Soccer By Ives Archives for January 2014

Soccer Wednesday: Your Running Commentary

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By DAN KARELL

While Sporting Kansas Cityhas kept their four point lead at the top of the Eastern Conference, both D.C. United and Toronto FC are doing their best to keep pace.

Second place D.C. United host third-place TFC on Wednesday evening in their third meeting of the regular season, with both teams gunning for a victory.

SBI MLS Power Rankings (Week 20)

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By IVES GALARCEP

After an extended break for the World Cup, the SBI MLS Power Rankings are back, and a lot of the same teams are stacked near the top, while some of the usual suspects continue to bring up the rear.

Sporting Kansas City has overcome the defensive crisis that had them severely short-handed in the back and are now atop the Eastern Conference.

SBI MLS Goal of the Week: Federico Higuain

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MLS Ticker: Union sign Algerian goalkeeper Mbolhi; Orlando City end pursuit of Robinho

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By DAN KARELL

The Philadelphia Union have added a World Cup goalkeeper to their squad.

The Union announced at a press conference at Noon on Wednesday that they've signed Algerian international goalkeeper Rais Mbolhi, fresh off guiding Algeria to their first ever knockout round appearance at the 2014 World Cup.

SBI MLS Best XI (Week 20)

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By IVES GALARCEP

After dominating the best team in the Western Conference on the way to a 3-0 romp, the Los Angeles Galaxy dominated the latest SBI MLS Best XI.

A total of four Galaxy players filled out the squad, led by the midfield tandem of Landon Donovan and Marcelo Sarvas, who both had a hand in all three goals scored in the victory against the Sounders.

Report: USMNT lining up September friendly vs. Colombia in San Antonio

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By DAN KARELL

The U.S. Men's National Team could be playing their first home game following the World Cup against one of the tournament's most exciting teams.

According to a report in San Antonio, the USMNT are set to face Colombia in a friendly match on Sept.

Rubin signs four-year contract with FC Utrecht

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By DAN KARELL

FC Utrecht liked what they saw in extended trials for Rubio Rubin, and decided they had seen enough to make a long-term investment in the 18-year-old forward.

The Eredivisie club announced on Wednesday that they have signed Rubin to a four-year contract, officially confirming the U.

Red Bulls expecting ‘big things’ from Oyongo

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Mike Petke has seen his fair share of great soccer players. Having spent time playing with or coaching names such as Juan Pablo Angel, Thierry Henry and Tim Cahill, the New York Red Bulls head coach has experiencedsome of the game's elite first hand.

Petke is never the type of coach to throw around unnecessary praise, preferring to let his player's actions on the field speak louder than his words.

Impact remove De Santis from position as sporting director

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By DAN KARELL

Montreal Impact owner Joey Saputo promised to make changes earlier this season, and after two more debilitating losses for his club, he's remainingtrue tohis word.

The Impact announced on Wednesday that Nick De Santis has been relieved of his duties as sporting director, though he will remain with the club in an unspecified administrative capacity.

Besler won’t rule out possibility of move abroad one day

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By IVES GALARCEP

When Matt Besler signed his new Designated Player contract with Sporting Kansas City earlier this month, the common belief was that the new deal meant he would finish out his career with the reigning MLS Cup champions.

While that may still wind up being the case, Besler hasn't completely closed the door on one day playing overseas.

Summer Friendly Rewind: Man United win on penalties; Roma down Real Madrid

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By DAN KARELL

Manchester United continued their successful preseason tour in the USA with another victory, though this one came harder than the previous two.

After a scoreless 90 minutes, Man United prevailed over Inter Milan, 5-3, on penalty kicks to win their second match in the International Champions Cup in front of a crowd of61,238 at FedEx Field in Landover, Md.

Source: Galaxy lining up move for Sacha Kljestan

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By FRANCO PANIZO

The Los Angeles Galaxy are indeed in the process of lining up a move for a U.S. Men's National Team midfielder, but it is not the player that iswidely expected to be making a move to MLS.

The Galaxy are currently working to acquire veteran Sacha Kljestan from RSC Anderlecht via a loan, a source within MLS has confirmed to SBI.

Wednesday Kickoff: Toure commits to Man City; Bayern interested in Khedira; and more

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By DAN KARELL

Birthday cake or not, Yaya Toure looks like he'll be staying at the Etihad Stadium well into the future.

Back with Manchester City following the World Cup, Toure has committed himself to the defending English Premier League champions in an interview on the club's website.

Impact trade Nyassi to Fire in exchange for Duka

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By RYAN TOLMICH

With both the Chicago Fire and Montreal Impact struggling towards the bottom of the Eastern Conference, the two sides made a move towards shaking things up by swapping midfielders.

The Fire acquired 25-year-old Sanna Nyassi Tuesday from the Impact in exchange for 2010 first round pick Dilly Duka.

Howard signs multiyear contract NBC; will call 10 Premier League games this season

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By RYAN TOLMICH

As it turns out, Tim Howard is nearly as comfortable in the broadcast booth as he is in goal.

After making appearances with the network last season, the U.S. Men's National Team and Everton goalkeeper has signed a multiyear agreement to provide Premier League coverage for NBC.

U.S. U-17′s drop first two matches at Open Nordic Tournament

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By TATE STEINLAGE

The U.S. U-17 National Team has had a rough goat the Open Nordic Tournament thus far.

Manager Richie William's squad dropped its second match in as many days, losing 4-1 to Norway Tuesday after being shutout by Denmark 2-0 the day before.

Norway struck early, tallying goals in the 8th and 20th minute respectively.

Garber on potential Miami franchise: “We will not expand unless we have a downtown stadium”

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Broward County might be attempting to lure David Beckham and his potential MLS expansion franchiseaway from Miami-Dade County, but it is apparentlyMiami or bust for the global icon.

MLS commissioner Don Garber recently told ESPN analyst Alexi Lalas that Beckham's desired franchise in Miami will not come to fruition unless a downtown site is found for a soccer-specific stadium.

MLS Ticker: Galaxy deal Opare to D.C. United, NYC FC acquires Jacobson, and more

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Kofi Opare is heading to the east coast.

It was announced on Tuesday that the LA Galaxy have traded Opare to D.C. United in exchange for the Eastern Conference club's second round 2015 MLS SuperDraft selection.

Should the Red Bulls go after Ronaldinho?

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By IVES GALARCEP

The minute Ronaldinho severed ties with Brazilian side Atletico Mineiro on Monday morning, you just knew the links to Major League Soccer would resurface.

This time around, it is the New York Red Bulls looking like a perfect fit for the skilled playmaker, and after seeing Barcelona star Xavi return to Europe after a flirtation with MLS, all eyes are waiting to see if Ronaldinho will be the latest star to sign in MLS, or pass on it.

SBI MLS Team of the Week: LA Galaxy

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By FRANCO PANIZO

The LA Galaxy were adamant about picking up three points in Seattle, and they delivered on that end with an emphatic victory over the Sounders.

The Galaxy went into the tough venue that is CenturyLink Field and defeated the Western Conference-leading Sounders, 3-0, on Monday night.

SBI MLS Rookie of the Week: Marlon Hairston

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By TATE STEINLAGE

It wasn't a glamorous week forMLS rookies, but don't tell Marlon Hairston that.

The Colorado Rapids midfielder wasn't in the starting lineup for the Colorado Rapids'weekendmatch against Chivas USA, but his talents were certainly needed when Jared Watts went down with an injury in the 42nd minute.

Howard signs multi-year deal to join NBCSN’s broadcast team

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On the field and in the booth. That is where you will be able to findTim Howard is this upcoming season.

Howard has agreed to a multi-year deal with NBC Sports Group that will see him work up to 10 Premiership games this season that fall on days that his club Everton does not play on.

SBI MLS Player of the Week: Landon Donovan

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Those all-too-familiar remarks of Landon Donovan being over the hillwill likely not be seen as muchthis week.

The claims of Donovan's demise looked largely exaggerated this past weekend, as MLS's all-time leading scorer led the LA Galaxy to a thoroughly impressive 3-0 road victory over the Seattle Sounders.

Donovan, Galaxy thrash Sounders

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By JASON MITCHELL

SEATTLE It was billed as matchup of two elite MLS teams, but only one showed up.

The LA Galaxy came into Seattle on Monday night and ran the Seattle Sounders off their own field, scoring three first-half goals en route to a 3-0 romp in front of 39,304 at CenturyLink Field.

Tuesday Kickoff: Chelsea attempt to offload Torres; Napoli in for Fellaini; and more

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By DAN KARELL

With the signing of Didier Drogba late last week, Chelsea are left with a conundrum.

The club are only allowed to register 17 foreign players over the age of 21 and the club currently has 18 players vying for a spot. As such, manager Jose Mourinho has confirmed that he will look to sell one of his foreign players, with forward Fernando Torres at the top of the list.

Monday Evening Ticker: Ronaldinho leaves Mineiro; Messi tax trial gets go ahead; and more

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Legendary Brazilian attacker Ronaldinho is on the hunt for a new club.

The 2005Ballon d'Or winner and Atletico Minero have mutually agreed to part ways,ending the 34-year-old's time with the Brazilian club. The former AC Milan and Barcelona star joined Atletico from fellow Brazilian side Flamengo in 2012 and led the team to a Copa Libertadores victory the following year.

MLS Ticker: Espindola returns to full training; Lade loaned to Cosmos; and more

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By DAN KARELL

D.C. United has been dealing with some injury issues in the last four weeks but they received some good news on Monday.

Forward Fabian Espindola returned to full training this week after missing the last four league matches with a medial collateral ligament strain in his right knee.

Green excited to build off World Cup experiences with FC Bayern in USA

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By DAN KARELL

In just a matter of days, Julian Green will be playing soccer in the United States for the second time this summer. Only this time, he'll be wearing a different jersey.

Green returned to training with Bayern Munich on Mondayafter taking three weeks off for vacation and is expected to play in both Bayern matches on their U.

NWSL Week 16: A Look Back

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By SARAH HALLETT

If the Portland Thorns FC wanted to test how good they are just a few weeks shy of the playoffs-they received quite the wakeup call on Sunday afternoon with a 5-0 loss to the top ranked Seattle Reign FC.

Boyd sidelined for ten weeks with knee injury

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By DAN KARELL

Terrence Boyd's season debut with RB Leipzig has been pushed back at least two months.

The U.S. Men's National Team forward suffered a partially torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee in a friendly match on Saturday during RB Leipzig's friendly match against English Premier League club Queens Park Rangers.

The SBI Show: Episode 153 (Talking MLS, Gedion Zelalem, and more)

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By IVES GALARCEP

After a three-week layoff, the SBI Show is back, and we have plenty to discuss in the first show after the 2014 World Cup.

Episode 153 of The SBI Show touches on a wide array of topics, from the World Cup, to the recent blockbuster signings in MLS, to the latest on Gedion Zelalem and Freddy Adu.

Valeri’s late winner propels Timbers past Impact

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By MIKE DONOVAN

In the same week he was named to the MLS All-Star Team, Diego Valeri delivered a game-winning blast that propelled the visiting Portland Timbers to a 3-2 victory over the Montreal Impact.

Valeri's strike was the difference after a four-goal first half that saw Will Johnson and Maxi Urruti score in a six-minute span for Portland while Andres Romero and Maxim Tissot had the goals for Montreal at a rain-soaked Stade Saputo.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Joe Corona may not have helped Club Tijuana avoid a second straight defeat to start the season, but he likely helped his cause for more starts with a strong performance.

Corona helped set up a penalty kick for Tijuana that marked the opener in their visit to Club America on Saturday, but Xolos conceded twice in the second half en route to sufferinga 2-1 loss that dropped them to 0-2 in the Apertura campaign.

Monday Kickoff: Lewandowski impresses coaches, teammates; PSG close in on Di Maria; and more

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By DAN KARELL

Robert Lewandowski is quickly winning over both teammates and coaches at Bayern Munich.

The Polish international forward, who joined Bayern this summer on a free transfer from rivals Borussia Dortmund, scored three goals in two days as Bayern took home the Telekom Cup, a preseason tournament hosted in Hamburg.

Mattocks scores in third straight in Whitecaps draw with FC Dallas

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Vancouver Whitecaps Daren Mattocks netted his third in as many games, but it wasn't enough for the Whitecaps to get more than their tenth draw of the season.

The Whitecaps and FC Dallas played to a 2-2 draw Sunday at BC Place behind goals from Mattocks, Blas Perez, Michel and Pedro Morales.

Amid retirement talk, Petke, Wenger say Henry still has it

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By RYAN TOLMICH

When Red BullHead of Global Football Gerard Houllier announced yesterday that he believed that New York Red Bulls forward Thierry Henry was leaning towards retirement, many were left surprised by the news.

Count Henry himself, who has stated he is undecided on retirement throughout thisseason, among those that were caught off guard by Houllier's declaration.

Summer Friendly Rewind: Tottenham beats Fire, Villa downs Dynamo, and more

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By RYAN TOLMICH

In what was most likely his last game on home soil, Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Brad Friedel emerged victorious.

The American goalkeeper played 78 minutes and kept a clean sheet in club's last stateside friendly, as Spurs knocked off the Chicago Fire 2-0.

Zelalem still undecided about national team future

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By IVES GALARCEP

When Gedion Zelalem took the field as a starter for Arsenal in Saturday's friendly against the New York Red Bulls, there were plenty of U.S. Men's National Team fans watching and hoping to get a glimpse at a future U.S. national team star.

Whether Zelalem actually plays for the United States is still very much up in the air though, and Zelalem made that very clear when he addressed questions about his national team future after Arsenal's 1-0 loss to the New York Red Bulls.

Peterson winner earns 10-man Sporting KC a victory in Toronto

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By IVES GALARCEP

When U.S. Men's National Team defender Matt Besler was sent off with a second yellow card in the 75th minute of a tie game, Sporting Kansas City looked like a team that might have to be happy settling for a draw on the road against Toronto FC.

Second-half substitute Jacob Peterson had other ideas, finishing off a give-and-go with Dom Dwyerto tuck an 80th-minute winner past Joe Bendik in a 2-1 Sporting KC victory at BMO Field on Saturday night.

Inter Milan ekes by Real Madrid in shootout for stateside friendly

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

BERKELEY, Calif. — UEFA Champions League's title-holder Real Madrid is clearly a superior squad to Inter Milan on paper. But with Real Madrid missing a batch of starters, including Cristiano Ronaldo, and Inter Milan seeming to push likeSaturday's friendly was a serious matchup, a stalemate after 90 minutes seemed fitting.

Higuain breaks scoring drought as Crew top struggling Revs

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By TIM FONTENAULT

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Federico Higuain's first goal in more than two months could not have come at a better time for the Columbus Crew, who have now won consecutive games for the first time since opening the season with three wins.

Higuain scored his seventh goal of the season on a free kick just before halftime and Ethan Finlay broke a deadlock with six minutes to play, as the Crew sent the New England Revolution to their eighth-straight loss in a 2-1 victory at Gillette Stadium Saturday night.

Henry, Red Bulls knock off Arsenal behind Wright-Phillips goal

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By RYAN TOLMICH

HARRISON, N.J. For the25,219 fans in attendance, it was about the name on the back of the jersey more-so than the logo on the front.

In a clash between Arsenal and the New York Red Bulls, forward Thierry Henry was the star of the show, as his current side knocked off his former team 1-0 behind a first-half Bradley Wright-Phillips finish.

Hamid enjoying breakout season for surging D.C. United

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BY MITCHELL NORTHAM

WASHINGTON D.C. United'swin vs.Chivas USA lastSunday marked the club's third consecutive victory and put D.C.within arm's reach of first place in MLS's Eastern Conference, trailing Sporting Kansas City by a single point.

As important as the victory was, its significance went well beyond the three points earned, particularly for Bill Hamid.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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Major League Soccer teams will look to improve their league's recent results against English Premier League sides in a trio of intriguing friendlies taking place across the country today.

The New York Red Bulls take on Arsenal today at Red Bull Arena in a match that will have special significance for Red Bulls star and Gunners legend Thierry Henry.

Rapids roll past Chivas USA

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The Colorado Rapids exacted a measure of revenge on Friday night, and in doing so climbed closer to the upper reaches of the Western Conference standings.

A pair of first-half goals from Nick LaBrocca and Drew Moor helped the Rapids coast to a 3-0 romp against Chivas USA on Friday night at Dick's Sporting Goods Park.

U-17 USMNT coach Williams confident ahead of international tournaments

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By DAN KARELL

The Under-17 U.S. Men's National Team embarked on their third cross-Atlantic trip of 2014 on Thursday, carrying a level of confidence not often seen from a U.S. youth team.

In their last two European trips, the U.S.

Orlando City Notes: Robinho move to Orlando hits snag; New Citrus Bowl renderings; and more

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By MIKE GRAMAJO

SANFORD, Fla. —Orlando City Soccer Club's acquisition of AC Milan forward Robinho may have run into a brick wall.

According to reports in Italy,Robinho's move to Orlando City from Milan is more than likely doubtful. Milan CEO Adriano Galliani has admitted to discussions between the Lions and the Rossoneri, but the inability to match a transfer fee seems to be a problem.

Adu signs contract with Serbian side Jagodina

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By DAN KARELL

Freddy Adu has finally landed with a new club.

After arriving in Serbia on Thursday and attending FK Jagodina's UEFA Europa League qualifying match, a 1-0 defeat to CFR Cluj, Adu signed his contract on Friday and officially became a member of Jagodina's squad.

MLS Ticker: Bengtson loaned to Belgrano; MLS fine Whitecaps; and more

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By DAN KARELL

Jerry Bengtson's star crossed time in Boston is over.

The New England Revolution announced on Friday morning that they've sent the Honduras international forward on loan to Argentine club Belgrano through June 30, 2015.

NWSL Week 16: A Look Ahead

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By SARAH HALLETT

Seattle Reign FC secured the first playoff spot last weekend and now as less than a month remains of the season, the pressure heats up for the last three remaining spots.

Portland Thorns FC were forced to travel east on Wednesday night and were able to salvage a draw against the Washington Spirit.

Henry, Wenger gush over Zelalem’s potential

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By FRANCO PANIZO

HARRISON, N.J. You can add Thierry Henry to the list of people that are high on Arsenal prospect and potential U.S. Men's National Team player Gedion Zelalem.

Henry and his New York Red Bulls are set to play host to Arsenal on Saturday in a rare stateside friendly for the Premiership club.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Preview

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Summer vacation is over for Sacha Kljestan.

Kljestan and Anderlecht are set to kick off their Pro League campaign on Sunday, when they host promoted side Royal Mouscron-Perewelz. The veteran midfielder will be looking for a start in the match after being an unused substitute for much of last season, and he will have the knowledge that a solid performance could help him carve out a more permanent place in the lineup.

Garcia nabs a brace in RSL victory over Impact

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By TYLER GRAY

SANDY, Utah. -It had been one year and 11 days since Olmes Garcia last scored a goal. Just to prove a point, he scored two.

Real Salt Lake scored once from Luke Mulholland and a brace from Olmes Garcia to negate Hassoun Camara's first-half strike for the 10-man Montreal Impact.

Friday Kickoff: La Liga schedule released; Pinto resigns from Los Ticos; and more

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By DAN KARELL

Fans of La Liga only have to wait one more month until the start of the 2014/2015 season.

The Spanish league announced their schedule on Thursday, with the first weekend of games set to take place 30 days from today. The Big Three of Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid, and Barcelona start off the season against Cordoba, Rayo, and Elche, respectively.

DeMerit announces retirement in open letter to Whitecaps fans

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By FRANCO PANIZO

One of U.S. Soccer's most perseverant players has played his last game.

Jay DeMerit has announced his retirement in an open letter to Vancouver Whitecaps fans. DeMerit's decision comes after two injury-plagued seasons in Vancouver in which the centerback suffered a torn Achilles tendon in the season opener in 2013 and another torn tendon in his left ankle this past June.

U.S. set to host Women’s World Cup qualifying games across 4 cities

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

The stage is now set for CONCACAF qualifying for the 2015 Women's World Cup and the U.S. Women's National Team will be competing in front of home crowds.

From Oct. 15-26, Kansas City, Chicago, Philadelphia and Washington D.C. will serve as host cities for the2014 CONCACAF Women's Championship, where three teams will qualify for the World Cup.

New York City FC add Lampard as Designated Player

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By FRANCO PANIZO

New York City FC have signed their second Designated Player, and he is well-known player still capable of making an impact.

NYC FC announced on Thursday at a formal press conference in Brooklyn that they have signed free agent midfielder Frank Lampard.

Earthquakes push five past Fire in impressive victory

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Not since 2012 had the San Jose Earthquakes offense been so deadly, putting up five goals on Wednesday in an impressive victory over the Chicago Fire.

The Earthquakes were on the sweet end of a 5-1 rout against the Fire at Buck Shaw Stadium on Wednesday night, with five different players finding the back of the net for San Jose.

Summer Friendly Rewind: Tottenham edges Toronto, Villa blank Dallas and more

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Jermain Defoe had a chance to topple his former club with his new one, but he and Toronto FC were ultimately undone by a late goal.

Andros Townsend scored in the 85th minute and Tottenham edged Defoe and Toronto FC, 3-2, in a thrilling friendly at BMO Field on Wednesday.

Zelalem included in Arsenal roster for Red Bulls friendly

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By FRANCO PANIZO

U.S. Men's National Team fans hoping to catch a glimpse of Arsenal prospect Gedion Zelalem might get that opportunity this weekend.

Zelalem was included in the 20-man roster that the Gunners named for Saturday's high-profile friendly against the New York Red Bulls.

Man City cruise to victory over Sporting KC

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By TATE STEINLAGE

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Manchester City has added an extra piece of silverware to its trophy cabinet. The first of its 2014-15 campaign.

In a battle reigning league champions, Manchester City captured the Champions Shield with an easy 4-1 victory over Sporting Kansas City in front of a crowd of 18,484 at Sporting Park.

Man United thrash Galaxy in Rose Bowl friendly

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By MARK EDWARD HORNISH

PASADENA, Calif If anyone wanted to assess where American soccer stands in comparison to the European football, they need not look at the lopsided result on the scoreboard at the Rose Bowl, where the LA Galaxy hosted international giants Manchester United on a warm Wednesday night in Pasadena.

U.S. Soccer National Training Center heading to Kansas City

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By TATE STEINLAGE

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — The U.S. Soccer Federation is heading to this burgeoning soccer mecca in a major way.

Joined by the United Government of Wyandotte County and representatives from Schlitterbahn Water Park and EPR Properties Wednesday, Kansas Gov.

Summer international friendly schedule kicks into full swing

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By DAN KARELL

Many of the world's best players and teams will be making their home in the USA for the next two weeks as they prepare for their upcoming seasons, and tonight will feature the first batch of intriguing friendlies.

The Los Angeles Galaxy take on Manchester United tonight, while Sporting Kansas City faces Manchester City in a pair of high-profile match-ups featuring MLS sides.

Dynamo sign DaMarcus Beasley

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The Houston Dynamo's trade to acquire the top spot in the MLS Allocation Order figured to mean the arrival of a U.S. Men's National Team player, and it didn't take long to find out that the player in question was none other than veteran DaMarcus Beasley.

The Dynamo announced the signing of Beasley on Tuesday afternoon, just a few hours after completing the deal that sent midfielder Warren Creavalle to Toronto FC in exchange for the top spot in the MLS Allocation Order, which gave Houston the opportunity to sign Beasley.

Report: Adu set to sign with Serbian club

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By DAN KARELL

Freddy Adu's next career destination could be in Eastern Europe.

Goal USA is reporting that Adu is preparing to sign with Serbian side FK Jagodina, ending a seven-month run without a club after he was released by EC Bahia in Brazil. Jagodina finished third in the Serbian league last season and is taking part in UEFA Europa League qualifiers for the third straight season.

Dynamo land top allocation spot from TFC

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By DAN KARELL

The Houston Dynamo moved another step closer to clinching the signing of DaMarcus Beasley.

Reports in both Mexico and the USA have stated that Beasley was set to move to the Dynamo as a free agent signing this summer, but in order to sign him, the Dynamo needed to move to the top of the allocation order.

Report: Lampard completes move to New York City FC

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By IVES GALARCEP

New York City FC have scheduled a press conference for Thursday at 10:30 a.m. to announce their latest "major player signing" and all signs point to that new signing being English star Frank Lampard.

Goal USA is reporting the Lampard to NYC FC deal as completed, with the long-time Chelsea sensation set to make close to $8 million a season, as he joins David Villa on the expansion team's squad, which begins play in MLS in 2015.

Gonzalez still open to moving abroad

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By DAN KARELL

While one half of the U.S. Men's National Team centerback pairing has committed to spending the rest of his career in Major League Soccer, the other half of the pairing is keeping his options open.

In the wake of Matt Besler's landmark Designated Player contract signing, joining USMNT centerback Omar Gonzalez as the only two American defenders on Designated Player contracts, Gonzalez has sounded off on the deal as well as his own future.

A closer look at the struggling Red Bulls, and a potential cause for their woes

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By FRANCO PANIZO

The New York Red Bulls came off their World Cup break not that long ago, yet much of the talk surrounding the club last week was about how fatigued some of the players felt during a challenging but not uncommon three-games-in-eight-days stretch.

Wednesday Kickoff: Löw stays through 2016; Van Gaal criticizes tour; and more

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By DAN KARELL

Joachim Löw isn't ready to step aside after winning the 2014 World Cup.

The German National Team manager confirmed in an interview with the German FA (DFB) that he will be staying on as manager for another two years, through Euro 2016.

Free agent Agudelo training with Orlando City ahead of next move

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By FRANCO PANIZO

The immediate future of Juan Agudelo lies in Orlando. His long term future is not so clear.

Agudelo will be training with MLS-bound Orlando City this week in an effort to maintain his fitness and sharpness, but the 21-year-old free agent will not be joining the club on a permanent basis.

U.S. U-20 Men’s National Team Wins NTC Invitational

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Despite settling for a scoreless draw in their third and final tournament game, theUnder-20 U.S. Men's National Team did just enough to bring home some hardware.

The U.S. and Australia played to a 0-0 draw last Friday at StubHub Center, but the result earned the U.

NWSL Week 15: A Look Back

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By SARAH HALLETT

It was a pivotal week in the National Women's Soccer League as the first playoff spot has been claimed. To no one's surprise, the Seattle Reign FC clinched a berth into the playoffs while last year's champion Portland Thorns greatly improved their chances of reaching the post season, too.

Williams names separate U-17 USMNT rosters for upcoming tournaments

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Richie Williams is going to be getting a nice, long look at several of the players in the Under-17 U.S. Men's National Team pool.

Williams named two separate rosters for a pair of upcoming international competitions on Tuesday afternoon, summoning 18 players for the Open Nordic Tournament in Denmark and selecting a 20-man squad for the Copa Mexico de Naciones that starts in Mexico City.

Report: Xavi to stay with Barcelona

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Talk about a U-turn.

Xavi has opted to remain at Barcelona and will not be joining New York City FC for its inaugural MLS season as was recently believed, according to the latest reports from Spain. Xavi is expected to remain with the Spanish giants for the 2014-15 season, a surprising move given that Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu recently stated that Xavi would be on the move.

SBI MLS Rookie of the Week: Tesho Akindele

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By TIM FONTENAULT

Tesho Akindele is quickly becoming one of the top rookies in Major League Soccer.

Akindele scored his second goal of July this past Saturday, going one-on-one against New England Revolution goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth before beating him to seal a 2-0 win for FC Dallas.

MLS Ticker: Yedlin, two others replaced on HomeGrown roster; Robinho situation nearing resolution, and more

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By FRANCO PANIZO

DeAndre Yedlin's participation in the MLS All-Star Game will prevent him from partaking in the inaugural MLS Homegrown Game.

Yedlin was removed from the original 20-man Homegrown Game roster on Tuesday due to his selection in the Aug.

Las Vegas group working towards landing MLS franchise

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By FRANCO PANIZO

The race for the 24th MLS team is heating up, with Las Vegas being the latest city to thrust itself into the conversation for the expansion slot.

A Las Vegas group is working towards landing an MLS franchise in Sin City and recently told soccer fans in the area that the chances of landing a team are a realistic possibility.

Green named to Bayern Munich’s first team ahead of preseason visit to U.S.

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By FRANCO PANIZO

If you are hoping to see more of Julian Green in the near future, you will be happy to know Bayern Munich has just raised the odds of that happening.

Bayern Munich recently named Green to their first-team roster ahead of its preseason trip to the United States.

SBI MLS Goal of the Week: Diego Valeri

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SBI MLS Save of the Week: Bobby Shuttleworth

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Tuesday Kickoff: Rodriguez completes move to Real Madrid; Dunga to be next Brazil coach; and more

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By DAN KARELL

Arguably the World Cup's most exciting player is heading to Madrid.

Real Madrid welcomed with open arms their latest galactico signing, securing AS Monaco and Colombia midfielder James Rodriguez on a six-year contract. The transfer fee was undisclosed by Real Madrid but reports in Spain believe the fee to be in the region of €75 million.

Evening Ticker: Gerrard retires from International game; Shakhtar warns AWOL players; and more

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By RYAN TOLMICH

After a disappointing tournament performance, England will emerge post-2014 World Cup facing the international retirement of their captain.

Liverpool and England captain Steven Gerrard announced his retirement Monday, ending a 14-year career with the Three Lions.

SBI MLS Player of the Week: Benny Feilhaber

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Benny Feilhaber might not be going to the MLS All-Star Game, but he sure is performing like one of the league's best players right now.

Feilhaber enjoyed quite a round of action with Sporting Kansas City over the past few days, leading the club to 2-1 victories over the Columbus Crew and LA Galaxy.

SBI MLS Team of the Week: Sporting KC

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Sporting KC took care of business this week, both on and off the field.

The current Eastern Conference leaders picked up maximum points this week, extending the team's unbeaten streak to six games. Sporting KC started with a 2-1 victory over the Columbus Crew midweek before capping things off Saturday with a victory over the LA Galaxy by an identical scoreline.

Orlando City takes action against fan misconduct, create fan advisory council

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By MIKE GRAMAJO

Orlando City Soccer Club may not be in Major League Soccer just yet, but their march to a safer fan experience took another direction on Monday.

OCSC president Phil Rawlins issued a letter to fans, implementing a fan advisory council while also announcing the suspensions of 15 fans until December 2015.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Mix Diskerud had not started a league match for Rosenborg since before the World Cup, but his performance on Sunday likely helped his cause of breaking into the lineup more regularly in the coming weeks.

Getting the nod in his first game since a May 4 loss to Molde, Diskerud helped Rosenborg pick up a a 1-0 victory over Sogndal.

D.C. United top Chivas USA for third straight victory

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By CLIFF STARKEY

WASHINGTON—When MLS announced the schedule before the season started, there couldn't have been many people circling a seemingly innocuous late July match between D.C. United and Chivas USA as a must-see game.

But due to blistering recent form by both teams, Sunday night's game at RFK Stadium could be seen by many MLS fans as a marquee match.

Must-See Video: Chronicling the USMNT’s return from Brazil

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Beasley ‘likely’ to sign MLS deal according to reports

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By TATE STEINLAGE

DaMarcus Beasley may very well be making his triumphant return to Major League Soccer 10 years after leaving for Europe.

Reports surfacing Monday claim that Beasley, 32, is in talks with the league to finalize a deal that could come as early as this week, according to the Washington Post.

Must-See Goal: Ozzie Alonso

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Anor brace leads way as Crew knock off Impact

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By RYAN TOLMICH

For the first time in eight games, the Columbus Crew left an MLS contest with all three points.

The Crew picked up their first win since May 24 by knocking off the Montreal Impact 2-1 at Crew Stadium via a Bernardo Anor brace.

It was the visiting Impact who opened the scoring by way of star forward Marco Di Vaio's 35th minute finish.

FC Dallas pushes unbeaten run to six, keeps Revs slide going

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By RYAN TOLMICH

The New England Revolution will have to wait another week to end the winless streak that is slowly crumbing their playoff hopes.

The Revs were defeated for the club record seventh straight outing, this time by FC Dallas, who toppled the Revs 2-0 behind goals from Andres Escobar and Tesho Akindeleat Toyota Stadium.

Union salvage point with stoppage time equalizer against Fire

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By RYAN TOLMICH

For the second time this week, Philadelphia Union forward Sebastian Le Toux was clinical from the penalty spot, but Saturday's equalizer proved to be a bit more meaningful.

Le Toux converted from the spot in stoppage time, earning the Union a late 1-1 draw with the Chicago Fire at Toyota Park.

RSL ovecome controversial penalty to tie Whitecaps

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by TYLER GRAY

SANDY, Utah -Darren Mattocks ignited a wildfire at Rio Tinto Stadium when he drew a penalty and converted for the visiting Vancouver Whitecaps.

Real Salt Lake rallied from the one-goal deficit via a second-half Joao Plata strike, cancelling out Mattocks' 73rd minute penalty kick.

Feilhaber caps off big week, leads Sporting KC past Galaxy

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By TATE STEINLAGE

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — It's been a good week to be Benny Feilhaber.

The 29-year-old midfielder followed up his midweek dominance over the Columbus Crew with a marvelous free kick in a 2-1 victory over the LA Galaxy Saturday to help Sporting Kansas City see its unbeaten streak move to six matches.

Early goals galore as TFC tie Dynamo

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Exactly one week after combining for six scores, Toronto FC and the Houston Dynamo brought the goals out of each other yet again.

The two Eastern Conference sides split four first-half finishes, drawing 2-2 Saturday at BBVA Compass Stadium.

Dynamo forward Will Bruin started the scoring in the 11th minute by taking advantage of an errant backpass from TFC defender Bradley Orr to a charging Joe Bendik.

Thierry Henry with insightful take on Messi vs. Ronaldo debate

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Sounders and Tottenham play to entertaining draw

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By JASON MITCHELL

Friendlies between MLS and English Premier League teams are always judged by whether they entertain and whether the American side holds its own against an inherently more prestigious opponent.

By those and most any standards, Saturday's 3-3 draw between the Seattle Sounders and Tottenham Hotspur in front of 55,349 at CenturyLink Field certainly succeeded.

Lenhart scores late to earn draw with Red Bulls

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Through the first 84 minutes of the San Jose Earthquake's clash with the New York Red Bulls, Steven Lenhart was the goat.

The Earthquakes forward played a hand — literally — in what appeared to be the game's lone goal by conceding a penalty via handling the ball on a Red Bulls corner.

Wright-Phillips, Defoe among those added to MLS All-Star roster

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Following the results of the MLS All-Star Fan XI,MLS team manager Caleb Porter and MLS Commissioner Don Garber were tasked with filling out the rest of the 23-man-roster.

Golden Boot leader Bradley Wright-Phillips, Toronto FC star Jermain Defoe and Chivas USA goalscorer Erick "Cubo" Torres were among those added to the squad by Porter and Garber Wednesday to join the eleven players voted in by the league's fans.

Must-See Goal: Benny Feilhaber

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Dempsey named North American cover star for FIFA 15

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By RYAN TOLMICH

With two goals to his name this summer on the sport's biggest stage, U.S. Men's National Team star Clint Dempsey will now be displayed on the sport's biggest videogame.

EA Sports announced Saturday that the Seattle Sounders star will join Barcelona forward Lionel Messi on the U.

Zusi, Besler sign Designated Player contracts to stay in KC

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By TATE STEINLAGE

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Graham Zusi and Matt Besler are fine calling Kansas City home.

Ahead of its home match against the LA Galaxy Saturday, Sporting Kansas City has announced that both Zusi and Besler have signed Designated Player contracts to stay with the club long term.

Must-See Goal: Diego Valeri

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Ronaldo, Suarez make UEFA Best Player shortlist, USWNT’s Press makes women’s cut

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

UEFA's shortlist for the Best Player in Europe includes some players who had excellent World Cups – and some who didn't.

The list features three from the World Cup-winning Germany side in Thomas Muller, Manuel Neuer and Philipp Lahm.

Lionel Messi is the only previous winner on the list, after carrying Argentina through the early rounds of the World Cup.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Liga MX is back underway Saturday with the start of the Mexican league's Apertura campaign joining a full slate of MLS games to highlight the day's soccer action.

Liga MX's return is headlined by back-to-back-championsLeon, who return to action on the heels of a magicalClausura run.

Timbers rally late for rare comeback win

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By MIKE DONOVAN

PORTLAND, Ore.- For the first time in its MLS franchise history, the Portland Timbers came back from a halftime deficit to win a match, knocking off the Colorado Rapids, 2-1, Friday night at Providence Park.

Maxi Urruti and Diego Valeri's second half goals overcame an early Deshorn Brown tally as Portland was able to win for the first time at home in more than two months.

Manchester City announce squad for Sporting KC friendly, Champions Cup

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By TATE STEINLAGE

Manchester City has announced the travel roster for its U.S. tour that includes a friendly against Sporting KC and the International Champions Cup. The news comes hours after Manchester United announced its squad for a similar summer tour.

The reigning MLS Cup and English Premier League champions will face off at Sporting Park on July 23rd at 9 p.

MLS Week 19: A Look Ahead

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By RYAN TOLMICH

A matchup of American stars including Landon Donovan, Graham Zusi and Matt Besler takes centerstage this weekend when the winners of the past three MLS Cups clash Saturday night.

Reigning Champions Sporting KC will play host to the winner of the two titles that preceded their own, the LA Galaxy.

NASL/USL Pro Ticker: Wynalda to step down; Cosmos sign El Salvador international; and more

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By MIKE GRAMAJO

After one season, Eric Wynalda is stepping down as head coach of the Atlanta Silverbacks.

The club announced on Friday that the former United States Men's National Team star and current Fox Sports analyst will end his tenure as the Silverbacks' manager on Saturday during their home opener, when they host FC Edmonton at Atlanta Silverbacks Park.

Americans Abroad: Boyd scores in first match for RB Leipzig

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

Terrence Boyd may not have made it to the World Cup for the U.S., but his finishing ability was on display for his new club RB Leipzig on Friday.

In his first match with Leipzig, the forward tapped in a rebound from a blocked shot for a simple goal that equalized against Paris-St.

FIFA lifts Nigerian Football Federation suspension

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By MIKE GRAMAJO

FIFA has decided to lift the Nigerian Football Federation's international ban, FIFA announced Friday.

"As statutory order has been reinstated at the NFF and the legitimate bodies reinstalled," FIFA said in a statement after court proceedings had been withdrawn.

Americans Abroad: Shea included in Stoke City preseason tour

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By TATE STEINLAGE

Brek Shea will join Stoke City's first team in its preseason preparations in Germany.

The club announced manager Mark Hughes' 23-man squad Friday, which includes the 24-year-old U.S. Men's National Team member. The 12-day tour will begin in theTraunstein district of Germanyand will include three friendlies againstBorussia Monchengladbach, 1860 Munich, and Schalke.

NWSL Week 15: A Look Ahead

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By SARAH HALLETT

Last week saw the Seattle Reign FC suffer their first loss all season at the hands of the Chicago Red Stars. One week later, the Reign have the chance to avenge the loss with a rematch on Sunday night.

A full slate of games are on the schedule this weekend, including the first nationally televised game of the season on Sunday night.

United announce roster for LA Galaxy friendly, Champions Cup

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By TATE STEINLAGE

Manchester United has announced its 25-man roster that will compete in the team's U.S. tour, which includes a July 23rd friendly against the LA Galaxy.

Among the names that will take on the four-time MLS Cup champions are forward Wayne Rooney,goalkeeper David De Gea, and midfielderJuan Mata.

SBI Thursday Rewind: Johannsson’s hurt ankle; USMNT’s fall in FIFA rankings; and more

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By TATE STEINLAGE

Like Jozy Altidore, U.S. forward Aron Johannsson was dealing with an injury throughout the World Cup. However, on ThursdayAZ Alkmaar team director Earnie Stewart confirmed that Johannsson was dealing with his knock before the tournament ever kicked off.

Schedule announced for U.S.-based Copa Centroamericano

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Prior to hosting the2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup and the 2016 Centennial Copa America, the United States will play host to another international tournament: the 2014 Copa Centroamericano.

The Central American Football Union (UNCAF) announced the scheduling of theseven team tournament with games scheduled to be played in Washington, D.

Report: USMNT in talks with Ecuador for October friendly

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Less than three weeks after being eliminated from the 2014 World Cup, the U.S. Men's National Team is already looking forward to scheduling for the future.

The USMNTare reportedlyin talks to host fellow World Cup participant Ecuador in a friendly match October, but an official date and city are still yet to be named, according to the Ecuadorian FA's official website.

Feilhaber developing into Sporting KC’s most consistent performer

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By DAN KARELL

COLUMBUS, Ohio Sporting Kansas City have been rocked so much by suspensions, injuries, and international call-ups, that they've played 19 different lineups in each of their 19 MLS matches this season.

Throughout the constant turnover and flux, there's remained one constant in the Sporting KC lineup all year; Benny Feilhaber.

Altidore labels World Cup injury lowest point of his career

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Jozy Altidore was down in the dumps.

The 2014 World Cup was supposed to be an opportunity for him to shine, to do away with all the criticisms about his inability to score after a rough season at Sunderland, to showcase his game on the grandest of stages.

MLS Ticker: Pfeffer to replace Yedlin in Homegrown Game; Red Bulls vs. Arsenal to be nationally televised; and more

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By TATE STEINLAGE

Zach Pfeffer is heading to Portland for this year's All-Star festivities thanks to DeAndre Yedlin and Major League Soccer fans.

MLS announcedon Wednesday the Fan Starting XI for the Aug. 6 match against Bayern Munich and it includes Yedlin. As a result, the Seattle Sounders and U.

Cahill claims 2014 ESPY for MLS Best Athlete

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While Tim Cahill was busy delivering tackles and hitting passes to teammates on Wednesday, ESPN was busy giving him some recognition.

Cahill was named the winner of the 2014 MLS Best Athlete award at the ESPYS in Los Angeles on Wednesday night for his sterling 2013 season. Cahill led the New York Red Bulls last year to a historic Supporters' Shield win last year, scoring 11 goals and adding five assists while also earning spots in the MLS All-Star Team and MLS Best XI.

USMNT falls two spots to No. 15 in latest FIFA Rankings

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By DAN KARELL

The U.S. Men's National Team exceeded expectations at the World Cup by getting out of the "Group of Death," but their finish in the Round of 16 didn't do them any favors in the latest FIFA Rankings.

FIFA dropped their first rankings since the end of the World Cup and the U.

Johannsson entered World Cup with ankle knock

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By FRANCO PANIZO

The injury Aron Johannsson left the World Cup with is one that he carried into the tournament as well.

AZ Alkmaar team director and former U.S. Men's National Team player Earnie Stewart told ESPN FC on Wednesday that Johannsson had been dealing with an ankle knock prior to the start of the World Cup.

USMNT wins 2014 ESPY for “Best Moment”

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U-20 USMNT crush Bermuda in second game of NTC Invitational

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By DAN KARELL

There was no need for a comeback on Wednesday evening.

After needing late heroics to defeat Chile last Monday, the Under-20 U.S. Men's National Team returned to the field on Wednesday and scored three times in the first half, cruising to a 4-0 victory over Bermuda in the second match of the NTC Invitational.

Must-See Goal: Benny Feilhaber

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Must See-Video: Mike Magee’s Day Off Outtakes and Deleted Scenes

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USMNT starters headline MLS Fan XI for 2014 All Star Game

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By DAN KARELL

The U.S. Men's National Team will be well represented in the 2014 All-Star Game against Bayern Munich in Portland, Ore.

Major League Soccer announced the results of the Fan XI on Wednesday evening, and the side features no less than eight members of the USMNT at the World Cup.

Feilhaber’s late strike gives Sporting KC stunning victory vs. Crew

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By DAN KARELL

COLUMBUS, Ohio Sporting Kansas City have developed a knack for winning games in the dying seconds of the match.

For the second time in four days, Sporting KC won on a last-minute goal, this time coming from the right foot of Benny Feilhaber as he launched a rocket off the underside of the crossbar in the 93rd minute to give his side a stunning 2-1 win over the Columbus Crew on Saturday night in Crew Stadium.

Besler confirms transfer bids from Sunderland and Fulham

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By TATE STEINLAGE

Matt Besler's stock is at an all-time high following an impressive World Cup campaign with the United States. His options? Equally so.

Wednesday the Sporting Kansas City defender and captain confirmed two of at least 10 clubs in England and Germany bidding for his talents.

Union snap home winless streak with victory over Red Bulls

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By RYAN TOLMICH

After seven straight games at home without a win in MLS, the Philadelphia Union finally picked up three points at PPL Park.

The visiting New York Red Bulls were knocked off by the Union on Wednesday evening, with Conor Casey, Fred and Sebastian Le Toux all scoring goals for the home side to defeat the Red Bulls, 3-1.

Defoe scores 11th of the season in draw with Whitecaps

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Despite a Jermain Defoe penalty finish, Toronto FC was forced to settle for the team's third draw in five games.

TFC and the visiting Vancouver Whitecaps played to a 1-1 draw Wednesday night, as Defoe's 64th minute equalizer canceled Darren Mattocks' early second half finish, earning the two Canadian sides a share of the points.

SBI Wednesday Rewind: Xavi linked to MLS again; Besler gets overseas offers; and more

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

The rumors and speculation that Xavi Hernandez will head to New York City FC got a bit louder Wednesday with new reports out of Spain linking Xavi to the Major League Soccer expansion club. One unconfirmed report claimed he Xavi is days away from finalizing his move to NYC FC.

Galaxy thrash Revs behind braces from Keane, Zardes

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By MARK EDWARD HORNISH

The LA Galaxy and the New England Revolution are two teams headed in the opposite direction. The Galaxy, unbeaten in their last seven matches, made it eight, crushing the hapless Revolution, 5-1.

The home side was led by a pair of braces two goals from Robbie Keane, and two from Gyasi Zardes, with a second half set piece score from Stefan Ishizaki thrown in for good measure.

Soccer Wednesday: Your Running Commentary

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By TATE STEINLAGE

Major League Soccer is in full swing again following the World Cup and will take center stage Wednesday with four matches involving teams needing results.

The action kicks off with the New York Red Bulls and Philadelphia Union at PPL Park. The Red Bulls haven't lost a league fixture in five matches and will be looking to extend that statistic to six against a laboring Union squad led by interim head managerJim Curtin.

Sporting KC sign midfielders Claros and Steuble

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By TATE STEINLAGE

More than a month after transferring Oriol Rosell to Portugal, Sporting Kansas City has refueled its midfield depth with the signings of Jorge Claros and Martin Steuble.

"We are always looking for players to enhance our roster," Sporting KC manager Peter Vermes said in a release.

Ramos discusses improvements to U.S. Soccer youth development

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NBC Sports announces first three months of EPL TV fixtures

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By DAN KARELL

The upcoming English Premier League season is just 30 days away, and to get you excited, NBC Sports Group has announced their TV listings for the first three months of the season.

Leading off the nine-month marathon is Manchester United and their new manager Louis Van Gaal as they open the season with the early-morning game on NBC Sports Network against Swansea City on August 16.

USWNT sets friendly for first-ever meeting vs. Switzerland

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

When the U.S. Women's National Team hosts friendlies, they tend to stick to familiar rivals. But next month, they bring in a new opponent.

The USWNT will face Switzerland on Aug. 20 in WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, North Carolina, U.

MLS Ticker: O’Neill suspended, Anor cleared; Rey leaves Crew for Spain; and more

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By DAN KARELL

The Colorado Rapids will be without one of their starting defenders when they face the Portland Timbers on Friday on national television.

Major League Soccer's Disciplinary Committee announced on Tuesday that defender Shane O'Neill has been suspended one match and fined an undisclosed amount for "aserious foul play which endangered the safety of an opponent" in the Rapids' 3-3 draw at the Philadelphia Union.

Report: Xavi mulling offers from 3 MLS clubs

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By DAN KARELL

Xavi Hernandez's future looks to be exceedingly away from FC Barcelona, but the method of his departure and eventual landing spot are still up in the air.

According to reports in Spain, Xavi is considering an offer from Major League Soccer, with three clubs bidding to sign the legendary Spanish midfielder; New York City FC, New York Red Bulls, and Seattle Sounders FC.

Must-See Video: Mike Magee’s Day Off

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SBI Tuesday Rewind: Wright-Phillips stepping up for Red Bulls; a look at Jones’ possible move to MLS; and more

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

Around this time last year, Bradley Wright-Phillips wasn't necessarily a name in the headlines. But what a difference a year makes. As Wright-Phillips is on pace to set a New York Red Bulls record for goals in a single season, SBI's Ryan Tolmich looked at the Englishman's breakout season and heard from the team about the impact he's made this year.

Wednesday Kickoff: Arsenal agree Khedira fee; Allegri appointed Juventus coach; and more

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By DAN KARELL

Arsene Wenger is closer than ever to shoring up his team's weak point in defensive midfield.

According to a report in Spanish newspaper Marca, Arsenal have agreed a transfer fee of €25 million for Real Madrid's Sami Khedira, who just helped win Germany a World Cup title.

Jones again linked to MLS after enjoying successful World Cup with USMNT

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Much of the talk regarding U.S. Men's National Team players since their World Cup ended has been about whether the likes of DeAndre Yedlin and Matt Besler will secure moves to clubs abroad. There is, however, one player on the other end of the spectrum who could be moving from Europe to MLS.

Afternoon ticker: Conte resigns at Juventus; Costa officially joins Chelsea; and more

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By TIM FONTENAULT

After three years and three Serie A titles, Antonio Conte has resigned as manager of Juventus.

The Italian tactician has parted with the Italian giants by mutual consent. Conte won 102 of the 151 matches he oversaw for Juventus.

Despite success on the home front, Juventus has continued to struggle in the UEFA Champions League, and Conte has previously said that he could quit the club if they did not invest in new players.

SBI 2014 World Cup Diary: Entry 6

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By FRANCO PANIZO

BRASILIA, Brazil All good things must come to an end. Unfortunately.

No, I didn't make it all the way though until the end of the World Cup like Ives but I did spend a few more days in beautiful Brazil following the U.

Red Bulls notes: Petke embracing youth; McCarty’s role in midfield; and more

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By RYAN TOLMICH

The first big test of New York Red Bulls defender Matt Miazga's young career came Sunday night in the Red Bull's clash with the Columbus Crew.

After having a major part in conceding a first-half equalizer, the 18-year-old Miazga drew the ire of star Thierry Henry and head coach Mike Petke heading into halftime.

SBI’s 2014 World Cup Best XI

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By FRANCO PANIZO

The 2014 World Cup might now be a thing of the past, but there were more than enough impressive performances throughout the tournament to keep fans talking for a while.

From Manuel Neuer's strong showings in goal for Germany to Arjen Robben's electric outings for the Netherlands to James Rodriguez's attention-grabbing games for Colombia, the recently-concluded World Cup had no shortage of stellar play from individuals looking to make an impact on soccer's grandest stage.

SBI MLS Save of the Week: Donovan Ricketts

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SBI MLS Goal of the Week: Deshorn Brown

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U-20 USMNT come from behind to edge Chile in first NTC game

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By FRANCO PANIZO

It took a come-from-behind effort, but the Under-20 U.S. Men's National Team is off to a winning start in California.

The U.S. defeated Chile in their first 2014 National Training Center Invitational match on Monday, using a pair of second-half goals from a couple of substitutes in a 2-1 victory.

MLS Golden Boot leader Wright-Phillips exceeding expectations in breakout season

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Prior to his current breakout campaign, New York Red Bulls forward Bradley Wright-Phillips had developed a fairly consistent routine when it came to dealing with postgame questioning from the ever-present New York media.

"If it goes in, you guys talk to me," Wright-Phillips told reporters Sunday after scoring in the Red Bulls 4-1 thrashing of the Columbus Crew.

NWSL Week 14: A Look Back

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By CASSIDY GABRIEL

Winning streaks are made to be broken and it seems Week 14 of the National Women's Soccer League was the week for it.

After nearly three months and 16 matches of leading the National Women's Soccer League with an untarnished record, the Seattle Reign's phenomenal unbeaten streak came to an end this week.

SBI Monday Rewind: Huge crowd gives Sounders boost in derby; World Cup sets U.S. media records; and more

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

It was already technically Monday on the east coast when the Seattle Sounders were still reacting to their derby win over the Portland Timbers in front of more than 62,000 fans. With goals from Clint Dempsey and Marco Pappa, the Sounders found a second-half surge to continue the Timbers' struggles this season and win 2-0.

Lichaj’s return from injury could be delayed until September

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By FRANCO PANIZO

The injury that forced Eric Lichaj to miss the end of this past season might also force him to miss the start of the upcoming one.

Lichaj is currently recovering from a hernia injury he had surgery on in March, and his expected timetable to return to Nottingham Forest might be pushed back until September.

Tuesday Kickoff: German squad given heroes welcome; Ribery returns to training; and more

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By DAN KARELL

The World Cup champions arrived home this morning to a heroes welcome in Berlin.

Hundreds of thousands of Germans lined the streets to witness the squad hoisting the World Cup trophy aloft, as Germany celebrates their fourth World Cup title. After landing at Berlin's Tegel airport, the squad and support staff boarded a double-decker bus to ride through the streets of Berlin towards the Brandenberg Gate.

World Cup final breaks USA TV ratings records

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Mario Goetze's 113th minute winner may not have broken the record for the latest goal scored in World Cup history, but Germany's 1-0 triumph over Argentina broke new ground in terms of viewership.

Sunday's World Cup final was the most watched Men's World Cup Final ever in terms of American viewership, as ABC's telecast averaged17,324,000 and maxed out at 20,781,000 viewers during the German victory.

Fire add to midfield depth with Cocis signing

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By DAN KARELL

The Chicago Fire added a new piece to their midfield that they hold can bring some more stability to the club.

The Fire announced on Monday that they had signed Romanian international Razvan Cocis fromUkrainian club FC Hozerla Uzhhorod. Per MLS and team policy, terms of the transfer and contract were not disclosed.

SBI MLS Rookie of the Week: Adam Bedell

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By DAN KARELL

Adam Bedell probably wasn't expecting to come on in the first half against the New York Red Bulls, but he took his chance and made something out of it.

Come on for the injured Jairo Arrieta in the 25th minute, the towering Bedell fired home a first-time strike on the half-volley in the 39th minute for his first career MLS goal, tying the game at 1-1 at the time at the New York Red Bulls.

World Cup final smashes social media records

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

When the final whistle blew on Sunday and Germany won the World Cup, Lukas Podolski celebrated the way many people would by taking a selfie on his cell phone and tweeting it to his Twitter followers. It was retweeted by more than 90,000 people.

It's perhaps a sign of the times when everything is an event to be played out on social media, but the World Cup final tops all others.

SBI MLS Team of the Week: D.C. United

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By DAN KARELL

D.C. United made another statement on Friday night that they are a legitimate playoff contender.

Ben Olsen's side extended their two-point lead atop the Eastern Conference as they won their second consecutive road match, beating the San Jose Earthquakes, 2-1.

SBI MLS Player of the Week: Thierry Henry

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By DAN KARELL

The Columbus Crew were reminded on Saturday night that when Thierry Henry is playing angry, he's nearly unstoppable.

The 36-year-old New York Red Bulls star raged against his teammates in a halftime tirade but also inspired them to a 4-1 victory, earning Henry SBI MLS Player of the Week honors.

Messi, Neuer, Rodriguez headline 2014 World Cup awards

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By DAN KARELL

Lionel Messi may not have won the ultimate prize on Sunday afternoon but he's not going home without some silverware of his own.

Following Germany's 1-0 victory in the World Cup final, the Argentine star was awarded the 2014 FIFA World Cup Golden Ball on the back of a four-goal, two-assist performance in the tournament.

SBI Weekend Rewind: USMNT to face Ireland; Germany wins World Cup; Adu trial with AZ ends; and more

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

The World Cup is over and the time begins to look ahead to 2018 in Russia. U.S. Men's National Team coach Jurgen Klinsmann appears to be doing just that, with reports from Ireland indicating the USMNT will heading there for a friendly this fall.

Second-half blitz pushes Sounders past Timbers

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By JASON MITCHELL

SEATTLE Unfortunately for the Portland Timbers, the Seattle Sounders are just about unbeatable when they open up their entire stadium.

In the 86th installment of a rivalry spanning five decades and six leagues, Seattle received second-half goals from Clint Dempsey and Marco Pappa on Sunday night, earning a 2-0 win over the Timbers in front of 64,207 at CenturyLink Field.

Monday Kickoff: Scolari resigns; Rodriguez nearing Real Madrid move; and more

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By DAN KARELL

Luiz Felipe Scolari's time as Brazil coach is over.

Following a second embarrassing defeat in a span of four days, Scolari handed in his resignation to the Brazilian FA (CBF), according to a report in the Brazilian newspaper Globo.

Germany ousts Argentina in extra time for fourth World Cup title

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By CARL SETTERLUND

Some may have questioned when German manager Jogi Löw subbed out the World Cup's all-time goal scoring leader Miroslav Klose in the 88th minute, but it turned out he was just replacing one legend with another.

Substitute Mario Götze proved the hero, as the 22-year-old got on the end of left-sided cross by André Schürrle, chesting it down by the near post and then beating Sergio Romero across the body in the 113th minute for the lone goal as Germany beat Argentina 1-0 in the World Cup final at Estádio Maracanã in Rio de Janeiro.

SBI World Cup Man of the Match: Mario Götze

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By TIM FONTENAULT

When Mario Götzereplaced Miroslav Klose in the 88th minute of Sunday's FIFA World Cup Final, he replaced one of the most historic players in tournament history.

In the 113th minute, Götzemade history himself.

The 22-year-old forward took a cross fromAndré Schürrle off his chest and fired it past Argentina goalkeeper Sergio Romero to give Germany a 1-0 lead in extra time.

World Cup Final: Argentina vs. Germany (Your Running Commentary)

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By IVES GALARCEP

RIO de JANEIRO Argentina and Germany square off at the Maracana today in the 2014 World Cup Final.

Germany will look to become the third team to win four World Cup titles today as they try and stop Lionel Messi and Argentina.

Please feel free to share your thoughts, opinions and some play-by-play in the comments section below.

Adu trial with AZ Alkmaar ends

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By DAN KARELL

Less than a week after joining AZ Alkmaar on a trial basis, Freddy Adu's time at the club has come to a close.

AZ head coach Marco Van Basten has seen enough of Freddy Adu in his six-day trial to decide against giving the 25-year-old midfielder a contract, the club announced on Sunday.

Henry leads Red Bulls over Crew with goal, three assists

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By RYAN TOLMICH

HARRISON, N.J. — Soccer may be a young man's game, but New York Red Bulls star Thierry Henry demonstrated that there's still some spectacular skill remaining in his 36-year-old legs.

Henry led the way with a goal to go with a trio of assists Saturday as the Red Bulls took down the visiting Columbus Crew by a 4-1 scoreline at Red Bull Arena.

Dwyer continues dominance in Sporting KC win over Impact

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By TATE STEINLAGE

Stade Saputo has become a home away from home for Dom Dwyer.

The young Sporting Kansas City forward scored his third and fourth goals there Saturday in Montreal as the reigning Major League Soccer champions earned a crucial three points in a 2-1 road victory.

Amarikwa’s early tally sends Fire to victory against reeling Revs

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By CARL SETTERLUND

The Chicago Fire might still be near the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings, but Frank Yallop's men have started to show signs of life lately.

A positive stretch for the Fire continued Saturday night at Gillette Stadium as a third-minute display of physical prowess by Quincy Amarikwa, who shrugged off the rugged Andrew Farrell to score a third minute winner in a 1-0 road victory over the reeling New England Revolution.

Defoe caps off TFC comeback victory over Dynamo

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By DAN KARELL

Toronto FC Designated Player Jermain Defoe showed off the quality that has turned TFC into a playoff contender overnight.

Defoe scored two second half goals as TFC came back from a two-goal deficit to defeat the Houston Dynamo, 4-2, at BMO Field on Saturday evening.

Rapids rally to overcome two-goal deficit, draw 10-man Union

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

With a comfortable two-goal lead and just 14 minutes left in regulation, the Philadelphia Union looked able to coast to their second home win of the season. But a 76th minute red card quickly turned the tide as a 10-man Union couldn't hold back the deluge from the Colorado Rapids, who equalized for a 3-3 draw.

Galaxy hold off RSL in Western Conference showdown

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By MARK EDWARD HORNISH

CARSON, Calif. If Saturday was a preview of what to expect in the second half of the Major League Soccer season, the fall looks promising for the LA Galaxy. Perennial Western Conference powers Real Salt Lake and the Galaxy squared off under the full moon at the Stub Hub Center on Saturday night, with the Galaxy eking out a 1-0 victorybefore a raucous crowd of 19,882.

On-fire Torres extends Chivas USA streak in win vs. Whitecaps

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By DAN KARELL

Chivas USA haven't lost this year when Erick "Cubo" Torres has scored.

With Chivas USA up a man late in the match, Torres arrived like a thief in the night at the back post and calmly headed home the game-winning-goal, before Chivas USA finished off the Vancouver Whitecaps, 3-1, to stun the crowd at BC Place on Saturday evening.

World Cup Final: A Look Ahead

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By DAN KARELL

Germany and Argentina have the chance to etch their names into the history books when they take the field in the World Cup final on Sunday at the Maracana in Rio de Janeiro.

In one of the best World Cup tournament's in recent memory, one of two differing narratives will play out over the next 90 or more minutes.

SBI World Cup Man of the Match: Robin van Persie

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By TATE STEINLAGE

It wasn't Holland's elusive first World Cup title, but a third-place finish in the 2014 World Cup will leave the "Flying Dutchman" gleaming with satisfaction.

After being heartbroken in penalties against Argentina in the semifinals, the Netherlands bounced back against Brazil in dominating fashion, routing the host country 3-0 at the beautiful Estádio Nacional de Brasília Mané Garrincha.

Brazil ends World Cup in free fall as Netherlands rolls in third place game

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By CARL SETTERLUND

Brazil's spectacular fall continued into the World Cup's third-place game on Saturday in their capital city of Brasília.

After having its title hopes dashed in a shellacking by Germany on Tuesday, Brazil conceded twice early and couldn't play its way back in, as the host nation fell, 3-0, to the Netherlands.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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By DAN KARELL

The penultimate match of the World Cup gets underway on Saturday, as the countdown to the World Cup final draws ever closer.

Neither team is happy to be there, but Brazil and the Netherlands will meet up in the World Cup third-place match at the Estadio Nacional in Brasilia.

Germany, Argentina dominate World Cup award nominations

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By TIM FONTENAULT

Lionel Messi and Manuel Neuer should see plenty of each other in Sunday's World Cup Final, and they are both in line to clean up in the World Cup awards department as well after leading the nominees unveiled on Friday.

Germany and Argentina dominate the list of finalists for the Golden Ball, which will be awarded to the tournament's best player.

MLS Week 18: A Look Ahead

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By DAN KARELL

Both Clint Dempsey and DeAndre Yedlin are expected to make their return in front of nearly 70,000 screaming fans as Major League Soccer's best rivalry match commences.

The Sounders host the Timbers for the second time in a week, just four days after Sigi Schmid's squad defeated the Timbers, 3-1, in extra time to advance in the U.

NWSL Week 14: A Look Ahead

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By SARAH HALLETT

With the Seattle Reign FC and FC Kansas City holding a firm grasp on the top two-playoff positions, a little over a month remains for the rest of the league to claim the other two spots. This week is crucial as four teams came into it within one point of each other and all those teams play this weekend.

MLS Ticker: Negotiations ongoing with Robinho; Nguyen suspended; and more

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By DAN KARELL

Kaka may very well have a Brazilian Designated Player to team up with next year for Orlando City SC.

AC Milan forward Robinho has been the subject of plenty of transfer speculation recently and a number of reports in Italy believe his next destination is in MLS with Orlando.

Friday Kickoff: Barca confirm Suarez transfer; Inzaghi backs Balo; and more

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By DAN KARELL

Luis Suarez is no longer a Liverpool player.

After his best season since moving to the English Premier League, the Merseyside club have agreed to offload the Uruguayan forward to FC Barcelona for a reported €81 million.

SBI Thursday Rewind: Altidore to rejoin Sunderland; Diskerud shows what USMNT missed; and more

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

Jozy Altidore's unlucky hamstring strain in the U.S. Men's National Team opener in Brazil cut his time at the World Cup short, but it shouldn't interfere with his club season. Sunderland manager manager Gus Poyet said Thursday he expects Altidore to be ready to go for the Black Cats preseason starting after the World Cup.

Report: USMNT lining up Rep. of Ireland friendly

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In keeping with head coach Jurgen Klinsmann's tradition of scheduling matches against European opposition, the U.S. Men's National Team could be heading for the Emerald Isle.

According to a report in the Irish Independent, the USMNT have scheduled a friendly match with the Republic of Ireland for Nov.

Diskerud scores with classy finish in Rosenborg return

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Mix Diskerud might not have played a single minute at the World Cup, but that still did not stop him from making an impact in his Rosenborg BK return.

Playing in his first game at the club level since early May, Diskerud scored a goal in Rosenborg's 2-0 win vs.

Red Bulls mutually agree to part ways with Steele

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Jonny Steele was a key member of the New York Red Bulls team that helped the club win its first trophy, but his role within the squad was diminished this year and he is moving on as a result.

The Red Bulls announced late on Thursday afternoon that they have mutually agreed to part ways with Steele in order to allow him to pursue other opportunities.

Evening Ticker: Sanchez signs with Arsenal; Suarez’s Barcelona move a ‘done deal’; and more

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By TATE STEINLAGE

With Barcelona moving ever so closer to officially announcing Luis Suarez as its newest member, Luis Enrique and company have made a big move to prepare for the star striker's arrival.

Barcelona has officially transferredstriker Alexis Sanchez to English Premier League side Arsenal.

Poyet expects Altidore to be healthy enough to train upon return to Sunderland

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By FRANCO PANIZO

If Sunderland manager Gus Poyet is to be believed, Jozy Altidore will be recovered from his hamstring injury in time to partake in the start of the club's preseason.

Poyet told Sunderland's website Thursday that he expects Altidore to be healthy enough to practice with the team when the forward returns from his summer break.

U.S. Open Cup quarterfinals: A Look Back

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By DAN KARELL

For the first time in three years, FC Dallas are back in the U.S. Open Cup semifinals.

The MLS club ended the valiant run by the North American Soccer League's Carolina RailHawks with a 5-2 quarterfinal victory, in a game that was much closer than the final score indicated.

MLS Ticker: Kronberg out 8 weeks, NYC FC sign Saunders, and more

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Just when Sporting Kansas City bring back two of their best field players, the club loses its starting goalkeeper.

Sporting KC announced on Wednesday that Eric Kronberg fractured the fourth metacarpal bone in his left hand in practice and will miss approximately eight weeks because of the injury.

FIFA reject appeal, Suarez suspension stands

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By DAN KARELL

Luis Suarez's hopes of playing soccer anytime soon have been dashed.

FIFA stood firm on Thursday, rejecting the Uruguayan FA and Suarez's appealfor his fine and suspension to be reduced or dismissed. FIFA fined Suarez CHF100,000 and banned him from nine international matches and four months away from all soccer activities for biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini.

Report: Onyewu won’t return to Sheffield Wednesday

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By DAN KARELL

Oguchi Onyewu's club situation is up in the air again.

For the second time in six months and third time in the last 12 months, Onyewu will be looking for a new club after contract negotiations with Sheffield Wednesday broke down, according to a report in the Sheffield Telegraph.

Fresh faces included in U-20 USMNT training camp roster

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By DAN KARELL

With the CONCACAF Under-20 Championship less than six months away, Under-20 USMNT head coach Tab Ramos is giving some players on the fringes of the U-20 player pool a hard look during a July training camp.

Ramos has called in a 20-man squad for a training camp at the National Training Center in Carson, Calif, including fresh faces such as Fernando Arce Jr.

SBI Wednesday Rewind: Messi’s Argentina in World Cup final; MLS names homegrown all-stars; and more

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

Lionel Messi's Argentina is now just one game away from a World Cup. After more than 120 minutes scoreless on Wednesday, Argentina had to move past the Netherlands on a penalty kick shootout. It certainly wasn't the decisive win of the unstoppable German team that reserved their spot in the final, but the result is the same for Argentina.

Extra-time goals push Sounders past Timbers in US Open Cup

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By JASON MITCHELL

TUKWILA, Wash. Major League Soccer's fiercest rivals met on a sultry midsummer night in the quarterfinals of the nation's oldest soccer tournament, and the match provided just about everything anyone could have expected.

Orlando City punishes supporters’ groups after ugly ruckus vs. Rowdies

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Orlando City has brought down the hammer on its supporters groups.

Three days after some fans involved in the club's top two supporters groups caused some chaos in a friendly against in-state rivals the Tampa Bay Rowdies, Orlando City issued temporary bans on Wednesday to counter the incidents that damaged the image of the MLS-bound franchise.

SBI World Cup Man of the Match: Javier Mascherano

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By CARL SETTERLUND

Facing the likes of Arjen Robben, Robin Van Persie, and Wesley Sneijder in the World Cup semifinals, Argentina needed a special performance to keep those three away from goal.

While the back line was busy, Argentine midfielder Javier Mascherano stepped up to the task played brilliantly, marking Robben and Sneijder basically out of the game.

Argentina advance past Netherlands on penalty kicks to World Cup final

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By DAN KARELL

It may not have been the prettiest campaign, but Argentina won't care. They're headed to the World Cup final.

Argentina were locked in a scoreless draw with the Netherlands for 120 minutes on Wednesday evening at the Arena Corinthians in Sao Paulo, as neither team was able to penetrate the opponent's resilient defense.

Netherlands vs. Argentina: Your Running Commentary

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By DAN KARELL

Two teams who have relied on individual moments of brilliance to survive and advance finally meet in the World Cup semifinals in Sao Paulo.

Argentina take on the Netherlands (4 p.m. ESPN) in a re-match of the 1978 World Cup final, with both teams battling for the right to take on Germany on Sunday at the Maracana.

MLS Notes: McCarty making progress; Jimenez out for 2 months; and more

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Dax McCarty's long injury layoff could end as soon as this weekend.

Ahead of the New York Red Bulls' match on Saturday against the Columbus Crew, head coach Mike Petke teased to reporters that the 27-year-old midfielder could be back in the starting lineup after missing more than a month with a knee injury.

MLS announces roster for inaugural Homegrown Game

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By DAN KARELL

The next big stars in Major League Soccer will be on display in Portland next month.

MLS announced that they've selected 20 Homegrown players to take part in the inaugural Homegrown Game, which will take place on Aug.

World Cup semifinals: Argentina vs. The Netherlands: A Look Ahead

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

With Brazil's shocking crash and burn in the semifinal round, it looks all the more like this may be Argentina's World Cup. The factoid has been repeated plenty of times: No European team has ever won a World Cup in South America.

SBI Tuesday Rewind: Brazil’s humiliating ouster; Van Persie’s illness; Yedlin’s transfer options; and more

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

After losing their best player in Neymar, Brazil went into Tuesday's semifinal against Germany suddenly looking like an underdog. But they left looking like they had been swapped out for a look-alike reserve team as Germany pummeled them with goals.

Wednesday Kickoff: Scolari accepts blame; Bayern introduce Lewandowski; and more

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By DAN KARELL

The sun rose this morning over Brazil, but last night's shock result still doesn't feel real.

Germany scored five goals in an 18-minute stretch midway through the first half, opening the floodgates on their way to a record-setting 7-1 victory over Brazil.

SBI World Cup Man of the Match: Toni Kroos

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By RYAN TOLMICH

It was one of the more emphatic statements in recent memory. With four goals in six minutes on their way to a 7-1 destruction of host nation Brazil, Germany put forth one of the most dominating performances ever seen on the World Cup Stage.

Toni Kroos, like virtually all of his German teammates, dismantled the Brazilian defense through the game's first thirty minutes.

Germany dismantles Brazil to eliminate hosts in shocking lopsided semifinal

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By CARL SETTERLUND

Germany scored five times in the opening 29 minutes, four of them in a decisive six-minute stretch, to destroy host Brazil, 7-1, in a semifinal at Estádio Mineirão in Belo Horizonte.

Miroslav Klose's 23rd-minute tally ended up being the winner and started a run on goals.

The SBI Show: Episode 152 (Recapping the USMNT’s World Cup, and more)

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By IVES GALARCEP

As the 2014 World Cup winds down its final days, it is time to take a look back at the U.S. Men's National Team's journey in Brazil, and just what it means for the game in this country.

Episode 152 of The SBI Show takes a look back at the U.

Brazil vs. Germany: Your Running Commentary

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With Thiago Silva out for Brazil, David Luiz will captain Brazil in the World Cup semifinal against Germany (4 p.m. ESPN). That is not the biggest change for the five-time champions, however.

The host nation will be without Neymar, after the 22-year-old forward was knocked out of the host nation's victory over Colombia with a fractured vertebrae.

Mid-Day Ticker: Van Persie a doubt for semifinal; Man United reveal USA roster; and more

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By TIM FONTENAULT

An intestinal problem could keep Dutch striker Robin Van Persie out of Wednesday's World Cup semifinal, according to coach Louis Van Gaal.

Van Persie, who has scored three goals in the tournament, had to train separate from his teammates on Tuesday ahead of the Netherlands' clash against Argentina.

SBI MLS Goal of the Week: Erick Torres

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World Cup semifinals: Brazil vs. Germany: A Look Ahead

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Brazil will learn on Tuesday what life is like without Neymar.

Heading into their World Cup semifinals match against Germany (4 p.m. ESPN), Brazil will be missing not only their talismanic goal-scorer but also their top defender and captain, Thiago Silva, giving manager Luis Felipe Scolari plenty to think about in the run up to the match.

What should Yedlin do next?

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By DAN KARELL

It is the question on the mind of every American soccer fan right now. What's next for DeAndre Yedlin?

According to multiple reports, Yedlin's representatives and the Seattle Sounders have been fielding numerous international offers, with a chance for Yedlin to use his 111 minutes of World Cup performances as a springboard to greater glory.

Tuesday Kickoff: Arsenal close in on Sanchez; Thousands mourn Di Stefano; and more

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By DAN KARELL

Arsene Wenger is on the verge of making a big summer signing for the second consecutive summer.

Arsenal have reportedly fended off Liverpool and Juventus for the signing of Barcelona forward Alexis Sanchez, which will cost Arsenal around £32 million, according to the Telegraph.

Potential pairings for U.S. Open Cup semifinal round revealed

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By DAN KARELL

The potential semifinal pairings for the 101st addition of the U.S. Open Cup have been released, and it includes the likelihood that a North American Soccer League club could host a semifinal game.

Out of the eight teams remaining in the tournament, only four clubs will host in the next round, including the Carolina RailHawks.

NWSL Week 13: A Look Back

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By CASSIDY GABRIEL

While FC Kansas City and the Western New York Flash were able to earn convincing blowout victories this weekend, the National Women's Soccer League-leading Seattle Reign had a shaky start for the second time in a week with another late from-behind result over last-place Boston Breakers.

Man United, Liverpool release new kits

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By DAN KARELL

There's no better sign that the start of the English Premier League season is just a few weeks away with clubs debuting their new kits.

Both Manchester United and Liverpool released new uniforms on Monday morning, with Man United sporting a home kit adorned with new club sponsor Chevrolet while Liverpool chose to replace last year's third kits with a new version.

SBI MLS Rookie of the Week: Tesho Akindele

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By DAN KARELL

Tesho Akindele has put together a strong rookie season, and he showed on Friday why he was coveted by FC Dallas as the No. 6 overall pick in the 2014 MLS Draft.

Starting up top for the seventh consecutive game, Akindele combined well with strike-partner Blas Perez in the 26th minute, firing a lobbed pass on the volley past Philadelphia Union goalkeeper Zac MacMath to give FC Dallas a 1-0 lead.

SBI MLS Team of the Week: D.C. United

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By DAN KARELL

Coming off a disappointing defeat at home, D.C. United managed to turn their fortunes around just a week later.

D.C. United went up to BMO Field and defeated Toronto FC, 2-1, to take back sole possession of first place in the Eastern Conference.

SBI MLS Player of the Week: Bradley Wright-Phillips

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By DAN KARELL

After a slow start to his Major League Soccer career, Bradley Wright-Phillips has proven to be one of the league's most lethal finishers.

The New York Red Bulls forward scored two goals in his side's 2-2 draw against the Houston Dynamo last Friday at BBVA Compass Stadium, taking his goal-scoring tally this season to 14 goals.

Ream signs extension with Bolton

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By RYAN TOLMICH

After successfully navigating the difficulties of obtaining a work permit, Tim Ream and Bolton Wanderers could finally make things official.

The 26-year-old has officially signed a new three-year deal with the Championship side, who announced the deal Sunday.

SBI Sunday Rewind: Sporting KC, Fire draw; Adu goes on trial with AZ; and more

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By DAN KARELL

On a World Cup rest day, Major League Soccer continued, with the defending champions returning home to take on the Chicago Fire. In hot and humid conditions, neither team was able to find the final breakthrough as both sides settled for a 1-1 draw. Sporting KC's Dom Dwyer scored the opener in the 33rd minute when he took advantage of a poor mistake by Patrick Ianni and finished one-on-one with Fire goalkeeper Sean Johnson.

Monday Kickoff: Liverpool stocking up; Real Madrid after Pogba; and more

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By DAN KARELL

Few teams have been as busy this summer as Liverpool FC, and the Merseyside club are showing no signs of slowing down during the transfer window.

Liverpool are on the verge of signing Belgium National Team forward Divock Origi and Serbia and Benfica winger Lazar Markovic in deals that are estimated to cost around £35 million in transfer fees, according to reports in the English press.

Dwyer, Magee score in 1-1 draw at sweltering Sporting Park

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By TATE STEINLAGE

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — The temperature and humidity in Kansas City skyrocketed Sunday afternoon, and the action on the field between Sporting Kansas City and the Chicago Fire could only keep up for so long.

Forwards Dom Dwyer and Mike Magee scored for their respective teams in the first half as the two sides played to a 1-1 draw in front of 20,585 fans at a sticky Sporting Park.

Adu joins AZ Alkmaar on trial

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Dutch side AZ Alkmaar have enjoyed their fair share of success stories when it comes to utilizing American talent. With current U.S. Men's National Team forwards Jozy Altidore andAron Johannsson as products of the club, AZ are now looking towards its next possible American project.

Besler weighing ‘dream’ options at home and abroad following World Cup

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By TATE STEINLAGE

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — In 2009, Matt Besler was a 22-year-old rookie defender for the Kansas City Wizards. Unsure of whether or not he'd be with the club come summertime, Besler made the choice to stay at home with his parents over renting an apartment.

D.C. United come away with huge road win at TFC

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By DAN KARELL

Even with Michael Bradley back in the Toronto FC lineup, they were no match for Ben Olsen and D.C. United.

Through goals from Nick DeLeon and Perry Kitchen, D.C. United stunned Toronto FC, 2-1, on Saturday afternoon at BMO Field, with all three goals coming in the second half.

Impact fall as Torres again lifts Chivas with high-flying golazo

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

For Chivas USA, it seems like where there's El Cubo, there's a way.

For the third straight match in as many weeks, it was Erick Torres otherwise known as El Cubo who scored to give Chivas USA the edge for a 1-0 victory.

This time, it was against the Montreal Impact.

Whitecaps grab early lead, top shorthanded Sounders

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By JASON MITCHELL

Speedy, young, and relentlessly attacking, the Vancouver Whitecaps had to be licking their chops ahead of Saturday's match against the Seattle Sounders.

No Clint Dempsey, Obafemi Martins, or DeAndre Yedlin to keep the Whitecaps honest. No Gonzalo Pineda or Osvaldo Alonso clogging the center of the pitch.

Must-See Goal: Erick Torres

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SBI Saturday Rewind: Neymar airlifted home as Zuñiga apologizes; CONCACAF’s Costa Rica out; and more

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

In case there was any doubt about the seriousness of Neymar's condition, the pictures released Saturday said it all. Heading home from Brazil's training camp to continue his recovery, Neymar was airlifted via helicopter with live television cameras and photographers there to see the superstar wave from a stretcher on board.

38 players called in for U-17 USMNT July camp

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By DAN KARELL

Under-17 Men's National Team head coach Richie Williams is giving a large number of players a look ahead of two youth international tournaments in July and August.

Williams has called in 38 players to a training camp from July 5-12 at U.

SBI World Cup Man of the Match: Tim Krul

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By TYLER GRAY

Despite The Netherlands constant barrage on Costa Rica's goal for the better part of 120 minutes, the Dutch found themselves in a penalty shootout.

Goalkeeper Tim Krul was the third and final sub of the match and he proved he was worth head coach Louis Van Gaal's gamble with an unforgettable performance.

Netherlands nips historic Costa Rica run in penalty kicks

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By CARL SETTERLUND

The inspired goalkeeping of Costa Rican goalie Keylor Navas kept the Netherlands scoreless through 120 minutes, but the 27-year-old Levante keeper couldn't keep one of the World Cup's most potent offenses silent in penalty kicks, as Los Ticos fell 0-0 (4-3) at Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador.

Neymar airlifted home for back treatment, Zuñiga issues apology

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

Neymar won't need surgery, but it's of little consolation as he should certainly miss the rest of the World Cup.

The star striker was reportedly airlifted Saturday out of Brazil's training camp near Rio deJaneiro via helicopter and transported to his home city in Sao Paulo, where he will continue treatment for a fractured vertebra.

Argentina reaches semifinals after Higuain’s early goal, defense holds firm

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By FRANCO PANIZO

BRASILIA Argentina might be known for having arguably the world's best player in the magical Leo Messi and a star-studded attack, but it was the defense that helped the Argentinians move one step closer to World Cup glory.

Gonzalo Higuain scored an eighth-minute goal and the Argentines' back line held firm to knock off a tough Belgium side, 1-0, at Estadio Nacional on Saturday afternoon.

SBI World Cup Man of the Match: Gonzalo Higuaín

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By CASSIDY GABRIEL

With a calm and collected first-half finish, Gonzalo Higuaín earned Argentina a narrow quarterfinal victory over Belgium to reserve his side's spot in the semifinal round. After both teams endured taxing 120-minute matches earlier this week in the Round of 16, the Argentines, buoyed by Higuaín, came out on top today and ended hopes of advancing for Belgium's Red Devils.

Neymar ruled out of the World Cup

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By DAN KARELL

Brazil's biggest star will have to spend the rest of the World Cup watching from the sidelines.

Brazilian National Team winger Neymar was ruled out of the World Cup with a with a broken vertebraeby team doctorRodrigo Lasmar speaking to Brazilian TV outside of a hospital in Fortaleza.

RSL halts losing streak with win over Revs

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By TYLER GRAY

SANDY, Utah -It was a hero's welcome for Real Salt Lake's two national team players but they would have to get past a talented New England Revolution side full of young talent.

RSL took advantage of two penalty kicks to down the Revolution 2-1 on a sultry fourth of July evening.

Dynamo battle back to tie Red Bulls

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By DAN KARELL

Brad Davis proved how invaluable he is to the Houston Dynamo on Friday evening.

Earning a start just hours after returning in Houston from Brazil, the veteran midfielder stepped up to the spot late in the second half and buried a penalty kick goal to cancel out two classic striker goals from New York Red Bulls forward Bradley Wright-Phillips.

Crew, Rapids finish locked in stalemate

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By DAN KARELL

With his team struggling to score, Ethan Finlay has stepped up to be the Columbus Crew's top scoring option.

Finlay took advantage of a crucial Colorado Rapids mistake midway through the second half and punished them, giving the Crew a deserved point in a 1-1 draw on Friday at Dicks Sporting Goods Park.

SBI Friday Rewind: Yedlin disagrees with harsh Donovon comments; Johannsson to have surgery; and more

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

After Landon Donovan blamed a lack of vision from coach Jurgen Klinsmann for the U.S. Men's National Team failing to make it to the World Cup quarterfinals, everyone seemed to have an opinion about Donovan's comments.

Honors even as Timbers draw Sounders in thrilling encounter

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By MARK HORNISH

Carson, Calif -Maybe it was World Cup fever, or the constant barrage of fireworks lighting up the sky about the Stub Hub Center, but the fans came out in droves to watch the LA Galaxy and Portland Timbers battle to a 2-2 draw before a festive and sold out crowd of 27,000 at the StubHub Center.

World Cup quarterfinals: A Look Ahead

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By DAN KARELL

Argentina bowed out in the quarterfinal stage in the last two World Cups, and they're in grave danger of exiting Brazil in the same fashion.

Argentina takes on Belgium on Saturday (12 p.m. ABC) in a match that is crucial for the South Americans to finally find their mojo that has been missing all tournament long.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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By DAN KARELL

After holding off the USA last Tuesday in extra time, Belgium have the difficult task of regrouping and preparing to face Argentina in a crucial quarterfinal match on Saturday.

While there's no doubt that Belgium has created attacking chances during the tournament, they've failed to score a single goal earlier than the 70th minute, with much of the goal-scoring coming due to their great depth, bringing on substitutes to run at the tired opposition defenders.

Brazil holds off Colombia in quarterfinal thriller

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By CARL SETTERLUND

In a game that was filled with action, if not controversy, World Cup host Brazil found a way to slow down the in-form team of the tournament, holding off its western neighbor Colombia, 2-1, in a quarterfinal at Estádio Castelão in Fortaleza.

David Luiz had never scored for Brazil, but rose to the occasion to provide the winner on an absolute golazo from over 30 yards in the 69th minute.

SBI World Cup Man of the Match: David Luiz

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By TIM FONTENAULT

With what could possibly be the goal of the tournament to this point in the World Cup, David Luiz kicked Brazil into the semifinals.

Luiz lined up a free kick from well outside the penalty area and beat Colombia goalkeeper David Ospina to the top-right corner.

SBI World Cup Man of the Match: Mats Hummels

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By CARL SETTERLUND

In a quarterfinal match that often lacked urgency, German center back Mats Hummels can claim the decisive moment, overpowering French defender Patrice Evra for the 13th-minute winner.

The 6-foot-4 Hummels was helped along by a well-placed free kick from Toni Kroos, but it was the Borussia Dortmund man who had the finishing touch, literally strong-arming Evra to free himself 10 yards out.

NWSL Ticker: Gulati talks Solo’s status after arrest; Waldrum takes national team job; and more

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati has spoken with Hope Solo about her arrest and hinted her behavior could put herU.S. Women's National Team standing in jeopardy.

"I spoke with Hope last week," Gulati said during a press scrum Thursday in Brazil.

Germany defeats France to advance to 4th straight World Cup semifinals

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By TIM FONTENAULT

An outbreak of the flu was not enough to stop Germany from making World Cup history.

Mats Hummels' header in the 13th minute was all the scoring the Germans needed to defeat France in the quarterfinals and advance to their fourth straight semifinal, a new World Cup record.

Johannsson scheduled to undergo ankle surgery, will miss 6-8 weeks

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By FRANCO PANIZO

From the World Cup to the sidelines.

AZ Alkmaar announced on Friday that U.S. Men's National Team forward Aron Johannsson is expected to undergo ankle surgery some time later this month and will spend 6-8 weeks on the shelvesas a result.

CONCACAF Champions League group schedule released

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

The CONCACAF Champions League group phase kicks off in August, where 24 team representing 11 countries are set to participate in the top-level competition.Defending champion Cruz Azul will debut in the first week, along with two-time defending La Liga MX championClub León.

Report: Beckham to meet with Broward County about potential soccer-specific stadium

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By FRANCO PANIZO

The difficulty infinding space fora soccer-specific stadium in downtown Miami is reportedly forcing David Beckham to look further north. Specifically, Broward County.

According to a report from the Miami Herald, Broward County commissioner Stacy Ritter said Thursday that Beckham's group is now willing to listen to what county officials have to say about building a soccer-specific stadium.

SBI 2014 World Cup Diary: Entry 5

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By FRANCO PANIZO

SALVADOR, Brazil The group stage was over, but the experience of a lifetime continued.

After making it to the airport in Recife and booking our flights to Salvador, Ives and I took a red-eye flight back to Sao Paulo on Friday.

NWSL Week 13: A Look Ahead

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By CASSIDY GABRIEL

As teams look to avenge some bitter midweek results, the 13th week of the National Women's Soccer League is set to feature several crucial fixtures in the narrowing race for playoff spots.

The pressure is on for the last-place Boston Breakers to grab some badly needed points after a controversial midweek draw with the Washington Spirit.

World Cup and MLS: Your Running Commentary

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By TIM FONTENAULT

Two of South America's brightest stars will square off for a spot in the World Cup semifinals on Friday.

Leading the way for Brazil with four goals, Neymar has the host nation thinking that a sixth triumph at the tournament is within its grasp. Meanwhile, James Rodriguez leads all players with five goal, which is three more than any Colombian in World Cup history.

World Cup quarterfinals: A Look Ahead

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By RYAN TOLMICH

If host nation Brazil are to advance to the World Cup semifinals, they're going to have to go through one of this tournament's biggest stars.

After narrowly escaping Chile via penalty shootout, Brazil now looks towards Colombia and star midfielder James Rodriguez.

SBI Thursday Rewind: Donovan bashes Klinsmann; USMNT set for influx of youth; and more

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

If Landon Donovan's chances of returning to the U.S. Men's National Team were small after coach Jurgen Klinsmann cut him from the 23-man World Cup squad, they were even smaller by Thursday morning. Speaking to reporters at Los Angeles Galaxy training, Donovan all but said Klinsmann was the reason the USMNT failed to improve on their 2010 World Cup result, insisting that the players "were not set up to succeed.

Yedlin disagrees with Donovan comments slamming Klinsmann’s approach

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

Landon Donovan's harsh critique of coach Jurgen Klinsmann's performance at the World Cup has certainly intensified the debate over whether Klinsmann made the right choices at the helm of the U.S. Men's National Team in Brazil.

Friday Kickoff: FIFA engulfed in ticket scandal; Rodriguez valued at €75 million; and more

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By DAN KARELL

Brazilian police have reason to believe that a FIFA official is involved in a ticket scalping operation at the World Cup.

Rio de Janeiro police inspector Fabio Barucke said that someone staying at the same hotel as all the FIFA executives at the World Cup is being investigated in a scalping ring after 11 people were arrested earlier this week.

MLS Ticker: Besler attracting ‘enormous interest’ overseas; Castillo suspended; and more

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By TATE STEINLAGE

Following an impressive World Cup campaign, Matt Besler's future at the club level could be decided soon.

The Sporting Kansas City defender is garnering "enormous interest" from overseas clubs in England, Germany, and beyond, Sporting Club CEO Robb Heineman told the Kansas City StarThursday.

Mid-Day Ticker: Kroos set to sign for Real Madrid; Liverpool want increased bid for Suarez; and more

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By TIM FONTENAULT

German National Team midfielder Toni Kroos has decided it's time for a new challenge.

Kroos will be leaving Bayern Munich this summer, as the German club agreed to a€25 million fee with Real Madridfor the 24-year-old midfielder, according to Spanish publication Marca.

Klinsmann planning on going with USMNT youth movement in coming months

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Jurgen Klinsmann is wasting no time in planning for the future.

A day after seeing his U.S. Men's National Team eliminated from the 2014 World Cup, Klinsmann shared some of his plans for the start of his next cycle in charge of the program on Wednesday.

Chivas USA tops San Jose for second straight win

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By TIM FONTENAULT

Erick Torres keeps on scoring and now has Chivas USA out of last place in the Western Conference.

Torres scored his 11th goal of the year on Wednesday night to lead Chivas to a 1-0 victory over the San Jose Earthquakes.

Donovan: Tactical plan to blame for U.S. World Cup loss

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

It was the same result for U.S. Men's National Team: An exit in the Round of 16. Only this time, Landon Donovan, who had played such a pivotal role last time, had to watch it on TV.

Donovan, who was controversially cut from coach Jurgen Klinsmann's World Cup roster, had been offering his pre-game analysis to ESPN throughout the tournament.

10-man TFC hold on for point at Fire

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By DAN KARELL

Considering the circumstances, Toronto FC are probably very glad to be going home with a point in their back pockets.

After the early first half dismissal of Luke Moore, TFC bunkered in and managed to score and do enough to stave off the Chicago Fire in a 1-1 tie in torrential rain and wind at Toyota Park.

SBI Wednesday Rewind: Altidore gains perspective; Green looks ahead; Kaka on MLS growth; and more

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

One day later, the United States' exit from the World Cup may not be any easier for fans or players alike. But for one player it may be the hardest pill to swallow of all. Jozy Altidore was supposed to be the target forward that would drive the attack and carry games forward.

Holden to remain with Bolton while continuing rehab

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By TIM FONTENAULT

Bolton Wanderers manager Dougie Freedman has extended a helping hand to Stuart Holden as he continues to recover from yet another ACL tear.

Despite his contract expiring in June, the American will remain at the club to work on his fitness and get back to full health, before potentially signing a new contract to play for the club.

Cropper signs new one-year deal with Southampton

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By TIM FONTENAULT

Upon his arrival at Southampton FC, goalkeeping coach Dave Watson made keeping goalkeeper Cody Cropper one of his top priorities.

The 21-year-old American will be staying with the Saints for another year after signing a new one-year contract with the club.

Altidore disappointed to miss World Cup, but hungrier than ever to return

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By FRANCO PANIZO

SALVADOR, Brazil Twenty-three minutes, no goals and an injury.This was not the World Cup that Jozy Altidore envisioned.

The U.S. Men's National Team was eliminated from the tournament by Belgium in the Round of 16 on Tuesday night, leaving Altidore with even more disappointment than most of his teammates.

Orlando City Notes: Kaka nearly signed for RBNY; Envisions MLS as a top league; and more

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By MIKE GRAMAJO

Orlando City Soccer Club made history on Monday with the signing of their first Designated Player, Kaka, but had things worked out differently in the past, Orlando City SC may never had gotten their hands on the Brazilian midfielder.

Kaka spoke to reporters around the nation on Wednesday during a teleconference call, admitting that he came very close in the past to joining the New York Red Bulls and later LA Galaxy before deciding the timing wasn't right.

Americans go digital for World Cup experience in record numbers

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

From a scheduling standpoint, the 2014 World Cup hasn't been ideal for the average American. The games generally occur in the middle of a weekday when most people are at work.

But all that's seemed to do is drive viewers to websites and apps instead of television sets as the World Cup is smashing online streaming records in the U.

Green makes most of World Cup debut

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By FRANCO PANIZO

SALVADOR, Brazil Julian Green should not have been there. He was not ready and there were more deserving and capable players ahead of him.

That was the argument many observers made in late May when Green was named to the U.

MLS Ticker: Feilhaber ready to return; Impact sign Piatti as DP; and more

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By DAN KARELL

Benny Feilhaber is hoping he can give Sporting Kansas City some much needed midfield relief.

After joining the team's long injury list on June 6 and missing the last three Sporting KC games in all competitions, Feilhaber says he's healthy enough to return to the field this Sunday against the Chicago Fire, if coach Peter Vermes picks him.

D.C. United parts ways with Cristian Fernandez

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By MITCHELL NORTHAM

Spanish defender Cristian Fernandez was absent from D.C. United's lineup in their loss on Saturday to the Seattle Sounders due to what head coach Ben Olsen called, "personal issues." But now it looks like he won't be returning.

He and the club mutually agreed to terminate his contract on Tuesday, making Fernandez a free agent and allowing him to return to his home country of Spain.

USMNT proud of World Cup showing despite falling in Round of 16 again

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By FRANCO PANIZO

SALVADOR, Brazil Same round. Same result.

The U.S. Men's National Team exited the World Cup in the Round of 16 for the second consecutive time on Tuesday night, once again suffering a demoralizing 2-1 loss in extra time.

SBI Tuesday Rewind: Howard’s heroics can’t save USMNT; Argentina moves on; and more

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

The World Cup for the U.S. Men's National Team is over. With a heroic performance from goalkeeper Tim Howard single-handedly keeping the U.S. alive, the game finally slipped away in extra time, with Belgium pulling away, 2-1.

Wednesday Kickoff: Barcelona begin Suarez negotiation: Chelsea agree Costa deal; and more

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By DAN KARELL

Luis Suarez's days with Liverpool could be numbered.

According to multiple reports in the English press, Liverpool CEO Ian Ayre has agreed to meet with Barcelona director of football management Raul Sanllehi in London to begin discussions over a transfer for Suarez.

SBI World Cup Man of the Match: Tim Howard

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By RYAN TOLMICH

With goalkeepers like Kasey Keller, Brad Friedel and Tony Meola counted amongst the team's ranks, the U.S. Men's National Team has had their fair share of outstanding goalkeeping performances. However, it's hard to remember one quite like the one put forth by current U.

USMNT eliminated from World Cup by Belgium after extra-time rally falls short

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By FRANCO PANIZO

SALVADOR, Brazil The U.S. Men's National Team's latest attempt at a World Cup rally fell short, and its run at the World Cup is over as a result.

The U.lS. were eliminated from the World Cup on Tuesday night at Arena Fonte Nova, suffering a 2-1 extra time loss to Belgium in their Round of 16 match.

SBI World Cup Man of the Match: Ángel Di María

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By CASSIDY GABRIEL

After 118 minutes of creating threatening opportunities, Ángel Di María scored the decisive goal in Argentina's suspenseful Round of 16 matchup with Switzerland. After firing off a relentless wave of shots, crosses and goal-scoring chances at the Swiss defense, the midfielder finally found the back of the net in the dying minutes of extra time to book Argentina a place in the quarterfinals.

Argentina ekes out dramatic extra time win over Switzerland

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By CARL SETTERLUND

With the legacy of the Lionel Messi era on the line, Argentina was pushed to the limit by tiny Switzerland, but for a second straight game the Argentines found a goal in the closing moments, beating the Swiss Tuesday, 1-0, in extra time in São Paulo.

The ultra talented Argentines peppered the Swiss with 27 shots before breaking through, but after an up-and-down overtime, the class of Messi and Ángel di María finally won out.

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

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By IVES GALARCEP

SALVADOR, Brazil It just might wind up being the most important day in American soccer history.

The U.S. Men's National Team takes on Belgium today in the World Cup Round of 16 (4pm, ESPN/Univision), and with a country gaining more and more interest by the day in what the U.

Orlando City introduce Kaka as first DP signing

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By MIKE GRAMAJO

ORLANDO, Fla. — Orlando City's long awaited pursuit of Ricardo Kaka is finally over.

Orlando City SC officially introduced Kaka on Tuesday morning at a press conference, signing the Brazilian midfielder to a Designated Player contract that will run through 2017.

World Cup Round of 16: Your Running Commentary

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By RYAN TOLMICH

After making it through the group stage unscathed despite three one-goal victories, Argentina face their toughest test thus far in Tuesday's penultimate Round of 16 matchup.

La Albiceleste are now tasked with taking on fellow seeded side Switzerland with a spot in the tournament's quarterfinal stage on the line.

History-making Beasley draws praise at his fourth World Cup

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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.

Klinsmann tight-lipped 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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

SBI Monday Rewind: Altidore is back; Suarez apologizes; Germany rolls on; and more

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

Jozy Altidore is back. At least U.S. Soccer announced Monday that Altidore will be available to play when the U.S. enters the knockout round against Belgium Tuesday but coach Jurgen Klinsmann isn't giving too much away about what Altidore's role might be.

Cameroon FA investigating allegations of match-fixing

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By DAN KARELL

The 2014 World Cup has so far been one of the most exciting and dramatic World Cups in the tournament's history, but some of the shine of this year's edition could be coming off.

In a press release late Monday evening, the Cameroonian FA said that they've instructed their ethics committee to look into allegations that Cameroon's 4-0 defeat to Croatia was fixed.

World Cup Round of 16: A Look Ahead

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By TIM FONTENAULT

Jozy Altidore is ready to play for the United States on Tuesday against Belgium, when the two sides face off for a spot in the World Cup quarterfinals (4 p.m., ESPN).

That does not mean that Altidore could play from the start; the United States has made it to the Round of 16 with the 24-year-old striker sidelined because of a hamstring injury.

Confident USMNT enter Belgium match desperately wanting to extend World Cup run

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By FRANCO PANIZO

SAO PAULO It has been four days since the U.S. Men's National Team escaped the Group of Death and accomplished its goal of reaching the Round of 16, but you would be hard-pressed to realize that judging from the Americans' current state.