Soccer By Ives Archives for January 2016

Galaxy narrowly overcome Rapids on Dos Santos goal

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For a majority of Sunday's clash at the StubHub Center, the LA Galaxy were stifled by Tim Howard. The Colorado Rapids goalkeeper was left helpless, though, as a deflected shot proved just enough to earn the Galaxy a postseason win.

Giovani dos Santos was credited with a 55th minute goal, as the Galaxy overcame the Rapids, 1-0, at StubHub Center to kickstart the Western Conference semifinals.

Mancosu scores again to lead Impact past Red Bulls

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Following a midweek win over D.C. United, the Montreal Impact kept their momentum going on Sunday with a vital win over the Eastern Conference's top seed.

With Didier Drogba out once again, Matteo Mancosu scored in the 61st minute, leading the Impact to a 1-0 win over the New York Red Bulls in Sunday's playoff clash at Stade Saputo.

MLS Playoffs: Your Running Commentary

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The MLS playoffs continue on Sunday with a slate of four games to open the conference semifinal round.

Sunday's action begins in Montreal, as the Impact host the New York Red Bulls in Eastern Conference action. The Impact are fresh off a win over D.

MLS Playoff Preview: Toronto FC vs. NYCFC

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Two of MLS' most exciting teams collide in the Eastern Conference semifinal in a matchup with no shortage of starpower.

Following their midweek win over the Philadelphia Union, Toronto FC hosts New York City FC on Sunday in the first match of a two-legged tie.

MLS Playoff Preview: FC Dallas vs. Seattle Sounders

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The Seattle Sounders and FC Dallas will be out for revenge for two different reasons in the Western Conference semifinals.

Fresh off a late win over Sporting Kansas City, the fourth-seeded Sounders will meet top seed FC Dallas in a rematch of last year's conference semifinal, which Dallas won on penalties.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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Several of the world's elite take the field Saturday, headlining a loaded day of club soccer action.

In England, a clash of 2015-16 title contenders takes centerstage as Tottenham faces off with last year's champions, Leicester City. Manchester United and Manchester City, a pair of teams after this year's crown, are also in action against Burnley and West Brom, respectively, before Liverpool wraps up the day's Premier League slate against Crystal Palace.

MLS Playoff Preview: New York Red Bulls vs. Montreal Impact

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The New York Red Bulls begin their MLS postseason campaign against a team full of confidence.

The top-seed Red Bulls will visit the No. 5 seed Montreal Impact at Stade Saputo on Sunday afternoon in the first leg of their Eastern Conference semifinal.

Frank Lampard: "I love it" at New York City FC

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Despite an injury-riddled startto his controversial New York City FC career, Frank Lampard is enjoying life with the club and in the United States as a whole.

In an interview with the BBC's Gary Lineker, Lampard spoke about a variety of subjects including Patrick Vieira, the differences between MLS and the Premier League, and his feelings about living abroad.

College Soccer Weekend Preview: Louisville faces Clemson, regular season wraps up

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Maryland holds on to the No. 1 ranking for yet another week as the regular season comes to a close in college soccer this weekend. While some teams have two or three games left, most are wrapping up their regular season campaigns.

Maryland vies to hold on to the top spot yet again as the Terrapins face Michigan on Sunday.

MLS Playoff Preview: Colorado Rapids vs. LA Galaxy

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A stingy defense versus a star-studded attack. Blue-collar players versus world-renownnames. Playoff veterans versus postseason neophytes. Big market versus small market.

The Colorado Rapids and LA Galaxy will get the Western Conference semifinals underway on Sunday when they meet at StubHub Center in Carson, Calif.

NASL Look Ahead: Last playoff spot up still for grabs

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The final weekend of the NASL regular season has finally arrived, and there is still one playoff spot up for grabs.

Rayo OKC and Minnesota United will vie for the fourth and final postseason berth, with Rayo firmly in the driver's seat up three points on the Loons in the Combined Standings.

Ellis names 24 players to USWNT roster for Romania friendlies

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U.S. Women's National Team head coach Jill Ellis has named her roster for a pair of upcoming friendlies against Romania.

Five veterans are in the latest squad for the November friendlies.Julie Johnston, Meghan Klingenberg, Ali Krieger, Megan Rapinoe and Alex Morgan are all back in the fold.

Americans Abroad Weekend Preview: Johnson, Chandler, Pulisic and more

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Midweek action proved wildly successful for plenty of Americans Abroad, but now league play returns as matches kick off this weekend.

While Friday's slate is a small one, it does include a Bundesliga clash between Fabian Johnson and Timmy Chandler. Both are entering the weekend in solid form, with Johnson scoring midweek while Chandler continues to shine defensively against Germany's elite.

English Premier League Preview: Leicester City hosts Tottenham, Chelsea visits Southampton, and more

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After squandering their chance at a Premier League title last season, Tottenham now faces the team that succeeded in liftingEngland's ultimate prize.

Following a midweek defeat to Liverpool in the EFL Cup, Spursare looking to bounce back in league play as they take on last year's champions, Leicester City.

This Weekend's Soccer on TV

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As the only club in the English Premier League still boasting an unbeaten recordthis season, Tottenham looks to remain the case this weekend against the reigning champions.

With five clubs currently jockeying for the lead in the league table, Spurs look to keep pace in a home fixture against Leicester City on Saturday despite going winless in their previous four matches across all competitions.

Friday Kickoff: Ronaldo, Neymar, Mkhitaryan and more

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Cristiano Ronaldo's manager has given him some major backing, while a Manchester United star is determined to keep fighting.

Zinedine Zidane says Cristiano Ronaldo "clearly" deserves the Ballon d'or. (REPORT)

Henrikh Mkhitaryan says he will fight for his place with Manchester United despite limited playing time.

Peter Vermes livid with officiating in Sporting KC loss

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SEATTLE After Thursday night's tumultuous match at CenturyLink Field, the scoreboard said the Seattle Sounders topped Sporting Kansas City 1-0 in the knockout round of the 2016 MLS playoffs.

Peter Vermes wasn't so sure.

In his postgame comments, the Sporting KC head coach cited a series of calls and non-calls that he believed cost his team a chance to play FC Dallas in the conference semifinal.

Mancosu, Impact cruise past D.C. United

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No Drogba, no problem.

The Montreal Impact cruised past D.C. United at RFK Stadium on Thursday, winning, 4-1, to seal a spot in the conference semifinals. The win sees the Impact book a date with the New York Red Bulls, who will visit Stade Saputo on Sunday.

Controversial Nelson Valdez winner pushes Sounders past Sporting KC

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SEATTLE — It took 88 minutes of Thursday night's match, a rough-and-tumble Western Conference knockout-round playoff tilt against Sporting Kansas City. It took some lucky breaks. It took ridiculous saves from goalkeeper Stefan Frei.

It took, in the end, a goal from a much-maligned million-dollar forward, a designated player who had not scored in a calendar year.

Conor Casey announces retirement

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After 17 seasons split between the Bundesliga and MLS, Conor Casey is calling it a career.

The 35-year-old forward announced his retirement on Thursday, ending a career that saw him seal a spot as one of the more productive Americans Abroad of all time.

MLS Knockout Round: Your Running Commentary

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Thursday is for the playoffs, as MLS takes centerstage on Thursday evening.

Action starts at RFK Stadium, as D.C. United hosts the Montreal Impact in the second Eastern Conference knockout clash. D.C. United enters the match as one of MLS' hottest teams, while the Impact are still reeling from the drama surrounding Didier Drogba.

Brian Span continues riding wave of success in Finland after securing improbable title with Mariehamn

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Brian "Cobi" Span wasn't ready for the weight. He marveled at the trophy in front of him, one depicting two players in an aerial duel. It was heavier than it looked, "30 or 40 pounds", a largesolid block that certainly felt and lookedmuch largerthan anticipated.

As he looked up and saw crying fans, teammates and friends, though, the trophy felt lighter and lighter.

MLS Playoff Preview: Seattle Sounders vs. Sporting Kansas City

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The final berth in the semifinal round of the MLS Cup playoffs will be handed out on Thursday night at CenturyLink Field as the Seattle Sounders host Sporting Kansas City.

The Sounders earned a match at home, something no one thought would happen when Sigi Schmid was fired earlier this season with the Sounders well out of the playoff race.

Union find relative success, but questions remain heading into 2017

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It's hard to find any positives in the Philadelphia Union's performance to close out the 2016 regular season.

The Union fell, 3-1, to Toronto FC in the Eastern Conference knockout round on Wednesday night to end the year on an eight-game winless streak.

SBI College Spotlight: Wild avoids transfer difficulties, thrives with Maryland

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Many players who transfer from smaller colleges to national powerhouse programsstruggle to acclimate to the new environment and increased level of competition. Gordon Wild has not only survivedin his first season after transferring to mighty Maryland, he has thrived.

Report: Dynamo set to hire Wilmer Cabrera as head coach

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Following news that Wade Barrett wouldn't be retained as permanent head coach, the Houston Dynamo reportedly wasted little time in naming a replacement.

According to FourFourTwo, the Dynamo are reportedly set to name Wilmer Cabrera as head coach.

MLS Playoff Preview: D.C. United vs. Montreal Impact

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A pair of fully-rested squads will take to the pitch at RFK Stadium on Thursday for the second Eastern Conference knockout round match.

Fourth-seeded D.C. United, who rested 10 starters on Decision Day, host No. 5 seed Montreal, with a chance to the play the No.

Giovinco, Altidore lift TFC past calamitous Union

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It took nine wholeyears, but Toronto FC finally has a playoff win.

Sebastian Giovinco and Jozy Altidore led the way for TFC, who took down the Philadelphia Union, 3-1, at BMO Field. The win is TFC's first postseason win in their second playoff trip, setting up a conference semifinal date with New York City FC.

Dynamo pass on hiring Wade Barrett as head coach

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Wade Barrett's interim tag has been removed, but that does not mean he isbecoming the full-time head coach of the Houston Dynamo.

The Dynamo have decidednot to hire Barrett as their head coach ahead of the 2017 season. Barrett had taken over on an interim basis after former coach Owen Coyle departed in late May, and the former American defender posted a 4-7-11 record while in charge of the struggling club.

Galaxy advance past Real Salt Lake on Boateng's brace

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Carson, Calif. Two teams entered the match struggling on form. One team left looking like potential champions, while the other left for the winter.

The LA Galaxy lit up Nick Rimando and Real Salt Lake with three first-half goals, and went on the eliminate their Western Conference rival, 3-1, in the knockout round of theMLS playoffs, before 18,124 fans on a cool night in Los Angeles.

Thursday Kickoff: Lewandowski, Mourinho, Florenzi and more

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Bayern Munich is working on keeping one of their biggest stars, while one of the world's top managers is in trouble for comments made about an official.

CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge says Bayern Munich is closing in on a deal to keep Robert Lewandowski at the club. (REPORT)

The FA charged Jose Mourinho with misconduct following the Manchester United manager's comments about a referee stemming from a 0-0 draw with Liverpool.

Americans Abroad Wednesday Rewind: Green, Miazga and more

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Julian Green stole the show on Wednesday.

The Bayern Munich forward was held quiet for most of Wednesday's DFB-Pokal clash with Augsburg before popping up just before halftime for his side's second goal. A flicked on header on a cross from Thomas Muller, Green's finish, his first competitive goal, helped propel Bayern to a 3-1 win that keeps them in the domestic cup competition.

MLS Playoff Preview: LA Galaxy vs. Real Salt Lake

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The LA Galaxy and Real Salt Lake are familiar playoff partners. They've met several times over the years, including in the league's ultimate game.On Wednesday, the two sides will collide yet again in postseason play, as both teamslook to make a run througha wide open Western Conference playoff field.

Julian Green scores for Bayern in DFB-Pokal clash with Augsburg

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Opportunities have been few and far between for Julian Green, but the U.S. Men's National Team forward made the most of his chance on Wednesday afternoon.

Making his first start of the season for Bayern Munich, Green scored his first competitive goal for the German powerhouse in Wednesday's DFB Pokal clash with Augsburg.

Soccer Wednesday: Your Running Commentary

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European Cup action headlines Wednesday afternoon before the MLS playoffs kick off in the evening.

A Manchester Derby serves as the main event, as Manchester United hosts Manchester City in the EFL Cup. The match is a virtual must-win for Man United, who have struggled for form under Jose Mourinho.

MLS Playoff Preview: Toronto FC vs. Philadelphia Union

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Toronto FC and the Philadelphia Union enter the 2016 MLS Cup playoffs with two completely different sets of expectations, and in different form.

The goal for the Reds isn't just to win their first playoff game in franchise history, it's to hoist MLS Cup on December 10. The star-studded squad led by Jozy Altidore, Sebastian Giovinco and Michael Bradley have the capability to do that, but they can't afford a slip-up against a sputtering Union side.

Whitecaps sign Carl Robinson, assistants to contact extensions

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The Vancouver Whitecaps' season did not meet expectations, but the club gave a major sign of confidence to their current regime on Wednesday morning.

On Wednesday, the Whitecaps announced that head coach Carl Robinson has signed a contract extension that sees his deal run through 2020.

Americans Abroad Wednesday Preview: Green, Gooch, Miazga and more

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Tuesday was a big day for Americans Abroad, but several other young stars will have a chance to make their mark on Wednesday.

Headlining the proceedings is Julian Green, who is reportedly expected to be in the Bayern Munich lineup for Wednesday's DFB Pokal clash against FC Augsburg. Another young winger, Jerome Kiesewetter, may also be in action, while Christian Pulisic remains doubtful for a match against Union Berlin due to illness.

Didier Drogba unlikely to play in Impact's playoff clash with D.C. United

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The Montreal Impact will likely be without their star forward for the start of the postseason.

Impact coach Mauro Biello says that Didier Drogba is unlikely to feature in Thursday's clash with D.C. United due to a lingering back issue. Biello says that "chances are very minimal" thatthe forward sees the field in the opening round, which is formatted as a one-game playoff.

Bobby Wood hoping to ride momentum of two-goal performance into Bundesliga play

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Bobby Wood and Hamburg needed a match like Tuesday's win overHallescher. Mired in a goal drought that had lasted over a month-and-a-half, Hamburg was in desperate need of a spark.

It came Tuesday, as Wood fired two goals in an eventual 4-0 win over the third-division side. It was Hamburg's first win since an Aug.

Wednesday Kickoff: Mourinho, Toure, Marchisio and more

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One of the world's best managers discussed difficulties with his new job, while another says he is open to burying the hatchet with one of his stars.

Jose Mourinho admits that life in Manchester has been "a bit of a disaster" as he continues to live in a hotel with his family in London. (REPORT)

Pep Guardiola says he would like to have Yaya Toure back in the Manchester City squad.

NASL reiterates commitment to moving forward following Rowdies, Fury departures

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The NASL took a big hit on Tuesday afternoon, but those in charge of the league say they are committed to growing the league even further despite a pair of recent departures.

Both the Tampa Bay Rowdies and Ottawa Fury FC confirmed their NASL departures on Tuesday as both clubs will feature in the USL beginning in the 2017 season.

Americans Abroad Tuesday Rewind: Wood, Johnson, Wooten score; Carter-Vickers starts and more

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A trio of Americans brought a goalscoring touch to Tuesday's DFB-Pokal action.

Bobby Wood scored a pair of goals while Fabian Johnson and Andrew Wooten also found the back of the net in German cup action. Wood's two goals were his third and fourth of the season, making up nearly all of Hamburg's five goals across all competitions.

Soccer Tuesday: Your Running Commentary

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Cup competitions are in full swing across Europe on Tuesday, including in England as DeAndre Yedlin's Newcastle United is in action.

Newcastle will host Preston North End as they square off for a spot in the quarterfinals. The big match of the day features Tottenham and Liverpool along with Arsenal and Reading.

Pulisic doubtful for Dortmund's DFB-Pokal match vs. Union Berlin

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Christian Pulisic could miss Borussia Dortmund's DFB Pokal second-round match against Union Berlin on Wednesday.However, the issue is not injury related as Pulisic isbattling an illness and is doubtful for the game as a result.

"Christian Pulisic, Ousmane Dembele and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang all did not train today," BVB coach Thomas Tuchel said at a press conference on Tuesday.

Rowdies leave NASL, joins USL ahead of 2017 season

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The Tampa Bay Rowdies' time in the NASL is officially over, as the team has sealed a move to the USL.

Reports were confirmed on Tuesday as the USL officially announced that the Rowdies will join the league for the 2017 season. The longtime NASL club is expected to join the Eastern Conference as it joins the USL alongsideReno 1868 FC.

SBI College Soccer Top 25: October 25th Edition

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And then there were two.

UMass-Lowell fell from the ranks of the unbeaten last week, leaving Maryland and Denver as the lone remaining teams in college soccer to have avoided defeat this season. The Terps continued their winning ways last week, and are now riding a 10-match winning streak, the longest run in the nation at the moment.

U.S. U-17s cruise past Costa Rica in Florida friendlies

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The U.S. U-17 Men's National Team took care of business in a pair of friendlies against Costa Rica in Bradenton, Fla. on Saturday and Monday, winning 3-1 and 4-0, respectively.

Bryan Reynolds Jr. and Blaine Ferri gave the U.S. a 2-0 lead in the first match on Oct.

Timbers' Ridgewell, Gleeson arrested for DUI

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The Portland Timbers' season ended with a thud on Sunday, butthings got even worse on Mondaydue to an off-the-field incident including two regular starters.

Captain Liam Ridgewell and goalkeeperJake Gleeson were arrested on Monday nightfordriving under the influence of intoxicants.

SBI Question of the Day: Who will win MLS Cup?

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The MLS playoffs are upon us, as 12 teams now vie for the league's ultimate prize.

Postseason play kicks off on Wednesday, beginning a month-and-a-half long chase towards MLS Cup. That chase begins with the 12 remaining teams, and will conclude on Dec.

Tuesday Kickoff: Marquinhos, Zouma, Medel and more

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One centerback says he will stay put despite interest from one of the world's biggest clubs while another's long road to recovery is reaching its end.

Despite interest from Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain defender Marquinhos says he wants to continue with the French club. (REPORT)

Kurt Zouma returned to the pitch on Monday in a match with theChelsea under-23s for his first appearance in nine months.

Americans Abroad Tuesday Preview: Chandler, Brooks, Wood and more

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Tuesday is a day for cup action, and several American stars may take part in helping their teams advance in domestic competitions.

German soccer headlines a busy day as several Americans face-off in the DFB-Pokal. One of the more in-form players abroad, Timmy Chandler, could be in the lineup for Eintracht Frankfurt for a clash with Alfredo Morales' Ingolstadt, while John Brooks and Fafa Picault may collide with Hertha Berlin takes on St.

College Soccer Weekend Rewind: Maryland wins, Duke tops Notre Dame, and more

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A number of Top 25 schools went down this weekend as Maryland stayed on top of the NCAA men's soccer rankings.

SBI No. 1 Maryland edged Hofstra with a 2-1 win on Friday. Alex Crognale scored both goals in the match.

While No. 6 Duke withstood Notre Dame in double overtime, Pittsburgh claimed a big result by keeping No.

Best of MLS Week 34: Barnes, Harrison and more

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The Vancouver Whitecaps dominated the Best of MLS for the last week of the regular season, while several rookies stepped up to lead their team to victory.

Here's a look at this weekend's Best of MLS

PLAYER OF THE WEEK

His time with the Vancouver Whitecaps hasn't always been easy, but Giles Barnes stepped up in a big way on Sunday.

Davis chooses to retire after difficulty moving into new role at Sporting KC

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In 10 years with the Houston Dynamo, Brad Davis was nothing if not reliable.

Davis made at least25 appearances in nine of those years, and made less than 25 starts only one of those 10 seasons. All along, when Davis knew he wouldn't be able to make that kind of impact, he would know it was time to call it quits.

Harrison continues to prove his worth to NYCFC

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NEW YORK — When a pelvic injury delayed the start of Jack Harrison's professional career, some wondered how much New York City FC may get out of the No. 1 overall pick at this year's MLS SuperDraft.

The teenager from Stoke-on-Trent, England, however, proved he was worth all the effort by the NYCFC front office once he got healthy.

Americans Abroad Sunday Rewind: Miazga, Gonzalez and more

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Sunday was a solid day for two centerbacks looking to lock down a more regular role with the U.S. Men's National Team.

Both Omar Gonzalez and Matt Miazga started and played 90 minutes for their respective clubs on Sunday. Gonzalez went the distance for Liga MX side Pachuca in a 2-1 win over Chivas de Guadalajara, while Miazga's effort came in Vitesse's 1-1 draw with NEC Nijmegen.

USWNT dominates Switzerland again in friendly

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For the second time in less than a week, the U.S. Women's National Team cruised past Switzerland, and for the second time in less than a week, a new face scored seconds into her debut.

Kealia Ohai scored just 48 seconds into her debut, helping the USWNT rout Switzerland, 5-0, in the second of two friendly matches.

NASL Weekend Rewind: Rayo OKC takes control, Minnesota falters and more

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Six clubsentered the penultimate weekend of the NASL Fall Season with a chance at the final playoff spot, butonly twowalked out with thosechances still alive.

Rayo OKC can secure their spot in the postseason next weekend with a draw after their victory this weekend over the Fort Lauderdale Strikers.

Allen hat-trick leads Red Bulls II past Swope Park Rangers to win USL Cup

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Red Bulls II emerged as the USL's best team during the regular season, and on Sunday, they cemented their spot as USL champions.

Led by a Brandon Allen hat-trick, Red Bulls II toppled Swope Park Rangers, 5-1, at Red Bull Arena in Sunday's USL final. The win sees Red Bulls II end the season on a14-game unbeaten streak to secure the championship trophy in the club's secondseason.

Monday Kickoff: Fabregas, Dybala, Sanches and more

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A veteran midfielder may be on the move, while one of the game's most exciting young forwards is set for some time away due to injury.

Turkish side Fenerbahce is reportedly interested in signing Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas. (REPORT)

Juventus forward Paulo Dybala will miss several games after suffering a thigh injury over the weekend.

Schedule set for start of MLS Cup playoffs

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Following the conclusion of the MLS regular season, the schedule for the upcoming playoffs is now set.

The first round of the MLS playoffs begins on Wednesday with a match apiece from the Eastern and Western conferences. The postseason begins at 7:30 p.m. at BMO Field, where Toronto FC will host the Philadelphia Union in a matchup of the East's third and sixth seeds.

Revolution rue missed chances after failing to make playoffs

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After winning five of their final seven games and creating 25 shots in a season-ending 3-0 win over the Montreal Impact on Sunday, the New England Revolution couldn't help but feel that they squandered an opportunity to make a playoff run in 2016.

"It's disappointing that we waited too long to really find ourselves, and express ourselves throughout the last part of the season," Revs coach Jay Heaps said.

Sporting KC hoping to rely on core players as club readies for playoff run

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After Sporting Kansas City's 2-0 win over the San Jose Earthquakes landed them as a No. 5 seed in the Western Conference, head coach Peter Vermes reflected on the lineup the team looks to rely on during the playoffs.

It's one that resembles what Vermes chose at the beginning of the season, as swings of form, injuries and inconsistent performances from younger players having all been the cause of this.

Curtin still confident Union can pull off win in knockout round

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CHESTER, PA Despite ending the regular season on a low note with a 2-0 loss to the New York Red Bulls, Philadelphia Union manager Jim Curtin is more than confident his team can pull out a result against Toronto FC on Wednesday night.

"It's my belief in a 20-team league right now with the strides we've made, I'd put us somewhere 6-10 with the ability to beat anyone one to five," Curtin said.

Must-See Goal: Jonathan Urretaviscaya

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MLS Decision Day: East Rewind (Red Bulls win again, NYCFC grabs 2nd place, and more)

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The Eastern Conference playoff participants were pretty much decided before Sunday's Decision Day showdowns, but that didn't stop the New York Red Bulls from sending one more statement of intent as the conference's top team.

The Red Bulls ran their unbeaten streak to 16 matches after beating the Philadelphia Union, 2-0, to secure first place in the East.

MLS Decision Day: West Rewind (Timbers collapse, FC Dallas wins Shield, and more)

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The Western Conference playoff field is set, and it won't include last season's champions.

In need of a win to stay alive in the playoff race, the Portland Timbers were eliminated in blowout fashion as the reigning champions fell, 4-1, to the Vancouver Whitecaps.

Brad Davis to retire at end of the 2016 season

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Brad Davis is putting the finishing touches on his 15th season as a professional, and he announced on Sunday that this will be his last.

The Sporting Kansas City midfielder will retire at the end of the current MLS season, joining a growing list of MLS veterans who will step away after this season.

Americans Abroad: Saturday Rewind

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Christian Pulisic headlined Saturday's scoring, but he wasn't the only American Abroad to find the back of the net on the day.

Pulisic scored a stoppage time equalizer while adding an assist, leading Borussia Dortmund in a 3-3 draw with Alfredo Morales and Ingolstadt. The goal was Pulisic's fourth career Bundesliga goal and helped finish off a two-goal comeback spurred by Pulisic's halftime introduction.

Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

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Sunday starts with some top-level European clashes before MLS takes over the afternoon slate.

Kicking off the morning is a clash between Manchester City and Southampton before heavyweights collide as Chelsea faces Manchester United. The latter matchup sees Jose Mourinho visit Stamford Bridge for the first time since departing the club last year.

Christian Pulisic scores late equalizer to seal draw with Ingolstadt

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Christian Pulisic may not have started Saturday's clash with Ingolstadt, but he certainly finished it in style.

After entering as a halftime substitute, Pulisic scored a stoppage time goal to earn Borussia Dortmund a 3-3 draw with Ingolstadt. The 18-year-old's 91st minute winner came after he set upAdrian Ramos for the game's second goal, finishing Saturday's match with a goal and an assist in 45 minutes of work.

Must-See Goal: Xherdan Shaqiri

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- NBC Sports (@NBCSports) October 22, 2016


Americans Abroad: Friday Rewind

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In a clash of recent U.S. Men's National Team contributors, Timmy Chandler emerged on top.

Chandler and Eintracht Frankfurt cruised past Bobby Wood's Hamburg, 3-0, to temporarily leap into fourth place in the Bundesliga. Chandler, who has recently reportedly drawn interest from Roma, played all 90 minutes for Frankfurt, who benefitted heavily from aDennis Diekmeier red card in the 57th minute.

MLS Week 34: A Look Ahead

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Decision Day in Major League Soccer is finally here, and it promises to be even more exciting than last year.

TheWestern Conference will be especially hectic as four teams vie for three playoff spots. The Seattle Sounders will try to solidify a berth and a home playoff game againstReal Salt Lake, whichis one point above the Sounders entering Sunday's clash.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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If AC Milan is going to turn its surprising start to the Series A season into a full-blown title challenge, then the Rossoneri will need to beat Juventus to close the gap.

The Italian rivals square off in Milan, with Juventus currently holding a five-point lead atop Serie A. The match will feature the old guard and new guard, as Gianluigi Buffon and Gianluigi Donnarumma face off.

NASL Look Ahead: Minnesota, Rayo OKC in the driver's seat

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With the final two weekends of the NASLFall Season upon us, there is still afierceplayoff battle taking place.

There are six clubs who mathematically have a chance to finish fourth in the NASL Combined Standings and earn a trip to the postseason. While Minnesota United and Rayo OKC are in the driver's seat for that last playoff spot, a combination of results can turn the league on its head and bring mayhem to next week's final round of matches.

College Soccer Weekend Preview: Wisconsin-Indiana, Stanford-UCLA among top clashes

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While Maryland is running away with first place in the Big Ten regular season standings, the battle for second place has become a fierce one ahead of the conference tournament.

The picture should clear up this weekend though, as SBI N0. 8 Indiana travels to Madison to take on Wisconsin.

Midweek College Rewind: Maryland rolls, Notre Dame upset, and more.

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While many SBI Top 25 teams escaped with expected results during the week, several found themselves on the receiving ends of shocking upsets.

No surprises came in the Top 5, especially not for the SBI No. 1 Maryland Terrapins, who defeated their opposition in unranked American University. A pair of sophomores in Amar Sejdic and Gordon Wild led the way with a goal apiece.

European Weekend Preview: Chelsea-Man United , AC Milan-Juventus, and more

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This weekend features an exciting slate of matches all around Europe, with a major headliner in every league.

The big game in England this weekend comes on Sunday as Chelsea welcome Manchester United to Stamford Bridge in the return of Jose Mourinho to his former club. Neither side has started the season how they hoped, with Chelsea in fifthand Manchester United in seventh, but each has an opportunity to turn things around by leaving with all three points.

Report: Barcelona monitoring Christian Pulisic

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Christian Pulisic's performances have reportedly caught the eye of a European giant.

According to Mundo Deportivo, Barcelona is closely monitoring the 18-year-old U.S. Men's National Team winger. According to the report, Barca presidentJosep Maria Bartomeu is determined to not let the club fall into complacency and is hoping to add several younger options to compete with the team's stars.

CCL Rewind: FC Dallas rallies to road win as CCL quarterfinal matchups are set

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FC Dallas had one eye fixed on a Supporters' Shield, but Oscar Pareja's group came from behind on Thursday night to seal a spot in the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals.

Needing at least a draw to seal advancement, FC Dallas earned all three points by scoring five unanswered goals in a 5-2 win overSuchitepequez in Guatemala City on Thursday night.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Preview

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After falling in his first match in charge of Swansea City, Bob Bradley is in search of his first win this weekend against a much more manageable foe.

The Swans fell to Arsenal in Bradley's debut, as the 10-man Gunners held on to seal a win at the Emirates Stadium. This weekend, Bradley and co.

Friday Kickoff: Reus, Suarez, Alderweireld and more

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A star attacker is nearing a return to the field, while one of the world's top forwards is looking to continue his career with his current club.

Thomas Tuchel says he will not put a firm date on Marco Reus' comeback, saying the winger has "all the time in the world" to recover from an adductor injury.

This Weekend's Soccer on TV

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Nearly 10 months after getting fired by Chelsea, Jose Mourinho makes his return to Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

After guiding Manchester United to a 4-1 victory over Fenerbahçe in UEFA Europa League action on Thursday, Mourinho looks to help his squad pick up its first league victory in almost a month against the Antonio Conte and the Blues.

USMNT drops two spots in latest FIFA rankings

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The U.S. Men's National Team took a small drop in the latest FIFA rankings as the Hexagonal phase of World Cup qualifying looms next month.

Following friendlies against Cuba and New Zealand, the USMNT was bumped down two spots to No. 24 in the latest FIFA world rankings.

Video: Michael Orozco offers look at off-the-field life at Tijuana

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UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin open to playing Champions League final in New York

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The UEFA Champions League final is one of the biggest games in soccer each and every year and, according to UEFA's new president, it could be coming stateside.

UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin says that he's open to hosting UCL finales outside of Europe, including in New York. Ceferin says he ishe is hoping to revive an open bidding process for the rights to host the UCL final.

Soccer Thursday: Your Running Commentary

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A full slate of Europa League matches highlightsthe action on Thursday.

Twenty-four games will be taking place, including Manchester United and Fenerbahce where Robin van Persie makes his return to Old Trafford. Other key matches include Inter Milan and Southampton, which is one of the early kickoffs on Thursday.

Days after winning NWSL final, Williams scores seconds into 'dream' USWNT debut

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Lynn Williams felt chills. Even after a standout college career, even after making the leap to the pro gameand even after claiming her first NWSL crown, the 23-year-old forward felt a sudden wave of nerves spread throughout her body as she prepared to enter for her U.

Must-See Goal: Joe Cole

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NASL Midweek Rewind: Indy Eleven retake second place, Armada top Miami FC

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The Indy Eleven had been winless on the road in the fall season,but no longer.

The Eleven finally seized their first road victory of what's been a long fall season on Wednesday night, as they dispatched the Tampa Bay Rowdies, 3-2, at Al Lang Stadium and took back second place in the Fall and Combined standings.

Jermaine Jones set to make Rapids return following long-term injury

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The Colorado Rapids are in contention for a Supporters' Shield without one of their biggest stars. Now, with just one week remaining in the MLS season, it appears he's ready to come back.

According to the Denver Post, Jermaine Jones may return to the Rapids lineup as soon as this weekend against against the Houston Dynamo.

CCL Rewind: Timbers eliminated, Sporting KC closes with win

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The Portland Timbers came up short in their quest to qualify for the quarterfinals of the CONCACAF Champions League on Wednesday night.

The MLS Cup champions were held to a 1-1 draw with Costa Rican side Saprissa at Providence Park. TheTimbers needed a win in order to winGroup B, which would have booked their spot in the quarters.

Americans Abroad Tuesday Rewind: Gonzalez, Bornstein and more

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While Pachuca had a rough day on the defensive end, the U.S. Men's National Team centerback at the heart of their backline did make amends by assisting the attacking effort.

Omar Gonzalez provided an assist in Pachuca's 4-4 draw with Olimpia in CONCACAF Champions League play. Alone on the backpost, the defender centered a pass towards an onrushing Erick Gonzalez, who tapped a shot off a defender and into the back of the net to give Pachuca a 4-2 advantage in a mud-drenched match.

Newcomers shine as USWNT dominates Switzerland in first of two friendlies

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While a U.S. Women's National Team victory comes as no surprise, the manner in which they defeated Switzerland was very impressive.

In the first of two friendlies against the Switzerland Women's Team, the USWNT coasted to a dominant 4-0 victory with a four goal second half eruption.

Thursday Kickoff: Ozil, Bravo, Falcao and more

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One of the Premier League's biggest stars will base his future around his current manager, while one of the world's best goalkeepers took the blame following Tuesday's mistake.

Mesut Ozil is reportedly looking for assurance that Arsene Wegner will remain with Arsenal before signing a new deal with the club.

MLS Ticker: Diaz, Grabavoy, Sapong and more

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The bad news just got worse for FC Dallas.

FC Dallas star Mauro Diaz is reportedly facing up to 8 months out after surgery on Wednesday for his injury picked up over the weekend. (REPORT)

Portland Timbers midfielder Ned Grabavoy announced his retirement at the end of the season. Grabavoy made 301 appearances over 13 seasons and won two MLS cups and a U.

Soccer Wednesday: Your Running Commentary

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A highly anticipated match in the UEFA Champions League highlights the action on Wednesday.

Pep Guardiola will face his former team, Barcelona, for the first time as Manchester City's manager when they square off in a pivotal game in Group C. The winner would occupy first place heading into the final three rounds.

Ex-president of Traffic Sports to plead guilty in FIFA case

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An influential figure in the FIFA bribery case last year is set to plead guilty to his charges.

According to Reuters, Aaron Davidson, the former president of sports marketing firm Traffic Sports, will plead guilty to his charges.

Davidson, who is theformer chairman of the board of governors of theNASL,was one of the dozens who were charged in this case.

Americans Abroad Wednesday Preview: Green, Gonzalez and more

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Wednesday isn't the busiest day for Americans Abroad, but several U.S. Men's National Team contributors could see the field in continental action.

Fabian Johnson will be out of action for Borussia Monchengladbach's clash with Celtic, but another American in the Bundesliga could receive his chance on Tuesday.

Drogba misses Impact training to see doctor for back injury

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Didier Drogba's saga took yet another turn on Wednesday.

The Montreal Impact forward missed training on Wednesday to meet with a doctor regarding a back injury. The news comes just days after Drogba refused to play in the Impact's eventual 2-2 draw with Toronto FC after being named to the bench.

UCL Preview: Barcelona faces Manchester City, Bayern Munich meets PSV and more

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The UEFA Champions League returns to action on Wednesday as a titanic showdown of world powers headlines the schedule.

The undoubted must-watch match of the day comes from Spain as Leo Messi and Barcelona welcome Sergio Aguero and Manchester City to Camp Nou in a massive Group C battle.

Second St. Louis MLS group unveils stadium renderings

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The MLS expansion showdown between the two competing St. Louis groups is heating up.

While the first group, led by former Anhauser-Busch president Dace Peacock is narrowing their focus for a stadium site, the secondgroup, led by former Express Scripts executive Dan Cordes, has stepped up the competition by unveiling renderings of their potential stadium.

Wednesday Kickoff: Silva, Pepe, Oxlade-Chamberlain and more

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One of the world's best defenders could be on the move while another star centerback has confirmed his allegiance to his current club.

Thiago Silva's agent says the defender could leave the club next summer if he is not offered a new contract soon. (REPORT)

Pepe, who is out of contract at the end of the season, says he is hoping to re-sign and eventually retire with Real Madrid.

Americans Abroad Tuesday Rewind: Pulisic, Williams and more

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Tuesday proved to be a day of near misses for the contingent of Americans Abroad.

Christian Pulisic was just inches away from scoring yet another Champions League goal for Borussia Dortmund, but was denied as his shot smacked off the post. The shot was one of several highlights for the 18-year-old winger in what turned out to be a 2-1 Borussia Dortmund win over Sporting CP in Portugal.

Midweek College Preview: South Carolina faces Wake Forest, Virginia Tech meets Charlotte, and more

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The South Carolina Gamecocks have quietly gone on a run that has helped propel them into the national conversation, but their next opponent will test South Carolina's qualifications in a major way.

The Gamecocks, who made their first appearance of the season in the latest SBI College Soccer Top 25, plays host to No.

Soccer Tuesday: Your Running Commentary

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The UEFA Champions League returns on Tuesday with some of Europe's heavy-hitters set to take the field in group stage action.

Headlining the proceedings is a clash between German and English contenders as Bayer Leverkusen plays host to Tottenham, the latter of whom have Cameron Carter-Vickers listed among bench options.

Who will fill the FC Dallas void left by Mauro Diaz's injury?

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FC Dallas' treble hopes took a major hiton Sunday, and now, with the playoff looming, it's up to Oscar Pareja to now pick up the pieces by reconstructing his team for the stretch run.

Mauro Diaz looks set to miss the rest of the season with an Achilles injury, depriving FC Dallas of its focal point.

Impact president Joey Saputo makes statement on Drogba

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The Montreal Impact and Didier Drogba have apparently reconciled their differences, and a partnership thatlooked like it was heading toward a messy divorce appears to have been salvaged, for now.

Just two days after Drogba skipped Montreal's derby clash with Toronto FC because he was unhappy with being benched, the Impact and Drogba have reached an agreement that will keep the Ivorian star with the Impact.

SBI MLS Power Rankings (Week 33)

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Decision day is upon us.

As the penultimate week of the MLS season has concluded, the playoff picture remains murky heading into the final matches of the year. The final playoff berthin the East essentially belongs to the Philadelphia Union, but there is still playoff seeding to fight for.

Report: Roma interested in January move for Timmy Chandler

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Timmy Chandler has been one of Eintracht Frankfurt's best players this season. His recent resurgence was enough to capture the attention of Jurgen Klinsmann and the U.S. Men's National Team while also reportedly drawing interest from a major European club.

According to German outlet Bild, Roma is currently following"performances by Chandler with interest".

SBI College Soccer Top 25: October 18 Edition

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The Maryland Terrapins may be the consensus number one team in the nation, but the hottest team in college soccer just might be a team from the Sunshine State.

Florida Gulf Coast was one of several big movers in the latest SBI College Soccer Top 25, climbing up to No. 13 after wins against South Florida and Stetson.

Fabian Johnson set to miss Champions League clash against Celtic

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Fabian Johnson will not take part in Wednesday's Champions League clash against Celtic.

Borussia Monchengladbach announced on Tuesday that Johnson will miss the match due to illness. Johnsonremained in Germany as the team traveled to Glasgow, joining Thorgan Hazard, Andreas Christensen and Raffael among those that remained at home.

Americans Abroad: Tuesday Preview

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The UEFA Champions League returns for a pair of young Americans Abroad, while several others will look to take the field across league and cup competitions.

Headlining Tuesday's action is Christian Pulisic, who hopes for a return to the Borussia Dortmund lineup for a clash with Sporting Lisbon.

Tuesday Kickoff: Chicharito, Costa, Modric and more

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A Real Madrid board member has set his sights on a Mexican star, while Diego Costa is in hot water with his current club.

Real Madrid executiveSantiago Aguado said he would like to see Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez back at Real Madrid. (REPORT)

Diego Costa has reportedly been warned for lashing out at manager Antonio Conte during this past weekend's win over Leicester City.

College Weekend Rewind: Stanford routs UCLA, Wake Forest drops Louisville, and more

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Stanford wasn't expected to follow up its NCAA title-winning season with another strong campaign after heavy losses to graduation, but this weekend provided a clear reminder that the Cardinal are still a national force.

SBI No. 14 Stanfordcruised to a 3-0 victory over No. 15 UCLA on Sunday, improving the Cardinal to 5-0 in Pac-12 play.

Biello: Drogba 'didn't want to' be in squad after being named to bench

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Mauro Biello simply wanted to try something different. Didier Drogba wanted no part of it, and now the Montreal Impact are marching towards the playoffs full of controversy.

The Montreal Impact head coach confirmed reports that Drogba refused to be part of the team's 18-man roster for Sunday's 2-2 draw with Toronto FC.

Liverpool vs. Manchester United: Your Running Commentary

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Two of the Premier League's best teams, and fiercest rivals, collide on Monday afternoon.

Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool are firmly in the title race, but will need a win on Monday to keep pace. In their way stands Paul Pogba, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Manchester United, a team still finding their feet after several big-name additions over the summer.

Union wobbling into postseason after loss to Orlando

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CHESTER, PA- The Philadelphia Union need a wake-up call.

Hopefully, for the club's sake, Sunday's rock bottom performance against Orlando City is the one that will inspire life into the squad ahead of next Sunday's regular season finale against the New York Red Bulls.

Red Bulls' Mike Grella breaks scoring drought in time for playoffs

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Mike Grella couldn't have picked a better time to end his scoring drought.

With the playoffs around the corner, Grella, who had not netted a goal since his brace against the Seattle Sounders on June 19th, finally scored a goal during the New York Red Bulls' 2-2 victory Sunday afternoon against the Columbus Crew.

Best of MLS Week 33: Wright-Phillips, D.C. United, Piatti and more

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One of the league's top forwards furthered his Golden Boot case in a statement win, while his team's rival continues to barrel their way into the postseason picture.

Here's a look at this weekend's Best of MLS:

PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Bradley Wright-Phillips took one more step towards the Golden Boot with another standout performance on Sunday.

NASL Weekend Rewind: Cosmos clinch Fall Season as playoff race tightens

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Whilethe New York Cosmos were able to rack up another regular season trophy this weekend, the race for the fourth and final playoff spot raged on.

Both Minnesota United and Rayo OKC came back from 1-0 down to win, 3-1, and stay even on points for the fourth playoff spot.

Meanwhile both Miami FC and the Tampa Bay Rowdies failed to make up any ground while, surprisingly, the Ft.

Americans Abroad: Sunday Rewind

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One of the U.S. Men's National Team's top goalkeepers remains second choice on the club level while another continues to thrive.

Brad Guzan remained on the bench again for Middlesbrough in a 1-0 loss to Watford, marking the sixth match that the veteran goalkeeper has sat behind former Barcelona star Victor Valdes.

European Weekend Rewind: Spanish giants win big; Bayern struggles; and more

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An American's debut headlined the weekend's European action, but several of the world's top clubs cruised while Germany's top club faltered.

Saturday saw a setback in the PremierLeague debut of former U.S. Men's National Team coach Bob Bradley, whose Swansea City team fell at the Emirates against Arsenal.

Real Salt Lake, Sporting KC tie to leave playoff race open

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A Sunday afternoon clash between Real Salt Lake and Sporting KC ended in a missed opportunity for each team.

Sporting KC took a point from Rio Tinto Stadium as the visitors struggled on the attacking end just as much as Real Salt Lake in a 0-0 draw.

Alan Gordon scores late against Dynamo as Galaxy seal third in West

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A goal from Alan Gordon lifted the LA Galaxy into a comfortable third position in the Western Conference as the Galaxy disposed of the last-place Houston Dynamo.

The 72nd minute goal from Gordon earned the Galaxy a 1-0 win over the Dynamo at BBVA Compass Stadium Sunday afternoon.

Monday Kickoff: Neymar, Rodriguez, Icardi and more

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One of the game's biggest stars is set for a new contract, while another could return for Tuesday's Champions League slate.

Neymar is set to sign a new deal with Barcelona that will keep him with the club until 2021. (REPORT)

Zinedine Zidane says James Rodriguez has recovered from a calf muscle injuryand is expected to be available for Tuesday's Champions League match againstLegia Warsaw.

Report: Mauro Diaz to miss rest of season due to injury

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FC Dallas may be one of the favorites heading into the upcoming MLS playoffs, but the U.S. Open Cup champions will have to overcome the loss of their biggest star if they hope to claim more trophies this season.

Goal is reporting that Mauro Diaz suffered a possible torn Achilles in Sunday's 2-1 come-from-behind win over FC Dallas.

Adi penalty kick keeps playoff hopes alive as Timbers top Rapids

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It certainly wasn't the prettiest of performances, but it was enough to keep the Portland Timbers alive.

A Fanendo Adi penalty kick was all that was needed Sunday, as the Timbers topped the Colorado Rapids, 1-0. The win keeps the Portland Timbers in the playoff chase heading into the final week, while the loss sees the Colorado Rapids head into their final match still in pursuit of a Supporters Shield.

Ruiz strikes to push FC Dallas past Sounders, atop Supporters' Shield race

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Carlos Ruiz was bound to make his mark on the MLS Playoff race at some point.

The veteran forward fired a late winner, earning FC Dallas a 2-1 home winoverthe Seattle Sounders. With the wins, FC Dallas moves abovethe Colorado Rapids atop the Supporters' Shield standings, while the Sounders head into the final week having missed a chance to clincha postseason spot.

Revs all but knocked out of postseason picture with loss to Fire

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Facing the conference's worst team, the New England Revolution had a favorable schedule for their push to the playoffs, but a shock upset all but eliminated them on Sunday afternoon.

The Chicago Fire played spoiler, knocking off the Revs, 2-1, at Toyota Park in a match that saw both sides reduced to 10 men.

Late Ricketts goal earns TFC tie with Impact

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Didier Drogba drama could have completely ruined the Montreal Impact's day, but even a pair of goals from their other superstarwouldn't be enough to lift them over their biggest rival.

Ignacio Piatti scored a pair of goals, but a late finish from Tosaint Ricketts earned Toronto FC a 2-2 draw at Stade Saputo.

D.C. United stays hot with win over NYCFC

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D.C. United is looking like MLS' most dangerous team.

A trio of first half goal saw D.C. cruise past NYCFC, 3-1, at RFK Stadium. The win seals a playoff berth for D.C. via their fourth-straight win while NYCFC's push towards the top of the East takes a major dent with the loss.

Union look bound for playoffs despite disappointing loss to Orlando

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CHESTER, PA The Philadelphia Union may be a playoff team, but they sure didn't play like it in their 2-0 loss to Orlando City on Sunday.

The Union's loss combined with the Chicago Fire's win over New England all but secured a playoff spot for Jim Curtin's men.

Red Bulls outlast Crew behind Wright-Phillips brace

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It came down to some scary moments at the end for the New York Red Bulls, but the reigning Supporters' Shield champions managed to hold on Sunday afternoon at Red Bull Arena.

A trio ofsecond-half finishes from the hosts gave the Red Bulls a 3-2 win over the Columbus Crew, all but locking up the top spot in the Eastern Conference for Jesse Marsch's side.

Report: Didier Drogba demanded to be taken out of Impact 18 after being named to bench

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The playoffs are looming, and there is drama brewing in Montreal.

Didier Drogba demanded to be taken off ofthe Montreal Impact's gameday squad after being informed that he would not be starting in Sunday's match against Toronto FC, according to Goal.

Atlanta United opts for first Expansion Draft pick in MLS Priority Draft

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As their opening MLS campaigns draw closer, Atlanta United and Minnesota United's future roster moves became a bit clearer on Sunday afternoon.

With the first pick in the MLS Expansion Priority Draft, Atlanta United selected the first choice in the upcoming Expansion Draft, which will see each side select five players from existing MLS rosters.

Americans Abroad: Saturday Rewind

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Saturday was an eventful day for the contingent of Americans Abroad.

Leading the charge was U.S. Men's National Team fullback Timmy Chandler, who had a standout performance in Eintracht Frankfurt's 2-2 draw with Bayern Munich. After proving consistent presence throughout the match, Chandler fed Marco Fabian for the equalizing goal, helping earn his side a tie with the league's best team.

Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

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MLS takes centerstage on Sunday, but there's plenty of action throughout Europe to get you through the morning schedule.

In England, several lower-table sides collide as teams jockey for early-season positioning. The morning kicks off with a clash between Middlesbrough and Watford before Southampton takes on Burnley in Sunday's second match.

Swansea falls to Arsenal in Bradley's debut match

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Bob Bradley faced a difficult assignment in his first Premier League match, and the Swansea City manager saw his side fall just short against one of the league's elite.

A brace from Theo Walcott led the way for Arsenal, who overcame a red card to Granit Xhaka to hold on to a 3-2 win over Swansea City.

Must-See Goal: Tim Cahill

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It's the goal you have been waiting for!@Tim_Cahill, welcome to the @ALeague! #ThisIsOurCity pic.twitter.com/E8wiGJIGm5

- Melbourne City FC (@MelbourneCity) October 15, 2016


Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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The club soccer scene is back in full swing on Saturday as teams throughout Europe return to action following the international break.

Several of the Premier League's heavy hitters collide on Saturday, headlined by a clash between Chelsea and reigning champions Leicester City. Manchester City hosts Everton in one of the more exciting matchups, while Bob Bradley leads Swansea City for the first time in a match against Arsenal.

Americans Abroad: Friday Rewind

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A clash between two U.S. Men's National Team stars took centerstage on Friday, but it was an American fullback that stole the show.

Erich Lichaj scored the first of Nottingham Forest's three goals, leading the Championship club to a 3-1 win over Birmingham City. The goal was Lichaj's fourth career finish, and second since joining Nottingham Forest in 2013.

College Weekend Preview: Virginia-Notre Dame, Wake Forest-Louisville headline slate

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Notre Dame vs New Mexico Men's Soccer Alumni Stadium

The ACC is the most stacked conference in college soccer, and this weekend's college matchups should help put the conference's Atlantic and Coastal divisions into focus.

SBI No. 2 Louisville is the lone unbeaten team in the ACC, but must travel to face No.

Soccer Friday: Your Running Commentary

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The international break is over, which means club soccer is back.

The weekend begins with an enticing matchup in the Bundesliga between Borussia Dortmund and Hertha Berlin. American teammates Christian Pulisic and John Brooks are set to face each other in this crucial clash near the top of the table.

Ancelotti: Julian Green "will get chances" in upcoming Bayern games

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Julian Green's impressive performances for the U.S. Men's National Team has seemingly caught the attention of Bayern Munich manager Carlo Ancelotti.

Speaking athis pre-match press conference ahead of Bayern's league match against Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday, Ancelotti said that the 21-year-old will make his Bundesliga debut "in the coming games.

College Midweek Rewind: Stanford routs San Diego State, Indiana edges Louisville, and more

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The Stanford Cardinal endured a rough start to the 2016 season, but the reigning NCAA champions are starting to round into form.

Stanford's Foster Langsdorf, Tomas Hilliard-Arce and Derek Waldeck scored goals in the No. 14 Cardinal's 3-1 romp over No. 19 San Diego State on Thursday night. The victory is Stanford's seventh in eight matches.

MLS Week 33: A Look Ahead

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The final two weeks of the MLS regular season are upon us, but there are still a few playoff spots up for grabs.

The fiercest playoff race is in the Western Conference with FC Dallas hosting the Seattle Sounders, while the Colorado Rapids and Portland Timbers will kick off at the same time.

FIFA announces rules for 2026 World Cup hosting bid process

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With the 2018 and 2022 World Cups firmly set for Russia and Qatar, 2026 is the next target for potential hosts, andthe chances of a USA World Cup received a big boost from the new guidelines set out for FIFA's new bid process.

The FIFA Council held meetings in Switzerland this week, and chief among the subjects covered was the process and guidelines that will determine the host the 2026 World Cup, guidelineswhich appear tobe very favorable for a U.

This Weekend's Soccer on TV

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Pep Guardiola and Ronald Koeman once shared rooms as teammates at FC Barcelona. This weekend, the two will share the same sideline at Etihad Stadium.

After playing together under Johan Cruyff for the Spanish powerhouse in the early 1990s, Guardiola and Koeman will look to useCruyff's managing principles against each other on Saturday as Manchester City hosts Everton.

Friday Kickoff: Messi, Chelsea, Benzema and more

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One of the game's best is set for his return, while one of the world's biggest clubs announced a major sponsorship deal.

Lionel Messi is set to return to the Barcelona lineup this weekend against Deportivo La Coruna, marking his first appearance since suffering a groin strain on Sept. 21. (REPORT)

Chelsea has signed a new kit deal with Nike that will see the club earn£60 million per season for the next 15 years.

Crew officially eliminated from playoff contention despite Jahn's brace

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Adam Jahn salvaged a late 2-2 draw for the Columbus Crew with the Chicago Fire at Toyota Park on Thursday night, but it was not enough as the Crew are officially eliminated from playoff contention.

An own goal from Michael Parkhurst and Michael de Leeuw's winner in the 57th minute canceled out Adam Jahn's opener, but the Crew forward equalized on 80 minutes with a wonderful half-volley to recover a point.

Rapids top Earthquakes to jump into Supporters' Shield lead

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The Colorado Rapids are leading the Supporters' Shield race. If anyone had mentioned this in March, theywould have been laughed at.

However, that is the reality as Kevin Doyle marked his return with two goals to lead the Rapids past the San Jose Earthquakes 2-1 at Dick's Sporting Goods Park on Thursday night.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Preview

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The recent U.S. Men's National Team call-ups have all returned to their respective clubs, and several are now set to face one another as the international break comes to an end. Still, the weekend's main headliner won't be on the field, but rather leading the way from the sidelines.

English soccer takes centerstage this weekend as former USMNT head coach Bob Bradley makes his Premier League coaching debut with Swansea City.

Report: D.C. United stadium could face delays over design disagreement

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Just a week after being granted land by Washington D.C. for their new stadium, D.C. United are already facing issues that may cause significant delays.

The Washington Post has reportedthat an escalating feud over the design of the stadium between the team anddevelopers with land south of the stadium site on Buzzard Point, led by D.

SBI College Spotlight: Yueill eyes options at home, abroad as he prepares for professional leap

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Jackson Yueill knows he can make the leap to the professional game, and he thinks this year might be the right time to make it.

Yueill was a highly-rated prospect after his freshman season at UCLA, but chose to stick with the Bruins for his sophomore year, rather thank make the leap to the professional ranks.

Bob Bradley expecting confident Swansea performance against Arsenal

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Swansea City has a good record against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium, which is something Bob Bradley is well aware of.

The former U.S. Men's National Team coach will make his debut with Swansea on Saturday in a stadium where Swansea has had success. The Welsh side has won three out of seven games at the Emirates, which is why Bradley likes the Swans' chances this weekend.

Sigi Schmid to join ESPN as temporary studio analyst

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It was never going to take Sigi Schmid long to find his next job, but the surprise comes from it being in the studio rather than on the sidelines.

The Seattle Times reported that Schmid is set to join ESPN as a studio analyst for this Sunday's MLS doubleheader and for MLS' streaming coverage of the final day of the regular season the next weekend.

Report: CONMEBOL interested in playing Copa Libertadores final in Miami

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CONMEBOL's biggest international tournament was recently hosted in the U.S., and it looks like the South American federation's top club tournament could be set to follow in its own way.

Reports from South America state that CONMEBOL is interested in hosting the Copa Libertadores final in Miami.

Preki named Saint Louis FC manager

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Saint Louis FC has made a major splash with their new managerial signing.

The team announced that Predrag 'Preki' Radosavljevic would take over as the second manager in the franchise's young history ahead of the team's third season. Preki takes over after his role at the Sacramento Republic, where he guided the team to a 33-15-5 record while winning a USL championship in the team's inaugural 2014 season.

Arsenal's Wenger: Bradley 'equipped' for Premier League job

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Bob Bradley will make his Swansea City debut on Saturday when he leads his club against Arsenal, but the former U.S. Men's National team manager has already earned the praises of his coaching counterpart prior to his first match.

Ahead of this weekend's clash, Arsene Wenger spoke out in praise of Bradley, who he said will be "good for the Premier League".

Red Bulls recovering at right time as playoffs loom

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The New York Red Bulls have battled through a series of injuries during the 2016 season, but that hasn't stopped them from challenging for first place in the MLS Eastern Conference. Now, with several previously-injured players set to return from injury, the Red Bulls are getting healthy at just the right time, with the playoffs around the corner.

Thursday Kickoff: Northern Europe, Steve Bruce, and more

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With the recent Champions League changes making things difficult for smaller teams, the smaller teams of northern Europe are looking for a way to counter.

Top teamsfromBelgium, Holland, Scotland, Denmark, Norway and Swedenare reportedly negotiating the formation of a combined Northern European league.

Dynamo and 10-man Sounders play to disjointed draw

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SEATTLE The Seattle Sounders needed three points against the lowly Houston Dynamo to qualify for the playoffs for the eighth time in eight seasons.

They will have to wait.

Seattle controlled much of Wednesday night's match against the Dynamo, owners of the worst record in the Western Conference.

MLS Week 32: A Midweek Look Ahead

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The international break is just ending, but MLS returns to action on Wednesday night to kickstart a midweek slate of three games.

All three matches have major playoff implications, starting with Wednesday's clash that pits the Seattle Sounders against the Houston Dynamo.

Julian Green shows maturity, confidence in USMNT's draw with New Zealand

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WASHINGTON Highs and lowsare part of every player's career, especially young ones.

Right now, in this moment, Julian Green is enjoying a high.

Four days after scoring a winner and helping set up a goal for the U.S. Men's National Team, Green found the back of the net again in a 1-1 draw with New Zealand on Tuesday night.

USMNT 1, New Zealand 1: The SBI Breakdown

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Once again, the U.S. Men's National Team looked far from their best on Tuesday night and, with Mexico looming, the team faces several questions as the Hexagonal phase begins.

The U.S. sputtered to a 1-1 draw with New Zealand on Tuesday in what was another lackluster effort.

Report: Kevin Molino sent home from T&T camp after breaking curfew

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Trinidad & Tobago's spot in the Gold Cup is in danger following a loss on Tuesday, one that came without one of the team's biggest stars due to an off-the-field incident.

Orlando City's Kevin Molino was sent home from Soca Warriors' camp ahead of the team's 2-0 loss to Martinique on Tueday night.

'Fearless' Lynden Gooch pleased with first USMNT performance

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As his first U.S. Men's National Team appearance came to an end, Lynden Gooch lingered a bit. The Sunderland midfielder remained on the field, clapping for the fans in attendance while taking it all in under the RFK Stadium lights. His first camp was over, and in Gooch's mind, it was a good one.

Gooch made his USMNT debut in Tuesday night's friendly against New Zealand, logging 31 minutes in what ended as a 1-1 draw.

CONMEBOL WCQ Rewind: Argentina struggles, Chile gets big win, and more

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Just when World Cup qualifying in CONMEBOL appears to be following a pattern, the teams flip the script.

One side who is continuing a trend isArgentina, which struggled again without Lionel Messi. La Albicelestelost, 1-0, to Paraguay at home, which leaves them justonepoint above the Paraguayans in fifth place.

UEFA WCQ Rewind: England scrapes draw, Germany wins again, and more

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The third round UEFA World Cup qualifying is over, but there more questions than answers as the international break comes to an end.

England held onto a 0-0 draw with Slovenia on the road on Tuesday. The Three Lions could have easily lost the game if it wasn't for goalkeeper Joe Hart. The on-loan Torino shot-stopper was constantly busy and was forced to come up with a few big saves, mainly on Josip Ilicic.

Tuesday Kickoff: Mexico, Rodriguez, de Bruyne and more

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Mexico did just enough to slip past Panama on Tuesday night, while a European star could be healed in time to feature over the weekend.

An Oribe Peralta goal was enough to lead Mexico past Panama, 1-0. Giovani dos Santos assisted the finish.

Kevin de Bruyne has an outside chance of playing this Saturday against Everton as his hamstring injury has healed faster than expected.

Goalkeeping gaffes leave USMNT, New Zealand deadlocked

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WASHINGTON A goalkeeping error helped give the U.S. Men's National Team the lead. A goalkeeping error helped take it away.

The U.S. and New Zealand played to a 1-1 draw in a friendly at RFK Stadium on Tuesday night after a pair of mistakes at the back led to the two goals.

SBI USMNT Man of the Match: Julian Green

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After going several years between goals one and two, Julian Green didn't wait long to net his third international goal.

The U.S. Men's National Team winger followed up Friday's goalscoring performance with another finish on Tuesday, firing his side's lone goal in a 1-1 draw with New Zealand.

USMNT vs. New Zealand: SBI Live Commentary

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The U.S. Men's National Team returns to the field on Tuesday for one final friendly before the start of the Hexagonal.

Following Friday's 2-0 win over Cuba, the U.S. returns to RFK Stadium for a match against New Zealand. Following a series of roster changes, Jurgen Klinsmann's side will look significantly different as competition heats up for roster spots heading towards the Hex.

College Soccer Midweek Preview: Indiana-Louisville, Stanford-San Diego State headline slate

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The Indiana Hoosiers have seen their unbeaten record erased by Notre Dame last week, but can regain some standing with a win against red-hot Louisville on Tuesday night in one of the week's marquee matches.

The SBI No. 11 Hoosiers play host to the No. 2 Cardinals in Bloomington, where they are unbeaten on the season, but stopping Louisville won't be easy.

Wambach questions 'killer instinct' of foreign-born USMNT players

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Abby Wambach is still not a fan of Jurgen Klinsmann's selection policy with the U.S. Men's National Team.

In an interview with the New York Times, The former U.S. Women's National Team star was interviewed about a number of topics, including her thoughts on dual-national USMNT players, which she was vocal about late last year.

SBI College Soccer Top 25: October 11th Edition

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The Maryland Terrapins show no signs of wanting to relinquish the top spot in the SBI College Soccer Top 25, but there are definitely teams lining up to pounce if they stumble.

The Terrapins took care of business on Monday in their 1-0 road win against West Virginia, marking Maryland's fifth-straight shutout win.

Klinsmann opposes potential CONCACAF WCQ format change

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CONCACAF president Victor Montaglianiwants to change the World Cup qualifying format, but if it was up to Jurgen Klinsmann, he would maintain the status quo.

The U.S. Men's National Team coach spoke to the press ahead of U.S. Men's National Team's friendly with New Zealand, and was asked about the potential reform to the qualifying system.

College Soccer Weekend Rewind: UVA tops UNC, Louisville beats Syracuse, and more

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The Louisville Cardinals are on a roll, and even Syracuse couldn't slow them down.

The SBI No. 9 Cardinals handed Syracuse a 1-0 loss last Friday in one of the marquee matches of the weekend. Junior forward Mohamed Thiaw scored the winning goal to push Louisville's unbeaten run to eight in a row, while Cardinals goalkeeper Stefan Cleveland recorded his eighth shutout of the season.

USMNT vs. New Zealand: What to Watch For

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Jurgen Klinsmann looks set to experiment a bit in the U.S. Men's National Team's upcoming friendly, but those experimentations could be vital as the team marches towards November's World Cup qualifiers.

Following several big-name departures, a series of newer faces are set to lead the USMNT into Tuesday's friendly against New Zealand.

Soccer Tuesday: Your Running Commentary

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This month's UEFA and CONMEBOL qualifiers conclude on Tuesday with a few intriguing matches on tap, while the U.S. Men's National team is in action.

In Europe, England will face Slovenia in a pivotal game without captain Wayne Rooney in the starting XI. The Three Lions' bitter rivals, Scotland, will try to rebound in Group F when it battles Slovakia.

U.S. Soccer announces sellout for USMNT vs. Mexico in Columbus

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Columbus' MAPFRE Stadium will be packed for a U.S. Men's National Team qualifier yet again.

U.S. Soccer announced that the USMNT's opening match of the hexagonal phase of World Cup qualifying against Mexico on Nov. 11 is sold out. This is the fifth time that the game has been a sellout since Columbus hosted this fixture.

Terrence Boyd goes from the brink of retirement to USMNT call-up

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Shortly after his 25th birthday, Terrence Boyd was thinking about the word "retirement". After years and years of injury issues, the forward didn't see an end in sight. It seemed to be the right time to call a premature end to what had been such a promising career.

Then, Boyd experienced what he called a "miracle", one that allowed him to return to the field and, in time, the U.

Tuesday Kickoff: Marseille, Barcelona, Falcao and more

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An American owner is set to finalize his investmentin one of France's giants, while Barcelona's stars have reportedly rejoined training.

American investor Frank McCourt, who the Los Angeles Dodgers, is closing in on a €45 million purchase of Ligue 1 side Marseille as a deal could be finalized as soon as Oct.

UEFA WCQ Rewind: France edges Netherlands, Andre Silva shines, and more

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Home has not been sweet for the Netherlands over the past 16 months, especially in qualifying.

The Dutch lost, 1-0, to France in UEFA World Cup qualifying, which marked the fifth loss in their last six games at home in all competitions. This latest defeat has knocked Holland out of the top two.

U.S. U-20s finish Four Nations Cup winless following loss to England

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The U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team closed out the Four Nations Cup with a 2-0 loss to England on Monday, but two Americans stood out in the defeat.

Ovie Ejaria beat Jonathan Klinsmann with a lovely curled shot from distance in the 84th minute, opening the scoring late for the host team.

Klinsmann denies Bob Bradley's claim he was jockeying for his USMNT job in 2010

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In his first press conference as manager of Swansea City, Bob Bradley accused Jurgen Klinsmann of jockeying for his job as U.S. Men's National Team during his time as a television analyst during the 2010 World Cup.

Klinsmann categorically denied ever doing such a thing.

Bradley made waves in his first press conference in England by criticizing his 2011 dismissal from the USMNT.

USL Playoff Rewind: Red Bulls II eliminate Rhinos; Swope Park Rangers edge Blues; and more

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The USL's final four is set, and the league will see a new champion crowned following the elimination of last year's winner.

Louisville City, New York Red Bulls II, Swope Park Rangers and Vancouver Whitecaps II booked spots inthe league's final four following the conclusion of the quarterfinal round.

Young USMNT wingers look to prove themselves against New Zealand

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Christian Pulisic isn't the only exciting young winger in the U.S. Men's National Team pool and, following the Borussia Dortmund prospect's departure, a trio of young options will look to impress against New Zealand.

The U.S. enters Tuesday's match with three natural optionson the roster: Paul Arriola, Lynden Gooch and Julian Green.

USWNT set to close 2016 with pair of friendlies against Romania

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The U.S. Women's National Team will wrap up 2016 with a pair of California friendlies.

U.S. Soccer announced on Monday that the USWNT will host Romania in the two final friendlies of the 2016 schedule. The two teams will begin the two-game set on Nov.

Who should the USMNT start vs. New Zealand?

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With a slew of new faces in camp, the U.S. Men's National Team has some interesting lineup options ahead of Tuesday's clash with New Zealand.

Fresh off a less-than-inspiring 2-0 win over Cuba, the U.S. returns to RFK Stadium on Tuesday for a clash with New Zealand. Ahead of the match, seven new players have joined USMNT camp, while nine have departed following the Cuba match.

Soccer Monday: Your Running Commentary

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Two European heavyweights will collide on Monday in World Cup qualifying.

The Netherlands and France square off in the marquee match of the day in Group A. The top-four teams are separated by one point, with both the French and Dutch level on four points entering the game.

Over in Group B, Portugal will face the Faroe Islands, who have been a huge surprise so far.

Video: USMNT take in Havana prior to Cuba match

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Jurgen Klinsmann enthused by USMNT youngsters

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Jurgen Klinsmann has made plenty of bold personnel decisions as coach of the U.S. Men's National Team. More often than not, hisfearlessness involves a younger player. In most circumstances, that youngster is given an opportunity to prove his worth in a meaningful game, where he will either sink or swim.

Monday Kickoff: Neymar, Ramos, Pique and more

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Another big-money club is reportedly set to make a big-money offer for Neymar, while Sergio Rampos is set for some time on the sidelines.

Paris Saint-Germain is reportedly set to offer a€200 million transfer fee next summer for Neymar. (REPORT)

Sergio Ramos will reportedly miss one month after suffering a knee injury against Albania.

WCQ Rewind: Italy and Spain tie, Argentina loses again, and more

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World Cup qualifying resumed this past Thursday, and as always, there were some shocking results in Europe and South America.

In Europe, Italysecured a1-1 draw at home with Spain on Thursday after Sergio Ramos gifted the Azzurri with a late penalty. The Italians were nearly upset by Macedonia the following Sunday, but Ciro Immobile struck twice in the final 15 minutes to give them the victory.

CONCACAF to review World Cup qualifying format

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CONCACAFcouldbe implementingsignificant changes to its World Cup qualifying format.

PresidentVictor Montagliani has begun a review of CONCACAF's qualifying system, according to the Associated Press, which he says needs to be reformatted.

"Something needs to change because you can't have 85 percent of your members who are on the outside looking in two years before the World Cup," said Montagliani.

Badji helps Rapids secure first-round bye with win over Dynamo

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What a difference one year has made for the Colorado Rapids.

The Rapids extended their unbeaten streak to five games with a 3-2 win over the Houston Dynamo at BBVA Compass Stadium on Saturday night. The victory guaranteed the team a first-round bye and moved Colorado to within two points of league leaders FC Dallas.

Agudelo, Boyd among USMNT call-ups for New Zealand friendly

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Somefamiliar faces are back in the fold for the U.S. Men's National Team ahead of Tuesday's friendly against New Zealand.

Forward Juan Agudelo, along with defenders Matt Besler and Terrence Boyd have been added to the roster. Bill Hamid, Kellyn Acosta, Michael OrozcoandTim Parkerhave also been called up.

USMNT 2, Cuba 0: The SBI Breakdown

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The U.S. Men's National Team's clash with Cuba was not a good soccer game. The play was ugly. The field was uglier. The stakes were low, and the desire, at times, seemed even lower.

However, it was a good look into the USMNT program, and what needs fine-tuning heading into the Hexagonal round of World Cup qualifying.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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The international break is in full swing, as Saturday presents a busy slate of clashes across the world of soccer.

Headlining Saturday's action are several World Cup qualifiers throughout Europe. In England, the Three Lions take the field for the first time since Sam Allardyce's dismissal, adding a bit if intrigue to a clash with minnows Malta.

SBI USMNT Man of the Match: Chris Wondolowski

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Prior to Friday's U.S. Men's National Team friendly, Jurgen Klinsmann publicly defended his continued inclusion of Chris Wondolowski, calling the forward a "damn good player". In Friday's clash with Cuba, Wondolowski surely did his part to justify Klinsmann's claims.

The San Jose Earthquakes forward provided a goal and an assist in Friday's match at Estadio Pedro Marrero in Havana, leading the U.

Wondolowski, Green lead USMNT to ugly win over Cuba

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It certainly wasn't the U.S. Men's National Team's best performance. Uglyfield conditionsled to an even uglier first half before a pair of the more debated call-ups sealed a win.

Chris Wondolowski and Julian Green each scored a second half goal to push the USMNT to a 2-0 win over Cuba at theEstadio Pedro Marrero.

USMNT vs. Cuba: SBI Live Commentary

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The U.S. Men's National Team takes on Cuba today in Havana in the first of two October friendlies ahead of November's World Cup qualifiers (4pm, ESPN2).

Ahead of its openingHexagonal round matches against Mexico and Costa Rica, the USMNT will aim to stay sharp against a Cuba team it routed 6-0 at the 2015 Gold Cup.

NASL Weekend Preview: Contenders Square-Up For Playoff Spot

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As the Fall Season in the NASL begins to wind down, the scenariosand battles for playoff positions continue to grow.

There are six clubs fighting for the fourth spot in the Combined Standings, the last ticket into the postseason, who areonly separated by a margin of five points. One slip could break playoff hopes, whilea crucial kick could bring postseason glory.

Ebobisse, Zelalem shine as U.S. U-20s fall to Netherlands U-20s

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While a match to forget for the U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team defense, forward Jeremy Ebobisse had quite a match to remember.

The potential No. 1 pick in the 2017 MLS SuperDraft shined in his start for the U.S. U-20s as they fell to the Netherlands U-20s, 5-3, in the Four Nations Cup.

The Duke product had a stunning performance, netting a brace in the first half and finishing off a third in the second half for a hat trick, assisted by Arsenal youngster Gedion Zelalem on the first two goals and by the Seattle Sounders' Victor Mansaray on the last.

Bob Bradley calls out Klinsmann, U.S. Soccer in first Swansea press conference

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It's unusual for Bob Bradley to be forward when asked a critical question, so his comments on Jurgen Klinsmann come as a surprise to many.

In his first official press conference as Swansea City manager, Bradley did not hold back on his thoughts regarding his firing and the hiring of Klinsmann in his wake, or on Klinsmann's congratulatory words for him.

College Soccer Midweek Rewind: Albany stuns Syracuse, Notre Dame shines and more

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The University of Albany did not let the SBI No.3 Syracuse Orange intimidate them on Tuesday night.

The Great Danes stunned Syracuse, by defeating them, 2-1, in the weekend's most surprising result.Syracuse's inability to clear the ball out of the box led to their downfall. Senior Leo Melger scored the first goal of the game, off a bouncing ball in the box before forward Jonathan Interiano won the game for the Danes late in the second half.

Enner Valencia dodges police via ambulance during Ecuador match

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Ecuador vs. Chile was all lined up to be an exciting match and it was, though maybe not exactly as expected.In an incredibly entertaining twist, though likely not to him, Enner Valencia provided the biggest story of the night not on the pitch, but by escaping it.

It all began as the Ecuadorian forward was nearly detained by lawyers at a training session at the Atahualpa stadium in Quito, Ecuadorahead of Thursday's match.

This Weekend's Soccer on TV

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While clubs take a break from league action this weekend, European and African countries look to take their next steps toward Russia in the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying matches.

Headlining the weekend's fixtures will be Belgium, the No. 2 team in the latest FIFA World Rankings, taking on No.

USMNT vs. Cuba: What to Watch For

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The U.S. Men's National Team's clash with Cuba serves as a midpoint. After waltzing past St. Vincent & the Grendines and Trinidad & Tobago, the U.S. now has a chance to reconnect ahead of bigger challenges. Matches with Mexico and Costa Rica loom, givingthe pair of upcoming friendlies added importance as competition becomes the main talking point.

Video: Bob Bradley's first Swansea City training session

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Soccer Thursday: Your Running Commentary

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World Cup qualifying resumes on Thursday as nations from Europe and South America jockey for positioning in their respective groups.

A jam-packed day begins with UEFA World Cup qualifying, highlighted by Italy and Spain in a rematch of their round of 16 meeting at Euro 2016 this past summer.

Ellis unveils young USWNT roster for Switzerland friendlies

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U.S. Women's National Team coach Jill Ellis has shaken things up ahead of a new World Cup cycle.

Ellis has called up 24 players to the latest squad to face Switzerland on Oct. 19 and Oct. 23. Several members on the team participated at the 2016 Olympics, but nearly half of the roster is uncapped.

Megan Rapinoe pens article to explain anthem protest

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Megan Rapinoe has made waves for her continued kneeling protest during the national anthem, now she's explained why.

In a piece written by Rapinoe on The Players' Tribune, the U.S. Women's National Team star details her ongoing protest andher desire to see equal treatment for all inthe United States.

USMNT focusing on bigger picture ahead of Cuba clash

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Jurgen Klinsmann isn't looking past Cuba. In truth, the U.S. Men's National Team head coach is looking forward towhat he expects to be a "wonderful experience", for reasons both on the field and off of it. However, the USMNT head coach would be remiss if he didn't admit that a much bigger challenge remains the main focus of the upcoming slate of games.

Oguchi Onyewu trains as guest of New York Cosmos

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Oguchi Onyewu remains without a club, but it remains unlikely that the former U.S. Men's National Team defender will be signing with the New York Cosmos following a recent training stint.

The 34-year-old defender recently trained with the Cosmos. However, a club spokesman told SBIthat Onyewu is being viewed as "just a guest", while adding that it is unlikely the team makes any more signings this season.

U.S. Senators send letter to Garber, SUM requesting USMNT, USWNT revenue information

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News has been quiet on the "Equal pay for equal play" front for some time, but two U.S. Senators have made headlines with their letter to MLS commissioner Don Garber.

Patty Murray, Senator from Washington, and Dianne Feinstein, Senator from California, penned a letter to Don Garber with respect to his role as CEO of Soccer United Marketing,which owns the marketing rights for the U.

MLS Ticker: Schweinsteiger, Atlanta United, Villa, and more

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Don Garber addressed a big-name veteran linked to the league, while Atlanta United has signed one for the future.

MLS commissioner Don Garber says the league would "welcome Bastian (Schweinsteiger) with open arms" if the German midfielder was to push for a move. (REPORT)

Atlanta United has signed U.

Video: Bob Bradley's first Swansea City interview

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Thursday Kickoff: De Bruyne, Barton, Koulibaly and more

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One of the Premier League's best midfielders could miss a vital Champions League clash, while a former Premier League midfielder is in hot water over a betting scandal.

Kevin de Bruyne is not expected to return to the Manchester City lineup in time to face Barcelona on Oct. 19. (REPORT)

Rangers midfielder Joey Barton was charged with breaking gambling rules after alledgedly betting on44 matchesbetween July 1 and Sept.

CONMEBOL WCQ Preview: Uruguay faces Venezuela, Brazil takes on Peru and more

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While the top four all avoid one another,plenty of intriguing matches remain on the schedule for match day nine in 2018 CONMEBOL World Cup Qualifying.

Alexis Sanchez, Arturo Vidal, and Chile lead Thursday's schedule as they try to rebound from their recent form against Enner and Antonio Valencia and Ecuador, currently sitting in fifth,two places and two points above their CONMEBOL rivals.

Who should the USMNT start vs. Cuba?

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With just one month between the U.S. Men's National Team and a clash with arch-rivals Mexico, the upcoming pair of friendlies are of the utmost importance. Several new faces will look to stake their claim on the final spots on the Hexagonal squad, while first team regulars will look to fight off competition from up-and-comers, along with developing relationships with those around them.

Atlanta United to play in Georgia Tech's Bobby Dodd Stadium to start season

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They'll have to wait until summer to play in their own stadium, but one of MLS' newest teamswill be able to give their home fans a show in a temporaryhome.

Atlanta United announced that they would begin their inaugural 2017 season playing in Georgia Tech'sBobby Dodd Stadium. The 55,000-seat college football arena will provide a temporary home for the expansion side until their own Mercedes-Benz Stadium is ready in the summer.

Kitchen, Williams looking to boost their USMNT stock

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Heading into the upcoming pair of friendlies, the U.S. Men's National Team has several competitions running throughout the lineup. Perhaps the most important spot up for grabs, though, is one in the central midfield.Jurgen Klinsmann is looking towards Danny Williams or Perry Kitchen to provide one of those answers, while claiming a spot on the rosterheading towards the Hexgonal.

Klinsmann defends inclusion of 'damn good' Wondolowski

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After each and every one of his U.S. Men's National Team call-ups, Chris Wondolowski comes under fire. Always one of the more criticized inclusions, Wondolowski's inclusions are usually met by scorn and frustration. However, Jurgen Klinsmannisn't afraid to defend his decision to include the San Jose Earthquakes veteran.

UEFA WCQ Preview: Italy takes on Spain, France faces the Netherlands, and more

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The second and third match days of UEFA World Cup Qualifying are underway this international break, headlined by a clash of Group G titans.

Italy and Spain will meet in the biggest match of the round. Each team won their first games, Spainby a score of 8-0 against Leichtenstein while Italy roppledIsrael by a final of 3-1.

Swansea City owner: Judge Bradley on performance, not 'accent or passport'

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Swansea City co-owner Jason Levien understands the skepticism behind the recent appointment of Bob Bradley. However, he also understands his own belief that the club has hired who he believes is the best man for the job.

Bradley's hiring has been met with skepticism, for several reasons. Despite a poor run of recent form, former managerFrancesco Guidolin faced plenty of hurdles to start the season.

Wednesday Kickoff: CONCACAF, Di Maria, Suarez and more

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A major change may soon be coming to CONCACAF, while Angel Di Maria discussed a plan for a potential international retirement.

CONCACAF presidentVictor Montagliani says the federation could re-brand to distance itself from a "toxic" recent history. (REPORT)

Angel Di Maria says he will quit the Argentinian national team if they lose one more international final.

College Soccer Midweek Preview: Indiana-Notre Dame, Stanford-Washington headline busy week

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The Indiana Hoosiers are one offour remaining unbeaten teams in the nation, but will face the toughest test in keeping that unbeaten record when they take on Notre Dame on Tuesday night.

The SBI No. 7 Hoosiers are coming off an impressive win against Butler, but the Fighting Irish present a much tougher challenge, particularly in South Bend, where they are unbeaten.

SBI College Soccer Top 25: October 4th Edition

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Clemson cracked the top 5 this week on the strength of wins against South Florida and Wake Forest, with Junior Diego Campos delivering the only goal in the Tigers 1-0 win against the Demon Deacons.

The Top 4 in the SBI College Soccer Top 25 was unchanged this week, marking the first time this season we didn't see a shakeup at the top.

David Bingham looking to prove himself in absence of USMNT regulars

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Since 2010, either Tim Howard or Brad Guzan has started 93 of the U.S. Men's National Team's 118 matches. Aside from 25 exceptionsthroughout the past six years, one of the two has been responsible for manning the goalkeeper position, while providing consistency and veteran leadership from the back.

SBI MLS Power Rankings (Week 31)

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The playoff picture further narrowed in this week's MLS action.

Several high ranking teamshad bad weeks and faced corresponding plunges. Toronto FC's draw against Orlando City and loss to D.C. United drop them from first to third in the East and represent a recent dip in form at a bad time.

The SBI View: Johnson remains best option at left back as Hex looms

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Fabian Johnson's versatility makes him one of the U.S. Men's National Team's most dynamic players. It also makes him one of the USMNT's most fiercely debated.

As expected, Johnson was once again named to the USMNT roster ahead of a pair of friendlies against Cuba and New Zealand and, once again, he was listed as a defender.

Jacksonville Armada appoint Mark Lowry as new manager

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What does a run of good form earn you as an interim manager? The removal of the 'interim' tag.

The Jacksonville Armada announced on Tuesdaythat Mark Lowry would become the team's full time manager after his strong nine-match performance since becoming interim manager on August 7th.The promotion continues a rapid ascendancy for Lowry, as he was appointed an assistant coach at the club in just September of last year before taking over after the firing of manager Tony Meola in August.

Report: Brooks to return to Hertha Berlin following USMNT match against Cuba

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Given his recent injuries, John Brooks was among the more surprising call-ups to the U.S. Men's National Team. However, the central defender reportedly won't be with the group for very long.

According to German outlet Kicker, Brooks will return to Germany following the USMNT's friendly against Cuba as he prepared for his first club appearance since Sept.

Tuesday Kickoff: Fabregas, Chicharito, Balotelli and more

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A Mexican star is set for some time away from his club team during the international break, while Chelsea could be set for another major transfer.

Bayer Leverkusen has granted Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez a special leave to visit his girlfriend, who is recovering from a collapsed lung. (REPORT)

AC Milan is reportedly interested in Cesc Fabregas.

Video: Bradley discusses 'special' final match with Le Havre ahead of Swansea move

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European Weekend Rewind: Spurs run past City, Barca and Real Struggle and more

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Europe's top clubs had a weekend to forget over the past three days.

Both Real Madrid and FC Barcelona failed to win, as Madrid drew 1-1 and Barcelona fell 4-3 away from home. Atletico Madrid topped the standings after a 2-0 victory against Valencia.

Borussia Dortmund failed to close the gap with Bayern Munich, as both sides failed to get three points against Cologne and Leverkusen, respectively.

Report: FIFA president Infantino wants 48-team World Cup

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An expanded World Cup officially has the backing of FIFA President Gianni Infantino.

Infantino, speaking during an event at Bogota's Sergio Arboleda university,has suggested expanding the World Cup finals to 48 teams from the current 32, Reuters reported Monday.

College Soccer Weekend Rewind: Clemson tops Wake Forest, Syracuse and UNC draw, and more

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While Syracuse and North Carolina disappointed with a scoreless draw, Clemson topped Wake Forest, 1-0, in an intense match.

The SBI No. 4 Orange and No. 2 Tar Heels couldn't separate from one another over full time and two overtime periods. While not a win for the Tar Heels, the 0-0 result does represent their fourth shut-out in four ACC matches this year, maintaining a perfect 0 goals allowed.

SBI Question of the Day: How will Bradley fare at Swansea City?

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For years, Bob Bradley stated his belief that he was ready for the next step into the coaching elite and, after years of work away from the brightest of lights, the former U.S. Men's National Team head coach now has the chance to prove himself in the world's most watched league.

Swansea City announced on Monday that Bradley has been named the club's manager, making the former USMNT boss the first American to coach in one of Europe's top five leagues.

Williams, Chandler look to reclaim spots with USMNT after lengthy absences

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September qualifiers served as Sacha Kljestan's international rebirth. After several years away from the U.S. Men's National Team, the midfielder made an unlikely return to the fold as an injury replacement. Although he appeared to be little more than an additional name on the roster, Kljestan shined while all but solidying his spot with the national team going forward.

Bedoya withdraws from USMNT squad due to injury

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The U.S. Men's National Team will be without a veteran midfielder for this Friday's friendly against Cuba.

U.S. Soccer announced on Monday that Alejandro Bedoya has withdrawn from the USMNT squad ahead of the upcoming friendly. The Philadelphia Union midfielder suffered a strained rib muscle over the weekend, knocking him outin the 52nd minute of the Philadelphia Union's 3-2 loss to the New York Red Bulls.

The Best of MLS Week 31: Bush, D.C. United, and more

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PLAYER OF THE WEEK

A goalkeeper took home the SBI Player of the Week after a stunning performance to boost his team's playoff hopes. Montreal Impact shot-stopper Evan Bush faced 22 shots against Orlando City on Sunday, but still walked out of Camping World Stadium with a clean sheet.

Monday Kickoff: Rodriguez, Reus, Copa Libertadores and more

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The weekend proved a dangerous one for managers, while several stars could miss time over the international break.

James Rodriguez is dealing with a calf strain that could keep him out of action for Colombia'sWorld Cup qualifiers against Paraguay and Uruguay. (REPORT)

The Copa Libertadores is set to expand to 44 teams after opting to awardtwo more qualifying spots to Brazil and one more apiece to Argentina, Colombia and Chile.

Americans Abroad: Sunday Rewind

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An American provided a game-saving assist on Sunday, while several others played big minutes in impressive results.

Omar Gonzalez's headed pass in the 93rd minute paved the way for a Ruben Botta finish, sealing a dramatic late draw for Pachuca in Sunday's clash with Puebla. Gonzalez went 90 minutes in the match, a feat matched by Geoff Cameron in a 1-1 draw with Manchester United.

Swansea City hires Bob Bradley

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Bob Bradley is heading to the Premier League.

Swansea City announced on Monday that the club has hired the former U.S. Men's National Team coach as its new manager. The move ends the tenure ofFrancesco Guidolin while also seeing Bradley depart French club Le Havre in his second season in charge.

Oduro lifts Impact to win over Orlando City

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The Montreal Impact's playoffdreams may include a home match, while Orlando City's hopes of reaching the postseason are officially over.

A single Dominic Oduro goal proved just enough to lead the Impact to a 1-0 victory over the Lions on Sundayat Camping World Stadium. The win vaults the Impact to fourth in the Eastern Conference while sealing the Canadian club's second straight win following a four-game winless skid.

Sounders win again, eliminate Whitecaps from playoff contention

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The Seattle Sounders boosted their playoff hopes whilst eliminating the Vancouver Whitecaps from contention.

The Sounderscame from behind in Vancouver thanks to goals from Osvaldo Alonso and Brad Evans to win 2-1 at BC Place on Sunday in a game that saw both sides reduced to 10 men.

Pulisic, Gooch, Green headline USMNT roster for October friendlies

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Ahead of the Hexagonal round of World Cup qualifying, Jurgen Klinsmann is going to get a look at several young stars in the U.S. Men's National Team's October friendlies.

Christian Pulisic, Lynden Gooch and Julian Green headline the USMNT's 23-man roster for the pair of upcoming friendlies.

Earthquakes halt winless streak with win over RSL

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The San Jose Earthquakes kept their playoff hopes alive on Saturday while also forcing Real Salt Lake to wait for their chance to clinch.

A 72nd goal from Fatai Alashe proved the difference on Saturday night as the Earthquakes topped RSL, 2-1, at Avaya Stadium.

Americans Abroad: Saturday Rewind

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An unlikely playerfound his way onto the scoresheet on Saturday, a day that saw a majority of the Americans Abroad take the field.

Tim Ream scored Fulham's lone goal in Fulham's 2-1 loss to Queens Park Rangers. After seeing the goalkeeper parry a shot, Ream pounced on a loose ball in the box.

Dax McCarty header allows Red Bulls to edge Union in back-and-forth affair

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HARRISON, N.J. Two of the Eastern Conference's stronger teams went punch for punchon Saturday, and it was the New York Red Bulls that were left standing when the dust settled.

Dax McCarty scored a 66th-minute header and the Red Bulls edged the Philadelphia Union, 3-2, at Red Bull Arena on Saturday night.

Crew thump Fire to remain in playoff chase

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The Columbus Crew aren't dead yet.

Following a backbreaking midweek loss to D.C. United, the Crew kept their dwindling playoff hopes alive with a 3-0 win on Saturday against the Chicago Fire. The win gives the Crew their third victory in four matches, keeping them in the hunt for a longshot run at the sixth and final playoff position.

D.C. United extends win streak to three with victory over TFC

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D.C. United continues to peak at the right time.

After going down a goal on a Jozy Altidore finish, D.C. United battled back to score two straight in a 2-1 win over Toronto FC on Saturday night. The win moves D.C. United into fourth place following the Philadelphia Union's loss to the Red Bulls.

Revs stay alive with win over Sporting KC

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The New England Revolution picked up a vital win to remain in the playoff hunt while also pushing Sporting KC into a dangerous position in the cutthroat Western Conference.

Goals from Kei Kamara and Juan Agudelo led the way as the Revs stormed past Sporting KC, 3-1, at Gillette Stadium.

Following loss to Red Bulls, Union in must-win mode heading towards playoffs

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HARRISON, NJ The message from Philadelphia Union boss Jim Curtin was as clear and concise as it could get after the club's 3-2 defeat at the hands of the New York Red Bulls on Saturday.

"It's clear what we need to do," Curtin said. "We need to win a soccer game at home against Orlando and New York.

Zimmerman goal lifts FC Dallas over Galaxy

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An unlikely goalscorer led the way, but FC Dallas emerged from Toyota Stadium one step closer to the Supporters' Shield.

Walker Zimmerman scored the game's lone goal in the first half to lift FC Dallas to a 1-0 win over the LA Galaxy. The win gives FC Dallas a five-point lead in the Supporters' Shield race with just two games left to play.

NASL Look Ahead: Miami takes on Rowdies, Cosmos face Strikers and more

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With most clubs only having six matches left in the Fall Season, the push for the playoffs is truly gainingits steam this weekend in the NASL.

Almost every single match this weekend has some type of playoff hunt ramification, as five clubs are currently separated by only four points from fourth place in the Combined Standings andthat glorious last spot in the postseason.

Americans Abroad: Friday Rewind

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Friday's Americans Abroad was certainly about quality of quantity, as one American provided a goal while another added an assist.

Headlining the day's action was Andrew Wooten, who provided the opening goal in SV Sandhausen's 2-0 win over Dynamo Dresden. The forward's finish was a true poachers goal, as Wooten pounced on a loose ball on the back post to fire his second goal in as many matches.

Villa shines as NYCFC beats Dynamo to take top spot in East

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A dominant performance from New York City FC earned the team a 2-0 win over the Houston Dynamo at BBVA Compass Stadium on Friday night.

David Villa strengthened his MVP campaign with two goals in the NYCFC win. The first came in the 52nd minute off a corner kick and the second arrived just before the final whistle.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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As the international break looms, Saturday presents a busy day of soccer action.

Starting in Germany, several contenders featuring American stars take the field. A clash pitting Bobby Wood's Hamburg against John Brooks' Hertha Berlin headlines the earlyaction, while powerhouse Bayern Munich looks to continue their run atop the league in a match against Cologne.