Soccer By Ives Archives for January 2016

Julian Green nets first-half hat-trick against Inter Milan

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Julian Green is in need of a big summer if he is to earn a spot onBayern Munich's first team, and Saturday's effort saw Green provide the best possible impression on new coach Carlo Ancelotti.

Green led Bayern Munich with a first-half hat-trick in Saturday's International Champions Cup clash with Inter Milan.

Lampard hat-trick leads NYCFC to rout of Rapids

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NEW YORK — Despite the absences of their leading scorer and manager, New York City FC still managed to put a halt to the Colorado Rapids' 15-match unbeaten streak on Saturday thanks to the heroics of Frank Lampard.

A hat-trick from the English star was paired with goals fromTony Taylor and Steven Mendoza, as NYCFC shut out the visitors, 5-1, at Yankee Stadium to go five points clear the top of the Eastern Conference.

Charlie Davies diagnosed with cancer; in remission

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Charlie Davies has faced many battles throughout his career, but the New England Revolution forward announced on Saturday that he is in the middle of facing his biggest battle yet.

The 30-year-old forward announced on Saturday that he was diagnosed withliposarcomaduring the spring.

D.C. United adds Igboananike in trade with Fire

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D.C. United has struggled to find consistency in the attack this season, but Ben Olsen and the team's front office are doing everything in their power to change that.

After recently acquiringattacking players Patrick Mullins and Lloyd Sam from New York City FC and the New York Red Bulls, respectively, D.

NASL Fall Season Week 5: A Look Ahead

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An unlikely Fall Season leader will look to further their push towards the postseason, while the New York Cosmos are in need of a bounceback performance following several setbacks.

Rayo OKC has emerged as the Fall Season leader through their first six games, but with an extra game played, the first-year franchise will need to keep up the pace in Saturday's clash with Minnesota United.

MLS Ticker: Hall, Ridgewell, Pirlo and more

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An MLS veteran is set to move on to his next career, while several stars feel the fallout of Thursday night's All-Star Game.

Veteran goalkeeper Tally Hall is reportedly set to retire from professional soccer to begin a career in law enforcement.

Garber expecting expansion announcements in the coming weeks

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The process of expansion is an ongoing one for Don Garber and Major League Soccer, and despite some recent difficulties, the league plans go go full speed ahead towards 28 teams.

Speaking during Thursday's night's MLS All-Star Game, Garber discussed several of the league's expansion projects.

MLS Week 21: A Look Ahead

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As several players will look to quickly bounce back from Thursday's MLS All-Star Game loss against Arsenal, the second half of the MLS season will be in full swing over the weekend.

While nine matches will take place on Sunday to give teams an extra day of rest, New York City FC will take on the red-hot Colorado Rapids in a battle between two of the league's best sides.

Guzan faces new challenges with Middlesbrough move

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Following Aston Villa's relegation, the future of Brad Guzan was a bit murky. The U.S. Men's National Team had options, some safe, some ambitious, as the veteran goalkeeper looked to take the next step in his career. That next step became official on Friday, and Guzan will face yet another major challenge to reclaim his status as one of the Premier League's most reliable goalkeepers.

Friday Kickoff: Pogba, Bielsa, Schweinsteiger and more

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The Paul Pogba transfer saga appears to be nearing an end, whilea high-profile coach has turned down Argentina's managerial position.

Manchester United has reportedly agreed to terms with Pogba, with the Juventus midfielder set for a medical in the coming days. The deal was said to be held up by Pogba's agent, Mino Raiola, who was seeking to have his fee paid by Juventus.

Middlesbrough signs Brad Guzan

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U.S. Men's National Team goalkeeper Brad Guzan and his Aston Villa side had a forgettable 2015/16 season, after being relegated to the English Championship, but the 31-year-old has quickly found his way back to England's top flight.

Newly-promoted Premier League club Middlesbrough announced the signing of Guzan on Friday, following his eight-year stint with Villa.

Late winner from Akpom leads Arsenal to win in MLS All-Star Game

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For the first time since 2013, the MLS All-Stars were defeated in the annual mid-summer showcase.

A late Chuba Akpom goal was enough to push Arsenal to a 2-1 victory in Thursday's MLS All-Star game at Avaya Stadium. The loss is the All-Stars' first since a 3-1 defeat to Roma in 2013, while the 2014 and 2015 matches provided wins over Bayern Munich and Tottenham, respectively.

This Weekend's Soccer on TV

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The post-Sigi Schmid era begins this weekend for the Seattle Sounders.

Since the club's inaugural season in MLS in 2009, the Sounders have only had Schmid at their head coach. The 63-year-old Schmid, however, mutually parted ways with the club on Tuesday and assistantBrian Schmetzer will assume the role of interim head coach ahead of Sunday's home fixture against the LA Galaxy.

MLS Ticker: Red Bulls, Jones, Revs and more

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With several rumors recently surfacing around the New York Red Bulls, the Eastern Conference side could be close to adding another attacker.

The Red Bulls are reportedly close to signing 26-year-old winger Daniel Royer from Danish clubFC Midtjylland. (REPORT)

Atlanta United striker Kenwyne Jones will go on loan to Central FC for the remainder of 2016, before joining up with the MLS side ahead of next season.

The SBI merit-based All-Star XI

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The MLS All-Star game is set for Thursday night, as some of the league's biggest stars collide with Premier League team Arsenal. The team assembled to take on the Gunners may be littered with stars, but it is not one that is truly comprised of those who have earned a spot withtheir play on the field.

Villa suspension provides NYCFC attack with golden opportunity

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Over the club's first season-and-a-half, David Villa has been a focal point of the NYCFC attack. However,Saturday will provide a different look at what the Eastern Conference side can do without its biggest star.

Currently the league leader in goals scored (13), Villa is undoubtedly a frontrunner for this season's MVP award, while guiding NYCFC to the top of the East.

Report: Bob Bradley a candidate for Hull City job

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Bob Bradley is currently preparing for his first full season in charge of French side Le Havre, but the former U.S. Men's National Team coach has been named as an unlikely candidate for a Premier League job.

Following the departure of Steve Bruce, Hull City is in the market for a new manager, and the Hull Daily Mail is reporting that Bradley is one of the candidates for the job.

SBI Question of the Day: What format should be used for MLS All-Star Game?

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While they are far from a soccer-centric tradition, all-star games have long been a staple of American sports culture. Major League Soccer is no different, even if the format of the game remains up for debate.

Thursday night will see the MLS All-Stars collide with Arsenal, continuing the recent tradition of pitting the league's elite against top-level European opposition.

Pulisic scores for Dortmund in impressive performance against Manchester City

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Borussia Dortmund has made headlines this summer for signing big-named players like Mario Gotze and Andre Schurrle, but it was Christian Pulisic that stole the show for the Bundesliga side against Manchester City.

After entering Thursday's International Champions Cup match at halftime for Emre Mor, the U.

Sounders begin new era with 'force magnifier' Nicolas Lodeiro

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SEATTLE They had to be music to the ears of Seattle Sounders fans, Garth Lagerwey's words on Wednesday afternoon.

Through 20 matches this season the Sounders have dumped hopeful cross after hopeful cross from the touchlines into the penalty area, treating the heart of the park like some sort of quarantine zone.

Pair of first half goals lead Mexico U-20s past MLS Homegrowns

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A familiar group of Mexico Under-20s proved too much to handle for MLS' Homegrown prospects.

Mexico winger Luis Marquez scored a pair of goals late in the first half to lead Mexico past the MLS Homegrowns, 2-0, on Wednesday night at Avaya Stadium.

Thursday Kickoff: Pogba, Mourinho, ICC and more

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While Manchester United is still the frontrunner to acquire one of the game's top midfielders, another top club is prepared to swoop in.

Real Madrid has contacted Juventus over the potential signing of Paul Pogba, however, Manchester United is still believed to be the favorite to sign the French midfielder.

MLS Ticker: Franklin, LAFC and more

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Following Fabian Castillo's recent move to Turkey, it appears another MLS player could be on his way to the European nation.

D.C. United defender Sean Franklin is being linked with Turkish sideGaziantepspor. (REPORT)

Los Angeles FC is reportedly looking at Tustin as the location for the team's training headquarters.

Union looking to bounce back from disappointing week

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The Philadelphia Union experienced their worst week of the 2016 season by suffering losses to the New England Revolution in the U.S. Open Cup and to the Montreal Impact in MLS play.With eight days to prepare for Sunday's clash with Real Salt Lake at Talen Energy Stadium, the Union are eager to bounce back and earn three critical points in the Eastern Conference playoff race.

Sounders unveil signing of Uruguayan international Lodeiro

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The Seattle Sounders are in a period of transition following the dismissal of Sigi Schmid, but the club's future got a big brighter on Wednesday with the signing of an impact attacking player.

Uruguayan international Nicolas Lodeiro has officially joined the club on a multi-year Designated Player contract.

Kreis reflects on 'unfair', 'irrational' NYCFC dismissal

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Jason Kreis landed on his feet as the head coach of Orlando City, but the MLS Cup-winning coach remains motivated to prove his former employers wrong following what he views as an unfair dismissal.

After just one season in charge of New York City, Kreis was let gofollowing the 2015 season.

Wenger looks forward to Zelalem's growth following Rangers stint

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Arsene Wenger is playing the long game when it comes to development of Gedion Zelalem, but when that long game is complete, the Arsenal manager expects to find a player ready to compete on the highest level.

Zelalem, Wenger and Arsenal are stationed in San Jose ahead of Thursday's MLS All-Star Game, a match that will put the Premier League contender with MLS' elite.

Donovan prepares next generation for unique opportunity in MLS Homegrown Game

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Like any All-Star event, the MLS Homegrown Game is meant to be a fun exercise. Featuring 20of the league's best young prospects, the match presents a chance for the league's up-and-comers to shine, while offering a stress-free environment to reap the rewards of their hard work.

Ibrahimovic received MLS Miami offer before signing with Manchester United

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic's move to Manchester United was oneof the highlights of the transfer window, but the Swedish star keeps one eye focused on MLS after nearly signing with a club this summer.

Ibrahimovic revealed that he received an offer from David Beckham's MLS Miami project prior to signing with the Premier League club.

Wednesday Kickoff: Higuain, Mascherano and more

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A Serie A side continues increase its already talented roster, while theBlaugranawill reportedly be retaining one of their most important defensive pieces.

Juventus has agreed to terms with striker Gonzalo Higuain on a five-year deal of roughly $99 million. (REPORT)

Barcelona vice-president Josep Soler has revealed that Javier Mascherano won't be leaving the club this summer, and will be staying until 2019 after signing a three-year extension.

Whitecaps sell Espindola to Liga MX side Club Nexaca

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Fabian Espindola's stay with the Vancouver Whitecaps was a short one, but the Canadian club successfully earned a transfer fee for the veteran striker.

The Whitecaps announced on Tuesday that Espindola has been sold to Liga MX side Club Nexaca for an undisclosed transfer fee.

Acosta, Van Damme added to MLS All-Star roster

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Injuries have left the MLS All-Star roster a bit shorthanded, and head coach Dom Kinnear has added a pair of versatile options to the team's squad ahead of Thursday's match.

FC Dallas midfielder/defender Kellyn Acosta and LA Galaxy defender Jelle Van Damme have been added to the MLS All-Star roster ahead of Thursday's match against Arsenal at Avaya Stadium.

Sounders fire head coach Sigi Schmid

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The Seattle Sounders have only known one head coach since joining MLS in 2009, however, that is about the change.

On Tuesday, the Sounders announced that the club has mutually agreed to part ways with head coach Sigi Schmid after spending the last eight seasons with the Western Conference side.

SBI MLS Power Rankings: Week 21

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Ahead of the MLS All-Star Game, several contenders furthered their summer dominance, while several teams pushed back into the postseason picture with resounding victories.

In a clash of two of the league's top teams, the Colorado Rapids and FC Dallas played to a draw, while the LA Galaxy furthered their case with a victory over the defending champion Portland Timbers.

U.S. midfielder Caleb Stanko joins FC Vaduz on loan

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After making just five Bundesliga appearances since joining the league in 2013, U.S. midfielder Caleb Stanko is set for a temporary move that will hopefully jumpstart the youngster's European career.

Stanko, 23, will join FC Vaduz of the Swiss Super League on a one-year loan from German side Freiburg.

NYCFC backline continues porous play in loss to Red Bulls

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There's no argument that there has been improvement on the end of New York City FC in the club's second season in MLS, but an area that proved to be the team's downfall a year ago seems to be plaguing the Bronx side again in 2016.

While NYCFC's attack has consistently performed at a high level into the second half of the season, led by David Villa's 13 goals and one assist, the backline has conceded a league-leading 39 goals in 22 matches, roughly 1.

A.J. Soares signs with Danish club AGF Aarhus

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A.J. Soares is set to continue his Scandinavian stay with a move to the Danish Superliga.

AGF Aarhus announced on Tuesday that the club has signed the American defender, who spent the past season with Norwegian club Viking. Soares' move to the club is a free transfer and comes with a contract that runs until 2018.

Rowdies release statement, video blasting 'incompetent' refereeing

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The Tampa Bay Rowdies are far from the only club that feels hard done by American officiating, but the NASL side took their grievances to the next level with a scathing public statement.

Rowdies chairman, CEO and Governor Bill Edwards blasted the standard of refereeing his side has seen throughout the 2016 season in a public statement on Monday.

Tuesday Kickoff: Mahrez, Lacazette, ICC and more

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Leicester City head coach Claudio Ranieri is encouraging Riyad Mahrez to remains with the Foxes because of the increased spotlight that will be on him. Ranieri has said that if Mahrez were to move to a bigger club that he would have to play second fiddle to other stars. (REPORT)

Lyon has rejected a bid of $38 million from Arsenal for strikerAlexandre Lacazette.

The SBI View: Sounders should part ways with Sigi Schmid

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The Seattle Sounders are supposed to be competing for a championship, not the first round pick in the 2017 MLS Draft.

Yet it is the latter scenario that the Sounders frustratingly find themselves in through nearly two-thirds of the season.

MLS Ticker: Borchers, Dwyer and more

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The defending MLS Cup champions have suffered a big hit defensively, while there has been confirmed interest in one of the league's top strikers.

The Portland Timbers announced on Monday that defender Nat Borchers will undergo surgery to repair a ruptured Achilles tendon after leaving Saturday's 2-1 loss against the LA Galaxy prior to halftime.

Zelalem headlines final Arsenal roster heading into MLS All-Star Game

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Arsenal has released the club's final roster for their upcoming U.S. trip, and one of American soccer's brightest prospects will likely takethe field when the Gunners face-off with the MLS All-Stars.

Gedion Zelalem was named to Arsenal's final roster on Monday afternoon. The squad, which also includes Petr Cech, Theo Walcott, Granit Xhaka and Jack Wilshere, will take on the MLS All-Stars on Thursday at Avaya Stadium before facing Chivas de Guadalajara three days later at the StubHub Center.

Sporting KC relies on fitness against Sounders to continue playoff push

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Under harsh midday heat, Sporting Kansas City was prepared forSunday's match tobe a struggle. However, the Western Conference contender fell back into their comfort zone on Sunday afternoon while displaying a desire to defend their home turf.

Theywere at home, and played like it, as Dom Dwyer scored a brace in Sporting KC's 3-0 win over the Seattle Sounders at Children's Mercy Park.

The Best of NASL Week 15: Shipilane, Minnesota United and more

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While a few of the outcomes from NASL action this weekend were easily foreseeable, three results were particularly intriguing.

In Carolina, the RailHawks impressed offensively before failing in the back and settling for a 3-3 draw against Miami FC. Similarly, the New York Cosmos looked to have three points in the bag in Tampa Bay, but a late comeback kept the Rowdies in an upward trajectory.

The Best of MLS Week 20: Drogba, Red Bulls and more

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Several of Major League Soccer's biggest stars stepped up in a big way over the weekend, while one of the league's hottest rivalries shook up the Eastern Conference with a lopsided result.

Here's a closer look at The Best of MLS Week 20, as voted on by the SBI Editorial Staff:

PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Didier Drogba provided a hat-trick to lead the Montreal Impact to a resounding win over the Philadelphia Union.

Kljestan's vision key as Red Bulls build momentum against NYCFC

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While the New York Red Bulls often pride themselves on not having built their team around one superstar talent, Sacha Kljestan continues to define himself as a key playmaker in the side's dangerous attack.

Sunday's 4-1 win against rivals New York City FC again proved Kljestan's worth, as the attacking midfielder assisted on the Red Bulls' first two goals before notching a finish of his own just minutes before the halftime whistle.

MLS Weekend Rewind: Week 20

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The New York Red Bulls secured a season series win against rivals New York City FC on Sunday, while the Colorado Rapids continued their improbable 15-match unbeaten streak against FC Dallas. Here's a closer look at all of this past weekend's MLS action:

Real Salt Lake and the San Jose Earthquakes played a 1-1 tie on Friday night after Luke Mulholland's finish cancelled out an early Chris Wondolowski strike.

Monday Kickoff: Pochettino, Man United-Man City and more

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One of the Premier League's most valued young coaches says he's staying put, while a high-profile derby was cancelled due to bad weather conditions.

Tottenham head coach Mauricio Pochettino says "this is notthe right moment" to take charge of the Argentine national team and that he is "very happy" coaching in England.

Dwyer brace brings Sporting KC valuable points against Sounders

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A Dom Dwyer brace and a strike from Jacob Peterson defeated a lifeless Seattle Sounders team Sunday afternoon at Children's Mercy Park.

Sporting KC continued to creep toward playoff contention with the 3-0 win over the Sounders Sunday at Children's Mercy Park.

Vieira believes referees influenced by Marsch's comments

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Rivalries always seem to bring out the nastiness in players. Crunching tackles, confrontationsand consistent chirping are the norm when it comes to contests with major stakes, but there was also no love lost between coaches following Sunday's Hudson River Derby.

Report: Olympiakos place bid for Sporting KC's Dom Dwyer

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Sporting KC has become one of MLS' top clubs over recent years, and a large part of the team's success can be attributed to the rise of forward Dom Dwyer.

The 25-year old Englishman has shined in the U.S. since joining the country's top divisionback in 2012, but now he's beginning to see significant interest from overseas.

Kljestan, Wright-Phillips lead Red Bulls in rout of NYCFC

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HARRISON, N.J. — It wasn't quite a 7-0 demolition, but the New York Red Bulls solidified their place as the area's top dogs with yet another resounding defeat of New York City FC.

Led by Sacha Kljestan and Bradley Wright-Phillips, the Red Bulls swarmed NYCFC en route to a 4-1 victory on Sunday at Red Bull Arena.

Giovinco shines as TFC cruises past D.C. United

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Saturday's clash between Toronto FC and D.C. United developed into the latest edition of the Sebastian Giovinco show.

The Italian star contributed a pair of free kick goals and a late insurance finish, leading Toronto FC to a 4-1 victory over D.

Drogba's hat trick leads dominant Impact win against Union

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Didier Drogba produced a master class performance at the forward position in the Montreal Impact's 5-1 win over the Philadelphia Union at Stade Saputo on Saturday night.

Drogba shredded the meager Union defense to pieces on three occasions as the Impact bounced back from a home defeat at the hands of New York City FC six days ago.

Orlando City battles back for tie against Crew

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Two struggling sides entered Saturday night's meeting needing three points to get back into the Eastern Conference playoff race, but neither managed to break the deadlock come the final whistle.

Columbus Crew SC andOrlando City SC played to a 2-2 draw at MAPFRE Stadium after a strong second half from the visitors.

Late Watson header sends Revolution past Fire

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After starring in the New England Revolution's U.S. Open Cup quarterfinal win overthe Philadelphia Union on Wednesday, Je-Vaughn Watson made the difference again on Saturday as the Revolution hosted the Chicago Fire.

Watson broke open a scoreless game by latching onto a right side corner kick by Chris Tierney for the winning header as the Revs pulled away for a 1-0 victory over Fire in front of 21,872 at Gillette Stadium.

Dynamo, Whitecaps play to goal-less draw

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Saturday's clash between the Houston Dynamo and Vancouver Whitecaps was played despite scorching hot temperatures, but the play of the two sides never came close to matching the levels of the weather on the field.

The Dynamo and Whitecaps played to a scoreless draw on Saturday night, with the Canadian side earning their third draw in four games.

Ulloa blast helps FC Dallas earn draw in Colorado

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The Colorado Rapids are unbeaten at home this season, and looked on their way to their ninth win in 10at Dick's Sporting Goods Park, but Victor Ulloa had other ideas and helped keep his FC Dallas side in first place as a result.

Ulloa's long-range blast in the 82nd minute to help FC Dallas earn a 1-1 draw on Saturday night, keeping FC Dallas three points ahead of the Rapids atop the Western Conference standings.

Early finishes push Galaxy past Timbers on the road

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While the Portland Timbers looked the better side at times on Saturday afternoon, a pair of early defensive lapses halted the team's nine-match unbeaten streak at Providence Park.

First-half finishes from Robbie Keane and Gyasi Zardes led the LA Galaxy past the Timbers, 2-1, bringing their winning streak to four and extending their overall unbeaten run to six matches.

Must-See Goal: Carlos Blanco

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Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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A full slate of conference clashes are set to kick off in the afternoon around MLS, including a pair of high-profile Western Conference encounters.

The Portland Timbers will host the LA Galaxy from Providence Park, as Caleb Porter's side looks to extend their unbeaten streak to 10 matches.

USWNT dominates Costa Rica to complete Olympics preparation

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The U.S. Women's National Team appears ready to take to Brazil for the 2016 Olympics, and Jill Ellis' group proved that on Friday night.

Holding Costa Rica to a single shotover 90 minutes, the United States dominated the match and won 4-0 at Children's Mercy Park in Kansas City. The friendly concludes the U.

Report: Castillo nearing move to Turkish side Trabzonspor

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Fabian Castillo has dazzled MLS with his skills and superb finishes, but the FC Dallas attacker could be on the verge on realizing his dream of playing in Europe sooner rather than later.

According to Goal USA, the 24-year-old Colombian is nearing a move to Turkish clubTrabzonspor after spending the last five-plus seasons with FC Dallas.

MLS Ticker: Atlanta, Alexander, Sacramento and more

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A young Designated Player has joined Atlanta United, while the Houston Dynamo have bolstered their midfield with the addition of an MLS veteran.

Atlanta United announced the signing of21-year-old forward Hector "Tito" Villalba as a Young Designated Player. Villalba joins the upcoming MLS club from Argentina's San Lorenzo.

USWNT looks to develop youth talent for future at Olympics

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The U.S. Women's National Team has long been atop the women's game, but the team is always looking to improve, and that fire begins at the top with head coach Jill Ellis.

The three-time World Cup champions currently ride a 14-match unbeaten streak and have only lost two of their previous 41 games across all competitions.

Stakes continue to rise for NYCFC, Red Bulls ahead of derby clash

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From the onset, the New York Red Bulls and New York City FC felt like legitimate rivals. Despite no prior history between the two sides, the first year of the Hudson River Derby was headlined by true animosity. Scuffles broke out, words were saidand physicality proved a defining factor, even if the initial round prove as one-sided as one could imagine.

Besler out after suffering knee injury in training

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Matt Besler has already missed significant time for Sporting Kansas City in 2016, but now the MLS veteran could be on the shelf awhile longer after picking up an injury on Friday.

The centerback reportedly picked up a knee injury during Friday's training session, effectively ruling Besler out for Sporting KC's match against the Seattle Sounders on Sunday afternoon.

MLS Week 20: A Look Ahead

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As thechase to the MLS Cup playoffs heats up in Week 20, two of the league's hottest teams will look to extend their respective unbeaten streaks against quality Western Conference opponents.

The Colorado Rapids haven't lost since April 9, and Pablo Mastroeni's side will look to reach 14 games unbeaten on Saturday night against West leaders FC Dallas.

NASL Fall Season Week 4: A Look Ahead

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One of the NASL's oldest rivalries headlines the weekend's action, while the Carolina RailHawks will look for a boost to be provided by the introduction of a former Mexican national team mainstay.

The New York Cosmos take on the Tampa Bay Rowdies in a clash of two NASL originals. The Cosmos enter the weekend in better form overall, but will be looking to bounce back from a 3-0 thumping from Rayo OKC last time out.

Crew add U.S. U-23 goalkeeper Zack Steffen

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One of the brightest prospects in the U.S. soccer pool has returned stateside with a move to MLS.

The Columbus Crew announced on Friday that the club has signed U.S. Under-23 Men's National Team goalkeeper Zack Steffen. The 21-year-old goalkeeper joins as a Discovery Signing after spending the last year-and-a-half with German club SC Freiburg.

Friday Kickoff: Argentina, Schurrle, Zidane and more

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Argentina will interview three high-profile managers coaching in Europe in the near future, while Borussia Dortmund continues to bolster its attack this summer.

Argentina Football Association chief Armando Perez is reportedly scheduled to meet with Tottenham head coach Mauricio Pochettino, in addition to Sevilla's Jorge Sampaoli and Atletico Madrid's Diego Simeone.

This Weekend's Soccer on TV

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The third and final chapter of this season's New York derby wraps up this weekend.

New York City FC, after picking up its first victory over the New York Red Bulls in club's brief history earlier this month, looks to win the season series when it heads to Red Bull Arena on Sunday. The last time the two sides met in Harrison, New Jersey, on Aug.

D.C. United's acquisitions offer flexibility for struggling attack

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D.C. United's first half of the 2016 MLS season hasn't been ideal, but, all things considered, Ben Olson's group is in a relatively good position.

Just one point outside of the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, D.C. United has been active this summer in the transfer market, and it is that activity that could give them something to look forward to down the home stretch of matches.

FC Dallas visits Galaxy, Revs host Fire in U.S. Open Cup semifinals

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Four teams booked their spots in the U.S. Open Cup semifinal on Wednesday night, and now each knows the path they will need to take en route to the tournament's finale.

The U.S. Open Cup semifinal draw was held on Thursday, pairing FC Dallas with the LA Galaxy, while the Chicago Fire will take on the New England Revolution.

Hyndman set to miss most of preseason with injury

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Emerson Hyndman's time with Bournemouth is off to a less than ideal start, as the U.S. Under-23 Men's National Team forward is set to miss a large chunk of preseason.

Bournemouth managerEddie Howe says he expects the 20-year-old playmaker to miss a majority of the club's preseason due to an ankle injury.

Must-See Own Goal: Sammy Ndjock

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Second half surge lifts Galaxy past Sounders, into USOC semifinals

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Through 76 minutes, the Seattle Sounders were nurturing a one-goal lead with a U.S. Open Cup semifinal berth on the line. However, a late surge from the LA Galaxy added further misery to what has been a trying Sounders season.

Giovani dos Santos began the run before Sebastian Lletget added two of his own, as the Galaxy toppled the Sounders, 4-2, in Wednesday's USOC quarterfinal.

Thursday Kickoff: Gotze, Pogba, Wenger and more

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In a surprising twist, a former Borussia Dortmund star has returned to the club where he began his professional career.

German attacker Mario Gotze will reportedly re-sign with Dortmund, after spending the last three seasons with Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich. (REPORT)

Despite reports stating a deal between Juventus and Manchester United has already been completed, Paul Pogba's agent, Mino Raiola, says "there is no deal done.

Fire top Strikers to reach U.S. Open Cup semifinals

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BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. – Staring down a charging David Accam is not a pleasant position to be in, as two members of the Fort Lauderdale Strikers found out Wednesday night.

Accam's driving runs createdtwo first-half goals – scoring one and assisting on the other – as theChicago Fire beat Fort Lauderdale, 3-0, in the quarterfinals of the U.

Castillo scores late to push FC Dallas past Dynamo in U.S. Open Cup

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Fabian Castillo's heroics aren't just limited to MLS play.

The Colombian winger scored a stoppage time winner on Wednesday, leading his team to a 1-0 win over the Houston Dynamo that clinched FC Dallas' spot in the U.S. Open Cup semifinals.

With penalty kicks looming, FC Dallas hoofed the ball forward in an effort to create one more chance in stoppage time.

Revolution oust Union on PKs in U.S. Open Cup quarterfinal

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The New England Revolution sent two-time defending U.S. Open Cup finalist Philadelphia Union packing 1-1 (4-2) in penalty kicks in the tournament quarterfinals on Thursday night in front of a sellout crowd at Harvard University's Jordan Field.

Je-Vaughn Watson followed up his first goal in a Revolution uniform with the clinching penalty kick, while backup goalkeeper Brad Knighton made saves against Sebastien Le Toux and C.

Kreis faces challenges with Orlando City, but has pieces to make it work

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Jason Kreis already finds himself in elite company. One of just 13coachesto have led a team to an MLS Cup, Kreis is already regarded as one of the brightest minds in American soccer for his achievements with Real Salt Lake.

However, after a trying spell with New York City FC, Kreis is set for another challenge: rebuilding an Orlando City team in need of a major change.

Report: England hires Sam Allardyce as manager

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For weeks, Jurgen Klinsmann has been linked with the England job, but the U.S. Men's National Team Coach will not be moving on toa new job after all.

Sky Sports reported on Wednesday that England is set to hire Sam Allardyce to manage the national team. An official decision is reportedly expected Thursday, when the FAwill ratify Allardyce as Roy Hodgson's replacement at Thursday's board meeting.

MLS Ticker: Mullins, Kaka, friendlies and more

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Following the reported trade of Fabian Espindola, D.C. United is reportedly set to acquire a new forward.

D.C. United is reportedly set to acquire forward Patrick Mullins from NYCFC in exchange for an international spot and allocation money.

Arriola, Moreno score lead Tijuana to Copa MX win

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Club Tijuana's Copa MX-opening victory ha a distinct American feel.

Paul Arriola and Amando Moreno scored early goals, leading the way as Xolos toppedCD Toluca, 3-0, on Tuesday night in the first match of2016 Apertura Copa MX play. The win sees Xolos claim three points to open group play.

Report: Guzan to complete free transfer to Middlesbrough

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After losing out on some playing time last season and his team's relegation to the English Championship, U.S. Men's National Team goalkeeper Brad Guzan's future with Aston Villa remained up in the air.

Now, it appears the veteran keeper has found a potential landing spot for the 2016/17 season.

Report: Fabian Espindola linked with trade to Whitecaps

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Fabian Espindola is in the midst of another productive MLS season, but it appears the Argentinian forward could be on the move to his fourth MLS club.

Goal USA reported on Wednesday that Espindola is being linked with a trade to the Vancouver Whitecaps.

Wednesday Kickoff: Negredo, Mahrez and more

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After making the jump back to the Premier League, Middlesbrough is nearing another key move to help bolster the team, while Leicester City could be holding onto one of its biggest stars.

Alvaro Negredo has reportedly linked up with Middlesbrough's squad prior to finalizing a loan move that will bring the Spaniard to the Premier League.

U.S. Open Cup Quarterfinals: A Look Ahead

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As the 2016 U.S. Open Cup hits the quarterfinals on Wednesday night, a lone NASL side looks to continue its improbable run while seven MLS teams look to book their places in the final four.

The Fort Lauderdale Strikers will attempt to reach the semifinals as the NASL team faces the Chicago Fire.

U.S. U-19 team names roster ahead of COTIF Tournament

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As the 33rd annual COTIF Tournament gets set to begin on Sunday, the U.S. Under-19 national team has revealed the 22 players that will make the trip to Valencia, Spain.

Head coach Brad Friedel has called upon several high-profile talents including Manchester United defender Matthew Olosunde, FC Dallas attacker Weston McKennie and Hugo Arellano of LA Galaxy II to represent the U.

Report: Jason Kreis joins Orlando City as new head coach

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After first being reported on Sunday night by FourFourTwo USA, Orlando City SC appears to have found its next head coach.

Goal USAis reporting that Jason Kreis will become the club's next head coach after recently parting ways with Adrian Heath.

The 2016 SBI MLS Midseason Awards

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The MLS season is entering its home stretch and, with that in mind, SBI recognized some of the league's biggest achievers through the first half of the league campaign.

It's been an interesting season in MLS, with plenty of surprises across the board.

SBI MLS Midseason Goal of the Year: Quincy Amarikwa

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It's been quite a year for goals, but one stands above the rest as MLS pushes into the summer months.

The SBI MLS Midseason Goal of the Year came just weeks into the regular season, as Quincy Amarikwa unleashed an incredible long-range effort. After battling several challenges, the San Jose Earthquakes forward lifted a shot up and over a helpless Adam Kwarasey, sealing a highlight-reel finish that is being replayed even today.

Timbers hitting stride at critical juncture in season

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Don't look now but the Portland Timbers are quietly making a push in the Western Conference, and another trophy could bein the team's future if they continue their recent form.

The defending MLS Cup champions didn't begin 2016 the way the team would have liked to, posting a record of 3-6-3 in the team's first 12 matches.

SBI MLS Power Rankings: Week 19

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The Western Conference's elite took care of business over the weekend, but a midweek shocker shook up the SBI MLS Power Rankings.

FC Dallas cruised past the Chicago Fire over the weekend, but a 5-0 loss to the Seattle Sounders midweek knocked FCD off of their perch atop their rankings.

SBI MLS Midseason MVP: David Villa

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Throughout the franchise's short history, New York City FC's successes have been tied to the play of David Villa. Currently sitting in first place, the second-year club is surging, with the Spanish star leading the charge in a major way.

As league play heats up as August nears, NYCFC finds themselves top of the Eastern Conference.

Tuesday Kickoff : Mahrez, Ronaldo and more

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The defending Premier League champions could be set to lose another major piece this offseason, while one of the world's biggest stars has vowed he'll be an improved player when he returns from injury.

Leicester City is confident that Riyad Mahrez will remain with the club next season but the Foxes have placed a $59 million tag on the attacker.

U.S. U-20 defender Hugo Arellano signs with LA Galaxy II

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U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team defender Hugo Arellano has been a part of the LA Galaxy system at the academy level. Now, Arellano is set to officially make the jump to the professional level.

LA Galaxy II announced on Monday that Arellano has signed with the USL clubafter previously representing the LA Galaxy Academy.

The Best of NASL Week 14: Cole, Rayo OKC, and more

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The third week of the NASL Fall Season gave fans a lot to chew on, from a shocking destruction of the New York Cosmos to a bicycle kick goal from a league newcomer.

The Carolina RailHawksand FC Edmonton bothcontinued their ascent back up the table with narrow wins this weekend. The RailHawks won 1-0 on the road against the Fort Lauderdale Strikers, while the Eddies beat the Ottawa Fury by the same scoreline at home.

Timbers transfer goalkeeper Kwarasey to Norway's Rosenborg BK

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Adam Kwarasey played a pivotal role in the Portland Timbers' run to the 2015 MLS Cup, but the goalkeeper's career will now take him back across the Atlantic to a familiar league.

The Timbers announced on Monday that Kwarasey has been transferred to Rosenborg BK of Norway'sTippeligaen.

SBI MLS Midseason Goalkeeper of the Year: Andre Blake

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In his third season with the Philadelphia Union, Andre Blake has not only solidified his position as the team's starting goalkeeper but done so by firmly making the case that he's the best shot stopper in all of MLS.

Blake made just six starts a season ago, but has well surpassed that total in 2016, appearing in 19 matches and leading the Union to a 7-6-6 record, good enough for second place in a congested Eastern Conference.

MLS Weekend Rewind: Week 19

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New York City FC bounced back with an important win against the Montreal Impact, while the Portland Timbers also emerged as big winners over the weekend. Here's acloser look at all of this past weekend's MLS action:

Steven Gerrard's second-half finish powered the LA Galaxy past the Houston Dynamo, 1-0, at StubHub Center on Friday night.

The Best of MLS Week 19: Diego Valeri, NYCFC and more

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New York City FC got back on the right side of the win column on Sunday, while the Portland Timbers earned an important victory of their own against a traditional foe.

Meanwhile, the Vancouver Whitecaps and New York Red Bulls each earned a win and a tie during this week's action.

Union proud of resiliency in draw against Red Bulls

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CHESTER, PA As the Philadelphia Union approached the second part of the final stanza at Talen Energy Stadium, they appeared to be down for the count against the New York Red Bulls.

But thanks to a C.J. Sapong penalty and a Chris Pontius equalizer in a span of two minutes, the Union left their home field with a well-deserved draw again their Eastern Conference rival.

Red Bulls find silver lining in frustrating draw

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CHESTER, PA Every player and coach in the New York Red Bulls locker room on Sunday voiced displeasure with how their 2-2 draw with the Philadelphia Union ended.

Jesse Marsch's side gave up two goals in quick succession and then were outplayed once Ilsinho was sent off in the 72nd minute for an elbow to the face of Connor Lade.

Monday Kickoff: Messi, Ronaldo, Costa and more

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Ten of Europe's best players are vying for this year's biggest award, while a key member of Chelsea's attack could be staying at the club after all.

Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Antoine Griezmann headline this year's shortlist for UEFA's Best Player in Europe award. (REPORT)

Diego Costa reportedly has no intentions of leaving Chelsea, contradicting reports in Spain that said the 27-year-old had handed in a transfer request.

10-man Union battle Red Bulls to thrilling tie

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CHESTER, PA The Philadelphia Union and New York Red Bulls played to a 2-2 draw on Sunday in a match that took more twists and turns than a rollercoaster.

The Red Bulls scored twice in the first half to take control of the match, but the Union used a pair of tallies in quick succession to level the Eastern Conference match at two goals apiece.

Report: Orlando City in talks with Jason Kreis

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Orlando City's head coaching search has reportedly seen the club turn towardsone of the most recognizable faces on the MLS coaching scene.

FourFourTwo reported on Sunday that Orlando Cityis in advanced discussions with Jason Kreis to become the team'snext head coach.

NYCFC secures road win against Impact

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Without two of their biggest stars, the Montreal Impact weren't able to pull out a result against the Eastern Conference leaders at Stade Saputo.

New York City FC picked up its sixth road win of the season on Sunday, after knocking off the Impact, 2-1, behind goals from David Villa and Jack Harrison.

League announces full MLS All-Star Game roster

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After recently announcing the league's starting XI for this month's 2016 MLS All-Star Game against Premier League side Arsenal, MLS revealed the rest of the gameday roster for the match.

The leaguerounded out its 26-player roster on Sunday during halftime of the Montreal Impact's match against New York City FC.

Valeri double guides Timbers past Sounders

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One of the league's greatestfeudscontinued on Sunday afternoon as the Portland Timbers and Seattle Sounders renewed their Cascadia rivalry at Providence Park.

A pair of Diego Valeri finishes gave the Timbers a 3-1 win over the Sounders, propelling the home side up to sixth in the Western Conference standings with 29 points through 21 matches.

Must-See Goal: Joe Cole

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WHAT A GOAL BY JOE COLE!

Questionable red mars draw between D.C. United, Crew

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Controversy surrounded the 1-1 draw between the Columbus Crew and D.C. United on Saturday at Mapfre Stadium.

The Crew pulled into the lead by way of Ola Kamara in the 63rd minute, but they conceded an 89th-minute equalizer to Fabian Espindola after wrongly going down to 10 men.

Late Hairston finish gives Rapids win over Sporting KC

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There wasn't a ton of excitement at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in the opening half, but the Colorado Rapids made the most of the second stanza to give Pablo Mastroeni's side a share of the Western Conference lead.

Second-half substitute Marlon Hairston providedthe Rapids with a 1-0 win over Sporting KC on Saturday night, after scoring his first goal of the 2016 season.

FC Dallas provides pair of spectacular goals in win over Fire

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FC Dallas is routinely among the more entertaining teams in MLS, but the Western Conference contender took style points to a whole new level on Saturday night.

A pair of spectacular goals scored on Saturday are destined for the highlight reels, as FC Dallas toppled the Chicago Fire, 3-1, at Toyota Stadium.

Kamara sees goal waved off as Revs tie RSL

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Kei Kamara appeared to have fired his side into the lead, but a controversial call saw the New England Revolution settle for a draw on Saturday night.

The Revs forward saw his goal waved off due to a foul, ensuring a scoreless draw withReal Salt Lake on Saturday night at Rio Tinto Stadium.

Orlando City, Whitecaps split points in back-and-forth tie

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Orlando City battled back from a halftime deficit to earn a valuable point at BC Place against the Vancouver Whitecaps on Saturday night.

Cyle Larin's 50th-minute strike allowed the Lions to earn a 2-2 draw with Carl Robinson's Whitecaps, who came back from a one-goal deficit of their own in the first half.

Nine-man Earthquakes overcome TFC at home

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Everything was stacked against the San Jose Earthquakes on Saturday night, but Dominic Kinnear's side dug deep and pulled out three points at Avaya Stadium.

The Earthquakes captured a 2-1 win at home against Toronto FC, behind Simon Dawkins' game-winning game in the 70th minute.

Americans Abroad Rewind: Julian Green scores in Bayern's first friendly, Garza starts in Xolos win

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Bayern Munich's first preseason friendly produced some good news for one of the young forwards in the United States men's national team talent pool who has failed to gain any momentum since the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Julian Green started and produced the opening goal in Bayern's 4-3 victory over Lippstadt on Saturday.

Gerrard's second-half goal powers Galaxy past Dynamo

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After knocking on the door for most of the match, the LA Galaxy finally found a breakthrough off the boot of Steven Gerrard to defeat the Houston Dynamo 1-0 at StubHub Center on Friday.

The win kept the Galaxy in the top three of the Western Conference as the race for the six postseason positions continues to heat up.

Atlanta United sign T&T striker Kenwyne Jones

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Kenwyne Jones used to compete against Carlos Bocanegra. Now, he will be playing for him.

Atlanta United announced on Friday that it has signed Jones, the 31-year-old striker who serves as captain for Trinidad & Tobago. Jones will officially jointhe expansion clubon Aug. 1, but will go out on loan until January ahead of its debut season in MLS next year.

Leicester's Fuchs sets sights on New York after claiming Premier League title

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Leicester City's Christian Fuchs remembers the first time he saw New York City. Merely a tourist, hewas awe-struck, a bit overwhelmed, as he gazed upon the bright lights and monstrous skyscrapers. But after adopting the city as a second home, Fuchs is now looking to continue his post-Premier League career in the Big Apple.

MLS Ticker: Piatti, Manneh, Pirlo and more

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One of the league's premier playmakers will miss this weekend's action due to suspension, while a pair of young prospects have suffered injuries.

The MLS Disciplinary Committee has suspended Ignacio Piatti one game for a foul on Portland Timbers defender Alvas Powell.

SBI MLS Coach of the Year: Pablo Mastroeni

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Heading into third season in charge of the Colorado Rapids, Pablo Mastroeni was on the hot seat. For each of the past two seasons, the Rapids had looked uninspired in the attack, and had finished well below the playoff line in the Western Conference.

SBI MLS Midseason Defender of the Year: Walker Zimmerman

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Walker Zimmerman took time to develop as a defender. Drafted seventh overall in 2013, Zimmerman worked his way through the FC Dallas system while honing his craft in central defense. A three-year push earned the defender a spot in FC Dallas' starting XI in 2015, and Zimmerman has more than justified his position in 2016 while leading FC Dallas to the top of the table.

SBI MLS Midseason Rookie of the Year: Jordan Morris

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Entering his first professional campaign, the pressure on Jordan Morris was immense. Already a U.S. Men's National Team regular, the Stanford star was touted as the next big thing and was expected to step in and contribute to a team loaded with attacking talent.

NASL Fall Season Week 3: A Look Ahead

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After a healthy dose of goals in the last seven days, NASL is starting to really heat up at the start of the Fall Season.

While the New York Cosmos have a healthy lead in the combined standings, only five points separate six teams in the race for a post-season spot. FC Edmonton's tactical play and narrow wins have them sitting third on 21 points, but they'll face a tough defense this weekend against Canadian rival Ottawa Fury.

MLS Week 19: A Look Ahead

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As Week 19 in MLS heats up this weekend, a Cascadia clash will headline the action as the Portland Timbers host the Seattle Sounders.

Coming off of a 5-0 thrashing of FC Dallas on Wednesday night, the Sounders look to build on their momentum despite the suspension to attacker Clint Dempsey.

This Weekend's Soccer on TV

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With both Copa American and Euro 2016 all wrapped up, Major League Soccer regains most of the attention in the soccer world this weekend.

Headlining this weekend's contests will be a Cascadia showdown between the Portland Timbers and the Seattle Sounders.

Friday Kickoff: Kante, Payet and more

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While one of the Premier League biggest stars is likely to complete a switch this summer, another has declared his devotion to his current club.

Leicester City coach Claudio Ranieri says he would understand if midfielder N'Golo Kante decided to leave the club, with the Frenchman receiving interest from Chelsea and other top sides.

Orlando City endures latest setback with loss to Red Bulls

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HARRISON, N.J. There are toughstretches in a season, and then there is what Orlando City is currently going through.

From injuries to a painful head-coaching change to an unproductive run that has yielded little in the way of goals and results, Orlando City has had a difficult and trying spell as of late.

U.S. U-20 midfielder James Murphy joins Sheffield Wednesday

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Another U.S. youth international is making a big leap overseas, as midfielder James Murphyhasjoined English Championship side Sheffield Wednesday.

Murphyhas signed a three-year contract with the English club, the player confirmed to SBI on Thursday. The team is expected to announce the deal in the coming days.

Fire's De Leeuw shows promise in home debut

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BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. – Michael de Leeuw may not score an easier goal thanthe one with which he opened his MLS account on Wednesday night, and the Chicago Fire's most recent signing seemed to know as much.

"If you can score in your first home game that's always great," de Leeuw said afterward.

New Liga MX rule affecting several American players

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Liga MX shook up itsleague with the introduction of a new limit on international players, and several Americanscan count themselves among those most affected by the new mandate.

The Mexican league changed itsinternational players limitthis summer with the introduction of a new rule that allows teams to have just 10 international players on their match day squads.

NASL Midweek Rewind: Indy, Cosmos roll, OKC comeback

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The results on Wednesday night in NASLserved to further enforce the trends of the league this season.

Indy Eleven, with a completely retooled squad from previous years, continued to roll with anther big victory at home. The New York Cosmos proved once again their dominance in the league, further punishing an unstable Jacksonville Armada side.

Connor Lade's stellar outing shines light on his underrated contributions

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HARRISON, N.J. Connor Lade had a lot of things he wanted to do when he scored his first MLS goal.In the end, the diminutive fullback was overtaken by the immensity of the moment.

Lade opened his scoring account in league play on Wednesday night, anddid not celebrate it as he imagined he might.

Following red card, Schmid says Dempsey is targeted by opposition

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Clint Dempsey is a competitive guy, one who consistently brings a fiery personality to the field inevery game he plays. Seattle Sounders head coach Sigi Schmid has seen that personality first-hand for nearly three years, and believes opposing teams are doing their best to take advantage of it.

Red Bulls backline remains stout as home shutout streak continues

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Inconsistency in form has plagued the New York Red Bulls throughout the 2016 season, but what was seen as a massive question mark before the year began seems to now be the team's biggest strength.

The exit of Matt Miazga during the winter coupled with Damien Perrinelle's late season injury suggested big changes were coming for the Red Bulls at the back.

MLS Midweek Rewind: Week 19

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The New York Red Bulls snapped a four-match winless streak at home, while the Seattle Sounders stunned FC Dallas at CenturyLink Field. Here's a look back at Wednesday night's MLS actionfrom SBI:

The Columbus Crew and Toronto FC played to a 1-1 draw at MAPFRE Stadium behind second-half goals from Harrison Afful and Jordan Hamilton.

Union prepare for Red Bulls with friendly tie against Crystal Palace

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The Philadelphia Union's friendly on Wednesday with English Premier League side Crystal Palace served a few purposes for head coachJim Curtin.

Curtin was able to get a look at a few young players in the squad while also handing fringe players long shifts on the pitch in the 0-0 draw at Talen Energy Stadium.

Thursday Kickoff: Morata, Higuain and more

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After seemingly being a pawn in an attempt to make a profit, Alvaro Morata appears to be staying at Real Madrid after all.

Realhas reportedly rejected an $88 million bid for striker Alvaro Morata from an unspecified club.Los Blancoswill likely keep the 23-year-old striker after buying Morata back from Juventus this summer.

Must-See Goal: Cristian Techera

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Techera stunner leads Whitecaps past RSL

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An own goal may have opened the scoring, but an incredible finish from one of the league's smallest players lifted the Vancouver Whitecaps to a vital three points on Wednesday.

Cristian Techera unleashed a thumping long-distance shot, finding the upper corner to lead the Whitecaps to a 2-0 victory over Real Salt Lake in a vital Western Conference clash.

Fire beat Sporting KC on De Leeuw's first MLS goal

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BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. – Sporting Kansas City did nearly everything right offensively on Wednesday against theChicago Fire.The visitors kept 67 percent of the possession, completed twice as many passes and outshotChicago 19-3, but time and time again couldn't findthe most important, finalpiece of the offensive puzzle.

Cropper training with Minnesota United following MK Dons departure

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Cody Cropper is currently clubless, but the U.S. Under-23 Men's National Team goalkeeper has found a temporary training spot with his hometown team.

Cropper, who moved to Minnesota at age 12, has been trainingwith the NASL's Minnesota United for the past several weeks, a club official confirmed to SBI.

Red Bulls regain winning form against Orlando City

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Goals were hard to come by for the New York Red Bulls in recent weeks, however, the team regained its form in front of net on Wednesday night against Orlando City SC.

The Red Bulls came away with a 2-0 win over Orlando City, snapping the team's four-match winless run and pulling the Harrison side to within three points of Eastern Conference leaders New York City FC.

Crew, TFC fight through weather delay, but settle for tie

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Both the Columbus Crew and Toronto FC battled the elements, but neither side could earn three points from Wednesday's Eastern Conference clash.

Playing without Sebastian Giovinco, Toronto FC came from behind to earn a road point in a 1-1 tie with the Columbus Crew at MAPFRE Stadium.

Sounders thump reserve-heavy FC Dallas

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SEATTLE So fitting that if the Seattle Sounders are to redeem the 2016 season, the long road back to the red line begins against FC Dallas the speedy youngsters who exposed the Sounders as anything but in last season's playoffs.

The teams have gone in opposite directions since Dallas eliminated Seattle on penalty kicks in the Western Conference semifinals last fall.

Timbers, Impact play to tie at Providence Park

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The Portland Timbers and Montreal Impact played to an exciting 1-1 tie at Providence Park on Wednesday night, after thetwo sides traded tallies from Jack McInerney and Ignacio Piatti in the first half. Despite a slew of chances in the second half, neither side was able to capitalize in front of goal, as the game finished level.

MLS Disciplinary Committee adds to De Jong suspension; fines Villa

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Nigel de Jong has earned the ire of the MLS Disciplinary Committee once again, as the LA Galaxy star is set for another suspension.

MLS announced on Wednesday that de Jong will serve an additionalone game suspension for his red card last week, and will now sit out a total of two games.

Clarence Goodson likely to miss remainder of 2016 season

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Despite his best efforts to get on the field again this season, it appears San Jose Earthquakes defender Clarence Goodson will miss the remainder of the 2016 MLS season.

The veteran centerback announced via social media that he will undergo surgery on Thursday to repair a herniated disk in his back, likely ending his season after making just two appearances for the Earthquakes.

Morris looking forward to playing for Donovan in Homegrown Game

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Since breaking onto the U.S. Men's National Team scenenearly two years ago, Jordan Morris has been compared to some of the country's greats. Now, the Seattle Sounders rookie is now set to work with one of thosechildhood idols that defined his game, at least for one match.

MLS Ticker: Jones, Perquis and more

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The next MLS expansion team could be making a big splash ahead of their debut season in 2017, while one of the league's best defenders is moving on.

Trinidad & Tobago forward Kenwyne Jones is reportedly close to signing a deal with expansion side Atlanta United FC. The 31-year-old most recently played for Cardiff City of the English Championship.

Clean bill of health allowing Frank Lampard to prove his worth

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BRONX, N.Y. Four goals in five games. This is the Frank Lampard that New York City FC and its fans long envisioned.

Lampard has been in stellar form ever sinceMLS returned from the brief summer break it had to accommodate the Copa America Centenario.

Soccer Wednesday: Your Running Commentary

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Six MLS matches will take place on Wednesday night, while the Copa Libertadores will name its first finalist.

Western Conference leaders FC Dallas will travel to the Seattle Sounders at CenturyLink Field as Oscar Pareja's side looks to win its fourth straight match.

NASL Ticker: Bravo, RailHawks, Steele and more

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A Mexican star has officially joined the NASL, while his new team earned a draw in a friendly with a major European club.

The Carolina RailHawks have signed former Mexican National Team star Omar Bravo. The 36-year-old forward is Chivas de Guadalajara's all-time leading scorer with 130 total goals.

Wednesday Kickoff: Kante, Celtic and more

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Coming off of a disappointing season in 2015/16, Chelsea appears to be revamping its roster ahead of the upcoming Premier League campaign, while a major Scottish power took a tumble on Tuesday.

Chelsea has reportedly agreed to a five-year deal with Leicester City midfielder N'Golo Kante for $38 million.

MLS Ticker: Kaka, Porter, NYCFC and more

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While one of Orlando City's biggest stars continues to miss time due to injury, a Western Conference side has added depth to its already strong midfield.

Kaka has been ruled out ahead of Orlando City's match against the New York Red Bulls on Wednesday night.

Morris, Glad highlight MLS Homegrown squad

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While the MLS All Stars face the challenging yet rewarding task of taking on Premier League side Arsenal later this month, the league's young guns also have an opportunity to make their mark on a big stage.

On Tuesday, former MLS great and U.S.

NYCFC offers no update on search for soccer-specific stadium site

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BRONX, N.Y. Yankee Stadium is currently the home of New York City FC, and it apparently will be for quite some time.

NYCFC is in the midst of its second seasonas a professional club, but continues to play its MLS matches inside of the baseball cathedral that is Yankee Stadium.

Takeaways from USWNT Olympic roster release

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In each of the last three Olympic games, the U.S. Women's National Team has stood as top dogs by claiming the gold medal. The team's quest for a fourth-straight triumph began, in earnest, on Tuesday, as Jill Ellis named the 18 players charged with leading the USWNT to a fifth total gold.

SBI MLS Power Rankings (Week 19)

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Several Western Conference teams have asserted themselves as MLS' best, and this past weekend's action only served as another reminder of several teams' dominance.

FC Dallas continued to roll with yet another victory, while the LA Galaxy and Sporting Kansas City extended their recent upswings with wins of their own.

Lloyd, Rapinoe, Pugh headline USWNT Olympic roster

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The U.S. Women's National Team will have a full complement of stars heading into this summer's Olympics.

Carli Lloyd, Megan Rapinoe and Mallory Pugh headline the 18-player USWNT roster ahead of the upcoming Olympic games. Theroster features seven players from the 2012 gold medal team, while14 players were members of the 2015 Women's World Cup championship team.

MLS Week 19: A Midweek Look Ahead

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A busy Wednesday night around MLS sees six matches kick off Week 19.

Sporting Kansas City will be looking to continue its impressive recent form against the Chicago Fire, as Peter Vermes' side attempts to extend its unbeaten streak to six matches.

Tuesday Kickoff: Pogba, Man United, Umtiti and more

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French midfielder Paul Pogba may not be going to England after all, whileManchester United is reportedly prepared to sell several high-profile players this season.

Pogba's agent, Mino Raiola, says the 23-year-old doesn't want to leave Juventus, although he won't rule out a potential move this summer.

Scoring balance vital for Sporting KC's good form

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As the goal that sealed a 3-1 win and extended an unbeaten streak to five, Sporting KC center back Ike Opara's 51st minute goal sent a few important messages.

The first was that Opara was back, performing at the level Sporting KC knows he can, as Opara put in a strong defensive effort against MLS's leading scorer David Villa.

MLS Ticker: Whitecaps, Fagundez, Baah, and more

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A Canadian international has signed with MLS, while a Serie A club is reportedly interested in an MLS midfielder.

The Vancouver Whitecaps have signed Canadian international David Edgar. The defender most recently played for Birmingham City and hadspent his entire career in England prior to the move.

The Best of NASL Week 13: Albadawi, Carolina RailHawks, and more

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NASL action heated up in the second week of the Fall Season, with some unexpected scorelines and a few memorable goals.

After Minnesota United beat the Carolina RailHawks, 5-1, last weekend, those two sidesfound themselves in a new position on Saturday. United lost 1-0 to Indy Eleven, while the RailHawks earned their own heavy win, 4-1, over the Tampa BayRowdies.

The Best of MLS Week 18: Kevin Doyle, Sporting KC and more

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Week 18 of the MLS season saw several fantastic performances, including Sporting KC's important home win against New York City FC, while FC Dallas its winning streak with a spectacular overhead finish.

Meanwhile, the Colorado Rapids earned an impressive result of their own thanks to a late stoppage time equalizer on the road.

Timbers use strong defensive effort to grab road result vs. Red Bulls

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HARRISON, N.J. Hardly pretty, but effective enough to get a result away from home during the dog days of summer.

The Portland Timbers went on the road and picked up a point against the New York Red Bulls on Sunday, playing the Eastern Conference club to a scoreless draw inside of Red Bull Arena.

Red Bulls attack continues struggles following international break

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The New York Red Bulls have been up and down in 2016, and unfortunately for head coach Jesse Marsch and co., the team has certainly hit a lull following theinternational break.

Sunday's scoreless tie against the Portland Timbers displayed the team's attacking woes,which have been a concern throughout the season.

MLS Weekend Rewind: Week 18

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The Philadelphia Union, Sporting Kansas City and New England Revolution emerged as big winners over the weekend, while FC Dallas continued to roll out west. Here's acloser look at all of this past weekend's MLS action:

Sporting Kansas City took full advantage of NYCFC's defensive lapses in a 3-1 win.

Monday Kickoff: Pogba, England, Pelle and more

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One of Europe's most sought after stars may stay with his current club, while big names continue to be linked with the England job.

Paul Pogba's agent, Mino Raiola, says that the star midfielder could sign a new deal with Juventus, despite heavy transfer interest from Manchester United. (REPORT)

Sam Allardyce is set to interview for the position of England manager.

Red Bulls, Timbers settle for goal-less draw

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HARRISON, N.J.— The New York Red Bulls controlled much of Sunday's match against the Portland Timbers when it came down to possession, but neither team could finish their scoring chances at Red Bull Arena.

For the fourth consecutive match, the Red Bulls failed to capture a victory as Jesse Marsch and co.

Sporting KC exploits NYCFC defensive mistakes in win

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Ike Opara starred in a winning effort for Sporting KC on Sunday night at Children's Mercy Park, netting his first goal of the season for the home side.

Not only did Opara lock down MLS leading goalscorer David Villa in an entertaining one-on-one matchup, but he tapped in the goal that sealed a 3-1 win for Sporting KC.

Portugal wins Euro 2016 behind Eder's extra-time finish

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In a match where Cristiano Ronaldo was forced to exit due to injury and France dominated the majority of the game's chances, Eder proved to be the difference for Portugal in Sunday's final.

Portugal captured its first major tournament title at Euro 2016, knocking off hosts France, 1-0, in extra time.

Euro 2016 final: France vs. Portugal (Your Running Commentary)

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Fresh off an impressive win over Germany in the semifinals, hosts France look to hoist the European Championship for a third time on Sunday afternoon.

Les Bleuswill meet Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal at the Stade de France as the Portuguese seek their first major title in the nation's history.

Union turn in best performance of the season behind dynamic Ilsinho

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CHESTER, PA The Philadelphia Union produced a perfect response to losing first place in the Eastern Conference on Saturday at Talen Energy Stadium as they downed D.C. United 3-0.

Jim Curtin's men produced their best performance of the season in the eyes of the manager, who has raised the club's standards exponentially since the arrival of sporting director Earnie Stewart.

Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

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After Spain took home the crown four years ago, a new champion will be named on Sunday at the Euro 2016 final.

Host nation France and Portugal will meet for the title match at the European Championship, asLes Bleus seek their third Euro championship. Meanwhile, Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal look for their first major tournament trophy.

Villa, Giovinco headline 2016 MLS All-Star Fan XI

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The MLS All-Stars will feature a high-profile group when they take on Premier League side Arsenal on July 28.

The league announced on Saturday the 11 starters that will take the field against the Gunners at Avaya Stadium in San Jose, California, including New York City FC striker David Villa and Toronto FC's Sebastian Giovinco.

Union dominate D.C. United to halt losing slide

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The Philadelphia Union took advantage of the dead ball opportunities presented to them by D.C. United to win an Eastern Conference clash, 3-0, on Saturday at Talen Energy Stadium.

Ilsinho netted his first two goals in a Union shirt on a penalty and off a free kick, while Roland Alberg continued his hot streak in front of the net by scoring from the spot.

TFC rides early Morrow goal to win against Fire

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Despite numerous injuries that have plagued Toronto FC throughout 2016, Greg Vanney's side managed a complete performance against the last-place Chicago Fire on Saturday night at BMO Field.

TFCbroke the deadlock after nine minutes when Justin Morrow scored his second goal of the season, giving the home side a 1-0 win over the Fire.

Kamara scores against Crew in Revolution win

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New England Revolution forward Kei Kamara was itching to score against the team that jettisoned him in May coming off of an MVP finalist season in 2015.

After working hard and coming up empty all game, Kamara pounced in the 71st minute when Revs teammate Teal Bunbury went down in the box and the Columbus Crew defense gave up on the play, allowing their former teammate to swoop in and cap off a 3-1 Revolution home win.

Movsisyan rescues tie for RSL against Impact

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It didn't look promising for Real Salt Lake, however, the home side managed a tie against a tricky Eastern Conference opponent on Saturday night.

RSL captured a 1-1 tie against the Impact at Rio Tinto Stadium after Yuri Movsisyan netted his seventh goal of the season deep into the second half.

Sjoberg's late header helps Rapids tie Whitecaps

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The Colorado Rapids seemed dead in the water after a late penalty kick gave the Vancouver Whitecaps a lead, but Axel Sjoberg had his say deep into second-half stoppage time.

The Rapidspulled out a 2-2 tie against the Whitecapsat BC PlacefollowingSjoberg's 95th minute equalizer. Kevin Doyle, who got the Rapids on the board earlier in the second half, played provider with time winding down.

Robbie Keane does it again as Galaxy top Sounders

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SEATTLE Some things never change. Robbie Keane takes the field against the Seattle Sounders and scores. The calendar turns to July, and Bruce Arena's LA Galaxy start racking up wins. The Sounders get shut out.

Keane provided all the scoring the Galaxy needed on Saturday afternoon in just the 15th minute,beating defender Joevin Jones to a short cross from a softly-marked Gyasi Zardes and poking a shot off the crossbar and past goalkeeper Stefan Frei.

Reports: Klinsmann in discussions with FA over England vacancy

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It seemed unlikely when reports recently surfaced linking U.S. Men's National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann to England's vacant coaching position. However, the German could now be a candidate for the job after all.

Germany general manager Oliver Bierhoff is making claimsthat Klinsmann is in discussions with England's Football Association over the job left open by outgoing coach Roy Hodgson.

Orlando City, Dynamo play to scoreless tie

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With both teams coming into Friday night's clash needing a positive result to get back into the playoff picture, Orlando City SC and the Houston Dynamo shared the points as they played to a 0-0 draw at Camping World Stadium.

Both sides struggled to find their groove in the attack during the opening 45 minutes, with Alex boasting the biggest chance for either side in the 21st minute.

Urruti's golazo powers FC Dallas past Earthquakes

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A moment of brilliance from FC Dallas' Maxi Urruti ended the San Jose Earthquakes' perfect run at home on Friday night.

FC Dallas stretched its lead atop the Western Conference to four points by way of their 1-0 victory at Avaya Stadium.

Urruti opened the scoring in fantastic fashion in the 51st minute as he used a superb combination of concentration and technique to flip a bicycle kick goal into the left side of the net from close range.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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The U.S. Women's National Team will continue their preparation for this summer's Olympic Games in Rio, while a packed slate of MLS and NASL matches headline the evening.

Jill Ellis and the USWNT will take on South Africa on Saturday afternoon, as both teams prepare for next month's tournament.

Chivas coach says Zendejas won't play for USMNT

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After recently joining Liga MX side Chivas Guadalajara, midfielder Alex Zendejas' time with the U.S. could be over at the international level.

Chivas head coachMatias Almeyda has stated that the 18-year-old will not play for the U.S. Men's National Team while he isat the Mexican side.

NASL Fall Season Week 2: A Look Ahead

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After a majority of the results from last week in NASL were drab 1-1 draws, the league looks to offer some more interesting match-ups in week two.

Miami FC will get a chance to impress at home with a number of new players against the New York Cosmos. Alessandro Nesta's team was extremely poor in the Spring, but have assembled a completely new midfield in hopes to make an impact this Fall.

Rapids attack needs Gashi and co. to break out

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The old NFL saying goes: defense wins championships. Based on the play out of the Colorado Rapids and their backline over the first half of the MLS season, that statement isn't too far-fetched.

Very few expected Pablo Mastroeni's side to be in their current position with the 2016 season hitting the halfway point, however, the Rapids have utilized intelligent offseason moves and built around the team's strong defensive unit.

This Weekend's Soccer on TV

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The champion of Europe will be decided this Sunday when Euro 2016 hosts France meet Portugal.

‎A Seleçãoearned the spot after a 2-0 win over Wales on Wednesday, while France earned the same result over Germany on Thursday thanks to a brace from the tournament's top goalscorer Antoine Griezmann.

Friday Kickoff: Klopp, Bielsa, Valdes and more

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After a strong first season in charge at Liverpool. the club's esteemed coach is set for a long tenurein England, while an interesting twist has Lazio searching for a new coach.

Jurgen Klopp has signed a long-term extension with Liverpool after guiding the Reds to the Europa League final during the 2015/16 season.

MLS Week 18: A Look Ahead

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After a busy holiday, MLS returns with yet another full slate as all 20 teams take the field over the weekend.

Headlining the weekend's action is a clash between two traditional powers as the LA Galaxy pay a visit to the Seattle Sounders.

France reaches Euro final behind Griezmann brace

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Les Bleusweren't the most convincing side when Euro 2016 kicked off in June, however, France has consistently improved with every match, and will now have a chance to earn its third European Championship.

Antoine Griezmann's brace gave France a 2-0 win against Germany on Thursday afternoon.

Reports: Red Bulls deal Lloyd Sam to D.C. United

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New York Red Bulls head coach Jesse Marsch recently said that his side would be active during the summer transfer window, actively pursuing a player that could assist striker Bradley Wright-Phillips up front.

It seems as though the Red Bulls have taken their first step in that process, with the team reportedly shipping midfielder Lloyd Sam to Eastern Conference rivals D.

Orlando City reaches turning point with Heath dismissal

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In truth, it was probably coming. Given everything the club had been facing, both on the field and off of it, Adrian Heath seemed to be a dead man walking even prior to Wednesday night's dismissal.

After six seasons, Heath's time in Orlando is over.

MLS Ticker: Mancosu, Drogba, Kaka and more

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The Montreal Impact brought in a reinforcement at striker on Thursday, while the team could be missing Didier Drogba for longer than expected.

The Impact announced the signing of Italian attacker Matteo Mancosu on loan from Serie A side Bologna. The 31-year-old spent the second half of last season with Carpi on loan.

SBI MLS Power Rankings: Week 18

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The MLS season is just about halfway over, and several teams have made major statements recently to legitimize their candidacy as MLS Cup contenders.

Leading the pack is FC Dallas, which thumped Orlando City, 4-0, last time out, prompting the dismissal of Lions head coach Adrian Heath.

Hosts France meet Germany for place in Euro final

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Two traditional powerhouses will look to book a place in the Euro 2016 final on Thursday, as France takes on Germany in Marseille.

Coming into their semifinals clash, France has noticeably improved throughout the tournament, including in Les Bleus most recent 5-2 win against Iceland in the previous round.

Must-See Goal: Mark Weir

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Alberg comfortably adjusting in first year with Union

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The transition from Europe to Major League Soccer can be an arduous one for many players.

Some players don't pan out at their respective clubs, or in the case of the Philadelphia Union's Roland Alberg, it takes a while to make an impact on the squad.

Thursday Kickoff: Nainggolan, Messi, Payet and more

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One of Euro 2016's biggest stars says he will not change clubs, while Lionel Messi's tax case took another turn on Thursday.

Belgian star Radja Nainggolan insists he will not leave Roma despite reports linking him with Chelsea. (REPORT)

Lionel Messi's lawyers say they will appeal the forward's conviction for tax fraud, even if Messi will not serve jail time for the conviction.

Orlando City fires head coach Adrian Heath

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After nearly eights in charge at Orlando City SC, head coach Adrian Heathhas been firedby the club.

The decision came on Wednesday night, after Orlando City began the 2016 season with a 4-4-8 record and 20 points through the team's opening 16 matches.

Red Bulls down Club America in friendly

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Following the team's loss against New York City FC, the New York Red Bulls opted to start a younger group on Wednesday night against Liga MX side Club America.

The Red Bulls came away with a 2-0 victory over Club America, with the home side gaining the lead after just three minutes.

Shaun Wright-Phillips gave the Red Bulls the early advantage after finishing a spectacular overhead effort from close range.

Lampard sends NYCFC past Revolution for fourth straight win

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It wasn't the prettiest goal of his career, but Frank Lampard gave Eastern Conference leaders New York City FC to its fourth straight win on Wednesday night at Gillette Stadium.

Andrea Pirlo chipped the ball in to Tommy McNamara right of goal in the 58th minute, and he sent a hard pass off Lampard's knee and in past two defenders and goalie Bobby Shuttleworth to make the difference in a 1-0 win over the New England Revolution.

MLS Ticker: Atlanta Unitedm, Dynamo and more

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Atlanta United's roster continues to grow, while the Dynamo saw two players depart.

Atlanta United has signed veteran midfielder Chris McCann from Wigan Athletic. The 28-year-old will go out on loan until the team officially begins MLS play in 2017. (REPORT)

The Houston Dynamo have agreed to terminate David Rocha's contract, while on-loan midfielder Leonel Miranda will not return after his deal expired on June 30.

Ronaldo, Portugal top Wales to reach Euro 2016 final

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Portugal's run through Euro 2016 hasn't always been pretty, but Wednesday's semifinal performance against Wales proved their most decisive effort of the tournament.

It took the Portuguese stars time to find their rhythm, but Cristiano Ronaldo and Nani led the way with a pair of second half finishes in a 2-0 defeat of Wales.

Russell Canouse loaned out to 2.Bundesliga side VfL Bochum

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After making just one appearance for Hoffenheim last season, U.S. international Russell Canouse is on the move.

The 21-year-old midfielder is set to go out on loan to 2.Bundesliga side VfL Bochum for two years. Canouse's latest loan contract is set to expire in June 2018.

"I'm happy that the move to VfL has finally worked," Canouse said.

Players that need to step up as MLS begins second half

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Several twists and turns have made for a dramatic opening half of the MLS season, including teams like the Colorado Rapids and New York City FC finding great success.

Striker David Villa has been on a rampage through 18 matches, netting 12 goals for NYCFC and giving the Bronx side the outright lead in the Eastern Conference.

Report: Terrence Boyd set for RB Leipzig return

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After a terrible string of luck in the injury department, it appears U.S. Men's National Team forward Terrence Boyd is ready to get back out on the field.

Boyd has reportedly been training withAnja Strobel, a founding member at club team RB Leipzig, as he prepares to return to full practice with the squad.

Onyewu in running for contract offer from Rangers

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Oguchi Onyewu's ongoing trial with Scottish club Rangers could be one that produces a contract offer.

Rangers assistant manager David Weir says there "is a chance" that Onyewu earns a contract with the Scottish powerhouse. The former U.S. Men's National Team defender has been training with the team in South Carolina, and could prove to be the club's answer at centerback, a position the teamis currently in the market for.

Wales, Portugal seek first European Championship final

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It's already been a dream for Wales, making the semifinals in the nation's first major competition since 1958, but Chris Coleman's men aren't done yet.

Standing in the team's way of their first European Championship final is Portugal, led by Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo. The two squads will battle to be the tournament's first finalist on Wednesday afternoon at theParc Olympique Lyonnais.

East leaders NYCFC visit Revs for midweek clash

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New York City FC's victory over the New York Red Bulls catapulted the second-year club to the top of the Eastern Conference. Now, the task is to stay there, and it begins on Wednesday against a perennial conference contender.

The New England Revolution host NYCFC on Wednesday night in the second clash of the season between the two sides following March's 1-1 draw.

Messi given 21-month prison sentence, unlikely to serve time

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Lionel Messi has been given a hefty punishment for tax fraud, but it remains unlikely that the Barcelona star will serve any time behind bars.

Messi and his father, Jorge, wereconvicted of tax fraud on Wednesday. The twowere eachgivena 21-month prison sentence, but Spanish law states that any sentence under two years can be suspended under Spanish law, making Messi unlikely to serve time in jail.

Wednesday Kickoff: Morata, Arsenal and more

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Everton could be losing several of the team's biggest stars in the coming weeks, as talks with two of their players are heating up, while an Italian goalscorer is returning to his former Spanish club.

Alvaro Morata has officially completed a move back to Real Madrid after spending the last two seasons with Juventus.

Sounders cruise past West Ham in friendly

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Seattle The match arrived at an inopportune time and was mostly played like a glorified training kickabout, but the Seattle Sounders will take any result these days. And a result is what they got on Tuesday night, besting West Ham United of the English Premier League 3-0 in an international friendly at CenturyLink Field.

Gerardo Martino resigns following 'serious problems' with Argentina

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While Lionel Messi has made headlines recently over his sudden retirement from international soccer, Argentina head coach Gerardo Martino is reportedly following the star attacker's lead.

The Argentine Football Association released a statement on Tuesday revealing Martino's decision.

"The national team's technical staff have decided to hand in their resignation on this day [Tuesday].

MLS Ticker: Guardado, D.C. United, Impact and more

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While one MLS team is set to face one of Serie A's biggest clubs next month,a Mexican international continues to be linked to a move to the United States.

Andres Guardado has said he is flattered to have his name thrown into the MLS mix, amid reports that the Mexico midfielder has an offer from Atlanta United FC.

SBI Question of the Day: What's your reaction to De Jong red card?

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By now MLS is well aware of Nigel de Jong, specifically his physical and sometimes violent temperament on the field.The veteran Dutch midfielder made headlines once again on Monday night, earning himself a straight red card for a late challenge on Vancouver Whitecaps attacker Blas Perez.

The Best of NASL Week 12: Ramirez, Minnesota United and more

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The NASL returned to action over the weekend, and no one impressed more than Christian Ramirez and Minnesota United.

A 5-1 victory over the Carolina RailHawks ensured the Loons domination over this week's NASL awards, while the Jacksonville Armada saw a new goalkeeper step up to earn recognition.

The Best of MLS Week 17: Mauro Diaz, NYCFC and more

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The 17th week of the MLS season had plenty of drama, and action, from the latest installment of the New York derby, to Tim Howard's return to the league and Robbie Keane's return to the scoring list.

It was a heck of a week for rookies, with several playing key roles in important results, and it was a big week for FC Dallas, which climbed back to the top of the MLS standings with a resounding victory.

Is Gonzalo Veron threatening to become a DP bust?

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NEW YORK Legs were heavy. Tanks had less fuel than usual.

The New York Red Bulls were already feeling tired before Sunday's game was well under way, the result of having had such a loaded schedule in recent weeks. A rotation of some players was always going to be in the cards, especially for those who had not seen much time in the previous matches.

MLS Weekend Rewind: Week 17

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New York City FC picked up a massive win against rivals New York Red Bulls on Sunday, while FC Dallas moved atop the Western Conference after a dominating win over Orlando City. Here's a closer look at all of this past weekend's MLS action:

John Goossens netted his first MLS goal in the Chicago Fire's 1-0 win against the San Jose Earthquakes on Friday night.

U.S. U-20s complete perfect run to claim NTC Invitational title

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After cruising through their first two matches of theNTC Invitational, the U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team faced their first bit of adversity during Sunday's de-facto final against Japan. However, acomeback win saw them handle that adversity while claiming a trophy.

The U.S. toppled Japan, 2-1, in Sunday's match to seal the championship of the NTC Invitational and a perfect three-game run through the tournament.

Tuesday Kickoff: Del Bosque, AC Milan, Ronaldo and more

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An important figure in Spain's brilliance over recent years has announced he'll step down from coaching, while AC Milan is ready to change hands from the top down.

Vicente del Bosque will end his eight-year tenure as the Spanish national team head coach at the end of July before taking on a new role within the Royal Spanish Football Federation.

FC Dallas thrashes Orlando City behind pair of early goals

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When on their game, FC Dallas remains one of MLS' most dynamic teams, and Monday night's performance served as yet another example of their attacking abilities.

A pair of early goals headlined a dominant FC Dallas performance on Monday night in what ended as a 4-0 trouncing of Orlando City at Toyota Stadium.

Rapids, Timbers play to scoreless tie in Howard debut

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Three pointswasn't the final outcome for the Colorado Rapids in Tim Howard's debut, but the team did manage to extend their unbeaten streak to 12 games on Monday night.

The Rapids played to a 0-0 tie against the Portland Timbers at Dick's Sporting Goods Park, bringingPablo Mastroeni and co.

Galaxy overcome de Jong dismissal to top Whitecaps

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The LA Galaxy entered Monday's clash with the Vancouver Whitecaps winless in their last seven matches. The performances of the club's biggest names ushered them back into the win column, even as one of them saw redfor another dangerous foul

Robbie Keane provided the opening goal while Steven Gerrard added a pair of assists to lead the Galaxy to a 2-0 victory over the Whitecaps on Tuesday at the StubHub Center.

Happy 4th of July from the team at SBI Soccer

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It is the Fourth of July, the day to celebrate our country's independence, as well as to enjoy a holiday.

As many of you enjoy your trips to the beach, the park and the grill, tonight will offer a good slate of MLS matches to help satisfy those of you with soccer cravings after what has been an incredible summer of soccer so far.

Harrison shows poise and maturity beyond his years with NYCFC

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NEW YORK —It took the brilliance ofa 19-year-old rookie for New York City FC to best the New York Red Bulls for the first time in club history, but what Jack Harrison was able to do on Sunday was a surprise to anybody buthis own team.

"'Rookie' doesn't mean anything for me," NYCFC head coach Patrick Vieira said.

Red Bulls;;

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NEW YORK The New York Red Bulls were forced to look in the mirror on Sunday afternoon. What they saw was not pretty.

The Red Bulls wrapped up a four-game road tripthat included a U.S. Open Cup fixture by losing to New York City FC, 2-0, for the first time in the history of the series.

Harrison leads NYCFC to first victory over Red Bulls

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NEW YORK — It took five tries, but New York City FC finally got one over its local rival New York Red Bulls.

Led by Jack Harrison's goal and assist, NYCFC defeated the Red Bulls for the first time since joining MLS last season with a 2-0 win on Sunday in front of 33,613 at Yankee Stadium.

MLS Players Union calls youth compensation lawsuit 'baseless'

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A unique scenario has unfolded, as three United States youth clubs filed a class action lawsuit on Friday against the MLS Players Union, as well as three current and former MLS players.

As reported byVice Sports, the Players Union, Clint Dempsey, DeAndre Yedlin and Michael Bradley are all involved in the lawsuit, which was initiated by youth clubs the Dallas Texans,Crossfire Premiere andSockers FC.

Maidana's last-minute winner lifts Dynamo past Union

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As the final minute of stoppage time ticked off the clock in a 0-0 match, Cristian Maidana stood 20 yards from goal with a chance to vanquish his former team and deliver his current club a sorely-needed victory.

The Colombian playmaker did just that, perfectly placing a free kick into the far top corner, past Andre Blake, to help the Houston Dynamo earn a 1-0 victory at BBCA Compass Stadium on Saturday night.

Jordan Morris' latest goal gives Sounders road draw against TFC

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Although there was nothing to separate Toronto FC and the Seattle Sounders on Saturday night, the teams did each provide a moment of brilliance less than a minute apart.

TFC held the Sounders to a 1-1 draw at BMO Field, after the home side's lead at the hour mark was quickly erased within seconds.

Impact overcomes first-half deficit to beat Revolution

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An unexpected hero powered the Montreal Impact back from a two-goal deficit to defeat the New England Revolution on Saturday.

Rookie Michael Salazar bagged a brace in the first start of his career to equalize the match before Ignacio Piatti's penalty handed the Impact a 3-2 victory at Stade Saputo.

Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

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While two more MLS matches set to take place in the afternoon, afourth semifinalist will be named at Euro 2016.

France will meettournament underdogs Iceland from the right to face Germany in the next round. Coming off of a thrilling 2-1 win against England in the Round of 16, Iceland looks to replicate its upset against the hosts.

Germany outlasts Italy on penalties to reach Euro semifinals

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With two of the best defenses in the tournament facing off on Saturday, chances were at a minimumuntil the second half opened up for Italy and Germany.

After the teams couldn't be separated in regulation and after extra time, Germany defeated Italyin a shootout, 1-1 (6-5 on penalty kicks), in Bordeaux.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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A flurry of action in the United States takes center stage on Saturday, while Euro 2016 will name a third semifinalist.

Germany and Italy will look to book a ticket to the Euro 2016 semifinals on Saturday, with either France or Iceland looming. The two sides have only conceded one combined goal entering their quarterfinals clash.

MLS Ticker: Diego, Gomez, Serna and more

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A pair of high profile veterans could be on the move to MLS, while a key injury in the Colorado Rapids midfield will force Pablo Mastroeni and co. to adapt.

Brazilian midfielder Diego is reportedly exploring moves to North America, including four MLS teams said to be interested in the 31-year-old.

Fire capture third win against Earthquakes

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BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. – It took the better part of the first half, but something seemed to click for the Chicago Fire's offense on Friday night against the San Jose Earthquakes.

The visiting Earthquakes controlled possession for theopening 20-plus minutes, but when they didn't make much of that possession, the Fire began to grow into the game.

Jeffrey's late equalizer earns D.C. draw with RSL

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D.C. United used a late equalizer from Jared Jeffrey to earn a point at Rio Tinto Stadium against Real Salt Lake on Friday night.

Jeffrey's header in the 92nd minute handed the Black and Red an unexpected draw on a night where only goalkeeper Bill Hamid shined for Ben Olsen's side.

John Goossens enjoying himself after first MLS goal

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BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. – When theChicago Fire signed John Goossensless than a week beforethe 2016 season opener,any fans who recognized the name likely only knew him from one highlight.

As a trialist in a preseason friendly, Goossens chest-trapped a ball and hammered home a looping volley from more than 25 yards out.

Wales upends Belgium to reach Euro 2016 semifinals

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No one will be mistaking Hal Robson-Kanu for Johan Cruyff, but the Welch forward's execution of the legend's famous turn led Wales to a historic upset of Belgium on Friday's Euro 2016 quarterfinal.

Robson-Kanu's late goal, setup by a Cruyff turn past a trio of defenders, proved the difference on Friday, as Wales toppled the highly-favored Belgians, 3-1, in Lille.

Landon Donovan announces ownership role with Swansea City

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Landon Donovan's post-soccer career has seen the former U.S. Men's National Team startake on the roles of everything from coach to broadcaster. Now, Donovan can add another role to his post-retirement resume: owner.

Donovan announced on Friday that he has officially joined Swansea City's ownership group.

NASL Fall Season Week 1: A Look Ahead

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After a midsummer break, the NASL is set to return with a new franchise and several new-look teams.

Expansion side Puerto Rico FC is set to play the club's inaugural game on Saturday asJuan Ramón Loubriel Stadium plays host to Spring champions Indy Eleven. While Puerto Rico FC may be the league's newest side, one of their expansion partners, Miami FC, was the side with the busiest summer.

Klinsmann reflects on USMNT Copa America run

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It's been nearly a week since the U.S. Men's National Team closed the door on the Copa America and, in that week, head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has taken the chance to look back at the highs and lows of what he sees as a positive tournament experience.

Bradley, Johnson set to miss six weeks due to injury

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Toronto FC's midfield was about to experience a major boost, but a pair of injuries have now robbed the Canadian club of two of its key pieces.

Michael Bradley and Will Johnson are each set to miss six weeks due to injury. Bradley recently rejoined the team after featuring at the Copa America Centenario, while Johnson is fresh off a late goal that secured TFC the Canadian Championship earlier this week.

Wales looks to seal quarterfinal upset against Belgium

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Belgium's golden generation make the Red Devils one of the favorites, but Gareth Bale and Wales stand in their path to the Euro 2016 semifinals.

Wales will look to continue their historic run through the Euros on Friday when they take on the Belgians in Lille. The two sides will battle for the right to take on Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal, who slipped past Poland in penalty kicks on Thursday.

MLS Week 17: A Look Ahead

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Rivalries are what have made MLS so exciting over recent years, and one of the league's youngest derbies will take shape for the fifth time on Sunday afternoon when New York City FC hosts the New York Red Bulls at Yankee Stadium.

While both clubs come into the clash sitting inside the top three in the Eastern Conference, NYCFC's brutal defeat earlier this season against the Red Bulls will give Patrick Vieira's group a lot to think about.

Friday Kickoff: Neymar, Giggs, Nolito and more

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Neymar extended his contract with Barcelona until 2021 on Friday. The Brazilian attacker has netted 85 goals in his three seasons with theBlaugrana. (REPORT)

Ryan Giggs will reportedly leave Manchester United in the coming days after failing to reach an agreement over a desired role with the club.