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MLS Ticker: Di Vaio announces retirement; Powers signs extension; and more

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By DAN KARELL

Major League Soccer will be losing one of their most marketable stars this offseason.

Following a two-and-a-half year stint with the Montreal Impact, veteran Italian forward Marco Di Vaio has announced that he will retire from soccer at the end of the season.

NASL Week 14: A Look Ahead

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By EVAN REAM

This weekend's North American Soccer Leagueaction kicks off Saturday with a classic six-pointer as the fifth-place Fort Lauderdale Strikers host the fourth-place Carolina RailHawks in a match-up that could determine the only playoff spot that is still seemingly up for grabs.

Liga MX Round 12: A Look Ahead

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By DAN KARELL

It's a double derby weekend as two city battles commence in Liga MX Round 12.

Club America, who qualified for the Liga MX Apertura Liguilla, or playoffs, with a 2-0 victory over Veracruz on Wednesday, hit the road to take on Cruz Azul in another grand display of the Clasico Joven.

Kaka recalled to Brazilian National Team for first time since March 2013

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By RYAN TOLMICH

After missing out on both the 2013 Confederations Cup and the 2014 World Cup, Kaka is back with the Selecao.

The Orlando City midfielder, who is currently on loan with Brazilian side Sao Paulo FC, has been called upto the Brazilian National Team by new manager Dunga as an injury replacement for midfielder Ricardo Goulart, the younger brother of LA Galaxy midfielder Juninho.

Morris, Rubin among U.S. U-23 roster for Brazil friendly

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Fresh off call-ups to the senior side, Jordan Morris, Rubio Rubin, Emerson Hyndman and Cody Cropper are set to join up with the U.S. U-23 Men's National Team for an October camp.

U.S. Soccer announced the U-23's full 21-man squad Friday as the team prepares for next week's trip to Brazil, where they will train for three days before taking on Brazil's U-23'sOct.

This Weekend’s Soccer on TV

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By DAN KARELL

For the first time since donning the Chelsea blue, Cesc Fabregas will be taking on his former club Arsenal.

First-place Chelsea welcome fourth-place Arsenal to Stamford Bridge for another massive battle between title contenders, ending a busy week for Chelsea that included a victory at Aston Villa last Saturdayand a win at Sporting Lisbon in mid-week UEFA Champions League action.

SBI College Soccer Top 25 (Oct. 3rd Edition)

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By IVES GALARCEP

The University of Washington managed to avoid the jinx of the No. 1 seed, though the Huskies upcoming schedule could test their hold on the top spot in the SBI College Soccer Top 25.

Washington sent a statement on Thursday by beating California to push its winning streak to six matches heading into a tasty showdown with SBI No.

MLS Week 31: A Look Ahead

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By RYAN TOLMICH

With less than a month remaining in the MLS regular season and a logjam of teams colluding the playoff picture, every point becomes vital in the quest for postseason play.

Headliningthis weekend's action is a clash between two Eastern Conference contenders, as conference leaders D.

College Soccer Weekend Preview: Georgetown vs. Marquette, Virginia Tech vs. Syracuse Headline Week 6

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By AARON CRANFORD

A majority of College Soccer's top teams play this Saturday, with SBI's No. 10-ranked Marquette visiting the No. 5 Georgetown Hoyas standing out asthe marquee matchup this weekend.

The Hoyas defeated their last non-conference opponent, Maryland, Tuesday, but they have many tough matchups in their Big East conference schedule, with Marquette being the first Saturday.

U.S. U-17 5, Costa Rica U-17 2: Match Highlights

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Friday Ticker: Mourinho: “No racism” in soccer management; Messi facing tax evasion trial; and more

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Despite the lack of diversity amongst managers in England's top leagues, Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho insists that racism is not a factor when it comes to managerial hires.

Days after Professional Footballers' Association chief executive Gordon Taylor discussed adopting the NFL's Rooney Rule, which forces teams to interview minority candidates when a head coaching job opens up, Mourinho revealed Friday that he believes that the cream truly rises to the top, regardless of race.

D.C. United secure playoff spot after scoreless draw vs. Sporting KC

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By TATE STEINLAGE

It may not have been pretty, but D.C. United used a goal-lessdraw to clinch a spot in the playoffs less than a year after finishing with just three wins.

Sporting Kansas City and D.C. United were stuck in stalemate on Friday in front of 19,308 rain-soaked fans at RFK Stadium, a result that secured the home team a spot in the postseason.

Frustrated Cahill’s outburst should not come as a surprise

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By FRANCO PANIZO

The New York Red Bulls wrapped up Thursday's morning training session by doing an 11-v-11 drill. Immediately after it ended, a clearly upsetTim Cahill was the first player to walk off the fieldwith Andy Roxburgh in tow trying to calm the midfielder down.

SBI Friday Rewind: Strong U-23 men’s roster named; Kaka returns to Brazil national team; and more

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With an October friendly in Brazil, the U-23 men's roster was named Friday, with a strong batch of players. The roster includes Stanford's Jordan Morris, Southhamptom'sCody Cropper and Utrecht's Rubio Rubin, all who U.S. Men's National Team coach Jurgen Klinsmann had called up to the senior team last month.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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By IVES GALARCEP

Brad Guzan and Aston Villa never lack for tough challenges, and this weekend is no different, with the Villans facing defending English Premier League champions Manchester City.

Aston Villa is on a two-match losing streak, but still sit just a point behind Manchester City for third place in the EPL, and the Villans will be hoping Villa Park can offer enough support to pull off another upset.

Tuesday College Rewind: North Carolina Falls To UNC Wilmington, Georgetown Tops Maryland, And More

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By AARON CRANFORD

SBI No. 6 North Carolina suffered their third consecutive defeat Tuesday, as they fell 3-4 toUNC Wilmington Tuesday night. Scoring a brace, Jamie Dell led the way for the Seahawks in front of a record crowd of 2,613.

The Tar Heels' Rob Lovejoy scored in the 8th minute, but a flurry of goals from Alexander Schlobohm, Dell and Colin Bonner would leadthe 8-1-1 Seahawks to victory.

USWNT to play in four-team December tournament in Brazil

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Ahead of the next summer'sWorld Cup, the U.S. Women's National Team have scheduled a December tournament to fine-tune their game against some of the world's top teams.

U.S. Soccer announced Wednesday that the USWNT will participate in thefour-team International Tournament of Brasilia in December.

UCL Rewind: Atletico hold off Juventus; Liverpool fall to Basel; and more

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By RYAN TOLMICH

In a clash between a pair of reigning champions, Atletico Madrid emerged victorious.

The reigning La Liga winners topped Italian champions Juventus, 1-0, via a second-half finish from Arda Turan at the Vicente Calderon Stadium.

Report: “Zero chance” Henry remains with Red Bulls following season

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By DAN KARELL

Though there's been no clear indications from the man himself, it's looking more and more likely that this season will be the last for Thierry Henry in a New York Red Bulls uniform.

According to an SI.

Las Vegas City Council votes to extend soccer stadium deadline to December

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By DAN KARELL

The partnership that wants to bring a Major League Soccer team to Las Vegas has two more months to figure out how they plan to finance the stadium they want built for the team.

Las Vegas City Council voted on Wednesday, 6-1, togive theFindlay Sports and Entertainment and theCordish Companies until December to finalize a finance plan for a proposed $200 million stadium in Symphony Park.

Women’s World Cup discriminatory lawsuit filed against CSA and FIFA

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By DAN KARELL

U.S. Women's National Team star Abby Wambach wasn't kidding when she threatened legal action against FIFA for forcing the world's top female stars to play a World Cup on artificial turf.

After weeks of threats, attorneys representing some of the world's most high-profile women's soccer playershave filed an anti-discrimination lawsuit against both FIFA and the Canadian Soccer Association due to plans for artificial turf will be used at the 2015 Women's World Cup.

SBI Wednesday Rewind: Rumors of Henry leaving Red Bulls; Vegas MLS efforts revived; and more

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A report out Wednesday said Thierry Henry won't return to the New York Red Bulls next year but that could be the least of the club's problems. Red Bull is reportedly reining in spending associated with its Major League Soccer franchise and may not be keen to stay in the league at all.

Meanwhile, the efforts to build an MLS stadium in Las Vegas had run into some problems, but all hope isn't lost.

Thursday Kickoff: Sturridge left off England squad; Messi claims contract renewal was simple; and more

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By DAN KARELL

Roy Hodgson has conceded in his war of words with Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers.

The England manager left injured forward Daniel Sturridgeoff the national team squad for a pair of Euro 2016 qualifiers against San Marino and Estonia this month. Hodgson instead took just three forwards:Danny Welbeck, Wayne Rooney, and Rickie Lambert.

Garber, Red Bulls refute report claiming club is for sale

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By FRANCO PANIZO

The New York Red Bulls are not for sale.

In the wake of an SI.com report publishedon Wednesday, MLS commissioner Don Garber has emphatically shot down the notion that the Red Bulls are for sale.

Spector sidelined at least three months with thigh, tendon injuries

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Jonathan Spector has played his final game of 2014.

Spector has been diagnosed with a torn thigh muscle and tendon and is expected to miss a minimum of three months, a timetable that rules him out for the remainder of the calendar year.

The versatile, 28-year-old Spector suffered the injuries in the waning moments of Birmingham City's 2-1 loss to Fulham this past Saturday.

SBI Question of the Day: Would you prefer MLS adopt promotion-relegation?

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By IVES GALARCEP

It is a topic consistently pushed by a vocal minority, but perhaps one that more and more American soccer fans are interested in discussing. Promotion and relegation is a fixture of club soccer around the world, but is not something practiced by Major League Soccer, which isn't going to change any time soon.

Wright scores hat-trick as U.S. U-17s crush Costa Rica in Panama tournament opener

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By DAN KARELL

Haji Wright continued his fine form in a U.S.youth national team uniform with another impressive performance on Wednesday afternoon.

The U.S. Under-17 Men's National Team kicked off the Panama U-17 tournament with a 5-2 rout against Costa Rica.

Petke unfazed by recent Red Bulls sale rumors

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By FRANCO PANIZO

HANOVER, N.J. Mike Petke is so unfazed by the latest batch of rumors surrounding his club that he did not immediately know what he was being asked about on Thursday.

Following the New York Red Bulls' morning practice session, Petke was asked for comment on the SI.

Americans Abroad: Midweek Rewind

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By FRANCO PANIZO

If this week was a sign of things to come, Will Packwood likely won't be complaining.

After struggling to make match-day rosters on a consistent basis in the opening months of the Championship campaign, Packwood made his season debut for Birmingham City on Tuesday by coming off the bench in a 3-1 win over Millwall.

Donovan admits he hasn’t spoken to Klinsmann about USMNT farewell

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Landon Donovan will receive his much-discussed farewell from the U.S. Men's National Team later this month, but do not expect him andhead coach Jurgen Klinsmann to be buddy-buddy just because they will be around each other.