Soccer By Ives Archives for January 2016

Campbell nets first pro goal in Fire, D.C. United draw

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BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. – For the second consecutive match, the Chicago Fire dropped home points from a leading position. This time, they were undone by a familiar face.

D.C. United's Patrick Nyarko, who spent the last eight seasons in Chicago, headed homea Luciano Acosta cross in the 64th minute to cancel out Jonathan Campbell's first-half goal and earn D.

Rapids earn tie despite two Impact golazos

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The Colorado Rapids made the most of the few opportunities they had to spoil two sensational Montreal Impact blasts at Stade Saputo.

Didier Drogba netted an extraordinary free kick nine minutes into the match, and Maxim Tissot scored a screamer from distance.

Earthquakes strike late to force tie vs. Union

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CHESTER, PA An old trend reared its head at Talen Energy Stadium on Saturday in the Philadelphia Union's 1-1 draw with the San Jose Earthquakes.

The Union, who have conceded plenty of late goals on their field in the past, let in a second-half tally to Simon Dawkins to drop two points at home.

Late Jordan Morris goal lifts Sounders over Crew

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SEATTLE With his club facing another disappointing result in a season that has seen its share of disappointing results, rookie Jordan Morris delivered a late goal for the Seattle Sounders, lifting his club to a 1-0 victory over the Columbus Crew on Saturday afternoon.

NYCFC tops Whitecaps, snaps home winless streak

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For the first time in more than seven months, New York City FC emerged victorious at Yankee Stadium.

Behind a brace from David Villa and a go-ahead score from substitute Steven Mendoza, NYCFC snapped a six-game winless streak at home — dating back to September 2015 — with a 3-2 victory over the Vancouver Whitecaps on Saturday in the Bronx.

Well-worked set piece paves way for Red Bulls' lopsided win

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HARRISON, N.J. It may have looked like something drawn up in FIFA 16,but the neat set piece that the New York Red Bulls scored on for the decisive goal against FC Dallas was equal parts practice and freestyle.

The Red Bulls picked upa second straight victoryby overwhelming Western Conference leaderFC Dallas, 4-0, at Red Bull Arena on Friday night.

FC Dallas blown out again in third defeat of season

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HARRISON, N.J. When FC Dallas loses, it loses badly. Very badly.

FC Dallas suffered its latest ugly defeat of the season on Friday night, falling, 4-0, on the road to the New York Red Bulls. The lopsided result worsened the league's best record by moving FC Dallas to 5-3-2, but what was just as bad was the fact that the Western Conference club still cannot avoid getting blown out in games that it fails to pick up points in.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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The Italian Serie A and French Ligue 1 titles have already been decided, but the Spanish La Liga race continues to go down to the wire.

Barcelona, Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid all kick off on Saturday. Los Blancos arguably face the toughest task this weekend, playing Real Sociedad on the road.

Red Bulls rout FC Dallas to win second straight

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HARRISON, N.J. The New York Red Bulls may very well be getting their groove back.

The Red Bulls picked up a second consecutive victory on Friday night, routing Western Conference leader FC Dallas, 4-0, on a rainy and cold night at Red Bull Arena.

The SBI Show: Episode 262 (Previewing MLS Week 9, talking USMNT and more)

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The U.S. Men's National Team's Copa America roster is less than a month from being known, and all anyone can talk about is how Christian Pulisic will fit into the squad.

Episode 262 of The SBI Show discusses the teenage sensation's chances, and the role he could play this summer. Host Ives Galarcep and special guest Paul Tenorio discuss the possibilities for the Borussia Dortmund midfielder.

St. Pauli exercises option on Fafa Picault

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After enjoying a solid season in 2.Bundesliga, American Fafa Picault will extend his stay in Germany.

FC St. Pauli announced on Friday that the club has picked up a player option for the25-year old forward, keeping Picault with the club until 2018.

Picault joined St. Pauli in the summer of 2015 after an unsuccessful stint with Czech side Sparta Prague, where he made one first-team appearance across all competitions.

Tim Howard to start final two Everton home games

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Tim Howard's Everton career is nearing its end, and the U.S. Men's National Team goalkeeper will spend his final games as the team's goalkeeper on the field.

Everton announced on Friday that Howard will start the club's final two homegames of the club's Premier League season. Howard, who is set to join the Colorado Rapids this summer, will start againstBournemouth and Norwich City, whileJoel Robles will be in net forgames at Leicester City and Sunderland.

Red Bulls acquire Aurelien Collin from Orlando in trade

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The New York Red Bulls have struggled mightily on defense this season, so Friday's announcement couldn't have come at a better time.

The Red Bulls acquired centerback Aurelien Collin from Orlando City SC in exchange for a conditional 2017 fourth-round draft pick.

U.S. U-19s knock off Russia to win Slovakia Cup

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The U.S. Under-19 Men's National Team capped off an impressive week at the Slovakia Cup with a 2-1 victory over Russia in the final.

After finding themselves behind in the 13th minute, the U.S. responded immediately through Nelson Hunsinger to level the match at 1-1. Pierre Da Silva's second-half finish proved to be the differences for the Americans.

NASL Week 5: A Look Ahead

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Last year's NASL champions will face off against this year's front runners as the New York Cosmos host the Carolina RailHawks this weekend.

The RailHawks have continued their perfect start, recording four wins out of four this Spring in NASL. Austin Da Luz, Tiyi Shipalane and Nazmi Albadawi have all been on fire to start the season, leading the RailHawks into a surprising spot atop the table.

MLS Week 9: A Look Ahead

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Following a trio of midweek games, MLS returns with a full schedule and some intriguing matchups to headline the weekend.

Sunday's action features two marquee clashes as the Portland Timbers host Toronto FC, while the red-hot LA Galaxy take on a fellow Western Conference contender in Sporting KC.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Preview

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Geoff Cameron and Stoke City will look to get back to winning form this weekend against Sunderland, while DeAndre Yedlin's side battle for their place in next year's Premier League.

Cameron's side is set for mid-table obscurity after a slew of recent poor results, but Mark Hughes' men will look at this game as a chance to stop that slide.

Didier Drogba says he needs another month to get back to best

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NEW YORK Didier Drogba had more of an impact on Wednesday's equalizer than met the eye.

A minute into stoppage time and staring in the face of defeat, Drogba whipped in a free kick from the right that helped the Montreal Impact pick up a 1-1 road draw with New York City FC.

Friday Kickoff: Kante, Silva, Ronaldo and more

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One of the Premier League's breakout players could be on the move, while another of the league's superstars is set for a spell on the sidelines.

Manchester United is reportedly interested in signing Leicester City midfielder N'Golo Kante and the club is reportedly set to approach the Premier League leaders when the two sides collide this weekend at Old Trafford.

Europa League Rewind: Villareal stuns Liverpool, Sevilla-Shakhtar tie

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The two sides seemed destined for a tie before they headto England next week, but Villareal changed the script against Liverpool at El Madrigal.

The Europa League semifinals got off to a flying start, as Villareal sunk Liverpool with a late winner at home. Adrian's goal in stoppage time was enough to provide the Yellow Submarine with the advantage before the two teams square off on May 5 at Anfield.

Evening Ticker: Hummels, Bilic and more

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Borussia Dortmund's captain has expressed his desire to move to another top German side, whileone coach will be pulling for Manchester United in the FA Cup final.

Dortmundhas confirmed that defender Mats Hummels is seeking a move to Bayern Munich following the 2015-16 season. Hummels joined Dortmund in 2009, after coming up through the ranks of Munich.

Cosmos not planning on shake-up following two straight defeats

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The past twoweeks have been steps backwards for the New York Cosmos, but head coach Giovani Savarese insists there is no need to shake things up any time soon.

Following a dominant start that produced two straight wins, the Cosmos have conceded late in the ensuing two contests to earn back-to-back defeats.

This Weekend's Soccer on TV

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For Leicester City and Bayern Munich this weekend, a victoryequals a title.

The English Premier League and German Bundesliga leaders both havea chance to capture their respective league crowns with wins against Manchester United and Borussia Mönchengladbach, respectively. For the Foxes, they would accomplish the improbableby winningas a 5000-1 favorite before season's start, while Bayern Munich would take home their fourth consecutive German league title.

NYCFC needs to trade Diskerud or Poku

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New York City FC needs help. Lots of it.

Thankfully, the club has some assets it can move to help improve its unbalanced roster.

New York City FC is off toanother slow start in 2016,posting a 1-3-4 record that has seen new head coach Patrick Vieira and his men remain winless at home a quarter of the way through the campaign.

Christian Pulisic is good enough to start for the USMNT at Copa America

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The Christian Pulisic hype train continues to roll on. Tales of the 17-year-old'sEuropean showings continue to be spun throughout the U.S. soccer landscape, making the Borussia Dortmund prospect one of the most talked about players in the U.S.

Soccer Thursday: Your Running Commentary

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Following a pair of UEFA Champions League days, the Europa League assumes the spotlight on Thursday with a pair of semifinal matchup.

After toppling Borussia Dortmund in the quarterfinal round, Liverpool travels to Spain to take on Villarreal in Thursday's semifinal first leg. The Reds will be doing so shorthanded, as the recent suspension of centerback Mamadou Sakho leaves Liverpool weakened in defense against red-hot Villarreal forward Cedric Bakambu.

Impact pleased to 'show character' in late draw vs. NYCFC

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NEW YORK The Montreal Impact finished with less possession, just two shots on goal, and had their hands full defensively.

They still managed to pick upa valuable road point.

The Impact moved to the top of the Eastern Conference on Wednesday night thanks to a late goal that gave them a 1-1 road draw vs.

10-man Whitecaps hold on for tie against Sporting KC

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Down a man for a majority of the second half, the Vancouver Whitecaps had their backs against the wall, but did just enough to earn a point from Wednesday's action.

The Whitecaps had to hold on following the 51st minute dismissal of Kendall Waston, earning a 1-1 draw with Sporting Kansas City on Wednesday at BC Place.

Thursday Kickoff: CCL Final; Ronaldo; Alli; and more

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A Mexican side recaptured the CONCACAF Champions League crown, while one giant's UEFA Champions League campaign could be in danger due to a crucial injury.

Club America toppled Tigres, 2-1, to earn a 4-1 aggregate victory in the CONCACAF Champions League final. Michael Arroyo and Osvaldo Martinez each provided a goal for the now two-time defending champions.

Vieira refuses to set timetable for Lampard return

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Following New York City FC's latest setback, Frank Lampard walked through the bowels of Yankee Stadium togreet former teammate and longtime friend Didier Drogba. While Drogba stood decked out in Montreal Impact apparel, Lampard stood in street clothes, a look all too familiar in what has been a nightmare of a season to this point.

Late Oduro equalizer earns Impact draw with NYCFC

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New York City FC was just moments away from the team's second win of the year, but a Montreal Impact substitute snuck home a last-gasp equalizer to earn his side a shocking point.

RJ Allen appeared to have netted the game-winning goal for NYCFC, but Dominic Oduro's stoppage time equalizer earned the Impact a 1-1 draw on Wednesday at Yankee Stadium.

Barmby helps shorthanded Timbers draw Revolution on the road

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Playing the second of three games in nine days, and 3,000 miles away from home, Portland Timbers coach Caleb Porter said his team was playing to absorb the New England Revolution's pressure on Wednesday night at Gillette Stadium.

Someone forgot to tell the game plan to 21-year-old loaneeJack Barmby, who scored in the 64th minute just two minutes after being substituted on and put the Timbers ahead in an eventual 1-1 tie in an offensively-challenged game.

Detroit group oultines plans for potential MLS franchise

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And just like that, there are plans for a proposed MLS team in Detroit.

MLS commissioner Don Garber held a press conference in Detroit on Wednesday alongside NBA owners Tom Gores and Dan Gilbert to outline the plans for a potential MLS franchise in the Motor City. The press conference came a day after Gores, the Detroit Pistons' owner, and Gilbert, the Cleveland Cavaliers' majority owner, announced that they were teaming upto form an investor group for an expansion club.

Red Bulls Notes: Defense looks for stability and injury updates

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Fresh off of their second win of the season on Sunday night, the New York Red Bulls had some extra pep in their step at Wednesday's training session.

The team's win over Orlando City SC was also the second time this season where the Red Bulls had a multi-goal performance.

Soccer Wednesday: Your Running Commentary

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While the semifinals of the UEFA Champions League headline Wednesday's afternoon slate, the final game of the CONCACAF Champions League serves as the evening's most anticipated continental matchup.

Following Tuesday's scoreless draw between Manchester City and Real Madrid, Bayern Munich is set to take on Atletico Madrid in the opening leg of their UCL semifinal clash.

CCL Preview: Club America looks to finish off Tigres in second leg

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Club America will look to claimtheir second consecutive CONCACAF Champions League crown on Wednesday, and just a home matchup against Tigres UANL stands in the way of that title.

The reigning championsenters the home leg with a 2-0 aggregate lead, but the current Liga MX champions certainly could have what it takes to turn that result around.

U.S. U-19s top Ukraine to reach Slovakia Cup final

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The U.S. Under-19 Men's National Team will soon be playing for some silverware, and it can thank an own goal for that.

The U.S. defeated Ukraine, 2-1, on Tuesday to book a spot inthe Slovakia Cup final, and the decisive tally came on a first-half own goal. Captain and midfielder Weston McKennie opened the scoring for the young Americans in the 27th minute, but the game-winner came six minutes later when a Ukraine player hitthe ball over his own goal line.

Union defender Ray Gaddis ready to start against Earthquakes

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Ray Gaddis has seen his role change in the Philadelphia Union defense to start the season, but that won't be the case on Saturday as the fullback is likely set to receive his first start of the 2016 campaign.

Gaddis, who was a first-team regular in each of the last three seasons, should replace the suspended Fabinho on Saturday in the Union's home contest with the San Jose Earthquakes.

Report: U.S. U-20 Kyle Scott wants to leave Chelsea

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Kyle Scott recently signed a new contract to remain with Chelsea, but the U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team midfielder is reportedly on the hunt for a new club.

ESPN FC reported on Wednesday that Scott has handed in a transfer request. The development comes just two months after the 18-year-old signed a new deal that was expected to keep him with the Premier League giant until 2019.

Beckham seeking new investor for MLS Miami

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David Beckham and his Miami team will have to movefast to find a new investor if they plan on joining MLS in 2018.

Beckham's plans reportedly took a hit after talks broke down between his people and Qatari Sports Investments, who own Paris Saint-Germain. Simon Fuller, Beckham's manager, is said to have been the main cause for the Qataris walking away from discussions.

MLS Week 9: A Midweek Look Ahead

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A trio of games are set to provide a midweek slate of MLS action headlined by some of the league's biggest stars.

Starting Wednesday's action is a clash that pits David Villa against Didier Drogba, as New York City FC plays host to the Montreal Impact in a battle of Eastern Conference foes.

NYCFC lacks consistent offensive threat outside of David Villa

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New York City FC suffered their ups and downs like any other expansion franchise would in their first MLS season, however, 2016 is already becoming a mirror image of the struggles the team endured a year ago.

Through seven matches, NYCFC sits last in the Eastern Conference on six points, the same point total the side had accumulated through as many games in 2015.

John Brooks to miss Bundesliga match against Bayer Leverkusen

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John Brooks has enjoyed a successful season for German Bundesliga side Hertha Berlin, however, his recent injury woes have marred his consistent play on the field.

After missing time with a knee injury early this month, Brooks is set to miss this weekend's meeting with Bayer Leverkusen after suffering from shin problems.

Wednesday Kickoff: Platini; Nainggolan; Sakho and more

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The head of UEFA expects to return to the game in the very near future, while one of Serie A's top midfielders may be on the move.

Michel Platini's lawyer believes the Frenchman will be cleared to resume his duties as UEFA president before Euro 2016. In February, Platini and former FIFA president Sepp Blatter had their bans reduced from eight to six years.

UCL Preview: Atletico Madrid hosts Bayern Munich in semifinal first leg

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In Wednesday's UEFA Champions League semifinal tie, Atletico Madrid looks to advance to what would be its second Champions League final in three years. Pep Guardiola's Bayern Munich stands between the Rojiblancos and their quest for the final, having defeated Benfica in the quarterfinals.

UCL Rewind: Hart heroics earn Man City draw with Real Madrid

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Even without Cristiano Ronaldo, Real Madrid had plenty of weapons in the attack, but Joe Hart foiled each of them in Tuesday's UEFA Champions League clash.

The Manchester City goalkeeper put forth a man of the match performance to lead the English Premier League side to a scoreless draw against Real Madrid.

Dos Santos, Gerrard help Galaxy find stride despite absences

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The LA Galaxy appeared to be headed for a rough stretch. Team captain Robbie Keane was in the midst of an extended absence, while much of the discussion surrounding the team regarded the upcoming suspension of Nigel de Jong. Missing two key contributors, and with several more yet to make their impact, the Galaxy had plenty of question marks.

Report: NBA owners teaming up to bring MLS franchise to Detroit

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Detroit's bid to enter MLS took a big step in the right direction on Tuesday.

According to the Detroit Free Press, Tom Gores owner of the NBA's Detroit Pistons and Cleveland Cavaliers majority owner Dan Gilbert are teaming up in an attempt to bring an MLS franchise to the Motor City.

Soccer Tuesday: Your Running Commentary

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A historic showdown in Manchester headlines Tuesday's action across the globe.

Manchester City hosts Real Madrid at the Etihad Stadium in the first leg of the their UEFA Champions League semifinal series (2:45 p.m., Fox Sports 1, Fox Soccer 2GO, ESPN Deportes TV, WATCH ESPN).

Real Madrid head coach Zinedine Zidane confirmed Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema are 100 percent fit ahead of the matchup, meaning Tuesday's UCL battle will feature many of the world's best players.

Midday Ticker: Alli, Hillsborough, Hummels and more

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A key member of Tottenham's attack force may be sidelined for the remainder of the 2015-16 English Premier League season.

Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli faces a minimum three-game ban after the English FA charged him with violent conduct for striking West Bromwich Albion's Claudio Yacob on Monday.

SBI NASL Power Rankings (Week 4)

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Minnesota United FC's victory over the New York Cosmos shook up the Spring Season race, but the Loons are still in pursuit of the league's lone perfect side.

The Carolina RailHawks continue to roll, with Saturday's defeat of the Tampa Bay Rowdies serving as arguably the team's most impressive performance yet.

D.C. United finds promising pairing in Saborio-Acosta

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Eight weeks into the MLS season, and Luciano Acosta has finally found a partner he works well with.

Alvaro Saborio has been paired with Acosta off the bench for D.C. United in recent weeks, and the partnership has worked wonders thus far. In the past three weeks, DCU has scored seven goals, with four of them coming from either the Costa Rican forward or Boca Juniors loanee in the second half of play.

SBI MLS Power Rankings (Week 8)

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In a week that saw no ties across MLS, several contenders falteredwhile a few struggling teams emerged with big-timewins.

Previously-unbeaten Real Salt Lake was thrashed by the LA Galaxy, while the Montreal Impact, Sporting KC and FC Dallas each fell to defeat.

SBI Reader Poll: What will Pulisic's USMNT role be at Copa America?

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The hype train continues to roll for Christian Pulisic, who scored his second German Bundesliga goal in as many games for Borussia Dortmund on Saturday.

Due to his recent goal-scoring performances especially playing for one of Germany's and Europe's top sides many U.S. Men's National Team supporters are wondering what his role will be this summer as the U.

Tuesday Kickoff: Juventus, Vardy, Ronaldo and more

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While one Monday match decided a top European league's title, another game seemingly handed the English Premier League crown to Leicester City.

Following AS Roma's 1-0 defeat of second-place Napoli on Monday, Juventus officially clinched its fifth consecutive Italian Serie A title. (REPORT)

West Bromwich Albion held EPL title-contender Tottenham to a 1-1 tie on Monday, giving Leicester the chance to win the EPL title against Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday.

The SBI View: Jesse Marsch deserves share of credit for Red Bulls win

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HARRISON, N.J. Mired in a seven-game funk to start the season, the New York Red Bulls could have made any number of changes to try and turn things around. Head coach Jesse Marsch stuck to his guns, however, and got a Week 8 victory that brought back some joy and optimism to the club.

Carli Lloyd expected to miss 3-6 weeks following MCL injury

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The U.S. Women's National Team appears to have dodged a bullet in regards to one of its most important players.

After sustaining an injury with club side Houston Dash on Saturday, midfielder Carli Lloyd is set to miss three-to-six weeks. An MRI revealed the reigning FIFA Women's Player of the Year suffered a Grade 1 MCL sprain, in addition to a slight hamstring pull.

UCL Preview: Man City hosts battered but dangerous Real Madrid

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Manchester City's historic run this UEFA Champions League campaign has the Citizens one series away from an improbable title. However, standing in their way at the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday will be Real Madrid, a team all-too familiar with this stage of the competition.

Man City hosts the Spanish La Liga giant in the first leg of their semifinal series, and Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo is in a race to recover for the matchup (2:45 p.

Emmanuel Boateng's unique path to first MLS goal

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When LA Galaxy winger Emmanuel Boateng raced into the Real Salt Lake penalty area and poked home his first MLS goal, it put an exclamation mark on his brief but noteworthy rise into the professional soccer ranks.

Really, it could be argued that Boateng has been at least a semi-professional footballer for well over a decade.

Emmanuel Boateng's unique path to first MLS goal

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When LA Galaxy winger Emmanuel Boateng raced into the Real Salt Lake penalty area and poked home his first MLS goal, it put an exclamation mark on his brief but noteworthy rise into the professional soccer ranks.

Really, it could be argued that Boateng has been at least a semi-professional footballer for well over a decade.

SBI MLS Rookie of the Week: Jordan Morris

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Playing without Clint Dempsey and Nelson Valdez by his side, Jordan Morris showed he can carry the load for the Seattle Sounders with a second straight goal-scoring performance.

After netting his first professional goal in the prior game, Morris shined with another finish on Saturday against the Colorado Rapids.

Red Bulls regain scoring confidence, look to sustain success

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Goals had been very hard to come by for the New York Red Bulls heading into Sunday night's meeting with Orlando City SC. However, not only did the home team capture a vital three points— pulling them out of last place in the Eastern Conference— but the Red Bulls attack also regained their composure and confidence, at least temporarily.

The Weekend's Best: Suarez, Juventus and more

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Another league title was clinched this week as the European seasons approach their ends. Here are SBI's picks for the weekend's best (as voted by SBI's editorial staff):

PLAYER OF THE WEEK

LUIS SUAREZ (BARCELONA). In the span of four days, the 29-year-old Uruguayan striker scored eight goals to help Barcelona end their winless run and stay atop the Spanish La Liga table.

SBI MLS Team of the Week: LA Galaxy

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No one in MLS had found a way to extinguish red-hot Real Salt Lake heading into Week 8, but the LA Galaxy concocted the perfect remedy.

The Galaxy handed Real Salt Lake its first loss of the season on Saturday by picking up a 5-2 victory at the StubHub Center.

SBI MLS Player of the Week: Emmanuel Boateng

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Among all of the LA Galaxy's stars, a Ghanaian winger shined brightest in Southern California on Saturday.

Emmanuel Boateng earned his second start of the 2016 season, and made the most of his opportunity, scoring one goal and providing two assists to lead the Galaxy to a impressive 5-2 victory over Real Salt Lake.

NASL Rewind: Minnesota tops Cosmos late, RailHawks win and more

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While the Carolina RailHawks maintained their unbeaten run, Minnesota United FC scored late to topple the New York Cosmos to highlight Week 4 of NASL action.

The RailHawks kept their perfect recordalive with a commanding victory over the Tampa Bay Rowdies. Just behind them, Minnesota United kept pace with a last-gasp Christian Ramirez winner that sunk the Cosmos to a second-straight defeat.

SBI MLS Goal of the Week: Giovani dos Santos

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Soccer Monday: Your Running Commentary

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The Italian Serie A title can be clinched by Juventus on Monday, pending the result of AS Roma-Napoli.

Roma will host Napoli at the Stadio Olimpico to headline the day's action, with the latter needing a win in order to prevent any celebration from taking place in Turin.

In England, Tottenham faces a must-win situation of its own.

Monday Kickoff: Leicester, Barcelona, Juventus and more

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An intense weekend of action across the globe saw some teams inch closer towards league and cup titles, others slip closer towards relegation and players earn end-of-the-season awards.

After leading Leicester City to a dominant 4-0 win against Swansea City in the English Premier League on Sunday, Riyad Mahrez was named Professional Footballers' Association Player of the Year after scoring 17 goals and recording 11 assists.

MLS Weekend Rewind: Week 8

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Week 8 in MLS had it all. Controversial calls, impressive goals, blowout wins and disappointing performances. Here's a look at all nine match stories and follow-up features from over the weekend on SBI:

Yet another controversial call has Orlando City SC frustrated, as the Lions fell to the New York Red Bulls, 3-2, on Sunday.

Wondolowski penalty kick sees Earthquakes edge Sporting KC

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Chris Wondolowski continued to add his all-time MLS goal-scoring total after netting in the San Jose Earthquakes' win over Sporting Kansas City on Sunday.

The goal came by way of a penalty kick in the 59th minute, and it was No. 116 of Wondolowski's MLS career.

Second-half outburst pushes Red Bulls past Orlando City

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The New York Red Bulls registered three second-half goals against Orlando City, in a controversial 3-2 comeback victory. The win gives the Red Bulls their second of the season, pushing them off the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings.

Orlando City opened the scoring after just three minutes, when Rafael Ramos played a low cross into the path of Cyle Larin.

Orlando City's frustrations mount after another controversial call proves costly

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HARRISON, N.J. Another game, another controversial call.

Orlando City suffered a 3-2 road loss to the New York Red Bulls on Sunday night after allowing them to mount a comeback,but it was the play that happened just before the rally began that most people will be talking about.

Union take advantage of few opportunities to top NYCFC

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CHESTER, PA The Philadelphia Union players were the first to admit after Saturday's 2-0 win over New York City FC that they had to find a better way to kill off the game.

The Union held just 35 percent of the possession over 90 minutes, but they were able to take advantage of their scoring opportunities in the first half when they were presented.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

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This weekend may well be the best of the year for American soccer players abroad, with several goals and key results from different leagues around the globe.

Christian Pulisic and Alfredo Morales flew the American flag in German Bundesliga action on Saturday. Morales headed in Ingoldstadt's first goal early in the match to help ensure a result.

D.C. United rolls past Revs

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WASHINGTON — A win is a win, but for D.C. United, it may have come with a high cost.

Playmaker Fabian Espindola appeared to injure his hamstring early in D.C. United's 3-0 victory over the New England Revolution on Saturday afternoon in the nation's capital.

Crew edge 10-man Dynamo

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A controversial red card and subsequent penalty-kick goal saw the Houston Dynamo fall to the Columbus Crew on Saturday.

Kei Kamara scored the only goal of the game from the penalty spot to hand the Crew a 1-0 win its second victory in as many weeks.

Carli Lloyd suffers knee injury in NWSL action

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U.S. Women's National Team supporters are holding their collective breath this Saturday after Carli Lloyd went down with an apparent right knee injury in the Orlando Pride's home opener against the Houston Dash.

The FIFA Women's World Player of the Year was forced out of the Pride's first home game of the NWSL season with a knee injury, and she is reportedly scheduled to have an MRI on her knee on Sunday.

Galaxy hand RSL first loss in blowout

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Carson, Calif. The Western Conference showdown between the LA Galaxy and Real Salt Lake may have been missing a few stars, but it did not lack for fireworks.

Despite the absence of offensive weaponsRobbie Keane and Joao Plata, the two sides produced five goals in the first half alone, and it could easily have been more, as Steven Gerrard missed a penalty kick to keep the score from getting completely out of hand.

Rapids topple Sounders to earn third straight win

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Led by another finish from Jermaine Jones, theColorado Rapids earned their third win in as many games by toppling a fellow Western Conference contender.

Goals from Jermaine Jones, Luis Solignac and Kevin Doyle proved enough to overcome a second-half finish from Jordan Morris, as the Rapids earned a 3-1 win over the Seattle Sounders on Saturday at Dick's Sporting Goods Park.

Whitecaps end goalscoring drought in win over FC Dallas

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The Vancouver Whitecaps have struggled on the attacking end in recent weeks, but Saturday's performance against FC Dallas saw the end of the team's goalscoring woes.

Entering Saturday's contest, the Whitecaps had gone337 minuteswithout a goal, but a trio of finishes saw the Whitecaps topple conference leaders FC Dallas, 3-0, at BC Place on Saturday.

Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

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Leicester City will be without Jamie Vardy on Sunday, but the English Premier League leader will press on without him.

The Foxes host Swansea City at King Power Stadium to headline action in the English Premier League, while Crystal Palace and Watford will battle it out at Wembley Stadium for the chance to progress to the English FA Cup final.

Giovinco double lifts TFC over Impact

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In a all-Canadian clash between Didier Drogba's Montreal Impact and Sebastian Giovinco's Toronto FC, the latter was spurred on to victory by its Italian star.

Giovinco scoredhis fifth and sixth goals of the season to lead Toronto FC to a2-0 victoryatStade Saputo.

Bob Bradley's Le Havre suffers setback in French promotion race

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The French Ligue 2 season is coming to a close, and Bob Bradley's Le Havre ACis running out of time to secure promotion to Ligue 1.

Le Havre fell even further away from the Ligue 2 promotion places after this weekend's results. Bob Bradley's squad settled for a 1-1 tie withrelegation-threatened Evian on the road at the Parc des Sports Annecy.

Union continue hot start with shutout of NYCFC

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CHESTER, Pa The Philadelphia Union moved into first place in the Eastern Conference on Saturday with a 2-0 win over New York City FC at Talen Energy Stadium.

Chris Pontius and C.J. Sapong netted a strike each in the victory that moved the Union ahead of the Montreal Impact on goal differential.

Christian Pulisic scores for second straight week

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Christian Pulisic has done it again.

In Saturday's German Bundesliga clash with VfB Stuttgart, Pulisic netted his second goal in as many league games with a finish in the 45th minute. The goal came in Pulisic's third straight start for Borussia Dortmund, who took a 2-0 advantage on the midfielder's second professional goal.

The SBI Show: Episode 261 (Previewing MLS Week 8, talking USMNT and more)

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The 2016 MLS season is nearing the quarter mark, and this weekend's matches will help clear up the picture for teams in the middle of surprising starts.

Episode 261 of The SBI Show takes a look at this weekend's MLS action, including the LA Galaxy's showdown with unbeaten Real Salt Lake.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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Despite both sides performing below their usual standards this campaign, Everton and Manchester United have a chance to inch closer towards a title.

The Blues and Red Devils kick off at Wembley Stadium in the English FA Cup semifinals to headline action across the nation on Saturday.

Man United enters the contest in the better form, as Everton has not won a game in its previous six.

Fire Notes: Focus on fitness, counter-attacking and Accam's recovery

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With no game this weekend, Chicago Fire head coach Veljko Paunovic spent the week working his team hard in training.

"We had a couple two sessions a day, it's been good, it's been good, it's been challenging but I think that's what we need since we don't have a game on the weekend," Fire midfielder Matt Polster told SBI after Thursday's session.

Klinsmann discusses evaluating youngsters, Copa America and more

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Jurgen Klinsmann has repeatedly stressed the importance of this summer's Copa America Centenario, but the U.S. Men's National Team head coach insists he won't be afraid to bring along young talent if they have earned a spot on the roster.

In recent weeks, Klinsmann has stated his admiration for Borussia Dortmund star Christian Pulisic, who has broken into the German Bundesliga powerhouse's first team in recent weeks.

MLS Ticker: Plata, Orlando City, Red Bulls and more

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One of the league's most prolific players to date this season has been ruled out of action ahead of Week 8 in MLS.

Real Salt Lake playmaker Joao Plata has been ruled out at least seven days, according to head coach Jeff Cassar. Plata, who has scored four goals and provided four assists so far this season, suffered a quadriceps strain in training this week.

NASL Week 4: A Look Ahead

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In NASL action this weekend, two stalwarts of recent seasons face off in Minnesota while new standouts match up in Tampa Bay.

Perennial heavy-hitters in the New York Cosmos andMinnesota United FC will take the field on Saturday night with plenty on the line. Minnesota United has started to bounce back from an underwhelming opening display, but the Cosmos are now coming off a late breakdown on the road in Indy.

MLS Week 8: A Look Ahead

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Both Real Salt Lake and the Montreal Impact have emerged as contenders in their respective conferences, but the two sides will face stiff tests this weekend.

RSL, the league's last remaining unbeaten, travels to StubHub Center to take on the LA Galaxy, while the Impact host Canadian rivals Toronto FC in a match-up that should pit superstars Didier Drogba andSebastian Giovinco against one another.

St. Louis, Sacramento lead MLS expansion race

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After recently sayingSacramento leads the field for MLS expansion markets, Commissioner Don Garber revealed the list of cities that followed.

Speaking to the Associated Press, Garber said Sacramento and St. Louis were the "front-runners" for MLS expansion, whileDetroit, San Diego, San Antonio, Austin and Cincinnati follow suit in that order.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Preview

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After a big win against Norwich City last weekend, DeAndre Yedlin and Sunderland face a much tougher battle against Arsenal on Sunday.

Sam Allardyce's men are now just a point behind Norwich with a game in hand. Yedlin and the rest of the Sunderland back line kept a clean sheet against Norwich, but Arsene Wenger's men haven't lost in six league matches.

Friday Kickoff: Ronaldo, Vardy, Godin and more

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A pair of La Liga stars could miss vital Champions League clashes, while Jamie Vardywasrecognized on the same day he wasdisciplined.

Cristiano Ronaldohas been diagnosed with a muscle strain in his right thigh, leaving his status for Tuesday's Champions League clash with Manchester City up in the air.

This Weekend's Soccer on TV

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Pep Guardiola isinching closer to his goal of givingBayern Munich one more Bundesliga trophy in his last run with the team.

Provided with a Borussia Dortmund loss or draw on the road against VfB Stuttgart, Bayern could clinch its fourth consecutive German league title on Saturday should it get past Hertha Berlin at Olympiastadion.

Klinsmann sees Pulisic strengthening case for Copa America inclusion

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Jurgen Klinsmann plans on assembling a strongU.S. Men's National Team roster for the upcoming Copa America Centenario, and Christian Pulisic could very well be a part of it despite being only 17.

Pulisic hasbeefed up hiscase for inclusion in the 23-man U.

SBI MLS Spotlight: Rosenberry off to ideal start with hometown Union

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For years, Keegan Rosenberry dreamed of taking the field as a member of the Philadelphia Union. That dream has become a reality, and Rosenberry's experiences have proven more ideal than even he could have hoped for.

A month-and-a-halfinto his rookie season, the fullbackhas firmly establishedhimself in the Union lineup.

USMNT to play Copa America tuneup against Puerto Rico

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Before the U.S. Men's National Team plays two important friendlies against CONMEBOL competition in May, Jurgen Klinsmann's men will play a CONCACAF minnow.

The USMNT will play a tuneup against Puerto Rico on May 22 in Bayamon, Puerto Rico (12 p.

Soccer Thursday: Your Running Commentary

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Despite a strong start to the 2015-16 English Premier League season, Arsenal is struggling to hold onto a UEFA Champions League qualification spot as the campaign comes to a close.

The Gunners host West Bromwich Albion at the Emirates Stadium in a must-win situation on Thursday. A third- or fourth-place finish is most likely for Arsenal with only five games remaining in the season, but West Brom will be looking to make the Gunners' season worse.

Video: Barcelona reveals Camp Nou transformation

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Lynden Gooch inks three-year deal with Sunderland

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No matter Sunderland's fate this season, American midfielder Lynden Gooch will be a Black Cat for a few more years to come.

The 20-year-old agreed to a new three-year deal with the English Premier League club on Thursday.

Gooch has been a member of the Black Cats since 2012, but he has only made one professional appearance for the club.

Thursday Kickoff: Tigres-Club America, Barcelona and more

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Club America took a massive step towards winning back-to-back CONCACAF Champions League titles on Wednesday, while top teams from across Europe battled it out in league play and domestic cup competitions.

In the first leg of the CCL final, America defeated Tigres UANL, 2-0, on the road at the Estadio Universitario.

Barcelona announces Neymar to miss Copa America Centenario

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One of the world's biggest soccer stars will not be competing on U.S. soil this summer at the Copa America Centenario.

Barcelona announced a deal struck between itself and the Brazilian Football Confederation and its president Marco Polo del Nero which will let Brazilian playmaker Neymar play for the nation during the 2016 Olympic Games but not during the Copa America tournament.

The SBI View: Instant replay not the solution to MLS's referee problems

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The first quarter of the MLS season is nearly over, and a major talking point throughout, deservedly, has been poor officiating. Referees have made calls that havebeen so controversial or poor that familiar cries for the implementation of instant replay have resurfaced across the league.

Jurgen Klinsmann believes instant replay is 'overdue'

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The topic of video review has beena hot one for quite a while now, but U.S. Men's National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann believes the debate should have been settled decades ago.

Klinsmann chimed in on the latest topic to take center stage in U.S. Soccer, statingthat the introduction of instant replay is long overdue and that he believes that video review should be implemented across the soccer landscape.

Curtin confident in Yaro as Union return to health

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There's no such as easing into Major League Soccer for Philadelphia Union center back Joshua Yaro.

The highly-touted defender out of Georgetown University was thrown into the gauntlet in Week 7 against Seattle with Ken Tribbett out due to an ankle injury.

MLS Ticker: Drogba, Pappa, Wahl, and more

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Didier Drogba has been limited to just two appearances off the bench so far this season, but his first start is in sight.

Drogba has told reporters that he anticipates getting the nod this weekend when his Montreal Impact host rival Toronto FC.

Soccer Wednesday: Your Running Commentary

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Wednesday is sure to be a busy day across the soccer landscapewith leagues and tournaments from around the world boasting several intriguing matchup.

In England, Premier League action is headlined by the Merseyside Derby as Everton takes on Liverpool, while Manchester United also takes the field against Crystal Palace.

Rapids have options with Jones after star showing in advanced role

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Many expected Jermaine Jones to make an immediate impact in the Colorado Rapids midfield, but it is from where that impact was made that left many surprised.

In his first game with his new club following a six-game suspension, Jones lined up in an advanced position in Saturday's 2-1 winover the New York Red Bulls.

D.C. United's Levien nearing acquisition of Swansea City

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Swansea City isset to be sold, and an MLS owner is leading a group that is looking likely to acquire the Premier League club.

D.C. United managing general partner Jason Levien is one of the leading parties in a consortium to acquire a 60 percent stake in the Welsh club.

Wednesday Kickoff: Ronaldo, France, Wilshere and more

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One of the game's biggest stars is reportedly nearing a contract extension while precautions are being made for this summer's European Championships.

Cristiano Ronaldo is reportedly in talks with Real Madrid over an extended contract that will keep the Portuguese star at the club until 2020.

The SBI View: Red Bulls' woes a perfect storm of attacking, defensive failures

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The 2015 New York Red Bulls were a perfect storm. A perfectly-assembled roster, withthe perfect coach to lead them, produced a Supporters' Shield in a season originally projected for disaster.

Now, the Red Bulls are experiencing another perfect storm, one of failure, and for a variety of reasons.

Soccer Tuesday: Your Running Commentary

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Tuesday is a day for cup action, while there's also plenty of league play to provide variety for soccer fans around the world.

HeadliningTuesday's schedule are a pair of semifinal clashes. In France, Paris-Saint Germain takes on Lorient in the semifinal of the Coupe de France, while Bayern Munich takes on Werder Bremen in the DFB Pokal.

SBI NASL Power Rankings (Week 3)

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Through three weeks of the NASL Spring Season, a surprise contender has emerged atop the standings: the Carolina RailHawks.

With yet another victory, the RailHawks have emerged as the NASL's lone nine-point team through three weeks. Joining the RailHawks are the Tampa Bay Rowdies and Indy Eleven, both of whompicked up victories to stay unbeaten.

USWNT to take on Japan in Cleveland for second pre-Olympic friendly

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The 2015 Women's World Cup winner and runner-up will meet not once but twice in June as the U.S. Women's National Team prepares for the 2016 Olympic Games.

U.S. Soccer revealed the location for the second match against Japan this summer, with the first taking place on June 2 and the second kicking off three days later in Cleveland, Ohio.

SBI MLS Power Rankings (Week 7)

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Several of the top contenders in MLS picked up statement wins, while the league's lone winless team emerged from the doldrums with their first victoryof the season.

Real Salt Lake's unbeaten run atop MLS continues, while the Columbus Crew finally joined the rest of the competition by putting a notch in the win column.

SBI Question of the Day: Where should Guzan play next season?

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For the first time in approximately three decades, Aston Villa will not be playing in the English Premier League next season. The question on many U.S. Men's National Team followers' mindsis whatdoes this mean for goalkeeper Brad Guzan?

The club was relegated to the English League Championship after falling to Manchester United, 1-0, on Saturday, and the fallout has already begun.

Sources: Cosmos not pursuing Francesco Totti amid reports

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Francesco Totti continues to be linked with a move to the New York Cosmos, but it doesn't appear the AS Roma legend will be joining the NASL club any time soon.

Sources tell SBI the Cosmos are not actively pursuing the 39-year-old Italian star. The Cosmos were previously linked with Totti earlier this year, but denied a move was imminent.

CCL Preview: Tigres looks to take down reigning champ Club America

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Club America will be looking to claim its seventh CONCACAF Champions League title, but a familiar foe in Tigres UANL stands in the way.

Tigres will host America at the Estadio Universitario in Wednesday's first leg of the CCL final (9:45 p.

Tuesday Kickoff: Tottenham, Puebla, Aston Villa and more

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Tottenham climbed to within five points of the English Premier League leader on Monday, while injuries, a suspension and more headline news across the world.

Harry Kane and Dele Alli each scored two goal to lead Tottenham to a 4-0 win against Stoke City on Monday, closing the gap between itself and Leicester City in the English Premier League title race.

MLS Ticker: Hedges, Crew, Atlanta United and more

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Following Week 7 action in MLS, the team at the top of the standings has reportedly received some bad news.

FC Dallas could be without centerback Matt Hedges for five-to-six weeks due to a torn meniscus. A report claims Hedges started feeling the problem after playing on the Portland Timbers' artificial surface at Providence Park, and the defender then missed FCD's home win against Sporting Kansas City on Sunday.

NASL Rewind: Indy stuns Cosmos, RailHawks continue to roll and more

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It was a weekend for late heroics in the NASL, which now sees just one unblemished side standing through three weeks of games.

After cruising through the first two games of the season, the New York Cosmos were stunned by a pair of late goals from Indy Elven in the reigning champions' first loss in 10 games dating back to last season.

The Weekend's Best: Aguero, Bayern, Rangers-Celtic and more

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A few golazos, a Scottish derby and matches with important league and European title implications. This past week had that all and then some. Here are SBI's picks for the weekend's best (as voted by SBI's editorial staff):

PLAYER OF THE WEEK

SERGIO AGUERO (Manchester City).

SBI MLS Rookie of the Week: Jordan Morris

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The start of Jordan Morris' professional career hasn't gone as expected, but the Seattle Sounders rookie provided his first signature MLS moment on Saturday.

Morris netted what turned out to be the game-winning goal for the Sounders to lead the way in a 2-1 victory at CenturyLink Field.

SBI MLS Player of the Week: Giovani dos Santos

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In the starting lineup for the first time in over a month, Giovani dosSantos was at his very best on Friday night.

The Mexican international netted two goals while also adding an assist, leading the LA Galaxy to a 4-1 victory over the Houston Dynamo.

SBI MLS Team of the Week: FC Dallas

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Facing off against one of the league's best teams to date, FC Dallas remained on top of the MLS standings with a crucial win.

Sporting Kansas City proved to be a tough opponent for FCD at Toyota Stadium, but a second-half goal from Mauro Rosales was enough for FC Dallas to earn a 2-1 win.

MLS Weekend Rewind: Week 7

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The Columbus Crew finally found a win in 2016 after seven weeks of MLS action, while Real Salt Lake remained the league's only unbeaten team. Here's a look at all 10 match stories from over the weekend on SBI:

Giovani Dos Santos scored two goals and provided one assist to lead the LA Galaxy to a 4-1 thrashing of the Houston Dynamo at BBVA Compass Stadium on Friday.

SBI MLS Goal of the Week: Ignacio Piatti

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Rosales free kick leads FC Dallas past Sporting KC

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FC Dallas completed a comeback win against Sporting Kansas City on Sunday, thanks to a quality free kick from second-half substitute Mauro Rosales.

Lawrence Olum gave Sporting Kansas City the early lead, but Michael Barrios and Rosales responded to hand FC Dallas a 2-1 win against Sporting KC at Toyota Stadium.

Monday Kickoff: Leicester City, Barcelona-Valencia, Aston Villa and more

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A weekend of thrilling action saw the Spanish La Liga and English Premier League races intensify with just a few weeks remaining in each campaign.

Despite playing down a man, Leicester City tied West Ham United, 2-2, after Leonardo Ulloa converted a stoppage-time penalty kick. (REPORT)

Valencia defeated Barcelona, 2-1, as Lionel Messi scored his 500th career goal.

Controversial calls see Orlando City, Revs tie

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It may have been a just result in the end, but both Orlando City and the New England Revolution will be thinking they deserved more from Sunday's tie at the Citrus Bowl.

Center official Baldomero Toledo's calls and a non-call before Kevin Molino's goal in stoppage time will be debated for days to come as the Lions and Revs finished in a 2-2 tie.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

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Gedion Zelalem has returned to the news in shocking fashion this weekend, while Bobby Wood's latest strike will surprise no one.

Zelalem playeda role in Rangers FC's Scottish Cup win over Celtic on Sunday.The young American attacker came off the bench and scored in the penalty shootout as Rangers earned a statement victory just a week after earning promotion to the Scottish top flight for next season.

Christian Pulisic scores first pro goal, helps Dortmund rebound

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Borussia Dortmund couldn't really be blamed for a bit of a post-loss hangover after last Thursday's dramatic Europa League loss to Liverpool, but an American youngster helped the German power snap out of it.

U.S. Men's National Team midfielderChristian Pulisic scored his first professional goal on Sunday, helping spark a Borussia Dortmund 3-0 win against Hamburg.

Adi's second-half double propels Timbers past Earthquakes

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The Portland Timbers recovered from their midweek thumping at the hands of FC Dallas with a 3-1 home win over San Jose on Saturday night.

Jack McInerney opened the scoring and Fanendo Adi came off the bench to score twicein the victory at Providence Park, but the three points came at a cost as goalkeeper Adam Kwarasey left the pitch with a hand injury.

Jermaine Jones leads Rapids past Red Bulls in stellar debut

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Colorado Rapids fans had to six matches to see what Jermaine Jones could bring to their team, and on Saturday they had to feel like he was worth the wait.

In his first game back from serving a six-match suspension, and his first appearance with the Colorado Rapids, Jermaine Jones has scored his first goal and recorded the game-winning assist in the Rapids' 2-1 win against the New York Red Bulls in a snowy Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colorado.

Jordan Morris scores first pro goal as Sounders top Union

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SEATTLE Jordan Morris scored the first goal of his MLS career and defender Chad Marshall netted for the second time in two weeks to give the Seattle Sounders a 2-1 win over the Philadelphia Union in front of 39,620 at CenturyLink Field on Saturday night.

Early Giovinco strike earns Toronto FC win in D.C.

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It took Sebastian Giovinco just 57 seconds to score on Saturday, and 89 minutes wasn't enough time for D.C. United to find a response.

Just a week after scoring four goals in a big win against the Vancouver Whitecaps, D.C. United's attack reverted to its struggling ways, failing to find the net as TFC posted 1-0 victory at RFK Stadium.

Crew hold off NYCFC to record first win of 2016

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Three goals, including one from Kei Kamara, and some late-game heroics from Steve Clark saw the Columbus Crew earn their first win of the season on Saturday.

Justin Meram scored the go-ahead goal in the 80th minute, but the Crew had to hold onto the lead with only 10 men after Michael Parkhurst was shown a red card late.

Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

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Leicester City can take another step towards the English Premier League title on Sunday.

The Foxes host West Ham United in what is sure to be an intense affair at King Power Stadium. West Ham, currently four points behind fifth-place Manchester United, needs a win just as badly as Leicester.

Piatti's late winner helps Impact douse Fire

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Didier Drogba's first goal of 2016 is sure to grab headlines, but Ignacio Piatti's stoppage-time winner delivered the three points for the Montreal Impact on Saturday.

Piatti struck from 18 yards out, guiding a shot from the top left corner of the penalty area in the first minute of stoppage time to give the Impact a 2-1 victory over the Fire at Toyota Park.

Galaxy dominate Dynamo behind Dos Santos double

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They have not shown it with much consistency so far this season, but the LA Galaxy looked like one of the best teams in MLS on Friday.

Bruce Arena's side was missing starting defensive midfielder Nigel de Jong due to suspension, but other members of the team stepped up in major way to dominate the Houston Dynamo, 4-1, at BBVA Compass Stadium.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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Chelsea-Manchester City takes control the spotlight in England, as the latter looks to keep its title hopes alive as the season comes to a close.

Chelsea has Gary Cahill available once again, meaning he could return to the Blues' back line for Saturday's matchup.

Real Madrid will attempt to close the gap between itself and Barcelona at the top of the Spanish La Liga table against Getafe, while Bayern Munich hosts Schalke 04, which is in desperate need of a win for a chance at a UEFA Champions League spot.

The SBI Show: Episode 260 (Talking deJong, MLS Week 7, and more)

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MLS has handed down punishment on Nigel deJong's tackle of Darlington Nagbe, and this week's hottest topic headlines the latest edition of The SBI Show.

Episode 260 of The SBI Show takes a closer look at de Jong's suspension, Nagbe's surprisingly quick recovery, and what's next.

Soccer Friday: Your Running Commentary

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The race to clinch a UEFA Champions League spot in Germany continues for Borussia Monchengladbach on Friday.

The club heads to HDI-Arena to play relegation-bound Hannover 96. Borussia M'gladbach is currently on the outside of a UCL qualification spot looking in, so a win against Hannover is a must if it to keep pace with Hertha Berlin and Bayer 04 Leverkusen.

NASL Week 3: A Look Ahead

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Both the New York Cosmos and Carolina RailHawks remain unblemished, and both sides will be looking to collect their ninth point of the young season this weekend.

The Cosmos are set for their first road match of the season with a visit to Indy Eleven, while the RailHawks prepare to host an Ottawa Fury FC team coming off of a draw.

MLS Week 7: A Look Ahead

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After some extended absences to start the season, two of the most recognizable stars in MLS will take the field this weekend, while a pair of Western Conference contenders meet up in an early season collision.

Two of the league's elite collide in Sunday's headliner as FC Dallas takes on Sporting Kansas City.

Nigel de Jong handed three-game suspension by MLS

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Nigel de Jong will be watching the LA Galaxy from the sidelines for close to one month after the MLS Disciplinary Committee officially suspended him on Friday.

The league handed De Jong a three-game ban for his challenge on Portland Timbers midfielder Darlington Nagbe.

Danny Williams accepts three-game ban for scuffle with teammate

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Danny Williams is set to miss some time for Reading FC after engaging in a on-field scuffle with his captain earlier this week.

On Friday, Readingannounced Williams and teammate Paul McShane have accepted three-match bans from the English Football Association for their incident in Tuesday's loss to Middlesbrough.

Haji Wright announces signing with Schalke

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The German Bundesliga is starting to become a common place for young Americans to land overseas.

On his personal Twitter account, Haji Wright announced he had signed a contract with Schalke 04. His announcement confirms reports, which linked him with a move to the German club following his 18th birthday, from January.

Friday Kickoff: Liverpool-Dortmund, Europa League and more

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Thursday's UEFA Europa League match between Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund still has everyone talking this morning, as it is being considered a game-of-the-year candidate.

Liverpool pulled off an incredible come-from-behind win to defeat Dortmund, 4-3 (5-4 on aggregate), at Anfield in the Europa League quarterfinals.

Garber: Sacramento leads field for MLS expansion to 28

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On Thursday, MLS commissioner Don Garber envisioned the future of the league, and it included at least 28 teams.

Speaking in downtown Sacramento, Garber explained his vision for expansion to a large crowd of Sacramento Republic FC supporters, and even Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson.

Real Madrid-Man City, Atleti-Bayern revealed as UCL semifinal pairings

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Only four teams remain in this year's UEFA Champions League competition, and those left learned the road they must take in order to claim the title.

On Friday, Real Madrid was paired with Manchester City in the semifinals draw, while Atletico Madrid was matched with Bayern Munich.

Man City is competing in the semifinals for the first time in its history, while Real Madrid has reached this stage of the competition six consecutive years.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Preview

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DeAndre Yedlin and Sunderland face a must-win six-pointer on Saturday, as they travel to Norwich City at the bottom of the table in an intenserelegation dogfight.

After a predictable loss to league-leader Leicester City last weekend stifled a run of four straight draws for Yedlin and Sunderland, Sam Allardyce's team now sits four points below 17th place Norwich with a game in hand.

This Weekend's Soccer on TV

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We're heading into the final stretch in European soccer and several clubs can take another step closer toward clinching their respective titles this weekend.

In the English Premier League, Leicester City — seven points clear of second place — looks to take care of business against West HamUnited while Tottenham will have to wait until Monday to make a push.

Soccer Thursday: Your Running Commentary

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Thursday is set to be a busy daywith both the UEFA Europe League and Copa Libertadores returning to action throughout the day.

Europa League action returns for the second legs of the quarterfinal round, with a clash between Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund headlining after 1-1 draw in Germany in the opening leg.

Union Notes: Dempsey to test back line, Carroll nears milestone and more

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As a former centerback, Philadelphia Union manager Jim Curtin is able to give his young defenders plenty of tips about how to approach certain situations.

However, even the best advice the Union boss can hand out won't be enough to fully prepare the young back line for their second big test in a row against one of the best attackers in MLS.

SBI MLS Spotlight: Redding seizing opportunities as Orlando City starter

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Tommy Redding remembers the moment vividly. He remembers walking out of the tunnel in front of more than 60,000 Orlando City SC fans clad in purple. He remembers the combination of nerves and excitement, and the feeling of honor in representing a club that put so much faith in him at just 19 years old.

Arena unhappy with 'hysteria' surrounding Nigel de Jong tackle

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LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena is not happy with the way in which the media has covered Nigel de Jong's tackle on Darlington Nagbe at the StubHub Center.

On Sunday, the Portland Timbers midfielder was forced off the field in a wheelchair after receiving a studs-up challenge from De Jong in the 73rd minute.

USWNT to play New Zealand, France and Colombia at Olympics

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The groups for this summer's Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro are set, and the U.S. Women's National Team's road to a repeat features familiar foes.

Jill Ellis' side will face off against New Zealand, France and Colombia, who the U.S. just beat twice, in Group G.

Rapids show grit to overcome Sporting KC in road win

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On the night of the club's 20th anniversary, Sporting Kansas City looked little like the powerhouse it had become post-rebrand. Now 3-2-0, Sporting KC stumbled to a 2-1 loss to the Colorado Rapids, who were determined to ruin the home side's evening.

Thursday Kickoff: Benzema, FA Cup, Copa Libertadores and more

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While one French star will not play for his nation this summer, two other matches played out in England as UEFA Champions League stole the spotlight on Wednesday.

Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema will not be selected to compete for France at Euro 2016 this summer. (REPORT)

Crystal Palace was held to a 0-0 tie by Everton in the English Premier League.

Rapids post big road win by halting Sporting KC

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Coming off a stellar performance in New York over the weekend, Sporting Kansas City returned to Children's Mercy Park Wednesday night with a slightly weakened lineup to lose 2-1 to the Colorado Rapids.

Connor Hallisey whipped in a cross to the head of Dom Dwyer, who headed it past Rapids goalkeeper Zac MacMath in the 76th minute.

Earthquakes handle patchwork Red Bulls

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Chances came at a bare minimum on Wednesday night, but the San Jose Earthquakesearned a 2-0 victory over the New York Red Bulls at Avaya Stadium.

The Earthquakes captured the lead in the 40th minute, when Fatai Alashe struck a ball from outside the penalty area that deflected off Kemar Lawrence and into the Red Bulls net.

FC Dallas trounces struggling Timbers at Providence Park

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The Western Conference finals rematch between the Portland Timbers and FC Dallas was nowhere near as competitive as last year's postseason slugfest, and even the winner was different this time around.

FC Dallas rattled off three first-half goals, overwhelming a sluggish and short-handed Timbers side early on the way to an impressive 3-1 victory at Providence Park on Wednesday night.

UCL Rewind: Atletico takes down Barca, Bayern top Benfica

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In a game that turned out to be as controversial as it was entertaining, Atletico Madrid toppled Barcelona to reach the Champions League semifinals.

After dropping the awayleg, 2-1, Atleti held on at the Vicente Calderon to take down Barcelona by a 2-1 scoreline and 3-2 on aggregate. The victory pushes Atletico Madrid into the Champions League semifinals for the second time in three years after previously slipping past Barca in 2014.

Jurgen Klinsmann shoots down Everton rumors

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It appears the rumors linking Jurgen Klinsmann to Everton were just that.

Hours after the Klinsmann was linked with a move to Everton, the U.S. Men's National Team head coach took to his Twitter account to rebuff that notion on Wednesday.

Rumours are wrong!

Real Salt Lake's patience with 4-3-3 formation rewarded with undefeated start

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Real Salt Lake went through some serious growing pains in a new formation in 2015, but the patience the club has demonstrated in its 4-3-3 setup has bore immediate fruit at the start of this year.

RSL is off to a strong start in the 2016 MLS season, going 3-0-2 en route to becoming the final team to have a zero in the loss column.

Danny Williams involved in on-field scuffle with Reading captain

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Danny Williams has done a solid job of frustrating opposing teams throughout his time at Reading, but the U.S. Men's National Team midfielder's most recent target was his own captain.

In Tuesday's match against Middlesbrough, Williams and Reading captainPaul McShane engaged in a small scuffle in what turned out to be a 2-1 loss.

SBI NASL Power Rankings (Week 2)

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Two weeks into the fast-paced Spring campaign, the New York Cosmos and Carolina RailHawks have emerged, while Minnesota United bounced back to remainhot on their heels.

Both the Cosmos and RailHawks made it a perfect two-from-two with victories over the Jacksonville Armada and Rayo OKC, respectively.

Soccer Wednesday: Your Running Commentary

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The UEFA Champions League will dwindle its field down to four by the end of Wednesday, while the FA Cup rounds out the quarterfinals.

Barcelona and Bayern Munich each hold one goal advantages in their respective Champions League ties. Both sides will play their second legs on the road, with the Blaugrana facing Atletico Madrid and Bayern travelling to Benfica.

Abby Wambach pleads guilty to DUI, enters treatment

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After being arrested for driving under the influence on April 3, former U.S. Women's National Team forward Abby Wambach plead guiltyto the charges in Portland, Oregon on Tuesday.

According to the Oregonian, Wambach stood before a judge at the Multnomah County Circuit Court, and took responsibility for the charges.

Report: Jurgen Klinsmann linked to Everton job

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Jurgen Klinsmann's current task is preparing the U.S. Men's National Team for the upcoming Copa America, but rumors have emerged linking the USMNT head coach with a surprise move to the Premier League.

ESPN TV announcer Ian Darke sparked the latest rumor regarding Klinsmann on Wednesday, revealing that he is hearing "persistent rumors" linking Klinsmann to English Premier League club Everton.

MLS Preview: Midweek Look Ahead

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While only three matches are on the docket Wednesday night around MLS, several intriguing matchups are slated to kick off a busy week of action.

Sporting Kansas City will be looking to continue their hot start against the Colorado Rapids after accumulating 12 points over the opening five matches.

Manchester United 'really excited' about U.S. U-20 Olosunde

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Matthew Olosundeis very new to the Manchester United setup, but the U.S. Under-20 Men's National team defender has already turned some heads at the club.

Manchester United head of coachingand former Red Devilsmidfielder Nicky Butt says the club is "really excited" about the young American.

Wednesday Kickoff: PFA nominees, Benatia out for Bayern and more

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Leicester City is on the verge of completing one of the greatest triumphs in English Premier League history, and one of their players could be rewarded with a significant piece of hardware.

Three Leicester players have been nominated for this year's PFA Players' Player of the Year award, including Jamie Vardy, Riyad Mahrez andN'Golo Kante.

UCL Rewind: Real Madrid, Man City progress to semifinals

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Real Madrid needed a hero on Tuesday, and Cristiano Ronaldo came to the rescue yet again.

Ronaldo scored a hat trick to help Real Madrid come back from a 2-0 first-leg defeat to post a 3-0 victory on Tuesday that helped secure the Spanish club's place in the UEFA Champions League semifinals.

Orlando City's Heath looking for more consistency as stars return

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Through the first five weeks of the MLS season, Orlando City SC head coach Adrian Heath is pleased with the points his side has been able to amass. However, Heath believes there is improvement to be made in the manner in whichthe team is collecting them.

Report: Mexico finalizing 2026 World Cup bid

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If the United States does officially submit a bid for hosting rights tothe 2026 World Cup, it might very well have to do battle withits most bitter rival.

The Mexican Football Federation (FMF) is putting the finishing touches ona bid to host that year's World Cup, according to a report from Mexico outlet Record.

Red Bulls Notes: Zubar, Lawrence near return, incorporating youth and more

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With results simply not coming for the New York Red Bulls over the opening five matches of the 2016 MLS season, one area that has greatly impacted their chances of winning games has been the club's injuries.

A trio of Red Bulls players exited their match against the Houston Dynamo on March 19, the side's only win of the new season.

SBI MLS Power Rankings: Week 6

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Before this past weekend's action, two sides were unbeaten in MLS play. Only one remains now: Real Salt Lake.

RSL toppled the Colorado Rapids to remain unbeaten through five games an impressive mark to start the campaign. Orlando City, which remained unblemished heading into Week 5, wasn't so lucky as a Tranquillo Barnetta free kick sealed a late victory for the Philadelphia Union.

Soccer Tuesday: Your Running Commentary

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Two clubs can reach the UEFA Champions League semifinals for the first time on Tuesday.

Manchester City and Wolfsburg will be the two aiming to make history, as they face off against Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid, respectively.

Wolfsburg currently holds a 2-0 lead over the Spanish La Liga side, while Man City and PSG are tied at 2-2.

Tuesday Kickoff: FIFA, AC Milan, Verratti and more

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While a couple of clubs made managerial changes, a former president of CONCACAF pleaded guilty to charges of corruption.

Alfredo Hawit, who served as the interim president for CONCACAF in 2015, has pleaded guilty to four charges of corruption, admitting he had accepted bribes to sell marketing rights for tournaments.

UCL Preview: Man City, Wolfsburg aiming to make history

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The first two spots in the UEFA Champions League semifinals will be earned on Tuesday.

After netting two important away goals, Manchester City will host Paris Saint-Germain in the second leg of their quaterfinal series. In Spain, Real Madri will look to mount a comeback against Wolfsburg, which holds a two-goal advantage.

Report: Timbers 'cautiously optimistic' about Darlington Nagbe's injury status

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MLS fans everywhere feared the worst for Darlington Nagbe on Sunday night, but it appears the severity of his injury is nowhere near as bad as it could have been.

X-rays on Nagbe's left ankle have come backnegative and the Portland Timbers are 'cautiously optimistic' that the 25-year-old winger will not be sidelined for too long, according to several reports.

SBI Reader Poll: How long should Nigel de Jong be suspended?

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MLS fans and followers have been clamoring for action in regards to Nigel de Jong's challenge on Darlington Nagbe on Sunday, and the league will have to make an important decision this week regarding his eligibility for upcoming games.

In the 73rd minute of the LA Galaxy's 1-1 tie with the Portland Timbers, De Jong used a studs-up tackle on Nagbe.

Galaxy injury bug grows to a epidemic

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Building a successful roster requires depth. LA Galaxy team president Chris Klein and head coach Bruce Arena were well aware their team struggledlate last season with a spate of injuries to their back line that softened their defense and helped shorten their season from a championship run to a glum early playoff departure.

Fire keep growing with third straight shutout in draw with NYCFC

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NEW YORK The Chicago Fire began the season by surrendering four goals in a disappointing defeat in their home opener.

Since then, the defense has tightened up and the points have accumulated.

The Fire extended their surprisingundefeated streak to four games on Sunday night by keeping New York City FC off the board in a scoreless draw at Yankee Stadium.

SBI MLS Rookie of the Week: Jonathan Campbell

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Another week produced even more recognition for Chicago Fire defender Jonathan Campbell.

For the third straight week, Campbell helped the Fire preserve a shutout and, for the third straight week, the centerback has been recognized as the SBI MLS Rookie of the Week.

SBI MLS Team of the Week: D.C. United

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D.C. United was unable to earn a single win for the first five weeks of the 2016 MLS season, but that all changed on Saturday.

DCU defeated Western Conference contenders Vancouver Whitecaps in emphatic fashion, scoring four goals while earning its second shutout of the season.

SBI MLS Player of the Week: Tim Melia

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Facing a barrage of shots, Tim Melia stood on his head to help lead Sporting Kansas City to the league's top spot with a crucial road victory.

The Sporting KCgoalkeeper made several spectacular saves, including one on a penalty kick, to keep the New York Red Bulls at bay.

SBI MLS Goal of the Week: Giles Barnes

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Vieira, NYCFC not worried about recent home struggles

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NEW YORK – For the fourth time in less than a month, Patrick Vieira sat in Yankee Stadium's press room without a victory to speak of. Yet, with the same calm demeanor that defined his playing career, Vieira insisted everything will be alright.

NASL Rewind: RailHawks win thriller, Cosmos cruise and more

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The second week of the NASL campaignhas been completed, and two favorites have emerged in the sprint that is the league's Spring Season.

After claiming all three points in Week 1, both the Carolina RailHawks and New York Cosmos repeated the feat in their sophomore efforts of 2016. The RailHawks earned a narrow victory in a five-goal thriller at Rayo OKC, while the Cosmos toppled the Jacksonville Armada in the club's second home game.

The Weekend's Best: Ben Arfa, Tottenham, West Ham-Arsenal and more

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Following a weekend of big wins for England's top clubs and a massive loss for La Liga leader Barcelona, a few individuals and teams stood out among the rest. Here are SBI's picks for the weekend's best (as voted by SBI's editorial staff):

PLAYER OF THE WEEK

HATEM BEN ARFA (OGC NICE).

Shelton, Lopez left off NYCFC gameday roster due to video incident

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NEW YORK – ­­The names of Khiry Shelton and Mikey Lopez are typically counted among New York City FC's gameday roster, but a disciplinary decision saw the two miss out on Saturday's match against the Chicago Fire.

Head coach Patrick Vieira said the two were left out of the NYCFC team for Sunday's match due to his displeasure with recent social media-related issues.

Sounders tie Dynamo in dramatic fashion

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Chad Marshall saved the Seattle Sounders from yet another defeat to start the 2016 MLS season.

The defender scored with the last kick of the game to help the Sounders salvage a 1-1 tie against the Houston Dynamo at BBVA Compass Stadium on Sunday.

Julie Johnston brace leads USWNT to win over Colombia

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It may not have been as lopsided as the two sides' prior meeting, but the U.S. Women's National Team dispatched Colombia with ease in Sunday's friendly.

Defender Julie Johnston led the way with a brace as the USWNT topped Colombia, 3-0. The victory was the Americans'second win over Colombia in five days following Wednesday's7-0 thrashing.

Fire and NYCFC play to drab goalless draw

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NEW YORK –New York City FC took on the Chicago Fire for the second time of the 2016 season, andthe match failed to produce the goals that highlighted the first match. However, Sunday's clash did provide abit of controversy.

The Fire scored on a 60th minute header from Jonathan Cambell but saw the goal waved away in what ended as a scoreless tieat Yankee Stadium.

Late Timbers own goal helps Galaxy salvage draw

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CARSON, Calif. The LA Galaxy and the Portland Timbers hold the last two MLS Cup trophies, and on Sunday the two sides split the honors, with the match finishing on even terms, 1-1, before 25,667 fans on a cool night at the Stub Hub Center.

Fanendo Adi netted in the 52nd minute to give the Timbers the advantage,beating emergency fullback Rafael Garcia, and goalkeeper Brian Rowe, with a well struck shot from 15 yards low to the far post.

Horrific de Jong tackle forces Nagbe out of Galaxy-Timbers draw

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The biggest talking point in the aftermath of the LA Galaxy-Portland Timbers gamewas not the result, but rather a horrendous tackle that left one of MLS's most talented attacking talents in a wheelchair and a familiar suspect facing the heat.

The Galaxy and Timbers played to a 1-1 draw at StubHub Center in Carson, California, on Sunday night, but the match was overshadowed by the ugly incident that occurred in the 73rd minute.

Tim Melia shines in Sporting KC's latest shutout win

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HARRISON, N.J. When you give up nearly two dozen shots as a teamin one game, you are more than likely going to need your goalkeeper to come up big in order to have a chance at getting at least a point.

Tim Melia was more than up for the task on Saturday night, and Sporting Kansas City reaped all the benefits as a result.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

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It was quite a weekend for the young Americans plying their trade in Europe, headlined by Christian Pulisic earning a surprise start for Borussia Dortmund.

The recent U.S. Men's National Team debutant played 73 minutes on Sunday, as Dortmund drew 2-2 with Schalke 04. It was Pulisic's second-ever start in the German Bundesliga, and the young attacking talent played a role in Shinji Kagawa's opening goal for Dortmund.

Espindola double leads D.C. United romp over Whitecaps

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WASHINGTON—For Fabian Espindola and D.C. United, it's great to be home.

A two-goal showing by Fabian Espindola—coupled with a late insurance brace by Alvaro Saborio—gave D.C. United a 4-0 victory against the Vancouver Whitecaps on Saturday night at RFK Stadium. The win is the D.C. United's first of the season.

Zac MacMath gaffe allows unbeaten Real Salt Lake to edge Rapids

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Tightly-contested affairs often come down to who makes the one crucial mistake that the opposition pounces on.

On Saturday, it was the Colorado Rapids making the mistake and Real Salt Lake doing the pouncing.

Zac MacMath committed a costly errorin the second half and Joao Plata took full advantage to give RSL a 1-0 victory over the Rapids at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah.

Sporting KC shuts out Red Bulls on the road

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HARRISON, N.J. While many sides struggle when they come into Red Bull Arena, Sporting Kansas City came out flying against the New York Red Bulls and came away with a 2-0 victory on Saturday night.

Sporting KC opened the scoring in the 17th minute after a perfectly executed counterattack was capped off with Graham Zusi's cross into the path of Benny Feilhaber.

Earthquakes, FC Dallas exchange goals in back-and-forth tie

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The San Jose Earthquakes and FC Dallas exchanged goals throughout a back-and-forth 90 minutes on Saturday, but neither side could push themselves towards all three points.

Both sides netted a pair of goals each, but the two Western Conference contenders were forced to settle for a 2-2 draw on Saturday at Toyota Stadium.

Red Bulls create chances, but scoring struggles continue in loss to Sporting KC

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HARRISON, N.J. — This isn't the offense that the New York Red Bulls or their fans have become accustomed to seeing over recent seasons.

While the Red Bulls have managed to muster up opportunities in their opening five games of the 2016 MLS season, the team has just four goals to show for it, all of which came against the Houston Dynamo.

Giovinco equalizer helps Toronto FC draw Revolution

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Toronto FC only had one shot on goal on the road Saturday afternoon against the New England Revolution, but that turned out to be enough to salvage a 1-1 draw at Gillette Stadium.

The Revs couldn'thold on aftera 14th-minute header by Kelyn Rowe as Sebastian Giovinco leveled it in the 58th minute for Toronto FC in front of a crowd of16,935on a mildSaturday afternoon.

Crew remain winless following loss to Impact

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In a clash of two teams littered with attacking talent, it was a a pair of unlikely goalscorers that extended the Columbus Crew's season-opening winless run to five matches on Saturday night.

Hassoun Camara and Kyle Bekker each found the back of the net against the Crew, leading the Montreal Impact to a 2-0 victory on Saturday at the Olympic Stadium.

Matt Miazga pulled at halftime after yellow card in loss to Swansea

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Matt Miazga earned his second consecutive start for Chelsea in the English Premier League on Saturday, but the match was arguably one to forgot for the American defender.

The 20-year-old started at centerback against Swansea City, and performed well enough for close to 25 minutes next to Branislav Ivanovic on the Chelsea back line.

Emerson Hyndman scores game-winner on 20th birthday

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Saturday proved to be a spectacular day for Emerson Hyndman for a few different reasons.

Not only did the American midfielder celebrate his 20th birthday, but he also started, played 90 minutes and scored the game-winning goal for Fulham in a 2-1 win against Cardiff City.

The goal which was scored deep into second-half stoppage time was Hyndman's first professional goal for the club, and it helped Fulham earn three crucial points as it attempts to avoid the English Championship relegation zone.

Barnetta's late winner sees Union top Orlando City

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CHESTER, Pa The Philadelphia Union are no strangers to witnessing late goals at Talen Energy Stadium, but for once, the goal during the closing stages of the second half benefited them.

Tranquillo Barnetta's free kick struck the underside of the crossbar and bounced into the right side of the net to hand the Union a 2-1 win over Orlando City SC, and first place in the Eastern Conference on Friday.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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A top-of-the-table clash in the English Premier League takes place at Boleyn Ground, while AC Milan-Juventus headlines action across Europe.

The "Old Lady" heads to the San Siro in order to increase their lead atop the Italian Serie A table. Sitting six points above second place, Juventus will also be looking to keep Milan out of a European competition qualifying spot.

Adrian Heath 'bitterly disappointed' after Orlando City fails to close out game

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CHESTER, Pa. — A mere two minutes were all that separated Orlando City from grabbing a result on the road and staying undefeated in 2016, but a spectacular free kick goal late spoiled the party.

It also left head coach Adrian Heath more than frustrated and bothered, and he did not hide it.

Union use unique free kick setup to score winner vs. Orlando City

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CHESTER, Pa. — When he was asked after the game about his team's unique free kick setup, which consisted of Philadelphia Union players setting up a wall behind Orlando City SC's actual free kick wall, Tranquillo Barnetta admitted he wasn't sure what his teammates were doing.

"Actually I don't know," Barnetta said.

The SBI Show: Episode 259 (Previewing MLS Week 6, talking USMNT and more)

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Only two teams remain unbeaten heading into Week 6 of MLS, and both Real Salt Lake and Orlando City SC will be put to the test this weekend.

Host Ives Galarcep previews all of the matchups, including Real Salt Lake-Colorado Rapids and LA Galaxy-Portland Timbers, in Episode 259 of The SBI Show.

Bobby Wood breaks American goal-scoring record in Germany

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Bobby Wood has set a new American goal-scoring record in Germany after netting a brace for FC Union Berlin on Friday.

The U.S. Men's National Team forward netted a brace in the first 13 minutes of the game to help his German 2. Bundesliga club defeat SC Paderborn by a score of 4-0 at the Benteler Arena.

Soccer Friday: Your Running Commentary

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After receiving a beatdown against Borussia Monchengladbach, Hertha Berlin will look to bounce back on Friday.

Hertha BSC, currently in third place on the German Bundesliga table, hosts Hannover 96 at the Olympiastadion Berlin.

Across Europe, Montpellier-Lyon, Granada-Málaga and Heart of Midlothian-Aberdeen are also matches to keep an eye on this afternoon.

Patrick Vieira not putting emphasis on NYCFC shutouts

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New York City FC has yet to record its first shutout of the season, but head coach Patrick Vieira is not overly concerned about that.

In fact, he isnot even making it a point of emphasis.

NYCFC is four games into the 2016 campaign, and has had its share of struggles thus far on the defensive end.

MLS Week 6: A Look Ahead

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A full slate of 10 MLS matches are on the weekend's schedule as all 20 teams take the field for Week 6 action.

Headlining this weekend's action is a clash between the last two MLS Cup winners as the Portland Timbers pay a visit to the LA Galaxy.

NASL Week 2: A Look Ahead

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In an opening weekend that was less than stellar for the majority of the teams in the league, the New York Cosmos made waves to follow up on their 2015 championship.

The Cosmos have another chance to impress at home this week against the Jacksonville Armada, who will make their competitive debut under new coach Tony Meola.

Friday Kickoff: Europa League, Copa Libertadores and more

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While Luis Suarez was called a liar by a former agent, important competitions in both Europe and South America took place to headline news around the soccer world.

At the Westfalenstadion, Liverpool earned a 1-1 tie against Borussia Dortmund in their first-leg match of the UEFA Europa League quarterfinals.

This Weekend's Soccer on TV

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As the English Premier League season winds down, Tottenham's chances to catch Leicester City are getting slimmer by the week.

Standing in the way of the Spurs this weekend will be Manchester United, as the two sides battle at White Hart Lane with the home teamlooking to make up a seven-point deficit to the league leaders, who are hosting relegation-zoned Sunderland.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Preview

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After seeing Matt Miazga make an impressive debut in the Chelsea backline, Americans will be watching intently to see if 20-year-old defenderstarts again in the English Premier League this weekend.

The former Red Bulls defender played 90 minutes against Brad Guzan and Aston Villa last time out, helping to shutout the Villans with a 4-0 result.

Frank Lampard ruled out again for NYCFC-Fire clash

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Frank Lampard missed New York City FC's first matchwith the Chicago Fire this season because of a calf strain. He will also miss the second meeting because of that same injury.

For the fifth straight match, NYCFCwill be without Lampard due to the calf problem that has been botheringhim since preseason.

SBI MLS Spotlight: After five years with Galaxy, Brian Rowe relishing chance to start

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Five years.

Come July, that's how long goalkeeper Brian Rowe will have been a member of the LA Galaxy. While he has yet to cement his place as the first-choice option since joining the Western Conference club many years ago, Rowe has performed impressively well in goal for the team through four games in 2016.

MLS Ticker: Larin, Redding to miss Orlando City-Union, Diaz off FCD injury list, and more

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It appears the injury bug is making its way around MLS camps this week, and Orlando Citymight have receivedthe most venomous bite.

Orlando City is looking to build on its big 4-1 win over the Portland Timbers with a Friday visit against the Philadelphia Union, but will have to make due without injured forward Cyle Larin (hamstring) and defender Tommy Redding (head).

Fire notes: Looking for payback, preparing for Yankee Stadium and more

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Head coach Veljko Paunovic wanted to be very clear with how he felt about the Chicago Fire's upcoming away match with New York City FC, their first Eastern Conference rematch of the season.

"What I'm going to say now, it's very, I want you to understand well from the standpoint of somebody that is very competitive," Paunovic said Monday on his weekly conference call.

Europa League Preview: Dortmund-Liverpool, Bilbao-Sevilla and more

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The UEFA Europa League has been dwindled down to eight teams, and the Spanish La Liga holds the best opportunity to hoist the trophy with three sides remaining in the competition.

Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool will meet the German head coach's former side in Borussia Dortmund on Thursday, while Sporting Braga hosts Ukrainian side Shakhtar Donetsk.

Klinsmann stresses patience for Morris in first pro season

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Jurgen Klinsmann has a message he would like to deliver in regards to Jordan Morris: Be patient.

Morris is a month into his first season as a professional player, and so far the performances have not been as great as some may have expected.

Thursday Kickoff: UEFA, FIFA, Benzema and more

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The Panama Papers scandal continues to headline soccer news around the world ahead of the weekend, while a couple of star players are dealing with injuries.

Following the Swiss police's raid of the UEFA headquarters on Wednesday, FIFA president Gianni Infantino said he welcomes the investigation.

Yedlin credits Sunderland experience for improving his defensive game

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DeAndre Yedlin may not be enjoying the thrill of a title chase with Tottenham this season, but he believes he's gaining something far more valuable during his time with relegation battlers Sunderland.

The Tottenham loanee joined the Black Cats a couple of games into the current EPL campaign, and he has featured more regularly at right back in recent weeks as the club attempts to avoid being relegated to the English Championship.

UCL Rewind: Wolfsburg tops Real Madrid; Man City ties PSG in Paris

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While Manchester City earned an impressive 2-2 result at the Parc des Princes, Wolfsburg stunned Real Madrid in Germany.

Both results came as surprises, as Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid were the favorites to advance in each UEFA Champions League quarterfinal series heading into Wednesday's matchups.

First round games of 2016 U.S. Open Cup revealed

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The quest to the 2016 U.S. Open Cupstartsin little over a month, and now we know how the tournament will begin.

U.S. Soccer revealed on Wednesday thefull schedule of the first-round games for this year's U.S. Open Cup, and all teams that will be in action are scheduled to begin play on May 11.

The SBI Show: Episode 258 (Recapping MLS Week 5, talking Americans Abroad, and more)

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MLS Week 5 saw the last of the perfect teams fall, but Orlando City and Real Salt Lake recorded big wins to remain the league's lone unbeaten teams.

Episode 258 of The SBI Show takes a look back at a memorable week in MLS, with red cards taking center stage in multiple matches. Host Ives Galarcep breaks down all of the matches, including Orlando City's resounding 4-1 victory against the Portland Timbers.

USWNT pummels Colombia in first of two friendlies

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In the first of two meetings with its South American opposition, the U.S. Women's National Team defeated Colombia, 7-0, at Rentschler Fieldon Wednesday evening.

Crystal Dunn pounced on a defensive mistake in the 27th minute, stealing the ball inside the Colombia penalty area and then slotting her shot past goalkeeper Catalina Perez.

USMNT rises one spot in latest FIFA rankings

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Despite losing one of two World Cup qualifiers in March, the U.S. Men's National Team improved its world ranking.

Jurgen Klinsmann's men improved one spot, and are tied at No. 29 with Czech Republic in the latest FIFA rankings. However, the USMNT is now the third-highest ranked CONCACAF team in the world after Costa Rica climbed eight spots to claim No.

MLS suspends Brek Shea for one match

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Orlando City will look to keep itsunbeaten run alivewithout the services of Brek Shea.

MLS announced on Wednesday that it has suspended Shea for one match for a foul in last Sunday's4-1 Orlando City win over the Portland Timbers. The fullback's suspension stems from a tackle on Dairon Asprilla that was deemed"serious foul play that endangered the safety of an opponent" and Shea will sit out Friday's meeting with the Philadelphia Union as a result.

U.S. U-23s, Chandler on Klinsmann's radar for Copa America

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With World Cup qualifiers complete until the fall, the focus of the U.S. Men's National Team has turned to the Copa America and which players could makeJurgen Klinsmann's tournament roster.

The USMNT is set to play host to South America's biggest tournament, which will be celebrating its 100th anniversary on U.

SBI NASL Power Rankings (Week 1)

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Week 1 of the NASL season is in the books, and the reigning champions emerged as the big winners.

The New York Cosmos cruised in their season opener, thrashing Ottawa Fury FC, 3-0, in a rematch of last year's final. Several other contenders were not so lucky, as the Tampa Bay Rowdies settled for a scoreless draw while Minnesota United fell in an opening week loss to the Carolina RailHawks.

Concussion to keep Matt Besler out for Sporting KC vs. Red Bulls

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Matt Besler's continued issues with a concussion will keep the defender out for at least another week.

The Sporting Kansas City centerback has yet to pass MLS's concussion protocol after suffering a head injury while with the U.S. Men's National Team late last month.

Union aiming to make a statement in East showdown with Orlando City

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Philadelphia's first national television showcase of the season comes at an opportune time for the third-place side in the Eastern Conference.

Not only are the Union eager to show off their improved depth to the rest of the league, they will be trying to secure three points against the current top dog in the East, Orlando City.

Soccer Wednesday: Your Running Commentary

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The UEFA Champions League returns on Wednesday with a pair of quarterfinal clashes.

In a battle between two of the world's richest teams, Paris Saint-Germain plays host to Manchester City, who will be without Yaya Toure forWednesday's match. PSG will be putting all resources into UCL play as theLigue 1 powerhouse has already wrapped up their domestic title.

Oklahoma City Energy owners state desire for MLS

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Major League Soccer is set for more expansion in the next several years, and the group behind USL's Oklahoma City Energy is hoping to be a part of it.

Speaking to KOCO 5 News, Energy owner Bob Funk Jr. said the team's ultimate goal is to move into MLS. Funk said the first step towards that end goal would be the construction of a soccer-specific stadium while continuing to make inroads with the local community.

Brooks to miss second straight game for Hertha Berlin

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Hertha Berlin will be without John Brooks for another crucial match.

Hertha manager Pal Dardai says the U.S. Men's National Team defender will be out yet again for Friday's clash with last-place Hannover.Brooks recently missed the Bundesliga club's5-0 defeat at Borussia Monchengladbach over the weekend due to a knee injury.

UCL Preview: PSG hosts Man City; Wolfsburg faces Real Madrid

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Manchester City and Wolfsburg are set to make their first appearances in the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals, and both will be facing tough odds to get any further in the tournament.

French Ligue 1 club Paris Saint-Germain hosts Manchester City in Wednesday's headliner, while Wolfsburg plays Spanish La Liga powerhouse Real Madrid.

The SBI MLS Best XI (Week 5)

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Real Salt Lake and Orlando City SC posted the two most impressive victories of MLS Week 5, and those victories are represented well in the SBI MLS Best XI for Week 5.

Following their win against Sporting Kansas City, RSL standouts Justen Glad,Luke Mulholland and Joao Plata earned honors for their performances, While SBI MLS Player of the Week Kaka is joined by a pair of teammates on this week's squad.

Wednesday Kickoff: Infantino, Rangers, CCL and more

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Gianni Infantino has denied any wrongdoing just several weeks into his FIFA presidency, while one of Europe's most historic clubs has regained its place in the top division.

FIFA president Gianni Infantino is "dismayed" that his integrity is being questioned due to a link to the Panama Papers scandal.

UCL Rewind: Suarez lifts Barca; Bayern slips past Benfica

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Barcelona looked to be in early trouble in Tueday's UEFA Champions League clash with Atletico Madrid until the Spanish La Liga winners were saved by a brace from their star forward.

Luis Suarez netted two second-half goals, lifting Barca to a 2-1 win over Atleti in their Champions League quarterfinal clash at the Camp Nou.

SBI Spotlight: Busch given chance to prepare for post-playing career with Indy Eleven

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Entering year 20 as a professional, Jon Busch knows his days as a pro soccer player are coming to an end. With that knowledge, the 39-year-old goalkeeper has embarkedon a new challenge with Indy Eleven while also taking the first step towards establishing himself in his post-playing career.

Soccer Tuesday: Your Running Commentary

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Champions League play returns this Tuesday, both in Europe and on this side of the Atlantic.

Barcelona-Atletico Madrid headlines action in the UEFA Champions League. The Blaugrana suffered their first defeat in months over the weekend, while Atletico should present a another tough challenge.

Cody Cropper to start remainder of season for MK Dons

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U.S. Under-23 Men's National Team goalkeeper Cody Cropper will see some important minutes in the English Championship in the coming weeks.

Cropper will be the starting goalkeeper for Milton Keynes Dons for the remainder of the club's 2015-16 season, as first-choice netminder David Martin will be sidelined with a fractured hand.

Red Bulls Notes: Zubar close to training, Felipe suspension and more

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The New York Red Bulls have been tested by adversity early and often over the first month of the 2016 MLS season.

Injuries and unfavorable results have set the team back thus far, giving head coach Jesse Marsch and his side just three points through the opening four matches.

MLS Ticker: Fire, Wallace, Flamini and more

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Following the club's first win, the Chicago Fire are nearing the return of one of their best attacking options.

Fire forward David Accam is in the "final phase of recovery" according to head coach Veljko Paunovic. The 25-year-old Ghanaian striker has been recovering from a knee sprain.

The SBI View: Brek Shea can be answer for USMNT at left back

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Brek Shea has been a fringe player for the U.S. Men's National Team for quite some time due to form and fitness, but his play in the 2016 MLS season thus far makes him a serious candidate to feature for the U.S. at this summer's Copa America Centenario.

Report: Zelalem to be given chance to make Arsenal first team

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After a season on loan with Scottish club Rangers FC, Gedion Zelalem will reportedly be given every chance to assert himself with Arsenal next season.

The Telegraph is reporting that Zelalem will be given the chance to earn a spot on the Arsenal first team this summer. The club is expected to part ways with midfieldersMikel Arteta, Mathieu Flamini and Tomas Rosicky at the end of the season, opening the door for Zelalem to lock down a consistent role with the seniorsquad.

SBI MLS Power Rankings (Week 5)

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With the international break wrapped up, MLS resumed with plenty of surprises over the weekend.

The league's lone remaining unblemished side, Sporting Kansas City, suffered its first defeat of the season at the hands of a shorthanded Real Salt Lake.

Tuesday Kickoff: Messi, Higuain, Conte and more

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Many stars of the soccer world have made the news recently for the wrongreasons, including potential tax evasion, suspension and alleged match-fixing.

The family of Barcelona star Lionel Messi denies their involvement in tax evasion amid the emergence of an offshore account in the Panama Papers scandal, calling the accusations "false and insulting.

UCL Preview: Barca-Atletico battle at Camp Nou; Bayern hosts Benfica

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UEFA Champions League action returns, and a Spanish La Liga battle headlines the start of the quarterfinals.

Barcelona hosts Atletico Madrid at Camp Nou, while Bayern Munich welcomes Portuguese club Benfica to the Allianz Arena for their first leg of the round.

Many stars are set to compete in Tuesday's two games, including Lionel Messi, Neymar, Antoine Griezmann, Franck Ribery, Thomas Muller and more.

SBI Question of the Day: What do you think of the increase in MLS red cards?

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Through the opening month of the MLS season, the league has experienced what many believe to be a red card epidemic. Dismissals have been coming left and right, as refereeing has become the latest hot button topic in MLS.

In 42 games spread across four weeks, MLS players have been dismissed a total of 16 times.

SBI MLS Rookie of the Week: Jonathan Campbell

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Just several weeks into his rookie campaign, Jonathan Campbell has asserted himself as a vital member of the Chicago Fire defense.

The former University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill defender played all 90 minutes while helping to lock up a shutout win over the Philadelphia Union to earn honors as SBI MLS Rookie of the Week.

Joe Gyau says he's "pain free" and eager to play

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After more than a year on the sidelines due to injury, Joe Gyau may be ready to return to action.

On Monday, the 23-year-old American winger announced via his personal social media account he is free of pain. Gyau has not featured forBorussia Dortmund II or the senior side during the 2015-16 season due to a knee injury.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

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While a 20-year-old centerback made his English Premier League debut, Fabian Johnson made a major impact in a crucial Bundesliga matchup.

The U.S. Men's National Team winger and fullback started animportant fixture against Hertha Berlin as a right midfielder, and helped Monchengladbach earn an impressive 5-0 victory.

The Weekend's Best: Hazard, Real Madrid and more

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Thorgan Hazard shined in a crucial German Bundesliga clash, while Real Madrid emerged as victors in the latest El Clasico. Here are SBI's picks for the weekend's best (as voted by SBI's editorial staff):

PLAYER OF THE WEEK

THORGAN HAZARD (Borussia Monchengladbach).The Belgian winger netted twice to lead his side to an emphatic 5-0 win over third-place Hertha Berlin.

Miazga impresses Hiddink in Chelsea debut

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Matt Miazga made his Chelsea debut this past weekend, and the performance he put forth left his manager impressed with his first foray into English Premier League soccer.

The U.S. Under-23 Men's National Team defender started and played all 90 minutes in Saturday's 4-0 win over Aston Villa.

NASL Rewind: Miami FC, Rayo OKC earn draws, Arango nets brace and more

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The NASL's two newest clubs earned a point apiece in their debut games, while the league's reigning champions picked up right where theyleft off in the opening week of action.

Both Miami FC and Rayo OKC settled for draws in their inaugural regular season contests. The former was forced to just one point on a late Fort Lauderdale Strikers equalizer, while the latter played to a scoreless draw with FC Edmonton in front of a capacity crowd in the club's home debut.

SBI MLS Team of the Week: Real Salt Lake

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Sporing Kansas City was the league's last remaining perfect team before running into Real Salt Lake.

Despite missing key members of its roster, Real Salt Lake defeated Sporing KC, 2-1, on the road at Children's Mercy Park. The win earned head coach Jeff Cassar's sidehonors as SBI MLS Team of the Week.

SBI MLS Goal of the Week: Brek Shea

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Kaka shines in Orlando City rout of Timbers

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Kaka made his 2016 MLS debut on Sunday, and Orlando City fans in attendance would probably agree it was worth the way to see the Brazilian star in action again.

Kaka scored a goal and registered two assists to help lead Orlando City to a 4-1 romp over the Portland Timbers, a victory that moved Orlando City into first place in the Eastern Conference.

Monday Kickoff: Conte, Toure, Lazio and more

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The end of the English Premier League season is rapidly approaching, and some players and clubs are already preparing for the 2016-17 season.

Italian manager Antonio Conte was officially appointed manager of Chelsea on Monday, signing a three-year contract with the English Premier Leagueclub.

SBI MLS Player of the Week: Kaka

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Orlando City SC could not have asked for a better 2016 debut from its Brazilian star.

Kaka scored once and recorded two assists en route to helping Orlando City SC take down 2015 MLS Cup champions Portland Timbers, 4-1, at the Citrus Bowl. His performance, which was his first appearanceof the season, earned him honors as SBI MLS Player of the Week.

Clint Dempsey provides more than a goal in Sounders' first win

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SEATTLE Strange, but the most striking moment in the Seattle Sounders' 1-0 win over the visiting Montreal Impact on Saturday night was not Clint Dempsey's game-winning header in the 79th minute, a goal that ended the Sounders three-game, season-opening losing streak and that at least temporarily lifted a shroud of anxiety hovering over the nearly 40,000 in attendance at CenturyLink Field.

Former USWNT star Abby Wambach arrested for DUI

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Former U.S. Women's National Team forward Abby Wambach was arrested on Sunday morning on a DUI charge, according to multiplereports.

Wambach was allegedly driving under the influence when she ran a red light in downtown Portland, prompting a police officer to pull her over.

RSL depth players make statement with unlikely win over Sporting KC

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With two draws and now two wins, Real Salt Lake is unbeaten on the season.

The team stayed on track with a 2-1 win over Sporting Kansas City on Saturday night in Kansas City, Kansas, and Real Salt Lake made a statement with that win by calling upon several players who aren't regular starters.

International break helps Fire move forward to earn first win

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BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. – Matt Polster started to misspeak but caught himself. IndiscussingSaturday's 1-0 win over the Philadelphia Union, the Chicago Fire midfielder initiallycalled ita good way to start the season. It was,in fact, the team's fourth game, but the first in two weeks after the international break.

Clint Dempsey header delivers Sounders first win

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SEATTLE With just more than 10 minutes to play inSaturday night's match against the Montreal Impact, the Seattle Sounders looked headed for their fourth straight disappointing performance. Mired in a largely toothless and scoreless draw, it seemed the Sounders would end the night with just one point from their first four matches.

Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

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While an intense showdown between Lazio and AS Roma headlines Serie A action, two English Premier League contests will have most people's attention.

Tottenham's tie vs. Liverpool on Saturday has eased some of thepressure on Leicester City ahead of its showdown with Southampton on Sunday. The league-leading Foxes can improve their gap at the top of the EPL table to eight points with a win at King Power Stadium.

Rapids top TFC after early red card

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An early red card doomed Toronto FC to defeat against the Colorado Rapids.

A finish from Rapids forward Luis Solignac separated the two sides, leading the Rapids to a 1-0 win over10-man TFC on Saturday night at Dick's Sporting Goods Park.

Solignac's goalcame in the 18th minute as the Rapids forward was played in over the top by Marco Pappa.

RSL wins battle of unbeatens, toppling Sporting KC

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Handing Sporting Kansas City its first loss of the season, Real Salt Lakeremained unbeaten to start the 2016 MLS season.

RSL defeated Sporting KC, 2-1, at Children's Mercy Park in Kansas City, Kansas, thanks to a set-piece goal from centerback Justen Glad and a goal off a quick turnover from Luke Mulholland.

Jahn fires late to seal tie between Earthquakes, D.C. United

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After 87 minutes of hopelessly searching for a goal, the San Jose Earthquakes found a finish to earn a late draw.

Adam Jahn was able to equalize late as the Earthquakes leveled their home contest with D.C. United to end in a 1-1 draw at Avaya Stadium.

Late goal sees FC Dallas tie Crew

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While theColumbus Crew playedone of their best halves of the season on Saturday, FC Dallasspoiled the fun with a late game-tying goal.

Two teams known for their attack-minded play collided in Frisco, Texas, and the Crew looked to be the stronger of the two sides after 45 minutes.

Whitecaps shake off early red card to salvage tie with Galaxy

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The Vancouver Whitecaps quickly found themselves down a man at home against the LA Galaxy, butthe team's defensive unit stepped up in a major way to earn the team a hard-fought point.

Midfielder Matias Laba was sent off in just the 28th minute, but David Ousted, Tim Parker and Kendall Waston led a strong defensive effort in a 0-0 draw with the LA Galaxy at BC Place.

Report: Barcelona veteos Neymar playing in Copa America

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One of the world's biggest stars will not be playing in this summer's Copa America Centenario, if Barcelona has the final word.

The Spanish club wantsBrazilian star Neymar to play for his nation during the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, but is vetoing his participation in the Copa America tournament in the U.

Fire beat 10-man Union for first win

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BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. – Saturday's momentum between the Chicago Fire and the Philadelphia Union changedin the span of a minute.

The Union were knocking on the door to end a scoreless first half and started just as dangerously after the break. But a blocked shot, a friendly bounce off the crossbar and a red card changed the tide of the match in the Fire's favor on Saturday.

Matt Miazga starts for Chelsea in thrashing of Aston Villa

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Saturday proved to be a memorable day for Matt Miazga.

The U.S. Under-23 Men's National Team defender started and played all 90 minutes as Chelsea cruised past Brad Guzan's Aston Villa, 4-0. The appearance was Miazga's first for Chelsea since joining the club in January.Chelsea's victory featured goals from Alexandre Pato and Ruben Loftus-Cheek, while Pedro added a brace.

Revolution earn first win of 2016 vs. Red Bulls despite controversy

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By CARL SETTERLUND

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – After getting off to a quick start to the last two seasons, the New England Revolution were still searching for their first win entering the fifth match of the season at home on Friday against the rival New York Red Bulls.

Marsch livid about Revs scoring after Kemar Lawrence injury

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By CARL SETTERLUND

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. New York Red Bulls head coach Jesse Marsch had strong words for the New England Revolution and referee Mark Geiger after the Revs scored their winning goal Friday night as Red Bulls defender Kemar Lawrence laid on the ground injured.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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All eyes will be on Saturday's El Clasico.

Barcelona hosts Real Madrid at the Camp Nou, and the former will be looking to extend its sizable gap at the top of the Spanish La Liga table.

In England, Leicester City and its supporters will be keeping a close eye on the happenings at White Hart Lane.

The SBI Show: Episode 257 (USA-Guatemala, MLS, NASL, and more)

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The U.S. Men's National Team took care of business in World Cup qualifying, but the U.S. Under-23 team couldn't, giving us plenty to discuss on the latest episode of The SBI Show.

Episode 257 of The SBI Show looks back at the USMNT win last Tuesday against Guatemala, and all the impressive performances delivered on that memorable day in Columbus.

The SBI 2016 NASL Season Preview

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With two new teams and several new contenders, the NASL returns on Saturday with the start of the 2016 season.

Rayo OKC and Miami FC are set to begin their inaugural NASL campaign, where they will hope to push their way into a strong group of playoff contenders. The reigning champion New York Cosmos appear to have loaded up yet again, while clubs like Minnesota United and the Tampa Bay Rowdies look poised to challenge for the league's top prize.

SBI NASL Preview: Top 10 Newcomers to watch

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A new NASL season has brought in a new crop of stars expected to elevate the league ahead of the 2016 campaign.

It proved to be a busy offseason for NASL teams, including the New York Cosmos, who were forced to replace the retiring Raul and Marcos Senna. The reigning MLS Cup champions appeared to just that by bringing in Venezuelan legendJuan Arango and former Premier League midfielder Niko Kranjcar.

SBI NASL Preseason Power Rankings

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After what may have been the league's busiest offseason yet, the NASL returns this weekend for the start of the 2016 season.

Entering the new campaign, the New York Cosmos remain the league's premier franchise following last year's title win. However, a list of contenders has rallied right alongside them as teams like Minnesota United and the Tampa Bay Rowdies have had major offseason full of quality additions.

MLS Week 5: A Look Ahead

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Week 5 in MLS offers plenty of tasty matches, including an East Coast-West Coast battle pitting the 2015 MLS Cup champions against a Cyle Larin-led Orlando City SC.

The Portland Timbers take onthe Lions on Sunday, as Canadian international Larin looks score for a fourth MLS game running.

SBI NASL Season Preview: Minnesota United

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A future in MLS remains on the horizon for Minnesota United, but a busy offseason has the Loons in a position toemerge from the 2016 NASL season with trophies in hand.

Under the leadership of first-year head coach Carl Craig, Minnesota United spent the offseason bringing in some heavy hitters.

SBI NASL Season Preview: Top 5 storylines to watch in 2016

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The NASL season is set to start this weekend, and the 2016 campaign has the potential to be the busiest yet, both on and off the field.

Expansion clubs Rayo OKC, Miami FC and Puerto Rico FC join the fray in 2016, while the recent announcement of the San Francisco Deltas has seen the league land it's highly-coveted West Coast presence.

SBI MLS Rookie of the Month: Tsubasa Endoh

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AlthoughToronto FC's attack features defending goal-scoring champion Sebastian Giovinco, the team'sfirst-round selection has stood out from the rest of the 2016 MLS rookie class.

Forward Tsubasa Endoh has been thrust into the TFC offense after an early season injury to Jozy Altidore forced the U.

SBI MLS Team of the Month: Sporting KC

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Heading into the second month of MLS play, only one team has earned maximum points to start the season. That team is Sporting Kansas City.

With three wins in as many games, Sporting KC has collected all nine points while surging to the top of the standings, earning the club recognition as March's SBI MLS Team of the Month.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Preview

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Americans plying their trade in Europe and Mexico will face off against their compatriots this weekend, with battles taking place on both ends of the table.

A German Bundesliga matchup with UEFA Champions League implications will feature an American on either side.Fabian Johnson and BorussiaMoenchengladbach play host to John Brooks and Hertha Berlin on Sunday, with Moenchengladbach in need of a result to continue the fight for next season's Champions League.

Robbie Keane to miss 4-6 weeks after knee surgery

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The LA Galaxy will be without one of their biggest stars for at least one month.

Robbie Keane underwent successful knee surgery on Thursday, but he will be sidelined for four-to-six weeks in order to recover from the injury.The Galaxy captain has scored two goals in three appearances for his club to start the 2016 MLS season.

SBI NASL Season Preview: Miami FC

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Under the guidance of one of the game's greatest defenders, Miami FC is finally set to kick off its first season of NASL play.

Former AC Milan and Italian national team defender Alessandro Nesta leads Miami FC into its inaugural season, and the former centerback has put together a combination of pieces to help his side succeed in its first season.

SBI MLS Power Rankings (Week 4)

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It may have been an international break, but several MLS teams took the field last week, signaling several moves up and down the SBI MLS Power Rankings.

Last week's big winner was FC Dallas, who stormed past a helpless D.C. United side to once again demonstrate just how dangerous the team's attack can be.

This Weekend's Soccer on TV

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It's all about pride for Real Madrid this weekend.

After getting thrashed, 4-0, at the hands of Barcelona in their last meeting on Nov. 21 and getting left in the rearview mirror in the Spanish La Liga race, Los Blancos are hoping to save some face in this Saturday's El Clasico.

Ten points separate the two sides in the standings right now with Atlético Madrid sandwiched in between, and although a win for Real could close the gap somewhat, with only seven matches remaining after this weekend, it's hard to see Barcelona crumble down the stretch.

Friday Kickoff: Mourinho, Ozil, Pogba and more

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If Manchester United wants to hire Jose Mourinho, the Red Devils reportedly have just one month to make up their mind.

Mourinho reportedly wants to have a job by May in order to prepare for the 2016-17 season, so Man United faces a deadline to make an official move for him. (REPORT)

German international Mesut Ozil ruled out a return to Spanish La Liga club Real Madrid, saying: "There is no truth in the speculation linking me with a return to Spain.