Soccer By Ives Archives for January 2015

U.S. Open Cup Final: Union vs. Sporting KC (SBI Live Commentary)

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By SBI SOCCER

The Philadelphia Union are looking for their first major trophy, while Sporting Kansas City wants to add to its extensive collection.

The two sides meet tonight in the U.S. Open Cup Final (ESPN2, 7pm) at PPL Park, with the 102-year-old U.S. Open Cup at stake.

UCL Rewind: Manchester clubs overcome deficits; Juve tops Sevilla; and more

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Wednesday's clash couldn't have started much worse for Manchester United, but the end result was the one desired for the Red Devils.

After conceding a fourth minute opener to Daniel Caligiuri, Man United came back to score a victory over Wolfsburg via a 2-1 result at Old Trafford.

Report: Sounders’ Marshall leaves in ambulance after landing on head in training

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By SBI SOCCER

The Seattle Sounders suffered a major scare at Wednesday's training session.

Sounders centerback Chad Marshall reportedly left practice in an ambulance after landing on his head during a drill.

U.S. U-23 head coach Herzog ready to lean on potential of U-20 stars in Olympic qualifying

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Heading into an Olympic qualifying tournament loaded with pressure and potential pitfalls, it would be easy for any coach to write off youth as a potential asset.

Not Andi Herzog.

The U.S. Under-23 Men's National Team coach expects his assembled squad to be heavily influenced by the group's youngest call-ins.

College Spotlight: Despite uncertain future, Holness puts trust in UNC, Jamaican national team

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By AARON CRANFORD

With career advice coming from Jamaican national team captain Rodolph Austin and North Carolina head coach Carlos Somoano, pro prospect Omar Holness knows his professional career is bright, no matter where he ends up.

Soccer Wednesday: Your Running Commentary

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By SBI SOCCER

Following a series of surprising results in Tuesday's action, the UEFA Champions League continues Wednesday with some of the competition's heavy hitters.

Wednesday's action is headlined by a matchup pitting last year's runner-up in Juventus against reigning Europa League champions Sevilla.

Union enters 2015 Open Cup Final driven by memories of 2014 loss

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By JOE TANSEY

The moment Vincent Nogueira struck the right post with time dwindling down in the 2014 U.S. Open Cup Final is still fresh in the minds of the Philadelphia Union.

So are the feelings they had in the seconds, minutes and days after falling to the Seattle Sounders in extra time on their home field one year ago.

U.S. U-23s enter Olympic qualifying eager to erase memories of previous cycle’s failure

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By FRANCO PANIZO

It has been seven years since the U.S. Under-23 Men's National Team competed in the Olympics. It was 2008 when the Americans, featuring a squad that included Michael Bradley and Jozy Altidore, most recently reached the quadrennial tournament.

Since then, frustration and disappointment has reigned.

Sporting KC ready for tough test as visitors in U.S. Open Cup final

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Tasked with battling through a cup final on the road, Sporting KC head coach Peter Vermes knows full well what stands between his side and a second U.S. Open Cup in three years.

Sporting KC travels to PPL Park for tonight's U.

Mexico has ‘hope’ that Guardado could be fit for CONCACAF Cup

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By SBI SOCCER

The ideaof seeing Andres Guardado on the field on October 10 continues to look more and more plausible.

Mexico kinesiologistCarlosPecanha toldGoal Mexicothat Guardado's health continues to improve, as the team continues to hope the midfielder returns in time for the upcoming CONCACAF Cup.

Wednesday Kickoff: Platini ‘between a witness and an accused person'; Klopp turns down Mexico; and more

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By SBI SOCCER

Michel Platini's role in the latest FIFA scandal remains unclear, but Swiss authorities are in the process of finding out.

The Swiss attorney general said that Platini is being viewedas "between a witness and an accused person", while also revealing that authorities are prepared to raid his office if necessary.

UCL Rewind: Olympiacos hands Arsenal second defeat; Porto upsets Chelsea; and more

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By COLE KELLOGG

After stomaching a tough opening loss at Dinamo Zagreb two weeks back, Arsenal fans would have been hoping for a statement performance against Olympiakos in London on Tuesday evening.

That performance didn't come, though, as Arsene Wenger's men lost their second consecutive UEFA Champions League game 3-2 at home.

Cosmos COO Stover details NASL antitrust battle with U.S. Soccer

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By SBI SOCCER

New York Cosmos COO Erik Stover certainly pulled no punches in discussing the ongoing NASL lawsuit against U.S. Soccer.

At a recent Cosmos fan gathering, Stover stated that he believes that there is "a fundamental problem in the way soccer is run in this country".

Mike Petke to be recognized by Red Bulls before Crew match

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By FRANCO PANIZO

All season long the New York Red Bulls have made it a priority to recognize players that have had a lasting impact on the club.

On Saturday, it's Mike Petke's turn.

Petke will return to the spotlight at Red Bull Arena for the first time since being fired by the Red Bulls this past offseason.

UCL Preview: Mourinho returns to Porto, Juve and Sevilla clash in group of death

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By SBI SOCCER

The 2015-16 UEFA Champions League resumes this week with matchday two action.

The biggest storyline of the week is arguably José Mourinho's return to Porto, where he led the club to the 2004 UCL title. Now 11 years after that accomplishment, Mourinho will have to set his feelings aside, as he looksto turn around his Chelsea squad after a slow start to the season.

SBI Spotlight: Trapp poised for key role in U.S. Olympic qualifying after difficult summer

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Just fiveyears ago, the position of deep-lying central midfielder was all too foreign to Wil Trapp. Yet now, on the precipiceof a crucial qualifying tournament, Trapp may soon be plying his trade in the Olympic games thanks to a switch that now appears to be predestined.

SBI MLS Save of the Week: Nick Rimando

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SBI MLS Goal of the Week: Didier Drogba

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Soccer Tuesday: Your Running Commentary

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By SBI SOCCER

Barcelona may be missing its biggest star in Lionel Messi, but a talented attacking duo will be ready to go against its next UEFA Champions League opponent.

Headlining today's UCL action, Neymar and Luis Suarez lead Barcelona against German side Bayer Leverkusen at Camp Nou.

Tuesday Kickoff: Ronaldinho, Fluminense part ways; FIFA bans former VP Warner; and more

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By SBI SOCCER

After suiting up just nine times for his new Brazilian outfit, Ronaldinho has mutually parted ways with Fluminense.

The 35-year-old Brazilian star had trouble making an impact with the Rio de Janeiro side, as he failed to record a single assist or goal in his time with the club.

Race to the Supporters’ Shield: Galaxy jump into lead while contenders fall behind

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By AARON CRANFORD

Week 30 in MLS had many of the Supporters' Shield contenders post below-average results, but the reigning MLS Cup champions took the biggest step toward attaining the regular season prize.

Michael Bradley makes Instagram account public, delivers passionate post on CONCACAF Cup

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By FRANCO PANIZO

If you are not yet pumped up about the U.S. Men's National Team's looming showdown with arch-rival Mexico, you sure might be after reading Michael Bradley's first public post on Instagram.

Bradley switchedthe status of his social media account from private to public on Monday and introduced the change with a messageabout the upcoming CONCACAF Cup match vs.

Orlando City hopes to shut down Impact’s Drogba to keep playoff hopes alive

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BY MIKE GRAMAJO

SANFORD, Fla. — Orlando City SC may have picked up three pivotal points on the road this weekend, but with a surging Montreal Impact visiting the Citrus Bowl on Saturday, the sole focus still remains: making the playoffs.

Armada owner Frisch elected as chairman of NASL Board of Governors

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By SBI SOCCER

The NASL has elected a new Board of Governors chairman as the league continues to reconfigureafter the summer's FIFA scandal.

Jacksonville Armada FC owner Mark Frisch has been named the league's new Board of Governors chairman, the league announced Monday.

Report: Guardado and Marquez healing quickly, could be available for CONCACAF Cup

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By FRANCO PANIZO

The U.S. Men's National Team recently received some good news with Fabian Johnson and DaMarcus Beasley getting back on the field, butMexico might soon have a boost of its own via the return of a veteran duo.

Sepp Blatter not planning to leave post as FIFA president amid criminal investigation

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BySBI SOCCER

Sepp Blatter is insistinghe has done nothing wrong, and plans to stick around to prove it.

Just days after being made aware that he was under criminal investigation, Blatter came out and said he will remain in his position as FIFA president on Monday.

Report: Bob Bradley meets with Molde FK owners to discuss coaching gig

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By SBI SOCCER

Bob Bradley has led Stabæk to the brink of qualification into next year's UEFA Europa competition, but a move to a bigger Tippeligaen club may be in the cards for the American boss.

According to Norwegian outlet VG, Bradley met with Molde FK owners, Kjell Inge Røkke and Bjørn Rune Gjelsten, to discuss a potential coaching job with their club starting next year.

SBI MLS Team of the Week: Orlando City

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By SBI SOCCER

Orlando City needs to continue posting wins in order to make theplayoffs, andFriday's impressive victory could serve as a springboard for a run down the stretch.

Orlando City went into Harrison, New Jersey, last week and pummeled Eastern Conference contenders the New York Red Bulls, 5-2.

USL Playoffs Rewind: RBNY II, Battery advance in East; LA Galaxy II, Switchbacks emerge in the West

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By SBI SOCCER

There will be a new champion in the USL this season and eight teams remain to vie for that title.

Aweekend of conference quarterfinals action saw the New York Red Bulls II, Charleston Battery, LA Galaxy II and Colorado Springs Switchbacks each advance into the next round at the expenses of the Pittsburgh Riverhounds, Richmond Kickers, Seattle Sounders FC 2 and the reigning USL champion Sacramento Republic FC.

College Midweek Preview: Akron, Creighton and more look to continue good form

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By AARON CRANFORD

While the nation's best take a break from beating each other down, there are still a handful of intriguing battles to look forward to during the week.

One of those kicks off Wednesday at FirstEnergy Stadium – Cub Cadet Field.

SBI MLS Player of the Week: Didier Drogba

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By SBI SOCCER

Many expected Didier Drogba to make an impact when he came to MLS.

No one expected this.

Drogba carried the Montreal Impact to victory once again Saturday, scoring twice to lead his side to a 2-0 win against the Chicago Fire.

SBI Rookie of the Week: Cyle Larin

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By SBI SOCCER

Cyle Larin is now Major League Soccer's most prolific rookie scorer, and the Orlando City forward secured the honor in the grandest of styles.

The Canadian international scored a hat trick Friday night, leading Orlando City to a 5-2 victory over the New York Red Bulls to secure recognition as SBI's MLS Rookie of the Week.

NASL Week 14: A Look Back

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By COLE KELLOGG

With the NASL playoffs quickly approaching, FC Edmonton posted a vital win at home over the New York Cosmos to jump into fourth place in the combined standings on Sunday.

Elsewhere, it was a case of the rich getting richer and disappointment for playoff contenders this weekend in NASL.

College Weekend Rewind: Notre Dame tops UVa; Creighton, UNC stay unbeaten; and more

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By AARON CRANFORD

College soccer's previous two champions met in South Bend Friday, and fireworks flew.

SBI No. 8 Notre Dame defeated reigning national champions and No. 4 Virginia, 3-1, adding to the Fighting Irish's impressive collection of wins in the 2015 season.

Late Dwyer finish earns Sporting KC draw with Sounders

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By SKYLAR ROLSTAD

Late heroics from Dom Dwyer were enough to salvage a point for Sporting Kansas City in Sunday's Western Conference clash with the Seattle Sounders.

Kansas City saved the point with an 80th minute goal from Dwyer, who entered the match as a substitute in the 74th minute before providing the leveler in Saturday's 1-1 draw at Sporting Park.

Perez Garcia keeps Earthquakes’ playoff hopes alive with win over RSL

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By SBI SOCCER

Walk-off game-winners aren't a normal occurrence in soccer, but Matias Perez Garcia did just that Sunday to keep his team's playoff hopes alive.

Perez Garcia netted Sunday's game-deciding finish before immediately being sent off with a second yellow card, leading the San Jose Earthquakes to a 1-0 defeat of Real Salt Lake at Avaya Stadium.

Dos Santos, Keane, Gerrard score to lead Galaxy past FC Dallas

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By SBI SOCCER

The LA Galaxy's big-money players sure earned their keep on Sunday night.

Robbie Keane, Giovani Dos Santos and Steven Gerrard each found the back of the net, leading the Galaxy to a 3-2 victory over visiting FC Dallas on Sunday at StubHub Center.

Monday Kickoff: Argentina doctor predicts quick Messi recovery; Khedira returns; and more

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By SBI SOCCER

Lionel Messi is expected to miss time at the club and international level during the upcoming weeks, but how much so appears up for debate.

The Argentine star limped off the field in Barcelona's eventual 2-1 win against Las Palmas Saturday. While the team initially stated he would miss seven-to-eight weeks due to ligament damage in his left knee, the Argentine football association team doctor expects Messi to return earlier than most.

Adi brace leads Timbers to road win over Crew

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By SBI SOCCER

The Portland Timbers' fight for the playoffs was boosteda valuable three points Saturday against an Eastern Conference contender.

Led by a Fanendo Adi brace, the Timbers took down the Columbus Crew, 2-1, Saturday at MAPFRE Stadium.

Blake sets Union saves record to preserve draw with Revolution

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By CARL SETTERLUND

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. On a day when the pope visited Philadelphia, the pontiff must have sent some inspiration northward to Union goalkeeper Andre Blake.

The young Jamaican goalkeeper had a miracle of a game on the road against the New England Revolution, setting Philadelphia's single-game saves record with 10 to help the Union secure a 1-1 tie in front of 25,885 at Gillette Stadium.

Controversial penalty calls overshadow vital NYCFC win in Vancouver

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By SBI SOCCER

New York City FC looked to be on its way to a convincing and impressive road victory against the Vancouver Whitecaps until some referee's decisions late in Saturday night's match took the spotlight away from NYCFC's efforts.

An 86th-minute penalty call set up the Whitecaps for an equalizing spot kick, and it looked like Vancouver might earn a questionable point, but referee Ricardo Salazar whistled a second suspect penalty call in the fifth minute of stoppage time to allow David Villa to score the match-winning penalty in a 2-1 victory at BC Place.

SBI Spotlight: Fatai Alashe enjoying stellar rookie campaign for Earthquakes

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Dom Kinnear can still remember the conversation. Not long after drafting Fatai Alashe back in January, Kinnear was asked by a colleague whetherhe thought Alashe would help the San Jose Earthquakes in 2015.

Dynamo thwart Sanchez, Rapids to stay in playoff hunt

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By SBI SOCCER

The Houston Dynamo neededall three points at home to stay alive in the MLS playoff hunt, and they achieved just that Saturday night.

In a back-and-forth affair, the Dynamo did just enough to thwart a Vicente Sanchez brace en route to defeating the Colorado Rapids, 3-2, at BBVA Compass Stadium.

Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

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By SBI SOCCER

With the UEFA Champions League group stage returning to action this week, the slate of top-end European match offerings this Sunday are light, meaning MLS will offer today's headlining action.

The Seattle Sounders have a chance to jump into a tie for first place in the MLS Western Conference with a road win against Sporting Kansas City today.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

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By FRANCO PANIZO

U.S. Men's National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has asked for his young forwards to score goals consistently, and Bobby Wood has responded by heeding the call.

Wood further helped his case for playing time in the U.S. Men's National Team's upcoming showdown with Mexico on Oct.

Drogba double sinks D.C. United as Impact eye playoff spot

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By COLE KELLOGG

The Montreal Impact were once again carried to three points on the back of world-class striker Didier Drogba on Saturday afternoon.

The Ivorian target man scored a seven-minute brace to lead the Impact to a 2-0 win at home against a falling D.C. United side.

Giovinco sparks TFC to comeback win, eliminating Fire from playoff race

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By SBI SOCCER

Needing nothing but a win on the road to keep playoff hopes alive, the Chicago Fire were eliminated from playoff contention Saturday due three Toronto FC Designated Players.

Toronto went down twice to early Fire strikes on either side of halftime, but the Canadian club answered each time, eventually posting an important 3-2 win and eliminating Chicago from the 2015 MLS Cup Playoffs.

Red Bulls not dwelling on losing Miazga for prolonged period

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By FRANCO PANIZO

HARRISON, N.J. When Matt Miazga got sent off in the 77th minute with a second yellow card, the New York Red Bulls did not just lose him for 13 minutes and an additional game.

They lost him for nearly the remainder of the regular season.

Larin’s record-breaking hat-trick paces Orlando City to rout over Red Bulls

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By FRANCO PANIZO

HARRISON, N.J. Orlando City's playoff push became a little easier, the New York Red Bulls' Supporters' Shield hopes took a hit, and it was all becauseCyle Larin stole the show.

Larin made MLS history on Friday night by scoring a hat-trick that paced Orlando City to a 5-2 victory over the Red Bulls at Red Bull Arena.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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By SBI SOCCER

Manchester City suffered its first defeat of the English Premier League season last week, and will look to rebound against a Tottenham side that has put together a five-match unbeaten streak.

Manchester City's loss to West Ham allowed some teams to close the gap atop the EPL standings, but Tottenham's improving form should offer City a good challenge.

MLS Week 30: A Look Ahead

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Several more playoff tickets can be punched this weekend, as the MLS regular season continues to wind down.

Out West, the LA Galaxy and FC Dallas collide in a battle of MLS Cup contenders.

A closer look at FIFA 16 USMNT, USWNT player ratings

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By FRANCO PANIZO

EA Sports' FIFA 16 was released in stores across the globethis week, meaning that gamers everywhere got to do one of their favorite things. Besides play, of course.

A popular trend for many fans of the annual video game is to look up and discuss the player ratings on their preferred clubs and international sides, including the U.

College Weekend Preview: ACC battles lead way with Virginia-Notre Dame headlining all action

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By AARON CRANFORD

The previous two College Cup champions have come from the ACC, and those two will face off Friday in South Bend.

SBI No. 8 Notre Dame hosts reigning national champions and No.

Real Salt Lake inches toward CCL knockout stage with win over Santa Tecla

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By SBI SOCCER

Real Salt Lake is just a game away from joining its MLS brethren in the CONCACAF Champions League knockout rounds thanks to a come-from-behind win on Thursday evening.

Finishesfrom Olmes Garcia andJuan Manuel Martínez led a second-half RSL rally,as the MLSclubtopped El Salvador's Santa Tecla, 2-1, Thursday at Rio Tinto Stadium.

Swiss attorney general opens criminal case against Sepp Blatter

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By SBI SOCCER

The walls are closing in on FIFA president Sepp Blatter.

The Office of the Attorney General of Switzerland (OAG) announced Friday that it had opened criminal proceedings against Blatter on "suspicion of criminal mismanagement," as well as "misappropriation.

SBI College Soccer Top 25 (Sept. 25 Edition)

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By IVES GALARCEP

After three different teams tried and failed to hold on to the top spot in the SBI College Soccer Top 25, the Creighton Bluejays have finally stopped the streak.

Creighton maintained the only perfect record in the major college soccer ranks, posting shutout victories against Tulsa and Northern Illinois to maintain an unbeaten record heading into Big East Conference play.

USWNT remains first in latest FIFA World Rankings

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By SBI SOCCER

The U.S. Women's National Team is still number one.

FIFA released its updated Women's World Rankings Friday, and the 2015 Women's World Cup winners still sit atop the world in first place. There was no change with the top five in the world, as Germany remains second, France stays in third, Japan keeps fourth and England sits in fifth.

FIFA announces planned 2022 World Cup schedule for Qatar

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By SBI SOCCER

Having a World Cup played in the summer of a Middle Eastern country proved a feat insurmountable, and FIFA has officially announced its planned fall-to-winter dates for the 2022 tournament.

FIFA revealed on Friday the desireddates for the World Cup that will be held in Qatar seven years from now.

The SBI Show: Episode 232 (Previewing MLS Week 30, talking USMNT, and more)

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By IVES GALARCEP

MLS Week 30 features several intriguing matchups between streaking teams and slumping teams, and the latest episode of The SBI Show looks at all the possibilities in what are many matches with significant playoff ramifications.

Episode 232 of The SBI Show looks ahead to the weekend's MLS action, including the LA Galaxy's match against FC Dallas, and the Montreal Impact's meeting with D.

College Midweek Rewind: Wake Forest edges Akron; Georgetown trumps Maryland; and more

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By AARON CRANFORD

In a battle of SBI Top 10 foes, the spoils went to the visitors.

At least, they did Tuesday at FirstEnergy Stadium Cub Cadet Field.

No. 8 Wake Forest has not had a relaxing two weeks, playing its fourth game in 10 days, but the Demon Deacons continued to build upon their impressive season with a 2-1 road win against No.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Preview

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Queens Park Rangers fans were and still are none too happy about Tim Ream's decision to choose Fulham over their club this summer, and those feelings of ill will are likely only going to be compounded this weekend.

Ream and Fulham, the club he opted to join instead of QPR during the last transfer window, will be aiming to knock off the Hoops when they visit Craven Cottage on Friday.

Friday Kickoff: Neymar admits Manchester United talks; Klopp interested in EPL move; and more

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By SBI SOCCER

Manchester United brought in many fresh faces during the summer transfer window, but it appears as though one of its pursuits for a Brazilian star never made it past the starting point.

Barcelona forward Neymar told ESPN Brasil Thursday that the English Premier League giant was in talks with him but never offered a contract.

NASL Week 14: A Look Ahead

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By COLE KELLOGG

With only three points now separating the top three sides in the combined standings, each team will be looking to hit their stride to earn thetop playoff seed.

Ottawa Fury FC, the Fall Season leaders, sit just one point behind the New York Cosmos for the first seed.

This Weekend’s Soccer on TV

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By SBI SOCCER

European soccer is picking up steam as many teams face a short turnaround afterplaying in mid-week contests.

Inter and Fiorentina headlines this weekend's action in a top-of-the-table clash in Serie A on Sunday, while a number of other league leaders look to build upon the margin they have in their respective tables.

Earthquakes determined to turn things around, qualify for playoffs

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Trailing by one point with no games in hand, the San Jose Earthquakes know they are up against itin terms of reaching the postseason.

Their confidence in getting there still has not wavered, however.

New York Red Bulls looking to build on success during stretch run

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By RYAN TOLMICH

The New York Red Bulls have locked down a playoff berth and emerged as Supporters' Shield favorites, but head coach Jesse Marsch isn't one to simply look back and smile at what has already been achieved.

Beasley and Johnson return from injury just in time for USMNT

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Jurgen Klinsmann stated on a couple of occasions earlier this month how important it would be to have fullbacks Fabian Johnson and DaMarcus Beasley healthy and available for the upcoming CONCACAF Cup.

Theyreminded us just why on Wednesday.

Johnson and Beasley each returned from their respective knocks during midweek action, and did more than just make their way back to the field.

Report: Club America interested in Dos Santos loan for Club World Cup

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By SBI SOCCER

Giovani Dos Santos may have snubbed offers from Mexico to join the LA Galaxy, but it appears that there is a slim possibility he suits up for Liga MX's biggest team in the near future.

Mexican outlet Media Tiempo reported Thursday that Club America may be interested in acquiring the Mexican international on loan for December's Club World Cup.

Soccer Thursday: Your Running Commentary

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By SBI SOCCER

While CONCACAF Champions League action continues to fill the midweek schedule, a showdown in France headlines action in Europe.

AS Monaco heads to La Mosson to face off against last-place Montpellier in Ligue 1 action. Monaco has not looked like its former self from just a year ago, as the team has started off shaky in league play.

CONCACAF Cup to be broadcast in over 200 movie theaters nationwide

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By SBI SOCCER

The upcoming CONCACAF Cup is a big game meant for the big screen.

Fathom Events announced Thursday that the Oct. 10 clash between the U.S. Men's National Team and Mexico will be broadcastat over 200 movie theaters across the United States.

Americans Abroad: Midweek Rewind

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By FRANCO PANIZO

DeAndre Yedlin, Aron Johannsson, and Bobby Wood may have grabbed the majority of the headlines this week, but they were not the only ones to make an impact.

Like Johannsson and Wood, Rubio Rubinalso found the back of the net during his club's respective midweek match.

Platini changed World Cup host vote from U.S. to Qatar after meeting with Qatari officials

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By SBI SOCCER

The U.S. lost out on a chance to host the World Cup in 2022 to Qatar, and one of those who voted for the Middle Eastern country was reportedly on the verge of pledging an American vote before meeting with Qatari officials.

That man is current president of Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) and possible FIFA president Michel Platini.

Beasley return helps Dynamo shut down Sporting KC

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By SBI SOCCER

Despite finishing with 10 men in front of a home crowd at BBVA Compass Stadium, the playof two U.S. Men's National Team members helped keep playoff hopes alive.

The Houston Dynamo held onto a 1-0 win against Sporting KC Wednesday evening to climb within three points of the Portland Timbers, who currently sit in the sixth and final Western Conference playoff spot.

Galaxy advance to CCL knockout stage with draw against Central FC

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By SBI SOCCER

Advancing to the CONCACAF Champions League knockout stage has been no easy task for MLS teams in years past, and it was no different Wednesday.

The LA Galaxy progressed to the knockout rounds, but they did so in underwhelming fashion. Central FC made the Galaxy work for their spot, as the pair posted a 1-1 tie in Trinidad and Tobago.

Sounders thrash Whitecaps again, advance to CCL knockout rounds

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By JASON MITCHELL

SEATTLE The Vancouver Whitecaps may well finish ahead of the Seattle Sounders in this season's MLS standings, but they'll probably be happy if they can avoid their Cascadia rivals until 2016.

Thursday Kickoff: Bayern offers Guardiola extension; Arsenal fans tear Tottenham property; and more

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By SBI SOCCER

Pep Guardiola has led Bayern Munich to multiple titles and successes since arriving in 2013, and subsequently, the club is hoping he stays around for much longer.

Chief executiveKarl-Heinz Rummenigge said Bayern has already put an intriguing offer on the table to extend Guardiola's stay with the Bundesliga giant.

Impact roll over Fire, continue hot streak as playoff berth looms

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By SBI SOCCER

Don't look now, but the Montreal Impact are one of the Eastern Conference's hottest teams heading into the final few regular season games.

The Impact increased their undefeated streak to five with a 2-1 home win against the Chicago Fire Wednesday evening.

Evening Ticker: Barcelona thrashed by Celta Vigo; prosecutors ask for Valcke emails; and more

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In Wednesday's clash between Barcelona and Celta Vigo, Iago Aspas turned out to be the best player on the field.

The Spanish striker netted a brace while leading his team to a 4-1 upset of Barcelona on Wednesday atEstadio Balaidos. The loss is Barcelona's first defeat of the La Liga campaign and it snapped an 18-game league unbeaten streak dating back to last season.

Marsch, Red Bulls begrudgingly accept Miazga’s U.S. U-23s call-up

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By RYAN TOLMICH

The New York Red Bulls have witnessed that ongoing successes of Matt Miazga this season, but now the club will have to navigate through the negatives that come with the centerback's growing reputation.

Fabian Johnson starts, scores for Borussia Monchengladbach in return from injury

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By SBI SOCCER

Growing concerns about Fabian Johnson's status for the upcoming CONCACAF Cup were alleviated just five minutes into his return to action on Tuesday..

Playing in his first game since suffering a calf injury in August, the U.S. Men's National Team fullbackscored in just the fifth minute of Borussia Monchendladbach's Bundesliga clash with FC Augsburg.

Question of the Day: Which team you see winning the MLS Supporters’ Shield?

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By IVES GALARCEP

We are down to the final five weeks of the 2015 MLS season and even though there is just a month left in the season, the race for the Supporters' Shield is jam packed.

As many as nine teams have a claim to be considered in the race for the prize that goes to the team with the best regular season record in MLS, and while some team clearly have better odds than others at this point, no team has run away with the race, or even has a big edge heading into the final weeks.

Spirit forward Crystal Dunn named NWSL MVP

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By SBI SOCCER

Crystal Dunn'smemorable week just got even more spectacular.

NWSL announced on Wednesday that Dunn is the league's Most Valuable Player for the 2015 season. The 23-year-old forward is the youngest player and third straight Golden Boot winner to claim the league's MVP award.

MLS Week 30: A Midweek Look Ahead

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By RYAN TOLMICH

With roughly a month remaining in the MLS regular season, several MLS teams can further their playoff cause with multiple matches this week.

Still entrenched in a dogfight in the Western Conference, Sporting KC takes on a Houston Dynamo team that sees its playoff hopes hanging by a thread.

Soccer Wednesday: Your Running Commentary

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By COLE KELLOGG

Wednesday provides a busy day of soccer, with knockoutgames inEngland, league action in Spain and CONCACAF Champions League contests headlining the day's festivities.

In England, the Capital One Cup continues in its third round, with Tottenham Hotspur hosting Arsenal in a mouth-watering match.

Bobby Wood scores opener in Union Berlin’s late loss to FSV Frankfurt

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Bobby Wood is beginning to make a habit of scoring some aesthetically-pleasinggoals.

Wood netted his third goal of the season for FC Union Berlin on Wednesday by scoring the opener in a late 3-2 defeat on the road to FSV Frankfurt. Woodtalliedfor the second time in three matches in cool fashion in the 39th minute, collecting a pass in the penalty area under tight pressure and cutting back on his left before turning onto his rightand firing alow shot home.

USL playoffs field set, conference quarterfinals to begin Friday

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By SBI SOCCER

There might be one game left to play in the USL regular season, but the league's playoff picture has already become fully clear.

The USL playoffs are set to kick off on Fridaywith the conference quarterfinals, while OKC Energy FC,Rochester Rhinos,Louisville City FC andOrange County Blues have eachearned byes to the conference semifinal round.

Sunderland boss Advocaat gives Yedlin’s debut performance positive review

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By SBI SOCCER

Despite his club's result, DeAndre Yedlin put forth a performanceagainst Manchester City that caught the eyes of many, including hismanager.

Following Sunderland's 4-1 loss to Man City in Tuesday's Capital One Cup clash, the U.S. Men's National Team fullback was one of few players that earned some praise from Sunderland boss Dick Advocaat.

D.C. United pulls off three-goal comeback in second half to stay unbeaten in CCL play

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By FRANCO PANIZO

For nearly an hour, D.C. United looked overmatched and on the way to a lopsided defeat.

Then, the MLS club woke up.

D.C. United closed out group play in the CONCACAF Champions League by pulling off a stirring three-goal comeback in the second half to record a 3-3 road draw with Jamaican side Montego Bay United.

Fury FC cruises past Cosmos in clash of NASL contenders

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By RYAN TOLMICH

In a battle of NASL contenders, it was Ottawa Fury FC that made a major statement with a resounding defeat of the New York Cosmos.

Currently leading the NASL Fall standings, Fury FC went into Shuart Stadium and routed the Cosmos, 4-1, Tuesday night.

The SBI Show: Episode 231 (Recapping MLS Week 29, talking USMNT and more)

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By IVES GALARCEP

MLS Week 29 helped shake up the Supporters' Shield race, with significant results affecting both conferences and the latest episode of The SBI Show looks back at all the action.

Episode 231 of The SBI Show looks back at the big wins by Seattle and Montreal, as well as the losses by Chicago and D.

Wednesday Kickoff: Pogba’s agent hits back at Ferguson; Liverpool denies Ancelotti contact; and more

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By SBI SOCCER

After reading Sir Alex Ferguson's comments in his latest book, Paul Pogba's agent has stepped out to state his side of the story.

The former Manchester United manager's recent book states that Pogba's agent, Mino Raiola, was to blame for the French superstar's departure in favor of Juventus.

Evening Ticker: Lewandowski leads Bayern romp; Costa hit with three-match ban; and more

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By SBI SOCCER

It's hard to imagine a striker playing much better than Robert Lewandowski did Tuesday.

Coming into the match as a halftime substitute, Lewandowski scored five times in a nine minute span, leading Bayern Munich to a 5-1 victory over Wolfsburg Tuesday.

Lewandowski's first finish came in the 51st minute before the Polish star provided another finish just one minute later.

Video: Yedlin picks up assist in lopsided Sunderland loss to Man City

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By SBI SOCCER

Manchester City made short work of Sunderland in Tuesday's Capital One Cup clash, but DeAndre Yedlin can surely take a positive away from his Sunderland debut.

Yedlin provided an assist on Sunderland's lone finish, but four goals within the first 36 minutes saw Man City stomp their Premier League rivals, finishing with a 4-1 victory Tuesday at the Stadium of Light.

Video: Johansson scores opening goal for Werder Bremen

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Aron Johannsson's acclimation to the Bundesliga continued with another goal on Tuesday.

Facing off withSV Darmstadt, Johannsson scored Werder Bremen's opening goal in the 19th minute of the teams' Bundesliga clash. The U.S. Men's National Team forward's finish is his second for Werder Bremen and comes in his fifth start for the club after joining this summer from the Eredivisie's AZ Alkmaar.

U.S. Soccer sets 2016 U.S. Open Cup first and second round pairings

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By SBI SOCCER

The Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup final between the Philadelphia Union and Sporting Kansas City is just around the corner, but U.S. Soccer is already looking ahead.

U.S. Soccer announced pairings for all 56 teams that had entered to participate in the First Round of the 2016 Lamar Hunt U.

Sean Johnson, Eric Gehrig to miss remainder of 2015 season for Fire

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By SBI SOCCER

The situation has gotten quite grim for the Chicago Fire, and matters were only made worse Tuesday.

The Fire announced goalkeeper Sean Johnson and defender Eric Gehrig are set to miss the remainder of the 2015 season.

Dos Santos, Drogba, Martinez join league’s highest earners in latest MLS salary data

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By SBI SOCCER

It may not come as much of a surprise, but Giovani Dos Santos and Didier Drogba find themselves among Major League Soccer's best paid players.

The MLS Players Union released an update of the league's salary information after previously revealing information in July.

Midday Ticker: Marquez ruled out for Mexico, Gabriel’s suspension withdrawn; and more

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By SBI SOCCER

Three weeks still remain until the CONCACAF Cup between the United States and Mexico but thescaleis already slowly tipping toward the U.S.'s favor.

After reports of Rafa Marquez suffering a groin strain surfaced earlier in the week, it is now confirmed that the alternate captain for the Mexican national team will be absent for the Oct.

Soccer Tuesday: Your Running Commentary

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By SBI SOCCER

Two of Germany's most successful clubs during the 2014-15 campaign do battle Tuesday in an effort to keep pace with current league leaders Borrusia Dortmund.

Reigning Bundesliga champion Bayern Munich hosts reigning league cup winner Wolfsburg Tuesday at the Allianz Arena.

CCL Preview: Sounders, Whitecaps fight for first; Galaxy look to win group; and more

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Much of the focus for most MLS clubs right now is on playoff positioning, but there are a select few that are also juggling the duties of the CONCACAF Champions League.

Two of them will collide this week, and first place in their group is at stake.

Wright, Zendejas included on final U.S. training camp roster ahead of U-17 World Cup

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By SBI SOCCER

With the Under-17 World Cup less than a month away, U.S. Under-17 Men's National Team head coach Richie Williams has one more opportunity to get a closer look at potential roster selections.

New York Cosmos forward Haji Wright and FC Dallas midfielder Alejandro Zendejas are among 24 players that will take part in the final U-17 training camp ahead of October's World Cup in Chile.

SBI MLS Goal of the Week: Mike Grella

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SBI MLS Save of the Week: Luis Robles

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Race to the Supporters’ Shield: Red Bulls vie for first; Galaxy’s struggles continue; and more

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By AARON CRANFORD

MLS' final match day is approximately one month away, but the race for the Supporters' Shield is still wide open.

The Vancouver Whitecaps suffered a disappointing defeat to contenders Seattle Sounders and, to make matters worse, their local rivals won the coveted Cascadia Cup in the 3-0 win.

Much-anticipated FIFA 16 release date arrives on Tuesday

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By FRANCO PANIZO

The day that thousands upon thousands of soccer fans across the world have anxiously been waiting for has arrived. FIFA 16 is officially in stores.

EA Sports released the latest version of its popular soccer video game series on Tuesday, dropping FIFA 16 in stores across the United States and North America.

Tuesday Kickoff: Warner extradition allowed to proceed; Mexico sends Guardado help; and more

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By SBI SOCCER

The U.S. government was offered the approval of yet another country Monday to proceed with the extradition process of a former FIFA vice president.

According to Queen's Counsel James Lewis, who represents the state, Trinidad & Tobago attorney general Faris Al Rawi signed "authority to proceed" documents in court Monday.

Report: Don Garber in St. Paul as MLS looks to clear up expansion timeline

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By SBI SOCCER

Atlanta United is set to join MLS in 2017, but it remains unclear which team, if any, will join it in making an arrival to the league in two years' time.

Sports Illustrated reported Mondaythat MLS Commissioner Don Garber is in St.

Must-See Goal: Aviles Hurtado

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With roster in place, Herzog turns focus towards achieving dream of Olympic qualification

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Having announced his roster for the upcoming Olympic qualifiers, Andi Herzog's focus can now turn to the task at hand.

After infamously missing out on the 2012 Olympic games, a new cycle of qualifying is just around the corner for theU.

Rafa Marquez at risk to miss CONCACAF Cup with injury

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Mexico may have one less veteran defender to call in for the CONCACAF Cup, as the injury bug continues to affect players from El Tri.

After Andres Guardado was officially ruled out of the Confederations Cup playoff tie against the U.S. Men's National Team early Monday, Rafael Marquez suffered an injury againstAtalanta over the weekend and may be in serious doubt to miss the October 10 clash.

Armada fire head coach Guillermo Hoyos, general manager Dario Sala

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Having seen the club's debut season turn sour, the Jacksonville Armada have made major changes throughout the organization.

The Armada announced Monday thatgeneral manager Dario Sala and head coach Guillermo Hoyos have been dismissed. In addition, assistant coaches Edison Ibarra, Rafael Perez Niño and Sebastian Fabres have also been relieved of their duties.

Yedlin expected to make Sunderland debut in Capital One Cup clash vs. Man City

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By SBI SOCCER

DeAndre Yedlin will be thrown right into the fire in his first action with new club Sunderland.

Sunderland managerDick Advocaat told reporters Monday that he expects DeAndre Yedlin to make his debut with the club in Tuesday's Capital One Cup clash with Manchester City at the Stadium of Light.

College Midweek Preview: Akron-Wake Forest, Georgetown-Maryland headline action

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By AARON CRANFORD

Wake Forest continues to be tested to start its 2015 season, and Tuesday, it'll face one strong attacking presence in SBI No. 9 Akron.

No. 8 Wake Forest was defeated and shut out for the first and only time this season last Tuesday, but the Demon Deacons rebounded against No.

Guardado officially out of CONCACAF Cup due to ankle injury

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By SBI SOCCER

Mexico will officially head into October's crucial CONCACAF Cup without one of their most importantplayers.

PSV Eindhoven announced Monday that El Tri star Andres Guardado will miss four-to-six weeks due to an ankle injury.

SBI MLS Team of the Week: New York City FC

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By SBI SOCCER

In a battle to keep playoff hopes alive, New York City FC came away the victors in impressive fashion.

The San Jose Earthquakes are also fighting to stay in the hunt for a spot in the MLS playoffs, but New York City had their number Saturday, winning, 3-2, at Yankee Stadium.

SBI MLS Rookie of the Week: Sean Davis

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Missing his team's captain due to suspension, New York Red Bulls midfielder Sean Davis filled the void admirably to help his team clinch the league's first playoff berth.

Filling in for Dax McCarty, Davis stepped right up to help anchor the Red Bulls' midfield in a 2-0 road defeat of the Portland Timbers, earning Davis SBI MLS Rookie of the Week honors.

College Weekend Rewind: Wake Forest rebounds; Morris leads Stanford to win; and more

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By AARON CRANFORD

Wake Forest may have suffered a disappointing home defeat against Elon last Tuesday, but the SBI No. 8 Demon Deacons looked like their former selves Saturday.

Wake Forest hosted and took down No.

Ned Grabavoy steps up to help boost NYCFC’s playoff hopes

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By RYAN TOLMICH

NEW YORK – The 2015 season has not always been easy for Ned Grabavoy, or New York City FC for that matter. But Saturday night, everything just seemed to click in the most unlikely of ways.

At times vital, at times maligned, Grabavoy is the type of player that tends to fly under the radar, doing the little things that may not always show up on the highlight reel.

Tranquillo Barnetta finding his groove with the Union

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By JOE TANSEY

CHESTER, PA Tranquillo Barnetta's transition into the Philadelphia Union attack has seemed like an easy one based off of his last few performances, but he wasn't able to score his first goal for the club until Sunday's win over Houston.

NASL Week 13: A Look Back

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By COLE KELLOGG

Only four points now separate four teams battling for the final playoff spot after this weekend's results.

Minnesota United only mustered a scoreless draw at home to the New York Cosmos, missing a chance to stay level with the Ottawa Furyfor first place in the Fall Season.

Zusi shows shades of best form in Sporting KC win vs. FC Dallas

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By SKYLAR ROLSTAD

Graham Zusi hasn't had the kind of year Sporting Kansas City fans have grown accustomed to him having, but during Friday's win against FC Dallas, Zusi looked more like the old Zusi.

Though Benny Feilhaber grabbed the headlines Friday with his two goals, Zusi looked livelier than he has in a while, and his mobility and constant movement helped keep FC Dallas unsettled defensively.

USWNT cruises past Haiti again behind another Lloyd hat-trick

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By SBI SOCCER

Once again, Haiti provided little challenge to Carli Lloyd and the rest of theU.S.Women's National Team.

After thrashing Haiti 5-0 last Thursday, the USWNT went a step further Sunday, claiming an 8-0 victory Sunday in Birmingham, Alabama in the latest stop on the team's post-World Cup victory tour.

Red Bulls clinch playoff berth with win over Timbers

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By SBI SOCCER

The New York Red Bulls are officially the first MLS team to book a spot in this year's playoffs.

Led by goals fromFelipe and Damien Perrinelle, the Red Bulls defeated the Portland Timbers, 2-0, Sunday at Providence Park to lock up a postseason berth while moving into first place in the Eastern Conference.

Union keep playoff hopes alive by beating Dynamo

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By JOE TANSEY

CHESTER, PA A week after being thoroughly outplayed on their home field, the Philadelphia Union bounced back in strong fashion with a 2-0 win over the Houston Dynamo at PPL Park on Sunday.

Tranquillo Barnetta scored a goal and delivered an assist to help the Union keep their faint playoff hopes alive, as Sunday night's victory kept them three points behind the Montreal Impact for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

Monday Kickoff: Borussia Dortmund breaks win record; Wenger blasts referee over Costa; and more

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After disappointing 2014 Bundesliga campaign, Borussia Dortmund broke a record while continuing its remarkable start to the season Saturday.

Thomas Tuchel's side has started off better than any Bundesliga side in history, as Dortmund's 3-0 win against Bayer Leverkusen gave the team its fifth win in five league games.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Danny Williams demonstrateda couple of weeks ago with the U.S. Men's National Team howhe can contribute offensively, and he did it again for Reading this weekend.

Williams helped pace Reading to a 2-0 victory against Bristol City on Saturday by setting up an early game-winner in the road game.

NYCFC keeps playoff hopes alive with win over visiting Earthquakes

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By RYAN TOLMICH

NEW YORK — New York City FC's playoff hopes will continue for another week.

Still alive in the pursuit of a postseasonberth, NYCFC kept hopes alive Saturday bydefeating the visiting San Jose Earthquakes, 3-2, at Yankee Stadium.

Finlay, Kamara once again lead Crew to win against D.C. United

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By SBI SOCCER

A familiar Columbus Crew duowere fruitful once again Saturday, but this time, they not only helped their side to a win but also to first place in the conference table.

While jumping atop theEastern Conference, the Crew extended D.

Impact push unbeaten streak to four by ending Revs winning run

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By SBI SOCCER

The Montreal Impact have games in hand on the rest of MLS, and now they are starting to looking capable of making real use of that advantage.

The Impact pushed their unbeaten streak to four matches after trouncing the New England Revolution, 3-0, at Stade Saputo on Saturday.

Sandoval brace leads RSL to thrashing of visiting Galaxy

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By SBI SOCCER

Many have hailed the LA Galaxy as MLS Cup favorites as the season pushes into its final weeks. Yet Saturday, the reigning MLS Cup champions looked like anything but a team likely to reclaim the crown.

Faced with a trip to Rio Tinto Stadium, the Galaxy faltered, falling 3-0 to a Real Salt Lake side that kept its slim postseason hopes alive with a victory spurred by two goals from Devon Sandoval.

Sounders roll past Whitecaps to clinch Cascadia Cup

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By SBI SOCCER

The Seattle Sounders are officially back in the conversation about best teams in MLS.

Just three weeks after there were questions of whether the Sounders would even make the playoffs, Seattle has climbed back toward the rarefied air of the Western Conference.

Late Rochez winner sends Orlando City past Fire

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By SBI SOCCER

With playoff hopes hanging in the balance, Orlando City found its hero Saturday in the form of Bryan Rochez.

The Honduran forward provided the lone goal, an 86th-minute winner, to lead Orlando City to a 1-0 road win over the Chicago Fire Saturday at Toyota Park.

Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

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By SBI SOCCER

Saturday's results in the English Premier League have opened the door for Manchester United to jump up the standings, but the Red Devills will need to win on the road at Southampton to do it.

Losses by Manchester City and Arsenal, and Leceister City's draw, mean Manchester United could move into second place, and within two points of first place, with a win against a Southampton side that has managed just win in five matches.

Fire part ways with Yallop as part of major shakeup

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By SBI SOCCER

In the aftermath of yet another loss,Chicago Fire front office hasfinally seen enough.

The Fire announced Sunday that the club has parted ways with head coach and director of soccer Frank Yallop, as well as assistant coaches Marc Bircham and Clint Mathis.

Giovinco’s double leads TFC to victory and step closer to first trip to playoffs

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By SBI SOCCER

Sebastian Giovinco and Toronto FC came into Saturday on a bad skid.

Both snapped their respective droughts, though, with a vital 3-1 win against the Colorado Rapids.

MLS MVP contender Giovinco scored two goals four minutes apart during the first half, snapping his four-game goal drought, and also provided an assist to once again lead his side to an important win at BMO Field.

Video: Real-Life FIFA Skill Games with Teibert and Zendejas

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Sporting KC snaps skid with convincing win against FC Dallas

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By SKYLAR ROLSTAD

After gaining only one point from five matches, Sporting Kansas City finally returned home to Sporting Park and rebounded in a big way against FC Dallas.

Benny Feilhaber scored his ninth and tenth goals of the season with a free kick and a penalty, and Dom Dwyer added another to seal the 3-1 win for Sporting.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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By SBI SOCCER

Chelsea isn't out of the month of September, but the Blues appear to have run out of room for error.

That is what a woeful start to the English Premier League campaign will do to you after five weeks. Chelsea faces London rivals Arsenal in the weekend's most high-profile match and Jose Mourinho's side can't afford to drop any more points if it wants to hold on to any faint hopes of defending its EPL title.

College Friday Rewind: UNC dominates Notre Dame; Denver defeats Saint Louis; and more

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By AARON CRANFORD

An eruption of goals Friday in Chapel Hill left one of the nation's best teams undefeated and handed another its second consecutive loss.

SBI No. 2 North Carolina had no issues or qualms handling No.

NUTMEGS: When playing FIFA goes horribly wrong

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Anyone who has played the FIFA video game for an extended period knowsthat it can be aggravating to the point that you have an 'accident', but it is likely that no one's frustration can outdothe actual mishap that happened to an Argentina youth international earlier this year.

MLS Week 29: A Look Ahead

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By RYAN TOLMICH

With just six weeks remaining in the MLS regular season, crunch time is rapidly approaching for some of the league's contenders.

In the Western Conference, FC Dallas and Sporting KC battle for postseason positioning, with the former still very much alive in the Supporters' Shield race.

College Weekend Preview: UNC-Notre Dame, MSU-Maryland showcase weekend’s best

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By AARON CRANFORD

Despite losing a handful of seniors, SBI No. 2 North Carolina has started off the 2015 season extremely well on both the offensive and defensive end.

However, the Tar Heels face their toughest task yet when No.

Video: Real-Life FIFA Skill Games with Palmer-Brown and Pfeffer

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SBI College Soccer Top 25 (Sept. 18 Edition)

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By IVES GALARCEP

In a college season that has seen more parity than any before it, only one member of the SBI preseason Top 25 has managed to get through the first month of the season unscathed.

That team is Creighton, and now the Bluejays take their turn atop the latest SBI rankings.

Morris, Trapp, Zelalem headline U.S. Olympic Qualifying roster

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The 20 players tasked with leading the U.S. to the Olympics have officially been revealed.

Jordan Morris, Wil Trapp and Gedion Zelalem lead the 20-man roster selected by Andi Herzog for the upcoming Olympic qualifiers. The U.S. Under-23 Men's National Team will kick off the group stages against Canada on Oct.

The SBI Live Q&A (Sept. 18th Edition)

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By IVES GALARCEP

The summer has come and almost gone, and the Fall is fast approaching, meaning it's time for the latest SBI Live Q&A.

For the next two hours, I will be taking all your soccer-related questions and trying to answer as many of them as I can. Whether it's MLS, European soccer, international soccer, NASL, college soccer or any other aspects of the game, feel free to send your questions my way and we'll have a good discussion.

EA Sports removes 13 women’s players from FIFA 16 due to NCAA pressure

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By FRANCO PANIZO

If it's in the game, it's in the game. Unless the NCAA is involved apparently.

EA Sports has decided to remove 13 women players from its upcoming video game, FIFA 16, because of concerns from the NCAA.The college sports organization does not permitits studentsto be compensated financially for participating and competing in athletics, and it recently toldEA Sports that 13 players would be putting their eligibility at risk if they were included in the latest installment of the popular soccer series.

Pirlo, Jacobson display improved chemistry in NYCFC victory

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By RYAN TOLMICH

NEW YORK – Andrea Pirlo plays pretty. He sprays perfectly-weighted passes straight from one teammate's foot to the next. Andrew Jacobson plays ugly, displaying grit in destroying play after play in the most important part of the field.

FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke put on leave following corruption accusations

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By SBI SOCCER

In the aftermath of Thursday's most recent allegations of corruption, FIFA has taken action.

FIFA announced Thursday afternoon that secretary general Jerome Valcke has been removed from his positionuntil further notice.The organization's decisioncomes in the wake of accusations that Valcke schemed tosell World Cup tickets for above face value at last summer's tournament.

Report: Pablo Mastroeni set to return to Rapids in 2016

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By SBI SOCCER

Pablo Mastroeni will reportedly resume his role as Colorado Rapids head coach in 2016, albeit with some structural changes.

The Denver Post reported Thursday that Mastroeni is expected to return to the Rapids next season, a campaign that would be his third in charge of the club.

Friday Kickoff: EPL in danger of losing UCL spot; Valcke wanted contract paid out early; and more

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By SBI SOCCER

English Premier League clubs are not off to the best start in the 2015-16 UEFA Champions League, and pressure is now mounting because the league's in trouble of losing a qualifyingspot.

According to The Telegraph, Italy is close to overtaking England in the current UEFA ranking system, the system used to determine which domestic leagues receive what number of qualification spots.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Preview

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Dick Advocaat might not know a whole about DeAndre Yedlin just yet, but that still might not stop the Sunderland manager from handing the youngster his club debut this weekend.

Yedlin could makefor his first Sunderland appearance on Saturday, as the Black Cats hit the road to take on another struggling club in AFC Bournemouth.

College Midweek Rewind: Notre Dame, Wake Forest fall; Akron ties Ohio State; and more

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By AARON CRANFORD

It wasn't the best of weeks to be ranked in the SBI Top 10, as three teams were unable find a win during the midweek.

SBI No. 1 Notre Dame continued its hot streak during the weekend, but it had no answer for Xavier Tuesday.

NASL Week 13: A Look Ahead

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By COLE KELLOGG

The top four sides in NASL face off this weekend, with each team but the New York Cosmos needing every point they can get to secure a playoff spot.

Gio Savarese will have the Cosmos playing for pride, though, as the team visits a surging Minnesota United team.

Lloyd hat trick helps USWNT cruise to victory over Haiti

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By SBI SOCCER

The latest stop on the U.S. Women's National Team's victory tour saw the reigning World Cup champions record yet another blowout.

Led by three goals from Carli Lloyd and a spectacular display from Crystal Dunn, the USWNT cruised past Haiti, 5-0, Thursday at Detroit'sFord Field.

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.

SBI Spotlight: Kellyn Acosta thriving in central midfield role with FC Dallas

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Ask about FC Dallas' success this season and the players most likely to be mentioned are Fabian Castillo, Matt Hedges, and Mauro Diaz. Yet there is another player who has been just as integral to the club's impressive campaign but continues to fly under the radar.

SBI Question of the Day: How confident are you that the USMNT will beat Mexico?

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By AARON CRANFORD

On Oct. 10, the U.S. Men's National Team and Mexico will meet in Pasadena, California for arguably one of the most important matches in the two fierce rivals' history.

And with only a few weeks remaining before kickoff, one side appears to have the edge heading into the CONCACAF Cup.

Report: Mexico’s Guardado to be out six weeks, miss CONCACAF Cup

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By SBI SOCCER

The worst fears of Mexican fans, and perhaps the hopes of a good number of American fans, appear to have been realized as Mexican national team captain Andres Guardado is reportedly set to miss the CONCACAF Cup.

Dutch outlet Eindhovens Newspaper is reporting that Guardado will miss up to six weeks with an ankle injury suffered during PSV's recent win against Manchester United.

This Weekend’s Soccer on TV

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By SBI SOCCER

Coming off polar opposite results in their respective UEFA Champions League openers earlier in the week, Chelsea and Arsenal will square off in the Premier League on Saturday to take center stage among European soccer this weekend.

After picking up just four points through five league matches, Chelsea found its stride on Wednesday, picking up a comprehensive 4-0 win over Maccabi Tel Aviv in their UCL Group G clash.

FC Dallas motivated to claim Supporters’ Shield with good run of results

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By FRANCO PANIZO

The words 'Supporters' Shield' might not get uttered much in FC Dallas' camp these days, but make no mistake, the eyes are on the prize.

FC Dallas is currently one point behind the league-leading Vancouver Whitecaps, and has a game in hand as the MLS campaign enters the final stretch.

SBI Live Q&A set for 1pm Today

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By IVES GALARCEP

It is that time again. Time to talk all things soccer in another edition of The SBI Live Q&A.

Join me at 1pm today here on SBI as I take your questions discussing all things soccer (and some pop culture as well). Want to talk about the MLS playoff race?