Club Tijuana look to continue their impressive debut run in the Copa Libertadores, when Brazilian side Palmeiras come into the Estadio Caliente on Tuesday (9:30pm ET, Fox Deportes) for the first-leg match in the Round of 16.
Though Palmeiras were relegated at the end of last year, they still have a strong squad thanks to their participation in the Copa Libertadores and finished first in their group with three wins in six matches, just edging Argentine club Tigre on goal difference for the top place.
The importance of Tim Cahill to the New York Red Bulls could not have been on a bigger display last Saturday, when he scored both goals in the team's 2-1 win vs. Toronto FC, a performance that earned him MLS Player of the Week.
The Australian international had been called out by fans and the media alike for his lack of scoring so far this season, but once again, manager Mike Petke laughed off those suggestions, praising Cahill's versatility and willingness to do whatever it takes to win.
Real Madrid attempt to achieve the impossible when they host Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday in the second-leg match of the Champions League semifinals (2:45pm, Fox Soccer Channel).
Jose Mourinho's men are given a boost as talismanic midfielder Cristiano Ronaldo returned to training this week, giving them a legitimate chance to come back from the 4-1 scoreline suffered last Wednesday.
The Los Angeles Galaxy climbing back to the top of the latest SBI MLS Power Rankings shouldn't come as a big surprise, but the other Western Conference team moving up the charts quickly is a bit more of a surprise.
Aston Villa might just have saved themselves from relegation to the Championship.
In a lower end of the table clash, Paul Lambert's charges ran riot on Monday, defeating Paolo Di Canio's Sunderland, 6-1, at Villa Park. Christian Benteke scored a hat-trick in 17 second-half minutes, his first such achievement in English soccer to give him 18 goals on the season, by far leading all Villa scorers.
Slowly, the New York Red Bulls are addressing their team issues, but one remains glaring.
A healthy forward corps has helped drive the team to a league-leading 15 goals. The midfield has contributed greatly in creating chances, putting New York in solid command for team assists league wide with 20, nearly doubling the total of their closest rivals (12).
The Tampa Bay Rowdies took a 2-1 win against Ft. Lauderdale to open up the first-of-two Florida Derbies this season. The win, which not only secured Tampa a shared first-place spot in the NASL table, proved to be a pivotal bounce back after collapsing against Atlanta last week after leading 3-1 for much of the game.
On paper, Atletico Madrid had their best chance to defeat rival Real for the first time in 14 years. Real manager Jose Mourinho started only three players from the first-choice side that lost 4-1 at Dortmund earlier in the week, and Real were probably looking ahead to Tuesday's return leg at the Bernabeu.
It took three weeks, but there's finally some separation in the National Women's Soccer League.
After four of the league's first five matches ended in 1-1 draws, the past five have provided winners, including all four games this weekend. It's still early, but the NWSL picture is starting to take shape, with the Portland Thorns unsurprisingly on top, the Western New York Flash surprisingly at the bottom, and a few others making noise as well.
Major League Soccer takes center stage in the latest episode of The SBI Show, with MLS expansion and a loaded slate of action in Week Nine leading the topics discussed.
Co-host Garrett Cleverly and I discuss a wide range of topics, from Tim Leiweke's move to Toronto FC, to Tim Cahill's value as a Designated Player, and Portland's statement victory against Sporting Kansas City.
The Houston Dynamo didn't play like they usually do at home, but the Colorado Rapids weren't able to make the most of an uncharacteristically flat Dynamo performance and gave Giles Barnes enough room to deliver some magic and keep Houston unbeaten at BBVA Compass Stadium.
When Don Garber revealed last week that MLS was closing in on announcing the league's 20th franchise, the chances of New York being the home for that 20th team didn't seem nearly as strong as they had appeared in the past. Not with Orlando pushing hard to make the cut, and not with obstacles appearing to be standing in the way of a potential soccer stadium in New York.
For just the third time in history, one player has bagged both the Professional Footballers Association Player and Young Player of the Year awards in a season.
Tottenham Hotspurs midfielder Gareth Bale has achieved the feat, winning the PFA Player of the Year award for the second time in three seasons after scoring 19 goals in 29 Premier League matches this season, .
When the Portland Timbers conceded a goal less than a minute into Saturday night's match against Sporting Kansas City, it didn't seem like that the first road victory of the season would be in store. However, the situation seemed to have little effect on the Timbers and their gameplan.
First the scoreboard at Columbus Crew Stadium caught fire. Then D.C. United's back line went up in flames.
Riding first-half goals from Dominic Oduro, Josh Williams and Federico Higuain, the Crew improved to 3-2-3 with a 3-0 win over United, who dropped to 1-6-1 just five months after playing in the Eastern Conference final.
On a night where soccer took a back seat to the New England Revolution honoring the city of Boston, it was one of Boston's own who scored his first goal of the season and helped seal the team's first home victory too.
Homegrown player Diego Fagundez scored the game-winning goal in the 61st minute as the Revolution defeated the Philadelphia Union 2-0 on Saturday night at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro.
No Robbie Keane. No Landon Donovan. No problem for the Los Angeles Galaxy.
Bruce Arena's side was missing its two designated players, as well as regular starters Carlo Cudicini and Todd Dunivant, but it didn't seem to matter as the reserve players deputized on Saturday stepped up and helped deliver an impressive victory that keeps the champions rolling toward the top of the Western Conference.
Wigan Athletic were minutes away from a 2-1 home win over a Champions League contender and three huge points in their fight to avoid relegation. All signs pointed to another trademark late-season upset for Roberto Martinez's squad.
From Jurgen Klinsmann's latest comments on the state of the U.S. Men's National Team, and his thoughts on Landon Donovan, to Jozy Altidore's record-breaking season in the Netherlands, there is plenty to discuss on the American soccer front heading into the weekend.
A crosstown clash between the second and third place teams in La Liga will kick off a busy Saturday in the world of soccer.
After a 4-1 first leg loss at Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League semifinals, Real return to Madrid this weekend to face rival Atletico, who are determined to beat Real for the first time in 14 years.
Jozy Altidore continued his outstanding goal-scoring form on Friday, adding two goals and a beautiful assist to his accomplshments in AZ Alkmaar's 4-0 rout of Heerenveen.
Altidore delivered a first half goal before completing the route with a beautiful free kick goal and perfect back-heel assist in a victory that helped push AZ closer to safety from relegation in the Dutch League.
One of the North American Soccer League's marquee rivalries will be renewed on Saturday when the Ft. Lauderdale play host to the Tampa Bay Rowdies at Lockhart Stadium for the first of two Florida Derbies this season.
The Strikers have yet to win this season in the NASL, losing two straight matches on the road where they conceded five goal.
Considering what Tim Leiweke did for the Los Angeles Galaxy, Toronto FC and their fans could be forgiven for being pretty excited for their future prospects.
The former President and CEO of Anschutz Entertainment Group was named to the same role with Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment on Friday, a Toronto-based sports company that manages, among others, Toronto's Major League Soccer franchise.
A rough start to the season for Chris Pontius and the D.C. United attack just went from bad to worse.
Pontius will miss United's trip to face the Columbus Crew on Saturday after suffering a groin strain during training Thursday. While Pontius has only notched a single assist for United (1-5-1), the left winger has gone the full 90 minutes every match and remains a dynamic piece of a D.
When U.S. Men's National Team head coach JurgenKlinsmann made it clear on Wednesday that Landon Donovan was going to have to work hard to regain his place on the national team, and even added that there are several players ahead of Donovan on the depth chart now, some might have expected Donovan's reaction to those comments to be negative.
Since being announced as the latest NASL expansion team on January 16th, the Indianapolis pro soccer franchise has stayed tight-lipped about what the team's name, colors, and crest would be.
On Thursday afternoon at an outdoor ceremony in Indiana's capital city, President Peter Wilt and the entire front office staff announced that the team would be named Indy Eleven, with a red, white, and blue color scheme, and a crest with the statue of victory, an Indianapolis landmark.
Jermaine Jones has recovered from the ankle injury that sidelined him for the better part of a month, and now he will attempt to make his way back into Schalke's starting lineup.
Coming off a substitute cameo for the club in last Saturday's loss to Eintracht Frankfurt, Jones will try to attempt to regain his starting spot when Schalke try and knock off Hamburg SV in a home game on Sunday.
Things are not getting any easier for Real Madrid.
After a 4-1 first leg loss at Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League semifinals, Real return to Madrid this weekend but not to the comforts of the Bernabeu. No, Los Blancos will take the field this Saturday at the Vicente Calderon against a crosstown rival determined to beat Real for the first time in 14 years.
After a half-slate of games in Week Two, the National Women's Soccer League is back with all eight teams in action this weekend.
Chalk it up to the low number of games (six), the player allocation system or the fact that international breaks kept teams from coming together in the preseason, but there hasn't been much variety so far.
Following his resignation from his position as Security Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, former CONCACAF President Jack Warner spoke live on national television on Thursday, defending his actions during his time as president of the region's soccer authority, as well as any claims that he committed fraud.
PORTLAND, Ore. When the Portland Timbers and Sporting Kansas City battle Saturday, there will likely be two players on the field that are in the top-ten for games played in KC uniform. But both those players will be in the visiting team's uniform.
Chelsea were facing a trip back to London with another draw after conceding a late goal. Fortunately for them, defender David Luiz had other ideas.
The Brazilian struck a free kick in the 94th minute through the opposition wall and into the net, giving Chelsea a thrilling 2-1 victory over FC Basel on Thursday night in Europa League semifinal action from Basel.
The Portland Timbers are thin at centerback, and they are working hard to rectify that weakness in their roster.
The Timbers have closed in on a pair of centerback targets, with sources telling SBI that the Timbers are in talks with Australian defenderMichael Thwaite and Gambian-born former Norwegian national team defender Pa Modou Kah.
The Vancouver Whitecaps got two late goals to prevent an embarrassing loss to FC Edmonton in the first leg of the Canadian Championship semifinals. Trailing 2-1 for the majority of the match, Vancouver scored the tying goal in the 84 minute off a Camilo penalty kick.
The New York Red Bulls are going to have to find a way to get by without their most consistent and most influential midfielder after word emerged that Dax McCarty looks set to miss the next two weeks with a thing injury.
Toronto FC may be struggling to win games in Major League Soccer, but on Wednesday night they continued their winning ways in the Canadian Championships, earning a victory with a lineup made up mostly of reserve players.
TFC defeated the Montreal Impact, 2-0, on Wednesday night, with Doniel Henry and Andrew Wiedeman providing the second-half strikes to give the defending Canadian champions the first-leg victory in their semifinal series.
ARLINGTON, Va. With a busy June featuring three World Cup qualifiers serving as the chief priority for the U.S. Men's National Team this summer, the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup has long been as seen as a secondary task, and a likely showcase for the plethora of young American players currently on the fringes of the national team radar.
Santos Laguna and Monterrey have scored goals in bunches throughout the CONCACAF Champions League tournament, but when the two Mexican powerhouse squared off in the first leg of the final on Wednesday, neither could find the net.
Santos and Monterrey played to a scoreless draw in Torreon in the first leg of their CONCACAF Champions League final series.
The long wait to find out which city will house MLS's 20th team looks set come to an end.
MLS commissioner Don Garber told reporters at halftime of the Amway Canadian Championship match between Toronto FC and the Montreal Impacton Wednesday night that the league hopes to be able to make an expansion announcement in the next four to six weeks.
The legend of Robert Lewandowski continues to grow.
On a night where Cristiano Ronaldo was expected to have the spotlight, it was Lewandowski instead who stole the show in spectacular fashion, single-handedly putting his side one step closer to the UEFA Champions League Final in London next month.
Two of the more charismatic managers in Europe will meet today, as Jose Mourinho's Real Madrid travels to Germany to face JÃ¼rgen Klopp's Borussia Dortmund in Champions League semifinal action (2:45pm, FX Channel).
Dortmund will have to overcome the news released on Monday evening, with star midfielder Mario GÃ¶tze agreeing to switch to hated rivals Bayern Munich for next season.
The month of April has been a relatively quiet one on the U.S. Men's National Team front, with no matches on the schedule. What the month has been is a chance for players on the team, and on the radar, to try and strengthen their places heading into an extremely busy summer.
Toronto FC came very close to adding a quality striker to partner with Robert Earnshaw, but their quest to build a potent strike tandem has fallen short after word that Kevin Davies move from Bolton to TFC has fallen apart.
Bolton announced on Wednesday that Davies will be staying with the Trotters, with the Bolton News reporting that a "contractual glitch" prevented Davies from completing the transfer.
If anyone knows a thing or two about losing your head in the heat of a match, it's New York Red Bulls head coach Mike Petke.
Is it any surprise, then, that he feels a little compassion for Juninho? The 38-year-old playmaker lost his cool in the waning minutes of last Wednesday's 1-0 defeat to Sporting Kansas City, kicking a dead ball in the penalty area at goalkeeper Jimmy Nielsen.
WASHINGTON â€” Over the past few weeks, Ben Olsen took a long look in the mirror. In search of an explanation for his club's slugglish start, the D.C. United coach scrutinized himself and the coaching staff he's assembled.
But he's done with that. After a 3-2 loss to the Philadelphia Union on Sunday dropped United to 1-5-1, it's now up to the roster itself to prove its worth.
HARRISON, N.J. This might be something few could have believed as recently as two weeks ago but in a recent stretch of eight days that saw the New York Red Bulls play three games, Roy Miller was one of the club's most consistent performers.
The Seattle Sounders hit rock bottom in last week's SBI MLS Power Rankings, but after recording their first win of the season the Sounders look poised to start their climb toward the top.
The Sounders defeated the Colorado Rapids to not only erase the zero from their win column, but also to help open the account for Nigerian forward Obafemi Martins, who scored his first Seattle goal on Saturday.
Week Two was a light one for the National Women's Soccer League, but the weekend finished with plenty of intrigue nonetheless.
Two teams were scheduled for byes and two more were sidelined due to the tragic events in Boston, leaving just two matches: a home-opening win over rival Seattle for the Portland Thorns, and a draw between the Washington Spirit and Western New York Flash where both goals came in the final 10 minutes.
Pep Guardiola's going to have quite the midfield next season at Bayern Munich.
Monday evening, German publication Bild reported that the German giants had activated the release clause in Borussia Dortmund midfielder Mario GÃ¶tze's contract, paving the way for a move this summer to Munich.
From Clint Dempsey's latest big goal to the successful weekend enjoyed by MLS teams like the Los Angeles Galaxy and New York Red Bulls, there was plenty to talk about in the American soccer landscape after this past weekend.
Episode 27 of The SBI Show covers all of these topics, and more, as co-host Garrett Cleverly and I touch on the exploits of some top Americans Abroad as well as the results from MLS Week Eight.
Manchester United now have control of title #20 thanks to a brilliant offensive performance from their #20.
Robin van Persie netted a hat trick in the opening 33 minutes of United's Premier League-clinching 3-0 win over Aston Villa. The win moved United sixteen points clear of rivals and defending league champions Manchester City with five matches left in the 2012-13 campaign.
If we learned anything in NASL this past weekend, it's that you can never count the Atlanta Silverbacks out.
The Silverbacks were down 3-1 in the first half after Luke Mulholland scored in the 24th and 44th minute for the Rowdies, but a second-half surge lead Atlanta to one of the biggest NASL comebacks in recent memory as Pedro Mendes scored a pair of goals to help lead a 4-3 comeback victory.
When San Jose forward Adam Jahn came into Sunday's match against the Portland Timbers in the 84th minute, he was brought on to try and help an Earthquakes attack that simply hadn't been able to find a way past Timbers goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts.
Seattle Sounders defender DeAndre Yedlin has been one of the most impressive rookies in Major League Soccer through the early part of the season and his form was destined to earn the 19-year old a call from U.S. Under-20 National Team head coach Tab Ramos.
That call has come, and Yedlin is one of 23 players called into a Under-20 camp in Carson, California.
The Los Angeles Galaxy may have fallen short in their quest for CONCACAF Champions League glory, but after taking some time to get over that disappointment, the defending champions look every bit like a team capable of winning a third straight title.
Facing a fatigued, but still imposing Sporting Kansas City side, the Galaxy showed off the dynamic attacking soccer that was the hallmark of their most recent title run, with Landon Donovan looking like his dominating self and Robbie Keane showing the form that made him the league's most dangerous player in the second half of 2012.
When Chuck Blazer turned whistleblower on former friend and confidant Jack Warner back in 2011, accusing him and other officials in the CONCACAF region of corruption, you just knew it would eventually lead to the airing of some serious dirty laundry and potentially the downfall of both Blazer and Warner.
In the span of eight minutes on Sunday, Tottenham Hotspur's hopes of finishing in the top four this season went from fading to fantastic.
Instead of staying four points back from fourth-place Chelsea with a 1-0 loss against Manchester City, Spurs scored goals in the 75th, 79th and 82nd minutes to stun the defending champions at White Hart Lane.
After trading away Dane Richards last season, then New York Red Bulls head coach Hans Backe quickly realized how dramatically his wing play suffered. He took a chance on signing Lloyd Sam to buffer the loss. While out of form and fitness, Backe believed the speedy, young English midfielder would fill the gap in what had become an impotent flank attack.
On Sunday, Liverpool forward Luis Suarez was able to celebrate his game-tying goal in the 96th minute, helping his side tie Chelsea 2-2 at Anfield. On Monday, the club brought him back down to earth.
The Merseyside club fined Suarez an undisclosed amount for his bizarre actions during the second half, where he decided to bite the right arm of Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic after losing possession in the box.
PORTLAND, Ore.-For a town that proclaims itself as "Soccer City, USA," the arrival of a professional women's soccer team gave citizens here a chance to solidify Portland's status as an epicenter of the sport in the country.
If Sunday's home opener is any indication, Portland will continue to be known as a hotbed for soccer for a long time to come.
Toronto FC had everything set up for a statement victory. They were playing well, had a go-ahead goal, an opposing team missing several starters to injury and a red card leaving their opponent a man down.
Everything as aligned perfectly. And then the Houston Dynamo spoiled the party at BMO Field in the final minute of stoppage time, becoming the latest team to find a late goal to snatch points away from TFC.
HARRISON, N.J. You could tell from the early moments of Saturday night's match against the New England Revolution that the New York Red Bulls had no intention of turning in another forgettable performance like the one displayed last Wednesday in a 1-0 loss to Sporting Kansas City.
CARSON, Calif. If the Los Angeles Galaxy were going to quell any creeping doubt among themselves and supporters regarding their recent three-game mini slump, Saturday night's showdown vs. Sporting Kansas City was the perfect game to make a statement.
Sporting Kansas City hadn't given up a goal in more than nine hours of play, a five-game shutout streak, on their march to the top of the Eastern Conference standings.
Clint Dempsey has made a habit of turning up his form in the second half of seasons and he continued to elevate his game on Sunday, scoring the first goal in a three-goal rally that helped Tottenham secure a vital 3-1 victory over Manchester City at White Hart Lane.
Luis Suarez was already a reviled figure by many soccer fans outside Uruguay and Liverpool, but the controversial striker took his villainous reputation to new heights on Sunday after he appeared to bite Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic during Sunday's English Premier League showdown.
For Herculez Gomez and Santos Laguna, this weekend could not have gone any better. Not only did they clinch a playoff spot with a 1-0 victory on Friday, but they did so against the team they will soon face in the CONCACAF Champions League final.
Gomez and Santos defeated Monterrey at home on Friday and that match gave them a taste of what is in store for them this upcoming Wednesday when they again host Los Rayados in the first leg of the CCL final.
D.C. United went into Sunday's showdown vs. the Philadelphia Union in desperate need of some contributions from an attack that had been anemic all season. The team had been lacking chances, and failing to produce goals, which was continuing to put the D.C. defense in tough spots on their way to a poor start to the season.
MLS powers Sporting Kansas City and the Los Angeles Galaxy square off tonight in an inter-conference clash that could be a preview of the 2013 MLS Cup Final.
Sporting KC have made the cross-country trek to Los Angeles after their mid-week win vs. the New York Red Bulls, and they bring with them a five-match unbeaten streak and shutout streak that has them looking like the toughest team in the league.
When Fulham's Steve Sidwell was sent off just 12 minutes into Saturday's match at Craven Cottage, three points seemed all but guaranteed for Champions League hopeful Arsenal.
The visiting Gunners never do anything easily though, and they struggled to get one past Fulham goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer until just before halftime, when Laurent Koscielny's header across the face of the goal found the head of fellow center back Per Mertesacker.
For all the attention Cascadia has rightfully received for bringing a new level of intensity to MLS rivalries, the fresh I-95 feud between D.C. United and the Philadelphia Union has offered up its fair share of heated affairs as well.
Over the past year, the clubs' first teams have met five times.
Freddy Adu may not have to wait much longer to make his Bahia debut.
Adu was named to Bahia's 18-man game-day roster for their road fixture against Juazeirense on Sunday, and the Brazilian Cup match could see Adu get his first taste of action since joining the club last month.
Can that high-powered Los Angeles Galaxy attack put an end to Sporting Kansas City's 519-minute shutout streak?
That is the question heading into the marquee matchup of the Week 8 MLS schedule. With the availability of Robbie Keane (ankle) and Jose Villarreal (shoulder) in question, the Galaxy could have a tough time cracking Jimmy Nielsen and that stingy Sporting back line.
It has been a pretty good month of April for Peter Vermes.
The Sporting Kansas City head coach was elected to the U.S. Soccer Hall of Fame for his impressive playing career earlier in the month, and in recent weeks Sporting KC has put together a five-match unbeaten streak and shutout streak to climb into first place in the MLS Eastern Conference.
To the surprise of no one, MLS suspended Alan Gordon for three games for using a gay slur in Sunday's loss to the Portland Timbers. Since the incident, Gordon has been unable to sleep and apologized to Robbie Rogersthrough Steven Lenhart.
The National Women's Soccer League waters are still a bit murky, but this weekend ought to help clear things up.
After an opening round that featured three 1-1 draws and a fourth match decided by an own goal, there weren't many statements being made, and it wouldn't be a surprise if it takes a few weeks for the teams to find their form.
With the Liguilla almost dawning upon the Clausura tournament, Monterrey is in danger of missing out on the playoffs.
Monterrey beat Pachuca last week, but the problem for the Rayados has been winning on the road. Monterrey have yet to register a win on the road this season and that has cost them heavily, making remaining in the top eight a difficult challenge.
Judging from the start of the MLS season, Claudio Bieler and Sporting Kansas City are a match made in heaven. Bieler provides Sporting KC the type of goal-scoring forward they have been sorely missing in recent years and the club offers him a new challenge in a relatively tranquil setting and a hefty payday.
PORTLAND, ORE.- When Caleb Porter named two captains in the offseason, it seemed like an unusual step for the club. Jack Jewsbury had his gameday armband removed and named a club captain, while newcomer Will Johnson took over the on-field captain's role.
Six weeks into the season, it seems that the two captains have built an on-and-off-field relationship that has provided dividends for the club.
HARRISON, N.J. The New York Red Bulls midfield has a problem and it was a problem that was easily disguised in the early weeks of the MLS season, as the team played a series of opponents that made it easy to cover the issue.
The Red Bulls lack quality on the wings and the problem became glaringly obviouson Wednesday night as the Red Bulls suffered a disappointing 1-0 loss at home to Sporting Kansas City, a result that dropped New York to 2-4-2 on the season.
The aftermath of the bombing of Monday's Boston Marathon hit home in the New England soccer community as Matt Reis' father-in-law, John Odom, was injured in the blast. Odom was at the finish-line waiting to cheer on his daughter, Nicole, when the blast occurred.
Sporting Kansas City are not just riding high on the MLS playing field, with five straight shutouts and a run that has propelled them into first place in the Eastern Conference. They are also seeing one of their investments gain considerable value by the day.
The New York Red Bulls have gone almost two years without tasting victory against Sporting Kansas City and tonight won't be any easier as the Eastern Conference rivals square off at Red Bull Arena (7:30pm, MSG).
Three Premier League matches featuring England's top teams highlight Wednesday's soccer action.
Manchester City hosts Wigan Athletic, with both sides needing to win for different reasons. City wants to keep their title hopes alive, while Wigan needs to win to get themselves out of the relegation zone, where they currently sit in 18th place.
There's a new leader at the top of Forbes list of the world's most valuable soccer teams.
For the first time since Forbes began calculating the value of soccer clubs in 2004, Manchester United is not the most valuable club in the world. In the 2013 list, the top honor goes to Real Madrid, valued at $3.
UPPER MONTCLAIR, N.J. You wouldn't expect Thierry Henry to remember specific details about last year's MLS results, but the international star is known to be an MLS junkie who follows the league more closely than you would expect.
So it shouldn't have come as a surprise when he could remember so many details about his New York Red Bulls' struggles with Sporting Kansas City, a team that came to Red Bull Arena twice last year and handed the Red Bulls two of only three road shutouts they suffered last season.
Barcelona midfielder Lionel Messi has been declared fit from his hamstring injury suffered in the first-leg of the Champions League quarterfinals against Paris Saint-Germain. The Argentine was left out of last Saturday's win for Barcelona against Zaragoza, allowing him extra time to recover.
As of summer 2013, the Herbalife World Football Challenge will be no more. In it's place there will be a new tournament, culminating with a final match on August 6 or 7 in Miami at Sun Life Stadium.
According to a report from Reuters, the International Champions Cup is set to debut this summer, with the likes of Real Madrid, Inter Milan, and Juventus traveling from Europe, and the Los Angeles Galaxy representing Major League Soccer in the tournament.
Arsenal had a chance to create a four point gap between them and rivals Chelsea and Tottenham when they welcomed in Everton to the Emirates Stadium on Tuesday evening.
Instead, Arsenal had to settle for a point.
In a match of missed opportunities and questionable substitutions by manager Arsene Wenger, Arsenal played Everton to a scoreless draw, keeping Everton's slim hopes of a top-four finish alive, and hurting Arsenal's chances to secure one.
Major League Soccer's Disciplinary Committee usually handles cases of infractions during games. In this instance, MLS Commissioner Don Garber decided to make the decision himself.
Garber and MLS announced that San Jose Earthquakes forward Alan Gordon has been fined an undisclosed amount and suspended for four games total, three of which are for "using unacceptable and offensive language towards an opponent in the 60th minute of the game against the Portland Timbers on April 14.
Nearly two months after walking away from the game of soccer, Robbie Rogers has shared his story about leaving soccer and coming out as a gay man for the first time on television.
The former USMNT midfielder spoke on Monday to ABC's Nightline program and CNN's Anderson Cooper 360, detailing his fears about how he would be perceived by his peers in the locker room, and the public before his blog post in February when he announced his retirement.
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Since winning the American rights package to the English Premier League for 2013-2016 last fall, many people have wondered what direction NBC would take their coverage. On Tuesday morning, the network showed that they were more than serious.
The opening weekend of the inaugural National Women's Soccer League season is in the books, with draws galore and a surprising result involving an expected title contender.
Three of the four matches ended in a deadlock, with the Boston Breakers earning a point via a stoppage-time equalizer and Sky Blue FC pulling the lone victory of the week with an upset of the Western NY Flash.
FC Dallas just keeps on rolling and now they have reached the top of the charts after handing the Los Angeles Galaxy their first loss of the season.
Things are certainly breaking FC Dallas' way on the schedule. The Galaxy rested several starters after their CONCACAF Champions League disappointment, and FC Dallas' stingy defense made things difficult for Landon Donovan and the rest of the Galaxy.
In need of a vital win against a bitter rival, the New York Red Bulls put Thierry Henry back into the starting lineup for the first time since their last matchup with D.C. United, and it paid dividends.
Henry scored the game-winning goal in the 29th minute and was part of the buildup in the second goal scored, as the Red Bulls left RFK Stadium on Saturday with a 2-0 win over D.
Alan Gordon knew it almost immediately after he said it. You could see the look on his face as he came to the realization that he had joined an unfortunate list of MLS players to cross the line and use a gay slur during a match.
With national TV cameras trained on him, Gordon aimed a gay slur at Portland Timbers captain Will Johnson.
Although the Premier League title looks like it will make the move to the red side of Manchester next month, Manchester City are on the verge of bringing another major domestic trophy back to the Ethiad Stadium in the month of May.
Toronto FC registered their third straight draw last weekend at PPL Park and the main reason they escaped their visit to Chester, Pennsylvania with a point was because of the heroics of goalkeeper Joe Bendik.
The former Portland Timbers netminder turned in a career day, recording nine saves, many of the highlight-reel variety, to help Toronto FC earn a 1-1 draw.
With the heat of the Houston sun on his back, Houston Dynamo midfielder Brad Davis continued to do what he does best. Win soccer games.
Davis scored the game-winning goal and assisted on the opener as the Houston Dynamo defeated the Chicago Fire 2-1 on Sunday at BBVA Compass Stadium, extending their home unbeaten streak to 35 games, a Major League Soccer record.
The match was as cold as the pitch beneath the 22 players running on it. That was until a four-minute second half stretch when both Marco Di Vaio and Dominic Oduro scored spectacular goals for their clubs.
The result was that the Montreal Impact drew with the Columbus Crew 1-1 on Sunday afternoon at Stade Saputo, with the match being played 24 hours after it's originally scheduled time due to snowfall in Montreal.
PORTLAND, Ore. Early Sunday afternoon, Caleb Porter sent Will Johnson a text message telling him to score a free kick goal during the Timbers match against the San Jose Earthquakes. Being the captain that he is, Johnson decided to do exactly as his coach had asked.
Tigres de UANL saw their 13-match unbeaten run come to a halt on Sunday, falling 2-0 against Pumas de UNAM after Martin Bravo's lone strike in the 32nd minute lifted the Mexico City side towards victory on Sunday.
Tigres, who held much of the possession during the game, opened up the scoring after Emanuel Villa eighth goal of the season put the Nuevo Leon side up 1-0 early in the eighth minute.
The championship hangover just won't end for Josh Gatt and Molde FK.
The back-to-back Eliteserien league winners continued their dismal start to the season on Saturday, suffering a 2-1 loss at home to Sogndal on Saturday. The result dropped Molde to 0-4 on the campaign and left them in last place in Norway's top tier.
The U.S. Under-17 Men's National Team is one win away from securing a place in the Under-17 World Cup and standing in the way of that berth is Honduras, which will look go snatch that ticket to the world championship with a win today in CONCACAF Under-17 World Cup qualifying action in Panama (6pm, Fox Soccer Channel).
A trio of Sunday matches headline Major League Soccer action today, led by tonight's Western Conference showdown between the Portland Timbers and San Jose Earthquakes.
The Timbers are coming off their first win of the season and will take on a San Jose side that is starting to get healthier after enduring a rash of early-season injuries that kept the Earthquakes very shorthanded to start the year.
SEATTLE Even a midweek guarantee from head coach Sigi Schmid can't get the Seattle Sounders in the win column. And the New England Revolution still haven't scored since early March.
Shorthanded and facing a stingy Revolution defense, the Sounders (0-3-2) controlled play for most of the match Saturday afternoon, repeatedly testing backup goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth and creating plenty of scoring chances.
FC Dallas couldn't have asked for a better scenario heading into Saturday's showdown vs. defending MLS champions Los Angeles Galaxy. Bruce Arena chose to rest Robbie Keane, Todd Dunivant and Juninho, and a crowd of more than 20,000 FC Dallas fans showed up to root on a Dallas team that has been one of the league's most pleasant surprises.
The ten Premier League teams in action on Saturday definitely saved their best for last as nine of the day's 10 goals were scored in the second half.
Four of those second half goals came from one match, a 3-1 Arsenal win over Norwich City. As a 55th-minute header from Norwich's Michael Turner began to put hopes of an Arsenal move to third place in jeopardy, the host Gunners equalized in the 85th minute off of a controversial penalty.
It may not generate huge crowds or giant TV ratings, but the dawn of the National Women's Soccer League season this weekend is a crucial one for the future of the U.S. women's national team, as well as the sport of women's soccer.
The eight-team NWSL is the latest attempt at an American women's pro soccer league, following Women's Professional Soccer (2009-11) and the Women's United Soccer Association (2001-03), but there's a key difference this time.
While Sunday's FA Cup match between Chelsea and Manchester City is commanding most of the attention around Wembley Stadium this weekend, the first semifinal is an intriguing matchup for fans of the English game.
Wigan Athletic take a break from their fight to avoid relegation with a match against Millwall.
It's not just Major League Soccer clubs that are opening soccer-specific stadiums anymore.
The San Jose Scorpions will open up their new stadium, named Toyota Field, when they host the Tampa Bay Rowdies on Saturday night in NASL week two action. The 8,000 seat facility is across the street from their former stadium, and it's expandable to 18,000 seats if the club ever makes the jump to MLS.
It may still be early in the MLS campaign, and as such clubs' records must be taken with a grain of salt. But there's no denying the Los Angeles Galaxy and FC Dallas have already established themselves as teams to beat.
On Saturday, the two sides' meeting should provide a little more clarity to the tight Western Conference table.
Obafemi Martins returned to practice on Thursday for the first time in two weeks while dealing with a knee injury. Despite his return to practice, Sigi Schmid told KJR Radio that Martins will not play in Saturday's match against the New England Revolution. The team listed Martins as out for the match.
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The struggling United attack will get a lift this weekend as captain Dwayne De Rosariois primed to return to the lineup. The club's attack has been anemic so far in 2013 scoring just two goals in five games. With Nick DeLeon on the shelf as well, getting De Rosario back is the boost that will, hopefully for D.
The U.S. Under-17 Men's National Team took another step closer to their goal of qualifying for the Under-17 World Cup in Friday by beating Guatemala, 1-0. The victory sets up a winner-take-all quarterfinal match-up against Honduras on Sunday, with the winner booking a place in the Under-17 World Cup.
After a scoreless home draw and a tough 2-0 road loss earlier this season, Chelsea will get one more chance at knocking off Manchester City when the two English giants meet this Sunday.
Although the Blues will not be able to cut into City's seven-point advantage in the race for second place in the Premier League table, this weekend clash at Wembley Stadium is of utmost importance as the winner will return next month for the FA Cup Final.
Injury or not, don't rule out Lionel Messi for the upcoming Champions League semifinals.
The Argentine came on in the 62nd minute of Barcelona's 1-1 draw with Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday and had an instant impact on the match. His status for the match was a doubt in the first place because of a hamstring injury the week before, but Messi said that it was worth the risk to play.
On the eve of the latest installment of the D.C. United-New York Red Bulls rivalry The SBI Show talks to a player who was a key figure in the series in the past, a New Jersey native who enjoyed his share of success against his hometown team.
Alecko Eskandarian enjoyed a very successful career before concussions forced him to step away from the game at an early age.
FC Barcelona and Bayern Munich will square off in the UEFA Champions League semifinals, setting up a tasty match-up between Pep Guardiola's former club and his future club.
The current league leaders in Spain and Germany will meet in the semis after Friday morning's draw, which also set up a group stage rematch between Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund in what should be another quality match-up.
Tottenham gave everything they had on Thursday night. Unfortunately for them, it wasn't enough.
The North London side fell to FC Basel 4-1 on penalty kicks, after 120 minutes tied at two in the Europa League quarterfinals. Clint Dempsey had both goals for Spurs on the night, giving the team an early lead before coming back to save them late in the match.
When Geoff Cameron turned in a pair of strong performances at right back in last month's World Cup qualifiers, one of the deeper positions on the U.S. Men's National Team became even deeper.
You might not think right back is all that deep, especially considering Cameron was thrust into the position last month, but it took a rash of injuries to have Klinsmann play Cameron at the position he actually plays regularly for Stoke City.
The hopes and dreams of MLS glory in the CONCACAF Champions League rest in the hands of the Los Angeles Galaxy, which face the daunting task of trying to beat two-time defending champions Monterrey on the road tonight (10pm, Fox Soccer Channel).
The Rayados come into the match riding the momentum of their comeback victory in the first leg, which saw Monterrey score a pair of goals in the final minutes of play to erase a 1-0 deficit and take full control of the series.
Tennis technology will soon be coming to the Premier League.
After a meeting between shareholders of all 20 Premier League clubs, the league agreed unanimously to install Hawk-Eye as the method of goal-line technology at each Premier League stadium. It makes the English league the first in the world to use goal-line technology.
It had been a long time between home wins for the Portland Timbers. In fact, before Portland' 2-0 win over the Houston Dynamo on Saturday, it had been 218 calendar days since the club's last victory at Jeld-Wen Field.
The win wasn't only Portland's first at home since August of 2012, but also Caleb Porter's first win as a professional head coach.
The main question on everyone's mind in the run up to Barcelona vs. Paris Saint-Germain (2:45pm, Fox Soccer Channel) is "will Lionel Messi play?"
The Argentine limped off the field at half time of the first leg and hasn't played since, but Barcelona boss Tito Vilanova announced on Tuesday that whether Messi plays will be determined just before the teams arrive at the Camp Nou.
Since arriving in Philadelphia, Brazilian midfielder Kleberson has been patiently awaiting his chance to make his Major League Soccer debut.
That chance may come as early as this Saturday, when the Philadelphia Union play host to Toronto FC.
Speaking at his weekly press conference, Union manager John Hackworth said that he thought about putting Kleberson in during the last match, but decided against it after Columbus equalized in the second half.
Just when it looked like he was turning a corner, immaturity has brought Mario Balotelli back to earth.
Already set to serve a one-match suspension due to yellow card accumulation, Serie A officials tacked on an additional two-match ban due to Balotelli's actions following the 2-2 draw between his AC Milan club and Fiorentina last Sunday.
The Seattle Sounders will have it all to do when they take the field at the Estadio Corona in Torreon, Mexico, trailing 1-0 on aggregate. The Sounders were given the weekend off by Major League Soccer which should give them a chance to rest and re-focus towards their second-leg match against Liga MX side Santos Laguna in the CONCACAF Champions League semifinals (8pm, Fox Soccer Channel).
Just hours after Borussia Dortmund completed an improbable late comeback of their own in Europe's Champions League, the Seattle Sounders were in the process of setting up their own in Mexico.
Substitute Lamar Neagle scored a goal in the 73rd minute to tie the match against Mexican side Santos Laguna, and put the Sounders just one goal away from making it into the CONCACAF Champions League final.
The New York Red Bulls are 1-3-2 to open the season, and there is plenty of blame to go around for the results. Through six matches, the team is winless on the road, has been shut out twice, have been anemic on offense outside of the first match of the season and have been shaky, at best, in their own third.
When Malaga's Eliseu put the ball in the net in the 82nd minute to give Malaga a 2-1 lead over Borussia Dortmund, it looked as though the reigning German champions had given themselves too high a hurdle to overcome in too short an amount of time. They couldn't dwell on the fact that the goal looked to be offside.
Sporting Kansas City started the 2013 season slower than most would have expected, but they have started to hit their stride and are looking every bit like the title contender they were expected to be when the season began.
The Colorado Rapids are in the midst of a youth movement, driven in part by a rash of injuries, but also by the quality of a strong crop of rookies who have impressed head coach Oscar Pareja enough to earn regular playing time.
Dillon Powers is one of those players and the former Notre Dame midfielder has stepped in and become an integral part of the Rapids midfield.
It takes a special performance to have a team place more than two or three players in the SBI MLS Best XI, but the Portland Timbers turned in one of those kind of performances in their win against the Houston Dynamo.
Jamaican forward Ryan Johnson leads a group of four Timbers on this Week's SBI MLS Best XI, with midfielder Diego Chara among those earning plaudits for his outstanding efforts against the Dynamo.
You know it's a bad injury when the opposing player is calling for help.
Houston Dynamo forward Giles Barnes was involved in an innocuous challenge in the box with Portland Timbers' defender David Horst that saw the latter fall to the ground in agony, clutching his right knee in the 15th minute of Saturday's 2-0 win.
German-born defender John Anthony Brooks has been the subject of plenty of speculation about his national team future for some time now, and there has been a hope for U.S. Men's National Team fans that he will eventually choose the U.S. over Germany when the time comes.
The Chicago Fire were trailing as the final minutes ticked away in the first half of Sunday's match vs. the New York Red Bulls, and might have found it too tough a road to come back if they headed into the locker room trailing at halftime, but Daniel Paladini was determined to chance Chicago's fortunes and did just that.
After a 9-2 league victory and a 2-0 first leg performance against the champions of Italy, Bayern Munich wrapped up a memorable eight-day stretch by reclaiming the Bundesliga title in record-setting fashion.
Bayern ended the quickest German league race of all-time on Saturday with a 1-0 victory at sixth-place Eintracht Frankfurt, clinching the league in the 28th round of the competition two rounds earlier than their earlier record from the 1972-73 and 2002-03 campaigns.
Two teams that registered important victories this past weekend were Aston Villa and the Portland Timbers and two players who were key to those wins were Brad Guzan and Will Johnson, who are the special guests for Episode 23 of The SBI Show.
Guzan and Villa recorded a much-needed win against Stoke City to climb out of the relegation zone in the English Premier League, while Johnson and the Timbers registered their first win of the season with a convincing win against the Dynamo.
The U.S. Under-17 Men's National Team begins qualification for the Under-17 World Cup today when they take on Haiti in the CONCACAF Under-17 Qualifying Tournament in Panama (6:30pm, Fox Soccer Channel).
Head coach Richie Williams will be leading out a team led by standouts such as Shaquell Mo0re and Rubio Rubin in a match they will be expected to win.
For more than a year now, the San Jose Earthquakes have been finding dramatic and impressive ways to grab points late in matches. On Saturday, they found a new and rather embarrassing way to drop points.
In the 62nd minute, Earthquakes starters Victor Bernardez and Alan Gordon left the field at the same time to change their cleats.
Prior to Saturday night's game against the Houston Dynamo,Ryan Johnson had played 156 games in MLS. And despite scoring 28 times in his professional career, he had never scored multiple goals in the same game.
That all changed on the wet turf of Jeld-Wen Field.
Dominic Oduro may finally be settling in with the Columbus Crew.
Failing to find the net in the past three matches, Oduro seized his opportunity, rifling home a second half-equalizer for the Columbus Crew in Saturday's 1-1 draw with the Philadelphia Union at Crew Stadium.
The Colorado Rapids fell short last week in their quest for their first win of the 2013 season, but Saturday they played like a team that wouldn't let anything deny them. Not a questionable penalty call. Not a the rash of injuries that decimated their starting lineup.
PORTLAND, Ore. The Timbers needed a win. And despite two major first-half injuries and taking on one of the hottest teams in MLS, a victory is exactly what they delivered Saturday night.
Led by two Ryan Johnson goals, and the outstanding play of their midfield, the Portland Timbers dominated the second half and collected their first win of the season, defeating the Houston Dynamo, 2-0 at a cold and rainy Jeld-Wen Field.
Long-time U.S. National Team teammates Tim Howard and Clint Dempsey will renew acquaintances as adversaries today when Howard's Everton takes on Dempsey's Tottenham in a clash of teams with UEFA Champions League aspirations.
Spurs are currently in third place in the English Premier League, but are only two points from slipping to fifth place.
When Blas Perez's shot nestled into the net in the 59th minute at BMO Field on Saturday, the 2-0 lead on the scoreboard seemed an insurmountable hurdle for a Toronto FC team that looked lost for the first 45 minutes of Saturday's match vs. FC Dallas.
Perez's goal was one of the few second-half bright spots for Dallas though, as Toronto FC controlled play and applied constant pressure looking to make a game out of what threatened to become a blowout.
If you were under the impression that defending Liga MX champion Club Tijuana were enjoying another good season, you couldn't really be blamed. The Xolos played extremely well in Copa Libertadores, advancing to the Round of 16 out of a group that they were expected to be overwhelmed by.
For 88 minutes, Sporting Kansas City heaped pressure on D.C. United. And for 88 minutes, the visitors were able to weather the storm.
But in the 89th minute, Claudio Bieler seized his opportunity.
As substitute Soony Saad darted into the box from the left flank, Bieler made his run, beating Daniel Woolard to Saad's centering feed and finishing past Bill Hamid to give Kansas City the 1-0 win Friday.
Real Sociedad and Malaga's battle for fourth place in La Liga headlines a Saturday packed with action from the world's top leagues.
After defending their home turf from Borussia Dortmund in Champions League action on Wednesday, Malaga are now focused on qualifying for next season's edition of the competition in a trip to face Sociedad.
We're barely a month into the 2013 MLS campaign, but it's already time for Round 2 of one of the league's most heated rivalries.
After playing to a 1-1 draw three weeks ago at Rio Tinto Stadium, Real Salt Lake and the Colorado Rapids will write the next chapter of the Rocky Mountain Cup story Saturday at Dick's Sporting Goods Park.
The 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup was shaping up to be the tournament nobody cared about, what with World Cup qualifying in June and Mexico's participation in the Confederations Cup taking priority. Without a berth in the next Confederations Cup on the line, there just wasn't much reason for the region's powers to devote maximum resources to this summer's Gold Cup.
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The relegation battle in the English Premier League will be kicked up a notch this weekend, with six of the bottom nine clubs pitted against each other, and the ever-important goal of staying in the top division on the line.
Reading and Southampton will accompany Saturday morning's breakfast, and a loss may very well doom The Royals to the Championship next season.
The left back position has long been a source of angst and disappointment for the U.S. Men's National Team, but when Fabian Johnson committed to the U.S., it seemed as though the position might finally be one of strength.
Seattle Sounders' recently acquired forward Obafemi Martins will miss the CONCACAF Champions League second leg against Santos Laguna after the Nigerian picked up an injury to a tendon above his knee. The forward has already left the team to seek treatment and had been ruled out of the first leg Tuesday night.
Before the 2013 season began, FC Dallas, Montreal and Chivas USA weren't consider serious threats to be among the best teams in the league, but all three enjoyed outstanding first months of the season to turn the league on its head and make us reconsider everything we thought we know about how this season would go.
Real Madrid's 3-0 win on Wednesday over Galatasaray should give them breathing room in their quest for a Champions League title, but news of an EU investigation has taken the wind right out of the club.
The European Commission is investigating the club for accepting illegal state aid, according to a report in The Independent.
Real Madrid kept up their winning ways on Wednesday with a complete team performance that has them looking like a favorite to be at the Champions League final next month.
In Wednesday's other quarterfinal action, Borussia Dortmund and Malaga played out a scoreless draw that was marked by several missed chances from Dortmund's attacking trio of Mario Gotze, Marco Reus and Robert Lewandowski.
The Portland Timbers are five weeks into the 2013 season and the team is still searching for its first victory. Not only has the club not been able to secure victory, but they are one of two MLS clubs that hasn't held a lead yet this season.
While the team has conceded first in every match in 2013, head coach Caleb Porter is confident that Portland won't be lacking first goals and victories for long.
After conquering Manchester United in the round of 16, Real Madrid can't afford a let down when they welcome Galatasaray to the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium on Wednesday in Champions League quarter-final action.
Cristiano Ronaldo scored again last Saturday, his 44th goal this season in 44 matches for Real Madrid this season, but the Spanish club will have to keep an eye out for the big-money signings of Wesley Sneijder and Didier Drogba for Galatasaray.
The Seattle Sounders are off to a winless first month of the Major League Soccer season, but they have a chance to give their season a much more positive vibe with a win against Mexican powerhouse Santos Laguna in their CONCACAF Champions League semifinal series, which kicks off tonight at CenturyLink Field (10pm, Fox Soccer Channel).
SEATTLE, Wash. Herculez Gomez engaged in light-hearted banter with the Seattle Sounders for much of the week leading up to Tuesday night's CONCACAF Champions League semifinals match. At one point the Sounders front office sent Gomez a pillow, per his request.
U.S. U-17 Men's National Team manager Richie Williams announced on Tuesday a 20-man roster for the 2013 CONCACAF U-17 Championship, set to take place from April 6-19 in Panama. The last four teams remaining in the competition qualify for the World Cup in the United Arab Emirates this October.
Two times during the match, the odds were against Paris Saint-Germain rescuing a point or finding a win.
But twice, the French side came back from a goal down to tie the scoreline in both controversial and dramatic fashion, tying Barcelona, 2-2, on Tuesday night in UEFA Champions League quarterfinal action in Paris.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Paris Saint-Germain host Lionel Messi and FC Barcelona (2:45pm, Fox Soccer Channel) in one of Tuesday's first-leg matches of the quarterfinals of the UEFA Champions League.
Ibrahimovic was recently cleared of a red-card ban that would have ruled him out for the matches against Barcelona, but the French club's leading scorer is now set to run at the heart of his former team.
The Seattle Sounders have an awful sense of timing.
Going into the first leg of the semifinals of the CONCACAF Champions League against Santos Laguna on Tuesday, the Sounders have lost two straight, have only one victory in six matches this year, and except for a 3-1 win over Tigres have scored only two goals.
It's a return trip to Paris for a number of Barcelona players who took part in Spain's 1-0 win over France, which took place at the Stade de France in Paris' northern suburbs. Now on the west side of the city near the River Seine, Barcelona travels to meet Paris Saint-Germain in UEFA Champions League quarter-final action.
Paris Saint-Germain have made plenty of big money and big exposure signings recently, and they could be preparing for a big one this summer.
Club President Nasser Al-Khelaifi spoke on Monday of his admiration for Manchester United forward Wayne Rooney, who has been subject to transfer speculation since being benched in the second-leg of United's Champions League tie against Real Madrid.
There was a larger-than-usual contingent of Americans Abroad in action this Monday, as the English League Championship and leagues in Denmark, Belgium, Norway, and Germany all had matches throughout the day.
In Norway, Mix Diskerud helped his case for a potential national team call-up this summer, scoring in the 53rd minute of his side Rosenberg's 4-0 win over Brann.
There were some pretty nervous U.S. Men's National Team fans not too long ago, when the roster for March qualifiers were announced and long-time captain Carlos Bocanegra was left out. His absence meant an inexperienced group would be responsible or trying to accrue valuable points in the CONCACAF Hexagonal.
The Montreal Impact saw their dream start to the 2013 MLS season halted by Sporting Kansas City, but that didn't stop two other teams from continuing impressive runs that few outside of their home markets could have seen coming.
FC Dallas and Chivas USA are two of the hottest teams in the league at the moment, with the Goats running their unbeaten streak to four matches while Dallas improved their record to a league-best 4-1 after edging New England.
On a night when returning U.S. Men's National team standouts Graham Zusi and Matt Besler turned in outstanding showings just days after playing key parts in the U.S. team's tie vs. Mexico, it might have been easy to overlook the impressive night of their World Cup veteran teammate.