Soccer By Ives Archives for January 2013

Georgetown primed for return to College Cup

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By MICAH McVICKER

Georgetown did not receive any votes in the 2012 National Soccer Coaches Association of America preseason poll. The Hoyas finished the season in Hoover, Alabama, a couple inches shy of a national championship.

"Right after the fact, we are all obviously a little bit demoralized by the whole thing," said GU forward Steve Neumann.

SBI College Soccer Weekend Preview

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By IVES GALARCEP

The UCLA Bruins will field a very young team this season, and with the best recruiting class in the nation stepping in, the Bruins enter the season with high expectations.

Those young Bruins won't have much time to adapt to the college game, but they will certainly face some brutal early tests, as match-ups vs.

SBI College Preview: UConn tries to maintain focus with the goal of a national title

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By KEVIN KOCZWARA

Ten months ago, the University of Connecticut men's soccer team had their dreams dashed in heartbreaking fashion in the NCAA Tournament for the second time in as many seasons.

The Huskies, who finished the season 17-4-1, were defeated in the quarterfinals of the NCAA tournament.

SBI College Preview: UCLA looking forward to new season and new opportunity

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By TYLER GRAY

UCLA's 2012 season was cut short in humiliating fashion when they were ousted from the NCAA tournament, suffering a 5-2 defeat to the University of San Diego.

After a stellar season in which the Bruins went 13-3-3, they barely had any time to react before they were packing their bags and on their way home.

SBI College Preview: Maryland aiming to leave the ACC as champions

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By MICAH MCVICKER

The 2013 season is a special one for the Maryland Terrapins Men's Soccer program.

Not only does the upcoming season mark the school's 60th anniversary as a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference, but it also signifies the final year that the Terrapins will play ACC soccer, with a move to the Big Ten Conference set to begin on July 1, 2014.

SBI College Soccer Pre-Season All-American Team

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By IVES GALARCEP

When a plethora of top underclassmen left college soccer for pro contracts last winter, the initial concern was that there wouldn't be much elite talent returning to the college ranks in 2013. The reality is that you can make a strong argument that the upcoming season will feature even more top-flight talent than last year.

Sounders notes: Martins scheduled for MRI; Schmid looking for road wins; and more

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By JASON MITCHELL

For the second time this season, injury is sidelining Obafemi Martins longer than initially expected.

Martins picked up an ankle injury in the first half against Toronto FC on Aug. 10 that forced him to leave the match after 30 minutes. The team initially characterized the injury as "day-to-day," but Martins has now missed two matches and was scheduled to undergo a precautionary MRI on Wednesday.

With pro scouts watching, UConn’s Blake poised for dream season

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By KEVIN KOCZWARA

University of Connecticut coach Ray Reid has seen his fair share of accomplished goalkeepers.

In his 25 years as a head coach with both UConn and the University of Southern Connecticut, Reid has had a total of nine stalwart starting goalkeepers.

Liga MX Round 8: A Look Ahead

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By DAN KARELL

With three matches between teams in the upper half of the Liga MX table on tap this weekend, there's sure to be plenty of movers when round eight is all set and done.

One point separates the first-place squad Club America from the seventh-placed team Veracruz, and within that spectrum sees an epic battle set for Friday at the Estadio Corona in Torreon.

This Weekend’s Soccer on TV

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By MICHAEL KLINE

Champions League winners Bayern Munich will face Europa League champions Chelsea in Prague today for the 2013 UEFA Super Cup.

It will be the first meeting between the two clubs since Chelsea beat Bayern in their 2012 Champions League final clash. Chelsea will be participating in the Super Cup for the second consecutive season, and Jose Mourinho and his men will hope to fare better than Roberto di Matteo's squad did when they fell to Atletico Madrid 4-1 last season.

SBI Fantasy MLS: Round 28 Preview

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By CASEY CANNON

Hello and Welcome to the Soccer by Ives Fantasy Corner – now fully approved by the Seattle Chapter of American Outlaws! Every week I dig through statistics, news, and rumors to provide the reader with the kind of fantasy advice that only an unemployed local capo can provide.

SBI College Soccer Pre-Season Top 40

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By IVES GALARCEP

When the Maryland men's soccer team fell to Georgetown in the NCAA Tournament semifinals last December, the memorable match was not only a great showcase for some of the best talent in the nation. It could also very well be a preview of the 2013 NCAA Championship Game.

Wambach, Morgan set for NWSL Championship Showdown

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By MIKE McCALL

When the National Women's Soccer League was dreamed up as the latest incarnation of a U.S. women's pro league, this is almost exactly what they had in mind.

The inaugural NWSL Championship will come down to the faceoff that many predicted and that undoubtedly will grab the most headlines: U.

NASL Week 5: A Look Ahead

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By MIKE GRAMAJO

After taking a second consecutive victory last week, the Fort Lauderdale Strikers are riding high in confidence as they enter week five of the North American Soccer League.

While head coach Gunter Kronsteiner's men are looking to continue their current form, they welcome the league-leading Carolina RailHawks to Lockhart Stadium on Friday.

Tottenham, AZ, and Rapid Wien all drawn in Europa League group stage

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By DAN KARELL

Forty-eight clubs learned their European future on Friday when UEFA conducted the Europa League group stage draw.

Three teams with American players are in the group stage, as Tottenham of the English Premier League was drawn in Group K, AZ Alkmaar of the Dutch Eredivisie was drawn in Group L, and Rapid Wien was drawn in Group G.

Onyewu agrees to mutually part ways with Sporting CP

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Oguchi Onyewu is officially a free agent.

After weeks of trying to part ways with Sporting CP, Onyewu and the Portuguese club reached an agreement to do so on Thursday. Onyewu, a two-time World Cup veteran who was most recently with the U.S. Men's National Team in July for the 2013 Gold Cup, is now a free agent and can sign with any team interested in his services.

Friday Kickoff: Kaka wants to leave Madrid; Schalke sign Boateng from Milan; and more

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By DAN KARELL

With just four days remaining in the summer transfer window, Real Madrid midfielder Kaka has reportedly decided it's time to leave.

After considering leaving last winter but changing his mind at the last minute, the Brazilian former World Player of the year announced his intentions after Real Madrid's 4-0 friendly victory against Deportivo La Coruña, in which Kaka scored twice.

European Weekend Preview: Spurs visit Arsenal in North London Derby; Liverpool host Man United; and more

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

After two exciting weeks of action to get the season going, the English Premier League will have its first "Super Sunday" this weekend with the latest edition of two major derbies Arsenal vs. Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool vs. Manchester United.

Sunday's North London Derby match between Spurs and Arsenal will be a battle between two teams in opposite directions when it comes to squad depth.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Preview

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Before departing for his second U.S. Men's National Team camp, Aron Johannsson will be going through quite a busy weekend.

After having played 59 minutes in AZ Alkmaar's Europa League qualifier vs. Astromitos on Thursday, Johannsson is likely to play twice more in a span of three days due to some unusual circumstances.

MLS East Notes: Revolution add depth in defense; Kinnear calls out CCL referees; and more

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By DAN KARELL

With the Major League Soccer playoffs approaching, the New England Revolution just beefed up their backline for the final stretch run of the season.

The Revolution announced on Thursday the signing of Jamaican international O'Brian Woodbine on a free transfer.

Sources: MLS rejects Stoke City offer for Agudelo

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By IVES GALARCEP

Juan Agudelo has hit an outstanding run of form that has the New England Revolution thinking playoffs, and has MLS wanting more money to let him leave the league early.

MLS has turned down a transfer offer of close to $750,000 to bring Agudelo to Stoke City during the summer transfer window, sources confirmed to SBI on Thursday night.

Report: NYC FC submits proposal for stadium site near Yankee Stadium

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By DAN KARELL

If all goes to plan, New York City FC could be neighbors with the New York Yankees.

The Major League Baseball club, who is part owner of NYC FC with Manchester City of the English Premier League, have submitted a new proposal for a soccer-specific stadium that would be located just south of the new Yankee Stadium, according to a report in the New York Times.

Klinsmann touches on USMNT roster selection, clash with Costa Rica, and more

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By FRANCO PANIZO

It did not take very long after Thursday's U.S. Men's National Team roster announcement to realize that head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has a plethora of options to choose from for next month's World Cup qualifiers.

Selecting which players would be available was no easy task, though.

Brooks, Donovan and Johannsson among players called up to USMNT World Cup qualifying squad

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By IVES GALARCEP

U.S. Men's National Team newcomers John Brooks and Aron Johannsson headline a strong squad called in for the team's upcoming World Cup qualifiers vs. Costa Rica and Mexico.

U.S. stars Michael Bradley, Clint Dempsey, Tim Howard, Landon Donovan and Jozy Altidore lead the squad as it attempts to secure qualification to the 2014 World Cup.

Cosmos Notes: Team is working to improve defensively; Savarese glad to have Roversio; and more

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By DAN KARELL

For about a five minute period which included the New York Cosmos conceding to the ten-man San Antonio Scorpions last Saturday, there were a number of communication breakdowns in the backline.

Multiple times, the line was not all on the same page as Scorpions wingers and forwards were able to drift between defenders and into space, where Cosmos goalkeeper Kyle Reynish made two breakaway saves, though he couldn't keep out Tomasz Zahorski's wide open chance on goal.

Americans Abroad: Midweek Rewind

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Nearly a month after suffering a knee injury that initially looked to threaten his season, Brek Shea made his Stoke City return on Wednesday.

Shea started for the Potters in their 3-1 victory over Walsall in the Capital One Cup, starting and playing 45 minutes in the match played at Britannia Stadium.

MLS West Notes: Chivas USA signs TV deal, Colorado’s Armstrong undergoes surgery, and more

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BY MIKE DONOVAN

Chivas USA has reached an agreement to show its remaining nine games on local televisionwith the majority of them to be shown in both English and Spanish.

The Goats have spent the season without a local television deal but that changed Wednesday when the club announced that seven of its matches will be shown in English on KDOC-TV.

Juve facing Real Madrid, Barcelona meet AC Milan again as UEFA Champions League groups are drawn

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By IVES GALARCEP

Reigning UEFA Champions League winners Bayern Munich will face Manchester City while Barcelona and Arsenal face very tough paths through the group stage after Thursday's UEFA Champions League draw.

Barcelona will battle in a difficult group that includes AC Milan, Celtic and Ajax, while Arsenal was drawn into a stacked group featuring Napoli, Borussia Dortmund and Marseille.

SBI Live Q&A (Aug. 29th Edition)

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By IVES GALARCEP

With World Cup qualifying set to resume next week, and the MLS season moving toward the playoff chase, it is time to catch up on all topics in the soccer world in the latest SBI Live Q&A.

I will be fielding questions for the next hour or so on a wide range of topics.

Union Notes: Heavy loss overshadows controversial call; holes to fill on defense; and more

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By JOEL HOOVER

A few days removed from the Philadelphia Union's heavy 5-1 defeat to the New England Revolution on Sunday, John Hackworth wanted to press the point that sometimes "perception becomes reality" after a big loss.

And in this case, his and the Union's reality was that the outcome could have been quite different if the officiating had been different too.

SBI Live Q&A set for 1pm Today

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By IVES GALARCEP

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

I am back from my vacation in Peru and ready to talk everything from the U.S. Men's National Team to MLS to international soccer, so join me at 1pm today and I will take questions on these subjects and more.

USMNT roster for upcoming qualifiers to be announced today at 3:30pm on ESPN SportsCenter

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By IVES GALARCEP

If you were ready for another long weekend of waiting to find out which players would be called up to the U.S. Men's National Team, you might want to find some new plans.

U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann will announce the World Cup qualifying roster for upcoming matches against Costa Rica and Mexico at 3:30pm today on ESPN's SportsCenter.

Donovan calls signing a “tipping point” for MLS and USMNT

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By DAN KARELL

When the Los Angeles Galaxy announced on Wednesday that they had signed Landon Donovan to a new long-term contract, it not only sent a message to the world of the financial power of Major League Soccer, but it also sent a message to members of the U.S. Men's National Team that MLS is a plausible option.

UCL Rewind: Milan rout PSV; Celtic advance in dramatic fashion; and more

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By DAN KARELL

Kevin-Prince Boateng made sure that AC Milan wouldn't have to suffer a second consecutive defeat on Wednesday afternoon.

The Ghanian international scored two goals in a 3-0 victory over PSV Eindhoven (4-1 on agg) in the UEFA Champions League play-off round, earning the seven-time European cup champions a place in the group stages.

Sources: Donovan deal could make him highest-paid player in MLS

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By IVES GALARCEP

When Landon Donovan agreed recently on a new contract with the Los Angeles Galaxy, it was figured that his new deal would likely rival the one recently secured by fellow U.S. Men's National Team star Clint Dempsey. Sources tell SBI that not only is this the case, but bonuses in Donovan's new deal could make help him surpass Dempsey as the highest-paid player in Major League Soccer.

Thursday Kickoff: Barcelona win Spanish Super Cup; Bayern could lose Schweinsteiger for Chelsea match; and more

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By DAN KARELL

For the eleventh time in club history, Barcelona have won the Spanish Super Cup.

The Catalan club on Wednesday played ten-man Atletico Madrid to a scoreless draw at the Camp Nou, winning the title on away goals after a 1-1 result in the Vicente Calderon Stadium in Madrid.

Donovan signs multi-year contract with Galaxy

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By DAN KARELL

Arguably the greatest player in the history of Major League Soccer isn't leaving the league any time soon.

The Los Angeles Galaxy announced on Wednesday afternoon that midfielder Landon Donovan has signed a new multi-year contract with the club, meaning that all three of the Galaxy's designated players are locked-in to long-term deals.

SBI MLS Best XI: Week 26

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By IVES GALARCEP

Week 26 of the MLS season was all about dynamic duos around the league.

Whether it was the New England tandem of Kelyn Rowe and Diego Fagundez, or Montreal's pair of Marco DiVaio and Felipe Martins, or Real Salt Lake combo of Kyle Beckerman and Javier Morales, attacking tandems led the way in a week that featured plenty of attacking fireworks.

Soccer Wednesday: Your Running Commentary

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By DAN KARELL

The final five places for the UEFA Champions League group stage are up for grabs on Wednesday as AC Milan hosts PSV Eindhoven in the highlight of the afternoon.

Both squads drew, 1-1, in Holland last Tuesday, giving the Italian side an advantage on away goals heading into the second-leg of the Champions League play-off round.

Who should the USMNT call up for September’s qualifiers?

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By IVES GALARCEP

With a record 12-match winning streak, and a plethora of options to choose from, Jurgen Klinsmann is sitting pretty as he and the U.S. Men's National Team head into September's World Cup qualifiers.

Costa Rica and Mexico should both provide stiff tests next month, but given the wave of confidence the U.

CCL Rewind: Saad scores brace in Sporting KC win; Dynamo outlast Arabe Unido at home; and more

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By DAN KARELL

For the second time in the 2013/2014 CONCACAF Champions League, Sporting Kansas City proved their mettle on the road.

Playing in Honduras against famed club Olimpia CD on Tuesday evening, Sporting KC took a 2-0 victory thanks to a brace from 21-year-old Soony Saad.

Wednesday Kickoff: Özil wants to stay at Real Madrid; Arsenal progress to UCL group stage at heavy price; and more

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By DAN KARELL

Despite the rumors of a potential move north to England or back to his native Germany, Real Madrid midfielder Mesut Özil has reiterated his desire to stay at the Spanish club.

Speaking at an Adidas event, Özil referenced his contract, which runs through 2016, as one of the reasons of him staying with the club, as well as playing for newly appointed assistant coach Zinedine Zidane, one of the German international's idols.

Altidore scores first competitive goal for Sunderland in Carling Cup

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By DAN KARELL

After failing to score a goal in his first two league matches of the season, Jozy Altidore scored his first competitive goal for Sunderland on Tuesday in a 4-2 victory against Milton Keynes Dons in the second round of the Carling Cup.

SBI MLS Save of the Week: Jaime Penedo

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MLS Ticker: Bengtson recalled to Honduras squad; Rapids’ Calderon back from injury; and more

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By DAN KARELL

Following a widely-reported bust-up with Honduras National Team head coach Luis Fernando Suarez and not featuring in the last six games for the New England Revolution, it seemed unlikely that Jerry Bengtson would be called into his national team squad for two key qualifiers next month.

Soccer Tuesday: Your Running Commentary

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By DAN KARELL

Arsenal are 90 minutes from qualifying for the UEFA Champions League group stage, an important achievement considering all of the players they are targeting before the transfer window closes.

Following a 3-0 victory last Wednesday, the Gunners host Fenerbahce at the Emirates Stadium on Tuesday afternoon, seemingly in a strong position to move on.

SBI MLS Goal of the Week: Dwayne De Rosario

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CCL Preview: Sporting KC, Earthquakes go on the road; Dynamo, Tijuana return home for CCL matches

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By DAN KARELL

With two road losses in a row, Sporting Kansas City is certainly hoping that their trip to Honduras can help them discover some form from the beginning of the month.

Sporting KC visit famed Honduran side Olimpia CD on Tuesday in both team's second match in the CONCACAF Champions League group stages.

REPORT: Donovan to sign extension with Galaxy

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By KEVIN KOCZWARA

Landon Donovan is apparently ready to stick around Los Angeles after all.

According to Sports Illustrated, Donovan and the Los Angeles Galaxy have agreed on a multi-year contract that will keep the 31-year-old U.S. Men's National Team star in MLS.

The deal will keep the most successful player in MLS history in the league.

Tuesday Kickoff: Messi expected to start alongside Neymar; Arsenal urged to pay up for Cabaye; and more

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By DAN KARELL

Wednesday could mark the first time since Neymar's arrival at Barcelona that him and Lionel Messi would start a match at the same time.

As Neymar has been working his way to full fitness and Messi has been trying to play through a thigh injury, both haven't been able to start a match together.

SBI MLS Rookie of the Week: Devon Sandoval

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By DAN KARELL

Earning a rare start due to an injury to Alvaro Saborio, Real Salt Lake rookie Devon Sandoval made sure to make head coach Jason Kreis not rue his selection.

Sandoval got on the end of a cross from teammate Olmes Garcia and scored just his second goal of the season in the 51st minute, putting his side up two goals on their way to a 4-0 victory against the Columbus Crew.

SBI MLS Team of the Week: New England Revolution

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By DAN KARELL

With only ten games remaining in the season before the weekend began, the New England Revolution wanted to take all three points against the Philadelphia Union to keep their playoff hopes intact.

Stepping up to the challenge, the Revolution used four second-half goals to rout the Union, 5-1, at Gillette Stadium.

SBI MLS Player of the Week: Felipe Martins

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By DAN KARELL

A major reason for the recent struggles of the Montreal Impact has been due to the lack of form of Felipe Martins. But on Saturday evening, the Brazilian midfielder showed exactly how good he can be and how much his team needs him.

Soccer Monday: Your Running Commentary

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By DAN KARELL

The second weekend of the English Premier League season finishes at Old Trafford, as two giants clash in one of the most anticipated matches in the month of August.

Jose Mourinho visits Manchester United for the first time since knocking out the Red Devils in the UEFA Champions League last season, but he'll have a different challenge with his Chelsea side playing their third match of the season already.

MLS Insider: Episode 8 (Diego Valeri, Sporting KC vs. Man United, and the USMNT)

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By DAN KARELL

The latest episode of MLS Insider focuses on three topics:

The Portland Timbers star midfielder Diego Valeri, Sporting Kansas City's franchise, and the growth of the U.S. Men's National Team this summer.

Episode 8 features an inside look on Valeri's move to the U.

Liga MX Round 7: A Look Back

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By DAN KARELL

Since making his move from England to Mexico this summer, Club Leon's Mauro Boselli has made an instant impact for his team.

Boselli scored twice for Leon on Saturday as they came back from a goal down to defeat ten-man Monterrey, 3-1, at the Estadio Leon, moving to second in the Liga MX table.

NWSL Semifinals: A Look Back

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By MIKE McCALL

Save for possibly the location, the first National Women's Soccer League championship will go down just as expected.

The two preseason favorites, the Portland Timbers and Western New York Flash, won their semifinal games on Saturday to set up a final that features some of the biggest names in women's soccer.

Monday Kickoff: Lamela close to Spurs move; Monterrey sack Vucetich; and more

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By DAN KARELL

After missing out on signing Brazilian midfielder Willian, Tottenham accelerated talks over the weekend with AS Roma, and are hoping to sign forward Erik Lamela by the end of Monday.

The Argentine starlet is expected to cost Tottenham in the region of £30 million ($46.

European Weekend Rewind: Cardiff City stun Man City; Toni leads Hellas Verona to win over Milan; and more

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

In the first major weekend of European league action, most of the continent's top teams took care of business as there were few eyebrow-raising results.

But this weekend, Europe saw its first two shocking results as Champions League-qualifying clubs fell in shocking fashion to newly promoted sides.

Torres brace leads Chivas USA to stunning victory vs. Red Bulls

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By DAN KARELL

With a chance to take sole possession of first place in the Eastern Conference on Sunday, the New York Red Bulls instead looked more like a team that was struggling to even make the playoffs.

On-loan forward Erick Torres scored a brace for Chivas USA while fellow youngster Julio Morales added another to defeat the Red Bulls, 3-2, at the StubHub Center.

Revolution score five in rout of Union

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By KEVIN KOCZWARA

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. —The New England Revolution made a statement to the rest of the Eastern Conference on Sunday evening.

The Philadelphia Union had no answer for the Revolution's young attacking tandem of Diego Fagundez, Juan Agudelo, and Kelyn Rowe, as the trio scored four goals and forced an own goal from Amobi Okugo, who was also sent off, in a 5-1 rout at Gillette Stadium.

Johnson header lifts Sounders over Timbers in front of record crowd

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By JASON MITCHELL

SEATTLE All eyes were on Clint Dempsey. But anyone who has watched Eddie Johnson since he joined the Seattle Sounders knew to keep tracking that lone golden dome as it zipped around the pitch Sunday night.

NASL Week 4: A Look Back

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By MIKE GRAMAJO

Brian Shriver just can't be stopped.

The former North Carolina Tar Heel found the net in the 52nd minute, scoring his 12th goal of the season to lead his side to a 1-0 victory over Minnesota United FC in front of 5,201 fans at WakeMed Soccer Park.

"Tonight was a good result," RailHawks head coach Colin Clarke told NASL.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Tim Ream has had his share of rough days since moving over to Europe, but Saturday was not one of them.

Ream made his first appearance for Bolton Wanderers in the new Championship season this weekend, earning a start in central midfield in the club's 1-0 loss to Queens Park Rangers.

FC Dallas storm back from two goals down to draw nine-man Earthquakes

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By DAN KARELL

Saturday night's encounter between FC Dallas and the San Jose Earthquakes had just about everything that any soccer fan would want to see.

In a four-goal thriller where three red cards were shown in the second half, FC Dallas battled back from a two-goal deficit to draw the Earthquakes, 2-0, at FC Dallas Stadium.

Lopez’s stoppage-time header lifts Cosmos in win over Scorpions

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By DAN KARELL

Returning home for the first time since their opening match, the New York Cosmos followed nearly the same script as their first win of the season.

On Saturday evening, substitute Henry Lopez played the hero, heading home a goal in stoppage-time to give the Cosmos a 2-1 victory over the San Antonio Scorpions at Shuart Stadium.

D.C. United and Toronto FC battle to draw despite De Rosario wonder strike

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By PABLO MAURER

WASHINGTON Toronto FC travelled to RFK Stadium tonight in a battle of Eastern Conference basement dwellers. United is in the midst of a historically bad campaign, having won only 3 matches out of 25 played. Toronto hasn't fared much better, sitting only seven points ahead of D.

Di Vaio, Martins lead Impact in rout of Dynamo

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By DAN KARELL

With both teams playing mid-week CONCACAF Champions League road matches, it's fair to say that the outcome of Saturday evening's game between the Montreal Impact and the Houston Dynamo could have gone either way.

Instead, it was all Impact after the first 35 minutes.

Donovan blast separates Galaxy from Whitecaps

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By DAN KARELL

The Los Angeles Galaxy took another step forward in their quest to win a third consecutive MLS Cup.

A powerful Landon Donovan goal inside of three minutes put the Galaxy up for good on Saturday night, as him and new goalkeeper Jaime Penedo starred to defeat the Vancouver Whitecaps, 1-0, at BC Place in Vancouver, Canada.

RSL put forth dominant performance in thrashing of Crew

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By TYLER GRAY

SANDY, Utah Real Salt Lake head coach Jason Kreis had challenged his side to play a complete game, and the team responded with a dominant performance that may have been its best of the season.

RSL used a brace from captain Kyle Beckerman and a goal each from Luis Gil and Devon Sandoval to steamroll the Columbus Crew, 4-0, at Rio Tinto Stadium on Saturday night.

Must-See Goal: Dwayne De Rosario

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Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

After opening their season with shutout road wins in the English Premier League and the Europa League, Tottenham Hotspur return to White Hart Lane to face Swansea City in the spotlight match on this Soccer Sunday.

While last season's star, Gareth Bale, edges closer to a Real Madrid move, Spurs have performed well in their first two matches of the new season.

MLS Week 26: Your Running Commentary

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

With both conferences featuring tight races for positions as the summer winds down, the results of Saturday night's slate of MLS matches could have a major impact in the playoff picture.

The night will start with the Montreal Impact hosting the Houston Dynamo in a big Eastern Conference matchup.

Report: Roma turn down Sunderland bid for Bradley

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By FRANCO PANIZO

If Sunderland have their way, Jozy Altidore will not be the only talented U.S. Men's National Team player on their roster this season.

According to Italian outlet Corriere dello Sport, Sunderland have set their sights on Michael Bradley but their bid for him, worth an estimated $8-9 million, has been rejected by AS Roma.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

A handful of intriguing English Premier League matchups and the opening two fixtures in the new Serie A season highlight a long Soccer Saturday lineup.

The day will start in London, where city rivals Fulham and Arsenal will square off at Craven Cottage.

Chicharito, Guardado called up for upcoming El Tri World Cup qualifiers

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By DAN KARELL

Javier Hernandez and Andres Guardado have earned a recall to the Mexican National Team.

Both players were included on a list of seven European-based players that Jose Manuel de la Torre selected for Mexico's upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Honduras and the United States.

Difficult roster decisions on the horizon for Klinsmann

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By DAN KARELL

With less than two weeks away before a pair grueling World Cup qualifiers in Costa Rica and in Columbus, Ohio against Mexico, U.S. Men's National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann is beginning to put the pieces together on his roster.

This Weekend’s Soccer on TV

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By DAN KARELL

Serie A joins the rest of the top-flight European League with the first round of their season beginning this weekend.

In a week where he made the cover of Sports Illustrated, only the second non-U.S.-born player to achieve the honor, Mario Balotelli and AC Milan take a trip to recently promoted Hellas Verona on Saturday afternoon.

MLS Week 26: A Look Ahead

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By DAN KARELL

The Cascadia Cup takes center stage on Sunday, with millions of eyes turned towards the Pacific Northwest to watch the Seattle Sounders take on the Portland Timbers

Clint Dempsey is expected to make his home debut for the Sounders in front of a sold-out crowd at CenturyLink Field, but the Timbers will do everything they can to place the Sounders in the rear-view mirror as they move up the Western Conference standings.

MLS rescinds Olsen suspension, adds additional game to Schällibaum

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By DAN KARELL

Major League Soccer has toed a hard line this season on coaches leaving their technical area, so it wasn't much of a surprise when both D.C. United head coach Ben Olsen and Montreal Impact manager Marco Schällibaum were sent off last Saturday by the referee.

MLS Ticker: DeMerit could return on Saturday; New Crew owner wants to change logo; and more

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By DAN KARELL

There could be a familiar face sitting on the Vancouver Whitecaps substitutes bench for the first time this season on Saturday with the Los Angeles Galaxy travel north.

Following surgery on his torn left Achilles tendon that cut forced him off in the 6th minute of the Whitecaps season opener, Jay DeMerit is likely to be part of head coach Martin Rennie's game day squad on Saturday.

Cosmos Notes: Team learns lessons from defeat; Suspensions leave opening for Szetela; and more

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By DAN KARELL

In a season of first's for many of the New York Cosmos players, they faced a whole new experience as a team last Saturday.

The club's 3-0 defeat in the wind and rain at the Carolina RailHawks wasn't nearly as abysmal as it seems on paper, but it did include two red cards to Joseph Nane and Sebastian Guenzatti.

NASL Week 4: A Look Ahead

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By MIKE GRAMAJO

After taking pole position atop the North American Soccer League standing last week, the Carolina RailHawks look to continue their current good form as they welcome Minnesota United FC to WakeMed Soccer Park (Saturday, 7 p.m. WATCH HERE).

RailHawks forward Brian Shriver, who bagged a brace against the New York Cosmos last Saturday, currently leads the NASL Golden Boot race with 11 goals.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Preview

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Michael Bradley and AS Roma will attempt to rebound this season after disappointingly finishing in sixth place in the 2012-13 campaign, and their first test comes this weekend.

Bradley and Roma get their Serie A season underway on Sunday, as they take a trip to Stadio Armando Picchi to battle recently-promoted Livorno.

Liga MX Round 7: A Look Ahead

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By DAN KARELL

Two of Mexico's strongest teams early on in the 2013 Apertura campaign face one another on Saturday, highlighting a strong weekend of Liga MX action.

Club America and Monarcas Morelia have traded blows before, but the latter side will have a tough test when they face America at Estadio Azteca.

Sounders notes: Seattle looking to extend home unbeaten streak; Dempsey finding form; and more

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By JASON MITCHELL

The Seattle Sounders might be a sixth seed coming off a tough roaad loss to the Houston Dynamo, but all indications suggest the fifth-year club will pose a formidable opponent for the Portland Timbers in Sunday night's nationally televised match at CenturyLink Field.

Friday Kickoff: Kompany to miss four weeks; Mourinho hints at Willian signing; and more

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By DAN KARELL

Manchester City couldn't have asked for a better start to the English Premier League season, but they face a difficult road ahead without their captain for the next month.

Centerback Vincent Kompany has been ruled out for at least four weeks due to a groin injury suffered in the second half of Monday's 4-0 rout against Newcastle.

NWSL Semifinals: A Look Ahead

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By MIKE McCALL

After a regular season marked by shifting tides atop the standings and a wild finish, the National Women's Soccer League heads to its inaugural postseason on Saturday, with four teams looking to book a spot in next weekend's final.

The Western New York Flash earned home field advantage and the easiest opponent by virtue of a first-place finish, and they'll enter the playoffs as the favorites to take home the crown.

European Weekend Preview: Serie A returns to action; Aston Villa host Liverpool; and more

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

After two weeks of European club action, Serie A in Italy returns this Saturday, giving this weekend the first full slate of matches from the continent's five biggest leagues.

Juventus are widely expected to be the ones lifting the Scudetto yet again at season's end, but they will kick off their quest for a three-peat against a team that had their number last season.

Former MLS players among those suspended due to match-fixing allegations

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By DAN KARELL

On Thursday, the world woke up to news match-fixing allegations. This time however, they hit much closer to home.

Late Wednesday night, the El Salvador Soccer Federation (FESFUT) released a statement on their website that said 22 players had been provisionally suspended from soccer-related activities for 30 days due to match-fixing allegations.

RSL Notes: Grossman takes advantage of opportunity; Alvarez set for another sideline spell; and more

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By TYLER GRAY

Whenever there is an injury or suspension, it opens a place in the squad for another player to prove themselves. For Real Salt Lake on Wednesday evening, reserve midfielder Cole Grossman stepped onto the field in the second half and saved a point in a game that looked a sure defeat.

Galaxy recall duo from Strikers, loan them to RailHawks

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By FRANCO PANIZO

In one of the stranger transactions of the year, the LA Galaxy have recalled a pair of players who were loaned out to an NASL team only to ship them to another one.

The Galaxy announced on Thursday afternoon that they have recalled defender Bryan Gaul and midfielder Kenney Walker from the Ft.

Solo, Wambach, Morgan headline USWNT roster for Mexico friendly

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By FRANCO PANIZO

A week before the U.S. Men's National Team try to knock off arch-rivals Mexico, the U.S. Women will attempt to do the same with a fully-loaded roster.

Hope Solo, Alex Morgan and Abby Wambach headline a strong 18-player squad that U.

After disappointing finish, Timbers turn their thoughts towards Sounders

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By MIKE DONOVAN

PORTLAND, Ore.-As the Portland Timbers players made their way around the field after their 3-3 draw with Real Salt Lake Wednesday night, the Timbers Army serenaded the club with neither cheers nor boos, but with a simple message.

"Beat Seattle.

MLS East Notes: Kamara still injured; Kinnear moves into third place on MLS wins list; and more

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By DAN KARELL

Sporting Kansas City open up a run of eight Eastern Conference opponents in nine matches on Friday in Chicago, but they'll have to start it without one of their best players.

Head coach Peter Vermes confirmed this week that Kei Kamara will miss the match against the Chicago Fire, as he is still smarting from a sprained left ankle suffered two weeks ago.

Johannsson keeps scoring streak alive, nets winner for AZ Alkmaar in Europa League

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Another game, another goal for Aron Johannsson.

Johannsson extended his scoring streak for AZ Alkmaar on Thursday, netting the winner in the club's 3-1 victory over Atromitos in the first leg of their UEFA Europa League play-offs series. Johannsson has now scored in five straight matches across all competitions for AZ, a stretch that dates back to July 27 and includes Eredivisie and Super Cup games.

MLS West Notes: Beitashour regains his old form; Torres called up for World Cup qualifiers; and more

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By MIKE DONOVAN

Steven Beitashour, who has played in every league match since April 21, has finally returned to the form he had before two offseason hernia surgeries.

The 2012 MLS All-Star had struggled for the San Jose Earthquakes for much of the season, notching just one assist in his first 15 matches.

Donovan says he would like to finish career with the Galaxy

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By DAN KARELL

One of the biggest stories this week has centered around the future of Los Angeles Galaxy forward Landon Donovan.

The 31-year-old said in an interview last Monday that with his contract with Major League Soccer ending in December, he has already received a number of offers from abroad and is considering them if he can't find common ground with the Galaxy.

Union Notes: McInerney drought a matter of perspective; defense starting to peak; and more

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By JOEL HOOVER

The story has played itself out seemingly all summer: another Philadelphia Union match, another scoreless shift for Jack McInerney.

After a blistering 10 goals in the first 14 matches of the season, the 21-year-old forward has experienced a U.

Ten-man FC Dallas pull off late comeback vs. Chivas USA to snap winless run

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By FRANCO PANIZO

FC Dallas were headed for their 12th straight match without a win, but three goals inside of the final 20 minutes helped the club pull off a stunning comeback against Chivas USA.

The Hoops rallied to pick up a 3-1 victory over Chivas USA on Wednesday night at StubHub Center thanks to goals from Blas Perez, David Ferreira and Ramon Nunez.

Grossman’s stoppage-time goal gives 10-man RSL road point in Portland

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By MIKE DONOVAN

PORTLAND, Ore. A Cole Grossman goal in stoppage time gave Real Salt Lake a comeback draw in a wild match against the Portland Timbers.

Grossman's goal was the decider as the Timbers and 10-man Real Salt Lake played to a 3-3 draw at Jeld-Wen Field Wednesday night.

Thursday Kickoff: Neymar scores first Barca goal; Arsenal prepare Real Madrid swoop; and more

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By DAN KARELL

It only seemed right with Lionel Messi out of the game that Barcelona new-boy Neymar would step up when his team needed him.

Trailing 1-0 in the 66th minute, Neymar rose high to a ball delivered by teammate Dani Alves and headed home, canceling out former Barcelona forward David Villa's first-half volley goal.

Ten-man Impact fall to Heredia in CCL

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By DAN KARELL

Even with a number of first team regulars left back home, the Montreal Impact looked like they had a chance to get out of Guatemala with at least a point.

Instead, a last-gasp goal by CD Heredia just before the end of regulation sent the Impact to a 1-0 defeat on the turf of Estadio Cementos Progreso.

MLS Ticker: Rogers suffers hamstring injury, TFC’s Laba sidelined four to six weeks; and more

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By DAN KARELL

Even though the Los Angeles Galaxy thoroughly beat Cartagines, 2-0, in the CONCACAF Champions League on Tuesday night, the MLS club learned that they could be without one of their regulars for an extended period.

In the 44th minute, midfielder Robbie Rogers was forced off with what's been diagnosed as a left hamstring injury, setting him for another spell on the sidelines.

Konami releases new PES 2014 trailer

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Soccer Wednesday: Your Running Commentary

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By DAN KARELL

After a 48-hour break, the Premier League returns to action with Chelsea visiting Aston Villa, highlighting a busy day of soccer on Wednesday.

It's a quick turnaround for Chelsea after their dominating 2-0 victory over Hull City on Saturday, but it's not last year's Aston Villa team that Jose Mourinho will face at Stamford Bridge.

Red Bulls Notes: Carney receives Visa; Petke tests defensive depth; and more

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By DAVE MARTINEZ

New York Red Bulls' Australian acquisition David Carney has finally received his visa, and not a moment too soon. With stalwart defender Jamison Olave out 10-12 days with a quad tear and Roy Miller's impending international duty, Carney's arrival couldn't have come at a better time.

MLS Week 26: A Mid-Week look ahead

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By DAN KARELL

Wednesday night marks the first of three meetings between Real Salt Lake and the Portland Timbers, two sides who are gunning for a Supporters Shield title.

As the first place team, RSL have had a target on their back for the better part of the last month and it's showed, winning once in their last five games.

SBI Fantasy MLS: Round 27 Preview

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By CASEY CANNON

Hello and Welcome to the Soccer by Ives Fantasy Corner – now in a new shade of green! Every week I dig through statistics, news, and rumors to provide the reader with the kind of fantasy advice that only a suddenly old man can provide.

Apologies for missing out last week.

Must-See Goal: Antoine Griezmann

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CCL Rewind: Arriola scores in Xolos win; Galaxy top Cartagines; and more

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By DAN KARELL

Club Tijuana manager Jorge Almiron must be pleased with the progress of rookie forward Paul Arriola.

The American midfielder found the back of the net for the second consecutive game, a 3-2 victory for Xolos over C.D. Victoria of Honduras in the CONCACAF Champions League on a rainy Tuesday evening in La Ceiba, Honduras.

Wednesday Kickoff: Milan draw with PSV in UCL; Lewandowski confirms stay in Dortmund this season; and more

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By DAN KARELL

It's rare to see a somewhat recent UEFA Champions League winner have to fight their way in to the competition, but that's exactly what AC Milan is doing right now.

The Italian club drew their first match in the play-off round at PSV Eindhoven, 1-1, giving themselves an away-goal advantage as the tie heads to the San Siro next week.

Chivas USA add former academy striker de la Fuente to roster

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By FRANCO PANIZO

A familiar face has made his way back onto Chivas USA's first team.

Chivas USA announced Tuesday afternoon the signing of forward Bryan de la Fuente, who was a former academy player for the Goats and a member of their first team in 2010 and 2011. The 21-year-old de la Fuente was most recently with Chivas USA's Under-23 squad, helping that team become State Champions with three goals in the tournament that capped an undefeated season.

Olave sidelined nearly two weeks with slight quad tear

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Jamison Olave has been a rock at the back for the New York Red Bulls this season, but the club will have to do without him for at least the next week.

Red Bulls head coach Mike Petke revealed Tuesday afternoon that Olave suffered a mild tear in his left quad in New York's scoreless draw with the Philadelphia Union this past Saturday.

CCL Preview: Galaxy, Dynamo kick off campaigns; Impact, Tijuana return to action

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By FRANCO PANIZO

The LA Galaxy are looking like a team that is ready to kick things into high gear, and they could not have asked for a much better time to do so.

Fresh off a 4-2 victory over Western Conference leaders Real Salt Lake, the Galaxy have quickly turned their sights towards the start of their 2013-14 CONCACAF Champions League campaign.

SBI MLS Best XI: (Week 25)

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By DAN KARELL

After failing to find the back of the net in the last month and a half, Robbie Keane exploded into action on Saturday evening.

The Los Angeles Galaxy star proved his worth as a designated player, scoring a hat-trick to lead the Galaxy in a rout over Real Salt Lake.

EA releases more details about FIFA14, demo to drop on Sept. 10

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Soccer video gamers waiting to get a taste of what FIFA14 is all about will not have to wait much longer.

EA Sports announced in a press conference on Tuesday that the demo for latest installment of the best-selling soccer video game will be released on Sept.

USMNT 4, Bosnia & Herzegovina 3: Field Level Highlights

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Soccer Tuesday: Your Running Commentary

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By DAN KARELL

Twenty teams begin the fight for ten UEFA Champions League group stage places on Tuesday as the Champions League play-off round commences.

AC Milan, who won the tournament in 2003 and 2007, have a difficult tie on their hands as they face a young and hungry PSV Eindhoven side in the first leg at Phillips Stadion, while Zenit St.

SBI MLS Save of the Week: Jimmy Nielsen

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SBI MLS Goal of the Week: Juan Agudelo

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Donovan hints at possible future away from Galaxy

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By DAN KARELL

It's well known that Landon Donovan's current contract ends at the end of the 2013 season. It's also well known that Donovan has preferred to play his soccer in California, with stints in Europe ending prematurely.

However, it seems that the U.

Monday Kickoff: Tottenham nearing Willian signing; World Cup tickets on sale; and more

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By DAN KARELL

Even though they've spent a reported £59 million ($92.4 million) on four transfers this summer, Tottenham seem far from done strengthening their squad.

With continued rumors of star midfielder Gareth Bale's departure, the London club seem set to cash in on the likely cash set to come into the club, with reports that Tottenham have had a bid of £30 million ($47 million) agreed by Anzhi Makhachkala for Brazilian midfielder Willian, and he's reportedly in London to complete the move.

Monday Ticker: Man City trounce ten-man Newcastle; Funes Mori completes Benfica move; and more

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By DAN KARELL

Manuel Pellegrini couldn't have asked for a better start to his Manchester City reign.

The Sky Blues ran riot at the Etihad Stadium on Monday evening, downing ten-man Newcastle, 4-0, to open up their season on a bright note. David Silva and Sergio Aguero both scored inside 22 minutes, with teammate Edin Dzeko turning provider on both goals.

Man City vs. Newcastle: Your Running Commentary

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By DAN KARELL

With every other team playing already, Manchester City hosts Newcastle (3pm, NBC Sports Network) in the final game of the first week in the new Barclays Premier League season.

Man City, who spent a reported £87 million ($136.3 million) on four signings this summer will see two of them, Jesus Navas and Fernandinho, make their debuts for the club while Emmanuel Negredo starts on the bench.

SBI MLS Player of the Week: Giles Barnes

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By DAN KARELL

Clint Dempsey was expected to be the main show in town when the Seattle Sounders visited the Houston Dynamo on Saturday, but Giles Barnes reminded the home fans that he could still find the back of the net.

Ending a 12-game scoring drought, Barnes bagged a brace to lead the Dynamo over the Sounders, 3-1, including a long-range blast that may be a Goal of the Year nominee.

NASL Week 3: A Look Back

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By MIKE GRAMAJO

Brian Shriver's first-half brace solidified a 3-0 victory for the Carolina RailHawks over the New York Cosmos and pole position atop the NASL standings on Saturday night at WakeMed Soccer Park.

Shriver didn't wait long to get the RailHawks on the scoreboard, scoring in the eighth minute after a breakaway lead by midfield Ty Shipalane found Zack Schilawski who then seconds later fed an open Brian Shriver to bury the ball towards the back of the net.

SBI MLS Rookie of the Week: Deshorn Brown

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By DAN KARELL

With new competition in the lineup, Deshorn Brown proved again last Saturday to the Colorado Rapids that he deserves a place in the starting XI each week.

The rookie forward scored the game-winning goal in the 36th minute of the Rapids 2-0 victory over the Vancouver Whitecaps, powering home his seventh goal of the season and second in a three-game span.

SBI MLS Team of the Week: Los Angeles Galaxy

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By DAN KARELL

With the first-placed team in town, the Los Angeles Galaxy stepped up to the opposition and produced and champion-like caliber performance.

The Galaxy defeated Real Salt Lake, 4-2, on Saturday evening, with Robbie Keane proving lethal, scoring a hat-trick of goals from the run of play to take down the Western Conference leaders.

MLS Insider: Episode 7 (Clint Dempsey’s return to MLS)

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By DAN KARELL

The latest episode of MLS Insider features Clint Dempsey and his return to Major League Soccer.

Episode 7 shows a behind the scenes look at one of the most stunning transfers in MLS history, as a U.S. Men's National Team star decided to return to America in his prime.

Liga MX Round 6: A Look Back

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By DAN KARELL

Other than Santos Laguna, no team in Liga MX has been more consistent in the last two years than Morelia.

Morelia leapfrogged Veracruz in Apertura round six with a 2-0 victory over Atlas, putting Monarcas at the top of the table with 13 points from six games.

European Weekend Rewind: Barca score seven on Levante; Man United cruise past Swansea; and more

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

For new manager Gerardo Martino, Barcelona's La Liga opener could not have gone any better.

The Spanish champions routed Levante 7-0 on Sunday, starting their domestic title defense in spectacular fashion. Superstar forward Lionel Messi led the way for Barcelona, scoring two goals and playing a large role in two more.

Monday Kickoff: Man United bid for Everton duo rejected; Chivas sack Galindo; and more

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By DAN KARELL

Nearly two months into his new job at Manchester United, David Moyes seems to have forgotten that Everton won't sell below market value.

According to reports in England, Man United bid a combined £28 million ($43.8 million) for Everton duo Marouane Fellaini and Leighton Baines, as the Red Devels hope to strengthen their side before the end of the transfer window on September 2.

Wondolowski leads red-hot Earthquakes over Sporting KC

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By DAN KARELL

Don't look now, but the San Jose Earthquakes are working their way back into the playoff picture with nine matches remaining.

Following a dismal start to the season which included just three wins in their first 15 games, the Earthquakes have won four out of five to put themselves two points out of fifth place in the Western Conference.

NWSL Week 19: A Look Back

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By MIKE McCALL

If late drama and parity are key qualities by which to measure a league, the inaugural season of the National Women's Soccer League has to go down as a major success.

Three teams finished tied for first place, with the championship being decided by a pair of memorable goals: a ridiculous header byWestern New York Flash forward Abby Wambach, and a stoppage-time shocker that sunk previous leaders FC Kansas City.

Cherundolo ruled out indefinitely due to second knee surgery

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By DAN KARELL

Steve Cherundolo looks to be down on his luck this summer.

Reports in Germany state that Cherundolo has suffered a major setback in his recovery from another left knee injury this summer, forcing him to have surgery for the second time in eight weeks. The report states that the Hannover captain has been ruled out indefinitely.

Must-See Goal: Giles Barnes

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Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Jozy Altidore may not have found the back of the net against Fulham, but his Sunderland debut and return to the Premiership were impressive all the same.

Altidore enjoyed a strong first game with the Black Cats on Saturday, showing little to no semblance of the young forward that struggled with Hull City in the Premiership in 2009-10.

Arriola scores first goal for Tijuana in defeat

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By DAN KARELL

On Saturday night, Club Tijuana midfielder Paul Arriola had a moment he will never forget.

Arriving at the top of the box in the 88th minute, Arriola scored his first ever professional goal, calmly placing a ball past Monterrey goalkeeper Jonathan Orozco.

Brown and Buddle goals give Rapids victory vs. Whitecaps

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By DAN KARELL

It turns out that the Colorado Rapids didn't even need Gabriel Torres in his debut game for the club since becoming their first designated player.

Forwards Deshorn Brown and Edson Buddle, who entered in the second half for Torres, scored on either side of halftime for the Rapids as they took down the Vancouver Whitecaps, 2-0, on Saturday evening at Dick's Sporting Goods Park.

Crew retain Trillium Cup with victory vs. TFC

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ByDANIEL KARELL and KEVIN KOCZWARA

For the second straight season, the Columbus Crew have wound up with the Trillium Cup.

The annual trophy competed for by Toronto FC (4-12-8, 20 pts.) and the Crew (8-11-5, 29 pts.)stayed with the American club after Columbus beat Toronto on Saturday, with Crew forward Federico Higuain scoring a brace in a 2-0 victory at Crew Stadium.

Nine-man Cosmos outdone by clinical RailHawks

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By DAN KARELL

After allowing just one goal in two matches, the New York Cosmos had a performance they'd rather forget.

In the driving wind and rain in Cary, North Carolina, the Cosmos finished with nine players in a 3-0 defeat to the Carolina RailHawks on Saturday night at WakeMed Sporting Park.

Di Vaio brace leads Impact past D.C. United

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By DAN KARELL

The last time the Montreal Impact faced D.C. United, Ben Olsen's side ran out 3-1 winners on August 3.

Back in Montreal on Saturday evening, the Impact were determined to make sure they took all three points. Marco Di Vaio scored twice for the Impact, his first goals since early July, and the Impact defeated D.

Red Bulls and Union play to scoreless draw

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By DAN KARELL

The New York Red Bulls saw the return of Tim Cahill and Thierry Henry to their lineup but they were unable to take advantage with the Philadelphia Union in town.

With a chance to take control of the Eastern Conference, the Red Bulls and Union played to a scoreless draw on Saturday evening at Red Bull Arena, keeping the two sides in the top four of the conference but not in control of first place.

Agudelo returns, reverses the Revolution’s fortunes against the Fire

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By CARL SETTERLUND

FOXBORO, Mass. – It sure looks like Juan Agudelo is ready for Stoke City.The New England Revolution's forward made his return from a sprained right knee at home Saturday against the Chicago Fire and the 20-year-old put on for display the scoring flair that must have piqued the English Premiership side's interest.

Robbie Keane hat-trick propels Galaxy over RSL

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By KEVIN KOCZWARA

A Robbie Keane hat-trick helped the Los Angeles Galaxy battle back from a goal down to beat Real Salt Lake, 4-2, at the Stub Hub center on Saturday night.

With the Galaxy (11-9-4, 37pts.) enjoying the majority of possession in the first-half of the game, it looked like only a matter of time before Los Angeles was able to find a way through Salt Lake's defense.

Timbers return to winning form against reeling FC Dallas

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By MIKE DONOVAN

PORTLAND, Ore.- Both FC Dallas and the Portland Timbers were looking for a win Saturday to solidify both their spot in the conference standings and to end winless streaks.

Unfortunately for FC Dallas, the Timbers came out on top and kept the Texas side winless since May.

Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

The legendary El Classico rivals, Barcelona and Real Madrid, both open up their La Liga seasons on a busy Sunday of action from all over the world.

Barcelona will kick off the day with fans anxiously awaiting the league debuts of two new members of the club, manager Gerardo "Tata" Martino and Brazilian star Neymar.

Must-See Goal: Juan Agudelo

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Johannsson extends scoring streak in AZ victory

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Make it four games in a row for Aron Johannsson.

Fresh off an impressive U.S. Men's National Team debut, Johansson extended his scoring streak for AZ Alkmaar to four straight games across all competitions by netting the opener in the club's 2-1 victory over RKC Waalwijk on Saturday.

MLS Week 25: Your Running Commentary

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

A massive rivalry match between the New York Red Bulls and the Philadelphia Union headlines a busy Saturday night of action in Major League Soccer.

The two rivals are meeting for the third time this season after splitting the first two matchups of 2013.

Saturday Ticker: Man United take Swansea to task; Arsenal’s injury list grows longer; and more

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By DAN KARELL

David Moyes couldn't have asked for a better way to officially open up his reign as Manchester United manager.

The defending English Premier League champions took Swansea City to task on Saturday, scoring two goals in each half to win, 4-1, in the pouring rain at the Liberty Stadium in Swansea.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

After what has felt like three long months for many fans, the English Premier League is back in action with seven matches on this first Saturday of the season.

Liverpool and Stoke City will kick the 2013-14 schedule off with an early match at historic Anfield.

Boyd out up to three weeks with dislocated shoulder

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Terrence Boyd's strong start in Rapid Vienna's season has been brought to a halt.

Vienna announced on their websiteSaturday that Boyd is expected to miss about three weeks with a dislocated shoulder that the Austrian club claims Boyd sustained while with the U.

Chivas USA loan Correa to Argentine club Gimnasia

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Chivas USA just refuse to stop their wheeling and dealing this season.

The Goats announced on Friday afternoon that they have loaned out forward Jose Erick Correa to Club de Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata of Argentina's first division. Details of how long the loan was were not revealed, but it is safe to assume that it will be for at least the remainder of the MLS campaign.

SBI Fantasy MLS: Round 26 Preview

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Welcome to the Soccer by Ives Fantasy Corner, where this week I will be filling in for the injured (okay, sick) Casey Cannon.

It's a pretty straightforward week for most MLS Fantasy players, as the only team with a bye is Chivas USA, and we all know that nearly no one has a player from the Goats on their fantasy team.

Bowen, Farfan suspended additional game, Arena fined for comments on officials

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By DAN KARELL

The Major League Soccer Disciplinary Committee didn't take too kindly to the actions of two Chivas USA players last Sunday.

Both Gabe Farfan and Tristan Bowen have been suspended one game and fined undisclosed amounts for their actions during the 1-1 draw with the Colorado Rapids, the Disciplinary Committee announced.

Sounders notes: Rave Green moving into contention; Dempsey likely to start without Johnson, Martins; and more

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By JASON MITCHELL

The Seattle Sounders (10-7-4, 34 points) head into the weekend tied with the Los Angeles Galaxy for the fifth and final Western Conference playoff spot, rounding into form just as they add Clint Dempsey and finally return to a semblance of full strength.

The lightest schedule in the league paired with a franchise-worst 0-3-2 collapse out of the gate and a 1-3-1 stretch earlier this summer all belie a crackling 1.

Friday Ticker: Monaco deny Falcao transfer rumors; Khedira staying at Real Madrid; and more

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By DAN KARELL

Early Friday morning, rumors began spreading at first across Europe, and next, the world, about the future of Colombian forward Radamel Falcao.

Falcao was acquired this summer by big-spending Ligue 1 side AS Monaco for upwards of €60 million, reportedly, but the rumors were saying that tax disagreements between the club and France's league governing body meant that Falcao was set for a quick exit.

MLS Ticker: Dempsey’s first match in Texas sold out; TFC make Urruti signing official; and more

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By KEVIN KOCZWARA

Clint Dempsey's return to his home state of Texas looks like it will be an eventful one. The Seattle Sounders latest Designated Player is set to walk into a sold out BBVA Compass Stadium on Saturday when the Sounders take on the Houston Dynamo.

The Dynamo announced on Thursday that Saturday's game against the Sounders had sold out.

MLS Week 25: A Look Ahead

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By THOMAS FLOYD

As much as I-95 bragging rights matter to the New York Red Bulls and Philadelphia Union, this weekend's clash is about much more than mid-Atlantic superiority.

With the Red Bulls one point out of the top spot andthe Union just two back of first-place Sporting Kansas City, Red Bull Arena on Saturday will play host to a critical match for the Eastern Conference playoff picture.

Liga MX Round 6: A Look Ahead

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By DAN KARELL

Club America are one of five clubs still unbeaten after five rounds in the Liga MX Apertura campaign, but with only three matches played this season it might not be the most impressive feat.

Regardless, the Eagles will take on their toughest challenge yet when they visit Pachuca for a prime-time match on Saturday.

European Weekend Preview: New, high-profile managers kick off campaigns in the EPL and La Liga

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

With the English Premier League and La Liga returning to action on Saturday, this highly anticipated first major weekend in Europe will be the official start of several new eras at some of the world's top clubs.

Before Chelsea takes the field in their first league match since the return of Jose Mourinho on Sunday, defending champions Manchester United will kick off the season with a new face on the sidelines, former Everton manager David Moyes.

This Weekend’s Soccer on TV

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By MICHAEL KLINE

The start of the 2013/14 Barclays Premier League and Spanish La Liga headline this weekend's soccer action.

Liverpool welcome Stoke City to Anfield early Saturday morning, with the meeting between the two clubs commencing the 13/14 Premier League season.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Preview

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Jozy Altidore may have capped a dream summer with the U.S. Men's National Team with as impressive a performance as can be imagined, but he still has no time to rest on his laurels.

After all, Altidore is set to make his much-anticipated return to the Premiership on Saturday.

NASL Week 3: A Look Ahead

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By MIKE GRAMAJO

The New York Cosmos take the road for the second week in a row this Saturday when they visit the Carolina RailHawks on Saturday at WakeMed Soccer Park.

It will also be the second week in a row that the Cosmos face a formidable offense, and after holding a clean sheet against a team that scored seven goals in week one, the Cosmos backline will be tested again by the likes of RailHawks forward Brian Shriver.

NWSL’s Final Week: A Look Ahead

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By MIKE McCALL

The final week of the National Women's Soccer League is upon us, and while there are no playoff spots up for grabs, an interesting break with the schedule still leaves room for some last-minute moves in the standings.

Kansas City, Western New York, Portland and Sky Blue FC have already clinched postseason berths, but with FCKC holding a three-point lead over the other three teams, there are chances on the table to snatch first place or home-field advantage.

Sources: Gonzalez DP deal valued at more than $1.5 million per season

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By IVES GALARCEP

Omar Gonzalez has not only broken new ground as the first pure centerback to ever earn a Designated Player contract in Major League Soccer. He will also be the first pure centerback millionaire in MLS.

Gonzalez's new DP contract is a three-year guaranteed deal worth more than $4.

Friday Kickoff: Neymar fit for Saturday; Arteta set for long spell on sidelines; and more

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By DAN KARELL

Barcelona's new signing Neymar is set to make his league debut on Saturday against Levante.

For the first time since the Confederations Cup, the Brazilian star completed a 90 minute game for his country on Wednesday, and on Thursday returned to Barcelona and participated in training without any ill effects.

ESPN to premier Nine for IX series film on USWNT at 1999 World Cup

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By DAN KARELL

ESPN Film's Nine for IX series will be premiering an episode on the 1999 U.S. Women's National Team on Tuesday, Aug. 20 at 8pm.

The episode, titled "The 99ers," will take fans on a trip back to July 10, 1999 at the Women's World Cup final between the U.

Revolution Notes: Home Struggles; Charlie Davies Dream Move; Agudelo’s status; and more

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By KEVIN KOCZWARA

The New England Revolution (8-9-6, 30 pts.)will try to bounce back after losing, 3-0, to Sporting Kansas City last weekend when the Chicago Fire (9-9-4, 31 pts.) go to Gillette Stadium on Saturday night.

The two teams are headed in different directions at the moment.

Cosmos Notes: Squad is settling into rhythm of season; Szetela makes long-awaited return; and more

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By DAN KARELL

Now more than two weeks into their season, the New York Cosmos are able to relax.

Following the long buildup to the first professional game in nearly 30 years for the Cosmos, the squad is now able to focus more on the game at hand each week after getting the first home and away matches of the season out of the way.

Galaxy make Gonzalez third Designated Player

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Omar Gonzalez will be staying in Los Angeles, after all.

The LA Galaxy announced in a press conference on Thursday afternoon that they have signed Gonzalez to a Designated Player deal, making him the first American defender to become a DP.

MLS West Notes: RSL brings in former Jamaica captain Gardner for trial, Whitecaps fan arrested for flare incident, and more

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By MIKE DONOVAN

Real Salt Lake could soon be bolstering their roster with a veteran player that has played at the highest levels.

Former Jamaican captain Ricardo Gardner has joined RSL this week on a trial basis. Gardner is best known for playing 14 seasons with the Bolton Wanderers and his performance in the 1998 World Cup for the Reggae Boyz.

After rallying against Bosnia & Herzegovina, USMNT learn valuable lesson about team character

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By FRANCO PANIZO

The U.S. Men's National Team not only capped off a dream summer by picking up an impressive road win against Bosnia & Herzegovina on Wednesday. They also gained confidence in knowing they have the ability to rally when the chips are down, something the Americans believe could come in handy down the road.

MLS East Notes: Rios completes move to Fire; Zusi returns to training; and more

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By DAN KARELL

After nearly a week of negotiations, the Chicago Fire were finally able to officially introduce their latest designated player, Arevalo Rios.

The Fire acquired Rios on-loan from Italian side Palermo just before the end of the summer transfer window, but had to wait until an international roster spot opened up.

Timbers notes: Porter plays down slump talk, club aiming to add to recent success vs. FC Dallas, and more

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By MIKE DONOVAN

BEAVERTON, Ore. -In the first four months of the 2013 season, the Portland Timbers lost just once in all competitions. Since the calendar turned to July, Portland has already lost three times.

Still, there is no talk of a slump in the Timbers' camp.

Union Notes: First place in sight, Gaddis injury update, and more

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By JOEL HOOVER

In a season where parity has ruled the Major League Soccer standings, the Philadelphia Union suddenly find themselves in position to move to the summit of the Eastern Conference as the season's final weeks kick off.

Despite looking over their shoulder at the chasing pack for the final East playoff spots in recent weeks, the Union are now just two points behind Sporting Kansas City and a point behind the New York Red Bulls at the top of the Eastern Conference.

USMNT 4, Bosnia & Herzegovina 3: Match Reaction

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Kickers claim USL PRO regular season championship with win over Orlando City

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Move out of the way, Orlando City. There's a new USL PRO regular season champion in town.

The Richmond Kickers claimed the 2013 regular season title at home on Wednesday night, defeating Orlando City, 2-0, in a battle of the top two teams in USL PRO.

Must-See Goal: Eugenio Mena

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Thursday Kickoff: Bale to miss Tottenham opener; PSG interested in Di Maria; and more

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By DAN KARELL

It will be at least another week before Gareth Bale makes his return to first team action.

After suffering a number of injuries this preseason, the Tottenham star is set to miss out on the club's season opening English Premier League match on Saturday against Crystal Palace due to what coach Andre Villas-Boas says is "pain in his foot.

USMNT 4, Bosnia & Herzegovina 3: SBI Player Grades

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By FRANCO PANIZO

The U.S. Men's National Team got off to a tepid start and their record winning streak appeared to be in real danger, but that was before they put together a four-goal second half en route to dousing Bosnia & Herzegovina, 4-3, in a historic comeback in Sarajevo.

Peralta nets brace as Mexico rout Ivory Coast

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By FRANCO PANIZO

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. If Mexico is a team in the midst of a heavy funk, it certainly did not appear that way on Wednesday.

Mexico cruised to a 4-1 victory over Ivory Coast in a friendly at MetLife Stadium on Wednesday night. Oribe Peralta paved the way for the impressive win in front of a crowd of 35,671, scoring twice in a dominant first half for El Tri.

USMNT 4, Bosnia & Herzegovina 3: Match Highlights

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The U.S. Men's National Team picked up a historic result on Wednesday, as they rallied behind a sterling performance from Jozy Altidore to grab their first-ever come-from-behind victory on European soil.

The U.S. came back from a 2-0 deficit at halftime to beat Bosnia & Herzegovina, 4-3, in Sarajevo thanks to a dominant showing from Jozy Altidore, who scored three goals and had one assist in one of his finest performances in U.

International Rewind: Switzerland end Brazil unbeaten streak; Lambert leads England to victory; and more

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By DAN KARELL

In a wild day of international soccer, perhaps the most surprising result came at St. Jakob-Park in Basel.

Switzerland, who held the majority of the chances in the match, defeated an out-of-form Brazil team, 1-0, off an own goal by Brazil right back Daniel Alves.

Must-See Goal: Jozy Altidore

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SBI USMNT Man of the Match: Jozy Altidore

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By FRANCO PANIZO

It would not be much of a stretch to say that Jozy Altidore enjoyed his finest performance in a U.S. Men's National Team jersey in Wednesday's 4-3 win over Bosnia & Herzegovina.

He was that good.

Altidore enjoyed an impressive outing in the Americans' come-from-behind victory in Sarajevo, as he was involved in all four of the United States' goals in the second half.

Altidore hat-trick helps USMNT pull off improbable comeback vs. Bosnia

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By FRANCO PANIZO

The U.S. Men's National Team were staring at a 2-0 deficit at halftime of their match against Bosnia & Herzegovina on Wednesday, and their 11-game unbeaten streak was in serious jeopardy.

Then, Jozy Altidore changed all that with one of the more dominant performances in recent U.

Wednesday Ticker: Ronaldo didn’t want Di Maria to leave; Chelsea the top-choice for Eto’o; and more

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By KEVIN KOCZWARA

Cristiano Ronaldo doesn't always see eye-to-eye with his teammates. He's a demanding player who expects the best from those around him, and will let them know when they don't live up to his expectations. One player who has lived up to Ronaldo's lofty-heights is winger Angel Di Maria.

Soccer Wednesday: Your Running Commentary

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By DAN KARELL

Despite the loss of Mario Balotelli and Lionel Messi to minor injuries, Italy facing South American rivals Argentina in Rome headlines a busy day of international soccer.

Most teams around the globe are participating in friendly matches today ahead of key World Cup qualifiers in early September, though Russia is playing at Northern Ireland today in a qualifying match that was made up due to a frozen pitch last March.

USMNT vs. Bosnia & Herzegovina (SBI Live Match Commentary)

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By IVES GALARCEP

The U.S. Men's National Team will look to cap off a record-setting summer with a win against Bosnia and Herzegovina today in Sarajevo (2:30pm, ESPN2).

Jurgen Klinsmann's side is riding an 11-match winning streak, and come off a successful run to a CONCACAF Gold Cup title.

A closer look at Johannsson and his decision to play for USMNT

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Studio 90: USMNT ready for Sarajevo challenge

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Henry set for Red Bulls return, Cahill likely to play vs. Union

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By FRANCO PANIZO

The New York Red Bulls might not be at full strength when they host the Philadelphia Union this weekend, but they will be pretty close to it.

Red Bulls head coach Mike Petke said Tuesday that Designated Players Thierry Henry and Tim Cahill have recovered from their respective knocks and shouldbe available for Saturday's Eastern Conference showdown at Red Bull Arena.

RSL Notes: Kreis praises club’s depth, Schuler close to return, and more

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By TYLER GRAY

SANDY, Utah Real Salt Lake have seen more than their fair share of injuries, international call-ups, and suspensions, yet through it all their depth has really shone.

Despite the laundry list of absences or perhaps because of them it seems like every match a new player has a breakout performance.

Wednesday Kickoff: Suarez now reportedly staying at Anfield; Rooney not for sale; and more

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By DAN KARELL

The soap opera that is the Luis Suarez transfer saga took another dramatic turn on Tuesday afternoon.

Currently on international duty with Uruguay, reports out of the country state that Suarez is set for a reversal in his efforts to leave Liverpool, and that he's decided to stay at the club and potentially could renew his contract.

Stiff test against Bosnia & Herzegovina to serve as measuring stick for several USMNT hopefuls

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Before the U.S. Men's National Team turn the page on what has been a successful summer and set their sights towards the remaining World Cup qualifiers in the fall, they will have an opportunity to further gauge themselves against of the more in-form teams in Europe.

SBI MLS Best XI (Week 24)

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By DAN KARELL

In his first league match with the Los Angeles Galaxy since returning from international duty, Landon Donovan proved that he's at the top of his game for club as well as country.

Donovan scored three goals on three shots in the Galaxy's draw with FC Dallas on Saturday, a performance that has earned him a place on the SBI MLS Best XI for Week 24.

Johannsson cleared to play for USMNT vs. Bosnia

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By DAN KARELL

On Tuesday, the U.S. Men's National Team received the news they were hoping for.

U.S. Soccer announced that FIFA has approved Aron Johannsson's one-time switch to become a member of the USMNT setup, clearing the way for Johannsson to make his debut in Wednesday's friendly match in Sarajevo vs.

Klinsmann speaks about USMNT in Sarajevo

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By DAN KARELL

U.S. Men's National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has selected a diverse squad for the Wednesday friendly match against Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Within the side are plenty of fresh faces such as Aron Johannsson and John Anthony Brooks, who both have chosen the USMNT as their future national team, and old faces such as Jozy Altidore, Michael Bradley, and Tim Howard, who are preparing for four key World Cup qualifiers in September and October, as well as their upcoming club seasons.

The SBI Show: Episode 64 (Previewing the USMNT-Bosnia and Herzegovina match)

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By IVES GALARCEP

The U.S. Men's National Team will put its record 11-match unbeaten streak on the line on Wednesday against Bosnia and Herzegovina and Jurgen Klinsmann's roster for the match has raised plenty of interesting talking points to consider and questions to be answered.

MLS Summer Transfer Rundown

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By DAN KARELL

From Clint Dempsey's move to the Seattle Sounders to Gabriel Torres' last-minute move to the Colorado Rapids, the Major League Soccer summer transfer window saw plenty of movement in both directions.

Nearly every team was involved in signing or trading for a player between July 9 and August 8, with D.

Orozco withdraws from USMNT camp with hamstring injury

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By IVES GALARCEP

Michael Orozco Fiscal was poised to build on the impressive showing he had in July's CONCACAF Gold Cup, but his chance to once again impress Jurgen Klinsmann will have to wait after a hamstring injury forced him withdraw from U.S. Men's National Team camp ahead of Wednesday's friendly vs.

MLS Ticker: Rapid’s Torres receives Visa; Urruti to TFC rumors persist; and more

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By DAN KARELL

Monday was a good day for new Colorado Rapids signing Gabriel Torres.

The 24-year-old forward scored in a reserve league match against Chivas USA, and received word later in the day that he had received his P-1 Visa, making him eligible to play on Saturday against the Vancouver Whitecaps.

Vermes, Moore to be inducted into U.S. Soccer Hall of Fame

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By DAN KARELL

October 11 will be a special night for Peter Vermes and Joe-Max Moore.

Hours ahead of the U.S. Men's National Team match against Jamaica at Sporting Park in Kansas City, the Sporting Kansas City boss will be inducted along with his former USMNT forward Moore into the U.

Who should the USMNT start vs. Bosnia and Herzegovina?

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By IVES GALARCEP

For the first time since last year's friendly against Russia, the U.S. Men's National Team will carry a mostly first-choice team into a match without Landon Donovan and Clint Dempsey on the roster, and while the two stars will be missed on Wednesday, Jurgen Klinsmann won't be lacking for attacking options.

Tuesday Kickoff: Rooney fit for England; Messi and Balotelli to miss friendly match; and more

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By DAN KARELL

Having missed all of preseason with a variety of injuries, Wayne Rooney could make his season debut on Wednesday.

Currently with the England squad, manager Roy Hodgson said he believes Rooney is free of any injuries, and would like to see him play in the friendly match at Wembley Stadium vs.

SBI MLS Team of the Week: Vancouver Whitecaps

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By DAN KARELL

The Vancouver Whitecaps show no signs of slowing down.

Forwards Camilo and Kenny Miller combined to end the San Jose Earthquakes three-game winning streak, leading the Whitecaps to a 2-0 victory at BC Place. The duo's performance, as well as those from Nigel Reo-Coker and goalkeeper David Ousted made the Whitecaps our choice for SBI MLS Team of the Week.

SBI MLS Rookie of the Week: Wil Trapp

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By DAN KARELL

It took Wil Trapp five games in his first season as a professional with the Columbus Crew to record a point, but he couldn't have picked a much better evening to do so.

Trapp found a streaking Federico Higuain down the right flank with a perfect through ball before Higuain sent in a top-notch goal to finish off the New York Red Bulls, 2-0.

SBI MLS Player of the Week: Landon Donovan

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By DAN KARELL

The Summer of Landon Donovan hasn't stopped just because he returned to Major League Soccer from the U.S. Men's National Team.

In his first match back with the Los Angeles Galaxy since winning the CONCACAF Gold Cup and being named tournament MVP, Donovan scored a hat-trick on just three shots in a 3-3 draw with FC Dallas.

The SBI Show: Episode 63 (Talking Dempsey’s return; MLS Week 24; and more)

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By IVES GALARCEP

Clint Dempsey made his return to MLS almost seven years after leaving for Europe, and he did so as the highest paid player in the league.

In Episode 63 of The SBI Show, we discuss Dempsey's Seattle Sounders debut, as well as the recently released list of MLS salaries.

Liga MX Week 4: A Look Back

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By DAN KARELL

Alan Pulido had a coming of age performance on Saturday.

In the Clasico Regiomontano on Saturday between Tigres UANL and Monterrey, Pulido enjoyed one of the best games of his young career, scoring twice in a 3-1 victory for Tigres over their arch rivals at home in the Estadio Universitario.

NASL Week 2: A Look Back

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By MIKE GRAMAJO

While one team continues their struggles at home, another learns from their first road match since 1984.

The Tampa Bay Rowdies and New York Cosmos battled to a scoreless draw, Saturday night at Al Lang Stadium in front of an announced sold-out crowd of 7,032.

Bradley, Brooks and Johannsson headline USMNT roster to face Bosnia & Herzegovina

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By IVES GALARCEP

As expected, Jurgen Klinsmann has called in a roster made up almost exclusively of non-MLS players for Wednesday's friendly vs. Bosnia Herzegovina. A few top veterans will be missing the match, but some intriguing new faces will be making their first appearances in a USMNT camp.

NWSL Week 18: A Look Back

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By MIKE McCALL

Even in a weekend when she didn't play, Alex Morgan managed to make the biggest splash in the National Women's Soccer League.

Sidelined with a sprained MCL, Morgan was forced to watch Portland's showdown with Western New York via an online stream, and to put it mildly, she was not impressed.

Three players see red in draw between Rapids and Chivas USA

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By DAN KARELL

For the fourth time in five games, Chivas USA played with a disadvantage due to a red card.

Against the Colorado Rapids on Sunday evening, two players on Chivas USA saw red. In a match that saw three total dismissals, Chivas USA tied the Colorado Rapids, 1-1, at the StubHub Center in a game that finished ten vs.

With World Cup looming, Bradley aims for strong Roma campaign

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By THOMAS FLOYD

WASHINGTON — Michael Bradley understands the importance of a proper preseason. Develop chemistry, build fitness, round into form — all key, of course.

But this preseason carries added significance. After all, it marks the official beginning of a World Cup year.

Late Perez equalizer helps FC Dallas snatch draw from Galaxy

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By IVES GALARCEP

When Landon Donovan scored the third of his three goals on Sunday night, the U.S. Men's National Team star probably thought his hat-trick would be enough to help the Los Angeles Galaxy leave Texas with three points.

Blas Perez had other plans.

Just two weeks after being on the losing end of the Gold Cup final to Donovan and the U.

Monday Kickoff: Man United could in entering Bale race; Arsenal close in on Bayern’s Gustavo; and more

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By DAN KARELL

Manchester United could be on the verge of splashing some serious cash this summer.

With the signing of Cesc Fabregas from Barcelona looking ever more unlikely, reports in England state that Man United could enter the race to sign Gareth Bale from Tottenham.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

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By FRANCO PANIZO

The European seasons may still be young and some rust may still be evident, but that is not stopping American players from finding ways to make an impact.

Three different players scored goals for their respective clubs this weekend, including midfielder Sacha Kljestan.

D.C. United rookie Martin impresses in first pro start

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By PABLO MAURER

CHESTER, Pa. About 30 minutes before Saturday evening's match between D.C. United and the Philadelphia Union, Collin Martin took to the pitch at PPL park to begin his pre-game routine. The club's latest homegrown signing ambled towards the corner flag, stopping to stretch his leg out on an ad board.

Casey double leads Union past young D.C. United squad

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By JOEL HOOVER

CHESTER, Pa. With a spot in the U.S. Open Cup final secured midweek, D.C. United elected to serve up a young starting lineup on their return to league play on Saturday.

In response, the Philadelphia Union served up a plethora of wide crosses, and Conor Casey was the man to benefit from them.

Kamara brace helps Sporting KC reclaim first place with win vs. Revs

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By ALAN HAINKEL

KANSAS CITY, Kansas In Hollywood, Kevin Alston's return to the starting lineup for the New England Revolution would have called for the visiting side to win at Sporting Park. Unfortunately for New England, Hollywood is only the name of the casino near Sporting Park.

Lindpere and Duka lift Fire over sliding Impact

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By TYLER DAY

BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. Morale was low in the Fire's locker room following a dreadful midweek performance in the semifinal of the U.S. Open Cup.

On top of that, the team's three leading scorers, Mike Magee, Patrick Nyarko, and Chris Rolfe were all out of the starting lineup with injuries heading into a game they desperately needed three points from in order to keep up in the playoff race.

Dempsey makes debut as Sounders post third straight win with road triumph vs. TFC

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By IVES GALARCEP

It didn't have nearly the fan fare of his introduction to Seattle Sounders fans last week, but Clint Dempsey isn't likely to care that his Sounders debut . The U.S. Men's National Team captain will walk away from Saturday night's road match vs. Toronto FC happy to know the Sounders' third straight win has Seattle right back in the MLS playoff picture.

RSL ride strong defense to overcome flat start in win vs. Dynamo

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by TYLER GRAY

SANDY, Utah Real Salt Lake used a formation change and some feisty defense to secure the 1-0 home victory over the visiting Houston Dynamo.

In a move designed to give fresher players an opportunity to see the field, RSL head coach Jason Kreis rolled out a 4-3-3 instead of the traditional 4-4-2 diamond that has become a trademark of the Utah side.

Camilo, Miller lead Whitecaps to home win over Earthquakes

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

After going on an impressive six-match unbeaten run in late June and early July, the Vancouver Whitecaps have hit a recent dip in form, failing to win in their last three matches.

But on Saturday evening at BC Place Stadium, the Whitecaps got back to their winning ways and pushed themselves into second place in a tight Western Conference with a 2-0 win over the San Jose Earthquakes.

Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

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By MICHAEL KLINE

The David Moyes era at Manchester United will officially begin today, when the Red Devils take on Wigan in the Community Shield.

The Latics have been relegated, and lost manager Roberto Martinez to Everton, but they will look to pull off a major upset against Moyes and a Manchester United side ready to play for someone other than Sir Alex Ferguson for the first time in a quarter century.

MLS Week 24: Your Running Commentary

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

All eyes will be on Toronto on Saturday evening as new Seattle Sounders signing Clint Dempsey is expected to take the field for his first MLS match in almost seven years.

The U.S. Men's National Team captain will look to lead his new team closer to a Western Conference playoff spot when they take on Toronto FC at BMO Field.

Saturday Ticker: Aubameyang nets hat trick in Dortmund debut; Arsenal defeat Man City in friendly; and more

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

Borussia Dortmund fans may still be upset about Mario Gotze's departure to rivals Bayern Munich, but one of the club's newest signings gave them plenty to cheer about in Saturday's season-opening rout.

Forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who arrived in Germany from Ligue 1 side Saint Etienne earlier in the transfer window, netted a hat trick in Borussia Dortmund's 4-0 road victory over Augsburg.

Brooks scores in Bundesliga debut for dominant Hertha Berlin

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

For Hertha Berlin, Saturday's match against Eintracht Frankfurt was a dream return to the Bundesliga.

For German-American defender John Anthony Brooks, it was a dream debut in Germany's top division just days before he is expected to receive his first senior call-up to the U.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

Season openers in the Bundesliga and Ligue 1 and massive preseason finales highlight a busy day of soccer action from all over the world.

After seeing rivals Bayern Munich start their domestic campaign with a win on Friday, Borussia Dortmund will look to get started on the right foot in their opener at Augsburg.

NWSL Week 18: A Look Ahead

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By MIKE McCALL

In terms of suspense, Wednesday was a bit of a disaster for the National Women's Soccer League.

Western New York's win over Seattle, coupled with Washington's weather-shortened victory over Chicago, clinched playoff berths for the top four teams with two games remaining.

Dempsey tops list of latest MLS salary figures

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By KEVIN KOCZWARA

Clint Dempsey hasn't even stepped onto the field for the Seattle Sounders yet, but he's already at the top of league when it comes to his salary, which is just above $5 million for the 2013 season, according to the Major League Soccer Player's Union, which released player salaries for the 2013 season through Aug.

Sporting KC signs two players at deadline

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By KEVIN KOCZWARA

Sporting Kansas City announced on Friday the acquisition of 20-year-old American defender Brendan Ruiz from Brazilian club Figuerense and 19-year-old Colombian midfielder Jimmy Medrandafrom Deportivo Pereira.

Terms of the deals were not disclosed per team policy, but both acquisitions were completed before Thursday's MLS transfer deadline.

Friday Ticker: Rooney forced to train with youth team; Hull City set for name change; and more

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By KEVIN KOCZWARA

Wayne Rooney's transfer saga continues, and, like Liverpool forward Luis Suarez, the England forward has been told it's time to train away from the first team by his manager.

Manchester United manager David Moyes sent the 27-year-old to train with the Under-21s this morning, which means Rooney will certainly miss Rio Ferdinand's testimonial game against Sevilla, reports the Daily Mail.

This Weekend’s Soccer on TV

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By: MICHAEL KLINE

An exciting weekend is upon us, when multiple European leagues, including the German Bundesliga, start their 2013/14 seasons.

The defending German champions, Bayern Munich, open the Bundesliga season today, when they face Borussia Monchengladbach on GolTV in Pep Guardiola's first league match in charge of the Bavarian giants.

MLS Week 24: A Look Ahead

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By THOMAS FLOYD

After a nearly seven-year hiatus, Clint Dempsey on Saturday will take the pitch for an MLS match once more.

The captain of the U.S. Men's National Team is poised to make his debut for the Seattle Sounders on Saturday at Toronto FC, a week after Dempsey's stunning return to his MLS roots was made official.

Stoke City announce Juan Agudelo pre-contract agreement

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By KEVIN KOCZWARA

New England Revolution forward Juan Agudelo has officially signed a pre-contract agreement with English Premier League side Stoke City and the young forward is set to join the Potters after his contract with the Revs expires on Dec. 31st, reports the club's official website.

SBI Fantasy MLS: Round 25 Preview

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By CASEY CANNON

Hello and Welcome to the Soccer by Ives Fantasy Corner – now with new intro music! Every week I dig through statistics, news, and rumors to provide the reader with the kind of fantasy advice that only a trained first aid responder can provide.

Let me first say thanks to the fellas at MLSFI podcast for having me on this week.

The SBI Show: Episode 62 (with special guest Paul Arriola)

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By IVES GALARCEP

He may be just 18 years old, and just two months removed from finishing high school, but Paul Arriola has wasted no time making an impact on the professional soccer scene.

The Club Tijuana rookie is off to a dream start for the Xolos, registering assists in the team's first two league matches of the season, and earning a start in Tijuana's CONCACAF Champions League opener.

Rapids make Torres club’s first ever designated player

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By DAN KARELL

With the seconds ticking down on the Major League Soccer summer transfer window, the Colorado Rapids completed an historic deal for the club.

The team announced late Thursday night that they had signed forward Gabriel Torres to a designated player contract, the first ever DP signed in club history.

Liga MX Round 5: A Look Ahead

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By DAN KARELL

Estadio Universitario in Nuevo Leon plays host on Saturday to the 100th derby between Monterrey and Tigres UANL.

The classic rivalry, known locally as el Clasico Regiomontano, has existed since 1974, when Tigres and Monterrey drew 3-3 at the Universitario.

NASL Week 2: A Look Ahead

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By MIKE GRAMAJO

After a thrilling first week of the fall campaign, four first-place teams battle for a sole position atop the NASL table.

The New York Cosmos head south to St. Petersburg for their first road trip of the season, as they take on the Tampa Bay Rowdies at Al Lang Field on Saturday.

Friday Kickoff: Liverpool owner Henry won’t sell Suarez; Pirlo could leave Juve next summer; and more

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By DAN KARELL

Luis Suarez's potential move away from Anfield is looking bleaker by the day.

A day after Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said that the Suarez transfer from Liverpool to Arsenal was on "standby," Liverpool's American owner John Henry came out with his first long-form public statements on the matter.

Deal reached on Orlando City’s proposed soccer-specific stadium

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Orlando City's dream of playing in MLS is one step closer to becoming a reality.

Central Florida's top two mayors have agreed to a deal that could see Orlando City get the final $20 million they need in order to build a soccer-specific stadium, according to a report from the Orlando Sentinel on Thursday.

FC Schalke drawn in UEFA Champions League play-off qualifying round

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By DAN KARELL

With millions of dollars to play for, 20 teams were drawn into the UEFA Champions League qualifying play-off round, with just ten teams earning a place in the group stage.

FC Schalke, the only Champions League side left with an American player, Jermaine Jones, was drawn in the league route with FC Metalist Kharkiv of Ukraine, an easier test compared to two other sides in the league route.

Rapid Wien, AZ, Tottenham among teams draw in Europa League play-off qualifying round

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By DAN KARELL

Sixty two teams learned their future on Friday as UEFA conducted the Europa League play-off qualifying round draw.

The final round before the Europa League group stages saw a number of teams drawn featuring American players, including Rapid Wein (Terrence Boyd), AZ Alkmaar (Aron Jóhannsson), Tottenham (Brad Friedal), and FC Nordsjælland (Conor O'Brien).

Americans Abroad: Weekend Preview

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Before John Anthony Brooks takes part in his first U.S. Men's National Team camp, the young centerback will be focused on a different type of challenge: his first Bundesliga game.

Brooks looks set for a start in Hertha Berlin's season opener on Saturday, as the club returns to Germany's top flight after one year in the 2.

Union Notes: Gilberto signing a “long-term” move; Kleberson looking for a chance; and more

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By JOEL HOOVER

There have been no final player moves for the Philadelphia Union on the last day of the summer transfer window for Major League Soccer.

However, the day provided an opportunity for manager John Hackworth to speak about the team's most recent acquistion: 24-year-old Brazilian midfielder Gilberto dos Santos Souza Junior, better known simply as "Gilberto", who was signed on August 2.

MLS West Notes: Earthquakes dispute with supporters continues, Joseph’s pay cut helps Sounders, and more

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By MIKE DONOVAN

A dispute between Earthquakes ownership and its main supporter group, the 1906 Ultras, came to a head Saturday as the Ultras remained silent throughout the Quakes 2-0 victory over Chivas USA.

The silence came after management revoked the ability to display banners from the group after a controversial Tifo during a match against the Portland Timbers in late July.

Howard discusses his starting job at Everton, Altidore’s move to EPL, and more

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By KEVIN KOCZWARA

There is no doubt in Tim Howard's mind who will be starting in goal for Everton this year and it will be him, despite the signing of 23-year-old goalkeeper JoelRobles from Wigan by Roberto Martinez this summer.

Robles was on of Martinez's first signings since taking over at Goodison Park for David Moyes, who departed for Manchester United.

MLS East Notes: D.C. stadium push could hit snag; Lade could step in for injured Kimura; and more

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By DAN KARELL

If D.C. United are to get a new soccer-specific stadium, the District of Columbia are going to have to complete a number of land swaps.

Unfortunately for the Major League Soccer club, it seems that city officials may have ignored one of the land-owning groups.

Red Bulls add Australian international Carney

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By DAN KARELL

Just hours before the end of the Major League Soccer summer transfer window, the New York Red Bulls added some much needed depth to their squad.

On Thursday, the Red Bulls announced the signing of Australian international David Carney subject to the passing of a physical, receipt of his P-1 Visa, and his International Transfer Certificate (ITC).

NBC to televise 17 matches between NBC and NBCSN in first three weeks of EPL season

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By DAN KARELL

With the start of the season less than ten days away, NBC Sports Group announced their channel assignments for the first three weeks of the upcoming English Premier League season.

NBC has decided to place games featuring Manchester United, Liverpool, and U.

Bedoya signs three-year deal with FC Nantes

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By KEVIN KOCZWARA

Alejandro Bedoya will be playing in France next year after signing a three-year contract with newly promoted Ligue 1 side FC Nantes today, according to the club's official website.

Bedoya's move, which was confirmed yesterday by SBI, to Nantes comes after his contract with Swedish club Helsingborgs ran up and after a strong CONCACAF Gold Cup campaign with the USMNT.

MLS Rewind: Sporting KC, Impact win in CCL; AS Roma tops TFC in friendly match

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By DAN KARELL

Major League Soccer teams were busy on Wednesday night, with Sporting Kansas City, the Montreal Impact, San Jose Earthquakes, and Toronto FC all in action.

Sporting KC scored a goal on either side of halftime and used a confident performance from midfielder Benny Feilhaber to take down Real Esteli of Nicaragua, 2-0, on the road.

Revolution acquire Charlie Davies

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By IVES GALARCEP

The New England Revolution are preparing to lose one U.S. Men's National Team pool player, but are now set to add a player with plenty of national team appearances, and ties to the New England area.

The Revolution have completed a deal to acquire former former U.

D.C. United knock off Fire to book place in U.S. Open Cup Final

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By IVES GALARCEP

It is hard to argue the fact that the 2013 MLS season has been a nightmare for D.C. United, but their dream run through the U.S. Open Cup has provided a much-needed consolation for the floundering club.

D.C. was expected to see that run end on Wednesday night at Toyota Park against a surging Chicago Fire side playing at home, but Ben Olsen's side went away from the expected script yet again.

Saborio and Plata lead RSL past Timbers to reach U.S. Open Cup Final

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by TYLER GRAY

SANDY, Utah In a match-up of two of the top teams in Major League Soccer, Real Salt Lake showed why they have the best record in the league, while the Portland Timbers showed the weaknesses of an improving team that still hasn't reached its peak.

RSL rode their sharp passing and some quality finishing, along with some outstanding team defense, to beat the Timbers, 2-1, at Rio Tinto Stadium on Wednesday night.

Thursday Kickoff: Fabregas ends Man United transfer talk; Rooney in England squad; and more

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By DAN KARELL

It never seemed likely, but Cesc Fabregas has now squashed any hope of a move to Manchester.

The Barcelona midfielder, speaking to the press ahead of a friendly match in Malaysia, said that it had always been his dream to play at Barcelona, and he has never thought about leaving.

USMNT rise to No. 19 in latest FIFA Rankings

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By DAN KARELL

Who says the Gold Cup isn't an important tournament.

The U.S. Men's National Team used an undefeated run to the Gold Cup title last month to jump up three spots in the latest FIFA Rankings, placing them at No. 19, one position above Mexico.

Brooks left off Germany U-21 squad

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By DAN KARELL

It looks like John Anthony Brooks has decided to become a member of the U.S. Men's National Team.

The Hertha Berlin defender was left off the Germany Under-21 squad for a friendly match against France next Tuesday, after a report in Germany stated on Wednesday that Brooks was considering accepting an invite to that squad.

Agent confirms Bedoya closing in on Nantes deal

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By IVES GALARCEP

Alejandro Bedoya has done his fair share of bouncing around Europe the past few years, but a strong season in Sweden has him on the verge of securing a move to the best league he will have played in to date.

Bedoya is heading to France to finalize a deal that will see him join newly-promoted French club Nantes, in a deal that could be completed in the next 24-48 hours.

Who should Klinsmann call up for the USMNT friendly vs. Bosnia?

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By IVES GALARCEP

A week from now the U.S. Men's National Team will be taking on Bosnia & Herzegovina in Europe, and with their opponent already having called in what amounts to a full-strength squad, Jurgen Klinsmann could see the friendly as a great chance to see just what his own full first-team can look like.

64 players invited to U.S. Soccer National Combine

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By DAN KARELL

With a look to build the future U.S. Under-18 and Under-20 squads, 64 players from across the nation have been invited to take part in U.S. Soccer's National Combine in Portland, Oregon.

MLS club academies feature 29 of the 64 players invited, which also include previous U.

U.S. Open Cup: Semifinal Previews

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By IVES GALARCEP

The 100th anniversary of the U.S. Open Cup isn't getting nearly as much attention as it deserves, but the four teams doing battle tonight for a place in the final will look to do their part to bring more buzz for a historic competition that has stood the test of time.

Dynamo sign Honduran Lopez as Young DP

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By DAN KARELL

One of the brightest youngsters in Honduran soccer is coming to Major League Soccer.

On Wednesday, the Houston Dynamo confirmed the signing of midfielder Alexander Lopez from Olimpia in Honduras. Lopez has joined the club on a Young DP contract.

Irwin lays out harsh realities of life in soccer outside of MLS

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By DAN KARELL

Ever wonder what it's like to be a player in the lower divisions of soccer in the United States and Canada?

One player who knows exactly what life is like is current Colorado Rapids goalkeeper Clint Irwin. The 24-year-old Major League Soccer rookie spent a season in 2011 in Canada with Capital City F.

The SBI Show: Episode 61 (Talking Agudelo’s Stoke deal; the U.S. Open Cup semifinals; and more)

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By IVES GALARCEP

Juan Agudelo has long been considered a young prospect destined to play in Europe's top flight, and now that destiny is closer to becoming reality after signing a pre-contract with Stoke City to join the English Premier League side in January.

With his national team choice still unclear, Brooks invited to join Germany Under-21 squad

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By DAN KARELL

John Anthony Brooks has a pretty big decision on his hands, and he has just hours left to make it.

With reports in Germany already stating that Brooks has an invite to the U.S. Men's National Team friendly match next Wednesday in Bosnia and Herzegovina, a new report has emerged that Germany Under-21 head coach Horst Hrubesch has also invited the Hertha Berlin defender into his squad to face France in a friendly match next Tuesday.

Arriola earns first start for Tijuana in CCL draw vs. Firpo

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By DAN KARELL

Based on recent performances, it should come as no surprise that midfielder Paul Arriola earned a place in the starting lineup for Club Tijuana on Tuesday night.

For the first time in his career since signing professional terms this summer with Xolos, Arriola took the field from the start, playing all 90 minutes in a 0-0 draw with LA Firpo of El Salvador in their CONCACAF Champions League debut match.

MLS 36: Diego Fagundez

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Report: Bedoya signs with French side Nantes

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By IVES GALARCEP

Fresh off an outstanding showing in this summer's CONCACAF Gold Cup, Alejandro Bedoya looks set to make the jump to a bigger league, with reports in France linking Bedoya with a move to French club Nantes.

The U.S. Men's National Team midfielder had completed his short-term contract with Swedish side Helsingborg, and after weighing offers from multiple leagues, it appears the 26-year-old midfielder is ready to head to Ligue 1 to join the newly-promoted side.

Wednesday Kickoff: Man United after Fellaini; Barcelona offer for Chelsea’s Luiz; and more

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By DAN KARELL

There's only ten days left until the start of the 2013/2014 English Premier League season, and David Moyes has yet to sign anyone since taking over at Manchester United on July 1.

However, that could all change soon.

Man United are reportedly in talks with Moyes' former club Everton to sign midfielder Marouane Fellaini.

MLS Evening Ticker: Sounders-Timbers match sold out; Rapids sign Uruguayan forward Sanchez; and more

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

How could the upcoming Seattle Sounders-Portland Timbers match, Clint Dempsey's home debut, get any crazier?

Just add 66,800 fans.

On Tuesday, the Emerald City Supporters revealed on their Twitter account that the nationally televised Aug. 25 showdown between the two bitter Cascadia Cup rivals at CenturyLink Field is sold out.

SBI MLS Best XI (Week 23)

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By IVES GALARCEP

After missing a large portion of the first half of the season due to injury, Oscar Boniek Garcia is back to his dangerous ways, and the Houston Dynamo attack has a recent resurgence to thank for that.

The Honduran midfield ace was key in the Dynamo's victory vs.

Bosnia and Herzegovina releases roster for upcoming U.S. friendly

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

The Football Association of Bosnia and Herzegovina has released its roster for the upcoming friendly versus the U.S. Men's National Team, which will take place next Wednesday, Aug. 14, at the Olympic Stadium in Sarajevo.

The 20-man roster for Bosnia and Herzegovina, currently ranked No.

Tuesday Ticker: UEFA announces finalists for Best Player in Europe; Suarez to miss Liverpool friendly; and more

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

There will be a new name on the Best Player in Europe trophy.

On Tuesday, UEFA named the three finalists for the 2012-13 Best Player in Europe, the third edition of the award. As expected, La Liga stars Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are back in the running for the award, but they will be joined at this year's presentation by Bayern Munich winger Franck Ribery.

CONCACAF Champions League: A Look Ahead

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

Less than four months after Monterrey's thrilling 4-2 comeback victory in the 2013 Finals, the CONCACAF Champions League will be back in action on Tuesday night as the top club from around the federation battle for conference supremacy.

After a three-peat from Monterrey, there will definitely be a new champion in this upcoming edition of the tournament as the Mexican club failed to qualify in Liga MX unlike the UEFA version of the Champions League, the title-winners are not guaranteed a chance to defend their crown.

Timbers purchase contract of designated player Valeri

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

One of the key players in the Portland Timbers' rapid rise this season has been officially signed to the club on a permanent basis.

On Tuesday, the Timbers announced that designated player Diego Valeri's contract had been purchased from Argentinian sideClub Atlético Lanús.

SBI MLS Goal of the Week: Cam Weaver

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MLS Ticker: Revs re-sign Tierney; Penedo chose Galaxy over Mexico, Europe; and more

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

As they prepare to push for a playoff spot in the final half of the MLS season, the New England Revolution have nailed down a new contract for one of their longest-tenured players.

On Monday, the Revolution announced the re-signing of Chris Tierney.

Agudelo signs pre-contract with Stoke City

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By IVES GALARCEP

While one American player has already made the move from the English Premier League to Major League Soccer this summer, at least one American will be heading the other way very soon.

New England Revolution forward Juan Agudelo has completed a pre-contract agreement with Stoke City, which means he will become a Potter after his current MLS contract expires on Dec.

Dempsey: “I just wanted to come home”

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By JASON MITCHELL

SEATTLE A league finding its stride on and off the field. A local soccer culture that felt European in size and intensity. A sense of obligation to grow the American game.

Clint Dempsey cited all these and more at his introductory press conference Monday afternoon as he explained his decision to abandon the English Premier League for the Seattle Sounders and MLS in the prime of his career.

Tuesday Kickoff: Suarez considering legal action against Liverpool; Nastasic out 4-6 weeks; and more

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

The Luis Suarez transfer saga is reportedly set to take a brand new turn as the courts may get involved in the striker's quest to leave Liverpool.

Reports in England indicate Suarez is considering legal action to resolve his transfer drama at Liverpool and force a move to Arsenal.

Galaxy sign Panamanian goalkeeper Penedo

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By DAN KARELL

Carlo Cudicini's job may now be in jeopardy.

On Monday the Galaxy finally made the rumors official, signing Panamanian National Team goalkeeper Jaime Penedo as per the receipt of his International Transfer Certificate (ITC) and his P-1 Visa. Per league and team policy, details of the transfer were not disclosed.

SBI MLS Rookie of the Week: Deshorn Brown

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By DAN KARELL

Winning the Rocky Mountain Cup is no easy task.

Winning it as a rookie is even tougher. Not only did Deshorn Brown win the Rocky Mountain Cup this year, but he scored the first of his side's two goals in a 2-2 draw with Real Salt Lake, earning the Colorado Rapids the annual trophy.

SI story provides details on Dempsey blockbuster

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By IVES GALARCEP

The deal that ultimately helped Clint Dempsey join the Seattle Sounders ultimately came together in a matter of two weeks, and saw both Major League Soccer and the Sounders work together to pull off one of the biggest moves in MLS history.

Sports Illustrated broke down the details of the deal in a story released on Monday.

SBI MLS Team of the Week: New York Red Bulls

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By DAN KARELL

Since moving into Sporting Park mid-way through the 2011 season, the New York Red Bulls had failed to defeat Sporting Kansas City on the road.

On Saturday, the Red Bulls ended their drought, stunning a sold-out crowd with a 3-2 victory over Sporting KC, their first victory against the club since April 30, 2011.

SBI MLS Player of the Week: Chris Wondolowski

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By DAN KARELL

In his first game back with the San Jose Earthquakes after spending the last month with the U.S. Men's National Team, Chris Wondolowski hit the ground running.

The 30-year-old forward latched on to a floated header in the 45th minute from teammate Victor Bernardez and sent it into the upper 90, before adding his and the team's second in the 87th minute in a 2-0 victory over Chivas USA on Saturday evening.

Dempsey’s return surprised Revs GM Mike Burns

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By KEVIN KOCZWARA

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — New England Revolution General Manager Mike Burns believes Clint Dempsey's return to Major League Soccer is a big statement by the U.S. Men's National Team captain.

Dempsey's return to the league where got his professional debut while still in the prime of his career shows he thinks MLS is more than just a stepping stone.

NASL Week 1: A Look Back

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By MIKE GRAMAJO

The second half of the North American Soccer League is underway and with a new addition to the league.

The New York Cosmos didn't wait long to get there first three points of the fall campaign. Late-night drama surged the new NASL side to a 2-1 victory thanks to Alessandro Noselli's stoppage-time goal, Saturday night at James Shuart Stadium in front of an announced crowd of 11,929.

The SBI Show: Episode 60 (Talking Dempsey’s move to Seattle, MLS Week 23, and more)

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By IVES GALARCEP

With Clint Dempsey's move to the Seattle Sounders dominating headlines in the American soccer world, the latest episode of The SBI Show breaks down the historic move along with plenty more from the past weekend.

Episode 60 of The SBI Show breaks down Dempsey's shocking return to MLS, what it means for the U.

MLS Insider: Episode 6 (Featuring Atticus’ Army and MLS Acadamies)

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By DAN KARELL

The latest episode of the NBC Sports program MLS Insider features two top-notch pieces on the wonderful display how Major League Soccer is more than just what we see on the field.

Episode 6 of MLS Insider features a look at Atticus' Army and the game the Timbers put on in support of Atticus in his fight against cancer.

Liga MX Round 4: A Look Back

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By DAN KARELL

With heavy hearts and a mind on the recent death of Christian "Chucho" Benitez, Club America came out firing on all cylinders in just their second match of the Apertura season.

After a moving tribute to the fallen former America star, the hosts pounced on an opportunity in the 27th minute.

NWSL Week 17: A Look Back

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By MIKE McCALL

With the races for first place and the playoffs drawing to a close, this weekend promised to deliver some answers in the National Women's Soccer League, and it did.

One team was knocked out of contention, one slipped further from the postseason, and another gained two huge points that kept hope alive.

Monday Kickoff: Ronaldo reportedly agrees terms with Real Madrid; Man United reject Rooney bid; and more

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By DAN KARELL

Cristiano Ronaldo isn't ready to leave the Santiago Bernabeu just yet.

Real Madrid have reportedly come to a verbal agreement with Ronaldo for a new contract, extending his currently deal which is up in 2015. Ronaldo's new contract will make him the highest paid player in all of Spain at €17 million ($22.

Chelsea down AC Milan to book place in ICC Final

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By FRANCO PANIZO

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. The inevitable Jose Mourinho-Real Madrid reunion will be happening sooner than many might have expected.

Mourinho and Chelsea reached the 2013 International Champions Cup final against Madrid by defeating AC Milan, 2-0, in the nightcap of a second-round doubleheader playedat MetLife Stadium on Sunday night.

Laba’s goal helps TFC topple Revs

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By KEVIN KOCZWARA

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Matias Laba's goal in the second minute was all the scoring Toronto FC would need in its 1-0 win over the New England Revolution, giving Toronto (4-10-8, 20 pts.) its first back-to-back wins of the season and extended its unbeaten streak to three games.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Paul Arriola is becoming quite the super sub for Club Tijuana.

For the second time in the early stages of the Liga MX Apertura, Arriola came off the bench to provide a spark for Xolos. The 18-year-old midfielder delivered a highlight reel-worthy assist almost immediately after coming off the bench in the 65th minute, megging a defender near the end line before sending in a quality cross that was hit home.

Keane leads Galaxy over Juventus in ICC

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By IVES GALARCEP

Irish striker Robbie Keane returned from injury ahead of schedule to help the Los Angeles Galaxy stun Italian champions Juventus, 3-1, in International Champions Cup action at Dodger Stadium on Saturday night.

Keane came on at halftime with the match tied and promptly made an impact, setting up Landon Donovan's eventual game-winning goal in the 60th minute before adding his own insurance strike in the 88th minute.

Timbers Notes: Draws not good enough for players, overcoming chippiness, and more

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BY MIKE DONOVAN

PORTLAND, Ore.- At some point in the 2013 season, draws went from positive results to negative ones for the Portland Timbers.

At least that was vibe given off by the club's players in the locker room after Portland drew their 11th match in 22 games Saturday.

First professional goal a long time coming for D.C. United’s Doyle

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By THOMAS FLOYD

WASHINGTON — For a man in the business of bagging goals, Conor Doyle had to exert no small amount of patience before opening his scoring account.

But in D.C. United's 3-1 triumph over the Montreal Impact on Saturday, Doyle's 68th-minute winner ended the drought — nearly three years to the day after he inked his first professional contract.

Timbers and Whitecaps tie in heated Cascadia Cup showdown

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BY MIKE DONOVAN

For the second time this season, the Portland Timbers and Vancouver Whitecaps played a hard-fought match filled with numerous fouls and injuries. And for the second time, the Cascadian rivals battled to a draw.

Ryan Johnson and Jordan Harvey delivered the goals, as the Caps and Timbers drew, 1-1, at Jeld-Wen Field Saturday night.

Sam, Steele lead Red Bulls to road victory over Sporting KC

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

For a team that has struggled away from home in recent weeks, the New York Red Bulls picked a perfect time to grab a road win.

Despite Sporting Kansas City's stranglehold on possession and shots, the Red Bulls were able to find their way through the hosts' tough defense and hold on for a 3-2 win at Sporting Park.

Martins and Johnson power Sounders past FC Dallas with Dempsey watching

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By JASON MITCHELL

SEATTLE Aside from the pregame introduction of a certain newcomer, Saturday night at CenturyLink Field was perhaps most noteworthy for a backflip becoming increasingly familiar and a salute the Seattle Sounders hope becomes routine.

With 39,360 still buzzing from the introduction of Clint Dempsey before the match,the Sounders darted out to an early lead over FC Dallas and never looked back, riding goals from Obafemi Martins, Eddie Johnson, and Brad Evans to a 3-0 win.

Dynamo extend unbeaten run with win over struggling Crew

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

Even with the exciting news of new ownership at the Columbus Crew coming earlier in the week, the team in black and yellow continued their on-the-field struggles on Saturday night with a loss against a team that is currently one of the league's hottest.

The Crew dropped their third straight match, a 3-1 road loss to the Houston Dynamo, who are undefeated in their last four.

Rapids tie with Real Salt Lake to reclaim Rocky Mountain Cup

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By TYLER GRAY

Real Salt Lake may have tied this battle, but the Colorado Rapids won the war.

After six years, the Rapids were able to wrest control of the Rocky Mountain Cup from their western neighbors with a 2-2 home tie on Saturday night.

Goals from Colorado's Deshorn Brown and Jaime Castrillon nullified Ned Grabavoy's second-minute strike and Saborio's belated penalty after play was suspended due to lightning in the 21st minute.

Wondolowski scores twice in return as Earthquakes defeat 10-man Chivas USA

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

After watching their defending MLS MVP notch five goals for the U.S. Men's National Team at the recent CONCACAF Gold Cup, fans of the San Jose Earthquakes hoped Chris Wondolowski would bring some of that scoring prowess from the Americans' title run back to Buck Shaw Stadium.

Noselli’s stoppage-time winner helps Cosmos win season opener

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By IVES GALARCEP

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. With the legends of the club's historic past in attendance, the newly-reborn New York Cosmos kicked off their first season of action in almost three decades with a memorable finish that had a touch of flavor of Cosmos teams of the past.

Sounders unveil Dempsey before win over FC Dallas

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By JASON MITCHELL

SEATTLE Just under seven years and 57 English Premier League goals after last playing in Major League Soccer, the captain of the United States Men's National Team strode onto the pitch at CenturyLink Field on Saturday night, a Seattle Sounder of all things.

MLS Week 23: Your Running Commentary

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

A pair of top-two clashes in Major League Soccer will highlight a busy Saturday night of action from all over the country.

Saturday night's action will kick off in Kansas City with a massive Eastern Conference showdown between Sporting KC and the New York Red Bulls.

Saturday Ticker: FIFA delays Blazer investigation; Fabregas to decide on Man United move; and more

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

Former CONCACAF general secretary Chuck Blazer will not be under the microscope of investigation for the rest of the year as FIFA has decided to hold off on its probe into allegations of financial corruption by the former American soccer official.

FIFA investigators have delayed their investigation for a year, citing"circumstances which made it advisable to provisionally suspend" the case.

A closer look at Dempsey’s move to Seattle, and why he is returning to MLS now

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By IVES GALARCEP

When Clint Dempsey left Major League Soccer almost seven years ago, he left the league in a hurry to get away. Playing for a New England team with a notoriously cheap owner, that didn't exactly draw a ton of fans, and in a league where players had little control over their futures, Dempsey couldn't have been blamed if he kissed the ground at Heathrow Airport the first time he arrived after his $4 million transfer to Fulham.

Dempsey transfer to Sounders is official

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By IVES GALARCEP

Clint Dempsey is a Seattle Sounder.

Tottenham made the official announcement on Saturday morning that they have completed the transfer of Dempsey to the Sounders. No official details have been released yet on the size of the transfer, but reports on Friday evening put the fee at $9 million.

Tottenham announce completion of Clint Dempsey transfer to Seattle

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By IVES GALARCEP

Clint Dempsey is a Seattle Sounder.

Tottenham made the official announcement on Saturday morning that they have completed the transfer of Dempsey to the Sounders. No details have emerged yet on the size of the transfer, but reports on Friday evening put the fee at $9 million.

Dempsey joining Sounders in reported $9 million transfer

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By IVES GALARCEP

Some seven years ago, Clint Dempsey left Major League Soccer as a rising star on the verge of being special. He now returns to MLS as an established star ready to make the biggest splash by an MLS signing since David Beckham joined the league.

Dempsey is set to complete a move to the Seattle Sounders, with the MLS club agreeing to a transfer with English Premier League side Tottenham, sources confirmed to SBI on Friday night.

NASL Season Preview: Tampa Bay Rowdies

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By MIKE GRAMAJO

This past spring didn't go as planned for the 2012 North American Soccer League Champions.

After a disappointing campaign, the Tampa Bay Rowdies look to turn things around in the upcoming Fall Season when they kickoff against the San Antonio Scorpions on Saturday, August 3, at Toyota Field.

NASL Season Preview: Fort Lauderdale Strikers

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By PEDRO HEIZER

In the 2013 Spring Championship Season, the Fort Lauderdale Strikers proved that Murphy's Law is a reality. For a team that signed the likes of David Foley and Iván Guerrero in the offseason, the Strikers looked like a team that could not find its identity in the Spring Season.

Must-See Promo: An American Coach in London

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Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

A few of the top teams on the planet will battle it out on American soil on a Saturday filled with action from all over the world.

Spanish giants Real Madrid take on Tim Howard and English Premier League side Everton in a nationally-televised International Champions Cup match from Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles.

NASL Week 1: A Look Ahead

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By DAN KARELL

After a 30 day break in the schedule, the North American Soccer League returns to action on Saturday.

With the addition of the New York Cosmos, all eight teams in the league will be opening their fall season's this weekend, as the quest for a place in the Soccer Bowl and an NASL championship begins.

Report: Clint Dempsey to Seattle Sounders being finalized

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By IVES GALARCEP

The rumor that dominated the American soccer world on Thursday night looks to be moving closer to becoming reality, with ESPNFC reporting that Clint Dempsey and the Seattle Sounders are finalizing a deal to bring the U.S. Men's National Team captain back to MLS.

NASL Season Preview: New York Cosmos

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By DAN KARELL

The New York Cosmos are back.

For the first time in nearly 30 years, the Cosmos will take the field in an official league match when they face the Ft. Lauderdale Strikers on Saturday at Shuart Stadium in Hempstead, New York.

Since the organization announced their intention to play in the 2013 North American Soccer League Fall Season, momentum has began to grow.

NASL Season Preview: Carolina RailHawks

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By MIKE McCALL

Wind the clock back a little more than a month to June 25, and life was pretty good for the Carolina RailHawks.

With two games left in their North American Soccer League Spring Season, they were one win away from winning a title and the right to host the Soccer Bowl in November.

USMNT World Cup qualifier vs. Mexico in Columbus is sold out

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By DAN KARELL

The interest in the U.S. Men's National Team has never been higher.

Eleven wins in a row and a place at the top of the CONCACAF World Cup qualifying group has made the next home qualifier match a must-see, and U.S.

SBI Fantasy MLS: Round 24 Preview

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By CASEY CANNON

Hello and welcome to the Soccer By Ives Fantasy Corner – now with fewer moral compunctions! Every week I dig through statistics, news, and rumors to provide the reader with the kind of fantasy advice that only a guy waiting for the tow truck can provide.

MLS Week 23: A Look Ahead

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By THOMAS FLOYD

There is always pride aplenty on the line when Real Salt Lake and the Colorado Rapids get together for a Rocky Mountain Cup clash. But this weekend's meeting isn't just about bragging rights — it is about first place in the Western Conference.

With a home victory over their rivals, the Rapids can draw even with RSL for the top position in the congested conference.

This Weekend’s Soccer on TV

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By MICHAEL KLINE

Soccer fans will get a taste of the upcoming season's action this weekend, when preseason European club-friendlies mix with Major League Soccer, Liga MX and the Brazilian Série A to deliver a plethora of matches to your living room.

AS Monaco host Tottenham Hotspur early Saturday afternoon in their last preseason match before the French Ligue 1 commences next weekend, but all attention will be on Gareth Bale and whether or not his participation in the match, or lack thereof, will hint towards him either staying or leaving.

MLS Ticker: Sporting KC signs homegrown defender; Grella trains with Red Bulls; and more

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By DAN KARELL

As good as Sporting Kansas City are right now, they are heavily invested in their future.

Last season, centerback Matt Besler signed a new contract, and already this season, both head coach Peter Vermes and midfielder Graham Zusi have signed new long-term deals.

Villarreal’s stunner the lone bright spot as Galaxy fall to Real Madrid

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By DAN KARELL

In his second season in Major League Soccer, Los Angeles Galaxy forward Jose Villarreal is clearly finding his comfort zone.

The U.S. youth international has already earned nine starts this season for the Galaxy and was a bonafide starter for the U.

The SBI Show: Episode 59 (Looking back at MLS All-Star Week, talking Dempsey rumors, and more)

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By IVES GALARCEP

With the 2013 MLS All-Star Game Week in the books, and transfer rumors spreading like wildfire about U.S. Men's National Team captain Clint Dempsey, there is no shortage of things to talk about in the latest episode of The SBI Show.

Co-host Garrett Cleverly and I look back at the memorable week in Kansas City, as Sporting KC put on an All-Star Week for the ages.

Boyd converts penalty kick in Vienna’s Europa League draw vs. Asteras Tripolis

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Rapid Vienna's European dreams took a hit when Greek club Asteras Tripolis jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first half of their Europa League match, but Terrence Boyd made sure that result would not stick.

Five minutes after Vienna conceded the opener, Boyd drew and converted an equalizing penalty kick to help his club grab a 1-1 draw on the road in the first leg of their third-round Europa League qualifier against Asteras Tripolis.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Preview

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By FRANCO PANIZO

If you are a U.S. Men's National Team fan hoping to catch a glimpse of the latest dual national willing to represent the United States internationally, this weekend might provide you with just that.

Aron Johannsson and AZ Alkmaar are set to kick off their new Eredivisie campaign on Saturday, as they pay a visit to SC Heerenveen.

Liga MX A Look Ahead: Round 4

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By DAN KARELL

It's been a busy opening to the 2013 Liga MX Apertura season, but the team that's surprisingly jumped to the top of the table is Veracruz.

The promoted club, who last year were located in La Piedad, have received some massive contributions from Angel Reyna.

NWSL Week 17: A Look Ahead

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By MIKE McCALL

There's a first-place battle and a chance for all four playoff spots to be clinched in the National Women's Soccer League this weekend two days of matches that will go a long way to determining how the inaugural NWSL regular season wraps up.

At the top of the table, the upstart league leaders will travel to face their closest competitors in a nationally televised showdown, while three other teams will be fighting to keep their slim postseason hopes alive.

Friday Kickoff: Valencia agree bid for Soldado, Giroud linked with Napoli move; and more

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By DAN KARELL

With or without Gareth Bale's services this season, Tottenham could be acquiring a proven forward with a great scoring acumen.

Late Thursday night, Tottenham announced that a reported £26 million transfer fee for Roberto Saldado of Valencia had been accepted by the La Liga club, opening the path for a move to the English Premier League.

Timbers Notes: Happy with chances despite lack of finishing; moving on after a loss; and more

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By MIKE DONOVAN

The Portland Timbers are in the midst of their worst scoring stretch of the season and are coming off just their third loss this year, but Timbers head coach Caleb Porter is not that concerned about his team's offense.

Portland has just three goals in their last four matches, but Saturday's match saw the club attempt 20 shots on San Jose, the most for a road match this season.

Rapids close to deal for Uruguayan veteran Sanchez

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

While they continue transfer negotiations for Panamanian striker and potential designated player Gabriel Torres, the Colorado Rapids are closing in on a deal that would bring a veteran striker with experience in Liga MX and the Bundesliga.

The Rapids are looking to add Vicente Sanchez, a 33-year-old Uruguayan currently in his home country with Nacional.

Sounders free up designated player slot after signing Joseph to new contract

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

With just one week to go before the MLS transfer window slams shut, the Seattle Sounders have set themselves up to sign a new key player for a potential playoff run.

The Sounders announced Thursday afternoon that they and midfielder Shalrie Joseph had agreed to a new contract.

Thursday Ticker: Spurs want Morata as part of Real’s Bale bid; Lewandowski feels “cheated” by Dortmund; and more

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

After agreeing to a deal for Valencia's Roberto Soldado, Tottenham Hotspur are looking at another Spanish forward to come to White Hart Lane if they send Gareth Bale to Real Madrid in a world-record move.

Reports in England indicate Tottenham want Real Madrid to add the highly-touted Alvaro Morata to their bid for star winger Gareth Bale.

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

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By IVES GALARCEP

After a month of July that saw the U.S. Men's National Team impressively dominate the field at the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup, the competition for places on the U.S. World Cup team is only getting stronger.

The impressive showings by players such as Joe Corona, Alejandro Bedoya, Clarence Goodson, Kyle Beckerman and Mix Diskerud have shaken up the USMNT depth chart, while the recent developments surrounding Aron Johannsson and John Anthony Brooks has them looking like potential challengers for World Cup places.

MLS East Notes: Crew reportedly sold for league record price; Fire’s Anangonó could debut Saturday; and more

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

Although neither officials from Precourt Sports Ventures nor Hunt Sports Group would reveal the sale price for the Columbus Crew and their stadium, business magazineForbesis reporting on its Sports Money blog that the Tuesday purchase broke a league recordfor an existing franchise.

Klinsmann discusses USMNT’s successful Gold Cup, plans going forward

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Shea sidelined up to four weeks with MCL sprain

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By IVES GALARCEP

When Brek Shea went down after a terrible tackle that looked like it might lead to serious injury, the immediate fear was that Shea might be forced to miss a lengthy period of time with a devastating knee injury.

Shea did wind up with an injury, but it isn't as severe as originally feared.

Report: Stoke City eyeing Agudelo

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

With Brek Shea, Geoff Cameron and Maurice Edu already on the roster, Stoke City is reportedly looking to bring another American to the Britannia Stadium.

Reports out of England indicate new Stoke City manager Mark Hughes is interested in a transfer for striker Juan Agudelo.

SBI unveils new logo

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By IVES GALARCEP

After more than five years, Soccer By Ives is undergoing some changes to the identity of the site you have come to know over the years. As you know, SBI underwent a re-design last year, and now we are on the verge of the next steps in our evolution as a soccer news website.

2013 MLS All-Star Game: SBI Live Match Commentary

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By IVES GALARCEP

KANSAS CITY, Kansas The MLS All-Stars take on AS Roma tonight at Sporting Park in the marquee event of what has been a memorable All-Star Week in the home of Sporting Kansas City.

Thierry Henry, Landon Donovan and Graham Zusi are among the stars who will look to beat an AS Roma side featuring the likes of Francesco Totti and Michael Bradley.

MLS All-Stars fall to AS Roma

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By DAN KARELL

On a night that was supposed to be the highlight of a tremendous week for Major League Soccer, it was the visitors that stole the spotlight.

In clinical fashion, AS Roma dominated the MLS All Stars in nearly every aspect of the match, winning their first ever All-Star Game, 3-1, on Wednesday evening at Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kansas.

Garber: MLS to expand to 24 teams by 2020

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By IVES GALARCEP

During a week that saw the strength of the Kansas City market for Major League Soccer, commissioner Don Garber raised the stakes for the booming league by announcing on Wednesday night that MLS will expand to 24 teams by the year 2020.

Garber laid out the ambitious plan during an interview with ESPN at halftime of the MLS All-Star Game, and revealed the league would add four more teams in the next seven years to go along with the current 19 teams, and the soon-to-arrive New York City FC.

Thursday Kickoff: Spurs agree to Soldado deal; Gerrard urges Suarez to stay at Liverpool; and more

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

The on-again, off-again transfer saga of Valencia's Roberto Soldado to Tottenham Hotspur is finally over.

Tottenham announced Thursday morning that they had reached an agreement for the transfer of the 28-year-old Spanish striker to White Hart Lane.