Soccer By Ives Archives for January 2014

Report: Chivas USA to go on potential two-year hiatus following nearly $100 million sale

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By RYAN TOLMICH

The future of Chivas USA has seemingly gotten a bit clearer as the league as reportedly found a buyer for the ailing club.

A report in ESPNFC.comstates thatMLS hasagreed to sell the club to an unknown investor for $100 million, with conditions of the sale requiring that the club goes on hiatus.

Free agent Holden told he can return to Bolton when ready

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Stuart Holden's injury history has been highly publicized, but former club Bolton Wanderers would be more than happy to have the American midfielder back when he is ready to make his return.

Seven months after a second right knee operation, Holden is now a free agent after his contract with Bolton expired over the summer.

MLS Record Watch: October 2014 Edition

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By MIKE DONOVAN

When Landon Donovan found Robbie Keane for the Irishman's second goal of Sunday's 4-0 romp of the New York Red Bulls, he tied Steve Ralston's career MLS assist record with 135 for his career.

Must-See Goal: Alvaro Recoba

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NASL Week 13: A Look Back

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ByEVAN REAM

Forward Miguel Ibarra grabbed headlines Monday, but it was forward Christian Ramirez whose late goal ledthe way for the Minnesota United Sunday.

The Minnesota United forward scored a one-touch goal his club-record 16th of the season off a cross from reported USMNT call-upIbarra in the 89th minute to give Minnesota United all three points in a 3-2 victory over Ottawa Fury FC Sunday.

SBI MLS Rookie of the Week: Nick Hagglund

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Toronto FC rookie defenderNick Hagglund stepped up in a must-win game for his club.

The rookie defender scored a pair of goals, the first two of his MLS career, as TFC topped the Portland Timbers, 3-2, Saturday to keep the club'splayoff hopes alive.

Galaxy Notebook: Arena praises Donovan; Zardes, Wright-Phillips reveal Keane admiration; and more

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Having coached Landon Donovan at both the club and international level, LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena has seen the growth of his star forward every step of the way.

Donovan tied the league's all-time assist record in Sunday's 4-0 victory over the New York Red Bulls, but Arena admitted that he didn'tbelieve that the 32-year-old forward was much of a passer until recently.

SBI World Team of the Week: Atletico Madrid

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By DAN KARELL

With the target on their backs, Atletico Madrid are gunning for a second straight league title and are off to a flying start this season.

The defending La Liga champions overwhelmed previously unbeaten Sevilla, thumping the defending Europa League winners by a 4-0 margin.

Pulisic, Wright headline U.S. U-17 roster for October tournament

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Ahead of this week's Panama U-17 International Tournament, U.S. U-17 Men's National Team head coach Richie Williams has called in a roster full of familiar faces.

MidfielderChristian Pulisic and forward Haji Wright, who have each scored 11 international goals this year, headline William's 20-man roster that is set to take on Costa Rica, Canada and hosts Panama from Oct.

SBI World Player of the Week: Miguel Layun

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By DAN KARELL

In front of his home fans at Estadio Azteca, Miguel Layun put in the performance of a lifetime.

The Club America right back played the kind of game fullbacks dream of, scoring all four goals in America's 4-1 romp over Santos Laguna. While three of the four came from inside the box, Layun's second was a sensational 45-yard chip on a first-touch half-volley with the goalkeeper way off his line.

SBI MLS Team of the Week: New England Revolution

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Jermaine Jones has proven to be the missing link for the New England Revolution.

The visiting Revs topped Sporting Kansas City, 3-2, at Sporting Park last Friday due to Jones' 85th minute game-winner, as the Revs bounced back to pickup their sixth victory in seven games.

A look at the MLS Homegrown Player myth

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By IVES GALARCEP

If you follow Major League Soccer with any regularity, there is a good chance you have been bombarded with references to top young stars being "Homegrown Players". Whether it is DeAndre Yedlin or Gyasi Zardes, the talk of how they came up with their MLS team's academies is a narrative being spun across multiple media platforms.

SBI MLS Player of the Week: Robbie Keane

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By RYAN TOLMICH

After spending the past month picking up victories oversome of the league's top sides, the New York Red Bulls were brought back to earth by Robbie Keane and the LA Galaxy.

Keane led the way for his side, scoring a pair of goals as the Galaxy dismantled the Red Bulls, 4-0, Sunday at StubHub Center.

Report: Minnesota United’s Ibarra to receive USMNT call-up

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By RYAN TOLMICH

With the 2014 World Cup in the rearview mirror, U.S. Men's National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann is sure to use the coming months as an opportunity to integrate new faces into his side. However, one of those new faces is set to come from a pretty surprising location.

SBI Weekend Rewind: Brooks demoted by Hertha; Johnson out for Timbers’ season; and more

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John Brooks' season with Hertha Berlin may be done. The U.S. Men's National Team defender was reportedly dropped down to Hertha's reserve squad after falling out of favor with coach Jos Luhukay. It appears now that reports Brooks had been cut altogether are wrong.

Meanwhile, there is no question that Will Johnson's season with the Portland Timbers is over.

College Weekend Rewind: Syracuse shuts down UVA, Washington avoids upset, and more

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By AARON CRANFORD

Goalkeeper Alex Bono and the Syracuse Orange continued their dominant defensive season, as they earned their eighthshoutout of the season in a win against Virginia.

SBI No. 18 Syracuse topped the No.

Brooks dropped to Hertha Berlin’s reserve team due to inconsistent performances

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By FRANCO PANIZO

John Brooks will not be seeing time with Hertha Berlin's first team any time soon.

Brooks has fallen out of favor with head coach Jos Luhukay and has been dropped to Hertha's second team, according to a report out of Germany. Luhukay is unhappy with what he deems are inconsistent performances from the 21-year-old centerback, and pointed to mistakes Brooks made in last week's 2-2 draw vs.

Donovan ties assist record as Galaxy thrash Red Bulls

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By MARK EDWARD HORNISH

CARSON, Calif. As a part of his ongoing farewell tour, Landon Donovan received a Tiffany's tie pin and an all-expenses-paid trip to New York City from the New York Red Bulls prior to the match.

The SBI Show: Episode 168 (Recapping MLS Week 30, talking Americans Abroad, and more)

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By IVES GALARCEP

Week30 of the MLS season sawsome title contenders and playoff hopefuls make major statements in a weekend loaded with head-turning results.

Episode 168 of The SBI Show looks back at the big MLS matches of the weekend, such as New England's win at Sporting Kansas City, the Los Angeles Galaxy's romp over the New York Red Bulls, Toronto FC's stunning comeback win against the Portland Timbers, and more.

Monday Kickoff: Rooney accepts ban; FIFA execs dispute Blatter; and more

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By RYAN TOLMICH

While manyplayers would take the option of appealing such a ban, Wayne Rooney has accepted his punishment.

The Manchester United captain has accepted his three-match ban for a red card issued to the forward in Saturday's 2-1 victory over West Ham.

Report: Lenhart likely out for season after suffering foot injury

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By FRANCO PANIZO

A disappointing, injury-plagued season has come to an apparent early end for Steve Lenhart.

Lenhart suffered a foot injury while riding his bike last week andis expected to miss the remainder of the San Jose Earthquakes' regular season, according to a report from CenterlineSoccer.

The SBI Live Q&A (Sept. 26th Edition)

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By IVES GALARCEP

With the MLS playoff race heating up, European club soccer in full swing, and talk of the 2016 Copa America kicking back up after today's announcement, now is the perfect time to discuss all things soccer in the latest SBI Live Q&A.

If you want to talk MLS, European soccer, international soccer, college soccer, or any soccer topic that comes to mind, prepare your questions and send them my way as I look to answer your questions over the course of the next hour or so.

The SBI Show: Episode 167 (Talking MLS expansion draw, Americans Abroad, and more)

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By IVES GALARCEP

Orlando City and New York City FC will be doing battle for years to come, and their first meeting took place on Wednesday at the MLS Expansion Priority Draw, which was the first big step for both teams toward building their 2015 squads.

Episode 167 of The SBI Show takes a look back at the results of the draw, which Orlando City came away the big winners of.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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By IVES GALARCEP

Both Everton and Liverpool came into the new English Premier League season with aspirations of competing for a place in the Top Four. Five games in and both teams are stuck in the bottom half of the table.

That makes today's Merseyside Derby that much more important for both teams, with Liverpool having lost three of four and Everton posting only one win so far this season.

Martins sets scoring record as Sounders rally past Chivas USA

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By JASON MITCHELL

SEATTLE For a while there, the Seattle Sounders looked to be in for an ugly Saturday afternoon. Coming off back-to-back road losses, trotting out a makeshift back line, and playing their fifth game in 16 days, the Sounders twice found themselves trailing hapless Chivas USA.

Republic beat City Islanders to end dream inaugural year as champions, make MLS case

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — All Sacramento Republic FC had to do to cap off a dream start for the first-year franchise was win a championship.

In front of a rowdy sellout crowd Saturday, it hardly felt like any other outcome was possible, despite the Harrisburg City Islanders' best efforts.

Morales sparks comeback victory for the Whitecaps over RSL

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By TYLER GRAY

The Vancouver Whitecaps kept their playoff hopes alive with a come-from-behind victory over visiting Real Salt Lake.

Pedro Morales provided the brace that propelled the Caps to a 2-1 victory over RSL after the visitors had gone ahead on Nat Borchers' second-half header.

Silva scores 11th goal of the season to lead D.C. United over Union

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Luis Silva's 10th-minute finish continued D.C. United's dominance atop the Eastern Conference while also striking a major blow to the playoff hopes of the Philadelphia Union.

D.C. United topped the visiting Union on Saturday, 1-0, via Silva's strike, which increased the team'slead atop the Eastern Conference to six points.

Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

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Julian Green's continued battle for playing time continues today as he and Hamburg take on Eintracht Frankfurt.

Green missed Hamburg's mid-week loss to Borussia Moenchengladbach with a rib injury, but could be back in action today as last-place Hamburg search for their first win of the season.

Will Johnson undergoes surgery for broken leg

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By RYAN TOLMICH

If the Portland Timbers are going to make the playoffs in 2014, they will do so without captain Will Johnson.

The Timbers announced Sunday that the Canadian midfielder is out for the season after suffering a broken leg in Saturday's 3-2 loss to Toronto FC.

Sunday European Rewind: Inter overwhelmed by Cagliari; Bordeaux, Marseille win; and more

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By RYAN TOLMICH

After a fairly positive start to the 2014-15 season, Inter Milan put forth their worst performance to date Sunday against Cagliari.

Albin Ekdal scored a 15-minute hat-trick, as Cagliari routed 10-man Inter Milan, 4-1, at the San Siro. Meanwhile, AC Milan also left Sunday disappointed due to a 1-1 draw with Cesena.

Cummings, Garcia score for Dynamo in victory over Fire

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By RYAN TOLMICH

As the MLS season winds to a close, the Houston Dynamo are in need of a steady stream of victories if the team hopes to resurrect their playoff hopes.

A victory is exactly what the Dynamo got Sunday, with Omar Cummings and Boniek Garcia each scoring in a 2-0 victory over the Chicago Fire at BBVA Compass Stadium.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

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By FRANCO PANIZO

One of the Americans currently seeing more consistent minutes than most in a foreign league now has his first goal for his new club.

Edgar Castillo opened his scoring account with Atlas on Saturday, finding the back of the net in the club's 2-1 defeat to Monterrey.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Preview

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Tim Howard and Everton have conceded three goals in back-to-back games, and things are not about to get any easier for them.

Looking to return to winning ways after dropping their last two games across all competitions by a combined scored of 6-2, the Toffees will be hoping that their defense puts forth an improved outing when they go on the road to face rivals Liverpool on Saturday.

MLS Ticker: Defoe returns to training, Sounders keen to sign Morris, and more

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By CARL SETTERLUND

Toronto FC are currently on the outside looking in when it comes to the Eastern Conference playoff picture, but they could soon getjust the boost they've needed.

Defoe is back in Toronto after having returned to England to receive treatment on a groin injury and torn adductor muscle.

Soccer Thursday: Your Running Commentary

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By CARL SETTERLUND

It's not quite as strong a slate of games as Tuesday and Wednesday, but soccer addicts will still be able to find a few quality games today with La Liga, Serie and Ligue 1 all in action.

Valencia is undefeated through for matches and can send themselves to the top of the La Liga table if they can get the full three points today at home against Cordoba.

D.C. United advance to CCL quarterfinals with win over Tauro FC

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Needing only a draw for advancement, D.C. United did everything they needed and more to secure their place in the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals.

Chris Pontius and Eddie Johnson each contributed a goal as D.

Americans Abroad: Wednesday Rewind

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By FRANCO PANIZO

When Joe Gyau reached a deal to join Borussia Dortmund this summer, the consensus was that he would have a difficult time breaking into the first team this season.

Gyau, however, did just that on Wednesday.

After surprisingly dressing in the club's last two league games, Gyau came off the bench to make his Borussia Dortmund debut in a 2-2 draw with VfB Stuttgart.

Red Bulls crash out of CCL after scoreless draw with CD FAS

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By FRANCO PANIZO

The New York Red Bulls had their destiny in their hands. All they had to do was win twice to secure advancement.

They failed with a match to spare.

Needing a victory in order to stay alive in the CONCACAF Champions League, the Red Bulls suffered an early elimination on Wednesday night after settling for a frustrating scoreless draw vs.

Texeira double powers FC Dallas past Sounders

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FC Dallas went into Wednesday night's showdown with the Seattle Sounders looking to secure their own place in the MLS playoffs. One emphatic victory later, and FC Dallas look ready to do more than just squeeze into the postseason.

Powered by a pair of David Texeira goals, FC Dallas topped the Seattle Sounders, 3-1, on Wednesday night.

Thursday Kickoff: Man City thrash Sheffield Wednesday; Barcelona drop points; and more

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By DAN KARELL

Manchester City quickly picked themselves up off the ground after their gritty 1-1 draw last Sunday against Chelsea.

The Sky Blues returned to action in the League Cup on Wednesday and completely dismantled Sheffield Wednesday, 7-0, with all seven goals coming in the second half.

Orlando City positioned to capitalize on next stages of team building

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By MIKE GRAMAJO

Although they haven't met on the field yet, Orlando City SC will consider themselves winners of their first square off with New York City FC in Wednesday's Expansion Priority Draft.

The Lions won the initial lottery to decide which team picks first, and OCSC coach Adrian Heath was able to come away with a few valuable assets, scooping up the first picks in December's MLS Expansion Draft and January's SuperDraft.

Petke not to blame for Red Bulls’ CONCACAF Champions League exit

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By FRANCO PANIZO

The finger pointing began even before the final whistle. As the minutes ticked off and the reality of the New York Red Bulls crashing out of the CONCACAF Champions League sunk in, fans of the club began tocriticize head coach Mike Petkefor failing to take the competition seriously.

Amid reports saying otherwise, Curtin insists he still has interim tag as Union boss

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Less than 24 hours after reports surfaced that he was officially hired, Jim Curtininsisted his job status has not changed.

The Philadelphia Union interim head coach insisted he remains just that, interim, at a press conference Wednesday. Curtin, who took over the Union after the firing of previous manager John Hackworth, dispelled stories saying he was officially hired while also insisting that he hopes his job status does not distract his team.

Kreis discusses allocation priority, David Villa, Frank Lampard, and more

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By CARL SETTERLUND

It was a busy day for New York City FC coach Jason Kreis, as he took part in the Expansion Priority Draft, giving a window into future plans for NYCFC.

In talking to the media afterward, Kreis said that gaining the number one spot in the Allocation Ranking was always the club's primary objective.

Orlando City select first picks in Expansion Draft, MLS SuperDraft after winning blind draw

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By RYAN TOLMICH

In what was essentially a draft of drafts, Orlando City emerged as the runaway winner while Jason Kreis made his first mistake as New York City FC head coach.

The Lions won the blind draw determining who would receive the first choice in the Expansion Priority Draft and manager Adrian Heath promptly used it to select the first choice in the MLS Expansion Draft that will be held on December 10.

Soccer Wednesday: Your Running Commentary

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By RYAN TOLMICH

As the week enters the ever-draining hump day, Wednesday's full slate of quality games is sure to lift soccer fans through the midweek blues.

Serie A, La Liga and the Bundesliga all boast midweek action, with a handful of each league's top teams taking the field Wednesday.

Americans Abroad: Tuesday Rewind

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Andrew Wooten sure is making a habit out of scoring late winners.

For the third straight match, Wooten pushed Sandhausen to a 1-0 victory by nettinga dramatic goal on Tuesday. The 24-year-old, German-American forward scored his latest game-winner two minutes into second-half stoppage time to edge 1860 Munich, and to raise his season total to three goals.

Much-maligned Alexander demonstrating overlooked value for resurgent Red Bulls

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By FRANCO PANIZO

HANOVER, N.J. As the New York Red Bulls warmed up for their match against the Seattle Sounders this past Saturday, Eric Alexanderwas informed of something neat by teammate Dax McCarty. It turned out Alexander was just moments away from earning his 100th career start in MLS, an admirable achievement and one that speaks to his durability and versatility.

Western Conference showdown between Sounders and FC Dallas highlights MLS midweek action

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By CARL SETTERLUND

Two teams with high ambitions will meet tonight at Toyota Stadium, and something will have to give as the MLS-leading Seattle Sounders face one of the best home teams in the league in FC Dallas.

With the LA Galaxy running neck and neck with them in the race for the Supporters' Shield, the Sounders will need to maximize points in their final six matches to keep their treble hopes alive.

Gulati pressuring FIFA to release ethics report regarding 2018, 2022 World Cup

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By RYAN TOLMICH

FIFAhas rarely been known for its transparency, which is something U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati is hoping to change.

Gulati revealed Wednesdayin an interview with the New York Times that he plans to address the ethicsreport regarding the 2018 and 2022 World Cups during Thursday's FIFA executive committee meeting in Zurich.

Long journey finally paying off for Sacramento Republic leader Rodrigo Lopez

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ByEVAN REAM

With four days until the USL Pro Championship, emotions are running high at Sacramento Republic FC training.

On one side of the field, the goalkeepers are messing around, cussing at each other and telling jokes. On the other side is an eight-on-eight scrimmage with Republic head coach Preki asthe center of the action.

CCL Preview: Red Bulls face must-win at FAS, while D.C. United look to clinch group

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By RYAN TOLMICH

With just two games remaining in the tournament's group stage, MLS rivals New York Red Bulls and D.C. United enter Wednesday's CONCACAF Champions League action under vastly different circumstances.

Following last week's 1-0 loss to the Montreal Impact, the Red Bulls see themselves against the ropes, needing back-to-back wins to ensure advancement out of the group.

Bieler brace leads Sporting KC to victory, goal advantage in CCL

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By TATE STEINLAGE

Sporting Kansas City helped their cause for CONCACAF Champions League advancement on Tuesday in a big way, picking up a 3-0 victory over Real Esteli to remainatop Group 2.

Claudio Bieler led the way with a brace, his first since May 2013.

Timbers dominate Alpha United to move closer to CCL knockout stage

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By MIKE DONOVAN

PORTLAND, Ore. The Portland Timbers had little trouble with Alpha United Tuesday night, defeating theGuyanese side by a comfortable 6-0 margin at a soggy Providence Park.

Defender Norberto Paparatto led the way with two goals while Jack Jewsbury, Gaston Fernandez, Michael Nanchoff, and Fanendo Adi addedgoals for Portland, which maintained its place at the top of Group 5in the CONCACAF Champions League with one match yet to be played.

Wednesday Kickoff: Suarez to play in Barcelona B friendly; Klopp concerned by schedules; and more

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Despite having more than a month remaining on his ban, Luis Suarez is set to takethe field Wednesday wearing Barcelona colors.

Barcelona manager Luis Enrique confirmed that theUruguayan, who is serving a suspension for biting defender Giorgio Chiellini in this summer's World Cup, is scheduled to feature in Wednesday's Barcelona B friendly against an Indonesian national selection.

Report: Union remove interim tag, hire Curtin permanently

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By DAN KARELL

The Philadelphia Union ownership and front office haveapparently seen enough to make a decision on a permanent head coach before the end of the season.

According to a report from Goal USA, the Union have removed the interim tag from Jim Curtin's job title and are set to make him the head coach through the 2015 season.

Altidore snaps scoring slump, but Sunderland bow out of Capital One Cup

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By FRANCO PANIZO

U.S. Men's National Team and Sunderland fans will be hoping that Jozy Altidore's latest performance is a sign of things to come.

Altidore snapped a near 10-month long scoring drought at the club level, netting the opener in the 16th minute of the Black Cats' Capital One Cup duel with Stoke City.

USL Pro announces All-League teams

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By CARL SETTERLUND

The USL Pro announced the league's top 22 players on Wednesday.

The Richmond Kickers led the 14-team league with three members of the First XI William Yomby, George Davis and Matthew Delicâte while championship finalist Sac Republic FC and future MLS expansion squad Orlando City both had two players apiece.

Report: Galaxy weighing potential move for Pirlo

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By FRANCO PANIZO

For the LA Galaxy, life without Landon Donovan could translate into life with Andrea Pirlo.

According to a report from ESPNFC.com, the Galaxy are trying to determinewhether or not to submit a bid for Pirlo during the upcoming winter transfer window.

Orlando City sets date for inaugural MLS game

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By MIKE GRAMAJO

With their USL Pro era now over with, Orlando City's transfer into Major League Soccer appears to have a start date as club president Phil Rawlins told the Orlando Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday that their MLS opener is tentatively scheduled to be a home game on March 8, 2015.

FIFA Medical Committee proposes new concussion protocol

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By RYAN TOLMICH

After seeing several high-profile incidents at this summer's World Cup, FIFA are finally taking actionregarding the management of concussions.

FIFA announced Tuesday that the organization's Medical Committee has agreed to submit a new proposal to theFIFA Executive Committee in an effort to improve the handling of concussions.

MLS announces 2014 playoff format, dates

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By FRANCO PANIZO

We do not know just yet all of the teams that will be participating in the MLS Cup Playoffs this year, but we doknow the schedule.

MLS announced on Tuesday the fixtures dates and format for the2014 postseason. It is the same format as last year's playoffs but there are minor adjustments, including the removal of the bye weekbetween the two legs of the conference finals that was heavily criticized in 2013.

Soccer Tuesday: Your Running Commentary

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By CARL SETTERLUND

It's been a middling start to Real Madrid's 2014-15 La Liga campaign, but the Spanish giants have a great opportunity to get back on track Tuesday against lower table squad Elche.

Real Madrid has come to regret selling off some of their midfield depth over the summer, but they should still be able to overpower Elche offensively as they did Deportivo La Coruña last weekend, when Cristiano Ronaldo netted a hat trick in an 8-2 thrashing.

CCL Preview: Timbers, Sporting KC look to take control of group

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By CARL SETTERLUND

Sporting Kansas City will have had a full two weeks off from MLS action when it heads into a key home game against the New England Revolution this Saturday. In the meantime, Peter Vermes' squad is hoping to seize control of their CONCACAF Champions League group.

SBI MLS Goal of the Week: Diego Valeri

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SBI MLS Save of the Week: Luis Robles

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Must-See Video: Clint Dempsey asks people about Clint Dempsey

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Expansion Priority Draft to take place Wednesday

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By CARL SETTERLUND

Although they won't be picking players yet, the two 2015 MLS expansion teams New York City FC and Orlando City will have several big choices to make about their future on Wednesday.

Both will take part in Expansion Priority Draft, which will determine their spot in eight different player acquisition mechanisms most notably for December's expansion draft and the 2015 SuperDraft.

Monday Kickoff: Lampard could extend loan; Vela ready to return to El Tri; and more

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By DAN KARELL

Frank Lampard's loan spell in Manchester could continue longer than originally envisaged.

With Yaya Toure likely to leave Man City during the busy holiday period and throughout January for international duty with the Ivory Coast at the African Cup of Nations, Man City would be left with just holding midfielders, Fernandinho and Fernando.

SBI Monday Rewind: FIFA exec claims Qatar won’t host World Cup; D.C. United re-signs Olsen; and more

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It may be one person's opinion, but it's from someone sitting on FIFA's executive committee. Former German FA presidentTheo Zwanziger said Monday he thinks Qatar will ultimately be deemed unable to host the 2022 World Cup because of the climate. Those comments,of course, are contrary to FIFA's stance that Qatar was not in jeopardy of losing the rights to host the tournament.

EA Sports’ FIFA 15 hits stores in North America

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Christmas has once again come early. At least, for soccer gamers it has.

EA Sports released its much-anticipated FIFA 15 video game on the Xbox One, Playstation 4, Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 consoles in North America on Tuesday, giving fansthe chance to get their hands on the latest installment of the popular franchise.

MLS Ticker: Olsen gets new contract; Torres called up to Mexico; and more

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By RYAN TOLMICH

After leading D.C. United towhat might be the greatest resurgence in league history, Ben Olsen has been rewarded for his efforts.

D.C. United announced Monday that the fifth-year head coach had signed a multi-year contract extension.

Monday Evening Ticker: Qatar official responds to critics; Debuchy out three months; and more

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Despite recent comments from a FIFA official to the contrary, Qatari officials remain firm when it comes to their World Cup preparations.

FIFA executiveTheo Zwanziger voiced his belief that the 2022 World Cup should be held elsewhere due to climate concerns, butQatar 2022 communications director Nasser Al Khater insists that the tournamentwill go on as planned on Qatari soil.

Crew Notes: Clark comes up big in win; Tchani dominates in midfield; and more

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By DAN KARELL

When the Columbus Crew traded for the rights and then signed goalkeeper Steve Clark, there were few expectations from the fan base and media about if he'd be a solid replacement for Andy Gruenebaum.

Who should the USMNT call up in October?

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By IVES GALARCEP

The U.S. Men's National Team's next pair of friendlies are fast approaching, and it is time to start thinking about just what the team will look like that takes the field against Ecuador and Honduras.

Jurgen Klinsmann recently stated that he plans on bringing a full-strength team for these friendlies, but with the MLS playoff races in full swing, Klinsmann could have a tough time pulling certain players away from their teams.

Must-See Goal: Moritz Stoppelkamp

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SBI MLS Rookie of the Week: Harrison Shipp

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By RYAN TOLMICH

After not starting a game since Aug. 30, Chicago Fire rookie Harrison Shipp made his return to the starting XI and displayed his passing flair.

Shipp contributed anassist as the Fire earned yet another draw, the team's 17th of the season, with Eastern Conference leaders D.

Liga MX Round 9: A Look Back

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By DAN KARELL

It took only six minutes into his Liga MX debut for Ronaldinho to score his first goal in a Queretaro shirt.

After a Camilo Sanvezzo shot at an open net in the fourth minute was punched away by Chivas de Guadalajara defender Carlos Salcido, earning him a straight red card, Ronaldinho stepped to the spot for the second time in a week, this time calmly finishing to the goalkeepers left to put Queretaro up a goal.

SBI MLS Team of the Week: Montreal Impact

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By DAN KARELL

Although they've been eliminated from the playoffs, the Montreal Impact are beginning to show positive signs late in the season.

Behind two late goals from Jack McInerney and Dilly Duka, the Impact defeated the San Jose Earthquakes, 2-0, at Stade Saputo on Saturday evening, winning for the second time in a week, including their CONCACAF Champions League victory midweek against the New York Red Bulls.

A closer look at FIFA 15 USMNT player ratings

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Less than twenty-four hours separates North American gamers from picking up a copy of EA Sports' FIFA 15, meaning the always-intense debate over player ratings will begin promptly.

FIFA 15 is set to hit stores on Tuesday, and one of the first things fans of the popular video game like to do aside from playing for hours on end is check out which of their favorite players received good and bad overallratings.

SBI MLS Player of the Week: Bradley Wright-Phillips

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Having missed his team'slast outing due to injury, New York Red Bulls forward Bradley Wright-Phillips resumed his chase of the MLS goalscoring record by making up for lost time.

Sunday College Rewind: UVA and Notre Dame tie, Penn State downs Ohio State, and more

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By AARON CRANFORD

Neither SBI No. 7 Notre Dame nor No. 12 Virginia could take advantage of No. 1 North Carolina's loss to Duke on Friday to surge into first place in the ACC.

The match of the weekend between the Cavaliers and the Fighting Irish ended in a 1-1 draw.

Sunday College Rewind: Virginia and Notre Dame Draw, Penn State Edges Ohio State, and More

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By AARON CRANFORD

Neither SBI No. 7 Notre Dame nor No. 12 Virginia could take advantage of No. 1 North Carolina's loss to Duke on Friday to surge into first place in the ACC.

The match of the weekend between the Cavaliers and the Fighting Irish ended in a 1-1 draw.

NASL Week 12: A Look Back

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ByEVAN REAM

In a match-up of first and second place teams, Minnesota United proved that they're the cream of the crop in the NASL with a 2-0 away win over the San Antonio Scorpions at Toyota Field.

Minnesota United midfielder Miguel Ibarra scored both goals against the Scorpions to take playoff-bound Minnesota to the top of both the Fall and Combined Standings.

SBI Weekend Rewind: Red Bulls top Sounders; Chandler earns first hometown start; and more

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The New York Red Bulls went into the weekend looking for points to secure playoff position, but faced a tough test in the Western Conference-leading Seattle Sounders. But the Sounders, fresh off winning the U.S. Open Cup, were out of gas, it seems, and fell 4-1 on the road against the Red Bulls.

Monday Kickoff: FIFA exec believes Qatar will be stripped of WC; Mourinho, Pellegrini exchange insults; and more

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By RYAN TOLMICH

With all of the controversy surrounding the 2022 World Cup, even FIFA's executives have become disenchanted with the idea of a tournament in Qatar.

FIFA executive board member Theo Zwanziger has stated his belief that Qatar will be stripped of the 2022 World Cup, as the former German FA presidentcited climate issues as too difficult to overcome.

European Weekend Rewind: Late Lampard goal earns Man City draw with Chelsea; Man United fall to Leicester; and more

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Just months afterdeparting Londonfor New York City, Frank Lampard came back to score an important goal against his former side.

Lampard scored a late equalizing goal to earn Manchester City a 1-1 draw with league-leaders Chelsea Sunday at the Etihad.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Timmy Chandler may havespent some of his more formative years atEintracht Frankfurt, but it took him until this weekend to earn his first start for the club.

Chandler got the nod from his hometown club on Saturday, starting and going the distance in a 2-2 draw vs.

USL Pro Playoff Rewind: Sacramento pulls off dream comeback, Harrisburg continues Cinderella run

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ByEVAN REAM

SACRAMENTO Down two goals to rivals LA Galaxy II with 20 minutes left to play in their USL Pro semifinal playoff series, Sacramento Republic FC's dream inaugural season was in jeopardy.

But as he had done all year, midfielder and MVP candidate Rodrigo Lopez made sure that the dream continued, scoring a hat trick to lead the Republic to an improbable 3-2 comeback victory in front of afired-up sellout crowd of 8,000 at Bonney Field on Saturday night.

Fire battle back in second half to ensure draw with D.C. United

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By DAN KARELL

D.C. United looked well on their way to securing another crucial late-season victory, but the Chicago Fire had other ideas.

Matt Watson's late second half goal ensured that the Fire would share the spoils with the Eastern Conference-leading D.

Timbers trounce Whitecaps again, jump into playoff spot

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By MIKE DONOVAN

PORTLAND, Ore. In a battle between teams fighting for the fifth-and-final playoff spot in the Western Conference, the Portland Timbers had their way with the Vancouver Whitecaps Saturday afternoon, moving the home side above the red line.

Gritty Crew win snaps Revolution winning streak

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By DAN KARELL

COLUMBUS, Ohio The Columbus Crew added to their playoff portfolio on Saturday eveningwith a gritty victory against one of the Eastern Conference's hottest teams.

Buoyed by a terrific Federico Higuain free-kick goal just minutes into the second half, the Crew held off the New England Revolution, 1-0, ending the Revolution's five-game winning streak.

Wright-Phillips hat trick leads Red Bulls over Sounders

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By RYAN TOLMICH

HARRISON, N.J. — After missing out on his team's last two games due to injury, Bradley Wright-Phillips made his triumphant return Saturday night by picking up right where he left off.

Wright-Phillips led the way with a hat-trick as the New York Red Bulls overwhelmed the visiting Seattle Sounders, 4-1, at Red Bull Arena.

Gordon’s winner caps Galaxy rally past FC Dallas

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By MARK EDWARD HORNISH

CARSON, Calif. The crushing heatwave in Southern California gave way this weekend to the first blush of autumn, and with it came hints of playoff soccer at StubHub Center.

FC Dallas, firmly cemented in fourth place in the Western Conference, came to Los Angeles looking to end theGalaxy's four-game home winning streak.

Must-See Goal: Pablo Hernandez

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Saturday College Rewind: Saint Louis beats Creighton, Gonzaga upsets UNLV, and more

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By AARON CRANFORD

The list of unbeaten college teamskeeps getting shorter and shorter, and Saturday saw two more teams fall from the list.

SBI No. 23 Saint Louis defeated No. 10 Creighton, 1-0, on Saturday to drop the Blue Jays from the ranks of the unbeaten. Senior Robert Kristo scored the Billikens' game-winning goal in overtime.

Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

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Chelsea is threatening to run away with the English Premier League title before fall officially begins, and standing in the way of an early Blues runaway is the defending champion Manchester City.

The Citizens play host to Jose Mourinho's side today in the weekend's marquee match-up.

SBI Friday Rewind: Las Vegas stadium deal likely kaput; FIFA decision coming on Qatar; and more

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It's a fierce fightfor the remaining expansion slot up for grabs in Major League Soccer, and it looks like Las Vegas may have to bow out. Reports out of Sin City indicate a plan to build an MLS stadium there will not get approval from the city council. If it is rejected when it comes up for a vote next month, that will likely mean a knockout for the Las Vegasbid for an MLS team.

Friday College Rewind: Duke upsets UNC; Cal hands Delaware first loss; and more

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By AARON CRANFORD

Another week, another college team tumbles from the top spot in the nation.

Duke upset new SBI No.1 North Carolina, 2-1, on Friday night with a late goal from freshman Cameron Moseley. UNC's Tyler Engel scored the lone goal for the Tar Heels in the first half, but Duke senior Sean Davis scored a spectacular free kick to level the score in the 75th minute.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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By IVES GALARCEP

Brad Guzan and Aston Villa are enjoying a dream start to their English Premier League season, and the Villans sit in second place in the league through four matches. Led by Guzan's play in goal, and an improved defense that has allowed just one goal so far this season, Aston Villa are riding high after beating Liverpool last week.

College Weekend Preview: Delaware’s California Clashes, Virginia-Notre Dame Headline Week 4

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By AARON CRANFORD

The Blue Hens are undefeated but untested.

A relatively simple schedule against no ranked opponents have seen the SBI No. 20 Delaware surge to a perfect 6-0 record.

SBI College Soccer Top 25 (Sept. 19th Edition)

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By IVES GALARCEP

The North Carolina Tar Heels may have started the 2014 season with a loss, but it is the way they have rebounded that now has the ACC powerhouse on top of the heap.

UNC has climbed up to the No.

MLS Week 28: A Look Ahead

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By RYAN TOLMICH

With just over a month remaining in the MLS regular season, playoff races are tightening league-wide.

Out west, the battle for the Supporters Shield heats up between the Seattle Sounders and the LA Galaxy, who take on the New York Red Bulls and FC Dallas, respectively.

USL Pro Semifinals: A Look Ahead

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By EVAN REAM

With MLS officials currently in town, possible future stadium renderings releasedand a letter of intent signed for a bid for that stadium site, the city of Sacramento has entered full celebration mode.

Though the MLS representatives are not scheduled to stay for the game, the No.

This Weekend’s Soccer on TV

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By DAN KARELL

Manchester City will attempt to knock Chelsea off their perch at the top of the English Premier League when the two teams meet in the Etihad Stadium on Sunday.

Both clubs are coming off disappointing mid-week performances in the UEFA Champions League, but with an extra day of rest, Man City are hoping that their home form can help lead toChelsea's first defeat of the season.

The SBI Show: Episode 165 (Talking the new MLS logo, U.S. Open Cup Final, and more)

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By IVES GALARCEP

After a week break, The SBI Show is back, and there is plenty to catch up on in the soccer world, starting with the new MLS logo.

Episode 165 of The SBI Show discusses the league's new logo, which has been received with mixed reviews since being unveiled on Thursday.

Report: Las Vegas stadium proposal on the rocks

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By DAN KARELL

Las Vegas may have to wait a few more years before bringing an MLS club to the city.

Astadium proposal jointly made by the Cordish Companies andFindlay Sports & Entertainment won't receive City Council approval at the next meeting on Oct. 1, according to a report in the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

UEFA selects 13 host cities for Euro 2020, London’s Wembley Stadium to host final

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By RYAN TOLMICH

The 2020 European Championships are set to be hosted in cities across the continent, with the tournament's finals and semifinals scheduled to be held at one of the sport's most famous stadiums.

UEFA announced Friday that the Euro 2020 finals and semifinals will be held in London's Wembley Arena, which will join a list of 12 other cities in hosting the tournament.

NASL Week 12: A Look Ahead

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ByEVAN REAM

A possible Soccer Bowl preview highlights the action this weekend in the NASL as first-place San Antonio hosts second-place Minnesota Saturday at Toyota Field.

With a win, the Scorpions can take a one point lead in the combined table, while United can take the top spot in the fall season with a win of their own.

Liga MX Round 9: A Look Ahead

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By DAN KARELL

After going through some tough times, Monterrey are looking like the power they were under Victor Manuel Vucetich.

Manager Carlos Barra has taken Rayados to second place, with a fit Humberto Suazo and an in-form Darlon Pavon leading the way as they challenge Club America for the top place in the standings.

Toni nets second half brace as Sporting KC win CCL clash with Deportivo Saprissa

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Despite scoring only a single goal thus far in MLS play, Sporting KC's Toni Dovale has proven to be quite the finisher in CONCACAF Champions League action.

The Spanish winger scored a pair of goals, his second and third in two CCL games, as Sporting KC topped Costa Rican side Deportivo Saprissa, 3-1, Thursday at Sporting Park.

Report: Fort Lauderdale Strikers sold to Brazilian trio

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By DAN KARELL

The Fort Lauderdale Strikers are undergoing an ownership change, but the new owners plan to keep the club in the North American Soccer League.

On Friday morning, the Strikers will announce that the club has sold from Traffic Sports to three Brazilian businessmen Paulo Cesso, Rafael Bertani, and Ricardo Geromel according to the Miami Herald.

Friday Kickoff: 2018, 2022 World Cup decision to come in Spring; Maradona discusses drug regrets; and more

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By RYAN TOLMICH

With the 2014 World Cup in the rearview mirror, FIFA will now begin assessing the controversy that surround the tournament's next two incarnations.

FIFA ethics chief Hans-Joachim Eckert says a decision regarding potential bidding corruption of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups is unlikely to come until next spring as the organization will start reviewing the process in the near future.

Ellis finds World Cup roster answers as USWNT routs Mexico again

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

ROCHESTER, N.Y. Thursday was the last chance for U.S. Women's National Team players to show coach Jill Ellis they should be included on next month's World Cup qualifying roster. Again, they made Ellis' job very difficult.

SBI Thursday Rewind: MLS’ new logo; Chivas USA’s year off; USMNT’s upgraded rank; and more

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Love it or hate it, the new Major League Soccer logo is here. The famous boot-and-ball logo is out, and a minimalist crest with only the letters "MLS" and three stars is in. MLS Commissioner Don Garber defended the logo on Thursday, saying the crest itself identified it as a soccer logo without the presence of a soccer ball.

Friday Kickoff: Blatter calls FIFA ethics ‘exemplary'; Maradona regrets drug use; and more

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Despite all of thecontroversy in recent years, Sepp Blatter feels that FIFAhave a pretty good grasp on ethics.

The FIFA president spoke in Zurich Friday at the World Summit for Ethics in Sports, and the 78-year-old revealed that he believes that FIFA have "exemplary ethics" due to the two-part independent ethics committee the governing body instituted in 2011.

Europa League Rewind: Howard stars for Everton; Sevilla beat Feyenoord; and more

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By DAN KARELL

Tim Howard marked Everton's return to European competition with another magnificent performance.

The U.S. Men's National Team star was a beast between the posts on Thursday evening as Everton routed Wolfsburg, 4-1, at Goodison Park in their first match of the 2014/2015 Europa League Group Stage.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Preview

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Four games, three cleansheets. Brad Guzan and Aston Villa have gotten off to a dream start in the Premiership season, but will have to dig deep this weekend in order to extend their undefeated run to five games.

Garber touches on Chivas USA, Bradley comments and more at MLS logo reveal

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By RYAN TOLMICH

As he enters his 16th season in charge of the league, MLS commissioner Don Garber is prepared to usher in a new era. However, that era may begin without Chivas USA.

With the team in the state of flux due to ownership struggles, the commissioner admitted Thursday that Chivas USA may be forced to sit out the 2015 season, and even beyond, as the league looks for a suitable owner.

Mid-day Ticker: Impact’s Saputo part of Bologna purchase; Fulham sacks Magath; and more

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By CARL SETTERLUND

If reports from the Italian newspaper Corriere di Bologna ring true, the Montreal Impact's Joey Saputo is set to become the latest MLS owner to gain an ownership stake in a European club as well.

CCL Preview: Sporting KC hosts Saprissa with important points on the line

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By CARL SETTERLUND

Sporting Kansas City broke out of a four-game MLS losing streak against Chivas USA, and now their attention turns toward taking care of business in the CONCACAF Champions League.

Sporting KC currently sits in last place in Group 2, but they've only played one game so far and have a chance to potentially vault into first with two CCL games coming up in short order.

SBI Reader Poll: What do you think of the new MLS logo?

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By RYAN TOLMICH

After 19 seasons of being represented by the now famous boot and ball, Major League Soccer has unveiled a new logo.

The league debuted a new logo Thursday, signaling massive shift as MLS moves towards a new era. Boasting a new shield logo with customizable color palettes for each MLS team, the revealing of the the league's new emblem has caused a major stir.

Preview: USWNT squad gets last chance to impress Ellis before World Cup qualifying

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

ROCHESTER, N.Y. When the U.S. Women's Nation Team crushed Mexico a few days ago, it was a bit strange. Strange, not for the U.S. women to win 8-0 against a team, but because they hadn't been playing their best.

Soccer Thursday: Your Running Commentary

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By RYAN TOLMICH

With 24 games on the agenda, the debut of the Europa Leagues group stage takes center stage on a Thursday jam packed with quality soccer on TV.

European action is highlighted by a slew of big-name matches, including Everton's clash with VfL Wolfsburg, Borussia Monchengladbach's meeting with Villareal and a matchup between Inter Milan and Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk.

MLS sets December date for upcoming expansion draft

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By CARL SETTERLUND

Christmas will come early for Orlando City and New York City FC fans.

MLS has reportedly chosen a date for the upcoming expansion draft that will furnish the rosters of the league's 20th and 21st franchises.

The draft will take place at 2 p.

Di Vaio leads Impact to CCL victory over Red Bulls

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By RYAN TOLMICH

After both teams dominated group mate CD FAS, Wednesday's clash between the Montreal Impact and New York Red Bulls gave both teams thechance to an upper hand in Group 3 of the CONCACAF Champions League. Behind a Marco Di Vaio goal, it was the motivated Impact who took that chance.

Sacramento Republic signs agreement for MLS stadium site, releases renderings

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

Sacramento isn't part of Major League Soccer, but the ownership groupbehind Sacramento Republic FC thinks they have a plan to change that.

Sacramento Republic FC announced Wednesdayits ownership group has signeda letter of intent with downtown railyardsproperty ownersto acquire land for aproposed MLS soccer stadium.

SBI Wednesday Rewind: MLS to get new logo; hints suggest Miami MLS franchise coming along; and more

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Major League Soccer has been using variations of its familiar boot-and-ball logo since the league's inception. But that might be changing soon. Sources told SBI's Franco Panizo that MLS will announce a new logo that will bring a new look to the league.

Meanwhile, David Beckham & co.'s attempts to bring a MLS franchise to Miami have not gone so well as every stadium site they've explored has had problems.

Americans Abroad: Midweek Rewind

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Herculez Gomezapparently did not get the memo that Wednesday night was supposed to be all about Ronaldinho.

Gomez spoiledthe Brazilian legend's much-anticipated debut at Queretaro, scoring an early goal to pace Tigres to a 1-0 road victory in Copa MX play.

Thursday Kickoff: Schweinsteiger remains sidelined; Ronaldinho makes debut; and more

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By DAN KARELL

Bastian Schweinsteiger isn't any closer to returning to the field.

The Bayern Munich midfielder continues to struggle with patellar tendentious in his knees, and hasn't trained fully since the end of August, when he was shut down due to continued problems.

USMNT climb one place to No. 17 in latest FIFA rankings

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By DAN KARELL

The U.S. Men's National Team have earned a boost in the FIFA rankings thanks to their victory at the Czech Republic.

Coming off their 1-0 victory in Prague, the USMNT have moved up one place in the latest FIFA World Rankings to No.

MLS unveils new logo

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By DAN KARELL

Major League Soccer is saying good bye to the old boot and ball logo as they enter a new era for the league.

MLS dropped their new logo on Thursday morning, featuring an updated crest that ditches the old design in favor of a customizable logo that has personalized color schemes for each team in the league, as well as a standard scheme for the league.

UCL Rewind: Roma thrash CSKA; Boateng goal downs Man City; and more

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By DAN KARELL

AS Roma returned to the UEFA Champions League in style.

The Italian club, playing their first Champions League match since 2011, slammed home four goals in the first 30 minutes of the game before adding a fifth for good measure early in the second half, crushing CSKA Moscow, 5-1, at the Stadio Olimpico.

Claure says announcements on Miami MLS franchise forthcoming

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By DAN KARELL

David Beckham has been keeping a low profile since his latest downtown stadium proposal was rejected, but news on a potential MLS franchise in Miami could be coming soon.

Speaking on a morning program on Univision, Bolivian entrepreneurMarcelo Claure, a member of Beckham's MLS ownership group, stated that he believesthe hurdles that Beckham has had to overcome may be a thing of the past.

Curtin’s future still in question after Open Cup final loss

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By FRANCO PANIZO

For 120 minutes on Tuesday, the Philadelphia Union played with passion. A trophy was on the line, and they stood toe-to-toe with one of the most talented teams in MLS.

The Seattle Sounders ultimately landed the final blow to hand the Union a crushing 3-1 loss in extra time of a U.

Soccer Wednesday: Your Running Commentary

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By CARL SETTERLUND

The first round of UEFA Champions League group stage play will conclude today as teams in Groups E, F, G and H all open play, and there's one game that rises above the rest.

Bayern Munich and Manchester City will meet for the fifth time in UCL play since 2011, with the Premier League champions testing their mettle at Allianz Arena this afternoon.

Sources: MLS to unveil new logo on Thursday

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By FRANCO PANIZO

While Major League Soccer has undergone a host of changes since its inception, one thing that has remained the same is its logo.

Plans to alter it have been in the works for some time, however, and MLS is ready to go with a new look.

MLS hasscheduled a major announcement in New York City on Thursday regarding"the future of our league", and sources have informed SBI that it will be the unveiling of a new logo.

Dynamic Dempsey-Martins partnership proves to be difference in Open Cup

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By FRANCO PANIZO

CHESTER, Penn. Obafemi Martins had a strain. Clint Dempsey had an early missedopportunity.

Neither of those things prevented the dynamic duo from making a significant impact.

The Seattle Sounders emerged victorious from a hard-fought U.

CCL Preview: Red Bulls, Impact to square off

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By CARL SETTERLUND

When the New York Red Bulls and Montreal Impact were both placed in Group 3 of the CONCACAF Champions League, it was immediately clear it would be the headliner of the group stage portion of the tournament, and today the two MLS sides will finally meet at Stade Saputo.

UCL Preview: Bayern Munich, Manchester City set to clash yet again as group stage continues

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By CARL SETTERLUND

For the third time in the last four editions of the UEFA Champions League, Bayern Munich and Manchester City were placed in the same group, and they'll renew their European rivalry today.

Bayern has held the edge so far, winning the group both previous years, but it should be a heated affair once again as both teams will be near full strength when the Bundesliga and Premier League champions meet up at Allianz Arena this afternoon.

D.C. United seize control of CCL group with victory over Waterhouse FC

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Just two games into their CONCACAF Champions League campaign, D.C. United already have one foot in the door leading to the tournament's quarterfinal stage.

D.C. United picked up a 2-1 victory over Jamaica's Waterhouse FC Tuesday night in Kingston, Jamaica, earningthe team's second win in as many games.

Dempsey, Martins combine to lift Sounders to fourth US Open Cup title

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By FRANCO PANIZO

CHESTER, Penn. There has been no better forward duo in MLS in recent weeks thanClint Dempsey and Obafemi Martins, and the two Seattle Sounders veterans combined wonderfully again on Tuesday.

The only difference was that this time it led to some silverware.

Seattle Sounders 3, Philadelphia Union 1: US Open Cup Final Highlights

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Timbers romp past Olimpia in first home CCL match

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By MIKE DONOVAN

PORTLAND, Ore. In their inauguralhome CONCACAF Champions League match, the Portland Timbers did not disappoint a home crowd, defeating C.D. Olimpia of Honduras, 4-2, Tuesday night at Providence Park.

SBI Tuesday Rewind: NYC FC hits more snags; Arena punished for interview comments; and more

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New York City FC's vision of living up to its namesake with a venue close to the heart of the city isn't going so well.The Major League Soccer expansion club, set to temporarily play in Yankee Stadium for at least 2015, is back to square one on a finding stadium site. An attempt to secure land in the Bronx fell through on Tuesday, forcing NYC FC to look elsewhere.

Wednesday Kickoff: Rooney praises Ferguson; AC Milan facing potential Seedorf lawsuit; and more

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By RYAN TOLMICH

After years of strife between the two, Wayne Rooney is finally singing the praises of his former manager Sir Alex Ferguson.

The Manchester United captain came into conflict with Ferguson many times during his run at Old Trafford, most recently when Ferguson revealedless-than-flattering reviews of Rooney in his autobiography.

Must-See Goal: Fabian Espindola

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U.S. Open Cup Final: SBI Live Commentary

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By IVES GALARCEP

CHESTER, Pa. The Philadelphia Union have a chance to win the first trophy in their club's history, while the Seattle Sounders have a chance to add to their already-impressive trophy haul when the teams meet in tonight's U.

Report: MLS to hit Arena with ‘a major fine’

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By CARL SETTERLUND

The spat between LA Galaxy coach Bruce Arena and Major League Soccerheadquarters has reached new heights.

According to a report by SI.com, MLS commissioner Don Garber intends to hand down "a major fine" to Arena over comments he made in August regarding the MLS single-entity structure.

Soccer Tuesday: Your Running Commentary

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By CARL SETTERLUND

Real Madrid's defense of their UEFA Champions League title begins on Tuesday afternoon.

Los Blancos host FC Basel with their two new midfield additions, Toni Kroos and James Rodriguez, each being handed starts, while the famed BBC of (Karim) Benzema, (Gareth) Bale, and Cristiano Ronaldo start in the forward three.

MLS Ticker: Red Bulls steer away from USL Pro team plans, Orlando City announces MLS roster moves, and more

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By FRANCO PANIZO

In a surprising development, the New York Red Bulls have stated they will not be fielding a USL Pro team in 2015.

Red Bulls sporting director Andy Roxburgh told BigAppleSoccer.com on Monday that the club will not be following through with their plans to launcha third division side next season.

CCL Preview: D.C. United and Portland face tough tests in quest to reach knockout round

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By CARL SETTERLUND

The U.S. Open Cup final isn't the only big non-MLS fixture today, as both D.C. United and the Portland Timbers look to solidify their position in the CONCACAF Champions League group stage.

D.C. is down Jamaica today for an 8 p.m. match against Waterhouse F.

U.S. Open Cup Final: A Look Ahead

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By DAN KARELL

On Tuesday night, an unlikely champion will be crowned in the 2014 U.S. Open Cup.

The two converging story lines at PPL Park are the visiting Seattle Sounders, looking to win their fourthOpen Cup title, while the host Philadelphia Union attempt to win their first piece of silverware.

UCL Preview: Liverpool makes UCL return as Group Stage begins

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By CARL SETTERLUND

With the UEFA Champions League Group Stage kicking off Tuesday afternoon, one of the winningest teams in UCL history will make its return to the competition after a five-year hiatus.

Five-time Champions League winner Liverpool will host Bulgarian champion Ludogorets later today in one of eight fixtures as Groups A, B, C and D all commence.

SBI MLS Save of the Week: Bill Hamid

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SBI MLS Goal of the Week: Blas Perez

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Road to the U.S. Open Cup final: A look back

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By JASON MITCHELL

And then there were two.

The 2014 U.S. Open Cup began last November, with 80 teams. Only the Seattle Sounders and Philadelphia Union remain. And only one will be left standing after the two face off at PPL Park just outside Philadelphia on Tuesday night.

Reports: NYC FC turns attention towards Queens after Bronx deal falls through

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By FRANCO PANIZO

It is on to the next potential stadium site for New York City FC.

According to multiple reports on Tuesday morning, NYC FC have begun exploring the option of building a soccer-specific stadium in Queens after plans to construct one near Yankee Stadium failed to materialize.

Monday Evening Ticker: Champagne announces FIFA candidacy, Peru lines up friendly in USA; and more

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By DAN KARELL

Sepp Blatter will have at least one challenger in the next FIFA presidential elections.

Former FIFA executive Jerome Champagne wrote on his campaign website that he intends to run for FIFA president in the 2015 elections, against one Sepp Blatter. Champagne has contacted all 209 federations to tell them that he'll be a candidate.

SBI Monday Rewind: Bradley lambasts MLS refereeing; Hamburg coach fired after Green’s debut; and more

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U.S. Men's National Team recruit Julian Green had arrived in Hamburg SV likely eager to impress manager Mirko Slomka but now he has to start over with a new coach. Slomka, who gave Green his first appearance for Hamburg on Sunday in a loss to Hannover, was fired on Monday. Hamburg has had a revolving door of managers, though, firing two last season.

Tuesday Kickoff: Hazard set for pay raise; Arsenal in defensive crisis; and more

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By DAN KARELL

Eden Hazard could be on the verge of earning a hefty pay raise.

According to multiple reports in England, Chelsea are set to give the French winger a new five-year contract that would make him the highest paid player in the squad, with reported wages of £10.

MLS Ticker: Espindola’s red card appeal denied; Pogatetz convinced by Berhalter; and more

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By RYAN TOLMICH

The MLS Disciplinary Committee dished out fines to players on both D.C. United and the New York Red Bulls for their part in a mid-game fracas, but it was one move they didn't make that is stealing the headlines on Monday evening.

Report: Hamburg manager fired two days after Julian Green’s debut

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By DAN KARELL

Less than a month into the 2014/2015 Bundesliga season, Hamburg SV have decided to move in a new direction.

According to a report from the Associated Press, Hamburg have fired manager Mirko Slomka just three games into the season. Slomka's dismissal comes on the heels of a 2-0 defeat last Sunday to Slomka's former club, Hannover.

Bradley blasts referee following controversial disallowed goal

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By RYAN TOLMICH

After seeing his teammiss out on a crucial victory due to a controversial referee decision, Toronto FC's Michael Bradley let loose.

The midfielder blasted the state of refereeing in MLS, insisting that Saturday's official David Gantar, a Canadian referee assigned by the Canadian Soccer Association as opposed to PRO, is"just not good enough" to referee in the league.

Liga MX Round 8: A Look Back

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By DAN KARELL

Eight weeks into the 2014 Apertura season, defending champions Club Leon continue to sink lower and lower in the Liga MX standings.

Taking on Mexican power Santos Laguna, Leon were no match to Los Guerreros, as the hosts ran away to a 2-0 victory. Santos were all over Leon from the onset of the match, and Javier Orozco nearly scored from a bicycle kick, but it clanged off the left post.

Must-See Goal: Jeremy Menez

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USL PRO Playoff Rewind: Islanders shock Orlando City

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By AARON CRANFORD

The Orlando City Lions will head to the MLS without their sixth USL PRO title, following a shocking 1-0 playoff quarterfinal loss to the Harrisburg City Islanders.

Philadelphia Union loanee Antoine Hoppenot scored the only goal of the match in the 40th minute.

SBI MLS Player of the Week: Blas Perez

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By RYAN TOLMICH

In need of a victory to give his side some breathing room in the battle for playoff positioning, Blas Perez produced in spectacular fashion.

Perezscored a a pair of goals Saturday as FC Dallas knocked off the Vancouver Whitecaps, 2-1, to put eight points between the two teamsfor fourth place in the Western Conference.

Sunday European Rewind: Manchester United rout QPR; AC Milan win thriller over Parma; and more

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By RYAN TOLMICH

For the first time this season, Manchester United appeared to resemble ateam capable of living up to the history and tradition of the club.

The Red Devils surged past Queens Park Rangers Sunday by a 4-0 scoreline, as Man United picked up their first English Premier League victory of the 2014-15 season.

SBI MLS Rookie of the Week: Pedro Ribeiro

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By RYAN TOLMICH

With less than one-and-a-half games under his belt and his team in the thick of a potential make-or-break clash with the New York Red Bulls, Philadelphia Union rookie Pedro Ribeiro played hero.

College Weekend Rewind: Penn State edges Indiana, Georgetown ties UC Irvine, and More

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By AARON CRANFORD

Indiana is known for dominating the Big Ten, but it seems as though Penn State will challenge that reign this season.

SBI No. 11 Penn State is now 4-0-1 and atop the Big Ten conference table. Sophomore Mason Klerks scored his first collegiate goal to give the Nittany Lions the 1-0 win Saturday night vs.

SBI MLS Team of the Week: Seattle Sounders

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By RYAN TOLMICH

In what was billed as a clash between MLS Cup contenders, the Seattle Sounders once again asserted themselves as the league's top team.

The Sounders officially clinched their spot in the playoffs and extended their lead over the rest of the Western Conference Saturday by claiming a 3-2 victory over fellow contenders Real Salt Lake.

SBI Weekend Rewind: Good start for Shea’s loan; MLS playoff race ramps up; and more

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It looks like a change of scenery was a good thing for Brek Shea. The U.S Men's National Team pool player notched an assist in his debut with Birmingham City on Saturday. The 24-year-old had left Stoke City in search of more minutes and moved to Birmingham last week on an emergency three-month loan.

Monday Kickoff: Costa Rica wins Copa Centoamericano; Bayern struggling with injuries; and more

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By RYAN TOLMICH

After surprising the world at this past summer's World Cup, Costa Rica have earned another chance to impress on the international stage.

Los Ticos defeated Guatemala, 2-1, Sunday in the finals of the Copa Centroamericana to earn a place in the 2016 Copa America, which is set to be hosted in the United States.

Galaxy stumble again, tie Earthquakes in San Jose

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By EVAN REAM

It was the result that neither team needed, but the one they deserved, as the San Jose Earthquakes and LA Galaxy played to a 1-1 draw in the latest edition of the California Classico Sunday afternoon in front of a crowd of 10,525 at Buck Shaw Stadium in Santa Clara.

NASL Week 11: A Look Back

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By EVAN REAM

The rematch of the 2013 NASL Soccer Bowl did not disappoint as former MLS midfielder Danny Szetela grabbed a late goal to give the New York Cosmos all three points in a wild 3-2 win over the Atlanta Silverbacks in front of an announced crowd of 4,502 fans at Hofstra Stadium in New York.

Revs rally to post fifth straight victory

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By CARL SETTERLUND

FOXBOROUGH It seems like nothing can stop the New England Revolution right now.

The Revolution fell behind early for a third consecutive game, but as in the previous two they came storming back, getting goals from Kelyn Rowe and Lee Nguyen two minutes apart to rally past the Montreal Impact, 2-1, in front of a reported attendance of 19,665 at rainy Gillette Stadium.

Timbers edge closer to Whitecaps after tying Rapids

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By MIKE DONOVAN

Two teams that currently sit on the outsideof the Western Conference playoffs matched up Saturday night, but neither the Colorado Rapids northe Portland Timbers could find a winner at Dick's Sporting Goods Park.

Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

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By IVES GALARCEP

Julian Green's loan stint with Bundesliga side Hamburg kicks off today, as we find out just what his new club has planned for him.

Green and Hamburg take on Hannover 96 in one of the matches that will attract the most interest from Americans eager to see if Green is ready to earn regular minutes with Hamburg.

Disallowed Gilberto goal forces TFC to settle for draw with Fire

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By RYAN TOLMICH

With time dwindling and the score tied at one, Toronto FC forward Gilberto saw his toe-poke effort roll past Chicago Fire goalkeeper Sean Johnson and into the back of the net. However, celebrations would be short-lived, as refereeDavid Gantar kept Gilberto off the board and spared the Fire defense.

Perez winner leads FC Dallas to victory over Whitecaps

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By RYAN TOLMICH

After stumbling to back-to-back losses in recent weeks, Blas Perez and FC Dallas areback to their winning ways.

Perez's pair of goals proved to be the difference Saturday as FC Dallas topped fellow playoff contenders Vancouver Whitecaps, 2-1, at Toyota Stadium.

Second-half rally helps Crew tie Dynamo

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By DAN KARELL

The Houston Dynamo were cruising towards their third straight win after the first 45 minutes on Saturday evening.

The second 45 minutes though were a different story.

Behindto two goals scored in a nine-minute span early in the second half, the Columbus Crew stunned the Dynamo as both teams settled for a point in a 2-2 draw at BBVA Compass Stadium.

Saturday European Rewind: Atletico top Real Madrid; Arsenal draw with Man City; and more

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Despite losing some of the club's biggest stars during the summer window, Atletico Madrid demonstrated once again that they are still a force in Spanish soccer.

The reigning La Liga champions topped Real Madrid Saturday by a 2-1 scoreline, earning Atletico their second victory over their city rivals on the young season.

Late Le Toux penalty earns Union draw with Red Bulls

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By RYAN TOLMICH

With time ticking down and a one goal lead in the back pocket, the New York Red Bulls just needed to avoid a last-minute mistake if they were to emerge from PPL Park with their third win in seven days. However, as the game entered stoppage time, the mistake eventually came.

2012 video suggests Kyle’s support for fake turf not artificial

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

When the news emerged that Canadian National Team midfielder Kaylyn Kyle had signed an endorsement deal with artificial turf maker FieldTurf, the criticism was swift.

After all, Kyle's federation plans to host the 2015 Women's World Cup on artificial turf, including FieldTurf a decision that has sparked controversy from players who have decried it as gender discrimination.

Report: Shutting down Chivas USA an option as MLS moves closer to finding new owner

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

Little more than a month after Major League Soccer officials stated Chivas USA could stick around for another season with the same name if a new owner isn't found, a new report suggests the team could close up shop if a new owner decides to start fresh with a new identity.

Dwyer breaks club record, helps Sporting KC snap losing skid

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By TATE STEINLAGE

Sporting Kansas City badly needed a win Friday to snap their worst skid in three years. Dom Dwyer delivered with a record-setting goal, lifting his team to a 4-0 victory over Chivas USA.

Rose buries stoppage-time goal, lifts Sounders over Real Salt Lake

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By JASON MITCHELL

SEATTLE It took 94 minutes and two DeAndre Yedlin assists, but the Seattle Sounders survived a back-and-forth battle of Western Conference heavyweights on Friday night, riding a last-gasp Andy Rose goal to a 3-2 victory in front of 38,976 at CenturyLink Field.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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By IVES GALARCEP

Chelsea may be leading the English Premier League at the moment, but two teams planning to challenge the Blues for the top spot face off in one of Saturday's marquee matches.

Arsenal faces Manchester City at the Emirates in an early-morning showdown.

SBI Friday Rewind: MLS eyes in-game video review; MLS could be down a team next year; and more

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The long-held tradition of letting referees' calls stand during matches could be changing. Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber said Friday he was keen to make MLS the first soccer league to test video review during matches after FIFA President Sepp Blatter supported the idea.

Meanwhile, a new report says Chivas USA could shut down for next year before returning as a new, re-branded franchise.

NASL Week 11: A Look Ahead

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By EVAN REAM

A vital three points are at stake Saturday as the struggling New York Cosmos and Atlanta Silverbacks meet in a rematch of the 2013 NASL Soccer Bowl at Hoftstra Stadium.

Coming off a loss to then bottom-of-the table Indy Eleven, the Silverbacks desperately need a resultas they sit five points behind fourth place Tampa Bay for the final playoff berth in the combined Spring and Fall table.

Friday College Rewind: UNLV upsets UMBC, Furman tops Coastal, and more

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By AARON CRANFORD

UNLV continues the trend of knocking out top teams this year.

The Rebels upset SBI No. 10 UMBC Friday night, which leaves them undefeated this season, with a 4-0 record.

Furman upset the newest member of the SBI Top 5, Coastal Carolina, 1-0.

Shea notches assist in Birmingham City debut

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Brek Shea is off to a promising start, even if his new club can't say the same.

Just days after finalizing a loan move to Birmingham City in an effort to earn consistent playing time, Shea was handed a start by the club in Saturday's showdown vs.

Artificial turf company endorsement heats up 2015 World Cup debate

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

The battle over artificial turf at the 2015 Women's World Cup doesn't appear to be going away anytime soon.

FieldTurf, the company providing artificial turf for the tournament in Canada next year, has signed Canadian national team midfielder Kaylyn Kyle to a three-year, $15,000 endorsement deal, according to a report from TSN.

The SBI Show: Episode 164 (Talking USMNT, previewing MLS Week 27, and more)

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By IVES GALARCEP

The playoff races in Major League Soccer are heating up and the latest episode of The SBI Show has you covered on what to watch for in MLS this week:

Episode 164 of The SBI Show takes a look at the marquee match-ups in MLS this week, including the Philadelphia Union's Eastern Conference showdown with the New York Red Bulls, as well as the clash of Western Conference powers featuring Real Salt Lake and the Seattle Sounders.

College Soccer Weekend Preview: UC-Irvine-Georgetown, Syracuse-Notre Dame headline Week 3

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By AARON CRANFORD

UC-Irvine enter the weekend undefeated, but the Anteaters will face their biggest test to date Sunday when they pay a visit to the nation's capital Sunday to take on the Georgetown Hoyas.

The SBI No. 6 Anteaters kicked off their East Coast road trip with a 3-2 victory over the West Virginia Mountaineers Thursday behind an EduardoCalzada brace.

Mid-Day Ticker: American investors interested in Tottenham Hotspur; Messi, Iniesta fit; and more

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Premier League clubs Manchester United, Liverpool, Arsenal, Aston Villa and Sunderland already feature American ownership ties, but it seems thatEngland's top league is drawing the interest of yet another stateside group.

SBI College Soccer Top 25 (Sept. 12th Edition)

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By IVES GALARCEP

There were upsets galore last week in the SBI College Soccer Top 25, as well as several teams that slipped down in the rankings.

A handful of teams benefited from the shake-up, including Coastal Carolina, which has enjoyed an impressive start to the season despite a brutal early-season schedule.

USL Pro Playoff Preview: First Round

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By AARON CRANFORD

With the USL Pro Playoffs set to kickoff, theOrlando Citybegin their quest for their sixth USL Pro trophy in four years.

The Lions lifted their third USL Pro Commissioner's Cup trophy after their 1-0 win against the Richmond Kickers on Saturday night, but they will hope their record-breaking year continues into the postseason.

MLS interested in becoming first league to implement video review

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By RYAN TOLMICH

With technology becoming a bigger part of the game on a worldwide level, MLS islooking to become the first league to test out in-game video reviews.

FIFA president Sepp Blatter announced his support for a review system earlier this week in what commissioner Don Garber called "music to my ears", as MLS has informed FIFA of its interest in being the first professional league to implement the new system.

MLS Week 27: A Look Ahead

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By RYAN TOLMICH

With the regular season heading towardthe home stretch, this weekend's MLS action features a few good old fashioned six pointers.

Headlining the weekend's action is a battle between Supporters Shield hopefuls, as the league-leading Seattle Sounders host Real Salt Lake, who sit just five points behind Friday's opposition for the league lead.

Liga MX Round 8: A Look Ahead

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By DAN KARELL

Even though he won't be making his debut on Friday, Ronaldinho's mere presence at the Estadio La Corregidora has ensured a sell out.

Queretaro made front pages across the globe when they signed Ronaldinho a week ago, and after being presented to the media on Friday morning, he's expected to be presented to the fans at halftime of Queretaro's match this evening against Puebla.

This Weekend’s Soccer on TV

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By CARL SETTERLUND

After a week off for the international break, club soccer is back with a vengeance this weekend, providing us with a handful of can't-miss fixtures in the English Premier League and La Liga.

First up, though, there are a few interesting matches elsewhere in Europe to keep an eye one as Bayer Leverkusen look to stay atop the Bundesliga table when they play Werder Bremen on Friday afternoon.

SBI Thursday Rewind: Klinsmann to call in MLS players; Shea to Birmingham; Garber extends contract; and more

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Major League Soccer is in the thick of the playoff race, but U.S. Men's National Team coach Jurgen Klinsmann is not going to hold back on calling in his top players. Speaking to USSoccer.com, Klinsmann was clear that when October friendlies roll around, he will be keen to mix his MLS veterans with the new batch he called in to face the Czech Republic last week.

Friday Kickoff: Falcao looking for permanent Man United move; Tevez fit for Udinese clash; and more

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Despite only being penciled in for a temporary stay, Radamel Falcao is already looking towards his future with new club Manchester United.

Falcaocould be set to make his debut this week against QPR, and the Colombian forward is hoping that Sunday's experience will be the first of many.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Preview

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By FRANCO PANIZO

After a brief break for FIFA's international dates, Europe's top leagues resume play this weekend and three Americans are hoping to make their respective debuts in it.

Julian Green is among that trio, as he is looking to make his first appearance since joining Hamburg on loan.

Sounders’ Zavaleta progressing in transition to centerback while on loan with Chivas USA

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By DAN KARELL

COLUMBUS, Ohio Eriq Zavaleta could not stop scoring goals.

That was the best way to describe Zavaleta's sophomore season, and last season in college, at Indiana University.

Williams sets sights for November return from injury

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By FRANCO PANIZO

The target date for Danny Williams' Reading return has been set. It is just not any time soon.

Williams is hoping that by November he will befully recovered from the knee injury that he sustained in March while playing for the U.

Garber signs deal through 2018, now cancer-free

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Major League Soccer will remain under the vigilant watch of commissioner Don Garber for the foreseeable future.

Garber signed a five-year deal back in January that will keep him on as MLS commissioner through the end of 2018, SI.

U.S. youth international Stanko tears ACL with SC Freiburg

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By CARL SETTERLUND

One of the rising U.S. Men's National Team prospects has been dealt a setback.

Former Under-20 U.S. star Caleb Stanko signed his first professional deal back in May with German club SC Freiberg, but will need to wait a while longer to make his Bundesliga debut after tearing his right anterior cruciate ligamentin training.

Mid-Day Ticker: Bento out as Portugal manager; Van Gaal discusses Welbeck, Chicharito departures; and more

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Portugal's disappointing defeat at the hands of underdogs Albania proved to be the final nail in Paulo Bento's coffin.

The Portuguese Football Federation announced Thursday that it had terminated the 45-year-old manager's contract by mutual consent.

Video: Shea discusses loan move to Birmingham City

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Copa Centroamericana Rewind: Pappa sends Guatemala into tournament final

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By CARL SETTERLUND

In a show of MLS's ability to pull in top Central American talent, several league stars were prominently involved in Wednesday night's Copa Centroamericana group stage finale.

Guatemala, Panama and El Salvador each picked up victories at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston, with Seattle's Marco Pappa scoring twice to propel the Guatemalans past Honduras, 2-0, in the nightcap of Wednesday's triple-header.

Klinsmann planning to call in USMNT’s best players, youngsters next month

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By FRANCO PANIZO

MLS clubsmight still be jockeying for playoff positioning next month when FIFA's October internationaldates roll around, but that will not stop U.S. Men's National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann from summoning his best players.

U.S. U-20 Men’s National Team 1, Argentina U-20 1

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Whitecaps end scoring drought, blank Earthquakes

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By FRANCO PANIZO

So long, scoring drought.

The Vancouver Whitecaps on Tuesday ended a 449-minute scoreless run thatstretched over nine halves, scoring on each side of halftime to hand the San Jose Earthquakes a 2-0 loss at BC Place.

Donovan suspended for final match vs. Earthquakes

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By CARL SETTERLUND

Many clubs and fanbases around MLS have had a chance to say a proper farewell to Landon Donovan before seeing him play in person one last time.

His former team, the San Jose Earthquakes, will not be one of them.

The retiring Donovan was down tohaving seven regular season games left in his MLS career, but that number dropped to six after he was shown a controversial yellow card for dissent by referee Hilario Grejeda during the first half of Wednesday night's 2-2 draw against the Montreal Impact.

Thursday Kickoff: Ronaldinho receives work visa; Barkley rehab ahead of schedule; and more

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By DAN KARELL

Ronaldinho has received his work permit, but he won't be able to make his debut on Friday.

Due to the Liga MX schedule and complications in acquiring a work permit, Ronaldinho and his brother, Assis, who acts as the player's agent, are both expected to arrive in Mexico on either Thursday evening or Friday morning.

Shea joins Birmingham City on short-term loan

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By DAN KARELL

Brek Shea has agreed to move down a division to see some regular playing time.

The U.S. Men's National Team winger completed an emergency three-month loan to Birmingham City in the League Championship, with the deal running through Dec. 13 with no recall option.

Soccer Wednesday: Your Running Commentary

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By IVES GALARCEP

The New York Red Bulls have aspirations of making the MLS playoffs, while D.C. United would love nothing more than to put a serious dent in those playoff hopes.

East-leading D.C. United take on the Red Bulls at Red Bull Arena tonight (8pm, ESPN2) and the Red Bulls need a win to stay in striking distance for the final playoff spots in the East.

RSL launch Real Monarchs, latest MLS-backed USL Pro team

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

Real Salt Lake's foray into USL Pro finally has a name attached to it: the Real Monarchs.

RSL executives unveiled the Monarchs name and crest Wednesday at a presentation including new renderings of the proposed 8,000-seat facility to be added at the Utah state fair grounds.

Galaxy rally to split points with Impact

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

The Los Angeles Galaxy have been looking so dominant lately, winning their last four the last two of them blowouts. But for much of Wednesday night, it looked like their time may have been up.

With the Galaxy two goals down 59 minutes in at Stade Saputo, the Montreal Impact seemed poised to end the five-game unbeaten streak of their guests.

Sam nets late winner as Red Bulls top 10-man D.C. United

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By RYAN TOLMICH

HARRISON, N.J. —With both time and a potential playoff spot ticking away by the second, the New York Red Bulls were in need of something special. Luckily for the Red Bulls, Lloyd Sam was happy to oblige.

SBI Wednesday Rewind: Injury sidelines Cameron; Meulensteen up for head Union job; and more

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A rocky start to the season just got a little rockier for Geoff Cameron at Stoke City. He has hernia injury requiring surgery, but it's not exactly clear when the U.S. Men's National Team defender will be back in action. This comes after Cameron seemingly lost his Premier League position to summer arrival Phil Bardsley.

Report: Sakiewicz admits Muelensteen is up for Union job, but denies job is already his

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By DAN KARELL

Rene Meulensteen could become the next European coach to move stateside.

According to a report byESPN FC, the former Fulham manager and Manchester United assistantis being considered for the Philadelphia Union's head coaching position by Union CEO Nick Sakiewicz,but a decision on the team's next manager won't be coming any time soon.

French club Luzenac releases entire first team, including former U.S. U-20 GK Westberg

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By DAN KARELL

The inspirational story of Luzenac AP has slowly become one of tragedy, one that even Shakespeare would be proud of.

What began with earning promotion into the French Football League (LFP) last May has ultimately finished with the club's expulsion from the ranks of professional soccer in France, forcing the team to begin life again in the French seventh division.

Beckham confident MLS Miami project will happen

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Never really one to beshort on confidence, David Beckham is convinced his MLS Miami franchise will come to fruition despite all the recent stadium setbacks.

Beckham stated with conviction on Wednesday that the MLS franchise in Miami that he has been working arduously on will see the light of day.

Union defender Gaddis signs multi-year extension

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Ray Gaddis has earned a big reward for three seasonsof strong performances.

The Philadelphia Union announced Wednesday that the club had inked the 24-year-old defender to a new multi-year contract that will keep Gaddis with the team through 2016.

Mid-day Ticker: Suarez cleared for El Clasico, PSG extends Sirigu and more

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By CARL SETTERLUND

Luis Suarez's long-awaited debut for Barcelona is set to be a whopper.

The Blaugrana's big-money summer transfer has been cleared by the Court of Arbitration for Sport to return for El Clasico against Real Madrid on Oct. 25.

The Uruguayan forward's ban for biting Giorgio Chiellini at the World Cup will end at midnight on Oct.

U.S. U-17’s to host England, Australia, and Brazil in 2014 Nike International Friendlies

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By RYAN TOLMICH

After emerging victorious in 2013, the U.S. Under-17 Men's National Team is set to defend its crown in the 2014Nike International Friendlies.

The tournament, which is set to take place between Nov. 28 to Dec. 3 inLakewood Ranch, Florida, will see the U.

MLS Week 27: A Midweek Look Ahead

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By RYAN TOLMICH

As the playoff race intensifies,MLS boasts a trio of midweek contests with one of the league's oldest and fiercest rivalries taking center stage.

With years of history between the two sides, the New York Red Bulls and D.

U.S. U-20 Men’s National Team 2, Racing Club Reserves 0: Match Highlights

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MLS Ticker: Eales tabbed as MLS Atlanta president, Copa Centroamericana call-ups, and more

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By CARL SETTERLUND

MLS Atlanta isn't in the market for players yet, but theyjust made a big acquisition.

The league's 22nd franchise announced on Wednesday that they signed Tottenham executive director Darren Eales to become the club's first president another move that demonstrates owner Arthur Blank's ambition to succeed in MLS.

Report: Cameron sidelined by hernia surgery

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By DAN KARELL

Geoff Cameron's frustrating start to the season hit another bump in the road onTuesday.

According to a report in the Stoke Sentinel, Cameron is set to undergo a hernia operation, which could keep him out at least two weeks, and maybe longer.

Willian finishes magnificent set piece to push Brazil past Ecuador

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By FRANCO PANIZO

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. Brazilmay be known for its attacking flair fromthe run of play, but it was a magnificent set piece that made the difference for the Selecao for the second straight game.

Brazil defeated Ecuador, 1-0, on Tuesday night at MetLife Stadium and it was a terrifically drawn up free kick that saw Willian score the game's lone goal in the first half.

Euro Qualifying Rewind: Czechs stun the Dutch; Italy cruises past Norway; and more

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

The growing pains continue for Guus Hiddink in his latest go-round as manager of The Netherlands.

The Dutch were clearly the favorites going into Tuesday's Euro 2016 qualifier against the Czech Republic. But a stoppage time error netted a stunning result, with the Czechs opening their qualifying campaign with a win over the Netherlands, 2-1.

SBI Tuesday Rewind: Ramos talks U-20 roster; Fire gets shake-up; surprising Euro results; and more

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Tab Ramos is in the process of narrowing down his U-20 U.S. Men's National Team squad as he looks ahead to 2015 CONCACAF Under-20 Championships. But there are some challenges, he told SBI in an exclusive interview time is running out and a number of players will not be available for the tournament.

Wednesday Kickoff: Ronaldo back in training; Mexico knocks off Bolivia; and more

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By RYAN TOLMICH

With a clash with rivals Atletico Madrid looming, Real Madrid expect to head into this weekend boosted by a fully fitCristiano Ronaldo.

The Portuguese midfielder returned to full training Tuesday after previously partaking in solo training sessions due to a back injury.

Magee out for season after hip surgery

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

TheChicago Fire were already looking like a long shot to make the playoffs, but now theywill have to finish the season without one of their top players.

Forward Mike Magee underwent a right hip procedure on Monday that will sideline him for six to eight months, the Chicago Fire announced Tuesday.

Duvall continues solid rookie season with strong showing vs. Sporting KC

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By FRANCO PANIZO

HARRISON, N.J. – It was apparent from early on. Sporting Kansas City were targeting New York Red Bulls rookie right back Chris Duvall, thinking that his youth and inexperience were things they and U.

Fire sign French forward Sinama Pongolle

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By FRANCO PANIZO

The Chicago Fire may have been unlucky in their pursuit to addJermaine Jones this summer, but that stilldid not preventthe club from bolstering its squad ahead of the roster freeze deadline.

The Fire announced on Tuesday that they have signed French forward Florent Sinama Pongolle.

The best MLS reclamation projects

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By IVES GALARCEP

Signing big-ticket superstars is one way to improve your team in Major League Soccer, but another, more efficient, way is to uncover hidden gems and reclamation projects on other teams in the league.

All across MLS you can find players who are thriving after having been cut loose or dealt away by somebody else, and you also have some teams that have seen more than their share of former players thriving on other teams.

U-20 USMNT ends Argentina trip with comeback win, draw

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By FRANCO PANIZO

The Under-20 U.S. Men's National Team has left Argentina feeling pretty good about itself.

The U.S. ended its trip to Buenos Aires on Tuesday by playing to a 1-1 draw with Argentina's U-20s, giving the Americans a 2-0-1 record in the three friendlies they played there during the past week.

Tricky decisions ahead for U-20 head coach Ramos

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By DAN KARELL

Tab Ramos has some difficult decisions ahead.

With exactly fourmonths until the start of the 2015 CONCACAF Under-20 Championships, time is running short for the U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team coaching staff to selecta 20-man squad to take part in the tournament.

MLS Ticker: Dunivant sidelined up to 6 weeks, Pontius travels, and more

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By FRANCO PANIZO

In the midst of astronglate season run, the LA Galaxy have received some bad news.

Left back Todd Dunivant is expected to be out for up to six weeks with a left groin tear suffered in the Galaxy's recent 6-0 demolition of the Colorado Rapids.

The SBI Live Q&A (Sept. 9th Edition)

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By IVES GALARCEP

It has been a long time, but the SBI Live Q&A is back.

It is time to talk all things soccer in the latest installment of The SBI Live Q&A. If you don't know what it is, or can't remember because it's been so long, the Live Q&A is your chance to throw some soccer questions my way as I spend the next few hours answer questions from readers.

SBI Live Q&A set for Noon today

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It's that time again. Time to talk all things soccer in the latest SBI Live Q&A.

Startingnoon today, I will be taking reader questions on topics spanning the world of soccer, and even some non-soccer questions to mix things up. Want to talk MLS? U.S. Men's National Team? Want to discuss the European club season, or even some pop culture topics?

SBI MLS Goal of the Week: Thierry Henry

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FIFA15 demo released on Xbox consoles

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Soccer gaming fans anxious to get a first real glimpse at FIFA15, now is your chance.

If you have an Xbox console, that is.

Electronic Arts released the demo for its highly-anticipated soccer video game in the United States and Europe on Tuesday, but did so on just the Xbox One and Xbox360.

SBI MLS Best XI: Week 26

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By IVES GALARCEP

The Los Angeles Galaxy put on a goal-scoring clinic last Friday in thrashing a 10-man Colorado Rapids side, and the headliners in that rout scored spots in the SBI MLS Best XI for Week 26.

Landon Donovan provided two goals and two assists to lead the charge for the Galaxy, while Gyasi Zardes notched two goals of his own to earn places on this week's team.

SBI MLS Save of the Week: Jon Busch

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SBI Monday Rewind: Winter World Cup back on table; Albania beats Portugal in Euro qualifier; and more

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It seemed that detractors had successfully persuaded FIFA away from serious consideration of holding the 2022 World Cup in winter. At least until Monday. FIFA is again exploring the possibility of a World Cup kicking off in January or November of 2022 in Qatar, assigning its task force Monday to give the schedule change full consideration.

Tuesday Kickoff: Ibrahimovic denies elbowing Alaba; Pogba set for extension; and more

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By DAN KARELL

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has played down suggestions that he should have been sent off in Monday evening's 1-1 draw between Sweden and Australia.

Video replays show that Ibrahimovic caught Austria's David Alaba with a stray elbow while shielding the ball, much to the discontent of the Austrian players.

International Rewind: Spain crush Macedonia; England top Swiss on road; and more

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By DAN KARELL

Spain's next generation showedon Monday thatthat there's plenty of promise ahead.

Spain head coach Vicente Del Bosque gave three youngsters their competitive Spain debut's as Spain obliterated Macedonia, 5-1, at the Estadio Ciudad de Valencia.

Following a cheeky 15th minute penalty kick goal scored by Sergio Ramos, one of the youngsters, Paco Alcacer, added Spain's second two minutes later with a close range finish into an empty net.

Evening Ticker: Blatter discusses U.S. World Cup; Roma refute Benatia’s claims; and more

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By RYAN TOLMICH

With the unsuccessful bid for the 2022 tournament in the past, FIFA President Sepp Blatter has once again kindled hopes of a U.S.-based World Cup.

Fresh off the news of Blatter's intent to pursue a fifth term, the FIFA president agreed that the 2026 World Cup should take place on North American soil, withthe United States as the top candidate.

FIFA explore moving 2022 World Cup dates

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By DAN KARELL

FIFA is ready to talk about a winter World Cup once again.

A FIFA task force assembled by the FIFA Exexucitve Committee to "assess options for the international match calendar 2018-2024″ met on Monday in Zurich, Switzerland. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the main topic of discussion was the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, and more specifically, whether to move it away from the usual time frame in June/July to either January/February or November/December.

Soccer Monday: Your Running Commentary

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By RYAN TOLMICH

After a busy Sunday of Euro 2016 qualifying, some of Europe's top sides take center-stage Sunday to kickoff qualification for the continent's biggest international tournament.

Monday's action is headlined by England, who will be without startingforwardDaniel Sturridge in their Group E opener against Switzerland.

Crew sign veteran Austrian centerback Pogatetz

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By DAN KARELL

The Columbus Crewaren't finished adding to their roster just yet.

In the thick of the playoff race, the club have signedveteran centerback Emanuel Pogatetz. The 31-year-old Pogatetz joins the club asa free agent, and most recently played for FC Nurnberg in Germany.

USL Pro Week 25: A Look Back

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By: AARON CRANFORD

Orlando City SC finished their finalUSL Pro regular season in style.

The Lions, who won the 2014 USL Pro regular season title last Wednesday, topped thethird-placed Richmond Kickers 1-0 Saturday. Midfielder Kevin Molino scored the lone goal, his 20th of the season, by headinga cross fromLuke Boden into the far right corner of the net in the 23rd minute.

NASL Week 10: A Look Back

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By EVAN REAM

Christian Ramirez scoreda 14th minute penalty kick to set a club record of 14 goals in a single season, but it was not enough to give Minnesota United FC the win at home.

Minnesota United were forced to settle for a 1-1 draw with the Tampa Bay Rowdies thanksto a second half Georgi Hristov equalizer.

The SBI Show: Episode 163 (Talking MLS Week 26, USMNT, and more)

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By IVES GALARCEP

With playoff races tightening up in Major League Soccer, and the U.S. Men's National Team playing their first match after the World Cup last week, there was plenty to talk about in the latest episode of The SBI Show.

College Soccer Weekend Rewind: St Mary’s stuns Washington, UCLA rebounds vs. New Mexico, and More

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By: AARON CRANFORD

Top five teams have not had the best of starts to the season, withupsets occurring seeminglyevery other day.

The SBI No. 4 Washington Huskies became the latest top side to pick up a loss, as Antonio Lokossou scored a 94th-minute golden goal to give St.

SBI MLS Rookie of the Week: Chris Duvall

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Markingperennial MLS All-Star Graham Zusifor 90 minutes is a task sure to challenge even the most experienced of full backs, let alone one with just months into his professional career.

However, Chris Duvall did just that, as the rookie defender proved to be a key defensive piece as the New York Red Bulls picked up an important 2-1 victory over Sporting Kansas City on Saturday at Red Bull Arena.

International Rewind: Portugal falls to Albania; Costa Rica, Panama play to draw; and more

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Despite the absenceCristiano Ronaldo, few predicted Portugal'sclash with Albania would prove to be much of a challenge. However, the Albanians turned out to be more than the Portuguese could handle.

Albania kicked off their Euro 2016 qualifying campaign with a 1-0 upset victory over Portugal on Sunday inAveiro, Portugal.

SBI MLS Player of the Week: Giles Barnes

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By DAN KARELL

On the verge of falling out of the Eastern Conference playoff race, the Houston Dynamo needed someone to step up and keep their season alive.

Giles Barnes was that player last Saturday, scoring a brace in a must-win match against the Montreal Impact.

SBI MLS Team of the Week: New England Revolution

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By DAN KARELL

The New England Revolution are suddenly playing like a team destined for a run to the MLS Cup final.

With Jermaine Jones making his first two starts since joining the club, the Revolution recorded two massive wins in MLS Week 26, defeating Sporting Kansas City last Wednesday, 3-1, and the Chicago Fire last Sunday, 2-1, to move into third place in the Eastern Conference standings.

Timbers and Earthquakes draw after barnburner in Portland

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By MIKE DONOVAN

In a match befitting of Portland's 2014 season, the Timbers dominated at times while also having major defensive lapses before salvaging a result late.

The San Jose Earthquakes and Portland Timbers played to a 3-3 draw, Sunday afternoon at Providence Park.

Davies’ instant impact sends Revolution past Fire for fourth straight win

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By CARL SETTERLUND

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. For the first time in six matches, New England Revolution coach Jay Heaps didn't start Charlie Davies and Davies let him know about it.

On the field, that is.

Davies subbed on in the 58th minute and just two minutes later was crossing up Chicago Fire goalkeeper Sean Johnson for the winner as the Revs held on for a 2-1 victory at Gillette Stadium on Sunday, their second straight week overcoming an early deficit to claim the full three points.

Monday Kickoff: Blatter confirms FIFA candidacy; Reus injures ankle; and more

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By DAN KARELL

Sepp Blatter has made the news official. He's running for a fifth term.

Despite promising in the run up to the 2011 FIFA presidential election that it would be his last, Blatter has unsurprisingly decided to run again for FIFA's highest office, where he is almost surely a shoe-in to win again in next year's elections.

Must-See Goal: Thierry Henry

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Meram brace, Anor header power Crew past Chivas USA

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By DAN KARELL

COLUMBUS, Ohio With the Columbus Crew in need of a morale-boosting win, the team relied on one of their unsung heroes to secure victory.

Following a listless first half between both teams, the Crew were lifted by a pair of Justin Meram goals and a Bernardo Anor header to defeat Chivas USA, 3-0, in theonly meeting between the pair this season.

Dynamo come from behind to beat Impact and keep playoff hopes alive

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By EVAN REAM

The Houston Dynamo's playoff hopes looked to be in jeopardy of disappearing into the warm Houston night on Saturday night when the Montreal Impact took a 2-1 second-half lead.

Giles Barnes and Ricardo Clark saw to it that the Dynamo's postseason hopes are still alive.

Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

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The German Men's National Team spent the better part of the summer celebrating their World Cup victory, but now it's time for the world champions to focus on working toward their next potential trophy.

Germany kicks off Euro 2016 qualifying today against Scotland as Euro qualifiers kick off across the Atlantic.

College Soccer Friday Rewind: No. 1 UCLA upset by American, Wake Forest tops UConn, and more

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By AARON CRANFORD

Sophomore Dale Ludwig is an American hero.

His golden goal helped the American University Eagles upset SBI No. 1 UCLA Friday night.

In one of the program's most historic victories, American never trailed on their way to winning 2-1.

Henry winner lifts Red Bulls past Sporting KC

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The New York Red Bulls and Sporting Kansas City were both in desperate need of a win on Saturday night, and after the first 10 minutes of the match it looked like Sporting KC might have the energy to pull off the road victory.

The Red Bulls, and specifically Thierry Henry, had other ideas.

Led by a strong performance by their defense, and Henry's magic, the Red Bulls posted a 2-1 victory at Red Bull Arena.

Saborio Returns Triumphant, Propels RSL to Victory over Dallas

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By TYLER GRAY

SANDY, Utah. It was a long road back for Alvaro Saborio, but he made his return count.

Back in action for the first time since suffering a broken foot more than three months ago, Saborio delivered a winning header in Real Salt Lake's 2-1 victory vs.

Union beat struggling TFC again to climb into playoff position

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By IVES GALARCEP

Same two teams, same outcome.

Just three days after beating Toronto FC at PPL Park, the Philadelphia Union traveled to Canada and pulled off the same trick again, shutting out TFC one more time on the way to a 2-0 victory at BMO Field.

MLS Week 26: A Look Ahead

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Two of the Western Conference's top teams face off on Saturday night in a classic showdown.

These two sides faced off two weeks ago, with FC Dallas coming out on top, 2-1, at Toyota Park. Now, with the venue switching to Rio Tinto Stadium, Luis Giland Real Salt Lake are looking to turn the tables and move well ahead of Tesho Akindele and FC Dallas in the Western Conference standings.

Mexican side Queretaro announce the signing of Ronaldinho

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By IVES GALARCEP

The Brazilian superstar so many Major League Soccer fans were hoping to one day see playing in MLS has agreed to set up shop just south of the border.

Queretaro has secured the services of Brazilian World Cup winner Ronaldinho, announcing the signing on Friday night.

SBI Friday Rewind: Rossi facing another knee op; Ronaldinho to play in Mexico; and more

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Giuseppe Rossi, the American-born forward who opted to play for Italy's national team, continues to struggle with injury. He had surgery on Friday and is expected to miss another four to five months. He has battled injury since tearing his anterior cruciate ligament in 2011 and was left off Italy's World Cup squad this summer amid concerns he hadn't fully recovered from his previous surgery in January.

Early red card dooms Rapids in Galaxy romp

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By MARK EDWARD HORNISH

CARSON, Calif. Most nights, a game takes ninety minutes to decide. On Friday, it only took one.

Colorado Rapids goalkeeper Joe Nasco received a straight red card in the first 30 seconds against the Los Angeles Galaxy for a from-behind takedown of Alan Gordoninside the six-yard box.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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With the International fixture break meaning club soccer is taking the weekend off in most of the world, Major League Soccer takes center stage with some important match-ups with playoff implications.

The New York Red Bulls play host to Sporting Kansas City tonight in an Eastern Conference clash both teams need given recent results.

Must-See Goal: Neymar

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Report: D.C. United close to signing Ghana’s Inkoom

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By DAN KARELL

With the MLS roster free approaching on Sept. 15, D.C. United wanted to make sure they completed one more piece of business to upgrade their roster.

According to a report in the Washington Post, D.C. United is on the verge of signing 25-year-old right back Samuel Inkoom.

Fire’s Pause to retire at end of season

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By DAN KARELL

The longest-tenured player in Chicago Fire historyis ending his career with the only club he's known.

At a press conference on Friday afternoon, Logan Pause announced that he will retire at the end of the 2014 MLS season.

USWNT drawn with T&T, Guatemala, Haiti in CONCACAF Women’s Championship

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The U.S. Women's National Team now know who they'll be facing in the group stage of the 2014 CONCACAF Women's Championship.

CONCACAF conducted the tournament's draw on Friday morning, placing the USWNT in Group A with Trinidad and Tobago, Guatemala, and Haiti, while Mexico was paced in Group B with Costa Rica, Jamaica, and Martinique.

This Weekend’s Soccer on TV

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By DAN KARELL

Perhaps luckily not in front of their home supporters, Brazil takes the field for the first time on Friday evening since their debacle at the end of the 2014 World Cup.

The Selecao, who were unceremoniously humiliated, 7-1, by Germany in the World Cup semifinals and then routed, 3-0, by the Netherlands in the third-place game, take on South American rivals Colombia in a rematch from the World Cup quarterfinals.

College Soccer Weekend Preview: Maryland-UMBC, New Mexico-UCLA headline Week Two

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One school is a traditional national powerhouse. The other is a neighbor with a chance to legitimize its recent success and earn some respect in the process.

SBI No. 6 Maryland will play host to No. 15 University of Maryland-Baltimore County on Friday night at Ludwig Field in a match-up with plenty of intrigue, and quality pro prospects.

USL Pro Week 25: A Look Ahead

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By: AARON CRANFORD

Orlando City SC are USL Pro regular season champions, but playoff spots are still up for grabs in the league's finalweekend.

After their scoreless draw against the Wilmington Hammerheads on Wednesday, Orlando Citywon the regular season title and will raise the trophy after their Saturday evening match against the Richmond Kickers.

U-20 USMNT open Argentina training camp with win vs. Racing Club reserves

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By DAN KARELL

The Under-20 U.S. Men's National Team kicked off their Argentina training camp on a positive note.

Two first half goals, one from Zach Pfeffer and one from Romain Gall, led the U-20s to a 2-0 victory over Racing Club reserves in a friendly match on Thursday morning.

International Rewind: Italy surges past Dutch; France tops Spain; and more

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

The Guss Hiddink era at the helm of the Netherlands is off to a rocky start. As promised, Hiddink fielded the Dutch in a traditional 4-3-3 system against Italy on Thursday and he had very little to show for it.

Within 10 minutes, Italy punished the 2014 World Cup's third place team, scoring twice for a 2-0 lead that would hold to the end.

SBI Thursday Rewind: Beckham offered new Miami site; Bocanegra retires; and more

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David Beckham's search for a spot to put his MLS expansion team hasn't been going very well. But a new option has fallen his way, with a group of property developers asking him to look at a plot of land they had planned for a luxury casino. The area isn't in the heart of downtown, but does have skyline and ocean views with close proximity to downtown that could make it an option.

SBI College Soccer Top 25 (Sept. 5 Edition)

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By IVES GALARCEP

There was a bit of a shakeup at the top of the SBI College Soccer Top 25, but not at the very top.

The UCLA Bruins opened the new season in impressive fashion, with a pair of road wins against traditional powers on the other side of the country.

Friday Kickoff: Van Gaal given more money to spend; Messi recovering; and more

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By DAN KARELL

Expect another Manchester United spending spree in January.

ManUnited spent a record £150 million during the summer transfer market, and the club has told manager Louis Van Gaal, in the face of Financial Fair Play, that he can continue to spend this winter.

Bocanegra to retire at end of 2014 season

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Carlos Bocanegra is calling it a career.

The former U.S. Men's National Team captain and Chivas USA defender has announced that he will retire from the sport at the end of the current MLS season.

Bocanegra made 110 appearances for the USMNT, playing in two World Cups and scoring 14 goals, most in U.

Beckham invited to explore new downtown Miami stadium location

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By FRANCO PANIZO

A new option in Miami has presented itself to David Beckham.

A group that last year purchased a building on Biscayne Bay where the Miami Herald used to operate has invited Beckham to look into the possibility of building a soccer-specific stadium in that area.

Kings owner purchases stake in Sacramento Republic, eyes move to MLS

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By FRANCO PANIZO

If Sacramento Republic FC are to make the jump to MLS in the near future, Kevin Nagle will be the man to guide them there.

Republic FC announced on Thursday that localbusiness owner Kevin Nagle, who has a stake in NBA's Sacramento Kings, has joined the USL Pro club's ownership group.

MLS Insider: Arsenal greats inspire New York Red Bulls’ Bradley Wright-Phillips

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USMNT 1, Czech Republic 0: SBI Player Grades

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By FRANCO PANIZO

A young U.S. Men's National Teamwent into the Czech Republic and came out with a shutout victory, and there were plenty of impressive individual performances along the way.

From veteran goalkeeper Nick Rimando to debuting youngster Joe Gyau to midfielder Mix Diskerud, there was no shortage of strong outingsfrom American players in Wednesday's 1-0 victory in Prague.

Soccer Thursday: Your Running Commentary

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By CARL SETTERLUND

If you are a country over club soccer fan, Thursday's action is just for you.

Thursday's slatehas 12 international friendlies, including a pair of fixtures involving traditional European superpowers going head-to-head this afternoon. World Cup semifinalist Netherlands will usher in the second Guus Hiddink era, as the 67-year-old Dutchman begins his latest termas his home country's manager against perennial power Italy.

SBI MLS Team of the Month (August): LA Galaxy

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By CARL SETTERLUND

After a middling first half of the season, the LA Galaxy began to heat up in July and the Landon Donovan-led contenders kept that run going during their seven August matches.

SBI MLS Rookie of the Month: Tesho Akindele

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By CARL SETTERLUND

FC Dallas forward Tesho Akindele is quickly turning into the find of the 2014 MLS SuperDraft.

Akindele who was picked sixth overall this past January is repaying FC Dallas for their confidence in him, delivering four goals in the month August as the Hoops cruised to four wins and helped solidify a playoff spot in the competitive Western Conference.

Rolfe sidelined six weeks after left forearm surgery

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Things have been going pretty well for D.C. United in recent weeks, but some bad news has hit the club.

D.C. United have announced that Chris Rolfe is expected to miss the next six weeks after sustaininga fractured left forearm in training on Wednesday.

Decision on Las Vegas’ proposed stadium deal pushed back

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Las Vegas' aspirations to join MLS are still alive, but Sin City still faces an uphill battle in the quest to land a franchise.

The Las Vegas City Council met on Wednesday to vote on the $200 million stadium project deal that developers Findlay Sports and Entertainment of Las Vegas and Cordish Cos.

USMNT 1, Czech Republic 0: Five Things Learned

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By FRANCO PANIZO

The U.S. Men's National Team started off the new World Cup cycle with a road win on European soil on Wednesday, andwith the victory came plentyof revelations about this young group of Americans.

The U.

Conor Casey goal helps Union edge TFC

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The Philadelphia Union went into Wednesday night wary of facing a struggling Toronto FC side likely to be inspired by the hiring of a new coach.

In the end, Greg Vanney's appointment as TFC's new head coach wasn't enough to propel the visiting Canadian club to victory, as the Union rode a Conor Casey goal to a 1-0 victory on Wednesday night at PPL Park.

Nguyen brace lifts Revolution past Sporting KC for third straight win

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By CARL SETTERLUND

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. It was nothing new for the New England Revolution on Wednesday night as Gillette Stadium as Lee Nguyen delivered again for the playoff-hopeful Revs.

For a third straight week, the in-form central midfielder found a game-winning tally for the Revs, this time curling a 48th-minute volley into the upper right corner for the first goal of a brace as the Revolutiontook a come-from-behind 3-1 victoryover reeling MLS Cup holders Sporting Kansas City.

Sounders top Chivas USA to extend West lead

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

With a pair of goals each from Obafemi Martins and Andy Rose in a first-half bombardment, the Seattle Sounders rattled off four unanswered goals before cruising to a 4-2 win over Chivas USA on Wednesday.

SBI Wednesday Rewind: Young USMNT beats Czechs; Revs top Sporting KC; and more

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With an experimental, young team in the first U.S. Men's National Team match since the World Cup, new ground was forged the U.S. beat the Czech Republic for the first time. Alejandro Bedoya's goal was the difference, but the match's highlight was a stellar performance from second-half substitute, goalkeeper Nick Rimando.

Thursday Kickoff: Wembley in line to host Euro 2020 final; Costa Rica beat Nicaragua; and more

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By DAN KARELL

The semifinals and final of the 2020 European Championships could be going to Great Britain's premier soccer venue.

Just two venues, London's Wembley Stadium and Munich'sAllianz Arena have applied to host the final two rounds of Euro 2020, and according to multiple reports in England and Germany, the two nation's FAs have come to a mutual agreement.

SBI USMNT Man of the Match: Nick Rimando

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By CARL SETTERLUND

Some people were ready to hand the U.S. Men's National Team goalkeeping job to Brad Guzan after Tim Howard recently announced announced his one-year national team hiatus but not so fast.

As planned, Jurgen Klinsmann inserted Nick Rimando at halftime of Wednesday's 1-0 win in a friendly against the Czech Republic and the Real Salt Lake veteran came up big time after time, making four saves to hold off a Czech side that came out reenergized in the second half.

USMNT 1, Czech Republic 0: Match Highlights

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Bedoya’s goal, Rimando’s saves, lead USMNT past Czechs

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By DAN KARELL

Featuring an inexperienced and young side, the U.S. Men's National Team achieved something on Wednesday evening that they've seldom done before.

Alejandro Bedoya's first-half goal proved to be the difference as the USMNT defeated the Czech Republic, 1-0, at the Generali Arena.

SBI MLS Player of the Month (August): Fabian Castillo

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By DAN KARELL

After a rough few months in the heart of the MLS season, FC Dallas soared through August, thanks to the electrifying play of winger Fabian Castillo.

The Colombian youngster tore through opposing defenses and in five starts in August, scored four goals and added two assists, as FC Dallas went 4-1-0 in that stretch.

MLS Ticker: Olsen reportedly close to D.C. extension; Earthquakes linked to right back; and more

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By CARL SETTERLUND

It looks like D.C. United head coach Ben Olsen's success this season is enough to keep him at RFK Stadium into the future.

With a worst-to-first turnaround in the works, the Washington Post is reporting that Eastern Conference leader D.

USMNT vs. Czech Republic: SBI Live Commentary

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The U.S. Men's National Team will play their first match since the World Cup today in Prague, when they take on the Czech Republic (2pm, NBC Sports).

Jurgen Klinsmann has called in a young team to kick off a new cycle, though the starting lineup being trotted out is made up mostly of familiar faces to USMNT fans.

Soccer Wednesday: Your Running Commentary

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By DAN KARELL

For the second time in three months, Germany face Argentina in an international match, only this time a World Cup final isn't on the line.

Germany host Argentina in a friendly match in Dusseldorf, reuniting the two nations for the first time since meeting 52 days ago at the Maracana in Rio de Janeiro, when Germany outlasted Argentina, 1-0, after extra time in a memorable World Cup final.

Key Eastern Conference fixtures highlight midweek MLS action

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By CARL SETTERLUND

With three MLS games on tap today, the focus will be on a pair of teams on the Eastern Conference playoff bubble as the New England Revolution and Toronto FC will both be in action today although against different opponents following the Revs' rout at BMO Field last Saturday.

World Cup final rematch headlines busy international fixture day

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By CARL SETTERLUND

It's a busy day for international fixtures, but one game clearly stands above the rest, as Germany and Argentina meet for an anticipated rematch of this summer's World Cup final at 2:45 p.m. in Düsseldorf.

There are 12 international games in all today nine of them friendlies, and three games in the opening day of the Copa Centroamericana, which is taking place in the United States.

MLS executives set visit for Sacramento viability check

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

Sacramento, California is getting the chance to win over Major League Soccer.

Executives from MLSare scheduled to visit the California state capital this month to assess the region's viability as a new home to an expansion franchise. According to a report in the Sacramento Bee, Deputy Commissioner Mark Abbott and Charles Altchek, a special assistant to league Commissioner Don Garber, willvisit the area on Sept.

SBI Tuesday Rewind: Klinsmann puts positive spin on Donovan criticism; more cities vie for MLS; and more

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Ahead of Landon Donovan's farewell match, coach Jurgen Klinsmann took an upbeat tone on giving the U.S. Men's National Team legend a proper send-off even after the Donovan had harshly criticized Klinsmann's decisions during the World Cup. Klinsmann told reporters on Tuesday that the farewell match won't be awkward in light of Donovan's post-World Cup comments.

Wednesday Kickoff: Khedira to miss six weeks; Di Maria questions Germany friendly; and more

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Despite all of their attacking prowess in midfield, Real Madrid look to be facing a crisis when it comes to fielding a midfield stopper.

Sami Khedira is set to miss six weeks due to a torn muscle in his left thigh, leaving Real Madrid weakened in the back.

Twenty-nine players invited to U.S. Under-17 residency program

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By CARL SETTERLUND

Say hello to the next generation of U.S. Men's National Team talent.

U.S. Soccer announced on Tuesday Under-17 Men's National Team head coach Richie Williams' decision on which 29 players to invite to for the 2014 Fall Semester of the U.S. U-17 Residency Program in Bradenton, Florida.

MLS Ticker: Hall tears ACL, Kamara ineligible until 2015 and more

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By Carl SETTERLUND

Houston's hopes for a late-season playoff push just got a lot more difficult.

News has come down that goalkeeper Tally Hall, a two-time MLS All-Star has suffered a torn right ACL and will be out for at least the rest of the 2014 season.

Klinsmann lashes out at MLS scheduling games on FIFA dates

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Never one to shy away from letting his opinions be heard, Jurgen Klinsmann has a bone to pick with MLS regarding its scheduling.

Namely, he does not like that the league has games during FIFA international fixture dates.

Red Bulls Notes: Cahill away for key stretch, Petke takes blame for Robles miscue, & more

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By CARL SETTERLUND

The New York Red Bulls have a game in hand over three of the five Eastern Conference teams currently in playoff position, but all that means is that it's shaping up to be a hectic eight-day stretch for last year's Supporters' Shield winners, who are currently two points out of a playoff spot.

Who should the USMNT start vs. the Czech Republic?

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Finding the right balance between fielding an experimental lineup and one capable of grabbing a result. That is what Jurgen Klinsmann is tasked with as a new World Cup cycle officially gets underway on Wednesday.

College Soccer Weekend Rewind: UCLA starts strong, Indiana impresses, and more

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By IVES GALARCEP

In a weekend that saw several highly-ranked teams slip up, the top-ranked UCLA Bruins showed why the enter this season so highly regarded.

The Bruins, No. 1 in the SBI pre-season Top 25, opened their 2014 campaign with a pair of victories over the weekend, thrashing No.

SBI MLS Save of the Week: Bill Hamid

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By FRANCO PANIZO

SBI MLS Goal of the Week: Robbie Keane

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The SBI Show: Episode 162 (Talking Transfer Deadline Day, USMNT, and more)

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By IVES GALARCEP

The Summer transfer window closed on Monday evening after a wild day of transfers (and even more loans) and the Labor Day action headlines the latest episode of The SBI Show.

Episode 162 kicks off with a look at some of the bigger moves in the transfer window, such as Radamel Falcao's move to Manchester United, Danny Welbeck's move to Arsenal, and Javier Hernandez's move to Real Madrid.

Altidore to captain USMNT vs. Czech Republic

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Jozy Altidore will make his return to the U.S. Men's National Team's starting lineup on Wednesday, and he will do so as the Americans' captain.

U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann announced to reporters on Tuesday that Altidore will wear the armband in Wednesday's friendly vs.

Scorpions unveil proposed 10,000-seat expansion of Toyota Field

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By CARL SETTERLUND

Soccer for a Cause, the same group that helped bring about the NASL's San Antonia Scorpions, today released a proposal to expand the Scorpions' home venue, Toyota Field, by roughly 10,000 seats as part of the city's ongoing push to gain an MLS franchise.

EPL summer transfers smash spending record

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By CARL SETTERLUND

Although all the official numbers aren't in, British financial analysts Deloitte think they've got a handle on roughly how much money exchanged hands this summer and it's quite a lot.

Deloitte estimates that English Premier League clubs spent a total of £835 million, or roughly $1.

TFC reject QPR bid for Defoe

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

Jermain Defoe may or may not want to stay with Toronto FC, but for now, the English striker is staying put in Major League Soccer.

After being linked to multiple English Premier League clubs, Defoe failed to make a transfer move on Monday as the European transfer deadline drew to a close.

SBI Monday Rewind: Transfer deadline flurry; done deal on Green loan; and more

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A flurry of big moves marked the end of the European summer transfer window on Monday. Radamel Falcao is off to Manchester United. Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez will head to Real Madrid. Danny Welbeck joins Arsenal. And a whole bunch more.

But U.S. Men's National Team fans will probably be most interested in Julian Green's loan to Hamburger SV, which became official Monday.

Tuesday Kickoff: Schweinsteiger named Germany captain; Monaco VP expresses regret; and more

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By DAN KARELL

Germany have found their successor to Philipp Lahm as the team looks into the future.

Coach Joachim Löw has named Bastian Schweinsteiger as Germany's new captain, taking the place of the retired Lahm. Germany play their first post-World Cup match on Wednesday in a friendly match against Argentina in Dusseldorf, before opening up their Euro 2016 qualifying campaign on Sunday against Scotland in Dortmund.

Klinsmann on Donovan farewell: “Not awkward for me at all”

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By FRANCO PANIZO

U.S. Men's National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann will not be at all uncomfortable during Landon Donovan's farewell match next month.

Klinsmann on Tuesday touched on the topic of Donovan's planned final U.

Deadline Day Rewind: Man United sign Falcao, Blind; Welbeck moves to Arsenal; and more

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By DAN KARELL

Manchester United's ever expanding spending spree included two more additions on transfer deadline day.

The biggest signing of the day was the clinching of Radamel Falcao to Old Trafford, arriving from AS Monaco on a season-long loan.

Gall, Martir replace Thompson, Turner for U-20 USMNT training camp

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By DAN KARELL

The Under-20 U.S. Men's National Team have made a couple of late additions to their roster for this month's training camp.

With the U-20s set to fly to Buenos Aires on Monday, head coach Tab Ramos called in both Columbus Crew midfielder Romain Gall and Chivas de Guadalajara defender Luis Martir as replacements for San Jose Earthquakes forward Tommy Thompson and Orlando City defender Tyler Turner.

Mid-Day Ticker: Rossi needs knee surgery again; Iniesta out of Spain squad; and more

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By DAN KARELL

Giuseppe Rossi will have to go under the knife again.

The American-born forward is set to undergo arthroscopic surgery on his right knee after an exam byDr. Andrew Williams in London revealed damage in the knee. A timetable for Rossi's return has not been announced.

Transfer Deadline Day: SBI Live Commentary

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The European transfer window closes tonight, and teams all across the world are looking to finalize player moves before the deadline hits.

Radamel Falcao's looming loan move to Manchester United is the blockbuster move grabbing all the headlines, but there are plenty of other moves in the works.

SBI MLS Rookie of the Week: Tommy Thompson

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By DAN KARELL

The San Jose Earthquakes have been given an injection of excitement late in a disappointing campaign.

Homegrown Player signing Tommy Thompson made his third consecutive start for the Earthquakes on Saturday, playing the full 90 minutes in a 1-1 draw with Real Salt Lake.

SBI MLS Team of the Week: LA Galaxy

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By DAN KARELL

There's no question the LA Galaxy are currently the hottest team in MLS, and their performance on Sunday evening was a perfect example why.

The Galaxy dominated in all facets of their match against Chivas USA, routing their lowly neighbors, 3-0, behind a pair of special goals that will certainly be up for Goal of the Year nominations.

SBI MLS Player of the Week: Gyasi Zardes

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Gyasi Zardes picked a great time to come out of a three-game scoreless drought.

The second-year forward bagged a brace in what was possibly the final Superclasico as we know it, as the LA Galaxy defeated Chivas USA, 3-0, on Sunday evening at the StubHub Center.

USL Pro Week 24: A Look Back

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By AARON CRANFORD

Only three playoff spots remain in the 2014 USL Pro season as the Charleston Battery claimed the fourth Saturday evening.

With their Saturday night 4-0 blowout over the Pittsburgh Riverhounds, the Battery secured their spot in the USL Pro playoffs. Dane Kelly scored a hat trick, which giveshim a total of 10 goals onthe season.

Report: Defoe being chased by QPR, West Ham

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By DAN KARELL

Caught in the wake of Ryan Nelsen's dismissal from Toronto FC was news that Jermain Defoe could also be on his way out of town.

TFC general manager Tim Bezbatchenko admitted to the local press at a press conference that they've received multiple offers over the year for Defoe, and that they'd make a decision by the end of Monday.

Must-See Goal: Robbie Keane

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Zardes, Donovan lead Galaxy in rout over Chivas USA

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

The potentially final meeting between the Los Angeles Galaxy and Chivas USA went about the way so many previous meetings have: with the Galaxy terrorizing the Chivas USA defense, and the Goats coming away with zero points.

D.C. United down Red Bulls to extend East lead

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

With a world-class performance in goal Sunday, goalkeeper Bill Hamid extended D.C. United's lead to sit four points clear atop the Eastern Conference table.

Buoyed by more magic from the pairing of Luis Silva and Fabian Espindola, D.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Just before departing for their first U.S. Men's National Team camp, teenagers Rubio Rubin and Emerson Hyndman returned to their respective clubs' lineups.

Rubin and Hyndman both earned starts this past weekend after failing to dress in recent games, with the former playing 57 minutes in a 3-1 loss to Heerenveen and the latter going the distance in a 1-1 draw with Cardiff City.

SBI Weekend Rewind: Green leaving Bayern; TFC makes abrupt coaching change; and more

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It looks like Julian Green is leaving Bayern Munich at least for the season. Reports over the weekend tie Green to a season-long loan to Hamburg, although the reports haven't been confirmed. Green recently moved up to Bayern's first team, but the move could give him more minutes on the pitch.

Meanwhile, it appeared a loss Saturday to the New England Revolution was Toronto FC's final straw.

Green joins Hamburg on season-long loan

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By DAN KARELL

Julian Green's chances of playing major minutes in the Bundesliga this season have just increased.

On the final day of the transfer window, the U.S. Men's National Teamwinger has completed a season-long loan from Bayern Munich to fellow Bundesliga club Hamburg SV, and will wear the number, 37.

Monday Kickoff: Man United agree Falcao loan; Chicharito joins Real Madrid; and more

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By DAN KARELL

Manchester United are on the verge of making one final mega-signing before the summer transfer window closes.

According to multiple reports from across Europe, Man United have agreed a season-long loan move forAS Monaco forward Radamel Falcao, with the Colombian international joining for an initial fee of anywhere from £6-12 million, depending on which report you read.