in the Los Angeles Galaxy's lineup, it's been a rookie defender who has stood out amongst the rest this week.

The former Michigan Wolverine Kofi Opare scored his team's lone goal in their mid-week 1-0 victory over the Montreal Impact and helped earn a second consecutive clean sheet against the San Jose Earthquakes on Sunday evening.

SBI MLS Team of the Week: New York Red Bulls

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By DAN KARELL

With a place in the postseason already confirmed, it would have been easy for the New York Red Bulls to take it easy on the road at the Houston Dynamo.

Instead, thanks to a fast start from Tim Cahill's goal seven seconds into the game, the Red Bulls showed that they are a team to be reckoned with in the MLS Cup playoffs, defeating the Dynamo, 3-0, at BBVA Compass Stadium.

NASL Week 12: A Look Back

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By MIKE GRAMAJO

Despite being statistically out of the NASL Soccer Bowl race, the Fort Lauderdale Strikers haven't given up on their season yet.

The Strikers ran riot on Saturday night, thrashing the Atlanta Silverbacks, 6-2, at Lockhart Stadium, which finished the chances of the Silverbacks winning the fall title.

Red Bulls attribute early Cahill goal to training ground play

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By DAN KARELL

It may have been a surprise that the New York Red Bulls were able to score seven seconds into Sunday's 3-0 victory at the Houston Dynamo, but the way the goal sequence played out was something that the Red Bulls players were familiar from practice.

Following the kickoff, Red Bulls forward Thierry Henry played the ball back to Dax McCarty, who sent a long ball down the right wing towards the run of Tim Cahill.

Monday Kickoff: Totti ruled out for ten days; Walcott suffers setback; and more

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By DAN KARELL

If there's anything for AS Roma fans to be worried about following an 8-0 start to the Serie A campaign, it's the overall health of legendary midfielder Francesco Totti.

The 37-year-old has continued to pull the strings in the midfield, but he went off injured in Friday's 2-0 victory in the first half.

Portugal drawn with Sweden, France with Ukraine in UEFA Playoff draw

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By DAN KARELL

One of either Cristiano Ronaldo or Zlatan Ibrahimovic will not be present on the field at the 2014 World Cup next summer in Brazil.

Portugal and Sweden were drawn together in the UEFA Playoff-round draw, pitting two of the best goal-scorers in the world against one another in the two-legged qualification series.

Red Bulls rout Dynamo again to move closer to Supporters Shield

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The New York Red Bulls didn't need long on Sunday to show just how serious they are about winning the MLS Supporters Shield.

Seven seconds to be exact.

That's how long Tim Cahill took to deliver a record-setting opening salvo, scoring the fastest goal in MLS history and setting the tone for a 3-0 Red Bulls romp over the Houston Dynamo at BBVA Compass Stadium on Sunday.

Penedo’s stellar saves help Galaxy clinch playoff berth in tie vs. Earthquakes

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By MARC SERBER

CARSON, California- The LA Galaxy clinched a spot in the postseason for the fifth consecutive season and all but mathematically eliminated the San Jose Earthquakes with a 0-0 draw in front of 25,418 fans at the StubHub Center.

"It was a hard fought contest.

The SBI Show: Episode 82 (Recapping MLS Week 35, Americans Abroad, and more)

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By IVES GALARCEP

Another wild weekend of action in Major League Soccer headlined the topics of discussion on the latest episode of The SBI Show, as the number of playoff contenders, and Supporters Shield, contenders continued to shrink.

Episode 82 of The SBI Show looked back at the weekend's full slate of matches, including New York's impressive win vs.

European Weekend Rewind: Roma blank Napoli; perfect starts end for Barca, Atletico; and more

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

As the dust settles from another busy weekend in Europe's top leagues, one team stands alone with the continent's final perfect record.

AS Roma improved to 8-0-0 and opened up a five-point Serie A lead on second-place Napoli, who they defeated 2-0 Friday at the Stadio Olimpico.

Edmonton score late to draw Cosmos in home finale

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By DAN KARELL

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. Heading into the 90th minute with a one-goal lead, the New York Cosmos were well on their way to winning their sixth consecutive game and clinching a place in the NASL Soccer Bowl.

Instead, for one of the rare times this season, the Cosmos had a lapse of concentration as they allowed FC Edmonton defender David Proctor to head home from close range in the final minute of regulation, canceling out Alessandro Noselli's goal 12 minutes earlier.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

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By FRANCO PANIZO

U.S. Men's National Teams fans' bragging rights over their Mexican counterparts just keep getting better and better.

On the same week that the U.S. saved Mexico from World Cup qualification elimination by rallying to beat Panama, Alejandro Bedoya scored his first goal for FC Nantes and it came against Mexican goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa.

Rapids on verge of playoffs after rallying to beat Whitecaps

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Gabriel Torres couldn't have been blamed if his game would have suffered this weekend, just days after seeing his Panamanian National Team be eliminated from World Cup qualifying in dramatic fashion. But rather than sulk, Torres stepped up and delivered an important two-goal performance to help his Colorado Rapids move a step closer to their own cup competition.

Magee penalty helps Fire move step closer to playoffs with win vs. TFC

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The Chicago Fire moved a step closer to securing an Eastern Conference playoff berth after a Mike Magee penalty provided the difference in a hard-fought 1-0 victory over Toronto FC on Saturday at Toyota Park.

The Fire came in expected to win at home against a struggling TFC side, but the visitors gave Chicago a tougher tested than expected, as Ryan Nelsen went with a young midfield that did well against the Fire.

Second-half goals spur Impact past Union in comeback victory

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By DAN KARELL

After losing three straight matches and coming out of the halftime break trailing by one goal, the Montreal Impact were determined to change the team's fortunes in the second stanza.

Thanks to goals from Marco Di Vaio and Karl Ouimette in the second half, the Impact came back from a 1-0 deficit to defeat the Philadelphia Union, 2-1, on Saturday afternoon at Stade Saputo.

FC Dallas condemn Sounders to fourth straight defeat in Hyndman’s final home game

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By DAN KARELL

One day after publicly announcing his intent to resign at the end of the season, FC Dallas head coach Schellas Hyndman received one of the best parting gifts he could have asked for.

Though FC Dallas have been eliminated from the playoffs, they played very well against an injury-ravaged Sounders side, winning 2-0 as the Sounders spiraled to their fourth consecutive defeat after winning five straight games recently.

Revs pull past Crew to keep playoff hopes alive

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By KEVIN KOCZWARA

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Diego Fagundez kept the New England Revolution's playoff dreams alive on Saturday night. The Revolution forward's goal in the 76th minute, his 12th of the season, was the difference as the Revs defeated the Columbus Crew, 3-2, in front of a season-high crowd of more than 26,000 fans at Gillette Stadium on Saturday night.

Rimando double save preserves RSL draw with Timbers

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BY MIKE DONOVAN

PORTLAND, Ore. After 94 minutes of a hard-fought match between the top two teams in the Western Conference standings, Sal Zizzo found himself unmarked with the ball falling in front of him. Zizzo got his head to the ball and put a shot on target.

Unfortunately for Portland, Nick Rimando made a jumping save and denied the Timbers three points and a guarantee of a top-two seed in the Western Conference playoffs.

Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

After a draw with Chelsea and a shocking loss to West Ham United before the internatioanl break, Tottenham Hotspur are looking to grab all three points from a road encounter with Aston Villa on this Soccer Sunday.

Spurs' road trip to Villa Park will take center stage in England as the only EPL match of the day.

This Weekend’s Soccer on TV

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By DAN KARELL

A nearly two-week break may have been just what Manchester United needed.

After a difficult start to the Premier League season, many of the Man United players had a chance to go to their National Teams with many of them starring for their countries, bringing confidence back to Old Trafford with them.

Report: Schelotto interviewed for Crew and NYC FC head coaching positions

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By DAN KARELL

It's no secret that Guillermo Barros Schelotto is itching for a return to Major League Soccer, and if the latest reports are any sign of things to come, it could happen as soon as this winter.

According to a report from the Columbus Dispatch, Schelotto interviewed for the head coaching position with both the Columbus Crew and New York City FC recently.

Sporting KC move into first place in East after downing D.C. United

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By ALAN HAINKEL

KANSAS CITY, Kansas– Sporting Kansas City finished their home season on a positive note with a 1-0 victory over D.C. United on Friday night at Sporting Park.

Dom Dwyer's seventh-minute strike held up on a cold, damp night that saw the surprise U.S. Open Cup champions fall for the 23rd time this season in front of a sellout crowd of 18,932, the 33rd consecutive sellout in Kansas City.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

The English Premier League and La Liga return to action today with a packed viewing schedule for soccer fans here in the United States.

One of the day's most intriguing matchups will take place at Old Trafford, where Manchester United will welcome Southampton.

College Soccer Weekend Preview

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By JAY BELL

The SBI No. 6-ranked Maryland Terrapins continues their ACC farewell tour against another top rival this Saturday, when they host No. 13 Wake Forest.

The Terrapins and Demon Deacons are tied atop the ACC standings with No. 3 Notre Dame, who faces NC State.

After initial benching, Holgersson enjoying strong second season with first-place Red Bulls

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By Franco Panizo

HANOVER, N.J. – Talk to any number of New York Red Bulls fans about their team's success this season and the names you will hear come up more often than not are Mike Petke, Tim Cahill, Thierry Henry, Jamison Olave and Luis Robles.

Soccer Friday: Your Running Commentary

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By DAN KARELL

A top of the table clash in Italy is the perfect way to start everyone's weekend of soccer.

AS Roma, current leaders in Italy, take on fellow undefeated side Napoli at the Stadio Olimpico in a bid to continue their perfect start to the season. American midfielder Michael Bradley makes the bench for the first time since injuring his ankle in Costa Rica last month with the U.

Hyndman to leave FC Dallas at end of season

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By DAN KARELL

FC Dallas will have a new man at the helm next season.

Following a disappointing 2013 campaign that saw the side miss the playoffs for the second consecutive year, FC Dallas announced on Friday that head coach Schellas Hyndman will step down at the end of the season, ending his five-year run with the club.

MLS Week 35: A Look Ahead

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By DAN KARELL

With just two weeks remaining in the 2013 Major League Soccer season, the numerous matchups across the league are perfect for late-season drama.

Though incredibly unlikely, no one in the Western Conference has clinched a playoff spot, making each of the last two games as important for any of the ones that came before them.

Cosmos Notes: Freeman attributes early goals to Cosmos success; Trialist revealed; and more

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By DAN KARELL

The New York Cosmos enter Sunday's encounter with FC Edmonton in arguably the best form of any team in North America.

Winners of their last five and unbeaten in eight games, the Cosmos are 90 minutes away from clinching a place in the Soccer Bowl next month, assuming they can defeat the Eddies at James Shuart Stadium.

SBI College Soccer Top 25 (Oct. 18th Edition)

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By IVES GALARCEP

The Maryland Terrapins are back, and after a slow start to the 2013 season that had the Terps looking like a very beatable side, the pre-season NCAA title favorites are now starting too look like a team worthy of high expectations.

NASL Week 12: A Look Ahead

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By MIKE GRAMAJO

With the North American Soccer League fall season winding down, it's all eyes on the red-hot New York Cosmos this weekend as they are one victory away from clinching a place in the Soccer Bowl.

The Cosmos, who are unbeaten at home this season, host FC Edmonton on Sunday (4:00 p.

Report: Vucetich out as Mexico head coach

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By DAN KARELL

For the fourth time in five matches, there will be a new man in charge of the Mexico National Team.

After two games in charge, which included the thrilling 2-1 victory over Panama and a 2-1 defeat in Costa Rica, the Mexican Football Federation (FMF) have decided to part ways Victor Manuel Vucetich, according to a Vucetich himself in a strongly-worded interview with ESPN Deportes.

The SBI Show: Episode 81 (Previewing MLS Week 35, Projecting the U.S. World Cup squad, and more)

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By IVES GALARCEP

The MLS playoffs are still two weeks away, but this weekend's MLS schedule has a definite playoff field as all nine match-ups have playoff implications.

Episode 81 of The SBI Show takes a look at all of the weekend's top MLS action, including Real Salt Lake's visit to Portland, Philadelphia's clash vs.

European Weekend Preview: Roma host Napoli in battle of unbeatens; rising Southampton visit Man United; and more

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

After a thrilling international break that had major World Cup implications, Europe's top club players return to league play this weekend as the season starts to pick up steam.

The weekend will kick off with undoubtedly its biggest matchup, a Friday battle between the top two teams in Italy's Serie A.

Friday Kickoff: Puyol back in Barcelona squad; Löw agrees extension; and more

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By DAN KARELL

Barcelona fans across the globe can breathe easy. Their captain is back.

Centerback Carles Puyol has been named in Barcelona manager Gerardo Martino's squad for the club's match at Osasuna on Saturday after a 220 day injury layoff. During his time on the training table Puyol underwent knee surgery and had a Baker's Cyst removed in a separate surgery.

Liga MX Round 14: A Look Ahead

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By DAN KARELL

Following a break last week for the FIFA international dates, Liga MX resumes with the first of the final four weeks of the Apertura campaign, featuring a rematch from the Clausura playoffs finals.

It's the first meeting between Cruz Azul and Club America, who are both having strong fall seasons and the two Mexico City clubs should provide a stellar match to watch on Saturday evening at Estadio Azul.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Preview

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Brad Guzan helped the U.S. Men's National Team extend their winning streak to three games earlier this week, and now he will aim to help his club continue a similar run.

Having played a part in the U.S.'s 3-2 disposal of Panama in this past Tuesday's World Cup qualifier, Guzan quickly has to shift his focus to Aston Villa's home game against Tottenham on Sunday.

Americans Abroad Notes: Brooks not yet fit to play; Former USMNT member Stewart backs Johannsson; and more

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By DAN KARELL

Hertha Berlin and U.S. Men's National Team centerback John Brooks looks like he'll have to wait another week before he can return to the field.

Speaking to the assembled media at a press conference ahead of Hertha's match on Saturday vs. Borussia Mönchengladbach, head coach Jos Luhukay confirmed that Brooks wouldn't be available for selection this weekend, despite returning to light training last week and full training this week from a painful looking elbow injury.

USA 3, Panama 2: SBI Player Grades

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By IVES GALARCEP

It wasn't the prettiest game ever played, but the U.S. Men's National Team's stirring 3-2 comeback victory vs. Panama will certainly go down as one of the more memorable. Not only because it helped save Mexico's World Cup hopes, but because it also showcased the heart and determination of a group of American World Cup hopefuls.

MLS releases playoffs schedule, includes break for FIFA dates in November

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By DAN KARELL

For teams in the 2013 Major League Soccer playoff race, finishing in third place or higher becomes paramount.

With two matches remaining in the regular season for all teams, MLS released their postseason schedule on Thursday, which happens to observe the FIFA international dates in November, the first time MLS has included a league-wide break all season.

Two goals in last two USMNT games “does wonders” for Zusi’s confidence

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By DAN KARELL

At approximately 11:21pm ET last Tuesday, Graham Zusi scored the game-tying goal for the U.S. Men's National Team with a powerful header that immediately dashed Panama's World Cup hopes.

Within seconds, as the news spread to Costa Rica, Zusi became arguably the favorite player of fans of the Mexican National Team, saving El Tri from an embarrassing elimination after a difficult year of Hexagonal qualifying.

MLS East Notes: Di Vaio to return next season; Bengtson wants to leave Revolution: and more

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By KEVIN KOCZWARA

The Montreal Impact have put themselves in a tough spot heading into the final two weeks of the season.

The Impact appeared to be on their way to their first ever MLS Cup playoffs this season just a few short weeks ago — they were even in the Supporter's Shield discussion for much of the season — but a second straight 1-0 defeat in less than a week and a seven game winless streak has Montreal clutching to a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference with two games to go.

MLS West Notes: Last MLS original Corrales to retire, Whitecaps win trophy during bye week, and more

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By MIKE DONOVAN

Ramiro Corrales, who is the last active MLS player who took part in the league's inaugural season in 1996, announced Tuesday that he will retire at the end of this season. The 36-year-old midfielder was the 81st pick in the original MLS draft and has played in 306 league matches.

Report: Shea could be sent on loan to Championship club

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By DAN KARELL

With the World Cup just eight months away, Brek Shea is looking for a better situation to find some playing time.

Since joining Stoke City last January, Shea hasn't found a regular place in the starting lineup due to a number of injuries over the course of the last ten months as well as international call-ups.

Bradley included on Roma squad list for match vs. Napoli

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By DAN KARELL

After being sidelined for the last six weeks due to an ankle injury, Michael Bradley looks set to return on Friday.

The AS Roma midfielder was included in the team squad for Friday's big match against Napoli at home, with Roma hoping to extend their perfect start to the season to eight games.

Opare goal leads Galaxy youngsters past Impact

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By MARC SERBER

With a number of starters missing out for both teams, it figures that a rookie would step up to give the Los Angeles Galaxy a crucial late-season victory.

Kofi Opare's first ever MLS goal was enough to give the Galaxy a 1-0 victory over the Montreal Impact and propel the two-time defending MLS champions into 3rd place in the Western Conference.

Thursday Kickoff: Egypt won’t fire Bradley; Casillas wants to remain at Real Madrid; and more

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By DAN KARELL

Following a humiliating 6-1 defeat to Ghana, many people in Egypt called for national team head coach Bob Bradley to be fired as soon as possible.

However, the Egyptian FA has decided to keep Bradley on as coach for the second leg at home against Ghana, even though it's looking very likely that Egypt's dream of returning to the World Cup for the first time since 1990 is over.

Los Angeles Galaxy vs. Montreal Impact (Your Running Commentary)

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By DAN KARELL

With a number of starters missing from both teams due to suspension, injuries, and international call-ups, the lone meeting between the Los Angeles Galaxy and Montreal Impact (10:30pm, MLS Live) this season will see a number of youngsters given a chance to shine.

USMNT remain at No. 13 in FIFA Rankings, will not receive World Cup seed

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By DAN KARELL

As many predicted beforehand and despite two wins this month, the U.S. Men's National Team will not be seeded for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

In the latest FIFA Rankings for October, the USMNT remained at No. 13, keeping them out of the top seven spots plus Brazil who earn a seed for next summer's tournament.

Five things to draw from USMNT’s successful Hexagonal campaign

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Eight months. That is all that separates the U.S. Men's National Team from the World Cup in Brazil.

After enjoying a largely successful final round of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying that ended Tuesday night with a thrilling 3-2 win in Panama, U.

UEFA Rewind: England reaches World Cup, Iceland among teams to reach decisive play-offs, and more

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By KEVIN KOCZWARA

England sure likes to make their fans sweat.It seems to be part of the process in qualifying for the Three Lions, making an entire country wait and wait. Instead of breezing through a group like fans and the media expect, England is almost always in a state of turmoil with qualification hanging by a thread.

The SBI Show: Episode 80 (Recapping the night the USMNT saved Mexico, and more)

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By IVES GALARCEP

The U.S. Men's National Team finished off a record-setting World Cup qualifying campaign with yet another victory on Tuesday night, but their win against Panama was made even more special because of the fact it helped save arch-rival Mexico's qualifying chances.

CONMEBOL Rewind: Uruguay ousts Argentina, Chile edges Ecuador and more

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By FRANCO PANIZO

To no one's surprise, Luis Suarez was back at the center of some controversy on Tuesday.

Suarez helped Uruguay defeat Argentina, 3-2, in their final 2014 World Cup qualifier at Estadio Centenario in Montevideo on Tuesday night, but he did so by diving to draw a penalty kick that he converted in the first half.

A closer look at Mexico’s reaction to USMNT’s victory over Panama

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Rafa Marquez may have had next to nothing to say about the U.S. Men's National Team's late-game heroics in Panama that saved Mexico's World Cup hopes, but Mexican media had more than enough.

A day after the U.S. came from behind to post a 3-2 victory over Panama that saved arch-rivals El Tri from avoiding a disastrous World Cup qualification elimination, several news outlets in Mexico expressed what seemed like eternal gratitude for the Americans on Wednesday.

USMNT 3, Panama 2: Match Reaction

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Wednesday Kickoff: Marquez says Mexico are rock bottom; Barcelona renew interest in Hummels; and more

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By DAN KARELL

For a seven-minute stretch on Tuesday night, the Mexico National Team and their fans looked fated to crash out of World Cup qualification with a loss to Costa Rica and a Panama victory.

Of course, as we all know now, two U.S. goals in stoppage-time helped give the USA a 3-2 victory in Panama, keeping El Tri alive in qualification, but it didn't improve the mood within in the Mexico squad after a disastrous Hexagonal campaign.

CONCACAF Qualifying Preview: Mexico looking for result, Honduras tries to clinch third place

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By FRANCO PANIZO

The skillful and heroic goal that has been seen around the world may have helped Mexico breathe a little easier, but their job is not done yet.

The euphoria from Raul Jimenez's spectacular bicycle kick in Mexico's 2-1 win over Panama last week has died down and El Tri now head into Costa Rica focused on trying to grab a result so as to assure itself of having at least chance at qualifying for the 2014 World Cup.

Panama vs. USMNT (SBI Live Commentary)

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The U.S. Men's National Team closes out the Hexagonal Round of World Cup qualifying tonight with a visit to Panama City to take on a Panama side that desperately needs a win to have any hope of reaching the World Cup (9:30pm, beIN Sport).

Jurgen Klinsmann will be trotting out a starting lineup with plenty of players getting a rare chance to start in qualifying, and the match will serve as another audition for players looking to earn their places on the 2014 USMNT World Cup team.

SBI USMNT Man of the Match: Brad Davis

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By FRANCO PANIZO

U.S. Men's National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann's trend of inserting substitute players who make an impact continued vs. Panama, and this time it was Brad Davis who came off the bench and provided a spark.

Mexico finish fourth in standings thanks to USMNT, Honduras clinch World Cup berth, and more

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By DAN KARELL

Who said that CONCACAF wasn't exciting?

Heading into the final day of World Cup qualifying, one of the region's powers, Mexico, stood teetering on the precipice of qualification with destiny in their hands as long as they earned a point.

Before a ball was even kicked, El Tri fans knew that their national team could clinch a place in Brazil next summer with a big enough victory and a Honduras loss, or they could spiral out of qualification in embarrassment and spend the next three years waiting for the next round of qualifiers to play in.

USMNT rally to beat Panama late, save Mexico’s World Cup hopes

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By FRANCO PANIZO

The U.S. Men's National Team pulled off some late-game heroics against Panama, and they saved more than just themselves.

The U.S. scored twice in second-half stoppage time to erase a one-goal deficit and beat Panama, 3-2, in a dramatic World Cup qualifier at a rainy Estadio Rommel Fernandez on Tuesday night.

USMNT 3, Panama 2: Match Highlights

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How do you feel about USMNT saving Mexico?

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By FRANCO PANIZO

It was not meant to be a demonstration of heroism for the troubled southern neighbors nor was it done as a favor, but that is essentially how many around the world will view the U.S. Men's National Team's late World Cup qualifying win over Panama on Tuesday night.

Altidore named USMNT captain for Panama qualifier

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Age is nothing but a number.

U.S. Men's National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has selected young forward Jozy Altidore as the Americans' captain for their final 2014 World Cup qualifier in Panama on Tuesday night.

USMNT Road to Brazil: Episode 16

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SBI MLS Save of the Week: Drew Moor

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Ghana overwhelm Egypt in lopsided first-leg victory

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By KEVIN KOCZWARA

Bob Bradley's magical journey as head coach of the Egyptian national team looks like it could be coming to an end without fulfilling the African country's dream of reaching the World Cup.

Ghana dealt Egypt's quest of reaching the 2014 tournament in Brazil a serious blow on Tuesday with anoverwhelming 6-1 victory in the first World Cup qualifier of their two-legged play-off.

SBI MLS Goal of the Week: Jalil Anibaba

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Plenty on the line for USMNT squad in final qualifier vs. Panama

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By DAN KARELL

After navigating through the World Cup qualifying grind that is CONCACAF's competitive Hexagonal round, the U.S. Men's National Team has one match remaining before they can fully set their sights on Brazil.

Many of the first-team regulars in the squad are out due to injury of a coach's decision from USMNT head coach Jurgen Klinsmann, providing a number of players on the fringes of the squad a tremendous opportunity to impress the coaching staff with less than nine months remaining before next summer's World Cup.

Bradley set to lead Egypt into Ghana for first match of two-legged playoff

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It all comes down to this.

The beginning of the end of Egypt's turbulent road in qualifying for the 2014 World Cup is set to take place on Tuesday, as head coach Bob Bradley guides the Pharaohs into Accra Sports Stadium in Ghana to take on the Black Stars in the first match of their two-legged playoff.

USMNT 2, Jamaica 0: Field Level Highlights

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Inter agree to sell controlling stake to group led by United owner Thohir

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By KEVIN KOCZWARA

Erick Thohir is about to have not one but two clubs to worry about.

Reports out of Italy on Tuesday morning claim that Thohir, the majority owner of D.C. United and Indonesian businessman and media tycoon, has agreed to buy a 70 percent stake in Serie A club Inter Milan from owner Massimo Moratti.

College Soccer Weekend Rewind: Cal beats UCLA, Marquette knocks off Creighton, and more

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By IVES GALARCEP

California's hold on the top spot on college soccer grew much tighter after the Golden Bears' latest signature victory against a top opponent.

The Golden Bears beat UCLA, 3-2, on Sunday, with junior forward Stefano Bonomo providing the game-winning goal in overtime to help Cal keep pace with Washington atop the Pac-10.

Soccer Tuesday: Your Running Commentary

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By DAN KARELL

Win and you're in.

That's the situation that Roy Hodgson and the English National Team face on Tuesday when they face Poland at Wembley Stadium, with one of four automatic qualification places up for grabs Group H of UEFA World Cup qualifying.

In addition to England, Ukraine could take the top spot in that group with a win and an England loss or draw, making it crucially important for the Three Lions to take the three points.

Tuesday Kickoff: Brazil plan to select Costa in November; Schweinsteiger set for 100th cap; and more

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By DAN KARELL

La Liga's top scorer Diego Costa is now the subject of an international tug-of-war over his future national team services.

After declaring earlier this month that Costa preferred to throw his lot in with the Spanish National Team, the Brazilian Football Federation (CBF) stated in an official letter to the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) that Brazil and head coach Luiz Felipe Scolari plan on calling up the Atletico Madrid star for the November FIFA dates.

While close in the standings, Timbers and Sounders enjoying vastly different form

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By MIKE DONOVAN

PORTLAND, Ore.-Heading into their Sept. 29th match with the New York Red Bulls, the Seattle Sounders needed a victory to clinch a spot in the MLS Cup playoffs. Four games and 15 days later, the club is still searching for that victory and a spot in the postseason.

Monday Ticker: FIFA extends lifetime bans of Salvadorean players; Egypt FA guarantees Ghana safety; and more

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By DAN KARELL

FIFA sent a strong message across the globe on Monday to players who are found guilty of match-fixing.

The world soccer governing body announced that they had extended the lifetime bans to 14 players from the El Salvador Football Federation (FESFUT) worldwide, meaning that the suspended players cannot be involved in soccer anywhere around the globe at the professional level.

The SBI Show: Episode 79 (Talking USA-Jamaica, MLS Week 34, and more)

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By IVES GALARCEP

It was an eventful few days in the American soccer scene, with the U.S. Men's National Team clinching first place in the CONCACAF Hexagonal Round of World Cup qualifying, and the Portland Timbers beating the Seattle Sounders in the marquee match-up in MLS.

Episode 79 of The SBI Show takes a look back at the USMNT's win vs.

CONMEBOL Qualifying Preview: Ecuador battles Chile; Uruguay host weakened Argentina; and more

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By DAN KARELL

Two automatic qualification spots for the 2014 World Cup remain open in CONMEBOL qualifying, with Chile, Ecuador, and Uruguay all vying to book their ticket to Brazil.

Colombia's thrilling 3-3 draw with Chile last Friday earned the Cafeteros their first place in the World Cup in 16 years, but third and fourth place in the qualifying round robin group are still available, while Uruguay currently sit in the play-off place, where the fifth-place South American nation will have to play Jordan in a two-legged series with a massive amount of travel in between.

UEFA Qualifying Preview: Four more nations can secure qualification; Iceland can land playoff spot; and more

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By DAN KARELL

The top spot in Groups F, G, H, and I are all up for grabs on Tuesday, the final day of UEFA World Cup qualifying for Brazil 2014.

Russia look most likely to win Group F as all they need is a draw against Azerbaijan on the road, and Spain need to only draw at home against Georgia to beat out France for top spot in Group I.

USMNT defense looking sharp after latest shutout

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By FRANCO PANIZO

When CONCACAF's Hexagonal round of World Cup qualifying began back in February, there was no shortage of questions surrounding the U.S. Men's National Team's defense.

Some of those questions may still linger today but by and large most have been answered, with Friday night's victory over Jamaica serving as the latest bit of proof of that.

SBI MLS Team of the Week: Vancouver Whitecaps

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By DAN KARELL

With their chances of making the 2012 Major League Soccer playoffs in the balance, the Vancouver Whitecaps displayed the best performance of their season on the road at their Cascadia rival's stadium.

Thanks to a hat-trick from 18-year-old forward Kekuta Manneh and a second-half goal from Nigel Reo-Coker, the Whitecaps last Wednesday pummeled the Seattle Sounders, 4-1, at CenturyLink Field.

SBI MLS Player of the Week: Kekuta Manneh

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By DAN KARELL

Last Wednesday, the Vancouver Whitecaps not only kept their playoff chances alive with a superb 4-1 victory at the Seattle Sounders, but forward Kekuta Manneh wrote his name into the record books.

The 18-year-old Gambian became the youngest player in Major League Soccer history to score a hat-trick when he bagged three goals in 54 minutes to lead the Whitecaps to victory on the road.

Corona scores for Tijuana in friendly vs. Santos Laguna

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By DAN KARELL

Opportunities in the Club Tijuana starting lineup have been scarce during the Apertura season for American midfielder Joe Corona, but he may have given himself a good chance to feature more in the final four weeks of the season with his performance on Sunday.

In a friendly match against Santos Laguna at Toyota Field in San Antonio, Texas, Corona scored Xolos' only goal in the 43rd minute, finishing on a first-time volley off a header by Diego Olsina that failed to reach the target.

Report: MLS considering a switch to European schedule

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By DAN KARELL

After 18 seasons of going against the grain of what FIFA desired, Major League Soccer is reportedly considering a move that would put the league in line with the biggest leagues in Europe.

According to a report in the New York Daily News, MLS is contemplating changing their schedule from a summer season to one that begins in either late-July or early August and ends in late-May or early June of the following year, with a six to eight week break in the middle.

Sunday Ticker: Nigeria and Ivory Coast win first-leg matches; Kaka set for return from injury; and more

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By DAN KARELL

The final round of African World Cup qualifying kicked into high gear this weekend, with Nigeria and Ivory Coast recording key first-leg victories, and putting themselves within arms reach of the World Cup.

Thanks to a stoppage-time penalty kick from Emmanuel Emenike, Nigeria defeated Ethiopia, 2-1, in Addis Ababa.

Timbers vs. Sounders (SBI Live Match Commentary)

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By IVES GALARCEP

The Seattle Sounders have made the trip south to Portland to take on the Timbers in their latest Cascadia derby clash (9pm, ESPN).

The Sounders and Timbers are currently in the hunt for the MLS Supporters Shield, and the winner of today's match will move into pole position for the trophy, and first place in the Western Conference.

Timbers catapult into first-place after victory over Sounders

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By MIKE DONOVAN

PORTLAND, Ore.- National team call-ups and injuries did little to damper the hatred and rivalry between the Portland Timbers and Seattle Sounders during their match Sunday night at Jeld-Wen Field.

And at the end of a physical 90 minutes that saw numerous confrontations, an injury-time strike off the crossbar, and an ejection, the Timbers stood on top of their rivals, 1-0.

Monday Kickoff: Lewandowski open to Premier League move; Bundesliga inks global TV deal; and more

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By DAN KARELL

Poland and Borussia Dortmund forward Robert Lewandowski has called all the speculation that he's heading to Bayern Munich a "misunderstanding."

Speaking to reporters in London ahead of Poland's World Cup qualifier against England, Lewandowski renewed discussion over his future by declaring that he'd even be interested in a move to England.

NASL Week 11: A Look Back

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By MIKE GRAMAJO

After a two-game losing streak, the Tampa Bay Rowdies are still vying for a Soccer Bowl berth.

Luke Mulholland's 76th minute penalty kick goal lifted the Rowdies to victory, defeating the Fort Lauderdale Strikers, 2-1, at Al Lang Stadium in front of 3,854 fans.

Szetela caps off quality performance with first goal in nearly five years

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By DAN KARELL

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. Danny Szetela couldn't remember the last time that he had scored a professional goal.

The New York Cosmos midfielder scored the first of four goals for the club on a night where they routed the Carolina RailHawks, 4-0, in arguably their most complete performance of the season.

Revolution defeat slumping Impact on the road

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By DAN KARELL

Playing in their third straight game against a playoff-caliber opponent, the New England Revolution traveled north to Canada and passed their test against the Montreal Impact with flying colors.

The Revolution extended their unbeaten run to four games with a 1-0 victory over the Impact at Stade Saputo on Saturday afternoon, putting them within striking distance of a playoff spot.

Cosmos put together complete performance in rout of RailHawks

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By DAN KARELL

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. From the early minutes of the match, it was clear to see that the New York Cosmos were a different team than the one that fell 3-0 to the Carolina RailHawks in August.

Facing the only team to have defeated them this season, the Cosmos put in a complete performance on Saturday night, scoring three times in the second half en route to a 4-0 thrashing of the RailHawks in front of 5,409 fans at James Shuart Stadium.

Union salvage draw with late equalizer against D.C.

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WASHINGTON By all accounts, this has been a very, very bad year for D.C. United.

Playing without four regular starters and facing a Philadelphia Union side fighting for their playoff lives, chances were slim things would get any better on Saturday night.

And despite a surprisingly positive performance by what was essentially a borderline reserve side, they didn't.

Fire keep playoff hopes alive with win over FC Dallas

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By DAN KARELL

With two of their starting midfielders away on international duty, the Chicago Fire's two star forwards stepped up their games in a crucial match on the road.

The Fire scored three consecutive goals through the first 52 minutes and despite a late run from FC Dallas, the Fire held on for a 3-2 victory at Toyota Stadium that vaults them into fifth-place in the Eastern Conference standings.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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By DAN KARELL

The Philadelphia Union may not have expected it this morning, but by the end of the night, they could find themselves as high as third place in the Eastern Conference standings.

With the Montreal Impact's 1-0 defeat to the New England Revolution this afternoon, the Union's match against D.

USMNT send four players back to their clubs, bring in Fire’s Johnson

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By FRANCO PANIZO

If the U.S. Men's National Team are going to end its successful 2014 World Cup qualification campaign with a victory, they will have to do so with a team comprised mostly of reserves.

U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann announced his expected roster changes on Saturday afternoon, dropping four veteran starters from his side ahead of Tuesday's final qualifier in Panama.

Klinsmann to make more USMNT roster changes ahead of Panama trip

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By FRANCO PANIZO

The U.S. Men's National Team that travels to Panama will look a little different than the one that beat Jamaica on Friday night.

Following the Americans' 2-0 World Cup qualifying victory over the Reggae Boyz at Sporting Park on Friday night, U.

USMNT 2, Jamaica 0: Match Highlights

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UEFA Rewind: Germany, Switzerland, Belgium book places in Brazil; Holland thrash Hungary; and more

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By DAN KARELL

Germany, Switzerland, and Belgium can all pack their bags. They're going to Brazil.

The trio of nations each recorded victories on Friday that secured their automatic qualification to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, joining Italy and the Netherlands as entrants from Europe in the summer tournament.

USMNT to finish year with November friendly in Austria

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By DAN KARELL

With Austria's elimination earlier on Friday from World Cup contention, the U.S. Men's National Team was able to confirm the final game on their 2013 schedule.

In the second half of the USMNT's 2-0 victory against Panama, U.

Must-See Goal: Raul Jimenez

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Pair of second-half goals sees USMNT drop Jamaica, clinch Hexagonal

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By FRANCO PANIZO and DAN KARELL

A disappointing draw looked to be in the cards for the U.S. Men's National Team, but once again head coach Jurgen Klinsmann pushed the right buttons to help lift his side to victory.

The U.

SBI USMNT Man of the Match: Graham Zusi

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By FRANCO PANIZO

On a night at Sporting Park in which it seemed the U.S. Men's National Team would settle for a scoreless draw, it was fitting that the face of Sporting Kansas City came up with the game-winning goal.

Graham Zusi helped lift the U.

CONCACAF Rewind: Jimenez’s late goal brings Mexico victory; Honduras upset Costa Rica at home; and more

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By DAN KARELL

With five minutes left in regulation time, Mexico looked as though they were headed for their sixth draw in CONCACAF World Cup qualifying, and an outcome that would make qualification for the World Cup very slim.

One minute later, substitute forward Raul Jimenez unleashed a moment of brilliance with a spectacular bicycle kick goal that gave Mexico a 2-1 victory over Panama, keeping El Tri's qualification hopes alive.

College Soccer Weekend Preview

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By DANIEL KARELL

Two ACC powerhouses meet on Friday night in what is likely the last conference match ever between the sides.

The Virginia Cavaliers host last year's College Cup semifinalists Maryland Terrapins in a must-watch top-25 dual in Charlottsville, Virginia, with the Terrapins looking to keep pace with Wake Forest at the top of the ACC standings this season.

USA vs. Jamaica (SBI Live Match Commentary)

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by IVES GALARCEP

The U.S. Men's National Team takes on Jamaica today at Sporting Park in Kansas City in World Cup qualifying (6:30pm, ESPN), and while the Americans have already qualified, there is still plenty on the line.

Jurgen Klinsmann has called in a full-strength squad to take on Jamaica in the last USMNT home qualifier of the Hexagonal Round of qualifying.

CONCACAF Preview: Mexico facing must-win vs. Panama; Honduras host Costa Rica; and more

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By DAN KARELL

Even though they wouldn't be mathematically eliminated from World Cup qualification on Friday night, Mexico's match against Panama at Estadio Azteca represents as close to a must-win as they've felt in years.

That's the challenge on hand for new head coach Victor Manuel Vucetich, who must produce results in his first two matches in charge or else Mexico could fail to qualify for the World Cup for the first time since they were suspended from World Cup 1990 in Italy.

USMNT Road to Brazil: Episode 15

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World Cup place already booked, but USMNT still very focused heading into qualifier vs. Jamaica

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Truth be told, there might not be all that much at stake in Friday night's World Cup qualifier at Sporting Park but do not tell the U.S. Men's National Team that.

The Americans are heading into their penultimate World Cup qualifierwithout any real pressure after having secured their place in next summer's tournament in Brazil last month.

MLS Week 34: A Look Ahead

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By DAN KARELL

A short weekend in action culminates in one of, if not the most, exciting rivalries in Major League Soccer.

In their past two matches, the Seattle Sounders have lost by a combined score of 9-2, and in their third match in seven days, the Sounders will have to dig deep to produce a winning performance against their arch-rival Portland Timbers.

U.S. Open Cup Final: D.C. United 1, RSL 0: Field Level Highlights

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Soccer Friday: Your Running Commentary

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By DAN KARELL

World Cup places will be booked while others' dreams are dashed as World Cup qualifying kicks into high gear on Friday.

One of the most interesting match ups in Europe is new power Belgium visiting Croatia, who are always one to watch in international tournaments and rarely lose at home.

Friday Kickoff: Balotelli backed by Prandelli for Brazil; LFP boss reveals match-fixing issues; and more

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By DAN KARELL

Mario Balotelli may have made the headlines recently for the wrong reasons, but according to Italian National Team head coach Cesare Prandelli, he's the first player on the team sheet when Italy arrives in Brazil next summer for the World Cup.

"Is it conceivable to go to the World Cup without him?

NASL Week 11: A Look Ahead

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By MIKE GRAMAJO

The Florida Derby returns for a second consecutive week, as the Tampa Bay Rowdies look to avenge their 2-1 defeat against the Fort Lauderdale Strikers at Al Lang Stadium when both sides collide on Sunday (7:30 p.m. WATCH HERE).

"We've been down before and we have shown the audacity to never give up," Rowdies head coach Ricky Hill told NASL.

Cosmos Notes: Noselli returns to full training; Gorskie out for the season; and more

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By DAN KARELL

It's taken longer than expected, but the New York Cosmos could finally see their likely first-choice forward back in action on Saturday evening at home against the Carolina RailHawks.

Italian veteran Alessandro Noselli has overcome his hamstring injury and took part in full practice with the team all week without showing any signs of aggravating the injury.

MLS East Notes: Crew eyeing Friedel for head coach, Bernardello deems himelf fit, and more

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By FRANCO PANIZO

The Columbus Crew's search for a new head coach could end with them landing a very familiar face.

According to a report from SI.com, Columbus interviewed former Crew and current Tottenham goalkeeper Brad Friedel about their head coaching position during last month's international window.

MLS West Notes: No rest for RSL during break, Manneh passes John in record book, and more

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By MIKE DONOVAN

Despite having a bye week, head coach Jason Kreis will not be giving his RSL players much of a break in the buildup to their Oct. 19th with the Timbers.

"We're going to take this break and look at it as an opportunity for us to really to kind of refuel the tanks, up the fitness level of our group and see if that can mean something going into the playoffs," Kreis told the Salt Lake Tribune.

Paulo Mendes has gone from Cosmos reserve to goal-scorer in a flash

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By DAN KARELL

It wouldn't be much of an overstatement to say that New York Cosmos midfielder Paulo Mendes wasn't exactly a household name at the start of the season.

Some might have him confused for teammate Carlos Mendes, and even when the Brazilian midfielder signed for the club in June, the news was buried underneath the announcement of Satoru Kashiwase joining the Cosmos on loan from Japan.

Klinsmann open to staying with USMNT beyond 2014, working on scheduling England friendly, and more

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By FRANCO PANIZO

If Jurgen Klinsmann has his way, he will be coaching the U.S. Men's National Team far beyond 2014.

In an interview with SI.com published Thursday, Klinsmann expressed a keen desire to remain in charge of the U.

Thursday Afternoon Ticker: UCL could be replaced; Rooney reveals reasons for near exit; and more

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By DAN KARELL

By 2018, the UEFA Champions League as we know it could be gone.

On the second day of the Leaders in Football conference in London, the chairman of Turkish club Galatasaray, Unal Aysal, told the press and those in attendance that the 20 biggest clubs in European soccer are in "serious discussions" to create their own European Super League, and it looks like they plan to go ahead with it, with or without the backing of UEFA.

Wondolowski, Davis, Goodson added to USMNT roster

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By FRANCO PANIZO

The U.S. Men's National Team's 20-man roster is now a 22-man roster.

U.S. Soccer announced on Thursday afternoon that head coach Jurgen Klinsmann added Chris Wondolowski, Brad Davis and Clarence Goodson to his squad ahead of World Cup qualifiers against Jamaica and Panama.

UEFA Qualifying Preview: Group H up for grabs; Belgium, Switzerland, Germany can qualify; and more

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By KEVIN KOCZWARA

World Cup qualifying does not get much more intense than UEFA's Group H.

A lot of eyes around the world will be on that group on Friday as four teams will be fighting for the top spot and the automatic World Cup berth that comes with it. Group leaders England host a very good Montenegro side, which is only one point behind the Three Lions in the standings, while Poland and Ukraine, who have 13 and 15 points, respectively, face off in Kharkov.

CONMEBOL Qualifying Preview: Uruguay, Ecuador fight for fourth; Chile, Colombia try to qualify; and more

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By KEVIN KOCZWARA

World Cup qualification in South America has become clustered, but the upcoming round of games should clear things up in a big way.

Teams can either secure their tickets to Brazil 2014 or make the final push for a World Cup berth on Friday when CONMEBOL qualifying resumes.

Report: Valencia interested in acquiring Onyewu

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Oguchi Onyewu's time in Spain may not be done with, after all.

According to a report from Spanish outlet Marca, Valencia have taken an interest in signing Onyewu as he is on a free after mutually agreeing to part ways with Portuguese side Sporting CP in August.

Cherundolo to make Hannover return in charity match

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By DAN KARELL

After undergoing two knee surgeries this summer, Hannover 96 captain Steve Cherundolo is close to making a full comeback.

The 34-year-old right back hasn't played a first team game for the club since May 18 but returned to full training this week and is set to feature for Hannover in a charity match against local side TSV Barsinghausen on Thursday.

Earthquakes keep playoff hopes alive after beating Rapids

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By KEVIN KOCZWARA

Chris Wondolowski has a knack for stepping up and scoring big goals for the San Jose Earthquakes and he did it again on Wednesday night to keep his club's playoff hopes alive.

The Earthquakes beat the Colorado Rapids, 1-0, at Buck Shaw Stadium thanks to Wondolowski's league-leading seventh game-winning goal in the second half.

Thursday Kickoff: Real Madrid chase Lewandowski; Van Persie a doubt for Holland; and more

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By DAN KARELL

Without Gonzalo Higuain as a fallback option, Real Madrid are starting to wonder if Karim Benzema is strong enough physically and mentally to be their lone option up top over the course of the season.

After a season where the Frenchman scored 20 goals in all competitions, Benzema has had a rough start to this year, scoring just twice in eight La Liga matches Carlo Ancelotti's side sit five points back of Barcelona in the league standings.

MLS Week 34 (Your Running Commentary)

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Sporting Kansas City and the Houston Dynamo have one of the better rivalries in MLS even though it doesn't get as much attention as some others, and the traditional Eastern Conference powers face off again tonight (8:30pm, MLS Live) in the evening's marquee match-up in MLS.

The Dynamo are at BBVA Compass Stadium tonight with a chance to close the gap on Sporting KC for second place in the East with a win.

Physical duel between Sporting KC and Dynamo ends in scoreless draw

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By DAN KARELL

For the second time this season, Sporting Kansas City traveled down to BBVA Compass Stadium and kept a clean sheet. Only this time, they didn't score either.

In a game marked more for it's physicality and rough-and-tumble nature than it's chances on goal, Sporting KC came away with a valuable 0-0 draw against the host Houston Dynamo on Wednesday evening.

Whitecaps ride Manneh hat trick to stun Sounders

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By JASON MITCHELL

SEATTLE The Vancouver Whitecaps came into Seattle on Wednesday with just one win in their last seven matches, winless all-time in the Emerald City, and clinging to the playoffs by a fast-fraying thread.

Who should the USMNT start vs. Jamaica?

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By IVES GALARCEP

There may not be a World Cup berth on the line, but there will still be plenty on the line for the players who take the field for the U.S. Men's National Team against Jamaica on Friday.

Call the qualifier the first of a handful of auditions USMNT pool players will have to impress Jurgen Klinsmann.

International call-ups hitting some MLS teams hard

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By DAN KARELL

When Major League Soccer designed the 2013 schedule, they did so knowing that games would be played during the many FIFA international windows that appeared during this calendar year.

On eight different occasions since the start of the season in early March, teams have lost key players for stretches ranging from a week to a month at a time while on international duty with their national team.

Howard named captain for USMNT match vs. Jamaica

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By DAN KARELL

With Clint Dempsey away from U.S. Men's National Team squad due to injury, head coach Jurgen Klinsmann picked a popular choice to be the team's captain in their next match.

U.S. Soccer's Twitter account reported on Wednesday that Klinsmann has chosen veteran goalkeeper Tim Howard to wear the captain's armband on Friday when the USMNT faces Jamaica at Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kansas.

SBI MLS Power Rankings (Week 33)

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By IVES GALARCEP

The Colorado Rapids turned heads in a major way last weekend after destroying the Seattle Sounders, 5-1, last Saturday. It was a win that not only pushed the Rapids closer to a playoff berth, it also announced them as a team nobody will want to have to deal with when the post-season begins.

Fire release fan-designed third kit

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By DAN KARELL

On Tuesday night, the Chicago Fire announced the winner of their third kit design contest.

Local architect Freddy Christiano's design called "Heart on Your Sleeve" was declared the winner, featuring a jet-black kit with a sky blue and white column rising up the front of the uniform, signifying the Chicago skyline.

Republic of Ireland coach refuses to release Keane from squad after Germany match

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By DAN KARELL

Los Angeles Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena's hopes to have Robbie Keane back for the Galaxy's next game have been dashed by interim Ireland National Team head coach Noel King.

In a statement on the Football Association of Ireland's website, King decided that he won't release Keane after Ireland face Germany on Friday in the first of their final two World Cup qualifiers.

MLS Week 33: A Mid-Week Look Ahead

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By DAN KARELL

For the second time in four days, the Vancouver Whitecaps will be playing with their playoff hopes on the line, knowing that just about anything but a victory against the Seattle Sounders will mean that vacation begins on October 28.

The Sounders have dropped points in two matches in a row but they are becoming healthier this week and will have both Clint Dempsey and Obafemi Martins available to play, a luxury that wasn't afforded to Sigi Schmid's squad last Saturday in Colorado.

Klinsmann discusses USMNT roster selection for Jamaica and Panama matches

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SBI NASL Power Rankings: Week 10

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By MIKE GRAMAJO

Despite their early hurdles this season, the New York Cosmos have responded back to their critics by performing highly on the field, going seven games unbeaten as they enter the final push for a 2013 Soccer Bowl berth.

A victory last week at Minnesota put Giovanni Savarese's men seven points clear atop the NASL fall standings with 21 points, and host the Carolina RailHawks on Saturday.

Gulati against bidding for 2026 World Cup unless FIFA rules are “clearer and tighter”

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By DAN KARELL

In the wake of the failed bid for the 2022 World Cup that Qatar won in the final round of voting, 14-8, U.S. Soccer Federation President Sunil Gulati has made it clear that unless FIFA changes their rules, he's not interested in bidding for World Cup 2026.

SBI MLS Fantasy: Round 34 Preview

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By CASEY CANNON

Hello and Welcome to the Soccer by Ives Fantasy Corner – now with fewer players to choose from! Every week I dig through statistics, news, and rumors to provide the reader with the kind of fantasy advice that only a recovering football fan can provide.

This is a short and busy week in MLS fantasy.

Wednesday Kickoff: Chicharito could leave Man United; Spain want Del Bosque extension; and more

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By DAN KARELL

The current calendar year has been one of the toughest in the career of Manchester United forward Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez.

The 25-year-old has been a part of the floundering of his national team in the last ten months and has failed to earn a regular place at Man United, making just two starts in five games played, with only one goal scored.

Dempsey and Brooks nearing return to action at respective clubs

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By DAN KARELL

Though they weren't called into the U.S. Men's National Team for the two upcoming World Cup qualifiers in the next week, USMNT fans can take solace that both Clint Dempsey and John Brooks are nearing a return to action.

Dempsey, who missed his third consecutive match last Saturday in the Seattle Sounders' 5-1 pummeling at the hands of the Colorado Rapids, is continuing to improve his fitness in training and according to Sounders head coach Sigi Schmid he'll be in the game day squad when the Sounders face the Vancouver Whitecaps on Wednesday evening.

A closer look at the MLS MVP candidates

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By FRANCO PANIZO

There may only be a few weeks left in the MLS regular season, but that does not mean there is a clear understanding of who is this year's Most Valuable Player.

In fact, it still seems up for grabs.

With the MLS season as tight as it has ever been (only one team has secured a playoff spot as of now), the question of who is the league's MVP in 2013 is still a valid one.

SBI MLS Save of the Week: Clint Irwin

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SBI MLS Goal of the Week: Camilo

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Beitashour accepts call-up from Iran ahead of Asian Cup qualifier

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By FRANCO PANIZO

For the first time in what seems like quite a while, the U.S. Men's National Team is set to lose out on a dual-national.

San Jose Earthquakes fullback Steve Beitashour has accepted a call-up from Iran ahead of an AFC Asian Cup qualifier against Thailand on Oct.

Orozco replaces injured Gonzalez on USMNT roster

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By FRANCO PANIZO

U.S. Men's National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has been forced to make his first roster change, replacing an injured Omar Gonzalez with Michael Orozco.

U.S. Soccer announced on Tuesday morning that Gonzalez withdrew from the U.

Sunderland appoints Gus Poyet as new manager

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By KEVIN KOCZWARA

The beginning of the English Premier League season hasn't gone well for Sunderland and Jozy Altidore. The Black Cats sit in last place in the league table and parted ways with manager Paolo Di Canioafter five weeks, zero wins and one point in the league.

USWNT to round out 2013 with November home game vs. Brazil in Orlando

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By FRANCO PANIZO

The U.S. Women's National Team will welcome Brazil stateside for their final game of 2013, and they will do so in a city with plenty of Brazilians.

The U.S. is set to host fourth-ranked Brazil in a friendly on Nov.

City of Orlando unanimously approves funding for soccer stadium

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By DAN KARELL

On Monday afternoon, Orlando City Soccer Club moved one step closer to building a soccer stadium that they could call home and probable entry into Major League Soccer.

The City of Orlando board of commissioners voted 7-0 to approve funds that will go towards Orlando City SC building a soccer-specific stadium by 2015, when they hope to be able to enter MLS as an expansion franchise.

The SBI Show: Episode 78 (Recapping MLS Week 33, talking USMNT, and more)

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By IVES GALARCEP

A weekend of wild finishes in MLS, and a forgettable weekend for Americans Abroad, are among the topics leading the discussion in the latest episode of The SBI Show.

Episode 78 of The SBI Show takes a look back at MLS Week 33, that saw several amazing goals, wild finishes, and one history-making goal from LA Galaxy and U.

Tuesday Kickoff: Ghana protests to FIFA over Egypt hosting; Man United want Fellaini surgery; and more

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By DAN KARELL

The Ghanian FA has come out publicly with a plea to FIFA against Egypt's decision to hold the second-leg of the World Cup qualifying series between Ghana and Egypt in front of a partial crowd in Cairo.

Reports out of Egypt say that at least 50 people died last weekend during riots in the capital between police and supporters of former Egyptian president, Mohammed Morsi, leading to the conclusion from the Ghanian FA that playing the match in Cairo isn't a safe option.

Monday Evening Ticker: Poyet reportedly nearing Sunderland job; Januzaj rejects Belgium call up; and more

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By DAN KARELL

Following more than two weeks of deliberations, Sunderland owner Ellis Short looks to finally have his new manager.

According to reports in England, Gus Poyet has accepted an offer to become the next Sunderland manager, taking over the last-place club in the Premier League on a three-year contract.

Bradley “incredibly proud” of father Bob’s work with Egyptian National Team

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By DAN KARELL

One of the feel good stories in the world of soccer has been the performances of the Egyptian National Team since former U.S. Men's National Team head coach Bob Bradley took the job in 2011.

As he approaches two full years in charge of the Egypt squad, Bradley has guided them to an undefeated eight-game run since March and a place in the final round of African World Cup qualifying; a two-legged series against Ghana for a place in the 2014 World Cup that begins on October 15 in Kumasi, Ghana.

SBI MLS Team of the Week: Colorado Rapids

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By DAN KARELL

With the league's hottest team coming into town, the Colorado Rapids completely turned the tables on what many outsiders had expected.

With a flying start, the Colorado Rapids needed just 14 seconds to score the first of their five goals on the night, routing the Seattle Sounders, 5-1, on Saturday evening at Dicks Sporting Goods Park.

College Soccer Weekend Rewind

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By MICAH McVICKER

It's fitting that in a match between two of the top teams in the nation, the game would end in a stalemate.

The No. 2 Washington Huskies scored off a corner kick in the 85th minute to preserve a 1-1 draw with the top-ranked California Golden Bears at Edwards Field in Berkeley, California.

Red Bulls Notebook: Cahill praises team’s mentality; Red Bulls make a habit of scoring (and conceding) late; and more

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By DAN KARELL

One of the mantras that's been repeated a number of times this summer by a few of the returning members of the New York Red Bulls has been how in seasons past, the team would have lost a close game.

Facing adversity again on Saturday evening against the New England Revolution, the Red Bulls dug deep to score an equalizing goal in the sixth minute of stoppage time off the head of midfielder Tim Cahill, saving the team a point with the 2-2 draw and clinching a playoff place.

SBI MLS Player of the Week: Camilo Sanvezzo

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By DAN KARELL

In a crucial match that had not only playoffs implications but also the all-important Cascadia Cup title in the balance, Camilo Sanvezzo did everything he could to help lift the Vancouver Whitecaps.

The Brazilian midfielder scored two goals including a spectacular scissor-kick goal to tie the game a second time, just a couple minutes after scoring on a free kick to level the scoreline, which ended in a 2-2 tie with the Portland Timbers.

Liga MX Round 13: A Look Back

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By DAN KARELL

Sitting outside of the playoff spaces, Club Tijuana earned a much-needed victory to keep their chances of defending their Apertura title alive.

Fidel Martinez arrived at the far post just in time to tap home the only goal of the match as Xolos defeated Queretaro, 1-0, at Estadio Caliente on Friday evening.

Must-See Goal: Camilo Sanvezzo

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Monday Kickoff: Boca defeats River; Prandelli open to Totti World cup call; and more

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By DAN KARELL

Boca Juniors are one of the hottest sides in the past few weeks in Argentina and even playing in their rival's stadium wasn't going to change that.

Forward Emmanuel Gigliotti scored his third goal in two games as Boca topped River, 1-0, at the Estadio Monumental, taking another SuperClasico win back home with them.

SBI MLS Rookie of the Week: Deshorn Brown

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By IVES GALARCEP

If he needed a signature game to boost his chances of winning MLS Rookie of the Year, Colorado striker Deshorn Brown delivered it on Saturday.

The Jamaican-born striker notched a pair of goals, including the second-fastest goal in MLS history, to help lead the Rapids in a 5-1 thrashing of the Seattle Sounders.

Braces from Donovan and Keane lead Galaxy in rout of Chivas USA

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By DAN KARELL

The first two games between the Los Angeles Galaxy and Chivas USA were tight affairs that were close through the final whistle. On Sunday, the Galaxy made sure to put the game away early.

In a match that showed just how big the talent gap currently stands between the two sides, the Galaxy routed Chivas USA, 5-0, with four of the goals coming in the first half.

Whitecaps and Timbers settle for draw after wild final 15 minutes

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By MIKE DONOVAN

After 75 minutes of soccer, a Darlington Nagbe strike was the only difference between the Timbers and Whitecaps.

But then, the teams combined for a cardiac final 15 minutes that saw a three-goals-in-three-minute sequence, world-class saves by Donovan Ricketts, and an incredible overhead-volley goal by Camilo Sanvezzo.

NASL Week 10: A Look Back

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By MIKE GRAMAJO

The Fort Lauderdale Strikers picked a right time to secure an important victory. The Strikers took a 2-1 Florida Derby victory over cross-state rival Tampa Bay Rowdies, in front of 3,612 fans at Lockhart Stadium.

"The first half was the best from this team of the season so far," Strikers manager Gunter Kronsteiner told NASL.

European Weekend Rewind: Monchengladbach stun Dortmund; Roma rout Inter to stay perfect; and more

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

Following their second-place finish in the Bundesliga and heartbreaking loss in the Champions League final last season, Borussia Dortmund proudly held the league lead over rivals Bayern Munich for the first two months of the new season.

But on Saturday, the defending champions once again pulled ahead of Jurgen Klopp's squad.

Cosmos extend winning streak with win vs. Minnesota United

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By DAN KARELL

In a game where the New York Cosmos had fewer chances than their opponents, the Cosmos held strong to finish the game as winners.

Using a second half goal from Paulo Mendes, the Cosmos battled to a 1-0 victory at Minnesota United FC on Saturday evening at the National Sports Center in Blaine.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

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By FRANCO PANIZO

On a weekend that may just be the worst in a long time for the Americans Abroad contingent, it was the player that U.S. Men's National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann continuously ignores who shined brightest.

Eric Lichaj was one of very few Americans to enjoy a good performance this past weekend, as he helped Nottingham Forest pick up a 3-1 win over Brighton & Hove Albion on Saturday.

Donovan, Altidore, Howard headline strong 20-man USMNT roster for final qualifiers

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Jurgen Klinsmann was not lying when he said he would bring in the best players available to the U.S. Men's National Team's final round of World Cup qualifying.

Landon Donovan, Tim Howard and Jozy Altidore headline a strong 20-man roster that Klinsmann unveiled on Sunday afternoon ahead of qualifiers against Jamaica and Panama.

Cahill’s late goal saves Red Bulls in wild draw with ten-man Revolution

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By DAN KARELL

Trailing by a goal with likely only seconds remaining, New York Red Bulls midfielder Tim Cahill stepped up to score a goal in dramatic fashion.

On a free kick sent in by Johnny Steele in 90th minute stoppage time, Cahill peeled off his marker and sent a looping header in for the game-tying goal, sending the sellout crowd of 25,219 at Red Bull Arena to their feet.

Late Kleberson winner lifts Union past TFC, into playoff position

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The Philadelphia Union looked destined to settle for a disappointing draw that would have put a major dent in their playoff hopes, but an unlikely hero stepped up to deliver a goal that just might ultimately decide whether the Union reach the post-season.

Brazilian midfielder Kleberson scored a perfect free kick goal in the fifth minute of second-half stoppage time to help give the Union a 1-0 victory over Toronto FC at PPL Park on Saturday night.

Opara goal leads Sporting KC over Crew on the road

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By DAN KARELL

For the second time under interim head coach Brian Bliss, the Columbus Crew had no answer for Sporting Kansas City.

A first-half goal from defender Ike Opara proved to be the difference as Sporting KC defeated the Crew, 1-0, in front of 19,107 on Saturday evening at Crew Stadium.

RSL holds on to draw FC Dallas after early red card

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By TYLER GRAY

SANDY, Utah It was a much tougher than expected match for Real Salt Lake, which earned a point in its penultimate home match of the season. Strikes from Alvaro Saborio for RSL and Kenny Cooper for FC Dallas were all that the teams could muster as the match ended 1-1 in front of 20,488 at Rio Tinto Stadium.

Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

A clash between two historic Italian powerhouses heading in opposite directions headlines a Soccer Sunday of action from all over the world.

With 16 points to start their quest for a Serie A three-peat, unbeaten Juventus host traditional rival AC Milan on Sunday in a very important league match.

Rookie standouts lead Rapids in rout of Sounders

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The Colorado Rapids needed a victory at home on Saturday night to create some breathing room between them and the teams chasing the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. Not only did they secure that victory, they registered the type of jaw-dropping performance that just might propel them beyond simply being a team that makes the playoffs.

MLS Week 33: Your Running Commentary

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A quintet of MLS matches fill the league schedule tonight, and every one carries some playoff implications.

The Seattle Sounders are in the chase for the Supporters Shield, and take on a tough Colorado Rapids team looking to secure their own place in the MLS Western Conference playoffs (10pm, NBC Sports).

Opportunistic Fire cruise past D.C. United

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By PABLO MAURER

WASHINGTON After giving their fans a reminder of the club's glory days on Tuesday, D.C. United brought them back down to earth tonight, dropping their match to an opportunistic Chicago Fire side by a score of 3-0 and sinking even deeper into the MLS record books.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

Following a rough trip to Aston Villa and a disappointing Champions League performance against Bayern Munich, Manchester City look to get their season back on track with a home victory over the English Premier League's last unbeaten team.

MLS Ticker: Healthy Agudelo disappointed by injuries, Cahill unconcerned with early-season criticism, and more

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By FRANCO PANIZO

HANOVER, N.J. Juan Agudelo has found ways to make an impact this season when he's been on the field, but the problem for him has been staying healthy.

Back to what he calls "100 percent" after dealing with a right knee sprain for much of September, Agudelo looks set to play in theNew England Revolution's critical road match on Saturday against the New York Red Bulls.

College Soccer Weekend Preview

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By MICAH McVICKER

A light Friday night begins the seventh weekend of the 2013 NCAA Division One college soccer season, but a match-up between the top two teams on Sunday make this weekend a significant one at the top of the SBI College Top 25.

Top-ranked California concludes its five-game home stand against No.

Report: Kljestan returns to USMNT for October qualifiers

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By DAN KARELL

With Michael Bradley unavailable due to his ankle injury, U.S. Men's National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has reportedly turned to Sacha Kljestan to help provide depth and support in the midfield.

According to a report on Belgian club RSC Anderlecht's website, Kljestan has been called up to the USMNT for their World Cup qualifying matches against Jamaica in Kansas City, Kansas, on Oct.

MLS Week 32: A Look Ahead

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By DAN KARELL

While the Portland Timbers have returned to their winning ways, the Vancouver Whitecaps play the first of two Cascadia Cup matches to save their playoff hopes.

Maxi Urruti scored his first goal for the Timbers when Caleb Porter's club defeated the LA Galaxy last Saturday, 1-0, keeping the Timbers unbeaten in four games with three wins in that span.

European Weekend Preview: First-place Roma host Inter; PSG face rivals Marseille; and more

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

With a 6-0-0 Serie A record under new manager Rudi Garcia, AS Roma have been one of Europe's biggest surprises in the first few months of the busy 2013-14 European league campaign.

Roma will put their early-season perfection to the test this Saturday in a highly anticipated home match against fourth-place Inter Milan, another club that is on the rise after a pair of disappointing seasons in Italy's top domestic league.

This Weekend’s Soccer on TV

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By MICHAEL KLINE

Juventus and AC Milan highlight this weekend's action, with the champions looking to eclipse Roma and go top of the table with a victory on Sunday.

The Old Lady head into the match on top form with an unbeaten record in league-play. Their only slip-up came in the form of a 1-1 draw against Inter Milan, who sit just two points below them in the table.

SBI MLS Fantasy: Round 33 Preview

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By CASEY CANNON

Hello and Welcome to the Soccer by Ives Fantasy Corner – now with even more muttered words! Every week I dig through statistics, news, and rumors to provide the reader with the kind of fantasy advice that only the angriest man in St. Louis can provide.

I love the U.

Three Americans placed on FA 150th Anniversary London Underground map

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By DAN KARELL

In honor of the FA's 150th anniversary celebrations, England's soccer governing body has released a cool map of London's Transport system with famous players of the past and present with connections to England and it's leagues in placed on the map, including four members of the U.

Liga MX Round 13: A Look Ahead

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By DAN KARELL

This Saturday marks the next installment of Mexico's "El Clasico" or the match between Chivas Guadalajara and Club America, though the two historic clubs couldn't be on more different tracks at the moment

Under owner Jorge Vergara, Chivas have continued to suffer a serious decline and with their elimination from Copa MX earlier this week, the Goats have nothing more to play for but pride, as the playoffs seem out of reach in the Liga MX Apertura season.

Americans Abroad: Midweek Rewind

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By FRANCO PANIZO

It was not a dream debut by any stretch, but it was one that Zak Whitbread is unlikely to forget any time soon.

A day after being loaned out to Derby County from Leicester City, Whitbread started and went the distance in a wild game in which he scored for the Rams.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Preview

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By FRANCO PANIZO

The search for that first victory of the season has been plenty difficult for Jozy Altidore and Sunderland, and things are not about to get any easier.

Sitting in last place in the Premiership with a 0-5-1 record, Sunderland are set to host a star-studded Manchester United team on Saturday in a game that looks one-sided on paper.

Friday Kickoff: 2022 World Cup to remain in Qatar; Tottenham, Sevilla continue strong UEL starts; and more

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By DAN KARELL

As far as FIFA are concerned, the 2022 World Cup is staying in Qatar.

With news reports of abuse towards migrant workers in the Middle Eastern country and FIFA President Sepp Blatter admitting himself recently that the World Cup couldn't take place in the summer in Qatar, it had been thought that there was a possibility for a re-vote.

NASL Week 10: A Look Ahead

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By MIKE GRAMAJO

Looking to snap their four-game winless streak, the Fort Lauderdale Strikers welcome the Tampa Bay Rowdies to Lockhart Stadium on Saturday evening (7:30 p.m. WATCH HERE) in a Florida Derby with big implications.

Both sides suffered crucial away defeats last week, which may have hindered their chances of finishing as fall champions.

Report: USMNT to face Iran in friendly match

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By DAN KARELL

For only the third time ever, the U.S. Men's National Team could be taking on Iran in an international friendly match.

According to a report in Italian publication Gazzetta Dello Sport, the two nation's soccer associations have agreed to take part in a four team tournament, that will reportedly also involve a country from Europe and from South America.

Marquez and Ochoa return to Mexico squad for crucial World Cup qualifiers

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By DAN KARELL

Newly installed Mexico National Team head coach Victor Manuel Vucetich is calling on the old guard to help ensure that his side earn a place in Brazil next summer.

After taking part in a three-day training camp in mid-September, former New York Red Bulls defender and El Tri captain Rafa Marquez has been named to a 26-player squad for Mexico's two World Cup qualifying matches this month against Panama and Costa Rica.

O’Hara taking big steps to recovery after ankle surgery

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By DAN KARELL

Nearly two months after her season with Sky Blue FC was cut short with a serious ankle injury, Kelley O'Hara is taking big steps on her way to a full recovery.

The U.S. Women's National Team defender elected to undergo reconstructive surgery on her right ankle in mid-July, ending her inaugural season in the National Women's Soccer League and forcing O'Hara off the field for one of the rare times in her career.

A closer look at the MLS Coach of the Year race

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By FRANCO PANIZO

The MLS regular season is as tight as ever and many are labeling parity as being the reason why. What is not being discussed nearly as much is the bang-up jobs that several head coaches have done to keep their teams in the thick of things.

Cosmos Notes: Gorskie, Noselli unavailable for Saturday; Continuity in starting lineup; and more

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By DAN KARELL

The first-place New York Cosmos have won three successive matches and are six-games unbeaten, but they're still not at 100 percent within the squad.

Cosmos head coach Giovanni Savarese confirmed to reporters following practice that Hunter Gorskie has been ruled out for the second consecutive Cosmos game, which is a trip to Blaine, Minnesota on Saturday to face Manny Lagos and Minnesota United FC.

MLS East Notes: Nesta, Bernardello still question marks for Impact; Wright-Phillips out for Red Bulls; and more

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By KEVIN KOCZWARA

The Montreal Impact could once again be without Alessandro Nesta and Hernan Bernardello this weekend.

Nesta and Bernardello trained with their teammates on Tuesday, but Montreal Impact's assistant coach Mauro Biello wouldn't confirm if either of the injured pair would return to the team in time for Friday's game against the Houston Dynamo.

MLS West Notes- DeMerit believes Caps need to be held accountable, Pareja sticks with youngsters, and more

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By MIKE DONOVAN

Once in the thick of the Western Conference race, the Whitecaps now find themselves on the outside looking in. With four matches remaining, the club is in seventh-place, four points behind the final playoff spot.

SBI MLS Spotlight: Resurgent White a bright spot for struggling United

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SALT LAKE CITY As the final whistle blew Tuesday night in Sandy, United's players and coaches poured on to the field, mobbing their teammates in the penalty area. Ben Olsen got the gatorade bath; owners, staff members and players alike danced, sang and celebrated together.

Torres endures rough night at left back in Copa MX loss

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A week after scoring a memorable wonder-goal for Tigres UANL, Jose Torres had a more than forgettable performance in Copa MX play.

Torres endured a rough night at the office on Wednesday night, as Tigres allowed a two-goal lead to slip away before falling to Monterrey in penalty kicks, 4-2.

USMNT roster announcement delayed until weekend because of late injury concerns

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By FRANCO PANIZO

It turns out, the U.S. Men's National Team roster will not be unveiled sooner than expected.

U.S. Soccer announced Thursday morning via Twitter that the scheduled release of Jurgen Klinsmann's roster for the Americans' final pair of 2014 World Cup qualifiers was pushed back from Thursday to the weekend due to injury concerns.

Thursday Kickoff: Bale to miss two weeks with thigh injury; Moreno pulls out of Mexico squad; and more

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By DAN KARELL

Gareth Bale will finally have a chance to gain some fitness away from the week-to-week grind in La Liga and the UEFA Champions League.

The world-record Real Madrid signing was ruled out with another thigh injury for Wednesday's Champions League match against FC Copenhagen (and this Saturday's La Liga match against Levante) and even though he was included in Chris Coleman's Wales squad for two World Cup qualifiers this month, Coleman conceded that Bale won't join up with the squad due to the injury.

Unsung heroes play key roles in D.C. United cup triumph

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By PABLO MAURER

SANDY, Utah Now that the dust has settled and the champagne and beer have been cleaned off the locker room walls, many MLS fans are still in disbelief that the worst team in MLS managed to storm into Rio Tinto Stadium and leave with a piece of silverware.

The SBI Show: Episode 76 (Talking D.C. United’s U.S. Open Cup Final win, USMNT, and more)

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By IVES GALARCEP

D.C. United's shocking upset of Real Salt Lake in the 2013 U.S. Open Cup Final was the story of the week, as Tuesday's upset serves as the lead topic in the latest episode of The SBI Show.

Episode 76 features a look back at the Open Cup Final, and also covers Jurgen Klinsmann's comments made before the U.

UCL Rewind: Bayern thrash Man City; Real Madrid take care of Copenhagen; and more

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By DAN KARELL

The defending UEFA Champions League title holders proved that even with a new coach, not much has changed from last year.

Even though they were playing on the road at the Etihad Stadium, Bayern Munich thrashed Manchester City, 3-1, becoming the first European side to win at Man City's ground in the Champions League.

Must-See Goal: Jens Hegeler

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Three European-based players included in U.S. U-18 squad for international tournament in France

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By DAN KARELL

Following a week-long training camp in California under the watchful eye of U.S. Under-18 National Team head coach Javier Perez and his staff, 18 players have earned places in the U.S. squad for an international tournament in France.

RSL still unable to clear the “last hurdle” in Open Cup defeat

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By TYLER GRAY

SANDY, Utah -It's like a broken record on repeat for Real Salt Lake at this point.

Once again the claret-and-cobalt dropped a result at home with a championship on the line. Once again they fell to their opponent 1-0 with a number of possible equalizers rebounding off the woodwork, and once again RSL had to sit and watch as the visiting team celebrated a championship on their home field.

Soccer Wednesday: Your Running Commentary

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By DAN KARELL

The second day of UEFA Champions League matchday two runs the gamut of soccer on American televisions sets on Wednesday.

Both Manchester United and Real Madrid head into their respective matches with the hopes to bring back some optimism for their clubs, after surprising losses last weekend for each team.

Bradley ruled out, but Klinsmann still planning on bringing strong squad for upcoming qualifiers

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By PABLO MAURER

SANDY, Utah U.S. Men's National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann's plans of having a full-strength squad for October's World Cup qualifiers have taken a hit after he announced on Tuesday that Michael Bradley would not be taking part in the October qualifiers as he continues to recover from the sprained ankle he suffered prior to the September World Cup qualifying loss to Costa Rica.

Former U.S. U-20 defender O’Neill weighing Ireland switch

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By DAN KARELL

The 2013 season has been one of exceeding expectations for Colorado Rapids defender Shane O'Neill.

In his first full year of professional soccer after inking a homegrown contract with the Rapids last June, O'Neill has gone from a talented youngster to a bona fide starter in the club's backline since late March when he made his starting debut.

Hard work is paying off for FC Dallas youngster Acosta

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HARRISON, N.J. It's safe to say that Kellyn Acosta isn't your average 18-year-old.

While others kids his age are likely finishing up high school or starting their first year of college, the FC Dallas defender is going head to head against the likes of Thierry Henry, Diego Valeri, and Camilo Sanvezzo on a week to week basis.

Wednesday Kickoff: Ferguson to stay retired; Torres suffers knee injury; and more

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By DAN KARELL

David Moyes has had a difficult start to his life as Manchester United manager, but for fans clamoring for the return of Sir Alex Ferguson, they probably shouldn't hold out hope.

In an interview with American television network PBS, the former Man United boss who lead the team to many years of glory reiterated his desire to stay retired, backing Moyes in his current role as well as revealing that Chelsea once tried to lure him to Stamford Bridge to manage their club.

Indy Eleven announce first signing, release uniform designs

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By DAN KARELL

In an occasion tabbed as "First on the First" on Tuesday evening in downtown Indianapolis, Indy Eleven made a number of exciting announcements about the future of their club.

The expansion North American Soccer League side which is expected to begin play next April introduced German-born goalkeeper Kristian Nicht as the club's first ever signing.

D.C. United shock RSL to win centennial U.S. Open Cup title

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By TYLER GRAY

SANDY, Utah D.C. United wasn't given much of a chance to win Tuesday's U.S. Open Cup final against Real Salt Lake, but on a night when heavily-favored RSL once again struggled to score a goal in a final at home, D.C. took home its 13th franchise trophy.

The visitors could not have executed their game plan any better.

UEFA Champions League Wednesday: A Look Ahead

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By DAN KARELL

Manchester United have struggled out of the gate in the Premier League, making a big performance in the UEFA Champions League against Shakhtar Donetsk even more important.

David Moyes is already under fire due to the defending champions' start to the season, but he can restore the fan's expectations to the way they were before with a huge result on the road.

UCL Rewind: Chelsea rout Steaua Bucuresti, Barcelona edge Celtic, and more

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Talk about bouncing back in emphatic fashion.

Chelsea grabbed their first win in the UEFA Champions League group stages and got their campaign back on track on Tuesday by going into Romania and routing Steaua Bucuresti, 4-0. Ramires led the way with a brace while a Frank Lampard strike and an own goal from Daniel Georgievski made up the other two goals for the Blues, who lost now have three points in Group E after losing to FC Basel in their tournament opener.

Sermanni unveils 25-player USWNT roster for Australia, New Zealand friendlies

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By FRANCO PANIZO

When the U.S. Women's National Team reconvene later this month, they will do so with a squad that is close to or at full-strength.

U.S. head coach Tom Sermanni has named a 25-player roster for an upcoming camp that will be held from Oct.

Soccer Tuesday: Your Running Commentary

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By FRANCO PANIZO

From high-profile Champions League games in Europe to an intriguing match stateside with plenty at stake, there's something for every American soccer fan to watch on Tuesday.

The afternoon's slate of fixtures is littered with interesting battles and a few of them will pit some of the biggest clubs in Europe against one another.

Tuesday Ticker: Bale ruled out for Champions League duel, Di Canio refutes dust-up claims, and more

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By KEVIN KOCZWARA

Life at Real Madrid isn't going to plan so far this season, and it looks like things will still be on hold as Gareth Bale won't feature in Wednesday's UEFA Champions League clash against FC Copenhagen because of an injury.

Bale reportedly is not in manager Carlo Ancelotti's game day squad for Wednesday's match because of the knock to his left thigh that forced him to miss this past weekend's defeat to crosstown rivals Atletico Madrid.

SBI MLS Save of the Week: Jaime Penedo

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SBI MLS Goal of the Week: Jared Jeffrey

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RSL refusing to waste another championship opportunity at home

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By TYLER GRAY

Two teams on two very different paths will face off tonight in the hopes of securing the victory in the centennial edition of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. Real Salt Lake is the popular choice to win it all, but they've had their hearts broken before.

MLS Insider: Episode 12 (Bob Bradley in Egypt, Mike Petke as Red Bulls head coach)

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SBI MLS Power Rankings (Week 32)

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By IVES GALARCEP

The New York Red Bulls may not have posted a victory in their trip to Seattle last weekend, but their performance was about as significant as a team could turn in without getting all three points.

The Red Bulls earned a valuable draw, and played some impressive soccer despite playing without Thierry Henry and Jamison Olave.

UCL Preview: Chelsea aims to bounce back, Barcelona face Celtic again, and more

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By KEVIN KOCZWARA

Results aren't guaranteed by showing up to a game in the UEFA Champions League. Chelsea learned that the hard way a few weeks ago when FC Basel went into Stamford Bridge and ruined Jose Mourinho's triumphant return to the Champions League with Chelsea. And Barcelona learned that all to hard last year when they couldn't breakdown Neil Lennon's menu at Celtic Park last year.

Valentin, Richards help Bodo/Glimt secure promotion to Norway’s top tier

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By FRANCO PANIZO

A team with plenty of MLS ties has secured promotion back to Norway's top tier.

FK Bodo/Glimt earned a spot in next season's Tippeligaen campaign on Monday with a 1-0 victory over SK Vard Haugesund. Former New York Red Bulls midfielder Dane Richards score the decisive goal while Montreal Impact loanee Zarek Valentin reportedly turned in a solid outing in defense.

SBI NASL Power Rankings: Week 9

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By MIKE GRAMAJO

There's no denying that the New York Cosmos are the hottest team in the North American Soccer League right now.

Despite needing a second-half rally last Sunday against the Tampa Bay Rowdies, the Cosmos are now on a six-game unbeaten run with five left to play.

Timbers notes: Another unbeaten month, Jewsbury solidifies RB position, and more

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By MIKE DONOVAN

PORTLAND, Ore.-Heading into the month of September, the Portland Timbers found themselves fighting for their playoff lives. For the first time in 2013, the club was coming off consecutive losses with the second being a 4-2 defeat at Real Salt Lake that wasn't as close as the final score indicated.

College Soccer Weekend Rewind

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By MICAH McVICKER

The SBI No. 2-ranked Washington Huskies maintained their unbeaten status over the weekend, but needed some extra time to do it. Led by junior forward Darwin Jones' second goal of the season, the Huskies beat SMU, 2-1, in double overtime at Husky Soccer Stadium.

USMNT Daily Update: 23 for 2014 (September 2013 Edition)

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By IVES GALARCEP

With the ticket to Brazil officially punched, and the U.S. Men's National Team qualified for the 2014 World Cup, we can leave out the 'assuming they make it' disclaimers and start to really think about what the U.S. team will look like that heads to the World Cup next summer.

Tuesday Kickoff: Falcao denies January departure, Moyes receives backing; and more

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By DAN KARELL

Since his move from Atletico Madrid to AS Monaco this summer, Radamel Falcao has continued his sky-high goal scoring rate, which has generated plenty of rumors over his future.

With seven goals in eight games, the Colombian striker leads the scoring charts in Ligue 1, but even though the French league is considered to be below the likes of England, Italy, Germany, and Spain, Falcao told Spanish publication Marca on Tuesday that he's happy at Monaco and has no thoughts of leaving the club in January, though anything after that is up in the air.