Soccer By Ives Archives for January 2013

Howard records assist in Everton win vs. Newcastle

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By DAN KARELL

Despite a nervy ending, Everton continued their unbeaten run to the start of the Premier League season, with Tim Howard once again playing a part in the victory.

In the 37th minute of Everton's 3-2 victory against Newcastle United at Goodison Park on Monday evening, goalkeeper Tim Howard launched a clearance from inside his own box towards his Everton teammate Romelu Lukaku.

Jones refutes reports of looming knee surgery, declares himself fit for USMNT call up

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By DAN KARELL

In response to reports that U.S. Men's National Team midfielder Jermaine Jones was set for a six-week spell on the sidelines, Jones has released a statement through U.S. Soccer declaring himself available to play for both club and country.

SBI MLS Rookie of the Week: Devon Sandoval

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By DAN KARELL

Due to Real Salt Lake's participation in the U.S. Open Cup final on Tuesday, rookie forward Devon Sandoval was given a rare chance to start and he took full advantage of the opportunity.

On the road at the Vancouver Whitecaps, Sandoval's ninth minute goal proved the difference in RSL's 1-0 victory on Saturday.

The SBI Show: Episode 75 (Talking MLS Week 32 upsets, Americans Abroad, and more)

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By IVES GALARCEP

A weekend of surprising results, and memorable matches in MLS headlines Episode 75 of The SBI Show.

From Portland's impressive win vs. the LA Galaxy, to the Philadephia Union's surprising victory vs. Sporting Kansas City, MLS Week 32 had plenty of head-scratching results that have left the Supporters Shield race and playoff chase even more wide open.

SBI MLS Team of the Week: Philadelphia Union

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By DAN KARELL

On the back of two goalless performances in consecutive losses, the Philadelphia Union turned their post-season hopes around in a big way when they visited Sporting Park last Friday.

Through a second half goal from bruising forward Conor Casey, the Union stunned Sporting Kansas City on the road, 1-0, earning a crucial three points to keep them in playoff contention in fifth place in the Eastern Conference.

SBI MLS Player of the Week: Tim Cahill

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By DAN KARELL

With no Thierry Henry or Jamison Olave in the New York Red Bulls lineup, midfielder Tim Cahill had even more responsibility on his shoulders, and he came through for his club in a big way.

The designated player, in only his second match back from injury, put in a fine performance that included the game-tying goal in the second half to earn a 1-1 draw with the Seattle Sounders on Sunday night.

Senna free kick goal caps off memorable evening for Cosmos

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By DAN KARELL

While there's no denying that the New York Cosmos are having a great season by any team's standards, Sunday's performance against the Tampa Bay Rowdies was a breakout performance in terms of attacking potential.

Four different players scored for the Cosmos in their thrilling 4-3 victory at James Shuart Stadium, with the final goal coming from the talented and clinical right foot of Marcos Senna.

Liga MX Round 12: A Look Back

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By DAN KARELL

Fans of Liga MX need look no further than Toluca for one of the most thrilling results of the Apertura season.

In a match on Sunday against last-place Atlante, Toluca bagged seven goals while three players were sent off in a 7-1 victory for the Choriceros.

D.C. United comfortable as underdogs in U.S. Open Cup final

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By PABLO MAURER

WASHINGTON Ben Olsen walked into the media work room at RFK Stadium on Sunday afternoon, a smile on his face and bounce in his step. Turning to the collection of reporters who'd gathered to speak with him after D.C. United's late-morning training session, the third year coach chuckled, shrugged, and offered his greeting.

NASL Week 9: A Look Back

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By MIKE GRAMAJO

After conceding three goals in the first half, the New York Cosmos rallied in the second half, handing the Tampa Bay Rowdies their first defeat of season in a 4-3 victory at James Shuart Stadium.

Marcos Senna delivered the game-winning goal off a free kick in the 82nd minute when his ball curled over the Rowdies wall and beat goalkeeper Diego Restrepo.

Monday Kickoff: Mancini nearing Galatasaray job; Gundogan suffers injury setback; and more

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By DAN KARELL

After being sacked by Manchester City last May, Roberto Mancini has found a new job, though it's again a long way from home.

The Italian manager is reportedly very close to agreeing a deal to become the next coach of Galatasaray, who sacked current Turkey National Team coach Fatih Terim after a few poor results to open the 2013/2014 season, including a 6-1 drubbing at the hands of Real Madrid.

Urruti’s winner helps Timbers outlast Galaxy in rain-soaked match

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BY MIKE DONOVAN

PORTLAND, ORE.- The Portland Timbers used a a cheeky goal and stingy defense to continue their run towards the 2013 postseason at a rain-soaked Jeld-Wen Field Sunday afternoon.

Maximiliano Urruti had the lone goal in Portland's 1-0 victory over the LA Galaxy that sees the Timbers move four points clear of LA for third-place in the Western Conference.

Cahill equalizer earns Red Bulls crucial point against Sounders

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By JASON MITCHELL

SEATTLE The match wasn't much prettier than the weather, but even without Thierry Henry and Jamison Olave the New York Red Bulls escaped Seattle with a vital 1-1 draw on Sunday night.

The point from the tie allowed the Red Bulls (15-9-7, 52 points) to reclaim sole possession of the league's best record with just three games left on their schedule.

European Weekend Rewind: Atletico defeat Real in Madrid Derby; both Manchester clubs lose; and more

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

For the first time since the turn of the new millennium, Atletico Madrid can claim a winning streak over powerhouse rival Real Madrid.

Four-and-a-half months after their thrilling extra-time victory over Real in the Copa del Rey Final, Atletico returned to the Bernabeu and handed their bitter rivals a 1-0 defeat to continue their perfect start to the La Liga campaign.

Second half comeback propels Cosmos to impressive win over Rowdies

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By DAN KARELL

In the New York Cosmos biggest test of the season, the squad showed plenty of heart, determination, and skill on the way to an impressive comeback victory.

Trailing 3-1 at halftime, the Cosmos scored three successive goals in the second half, the last a beautiful free kick by Marcos Senna, to defeat the Tampa Bay Rowdies, 4-3, on Sunday evening at James Shuart Stadium.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Brad Guzan may be known for his ability to make key saves, but this week a big part of the discussion will be about his timely assist.

Guzan helped Aston Villa shock Manchester City's star-studded side on Saturday with a goal kick that wound up setting up a wild game-winner in a 3-2 come-from-behind victory for the Villans.

New Orlando City soccer-specific stadium renderings released

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By FRANCO PANIZO

If the latest dropped renderings of Orlando City's proposed soccer-specific stadium are the final product, the club will have a shiny new place to call home if it succeeds in its bid to be selected for an MLS expansion team.

Woods Bagot, an architecture firm, released images and details earlier this week of what Orlando City's stadium would look like.

Early Sandoval goal leads RSL past Whitecaps

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By TYLER GRAY

Fielding a decidedly reserve side did not stop Real Salt Lake from snatching all three points on the road.

With an eye towards the U.S. Open Cup final on Tuesday, RSL head coach Jason Kreis gave his regulars a rest and let the backups off their leash.

Revolution and Dynamo play to tight draw

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By KEVIN KOCZWARA

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Saer Sene's 65th minute goal was offset 11 minutes later by a Will Bruin strike in a cagey 1-1 draw between the Houston Dynamo and New England Revolution at Gillette Stadium on Saturday night.

The feisty affair had the air of the tight postseason game with both teams trying to keep their playoff hopes intact while not giving away too much to the other side.

Fire rue missed chances in draw with Impact

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By DAN KARELL

When Mike Magee stepped up to the penalty spot in the 79th minute, he must have thought the game was as good as over.

Instead, Magee's penalty kick clanged off the crossbar, denying the Chicago Fire of taking a two goal lead as well as Magee of a hat-trick.

Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

While Jozy Altidore and Sunderland will take the field for the first time this English Premier League season without Paolo Di Canio, Liverpool will welcome striker Luis Suarez back to league action Sunday.

Suarez will make his much-anticipated return to EPL play Sunday when Liverpool visit Sunderland, who recently fired polarizing manager Di Canio after a winless start to the Black Cats' season.

Report: Jones to miss up to six weeks with meniscus surgery

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By DAN KARELL

It's looking likely that Jermaine Jones won't be available for selection when U.S. Men's National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann picks his next squad.

According to a report in German publication BILD, Schalke have scheduled for Jones to have surgery on his ailing meniscus, which would keep him off the field for up to six weeks.

TFC routs D.C. United’s reserves

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By IVES GALARCEP

Toronto FC has been one of the worst teams in MLS for most of the year, but if there was ever going to be a day when they would be able to dominate an opponent, it came on Saturday against a team of reserves fielded by the very worst team in the league.

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Johannsson scores another for AZ Alkmmar with spectacular winner in upset of PSV Eindhoven

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The dream start to the season just keeps getting better and better for Aron Johannsson.

Three days after scoring a hat-trick in an 120-minute performance in KNVB Cup, Johannson continued his torrid start to the new season with a spectacular game-winning goal in AZ Alkmaar's 2-1 victory over league leaders PSV Eindhoven.

Casey’s goal helps the Union defeat Sporting KC on the road

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By ALAN HAINKEL

KANSAS CITY, Kan. If you believe in such things, the Philadelphia Union were handed a sign of how things would proceed just before kickoff at Sporting Park on Friday night.

The microphone for national anthem singer Dr. Cameron Smith was dead, but unlike Smith, Sporting Kansas City was unable to be rescued by the capacity crowd.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

Chelsea visit White Hart Lane today to take on former manager Andre Villas-Boas and Tottenham Hotspur, a side the Blues have not lost to since 2010.

Villas-Boas will be looking for his first three points against Chelsea, who are now managed by his mentor, Jose Mourinho.

College Soccer Weekend Preview

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By MICAH McVICKER

The teams with the highest combined rankings kick off in our nation's capital at 1pm on Saturday as the SBI No. 4 Creighton Bluejays step out of conference play to take on the No. 6 Georgetown Hoyas in the weekend's marquee match-up.

The Hoyas have hit their stride in recent weeks, winning four straight matches to climb back into the SBI Top 10.

The SBI Show: Episode 74 (Previewing MLS Week 32, talking Americans Abroad, and more)

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By IVES GALARCEP

The Seattle Sounders face the New York Red Bulls, and Portland Timbers take on the Los Angeles Galaxy, in a pair of marquee match-ups during a crucial Week 32 of MLS action we break down in the latest episode of The SBI Show.

Co-host Garrett Cleverly and I break down all the weekend MLS matches, and also discuss the exploits of Americans Abroad.

Cherundolo ready to return to training with Hannover

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By DAN KARELL

Following another knee operation that forced him out of the early part of the Bundesliga season and U.S. Men's National Team World Cup qualifiers, Steve Cherundolo is set rejoin first-team training with Hannover.

Everything is going well," Cherundolo told German publication Kicker.

Liga MX Round 12: A Look Ahead

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By DAN KARELL

On Sunday, at least three Americans could take the field in a Liga MX match.

Club Tijuana travels to struggling Puebla looking to win their first league road match of the season. Assuming all are fit, the game could feature Edgar Castillo starting for Club Tijuana, while Michael Orozco and DaMarcus Beasley could start for Puebla.

SBI Fantasy MLS: Round 32 Preview

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By CASEY CANNON

Hello and Welcome to the Soccer by Ives Fantasy Corner – now with even more playoff hopes! Every week I dig through statistics, news, and rumors to provide the reader with the kind of fantasy advice that only the real Last Airbender can provide.

Last week I said avoid Houston.

Vela not included in Mexico squad, Ochoa returns

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By DAN KARELL

The Mexico National Team may have a new manager in Victor Manuel Vucetich, but they still haven't successfully been able to recruit Real Sociedad forward Carlos Vela back into the team.

The high-scoring Mexican was left off the list of five players currently based in Europe that Vucetich has called into the next El Tri squad for their final two Hexagonal World Cup qualifiers.

This Weekend’s Soccer on TV

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By MICHAEL KLINE

André Villas-Boas will be looking for his first victory against his former club on Saturday morning, when Tottenham welcome Chelsea to White Hart Lane.

The Portuguese manager has earned a point in two meetings against Chelsea since taking over at Tottenham, but he will be hoping an improved side from last year will manifest into three points come Saturday.

NASL Week 9: A Look Ahead

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By MIKE GRAMAJO

Looking to remain at the peak of the North American Soccer League standings, the New York Cosmos face another big test on Sunday evening (5:00 p.m. WATCH HERE).

The Cosmos host the Tampa Bay Rowdies at James Shuart Stadium, with first place in the league on the line.

Gomez scores hat-trick in Tijuana romp over Victoria

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By DAN KARELL

Herculez Gomez has always has a way of connecting with fans off the field, but on Thursday evening, he gave those in attendance at the Estadio Caliente a night they may never forget.

On his competitive debut since his summer transfer to Club Tijuana, Gomez scored a second half hat-trick after coming on at halftime for U.

European Weekend Preview: Real host Atletico in Madrid Derby; Chelsea visit Spurs; and more

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

For the past 14 years, Real Madrid have entered derby matches against rivals Atletico Madrid with all of the bragging rights in the Spanish capital.

But this Saturday, the narrative surrounding the Madrid Derby will be a drastic turn from the norm.

Friday Kickoff: Aguero ruled out; Messi due in court on Friday; and more

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By DAN KARELL

Manchester City will be without one of their key forwards when they face Aston Villa on Saturday.

Club manager Manuel Pellegrini said in his pre-match press conference on Friday that Sergio Aguero is carrying a knock, and that even though it's not serious, he won't be available for selection on Saturday.

Thursday Evening Ticker: Rossi scores again for Fiorentina; Apple TV adds MLS; and more

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By DAN KARELL AND KEVIN KOCZWARA

Seemingly healthy from two successive serious knee injuries, Fiorentina forward Guiseppe Rossi is proving on the field why he was worth a €10 million transfer fee last Jaunary.

For the sixth time in seven games, the New Jersey-born Rossi scored a goal on Thursday, putting La Viola up 1-0 in the 60th minute on the road at Inter Milan.

Cosmos Notes: Savarese hints at possible Gomes signing; Gorskie hurt in training; and more

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By DAN KARELL

After spending a week training with the New York Cosmos in a bid to improve his fitness while on vacation in the area, former Portuguese international forward Nuno Gomes looks set to depart back to Portugal.

However, after training on Thursday, Cosmos head coach Giovanni Savarese hinted that there's a chance Gomes wouldn't be gone for long, especially after the impression he seems to have left on the players and coaching staff

"He's a great guy," Savarese said.

Drake takes to NYC to promote FIFA14

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Americans Abroad: Weekend Preview

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By FRANCO PANIZO

If there was an equivalent to WWE's Royal Rumble in the Americans Abroad circles, it might look something like Sunday's duel between Puebla and Club Tijuana.

As many as seven Americans could be in action in Sunday afternoon's fixture at Estadio Cuauhtemoc, where DaMarcus Beasley and Michael Orozco face the likes of Edgar Castillo, Joe Corona and Paul Arriola.

USMNT to hold public training session at Sporting Park

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By DAN KARELL

For those who weren't able to purchase a ticket to see the U.S. Men's National Team play in Kansas City, you'll still have a chance to see the team in person.

U.S. Soccer announced that there will be an open training session for the USMNT on Wednesday, October 9, at 5:30pm CT at Sporting Park.

SBI College Soccer Top 25 (Sept. 26th Edition)

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By IVES GALARCEP

For the first time all season, there wasn't any movement in the top four spots in the SBI College Soccer Top 25, but surprising results continued to be a popular theme as the rest of the Top 25 underwent a major shake-up.

William & Mary makes its debut in the rankings after posting a third straight victory against a highly-rated opponent.

A look at the best young players in MLS

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By IVES GALARCEP

The folks at MLS Soccer created plenty of buzz in recent weeks with the unveiling of their list of top players in MLS under the age of 24. The 24Under24 sparked plenty of debate, and some angry reactions to players who were snubbed, and were some included players were ranked.

MLS West Notes: Saborio seeks treatment in Costa Rica, a tank interrupts Quakes practice, and more

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BY MIKE DONOVAN

For the second time this season, Alvaro Saborio traveled to his native Costa Rica to get treatment for an injury. The striker, who has only played in 13 league matches in 2013, was getting treated for a calf strain that has limited him to just one game in the last month.

MLS East Notes: Red Bulls hit with trio of injuries; Koervermans out for rest of season; and more

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By KEVIN KOCZWARA

The Supporter's Shield is on the line in Seattle this weekend as the New York Red Bulls, who are currently leading the race for the best record in Major League Soccer, head to Seattle to take on the Sounders, currently just one point behind New York but with a game in hand.

Egypt to host second leg of World Cup qualifying playoff vs. Ghana in Cairo

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By FRANCO PANIZO

For the first time in two years, Bob Bradley and Egypt are heading back to Cairo.

The Egyptian FA announced Wednesday that the Pharaohs will host the final leg of their World Cup qualifying playoff against Ghana at 30 June Stadium in Cairo on Nov. 19.

Report: Celtic eyeing red-hot Johannsson

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Aron Johannsson's red-hot start to the season with AZ Alkmaar has not gone unnoticed, especially not by Celtic.

According to a report out of the United Kingdom, Celtic are eyeing Johannsson with the hopes of signing him in the near future. The Scottish powerhouse currently employs forwards like Georgios Samaras and Anthony Stokes, but that is not stopping them from being interested in the 22-year-old U.

CCL Rewind: Galaxy roll to reach knockout phase, Dynamo blank W Connection to move atop their group

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By FRANCO PANIZO

The LA Galaxy sure made it look easy.

The Galaxy booked their place in the knockout phase of the CONCACAF Champions League on Wednesday night with a 3-0 road victory over Costa Rican side Cartagines. Jack McBean headed home the winner in the sixth minute for LA, who also received scoring contributions from Chandler Hoffman and Laurent Courtois.

Thursday Kickoff: Hernandez leads Man United; Real Madrid at center of controversy; and more

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By DAN KARELL

It was supposed to be Luis Suarez's night to shine, but instead it was a different Latin American star who stole the spotlight.

Manchester United forward Javier Hernandez proved to be the difference as he scored in his first start of the season to take his club on top of arch-rivals Liverpool, 1-0, in the third round of the Capital One Cup.

Americans Abroad: Midweek Rewind

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By FRANCO PANIZO

There is no stopping Aron Johannsson these days. Just ask Sparta Rotterdam.

Johannsson enjoyed quite the day at the office on Thursday, scoring a hat-trick in AZ Alkmaar's 4-1 extra-time win over Sparta Rotterdam in KNVB Cup action. Johannsson netted a fifth-minute opener and also came up big after the match ended, 1-1, in regulation, scoring the next two goals in the added 30 minutes to assure that AZ would move on in the tournament.

USMNT Daily Update: A closer look at the FIFA14 player ratings

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By FRANCO PANIZO

The release of EA Sports' FIFA14 earlier this weekmay have given North American soccer fans a chance to finally play the newest version of their favorite video game. But it also gave them an opportunity to do something else they were looking forward to:Check out the player ratings of the U.

MLS Spotlight: After struggling start to season, Robles shining in goal for Red Bulls

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By FRANCO PANIZO

HARRISON, N.J. Luis Robles' locker stood out a lot more than usual following the New York Red Bulls' 1-0 win over FC Dallas last Sunday. It was decorated with a number of his different-colored jerseys and what seemed like a dozen scarves, scarves given to him by appreciative fans following a victory that pushed the Red Bulls into the top spot of the overall MLS standings.

Soccer Wednesday: Your Running Commentary

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By DAN KARELL

For the first time since the 10-match ban was handed to him by the FA last April, Luis Suarez will suit up in a competitive match for Liverpool.

The Reds have been handed a difficult tie in the Capital One Cup, with a visit to Manchester United on tap on Wednesday, though Man United have plenty of problems of their own.

The SBI Show: Episode 73 (Talking MLS news, FIFA14, Americans Abroad, and more)

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By IVES GALARCEP

While many of you are too busy playing FIFA 14 to stay caught up on the latest American soccer news, Episode 73 of The SBI Show should help provide a good mid-week primer to keep you informed.

Co-host Garrett Cleverly and I discuss a wide range of topics in this abbreviated episode of The SBI Show.

Torres opens Tigres UANL scoring account in Copa MX loss

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By FRANCO PANIZO

At long last, Jose Torres has his first goal with Tigres UANL.

Torres scored for the first time since joining Tigres in late 2012 in the club's 3-2 Copa MX loss to Santos Laguna on Tuesday night. Theveteran midfielder struck a beauty to spur a comeback attempt for Tigres, hitting a shot from around the edge of the penalty area into the top corner of the far post in the 41st minute.

U.S. U-17 roster announced for ASG Cup in Spain

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By DAN KARELL

U.S. Under-17 National Team head coach Richie Williams has assembled his first squad of new players as he prepares them for the 2015 CONCACAF U-17 Championship.

Ahead of the 2013 ASG Cup in Alicante, Spain, Williams has called up a 20-man roster, featuring seven players in Major League Soccer academies.

MLS releases latest player salary list, Dempsey still at the top

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It must be good to be Clint Dempsey right now.

The MLS Players Union released the latest list of MLS player salaries on Wednesday morning and Dempsey once again was at the very top. The Seattle Sounders attacker is currently earning slightly above $5 million, which is well ahead more of second-best paid player Thierry Henry's $4.

Impact eliminated from CCL despite victory over Heredia

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By FRANCO PANIZO

The Montreal Impact needed a six-goal victory over Heredia on Tuesday to keep themselves alive in the CONCACAF Champions League.

They got the victory, but not the six goals.

The Impact were bounced out of the Champions League despite beating CD Heredia, 2-0, at Stade Saputo on Tuesday night.

Sounders cautious on Dempsey, Johnson injuries

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By DAN KARELL

It looks like Clint Dempsey's whirlwind summer might be starting to catch up with him.

The Seattle Sounders big summer signing was ruled out of the club's 1-1 draw at the Los Angeles Galaxy after picking up a hamstring injury late last week, keeping him from even traveling to the game.

KickTV: The FIFA14 Launch Party

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Wednesday Kickoff: Barcelona stay unbeaten, Lewandowski confirms Bayern move; and more

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By DAN KARELL

Thanks to goals from Neymar and Messi inside eight minutes, Barcelona kept their 100 percent record as they cruised to their sixth straight La Liga victory, defeating Real Sociedad, 4-1, at the Camp Nou on Tuesday evening.

Defensive errors and miscommunication allowed Neymar to stroll through the box and end up at the end of a cross, walking the ball into the net for his first league goal in a Barcelona shirt in the 5th minute.

Red Bulls Notes: Henry, Olave unlikely to travel to Seattle; Sam back from injury; and more

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By DAN KARELL

The New York Red Bulls could be missing two of their best players when they take the pitch at CenturyLink Field in Seattle in five days time.

In addition to losing forward Bradley Wright-Phillips for this Sunday's clash against the Seattle Sounders due to a hamstring injury, the turf surface of the field is likely to keep Red Bulls defender Jamison Olave and forward Thierry Henry from making the trip to the west coast, due to age and the potential to suffer injuries on the surface.

SBI MLS Best XI: Week 31

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By IVES GALARCEP

The San Jose Earthquakes and Vancouver Whitecaps desperately needed victories last week to keep their playoff hopes alive, and the goal-scoring prowess of Camilo Sanvezzo and Steven Lenhart helped both teams find those sorely-needed wins.

EA Sports launches FIFA14

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By FRANCO PANIZO

The anticipation is over. FIFA14 is finally here.

The latest installment of EA Sports' highly-touted soccer video game, FIFA14, hit stores nationwide on Tuesday, ending anxious gamers' excruciating wait and giving them a chance to spend countless hours in front of the television.

SBI MLS Rookie of the Week: Wil Trapp

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By DAN KARELL

For the third time in four games, Brian Bliss' Columbus Crew team ran out winners, and last Saturday, Wil Trapp was a major reason why.

Though he didn't score, Trapp was effective as a holding midfielder, breaking up play to allow his Crew to cruise to an easy 3-0 victory over the Chicago Fire.

In-form Guzan continues to impress at Aston Villa

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By DAN KARELL

Five games into the Premier League season, Aston Villa are sitting save in the middle of the table, with the play of goalkeeper Brad Guzan leading the way.

The U.S. Men's National Team goalkeeper was last season's Aston Villa Player of the Year as they staved off relegation, and last Saturday at Norwich City, Guzan saved a penalty early and made another terrific save late to ensure a 1-0 win for Villa and his first clean sheet in 27 league games.

MLS Insider: Episode 11 (Eddie Johnson, Miami Fusion)

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By DAN KARELL

The latest episode of MLS Insider takes an inside look on the life of Eddie Johnson while also making tribute to the final season of the Miami Fusion.

The first half of the episode highlights the ups and downs in the career of Johnson, who was in MLS at the age of 17, went to Europe at 24, and eventually came back to America and back to stardom.

Soccer Tuesday: Your Running Commentary

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By DAN KARELL

Barcelona look to continue their unbeaten run to the start of the 2013/2014 season in all competitions with a match at home against Real Sociedad, one of a number of matches across Europe on Tuesday.

Under Gerardo Martino, the side is playing more direct, as shown by the fact that they lost the possession battle in last Saturday's 4-0 victory over Rayo Vallecano for the first time in more than 300 matches.

Cameron speaks about first Premier League goal

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By DAN KARELL

It took more than a year, but Geoff Cameron finally score his first Premier League goal with Stoke City last Saturday.

Though the match ended in a 3-1 defeat to Arsenal, Cameron's 26th minute strike tied the match for Stoke at the time, equalizing after Aaron Ramsey scored to put Arsenal ahead inside five minutes.

CCL Preview: Galaxy can clinch vs. Cartagines; Dynamo host W Connection; and more

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By DAN KARELL

With Landon Donovan in the traveling squad, the Los Angeles Galaxy have arrived in Costa Rica with a chance to clinch a place in the group stages of the CONCACAF Champions League after just three games.

The Galaxy face Cartagines on Wednesday night in Group 8 knowing that at least a draw will send them into the next round of the competition.

Red Bulls’ Cahill and Carney called into Australia squad

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By DAN KARELL

Two New York Red Bulls players are heading to Europe for international friendlies next month.

Football Australia announced on Monday night that Red Bulls midfielder Tim Cahill and defender David Carney are included in the Australia squad for friendly matches next month against France (October 11) and Canada (October 15).

Tuesday Kickoff: Pirlo’s future unresolved; Walcott likely out two weeks; and more

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By DAN KARELL

With his contract ending at the end of the season, Juventus' star midfielder Andrea Pirlo's future is in the air.

The 34-year-old Italian National Team starter has been substituted early in two of Juventus' four Serie A matches so far, and after coming off in Juve's 2-1 victory against Hellas Verona on Sunday, Pirlo stormed down the tunnel, igniting rumors that he's not getting on well with manager Antonio Conte anymore.

Red Bulls notebook: Wright-Phillips injured; Robles earns tenth shutout; and more

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By DAN KARELL

The New York Red Bulls earned their fourth successive win on Sunday evening, but it came at a cost, with Bradley Wright-Phillips going down with a hamstring injury early in the first half.

In the 26th minute, Thierry Henry played a chipped pass over the defense for Wright-Phillips to run on to.

The SBI Show: Episode 72 (Recapping MLS Week 31, Americans Abroad, and more)

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By IVES GALARCEP

A slew of surprising results in Major League Soccer shook up the playoff race in Week 31, setting up what should be a wild push toward the postseason.

Co-host Garrett Cleverly and I break down all the big results, including Vancouver's win vs. Montreal, the Columbus Crew's romp over the Chicago Fire, and San Jose's upset of Real Salt Lake.

Report: Dynamo forward Ching to retire at end of season

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By DAN KARELL

Houston Dynamo legend Brian Ching is reportedly ready to make his 13th season in professional soccer his last.

According to a report in the Houston Chronicle, Ching will announce on Tuesday his intent to retire at the end of the season, ending a decorated career that includes scoring the most goals in Dynamo history and earning 45 caps for the U.

Liga MX Week 11: A Look Back

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By DAN KARELL

With seven weeks remaining in the Liga MX Apertura season, the picture at the top of the table is becoming clearer.

Club America and Club Leon, first and second in the standings, respectively, both overcame recent defeats with victories of their own, while Morelia, Queretaro, and Chiapas each slipped back with defeats.

SBI MLS Player of the Week: Steven Lenhart

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By DAN KARELL

Steven Lenhart's season hasn't gone exactly to plan, but in another must-win game for the San Jose Earthquakes, Lenhart proved his worth as a big-time goal scorer.

Lenhart bagged a brace to lead the Earthquakes to a stunning win on the road at Real Salt Lake, sending home two powerful headers in the first half in the victory.

SBI MLS Team of the Week: Vancouver Whitecaps

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By DAN KARELL

Heading across the country, the Vancouver Whitecaps knew that a loss to the Montreal Impact on Saturday afternoon would most likely mean that the playoffs were out of reach.

Against the run of recent results (no wins in previous five matches), the Whitecaps put in a 90 minute performance against the Impact, scoring goals early and late to win, 3-0, at Stade Saputo.

Brooks ruled out for two to three weeks with elbow injury

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By DAN KARELL

John Anthony Brooks' potential inclusion in the U.S. Men's National Team squad for their upcoming two qualifiers is now in some doubt.

After undergoing medical tests on Monday, Brooks was diagnosed with a tear in his forearm and ahyperextension of the right elbow.

NASL Week 8: A Look Back

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By MIKE GRAMAJO

Two second-half goals from Georgi Hristov was all the Tampa Bay Rowdies needed to stroll to a 3-1 victory over the Atlanta Silverbacks at Al Lang Stadium.

The victory on Saturday lifted the Rowdies into second place, which sets up a mouth-watering matchup next Sunday against the first-place New York Cosmos.

College Soccer Weekend Rewind

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By MICAH McVICKER

For the first time in over three decades— since 1979, to be exact —the Cal State-Northridge Matadors have opened a season, 7-0-0.

The No. 5 ranked team in the most recent SBI's Top 25 poll topped UNLV on Friday, 2-1 to win their seventh straight, but lost their first of the season against No.

Monday Kickoff: PSG’s Silva picks up thigh injury; Balotelli facing suspension; and more

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By DAN KARELL

Paris Saint-Germain's depth in defense will be tested in the coming weeks after star defender Thiago Silva picked up a thigh injury on Sunday afternoon.

In just the 15th minute of PSG's 1-1 draw with AS Monaco, Silva needed to be replaced after picking up the injury while making a header, and with his usual partner Alex still out with his own injury, manager Laurent Blanc was forced to play the inexperienced Marquinhos and Zoumana Camara together for the rest of the match.

European Weekend Rewind: Man City rout rival Man United; Roma stay perfect; and more

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

After a mixed bag of results to start their respective tenures in Manchester, managers David Moyes and Manuel Pellegrini entered Sunday's derby match looking for a statement win.

When the final whistle sounded at the Ethiad Stadium on Sunday, Manchester City made a statement loud and clear to their bitter in-city rivals and the rest of the English Premier League.

Erick own goal gifts Red Bulls win vs. FC Dallas

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By DAN KARELL

On a night when the New York Red Bulls offense was not firing on all cylinders, it turned out they didn't need them.

An own goal in the second half by FC Dallas was all the Red Bulls needed to secure a 1-0 victory, extending their lead atop the Eastern Conference standings to three points.

Di Canio out as Sunderland manager

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By DAN KARELL

Just five games into the 2013/2014 Premier League season, Sunderland have decided that's it's time for a change.

Sunderland announced on Sunday afternoon that they have parted ways with Paolo Di Canio, one day after a third successive loss that left the club bottom of the table with only one point this season.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

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By FRANCO PANIZO

It may have come in a losing effort, but Geoff Cameron has his first goal in the Premiership.

Cameron opened his scoring account for Stoke City on Sunday, burying an equalizer for the Potters in what was an eventual 3-1 loss to Arsenal.

Late Camilo brace seals Whitecaps road win vs. Impact

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By DAN KARELL

For at least one more week, the Vancouver Whitecaps will remain in the Western Conference playoff conversation.

An early Kenny Miller penalty kick goal and a late brace from Camilo gave the Whitecaps a crucial 3-0 victory against the Montreal Impact on Saturday afternoon at Stade Saputo.

Diaz first-half brace gives Cosmos first road win

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By DAN KARELL

Earning his first start since the first of of September, New York Cosmos midfielder Diomar Diaz made sure take advantage of his opportunity.

Diaz scored two goals in the first half to put the Cosmos up for good as they picked up a 2-0 victory against the Fort Lauderdale Strikers on Saturday evening at Lockhart Stadium.

Controversial goals lead to Revs comeback win over D.C.

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By KEVIN KOCZWARA

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Controversy looks like its following the New England Revolution lately. But, unlike last week in Chicago, the Revs received the benefit of doubt and reaped the rewards of the controversy in their 2-1 win over D.C. United. The win pushed New England into fifth in the Eastern Conference with five games left, and if they can stay there they will make the playoffs for the first time since 2009.

Sapong scores twice to take Sporting KC over 10-man TFC

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By DAN KARELL

New Toronto FC general manager Tim Bezbatchenko had a perfect look on Saturday at what needs retooling for next season.

Taking advantage of two major defensive errors, Sporting Kansas City forward C.J. Sapong scored both of his side's two goals in their 2-1 road victory against ten-man TFC at a wet and rainy BMO Field.

Must-See Goal: Juninho

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Lenhart leads Earthquakes in key road win at RSL

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By TYLER GRAY

SANDY, Utah. The San Jose Earthquakes might not be out of the playoff race just yet.

In a three-minute span in the first half, the Earthquakes and Real Salt Lake traded three goals, with Steven Lenhart scoring first and third to put the Earthquakes up, 2-1, after 21 minutes.

Honors even as Galaxy battle Sounders to draw

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By DAN KARELL

One of the most anticipated games all season provided fans with goals, end-to-end action, and plenty of heart-in-mouth moments. All it was missing was a winner.

Try as they might, and despite having a man advantage late, the Los Angeles Galaxy couldn't find the final breakthrough the Seattle Sounders, settling for a 1-1 draw at the StubHub Center on Saturday evening.

Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

Today will truly be a Super Sunday for soccer fans all over the world as some of Europe's fiercest rivalries take center stage.

Manchester City and Manchester United will battle it out at Ethiad Stadium, the site of last season's 3-2 road victory for the eventual league champions.

Timbers “old guard” delivers against the Rapids

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By MIKE DONOVAN

One has been deemed the "club captain" by the Portland Timbers, while the other has been the club longer than any other current player. Yet injuries had left Jack Jewsbury and Futty Danso on the outside looking in.

That changed Friday when Caleb Porter inserted both of the now-healthy veterans into the starting lineup and their presence and play was a key factor in the club nodding the 1-0 victory over a fellow playoff contender in the Colorado Rapids.

MLS Disciplinary Committee suspends Osorio, fines McCarty and Olave

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By DAN KARELL

There seemed to be no question that Toronto FC midfielder Jonathan Osorio would be suspended for his actions during the Reds 2-0 defeat to the New York Red Bulls last Saturday. The only question was, for how long would he be suspended.

The MLS Disciplinary Committee answered that on Friday, suspending the young midfielder two matches for "endangering the safety of an opponent.

College Soccer Weekend Preview

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By MICAH McVICKER

Many teams in the latest SBI College Soccer Top 25 play one game this weekend, which could lead to more turbulence among the top 25. Top-ranked California will look to provide some stability at the top of the charts, as the Golden Bears host a couple of East Coast programs to begin a stretch of five consecutive home matches.

Gomez starts for Tijuana reserves in injury comeback

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By DAN KARELL

For the first time since having surgery on his worrisome right knee, and joining a new club, Herculez Gomez made an appearance in the colors of Club Tijuana.

The U.S. Men's National Team forward played the opening 45 minutes for the Xolos U20 squad in a 3-1 victory against his Cruz Azul counterparts, registering no goals but playing his first minutes in a 1-0 win against Costa Rica for the USMNT at the Gold Cup on July 17.

Valeri’s chip helps Timbers edge Rapids in physical battle

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BY MIKE DONOVAN

PORTLAND, Ore.- There was little finesse when the Colorado Rapids and Portland Timbers met Friday night at Jeld-Wen Field. In fact, only one piece of supreme skill by Diego Valeri turned out to be the only difference between the two clubs.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

A loaded weekend of action from all over the soccer world kicks off today with several high-profile matches from Germany and England.

USMNT midfielder Jermaine Jones and Schalke 04 look to make it five straight wins across all competitions when they host second-place Bayern Munich.

Dempsey ruled out of Sounders vs. Galaxy clash

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By DAN KARELL

Seattle Sounders fans will have to wait at least one more week to see Clint Dempsey, Obafemi Martins, and Eddie Johnson all together in the starting lineup.

Dempsey was a late addition to the Sounders injury list on Saturday, being listed as out with a hamstring injury.

Revs Notebook: Shoring up the defense in time for D.C.; Not the same United team; and more

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By KEVIN KOCZWARA

Space and goals didn't come easy for the New England Revolution's opponents earlier this year. The Revolution prided themselves on defending in every phase of the game — from front to back. All 11 players on the field worked towards keeping a clean sheet, and they need to return to their early season form, which had them as the stingiest defense for much of season, against D.

El Salvador Federation present lifetime bans to 14 players for match-fixing

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By DAN KARELL

The El Salvadorean Football Federation (FESFUT) announced on Friday that 14 El Salvadorean National Team players have been banned for life due to match-fixing, according to reports in El Salvador.

The news comes 30 days after FESFUT provisionally suspended 22 players for one month due to allegations into match-fixing within the national team squad.

MLS Week 31: A Look Ahead

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By DAN KARELL

The dearth of attacking options on display on Saturday night at the Home Depot Center could be the strongest ever seen in one game in Major League Soccer history.

Clint Dempsey, Obafemi Martins, Eddie Johnson, and the Seattle Sounders looks to retain their place atop the Western Conference, but they'll have to face Robbie Keane, Landon Donovan, and a Los Angeles Galaxy side that has only lost twice at home.

USWNT to play New Zealand in October doubleheader

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By KEVIN KOCZWARA

Columbus Crew stadium will be the sight of another U.S National Team game this year. This time, though, the U.S. Women's National Team will invade Columbus and hope the home field advantage that has lifted the men's team in recent years will help them beat New Zealand on Oct.

Liga MX Round 11: A Look Ahead

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By DAN KARELL

It's a short week for Club Tijuana, but it's probably all for the best as they look to get over their most recent disappointment.

Leading 2-1 at Chivas last Sunday on the road, Xolos allowed the hosts to gain some momentum late in the game before Marco Fabian scored a stunning free kick to level the scoreline, keeping Xolos outside of the Liguilla (playoff) places.

Toronto FC hire Bezbatchenko as new General Manager

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By KEVIN KOCZWARA

Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment CEO Tim Leiweke said the search for a new General Manager to lead Toronto FC wouldn't take long. Turns out, he was right.

Two weeks after parting ways with Kevin Payne, Leiweke found his man in Tim Bezbatchenko, who was announced at a press conference on Friday morning as the new general manager for the team effective immediately.

SBI Fantasy MLS: Round 31 Preview

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By CASEY CANNON

Hello and Welcome to the Soccer by Ives Fantasy Corner – now with more fewer hairballs! Every week I dig through statistics, news, and rumors to provide the reader with the kind of fantasy advice that only a true disciple of Tim Gunn can provide.

This Weekend’s Soccer on TV

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By MICHAEL KLINE

While much of the soccer world's attention will be focused on Manchester, England this weekend, an equally compelling match will take place in Italy, with Roma and Lazio facing off in the Rome Derby on Sunday.

Roma will attempt to reverse recent history and spoil Lazio's five-match unbeaten run against their rival.

NASL Week 8: A Look Ahead

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By MIKE GRAMAJO

The race to Soccer Bowl 2013 is past the halfway point in the North American Soccer League fall season.

The Tampa Bay Rowdies will try to remain the only unbeaten side in the fall season when they host the Atlanta Silverbacks on Saturday evening (7:30 p.m. WATCH HERE) at Al Lang Stadium.

Friday Kickoff: Tottenham rout Tromso in Europa League; Arteta back from injury; and more

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By DAN KARELL

It may have been hard to stomach early in the season with Gareth Bale's impending departure from the club and their early derby loss in week three to Arsenal, but the money reinvested from the Bale transfer is quickly paying dividends.

Tottenham proved again on Thursday that much of the reported $175 million spent on seven players was worth the cost, as they hammered Tromso IL of Norway, 3-0, in their Europa League opener.

Report: New York City FC hoping to land Kreis as inaugural head coach

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Real Salt Lake's first-ever player could become New York City FC's first-ever head coach.

According to a late Thursday report from Sports Illustrated, New York City FC are hoping to sign Kreis as their inaugural head coach for the 2015 season. The expansion MLS club has reportedly done more than just set their sights on the 40-year-old Real Sale Lake manager who is in the final year of his current deal, flying him out to the United Kingdom earlier this month to have him meet with NYCFC officials.

Former Red Bulls defender Marquez called into Mexico camp

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By DAN KARELL

Victor Manuel Vucetich's first order of duty as Mexico manager was to select a roster for a mid-week September training camp, and he proved he's not afraid to bring in the old guard to the side.

Former Barcelona and New York Red Bulls defender Rafael Marquez is included on Vucetich's 25-man domestic-based roster as the manager continues his preparation for Mexico's final two World Cup qualifying matches on October 11 vs.

The SBI Show: Episode 71 (Previewing MLS Week 31, talking Americans Abroad, and more)

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By IVES GALARCEP

The MLS playoffs are still more than a month away, but a pair of top-notch match-ups will give MLS Week 31 a post-season feel.

The Seattle Sounders and Los Angeles Galaxy square off in a clash of top title contenders, while the Portland Timbers and Colorado meet in a battle of two of the most surprising teams of the 2013 MLS season.

European Weekend Preview: City host United in Manchester Derby; AS Roma battle Lazio; and more

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

After several thrilling group stage matches in both the UEFA Champions League and Europa League, the top clubs in Europe return to domestic play this weekend, with a number of high-profile matchups taking center stage.

In England, all eyes will be on Sunday's Manchester Derby at the Ethiad Stadium.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Preview

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Jermaine Jones may have a wealth of experience in marquee matches, but it is about to be put to the test.

Jones and Schalke will host Bayern Munich in one of the more intriguing matches of the European weekend on Saturday. Schalke have not enjoyed as good a start to the season as they would have liked, going 2-2-1 in their five league fixtures, but they can make up for that if they pick up their fifth straight win across all competitions against a talented Bayern side that is currently undefeated at 4-0-1 and in second place in the Bundesliga.

Bradley’s facing a foe both he and American soccer fans know all too well

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By IVES GALARCEP

Former U.S. Men's National Team head coach Bob Bradley is set to face a familiar foe when he leads Egypt against its final hurdle on the way to the 2014 World Cup, and it makes the support for Bradley and Egypt among American soccer fans even stronger.

In case you missed Monday's African World Cup qualifying playoff draw, Bradley's Egypt was drawn against Ghana, with the winner of their two-game playoff securing a place in the World Cup.

Former Portugal international Nuno Gomes training with Cosmos

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By DAN KARELL

Thanks to the extensive network of contacts in New York Cosmos head coach Giovanni Savarese's Rolodex, the club welcomed a hugely experienced striker to training on Thursday.

In conference call on Thursday, Savarese confirmed to reporters that former Portugal international Nuno Gomes took part in Cosmos practice and is using the club to help regain fitness while he's on vacation in New York.

MLS East Notes: Cahill making progress; Moffat trade for salary cap purposes; and more

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By DAN KARELL

All signs in Harrison, New Jersey are pointing to another early return from injury for Tim Cahill.

After returning from a torn PCL suffered in late July in just three weeks, Cahill faces an equally fast recovery time from an ankle ligament injury suffered on the last day of August.

MLS West Notes: Chivas USA hires a new president, RSL goes up against the ‘Holy War’, and more

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BY MIKE DONOVAN

Chivas USA has already replaced their head coach this season and now they are shaking things up in their front office.

The Goats announced Wednesday that Arturo Galvez will take over as the President and Chief Business Officer of the club.Prior to his appointment, Galvez served as International Director with Chivas Guadalajara and has also worked withDeportivo Saprissa.

Arriola impressing with impactful performances for Club Tijuana in first pro season

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Paul Arriola may be just months removed from finishing high school, but that has not stopped him from making a big impact for Club Tijuana in his first pro season.

Whether it is coming off the bench and setting up goals or scoring some his own, Arriola has turned heads in Liga MX this season with his game-changing abilities.

Early Courtois strike enough to see Galaxy beat Metapan, move one point from CCL knockout phase

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By FRANCO PANIZO

The LA Galaxy moved one step closer to the knockout phase of the CONCACAF Champions League on Wednesday thanks to an early strike from Laurent Courtois.

Courtois found the back of the net six minutes into the Galaxy's group match against El Salvador's Isidro Metapan and that was enough for a 1-0 victory at StubHub Center on Wednesday night.

Williams comes through with stoppage-time assist as Reading tops Leeds

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You can add Danny Williams to the list of Americans who delivered clutch assists this week.

Williams became the fourth American playing abroad to set up a crucial goal for his club, assisting on Reading's late winner in a 1-0 triumph over Leeds United on Wednesday. Williams found substitute Adam Le Fondre in the 96th minute and the English attacker proceeded to score a dramatic goal that extended Reading's unbeaten streak to three games.

Thursday Kickoff: UEFA backs winter World Cup; Influential match-fixer reportedly arrested; and more

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By DAN KARELL

After a meeting of the member nations of UEFA in Croatia this week, the European footballing body has officially agreed to back a move to a winter World Cup in 2022.

"There were certain reservations regarding the World Cup in Qatar but everyone agreed that it would be impossible to play in the severe heat of Qatar in the summer," FIFA Vice-President Jim Boyce of Northern Ireland said to Sky Sports News.

Must-See Goal: Lorenzo Insigne

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SBI MLS Best XI: Week 30

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By IVES GALARCEP

Sigi Schmid will have some tough decisions to make when he settles on a starting lineup with all his players healthy, and both Obafemi Martins and Lamar Neagle provided reminders why they should be key players down the stretch for the streaking Sounders.

Martins and Neagle combined to help Seattle dominate Real Salt Lake in last week's win, and both earned SBI MLS Best XI honors in the process.

UCL Rewind: Messi scores hat-trick in Barcelona rout; Chelsea fall at home; and more

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By DAN KARELL

For the second day in a row, there were goals a plenty in UEFA Champions League action.

Likely eager to not be shown up by Real Madrid rival Christiano Ronaldo's hat-trick against Galatasaray on Tuesday, Lionel Messi scored a hat-trick of his own for Barcelona as they routed Ajax, 4-0, at the Camp Nou on Wednesday evening.

Soccer Wednesday: Your Running Commentary

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By DAN KARELL

Barcelona welcomes in an old face while debuting a new one, when Bojan Krkic and Ajax visit the Camp Nou to open up both team's UEFA Champions League campaigns.

Gerardo "Tata" Martino has started the season at Barcelona strong, but it's his first ever time in the Champions League and he's said that he knows anything short of a title is a failure.

CCL Preview: LA Galaxy vs. Isidro Metapan

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By DAN KARELL

Bruce Arena will be hoping that a short turnaround is just what the Los Angeles Galaxy need after two straight sub-par performances.

After losing at home to the Colorado Rapids on September 7 without their three designated players (Landon Donovan, Robbie Keane, and Omar Gonzalez) and goalkeeper Jaime Penedo, the four players returned to the lineup last Saturday, only to draw with the worst team in Major League Soccer, 2-2.

UEFA Champions League Wednesday: A Look Ahead

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By DAN KARELL

Following a tumultuous summer of inactivity for Arsenal, it's been full steam ahead since their derby victory against Tottenham.

Signing Mesut Özil and defeating Sunderland, 3-1, on the road has only added to the momentum of the London club, who enter a match on Wednesday against Marseille on a nine-match unbeaten streak against French opposition in the UEFA Champions League.

Perez calls in 36 players for U.S. U-18 training camp

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By DAN KARELL

For the first time since finishing in third place at the 2013 Milk Cup in July, the U.S. Under-18 team will reconvene for a week-long training camp in Carson, California.

U-18 head coach Javier Perez has called in 36 players from across the country into the camp set to take place from September 22-29.

Wednesday Kickoff: Blatter admits to political influences in Qatar voting; Casillas plays down knock; and more

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By DAN KARELL

The walking public relations nightmare that is Sepp Blatter has opened his mouth again.

Barely a week after claiming that the bidding nations should have known that the FIFA World Cup isn't set in stone to take place in June and July, Blatter has now admitted in an interview with German publication Die Zeit that political influences from the governments of certain nations played a role in voting for the 2022 World Cup, which was awarded to Qatar.

Sporting KC struggle with Real Esteli in home draw

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By ALAN HAINKEL

KANSAS CITY, Kansas With the lineup Sporting Kansas City put out against Real Esteli on Tuesday night in CONCACAF Champions League action, you would have thought the team would have scored multiple goals in the first 10-15 minutes.

With Graham Zusi, Soony Saad and Claudio Bieler in the starting 11, expectations were that Sporting KC would generate a multitude of chances and be able to convert.

Must-See Goal: Yaya Toure

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Former U.S. U-20 member Hernandez dishes skillful game-winning assist in Monterrey Copa MX triumph

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By DAN KARELL

Monterrey's Alonso Hernandez has been forced to be patient since returning from the FIFA Under-20 World Cup, but that did not stop him from making an impact on Tuesday.

Hernandez showed the skill that made U.S. Under-20 head coach Tab Ramos aggressively recruit him to the U.

UCL Rewind: Madrid, Ronaldo run rampant; Rooney scores brace as United cruise; and more

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Cristiano Ronaldo is sure making that contract extension look like a smart move on Real Madrid's part right about now.

Ronaldo scored a hat-trick on Tuesday as the Spanish giants cruised to a 6-1 victory over Galatasaray in their Group B match in Turkey.

Ream, Lichaj deliver equalizing assists for Bolton, Notttingham

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Losing was not an option on Tuesday for Tim Ream and Eric Lichaj.

The pair of Americans helped set up equalizing assists in their respective club's Championship matches on Tuesday, with Ream delivering the pass that Chris Eagles hit into the back of the net in the first half of Bolton Wanderers' 2-2 draw with Derby County and Lichaj finding Darius Henderson in Nottingham Forest's 2-2 tie with Middlesbrough.

SBI College Soccer Top 25: Sept. 17th Edition

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By IVES GALARCEP

Another week marked another shake-up at the top of the SBI Top 25, and after a slew of upsets and surprising results, a pair of Pac-12 teams stand atop the heap and neither of them is former No. 1 UCLA.

The Cal Golden Bears saw their perfect record blemished by a road draw vs.

SBI MLS Save of the Week: Troy Perkins

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Soccer Tuesday: Your Running Commentary

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By DAN KARELL

The UEFA Champions League group stage returns in all it's glory on what promises to be a busy and exciting Tuesday.

David Moyes makes his Champions League debut for Manchester United when they host Bayer Leverkusen, while Wayne Rooney looks finally content with staying at the club, after scoring a great free kick last Saturday.

USMNT 2, Mexico 0: Field Level Highlights

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CCL Preview: Sporting KC play first CCL match at Sporting Park, Earthquakes battle Impact, and more

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Sporting Kansas City are within striking distance of the knockout rounds of the CONCACAF Champions League. All they have to do to get there is take care of business at home.

Sporting KC can essentially put one foot into the next round of the competition on Tuesday night if they can defeat Nicaraguan club Real Esteli in the first CONCACAF Champions League match at Sporting Park.

HBO’s Real Sports Sounders to profile Sounders’ owners, fans

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By FRANCO PANIZO

The last time HBO Real Sports had an MLS-related report, it was less than flattering for the league.

That will apparently not be the case this time.

HBO's "Real Sports" is set to air a report tonight that will profile the Seattle Sounders, their owners and impressive fanbase.

SBI MLS Goal of the Week: Kelyn Rowe

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Must-See Goal: Red Bull Leipzig

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UEFA Champions League: A Look Ahead

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By DAN KARELL

Defending champions Bayern Munich start their 2013/2014 UEFA Champions League campaign on a busy Tuesday with high-profile matches across Europe.

Bayern host famed Russian club CSKA Moscow at the Allianz Arena in the first Champions League match under manager Pep Guardiola, who guided Barcelona to UCL titles on two separate occasions.

Tuesday Kickoff: Australia demands compensation from FIFA; Inter sanctioned; and more

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By DAN KARELL

While much of the consensus around FIFA seems to point to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar being moved to the winter, Australia has gone public to demand that if the tournament is moved to the winter, they should be heavily compensated for the potential costs.

The Football Federation of Australia (FFA), who were among the nations bidding for a World Cup in 2022 but lost in the first round of voting, believe that a vote to move the World Cup to the winter should be delayed until the FIFA Executive Committee discusses the consequences of such a move to leagues around the world.

USWNT returns to Alamodome to face Australia in October friendly

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By DAN KARELL

The U.S. Women's National Team are heading to San Antonio, Texas for the first time in 17 years.

U.S. Soccer announced on Monday afternoon that the Alamodome will play host to a friendly match on October 20 between the USWNT and Australia, as the hosts look to continue their unbeaten calendar year.

Pele recalls fond memories of Cosmos-Strikers ahead of Saturday’s clash

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By DAN KARELL

August 14, 1977 is an unforgettable day in the history of American soccer.

On that day, a record crowd of 77,691 showed up to Giants Stadium to watch Pele, Franz Beckenbaur, and the New York Cosmos take on the Fort Lauderdale Strikers in the opening match of the North American Soccer League's conference semifinal round of the playoffs.

Klinsmann pledges to “bring in the best players” for October qualifiers

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By DAN KARELL

With only five more matches left on FIFA's international calendar before Jurgen Klinsmann must select his World Cup squad, every match is an opportunity for the U.S. Men's National Team head coach to find the best 23 players to take to Brazil.

Soccer Monday: Your Running Commentary

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By DAN KARELL

Liverpool can extend their place atop the English Premier League standings with a victory at the Liberty Stadium against Swansea City on Monday.

Daniel Sturridge is back to full fitness after missing England's scoreless draw last Tuesday in Ukraine, while Mamadou Sakho and Victor Moses are set to make their debut's for the Merseyside club.

Kick TV: The Hex (Episode 13 – Yanks Qualify for Brazil, El Tri in Crisis)

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College Soccer Weekend Rewind

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By IVES GALARCEP

Of the top-five ranked teams in action this weekend, only California No. 2 escaped unscathed, taking a 1-0 decision at Penn State.

Top-ranked Creighton split a pair of double-overtime contests, winning 2-1 Friday night on a goal by senior midfielder Bruno Castro.

European Weekend Rewind: Barcelona top Sevilla in dramatic fashion; Everton blank Chelsea; and more

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

After Barcelona blew a two-goal lead in the final minutes of regular time in their Saturday match against Sevilla, all signs pointed toward a new leader in La Liga.

But, in the final seconds of stoppage time, a last-gasp Lionel Messi pass took a deflection and landed at the feet of fellow forward Alexis Sanchez.

SBI MLS Player of the Week: Federico Higuain

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By DAN KARELL

After missing the Columbus Crew's defeat last Saturday due to injury, Federico Higuain showed his side just how important he is to their success.

Playing on the road and down 1-0 at halftime to the Montreal Impact, Higuain galvanized the Crew to a stunning 2-1 victory, assisting on both goals.

SBI MLS Team of the Week: Seattle Sounders

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By DAN KARELL

The hottest team in Major League Soccer is showing no signs of slowing down.

Peaking down the stretch run of the season, the Seattle Sounders dominated visiting Real Salt Lake last Friday to go into first place in the Western Conference, downing RSL, 2-0, even though both Clint Dempsey and Eddie Johnson began the match on the bench.

The SBI Show: Episode 70 (Talking Americans Abroad, MLS Week 30, and more)

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By IVES GALARCEP

Just days after the victory against Mexico that clinched the U.S. Men's National Team's place in the World Cup, Americans Abroad enjoyed a very good weekend in foreign leagues from Mexico to Europe.

Three Americans in the U.S. player pool scored goals, while Tim Howard recorded his second shutout of the week in Everton's win vs.

SBI MLS Rookie of the Week: Michael Bustamante

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By DAN KARELL

In his first career professional start, Michael Bustamante turned in a solid performance for the New York Red Bulls in a 2-0 victory over Toronto FC.

The former Boston University Terrier was inserted into the lineup after an injury to Lloyd Sam in training last Friday, and he earned an assist on the Red Bulls' first goal with a great feed inside the box to teammate Dax McCarty, who fed Thierry Henry for an easy finish.

Liga MX Round 10: A Look Back

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By DAN KARELL

There's a new leader in Liga MX.

After ten rounds, no team is undefeated, as Club America suffered their first loss of the season to Santos Laguna on Friday evening. The result allowed Morelia to leap-frog the Mexico City club into first place, following a 1-0 victory against floundering Pumas UNAM.

Bradley’s Egypt draws Ghana in African World Cup qualifying playoffs

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For the second time in his international management career, Bob Bradley will have to face Ghana, with defeat meaning the end of a dream for him and the nation he currently calls home.

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) presented the results of their third-round draw on Monday morning, which will decide the five entrants to the World Cup in Brazil next year.

NASL Week 7: A Look Back

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By MIKE GRAMAJO

Despite their road woes, life at home has been solid for the New York Cosmos as they went on to defeat Minnesota United FC, 1-0, on Saturday night to send them atop the North American Soccer League standings.

"We find ourselves in a good situation," Cosmos coach Giovanni Savarese told NASL.

Monday Kickoff: Ronaldo signs new Madrid deal; Egypt drawn with Ghana in CAF playoffs; and more

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By DAN KARELL

For the second time this season, Real Madrid President Florentino Perez has locked in one of the best players in the world to a long-term contract at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu.

The club announced on Sunday afternoon that superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has signed a new five-year contract, one that will keep him as a Madrid player through the age of 33.

Earthquakes and Whitecaps play to scoreless draw at Buck Shaw

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By KEVIN KOCZWARA

Despite a few good chances for both sides, neither the Vancouver Whitecaps or the San Jose Earthquakes were able to get on the score sheet in their, 0-0, draw at Buck Shaw Stadium on Saturday night.

The former Major League Soccer Golden Boot winner Chris Wondolowski had his fair chair of chances to get the Earthquakes on the scoresheet, but was unable to get past Whitecaps goalkeeper David Ousted.

Sanchez leads Rapids comeback to beat Dallas

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By KEVIN KOCZWARA

The Colorado Rapids looked primed to give up some valuable points at home to FC Dallas thanks to an early second half goal from David Ferriera, but Rapids midfielder Vicente Sanchez wasn't going to let that happen Saturday night at Dick's Sporting Goods Park.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

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By FRANCO PANIZO

If Aron Johannsson keeps this up, Jozy Altidore's record of goals scored in a European season by an American will be in serious danger.

Johannsson notched his sixth goal across all competitions on Sunday, converting a game-winning penalty kick in AZ Alkmaar's 3-0 triumph against Go Ahead Eagles.

Crew stun Impact with comeback victory at Stade Saputo

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By KEVIN KOCZWARA

Federico Higuaín's magic touch helped the Columbus Crew (10-14-5, 35 pts.) continue to keep their playoff hopes alive with two assists in the Crew's 2-1 comeback win over the Montreal Impact (13-8-6, 45 pts.) at the Stade Saputo on Saturday.

The Impact, who ceded the top-spot in the Eastern Conference to the New York Red Bulls with the loss, dominated much of the game and created plenty of chances, but it took their eighth corner of the match in the 24th minute for Montreal to grab the lead.

Galaxy stumble in draw at D.C. United

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WASHINGTON On Tuesday evening in Columbus, Ohio, Omar Gonzalez reminded fans of MLS and the U.S. Men's National Team why he's such a promising talent, one who could potentially play a key part in the U.S.' hopes next summer in Brazil.

On Saturday evening at RFK Stadium, Gonzalez reminded many onlookers of his biggest flaw, a tendency to switch off mentally at the most crucial of moments.

Timbers can’t get past Chivas USA, settle for draw

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BY MIKE DONOVAN

Despite being mired at the bottom of the Western Conference standings for months, Chivas USA has started to embrace their role of spoiler.

That trend continued Saturday night at the Stubhub Center, as the Goats held the playoff-contending Portland Timbers to a 1-1 draw.

Magee the hero as the Fire top the Revolution

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By CARL SETTERLUND

The stakes were clear when the Chicago Fire and New England Revolution met at Toyota Park on Saturday night: only one, if either team, will be making the playoffs.

The game of musical chairs taking place in the bottom half of the Eastern Conference playoff picture continued with an eventful 3-2 victory by the Fire.

Dynamo top Union to leapfrog into playoff position

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By IVES GALARCEP

The Houston Dynamo looked like a team in danger of falling out of the playoff picture, but if we have learned anything over the years, it is that you can never count the Dynamo out when the post-season is approaching.

The Dynamo snapped a four-match winless streak, and catapulted into fourth place in the Eastern conference, on the strength of a 1-0 victory over the Philadelphia Union on Saturday night at PP&L Park.

Red Bulls cruise past TFC to grab sole possession of first place in East

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By DAN KARELL

Despite a mostly uninspiring performance against lowly Toronto FC, the New York Red Bulls showed that they could still take care of business when expected to.

With goals on either side of halftime from Thierry Henry and substitute Fabian Espindola, the Red Bulls topped TFC, 2-0, on Saturday evening at Red Bull Arena, going top of the Eastern Conference in the process.

Guenzatti heads Cosmos to victory vs. Minnesota United

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By DAN KARELL

For the first time all season, the New York Cosmos took a lead and never let it go.

Despite going down to ten-men late, a second-half header goal from Sebastian Guenzatti gave the Cosmos a 1-0 victory over Minnesota United on Saturday evening at James Shuart Stadium.

Boyd nets latest goal in lopsided Vienna victory

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By FRANCO PANIZO

It was not the prettiest of goals, but Terrence Boyd will take it all the same.

Boyd added to his goal-scoring total on Saturday by netting the second goal in Rapid Vienna's 4-0 victory over Wacker Innsbruck. Boyd was a bit lucky to find the back of the net, as a cross from the left was deflected by a defender before bouncing off of Boyd's chest and into the goal.

Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

An English Premier League battle between Southampton and West Ham United will highlight this Soccer Sunday of action from around the world.

Both of these EPL clubs had strong midtable finishes in their first season back in England's top flight, and they will look to continue their way up the table with a win Sunday at St.

Kljestan scores again in Anderlecht’s rout of Mechelen

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Sacha Kljestan is making a real good case for why he should be included on the U.S. Men's National Team in October.

Kljestan continued his impressive form to the start of RSC Anderlecht's season by scoring the second goal in their 5-0 mauling of KV Mechelen on Saturday.

The SBI Show: Episode 69 (Talking MLS Expansion, Week 29, and more)

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By IVES GALARCEP

MLS expansion is the hot topic in American soccer circles heading into the weekend, after reports revealed that Atlanta has emerged as a front-runner to secure an MLS team in the next round of expansion.

Episode 69 of The SBI Show takes a closer look at the MLS Expansion race, and the league's game plan to populate the Southeast with multiple teams.

Neagle and Martins lead Sounders past RSL into first place in West

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By JASON MITCHELL

SEATTLE While the Seattle Sounders raced up the standings in recent weeks, critics noted that Seattle's wins weren't always the prettiest, or against the toughest competition.

There was, after all, a road win over lowly Toronto FC thanks to an own goal; a home win over the Chicago Fire courtesy of, well, another own goal.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

After a busy international break, the top leagues from all around the world are back in action on a jam-packed Soccer Saturday.

The English Premier League's spotlight match Saturday will be Everton vs. Chelsea, which will be televised on NBC here in the United States.

MLS Week 29: A Look Ahead

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By DAN KARELL

First place in the Western Conference standings is on the line on Friday when Real Salt Lake visits Clint Dempsey and the Seattle Sounders.

The Sounders are the hottest team in the league since the middle of July, losing just once and earning 23 of 27 points thanks to seven wins in their last eight matches.

Sam leaves RBNY practice early, could miss Toronto FC visit

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By FRANCO PANIZO

HARRISON, N.J. One of the players that has helped spark the New York Red Bulls' offense the last couple of weeks might not be healthy enough to play this weekend.

Lloyd Sam's availability for the Red Bulls' home game against Toronto FC on Saturday is in doubt after the right-sided midfielder was seen leaving practice early on Friday morning with a trainer.

College Soccer Weekend Preview: UNC and Maryland face off tonight

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By IVES GALARCEP

Maryland's slow start to the 2013 season may have taken some of the luster off of it, but tonight's ACC showdown between the Terrapins and SBI No. 7 North Carolina is still a can't-miss match for people who want to see top-notch MLS prospects in action (7pm, ESPN3.

Ticos facing sanctions as FIFA investigates events at Costa Rica-USMNT qualifier

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By DAN KARELL

The Costa Rican Football Federation did their best to put the U.S. Men's National Team off their game when the squads met up seven days ago, but it appears that they stepped over the line on multiple occasions.

According to reports in Costa Rica, the Federation is under investigation by FIFA for three separate incidents that occurred on September 6 at the Estadio Nacional.

MLS Ticker: Supplemental draft reportedly abolished; Earthquakes’ stadium delayed; and more

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By DAN KARELL

Not much different from the way the retention fund rule came to light this summer, it seems that Major League Soccer has ended the Supplemental Draft without any prior notice.

A trade executed on Friday sent Philadelphia Union backup goalkeeper Chris Konopka to Toronto FC for a third round draft selection in the 2014 MLS SuperDraft, a move that would not have been possible in the last two seasons after MLS shortened the regular draft to two rounds.

This Weekend’s Soccer on TV

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By MICHAEL KLINE

The international break has come and gone, and the world's top leagues return to action this weekend.

Bayern Munich take on Hannover 96 in their fifth league match of the young German season. Bayern trail Borussia Dortmund by two points in the league, and will have to beat an in-form Hannover 96 squad who sit tied for third-place after winning three of their first four matches.

Cosmos Notes: Dimitrov calls Saturday a “must-win”; Turf surface a factor for scoring troubles; and more

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By DAN KARELL

Through the first half of the North American Soccer League fall season, the New York Cosmos are still not where they'd like to be.

The rebooted club currently have nine points and sit in fourth place in the NASL standings, though they're only one point behind the Carolina RailHawks, Tampa Bay Rowdies, and Fort Lauderdale Strikers, who are in a three-way tie for first place.

USMNT to play Scotland at Hamden Park in November

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By DAN KARELL

U.S. Soccer announced on Friday that the U.S. Men's National Team will play the Scotland National Team in a friendly match on Friday, November 15 in Glasgow.

The game is the first of two friendlies (the other against an opponent to be determined is set for November 19) that the No.

NASL Week 7: A Look Ahead

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By MIKE GRAMAJO

After losing their last two matches, which were on the road, the Carolina RailHawks look to change things around when they return home on Saturday.

The RailHawks will take another shot at the Tampa Bay Rowdies when they welcome the St. Petersburg side to WakeMed Soccer Park on Saturday evening.

Liga MX Round 10: A Look Ahead

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By DAN KARELL

The last time that Club America and Santos Laguna met, it was a battle of the best offense (America) against the best defense (Santos Laguna).

As it turned out, defense won, as Santos Laguna held on for a 1-0 victory over the eventual Clausura champions.

European Weekend Preview: Juventus host rivals Inter Milan; Chelsea visit Everton; and more

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

After an eventful transfer deadline day and a highly entertaining international break, the top leagues in Europe are back in action this weekend as the domestic seasons start to pick up steam.

While some of the other leagues lack a true marquee matchup this weekend, Serie A's Week 3 schedule boasts one of Italy's biggest rivalries, Juventus vs.

Friday Kickoff: Qatar chief refuses to lose WC; Totti to sign new contract at Roma; and more

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By DAN KARELL

Many around the globe think otherwise, but Hassan al-Thawadi asserts that Qatar is the "right place" to host the 2022 World Cup.

The World Cup in question has been dominating the headlines recently as FIFA's very own president Sepp Blatter admitted that awarding Qatar the tournament in the summer may have been a mistake.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Preview

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By FRANCO PANIZO

There will be no shortage of mouth-watering Premier League games involving U.S. Men's National Team players this weekend.

Several Americans are set to partake in some of the most intriguing matches in Europe this weekend, including Tim Howard. The veteran goalkeeper and Everton will host second-placed Chelsea in a Saturday match the Toffees are hoping will end with them grabbing their first win of the season.

MLS in “significant discussions” to create expansion team in Atlanta

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By DAN KARELL

Atlanta is looking more and more likely to be one of four sites that Major League Soccer plans to expand to by 2020.

A report in the Atlanta Journal Constitution states that billionaire owner Arthur Blank is in "significant discussions" with MLS and Don Garber to bring a new team to the capital city.

SBI College Soccer Top 25: Sept. 12th Edition

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By IVES GALARCEP

While a long list of traditional powers stumbling out of the gates to start the 2013 season, one of the few powers to get off to clean start to the season is Creighton.

The Bluejays climbed to the top spot of the latest SBI College Soccer Top 25 on the strength of a 3-0 start, outscoring opponents 8-1 during that stretch.

MLS East Notes: Di Vaio considers retirement; Cahill and Miller ruled out vs. TFC; and more

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By DAN KARELL

The final six weeks of the season could represent the last stretch run of Marco Di Vaio's career.

The 37-year-old All-Star for the Montreal Impact is reportedly considering retirement following the conclusion of the 2013 Major League Soccer season, due to family concerns.

Revs Notebook: Shuttleworth takes over for Reis; Agudelo making progress; and more

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By KEVIN KOCZWARA

It was a tough way to be introduced to a game.

Bobby Shuttleworth's first action when he came on for New England Revolution on Sunday night was to try and stop a penalty, after Revolution goalkeeper Matt Reis had just been given a red card for bringing down Montreal Impact forward Marco Di Vaio in the penalty area.

USMNT 2, Mexico 0: SBI Player Grades

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By IVES GALARCEP

For the fourth time in a row, the U.S. Men's National Team went to Columbus, Ohio and posted a 2-0 victory against Mexico and the team's latest triumph is owed to the efforts of several key contributors.

Tim Howard and Landon Donovan were the U.

Mexico appoint veteran manager Vucetich as head coach

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By DAN KARELL

For the second time in less than one week, the Mexican Football Federation (FMF) has a new man in charge of the Mexico National Team.

FMF President Justino Compean officially introduced veteran manager Victor Manuel Vucetich as the newest head coach of El Tri on Thursday afternoon, replacing Luis Fernando Tena who lasted all of one game, the 2-0 defeat to the USA in Columbus.

Fire fail to move into playoff position with draw vs. TFC

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By DAN KARELL

Ahead of their mid-week match against Toronto FC, the Chicago Fire knew that a win on the road would catapult them into a playoff position.

Instead, the Fire couldn't take advantage of their opportunity, settling for a 1-1 draw with TFC at BMO Field on Wednesday despite having 18 shots, with four on target over the course of the game.

USMNT jump six places to No. 13 in latest FIFA Rankings

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By DAN KARELL

For the first time under U.S. Men's National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann, the team has broken into the top 15 in FIFA's World Rankings.

Based on their 1-1 record in the last 30 days (not including the victory over Mexico, which counts for the next rankings in October), the USMNT jumped six places to No.

MLS West Notes: Rennie not happy with team’s play, Sounders extend Xbox sponsorship, and more

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BY MIKE DONOVAN

Head coach Martin Rennie did not mince words after training Tuesday about how he felt about the club's 3-1 loss Saturday to FC Dallas.

"The Dallas game was one of the worst performances I've seen from any team I've ever coached," Rennie told the Province newspaper.

The SBI Show: Episode 68 (Looking back at USA-Mexico, and more)

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By IVES GALARCEP

With the latest U.S. Men's National Team victory over Mexico in the books, it is time to look back at Tuesday's 2-0 victory in detail as The SBI Show makes its return.

Co-host Garrett Cleverly and I discuss the U.

Thursday Kickoff: Özil believes in Arsenal title chances; Vucetich could be next Mexico coach; and more

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By DAN KARELL

Barely an Arsenal player for ten days now, new signing Mesut Özil is already endearing himself to the fans.

In his first press conference in London since joining the club, Özil spoke about a range of topics, but notably backed his young Arsenal side to make the jump this season and compete for a title.

Neymar dazzles as Brazil downs Portugal sans Ronaldo

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By CARL SETTERLUND

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. One star wowed at Wednesday night ‘s international friendly between Brazil and Portugal, while the other was nowhere to be found.

One of the world's preeminent talents, 21-year-old virtuoso Neymar had a hand in all three Brazilian goals and netted the 34th-minute winner on a bold jaunt down the middle all the way from midfield in a 3-1 win at Gillette Stadium.

CONMEBOL Rewind: Argentina qualifies for World Cup; Uruguay gain ground in standings; and more

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By KEVIN KOCZWARA

Argentina became the first team from CONMEBOL to qualify for Brazil next summer thanks to two penalties from Lionel Messi and goals from Sergio Agüero, Ángel Di María and Maxi Rodriguez in the Albicelestes 5-2 win over Paraguay on Tuesday.

Jose Nunez and Roque Santa Cruz scored for Paraguay, but the goals weren't enough to overcome Argentina, which has booked their ticket for next summer's World Cup with two games left in qualifying.

With bounce-back performance, Jones moves one step closer to World Cup dream with USMNT

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By FRANCO PANIZO

COLUMBUS, Ohio Jermaine Jones walked through the mixed zone at Crew Stadium looking like the most patriotic player on the U.S. Men's National Team. Jones was holding a United States stick flag over his right shoulder and his neck was decorated with one of the scarves U.

Mexico ruing frail mentality, setting sights towards future after latest qualifying setback

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By FRANCO PANIZO

COLUMBUS, Ohio If Mexico was in serious danger and on high alert before Tuesday, it might now be reaching its equivalent of DEFCON 1.

El Tri suffered yet its latest setback in the final round of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying on Tuesday night, losing once again to the U.

CONCACAF Rewind: Costa Rica qualifies for World Cup; Honduras drop points to Panama

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By DAN KARELL

The U.S. Men's National Team wasn't the only CONCACAF nation to secure a berth in the 2014 World Cup on Tuesday evening.

Costa Rica earned a place in next summer's tournament in Brazil thanks to a 2-2 draw between Honduras and Panama as well as the USA 2-0 victory over Mexico.

SBI USMNT Man of the Match: Tim Howard

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By PABLO MAURER

COLUMBUS, Ohio The U.S. entered Tuesday evening's match with Mexico in need of a mind eraser. Just days removed from a 3-1 loss at Costa Rica that was perhaps their worst 90 minutes of the hexagonal, the U.S. would need to wipe the slate clean and put their best foot forward.

Dos a Cero Again: USMNT topple Mexico to book place in World Cup

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By FRANCO PANIZO

COLUMBUS, Ohio Dos a Cero was more than just a chant that U.S. Men's National Team fans were singing on Tuesday night.

It was the scoreline. Again.

The Americans booked their place in next summer's World Cup with a 2-0 win over Mexico on Tuesday night, making it four straight times that the Americans have beaten their southern rivals in a World Cup qualifier at Crew Stadium by that scoreline.

USMNT 2, Mexico 0: Match Highlights

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Crew Stadium provides impressive home-field advantage in USMNT’s latest win over Mexico

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By FRANCO PANIZO

COLUMBUS, Ohio Any lingering ideas of moving the U.S. Men's National Team's quadrennial home World Cup qualifier against Mexico away from Crew Stadium seemingly came to an abrupt end on Tuesday night.

A pro-U.

USA vs. Mexico (SBI Live Match Commentary)

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By IVES GALARCEP

COLUMBUS, Ohio The game of the year for American soccer fans is upon us, and it will carry with it even more importance than usual.

The U.S. Men's National Team takes on Mexico in World Cup Qualifying at Crew Stadium (8pm, ESPN) and the match is a vital one for both rivals.

College Soccer Weekend Rewind: VCU rebounds, Indiana stumbles, and more

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By IVES GALARCEP

Virginia Commonwealth came into the season with high expectations, but a season-opening 4-0 loss to UAB toppled the Rams out of the SBI Top 25 and raised questions of just how serious a contender they would be this season.

VCU responded this past week with a strong pair of results to re-establish themselves as a force.

USMNT Road to Brazil: Episode 14

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CONCACAF Qualifying Preview: Honduras look to improve Hex position, Costa Rica wary of Jamaican challenge

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By DAN KARELL

If all goes well on Tuesday evening for Honduras, Los Catrachos could be ever closer to qualifying for their second consecutive World Cup, a historic first for the Central American country.

After sealing an equally historic victory against Mexico in Azteca Stadium on Friday night, Luis Fernando Suarez's side now return home to face Panama, who could only manage a scoreless draw against Jamaica, despite playing with a man advantage for 32 minutes.

USMNT refusing to overlook struggling Mexico as rivals set to clash tonight

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By FRANCO PANIZO

COLUMBUS, Ohio Mexico might be in its most vulnerable state right now, but the U.S. Men's National Team surely is not seeing things that way. Notafter the number of intense matches the two teams have played over the years and not when considering the fact that this might be the most dangerous Mexico team the Americans have ever faced.

FC Dallas agree stadium naming rights deal with Toyota

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By DAN KARELL

After more than a year and a half without a sponsor name to their stadium, FC Dallas is set to open up a new revenue stream once again.

According to reports in Dallas, FC Dallas have agreed a long-term deal over the stadium rights of FC Dallas Stadium with Japanese automobile manufacturer, Toyota (UPDATE: FC Dallas confirmed the deal on Tuesday morning, with the stadium named "Toyota Stadium" and the complex called the "Toyota Soccer Center").

Soccer Tuesday: Your Running Commentary

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By DAN KARELL

From 10 in the morning through late into the night, international soccer will be on display.

Tuesday marks the second of the September FIFA international fixture dates, with plenty of matches to watch throughout the day. In UEFA World Cup qualifying, Italy host the Czech Republic, England visit Ukraine, and Russia host Israel in three games to keep an eye on in the morning and afternoon.

Lloyd Sam making the most of his opportunity

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BY DAVE MARTINEZ

From shoe-in starter to bench rider and back to the starting XI, New York Red Bull midfielder Lloyd Sam has certainly undergone a roller coaster season.

A preseason misunderstanding with no-nonsense rookie head coach Mike Petke effectively landed Sam on the bench and into his coach's nascent doghouse.

EA inks Clint Dempsey to multi-year endorsement deal

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By DAN KARELL

Not only did returning to Major League Soccer make Clint Dempsey one of the highest paid players in the league, but his stature with the U.S. Men's National Team has earned him a big-money endorsement deal with Electronic Arts.

Dempsey stars in funny new FIFA14 commercial

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Tuesday Kickoff: Blatter admits summer WC in Qatar a mistake; Lampard to win 100th cap; and more

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By DAN KARELL

FIFA President Sepp Blatter is under fire for comments made in an interview published on Monday.

Among his many statements, Blatter admitted that "it may well be that we made a mistake at the time," to award Qatar a summer World Cup in 2022, with Blatter's emphasis to InsideWorldFootball.

Injured Bradley opts to stay with USMNT ahead of high-profile Mexico qualifier

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By FRANCO PANIZO

COLUMBUS, Ohio Michael Bradley will not be on the field when his U.S. Men's National Team teammates take on Mexico in a highly-anticipated World Cup qualifier on Tuesday night.

He won't be very far from it, though.

WCQ Tuesday Preview: England visit Ukraine; Argentina can qualify with win; and more

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By DAN KARELL

Sole possession of first place in UEFA World Cup qualifying Group H is on the line for England when the Three Lions travel to face Ukraine.

The hosts currently sit just one point behind England and Montenegro, who are in a tie for first place, though England has the edge on goal differential.

NYCFC hire former Rutgers AD Pernetti as CBO

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By DAN KARELL

Four months after making their first hire, New York City FC has officially announced the second hiring in club history.

Former Rutgers University Athletics Director Tim Pernetti has been confirmed as the club's Chief Business Officer, and he'll be overseeing all business operations for the team, which is set to begin in the Spring of 2015.

Dwyer scores record four goals to lead Orlando City SC to USL Pro title

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By DAN KARELL

For the second time in three seasons, Orlando City Soccer Club has won the USL Pro Championship.

In front of a USL Pro record crowd of 20,886 at the Citrus Bowl, Orlando City ran riot, defeating the Charlotte Eagles, 7-4, thanks to a record four goals from on-loan forward Dom Dwyer.

Liga MX Round 9: A Look Back

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By DAN KARELL

The last 12 months hasn't been a memorable one for the entire Chivas organization, and Saturday's debacle by Guadalajara was the latest in the team's poor performances during Liga MX's 2013 Apertura season.

Despite firing Benjamin Galindo and replacing him with Juan Carlos Ortega, the same defensive errors continue to plague Chivas.

TFC offloads new signing Urruti to Timbers in exchange for Dike

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By DAN KARELL

Toronto FC management spent more than six months pursuing Maximiliano Urruti, a former Argentina Under-20 National Team member and a budding star in his country. On August 16, the Canadian club finally got their man, signing Urruti to a contract on a free transfer.

Costa Rica 3, USMNT 1: Field Level Highlights

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SBI MLS Rookie of the Week: Ryan Finley

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By DAN KARELL

With Federico Higuain unavailable, newly-installed Columbus Crew interim head coach Brian Bliss called upon forward Ryan Finley to help lift the team during their mid-week match against the Houston Dynamo.

Finley certainly exceeded all expectations last Wednesday, scoring a goal and assisting on another as the Crew defeated the Dynamo, 2-0.

SBI MLS Team of the Week: Seattle Sounders

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By DAN KARELL

Despite playing without U.S. Men's National Team players Eddie Johnson and Clint Dempsey, the Seattle Sounders made the most of their two-match week.

The Sounders accrued full points in victories over Chivas USA on Wednesday and the Chicago Fire on Saturday, shooting up to second place in the Western Conference standings with still eight games remaining.

NASL Week 6: A Look Back

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By MIKE GRAMAJO

It's getting a bit rowdy in the North American Soccer League standings.

The Tampa Bay Rowdies defeated the Carolina RailHawks, 3-2, on Saturday night at Al Lang Stadium to ensure first place in the league standings, while also keeping head coach Ricky Hill's side unbeaten in the fall season.

SBI MLS Player of the Week: Lamar Neagle

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By DAN KARELL

While Eddie Johnson and Clint Dempsey are away on international duty, Lamar Neagle moved forward in the lineup and put in two quality performances for the Seattle Sounders.

Neagle scored the game's only goal on Wednesday in a 1-0 defeat of Chivas USA as well as scoring the game-tying goal plus setting up the eventual game-winner in the Sounders 2-1 defeat of the Chicago Fire on Saturday.

Monday Kickoff: Eto’o reportedly announces int’l retirement; Schalke chief speaks on Boateng; and more

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By DAN KARELL

Not for the first time, but likely the last, Samuel Eto'o has reportedly played his final match with Cameroon.

The three-time UEFA Champions League winner and four-time African Player of the Year award honoree reportedly told his Cameroon teammates in the dressing room following their win-or-go-home 1-0 victory against Libya that he was finished playing international soccer at the age of 32.

SBI MLS Rookie of the Week: Ethan Finley

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By DAN KARELL

With Federico Higuain unavailable, newly-installed Columbus Crew interim head coach Brian Bliss called upon forward Ryan Finley to help lift the team during their mid-week match against the Houston Dynamo.

Finley certainly exceeded all expectations last Wednesday, scoring a goal and assisting on another as the Crew defeated the Dynamo, 2-0.

Di Vaio on target as Impact down 10-man New England

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By CARL SETTERLUND

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. The Montreal Impact wasn't known for its road form entering Sunday night's match against the New England Revolution, but a few advantageous whistles in the opening run of play changed everything for the Eastern Conference leaders.

Red Bulls score four in rout of Dynamo on the road

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By DAN KARELL

For the first time since the Houston Dynamo creation in December 2005, the New York Red Bulls successfully completed a road trip to the Longhorn State.

The poor road form that the Red Bulls have wasn't on display Sunday afternoon, as they scored twice in the second half to break the match open and defeat the short-handed Dynamo, 3-1, at BBVA Compass Stadium.

Who should the USMNT start vs. Mexico?

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By IVES GALARCEP

All it took was a handful of yellow cards, and Michael Bradley's injured left ankle, to suddenly turn the U.S. Men's National Team from "Is this the deepest USMNT ever" to "Just who is going to start vs. Mexico?

Return of captain Johnson makes all the difference for Timbers

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BY MIKE DONOVAN

PORTLAND, Ore.-While his team was dealing with a tough stretch of play that saw their longest losing streak of the season, Timbers captain Will Johnson was forced to watch his club from home for the last month. Out with a broken bone in his shoulder and therefore unable to rehab like most injuries, there was little the Canadian International could do but watch.

Timbers score four in rout of Toronto FC

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By MIKE DONOVAN

PORTLAND, Ore.-Coming off two straight defeats for the first time this season, the Portland Timbers were looking to get back on track against Toronto FC. And the Timbers delivered in a big way, scoring their largest victory in the club's MLS history.

Kalif Alhassan, Rodney Wallace, Will Johnson and Diego Valeri scored the goals as the Timbers defeated Toronto FC 4-0, Saturday night at Jeld-Wen Field.

MLS Match Day 28: Your Running Commentary

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By IVES GALARCEP

The Los Angeles Galaxy are missing their top three players to international duty, but that won't stop the defending champions from trying to make a statement tonight in a key Western Conference showdown vs. the Colorado Rapids (10:30pm, MLS Direct Kick).

Landon Donovan, Robbie Keane and Omar Gonzalez won't be suiting up for the Galaxy, but Bruce Arena still has enough weapons to give the Galaxy a fighting chance.

Goodson, Corona headline list of USMNT replacements for Mexico qualifier

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By IVES GALARCEP

The rash of yellow cards that led to a handful of suspensions on the U.S. Men's National Team for Tuesday's match vs. Mexico forced Jurgen Klinsmann to call in reinforcements and he wasn't shy about calling the cavalry.

Joe Corona, Jose Torres, Clarence Goodson and Brad Davis have been called in as replacements for the team, stepping in for suspended regulars Jozy Altidore, Matt Besler and Geoff Cameron, as well as injured star midfielder Michael Bradley, who has officially been ruled out of the Mexico match.

Senna penalty kick goal not enough as Cosmos draw Silverbacks

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HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. For the first time in three home matches, there was no fairy tale ending.

The New York Cosmos drew the North American Soccer League spring champion Atlanta Silverbacks, 1-1, on Saturday evening in front of 5,598 fans at Shuart Stadium, sending the home side to their second consecutive draw.

Late goals from Diaz and Benitez lift FC Dallas over Whitecaps

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By DAN KARELL

FC Dallas aren't ready to give up on their playoff hopes just yet.

Despite playing without a recognizable striker due to one suspension and a coaches decision, FC Dallas took care of business, defeating the Vancouver Whitecaps, 3-1, on Saturday evening at FC Dallas Stadium.

Sporting KC humbles Crew

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By ALAN HAINKEL

KANSAS CITY, Kansas — On Wednesday, Columbus Crew interim coach Brian Bliss said about his club's match with Sporting Kansas City this weekend, "It will be nice to go in there and punch the bully in the nose."

Unfortunately for Bliss, who served as interim head coach for the then-Kansas City Wizards in 2006, it was the Crew who ended up getting punched, early and often, as Sporting Kansas City cruised to a 3-0 home win on Saturday night.

Segares own goal dooms Fire late against Sounders

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By JASON MITCHELL

SEATTLE When you're hot, you're hot.

The Seattle Sounders have won seven of their last eight matches, winning without as many as five starters, winning down to 10 men for more than 80 minutes, and beating rivals and doormats alike along the way.

Now they've won courtesy of an own goal, as well.

Timbers blow past Toronto FC

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BY MIKE DONOVAN

PORTLAND, Ore.-Coming off two straight defeats for the first time this season, the Portland Timbers were looking to get back on track against Toronto FC. And the Timbers delivered in a big way, scoring their largest victory in the club's MLS history.

Must-See Goal: Jair Benitez

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Costa Rica 3, USMNT 1: SBI Player Grades

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By IVES GALARCEP

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica The game was over before the U.S. Men's National Team could even pose a threat, with the first Costa Rica goal in a 3-1 victory coming in a matter of seconds. The early onslaught by the 'Ticos' left the Americans overwhelmed and even established veterans who could normally be counted on to step up in the face of adversity were nowhere to be found during that ugly start.

EA releases new FIFA14 commercial featuring star-studded cast

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After flurry of yellow cards, USMNT set to summon replacements ahead of clash with Mexico

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By FRANCO PANIZO

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica As the U.S. Men's National Team travels to Columbus, so too could some reinforcements.

With Jozy Altidore, Matt Besler and Geoff Cameron out for Tuesday's World Cup qualifier against Mexico due to yellow card accumulation, the U.

USMNT 1, Costa Rica 3: Match Highlights

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By DAN KARELL

The U.S. Men's National Team saw their streak of 12 consecutive wins come to an end on Friday night as Costa Rica proved too much in San Jose, defeating the Americans, 3-1, at Estadio Nacional.

Two goals in ten minutes from Costa Rica doomed the USMNT as the visitors had to make due without the sudden loss of Michael Bradley in the lineup.

USA vs. Costa Rica: SBI Live Match Commentary

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By IVES GALARCEP

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica The World Cup qualifying rematch that has been circled on every calendar in Costa Rica since the infamous snow game in March is here, as the U.S. Men's National Team put their 12-match winning streak on the line against Costa Rica at Estadio Nacional (10pm, BeIN Sport).

Bradley injured in warm-ups, status for Mexico qualifier in doubt

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By IVES GALARCEP

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica Michael Bradley was the first member of the U.S. Men's National Team to walk onto the pitch at Estadio Nacional on Friday night. Some two hours before kickoff of Friday's World Cup qualifier vs. Costa Rica, Bradly patiently walked along the grass, by himself, and surveyed the field.

Second-half goals from Honduras send Mexico to rare home defeat

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By DAN KARELL

Under the watchful eyes of Jose Manuel de la Torre, the fortress known as Estadio Azteca has lost its luster.

For the second time in 12 months, and first time since 2001 in CONCACAF World Cup qualifying, the Mexican National Team tasted defeat in their own backyard, falling to Honduras, 2-1, on a rainy and wet Friday night in Mexico City.

Slow start dooms USMNT in latest loss in Costa Rica

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By FRANCO PANIZO

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica The U.S. Men's National Team's winning streak is over, but their winless run in Costa Rica? That remains.

Costa Rica defeated the U.S., 3-1, on Friday night in front of a jam-packed crowd at Estadio Nacional.

Things looked all too familiar in USMNT loss to Costa Rica

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By IVES GALARCEP

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica We heard how things would be different. How Friday night's World Cup qualifier vs. Costa Rica would look different than any road qualifier we had seen the U.S. Men's National Team play before.

What we saw instead of different was a scene that was painfully familiar.

“Chepo” de la Torre out as Mexico manager

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By DAN KARELL

The cries of "Fuera Chepo" have finally been heard.

Following Friday night's embarrassing home 2-1 defeat to Honduras in CONCACAF World Cup qualifying, the Mexican Football Federation (FMF) announced their decision to sack Jose Manuel "Chepo" de la Torre, and replace him with Mexico Under-23 coach Luis Fernando Tena.

College Soccer Weekend Preview

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By IVES GALARCEP

Notre Dame's move to the ACC figured to set up some memorable match-ups for the Fighting Irish, and the first of those tough conference tests comes on Sunday, when the SBI No. 5 Fighting Irish take on No. 7 North Carolina.

The Tar Heels made a big climb into the top ten on the strength of an impressive 4-0 thrashing of Coastal Carolina, but Notre Dame figures to pose a much tougher challenge after tying UCLA and beating SMU in the season's opening weekend.

Liga MX Round 9: A Look Ahead

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By DAN KARELL

Off to their worst start since winning the 2012 Apertura, Club Tijuana hope to put their season back on track as we reach the halfway point of the 2013 Liga MX Apertura season.

Xolos face promoted side Veracruz at the Estadio Caliente on Saturday, with both teams struggling to score goals recently.

CONCACAF qualifying preview: Mexico looks to break out of slump, Panama attempts to avoid upset against desperate Jamaica

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Heading into the seventh round of the final stage of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying, Mexico is still in search of its first win at home.

El Tri will aim to pick up those all-too-elusive three points at Estadio Azteca and ease some of the mounting pressure on head coach Jose 'Chepo' de la Torre on Friday night when they host Honduras in a battle of the third- and fourth-placed teams in the Hexagonal.

MLS Week 28: A Look Ahead

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By DAN KARELL

The start of September comes at a difficult time for Major League Soccer coaches as all but one team loses at least one player to international callups.

At the StubHub Center, a match that was filled with stars will now be one bereft of designated players on the field when the Los Angeles Galaxy host the Colorado Rapids.

As he enjoys some of the best form of his career, Donovan eager to help USMNT reach new heights

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By IVES GALARCEP

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica Landon Donovan has played in 151 games for the U.S. Men's National Team, so he can be forgiven for not always remembering them all, even ones he has scored in. So when he was asked about the U.S. team's last visit to Costa Rica, Donovan started speaking about the match as if he hadn't played in, and scored in that forgettable 3-1 Costa Rica triumph on June 3, 2009.

This Weekend’s Soccer on TV

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By MICHAEL KLINE

It's that time again! The major European leagues are disrupted by the international break this weekend, which means World Cup Qualifying takes center stage.

England faces Moldova in UEFA's Group H, with The Three Lions needing a full three points to keep their World Cup dreams alive.

NASL Week 6: A Look Ahead

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By MIKE GRAMAJO

After their tenacious home victory last week, the Fort Lauderdale Strikers are riding a three-game winning streak and sit in second place in the North American Soccer League standings.

The South Florida side host the winless San Antonio Scorpions at Lockhart Stadium on Saturday (7:30 p.

The SBI Show: Episode 67 (Previewing USA-Costa Rica, MLS Week 28, and more)

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By IVES GALARCEP

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica World Cup qualifying resumes for the U.S. Men's National Team on Friday and The SBI Show breaks down the pivotal showdown between the U.S. and Costa Rica.

Co-host Garrett Cleverly and I break down the match-up, taking a close look at the lineup options for U.

World Cup berth in sight, but USMNT must deal with motivated Costa Rica

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By FRANCO PANIZO

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica The U.S. Men's National Team may be just around the corner from securing a berth at the 2014 World Cup, but the only sure way to move closer to that ultimate goal is by grabbing a result on Friday against a foe with plenty of reasons to be motivated.

Soccer Friday: Your Running Commentary

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By DAN KARELL

World Cup qualifying springs back into action on Friday, with no less than 34 matches to be played around the world.

Many of the big powers in European soccer face some of the minnows, including England hosting Moldova, France visiting Georgia, and the Netherlands visiting Estonia.

SBI College Soccer Top 25: Cal catapults into rankings

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By IVES GALARCEP

Thanks to the Cal Golden Bears, and senior centerback Steve Birnbaum, the SBI College Soccer Top 25 endured a shake-up in the very first week of the season.

Birnbaum, the SBI College Soccer Player of the Week, scored goals in each game, and helped the Golden Bears post victories against Maryland and Georgetown, the top two teams in the country in the pre-season polls.

WCQ Weekend Preview: Spain visit plucky Finland; Colombia host Ecuador; and more

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By DAN KARELL

After nearly three months since the last World Cup qualifiers, much of the world returns to action beginning on Friday as the World Cup in Brazil next summer draws ever closer.

In UEFA, although many of the stronger nations are taking on the minnows, one of the matches on Friday is a rematch between Finland and Spain, which ended in a 1-1 draw after Teemu Puuki scored the game-tying goal on the road in the 79th minute and Finland held on.

Friday Kickoff: Luiz reveals Barca rejection; Lambert to start vs. Moldova; and more

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By DAN KARELL

All summer long, Barcelona were looking to sign a new central defender, as club legend Carles Puyol grows older and more fragile.

The club were reported to have made an offer to sign Chelsea defender David Luiz among others, and according to Luiz himself, the offer was made but he rejected it to stay at Stamford Bridge.

Altidore remains a question mark ahead of USMNT qualifier vs. Costa Rica

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By FRANCO PANIZO

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica It is looking more and more like the U.S. Men's National Team will have to make due without one of their most in-form players vs. Costa Rica on Friday night.

Jozy Altidore remains an injury concern ahead of the Americans' World Cup qualifier against Costa Rica on Friday night due to the thigh injury he sustained while training with Sunderland last week.

MLS West Notes: Will Johnson readies for return, FC Dallas walks in Rhine’s memory, and more

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BY MIKE DONOVAN

After missing the last four matches due to a broken bone in his shoulder, Timbers captain Will Johnson is ready to return to field for the final two months of Portland's season.

"It's been really tough. There's not much you can do," Johnson told the Oregonian.

Winless history in Costa Rica not a concern for confident USMNT

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By IVES GALARCEP

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica The history of the USA-Costa Rica rivalry isn't exactly a prestigious one for the U.S. Men's National Team. At least not when it comes to visit to this Central American nation. Eight World Cup qualifying visits here have yielded just one point, with seven straight losses being the streak the Americans must look to end on Friday in the latest installment of the rivalry.

Timbers Notes: Injuries mount, three starters depart for national team duty, and more

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BY MIKE DONOVAN

BEAVERTON, Ore.-When asked by a reporter this week if he has ever been around a team with so many injuries, head coach Caleb Porter replied with a simple "probably not."

While every team faces injuries throughout the season, the Timbers are currently faced with the reality of having nearly a third of their 30-man roster dealing with injuries.

Despite lack of club playing time, Parkhurst back in USMNT fold and ready to contribute

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By FRANCO PANIZO

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica Not long after Brad Evans suffered a calf injury, Michael Parkhurst received a text message.

The words in that message: "We're probably going to bring you in."

Parkhurst was indeed brought in by U.

Thursday Kickoff: FA chief aims for 2022 World Cup title; Messi pays tax sum; and more

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By DAN KARELL

The Football Associaton's new Chairman, Greg Dyke, has laid out his vision of saving English soccer, including the goal of an England World Cup title in 2022, in a media lunch on Wednesday.

Dyke, who said that English soccer has a "serious problem" due to the amount of foreign players and coaches in the English Premier League, also played down the Three Lions' chances at the upcoming World Cup, assuming they qualify, saying that they certainly wouldn't have been looked at as favorites.

Toronto FC to part ways with Payne

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By KEVIN KOCZWARA

Kevin Payne lasted just nine months on the job as Toronto FC's President and General Manager before the team decided to part ways with the former D.C. Unitedpresident and chief executive officer. Payne will reportedly remain in Toronto with the team to help transition the team, but without his previous title.

A late-bloomer, Neumann has to step up for Georgetown

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ByMICAH McVICKER

Nearly nine months later, Steve Neumann called his performance "surreal." The New Hope, Pa., native collected his first career hat trick in third-seeded Georgetown's national semifinal contest against the second-seeded University of Maryland Terrapins.

Opportunistic Crew defeat Dynamo in Bliss’ debut

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By DAN KARELL

New Columbus Crew head coach Brian Bliss probably couldn't have asked for a better start to his interim coaching debut with the club.

Withstanding a few early chances from the visiting Houston Dynamo, the Crew took care of the few opportunities they had, defeating the Dynamo, 2-0, on Wednesday evening at Crew Stadium.

Neagle helps makeshift Sounders top Chivas USA

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By JASON MITCHELL

SEATTLE No Obafemi Martins, Clint Dempsey, Eddie Johnson, or Brad Evans.

No problem.Not when Lamar Neagle is waiting in the wings.

Neagle scored his career-high sixth goal of the season midway through the first half on Wednesday, lifting the shorthanded Seattle Sounders over Chivas USA 1-0 in front of 38,317 at CenturyLink Field.

With national team decision behind him, Johannsson focused on solidifying USMNT spot

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By IVES GALARCEP

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica When Aron Johannsson stepped off the plane here on Tuesday with the U.S. Men's National Team, he was already well aware that there would likely be an icy reception from Costa Rican fans when the Americans arrived ahead of Friday's World Cup qualifier.

Klinsmann on the Costa Rica snow game: “I didn’t call God to give us some snow”

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By FRANCO PANIZO

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica It's been almost six months, but some animosity still remains.

The U.S. Men's National Team beat Costa Rica, 1-0, back in March in a memorable World Cup qualifier in Denver, butsome lingering resentment remains from the Costa Rican Federation, and Costa Rican fans, over the match not being halted due to that night's blizzard-like conditions.

SBI Fantasy MLS: Round 29 Preview

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By CASEY CANNON

Hello and Welcome to the Soccer by Ives Fantasy Corner – now with new management! Every week I dig through statistics, news, and rumors to provide the reader with the kind of fantasy advice that only a man fasting till Sept 10th can provide.

This week the international call ups will devastate some teams.

Who should the USMNT start vs. Costa Rica?

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By IVES GALARCEP

San Jose, Costa Rica The U.S. Men's National Team has beaten Costa Rica three times in 2013, and if they are going to do it for a fourth time on Friday, they will need to make history in order to make it happen.

U.S. Women Trounce Mexico at RFK

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By PABLO MAURER

WASHINGTON The U.S. Women's national team paid a visit to RFK stadium on Tuesday night, putting up a touchdown's worth of goals despite missing several key starters en route to a 7-0 obliteration of Mexico.

"A result like tonight sends a message across the whole squad that nobody's place is safe in this team," U.

Wednesday Kickoff: Prandelli could leave Italy post after World Cup; Ronaldo upset with Özil sale; and more

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By DAN KARELL

Cesare Prandelli, who lead Italy to second-place at the 2012 European Championships, could leave his managerial post with the Italian National Team following the 2014 World Cup, according to reports in Italy.

The 56-year-old head coach has been in charge of a rejuvenated Italy side, one that also finished in third-place at the Confederations Cup this summer, but he could be off to a new challenge come July, 2014.

The SBI Show: Episode 66 (Talking USMNT injuries, MLS Week 27, and more)

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By IVES GALARCEP

The U.S. Men's National Team is just days away from resuming World Cup qualifying and the latest episode of The SBI Show takes a look at the recent rash of injuries that has the USMNT's depth ready to be tested.

Co-host Garrett Cleverly and I discuss the options Jurgen Klinsmann may turn to in place of Jozy Altidore and Brad Evans (though Altidore's return to training today makes it appear he should be back in action in time for the qualifiers).

Donovan says USMNT squad believes they can win in Costa Rica

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By DAN KARELL

As the 2014 World Cup in Brazil draws nearer, the U.S. Men's National Team heads into their toughest stretch of World Cup qualifying this month with matches against Costa Rica on the road and Mexico at home.

Despite the difficult task ahead for the squad, midfielder Landon Donovan believes confidence is soaring throughout the team.

Report: USMNT close to friendly match with Scotland

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By DAN KARELL

According to a report, the U.S. Men's National Team could be playing their final FIFA international fixture of 2013 against European opposition.

The Scotland Herald is reporting that the Scottish Football Association and Scotland National Team head coach Gordon Strachan are "close to announcing a home friendly against (the USMNT) at Hampden (Park) in November.

Cahill out three to four weeks, Petke unhappy with news

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By DAN KARELL

The New York Red Bulls will be without one of their designated players for the second time in the two months due to an injury.

Red Bulls head coach Mike Petke revealed on Tuesday in his weekly conference call that midfielder Tim Cahill will be out for three to four weeks after tearing ligaments in his ankle during the Red Bulls 2-1 victory against D.

MLS Insider: Episode 9 (Matt Reis, Bash Brothers in San Jose)

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By DAN KARELL

The latest episode of MLS Insider focuses on New England Revolution goalkeeper Matt Reis' family challenge following the Boston Marathon bombings, while also taking an inside look at Alan Gordon and Steven Lenhart with the San Jose Earthquakes.

SBI MLS Team of the Week: Real Salt Lake

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By DAN KARELL

Only six days after conceding four goals in a match, Real Salt Lake dished it right back at another Western Conference opponent.

In front of a national television audience and a sold-out crowd at Rio Tinto Stadium, RSL routed the ten-man Portland Timbers, 4-2, extending the home side's lead atop the Western Conference and Supporters Shield standings to five points.

Liga MX Round 8: A Look Back

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By DAN KARELL

Home or away, clear or rainy skies, it doesn't seem to matter to Club America. They just keep on winning.

In the Clasico Capitalino on Monday night, taking place in the pouring rain of Mexico City, America routed Pumas UNAM on the road, 4-1, keeping their undefeated record so far in the 2013 Apertura season in Liga MX.

SBI MLS Rookie of the Week: Gyasi Zardes

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By IVES GALARCEP

When the Los Angeles Galaxy tore apart the San Jose Earthquakes defense on their way to a 3-0 victory, Robbie Keane and Landon Donovan led the way as usual, but the third weapon needed to complete the rout was a new face starting to find his form.

Bedoya continuing to convince Klinsmann he’s deserving of spot on USMNT roster

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By FRANCO PANIZO

When 2013 began, Alejandro Bedoya was just another U.S. Men's National Team hopeful, a player on the outside of Jurgen Klinsmann's picture.

These days, he finds himself well inside.

Bedoya has seen his stock with the U.

Altidore returns to USMNT training

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By DAN KARELL

The U.S. Men's National Team received great news after forward Jozy Altidore had been evaluated by the team's medical staff on Monday.

U.S. Soccer announced on Tuesday morning out that Altidore had been cleared to resume team workouts after an MRI on his right hamstring was declared normal, raising his chances of playing against Costa Rica and Mexico in the next two World Cup qualifiers.

Recapping the European Summer Transfer Window

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By DAN KARELL

With all the madness of transfer deadline day, it's sometimes hard to remember everything that happened up to that point.

This summer's transfer window has had plenty of highlights throughout, from Mario Götze's announce move to Bayern Munich before last season even ended and Neymar's €57 million transfer to Barcelona ahead of the Confederations Cup, to Gareth Bale's world-record arrival at Real Madrid and Mesut Özil's big move to Arsenal on the final two days of the window.

Transfer Deadline Day Roundup: Arsenal complete Özil deal; Man United sign Fellaini; and more

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By DAN KARELL

In the space of just a few weeks, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has gone from a man who has lost his touch to a man that is still one of the best managers in the game.

30 minutes before the close of the transfer window, Arsenal official announced the signing of Mesut Özil for a club record transfer fee of $66 million dollars from Real Madrid.

Tuesday Kickoff: Man United miss out on Coentrao; Bayern’s Martinez to have surgery; and more

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By DAN KARELL

It's safe to say that if given a second chance, David Moyes may have conducted his first transfer window as Manchester United manager differently.

Moyes acquired only one player, Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini for a fee of £27.5 million ($43 million) just moments before the end of the summer transfer window closed, but his legacy in this window will be remembered more for the linked players that he failed to sign.

Report: Kamara makes Boro move

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By DAN KARELL

With negotiations extending through the final moments of the summer transfer window, Kei Kamara has secured a move back to England.

According to reports in England, Kamara has made a full transfer to Middlesbrough in the English Championship, signing a two-year contract at the Riverside Stadium.

Transfer Ticker: Özil inches closer to Arsenal; Man United chases Herrera; and more

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By DAN KARELL

It hasn't been confirmed by either club, but all reports indicate that Mesut Özil will be a member of Arsenal by the end of the day.

Real Madrid have agreed a deal worth £42.4 million (€50m and $66m) for the German international, with his representatives working with Arsenal to finalize the transfer.

SBI MLS Player of the Week: Robbie Keane

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By IVES GALARCEP

A year ago, at around this same time, Robbie Keane began a run of form that dominated MLS and helped propel the Los Angeles Galaxy to the MLS Cup title. The Irish striker appears to be right back at it again, playing so well that opposing defenses just can't deal with him.

Heinemann’s stoppage-time goal saves Whitecaps in draw with Chivas USA

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By DAN KARELL

Leading by two goals from on-loan forward Erick Torres after just 14 minutes, Chivas USA looked well on their way to a huge road victory and their second win in as many games.

But the host Vancouver Whitecaps fought back and scored two second half goals to draw Chivas USA, 2-2, on Sunday evening at BC Place, with the game-tying goal coming in stoppage-time from reserve forward Tommy Heinemann.

European Weekend Rewind: Arsenal edge Tottenham; Liverpool stay unbeaten with win over Man United; and more

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

After opening up the season with a pair of 1-0 wins, Tottenham Hotspur got a taste of their own medicine from their bitter rivals Sunday.

Olivier Giroud fired Arsenal ahead of Spurs in the 23rd minute of the season's first North London Derby, and the Gunners held on for a hard-fought 1-0 victory at Emirates Stadium.

Crew part ways with Warzycha, name Bliss as interim head coach

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By DAN KARELL

After spending the last 18 years with the Columbus Crew as a player, assistant coach, and head coach, Robert Warzycha has spent his last day with the club.

The Crew announced on Monday morning that they have parted ways with Warzycha, while making technical director Brian Bliss the interim head coach.

NASL Week 5: A Look Back

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By MIKE GRAMAJO

There's no stopping the rejuvenated Fort Lauderdale Strikers as they extended their winning streak to three games, topping the Carolina RailHawks, 1-0, on Friday evening at Lockhart Stadium.

"It was a tough match against the top team in the league, but we got the win," Strikers manager Günter Kronsteiner told the Sun Sentinel after the game.

College Soccer Weekend Rewind: Pac-12 starts season in style

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By IVES GALARCEP

The Pac-12 Conference kicked off the 2013 season in impressive fashion, knocking off multiple national powers and serving notice that the West Coast is going to have a say in determining a national champion this season.

UCLA, Stanford and California all went unbeaten despite each playing multiple powerhouses.

UCLA topples defending champ Indiana in OT

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By MICAH McVICKER

BLOOMINGTON, Ind.—Victor Chavez and Victor Munoz lifted their disqualified teammate Sunday afternoon, stepping up and delivering the winning goal to help a young UCLA side deliver a statement victory against the defending NCAA champions.

Chavez scored his first goal of the season in the 91st minute to help lead the SBI No.

Parkhurst called in as replacement for injured Evans on USMNT roster

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Help is on the way for the U.S. Men's National Team's problematic right back spot.

U.S. Soccer announced Sunday that Michael Parkhurst has been called in by U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann as a replacement for Brad Evans, who will miss the Americans' upcoming round of World Cup qualifiers against Costa Rica and Mexico due to a calf injury he sustained in the Seattle Sounders' 1-0 victory over the Columbus Crew on Saturday.

Monday Kickoff: Bale introduced at Real Madrid; Kaka returns to AC Milan; and more

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By DAN KARELL

In front of thousands of fans at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium, Gareth Bale was officially introduced as the latest Real Madrid player.

The Welshman, who signed his six-year contract with the club just moments earlier, became the most expensive transfer in history with a transfer deal from Tottenham worth more than $132 million.

Must-See Goal: Erick Torres

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Real Madrid complete signing of Bale

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By DAN KARELL

Finally, it's over.

Real Madrid officially announced on Sunday that they had completed the long-awaited transfer of Gareth Bale, reportedly for upwards of $132 million in transfer fees, from Tottenham to the Madrid club. The club announced that Bale has signed a six-year contract as well, but did not disclose the transfer fee or contract amount.

Red Bulls Notebook: Cahill suffers ankle injury; Sam, Wright-Phillips impress Petke; and more

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By DAN KARELL

Although the New York Red Bulls picked up a hard-earned 2-1 victory over rival D.C. United on Saturday evening, not all was well in Red Bull land.

Tim Cahill, who scored the game-winning goal on a header in the first half, suffered an ankle injury inside ten minutes, and was eventually forced off in the 58th minute after gutting out his time on the field on one good ankle.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

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By FRANCO PANIZO

If Jozy Altidore's injury prevents him from suiting up for the U.S. Men's National Team next week, then Terrence Boyd might be in line for a call-up, especially after his performance on Sunday.

Making his return from a shoulder injury, Boydgot back to his scoring ways in Rapid Vienna's 1-1 draw vs.

Real Madrid completes signing of Bale

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By DAN KARELL

Finally, it's over.

Real Madrid officially announced on Sunday that they had completed the long-awaited transfer of Gareth Bale, reportedly for upwards of $132 million in transfer fees, from Tottenham to the Madrid club. The club announced that Bale has signed a six-year contract as well, but did not disclose the transfer fee or contract amount.

Thorns win inagural NWSL title over Flash

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By DAN KARELL

The highly-anticipated National Women's Soccer League final between Abby Wambach's Western New York Flash and the and Alex Morgan's Portland Thorns produced an instant classic.

In the inaugural final, the Thorns came out winners, defeating the Flash on Saturday evening, 2-0, at Sahlen's Stadium in Rochester, New York.

Evans a question mark for upcoming USMNT qualifiers after suffering calf injury

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By IVES GALARCEP

Brad Evans was expected to be the U.S. Men's National Team's starting right back for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers, but a calf injury suffered in the Seattle Sounders' 1-0 win vs. the Columbus Crew on Saturday night has put his participation in jeopardy.

Keane and Donovan propel Galaxy to route of Earthquakes

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By IVES GALARCEP

When Landon Donovan and Robbie Keane are clicking, they play as well as any forward tandem in the history of MLS. On Saturday night they provided another showcase of that outstanding form, serving notice that the defending MLS Cup champions are finding their form.

Cahill’s goal and Robles’ save help Red Bulls top D.C. United

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By DAN KARELL

HARRISON, N.J. On a rare evening without Thierry Henry in the starting lineup, the New York Red Bulls put in a performance that was sure to make their coach proud after last Sunday's debacle.

With two players making their starting debuts for the home side, the Red Bulls defeated rivals D.

Zusi’s winner helps Sporting KC put a halt to Rapids unbeaten streak

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By IVES GALARCEP

It was going to take something special to put an end to the Colorado Rapids' league-best nine-match unbeaten streak and Graham Zusi provided that something special with a game-winning goal worthy of any match.

The U.S. Men's National Team midfielder left for his national team call-up in style, delivering a quality finish in the 88th minute to cap a stellar passing sequence and help Sporting KC post a 2-1 victory over the Colorado Rapids.

Petke mum on Henry benching, calling it a ‘coach’s decision’

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By DAN KARELL

HARRISON, N.J. Of Thierry Henry's 86 games played since signing with the New York Red Bulls in the summer of 2011, he's only failed to start four games, with two of them coming this season due to a knee injury suffered in the home opener.

That's why it was a surprise when Red Bulls head coach Mike Petke's lineup on Saturday evening was was without Henry's name in the starting eleven.

Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

The first "Super Sunday" in the English Premier League, a doubleheader of two of the country's top rivalries, highlights a busy day of soccer action from all over the world.

Liverpool will be eyeing three straight wins to start their league campaign on Sunday, when they host massive rivals Manchester United.