Soccer By Ives Archives for January 2013

Roxburgh: Kaka, Abidal not in Red Bulls focus, but team analyzing all options

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BY DAVE MARTINEZ

HARRISON, N.J. The summer transfer window is traditionally a busy time for the New York Red Bulls. This year won't be any different.

Some familiar names continue to be linked with the team while others are beginning to be thrown into the mix as well.

International Rewind: Germany trounces Ecuador; England draw with Ireland; and more

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By DAN KARELL

Germany showed off their impressive depth on Wednesday afternoon, defeating 10th ranked Ecuador, 4-2, in the first of two friendly matches in the United States.

Missing a number of starters due to Bayern Munich's participation in the German Cup and Borussia Dortmund's recent participation in the Champions League final with Bayern, Joachim Löw's side proved that they could play sublime soccer even without the likes of Mario Götze, Mesut Özil, and Sami Khedira in the midfield.

Union Notes: Fernandes impresses in Open Cup; Torres absence discussed; and more

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By JOEL HOOVER

The Philadelphia Union's lineup stated it, but head coach John Hackworth wanted to explain: the U.S. Open Cup match Tuesday night against the Ocean City Nor'easters was not a time to try out new players or "play guys on the roster."

"We've taken it very seriously.

U.S. U-20s fall to Colombia for second loss in Toulon Tournament

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By DAN KARELL

On the heels of a disappointing but understandable loss to a bigger, faster, and stronger France team, the United States Under-20 Men's National Team were on the losing end of the scoreline yet again, falling to Colombia Under-20, 2-1, on Thursday in the Toulon Tournament.

AS Roma announced as 2013 MLS All Star Game opponent

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By DAN KARELL

Major League Soccer finally announced the opponent at the 2013 All Star Game in Kansas City, and at least one player on that team should be a household name to U.S. soccer fans.

U.S. international Michael Bradley and Serie A side A.S. Roma will come to Sporting Park on July 31 to face off against the MLS All Stars, pitting the likes of Bradley, Pablo Daniel Osvaldo, and club captain Francesco Totti against this season's crop of All Stars.

Centerback prospect signs homegrown deal with Red Bulls

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By DAN KARELL

Matt Miazga became the third homegrown player signing this season for the New York Red Bulls when he completed his first professional deal on Thursday.

The 17-year-old centerback is a product of the Red Bulls Academy and a member of the U.

Magee scores in debut to lead Fire to U.S. Open Cup win over Charlotte

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By TYLER DAY

The Mike Magee era began just as scripted for the Chicago Fire.

The Windy City native took only 11 minutes to score for his new club, leading the Fire to a 2-0 win at the Charlotte Eagles in the teams third round match in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.

Fire defender Gonzalo Segares served an early cross into the box and Magee calmly headed it into the net to give the Fire a 1-0 lead over the USL Pro side at Winthrop University in Charlotte.

Report: Chelis fired by Chivas USA (Updated)

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By IVES GALARCEP

Just two months after getting Chivas USA off to a promising start and taking MLS by storm with his charismatic coaching style, Jose Luis Sanchez Sola appears to be out of a job.

ESPN's John Sutcliffe reported on Wednesday night via Twitter that the coach known as 'El Chelis' has been fired by Chivas USA, with Jose Luis Real expected to take over on an interim basis.

Second-half collapse dooms USMNT in loss to Belgium

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By DAN KARELL

CLEVELAND The scoreboard read 1-1 at halftime of Wednesday's friendly between Belgium and the U.S. Men's National Team, but the first 45 minutes were far from even. Belgium had the better of the play, but the Americans fought hard enough to keep things even mid-way through the match.

Sounders and Galaxy the latest MLS clubs to fall in U.S. Open Cup

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

On Tuesday night, two Western Conference clubs made the trip to the East Coast and were promptly knocked out of the 2013 U.S. Open Cup by a pair of plucky USL Pro sides.

On Wednesday night, two teams from the NASL stepped up and doubled the underdogs' head count, dispatching visiting Western Conference opponents of their own.

Contenders for more USMNT playing time come up short vs. Belgium

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By FRANCO PANIZO

CLEVELAND -Wednesday night's match against Belgium was supposed to be a golden opportunity for some U.S. Men's National Team players to stake their claims to starting spots, or at the very least improve positions on the depth chart.

After more than two years on sidelines, Holden happy with USMNT return

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By FRANCO PANIZO

CLEVELAND There were not many positives for the U.S. Men's National Team to take away from their 4-2 defeat to Belgium, but there is no denying that what transpired in the 81st minute was something truly special.

As the U.

USMNT 1, Belgium 4: SBI Player Grades

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By IVES GALARCEP

CLEVELAND When asked to list three bright spots for the U.S. Men's National Team from Wednesday night's 4-2 loss to Belgium, Jurgen Klinsmann gave a wry smile that acknowledged just how tough a task that was.

Klinsmann wasn't quite able to come up with three, and that told you all you needed to know about Wednesday's match.

Report: USMNT to play Bosnia & Herzegovina in August

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By DAN KARELL

U.S. Men's National Team manager Jurgen Klinsmann isn't bucking his trend of scheduling friendly matches against European nations.

According to a report out of Bosnia, the U.S. will play against Bosnia and Herzegovina on August 14 in Sarejevo. The match will be the first for the side following the Gold Cup and the only preparation ahead of two World Cup qualifiers against Costa Rica on the road and Mexico in Columbus.

Chivas USA sued by former youth coaches for discrimination

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BY MIKE DONOVAN

Two former Chivas USA youth coaches have filed a lawsuit against the club, claiming they fired because they were"neither Mexican nor Latino,"according to the Los Angeles Times.

Daniel Calichman and Ted Chronopoulos, who both played for the U.S. Mens National team and in MLS, had been coaching in the club's youth academy until they were dismissed on March 7.

USA vs. Belgium (SBI Live Match Night Commentary)

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By IVES GALARCEP

CLEVELAND The U.S. Men's National Team kicks off a run of five matches culminating in three key World Cup qualifiers tonight against Belgium in a friendly at FirstEnergy Stadium (8pm, ESPN).

The Americans will be without some key first-team players who are out due to club commitments and injuries, including Michael Bradley, Fabian Johnson, Timmy Chandler and Maurice Edu.

Chivas USA sued by former youth coaches for discrimination

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BY MIKE DONOVAN

Two former Chivas USA youth coaches have filed a lawsuit against the club, claiming they fired because they were"neither Mexican nor Latino,"according to the Los Angeles Times.

Daniel Calichman and Ted Chronopoulos, who both played for the U.S. Mens National team and in MLS, had been coaching in the club's youth academy until they were dismissed on March 7.

Beasley’s journey to 100 USMNT caps in pictures

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By IVES GALARCEP

CLEVELAND- A dozen years after making his U.S. Men's National Team debut as an 18-year old, DaMarcus Beasley will make his 100th national team appearance tonight when the U.S. faces Belgium at FirstEnergy Stadium.

Beasley's journey to 100 caps has taken him to three World Cups, and seen him on multiple Gold Cup-winning squads.

FC Dallas sell Mexican U-20 GK Sanchez to Tigres

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By IVES GALARCEP

FC Dallas Homegrown Player Richard Sanchez has quietly been one of the most sought-after young players in Major League Soccer since helping lead the Mexican Under-17 National Team to the Under-17 World Cup title in 2011. Now, two years later, FC Dallas is cashing in on the booming interest in the young U.

A day in the life of Herculez Gomez (Part 2)

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International Champions Cup Schedule announced

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By DAN KARELL

San Francisco, Indianapolis, and Phoenix will host first round matches in the International Champions Cup.

Relevant Sports and Entertainment announced on Tuesday the schedule, venues, and bracket of the inaugural tournament, that will feature seven European sides and one Major League Soccer club playing matches in the United States and Europe between July 27 and August 7.

RSL survive overtime scare, defeat Atlanta Silverbacks

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By TYLER GRAY

Sandy, UT Jason Kreis' nightmare scenario nearly came true.

A year after losing in the U.S. Open Cup third round to NASL club Minnesota Stars (now Minnesota United), Real Salt Lake conceded a lead just three minutes before full time, forcing this year's third round match against a lower division opponent into extra time.

Previewing Wednesday’s U.S. Open Cup Third Round Matches

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

After a wild Tuesday evening of upsets, narrow wins, red cards and last-minute goals, seven more Major League Soccer sides look to survive and advance in Wednesday's Third Round action in the 100th U.S. Open Cup.

Charlotte Eagles (USL Pro) vs. Chicago Fire (MLS): 7 p.

USL Pro’s Orlando City, Charleston pull off huge upsets Tuesday in Third Round of U.S. Open Cup

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

Last year, half of Major League Soccer's 16 American clubs were bounced out of the U.S. Open Cup in the Third Round.

Barring an upset-heavy Wednesday night, more MLS clubs should survive in the tournament's centennial edition but the upset bug was buzzing all around the country on Tuesday.

USMNT’s centerback spots still up for grabs ahead of busy summer

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By FRANCO PANIZO

CLEVELAND It may not have been ideal for U.S. Men's National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann to field three different pairings at centerback through the first three World Cup qualifiers in the Hexagonal, but it may have just worked out in the team's favor.

Strong Belgium squad offers tough first test of busy stretch for USMNT

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By DAN KARELL

CLEVELAND It may not be highest on the list in terms of importance, but the first match of the U.S. Men's National Team's upcoming run of five matches in two weeks will certainly be one of the toughest.

The USMNT begin their busy run of matches on Wednesday night against Belgium, one of most talented young teams in the world.

Carroll’s stoppage time header edges Union past PDL’s Ocean City

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By JOEL HOOVER

With the U.S. Open Cup in its 100th edition this year, it is fitting that such a landmark coincides with the creation of the Philadelphia Union's Bethlehem Steel-inspired third kit. Bethlehem, after all, won the cup a record-tying five times back in the 1910s and 20s.

D.C. United top Richmond Kickers in penalty kick shootout

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By PABLO MAURER

RICHMOND As D.C. United head coach Ben Olsen made his way over to the press assembled under the far side bleachers at City Stadium in Richmond, his body language was one of a man who, for the time being, could finally exhale.

"Overtime. PK's. Of course.

Wednesday Kickoff: West Ham given approval to start Olympic Stadium renovations; match-fixing allegations in Spain; and more

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By DAN KARELL

Folks living on Green Street in east London might want to start counting down the days before West Ham leave the Boleyn Ground.

After receiving a 99 year lease on March 22, West Ham were given approval on Tuesday to begin converting the Olympic Stadium in Stratford, London to a 54,000 seat arena that will become the new home of the Irons in 2016.

Kljestan poised to capitalize on first USMNT start under Klinsmann

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By FRANCO PANIZO

CLEVELAND Speaking at his pre-game press conference on Tuesday, U.S. Men's National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann made it clear that the pair of upcoming friendlies will serve as an opportunity for players to prove themselves and he even used the player sitting next to him as a prime example.

USMNT Daily Update: Who should Klinsmann start vs. Belgium? (Take Two)

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By IVES GALARCEP

CLEVELAND- While we went through our traditional exercise of trying to project the U.S. Men's National Team lineup for Wednesday's friendly vs. Belgium just a week ago, the myriad of changes in the camp has shaken things up enough to justify another look at the squad Klinsmann could field against the Belgians.

U.S. U-20s fall in Toulon Tournament opener to host France U-21s

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

For the majority of their first match in this year's Toulon Tournament, a less than full-strength U.S. U-20 squad held their own against France's U-21s.

However, a pair of one-two punches from France at the end of both halves knocked out any chance of points for the Americans on Tuesday.

USMNT Notes: Kljestan starting vs. Belgium, Cherundolo requested USMNT break, and more

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By IVES GALARCEP

CLEVELAND- Jurgen Klinsmann didn't reveal his starting lineup for Wednesday night's U.S. Men's National Team friendly vs. Belgium, but the player seated alongside Klinsmann for Tuesday's press conference revealed at least one of the players he will call on.

The SBI Show: Episode 36 (Previewing USMNT-Belgium, NYCFC, MLS Week 13 and more)

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By IVES GALARCEP

With Memorial Day in the rearview mirror, summer is fast approaching and it is time to start talking about the U.S. Men's National Team and their busy summer ahead.

Episode 36 of The SBI Show features a closer look at the USMNT, as co-host Garrett Cleverly and I preview Wednesday night's match against Belgium, and look at the team we are likely to see Jurgen Klinsmann trot out against the Belgians.

Preview: Tonight’s U.S. Open Cup Third Round Matches

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By PABLO MAURER

It's that time of year again, the time of year when Major League Soccer sides enter U.S. Open Cup play. This year's tournament the hundredth edition of the cup features some intriguing third round match-ups. Let's take a look at this week's games.

Richmond Kickers vs.

U.S. Under-20s begin Toulon Tournament against France

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By DAN KARELL

Head coach Tab Ramos and theU.S. Under-20 Men's National Team begin the Toulon Tournament on Tuesday afternoon with a match against France (1:30pm, BeIN Sport).

The annual summer tournament is being used as a final test for the coaching staff to finalize their squad ahead of the Under-20 World Cup in Turkey that starts on June 21.

Beasley reflects on career journey as he stands poised to earn 100th USMNT cap

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By DAN KARELL

CLEVELAND DaMarcus Beasley stands on the precipice of accomplishing a feat only 12 male athletes in United States soccer history have ever achieved. Earning his 100th cap.

On Wednesday, fewer than 200 miles from where he grew up in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Beasley has the opportunity to take the field at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland, in a friendly match against Belgium, and cement his name in the history books.

USMNT Notes: Roster takes shape ahead of Belgium friendly, Holden discusses Rogers’ return, and more

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By FRANCO PANIZO

CLEVELAND The U.S. Men's National Team took the field at FirstEnergy Stadium amid a light drizzle on Monday afternoon, and the roster continued to fill out even as the training session went on.

Sixteen players started the practice that continued the U.

After more than two and a half years away, Holden ready to make most of his USMNT return

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By IVES GALARCEP

CLEVELAND As the familiar U.S. Men's National Team faces poured onto the field at FirstEnergy Stadium on Monday, one face stood out. Not because he didn't belong, but because it had been so long since he had been seen wearing USMNT attire and preparing to play a role with the national team.

Tuesday Kickoff: Neymar completes move to Barcelona; Crystal Palace return to the Premier League; and more

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By DAN KARELL

After years of promises to leave Brazil after the 2014 World Cup, Neymar has changed his mind and will be heading to Europe a year earlier than expected.

The Santos FC forward inked a five-year contract with Spain giants FC Barcelona on Monday, two days after officially deciding that the Catalan coastal city would be his next destination.

Hoffenheim beat Kaiserslautern to stay in Bundesliga

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By DAN KARELL

U.S. internationals Danny Williams and Fabian Johnson won't have to worry about playing in the second division next season.

The pair's club TSG Hoffenheim defeated Kaiserslautern, 2-1, (5-2 on aggregate) on Monday afternoon in the second-leg of the Bundesliga relegation playoffs to ensure a place in next season's German top division.

Edu, Ashe withdraw from USMNT camp; Shea to head to Dallas for treatment

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By FRANCO PANIZO

The U.S. Men's National Team super-sized roster just became a little leaner.

Maurice Edu, Corey Ashe and Brek Shea were forced to withdraw from the U.S. camp because of injuries, U.S. Soccer announced on Monday.Edu has been dealing with a sports hernia that was diagnosed by Stoke City after his loan with Bursaspor ended, Ashe suffered a groin strain in the Houston Dynamo's 1-1 draw with Sporting Kansas City this past Sunday and Shea is recovering from a right calf strain sustained while with Stoke.

D.C. United Notes: Olsen not worried about DeRo and Ruiz; squad prepares for U.S. Open Cup; and more

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By DAN KARELL

WASHINGTON D.C. United head coach Ben Olsen responded publicly for the first time to comments made on Saturday evening by United captain Dwayne De Rosario, unhappy after being benched in favor of Guatemalan forward Carlos Ruiz. When asked whether he cared to elaborate on his decisions and the comments made by both Ruiz and DeRo, Olsen took a pass.

NWSL Week Seven Rewind: Fun for the favorites

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By MIKE McCALL

The rich got richer in the National Women's Soccer League this week, as all four games went to the team that came in ranked higher in the league table.

Most notably, Portland and Sky Blue FC kept their first-place deadlock alive and widened their lead to eight points over the rest of the field.

NASL Week 8: A Look Back

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By MIKE GRAMAJO

There's a new team at the top of the standings.

The Atlanta Silverbacks defeated the San Antonio Scorpions, 1-0, on Saturday, leap-frogging past the Carolina RailHawks and Tampa Bay Rowdies to the pole position in the North American Soccer League.

Minnesota United made up for last Saturday's defeat to the Tampa Bay Rowdies at the Metrodome by returning the favor, defeating the Rowdies on the road by a 3-2 margin, the same as the prior week's result.

SBI MLS Team of the Week: Los Angeles Galaxy

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By IVES GALARCEP

The Seattle Sounders entered their Western Conference showdown vs. the Los Angeles Galaxy riding a six-match unbeaten streak, and having scored eight goals in two matches.

That hot streak came to a sudden and brutal halt at the hands of the Los Angeles Galaxy, who turned in the most impressive performance of the weekend, dismantling the Sounders in a 4-0 rout that made them the clear-cut choice for SBI MLS Team of the Week.

SBI MLS Goal of the Week: Jamison Olave

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A day in the life of Herculez Gomez (Part 1)

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SBI MLS Rookie of the Week: Deshorn Brown

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By DAN KARELL

The Colorado Rapids have relied all season on the youth in the squad, and last Saturday was no different.

Rookie forward Deshorn Brown set up both goals for the Rapids as they defeated Chivas USA, 2-0, earning Brown this week's honor of SBI MLS Rookie of the Week.

SBI MLS Player of the Week: Marco Di Vaio

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By IVES GALARCEP

The Montreal Impact put on an attacking show on Saturday vs. the Philadelphia Union and once again it was Marco Di Vaio at the forefront of the assault.

The Italian striker scored a first-half hat-trick to help the Impact pull off a 5-3 rout over the Union.

Keane’s hat-trick and Rogers’ LA debut steal show as Galaxy rout Sounders

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By IVES GALARCEP

The Los Angeles Galaxy had lost three of their past four matches, and limped back home to face a red-hot Seattle Sounders side that had won four of five and put together a six-match unbeaten streak heading into Sunday night. Their clash had all the makings of a mismatch.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Talk about ending a season in style.

Terrence Boyd capped his first year as a pro in dream fashion on Sunday, assisting on a goal before scoring one of his ownin Rapid Vienna's 3-0 victory over SV Josko Ried. Boyd's tally was the final strike in the club's season finale and it raised his goal-scoring total to 17 across all competitions, with 13 of those coming in league play for third-placed Rapid Vienna.

Monday Kickoff: Club America win final on penalty kicks; Lazio captures Italian Cup against Roma; and more

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By DAN KARELL

Down a man early and trailing by two goals to Cruz Azul on aggregate in the 89th minute of the Liga MX Final second-leg, it seemed that all hope was lost for Club America.

What happened next could only have been written by Hollywood screen-writers.

America defender Aquvaldo Mosquera sent in a header in the 89th minute, and three minutes later in stoppage time, America goalkeeper Moises Muñoz, pushing all the way into the box, headed in a corner kick that beat Cruz Azul goalkeeper Jesus Corona to tie the match on aggregate, 2-2.

Kamara equalizer spoils stellar showing from Hall as Dynamo and Sporting KC tie

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By IVES GALARCEP

When it became clear a week ago that the Houston Dynamo would be without starting centerbacks Bobby Boswell (suspension) and Jermaine Taylor (injured), their looming trip to Sporting Park to take on Sporting KC suddenly looked like too tall a task.

Dynamo goalkeeper Tally Hall had other ideas, turning in the kind of effort that reminded us why he has been called in as part of the U.

Olave’s blast earns Red Bulls a point against the Crew

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By DAN KARELL

HARRISON, N.J. Needing a goal to rescue a point, the ball fell to maybe the most unlikely of Red Bulls players.

In stoppage time, Red Bulls defender Jamison Olave collected a flicked cross from teammate Johnny Steele, controlled it with the poise of a veteran forward, and fired the ball into the net to tie the match at two.

MLS Week 13: Your Sunday Running Commentary

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By IVES GALARCEP

Robbie Rogers is set to make his Los Angeles Galaxy debut tonight as the Galaxy face red-hot Seattle in the most high-profile match of the day in Major League Soccer.

Three matches fill the league schedule today, starting with the Eastern Conference rivalry clash between Sporting Kansas City and the Houston Dynamo.

Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

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By MICHAEL KLINE

Today's soccer action is kicked off in Rome, where the Coppa Italia Final will see local rivals AS Roma and Lazio square off in an intense battle for cup glory and a spot in next season's Europa League.

American midfielder Michael Bradley and Roma have the opportunity to claim the club's tenth Coppa Italia cup trophy, which would move Roma ahead of Juventus as the competition's most successful club.

Nasri brace leads Man City over Chelsea at Yankee Stadium

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By DAN KARELL

BRONX, N.Y. For the final time in the 2012-2013 season, Chelsea and Manchester City took the field, putting on an eight-goal thriller in the Bronx.

City finished off their post-season tour of the U.S. with their second win in as many games, beating Chelsea 5-3 in front of 39,462 fans on Saturday night at Yankee Stadium.

Neymar chooses FC Barcelona, announcement set for Monday

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By IVES GALARCEP

Brazilian superstar Neymar had suspense building over his decision on which European powerhouse he would leave Santos for, and as of Friday evening, he had settled on two final options.

He revealed his decision on Saturday, informing fans (and the world) via Instagram that he will be signing with Barcelona (which confirmed the news on Saturday night as well):

"It's not going to hold out until Monday .

Fagundez, Agudelo score again as Revs defeat struggling TFC

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

The New England Revolution are winners of back-to-back matches for the first time in 2013, and they owe both victories to their two bright young forwards.

After scoring in last week's 2-0 win over Houston, Diego Fagundez and Juan Agudelo got on the scoreboard again on Saturday night as New England defeated struggling Toronto FC 2-0.

Di Vaio hat-trick leads Impact in five-goal romp over Union

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By JOEL HOOVER

Goals seemed inevitable from the start in a game that featured two of MLS' most in-form strikers in Golden Boot leader Jack McInerney from Philadelphia and Marco Di Vaio of Montreal.

By the end of the night, there were much more than just two players on the scoresheet, but it was DiVaio who stood out above the rest.

Timbers keep rolling as D.C. United nightmare season continues

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By PABLO MAURER

WASHINGTON Saturday evening's matchup between D.C. United and the Portland Timbers was a tale of two teams headed in very, very different directions.United entered the game with only four points to their name. Portland, on the other hand, entered the match riding a 10-match unbeaten streak.

Changes in personnel, formation no hurdle to Timbers’ road success

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By THOMAS FLOYD

WASHINGTON — There have been changes in personnel. Tweaks to the formation. Adjustments in philosophy. But away from home, there is one constant for the Portland Timbers: results.

As the Timbers continue to rack up points on the road, coach Caleb Porter feels his side is sending a message to the rest of MLS that Portland is no "one-trick pony.

Johnson’s saves and Amarikwa equalizer help Fire earn draw vs. RSL

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BY TYLER GRAY

SANDY, Utah- The Chicago Fire had one solid opportunity on goal all night and did not waste it.

In a match that saw RSL dominate possession and chances, the Fire were able to capitalize on their one good chance on goal to level the match 1-1 and escape Rio Tinto Stadium with a valuable road point.

Fernandez shines in goal as FC Dallas fend off Earthquakes

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By IVES GALARCEP

FC Dallas Stadium has been a fortress of sorts for the top team in MLS this season, with only the Portland Timbers succeeding in escaping Frisco, Texas with so much as a point.

The San Jose Earthquakes came into Saturday night's match still looking for their first road win of the season, and while they pushed FC Dallas for most of the night, they never could find a way to beat Peruvian goalkeeper Raul Fernandez.

Gyau loan not extended by St Pauli, will return to Hoffenheim

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If Joe Gyau is to build on the first-team minutes he received this past season and continue his development,he will not be doing so with St Pauli.

Gyau's time with St Pauli has come to an end after the 2. Bundesliga club decided not to extend his loan for another season. The 20-year-old Gyau will now return to Hoffenheim, who loaned him out last August andare currentlyfighting to remain in Germany's top tier.

MLS Week 13: Your Running Commentary

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

After their first loss in more than two months, FC Dallas are back home this weekend as they look to bounce back and maintain the league's best overall record.

Dallas's opponents tonight are the San Jose Earthquakes, who pulled off some more second-half heroics last weekend to tie the Colorado Rapids.

Robben the hero as Bayern edge Dortmund in thrilling UCL Final

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

For the past few seasons, Bayern Munich's Arjen Robben has endured criticisms about his performances in finals.

On Saturday, the Dutch winger exorcised the big game demons for himself and his club with a last-minute winner in the UEFA Champions League Final.

Official: Galaxy introduce Rogers after trading Magee to Fire

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By IVES GALARCEP

The Los Angeles Galaxy introduced Robbie Rogers to the media on Saturday, after announcing the completion of their trade with the Chicago Fire for Mike Magee.

The deal completes weeks of negotiations between the Galaxy and Fire for the rights to Rogers, who signed his deal with MLS on Friday to pave the way for the trade that sent Magee to his hometown of Chicago.

UEFA Champions League Final: Your Running Commentary

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

After weeks of anticipation, the biggest day in European club soccer is finally here.

Today, German powerhouses Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund square off at London's Wembley Stadium for the right to be called Champions of Europe.

Bayern Munich can already call themselves Champions of Germany after one of the most dominating league campaigns in recent European history.

Coaching carousel rolls on: Mohamed to leave Club Tijuana; Benitez linked to Napoli job; and more

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

After a successful two-year stint as head coach, Antonio Mohamed appears to be on his way out at Club Tijuana.

Mohamed gave what sounded like a farewell press conference following the Xolos' first leg draw with Atletico Minero in the Copa Libertadores quarterfinals on Thursday evening.

Magee dealt to Fire for rights to Rogers, who has signed deal with Galaxy

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By IVES GALARCEP

When the word of Robbie Rogers' desire to play for the Los Angeles Galaxy first surfaced, the initial belief was that the Chicago Fire (which hold Rogers' MLS rights) would likely fetch something small in a trade.

The Fire aimed much, much higher than just a draft pick of allocation and landed a hometown hero in the process.

This Weekend’s Soccer on TV

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By MICHAEL KLINE

All eyes will be on Wembley this weekend, where Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund will clash in the Champions League final.

The stage has been set for the German rivals to square off on Saturday, and while Dortmund may be relishing being the underdogs, surely Bayern remember what happened when they were favorites in last season's final.

USMNT Daily Update: Will Klinsmann move Johnson to left wing, and can he afford not to?

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By IVES GALARCEP

It is time to test your memory a bit. Think about the best performance by a U.S. Men's National Team left winger that you can remember. When was the last time an American left winger truly marauded down the flank as a true flank player, providing width and service and pace?

Toronto FC waive Bostock

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By DAN KARELL

Toronto FC announced that they have placed midfielder John Bostock on waivers, ending the loan deal with Tottenham Hotspurs ahead of schedule.

Bostock played in nine matches in all competitions, but had not come off the bench in the past two matches and hadn't started in Major League Soccer play since early April.

Lazio and Roma battle for bragging rights, Europa League spot in Coppa Italia final

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

Although bragging rights in the Italian capital would normally be enough reward for the winner of the fierceLazio-Roma derby, a major domestic trophy and a spot in next season's Europa league will also be on the line when the two sides meet in the Coppa Italia final this Sunday.

New York-based supporters group backs Cosmos in wake of NYCFC announcement

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By DAN KARELL

The announcement to create New York City Football Club as the next Major League Soccer expansion franchise elicited positive responses from across the city and country.

However, the Borough Boys, a supporters club whose mission is to "assist in bringing a top flight soccer club to New York City," and to, "dedicate themselves to supporting the club and representing the fans in club and league affairs," has announced their opposition to NYCFC.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Preview

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By FRANCO PANIZO

The majority of leagues across Europe may have come to a close already, but that does not mean there is a shortage of action involving the Americans Abroad contingent this weekend.

Michael Bradley and AS Roma headline what should be another dramatic few days in the world of soccer, as they battle rivals Napoli in a Rome derby with much on the line on Sunday.

NASL Week 8: A Look Ahead

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By MIKE GRAMAJO

The Tampa Bay Rowdies look to continue their positive momentum when they host Minnesota United FC on Saturday at Al Lang Field. Both team's met last week at the Metrodome, as Rowdies forward Keith Savage scored a late-goal to give the Tampa side three points on the road.

SBI Fantasy MLS: Week 12 Preview

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By CASEY CANNON

Hello and welcome to the Soccer by Ives Fantasy Corner – now greedier than ever! Every week I dig through statistics, news and rumors to provide the reader with the kind of fantasy advice that $100,000,000 can buy.

Exciting news for Red Bull fans this week: In order to alleviate the problems with the overcrowded stadium and exorbitant secondary ticket market prices, MLS announced the addition of a second New York team.

NWSL Week 7: A Look Ahead

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By MIKE McCALL

At this early stage in the National Women's Soccer League season, the title race is starting to take shape.

The Thorns are good, the Reign are bad (at least until reinforcements come), and teams like Sky Blue FC and FC Kansas City might just have what it takes to challenge the favorites in Portland.

MLS Week 13: A Look Ahead

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By THOMAS FLOYD

While the calendar may say it's Memorial Day weekend, the pair of high-profile playoff rematches on the docket will be giving MLS fans a tantalizing taste of November soccer.

After having their 36-game home unbeaten run ended by Sporting Kansas City earlier this month, the Houston Dynamo will look to return the favor with a road result of their own at Sporting Park in a key clash for the crowded Eastern Conference.

Cosmos unveil new Nike-designed uniforms

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The New York Cosmos will have a new look when they take the field in the NASL this summer, sporting these snazzy new uniforms designed by Nike, which struck a deal with the Cosmos to be their official kit supplier.

What do you think of the uniforms?

Share your thoughts below.

Monaco complete record transfer for Rodriguez and Moutinho

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By DAN KARELL

AS Monaco is serious about competing next season in Ligue.

The recently promoted side finalized the transfer of two of the best midfielders in the world from FC Porto, paying a price of $90.5 million for James Rodriguez and Joao Moutinho. Both clubs confirmed the transfer on Friday, which according to Porto is the largest transfer fee in the history of Portuguese soccer.

Friday Kickoff: UEFA votes to give UCL place to Europa League winners; Tijuana squander lead in Libertadores; and more

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By DAN KARELL

Starting next season, the UEFA Europa League champions will have a protected place in the Champions League the following season.

UEFA confirmed the news on Friday, hoping to give teams more motivation to play stronger sides in the competition. The decision would also ensure a the winner of the Europa League a place in the Champions League despite where they finish in the league.

Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund set to clash in all-German UEFA Champions League Final

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund will make UEFA Champions League history on Saturday when the two giants square off at Wembley Stadium in London in the first all-German final.

It will be a banner day for the Bundesliga, which has rallied from a mid-2000s slump in continental play to put its name in the running today for the title of best league in Europe.

Soccer Thursday: Your Running Commentary

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By DAN KARELL

The Americas capture the world's attention in soccer matches on Thursday, with a Liga MX playoff final, Copa Libertadores duals, and a high powered international friendly on tap.

Club America and their strike duo of Christian Benitez and Raul Jimenez travel ten miles up the road to face their Mexico City rivals Cruz Azul in the first-leg of the Liga MX Clausura playoffs finals.

Hoffenheim defeat Kaiserslautern in first-leg of relegation playoffs

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By DAN KARELL

TSG Hoffenheim used two first half goals to take a 3-1 victory over FC Kaiserslautern in the first-leg of the Bundesliga relegation playoffs.

With Fabian Johnson starting on the left wing, Hoffenheim scored their highest goal total since April 5. Roberto Firmino scored twice for the Bundesliga side and provided the assist for the third goal scored by Sven Schipplock.

Arrieta suspension upheld, will miss match vs. Red Bulls

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By DAN KARELL

Columbus Crew forward Jairo Arrieta's two match suspension was upheld by Major League Soccer commissioner Don Garber after an appeal, keeping the Costa Rica international out of the lineup for the Crew's match on Saturday against the New York Red Bulls.

Arrieta was suspended on May 17 for violent conduct, after an elbow to the head of Colorado Rapids defender Drew Moor during a match on May 11.

USMNT Daily Update: Who should start vs. Belgium?

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By IVES GALARCEP

The U.S. Men's National Team will play their first of five matches in a three-week span on Wednesday in Cleveland, Ohio, and while it is arguably the least meaningful of the five, it should offer Jurgen Klinsmann a chance to see some different options in the starting lineup.

MLS East Notes: Cahill called up by Socceroos; Koevermans eyes return in next home match; and more

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By DAN KARELL

Red Bulls manager Mike Petke foreshadowed it last week on his weekly media teleconference, and the news was eventually released on late Wednesday night that midfielder Tim Cahill had been selected for Australia's upcoming World Cup qualifying matches.

Union set to deal Soumare to Fire

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By IVES GALARCEP

If the Chicago Fire needed some convincing that they should make a trade for Bakary Soumare, a pair of shutout losses coming at the hands of a defense featuring Soumare did the trick.

The Fire are set to acquire Soumare from the Philadelphia Union, sources confirmed to SBI on Thursday.

MLS West Notes: O’Neill among Rapids U.S. U-20 call-ups, RSL returns home, and more

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BY MIKE DONOVAN

The Colorado Rapids are the only MLS franchise with multiple players named to the most recent U.S. U-20 Men's National Team roster with Shane O'Neill and Dillon Serna being named to Tab Ramos' squad for the Toulon Tournament. While the tournament runs from May 28 through June 8, O'Neill will stay with the club for its June 1 match with FC Dallasbefore flying to France.

Dynamo left back Ashe added to USMNT squad for Belgium friendly

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By IVES GALARCEP

Houston Dynamo left back Corey Ashe will join the U.S. Men's National Team camp ahead of the team's friendly vs. Belgium on May 29th, U.S. Soccer announced on Thursday.

Ashe will be with the team for the Belgium friendly before returning to the Dynamo.

Thursday Kickoff: PSG offer to match Rooney’s current wages; Higuain nears Juventus move; and more

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By DAN KARELL

David Moyes has just begun his term as Manchester United manager, but it's becoming clearer and clearer that he'll have to start next season without Wayne Rooney.

The former Everton youth graduate has been linked with a transfer to French club Paris Saint-Germain, and according to reports in England, PSG told Rooney's representatives that they would be willing to match his wages if he agrees a transfer to France.

SBI MLS Best XI: Week 12

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By IVES GALARCEP

The Real Salt Lake team that won the 2009 MLS Cup and put together a run of some of the most attractive soccer in league history has been dismantled, but the efforts of several members of that team provided a reminder of just how good that RSL team was.

Four current and former members of the 2009 MLS Cup-winning RSL team made SBI MLS Team of the Week for Week 12.

New Manchester City Home Jersey revealed

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Manchester City have decided to use their tour of the United States to unveil their new home jersey (you can see it above).

What do you think? An upgrade over the old one? Plan on buying one? Hoping New York City FC wears a similar uniform or think Yankee pinstripes are inevitable?

Share your thoughts below.

UEFA considering giving Europa League winner Champions League place

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By IVES GALARCEP

The Europa League is a competition that doesn't carry quite the prestige you would expect for a European competition, particularly in country's with larger leagues that are far more interested in Champions League glory.

UEFA just might have the way to make the competition matter much more.

Lichaj to leave Aston Villa this summer

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By IVES GALARCEP

After five years that saw him spend far more time on the bench than on the field, Eric Lichaj is ready to leave Aston Villa for the next destination in his playing career.

The American fullback will be leaving Villa Park after the Villans declined to re-sign the 24-year old.

Timbers Notes: Unbeaten streak reaches double digits, Valencia shines, and more

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BY MIKE DONOVAN

In Portland's first two seasons in the MLS, the Timbers longest unbeaten run was five games. But just one-third of the way into head coach Caleb Porter's first season, his squad is rewriting the record book.

The club has already doubled their longest unbeaten streak in MLS having gone ten matches in a row without a defeat.

Garber addresses NYCFC stadium pursuit, Chivas USA rumors, future MLS expansion and more

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By FRANCO PANIZO

NEW YORK MLS commissioner Don Garber was standing in front of a herd of media members to discuss the addition of New York City FC on Wednesday and in his hands was a dark handkerchief that he used to wipe off sweat from his forehead.

The questions Garber was answering weren't the reason for the perspiration the quaint room with a kid-sized soccer field at the top of P.

MLS Ticker: Galaxy release Keane for Ireland matches; Boswell suspended two games for headbutt; and more

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By DAN KARELL

The last thing the Los Angeles Galaxy needed in their current three losses in four games skid is to lose their captain for an extended period of time.

This looks to be the case, as Galaxy manager Bruce Arena and captain Robbie Keane came to an agreement to allow the 32-year-old forward to play for the Republic of Ireland on four different occasions in the next three weeks.

SBI MLS Power Rankings: Week 12

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By IVES GALARCEP

Don't look now, but the New York Red Bulls are on a roll and looking like a team to be taken seriously as a title contender in 2013.

The Red Bulls pushed their current hot streak to five wins in six unbeaten matches, with the Los Angeles Galaxy playing the role of the latest victim.

Holden set to sign one-year extension at Bolton

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By DAN KARELL

It's looking likely that Stuart Holden will get another shot to prove his worth to Bolton Wanderers FC over a full season.

According to a report in England, Holden is set to sign a one-year contract with the club, keeping him at the Reebok Stadium through the end of the 2013-2014 season.

Union Notes: Parke return means tough decisions about Soumare; Reaction to NYC FC; and more

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By DAN KARELL

After reeling off two wins in three matches last week, both against the Chicago Fire, the Philadelphia Union were given an additional boost this week with the news that Jeff Parke is fully fit.

Parke went down with a hamstring strain in the Union's 2-2 draw with the Seattle Sounders on May 4, forcing him out of the team's last three matches.

SBI MLS Rookie of the Week: Andrew Farrell

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By DAN KARELL

New England Revolution right back Andrew Farrell has had a solid start to his professional career, and he continued it was a 90 minute effort against the Houston Dynamo last Saturday, in a 2-0 victory at BBVA Compass Stadium.

Petke ready to welcome NYCFC to MLS with a ‘smashing’

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By IVES GALARCEP

UPPER MONTCLAIR, N.J.- When the announcement of New York City FC as Major League Soccer's 20th expansion team hit, the official reaction from the New York Red Bulls was a tame one. A non-descript statement with a bland response from the team's front office gave little evidence of the budding rivalry MLS is hoping will form.

Bijev called up by Bulgaria for upcoming Euro U-21 qualifiers

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Villyan Bijev's international future is officially up in the air.

Bijev, a 20-year-old forward who currently is in Liverpool's system, has been called up by Bulgaria's Under-21 team for a pair of Euro U-21 qualifiers vs. Andorrain early June. Should Bijev play in either of those matches, he would be provisionally cap-tied to Bulgaria and would need to file a one-time switch in order to play again for a U.

MLS Spotlight: Gonzalez more comfortable, confident but room to grow still remains

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By FRANCO PANIZO

UPPER MONTCLAIR, N.J. From being named MLS Cup MVP as his LA Galaxy successfully defended their 2011 championship in December to starting in all-important World Cup qualifiers, Omar Gonzalez has accomplished quite a bit during the past six months.

Reyna named New York City FC Director of Football Operations

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Claudio Reyna's relationship with Manchester City just came full circle.

The English Premier League club announced on Wednesday at a press conference in Manhattan that the former City and U.S. Men's National Team midfielder is the new Director of Football Operations for Major League Soccer's newest team, New York City FC.

Sermanni names USWNT roster for Canada match

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By MIKE McCALL

Yesterday's U.S. women's national team roster announcement wasn't much for the dramatic, but there were a few noteworthy developments.

Head coach Tom Sermanni named 21 players who will take part in a training camp before a June 2 showdown with Canada at Toronto's BMO Field, and there will be three important if expected absences.

PDL clubs provide surprises in second round of U.S. Open Cup

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By DAN KARELL

Against the odds, four Premier Development League (PDL) sides came through victorious in the second round of the U.S. Open Cup, defeating professional opposition on Tuesday evening.

FC Tucson outlasted the NASL's San Antonio Scorpions on the road on penalty kicks, winning 4-3 after the score was level at 2-2 following regulation and extra time.

Wednesday Kickoff: Neymar inches closer to Barcelona; Lewandowski only wants Bayern move; and more

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By DAN KARELL

Neymar looks to be accelerating his move abroad.

After years of promising that he wouldn't leave until after the 2014 World Cup on home soil, the Brazilian starlet is moving closer to a move to Barcelona this July, according to reports out of Brazil.

According to the reports, Neymar signed a deal with Barcelona last week, and could make his final appearance for Santos on Sunday in the side's first domestic match of the season against Flamengo.

D.C. United notes: Players react to NYCFC; DeLeon showcases versatility; and more

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By THOMAS FLOYD

WASHINGTON — As Chris Pontius wrapped up training at RFK Stadium on Tuesday, he got wind of the news that his D.C. United side will be gaining a new Eastern Conference rival come 2015.

Then he found out New York City FC will be owned by Manchester City and the New York Yankees.

Garber confident Red Bulls will benefit from addition of NYCFC

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By FRANCO PANIZO

The arrival of New York City FC will be beneficial to all, including the New York Red Bulls.

That was an underlying message from MLS commissioner Don Garber during a Tuesday conference call in which he discussed NYCFC joining the league as its 20th team in 2015.

New York City FC are ready to take on challenges of MLS

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By DAN KARELL

It took 18 years to come to reality, but Major League Soccer commissioner Don Garber has finally accomplished one of the league's original goals.

MLS announced on Tuesday that the newest franchise in the league will be New York City Football Club, putting a second team in the New York metro area.

Evans added to USMNT roster for upcoming camp

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By FRANCO PANIZO

The U.S. Men's National Team will be one player deeper when they assemble for camp next week,as head coach Jurgen Klinsmann added Brad Evans to the roster on Tuesday.

Klinsmann called in Evans for the U.S.'s upcoming training camp ahead of their busy five-game stretch from late May to mid-June, raisingthe total amount of players on the roster to 30.

MLS Ticker: MLS players given international call-ups; Ruiz not happy in D.C.; and more

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By DAN KARELL

With the FIFA international dates coming closer, and national teams in the CONCACAF region preparing for either Hexagonal play, friendly matches, or both, numerous Major League Soccer players have been chosen to take part.

Jamaica has called up Portland Timbers duo Donovan Ricketts and Ryan Johnson along with Vancouver Whitecaps forward Darren Mattocks to a 12-day training camp, where the Jamaican side will play Tottenham Hotspurs in a friendly match on Wednesday and then The Bahamas on May 31, before three World Cup qualifiers in June.

SBI Live Q&A (May 21st Edition)

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By IVES GALARCEP

It is that time again. Time to talk all things soccer in the latest SBI Live Q&A.

Today's major announcement of the 20th MLS team being New York City FC has sent major shockwaves through the American soccer community and is raising plenty of questions about how it will affect the league and current New York-area club the New York Red Bulls.

BREAKING: MLS announces newest franchise: New York City FC

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By DAN KARELL

Major League Soccer announced on Tuesday in partnership with Manchester City and the New York Yankees that the 20th team in the league would be New York City FC.

The new team is expected to begin play in 2015.

"We proudly welcome two of the most prestigious professional global sports organizations to Major League Soccer," MLS commissioner Don Garber said in a statement.

O’Brien goal gives Nordsjaelland victory in season finale

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Conor O'Brien could not have asked for a much better way to end the season, as his club won their last match thanks to a goal from him.

O'Brien gave FC Nordsjaelland a 1-0 victory over Esbjerg in their season finale on Monday, scoring his first goal for the club in the first half on a shot from distance.

Tuesday Kickoff: Cavani rumored for move to City; Ferguson voted Manager of the Year; and more

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By DAN KARELL

Another South American forward is seemingly close to a move to Manchester City.

According to reports out of Italy, Napoli President Aurelio De Laurentiis was in London on Monday to meet with interim Chelsea manager Rafa Benitez, as well as to gauge City's interest in a swap deal seeing Cavani go to the Etihad Stadium and Edin Dzeko going to Napoli.

NWSL Week 6 Rewind: Intrigue atop the league table

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By MIKE McCALL

Not so fast, Portland. We have a challenger.

After getting off to the kind of dominant start most expected, the past week has brought a bit of a reality check for the Thorns, courtesy of Sky Blue FC.

First, SBFC went up to Portland and upset the Thorns at home.

Mid-Day Ticker: Mourinho to leave Real Madrid by mutual consent; Falcao leaving Atletico Madrid; and more

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By DAN KARELL

Come June 2, 2013, Jose Mourinho's time in charge of Real Madrid will be over.

The club's President, Florentino Perez, announced at a press conference on Monday that Real Madrid and Mourinho had agreed to part ways by mutual consent, ending a three year stay in the Spanish capital.

The SBI Show: Episode 35 (Talking MLS week 12, Americans Abroad, and more)

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By IVES GALARCEP

Between some memorable MLS matches, the final weekend of the European season, and the continues analysis of the U.S. Men's National Team roster, there was plenty to discuss on the latest episode of The SBI Show.

Episode 35 features discussion on everything from the Red Bulls-Galaxy match and the Sounders-FC Dallas shootout, to the final weekend in Europe's top leagues.

Brooks won’t play for U.S. at Under-20 World Cup

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By IVES GALARCEP

NEW YORK- Hertha Berlin defender John Anthony Brooks was considered a potential star addition for the U.S. Under-20 National Team heading into this summer's Under-20 World Cup, but his delay in making a final decision has led to Brooks being left out of the U.

NASL Week 7: A Look Back

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By MIKE GRAMAJO

After starting the season in a slump, midfielder Keith Savage's 90th minute strike lifted the Tampa Bay Rowdies to a 3-2 victory against Minnesota United FC on Saturday afternoon at the Metrodome during North American Soccer League action.

The Rowdies now sit with 11 points, tied in first place, after the Carolina RailHawks failed to record a victory against the Atlanta Silverbacks later that day.

Opara doesn’t miss a beat stepping into Sporting KC back line

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By THOMAS FLOYD

WASHINGTON — As far as Ike Opara is concerned, he should have had a brace Sunday at RFK Stadium. One goal at the least. But with one tally wrongly called offside and another ruled an own goal, the Sporting Kansas City defender found his name absent from the score sheet.

Ramos names 22-player U.S. Under-20 roster for Toulon Tournament

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By IVES GALARCEP

U.S. Under-20 Men's National team coach Tab Ramos announced a 22-player roster for the upcoming Toulon Tournament in France, the final warm-up for the U-20s before they compete in this summer's Under-20 World Cup.

Dani Cuevas, Benji Joya and Cody Cropper lead the group of regular starters to be included in the squad, while Monterrey forward Alonso Hernandez is one of the new faces called up for the Toulon Tournament, which takes place from May 28th to June 8th.

Monday Kickoff: Ancelotti reveals desire to leave PSG; El Tri squad chosen for qualifiers and Confederations Cup; and more

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By DAN KARELL

Carlo Ancelotti has finally come public with his desire to leave Paris Saint-Germain.

Just days after winning the club's third ever Ligue 1 title, the Italian manager confirmed to a French television station that he wanted to depart the French capital and swap PSG with Real Madrid in La Liga.

SBI MLS Goal of the Week: Michel

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SBI MLS Team of the Week: Seattle Sounders

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By DAN KARELL

The Seattle Sounders have continued to roll, as their forward line is finally healthy and playing at optimal level.

The Sounders lit up FC Dallas, 4-2, on Saturday afternoon at Century Link Field, earning them SBI MLS Team of the Week. Eddie Johnson scored twice, with a Lamar Neagle goal and Obafemi Martins strike to finish off the day.

SBI MLS Player of the Week: Eddie Johnson

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By DAN KARELL

It's no surprise that the Seattle Sounders upturn has coincided by the return to form of forward Eddie Johnson.

The U.S. international scored twice on Saturday in a 4-2 victory over FC Dallas, earning him SBI MLS Player of the Week for MLS Week 12. Johnson scored the game's opening goal in the 15th minute with the outside of his right boot, before scoring the game winner in the 62nd, rounding FC Dallas goalkeeper Raul Fernandez before finishing into the roof of the net.

D.C. United earn point as blown call forces Sporting KC to settle for draw

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By PABLO MAURER

WASHINGTON- It took an outstanding goalkeeping performance, a goal from an unexpected contributor and one massive stroke of luck, but D.C. United finally snapped their seven-match losing streak Sunday evening, grinding out a 1-1 draw against Sporting KC at RFK Stadium.

Grabavoy scores twice to lead RSL over Chivas USA

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By DAN KARELL

Ned Grabavoy proved to be the unlikely hero for Real Salt Lake on Sunday night.

The 30-year-old midfielder scored two goals, his first finishes since October 16, 2010, to lead RSL to a 4-1 rout over Chivas USA at the Home Depot Center. In between Grabavoy's strikes were goals from RSL midfielder Joao Plata and forward Robbie Findley, while Chivas USA midfielder Jorge Villafaña scored for the Goats.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

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By FRANCO PANIZO

For the second straight year, Sacha Kljestan and RSC Anderlecht are champions of Belgium.

Kljestan and Anderlecht successfully defended their title on Sunday with a 1-1 draw against second-place Zulte-Waregem in their season finale. Kljestan missed on a chance that would have given Anderlecht the win but the post-game scenes were festive ones all the same for the midfielder and his teammates, as they secured the necessary result that allowed them to hoist the Pro League trophy for the 32nd time in the club's history.

European Weekend Rewind: Arsenal, AC Milan and Schalke hold onto UCL spots with close wins

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

Three of the top clubs in Europe will be back in the Champions League next season after Arsenal, AC Milan and Schalke pulled out close wins on the final day of their respective seasons.

Arsenal denied North London rival Tottenham the final Champions League spot in the Premier League by holding onto a 1-0 win at Newcastle United.

Late Cahill goal leads Red Bulls over Galaxy

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By DAN KARELL

The New York Red Bulls defeated the Los Angeles Galaxy, 1-0, on Sunday afternoon at Red Bull Arena. Tim Cahill scored the game-winning goal in the 91st minute of the match, heading home a free kick from his midfield teammate Juninho.

Both teams had chances to score in the first half if not for some incredible defensive performances.

MLS Week 12: Your Running Commentary

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By DAN KARELL

Two of the league's best face off on Sunday as the Los Angeles Galaxy visit the New York Red Bulls at Red Bull Arena.

In the only meeting between the two clubs, Landon Donovan and Robbie Keane look to build off their terrific performances last Wednesday in a 4-1 victory over the Philadelphia Union.

Oduro goal leads Crew over Toronto FC

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By DAN KARELL

Ryan Nelsen will have to wait another week for his misfiring side to end their winless streak at home.

Toronto FC lost their fourth match in a row despite new acquisitions Steven Caldwell, Jeremy Brockie, and Bobby Convey making their debuts for the club.

Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

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By MICHAEL KLINE

The 2012/13 Barclays Premier League will come to a close today, with the entire league simultaneously on display for your viewing entertainment.

Despite the surplus of matches available, only two have actual significance Newcastle United vs. Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur vs.

McInerney burns Fire again as Union posts shutout

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By IVES GALARCEP

The stadium was a different one, but beyond that the number of similarities between the Philadelphia Union's latest meeting with the Chicago Fire, and their meeting just a week earlier, was eery.

The final score was the same and the scorer of the game's only goal was the same.

Cherundolo sets up winner in Hannover season finale

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Hannover re-signed Steve Cherundolo on Friday with the idea that the steady right back still has something left in the tank. Saturday was proof that that is indeed the case.

A day after agreeing to a one-year extension with Hannover, Cherundolo played in his 300th league game for the club and celebrated the occasion by setting up the game-winner in a 3-0 victory over Fortuna Dusseldorf.

Valencia equalizer helps 10-man Timbers tie Whitecaps

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BY MIKE DONOVAN

Down to ten men and down a goal on the road, it looked as if the Timbers record unbeaten streak might come to end. But Jose Adolfo Valencia made sure it didn't.

Valencia's goal six minutes from the end, earned Portland (4-1-7, 19 points) a 2-2 draw with the Vancouver Whitecaps Saturday at BC Place.

Johnson brace lifts Sounders over FC Dallas

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By JASON MITCHELL

SEATTLE It's all back. The relentless deep runs. The clever combination play. The brassy, swaggering attack. The Seattle Sounders rode an Eddie Johnson brace to victory in front of 38,979 at CenturyLink Field Saturday night, scoring four goals for the second straight match and dispatching one of the best teams in MLS in the process.

MLS Week 12: Your Running Commentary

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By IVES GALARCEP

The Seattle Sounders are on a roll, having put together a five-match unbeaten streak to climb out of the Western Conference basement and make their march toward the top of the standings.

Waiting for them at the top is FC Dallas, which is in Seattle tonight to try and keep their own nine-match streak alive.

USMNT Daily Update: Klinsmann explains roster decisions

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By IVES GALARCEP

Jurgen Klinsmann wasn't ducking questions when grilled about his U.S. Men's National Team roster decisions on Friday. He laid down his decision-making process for everything from Stuart Holden's inclusion to the absence of former U.S. captain Carlos Bocanegra.

The ‘Special One’ is back

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MLS refutes reports of looming Chivas USA sale as rumors swirl

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By IVES GALARCEP

Major League Soccer released a statement on Friday about the ongoing rumors surrounding Chivas USA and their current owners.

Recent reports in Mexico have stated that Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim is interested in purchasing the entire Chivas franchise, which would include Chivas USA.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

While many around the world are anxiously awaiting Sunday's Champions League qualification drama in the Barclays Premier League and Serie A, the Bundesliga will have a playoff of sorts on its final matchday to determine its final entry into the world's premier club tournament.

NASL Week 7: A Look Ahead

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By MIKE GRAMAJO

With his five goals on the season, forward Brian Shriver looks to lead the Carolina RailHawks when they visit the Atlanta Silverbacks at Atlanta Silverbacks Park on Saturday in North American Soccer League action.

The RailHawks, who sit three points clear atop the NASL table, are entering this weekend's play after mauling the San Antonio Scorpions, 5-2, last week.

NWSL Week Six: A Look Ahead

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By MIKE McCALL

After a few weeks of largely unsurprising results, the National Women's Soccer League got a little dose of unpredictability on Thursday night, setting things up for an interesting weekend.

The biggest shock came in Portland, where the first-place and previously-unbeaten Thorns lost, 1-0, to Sky Blue FC, locking the two into a tie atop the league standings.

Cherundolo inks one-year extension with Hannover

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By DAN KARELL

The Mayor of Hannover isn't going anywhere.

A day before Hannover 96′s final game of the season against Fortuna Dusseldorf, right back Steve Cherundolo signed a one-year extension with the club through 2014. The American international, who holds 87 caps, broke the record this season for all-time appearances in the Bundesliga with the club, now sitting at 299 matches.

MLS Week 12: A Look Ahead

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By THOMAS FLOYD

Come Sunday afternoon, Red Bull Arena certainly won't be short of star power.

Fresh off a 4-1 win midweek over Philadelphia, Landon Donovan, Robbie Keane and the Los Angeles Galaxy will try to make it 2-for-2 on their East Coast swing with a win over Thierry Henry, Tim Cahill and the New York Red Bulls.

MLS Ticker: SKC to lose Kamara, Saad to WCQ’s; Dynamo president hosts second Soccer Night in Newtown; and more

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By DAN KARELL

A day after hearing that defender Matt Besler and midfielder Graham Zusi would be joining the U.S. Men's National Team, Sporting Kansas City manager Peter Vermes found out he'd be without two additional players for a three week stretch in the middle of the season.

Report: Johannsson could accept Iceland call over USMNT

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By DAN KARELL

In Jurgen Klinsmann's roster press release on Thursday, the U.S. Men's National Team head coach alluded to the possibility of bringing in 22-year-old Icelandic forward Aron Johannsson in for a look for this summer's Gold Cup.

Unfortunately for Klinsmann, he may be too late.

The SBI Show: Episode 34 (Talking the USMNT roster, MLS Week 12, and more)

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By IVES GALARCEP

The U.S. Men's National Team roster announced on Thursday created plenty of buzz among U.S. fans, not only for the players who were on it, but for the one big name missing from the list.

Episode 34 of The SBI Show focuses on the U.S. roster, and we break down the selections, Donovan's absence, and we project the lineup most likely to be on the field for June's important World Cup qualifiers.

This Weekend’s Soccer on TV

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By MICHAEL KLINE

This weekend gets kicked off in top fashion on Friday when Real Madrid clash with cross-town rivals Atlético Madrid in the Copa del Rey final.

Atlético look to break a 25-match winless run, dating back to 1999, by beating rivals Real to clinch their 10th Copa del Rey cup.

European Weekend Preview: UCL spots up for grabs on the final matchdays in England, Germany and Italy

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

Even though the titles in Europe's top leagues have already been clinched, that does not mean there will not be any drama on the final days of the season.

The race for Champions League spots in England, Germany and Italy will end this weekend as three of the world's elite leagues close their seasons with one final matchday.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Preview

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Clint Dempsey joined Tottenham last summer with the idea and hopes that the club would eventually give him the opportunity to play in the UEFA Champions League for the first time in his career.

Well, that idea and those hopes hinge on this dramatic final weekend of action.

Friday Kickoff: PSG makes massive offer for Ronaldo; Cruz Azul dominate Santos Laguna in Torreon; and more

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By DAN KARELL

Real Madrid might end up with Carlo Ancelotti managing their club next season, but it could come at a high price.

According to a report out of France, Ancelotti's current club, Paris Saint-Germain, have said that they will entertain offers for the Italian manager if Real Madrid allow PSG to submit an offer for Cristiano Ronaldo.

Kljestan scores as Anderlecht moves closer to Belgian title repeat

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By FRANCO PANIZO

RSC Anderlecht took a giant step towards repeating as Pro League champions on Thursday with a 4-2 victory over Lokeren and Sacha Kljestan was the player who helped get things started for his club.

Kljestan scored the opener in Anderlecht's road win over Lokeren, heading the ball home from close range to end a well-worked set piece in the 25th minute.

USMNT Daily Update: A closer look at Klinsmann’s roster selections

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By IVES GALARCEP

Amid all the talk about who won't be going to the upcoming U.S. Men's National Team training camp, something getting lost a bit is the fact that the squad preparing for June's qualifiers is very much a stacked squad by U.S. standards.

Injury issues with Steve Cherundolo and Timmy Chandler (and Landon Donovan's absence) will keep Jurgen Klinsmann from having a full-strength team, but he will bring in a group that includes the nucleus of the squad that recorded four points from two World Cup qualifiers in March along with the return to health of Jermaine Jones and Fabian Johnson.

RSL Notes: Saborio returns to training; RSL want to make a statement; and more

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By TYLER GRAY

Sandy, UT Real Salt Lake have been bolstered this week by the return of some key players who were missing due to injury.

Both forward Alvaro Saborio and defender Nat Borchers were full participants in training on Wednesday, opening speculation as to whether or not they will feature this Sunday against Chivas USA.

Disappointed Donovan turns focus to possible Gold Cup call-up

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Landon Donovan didn't hide his disappointment with being left off the latest U.S. Men's National Team roster, but he also isn't keeping him from wanting to make his way back to the team he leads in career goals.

On the day when Jurgen Klinsmann confirmed the early reports that Donovan would be left out, Donovan acknowledged his unhappiness with being left out, but is determined to work his way back into the national team picture eventually.

Fire Notes: Nyarko and Rolfe combo to remain; Open Cup draw announced; and more

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By TYLER DAY

The Fire returned to training this week to prepare for Saturday's game at the Philadelphia Union, the same club fell to, 1-0, last Saturday at Toyota Park. It was a game Chicago controlled throughout and had a number of chances to take the lead, but came away frustrated after a late Jack McInerney goal.

Timbers Notes- Ricketts shining in goal, Kah to train Thursday, and more

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BY MIKE DONOVAN

PORTLAND, Ore.-It has been 390 minutes since the Timbers have conceded a goal in front of the home fans and goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts is one of the major reasons why Portland is enjoying its best run of form since joining MLS in 2011.

The Jamaican International arrived in Portland last August in exchange for fan favorite Troy Perkins.

MLS Spotlight: Wallace emerges for Timbers with breakout campaign

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By THOMAS FLOYD

Two moments stick out to Caleb Porter regarding Rodney Wallace's rapid ascent from useful utility player to emerging MLS standout.

The first was in late January, at Estadio Nacional in San Jose, Costa Rica. With the host nation locked in a scoreless Copa Centroamericana semifinal against Honduras, Wallace not only secured passage to the title game by converting a late back-post header — he also gave Porter a glimpse of his underestimated class in the final third.

Beasley, Shea among 26 players called into USMNT training camp for summer qualifers

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by IVES GALARCEP

There weren't many surprises in 26-player roster chosen by Jurgen Klinsmann for the upcoming U.S. Men's National Team training camp starting in Cleveland on March 26th.

The camp, which will prepare the team for a busy stretch of matches from late May to mid-June, features Clint Dempsey, Tim Howard and Michael Bradley, as well as March qualifying standouts such as DaMarcus Beasley and Matt Besler.

MLS Spotlight: Nguyen has sights set on USMNT as he impresses in MLS for Revs

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By FRANCO PANIZO

When Lee Nguyen made the decision to leave the Vietnamese league and join MLS prior to the 2012 season, he did so with one goal in mind: prove to everyone that he is capable of playing in the league.

With that now crossed off his to-do list, Nguyen has set his sights on accomplishing more this year.

Must-See Video: All of Beckham’s career club free kick goals

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By IVES GALARCEP

With David Beckham calling it a career, what better way to remember him than to look back at his specialty, the free kick goal.

Famous for his ability to strike a free kick like few in the history of the game, Beckham delivered goal after goal using technique that could be seen in him at a very young age.

Report: Morales mulling multiple offers in Germany

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Alfredo Morales may have partaken in Hertha Berlin's promotion to the Bundesliga this year, but he might not be there to help the club next season.

According to a German report, Morales is set to be a free agent this summer and is weighing his options with a number of clubs in his native land.

TFC acquires Convey from Sporting KC for draft pick

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By DAN KARELL

Toronto FC GM Kevin Payne still isn't finished improving his squad.

Just days after signing two new players, Payne engineered a move to acquire winger Bobby Convey from Sporting Kansas City in exchange for a 2014 natural third round (first round supplemental draft) MLS SuperDraft selection.

Beckham announces retirement

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By DAN KARELL

One of the most decorated players in world soccer has decided to call it quits.

According to multiple reports, David Beckham has decided to announce his retirement, just days after winning his tenth league title in four different countries. The 38-year-old Englishman has made 13 appearances in all competitions for Paris Saint-Germain since signing with the club at the end of January.

SBI Reader Poll: Should Donovan be called up to the USMNT?

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By IVES GALARCEP

When the U.S. Men's National Team training camp roster is revealed later today, all signs point to Landon Donovan not being a part of the squad. That decision by Jurgen Klinsmann has the USMNT fan bases divided between those who feel Donovan should be on the team and those who agree with Klinsmann's expected decision to leave him out.

Donovan shines as Galaxy rout Union

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By IVES GALARCEP

Landon Donovan said recently he wasn't quite all the way back to his best, but on Wednesday night it was clear he is heading in that direction.

The Los Angeles Galaxy star scored a goal, assisted on two others, and forced an own goal with a quality corner kick to help lead the Galaxy to a 4-1 mauling of the Philadelphia Union on Wednesday night at PPL Park.

Thursday Kickoff: Lampard signs one-year extension; Monterrey and America play to thrilling draw; and more

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By DAN KARELL

Even at 34 years of age, Frank Lampard has proven this season that he's still got what it takes to compete at the highest level.

It seems that Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has finally taken notice.

The London club announced on Thursday that Lampard had signed a contract extension, one that would keep the England international in Chelsea blue through the end of next season.

Germany and Belgium rosters unveiled for upcoming USMNT friendlies

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By IVES GALARCEP

The U.S. Men's National Team's first match of a busy summer will be a tough test, with the Belgian National Team preparing to bring a strong squad to Cleveland for the friendly on May 29th.

As for the USMNT's second friendly? It won't be a cakewalk, but it also won't be as tough as some would have expected when the match was first announced.

MLS Week 12: SBI Live Wednesday Night Commentary

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By IVES GALARCEP

The Los Angeles Galaxy are ready for the first leg of a two-leg East Coast swing tonight at PPL Park when they take on the Philadelphia Union (7:30pm, MLS Direct Kick).

The Union enter with some confidence after posting a 1-0 road victory against the Chicago Fire, while the Galaxy look to rebound after a pair of recent losses, including a 3-1 setback against the Vancouver Whitecaps.

Potential opening U.S. Open Cup opponents for MLS teams unveiled

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By IVES GALARCEP

The 16 American-based Major League Soccer teams learned their potential opponents when they all kick off U.S. Open Cup action in the third round of the competition, which is celebrating its 100th year.

The first round of the tournament began on Tuesday, and U.

MLS West Notes: Zimmerman makes FC Dallas debut; Rapids might get some rest; and more

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BY MIKE DONOVAN

Walker Zimmerman made his first appearance for FC Dallas Saturday, 113 days after being selected in the first round of the MLS SuperDraft. The Furman product came on as a late sub in the club's 2-1 victory over DC United.

The centerback had sustained a groin injury in the preseason and his recovery had taken longer than originally expected.

Ivanovic stoppage-time winner wins Europa League for Chelsea

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By DAN KARELL

Branislav Ivanovic couldn't have picked a better time to score his first Europa League goal.

The Chelsea defender rose high off a corner kick in the third minute of 90th minute injury time, sending a perfectly placed header into the far side of the net and leaving Benfica goalkeeper Artur frozen in place.

USMNT Daily Update: Projecting the May/June camp roster

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By IVES GALARCEP

Jurgen Klinsmann has some tough decisions to make.

The U.S. Men's National Team has some good depth at some positions, and with so many new faces stepping up to offset the rash of injuries in March, there are much more options heading into this summer's action than there was a year ago.

Soccer Wednesday: Your Running Commentary

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By DAN KARELL

Two teams that started their European season's in the Champions League will now finish when they meet up in Amsterdam at the UEFA Europa League final.

Chelsea, who know all about playing in a European final, would do well to pick up a trophy to cap off Rafa Benitez's tenuous stay with in London.

D.C. United defender Russell to retire on Sunday

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By DAN KARELL

D.C. United defender Robbie Russell isn't your average professional athlete.

The 33-year-old Duke graduate is retiring from professional soccer on Sunday after his side's match against Sporting Kansas City to pursue a medical degree. Russell is planning on staying in the D.

MLS Disciplinary Committee suspends De Luna and three others, reduces Chavez suspension

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By DAN KARELL

The Major League Soccer Disciplinary Committee was busy this week handing out suspensions to four different players around the league.

The Committee announced on Wednesday one-match suspensions to Chivas USA defender Mario de Luna, Vancouver Whitecaps defender Johnny Leveron, Colorado Rapids forward Edson Buddle, and Real Salt Lake defender Kwame Watson-Siriboe.

USMNT snub is news to Donovan, though he admits he isn’t at his best yet

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By IVES GALARCEP

When a Sports Illustrated report stated on Tuesday that Landon Donovan would be left out of the U.S. Men's National Team's training camp for upcoming World Cup qualifiers in June, the news caught plenty of U.S. fans by surprise.

It also surprised Donovan.

SBI Fantasy MLS: Week 12 Preview

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By CASEY CANNON

Hello and Welcome to the Soccer by Ives Fantasy Corner – now with a working computer! Every week I dig through statistics, news, and rumors to provide the reader with the kind of fantasy advice that only a guy with backed up spreadsheets can provide.

Sorry about last week everybody.

Seattle Sounders and Portland Timbers PDL teams advance as 100th U.S. Open Cup kicks off

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By DAN KARELL

The First Round of the 100th U.S. Open Cup is underway, with seventeen of the first eighteen matches having been completed as of Wednesday morning.

Two of the three Major League Soccer U-23 sides won on Tuesday, as Seattle Sounders U-23′s defeated Doxa Italia, 5-1, and the Portland Timbers U-23 squad defeated the Sacramento Gold, 3-2.

Chelsea and Arsenal could face off in playoff match for third place

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By DAN KARELL

As the English Premier League heads into it's final week of play, a potential third-place tie could derail Chelsea's post-season tour of the U.S.

Third-placed Chelsea sit two points above fourth-placed Arsenal in the table. However, if Arsenal were to defeat Newcastle on the final day of the season by a score of 2-1, and Chelsea were to play Everton to a scoreless draw, the two London clubs would be forced to play a play-off to determine the third and fourth place finishers.

As Red Bulls ride hot streak, central midfield logjam looms

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BY DAVE MARTINEZ

New York Red Bulls head coach Mike Petke inherited a midfield rich in talent. Before he could even make a move to improve the roster, he already counted Designated Player Tim Cahill, 2012 hero Dax McCarty and veteran Brazilian playmaker Juninho as his immediate starters.

Tragedy claims life of Seattle man attempting to dribble soccer ball to Brazil for charity

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By DAN KARELL

A man dribbling a soccer ball from Seattle to Brazil was hit by a truck on Tuesday morning in Lincoln City, Oregon, and pronounced dead at a local hospital that evening.

Richard Swanson, a Seattle native, had decided to dribble a soccer ball 10,000 miles to Brazil for charity.

Club Tijuana beat Palmeiras to reach Copa Libertadores quarters

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By IVES GALARCEP

Tiny Club Tijuana made history last year by winning the Mexican League title in surprising fashion, but their accomplishment on Tuesday evening in Brazil may be just as impressive.

The Xolos beat Brazilian side Palmeiras, 2-1, in the second leg of their Copa Libertadores Round of 16 series, booking a place in the quarterfinals in the process.

Wednesday Kickoff: Pellegrini free to leave Malaga; Barca in Brazil to finish Neymar deal; and more

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By DAN KARELL

Manchester City are inching closer to naming their new manager, with Manuel Pellegrini's name coming to the top of the club's shortlist.

The current Malaga boss has, according to reports out of Spain, been allowed to leave the club at the end of the summer, with reports stating that Pellegrini will sign a two-year contract to trade the sun-bathed streets of Andalusia for the rain-soaked driveways of Manchester.

Union deal Gabe Farfan to Chivas USA for 1st-round pick and allocation money

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By IVES GALARCEP

Chivas USA has made some head-scratching trades before, but the one they made on Tuesday just might take the case.

The Goats acquired midfielder Gabriel Farfan from the Philadelphia Union on Tuesday in exchange for their natural first-round pick in the 2014 MLS Draft and an undisclosed amount of allocation money.

Red Bulls Notes: McCarty could start vs. LA; Petke expects to lose Cahill and Miller to WCQ’s; and more

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By DAN KARELL

New York Red Bulls manager Mike Petke could have quite the selection issue on Sunday.

Dax McCarty is nearing his return from a right quadriceps injury suffered on April 20, but even without him in the lineup, the Red Bulls have continued unbeaten, winning three and drawing one.

D.C. United Notes: Simek on trial; Thorrington back in training; and more

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By THOMAS FLOYD

WASHINGTON — D.C. United fans for weeks now have been awaiting the arrival of reinforcements to help end this club's dramatic downward spiral. At training Tuesday, former U.S. national team defender Frank Simek was presented as one possible piece of that roster retooling puzzle.

CONCACAF unveils new Gold Cup trophy

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By DAN KARELL

Just 54 days before the start of the tournament, CONCACAF debutedthe 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup trophy at a press conference on Tuesday in Mexico City.

The new trophy uses the original design of the cup and is sculpted in metal with gold plating. It also features larger handles than the prior version, formed at a sharper angle.

Soccer Tuesday: Your Running Commentary

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By DAN KARELL

Millions of dollars are on the line today when Arsenal faces off against Wigan in the Premier League.

The Latics are coming off the high of winning the FA Cup for the first time in club history, but they need to re-focus their efforts to Tuesday night's Premier League match.

Report: Klinsmann snubs Donovan for upcoming USMNT qualifiers

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By IVES GALARCEP

Jurgen Klinsmann made it clear three weeks ago that Landon Donovan's place on the U.S. Men's National Team was no longer assured, and that it could be some time before we see the national team's all-time leading scorer back in uniform.

Now we know that time won't be any time soon.

TFC waive forwards Morgan and Bennett

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By DAN KARELL

If Toronto FC President and GM Kevin Payne's comments on Monday were an indication of anything, it's that changes were coming, and fast.

TFC announced on Tuesday that they had waived two players, Ashton Bennett and Taylor Morgan. Both forwards, Bennett was the team's first round selection in the 2013 MLS Supplemental Draft, while Morgan was picked in the fourth round.

Scolari announces Brazil squad for Confederations Cup

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By DAN KARELL

In advance of the Confederations Cup this June, Brazil National Team manager Luiz Felipe Scolari released the list of 23 players that would make up Brazil's squad at the tournament.

Headlining the squad is Neymar, Hulk, Oscar, and Lucas, but what may be more interesting are the players who didn't get a call up for the international competition that begins on June 15.

SBI MLS Power Rankings: Week 11

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By IVES GALARCEP

The Portland Timbers and FC Dallas have emerged as the class of the Western Conference and it could be some time before teams catch them at the top of the West standings.

Both Dallas and the Timbers are riding nine-match unbeaten streaks, with their 1-1 draw last Wednesday providing a glimpse of what could be the battle for the top spot in the West all season long.

Simek on trial at D.C. United

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By DAN KARELL

Since Frank Simek's release from Carlisle United, he's been looking for an opportunity to play. That chance just may end up coming in Major League Soccer.

According to D.C. United, Simek took part in the club's training session on Tuesday morning as a trialist, opening a possibility for the American international defender to play in MLS for the first time.

Bedoya delivers assist in Helsingborg rout of Hacken

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Helsinborg IF seemingly cannot be stopped these days and neither can Alejandro Bedoya.

Helsingborg moved into the top spot in the Allsvenskan standings on Monday after routing BK Hacken, 5-0, and Bedoya once again made an impact for his club. Bedoya helped cap the scoring in the lopsided affair, recording an assist with a square pass to a teammateafter getting in behind the defense.

TFC Notes: Ben Haim deal not done, Payne talks potential DP signing, and more

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By DAN KARELL

Last Tuesday, Toronto FC announced that they had signed three new players from abroad on-loan, with manager Ryan Nelsen looking to shore up the porous back line and increase the goal scoring chances.

One of the players signed was Queens Park Rangers defender Tal Ben Haim, but on Monday, President and General Manager Kevin Payne shed some light on the situation, saying that he wasn't sure if Ben Haim would ever see the field in a TFC uniform.

Tuesday Kickoff: Former Santos VP claims Neymar to Bayern; Messi could be done for season; and more

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By DAN KARELL

The ongoing transfer saga of Santos forward Neymar took another turn towards Germany on Tuesday.

According to reports out of Munich, former Santos Vice-President Vicente Cascione has claimed that Neymar has signed a contract with Bayern Munich, and will be suiting up for Pep Guardiola's team by this August.

ESPN to launch daily soccer TV show

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By DAN KARELL

The popularity of soccer in the United States has been noticed by ESPN, and it seems like they are finally catching up with the times.

The sports media giant announced on Tuesday the creation of a daily soccer studio show called ESPNFC on TV, set to begin on August 11 and shown on ESPN2.

Monday Evening Ticker: Mancini sacked by Manchester City; Crystal Palace to face Watford in playoff final; and more

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By DAN KARELL

Just 12 months after guiding Manchester City to their first Premier League title in 44 years, Roberto Mancini's was sacked late Monday night in England.

The club released a statement on their website at 10:22pm local time which said that they have relieved Mancini of his duties because he did not achieve any of their goals that were set at the start of the season, with the exception of qualification for next year's Champions League.

Must-See Comedy: Fabio Coentrao

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So imagine you are a soccer player who takes his place on the bench for a game, in full uniform, only to find out you weren't selected to even be in uniform for that match.

That awkward situation happened to Real Madrid's Fabio Coentrao before their recent match against Espanyol. He turned up on the Real Madrid bench only to be told by Iker Casillas that he didn't belong there.

NASL Week 6: A Look Back

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By MIKE GRAMAJO

Brian Shriver's brace for the Carolina RailHawks insured them a 5-2 victory on Saturday against the San Antonio Scorpions and a three point clearance atop the NASL table.

FC Edmonton continued their recent fine form of the season, beating the Atlanta Silverbacks on Sunday night, 3-0, at Clark Stadium.

NWSL Week Five Rewind: A big week for the Flash

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By MIKE McCALL

The Western New York Flash didn't quite get off to the start they had planned this season, but things may be turning around.

After two losses, a draw and a head injury to star forward Abby Wambach, the Flash have picked up two straight victories to put themselves back among the National Women's Soccer League's best a spot many assumed they'd occupy from the start.

SBI MLS Rookie of the Week: London Woodberry

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By DAN KARELL

When manager Schellas Hyndman realized he needed to replace the injured George John in the lineup, Hyndman knew who to turn to.

FC Dallas defender London Woodberry, a homegrown signing for the club, went the full 90 in both of his sides' matches this week to earn him SBI MLS Rookie of the Week.

Opposition to MLS stadium in NYC emerges

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By DAN KARELL

At least one group isn't in favor of Major League Soccer's proposal to build a soccer stadium in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park.

NY4P (New Yorkers for Parks), a public advocacy group based out of New York City, released a statement opposing the construction of a stadium on the park grounds in Queens, New York.

SBI MLS Player of the Week: Rodney Wallace

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By IVES GALARCEP

The Portland Timbers ran their league-high unbeaten streak to nine matches this week, and no player had a bigger role in that streak continuing than Rodney Wallace.

The Costa Rican attacker had a major hand in both results for the Timbers this week, setting up the loan goal in Wednesday's draw vs.

The SBI Show: Episode 33 (with special guest Tim Howard)

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By IVES GALARCEP

At a time when the biggest news in international soccer centers around the changing of the guard at Manchester United, there is nobody better to offer a close-up perspective on that subject and much more for American soccer fans than Tim Howard.

One of the few players to play for both Alex Ferguson and David Moyes, Howard is our guest on Episode 33 of the SBI Show.

SBI MLS Team of the Week: Seattle Sounders

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By DAN KARELL

No one had a better week than the Seattle Sounders.

Sigi Schmid's squad finally seem to be playing at their expected level, going on the road and defeating Sporting Kansas City on Wednesday, 1-0, and then recording a dominant home 4-0 victory over the San Jose Earthquakes on Saturday.

SBI MLS Goal of the Week: Thierry Henry

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By DAN KARELL

A full week of MLS action in it's 11th week of the season lead to numerous goal of the week candidates, but one stands out above the others.

New York Red Bulls forward Thierry Henry scored on an audacious bicycle kick to earn this week's honor of SBI MLS Goal of the Week.

Monday Kickoff: Fergie confirms Rooney transfer request; Santos Laguna, Cruz Azul advance in playoffs; and more

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By DAN KARELL

David Moyes hasn't even officially taken over at Manchester United, and he's already been handed a huge blow to his title aspirations.

Following Manchester United's 2-1 victory at Old Trafford in Sir Alex Ferguson's home send off, the current United manager confirmed the transfer rumors about forward Wayne Rooney, admitting that the England international didn't take part in Sunday's league match because his head wasn't in the right place.

Timbers thrash Chivas USA to push unbeaten streak to nine

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BY MIKE DONOVAN

PORTLAND, Ore.-One team came into Sunday's match on a franchise-long unbeaten streak, while the other came in reeling. And after 90 minutes of play, it was easy to see which team was ascending and which finds itself in the conference basement.

The Portland Timbers dominated Chivas USA on their way to a 3-0 victory, in front of a sellout Mother's Day crowd at Jeld-Wen Field.

Sporting KC snap Dynamo’s home unbeaten streak in physical battle

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By DAN KARELL

In a match marked by physical play all night long, it shouldn't be a surprise that arguably the league's most physical defender scored the game-winning goal.

Aurelien Collin overcame an early yellow card to play the entire match and score the game winner in the second half, as Sporting Kansas City downed the Houston Dynamo, 1-0, on Sunday night at BBVA Compass Stadium.

European Weekend Rewind: Barcelona celebrate La Liga title with comeback win; PSG clinch Ligue 1; and more

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

Two more top European league titles were secured over the weekend, with FC Barcelona and Paris St. Germain making additions to their trophy cases.

Barcelona battled back from an early deficit to beat Atletico Madrid on Sunday, though they had clinched their fourth La Liga title in five years the day before courtesy of an Espanyol draw vs.

MLS Week 11: Live Sunday Match Commentary

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By IVES GALARCEP

Sporting Kansas City returns to the house of horrors known as BBVA Compass Stadium to take on rival Houston Dynamo in a clash of Eastern Conference powers.

Today's MLS schedule features two games, including the weekend's most anticipated clash, between Sporting KC and the Dynamo.

Must-See Finish: Watford beats Leicester City

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By IVES GALARCEP

There are crazy endings, and then there are endings like the one seen in England today between Watford and Leicester City.

Anthony Knockaert stood at the penalty spot, prepared to take a penalty kick that would send his Leicester City through to the English League Championship promotion final at Wembley.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Steve Cherundolo may be known as the Mayor of Hannover, but he now holds another distinct title for his club: all-time leader in Bundesliga appearances.

Cherundolo set the Hannover 96 record for most league matches played in on Saturday, as he took part in his 299th game for the club.

Henry-less Red Bulls settle for draw vs. Revs

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By DAN KARELL

For 53 minutes, the New York Red Bulls and New England Revolution were locked in a classic Eastern Conference struggle.

Then, in a two minute span, the Revolution's Diego Fagundez scored off corner kick followed by the Red Bull's Lloyd Sam equalizing from open play.

Watson winner powers FC Dallas over D.C. United

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By THOMAS FLOYD

FC Dallas' scorching start to 2013 has been paced by fluid midfield play, quality depth and opportunistic finishing. D.C. United's bumbling run has included plenty of early deficits and set-piece struggles.

So all in all, Saturday's meeting at FC Dallas Stadium went exactly as expected.

Teibert’s brace propels Whitecaps over Galaxy

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By IVES GALARCEP

When Vancouver Whitecaps playmaker Daigo Kobayashi was forced to leave Saturday's match vs. the Los Angeles Galaxy in the 14th minute, the Whitecaps looked like their quest to snap a seven-match winless streak was going to be that much tougher.

Little did the Whitecaps or Galaxy know that the player who came on to replace Kobayashi would steal the show and lead the Whitecaps to victory.

Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

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By MICHAEL KLINE

Tottenham Hotspur go on the road to face Stoke City this morning, with major Champions League ramifications on the line.

Spurs must take all six points available in their last two matches if they stand any chance of qualifying for next season's Champions League.

Dempsey delivers in vital Tottenham win

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by IVES GALARCEP

Clint Dempsey has never made it a secret that playing UEFA Champions League Soccer is the biggest remaining unaccomplished goal of his career.

On Sunday, he showed just how badly he wants to achieve that goal.

Dempsey played arguably his best game of the season, scoring a goal and setting up an Emmanuel Adebayor winner to help lead Tottenham to a 2-1 victory vs.

Goals galore for Seattle in blowout win over San Jose

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By JASON MITCHELL

SEATTLE They say it rains but never pours in Seattle, but don't tell that to the 38,880 that basked in a deluge of Sounders goals Saturday afternoon at CenturyLink Field.

A Lamar Neagle brace paired with a brilliant Mauro Rosales strike and an opportunistic late goal from Obafemi Martins led the Seattle Sounders to a 4-0 thrashing of the San Jose Earthquakes.

MacMath and McInerney lead Union to 1-0 win in Chicago

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By TYLER DAY

BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. It wasn't pretty, but the Philadelphia Union didn't need it to be. On a day when the Chicago Fire had the majority of goal scoring opportunities, it was the Union, led by goalkeeper Zac MacMath and an opportunistic goal by league-leader Jack McInerney, that sunk the Fire, 1-0, at Toyota Park.

Ferrari winner caps Impact comeback win vs. RSL

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by TYLER GRAY

In a back-and-forth match that saw Matteo Ferrari play both the goat and the hero, the Montreal Impact were able to dig a little deeper and scored twice in the final ten minutes to secure the 3-2 win against RSL.

After deflecting a Lovel Palmer strike up and over goalkeeper Troy Perkins into the back of the net in just the 7th minute of the match, Ferrari found himself with one last chance to put his earlier blunder behind him.

Saturday EPL Rewind: Wigan wins FA Cup, Lampard nets historic double in win, and more

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By IVES GALARCEP

Wigan Athletic came into Saturday's FA Cup Final as an overwhelming underdog that few gave a chance to test, let alone beat mighty Manchester United.

The Latics had other ideas, and didn't just come to play, they went to Wembley to win.

Wigan won their first FA Cup title in team history when Ben Watson headed home a Shaun Maloney corner kick in the first minute of second-half stoppage time to give Wigan a 1-0 victory.

MLS Week 11 (SBI Match Day Commentary)

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By IVES GALARCEP

The team with the best record in MLS takes on the team with the worst record as FC Dallas play host to D.C. United tonight in one of the day's more intriguing match-ups.

The biggest mismatch of today's seven matches will be worth watching to see if D.

MLS suspends Earthquake’s Chavez for two matches for elbow

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By IVES GALARCEP

The MLS Disciplinary Committee handed down some more justice on Friday afternoon, suspending San Jose Earthquakes midfielder Marvin Chavez for two matches for elbowing Toronto FC's Logan Emery in the face during San Jose's 2-1 win.

The play went unpunished at the time, but a review of the incident showed that Chavez did intentionally strike Emery in the face with the elbow.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

Although there are fewer matches today than most Saturdays, league titles, domestic cups and Champions League places will be up for grabs.

One piece of silverware will definitely be awarded on Saturday as Manchester City and Wigan Athletic square off at Wembley Stadium in the FA Cup.

NASL Week 6: A Look Ahead

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By MIKE GRAMAJO

The Carolina RailHawks look to continue their fine form this season when they host the San Antonio Scorpions on Saturday at WakeMed Soccer Park.

Both clubs ended their matches in draws the previous week, which saw the RailHawks take a 2-2 draw against Minnesota United.

Agudelo surprised but excited about joining Revolution

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By FRANCO PANIZO

It is easy to see why a young player looking to further his development would be frustrated with finding out he is being traded for the second time in less than a year, but that isnot the case with Juan Agudelo.

Two days after being shipped from Chivas USA to the New England Revolution via a shock trade, Agudelo took part in his first training session with his new club on Thursday.

Red Bulls tandem Cahill and Roxburgh sing the praises of Ferguson and Moyes

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By DAN KARELL

The distance between New York City and Manchester, United Kingdom is approximately 3,337 miles. For two members of the New York Red Bulls, the news of Sir Alex Ferguson stepping down as Manchester United boss and David Moyes replacing him hits just as close to home as if they were at the epicenter.

2013 SBI MLS All-Overpaid Team

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By IVES GALARCEP

As we learned when the MLS players salaries were released recently, there are some players who are paid way less than the value they bring to their teams. We also saw predictable and clear evidence that there are players who are coming nowhere close to bringing a good return of investment on their sizable salaries.

MLS Week 11: A Look Ahead

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By THOMAS FLOYD

For all the success Sporting Kansas City have had over the past two years, the Houston Dynamo have been the one riddle the club can't solve.

After being ousted come playoff time by Houston two seasons in a row, Kansas City will travel to BBVA Compass Stadium on Sunday and attempt to get a result against a Dynamo side that, in addition to riding a 36-game home unbeaten streak, just wrapped a 2-0 road trip.

NWSL Week Five: A look ahead

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By MIKE McCALL

With 13 matches between this weekend and May 25, it's time for teams to start separating themselves in the National Women's Soccer League standings.

Four weeks in, a few have looked to be a cut above, and we should learn plenty more with all eight teams in action on Saturday and Sunday.

The SBI Show: Episode 32 (talking MLS Week 11, Americans Abroad and more)

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By IVES GALARCEP

You take one of the busiest weeks of the MLS season and combine it with an eventful week in Europe and you have an episode of The SBI Show with plenty of topics to discuss.

Episode 32 of The SBI Show touches on topics ranging from Jozy Altidore's latest heroics to Tim Howard's future at Everton without David Moyes.

This Weekend’s Soccer on TV

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By MICHAEL KLINE

Aston Villa kicks off this weekend's soccer action, when they host Chelsea at Villa Park in one of the weekend's most important matches.

Villa are coming off of two consecutive victories in the league, and have two matches left in the season to survive the drop, while Chelsea have two matches left to qualify for next season's Champions League.

European Weekend Preview: Barcelona and PSG look to clinch league titles; Benfica battle rival Porto; and more

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

During the first two weeks of April, FC Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain squared off in what turned out to be a thrilling UEFA Champions League quarterfinal.

One month later, both sides are out of the continental competition and their respective domestic cups.

Friday Kickoff: Falcao linked with move to Monaco; Cruz Azul scores four in win; and more

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By DAN KARELL

Atletico Madrid forward Radamel Falcao may have to brush up on his French lessons ahead of this summer.

According to a report out of Spain, French club AS Monaco, with the backing of a Russian billionaire and about to be promoted back to Ligue 1, is prepared to sign Falcao this summer and pay his €60 million release clause.

MLS Disciplinary Committee suspends Alvarez, fines Porter and Hackworth

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By DAN KARELL

Major League Soccer's Disciplinary Committee announced on Thursday more fines and a suspension to three individuals.

The Committee announced that Chivas USA midfielder Carlos Alvarez is suspended for two matches and fined an undisclosed amount for violent conduct.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Preview

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Currently trailing on aggregate, Jose Torres and Tigres UANL will need to come up with a big performance at home if they are to salvage their season this weekend.

First-place Tigres are down on aggregate after suffering a 1-0 loss to Monterrey in the first leg of their Liga MX quarterfinal series on Wednesday, and Los Felinos cannot settle for anything less than a victory on Saturday in order to avoid an early exit from the playoffs.

Report: USMNT to face Guatemala in pre-Gold Cup friendly in San Diego

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By IVES GALARCEP

The U.S. Men's National Team's busy summer is ready to get a little busier as word has emerged that the team is set to return to San Diego for the first time since 2006.

The San Diego Union-Tribune is reporting that the U.S. will face Guatemala on July 5th at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego in the team's final tune-up match before the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup.

MLS West Notes: Pickens might not regain starting spot, Attinella heads to NASL, and more

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BY MIKE DONOVAN

When Matt Pickens fractured his arm in a mid-March match against Real Salt Lake, no one would have imagined the 31-year-old might lose his starting job while recovering. But his replacement, Clint Irwin, might not relinquish the spot after an exceptional run that has seen him shut out opponents in three of his last five matches.

Inside the mind of Chelis: Part Two

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Altidore scores winner as AZ beats PSV to lift Dutch Cup title

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By IVES GALARCEP

Jozy Altidore has enjoyed a dream season with AZ Alkmaar, and he found the perfect way to cap things off by scoring yet another goal, only this time to help his team win a trophy.

Altidore's first-half strike proved to be the difference as AZ held on for a 2-1 victory over PSV Eindhoven in the Dutch Cup Final on Thursday.

Second-half tallies lead Earthquakes to comeback victory over TFC

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By DAN KARELL

Last season's Most Valuable Player Chris Wondolowski put together the kind of performance that proves his worth as a designated player.

Wondolowski assisted on one and scored the game-winner as the San Jose Earthquakes came back from one goal down to defeat Toronto FC, 2-1, on Wednesday night at Buck Shaw Stadium.

With Moyes leaving, what next for Everton?

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By IVES GALARCEP

With David Moyes ready to leave Everton on July 1st, the Toffees are about to embark on a new era and it remains unclear just who will lead it, and which players will still be around to see it.

Wigan manager Roberto Martinez has been installed as the favorite to replace Moyes, but we are unlikely to know who will replace Moyes until the current season is over.

MLS Ticker: TFC sign Ben Haim on loan; Salgado has a third surgery; and more

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By DAN KARELL

Toronto FC continued to add players on Thursday, signing Israel international defender Tal Ben Haim on loan from Queens Park Rangers.

The Canadian club conceded in the final ten minutes again on Wednesday night in a 2-1 loss to San Jose, forcing Ryan Nelsen to demand some new faces in the team.

Thursday Kickoff: Man United hire Moyes; Monterrey beats Tigres in Liga MX playoffs; and more

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By DAN KARELL

For those wondering who might be the next Manchester United manager, the picture just became much more clear.

Everton FC confirmed on Thursday morning that David Moyes would be leaving the club at the end of the season, ending an 11-year run at Goodison Park.

Must-See Goal: Thierry Henry

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Bruin punishes D.C. United yet again as Dynamo keep rolling in rout

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

With seven goals in eight career meetings, Will Bruin returned to RFK Stadium with a reputation as being a constant thorn in D.C. United's side.

The Houston forward continued his dominance over United on Wednesday evening with two more goals and two assists.

Rimando’s latest PK save helps preserve RSL win at New England

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by TYLER GRAY

Nick Rimando did it again.

The veteran Real Salt Lake goalkeeper saved yet another penalty kick, his MLS career-leading 19th penalty kick save, to protect a lead in the final minutes of a 2-1 RSL comeback victory at Gillette Stadium on Wednesday night.

FC Dallas and Timbers keep unbeaten streaks going in scrappy draw

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BY MIKE DONOVAN

FC Dallas and the Portland Timbers both came into their matchup riding seven-match unbeaten streaks. And after a 90-minute tussle, both teams walked away with their streaks intact.

The clubs battled to a 1-1 draw Wednesday night at FC Dallas Stadium to bring each team's unbeaten streak to eight games.

Traore’s late winner leads Sounders past Sporting KC

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BY MIKE DONOVAN

Seconds before the final whistle sounded, Djimi Traore capitalized on a major blunder and delivered Seattle a stunning road victory.

Traore's goal, which came in the fifth minute of stoppage time, gave the the visiting Seattle Sounders a 1-0 victory over Sporting Kansas City.

Henry praises “legend” Ferguson

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By DAN KARELL

HARRISON, N.J. Reflecting on the news that Sir Alex Ferguson has decided to retire from football management, Red Bulls forward Thierry Henry kept coming back to one word.

"Legend."

Speaking after his two-goal performance in the Red Bulls' 2-1 win vs.

Henry’s brace leads Red Bulls past Impact

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By DAN KARELL

HARRISON, NJ Just days after the Major League Soccer salaries were released, Thierry Henry showed exactly why he is the highest paid player in the league.

Henry scored twice, the second goal coming off an audacious 88th minute bicycle kick, leading the New York Red Bulls to a 2-1 victory over the Montreal Impact on Wednesday night at Red Bull Arena.

USMNT slips to 29th in latest FIFA World Rankings

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By IVES GALARCEP

The U.S. Men's National Team didn't play any games in April, which might be why the team managed to slip a place in the latest FIFA World Rankings.

The U.S. dropped one spot to No. 29, a dip precipitated by a three-spot climb from Nigeria, which was still receiving a boost from its African Cup of Nations triumph earlier in the year.

MLS Week 11 (SBI Live Commentary)

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By IVES GALARCEP

A busy Wednesday night in Major League Soccer features six matches, including some tasty match-ups between teams leading each conference.

The New York Red Bulls play host to the Montreal Impact in a match-up of teams tied for first place in the Eastern Conference.

Wednesday Evening Ticker: Sigurdsson equalizer keeps Tottenham’s UCL hopes alive; Real rout Malaga; and more

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

Their top-four fate is no longer in their hands, but Tottenham Hotspur will be relieved to still be in the hunt for a Champions League spot after Wednesday's trip to Stamford Bridge.

Substitute Gylfi Sigurdsson played the hero for fifth-place Spurs on Wednesday in a 2-2 draw with third-place Chelsea.

Union Notes: Soumare set for season debut; positive report on Parke injury; and more

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By DAN KARELL

Bakary Soumare's tenuous situation with the Philadelphia Union is taking a different turn than expected.

After asking for a trade two weeks into the season and not playing a single minute all year, Soumare is being thrown right into the starting lineup following the hamstring injury to teammate Jeff Parke, who won the position battle during the preseason.

Soccer Wednesday: Your Running Commentary

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By DAN KARELL

The race for a place Champions League comes down to the wire as Chelsea hosts Tottenham in Premier League action today.

The two London clubs are locked in battle with their London rivals, Arsenal, for the third and fourth positions in the table, which would give the team a chance to play on Europe's biggest stage.

SBI MLS Best XI: Week Ten

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By IVES GALARCEP

The Houston Dynamo's ability to shut down the Los Angeles Galaxy's dangerous attack not only helped them earn SBI MLS Team of the Week honors, it helped two defenders earn recognition for their part in the unlikely shutout.

KickTV: Jimmy Conrad at El Superclasico

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MLS Week 11: A Mid-Week Look Ahead

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By THOMAS FLOYD

For the crowded top of the Eastern Conference table, which features a four-way tie for first, a packed slate of midweek games should provide some of clarity to the muddled race.

All four first-place teams are in action Wednesday night, with two of them — the New York Red Bulls and Montreal Impact — going head to head.

MLS Ticker: TFC complete late signings; Nagamura suspended; and more

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By DAN KARELL

Toronto FC made a big splash this offseason by signing Ryan Nelsen to be their new manager, but things on the field haven't exactly gone to plan.

Looking to close all the holes in a leaky defense, Nelsen has dipped into England again, signing Birmingham City defender Steven Caldwell on-loan through June 30, when his contract will expire.

Americans Abroad Notes: AZ plans late Altidore release, Guzan named POY, and more

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Remember that ordeal last summer in which AZ Alkmaar refused to release Jozy Altidore to the U.S. Men's National Team until they absolutely had to, forcing him to miss a vital chunk of the team's preparatory camp?

Well, it's going to happen again in a few weeks' time.

Wednesday Kickoff: Atletico Madrid consider Suarez swoop; Madrid linked with Cavani; and more

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By DAN KARELL

Since receiving a ten-match ban, Luis Suarez has been the center of numerous transfer rumors.

The latest team considered to be in the running for the Uruguayan's services is Atletico Madrid, whose manager Diego Simeone said he believes that Suarez is an "extraordinary player.

Timbers Notes- Prepping for battle of top West teams, a look at centerback changes, and more

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BY MIKE DONOVAN

PORTLAND, Ore.-For the the first time in their short MLS tenure, the Portland Timbers are preparing for a matchup that will involve two teams at the top of the conference standings.

And despite being in new surroundings, Portland and their coach Caleb Porter are comfortable heading on the road to play the Western Conference-leading FC Dallas.

Ferguson stepping down as Man United manager, Moyes reportedly lined up as successor

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By DAN KARELL

The Theater of Dreams is going to have a distinctly different feel next season.

Manchester United confirmed Tuesday night's rumors as manager Sir Alex Ferguson announced on Wednesday that he is retiring at the end of the seasonafter 26 years as manager.

Ramos: Brooks leaning toward playing for USA

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By IVES GALARCEP

The U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team is facing a tough task at this summer's Under-20 World Cup, but that challenge could get much easier if John Anthony Brooks is in a U.S. uniform.

U.S. Under-20 national team head coach Tab Ramos told ESPN recently that Brooks is leaning toward playing for the United States, and that he could play with the team at the Toulon Tournament later this month, an event that will serve as the U.

Revolution acquire Agudelo via trade with Chivas USA

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By FRANCO PANIZO

For the second time in just under a year, Juan Agudelo is packing his bags and moving from one coast to another.

Agudelo has been traded from Chivas USA to the New England Revolution in exchange for allocation money. The deal was initially announced on Tuesday evening via a tweet from Agudelo's agent, Ron Waxman, but both clubs confirmed the deal shortly thereafter.

SBI MLS All-Bargain Best XI

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By IVES GALARCEP

In a league where salary cap is king, finding bargains is key to survival and success.

Whether you are a team who spreads the wealth relatively evenly across your starting lineup, or a team that has some high-priced stars to go with less expensive options at other positions.

Red Bulls Notes: McCarty continues road to recovery, Juninho talks struggles vs. Crew, and more

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By FRANCO PANIZO

HARRISON, N.J. Dax McCarty is on the way back, but he is not there yet.

McCarty took part in the New York Red Bulls' training session on Tuesday morning inside of Red Bull Arena, serving as a two-way player in a possession-based drill.

Soccer Tuesday: Your Running Commentary

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By DAN KARELL

Wigan Athletic continues their battle to escape relegation when they welcome Swansea City to the DW Stadium. Roberto Martinez's men sit in 18th position currently with 35 points, but a win could potentially move them out of the drop zone.

Also in action today is Michael Bradley and his AS Roma side, who host Chievo Verona in Tuesday's lone Serie A match.

Rossi named to Fiorentina squad, could play in first match in 18 months

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By DAN KARELL

The long and winding road to recovery is for Giuseppe Rossi is nearly over.

Beset by multiple knee injuries and surgeries, the 26-year-old forward was named on Tuesday to the Fiorentina squad set to face Siena on Wednesday in Serie A action. Rossi moved from relegated Spanish side Villarreal to Florence in a €10 million transfer move last winter.

D.C. United Notes: Pontius, DeLeon near returns; set pieces a focus; and more

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By THOMAS FLOYD

D.C. United's beleaguered attack is about to get a substantial lift out wide.

Nick DeLeon (hamstring) will make the game-day roster Wednesday against the Houston Dynamo, coach Ben Olsen confirmed Tuesday, while fellow winger Chris Pontius (groin) said he will make his return by Saturday's trip to face FC Dallas.

SBI MLS Power Rankings: Week Ten

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By IVES GALARCEP

The Los Angeles Galaxy looked poised for a long run atop the SBI MLS Power Rankings, but the Houston Dynamo stepped up to remind us that we can never take results for granted. Especially when we are talking about returning MLS Cup finalists.

The Dynamo recorded their first road win since last summer, and their first road win vs.

Inside the mind of Chelis: Part 1

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Toulon Tournament to serve as final tune-up for U.S. with Under-20 World Cup approaching

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By DAN KARELL

The FIFA Under-20 World Cup begins on June 21, but United States U-20 coach Tab Ramos and his staff are already hard at work finding the 23 players they believe will bring home the title.

Ramos and the U-20′s recently wrapped up a training camp on April 28, culminating with a 6-2 friendly match victory over Cal FC, but now the side turns their focus to the Toulon Tournament in France, which runs from May 28-June 8.

Tuesday Kickoff: Sunderland keep survival hopes alive; Inter planning Eto’o transfer swoop; and more

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By DAN KARELL

If Monday afternoon's English Premier League match proved anything, it is that Sunderland is not going down without a fight.

Paolo Di Canio and his Sunderland side gained a vital point in their run to survival in the Premier League with Monday's 1-1 draw against Stoke.

Chandler to miss rest of Bundesliga season with knee injury that could sideline him for USMNT qualifiers

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by IVES GALARCEP

Timmy Chandler is done playing for the current German Bundesliga season, and could wind up missing the U.S. Men's National Team's upcoming World Cup qualifiers after being sidelined with what is being reported as a torn knee ligament.

Henry and Keane sit atop 2013 MLS salary list

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By DAN KARELL

The Major League Soccer Players Union released on Monday their first list of player and team salaries in 2013, and it's not a huge surprise who is at the top of the list.

Thierry Henry of the New York Red Bulls remains the top earner in the league, bringing in a total of $4.

NWSL Week Four Rewind: Breakers make their move

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By MIKE McCALL

The National Women's Soccer League saw its first blowout over the weekend, and it creates some intrigue at the top of the table.

Far removed from the draw-heavy start to the season, all three games — along with the Western New York Flash's midweek win — resulted in three points, with Boston's 4-1 shellacking of Chicago the most eye-catching result.

The SBI Show: Episode 31 (with special guest Alejandro Bedoya)

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By IVES GALARCEP

In a year when foreign-based American forwards are enjoying big years across the globe, one of the American midfielders enjoying the most success abroad in 2013 is Alejandro Bedoya.

The Helsingborg midfielder has become a goal-scoring threat for the Swedish club and has played his way back onto the U.

SBI MLS Save of the Week: Luis Robles

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NASL Week 5: A Look Back

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By MIKE GRAMAJO

Minnesota United FC claimed top of the table on Saturday despite drawing 2-2 against the Carolina RailHawks, which saw United lose a 2-1 lead late in the game.

RailHawks' Jordan Graye opened up the deadlock, heading-in a high cross in the 40th minute.

FIFA hits Blazer with provisional ban

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By DAN KARELL

When a report into alleged fraud and financial malcontent was released on April 19, former CONCACAF General Secretary Chuck Blazer likely knew that his days in FIFA were numbered.

In a move that could be seen from a mile away, FIFA's Ethics Committee chairman Hans-Joachim Eckert announced that Chuck Blazer had been banned from taking part in any national or international soccer activities for a maximum period of 90 days.

SBI MLS Goal of the Week: Danny Cruz

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Rogers considering a return to MLS, but not with Chicago Fire

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By DAN KARELL

It's a scenario that seemed unlikely just three months ago when Robbie Rogers retired from professional soccer, but now after taking part in a week's training with the Los Angeles Galaxy, the former U.S. international is considering a return.

One thing standing in his way though is that the Chicago Fire own his rights, acquiring them after an offseason deal with Rogers' former club Columbus Crew.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Brad Guzan and Aston Villa look to have all but won in their battle against relegation.

The Villans picked up a big road victory that moved them five points clear of the drop zone with two games remaining on Saturday, defeating Norwich City, 2-1, at Carrow Road.

Driver delivers winner as Dynamo knock off Galaxy

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By IVES GALARCEP

The Houston Dynamo have struggled on the road for a long time, and the task of trying to record their first road win since last July seemed extremely unlikely without Brad Davis and against the Los Angeles Galaxy on Sunday night.

The script didn't play out the way most would have expected.

European Weekend Rewind: Juventus clinch second straight Scudetto; Dortmund and Bayern draw; and more

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

Although the result was much closer than they would have liked, Juventus celebrated their second straight Serie A title with their fans in Turin on Sunday.

Juve narrowly edged relegation-threatened Palermo, 1-0, on an Arturo Vidal penalty.

Monday Kickoff: Boca and River draw amid crowd violence; Vilanova to visit New York for tests; and more

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By DAN KARELL

The passion that exudes from the Superclasico took over on Sunday night during the 1-1 draw between Boca Juniors and River Plate at La Bombonera.

River's talented youngster Manuel Lanzini put his side up inside of 45 seconds into the match with a perfectly placed header, but Boca were able to claw back into the match, scoring through the side-footed shot of Santiago Silva to tie things back up.

SBI MLS Player of the Week: Graham Zusi

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By IVES GALARCEP

Sporting Kansas City was in a brief slump, having lost two straight games, but they returned to their top form on Saturday in a 4-0 thumping of Chivas USA. A performance orchestrated by the skillful exploits of Graham Zusi.

SBI MLS Team of the Week: Houston Dynamo

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By DAN KARELL

The Houston Dynamo won their first road match of the season on Sunday night, defeating the Los Angeles Galaxy, 1-0, at the Home Depot Center, earning them SBI MLS Team of the Week honors.

The Dynamo were without captain Brad Davis due to a one-match suspension for a red card but the visitors didn't miss him too badly as they shut down Landon Donovan and the Galaxy.

SBI MLS Rookie of the Week: Adam Jahn

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By DAN KARELL

Taking advantage of a rare starting opportunity, San Jose Earthquakes rookie forward showed why he might deserve a regular place in the team.

Jahn played all 90 minutes and lead his team to a 2-2 draw with the Montreal Impact, earning him this week's SBI MLS Rookie of the Week.

Bieler brace leads Sporting KC over ten-man Chivas USA

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By DAN KARELL

After suffering a rare home defeat in week nine of Major League Soccer action, Graham Zusi and Sporting Kansas City were determined to remind the league that they are still the team to beat.

Attacking from the opening minute, the U.S. international Zusi had his best games of the season, assisting on a goal and scoring one himself as Sporting Kansas City pummeled ten-man Chivas USA, 4-0, on Sunday afternoon at Sporting Park.

Plata’s two assists lead RSL to win over Whitecaps

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BY TYLER GRAY

Sandy, UT Real Salt Lake was hurting for some goals.

Star forward Alvaro Saborio is out with a quadriceps strain. His replacements, Robbie Findley and Olmes Garcia, were both questionable heading into the match, forcing manager Jason Kreis to play two newcomers in Joao Plata and Devon Sandoval up top

Kreis' gamble paid off as Plata lead RSL to a 2-0 victory over the visiting Vancouver Whitecaps on Saturday night at Rio Tinto Stadium.

Cronin’s stoppage-time equalizer caps latest Earthquakes comeback in a draw vs. Impact

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BY TYLER GRAY

Another game, another stoppage-time equalizer for San Jose.

Despite a brace from MLS veteran Justin Mapp, the Montreal Impact were unable to hold on as the San Jose Earthquakes roared back to earn another tie thanks to some late-game heroics from reigning MLS Supporters Shield winners.

TFC gaffe gifts Buddle and the Rapids a win

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By DAN KARELL

Ryan Nelsen's coaching nightmare is showing no signs of coming to an end.

After conceding late goals in losses last Saturday and Wednesday, Toronto FC again gifted an opponent a late goal, failing to win for the seventh consecutive match.

Edson Buddle scored off a defensive gaffe by Logan Emery in the 86th minute to lead the Colorado Rapids over TFC, 1-0, on Saturday night at Dicks Sporting Goods Park in a game that was marked by poor passing from both sides and a lack of rhythm throughout.

Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

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Super Sunday kicks off early today, with the infamous Merseyside Derby taking center stage.

Liverpool will of course be without polarizing star Luis Suarez, who will be serving his third of a ten match ban for his bite on Branislav Ivanovic three weeks ago. David Moyes, on theother hand, has a full squad to choose from, as Everton attempt to finish ahead of Liverpool for the second consecutive season.

Robles and Cahill lead Red Bulls over Crew for third straight win

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By DAN KARELL

Many wondered how New York Red Bulls goalkeeper Luis Robles would overcome his serious error seven days ago.

On Saturday afternoon, Robles answered those questions in a big way.

Robles made six saves including a penalty kick stop on Federico Higuain to lead the New York Red Bulls to a 1-0 victory over the Columbus Crew at Crew Stadium.

Cruz double helps Union earn draw vs. Sounders

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By IVES GALARCEP

CHESTER, Pa. The Philadelphia Union have been relying heavily on the goal-scoring production of Jack McInerney, but on Saturday they saw another player flash some impressive finishing ability.

Union midfielder Danny Cruz scored a pair of quality second-half goals one minute apart to help the Union earn a 2-2 draw on Saturday at PPL Park.

MLS Week 10: SBI Live Match Commentary

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The Seattle Sounders are about to embark on a very difficult month of May, but also a month that will give them a chance to climb out of the MLS Western Conference basement after a rough start to the season.

The Sounders are at PP&L Park tonight to take on the Philadelphia Union in one of the day's more intriguing match-ups as the Sounders look to stop MLS leading scorer Jack McInerney, and the Union defense tries to stop Eddie Johnson, who is back after a long injury layoff.

Norwich elect to end Kamara loan deal, returns to Sporting KC

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By DAN KARELL

Norwich City had until Monday to decide whether they wanted to sign on-loan forward Kei Kamara on a permanent basis.

They didn't even make it past Saturday night.

Following a 2-1 defeat to Aston Villa, where Kamara played the final 18 minutes of the match, Norwich announced that they had agreed to let Kamara's loan deal end, returning the Sierra Leone international to Sporting Kansas City in Major League Soccer with immediate effect.

Saturday EPL Rewind: Tottenham edges Southampton on Bale winner; Villa, Wigan snatch late victories; and more

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

For the majority of Saturday's match between Tottenham and Southampton, it looked like Gareth Bale was going to have a mediocre ending to an award-winning week.

The 23-year-old recently captured thePFA Player of the Year, Young Player of the Year, and FWA Footballer of the Year for his impressive season, but he had one of his most uninspired performances against his former club.

This Weekend’s Soccer on TV

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By IVES GALARCEP

A pair of MLS alumni will be facing off this weekend in a match-up with serious English Premier League relegation ramifications when Kei Kamara and Norwich City take on Brad Guzan and Aston Villa in one of the weekend's more intriguing match-ups.

There are more high-profile match-ups like Bayern Munich-Borussia Dortmund and Chelsea-Manchester United, but in terms of a match involving two teams that badly need a result, few are more meaningful this weekend than Norwich City's clash with the Villans, who are riding high after their thrashing of Sunderland earlier in the week.

Orlando City suffer setback in pursuit of stadium, MLS franchise after funding bill not passed

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By FRANCO PANIZO

From grabbing national headlines toacquiring the necessary land for a soccer-specific stadium without much struggle, things have been pretty rosy for Orlando City in their quest to earn an MLS franchise.

That is, until now.

Orlando City's hopes of reaching MLS in the near future suffered big blow on Friday as the Florida House of Representatives did not pass the bill that would have funded part of their proposed soccer-specific stadium.

NWSL Week Four: A Look Ahead

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By MIKE McCALL

This weekend brings three more games in the National Women's Soccer League, following up on the league's first mid-week match, which was held on Wednesday.

And so we begin our look ahead with a quick look back, followed by a preview of Saturday's NWSL action.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

The top two teams in Germany will collide on Saturday, exactly three weeks before their battle for the Champions League trophy at Wembley Stadium.

Bayern Munich have won a record 14 straight Bundesliga matches, but this year's champions of Germany have not beaten Borussia Dortmund in league play in their last five tries.

NASL Week 5: A Look Ahead

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By MIKE GRAMAJO

In a match between the North American Soccer League's two first-place teams, Minnesota United FC host the Carolina RailHawks on Saturday, and the outcome will determine who takes the top spot early on this season.

The RailHawks, who had a bye-week in week four, look to continue their solid performance which has seen them remain unbeaten along with United.

Liga MX Weekend Preview: Monterrey eyes playoff spot, America and UANL to play for first place; and more

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By MIKE GRAMAJO

As the 2013 Clausura comes to its final week before the Liguilla, Monterrey look to build from their recent CONCACAF Champions League three-peat and clinch the last playoff spot in the Mexican table.

Los Rayados earned their first road victory of the season last Saturday, beating Tigres 1-0 in the Clasico Regionmontano, which kept their playoffs hopes alive.

MLS Ticker: Silvestre out for six to nine months; Kennedy signs contract extention; and more

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By DAN KARELL

Unfortunately for everyone involved, Mikael Silvestre's debut season in Major League Soccer is all but over.

The Timbers announced that Silvestre had suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in his left knee, ruling him out for the next six to nine months.

Timbers add Kah for defensive insurance as injuries mount

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By DAN KARELL

Of the seven center defenders that the Portland Timbers had on opening day, just four remain, and two of those have never played an Major League Soccer game.

Whether the loss of Mikael Silvestre on Thursday night accelerated the signing process or not, the Timbers announced on Friday the signing of former Norway international defender Pa Modou Kah.

MLS Week 10: A Look Ahead

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By THOMAS FLOYD

While some rivalries are cultivated by geographic factors, others are grown out of head-to-head clashes when the games matter most. After facing each other in the past two MLS Cups, it's safe to say no love has been lost between the Los Angeles Galaxy and Houston Dynamo.

The SBI Show: Episode 30 (Talking Stuart Holden, MLS Week 10, and more)

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By IVES GALARCEP

While MLS is ready to take center stage in the American soccer landscape once again this weekend, the biggest story of the week has been Stuart Holden's imminent re turn to the U.S. Men's National Team.

Episode 30 of The SBI Show discusses Holden's USMNT return in detail, as co-host Garrett Cleverly and I break down the impact of Holden's busy summer, and why people shouldn't compare his situation with that of Landon Donovan.

Friday Kickoff: Ronaldinho leads Atletico Mineiro to victory; Spanish league opens match-fixing investigation; and more

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By DAN KARELL

In a match between two of Brazil's heavyweight's in the Copa Libertadores Round of 16, it was the road side who came out on top.

Top seeded Atletico Mineiro came back from a goal down to defeat Sao Paulo, 2-1, in their first-leg match on Thursday night.

Timbers vs. Revolution: SBI Live Match Commentary

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By IVES GALARCEP

The red-hot Portland Timbers will look to keep their five-match unbeaten streak going at home tonight when they take on the New England Revolution (10:30pm, Univision Deportes).

The Revs are coming in off a confidence-boosting victory, but they take the field at Jeld-Wen Field without three starting defenders as injured centerback A.

Shuttleworth comes up big as Revs hold Timbers

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PORTLAND, Ore.-After starting theseason with numerous high-scoring affairs, the Portland Timbers finally found their match in Bobby Shuttleworth.

The New England Revolution goalkeeper had a career-high nine saves as the Revs and Timbers battled to a 0-0 draw, in front of a sold out Jeld-Wen Field.

European Weekend Preview: Dortmund host Bayern in UCL final preview; Chelsea travel to Man United; and more

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

Saturday's clash between Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich may not matter much in the end of the Bundesliga season, but it could have a major effect on their upcoming match for the biggest prize in Europe.

Bayern, winners of a record 14 straight Bundesliga matches, have already clinched this year's league crown and Dortmund, last year's champions, have second place in the table all but officially wrapped up.

Klinsmann to call in Holden for May-June USMNT camp and Gold Cup

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By IVES GALARCEP

When Jurgen Klinsmann sang the praises of Stuart Holden a week ago, and pointed out that the last thing Holden needed after a year and a half injury layoff was rest, it seemed like Klinsmann was suggesting that he really wanted Holden to be a part of the U.

Chelsea to meet Benfica in Europa League Final

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By DAN KARELL

Two teams that began the season in the Champions League will be meeting in the Europa League final on May 15 in Amsterdam.

Following a one-goal deficit at the half, Chelsea hit three in a row including a David Luiz golazo to win easily over Swiss side FC Basel 5-2 on aggregate at Stamford Bridge while Benfica, who trailed 1-0 coming into the match, got two goals from forward Oscar Cardozo to defeat Fenerbahce at the Estadio da Luz, 3-1, on the night and 3-2, on aggregate in the Europa League semifinals.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Preview

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By FRANCO PANIZO

The majority of leagues in Europe are winding down and for several Americans Abroad that means the race for success or survival is about to heat up.

TimHoward is one of the Americans still with something to play for this late into the season, as he and Everton are within striking distance of a Europa League spot.

SBI MLS Best XI of the Month: April

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By IVES GALARCEP

Jack McInerney's breakout season really took off in April, with a league-leading four goals during the month, good for the MLS lead and good for a spot on the SBI MLS Best XI for the Month of April.

From his stoppage-time equalizer vs.

MLS East Notes: Red cards upheld; McCarty out; and more

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BY DARRELL LOVELL

Any hope for Jeff Larentowicz and Brad Davis to see the field in the next game was dashed Wednesday afternoon.

Both midfielders appealed red card they received for transgressions on the weekend. Unable to get a unanimous vote from an independent referee panel, both red cards were upheld and both Larentowicz and Davis will be made to serve their one-game suspensions.

MLS Ticker: Columbus chosen for MLS Business Summit; Norwich City to play Timbers, Earthquakes; and more

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By DAN KARELL

Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber was in Columbus on Thursday to announce the next host of the MLS Business Summit.

At a press conference held at Crew Stadium, Garber and Columbus Crew President and G.M. Marc McCullers jointly announced that Ohio's capital city would be hosting this year's business summit from September 10-12.

UEL Preview: Chelsea host Basel, Fenerbahce visit Benfica

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By DAN KARELL

There may be a different manager in charge but Chelsea are in a familiar position come Thursday night.

Rafael Benitez's club are 90 minutes away from making a second-straight European cup final, and they'll welcome Swiss side FC Basel to Stamford Bridge for the second-leg of the Europa League semifinals.

MLS West Notes: McBean undergoes surgery, multiple players embark on loans; and more

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BY MIKE DONOVAN

One of the bright spots for the LA Galaxy this season has been the play of 18-year-old Jack McBean, who has played in all seven league matches so far this season. But McBean's season has been derailed after suffering a broken collar bone in a collision with Real Salt Lake centerback Nat Borchers.

SBI MLS Rookie of the Month: Dillon Powers

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By IVES GALARCEP

Amid the myriad of injuries and plethora of new faces deputized by head coach Oscar Pareja during a month of April that saw the Colorado Rapids overachieve, there has been one surprising constant in the starting lineup.

Rookie Dillon Powers was there for every minute, and didn't just play every one of them, he managed to excel in his midfield role despite it being just his second month as a pro.

Fire Notes: Confidence remains despite recent loss, Larentowicz appeal rejected, and more

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By TYLER DAY

The Chicago Fire head into their second bye week five points below playoff position after Saturday's loss in Montreal. Before the loss, which included a controversial red card to midfielder Jeff Larentowicz, the Fire had won two in three games and carried a renewed sense of optimism about the season.

Thursday Kickoff: Boca Juniors beat Corinthians; Impact and Whitecaps reach Canadian Final; and more

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By DAN KARELL

The knockout stage of the Copa Libertadores is well underway, and two teams stepped out to important leads in their respective ties.

Argentine power Boca Juniors defeated the Club World Cup champion Corinthians of Brazil, 1-0, at La Bombanera on Wednesday in Buenos Aires.

Americans Abroad notes: Hannover sporting director hints at Cherundolo extension, Simek set for free agency and more

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By FRANCO PANIZO

It is looking more and more like Steve Cherundolo will close out his career with the same club he started with.

New Hannover 96 sporting director Dirk Dufner told German outlet Kicker on Wednesday that Cherundolo will soon sign an extension with the club.

Lenhart hit with two-match ban for latest antics

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By IVES GALARCEP

A player making contact with a player's head with his foot might have been seen as accidental if it involved a player with a sparkling disciplinary record, but when the offending party has a reptuation and track record like Steven Lenhart's, it was tough to see him getting the benefit of the doubt.

Monterrey pull off stunning comeback to win third straight CONCACAF Champions League title

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By IVES GALARCEP

When Panamanian defender Felipe Baloy headed home Santos Laguna's second goal of the night in Wednesday night's CONCACAF Champions League second leg, Monterrey looked finished.

The defending champions were far from finished though. They were just getting started.

SBI Fantasy MLS: Week Ten Preview

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By CASEY CANNON

Hello and Welcome to the Soccer by Ives Fantasy Corner – now grumpier than ever!

Every week I dig through statistics, news, and rumors to provide the reader with the kind of fantasy advice that only a guy mourning the end of hockey season can provide.

Soccer Wednesday: Your Running Commentary

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By DAN KARELL

A place in the FIFA Club World Cup is on the line in tonight's CONCACAF Champions League second-leg match between Mexican sides Santos Laguna and Monterrey.

The two clubs played to a scoreless draw on April 24 and now as the series shifts to Nuevo Leon, Herculez Gomez and Santos Laguna will look to get revenge over last year's final winners, who won 3-2 on aggregate.

Bayern Munich cruise past Barcelona into Champions League final

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By DAN KARELL

After Wednesday's performance, it would be hard to say that Bayern Munich isn't currently the best team in the world.

The German side defeated Barcelona, 3-0 (7-0 on aggregate), at the Camp Nou in the second-leg of the Champions League semifinals to make their second successive European final, where they will face rivals Borussia Dortmund at Wembley Stadium in London on May 25.

Atticus sees his dream come true, scoring four to lead Green Machine past Timbers

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By DAN KARELL

In front of more than 3,000 fans at Jeld-Wen Field, eight-year-old Atticus achieved his dream of playing with the Portland Timbers, and scored four goals in a match-winning performance to boot.

Atticus and his Green Machine team took down the Timbers, 10-9, on Wednesday afternoon in a friendly match, with the Portland native scoring the game-winning goal just before time expired.

RSL Notes: Eliminating slow starts a priority; more injury woes at forward; and more

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By TYLER GRAY

SANDY, Utah- Real Salt Lake will be focused from the opening whistle when they host the Vancouver Whitecaps at Rio Tinto Stadium this Saturday. After coming out flat against the LA Galaxy and conceding two goals in the first 13 minutes, RSL is ready to put that game behind them and move forward.

MLS Ticker: McCarty out until mid-May, Fire announce friendly with Club America; and more

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By DAN KARELL

The New York Red Bulls are going to have to survive at least another two matches without one of their key starters.

Midfielder Dax McCarty has been sidelined since last Thursday with a minor tear in his right quadriceps muscle, and while the forecast hasn't changed from then to now, Red Bulls manager Mike Petke is hopeful that McCarty will be able to face New England on May 11.

Union Notes: Kleberson not ready to start; Soumare situation still unresolved; and more

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By DAN KARELL

More than a month into his signing with the Philadelphia Union, former World Cup-winning midfielder Kleberson has yet to make a starting lineup.

The 33-year-old Brazilian, acquired on March 25 from Bahia in exchange for Freddy Adu, has made two substitute appearances for the Union since the move, but manager John Hackworth has remained coy on whether Kleberson will be in the starting lineup in the coming weeks.

UEFA Champions League: Your Running Commentary

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By DAN KARELL

With Lionel Messi on the bench, Barcelona will hope for another savior to help them come back from four goals down when they host Bayern Munich today in the Champions League semifinals (2:45pm FX Channel).

Barcelona manager Tito Vilanova has called for his side to play good soccer, and through that, he's confident that they will find a way to score goals.

U.S. Open Cup first round draw released

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By DAN KARELL

On Wednesday, the United States Soccer Federation released the draw for the 2013 U.S. Open Cup first round, which will begin on May 14 after a play-in round on May 7.

Teams from USL-Pro, PDL, NPSL, the U.S. Adult Soccer Association, U.S. Club Soccer, and the U.

SBI MLS Best XI: Week Nine

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By IVES GALARCEP

It was a week of surprises in MLS, which is reflected by some of the selections on this week's SBI MLS Best XI. From a back-up goalkeeper to the enigmatic Roy Miller, some of the picks were players few could have pictured making such a team a week ago.

Los Angeles Galaxy goalkeeper Brian Rowe stepped in for Carlo Cudicini and all he did was turn in the best performance by a Galaxy goalkeeper all season.

D.C. officials considering land swap for new soccer stadium

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By DAN KARELL

Washington D.C. officials are getting creative when it comes to finding a way for D.C. United to have a home of their own.

According to reports out of the Capital, city officials are considering a land swap with real estate firm Akridge to give D.

SBI MLS Player of the Month: Will Johnson

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By IVES GALARCEP

There were players who scored more goals, and some who registered more assists, but you will be hard-pressed to find a player who meant more to his team's success in April than Portland Timbers captain Will Johnson.

The Canadian midfielder led a Timbers squad that rattled off a 3-0-1 record during March, and while he managed one goal during that month (Johnson's brace vs.

Wednesday Kickoff: Tijuana draw with Palmeiras; Lampard staying at Chelsea; and more

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By DAN KARELL

With ninety minutes of soccer in the books, the focus turns to the Brazilian city of Sao Paulo, where Club Tijuana and Palmeiras will battle in their Copa Libertadores Round of 16 second-leg match on May 14.

Neither side could break the deadlock on Tuesday night as the two teams played to a 0-0 draw at Tijuana's Estadio Caliente.