Soccer By Ives Archives for January 2016

USMNT 4, Guatemala 0: The SBI Breakdown

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COLUMBUS, Ohio The U.S. Men's National Team did not just turn in a big bounce-back performance in World Cup Qualifying on Tuesday night.

It delivered a perfect response.

The U.S. entered this week's World Cup qualifier against Guatemala under severe scrutiny, the result of a flat and brutally inept performance in an embarrassing defeat to Los Chapineslast Friday in Central America.

SBI NASL Season Preview: FC Edmonton

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The2015 season was a tale of ups and downs for FC Edmonton. A slow start to the Spring Season, coupled with significant injuries ultimately cost the team a playoff spot.

One year later, the team isconfidentof a significantly different outcome in 2016.

Edmonton is not taking any chances as itarmed its squad with more experienced players during the offseason.

Colombia 2, U.S. U-23s 1: The SBI Breakdown

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Handed a chance at redemption and an opportunity to seal passage to the 2016 Olympic games, the U.S. Under-23 Men's National Team was unable to get the job done.

After sealing a 1-1 draw in the away leg, the U.S. was rebuffed on home turf to the tune of a 2-1 loss to Colombia.

NASL Ticker: Broadcast deals, Puerto Rico FC, and more

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The North American Soccer League has made big strides to broaden its fanbase in 2016, signing major agreements with digital and broadcast outlets this week. Meanwhile, Indy Eleven and Minnesota United have bolstered their rosters with veteran signings.

NASL will become the first North American professional league to be broadcast live on beIN Sports.

SBI NASL Preview: Jacksonville Armada

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After an extremely disappointing inaugural season, Jacksonville Armada FC is in the middle ofa complete transformation.

Owner and President Mark Frisch dismissed general manager Dario Sala, head coach Guillermo Hoyos, and a slew of other technical staff members in an attempt to wipe the slate clean after the team finished dead last in 2015.

CONCACAF WCQ Rewind: Mexico through to Hex, Costa Rica wins and more

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The U.S. Men's National Team may have strongly strengthened their position with a win on Tuesday, but oneCONCACAF power took it one step further by sealing their place in the Hexagonal.

Mexico and Costa Rica each enjoyed lopsided victories,with the former sealing their spot in the Hexagonal with a victory over Canada.

CONMEBOL WCQ Rewind: Brazil finds last-gasp equalizer, and more

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Big-time players come up in big-time moments.Brazil just demonstrated that.

It was not the player that might first come to mind that delivered in the clutch, however.

Dani Alves scored a last-second equalizer and Brazil avoided a disastrous defeat to Paraguay in a 2-2 draw on Tuesday.

Must-See Goal: Johan Venegas

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Un peu de tiki taka du Costa Rica qui mène au but de Venegas. #IMFC pic.twitter.com/uz2ARoe9rB

- Nilton Jorge (@NiltonJorge) March 30, 2016


Latest talented USMNT prospect cap-tied after Christian Pulisic makes debut

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COLUMBUS, Ohio When the U.S. Men's National Team took a two-goal lead in the first half vs. Guatemala, the thought of seeing Christian Pulisic make his international debut began to pop into many observers' heads. It then seemed like a foregone conclusion after the U.

Jurgen Klinsmann discusses recent criticism after USMNT mauls Guatemala

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COLUMBUS, Ohio A couple hours before the U.S. Men's National Team took on Guatemala in a World Cup Qualifier on home soil on Tuesday, a plane with a banner flew over Mapfre Stadium.

The banner read, "#FireKlinsmann He's a tiny little bit behind".

It was quite possibly the biggest sign of protest that any U.

Geoff Cameron steps into leadership role in USMNT rout of Guatemala

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COLUMBUS, Ohio Geoff Cameron made a big impact in the U.S. Men's National Team's lopsided win over Guatemala,but it was not just the goal he set up or the one he scored that helped his sideenjoy such a strong performance.

The U.S. got back on track in World Cup Qualifying on Tuesday night by clobbering Guatemala, 4-0, in a game at Mapfre Stadium that was every bit as one-sided as the scoreline indicated.

Wednesday Kickoff: Gotze, Toure, Kante and more

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A Premier League manager has kept quiet on a move for a World Cup hero, while one of the league's top stars has begun to prepare for life after Manchester City.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp refused to comment on reports liking the club to Mario Gotze, but the German boss did comment on the Bayern Munich playmaker's "extraordinary abilities".

U.S. U-23s vs. Colombia: SBI Live Commentary

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Task one, complete.

After the U.S. Under-23 Men's National Team secured a 1-1 draw in South America on Friday, along with a critical away goal, Andi Herzog's team returns to American soil for the second leg.

The match will kick off from Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas (9:30 p.m. ET, ESPN2).

USMNT rolls past Guatemala in World Cup Qualifying rematch

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COLUMBUS, Ohio The U.S. Men's National Team needed a strong bounce-back performance and three points after suffering a shocking shutout loss to Guatemala last Friday.

The U.S. got both, and a little bit of revenge as well.

Four different players scoredand the U.

SBI USMNT Man of the Match: Geoff Cameron

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After an all-around disappointing performance against Guatemala, the U.S. Men's National Team bounced back in a big way against the same foe on Tuesday as a centerbcakled the way both in the attack and in defense.

Geoff Cameronslotted into a centerback role after featuring at right back on Friday vs.

U.S. U-23s miss out on Olympics with loss to Colombia

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For the second straight cycle, the U.S Under-23 Men's National Team will not be heading to the Olympics.

After missing out on the 2012 tournament, the 2016 U.S. teamforced to the same fate on Tuesday via a 2-1 loss to Colombia in Frisco, Texas.

USA vs. Guatemala: SBI Live Commentary

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The U.S. Men's National Team is in do-or-die mode tonight, as the Americans take on Guatemala in a must-win World Cup qualifier at MAPFRE Stadium (7:25pm, ESPN2).

The U.S. will look to rebound from an ugly 2-0 loss in Guatemala last Friday, and will be hoping to continue an unbeaten run in Columbus.

Must-See Goal: Dimitri Payet

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Samaras looking to build bright future with Rayo OKC

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Despite all of his achievementson both the international and club level, Georgios Samaras isn't looking to live off of his past successes. Rather, the Greek star is looking to play his part in something totally new while reacquainting himself to the game after some time away.

MLS Ticker: Ronaldinho, Doyle, NYCFC and more

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One of Brazil's most exciting players of the past decade is considering a move to MLS, while the Colorado Rapids could be without one of their key attackers after a gruesome injury.

Former Barcelona star Ronaldinho is reportedly considering MLS or the Chinese Super League for his next move, according to his brother and agent Roberto Assis.

San Francisco Deltas to join NASL in 2017

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Professional soccer is officially coming to San Francisco.

The San Francisco Deltas announced on Tuesday that the club will begin play in the NASL in 2017. The club is backed by 15investors from Silicone Valley and Brazil, including former North American CEO of VirginJonathan Peachey, Yahoo's Bobby Jaros, andJosh McFarland, senior director of product at Twitter.

SBI NASL Preview: Carolina RailHawks

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The Carolina RailHawks will celebrate their 10th year as a club in 2016, and ambitions are high despite numerous changes to the roster from a season ago.

The RailHawks were unable to reach the postseason in 2015, and the club's top goal-scorer in Javier "Nacho" Novo is now gone ahead of the 2016 Spring Season.

The SBI Show: Episode 256 (Previewing USA-Guatemala 2, U.S. U-23s-Colombia 2, and more)

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The U.S. Men's National Team faces a do-or-die World Cup qualifier on Tuesday and the latest episode of The SBI Show breaks down the crucial showdown.

Episode 256 of The SBI Show takes a close look at the USMNT-Guatemala qualifier in Columbus, with a loss putting qualification for the 2018 World Cup in serious jeopardy.

CONMEBOL WCQ Preview: Chile and Colombia aim to crack top five, and more

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Two of CONMEBOL's 2014 World Cup participants arebehind the pack on the road to Russia, and only victories on Tuesdaywill give them a shot at moving into a top-five spot.

Chile and Colombia have gotten off to subpar starts in 2018 World Cup Qualifying in South America, and both are in sore need of three points to avoid fallingfurther out of the picture a third of the way through the campaign.

SBI NASL Preview: Tampa Bay Rowdies

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It was a bitter end to the year for the Tampa Bay Rowdies in 2015, as the team's late rally for the playoffs came to a halting stop on the last day of the regular season.

The side started hot, suffered a slump in the middle, and rounded back into form in the fall under new head coach and former player Stuart Campbell as the team's ownership made ambitious front office changes.

USMNT heading to Jacksonville for September World Cup qualifier

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The U.S. Men's National Team has a massive task onTuesday against Guatemala, but the location of the team's finalWorld Cup qualifier has already been made clear.

U.S. Soccer announced on Tuesdaythat the USMNT will take on Trinidad & Tobago on Sept. 6 at Jacksonville'sEverBank Field.

Hertha Berlin unhappy with USMNT handling of Brooks injury

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John Brooks has rejoinedHertha Berlin ahead of Tuesday's U.S. Men's National Team clash with Guatemala, and the German club is far from happy with the condition the centerback is returning in.

Hertha sporting director Michael Preetz said that Brooks'early return from international duty "raises a few questions" as Brooks looks set to miss out on the club's clash with Borussia Monchengladbach due to injury.

Klinsmann, USMNT stress urgency ahead of must-win Guatemala match

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Jurgen Klinsmann isn't mincing any words: the U.S. Men's National team needs to walk out of MAPFRE Stadium with a victory on Tuesday night.

Following Friday night's disappointment in Guatemala City, the U.S. enters a must-win situation in Columbus. Currently sittingthird in their World Cup qualifying group, another loss would make the once unfathomableideaof missing out on the Hexagonal round a very real possibility.

Tuesday Kickoff: 2030 World Cup, Wenger, Ramos and more

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The new FIFA president has revealed his stance on a World Cup decision, while Arsene Wenger has stated his expectations for next season.

New FIFA president Gianni Infantino says he would support a co-hosted World Cup, a situationFIFA has not looked towards since 2002. Infantino'ssupport gives hopeto Uruguay and Argentina, who could look to host the tournament's 100th anniversary together in 2030.

USMNT embracing Columbus aura ahead of Guatemala clash

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With the team's World Cup qualifying status all but on the line, the U.S. Men's National Team returns to a familiar fortressfor what is certainly a must-win matchup.

Following a 2-0 loss in Guatemala City, the USMNT is set to host the Central American nation on Tuesday in Columbus' MAPFRE Stadium.

Guatemala's Carlos Ruiz cleared to travel ahead of USMNT clash

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Despite some early doubt, Guatemala will have the team's top goalscorer to lead the way in Tuesday's World Cup qualifying clash with the U.S. Men's National Team.

Carlos Ruiz, who netted Guatemala's second goal in Friday's 2-0 win, has been cleared to travel to the U.

Who should the USMNT start vs. Guatemala?

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Tuesday night's showdown against Guatemala could have been a match which saw the U.S. Men's National Team earn a spot in the Hex, but now the game is seemingly a must-win after the team failed to earn any points in Guatemala City.

The USMNT will host the Guatemalans for a second time this month on Tuesday in Columbus, Ohio (7 p.

SBI MLS Team of the Week: FC Dallas

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The attacking force that is FC Dallas was on full display on Saturday against D.C. United.

Even limited a bit by several international absences, FC Dallas swarmed D.C. United in a resounding 3-0 victory at RFK Stadium to earn recognition as SBI MLS Team of the Week.

SBI MLS Goal of the Week: Michael Barrios

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SBI MLS Player of the Week: Michael Barrios

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FC Dallas enjoyed another match of dominance, and a Colombian midfielder proved to be the biggest difference-maker in Week 4 action.

Michael Barrios scored FC Dallas' first two goals to help the Western Conference contender take down D.C. United, 3-0, at RFK Stadium on Saturday.

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

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The U.S. Under-23 Men's National Team has put itself in a position to qualify for the 2016 Olympics. Now, the task is to seize that position as the U.S.is 90 minutes away from reaching its ultimate goal.

All things considered, the U.S. took care of business on Friday, earning an away goal in a 1-1 draw with Colombia.

Revolution remain confident despite finishing March without a win

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NEW YORK The first month of the season came and went, and the New England Revolution finished it with some points but without a victory.

Nonetheless, they are confident that the tide will soon turn for the better.

The Revolutionwrapped up playing in March this past Saturday by picking up a point in a 1-1 draw on the road against New York City FC.

Monday Kickoff: Ibrahimovic, Rooney, Payet and more

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A superstar striker admitted there is a chance he heads to England, while the country's national team manager has addressed the international future of one of his top forwards.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic says that"a lot of big things will happen" for him duringthe summer, while also revealing that several Premier League clubs have showntheir interest in signing him.

SBI NASL Preview: Rayo OKC

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It's been less than five months since Rayo OKC was named the NASL's latest expansion franchise. With pieces now in place following a chaotic offseason, Rayo OKC islooking forward to establishing itself and its style within the ever-changing NASL landscape.

Rayo OKC enters the 2016 campaign with a roster full of familiar faces to thosewith knowledgeof both American and global soccer.

Pulisic, Zusi join USMNT roster ahead of rematch with Guatemala

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Christian Pulisic has impressed as a member of Borussia Dortmund and the U.S. Under-17 Men's National Team, but the 17-year-old playmaker is now set to make the jump to the highest level to joina team in need of a result.

U.S. Soccer announced on Sunday that Pulisic and Graham Zusi have been added to the U.

Morales goal ensures Whitecaps sink Dynamo

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Pedro Morales netted yet another goal from the penalty spot this season, and it turned out to be the game-winner for second consecutive week.

Following his two-goal performance both scored from the penalty spot against the Seattle Sounders in Week 3, Morales scored the only goal in Saturday's 1-0 win against the Houston Dynamo at BC Place.

Must-See Goal: Jamie Vardy

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Barrios bags brace as FC Dallas dominates D.C. United

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While D.C. United remained without a win in 2016, FC Dallas' high-flying attack continued to shine on Saturday.

FC Dallas dominated D.C. United at RFK Stadium en route to a 3-0 win in the nation's capital. Defensive woes were evident in the loss for D.

NYCFC takes 'step back' with performance against Revolution

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NEW YORK – Even as his team was dropping points, Patrick Vieira was able to find positives in the performances of New York City FC throughout his first few games. On Saturday, he found no such joy.

Despite being up a man for nearly the entire second half, Vieira's NYCFC failed to muster much of an attack in a 1-1 draw with the New England Revolution.

Tierney goal helps 10-man Revs grab draw vs. NYCFC

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New York City FC may have been up a man for a majority of the second half, but Patrick Vieira's side couldn't find a goal to separateitselffrom the New England Revolution on Saturday afternoon.

Tommy McNamara's opening goal was canceled out by a Chris Tierney finish, and NYCFC was unable to top the 10-man Revs in a 1-1 draw on Saturday at Yankee Stadium.

Must-See Goal: Hlompho Kekana

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CONCACAF WCQ Rewind: Mexico cruises past Canada and more

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While draws were a common result on Friday, several teams picked up crucial victories in CONCACAF's fourth round of World Cup qualifying.

A total of 16 goals were scored across the six matches played yesterday, with Mexico and Trinidad & Tobago breaking out for three goals each. El Tri was paced by Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez's return to the team, after impressing this club season with Bundesliga side Bayer Leverkusen.

SBI NASL Preview: Fort Lauderdale Strikers

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After being named the team's general manager in the summer, Caio Zanardi helped lift the Fort Lauderdale Strikers to the postseason after a difficult Spring Season. Now the team's head coach, Zanardi has added a series of new pieces in an effort to seal a return to playoff soccer.

Zanardi has had some significant moves to make heading into the 2016 season.

Guatemala 2, USMNT 0: Match Highlights

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U.S. U-23s 1, Colombia U-23s 1: Match Highlights

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CONMEBOL WCQ Rewind: Suarez saves Uruguay in Brazil and more

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Last-second goals and draws sure were in style during CONMEBOL's fifth round of World Cup qualifying.

The latest batch of South Americanqualifiers wrapped up on Friday, but not before some intense and exciting affairs were put on display. Twenty goals were scored across the five matches, and three of them ended in dramatic fashion courtesy of some late tallies, while three of them finished withteams splitting the points.

Guatemala 2, USMNT 0: The SBI Breakdown

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Uninspired. Unimaginative. Unbelievable.

The U.S. Men's National Team suffered one of its worst losses in recent memory on Friday night, suffering a stunning2-0 loss on the road at the hands of Guatemala in a World Cup qualifier that was never really a contest.

Guatemala took advantage of some shoddy defending to score twice inside of the first 15 minutes and never looked back, leaving the shell-shocked U.

USMNT vs. Guatemala: SBI Live Commentary

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The U.S. Men's National Team's path through Olympic qualifying is set to continue on Friday night in Guatemala.

Entering Friday night's clash on four points through two games, the U.S. takes on Guatemala at the Estadio Mateo Flores (10 p.m., beIN Sports USA).

Guatemala overwhelms USMNT in first of two World Cup Qualifiers

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The U.S. Men's National Team failed to show up against Guatemala on Friday night, and Jurgen Klinsmann's sidenow finds itself in a precarious position in CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying.

Rafael Morales and Carlos Ruiz netted first half goals for the hosts, leading Guatemala to a dominant 2-0 victory over the USMNT on Friday night at the Estadio Mateo Flores.

SBI U.S. U-23 Man of the Match: Tim Parker

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The U.S. Under-23 Men's National Team faced wave after wave of Colombia attacks on Friday, and one American defnder proved to be the difference-maker time and time again.

Tim Parker filled in on the U.S. back line for the injured Cameron Carter-Vickers and thwarted numerous chances in the first leg of the pair's Olympic qualifying playoff series at the Estadio Metropolitano Roberto Meléndez in Barranquilla, Colombia.

Gil nets away goal as U.S. U-23s earn draw in Colombia

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Throughout the build-up to Friday's match, the U.S. Under-23 Men's National Team stated its desire to win the opening leg of their Olympic qualifying playoff in Colombia. They failed to do so, but Friday's result did boost the team's chances of earning a berth in this summer's tournament.

An early finish from Luis Gil was canceled out by a Colombia penalty kick in the second half, as the U.

U.S. U-23s vs. Colombia: SBI Live Commentary

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The road to Rio de Janeiro brings the U.S. Under-23 Men's National Team to Barranquilla today.

The first leg of the Olympic qualifying playoff between the U.S. and Colombia kicks off at the Estadio Metropolitano Roberto Meléndez in Colombia (5 p.m., Fox Sports 1/Univision Deportes Network).

SBI NASL Season Preview: Indy Eleven

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With a new coach and a very new look, Indy Eleven is hoping to finally make the leap into the NASL's elite in their third season.

Last year, the second of the club's history, was a disappointment. After holding steady through the Spring Season, head coach Juergen Sommer was fired in June before the club limped through the Fall campaign.

SBI NASL Season Preview: Ottawa Fury

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The Ottawa Fury enjoyed a magical run in 2015 after their struggles in the Spring.

They won just two of their first 10 games, but finished the NASL Fall Season with just one loss. That form guided the Fury to the Soccer Bowl, where they narrowly lost, 3-2, to eventual champions New York Cosmos.

SBI Spotlight: Fury's Kyle Porter eager to impress for club, country

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Kyle Porter was one of the most integral players in the NASL last season. He logged more minutes than any other Canadian player with the Atlanta Silverbacks, and now the 26-year-old has returned to his home country aiming for a championship with the Ottawa Fury.

Porter was one of the Fury's marquee signings this offseason after a whirlwind of a winter.

MLS Week 4: A Look Ahead

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It may be an international break, but MLS features a trio of games to hold fans over through a busy weekend.

Kickstarting the weekend's action is an Eastern Conference clash, as New York City FC takes on the New England Revolution at Yankee Stadium.

Soccer Friday: Your Running Commentary

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While both the U.S. Men's National Team and Under-23s face pivotal contests, national teams throughout the world are set to take the field on a busy Friday.

CONCACAF World Cup qualifying continues on Friday, with a clash between Mexico and Canada serving as the headliner.

Who should the USMNT start vs. Guatemala?

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The road to Russia goes through Guatemala City on Friday, and the U.S. Men's National Team will be looking to improve upon its 2-0 record in 2016.

Following two friendly wins against Iceland and Canada, Jurgen Klinsmann's men head to Guatemala, where they will play their third CONCACAF qualifying game of the fourth round (10:06 p.

Friday Kickoff: Ozil, Gotze, Ramos and more

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More than 30 international games kicked off on Thursday, but the potential move of Mesut Ozil has had many people talking ahead of the weekend.

Barcelona is reportedly interested in acquiring Ozil from Arsenal, and could send Arda Turan, Munir El Haddadi and Sandro Ramírez to the English Premier League club to complete the deal.

Report: Beckham group buys private land required for Miami stadium

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David Beckham's Miami MLS project took a major step towards becoming a reality on Thursday.

The Miami Herald reported that Beckham's group purchased private land required for the league's proposed stadium in Overtown. The purchase now moves Beckham's group into the process of attempting to gain county approval for the acquisitionof government-owned land needed for the stadium, as well as zoning approval from the city of Miami.

Kranjcar feeling at home with Cosmos after time away from the field

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Even after years of playing the game at the highest level, Niko Kranjcar still loves to simply compete with a soccer ball glued to his foot. For months, that love was taken from him as he struggled to find the field, but the Croatian star has been given a chance to return to action once again with the New York Cosmos.

U.S. U-20s fail to reach knockout round in Dallas Cup

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The U.S. Under-20 National Team's run in the 2016 Dallas Cup has come to an end.

The Americans tied Hoffenheim, 3-3, in their final group match of the Dallas Cup on Thursday, eliminating the U.S. from the competition before the knockout stage. Seattle Sounders draftee Victor Mansaray scored in the game, while Jeremy Ebobisse and Aaron Herrera added the two other U.

The SBI Show: Episode 255 (Previewing USA-Guatemala, U.S. U-23s-Colombia, and more)

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The biggest week in American soccer since last October's CONCACAF Cup is here and the latest episode of The SBI Show has you covered on all the highly-anticipated action.

Episode 255 of The SBI Show previews the U.S. Men's National Team's World Cup qualifier against Guatemala and the U.

This Weekend's Soccer on TV

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Soccer action will be scarce this weekend due to international break, but the competition on the ledger will nevertheless provide some importance and entertainment for fans.

With World Cup, Africa Cup of Nations and Olympics qualifying all taking place this weekend, the marquee match — apart from the U.

Sounders sign former USMNT striker Herculez Gomez

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After starting the season 0-3 and only scoring two goals, the Seattle Sounders have added a veteran presence at striker position.

The club announced on Thursday the signing of former U.S. Men's National Team forward Herculez Gomez, who most recently played with Toronto FC in 2015.

"Herculez is a veteran player who has played in some big games," said Sounders FC Head Coach Sigi Schmid.

CONCACAF WCQ Preview: Canada-Mexico, Jamaica-Costa Rica headline action

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While the U.S. Men's National Team has two meetings with Guatemala on the docket in the coming days, Mexico-Canada headlines action elsewhere in the region.

El Tri enters Friday's meeting against the Canucks atop Group A with six points through two games.

Dempsey looks to help lift USMNT in World Cup qualifiers, Copa America

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At 33 years old, Clint Dempsey has seen and been a part of several pivotal moments in U.S. Men's National Team history. After several months away from the team, the Seattle Sounders forward is now looking to use his leadership and international experience to help the team create a few more.

Aron Johannsson to miss rest of Bundesliga season

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Aron Johannsson hasn't played a game for German Bundesliga club Werder Bremen since Sept. 22, 2015, and he will continue to be sidelined for the rest of the season due to lingering injuries.

Werder Bremen CEO Thomas Eichin has revealed thatthe U.S. Men's National Team forward will miss the 2015-16 season.

Klinsmann not promising Howard, Guzan spot in goal for USMNT

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For the past several years, the U.S. Men's National Team's goalkeeping position has been a battle between Tim Howard and Brad Guzan.

Howard was given the majority of nods to start, and Guzan served as the capable backup. Yet, the tide appears to be changing, as the two goalkeepers have struggled for minutes in recent months and are not getting any younger.

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

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Just two games stand between the U.S. Under-23 Men's National Team and an Olympic berth, but the next step on the road to Rio will be the most difficult yet.

Matched with Colombia in a two-game playoff, the U.S. is set to travel down to Barranquilla for Friday's opening leg.

CONMEBOL WCQ Preview: Suarez, Messi set to return and more

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Luis Suarez is set to make his Uruguay returnafter a little less than two years away because of suspension just in time to take on one of CONMEBOL's traditional powerhouses in a match with plenty of importance.

World Cup qualifying in South America is set to resume on Thursday with the start of the fifth round of the campaign, but the one game many observers are most eager to watch takes place on Friday, when Uruguay travels to face Brazil.

Thursday Kickoff: Cruyff, Pogba, Man City and more

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International action is upon us, and while one French star's potential future with an Italian powerhouse continues to be the talk of the town, a legend of the game has passed away.

Dutch goal-scorer Johan Cruyff, 68, died in Barcelona on Thursday after a battlewith cancer. (REPORT)

Paul Pogba has told Juventus he wants to stay with the Serie A club, according to Juventus director Giuseppe Marotta.

The SBI Show: Episode 254 (Recapping MLS Week 3, talking USMNT, and more)

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The week ahead features a pair of crucial matches for U.S. Soccer, and the latest episode of The SBI Show takes a look at the players who will take part on this matches, and more.

Episode 254 of The SBI Show features a discussion on the U.S. Men's National Team roster for upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Guatemala, as well as the squad for the U.

MLS Ticker: Orlando City adds Baptista, Okugo, and more

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Another Brazilian star is set to call Orlando home, while a veteran MLS defender/midfielder is training with a new club.

Orlando City announced on Wednesday that the club has signed midfielderJúlio Baptista, whohas scoredeight goals in 45 career caps with Brazil. The former Real Madrid and Arsenal midfielder most recently featured for Brazilian club Cruzeiro.

The SBI View: Germany stay would make most sense for in-demand Wood

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Given Bobby Wood's recent performances, it is no surprise that several big-name clubs are reportedly after his services. However, a likely step up will need to be a calculated leap for a player looking to assert himself as a regular for the U.S. Men's National Team.

Reports emerged on Tuesday linking Wood to Bundesliga clubsHamburg and Bayer Leverkusen.

SBI Question of the Day: Who is the most overrated player in MLS?

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While players like Cyle Larinand Ignacio Piatti are currently lighting up MLS in the early stages of the new season, some of the league's biggest names have yet to make an impact for their respective clubs.

ESPN FC recently conducted a survey of MLS players in an attempt to establish the most overrated players in the league.

Danny Williams' half-volley shortlisted for English Football League award

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Danny Williams may be known as a defensive midfielder, but one of his goals scored in 2015 is being considered as the best in the English Football League.

Williams' sensational half-volley from the top-right corner of the penalty area on Dec. 20 has made the shortlist for the Football League's Goal of the Year 2015 award.

Recent U.S. U-20 call-up Josh Doughty joins Canada U-20 camp

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Josh Doughty's name was one of 36 players called into January's U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team camp, but he didn't attend, and now the Manchester United product has re-joined Canada for camp.

Canada announced on Tuesday that Doughty had received clearance to join Canada's U-20 squad for camp in England.

Competition in midfield vital for U.S. U-23s ahead of Olympic playoff

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It's said that any team is only as strong as it's spine, and the U.S. Under-23 Men's National Team is hoping a talented group of young central midfielders can be aguiding force towards an Olympic berth.

The U.S. is set to kick off the team's long-awaited two-legged Olympic qualifying playoff against Colombia on Friday before returning for the second leg next week.

SBI MLS Power Rankings (Week 3)

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Ahead of an international weekend, several MLS contenders faltered while one remained atop the league with a third consecutive win to start the season.

Through three games, Sporting Kansas City is the league's lone nine-point team following a victory over Toronto FC on Sunday.

Wednesday Kickoff: Belgium, Euro 2016, Benzema and more

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Both the Belgian FA and UEFA have responded to Tuesday's terror attacks in Brussels, while France is nearing a decision on the future of Karim Benzema.

Belgium's friendly against Portugal has been moved toLeiria, Portugalfollowing Tuesday's terror attack on Brussels. Belgium had its last international match, a November meeting with Spain,canceled in the wake of the Paris attacks.

Report: Bobby Wood draws interest from Liverpool, Hamburg, Leverkusen

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Bobby Wood has reportedly caught the eye of a few suitors following his run of exceptional goal-scoring form for FC Union Berlin.

According to a report from German outletBerliner Kurier, the U.S. Men's National Team forward has received interest from German Bundesliga clubs Hamburg and Bayer Leverkusen and English Premier League side Liverpool.

NASL expecting expansion as league evaluates new, old markets

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The 2016 NASL season is set to be headlined by the introduction of three new teams, but commissioner Bill Peterson is already looking ahead to further additions.

Speaking on a conference call on Tuesday, Peterson said the league is expecting several expansion-related announcements throughout the year.

Dortmund reveals Christian Pulisic could join USMNT despite illness

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Although he was not named to Jurgen Klinsmann's U.S. Men's National Team roster for upcoming World Cup qualifiers, Christian Pulisic may soon be joining the team anyway.

According to Pulisic's club, Borussia Dortmund, the 17-year-old will join the USMNT camp ahead of its first qualifier of the year on Friday.

Sounders new 4-3-3 look not working after three weeks

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It's just not clicking three weeks into the season.

The Seattle Sounders suffered their third consecutive defeat to start the 2016 campaign, and if anything, the home loss to Cascadia rivals Vancouver Whitecaps made it clear that a change is needed.

Lloyd, Morgan, Pugh headline USWNT roster for Colombia friendlies

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U.S. Women's National Team head coach Jill Ellis has opted to mix several promising youngsters in with a veteran group for a pair of friendlies ahead of this summer's Olympics.

Veterans Carli Lloyd and Alex Morgan are joined by prospects like 17-year-olds Mallory Pugh and Ashley Sanchez to headline the USWNT roster for a pair of friendlies against Colombia.

U.S. U-17 goalkeeper Will Pulisic signs with Dortmund

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While one Pulisic has rapidly risen through the ranks at Borussia Dortmund, another will soon begin his journey with the Bundesliga powerhouse.

U.S. Under-17 Men's National Team goalkeeper Will Pulisic announced on Monday that he has signed with Dortmund. Pulisic, who will forego an offer to play college soccer at Duke to join the Bundesliga club, started all three games for the U.

Real Madrid, Barcelona, Leicester headline field for International Champions Cup

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The field for the International Champions Cup has been revealed, and it features several of Europe's powerhouses both old and new.

Set to feature in the U.S. from July 27-Aug. 3, the International Champions Cup will feature nineEuropean clubs on U.S. soil, including Real Madrid, Barcelona and Premier League leaders Leicester City.

Defensive display presents worries for Red Bulls despite first win

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While the New York Red Bulls found their first three points of the new MLS season against the Houston Dynamo, the victory did come with several caveats.

Felipe's six magical minutes down the stretch saw the Red Bulls battle back from 3-2 down to 4-3 up.

78 MLS players receive call-ups for international duty

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While three MLS matches will take place over the weekend, the upcoming days will be reserved for international fixtures, including 2018 World Cup qualifying.

Most notably, 13 MLSers were named to the U.S. Men's National Team roster by head coach Jurgen Klinsmann ahead of their home and away matches against Guatemala in CONCACAF World Cup qualifying.

Tuesday Kickoff: 2022 World Cup, De Bruyne, Cuadrado and more

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March's international break will soon take over the spotlight, but ahead of the games, news of accommodations for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar have had many people talking.

A Qatar World Cup Supreme Committee is considering housing visiting fans for the 2022 World Cup in tents next to the stadiums, saying: "(We) are actively researching the concept of supporters sleeping under the stars to ensure a truly unique World Cup experience in 2022.

SBI MLS Best XI (Week 3)

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Philadelphia Union fullback Fabinho is the only returning member of the SBI MLS Best XI, as a majority of the selections hail from the Western Conference.

A pair of Argentine attackers from FC Dallas headline Week 3's edition of the SBI MLS Best XI, as Mauro Diaz and Maxi Urruti each scored a late goal to help FCD top a dynamic Montreal Impact team.

U.S. U-23s embracing challenges, pressure of Olympic qualifying playoff

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Given the previous generation's failings, and even some of itsown, the U.S. Under-23 Men's National Team knows just how much pressure awaits in the coming weeks.

After settling for third place at the CONCACAF Olympic qualifying tournament, the U.S. U-23s are set to take on Colombia in a home-and-home playoff with a berth in the summer tournament on the line.

Midday Ticker: Sterling, Hart injuries; Buffon letter and more

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Following injuries over the weekend, a pair of English internationals will miss out on the nation's upcoming friendlies against Germany and the Netherlands.

Manchester City attacker Raheem Sterling and goalkeeper Joe Hart have withdrawn from the two matches after suffering setbacks in Sunday's 1-0 defeat to Manchester United.

Controversy follows first Sporting KC goal for Brad Davis

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After years of being a public enemy of Sporting KC, Brad Davis scored his first goal for the club in Sunday's victory over Toronto FC. However, it did not come without controversy.

In the 70th minute of Sporting KC's 1-0 win over Toronto FC on Sunday night, Davis scored the only goal of the game to lead his new club to victory.

SBI MLS Team of the Week: FC Dallas

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In the aftermath of a drubbing at the hands of their local rivals, FC Dallas bounced back in a major way by defeating a fellow contender.

Facing off with the unbeaten Montreal Impact, FC Dallas benefited from a pair of late goals to earn a statement victory, as well as recognition as SBI MLS Team of the Week.

MLS Weekend Rewind: Week 3

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While some clubs earned their first wins of the season in Week 3 of MLS action, many more continued to struggle. Here's a look at all 10 match stories and follow-up features from over the weekend on SBI.

The Seattle Sounders lost their third consecutive game to start the 2016 MLS season, but head coach Sigi Schmid thought his players deserved credit for playing well.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

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Bobby Wood's red-hot form continued this weekend, as the striker tied the American goal record in the 2. Bundesliga.

Wood scored his 14th goal of the season on Saturday, as FC Union Berlin defeated Eintracht Braunschweig, 3-1. The forward will now join the USMNT in preparation for World Cup qualifiers against Guatemala.

The Weekend's Best: Higuain, Real Madrid, Southampton-Liverpool and more

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While there were a few sensational goals scored over the weekend, one Argentine forward proved to be the hero for a Serie A side in need of three points. Here are SBI's picks for The Weekend's Best (as voted by SBI's editorial staff):

PLAYER OF THE WEEK

GONZALO HIGUAIN (Napoli).

SBI MLS Rookie of the Week: Jonathan Campbell

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Chicago Fire head coach Veljko Paunovic was impressed with his defenders after holding the Columbus Crew to a goose egg over the weekend, but a rookie in the center of his three-man back line arguably turned in the best shift on Saturday.

Jonathan Campbell started his second game of the year for the Fire, and helped the club earn their first shutout of the season against the 2015 MLS Cup runners-up.

SBI MLS Player of the Week: Felipe

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New York Red Bulls midfielder Felipe has always been regarded as a player who is willing to do the dirty work while helping to control the midfield. However, it was the Brazilian's ability to create magic in front of goal that led the Red Bulls to victory over the weekend.

SBI MLS Goal of the Week: Felipe

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Monday Kickoff: Man United, Mourinho, Barcelona and more

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An 18-year-old Manchester United striker is still shining, while the Jose Mourinho-to-Man United rumors continued to swirl over the weekend.

Man United defeated Man City, 1-0, in their derby match on Sunday, thanks to a first-half goal from Marcus Rashford. (REPORT)

Eleven arrests were made at the Etihad Stadium during the Manchester derby.

D.C. United, Rapids exchange second-half goals in draw

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The Colorado Rapids made major headlines with the club's signing of Tim Howard on Sunday, but a late goal from Fabian Espindola dampened the team's mood at RFK Stadium.

Espindola netted the game-tying goal in the 80th minute to lead D.C. United to a 1-1 draw against the Rapids on Sunday.

Union not satisfied with performance in win over Revs

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CHESTER, PA The Philadelphia Union's performance in their 3-0 win over the New England Revolution wasn't good enough in the eyes of the players or manager Jim Curtin.

For a team looking to erase every single nightmare in recent memory from their minds, the outlook is perfect.

Tyler Miller replaces injured Zack Steffen on U.S. U-23 roster

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U.S. Under-23 Men's National Team head coach Andi Herzog has been forced into making a change to his roster days before the team plays Colombia.

According to a release from U.S. Soccer, Seattle Sounders goalkeeper Tyler Miller has replaced Zack Steffen on the U.S. roster to play the CONMEBOL nation in a two-legged Olympic qualifying playoff, which will take place on Friday and March 29.

Chance to extend career beyond 2018 a key reason Tim Howard is joining Colorado Rapids

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For Tim Howard, Sunday's announcement wasbittersweet.

Bitter because he will soon be leaving the club he has called home for almost a decade, but sweet because he is joining an MLS team that is giving him the chance to extend his career.

The Colorado Rapids announced on Sunday that they have signed Howard to a Designated Player deal that will begin this summer.

Sapong brace leads Union past Revs

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CHESTER, PA C.J. Sapong's first brace since Sept. 21, 2013, powered the Philadelphia Union to their first home victory of the season.

The forward netted his first strike of the 3-0 win in the 18th minute after he capitalized on a cross sent in by left-back Fabinho.

Dempsey, Brooks return to USMNT in squad for Guatemala qualifiers

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With a spot in the Hexagonal within reach, Jurgen Klinsmann has brought back some veteran players to the U.S. Men's National Team that will face Guatemala in a matter of days.

Clint Dempsey, John Brooks, and Alejandro Bedoya are among the players returning tothe U.S. picture as part of a 26-man squad that Klinsmann has called in for a pair of World Cup Qualifiers vs.

While boosting Galaxy’s back line, Van Damme proves an offensive threat

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On a night that saw goals from LA Galaxy stalwarts Gyasi Zardes and Robbie Keane, it was a centerback who earned the most praise from his teammates in the locker room afterward.

Jelle Van Damme had a hand in two of the Galaxy's three goals against the San Jose Earthquakes, winning a header to assist the first and launching the long ball that sprung the second.

Fire Notebook: Vincent, Polster react to U.S. U-23 call, Accam rests and more

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Before Saturday's match, two of the Chicago Fire's young starters wereannounced as part of the U.S. Under-23 Men's National Team's 23-man roster for itsupcoming Olympic qualifying playoff.

Second-year midfielder Matt Polster androokie defender Brandon Vincent will leave on Sunday to join the U.

Winless Sounders find solace in quality of play

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SEATTLE The Seattle Sounders entered 2016 hoping to make their first trip to an MLS Cup. While that goal is certainly still well within reach, the team has thus far achieved a far less distinguished club record: three straight losses to start a season.

Rapids announce Tim Howard as latest DP signing

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The rumors and links have finally been confirmed. Tim Howard is returning to MLS.

The U.S. Men's National Team goalkeeper was announced as the Colorado Rapids' latest Designated Player signing on Sunday. He will join the club's roster on July 4.

"Tim is exceptional, both as a player and a person," Paul Bravo, technical director and VP of soccer operations, said in a release.

New-look defense developing for Fire with season's first shutout

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BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. –For as much as the Chicago Fire struggled to get traction going forward in a scoreless home draw against the Columbus Crew on Saturday, head coach Veljko Paunović was pleased with what he saw from his defense.

Near the end of his post-match press conference, talking about his team's growth through three games, his voice intensified.

Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

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The Manchester derby takes center stage on Sunday.

Man City hosts Man United at Etihad Stadium, and both sides will be looking for all three points to stay atop the English Premier League table. Currently in sixth place, and four points behind fourth place Man City entering the match, the Red Devils will also be hoping to end their winless run.

Red Bulls capture first win of season after Felipe brace

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HARRISON, NJ While injuries plagued the New York Red Bulls over the first hour of Saturday night's match, Felipe's stunning second-half performance guided the home side to a 4-3 victory over the Houston Dynamo.

Following a curling effort that beat goalkeeper Joe Willis with 12 minutes to play, the Red Bulls midfielder erupted the 15,000-plus in attendance at Red Bull Arena with a brilliant free kick in the 83rd minute.

Late goals push FC Dallas past red-hot Impact

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Didier Drogba made his highly-anticipated return to action, but it was FC Dallas that stole the spotlight on Saturday night.

Mauro Diaz and Maxi Urruti provided late goals at Toyota Stadium, leading FC Dallas to a 2-0 victory over the red-hot Montreal Impact.

Red Bulls overcome trio of injuries in gutsy comeback

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Prior to Mike Grella's equalizer in the second half, the New York Red Bulls were down a goal and all three substitutes against the Houston Dynamo because of injuries.

While the cards were stacked against Jesse Marsch's side on Saturday night, the home side displayed great resilience and scored three goals after halftime en route to their first victory of the new MLS season.

Controversial penalty helps Whitecaps drop Sounders

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SEATTLE One way or another, the Vancouver Whitecaps seem to leave Seattle with three points these days. Apair of Pedro Morales penalty kicks one controversial gave the visitors a 2-1 victory over the Seattle Sounders on Saturday night. It was the Whitecaps fourth straight win at CenturyLink Field in league play and their first win of the 2016 season.

Timbers rally late to salvage draw vs. 9-man RSL

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Real Salt Lake was able to build a two-goal lead at Providence Park, but the sending off of two key players proved too much to overcome against the defending MLS Cup champions.

Red cards to Kyle Beckerman and Jamison Olave proved to be RSL's undoing, as a late brace from Fanendo Adi was enough to earn the Portland Timbers a 2-2 draw on Saturday night at Providence Park.

Fire, Crew battle to tie in Bridgeview

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By JOHN WILKINSON

Last season's MLS Cup finalists Columbus Crew picked up their first point of the 2016 season in their third try, tying the Chicago Fire, 0-0, as both teams struggled to create dangerous chances going forward.

Cyle Larin continues to ward off sophomore slump while battling illness

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NEW YORK It might still be early, but Cyle Larin looks more and more ready to avoid a sophomore slump with each passing game.

Larin helped propel Orlando City to its first win of the season on Friday night, scoring the decisive goal in the seventh minute of a 1-0 road victory over New York City FC.

Morris, Green, Miazga headline U-23 USMNT squad for Olympic playoff

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U.S. Under-23 Men's National Team head coach Andi Herzog may not have his completearsenal of weapons available in the upcoming Olympic playoff against Colombia, but he will certainly have most of it.

Herzog unveiled his 23-man roster on Saturday for the upcoming two-legged affair with Colombia, and the squad includes a blend of regulars from MLS and abroad, including forward Jordan Morris, winger Julian Green, centerback Matt Miazga, and midfielder Wil Trapp.

Fabian Johnson suffers injury ahead of USMNT camp

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A crucial pair of World Cup qualifiers loom for the U.S. Men's National Team, and head coach Jurgen Klinsmann may be without one of the team's biggest stars.

Midfielder Fabian Johnson suffered agroin strain in Borrussia Monchengladbachs's 2-1 loss to Schalke on Friday. Johnson was removed from the game in the 70th minute.

The SBI Show: Episode 253 (Previewing MLS Week 3, and more)

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A pair of important U.S. matches loom next week, but before we get to those, MLS is offering an exciting slate of matches this weekend.

Episode 253 of The SBI Show previews all of the weekend's clashes, including the California Clasico between the LA Galaxy and San Jose Earthquakes, and the Cascadia showdown between the Seattle Sounders and Vancouver Whitecaps.

Orlando City holds firm for win over NYCFC after early Cyle Larin goal

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Despite having just a year of history against one another, New York City FC and Orlando City had provided plenty of late drama in their series of clashes. Friday's clash at Yankee Stadium was instead decided on one of the game's earliest moments.

A Cyle Larin goal just seven minutes into Friday's game proved to be just enough for Orlando City, which rode a stout defensive performance to a 1-0 victory over NYCFC on Friday night at Yankee Stadium.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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Everton-Arsenal, AS Roma-Inter Milan and Club América-Club León headline a jam-packed Saturday full of intriguing contests.

In England, Leicester City will look to keep its five-point lead atop the Premier League table against Crystal Palace. The EPL's two marquee matchups on Saturday, meanwhile, feature two teams in Arsenal and West Ham United that are trying to earn a UEFA Champions League qualification spot.

Orlando City heeds Adrian Heath's message of being tougher defensively in first win

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NEW YORK Adrian Heath had asked his Orlando City players to be tougher as a defensive unit after giving up a combined three goals and settling for a pair of draws in their first two games.

They responded to their head coach's message just about as well as they could have.

As fan chants continue, Poku waiting for chance with NYCFC

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NEW YORK – At first, it was nothing more than a faint whisper, as a section of the Yankee Stadium crowd making their opinions known. As the game went on though, the movement gained traction, and by the final moments, there was no mistake about it.

"We want Poku! We want Poku! We want Poku!

Bobby Wood scores 14th goal of season for Union Berlin

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Bobby Wood can simply not stop scoring.

The U.S. Men's National Team forward scored his ninth goal in the past eight games for FC Union Berlin, helping his club to a 3-1 win against Eintracht Braunschweig (BTSV) in the 2. Bundesliga on Friday.

Wood's 58th-minute strike tied former USMNT forward Conor Casey for the most goals during a season in Germany's top two leagues.

Despite 0-2 start, Trapp insists it's 'business as usual' for Crew

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The start of the season has been less than ideal, but Wil Trapp and the Columbus Crewaren't looking to push any sort of panic button any time soon.

After featuring in the MLS Cup final just four short months ago, the Columbus Crew remain without a point through the opening two weeks.

Soccer Friday: Your Running Commentary

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While an important English Championship match takes place at Riverside Stadium, Schalke 04 and Borussia Monchengladbach will meet in a top-of-the-table clash at Veltins-Arena.

After struggling to find good form to start the new year, Monchengladbach has earned 10 points in its past five games to stay near the top of the German Bundesliga table.

SBI Spotlight: Alashe pushing towards Olympic dream following offseason surgery

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For Fatai Alashe, it was a chance at a dream come true. A call-up to this January's annual U.S. Men's National Team camp, Alashe was going to have the opportunity torepresent his country at the highest level.An injury and subsequent surgery derailed that dream, at least for the time being, but Alashe has another goal on the horizon: to help his country qualify for the Olympic games.

MLS Week 3: A Look Ahead

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Entering the third week of MLS play, several teams will put their unbeaten record on the line against playoff contenders.

The Montreal Impact have arguably looked the most impressive throughout the first two weeks. With Didier Drogba set to potentially make his season debut, the Impact now face an FC Dallas team looking for a statement win following a 5-0 drubbing against the Houston Dynamo last week.

Chelsea's Hiddink looking to give chances to young players like Miazga

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Matt Miazga has yet to play a single minute for Chelsea's senior team since joining the English Premier League club on Jan. 31, but he may soon have the opportunity.

In his press conference on Friday, Blues head coach Guus Hiddink admitted a top four finish in the league was likely out of reach, and so opportunities for fringe and youth players on the team to play will likely be given in the coming weeks.

Klinsmann impressed with form of Johnson, Brooks, Wood

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A handful of Americans have proven in recent weeks that they deserve to be representing the U.S. Men's National Team this month, and head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has taken notice.

The USMNT will head to Guatemala City to play its first qualifier of the year on March 25 before hosting the Guatemalans in Columbus, Ohio, four days later.

Cosmos sign Premier League veteran Niko Kranjcar

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Niko Kranjcar has been training with the New York Cosmos throughout the preseason, and the veteran has now made his stay with the club official, at least on a short-term basis.

The former Tottenham and Portsmouth midfielder has signed a deal with the Cosmos for the NASL Spring Season. The 31-year-old had previously been a free agent after leaving Dynamo Kiev following a lengthy loan stint with Queens Park Rangers.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Preview

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Anumber of Americans are set to take the field in all-important league matches across Europe this weekend, with major implications at both ends of the table.

Fabian Johnson and Borussia Moenchengladbach will need a result to fend off a rising Schalke 04 team in a battle for the Bundesliga's fourth and final UEFA Champions League spot.

Barcelona-Atletico, PSG-Man City headline UCL quarterfinal pairings

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Eight clubs from five different countries were paired together in the 2016 UEFA Champions League quarterfinals draw on Friday.

Barcelona-Atletico Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain-Manchester City headline the next round of the competition, but Bayern Munich-Benfica and Wolfsburg-Real Madrid are sure to also offer plenty of intrigue and excitement.

Friday Kickoff: Europa League draw, FIFA to test fourth sub and more

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The UEFA Europa League quarterfinals draw took place on Friday, pairing eight teams from six different countries to play on April 6 and 14.

Borussia Dortmund-Liverpool and Athletic Bilbao-Sevilla headline the pairings, while Braga-Shakhtar Donetsk and Villarreal-Sparta Praha round out the four matchups.

Klinsmann to bring in injured Altidore to USMNT camp ahead of qualifiers

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He has missed the first two weeks of MLS due to an injury, but Jozy Altidore will be joining the U.S. Men's National Team ahead of two World Cup qualifiers against Guatemala.

The Toronto FC striker suffered a hamstring injury in training weeks before the club's opening game on March 6, and so he has yet to play a single minute for the Canadian club this season.

New U.S. Soccer uniforms revealed by Nike

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After a leak has been circulating through the internet for quite some time, U.S. Soccer unveiled its new uniforms for 2016 Thursday. This announcement follows the reveal of a new crest for the federation, which was made in late Feb.

Theuniforms will be worn this summer in the team's World Cup Qualifiers, the Copa Centenario and the 2016 Olympics.

This Weekend's Soccer on TV

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Neither Manchester United nor Manchester City has much left to play for this season, but the bragging rights of the city are still up for grabs this weekend when the two sides clash in the derby.

The two sides drew 0-0 in their previous meeting on Oct. 25 at Old Trafford, and with City sitting in fourth place and United in sixth — and four points back — theimplications surrounding the match may not be as significant.

SBI Spotlight: Jordan Allen learning to become RSL's No. 10

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Since joining Real Salt Lake in December 2013, Jordan Allen has played as a right back, central midfielder and wide forward.

Proving to be a jack-of-all-trades, the 20-year-old will be playing as the No. 10 in 2016.

"I'm confident in myself that I can really excel in this position," Allen told SBI.

Soccer Thursday: Your Running Commentary

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Only eight clubs will move on in the UEFA Europa League on Thursday.

Tottenham-Borussia Dortmund and Manchester United-Liverpool headline the second legs of the round of 16, and both home sides have a lot of work to do if they are to advance.

Dortmund currently holds a 3-0 lead over the Spurs, while the Reds have a 2-0 advantage heading into Old Trafford.

SBI Question of the Day: Which 0-2 MLS team is in the most trouble?

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The start of an MLS season is always expected to provide some twists and surprises, but several of the league's projected contenders have struggled out of the gate in ways that few could havepredicted.

Heading into Week 3 of the MLS season, four teams currently sit without a point.

Calvillo looks to step up for Cosmos, country after captaining U.S. U-19s

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At just 18-years-old, Eric Calvillo has played in a World Cup, signed a professional contract and captained his country in an international tournament. With those experiences still fresh on his mind, the midfielder is now looking to take even bigger leaps in 2016.

Calvillo, who signed his first contract with the New York Cosmos in January, achieved a major goal in representing his country during October's Under-17 World Cup.

RSL Notes: Morales injury update, Movsisyan performance and more

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Argentine playmaker Javier Morlaes is apparently doing well on his road to recovery, and could be available in Week 3 for Real Salt Lake.

Head coach Jeff Cassar said the 36-year-old Argentine, who missed Week 2's 2-1 home win against the Seattle Sounders, is recovering from his injuries.

Former U.S. U-23s stress doing whatever it takes to reach Olympics

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It does not matter how you get through. Just get through.

That is the message that some of the players from last cycle'sU.S. Under-23 Men's National Team have for the current crop of Olympic hopefuls.

The present-day U.S. U-23s are set for a do-or-die, two-legged series against Colombia in a couple weeks, the direct result of not doing well enough in CONCACAF's qualifying tournament.

Thursday Kickoff: Torres, CCL, Copa Libertadores and more

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As the second CONCACAF Champions League semifinal series of the week played out in Torreon, Mexico, a Spanish star was being linked with a move to Liga MX.

Mexican club Monterrey is reportedly lining up a bid for Atletico Madrid striker Fernando Torres. (REPORT)

Club America played Santos Laguna to a 0-0 tie at the Estadio Corona in the first leg of their CCL semifinal series.

MLS Ticker: Drogba, Vela, Dykstra and more

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While a new report links Carlos Vela with a move to the MLS, the Montreal Impact will see the temporary return of their star striker to training ahead of their Week 3 battle with FC Dallas.

Drogba is set to train with the Impact in Dallas starting on Thursday.

UCL Rewind: Bayern rallies to beat Juve, Barca rolls over Arsenal

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Bayern Munich endured a nightmare start to its decisive UEFA Champions League clash with Juventus on Wednesday, but a strong second-half rally helped the German champions avoid the upset.

Pep Guardiola's side scored four unanswered goals, including two in extra time, to book Bayern Munich's place in the Champions League quarterfinals.

Must-See Goal: Juan Cuadrado

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Soccer Wednesday: Your Running Commentary

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Santos Laguna and Club América meet in an enticing CONCACAF Champions League semifinal, while the UEFA Champions League round of 16 comes to an end on Wednesday.

Barcelona takes on Arsenal and Bayern Munich hosts Juventus in the round's second legs. Arsenal will be attempting an improbable comeback at the Camp Nou, while Juventus will try to stage an upset of its own on the road without many of its stars due to injury.

Union '2.0' ready to shed past trends in home opener

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Philadelphia Union manager Jim Curtin continued to preach the new direction the club is headed in with the team's home opener on the horizon.

The new mindset and new group of players in the squad have led Curtin to use the term "Union 2.

The SBI Q&A (March 16 edition)

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With World Cup qualifiers around the corner, and MLS now in full swing, it's a perfect time for an SBI Q&A.

SBI editor-in-chief Ives Galarcep will be answering reader questions on Wednesday, and taking on topics ranging from the USMNT to MLS to European soccer and even pop culture questions about movies and TV shows.

SBI MLS Power Rankings (Week 2)

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MLS has long been known as a league of parity, but few could of predictedthe results of this past weekend.

In a week that saw several projected favorites fall, several MLS teams picked up statement victories to surge their way up the SBI MLS Power Rankings.

The SBI Show: Episode 252 (Recapping MLS Week 2, talking Americans Abroad, and more)

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The second week of the 2016 MLS season was loaded with surprises and the latest episode of The SBI Show recaps all the craziness.

Episode 252 of The SBI Show takes a look back at the upset-filled weekend, as host Ives Galarcep discusses Houston's blowout win against FC Dallas, Montreal's rout of the New York Red Bulls and much more.

Wednesday Kickoff: Neymar, FIFA, Kompany and more

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Following a period of negotiating, Brazil will have its star captain for this summer's Olympics, while FIFA hastaken a step towards recovering what was lost in the organization's series of scandals.

Neymar will reportedly be one of three over-age players named to Brazil's roster for this summer's Olympics.

UCL Preview: Bayern, Barcelona clear favorites ahead of second legs

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The final two spots in the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals are up for grabs on Wednesday, and there are two clear favorites to advance.

Bayern Munich hosts Juventus in Germany, while Barcelona welcomes Arsenal to Spain. The German Bundesliga club is currently level, 2-2, on aggregate with the "Old Lady," but multiple injuries give Bayern the leg up heading into the second leg.

UCL Rewind: Atletico, Man City progress to quarterfinals

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While Manchester City made history reaching the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals, Atletico Madrid fended off PSV Eindhoven in a dramatic penalty-kick shootout.

Atletico Madrid controlled most of the possession, outshot PSV at the Vicente Calderon and eventually topped PSV, 8-7, in penalties after a 0-0 tie on aggregate.

NYCFC newcomer Ronald Matarrita focused on building on bright start

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NEW YORK Ronald Matarrita was considering leaving his homeland for teamsin Europe this past winter, but ultimatelychose to pass that upso as to sign with an MLS club that he believed had plenty to offer him at this early stage in his career.

Matarrita joined New York City FC this pastJanuary via a fulltransfer after four years at Costa Rican powerhouse Alajuelense.

MLS Ticker: Orlando City, Sounders, Generation adidas Cup and more

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Week 3 of MLS is just around the corner, and some of Orlando City SC's regular contributors are showing signs of full fitness.

Orlando City winger Carlos Rivas reportedly should be available for Friday's game vs. New York City FC, while David Mateos and Bryan Róchez trained with the team on Monday.

Soccer Tuesday: Your Running Commentary

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Manchester City is looking to make history this Tuesday, while Querétaro and Tigres UANL kick off their semifinal series in the CONCACAF Champions League.

The Citizens will attempt to progress to the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals for the first time in the club's history against Dynamo Kiev, which trails the English Premier League side, 3-1, entering today's contest.

Report: Julian Green linked to AC Milan

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Julian Green has been in strong form for Bayern Munich's reserves, and the U.S. Under-23 Men's National Team winger's play has reportedly drawn interest from one of Europe's most historic clubs.

According to Italian outlet Calcio Mercato, Green has been targeted by AC Milan.

U.S.-eligible Kenny Saief accepts Israel call-up

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Months after expressing his interest in being called into the U.S. Men's National Team, Kenny Saief is keeping his options open.

Interim head coach Alon Hazan named his roster for Israel's upcoming friendly against Croatia on March 23, and American-born Saief was among those called in. The KAA Gent midfielder accepted the call-up after previously venting his frustration with not being included to Israel's past rosters.

Colombia reveals roster to play U.S. U-23s in Olympic playoff series

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Colombia will be using a mostly domestic-based roster to compete against the U.S. Under-23 Men's National Team in the 2016 Olympic qualifying playoff series.

Head coach Carlos Restrepo named his 25-man roster, which includes only five players currently plying their trade abroad. Santos Laguna forward Andres Renteria, who has appeared in nine of the Mexican club's 10 games this 2016 Clausura campaign, and Rennes midfielder Juan Fernando Quintero headline the foreign-based members of Restrepo's group.

Tuesday Kickoff: Conte to leave Italy, Marchisio, Dybala sidelined and more

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Amid links to the job as Chelsea's head coach for the 2016-17 season, an Italian manager has apparently taken the next step towards filling that role.

Italian soccer federation president Carlo Tavecchio confirmed Antonio Conte's exit from his managerial role for Italy following Euro 2016 this summer.

Tab Ramos names U.S. U-20 roster for 2016 Dallas Cup

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Tab Ramos has named a diverse roster for the U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team's first tournament of 2016.

Manchester United's Matthew Olosunde, University of California goalkeeper Jonathan Klinsmann and Liverpool midfielder Brooks Lennon headline a 22-player roster for the upcoming Dallas Cup.

UCL Preview: Atletico-PSV battle in Madrid; Man City hosts Kiev

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Two more teams will qualify for the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals on Tuesday, and while one matchup is seemingly already over, the other is sure to be a thriller.

Dynamo Kiev enters Tuesday's second leg against Manchester City needing at least three road goals and a shutout in order make things interesting.

Must-See Goal: Shinji Okazaki

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Soccer Monday: Your Running Commentary

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Leicester City will look to further their title ambitions with a win on Monday, but the team they take on is also fighting their own battle at the other end of the English Premier League (4:00 p.m., NBCSN).

Entering Monday, the Foxes remain atop the Premier League with 60 points through 28 games, good for a two point lead and a game in hand over second-place Tottenham.

MLS Ticker: Mattocks traded, Adi extension and more

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The reigning MLS Cup champions have been busy making moves and finalizing contracts following Week 2 action in MLS.

The Portland Timbers acquired Darren Mattocks from Cascadia rivals Vancouver Whitecaps, who received General Allocation Money, Targeted Allocation Money and an international roster spot for the 2017 season in the trade.

SBI MLS Best XI (Week 2)

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It was a weekend full of upsets in MLS, as several players stepped up in a big way to lead their teams to victory over highly-favored opposition.

Led by a pair of goals from Chris Pontius, the Philadelphia Union knocked off the Columbus Crew at MAPFRE Stadium, while Andrew Wenger and David Horst helped inspire the Houston Dynamo's 5-0 thrashing of FC Dallas.

SBI MLS Rookie of the Week: Kip Colvey

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Facing off against the reigning MLS Cup champions, San Jose Earthquakes defender Kip Colvey was given a major test in his first MLS start. He passed it with flying colors.

Colvey nearly helped the Earthquakes maintain a shutout while also adding a secondary assist to help his side earn a 2-1 victory over the Portland Timbers.

The Weekend's Best: Ibrahimovic, PSG, Santos-Pachuca and more

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A French club and Swedish international stole the spotlight this week, while a free kick in the FA Cup wowed the world. Here are SBI's picks for The Weekend's Best (as voted by SBI's editorial staff):

PLAYER OF THE WEEK

ZLATAN IBRAHIMOVIC (Paris Saint-Germain).

SBI MLS Team of the Week: Houston Dynamo

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The Houston Dynamo have not performed at their best during the Texas Derby in recent seasons, but Saturday's rout of FC Dallas will be one remembered for years to come.

Led by goals from Andrew Wenger, Ricardo Clark, Will Bruin and David Horst, the Dynamo dismantled FC Dallas, 5-0, to earn their first win of the season.

New-look TFC providing positive returns to start season

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Each ofthe past several seasons, Toronto FC has gone into the market to revamp their roster in a major way. The 2016 offseason was no different, but this year's crop of newcomers has already provided positive returns in the form of four points through the opening two games.

SBI MLS Player of the Week: Andrew Wenger

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Through the first two weeks ofthe 2016 MLS season, Andrew Wenger is proving to be one of the best acquisitions of the offseason.

The 25-year-old winger scored his second goal of the season and assisted two others to lead the Houston Dynamo to a 5-0 thrashing of in-state rival FC Dallas on Saturday.

NYCFC content with performance despite losing early lead

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NEW YORK — New York City FC let a good chance to start itsseason with consecutive wins slide against Toronto FC on Sunday, yet the atmosphere after the 2-2 draw at Yankee Stadium was more optimistic rather than frustrating for the second-year club.

SBI MLS Goal of the Week: Quincy Amarikwa

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Monday Kickoff: PSG wins Ligue 1, Ibrahimovic future and more

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Paris Saint-Germain became the first club from Europe's top leagues to win the domestic title, doing so in impressive fashion.

PSG defeated Troyes, 9-0, at the Stade de l'Aube to claim its fourth consecutive Ligue 1 title. (REPORT)

Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who scored four goals in PSG's 9-0 win on Sunday, said he is not planning on staying at PSG next season, but he jokingly said: "If they replace the Eiffel Tower with a statue of me, I will stay at PSG.

Amarikwa stunner leads Earthquakes to win over Timbers

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Quincy Amarikwa provided a Goal of the Year contender but, more importantly, he provided what proved to be the game-winning finish in a defeat of the reigning MLS Cup champions.

The San Jose Earthquakes forward joined Chris Wondolowski on the scoresheet in a 2-1 defeat of the Portland Timbers on Sunday at Avaya Stadium.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

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Bobby Wood's impressive season with FC Union Berlin is on the brink of becoming historic.

Wood kept his scoring streak alive by firing home a penalty kick in FC Union Berlin's 2-1 loss to MSV Duisburg on Saturday, and in doing so moved one goal away from tying Conor Casey's record of 14 for an American in the 2.

Giovinco rallies Toronto FC for draw at NYCFC

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NEW YORK — Sebastian Giovinco was held in check for most of the match, but the reigning MLS MVP eventually came through for Toronto FC.

The reigning MLS MVP contributed to a pair of goals asTFCearned a 2-2 draw against New York City FC on Sunday at Yankee Stadium.Giovinco helped erased a 2-0 early deficit by providing an assist in the first half and a goal in the second, while David Villa tallied both scores for the home side in its 2016 home opener.

Must-See Goal: Adlene Guedioura

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Dwyer double propels Sporting KC past 10-man Whitecaps

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In most preseason discussions about the top teams in the MLS Western Conference, one team that received little recognition is Sporting Kansas City. After two impressive victories to start the 2016 season, that conversation looks like it is ready to change.

Dom Dwyer scored two goals to help lead Sporting KC past the Vancouver Whitecaps, 2-1, on Saturday at Children's Mercy Park.

Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

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While intriguing FA Cup matches kick off in England, Borussia Dortmund takes on Mainz 05 to close the gap on German Bundesliga leader Bayern Munich.

Mainz 05 will try to ruin Dortmund's weekend and hurt its chances at catching Bayern at the the top of the table at the Signal Iduna Park on Sunday.

Pappa's late winner sees Rapids top Galaxy

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For 94 minutes, it looked like all the combined talent of the LA Galaxy and the Colorado Rapids could produce was a nil-nil draw and some of the least inspired soccer of 2016.

Yet in the dying minutes of stoppage time, Marco Pappa changed all that.

Dynamo demolish FC Dallas in Texas Derby

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The Texas Derby has been a one-sided affair in recent years, but the Houston Dynamo turned the tables and dominated FC Dallas from the starton Saturday.

Before Week 2's match at BBVA Compass Stadium, FC Dallas had won the previous five meetings, but Andrew Wenger and the Dynamo put a stop to that streak in a dominant 5-0 win.

Pontius double leads Union to win over Crew

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Led by Chris Pontius, the Philadelphia Union emerged from MAPFRE Stadium with an upset victory.

The former D.C. United midfielder netted twice for his new club, leading the Union to a 2-1 victory over the Columbus Crew on Saturday.

Pontius' first finish came just moments before the halftime whistle.

Impact ride strong second half to rout Red Bulls

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Jesse Marsch's side underwhelmed for the second straight week, and the New York Red Bulls ultimately fell 3-0 to the Montreal Impact after Ignacio Piatti's superb second half.

Forward Dominic Oduro broke the deadlock between the two sides in the 58th minute, after a bad giveaway from Red Bulls centerback Gideon Baah presented the chance for Montreal.

RSL sinks Sounders on controversial Olave goal

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The Seattle Sounders were minutes away from their first point of the season at Rio Tinto Stadium, but a controversial no-call on the goal line saw all three points go to Real Salt Lake.

Defender Jamison Olave provided the game-winning goal to give RSL the 2-1 win at home on Saturday, but many of the Sounders players were up in arms after center official Juan Guzman held his whistle on the play.

Revs, D.C. United play to tie

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Games involving the New England Revolution and D.C. United combined for 11 goals in Week 1, but the two teams couldn't muster much in front of goal in their clash on Saturday.

In the team's home opener, the Revs were forced to settle for a scoreless draw on Saturday against D.

MLS Week 2: Your Running Commentary

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Two Texas clubs that had no problems scoring goals on opening day meet at BBVA Compass Stadium.

The Houston Dynamo host FC Dallas in the Texas Derby, headlining MLS Week 2 action on Saturday. Colombian winger Fabian Castillo's status remains up in the air ahead of the evening contest, but Mauro Diaz and Maxi Urruti should provide enough firepower for the road side.

Perry Kitchen plays first minutes for Hearts in road win

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Heart of Midlothian head coach Robbie Neilson wasted no time in including Perry Kitchen into his plans for this season.

Days after he officially joined the Scottish Premiership club, the Hearts boss substituted the 24-year-old American on for Sam Nicholson in the 73rd minute of Saturday's 1-0 road win vs.

Russell Canouse makes Bundesliga debut in Hoffenheim win

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After earning promotion to the senior Hoffenheim team this week, Russell Canouse made his German Bundesliga debut on Saturday.

Head coach Julian Nagelsmann substituted the 20-year-old American on for Chilean international Eduardo Vargas in the 67th minute with the 1-0 lead vs. Wolfsburg. The U.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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While top clubs across Europe battle it out in league play, Everton and Chelsea kick off an intriguing FA Cup contest in Liverpool.

The Blues travel to Goodison Park, where they lost, 3-1, in September. However, Chelsea has done much better under the direction of Guus Hiddink this season. The potential addition of John Terry, who has been sidelined recently due to injury, will help the club's cause on the road.

10-man Fire earn draw in Orlando

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Less than a week after stoppage-time heroics saw Orlando City snatch an improbable draw from the jaws of defeat, the Lions nearly worked late-game magic again. Unfortunately for Orlando City, a penalty claim went ignored in the match's final minutes.

CyleLarin appeared to be dragged down in the penalty area in the 92nd minute, but referee Ted Unkel failed to whistle the infraction on Chicago Fire defender Johan Kappelhof, allowing the Fire to escape the Citrus Bowl with a 1-1 draw in a match that saw the Fire play nearly two-thirds of the match a man down.

The SBI Show: Episode 251 (Previewing MLS Week 2, talking USMNT and more)

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The opening week of the MLS season saw tons of goals, and week two is offering up plenty of juicy matchups to discuss on the latest episode of The SBI Show.

Episode 251 of The SBI Show takes a closer look at all 10 of this weekend's MLS matches, including the Texas Derby, Portland's visit to San Jose and Seattle's trip to Real Salt Lake.

Guatemala roster for World Cup qualifiers vs. USMNT revealed

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Guatemala's roster to face the U.S. Men's National Team has been revealed, and it mainly consists of domestic talent with a few foreign-based players sprinkled in.

Veterans Carlos Ruiz and Marco Pappa headline head coach Walter Claveri's 24-man roster to face the Americans in World Cup qualification matches on March 25 and 29.

Must-See Goal: Paulo Dybala

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Soccer Friday: Your Running Commentary

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Third place in the German Bundesliga is up for grabs on Friday.

Hertha Berlin hosts Schalke 04 at the Olympiastadion Berlin in Europe's headliner, and a win for either side will see it climb into the third and final automatic UEFA Champions League qualification spot. If Schalke finished the season in fourth, where it currently sits on the table, it would have to go through the playoff round of the UCL in order to qualify for the group stage of the 2016-17 competition.

MLS Ticker: Whitecaps trade for Jacobson, Van Damme ready and more

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While the Vancouver Whitecaps have added a midfielder from NYCFC,the Seattle Sounders and LA Galaxy revealed good news on Friday regarding recent injuries.

New York City FC has traded Andrew Jacobson to the Vancouver Whitecaps in exchange for Targeted Allocation Money.

MLS Week 2: A Look Ahead

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The second week of the MLS season brings one of the league's fiercest rivalry matches as well as several clashes between 2015 postseason teams.

Headlining the action is the Texas Derby, as FC Dallas visits BBVA Compass Stadium to take on the Houston Dynamo.

Reports: Russell Canouse promoted to Hoffenheim first team

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Due to injuries, Hoffenheim has reportedly promoted a 20-year-old American to the first team.

U.S. Under-20 National Team midfielder Russell Canouse has reportedly been appointed to the senior team ahead of Saturday's clash vs. Wolfsburg at the Rhein-Neckar Arena, and according to one report, he has a good chance of being named to the 18-man roster against Wolfsburg.

Mix Diskerud poised for bounce-back sophomore season with NYCFC

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NEW YORK Mix Diskerud was fielding questions during New York City FC's 2016 MLS Media Day on Thursday when he was asked what he learned about himself during the trying 2016 season.

Without hesitation, Diskerud replied.

"I learned that I want to play central midfield, and not on the wing," said Diskerud.

NASL Ticker: Rayo OKC signs Samaras, Rowdies, Puerto Rico FC and more

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Ahead of its inaugural season, Rayo OKC has made a big splash by signing an international star, while teams like the Tampa Bay Rowdies and Puerto Rico FC continue to add to their rosters.

On Thursday, Rayo OKC announced the club had signed Greek international Georgios Samaras.

Friday Kickoff: Benzema's France eligibility, Henry coaching license and more

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While Thierry Henry took the next step towards becoming a professional coach, Real Madrid's starting striker received some good news about his eligibility for his national team.

Forward Karim Benzema is allowed to compete at Euro 2016 after anappeals court partially lifted some of the restrictions placed upon him in the ongoing blackmail case of France teammate Mathieu Valbuena.

NYCFC Notes: Lampard questionable, Vieira talks Pirlo and more

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NEW YORK If New York City FC is to win its home opener and improve to 2-0 this weekend, the club may very well have to do so without Frank Lampard.

Lampard is stillrecovering fromthe calf strain that forced him to miss Week 1's road victory over the Chicago Fire, and is in a race against time to get fit for Sunday's game against Toronto FC at Yankee Stadium.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Preview

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Danny Williams and Reading might be facing a really short turnaround, but they have every reason to get up for their next game.

Williams and Reading will continue their dream run in the FA Cup on Friday when they takeonEnglish Premier League side Crystal Palace in a quarterfinals bout at home.

MLS Ticker: Dos Santos, Kennedy out, Castillo injury not 'serious' and more

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Injury news continues to be Thursday's theme in MLS.

Speaking to reporters, LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena revealed the club would be without Giovani Dos Santos and Dan Kennedy for their game against the Colorado Rapids on Saturday. Both players started in the Galaxy's opener vs. D.C. United, but both also were forced off early with leg muscle injuries.

USL secures new ownership for Rochester Rhinos

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A little over two months after assuming ownership of the Rochester Rhinos, the USL has found a local group to take over the league's reigning champions.

The USL announced that David and Wendy Dworkin, minority owners of the Sacramento Kings, have taken ownership of the franchise on Thursday.

This Weekend's Soccer on TV

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The English Premier League title might be slipping away from Arsenal, but the FA Cup is inching closer to its reach.

The two-time defending champion will host Watford on Sunday in a quarterfinals matchup after getting past Hull City in a replay in the previous round. The Gunners picked up a 3-0 victory against the Hornets back in October in league play and will hope for a similar result this time after seeing their Premier League gap with leader Leicester City widen to eight points following a 2-2 draw last weekend against second-place Tottenham.

SBI Spotlight: David Bingham wants to solidify USMNT spot

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The goalkeeping position for the U.S. Men's National Team has long been a battle between Tim Howard and Brad Guzan. Yet, both veterans have struggled for playing time with their respective clubs in recent weeks, raising the question: who starts in goal for the U.S. against Guatemala on March 25 and 29?

Soccer Thursday: Your Running Commentary

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Thursday's UEFA Europa League action is sure to satisfy your craving following Champions League action on Tuesday and Wednesday.

All 16 teams kick off the round, with Liverpool-Manchester United and Borussia Dortmund-Tottenham headlining action in the tournament.

The Reds have fallen to the Red Devils in both of their meetings during the English Premier League season, most recently losing, 1-0, at home on Jan.

MLS Ticker: Altidore, Evans injured, Alashe may return and more

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Week 2 of MLS action is only one day away now, and some of the top teams in the league are dealing with injury concerns.

Jozy Altidore may miss Toronto FC's second match of the season as he still recovers from a hamstring injury he suffered during the preseason.

Red Bulls Notes: Marsch faces former club, looking for sharpness and more

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The New York Red Bulls have only won in Montreal one time, and the man on the opposing sideline for that victory will now look to lead them to their second road win against the Canadian club.

Jesse Marsch led the Montreal Impact in the 2012 season and, following a Week 1 loss to Toronto FC, the Red Bulls head coach will look to pick up a victory at a familiar venue.

Tony Tchani receives Cameroon call-up following USMNT appearance

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One of the U.S. Men's National Team's January camp midfielders may soon be cap-tied by Cameroon.

Tony Tchani, along with 19-year-old New York Red Bulls forward Anatole Abang and Montreal Impact defender Ambroise Oyongo, has been called up by Cameroon to compete in the nation's 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against South Africa on March 26 at the Limbe Omnisport Stadium.

Report: Neymar looking to play in both Olympics and Copa America

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Brazil is set to compete in two major tournaments this summer, and Neymar is determined to represent his country in both of them.

According to Goal.com, Neymar is pushing to play in both the Copa America and Olympics this summer. The decision could see Neymar play an additional 12 games of soccer this summer while joining the respective Brazilian teams until the conclusion of the Olympic tournament on Aug.

Must-See Goal: Alex Morgan

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Thursday Kickoff: Benitez linked to Newcastle, Copa Libertadores and more

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Currently in the midst of a relegation battle in the English Premier League, Newcastle United may soon bring aboard a new manager to steer the ship.

Rafael Benitez is reportedly interested in the head coaching position at Newcastle, while one report claims that a three-year deal has already been agreed upon.

USWNT tops Germany to win inaugural SheBelieves Cup

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Three of Europe's best came across the Atlantic to give the U.S. Women's National Team a challenge in the SheBelieves Cup this March, and all three fell to the reigning World Cup champion.

The USWNT defeated Germany atFAU Stadium in Boca Raton, Fla., to win the inaugural competition, which hosted the No.

UCL Rewind: PSG bests Chelsea; Benfica tops Zenit

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For the second straight season, Chelsea has seen their Champions League run ended by Paris-Saint Germain.

After claiming the opening leg, 2-1, at the Parc des Princes, PSG won by the same scoreline on Wednesday at Stamford Bridge to advance to the next round of the Champions League.

Early on, PSG gave Chelsea a mountain to climb on a goal from an unlikely source, as Adrien Rabiot furthered PSG's lead with an away goal in the 16th minute.

Maurice Edu sidelined at least three months, Jim Curtin reveals

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Philadelphia Union manager Jim Curtin revealed the news no one at the club wanted to hear during his Wednesday press conference.

Captain and defensive midfielder Maurice Edu will be out for a minimum of three months due to a leg fracture.

"There's a fracture that was found in his leg," Curtin said.

Landon Donovan: U.S. missing out on Olympics would be "a failure"

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Landon Donovan had his chance to represent the U.S. in the Olympics, and the former U.S. Men's National Team star says it is of the utmost importance that the current group of U-23 talent gets that experience as well.

Speaking to the Salt Lake Tribune, Donovan saidthat failure to qualify for the upcoming tournament would prove to be a major blow to the U.

MLS Ticker: Sounders make moves, Timbers add Leicester loanee and more

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Following the transfer of Obafemi Martins, the Seattle Sounders appear to be preparing for something big, while their Cascadia rivals have added a loanee from an English Premier League contender.

On Wednesday, the Sounders announced the acquisition of Targeted Allocation Money and an international spot from Toronto FC in exchange for General Allocation Money.

Revs hoping Fagundez's Week 1 performance is sign of things to come

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One goal, two assists, and a game-changing impact. Diego Fagundez and the New England Revolution are both hoping his Week 1 performance is a sign of things to come this season.

The Revolution opened up the 2016 campaign on a positive note on Sunday, as they went on the road and grabbed a point in a 3-3 draw against the Houston Dynamo.

NASL Ticker: San Francisco, Minnesota United to face Leon, and more

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One of the NASL's potential new clubs continues to campaign for a new home, while one of the league's former stars is set for a return to the club where he made his breakthrough.

The SF Deltas, who have yet to be confirmed as an NASL franchise, have begun a campaign to play at Kezar Stadium.

Soccer Wednesday: Your Running Commentary

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Real Madrid and Wolfsburg became the first two sides in this season's UEFA Champions League to qualify for the quarter-finals, and two more teams will have the opportunity to duplicate that feat on Wednesday.

Chelsea, currently trailing 2-1, will host Paris Saint-Germain at Stamford Bridge, while Zenit Saint Petersburg meets Portuguese side Benfica.

Perry Kitchen officially unveiled by Scottish club Hearts

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Perry Kitchen has officially found his new home.

Heart of Midlothian announced on Wednesday that the club has signed the former D.C. United midfielder. Kitchen joins the Scottish club on a two-and-a-half year deal after departing D.C. United as a free agent following the conclusion of the 2015 season.

Wednesday Kickoff: Neymar's summer status, Van Gaal's future and more

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One of the world's biggest stars still hasn't made plans for this summer's biggest competitions, while Manchester United's head coach reportedly feels his job is safe for the time being.

Brazil head coach Dunga has said that he would prefer that Neymar play for the Selecao during the 2016 Olympic Games over the Copa America Centenario.

UCL Rewind: Real Madrid, Wolfsburg punch tickets to quarterfinals

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Real Madrid and Wolfsburg, welcome to the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals.

In Tuesday's headliner, the Spanish La Liga club made easy work of AS Roma to advance to the final eight for a sixth consecutive year. Cristiano Ronaldo scored the first goal of the second leg and set up the second to help Madrid top the Italian side, 2-0 (4-0 on aggregate).

UCL Preview: Chelsea battles PSG; Zenit hosts Benfica

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Two more teams will punch their tickets into the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals on Wednesday.

Chelsea and Zenit Saint Petersburg, who currently trail against Paris Saint-Germain and Benfica, respectively, will look to overcome deficits at home.

The Blues captured an important away goal by way of John Obi Mikel, despite falling to PSG in the first leg, 2-1, while Benfica holds a 1-0 advantage over Zenit.

Revolution hold no ill will towards Jermaine Jones despite tumultuous offseason

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Jermaine Jones may have only spent about a year-and-a-half with the New England Revolution, but he made an impact and his contributions will be missed.

The Revolution found a resolution late last week for the offseason-long dilemma of what do with Jones, surprisingly sending him to the Colorado Rapids in exchange for general allocation money and a first round draft pick in next year'sMLS Draft.

SBI MLS Power Rankings (Week 1)

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The 2016 MLS season kicked off with a bang on Sunday, as all 20 teams combined to produce plenty of goals to shake things up in the season's opening week.

In Portland, the reigning MLS Cup champion Timbers made a statement by winning a title game rematch against the Columbus Crew.

Report: USMNT to take on Ecuador, Bolivia in pre-Copa America friendlies

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The U.S. Men's National Teamis reportedly set to take on a pair of South American sides in the buildup to this summer's Copa America Centenario.

According to Sports Illustrated, the USMNT is likely to face off with Ecuador and Bolivia before this summer's tournament.

Sporting KC adds quality depth with Diego Rubio loan

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In need of attacking depth, Sporting KC made a big move on Tuesday to secure the services of a talented young forward.

Tuesday morning, Sporting Kansas City announced the loan signing of 22-year-old Chilean striker Diego Rubio fromReal Valladolid of the Spanish Segunda Division. The young forward previously played for Portuguese powerhouse Sporting CP while also earning three caps with Chile's senior team.

NYCFC attack dazzles, but questions remain following first win

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Patrick Vieira had to have liked what he saw from his first game in charge of New York City FC. It was a performance that was electrifying, fact-paced and exhilarating. Most importantly, it produced three points.

However, it was also a highlight of justhow far this NYCFC team has to go if it is to catch up to the teams that currently call themselves postseason contenders.

MLS Ticker: Kaka out vs. Fire, Sporting KC adds Rubio and more

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Many star players are set to take part in Week 2 of MLS, but Kaka is not one of them.

On Tuesday, Orlando City SC head coach Adrian Heath said the Brazilian playmaker would not play in Friday's contest vs. the Chicago Fire, but Antonio Nocerino should be fit and available for selection.

After leaving Fire, Harry Shipp impresses in Impact debut

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Following his emotional exit from the Chicago Fire in the offseason, Harry Shipp turned in a remarkable performance for the Montreal Impact on opening day.

Shipp, who said he was almost brought to tears after receiving the news that he would no longer be a part of the Fire in 2016, assisted the Impact's first goal of the season en route to helping his side earn a crucial three points vs.

Soccer Tuesday: Your Running Commentary

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While the first of the UEFA Champions League second legs kick off on Tuesday, other cup competitions will be on display around the globe.

Prior to Wolfsburg-Gent and Real Madrid-Roma, English Championship leader Hull City will battle Arsenal for a place in the FA Cup quarterfinals. The winner of the tie will host Watford in the last eight.

Report: Gedion Zelalem set for U.S. U-23 call-up to face Colombia

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It may not come as a surprise, but Gedion Zelalem will likely be named to the U.S. Under-23 Men's National Team roster that takes on Colombia at the end of March.

According to Scottish national newspaper The Scotsman, the 19-year-old midfielder is set to be called up by the U.S. for their Olympic qualifying playoff series vs.

SBI MLS Goal of the Week: Federico Higuain

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Tuesday Kickoff: Eintracht Frankfurt appoints coach, Costa trains and more

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In the midst of a relegation battle in the top tier in Germany, Eintracht Frankfurt revealed its new head coach this Tuesday.

Former Croatia national team coach Niko Kovac has been appointed manager of German Bundesliga club Eintracht Frankfurt, replacing Armin Veh, who was fired on Sunday.

The SBI Show: Episode 250 (Recapping MLS Week 1, talking Americans Abroad, and more)

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The opening week of the 2016 MLS season saw tons of goals and several wild finishes, and the newest episode of the SBI Show breaks down all of Sunday's action.

Episode 250 of The SBI Show breaks down all 10 matches, including the LA Galaxy's victory against D.C. United and Toronto FC's upset of the New York Red Bulls.

UCL Preview: Real, Wolfsburg favorites over Roma, Gent

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The UEFA Champions League round of 16 continues on Tuesday, as the second legs kick off action.

Real Madrid and Wolfsburg will be the odds-on favorites to advance to the quarterfinals, as both sides currently hold leads over AS Roma and KAA Gent, respectively.

As it stands,Los Blancos sit third in La Liga, giving Zinedine Zidane's side added incentive to go for it in the Champions League.

MLS Ticker: Drogba training in Sacramento, Castillo injury and more

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The Montreal Impact captured a big opening day victory over the Vancouver Whitecaps on Sunday, and one of the team's missing stars seems to have found a temporary training location.

Didier Drogba will train with USL side Sacramento Republic FC, as the striker continues to preparefor the 2016 MLS season.

The Weekend's Best: Pizarro, West Ham and more

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A veteran striker put on a show in the German Bundesliga, while the English Premier League offered soccer supporters everywhere thrilling games and goals to watch over the weekend. Here are SBI's picks for The Weekend's Best (as voted by SBI's editorial staff):

PLAYER OF THE WEEK

CLAUDIO PIZARRO (Werder Bremen).

Mike Magee's second act in LA gets standing ovation

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CARSON, California — Mike Magee had to agree, you couldn't write a better script for his return to LA. The Galaxy fan favorite entered the team's home opener at the half after Giovani Dos Santos was held out "for precautionary measures." When he left the field 45 minutes later, the Galaxy crowd, 25,000 strong, was chanting: "Magee, Magee, Magee is on fire!

NUTMEGS: Cole Grossman suffers bizarre concussion due to teammate prank

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Cole Grossman is set to miss time for Stabaek due to an injury that was all too preventable.

The American midfielder recently suffered a concussion while taking part in a interview during training with the club in Malta.When preparing to sit, an unnamed teammate yanked the chair out from under Grossman, as the midfielder fell and slammed his head on the ground.

SBI MLS Best XI (Week 1)

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The opening day of MLS action provided plenty of goals as players throughout the league stepped up to provide one of the more exciting starts to league play in recent memory.

With 36 goals scored in just 10 games, players like Mike Magee and Ignacio Piatti asserted themselves as dominant while leading their teams to victory with vital finishes.

SBI MLS Team of the Week: Toronto FC

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Earning points on the road is no easy task in MLS, but Toronto FC made it look fairly easy in its 2016 opener on Sunday.

The Canadian club turned in a strong defensive performance and produced two second-half goals to earn an impressive three points vs.

SBI MLS Rookie of the Week: Tsubasa Endoh

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In his first taste of MLS action, Toronto FC rookie Tsubasa Endoh was thrown right into the fire against the defending Supporters' Shield winners, and, in that fire, he thrived.

Facing off with the New York Red Bulls at Red Bull Arena on Sunday, Endoh was active throughout the 90 minutes before drawing what turned out to be the game-winning penalty.

SBI MLS Player of the Week: Mike Magee

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On a team full of star names and talents, a tried-and-true MLS veteran was the one who impressed all on opening day.

After coming off the bench at halftime, Mike Magee stole the show by scoring twice and assisting once to lead the LA Galaxy to a 4-1 comeback victory at home against D.

European Weekend Rewind: Leicester increases EPL lead, Roma pounds Fiorentina and more

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Europe's top leagues had plenty of brilliant strikes, dramatic finishes and important results to offer viewers over the weekend.

In England, Leicester City increased its lead atop the Premier League table, while Everton and West Ham United played an incredible 3-2 match at Goodison Park.

The best clubs Spain displayed their dominance, too.

Piatti scores twice as Impact defeat Whitecaps

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The Montreal Impact played without Didier Drogba on Sunday, but the efforts of one of the club's other stars wasvital in taking down one of their Canadian rivals.

Ignacio Piatti provided a goal and an assist in the first half to start the scoring for the Impact before adding a second finish in the 88th minute.

Monday Kickoff: Brazil calls in Firmino, Alli injury and more

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Due to injury, Brazil star Kaka will miss out on his national team's upcoming CONMEBOL World Cup qualifiers, but a Liverpool talent has replaced him.

Liverpool attacker Roberto Firmino replaces Kaka, who is suffering a thigh injury, on the Brazil national team roster to face Uruguay and Paraguay in World Cup qualifiers.

Wondolowski's 110th MLS goal delivers win for Earthquakes

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It wasn't the prettiest effort in club history, but the San Jose Earthquakes will be more than happy with the result of their season opener.

A Chris Wondolowski finish just minutes into the second half proved to be just enough for the Quakes, who slipped past the Colorado Rapids, 1-0, on Sunday at Avaya Stadium.

USWNT knocks off France with stoppage-time goal from Morgan

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The U.S. Women's National Team waited until the last possible moment to lock up a victory against France on Sunday.

Facing off in each team'ssecond match of the SheBelieves Cup, the USWNT slipped past France, 1-0, with a stoppage-time winner from Alex Morgan in Nashville on Sunday.

Gideon Baah a rare bright spot for Red Bulls in opening-day loss

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While head coach Jesse Marsch has stressed the importance of keeping his core group of players together in his second season with the New York Red Bulls, one new addition to the side passed his first test with flying colors on Sunday.

Despite falling to Toronto FC, 2-0, centerback Gideon Baah displayed poise and comfort on the ball, while being tasked with marking dangerous striker Sebastian Giovinco for long portions of the match.

Gritty defensive performance paves way in season-opening win for TFC

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HARRISON, N.J. Toronto FC may not have won many points in terms of style, but picked up three where it mattered most.

Toronto FC got its 2016 season off to a winning start on Sunday afternoon, as the Canadian club combined agritty defensive performance with a pair of second-half goals to pick up a 2-0 road win over the New York Red Bulls.

Coelho strike lifts Sporting KC over 10-man Sounders

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SEATTLE The Seattle Sounders and Sporting Kansas City hadnearly carbon copy finishes to 2015: the two sides wrapped up the regular season tied on points, and both were eliminated from the playoffs on penalty kicks. Their new seasons got off to distinctly different starts on Sunday night, however, as Kansas City utilized a man-advantage to escape the Emerald City with a 1-0 win in front of 39,525 at CenturyLink Field.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

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The race for the U.S. Men's National Team's starting goalkeeper position in the upcoming World Cup qualifiers seemed to be neck and neck as recently as a week ago, but Brad Guzan may have just pushed ahead of Tim Howard.

Guzan was given a second consecutive start at Aston Villa on Saturday, when the club was handed a humbling 4-0 defeat by Manchester City.

Mike Magee leads Galaxy in second-half surge past D.C. United

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CARSON, California— In the first half, the LA Galaxy just looked old. In the second half, they called up some old Galaxy magic in the form of newly-re-signed fan favorite Mike Magee, and ran past visiting D.C. United, 4-1, before 25,667 on a cold breezy night in Los Angeles.

Magee was subbed on at the half for ineffective Giovani Dos Santos, who picked up minor injury, and needed only twenty minutes on the pitch to remind the Galaxy crowd why they loved him.

Timbers top Crew in MLS Cup rematch

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In December, the Portland Timbers took down the Columbus Crew to earn the team's first MLS Cup. On Sunday, the reigning champions achieved the very same result to open their title defense.

The Timbers' MLS Cup-winning performance came via a 2-1 victory over the Crew at MAPFRE Stadium.

Wondolowski's 110th MLS goal delivers win for Earthquakes

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It wasn't the prettiest effort in club history, but the San Jose Earthquakes will be more than happy with the result of their season opener.

A Chris Wondolowski finish just minutes into the second half proved to be just enough for the Quakes, who slipped past the Colorado Rapids, 1-0, on Sunday at Avaya Stadium.

FC Dallas defeats Union behind Castillo, Urruti goals

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FC Dallas had a field day in Frisco, Texas, but the game ended on a sour note for the home side.

Fabian Castillo, Mauro Diaz and Maximiliano Urruti shined in the club's 2-0 win vs. the Philadelphia Union at Toyota Stadium. Yet, while FC Dallas secured its first three points of the season, Castillo was forced off the field before the final whistle after suffering an apparent groin injury.

Dynamo, Revs settle for draw after Kobayashi stoppage-time equalizer

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Two of the Houston Dynamo's offseason additions made immediate impacts, but it was a late goal from the New England Revolution that locked up a late tie.

Cristian Maidana and Andrew Wenger each found the back of the net in their Dynamo debuts, but Daigo Kobayashiprovided the equalizerto seala 3-3 draw at BBVAA Compass Stadium.

Orlando City nets two dramatic stoppage-time goals to tie RSL

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The clock ticked past 90 minutes played, and the story appeared to be set: Real Salt Lake had earned an important three points on the road in its season opener.

Yet, more time was left for some magic to happen.

In dramatic fashion, Orlando City SC scored two goals in second-half stoppage time to tie RSL, 2-2, in front more than 60,000 purple-clad supporters at the Citrus Bowl.

McNamara leads NYCFC past Fire in seven-goal slugfest

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It was far from a textbook defensive display from either side, but New York City FC did just enough to outscore the Chicago Fire in their season opener.

Goals from Tommy McNamara, Tony Taylor, Khiry Shelton and Mix Diskerud led the way for NYCFC, who emerged from Toyota Park victorious, 4-3, on Sunday afternoon.

Late goals lead TFC past Red Bulls in season opener

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HARRISON, NJ—The New York Red Bulls did just about everything right in the team's season opener against Toronto FC, however, it was the road side that came away with a 2-0 victory on Sunday afternoon at Red Bull Arena.

Sebastian Giovinco's penalty kick with under 10 minutes remaining opened the scoringfor Toronto, after rookie Tsubasa Endoh drew the spot kick.

MLS Week 1: SBI Live Commentary

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The 2016 MLS season kicks off today, with all 20 Major League Soccer teams in action.

The Portland Timbers begin defense of their title with a clash against the Columbus Crew in a rematch of the 2015 MLS Cup final.

Today's proceedings begin at Red Bull Arena, where the New York Red Bulls meet reigning MLS MVP Sebastian Giovinco and Toronto FC.

Must-See Goals: EPL stunners; Ronaldo, Pizarro golazos

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There was no shortage of must-see goals scored in the English Premier League on Saturday.

While Cristiano Ronaldo put on a display, which included an incredible strike from distance, three EPL attackers scored superb goals.

The day started off with a ridiculous back-heel goal by Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey, and Tottenham forward Harry Kane matched that effort with arguably the best curler of the weekend thus far.

SBI's MLS fantasy league is back for the 2016 season

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If you fancy yourself a knowledgeable MLS supporter or just like to play fantasy sports, you are in luck.

SBI's MLS fantasy league is back.

We are less than a day away from the start of the 2016 season, and that means it is time for you to lock in your fantasy teams so as to compete with the SBI staff and readers from across the globe.

Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

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The 2016 MLS season kicks off today, and headlines the day's action around the world.

The Portland Timbers begin defense of their MLS Cup title by taking on the same team they beat to become champions, the Columbus Crew. The sides face off at Providence Park, where the Timbers' championship banner will be revealed.

Is this the new USMNT home jersey?

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The U.S. Men's National Team's latest jersey has been leaked, and it's sure to raise some eyebrows.

On Saturday, the American Outlaws D.C. Chapter posted an image of the new home jersey the USMNT will allegedly wearduring this summer's Copa America Centenario. The new U.S. Soccer crest sits on a white base, while the sleeves comprise of thin lines.

Bobby Wood stays hot with brace in FC Union Berlin rout

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There is just no stopping Bobby Wood right now.

Wood continued his impressiverun of form for FC Union Berlin on Saturday by bagging a brace in the a 4-0 demolition of FSV Frankfurt. The 23-year-old striker has now scored in four straight games, andhas seven goals in his last six matches.

Must-See Goal: Aaron Ramsey

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Jermaine Jones joins Rapids, will miss USMNT duty

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Jermaine Jones has found a new home, and it's within MLS.

In a massive move, the Colorado Rapids signed the U.S. Men's National Team midfielder despite the fact that he must serve a six-game suspension to start the 2016 MLS season. The midfielder's suspension is recognized and enforced by both MLS and U.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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Two top-of-the-table English Premier League clubs have a lot to play for in London, but Saturday's spotlight shines brightest on Dortmund.

Borussia Dortmund hosts German Bundesliga leader Bayern Munich at the Westfalenstadion. BVB is only five points behind Bayern entering the contest after the latter lost during the week.

The SBI Show: Episode 249 (MLS Predictions, Western Conference preview, and more)

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The 2016 MLS Season is almost here and the new episode of The SBI Show takes a closer look at the MLS Western Conference. Special guest Paul Tenorio joins host Ives Galarcep and takes a look at the league's power conference, breaking down all 10 teams.

Nuno Andre Coelho addition means competition for Sporting KC back line

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Though Sporting Kansas City's squad, and especially its back line, features a returning class of players that have been with the club for quite some time, the team might make one key change in 2016.

Kansas City's captain and centerback Matt Besler may have a new partner on the back line with the addition of Portuguese centerback Nuno Andre Coelho.

The SBI 2016 MLS Season Preview

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The offseason is over, and the 2016 MLS season is upon us.

Following a busy offseason, the 21st MLS season is set to kick off as all 20 of the league's teams take the field on Sunday.Withcountless new players and storylines to keep track of, the 2016 MLS season hasbeen a busy one, but SBI has you covered if you need to catch up on the offseason dealings.

SBI MLS Preseason Power Rankings

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The offseason is over, and the push towards the 2016 MLS Cup is officially set to begin.

With a full slate of games set for Sunday, the new campaign is likely to begin in intense fashion as teams prepare to start their runs at this year's title.

SBI MLS Season Preview: Top 5 Storylines to Watch

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Every year, new narratives emerge in MLS as the league continues to shift and grow. The 2016 season is no different.

Heading into the new season, MLS has no shortage of storylines that will provide intrigue throughout the season. With new players, new coaches and new contenders emerging, the league's hierarchy continues to shift year in, year out.

MLS Ticker: Lampard doutbtful vs. Fire, Jack Harrison update and more

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With the new MLS season just around the corner, one notable injury will be felt this weekend, while a few teams are acquiring final pieces for their rosters.

New York City FC midfielder Frank Lampard is expected to missthe team's season opener on Sunday against the Chicago Fire due to a calf strain.

Happy Birthday, Landon Donovan

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MLS Week 1: A Look Ahead

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The 2016 MLS season is upon us, and Week 1 features a heavy slate of big-time matches to kickstart the season.

Headlining the proceedings is an MLS Cup rematch, as the Portland Timbers host the Columbus Crew after knocking off the Eastern Conference side at MAPFRE Stadium in December.

Soccer Friday: Your Running Commentary

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While an important showdown takes place in France, a top-of-the-table clash will be kicking off in Rome.

AS Roma hosts Fiorentina at the Stadio Olimpico in Friday's headliner. The pair of Serie A title contenders both enter the fixture on 53 points after 27 games, but Roma has the better goal differential.

SBI Spotlight: Rookie experiences key in Matt Polster's growth with Fire

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As an MLS rookie, Matt Polster was asked to make significant contributionsfor a Chicago Fireteam that saw many bumps in the road.

Despite his team's failures last season, Polster gained a tremendous amount of experience both on the club and international stages.

SBI MLS Season Preview: Chicago Fire

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After a 2015 season that saw significantly more lows than highs, the Chicago Fire are looking to bounce back with new head coach Veljko Paunovic, along with a surplus of young talent.

The Fire finished with the league's worst record, picking up just eight wins and a total of 30 points in 34 matches.

SBI MLS Season Preview: Top 5 Newcomers to Watch

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This past MLS offseason may not have been dominated with headline-grabbing moves for superstars like Kaka or Sebastian Giovinco, but that does not mean there are no newcomers worth watching.

In fact, we have already seen a couple of them show glimpses of what they are capable of.

European Weekend Preview: North London Derby, Dortmund-Bayern and more

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With three of Europe's five major leagues still holding fierce battles at the top of the table, there won't be a shortage of must-see fixtures this weekend.

Three clubs realistically have a shot at winning the English Premier League, and two of them will face off on Saturday. Second place Tottenham Hotspur will host third place Arsenal in the North London Derby.

Crystal Dunn golazo helps USWNT over England in SheBelieves Cup

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A sensational second-half strike helped the U.S. Women's National Team take down England in the SheBelieves Cup on Thursday.

Unlike their time in the CONCACAF Olympic qualifying tournament, the Americans struggled to break down their opponent at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla.

Friday Kickoff: Cech injury, World Cup 2006 investigation report and more

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While an important report into 2016 World Cup hosts Germany was published on Friday, Arsenal received more bad news down the final stretch of its English Premier League season.

Arsenal head coach Arsene Wenger said goalkeeper Petr Cech has a calf injury, and he will miss three-to-four weeks.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

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Geoff Cameron has tasted nothing but victory since returning to Stoke City's lineup, and he is hoping to keep it that way after this weekend when he goes up against one of the hottest teams in the English Premier League.

Cameron and Stoke City will visit star-studded and red-hot Chelsea on Saturday, and will put their three-game unbeaten streak against the Blues' 12-match undefeated run.

This Weekend's Soccer on TV

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Both North London sides failed to capitalize on Leicester City's stumble earlier in the week and now Tottenham and Arsenal must battle each other in hopes of catching the English Premier League leader.

After the Foxes drew 2-2 with West Bromwich Albion on Tuesday, Tottenham dropped a 1-0 decision to West Ham United while Arsenal lost, 2-1, to Swansea at home on Wednesday to stay three and six points behind first place, respectively.

MLS Ticker: Zardes deal, Arnaud retires, Nagbe and Chara re-sign and more

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One of the league's bright stars has extended his future with his longtime team, while one of MLS' longest serving players has called it a career.

Gyasi Zardes has reportedly signed a contract extension with the LA Galaxy. The U.S. Men's National Team forward has reportedly signed for"multiple years" on a deal that utilizes Targeted Allocation Money.

SBI MLS Season Preview: Seattle Sounders

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While one starforward came in, another went out, signaling an offseason of change for the Seattle Sounders.

The Jordan Morris era in Seattle has officially begun. The U.S. Men's National Team forward's rookie campaign is imminent as the Stanford product joins a team with plenty of talent.

SBI MLS Season Preview: New York City FC

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New York City FC's inauguralseason in Major League Soccer wasconsidered a roaring success off the pitch. On it, the club came up short of its ambitious goal of reaching the playoffs.

What NYCFC tried to accomplish was a difficult task, as only two expansion clubs — 1998 Chicago Fire and 2009 Seattle Sounders — have reached the postseason in their first year in MLS, but upper management was unable to accept the failure and let go of head coach Jason Kreisin favor ofFrench legend Patrick Vieira, who was brought overfrom Manchester City's Elite Development Squad.

SBI Spotlight: Saunders hopes to improve NYCFC defense alongside revamped backline

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Josh Saunders was a busy man last season.

The New York City FC goalkeeper led Major League Soccer with 123 saves but also toppedthe categories of shots faced and goals conceded with 188 and 57, respectively. That type of workload put 13-year veteran through quite a battle with his body, so he prepared for this year's campaign with some particular conditioning.

Drogba to miss four of first five matches due to artificial surfaces

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After continued debate over artificial surfaces and their place in sports, the Montreal Impact will be without one of its stars for the early portion of the 2016 MLS season.

Striker Didier Drogba will miss four of Montreal's first five matches, due to concerns over the potential risk to the Ivorian's health.

The SBI Show: Episode 248 (Talking CCL and previewing the MLS Eastern Conference)

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The 2016 MLS season kicks off on Sunday and The SBI Show is back just in time to break down the upcoming campaign.

Episode 248 of The SBI Show breaks down the MLS Eastern Conference, as we take a closer look at all 10 teams with special guest Paul Tenorio.

We also take a look back at the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals, which saw all four MLS teams eliminated by Mexican clubs.

SBI Spotlight: Kendall Waston remains hungry to grow for club, country

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Kendall Wastonwas one of Major League Soccer'spremier centerbacksin 2015. He helped the Vancouver Whitecaps finish tied for the least amount of goals given up, and ended up second in the voting for the league's Defender of the Year award.

Regardless, he cravesto accomplish even more in 2016.

Soccer Thursday: Your Running Commentary

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After yesterday's craziness around European soccer, Thursday hopes to provide more drama in both club and international matches.

La Liga leader Barcelona can extend its massive unbeaten streak of 34 games today against Rayo Vallecano, while Espanyol takes on Real Betis and Granada hosts SportingGijón.

SBI MLS Season Preview: Vancouver Whitecaps

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The Vancouver Whitecaps have proven to be a formidable foe in the Western Conference over the past two years, but their aimisto finally carry the team's regular season success into the playoffs.

The Whitecaps had a very strong campaignin 2015, as they finished second in the west ahead of the big-spending LA Galaxy and Seattle Sounders and eventual champion Portland Timbers.

The new MLS jerseys ahead of the 2016 season

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The start of the 21st season in MLS is just a few days away, and most teams will be running around with a brand-new look.

Almost all 20 MLS teams officially revealed a new jersey ahead of the 2016 season, with the Colorado Rapids and FC Dallas being the only two exceptions. FC Dallas will unveil its new kit on Thursday night, while the Rapids have planned an event for March 10.

MLS Ticker: Drogba could miss time, Kaka, Adi receive call-ups and more

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While a couple of talented players have received call-ups to their national teams, a particular Montreal Impact star could be away from his club for up to a month.

Didier Drogba is contemplating heading to NASL club Miami FC for a few weeks in order to avoid playing on artificial playing surfaces during the opening month of the MLS season.

NASL Ticker: UnderArmour deal, Cosmos kits and more

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Both the NASL and one of the league's biggest clubs have found a new sponsor, while several other clubs have continued preseason preparations.

The NASL announced that Under Armour has become the league's officialmatch ball provider. Starting in the Spring season, custom-designed NASL Under Armour balls will be used in training and games throughout the league.

Sal Zizzo welcomes position change with Red Bulls

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Despite landing with his fourth team in six seasons, Sal Zizzo has not only found stability with the New York Red Bulls but at a new position.

After primarily serving as a winger throughout his professional career, Zizzo has made, what he describes, a seamless transition to wing back.

Thursday Kickoff: Johnson guilty, Ronaldo, Copa Libertadores and more

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At just 28 years old, Adam Johnson likely had many more years of professional soccer ahead of him, but now he is facing time behind bars.

The former Sunderland and English national team midfielder was found guilty on one count of sexual activity with a minor, and he could serve up to 10 years in prison.

MLS Ticker: Nagbe, Chara multi-year deals, Warner to Dynamo and more

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The defending MLS Cup champions reportedly made two decisions that will likely make them a threat in MLS for years to come on Wednesday.

Fresh off of winning the 2015 MLS Cup, U.S. Men's National Team midfielder Darlington Nagbe has reportedly signed a new four-year deal with the Portland Timbers.

Club America overwhelms Sounders to reach CCL semifinals

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The Seattle Sounders proved to be no match for Rubens Sambueza and Club America in the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals.

The MLS club fell, 3-1, in the second leg of their series vs. America, bouncing out of the 2016 tournament after a 5-3 aggregate loss.

The Sounders entered Estadio Azteca level, 2-2, on aggregate, and so they needed a road win or high-scoring tie to earn the victory in the series.

RSL falls to Tigres UANL after missing opportunities in CCL

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Real Salt Lake put up a valiant effort, but could not find the result it was looking for at home on Wednesday.

Tigres UANL tied the MLS club, 1-1, securing advancement to the CONCACAF Champions League semifinals with a 3-1 aggregate win across two legs.

USMNT rises two spots in latest FIFA rankings

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After three months of stagnation, the U.S. Men's National Team rose in the latest FIFA rankings.

The U.S. climbed two spots to No. 30 in the world, just behind the Republic of Ireland and in front of Cape Verde Islands and Poland. Costa Rica fell two spots to No.

Evening Ticker: Arsenal, Tottenham lose, Boca Juniors hires Schelotto and more

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While Wednesday afforded Arsenal and Tottenham the opportunity to close the gap on English Premier League leader Leicester City, both sides squandered their chances with critical losses.

Arsenal dropped three points in a 2-1 loss against Swansea City, while Spurs suffered a 1-0 defeat at the hands of West Ham United.

SBI MLS Season Preview: LA Galaxy

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A team with threechampionships in the last five years isn't the most likely candidate to undergo a massive overhaul to their roster. But after losing eight of their last nine to close out the 2015 season, including an ugly defeatin the rain in Seattle to end the season, the LA Galaxy have done just that.

SBI MLS Spotlight: Kennedy returns to Los Angeles in pursuit of playoff success

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Whoever said "you can't go home again" never met Dan Kennedy.

Lost amid the high profile signings of multiple European stars, the LA Galaxy quietly added the veteran goalkeeper to their roster this offseason. Kennedy spent seven seasons between the pipes at the StubHub Center, walked it's subterranean halls, practiced on it's extensive pitches.

Union enter season opener with injury concerns for stars

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The schedule makers did not do the Philadelphia Union any favors to start the season.

Despite coming into Sunday's clash with FC Dallas at Toyota Stadium as decided underdogs, the Union are ready to give Oscar Pareja's side a challenge in the season opener.

Soccer Wednesday: Your Running Commentary

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After a slight hiccup by Leicester City on Tuesday, several English Premier League teams will attempt to close the gap on the Foxes on Wednesday.

Tottenham Hotspur, currently three points behind Leicester, will travel to sixth place West Ham United, while third place Arsenal will host Swansea City.

SBI MLS Season Preview: Sporting Kansas City

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Going into 2016, the team dynamic for Sporting KC will hardly change, even though some high-profile additions have arrived.

Peter Vermes' squad is still built on the shoulders of a group of veteran leaders like Benny Feilhaber, Graham Zusi and Matt Besler. The group of veterans has grown with the additions of veteran midfielders Brad Davis and Justin Mapp.

SBI Player Spotlight: Davis embraces change with move to Sporting KC

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Brad Davis is comfortable in Kansas City.

You may not have guessed that a player moving from a club where he's played for nine seasons would feel so comfortable in different colors, but to Davis, the move from the Houston Dynamo to Sporting KC hasn't been difficult.

MLS Ticker: Kamara gets DP deal, coaches to be mic'd up, and more

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One of the league's top goalscorer has reportedly been rewarded with a new deal, while MLS broadcasts are set to bring the league's coaches into the spotlight.

Kei Kamara has reportedly agreed to a new deal with the Columbus Crew that will make him the club's second Designated Player, according to the Columbus Dispatch.

Santos Laguna thrashes LA Galaxy to advance in CCL

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The LA Galaxy earned a scoreless draw in the opening leg of the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals, but the MLS club could do little to prevent Santos Laguna from scoring on Tuesday night.

Four goals from Santos Laguna were more than enough to send the Galaxy packing from the competition, as the Mexican club sealed a lopsideda 4-0 victoryin Mexico to advance in CCL action.

Wednesday Kickoff: Juventus injuries, Galatasaray ban and more

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Despite currently holding a comfortable 3-0 advantage ahead of Wednesday's Coppa Italia semi-final against Inter Milan, Juventus will be without a few of its key players.

Among the absentees for Juventus will be defenders Patrice Evra andGiorgio Chiellini, along with Claudio Marchisio and Mario Mandzukic.

Report: Perry Kitchen agrees to join Scottish club Hearts

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Perry Kitchen has found a home, but it's reportedly not in the U.S.

The 24-year-old midfielder did not agree to a new contract with D.C. United in December, and has allegedly agreed to sign a deal with Scottish side Heart of Midlothian. According to the Scottish Sun, an official announcement from the club is reportedly expected to come on Wednesday.

Queretaro eliminates D.C. United from CCL

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D.C. United entered Tuesday's CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal with the hope of a comeback, but walked off the field disappointed.

The MLS club tied Queretaro, 1-1, at RFK Stadium, but lost the series by an aggregate scoreline of 3-1.

Queretaro held the 2-0 advantage before play began in the nation's capital, and the challenge became much more difficult for D.

MLS teams make final roster cuts

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The MLS season is just five days away, and a handful of notable cuts were made this Tuesday.

The LA Galaxy released defender Dan Gargan and forward Ignacio Maganto. Gargan leaves the Galaxy after two years of service. The 10-year MLS veteran is eligible for free agency, while Maganto leaves the club after being selected in the 2015 MLS Draft.

CCL Preview: Sounders travel to Club America; RSL hosts Tigres

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While MLS will kick off this weekend, two sides have unfinished business to take care ofin the CONCACAF Champions League on Wednesday.

The Seattle Sounders will travel to Mexico to face Club America, while Real Salt Lake hosts Tigres UANL at Rio Tinto Stadium later in the evening.

SBI MLS Season Preview: Portland Timbers

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In 2015, the Portland Timbers ascended to the MLS mountaintop by claiming the club's first-ever MLS Cup. Now, the challenge comes in defending it.

Following an offseason full of parties, parades and praise, the Timbers arenow set to begin their title defense by featuring much of the same.

SBI MLS Spotlight: Grabavoy looking for another MLS Cup with Timbers move

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Ned Grabavoy has been around Major League Soccerlong enough to know what he wants. Following a trying season with New York City FC, the veteran midfielder found exactly what he was searching for this offseason: a chance to win another MLS Cup.

Soccer Tuesday: Your Running Commentary

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Europe's top leagues will be on display Tuesday afternoon, while competitions in North and South America heat up later in the evening.

English Premier League leader Leicester City, currently two points clear of Tottenham Hotspur, will host West Bromwich Albion, while a surging Chelsea travels to Norwich City.

SBI Spotlight: Fabian Castillo has sights set on MLS Cup and dream move to Europe

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One of the main reasons Fabian Castillo is motivated heading into this season is because he wants to help FC Dallas win a title. Another is because he wants to go play in Europe.

Castillo is entering the new MLS campaign eager to build on the solid seasonhe had with FC Dallas last year, when he scored nine goals and delivered nine assists en route to helping the young club reach the Western Conference Finals.

SBI MLS Season Preview: FC Dallas

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If there was one thing to take away from FC Dallas' season in 2015, it was that the club has plenty of promise.

FC Dallas enjoyed a strong campaign a year ago, and did so with a bit of a different formula than most other teams.Buoyed by a number of Homegrown Players and fellow youngsters who stepped in to play significant roles, FC Dallas finished just shy of both winning the Supporters' Shield and making it to the MLS Cup Final.

SBI Reader Poll: What do you think of the new U.S. Soccer logo?

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The new minimalist crest revealed by U.S. Soccer caused quite the discussion and debate on Monday.

The U.S. federation unveiled its new logo, replacing the one that has been in use since 1995.

"This design embodies the spirit of U.S. Soccer, but it also transcends our teams and the game.

CCL Preview: Galaxy visit Santos Laguna; D.C. United hosts Queretaro

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Two CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals will come to a close on Tuesday.

D.C. United will host Mexican club Queretaro in its second leg, while the LA Galaxy travel to Mexico to play Santos Laguna at Estadio Corona.

The Eastern Conference side enters Tuesday's leg down, 2-0.

SBI MLS Spotlight: Steve Birnbaum looking to emerge as leader following USMNT goal

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Following a goal-scoring performance with the U.S. Men's National Team, Steve Birnbaum enters the 2016 season with a bit of momentum. The D.C. United centerback is now looking to utilize that momentum to become a better player and leader on both the club and international stage.

SBI MLS Season Preview: D.C. United

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Following yet another playoff defeat to the New York Red Bulls, Ben Olsen had to ask himself a question. The D.C. United head coach wondered aloud if his club had peaked, if it had reached its plateau in an increasingly competitive Eastern Conference.

According to Olsen, the answer was no, but the D.

Tuesday Kickoff: Oxlade-Chamberlain, De Bruyne injuries and more

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A new month begins with many midweek games, but some star players will have to sit out due to injuries.

Arsenal head coach Arsene Wenger said Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will miss six-to-eight weeks of play, but he will not have to undergo surgery on his knee injury. (REPORT)

Kevin De Bruyne hopes to return to training for Manchester City in five weeks.

Copa America Centenario start times revealed

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The groups for the Copa America Centenario were set on Feb. 21, but the kickoff times for all of those enticing matchups were not revealed until Monday.

The organizing committee for this summer's tournament in the U.S. announced the start times for all of the matches, including the U.