Soccer By Ives Archives for January 2016

Costa Rica goalkeeper Keylor Navas in doubt ahead of Copa America

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With just five days until Costa Rica gets set to take the field at Copa America, the squad's star goalkeeper could be in doubt for the tournament.

Real Madrid keeper Keylor Navas has reportedly suffered an achilles tendinopathy in his left foot, according to his club team.

Navas played a key role in Real's Champions League title on Saturday against rivals Atletico Madrid, but now his role forLos Ticosis seriously in question.

SBI MLS Rookie of the Week: Femi Hollinger-Janzen

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Tied heading into the 80th minute of Saturday's clash, a rookie made all of the difference in the New England Revolution's meeting with the Seattle Sounders.

Femi Hollinger-Janzen scored the game-winning goal on Saturday, leading the Revs to a 2-1 victory over the Sounders while also claiming honors as SBI MLS Rookie of the Week.

SBI MLS Team of the Week: New York Red Bulls

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One week after dismantling New York City FC, 7-0, the New York Red Bulls thrashed another Eastern Conference contender with yet another decisiveperformance.

Led by a Bradley Wright-Phillips hat-trick, the New York Red Bulls cruised past Toronto FC, 3-0, on Saturday at Red Bull Arena.

SBI MLS Goal of the Week: David Villa

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SBI MLS Player of the Week: Ola Kamara

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After Ola Kamara's performance over the weekend, Columbus Crew fans could soon forget about the recent exit of another striker that shares the surname.

Not only did Kamara net his first MLS goal against Real Salt Lake, but the 26-year-old went on to record a hat trick in the process.

USMNT 4, Bolivia 0: The SBI Breakdown

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Bolivia was always set to be the confidence-booster, a team that the U.S. Men's National Team could defeat handily ahead of the Copa America. For once, the USMNT took care of business quite decisively, setting Jurgen Klinsmann's men up perfectly for what the German-born coach hopes will be a successful summer.

MLS Weekend Rewind: Week 13

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The Montreal Impact fended off one of the Western Conferences best sides on Saturday, defeating the LA Galaxy, while New York City FC continued their struggles against Orlando City SC.

Here's a closer look at all of this past weekend's MLS action:

Alhaji Kamara's first goal for D.

Orlando City capitalize on NYCFC mistake to come from behind and draw

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NEW YORK Capitalizing on an opponent's mistake can change the outcome of a game. Orlando City just reminded everyone ofthat.

Kevin Molino scored a last-gasp goal to help Orlando City rally from two goals down in a 2-2 road draw with New York City FC on Sunday.

NYCFC dealt a reality check following Orlando City comeback

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A noticeably melancholy David Villa stood in front of reporters in the New York City FC locker room just moments after his sideconceded yet another lead and blew yet another chance at home points. In a soft voice, Villa said plenty about what went wrong on Sunday afternoon, but four words rang most true.

Monday Kickoff: Pulido rescued, Sturridge injury and more

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Mexican national team forward Alan Pulido has been rescued after being kidnapped early Sunday morning, while a pair of key injuries are being monitored closely by England and Spain

Pulido, who also plays for club side Olympiakos, had reportedly been kidnapped after leaving his girlfriend's company party.

Last second Molino finish earns Orlando City draw with NYCFC

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New York City FC looked well on their way to a statement victory, but an Orlando City goal in the game's final seconds saw NYCFC's home struggles continue.

After being thrashed, 7-0, by the New York Red Bulls last time out, NYCFC conceded a stoppage time equalizer by Kevin Molino in a 2-2 draw at Yankee Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

Pulisic makes history, shows poise ahead of Copa America

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KANSAS CITY, Kansas — For those following the U.S. Men's national team, any time Dortmund's 17-year-old Christian Pulisic takes the field is a landmark.A player so young playing in a top European league and featuring regularly with the national team is somethingto behold.

Pulisic and the national team completed their preparation for the upcoming Copa America Saturday night with arout of Bolivia, 4-0, at Children's Mercy Park in Kansas City, Kans.

Cameron, Brooks developing chemistry as USMNT centerback pairing

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Over recent years, the U.S. Men's National Team has struggled to find consistency on defense, particularly in the heart of their back four.

That could all change though as Geoff Cameron and John Brooks see more time together as Jurgen Klinsmann's first-choice centerback pairing.

Must-See Goal: Marek Hamsik

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Red Bulls hitting stride ahead of international break

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After a disappointing1-6 start, the New York Red Bulls were far from the team that stepped out onto the field against Toronto FC on Saturday night.

The Red Bulls had given up 15 goals in their first seven matches, while only netting five.

Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

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One game appears on the MLS schedule Sunday afternoon, while more international friendlies take place as teams gear up for this summer's biggest competitions.

New York City FC will host Orlando City SC from Yankee Stadium, with Patrick Vieira's side looking to regain the top spot in the Eastern Conference.

Morales, Alex sent off as Dynamo earn tie with Whitecaps

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After losing each of their first six games away from home, the Houston Dynamo earned their first roadpoint of the season on Saturday night in a match that saw each side reduced to 10-men.

A DaMarcus Beasley opener was canceled out by Octavio Rivero's finish in the second half as the Vancouver Whitecaps earned a 1-1 draw against the Dynamo at BC Place.

Wright-Phillips nets record hat-trick to lead Red Bulls past TFC

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It was always going to be difficult to outdo themselves after a 7-0 thrashing at Yankee Stadium, but the New York Red Bulls came out flying on Saturday night and picked up another three points.

The Red Bulls defeated Toronto FC, 3-0, behind striker Bradley Wright-Phillips' record-setting hat trick.

Pulisic, Zardes score for USMNT in rout of Bolivia

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Veterans Gyasi Zardes and Alejandro Bedoya starred for the U.S. Men's National Team on Saturday night, but it was a 17-year-old newcomer that stole the show in the USMNT's final pre-Copa America friendly.

Christian Pulisic netted his first USMNT goal on Saturday night to help the USMNT cruise past Bolivia, 4-0, at Children's Mercy Park.

SBI USMNT Man of the Match: Alejandro Bedoya

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The U.S. Men's National Team was firing on all cylinders in their final tune-up before the Copa America Centenario, and Alejandro Bedoya's dynamic play in the midfield contributed greatly to the squad's success.

Coming off of a fantastic season with Ligue 1 side Nantes, Bedoya has continued his success with the USMNT in the attack.

Drogba, Impact stun Galaxy with stoppage-time winner

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Didier Drogba's pleasure proved to be Brian Rowe's misfortune on Saturday night at Stade Saputo.

The Montreal Impact captured a last-second victory, 3-2, against the LA Galaxy courtesy of the Ivorian's stoppage time goal in the 94th minute of play.

Hollinger-Janzen rescues Revolution in crucial win over Sounders

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Kei Kamara's addition to the New England Revolution stole the show two weeks back, but on Saturday night at Gillette Stadium it was rookie forward Femi Hollinger-Janzen who came to the rescue for the home side.

Hollinger-Janzen a frequent substitute for the Revolution this season broke open a tie game just three minutes after coming on as he fell down, got up and then rifled in a long-distance 80th-minute winner past Seattle Sounders goalkeeper Stefan Frei to send New England to a 2-1 home victoryin front of21,456 at Gillette Stadium.

Valeri, Accam exchange goals as Timbers tie Fire

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The Portland Timbers and Chicago Fire saw their Designated Players score within a two minute span, but neither side could distance themselves from the other in Saturday's match.

Diego Valeri and David Accam each provided goals, but neither star could lead his side to victory in a 1-1 draw at Toyota Park.

Ola Kamara nets hat-trick for Crew in win over RSL

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Kei Kamara's exit may not be as big of an issue for Columbus Crew SC if they get production out of the striker's successor like they did on Saturday night.

The Crew outlasted a difficult Real Salt Lake side at MAPFRE Stadium, 4-3, behind Ola Kamara's first career MLS hat trick.

Zardes sees results of hard work with two-goal performance for USMNT

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Gyasi Zardes hears the outside criticism and understands that his game remains far from perfect, but the U.S. Men's National Team forward provided the perfect closing performance ahead of the upcoming Copa America.

Played as part of a three-man attack alongside Bobby Wood and Clint Dempsey, Zardes netted a pair of goals on Saturday night to help lead the USMNT to a 4-0 win over Bolivia.

USMNT vs. Bolivia: Your Running Commentary

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Before kickoff of the Copa America next week, the U.S. Men's National Team has one final dress rehearsal on Saturday night against CONMEBOL opposition.

The U.S. takes on Bolivia at Children's Mercy Park on Saturday night, capping off a three-game slate of friendlies before the upcoming tournament.

Real Madrid tops Atletico Madrid in penalty kicks to win Champions League

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It took over 120 minutes for Cristiano Ronaldo to make an impact, but it was his penalty kick thatsent Real Madrid into pandemonium.

Real defeated Atletico Madrid on penalty kicks, 1-1 (5-3), to win the 2015-16 UEFA Champions League at San Siro.

The Madridistas went a perfect five for five in the shootout, which culminated with the Portuguese star burying his effort in the fifth round.

Saturday Ticker: Messi injury, Hull City and more

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After leaving Argentina's friendly against Honduras on Friday, Lionel Messi's Copa America status is up in the air with the tournament looming.

Messi exited Friday's match in the 64th minute after taking a knee to the lower back during Argentina's 1-0 victory. Argentina team doctor Daniel Martinez says their star attacker was suffering from "intense pain" but further scans haven't revealed any bone damage.

Champions League Final: Your Running Commentary

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Two of Spain's elite will collide on Saturday to determine Europe's top club.

After meeting in the tournament final just two years ago, Atletico Madrid looks to exact revenge against crosstown rivals Real Madrid in Saturday's Champions League final. Saturday's match presents Atletico with the team's first chance at winning Europe's ultimate prize, while Real Madrid will be in search of their 11th Champions League crown.

Hamid's return, Kamara's debut help deliver key win for D.C. United

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Bill Hamid admitted he got a little emotional having completed his first MLS game in seven months. His D.C. United team had just beaten Sporting Kansas City, 1-0, on the road thanks to an 86th minute winner from Alhaji Kamara, who made his MLS debut.

Hamid had been out since October 2015 after having surgery to repair a meniscus tear.

D.C. United's Kamara delivers late winner in MLS debut

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Bad weather kept on pushing D.C. United's visit to Sporting Kansas City back, but it couldn't stop the visitors from escaping the Midwest with three hard-earned points.

D.C. forward Alhaji Kamara made his MLS debut a memorable one, scoring less than a minute after entering the match to help give D.

USMNT expects Edgar Castillo to slot in seamlessly to Copa America squad

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The U.S. Men's National Team faced its first bit of adversity on Friday as Jurgen Klinsmann was forced to make a change to his team's Copa America roster. However, Klinsmann and the USMNT expect business to continue as usual with the addition a veteran option.

USMNT hopefuls prepare for final pre-Copa audition against Bolivia

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On paper, Saturday's friendly with Bolivia appears to be a stepping stone for the U.S. Men's National Team ahead of the Copa America. But, with starting spots on the line and confidenceto gain, the friendly against the CONMEBOL nation takes on massive importance for a team looking to build into this summer's tournament.

NASL Week 9: A Look Ahead

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Minnesota United will look to recover from last weekend's breakdown as they face a Tampa Bay Rowdies team that has yet to really impress.

The MLS-elect team lost it late to Indy Eleven last time out, and now needs a win at home over the Rowdies to stay in the conversation for first place.

Elsewhere, Miami FC will hope their two new midfielders can help pick up the level of play as they face a stern test against FC Edmonton.

Castillo to replace Chandler on USMNT Copa America roster

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After suffering an injury with his club last week, Timmy Chandler will not take part in the upcoming Copa America.

U.S. Soccer announced on Friday that the federation has submitted a request to have Chandler removed from the U.S. Men's National Team's Copa America roster in favor of Edgar Castillo.

Soccer Friday: Your Running Commentary

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International friendlies take over the schedule on Friday afternoon, while one match will be played around MLS in the nightcap.

Sporting Kansas City and D.C. United will be shorthanded when they kickoff the MLS weekend, with key players like Matt Besler and Steve Birnbaum away on U.

Who Should the USMNT start vs. Bolivia?

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Just one game stands between the U.S. Men's National Team and the Copa America, giving Jurgen Klinsmann one final chance to piece his team together ahead of this summer's tournament.

Following Wednesday's late win over Ecuador, the USMNT faces off with another CONMEBOL side, Bolivia. While La Verde are far from the quality of Wednesday's opponent, Bolivia does provide the USMNT with South American opposition as the days dwindle before the Copa America kicks off.

MLS Week 13: A Look Ahead

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As the 2016 MLS season rolls into Week 13, several teams will be in search of a win prior to the league's upcoming international break.

The league's two conference leaders will go at it on Saturday night, when the Philadelphia Union head west to face the league-leading Colorado Rapids.

UCL Final Preview: Madrid derby to decide European supremecy

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A winner will be decided on Saturday in Milan, and one Madrid side will own the bragging rights by hoisting the UEFA Champions League winners' trophy.

Already with the most UCL wins in the competition's history, Real Madrid seeks an unprecedented 11th title, while Atletico will be in pursuit of their first (Saturday, 2:45 p.

Friday Kickoff: Mourinho, Chicharito and more

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Rumors persisted for several months, but Jose Mourinho is finally back in charge at an English Premier League side.

Manchester United announced on Friday that Mourinho has been appointed head coach, after signing a three-year contract. The 53-year-old Portuguese manager has previously coached top clubs across Europe, including Chelsea, Inter Milan, Real Madrid and FC Porto.

Dynamo not putting deadline on coaching search

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The Houston Dynamo see 66 points that are up for grabs and can salvage their season, but their desire to pick up as many of those as possiblewill not rush them into deciding who is their next head coach.

The Dynamo began their coaching search in earnest on Wednesday night after mutually agreeing to part ways with Owen Coyle.

Kaka replaces injured Douglas Costa on Brazil's Copa America squad

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Already without superstar attacker Neymar and backline duo David Luiz and Thiago Silva, Brazil has suffered another blow prior to June's Copa America Centenario.

Orlando City star Kaka has been called up to Brazil's Copa America squad, replacing injured Bayern Munich winger Douglas Costa, who has been sidelined by an undisclosed injury.

Must-See Goal: Guilherme

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Fan voting for 2016 MLS All-Star Game begins Thursday

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It's that time of the year again. Yes, time to vote on which players will represent MLS in this year's All-Star Game.

The ballot consists of two different methods of voting: the online vote and playing EA Sports FIFA 16.

The traditional voting process online remains the same, with 160 eligible players (eight per team) in the running for selection.

Pitbull, Becky G produce official Copa America Centario song "Superstars"

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Pitbull went from Mr. 305 to Mr. Worldwide. He might soon have to be Mr. Soccer.

It wasannounced on Thursday that rapperPitbull has teamed up with a fellowrecording artist in Becky G to produce "Superstars", the official song for the upcoming Copa America Centenario.

A rundown of coaches the Dynamo could consider

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The no-vacancy light has been shut off. Let the coaching search in Houston begin.

The Houston Dynamo grabbed plenty of attention on Wednesday night by announcing that they had parted ways with head coach Owen Coyle, whose desire to be closer to his family in England was cited as the primary reason for the split.

Thursday Ticker: Dani Alves, Rashford, Ramsey and more

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One of Copa America's most-recognizedparticipants could receive a much needed lift ahead of next week's tournament, while a young Englishman is set to appear for the Three Lions on Friday.

Brazil wing back Dani Alves has declared that he is fully fit ahead of next month's Copa America Centenario.

Espinoza handed down suspension, fine by MLS Disciplinary Committee

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In the lone suspension from Week 12, the MLS Disciplinary Committee has handed down a one-match ban to Sporting Kansas City midfielder Roger Espinoza.

Espinoza earned himself the suspension during Saturday's 3-1 home defeat against Real Salt Lake in the 85th minute, after tackling Sunny to the ground in an off-ball situation.

This Weekend's Soccer on TV

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Two years ago, the two sides made for an instant classic. On Saturday, Real Madrid and Atlético Madrid will go at it again.

The San Siro in Milan will be the stage for a Madrid derby this weekend as the two Spanish powerhouses battle for the UEFA Champions League crown again after Los Blancos defeated Atleti, 4-1, in extra time to claim La Décima — their 10th European title— in Lisbon in 2014.

MacMath preparing to face former team for first time

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The Colorado Rapids and Philadelphia Union carry plenty of similarities into Saturday's match at Dick's Sporting Goods Park.

Both sides sit in first place in their respective conferences and have a young coach leading the way. But the one similarity that many point out right away is goalkeeper Zac MacMath.

SBI Question of the Day: Should Pulisic start at Copa America?

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The U.S. Men's National Team struggled to make an impact in the attacking third during the first half of Wednesday night's friendly against Ecuador, but a flurry of substitutions at halftime provided the team with a massive spark.

Among the second-half inclusions was Christian Pulisic, the 17-year-old Borussia Dortmund sensation.

USMNT 1, Ecuador 0: Match Highlights

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USWNT to play South Africa in pre-Olympics friendly

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The U.S. Women's National Team will be getting a little taste of Rio ahead of this summer's Olympic Games.

U.S. Soccer announced on Thursday that Jill Ellis and co. will face fellow Olympic qualifier South Africa on July 7 in Chicago. The matchwill serve as the first of two games in the USWNT's send-off series.

USMNT 1, Ecuador 0: The SBI Breakdown

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The U.S. Men's National Team's performance against Ecuador was anything but perfect, but it did answer a few burning questions heading into this summer's Copa America.

A late Darlington Nagbe winner proved the difference for the U.S., who emerged from halftime with a comprehensive second half performance in a 1-0 win.

Thursday Kickoff: Ronaldo, Ibrahimovic, Copa America and more

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One of the world's biggest stars says he is content playing in Spain, while Zlatan Ibrahimovic claims he has made a decision where he'll play next season, but won't reveal his decision just yet.

Cristiano Ronaldo says that he would ideally like to retire at Real Madrid. The 31-year-old's contract with Los Blancos is set to expire in 2018, and has been linked with moves to Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester United and even MLS in the future.

Dynamo part ways with head coach Owen Coyle

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The 2016 MLS season is not even three months old yet, and already we have our first coaching change.

The Houston Dynamo announced late on Wednesday night that they have parted ways with head coach Owen Coyle. The reason given for the decision was Coyle's desire to be closer to his family in England, but the Dynamo are off to an abysmal 3-7-2 start this year in the cutthroat Western Conference.

Orlando City, Union tie after wild second half

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After a fairly tame first half, goals were aplenty at Camping World Stadium during the second 45 minutes on Wednesday night.

Orlando City and the Philadelphia Union played to a 2-2 tie following a combined four-goal outburst in the second half.

SBI USMNT Man of the Match: Darlington Nagbe

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It took awhile for the U.S. Men's National Team to find an offensive rhythm on Wednesday night, butDarlington Nagbe's inclusion in the second half provided the Americans with a much-needed spark.

After being thrust into the lineup at halftime by head coach Jurgen Klinsmann, the Portland Timbers midfielder put in an excellent shift against Ecuador.

Darlington Nagbe's late winner lifts USMNT over Ecuador

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Darlington Nagbe wasn't in the starting lineup on Wednesday night for the U.S. Men's National Team, but he made the most of the 45 minutes he was given, delivering the winning play in the final minute of regulation.

Nagbe netted the game-winning goalin the game's waning moments,leading the USMNT to a 1-0 victory over Ecuador on Wednesday night in Frisco, Texas.

USMNT vs. Ecuador: Your Running Commentary

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Coming off of their 3-1 win over Puerto Rico on Sunday, the U.S. Men's National Team will take on a more difficult opponent Wednesday night when they face Ecuador.

The U.S. roster will be expanded against their CONMEBOL counterpart, now including MLS players to go along with the European and Mexican-basedmembers.

Geiger, Marrufo, Villareal among refs selected for Copa America Centenario

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Three faces familiar to the U.S. Soccer scene will be presiding over games during this summer's Copa America Centenario.

The local organizing committee of the tournament announced on Wednesday the match officialsthat will be in charge of matches during the upcoming Copa America Centenario, and U.

MLS Ticker: Hamid, Orlando City and more

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An Eastern Conference side is ready to add a piece to their backline, while one of the league's top goalkeepersis ready to make his return.

D.C. United goalkeeper Bill Hamid could make his 2016 season debut for D.C. United on Friday night vs. Sporting Kansas City afterundergoing knee surgery in January.

Alejandro Bedoya aims to make case for himself at Copa America Centenario

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MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. Alejandro Bedoya is comfortable where he is at, but that does not mean he is against finding a new place to call home this summer.

Bedoya was unsurprisingly named to the U.S. Men's National Team's final roster for the Copa America Centenario this past weekend, and is heading into the tournament looking to impress.

Five things to watch for when the USMNT takes on Ecuador

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The Copa America is just around the corner, and the U.S. Men's National Team's biggest pre-tournament test comes with Wednesday night's clash against one of South America's elite.

In the second of a three-game friendly set, the USMNT takes on Ecuador on Wednesday night at Toyota Stadium.

Soccer Wednesday: Your Running Commentary

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Week 13 of the MLS season begins on Wednesday evening in a clash of two Eastern Conference sides, while the U.S. Men's National Team continues their preparation for the upcoming Copa America Centenario.

After a narrow 2-1 defeat at PPL Park in April, Orlando City SC will be seeking revenge against the East-leading Philadelphia Union.

Cody Cropper set to be released by MK Dons

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Cody Cropper's run with MK Dons is coming to an end.

The English clubannounced on Wednesday that MK Dons has opted not to renew the goalkeeper's contract. The decision will make Cropper a free agent once his current deal expires in June.

The U.S. Under-23 Men's National Team goalkeeper made 12 appearances for the club this past season after joining from Southampton as a free agent last summer.

Orlando City vs. Philadelphia Union: A Look Ahead

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The Eastern Conference has proven to be anything but predictable this season, and the Philadelphia Union are taking full advantage of that fact.

The East-leading Union will travel to South Florida on Wednesday night to take on Kaka and Orlando City SC, after capturing a narrow 2-1 victory at Talon Energy Stadium back in April.

USWNT's Rampone unavailable for Japan friendlies

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The U.S. Women's National Team will have to make due without one of the squad's veteran talents at the backline when they take on Japan in their two upcoming friendlies.

Defender Christie Rampone has been ruled out of USWNT camp after theSky Blue FC player decided that she still wasn't ready to compete on the international stage following knee surgery at the end of 2015.

Wednesday Kickoff: Mascherano, Xhaka and more

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Fresh of their Spanish double, Barcelona is set to lose one of their key defensive figures, while Arsenal has begun their offseason with a high-profile Bundesliga signing.

Barcelona's Javier Mascherano reportedly wants out of the Camp Nou and could be on his way to Juventus. The reigning Serie A champions are said to be prepared to offer the 31-year-old a position in the midfielder, which Mascherano has made clear is his position of choice.

Klinsmann says Copa America has more quality than 'diluted' Euro 2016

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As a player and a coach, Jurgen Klinsmann has been a part of many international tournaments, and the U.S. Men's National Team head coach believes the one his team currently faces will be more rigorous than the one across the Atlantic.

Speaking ahead of Wednesday's friendly against Ecuador, Klinsmann said he believes that the upcoming Copa America will be just as, if not more, competitive than Euro 2016.

Geoff Cameron ruled out of USMNT friendly against Ecuador

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The U.S. Men's National Team will be without of of its most important players for Wednesday's pre-Copa America friendly against Ecuador.

Jurgen Klinsmann revealed on Tuesday that Geoff Cameron will miss Wednesday's match due to an injury.

Perry Kitchen's patience rewarded with right fit at Hearts

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After five years in MLS, Perry Kitchen craved a new challenge. He wanted to take the next step in his career as well as have a new experience in a different part of the world, so Kitchenopted not to re-sign with D.C. United in order to explore his options as a free agent.

His patience was tested.

Who Should Start for the USMNT against Ecuador?

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Following Sunday's tune-up against Puerto Rico, Copa America preparation is about to get very, very real for the U.S. Men's National Team against a tough opponent in Ecuador.

Entering Wednesday's game, the U.S. is riding a 3-1 victory over Puerto Rico that was contested without a majority of the USMNT's top players.

NASL Power Rankings (Week 8)

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The New York Cosmos continued their ascent to the top of the standings, while some unexpected results caused some shifts in power around the league.

Gio Savarese's team put together another fine display to bounce back from an early deficit and defeat the Tampa Bay Rowdies. As the Spring season starts to wind down, the Cosmos seem in control of the first playoff spot.

Soccer Tuesday: Your Running Commentary

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The Copa Libertadores quarterfinals will close out on Tuesday evening, while one MLS side will be in action against an opponent from La Liga.

The Houston Dynamo will host Real Sociedad at BBVA Compass Stadium as part of the MLS club'sBBVA Compass Dynamo Charities Cup.

SBI MLS Power Rankings (Week 12)

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The New York Red Bulls stole the show with a 7-0 demolition of NYCFC, but the reigning Supporters' Shield winners were far from the only team to make a statement during Rivalry Week.

Both the Colorado Rapids and LA Galaxy extended their unbeaten runs to eight and nine games, respectively, to continue dominance atop the Western Conference.

Italy's Conte says Giovinco, Pirlo paid consequences of MLS moves

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Sebastian Giovinco and Andrea Pirlo will not be a part of the Italian National Team's Euro 2016 run, and, according to head coach Antonio Conte, their MLS moves may have been the deciding factor in their exclusions.

The Toronto FC forward and NYCFC midfielder were left off of Conte's 30-man preliminary roster, which was released on Monday.

Tuesday Kickoff: Ronaldo injury, Gotze and more

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Real Madrid will need of their top talent in order to defeat rival Atletico Madrid during this weekend's Champions League final, but Cristiano Ronaldo's fitness has come into question recently.

Real head coach Zinedine Zidane has come out and said that Ronaldo will be ready for the team's meeting with Atleti on Saturday, despite a nagging thigh problem.

Messi, Suarez, James Rodriguez headline Copa America rosters

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Organizers of the 2016 Copa America unveiled the final 23-man rosters for the tournament, and the level of competition should be high.

Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, James Rodriguez, Chicharito Hernandez and Arturo Vidal are among the players named to their respective squads. Rosters were submitted on Friday, and teams have until 24 hours before the opening match on June 3 to make replacements due to serious injury.

Chandler injured in Eintracht Frankfurt's promotion/relegation playoff win

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In a weekend of disappointments and season-ending results for Americans plying their trade abroad, Timmy Chandler capped things off with a positive result, but one that may have come at a heavy price.

The German-American outside back started in the back line for Eintracht Frankfurt on Monday as his new team defeated his old club Nurnberg in the Bundesliga promotion/relegation playoff.

News Ticker: Suarez injury update, Van Gaal sacked and more

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Uruguay's road to the knockout phase of next month's Copa America Centenario could be significantly more difficult than they'd like, while Manchester United has officially sacked head coach Louis van Gaal.

Luis Suarez will join Uruguay ahead of next month's Copa America Centenario, however, the Barcelona forward is expected to miss all three of the team's group stage matches due to a hamstring injury.

Galaxy equipped with stars as international call-ups depart

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Robbie Keane had a flight to catch, and more or less ran straight off the pitch at the end of the second edition of the California Clasico into a waiting car. Chris Wondolowski and Gyasi Zardes chatted in the tunnel and traded flight information, as both are heading to Dallas to join the USMNT first thing in the morning.

Union beginning to find identity ahead of road trip

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With close to three months in the books this season, the Philadelphia Union are beginning to form a noticeable identity.

The first-place team in the Eastern Conference put MLS on notice in Week 2 with a road win at Columbus and they have tested some of the league's best teams like the LA Galaxy for 90 minutes.

MLS Ticker: Giovinco, Lahoud, Ciman and more

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A veteran midfielder wasthe focus of several transactions on Monday, while several MLS stars learned their fates for the upcoming Euro 2016.

Sebastian Giovinco and Andrea Pirlo have been omitted from Italy's preliminary roster ahead of Euro 2016. (REPORT)

Michael Lahoud wasreportedly sold to the NASL's Miami FC on Monday.

SBI MLS Goal of the Week: Bradley Wright-Phillip

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Giovinco Euro 2016 omission shows MLS has a long way to go

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Since the day he signed with Toronto FC, Sebastian Giovinco has been touted as Major League Soccer's international posterboy. From moment one, the Italian proved that an in-his-prime star could consciously choose MLS. Giovinco's decision appeared to be a game-changing one, a move that seemed to be the first step in shifting the focus towards younger international talent.

Kelly Acosta added to USMNT roster ahead of Ecuador friendly

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Ahead of an upcoming friendly with Ecuador, Jurgen Klinsmann has added some defensive depth as Fabian Johnson continues to recover from his injury issues.

Klinsmann called inFC Dallas defender Kellyn Acosta for thisWednesday'sfriendly against Ecuador in Frisco, Texas. Acosta's call up adds further depth to the fullback position while Timmy Chandler wraps up his club season with Frankfurt in Monday's relegation playoff.

USMNT 3, Puerto Rico 1: The SBI Breakdown

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It may not have been smooth sailing entirely, but the U.S. Men's National Team started its pre-Copa America Centenario schedule on the right foot with a young squad looking to prove itself.

Using several newcomers and fringe players to punctuate its "transitional camp", the U.S. went intoPuerto Rico and defeated the CONCACAF lightweight, 3-1, in their historic first meeting on Sunday.

SBI MLS Rookie of the Week: Keegan Rosenberry

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The Philadelphia Union continue to chug along at the top of the Eastern Conference, and Keegan Rosenberry's presence on the backline has a lot to do with the team's overall performance.

Starting in his 11th straight match this season for the Union, Rosenberry helped the home side pick up a narrow 1-0 victory over D.

NYCFC copes with tough loss by looking at the bigger picture

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NEW YORK —There was no sugarcoating at all from New York City FC after getting shelled on Sunday by the New York Red Bulls. A 7-0 loss in a derby match is nothing short of embarrassing, but NYCFC knows lingering on it does nothing to help the team move forward.

SBI MLS Team of the Week: New York Red Bulls

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The New York Red Bulls made an emphatic statement on Saturday afternoon at Yankee Stadium against in-state rival New York City FC.

The Red Bulls thrashedNYCFC 7-0 inthe Hudson River Derby and climbed to third place in the Eastern Conference standings, earning them SBI MLS Team of the Week honors.

SBI MLS Player of the Week: Bradley Wright-Phillips

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Bradley Wright-Phillips' domination ofNew York City FCreached a new height on Saturday.

After scoring four goals in three games against his local rivals in 2015, the New York Red Bulls forward provided two more and an assist in Saturday's 7-0 demolition of NYCFC.

MLS Weekend Rewind: Week 12

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The New York Red Bulls went into Yankee Stadium and thrashed Hudson River rivals New York City FC on Saturday, whilethe Portland Timbersand Orlando City SC each earned important victories in front of their home fans. Here's a closer look at all of this past weekend's MLS action:

The Philadelphia Union scored a late winner on Friday night to secure a 1-0 win over D.

Red Bulls left on cloud nine after historic hammering of NYCFC

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NEW YORK What was supposed to be an intense and tight affair turned out to be a FIFA 16-like rout. And a historic one at that.

The New York Red Bulls got the 2016 edition of the Hudson River Derby started in one of the most unimaginable ways possible on Saturday, as they went into Yankee Stadium and annihilated New York City FC to the tune of 7-0.

Monday Kickoff: Van Gaal, Suarez and more

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Months of speculation could finally be drawing to a close, as Louis Van Gaal is said to be out at Manchester United.

Van Gaal has reportedly been fired by the Red Devilsafter two years in charge at Old Trafford. Jose Mourinho is expected to be named the club's next head coach in the coming days.

Late Alashe equalizer earns Earthquakes draw in California Clasico

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CARSON, Calif.— The LA Galaxy and San Jose Earthquakes traded blows for 80 minutes, then traded goals in the final ten, to conclude the secondedition of the 2016 California Clasico in dramatic fashion.

Marvell Wynne looked like he scored a game-deciding own goal in the 82nd minute of a 0-0 match, but teammate Fatai Alashe spared him the goat horns when he headed home an 87th minute equalizer to help the Earthquakes earn a 1-1 draw at a sold-out StubHub Center on Sunday.

Timbers pull out wild affair against Whitecaps

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The defending champions were struggling mightily heading into Sunday's Cascadia clash with the Vancouver Whitecaps, but the home side picked up a massive three points with a little help from Pa Modou Kah.

The Portland Timbers capturedan important win against the rival Whitecaps, 4-2, at Providence Park, giving the Timbers a lift in the Western Conference standings.

Morales finds change in mentality after RSL win

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Before Real Salt Lake's 3-1 away win over Sporting KC on Saturday night, RSL captain and central midfielder Javier Morales knew something had to change.

"Italked with the guys before the game," Morales said. "It's time to change the mentality because two losses in a row is not good for any team.

SBI USMNT Man of the Match: Paul Arriola

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Paul Arriola's U.S. Men's National Team debut was always going to be a memorable occasion, but the 21-year-old's first taste of senior international action proved even betterthan he could have imagined.

Facing off with Puerto Rico in the first of three pre-Copa America friendlies, Arriola scored his first USMNTgoal while also providing an assist in Sunday's victory over Puerto Rico.

Wood, Arriola lead USMNT to win over Puerto Rico

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Puerto Rico was probably seen as a push over, sitting at 152nd in the latest FIFA world rankings, but the Blue Hurricane gave the U.S. Men's National Team plenty to think abouton Sunday afternoon.

The USMNT picked up a 3-1 victory over Puerto Rico in the first of three friendlies leading up to next month's Copa America Centenario behind a brilliant effort from Paul Arriola is his U.

USMNT vs. Puerto Rico: Your Running Commentary

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The U.S. Men's National Team's road to the Copa America begins in Puerto Rico on Sunday afternoon.

Featuring a squad comprised solely of European and Mexican-based players, the U.S. travels to Baymon to take on Puerto Rico in the first of three pre-Copa America friendlies (12 p.

League-leading Rapids edge Sounders in Seattle

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The Seattle Soundershad won theirlast four home matches but on Saturday night in front of41,028 at CenturyLink Field, the Colorado Rapids went on the road and, like they have all season, found a way to get the result.

The visiting Rapids converted their only shot on goal and walked away with a 1-0 victory courtesy of Axel Sjoberg's first-half header.

FC Dallas rallies with two late goals to down Revolution

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FC Dallas playmaker Fabian Castillo took advantage of a mistake by New England Revolution center back Sambinha who was making his first MLS start to score the go-ahead 70th-minute goal andhelp the visitors come backa 4-2 win in front of 23,472 at Gillette Stadium.

Larin brace guides Orlando City past Impact

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The Montreal Impact were fully aware of who they had to stop in the Orlando City attack, but they still couldn't stop Cyle Larin.

The Canadian striker scored a pair of goals, both assisted by Brazilian star Kaka, to help leadOrlando City toa crucial 2-1 victory on Saturday.

Lauren's 87th-minute delivered the victory, and came courtesy of an excellent combination between Julio Baptista and Kaka.

RSL earns vital road win at Sporting KC

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KANSAS CITY, Kansas — Sporting Kansas City may have dominated possession, and taken 10 more shots than Real Salt Lake on Saturday night, but RSL needed just three shots on goal to score three goals on the way to an impressive road victory.

Yura Movsisyan and Juan Manuel Martinez scored goals and Movsisyan forced an own-goal by hitting a cross off Brad Davis to give RSL a 3-1 victory on Saturday night at Children's Mercy Park.

Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

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MLS Rivalry Week continues on Sunday with a pair of traditional West Coast pairings, while cup competition in Europe closes out the 2015-16 season.

Fresh off their thrilling comeback against Liverpool and subsequent Europa League triumph, Sevilla turns its attention to Barcelona in the Copa Del Rey final.

USMNT notes: Guzan named starter; Klinsmann discusses omissions and more

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Heading into Saturday's Copa America roster reveal, the U.S. Men's National Team had a goalkeeper controversy. In the aftermath of Tim Howard's return, Jurgen Klinsmann had left the team's starting spot up for grabs between the future Colorado Rapids shot-stopper and incumbent Brad Guzan.

Early goal paces Fire against struggling Dynamo

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The Chicago Fire captured their second win of the season on Saturday afternoon, defeating the Houston Dynamo 1-0 at Toyota Park.

Arturo Alvarez netted his first goal since joining the Fire just three minutes into the match, which proved to be enough for the struggling side to get past their opponent.

Crew earn road draw with Toronto FC

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In Toronto FC's first game without the ailing Jozy Altidore, the inability to find an outlet on the attacking end doomed the Eastern Conference contender to just one point.

Facing off with the Columbus Crew, TFC settled for a scoreless draw on Saturday at BMO Field.

McCarty, Wright-Phillips lead Red Bulls' rout of NYCFC

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NEW YORK — New York City FC may be winning the battle in the standings, but the New York Red Bulls showed on Saturday that the Big Apple is still red.

Behind braces from Bradley Wright-Phillips and Dax McCarty plus scores from substitutes Alex Muyl, Gonzalo Veron and Gideon Baah, the Red Bulls remained perfect against NYCFC with a 7-0 rout at Yankee Stadium.

Pulisic, Wondolowski, Kitchen among 23 USMNT players named to Copa America squad

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Christian Pulisic and Jordan Morris have both impressed in their first year playing as professionals, but only one of them will be taking part in Copa America.

Pulisic, Ethan Horvath and Perry Kitchen were among the fresh faces included in the 23-man U.

Coach's advice pays off for Union's Marquez

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CHESTER, Pa Jim Curtin and the rest of the Philadelphia Union coaching staff have been imploring Richie Marquez to stay up longer on set pieces over the last few weeks.

The advice paid off in stoppage time of the Philadelphia Union's 1-0 win over D.C. United on Friday as the 23-year-old finished Sebastien Le Toux's cross into the left side of the net.

D.C. United disappointed with loss to Union

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CHESTER, PA D.C. United's frustration over 90 minutes on Friday night turned into disappointment as head coach Ben Olsen and his players picked out what went wrong after the 1-0 defeat to Philadelphia.

Olsen started with the call that led to the Union's 90th-minute free kick. The initial set piece was cleared, but the Union pumped the ball back into the box to set up Richie Marquez's game-winner.

Marquez's stoppage-time winner leads Union over D.C. United

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CHESTER, PA, — The Philadelphia Union had to wait until stoppage time to break the deadlock and earn a 1-0 win over D.C. United on Friday night.

Richie Marquez tapped in Sebastien Le Toux's cross on the left side of the penalty area to hand the Union an important victory at Talen Energy Stadium, where they dropped points in their previous two matches.

Paul Arriola is making the most of his first USMNT camp

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MIAMI SHORES, Fla. — Paul Arriola is looking at the bigger picture.

After enjoying astrongClausura campaign in Liga MX, Arriola was broughtinto his first camp with the U.S. Men's National Team this week. Arriola impressed in recent months with his string of solid performances for Club Tijuana, and the call-up had him buzzing even though he was not named to the U.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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Saturday's slate of matches features several cup competitions across Europe, while a full day of MLS fixtures take place in the U.S.

Bayern Munich will look to close out the Pep Guardiola era with a DFB Pokal title against Borussia Dortmund. The meeting pits the top two sides in Germany against one another.

5 storylines to watch for when USMNT takes on Puerto Rico

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The start of Copa America is just two weeks away, and, while a major contingent won't be in attendance, Sunday's match with Puerto Rico provides some interesting storylines for the U.S. Men's National Team.

Lacking MLS players, the USMNT travels to Baymon for a match with Puerto Rico for the first match of a pre-Copa America friendly slate.

MLS Week 12: A Look Ahead

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MLS Rivalry Week is upon us, and some of the league's premier clashes headline the weekend's action.

One of the league's newer rivalries takes centerstage on Saturday as New York City FC hosts the New York Red Bulls following a sweep by the latter in 2015.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Preview

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While most Americans abroad have now entered their off-seasons, the few that remain with their club team have a lot on the line.

Timmy Chandler is halfway through the Bundesliga playoff, with his Eintracht Frankfurt side tied 1-1 with his old club, Nurnberg. Chandler played 90 minutes in the opening leg at home, but the pressure stilllooms large in the second leg.

Fabrice Picault looking to prove worth in first USMNT camp

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MIAMI SHORES, Fla. Fabrice Picault met with members of the media for the first time as a member of the U.S. Men's National Team earlier this week and in a few short words gave a fitting description to his recent rise in the world of soccer.

Started from the bottom.

Picault was one of the most unknown and surprising names included on the roster that U.

Must-See Goal: Raul Meireles

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Friday Kickoff: Pogba, Gotze and more

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Manchester United and another European side are said to be in the running for one of the top midfielders in the game, while Joachim Low has urged one of Germany's top talents to leave their current club.

Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba is said to have two firms offers from European clubs. Manchester United and PSG are the two sides to tempt the 24-year-old at this point.

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After watching their rival Arsenal hoist the FA Cup for the past two years, Manchester United has a chance to do it themselves on Saturday.

The Red Devilswill take on Crystal Palace for the prestigious title with anopportunity to match the Gunners' 12 cup wins. The two sides previously squared off in the 1990 FA Cup final with United emerging victorious after a 1-0 win in replay.

Bobby Wood hoping to punctuate career year with strong summer showing

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MIAMI SHORES, Fla. Another subpar season led to an honest conversation between Bobby Wood and Jurgen Klinsmann last summer. Klinsmann explained to Wood that the young forward was in need of a breakout campaign, otherwise hewould likely have to take a step back to find yet another club with which to establish himself.

Who should start for the USMNT against Puerto Rico?

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On Sunday, the U.S. Men's Nationa Team will begin to the Copa America with a friendly against Puerto Rico, albeit with a lineup that will certainly much different than the one Jurgen Klinsmann will start come tournament time.

With MLS players out of the equation for Sunday's friendly, Klinsmann will instead rely on a European and Mexican-based continent that contains an interesting blend of youth and experience.

Nashville awarded USL franchise, set to play in 2018

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The United Soccer League has awarded agroup of Nashville investors an expansion professional soccer franchise, set to begin in the 2018 USL season.

The Nashville-based ownership group is called DMD Soccer. The team consists of David Dill, president and chief operating officer of LifePoint Health; Christopher Redhage, co-founder of ProviderTrust, a health care software company, and a former pro soccer player; and Marcus Whitney, president of Jumpstart Foundry, a health care innovation fund, and chairman of Nashville FC, the city's existing amateur team.

Soccer Thursday: Your Running Commentary

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Important competitions in Mexico and South America continue on Thursday, while promotion playoffs in Germany and Scotland take center stage in Europe.

Bundesliga side Eintracht Frankfurt looks to remain in Germany's top flight when they take on Nurnberg in the first of two legs. In Scotland, top division side Kilmarnock meets aspiring promotion club Falkirk.

Gulati says no decisions made on 2026 World Cup, joint bid with Mexico

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Votingfor the 2026 World Cup is still several years away, and Sunil Gulati says that U.S. Soccer remains unsure of how, and if, the federation will present themselves as potential hosts.

According to a recent ESPN report, John Motta, a U.S. Soccer board member, says the federation has been considering a joint bid with Mexico for the 2026 tournament, which will see the host nation determined in May 2020.

Earthquakes-Timbers headlines U.S. Open Cup Fourth Round draw

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Seventeen of Major League Soccer's 20clubs learned how they will start the 2016 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup on Thursday.

Each of the 17 American first-division sides will enter the competition in the fourth round. Most of their opponents will be determined after the third round concludes on June 1.

Kaka, Giovinco remain highest earners in latest MLS salary data

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The MLS Players Union announced the 2016 salaries on Thursday morning, and international stars Orlando City's Kaka and Toronto FC's Sebastian Giovinco top the list.

Kaka is the highest paid player, making a guaranteed$7,167,500 in 2016 and Giovinco isn't far behind at$7,115,555.

Four USL teams fall in second round of U.S. Open Cup

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On Tuesday, the second round of the 2016 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup paved the way for sevenamateur clubs to advance to the competition's third round, while one more will earn their spot on Thursday night.

The second round certainly was filled with drama, as five games were decided bypenalty kicks.

Kekuta Manneh one step closer to USMNT eligibility

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Kekuta Manneh has taken a long road towards achieving his dream of representing the U.S. Men's National Team, andthe Vancouver Whitecaps forward recently took a major step forward in that pursuit.

Speaking to MLSSoccer.com, Manneh revealed that he is now eligible to apply for a U.

Thursday Kickoff: Rodriguez, Sevilla and more

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Liverpool's effort to keep their Spanish opposition away from a three-peat failed on Wednesday, while Juventus is reportedly expressing interest in a Real Madrid attacker.

Colombia international James Rodriguez is said to be on the radar of Juventus, and his availability will be discussed with Real when the two sides meet to talk about Alvaro Morata's future.

NYCFC keeps unbeaten run going with draw in Toronto

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Will Johnson's equalizer altered New York City FC's plans to steal three points on the road Wednesday night at BMO Field.

Toronto FC drew 1-1 with NYCFC in the first of two matches this weekend. Kwadwo Poku recorded his first goal of the season, but Toronto pulled level as the first-half drew to a close.

Grella goal helps Red Bulls edge slumping Fire

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The New York Red Bulls posted just one shot on target on Wednesday night, but it just so happened that their effort landed in the back of the net.

Mike Grella's lone goal on the evening was enough to push the Red Bulls past the Chicago Fire, 1-0, giving the home side a much needed lift in front of their home fans at Red Bull Arena.

Jeremy Hall headlines Puerto Rico squad to face USMNT

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The U.S. Men's National Team will face an unfamiliar opponent in the team's first of three Copa America tune-up matches on Sunday against Puerto Rico.

Head coach Jack Stefanowski released his 21-man roster on Tuesday, which includes Tampa Bay Rowdies midfielder Jeremy Hall and San Antonio FC's Manolo Sanchez.

Morgan, Solo, Rampone headline USWNT roster ahead of Japan friendlies

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U.S. Women's National Team head coach Jill Ellis has named 25 players toparticipate in training camp prior to two matches against Japan in June.

The group of 25 players will get together on May 27, before Ellis will cut down the roster to 18 for each match.

Union trying to avoid return to mediocrity ahead of D.C. United match

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The Philadelphia Union may enter Week 12 in third place in the Eastern Conference, but they are one loss away from dropping back to the .500 mark.

Union boss Jim Curtin was well aware of the threat of a return to mediocrityahead of this weekend's clash with D.

Miazga ready to prove himself with USMNT after up and down Chelsea season

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January's move to Chelsea was one of the biggest moments of Matt Miazga's life. Just 20-years-old and bound for one of the world's top clubs, Miazga threw himself into a new environment that wasunlike any he had seen before.

The ensuing months have seen their share of challenges, and Miazga will be the first to admit it, but those challenges have been vital to what Miazga sees as an ongoing maturation process as both a player and person.

Hertha coach disappointed with John Brooks' USMNT plans

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As the summer rolls around and the U.S. Men's National Team gears up for next month's Copa America Centenario,Hertha Berlin coach Pal Dardai has again come out and expressed his displeasure in centerback John Brooks over his plans.

The 23-year-old defender is set to miss the beginning of Berlin's preseason due to the conflict with Copa America, followed by a three-week break the American will be taking after the tournament's conclusion.

Bob Bradley believes he can compete with world's top managers

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Like many throughout the soccer community, Bob Bradley is quick to identify the game's top managers: Pep Guardiola, Jurgen Klopp, Carlo Ancelotti, Mauricio Pochettino. But, when looking back at the experiences that have defined his career, the former U.S. Men's National Team boss believes he deserves a chance to earn his place among them.

Soccer Wednesday: Your Running Commentary

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A pair of Eastern Conference clashes take place around MLS on Wednesday, while one team will be named champion of this year's UEFA Europa League.

Sevilla is seeking their third consecutive Europa League crown, when they take on English Premier League side Liverpool atSt. Jakob-Park inBasel, Switzerland.

Europa League Final Preview: Liverpool, Sevilla meet in Basel

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The UEFA Europa League may not have the appeal of the Champions League but Wednesday's final in Basel could see history in the making.

Four-time champions Sevilla will take on three-time winners Liverpool fromSt. Jakob-Park in Switzerland.

While both finished in the top 10 of their respective leagues this season, both Liverpool and Sevilla are seeking out hardware to cap off the 2015-16 campaign.

NASL Power Rankings (Week 7)

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The NASL's Spring Season is a rollercoaster and, at least for the time being, Minnesota United sits at the highest peak.

A win over the Armada lifted the Loons to the top of the table while giving the team an inside track to the Spring title. On the other side, both the New York Cosmos and Carolina RailHawks faltered against teams they would normally expect to dispatch quite easily.

MLS Week 12: A Midweek Look Ahead

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A full slate of MLS matches will take place over the weekend, but the midweek tilt includes two important fixtures on Wednesday.

Wednesday's action features a pair of Eastern Conference clashes. New York City FC looks to extend their four-match unbeaten streak when they travel to Sebastian Giovinco and Toronto FC, while the New York Red Bulls host the Chicago Fire.

Giovani Dos Santos rejects Copa America call-up for Mexico

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A blazing hot start to the 2016 MLS season for LA Galaxy forward Giovani dos Santos earned him a spot for Mexico ahead of next month's Copa America, however, the 27-year-old has reportedly declined the call-up.

According to El Tri head coach Juan Carlos Osorio, he and Dos Santos had a conversation regarding a roster spot, but the Galaxy attacker opted not to accept it.

Wednesday Kickoff: John Terry, UEFA election and more

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On the day the Europa League champion will be crowned, there is news of an English legend staying put at his Premier League club, while UEFA has set adate to replace outgoing president Michel Platini.

Chelsea centerback John Terry has signed a new one-year deal with the team, following heavy speculation over recent months that the 35-year-old would exit the club.

SBI MLS Power Rankings (Week 11)

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While the ramifications of the Kei Kamara trade were felt throughout MLS, the two teams involved in the deal for the star striker earned positive results in their first games since the transaction was completed.

Utlilizing Kamara for the first time, the New England Revolution toppled the Chicago Fire, 2-0, on Saturday, while the Crew emerged with a 1-1 draw against the Colorado Rapids.

Klinsmann to hold talks with Howard, Guzan before naming USMNT starter

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MIAMI – Since Tim Howard's return to the U.S. Men's National team picture, Jurgen Klinsmann has yet to truly name a starting goalkeeper. With Copa America just weeks away, Klinsmann now has a decision on his hands, although the USMNT manager has left things up in the air for the time being.

"We'll have good talks over the next couple of days with Brad and Tim," Klinsmann said on Tuesday, "and then I'll let you know more.

Soccer Tuesday: Your Running Commentary

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The English Premier League will finally draw to a close on Tuesday afternoon, while one team will take a step closer toward promotion to England's top flight.

Manchester United and Bournemouth will meet at Old Trafford after Sunday's season finale was rescheduled due to the discovery of a suspicious package that was later determined to be unharmful.

Costa Rica names 23-man roster for Copa America

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The U.S. Men's National Team will face three difficult opponents in Group A play of this summer's Copa America Centenario, and one familiar foe revealed exactly who they'll be bringing to the competition.

Costa Rica head coachÓscar Ramírez announced the team's 23-man roster that he'll take with him to the U.

MLS Ticker: De Leeuw, Crew and more

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Several MLS teams completed signings on Tuesday, while a veteran defender could be on the move to an Eastern Conference side.

The Chicago Fire have acquired Dutch attacker Michael de Leeuw on a three-year deal. The 29-year-old joins the Fire from FC Groningen as a Discovery signing and won't be available to play until July 4.

Klinsmann, USMNT looking for answers after latest Altidore injury blow

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Heading into the upcoming Copa America, the U.S. Men's National Team will once again be without Jozy Altidore. In the wake of yet another setback, Jurgen Klinsmann and company will look for someone to step up while continuing to support the 26-year-old striker.

Lampard return creates midfield confusion for NYCFC

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For the first time in New York City FC's brief MLS tenure the club is clicking in all facets of the game. The side's most recent victory over the defending champion Portland Timbers highlighted that fact, starting with goalkeeper Josh Saunders and finishing up front with superstar forward David Villa.

Yedlin 'keeping all doors open' after successful loan to Sunderland

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Heading into a busy summer, DeAndre Yedin's club future remains uncertain, and the U.S. Men's National Team fullback is expecting to keep his options open through this summer's Copa America.

Bound for Miami for USMNT camp, Yedlin is fresh off of a successful relegation fight with Sunderland, whowent unbeaten over the team's final six games to seal a finish two points out of the relgation zone.

Tuesday Kickoff: Ibrahimovic, Mourinho and more

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While one Paris Saint-Germain star is likely on his way out at the French club, the team seemingly already has plans to retool this offseason.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic's agent Mino Raiola has denied that Manchester United have made an offer to the outgoing Paris Saint-Germain striker, despite rumors that previously stated the striker had been offered a one-year contract by the Red Devils.

Frank Lampard closes in on NYCFC season debut

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Criticism and skepticism have surrounded New York City FC's acquisition of Frank Lampard since his arrival last summer, but it appears that the former Chelsea midfielder is on-track to make his season debut this week.

During NYCFC's 2-1 win over the Portland Timbers on Sunday night, head coach Patrick Vieira revealed to Fox Sports 1's Julie Stewart-Binks that the 37-year-old is nearing a return and could be in the squad against Toronto FC on Wednesday night and three days later against the New York Red Bulls.

MLS Ticker: Drogba injury, Okugo, Dynamo-Sociedad friendly and more

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Several MLS teams made additions to their rosters on Monday, whileone big star will likely miss their next match due to injury.

Montreal Impact striker Didier Drogba is expected to miss the team's upcoming match on Saturday against Orlando City SC.

Jozy Altidore set to miss Copa America with hamstring injury

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Jozy Altidore's latest injury setback will once again keep the U.S. Men's National Team forward out of an international tournament.

Toronto FC announced on Monday that Altidore is set to miss six-to-eight weeks after injuring his hamstring over the weekend. The injury timetable will all but certainly keep Altidore out of the Copa America, which is set for June 3-26.

Bobby Wood takes deserved step up in competition with move to Hamburg

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Bobby Wood made his name tearing apart defenses in the 2. Bundesliga, but the U.S. Men's National Team forward is now set for a rise incompetition with a club that seems to be the ideal next step in his professional career.

After ripping apart the German second division with an American record 17 goals in 31 starts, Wood will join Hamburg in the top flight next season.

Manchester United executive says package was left behind by security firm

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When news broke prior to kickoff of the Manchester United-Bournemouth match that a suspicious device was found inside Old Trafford the priority for local police and stadium crew was to keep the fans safe.

Now, there are more details regarding what transpired and led to Sunday's season finale being postponed.

2016 European season rewind

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xxxx during the Barclays Premier League match between Leicester City and Everton at The King Power Stadium on May 7, 2016 in Leicester, United Kingdom.

It truly has been a remarkable year in European football.

Whether it was Leicester City winning the English Premier League just two years removed from winning theChampionship title,Juventus winning a fifth straight Serie A title or Barcelona winning its final five games to clinch the title away from rival Real Madrid, there surely weren't a shortage of storylines.

Hyndman, Green, Picault, among roster for USMNT friendly against Puerto Rico

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The U.S. Men's National Team will feature several new faces for Sunday's pre-Copa America friendly against Puerto Rico.

With only European and Mexican-based players at his disposal, Jurgen Klinsmann has called in seven players left off the Copa America preliminary roster ahead of the upcoming friendly, which is set forMay 22 in Bayamón, Puerto Rico.

SBI Team of the Week: Vancouver Whitecaps

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Throughout the start of the 2016 campaign, the Vancouver Whitecaps had difficulty putting together complete performances. They had no such issues this past week despite playing two of the league's most thrilling contests.

Facing off with a pair of Eastern Conference foes, the Whitecaps earned a 2-1 win over the Chicago Fire before topping Toronto FC in a 4-3 thriller.

SBI MLS Rookie of the Week: Keegan Rosenberry

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Keegan Rosenberry is forging a reputation as one of the best young defenders in MLS, andthe rookie fullback provided some firepower on the attacking end in the latest of his recent strings of outstanding performances.

The Georgetown product was as strong as ever defensively in two draws against the LA Galaxy and Montreal Impact, while the addition of a goal against the former lifted the Philadelphia Union rookie to honors as SBI MLS Rookie of the Week.

SBI MLS Player of the Week: Kekuta Manneh

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The past week proved to be a big one for the Vancouver Whitecaps thanks to the play of Kekuta Manneh.

After notching an assist in Wednesday's win over the Chicago Fire, Manneh played a part in all four of the Whitecaps' goals, leading his team to its first win at BMO Field with Saturday's 4-3 triumph over Toronto FC.

MLS Weekend Rewind: Week 11

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New York City FC picked up their third straight victory on Sunday, giving them a share of the Eastern Conference lead. The Vancouver Whitecaps and Toronto FC, meanwhile, shared some of the weekend's best moments in a seven-goal affair at BMO Field. Here's a closer look at all of this past weekend's MLS action:

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SBI MLS Goal of the Week: Sebastian Giovinco

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Klose remains set on continuing career amid Red Bulls links

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Miroslav Klose's successful career in Europe could have come to a close on Sunday, but the veteran German striker says he's not done playing just yet.

With the New York Red Bulls reportedly among the contenders to sign the 37-year-old, as well as 2.Bundesliga side Kaiserslautern, Klose hasn't revealed his future plans although insists he won't retire.

Report: Galaxy won't acquire Ibrahimovic in 2016

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World-class striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has made waves at some of the world's biggest clubs, and recently, reports suggested that the Swede could be making his way to the United States.

While a move to MLS could still be in the cards, ESPN's Taylor Twellman reported on Sunday that the LA Galaxy would not be Ibrahimovic's destination this summer.

Monday Kickoff: England squad, Conte and more

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With the European league seasons winding down, attention will start to turn toward Euro 2016, and Italy manager Antonio Conte and England boss Roy Hodgson helped start this week off making the early headlines.

Conte has been acquitted of match-fixing fraud, which dates back to his time at Serie B side Siena in 2010-11.

Report: Hyndman set for Fulham exit this summer

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Emerson Hyndman helped lead the way in a dismantling of Cuba, earning recognition as SBI U.S. Under-23 Men's National Team Man of the Match.

With some of Europe's top teams reportedly seeking his services, U.S. Men's National Team midfielder Emerson Hyndman could be on the move this summer.

Sporting KC makes chances count in 2-1 win over Orlando City

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Super-sub Jacob Peterson snapped Sporting KC's winless streak Sunday afternoon, coming on as a halftime substitute and recording a goal and an assist in Sporting KC's 2-1 win over Orlando City. A barrage, and even a club record, of shots for Sporting was barely enough for Sporting to get the win.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

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Tim Howard played his final match for Everton on Sunday, playing a rolein a resounding victory over Norwich City as he wrapped up a 13-year stint in the English Premier League.

In the final match of the EPL season, Howard said goodbyeto the Everton faithful at Goodison Park after a decade with the club.

Strong second-half guides Dynamo past RSL

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The forecast wasn't friendly on Saturday night, so the Houston Dynamo and Real Salt Lake had a couple of extra hours to prepare for one another.

Although it took over an hour for either side to break the deadlock, the Dynamo came away with an important 1-0 victory over their Western Conference opponent.

Manchester United match postponed after suspicious package found

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Championship Sunday has become a day of joy and excitement around the English Premier League, but this season's editionwas marred by scary scenes in Manchester.

Instead of all ten matches being played simultaneously, as expected, Manchester United vs. Bournemouth was postponed after asuspicious package wasfoundat Old Trafford.

Sunday European Rewind: Man City in UCL; Arsenal leapfrog Tottenham; and more

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The champions of England may have been crowned two weeks ago, but European competition and league awards were still up for grabs going into the final day of Premier League action.

Manchester City traveled to Liberty Stadium and earned a 1-1 against Swansea City, all but guaranteeing fourth place and a Champions League playoff spot.

Kamara debut provides noticeable lift to Revolution offense

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Kei Kamara may not have found the back of the net on Saturday night in his New England Revolution debut but the 6-foot-3 target man still made enough of a difference to help the Revs snap out of a six-game winless streak in front of a sizable home crowd at Gillette Stadium.

Must-See Goal: Kevin Venegas

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Hamburg SV announces Bobby Wood signing

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After several reports recently suggested a move to the Bundesliga, U.S. Men's National Team forward Bobby Wood made the leap to Germany's top flight on Sunday.

Hamburg SV confirmed the move for the young Americanafter Wood's breakout season for 2.Bundesliga side FC Union Berlin put him on the map.

Bob Bradley's Le Havre narrowly misses promotion on final day

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Managed by former US national team manager Bob Bradley, French side Le Havre AC went into this weekend's home Ligue 2 fixture against Bourg Peronnas needing third-place Metz to lose. The team also needed to equal Metz' goal difference of seven higher than their own.

On Friday, Metz lost1-0 to RC Lens, but Bradley's team missed the third position in Ligue 2 after a 5-0 win over Bourg Peronnas.

Crew earn tie with Rapids in first game since Kamara trade

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In the first game of the post-Kei Kamaraera,the Columbus Crew earned a hard-fought point against a Western Conference contender.

Following Thursday's blockbuster trade, the Crew earned a home draw against the Colorado Rapids on Saturday night.

Revolution dominate Fire to notch elusive second win of the season

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The Kei Kamara-Era in New England started off swimmingly on Saturday night at Gillette Stadium, as Lee Nguyen finally rekindled some of his old magic and the Revs looked dominant in a 2-0 win over the Chicago Fire in front of 18,997at Gillette Stadium.

The Revolution combined for a likely MLS Goal of the Week candidate offa short corner from the left side by Nguyen in the 22nd minute.

Manneh leads Whitecaps to big road win vs. TFC in shootout

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The Vancouver Whitecaps continued their hot streak on Saturday night at BMO Field, shunning a would-be comeback by their Canadian opponent.

Two consecutive victories had the Whitecaps rolling coming into the weekend, and Carl Robinson's side kept their winning ways going with a thrilling 4-3 win against Toronto FC.

FC Dallas beats Sounders to stay unbeaten at home

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FC Dallas remained unbeaten at home on Saturday night, knocking off a familiar Western Conference foe at Toyota Stadium.

Mauro Diaz's penalty kick in the third minute of play proved to be the difference between Dallas and the Seattle Sounders, as the defending West champions defeated the Sigi Schmid's side, 2-0.

Hamstring injury puts Altidore's Copa America status in doubt

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Another year, another untimely Jozy Altidore injury.

The U.S. Men's National Teamcould be forced to make a change at forward ahead of next month's Copa America Centenario after the Toronto FC attacker exited Saturday's 4-3 loss against the Vancouver Whitecaps with a hamstring injury.

Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

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With all of Europe's top leagues coming to a close on Sunday, fans will have one final opportunity to take in their favorite sides until August.

The English Premier League title has already been decided, but a flurry of simultaneous matches close out the 2015-16 season. Chelsea-Leicester City and Stoke City-West Ham highlight the action in England's top flight.

Union and Impact play to 1-1 draw

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After playing a mid-week game on Wednesday, it could have been expected that the Philadelphia Union would come out a bit sluggishon Saturday afternoon away against the Montreal Impact, a match that featured the top-two teams in the Eastern Conference.

Report: U.S., Mexico discussing joint 2026 World Cup bid

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Just days after former U.S. Men's National Team defender Alexi Lalas firmly stated that the United States is capable of hosting a future World Cup on its own, reports have surfaced linking a joint bid between the U.S. and another CONCACAF nation.

According to ESPN FC, the U.S. and Mexico are reportedly in talks over a joint bid that would see the 2026 World Cup come to North America.

Suarez hat-trick hands Barcelona La Liga title

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Barcelona gave their fans a bit of a scare after dropping key points over the last two months of the season, but Luis Suarez's brilliance helped guide the Blaugrana to their 24th La Liga title on Saturday.

Suarez, who finished the 2015-16 season with an astounding 40 goals in 35 matches, found his way onto the scoresheet twice in the first-half (22′ & 38′) before assuring Barcelona's three points against.

The SBI Show: Episode 264 (Breaking down the Kamara trade, previewing MLS Week 11, and more)

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The Columbus Crew shocked Major League Soccer this week when they dealt Kei Kamara to the New England Revolution, and the latest episode of The SBI Show breaks it all down.

Episode 264 of The SBI Show looks at the deal that sent Kamara to the Revs, including what it means for both teams.

Co-hosts Ives Galarcep and Paul Tenorio also discuss the rumored Zlatan Ibrahimovic move to the LA Galaxy, as well as previewing MLS Week 11.

Report: Bobby Wood closing in on Hamburg move

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Arguably the most in-form American player this season, Bobby Wood has dazzled in his time with Union Berlin of 2.Bundesliga.

The 23-year-old U.S. international now appears set for a move to German top flight side Hamburg, according to Kicker.

This season has certainly been a breakout one for Wood, who notched 17 goals in 30 matches for the second division club.

D.C. captures first of three meetings against Red Bulls

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Friday night's clash at RFK Stadium between D.C. United and the New York Red Bulls was everything you'd want from an Atlantic Cup pairing, but it was home side D.C. that came away with a 2-0 victory.

A back-and-forth opening 45 minutes saw D.C.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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La Liga's championship will be decided on Saturday.

Barcelona enters the weekend in pole position, with a matchwith Granada the only thing standing between the club and its 24th title. A win would see Barcelona win the title, while a loss would open the door for Real Madrid to claim the trophy with a win over Deportivo.

Kei Kamara looking for Revs trade to provide another chance at MLS Cup

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After making the MLS Cup final with the Columbus Crew last season, freshly-acquired New England Revolution Designated Player Kei Kamara said he wants to end the Revs 0-5 cold streakwhile leading his new team to the league's ultimate prize.

"I returned back into the league to really try to win something, to win a championship," Kamara said on Friday at Revs training.

MLS Week 11: A Look Ahead

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The MLS schedule was heavy on midweek games, but league action returns over the weekend with a schedule of nine additional matches.

Headlining the proceedings is a rivalry clash that pits D.C. United against the New York Red Bulls. The meetingof Eastern Conference foes isn't the only rivalry matchon the docket, as Toronto FC hosts the Vancouver Whitecaps in a Canadian clash.

NASL Week 7: A Look Ahead

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What has been a progressive NASL season will continue this weekend, with the best teams looking to extend their lead atop the table.

The New York Cosmos travel to FC Edmonton, facing off against a team that will have a chip on its shoulder. After a recent surge of league results, the Eddies were crushed by the Ottawa Fury in a Canadian Championship game midweek.

Report: Zlatan Ibrahimovic could join Galaxy

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic — one of the best strikers in Europe over the past 10 years — could be making a move to the MLS this summer, reports say.

Sky Italia reported Wednesday that Ibrahimovic will announce he is leaving PSG at the end of the season. PSG ends its season on May 21 in the French Cup Final.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Preview

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As this year of club soccer winds down for some American's abroad this weekend, former MLS foes hope to extend their stay into the Mexican post-season.

A number of USMNT regulars are taking partin the Liga MX playoffs, with two defenders facing off in a marquee matchup.

Friday Kickoff: Ibrahimovic, Terry, Chicharito and more

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One star's time at his club will come to an end, while a Chelsea legend may remain with the Premier League giant for at least one more season.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic confirmed that he will leave Paris Saint-Germain at the end of the season. (REPORT)

A Chelsea spokesman revealed that John Terry has been offered a new one-year contract to remain with the club.

Crew, Revolution believe they are better after Kamara trade

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The Columbus Crew lost one of the league's best forwards. The New England Revolutionpicked him up.

Both teams believe that they will be better off because of it.

The Crew and Revolution announced a trade on Thursday morning that sent Designated Player Kei Kamara from Columbus to New England in exchange for General Allocation Money, Targeted Allocation Money, a first-round draft pick in 2017, a second-round draft pick in 2018, an international roster spot, and a percentage of any future transfer fee.

Report: Armada sell Richie Ryan to Miami FC for record fee

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Alessandro Nesta and Miami FC are in need of a shake-up, and the club has reportedly found one in the form of one of the league's most valued leaders.

Northern Pitch reported Thursday that the Jacksonville Armada have sold midfielder Richie Ryan to Miami FC for a fee of$750k transfer fee.

Jurgen Klinsmann encouraged with players' recent goal-scoring efforts

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As a former forward, Jurgen Klinsmann loves goals. He scored plenty of them in his playing days, and as a coach often talks about how forward's production in front of the net iseasiest way to measuretheir success.

Good thing for him then that several ofhis players have found their scoring touch ahead of this summer's big tournament.

This Weekend's Soccer on TV

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Barcelona hascontrol of itsown fate this Saturday.

Win or draw, and the Catalans will be crowned Spanish La Liga champions for the 24th time. A loss, however, could see Real Madrid pull off the stunning season-long comeback to steal the crown.

The twosides— separated by a point— will be on the road in their season finales with Barça taking on Granada and Real facingDeportivo La Coruña.

Shelton, McNamara shining for NYCFC

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In the Designated Player era, MLS teams are always going to be judged by their marquee signings. As the signings go, so go the team.For New York City FC, a team with the likes of David Villa, Andrea Pirlo, and Frank Lampard on their roster, the ceiling for success is especially high—and potentially disastrously low if any or all of those players don't find their footing in their new home.

Cody Cropper to meet with MK Dons to discuss future

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U.S. Under-23 Men's National Team goalkeeper Cody Copper is set to meet with MK Donsmanager Karl Robinson to discuss his future, according to the team's website.

Copper, who is out of contract at the end of the season, was starting for the side in the Football League Championship in England, but injured his shoulder on April 23.

Kamara trade creates series of crucial personnel decisions for Revs

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Entering Thursday, the New England Revolution already had a group of talented attacking pieces. That group got much bigger and much better with the addition of Kei Kamara on Thursday morning.

Now, the task at hand is making it all work.

After apparently burning bridges as a member of the Columbus Crew, Kamara was traded to the Revs just moments before the conclusion of the MLS transfer deadline.

Galaxy rue inability to hold onto lead in draw with Union

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CHESTER, Pa. The LA Galaxy were pleased to end the night with a result on the road, but they were also frustrated about it not being a win given the circumstances.

The Galaxy played the Philadelphia Union to a 2-2 draw inside of Talen Energy Stadium on Wednesday night, but the point the Western Conference club picked up was not all that savory.

Montagliani elected as CONCACAF's new president

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CONCACAF officially has a new leader.

CanadianVictor Montagliani was elected as CONCACAF's new president at the confederation's congress in Mexico City on Thursday morning.Montagliani defeated lawyer Larry Mussenden from Bermuda.

The Canadian businessmanjoins a list of CONCACAF presidents that haven't been held in high regard as of late.

Crew trade Kei Kamara to Revs for allocation money, draft picks

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Kei Kamara's time with the Columbus Crew came to an end on Thursday morning via a blockbuster deal.

After earning a suspension for lashing out at Federico Higuain on Saturday night, Kamara was traded to the New England Revolution on Thursday.

Seven games require extra time in first round of U.S. Open Cup

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For 22 teams, the dream of lifting the U.S. Open Cup will continue into the competition's secondround.

A total of 22 teamsclinched a spot in next week's second round of the 2016 U.S. Open Cup, which will take place May 18and seeprofessional teams introduced into the field.

Crew trade Kei Kamara to Revs for allocation money, draft picks

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Kei Kamara's time with the Columbus Crew came to an end on Thursday morning via a blockbuster deal.

After earning a suspension for lashing out at Federico Higuain on Saturday night, Kamara was traded to the New England Revolution on Thursday.

Keegan Rosenberry continues strong rookie season for Union

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CHESTER, PA Philadelphia Union manager Jim Curtin called his side's matchup with the LA Galaxy on Wednesday night a "big boy game".The Galaxy handed the Union back line one of their biggest challenges of the season, and despite conceding on two occasions, the Union were happy with their overall performance in defense.

Union earn tie with Galaxy on Rosenberry equalizer

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A disappointing draw marked a sign of progress for the Philadelphia Union on Wednesday night.

Jim Curtin's men tied 2-2 with the LA Galaxy at Talen Energy Stadium in a game that could've easily been won by the home side.Despite earning just one point, the performance against one of the league's best was a sign of improvement from 2015 for the Union, who would've lost this match a year ago.

Defenders turn goalscorers to lead FC Dallas past Timbers

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After being shutout in each of their last three matches, FC Dallas was in need of an attacking spark. They got it on Wednesday with a pair of quick goals from an unlikely duo.

Defenders Walker Zimmerman and Ryan Hollingshead provided goals just two minutes apart to lead FC Dallas to a 2-1 victory over the Portland Timbers on Wednesday night at Toyota Stadium.

Serna's late goal lifts Rapids over Sporting KC

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It took some time for the Colorado Rapids to find a rhythm in Wednesday night's game against Sporting Kansas City, but the introduction of midfielder Dillon Serna made an instant impact.

Substituted into the game in the 76th minute, Serna scored his first goal of the season just two minutes later to lead the Rapids to a 1-0 victory over Sporting KC at Dick's Sporting Goods Park.

Perez smashes bicycle kick to lead Whitecaps past Fire

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Blas Perez has been torturing MLS defenses for years, and the veteran forward provided yet another reminder of his goalscoring abilities in a win on Wednesday night.

Perez netted a 89th minute game-winner to go with a first half opener, leading the Whitecaps to a late 2-1 win over the Chicago Fire at BC Place.

Quintero tallies twice to push Earthquakes past Dynamo

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After a 2-0 loss to the Seattle Sounders on Sunday, the San Jose Earthquakes bounced back nicely on Wednesday night.

Alberto Quintero's two goals led the Earthquakes over the Houston Dynamo, 3-1, at Avaya Stadium on Thursday night.

It didn't take long for Quintero and the Earthquakes to get on the board.

Thursday Kickoff: Martinez, Pochettino, Mourinho and more

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Thursday has already proven to be a busy day for Premier League managers, as one has seen his tenure ended while another has extended his time with his title-challenging club.

Everton has reportedly fired manager Roberto Martinez. The Toffees won just one of their last 10 games under the Spanish manager, who was contracted to the club until 2019.

Gonzalo Veron remains optimistic despite trying start to 2016

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HARRISON, N.J. The start of 2016 has not been the easiest for Gonzalo Veron. He saw an untimely preseason injury spoil the momentum he had going into the first game of the year, and then reaggravated it once he stepped back on the field. He also suffered a personal loss in his family prior to all of that.

MLS Week 11: A Midweek Look Ahead

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MLS returns to the schedule with a busy night of midweek action, as five games populate Wednesday's schedule.

Headlining Wednesday's action is a clash of contenders from opposing conferences when the Philadelphia Union host the surging LA Galaxy.

Soccer Wednesday: Your Running Commentary

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In any other year, a Liverpool—Chelsea matchup this late in the season would have major implications on the Premier League table. This year is different, though, as Sunderland's clash with Everton takes centerstage.

Mired in a fierce relegation battle, a Sunderland victory on Wednesday would seal the Black Cats' place in the Premier League next season.

The SBI Show: Episode 263 (talking Kamara-Higuain, MLS Week 10, USMNT and more)

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Kei Kamara's recent tirade aimed at teammate Federico Higuain is the topic dominating discussions throughout MLS and it kicks off the latest episode of The SBI Show.

Episode 263 of The SBI Show breaks down Kamara's meltdown, and what might happen next. Host Ives Galarcep and co-host Paul Tenorio break down MLS Week 10 and also look ahead to the busy slate of mid-week matches.

MLS Ticker: Beckham, D.C. United, Higuita and more

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David Beckham is getting more support for bringing a soccer club to Miami, while D.C. United have added a new signing.

A new report from the Miami Herald says 57 percent of Miami-Dade voters supported the soccer plan to use private money to build a soccer stadium on land that Beckham'spartners want to buy from the county.

Wednesday Kickoff: Ranieri, 2026 World Cup, Liga MX and more

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One of the game's most popular managers is set to receive a contract extension amid international interest, while the future of the World Cup will be decided in October.

Leicester City isset to offer Claudio Ranieri a new contract, whileItalian Football Federation president Carlo Tavecchio wouldlike to see the current Foxes manager lead the Italian national team.

A look at MLS clubs that could use Kei Kamara

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The Columbus Crew are saying they plan to keep Kei Kamara. Reports are saying the opposite.

It is a messy situation all around for a club that already has enough problems.

The Crew have dominated headlines since the weekend due to Kamara's public outburst against teammate Federico Higuain following a 4-4 draw with the Montreal Impact.

Insufficient offseason moves show in Sporting KC's recent struggles

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As struggles continue for Sporting Kansas City, one thing is clear: the team didn't correctly replace Krisztian Nemeth.

The Hungarian striker's swift departure happened all in one night, having been reported and confirmed all at once. Finding a way to replicate Nemeth's scoring record, 10 goals and six assists, was one of Sporting KC's main tasks of the offseason.

Kamara stands by his Higuain comments

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Kei Kamara is fully aware that he will miss out on Saturday's clash with the Colorado Rapids, but the Columbus Crew striker doesn't agree with the decision to suspend him.

Kamara told reporters on Tuesday that he believes that his suspension is "not at all" warranted, and that he did not agree with the decision.

Soccer Tuesday: Your Running Commentary

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Despite the league title already decided, there is still much to play for in the English Premier League.

West Ham United and Manchester United are two of those teams with a lotto play for, and the two clubs will meet on Tuesday afternoon at Upton Park. In addition, the match is guaranteed to be an emotional one, as Tuesday's clash serves as the last ever at the stadium before West Ham moves to the Olympic Stadium next year.

SBI NASL Power Rankings (Week 6)

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The league's reigning champions is now fully recovered from the their recentlosses, and this year's underdog team fellcloser back to reality with another defeat.

The New York Cosmos have now hit their stride and look to take on all challengers. They've taken the lead in this week's SBI NASL Power Rankings after their opponents at the top failed to register wins.

CONCACAF partners with SUM to market and service worldwide rights

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The relationship between CONCACAF and Soccer United Marketing is set to move even further.

CONCACAF, the governing body of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football, announced Tuesday that it has selected SUM to market and service its worldwide sponsorship rights, CONCACAF announced in a press release.

Report: Crew trying to move Kamara before trade deadline

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Saturday's dust-up with Federico Higuain could prove the beginning of the end to Kei Kamara's tenure with the Columbus Crew.

Sports Illustrated is reporting that the Crew are actively shopping Kamara in advance of Wednesday's MLS transfer deadline.

Allardyce hails Defoe-for-Altidore swap as Sunderland's best move 'in a long time'

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Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce wasn't with his current club back when the Black Cats swapped Jozy Altidore for Jermain Defoe, but he considers himself and his club very lucky the deal went down.

When asked about Defoe on Tuesday, the veteran manager said that he believes the forward is a realistic option to represent England at this summer's Euro 2016.

Tuesday Kickoff: Hummels, Ibrahimovic, Blatter and more

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Bayern Munich made waves with the capture of two big-name signings, while Zlatan Ibrahimovic's next club remains a mystery.

Following months of reports linking the two sides, Bayern Munich announced the signing of Borussia Dortmund defender Mats Hummels on Tuesday. (REPORT)

In addition, Bayern announced that the club has added highly-rated 18-year-old Portuguese midfielderRenato Sanches after a transfer from Benfica worth €35 million.

Untimely BBC announcement produces further criticism for Lampard

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Given his contributions, or lack thereof, with New York City FC this season, Frank Lampard is in desperate need of some good PR. Monday's BBC release provided nothing of the sort, as the disconnect between NYCFC fans and their English Designated Player reached yet another level.

NASL Rewind: Cosmos jump to top of table; RailHawks fall; and more

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As teams around them dropped points, the New York Cosmos leapt to the top of the table with another resounding result.

Following two straight losses, the Cosmos have now picked up two straight victories, with the most recent triumph coming in a 3-0 dispatching of Miami FC. With the win, the Cosmos now assume the role of league leaders after the Carolina RailHawks were upset by a previously-winless Fort Lauderdale Strikers team.

Report: Abby Wambach flipped car, left scene in 2014 wreck

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Abby Wambach pled guilty to DUI last month, but it appears that the incident wasn't the first auto-related issue for the U.S. Women's National Team star.

TMZ reported on Monday that Wambach flipped her vehicle in June 2014 before departing the scene without calling local law enforcement.

SBI MLS Team of the Week: Houston Dynamo

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The Houston Dynamo were stuck in a bit of a rough patch, but the Texas club will hope a statement win over Sporting Kansas City can serve as a sign of things to come.

Following a run of six games without a win, the Dynamo secured victory while also preserving a clean sheet in a 2-0 triumph over Sporting Kansas City.

Lampard, Klinsmann join BBC for Euro 2016 coverage

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Both Frank Lampard and Jurgen Klinsmann face challenges in the U.S. as the summer months near, but that won't stop either from participating in media work for a tournament across the Atlantic.

BBC announced on Monday that both Lampard and Klinsmann will be a part of the organization's team to cover the upcoming Euro 2016 tournament.

SBI MLS Rookie of the Week: Tsubasa Endoh

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Playing his first game at the new-look BMO Field, Toronto FC rookie Tsubasa Endoh led his team to victory on Saturday night.

The rookie forward netted the game's lone goal, leading Toronto FC to a 1-0 win over FC Dallas on Saturday night. The goal proved to be just enough tolead TFC to victory while claiming honors as SBI MLS Rookie of the Week.

MLS Weekend Rewind: Week 10

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The Colorado Rapids continued their shocking run atop MLS, while the Montreal Impact and Columbus Crew combined to provide one of the season's most action-packed matches. Here's a closer look at all of this past weekend's MLS action:

Orlando City played the New York Red Bulls to a 1-1 draw in a match with a combined eight yellows and on red card.

Romeo Parkes has contract terminated after attacking Karl Ouimette

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Romeo Parkes had been enjoying a dream run before the end of Saturday night's USL clash between the Pittsburgh Riverhounds and New York Red Bulls II. The Jamaican striker had scored in five straight matches, and was on Jamaica's preliminary roster for the 2016 Copa America. Everything was seemingly going right for him.

SBI MLS Player of the Week: Ignacio Piatti

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With his side down three goals on the road, Ignacio Piatti showed the traits of a superstar to lead the Montreal Impact to a dramatic result.

Piatti scored a pair of goals while also earning a penalty kick to help boost the Impact to a come-from-behind 4-4 draw against the Columbus Crew.

SBI MLS Goal of the Week: Giovani dos Santos

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Monday Kickoff: Platini, Kompany, Welbeck and more

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UEFA is set to undergo some changes in leadership, while two international stars could miss the federation's biggest tournament.

Michel Platini will resign as UEFA president after the Court of Arbitration for Sport opted not to overturn his ban from the game. TheCAS's three-man appeal panel reduced Platini's ban from six to four years, but the Frenchman will resign from his post at UEFA's next congress.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

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Alejandro Bedoya returned to scoring form in France this weekend, while a couple of American right backs helped their teams earn crucial points in avoiding relegation.

Bedoya put away a fine goal in league play with Nantes on Saturday, his first since a dramatic late winner in a domestic cup match in February.

Keane scores double in return to lead Galaxy past Revs

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CARSON, Calif. — It only took Robbie Keane 13 minutes to remind everyone why the LA Galaxy who have been riding high in his absence want him on the pitch.

Active from the opening whistle, Keanedelivered a pair of close-range goals in the first half to push the Galaxy into second place in the Western Conference, escaping a second half comeback bythe New England Revolution on the way to a 4-2 win at StubHub Center on Sunday.

NYCFC's second-half rally leads to road win vs. D.C. United

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WASHINGTON—Unlike D.C. United's makeshift attack, David Villa knows how to find the back of the net.

An early second-half blitz by New York City FC was too much for a misfiring D.C. United, as the visitors won, 2-0, on Sunday night in the nation's capital. After a first half marked by wasted opportunities by the hosts, goals by David Villa and Khiry Shelton shortly after the start of the second half were enough to see NYCFC win for the second straight time.

Kamara lashes out at Higuain, reveals chemistry issues after PK incident

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Playmakers and strikers are supposed to be on the same page. Kei Kamara and Federico Higuain might not even be reading the same book.

The Columbus Crew were dealt their latest bitter blow of the season on Saturday when they allowed a three-goal lead to slip away in a 4-4 draw at home against the Montreal Impact.

Red Bulls defender Karl Ouimette injured after being intentionally kicked in the back during USL match

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Karl Ouimette's loan to New York Red Bulls II turned ugly as the Canadian defender was forced to leave the field on a stretcher after an ugly assault by an opponent.

Facing off with the Pittsburgh Riverhounds, Ouimette was kicked in the back by Pittsburgh forwardRomeo Parkes shortly after being shown a red card in what turned out to be a 3-1 win by Red Bulls II.

TFC seals BMO Field homecoming with win over FC Dallas

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Playing within the friendly confines of BMO Field for the first time this season,Toronto FC opened their new-look stadium in style with a victory over a Western Conference contender.

Tsubasa Endoh netted Saturday's lone goal to lead Toronto FC past FC Dallas, 1-0, in the Canadian club's home opener.

Dynamo topple Sporting KC to end losing streak

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The Houston Dynamo entered Saturday on a six-match winless run, but a pair of first half goals put the club back on the right track with a win over Sporting Kansas City.

Giles Barnes and Andrew Wenger each provided goals for the previously-struggling Dynamo, who topped Sporting KC, 2-0, on Saturday at BBVAA Compass Stadium.

Dempsey, Morris push Sounders past Earthquakes

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SEATTLE What goes around comes around.

In 2015, the Seattle Sounders could not catch a break against the San Jose Earthquakes, losing all three meetings by a combined score of 8-4. To add insult to injury, center back Roman Torres tore his anterior cruciate ligament in the third and final match, a 2-0 road loss.

Rapids extend lead atop MLS by topping rival RSL

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Jermaine Jones and the Colorado Rapids continued their recent hot streakwith yet another win on Saturday night.

The U.S. Men's National Team midfielderscored yet again, netting his third goal in four games, leading the Rapids to a 1-0 win over Rocky Mountain rivalReal Salt Lake.

Impact complete three-goal comeback to earn draw with Crew

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The Columbus Crew appeared to be cruising to a much-needed victory, but a three-goalcomeback from the Montreal Impactsealed a monumental collapse from the reigning MLS Cup runners-up.

Through 56 minutes, the Crew maintained a three-goal lead at MAPFRE Stadium, but a Dominic Oduro leveler in the 93th minute completed an epic comeback for the Impact in a 4-4 draw.

Pair of second-half goals lead Whitecaps past Timbers

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Heading into halftime, the Vancouver Whitecaps saw themselves trailing yet again, but an inspired second half performance was enough to lead the Canadian club to victory over Cascadia rivals.

Second-half goals from Masato Kudo and Christian Bolanos proved enough to push the Whitecaps to a 2-1 victory over the Portland Timbers on Saturday at BC Place.

Orlando City, Red Bulls settle for draw in chippy contest

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The New York Red Bulls and Orlando City had played against each other just two weeks ago, and that was evident on Friday when they met again in a chippy encounter that ended in a deadlock.

The Red Bulls and Orlando City played to a 1-1 draw on Friday night in a testy Eastern Conference contest at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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The English Premier League Title has already been decided, but the fight to stay alive is still ongoing.

Sunderland hosts Chelsea at the Stadium of the Light in an important match on Saturday. The Black Cats are currently in one of three relegation spots, sitting one point behind rival Newcastle United.

Bob Bradley's Le Havre unlikely to gain promotion despite win

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Le Havre AC is not officially out of the running for French Ligue 1 promotion, but it's pretty much a done deal.

Bob Bradley's side defeated Auxerre, 3-1, on the road, but FC Metz also earned three points on Friday. Metz's 2-1 victory over Tours FC sees them sit three points above Havre AC in the third and final promotion spot on the Ligue 2 table.

NASL Week 6: A Look Ahead

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In a rematch of one of last year's championship semifinals, the Ottawa Fury host Minnesota United to kick off this weekend of NASL action.

Things have certainly changed since last year, when a red-hot Fury team squeaked past United to make it to the Soccer Bowl. Now, the home team sits near the bottom of the table after having their roster picked apart.

LAFC unveils stadium renderings following city council approval

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Los Angeles FC's stadium plan took another step towards reality on Friday.

The LA City Council unanimously approvedthe Final Environmental Impact Report and other environmental and entitlement agreementsfor LAFC on Friday. The approval providesLAFC formal permissionto begin work on the site and proceed with the startof the project.

A look at players who could earn a look for the USMNT-Puerto Rico friendly

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Prior to participating inthis summer's Copa America, the U.S. Men's National Team is scheduled for a trio of friendlies, the first of which will present Jurgen Klinsmann with a unique opportunity.

The USMNT is scheduledto take on Puerto Rico on May 22 in the first of the team's three Copa America tune-ups.

MLS Ticker: Orlando City, Tarek, NYCFC-Red Bulls and more

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As we prepare for Week 10 action, one MLS club has announced a new partnership, while another let go of a player.

Stoke City announced a partnership with Orlando City SC on Friday. "It's an opportunity for us to share best practice with Orlando in a variety of areas, primarily in player recruitment, marketing and development," Stoke City Chief Executive Tony Scholes said, "but also to give both clubs chance to grow in each other's markets.

MLS Week 10: A Look Ahead

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Several contenders collide over the weekend, andit's a Rocky Mountain clash that headlines this week's MLS action.

Both Real Salt Lake and the Colorado Rapids have emerged as surprise contenders out West, and the two will collide for the second time this season on Saturday.

Garber, Chastain among 2016 National Soccer Hall of Fame Class

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Two U.S. Women's National Team legends and the current MLS commissioner received the highest of honors on Thursday.

Brandi Chastain, Shannon MacMillan and Don Garber were elected to the National Soccer Hall of Fame Class of 2016, U.S. Soccer announced.

Soccer Friday: Your Running Commentary

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A preview of what's to come in the Mexican Liguilla will take place on Friday.

Santos Laguna will host Chivas Guadalajara at the Estadio Corona, and while both sides have already qualified for the end-of-the-campaign tournament, only one point separates second place from fifth place on the Liga MX table.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Preview

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Two Americans hope to return to the fight for next year's UEFA Champions League in the German Bundesliga this weekend, while another fights off relegation.

After missing the last round of matches due to injury, Fabian Johnson and John Brooks will hope to be in the starting lineups for their respective sides this weekend as they battle for fourth place.

Friday Kickoff: Europa League, Gundogan, Copa Libertadores and more

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Ahead of important matches to determine relegation and promotion spots, the UEFA Europa League final was set on Thursday.

Liverpool will be one of the UEL finalists afterbeating Villarreal, 3-0 (3-1 on aggregate), at Anfield on Thursday. (REPORT)

Spanish La Liga side Sevilla will face off against the Reds at St.

This Weekend's Soccer on TV

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From improbable to undeniable, Leicester City will play its first match as champions of England this weekend.

After clinching the English Premier League title on Monday with Tottenham's draw at Chelsea, the Foxes will play Everton on Saturday in front of their home fans at King Power Stadium.

Soccer Thursday: Your Running Commentary

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Both UEFA Europa League finalists will be determined on Thursday.

Liverpool hosts Villarreal, which has a 1-0 aggregate lead, at Anfield in the headliner of the semifinals (3:05 p.m., Fox Sports 1, Watch ESPN, ESPN Deportes TV, Fox Soccer 2GO).

In the other semifinal second leg, Sevilla hosts Shakhtar Donetsk at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan (3:05 p.

Iker Casillas hoping to remain at Porto despite MLS links

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He has been linked with a potential move to the States for weeks now, but Iker Casillas shot down a reported move away from FC Porto on Thursday.

The Spanish goalkeeper, who has made 31 league appearances for Porto during the 2015-16 campaign, said he is happy with the Portuguese club and is looking forward to the next season.

SBI MLS Game of the Week: Rapids vs. RSL

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Not too many people saw this coming. Nine weeks into the 2016 MLS season, and the Colorado Rapids sit atop the Supporters' Shield standings. Tied on points with Real Salt Lake, the Rapids will look to remain unbeaten for a fifth consecutive game on Saturday.

The Rocky Mountain Cup is on line at Dick's Sporting Goods Park, as an RSL team that has looked strong on both ends of the field faces off against a Rapids team that has excelled as of late (9 p.

Kaka, Oscar out of Brazil's final Copa America roster

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Brazil's final roster for this summer's Copa America Centenario does not have the name power many thought it would.

Star names, including Barcelona playmaker Neymar, Orlando City SC attacker Kaka, and Chelsea midfielder Oscar, were not included on head coach Dunga's final 23-man roster announced on Thursday.

Bob Bradley's Le Havre needs help on path to French promotion

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Two games remain in the French Ligue 2 campaign for Bob Bradley and Le Havre AC, and the path to promotion is not entirely free and clear.

Metz, currently in second place with three more points and a better goal differential than Le Havre, can win both of its remaining contests to claim the third and final promotion spot to Ligue 1.

Thursday Kickoff: Colombia, Newcastle, Copa Libertadores and more

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The Copa America Centenario is just around the corner, and Colombia left one intriguing name off its preliminary roster ahead of games against the U.S., Costa Rica and Paraguay.

Colombia revealed its preliminary roster for this summer's Copa America Centenario, and while James Rodriguez was among the star players included, Radamel Falcao was not named to the roster.

UCL Rewind: Real Madrid books spot in final with win over Man City

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A Madrid Derby will determine European soccer's biggest prize.

Real Madrid booked their place in the Champions League final on Wednesday with a 1-0 victory over Manchester City. The victory sends the Spanish giant to the UCL finals for the second time in three years, where they will face a familiar foe in Atletico Madrid, who they defeated two years ago to win La Decima.

Abby Wambach joins ESPN as analyst, podcast host

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Abby Wambach's post-soccer future as been made clear.

The former U.S. Women's National Team star will join ESPN as an analyst and contributor. As part of her new job, Wambach willcover this summer's Euro 2016 tournament in France and the Rio Olympics in August.

MLS Ticker: Manneh, Rolfe, Thiam, Ribeiro and more

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Two MLS forwards have been issued suspensions by the Disciplinary Committee, while the Chicago Fire have finalized all the steps necessary to add a new player.

MLS announced on Wednesday that Vancouver Whitecaps forward Kekuta Manneh has been fined and suspended one game for a dangerous foul on NYCFC midfielder Federico Bravo.

Projecting the USMNT Copa America roster

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Jurgen Klinsmann offered few surprises with his 40-man shortlist, but the U.S. Men's National Team head coach must now focus on trimming that roster to 23 ahead of this summer's Copa America.

Following several months of rebuilding following a disastrous Gold Cup, the U.

Joe Gyau says he has passed fitness test

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Joe Gyau's long-awaited comeback continued with another bit of positive news on Wednesday.

Gyau took to Instagram on Wednesday to announce that he has passed a fitness test. The23-year-old Borussia Dortmundwinger has been hampered by a knee injury that has kept him out of action for the entire 2015-16 season.

UCL Preview: Ronaldo returns to lead Real Madrid against Man City

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After missing the first leg of his side's Champions League semifinal clash with Manchester City, Cristiano Ronaldo will hope to lead Real Madrid back to the competition's final in Wednesday's second leg.

Following a scoreless draw at the Etihad, Real Madrid and Man City will collide again on Wednesday at the Bernebeu.

Joe Cole set to sign with Rowdies

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A former Premier League star is set to continue his career as a member of the Tampa Bay Rowdies.

Following reports out of England, sources have confirmed to SBI that Joe Cole is set to sign with the NASL club. The 34-year-old English star, who has earned 56 caps for England, most recently featuredfor League One side Coventry City.

Wednesday Kickoff: Messi, Webb, Bayern and more

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Lionel Messi's pre-Copa America schedule has been made clear, while a former FIFA executive is nearing a ban from the game.

Before the Copa America, Messi will train with Argentina in Buenos Aires prior to flying back to Spain to give evidence in his ongoing tax trial. Messi will then fly back to the U.

UCL Rewind: Atleti topples Bayern to reach final

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Pep Guardiola's Champions League pursuitwith Bayern Munich has come to an end. Atletico Madrid's chase is set to continue.

Atletico Madrid toppled Bayern Munich on a 2-2 aggregate scoreline, advancing on away goals following Tuesday's 2-1 defeat at the Allianz Arena.For the third straight season, Bayern Munich has been knocked out of the Champions League semifinals by a Spanish team.

Klinsmann has tough decisions to make at centerback for Copa America

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Every good team begins with its spine, and U.S. Men's National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann will have some decisions to make in constructing his after years of tinkering.

With the announcement of the USMNT's40-man shortlist ahead of this summer's Copa America, Klinsmann has left himself with a variety of options for buildinghis central defense.

Soccer Tuesday: Your Running Commentary

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One of two UEFA Champions League finalists will be determined on Tuesday.

Bayern Munich hosts Atletico Madrid, which holds a 1-0 aggregate lead over the German club, at Allianz Arena in the second leg of their semifinal series (2:45 p.m., Fox Sports 1, ESPN Deportes TV, WATCH ESPN, Fox Soccer 2GO).

SBI NASL Power Rankings (Week 5)

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Three teams have distanced themselves from the pack, but the NASL Spring Season race is wide open following this past weekend's action.

The New York Cosmos rejoined the list of title contenders with a victory over the Carolina RailHawks, who saw the club's season-opening win streak snapped at five in a row.

SBI MLS Power Rankings (Week 9)

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The Western Conference continues to dominate the MLS landscape, but an Eastern Conference side recorded the most impressive result of the weekend.

After snappinga massive season-opening losing streak the week prior, the New York Red Bulls proved they are back in business with a 4-0 demolition of FC Dallas.

SBI MLS Rookie of the Month: Jordan Morris

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Jordan Morris has been tabbed as one of the best American forwards despite being only a professional rookie, and he proved to be worthy of that label in April.

Morris struggled to find his footing in the league for the first few weeks, but he has blossomed this past month for the Seattle Sounders.

SBI MLS Player of the Month: Sebastian Giovinco

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In April, the 2015 MLS MVP showed the league that he wants to retain that title atyear's end.

Sebastian Giovinco scored four goals to lead Toronto FC to a 2-1-1 record, which is even more impressive given the fact that all four games were played on the road.

SBI MLS Team of the Month: Colorado Rapids

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After waiting weeks to begin play this season, Jermaine Jones has made the Colorado Rapids a force to be reckoned with in the Western Conference.

The U.S. Men's National Team midfielder came into Pablo Mastroeni's side in mid-April and helped them finish with an impressive 4-1-1 record during the month.

UCL Preview: Atletico looks to shut out Bayern to reach final

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Another shutout will see Atletico Madrid reach the UEFA Champions League final for a second time in three campaigns.

The Spanish club heads to Allianz Arena where it will play Bayern Munich in the decisive second leg of their semifinal series on Tuesday (2:45 p.m., Fox Sports 1, ESPN Deportes TV, WATCH ESPN, Fox Soccer 2GO).

Tuesday Kickoff: Real Madrid, Toure, Sakho and more

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Some of the world's best players face a race to fitness ahead of their UEFA Champions League contest on Wednesday and more news following Monday's thrilling action.

Karim Benzema and Casemiro are not 100 percent fit, according to Real Madrid head coach Zinedine Zidane, but Cristiano Ronaldo is expected to be available for selection against Manchester City on Wednesday.

Cosmos academy vision taking shape with approval from U.S. Soccer

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Since their rebirth, the New York Cosmos have set out to create an in-house academy to rival any in the world. Boasting a grand vision of a state-of-the-art in-house academy program, the Cosmos' efforts took a major step forward with the introduction of theUnder-13 and Under-14 age groups.

Following approval from U.

Leicester City wins Premier League title on Tottenham tie

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An ugly, ugly game crowned one of the most remarkable champions in the history of soccer.

Leicester City officially clinched the club's first title in 132 years on Monday as Tottenham settled for a 2-2 draw with London rivals Chelsea. The result completed a magical run for Leicester, who began the season with 5000-1 odds to win the Premier League title, in the aftermath of a 1-1 draw with Manchester United on Sunday.

Klinsmann finally opts for the conventional with initial Copa America selections

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Dating back to the build-up to the 2014 World Cup, Jurgen Klinsmann's roster selections have always seemed to cause a bit of drama. The U.S. Men's National Team boss has faced his fair share of criticism for glaring omissions and head-turning selections in the two years followingthe world's biggest tournament.

The Weekend's Best: Mane, Dortmund and more

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Impressive displays by some had many top teams disappointed with weekend results. Here are SBI's picks for the weekend's best (as voted by SBI's editorial staff):

PLAYER OF THE WEEK

SADIO MANE (SOUTHAMPTON). Manchester City's hopes of a top-four finish took a major blow on Sunday, and Mane was responsible.

Soccer Monday: Your Running Commentary

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The race to the English Premier League title may come to an end on Monday afternoon.

Following Leicester City's draw on Sunday, Tottenham face a must-win situation in Monday's clash with Chelsea. A draw or loss would see Leicester crowned Premier League champions, while a Tottenham victory would see the London club awarded another week to continue its pursuit.

Fire Notes: Accam eyes return; Paunovic backs Campbell for USMNT

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Chicago Fire forward David Accam was dressed and on the bench on Saturday for the first time since suffering the knee injury whichhas kept him out of the last fivematches. It sounded afterward, however, like there was very little chance he would have been used.

SBI MLS Rookie of the Week: Jordan Morris

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Jordan Morris has found his rhythm, and the Seattle Sounders earnedthree points this weekend because of it.

For the third straight week, Morris scored a goal to lead the Sounders and, for the third straight week, the Stanford product earned recognition as SBI MLS Rookie of the Week for his effort.

Change of approach produces new look for Sporting KC

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Although Sporting KC took only two points from its last three matches, the team saw marked improvement over the last two performances in an ultimately disappointing 1-1 draw at home against the LA Galaxy.

With an overwhelming share of possession and a total of 17 shots to the Galaxy's four, leaving the field without three points was a big disappointment for Sporting.

Report: Hamburg hoping to land Wood for $3.5 million

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Hamburg has reportedly not yet entered negotiations for Bobby Wood, but it has set a transfer amount that it is willing to pay FC Union Berlin.

Hamburg has linked with a move for Wood for several weeks now, and a Monday report from Bild states that the German Bundesliga club is willing to pay approximately $3.

NASL Rewind: Cosmos top RailHawks, Indy remains unbeaten, and more

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The NASL Spring Season race is back on.

Following a run of two straight defeats, the New York Cosmos toppled the previously-unblemished Carolina RailHawks, 1-0, on Sunday. The win sees the Cosmos move within three points of the league leaders alongside Minnesota United, who remained idle over the weekend.

SBI MLS Team of the Week: New York Red Bulls

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Most supporters who have followed the New York Red Bulls this season know the club has created ample opportunities to score, and the floodgates finally opened on Friday.

FC Dallas has been one of the league's strongest teams to date this season, but it was no match against a lethal Red Bulls side at Red Bull Arena.

SBI MLS Player of the Week: David Villa

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He has been the face of the franchise since its inception, and David Villa proved to be New York City FC's star man once again on Saturday.

NYCFC saw its home winless streak finally snap against the Vancouver Whitecaps, and the Spaniard's performance is to thank for the result.

SBI MLS Goal of the Week: Diego Valeri

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MLS Weekend Rewind: Week 9

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While the 2015 Supporters' Shield winners looked like their former selves in Week 9, many other teams earned impressive road ties. Here's a look at all 10 match stories and follow-up features from over the weekend on SBI:

The New York Red Bulls pulled off a creative and lethal free kick to score the game's first goal en route to defeating FC Dallas, 4-0, on Friday.

Monday Kickoff: Bayern, Leicester, Ronaldo and more

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Two potential league title celebrations, including in the English Premier League, were put on hold over the weekend, while Cristiano Ronaldo looks set to play in UEFA Champions League action this week.

Bayern Munich was held, 1-1, by Borussia Monchengladbach at Allianz Arena, putting its German Bundesliga title celebration on hold as Borussia Dortmund won over the weekend to close the gap to five points.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

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An American soccer legend made his return to his club's starting lineupthis weekend in England, while a rising star returned tothe bench in Germany.

Tim Howard made his first start in months for Everton, after manager Roberto Martinez announced the shot stopper would play the final two games of the season.

Sporting KC settles for draw vs. 10-man Galaxy

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KANSAS CITY, Kansas— Despite out-shooting the LA Galaxy 15-4, and despite holding a man advantage for the final 20 minutes of Sunday's Western Conference showdown, Sporting Kansas City was still unable to deliver a victory.

Ashley Cole's pair of yellow cards left the Galaxy down a man, but Sporting KC couldn't capitalize, settling for a1-1 tie onSunday night at Children's Mercy Park.

Gleeson's heroics, Valeri's free kick helps Timbers top TFC

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Fanendo Adi continued his fine goal-scoring form, while goalkeeper Jake Gleeson stood on his head to see the Portland Timbers fend off Toronto FC at Providence Park.

Diego Valeri pulled the strings and scored a heart-stopping free kick in the second half to hand the reigning MLS Cup champions a 2-1 victory on Sunday.

Pulisic, Morris headline USMNT Copa America preliminary roster

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The Copa America Centenario is a little more than a month away, and Jurgen Klinsmann has made some intriguing decisions for his preliminary roster.

Headlining the U.S. Men's National Team roster are Christian Pulisic of Borussia Dortmund and Jordan Morris of the Seattle Sounders.

Jordan Morris starting to play 'like a kid"

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SEATTLE In the locker room after Saturday's match, the difference in Jordan Morris was plain. He had scored the first game-winning goal ofhis young career some 40 minutes earlier an 88th-minute, left-footed slap that deflected off defender Michael Parkhurst before finding the back of the net.

Fire still trying to figure out how to finish games

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BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. – The word of the day for the Chicago Fire, written on thelocker-room white board in some of the various languages – English, Serbian, Portuguese, German – spoken by members of the squad, was "victory."

On Saturday, four weeks removed from their onlywin of the season, the Fire had their sights set on victory, but for the second consecutive match they let it slip away.

NYCFC feels a sense of relief after first home win of 2016

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NEW YORK — David Villa dropped to the pitch after the final whistle on Saturday experiencing all kinds of feelings.

"I was tired," he said. "It was emotions from the game and obviously, this week we played three times."

Villa was tired from the battle he and New York City FC had just gone through with the Vancouver Whitecaps, tired from providing the two goals he thought were enough to help his team win at one point, and most of all, tired from not being rewarded for the efforts he and his team had put in as of late.

Poor finishing once again haunts Whitecaps in loss to NYCFC

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NEW YORK The Vancouver Whitecapshave had scoring issues thusfar this season, and while they did score two goals on Saturday, there was still evidence of a problem with finishing.

The Whitecaps suffered their latest setback on Saturday afternoon, suffering a3-2 loss toNew York City FC.

RSL produces comeback win over Dynamo

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Nick Rimando has been making big-time saves for years now, and his incredible double save against the Houston Dynamo saw Real Salt Lake secure its fifth win of the young MLS season.

While Rimando preserved the victory with his late-game heroics, Real Salt Lake was in a hole in second half.

Late Rivas goal sees Orlando City tie Revolution

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The New England Revolution thought they had finally snapped out of a four-game winless streak, but Orlando City SC forwardCarlos Rivas had other ideas.

The Lions' Designated Player has struggled early on in his MLS career, but came through with a 90th-minute equalizer, beating Revs defender London Woodberry to a ball out in front of goal to seal a 2-2 draw against the Revolution in front of 25,203 at Gillette Stadium.

Substitutes help spark late Earthquakes rally

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CHESTER, PA The San Jose Earthquakes didn't look like they were a man down during the final 30 minutes of their 1-1 draw with the Philadelphia Union on Saturday.

The Earthquakes received a boost from their substitutes and a formation tweak to come back and earn a valuable point on the road.

Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

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The English Premier League title can be won at Old Trafford on Sunday.

Leicester City can clinch the league title with a win against Manchester United, capping off an improbable campaign for the Foxes. Leicester will have to win the title without star striker Jamie Vardy, who must serve a suspension.