Soccer By Ives Archives for January 2014

SBI World Cup Man of the Match: André Schürrle

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By TIM FONTENAULT

André Schürrle entered the World Cup Round of 16 match between Germany and Algeria at halftime, with coach Joachim Löw desperately trying whatever he could to give Germany the upper hand.

Algeria gave Germany everything they had, nearly finding the winning goal several times in the second half before pushing the match to extra time.

Germany scores twice in extra time to survive Algeria scare

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By RYAN TOLMICH

The Algeria defense kept tabs on the much-heralded Germany offense for the first 90 minutes of their Round of 16 matchup. Unfortunately for the Desert Foxes, they couldn't keep the Germans off the board after the first 90 seconds of extra time.

Germany survived a major scare from the Algerians, winning 2-1 via an Andre Schurrle finish in the second minute of extra time.

Klinsmann not thrilled with FIFA’s appointment of Algerian referee

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By FRANCO PANIZO

SALVADOR, Brazil Jurgen Klinsmann is usually full of smiles, comical quirks and giggles during press conferences. There was none of that on Monday when Klinsmann was asked about a particular topic.

That topic?

NWSL Week 12: A Look Back

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By CASSIDY GABRIEL

While the Seattle Reign have so far defined the second season of the National Women's Soccer League with an untarnished unbeaten streak, second-place FC Kansas City are on an eight-game undefeated run of their own. This weekend, the Reign were held to a draw by a feisty Sky Blue team while the Blues of Kansas City snagged another three points.

Suarez admits bite, apologizes to Chiellini

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By TIM FONTENAULT

Four days after FIFA punished Luis Suarez for biting Giorgio Chiellini, the Uruguayan forward has vowed that such an incident will never occur again.

Suarez issued an apology on his official website on Monday, saying that he has had time to calm down and reflect on the situation while with his family in Montevideo.

SBI World Cup Man of the Match: Paul Pogba

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By DAN KARELL

Coming off a strong season at Juventus, France National Team head coach Didier Deschamps was counting on Paul Pogba to have a huge impact for Les Blues at the World Cup.

On Monday, in France's Round of 16 match against Nigeria, Pogba more than held his own against the Super Eagles and put home the game-winning goal in France's 2-0 victory.

Klinsmann tightlipped over Altidore’s potential role vs. Belgium

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By FRANCO PANIZO

SALVADOR, Brazil Jozy Altidore might be "ready and available", but what that exactly means in terms of his role for Tuesday is unknown.

U.S. Soccer announced on Monday afternoon via its social networks that Altidore was healthy enough to partake in the U.

France advances to quarterfinals after holding off Nigeria

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By TIM FONTENAULT

Vincent Enyeama has been one of the best goalkeepers at the FIFA World Cup, and he was remarkable again in the Round of 16 on Monday afternoon. Unfortunately for Enyeama and Nigeria, one mistake proved fatal and ended could have been the biggest upset of the tournament.

Rapid Vienna confirms Boyd transfer to RB Leipzig

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By DAN KARELL

Terrence Boyd is now officially moving back home to Germany.

After two strong seasons with Rapid Vienna, the club announced that the U.S. Men's National Team forward has left the club's training camp and is in the process of completing a transfer to recently promoted 2.

World Cup Round of 16: Your Running Commentary

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By DAN KARELL

The World Cup Round of 16 continues on Monday with two matches that could be as unpredictable as the last two.

While France enter as the favorites, they face their toughest opponent of the tournament yet when they take on Nigeria at the Estadio Mane Garrincha in Brasilia (12 p.

Miller ruled out of World Cup quarterfinals with injury

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By DAN KARELL

Hours after advancing to the World Cup quarterfinals, the Costa Rican Football Federation learned some news that put a slight damper on their nation's celebrations.

In a press release on Sunday evening, Costa Rica announced that New York Red Bulls defender Roy Miller has been ruled out of at least the quarterfinals with a left hamstring strain.

World Cup Round of 16: A Look Ahead

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By DAN KARELL

After absolutely rolling through their first two group stage games and easing through the third, France head into the Round of 16 with plenty of optimism but face potentially their first real tough opponent of the World Cup in Nigeria (12 p.m. ESPN).

As the disappointment of the 2010 World Cup campaign lingers, this France side has done what they can to make people focus on the present, even without the likes of winger Franck Ribery in the squad.

SBI 2014 World Cup Diary: Entry 4

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By FRANCO PANIZO

RECIFE, Brazil If there is a Brazilian equivalent to Seattle or Miami in terms of consistent rainfall, it might be Recife.

The largest city in the state of Pernambuco somewhat resembles the look and vibe of Ft.

Greece equalizes late, but Costa Rica advances on penalty kicks

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By TIM FONTENAULT

In the sweltering heat of Recife, holding on to a 1-0 lead over Greece in the 66th minute of the World Cup Round of 16, Costa Rica's Oscar Duarte was sent off, leaving his team to play with 10 men.

It cost them late in the second half, when Greece's SokratisPapastathopoulos scored the latest equalizing goal in a knockout stage match in World Cup history.

SBI World Cup Man of the Match: Keylor Navas

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By TATE STEINLAGE

Costa Rica goalkeeper Keylor Navas almost singlehandedly made sure a second CONCACAF team would not fall Sunday in the Round of 16.

A 120 minute affair in Recife ended dramatically in penalty kicks as the Group D winners outlasted the efforts of Greece, 1 (5)-1 (3).

McInerney stars for Impact as they rout Dynamo

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By RYAN TOLMICH

After losing their previous four games by a combined 10-0 scoreline, the Houston Dynamo were more than ready for the league-wide World Cup break.

However, their first game out of the break proved to be nearly identical to those that preceded it, as the Dynamo were knocked off by the Montreal Impact on Sunday, 3-0 behind a Jack McInerney brace at Stade Saputo.

Report: Gyau set for move to Borussia Dortmund II

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By DAN KARELL

Former U.S. youth international Joseph Gyau looks like he'll be leaving Hoffenheim this summer, but only because he's found a new home with a German powerhouse.

According to reports out of Germany, Gyau featured Sunday for Borussia Dortmund II the Bundesliga club's reserve and Under-23 team that plays in the German third division in their first friendly match ahead of the upcoming season.

SBI Sunday Rewind: Costa Rica makes history; Donovan gets real; Kaka is coming; and more

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

For the first time ever, Costa Rica will play in a World Cup quarterfinals. But the historical context is even larger as the nation will be the first from Central America to advance to that stage of the tournament.

The SBI Show: Episode 151 (Recapping USA-Germany, previewing USA-Belgium, and more)

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By IVES GALARCEP

The U.S. Men's National Team suffered its first loss of the 2014 World Cup, but that wasn't enough to keep the Americans out of the Round of 16.

Episode 151 of The SBI Show takes a look back at the U.S. team's 1-0 loss to Germany, a result that ultimately helped the Americans secure a place in the knockout rounds for the second straight World Cup.

Who should the USMNT start vs. Belgium?

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By IVES GALARCEP

Omar Gonzalez or Geoff Cameron? Graham Zusi or Brad Davis or Mix Diskerud? Play Clint Dempsey as the lone forward for a third straight match or start either Chris Wondolowski or Aron Johannsson in a 4-4-2?

These are just some of the questions Jurgen Klinsmann must answer before Tuesday's World Cup Round of 16 match with Belgium in Salvador.

Crew, FC Dallas end in stalemate in hot, muggy conditions

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By DAN KARELL

After a three week break in Major League Soccer action, both FC Dallas and the Columbus Crew showed that they still need some more time before they hit fifth gear.

On a hot and muggy afternoon at Crew Stadium, neither side could find a goal as the match finished in a scoreless draw.

Donovan admits to initial bitterness towards USMNT

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Landon Donovan has made light of his cut from the U.S. Men's National Team's World Cup squad in recent weeks, but he did not always have a rosy outlook on the matter.

In fact, he was so bitter in the immediate aftermath of the decision that he initially hoped for the U.

Bradley looking to step up his World Cup form vs. Belgium

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By FRANCO PANIZO

SAO PAULO The majority of the U.S. Men's National Team players were finished with practice, dressed in casual attire and greeting or sitting with family members ahead of a Brazilian BBQ at Sao Paulo FC's practice facility on Friday afternoon.

SBI World Cup Man of the Match: Dirk Kuyt

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By TIM FONTENAULT

Dirk Kuyt took a trip back to his glory days on Sunday afternoon, putting in an incredible performance for the Netherlands, who had to come from behind to beat Mexico in the World Cup Round of 16.

Kuyt, a 33-year-old winger, was all over the place for the Dutch, moving around like he did when he starred at Liverpool for several years.

Report: Kaka completes Orlando City deal, arrives Monday

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By DAN KARELL

The long-awaited courtship of Ricardo Kaka to Major League Soccer is about to become a reality.

According to a report in the Orlando Sentinel, Kaka has opted out of his contract with AC Milan and has officially signed a deal to become Orlando City Soccer Club's first ever Designated Player signing.

Netherlands pulls off incredible comeback to dispatch Mexico

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By CARL SETTERLUND

In a World Cup ripe with memorable games, the Netherlands raised the bar on Sunday in Fortaleza, pulling of an unlikely comeback down a goal in the waning moments against Mexico.

Mere minutes from advancing to its third ever World Cup quarterfinal, El Tri was dealt a devastating blow by the Dutch as they tallied twice after the 88th minute to secure a 2-1 victory.

Geiger to become first American to ref in World Cup knockout rounds

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By DAN KARELL

Before the U.S. Men's National Team try to make it into the quarterfinals of the World Cup, history will be made by an American referee.

Following two positive performances as the main official at the World Cup so far, FIFA has assigned Mark Geiger to be the man in the middle for the Round of 16 match-up on Monday between France and Nigeria.

Beasley showered with praise after making USMNT history earlier this month

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By FRANCO PANIZO

SAO PAULO Look at DaMarcus Beasley these days and you will not see the baby-faced youngster with the fresh haircut who stepped on the field 12 years ago and dazzled in his first World Cup.

What you will see aside from his scruffy beard and completely shaven head is a wily veteran, one who has made history by playing in his fourth World Cup and is helping to guide a young U.

World Cup Round of 16: Your Running Commentary

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By DAN KARELL

The Netherlands may have proved some doubters wrong by making it out of the group stage but their goal to make it back to the World Cup final begins on Sunday vs. Mexico (12 p.m. ESPN).

The Dutch have been firing on all cylinders offensively, scoring ten goals in their first three matches, and have bought into head coach Louis Van Gaal's counter-attacking system, much different than the 4-3-3 system that they used throughout the qualification process.

Le Toux nets brace as Union top Revolution in Curtin’s debut

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By TIM FONTENAULT

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Jim Curtin's Major League Soccer debut as head coach of the Philadelphia Union was one to remember.

Sebastien Le Toux continued his excellent form, scoring two goals in his first start since eight weeks ago, as the Union defeated the New England Revolution, 3-1 on Saturday night at Gillette Stadium.

Crew match postponed after fan struck by lightning

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By DAN KARELL

COLUMBUS, Ohio The Columbus Crew called off Saturday evening's match against FC Dallas due to "extenuating circumstances" after a fan was injured outside of the stadium during inclement weather.

Local reports have identified the injured fan, in critical condition, as off-duty firefighter Stu Tudor, 54, who was attending the game for a charity event.

Sounders extend unbeaten streak, beat D.C. United at RFK Stadium

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By MITCHELL NORTHAM

WASHINGTON Playing without starters Clint Dempsey, DeAndre Yedlin and Obafemi Martins proved to be no problem for the Seattle Sounders on Saturday evening at RFK Stadium.

Thanks to a first-half goal from forward Chad Barrett, the Sounders beat D.C.

Rapids snap Whitecaps unbeaten streak, bounce back from Open Cup loss

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

The Vancouver Whitecaps went to Colorado on Saturday tied with the Rapids for the fourth spot on the Major League Soccer Western Conference table. They leave bumped down in the playoff race after a performance unbecoming of a postseason hopeful.

The Rapids laid siege to the Whitecaps, out-shooting them by a whopping 19-to-5 with Dillon Powers and Vicente Sanchez breaking through for a 2-0 win and snapping an eight-game unbeaten streak for Vancouver.

Masterful Torres volley gives Chivas edge against 10-man RSL

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

It was never going to be easy for Real Salt Lake to return from the World Cup break without a batch of key starters. Kyle Beckerman and Nick Rimando are in Brazil as the U.S. advances to the knockout round. Tony Beltran is suspended. Ned Grabavoy is injured.

Galaxy hold off Earthquakes to win opening edition of Cali Clasico

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By MARK EDWARD HORNISH

There would be no last minute heroics from the San Jose Earthquakes in this edition of the California Clasico.

The LA Galaxy withstood a furious extra time onslaught from the Earthquakes to defeat them, 1-0, before an announced crowd of 50,621 at Stanford Stadium on a balmy night on the Stanford University campus.

Must-See Goal: Erick Torres

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SBI Saturday Rewind: Brazil escapes nail-biter; Jones stepping up; MLS returns and more

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

For 120+ minutes on Saturday, the 2014 World Cup favorites weren't looking much like a sure thing. After being outplayed by Chile for much of the Round of 16 opener, Brazil eked by in a penalty kick shootout and the host nation's citizenry was able to breathe a collective sigh of relief.

World Cup Round of 16: A Look Ahead

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By DAN KARELL

Eight months ago, the idea of the Mexican National Team playing in the World Cup Round of 16 was about as likely as Ann Coulter enjoying a soccer game.

But in the present time, that's the reality El Tri and head coach Miguel Herrera face. El Tri take on the high-flying Netherlands (12 p.

MLS Week 16: Your Running Commentary

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By DAN KARELL

Major League Soccer action returns across the country on Saturday with a number of high-profile matchups.

The must-see game of the weekend is the top of the table clash taking place at RFK Stadium, with D.C. United hosting the Seattle Sounders.

SBI World Cup Man of the Match: James Rodríguez

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By CASSIDY GABRIEL

Colombia's most productive talisman of the 2014 World Cup, James Rodríguez, was out to impress once again in his side's 2-0 victory over Uruguay. With his heroic goal-scoring prowess and one of the finest goals of the tournament thus far, Rodríguez pushed Colombia to advance past the Round of 16 for the first time in World Cup history.

Colombia upset Uruguay to reach first World Cup quarterfinals

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By CARL SETTERLUND

There's been no bigger storyline in the World Cup so far than the Luis Suarez biting fiasco, but once the Round of 16 matchup between Colombia and Uruguay began it was another gifted attacker who stole the spotlight.

James Rodríguez has been one of the breakout stars of the World Cup, and the 22-year-old outdid himself once again on Saturday.

Impressive Jones providing USMNT leadership at World Cup

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By FRANCO PANIZO

RECIFE, Brazil It would have been hard to label Jermaine Jones as a fan favorite among U.S. Men's National Team supporters prior to the World Cup, but it isn't anymore. Not after he delivered three gritty and high-level performances that helped the U.

Brazil survive, defeat Chile in thrilling penalty kick shootout

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By DAN KARELL

The World Cup Round of 16 got off to a thrilling and dramatic start on Saturday.

Following 120 minutes of end-to-end action with the score tied at 1-1, the outcome of Brazil's match against Chile was decided in a penalty kick shootout. Toronto FC goalkeeper Julio Cesar played the hero, making two saves as Brazil won the shootout, 3-2.

SBI World Cup Man of the Match: Julio Cesar

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By TIM FONTENAULT

Julio Cesar became a Brazilian hero on Saturday afternoon.

The 34-year-old goalkeeper, who worked his way into the World Cup squad with excellent performances at Toronto FC, made two crucial saves in a penalty shootout, as Brazil defeated Chile, 3-2, in the shootout to advance to the quarterfinals.

World Cup Round of 16: Your Running Commentary

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By DAN KARELL

Brazil are just four games away from World Cup glory but before they can make the final in the Maracana, they have to face arguably their greatest challenge of the tournament.

South American rivals Chile meet host Brazil (12 p.m. ABC) at the EstadioMineirão in Belo Horizonte, pitting the likes of Alexis Sanchez against Neymar.

World Cup Round of 16: A Look Ahead

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By DANIEL KARELL

After the first day off at the 2014 World Cup, the tournament's action returns in the Round of 16 with a bang.

Fans will be treated to two monumental clashes between South American nations, beginning with Brazil facing Chile and Uruguay taking on Colombia.

Belgium defender Vanden Borre ruled out of World Cup

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By DAN KARELL

Belgium have lost another defender to injury, dwindling their back-line ahead of their World Cup Round of 16 match against the U.S. Men's National Team.

After taking a hard challenge late in Belgium's 1-0 defeat of South Korea, a scan showed that Red Devils right back Anthony Vanden Borre had a crack in his fibula, ruling him out for the rest of the World Cup.

U.S. Open Cup Fifth Round Recap: Fights, upsets, and more

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By TATE STEINLAGE

The fifth round of the 2014 U.S. Open wrapped up Wednesday, and what a two-day stretch it was. Fights, shootouts, and even lightning headlined a bizarre round that has set the stage for an exciting quarterfinals.

A colorfully-stormy Commerce City, Colo.

Wright-Phillips late equalizer saves Red Bulls in home draw vs. TFC

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By RYAN TOLMICH

HARRISON, N.J. After arriving only Thursday from Brazil after finishing his time with the Australian National Team, Red Bulls head coach Mike Petke was looking to get Tim Cahill into the game against Toronto FC, albeit in a totally different situation than the 2-1 hole the Red Bulls were facing at the time of Cahill's introduction.

Olum’s goal the difference as Sporting KC knocks off Timbers

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By MIKE DONOVAN

PORTLAND, Oregon Three days after the Portland Timbers beat Sporting Kansas City in U.S. Open Cup, Kansas City returned the favor, knocking off the host Timbers, 1-0 at Providence Park Friday night. Lawrence Olum had the lone goal as the visitors withstood a major possession disadvantage to move into a tie for first place in Major League Soccer's Eastern Conference.

SBI Friday Rewind: Altidore moving off injured list; MLS returns; Solo moving past arrest; and more

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

As they enter the do-or-die World Cup knockout round, the U.S. Men's National Team will need every weapon in their arsenal and Jozy Altidore is a powerful one. After pulling his hamstring in the opening half of the U.

Klinsmann talks penalty kick approach as knockout phase draws near

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By FRANCO PANIZO

SAO PAULO With the group stage now over and done with and the knockout rounds drawing near, the subject of penalty kicks was bound to come up to U.S. Men's National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann eventually.

USMNT World Cup Group Stage: Player Grades

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By FRANCO PANIZO

The U.S. Men's National Team successfully navigated its way out of the Group of Death, but not without a number of key performances from several players.

Whether it was Jermaine Jones or Tim Howard or the silent-but-steady Kyle Beckerman, the U.

NWSL Week 12: A Look Ahead

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By SARAH HALLETT

As teams move into the second half of the National Women's Soccer League, the same question remains but it comes much more urgent: Who can catch up to undefeated Seattle Reign FC?

Second-placed FC Kansas City will be looking to find three points and close that gap as they play host to the Portland Thorns FC this weekend.

MLS Week 16: A Look Ahead

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By DAN KARELL

After taking three weeks off for the World Cup group stage, Major League Soccer action returns this weekend in a busy nine-game schedule.

The weekend is highlighted by the fast and powerful Seattle Sounders visiting our nation's capital to take on D.C. United.

Klinsmann optimistic about Altidore’s chances of playing vs. Belgium

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By FRANCO PANIZO

SAO PAULO Jozy Altidore is getting closer to a full return, and U.S. Men's National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann is optimistic about the forward's chances of playing in the Round of 16.

Altdiore was seen continuing his recovery from a strained left hamstring injury on Friday by jogging separate from his U.

Gonzalez overcomes early hiccup, nerves to help USMNT reach next round

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By FRANCO PANIZO

RECIFE, Brazil When the U.S. Men's National Team camp began in May, one of the biggest concerns among fans and media was how Omar Gonzalez would fare at the World Cup. There were fears that he would struggle against the elite competition the Americans would face in Brazil, and a left knee injury sustained just before the camp got underway made things worse.

Jones suffers broken nose, recovering Altidore’s status for Belgium unknown

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By FRANCO PANIZO

SAO PAULO It turns out Jermaine Jones' hunch was right.

A day after Jones said he suspected to have broken his nose in a 1-0 loss vs. Germany, U.S. Soccer confirmed that was indeed the veteran midfielder's injury.

Report: Boyd agrees personal terms with Red Bull Leipzig

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By DAN KARELL

Terrence Boyd could be returning to play in Germany next season.

According to a report in German publication BILD, the U.S. Men's National Team forward has agreed terms with RB Leipzig, who achieved promotion to 2. Bundesliga for the upcoming season. The report states that a transfer fee of €1.

Friday Kickoff: Chiellini calls Suarez ban too harsh; Aguero ruled out; and more

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By DAN KARELL

There have been many reactions to the heavy ban FIFA gave to Uruguay forward Luis Suarez, but few have been as surprising as the reaction from Italy defenderGiorgio Chiellini.

Suarez bit Chiellini in the second half of Uruguay's 1-0 victory over Italy last Tuesday, and at the time Chiellini vehemently gestured to Mexican referee Marco Rodriguez to show him the bite marks on his shoulder.

Try World Cup Fantasy Soccer with SBI & DraftStreet

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The World Cup is in full swing, and as the final spots in the Round of 16 prepare to be filled, you will have your chance to kick up the fun factor by taking part in fantasy soccer, World Cup style.

SBI is teaming up with DraftStreet to bring you some one-day fantasy contests where you can win cash on every match day during the World Cup and there's still time for you to get involved.

USMNT celebrates second straight World Cup Round of 16 berth

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By FRANCO PANIZO

RECIFE, Brazil For the U.S. Men's National Team, this may have been the best loss ever.

The U.S. was defeated by Germanyin a Group G finale played amid torrential downpours Thursday afternoon, but the 1-0 loss to the group winners was overshadowed by the fact that the Americans advanced to the Round of 16 after Portugal mustered just a 2-1 win over Ghana in the match they played simultaneously in Brasilia.

SBI Thursday Rewind: USMNT loses but advances as Belgium awaits; Suarez banned; and more

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

The U.S. Men's National Team has done it. For the first time in team history, the USMNT clinched berths to the knockout round in back-to-back World Cups. It wasn't the prettiest road a slow and soggy loss to Germany on Thursday pushed them through in the end but now, "Group of Death" is just an empty phrase as Ghana and Portugal head home.

Solo issues public apology for arrest; club talks consequences as Solo set to return

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

Hope Solo is making her way back onto the pitch and back onto good terms with the public at least for now.

Solo issued a public apology to her fans and colleagues Thursday ahead of her expected return to her professional club and expressed optimism the fourth-degree domestic violence assault charges against her will be dropped.

SBI World Cup Man of the Match: Jan Vertonghen

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By CASSIDY GABRIEL

After Steven Defour's reckless, double-footed challenge on Kim Shin-Wook earned the Belgian a red card moments before the half-time whistle, the Red Devils' pursuit to win their group became an uphill battle.

Fortunately for the Group H winners, Jan Vertonghen's 78thminute goal secured their final three points with relative ease.

SBI World Cup Man of the Match: Islam Slimani

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By TATE STEINLAGE

Islam Slimanipicked the right time to net his second-ever World Cup goal.

Facing elimination, Slimani headed home a free kick to knot Algeria and Russia up 1-1. The goal would help the Algerianssecure a place in the Round of 16 — where it will play Germany for the first time at the World Cup since 1982 — with four points in Group H.

Ten-man Belgium score late winner to take down South Korea, top Group H

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By DANIEL KARELL

They may not have displayed the most free-flowing, cohesive soccer in their first three matches, but Belgium got the results they desired.

The Red Devils completed an undefeated group stage campaign with a 1-0 victory over South Korea at the Itaquerao Stadium in Sao Paulo, despite being reduced to ten men just before the halftime break.

Algeria come back to draw Russia, advance to Round of 16

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Needing a draw and trailing a goal, Algeria were going to have to earn their place in the tournament's next stage.

That is exactly what they did, as Islam Slimani's 60th minute equalizer earned the Desert Foxes a 1-1 draw with Russia and, more importantly, a spot in the tournament's Round of 16.

Packwood signs extension with Birmingham City

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By RYAN TOLMICH

U.S. youth international defender Will Packwood will spend at least one more year with Birmingham City.

The 21-year-old, who joined the club's academy in 2007 as a 14-year-old, has signed a one-year extension with the Blues that includes an additional one-year option.

SBI World Cup Man of the Match: Cristiano Ronaldo

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By TATE STEINLAGE

Credit Cristiano Ronaldo for putting in another top-class performance even with Portugal's very slim chances of advancing to the Round of 16.

Ronaldo's performance wasn't enough to help his country advance past the group stage, but it earned him SBI World Cup Man of the Match honors.

SBI World Cup Man of the Match: Jermaine Jones

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Thursday was sure to be an emotional day for Jermaine Jones. After spending most of his youth and career in Germany, the 32-year-old was charged with defending against the German onslaught with the U.S. Men's National Team's advancement on the line.

Jones put those emotions to good use, putting forth yet another spectacular effort that have seen many anoint him as the team's best player during his time in Brazil.

USMNT advances to Round of 16 despite falling to Germany

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By FRANCO PANIZO

RECIFE, Brazil The U.S. Men's National Team is off to the Round of 16, but not with the result that it had in mind.

Thomas Muller scored a superb second-half strike and Germany defeated the U.S., 1-0, in a rainy World Cup group game at Arena Pernambuco on Thursday afternoon.

Portugal downs Ghana, but both teams eliminated from World Cup

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By CARL SETTERLUND

Fans of the United States can breathe a collective a sigh of relief.

Although the Americans couldn't help their own cause against Germany, they got just the result they needed in that other Group G game going on Thursday afternoon as Portugal downed Ghana 2-1 in a result that eliminated both nations and sent the United States through into the Round of 16.

Adu plays for Stabaek in friendly match

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Roughly eight months after being released by Brazilian side Bahia, Freddy Adu's latest move has seen him reunite with a familiar face.

Adurecently joined Norweigian sideStabaekon a trial basis, uniting the 25-year-old midfielder with former U.S.

Ghana suspends Boateng and Muntari indefinitely

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By TIM FONTENAULT

In need of a positive result Thursday against Portugal, the Black Stars now find themselves in a difficult position.

Ghana announced Thursday morning that midfielders Sulley Muntari and Kevin-Prince Boateng have been suspended indefinitely ahead of the Black Stars' final Group Stage match at the World Cup.

FIFA hand Suarez fine, suspension for bite

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By RYAN TOLMICH

The "bite heard 'round the world" was sure to end Luis Suarez's World Cup experience, but FIFA took even bigger measures to make sure the Uruguayan forward suffered the consequences of his action.

FIFA announced Monday that they have issued Suarez a nine game international ban, as well as a four month suspension from "all football-related activity".

World Cup Day 15: A Look Ahead

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By DAN KARELL

When the U.S. Men's National Team take the field on Thursday in Recife, they'll be 90 minutes away from achieving a remarkable feat.

With four points from their first two games, the USA need just one point to secure a place in the knockout round.

SBI Wednesday Rewind: USMNT preps for Germany; FIFA looking at Suarez bite; Messi on fire; and more

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

One more game. That's all that is standing between the U.S. Men's National Team and a berth into the World Cup's Round of 16. They will face Germany Thursday for the final Group G match and, for the USMNT's large German-American continent, it will be a special one, SBI's Franco Panizo reported from Brazil.

World Cup: USA vs. Germany (SBI Live Match Commentary)

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RECIFE, Brazil As if the drama surrounding the U.S. Men's National Team's decisive group finale versus Germany didn't have enough drama, torrential rains have paralyzed the city here ahead of today's all-important clash.

The task is simple for the Americans. Win and they top the group. Tie and they advance to the Round of 16 in second place.

Gulati: U.S. Soccer to address Solo’s arrest soon

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

Hope Solo's legal problems haven't escaped the attention of the U.S. Soccer Federation.

Asked for his reaction to Solo's arrest over the weekend for assault, U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati told reporters Wednesday that officials from the federation will be reaching out to Solo regarding the incident, the Associated Press reported.

SBI World Cup Man of the Match: Alexander Dominguez

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By DAN KARELL

France failed to score on Wednesday for the first time at the 2014 World Cup, but it wasn't for a lack of trying.

During France's scoreless draw with Ecuador, Ecuador goalkeeper Alexander Dominguez practically stood on his head to preserve a clean sheet, making nine saves and denying Olivier Giroud, Karim Benzema, and Antoine Griezmann from clear goalscoring opportunities.

SBI World Cup Man of the Match: Xherdan Shaqiri

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By TATE STEINLAGE

It was a one-sided affair between Switzerland and Honduras Wednesday in Manaus, andXherdan Shaqiri was a big reason why.

The 22-year-old scored a hat trick in just over an hour of action, helping the Swiss secure second place in Group E and a spot in the Round of 16.

Switzerland cruise past Honduras, finish second in Group E

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By DAN KARELL

Combined with a dominant performance against Honduras and an Ecuador draw, Switzerland's World Cup campaign is still alive.

The Swiss cruised to a 3-0 victory over Honduras behind a hat-trick performance from attacking midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri, and earned a place in the knockout stages as Switzerland finished in second place in Group E.

10-man Ecuador fall short of advancing in scoreless draw with France

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Despite being the first team to fluster France's relentless attack, it was not enough from Ecuador.

The two sides played to a scoreless draw Wednesday, dooming 10-man Ecuador to a group stage exit as a result of Switzerland's victory over Honduras. With their elimination, Ecuador become the first South American side to miss out on advancing to the tournament's knockout stages.

Who should the USMNT start vs. Germany?

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By IVES GALARCEP

RECIFE, Brazil The U.S. Men's National Team takes on Germany on Thursday with a place in the Round of 16 on the line and Jurgen Klinsmann will have to decide whether to stick with the same lineup that outplayed Portugal, or make changes to account for the different challenges presented by mighty Germany.

USMNT’s German-Americans preparing for emotional match vs. Germany

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By FRANCO PANIZO

RECIFE, Brazil World Cup games are almost always significant for the players and coaches involvedin them.

For U.S. Men's National Team head coachJurgen Klinsmann and a few of his players, Thursday's match will be even more special.

SBI World Cup Man of the Match: Miralem Pjanic

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By TIM FONTENAULT

Bosnia and Herzegovina's performance at the World Cup was impressive, even though it will be leaving Brazil with only three points from three matches. The team's performance showed how far the country has come since its first FIFA international match in 1995, thanks in part to players like Miralem Pjanic.

Messi brace leads Argentina past Nigeria in goal fest

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By DAN KARELL

It took until the final match of the group stage for Argentina's attack to come to life, but it was sure a joy to watch.

Lionel Messi scored two first half goals and defender Marcos Rojo deflected home the game winner in the second half as Argentina completed a perfect group stage run with a 3-2 victory over Nigeria in the Estadio Beira-Rio in Porto Alegre.

SBI World Cup Man of the Match: Lionel Messi

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Prior to Argentina's final group stage clash with Nigeria, manager Alejandro Sabella cited his disappointment with his side's dependence on superstar Lionel Messi. However, if Messi's performance Wednesday is anything to go by, maybe depending on him isn't such a bad thing.

Bosnia and Herzegovina defeats Iran for first World Cup win

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By TIM FONTENAULT

Bosnia and Herzegovina are leaving Brazil earlier than they had hoped, but there is cause for celebration after a historic win Wednesday afternoon.

Edin Dzeko, Miralem Pjanic andAvdija Vrsajevic scored goals to lift Bosnia to its first ever World Cup win, a 3-1 victory over Iran.

MLS Ticker: Timbers sign third DP; Xavi linked again with NYC FC; and more

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By DAN KARELL

Portland Timbers head coach Caleb Porter is hoping that his latest defensive signing is one that can be a big presence in the back line for the long-term.

The Timbers announced on Wednesday that they've signed long-time English Premier League defender Liam Ridgewell to a multi-year contract as the team's third Designated Player.

Klinsmann, USMNT discuss crucial match vs. Germany

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SBI 2014 World Cup Diary: Entry 3

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By FRANCO PANIZO

MANAUS, Brazil From concrete jungle to actual jungle.

After leaving beautiful Natal last Tuesday, Ives and I returned tobusySao Paulo to cover the U.S. Men's National Team as it preparedforthe World Cup match in the Amazon against Portugal.

World Cup Day 14: Your Running Commentary

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Three spots in the tournament's knockout stages are up for grabs Wednesday with Groups E and F finishing off their group stage schedules.

Lionel Messi's late-game heroics against Iran were enough to put Argentina through to the next round, butLa Albiceleste will still have plenty on the line in their clash with Nigeria.

Colombia routs Japan for perfect run through Group C

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By TIM FONTENAULT

Colombia already had its spot in the Round of 16 locked up entering Tuesday's World Cup action, so they made eight changes to their starting lineup. That gave Japan hope of progressing, as they hung with Colombia for the first 45 minutes. As soon as Colombia started pushing, those hopes went up in flames.

SBI World Cup Man of the Match: Georgios Samaras

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By TATE STEINLAGE

It has rarely been pretty, but Greece has found a way into the round of 16.

A do-or-die match versus the Ivory Coast ended in thrilling fashion as the relentless Greeks found a way to push forward to put itself in a position to earn a penalty.

Georgios Samaras drew the stoppage-time penalty after being clipped on the heel, and then buried the opportunity in full confidence.

Must-See Video: Suarez bites Chiellini during final Group D match

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

It seems Luis Suarez thought his Uruguay side needed a little more bite in their attack literally.

In a shocking turn of events, Italy was knocked out of the World Cup group stage by Uruguay on Tuesday, 1-0, but it was what happened in the 79th minute that everyone couldn't stop talking about.

SBI World Cup Man of the Match: James Rodriguez

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By RYAN TOLMICH

With the score tied 1-1 at the half in their matchup with Japan, Colombia managerJosé Pékerman knew exactly where to turn.

As he has done throughout the group stages, Colombia playmaking midfielder James Rodriguez pulled the strings once again, leading his side to a 4-1 victory with a goal and two assists.

SBI Tuesday Rewind: Alitdore still out; Costa Rica tops group; a bite heard ’round the world; and more

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

As the U.S. Men's National Team stares down a make-or-break match against Germany, they will again be without one their best assets: Forward Jozy Altidore. As expected, Altidore will not be eligible Thursday, although SBI's Franco Panizo reported from Brazil that coach Jurgen Klinsmann left the door open on Altidore returning if the U.

Sounders top Earthquakes on penalties in Open Cup

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By JASON MITCHELL

Eighteen corner kicks, 31 shots, and overtime couldn't get the job done Tuesday night, but the Seattle Sounders made quick business of the San Jose Earthquakes on penalty kicks, advancing to the quarterfinals in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.

Alan Gordon hit the post on San Jose's second attempt before goalkeeper Marcus Hahnemann snuffed out rookie J.

Wednesday Kickoff: Prandelli steps down; Lugano calls Chiellini a ‘coward’; and more

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By RYAN TOLMICH

For Cesare Prandelli, a World Cup group stage exit proved to be enough to undo four years of Italian success.

Prandelli announced his resignation as Italy manager Tuesday following the Azzurri's 1-0 loss to Group D runner ups Uruguay. The loss saw eliminated Italy from the World Cup group stage in back-to-back tournaments for the first time since 1966.

FIFA charges Suarez in World Cup biting incident

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

It seems Uruguay's Luis Suarez will not get away with his third biting incident.

FIFA has charged Suarez with biting Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini during Tuesday's final Group D match, in which Uruguay defeated Italy, 1-0, to qualify for the knockout stages.

World Cup Day 14: A Look Ahead

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Despite winning their first two group stage matched with ease, France's spot in the tournament's knockout stages is still not technically sealed.

The French should easily clinch their advancement Wednesday when Les Bleus take on fellow hopeful Ecuador in their final group stage game at the Maracana in Rio de Janeiro (4 p.

Greece ousts Ivory Coast on last-minute penalty kick

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By JASON MITCHELL

Perhaps the third time is the charm.

For the first time in its history, Greece has advanced to the World Cup knockout stages. In fitting form for a drama-filled tournament, it took last minute magic for the Greeks to top Ivory Coast and advance out of Group C.

Altidore won’t make return from hamstring injury vs. Germany

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Jozy Altidore's health is improving, but he will not be ready in time to play Germany.

U.S. Men's National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann said Tuesday that Altidore is still making progress in recovering from the left hamstring strained sustained in the Americans' 2-1 win vs.

SBI World Cup Man of the Match: Diego Godín

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By TIM FONTENAULT

Uruguay joins Costa Rica in the knockout stage from Group D, as the South Americans eliminated Italy from the World Cup thanks to a spectacular header from DiegoGodín.

Godín scored a goal in the UEFA Champions League Final and scored the goal that won La Liga for AtléticoMadrid.

SBI World Cup Man of the Match: Giancarlo Gonzalez

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By TATE STEINLAGE

Costa Rica has enjoyed a great deal of success so far at the World Cup, and its stingy defense has been one of the reasons why.

That trend continued Tuesday as Costa Rica earned a point against England in a 0-0 draw — the Ticos' second shutout in as many games.

Uruguay controversially take down Italy to advance to knockout stage

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Diego Godin seems to have a fondness for scoring big goals in hugely important matches.

Godin's thumping 81st minute header led Uruguay to a 1-0 victory over 10-man Italy, sealing Uruguay's place in the tournament's knockout round while also dooming Italy to an early exit.

England finish winless, Costa Rica win Group D with scoreless draw

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By CARL SETTERLUND

An unprecedented failure of a World Cup for England ended with a whimper Tuesday in Belo Horizonte as the Three Lions played to a 0-0 tie against unlikely Group D champion Costa Rica, which clinched the group with the draw.

Marquez turns back the clock to spur Mexico on to victory

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By FRANCO PANIZO

RECIFE, Brazil Rafa Marquez is not the most well-liked guy among soccer fans. Not in his native Mexico and certainly not in the United States.

Listen to Marquez's Mexico teammates talk about him, however, and you get a real sense of just how much fondness and admiration they have for him.

World Cup Day 13: A Look Ahead

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By DAN KARELL

Two of the world's best forwards battle ahead of a crucial final group stage match between Italy and Uruguay.

Luis Suarez and La Celeste take on Mario Balotelli and the Azzuri at the Arena Das Dunas in the brutal midday heat of Natal.

World Cup Day 13: Your Running Commentary

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By TIM FONTENAULT

Two more spots in the Round of 16 at the World Cup are up for grabs on Tuesday as groups C and D come to a close.

Group D begins the action on Tuesday. Costa Rica, the surprise of the group, already has a spot in the next round. With a win or draw against England, they will win the group.

NWSL Week 11: A Look Back

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By SARAH HALLETT

At the halfway point of the National Women's Soccer League, some teams are making big statements that they have their sights set on the playoffs while others fall away.

The Portland Thorns FC have moved up to fourth place after a huge win against the Washington Spirit, buoyed by an Alex Morgan brace.

SBI Monday Rewind: Klinsmann rebuffs gentleman’s agreement idea; Mexico advances; and more

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

In the aftermath of the U.S.'s tough draw to Portugal, the team and media alike were eager to shift focus to the Americans' final group opponent: Germany. Whichever team wins the USA-Germany matchup is guaranteed to advance while the other has to hope the Ghana-Portugal game falls in their favor.

Tuesday Kickoff: Man United close in on Herrera; Barca make Kroos offer; and more

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By DAN KARELL

Long-time Manchester United target Ander Herrera could finally be making his move to Old Trafford.

Reports out of Spain and England have intensified in the last 24 hours as Man United are set to pay Herrera's €36 million buy-out clause from his club Athletic Bilbao.

SBI World Cup Man of the Match: Rafa Márquez

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By TIM FONTENAULT

It did not seem like there was much doubt about Mexico going through to the Round of 16. Croatia held El Tri off the score sheet for a long time, but they never looked likely to get the breakthrough goal that would turn the game.

That honor was left for RafaMárquez.

SBI World Cup Man of the Match: Neymar

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By TATE STEINLAGE

As the old saying goes, big players show up in big-time games. That was certainly the case for Neymar in Brazil's final group stage match against Cameroon Monday.

The 22-year-old forward scored his third and fourth goals of the tournament to help boost Brazil past Cameroon 4-1 and into the round of 16 by earning the top spot in Group A.

Neymar, Brazil cruise to group-clinching victory over Cameroon

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Through the first three games of the 2014 World Cup, it's so far, so good for the tournament's host country.

Brazil clinched the top spot in Group A Monday by taking down Cameroon 4-1 behind a brace from Neymar, as well as finishes from Fred and Fernandinho.

Marquez leads Mexico’s late second-half surge with goal, assist

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By FRANCO PANIZO

RECIFE, Brazil Mexico's World Cup hopes were in the balance for much of its match against Croatia, but a second-half surge led by captain Rafa Marquez saw El Tri finish group play with an impressive win and a Round of 16 berth.

Mexico scored three goals inside of the last 18 minutes to break a scoreless deadlock and pick up a 3-1 win over Croatia at Arena Pernambuco on Monday night.

Timbers purchase and sign Adi as Designated Player

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By RYAN TOLMICH

A month-and-a-half after acquiring him on loan, the Portland Timbers have seen all they need to see fromFanendo Adi.

The Timbers announced Monday that they have exercised their option to purchase the 23-year-old forward from Danish side FC Copenhagen and signed him to a multiyear deal as a Designated Player.

Yedlin delivers solid performance in surprise USMNT cameo

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By FRANCO PANIZO

MANAUS, Brazil The U.S. Men's National Team has been in camp for six weeks now, and at no point during that time had DeAndre Yedlin seen any time as a right winger.

You wouldn't have known that based on how the 20-year-old fullback responded when deployed on the right wing in the second half of Sunday's 2-2 tie vs.

SBI World Cup Man of the Match: Arjen Robben

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By RYAN TOLMICH

If the Netherlands' first three World Cup contests have taught us anything, it's that there are few players in the game of soccer more fear-inducing for opposing defenders than Arjen Robben.

The 30-year-old produced yet another piece of counterattacking magic in Monday's 2-0 win over Chile, as the Netherlands picked up their third victory and the top spot in Group B.

SBI World Cup Man of the Match: David Villa

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By TIM FONTENAULT

Already eliminated from the tournament entering their final Group Stage match, Spain cruised to a 3-0 win over Australia Monday afternoon.

Spain's reign at the top of the soccer world is over, but they go out on top, as does David Villa.

Playing his final matches for La Roja, Villa scored the opening goal for the defending World Cup champions.

Klinsmann adamant USMNT won’t play for draw vs. Germany

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By FRANCO PANIZO

MANAUS, Brazil Jurgen Klinsmann and Jogi Low are friends. They are also competitors.

It did not take long after the U.S. Men's National Team and Portugal played to an exhilirating 2-2 draw on Sunday night that questions about a potential gentleman's handshake between the U.

Spain overwhelms Australia, concludes disappointing World Cup with a win

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By CARL SETTERLUND

There was no salvaging Spain's tumultuous World Cup, but the defending champions reclaimed a bit of respect in their Group B finale against Australia on Monday, downing the Socceroos, 3-0 in a bounce-back performance in Curitiba.

With both teams having lost their first two games against the Netherlands and Chile, the two squads were playing for pride alone and the Spanish proved resilient, getting goals from David Villa, Fernando Torres and Juan Mata.

Fer, Depay lead the Netherlands past Chile to finish top of Group A

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By DAN KARELL

There are few teams in as good a vein of form as the Netherlands right now at the World Cup.

In a tightly-contested match against Chile at the Arena Corinthians in Sao Paulo on Monday afternoon, the Netherlands scored two second half goals via substitutes Leroy Fer and Memphis Depay to defeat Chile, 2-0, and secured top place in Group B.

ESPN’s World Cup TV ratings soar again with USA-Portugal match

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By CAITIN MURRAY

The World Cup is a ratings gift that keeps on giving for ESPN.

Sunday's USA-Portugal match earned the highest-ever overnight ratings for a World Cup match on ESPN, with about 1 in 11 American homes watching the game.

World Cup Day 12: Your Running Commentary

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

Heading into 12th day, the World Cup is entering a new phase of the tournament. Teams will begin playing their third and final group games, which also means the game schedule will shift to two games kicking off concurrently for the rest of the group stage.

World Cup Day 12: A Look Ahead

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By DAN KARELL

After a win and a draw in their first two games, Mexico attempt to achieve the improbable when they take the field on Monday against Croatia. (4 p.m. ESPN)

Few, even in Mexico, gave El Tri a chance of getting out of Group A and advancing to the knockout rounds, but now Miguel Herrera's side are on the verge of not only advancing but also possibly winning the group.

USMNT disappointed, but staying positive after tying Portugal

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By FRANCO PANIZO

MANAUS, Brazil Cristiano Ronaldo stormed off the field after the final whistle, angry despite having just helped save Portugal from World Cup elimination seconds prior.

In that same moment, several U.

Last-gasp goal from Varela sees USMNT settle for discouraging draw vs. Portugal

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By FRANCO PANIZO

MANAUS, Brazil The U.S. Men's National Team's once again delivered some late World Cup dramatics, but so too did Portugal.

Substitute forward Varela scored a last-gasp goal at Arena Amazonia on Sunday nightto give Portugal a thrilling2-2 draw with the U.

SBI World Cup Man of the Match: Jermaine Jones

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By DAN KARELL

Jermaine Jones was at his best once again for the U.S. Men's National Team on Sunday night.

For the second consecutive game, Jones was a beast on both sides of the ball, helping slow down Portuguese attacks as well as scoring his first ever World Cup goal in stunning fashion.

SBI Sunday Rewind: The USMNT’s gut-punch draw to Portugal; Belgium advances; and more

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

Sunday was game day for the U.S. Men's National Team and there was no bigger story than the U.S. drawing to Portugal in the second round of Group G, the so-called World Cup "Group of Death." But more than the score, what stood out was the brutal ending for the Americans, who let Portugal equalize in the 95th minute on what was effectively the last play of the match.

Monday Kickoff: Ghana FA deny match-fixing claims; Messi handed tax bill; and more

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By DAN KARELL

The president of the Ghanian Football Association has denied allegations over match-fixing in his country after a scathing report from the Daily Telegraph.

The Telegraph released a report along with Channel Four in England stating that a member of Ghana's FA, Obed Nketiah, and a FIFA registered agent, ChristopherForsythe, had attempted to negotiate a contract to schedule Ghana's next two friendlies.

Algeria outlast South Korea in wild 4-2 goalfest

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By TYLER GRAY

With second place in their group on the line Sunday, Algeria scored three goals in the first half, finding the back of the net a total of four times en route to a record-breaking result.

In the space of two minutes, Algeria went from fighting for a place in the round of 16 to firmly being in the driver's seat.

SBI World Cup Man of the Match: Islam Slimani

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By RYAN TOLMICH

After failing to earn the start in his side's loss to Belgium, Algerian forwardIslam Slimani made the most of his opportunity Sunday.

Slimani picked up a goal and an assist in Algeria's 4-2 victory over South Korea, leading an Algerian attack that had its way with the opposition in the game's first half.

World Cup: USA vs. Portugal (SBI Live Match Commentary)

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By IVES GALARCEP

MANAUS, Brazil Win and they reach the World Cup Round of 16, lose and things will get extremely complicated.

That's the task at hand for the U.S. Men's National Team as a victory against Portugal today at Arena Amazonia would secure a place in the knockout rounds for the Americans, who would move into first place in Group G with a win.

Belgium score late winner to beat Russia, advance to knockout rounds

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By DAN KARELL

For the second consecutive game, Belgium left it until the end of the match to take all three points.

After 87 minutes of barren attacks on the Russian defensive wall, Belgium finally found their breakthrough from the right foot of 19-year-old Divock Origi, who became the nation's youngest-ever goal scorer at the World Cup.

SBI World Cup Man of the Match: Divock Origi

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By TIM FONTENAULT

Sunday's Group H match between Belgium and Russia was far from entertaining for most of the 90 minutes, but Belgium eventually clinched a spot in the Round of 16 with a 1-0 victory.

After late heroics from Dries Mertens against Algeria, this time it was Divock Origi who played the hero for Belgium.

World Cup Day 11: Your Running Commentary

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By RYAN TOLMICH

After struggling for most of their World Cup opener, Belgium's "golden generation" hope that they can put together a complete performance when they take the field at the Maracana.

In Group H action, the group favorites look to solidify their dominance when they take on Russia on Sunday afternoon.

Nigeria wins with controversial goal, Bosnia and Herzegovina eliminated

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By RYAN TOLMICH

After a scoreless draw kicked off their Brazilian experience, Nigeria put themselves in prime position on Saturday to advance to the tournament's knockout rounds.

The Super Eagles picked up their first World Cup win since 1998 by knocking off Bosnia and Herzegovina, 1-0, to grab control of second place in Group E while sealing Bosnia and Herzegovina's elimination from the tournament.

SBI World Cup Man of the Match: Vincent Enyeama

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By TIM FONTENAULT

Vincent Enyeama's performance was overshadowed for 92 minutes on Saturday night.

Peter Odemwingie scored his first goal for Nigeria since 2010, Emmanuel Emenike had the assist and was dangerous in the attacking third all night, and Asmir Begovic kept Bosnia and Herzegovina in the match with eight huge saves.

SBI Saturday Rewind: Ghana holds Germany to tie; USMNT sees opportunity to advance; and more

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

Fittingly for one of the most unpredictable World Cups perhaps ever, the so-called "Group of Death" has turned into a group of surprises. Ghana put up a fierce battle against favorite Germany to force a 2-2 stalemate in a wild second half. The result keeps Ghana alive and forces Germany to wait for the third round of the group before knowing if they'll advance.

Portugal enter must-win match vs. USMNT ravaged by injuries

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By FRANCO PANIZO

MANAUS, Brazil Portugal is going to have to dig real deep in order to obtain the three World Cup points it sorely needs and desperately wants.

Portugal and the U.S. Men's National Team will lock horns at Arena Amazonia on Sunday evening, but the Portuguese enter the Group G match they adamantly hope to win decimated by injuries and a suspension.

World Cup Day 11: A Look Ahead

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By DAN KARELL

Win and they're through. That's what's at stake for the U.S. Men's National Team on Sunday evening.

When Ghana held on to draw Germany, it added even more significance to the USA's match against Portugal in Manaus (6 p.

The SBI Show: Episode 149 (Previewing USA vs. Portugal)

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By IVES GALARCEP

MANAUS, Brazil The U.S. Men's National Team will be looking to repeat history on Sunday by beating Portugal in a World Cup match for the second time in 12 years. This time around though, a win against the Portuguese would automatically send the Americans through to the Round of 16.

USA face Portugal with Round of 16 place within reach

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By FRANCO PANIZO

MANAUS, Brazil The U.S. Men's National Team has a golden chance to move into the Round of 16, but in its way stands arguably the best player in the world, and a talented team in desperation mode.

With Germany and Ghana having played to a 2-2 draw on Saturday, the U.

Four-goal second half ends in stalemate between Ghana and Germany

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By DAN KARELL

For the first 45 minutes of the match, neither Ghana nor Germany could break the deadlock. Just six minutes into the second half, the flood gates opened.

Starting with a goal scored by Mario Götze and ending with a record-breaking finish from Miroslav Klose, Germany and Ghana combined to score four times in a 20-minute span to break the game wide open.

SBI World Cup Man of the Match: Asamoah Gyan

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By TIM FONTENAULT

After Ghana lost to the United States in their opening match, they needed a result against Germany.

Thanks to Asamoah Gyan, Ghana got that result.

Ghana's captain scored his first goal of the World Cup in the 63rd minute, nine minutes after Andre Ayew equalized for Ghana.

USWNT’s Solo arrested in alleged domestic violence incident

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U.S. Women's National Team goalkeeper was arrested early Saturday morning for her alleged involvement domestic violence incident, Seattle-area media has reported.

Solo was charged with two counts of fourth-degree assault and is scheduled for a mandatory arraignment in court Monday.

Police responded to a disturbance call at Solo's residence around 1 a.

SBI World Cup Man of the Match: Lionel Messi

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By TYLER GRAY

It took him just more than 90 minutes, but the four-time Ballon d'Or winner finally gave Argentina the boost that they needed.

In the first minute of second half stoppage time, Lionel Messi had the ball at his feet just outside the 18-yard box. After hesitating slightly, the Argentine captain took a small touch to his left and blasted a shot all the way to the far side of the goal, finally beating Iranian goalkeeper Alireza Haghighi and booking Argentina's ticket to the knockout rounds with a 1-0 victory.

Late Messi goal gives Argentina win over Iran, spot in knockout round

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By TIM FONTENAULT

For 90 minutes on Saturday, Iran looked to have Argentina figured out. With Iran playing against no less than nine players behind the ball at a time, it looked like the South American side, which produced 21 shots but only four on target, was destined for a scoreless draw.

Who should the USMNT start vs. Portugal?

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By IVES GALARCEP

MANAUS, Portugal You would think that filling out a lineup would be fairly easy for Jurgen Klinsmann after his U.S. Men's National Team defeated Ghana in its World Cup group opener, but the absence of Jozy Altidore and some other lingering injury concerns, could lead Klinsmann to make some tough decisions about his first-choice ll.

World Cup Day 10: Your Running Commentary

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By TIM FONTENAULT

As the World Cup enters its tenth day of action, several teams are trying to assert themselves as contenders to escape their groups.

Argentina have a simple task on Saturday. A win against Iran puts them through. That is where the simplicity ends. Iran held African champion Nigeria to a scoreless draw in their opening match and can keep their hopes alive with just a draw in what is considered the biggest game in Iranian history.

World Cup Day 10: A Look Ahead

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By DAN KARELL

Germany can take another step forward to securing a way out of the so-called "Group of Death" when they take on the Black Stars of Ghana on Saturday afternoon (3 p.m. ESPN).

Die Mannschaft couldn't have asked for a better start to the World Cup in their opening 4-0 victory against Portugal, but they'll face a difficult test in Ghana, who are fighting for their World Cup lives.

Valencia brace rallies Ecuador past Honduras

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By JASON MITCHELL

There is hot, and then there is Enner Valencia.

Valenciascored both his country's goals in Ecuador's 2-1 Group E win over Honduras on Friday. The 25-year-old forwardnow has three goals in two World Cup matches, and seven goals in six games for Ecuador.

SBI Friday Rewind: Finding Altidore’s replacement; Costa Rica advances; and more

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

The U.S. Men's National Team is just two days from their second group stage match and the big question from Sao Paulo, Brazil has been, who will replace injured target forward Jozy Altidore? SBI's Franco Panizo heard from forwards Chris Wondolowski and Aron Johannasson about the prospect of filling that role against Portugal on Sunday.

Orlando City coach Heath on Kaka: ‘We hope we can get it done’

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By MIKE GRAMAJO

While much credit can be attributed to owners Flavio Augusto da Silva and Phil Rawlins for luring Brazilian star Ricardo Kaka to Orlando City SC as the club's first Designated Player, the credit could soon be given to the man who will eventually coach the midfielder.

SBI World Cup Man of the Match: Enner Valencia

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By TIM FONTENAULT

Ecuador and Honduras both entered Friday night's match needing a victory, lest they put themselves in a serious hole entering the final day of Group E action at the World Cup.

It seemed like Honduras, the worst-performing CONCACAF side of the tournament, grabbed an early lead, primed for an upset against the South American side.

Wondolowski, Johannsson ready to fill in for injured Altidore

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By FRANCO PANIZO

SAO PAULO It is widely known by now that Jozy Altidore will miss Sunday's encounter with Portugal, but just who will replace him is a question that remains unanswered.

Altidore will not be in uniform for the U.

SBI World Cup Man of the Match: Karim Benzema

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By DAN KARELL

Few players are as hot as Karim Benzema is right now.

Just six days after scoring twice against Honduras, Benzema was at his best again, scoring a goal, setting up two others, and overall being a nuisance in the Switzerland defense's side as France defeated Switzerland, 5-2.

France takes control of Group E with dominant performance against Switzerland

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By TIM FONTENAULT

Salvador has been home to some of the World Cup's biggest routs to date. It is where the Netherlands stomped Spain, Germany destroyed Portugal. Add France demoralizing Switzerland to the list.

Les Bleus were relentless against the Swiss on Friday afternoon, taking control of Group E with a 5-2 victory.

NWSL Week 11: A Look Ahead

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By SARAH HALLETT

The biggest stars of National Women's Soccer League return from national team duty just in time for some must-watch games that will set up some important face-offs over the league standings.

As the Portland Thorns FC face Washington Spirit on Saturday, Alex Morgan is fresh off two goals on Thursday night for the U.

World Cup Man of the Match: Christian Bolaños

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By TYLER GRAY

Costa Rica was supposed to be an afterthought in the aptly named World Cup "Group of Champions," but thanks in large part to Christian Bolaños, Los Ticos are top of the group.

Bolaños measured presence in the midfield steadied Costa Rica in their 1-0 victory over Italy and helped them both defend pressure from the Italians and relieve that pressure with a wide range of passing and plenty of poise on the ball in tight situations.

Ruiz header gives Costa Rica stunning victory over Italy

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By DAN KARELL

Costa Rica can no longer be considered minnows in the big ocean that is the World Cup.

For the second straight match, Los Ticos stunned a higher ranked opponent at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, this time defeating Italy, 1-0, at the Arena Pernambucano in Recife.

Bradley aims for bounce-back performance against Portugal

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By FRANCO PANIZO

SAO PAULO It didn't take long after the question was asked for Michael Bradley to admit that he wasn't at his best against Ghana. Bradleyacknowledged that the sharpness that is normally present in his game was not there last Monday, and that the U.

U.S. Open Cup Fourth Round Recap: MLS bounces back from early upsets

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By TATE STEINLAGE

The fourth round of the 2014 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup appeared as if it was going to be a rough go for Major League Soccer early. However, a quality finish on the final two days of action sees 12 teams from the top division through to the next round.

The New York Red Bulls will not be one of those 12 teams though after it was shutout by an impressive New York Cosmos effort.

World Cup Day 9: Your Running Commentary

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By TIM FONTENAULT

After shocking Uruguay in the opening match, Costa Rica has a chance to do more damage in Group D, as all of England will be rooting for Italy in the first match of the day Friday at the World Cup.

Costa Rica can clinch a spot in the Round of 16 by defeating Italy, who cannot clinch a knockout stage spot with a win.

World Cup Day 9: A Look Ahead

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By DAN KARELL

Italy sit on the verge of qualifying for the knockout rounds after just two games, but they'll face another tough test in the heat of Recife on Friday (12 p.m. ESPN).

The Azzurri take on Costa Rica, who stunned the world when they took down a Luis Suarez-less Uruguay, 3-1, last Saturday.

SBI World Cup Man of the Match: Sokratis Papastathopoulos

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By RYAN TOLMICH

When Greece went down to 10 men in the 38th minute in their clash with Japan, they knew exactly what they had to do from that point forward.

The Greeks assumed their typical defensive position, stayed composed and held on for a critical point in their scoreless draw with Japan, mostly due to the strength and physicality of their defense.

10-man Greece hold on for hard fought point vs. Japan

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By DAN KARELL

It wasn't pretty, but Greece are probably happy with the final score considering the circumstances.

The trademark resolute Greek defense held up Japan's potent offense despite playing for more than 60 minutes down to ten men, earning a point in a scoreless draw on Thursday evening at the Estadio Das Dunas in Natal.

Morgan’s return to form forces USWNT draw against France

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

Alex Morgan is back.

The star striker scored her first goals Thursday for the U.S. Women's National Team after a seven-month long recovery from injury, salvaging a draw for the Americans against a potent France side, 2-2 in East Hartford, Conn.

Subbed in at halftime with the USWNT down by a goal, Morgan twice brought the USWNT level with two skillful individual efforts, the surest sign that Morgan is ready to reclaim her spot on a front line crowded with other in-form strikers like Sydney Leroux and Christen Press.

SBI Thursday Rewind: More Ronaldo updates; USMNT focuses on Portugal; Morgan’s big return; and more

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

It seems there was one player on everyone's mind Thursday: Cristiano Ronaldo.

With days of back-and-forth mixed signals on the reigning Ballon d'Or winner's fitness, the latest came from his teammate, Portugal's backup goalkeeper Beto who said Ronaldo was "100 percent fit" and "sick of reading things about him that are not true.

Friday Kickoff: Xavi to leave Barcelona; Suarez calls win “a dream”; and more

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By DAN KARELL

It's a real changing of the guard at Barcelona this summer.

After joining La Masia in 1991 and moving his way up the ranks to becoming one of the best midfielders in world soccer history, midfielder Xavi Hernandez looks set to be leaving Barcelona this summer, ending his 23-year-stay by mutual consent.

Report: Kaka to become Orlando City’s first designated player

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By DAN KARELL

Orlando City Soccer Club's long courtship of Brazilian midfielder Kaka looks to have finally succeeded.

According to a tweet from ESPN's Taylor Twellman, Orlando City and Major League Soccer have signed Kaka to a Designated Player contract, where he'll begin playing in the 2015 MLS season.

SBI World Cup Man of the Match: Luis Suarez

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By RYAN TOLMICH

In the build-up to England's clash with Uruguay, England manager Roy Hodgson challenged Uruguay star Luis Suarez to use this World Cup to demonstrate his status as a "world class" player.

Suarez did exactly that on Thursday in Sao Paulo, scoring twice in Uruguay's 2-1 victory over England to cement his status as public enemy No.

Suarez bags brace in return to inspire Uruguay to victory over England

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By FRANCO PANIZO

SAO PAULO Luis Suarez may not be fully recovered from his recent knee injury, but he sure looked it.

Suarez led Uruguay to a 2-1 victory over England in a battle of Group D's winless teams on Thursday night, bagging an impressive brace that included an 84th-minute winner.

USMNT cautious of Ronaldo, but focus remains on full Portugal squad

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By FRANCO PANIZO

SAO PAULO TheU.S. Men's National Team faced question after question Thursday, and they were all focused on the same subject: Cristiano Ronaldo.

The U.S. will meet Portugal at Arena Amazonia in Manaus on Sunday, and plenty of the talk leading up to the two nations' second Group G match has been and will continue to beabout the health of Ronaldo and how to defend him.

SBI World Cup Man of the Match: James Rodriguez

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By TIM FONTENAULT

Colombia and the Ivory Coast were locked in a scoreless battle of nerves. Both teams pressed forward relentlessly, and both teams failed to break through.

At last in the 64th minute, somebody did. Colombian star James Rodríguezput Colombia ahead with a booming header, opening the flood gates.

Colombia on verge of knockout round after defeating Ivory Coast

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Colombia stand on the verge of clinching a place in the knockout rounds of the World Cup for the first time in 24 years.

Thanks to the wonderfully talented left-foot of 21-year-old Juan Fernando Quintero, Colombia jumped out to a 2-0 lead and held on to defeat the Ivory Coast, 2-1, at the Estadio Nacional in Brasilia.

Portugal teammate: Ronaldo is ’100 percent fit to play’ against U.S.

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By RYAN TOLMICH

The game of "is he or isn't he" around Cristiano Ronaldo's fitness continues, with another teammate of his claiming the striker is "100 percent fit."

Ronaldo reportedly left training early on Wednesday with his knee iced and the Real Madrid forward has been plagued by injury worries throughout his time in Brazil.

ESPN releases broadcaster pairings for second week of World Cup

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By TIM FONTENAULT

ESPN has released their broadcaster pairings for the second week of the World Cup, which concludes with the final matches of the group stage.

As always, Ian Darke and Taylor Twellman will be on the call for the United States Men's National Team, taking charge of both Sunday's match against Portugal and Thursday's against Germany.

World Cup Day 7: Your Running Commentary

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By TIM FONTENAULT

Several teams could be putting their World Cup fates in serious jeopardy without positive results on Thursday.

Before that, however, two sides in Group C will play for the chance to clinch a spot in the knockout stage. Colombia and the Ivory Coast both claimed victory in their opening match, so a win for either side will put that team into the Round of 16.

Altidore ruled out for Portugal showdown

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By FRANCO PANIZO

SAO PAULO To no one's surprise, Jozy Altidore has been ruled out of the U.S. Men's National Team's upcoming World Cup match vs. Portugal.

A U.S. Soccer spokesman said Thursday that Altidore will not play in the game on Sunday in Manaus after suffering a left hamstring strain in the first half of the U.

SBI World Cup Man of the Match: Mario Mandzukic

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Maio Mandzukic may have missed the first act of Croatia's World Cup adventure, but he more than made up for it in their second.

The 28-year-old bagged a brace in Croatia's 4-0 destruction of Cameroon in what was his first World Cup game after returning from suspension.

SBI Wednesday Rewind: Spain out already; USMNT moving on; Ronaldo knee woes persist; and more

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

In a shocking second result for Spain that probably ruined the brackets everyone had been betting on, the defending World Cup champion is out of the tournament after just two group stage matches. Chile and the Netherlands will advance from Group B to the knockout round after the Dutch earlier in the day rallied to overcome a deficit and defeat Australia.

Red card helps Sporting KC advance past Minnesota United FC in Open Cup

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By TATE STEINLAGE

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — "For the longest time it seemed like it wasn't our day."

That's how Sporting Kansas City forward Soony Saad described the first 49 minutes of Wednesday night's 2-0 victory over Minnesota United FC in the fourth round of the 2014 Lamar Hunt U.

Revolution move forward in Open Cup after edging out USL’s Kickers

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By MITCHELL NORTHAM

Led by the rookie duo Steve Neumann and Patrick Mullins, the New England Revolution outlasted USL Pro's Richmond Kickers in the fourth round of the 2014 US Open Cup, winning 3-2 to advance to the fifth round.

Neumann and Mullins struck gold late in the second half to extend the lead to 3-1 before halftime.

Sounders cruise past amateur side in Open Cup

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By JASON MITCHELL

It was never likely to be an easy night for the amateurs filling the PSA Elite roster.

They were on the road in the fourth round of the U.S. Open Cup, advancing further than a member of the fifth-tier United States Adult Soccer Associationprobably had any business advancing.

Thursday Kickoff: Suarez fit to face England; Barca make Higuain offer; and more

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By TATE STEINLAGE

Uruguay's best player will be ready to go from the start when La Celeste take the field on Thursday afternoon.

Luis Suarez has been declared fit for Uruguay in their second match of the 2014 World Cup, against England at theArena Corinthians in São Paulo.

World Cup Day 8: A Look Ahead

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By TIM FONTENAULT

Teams dropped out of the World Cup like flies on Wednesday, including the reigning champions. On Thursday, more teams will be fighting for their lives while others hope to clinch their spot in the knockout stage.

Playing in their first World Cup since 1998, Colombia came flying out of the gates last week against Greece.

Croatia stays alive, eliminates Cameroon after Song red card

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By TIM FONTENAULT

Cameroon still had a chance to save its World Cup campaign after Croatia took an early 1-0 lead. Instead, their chance dwindled away just before halftime with the sending off of Alex Song, and Croatia piled on the goals, eliminating Cameroon from the World Cup with a 4-0 win Wednesday night.

Klinsmann and USMNT firmly focused on Portugal

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By FRANCO PANIZO

SAO PAULO U.S. Men's National Team fans might still be buzzing about the Americans' World Cup win vs. Ghana, but Jurgen Klinsmann is urging his side to have short-term memory ahead of a showdown with Portugal.

SBI World Cup Man of the Match: Charles Aránguiz

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By TIM FONTENAULT

CharlesAránguiz had the game of his life Wednesday, if only because his performance helped bring about the end of one of the greatest empires in international soccer history.

An assist on Eduardo Vargas' goal in the 19th minute and a rebound that he put in himself in the 43rd madeAránguiz the man of the hour, as Chile defeated Spain 2-0.

Chile victory knocks Spain out of World Cup

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By RYAN TOLMICH

They say all good things must come to an end and, in the case of the 2010 World Cup champions, it ended more quickly and painfully than anyone could have even predicted.

Spain's reign of dominance has come to its end, as La Roja were defeated 2-0 by Chile Wednesday afternoon.

Ronaldo forced out of Portugal training again as knee issues persist

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By TIM FONTENAULT

Portugal's already crippled World Cup campaign could be on the verge of coming undone altogether.

After a 4-0 loss to Germany that included a red card and three injuries, Portugal's captain and the reigning Ballon d'Or winner, Cristiano Ronaldo, left practice early Wednesday in order to ice his left knee.

SBI 2014 World Cup Diary: Entry 2

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By FRANCO PANIZO

NATAL, Brazil There was traffic that would make Los Angeles citizens grateful for theirs, torrential downpours and a stomach bug that wiped out Ives for a day.

All that still could not stop us from having an amazing time in Natal.

SBI World Cup Man of the Match: Memphis Depay

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By RYAN TOLMICH

In soccer, and in life, few things are more dangerous than just a little bit of hope. After 54 minutes and two goals, hope is exactly what Australia had, as they had the highly favored Netherlands on the ropes with a 2-1 lead.

It was the Netherlands' Memphis Depay who extinguished the Socceroos' hope, providing the equalizing assist in the 58th minute before scoring the winner just 10 minutes later.

Netherlands overcomes second half deficit to beat Australia

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By TIM FONTENAULT

Australia had the world believing that another upset was in the making Wednesday afternoon, but as they showed against Spain, the Netherlands can sometimes prove to be too much to handle .

In one of the more back-and-forth games of the 2014 World Cup, the Dutch were able to hold on against Australia, coming from behind to win 3-2.

The SBI Show: Episode 148 (Recapping the USA win vs. Ghana, and more)

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By IVES GALARCEP

The U.S. Men's National Team's stunning victory against Ghana won't soon be forgotten, and while the next World Cup match is just a few day's away, it's time to discuss that memorable night in Natal on the latest episode of The SBI Show.

Must-See Video: Jimmy Fallon monologue on USMNT

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USMNT seeks improvement, but cite early goal in struggles vs. Ghana

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By FRANCO PANIZO

SAO PAULO There has been a recurring theme coming out of the U.S. Men's National Team's camp over the past two days, and it is that Clint Dempsey's lightning-fast goal vs. Ghana was definitely a blessing but also somewhat of a curse.

Make no mistake about it, the Americans are more than thrilled to have seen Dempsey score 30 seconds into their 2-1 win vs.

World Cup Day 7: Your Running Commentary

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By RYAN TOLMICH

After the 5-1 thrashing at the hands of the Netherlands last week, today is do-or-die for the defending world champions.

Spain face a must-win situation when they take on South American powerhouse Chile today, as anything less than a win will all but confirm a group stage exit for the 2010 champions.

Akinfeev error dooms Russia to draw with South Korea

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By RYAN TOLMICH

From the time they first learned how to kick a ball, every soccer player in the world dreams of stepping up on the game's biggest stage: the World Cup. However, let Tuesday night's matchup between Russia and South Korea serve as a reminder that, sometimes, even world class players can see their big stage dreams rapidly turn into a worldwide nightmare.

SBI Tuesday Rewind: USMNT and Portugal worse for wear; Mexico holds Brazil to draw; and more

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

While John Brooks was reveling in his first goal with the U.S. Men's National Team a goal he had dreamed about scoring just two nights before the game coach Jurgen Klinsmann was answering questions about player fitness, SBI staffer Franco Panizo reported from Brazil.

EPL release fixture list for 2014/2015 season

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By DAN KARELL

Fans of the English Premier League can officially begin the countdown to the start of the season.

The league released their full-season fixture list on Wednesday, which includes a whole host of mouth-watering matchups in the first month of the season, beginning with a ten-game slate on Saturday, August 16.

World Cup Day 7: A Look Ahead

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By TATE STEINLAGE

It's do or die time already for several teams in action Wednesday, including Australia.

A horrid start that included two Chilean goals left Australia to play catchup for much of its opening 3-1 loss Friday. Despite putting six shots on frame in 13 attempts and getting a first-half goal from forward Tim Cahill, Australia was unable to break up the impressive Chilean possession.

16 million Americans watch USA-Ghana match, set record for ESPN

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

Americans do love to watch soccer as long as its a World Cup and the USA is playing.

The tense opening Brazil 2014 match for the U.S. Men's National Team against storied rival Ghana turned out to be a ratings boon for ESPN, drawing just more than 11 million viewers.

Espindola to miss six weeks with injury

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By MITCHELL NORTHAM

With seven goals and eight assists this Major League Soccer season, no player has been more important to D.C. United than forward Fabian Espindola. But the leaders atop of the Eastern Conference will now have to look to another player to create scoring opportunities the Argentine attackeris expected to miss six weeks with a strained medial collateral ligament in his right knee, the club announced Tuesday.

Video game: FIFA 15 producer talks MLS growth ahead of this year’s game

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By TATE STEINLAGE

Los Angeles, Calif. — In a small, shoulder-to-shoulder cubicle connected to EA Sports' other major franchises at this year's E3, fans and media alike had the opportunity to get their first glimpse of FIFA 15. It was there that I had the chance to talk with producer Sebastian Enrique about the rise of Major League Soccer and its transformation in their award-winning video game franchise.

Klinsmann provides updates on Besler, Dempsey, unknown on Altidore

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By FRANCO PANIZO

SAO PAULO The outlook on the injuries of Clint Dempsey and Matt Besler appear to be positive. The one on Jozy Altidore is still not known.

A day after seeing his U.S. Men's National Team pick up a dramatic 2-1 win vs.

Mexico rallies behind Ochoa in scoreless draw with Brazil

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Host nation Brazil may have had the fans, the attacking talent and the pundits on their side, but most importantly, Mexico had goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa on theirs.

The two Group A nations played to a scoreless draw Tuesday afternoon, as Neymar and co.

SBI World Cup Man of the Match: Guillermo Ochoa

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By DAN KARELL

The fact that Mexico has four points from their first two World Cup games is due in no small part to one player: Guillermo Ochoa.

After not knowing whether he'd even be a starter at the World Cup until just before El Tri's opening match, Ochoa has put together two impressive performances, especially in Mexico's scoreless draw with Brazil.

Portugal defender Coentrão out for World Cup

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By TIM FONTENAULT

Portugal got ripped to shreds by Germany in their World Cup opener Monday afternoon, getting outplayed to the tune of a 4-0 loss. Things only got worse for Portugal on Tuesday, five days before the No. 4 team in the world takes on the United States in what is now a must-win match.

SBI World Cup Man of the Match: Marouane Fellaini

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By RYAN TOLMICH

After 10 months and 25 games, Belgium's Marouane Fellaini finally found the back of the net again in Belgium's 2-1 victory over Algeria.

After a scoreless campaign with Manchester United, the 26-year-old Belgian netted the equalizing goal in the 70th minute, just five minutes after entering the game as a substitute.

Fellaini, Mertens come off the bench to save Belgium in win over Algeria

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By TIM FONTENAULT

Picking up where the World Cup left off Monday night, substitutes played the role of heroes in Tuesday's opening match.

Marouane Fellaini and Dries Mertens were left on the bench to start the game but came on to score in the second half, helping Belgium overcome an early deficit to defeat Algeria 2-1 in the European side's first World Cup match since 2002.

World Cup Day 6: A Look Ahead

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By RYAN TOLMICH

With both team's coming off of big-time, albeit controversy filled, victories in their opening matchups, Brazil and Mexico will look to assert themselves as Group A favorites when they clash today in Fortaleza (3 p.

World Cup Day 6: Your Running Commentary

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By TIM FONTENAULT

After a wild finish Monday night, the World Cup continues Tuesday with three matches, including the introduction of the four teams that have yet to play.

Belgium finally kicks off its first World Cup since 2002. No longer considered a dark horse thanks to their young crop of stars like Eden Hazard, Thibaut Courtois and Axel Witsel, Belgium has been by pegged by many to be the most likely of the non-traditional powers to lift the trophy in Brazil and will be the team to beat in Group H.

Late Brooks header lifts USMNT to first World Cup win vs. Ghana

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By FRANCO PANIZO

NATAL, Brazil John Brooks could not have picked a better time to score his first international goal.

Brooks lifted the U.S. Men's National Team to a memorable and dramatic 2-1 win over Ghana in their intense Group G opener at Arena das Dunas on Monday night, scoring off a corner kick from Graham Zusi in the 86th minute.

SBI World Cup Man of the Match: Jermaine Jones

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By RYAN TOLMICH

For virtually every minute following Clint Dempsey's first-minute scoring opener, the U.S. Men's National Team defended as if their lives depended on it. Through literal blood, sweat and tears, the U.S. fought back wave after wave of attacks from their World Cup nemesis, Ghana.

SBI Monday Rewind: USMNT beats Ghana; Germany crushes Portugal; Donovan pokes more fun; and more

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

It was the day every U.S. Men's National Team fan was waiting for and it did not disappoint. The U.S. Men's National Team came up with a huge win over Ghana to open the World Cup with three points. Goal-scorers John Brooks and Clint Dempsey will get the attention, but it was in large part thanks to the quiet leadership of Jermaine Jones, SBI's Man of the Match.

Brooks makes dream a reality by scoring late World Cup winner

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By FRANCO PANIZO

NATAL, Brazil Two nights ago, John Brooks had a dream that he would score a late game-winning goal.

That dream became a reality on Monday night.

Brooks scored a dramatic, 86th-minute winner to give the U.

USMNT left battered and bruised following physical affair with Ghana

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By FRANCO PANIZO

NATAL, Brazil Jozy Altidore and Matt Besler walked with noticeable limps. Clint Dempsey's nose was so swollen you could have mistaken him for a light heavyweight boxer.

The U.S. Men's National Team was battered and bruised.

The U.S. may have defeated Ghana to get its World Cup campaign off on the right foot, but the dramatic 2-1 win at Arena das Dunas was extremely physical and demanding and that took its visible toll on the Americans.

Jones draw rave reviews after stellar showing vs. Ghana

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By FRANCO PANIZO

NATAL, Brazil After the final whistle blew at Arena das Dunas on Monday night, Jermaine Jones made his way to the corner of the field where the American Outlaws were sitting. Jones celebrated the U.S. Men's National Team's hard-fought and dramatic 2-1 win over Ghana and then laid flat on the ground.

Scoreless Nigeria, Iran play to tournament’s first draw

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By RYAN TOLMICH

After 12 games, 41 goals and numerous exciting sequences, the 2014 World Cup has finally had its first clunker.

Group F's scoreless draw between Nigeria and Iran gave this year's tournament a set of firsts: first draw, first scoreless game and, most importantly, the first game that lacked any true excitement.

SBI World Cup Man of the Match: Mehrdad Pooladi

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By TYLER GRAY

We've got our first draw of the 2014 World Cup and it's largely thanks Iran's defender, Mehrdad Pooladi.

There wasn't much to write home about when Iran faced off against Nigeria, playing to a 0-0 draw in Curitiba, Brazil. The biggest chance of the match came in the dying moments when Nigeria crossed a dangerous ball into the box, but Mehrdad was waiting at the back post and cleared the ball away just in time.

World Cup: USA vs. Ghana (SBI Live Match Commentary)

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By IVES GALARCEP

NATAL, Brazil The U.S. Men's National Team is back in action at the World Cup today, and a familiar foe awaits as the Americans take on Ghana for the third straight World Cup (6pm, ESPN).

The U.S. will look to snap a two-match losing streak against a Ghana said that has eliminated the Americans from the past two World Cups.

Müller scores hat-trick in Germany rout of Portugal

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By DAN KARELL

On Monday afternoon, Germany picked up right where they left off at the 2010 World Cup.

Behind a Thomas Müller hat-trick, Germany thrashed Portugal, 4-0, at the Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador. Portugal played more than half the match down to ten men after centerback Pepe was red carded for a head butt in the 37th minute on Müller.

USMNT confident of overcoming Ghana in World Cup opener despite bleak past

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By FRANCO PANIZO

NATAL, Brazil The third time's the charm. At least that is what the U.S. Men's National Team is hoping.

The U.S. will kick off its 2014 World Cup campaign with a Group G clash at Arena das Dunas on Monday against Ghana, the same nation that eliminated the Americans from the past two tournaments with a pair of 2-1 wins.

SBI World Cup Man of the Match: Thomas Muller

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By RYAN TOLMICH

After winning the Golden Boot in the 2010 tournament, Germany's Thomas Muller got his 2014 World Cup campaign started in spectacular fashion in the German's 4-0 rout of Portugal.

The 24-year-old Bayern Munich star kicked off his tournament with a hat-trick in what turned out to be quite the statement from Germany.

Must-See Video: Landon Donovan EA Sports ad

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Landon Donovan isn't finished quite yet with poking fun at his absence in Brazil for the U.S. Men's National Team World Cup campaign. Check out his new web ad for EA Sports below:

World Cup Day 5: Your Running Commentary

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By RYAN TOLMICH

The highest scoring World Cup of all time gets back under way Monday, with a trio of games on the schedule from Groups F and G.

The day's action will be kicked off by international powerhouses Germany and Portugal in one of the group stages' most star-studded clashes.

NWSL Week 10: A Look Back

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By SARAH HALLETT

The tenth week of the National Women's Soccer League was missing some familiar faces with many key players fulfilling national team duties. A few teams however found ways to win and make up some ground in the standings, despite missing their superstars.

The SBI Show: Episode 147 (Previewing USA-Ghana, World Cup predictions and more)

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By IVES GALARCEP

NATAL, Brazil The day U.S. Men's National Team soccer fans have been waiting four years for is finally here. The World Cup rematch vs. Ghana is upon us and The SBI Show as your preview.

Episode 147 of The SBI Show takes a look at the highly-anticipated match, and breaks down the squad Jurgen Klinsmann is likely to deploy against the Africans.

World Cup Day 5: A Look Ahead

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By DAN KARELL

The big day we've been waiting for has finally arrived.

Since learning the World Cup draw on Dec. 6, U.S. Men's National Team fans have been counting down the days to Monday, when the USA will take on arch-nemesis Ghana (6 p.

Must-See Video: Ready for Ghana

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SBI World Cup Man of the Match: Lionel Messi

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By TYLER GRAY

Lionel Messi's moment of brilliance proved to be the difference as Argentina held off Bosnia and Herzegovina in a 2-1 victory in Rio de Janeiro.

Messi spent the better part of Sunday's match playing possum, but he displayed his world-class skills at just the right moment, scoring the game winner, earning SBI's World Cup Man of the Match.

Messi breaks World Cup drought, lifts Argentina to victory over Bosnia

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By TIM FONTENAULT

An eight-year drought came to an end Sunday night.

Argentina defeated World Cup newcomer Bosnia and Herzegovina, 2-1 in Rio de Janeiro, thanks to a stunning 65th minute goal from captain Lionel Messi, his first World Cup goal since 2006.

Messi, from a dead stop, blew past a Bosnian defender, performed a quick give and go with Gonzalo Higuain, skipped past two more defenders and fired a goal off the left post and past helpless Bosnian keeper Asmir Begovic.

SBI Sunday Rewind: Memorable Messi moment; USMNT ready for Ghana; Open Cup upsets; and more

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

The thrills from Brazil just keep coming. It was Lionel Messi's turn Sunday to grab the spotlight, netting his first World Cup goal in eight years. That goal would lift Argentina over World Cup first-timerBosnia and Herzegovina in front of a very rowdy pro-Argentina crowd in Rio de Janeiro, giving the world class player a special moment.

Must-See Video: Stephen Colbert on the USMNT’s chances

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USMNT confident that inexperienced back line has talent to do job at World Cup

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By FRANCO PANIZO

SAO PAULO Inexperienced. Shaky. Lacking chemistry. Weak link.

Criticism about the U.S. Men's National Team's defense has been in abundance in the run-up to the World Cup and some of it is understandable given a few of the back line's recent performances and how short they are in terms of World Cup appearances.

SBI World Cup Man of the Match: Karim Benzema

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By DAN KARELL

France forward Karim Benzema had a point to prove.

After failing to make the 30-man preliminary France roster for the 2010 World Cup, Benzema showed on Saturday why he is a focal point of France's potential success in Brazil as he scored a pair of goals and forced an own goal as well in a 3-0 rout of Honduras in Porto Alegre.

Benzema fuels France to a dismantling of 10-man Honduras

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By TYLER GRAY

French forward Karim Benzema probably deserved a hat trick but he'll take the three points and a brace just the same.

France overcame a tense first half and cruised to a 3-0 victory over a 10-man Honduras at the Estadio Beira-Rio in Porto Alegre, Brazil.

Who should the USMNT start vs. Ghana?

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By FRANCO PANIZO

NATAL, Brazil The U.S. Men's National Team's World Cup preparations are over, and now Jurgen Klinsmann will have to decide which 11 players and formation give him the best chance at taking three points from the virtual must-win opener against Ghana.

SBI World Cup Man of the Match: Haris Seferovic

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By DAN KARELL

After only coming onto the field with 15 minutes left to go, Switzerland forward Haris Seferovic conjured up some last minute heroics to give his nation a victory in their World Cup opener against Ecuador.

On a counter-attack in the third minute of stoppage time, Switzerland midfielder Valon Behrami advanced towards goal before the ball was played out to the left wing.

Seferovic snatches victory for Switzerland with stoppage-time winner

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By RYAN TOLMICH

For 92-and-a-half minutes, both Switzerland and Ecuador looked to be content with emerging from their World Cup openers with a crucial point towards emerging from Group E. But, while hard-earned point would have been nothing to be an embarrassed about, Swiss substitute HarisSeferovic went out and snatched all three.

SBI 2014 World Cup Diary: Entry 1

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By FRANCO PANIZO

SAO PAULO Air horns were blaring, chants were loudly sung, jerseys from all different countries could be seen in every direction, and there was an evident joy among the droves of people.

It was a Friday night.

World Cup Day 4: Your Running Commentary

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By DAN KARELL

The World Cup continues into it's fourth day on Sunday and if it's anything like the previous three, we're in for plenty of goals and drama.

The day's action begins at noon as a young Switzerland side takes on an Ecuador hoping to defend their home continent.

SBI World Cup Man of the Match: Serge Aurier

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By TIM FONTENAULT

Serge Aurier was too much for the left side of Japan's defense to handle. Throughout the match, he was playing in dangerous crosses. They finally started connecting late in the second half.

Two of Aurier's crosses found their way to the heads of Wilfried Bony and Gervinho and into the goal as the Ivory Coast came from behind to defeat Japan 2-1 Saturday night.

Second half quick-fire double leads Ivory Coast past Japan

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By DAN KARELL

As soon as Didier Drogba entered the match, the tides turned in the Ivory Coast's favor.

The Ivory Coast scored twice in three minutes following Drogba's introduction to overcome a one-goal deficit and open their World Cup campaign with a 2-1 victory over Japan on Saturday night at the ArenaPernambuco in Recife.

Leroux lifts USWNT over France in first test for new coach Ellis

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

In a messy first showing under new coach Jill Ellis, it was again Sydney Leroux who saved facein Tampa, Fla. for the U.S. Women's National Team and led the team Saturday to a win over France, 1-0.

Though both sides struggled with frequent turnovers and poor finishing, Ellis can count her first match as permanent USWNT head coach as a win with World Cup qualifiers just four months away.

Balotelli header the difference as Italy top England

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By RYAN TOLMICH

The second battle of international heavyweights produced the tournament's first neck-and-neck battle as Saturday's headliner between Italy and England lived up to the hype that proceeded it.

Playing in the heat and humidity at the Arena Amazonia in Manaus, the more experienced Italians put together a complete performance, holding off England for a 2-1 victory.

SBI Saturday Rewind: Costa Rica’s shocking upset; Brazil in the U.S; Leroux’s game-winner; and more

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

The high-scoring affairs and surprising results haven't been used up yet as the third day of the 2014 World Cup treated fans to another round of spectacular goals, plus a shocking upset.

After going down a goal to Uruguay in the first half, Costa Rica came surging back to net an unexpected 3-1 win.

RSL, Red Bulls, Chivas fall to NASL teams in Open Cup fourth round

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

It was a bad day for Major League Soccer teams in the U.S. Open Cup on Saturday.

In one fell swoop, Real Salt Lake, New York Red Bulls and Chivas USA were all eliminated from the tournament in the fourth round by teams from the second-tier North American Soccer League.

World Cup Day 4: A Look Ahead

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By DAN KARELL

One of the most dramatic World Cups in recent memory continues with a three-match slate on Sunday, highlighted by Lionel Messi's first-ever visit to the Maracana.

Messi, Sergio Aguero, and favorites Argentina take on World Cup newbies Bosnia and Herzegovina in Rio de Janeiro, looking to begin their tournament campaign on a high note.

SBI World Cup Man of the Match: Andrea Pirlo

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By TIM FONTENAULT

Andrea Pirlo does not seem to age, does he?

At 35, Pirlo is still playing like the midfield general who helped propel Italy to the World Cup triumph of 2006 and the improbable run to the Euro 2012 Final. In Italy's 2-1 win over England on Saturday in Manaus, Pirlo again failed to show his age as he played a key role in Italy's win over England.

Campbell leads Costa Rica to unexpected comeback win over Uruguay

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By TIM FONTENAULT

Uruguay kept Costa Rica out of the FIFA World Cup in 2010, which clearly did not sit well with the pesky CONCACAF side.

Even without injured scoring expert Álvaro Saborío,Los Ticos provided the 2014 World Cup with its first major upset on Saturday, as Joel Campbell led Costa Rica back from a halftime deficit to beat the No.

SBI World Cup Man of the Match: Joel Campbell

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Costa Rica was going to need a little bit of magic to knock off top seeded Uruguay, and magic is exactly what they got from the feet of one of their youngest stars.

Joel Campbell led the way for Los Ticos by providing a goal and an assist in what will go down as one of the biggest wins in Costa Rican soccer history.

Colombia begin World Cup campaign with comfortable win vs. Greece

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By DAN KARELL

Colombia announced their return to the World Cup in style.

Los Cafeteros, playing without their heart-and-soul, forward Radamel Falcao, took advantage of a couple of defensive errors to defeat Greece, 3-0, at theEstádio Mineirão in Belo Horizonte. Pablo Armero, Teo Gutierrez, and James Rodriguez scored the goals, but 38-year-old captain Mario Yepes had a huge impact in Colombia's first World Cup match in 16 years.

Afternoon Ticker: Ronaldo back to 100 percent; Brazil schedules U.S.-based friendlies; and more

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

The Cristiano Ronaldo injury saga continues and in the latest twist, Portugal teammate William Carvalho told media that, as far as he knows, Ronaldo is fine.

"I think he's now 100 percent fit," Carvalho said Friday outside Portugal's training base in Campinas, Brazil.

SBI World Cup Man of the Match: Mario Yepes

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Colombia centerback Mario Yepes peeled back the years in his nation's 3-0 victory in their World Cup opener against Greece.

The 38-year-old Yepes was instrumental in Colombia's clean sheet by stifling the Greek attack time and time again. The former AC Milan defender displayed energy that matched his experience on the defensive end by keeping a relatively inexperienced Colombian side steady in what marked the country's first World Cup appearance since 1998.

World Cup Day 3: Your Running Commentary

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Groups C and D will get their chance to shine Saturday, with a slate of four games headlining World Cup action.

A matchup between Colombia and Greece will kick things off, with the Colombians entering this year's tournament with their most talented team since they're famous 1994 squad.

SBI World Cup Man of the Match: Alexis Sanchez

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Entering their matchup with Australia, the Chilean National Team had been heralded as one of the tournament's teams to watch. Boasting a swashbuckling, attacking style of play, La Roja promised to deliver excitement, which is exactly what forward Alexis Sanchez offered in his team's first half blitz of the Socceroos.

Sanchez, Chile hold off Australia after strong first half

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By TIM FONTENAULT

Group B certainly looks like it knows how to provide the drama at this World Cup.

Chile came out firing, putting early distance between itself and Australia, but the Socceroos would not go away quietly, fighting their way back in. However, the South American side's attack proved to be too much for Australia in the end, as Chile cruised to a 3-1 win in their opening match Friday.

MLS Ticker: League denies Beckham report; Feilhaber won’t need surgery; and more

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By DAN KARELL

It's no secret that Major League Soccer is looking for a new ownership group for Chivas USA, but the league is adamant that David Beckham has never been a part of those plans.

In response to Miami Mayor Tomás Regaladonixing Beckham's second stadium proposal, a report in Yahoo Sports stated that Beckham had been contacted by a group of Asian investors to see if he'd be interested in joining their group to purchase Chivas USA.

SBI Friday Rewind: Netherlands thrash Spain; USMNT camp coverage; FIFA hands down ban; and more

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

There's a reason why world rankings and predictions don't matter look no further than the Netherlands' astounding domination of defending champs Spain in group play, 5-1. Meanwhile, dubious officiating reared its ugly ahead again, but Mexico overcame two wrongly disallowed goals to win over Cameroon, 1-0.

World Cup Day 3: A Look Ahead

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By DAN KARELL

If there's one thing the 2014 World Cup hasn't lacked, it's drama, and that's expected to continue into day three of the tournament.

The highlight of the day is a battle between two former World Cup champions, England and Italy, at the Arena Amazonia in Manaus.

DC United releases new renderings of proposed stadium

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

Pictures may be worth a thousand words, but D.C. United is hoping they may be worth some more public support for a new stadium, too.

D.C. United released new renderings Friday of the proposed Buzzard Point stadium ahead of a June 26 city council meeting to win over public support for a project that has been met with some skepticism in Washington, D.

Robben, Van Persie star as Netherlands roll past Spain

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By DAN KARELL

Arjen Robben, Robin Van Persie, and the Netherlands won't be stopped, not even by the defending world champions.

The Netherlands shocked the world on Friday by thrashing Spain, 5-1, at the Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador. Robben and Van Persie each scored twice while left wing back Daley Blind assisted on Holland's first two goals to come back from a one-goal deficit.

SBI World Cup Man of the Match: Arjen Robben

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By RYAN TOLMICH

They say success is the best revenge, but even the most passionate of Netherlands supporters couldn't have predicted the success their team would experience in Friday's rematch with Spain.

The Dutch absolutely steamrolled the reigning world champions, battering their 2010 World Cup rivals by a lopsided scoreline of 5-1.

NWSL Week 10: A Look Ahead

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By SARAH HALLETT

The second half of the National Women's Soccer League kicks off this week and teams will be pressed with many of their top stars away. Squads are juggling their rosters, as multiple players will miss games this week to fulfill their national team duties.

Top-ranked Seattle enjoys a bye this week, allowing a few other teams to try chip away at their lead.

Controversial call serves as warning for USMNT on tight officiating

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By FRANCO PANIZO

SAO PAULO, Brazil The U.S. Men's National Team did not need a reminder of how tightly things might be called at this summer's World Cup, but they got one anyway.

The U.S. watched the World Cup opener between Brazil and Croatia from its team hotel on Thursday, including the game-winner Neymar scored after Fred embellished contact to draw a controversial penalty kick.

SBI World Cup Man of the Match: Giovani dos Santos

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By TIM FONTENAULT

After two goals were wrongly waved as being offside, it looked like it was going to be one of those nights for Mexico. Despite controlling the ball and the pace of the match, it seemed El Tri was staring a scoreless draw in the face.

Thanks to a rebound goal from Oribe Peralta, Mexico escaped Natal with three points and a 1-0 win over the Indomitable Lions.

Mexico overcomes wrongly disallowed goals to defeat Cameroon

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By TYLER GRAY

Two matches in and the World Cup referees are not off to a good start.

Two wrongly disallowed goals in the first half did not deter Mexico, who finally got one to stick in the second half, winning the match 1-0 over Cameroon thanks to Oribe Peralta's followup shot in the 67th minute.

Voting FIFA member suspended for refusing to cooperate in Qatar inquiry

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

A FIFA member who voted in the process that resulted in a 2022 World Cup in Qatar has been suspended for refusing to cooperate with an investigation into bribery.

Franz Beckenbauer has been banned from participating in any soccer-related activity for 90 days, FIFA announced Friday.

USMNT not looking at past as opener against Ghana draws near

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By FRANCO PANIZO

SAO PAULO, Brazil Four years ago might seem like a long time, and for the U.S. Men's National Team it has been exactly that.

With the U.S.'s World Cup opener against Ghana drawing closer, talk of the Round of 16 match between the two nations in 2010 is ramping up among fans and media.

World Cup Day 2: Your Running Commentary

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By RYAN TOLMICH

While yesterday's opener officially kicked off the tournament, Day 2 of the World Cup is when the fun truly begins. With a slate of three games on the docket, today's lineup boasts the first full day of World Cup action.

The day's action will start off with a Group A clash between Mexico and Cameroon in a matchup that will be key for a pair of teams jockeying for position behind yesterday's winner, Brazil.

World Cup Day Two: A Look Ahead

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By DAN KARELL

Spain's goal to repeat as World Cup champions begins on Friday against their opponents from the last World Cup final the Netherlands.

It's the first time in World Cup history that the two finalists from the last World Cup have met in the next tournament's group stage, and as the third match of the World Cup it's an early must-see match.

Gulati denies report that FIFA urged U.S. Soccer to prepare for 2022 World Cup

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

Could FIFA be buckling under the pressure to strip Qatar of the 2022 World Cup? For now, maybe not.

But in light of all the problems facing Qatar's bid to host from bribery on a massive scale to unbearable summer temperatures to human rights concerns the pressure to reconsider Qatar as 2022 World Cup host seems to be mounting.

SBI Thursday Rewind: Brazil’s opening win, Ronaldo’s knee, and more

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

The 2014 World Cup is underway and the controversy is already heating up. Neymar and Oscar led Brazil to a come-from-behind win to open the tournament, but it was a dubious penalty kick that remained a talking point after the match. Meanwhile, outside of the pitch, protestors continued to oppose the game, clashing with police in San Paulo.

Report: Brooks draws interest from EPL clubs

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By DAN KARELL

John Brooks' successful first season in the Bundesliga has earned him a number of suiters from abroad, including in England.

The U.S. Men's National Team centerback is being sought after by at least five clubs in the English Premier League, according to a Sky Sports News report.

Report: Beckham asked to join bid to buy Chivas USA

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

While David Bechkam continues to run into problems as he tries to bring a Major League Soccer franchise to Miami, there may be another option.

A group of Asian investors interested in buying the orphan Chivas USA franchise approached Beckham as a potential partner, Yahoo Sports reported Thursday, citing unnamed sources.

Friday Kickoff: Croatia hit out at referee; Chicharito unhappy with role; and more

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By RYAN TOLMICH

If you ask the Croatian National Team players, they think that the World Cup should just be handed to Brazil already.

Following Thursday's World Cup opener which saw Brazil defeat Croatia, 3-1, in Sao Paul, the Croatian players and head coach Niko Kovac hit out at refereeYuichi Nishimura for his controversial decisions.

SBI World Cup Man of the Match: Neymar

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By DAN KARELL

With Brazil down a goal and looking flat to start the World Cup, Neymar showed exactly he's being counted on to lead his nation to glory.

The 22-year-old forward marked his 50th cap in the Brazilian jersey with a two-goal performance as Brazil came back from one-goal deficit to defeat Croatia, 3-1, at the Arena Corinthians in Sao Paulo.

Neymar, Oscar lead Brazil to comeback win over Croatia in World Cup opener

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By FRANCO PANIZO

SAO PAULO, Brazil The party began for Brazilians early in the day, and likely will last long into the night.

Brazil opened the 2014 World Cup with a come-from-behind 3-1 win over Croatia at Arena de Sao Paulo on Thursday night.

Report: Ronaldo leaves training with ice pack on knee

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By DAN KARELL

Cristiano Ronaldo's status for Portugal's opener against Germany on Monday is up in the air.

The 29-year-old star forward was only able to participate in 15-20 minutes of training with the rest of his team, participating in the physical exercises before taking a seat while the team did on-the-ball work according to the Associated Press.

Report: Chandler recovering from “minor” leg injury

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Timmy Chandler was a curious omission from the U.S. Men's National Team's training session on Wednesday, and now we appear to know the reason for that.

Chandler is recovering from a leg injury that U.

World Cup 2014: Brazil vs. Croatia: Your Running Commentary

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By DAN KARELL

The start of the World Cup has finally arrived.

Host nation Brazil kick off the month-long tournament against European side Croatia at the Arena Corinthians, with many of the world's eyes all facing Sao Paulo today. Neymar earns his 50th cap and former Toronto FC goalkeeper Julio Cesar starts as expected in goal for Brazil.

NYC FC acquires Jeb Brovsky from Impact for 2016 draft pick

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By TIM FONTENAULT

New York City Football Club has made its first trade for a Major League Soccer player.

The club acquired defender Jeb Brovskyon Thursday from the Montreal Impact in exchange for NYC FC's second-round pick in the 2016 MLS SuperDraft.

MLS Disciplinary Committee punishes Fire, Sounders for altercations

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By TIM FONTENAULT

The Chicago Fire and Seattle Sounders violated Major League Soccer's mass confrontation policy on Saturday, the league's Disciplinary Committee has determined.

This is Seattle's second violation this season, resulting in a fine for both the club and manager Sigi Schmid.

Mid-day Ticker: Rioters clash with police in Sao Paulo; Fabregas signs for Chelsea; and more

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By TIM FONTENAULT

Hours before the World Cup will begin, Brazilian police and rioters were still clashing in the host nation.

The latest clashes came Thursday morning in Sao Paulo, where the Brazilian National Team will kick off against Croatia this afternoon. Local police used tear gas and noise bombs to disperse the reported 100 protesters, who reconvened two hours later three blocks away from their original location.

USMNT players back Klinsmann, label World Cup success as advancing from group

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By FRANCO PANIZO

SAO PAULO, Brazil Much has been made of Jurgen Klinsmann's recent comments regarding how unrealistic it is to expect the U.S. Men's National Team to win the World Cup this summer, and many people have come out and publicly disagreed with the head coach's stance.

Dynamo, Earthquakes advance to fifth round of U.S. Open Cup

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By RYAN TOLMICH

The fourth round of the 2014 U.S. Open Cup is officially underway, as two Major League Soccer sides booked their places in the tournament's fifth round.

The San Jose Earthquakes and Houston Dynamo both advanced through the tournament's fourth round Wednesday night by knocking off Sacramento Republic FC and the Laredo Heat, respectively.

Garber discusses Miami stadium issues, expansion in Canada

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Major League Soccer commissioner Don Garber knows of the perils that come with playing the game in Miami.

Garber is preparing for the league to embrace David Beckham's Miami 2.0, but with the demise of one of the league's early franchises, the Miami Fusion, Garber has seen first hand how easy it is for a franchise to fail in the sunshine state.

Revs Notes: Kobayashi an unsung hero; U.S. Open Cup approaching; and more

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By CARL SETTERLUND

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. Plenty of New England Revolution players have received recognition for the team's early success in 2014, but their unheralded early hero might be 31-year-old Daigo Kobayashi, a technical maestro and one of only four Revolution players to appear in all 14 games so far.

Ellis looking to put pieces together in first matches as new USWNT coach

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

While much of the soccer world has their attention turned toward Brazil where the U.S. Men's National Team will soon begin their World Cup campaign, the U.S. Women's National Team are preparing for a World Cup, too.

Just days from the one-year mark counting down to the 2015 Women's World Cup in Canada, Jill Ellis flew into her first USWNT camp as permanent head coach of the team – and she is ready to make her mark.

MLS Ticker: Union part ways with Vartughian; Feilhaber injury diagnosed; and more

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By DAN KARELL

It was only a matter of time before the Philadelphia Union began to remove the remaining coaching staff connected to former head coach John Hackworth.

On Wednesday, the Union announced that they had parted ways with assistant coach and technical director RobVartughian after four years with the club, joining the team during their inaugural season.

Must-See Video: Landon Donovan ad for World Cup

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Landon Donovan might've wished he were in Brazil right now. But he is keeping his sense of humor about missing the World Cup in a new web ad by the Los Angeles Galaxy. Watch below:

Silva’s hat trick leads D.C. United past Impact

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By MITCHELL NORTHAM

Luis Silva showed just how important he is the success of D.C. United this season.

After going nine games without a goal, Silva recorded his first career hat-trick in the first half, propelling D.C. United to a 4-2 victory against the Montreal Impact on Wednesday evening at Stade Saputo.

Kah’s stoppage-time goal salvages draw for Timbers against nine-man Dallas

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By MIKE DONOVAN

PORTLAND, Ore. Pa Modou Kah scored a 94th-minute equalizer Wednesday as the Timbers came back from a two-goal deficit to draw with a FC Dallas side that ended the match with nine players on the field.

In the final MLS match before the World Cup, Fabian Castillo and Blas Perez scored first-half goals for FC Dallas, but late Will Johnson and Kah goals were enough for Portland to salvage the 2-2 draw in front of another sellout crowd at Providence Park.

Thursday Kickoff: Pirlo’s last World Cup; Rooney questions Ronaldo’s teamwork; and more

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By TIM FONTENAULT

The 2014 FIFA World Cup may be the last time we see Andrea Pirlo in an Italy jersey.

"I'm still thinking of retiring after this World Cup, as I have reached a certain age and it is only right to leave the pitch to the generation coming through," the 35 year old told reporters.

Soccer Wednesday: Your Running Commentary

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By DAN KARELL

Major League Soccer's first half of the season wraps up with two matches tonight before the league takes a two-week break during the World Cup group-stage.

Leading off the evening is an Eastern Conference showdown between two teams at opposite spectrums of the standings.

Evening Ticker: FIFA votes down age and term limits; Manaus pitch remains a concern; and more

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By TIM FONTENAULT

FIFA's 209 member countries voted Wednesday to turn down proposals that would have introduced age and term limits for officials in the sport.

Limits on age and terms are deemed essential by FIFA's anit-corruption advisers to cleansing the scandal-ridden organization.

10 must-see World Cup group stage matches not involving the USMNT

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By TIM FONTENAULT

Four years of longing and anticipation has come down to one day of painful impatience.

At long last, the World Cup begins Thursday. The United States does not play until Monday, there is going to be plenty of exciting soccer played before that.

The Group Stage draw set the stage for some incredibly enticing matchups.

Bradley, U.S. looking forward to exorcizing Ghanian demons

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By RYAN TOLMICH

When the World Cup draw was announced back in December, the hearts of every U.S. Men's National Team supporter slightly jumped at the sight of the team's group opposition. There was Germany, the international powerhouse and one of the tournament favorites.

SBI World Cup Preview: Group H

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Heading into the 2014 World Cup, the Belgian National Team has been heralded as the "golden generation", the dark horse and the sport's future elite national side.

However, before they can join the likes of Italy, Spain, and Brazil, the Red Devils have to demonstrate their ability to perform on the game's biggest stage.

SBI World Cup Preview: Group F

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By RYAN TOLMICH

After five straight tournaments without making a World Cup finals appearance, Argentines are beginning to believe that this year could be their long-awaited return to glory.

With Lionel Messi entering his prime, many Argentines are hoping that the 2014 World Cup is where Messi cements his claim as one of the greatest soccer players to ever live, and to deliver a World Cup to Argentina in their hated rival nation of Brazil.

USMNT’s closed-door scrimmage vs. Belgium canceled over traffic concerns

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By FRANCO PANIZO

SAO PAULO, Brazil If the U.S. Men's National Team is to play Belgium in Brazil this summer, it will have to wait at least until the Round of 16 at the World Cup.

U.S. Soccer announced on Wednesday afternoon that the scheduled closed-door scrimmage vs.

Landon Donovan joins ESPN’s World Cup coverage as analyst

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By TIM FONTENAULT

Even after being left off of Jurgen Klinsmann's final roster last month, Los Angeles Galaxy forward Landon Donovan will have a role to play during the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

The United States' all-time leading scorer with 57 goals will join ESPN's coverage from Los Angeles, providing studio analysis for the network throughout the tournament.

SBI World Cup Preview: Group D

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Few things in soccer get fans talking like a viscously constructed group of death. While Group H is sure to be no cakewalk, few teams would be clamoring for a place in the Group D minefield that features three of the world's top top 10 teams.

The initial favorite to escape the mess that is Group D is Uruguay, who boast one of the tournament's more fearsome duos in the form of Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani.

SBI World Cup Preview: Group E

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By RYAN TOLMICH

While it may lack the star power of some other World Cup groups, there are plenty of story lines to watch for in Group E.

Headlining the group is Switzerland, who enter the tournament carrying the tag as the most overrated seeded team in the competition.

Klinsmann says USMNT goal should be getting out of group, not winning World Cup

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By FRANCO PANIZO

SAO PAULO, Brazil Contrary to popular belief, Jurgen Klinsmann does not think that the U.S. Men's National Team has no chance of winning the World Cup this summer.

He just does not believe that pre-tournament expectations should be placed so high on a team that is still establishing itself in world soccer.

SBI World Cup Preview: Group C

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By DAN KARELL

The FIFA World Cup brings nations from all over the world together during the tournament and no group represents this better than Group C.

Four nations from four different continents have been placed together in one of the most open groups the World Cup has ever seen.

SBI World Cup Preview: Group B

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By DAN KARELL

European nations have famously never won a World Cup staged in South America, but Spain is bidding to become the first.

Even with their core starting to show signs of slowing down, La Furia Roja brings a stacked squad with them to Brazil, ready to defend their 2010 World Cup title.

Young players to watch at the World Cup

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By RYAN TOLMICH

The World Cup is all about celebrating the game's stars. The tournament represents a collection of the sport's best players showcasing their abilities with the hopes of bringing home the honor of winning the game's biggest trophy for their home nation.

While global icons like Lionel Messi, Neymar, and Cristiano Ronaldo are sure to dominate headlines, many of the game's young up-and-comers will use the tournament as a springboard to launch themselves into contention to be called a superstar.

SBI World Cup Preview: Group A

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By IVES GALARCEP

Home teams traditionally enjoy a boost at the World Cup, but when the team receiving that boost also happens to be a powerhouse, you have the recipe for a cakewalk through group play.

That is what Brazil faces in Group A of the 2014 World Cup. The group has three decent opponents, but none of the three are seen as being able to handle Brazil's firepower, led by Barcelona star Neymar.

Ronaldo returns from injury as Portugal thrashes Ireland in final warm-up

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

Cristiano Ronaldo is back and looking primed to help Portugal take on Group G in Brazil.

The superstar striker returned to the starting lineup on Tuesday after injury as Portugal thrashed Ireland, 5-1, in their final World Cup warm-up. Ronaldo played 65 minutes, his first playing time since May 24, when he helped Real Madrid clinch the Champions League trophy over Atletico.

Wednesday Kickoff: UEFA won’t back Blatter; Pirlo extends contract; and more

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Representatives from UEFA may not have a clear idea of who they want in charge of soccer's governing body, but they made it very clear that they hope it isn't Sepp Blatter.

The chairmen of the football associations of England and the Netherlands have urged the current president to not run for reelection, with Dutch representativeMichael van Praag stating that "people link FIFA to corruption and bribery and all kinds of old boy's network".

Beckham stadium plan hits snag as Miami takes waterfront location off the table

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By TIM FONTENAULT

David Beckham's second attempt at securing a soccer stadium in Miami has failed after MayorTomás Regalado told the Englishman's real estate adviserthat the waterfront site Beckham was eyeing is no longer an option.

Chivas USA extend Torres loan for remainder of season

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By TIM FONTENAULT

In-form Mexican striker Erick "Cubo" Torres will remain with Chivas USA on loan from Chivas de Guadalajara for the remainder of the season with the option to purchase, the club announced Tuesday afternoon.

Torres ranks third among all scorers in Major League Soccer this season with nine goals for the Goats.

Orlando City release updated stadium renderings

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By MIKE GRAMAJO

ORLANDO, Fla. — Orlando City Soccer Club fans now have a better picture of what their future home will look like.

Orlando City SC unveiled the renderings of their downtown soccer-specific stadium on Tuesday afternoon, which is expected to be finished before the 2016 Major League Soccer season.

Must-See Video: I Believe

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USA 2, Nigeria 1: SBI USMNT Player Grades

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By IVES GALARCEP

The U.S. Men's National Team has made it to Brazil, and has already begun preparing for its World Cup matches, but it's time to take a look back at the encouraging performance that has them feeling so confident as the tournament draws closer.

The U.S.

Union part ways with Hackworth

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By RYAN TOLMICH

After less than two years in charge of the club, John Hackworth and the Philadelphia Union will go their separate ways.

The Union announced Tuesday that they have relieved Hackworth of his duties as team manager and named assistant coach Jim Curtin interim manager, effective immediately.

Mid-day Ticker: Toure in doubt for World Cup opener; Reus out until September; and more

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By TIM FONTENAULT

When the Ivory Coast kick off their World Cup against Japan, they may have to do so without their biggest star.

Ivory Coast coach Sabri Lamouchi confirmed Tuesday that Yaya Toure is in doubt for the African club's World Cup opener Saturday with a hamstring injury suffered in the final game of Manchester City's season.

SBI MLS Goal of the Week: Fabian Castillo

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SBI MLS Player of the Month: Lee Nguyen

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By RYAN TOLMICH

The New England Revolution spent the month of May running rampant through any opposition in their path, scoring 14 goals in a streak of four games that catapulted the team to the top of the Eastern Conference. The Revs offensive outburst showed exactly what it looked like when a team clicks, but the creativity and flair of the team are defined by midfielder Lee Nguyen.

SBI MLS Rookie of the Month: Patrick Mullins

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Heading into the month of May, Patrick Mullins and the New England Revolution were an afterthought. The team was sputtering around mid-table after coming out of the gates with a stumble and, for his part, Mullins had become an unused substitute extraordinaire.

SBI MLS Save of the Week: Dan Kennedy

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Tuesday Kickoff: Ghana routs South Korea; Blatter hits out at Qatar critics; and more

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Jurgen Klinsmann and two members of his U.S. Men's National Team coaching staff may not have liked what they saw on Monday night.

Klinsmann and his coaching staff watched Ghana pulverize South Korea, 4-0, in both team's final World Cup tune-ups. South Korea likely could have scored on a few occasions but they were poor inside the box and lost confidence as the game went on.

Report: USMNT special advisor Vogts says he will support native Germany at World Cup

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Berti Vogts may have been recently appointed to serve as a special advisor to the U.S Men's National Team at this summer's World Cup, but that does not mean he will be rooting for the Americans in Brazil.

Vogts reportedly admitted in an interview earlier this month that he will be supporting his native Germany at this summer's tournament despite the fact that the European powerhouse will face the Americans in their final Group G match on June 26.

Report: USMNT special advisor Vogts says he will support native Germany at World Cup

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Berti Vogts may have been recently appointed to serve as a special advisor to the U.S Men's National Team at this summer's World Cup, but that does not mean he will be rooting for the Americans in Brazil.

Vogts reportedly admitted in an interview earlier this month that he will be supporting his native Germany at this summer's tournament despite the fact that the European powerhouse will face the Americans in their final Group G match on June 26.

NWSL Week 9: A Look Back

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By SARAH HALLETT

It was a week to set records in the National Women's Soccer League and for the best teams to continue to march their way up in the standings.

But the long-awaited return of Alex Morgan did not turn out the way the Portland Thorns had hoped.

SBI MLS Rookie of the Week: Harry Shipp

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By RYAN TOLMICH

When Chicago Fire rookie Harrison Shipp scores goals, he does so in bunches.

With his only other goalscoring performance coming in a hat-trick back on May 11, the 22-year-old netted a brace in the Fire's 3-2 defeat to the Seattle Sounders on Saturday, bringing his season tally to five.

ESPN releases broadcaster pairings for first week of World Cup

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By DAN KARELL

With only three days remaining before the start of the World Cup, ESPN has released their broadcaster pairings for the first week of the tournament in Brazil.

Ian Darke will be the lead broadcaster for ESPN and is scheduled to broadcast the World Cup opener between Brazil and Croatia in Sao Paulo, England's opener against Italy in Manaus,and the U.

SBI MLS Team of the Week: New York Red Bulls

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By DAN KARELL

The New York Red Bulls broke a streak on Sunday that had lasted for exactly 11 years, 11 months, and ten days.

In highly unexpected fashion, a very shorthanded Red Bulls side defeated the New England Revolution, 2-0, earning the Red Bulls their first victory at the Revolution since June 29, 2002.

Must-See Video: Comedian Jon Oliver on FIFA and the World Cup

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USMNT unveils video series profiling all 23 players

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For each U.S. Men's National Team player heading to the World Cup in Brazil, there is a story behind his journey. U.S. Soccer is helping tell those stories with a new video series called "One Nation. One Team. 23 Stories."

With a World Cup roster of players coming from nine top-flight leagues and homes primarily in five countries, the 23 men representing the U.

The SBI Show: Episode 146 (Recapping the USMNT win vs. Nigeria, looking back at MLS Week 14, and more)

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By IVES GALARCEP

The U.S. Men's National Team concluded their World Cup Send Off series in style on Saturday, with an impressive 2-1 victory against Nigeria that helped give the team some real confidence heading to Brazil.

In Episode 146 of The SBI Show, we take a look back at Saturday's 2-1 victory, which featured impressive performances by several U.

Must-See Video: Nike Soccer

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Friedel signs one-year extension with Tottenham

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By RYAN TOLMICH

After 20 seasons and 660 career games, Brad Friedel still has a little soccer left in him.

The 43-year-old goalkeeper has signed a one-year extension with Tottenham, the club announced Monday. His new dealincludes an off-the-field role as a club ambassador with a focus on the United States.

20 MLS players set to represent league at World Cup

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

With the late addition of Chivas USA's Oswaldo Minda to the Ecuador World Cup squad due to injury, Major League Soccer can claim 20 representatives in Brazil.

Outside of the U.S. Men's National Team, ten players will represent MLS when the World Cup kicks off on Thursday.

SBI MLS Player of the Week: Fanendo Adi

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By DAN KARELL

Since being acquired on loan less than a month ago, Fanendo Adi has quickly proven the goal scorer the Portland Timbers were looking for.

The Nigerian forward scored his third and fourth goals of the season on Saturday night as the Timbers defeated Real Salt Lake for the first time ever at Rio Tinto Stadium.

Coming off losses, Revs look to recalibrate during World Cup break

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By CARL SETTERLUND

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The fun's over in New England. A Revolution squad that was the toast of Major League Soccer just 10 days ago has now suffered consecutive defeats, falling to the I-95 rival New York Red Bulls 2-0 Sunday night for their first home loss to New York since 2002.

U-18 USMNT fall to Portugal in second game of Lisbon International Tournament

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Through the game's first 70 minutes, the U.S. Under-18 Men's National Team looked to be well on their way to their second 0-0 draw of the20th Lisbon International Tournament. However, due to a pair of opposition substitutes, the final 20 minutes proved to be the team's undoing.

Tim Howard’s journey to 100 USMNT caps in pictures

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By DAN KARELL

When Tim Howard took the field for the U.S. Men's National Team against Nigeria on Saturday, he reached a mark that has only been passed by 14 other players in USMNT history.

A dozen years after making his debut on March 10, 2002, Howard earned his 100th cap on Saturday evening, making him the third goalkeeper in USMNT history to achieve a century of appearances.

Zardes equalizer brings Galaxy and Chivas to tepid draw

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By MARK EDWARD HORNISH

CARSON, Calif. The second Superclasico of the season ended in an uninspired 1-1 draw between the Los Angeles Galaxy and Chivas USA before a crowd of 19,756 almost none of them wearing the venerable rojiblanco shirts that once proliferated at Superclasico matches in L.

Robles plays hero for depleted Red Bulls in shutout win over Revolution

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By TIM FONTENAULT

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New York Red Bulls went to Gillette Stadium without Jamison Olvae, Roy Miller and Thierry Henry. They left with three points.

Luis Robles registered his third clean sheet of the season, playing hero Sunday in play after nerve-racking play for the Red Bulls, who ended a four-match winless run with a 2-0 win over the New England Revolution.

Monday Kickoff: Barcelona target Reus; Sponsors joining in FIFA protest; and more

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Marco Reus may not be going to Brazil, but the German star may be headed to another of soccer's most sacred areas this summer: Barcelona.

The Catalan club have reportedly verbally agreed on personal terms with the Borussia Dortmund star, but now are forced to face the tall task of convincing the German club to sell.

USMNT 2, Turkey 1: Field-Level Highlights

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Klinsmann’s tactical and personnel experiment pays off in USMNT win vs. Nigeria

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By FRANCO PANIZO

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. A day after Jurgen Klinsmann said that too much is made of formational decisions, the U.S. Men's National Team made a tactical switch that left plenty of people talking.

Klinsmann deployed a 4-3-2-1 formation that transformed fluidly and constantly throughout the course of the Americans' 2-1 win vs.

International Rewind: Argentina top Slovenia; England draw with 10-man Honduras; and more

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By DAN KARELL

Lionel Messi and Ricky Alvarez gave fans of the Argentine National Team the perfect send-off in a 2-0 victory against Slovenia on Saturday evening.

Playing their final World Cup tune-up match in La Plata, Argentina, LosAlbicelestes comfortably took care of business against their European opponents.

FC Dallas break eight-game winless streak with win vs. Rapids

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By RYAN TOLMICH

After a rough stretch of games that saw the team earn only two points in eight games, FC Dallas has finally emerged.

FC Dallas picked up an ever-elusive win with a 3-2 victory over the Colorado Rapids on Saturday at Toyota Stadium, with goals from Andres Escobar, Zach Loyd and Fabian Castillo.

Whitecaps’ Morales spoils Union’s comeback in draw

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By RYAN TOLMICH

When the Philadelphia Union scored their third goal in eight minutes to take a 3-2 lead, it looked as if a spirited Union come back would end with a season-defining win over the Vancouver Whitecaps.

However, the Whitecaps' Pedro Morales had something to say about the result before all was said and done.

Defoe penalty leads TFC to win over Earthquakes

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By RYAN TOLMICH

When Toronto FC acquired striker Jermain Defoe, they did so with the aim that the former Tottenham FC forward would go out and score goals. That is exactly what Defoe has did Saturday by scoring his fourth goal in as many games to lead TFC to their second win in a row.

Altidore draws raves after ending scoring drought

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By FRANCO PANIZO

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. It is not often that Jurgen Klinsmann utters the words "World Class", but that is exactly how he described the second of Jozy Altidore's two goals against Nigeria.

Altidore broke out of his highly-discussed scoring slump by bagging a brace in an overall impressive outing in the U.

USMNT 2, Nigeria 1: Match Highlights

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SBI USMNT Man of the Match: Jozy Altidore

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By DAN KARELL

The wait is finally over. Jozy Altidore is back.

For the first time in 27 games for club and country, Jozy Altidore found the back of the net, and did it on two occasions in the USMNT's 2-1 victory against Nigeria.

Late penalty doesn’t pay off, D.C. United draw with Crew

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By MITCHELL NORTHAM

LANDOVER, Md. Preceded by a Spain-El Salvador friendly on Saturday night, D.C. United (6-4-4) faced off against the Columbus Crew (4-5-6) at a site that was home away from home. Sure, United fans were in the building, but this wasn't RFK; it was Fed-Ex Field, home of the NFL's Washington Redskins.

Sounders overcome Shipp brace to douse Fire

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By JASON MITCHELL

For five seasons, the Seattle Sounders seemed short a star striker, seemed lacking the depth to overcome international duties, suspensions, and myriadinjuries.

But everything seems to come up Emerald City in 2014. So far, anyway.

On the road against the Chicago Fire on Saturday night, the Sounders raced out to a 2-0 first-half lead and held on for the 3-2 win in a wild, card-filled affair in front of 16,416 at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Ill.

Adi brace helps Timbers snap winless streak against RSL

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By TYLER GRAY

The Portland Timbers finally did what they were unable to do in their previous 11 matches against Real Salt Lake at Rio Tinto Stadium.

The Timbers secured their second victory ever over the claret-and-cobalt since they first entered MLS in 2011 when they triumphed, 3-1, over a 10-man RSL on Saturday night.

Spain tops El Salvador in final pre-World Cup friendly

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By MITCHELL NORTHAM

LANDOVER, Md. – After signing a contract with the 2015 MLS expansion team New York City FC this past week, Spanish national team forward David Villa decided it was best to get a head start on scoring goals on American soil.

"He's one of the best goal-scorers in the world," Spain head coach Vicente del Bosque said.

Altidore bags brace to lift USMNT past Nigeria in final send-off series match

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By FRANCO PANIZO

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. If the final send-off series friendly is anything to go by, the U.S. Men's National Team looks plenty ready for its World Cup opener vs. Ghana.

The U.S. closed out its World Cup preparations on Saturday with a 2-1 victory over Nigeria at EverBank Field in the Americans' final friendly before heading to Brazil.

USA vs. Nigeria: SBI Live Match Commentary

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By IVES GALARCEP

The U.S. Men's National Team takes on Nigeria (6pm, ESPN/Univision) today in the final match of their World Cup send-off series, and the toughest test the Americans will have faced before making the trip to Brazil.

The U.S. is coming off consecutive wins against Azerbaijan and Turkey, but Nigeria will offer a significantly tougher challenge as the African champions look to make their own final preparations for the World Cup.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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By IVES GALARCEP

Lionel Messi and Argentina are one of the favorites to win the 2014 World Cup and today will offer our last chance to see them in action before the big tournament gets underway on Wednesday.

Argentina faces Slovenia in one of the day's tune-up matches for world powers as Messi, Sergio Aguero and Argentina's other stars look to avoid the recent injury bug plaguing world soccer stars.

Howard reflects on impressive USMNT career with 100th cap set for tonight

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By FRANCO PANIZO

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. From the day he first donned the U.S. Men's National Team jersey, to the 2009 Confederations Cup win over Spain, Tim Howard has had no shortage of special moments in his international career.

He will have another one on Saturday.

Howard is set to receive his 100th cap on Saturday evening when the U.

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International Rewind: Reus injury overshadows Klose record; Mexico defeated again; and more

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By DAN KARELL

Germany closed out their send-off series in style on Friday evening but their 6-1 win against Armenia in Mainz came at a massive cost.

On Saturday morning, Germany were forced to replace star playmaker Marco Reus after the Borussia Dortmund midfielder was diagnosed with a partial tear to his left ankle ligament.

USMNT to use Nigeria friendly as dry-run for World Cup opener vs. Ghana

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. As the U.S. Men's National Team discussed their final send-off series friendly vs. Nigeria on Friday, one familiar name continuously kept popping up.

That familiar name, and familiar foe, was Ghana.

The U.S. is set to finish off its stateside World Cup preparations on Saturday evening at EverBank Field, but the friendly against Nigeria is as much of a dry-run for the Americans' Group G opener against Ghana as it as a way for U.

Sporting KC overcome injuries, red card to shutout Dynamo

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By TATE STEINLAGE

Sometimes even a positive result can surprise you.

Sporting Kansas City might not affirm that notion, but after surviving an early red card and two injuries — to top the Houston Dynamo 2-0 Friday — there's really no other way to put it.

Soony Saad opened his 2014 scoring account with the gaming-winning goal, while fellow forward Dom Dwyer added insurance with his 11th on the season to help the visitors earn their first victory in six matches.

Soccer Friday: Your Running Commentary

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By TATE STEINLAGE

With the World Cup a mere six days away from kicking off, teams are searching for positive results in their final tune-up matches as preparation time begins to dwindle.

Germany are one of those sides. The world's No. 2 ranked team according to the latest FIFA rankings complete its send-off series Friday in a friendly against Armenia.

MLS Week 14: A Look Ahead

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By DAN KARELL

One of Major League Soccer's youngest rivalries steps back into the spotlight this weekend as Real Salt Lake host the Portland Timbers in a likely sold-out Rio Tinto Stadium.

It's the eighth time in the last 12 months that these two clubs are facing off, and with the Timbers beginning to turn their season around, it should make for a great match.

USL Pro Week 12: A Look Ahead

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By J. MAC DALY

Oklahoma City Energy FC and head coach Jimmy Nielsen face a difficult task this weekend with a long trip to the east coast.

The Energy will play a double-header this weekend, with a Friday night game at the Wilmington Hammerheads and then the following night at the Charlotte Eagles.

Report: Out-of-contract Onyewu undecided on future

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By RYAN TOLMICH

The career of Oguchi Onyewu has spanned 11 years and 220 games and seven countries and, after spending last season with Championship side Sheffield Wednesday, the 32-year-old American defender is still undecided on the next chapter.

Onyewu is currently on the market after signing a short-term contract with the the Owls in January and, while he hasn't ruled out a return to the club, the two time World Cup veteran will weigh his options.

Miller poised to realize World Cup dream after overcoming adversity with Red Bulls

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By FRANCO PANIZO

HANOVER, N.J. Roy Miller is playing some of the best soccer in his career right now and on the brink of playing in his first World Cup, but the road he traveled to get to this point in his career was a rocky one.

TFC acquire Crew speedster Oduro, send Rey to Columbus

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By DAN KARELL

Toronto FC made a move on Friday that bolstered their hopes to make a playoff run this fall.

The Canadian club traded for Columbus Crew winger/forward Dominic Oduro, sending Spanish winger Alvaro Rey to the Crew in the deal.

NWSL Week 9: A Look Ahead

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By SARAH HALLETT

The stage has been set and the ninth week of the National Women's Soccer League is ready for a high profile return and a top-of-the-table clash.

Alex Morgan, who hasn't played competitively since November, is expected to finally return to the pitch – and not a moment too soon for a struggling Portland Thorns.

U-18 USMNT 1, Benfica U-19 1: Match Highlights

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NASL Week 9: A Look Ahead

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By J. MAC DALY

This could be a big week for Minnesota United FC. They can clinch an automatic bid in the newly formatted NASL playoffs with a win or draw this weekend in Tampa Bay against the Rowdies.

The New York Cosmos sit 3 points behind first place, but will have to hope for Minnesota to stumble in the final game.

Ribery ruled out of World Cup

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Every four years, the World Cup unites soccer fans across the globe with a display of top international sides consisting of the world's best players. However, the injury bug has claimed yet another one of the game's biggest stars: Franck Ribery.

The 31-year-old French winger has officially been ruled out of the France squad due to back injury.

This Weekend’s Soccer on TV

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By J. MAC DALY

A full slate of World Cup warm-up games will air this weekend as many teams are days away from packing up and heading to Brazil.

For U.S. Men's National Team fans, the weekend will include games featuring all four members of the "Group of Death".

Friday Kickoff: Fabregas nearing move to Chelsea; Brazil won’t be ready; and more

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By RYAN TOLMICH

It looks like Cesc Fabregas is headed back to London after all, but this time he won't be wearing the color red.

The Spain international has reportedlyagreed to join Chelseathis summer for a transfer fee of €33 million and will earn€10 million per season, three million more than he earned at Barcelona according to Spanish newspaper Marca.

Revs Notes: Fagundez graduates; Rowe and Kobayashi jockey for starting role; and more

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BY CARL SETTERLUND

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Don't call him a kid anymore.

At least in one sense, 19-year-old star winger Diego Fagundez becomes an adult today, graduating from high school in a 6:00 p.m. ceremony at Fitchburg High School, the city next door to the Fagundez household in Leominster, Mass.

USMNT 2, Azerbaijan 0: Field-Level Highlights

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MLS Disciplinary Committee fines Camara, Fernandez, Juliao

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By RYAN TOLMICH

The MLS Disciplinary Committee once again sent the message on Thursday that diving and embellishing are not things the league is planning on tolerating.

Montreal Impact defender Hassoun Camara and Vancouver Whitecaps midfielder Sebastian Fernandez were fined by the league Thursday for simulation and embellishment, respectively.

USMNT Notes: Jones to decide club future after World Cup, Johannsson talks AZ extension, and more

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Jermaine Jones is in no rush to make a decision on his future.

Jones is currently unsure as to where he will be playing next season after Turkish club Besiktas passed on the option to buy him outright from Schalke, but he is in no hurry to find a resolution.

USMNT move up one place to No. 13 in latest FIFA rankings

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

The U.S. Men's National Team is moving up in the world whether that will help them in Brazil remains to be seen.

The USMNT was rewarded for their recent string of wins by FIFA Thursday, climbing in the newest world rankings one spot to No.

Mid-Day Ticker: Ronaldo to miss Mexico friendly; Ox out for up to three weeks; and more

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Fans heading to this weekend's friendly between Portugal and Mexico to see Cristiano Ronaldo are going to be left highly disappointed.

The Portuguese Football Federation confirmed Thursday that Ronaldo, Pepe and Raul Meireles will all be out of action for this Saturday's friendly at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass.

Americans Abroad Ticker: Castillo joins Atlas, Gomez loan move to Tigres official, and more

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Edgar Castillo's time at Club Tijuana is over.

It was announced on Wednesday that Atlas has signed Castillo via a full transfer from Xolos, who Castillo leaves after two-and-a-half seasons.

Castillo was a regular for Tijuana this past campaign, starting in 28 of the 32 Liga MX matches he played in over the course of the Apertura and Clausura campaigns, but will now play for his seventh first division Mexican club since 2006.

Impact earn spot in CONCACAF Champions League with Canadian Championship win

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By RYAN TOLMICH

For the second straight season, the Montreal Impact will represent Canada in the CONCACAF Champions League.

The Impact won their second straight Canadian Championship Wednesday night by knocking off Toronto FC 2-1 on aggregate behind a stoppage time Felipe strike.

Must-See Commercial: Beats by Dre

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Must-See Commercial: This is SportsCenter – Michael Bradley

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By RYAN TOLMICH

With the World Cup exactly one week away, ESPN has unveiled their latest soccer-themed commercial.

The commercial, starring U.S. Men's National Team midfielder Michael Bradley, pokes fun at the game's longstanding tradition of including local youth in pre-game entrances.

Must-See Skills: Sean Garnier

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Who should the USMNT start vs. Nigeria?

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By IVES GALARCEP

The final official U.S. Men's National Team match before the World Cup takes place on Saturday against Nigeria and Jurgen Klinsmann will have some difficult decisions to make regarding just what lineup to trot out in Jacksonville for that Send-Off Series finale.

Rapids, Fire rest starters in goalless draw

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By RYAN TOLMICH

With the World Cup break looming, the Colorado Rapids and Chicago Fire played like a pair of teams looking forward to an extended vacation.

The two teams played to a goalless draw Wednesday night at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in a contest that saw both sides rest a number of key players.

Thursday kickoff: Costa completes Chelsea medical; Pique claims Fabregas deal is done; and more

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Despite injury concerns plaguing his Champions League final performance and upcoming World Cup debut, Diego Costa has reportedly passed his all-important medical.

he 25-year-old Spanish striker has reportedly been cleared by Chelsea doctors ahead of a£32 million move to London from Atletico Madrid.

Late Finlay goal saves point for Crew in draw vs. RSL

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By DAN KARELL

COLUMBUS, Ohio Ethan Finlay is a man in form.

The second-year midfielder came on for the Columbus Crew in the second half with his team down a goal and answered his coach's call, scoring an 88th minute goal to save a point for the Crew in a 1-1 draw with Real Salt Lake at Crew Stadium.

International Round Up: Van Persie causes a scare; Ox injured in England draw; and more

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

Fans in the Netherlands had quite the scare Wednesday.

On the eve of their team flight to Brazil, the Dutch beat Wales in a World Cup warm-up, 2-0, but star captain Robin van Persie had to be taken off at halftime after appearing to struggle with a groin injury.

Villa set for fall loan to Melbourne City

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By DAN KARELL

David Villa will in fact be playing soccer this fall, though it won't be in Manchester or New York.

New York City FC sister club Melbourne City FC announced on Wednesday that David Villa will be playing for them between October and December. It's expected that Villa will play 10 times for Melbourne in the 2014-2015 A-League season, and then return to New York for NYC FC's inaugural campaign.

MLS Ticker: Mata says Villa move could open door for more Spaniards; Sherrod undergoes ACL surgery; and more

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By TATE STEINLAGE

New York City FC made headlines Monday, officiallyannouncingforward David Villa as the club's first player. The move spurred dozens of comments, but perhaps none more interesting than what fellow Spanish international Juan Mata had to say.

Addressing the media in Washington, D.

Louisville City FC named USL Pro’s latest expansion franchise

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By MIKE GRAMAJO

After months of negotiations between Orlando City president Phil Rawlins and minority owner Wayne Estopinal, Orlando's USL Pro franchise will be officially relocating and named Louisville City FC. The team is expected to begin play in 2015.

"We are excited for the future of pro soccer in Louisville," Rawlins said in a statement.

Soccer Wednesday: Your Running Commentary

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By DAN KARELL

Fresh off a rousing send off at Wembley Stadium, England have traveled to Miami where they're set to begin the next stage of their World Cup preparation.

Next up for the Three Lions is Ecuador, who fell to Mexico, 3-1, last Wednesday and are in the process of preparing for the World Cup themselves.

U-18 USMNT draw Benfica U-19 in friendly match

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By RYAN TOLMICH

The U.S. Under-18 Men's National Team kicked off their Portugal trip on Tuesday with a positive result in a warm-up ahead of theupcoming Lisbon International Tournament.

Collin Fernandez's 65th minute equalizer proved to be enough for the U.

D.C. United stadium proposal faces more delays

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By RYAN TOLMICH

In the latest set of delays for the D.C. United stadium project, district council chairman Phil Mendelson said Tuesday that it would require four separate committees to evaluate and approve the planned proposal before it heads to a final vote, according to the Washington Post.

Red Bulls notes: McCarty injures knee; Petke unconcerned with Villa effect; and more

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By RYAN TOLMICH

With a matchup with conference leaders New England Revolution looming, the Red Bulls needed all hands on deck in the midfield to combat the absence of Australian World Cup departure Tim Cahill.

Unfortunately for the Red Bulls, the hands, and feet, of midfielder Dax McCarty will be absent for the next few weeks.

Brooks out to prove he’s worthy of a World Cup roster spot

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By IVES GALARCEP

When the U.S. Men's National Team's World Cup roster was announced, John Brooks' inclusion was one of the selections that drew the most scrutiny. After his showing against Turkey on Sunday, that skepticism should be on the wane.

The 21-year-old Hertha Berlin centerback was very good in the U.

Dempsey tops list of best-selling MLS jerseys

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By TATE STEINLAGE

Clint Dempsey's Major League Soccer form has been on the rise in 2014 and so have his jersey sales.

The league announced Wednesday that the Seattle Sounders forward's No. 2 jersey is the best-selling Adidas MLS jersey in 2014. Dempsey is joined in the top three by LA Galaxy forward Landon Donovan and Toronto FC midfielder Michael Bradley.

NYCFC label Villa “absolute perfect” first player

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By FRANCO PANIZO

NEW YORK New York City FC knew they would have to make a splash with their first player signing, and they believe they have done so perfectly with the addition of David Villa.

NYCFC signed Villa to a three-year, Designated Player deal on Monday, making the veteran striker who won the 2010 World Cup with Spain the club's first acquisition ahead of their debut MLS season in 2015.

U.S. Open Cup: Potential fifth round pairings drawn

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

U.S. Soccer conducted the fifth round draw of the U.S. Open Cup in Chicago on Tuesday and the 16 winners from the upcoming fourth round will face off June 24 or 25.

A few matches worth looking out for may be the regional rivalries that are queued up as possibilities.

Wednesday Kickoff: Ronaldo suffering from tendonitis; Mexico falls to Bosnia

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By DAN KARELL

Cristiano Ronaldo is in a race against time to regain full fitness for Portugal's World Cup opener.

The Portuguese Football Federation released a medical report that stated Ronaldo was suffering from a thigh muscle injury as well as left-knee tendonitis.

Sporting KC transfer Rosell to Sporting CP

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By TATE STEINLAGE

When Oriol Rosell arrived at Sporting Kansas City two years ago, he was a very young midfielder still trying to establish himself as a professional player. After two seasons in the Sporting KC system, Rosell is returning to Europe a player in demand, one ready for the next significant step in his budding career.

Must-See Report: ESPN E:60 segment on the Qatar World Cup

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Gomez set to sign with Tigres UANL

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By FRANCO PANIZO

After a rough first season at Club Tijuana, Herculez Gomez is on the move with the hopes of earning more playing time.

Gomez is currently undergoing medicals with Tigres UANL andis set to join the club ahead of its Apertura campaign in Liga MX. There is no word yet on whether Gomez is signing with Tigres via a loan or an outright transfer, but he will reunite with fellow American and former Pachuca teammate Jose Torres at the club.

Report: Orlando City’s USL Pro franchise relocating to Louisville

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Orlando City will move out of USL Pro and into MLS in 2015, but that does not mean that the franchise will lose its place in the third division. It will remain, just in a different city.

The rights to Orlando City's USL Pro franchise will head to Louisville, according to The Louisville Courier-Journal, and will be renamed Louisville City FC in a relocation that was headed by Orlando City minority owner andLouisville architect Wayne Estopinal.

NYCFC issue no comment on Lampard rumors, confirm Manhattanville College reports

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By FRANCO PANIZO

New York City FC's brass addressed a recent report on Monday. They also refused to discuss another.

NYCFC officials spoke to media members via a conference call on Monday afternoon to discuss Spanish striker David Villa becoming the club's first player, but they were also faced with questions regarding two topics that grabbed headlines in recent days.

Reports: Timbers make big offer for Lescott

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By RYAN TOLMICH

The Portland Timbers have reportedly offered a $2 million deal to former Manchester City centerbackand current free agent Joleon Lescott.

The 31-year-old English defender is not currently under contract after being released by City at the conclusion of their 2013-14 title winning campaign.

SBI MLS Save of the Week: Corey Ashe

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Miami City manager asks Beckham representatives to ‘take a breather’ as stadium talks stall

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By RYAN TOLMICH

After weeks of negotiations, initial talks between representatives from David Beckham's Miami franchise and the city of Miami over a potential stadium on a boat slip in downtown Miamihave stalled due to a disagreement in annual rent.

According to The Miami Herald, Miami City ManagerDaniel Alfonso said Monday that the two sides should "take a breather" from negotiating after Beckham's group offered to pay a reported $500,000 a year in annual rent.

SBI MLS Goal of the Week: Will Johnson

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The SBI Show: Episode 145 (Recapping USA-Turkey, looking back at MLS Week 13, and more)

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By IVES GALARCEP

The U.S. Men's National Team beat Turkey on Sunday in a match that answered some questions, but also raised new ones for Jurgen Klinsmann's squad with the World Cup drawing closer.

Episode 145 of The SBI Show takes a look back at the USMNT's 2-1 victory against Turkey, including strong performances by Jozy Altidore and John Brooks, and we also discuss Julian Green's Send-Off Series debut.

Chandler signs three-year deal with Eintracht Frankfurt

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Timmy Chandler will be back in the Bundesliga next season.

Eintracht Frankfurt announced on Tuesday that they have signed Chandler to a three-year deal that runs through June 30, 2017.The 24-year-old Chandler had spent the last four years with FC Nurnberg, but was keen on a move after the club suffered relegation from Germany's top division this past season.

NWSL Week 8: A Look Back

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By SARAH HALLETT

In case Seattle Reign FC's back-to-back draws left anyone wondering if the National Women's Soccer League leader may tumble in the standings, Seattle set the record straight this week: The Reign have no intention on losing their grip on first place.

Here are the final World Cup squads for all 32 participating nations in Brazil

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By DAN KARELL

The rosters for the 2014 World Cup are set.

On Monday afternoon, the deadline passed for all 32 participating teams to submit their final 23-man squads for the tournament in Brazil, clinching the dreams of 736 players and dashed the dreams of many many more.

Tuesday Kickoff: Falcao out of World Cup; Platini denies accusations; and more

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By DAN KARELL

Radamel Falcao's race against time to be fit for the World Cup came up just short.

Only a little more than four months into recovery from a torn anterior cruciate ligament, Falcao announced along with Colombia National Team head coach Jose Pekerman that he would not be taking part in the 2014 World Cup due to the injury.

Morgan, Boxx back in USWNT squad for June friendlies vs. France

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By DAN KARELL

Jill Ellis has named her first roster as the full-time U.S. Women's National Team head coach and there are plenty of surprises.

Twenty-six players have been called in by Ellis for a training camp prior to two friendly matches this month against France and returning are two players who have missed considerable time recently: Forward Alex Morgan and midfielder Shannon Boxx.

Klinsmann’s son among U.S. U-18 selections set to play in Lisbon Tournament

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By DAN KARELL

The U.S. Under-18 Men's National Team have arrived in Portugal for the Lisbon International Tournament, where they'll face the likes of Norway, Portugal, and Sweden in the next couple of weeks.

An 18-man squad has been selected featuring seven players in MLS youth academies as well as U.

Mid-day Ticker: Lampard leaves Chelsea; Dortmund land Serie A star; and more

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By TATE STEINLAGE

After 13 years and 648 appearances in Chelsea blue, Frank Lampard will see his future in a new kit.

The 35-year-old midfielder confirmedthrough his agent that he will be leaving Stamford Bridge this summer for unknown pastures.

MLS Ticker: Impact trade for Danso; Beitashour makes Iran roster; and more

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By RYAN TOLMICH

The Montreal Impact bolstered their back-line Monday by acquiring centerback Mamadou 'Futty' Danso from the Portland Timbers.

Danso, who has started nine games this season for the Timbers, will make the move to Montreal in exchange for a second round pick in the 2015 draft.

USMNT fullbacks post mixed results in win vs. Turkey

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By FRANCO PANIZO

HARRISON, N.J. When it comes to the U.S. Men's National Team's fullback spots, there is still plenty of work to be done.

Jurgen Klinsmann has long professed a desire for his outside backs to jump into the attack, but Sunday's friendly vs.

SBI MLS Team of the Week: Montreal Impact

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By TATE STEINLAGE

Montreal Impact fans have something positive to sit on following weeks of disappointing results to open the 2014 season.

The MLS Eastern Conference bottom dwellers shocked the league with a huge 2-0 shutout of the red-hot New England Revolution. Forward Jack McInerney helped cap off the match with an unassisted goal in the 38th minute, and the Impact's performance earned them this week's honor of SBI MLS Team of the Week.

Germany name final 23-man squad for World Cup

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By DAN KARELL

Germany head coach Joachim Löw has selected only one recognizable center forward in his final squad for the World Cup.

Following Germany's 2-2 draw with Cameroon on Sunday, Löw cut three players from his team to finalize the 23-man roster, which includes superstars Mesut Özil, Bastian Schweinsteiger, and Marco Reus.

SBI MLS Player of the Week: Pedro Morales

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By TATE STEINLAGE

Pedro Morales gave Whitecaps fans a star-powered effort on a busy afternoon in Vancouver's 4-3 victory over the Portland Timbers Sunday.

The 29-year-old midfielder converted on two penalty kicks in the first 26 minutes and added two second-half assists in a match that saw both a Whitecaps surge and snuff out the Timbers's near-revival.

NYC FC make Villa first-ever signing

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By DAN KARELL

New York City FC made a big splash when they hired Jason Kreis to be their first head coach, and they did the same on Monday when they announced their first player signing.

After days of reports and rumors out of Spain, NYC FC completed the signing of Spanish international forward David Villa on a three-year contract.

Altidore impresses USMNT despite seeing scoring drought continue

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By FRANCO PANIZO

HARRISON, N.J. Jozy Altidore did not find his elusive first U.S. Men's National Team goal of 2014 on Sunday, but there were plenty of other signs that showed why he is still capable of making an impact this summer.

USA 2, Turkey 1: Match Highlights

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Whitecaps defeat Timbers in seven-goal slugfest

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By MIKE DONOVAN

PORTLAND, Ore. Since the Whitecaps and Timbers joined MLS in 2011, Vancouver has searched for its first victory over its Cascadia Cup rival for more than three seasons. Sunday in Portland, the Whitecaps finally got over the hump defeating the Timbers by the score of 4-3.

Monday Kickoff: Chelsea, Man United in for Cesc; Mourinho ready to make big splash; and more

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By DAN KARELL

Cesc Fabregas is closer than ever to a return to the English Premier League.

After Barcelona and Fabregas' agent put English Premier League clubs on alert and after both Arsenal and Manchester City pulled out of the running, Manchester United and Chelsea emerged as the two main contenders for the Spanish midfielder.

Donovan equalizer forces Galaxy draw against Fire

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

Landon Donovan continues his goal-scoring ways in the wake of being cut from the U.S. Men's National Team World Cup roster.

Around the same time the USMNT was playing its second send-off match of three before heading to Brazil, the Los Angeles Galaxy were kicking off on the road against the Chicago Fire a 1-1 draw that would see Donovan score his third goal in two games.

Klinsmann finds Green’s progress ‘exciting’ despite growing pains

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By RYAN TOLMICH

With just one professional appearance to his name prior to joining up with the U.S. Men's National Team, Julian Green was always going to have to play a bit of catch-up with both his more experienced teammates and the opposition.

Ghana names 23-man World Cup squad

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By DAN KARELL

Andre Ayew, Michael Essien, and Asamoah Gyan will lead the line for Ghana at the 2014 World Cup.

Following Ghana's 1-0 defeat to the Netherlands on Saturday afternoon, head coach Kwesi Appiah trimmed his squad by three to finalize his 23-man roster, cutting defenders JerryAkaminko, Jeffrey Schlupp and midfielder David Accam from the World Cup squad.

Rossi left off Italy World Cup squad

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Fiorentina striker Giuseppe Rossi has been left off of Italy's 23-man roster for the 2014 World Cup.

The New Jersey-native was in the process of returning from a right knee injury that kept him out from January until early May. Rossi played 71 minutes during the Azzurri's friendly with the Republic of Ireland Saturday, but apparently failed to make enough of an impact.

SBI USMNT Man of the Match: Fabian Johnson

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By DAN KARELL

Fabian Johnson has played at left wing and left back before for the U.S. Men's National Team, but he looks to have found a home at right back.

The 26-year-old showed off his skills both in defense and attack on Sunday in the USMNT's 2-1 victory against Turkey, including an outstanding combination play and goal.

USMNT overcome rough start, top Turkey in second send-off series match

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By FRANCO PANIZO

HARRISON, N.J. The U.S. Men's National Team may have had to hold on late, but it is still unbeaten in its send-off series.

The U.S. edged Turkey, 2-1, in front of a sold-out crowd of 26,762 at Red Bull Arena on Sunday afternoon in its second-to-last match before heading to Brazil for the World Cup.

USA vs. Turkey: SBI Live Match Commentary

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By IVES GALARCEP

HARRISON, N.J. The U.S. Men's National Team takes on Turkey at Red Bull Arena today (2pm, ESPN) in the second match of their World Cup send-off series, and the Americans know Turkey will provide a significantly tougher test than their last opponent.

Clint Dempsey is back in the starting lineup for today's match and Jurgen Klinsmann has made a pair of changes from the Azerbaijan match, with Brad Davis and Timmy Chandler in the lineup in place of Alejandro Bedoya and DaMarcus Beasley.

International Round Up: Netherlands top Ghana; Italy loses key World Cup player; and more

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By TATE STEINLAGE

It was a busy day for international friendlies on Saturday. A total of 11 World Cup squads were in action, with 11 other sides playing for respect and experience days before the world turns its eyes to Brazil for the main event.

Two of those World Cup teams, the Netherlands and Ghana, went head to head at De Kuip in Rotterdam, Netherlands with the 1-0 result favoring the Dutch.

Report: Former Qatari FIFA official sent bribes for Qatar 2022 WC support

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By DAN KARELL

Qatar's winning 2022 World Cup bid is under fresh criticism after the latest scandal broke, which includes allegations of bribes paid in exchange for votes.

Serial briber Mohamed Bin Hammam, a Qatari national who was formerly the president of the Asian Football Confederation, a FIFA vice president, and a member of the FIFA Executive Committee, is alleged to have a number of payments totaling $5 million USD in an effort to gain support for Qatar's World Cup bid, according to a blockbuster report(behind paywall) from the London Sunday Times.

USMNT to use Turkey friendly as measuring stick ahead of World Cup

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By FRANCO PANIZO

NEW YORK Sixteen days are all that separate the U.S. Men's National Team from its 2014 World Cup opener against Ghana, and the Americans are in dire need of a stiff test to gauge where they currently stand.

They should get that on Sunday.

Casey brace leads Union over woeful Chivas USA

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By DAN KARELL

Cristian Maidana showed on Saturday night just how important and vital he is to the Philadelphia Union's success.

Back in the lineup after serving a one-game suspension, Maidana played a role in all three Union goals as the Union routed Chivas USA, 3-0, at the StubHub Center.

USMNT to use Turkey friendly as measuring stick ahead of World Cup

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By FRANCO PANIZO

NEW YORK Sixteen days are all that separate the U.S. Men's National Team from its 2014 World Cup opener against Ghana, and the Americans are in dire need of a stiff test to gauge where they currently stand.

They should get that on Sunday.

Extra time Henry header lifts TFC to rally over Crew

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Homegrown defender Doneil Henry proved to be the difference Saturday for Toronto FC, as the Brampton, Ontario native's 92nd minute header earned TFC all three points and the Trillium Cup with a 3-2 victory over the visiting Columbus Crew.

Errant Espindola blast edges DC United over Sporting KC

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By CLIFF STARKEY

WASHINGTON — One of the chants from D.C. United fans declares that Fabian Espindola "scores when he wants."

It would seem that Espindola's recent form has him scoring even when he's not trying.

A possibly accidental goal from a cross by Espindola, coupled with an imposing defense, gave D.

Impact ride first half goals to stun Revolution

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By DAN KARELL

Even in the midst of a terrible start to the season, the Montreal Impact proved that they can get a result against any team in MLS.

Behind two first half goals from Andres Romero and Jack McInerney, the Impact recorded the win of the weekend when they beat the New England Revolution, 2-0, at Stade Saputo in Montreal.

Pierazzi blast sends Earthquakes past FC Dallas

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By DAN KARELL

FC Dallas were on their way to ending a seven-game winless run before everything unraveled.

Despite the hosts taking an early first half lead, the visiting San Jose Earthquakes scored two goals on either side of an Adam Moffat red card to defeat FC Dallas, 2-1, on Saturday night at Toyota Stadium.