Soccer By Ives Archives for January 2013

USMNT submits petition to FIFA for Johannsson’s national team switch

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By FRANCO PANIZO

If Iceland were hoping to prevent Aron Johannsson from trying to switch allegiances to the U.S. Men's National Team with their recent pitch to him, they failed miserably.

Hours after Iceland released a statement encouraging Johannsson to think twice about which team he wanted to play for internationally, U.

MLS All-Star Notes: Vermes talks strategy, Collin set to play 90 minutes, and more

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By FRANCO PANIZO

KANSAS CITY The MLS All-Star team's practice session inside of Livestrong Park on Tuesday morning may have been noticeably lighter than that of AS Roma, but that does not mean they are taking their match against the Italian heavyweights any less seriously.

The MLS All-Star squad practiced for little less than an hour a day before they hosting Roma in a game that is expected to be played in front of a sold-out crowd.

Cahill to miss nearly a month with knee injury

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By DAN KARELL

Tim Cahill isn't one to leave a match before the final whistle. That's why his 85th minute substitution in Saturday's New York Red Bulls victory against Real Salt Lake was troubling, as was his swollen right knee after the match.

D.C. United notes: Silva seizes playmaker role; Doyle makes transition; and more

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By THOMAS FLOYD

WASHINGTON — Luis Silva has made one thing clear since he's joined D.C. United: He's a playmaker.

The 24-year-old isn't a striker, and he isn't a winger, even if he's asked to play those roles from time to time.

Iceland FA issues statement on Johannsson’s commitment to USMNT

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

Just one day after learning that AZ Alkamaar forward Aron Johannsson had committed his future to the U.S. Men's National Team, the Football Association of Iceland has issued a bizarre statement on the 22-year-old's decision to reject the country where he was raised.

A look back at which USMNT players saw their stock rise, and fall, at the Gold Cup

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By IVES GALARCEP

After what has to be considered the most dominating tournament performance by a U.S. Men's National Team in recent memory, and possibly of all time, it isn't easy singling out which players were most responsible for the Gold Cup triumph (well, unless you are talking about Landon Donovan).

Hunt family announce sale of Columbus Crew to Bay Area investor

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

After 17-and-a-half seasons under the management of the Lamar Hunt family, the Columbus Crew are stepping into a new ownership era for the first time in club history.

On Tuesday afternoon, the Crew announced Precourt Sports Ventures, a sports investment group based out of the San Francisco Bay Area, had acquired the league charter member's full operating rights, effective immediately.

USMNT 1, Panama 0: The Post-Game Celebration

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Must-See Goal: Emmanuel Ludueña

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Napoli reveal “camo fight” away kit

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By DAN KARELL

Napoli President Aurelio de Laurentiis hasn't been shy about spending money on new players, or his public persona on Twitter and social media.

But his team's perception to the world will be put to the test when Napoli shows up for road matches this season wearing their 2013/2014 away jerseys, which is what the club calls "camo fight.

Tuesday Kickoff: Chepo keeps his job; Tottenham wants record fee for Bale; and more

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By DAN KARELL

Chepo's not going anywhere for the time being.

After deliberations with the Mexican Football Federation, president Justino Compean decided to keep Jose Manuel de la Torre as head coach of the Mexico National Team.

At one time on top of the world, "Chepo" de la Torre has lost support from many of the fans of El Tri, suffering in the 2013 calendar year to win games in CONCACAF World Cup qualifying and the two summer competitions they took part in, the Confederations Cup and the Gold Cup.

Diskerud shines off the bench in Gold Cup Final

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By IVES GALARCEP

CHICAGO- As Mix Diskerud settled in on the bench for Sunday's Gold Cup Final, he wasn't dwelling on the fact he wasn't starting. He was ready to watch the U.S. Men's National Team win a trophy.

Diskerud's attention changed quickly as he saw Stuart Holden grimacing in pain.

Earthquakes stadium opening postponed until second half of 2014 season

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By FRANCO PANIZO

The San Jose Earthquakes will open their new soccer-specific stadium in 2014, but not as soon as originally planned.

The Earthquakes announced on Monday that have pushed back the openingof their new home until the second half of the 2014 season due to "unforeseen conditions" at the stadium site.

Holden diagnosed with a torn ACL

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By IVES GALARCEP

Stuart Holden knew. He didn't need a scan to tell him that he was facing another major knee injury, but on Monday the tests on his injured right knee came back with the news he and the U.S. Soccer community were praying wouldn't come.

The SBI Show: Episode 58 (Breaking down the Gold Cup Final; looking back at MLS Week 22; and more)

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By IVES GALARCEP

The U.S. Men's National Team rolled to the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup title with a dominating run through the tournament, and Episode 58 of The SBI Show breaks down the final step in that journey, Sunday's 1-0 victory vs. Panama.

Co-host Garrett Cleverly and I take a closer look at the victory over Panama, discuss the top performers for the U.

Liga MX Week 2: A Look Back

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By DAN KARELL

Oribe Peralta and Santos Laguna couldn't have asked for a better first 45 minutes of their 2013 Apertura season.

Los Guerreros took a three goal lead over 2013 Clausura finalists Cruz Azul into halftime, with two of the goals scored by Peralta, and the opening goal just three minutes into the match from the head of Oswaldo Alanis.

SBI MLS Team of the Week: Montreal Impact

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By DAN KARELL

The Montreal Impact were just seconds from extending their five-game winless stream as substitute Blake Smith arrived at the edge of the area.

With a shot that went through the legs of goalkeeper Jimmy Nielsen in the sixth minute of stoppage time, Smith's first-time strike gave the Impact a much needed victory, shutting out Eastern Conference leaders Sporting Kansas City, 1-0, on Saturday night at Stade Saputo.

SBI MLS Player of the Week: Alvaro Saborio

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By DAN KARELL

Real Salt Lake head coach Jason Kreis said ahead of the 4-3 defeat to the New York Red Bulls that he wasn't sure how fit his star forward Alvaro Saborio would be coming back from international duty. Turns out Saborio was clicking on all cylinders.

SBI MLS Rookie of the Week: Dillon Powers

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By DAN KARELL

With the Los Angeles Galaxy in town, most casual observers wouldn't have expected the host Colorado Rapids to come away with a victory.

Instead, the hosts comfortably ran out as winners, thanks to Rapids rookie Dillon Powers. Powers scored one goal and assisted on another in the Rapids 2-0 win vs.

Johannsson chooses USMNT over Iceland

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By DAN KARELL

Just days after reportedly calling up uncapped dual-national John Anthony Brooks to the U.S. Men's National Team, head coach Jurgen Klinsmann will have another dual-national player to pick from.

Making an announcement on his Facebook page, AZ Alkmaar forward Aron Johannsson has decided to pledge his future to the USMNT, rejecting the nation that raised him, Iceland, despite playing for them in the youth levels.

NWSL Week 16: A Look Back

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By MIKE McCALL

For weeks, the National Women's Soccer League played chase behind Sky Blue FC and the Portland Thorns. Now, those two and the rest of the league are looking up at FC Kansas City.

After taking over first place last week, FCKC widened its lead atop the table to four points, while the weekend's other two results kept a pair of fading playoff hopes alive.

Monday Kickoff: Former Club America forward Benitez dies; Bale wants Real Madrid move; and more

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By DAN KARELL

Just weeks after completing a transfer to Qatar, former Club America forward Christian Benitez has passed away.

The Ecuadorian international's death was confirmed by the Qatari club that recently acquired him, El Jaish, as well as the Ecuadorian Football Federation, though the causes of his death are unknown.

USMNT 1, Panama 0: Match Highlights

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The U.S. Men's National Team lifted the CONCACAF Gold Cup for the fifth time with Sunday's 1-0 victory vs. Panama, a win that capped a truly dominating tournament performance from the Americans.

Brek Shea's goal less than one minute after entering proved to be the difference as the U.

SBI USMNT Man of the Match: Mix Diskerud

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By DAN KARELL

When U.S. Men's National Team midfielder Stuart Holden was forced to leave Sunday's Gold Cup Final just 19 minutes into the match with a knee injury considered likely to be serious, the loss could have led to devastating circumstances in the Gold Cup Final.

Knee injury sidelines Holden, Klinsmann concerned it could be major

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By IVES GALARCEP

CHICAGO From the moment he hit the ground during Sunday's Gold Cup Final, the immediate reaction to seeing Stuart Holden on the ground with an apparent knee injury was one of fear and concern for a player who has endured more heartbreaking injury calamities than any player should.

USMNT 1, Panama 0: SBI Player Grades

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By IVES GALARCEP

CHICAGO In a Gold Cup Tournament that saw them destroy opponents with multiple-goal barrages, Sunday's Gold Cup Final proved to be their toughest test of the tournament, and forced them to show off qualities that have been overlooked in this tournament.

Panama did a good job of being disciplined defensively, and forcing the U.

Neagle and Martins help Sounders rally over Chivas USA

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By JASON MITCHELL

SEATTLE Seattle Sounders fans might be missing their Demolition Man, but Obafemi Martins and Lamar Neagle are doing their best to ease the pain.

With Eddie Johnson starting for the United States Men's National Team earlier in the day, a Neagle goal and a pair of Martins assists helped lift the Sounders to a 2-1 comeback victory over struggling Chivas USA on Sunday night.

McInerney replaces Cahill on MLS All-Stars roster

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By DAN KARELL

After Saturday night's New York Red Bulls victory over Real Salt Lake, Tim Cahill sat in his locker with a right knee that was severely swollen.

So it's no surprise that Major League Soccer that MLS All-Stars head coach Peter Vermes has added Philadelphia Union forward Jack McInerney to the All-Star Game roster in place of Cahill.

USA beats Panama to win 2013 Gold Cup

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By IVES GALARCEP

CHICAGO It has been six years since the last time the U.S. Men's National Team lifted the CONCACAF Gold Cup, and while that might not seem like that long, a pair of brutal losses to Mexico in the 2009 and 2011 finals made that drought feel even worse.

Perhaps that is why the celebration at Soldier Field on Sunday, the same venue where the U.

Gold Cup Final: USA vs. Panama (SBI Live Match Commentary)

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By IVES GALARCEP

CHICAGO- The U.S. Men's National Team will look to recapture the CONCACAF Gold Cup title we haven't seen the Americans lift since 2007, and the U.S. will look to do so today against Panama (4pm, FOX) in Soldier Field, the same stadium where their last Gold Cup triumph took place.

Rapids keep rolling in shutout win over shorthanded Galaxy

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

Since they snapped a four-match winless slide with a wild 4-3 victory over the Montreal Impact, the Colorado Rapids have become the hottest team in the Western Conference, going undefeated in the month of July.

On Saturday evening, the Rapids kept rolling with a 2-0 victory over the Los Angeles Galaxy at Dick's Sporting Goods Park.

McCarty’s stoppage time winner leads Red Bulls over RSL in instant classic

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By DAN KARELL

HARRISON, N.J. Dax McCarty decided it was his turn to play the hero.

With the New York Red Bulls tied with Real Salt Lake at 3-3 in 90th minute stoppage time, McCarty scored the game-winning goal with a diving header, sending the crowd of 18,604 at Red Bull Arena into ecstasy as the Red Bulls defeated RSL, 4-3, on Saturday night.

Smith’s last-minute goal gives Impact dramatic victory over Sporting KC

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

For 95 minutes, it appeared the top two teams in the Eastern Conference had canceled each other out in a physical, yet scoreless draw.

But, in the 96th minute, substitute Blake Smith broke the deadlock with a stunning goal that snapped the Montreal Impact's five-match winless skid.

Hoppenot’s late goal leads Union over 10-man Whitecaps

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By JOEL HOOVER

The Vancouver Whitecaps came into Saturday's match with the Philadelphia Union as the last team in MLS with an unbeaten home record.

But thanks to an early red card and a late goal from substitute Antoine Hoppenot, the Union ensured the Caps' home mark would come to an end.

Revolution ride second half rally to top hapless D.C. United

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By PABLO MAURER

On Thursday morning, in an empty parking lot in Buzzard Point among a throng of media, city officials and fans D.C. United announced that they'd finally reached an agreement with the District of Columbia to construct a new, state-of-the-art, soccer specific stadium.

Revolution’s Alston returns to field for first time since leukemia diagnosis

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By THOMAS FLOYD

WASHINGTON — For 10 minutes Saturday, Kevin Alston buried a life-threatening battle in the back of his mind and focused on the task at hand. "Don't mess up," he told himself. Protect the lead. Seize three points.

It wasn't until the final whistle blew that he finally processed the moment.

Dynamo and Fire draw after trading second-half goals

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

With the Houston Dynamo and the Chicago Fire both in the middle of the Eastern Conference standings, Saturday night's clash at BBVA Compass Stadium was a great opportunity for one of the sides to grab a crucial three points in their hunt for a playoff spot.

Bernardez, Lenhart lifts Earthquakes past Timbers

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BY MIKE DONOVAN

Coming into Saturday night, the host San Jose Earthquakes had never beaten the Portland Timbers in a MLS match.

That all changed Saturday night as Steven Lenhart and Victor Bernardez delivered a pair of second-half goals to give the Earthquakes a 2-1 victory and extend their home unbeaten streak to nine straight games.

The SBI Show: Episode 57 (Previewing the 2013 Gold Cup Final)

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By IVES GALARCEP

The 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup kicks off today in Chicago, with the U.S. Men's National Team taking on Panama, and Episode 57 of The SBI Show takes a closer look at the match-up at Soldier Field.

Co-host Garrett Cleverly and I discuss the key match-ups, the key players, and give our predictions on the final outcome.

Saturday Ticker: Dortmund beat Bayern to win German Super Cup; Napoli complete Higuain transfer; and more

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

After falling to their biggest rivals in the UEFA Champions League Final and the Bundesliga last season, Borussia Dortmund got a measure of revenge on Saturday by handing Pep Guardiola his first loss as Bayern Munich manager.

Marco Reus opened and closed the scoring for Dortmund, who defeated Bayern 4-2 to win the German Super Cup.

Toronto FC score two late goals in stunning comeback victory over Crew

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

Over the past two seasons, Toronto FC have given up late goals time and time again, watching valuable points slip from their grasp at the very end.

But on Saturday, BMO Field and its hosts got to enjoy being on the other side of a late comeback.

Substitution Andrew Wiedeman delivered a sliding stoppage-time winner as Toronto FC defeated the Columbus Crew 2-1 in the second leg of this year's Trillium Cup.

Boyd bags brace as Rapid Vienna maul Neustadt

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Terrence Boyd is off the mark in the 2013-14 Austrian Bundesliga campaign.

Boyd scored his first two goals of the new season on Saturday, netting a second-half brace in Rapid Vienna's 4-0 victory over Wiener Neustadt. The win was Vienna's first of the season and improves the club to 1-1-0 on the year.

USA vs. Panama: A Look Ahead

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By IVES GALARCEP

Given the dominant way the U.S. Men's National Team has plowed through the competition at this year's CONCACAF Gold Cup, it would be easy to think the Americans should just steamroll Panama in Sunday's Final.

That is far from a foregone conclusion.

MLS Week 22: Your Running Commentary

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

A showdown between the season's top two teams in the Eastern Conference headlines a packed Saturday of MLS action, the final matchday before Wednesday's All-Star Game against AS Roma.

Sporting Kansas City have been undefeated since last month's 2-1 loss to the Montreal Impact, and they will look to extend their six-match unbeaten run with some revenge on the former Eastern Conference leaders.

CONCACAF suspends Klinsmann for Gold Cup final

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By DAN KARELL

The U.S. Men's National Team will be without their head coach in Sunday's Gold Cup final.

CONCACAF's Disciplinary Committee made public their decision to suspend Jurgen Klinsmann for one match due to what the Committee called "showing dissent towards the referee by throwing the ball in a violent manner.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

Before the Gold Cup Final in Chicago takes center stage on Sunday, fans can get their soccer fix on Saturday with some high-quality matchups in Europe and Liga MX.

The most prestigious of the day's matches will be in Germany, where Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund square off for their country's Super Cup.

Former U.S. U-20 defender Ocegueda loaned to Chivas

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By DAN KARELL

After spending the first two years of his professional career at Tigres UANL, Juan Pablo Ocegueda has earned big move to Chivas Guadalajara.

Chivas announced the acquisition on Friday evening, bringing the former U.

MLS Ticker: Demerit returns to full training; Impact sign former Wigan defender; and more

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By DAN KARELL

When Jay Demerit went down with an Achilles tear just minutes into the Vancouver Whitecaps season opener, nearly everybody thought that Demerit's 2013 season was over.

Everybody except for Demerit himself, that is.

MLS Week 22: A Look Ahead

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By THOMAS FLOYD

A surprising Montreal Impact side may have cruised to the top of the Eastern Conference standings with a hot start to 2013, but over the past month, Sporting Kansas City have reminded MLS why they've claimed the East's No.

This Weekend’s Soccer on TV

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By MICHAEL KLINE

A few tasty preseason friendlies highlight this weekend's soccer action, with a Champions League final rematch in the German Super Cup taking center stage.

Carlo Ancelotti's first test as the Real Madrid manager happens to come against Laurent Blanc and Paris Saint-Germain, the club Ancelotti left for Madrid.

SBI Fantasy MLS: Round 23 Preview

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By CASEY CANNON

Hello and Welcome to the Soccer by Ives Fantasy Corner – now with fewer shenanigans! Every week I dig through statistics, news, and rumors to provide the reader with the kind of fantasy advice that only a guy thrown out of the Las Vegas Hallmark for counting cards can provide.

Donovan replaces Keane on MLS All-Star roster

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By DAN KARELL

Considering the season he's had, there's only one place that Landon Donovan should be on July 31.

The Los Angeles Galaxy star has replaced his club teammate Robbie Keane on the Major League Soccer All-Star Game roster, and will get the chance to play against AS Roma at Sporting Park just three days following the CONCACAF Gold Cup final this Sunday.

Report: German-American Brooks to be called up for USMNT match in Bosnia

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By DAN KARELL

Highly-coveted German-American John Anthony Brooks could make his U.S. Men's National Team debut as soon as next month.

According to a report in Germany, the Hertha Berlin defender has been selected by USMNT head coach Jurgen Klinsmann for next month's friendly match against Bosnia and Herzegovina in Sarejevo.

Who should the USMNT start vs. Panama?

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By IVES GALARCEP

Decisions, decisions.

Jurgen Klinsmann has several of them to make and many of them are difficult ones. That may sound like a problem, but in the case of Klinsmann and his wealth of U.S. Men's National Team lineup options, it really isn't.

Klinsmann has multiple options to choose from at several key positions when he settles on his lineup for the CONCACAF Gold Cup Final against Panama.

Liga MX Week 2: A Look Ahead

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By DAN KARELL

Outside of Morelia, no team has been consistently better than Santos Laguna in the last two years of Liga MX

The Torreon-based side has earned at least 27 points in each half-season campaign, with the exception of the 2012 Apertura where they finished on 23 points.

NWSL Week 16: A Look Ahead

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By MIKE McCALL

Two midweek games, two major implications to the remainder of the National Women's Soccer League schedule.

First, a 3-0 stomping of Boston by FC Kansas City on Wednesday gave FCKC sole possession of first place and may have knocked the Breakers out of the playoff race.

Friday Kickoff: Martino introduced as Barcelona manager; Qatar World Cup could start in November; and more

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By DAN KARELL

Making quick work of negotiations, Barcelona only needed seven days to appoint a replacement for the ill Tito Vilanova as manager of Barcelona.

Sporting Director Andoni Zubizarreta introduced Gerardo "Tata" Martino to the press on Friday, making Martino the fourth Argentine manager in Barcelona's history as he signed a two-year contract with the club.

NASL approves expansion to Jacksonville and Oklahoma City

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By DAN KARELL

Just as Major League Soccer has caught the expansion bug in recent seasons, the North American Soccer League has confirmed that they'll grow from seven teams at the start of the 2013 season to 13 teams by the 2015 season.

On Thursday at the NASL Board of Governors meeting in Dallas, Texas, the NASL announced that they approved for new teams in Oklahoma City and Jacksonville to join the league in the spring of 2015.

Timbers Notes: Portland ends friendly slate with win, Powell debuts, and more

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BY MIKE DONOVAN

PORTLAND, Ore.- Throughout the 2013 season, Caleb Porter has mentioned the importance of having depth up-and-down his roster. Wednesday night that depth was on display as the Timbers took care of Norwich City FC in a friendly.

Sandwiched in between two away league matches, the Portland Timbers knocked off Premier League side Norwich City Wednesday night, 1-0 at Jeld-Wen Field.

With Gold Cup the latest disappointment, ‘Chepo’ & ‘El Tri’ face uncertain future

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By IVES GALARCEP

You might think that losing in the semifinals of the CONCACAF Gold Cup isn't all that big a deal for a Mexican National Team that is coming off having played in the Confederations Cup, and fielded a weak team that was a stretch to even call a proper Mexican B team.

TFC sign Spanish winger Rey

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By DAN KARELL

Looking to upgrade their midfield, Toronto FC have dipped into Europe once more to sign a new player.

TFC announced on Thursday the signing of Alvaro Rey, a Spanish winger who most recently played with Xerez in the Spanish second division. According to reports in Spain, Rey has signed a two-year contract with the Canadian MLS club.

Optimism surrounds D.C. United after stadium announcement

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

After years and years of waiting for a new home in ancient, oversized RFK Stadium, there seems to be good news ahead during a troublesome season for D.C. United.

On Thursday, the city and D.C. United took what head coach and former player Ben Olsen called "a huge first step" in giving the club a soccer-specific stadium in the nation's capital.

MLS East Notes: Claros linked with Sporting KC move; Dynamo down Stoke in friendly; and more

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By DAN KARELL

In what could start to become a pipeline of talent, Sporting Kansas City are interested in another Honduran midfielder.

Honduras National Team member Jorge Claros is reported to be on the radar of head coach Peter Vermes when looking to bolster his midfield ahead of a heavy MLS schedule joined with the CONCACAF Champions League.

Cosmos Notes: Savarese happy despite friendly defeat; Senna settling in well; and more

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By DAN KARELL

With a little more than one week to go until their North American Soccer League home opener on August 3, the New York Cosmos took to the field on Wednesday in their first friendly match against professional opposition.

In the midst of a ten-day preseason trip to London, the Cosmos fell to League One side Leyton Orient, 2-1, with the lone Cosmos goal coming from 21-year-old Queens native Sebastian Guenzatti.

The SBI Show: Episode 56 (Looking back at USA-Honduras, previewing MLS Week 22, and more)

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By IVES GALARCEP

The U.S. Men's National Team is heading back to the CONCACAF Gold Cup Final, and looks every bit like a team determined to win back the trophy it hasn't lifted in six years.

Episode 56 of The SBI Show takes a look back at Wednesday's CONCACAF Gold Cup semifinal victory vs.

USMNT 3, Honduras 1: SBI Player Grades

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BY IVES GALARCEP

Landon Donovan turned in yet another outstanding Gold Cup performance, but there were some new faces among the U.S. Men's National Team's list of top contributors in Wednesday's 3-1 win vs. Honduras.

Alejandro Bedoya enjoyed a standout evening, delivering a pair of assists and being an overall pest on the wings for the Honduran defense.

MLS West Notes: Miller signs extension with Whitecaps, Rapids close to signing Panama’s Torres, and more

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By MIKE DONOVAN

Kenny Miller will be returning to the Vancouver Whitecaps for the 2014 season. Well at least, some of it.

The Scottish DP signed a six-month contract extension Wednesday that runs through June 2014. Miller struggled last season scoring just twice in 13 appearances, but he has turned it around with six goals for the surging Caps.

Panama knocks out Mexico to earn rematch of 2005 Gold Cup final

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By DAN KARELL

For the first time since 2005, Mexico will not be appearing in the CONCACAF Gold Cup final.

The Mexican National Team fell to Panama, 2-1, on Wednesday evening at Cowboys Stadium, ending their Gold Cup run in the semifinals for the first time in 22 years.

USMNT 3, Honduras 1: Match Highlights

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Landon Donovan's two goals and Alejandro Bedoya's two assists helped the U.S. Men's National Team beat Honduras and book their place in Sunday's Gold Cup Final.

Here are the match highlights:

SBI USMNT Man of the Match: Landon Donovan

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By IVES GALARCEP

During the group stage of the CONCACAF Gold Cup, you could have made a case for Landon Donovan as the U.S. Men's National Team's Man of the Match.

For the second straight knockout match, Donovan erased any doubt as to just which American player would walk away with the title of best player.

Donovan’s double leads USMNT to Gold Cup final

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By IVES GALARCEP

The U.S. Men's National Team has been dominating the competition at the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup, but Honduras was supposed to offer the Americans their toughest test of the tournament to date.

Landon Donovan saw to it that the Catrachos were just another victim on the U.

Report: D.C. United reach deal with D.C. mayor on stadium deal

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By DAN KARELL

The wait for a D.C. United stadium has been long and arduous, but it could be coming to a close amid reports that a new stadium project is moving toward completion.

According to multiple reports on Wednesday, D.C. United and the District of Columbia mayor, Vincent C.

Thursday Kickoff: Atletico Mineiro wins first Copa Libertadores title; Jamaican player tests positive; and more

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By DAN KARELL

For the first time in club history, Atletico Mineiro are South American champions.

The Brazilian club entered the second and final leg of the Copa Libertadores final against Olimpia of Paraguay down two goals, but in front of their home fans at the Estadio Mineirão, Ronaldinho and co.

Gold Cup: USMNT vs. Honduras (SBI Live Commentary)

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By IVES GALARCEP

The first ticket to the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup Final will be awarded tonight when the U.S. Men's National Team faces Honduras for the third time this year, in the Gold Cup semifinals in Dallas (7pm, Fox Soccer Channel/UniMas/Univision Deportes).

The Americans face the Catrachos for the second time in nearly a month, but the teams that will take the field at Dallas Cowboys Stadium tonight will be significantly different from the squads that faced off in the U.

Wright-Phillips “couldn’t say no” to joining Red Bulls

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By DAN KARELL

It had been in the works for some time, but on Wednesday the New York Red Bulls finally made the signing of Bradley Wright-Phillips official.

The English forward adds depth and versatility to the team, and his greatest asset, speed, is something that has been lacking from the Red Bulls this season.

Union Notes: Casey suspension means adjustment; no concerns over McInerney form; and more

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By JOEL HOOVER

The Philadelphia Union's recent stretch of just one defeat in their past eight matches has been helped in a major way by the play of forward Conor Casey. In that time, he has scored five goals and dished out two assists, all while doing a fair share of it alone up front in the absence of fellow forward Jack McInerney.

RSL Notes: Saborio likely to return to lineup on Saturday; Injuries and callups mean chances for reserves; and more

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By TYLER GRAY

SANDY, Utah For the first time since June 22, Alvaro Saborio was at Real Salt Lake training.

The Costa Rican forward returned on Wednesday from national team duty at the Gold Cup, where his Costa Rica side fell to Honduras, 1-0, on Sunday evening.

MLS Spotlight: John aiming to stay healthy, continue growth as one of league’s best defenders

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By FRANCO PANIZO

From a performance standpoint, George John has enjoyed as good of a year as most of the top-rated centerbacks in MLS. There is something, however, that has kept John from receiving the same type of recognition that the likes of Omar Gonzalez, Matt Besler and Aurelien Collin seemingly get on a weekly basis.

Red Bulls sign Wright-Phillips

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By DAN KARELL

Desperately needing some speed up front and along the wings, the New York Red Bulls made an acquisition on Wednesday that should pay dividends the rest of the season

After spending the last month trialing with the club, the Red Bulls announced that they have signed Bradley Wright Phillips on a free transfer, pending the receipt of his International Transfer Certificate (ITC) and P-1 Visa.

HBO Real Sports segment puts spotlight on charges of racial discrimination by Chivas USA

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By IVES GALARCEP

The HBO program Real Sports sent shockwaves through Major League Soccer on Tuesday night with the airing of their segment on Chivas USA and claims of racial discrimination being aimed at the club.

The program interviewed former Chivas USA youth coaches Dan Calichman and Teddy Chronopoulous, who have filed a lawsuit against the club for allegedly being fired because they weren't Mexican or Mexican-American.

The SBI Show: Episode 55 (Previewing the Gold Cup semis, talking Chivas USA, and more)

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By IVES GALARCEP

The U.S. Men's National Team will look to take a step closer to the CONCACAF Gold Cup final when they take on Honduras tonight in Dallas in the semifinals, and the latest episode of The SBI Show takes a closer look at the match-up.

Episode 55 of The SBI Show breaks down the U.

Altidore makes Sunderland debut in preseason victory vs. Tottenham

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By DAN KARELL

In the pouring rain in Hong Kong, a Barclays Asia Trophy match between English Premier League sides Sunderland and Tottenham saw Jozy Altidore make his preseason debut for his new club.

The 23-year-old American recorded an assist on his team's first goal of the game in a 3-1 victory, though he missed an open chance in the 42nd minute to bag his first goal for the Black Cats.

MLS Ticker: Aimar considering MLS offer; Bernardello joins Impact as second DP; and more

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By DAN KARELL

Although unintentional, it seems the recent Messi & Friends charity tour has potentially helped Major League Soccer.

After taking part in Messi's charity match in Chicago, former Benfica midfielder Pablo Aimar is reportedly considering an offer from MLS.

Wednesday Kickoff: Higuain makes big money move to Napoli; Liverpool reject second Suarez bid; and more

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By DAN KARELL

Napoli President Aurelio De Lauretiis is making sure that every pennyearned from the €63 million transfer of Edinson Cavani is well spent.

The Italian club is putting the finishing touches on a €40 million ($53 million) transfer for Real Madrid forward Gonzalo Higuain, which would make him the third Real Madrid player to move to Napoli this summer, following Jose Callejon and Raul Albiol.

FC Dallas loan Sanchez to NASL Strikers

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By IVES GALARCEP

With a plethora of goalkeepers on the roster, and no likelihood of playing time any time soon, Richard Sanchez has made a move to help continue his growth as one of the better young goalkeeping prospects in CONCACAF.

The Mexican Under-20 National Team goalkeeper has been loaned by FC Dallas to the Fort Lauderdale Strikers of the NASL, FC Dallas announced on Tuesday.

Red Bulls Notes: Petke not revisiting TFC tie; looking ahead to Real Salt Lake; and more

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

New York Red Bulls head coach Mike Petke is not one to mince words. So when asked about his thoughts on last Saturday's scoreless draw at last-place Toronto FC, Petke said he was not planning on revisiting his team's performance.

"It's an anomaly, to be honest with you," Petke said.

HBO’s Real Sports to air report on racial discrimination at Chivas USA

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

The ongoing discrimination controversy surrounding Chivas USA will be brought to more light in mainstream sports media tonight at 10pm, when HBO's "Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel" airs its report on the issue.

In this month's episode of the popular news magazine, reporter Soledad O'Brien talks to former and current club members on the claims of racial discrimination against those not of Mexican or Mexican-American descent.

SBI MLS Best XI: Week 21

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By IVES GALARCEP

In a week with few goals, MLS Week 21 saw a pair of rookies enjoy standout performances to make somewhat surprising appearances on the SBI MLS Best XI.

Just days after being named to the MLS All-Star Team, Seattle rookie DeAndre Yedlin made his first MLS goal an impressive equalizer, netting in the Sounders' 1-1 draw vs.

Who should the USMNT start vs. Honduras?

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With two matches standing between the U.S. Men's National Team and recapturing the Gold Cup title they haven't lifted since 2007, Wednesday night's semifinal vs. Honduras should offer the Americans their toughest test to date in this tournament, and Jurgen Klinsmann will need to pick the right squad to ensure the U.

SBI MLS Goal of the Week: Luis Silva

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Vermes signs contract extension with Sporting KC

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

Peter Vermes has played a major role in Sporting Kansas City's turnaround from bottom-half club to Eastern Conference power in recent years, and he has been rewarded with a lengthy contract extension.

Sporting Kansas City is set to announce a contract extension for Vermes that will lock the 46-year old down as the club's head coach and technical director through 2017.

Fire sign Ecuadorian striker Anangonó

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By IVES GALARCEP

The Chicago Fire offense has looked more dangerous since the arrival of standout forward Mike Magee, but that isn't stopping the Fire front office from looking to bolster the offense even more.

The Fire have signed Ecuadorian forwardJuan Luis Anangonó, the club announced on Tuesday.

Tuesday Kickoff: Barcelona hire Argentine manager Martino; Valencia reject Tottenham bid for Soldado; and more

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

After hiring their last two managers from within the club's setup, FC Barcelona is bringing in a new manager who does not have any experience coaching at Camp Nou or any other European stadium.

On Tuesday, FC Barcelona announced that the club had reached a two-year agreement with former Paraguay national team manager Gerardo "Tata" Martino.

RSL and Red Bulls youth teams win respective Development Academy Titles

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By DAN KARELL

Two Major League Soccer club academies took home the hardware in Houston at Sunday's Development Academy Finals.

For the second successive season, the New York Red Bulls academy won a national title as the U-17/U-18 team defeated Shattuck-Saint Mary's, 2-1 in overtime.

U.S. U-18 coach Perez names squad for Milk Cup

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By DAN KARELL

U.S. Under-18 Men's National Team head coach Javier Perez has named four professional players on an 18-man rosterfor the upcoming Milk Cup in Northern Ireland.

Three Red Bulls homegrown signings, Santiago Castaño, Amando Moreno, and Matt Miazga are on the squad, as well as two other academy players from the club, Christopher Lema and Alex Muyl.

USA 5, El Salvador 1: SBI Player Grades

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By IVES GALARCEP

It wasn't exactly a perfect performance, but there were stretches of the U.S. Men's National Team's 5-1 win vs. El Salvador that felt like some of the best soccer we have seen an American team play in recent memory.

Landon Donovan snatched the headlines with his outstanding performance, but he was far from alone in pulling off some of the best passing and movement of the tournament.

Montero moves on loan to Sporting Lisbon

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By DAN KARELL

Fredy Montero's long awaited transfer to Sporting Lisbon is finally complete.

The Seattle Sounders announced on Monday that Sporting have agreed to sign Montero on loan for the upcoming season, with an option to make the transfer permanent.

SBI MLS Team of the Week: Los Angeles Galaxy

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By DAN KARELL

The red-hot Vancouver Whitecaps thought they had picked the right time to come visit the StubHub Center and play the Los Angeles Galaxy.

Turns out, they were wrong.

Thanks to the efforts of youngsters Jose Villarreal and Gyasi Zardes, the Galaxy defeated the Vancouver Whitecaps, 2-1, despite not having Landon Donovan or Robbie Keane available for the match.

MLS Ticker: Impact near major signing; Miller called up for Scotland friendly; and more

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By DAN KARELL

On the heels of a poor run of form, the Montreal Impact are closing in on what would be a major signing for the club.

The Canadian club announced on Monday that they are in advanced negotiations to bring defensive midfielder Hernan Bernardello to the Impact, potentially as a designated player.

NYC Senegal to meet NYC France in Cosmos Copa Final

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By DAN KARELL

After a grueling two games in two days, the Cosmos Copa final is set.

NYC France will meet NYC Senegal for the Cosmos Copa Championship on Sunday at Icahn Stadium at Randalls Island, New York. It's the second time in three years that the Senegal squad will be represented in the final, while it's the first ever championship match appearance for NYC France.

SBI MLS Rookie of the Week: Gyasi Zardes

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By DAN KARELL

With Landon Donovan starring for the U.S. Men's National Team and Robbie Keane out with an injury, the Los Angeles Galaxy needed some leadership in the front line.

Up stepped Jose Villarreal, who scored his side's first and Gyasi Zardes, who scored the game-winning goal as the Galaxy defeated the Vancouver Whitecaps, 2-1.

Liga MX Week 1: A look back

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By DAN KARELL

With more than 23,000 in attendance and thousands more watching on their televisions, Club Tijuana and Atlas started off the season with a six-goal thriller.

New Xolos signing Dario Benedetto scored a hat-trick for his side but Atlas twice came back from two goals down thanks to Matias Vuoso and Edson Rivera, earning a 3-3 draw on Friday evening at the Estadio Caliente.

SBI MLS Player of the Week: Chris Rolfe

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By DAN KARELL

Despite scoring just two goals prior to last Saturday, Chris Rolfe proved to his doubters that he still can finish as well as he used to.

The 30-year-old Chicago Fire forward scored his team's first two goals in the second minute and 45th minute, taking advantage of breakaway opportunities to finish past D.

Former Under-23 players exorcise Olympic qualifying demons with USMNT rout of El Salvador

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By FRANCO PANIZO

BALTIMORE The U.S. Men's National Team's impressive rout of El Salvador on Sunday did not just serve as a way for the Americans to punch their tickets to Gold Cup semifinals.

It was also a source of redemption and a way to finally turn the page on one of the most grim moments in recent U.

Najar delivers winning goal on a special night in Baltimore

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By FRANCO PANIZO

BALTIMORE Andy Najar was playing in front of several members of his family and not far from the fields in Virginia where he spent many of his childhood years, so naturally, he scored the game-winning goal that pushed Honduras through to the Gold Cup semifinals.

Corona continues standout Gold Cup for USMNT with ‘emotional’ strike

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By THOMAS FLOYD

BALTIMORE — Joe Corona is a man of layered roots, born in Los Angeles to a Mexican father and Salvadoran mother. Three nations to call home, but only one to represent on the field. And in that regard, he's a prized piece of the U.S. Men's National Team picture.

USA 5, El Salvador 1: Match Highlights

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By IVES GALARCEP

Led by Landon Donovan's goal and three assists, and Eddie Johnson's speedy and impactful second-half substitute's appearance, the U.S. Men's National Team rallied for a 5-1 drubbing of El Salvador on Sunday in Baltimore.

Gold Cup: Najar’s goal the difference as Honduras defeats Costa Rica

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By DAN KARELL

Playing less than 50 miles from where he spent his teenage years, Andy Najar looked right at home on Sunday evening.

The former D.C. United midfielder scored the lone goal for the Honduras National Team, as they defended a furious comeback in the final ten minutes from Costa Rica to win, 1-0, at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore.

Monday Kickoff: Napoli bid for Higuain accepted; Man United make second Fabregas offer; and more

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By DAN KARELL

While Arsenal have stalled on an improved bid for Real Madrid forward Golzalo Higuain, one club has come in and had a bid already accepted for the big striker.

Napoli, now managed by Rafa Benitez, has made use of some of the funds made available after the sale of Edinson Cavani, having a bid of €35 million ($46 million) for Higuain accepted by Real Madrid, according to reports in Italy.

NWSL Week 15: A look back

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By MIKE McCALL

This weekend brought a lot of opportunity for the three teams on the outside of the National Women's Soccer League playoff race. But after four games in two days, only one of those three teams was able to take advantage.

And with less than a month to go, the playoff window is closing and it's looking more and more like the top four will stay the top four.

The SBI Show: Episode 54 (Looking back at USA-El Salvador, MLS Week 21, and more)

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By IVES GALARCEP

It took a second-half rally to blow it open, but Sunday's U.S. Men's National Team victory vs. El Salvador featured a dominant attacking display that has to go down as one of the most impressive for the U.S. in recent memory.

Episode 54 of The SBI Show touches on the U.

SBI USMNT Man of the Match: Landon Donovan

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By IVES GALARCEP

BALTIMORE The day before the U.S. Men's National Team faced El Salvador in the CONCACAF Gold Cup quarterfinals, the one name continually repeated by Salvadorans when asked which American worried them the most was Landon Donovan.

The U.S. all-time leader in goals and assists showed just why on Saturday, delivering a goal and having a hand in three others to lead the U.

Strong second half sees USMNT thrash El Salvador in Gold Cup quarterfinal

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by IVES GALARCEP

BALTIMORE- A one-goal lead at halftime made Sunday's CONCACAF Gold Cup quarterfinal between the U.S. Men's National Team and El Salvador feel like a more tightly-contested match than most would have expected. The second half, led by an unstoppable Landon Donovan, changed that in dramatic fashion.

USMNT vs. El Salvador: SBI Live Match Commentary

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By IVES GALARCEP

BALTIMORE- The U.S. Men's National Team is considered the clearcut favorite to win the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup, but that label won't matter much if the Americans stumble today in their first step through the knockout rounds.

Waiting to knock off the favorites today is El Salvador, which will play the role of underdog today in a sold-out M & T Bank Stadium expected to be packed with Salvadoran fans.

Youngsters key Galaxy comeback victory over Whitecaps

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By DAN KARELL

Bruce Arena is well known for getting the most out of young players in Major League Soccer, and two of his youngest came through for him against one of the hottest teams in the league.

With an average age of 20, the Los Angeles Galaxy forward duo of Gyasi Zardes and Jose Villarreal each scored goals to give the Galaxy a 2-1 comeback victory over the Vancouver Whitecaps on Saturday night at the StubHub Center.

Wondolowski looking to make his USMNT mark in Gold Cup knockout rounds

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By THOMAS FLOYD

BALTIMORE — Chris Wondolowski has plenty of work left to do. Yes, he's fresh off a six-goal tear. But those strikes were served with a sizable grain of salt, and he knows that as well as anyone.

So after torching CONCACAF minnows Guatemala, Belize and Cuba before pro-American crowds, Wondolowski is set on proving he can get the job done under more intense circumstances.

Decision looming on proposed Copa America in USA

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By DAN KARELL

A proposed United States hosted Copa America is closer to becoming a reality.

To mark CONMEBOL's 100th anniversary in 2016, the South American soccer confederation is working with CONCACAF to bring the internationally known tournament to the U.S. In an interview with NASN, CONCACAF President Jeffrey Webb gave an update on the status of the proposed tournament, which is rumored to include the ten CONMEBOL nations and six more sides from CONCACAF.

Gold Cup: Jimenez’s late goal gives Mexico narrow win over Trinidad & Tobago

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

ATLANTA Although the scoring woes that have plagued the Mexican national team for most of 2013 came crawling back on Saturday night, El Tri is onto the semifinals of the Gold Cup thanks to a late goal.

Raul Jimenez scored in the 84th minute to push Mexico to a narrow 1-0 win over Trinidad & Tobago in Saturday's second quarterfinal from the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.

Ricketts and MacMath stand out in scoreless draw

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By JOEL HOOVER

There was lighting at halftime. There were fireworks afterward. The only thing lacking flash at PPL Park was the scoreboard.

Thanks to some firm defending and outstanding saves by opposing goalkeepers Donovan Ricketts and Zac MacMath, the Portland Timbers and Philadelphia Union played to a 0-0 draw Saturday night in a match disrupted by a lightning delay at halftime.

Lindpere and Rolfe connect twice to lead Fire past D.C.

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By TYLER DAY

BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. Teams say they approach every game with the same effort and intensity. But after back-to-back defeats, another loss Saturday at home against lowly D.C. United would have been inexcusable for the Chicago Fire's playoff chase.

A Fire team that usually starts slow exploded from the opening whistle thanks to a renewed intensity from its veterans.

Opara’s stoppage-time goal lifts Sporting KC over ten-man RSL

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By DAN KARELL

With Matt Besler recalled to the U.S. Men's National Team, Sporting Kansas City defender Ike Opara took full advantage of his starting opportunity.

Opara scored on a header deep into stoppage time as Sporting KC ran out victors over Real Salt Lake, 2-1, on Saturday night at Rio Tinto Stadium.

TFC and Red Bulls struggle to finish chances in scoreless draw

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By DAN KARELL

On a hot and humid day in Toronto, finishing ability wasn't the only thing not in attendance at BMO Field.

A short-handed Toronto FC, playing without their two best forwards Robert Earnshaw and Danny Koevermans, failed to finish a handful of chances inside the box, though the visiting New York Red Bulls didn't play well in the midfield and attacking third either.

Rapids hold on for road point vs. short-handed Sounders

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By DAN KARELL

In his first start since leaving for the Under-20 World Cup, Seattle Sounders right back DeAndre Yedlin stepped up when his team needed him.

Down a goal in the second half, Yedlin headed a rebound off of Colorado Rapids goalkeeper Clint Irwin across the line for the tying goal.

TFC and Red Bulls battle to scoreless draw

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By DAN KARELL

On a hot and humid day in Toronto, finishing ability wasn't the only thing not in attendance at BMO Field.

A short-handed Toronto FC, playing without their two best forwards Robert Earnshaw and Danny Koevermans, failed to finish a handful of chances inside the box, though the visiting New York Red Bulls didn't play well in the midfield and attacking third either.

USMNT veteran Goodson embracing leadership role in Gold Cup

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By THOMAS FLOYD

BALTIMORE — Clarence Goodson five years ago was a newcomer to the international game, absorbing whatever wisdom his veteran teammates could impart in hopes of making the right impression.

Back then, the lanky centerback leaned heavily on the likes of Carlos Bocanegra, Jay DeMerit and Jimmy Conrad.

Gold Cup: Torres and Perez lead the way as Panama routs Cuba

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

ATLANTA After registering only three goals in their three group stage matches, undefeated Panama lit up the Georgia Dome scoreboard in the opening Gold Cup quarterfinal match.

Panama found the back of the net six times on Saturday afternoon in a 6-1 rout over underdog Cuba.

MLS Week 21: Your Running Commentary

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By IVES GALARCEP

Real Salt Lake and Sporting Kansas City are two of the league's top teams, and both are enjoying red-hot runs of form, but only one of them will be able to keep things going when they square off in MLS Week 21′s marquee match-up.

MVP candidate Javier Morales leads an RSL side currently boasting the best record in the league against a Sporting KC side that has started to get rolling in recent weeks.

Cosmos sign Brazilian defender Roversio

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By DAN KARELL

When the New York Cosmos began to assemble their team, they aimed for signing anywhere from 25-28 players come opening day on August 3.

As of Saturday, they're now at 26.

The Cosmos added another final piece to their growing roster for their inaugural season in the North American Soccer League by signing Brazilian defender Roversio, pending a physical exam.

USMNT reinforcements surprised by Gold Cup call-ups but ready to contribute

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By THOMAS FLOYD

BALTIMORE — Eddie Johnson wasn't anticipating the call. Neither was Matt Besler. But when they found themselves on the line with U.S. Men's National Team coach Jurgen Klinsmann earlier this week, they didn't hesitate to pack their bags.

American teenager Arriola delivers assist in pro debut for Club Tijuana

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By IVES GALARCEP

For 18-year-old American forward Paul Arriola, simply making it onto the field in Club Tijuana's season-opening match against Atlas would have been enough of an accomplishment to call his professional debut a success. The former Los Angeles Galaxy Academy star took it a step further though, flashing the skill that made him one of the best youth players in the United States.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

With four teams eliminated after the group stage, the final eight are set in the battle for the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup.

The quarterfinal round will kick off with two matches from the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. After a last-second goal capped its thrilling group stage finale, Cuba will look to continue its stay in the tournament with a win over Panama, who pulled off two narrow wins before a scoreless draw with Canada.

This Weekend’s Soccer on TV

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By MICHAEL KLINE

The Gold Cup quarterfinals highlight this weekend's soccer action, but there will also be several club friendlies televised to help pass the time.

The Gold Cup quarterfinals kicks off on Saturday when Panama faces Cuba, followed by Mexico and Trinidad and Tobago.

Morales endures nightmare Ingolstadt debut in loss to Erzgebirge

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By FRANCO PANIZO

This was not how Alfredo Morales was supposed to begin his time with FC Ingolstadt.

Moralesendured a nightmare Ingolstadt debut in the club's 2. Bundesliga opener on Friday, getting sent off late and being directly responsible for the pair of goals his team conceded in a 2-1 home defeat toFC Erzgebirge Aue.

Liga MX Week 1: A look ahead

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By DAN KARELL

On May 26, Club America completed their thrilling comeback over Cruz Azul to win the Liga MX Clausura crown. Nearly two months later, the newly re-branded Liga Bancomer MX is ready to restart with the coming Apertura campaign.

Starting on Friday evening with the opening match between Queretaro and Monarcas, the 2013/2014 Liga MX season will be underway.

Report: Gomez to miss four to eight weeks with knee injury

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By DAN KARELL

When Herculez Gomez was sent back to Club Tijuana from the USMNT Gold Cup squad, most assumed it was because the Liga MX club wanted him around to start the season.

As it turns out, the reason may be much worse.

According to an ESPN Deportes report, Gomez will have his banged-up right knee cleaned out, leaving him on the sidelines for a period of four to eight weeks.

New USL-Pro side unveiled as Sacramento Republic FC

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By DAN KARELL

With newly acquired head coach Preki in tow, the Sacramento soccer project has swung into full gear.

On Thursday evening following a match between the Sacramento All-Stars and the San Jose Earthquakes reserves, Sacramento Republic FC was unveiled, showing off the new name and crest for a team entering USL Pro next season.

Mid-day Ticker: Vilanova reported to resign; Benteke signs Villa extension; and more

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By DAN KARELL

Barcelona's wild summer just took another unexpected turn.

The club announced a press conference for 8:30pm local time (2:30pm ET), with rumors surrounding the club that they will announce the resignation of manager Tito Vilanova. Reports out of Spain have stated that Vilanova, who missed chunks of last season due to receiving cancer treatment, has had another relapse of the disease.

MLS Ticker: Socceroos captain closing in on MLS move; Red Bulls part ways with Digao; and more

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By DAN KARELL

Tim Cahill might soon not be the only Australian in Major League Soccer.

According to reports, Australian National Team captain Lucas Neill is on his way to North America, finalizing a deal with MLS. The reports state that the 35-year-old defender is in talks with two teams, one of them rumored to be Toronto FC, where Neill can count head coach Ryan Nelsen as a former teammate.

MLS Week 21: A Look Ahead

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By THOMAS FLOYD

When it comes to establishing an identity in MLS, few organizations have done it better in recent years than Real Salt Lake and Sporting Kansas City.

RSL, of course, is known for the club's possession-driven 4-4-2 approach, using a technically proficient diamond midfield so control games.

Who should the USMNT start vs. El Salvador?

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By IVES GALARCEP

With the group stages behind them, and the opportunity to experiment with lineups and players at different positions behind them, Jurgen Klinsmann and the U.S. Men's National Team must now focus on identifying the best possible U.S. Gold Cup squad as the tournament's knockout rounds kick off this weekend.

Davies and Randers FC placed in Europa League third qualifying round

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By DAN KARELL

Just minutes after the conclusion of Friday morning's UEFA Champions League third qualifying round draw, the Europa League had a third round draw of their own.

The qualifying round could feature up to three Americans, as Charlie Davies and Randers FC were drawn while Rosenborg BK (Mix Diskerud) and Hapoel Tel Aviv (Bryan Gerzicich) still have to earn their place in the third round.

The SBI Show: Episode 53 (Previewing USMNT-El Salvador, MLS Week 21, and more)

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By IVES GALARCEP

The U.S. Men's National Team begins the knockout rounds of the CONCACAF Gold Cup on Sunday with a match vs. El Salvador, and the latest episode of The SBI Show takes an in-depth look at the squad heading into that decisive clash.

Episode 53 of The SBI Show features our look at the U.

Friday Kickoff: Barca reject Fabregas bid; Arsenal make final offer for Higuain; and more

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By DAN KARELL

Barcelona has made it clear. Cesc Fabregas is in their plans for the coming season.

After Manchester United earlier this week made a bid thought to be around €30 million ($39.3 million) for the Spanish National Team member Barcelona have pushed right back, rejecting it and inferring that Fabregas is someone they won't be transferring away from the Camp Nou.

O’Brien and FC Nordsjælland drawn in Champions League third qualifying round

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By DAN KARELL

Despite Josh Gatt's season-ending knee injury with Molde FK, there will still be at least one American playing in the UEFA Champions League third qualifying round.

FC Nordsjælland and their midfielder Conor O'Brien were placed against Zenit St. Petersburg in the league route of the Champions League draw on Friday.

NWSL Week 15: A Look Ahead

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By MIKE McCALL

With each team down to its final six or seven games, there's really only one thing to watch as the inaugural National Women's Soccer League seasonwinds down.

Sure, the races for the top spot in the standings or goal-scoring chart will carry some intrigue, but the real drama comes via the race for the four playoff spots.

Ream plays left back for Bolton in preseason friendly

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By DAN KARELL

After a difficult season with Bolton where he spent more time on the bench than on the field, Tim Ream is hoping that his head coach's latest experiment will lead to the playing time he desires.

The left-footed defender started and played 73 minutes at left back in Bolton's first preseason friendly match, a 2-1 defeat to Rotherham United (ironically played at "New York Stadium).

MLS East Notes: Red Bulls tie Lyon in friendly; Alston removed from DL; and more

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By DAN KARELL

On a night that saw the U.S. Men's National Team playing and the MLB All-Star Game taking place in nearby Queens, the New York Red Bulls turned out to face Ligue 1 side Lyon at Red Bull Arena.

In front of more than 13,000 fans, the Red Bulls tied Lyon, 2-2, in a mid-week friendly match, one that saw the Red Bulls play 22 players and give reserves Kevin Hartman, Ian Christenson, and Matt Miazga their first minutes of the season for the first team.

SBI Live Q&A (July 18th Edition)

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By IVES GALARCEP

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

With a heat wave hitting a large part of the country, and folks yearning for some soccer discussion, now is as good a time as any to talk about the sport we love.

Want to talk about the CONCACAF Gold Cup?

Sporting KC recall Sapong from loan

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By DAN KARELL

After playing in three matches for Orlando City SC in the past seven days, C.J. Sapong has returned to Kansas City.

Sporting Kansas City announced on Thursday that Sapong has been recalled to the MLS club following a successful week in USL-Pro.

Union Notes: Win over Chivas a relief; Trade for Califf was considered; and more

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By JOEL HOOVER

After two last gasp draws against FC Dallas and Real Salt Lake, and a disheartening road defeat to Houston, the Philadelphia Union were in need of three points from their weekend clash with Western Conference bottom-feeders Chivas USA.

MLS West Notes: Gspurning out with injury, torn ACL sidelines RSL’s Saunders, and more

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By MIKE DONOVAN

While every MLS team has dealt with injuries throughout the season, it would be hard pressed to find a club other than the Seattle Sounders that has had three injured goalkeepers at the same time this season.

The predicament has left the Sounders with just one healthy goalkeeper on their roster in Andrew Weber, and he was acquired last week in a loan from USL-Pro team, Phoenix FC.

Former U.S. U-20 Doyle sent on loan to D.C. United

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By DAN KARELL

D.C. United's busy summer of signings shows no signs of slowing down.

The club announced on Thursday that they had acquired midfielder Conor Doyle on-loan for the rest of the season from Derby County in England's Championship. D.C. United received Doyle through a lottery conducted by the league.

MLS Spotlight: Emerging Rowe focused on maintaining ‘good groove’

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By THOMAS FLOYD

In Kelyn Rowe's household, it's not a challenge to see where the competitive drive comes from. Quite simply, it runs in the family.

Younger sibling Baely, a gymnast enrolling at Utah, won the all-around national title at the Junior Olympics in May. Older sister Bree, meanwhile, is keeping her soccer dreams alive with the NWSL's Seattle Reign reserve squad after playing collegiately at Oregon.

MLS Ticker: FC Dallas sign Argentine Diaz; Earthquakes add Alas; and more

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By DAN KARELL

FC Dallas have long had their eye on South America for another talented youngster to add to their squad. On Wednesday, the club did just that.

FC Dallas announced that they had signed Argentine midfielder Mauro Diaz from Argentinian side River Plate, pending the receipt of Diaz's International Transfer Certificate (ITC).

Debutant Torres scores winner to lead 10-man Chivas USA past woeful TFC

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By DAN KARELL

Despite playing down a man for 65 minutes, Chivas USA found a way to win their first match in 14 games.

Debutant Erick Torres, on-loan with the club from Chivas Guadalajara, scored the game's only goal late in the second half to defeat the hapless Toronto FC, 1-0, at the StubHub Center on Wednesday night.

Second-half goals spur Rapids comeback vs. Revolution

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By DAN KARELL

For the Colorado Rapids on Wednesday night, persistence paid off.

Taking advantage of their large amount of possession and a number of chances, the Rapids scored two goals in five minutes to defeat the New England Revolution, 2-1, at Dicks Sporting Goods Park.

MLS Week 21: Your Wednesday Running Commentary

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By IVES GALARCEP

A pair of mid-week matches kick off MLS Week 21, including a match that could signal Carlos Bocanegra's return to Major League Soccer.

Bocanegra and Chivas USA take on Toronto FC tonight at StubHub Center, and while it is unclear whether Bocanegra will start, he is available for the match, and therefore could make his debut for the Goats.

USMNT adds four to Gold Cup roster, including centerbacks Besler and Gonzalez

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By IVES GALARCEP

U.S. Men's National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann said he would make some changes to his Gold Cup roster and on Wednesday night we learned that he made more changes to his roster than any other team left in the Gold Cup. More, in fact, than all other seven Gold Cup quarterfinalists combined.

The SBI Show: Episode 52 (Talking USA-Costa Rica, Gold Cup roster changes, and more)

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By IVES GALARCEP

The U.S. Men's National Team pushed their unbeaten streak to eight matches with Tuesday's 1-0 win vs. Costa Rica, and the SBI Show takes a look back at that win, and the U.S. team's perfect run through the Gold Cup group stage.

Thursday Kickoff: Blatter wants winter World Cup; Olimpia takes lead in Libertadores final; and more

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By DAN KARELL

With the backing of FIFA, the World Cup could be facing a revolutionary change.

FIFA President Sepp Blatter has confirmed that he will recommend moving the 2022 World Cup in Qatar to the winter when he meets with the FIFA Executive Committee in October.

Cosmos sign Italian forward Noselli

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By IVES GALARCEP

The New York Cosmos are less than three weeks away from kicking off their inaugural season in the current version of the North American Soccer League, and Wednesday saw the Cosmos move a step closer to having the full-strength squad they want to kick off the new campaign.

SBI Fantasy MLS: Round 22 Preview

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By CASEY CANNON

Hello and Welcome to the Soccer by Ives Fantasy Corner – now with even more refreshing! Every week I dig through statistics, news, and rumors to provide the reader with the kind of fantasy advice that only a guy with a sunburn on half his chest can provide.

USA 1, Costa Rica 0: SBI Player Grades

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By IVES GALARCEP

EAST HARTFORD, Conn. On a night when the offense was always going to struggle to have success, and the match was always going to come down to one or two special plays, the U.S. Men's National Team rode a handful of standout performances to their 1-0 win vs.

Red card to Sounders’ Alonso rescinded

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By DAN KARELL

With a number of players missing due to injury or suspension, the last thing the Seattle Sounders needed was one of their key players, Osvaldo Alonso, to be unavailable for their next match.

Luckily for the Sounders, they won't have to worry.

An independent review panel announced on Wednesday that Alonso's red card in the 95th minute of last Saturday's 1-0 loss to the San Jose Earthquakes had been rescinded, leaving the Cuban native eligible for this Saturday's match against the Colorado Rapids.

RSL acquire McDonald from D.C. United in exchange for draft picks

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By DAN KARELL

Reeling from recent injuries to their backline, Real Salt Lake addressed one of their most pressing needs on Wednesday.

RSL acquired centerback Brandon McDonald in a trade with D.C. United in exchange for a third-round pick in the 2014 MLS SuperDraft and a conditional draft selection in the 2015 MLS SuperDraft.

Johnson outstanding in goal in first Gold Cup start for USMNT

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By DAN KARELL

EAST HARTFORD, Conn. Conventional wisdom wouldn't have given Sean Johnson the opportunity of a lifetime on Tuesday night. However, U.S. Men's National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann isn't one for doing things by the book.

Donovan caps excellent Gold Cup group stage with game-winning assist

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By FRANCO PANIZO

EAST HARTFORD, Conn. For Landon Donovan, it's very simple. When he enjoys himself, he plays better.

Clearly, Donovan is enjoying himself these days.

Donovan's return to the U.S. Men's National Team continued to prove successful on Tuesday night in a 1-0 victory over Costa Rica at Rentschler Field.

Wednesday Kickoff: Chelsea clarifies bid for Rooney; PSG chase Roma defender Marquinhos; and more

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By DAN KARELL

It appears Chelsea FC's reported interest in Manchester United forward Wayne Rooney is real.

After learning that Man United had rejected a reported £20 million ($30.4 million) offer for Rooney, Chelsea released a statement on Wednesday, saying that they had indeed made a written transfer bid for the England international, but that it in no way involved Juan Mata or David Luiz going to Old Trafford in return.

Gold Cup: Molina’s stoppage-time goal sends Cuba into the knockout round

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By DAN KARELL

EAST HARTFORD, Conn. When Cuba substitute Yoandir Puga's late goal into an empty net was called back for an offside call, it looked as though Cuba's Gold Cup adventure was over.

Less than 60 seconds later in the third minute of stoppage-time, a ball pumped into the box was side-footed home by Jenier Marquez Molina, sending Cuba into the knockout round in the process while setting off massive celebrations from the entire Cuban team and coaching staff.

Just three days after nightmare match, Shea finds redemption with winning goal

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By FRANCO PANIZO

EAST HARTFORD, Conn. Brek Shea admitted he wanted to curb his happiness after scoring the winning goal against Costa Rica on Tuesday, but he still could not stop himself from expressing just how much it meant to him to find the back of the net.

SBI USMNT Man of the Match: Sean Johnson

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By IVES GALARCEP

On a night when the U.S. Men's National Team attack struggled to break down Costa Rica's stingy defense, the American defense didn't have the busiest night. On the handful of occasions when the Ticos did manage to create dangerous chances, Sean Johnson was there to deal with the danger, and keep Costa Rica from pulling off the upset.

Shea delivers late winner as USMNT beats Costa Rica to top Gold Cup group

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By IVES GALARCEP

EAST HARTFORD, Conn. In a tightly-contested match between two teams not budging in a battle of tactics and organized defending, the U.S. Men's National Team were going to need a special sequence to become the first team to score a goal against Costa Rica in four months.

USA 1, Costa Rica 0: Match Highlights

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By IVES GALARCEP

In a match that could be best described as a true chess match between an ultra-defensive Costa Rica side, and an attack-minded U.S. Men's National Team, Tuesday night's Gold Cup showdown came down to an amazing late save by Sean Johnson, and match-clinching passing sequence by Joe Corona, Landon Donovan and Brek Shea to deliver the game-winning goal.

With Klinsmann set to make roster changes, who will stay and who will go?

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By IVES GALARCEP

EAST HARTFORD, Conn. Jurgen Klinsmann had just finished praising his U.S. Men's National Team after Tuesday's win vs. Costa Rica when he was asked about whether he would make use of the ability to make chances to his roster for the CONCACAF Gold Cup knockout rounds.

USA vs. Costa Rica: SBI Live Match Commentary

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By IVES GALARCEP

The U.S. Men's National Team and Costa Rica renew acquaintances tonight, meeting for the first time since the 'Snow Game' in March as they clash with first place in their Gold Cup group on the line (8pm, Fox Soccer Channel).

The Ticos come into the match riding a seven-match shutout streak, and have not lost since the 1-0 loss to the U.

Strikers to name Kronsteiner new head coach

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By FRANCO PANIZO

The Ft. Lauderdale Strikers will have more of a European flavor to them next year. Austrian, to be exact.

The Strikers announced on Tuesday afternoon that they were set to unveil their next head coach on Wednesday morning, but sources have revealed to SBI that the man hired to right the ship in Ft.

Tuesday Ticker: Rooney unhappy at Man United; PSV’s Strootman to join Roma; and more

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

The transfer circus surrounding Wayne Rooney at Manchester United picked up even more steam on Tuesday with reports out of England suggesting the striker is looking to leave.

According to Sky Sports, sources close to the 27-year-old English star say he is "angry and confused" about his current situation at Old Trafford.

SBI MLS Best XI: Week 20

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By IVES GALARCEP

The New York Red Bulls' thrashing of the Montreal Impact included several top-notch performances, including three that were good enough to earn spots on this week's SBI MLS Best XI.

Thierry Henry was the maestro of the attack in New York's 4-0 humbling of the Impact, while Eric Alexander provided the midfield threat and Brandon Barklage helped shut down the Impact's normally-dangerous attack.

Red Bulls’ Alexander excels as he grows into new position

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By DAN KARELL

It shouldn't be much of a surprise that the New York Red Bulls, with stars such as Thierry Henry and Tim Cahill on the team, are in a tie for first place in the Eastern Conference.

What is surprising though, is that the standout player in the last few weeks has been right midfielder Eric Alexander.

USMNT vs. Costa Rica: A Look Ahead

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By IVES GALARCEP

EAST HARTFORD, Conn. As a general rule, national team soccer coaches tend to speak in confident tones, and even when the odds seem stacked against them, a defiant tone and insistence their their team can win is usually the stance teams coaching underdogs will take.

After making final commitment to USMNT, Diskerud shining at Gold Cup

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By FRANCO PANIZO

EAST HARTFORD, Conn. Mix Diskerud had a lot swirling through his head on the morning of his first Gold Cup match.

With the U.S. Men's National Team set to face Belize in their Gold Cup opener on July 9th, Diskerud was set to be a starter that day.

Beckerman blossoming in role as backbone of USMNT Gold Cup midfield

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By DAN KARELL

As U.S. Men's National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann continues to tinker with his central midfield set-up in the 2013 Gold Cup, there has been one constant.

Kyle Beckerman, now with 28 international caps, has started both of the USMNT matches so far in the Gold Cup, holding down the defensive midfield role while Stuart Holden, Joe Corona, Jose Torres, and Mix Diskerud have been competing for a permanent place.

Gold Cup Rewind: Jones leads Trinidad & Tobago to quarterfinals; El Salvador defeats Haiti in controversial fashion

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

They may have started Monday night's Group B finale in Houston as the bottom two teams, but shutout wins pushed Trinidad & Tobago and El Salvador into the knockout stage of this year's Gold Cup.

Stoke City striker Kenwyne Jones notched a goal and an assist to give Trinidad & Tobago a 2-0 win over first-place Honduras, who had already qualified for the quarterfinals.

SBI MLS Team of the Week: Real Salt Lake

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

For a younger team that was supposed to be in rebuilding mode in 2013, Real Salt Lake has all the makings of league champions as they enter the second half of the season.

RSL extended their unbeaten streak to eight matches on Saturday night with a 3-0 win over former Western Conference leaders FC Dallas.

Costa Rica focused on attacking soccer, not revenge ahead of USMNT Gold Cup showdown

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By FRANCO PANIZO

EAST HARTFORD, Conn. Costa Rica is focused on doing one thing in their Gold Cup group stage finale against the U.S. Men's National Team, and it's not what most might initially think.

Rather than set their sights towards obtaining revenge after suffering a 1-0 loss to the U.

Tuesday Kickoff: Cavani to be unveiled by PSG; Real Madrid named world’s most valuable sports team; and more

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

With his medical completed on Monday, all signs are pointing to a Tuesday finalization of a record-breaking move for Paris Saint-Germain.

PSG has announced a press conference for Tuesday afternoon, and reports out of France suggest it will be for the club's unveiling of Napoli forward Edinson Cavani.

Knee injury to force Gatt to miss rest of Molde season

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By IVES GALARCEP

Josh Gatt has endured a healthy share of injuries already in his young and promising career, but it appears he is now facing the toughest injury challenge to date.

His club, Molde, has revealed that Gatt is set to miss the remainder of the current Norwegian League season due to pending surgery to repair the knee injury that ultimately kept him out of the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup.

Cahill, Yedlin headline picks for MLS All-Star Game roster

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By IVES GALARCEP

New York Red Bulls midfielder Tim Cahill and Seattle Sounders rookie DeAndre Yedlin were chosen by MLS Commissioner Don Garber to be part of the MLS All-Star Game roster, while All-Star coach Peter Vermes passed on selecting Landon Donovan and Jack McInerney.

SBI MLS Player of the Week: Adam Moffat

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By DAN KARELL

Without Will Bruin leading the line for the Houston Dynamo, the team needed someone to step up in his absence.

Against one of Major League Soccer's toughest defenses, and on the road, Adam Moffat showed that he's more than just a ball-winning defensive midfielder, unleashing a pair of his trademark long-range blasts to lead Houston to a 2-1 victory over the New England Revolution.

Who should the USMNT start vs. Costa Rica?

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By IVES GALARCEP

With the two easy group stage matches out of the way, the U.S. Men's National Team now faces their toughest test of the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup when they take on Costa Rica on Tuesday night.

Just who will Jurgen Klinsmann turn to in his starting lineup for this one?

SBI MLS Rookie of the Week: Kekuta Manneh

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By DAN KARELL

While Camilo stole the headlines for the Vancouver Whitecaps on Sunday night, one of his teammates had quite the performance of his own.

Kekuta Manneh scored once and created the opportunity for Camilo's second of the match with a delicious through ball, as the Vancouver Whitecaps defeated the Chicago Fire, 2-1, at BC Place.

The SBI Show: Episode 51 (Looking back at USMNT-Cuba, breaking down MLS Week 20, and more)

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By IVES GALARCEP

The Gold Cup is reaching the make-or-break stages, and after disposing of Cuba on Saturday, U.S. Men's National Team is about to embark on the first real test of the competition with a showdown against Costa Rica on Tuesday.

In the latest episode of The SBI Show, we break down the U.

NWSL Week 14: A Look Back

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By MIKE McCALL

Seattle's late push for the playoffs is improbable at best, but the Reign couldn't have drawn up a better weekend than this one.

Playing in the first nationally televised National Women's Soccer League game, the Reign booked its first home sellout, ran its unbeaten streak to six games, and best of all gained a full two points on all six teams ahead of it in the standings.

Gold Cup Rewind: Mexico defeats Martinique; Panama wins Group A as Canada crash out

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By DAN KARELL

After a surprising loss in their first match of the 2013 Gold Cup, Mexico have turned their fortunes around.

Marco Fabian scored his third goal of the tournament as Mexico added two more on Sunday, defeating Martinique 3-1, winning successive games for the first time in 2013.

Monday Kickoff: Thiago moves to Bayern; Man United make shock bid for Fabregas; and more

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By DAN KARELL

For the first time in the summer transfer window, Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola has raided his former club for a burgeoning talent.

The German side completed a deal for Barcelona and Spain Under-21 Thiago Alcantara worth a total of €25 million ($32.

Boyd, Vienna crash out of Austrian cup on penalties

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Terrence Boyd and Rapid Vienna surely were not expecting to start off their season like this.

Vienna got off to a poor start in their new campaign, being eliminated via a penalty shootout by third division club LASK Linz in the first round of the Austrian Cup on Sunday.The game ended scoreless after regulation and extra-time and Vienna ultimately lost, 5-4, in penalty kicks.

Luyindula scores first goal in win vs. Montreal

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By DAN KARELL

Of all the story lines following the New York Red Bulls this season, the struggles in front of goal for forward Peguy Luyindula is the only one to endure through July.

That is, until Saturday night.

With a simple gesture, normal penalty kick taker Thierry Henry placed the ball in Luyindula's arms after the Red Bulls were awarded a penalty kick in the 87th minute.

Agent: Dempsey not being shopped around by Tottenham

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By IVES GALARCEP

So maybe Clint Dempsey's days at Tottenham aren't numbered after all.

Just three days after a report in the UK claimed that Tottenham was actively shopping the U.S. Men's National Team captain, Dempsey's agent stepped forward to refute the claims and stress that Dempsey is not being shopped around.

RSL make history in 3-0 win over FC Dallas

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by TYLER GRAY

After years of frustrating trips to Texas, which never would end in victories, Real Salt Lake finally figured out how to win in the Lone Star State.

Thanks to three impressive goals and a couple of huge saves from back-up goalkeeper Jeff Attinella, red-hot Real Salt Lake stretched their unbeaten run to eight matches with a 3-0 victory over FC Dallas on Saturday night.

Saad brace highlights Sporting KC rout of Toronto FC

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

After going almost two months without a minute of action and two years without a league goal, Soony Saad took advantage of his newfound playing time with a big-time brace on Saturday night.

The 20-year-old forward, who has started three of SKC's last four matches, notched the second and third goals of his MLS career in a 3-0 home victory over Toronto FC at a sold-out Sporting Park.

Henry leads Red Bulls in rout of Impact

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By DAN KARELL

HARRISON, N.J.– Back in the friendly confines of Red Bull Arena, the New York Red Bulls looked like a completely different side from the one that played nine days ago in Colorado.

Aided by two goals in the first 16 minutes and a one-goal, two-assist performance from forward Thierry Henry, the Red Bulls defeated the slumping Montreal Impact, 4-0, on Saturday night.

USMNT 4, Cuba 1: Match Highlights

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Jean-Baptiste stunner lifts Timbers over Galaxy

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BY MIKE DONOVAN

PORTLAND, Ore.-The Portland Timbers have made many memories in their two-and-a-half MLS seasons at Jeld-Wen Field. But they had never scored a stoppage-time winner.

At least not until Saturday.

Andrew Jean-Baptiste scored his first goal of the season in the fifth minute of second-half stoppage time to give the Timbers a stunning 2-1 victory over the LA Galaxy on Saturday night.

USMNT 4, Cuba 1: SBI Player Grades

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By IVES GALARCEP

It didn't start out in the prettiest of fashions, but the U.S. Men's National Team eventually overcame a slow start to take control of their game against Cuba and post another convincing victory.

The U.S. team's 4-1 victory served as a good showcase for several players, including Joe Corona, Kyle Beckerman and second-half substitute Chris Wondolowski.

Must-See Goal: Adam Moffat

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Moffat leads Dynamo to road win over Revolution

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

After being held scoreless in their last three road matches, the Houston Dynamo seemed like unlikely candidates to break the New England Revolution's long home shutout streak.

But the Dynamo completed that unlikely task, scoring twice at Gillette Stadium on Saturday night thanks to two great shots from a player who seems to only score wonder goals.

Martinez scores winner as Earthquakes top Sounders in ugly match

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By IVES GALARCEP

It will go down as one of the uglier matches of the 2013 MLS season, but for the San Jose Earthquakes, Saturday night's match against the Seattle Sounders will be remembered as being beautiful for the three points they earned.

Walter Martinez scored a 48th minute finish, collecting an errant Steven Lenhart pass and curling a shot past Sounders back-up goalkeeper Michael Gspurning, for the eventual game-winning goal in a 1-0 victory over Seattle.

Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

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By MICHAEL KLINE

Manchester City and Bayern Munich will open today's soccer action when they face SuperSport United and Hansa Rostock, respectively, in a couple friendly preseason matches.

Manchester City's match with SuperSport United will be the first for the club since departing with Italian manager Roberto Mancini and hiring Chilean manager Manuel Pellegrini.

SBI USMNT Man of the Match: Joe Corona

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By IVES GALARCEP

When the lineup was announced for Saturday's U.S. Men's National Team match vs. Cuba, the fact that Joe Corona's name was in the squad came as somewhat of a surprise. While he did show better in the second half of last Tuesday's win vs. Belize, Corona had gone two straight matches without delivering a complete performance.

USA overcome slow start to top Cuba, book spot in Gold Cup quarterfinals

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by IVES GALARCEP

There is no other way to describe the U.S. Men's National Team's start vs. Cuba on Saturday than a slow start.

Expected to dispose of Cuba with relative ease, the American started their Gold Cup match looking disjointed and vulnerable, and the Cubans took advantage, scoring the opening goal to shake up the U.

MLS Week 20: Your Running Commentary

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By IVES GALARCEP

The most successful coach in MLS history takes on the hotshot new coaching sensation in a clash of generations as the Los Angeles Galaxy take on the Portland Timbers in one of tonight's marquee MLS match-ups.

Caleb Porter and the Timbers saw their 15-match unbeaten streak snapped last week, but they will look to rebound at home against a Galaxy side that enjoyed a two-win week last week to get their own playoff push back on track.

USMNT vs. Cuba: SBI Live Match Commentary

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By IVES GALARCEP

A place in the knockout rounds of the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup awaits for the U.S. Men's National Team if the Americans can beat Cuba, as expected, when the sides clash at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah today (3pm, FOX).

The Americans come in riding high after their second straight blowout win, a 6-1 thrashing of Belize in their Group C opener.

Saturday Ticker: Man United fall in preseason opener; American buys Fulham; and more

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David Moyes' unofficial start as Manchester United manager didn't go as he planned.

In the club's first friendly match since the former Everton boss took charge on July 1, Man United fell to the Singha Thailand Premier League All-Stars, 1-0, in front of a nearly full Rajamangala Stadium in Bangkok, Thailand.

MLS Insider: Episode 4 (On the Montreal Impact, Nick DeLeon, and more)

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Youngster Seaton, veteran Ruiz combine for unlikely goal

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By THOMAS FLOYD

WASHINGTON — Some 16 years may separate Michael Seaton and Carlos Ruiz in age. The former played his first top-flight professional game on Friday. The latter has hundreds under his belt. But that odd couple up top still managed to produce a moment of inspiration.

Gold Cup Rewind: Claros late strike leads Honduras; Maurice scores brace for Haiti

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By DAN KARELL

Despite missing a handful of regular starters in their CONCACAF Gold Cup campaign, it was a remaining member of the Honduras squad that saved their blushes late.

Seemingly heading for a draw, holding midfielder Jorge Claros rifled home a shot in 90th minute stoppage time to earn a 1-0 victory over El Salvador at Sun Life Stadium in Miami, going top of Group B and earning a place in the knockout stages.

Union overcome early deficit, terrible weather, to top Chivas USA

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By JOEL HOOVER

On a night when the elements threatened to play the role of the great equalizer, the Philadelphia Union started their match on Friday night against Chivas USA looking like they might be the ones to pay the price for a crazy night of weather. Ultimately though, it was the Goats who left PPL Park wondering how they endured such bad luck.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

A month of top action from the world's brightest young stars will come to an end in Turkey with the final two matches of the 2013 FIFA Under-20 World Cup.

Saturday will be the first appearance in a U-20 World Cup Final for France, who has outscored opponents 10-2 in the knockout stages.

SBI MLS Mid-Season Most Improved Player: Rodney Wallace

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By IVES GALARCEP

When Caleb Porter arrived in Portland, and surveyed his roster, he wasn't quite sure what to make of Rodney Wallace. What he did know is that he wanted to try him somewhere else on the field.

Porter's decision to move Wallace, used throughout most of his pro career as a fullback, into an attacking role as a wide forward in a 4-3-3.

MLS veteran defender Califf retires

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By DAN KARELL

After a 14 year career in professional soccer that has taken him across North America and to Europe, Danny Califf has decided to step away from the sport.

The Toronto FC defender announced his retirement on Friday, ending his playing career but staying with the Canadian club as a scout.

MLS Week 20: A Look Ahead

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By THOMAS FLOYD

In the congested Western Conference, where just six points separate the top seed from exiting the playoff field, every match carries major implications.

That much is known by the Portland Timbers and Los Angeles Galaxy, who sit in a tie for third place going into their meeting Saturday at Jeld-Wen Field.

This Weekend’s Soccer on TV

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By MICHAEL KLINE

This weekend features several club friendlies, while the Gold Cup also continues to heat up.

Manchester United, Monaco, Manchester City and Bayern Munich will all be in preseason action this weekend, when they face a wide-range of friendly opponents.

Fans will be excited to see David Moyes' first match in charge of Manchester United, as well as the squad AS Monaco bring to Germany when they face recently relegated Bundesliga club Fortuna Düsseldorf.

SBI MLS Mid-Season MVP: Will Johnson

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By IVES GALARCEP

When the Portland Timbers acquired Will Johnson from Real Salt Lake, the Canadian midfielder was seen as the perfect piece of the puzzle for new Timbers head coach Caleb Porter.

What Portland fans have learned is what many an RSL fan already knew, that Johnson is a dynamic box-to-box player who instantly makes any team he's on better.

The SBI Show: Episode 50 (Previewing USMNT-Cuba, MLS Week 20, and more)

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By IVES GALARCEP

The U.S. Men's National Team is back in action on Saturday in Gold Cup play against Cuba, and Episode 50 of The SBI Show looks ahead to a match the Americans will be expected to win handily.

Co-host Garrett Cleverly and I discuss Saturday's match, and consider the lineup options Jurgen Klinsmann has at his disposal.

Who should the USMNT start vs. Cuba?

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By IVES GALARCEP

The U.S. Men's National Team faces another match on Saturday where they are expected to win handily, but as they prepare to take on Cuba at Rio Tinto Stadium, Jurgen Klinsmann finds himself with some tough lineup decisions to make.

As much as the 6-1 win vs.

Gold Cup: Panama goes top of Group A; Mexico records first win

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By DAN KARELL

For at least the next few days, soccer fans in Mexico can relax.

After falling to Panama in their opening Gold Cup match, the Mexican National Team righted the ship against a weakened Canada side, taking a controversial 2-0 victory at CenturyLink Field in Seattle.

Friday Kickoff: Rooney suffers injury; Chelsea near De Rossi transfer; and more

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By DAN KARELL

Wayne Rooney's season at Manchester United likely couldn't have started worse.

The forward, constantly dogged by swirling rumors over a potential transfer away from the club, has returned home from Man United's tour of Asia due to an injured hamstring, putting in doubt his health for the start of the 2013/2014 campaign.

NWSL Week 14: A Look Ahead

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By MIKE McCALL

More than halfway through the season, showtime has finally arrived for the National Women's Soccer League.

On Sunday, the NWSL will reach a national TV audience for the first time, as Fox Soccer will broadcast the Seattle-Washington match to kick off its slate of nine live matches one in each of the season's final six weeks leading up to three televised playoff games.

CONCACAF issues statement regarding Gold Cup match-fixing attempt

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By IVES GALARCEP

Just two days after a pair of Belize National Team players came forward to reveal a plot to bribe them to throw Belize's Gold Cup opener vs. the U.S. Men's National Team, CONCACAF has stepped forward to reveal the latest on their investigation into the matter.

MLS Ticker: Sounders unlikely to get allocation money for Montero; Rapids sign Klute to permanent deal; and more

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

As Fredy Montero's move to Sporting Lisbon inches closer to completion, fans in Seattle learned Thursday what the Sounders will not get in exchange for the striker allocation money.

Speaking to reporters after the team's practice on Thursday, Seattle general manager Adrian Hanauer said it was unlikely that the club would get allocation money out of Montero's sale to the Portuguese club.

SBI MLS Power Rankings: Week 19

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By IVES GALARCEP

Real Salt Lake, the team that was supposed to be enduring a rebuilding season after so many off-season departures, apparently didn't get the memo that this was supposed to be a down year.

RSL hit the mid-way point of the 2013 season not only sporting the best record in Major League Soccer, but also the top spot in the latest SBI MLS Power Rankings.

USWNT to face Mexico in friendly at RFK Stadium

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By DAN KARELL

As it turns out, the U.S. Men's National Team won't be the only national side facing their Mexican counterparts this September.

U.S. Soccer announced on Tuesday that the United States Women's National Team will play Mexico in a friendly match on September 3 in Washington D.

Belize players reveal match-fixing bribe attempt prior to Gold Cup game vs. USMNT

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By IVES GALARCEP

The U.S. Men's National Team had little trouble disposing of Belize in their CONCACAF Gold Cup opener on Tuesday night, and apparently some outside influences tried to do their part to control the outcome of the match before a ball was ever kicked.

Two members of the Belize national team informed media in their native country that they were approached prior to Tuesday's match against the United States and offered bribes to influence the outcome of the match.

Are Dempsey’s days at Tottenham numbered?

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By IVES GALARCEP

The day Tottenham fell short of the stated goal of reaching the top four in the English Premier League, and earning the Champions League place that goes with it, Spurs set out on trying to bolster the squad with a spending spree aimed at closing the gap atop the EPL.

Di Vaio picked for MLS All-Star game in FIFA 13 contest

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By DAN KARELL

Major League Soccer announced on Thursday that Montreal Impact forward Marco Di Vaio has been named the winner of the "In the Game" challenge, earning him a place in the 2013 MLS All-Star Game in Kansas City.

Between July 3-10, fans participating playing FIFA Soccer 13 could "vote in" one forward out of 27 potential candidates by scoring as many goals as they could in the challenge, every goal counting as one vote.

SBI MLS Mid-Season Best XI

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By IVES GALARCEP

As we sit at the mid-way point of the 2013 MLS season, it isn't that difficult to identify which players have been the very best in Major League Soccer so far, but when you take a closer look at every position, it can become a bit tougher to choose those who are the class of the season.

Sporting KC loans Sapong and Ellis to Orlando City SC

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By DAN KARELL

Struggling to recreate his form from a year ago, C.J. Sapong has been thrown a lifeline by Sporting Kansas City

In a bid to help him rediscover his scoring touch, Sporting KC announced on Thursday that Sapong has been sent on-loan to Orlando City SC in USL-Pro.

D.C. United’s Rochat transfers to BSC Young Boys

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By DAN KARELL

Since making his wishes clear to leave the club, D.C. United has made the departure of defender Alain Rochat official.

The 30-year-old defender, acquired from the Vancouver Whitecaps on June 6, has transferred to BSC Young Boys in Switzerland.

Red Bulls sign trailist Sekagya

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By DAN KARELL

Since losing Heath Pearce to season-ending hip surgery, the New York Red Bulls have been shopping for another experienced defender to provide squad depth and spot starting ability.

As of Thursday, the search is over.

The Red Bulls announced that Ugandan defender Ibrahim Sekagya has signed a contract with the club on a free transfer from sister club Red Bull Salzburg.

USMNT 6, Belize 1: Match Highlights

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Thursday Kickoff: Totti hints at retirement; Guardiola wants Thiago at Bayern; and more

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By DAN KARELL

The 2013/2014 season could be the end of an era for one of the greatest Italian soccer players of all time.

AS Roma forward Francesco Totti just completed 20 years in professional soccer this past spring, all of them with his boyhood club Roma, but at a press conference unveiling this season's kit, Totti hinted that this season could be his last.

Wednesday Evening Ticker: France and Uruguay advance to U-20 World Cup Final; Man City eye new striker; and more

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

The final of what has been an exciting FIFA Under-20 World Cup was set on Wednesday after two hard-fought semifinal matches in Turkey.

In a rematch of an earlier "Group of Death" clash, France punched a ticket to its first U-20 World Cup Final with a 2-1 win over 2009 champions Ghana.

Union Notes: Club explores more transfers; Torres struggles to get consistent time; and more

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By JOEL HOOVER

As the Major League Soccer season surpasses its midway point, the Philadelphia Union find themselves in the thick of the race for playoff positions in the Eastern Conference.

With the summer transfer window opening, the Union have already made two signings in an effort to bolster their squad in preparation for the final few months of the season.

D.C. United notes: Club emphasizes youth movement; Rochat on way out; and more

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By THOMAS FLOYD

WASHINGTON — D.C. United have been busy on the personnel front lately, to say the least. As the club debuted the trio of Luis Silva, Jared Jeffrey and Collin Martin at training Wednesday, coach Ben Olsen didn't hesitate to explain the emerging philosophy.

Portland to host 2014 MLS All-Star Game

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By IVES GALARCEP

It wasn't exactly the most well-kept secret in American soccer circles, but Major League Soccer made it official on Wednesday, announcing that Portland's Jeld-Wen Field will host the 2014 MLS All-Star Game.

USMNT 6, Belize 1: SBI Player Grades

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By IVES GALARCEP

It was as dominant a Gold Cup-opening performance as we have ever seen from the U.S. Men's National Team, but even a 6-0 victory felt a little flawed for a team still coming together.

There were a few points that needed improvement, but overall there were many more positives than negatives for the U.

Williams selects Under-17 squad for Japan tournament

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By DAN KARELL

Though they won't be participating in the FIFA Under-17 World Cup this fall, the United States Men's Under-17 team will be playing in one last tournament in Niigata, Japan.

U.S. U-17 head coach Richie Williams has named an 18-player squad for the tournament, which includes 12 players who were part of the USSF residency program in Bradenton, Florida.

Hyndman signs extension with Fulham

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By DAN KARELL

After a season starring for the Fulham Under-18′s, Emerson Hyndman has been rewarded by the club for all his work.

The grandson of FC Dallas head coach Schellas Hyndman has signed a contract extension through the end of June 2016, just three months after signing his first professional contract with the club.

The SBI Show: Episode 49 (Breaking down USA-Belize, catching up on MLS news, and more)

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By IVES GALARCEP

The U.S. Men's National Team registered a second consecutive six-goal blowout win, routing Belize to kick off the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup in grand fashion.

Episode 49 of The SBI Show takes an in-depth look at the 6-1 win vs.

Wednesday Kickoff: Deulofeu nears Everton loan move; Olimpia in Copa Libertadores final; and more

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By DAN KARELL

Roberto Martinez is close to bringing in one of the world's best youngsters to Goodison Park.

Barcelona product Gerard Deulofeu is nearing a loan deal that will take him to Everton until the end of the 2013/2014 season, giving him a taste of Premier League action and giving Everton a dynamic forward up top.

MLS Evening Ticker: Fernandez loaned to Uruguayan club; Rochat sold to Young Boys; and more

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By DAN KARELL

Fredy Montero isn't the only South American player who isn't returning to Major League Soccer.

Finishing his six-month loan with Al-Rayyan in Qatar, Uruguayan midfielder Alvaro "Flaco" Fernandez has returned to his homeland, joining Nacional in Montevideo on-loan through the end of the 2013 season.

Gold Cup: Second-half goals lead Costa Rica over Cuba

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BY MIKE DONOVAN

PORTLAND, Ore.- Costa Rica came into their Gold Cup matchup against Cuba being pegged as a team that might challenge the traditional top dogs at the 2013 Gold Cup. After 45 minutes of play, Los Ticos didn't look the part.

USMNT vs. Belize (SBI Live Match Commentary)

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By IVES GALARCEP

The U.S. Men's National Team begins their chase for their first CONCACAF Gold Cup title in six years when they kick off their tournament in Portland against Belize at Jeld-Wen Field (11pm, Fox Soccer Channel).

The Americans enter the tournament as the favorite, and are the giants of Group C, expected to top a group that also includes Costa Rica and Cuba.

Must-See tifo: Portland’s USMNT tifo

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SBI USMNT Man of the Match: Chris Wondolowski

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By IVES GALARCEP

When Chris Wondolowski took the field at Jeld-Wen Field on Tuesday night for the U.S. Men's National Team's Gold Cup opener vs. Belize, he did so with his name spelled wrong on his jersey. Be the end of the night, however, he had his jersey fixed and had done enough to make it clear that he plans on letting Gold Cup opponents know just who he is.

Wondolowski hat-trick leads USMNT in romp over Belize in Gold Cup opener

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BY MIKE DONOVAN

PORTLAND, Ore.- The U.S. Men's National Team started the Gold Cup with a bang, routing an overmatched Belize side and sending a message to the rest of CONCACAF that the Americans are intent on living up to their label as tournament favorites.

Klinsmann reveals reason for lineup changes and more following USMNT’s Gold Cup-opening rout of Belize

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Chris Wondolowski and Michael Orozco may have found the back of the net against Belize, but they might not have been given the chance to had the match not been played on turf.

Minutes after seeing his U.S. Men's National Team post a 6-1 rout of Belize in their Gold Cup opener in Portland, Ore.

Donovan rewrites record book again after standout second half vs. Belize

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BY MIKE DONOVAN

PORTLAND, Ore.- Since making his debut for the U.S. men's national team in 2000, Landon Donovan has had a career that has seen him rewrite the record books time and time again.

Tuesday night at Jeld-Wen Field, he continued his assault as he became the first American with 50 assists and the first international player to ever have 50 goals and 50 assists in a career.

Wondolowski makes a statement with USMNT hat-trick

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BY MIKE DONOVAN

PORTLAND, Ore.- When Chris Wondolowski took the pitch Tuesday night, he did so with an extra "W" incorrectly placed in his last name on his U.S. Men's National Team jersey. After his performance in the first half, it wouldn't be a shock to see Wondolowski add a 12th letter to his last name for every match.

USMNT vs. Belize: A Look Ahead

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By IVES GALARCEP

How do you get pumped up for a match that you are supposed to win by multiple goals? For the U.S. Men's National Team, motivation for tonight's CONCACAF Gold Cup opener goes well beyond simply wanting a result. For every player taking the field, the match is their chance to not only earn more minutes in the Gold Cup, but also potentially move their name up the USMNT depth chart.

Transfer Ticker: Dos Santos joins Villarreal; Swansea sign Ivorian striker Bony; and more

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

After turning down a lucrative offer from the Los Angeles Galaxy, Mexican national team star Giovani Dos Santos will return to Spain's top division for the upcoming season.

Newly promoted Villarreal announced on Tuesday that an agreement with Mallorca has been reached for the transfer of Dos Santos.

MLS Ticker: Rapids eye loan for Doyle; Alonso close to Sounders return; and more

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

With the international transfer window for MLS clubs now officially open, the Colorado Rapids are eyeing a move that would bring a young American forward back to the States for the rest of the 2013 season.

Rapids technical director Paul Bravo confirmed that MLS and Championship side Derby County were in negotiations over a loan deal for Conor Doyle, who has been training in Colorado during his offseason break.

As USMNT prepares to kick off Gold Cup, they enter a tournament that matters plenty

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By IVES GALARCEP

HARRISON, N.J. The CONCACAF Gold Cup doesn't matter.

That's what you will hear from some skeptics of the 2013 edition of the regional tournament. The fact that the region's top teams have, for the most part, sent B teams to compete in the event has left some believing that the tournament itself is a waste of time, and just doesn't matter all that much.

Altidore completes transfer to Sunderland

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

It is now official. The U.S. Men's National Team will have another player in the English Premier League this season.

Dutch club AZ Alkmaar announced Tuesday that a deal has been finalized for Jozy Altidore's move to Sunderland, which has also announced the completion of the transfer.

USMNT 6, Guatemala 0: Field Level Highlights

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SBI MLS Best XI: Week 19

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By IVES GALARCEP

Robbie Keane and Mike Magee are no longer teammates, but for this week, they are partnered up top on the SBI MLS Best XI.

Keane was the driving force behind both of the Los Angeles Galaxy's wins last week, while Magee continued his goal-scoring ways for the Chicago Fire, netting scores in each of the Fire's two matches last week.

D.C. United acquire Silva from Toronto FC

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

With just eight goals scored in 19 MLS matches this season, D.C. United needed to bring some firepower to their struggling offense.

On Tuesday, D.C. United did just that, acquiring 24-year-old midfielder Luis Silva from Toronto FC in exchange for an undisclosed amount of allocation money.

SBI MLS Rookie of the Week: Dillon Powers

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By IVES GALARCEP

The MLS Rookie of the Year race might seem wide open to some, but with each passing week Dillon Powers puts a stronger hold on the pole position for the award.

The Colorado Rapids rookie turned in another pair of solid performances to help the Rapids register four points from two matches in a pair of shutouts.

SBI MLS Goal of the Week: Saer Sene

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SBI MLS Team of the Week: Los Angeles Galaxy

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By IVES GALARCEP

The Los Angeles Galaxy were mired in a miserable slump and desperately needed to break out of the rut that had seen them post just one win in five matches.

With the help of Robbie Keane's penalties and a defense that allowed just one goal in 180 minutes, the Galaxy re-asserted their place in the heart of the race for the top spot in the Western Conference.

Senna ready to lead the next Cosmos generation

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By DAN KARELL

NEW YORK Sitting back in his chair at a lower Manhattan hotel, Marcos Antonio Senna looks like a man who is ready to take on a challenge.

After arriving in New York just three days prior, the 36-year-old Sao Paulo, Brazil native was officially introduced on Monday as a member of the New York Cosmos, signing a contract with the club that is returning to the professional ranks for the first time since 1985.

Gold Cup: El Salvador and Trinidad & Tobago play to thrilling draw

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By DAN KARELL

HARRISON, N.J. The Gold Cup may be missing some marquee names, but it's certainly not missing any drama.

Rodolfo Zelaya scored goals on either side of halftime, leading El Salvador to a short-lived lead before Trinidad and Tobago equalized through the left foot of Kenwyne Jones, as both nations settled for a 2-2 draw on Monday night at Red Bull Arena.

Gold Cup: Clinical Honduras tops impressive, but wasteful Haiti

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By IVES GALARCEP

HARRISON, N.J. The Honduran Men's National Soccer Team came into the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup expected to walk through Group B, even with what was largely a B team, but the reality of this Gold Cup is that easy games will be tough to come by.

The Catrachos found that out in their opener vs.

Tuesday Kickoff: Atletico agree to move for Barca’s Villa; club president says Ronaldo will retire at Real; and more

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

Despite widespread rumors of a summer move to the Premier League, David Villa will stay in Spain for the upcoming season but he will not be calling Camp Nou home anymore.

Barcelona have reached an agreement to move the 31-year-old forward to Atletico Madrid in a deal that will be worth no more than€5.

With latest injury ordeal behind him, Holden set to shine at Gold Cup

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BY MIKE DONOVAN

PORTLAND, Ore.- While some are calling the United States Gold Cup roster a "B" squad, you won't hear that term from head coach Jurgen Klinsmann or any of the players. For the 23 players that make up the squad, a standout Gold Cup can lead to bigger and brighter things.

MLS Insider: Episode 3 (featuring the Cascadia Cup, Mike Magee, and more)

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Who should the USMNT start vs. Belize?

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By IVES GALARCEP

After a 6-0 victory against Guatemala, you would think U.S. Men's National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann would have easy decisions to make about what lineup to use in his team's Gold Cup opener on Tuesday, but the way that match went raised plenty of questions about what players will start vs.

SBI MLS Player of the Week: Brad Knighton

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By IVES GALARCEP

The Vancouver Whitecaps had never won a Cascadia Cup match before Saturday, never beaten either the Seattle Sounders or Portland Timbers since joining Major League Soccer.

That drought finally ended, and Brad Knighton was a key reason for that.

The Whitecaps goalkeeper made seven saves, many of the outstanding variety, to help keep Seattle off the board and lead the Whitecaps to a 2-0 victory.

Anor’s header helps Crew end Timbers’ unbeaten run

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By DAN KARELL

Caleb Porter's return to the state of Ohio for the first time since becoming the head coach of the Portland Timbers didn't go as he had planned.

The Columbus Crew ended the Timbers' 15-match unbeaten run on Sunday, defeating the Western Conference side, 1-0, at Crew Stadium.

Gold Cup Day 1 Rewind: Panama beats Mexico, Martinique stuns Canada

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By DAN KARELL

It was a day for the ages, as the two underdogs snatched victory from the favorites in deserved fashion on the opening day of the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup.

The day at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena began with 37-year-old Fabrice Reuperne scoring a thunderbolt in the third minute of second-half stoppage-time to defeat Canada, 1-0, and the evening finished with Panama's Gabriel Torres scoring twice to defeat tournament favorites Mexico, 2-1.

Whitecaps continue red-hot form with win over Sounders

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By DAN KARELL

Time and time again, one player stood on his head to keep the Vancouver Whitecaps in the match. That man was Brad Knighton.

The Whitecaps goalkeeper had his best game of the season, recording seven saves and earning a clean sheet as the Whitecaps took down their Cascadia rivals, the Seattle Sounders, 2-0, in front of a sell-out crowd on Saturday night at BC Place.

Galaxy rally in second half to push FC Dallas winless slide to six matches

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By IVES GALARCEP

It took the Los Angeles Galaxy some time, but they eventually figured out how to break down FC Dallas' patchwork defense and keep the one-time West leaders heading in the wrong direction in the win-loss column.

Second-half goals from Marcelo Sarvas and Hector Jimenez helped give the Galaxy a 2-0 victory over FC Dallas on Sunday night at StubHub Center.

The SBI Show: Episode 48 (Previewing the Gold Cup, Recapping MLS Week 19, and more)

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By IVES GALARCEP

The 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup kicked off on Sunday, and the tournament is already shaping up to be an unpredictable one with plenty of intrigue.

Episode 48 of The SBI Show takes a closer look at the Gold Cup, breaking down the U.S. team's chances of winning the tournament, and looking at the teams who could stand in the way of a fifth American Gold Cup title.

NWSL Week 13: A look back

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By MIKE McCALL

Two numbers to sum up the Portland Thorns' current situation: 293, and 28.5.

The first represents the number of minutes since the club last scored (against Seattle on June 16), which was raised by a 2-0 defeat to Boston this weekend. The second is the percentage of games the Thorns (8-4-2) have lost this season, putting them in second place in the National Women's Soccer League standings, four points behind Sky Blue FC with a game in hand.

Report: Forlan to sign with TFC

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By DAN KARELL

When new President and CEO of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment Tim Leiweke promised to help turn Toronto FC's fortunes around, most didn't think it would come as soon as July.

According to reports in Canada, Leiweke, who helped bring David Beckham and Robbie Keane to the Los Angeles Galaxy, is set to complete the signing of Uruguayan forward Diego Forlan to a designated player contract with TFC, rumored to be around $4 million per season, making him one of Major League Soccer's top earners instantly.

USMNT Practice Notes: Team readies for underdog Belize, returning to the Pacific Northwest, and more

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BY MIKE DONOVAN

PORTLAND, Ore.- Despite matching up in a tournament to decide a continent's champion, Belize and United States are worlds apart when it comes to soccer.

Tuesday's match will mark Belize's debut in any soccer tournament that involves teams from outside Central America.

Monday Kickoff: Arsenal have bid for Suarez rejected; Bayern’s Gomez set for Fiorentina; and more

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By DAN KARELL

Liverpool have rejected a major bid for star forward Luis Suarez from, of all teams, Arsenal.

According to numerous reports in the English media, Arsenal submitted an offer of £30 million (nearly $45 million) for the 26-year-old Uruguayan, who has been oft-rumored to be on his way out of Anfield this summer after his ten-match suspension for biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic.

Sporting KC ride fast start to halt Fire’s unbeaten streak

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By TYLER DAY

Entering their match against the Chicago Fire on Sunday, Sporting Kansas City were aware of two things. Keeping Mike Magee from scoring is extremely tough, and beating the Fire with Magee in the lineup had yet to be accomplished.

They didn't figure out how to stop Magee, who scored his eighth goal in nine matches, but Sporting KC did figure out how to beat the Magee-led Fire, riding a fast start and two early goals on their way to a 2-1 victory over the Fire at Toyota Park.

Henry and Sporting KC trio lead Fan XI for MLS All-Star Game

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By IVES GALARCEP

Sporting Kansas City saw a league-leading three players voted into the MLS All-Star Fan XI, with the league announcing the 10 players chosen to the squad by fan voting.

Graham Zusi, Matt Besler and Aurelien Collin led the selections, which featured a total of five players who were either on the U.

2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup: Tournament kicks off today, with USA the favorites

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By IVES GALARCEP

It might seem like much longer, but it has been six year since the U.S. Men's National Team lifted the CONCACAF Gold Cup for the last time. Six years since Benny Feilhaber's dream strike helped beat Mexico and give the U.S. their fourth Gold Cup trophy, doing so in Soldier Field in Chicago.

MLS Week 19: Your Sunday Running Commentary

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By IVES GALARCEP

Eastern Conference rivals Chicago Fire and Sporting Kansas City renew acquaintances today at Toyota Park in the headlining match of a busy Sunday in MLS.

The Fire enter their match riding high on a six-match unbeaten streak, and can close even more ground on the current teams in the playoff hunt in the East, including Sporting KC, which sit six points ahead of Chicago heading into today's match.

Knighton shines as Whitecaps topple Sounders to snap Cascadia drought

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By IVES GALARCEP

The Vancouver Whitecaps had never beaten a Cascadia opponent in MLS play before. Not the Seattle Sounders, nor the Portland Timbers. For a team on the rise, doing something about that drought was a top priority.

The Whitecaps did something about it on Saturday.

Clark winner helps Dynamo snap two-month winless skid

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By IVES GALARCEP

After failing to score a goal in more than a month, and failing to win a match in almost two months, the Houston Dynamo were in desperate need of a result to turn around a slump that was threatening to send their season into a tailspin.

Sparked by the return of Oscar Boniek Garcia, and the insertion of Omar Cummings into the starting lineup, the Dynamo attack showed signs of life on Saturday that hadn't been seen in some time, and while there was no deluge of goals for Houston, Ricardo Clark's game-winning header felt like one.

Klinsmann selects Shea to replace injured Gatt

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By DAN KARELL

It turns out Brek Shea won't be leaving the United States Men's National Team roster after all.

USMNT head coach Jurgen Klinsmann announced on Saturday that Shea will be taking the place of the injured Joshua Gatt in the Gold Cup roster. The Stoke City midfielder was due to return to his club in advance of the upcoming English Premier League season.

Revs blank Earthquakes to snap winless skid

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By IVES GALARCEP

The New England Revolution had cooled off, seeing a once-promising five-match unbeaten streak morph into a three-match winless slide that threatened to leave them floating away from the Eastern Conference playoff race they had worked so hard to play themselves into.

Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

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By MICHAEL KLINE

The quarterfinal stage of the U20 World Cup will grab headlines yet again, with the opening matches of the Gold Cup rounding out a solid day of soccer action.

Iraq and South Korea are scheduled to kickoff this morning, with the winner booking a ticket to face Uruguay in the semifinals.

MLS Week 19: Your Running Commentary

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By DAN KARELL

The Seattle Sounders will take on the Vancouver Whitecaps in another edition of the Cascadia Cup, highlighting Saturday's Major League Soccer action.

Playing without Chris Wondolowski and Marvin Chavez due to Gold Cup call-ups, the San Jose Earthquakes travel across the country to face the New England Revolution in an cross-conference dual.

Guzan signs new deal with Aston Villa

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By DAN KARELL

A season's worth of stellar performances for Aston Villa has earned Brad Guzan a new contract.

The 28-year-old goalkeeper signed a new four-year contract with Aston Villa on Saturday, keeping him at the English Premier League club until the summer of 2017.

USMNT 6, Guatemala 0: Match Highlights

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USA 6, Guatemala 0: SBI Player Grades

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By IVES GALARCEP

It was a tale of two midfields on Friday night as the U.S. Men's National Team overcame a disappointing start to turn in a dominating second-half effort in demolishing Guatemala, 6-0, in a Gold Cup tune-up match in San Diego.

Halftime subs Stuart Holden and Mix Diskerud helped drive the U.

USMNT vs. Guatemala: SBI Live Match Commentary

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By IVES GALARCEP

The U.S. Men's National Team will play its lone tune-up match before the CONCACAF Gold Cup tonight in San Diego with a friendly against Guatemala (11pm, NBC Sports).

The Americans are fielding a Gold Cup squad featuring some new faces, and some old ones, but is also a team without most of the full senior team's top stars.

Donovan nets double, Holden masterful as USMNT crush Guatemala

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By IVES GALARCEP

It didn't start off in the prettiest of fashions for the U.S. Men's National Team, but a slow start was soon replaced by an outstanding second half in what wound up being a rout and a great showcase for several players.

The SBI Show: Episode 47 (Breaking down USMNT-Guatemala, Altidore’s transfer, and more)

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By IVES GALARCEP

The U.S. Men's National Team's 6-0 romp over Guatemala has U.S. fans feeling good about the squad's chances heading into the Gold Cup, and the SBI Show takes an in-depth look at Friday night's blowout.

Co-host Garrett Cleverly and I discuss the U.S. victory, the players who impressed the most and those who struggled.

SBI USMNT Man of the Match: Stuart Holden

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By IVES GALARCEP

On a night when Landon Donovan grabbed headlines by scoring two goals, the performance of the night was turned in by a player who didn't begin the U.S. Men's National Team's match vs. Guatemala in the starting lineup.

Stuart Holden took the field at halftime on Friday night and proceeded to turn in one of the better midfield performances in recent memory on the U.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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By MICHAEL KLINE

The Under-20 World Cup quarterfinals will get your Saturday morning kicked off right, with a healthy dose of MLS action to follow in the evening.

France will square-off with Uzbekistan to get the U20 World Cup quarterfinals underway, with Uruguay vs. Spain immediately following, in the marquee matchup of the weekend.

Cascadia Cup Council and MLS reach trademark agreement

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By DAN KARELL

There finally looks to be a resolution to the trademarked rights of the Cascadia Cup.

The Cascadia Cup Council, made up of leaders from the supporters groups of the Seattle Sounders, Portland Timbers, and Vancouver Whitecaps, announced that they had come to an agreement in principle with Major League Soccer on the issue of the Cascadia Cup trademarks.

Montero move to Sporting could be completed by Sunday

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By DAN KARELL

Fredy Montero's proposed move to Sporting Club de Portugal could be completed as early as Sunday.

According to reports in Portugal, Montero's agent is aiming to complete the deal by the end of the weekend, with the Lisbon club introducing the Colombian forward early next week.

Altidore transferring to EPL side Sunderland

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By IVES GALARCEP

The Jozy Altidore transfer saga had the makings of a long and drawn-out affair, with clubs from all over Europe lining up and expressing interest, but rather than be treated to months of speculation, Altidore has sealed a transfer move in just a matter of days.

Silverbacks take NASL Spring Season title

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By MIKE GRAMAJO

There were fireworks in the sky and on the field for the Atlanta Silverbacks on the Fourth of July.

Two second-half goals from Bobby Reiss and Ruben Luna were all the Silverbacks needed to take a crucial 3-0 road victory against Minnesota United the at National Sports Center to win the Spring Championship of the NASL.

SBI MLS Mid-Season Coach of the Year: Caleb Porter

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By IVES GALARCEP

When Caleb Porter took over as head coach of the Portland Timbers, he stepped into a role where plenty of scrutiny would be cast on him for being a college soccer coach with no previous pro experience.

Nobody is wondering about Porter's ability to make the transition anymore.

This Weekend’s Soccer on TV

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By MICHAEL KLINE

The Under-20 World Cup quarterfinals headline this weekend's international soccer action, with all three teams from the U.S. Under-20 team's group still alive.

On Saturday, France will face Uzbekistan in the first quarterfinal match of the weekend. Later in the day, the Uruguayan Under-20 national team will host Spain in another pivotal quarterfinal matchup.

Random draw to be used to select who receives tickets to USA-Mexico World Cup qualifier

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By DAN KARELL

If you haven't already received them and want to score tickets for the U.S. Men's National Team match against Mexico in Columbus, make sure to mark down July 19 on your calender.

U.S. Soccer announced that tickets will be made available to the general public on Friday, July 19 at 10 a.

Who should the USMNT start tonight vs. Guatemala?

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By IVES GALARCEP

The U.S. Men's National Team takes on Guatemala tonight in San Diego (11pm, NBC Sports) in the team's lone tune-up match before the upcoming CONCACAF Gold Cup, and the lineup Jurgen Klinsmann trots out tonight should offer us a good glimpse of the team Klinsmann will lean on to help the U.

SBI Mid-Season Defender of the Year: Jose Goncalves

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by IVES GALARCEP

The New England Revolution fielded a middle-of-the-pack defense in 2012, and if they were going to have any chance of being a serious contender in 2013, they were going to have to upgrade their back-line. The Revs did just that with the acquisition of Portuguese defender Jose Goncalves, who has stepped in and given New England a dominant force in the middle.

MLS Week 19: A Look Ahead

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By THOMAS FLOYD

There's no rest for the weary in MLS. Not this week, at least.

After a packed mid-week schedule to celebrate Independence Day, MLS is back this weekend with a full slate of matches. Among the fixtures: A Cascadia Cup clash as the Vancouver Whitecaps look for their first MLS win in the three-team rivalry series when the Seattle Sounders come to town.

NWSL Week 13: Unbeaten streak over, Flash set for faceoff with FCKC

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By MIKE McCALL

Well, it had to end sometime.

After a 1-0 loss to Chicago on Thursday, the Western New York Flash's league-record nine-game unbeaten streak is over, with the club suffering its first defeat since April and squandering a chance to move within one game of first place.

Benito Floro appointed as Canada MNT head coach

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By DAN KARELL

With one of the best national team set-ups in the world, the Canadian Soccer Association has turned to one of Spain's finest to help rebuild the foundation back home.

Former Real Madrid manager Benito Floro has been announced as the next head coach of the Canada Men's National Soccer Team, taking over the reigns after Stephen Hunt's disastrous time in charge left Canada out of the Hexagonal round for World Cup 2014.

Inter Milan announce friendly with Real Madrid in St. Louis

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By DAN KARELL

After the International Champions Cup finishes, two of the participating squads, Inter Milan and Real Madrid, will meet in one final friendly match.

St. Louis and the Edward Jones Dome will play host on August 10 to the two European sides, who will return to Europe after the match to finish preparations for their upcoming 2013/2014 seasons.

MLS Week 19: Your 4th of July Running Commentary

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By IVES GALARCEP

The Colorado Rapids are coming off one of their most impressive wins of the season, and tonight they have a chance to add another quality scalp to their list of conquests when they take on traditional 4th of July opponent New York Red Bulls (9:30pm, Direct Kick).

Defensive woes gift Rapids win over Red Bulls

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By DAN KARELL

Just when it seemed that the New York Red Bulls were on their way back to playing winning soccer, they took another step back.

Taking advantage of a number of errors and miscues by the Red Bulls, the Colorado Rapids scored twice in the second half to earn a 2-0 victory over their Eastern Conference opposition on Thursday night in front of 18,359 fans at Dick's Sporting Goods Park.

FC Dallas and Chivas USA play to scoreless draw

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By DAN KARELL

The only fireworks at FC Dallas Stadium on Thursday night were of the gunpowder variety as neither FC Dallas or Chivas USA could find the net on a night of few chances.

FCD and Chivas USA played to a scoreless draw, marking a second straight draw for both teams, though you would imagine FC Dallas will feel disappointed not winning at home against a Chivas USA side that hasn't won in more than three months.

Keane converts late PKs to lead Galaxy to comeback win vs. Crew

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By IVES GALARCEP

It had the makings of yet another match where the Los Angeles Galaxy played well enough to win, but didn't. After more than 70 minutes of domination, the Galaxy had yet to find the net.

When Bernardo Anor headed home the first goal of the match, and gave the Columbus Crew a 1-0 lead on the Galaxy, Bruce Arena's side looked destined for another disappointing night.

Friday Kickoff: PSG negotiate for Cavani; Ronaldo staying with Real Madrid this season; and more

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By DAN KARELL

If Edinson Cavani wasn't interested in a move to Ligue 1 before Thursday, the reported contract numbers swirling in the media are sure to have turned his head.

Paris Saint-Germain are reported to be close to a deal with Napoli, willing to pay the €63 million ($81.

USMNT move up to No. 22 in latest FIFA rankings

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By DAN KARELL

With four wins in their last five matches, including three in World Cup qualifiers, the United States National Team has parlayed their form into a better FIFA ranking.

In the July rankings released on Thursday, the U.

Happy 4th of July from SBI

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It is theFourth of July, the day to celebrate our country's independence, as well as to enjoy a holiday.

As many of you enjoy your trips to the beach, the park and the grill, tonight will offer a good slate of MLS matches to help satisfy those of you with soccer cravings.

We here at SBI are enjoying the holiday as well, and will be taking it easy today (though the morning was packed with news updates).

U.S. U-20 forward moves to Borussia Mönchengladbach

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By DAN KARELL

For the second successive season, United States Under-20 forward Mario Rodriguez will be playing for a new club. Only this time, he'll be staying in Germany.

On Wednesday, Borussia Mönchengladbach announced that Rodriguez had completed a deal to move to the Bundesliga club, signing a contract through 2015.

Must-See Goal: Camilo Sanvezzo

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Controversy reigns as RSL’s late goal earns draw with Union

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By TYLER GRAY

SANDY, Utah Both sides were missing key players due to international call ups but the crowd had all they could handle for the 90-plus minutes of fireworks that took place on Wednesday night at Rio Tinto Stadium.

A controversial red card issued to defender Lovel Palmer didn't deter Real Salt Lake from equalizing in the dying minutes of stoppage time through a Javier Morales penalty kick to earn a 2-2 draw with the Philadelphia Union.

Liverpool release third kit

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By DAN KARELL

You might remember about a month ago when Liverpool released the upcoming season's away kit.

Well, on Thursday the club revealed their third kit, and let's just say it's equally as questionable as the others.

The kit features a three-colored top with purple, white, and black, with the sponsor Standard Chartered and the club crest written in gold.

Report: Bedoya set to sign with FC Twente

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By FRANCO PANIZO

After spending much of the past year in Sweden, Alejandro Bedoya has apparently found a new club to call home and it is in the Netherlands.

According to a Swedish report, Bedoya is set to join Eredivisie club FC Twente after having recently seen his contract with Allsvenskan outfit Helsingborg IF expire.

Diminished roster of stars set to join Messi in Chicago charity match

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By JASON MITCHELL

The final stop of Lionel Messi's charity all-star match tour appears ready to be played, though it wouldn't have as many stars as originally planned.

In the wake of Wednesday's cancellation of an Messi-led exhibition match in Los Angeles, growing concerns about the suspension of a similar match in Chicago on Saturday have been eased as organizers insist the match at Soldier Field will take place.

Di Vaio scores again as Impact come from behind to tie Toronto FC

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

When Andres Romero put the Montreal Impact on the board just 23 seconds into their Wednesday evening rivalry clash, it looked like it was going to be a long night for Toronto FC.

But instead of a blowout loss at the hands of the Eastern Conference leaders, it was another blown second-half lead that left the hosts with a bad taste in their mouths.

Late Rolfe winner extends Fire’s unbeaten streak to nine

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By TYLER DAY

Mike Magee didn't score, but he still was the difference.

After an awkward 73rd-minute own goal, the Chicago Fire were locked 2-2 at home with fewer than ten minutes to playagainst a depleted San Jose side.

In the 84th minute,Magee dribbled the ball from 30 yards out on the left side of the field.

Whitecaps hold off Sporting KC attack to earn point away from home

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

The Vancouver Whitecaps have been unbeatable at home so far this season, but Wednesday night's result at a sold-out Sporting Park in Kansas City proved they can hold their own away from BC Place Stadium.

The Whitecaps faced over two dozen shots from hosts Sporting Kansas City and pulled out a 1-1 tie with their Eastern Conference foes.

Martins’s brace powers Sounders past D.C. United

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By JASON MITCHELL

SEATTLE Despite myriad successes for an expansion team, the Seattle Sounders have had decidedly mixed results with bigger name Designated Players. Freddie Ljungberg, Blaise N'Kufo, Alvaro Fernandez, Christian Tiffert. Even Fredy Montero. All were bought out, traded, or loaned away before their contracts expired.

Thursday Kickoff: Arsenal finalizing Higuain transfer; Moyes appoints Giggs as player-coach; and more

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By DAN KARELL

To the delight of many fans, Arsenal are nearing the completion of their second signing of the summer.

Real Madrid forward Gonzalo Higuain is set to travel to London for a medical, before signing his contract with the English club, according to reports in England.

MLS Week 19: Your Mid-Week Running Commentary

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By IVES GALARCEP

Sporting Kansas City will look to slow down red-hot Vancouver Whitecaps in an inter-conference clash that headlines tonight's MLS Wednesday night action.

Sporting KC enters off a win vs. the Columbus Crew, and they will be looking to ride their home-field advantage to stop a Whitecaps side that has won three straight matches.

Klinsmann names Beasley USMNT Gold Cup captain

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By IVES GALARCEP

U.S. Men's National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has named veteran DaMarcus Beasley as the U.S. captain for the upcoming CONCACAF Gold Cup.

Beasley, who recently surpassed 100 caps, heads into the Gold Cup after a strong run in the June World Cup qualifiers, and he will now be counted on to lead a team with a mix of veterans and national team newcomers.

SBI MLS Mid-Season Newcomer of the Year: Michel

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By IVES GALARCEP

MLS teams live and die on the success of their international acquisitions, and one team that has seen the immediate benefits of smart pick-ups is FC Dallas, which added two of the best newcomers of the 2013 season.

While Raul Fernandez has certainly played a major role in FC Dallas' success in the first half of the season, the biggest difference maker for FCD this year has been Michel, who has stepped in and solidified the midfield while establishing himself as the most dangerous set-piece taker in the league.

D.C. United acquire Jared Jeffrey

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By JASON MITCHELL

D.C. United added to their stable of young talent Wednesday afternoon, acquiring 23-year-old midfielder Jared Jeffrey in a waiver draft. Jeffrey, who most recently played for Bundesliga side Mainz, will be able to join United on Tuesday pending receipt of his International Transfer Certificate.

The SBI Show: Episode 46 (Talking transfer season, MLS mid-season awards, and more)

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By IVES GALARCEP

The start of July is never a boring month, and the flurry of action and rumors of the transfer season have already begun all over the world.

On Episode 46 of The SBI Show, we discuss some of the transfer activity taking place, as well as the current situation with U.

SBI MLS Mid-Season Rookie of the Year: Dillon Powers

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By IVES GALARCEP

The 2013 MLS rookie class has produced several quality contributors who have already begun playing key roles for the teams that drafted them, but no rookie has enjoyed as strong a start to their career as Colorado Rapids midfielder Dillon Powers.

The Notre Dame product has been instrumental in Colorado's season, and one of the key reasons why the Rapids have been able to stay in the playoff conversation despite being hit with a plethora of injuries.

Red Bulls part ways with Juninho

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Juninho's first season with the New York Red Bulls also proved to be his last, and it wound up lasting less than a year.

The Red Bulls announced Wednesday afternoon that they have parted ways with Juninho after a first half of the MLS campaign that could best be described as frustrating for the Brazilian midfielder.

MLS Notes: Salinas suspended; Glauber has surgery; and more

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By JASON MITCHELL

Columbus Crew defender Glauber has undergone arthroscopic knee surgery, the team announced today. The Brazilian defender ruptured his left anterior cruciate ligament in a U.S. Open Cup match against the Chicago Fire on June 13.

The 29-year-old made 13 starts and scored a goal for Columbus prior to the injury.

MLS Week 19: A Midweek Look Ahead

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By THOMAS FLOYD

After some early fireworks this past weekend during a goal-filled slate, MLS is primed and ready to celebrate Independence Day with a packed midweek schedule.

Of the eight matches set for Wednesday and Thursday, six feature interconference tilts as teams seek to rack up points against unfamiliar opposition.

Gatt to be replaced on U.S. Gold Cup roster

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By IVES GALARCEP

Josh Gatt has had some bad luck with injuries in his young professional career, and it appears his latest injury is going to cost him a chance to impress Jurgen Klinsmann.

The knee injury suffered by Gatt in last weekend's club match with Molde will force him to miss the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup, sources confirmed to SBI on Wednesday.

Who is your Mid-Season MLS MVP?

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By IVES GALARCEP

As we sit at what is almost exactly the midpoint of the 2013 MLS season, it is time to talk about the players and coaches who have enjoyed the strongest seasons to date.

SBI will be naming our picks for the MLS Mid-Season awards throughout the day, but we wanted to kick things off by asking readers for their pick for the top award, MLS MVP.

NASL Week 14: A Look Ahead

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By MIKE GRAMAJO

A new champion will be crowned on Thursday when the 2013 spring season of the North American Soccer League comes to a close.

The Carolina RailHawks lead by league-leading goalscorer Brian Shriver and his eight goals travel to Toyota Field to battle the San Antonio Scorpions.

Messi all-star match in LA canceled, Chicago match set for Saturday in jeopardy

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By IVES GALARCEP

It was billed as a match featuring Lionel Messi and friends vs. "The Rest of the World", but an exhibition match featuring Messi set to be played in Los Angeles on Wednesday has been cancelled, and match organizers are blaming Messi.

The exhibition match, set for Wednesday at the LA Coliseum, was announced as cancelled on Tuesday evening, just 24 hours before the LA friendly was to be played, and at the same time that Messi was playing in a similar all-star match in Lima, Peru.

Wednesday Kickoff: Barcelona continues pursuit of Silva; Götze introduced at Bayern; and more

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By DAN KARELL

With Barcelona looking for defensive upgrades, the recent performances of Thiago Silva for Brazil at the Confederations Cup have made up the club's mind on who to go after.

Though the 28-year-old signed a big money, €42 million ($54.4 million) transfer last season to Paris Saint-Germain, he's reportedly being chased by Barcelona, who need to beef up their defense as Carles Puyol and continues to age and slow down, while Gerard Pique had a few poor performances this season in key matches.

Tuesday Evening Ticker: Spain U-20s rally to beat Mexico; PSG and Chelsea race to sign Cavani; and more

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

Before kickoff on Tuesday, Mexican U-20s head coach Sergio Almaguer said it would take his players' "game of their lives" to defeat Spain at the World Cup.

And for almost three-quarters of the match, it looked like Mexico was going to pull off the shock win.

Red Bulls Notes: Petke talks return to Colorado, elevation factor, and more

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

When the New York Red Bulls visit Dick's Sporting Goods Park in two days, it will be a special homecoming for Mike Petke, who spent more than three seasons as a member of the Colorado Rapids.

"I haven't been there in a long time," Petke said on Tuesday.

Timbers Notes: Club gets a rest at halfway point; Powell signing; and more

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BY MIKE DONOVAN

BEAVERTON, Ore.- While other MLS teams combined for a show-stopping weekend with late-game heroics, the Portland Timbers were hanging out with their families and taking a break from the action.

And while head coach Caleb Porter said he spent his weekend "watching tape," his players spent the weekend relaxing after playing six matches in 18 days.

Gillette Stadium to host Brazil-Portugal friendly in September

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

Before a potential El Clasico meeting in Spain, superstar wingers Neymar and Cristiano Ronaldo will first meet in the United States.

On Tuesday, the New England Revolution officially announced a Sept. 10 international friendly between the newly crowned 2013 Confederations Cup champion Brazil and European power Portugal.

MLS Ticker: De Rosario, DeLeon to miss D.C. United’s next match; Sounders eyeing Panamanian; and more

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

A tough road trip to CenturyLink field just got a lot tougher for D.C. United.

The club confirmed Tuesday that midfielders Dwayne De Rosario and Nick DeLeon will both miss Wednesday's match against the Seattle Sounders due to injury.

Pelé, Chinaglia, Carlos Alberto to be honored at Cosmos opening match

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

The New York Cosmos will kick off their new era in August with a flashback to their legendary past.

The club announced Tuesday that it will honor former playersPelé, Carlos Alberto and Giorgio Chinaglia before its first match against the Fort Lauderdale Strikers on Aug.

MLS Spotlight: Red-hot Magee cherishes Chicago homecoming

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By THOMAS FLOYD

Mike Magee hadn't given much thought to the prospect of a Chicago homecoming. Never had a reason to. But once the idea popped into his head, he couldn't let it go.

As Robbie Rogers sought a solution that would move his rights from the Chicago Fire to his hometown Los Angeles Galaxy, Magee came across a quote from Rogers that triggered his Windy City nostalgia.

Club suitors from England, Germany and Italy lining up for Altidore

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By IVES GALARCEP

The start of July has signaled the unofficial start of the Jozy Altidore sweepstakes, with clubs from all over Europe lining up to pry the U.S. Men's National Team forward away from Dutch side AZ.

Clubs from England, Germany and Italy have already expressed interest, with multiple reports identifying Sunderland as one of two Premier League clubs making a play for Altidore.

SBI MLS Best XI: Week 18

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By IVES GALARCEP

Nick Rimando has gone to U.S. Men's National Team camp ahead of the the CONCACAF Gold Cup, but before he left he made sure to give Real Salt Lake one more outstanding performance.

The RSL goalkeeper is expected to starter for the U.S. at the Gold Cup, and he heads into the tournament in good form after his strong four-save effort in RSL's 1-0 victory vs.

Sporting Kansas City trades Thomas to Toronto FC for second round pick in 2015

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

Sporting Kansas City announced Tuesday that they have traded midfielder Michael Thomas to Toronto FCfor a natural second round pick in the 2015 SuperDraft.

"Michael is a solid player who our coaches have had their eye on for some time," TFC president and general manager Kevin Payne told the team website.

Oklahoma City set to be awarded USL PRO expansion team

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By FRANCO PANIZO

As it turns out, NASL is not the only league eyeing Oklahoma City for expansion.

USL PRO, the third division in the United States, is expected to announce an expansion team in Oklahoma City on Tuesday, sources close to the situation told SBI. The announcement will be made at a formal press conference on Tuesday afternoon.

SBI MLS Power Rankings: Week 18

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By IVES GALARCEP

The Pacific Northwest is known for having some of the best, if not the best, fan following in Major League Soccer, but now the Cascadia region is also starting to take control of the SBI MLS Power Rankings.

All three teams from the Pacific Northwest are in the top seven of this week's rankings, with the Portland Timbers holding onto the top spot despite having a bye week in MLS play.

Tuesday Kickoff: Moyes to meet with Rooney this week; FIFA postpones announcement; and more

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

Now that he is in charge at Old Trafford, David Moyes is making it a first-week priority to sort out some transfer drama involving one of his former Everton stars.

Moyes will meet face-to-face with Wayne Rooney and his agent sometime this week to discuss the striker's future with the defending Premier League champions.

Oklahoma the front-runner to be awarded NASL expansion team

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By MIKE GRAMAJO

An Oklahoma City soccer franchise is coming close to a reality in the North American Soccer League.

An expansion group from Oklahoma has been invited to formally present their bid to join the North American Soccer League at the league's Board of Governors meeting in Dallas on June 25th.

Tough roads lie ahead for MLS clubs as CCL schedule is released

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By DAN KARELL

The quest for Major League Soccer's first CONCACAF Champions League title won't be an easy one, and after Monday's release of the 2013/2014 Champions League group stage schedules, it is that much more clear just how tough that quest will be.

At first glance, the San Jose Earthquakes and Sporting Kansas City will have the toughest road to the knockout rounds, as both teams start with two road matches before returning with two home legs.

Timbers sign Nagbe and three others to contract extensions

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By DAN KARELL

The Portland Timbers are riding an impressive 15-match unbeaten streak in MLS play, and several of the play players behind that successful run have decided to stick around or a while.

The Timbers announced on Monday that forward Darlington Nagbe, midfielders Kalif Alhassan and Diego Chara, and goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts had all signed new contracts with the team, keeping a talented core of players around for future seasons.

Chivas USA acquire top MLS Allocation Order spot, sign Bocanegra

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By IVES GALARCEP

After seeing a steady exodus of players leave Chivas USA over the past few months, it appears the Goats are finally ready to start adding some major pieces to a squad in dire need of help.

Chivas USA made a blockbuster move on Monday, trading a 2015 1st-round pick and international roster spot through 2014 to Toronto FC for the top spot in the MLS Allocation Order.

Despite recent slump, Bruin ready to battle for playing time with USMNT

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By DAN KARELL

Following in the footsteps of teammate Brad Davis and head coach Dominic Kinnear, the Houston Dynamo's Will Bruin is set to make a name for himself on a national stage.

The 23-year-old forward was included on the 23-man United States Men's National Team roster for the 2013 Gold Cup, where he'll have the opportunity to make his first competitive appearance in the red, white, and blue.

MLS Ticker: Numbers emerge on reported Montero transfer; Chivas USA make roster moves; and more

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By DAN KARELL

Fredy Montero hasn't made up his mind yet on his club future, but reports continue to state that his time in Colombia could be ending in the next few weeks.

The Millonarios striker on-loan from Major League Soccer's Seattle Sounders scored twice on Saturday as his side defeated Sante Fe, 2-1, and is the subject of a transfer bid from Sporting Club de Portugal, in Lisbon, Portugal.

SBI MLS Rookie of the Week: Dillon Powers

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By IVES GALARCEP

The Dillon Powers Rookie of the Year campaign continues to build steam, with the Notre Dame product turning in another stellar performance for the Colorado Rapids.

Powers scored a goal and played outstanding in midfield to help the Rapids post a 4-3 victory over the Montreal Impact last Saturday, handing Montreal their first home loss of the season.

SBI MLS Goal of the Week: Hassoun Camara

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Cosmos sign Szetela

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By IVES GALARCEP

The New York Cosmos have been making an effort to establish their ties to the area with the additions of players with local roots. They have now added another player from the New York/New Jersey area, and one who they are hoping they can help resurrect his career.

SBI MLS Team of the Week: Colorado Rapids

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By IVES GALARCEP

When the Colorado Rapids traveled to Canada last weekend for their clash vs. the Montreal Impact, you couldn't like their chances of snapping a three-match losing streak. Not when they were facing a rested Impact side coming off a bye week, and a team that was 6-0-1 at Stade Saputo heading into Saturday.

The SBI Show: Episode 45 (talking USMNT Gold Cup squad, MLS Week 18, and more)

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By IVES GALARCEP

The CONCACAF Gold Cup is just around the corner and with the U.S. Men's National Team squad for the tournament now selected, it is time to discuss the squad on the latest episode of The SBI Show.

Episode 45 takes a look at the U.S. Gold Cup squad, and also discusses some injuries already being faced by the 23-man squad selected by Jurgen Klinsmann.

NASL Week 13: A Look Back

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By MIKE GRAMAJO

The Carolina RailHawks are going to have to wait one more week if they want to clinch the spring season title in the North American Soccer League.

Former New York Red Bulls and D.C. United midfielder Austin Da Luz scored a late header to salvage a 1-1 draw for the RailHawks against the Atlanta Silverbacks on Saturday night at WakeMed Soccer Park.

SBI MLS Player of the Week: Alan Gordon

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By DAN KARELL

If there's one player who thrives in the big moments, it's San Jose Earthquakes forward Alan Gordon.

The former Galaxy man scored the first and third goals in his team's comeback 3-2 victory against the LA Galaxy on Saturday night, including scoring the winner deep into stoppage-time on a perfectly placed header.

NWSL Week 12 Rewind: Wild weekend shakes up standings

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By MIKE McCALL

After weeks and weeks of the status quo, the National Women's Soccer League was due for a shake-up. And it got one this weekend.

The top two teams lost, the next two gained ground, and the league's former bottom-feeder took another step in what's looking more and more like a charge up the standings.

Monday Kickoff: Brazil takes Confederations Cup crown; Barcelona push for PSG’s Silva; and more

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By DAN KARELL

When the Confederations Cup began on June 15, most observers doubted based on recent results that Brazil would have topped Spain if the two met in the tournament's final match.

Instead, Brazil didn't just beat Spain. They dominated Spain.

The Seleção defeated the reigning world and European champions, 3-0, in a match that saw Spain reduced to ten men.