Soccer By Ives Archives for January 2015

Eastern Conference Semifinal Preview: D.C. United face Red Bulls; Crew take on Impact

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After progressing through from the first round of the postseason, D.C. United and the Montreal Impact face tougher tests ahead as the MLS Cup Playoffs continue.

The Eastern Conference semifinals are set to kick off Sunday, as D.C. United plays host to the rival New York Red Bulls, while Columbus Crew visit Didier Drogba and the Impact.

Bobby Boswell suspended ahead of first leg vs. Red Bulls

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Despite no one from D.C. United seeing a red card during the 90 minutes of play Wednesday, the club will bewithout one of its starters on Sunday because of suspension.

The Washington Posthas reported that centerbackBobby Boswell will missthe opening leg of the Eastern Conference semifinals match against the New York Red Bulls because the MLS Disciplinary Committee has handed him a one-game ban.

Aron Johannsson doubtful for 2015 return after hip surgery

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Aron Johannsson looks set for a longer spell on the sidelines than originally believed.

Werder BremenCEO Thomas Eichin revealed Friday that the U.S. Men's National Team forward is unlikely to return to action in 2015 after undergoing hip surgery on Wednesday. The club previously stated that Johannsson would be out for "the coming weeks.

Impact's improved defense continuing to find success

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Didier Drogba has gotten much of the credit for helping the Montreal Impact during this recent run of good form, and rightfully so.

It has not been all Drogba, however. The Impact's defense deserves some credit, too.

The Impact advanced to the Eastern Conference semifinals on Thursday by overwhelming rival Toronto FC, 3-0, at Stade Saputo in the first round of the MLS Playoffs.

College Weekend Preview: UVa-UNC, Akron-UCLA headline must-see games

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For many teams across the country, the ninth weekend of college soccer's regular season is the penultimate one.

For reigning NCAA champions Virginia, however, its regular season ends in Charlottesville against one of the ACC's best this year.

SBI College Top 25: Oct. 30 Edition

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With Creighton's midweek loss to Xavier, there is a new team atop the SBI College Soccer Top 25.

The Bluejays lost, 2-1, to the Musketeers Wednesday and subsequently lost their No. 1 spot, a position they've held since Sept. 18. Creighton falls into third, while Stanford, which hasn't lost a game since Aug.

Raul, Senna set for regular season swansong against Adu, Rowdies

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Saturday's clash between the New York Cosmos and Tampa Bay Rowdies will be as meaningful as any in NASL this season, for reasons both on the field and off of it.

Unbeaten in their last four contests, the Rowdies face off with the Cosmos this weekend in a game that could go a long way towards cementing a playoff position.

Strikers take playoff push to final day

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Heading into last weekend, the Fort Lauderdale Strikers were completely in control of their playoff destiny.That changed drastically with an unexpected road loss in Indianapolis on Saturday.

Indy Eleven shocked NASL with their second straight major upset, after tearing apart Minnesota United the week before.

This Weekend's Soccer on TV

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Jose Mourinho may not be worriedabout his job security, but with rumors continuing to swirl about an imminent exit for the Chelsea manager, the Blues will face a tough task aheadin Liverpool on Saturday to headline the weekend's soccer action.

Chelsea had won just once over its last four English Premier League outings and is coming off of a penalty shootout loss to Stoke City in the Football League Cup Round of 16 on Tuesday.

Friday Kickoff: Sheikh Salman denies human rights abuses; Carneiro sues Chelsea; and more

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The campaign period to become the next FIFA president has only just started, yet one candidate is already having to fight allegations.

Presidential hopeful Sheikh Salman bin Ibrahim Al Khalifa, 49, issued a strong statement of denial in response to claims that he helped human rights abuses after pro-democracy protests in Bahrain during 2011.

Impact eliminate Toronto FC to advance to East semifinals

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It was billed as a clash between star-studded Canadian powerhouses, but only one side showed up to play Thursday night.

The Montreal Impact ran rampant in the first half, toppling Toronto FC,3-0, to advance to the Eastern Conference semifinals.

Timbers outlast Sporting KC to reach West semis after wild penalty shootout

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Providence Park proved to be the wild west on Thursday, and Adam Kwarasey was the person standing tallest.

The Portland Timbers advanced from the first round of the Western Conference by defeating Sporting Kansas City, 7-6, in an intense penalty shootout that was decided by the goalkeepers in the 11th round.

The craziest penalty shootout miss you will ever see

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Sporting Kansas City was one made penalty kick away from advancing in the MLS playoffs, and rookie defender Saad Abdul-Salaam had the task of converting his attempt to make that a reality.

It didn't quite work out for Abdul-Salaam or Sporting KC, as his attempt rattled both posts before going out, keeping the Portland Timbers alive on their way to an eventual shootout victory.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Preview

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One of the most experienced Americans when it comes to playing in England will do battle with one who is still more or less getting his feet wet.

Tim Howard and DeAndre Yedlin are set to do battle on Sunday in an intriguing match-up of U.S. Men's National Team players. Howard and Everton welcome Yedlin and Sunderland to Goodison Park, and the Toffees are in sore need of a win after failing to pick up three points in any of their previous three games.

MLS Playoffs: Your Running Commentary

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Wednesday night's MLS Playoff openers provided plenty of excitement, and Thursday's schedule has plenty of potential for fireworks as well.

Kicking off Thursday's action is an all Canadian clash as the Montreal Impact play host to Toronto FC ( 7 p.

Report: NYCFC in talks with Fabio Capello

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Since seeing his side eliminated from the postseason, Jason Kreis has been on the hot seat at New York City FC, and it appears that the club has found a high-profile potential replacement.

Goal USA reported Thursday that NYCFC is in discussions with Fabio Capello regarding the team's head coaching position.

Report: Obafemi Martins receives Nigeria call-up

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Just one day after helping the Seattle Sounders secure advancement into the Western Conference semifinals in the MLS Cup Playoffs, Obafemi Martins received some more good news.

Martins has reportedly received a call-up to the Nigerian national team, which is currently coached by Sunday Oliseh.

Copa America Centenario play-in clashes set for January

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The final two teams to enter the Copa America Centenario field will reveal themselves in January.

CONCACAF announces Thursday that adoubleheader will take placeJan. 8 inPanama City, Panama with the winner of each match earning a spot in next summer's tournament. The doubleheader will see hosts Panama collide with Cuba, while Trinidad & Tobago takes on Haiti.

NASL Notes: Miami FC announces home stadium; Rowdies' Campbell praises Adu; and more

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Set to begin NASL play in 2016,Miami FC has taken a major step by announcing a home stadium.

Miami FC announced Thursday that the club will play its home games atOcean Bank Field on the campus of Florida International University. The venue, which hosted games in the 2009 and 2011 Gold Cup, was previously home to the old Miami FC from 2007-09 and seats roughly 20,000.

Must-See Goal: Juan Agudelo

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Video: Ever wonder what it's like to be a referee?

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Being a soccer referee is a tough job. It takes a mental and physical toll to keep up with 22 athletes on the pitch while also trying to make sound judgments.

Referees often take a verbal beating, and on rare occasions, even face physical confrontation, but in a profession where subjectivity needs to as objective as possible, there's really no winning to being an official sometimes.

Campbell leads Rowdies to chance at Soccer Bowl

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After finishing just a point off of first place in the Spring Season, the Tampa Bay Rowdies had everything to play for in the fall.

A rough start came for Thomas Rongen and his squad, though, and changes needed to be made at Rowdies headquarters.

College Midweek Rewind: Xavier upsets Creighton; Morris scores on birthday; and more

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SBI No. 1 Creighton has finally fallen.

Wednesday evening at Morrison Stadium, the Bluejays suffered their first defeat of the season at the hands of visiting Xavier. An 89th-minute strike from sophomore forward Matt Vasquenza gave the Musketeers the 2-1 road win.

MLS Playoffs: Sporting KC, Timbers enter first-round showdown with newfound confidence

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It might be do-or-die time now that the MLS Playoffs have begun, but facing pressure-filled, must-win scenarioswill not be something new for the two Western Conference clubs that will lock horns on Thursday.

The Portland Timbers and Sporting Kansas City both went into the final week of the regular season withtheir campaigns hanging in the balance, and each of them avoided being knocked out of the playoffpictureby taking matters into their own hands and coming out victorious.

MLS Playoffs: Impact, Toronto FC looking to apply lessons from season finale

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When it comes to the playoffs, most clubs tend to disregard recent regular-season results against a particular opponent regardless of the outcome. The thought is that there is not much to take away from those games because the postseason is a differentanimal.

Toronto FC and the Montreal Impact arein a unique situation, however.

MLS Playoffs: Your Running Commentary

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Playoff soccer is ready to kick off once again in MLS.

D.C. United hosts the New England Revolution in Wednesday's first first-round matchup (7:30 p.m., UniMas), while the Seattle Sounders welcome the LA Galaxy to CenturyLink Field later in the evening (10 p.

Jermaine Jones sees red after latest controversial decision by Mark Geiger

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Jermaine Jones had always been known to keep histemper on a short leash, and on Wednesday night, he letit get away in a hurry.

With onlyminutes away from elimination, Jones and the New England Revolution were looking for any way they could to pull even with D.

D.C. United ousts Revs in wild first-round match

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WASHINGTON—D.C. United had a handful of memorable comebacks during the regular season this year.

You can now addd another.

Chris Rolfe overcame a missed penalty in the second half to score a late game winner as D.C. United defeatedthe New England Revolution, 2-1, in the first round of the 2015 MLS Playoffs on a wet and rainy Wednesday night in the nation's capital.

Erik Friberg wonder strike helps Sounders eliminate Galaxy from playoffs

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SEATTLE The only two clubs to reach the playoffs for the last seven years straight. Two of the league's biggest payrolls and glitziest rosters. Two of the most decorated coaches in the history of American soccer. Everything was in place for Wednesday night's knockout-round playoff match between the LA Galaxy and the Seattle Sounders to deliver some memorable soccer.

Thursday Kickoff: Platini thinks he's best fit for FIFA; Ronaldo might return to England; and more

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Michel Platini may currently be serving a 90-day ban from soccer, but he still thinks he's the best person to run FIFA.

Seven people are in the running to become the next FIFA president, which is set to occur on Feb. 26, and despite currently serving a suspension handed down to him from FIFA's Ethics Committee, Platini firmly believes that his name will be cleared.

SBI's MLS Playoff Predictions

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The MLS playoffs kickoff tonight, and 12 teams will battle it out to lift the MLS Cup in December. It is as wide open a field as we have ever seen, making predictions tougher than ever.

The SBI editorial staff has made its picks, and while none of us are going to bank on getting rich due to the accuracy of the picks, you can rest assured there will be plenty of gloating if anybody actually comes close to mapping out how this year's playoffs actually go.

Soccer Wednesday: Your Running Commentary

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With MLS Cup action dominating the evening's schedule, Wednesday afternoon features cup ties scattered throughout Europe.

In England, the Capital One Cup returns as Manchester United takes on Middlesbrough while Liverpool faces off with Bournemouth. Germany's DFB Pokal features a trio of matchups, headlined by Borussia Monchengladbach's meeting with Schalke, while Barcelona faces third division side Villanovense in the Copa Del Rey.

Cameron Carter-Vickers agrees to new deal with Tottenham

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Cameron Carter-Vickers has hada good year so far, playing in the Under-20 World Cup, competing in the Under-23 Olympic qualifying campaign, and regularly suiting up for Tottenham's Under-21 team.

He now has something else he can add to his list of 2015 accomplishments: Earning a new contract.

Report: Ibrahimovic interested in joining Beckham's MLS Miami team

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David Beckham's MLS Miami team might still be more of an idea than anything, but that is apparently not stopping one of the world's most prolific players from wanting to join the club.

Paris Saint-Germain striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic is interested in playing for Beckham's Miami franchise, and has already applied for a visa to work in the United States, according to a report from French outlet L'Equipe.

MLS Playoffs: D.C. United, Revs look to find form after late-season struggles

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Playoff soccer in MLS is finally here, and the first game of the first round pits a home side hoping to put below-average results behind it against a visiting squad hoping to achieve a similar success to that of 2014.

D.C. United hosts the New England Revolution Wednesdayin a one-off knockout game at RFK Stadium in the 2015 MLS Cup Playoffs (7:30 p.

MLS Playoffs: Sounders, Galaxy not looking back ahead of another postseason clash

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In recent seasons, the Seattle Sounders and LA Galaxy have developed quite the rivalry. A rivalry that, to this point, has been fairly one sided.

The Sounders and Galaxy are set to collide yet again Wednesday at CenturyLink Field, marking the fourth matchup in five seasons between the two sides.

Raúl, Senna glad to end careers together with Cosmos

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NEW YORK – Throughout their illustrious careers, Raúl and Marcos Senna have battled as competitors and embraced as teammates. Now, just a few games remain before the duo exit the game, not alone, but together.

Both Raúl and Senna are set to retire at the conclusion of the NASL season, ending distinguishedcareers that spanned a combined 39 years.

Aron Jóhannsson undergoes hip surgery

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U.S. Men's National Team striker Aron Jóhannsson is set for some time on the sidelines after undergoing surgery.

Werder Bremen announced Wednesday that Jóhannsson underwent successful hip surgery in Berlin on Wednesday. Jóhannsson will now remain in Berlin before beginning a rehab stint with Bremen, while the club expects to be without the forward for "the coming weeks.

Wednesday Kickoff: Blatter blasts U.S., Platini, England; 7 FIFA candidates cleared; and more

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According to Sepp Blatter, any of the criticism and attacks hurled his way are little more than personal attacks and political ploys.

Blatter, who is currentlyserving a 90-day ban from FIFA, says that the U.S. and England's frustrations with his leadership stem from the nations' defeats in World Cup bidding.

Peter Vermes is not sure whether Benny Feilhaber will start vs. Timbers

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One of the most surprising things that happened during the final round of games in the MLS regular season was a coach's decision. Sporting Kansas City manager Peter Vermes chose to bench MVP candidate Benny Feilhaber for the crucial season finale, and afterwards explained that he did not think the midfielder could play the entire match.

Peter Vermes is not sure whether Benny Feilhaber will start vs. Timbers

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One of the most surprising things that happened during the final round of games in the MLS regular season was a coach's decision. Sporting Kansas City manager Peter Vermes chose to bench MVP candidate Benny Feilhaber for the crucial season finale, and afterwards explained that he did not think the midfielder could play the entire match.

Red Bulls eager to prove doubters wrong in playoffs as they did in regular season

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The scrutiny, doubt, and negativity on the outside made for a more unified and determined group on the inside.

The New York Red Bulls crossed off winning the 2015 Supporters' Shield from their to-do list on Sunday by defeating the Chicago Fire, 2-1. The victory not only put a bold exclamation point on what was an impressive regular season for New York, but also gave the club the satisfaction of having proven droves of critics and naysayers wrong.

Underdog Fury FC looks to push for NASL crown in second season

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Heading into the NASL's Fall Season, Ottawa Fury FC had every reason to fail.

A second-year expansion club, Ottawa has nowhere near the financial muscle ofthose that they compete with, a fact that was quite apparent in a lackluster Spring campaign. Then, just as the team got rolling, head coach Marc Dos Santos announced that he was set to depart at the conclusion of the NASL season.

Union unveil Bethlehem Steel FC as new USL team name

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Bethlehem Steel FC is back.

The Philadelphia Union announced Tuesday that their new USL team, which is set to take the field for the first time in 2016, will be called Bethlehem Steel FC. Fan voting decided the name of the team, with 80 percent of voters agreeing on bringing back the name created more than a century ago.

Report: Mike Petke interviews for Fire head coach position

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Mike Petke's career as an MLS head coach may not be over just yet.

The former New York Red Bulls player and coach reportedly had an interview with the Chicago Fire last week to discuss the vacant head coaching job with the team, according to the Metro.

Soccer Tuesday: Your Running Commentary

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With the UEFA Champions League and Europa League taking a break in action, domestic cup play steals the spotlight this week, and tasty matchups in England and Germany headline Tuesday's soccer.

In the DFB Pokal, Bayern Munich heads to Volkswagen Arena to play Wolfsburg. Bayern has yet to lose or even tie against Bundesliga competition in the 2015-16 campaign, and Arjen Robben might compete once again after returning to the lineup from a lengthy absence Saturday against FC Koln.

SBI MLS Goal of the Week: Didier Drogba

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Tuesday Kickoff: Mourinho eyeing PSG, Inter moves; Sanchez wants a better contract; and more

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Chelsea has had a rough start to the English Premier League season, and it appears as though its head coach is already lining up his next job.

With the London-based club sitting in 15th out of 20 teams on the EPL table, manager Jose Mourinho has begun to create a contingency plan in case he is fired from his position with Chelsea.

Alex Morgan eager to reignite club career with Orlando Pride

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ORLANDO, FLA. — If you wondered if Alex Morgan considered a move to the Orlando Pride a dream come true, she might say it was.

Morgan could also add that her move to the Pride was more about finding a place to settle into and call home for the long term after playing several years across the country with various clubs.

MLS sets attendance record after 2015 regular season

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The 2015 regular season was a historic one for MLS.

Not only was it the 20th in its existence, but its attendance numbers were also the best that they have ever been.

MLS announced Monday that the average attendance in 2015 was 21,574, well above 2014's average of 19,147 fans per game.

Cameron ruled out of League Cup clash with Chelsea

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Stoke City are set to take on the reigning English Premier League champions on Tuesday, and they will have to do so without Geoff Cameron.

After suffering a thigh injury Sunday against Watford, the U.S. Men's National Team defender will miss out on Tuesday's Capital One Cup meeting with Chelsea, according to manager Mark Hughes.

Jim Curtin to return to Union as head coach

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Changes are coming to the Philadelphia Union, but there won't be any made to the team's head coaching position.

Union owner Jay Sugarman confirmed on a conference call Monday that head coach Jim Curtin will return for the 2016 season. The news comes on the heels of the Union's hiring of former U.

College Midweek Preview: Creighton takes on Xavier; USF hosts Old Dominion; and more

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Only three regular season games remain for SBI No. 1 Creighton, but the upcoming stretch is arguably its toughest of the whole season.

The Bluejays are currently 15-0, the only unbeaten and untied record remaining in Division I, but a meeting with a pesky Xavier side is on the schedule for Wednesday.

Report: Celtic exploring possibility of NASL franchise

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As the league continues to expand, theNASL is reportedly in discussions with one of Europe's most historic clubs.

BBC reported Sunday that Scottish powerhouse Celtic is assessing the possibility of creating an expansion club in the NASL. Initial talks have reportedly already occurred between club representatives and the league.

SBI MLS Team of the Week: Columbus Crew

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The Columbus Crew made the strongest of statements heading into the postseason.

Facing off with a fellow playoff-bound side in D.C. United, the Crew ran rampant in a 5-0 destruction that earned the latter SBI MLS Team of the Week honors.

It started with a Jack McInerney finish in the 25th minute, but the Crew's dominance didn't begin to shine through until the start of the second half.

SBI MLS Player of the Week: Didier Drogba

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The stereotype that mid-season acquisitions struggle to do well in MLS did not apply to Ivorian international Didier Drogba in 2015.

In 11 games, Drogba scored 11 goals, and Sunday evening, he turned in one of his best performances for the Montreal Impact.

The SBI Show: Episode 237 (Recapping MLS Week 34, talking Americans Abroad, and more)

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The MLS regular season came to a close on Sunday, and the latest episode of The SBI Show takes a closer look at all the Decision Day action.

Co-host Garrett Cleverly and I break down the final week of the 2015 regular season, including dramatic wins for Columbus, New England and the New York Red Bulls, as well as Seattle, Portland and Vancouver.

College Weekend Rewind: Wake Forest downs Notre Dame; Stanford ties UCLA; and more

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Every game in the condensed college soccer season is important, but the key to any successful season is to save your best soccer for the end of the year.

SBI No. 3 Wake Forest appears to be doing exactly that in 2015.

The Demon Deacons were losing by a scoreline of 1-0 against No.

NYCFC credits fans as success story in inaugural season

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NEW YORK —If New York City FC could be considered a TV series, then itsfansperhaps lefta littleteaser on Sunday night.

Unfurling a small bannerthat read, "The best is yet to come," the club'ssupporters cheered on theirteam despite its 3-1 loss to New England Revolution to conclude its inaugural season — a season considered disappointing on most measures for a team with high expectations.

Union hire Earnie Stewart as sporting director

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The Philadelphia Union have kickstarted their offseason with a big-time hire.

Current AZ Alkmaar executive and former U.S. Men's National Team midfielder Earnie Stewart has been hired as the Union's sporting director, the club announced Monday. The 46-year-old executiveis set to join the club at the start of the new year.

Monday Kickoff: Villa's Sherwood sacked; Sheikh Salman enters FIFA presidency contest; and more

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After Sunday's results in the English Premier League, there was a new team at the very bottom of the league table, and that team decided to make a major change to its staff.

After a 2-1 home loss to Swansea City, Aston Villa relieved head coach Tim Sherwood of his duties Sunday. Along with Sherwood, assistant manager Ray Wilkins, first-team coach Mark Robson and performance analyst Seamus Brady were also dismissed.

Whitecaps trounce Dynamo to earn second in West

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Three second-half goals helped the Vancouver Whitecaps secure home-field advantage against a Western Conference foe trying to play spoiler.

The Whitecaps could have ended up in a number of different positions heading into the MLS Cup Playoffs, but at the end of day, the Canadian side earned a first-round bye in the West with a 3-0 win against the Houston Dynamo at BC Place.

Nagbe leads Timbers to postseason with win over Rapids

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Darlington Nagbe's best performance of 2015 helped propel the Portland Timbers to the postseason.

The Timbers midfielder netted two goals while providing an additional assist, leading the way in a 4-1 defeat of the Colorado Rapids Sunday at Providence Park.

Red Bulls claim 2015 Supporters' Shield

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Coming off of an offseason filled with so much frustration and anger, the New York Red Bulls have claimed the club's second Supporters' Shield in three seasons.

The Red Bulls locked up the league's best record Sunday, defeatingthe Chicago Fire, 2-1, at Toyota Park.

Impact-TFC, Sounders-Galaxy among the juicy matchups as MLS Cup playoff field is set

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A dramatic Deadline Day has provided us the 12-team field for the the 2015 MLS playoff field, and it wasn't an easy process.

The New York Red Bulls finished with the best record in MLS, edging FC Dallas by goal difference, while Sporting KC defeated the LA Galaxy on the final day to secure the final spot in the MLS playoffs, beating out the San Jose Earthquakes.

Sounders flash top form to rout RSL, clinch playoff berth

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SEATTLE It took a tired, listless, and shorthanded opponent, but the Seattle Sounders finally looked a semblance of themselves on Sunday night, cruising to a 3-1 win over Real Salt Lake and qualifying for the playoffs in front of 55,435 at CenturyLink Field.

Dwyer's winner helps Sporting KC beat Galaxy to grab final playoff spot

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For a few minutes Sunday, Sporting KC was on the outside of the MLS Cup Playoffs picture looking in, but after 90 minutes of play, its ticket was punched.

With the San Jose Earthquakes hoping to overtake them in the standings, Sporting KC claimed the sixth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference with a 2-1 win against LA Galaxy.

Drogba brace leads Impact to win over TFC

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In what turned out to be a playoff preview, the Montreal Impact saw a familiar face step up to book an opening round home game.

Impact forward Didier Drogba netted goals just one minute apart, leading the Impact to a 2-1 win over Toronto FC on Sunday at Stade Saputo.

Crew claim second place in East after pummeling D.C. United

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With a first-round bye in the MLS Cup playoffs on the line, the Columbus Crew made sure that they were the ones resting until next Sunday.

The Crew dominated possession and scored two goals en route to pummeling visiting D.C. United by a scoreline of 5-0 at MAPFRE Stadium.

Orlando City's playoff hopes dashed by Le Toux as Union win at home

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Orlando City came into Philadelphia needing a miracle to secure a playoff birth, but in the end, the Union claimed all three points on Decision Day in what was the end of a five-game winning streak for the Lions.

The Union secured the 1-0 result at home through Sebastian Le Toux's first-half penalty, which the Frenchman drew when fouled near the spot just before halftime.

Revolution snap skid, book playoff berth with win at NYCFC

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NEW YORK —A collapse was highly unlikely, but the New England Revolution still assured there weren't going to be any doubts to them securing a playoff berth.

Lee Nguyen fired the opening salvoless than two minutes into the match whileCharlie Davies and Kelyn Rowe each tacked on a score to sendthe reigning Eastern Conference champion back to the postseason with a 3-1 win over New York City FC at Yankee Stadium on Sunday.

USWNT rolls past Brazil in Orlando

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ORLANDO, Fla. — The United States Women's National Team came to Orlando as part of its Victory Tour, and a victory is what the World Cup champions got.

Alex Morgan scored the opener and Crystal Dunn scored the winner as the USWNT toppled Brazil in a 3-1 friendly on Sunday in front of 32,869 at the Citrus Bowl.

MLS Week 34: SBI Decision Day Live Commentary

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The final day of the MLS regular season is upon us, and there is a ton on the line as the league's 20 teams prepare to close out the campaign.

Playoff spots and the Supporters' Shield are the top prizes today, as both are up for grabs. The New York Red Bulls and FC Dallas will battle it out for the Supporters' Shield, whilefour teams vie for three playoff spots in the Western Conference.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

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DeAndre Yedlin went to Sunderland with the hopes of finding consistent playing time. Right now, he's getting just that.

Yedlin started his third consecutive game for Sunderland on Saturday, and went the distance as the Black Cats picked up their first win of the Premiership campaign. Sunderland defeated 10-man Newcastle United, 3-0, and Yedlin helpedthe club post its first cleansheet of the season by manning his usual right back spot.

NASL Week 18 Rewind: Rowdies move into playoff spot after Strikers stumble

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The Fort Lauderdale Strikers have lost the chance to control their own post-season destiny, giving the Tampa Bay Rowdies their own chance at the Soccer Bowl.

The Strikers went to Indianapolis with the expectation of three points and a chance to clinch the fourth and final playoff spot, but the Eleven pulled off their second upset in two weeks to deny the team from southern Florida.

Saturday Ticker: Chelsea's nightmare continues, Arsenal tops Everton and more

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Jose Mourinho might be ready to pack his bags and leave Chelsea for the second time.

The under-fire Chelsea boss watched from the stands as his Blues suffered yet another loss, dropping a 2-1 decision to West Ham United on Saturday at Upton Park.

Andy Carroll scored the second-half winner to help send West Ham into third place in the Premier League, while the defending champions suffered their fifth loss of the season to settle in at 15th place.

Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

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If you are a fan of English derbies, then Sunday's English Premier League action has just what you are looking for.

Not only does the Manchester derby kick off, but the always exciting Tyne-Wear derby between Sunderland and Newcastle takes center stage.

At Old Trafford, fourth-place Manchester United hopes to start a new Premier League win streak after defeating Everton, 3-0, in the team's last league contest.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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Arsenal sit just two points behind current-English Premier League leaders Manchester City, but another true test awaits it Saturday.

Everton visits the Emirates Stadium, where the Gunners most recently pulled out an impressive 2-0 win against Bayern Munich on Tuesday. Olivier Giroud came up big in the UEFA Champions League match, but head coach Arsene Wenger is expected to use his first-choice forward in Theo Walcott.

U.S. U-17s eliminated from World Cup after lopsided loss to Chile

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After just three games, the U.S. Under-17 Men's National Team is out of the Under-17 World Cup.

The U.S. suffered a 4-1 defeat to hosts Chile on Friday, a result that knocked the U.S. after just three group stage contests. With the loss, the U.S. finishes on just one point after falling to Nigeria and squanderinga two-goallead in a draw with Croatia.

Despite struggles and rumors, Kreis proud of NYCFC's first year

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NEW YORK —Jason Kreis is not one for moral victories. However,despite a season full of challengesand recent rumorsregarding his job status, he has managedto find something to hang his hat on this season.

"I look at (this season)in a positive way," the New York City FC coach said Friday at the club's open training session at Yankee Stadium.

U.S. confirmed as host for Copa America Centenario

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After months of doubt in the aftermath of the FIFA corruption scandal, the Copa America Centenario is set to go on as planned.

CONCACAF, CONMEBOL and U.S. Soccer announced Friday that the Copa America Centenario will be held in the United States in June2016.The tournament looked to be very much in doubt throughout the summer, but the event will now go on as planned following work between the federations and the tournament's broadcast partners in an effort to "implement a strengthened and transparent governance structure for managing and executing the historic football event.

Donovan to play in Beckham's star-filled charity match

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David Beckham is having a charity game, and everyone, including Landon Donovan, is playing in it.

Beckham is set to host a "Match for Children" at Old Trafford on Nov. 14 to aid UNICEF, and Donovan, Zinedine Zidane, Ronaldinho and Sir Alex Ferguson are just some of the notable names that will participate.

Minnesota United officially announces new St. Paul site for stadium

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Minnesota United is one step closer to playing in MLS after officially securing a location for its new stadium on Friday.

Club owner Dr. Bill McGuire and St Paul mayor Chris Coleman jointly announced the commitment to build Minnesota United a soccer-specific stadium at the Snelling-Midway site.

College Weekend Preview: Wake Forest-Notre Dame, Stanford-UCLA headline eighth weekend

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The regular season is slowly approaching its end for most Division I teams, and with tournament play around the corner, this is a crucial time for teams to kick it up a notch.

SBI No. 14 Notre Dame has struggled as of late, which is not what the 2013 College Cup winner wants with the tournament season upcoming.

Red Bulls, FC Dallas ready for final push to Supporters' Shield

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MLS Cupis the ultimate prize, so there are those that believe the Supporters' Shield is insignificant. That it is a trophy that is nice to add to your collection, but that is not all that important in the grand scheme of things.Then there are those who see true value in it, who recognize that winning itreflects and rewards a year's worth of hard work.

MLS Week 34: A Look Ahead

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After 33 weeks, the MLS playoff picture will be decided Sunday.

Starting atop the table, both the New York Red Bulls and FC Dallas have a chance at the Supporters' Shield. The Red Bulls can lock up the team's second trophy in three seasons with a win over the Chicago Fire, while FCD look to knock off the San Jose Earthquakes to take advantage of any dropped points by the Eastern Conference leaders.

SBI College Top 25: Oct. 23 Edition

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Wake Forest handed North Carolina its first loss of the season last Saturday, which caused a small stir at the top of the SBI College Top 25.

Stanford moves into second, a spot held by the Tar Heels since Sept. 18, and the move is well-deserved, especially since the Cardinal have not lost a game since its opener against UC Santa Barbara on Aug.

NASL Week 18: A Look Ahead

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Only two weeks remain in NASL regular season action, but there is still a fair amount to be decided.

Three teams have locked up their spots in the playoffs, but their seeding is still up in the air, as is the fourth and final playoff participant.

Miami-Dade school board backs Beckham in stadium negotiations

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The Miami-Dade County School Board wants a piece of the potential MLS action in South Florida.

The board members met in an emergency session on Thursday to discuss the possibilities of getting involved in David Beckham's efforts to bring an MLS franchise to Miami, according to the Miami Herald.

This Weekend's Soccer on TV

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The Manchester derby returns this weekend with a little extra flavor as two of the top teams in the English Premier League will battle for league supremacy to go along with some bragging rights.

Sitting atop the English table with 21 points is Manchester City, which will look to avenge a 4-2 loss back in April at Old Trafford, while Louis van Gaal's squad — which trails City by two points — will try to build on the momentum of a 3-0 win over Everton in last weekend's fixture.

Sporting KC creates USL side Swope Park Rangers

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The partnership between MLS and USL continues to grow, as Sporting Kansas City announced the creation of new reserve team.

Sporting KC announced the formation of Swope Park Rangers, which will be the 11th team owned and operated by an MLS club. The Rangers will kick off with 27 other teams across the U.

Vincent Kompany open to MLS move

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Vincent Kompany is certainly enjoying his time at Manchester City, but the Belgian centerback already has his eyes set on his potential next destination.

The Man City starsays he would be very open to making an MLS move upon the expiration of his current contract.

Friday Kickoff: Sturridge set for knee scan; Van Gaal critiques EPL winter schedule; and more

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Jurgen Klopp's era in charge of Liverpool is not off to the best of starts.

While Liverpool has only played twice, earning a 0-0 tie against Tottenham in the English Premier League and a 1-1 tie against Rubin Kazan in the UEFA Europa League, the worst news of the week is that star forward Daniel Sturridge may still be unavailable for Klopp's selection Sunday against Southampton.

Report: St. Paul set for Minnesota United stadium announcement

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Minnesota United has reportedly found an MLS home.

TwinCities.com reported Friday that St. Paul mayor Chris Coleman and Minnesota United owner Bill McGuire are expecting to announce a stadium deal that will see the venue builton a vacant areaowned by the Metropolitan Council.

Say Hello to the New SBI Soccer

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Nine years ago, a site that started out as a local newspaper soccer blog in New Jersey was born, and as the site formerly known as Soccer By Ives embarks on its 10th year, we have unveiled a new look.

SBI Soccer has a new, sleek design, with the folks at USA TODAY Sports helping us unveil a major upgrade to the design.

Jamison Olave winner sends Real Salt Lake to CCL quarterfinals

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A week after being the scapegoat, Jamison Olave transformed intothe hero.

Olave pushed Real Salt Lake into the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals on Tuesday, scoring the decisive goal in the first half of a 1-0 victory over Municipal. The winat Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah, saw RSL takeGroup G with a 3-0-1 record, and marked the second time the club has reached the knock-out rounds of the competition.

Late Lloyd finish earns USWNT draw with Brazil

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The latest round of the U.S. Women's National Team's Victory Tour certainly proved to be the most nervy.

After conceding inside three minutes, the USWNT came from behind via a late Carli Lloyd goal to earn a 1-1 draw Wednesday against Brazil at CenturyLink Field.

College Midweek Rewind: Akron crushes MSU while ACC shows dominance

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The ACC continued to show its dominance this week in college soccer, but one familiar threat in the conference is starting to struggle while a Mid-American side continues to lookunstoppable.

SBI No. 7 Akron posted an impressive 4-1 win against Big Ten side Michigan State Wednesday, as junior Victor Souto scored a hat trick from the penalty spot whilesophomore Sam Gainford a goal of his own.

Sporting KC shocked by Rapids, putting playoff chances on hold

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The Colorado Rapids left Sporting Park Wednesday night with the home team in shock. Sporting Kansas City squandered the chance to lock up a playoff position against the Rapids, the Western Conference's bottom-dweller, in a 2-0 loss.

Dillon Powers scored the first goal of the match, a clever chip of Sporting KC goalkeeper Tim Melia after a speedy counterattack in the 78th minute.

UCL Rewind: De Bruyne saves Man City; Real, PSG draw; and more

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The summer signing of Kevin De Bruyne continues to pay dividends for Manchester City.

De Bruyne netted a 91st-minute game-winner for Man City, which topped reigning Europa League champions Sevilla, 2-1, Wednesday at the Etihad Stadium. Man City's victory pushes the team to six points through three games, while Sevilla has work to do after claiming just three in three.

MLS teams paired with Liga MX teams as CCL quarterfinal draw set

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The CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals are set, and four out of four matchups feature MLS vs. Liga MX.

After LA Galaxy's 1-1 tie against Trinidad & Tobago's Central FC, four MLS sides and four Liga MX clubs officially advanced to the knockout rounds of the 2015-16 CCL.

Report: Klinsmann in 'power struggle' over technical director role

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In recent months, Jurgen Klinsmann has experienced his share of struggles as U.S. Men's National Team head coach. Now, it appears that those struggles have reportedly extended to his overarching role with U.S. Soccer.

Sports Illustrated reported Wednesday that Klinsmann is in a "power struggle" regarding his role as U.

Down-and-out Rapids take confidence from away result against Sporting KC

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The Colorado Rapids had nothingon the lineWednesday when it came to postseason positioning, but they sure didn't play like it.

Entering Wednesday,the Rapids hadno chance of finishing above Real Salt Lake for second to last in the Western Conference, let alone qualifying for the postseason.

Matt Miazga likely to return to lineup as Red Bulls fight for Supporters' Shield

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Matt Miazga may have missed the New York Red Bulls' last four games, but that still is unlikely tostop head coach Jesse Marsch from using the young centerback as a starter in Sunday's all-important season finale.

The Red Bulls will have an opportunity to claim the Supporters' Shield this weekend when they visit the Chicago Fire, and Miazga figures to return to New York's lineup despite missing the past month because of a combination of suspension and international duty.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Preview

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Jurgen Klinsmann might be taking a closer look at fullbacks these days, and two European-based ones could really help their causes with some strong performances this weekend.

Timmy Chandler made his way back from injury as a substitute inEintracht Frankfurt's 5-1 loss to Borussia Moenchengladbachlast Saturday, and is now hoping to break back into his side's lineup.

Matt Miazga likely to return to lineup as Red Bulls fight for Supporters’ Shield

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Matt Miazga may have missed the New York Red Bulls' last four games, but that still is unlikely tostop head coach Jesse Marsch from using the young centerback as a starter in Sunday's all-important season finale.

Down-and-out Rapids take confidence from away result against Sporting KC

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By SKYLAR ROLSTAD

The Colorado Rapids had nothingon the lineWednesday when it came to postseason positioning, but they sure didn't play like it.

Entering Wednesday,the Rapids hadno chance of finishing above Real Salt Lake for second to last in the Western Conference, let alone qualifying for the postseason.

Report: Man City invites Frank Lampard to train during MLS offseason

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By SBI SOCCER

Frank Lampard has made it clear that he isn't looking to spend the MLS offseason on loan. However,the New York City FC midfielder may very well be spending part of his time off with a Premier League club.

Fury FC lock up NASL Fall title with defeat of Armada

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By RYAN TOLMICH

After finishing ninth in the NASL Spring Season, Ottawa Fury FC's remarkable Fall turnaround was completed with a title Wednesday night.

Fury FC locked up the Fall Season title with Wednesday's 3-1 defeat of the Jacksonville Armada at Community First Park.

Dempsey tops MLS jersey sales, New York dominates top 10

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By COLE KELLOGG

For the second year running, Seattle Sounders star Clint Dempsey has sold the most jerseys on the MLS retail site.

On MLSStore.com, Dempsey replica jerseys were purchased more than any other player in the league over the course of the 2015 season. Players from the league's two New York franchises took the cake, though, representing five of the top 10 spots in the list.

Jermaine Jones seeking another big contract from Revolution

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Jermaine Jones wants to stay with the New England Revolution after this year. Jermaine Jones also wants another big contract to help make that happen.

Jones is in the final year of an 18-month dealhe signed with the Revolution in August2014, and wants to remain with the club as one of its Designated Players.

College Midweek Rewind: Akron crushes MSU while ACC shows dominance

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By AARON CRANFORD

The ACC continued to show its dominance this week in college soccer, but one familiar threat in the conference is starting to struggle while a Mid-American side continues to lookunstoppable.

SBI No.

UCL Rewind: De Bruyne saves Man City; Real, PSG draw; and more

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By SBI SOCCER

The summer signing of Kevin De Bruyne continues to pay dividends for Manchester City.

De Bruyne netted a 91st-minute game-winner for Man City, which topped reigning Europa League champions Sevilla, 2-1, Wednesday at the Etihad Stadium. Man City's victory pushes the team to six points through three games, while Sevilla has work to do after claiming just three in three.

Late Lloyd finish earns USWNT draw with Brazil

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By SBI SOCCER

The latest round of the U.S. Women's National Team's Victory Tour certainly proved to be the most nervy.

After conceding inside three minutes, the USWNT came from behind via a late Carli Lloyd goal to earn a 1-1 draw Wednesday against Brazil at CenturyLink Field.

Sporting KC shocked by Rapids, putting playoff chances on hold

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By SKYLAR ROLSTAD

The Colorado Rapids left Sporting Park Wednesday night with the home team in shock. Sporting Kansas City squandered the chance to lock up a playoff position against the Rapids, the Western Conference's bottom-dweller, in a 2-0 loss.

Dillon Powers scored the first goal of the match, a clever chip of Sporting KC goalkeeper Tim Melia after a speedy counterattack in the 78th minute.

MLS teams paired with Liga MX teams as CCL quarterfinal draw set

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By SBI SOCCER

The CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals are set, and four out of four matchups feature MLS vs. Liga MX.

After LA Galaxy's 1-1 tie against Trinidad & Tobago's Central FC, four MLS sides and four Liga MX clubs officially advanced to the knockout rounds of the 2015-16 CCL.

Thursday Kickoff: UEFA charges Man City, Dynamo Kiev; Cruyff diagnosed with cancer; and more

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By SBI SOCCER

While Matchday three of UEFA Champions League action may have ended Wednesday, Europe's soccer union and governing body of soccer remained busy after the day's final whistle.

UEFA charged both Manchester City and Dynamo Kiev for separate incidents during this week in UCL.

Report: Kreis at risk of being replaced by Vieira as NYCFC coach

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By FRANCO PANIZO

A frustrating first year at the helm of New York City FC might also be Jason Kreis' last.

SI.com reported on Wednesday that Kreis is at risk of losing his job, and could be replaced by famous former French player Patrick Vieira.

Report: Klinsmann in ‘power struggle’ over technical director role

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By SBI SOCCER

In recent months, Jurgen Klinsmann has experienced his share of struggles as U.S. Men's National Team head coach. Now, it appears that those struggles have reportedly extended to his overarching role with U.S. Soccer.

Sports Illustrated reported Wednesday that Klinsmann is in a "power struggle" regarding his role as U.

U.S. U-17s 2, Croatia 2: The SBI Breakdown

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By RYAN TOLMICH

The opening two games of the Under-17 World Cup have left a lot to be desired from the U.S. Under-17 Men's National Team.

After starting out with a lossto Nigeria, the U.S. squandered a two-goal advantage on Tuesday en route to a 2-2 draw against Croatia.

USWNT finalize Victory Tour plans with another match vs China

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By SBI SOCCER

The U.S. Women's National Team's Victory Tour schedule is now complete.

U.S. Soccer announced on Wednesday that the Americans will host China for the second time in a matter of days on Dec. 13.

Soccer Wednesday: Your Running Commentary

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By SBI SOCCER

Whether it's the UEFA Champions League, CONCACAF Champions League or U-17 World Cup, Wednesday presents plenty of soccer action scattered throughout the day.

KickstartingWednesday's events is the UEFA Champions League, which is headlined by a matchup pitting Real Madrid against Paris Saint-Germain.

SBI College Spotlight: Fabian Herbers finds success and a new family with Creighton

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By AARON CRANFORD

When Fabian Herbers decided to move from Germany to the U.S. to play college soccer, the decision to leave home wasn't an easy one.

The junior forward has excelled with Creighton since arriving in 2013, though, and despite being halfway around the world from his family, he has created a new one with his coach, teammates and friends on campus.

Report: Carolina RailHawks close to being sold

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By SBI SOCCER

Several months after getting caught up in the now infamous FIFA scandal, Traffic Sports isreportedly nearing a deal to end the company's five-year ownership of the Carolina RailHawks.

Traffic Sports is reportedly set to sell the NASL club to Raleigh's Stephen Malik, an entrepreneur whohas specialized inhealthcare information technology.

Eric Lichaj scores first Nottingham Forest goal in draw with Burnley

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By FRANCO PANIZO

While one U.S. Men's National Team fullback recently hurt his standing with head coach Jurgen Klinsmann, another may have helped his on Tuesday.

It took Eric Lichaj a little more than three-and-a-half years, but he once again got on the scoresheet in a 1-1 draw with Burnley.

UCL Rewind: Arsenal shocks Bayern; Leverkusen-Roma play thrilling draw, and more

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By SBI SOCCER

Arsenalmay not have won the possession battle, but the Gunnersprovided a reminder on Tuesday that the most important stat in any soccer game is still goals scored.

Led by finishes from Olivier Giroud and Mesut Ozil, Arsenal topped Bayern, 2-0, Tuesday to stay alive in Champions League play.

Jamison Olave winner sends Real Salt Lake to CCL quarterfinals

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By SBI SOCCER

A week after being the scapegoat, Jamison Olave transformed intothe hero.

Olave pushed Real Salt Lake into the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals on Tuesday, scoring the decisive goal in the first half of a 1-0 victory over Municipal.

Report: Red Bulls looking to sell stadium naming rights

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By SBI SOCCER

There is a contingent of New York Red Bulls fans that would love to see the club change its name.

Well, those fans might just have to settle fora new stadium name instead.

The Red Bulls have begun looking into the possibility of landing a naming-rights deal for their home, Red Bull Arena, according to a report from SportsBusinessDaily.

Wednesday Kickoff: Platini ‘determined’ to become FIFA president; Mourinho blasts referee; and more

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By SBI SOCCER

Despite all of the recent controversy, Michel Platini remains focused on becoming FIFA president.

FIFA confirmed Tuesday that the presidential election will go on as planned on Feb. 26, despite Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini's current 90-day suspensions.

U.S. U-17s squander two-goal lead to settle for draw against Croatia

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By RYAN TOLMICH

After a disappointing tournament-opening loss to Nigeria, the U.S. Under-17 Men's National Team looked well on their way to victory Tuesday while maintaining a two-goal advantage.

That advantage evaporated in a 12-minute span, as Croatia found two second half finishes to earn a 2-2 draw with the U.

Report: Leiweke to join Beckham’s MLS Miami investment group

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By SBI SOCCER

David Beckham has reportedly added a familiar face to the investment group of his MLS Miami project.

The Miami Herald reported Tuesday that Tim Leiweke is close to joining on to Beckham's Miami project. Leiweke most recently took charge aspresident and CEO of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, whichruns the Toronto Maple Leafs , Toronto Raptors and Toronto FC.

MLS makes late schedule change to allow Red Bulls, FC Dallas to play for Supporters’ Shield simultaneously

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BySBI SOCCER

MLS has made a change to encourage some end-of-season drama.

It has been announced that Sunday's match between the Chicago Fire and New York Red Bulls at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Illinois, has been moved from 5 to 7 pm ET.

The SBI Show: Episode 236 (Recapping MLS Week 33, talking USMNT, and more)

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By IVES GALARCEP

The worst week in American soccer history came and went, and while it became difficult for U.S. national team fans to have reason for optimism, some dramatic results in Major League Soccer helped provide some consolation for a few fans.

Episode 236 of The SBI Show looks back at the U.

CCL Preview: RSL looks to book knockout round spot; Galaxy fight for high seed; and more

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By SBI SOCCER

Before the MLS regular season comes to a close, three of the league's teams will take the field to wrap up the CONCACAF Champions League group stages.

Real Salt Lake enters the final round of games with the most at stake as the club can lock up a knockout round berth against Guatemala's CSD Municipal in Tuesday's clash at Rio Tinto Stadium.

Sources: Greece forward Georgios Samaras training with Cosmos

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By RYAN TOLMICH

With the departures of Raul and Marcos Senna imminent, the New York Cosmos are getting a closer look at another playerwith a long international resume.

Sources tell SBI that Greek international Gergios Samaras is in New York and has been training with the Cosmos for the past several weeks.

Orlando City launches NWSL club Orlando Pride

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By SBI SOCCER

It's finally official: the NWSL is headed to Orlando.

Orlando City announced on Tuesday that the Orlando Pride will begin playing in NWSL in 2016 and will be coached by former U.S. Women's National Team boss Tom Sermanni. Orlando Prideis set to play in the Citrus Bowl to start the 2016 season before transferring to Orlando City's new downtown stadium upon the facility'scompletion.

U.S. U-17s look to bounce back against familiar Croatia

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By RYAN TOLMICH

The U.S. Under-17 Men's National Team is quick to admit that this past Saturday's 2-0 loss to Nigeria was a difficult one to stomach, but the defeat will need to serve as a major lesson if theAmericans are to continue to push towards the knockout stages.

That push continues Tuesday as the U.

SBI MLS Save of the Week: Luis Robles

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SBI MLS Goal of the Week: Sebastian Giovinco

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Soccer Tuesday: Your Running Commentary

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By SBI SOCCER

While both the UEFA and CONCACAF Champions League resume action today, the FIFA Under-17 World Cup also carries on with the second round of fixtures in the group stage, including a matchinvolving the U.S. squad.

Richie Williams will look to get the U.

Report: Former USWNT coach Sermanni set to coach new Orlando NWSL team

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By SBI SOCCER

Orlando City's foray into the NWSL may be creating something new, but the man charged with leading the team from the sidelines will reportedly be a familiar face.

Sports Illustrated reported Tuesday that former U.

Report: Bob Bradley in advanced talks to join French club Le Havre AC

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By SBI SOCCER

Only three games remain for Stabæk in the 2015 Tippeligaen season, and U.S. head coach Bob Bradley has a decision to make with a French club reportedly interested in signing him.

According to French outlet France Football,Le Havre AC majority shareholder and current president Vincent Volpe is in "advanced negotiation" with Bradley to appoint him head coach of the Ligue 2 side.

UCL Preview: PSG hosts Real Madrid; Bayern visits point-less Arsenal; and more

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ByMICHAEL PENG

Arguably the most enticingmatch of the 2015-16 UEFA Championship League season thus far will take place this week, as two European powerhouses in Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid will tangle on centerstage in matchday three.

Bothsides are coming into Wednesday'scontest not only boastingperfect recordsin the group stage without conceding a goal but also the fact that neither clubhas suffered a defeat through all competitions this season in their respective leagues as well, giving the meeting at the Parc des Princes a little extra allure.

Tuesday Kickoff: FIFA reform group suggests term limits; Ballon d’Or shortlist revealed; and more

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By SBI SOCCER

A term limit and age limit for FIFA's presidents may soon be adopted if FIFA's reform committee has anything to say about it.

Soccer's world governing body held its first executive committee meeting since suspending Sepp Blatter, Jerome Valcke and Michel Platini Tuesday, and the reform committee recommended a change to the presidential term limit, suggesting a 12-year term limit with an age limit of 74.

Bobby Boswell foregoes free agency to re-sign with D.C. United

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By SBI SOCCER

With his contract nearing its expiration date, Bobby Boswell could have been one of the first to test MLS's new free-agent waters. Instead, the 32-year-old centerback has opted to remain with D.

The SBI View: Klinsmann was right to drop Johnson from USMNT roster

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Jurgen Klinsmann values having players playing at the highest levels in Europe and competing in the UEFA Champions League, so it couldn't have been an easy decision for him to dismiss Fabian Johnson from the U.S. Men's National Team last week.

It may have been a tough decision, but it was the right one.

Who should the U.S. U-17s start vs. Croatia?

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Having dropped the opening game of the Under-17 World Cup, the U.S. Under-17 Men's National Team will need a much-improved performance Tuesday if the team hopes to make a push towards the knockout stages.

The U.S. lost to reigning champions Nigeria, 2-0, in the tournament'sopener, and now a clash with Croatia awaits the U.

College Midweek Preview: Top teams look to rebound while Akron meets Michigan State

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By AARON CRANFORD

Two SBI College Soccer Top 25 matches will kick off this week, and both games are important for teams to rebound.

Monday, SBI No. 11 Coastal Carolina, which lost its first and only game on Oct.

CONCACAF confirms USA-Colombia Olympic qualifying series format

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By SBI SOCCER

After falling to Honduras in Olympic qualifying, theU.S. Under-23 Men's National team knewthat they will have to qualify for the Olympics the hard way. Now, the teamknows exactly what that way will require.

Report: Rubio Rubin set for surgery on injured foot

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By SBI SOCCER

Rubio Rubin is set for a spell on the sidelines due to a foot injury.

Dutch outlet NOS reported that Rubin has suffered a stress fracture in his foot thatrequiresurgery. The procedure is expected to keep Rubin outuntil the Eredivisie's winter break concludesfor FC Utrecht on Jan.

Andy Najar takes leave of absence from Honduras ahead of World Cup qualifiers

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Andy Najar will not be suiting up again for Honduras in the near future.

Najar issued a statement via RadioHouse.HN on Monday stating that he was taking a leave of absence from Honduras due to personal reasons.

SBI MLS Rookie of the Week: Cyle Larin

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Orlando City's playoff hopes were on the verge of vanishing, but Cyle Larin came to the rescue.

Larin scored twice to help Orlando City come from behind and defeat New York City FC, 2-1, at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Florida, on Friday.

SBI MLS Team of the Week: Portland Timbers

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By SBI SOCCER

Entering the weekend, the LA Galaxy had lost just once at StubHub Center this season. Saturday, the Portland Timbers made that two with a statement performance that all but booked a spot in the postseason.

College Weekend Rewind: Wake Forest hands UNC first loss; Stanford’s Morris scores twice; and more

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By AARON CRANFORD

Only two unbeaten teams remain after the seventh weekend in college soccer.

That's because SBI No. 5 Wake Forest handed No. 2 North Carolina its first loss of the 2015 campaign Saturday.

In an end-to-end affair that saw both sides put multiple shots on target, seven in total for the Demon Deacons, Wake Forest was the only one to find a breakthrough, thanks to a left-footed finish under pressure by junior midfielder Jacori Hayes in the 17th minute at Spry Stadium.

SBI MLS Player of the Week: Fanendo Adi

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By SBI SOCCER

The Portland Timbers are all but in the MLS Cup Playoffs after a sensational 5-2 victory against the LA Galaxy Sunday, and while the team as a whole proved efficient, one man stood out.

Fanendo Adi scored the Timbers first goal at the StubHub Center and tallied his second less than three minutes later.

Lloyd, Rapinoe, Solo among nominees for FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year

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By SBI SOCCER

The nominees for FIFA Women's World Player of the Year are out, and a trio of U.S. Women's National Team stars find themselves among those shortlisted for the award.

Carli Lloyd, Megan Rapinoe and Hope Solo are among the 10 woman shortlist for the award, which will be presented on Jan.

Sounders eliminate Dynamo from playoff contention with road tie

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By SBI SOCCER

The Houston Dynamo's slim hopes of qualifying for the MLS Cup Playoffs were dashed by the Seattle Sounders Sunday.

While the home side scored the game's first goal, thanks to a Ricardo Clark blast from outside of the penalty area, the Sounders ended the Dynamo's season due to an Obafemi Martins header on the goal line.

Timbers hammer Galaxy in LA behind Adi brace

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By MARK EDWARD HORNISH

Carson, Calif. First win in LA ever? Check. First trip to MLS playoffs since 2013? Check.

Before an electric sold out crowd in Los Angeles, the Portland Timbers knocked off the struggling LA Galaxy, 5-2, behind a brace from offensive talisman Fernando Adi, and likely secureda berth in the playoffs after missing out on the final day of the season last year.

Monday Kickoff: Platini payment was an oral contract; German prosecutor to investigate bribery claim; and more

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By SBI SOCCER

Michel Platini is under intense scrutiny, and a 90-day ban from FIFA, for reportedly receiving payment from now-suspended FIFA president Sepp Blatter.

However, in order to clear his name, he tried to explain the payment received in a little more detail.

NASL Week 18: A Look Back

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By COLE KELLOGG

It was a weekend of minnows playing spoiler for top teams seeking vital points in the playoff running.

Indy Eleven and the Jacksonville Armada came up with unlikely wins at home to deny Minnesota United and FC Edmonton.

Grella’s record-breaking goal spurs Red Bulls rout of Union

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By SBI SOCCER

History was made at Red Bull Arena Sunday, and not the kind many were expecting.

The New York Red Bulls easily defeating the Philadelphia Union, 4-1, to claim the Eastern Conference crown came as no shock, but Mike Grella's seven-second goal was, as his quick left-footed finish past goalkeeper Andre Blake set the record for the league's fastest goal ever scored in a competitive game.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Jurgen Klinsmann looked and sounded confident on Tuesday when hehinted that Fabian Johnson would play for Borussia Moenchengladbach thisweekend.

On Saturday, Johnson did just that.

At the center of a controversial exit from the U.S. Men's National Team this past week because of a reported injury, Johnson added further fuel to the fire by getting the nod and going the distance in Moenchengladbach's 5-1 rout of Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday.

D.C. United jumps into second in East after pummeling Fire

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By CLIFF STARKEY

WASHINGTON — After an early fall lull, D.C. United appears to be in playoff form with a week to spare.

Chris Pontius, Bobby Boswell, Fabian Espindola and Alvaro Saborio all found the back of the net for D.

Piatti stunner sends Impact past Revolution, into playoffs

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By CARL SETTERLUND

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. The New England Revolution and Montreal Impact are both virtual locks to reach the MLS playoffs entering the weekend, but only one could seal a postseason berth on Saturday night at Gillette Stadium.

FC Dallas clinches top spot in West with defeat of RSL

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By SBI SOCCER

With Saturday's result, FC Dallas inched even closer to a potential Supporters' Shield while locking up the top spot in the Western Conference.

Led by a second half finish from David Texeira, FC Dallas slipped past Real Salt Lake, 1-0, Saturday night at the Rio Tinto Stadium.

Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

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By SBI SOCCER

There may be only one English Primer League game on tap Sunday, but there is no shortage of Italian soccer, and one game is a must-see affair.

Inter Milan hosts Juventus at San Siro in the Derby d'Italia, and the hosts will hope that Stevan Jovetic continues his good form to help them to another league win this year.

U.S. U-17s fall to reigning champions Nigeria in U-17 World Cup opener

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By SBI SOCCER

Facing off with the competition's reigning champions, the U.S. Under-17 Men's National Team suffered a major setback in the first game of the Under-17 World Cup.

The U.S. was defeated in the opening game of Group A play, falling, 2-0, to defending champions Nigeria at the National Stadium in Santiago, Chile.

Crew clinch playoff berth with road win against TFC

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By SBI SOCCER

The Columbus Crew needed at least a tie to claim a spot in the 2015 MLS Cup Playoffs, but they did even better at BMO Field Saturday.

Toronto FC may have just earned an important win against the New York Red Bulls Wednesday, but the Crew took it to the Reds on the road, posting a 2-0 win against their conference foe.

Earthquakes move into playoff position with victory over Sporting KC

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By SBI SOCCER

The San Jose Earthquakes live to fight another day.

The Earthquakes faced a theoretical do-or-die scenario against Sporting KC Friday and pulled out an important 1-0 victory to keep their playoff hopes alive.

Rhinos edge Galaxy II in extra time to win USL Championship

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By COLE KELLOGG

After finishing the regular season with 14 more points than any other USL side, the Rochester Rhinos sped through the postseason.

Friday night, they earned one more victory, defeating LA Galaxy II in the USL Championship.

Larin’s brace defeats NYCFC, keeps Orlando City’s playoff hopes alive

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By SBI SOCCER

A win is what Orlando City SC needed Friday night, and a win is what it earned.

Orlando City is still in the running for the MLS Cup Playoffs after defeating NYCFC, 2-1, at the Citrus Bowl.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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By SBI SOCCER

The Jurgen Klopp era begins at Liverpool, and one of England's top clubs is ready to greet him and the team at White Hart Lane Saturday.

Tottenham welcomes Klopp and a Daniel Sturridge-led Liverpool side, as a handful of attacking players, including Roberto Firmino, Danny Ings andChristian Benteke will miss out on the German boss' English Premier League debut.

Talented U.S. squad set to kick off Under-17 World Cup

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Seven months after booking its spot in the tournament, the U.S. Under-17 Men's National Team is bound for Chile and the Under-17 World Cup.

Led by highly-touted prospects like Christian Pulisic, Haji Wright and Daniel Barbir, the U.

SBI College Soccer Top 25: Oct. 16 Edition

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By AARON CRANFORD

Georgetown is back.

After starting as the SBI College Soccer Preseason No. 1 and subsequently failing to post a win or goal in its first three games, Georgetown has won eight out of its last nineand has not lost since Sept.

College Weekend Preview: UNC-Wake Forest, UCLA-Stanford headline must-see action

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By AARON CRANFORD

With many of the nation's top teams hailing from the ACC, heavyweight showdowns are bound to occur every other weekend.

One of those match-ups during this round of action kicks off in Winston-Salem, North Carolina Saturday (7 p.

NASL Week 17: A Look Ahead

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By COLE KELLOGG

With the top three playoff positions set, the attention switches wholeheartedly to the race for the fourth and final seed.

The Tampa Bay Rowdies currently hold the position, but they sit just one point ahead of the Fort Lauderdale Strikers having played one more game.

USWNT to host Trinidad & Tobago in Honolulu, San Antonio

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By SBI SOCCER

The final month of the U.S. Women's National Team's Victory Tour will take them somewhere that U.S. Soccer has never before visited.

U.S. Soccer has announced a pair of friendlies vs. Trinidad & Tobago at the start of December, and the first of them will be played on Dec.

MLS Week 33: A Look Ahead

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By RYAN TOLMICH

With just two weeks left in the MLS regular season, there is still plenty of drama left as club's jostle for postseason berths and positioning.

The race is especially tight in the Western Conference, as just six points separate third from seventh.

This Weekend’s Soccer on TV

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By SBI SOCCER

The recent international break may have just concluded, but another international competition will be kicking off this weekend alongside all the club action around the world.

The FIFA U-17 World Cup kicks off Saturdayin Chile, and the United States will draw Nigeria in its first match that day.

College Midweek Rewind: American upsets UVa; Georgetown defeats Marquette; and more

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By AARON CRANFORD

Two unbeaten teams may have stayed that way with a win during the week, but a handful of ranked sides weren't so lucky.

Fourteen of the SBI College Soccer Top 25 went to battle this week, and five suffered defeat while two tied.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Preview

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By FRANCO PANIZO

All eyes are on Fabian Johnson.

Johnson's drama with the U.S. Men's National Team has been a major talking point all week, and, as head coach Jurgen Klinsmann said on Tuesday, we will learn this weekend just howhealthy Johnson is. Borussia Moenchengladbach is set to visit Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday, and it has been said that Johnson is expected to be available though in what capacity is unclear.

Friday Kickoff: English FA suspends Platini support; Neymar Sr. confirms Manchester United bid; and more

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By SBI SOCCER

Current UEFA president Michel Platini may be in the running to become the next FIFA president, but one of his key backers is suspending its support of him.

The English Football Association announced its suspension of support for Platini, as he is currently being investigated for a payment he received from FIFA in 2011.

Report: 2016 Copa America Centenario to go on in USA as planned

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By SBI SOCCER

The 2016 Copa America Centenario was in real danger of being held somewhere other than the United States, if it took place at all, but the tide appears to have turned and the once-troubled competition appears to be ready to go on as originally planned.

ESPN FC is reporting the Copa America Centenario will go on as planned, with a formal announcement potentially coming as early as Friday.

Monchengladbach manager Schubert defends Johnson in aftermath of USMNT dismissal

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By SBI SOCCER

After seeing and hearing everything said about Fabian Johnson in the past few days, Borussia Monchengladbach manager André Schubert has stepped up to defend his player.

Johnson was recently dismissed from the U.S. Men's National Team by head coach Jurgen Klinsmann, who publicly blasted the player for asking to be removed from last Saturday's clash with Mexico.

Orlando City announces Orlando City B USL team; trio of signings

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After playing in the USL from 2011-14, Orlando City is set for a return to the league.

Orlando City announced Thursday that the club will field Orlando City B, or OCB, in the USL. The team will play its home games atEastern Florida State College (EFSC) in a3,500 seat venue.

Raul to retire at end of NASL season

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Raul's 21-year career is set to come to an end.

The New York Cosmos announced Thursday that Raulwill officially retire at the end of the NASL season in November. The Spanish star's retirement puts an end to an illustrious career that saw Raul feature for Real Madrid, Schalke and Al Sadd prior to joining the Cosmos ahead of the 2015 season.

Edu to miss final two games after undergoing surgery

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By SBI SOCCER

With the Philadelphia Union already eliminated from postseason contention, Maurice Edu is set for surgery to repair some nagging injuries.

The Union announced Thursday that Edu has undergone surgery to repair a sports hernia.

SBI Spotlight: First season as a pro has Haji Wright primed for success at Under-17 World Cup

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By RYAN TOLMICH

A little more than five months after theall but unprecedented decision that kickstarted his club career, Haji Wright is hoping lessons he has learned will be applied to a special run in October's Under-17 World Cup.

Strikers, Schalke, Bayer Leverkusen among field for 2016 Florida Cup

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The Fort Lauderdale Strikers will get a chance to represent the United States on an international soccer stage.

The team will take partin the 2016 Florida Cup — set for January — against eight other teams from four other countries, according to a statement made by general manager Caio Zanardi on Wednesday.

Must-See Goal: Sebastian Giovinco

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Timbers sneak past RSL to inch closer to postseason

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By SBI SOCCER

A clash between two teams battling for a postseason berth ended in a Portland Timbers victory.

Led by a Fanendo Adi penalty kick, the Timbers knocked off Real Salt Lake, 1-0, Wednesday at Providence Park.

With the win, the Timbers move above the red line and into sixth place with 47 points, three points above the seventh-place San Jose Earthquakes through the same amount of games.

FC Dallas shuts out Whitecaps to move into tie atop Supporters’ Shield standings

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By SBI SOCCER

With just two games remaining in the regular season, FC Dallas has a chance of claiming a major piece of silverware.

FC Dallas defeated the Vancouver Whitecaps, 2-0, on Wednesday at Toyota Stadium to move level with the New York Red Bulls atop the Supporters' Shield standings.

TFC tops Red Bulls to earn first postseason birth

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The eight year wait is finally over for Toronto FC.

Goals from Herculez Gomez and Sebastian Giovinco led TFC to a 2-1 victory over the New York Red Bulls on Wednesday night at BMO Field.

Thursday Kickoff: Santos seeks six-month Neymar ban; Osorio praises Mexico; and more

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By SBI SOCCER

Brazilian club Santos haslong taken issue over the team's sale of Neymar to Barcelona, and now they want FIFA to take action.

Santos has reportedly asked FIFA to issueNeymar a six-month suspension for what the clubis calling non-compliance of contract terms stemming fromhis transfer to Barcelona.

Costa Rica 1, USMNT 0: The SBI Breakdown

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By FRANCO PANIZO

HARRISON, N.J. Another forgettable performance. Another forgettable game. Another forgettable result.

The U.S. Men's National Team suffered its latest setback on Tuesday by being on the wrong end of a 1-0 decision to Costa Rica at Red Bull Arena. U.S.

FC Dallas reveals $39 million National Soccer Hall of Fame Museum project

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Toyota Stadium is about to get a historic new facelift.

FC Dallas unveiled plans on Wednesdayfor a $39 million project at the stadium featuring more than 100,000 square feet of renovated space, brand newlocker rooms, premium seating, a private club and, the National Soccer Hall of Fame Museum.

USMNT Notes: Klinsmann speaks on Johnson situation again; Nguyen happy with ‘taste’ of action; and more

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By RYAN TOLMICH

HARRISON, N.J. Jurgen Klinsmann, like many, is interested in seeing how Borussia Monchengladbach handle Fabian Johnson in the coming days.

Johnson was dismissed from the U.S. Men's National Team on Monday after asking to be removed from Saturday's clash with Mexico despite Klinsmann stating that the fullback had no apparent injury.

Impact midfielder Andres Romero out for rest of season with ACL tear

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By SBI SOCCER

Andres Romero's recent injury is set to keep the Montreal Impact midfielder out forthe rest of the season, and then some.

The Impact announced Wednesday that Romero has suffered an ACL tear in his right knee.

CONMEBOL World Cup Qualifying Rewind: Chile beats Peru in thriller; Uruguay humbles Colombia; and more

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By FRANCO PANIZO

An early red card doomed Peru and catapulted Chile to victory in their last meeting.

It happened again Tuesday.

Chile moved to 2-0 in CONMEBOL World Cup qualifying for Russia 2018 by edging 10-man Peru, 4-3, at Estadio Nacional in Lima. Alexis Sanchez and Eduardo Vargas led the way with two goals apiece, but the biggest talking point was the ejection of Peru midfielder Christian Cueva in the 23 minute.

Report: Cosmos’ Raul considering retiring when season finishes

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By SBI SOCCER

Raul may only have a few games left in his illustrious career.

Spanish outlet AS reported Wednesday that the New York Cosmos star has told the club that he isconsidering retiring at the conclusion of the NASL season.

USWNT to face China in New Orleans for final game of Victory Tour

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By SBI SOCCER

While there are still some dates left to be filled, the U.S. Women's National Team have a date, location and opponent for the group's Victory Tour swansong.

U.S. Soccer announced Tuesday that the USWNT will take on China PR in New Orleans on Dec.

Howard, Guzan likely to split time at goalkeeper for USMNT in near future

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By RYAN TOLMICH

HARRISON, N.J. —On Saturday, it was Brad Guzan. On Tuesday, it was Tim Howard.

Going forward, it will probably be a combination of both.

That was the message put forth by Jurgen Klinsmann in the aftermath of the U.S. Men's National Team's 1-0 defeat to Costa Rica on Tueday night, a friendly match that represented Howard's first start since his now-famous performance against Belgium in last year's World Cup.

USMNT looking for infusion of young, creative talent as four-year cycle continues

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By RYAN TOLMICH

HARRISON, N.J. – The U.S. Men's National Team's main focussince its World Cup exithas been about testing out some of the pool's younger players.

Now, it's all about that group seizing the opportunity and running with it.

U.S. head coachJurgen Klinsmann gave several youngsters a look in Tuesday's 1-0 defeat against Costa Rica at Red Bull Arena, but once again the inexperienced Americans were unable to fully seize the moment.

USMNT acknowledge need for improvement, express optimism ahead of World Cup qualifying

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By FRANCO PANIZO

HARRISON, N.J. Frustration was evident throughout the 90 minutes, and the U.S. Men's National Team put up another dud of a performance as its 2015rut continued.

Nonetheless, both head coach Jurgen Klinsmann and the players expressed optimism that things will get better before World Cup qualifying begins next month.

Wednesday Kickoff: Ronaldo hopes to retire with Real; Prince Ali looks for timely election; and more

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Cristiano Ronaldo knows that, one day, his illustrious career will come to an end. He just hopes that day comes as a remember of Real Madrid.

Ronaldo says that he wants to remain with the Spanish giant for as long as possible, while acknowledging that he believes he has five or six more years in him to compete at the top level.

U.S. U-23s knock off Canada, book Olympic playoff with Colombia

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By RYAN TOLMICH

The U.S. Under-23 Men's National Team's Olympic hopes remain alive.

Led by second-half finishes from Marc Pelosi and Jerome Kiesewetter, the U.S. slipped past 10-man Canada, 2-0, Tuesday night at Rio Tinto Stadium to claim third place in the CONCACAF Olympic qualifying tournament.

Joel Campbell finish sees Costa Rica blank reserve-filled USMNT

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By FRANCO PANIZO

HARRISON, N.J. Jurgen Klinsmann may have wanted to get a look at some newer and younger faces, but doing so came at a price.

A second-half goal from Joel Campbell pushed Costa Rica to a 1-0 victory in a friendly against the U.S. Men's National Team at Red Bull Arena on Tuesday night.

USA vs. Costa Rica (SBI Live Commentary)

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By SBI SOCCER

Just three days after suffering a heartbreaking loss to Mexico in the CONCACAF Cup, the U.S. Men's National Team will look to rebuild some sort of momentum Tuesday night.

The U.S. returns to action tonight at Red Bull Arena for a friendly against fellow CONCACAF power Costa Rica (7pm, ESPN).

Soccer Tuesday: Your Running Commentary

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By SBI SOCCER

Euro 2016 qualifying returns Tuesday afternoon, while a series of international fixtures also takes place across the globe to make up a busy evening of soccer.

Headlining Tuesday's European action is the Netherlands, which will need a win over the Czech Republic to keep hopes alive for qualification to Euro 2016.

Monchengladbach treating Fabian Johnson for injury in aftermath of USMNT dismissal

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The plot thickens.

After being sent home from U.S. Mens National Team duty on Monday, Fabian Johnson has undergone treatment for a thigh injury upon his return to Borussia Monchengladbach, the club announced Tuesday.

Holiday, Boxx, Chalupny to play final USWNT games in October

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By SBI SOCCER

Shannon Box, Lauren Holiday and Lori Chalupny announced their intentions of retiring from the U.S. Women's National Team earlier this year. Now, dates have been set for their final games.

U.

CONMEBOL World Cup Qualifying Preview: Brazil and Argentina aim to bounce back in Round 2, and more

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By FRANCO PANIZO

CONMEBOL World Cup qualifying might only be entering the second of 18 rounds, but there are already several teams facing plenty of pressure.

Brazil and Argentina are among the nations who are in need of a bounce-back performance after starting their World Cup qualifying campaigns with shutout defeats.

College Midweek Preview: Georgetown looks to be Big East’s best; Creighton hits the road; and more

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By AARON CRANFORD

Many of the nation's best kick off this week, with two teams looking to keep their undefeated records intact and another side hoping to continue its dominance in the Big East.

SBI No. 10 Georgetown is undefeated in conference play and has recently looked superb, as many expected it to be when the Hoyas were chosen as the SBI College Soccer Preseason No.

Race to the Supporters’ Shield: Red Bulls on verge of claiming trophy entering final stretch

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By AARON CRANFORD

Entering MLS' penultimate week of regular season competition, the New York Red Bulls are just a few steps and kicks of the ball away from claiming the Supporters' Shield once again.

After an important 2-1 victory against a Didier Drogba-led Montreal Impact at Red Bull Area, the Eastern Conference leader can clinch the regular season title with two wins in Week 33, as they will meet Toronto FC on Wednesday and the Philadelphia Union on Sunday.

Tuesday Kickoff: De Gea quiet on release clause; Aguero pushes for quick recovery; and more

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By SBI SOCCER

David De Gea may have signed a new contract with Manchester United, but one of the more important details of that contract remains a mystery.

The Spanish goalkeeper saw a big-money move to Real Madrid fail to materialize this summer before signing a new deal with the Premier League club.

Atlanta United youth academy to kick into full swing in fall of 2016

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By IVES GALARCEP

ATLANTA— Major League Soccer's next expansion team is still more than a year and a half away from kicking off. We know the team's name, but its first head coach and first signing are still some ways away.

Something else we now know about Atlanta United is that the club isn't waiting around to start forming the building blocks of what it hopes to be a successful team.

Klinsmann sends Johnson home after blasting his CONCACAF Cup exit

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By SBI SOCCER

Fabian Johnson will not take part in the U.S. Men's National Team's upcoming friendly with Costa Rica.

Head coach Jurgen Klinsmann revealed Monday that he has dismissed Johnson from the team ahead of Tuesday's friendly.

Beckham nearing announcement on Miami stadium news

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By SBI SOCCER

After nearly two yearsof stopping and starting, David Beckham is getting closer and closer to makinghis Miami MLS project areality.

Beckham told the Daily Star that he is aiming for a 2018 debut for the planned expansion team, while the former midfielder also expects a stadium announcement within the coming weeks.

Who should the U.S. U-23s start vs. Canada?

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By FRANCO PANIZO

It is an uphill battle to reach the Olympics now, and the first hurdle to overcome is a do-or-die match againsta familiar foe.

The U.S. Under-23 Men's National Team missed out on a chance to directlyqualify for Rio 2016 on Saturday and now has to do things the hard way, beginning with Tuesday's CONCACAF Olympic qualifying third-place showdown vs.

Reports: Terrance Boyd suffers setback, will undergo another surgery

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Terrance Boyd will not be returning to the fieldsoon, as he will reportedly have to undergo surgery yet again.

Boyd, 24, initially injured his right knee while playing for RB Leipzig against Ingolstadt in December 2014. He recently was training with his club and hoped to make a full recovery soon, but multiple outlets are reporting that thestriker will have to have another operation in order to drain fluid from his knee.

The SBI Show: Episode 235 (Recapping the CONCACAF Cup, and more)

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By IVES GALARCEP

It was a weekend to forget for American soccer fans, with the U.S. Men's National Team suffering a heartbreaking loss to Mexico and the U.S. Under-23 Men's National Team failing to secure an automatic berth into the Olympics after losing to Honduras.

Episode 235 of The SBI Show takes a look back at the USA-Mexico clash, as we break down what went wrong, and what lies ahead for the USMNT.

Who should the USMNT start vs. Costa Rica?

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By RYAN TOLMICH

In the aftermath of Saturday's CONCACAF Cup loss to Mexico, the U.S. Men's National Team faces an immediate return to action, for better of worse.

Head coachJurgen Klinsmann will face some tough lineup decisions Tuesday as the USMNT takes on Costa Rica just three days after Saturday's 120-minute defeat to Mexico.

Soccer Monday: Your Running Commentary

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By SBI SOCCER

Group stage qualification for the European Championship is nearing its conclusion, and more tickets to the continent's biggest competition can be punched Monday.

Spain has already secured a spot in Euro 2016, but Ukraine currently sits third in Group B behind Slovakia.

USL Championship set as Rochester Rhinos to host Galaxy II

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By COLE KELLOGG

Victories for the Rochester Rhinos and the Los Angeles Galaxy II have set up the 2015 USL Championship match for Friday.

The Eastern Conference representative, the Rhinos, defeated a strong-willed expansion side in Louisville City FC by a scoreline of 1-0 in the semifinals.

USMNT focus shifts towards World Cup qualifying after CONCACAF Cup fallout

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Saturday's CONCACAF Cup is over, and the U.S. Men's National Team must now turn focus towards an even more vital task.

With Saturday's loss to Mexico, the U.S. was forced to settle for another defeat, one that keeps them out of the Confederations Cup.

Report: MLS preparing to start video referee trial at end of October

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Major League Soccer is set to be a testing ground for live video referring.

According to The Times, MLS will make use of a video referee in 10-to-15 non-competitive games at the end of October, with the trial focusing on decisions in three key areas: goals, penalty kicks and red cards.

College Weekend Rewind: UNC, Creighton, Denver stay unbeaten after sixth weekend

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By AARON CRANFORD

The sixth weekend in college soccer saw many unbeaten teams remain that way, a few intriguing upsets and more.

SBI No. 2 North Carolina hosted No. 15 Syracuse in an all-ACC battle, and the weekend's showcase matchup didn't disappoint.

Monday Kickoff: Belgium weighs playing Kompany; Ancelotti considers EPL move; and more

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Vincent Kompany may have missed Manchester City's previous five games, but Belgium may use the star centerback anyway.

Kompany has been suffering from a calf injury, so Manuel Pellegrini has decided to rest his centerback and hoped that Belgium would do the same.

NASL Week 16: A Look Back

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By COLE KELLOGG

In a weekend that saw two top NASL sides clinch their playoff births, the forgotten man of American soccer signaled his return with a jaw-dropping bit of play.

Results for Minnesota United and the Ottawa Fury saw the two sides join the New York Cosmos as teams that have already locked up a spot in the playoffs.

USMNT adds five players, releases eight ahead of Costa Rica clash Tuesday

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By SBI SOCCER

No matter the result, many were expecting a handful of changes to occur on the U.S. Men's National Team roster before the team's next game Tuesday.

Additions were officially made by U.S. Soccer Sunday, and five players will join the team at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.

USMNT laments CONCACAF Cup loss to Mexico by finest of margins

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By RYAN TOLMICH

In soccer, sometimes one moment of magic proves to be the difference.

That was apparent as ever in Saturday's clash between the U.S. Men's National Team and Mexico.

Tied as theCONCACAF Cupentered the 118th minute, the U.

Mexico 3, USMNT 2: The SBI Breakdown

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By FRANCO PANIZO

For the first time in four years, the U.S. Men's National Team lost to Mexico. For the first time in Jurgen Klinsmann career, Mexico defeated him. For the first time in a long time, it was crystal clear who the best team in CONCACAF was.

CONCACAF Cup: USA vs. Mexico (SBI Live Commentary)

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By IVES GALARCEP

PASADENA, California. The CONCACAF Cup kicks off tonight at the Rose Bowl, pitting arch-rivals USA and Mexico in a clash that will determine which team goes to the 2017 Confederations Cup.

Mexico comes in off a 2015 Gold Cup title, but will be commanded by interim coach Ricardo 'Tuca' Ferretti after the firing of Miguel Herrera.

Sizzling volley lifts Mexico to thrilling extra-time CONCACAF Cup victory over USMNT

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By MARK EDWARD HORNISH

PASADENA, Calif. After two hours of dramatic soccer, Mexico'sPaul Aguilar drove home a late dagger with a wonder volley to beat the U.S. Men's National Team in extra time of a thrilling CONCACAF Cup.

Mexico 3, USMNT 2: Match Highlights

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Klinsmann unconcerned with critics on heels of CONCACAF Cup loss

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By RYAN TOLMICH

In the build-up to Saturday's CONCACAF Cup, U.S. Men's National Team legend Landon Donovan stated his belief that Jurgen Klinsmann's job should be in danger with a loss to Mexico.

That result came to fruition Saturday night, as the U.

Mexico officially announces Juan Carlos Osorio as head coach

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A former MLS head coach is now officially the manager for Mexico.

The Mexican Football Federation (FMF) made Juan Carlos Osorio the head coach of the national team Saturday, stating that he would take over starting Wednesday, as Mexico begins its World Cup qualifying campaign in November.

Lloyd Sam, Kwadwo Poku called into Ghana national team for Canada friendly

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By SBI SOCCER

New York's two MLS clubs each gained another international star Saturday, as the Ghanaian national team called in a New York FC forward and a New York Red Bulls midfielder.

Ghana faces off against Canada Tuesday at RFK Stadium, and the team announced the inclusions of Kwadwo Poku and Lloyd Sam to the Black Stars lineup for the game in the nation's capital.

U.S. U-23s fail to secure automatic Olympic berth in shutout loss to Honduras

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Saturday has not gotten off to a good start for U.S. Soccer.

The U.S. Under-23 Men's National Team failed to secure an automatic berth to the 2016 Olympics, falling, 2-0, to Honduras in the semifinals of CONCACAF Olympic qualifying on Saturday afternoon.

CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying: USA vs. Honduras (SBI Live Commentary)

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By SBI SOCCER

In 90 minutes, the U.S. Under-23 Men's National Team can qualify for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

They just have to knock out Honduras at Rio Tinto Stadium (3 p.m. ET, NBC Universo).

The pair of foes come together in the first of two CONCACAF semifinals Saturday, and with a win, the U.

Wood replaces Bedoya as USMNT is forced into late roster change

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By FRANCO PANIZO

An illness to Alejandro Bedoya has forced the U.S. Men's National Team to make a roster change in the 11th hour.

Bedoya has been ruled outfor Saturday's CONCACAF Cup bout with Mexico andreplaced by forward Bobby Wood on the U.

Klinsmann putting undefeated record vs. Mexico on line in CONCACAF Cup

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By FRANCO PANIZO

If there is one thing to inspire confidence in the U.S. Men's National Team chances against Mexico on Saturday, it is Jurgen Klinsmann's track record against the Central American nation.

Klinsmann enters Saturday's highly-anticipated CONCACAF Cup having never lost to Mexico.

Who should the U.S. U-23s start vs. Honduras?

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By FRANCO PANIZO

A ticket to next year's Olympics is a win away, but the opponent standing in between the U.S. Under-23 Men's National Team and a berth to Brazilwill likelybe the toughest to date.

After cruising through the group stage of CONCACAF Olympic qualifying, the U.

Altidore full of praise for Mexico’s impending hire of former Red Bulls coach Osorio

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By SBI SOCCER

Juan Carlos Osorio's appointment as Mexico manager appears to be imminent, and one of his future rivals is full of praiseabout the move.

U.S. Men's National Team forward Jozy Altidore has a familiarity with Osorio after playing under him as a member of the New York Red Bulls from 2007-08, and has nothing but good things to say about the impending hire.

College Weekend Preview: UNC-Syracuse, Stanford-Oregon State lead packed slate

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By AARON CRANFORD

Another ACC showdown headlines this week's college soccer action, but two crucial games on the West Coast are also must-see.

SBI No. 2 North Carolina hosts No. 15 Syracuse, which jumpedback into the SBI Top 25 this week after winning its fifth consecutive game, at Fetzer Field Saturday.

SBI College Soccer Top 25: Oct. 9 Edition

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By AARON CRANFORD

As the 2015 campaign moves along, pressure continues to mount, but the nation's top teams have continued to impress, including the Akron Zips.

For the most part, the SBI Top 25 stayed the same, as the nation's ten best teams remained high on the chart.

The SBI Show: Episode 234 (Previewing CONCACAF Cup, and more)

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By IVES GALARCEP

The biggest U.S. Men's National Team game since the World Cup is set to kick off on Saturday, and the SBI Show breaks it all down in our CONCACAF Cup preview episode.

Episode 234 of The SBI Show takes an in-depth look at the big USA-Mexico clash, with special guest Jon Arnold from Goal.

USMNT looks back at 2011 Gold Cup final loss ahead of CONCACAF Cup

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By RYAN TOLMICH

More than five years after the fact, the U.S. Men's National Team's last trip to the Rose Bowl still stings just as much as it did on that June afternoon.

It was at the Rose Bowl that the U.

Andrew Wooten called into USMNT camp for Costa Rica clash Tuesday

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By SBI SOCCER

No matter the result in the CONCACAF Cup Saturday, the U.S. Men's National Team is expected to see some changes before their next clash with Costa Rica.

One of those changes is Andrew Wooten.

SV Sandhausen announced Friday that its star forward had been called into camp by U.

This Weekend’s Soccer on TV

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By SBI SOCCER

While allof the stateside attention will be on the CONCACAF Cup clash between the U.S. and Mexico this weekend, Euro 2016 qualifying matches continue to roll on as several more countries look to punch their tickets to the continental tournament next year in France.

Race to the Soccer Bowl: Fury set for top seed while fourth spot is wide open

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By COLE KELLOGG

With only four or five regular season games left to play for all sides in NASL, two separate groups of teams are competing for their playoff lives.

After last weekend, the Ottawa Fury remain in first place in both the Fall Season and combined standings, meaning the Canadian side is likely to take the top seed in the playoffs.

Soccer Friday: Your Running Commentary

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By COLE KELLOGG

Euro 2016 qualifying dominates the global soccer schedule again today, with two groups far from decided with just two matches to go.

Groups E and G are completely up in the air as the countries go into the final round of matches this international break.

College Midweek Rewind: UNC handles UNCW; Creighton survives scare; and more

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By AARON CRANFORD

SBI No. 2 North Carolina continues to roll through the 2015 season, this time securing another win against a ranked foe.

No. 15 UNC-Wilmington traveled to Chapel Hill Tuesday, but the Seahawks didn't leave happy, suffering a 3-0 defeat to the Tar Heels.

CONMEBOL World Cup Qualifying Rewind: Ecuador stuns Argentina; Chile blanks Brazil; and more

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Not having Leo Messi proved costlier than imagined.

Argentina was stunned at the start of its 2018 World Cup Qualifying campaign on Thursday, as a pair of late goals scored a minute apart doomed El Albiceleste to a 2-0 home loss to Ecuador.

Friday Kickoff: Liverpool introduces Klopp; Blatter appeals FIFA ban; and more

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By SBI SOCCER

Liverpool has found its man, announcing Jurgen Klopp as its new head coach Friday.

Klopp, 48, will be accompanied by Zeljko Buvacand Peter Krawietz, who were members of his staff at Borussia Dortmund and have decided to join him and the coaching staff in England.

NASL Week 16: A Look Ahead

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By COLE KELLOGG

The playoff picture could be a lot clearer after a weekend of top match-ups in NASL.

First through third in the combined standingswill face off against fourth through sixth in this round of action.

USMNT looking to return to Confederations Cup to recapture 2009 success

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Since the final ball of the 2014 World Cup was kicked, U.S. Men's National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has preached the importance of booking a ticket to the Confederation's Cup.

Johannsson diagnosed with nerve irritation in right hip

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By SBI SOCCER

Aron Johannsson will not take part in this weekend's clash with Mexico, and now it appears that the Werder Bremen forward will miss time on the club level as well.

Werder Bremen announced Thursday that Johannsson has been diagnosed with nerve irritation in his right hip.

U.S. U-23s to play Honduras for Olympic berth in semifinals of CONCACAF qualifying

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Winning its group paid off the U.S. Under-23 Men's National Team.

The U.S. avoid having to face Mexico in the semifinals round of CONCACAF Olympic qualifying after El Tri won Group B by defeating Honduras, 2-1, on Wednesday.

Midday ticker: Klopp agrees to lead Liverpool; Messi faces 22-month sentence; and more

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By COLE KELLOGG

Just days after letting go of Brendan Rodgers, Liverpool has agreed to a deal with a German successor.

Multiple outlets in England are reporting that Jürgen Klopp and Liverpool have agreed on a three-year deal, with the manager set to be unveiled on Friday.

Who should the USMNT start vs. Mexico?

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Jürgen Klinsmann's lineup decisions have been discussed and analyzed ad nauseam in recent months.

Do not expect that to stop any time soon.

The U.S. Men's National Team and Mexico will meet in their highly anticipated CONCACAF Cup showdown on Saturday (9:30 pm ET, Fox Sports 1/Univision) at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif.

Beasley, Alvarado preparing for clash with familiar faces of Mexico

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By RYAN TOLMICH

For virtually every member of the U.S. Men's National Team, the idea of playing against Mexico is special. As one of international soccer's fiercest rivalries, clashes with El Trialways tend to be the most meaningful on the USMNT schedule.

Soccer Thursday: Your Running Commentary

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By SBI SOCCER

While qualification into Europe's biggest competition winds down, CONMEBOL qualification into the world's largest stage kicks off Thursday.

Across the pond, qualification for Euro 2016 nears its end, and a few intriguing battles can help some nations claim advancement.

CONMEBOL World Cup Qualifying Preview: First round of action kicks off without much star power

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By FRANCO PANIZO

The two-year slog is about to begin in South America, and there is again one more team vying for the highly-covetedWorld Cup berths.

CONMEBOL's 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign is set to begin on Thursday, with Brazil returning to the mix after sitting out last cycle because it was hosting the 2014 edition of the tournament.

Red Bulls slip past 10-man Impact to increase lead in Supporters’ Shield race

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Wednesday's effortcertainly wasn't pretty, but the New York Red Bulls did just enough to inchone step closer to the Supporters' Shield.

In a game that saw three penalty kicks and one red card, the New York Red Bulls slipped past the 10-man Montreal Impact, 2-1, Wednesday at Red Bull Arena.

Whitecaps clinch playoff spot in goal-less draw vs. FC Dallas

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By SBI SOCCER

If this meeting between the Vancouver Whitecaps and FC Dallas was a sign of things to come, do not expect their second matchnext week to be all that pretty.

The Whitecaps and FC Dallas played to a hard-fought scoreless draw in a Western Conference affair at BC Place in Vancouver, British Columbia on Wednesday night.

Thursday Kickoff: FIFA suspends Blatter, Platini, Valcke; Ronaldinho wants to play; and more

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By SBI SOCCER

For weeks and months, FIFA president Sepp Blatter has made it clear he does not want to leave soccer's world governing body, but it appears as though the feeling is not mutual.

The adjudicatory chamber of FIFA's Ethics Committee, chaired by Hans Joachim Eckert, announced Friday that effective immediately, Blatter, current UEFA president Michel Platini and secretary general Jerome Valcke are suspended from all football activities for at least 90 days.

USMNT veterans focused on Mexico, and not on the potential end of their national team careers

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By RYAN TOLMICH

USMNT head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has brought a veteran-heavy lineup to camp ahead of Saturday's CONCACAF Cup against Mexico. Looking to lean on big-game experience, Klinsmann is fully aware now isn't the time to try new faces.

Report: FIFA investigator calls for Blatter suspension

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Sepp Blatter may think the investigations he is currently facing are "outrageous", but they are reportedly about to yield some very real consequences.

Chief Investigator Cornel Borbely has reportedly called for Blatterto be placed on leave for 90 days, according toBloomberg.

The SBI View: Klinsmann won’t be fired if USMNT loses CONCACAF Cup, but he should be

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By FRANCO PANIZO

It has been far from a banner year for the U.S. Men's National Team, and pressure is really ramping up as a result.

The U.S. will play its biggest game since last summer's World Cupthis Saturdayby facing off with arch-rival Mexico in the CONCACAF Cup.

Stabaek will not stand in Bob Bradley’s way amid Sunderland rumors

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By SBI SOCCER

Bob Bradley has emerged as a surprise candidate for a Premier League gig, and his current club could not be happier for him.

Several English tabloids have linked Bradley with the Sunderland job, which was vacated by Dick Advocaat last weekend. Theformer U.

SBI College Spotlight: Gamble may not fit forward mold, but success comes just the same

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By AARON CRANFORD

Michael Gamble does not fit the common mold of a tall and physical domestic striker, but that doesn't deter the Wake Forest senior in the slightest.

Gamble has picked up right where he left off last season, scoring six goals and assisting twice so far and helping Wake Forest win practically week in, week out in the 2015 college season.

Juan Carlos Osorio confirms appointment as Mexico head coach

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Mexico has apparently found its next head coach.

Juan Carlos Osorio announced Wednesday that he has officially accepted Mexico's managerial position. Osorio revealed that he has "formalized my deal with the national teamof Mexico with the goal of playing in the World Cup".

U.S. U-23s 4, Panama 0: The SBI Breakdown

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Three games, nine points and a group stage victory later, the U.S. Under-23 Men's National Team is one game away from the Olympics.

Despite a somewhat nervy first half, the U.S. cruised past Panama, 4-0, via a second-half flurry to finish group play at a perfect 3-0.

Mexico’s ‘Gallito’ Vasquez out for CONCACAF Cup clash with USMNT

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Before Mexico takes the field in Saturday's clash with the U.S. Men's National Team, they will have to defeat the injury bug that has claimed yet another key player.

The Mexican Federation announced Tuesday that Jose Juan "Gallito" Vazquez is set to miss out on Saturday's CONCACAF Cup meeting with the USMNT due tothigh and calf issues.

CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying: USA vs. Panama (SBI Live Commentary)

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By SBI SOCCER

A first-place finish is already guaranteed, but in the way of closing out group play on a high isa team playing for its Olympic life.

The U.S. Under-23 Men's National Team will wrap up Group A actionon Tuesday night by locking horns with Panama (9:30 pm ET, NBC Universo).

SBI U.S. U-23 MNT Man of the Match: Jerome Kiesewetter

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Locked in a scoreless affairat halftime, the U.S. Under-23 Men's National Team needed someone to ignitean attacking flame to defeat Panama.

Jerome Kiesewetter proved more than capable of helping in that regard.

U.S. U-23s use blitz at start of second half to crush Panama

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By FRANCO PANIZO

For the first 45 minutes, the U.S. Under-23 Men's National Team looked like it might not score.

For the first 11 minutes of the second half, the Americans looked like they could not stop finding the back of the net.

Wednesday Kickoff: Blatter calls investigation ‘outrageous'; Klopp nears Liverpool deal; and more

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By SBI SOCCER

Sepp Blatter is none too happy with current investigations.

The FIFA president says that the ongoing investigations from the Swiss attorney general are 'outrageous' while insisting that there is no evidence of any wrongdoing. Blatter is currently being looked at for allegedly manipulating FIFA contracts while also being questioned on criminal mismanagement.

Sao Paulo FC says Juan Carlos Osorio stepping down to take Mexico job

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Mexico has apparently found a new manager, and he has experience coaching all throughout the Americas.

Sao Paulo FC announced in a statement that Juan Carlos Osorio has left the Brazilian club in order to pursue the same position for the Mexican national team.

SBI College Spotlight: Rozhansky focuses on reaching next-level fitness to fulfill USMNT desire

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Jake Rozhansky wants to be a part of the U.S. Men's National Team picture, and he hopes that working on reaching next-level fitness helps him achieve his aspiration.

Rozhansky is one of college soccer's most intriguing prospects because of his ability to be creative and combine in the attacking third of the field.

Question of the Day: Should Klinsmann be fired if USMNT loses to Mexico?

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By SBI SOCCER

Throughout Jurgen Klinsmann's tenure as U.S. Men's National Team head coach has had plenty of highs and lows.However, recent struggles have drawn some to wonder just how long that tenure may last.

After bombing out of this summer's Gold Cup, Klinsmann and the U.

Landon Donovan suggests Jurgen Klinsmann should be fired if USA loses to Mexico

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By SBI SOCCER

Throughout his tenure as U.S. Men's National Team head coach, Jurgen Klinsmann has called for his players to be accountable. Now, one of his most notable former players is asking the head coach to do the same.

In the aftermath of the USMNT's Gold Cup struggles, Landon Donovan says that he believes Klinsmann's status as head coach should be called into question should the U.

USMNT ready for pro-Mexico atmosphere at CONCACAF Cup

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By RYAN TOLMICH

The U.S. Men's National Team has taken on Mexico exactly 64 times in the team's history, but Saturday's clash will be unlike any that came before it.

Facing off in the inaugural CONCACAF Cup, the USMNT collides with Mexico Saturday with a berth in the 2017 Confederations Cup up for grabs.

This Week’s Soccer on TV

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By SBI SOCCER

International competition dominates this week's soccer with three different sets of qualifying matches on the ledger.

With the U.S. Under-23 Men's National Team already securing advancement into the next round of the CONCACAFOlympic qualification process, the team will look to wrap up the group stage with a perfect record when it takes on Panama in Colorado on Tuesday night.

SBI MLS Goal of the Week: Krisztian Nemeth

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Who should the U.S. U-23s start vs. Panama?

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Qualification to the next round may already be in hand, but there is still something to play for.

That something is first place.

The U.S. Under-23 Men's National Team will conclude group play in its CONCACAF Olympic qualifying campaign with a match-up againstPanama on Tuesday night (9:30 pm ET, NBC Universo).

Race to the Supporters’ Shield: Red Bulls take lead but many still right on tail

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By AARON CRANFORD

Only three games kick off this week in MLS, but two of those have major Supporters' Shield implications.

After Week 31, many teams are still mathematically alive in the race for the regular season trophy, including Toronto FC, which has excelled as of late and only sits five points behind current leaders New York Red bulls with three games left to play.

Red Bulls not drawing on 2013 run in this season’s Supporters’ Shield race

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Just two seasons ago, the New York Red Bulls found themselves in a similar position to that they occupy now: favorites to claim the Supporters' Shield.

Yet, for the current crop of Red Bulls talent, the journey seems none too familiar.

Tuesday Kickoff: Osorio likely to be Mexico manager; FIFA president candidate faces ban; and more

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By SBI SOCCER

Mexico may have an important clash with the U.S. Men's National Team Saturday, but the federation is expected to hear some intriguing news Wednesday.

Juan Carlos Osorio, who has recently been linked to the vacant head coaching position with the Mexican federation, will announce his future plans Wednesday, according to ESPN Deportes.

The SBI Show: Episode 233 (Recapping MLS Week 31, talking USMNT and more)

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By IVES GALARCEP

Some marquee MLS matchups and the USMNT CONCACAF Cup roster announcement headline the topics on the latest edition of The SBI Show.

Episode 233 breaks down MLS Week 31, which featured the New York Red Bulls' impressive win against Columbus, and the Seattle Sounders rally to tie the LA Galaxy.

Economic impact study released for Sacramento Republic’s proposed MLS stadium

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BySBI SOCCER

Sacramento Republic might not currently be in line tojoin MLS, but that is not stopping the club from continuing tothink about the benefits it could bring to the city by landing an expansion franchise.

A group offinancial advisors released a new economic impact studyon Monday that projectedhow much an MLS stadium would help downtown Sacramento.

MLS gains further exposure by striking new deal with Fox Sports Latin America

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Morecountries will now be able to watch MLS. Just in time for the playoffs, too.

MLS announced on Monday that it has partnered with Fox Sports Latin America to televise live league games in Mexico, the Caribbean, Central America, and all ofSouth America except Brazil.

Giovani Dos Santos out of CONCACAF Cup

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By SBI SOCCER

When Mexico takes the field against the U.S. Men's National Team on Saturday night, they will do so without one of the team's more potent forward options.

Mexico head coachRicardo 'Tuca' Ferretti announced Monday that Dos Santos will miss the upcoming CONCACAF Cup due to injury.

College Midweek Preview: UNC hosts UNCW; Wake Forest faces South Carolina; and more

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By AARON CRANFORD

After sprinting to the top of the ACC with four wins, SBI No. 2 North Carolina finds relief against a non-conference opponent.

No. 15 UNC-Wilmington won't be an easy task, though.

SBI MLS Team of the Week: Sporting KC

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By SBI SOCCER

Riding high from a U.S. Open Cup final victory during the week, Sporting KC stormed into the pacific northwest and took down a Western Conference contender in impressive fashion.

Sporting KC entered Providence Park Saturday and shut out the Portland Timbers, 1-0, leading to recognition as SBI MLS Team of the Week.

Kaka replaces Coutinho on Brazil roster for upcoming World Cup qualifiers

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By SBI SOCCER

Despite not being named to the original roster, Kaka is set to join Brazil for the team's upcoming World Cup qualifiers.

Brazil announced Monday that Kaka has been called in to replace the injured Phillipe Coutinho for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers.

SBI MLS Rookie of the Week: Cyle Larin

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By SBI SOCCER

Last week, Cyle Larin cemented himself as MLS' all-time leading rookie goalscorer.

This week, he just furthered the gap.

The Orlando City forward scored yet another goal, his 15th of the season, to lead Orlando City to a 2-1 victory over the Montreal Impact.

U.S. U-23s 6, Cuba 1: The SBI Breakdown

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By RYAN TOLMICH

The U.S. Under-23 Men's National Team continues to roll through Olympic qualifying.

Facing off with an overmatched Cuba, the U.S. cruised to a 6-1 victory on Saturday night to seal a stranglehold on the team's group.

NASL Week 15: A Look Back

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By COLE KELLOGG

The Ottawa Fury dominated the Canadian derby, and MLS-elect side Minnesota United continued their forward march towards the Soccer Bowl this weekend in NASL.

United and the Fury both recorded wins to keep hold of the top two spots in the combined NASL standings, while there was a bit of reshuffling for the final playoff spot.

Guardado, Marquez included on Mexico’s final CONCACAF Cup roster

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Andres Guardado and Rafa Marquez have made the cut.

Mexico has unveiledits final 23-man roster for Saturday's CONCACAF Cup showdown with the U.S. Men's National Team, and both Guardado and Marquez are on it.

SBI Player of the Week: Tim Melia

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By SBI SOCCER

After playing hero in Sporting Kansas City's penalty-kick shootout win during the week, Tim Meliabested his own performance in Portland Saturday.

The 29-year-old goalkeeperhelped Sporting KC lift the U.

RSL eliminates Rapids from playoff contention with road win

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By SBI SOCCER

A perfect free kick and sublime strike were enough to keep one MLS team alive in the MLS Cup Playoffs race and enough to eliminate another.

The two sensational strikes helped Real Salt Lake to a 2-1 victory against the Colorado Rapids at Dick's Sporting Goods Park Sunday evening.

Chad Barrett magic rescues vital point for Sounders

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By JASON MITCHELL

SEATTLE Hard as it was to believe, it seemed it wouldn't happen. The Seattle Sounders, trailing the LA Galaxy 1-0 for roughly an hour, had thrown everything at the wall on Sunday night.

Monday Kickoff: Liverpool parts with Rodgers, eyes Klopp; Sunderland’s Advocaat departs; and more

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By SBI SOCCER

After a rough 2014-15 season and a below-average start to the current English Premier League campaign, Liverpool officially parted ways with Brendan Rodgers.

The Reds have only won four out of their 11 games in all competitions during the 2015-16 campaign, and the club decided a little more than three years with the team was enough for the Northern Irishman.

College Weekend Rewind: Stanford handles Cal; Georgetown edges Xavier; and more

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By AARON CRANFORD

SBI No. 3 Stanford may not have had its star forward for the Bay Area Derby Sunday, but a common goalscorer stepped up for the Cardinal.

While Jordan Morris is away with the U.

FC Dallas shows Dynamo who’s king of Texas with derby win

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By SBI SOCCER

The title of Texas' best MLS team still belongs to FC Dallas.

Dallas and the Houston Dynamo squared off for the second time in 2015, but the result was the same, as Oscar Pareja's men came away the victors in a 4-1 result at Toyota Stadium.

Sunday European Rewind: Arsenal, Bayern down league rivals; Madrid derby ends in tie; and more

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By SBI SOCCER

In a match many predicted to be a cakewalk for Manchester United against its North London foe, it turned out to be anything but.

Following a dismal week, which saw Arsenal drop its second consecutive UEFA Champions League game, the Gunners bounced back in a big way by defeating the now former English Premier League leader, 3-0, at Emirates Stadium.

Quakes move into playoff position with draw against Whitecaps

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By SBI SOCCER

For the time being, the San Jose Earthquakes are above the red line.

A Chris Wondolowski equalizer earned the Earthquakes a 1-1 draw with the Vancouver Whitecaps Saturday at Avaya Stadium.

Red Bulls topple Crew to take stake claim as East’s best

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By SBI SOCCER

In a battle of Eastern Conference contenders, the New York Red Bulls staked their claim as the division's best team.

Despite surrendering an early goal, the Red Bulls bounced back with two in quick succession to earn a 2-1 victory over the Columbus Crew on Saturday night at Red Bull Arena.

Orlando City snaps Impact’s unbeaten run to keep playoff hopes alive

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By MIKE GRAMAJO

ORLANDO, Fla. — Seb Hines wasn't in Orlando City SC's starting lineup prior to its pivotal match against the Montreal Impact.

He came through in a big way, though, Saturday evening with a decisive game-winning goal.

Klinsmann cites injuries and choice of better options for USMNT exclusions

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By AARON CRANFORD

With a handful of players not fully fit and others not playing at their peak, U.S. Men's National Team head coach had to make some important decisions.

He did so, leaving off notable defenders in Omar Gonzalez and John Brooks, midfielder Mix Diskerud and forward Aron Johannsson.

Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

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By SBI SOCCER

If you are dreading a two-week absence of European club soccer with the international break looming, there is a silver lining. Sunday will offer enough high-profile matches to help tide you over until the European leagues return.

Key rivalries all across the continent will headline today's stacked card of matches, starting in England, where Arsenal and Manchester United renew their contentious rivalry.

Fire ruin Revolution’s chance to clinch playoff berth with home win

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By SBI SOCCER

On a night when the New England Revolution needed a win to keep pace with Eastern Conference contenders, the Chicago Fire bested the visitors.

With three second-half strikes, the Fire found a 3-1 win against the Revolution on windy evening at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Illinois.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

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By FRANCO PANIZO

It is hard to start a match any better than Danny Williams did on Saturday.

Williams scored a first-minute winner for Reading in their home gameagainst Middlesbrough, capping off a sequence that began with the initial kickoff. Williams tapped the game's opening pass backwards and made his way up field before making a late run into the 18-yard box that allowed him to push home a cross with a thunderous header.

Nemeth scores late winner to lead Sporting KC past Timbers

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By SBI SOCCER

After claiming a trophy midweek, Sporting KC kept things going Saturday against the Portland Timbers.

On the heels of the team's U.S. Open Cup triumph, Sporting KC's form continued into the league via a late 1-0 win over the Timbers Saturday at Providence Park.

SBI U.S. U-23 MNT Man of the Match: Emerson Hyndman

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Facing off with an overmatched Cuba team, Emerson Hyndman's ability to move the ball was on full display Saturday night.

The U.S. Under-23 Men's National Team midfielder helped lead the way in a dominant 6-1 victory, while earning recognition as SBI U.

Gonzalez, Brooks, Johannsson out of USMNT roster for CONCACAF Cup vs. Mexico

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By SBI SOCCER

The rosters are in for Oct. 10's massive clash in Pasadena, and there's no shortage of surprises from the U.S. Men's National Team.

With a berth for a spot in the 2017 Confederations Cup on the line, head coach Jurgen Klinsmann decided to bring in World Cup veteran presence in the likes ofKyle Beckerman,Geoff Cameron and Graham Zusi.

Giovinco scores again as TFC inches towards playoffs with win over Union

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BySBI SOCCER

Sebastian Giovinco continues to score while Toronto FC is on the verge of its first-ever playoff berth.

The Italian scored yet another goal, his 21st of the season, to help lead TFC to a 3-1 victory over the Philadelphia Union Saturday at BMO Field.

U.S. U-23s drub Cuba in second game of Olympic qualifying

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By SKYLAR ROLSTAD

The U.S. Under-23 Men's National Team all but locked up qualification from Group A of Olympic qualifying Saturday with another resounding victory.

After toppling Canada in the tournament opener, the U.

CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying: USA vs. Cuba (SBI Live Commentary)

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By SBI SOCCER

The U.S. Under-23 Men's National Team may have played just two days ago, but Andi Herzog is sticking with many of the same players in an effort to secure early qualification to the next round.

The U.S. plays its second group game of CONCACAF Olympic qualifying on Saturday against depleted Cuba (5 pm ET, Telemundo) at Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kansas.

Saturday European Rewind: Chelsea, Barca fall; Aguero scores five; and more

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By SBI SOCCER

The Premier League season continues to wind on, and Chelsea continues to falter.

Entering the weekendwith only eight points in seven games, Chelsea settled for yet another loss Saturday in a 3-1 defeat to Southampton at Stamford Bridge.

After seeing Willian open the scoring with a perfectly-hit free kick in the 10th minute, Chelsea struggled to get into the gamewhile watching Southampton create chance after chance.

SBI MLS Rookie of the Month: Fatai Alashe

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By SBI SOCCER

One rookie may have lit up the scoreboard in the Big Apple during the month of September, but no rookie consistently displayed potential like one U.S. Under-23 Men's National Team midfielder last month.

Who should the U.S. U-23s start vs. Cuba?

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By FRANCO PANIZO

The U.S. Under-23 Men's National Team got off on the right foot, but there is no time to be complacent.

The U.S. started CONCACAF Olympic qualifying on Thursday by posting a 3-1 win overCanada, butnow has to quickly shift gears to prepare for a second Group A game.

Saborio winner lifts D.C. United past NYCFC

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By SBI SOCCER

At halftime of Friday night's sole MLS match, D.C. United sat in its RFK Stadium locker room having just played a terrible first half that offered little evidence the home team was planning on snapping its six-match unbeaten streak.

Something changed once D.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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By SBI SOCCER

After seven games in the English Premier League, Chelsea is in a rut.

The London-based club can attempt to dig itself out, though, against a tough Southampton side.

Chelsea currently has eight points, while Southampton boasts only one more this campaign.

MLS Cup set for December 6 as playoff dates announced

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By SBI SOCCER

If you're a fan who believes your team will be playing on the final day of the MLS season, you can mark your calendars.

The 2015 MLS Cup final will be played on Sunday, December 6, the league announced on Friday. MLS unveiled the full playoff broadcast schedule.

SBI MLS Team of the Month: Montreal Impact

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By SBI SOCCER

The arrivals of a different head coach and a talented striker saw the Montreal Impact dominate the month of September.

The introduction of Mauro Biello, who took charge as interim head coach in the team's game against the Chicago Fire on Sept.

FIFA sponsors Coca Cola, McDonald’s request that Blatter leaves post as president

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By FRANCO PANIZO

The pressure on Sepp Blatter to leave his position as FIFA president earlier than scheduledcontinues to increase.

FIFA sponsors Coca-Cola and McDonald's have called for Blatter to resign from the post he is expected to leave in February. Blatter is currently under criminal investigation from the Swiss attorney general's office as FIFA continues to be mired in scandal, leaving the two major companies to ask for change.

Jim Curtin’s future as coach to be decided by next Union sporting director

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Jim Curtin is likely to return as the head coach of the Philadelphia Union in 2016, but likely does not mean definitely.

Just a day after dismissing Nick Sakiewicz as the Union's CEO, club chairman Jay Sugarman held a conference call that lasted nearly 40 minutes on Friday to address a number of topics.

College Weekend Preview: Cal-Stanford, Xavier-Georgetown headline action

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By AARON CRANFORD

SBI No. 3 Stanford has cruised through the 2015 season with relative ease, but a meeting with an intrastate rival is on the schedule Sunday, and a U.S. international won't be there to help.

SBI College Soccer Top 25: Oct. 2 Edition

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By IVES GALARCEP

Don't look now, but here comes Notre Dame, gaining momentum heading into the heart of its ACC schedule.

The Fighting Irish were the big movers in the latest SBI College Soccer Top 25, climbing into the top 4 on the strength of an impressive 3-1 win against Virginia last weekend.

Hope Solo to face domestic violence charges after court reverses earlier decision

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By SBI SOCCER

U.S. Women's National Team goalkeeper Hope Solo attempted and apparently succeeded in putting domestic violence charges behind her, helping the team lift the Women's World Cup in July.

The charges are back, though, and Solo's personal life is once again in the spotlight.

MLS Week 31: A Look Ahead

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By RYAN TOLMICH

With just four weeks remaining in the regular season, several teams face do-or-die battles in their quests for either a playoff berth or the Supporters' Shield.

Headlining the weekend's action is a heavyweight clash between the LA Galaxy and Seattle Sounders at CenturyLink Field as the two teams push towards a potential postseason run.

U.S. U-23s 3, Canada 1: The SBI Breakdown

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By RYAN TOLMICH

The U.S. Under-23 Men's National Team is off to a promising start.

Led by a Jordan Morris brace, the U.S. toppled Canada, 3-1, in the opening game of the team's Olympic qualifying run.

Holiday retires as champ as KC edges Seattle in NWSL final for second straight year

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Lauren Holiday is riding off into the sunset as a champion.

Holiday and her club, FC Kansas City, successfully defended their NWSL title by winning the championship match, 1-0, against the Seattle Reign on Thursday night. Amy Rodriguez scored the lone goal in the78th minute of the matchplayed at Providence Park in Portland, Oregon.

SBI MLS Player of the Month: Didier Drogba

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By FRANCO PANIZO

MLS defenders may have known what Didier Drogba was capable of before he arrived to the league, but they still could not stop him from dominating.

Drogba had a stellar month for the Montreal Impact in September, scoring seven goals in five matches to help pace the club to an impressive 4-0-1 record.

NASL Week 15: A Look Ahead

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By COLE KELLOGG

NASL's Canadian sides face off this weekend,with one battling to stay atop the table and the other fighting to keep their playoff hopes alive.

The Ottawa Fury still hold first place in the combined standings, but both the New York Cosmos and Minnesota United are just two points behind.

Kiesewetter, Morris forming partnership in attack with Olympic qualifying win

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By SKYLAR ROLSTAD

KANSAS CITY It was expected that Jordan Morris would star for the U.S. Under-23 Men's National Team Thursday evening in the team's first Olympic qualifying match against Canada at Sporting Park.

This Weekend’s Soccer on TV

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By SBI SOCCER

Rivalries will berenewed across European soccer this weekend as a slew of old enemies are scheduledtosquare off to claim a new setof bragging rights.

Most of the action will take place on Sunday, beginning in the morning with the Merseyside derby featuring Everton and Liverpool at Goodison Park.

College Midweek Rewind: Akron edges Penn State; Creighton stays perfect; and more

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By AARON CRANFORD

The nation's best had no issues during the midweek, while Akron continued to rack up wins, this time against another ranked foe.

While many games in the southeast were cancelled or postponed due to weather, the 2015 season marched on, and Akron pulled off the biggest win during the week.

SBI U.S. U-23 MNT Man of the Match: Jordan Morris

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Jordan Morris just continues to add to his already impressive international resume.

The Stanford star scored two goals to lead the U.S. Under-23 Men's National Team to a 3-1 victory over Canada in the opening game of CONCACAF Olympic qualifying. The performance was good enough to earn Morris SBI U.

Morris double leads U.S. U-23s to victory over Canada in Olympic qualifying opener

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By SKYLAR ROLSTAD

KANSAS CITY, Kansas – The U.S. Under-23 Men's National Team is off to a ideal start to Olympic qualifying.

The U.S.defeated Canada, 3-1, in the opening Olympic qualifying match Thursday night at Sporting Park, as Jordan Morris scored a brace and Luis Gil added a penalty kick on the night to sendthe U.

Panama and Cuba play to 1-1 draw

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By SKYLER ROLSTAD

Panama clawed its way back from a deficit for most of the match in a 1-1 draw against Cuba Thursday afternoon at Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kans., to open Olympic qualifying.

Josiel Nunez pulled back a goal for Panama in the 76th minute after his team trailed for most of the game.

Guardado, Marquez included in 25-man Mexico roster for CONCACAF Cup

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By SBI SOCCER

The statuses of Andres Guardado and Rafael Marquez remain anything but certain, but Mexico head coachRicardo 'Tuca" Ferretti is keeping every option open.

Both Guardado and Marquez are among a 25-man roster released by Mexico on Thursday ahead of the October 10 CONCACAF Cup.

Friday Kickoff: Neymar suspended for World Cup qualifiers; Buffon not on Ballon d’Or list; and more

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By SBI SOCCER

Neymar won't be suiting up for Brazil so soon, as sport's highest court decided to keep him off the field for two games Friday.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport, based in Lausanne, Switzerland, ruled that Neymar must serve the remaining suspension he initially received during the 2015 Copa America in June a four-game ban.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Preview

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By FRANCO PANIZO

The first weekend of October is upon us, and that means there is one more chance for Aron Johannsson and John Brooks to prove they are healthy enough to play in the CONCACAF Cup.

Dealing with injuries that have limited their availability, both Johannsson and Brooks will be hoping to return to the field when their respective clubs resume league play on Saturday.

Kreis cites effort, cohesion as factors in current NYCFC win streak

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By MICHAEL PENG

PURCHASE, N.Y. —Riding a three-match winning streak, New York City FC is clicking its cylinders at the right time. And while the timeliness of this run remains to be seen, it's something not many may have expected just a month ago.

Denver out to remove underdog label and claim spot among nation’s best

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By AARON CRANFORD

Head coach Jamie Franks has Denver believing it can compete against the nation's best, and results to date have proven just as much.

To keep their undefeated record intact, the Pioneers, ranked 10th in the latest SBI Top 25 and seventh in the current NCAA Men's Soccer RPI, defeated South Florida, which is currently ranked eighth in the NCAA RPI, by a score of 1-0 Tuesday.

SBI Spotlight: Fresh off Finnish Cup triumph, Span embraces culture of IFK Mariehamn

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Since becoming a professional as a 20-year-old, Brian 'Cobi' Span has believed in closing his eyes and letting his soccer career take him where it may.

When he opened them on Sept. 26, that thought process was validated bythe trophy in his hand.

A member ofIFK Mariehamn, Span and his teammates completed a remarkable run to the Finnish Cup on Monday that culminated in a 2-1 victory over FC Inter in the tournament's finale.

College Notebook: Countdown clock to stay for now; ACC is the conference to beat; and more

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By AARON CRANFORD

Fans may find some college soccer rules and regulations a bit odd, but so do some of the players.

For example, North Carolina midfielder and Jamaican international Omar Holness told SBI that while he is now accustomed to the countdown clock, it was difficult transitioning to it during his first year with the Tar Heels.

Soccer Thursday: Your Running Commentary

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By COLE KELLOGG

It's a big night on television for American soccer, with the kickoffof one tournament and the culmination of another.

Olympic qualifying gets underway for Andi Hertzog and his U.S. U-23 Men's National Team. Wil Trappand company will take on Cuba in the first match of the tournament, bearing the burden of the nation after the last group failed to qualify.

MLS Ticker: D.C. United files to seize land for stadium; Drogba may miss Orlando City; and more

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By SBI SOCCER

D.C. United is one step closer to having its own soccer-specific stadium.

The District of Columbia, along with the MLS club, announced that it had filed papers to seize two acres of land at Buzzard Point. If completed, the team could move ahead with its plans to begin construction on the land.

Projecting the USMNT roster for the CONCACAF Cup

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By RYAN TOLMICH

The U.S. Men's National Team's CONCACAF Cup roster was narroweddown to 35 in mid-September. Now, it's time to figure out which 23 players will take the field against Mexico.

With rosters set for release Thursday, Jurgen Klinsmann's roster choices appear pretty clear-cut.

Who should the U.S. U-23s start vs. Canada?

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By FRANCO PANIZO

The road to Rio is about to begin, and that means we are about to get some good insight into which players U.S. Under-23 Men's National Team head coach Andi Hertzog thinks are ready to deliver.

CONCACAF Olympic qualifying is set tostart on Thursday night, and the U.

Philadelphia left devastated after second straight U.S. Open Cup final defeat

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By JOE TANSEY

CHESTER, Pa Philadelphia Union manager Jim Curtin admits winning a club's first trophy is one of the most difficult things to do in soccer.

For the second consecutive year, the Union fell short on home soil in the U.

Tim Melia overcomes first-half hiccup to help Sporting KC prevail in U.S. Open Cup final

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By FRANCO PANIZO

CHESTER, Pa. Tim Melia made a costly mistake in the first half that put his team in a hole.

Rather than dwelling on it and succumbing to the pressure of playing in a final, Melia learned from it and bounced back with a huge save on a similar play that keptSporting Kansas City from possibly being put into submission.

Sporting KC outlasts Union in penalties to lift 2015 U.S. Open Cup

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By JOE TANSEY

CHESTER, Pa. In a town used to having goalkeepers in the headlines, it was the visiting netminder who made the defining play of the 2015 U.S. Open Cup final.

Sporting Kansas City goalkeeper Tim Melia denied Andrew Wenger in the eighth round of penalties to clinch the U.

USMNT falls one spot to No. 29 in latest FIFA rankings

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By SBI SOCCER

The U.S. Men's National Team and Mexico are preparing for arguably the most important 2015 meeting in CONCACAF on Oct. 10, but as of Thursday, FIFA's ranking system continues to be unimpressed with the two sides.

Thursday Kickoff: English FA backs Platini as FIFA president; Lahm defends Gotze; and more

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By SBI SOCCER

Despite being under investigation, Michel Platini still has some supporters to become the next FIFA president next February.

One of those supporters is the English Football Association, which came out in support of the current UEFA president Wednesday.

"In July, the FA board decided unanimously to support Michel Platini if he intended to stand for the presidency of FIFA," a statement from the FA read.