Soccer By Ives Archives for January 2013

Leg injury puts Ashe’s USMNT Gold Cup in jeopardy

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By IVES GALARCEP

HARRISON, N.J. As 21 players walked around the Red Bull Arena field after the final whistle of Sunday's match between the New York Red Bulls and Houston Dynamo, one player didn't move. Corey Ashe stood inside the center circle, hunched over, hands on his knees, frozen in place.

Red Bulls rebound with strong win vs. short-handed Dynamo

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By DAN KARELL

HARRISON, NJ In their first match at home since June 1, the New York Red Bulls finally looked like they were back in their comfort zone.

Tim Cahill and Jamison Olave made their return to the lineup and the Red Bulls used goals from Fabian Espindola and Jonny Steele to defeat the Houston Dynamo, 2-0, on Sunday afternoon in front of a sold out crowd of 25,483 at Red Bull Arena.

Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

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By MICHAEL KLINE

Spain will attempt to win their 30th consecutive match when they meet Brazil in the Confederations Cup final this evening.

The dream matchup of the tournament has come to fruition, and will either culminate in Spain winning their fourth consecutive tournament, or the hosts walking away as Confederations Cup champions for the third straight time.

D.C. United Undone by Whitecaps, Questionable Officiating

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By PABLO MAURER

As Ben Olsen entered his post-game press conference, he looked like a man possessed. It was a familiar storyline: D.C. United had lost another game, and in the opinion of some been undone by some questionable officiating.

Whitecaps show off defensive depth during winning streak

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By THOMAS FLOYD

WASHINGTON — Eight minutes into the Vancouver Whitecaps' 2013 campaign, captain Jay DeMerit went down with a torn Achilles. Ever since, the only constant in their defense has been the lack of continuity.

As the Whitecaps took the RFK Stadium field Saturday against D.

Perez stoppage-time equalizer earns 10-man FC Dallas a point vs. Union

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By JOEL HOOVER

On a wild afternoon of storylines at PPL Park, it was Blas Perez who wrote the biggest one of all late in injury time.

The Panamanian striker delivered a stoppage-time goal just minutes after having a goal-bound shot cleared off the line to help 10-man FC Dallas earn a 2-2 draw against the Philadelphia Union on Saturday at PPL Park.

Last-second Cascio goal gives Rapids wild shootout win vs. Impact

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

The Colorado Rapids could have folded when their early lead evaporated in the final minutes of the second half.

They could have folded when the Montreal Impact, who were undefeated at home in MLS play this season, took the lead again in the 73rd minute.

AUDIO: Ben Olsen post-match blowup after loss vs. Whitecaps

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Kamara’s brace lifts Sporting KC in wild win vs. Crew

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By DAN KARELL

On a night where Sporting Kansas City looked far from last year's Eastern Conference regular season champion, it was last season's top scorer who lifted his team to victory.

Kei Kamara bagged a pair of goals including the game-winner in the second half to lead Sporting KC to a 3-2 victory over the Columbus Crew on Saturday night at Sporting Park.

Revolution snatch draw with Chivas USA on late Barrett equalizer

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

Although Saturday night's result against New England gave Chivas USA their first point in eight matches, the Goats still left StubHub Center thinking about what might have been.

Chivas USA were on their way to a home win against the New England Revolution, but a late goal from substitute Chad Barrett earned the visitors a 1-1 draw.

Stoppage-time goals deliver Earthquakes comeback victory in Cali Clasico

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By DAN KARELL

When the San Jose Earthquakes were reduced to ten men in the 77th minute, it seemed unlikely that they would come back from the one-goal deficit they were facing.

But that's exactly what they did.

Scoring twice in 90th minute stoppage-time, the Earthquakes defeated the Los Angeles Galaxy, 3-2, to win the Cali Clasico in front of more than 50,000 fans on Saturday night at Stanford Stadium.

Cosmos in talks with Ambrosini

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By IVES GALARCEP

The New York Cosmos made a big splash recently with the signing of former Spanish national team star Marco Senna, but he may not be the only former European star to make the move to New York this summer.

The Cosmos are in talks with former AC Milan star Massimo Ambrosini to bring the Italian midfielder to the NASL squad for the upcoming season, sources confirmed to SBI on Saturday.

Saturday Ticker: Egypt eliminates England from U-20 World Cup; Prandelli questions worth of third-place match; and more

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

After a disappointing three and out at the European Under-21 Championship, England was hoping to bounce back with a good showing at the Under-20 World Cup.With two draws in their first two matches, the Three Lions needed a win to ensure a spot in the knockout stage of the competition, and they were favorites against winless Egypt.

Real Salt Lake hold off Toronto FC for narrow road win

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By TYLER GRAY

On Saturday, it was one goal, two red cards and another three points for Real Salt Lake.

The Western Conference leaders continued their run of good form Saturday afternoon with a 1-0 win over Toronto FC at BMO Field.

An opportunistic strike from Yordany Alvarez gave RSL their first goal in Toronto, and some spectacular goalkeeping from Nick Rimando in the dying moments of the match preserved the narrow victory.

Report: Gatt suffers knee injury, is a doubt for Gold Cup

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By DAN KARELL

Recent U.S. Men's National Team call-up Josh Gatt suffered a left knee injury on Saturday in the first-half of his team Molde FK's 3-1 victory over Sarpsborg.

The 21-year-old midfielder, starting as a center forward on the day, was forced off in the 39th minute with what reports in Norway are calling a left knee sprain.

MLS Week 18: Your Running Commentary

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

Two of the biggest surprise stories in Major League Soccer will square off in a nationally televised match Saturday afternoon at PPL Park.

The Philadelphia Union, led by Gold Cup-bound forward Jack McInerney, are coming off of back-to-back 3-0 wins.

Bocanegra released by Rangers

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By DAN KARELL

General managers in Major League Soccer, take notice. Carlos Bocanegra is available.

The U.S. international defender has been released from his club Rangers FC in Scotland, with the club's own press release reporting a potential move to Chivas USA, not far from his roots in Alta Loma, California.

CONCACAF Gold Cup rosters released

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By DAN KARELL

CONCACAF released the full 23-man roster list for all 12 nations participating at this summer's Gold Cup, with the likes of the English Premier League, German Bundesliga, Spanish La Liga, and French Ligue 1 all represented.

Defending champions Mexico enter the competition with a considerably weaker squad due to sending their A side to the Confederations Cup in Brazil, but they should still challenge for the title.

SBI Fantasy MLS: Week 18 Preview

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By CASEY CANNON

Hello and Welcome to the Soccer by Ives Fantasy Corner – now with extra beer and fireworks! Every week I dig through statistics, news, and rumors to provide the reader with the kind of fantasy advice that only a guy on the cusp of vacation can provide.

So the Gold Cup came and cherry picked so many of our fantasy players.

MLS Insider: Episode 2 (featuring Fernandez and the 2006 MLS Cup Final)

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By IVES GALARCEP

The new NBC Sports soccer show, MLS Insider, aired Episode Two on Friday evening, with the latest episode featuring FC Dallas goalkeeper Raul Fernandez as well as a look back at the Houston Dynamo's victory in the 2006 MLS Cup Final.

The outstanding episode provides a closer look at Fernandez, his family, and his background in Peru.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

The final group stage matches in the FIFA Under-20 World Cup headline a Soccer Saturday that finishes up with a full slate of Major League Soccer action.

The action in Turkey begins with Group F, where first-place Uzbekistan will be looking to hold onto a top spot against a tough Uruguay squad.

NWSL Week 12: A Look Ahead

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By MIKE McCALL

For as spread out and clustered as the National Women's Soccer League standings are, there's still plenty on the line.

This weekend's matches could bring a change atop the standings, a new addition to the front of the pack, and an answer to whether the league's newest upstart has what it takes to make a late, longshot playoff push.

NASL Week 13: A Look Ahead

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By MIKE GRAMAJO

Two points separate the Carolina RailHawks and the Atlanta Silverbacks at the top of the North American Soccer League standings, but that all can change with so much on the line when they meet on Saturday at WakeMed Soccer Park.

A victory for the first-place RailHawks would effectively end the season and give them the honor of hosting the 2013 Soccer Bowl this fall, but if there is one team they are wary of, it's the Silverbacks.

Vermes calls new Zusi deal a win-win for Sporting KC

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By DAN KARELL

Though it took many by surprise, Sporting Kansas City midfielder Graham Zusi signing a contract extension on Friday had been in the works for a long time.

For his head coach Peter Vermes, Zusi signing on the dotted line couldn't have come at a better time.

MLS Insider: Raul Fernandez (Pride of Peru)

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by IVES GALARCEP

Raul Fernandez has been one of the top newcomers in MLS in 2013, and the FC Dallas goalkeeper is excelling in his new league while he also handles the duties of being the No. 1 goalkeeper on the Peruvian national Team.

The new NBC Sports show MLS Insider is airing its second episode tonight, and among the features is a look at Fernandez' recent time with the Peruvian National Team.

Spector signs new two-year deal with Birmingham

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Jonathan Spector has not only settled down. He has settled in.

Days after getting married to his long-time girlfriend,Spector signed a new two-year deal with Birmingham City. Spector was out of contract after seeing his initial deal with the Championship club expire at the end of this past season, but the versatile 27-year-old had decided for some time that he would stick with the Blues rather than sign elsewhere.

Red Bulls defender Pearce to have season-ending hip surgery

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By IVES GALARCEP

Take a look in the New York Red Bulls locker room after any match over the last year and there is a good chance you could spot Heath Pearce grimacing in pain and struggling to move. It was easy to write off the scenes as those of a player who has given his all and is simply feeling the rigors of being an MLS defender.

This Weekend’s Soccer on TV

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By MICHAEL KLINE

The Confederations Cup has given fans the dream matchup between Spain and Brazil, with the title on the line as the two meet in the final of the half-month long tournament.

The defending World and European champions meet an in-form Brazil team that is looking stronger than in recent memory.

MLS Week 18: A Look Ahead

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By THOMAS FLOYD

If the San Jose Earthquakes want to get their 2013 campaign back on track, notching a California Clasico win against the rival Los Angeles Galaxy would be a good place to start.

Before the Galaxy's Landon Donovan and the Earthquakes' Chris Wondolowski join the U.

Earthquakes sign USMNT defender Goodson

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By IVES GALARCEP

The San Jose Earthquakes are in rebuilding mode after the departure of head coach Frank Yallop, and Friday saw the reigning Supporters Shield winners add a major piece to their puzzle.

The Earthquakes signed U.S. Men's National Team defender Clarence Goodson on Friday, giving the team a standout partner for Honduran centerback Victor Bernardez.

USMNT Daily Update: A closer look at the Gold Cup roster

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By IVES GALARCEP

Landon Donovan is back, Jack McInerney has arrived and Carlos Bocanegra may never come back.

Those are just some of the things that stood out from Thursday's U.S. Men's National Team Gold Cup roster announcement.

There weren't expected to be many surprised in the group, but there were a few that could selections and omissions that could qualify as such.

Zusi signs new contract with Sporting KC

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By DAN KARELL

After some stellar performances with the U.S. Men's National Team, Graham Zusi might have had some teams preparing offers overseas. However, Sporting Kansas City CEO Robb Heineman wasn't ready to see his star midfielder leave.

Friday Kickoff: Tottenham agree transfer for Paulinho; Monaco docked points for fan violence; and more

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By DAN KARELL

Tottenham have completed one of the deals of the summer, bringing over Brazilian National Team midfielder Paulinho from Corinthians in a £17 million ($26 million) transfer.

The 24-year-old scored the game-winning goal on Wednesday against Uruguay to lead Brazil to the Confederations Cup finals, and since earning a regular place in the starting lineup of the Selecao, has decided it's time to move overseas.

Thursday Evening Ticker: Spain downs Italy in PKs; four nations progress to U-20 World Cup knockout round; and more

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By DAN KARELL

With both teams failing to score a goal in 120 grueling minutes of soccer at the Estadio Castelao in Fortaleza, Brazil, any outcome seemed likely.

It was the Spanish National Team though that showed why they were still the team to beat in the world, calmly hitting all of their penalty kicks to defeat Italy, 7-6 on PKs, in the Confederations Cup semifinals.

Ghana trounces U.S. to eliminate Americans from U-20 World Cup

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By IVES GALARCEP

For a moment, when Shane O'Neill headed home an Oscar Sorto goal to make the pull the U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team within a goal of Ghana, there was a brief glimpse of hope that the American team could avoid the fate of past U.

Klinsmann discusses USMNT player selection for upcoming Gold Cup

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By FRANCO PANIZO

The U.S. Men's National Team's Gold Cup campaign will essentially be one giant tryout for the players involved.

That was the easy message to take away from Jurgen Klinsmann's conference call on Thursday, one in which the U.

U.S. Under-20s vs. Ghana: SBI Live Match Commentary

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By IVES GALARCEP

The U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team have a clear task. Win and they have a chance to reach the Round of 16 of the Under-20 World Cup. Lose, and the Americans go home in the group stage.

Standing in the way of yet another American Gold Cup team is Ghana, which will be looking to play the role of spoiler despite having a very slim chance of reaching the Round of 16.

Soccer Thursday: Your Running Commentary

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By DAN KARELL

A trip to the Maracana Stadium in Rio De Janeiro and a match against Brazil is what's waiting for the winner of Thursday's Confederations Cup semifinal between Spain and Italy.

Cesare Prandelli's Italian squad is missing forward Mario Balotelli to injury and could be missing midfield maestro Andrea Pirlo as well, which would make the task of defeating the in-form defending World and European champions that much more difficult.

Donovan, Beasley and McInerney headline USMNT Gold Cup roster

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By IVES GALARCEP

U.S. Men's National Team veterans Landon Donovan and DaMarcus Beasley headline a veteran squad chosen by Jurgen Klinsmann for the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup.

Klinsmann named a 23-man roster for the tournament, with Donovan and Beasley returning to the national team fold, where they will be joined by national team newcomer Jack McInerney and young midfielders Joe Corona and Mix Diskerud.

Report: Montero to sign with Sporting Lisbon

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By DAN KARELL

One-time Seattle Sounders forward Fredy Montero could be donning the green of Sporting Lisbon this fall.

The Portuguese club has reportedly reached an agreement with the Colombian front-man on a five-year contract, and now all that's left is settling the transfer fee to take him from his on-loan club Millonarios to Portugal ahead of the upcoming season.

Sporting KC recalls Dwyer from Orlando City

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By FRANCO PANIZO

The end of Orlando City's run in the U.S. Open Cup apparently also meant the end of Dom Dwyer's time with the club.

A day after the Lions were bounced out of the competition with a 4-1 loss at the Chicago Fire, Sporting Kansas City owner Robb Heineman tweeted that Dwyer would be rejoining his club later on Thursday.

Thursday Kickoff: Messi makes tax payment; Madrid completes Isco deal; and more

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By DAN KARELL

Lionel Messi will be on the hook for a lot of cash after all.

The Messi family and Spanish authorities came to an out-of-court settlement over unpaid taxes, with the reported figures sitting upwards of €15 million ($19.5 million) being paid by Messi to the State.

Cherundolo set for knee surgery after picking up injury in Hannover training

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By DAN KARELL

A new injury has Hannover and U.S. Men's National Team right back Steve Cherundolo set for another spell on the sidelines.

The 34-year-old fullback picked up a knock in training on Tuesday, and after the diagnosis being worse than initially feared, Cherundolo is set for arthroscopic surgery on his ailing left knee.

MLS West Notes: RSL’s Schuler might need foot surgery; Rapids still after Eloundou; and more

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BY MIKE DONOVAN

Chris Schuler, who hasn't played in a match since May 11 due to a foot injury, looks set to miss two to four more weeks, and might require surgery, according to the Deseret News.

Schuler has been sidelined since early May due to foot pain the same right foot that he had trouble with in 2012.

Second-half rally lifts Timbers past FC Dallas, into first U.S. Open Cup semifinal

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BY MIKE DONOVAN

On the final kick of regulation, David Ferreira of FC Dallas sent a curling shot around the outstretched arm of Portland's Donovan Ricketts. If the ball goes in, the match heads to a 30-minute extra time period. If the ball doesn't find the back of the net, the Timbers advance to their first U.

D.C. United ride strong second half to U.S. Open Cup win vs. Revs

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By PABLO MAURER

BOYDS, MD Don't look now, but D.C. United are slowly gathering a head of steam.

The club that had put itself on a steady course towards the wrong side of the MLS record books, but D.C. United have begun to turn things around, stringing together a few positive league results and doing exceedingly well in the U.

Fire route Orlando City to reach U.S. Open Cup semifinal

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By IVES GALARCEP

For a brief moment, the Chicago Fire looked like they just might be the latest victim of Orlando City's Cinderella run through the U.S. Open Cup when Rob Valentino delivered a second-half equalizer for the USL PRO side on Wednesday night.

Then, in the span of four minutes, the Fire provided a reminder that they, not Orlando City, are the team with the lengthy history of U.

Wednesday Evening Ticker: Brazil advances to Confederations Cup final; Tevez introduced at Juve; and more

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

As tens of thousands of protesters continued their clash with police in the streets, the Brazilian national team continued its quest for another Confederations Cup title with a dramatic win over South American rivals Uruguay on Wednesday.

Brazil punched its ticket to the final by defeating the Copa America champions 2-1 off a late header from midfielder Paulinho.

Round of 16 field set for Cosmos Copa in NYC

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By MIKE GRAMAJO

The Fifth Annual Cosmos Copa has set its 16-team field, with players representing a wide range of nations set to compete for bragging rights in the New York area.

The tournament, sponsored by the New York Cosmos, features players from the New York City area, and includes professional players from around the world.

Union Notes: Cruz joins Kleberson on the mend; Daniel absence provides opportunity; PPL strength growing; and more

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By JOEL HOOVER

While the Philadelphia Union's 3-0 victory over the rival New York Red Bulls was cause for celebration Sunday, not all of the news was good after the match especially on the injury front.

Winger Danny Cruz's 36th minute departure due to a lower leg injury sustained in a challenge with New York's Lloyd Sam provided some initial concern after the match.

Confederations Cup: Brazil vs Uruguay (Your Running Commentary)

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By DAN KARELL

With emotions high inside and outside of the Estadio Mineirao in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, the Brazilian National Team takes the field on Wednesday to face a nearby rival in Uruguay (3pm, ESPN/ESPN3) in the Confederations Cup semifinals.

In addition to regular meetings in World Cup qualifiers over the years, Uruguay defeated Brazil in the 1950 World Cup final in Rio de Janeiro with 200,000 in attendance, something that the Brazilian people haven't forgotten about.

MLS Ticker: Montero approached by Portuguese club; Rafael cut by D.C. United; and more

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

Since he returned to his home country on a loan move earlier this year, Sounders fans have held out hope that star forward Fredy Montero would return to Seattle at the end of 2013.

But the current Millonarios player could be saying goodbye to the Pacific Northwest for good and making his move to Europe.

The SBI Show: Episode 44 (Talking USMNT Gold Cup roster; U.S. Under-20 World Cup team; and more)

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By IVES GALARCEP

With so much to discuss in the American Soccer landscape, the SBI Show is kicking things up to a new gear, with a mid-week show being added to the rotation.

Episode 44 of The SBI Show takes a look at the U.S. Gold Cup squad, which will be revealed on Thursday.

MLS Spotlight: Red-hot Dwyer making most of loan to Orlando City

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Dom Dwyer had never scored a hat-trick during his collegiate years, much less during his fledgling pro career, so it was natural to expect him to be ecstatic after doing so in the first half of a blowout win in May.

Cahill eyeing winter loan move before World Cup

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By DAN KARELL

With the 2014 World Cup looming next summer, New York Red Bulls forward Tim Cahill is already considering plans to help prepare him for Brazil.

The Socceroos midfielder helped his nation qualify automatically with a 1-0 victory over Iraq on June 18, and with the long offseason in Major League Soccer spanning from early December to the start of March, Cahill is considering returning to the Premier League to keep match fitness.

U.S. Open Cup Quarterfinals: A Look Ahead

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By THOMAS FLOYD

FC Dallas didn't have to wait long for an opportunity to exact revenge against the Portland Timbers.

Just 11 days after Portland defeated Dallas 1-0 in a league match at Jeld-Wen Field, the clubs will meet again Wednesday at FC Dallas Stadium in the U.

USMNT Daily Update: Projecting the Gold Cup roster

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By IVES GALARCEP

With the June World Cup qualifiers in the rearview mirror, and the CONCACAF Gold Cup on the horizon, the U.S. Men's National Team will unveil a new squad on Thursday as Jurgen Klinsmann tries to win back the CONCACAF Gold Cup from Mexico while also giving some familiar face a chance to state their case for places on the full U.

Wednesday Kickoff: Ronaldo to meet with Man United officials; UEFA unveils Euro 2016 logo; and more

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By DAN KARELL

Carlo Ancelotti's introduction at Real Madrid could spell the end of Cristiano Ronaldo's era at the club.

Ronaldo is set for meetings with Manchester United officials this summer according to reports in Spain, after the Portuguese international took to Twitter earlier this week to refute rumors of him signing a new contract with Madrid.

MLS Ticker: Sounders to make decision on Martinez soon; TFC to play Roma in August friendly; and more

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

Since joining the Seattle Sounders on loan from Honduran club Real Espana, Mario Martinez has become a consistent option for the club's ever-changing midfield.

But if the Sounders want to keep the Honduran international at CenturyLink Field, they have to make a decision by the end of the week.

Tuesday Evening Ticker: Tevez joins Juventus; UEFA bans two Turkish powers for match-fixing; and more

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By DAN KARELL

When Antonio Conte signed a new contract extension at Juventus last month, he made a request to sign two strikers. One, Fernando Llorente was signed on a free transfer in January. The other, looks set to come this summer.

Manchester City forward Carlos Tevez is reportedly on his way to the twice-successive Serie A champions, making them the team to beat for the title next season.

Red Bulls Notebook: Wright-Phillips and Stachnik continue to impress, Cahill returns, Petke addresses Juninho rumors

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BY DAVE MARTINEZ

The New York Red Bulls devastating loss against the Philadelphia Union this weekend surely brought some of the team's weaknesses to light. Besides the obvious over-reliance on both Tim Cahill and Jamison Olave, the Red Bulls depth options fell far short in their attempt to cover for the team's star players.

SBI MLS Power Rankings: Week 17

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By IVES GALARCEP

Real Salt Lake is on a full-blown roll, having won four of their past five matches to climb into first place in the MLS Western Conference.

RSL's 2-0 win vs. the Seattle Sounders helped them join the Portland Timbers atop the West and also helped them climb up to the No.

Timbers’ Johnson headlines Canada Gold Cup roster

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By DAN KARELL

Seven players in Major League Soccer, including first-place Portland Timbers star Will Johnson, were called into the Canadian National Team ahead of the Gold Cup next month.

Toronto FC lead all clubs with four call-ups, losing Ashtone Morgan, Doneil Henry, Kyle Bekker, and Jonathan Osorio to the Canada squad that will meet in Oxnard, California for a ten-day training camp starting on Wednesday.

Reading sign USMNT midfielder Williams

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By DAN KARELL

Danny Williams narrowly avoided relegation with German Bundesliga side Hoffenheim, but it looks like he will be playing second-division soccer somewhere after all.

League Championship side Reading FC has signed the U.S. Men's National Team midfielder, the club announced on Tuesday.

Report: Dos Santos rejected Galaxy offer

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By DAN KARELL

Earlier this month, reports emerged that Mexico National Team star Giovani Dos Santos was offered a lucrative deal to come play with the Los Angeles Galaxy of Major League Soccer.

As of Wednesday, reports out of Spain are claiming that Dos Santos and his club RCD Mallorca have rejected the reported $8 million transfer fee and $2 million per season contract offer from the Galaxy.

SBI MLS Goal of the Week: Will Johnson

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SBI MLS Team of the Week: Chicago Fire

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By IVES GALARCEP

The Chicago Fire are starting to heat up, and this past week showed just how different a team they are now compared to the struggling squad they were when the season began.

The Fire pulled off a pair of wins last week, coming back in each game, to continue their climb up the MLS Eastern Conference standings.

SBI MLS Save of the Week: Luis Robles

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Tuesday Kickoff: Real Madrid and PSG name new managers; Cavani nears Chelsea move; and more

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By DAN KARELL

Carlo Ancelotti is trading one European capital for another.

Real Madrid have officially announced their appointment of Ancelotti the next manager of the club, taking the reigns of a side that won just three trophies in the last three years under Jose Mourinho.

Ancelotti, Blanc officially announced as Real Madrid, PSG managers; Cavani nears Chelsea move; and more

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By DAN KARELL

Carlo Ancelotti is trading one European capital for another.

Real Madrid have officially announced their appointment of Ancelotti the next manager of the club, taking the reigns of a side that won just three trophies in the last three years under Jose Mourinho.

Evening Ticker: Balotelli ruled out of rest of Confed Cup; Spain U-20s beat Ghana; and more

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By DAN KARELL

An injury that was originally thought to likely keep Mario Balotelli out of Wednesday's Confederations Cup semifinal vs. Spain looks set to keep him out of the rest of the tournament.

Balotelli was ruled out for the rest of the tournament with a thigh strain on Monday, expediting his return to Italy and leaving the Italian National Team without their lead forward for their 2012 European Championships final rematch.

MLS Ticker: Arena sounds off on Gold Cup schedule; Red Bulls Juninho to retire at season’s end; and more

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By DAN KARELL

Los Angeles Galaxy defender just returned to the club from nearly a month with the U.S. Men's National Team last Wednesday. Assuming he is called up for the upcoming Gold Cup, he'll only be around for another seven days before he leaves for another month with the national team.

SBI MLS Rookie of the Week: Gyasi Zardes

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By IVES GALARCEP

When the Los Angeles Galaxy traded away Mike Magee they knew they would need players to pick up the scoring slack left by Magee's departure and one of the players expected to pick up that slack is rookie Gyasi Zardes.

The Galaxy Homegrown Player showed on Sunday just what sort of quality he can provide, scoring his second goal of the season, and the only goal of the night in a 1-0 Galaxy victory vs.

Late Cuevas equalizer helps U.S. Under-20s tie France

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By IVES GALARCEP

The U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team was going to need a much better defensive performance than the one they delivered in their 4-1 loss to Spain last week if they were going to have any chance against France, and that is exactly what they received.

The American defense bent, but never really broke, even as the French pressed and pressed, and even after a poor penalty call gifted them a 1-0 lead.

SBI MLS Player of the Week: Rodney Wallace

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By DAN KARELL

Fresh off a long time away from Portland with the Costa Rica squad for friendly matches and World Cup qualifiers, Rodney Wallace has hit the ground running.

The 25-year-old left winger assisted on all three of the Portland Timbers goals as they took care of the Colorado Rapids, 3-0, on Sunday evening, earning Wallace SBI MLS Player of the Week.

The SBI Show: Episode 43 (Talking USMNT, MLS Week 17, and more)

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By IVES GALARCEP

With the U.S. Men's National Team having torn through World Cup qualifying on their way to a perfect 4-0 month, Episode of The SBI Show takes a look back at the U.S. qualifying win vs. Honduras, as well as an overall look back at the team's climb to the top of the CONCACAF HEX standings.

Brooks signs two-year contract extension with Hertha Berlin

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By FRANCO PANIZO

The international future of John Anthony Brooks may be anything but certain, but the same cannot be said about his standing at the club level.

Brooks signed a two-year contract extension with Hertha Berlin over the weekend, and the deal will now see him stay at the Bundesliga-bound club until summer 2017.

Under-20 World Cup: USA vs. France: SBI Live Match Commentary

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By IVES GALARCEP

The U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team will be looking to rebound from a dismal defensive performance against Spain on Friday, but they'll have their hands full with another European power when they face France today (ESPN2/ESPN3, 11am).

The French squad features a number of players getting regular minutes in Ligue 1, La Liga, or Serie A for their respective clubs, such as Juventus star Paul Pogba, and brings the challenge of a more physical game on top of frighteningly good technical skills.

Gatt and Molde drawn in Champions League second qualifying round

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By DAN KARELL

It's only been one month since the UEFA Champions League final, but in eight days, the first qualifying round for next season's Champions League will be underway.

At UEFA headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland, the draws for the first and second round of qualifying for the Champions League took place, pairing American winger Josh Gatt and Norweigian champions FK Molde with Sligo Rovers F.

NASL Week 12: A Look Back

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By MIKE GRAMAJO

Week 12 of the North American Soccer League saw plenty of movement on the table this past weekend, seeing the Carolina RailHawks take sole position of first place after rallying back against Minnesota United FC for the 3-2 victory at WakeMed Soccer Park on Saturday.

Bedoya scores Helsingborg equalizer vs. Kalmar

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Alejandro Bedoya may be nearing the end of his time with Helsingborg BK, but that is not stopping him from continuing to make an impact for the club.

Bedoya once again found a way to contribute to Helsingborg's cause, as he netted the equalizer in the second half of a 1-1 draw with Kalmar on Sunday.

Casey’s brace lifts Union past 10-man Red Bulls

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By JOEL HOOVER

CHESTER, Pa. After more than two years and five disappointing results, the Philadelphia Union have finally reminded their fans what it feels like to beat the New York Red Bulls.

A brace from Conor Casey, coupled with a controversial red card for New York's Lloyd Sam, helped guide the Union to a 3-0 win over the Red Bulls in front of 19,013 at PPL Park.

Timbers roll by Rapids, extend unbeaten streak to 15

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BY MIKE DONOVAN

PORTLAND, Ore.-When a team is on a long unbeaten streak, they usually need some luck to keep their run alive. The Portland Timbers, however, didn't need any luck as they steamrolled pastthe visiting Colorado Rapids at Jeld-Wen Field on Sunday.

Led by the play of Rodney Wallace and Will Johnson, the Timbers blew by Colorado, 3-0, and moved into a tie at the top of the league standings with Real Salt Lake.

Zardes header gives Galaxy victory over Chivas USA

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By DAN KARELL

For the second SuperClasico in a row, a homegrown signing scored the opening goal. This time, the Los Angeles Galaxy held on to make it count.

Gyasi Zardes rose high on a free kick from Landon Donovan in the 44th minute, heading home past Dan Kennedy off the far post for the game's lone goal.

Monday Kickoff: Guardiola introduced at Bayern Munich; Balotelli ruled out of semifinals; and more

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After about one year spent in Manhattan, New York, Pep Guardiola is ready to return to soccer management.

The former Barcelona boss was introduced on Monday at Bayern Munich, impressing journalists at the press event with his German language comprehension, introducing himself in German and answering some questions in the native language.

NWSL Week 11 Rewind: LeBlanc shines as leaders stay even; Rapinoe makes debut; and more

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By MIKE McCALL

There's just no separating the Portland Thorns and Sky Blue FC.

Saturday's head-to-head battle between the National Women's Soccer League's top two teams figured as a great chance to end a long-standing deadlock for first place, with several stars returning from international duty and playing with the top spot on the line.

Sunday Ticker: Spain, Uruguay advance in Confed Cup; England U-20s concede late to draw; and more

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By DAN KARELL

Italy's consolation for their 4-2 defeat to Brazil on Saturday is a rematch of the 2012 European Championships final against Spain.

The Spanish National Team comfortably went through to the knockout rounds of the Confederations Cup on Sunday, defeating Nigeria, 3-0, in Fortaleza, Brazil.

MLS Week 17: Your Sunday Running Commentary

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The New York Red Bulls and Philadelphia Union renew their I-95 rivalry today at PPL Park in the day's marquee match-up in Major League Soccer.

Three MLS matches make up the day's slate, with the Red Bulls trip south to face the Union in a clash of teams coming of lengthy MLS breaks.

In Portland, the Timbers return to Jeld-Wen Field to take on the Colorado Rapids.

Fire defender Friedrich announces retirement

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By DAN KARELL

Chicago Fire defender Arne Friedrich announced his retirement from professional soccer on Sunday with a note on his website.

The 34-year-old former German international was unable to play a single game this season due to back issues, which have unfortunately ended his career.

U.S. Under-20s 1, Spain 4: A Look Back

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By IVES GALARCEP

If you were hoping we could just forget the ugly result in the U.S. Under-20 National Team's World Cup opening loss to Spain last Friday, think again. The U.S. team's 4-1 loss was ugly in many ways, but there were some bright spots to build on.

Pontius again feels like his “old self” as D.C. United end drought

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By THOMAS FLOYD

WASHINGTON — Chris Pontius doesn't mince words regarding D.C. United's struggles. He feels their weight. As an all-league attacker and the club's longest-tenured player, 13 games without a win is downright torturous.

"Awful.

Magee scores again as Fire notch comeback victory vs. Crew

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

Now that he is in the red and blue of his hometown club, Mike Magee simply cannot stop scoring.

Magee notched the match-winning goal for the Chicago Fire in a 2-1 comeback road win over the Columbus Crew. Former Columbus midfielder Dilly Duka commemorated his return to Columbus Crew Stadium with a 52nd-minute equalizer, and Magee gave the Fire the lead just two minutes later with his six goal in six matches since being traded from the Los Angeles Galaxy.

D.C. United snap winless streak with victory vs. Earthquakes

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By PABLO MAURER

As D.C. United head coach Ben Olsen marched into his post-game press conference this evening at RFK Stadium, something was obviously different.

Gone was the scorn that the young coach has worn with such frequency during United's nightmarish 2013 campaign.

FC Dallas score two late goals to tie 10-man Sporting Kansas City

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

Saturday night's clash between FC Dallas and Sporting Kansas City had a little bit of everything: a penalty conversion, an own goal, a red card, a 90th-minute equalizer and a close chance for a stoppage time winner.

What the thrilling match did not have was a winner, and the two sides were forced to share honors with a 2-2 final score at FC Dallas Stadium.

Dynamo winless streak continues after scoreless draw with Toronto FC

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

The two sides that met at BBVA Compass Stadium on Saturday night had two very different goals in mind.

While the Houston Dynamo sought a win that would snap a frustrating skid, the visitors from Toronto wanted to post back-to-back wins for the first time since last July.

Real Salt Lake showcase complete team effort in win over Sounders

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By TYLER GRAY

SANDY, Utah A dominant Real Salt Lake side emerged victorious in the latest battle of the Western Conference war with the Seattle Sounders.

RSL put in a complete team effort on Saturday night, defeating the visitors from Seattle 2-0 to move to the top of the conference standings.

Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

A weekend full of international soccer action wraps up Sunday with the final Confederations Cup group stage matches and a few more opening matches at the FIFA Under-20 World Cup.

With the top spot in Group B wrapped up, Spain moves from its double-digit win over Tahiti to a meeting with Nigeria.

MLS Week 17: Your Running Commentary

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By IVES GALARCEP

Familiar foes Real Salt Lake and Seattle Sounders renew acquaintances at Rio Tinto Stadium tonight as they face off in the marquee match-up of today's MLS slate.

RSL enter the match riding a four-match unbeaten streak and will be looking to open a gap on Seattle in the West standings.

Saturday Ticker: Brazil defeats Italy to win Group A; Mexico rebounds with win vs. Japan; and more

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

In the midst of rioting and nationwide unrest, the Brazilian national team continued to entertain the country and the rest of the world on Saturday with another strong performance in the Confederations Cup.

The hosts completed their group stage matches with a 4-2 win over Italy that clinched the top spot in Group A.

NWSL Week 11: A Look Ahead

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By MIKE McCALL

With any luck, the National Women's Soccer League will have just one team atop the standings after this weekend.

The Portland Thorns and Sky Blue FC have sat neck and neck for weeks, and they come into Saturday's showdown level on 25 points, although SBFC holds the head-to-head tiebreaker.

NASL Week 12: A Look Ahead

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By MIKE GRAMAJO

With the race to host the 2013 Soccer Bowl now down to five teams, Week 12 of the North American Soccer League will bring considerable nail-biting action.

It's the clash of the second and third-place teams when the Carolina RailHawks host Minnesota United on Saturday evening at WakeMed Soccer Park.

SBI Fantasy MLS: Week 17 Preview

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By CASEY CANNON

Hello and Welcome to the Soccer by Ives Fantasy Corner – now with functional defenders! Every week I dig through statistics, news, and rumors to provide the reader with the kind of fantasy advice that only a serious chess player can provide.

Much like Eddie Murphy buying orange juice future contracts, this is the moment to buy buy buy.

MLS Insider: Episode 1 (featuring Cahill, Rogers and Sons of Ben)

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By IVES GALARCEP

In case you missed it earlier on Friday night, the new MLS-themed NBC Sports show MLS Insider made its debut and the reviews for the new program are extremely positive.

The first episode features segments on Tim Cahill, Robbie Rogers and Philadelphia Union supporters group Sons of Ben.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

More international action highlights this Soccer Saturday as the Confederations Cup group stage winds down and the U-20 World Cup continues with another slate of opening matches.

Confederations Cup hosts Brazil will try to continue its perfect start in the competition with a final group stage match against fellow undefeated squad Italy.

Terrible defending dooms U.S. Under-20s in blowout loss to Spain in World Cup opener

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By IVES GALARCEP

For stretches of Friday's Under-20 World Cup opener against Spain, the U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team looked more than capable of keeping up with the high-flying Spaniards. They even held a possession edge at one point and moved the ball around with some confidence for a long stretch in the first half.

MLS Ticker: Boca Juniors’ Erviti considering MLS move; Sounders offer contract to Levante defender; and more

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By DAN KARELL

Obafemi Martins' recent positive comments about Major League Soccer clearly show a recent trend. More and more foreign players, with plenty left in their game or just at the start of their careers, are jumping at the opportunity to play in the United States.

Following in the footsteps of countrymen Diego Valeri, Claudio Bieler, and Matias Laba this past spring could be Boca Juniors midfielder Walter Erviti, who is considering an offer from MLS, and is likely to accept it over a move to Ukraine, according to reports out of Argentina.

SBI MLS Power Rankings: Week 16

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By IVES GALARCEP

The Portland Timbers have not lost a match in more than three months.

Let that one sink in for a bit.

Over a stretch of 16 matches in all competitions, including 14 matches in MLS play, the Timbers have either won or tied, and while the results might not have impressed everybody given the number of draws among the results, Portland's past week has helped silence any questions about their quality.

Under-20 World Cup: USA vs. Spain (SBI Live Match Commentary)

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by IVES GALARCEP

The U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team open World Cup play today against powerhouse Spain in their opening group match in Istanbul, Turkey (2pm, ESPN2).

The Americans head into the tournament as underdogs in a group featuring Spain, France and Ghana, but a positive result today could set them up for a run at a place in the quarterfinals.

MLS Week 17: A Look Ahead

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By THOMAS FLOYD

To say Real Salt Lake and the Seattle Sounders have gotten to know each other lately would be an understatement.

In November, the Western Conference powers met in the postseason for the second straight year, with Seattle coming out on top this time. They then met twice in the preseason Desert Diamond Cup.

This Weekend’s Soccer on TV

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By MICHAEL KLINE

Another international show will take over this weekend, with a healthy spread of the under-20 World Cup and Confederations Cup.

The Under-20 World Cup kicks off the weekend today, with a match between the United States and Spain stealing the show. On Saturday, Mexico will face Greece live on ESPN, with England playing Iraq on Sunday.

Friday Kickoff: Calls increase to halt Confederations Cup amid Brazil protests; Higuain closing in on Arsenal move; & more

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By DAN KARELL

Rioting in Brazil during the Confederations Cup has hit a boiling point, as a the first fatality, an 18-year-old boy hit by a car, was confirmed on Friday.

The ongoing rioting and civil unrest has much of the local media reporting that FIFA could be considering either canceling the tournament all together, or even more stunning, sending next year's World Cup to the United States or Italy, where infrastructure and stadiums are already in place to hold a massive tournament like the World Cup.

U.S. Under-20s faced with brutal road, but golden opportunity at World Cup

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By IVES GALARCEP

There is something about youth that makes you fearless and far less concerned with things like failure and difficulty. How else could you explain the reaction of some U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team players when the Under-20 World Cup draw handed them the mother of all Groups of Death?

Wambach breaks Hamm’s career goals record

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By FRANCO PANIZO

HARRISON, N.J. Abby Wambach entered the U.S. Women's National Team's friendly with Korea Republic on Thursday two goals shy of Mia Hamm's all-time scoring record.

She needed less than half an hour to break it.

Wambach surpassed Hamm's record of 158 international goals in the Americans' 5-0 win at Red Bull Arena on Thursday night, scoring four times in the first half to raise her total to 160 goals.

Wambach scores four as USWNT maul Korea Republic

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By FRANCO PANIZO

HARRISON, N.J. Abby Wambach did more than just make history on Thursday. Shealso inspired the U.S. Women's National Team to their latest lopsided victory of the year.

Wambach delivered a four-goal performance that catapulted the U.

2013 FIFA Under-20 World Cup Preview

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By DAN KARELL

The U.S. Men's Under-20 National Team passed through the gauntlet that is the CONCACAF Under-20 Championship, but their road to FIFA Under-20 World Cup glory will be even tougher.

In Group A, The U.S. will face Spain, France, and Ghana, all strong candidates to advance in the group stage.

MLS Ticker: RSL’s Watson-Siriboe out for season; Whitecaps add Danish goalkeeper; and more

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

Through the first half of the MLS season, Real Salt Lake have not been strangers to short-term injury issues, especially on their back line.

But on Thursday, the club received news that will affect its defensive depth for the rest of the campaign.

Costa Rica announce Estadio Nacional as venue for match vs. USMNT

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By DAN KARELL

The U.S. Men's National Team and head coach Jurgen Klinsmann were given good news on Thursday when they found out they won't have to play in the dreaded Estadio Saprissa on September 6 when they face Costa Rica.

In an announcement on their website, the Costa Rican Football Federation said that due to construction at the stadium locally known as "The Monster's Cave," they decided to schedule the upcoming match against the United States at the all-grass field of the Estadio Nacional.

RSL Notes: Team prepares for Seattle visit after bye week; luck continues in Open Cup draws; and more

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By TYLER GRAY

SANDY, Utah Real Salt Lake are coming off of their first bye week of the season after a stretch of six games in 25 days, and as defender Chris Wingert describes, they're ready to get back out on the field when they face the visiting Seattle Sounders this Saturday at Rio Tinto Stadium.

U.S. Open Cup semifinal pairings announced

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By DAN KARELL

With the U.S. Open Cup quarterfinals less than one week away, U.S. Soccer held the draw for the semifinal round on August 7, and could see lower division sides Orlando City SC and the Carolina RailHawks potentially host.

Six Major League Soccer teams remain in the tournament celebrating it's Centennial this year, but only Real Salt Lake and the Chicago Fire will play at home if they advance from the quarterfinal round.

MLS opens voting for All-Star Game on Twitter

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By DAN KARELL

Major League Soccer just made it even easier for folks to vote their favorite players into the 2013 MLS All-Star Game.

From 12pm ET on Thursday through Friday at 11:59pm, fans can vote on Twitter for who will be in the starting XI to face AS Roma on July 31 at Sporting Park.

Soccer Thursday: Your Running Commentary

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

After an exciting Wednesday, the 2013 Confederations Cup rolls on it Brazil with a doubleheader of Group B action.

Wednesday's Confederations Cup action was highlighted by a thrilling 4-3 contest between Japan and Italy. The odds makers are predicting more goals in today's first match but they will all come from one side.

USMNT to play at Bosnia and Herzegovina in August

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By DAN KARELL

Jurgen Klinsmann's busy summer is officially finishing in Europe.

U.S. Soccer announced on Thursday that the United States Men's National Team will be playing a friendly match against Bosnia and Herzegovina in Sarejevo on August 14.

One designer’s take on a potential NYC FC uniform and crest

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By DAN KARELL

We're still a year and a half away from New York City FC taking the field as Major League Soccer's 20th franchise, but one designer already has eyes for the club's crest and official uniform.

Mike Retrum of Digby Labs has put together his personal designs for NYC FC, featuring the Manchester City sky blue and white color on the jersey, along with a badge that pays homage to all five boroughs of New York City.

Camilo stars as Whitecaps top Chivas USA

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By DAN KARELL

In the span of 90 seconds in first-half stoppage time, the Vancouver Whitecaps turned the game completely on it's head.

Trailing by a goal, Whitecaps defender Jordan Harvey followed up a miss by Camilo Sanvezzo with a low finish from the top of the box.

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

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By IVES GALARCEP

With the June World Cup qualifiers in the rearview mirror, and the CONCACAF Gold Cup looming, it is time to take the laatest look at how the U.S. Men's National Team's 2014 World Cup squad is shaping up a year before the tournament.

Back with USWNT after lengthy injury layoff, Solo still far from fully recovered

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By FRANCO PANIZO

UPPER MONTCLAIR, N.J. Following a practice session under hot and humid conditions, Hope Solo stood to the side of the field at Montclair State University dripping in sweat when she was asked how she felt after recently returning from a lengthy injury layoff.

Thursday Kickoff: Italy tops Japan in seven-goal thriller; Neymar puts on a show in Brazil victory; and more

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By DAN KARELL

If the Confederations Cup is truly a dry-run for the World Cup a year later, Italy may be a team expected to score some goals.

Three Italy players scored as the Italian National Team stormed back from two goals down before eventually defeating Japan, 4-3, at the Arena Pernambucano in Recife, Brazil.

Lichaj signs two-year deal with Nottingham Forest

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Eric Lichaj's pursuit for more playing time has not taken him away from England. It has, however, forced him to leave the Premiership.

Lichaj ended his search for a new club on Wednesday, signing a two-year deal with Championship side Nottingham Forest.

USMNT defense continues to take shape after fourth HEX shutout

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By IVES GALARCEP

SANDY, Utah It took a majority of the night, but the U.S. Men's National Team did produce a goal on Tuesday night. The story wasn't just that Jozy Altidore scored a goal for the fourth straight game, or the fact that the U.S. attack created chances in bunches.

Sounders Notes: Alonso could return vs. RSL; several return from national team duty; and more

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By JASON MITCHELL

Fixture congestion has been part of life for the Seattle Sounders since joining MLS, with CONCACAF Champions League and U.S. Open Cup runs routinely cluttering the summer schedule. Friendlies against international powerhouses like Chelsea and Barcelona crammed months already brimming with matches that much more full.

Berry finds redemption as Fire edge Rapids

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By TYLER DAY

BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. Austin Berry went from goat to hero with one flick of the head.

After lazily coughing up a ball early in the first half that led to a Deshorn Brown goal and an early Rapids lead, Berry's fortunes changed in the 48th minute. Fire midfielder Jeff Larentowicz served a long cross from the left sideline to the back post that looked intended for teammate Bakary Soumare, but the ball floated over his head to an unmarked Berry.

Timbers hold Galaxy in scoreless draw to push unbeaten streak to 14

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By IVES GALARCEP

The Los Angeles Galaxy created a few chances on Wednesday night against the Portland Timbers, but every time they did, they saw a familiar face thwart their attempts to find the net.

Former Galaxy goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts turned in a strong performance in goal to keep the Galaxy at bay and help his Timbers earn a road point in a 0-0 draw on Wednesday night at the newly-named StubHub Center.

First-half goals guide Impact to win over Dynamo

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By DAN KARELL

Despite playing one to two matches less than everyone else in the Eastern Conference, the Montreal Impact continue to find themselves on top, with room to spare.

Impact forward Marco Di Vaio scored once and nearly had two more if not for the crossbar and a kick save from Houston Dynamo goalkeeper Tally Hall as the Impact topped the Dynamo, 2-0, on Wednesday night at Stade Saputo.

Gatt scores in Molde rout of Ranheim in Norwegian Cup

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By FRANCO PANIZO

If Josh Gatt is looking to make the U.S. Men's National Team's final roster for the upcoming Gold Cup, he certainly helped his cause on Wednesday.

Gatt enjoyed a goal-scoring performance as his club, Molde FK, routed Ranheim, 6-0, in their fourth round NM Cupen match.

American Soccer Notes: Orlando City coach after Kaka; OKC nearing NASL franchise; and more

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By DAN KARELL

Last week's visit to the Orlando City SC training facility by Kaka might not have just been for fun.

Speaking to a local reporters, Orlando City head coach Adrian Heath stated that if the club make the jump to Major League Soccer in 2015 as they are hoping, the Real Madrid midfielder could be wearing the iconic purple jerseys of Orlando City.

Union Notes: Nikolov signing provides mentor; Tough tests coming against league’s best; and more

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By JOEL HOOVER

The Philadelphia Union have lacked an experienced goalkeeper since the departure of Faryd Mondragon, leaving starter Zac MacMath and backup Chris Konopka without much in the way of tutelage and instruction.

The Union filled that void Wednesday morning, as the team confirmed the signing of Macedonian goalkeeper Oka Nikolov, a 19-year veteran of German club Eintracht Frankfurt.

Union Notes: Nikolov Signing Provides Mentor; Top Teams on the Horizon; and More

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By JOEL HOOVER

The Philadelphia Union have lacked an experienced goalkeeper since the departure of Faryd Mondragon before the start of the 2012 season, leaving starter Zac MacMath and backup Chris Konopka without much in the way of tutelage and instruction. The Union filled that void Wednesday morning, as the team confirmed the signing of Macedonian goalkeeper Oka Nikolov, a 19-year veteran of German club Eintracht Frankfurt.

Soccer Wednesday: Your Running Commentary

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By DAN KARELL

After a recent rare day of no soccer, the Confederations Cup kicks back into action on Wednesday afternoon with two high-profile matchups.

Brazil face a beleaguered Mexico side in the Estadio Castelao in Fortaleza in the first match of the day. El Tri kept the game close during their last match against Italy until the strength of Mario Balotelli proved the difference.

MLS Week 17: A mid-week look ahead

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By DAN KARELL

The Los Angeles Galaxy couldn't have asked for a better time for star forward Robbie Keane to return, as the defending champions look to get back to winning ways when they host the one-loss Portland Timbers on Wednesday night at the newly christened StubHub Center.

Altidore’s breakout should be no surprise

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By IVES GALARCEP

SANDY, Utah How does a player who has scored more than 50 goals for his club team over the course of two years become a forward that national team fans lose faith in?

That question relates to Jozy Altidore, or at least it did before he obliterated concerns about his U.

Honored Wambach hoping to break Hamm’s goal-scoring record soon

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By FRANCO PANIZO

UPPER MONTCLAIR, N.J. Abby Wambach is excited about the prospects of making history and potentially breaking Mia Hamm's all-time scoring record some time soon. In the same breath, Wambach just wants to get it over and done with so that the focus can shift elsewhere.

Union sign former Eintracht Frankfurt goalkeeper Nikolov

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By DAN KARELL

When news spread that long time Eintracht Frankfurt goalkeeper Oka Nikolov had terminated his contract with the club and was bound for the United States, many signs pointed to the Philadelphia Union.

On Tuesday, the Union confirmed the rumors, announcing the signing of the 39-year-old Nikolov on a free transfer.

Wednesday Kickoff: EPL releases fixture list; Togo and Ethiopia admit playing ineligible player; and more

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By DAN KARELL

In less than two months, the new English Premier League season will kick off.

The Premier League announced their fixture list on Wednesday, exciting fans with early colossal matchups between Manchester United and Chelsea and Arsenal and Tottenham all before the end of August.

USA 1, Honduras 0: Match Highlights

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CONCACAF Rewind: Costa Rica continues unbeaten run with home win vs. Panama

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

Many have pointed to March's snow-covered World Cup Qualifier in Colorado as the key momentum swing in the United States' run of recent good form on the road to Brazil 2014.

You could also point to the 1-0 result at Dick's Sporting Goods Park as a turning point for the loser of the now-famous blizzard match.

Altidore winner leads USMNT past Honduras in World Cup qualifying

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By IVES GALARCEP

SANDY, Utah The referee's assistant raised his flag in the warm Utah air and defied the screaming fans at Rio Tinto Stadium. He waved off a Jozy Altidore goal (rightfully) for offside, denying Altidore what would have been his fourth goal in four consecutive matches, and denying the U.

SBI USMNT Man of the Match: Jozy Altidore

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By IVES GALARCEP

SANDY, Utah People will remember the goal, the oh-so-important game-winning finish that helped the U.S. Men's National Team defeat Honduras on Tuesday night, but there was so much more to Jozy Altidore's performance, a stellar outing that was the perfect cap to an outstanding run of matches for the young striker.

MLS levies suspensions and fines on three players, one head coach

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By DAN KARELL

The Major League Soccer Disciplinary Committee was busy this week, handing out suspensions and fines to three players and one head coach.

FC Dallas left back Jair Benitez, Vancouver Whitecaps forward Kekutah Manneh, Colorado Rapids midfielder Hendry Thomas, and Thomas' manager Oscar Pareja have all been suspended for one match and fined an undisclosed amount for various actions this past week.

USMNT 1, Honduras 0: SBI Player Grades

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By IVES GALARCEP

SANDY, Utah The first half was a showcase in frustration, but for the U.S. Men's National Team, the story of Tuesday night's 1-0 victory vs. Honduras was the team's resolve and ability to improve in the second half.

The U.

USA vs. Honduras: SBI Live Match Commentary

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By IVES GALARCEP

SALT LAKE CITY A perfect June is within grasp for the U.S. Men's National Team as they face Honduras tonight (9pm, ESPN) in the third of three World Cup qualifiers this month.

The U.S. is riding a four-match unbeaten streak in qualifying, including recent wins in Jamaica and vs.

New training grounds mean no excuses for Red Bulls

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By DAVE MARTINEZ

After experiencing first hand, as a player and a coach, just how difficult it has been for the New York Red Bulls to settle on a proper training ground, head coach Mike Petke would not deny himself another minute to inaugurate the team's new grounds.

Thiago hat trick leads Spain to Euro U-21 title win over Italy

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

Almost one year ago, the Spanish national team squared off against Italy for a chance to repeat as European champions.

On Tuesday, Spain's future stars repeated their senior team's four-goal performance over the Italians and once again held up a continental trophy.

SBI Live Q&A: June 18th

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By IVES GALARCEP

It's that time again. Time to talk all things soccer in this special USMNT Match Day edition of the SBI Live Q&A.

Get your soccer-related questions read as we discuss topics ranging from the U.S. Men's National Team to MLS to the Confederations Cup and World Cup qualifying around the world.

USMNT not taking anything for granted vs. short-handed Honduras

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By IVES GALARCEP

SALT LAKE CITY- Honduras won't be at full-strength. It is something that everybody knows by now, and something the U.S. Men's National Team is fully aware of heading into tonight's World Cup qualifier at Rio Tinto Stadium. That being said, don't expect the U.

SBI Live Q&A set for 2:30pm today

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By IVES GALARCEP

It's that time again folks. Time to talk all things soccer in another SBI Live Q&A.

Join me at 2:30pm today for a special Match Day version of the SBI Live Q&A, where I'll be taking questions about topics ranging from the USMNT, to MLS to Confederations Cup, and more.

CONCACAF Preview: Costa Rica vs. Panama

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By DAN KARELL

With Mexico's struggles in CONCACAF, and Honduras falling back to earth after their first two fixtures, Panama and Costa Rica will both have an eye on a place in the top three when the two meet in San Jose, Costa Rica tonight (10pm, beIN Sport).

The hosts put in a shift seven days ago at the Estadio Azteca, frustrating Mexico along the way to another scoreless draw that leaves them in second place with eight points, while Panama fell in their last match to the United States, 2-0, just their first loss in the Hex.

American Soccer Ticker: German-born goalkeeper heading to U.S.; MLS launch MLS+, new TV show; and more

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By DAN KARELL

After 22 years with Eintracht Frankfurt in the German Bundesliga, goalkeeper Oka Nikolov is on his way to play in the United States.

The 39-year-old German-born player, who joined Eintracht in 1991 and never left, terminated his contract with the club on Tuesday in order to continue his career in America.

USMNT Road to Brazil: Episode 12

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Tuesday Kickoff: Australia qualifies for World Cup; Tahiti score in Nigeria demolition; and more

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By DAN KARELL

The partying in Sydney, Australia has already begun.

Australia earned automatic qualification for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil on Tuesday, defeating Iraq, 1-0, thanks to a late goal from substitute Joshua Kennedy at the ANZ Stadium in Sydney.

Eighteen days ago, the Socceroos position in qualifying was in question, but seven points from three games has ended any question of who deserves to play on the world's biggest stage next summer.

Galaxy unveil fan-designed third kit

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By DAN KARELL

The Los Angeles Galaxy revealed their latest third kit on Saturday, picking a design from fan Carlos Rodriguez, who won a contest through Facebook and the LA Galaxy.

The design is said to be a throwback to the inaugural season of Galaxy soccer, featuring the green, red, and yellow of the Los Angeles city flag.

USMNT vs. Honduras: A Look Ahead

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By IVES GALARCEP

SALT LAKE CITY By now, you have heard about all the Honduran injuries, and the suspensions, and how the 'Catrachos' will field a squad missing several players who started in February's win vs. the U.S. Men's National Team. While that is all true, Honduras won't exactly be fielding a Tahiti-like squad when Tuesday night's qualifier at Rio Tinto Stadium kicks off.

SBI MLS Save of the Week: Raul Fernandez

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Jones cleared to play vs. Honduras

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By DAN KARELL

Jurgen Klinsmann received some good news a day ahead of a crucial World Cup qualifier.

U.S. Soccer announced that Jermaine Jones has been cleared to play in Tuesday night's World Cup qualifying match against Honduras, in Salt Lake City, after passing the "return to play" protocol following a concussion suffered on June 7.

SBI MLS Rookie of the Week: Chad Barson

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By DAN KARELL

With injuries to all over the backline, the Columbus Crew have had to elevate a homegrown signing into the starting lineup.

On Saturday, Crew right back Chad Barson stepped up to the task, playing 90 minutes and effectively shutting out Justin Mapp and Marco Di Vaio of the Montreal Impact in a 2-0 victory, earning Barson SBI MLS Rookie of the Week.

NASL Week 11: A Look Back

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By MIKE GRAMAJO

The race to host this season's North American Soccer League Soccer Bowl is now down to five teams.

The Carolina RailHawks fought FC Edmonton to a 1-1 draw on Sunday afternoon in front of 3,474 at Clark Stadium, needing midfielder Cesar Elizondo to score an 88th minute equalizer to save the match.

Galaxy acquire Mastroeni from Rapids

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By DAN KARELL

The Colorado Rapids announced on Monday morning that midfielder Pablo Mastroeni had been traded to the Los Angeles Galaxy in exchange for a 2014 second-round pick in the MLS SuperDraft and an international slot through the end of the 2014 season.

Mastroeni now will have the opportunity to play for his former coach with the U.

NWSL Week 10 Rewind: Rise of the Red Stars

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By MIKE McCALL

The league-wrecking, stars-on-international-duty disclaimer aside, Chicago is making some noise in the National Women's Soccer League.

Entering June, the Red Stars were winless and hopelessly adrift near the bottom of the table, seeming destined to flounder around alongside Seattle for the title of the league's next-to-worst team.

SBI MLS Team of the Week: Columbus Crew

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By DAN KARELL

A rain-out, season-ending injury to another starter, and a bus ride back to Columbus from Chicago had taken it's toll on the Columbus Crew. Or so we thought.

The Crew rebounded from a mid-week defeat in the U.S. Open Cup to beat first-place Montreal Impact, 2-0, at Crew Stadium on Saturday, earning them SBI MLS Team of the Week.

SBI MLS Goal of the Week: Darlington Nagbe

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SBI MLS Player of the Week: Kenny Miller

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By DAN KARELL

After missing two months of soccer due to a lingering hamstring injury, Vancouver Whitecaps forward Kenny Miller hasn't needed much time to find his scoring touch.

In just his third game since his return from injury, the 33-year-old scored a brace including the game-tying goal and eventual game-winner on Saturday to help lead the Whitecaps to a 4-3 victory over the New England Revolution, earning him SBI MLS Player of the Week honors.

The SBI Show: Episode 42 (Previewing USMNT-Honduras, a look back at MLS Week 16, and more)

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By IVES GALARCEP

With the third of three June World Cup qualifiers just a day away for the U.S. Men's National Team, The SBI Show's latest episode takes a look at the U.S./Honduras match, among other hot topics.

Episode 42 of The SBI Show features a closer look at Tuesday's qualifier, as co-host Garrett Cleverly and I discuss the current injury situation with Honduras, and the lineup options for Jurgen Klinsmann ahead of the match at Rio Tinto Stadium.

Monday Kickoff: Balotelli leads Italy over Mexico; Spain outclass Uruguay; and more

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By DAN KARELL

Though his status was in doubt before the match, Italy forward Mario Balotelli made sure his presence was felt on the field and from those watching around the globe.

Balotelli raced onto a flicked ball in the box in the 78th minute, using his strength to muscle past Javier "Maza" Rodriguez and then lightning-quick speed to pounce on the ball to score the game-winner.

FC Dallas sign U.S. Under-20 midfielder Garcia

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By IVES GALARCEP

FC Dallas boast Major League Soccer's best track record of signing Homegrown Players, and this year has been no different, with the team tapping into its academy pipeline on multiple occasions since the end of the 2012 season.

You can now add U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team midfielder Danny Garcia to that list.

Egypt clinches spot in CAF’s final round of World Cup qualifying

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

Through ongoing political strife and a year without a domestic league, Egypt is now remarkably one step closer to a spot in Brazil for next summer's World Cup.

The Pharaohs, led by former USMNT coach Bob Bradley, sealed the top spot in Group G of the African federation on Sunday with a 1-0 road win over Mozambique.

Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

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By MICHAEL KLINE

Today's soccer action will feature the Confederations Cup on ESPN, with Mexico kicking the afternoon off when they face Italy.

Mexico has been in poor form this year, winning only a single match out of seven so far. Good production from star striker Javier Hernandez, who has only scored twice for his national team so far this year, is critical if Mexico have any hope at winning the tournament.

USMNT spotlight on Nick Rimando

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Toronto FC savor long-awaited victory

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By THOMAS FLOYD

WASHINGTON — Ryan Nelsen can't help but play the "What if?" game. How could he not? Point after point dropped because of lapses in concentration. Poor decisions. Bad luck.

With nine goals conceded in the final 15 minutes of matches this season, it's not hard to understand why Toronto FC went three months without a win.

Toronto FC top lowly D.C. in battle of East cellar dwellers

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By PABLO MAURER

WASHINGTON There were plenty of interesting storylines to follow heading into Saturday night's encounter between D.C. United and Toronto FC. TFC's front office is led by Kevin Payne, who less than a year ago was calling the shots at United. On the sidelines, Toronto's head coach is also a former United man, having hoisted the 2004 MLS Cup while wearing the black and red.

Oduro leads injury-hit Crew to shock win over first-place Impact

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By IVES GALARCEP

The Columbus Crew came into Saturday's Eastern Conference showdown vs. the Montreal Impact looking like a team poised to fall apart.

After losing their second starter in the past three weeks to a torn ACL (Glauber joined Eddie Gaven on the season-ending injury), and suffering a U.

Earthquakes end slump with road win over 10-man Rapids in Watson’s coaching debut

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

Interim head coach Mark Watson started his time in charge at San Jose with a bang on Saturday evening as the Earthquakes ended their four-match winless streak with their first road win of 2013.

While they usually make their living on late goals, San Jose earned a physical victory at Dick's Sporting Goods Park by jumping out to a quick lead and holding off the attack of a Colorado Rapids squad that refused to cave in after falling behind a man early.

Wambach inches closer to history as USWNT rout Korea Republic

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By FRANCO PANIZO

The U.S. Women's National Team continued their unbeaten ways on Saturday and Abby Wambach moved one step closer to making history in the process.

The U.S. defeated Korea Republic, 4-1, at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass.

Controversial call helps Whitecaps rally past 10-man Revolution

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By IVES GALARCEP

The New England Revolution looked like they had the Vancouver Whitecaps on the ropes. Leading 2-0 and dominating play, the Revs had the swagger of a team ready to run away with an impressive road victory.

That all changed in the 22nd minute when Kenny Miller went down in the penalty area, leading to a controversial call that turned the entire tide of the match.

Nagbe and Ricketts lead the way as Timbers edge FC Dallas

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

With the league's top team coming into town and a national television audience watching, the Portland Timbers knew that Saturday's match was a perfect opportunity to show everyone that they are now a serious contender in the Western Conference.

And when the final whistle sounded, the Timbers and their fans celebrated a hard-fought victory and the survival of two outstanding streaks.

Sunday Kickoff: Brazil opens Confed Cup with big win over Japan; Spain and Italy reach Euro U-21 Final; and more

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

In the midst of national protests and growing pressure from their fanbase, the Brazilian national team opened their prelude to the 2014 World Cup in style.

On Saturday, Brazil defeated Japan 3-0 in a Confederations Cup opener between the only two teams already qualified for next year's global competition.

MLS Week 16: Your Running Commentary

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By IVES GALARCEP

The top two teams in the MLS Western Conference square off today as the Portland Timbers face off against FC Dallas at Jeld-Wen Field in the marquee match of the day (5pm, ESPN).

The Timbers are riding a 12-match unbeaten streak and will be looking to knock off FC Dallas and move into first place in the West.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

Several key international matches highlight this Soccer Saturday as the Confederations Cup gets underway in Brazil and the final four teams square off in the European Under-21 Championship.

The prelude to next summer's FIFA World Cup kicks off with a battle between the two nations that are guaranteed to be back in Brazil in one year: the host nation and Japan.

Klinsmann adds Beckerman to USMNT roster

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By DAN KARELL

Jurgen Klinsmann added Kyle Beckerman to the United States Men's National Team roster on Friday as the team continues their preparation in Salt Lake City ahead of Tuesday's World Cup qualifying match against Honduras.

Beckerman's addition adds depth to a central midfield position that was missing usual starter Jermaine Jones because of a concussion.

MLS Ticker: Glauber suffers torn ACL; Bengtson returns to Revolution; and more

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By DAN KARELL

The U.S. Open Cup hasn't been kind to the Columbus Crew this season.

An MRI confirmed that starting center back Glauber suffered a torn Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) in his left knee early in the Crew's 2-1 U.S. Open Cup defeat to the Chicago Fire on Thursday.

Former Man United striker Bellion training with Cosmos ahead of possible deal

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By IVES GALARCEP

The New York Cosmos has been rapidly constructing their roster ahead of the NASL fall season, and have already added some name recognition to the squad with the recent addition of Marcos Senna.

Now it appears they could be lining up a move for another familiar name to European soccer fans in the states.

NASL Week 11: A Look Ahead

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By MIKE GRAMAJO

The North American Soccer League hits the final stretch of the season as all seven teams rush to finish in at the top of the spring campaign.

From sitting atop the NASL table with 15 points to cruising to the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open Cup after a convincing 3-1 victory over Chivas USA, the Carolina RailHawks are entering this weekend of action with plenty of momentum.

Who should the USMNT start vs. Honduras?

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By IVES GALARCEP

Riding a wave of confidence and good form, the U.S. Men's National Team rolls into their final World Cup qualifier of the month looking like clear-cut favorites to beat Honduras and finish their recent qualifying run with nine points from three matches.

Normally questions about lineup changes would seem odd considering the outstanding game the U.

U.S. Under-20s beat Portugal in final World Cup tune-up

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By DAN KARELL

The United States Under-20 Men's National Team defeated Portugal Under-20 on Friday, 3-1, in their final match before the start of the Under-20 World Cup in Turkey in seven days.

Jose Villarreal got the U.S. off to a great start in the ninth minute, scoring off a direct free kick past Portugal goalkeeper Jose Sá to put Tab Ramos' side in the lead.

Honduran national team shorthanded heading into USMNT qualifier

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By IVES GALARCEP

If you count yourself among the few U.S. Men's National Team fans who might be a little worried about the suspension DaMarcus Beasley and uncertain status of Jermaine Jones (EDIT- Tim Howard is NOT suspended for the Honduras match), and what that might mean to the chemistry and momentum of a U.

MLS Week 16: A Look Ahead

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By THOMAS FLOYD

A year ago, a meeting between FC Dallas and the Portland Timbers didn't carry much weight in the MLS hierarchy. But when those clubs meet Saturday, they'll do so as Western Conference front-runners.

Such is the parity-driven nature of MLS, which saw both teams retool in the offseason to great success.

SBI’s 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup Preview

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

With one year left on the road to the 2014 World Cup, six representatives from the world's continental federations, hosts Brazil and defending World Cup champions Spain meet in Brazil for the official prelude to the world's biggest sporting event.

In Group A, hosts Brazil continue their warm up to next year's global football party as the competition's top team historically.

Report: Fernandez ends Qatar loan, wants another move abroad

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By DAN KARELL

With an injury-riddled half-season at Qatari club Al-Rayyan that saw him feature just 10 times the domestic league and AFC Champions League combined, Alvaro Fernandez is ready for the next challenge.

Fernandez, currently a member of the Chicago Fire, is looking for another team to play for outside the United States, with perhaps a move back to Major League Soccer for next season, according to reports out of South America.

NWSL Week 10: A Look Ahead

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By MIKE McCALL

It's no secret that players from the U.S. and Canadian national teams serve as the backbone of the National Women's Soccer League. So what happens when you remove them?

That's what the NWSL will find out this weekend, when it has a full slate of four games to be played without a slew of stars.

This Weekend’s Soccer on TV

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By MICHAEL KLINE

This weekend features more international action, with ESPN hosting multiple excellent international matches for your viewing pleasure.

The European Under-21 Championships will progress to the semi-finals on Saturday, with Spain taking on Norway and Italy facing the Netherlands.

SBI Fantasy MLS: Week 15 Preview

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By CASEY CANNON

Hello and Welcome to the Soccer by Ives Fantasy Corner – now even more bitter! Every week I dig through statistics, news, and rumors to provide the reader with the kind of fantasy advice that only a starving artist can provide.

This is the last week of the Fantasy Soccer lean times.

Friday Kickoff: Blatter allays fears over Maracana construction; Nigeria to arrive in Brazil on Sunday; and more

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By DAN KARELL

The top storyline it seems ahead of the Confederations Cup this summer has been the molasses-like pace that some of the World Cup stadiums in Brazil are being completed at.

The Maracana, Brazil's jewel piece and stadium to host the opener and final, is still undergoing construction on parts of the stadium, though FIFA President Sepp Blatter eased fears that it wouldn't be finished in time for the start of next summer's World Cup.

The SBI Show: Episode 41 (A look back at USA-Panama, U.S. Open Cup, MLS Week 16, and more)

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By IVES GALARCEP

In the wake of the U.S. Men's National Team's most impressive performance of the Jurgen Klinsmann era, the SBI Show takes a look back at the team's 2-0 victory vs. Panama last Tuesday.

Along with looking at the players who stood out for the U.

Timbers Notes: Nanchoff makes presence felt, Evans debut, and more

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BY MIKE DONOVAN

PORTLAND, Ore.-After being selected with the eighth overall pick in 2011 MLS Superdraft, it seemed like Michael Nanchoff was destined for big things. But after two unproductive, injury-plagued seasons, the Vancouver Whitecaps decided not to retain the Akron product.

Nyarko winner leads Fire past Crew in U.S. Open Cup

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By IVES GALARCEP

The Chicago Fire booked the eighth and final spot in the U.S. Open Cup quarterfinals on Thursday as they rode Mike Magee's latest goal and a game-winning finish from Patrick Nyarko to eliminate the Columbus Crew via a 2-1 victory at Toyota Park.

SBI MLS Power Rankings (Week 15)

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By IVES GALARCEP

It was supposed to be a rebuilding season for Real Salt Lake after an off-season roster overhaul, but RSL shaken off some early-season struggles to show us all that they are still very much a force in the Western Conference.

RSL knocked off the slumping Los Angeles Galaxy last Saturday to extend their unbeaten streak to four matches (3-0-1) and climb up the SBI MLS Power Rankings.

MLS West Notes- Earthquakes start search for coach; Keane rules out England return; and more

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BY MIKE DONOVAN

Less than a week after firing head coach Frank Yallop, the San Jose Earthquakes are starting an international search to find their next coach, according to Earthquakes President Dave Kaval.

Mark Watson has been named coach on an interim basis and will be given an "honest shot" to keep the job after this season.

MLS East Notes: Bunbury makes long-awaited return; Petke calls Revolution “mediocre”; and more

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

Although their shock fourth round exit in the U.S. Open Cup has Sporting Kansas City fans feeling extra blue, they can take at least one positive away from Wednesday night's loss to Orlando City.

Forward Teal Bunbury made his first appearance since last August in the loss, coming in for Jacob Peterson in the 76th minute.

Cosmos sign Brazilian star Marcos Senna

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By DAN KARELL

In their first incarnation, the New York Cosmos made their biggest splash by signing a Brazilian star. Four decades after Pele carried the flag for the Cosmos, a new Brazilian will be leading the same club.

The New York Cosmos announced that former Villarreal midfielder Marcos Senna had signed for the club pending a medical, and will be ready for the NASL opener on August 3.

DeRosario hat-trick leads D.C. United to U.S. Open Cup triumph over Union

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By PABLO MAURER

BOYDS, MD For some MLS clubs, the USOC is treated as a mid-season distraction. Other teams treat it as a means to test their depth, to get bench players minutes in meaningful matches. For a club like United mired in the depths of their worst season in club history the Open Cup represents a second chance, a chance to taste glory in the middle of an MLS season that's already nearly slipped away from them.

U.S. Open Cup: Chicago Fire vs. Columbus Crew (Live Stream)

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Jamaica manager Whitmore resigns

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By DAN KARELL

Jamaica National Team manager Theodore Whitmore tendered his resignation in the early hours of Wednesday morning, following a 2-0 defeat in Honduras, one that left the Reggae Boyz with just two points from six matches in the Hexagonal round.

The Jamaican Football Federation President Horace Burrell has yet to announce a replacement.

Sandoval leads RSL rout in comeback over Battery

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By TYLER GRAY

SANDY, Utah -Down two goals in the first 18 minutes of Wednesday's U.S. Open Cup match, Real Salt Lake were in desperate need of a hero.

Up stepped the wild-haired rookie Devon Sandoval, who delivered a brace and saved the club from embarrassment as they roared back from the first half deficit, tying the match in the second half and scoring three more in extra time to down the Charleston Battery, 5-2, at Rio Tinto Stadium.

Seattle makes U.S. Soccer’s World Cup qualifying gamble pay off

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By IVES GALARCEP

SEATTLE- As much as you can argue it was always a sure bet, and there wasn't that much risk involved, U.S. Soccer gambled when it chose Seattle as a venue for a World Cup Qualifier. Not because Seattle isn't an amazing soccer city, but because of the lack of a permanent grass field at the city's top soccer venue, and because of the travel it would involve for the national team in the middle of a qualifying campaign.

Toronto FC waive Dunfield

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By IVES GALARCEP

Toronto FC's roster shakeup continued on Thursday with word that the club has waived Canadian midfielder Terry Dunfield.

TFC cut ties with the Canadian National Team midfielder in order to focus on the team's collection of younger central midfield options.

Thursday Kickoff: Mexico name Gold Cup squad; Chelsea reach Schürrle deal; and more

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By DAN KARELL

As the first-choice Mexico National Team arrived in Brazil in preparation for the Confederations Cup, the FMF (Federation of Mexican Football) announced the 23-man squad for this summer's Gold Cup, set to take place in July in the United States.

With the Confederations Cup and a squad at the Under-20 World Cup, it's a highly inexperienced squad, with just two players, forward Omar Bravo and midfielder Fernando Arce, have more than 12 caps with El Tri to their name.

Orlando City eliminates champion Sporting KC in wild U.S. Open Cup Fourth Round

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

No matter what happens during the final three rounds of what has been a wild U.S. Open Cup, one thing was sealed on Wednesday night.

There will be a new champion this year.

The 2012 champions Sporting Kansas City were dumped out of this year's edition in the Round of 16 after USL Pro affiliate Orlando City pulled off a shock 1-0 road win.

New Cosmos signing Kashiwase excited to learn from Savarese

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By DAN KARELL

It didn't take long for Satoru Kashiwase to make up his mind.

About a month ago, the manager of J-League side Shimizu S-Pulse, Afshin Ghotbi, came up to Kashiwase and asked the 20-year-old forward if he'd be interested in a move to the United States.

Within a few days of that conversation, Kashiwase was on his way to New York, where on Monday he was announced as the New York Cosmos's latest signing, a loan move that makes him the youngest native Japanese player to ever play soccer in North America.

Cameron shows worth, versatility as central midfielder in USMNT win vs. Panama

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By FRANCO PANIZO

SEATTLE The U.S. Men's National Team already held a 1-0 lead, but Eddie Johnson knew there was more room for them to exploit against Panama.

Johnson went over to Geoff Cameron at halftime to let him know he had more time on the ball than he knew, and to try and pick Johnson out during one of his marauding runs forward on the right flank.

U.S. Open Cup Fourth Round: A look ahead

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By PABLO MAURER

Major League Soccer may be on a bit of an international break, but there's still plenty of action to go around this week in the form of the U.S. Open Cup fourth round. Twelve MLS sides are joined in the Round of 16 by four lower-tier competitors two from the NASL and a pair of USL-Pro clubs as well.

MLS and Players Union partner with You Can Play Project

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By DAN KARELL

Major League Soccer and the MLS Players Union announced on Wednesday a partnership with the You Can Play Project, a social action initiative dedicated to ending homophobia in sports.

The announcement states that You Can Play will work with MLS' existing anti-discrimination guidelines, as well as providing confidential counseling to players.

CONMEBOL Rewind: Colombia victorious at home; Argentina break Ecuador record in Quito; and more

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By DAN KARELL

It's been nearly 15 years since Colombia was last represented at a World Cup, getting knocked out in the group stages of France 1998. If the current side can keep up their form, they'll be back in the World Cup in Brazil 2014 without a problem.

Colombia defeated Peru, 2-0, on Tuesday in CONMEBOL World Cup qualifying at the team's national stadium in Barranquilla.

Previewing Wednesday’s U.S. Open Cup Matches

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By PABLO MAURER

Major League Soccer may be on a bit of an international break, but there's still plenty of action to go around this week in the form of the U.S. Open Cup fourth round. Twelve MLS sides are joined in the Round of 16 by four lower-tier competitors two from the NASL and a pair of USL-Pro clubs as well.

Wednesday Kickoff: Monaco set to break the bank for Ronaldo; AFA bans away fans after supporter death; and more

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By DAN KARELL

AS Monaco just can't get enough.

After spending more than $172 million dollars on the transfers for Radamel Falcao, Joao Moutinho, and James Rodriguez, the newly promoted Ligue 1 club is ready to spend some serious cash, offering Real Madrid nearly $133 million (€100m) for talisman Cristiano Ronaldo, according to a report in England.

USA 2, Panama 0: Match Highlights

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Sounders’ Evans and Johnson cherish playing for the USMNT in Seattle

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By JASON MITCHELL

SEATTLE It was a special night here in many ways.

The U.S. Men's National Team, surrounded by doubt as recently as mid-March, arrived riding a string of impressive results and almost casually dismissed Panama to seize first place in CONCACAF's final round of qualifying for the 2014 World Cup.

USMNT vs. Panama: SBI Live Match Commentary

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By IVES GALARCEP

SEATTLE- The U.S. Men's National Team is back home for World Cup qualifying tonight at CenturyLink Field as they take on Panama in their second of three CONCACAF HEX qualifiers in June (10:30pm, ESPN).

The U.S. come in riding a three-match qualifying unbeaten streak, and they are currently tied for the most points in the HEX with seven (tied with Costa Rica).

Bradley and Altidore help lead USMNT to dominating HEX win vs. Panama

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By JASON MITCHELL

SEATTLE Jozy Altidore has spent much of the last year answering any and all questions about his club career. It would seem he is now answering them for his national team.

Altidore's third goal in as many matches provided the the U.

CONCACAF Rewind: Mexico goalless again in draw with Costa Rica; Honduras bounces back with win over Jamaica

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

After another draw in which they failed to find the back of the net, the members of the Mexican national team hoped to change their World Cup Qualifying fate Tuesday night in their return to the famed Estadio Azteca.

But after 90+ minutes of scoreless action, El Tri was left with more questions than answers heading into next week's Confederations Cup campaign.

USA 2, Panama 0: SBI Player Grades

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By IVES GALARCEP

It was easily the best World Cup qualifying performance by the U.S. Men's National Team during the Jurgen Klinsmann era, and the list of players who stepped up to deliver Tuesday night's 2-0 victory vs.

SBI USMNT Man of the Match: Michael Bradley

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By IVES GALARCEP

SEATTLE On a night when there were three or four players worthy of Man of the Match honors for the U.S. Men's National Team, Michael Bradley stood out the most in Tuesday night's 2-0 victory vs. Panama.

Grabavoy fined for “simulation”, Sarvas yellow card remains

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By DAN KARELL

Real Salt Lake midfielder Ned Grabavoy has been fined an undisclosed amount by the Major League Soccer Disciplinary Committee for "simulation" in the 90th minute of their 3-1 win over the LA Galaxy last Saturday.

Galaxy midfielder Marcelo Sarvas was shown a yellow card after the incident, which saw Grabavoy go down despite there being no contact from Sarvas.

Soccer Tuesday: Your Running Commentary

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

Teams from all over the Western Hemisphere continue their journey to Brazil 2014 on Tuesday with another round of World Cup Qualifying.

A pair of Top 10 teams will clash on high in Quito as CONMEBOL leaders Argentina face Ecuador. After back-to-back draws, Argentina will look to move one step closer to automatic qualification with a road win against Ecuador, who has lost two straight after a blistering run to end 2012.

USMNT vs. Panama: A Look Ahead

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By IVES GALARCEP

SEATTLE- It might not feel like much of a rivalry to U.S. fans, but USA-Panama has certainly become one of the more consistently difficult match-ups in the region for both teams. They have faced each other on repeated occasions (in the knockout rounds of the past four CONCACAF Gold Cups) and on every occasion the sides have battled hard in close matches that either team could have taken.

Union Notes: Kleberson still recovering; looking ahead to U.S. Open Cup; and more

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By JOEL HOOVER

Recovery for a recent thigh pull to Brazilian midfielder Kleberson is going "slower than expected", according to Philadelphia Union John Hackworth, who revealed on Tuesday that the World-Cup winning midfielder was taking a while to recover and will likely miss some action.

NASL Week 10: A Look Back

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By MIKE GRAMAJO

The Carolina RailHawks jumped to top of the North American Soccer League table after making a stoppage-time comeback to defeat the Tampa Bay Rowdies, 2-1, on Saturday at WakeMed Soccer Park.

The Atlanta Silverbacks continued their stretch of home games on Saturday, drawing 1-1 against FC Edmonton.

USA 2, Jamaica 1: Field Level Highlights

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U.S. U-20s to play Portugal in friendly ahead of World Cup

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By DAN KARELL

With a full squad finally available, United States Men's Under-20 National Team head coach Tab Ramos will have one match to gauge his starting eleven ahead of the Under-20 World Cup in Turkey this month.

U.S. Soccer has scheduled a friendly match against fellow World Cup participants Portugal Under-20 on June 14 in Algarve, Portugal.

Cosmos land TV deal with One World Sports

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By DAN KARELL

They aren't in Major League Soccer, but that clearly hasn't stopped the New York Cosmos from aiming for the stars.

The North American Soccer League club announced a deal on Tuesday with One World Sports, an English-language TV station based out of New York City.

SBI MLS Goal of the Week: Daniel Paladini

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Must-See Trailer: American Pharoah

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By IVES GALARCEP

Bob Bradley's courageous and inspirational turn as head coach of the Egyptian Men's National Soccer Team has been well documented, but the latest extended trailer for one of the movies being made about his journey provides one of the most thorough and captivating looks at just what Bradley has faced since taking the Egypt job.

USMNT Notes: Temporary grass not a major problem for squad on eve of Panama qualifier

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By FRANCO PANIZO

SEATTLE One of the more glorious aspects of holding Tuesday's World Cup qualifier between the U.S. Men's National Team and Panamaat CenturyLink Field is the expected turnout from the U.S. faithful. It is anticipated that more than 36,000 fans will be on hand to watch the CONACAF clash and while that number may not be as high as some around the country expected, it will still be, by and large, the largest pro-U.

Tuesday Kickoff: Australia move closer to World Cup; CAS denies Malaga FFP appeal; and more

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By DAN KARELL

Australia used three second-half goals to power past helpless Jordan, 4-0, on Tuesday at the Etihad Stadium in Melbourne, climbing back into an automatic qualifying position for the 2014 World Cup in the process.

Incoming Bayer Leverkusen forward Robby Kruse was man of the match and finished with a goal and two assists, setting up the first two tallies by Mark Bresciano in the 15th minute and Tim Cahill in the 61st before putting the game away in the 76th with his own effort.

Cosmos sign Kashiwase on-loan

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By DAN KARELL

Just hours after reports broke about the Cosmos landing a TV deal with an One World Sports, an English-language channel that covers sport in Asia, the New York Cosmos have secured one of Japan's rising stars in soccer.

The Cosmos agreed a deal with Shimizu S-Pulse of the J-League in Japan to sign on-loan forward Satoru Kashiwase for the upcoming fall NASL season.

Versatility paves way for dream USMNT homecoming for Sounders duo

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By IVES GALARCEP

SEATTLE Versatility is a trait that can boost any national team prospect's chances, and two players who have used their versatility to secure roles on the U.S. Men's National Team are Seattle Sounders teammates Eddie Johnson and Brad Evan.

Gomez released from USMNT camp due to knee injury, Jones officially ruled out

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By FRANCO PANIZO

SEATTLE -Herculez Gomez came into the U.S. Men's National Team camp with a knee injury that threatened his availability and now he is leaving with it.

A U.S. Soccer spokesman announced during the U.S. team's press conference on Monday that head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has released Gomez from the squad to allow the forward to further rehabilitate his knee.

Tuesday’s Soccer on TV

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By DAN KARELL

World Cup 2014 qualification zooms towards the finish line with a number of matches on Tuesday across the globe.

South American group leaders Argentina travel to the altitude in Quito to face tenth ranked in the world Ecuador, who have suffered a couple of recent embarrassing defeats to Germany and Peru, and need a win to regain confidence moving forward.

D.C. United’s Rochat rips trade experience as ‘terrible,’ not ‘human’

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By THOMAS FLOYD

ARLINGTON, VA. — For the past four days, soccer has been the last thing on Alain Rochat's mind.

Change the cellphone plan. Sell the home. Explain to his pregnant wife he's moving 3,000 miles away. Set up residency in a new country. The list goes on.

MLS All-Star ballot released

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By DAN KARELL

Major League Soccer released their 2013 MLS All-Star Ballot on Monday, featuring 115 players across all 19 MLS teams.

Fans can choose one goalkeeper and ten field players when they vote and can vote online, through text message (SMS), on Twitter, and between July 3 and July 10 using FIFA Soccer 13 Ultimate Team, part of the AT&T MLS All-Star "In The Game" Challenge.

SBI MLS Rookie of the Week: Andrew Farrell

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By DAN KARELL

The New England Revolution earned a clean sheet for the fourth match in a row last Saturday, and one of the big reasons for it is the stability in the defense, including the play of right back Andrew Farrell.

The rookie has locked down his position, and a week after shutting down the LA Galaxy, Farrell helped to do the same to D.

CAF Rewind: Egypt one step closer to third round; Kamara keeps Sierra Leone hopes alive; and more

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By DAN KARELL

There are plenty of feel good stories in the sports world, but one that jumps to the top of the list has to be the play of the Egyptian National Team.

Under head coach Bob Bradley's watch, the nation, suffering from internal political turmoil and a recently resumed domestic league is on the cusp of making the third round of CAF qualifying, putting them closer to making their first World Cup since 1990.

Jones out for USMNT qualifier vs. Panama

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By IVES GALARCEP

SEATTLE- As Jermaine Jones laid prone, and apparently unconscious, on the field at Independence Park in Kingston, Jamaica after colliding heads on a set piece, it was clear his night was over in Friday's World Cup qualifying win vs. Jamaica. It should also have been pretty clear that four days was not enough time for Jones to recover from a clear-cut concussion.

Monday Kickoff: Mourinho happy to return to Chelsea; Dortmund rule out Lewandowski Bayern move; and more

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By DAN KARELL

For the first time in six years, Jose Mourinho met with the assembled media as manager of Chelsea Football Club.

The former Real Madrid, Inter, and Porto boss admitted that he was happy to be returning to the club, and signed a four-year contract with the club, potentially keeping Mourinho around Stamford Bridge through 2018.

With Jones and Zusi out, USMNT sorting through options in midfield

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By FRANCO PANIZO

SEATTLE – The latest examples of players on the U.S. Men's National Team who have stepped up and made the most of their opportunities when called upon have come in defense, with Matt Besler and Brad Evans recently proving more than serviceable options for U.

SBI MLS Player of the Week: Olmes Garcia

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By DAN KARELL

He's not even old enough to drink, but Olmes Garcia is quickly becoming on of the stars of Real Salt Lake.

The 20-year-old scored two goals in the final six minutes plus stoppage-time of the match to help lead RSL to a 3-1 victory over the Los Angeles Galaxy, earning him SBI MLS Player of the Week honors.

The SBI Show: Episode 40 (Previewing USMNT-Panama; a look at MLS Week 15; and more)

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By IVES GALARCEP

World Cup qualifying action is in full swing for the U.S. Men's National Team and Episode 40 of The SBI Show helps get you ready for USA-Panama on Tuesday with our preview of the key HEX showdown.

Co-host Garrett Cleverly and I break down the match, discussing lineup options for Jurgen Klinsmann as well as the challenges presented by Panama.

Who should the USMNT start vs. Panama?

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By IVES GALARCEP

SEATTLE- Just when Jurgen Klinsmann had finally settled on a regular starting lineup for the first time in his tenure as U.S. Men's National Team head coach, the U.S. boss has to make some new decisions.

Jermaine Jones (concussion) and Graham Zusi (yellow card suspension) will miss Tuesday's World Cup qualifier vs.

Panama’s Perez to miss qualifier vs. USMNT

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By IVES GALARCEP

SEATTLE- Panamanian national team forward Blas Perez has been a thorn in the side of the U.S. Men's National Team for several years, but the FC Dallas forward won't be on the field on Tuesday night when Panama takes on the U.S. in CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying.

Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

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By MICHAEL KLINE

Today's quiet soccer action heads to the European Under-21 Championships before Brazil and France meet in a friendly.

The Netherlands face Russia to kick-off the day, followed by a showdown between Germany and Spain.

The Netherlands and Spain sit atop the group table, with both squads on three points, while Germany and Russia are level on zero points at the bottom.

Revs post fourth straight MLS shutout in scoreless draw with DCU

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By KEVIN KOCZWARA

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. D.C. United might be in the midst of its worst winless streak in franchise history, but the New England Revolution coach Jay Heaps didn't take it for granted heading into Saturday night's game at Gillette Stadium.

Magee and Paladini lead Fire to comeback draw with visiting Timbers

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By TYLER DAY

With less than ten minutes to play on Saturday night, Fire striker Mike Magee was fouled outside the left corner of the box. He had just scored his third goal in as many games for his new club, but the Fire still trailed 2-1 at home against the Portland Timbers.

Garcia’s second-half brace the difference as RSL defeat Galaxy

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By TYLER GRAY

SANDY, Utah- Real Salt Lake were hungry. They didn't forget the 2-0 defeat the last time the Los Angeles Galaxy were in town, and they made sure they wouldn't repeat the same mistake twice.

Despite relinquishing the lead right before halftime, the hosts came out of the break determined to grab three points.

Rose and Neagle lift Sounders to 3-2 comeback win over Whitecaps

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By JASON MITCHELL

SEATTLE A depleted Seattle Sounders' side rode some unfamiliar names to a big Cascadia Cup victory over the Vancouver Whitecaps on Saturday night.

Servando Carrasco scored his first career goal and the almost forgotten Andy Rose added both an assist and a goal on the way to a 3-2 comeback victory in front of 53,679 at CenturyLink Field, the largest crowd in MLS this season.

Williams sent home, Jones could still face Panama as Klinsmann provides USMNT injury update

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By FRANCO PANIZO

SEATTLE The U.S. Men's National Team is likely to be without Herculez Gomez for their upcoming World Cup qualifier against Panama, but don't rule out Jermaine Jones just yet.

Speaking to reporters in an interview at halftime of the Seattle Sounders-Vancouver Whitecaps game on Saturday night, U.

MLS Week 15: Your Running Commentary

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

Although the slate of MLS matches is short during this World Cup qualifying weekend, there are still some intriguing matchups on Saturday night.

The night kicks off with the red-hot New England Revolution taking on a struggling D.C. United squad in Foxboro.

UEFA Rewind: Portugal grabs narrow victory over Russia; Scotland stuns Croatia; and more

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

If World Cup Qualifying would have ended any time before Friday, Portugal would be out of a ticket to Brazil 2014 thanks to a disappointing stretch of matches in Group F.

But there are still a few matchdays left in UEFA's section of qualifying, and Portugal jumped from third to first on Friday with a 1-0 win over previous leaders Russia.

CONMEBOL Rewind: Controversy as Argentina draws with Colombia; Peru secures vital win; and more

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By DAN KARELL

Controversy reigned supreme on Friday night in Buenos Aires, as Colombia and Argentina played over an hour of soccer with ten men each.

Colombia's Cristian Zapata and Argentina's Gonzalo Higuain were shown a straight red card midway through the first half by referee Marlon Escalante in the aftermath of what looked like an innocuous foul from Higuain on Zapata and his goalkeeper David Ospina.

CONCACAF Rewind: Mexico settles for scoreless draw; Costa Rica wins to go top of the Hex

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By DAN KARELL

Mexico's 1-0 victory over Jamaica on Tuesday night may have convinced fans of El Tri that the team could find goals in difficult road CONCACAF World Cup qualifiers.

Instead, all it provided was false hope.

Javier Hernandez limped off with an injury in the second half and Mexico were forced to settle for a 0-0 draw against Panama on Friday in Panama City, El Tri's third such draw in their 2014 World Cup qualifying campaign since the start of the Hexagonal round.

Jamaica vs. USMNT: SBI Live Match Commentary

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By IVES GALARCEP

The U.S. Men's National Team resumes CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying action tonight in Kingston when they face Jamaica in a vital match for both sides.

The U.S. have never won a qualifier in Jamaica, sporting an 0-4-1 record in five previous World Cup qualifiers played on the Caribbean island.

Evans winner in stoppage time lifts USMNT over Jamaica

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By IVES GALARCEP

When Jermaine Beckford delivered a late header goal to give Jamaica a 1-1 tie vs. the U.S. Men's National Team, it looked for a second like the Americans would once again be doomed to a disappointing World Cup qualifying result on the Caribbean Island.

There was no quit in this U.

Jamaica 1, USA 2: Match Highlights

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Jamaica 1, USMNT 2: SBI Player Grades

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By IVES GALARCEP

It wasn't pretty, and you could argue it was tougher than it needed to be, but the U.S. Men's National Team still came through with a thrilling last-minute victory that not only gives the team three precious HEX points, but also a major boost of confidence heading into two home qualifiers.

Yallop leaves Earthquakes by mutual consent

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By DAN KARELL

Just a year after leading his side to the Supporters Shield, Frank Yallop's second spell at the San Jose Earthquakes is over.

The Earthquakes announced that they had agreed to part ways with Yallop by mutual consent, naming assistant coach Mark Watson the interim coach.

USMNT Road to Brazil: Episode 10

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Cosmos add two more players to squad

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By DAN KARELL

The New York Cosmos continue to add pieces ahead of their first North American Soccer League match on August 3.

Former Blackburn Rovers forward Jemal Johnson and defender Chris Rodd have signed contracts with the team, the Cosmos announced on Friday, putting the current squad at 17 players.

NASL Week 10: A Look Ahead

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By MIKE GRAMAJO

Two of the North American Soccer League's top three goalscorers meet on Saturday in a clash between the Carolina RailHawks and the Tampa Bay Rowdies at WakeMed Soccer Park.

Brian Shriver leads the league and the RailHawks' attack with six goals, but not far behind is the Rowdies' Georgi Hristov, who has four goals to his name.

NWSL Week Nine: A Look Ahead

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By MIKE McCALL

The past week has seen the National Women's Soccer League turn into a carnival of goals.

After averaging 2.2 goals per game in April and 2.5 in May, the four games in June have led to a total of 19 goals for an average of 4.75. It's a very small sample size aided by the absence of U.

Soccer Friday: Your Running Commentary

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By DAN KARELL

World Cup qualifiers run the gamut on Friday with no less than 25 matches taking place around the globe. The outcomes of these matches could have far reaching effects on the rest of qualifying for the 2014 World Cup.

On the European continent, Portugal hosts Russia looking for revenge after falling, 1-0, last October in Moscow, while Belgium hosts Serbia in a game that could determine the qualifying group winner in.

Where will you be watching USMNT vs. Jamaica?

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By DAN KARELL

The U.S. Men's National Team gets their World Cup qualifying campaign back underway tonight, looking to get revenge on Jamaica after falling last September at "The Office," 2-1.

A win for the U.S. would put them at the top of the Hexagonal group for at least a short while, until the Mexico vs.

WCQ Weekend Preview: Argentina host Colombia; Russia visit Portugal; and more

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By DAN KARELL

As the 365 day mark to the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil nears, the qualifying tournaments continue to ramp up with more and more pressure.

Though not every nation is competing in June, the ones that are have crucial matches that can decide a country's fate moving forward.

MLS Week 15: A Look Ahead

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By THOMAS FLOYD

It may be a light MLS schedule this weekend with World Cup qualifying taking center stage, but a pair of marquee matchups still offer plenty of intrigue.

At Rio Tinto Stadium, Real Salt Lake will resume their Western Conference feud with the Los Angeles Galaxy, who will look to grab a result with Omar Gonzalez and Robbie Keane still on international duty.

This Weekend’s Soccer on TV

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By MICHAEL KLINE

Qualifying for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil dominates this weekends soccer action, with a surplus of interesting fixtures on display.

In South America, Falcao and Colombia will look to knock off CONMEBOL leaders Argentina when the sides meet in Buenos Aires tonight.

Villarreal, Gil and Yedlin headline U.S. Under-20 World Cup roster

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By IVES GALARCEP

Young MLS standouts Jose Villarreal, Luis Gil and DeAndre Yedlin headline the 21-player squad chosen by Tab Ramos to represent the United States at the Under-20 World Cup in Turkey later this month.

A total of seven MLS players made the squad, joining European-based standouts like Cody Cropper and Mario Rodriguez.

MLS West Notes: Zakuani to undergo surgery, Busch named MLS’s Humanitarian of the Month; and more

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BY MIKE DONOVAN

The Seattle Sounders will be without Steve Zakuani for at least six weeks, as the 25-year-old is preparing to undergo surgery for what head coach Sigi Schmid calls a "sports hernia type of injury."

After suffering a horrific leg injury in April 2011, Zakuani has made 14 appearances with Seattle since his return in July of 2012.

Friday Kickoff: Ronaldo close to signing Real extension; Gazidis backs Arsenal to spend; and more

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By DAN KARELL

When Real Madrid president Florentino Perez said he wanted Cristiano Ronaldo to retire at the club, he wasn't just saying that to raise his transfer price.

As of Friday, Ronaldo looks set to sign a contract extension with Madrid, one that would keep him with the club through 2018, according to reports out of Spain.

USMNT vs. Jamaica: A Look Ahead

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By IVES GALARCEP

The U.S. Men's National Team has never won a World Cup qualifier in Jamaica. Not once. Ever. Not in any of the previous five trips to the Caribbean for qualifying have Americans returned with three points, and their last visit to the Island saw them suffer their first qualifying loss to the 'Reggae Boyz'.

MLS East Notes: Cummings returns from injury; Warzycha blasts his team; and more

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By DAN KARELL

Omar Cummings return to the practice field couldn't come at a better time for the Houston Dynamo.

With Giles Barnes and Anthony Arena two more names to add to the injury list, the Dynamo were pleased to see Cummings participating in full practice for the first time since suffering a right knee injury in April.

The SBI Show: Episode 39 (Previewing USA-Jamaica, a look at the U.S. U-20 World Cup team; and more)

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By IVES GALARCEP

With World Cup qualifying set to resume on Friday for the U.S. Men's National Team in Jamaica, Episode 39 of The SBI Show takes a closer look at the looming USA-Jamaica qualifier and much more.

Co-host Garrett Cleverly and I discuss the U.

Cosmos open training facility on Long Island

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By DAN KARELL

At a ribbon cutting ceremony on Thursday, the New York Cosmos officially opened their practice facility on the grounds of the Mitchel Athletic Complex in Uniondale, New York.

The Cosmos, spending $400,000 of their own money to redevelop and renovate the complex, will use the space as their practice facility while playing games at Shuart Stadium in nearby Hempstead, New York.

USMNT Daily Update: Should Klinsmann stick with Gonzalez or turn to Cameron?

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By IVES GALARCEP

When Jamaica takes the field on Friday night against the U.S. Men's National Team you can bet that their attack will look to go after one player.

That player is Omar Gonzalez.

Sure, they could also try and test relative U.

D.C. United acquire Rochat from Whitecaps for draft picks

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By DAN KARELL

Continuing to re-tool their leaky defense, D.C. United snagged some veteran help on Thursday in an effort to salvage the rest of the season.

D.C. United announced the acquisition of defender Alain Rochat from the Vancouver Whitecaps, in exchange for a second-round pick in the 2015 Major League Soccer SuperDraft and a conditional selection in 2016.

De Nigris move to Chivas leads all transfers in LigaMX draft

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By DAN KARELL

Midnight on late Wednesday night/Thursday morning saw the end of the 2013 Liga MX draft, with no less than 104 players making full transfers or loans to other clubs in the league.

The busy last few days, the end of the domestic transfer period, saw many high-profile transfers, none higher than Mexico National Team forward Aldo de Nigris moving from Monterrey to Chivas Guadalajara, potentially jump-starting Jorge Vergara's club's stuttering attack.

Projecting the U.S. Under-20 World Cup roster

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By IVES GALARCEP

The Toulon Tournament was far from a pretty one for the U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team, but ultimately the mission of the tournament was accomplished.

No, the U-20s didn't set out to lose three of four, but Tab Ramos did take his team to France with the hope of helping figure out just which players will make the final cuts for the U.

Chelsea release new away kit

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By DAN KARELL

Following in the wake of Liverpool and Manchester United kit announcement, Chelsea has revealed their latest away kit for the 2013-2014 season.

The new uniform features an all-white jersey and shorts combo, with a Holland-like red, white, and blue stripe across the center of the uniform, and the three striped Adidas moniker down the sides of the shorts.

Thursday Kickoff: Madrid pay for Ancelotti’s PSG release; Ribery signs Bayern extension; and more

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By DAN KARELL

On most occasions, Real Madrid gets what they want, at any price.

Recently re-elected club President Florentino Perez has agreed to pay Paris Saint-Germain more than $5.2 million to buy out manager Carlo Ancelotti from the final year of his contract, according to reports out of France.

USMNT moves up to 28th in latest FIFA World Rankings

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By DAN KARELL

The U.S. Men's National team may have gone 1-1 in their last two matches at the end of May and start of June, but they moved up a place in the latest FIFA World Rankings.

The U.S. now sit in 28th place, sitting behind Sweden and ahead of Norway, got a boost from Nigeria's three place drop to 31, while surely gaining a point or two for the 4-3 victory over No.

Reports: Galaxy after ‘El Tri’ star Dos Santos

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By IVES GALARCEP

It is no secret that the Los Angeles Galaxy are looking for a star player to help fill the void left by the departure of David Beckham last winter, but multiple reports have the Galaxy targeting a young star who could be a game-changer both on and off the field.

RSL Notes: Team prepares for rematch with Galaxy; Findley looks to build off of San Jose win; and more

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By TYLER GRAY

SANDY, Utah Real Salt Lake is warming up just in time for summer thanks to consistent contributions from players all over the field.

Six different players have already scored multiple goals this season for RSL, and four of those have notched at least three.

Quick-fire Union rout Crew at PPL Park

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By JOEL HOOVER

CHESTER, Pa. John Hackworth had called it a "six-point" match. His Philadelphia Union made sure they secured it in the space of six minutes.

Three goals midway through the first half from Brian Carroll, Sheanon Williams, and Conor Casey gave the Philadelphia Union a resounding 3-0 home win over the Columbus Crew Tuesday night at PPL Park.

Timbers Notes: Well-rested Portland readies for busy stretch; Piquionne’s ascent; and more

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By MIKE DONOVAN

PORTLAND, Ore.- After getting a weekend off, the Timbers now enter a two-week stretch that will see them play four league matches and a US Open Cup match.

Portland enters this Saturday's match at Chicago on a 11-game unbeaten streak in league play.

"(The) group is very confident," Jack Jewsbury said.

Union vs. Crew: Your Running Commentary

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By DAN KARELL

Week 15 in Major League Soccer kicks off with an Eastern Conference special, pitting two teams fighting for a place in the top five.

The Philadelphia Union host the Columbus Crew on Wednesday night at PPL Park as both teams wind down a busy past two weeks.

Solo and Rapinoe return to USWNT for friendlies against South Korea

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By DAN KARELL

Finally recovered from another shoulder surgery, Hope Solo has received a call back to the United States Women's National Team.

Head coach Tom Sermanni called up Solo and 22 other players ahead of two upcoming friendly matches against South Korea.

Puebla acquire Michael Orozco on permanent transfer

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By DAN KARELL

Recently announced on the 35-player provisional list ahead of this summer's Gold Cup, defender Michael Orozco made permanent his move to Puebla F.C.

A day after letting DaMarcus Beasley go on a free transfer, the Liga MX club announced the permanent signing of Orozco, who has earned five caps for the U.

U.S. Open Cup potential quarterfinal pairings released

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By DAN KARELL

A week ahead of the Fourth Round in the 2013 U.S. Open Cup, the potential winners will know where they are next headed.

On Wednesday, U.S. Soccer revealed the draw for the quarterfinals of the competition, set to take place on June 26. Six Major League Soccer stadiums could potentially host a match in the quarterfinals, while a potential D.

Red card recinded for Martins

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By DAN KARELL

Obafemi Martins will be available for the Seattle Sounders this Saturday when they take on the Vancouver Whitecaps, thanks to an independent panel's review.

MLS announced on Wednesday that the red card Martins received in the 71st minute of last Saturday's 2-0 victory over Chivas USA had been rescinded, keeping Martins available for selection in the next match.

Who should the USMNT start vs. Jamaica?

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By IVES GALARCEP

The U.S. Men's National Team are in Kingston ahead of Friday night's showdown vs. Jamaica in CONCACAF World Cup qualifying and they are fully aware that the U.S. has never won a World Cup qualifier there before.

So who will Klinsmann turn to in an effort to break the five-qualifier winless drought at 'The Office"?

SBI Fantasy MLS: Week 15 Preview

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By CASEY CANNON

Hello and Welcome to the Soccer by Ives Fantasy Corner – now in concentrate! Every week I dig through statistics, news, and rumors to provide the reader with the kind of fantasy advice that only The Dude can provide.

This is a truncated week so this will be a truncated update.

U.S. U-20s end Toulon Tournament on sour note with loss to South Korea

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By DAN KARELL

What was meant to be a preparation for the Under-20 World Cup in two weeks in Turkey has brought up more questions than answers.

The U.S. Under-20 National Team dropped their final match of the tournament to South Korea, 1-0, leaving southern France with just one win and three losses.

SBI MLS Power Rankings: Week 14

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By IVES GALARCEP

The New England Revolution were not considered much of a threat in the MLS Eastern Conference as recently as a month ago, but a strong run sparked by a steal of a trade, and the emergence of a young star, have the Revs looking very much like a serious contender.

Manchester United reveal new home kit

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By DAN KARELL

Manchester United released their latest home kit design for next season on Wednesday, featuring a solid red jersey with a black collar.

The official club release states that the return to the black collar is in homage to the late 1990s United teams, including the ones where Eric Cantona famously wearing his uniform with the collar up.

Orlando City hire expansion expert to help push for place in MLS

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By DAN KARELL

The man who was the lead figure in Major League Soccer's plans to build a stadium in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park has left MLS for Orlando City SC.

Brett Lashbrook has accepted a position with Orlando's USL club, where according to a release, he will be working to help finalize a stadium deal and eventually negotiate MLS expansion, trying to achieve the club's personal goal of entering the league by 2015.

Puebla part ways with Beasley

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By DAN KARELL

DaMarcus Beasley's two years with Puebla helped rejuvenate his playing career, but now his time there is over.

The 31-year-old U.S. Men's National Team player was unable to negotiate a new contract with the Liga MX club and will be looking for a new home come the start of next season.

USMNT forward Gomez transferring to Club Tijuana

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

After weeks of speculation, Herculez Gomez will soon be on the move to a Liga MX side that already has some U.S. Men's National Team players on the roster.

Gomez will join Mexican side Club Tijuana this summer, Santos Laguna confirmed on Tuesday night.

Wednesday Kickoff: Mexico win on the road; Everton set to unveil Martinez; and more

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By DAN KARELL

When the final whistle blew at Independence Park, a nation sighed in relief.

For the first time in the CONCACAF World Cup qualifying Hexagonal stage and in 2013 overall, Mexico finished a match as the winner, taking a 1-0 result on the road against Jamaica.

Mexico and Jamaica meet in crucial HEX match

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By DAN KARELL

The Mexico Men's National Team only has to look back four years to recall a familiar situation.

With just three points from their first three matches (one win and two losses) in 2010 World Cup qualification, El Tri entered began three-match June schedule with an embarrassing loss at El Salvador, before rounding off five straight wins to ease into qualification for South Africa.

Union Notes: Fixture congestion ends with Columbus; transfers hinted, and more

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By JOEL HOOVER

A busy slate of multiple games in a few weeks is almost an inevitable part of any soccer team's season, creating results that leave a major impact on the season as a whole.

For the Philadelphia Union, their own personal stretch of four matches in 12 days, including two trips into Canada and a U.

Liverpool release next season’s away kit

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By DAN KARELL

Liverpool FC released pictures of next season's away kit on Tuesday, with current players on the squad modeling the uniforms.

The kits are the latest from American company Warrior, who took over the club's kit deal in 2012 after six years with Adidas. The kit features a white top with black and red diamonds towards the bottom and two red stripes, black shorts with the stripes on the side, and white socks.

D.C. United Notes: Shanosky makes MLS debut; Nyassi facing old team; and more

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By THOMAS FLOYD

WASHINGTON — Since signing with D.C. United as a homegrown player in August 2010, Conor Shanosky has quietly bided his time. While loan stints got him lower-level minutes with Harrisburg, Fort Lauderdale and Richmond, he kept on waiting for his MLS debut.

Cosmos land Emirates Airlines as jersey sponsor

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By DAN KARELL

They may be playing in the second tier of U.S. Soccer this season, but the New York Cosmos are making waves with their first tier sponsorship deals.

The Cosmos announced a deal on Tuesday with Emirates Airlines to become the team's jersey sponsor, and potentially to get naming rights to a future stadium.

SBI MLS Goal of the Week: Blas Perez

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Ephraim’s loan at TFC ended, returns to QPR

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By DAN KARELL

In news that shouldn't surprise anyone, Toronto FC winger Hogan Ephraim was recalled from his loan deal at the Canadian club, returning to Queens Park Rangers.

The English club was relegated but appears to have Ephraim in their first-team plans this season, and want him fresh and ready to go come July.

USA 4, Germany 3: SBI Player Grades

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By IVES GALARCEP

How you see at the U.S. Men's National Team's recent 4-3 win vs. Germany depends on several factors. Do you consider the fact it was a Germany B team? Do you not put much weight into Germany's final two goals and look more at the 4-1 scoreline before the late German rally?

SBI MLS Rookie of the Week: Andrew Farrell

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By DAN KARELL

The Los Angeles Galaxy were shut out for the second time in three games in a 5-0 defeat last Sunday, largely due to the play of New England Revoluton right back Andrew Farrell.

Farrell shut down the likes of Landon Donovan and Gyasi Zardes up top, as well as the overlapping runs by midfielders along the wings, and assisted on the Revolution's fifth goal of the match, earning Farrell SBI MLS Rookie of the Week honors.

Earthquakes to face Impact as CONCACAF Champions League groups drawn

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By IVES GALARCEP

The San Jose Earthquakes and Montreal Impact will face off in group stage action in the 2013/2014 CONCACAF Champions League group stages.

The Champions League group draw took place on Monday night and didn't quite go according to plan. The initial draw saw the Houston Dynamo drawn against Club Tijuana and the Los Angeles Galaxy drawn vs.

Tuesday Kickoff: Japan first to qualify for World Cup; Heynckes won’t coach next season; and more

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By DAN KARELL

With a 1-1 draw against Australia on Tuesday morning (late evening local time), Japan became the first nation other than Brazil to qualify for the 2014 World Cup.

The result gives Japan 14 points from seven matches, good enough to clinch a place in the top two of their Asian Football Confederation Fourth Round qualifying group.

The SBI Show: Episode 38 (talking USA-Germany, MLS Week 14, and more)

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By IVES GALARCEP

A day after the U.S. Men's National Team's impressive 4-3 victory against Germany, The SBI Show takes a look back at that memorable day at RFK Stadium, and digs into the impact of the result and overall team performance.

Everton to hire Martinez as next manager

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By DAN KARELL

Roberto Martinez may have been relegated with Wigan, but his FA Cup triumph looks like it kept him in the Premier League.

According to reports out of England, Everton have agreed a fee with Wigan for Martinez to become Everton's next manager. The 39-year-old Spaniard will have big shoes to fill after David Moyes, who left for Manchester United, guided Everton into a top-ten place in the Premier League each of the last seven seasons.

NASL Week 9: A Look Back

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By MIKE GRAMAJO

With 2013 North American Soccer League spring campaign coming to a close, week nine action saw the Atlanta Silverbacks hold on to their first place spot in the table while there is a three-way tie in second place, as the Tampa Bay Rowdies, Carolina RailHawks and Minnesota United failed to secure victory this weekend.

NWSL Week Eight Rewind: Sky Blue FC takes over

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By MIKE McCALL

The past weekend was destined to be a wild one for the National Women's Soccer League, what with a slew of stars out on national team duty and both first-place teams set to take the field using weakened rosters.

And while it's unwise to draw many concrete conclusions, there is at least one: Sky Blue FC can rightly claim to be the best team in the league.

Must-See Goal: Lisa De Vanna

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SBI MLS Team of the Week: New England Revolution

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By DAN KARELL

Since Juan Agudelo's debut on May 18th, the New England Revolution have yet to feel defeat.

The Revolution won their fourth successive match in all competitions with a 5-0 demolition of the Los Angeles Galaxy on Saturday at Gillette Stadium.

SBI MLS Player of the Week: Diego Fagundez

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By DAN KARELL

Diego Fagundez just can't stop scoring.

The 18-year-old homegrown product for the New England Revolution scored a goal and added two assists in a dominating 5-0 victory over the Los Angeles Galaxy, his fourth game in a row with a goal. The performance earned Fagundez SBI MLS Player of the Week.

USMNT 4, Germany 3: Match Highlights

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Beckham continuing to explore Miami as potential site for MLS expansion team

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By FRANCO PANIZO

While most observers in the American soccer world had their attentions fixed on the U.S. Men's National Team this past weekend, some intriguing news related to MLS expansion surfaced and it could potentially mean the return of MLS to Miami.

Two days after attending a Miami Heat playoffs game with Bolivian billionaire Marcelo Claure (pictured above, left), the recently-retired David Beckham continued to look into the possibility of bringing an MLS team to South Florida on Saturday.

Evans takes advantage of USMNT opportunity at right back

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By THOMAS FLOYD

WASHINGTON — Brad Evans fully understood the circumstances. A starting assignment for the U.S. Men's National Team ahead of World Cup qualifying is an imposing task. Getting the test in front of 47,359 against a supremely talented Germany side only heightens the pressure.

Magee scores in home debut to seal victory for Fire over D.C. United

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By TYLER DAY

Representatives of the Chicago Fire are adamant that Mike Magee is not "the savior" of their season.

After two games, it sure looks like he is.

Magee did not disappoint in his home debut, following up his U.S. Open Cup winner midweek with a late goal to seal a must-win for the Fire, 2-0, over the visiting D.

Besler boosts national team stock, delivers another solid outing vs. top opponent

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By FRANCO PANIZO

WASHINGTON -If Matt Besler's stock had been rising in recent months due to his performances with the U.S. Men's National Team, it likely reached a whole other level after their 4-3 win over Germany on Sunday.

Besler delivered another solid performance in a U.

Five-star Revs demolish dreadful Galaxy

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

After last week's 4-0 rout of the Seattle Sounders, many wondered if the Los Angeles Galaxy could recreate that offensive performance without striker Robbie Keane and against a defense that had recorded back-to-back shutouts.

On Sunday, the defending champions' performance looked more like their midweek U.

Morgan’s brace continues USWNT dominance over Canada

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By DAN KARELL

After last year's controversial Olympics semi-final thriller which saw the U.S. Women's National Team edge their Canadian counterparts, 4-3, after extra time, the Canadians were out for revenge.

Unfortunately for them, last year's hero Alex Morgan had something to say about that.

Altidore breaks USMNT rut with stellar showing vs. Germany

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By IVES GALARCEP

WASHINGTON Give Jozy Altidore service, and playing time, and he will score goals.

This is something people might have forgotten considering it had been 18 months since Altidore last scored a U.S. Men's National Team goal, but on Sunday we were given a very clear reminder that this is very much the case.

Mourinho announced as new Chelsea manager

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By DAN KARELL

The Special One has returned to London.

After six years away from the club, Chelsea have appointed Jose Mourinho to be their manager for the next season, signing the 63-year-old Portugal native to a four-year contract.

Mourinho just wrapped up three seasons at Real Madrid, where he won the league title once, Copa Del Rey once, and the Super Cup at the start of the season.

Monday Kickoff: Wenger interested in Rooney; Neymar arrives at Barcelona for medical; and more

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By DAN KARELL

Wayne Rooney could be calling London home as soon as this summer.

The England forward submitted a transfer request to Manchester United last month, and though it was rejected, it's well known that he is looking to change clubs. One club that is interested is Arsenal, who are reportedly considering making a bid for Rooney.

USMNT hold off late Germany comeback to post big win in wild Centennial match

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By FRANCO PANIZO

WASHINGTON -On a day when U.S. Soccer was celebrating its centennial anniversary, the U.S. Men's National Team showed just how far the program has come in those 100 years.

The U.S. put forth arguably their best attacking performance under head coach Jurgen Klinsmann on Sunday, fending off a late comeback attempt from Germany and beating them, 4-3,in wild centennial celebration match in front of a sell-out crowd of 47,359 at RFK Stadium.

USMNT vs. Germany: SBI Live Match Commentary

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By IVES GALARCEP

WASHINGTON The U.S. Men's National Team celebrates the 100th-year anniversary of U.S. Soccer with today's friendly vs. Germany (2:30pm, ESPN2).

The U.S. come in off a rough 4-2 loss to Belgium in Cleveland and head coach Jurgen Klinsmann is ready to trot out a close to first-choice lineup for the match.

Higuain equalizer helps Crew in draw vs. Dynamo

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By DAN KARELL

For the second time in seven days, Federico Higuain nearly won the game on his own for the Columbus Crew.

Converting a penalty kick last Sunday against the Red Bulls to take a 2-1 lead at the time, on Saturday, Higuain scored another spot kick and had a curling shot hit the post and carom away, as the Crew to settled for a 1-1 draw with the Houston Dynamo on Saturday night in front of 11,040 fans at Crew Stadium.

Harris and Perez braces highlight Rapids and F.C. Dallas draw

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By DAN KARELL

It may have been to the thin air in the mountains of Denver, or perhaps a widening of a hole in the ozone layer, but during a ten minute span at Dicks Sporting Good Park, it was raining goals.

Colorado Rapids forward Atiba Harris and FC Dallas front man Blas Perez each scored a brace between the 56th and 66th minutes of the match as the Rapids drew with F.

RSL roll past floundering Earthquakes

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By TYLER GRAY

SANDY, Utah After an overtime U.S. Open Cup match that threatened to derail Real Salt Lake's recent form, the Claret and Cobalt rode three first-half goals to a thunderous shutout win in Rio Tinto Stadium over the San Jose Earthquakes on Saturday night.

Seven years after last USMNT-Germany match, Klinsmann facing similar challenges

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By IVES GALARCEP

WASHINGTON- Jurgen Klinsmann is feeling the heat. He is coaching a team in transition, with his moves and decisions drawing serious scrutiny after a humbling loss to a strong European opponent. He is facing a busy and important summer ahead and a USA-Germany friendly offers him an opportunity to ease some fears and help instill some confidence in a team that can definitely use it.

Miller goal completes Whitecaps comeback in win over Red Bulls

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By DAN KARELL

HARRISON, N.J.– The New York Red Bulls entered their 23-day break in June with a performance they'd like to quickly forget.

Defender Jamison Olave was shown a red card in the 75th minute, and two defensive miscues helped the Vancouver Whitecaps comeback from a goal down in the second-half, and earn a 2-1 victory over the Red Bulls in front of 19,969 fans on Saturday night at Red Bull Arena.

USMNT still searching for right attacking formula heading into Germany friendly

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By THOMAS FLOYD

WASHINGTON — In overseeing the U.S. Men's National Team, coach Jurgen Klinsmann has auditioned a slew of attacking philosophies. Certain games have seen him attempt to instill a possession-oriented style. Others required the defend-and-counter approach. Sometimes a direct method was called upon.

Another late McInerney goal earns Union a tie at frustrated TFC

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

With just minutes remaining in their physical match with the visiting Philadelphia Union, Toronto FC seemed destined to end their late game woes.

The struggling Toronto squad, up 1-0 off a Jonathan Osorio goal, was on the verge of their second win of the season when a late Union throw-in fell into the path of league-leading scorer Jack McInerney.

Ten-man Impact hang onto narrow road win over Sporting KC

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

Although their hot offense put them in a winning position, the Montreal Impact will have to thank goalkeeper Troy Perkins for holding onto three road points on Saturday night.

After falling behind on a controversial penalty at the end of the first half, Sanna Nyassi and Collen Warner netted goals in the second half to grab the Impact a 2-1 win and the top record in the Eastern Conference.

Sounders bounce back with shutout win at Chivas USA

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

After a 4-0 drubbing at the hands of the Galaxy and a Third Round exit in the U.S. Open Cup, the Seattle Sounders headed back to Los Angeles needing a win to avoid falling back into another slump.

On Saturday night, they got back to their winning ways with a 2-0 win at struggling Chivas USA.

Evans looks set for surprise USMNT starting role vs. Germany

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By FRANCO PANIZO

WASHINGTON Before Jurgen Klinsmann officially made Brad Evans a late addition on the U.S. Men's National Team roster set to play five games this summer, the U.S. Men's National Team head coach phone Evans to let him know of the opportunity he had in front of him.

Bedoya inspires Helsingborg to victory with goal, assist

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Helsingborg continued their strong run of form with a big win on Saturday and Alejandro Bedoyawas a big reason for that.

A day after being named to the U.S. Men's National Team's provisional roster for the 2013 Gold Cup, Bedoya helped Allsvenskan leaders Helsingborg post a 3-0 victory over Atvidaberg.

MLS Week 14: Your Running Commentary

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By IVES GALARCEP

Sporting Kansas City and the Montreal Impact are both eying the top spot in the MLS Eastern Conference and tonight's match-up at Sporting Park will offer us some evidence of just which of them is the more likely challenger to fellow East powers Houston and the New York Red Bulls.

USMNT announces Guatemala friendly on July 5th in San Diego

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By IVES GALARCEP

The U.S. Men's National Team will take on CONCACAF rival Guatemala on July 5th in San Diego in their final tune-up before the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup.

The match, first reported by the San Diego Union-Tribune three weeks ago,will mark the U.S. team's first visit to San Diego since tying Canada, 0-0, at Torero Stadium in 2006, and the national team's first game at Qualcomm Stadium since beating Mexico there in 1999.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

After a commanding Bundesliga title campaign and a thrilling UEFA Champions League Final victory, Bayern Munich wraps up their storybook season on Saturday with a shot at the first treble in German history.

Bayern take on Stuttgart today in the German Cup final, a competition the powerful Bavarians last won in 2010.