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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
photo courtesy of Jeff Zelevansky/New York Red Bulls
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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-12â€²s biggest match of the weekend.
The biggest shock of the weekend came in Berkeley, Calif.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Â£417 million ($674 million).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
KANSAS CITY, Kansas â€” 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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, Fla. â€” 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Ã–zil 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. â€” 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.
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.
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.
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.
KANSAS CITY, Kansasâ€“ 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.
HANOVER, N.J. â€“ 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 MÃ¶nchengladbach, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 â€” they were even in the Supporter's Shield discussion for much of the season â€” 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.