Soccer By Ives Archives for January 2016

College Soccer Weekend Preview: Syracuse-UNC and Clemson-Wake Forest headline packed slate

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Just one week after falling to then-SBI No. 4 Notre Dame, new No. 4 Syracuse faces another difficult challenge against No. 2 North Carolina to open the weekend slate on Friday night.

Another top-10 match-up will feature simultaneously on Friday as No. 7 Clemson welcome No. 6 Wake Forest. Two more top-25 matches also kick off at the same time, as No.

MLS Week 31: A Look Ahead

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With only three weeks left in the MLS regular season, the pressure is cranking up for a few teams on either side of the red line.

One of several marquee matcheson Saturday features FC Dallas hosting the LA Galaxy. These teams are separated by five points, but the Colorado Rapids have games in hand on both sides, adding more incentive to already heated matchup.

MLS Ticker: Updated salaries, D.C. United stadium, Rowe, and more

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MLS player salaries have been updated, while D.C. Unitedreceived mixed news regarding its new stadium.

The MLS Players Union has updated its salary list, which now includes Nicolas Lodeiro's infomation. (READ)

The District of Columbia will hand over the Buzzard Point land to D.

This Weekend's Soccer on TV

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The only two undefeated teams remaining in the English Premier League will square off in a top-of-the-table clash this weekend.

Tottenham, after picking up a 2-1 victory over Middlesbrough last weekend, has a chance to overtake Manchester City when it hosts Pep Guardiola's squad at White Hart Lane on Sunday.

European Weekend Preview: Man City-Tottenham, Roma-Inter and more

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It's another week that'll see all eyes on England in European football.

The clear headliner around the continent (plus the British Isles) is a top-two showdown in the Premier League between Tottenham and Manchester City. The only two unbeaten teams left in the EPL enter after midweek Champions League play, with Man City failing to winfor the first time under Pep Guardiola and Tottenham cruising to a victory.

Friday Kickoff: Ibrahimovic, England, Terry, and more

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A Manchester United star turned down a lucrative deal before joining the club, and the English FA has another national team coaching candidate on its radar.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic's agent Mino Raiola claims that the Swede turned down a massive offer from Chinabefore joining Manchester United.

College Soccer Midweek Rewind: Washington routs UCLA, Indiana rallies to top Butler in OT, and more

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The Washington Huskies sent a very clear message on Thursday night: they plan in being Pac-12 champions.

The Huskies, No. 25 in the latest SBI College Top 25, delivered a 4-0 beatdown of SBI No. 11 UCLA on Thursday night, with a pair of goals in the first four minutes setting the tone for the rout in their Pac-12 opener.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Preview

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It's another busy weekend for Americans Abroad as the schedule heads towards the international break.

Headlining the weekend is a Bundesliga clash between two U.S. Men's National Team regulars as Bobby Wood's Hamburg takes on John Brooks and Hertha Berlin. After several weeks away, Brooks is set to return to the Hertha Berlin squad after recovering from an injury.

Giovani dos Santos rejoins Mexican national team

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After an extended absence from the Mexican National Team, Gio dos Santos is back in the fold.

The LA Galaxy star joined several familiar faces brought in by head coach Juan Carlos Osorio after extended absences, with 'El Tri' set to play friendlies against Panama and New Zealand.

Who should the USMNT call-up for October friendlies?

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The Hexagonal looms large for the U.S. Men's National Team, making a pair of October friendliesvital for players looking to seal their spots on the next World Cup qualifying roster.

After qualifying for the Hex with a pair of lopsided wins over St.

Union looking to reward departing Barnetta with long playoff push

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When Tranquillo Barnetta leaves the Philadelphia Union at the end of the season, his presence will be missed in many aspects.

That is why Union boss Jim Curtin called the 31-year-old Swiss midfielder the best player in club history during his weekly press conference on Wednesday.

"Pedigree-wise what he brought to the locker room, what he brings to young players, his talent on the field, the best player to wear a Philadelphia Union jersey in my opinion," Curtin said.

Cameron Carter-Vickers signs new deal with Tottenham

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An up-and-coming American defender has signed a new deal with his club.

Tottenham announced on Thursday that 18-year-old defender Cameron Carter-Vickers has signed a new deal with the Premier League side until 2019.

Carter-Vickers made his first start for Spurs during their 5-0 win over Gillingham in the third round of the EFL Cup.

MLS Midweek Rewind: Week 31

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Four MLS matches were on Wednesday's schedule, and several of the results could have major implications on the playoff picture.

The Seattle Sounders jumped above the red line via a Chad Marshall header, defeating the Chicago Fire, 1-0. The win sees the Sounders equal the Timbers on points, but the former owns the tiebreaker for sixth-place while also possessing a game in hand.

CCL Rewind: FC Dallas slips up, Whitecaps win again

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FC Dallas' hopes of qualifying to the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals remain up in the air, but the Vancouver Whitecaps managed to secure a top-three seed on Wednesday night.

A rotated Dallas side had to settle for a 0-0 draw with Suchitepequez at home, keeping the Hoops tied with the Guatemalan side for the top spot in Group H on five points.

NASL Midweek Rewind: Cosmos topple RailHawks, Miami gets crucial win and more

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As the NASL playoff race began to heat up, so have some of the matches. In a midweek treat of four Wednesday night matches, Miami FC and the New York Cosmos got crucial victories, as the former remains the league leaders in both the Fall and Combined standings.

Americans Abroad: Wednesday Rewind

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The UEFA Champions League headlined Wednesday'saction, but it was DeAndre Yedlin that put on the most exhilarating performancein a late-game thriller.

Yedlin picked up an assist as Newcastle scored two stoppage time goals to slip past Norwich, 4-3, in English Championship action. With his side down a goal in the 95th minute, Yedlin swung a cross onto the head of Yoan Gouffron, who powered a header into the back of the net for an equalizing goal.

Thursday Kickoff: Neymar, Godin, Barnsley and more

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Two of South America's biggest stars are in the headlines for the wrong reasons.

Neymar sued a Brazilian courtfor leaking information relatedto his tax evasion case in his home country. (REPORT)

Diego Godin suffered a sprain of ankle ligaments in Wednesday's Champions League clash with Bayern Munich.

Impact pick up much-needed win over Earthquakes

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The Montreal Impact entered Wednesday's match in a major funk, but a pair of first half goals proved just enough to put an end to the team's cold streak while keeping their postseason push alive.

Ignacio Piatti and Dominic Oduro scored 10 minutes apart to get the Impactgoing, leading the way ina 3-1 win over the San Jose Earthquakes.

10-man Toronto FC draws with Orlando City to grab top spot in East

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It was a night of wasted opportunities as 10-man Toronto FC and Orlando City drew 0-0 at BMO Field on Wednesday night.

The scoreless draw wasn't due to a lack of trying for both sides, as they combined for 23 shots during the match. TFC was especially inaccurate, registering 15 attempts but only hit the target four times.

Second-half goals hand D.C. advantage in East playoff race

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D.C. United used a flurry of second-half strikes to move four points clear of the New England Revolution on Wednesday night at RFK Stadium.

Lloyd Sam, Lamar Neagle and Alvaro Saborio scored in the 3-0 win over the Columbus Crew that essentially knocked the Crew out of the Eastern Conference playoff race.

Chad Marshall header pushes Sounders above red line

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SEATTLE The Chicago Fire are like an old-fashioned cure-all: good for whatever ails you. They were certainly just what the doctor ordered for the Seattle Sounders on Wednesday night, as the hosts delivered a 1-0 win in front of 39,269 at CenturyLink Field despite not playing their best soccer.

Atlanta United confident Gerardo Martino can buck trend of high-profile foreign coaches in MLS

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Gerardo 'Tata' Martino does not know the troubled history of high-profile foreign coaches in MLS, but both he and Atlanta United arelooking for him to be the exception.

Atlanta United appointed Martino as its first head coach on Tuesday, making the veteran Argentine the person in charge of leading the fledgling club on the field during its upcoming expansion season in 2017.

SBI MLS Power Rankings (Week 30)

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In a week that only saw one of the league's top-rated teams suffer a loss, the real moving and shaking in the latest SBI MLS Power Rankings takes place on the lower end of the table.

The Columbus Crew are the big movers, coming off an impressive win against previously red-hot New England.

MLS Week 31: A Midweek Look Ahead

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Week 31 in Major League Soccer begins early as eight teams are in action on Wednesday.

The match with the most playoff implications is at RFK Stadium where D.C. United hosts the Columbus Crew. If Columbus beats D.C., then the Crew would be two points adrift of the final postseason berth in the Eastern Conference.

Soccer Wednesday: Your Running Commentary

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A rematch of last year's semifinal highlights the action in UEFA Champions League on Wednesday.

Atletico Madrid hosts Bayern Munich at the Vicente Calderon for the first time since Atleti knocked out the Bavarians in the semis last season. Other key matches includeManchester City and Celtic, along with Borussia Monchengladbach versusBarcelona.

Klinsmann says there is 'no truth' to England links

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The England national team's coaching job opened up once again on Tuesday, and Jurgen Klinsmann's name quickly became reconnected to a gig with the Three Lions. However, Klinsmann took to social media on Wednesday to shoot down any rumors of a U.S. Men's National team departure.

Klinsmann says there is "no truth" to any rumors linking the German-born head coach with the England gig.

Americans Abroad: Wednesday Preview

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The UEFA Champions League returns to action on Wednesday, and Fabian Johnson's Borussia Monchengladbach faces yet another matchup against one of the world's top teams.

Following a 4-0 thumping against Manchester City in their group stage opener, Borussia Monchengladbach now faces a match againstBarcelona in the second gameof their Champions League run.

Pulisic aims for higher level after 'incredible' experience of facing Real Madrid

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Down a goal late in Tuesday's clash with the reigning Champions League winners, Borussia Dortmund needed a spark. If there was any hope in sealing a point at home, the German club needed someone to make a play.

That someone was Christian Pulisic.

The young American went into Tuesday's Champions League group stage match and shined from the first minute.

Brooks set for return to new competition after missing time with injury

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John Brooks is set to return from injury, but his return to the lineup is far from guaranteed.

The U.S. Men's National Team defender returned to Hertha Berlin training on Tuesday after missing matches againstSchalke, Bayern Munich and Eintracht Frankfurt due to a groin injury. The centerback says his return comes "without any problems", according to Kicker.

CCL Rewind: Nagbe stunner keeps Timbers alive, Red Bulls advance

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The New York Red Bulls sealed their spot in the CONCACAF Champions League knockout round, but it was a Portland Timbers star that stole the show in Tuesday night's action.

Darlington Nagbe scored a stoppage time free kick to seal a Timbers win over El Salvador's CD Dragon, keeping the reigning MLS Cup champions alive as the group stage heads towards a close.

Wednesday Kickoff: Allardyce, Tevez, Vardy and more

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Sam Allardyce's England reign has ended before it could get started, while one of the game's top strikers could be inching towards retirement.

After just one game in charge, Sam Allardyce has left his job as England manager by mutual consent after being filmed discussing how to circumvent rules on third-party ownership.

With Clint Dempsey sidelined, Sounders face a less certain future

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TUKWILA, Wash — Written off by some mere weeks ago, the Seattle Sounders have worked themselves back into the thick of the Western Conference playoff race. But if the Sounders are to qualify for the playoffs for the eighth time in eight seasons, they will have to do so without Clint Dempsey.

CCL Preview: Red Bulls and FC Dallas look to join Whitecaps in quarterfinals

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The New York Red Bulls and FC Dallas are both teams in the thick of the MLS Supporters' Shield race, but they each have another task in focus this week: securing a place in the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals.

The Red Bulls need just a draw against Salvadoran side Alianza on the road on Tuesday night to secure their place in the knockout rounds, and to extend an MLS-best 16-match unbeaten streak in all competitions.

Americans Abroad: Tuesday Rewind

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Add Real Madrid to the list of teams to fall victim to the play of Christian Pulisic.

After entering in the 72nd minute, Pulisic made an immediate impact, and would havescored a goalif not for a Keylor Navas save. With his team down, 2-1, Pulisic set up Dortmund's equalizer, as his cross was blocked away towards Andre Schurrle, who rocketed home a shot to earn Dortmund a 2-2 tie.

College Soccer Midweek Preview: UCLA faces Washington, Creighton takes on Loyola, and more

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After suffer a shock upset over the weekend, No. 11 UCLA has a chance at redemption midweek against a ranked foe.

UCLA fell to San Francisco in one of the surprises of the weekend, but the Bruins will have a chance to right the ship against No. 25 Washington on Thursday evening. The Huskies will provide quite a test, though, as they enter the weekend ridinga three-match win streak.

Clint Dempsey out for rest of season due to irregular heartbeat

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Clint Dempsey's 2016 season has come to an end.

The Seattle Sounders announced on Tuesday that Dempsey will not return this season after being diagnosed with an irregular heartbeat last month. The forward last played on August 25 and was cleared to return to practice on Sept.

A closer look at FIFA 17's USMNT, USWNT, MLS ratings

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The games are officially underway, and so too are the discussions and debates about player ratings.

FIFA 17 officially hit the shelves in stores in the United States on Tuesday, andgamers took some time, as they do each year, to check out the overall ratings that some of their favorite American players and MLS clubs have earned in the latest installment of EA Sports' hit video game series.

Soccer Tuesday: Your Running Commentary

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In a clash of European titans, Borussia Dortmund looks to continue the team's recent hot streak against the reigning champions in UEFA Champions League action.

The German powerhouse has won their last four games by a combined 20-2 scoreline, cruising past opponents in both league and European competition.

SBI College Soccer Top 25: September 27th Edition

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There's a new team atop the SBI College Soccer Top 25 following one of the season's most exciting games..

Following Syracuse's midweek loss to Notre Dame, Maryland has reclaimed the top spot thanks to a 2-0 victory over Michigan State. The Notre Damewin, which came on a last-gasp goal fromforwardJon Gallagher with just 18 seconds left, propels the Fighting Irish up to third in the rankings, leaving them in between a pair of fellow ACC contenders in North Carolina and Syracuse.

Americans Abroad: Tuesday Preview

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The UEFA Champions League returns on Tuesday, and Christian Pulisic's Borussia Dortmund faces its toughest test yet.

After thumping Legia Warsaw, 6-0, in their Champions League opener, Borussia Dortmund returns to action on Tuesday against the reigning champions, Real Madrid. Pulisic provided an assist in the team's lopsided opening-match win, and could be in line for another appearance after earning the nod as a substitute over the weekend.

Atlanta United hires Gerardo 'Tata' Martino as first head coach

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Following weeks of reports, Atlanta United finally got their man.

Atlanta United announced on Tuesday that the club has hired former Barcelona and Argentina manager Gerardo 'Tata' Martino as the club's first head coach. Martino most recently took charge ofLa Albicelesteat this past summer's Copa American before resigning following Argentina's penalty kick loss to Chile in the tournament finale.

Report: Swansea City chairman meets with Bob Bradley amid rumors of looming coaching change

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Bob Bradley's Le Havre is currently battling for promotion to Ligue 1, but the former U.S. Men's National Team coach is now being linked with a move to the English Premier League.

BBC Wales reported on Tuesday that Bradley met with Swansea City chairmanHuw Jenkins as pressure continues to mount on incumbent managerFrancesco Guidolin.

NYCFC seals playoff berth under Vieira's guidance

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NEW YORK — Patrick Vieira tried his best to shy away from it, but everyone else at Yankee Stadium on Friday night knew what his squad's latest win meant.

That New York City FC, in just its second season in MLS, will qualify for the postseason.

Tuesday Kickoff: Allardyce, Kane, Hummels and more

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The manager of England is in some hot water, while one of the nation's best strikers received a bit of good news.

England manager Sam Allardyce was filmed telling undercover journalists ways to circumvent rules regarding third-party ownership. Allardyce was also filmed being highly critical of Roy Hodgson and Gary Neville, while alsonegotiating a deal worth £400,000 to consult on how to work around transfer rules.

Much-anticipated FIFA 17 goes on sale in the U.S. and North America

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The September circle that many soccergamers have marked on their calendars can now be covered over with a big 'X'.

EA Sports' released FIFA 17 in the United States and the rest of North America on Tuesday, giving users in that part of the world the latest installment of the company's hit video game series.

College Soccer Weekend Rewind: Notre Dame tops Syracuse, Cal Poly stuns UCLA, and more

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Friday's clash between No. 4 Notre Dame and No. 1 Syracuse was billed as a clash of two of the nation's best, and it certainly lived up to the hype.

Tied at 1-1 with just 18 seconds left, Fighting Irish forwardJon Gallagher unleashed a left-footed shot into the upper corner, sealing a 2-1 win for the hosts.

Report: Don Garber to visit, hold public event in Cincinnati

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After what has already been a successful season for new USL club FC Cincinnati, MLS commissioner Don Garber seems to be showing some interest in the city as an MLS market.

Garber will visit Cincinnati Nov. 29 to speak at a public event, the Cincinnati Enquirer reported Monday afternoon.

Morris earns praise of Donovan following yet another standout performance

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Jordan Morris had crossed paths with Landon Donovan before. As a member of MLS Homegrown roster this summer, Morris played under a man he idolized growing up, and a manthat, fairly or unfairly, he's been compared to since breaking onto the scene as a Stanford student.

The Best of MLS Week 30: Manotas, Morris, Bedoya and more

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PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Several of MLS' stars shined over the weekend, but it was an up-and-coming forward that sealed SBI MLS Player of the Week honors. Mauro Manotas bagged a hat-trick for the Houston Dynamo on Saturday, leading the way in a 3-1 win over the Portland Timbers.

MLS Weekend Rewind: Week 30

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A U.S. Men's National Team forward kept his team's playoff hopes alive, while several teams locked up postseason berths of their own with statement wins.

Jordan Morris led a Seattle Sounders push in a 4-2 win over the LA Galaxy. (READ)

A brace from Ola Kamara led the Columbus Crew past the New England Revolution.

NASL Rewind: Indy cruises past Cosmos, Rowdies top Strikers, and more

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A busy but short NASL weekend was headlined by Indy Elevanreinserting itself in the playoff race with a huge victoryat home against the New York Cosmos.

Elsewhere, both South Florida sides endureddifficult results while the Ottawa Fury snatched a victory against Minnesota United late in the match for a second week in a row.

Americans Abroad: Sunday Rewind

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Sunday wasn't the busiest day, but it was a fairly productive one for several members of the group of Americans Abroad.

Liga MX action headlined the day, as William Yarbrough played all 90 minutes yet again in Leon's 1-1 tie with Toluca. Michael Orozco and Jorge Villafana joined the goalkeeper in the 90 minute club, while Paul Arriola entered off the bench in Tijuana's 2-1 victory over Santos Laguna.

Monday Kickoff: FIFA, De Bruyne, Aubameyang, and more

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A pair of stars are set to miss time due to injury, while FIFA faces heavy criticism yet again after disbanding a task force targeting racism.

FIFA has disbanded the organization's anti-racism task force in Russia after stating that the unit's mandate has been "fully fulfilled". (REPORT)

Manchester City midfielder Kevin de Bruyne is set to miss four weeks due to a torn muscle.

Ola Kamara brace guides Crew past Revs to keep playoff hopes alive

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Thereare still signs of life in the Columbus Crew after they defeated the New England Revolution, 2-0, at MAPFRE Stadium on Sunday night.

Ola Kamara scored both goals in the 42nd and 83rd minute to clinch the victory for the hosts. The Crew have now won two straight matches and are justfive points away from a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference with a game in hand.

European Weekend Rewind: Arsenal and Man United romp, Bayern wins late, and more

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Big clashes in Englandthis weekend made for some truly eye catching scorelines. Chelsea wasthumped by city rival Arsenal, while champions Leicester City receiveda rude awakeningat Old Trafford. West Ham continued their torrid run to the season, while City's Guardiola stayed perfect.

The top clubs in Italy and Germanyscored victories, though hard-earned ones.

Jordan Morris leads second-half surge as Sounders topple Galaxy

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Carson, Calif. The surging Seattle Sounders found some grit in the second half and shoved the LA Galaxy aside to collect a much-needed 4-2 win in brutally hot conditions before an announced crowd of 25,819 at the StubHub Center on Sunday.

Jordan Morris fought past LA Galaxy defender Daniel Steres in the 62nd minute, then punched the ball past Galaxy goalkeeper Brian Rowe to give the Sounders the go-ahead goal.

Royer goal extends Red Bulls run with win over Impact

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It took a gritty second-half effort, but the New York Red Bulls kept their 13-match unbeaten run intact on Saturday night courtesy of one of the team's summer signings.

The Red Bulls earned a 1-0 win over the Montreal Impact at Red Bull Arena after Daniel Royer netted his first goal for the hosts with a half hour remaining.

Mullins shines yet again to lead D.C. United to vital win over Orlando City

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Both D.C. United and Orlando City entered the weekend in the thick of the Eastern Conference race, but only one of the postseason contenders looked like a playoff team on Saturday night.

A pair of Patrick Mullins goals sandwiched a finish from Lloyd Sam, as D.

10-man Whitecaps score late to earn draw with Rapids

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A last-second header goal from Erik Hurtado salvaged what was nearly a devastating loss for the Vancouver Whitecaps. Instead, the Whitecaps jumped back for the home draw and a point.

Hurtado's goal drew the Whitecaps a pointin a tight affair in Vancouver, as the Whitecaps drew the Colorado Rapids, 3-3.

Dynamo play spoiler again with win over Timbers

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The Houston Dynamo may not be in the playoff race, but they're doing their best to influence it.

After earning four points against Real Salt Lake and Sporting KC in their prior two matches, the Dynamo robbed a contender of points yet again on Saturday in a 3-1 win overthe Portland Timbers.

RSL scoring woes continue in tie with FC Dallas

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Real Salt Lake's attack has gone cold at the worst possible time.

For the third straight match, RSL was held scoreless as the Western Conference contender settled for a 0-0 draw with league-leaders FC Dallas at Rio Tinto Stadium. With the draw, FC Dallas maintains a five-point cushion atop the conference while RSL sits eight points back in fourth place.

Sporting KC steals three points in away win over Earthquakes

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A long-awaited win on the road boosted Sporting KC in the playoff hunt Saturday night in San Jose.

A late corner kick goal from Kevin Ellis proved to bethe winner in the 2-1 win for Sporting KC. A dragged-out, physical match eventually paid off for a Sporting KC team that created few clear-cut chances.

Video: Didier Drogba gets into altercation with Red Bulls fans

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EMBARRASING from Didier Drogba and a pair of #RBNY fans who need to be restrained from each other by security pic.twitter.com/hYtByeTAKN

- Matthew Klimberg (@KlimbergCalcio) September 25, 2016


Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

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After seeing their crosstown rivals drop points on Saturday, Atletico Madrid will look to leap back into the La Liga race on Sunday morning.

The Spanish powerhouse headlines Sunday's action in a clash with Deportivo La Coruna. Entering Sunday's match, Atletico sits on nine points, five back of league-leaders Real Madrid with a game in hand.

Americans Abroad: Saturday Rewind

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A pair of Americans Abroad created goals in England, while one winger completed a long-awaited return to the starting lineup on Saturday.

Duane Holmes was the lone American to score a goal on Saturday, firing the second of two goals as Scunthorpe tied Sheffield Wednesday, 2-2. In the Championship, DeAndre Yedlin did his part in forcing a goal of his own, as his cross was deflected in for an own goal in a 1-1 draw with Aston Villa.

Morrow finish cancels Bedoya opener as Union tie TFC

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Toronto FC had a chance at booking their postseason spot on Saturday night, but the Canadian club failed to take things into their own hands in a clash with a fellow playoff contender.

Justin Morrow canceled out an Alejandro Bedoya opener, but it was not enough to earn TFC more than one point in a 1-1 draw with the Philadelphia Union at BMO Field.

MLS Week 30: Your Running Commentary

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Saturday is a busy day in MLS play, as several teams in the playoff hunt collide as the season winds down.

An Eastern conference clash between Toronto FC and the Philadelphia Union kickstarts the action, as TFC looks to clinch a spot in the playoffs with a win.

Fire commit bevy of mistakes en route to latest disappointing defeat

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NEW YORK The Chicago Fire's press conference on Friday was so short, Joao Plata would look like a giant in comparison.

There was apparently not much for reporters to ask the head coach of a team that once again played dreadfully, nor was there apparently much for him to say afterwitnessing his side make juvenile defensive mistakes in a 4-1 battering at the hands of New York City FC this late into the season.

Yedlin creates own goal before picking up injury in Newcastle tie

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DeAndre Yedlin shined in his first leaguestart with Newcastle, but the U.S. Men's National Team defender's success may have come with a price.

The fullback created Newcastle's lone goal in the 28th minute, but left the match in the second half due to injury. Yedlin pulled up with an apparent ankle injury, prompting a substitution in the 73rd minute.

Americans Abroad: Friday Rewind

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Christian Pulisic earned time as a substitute, but two different Americans stole the show with goalscoring performances on Friday.

Andrew Wooten and Jerome Kiesewetter each scored goals with varying results to headline Friday's Americans Abroad. Wooten's finish earned his side a late point, as the Sanudhausen forward netted a stoppage time equalizer in a 1-1 draw.

David Villa bolsters MLS MVP chances with brace in NYCFC rout

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NEW YORK While the star striker based just west of the Hudson River hasmade serious noise in the race for the MLS MVP award in recent weeks, it was the one based to the east that bolstered his chances of winning that piece of hardware on Friday.

All while helping his club move to within an inch of a playoff spot.

Villa's brace, Shelton's assists power NYCFC past Fire

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NEW YORK — New York City FC still needs a little help this weekend, but the second-year club did its part on Friday night in hopes of clinching its first playoff berth.

Behind a brace from David Villa and tallies from Jefferson Mena and Steven Mendoza, NYCFC topped the Chicago Fire, 4-1, at Yankee Stadium to temporarily reclaim the top spot in the Eastern Conference.

MLS Ticker: Torres, Minnesota United, Mastroeni and more

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A Houston Dynamo forwardreceived more bad news on the injury front, while ticket sales are booming for one of MLS' expansion teams.

Houston Dynamo striker Erick Torres, who is currently on loan at Cruz Azul in Liga MX, suffered an MCL sprain and will be out for 6-8 weeks as a result.

College Soccer Weekend Preview: Syracuse battles Notre Dame, UNC meets BC, and more

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It isn't quite a battle of unbeatens, but when Syracuse visits Notre Dame on Friday it will signal the biggest match of the season to date in college soccer.

The SBI No. 1 Orange will put their perfect 8-0 record on the line against the once-beaten Fighting Irish, which held the top spot in the SBI Top 25 just a week ago.

MLS Week 30: A Look Ahead

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Several teams are still jockeying for playoff positioning, and a few of those sides will face each other during a pivotal Week 30 in MLS.

The headliner pits the LA Galaxy against the Seattle Sounders on Sunday afternoon. The Galaxy have not lost in their last six matches, while the Sounders, who are five points adrift of the playoffs, have earnedpoints in seven of their last eight games.

NASL Fall Week 13: A Look Ahead

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After a week of rumors concerning the future of clubs and the league itself, the NASL returns for a full weekend slate of heated matches.

While none of the top four in the Fall Season Standings are in danger of losing their spots this weekend, Minnesota United can reduce the gap fourthplace in the Fall Standingsbetween them and Indy Eleven to one point.

Friday Kickoff: Kompany, Terry, La Volpe and more

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Two elite centerbacks continue to battle injuries, while one of Mexico's biggest clubs has hired familiar face as manager.

Vincent Kompany will undergo further tests after being diagnosed with muscle fatigue in his groin. (REPORT)

John Terry has been ruled out of Chelsea's clash with Arsenal due to injury.

NASL, Strikers release statements addressing recent reports of financial trouble, club departures

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The NASL is surrounded by uncertainty as the 2016 season winds to a close, but the league issued a statement Thursday night to respond to recent reports of a potential exodus.

Recent reports link several NASL clubs with moves away from the league. Minnesota United is certain to depart as the club heads to MLS, but the Tampa Bay Rowdies, Ottawa Fury FC, Rayo OKC and the Fort Lauderdale Strikers have all been linked with an NASL exit.

European Weekend Preview: Arsenal-Chelsea, Man United-Leicester City and more

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All eyes are on England this weekend as the Premier League hosts some of the most high-profile matchups of the coming days.

Two titanic clashes take place in the EPL as Manchester United hosts Leicester City in the early Saturday match before Arsenal and Chelsea close the day out with a managerial showdown between Arsene Wenger and Antonio Conte.

The SBI College Soccer Top 25: September 23 Edition

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The top spot in the SBI College Soccer Top 25 has been a tough place to hold on to, and now Syracuse is the next in line to try and keep hold of the throne.

The Orange have jumped into the No. 1 spot in the latest SBI Top 25 after previous No. 1 Notre Dame stumbled against Louisville. Syracuse posted a pair of victories to ensure its place on top.

This Weekend's Soccer on TV

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A London derby takes center stage this weekend in European soccer as Arsenal hosts Chelsea at Emirates Stadium.

The Gunners, coming off a convincing 4-1 victory over Hull City last weekend, look to avenge last season's double-loss to Chelsea. Antonio Conte and his squad are hoping to rebound after their home loss to Liverpool last week.

Midweek College Soccer Rewind: West Virginia drops American, Denver ties Creighton, and more

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The West Virginia Mountaineers didn't start the week ranked in the SBI College Soccer Top 25, but that will be changing very soon.

The Mountaineers dropped SBI No. 25 American University, 3-0, on Tuesday to post the team's sixth straight shutout and improve their record to 5-1-1 on the season.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Preview

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Christian Pulisic could make his fourth straight start for Borussia Dortmund on Friday to kickstart whatshould be a busy weekend for Americans Abroad.

The 18-year-old Borussia Dortmund attacker was removed early in Dortmund's 5-2 rout of Wolfsburg on Tuesday, opening the door for a potential return to the starting lineup.

NASL facing grim future as rumored club exits, financial woes loom

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Troubling times could lie ahead for the NASL, as reports of multiple teams possibly preparing for exits could leave the league contracting severely or ceasing to exist entirely.

The departure of Minnesota United to MLS has been locked in for some time. The NASL was set to replace the teamthis season by adding the San Francisco Deltas as the league's first west coast competitors, but it appears that might not be enough with several other departures rumored to be gaining traction.

Despite winless start, Cameron reiterates belief in Stoke boss Hughes

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Stoke City has been nothing short of abysmal to start the Premier League season, but Geoff Cameron isn't ready to give up on the club's manager any time soon.

The Pottersenters the weekend sitting firmly in last place with just one point through five games. In those five games, Stoke has conceded 14 goals while scoring just three, making up the worst goal differential in the English Premier League by a five-goal margin.

In midst of another standout season, Villa aims to improve performances on turf fields

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NEW YORK David Villa is having an MVP-typeseason, with 17 goals and two assists to his name thus far to help lead New York City FC to the brink of a playoff spot.

As good as he has been in 2016, Villa still sees room for improvement. Particularly when it comes to playing on turf fields.

Report: Gerardo Martino turns down Club America amid negotiations with Atlanta United

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Atlanta United received some positive news in their managerial search ahead of their inaugural 2017 season.

Spanish site AS is reportingthat Gerardo 'Tata' Martino has turned down an offer from Club America to continue negotiations to take charge of the new MLS team. America has been searching for a new manager since dismissingIgnacio Ambríz several weeks ago, but will have to look elsewhere as Martino appears to prefertaking over the upcoming MLS team.

Americans Abroad: Thursday Preview

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Thursday is a light day for Americans Abroad, but several U.S. Men's National Team youngsters could see the field for their clubs.

After previously remaining on the bench in league play, Matt Miazga could make his Vitesse debut on Wednesday in a Dutch Cup clash withASV de Dijk. The former New York Red Bulls defender isn't the only American that could make an impact in the competition, as Rubio Rubin could see the field for FC Utrecht in a clash with FC Twente.

Cameron Carter-Vickers ready to fight for more time after 'dream' debut with Tottenham

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Cameron Carter-Vickers' Tottenham debut was a long time coming. For the past several weeks, the 18-year-old defender has sat patiently on the Spurs bench, waiting for his chance. It finally came on Wednesday, and it went better than most could have imagined.

The U.S. Under-23 Men's National Team centerback made his competitive debut on Wednesday afternoon, starting in central defense in Tottenham's 5-0 League Cup win over Gillingham.

Thursday Kickoff: Messi, Mourinho, Balotelli and more

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One of the world's best players is set for another spell on the sidelines, while one of the world's best managers spoke out against his critics.

Lionel Messi has been diagnosed with a groin strain and will miss three weeks. (REPORT)

Jose Mourinho spoke out against "football Einsteins" that have been critical of his tenure at Manchester United.

Report: Strikers owners cease funding, NASL to assume financial responsibilities

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The bad news keeps getting worse for theFt. Lauderdale Strikers.

Just weeks after reports of late payments of player salaries by the struggling NASLteam, not for the first time this season, it is being reported by WRALSportsFan that the ownership group led by Paulo Cesso have ceased its financial obligations as of September 1.

Video: Landon Donovan says he would consider USMNT return if he felt able to contribute

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Americans Abroad: Wednesday Rewind

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While Cameron Carter-Vickers impressed in his first team debut, it was a more experienced U.S. Men's National Team star that provided the biggest contribution on Wednesday afternoon.

Fabian Johnson scored an equalizing goal in the 84th minute, leading Borussia Monchengladbach in a 1-1 draw with RB Leipzig with the team's first shot on target.

Soccer Wednesday: Your Running Commentary

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Several of Europe's biggest teams take the field on Wednesday with a clash of Spain's elite headlining a busy schedule.

Barcelona and Atletico Madrid collide on Wednesday afternoon in a clash of two of La Liga's title contenders. Entering the match, Atleti sits one point behind Barca, who currently occupy third place.

Erick 'Cubo' Torres injured, booed in Cruz Azul loss

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Erick 'Cubo' Torres has struggled mightily since the end of Chivas USA, and the young Mexican forward hit a new low on Tuesday night.

In Tuesday's 1-0 loss to Toluca, the Cruz Azul forward suffered an 81st minute injury after being the subjectof boos from supporters.

Perry Kitchen named Hearts captain

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Perry Kitchen hasn't been with Hearts of Midlothian very long, but the U.S. Men's National Team midfielder is set to assume the ultimate leadership role with the Scottish club.

Hearts announced on Wednesday that managerRobbie Neilson has appointed Kitchen as club captain for the 2016-17 season.

Americans Abroad: Wednesday Preview

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A pair of notable U.S. Men's National Team contributors will be out of action on Wednesday, but plenty of Americans Abroad are set to take the field in both league and cup competition.

Aron Johannsson and John Brooks are set to miss Bundesliga clashes due to suspension and injury, respectively.

Tottenham's Pochettino says Carter-Vickers can be 'one of the best centerbacks in England'

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Cameron Carter-Vickers has yet to see the field yet this year, but his inclusion on Tottenham's matchday squad week after week is a sign of Mauricio Pochettino's faith in the young defender. Now, the Tottenham manager hasconfirmed that faith while reiterating his high hopes for the young American.

Dempsey misses pair of Sounders training sessions

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Clint Dempsey made his return to the practice field last week, but the Seattle Sounders star was absent once again for the team's most recent training sessions.

The forward did not train with the Sounderson Monday or Tuesday. Dempsey's absence comes just days after the forward returned to the team after undergoinga procedure for an irregular heartbeat.

Wednesday Kickoff: Toure, Mourinho, Ronaldinho and more

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The highly-publicized feud between a player and his manager continued, while Jose Mourinho continues to struggle to piece together Manchester United.

After Pep Guardiola said Yaya Toure won't play until his agent apologizes for comments about the club, Toure's agent,Dimitri Seluk, responded by stating, "I can say whatever I like".

Americans Abroad: Tuesday Rewind

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Christian Pulisic earned another start for Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday afternoon, but he wasn't the only highly-regarded American prospect to see action for one of the world's top clubs.

Gedion Zelalem earned a late cameo for his first official Arsenal appearancesince Dec. 2014 in Tuesday's 4-0 League Cup win over Eric Lichaj and Nottingham Forest.

Midweek College Preview: Creighton hosts Denver, Delaware faces Virginia Tech, and more

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The SBI No. 7 Denver Pioneers have been one of the better teams in the nation this year, but they are about to face their stiffest challenge of the young college season.

The Pioneers head to Nebraska for a Wednesday night clash with No. 19 Creighton. Denver (7-0-1) is coming off a 1-0 win against North Florida, a victory that marked the Pioneer's seventh straight victory since a season-opening 1-1 draw against Monmouth.

College Weekend Rewind: Louisville knocks off Notre Dame, UCLA tops UCSB and more

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Perfect records are dropping like flies in the college soccer landscape, and the top team in the nation became one of the latest to see their unblemished record disappear.

SBI No. 1 Notre Dame dropped a 1-0 decision on the road to No. 24 Louisville, 1-0, last Friday.

Sunday doubleheader sets new MLS broadcast viewership record

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Major League Soccer set a new broadcast viewership record on Sunday thanks to some clever programming in partnership with the NFL and FOX.

FOX Sports announced via press release on Tuesday that the split-national MLS broadcast on FOX on Sunday, the 18th, had a total viewership of 1,298,000, the highest the league has ever recorded on any network in 12 years.

Soccer Tuesday: Your Running Commentary

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Tuesday is a day loaded with both league and cup action as several of the world's top teams take the field for midweek action.

In England, League Cup action takes centerstage with a battle of Premier League powerhouses leading the way. Reigning Premier League champions Leicester City host Chelsea in the day's marquee matchup, while Liverpool, Arsenal and Everton area ll ina ction against lower-league opposition.

SBI MLS Power Rankings (Week 29)

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It was an exciting slate of matches featuring last-minute misses and goals this week in MLS.

New York City FC and FC Dallas best exemplified the late action as each missed one-on-one opportunities in the final moments and failed to claim victory in an exciting 2-2 draw.Elsewhere, a 92nd-minute goal from Bobby Boswell saw D.

Acosta thrives in 'crazy' month with FC Dallas, USMNT

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On the surface, the cities of Kingstown and Frisco have little in common. The former, the capital of St. Vincent & The Grenadines, is known much more for its tourism than its soccer, its beaches rather than the cricket pitch that the local national team calls home.

Aron Johannsson given two-match suspension following red card

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Aron Johannsson may insist his dismissal over the weekend was miscommunication, but the U.S. Men's National Team forward is still set to miss time due to suspension.

Werder Bremen announced on Tuesday that Johannsson has been suspended two matches and fined €8,000 after being sent off in this past weekend's 4-1 loss to Borussia Monchengladbach.

John Brooks likely to miss Hertha Berlin's next two games due to injury

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John Brooks' recent injury is set to keep him sidelined for one of the more anticipated clashes of the young Bundesliga season.

Hertha BerlincoachPal Dardai said Tuesday that Brooks will miss Wednesday's clash with Bayern Munich while adding that the U.S. Men's National Team defender is also unlikely to feature against Eintracht Frankfurt over the weekend.

Americans Abroad: Tuesday Preview

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Tuesday is set to be a busy day for Americans Abroad, as a schedule full of cup and league matches sees plenty join theaction throughout the day.

Headlining the day's events are a trio of Bundesliga matches. After scoring over the weekend, Christian Pulisic could be in lineto return to the Borussia Dortmund lineup on Tuesday for a clash with Wolfsburg, while Hamburg striker Bobby Wood will look to return to his goalscoring ways against Freiburg.

Tuesday Kickoff: Kane, Ronaldo, Toure and more

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One of England's brightest stars looks set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines, while Real Madrid has been boosted by the return of two of the world's best.

Harry Kane could be sidelined for up to two months after suffering an ankle injury over the weekend. (REPORT)

Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale returned to Real Madrid training on Monday after missing Sunday's win over Espanyol.

Christian Pulisic added to MLS Allocation List

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Christian Pulisic is all but certainly not moving to MLS any time soon, but the league has made sure that a =mechanism would be in place to take care of any possible arrival.

MLS announced on Monday that Pulisic has been added to the league's Allocation List, which isutilized for signings of U.

NYCFC lose Frank Lampard to calf injury for 3-4 weeks

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A calf injury kept Frank Lampard from seeing the field at the start of the season. Another one will keep him off the field for up to a month.

New York City FC announced on Monday evening that Lampard is set to miss 3-4 weeks with a calf problem.

Reports: Atlanta United in talks with Gerardo Martino, Sigi Schmid for coaching job

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Atlanta United has reportedly begun their search for a head coach and reports are linking the MLS expansion team with two high-profile candidates.

ESPN is reporting that the 2017 expansion side are in talks with former Argentina and Barcelona manager Gerardo 'Tata' Martino as well as former Seattle Sounders coach Sigi Schmid to take over as head coach for their inaugural season.

Columbus confirmed as host city for USMNT's first Hex match against Mexico

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The U.S.Men's National Team and Mexicowill return to a familiar venue for their upcoming World Cup Qualifying Hexagonal round match-up.

U.S. Soccer confirmed via press releasethat the November 11 contest between the CONCACAF favoriteswould take place at MAPFRE Stadium in Columbus, Ohio, a city with massive historical significance in the rivalry between the two sides.

Videos: Kaka, Brek Shea, Kevin Molino ride Orlando Slingshot

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MLS Ticker: Jewsbury, Scott, Marshall and more

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Two long-timeMLS players will call it quits at the end of the season, while a third veteranisn't quite done yet.

The Portland Timbers announced that Jack Jewsbury will retire at the end of the 2016 season. Jewsbury has made 348 appearances over his 14 year MLS career.

USMNT assistant Andi Herzog finds recent Werder Bremen opening 'very interesting'

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U.S. Men's National Team assistant Andi Herzog played eightyears with Werder Bremen during his playing career, and the Austrian coach hinted that he could be tempted to return to the club as a manager following the job's recent opening.

Werder Bremen fired manager Viktor Skripnik onSunday following the club's fourth defeat in as many matches to open the Bundesliga campaign.

After feeling 'useless' in return match, Donovan glad to contribute with goal for LA Galaxy

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For the last ten years, useful has been the ultimate understatement for Landon Donovan's role at the Los Angeles Galaxy. In his recent comeback from retirement, it's all he's trying to be.

Donovan lamented he felt "useless" on the field last weekend against Orlando City.

European Weekend Rewind: Barca, Man City cruise; Man United flounders; and more

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Huge victories by huge teams studded the landscape of European football this weekend.

Teams such as Barcelona, Manchester City, Borussia Dortmund, and Paris Saint-Germain all cruised to massive victories as upsets were few and far between for once in this early season.The biggest upset this week came in the Premier League as Watford dismantled Manchester United 3-0 at home, with the latter now in the midst of a three-match losing streak.

The Best of MLS Week 29: Rowe, Morris, Altidore and more

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The New England Revolution bounced back from a U.S. Open Cup loss thanks to a standout performance, while the Houston Dynamo shocked a Western Conference contender to shake up the playoff race.

Here's a closer look at this week's Best of MLS:

PLAYER OF THE WEEK

There were several standout performances across MLS over the weekend, but no one stood out quite like Kelyn Rowe.

Aron Johannsson insists referee misheard him prior to red card

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Aron Johannsson faces a suspension after being sent off with a straight red card on Saturday afternoon, but the U.S. Men's National Team forward insists the dismissal was a result of miscommunication.

The Werder Bremen forward contributed an assist in Saturday's 4-1 loss to Fabian Johnson's Borussia Monchengladbach, but it was Johannsson's 80th minute dismissal that headlined the striker'sday.

Americans Abroad: Sunday Rewind

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After a chaotic Saturday schedule, Sunday didn't prove to be the best day for the remaining contingent of Americans Abroad.

Of the seven Americans in action on Sunday, just two earned minutes in victories. Both Jorge Villafana and Cole Grossman played a full 90 minutes in league play, taking down Pumas and Odds BK, respectively.

Monday Kickoff: Lukaku, Muller, Marquinhos and more

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One of the English Premier League's best forwards may not be on the move for quite awhile, while Bayern Munich's stars are on their way back after missing time.

Romelu Lukaku's agent, Mino Raiola, says that the forward could stay with Everton past next summer. Raiola added that he believes thatParis Saint-Germain, Bayern Munich, Barcelona and Real Madrid are the only teams that could afford the Belgian star.

Altidore brace secures late draw with Red Bulls, playoff spot for TFC

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A former New York Red Bull led a second-half comeback as Toronto FC came back from 3-1 down to draw 3-3 with the Red Bulls on Sunday at BMO Field.

Jozy Altidore completed a brace to secure the drawand a playoff spot for TFC (13-8-8), whoextended its lead atop the Eastern Conference with 47 points.

Lloyd scores again as USWNT beats Netherlands in friendly

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Carli Lloyd scored her 94th international goal as the U.S. Women's National Team defeated the Netherlands 3-1 in a friendly on Sunday.

The Dutch opened the scoring just two minutes in, surprising the Atlanta crowd. Following a deflection in the midfield,Shanice van de Sanden darted past the USWNT backline and fired a shot past Alyssa Naher, putting the USWNT behind early.

NASL Rewind: Cosmos, Eddies tie, Fury FC shocks Minnesota and more

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With just over a month of the Fall Season left in the NASL, each match is key in the push for the playoffs.

With the top two teams facing head to head on Saturday night, it was expected it would be the match not to miss this weekend. Instead it was the two bottom dwellers, Puerto Rico FC and the Jacksonville Armada, that left hearts racing down on the island.

After months on NYCFC bench, Shelton regains confidence with late goal

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As a crowd of reporters amassed around Khiry Shelton, a rogue bottle of hair gel snuck in among the microphones. It was New York City FCmidfielder Mikey Lopez jumping in to interview his teammate after a game-saving goal.

Question after question piled in as Shelton recounted a goal several months in the making.

Galaxy earn tie with Sporting KC on late Donovan goal

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Down a goal in the 69th minute, Bruce Arena's hand was forced. He subbed in Landon Donovan for Donovan's second appearance since returning from retirement.

While Donovan's contribution to the Galaxy this season won't be easy to predict, it was huge Sunday afternoon.

Landon Donovan scores first goal since LA Galaxy return

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It didn't take Landon Donovan long to return to his goalscoring ways.

The MLS' all-time leading scorer fired his first finish since his return in Sunday's match against Sporting KC. The LA Galaxy forward's goal came in the 76th minute, just two minutes after the forward entered the match for Raul Mendiola.

Dynamo end RSL's home unbeaten run

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Real Salt Lake entered the weekend unbeaten at the fortress that is Rio Tinto Stadium, but the team's runcould not survive a clash with an unlikely streak-ender.

A goal from Alex proved just enough for the Houston Dynamo, who escaped Rio Tinto Stadium with a 1-0 win on Saturday night.

Timbers top Union to keep pace in Western Conference race

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The goals came fast and furious in Saturday's clash between the Portland Timbers and Philadelphia Union but, when all was said and done, the reigning MLS Cup champions stood victorious.

A trio of goals within the first seven minutes of the second half provided plenty of excitement at Providence Park as the Timbers escaped with a 2-1 win on Saturday night.

Shelton scores late equalizer to earn NYCFC tie with FC Dallas

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Through the first 78 minutes of Saturday's match, FC Dallas looked like a team that was having little issue with a post-U.S. Open Cup hangover. However, after a mostly dominant performance, a late goal saw the Western Conference contender drop two road points against New York City FC.

Revs bounce back from USOC defeat with win over Impact

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Just several days after falling in the U.S. Open Cup finale, the New England Revolution bounced back with a big win to move into a playoff position.

Kelyn Rowe led the way with two goals an assist, as the Revs took down the Montreal Impact, 3-1, at Stade Saputo.

Lampard suffers calf injury in NYCFC tie with FC Dallas

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Frank Lampard has been one of the league's best players since his return from injury, but the New York City FC midfielder could be set for some more time on the sidelines after suffering yet another injury on Saturday night.

The 38-year-old star was removed in the 42nd minute in Saturday's 2-2 draw with FC Dallas due to a left calf injury.

Crew thump Orlando City to remain in playoff chase

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Just several weeks ago, the Columbus Crew appeared all but dead, but Saturday's lopsided win over a fellow playoff hopeful kept the team's hopes alive for the time being.

Ola Kamara and Ethan Finlay combined to lead the way on Saturday night as the Crew cruised past Orlando City with a 4-1 win.

Americans Abroad: Saturday Rewind

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Saturday proved a very busy day for Americans Abroad, as a goal, several assists and even an own goal headlined a loaded schedule.

Leading the way for the American contingent in Europe was Christian Pulisic, who provided a goal and two assists in Borussia Dortmund's 6-0 thumping of SV Darmstadt.

Sounders scrape out crucial win over Whitecaps

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SEATTLE With their playoff hopes perhaps on the line, the Seattle Sounders earned a vital three points against the Vancouver Whitecaps on Saturday afternoon. A goal from Jordan Morris and yet another assist from midsummer signing Nicolas Lodeiro was just enough to lift the Sounders to a 1-0 win in front of 47,111 at CenturyLink Field.

Don Garber believes Revolution will have soccer-specific stadium by 2021

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The New England Revolution will have their own soccer-specific stadium in five years. At least, Don Garber thinksso.

Garber recentlytold SI.com in a wide-ranging interview that he thinks the Revolution will be playing in their own stadium by 2021.

Pulisic scores pre-birthday goal, delivers two assists in Borussia Dortmund rout

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One day before his 18th birthday, Christian Pulisic delivered a present of his own.

The U.S. national team midfielder scored his first goal of the Bundesliga season, and added two assists in Borussia Dortmund's 6-0 rout of Darmstadt on Saturday.

Pulisic raced in off the right flank and finished off a Raphael Guerreiro pass into an open net in the 54th minute for his third career Bundesliga goal.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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Following a busy midweek slate of continental action, Saturday should be yet another busy day of soccer action.

Headlining Saturday's schedule are several of the Premier League's giants looking to bounce back following Champions League matches. After cruising to a win over Borussia Monchengladbach, Manchester City returns for a match with Bournemouth, while Arsenal takes on Hull City.

College Weekend Preview: Notre Dame, Syracuse look to remain perfect and more

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Conference play continues Friday night in the ACC with two of the nation's top three teams in action.

SBI No. 1 ranked Notre Dame and No.2 ranked Syracuse hope to remain perfect on the season after both schools havebegun the campaign with six straight wins.

MLS Look Ahead: Week 30

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With only five weeks left in the MLS regular season, the race to the playoffs is heating up.

A battle between first and second place in the Eastern Conference highlights the action this weekend, with Toronto FC hosting the New York Red Bulls on Sunday.

CCL Rewind: Red Bulls win late, Whitecaps advance and more

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FourMLS teams took the field in CONCACAF Champions League play this week, but only two emerged victorious.

While the Vancouver Whitecaps toppled MLS rivals Sporting Kansas City, the New York Red Bulls took down Alianza FC on a late winner from Sacha Kljestan.

European Weekend Preview: Liverpool face Chelsea, Inter take on Juventus and more

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Plenty of big name matchups headline action across all five major European leagues this weekend after a fantastic slate of midweek European fixtures.

In England, the Premier League slate is led by a big Friday showdown between Liverpool, coming off a huge victory over Leicester City, and Chelsea, coming off their first dropped points of the year against Swansea City.

Sporting KC adds former U.S. U-20 midfielder Benji Joya

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Just ahead of the MLS roster freeze date, Sporting KC added to the club'sroster with the signing of a former U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team midfielder.

Sporting KC announced on Friday that the club has signed midfielder Benji Joya. The 22-year-old midfielder moves to MLS after spending thefirst four seasons of his career in Mexico.

SBI College Soccer Top 25: Sept. 16th Edition

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Notre Dame knocked off yet another ranked opponent, and the strongest start in the nation has been rewarded with the top spot in the latest SBI college soccer rankings.

North Carolina's upset loss to East Tennessee State on Tuesday, coupled with Notre Dame's midweek win against UConn, helped propel the Fighting Irish to the top spot, ahead of Syracuse.

Lloyd dominates as USWNT thump Thailand in O'Reilly's send off

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Heather O'Reilly scored one final goal in her U.S. Women's National team send-off, but it was Carli Lloyd that truly stole the show on Thursday night.

Lloyd provided a hat-trick while adding four more assists, leading the way as the USWNT crushed Thailand, 0-0, in Columbus.

U.S. Soccer releases statement following Rapinoe kneeling protest

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Megan Rapinoe's ongoing protest of the national anthem extended to Thursday night's U.S. Women's National Team match, prompting a statement from U.S. Soccer.

The midfielder kneltonce again during thenational anthem prior to the USWNT's lopsided win over Thailand. The gesture is one that Rapinoe has done for several weeks in an effort toprotest social inequalities following inspiration from NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

This Weekend's Soccer on TV

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After dropping points for the first time under new manager Antonio Conte, Chelsea will face their first major challenge on Friday when they host Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool at Stamford Bridge.

Coming off a 2-2 draw against Swansea City, Chelsea will look to regain some momentum in a difficult week ahead that will also see them face Leicester City and Arsenal.

Friday Kickoff: Aguero, Silva, Real Madrid and more

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While one of the world's top defenders has seen his agent deny a move away, one of the world's top attackers signed a new deal to extend his stay with his current club.

Sergio Aguero has reportedly agreed to a one-year contract extension with Manchester City. (REPORT)

Thiago Silva's agent says the Paris Saint-Germain defender has not been in contact with AC Milan over a potential return.

Midweek college rewind: Tar Heels stunned in Chapel Hill, Big 10 powers stay unbeaten, and more

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On Tuesday night, SBI No.1 ranked North Carolina wasstunned at home byEast Tennessee State, 1-0.

Freshman midfielder Fletcher Ekern scored the golden goal for East Tennessee State in the 92nd minute, the first goal of his ETSU career.

Video: Keane, Gerrard take on 30 eight-year-olds

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Americans Abroad: Weekend Preview

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Following a busy slate of midweek games across Europe, the German Bundesliga headlines this weekend's Americans Abroad with several head-to-head matches.

Headlining the potential clashes is a meeting between Fabian Johnson's Borussia Monchengladbach and Aron Johannsson's Werder Bremen, while Bobby Wood's Hamburg faces Terrence Boyd's RB Leipzig.

Soccer Thursday: Your Running Commentary

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Following a jampacked week of UEFA Champions League action, the Europa League takes centerstage on Thursday.

Headlining the proceedings is Manchester United, who opens group play against Feyenoord. Among the bigger clubs in action are Roma, Inter Milan, Southampton and Ajax, while Mario Balotelli and Nice face a tough match against Schalke.

Carlos Ruiz signs with FC Dallas

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Just days after winning the U.S. Open Cup, FC Dallas has added a veteran forward with quite the MLS reputation.

FC Dallas announced on Thursday that the club has signed Guatemalan international Carlos Ruiz. The 37-year-old forward played three seasons for FC Dallas after joining the club in 2005, amassing 31 regular season goals in 68 appearances to go withfive goals in six playoff games.

Video: Christian Pulisic discusses Champions League debut

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.@cpulisic_10, what was it like to walk on the pitch and hear the Champions League hymn? Mehr ? BVB total! #legbvb pic.twitter.com/3wvD5EyPb6

- Borussia Dortmund (@BVB) September 15, 2016


SBI MLS Power Rankings (Week 28)

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There were a number of monumental results in MLS this past weekend as the regular season winds down. The biggest surprises occurred in the Western Conference as a few teams have moved back into the Supporters' Shield race.

The Colorado Rapids snapped FC Dallas' home unbeaten streak with a narrow victory at Toyota Stadium on Saturday.

Don Garber aims to be 'smart', 'careful' with MLS expansion

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Don Garber sees a light at the end of the expansion tunnel, but the MLS commissioner is making sure the league approaches that light in a deliberate manner.

Speaking to reporters at Tuesday's U.S. Open Cup finale, Garber said that the league continues to focus on 28 teams but is making sure not to rush towards that number.

USMNT rises four spots in latest FIFA rankings

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The U.S. Men's National Team's recent successes have been rewarded with a rise in the FIFA rankings.

Following World Cup qualifying wins over St. Vincent & The Grenadines and Trinidad & Tobago, the USMNT rose four spots to 22nd in the latest FIFA rankings.

Americans Abroad: Wednesday Rewind

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Wednesday was a bit of an up-and-down day for the contingent of Americans Abroad, but the youngest player to take the field salvaged the day with a big-time assist.

Christian Pulisic provided an assist in Borussia Dortmund's 6-0 Champions League win over Legia Warsaw, the 17-year-old's first start of the season.

Thursday Kickoff : Simeone, Canada, UCL and more

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One of the game's elite coaches has had his current contract shortened, while a CONCACAF side is on the market for a new boss after parting ways with their current manager following World Cup qualifying failure.

Diego Simeone has reportedly shortened his contract with Atletico Madrid by two years, as his deal with the club will now expire in June 2018.

Christian Pulisic notches assist in lopsided Borussia Dortmund win

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In the midst of a dominating 6-0 Borussia Dortmund victory over Legia Warsaw, Christian Pulisic marked his first UEFA Champions League start with a big milestone.

Pulisic wrapped up a strong 90 minute performance in his UCL debut by notching his first assist on a beautiful cross from the left wing, which was tapped home by Gonzalo Castro in the 76th minute.

Report: Heath, Schmid among list of candidates as Minnesota United analyzes coaching options

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One of the newest MLS clubs has reportedly begun taking steps towards preparing for their 2017 entry into the league.

ESPN is reporting that Minnesota United FC has compiled a list of managerial candidates for their upcoming inaugural season in MLS.

Soccer Wednesday: Your Running Commentary

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The UEFA Champions League returns on Wednesday with several high-profile matchups.

Following last season's English Premier League title, Leicester City is set for their Champions League debut with Wednesday's clash against Club Brugge. In a clash of more traditional powers, Juventus takes on Sevilla, while Real Madrid faces Cristiano Ronaldo's childhood club, Sporting CP.

Christian Pulisic starts Champions League clash against Legia Warsaw

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Christian Pulisic's 2016-17 debut for Borussia Dortmund will come in Wednesday's Champions League action.

The 17-year-old American was selected to the German club's starting lineup ahead of Wednesday's visit to Legia Warsaw. Prior to Wednesday's match, Pulisic was an unused substitute for two Bundesliga matched and a German Cup match.

Dempsey returns to practice after missing time with irregular heartbeat

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Following a major scare, Clint Dempsey has returned to the practice field.

Dempsey returned to practice on Wednesday for the first time since an Aug. 27 announcement that the forward was diagnosed with an irregular heartbeat. The Sounders gained one point form the two matches that followed Dempsey's announcement.

Union in striking distance of East's top teams heading into critical three-game road trip

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Despite dropping points at home once again on Saturday against Montreal, Philadelphia Union boss Jim Curtin believes his club is in a good position entering a critical three-game road trip that begins in Portland on Saturday,

The Union sit in fourth place in the Eastern Conference with 41 points.

U.S. Open Cup Final: The SBI Breakdown

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FC Dallas lifted the club's first trophy in 19 years on Tuesday night. With it, came a bit of vindication, a bit of validation, a bit of proof that the club's investments had finally paid off.

Build on a core that are yet to enter their prime years, FC Dallas surged past the New England Revolution, 4-2, on Tuesday night.

Americans Abroad: Wednesday Preview

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The UEFA Champions League returns on Wednesday, and Fabian Johnson will look to lead the contingent of Americans Abroad into European action following a slight delay.

After seeing Tuesday's scheduled match postponed due to weather, Johnson and Borussia Monchengladbach take on Manchester City in their group stage opener.

Americans Abroad: Tuesday Rewind

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Tuesday was a day for lopsided victories as several Americans saw their clubs cruise to statement wins.

Headlining the more ridiculous scoreline was Omar Gonzalez's Pachuca, who took down Belize's Police United by a whopping 11-0 scoreline in CONCACAF Champions League play. In England, DeAndre Yedlin also saw the field in a comprehensive win, as Newcastle toppled Queens Park Rangers, 6-0.

John Brooks doubtful for match against Schalke due to injury

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An injury looks set to keep John Brooks sidelined for another big game.

Brooks missed Hertha Berlin training on Tuesday with what has been described as muscular problems and is doubtful forthis weekend's Bundesliga clash with Schalke. Brooks has been a key part of Hertha's side in their first two matches this season, both wins, and would be a tough miss for the team as they face a Schalke squad looking to bounce back after losing each of their opening matches.

Wednesday Kickoff: UEFA, Reus, Walcott and more

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UEFA is officially under new leadership, while a pair of star wingers are battling injuries that are keeping them out of action for the time being.

Slovenian lawyerAleksander Ceferinwas named UEFA president on Wednesday after winning the federation's election in a landslide. Ceferin will complete Michel Platini's term, which lasts until 2019, after the French legend was banned due to improper payments.

EA Sports releases FIFA 17 demo on Tuesday

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On the same day that one of the two premier soccer video games released its latest installment, the other made the demo for its upcoming title available.

EA Sports gave gamers a taste of what is to come by putting outthe demo for FIFA 17 on Tuesday. The demo is available for Xbox One, Playstation 4, Xbox 360, Playstation 3, and PC.

U.S. Open Cup Final: SBI Live Commentary

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The U.S. Open Cup will be decided on Tuesday night as a Supporters' Shield contender hosts a team still fighting for a spot in the postseason.

Throughout the 2016 season, FC Dallas has established itself as a top dog in the West, but the team's quest towards silverware continues in Tuesday's finale against the New England Revolution (10 p.

Diaz, Urruti shine as FC Dallas thumps Revs to win U.S. Open Cup

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FC Dallas' 19-year trophy drought is over, and it was ended in emphatic fashion.

Mauro Diaz scored once and set up three goals, two of them to Maxi Urruti, as FC Dallas defeated the New England Revolution 4-2 at Toyota Stadium on Tuesday to win the U.

MLS announces rules for 2016 expansion draft

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Teamsaround the leaguecan begin to prepare for the offseason roster raids in this years expansion draft.

MLS released the date and rules for the upcoming expansion draft for Atlanta United FC and Minnesota United FC on Thursday. The draft will take place on December 13th at 2 P.M., just three days after the MLS Cup final draws the 2016 season to a close.

Minnesota United looks to combine past with future as MLS move looms

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"Just Google 'Loon Call,'" Manny Lagos says, his voice risingtowards a new level of excitement. "It's one of the coolest sounds you'll ever hear. I always joke that if anybody ever shot a loon in Minnesota, they'd probably go to jail. We love 'em."

Lagos' words are said with the passion of a man who isMinnesota through and through.

Soccer Tuesday: Your Running Commentary

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The UEFA Champions League is finally back, while two MLS teams vie for an elusive trophy on Tuesday night.

In Europe, the Champions League group stage begins with several marquee clashes on tap. Paris-Saint Germain hosts Arsenal in a pivotal game as both sides duke it out for the top spot in Group A.

Americans Abroad: Tuesday Preview

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The UEFA Champions League returns on Tuesday, and several Americans could take the field on what should be a busy day.

Among the more likely participants is Fabian Johnson, who will look to lead Borussia Monchengladbach to an upset of Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium. The U.S. Men's National Team fullback was rested over the weekend, meaning he should be ready to go in a crucial group stage opener.

UCL Preview: Arsenal faces PSG, Barca takes on Celtic and more

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The UEFA Champions League is back in business on Tuesday whenthe competition's group stage boasting some of the world's heavy-hitters.

Headlining Tuesday's action is a clash between two of the world's elite, as Paris Saint-Germain plays host to Arsenal. However, the matchup is far from the only marquee clash of the day, as Fabian Johnson's Borussia Monchengladbach faces Manchester City while Celtic looks for another UCL upset against Barcelona.

U.S. Open Cup Preview: FC Dallas hosts Revs in tournament finale

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The U.S. Open Cup final is set for Tuesday, and a pair of MLS sides with varying experiences in 2016 are set to collide for the first major trophy of the season.

FCDallas hosts the New England Revolution in Tuesday's final in a clash of two teams on opposite ends of the playoff picture.

NASL Rewind: Cosmos increase lead at top, Miami FC extends unbeaten run

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North American Soccer League teams still have plenty of time to make runs for playoff berths in the fall season, but the playoff picture is starting to become clear.

The New York Cosmos recorded a win over Minnesota United this weekend for a more comfortable lead in the standings.

Pro Evolution Soccer 2017 hits shelves in the U.S.

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Soccer gaming season is once again upon us, and it Konami's series that is getting things started.

Pro Evolution Soccer (PES) 2017 was released in stores across the United States and North America on Tuesday, ending the long wait gamers had for something new to play on their consoles or computer.

Tuesday Kickoff: Silva, Terry, Jesus and more

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One star defender is set to make his return, while another will miss a big match this weekend.

Thiago Silva, who has been out of action since July due to a hip injury, could make his return on Tuesday as Paris Saint-Germain takes on Arsenal. (REPORT)

Chelsea defender John Terry will miss Friday's clash with Liverpool due to a foot injury.

Klinsmann says it's 'pretty cool' to see Donovan return with Galaxy

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Jurgen Klinsmann took to Facebook on Monday to host a question and answer session with fans., and it didn't take long for the conversation to turn towards a former U.S. Men's National Team star.

The USMNT head coach laughingly admitted he was "not surprised" to see so many questions concerning Landon Donovan, who returned to the game on Sunday afternoon nearly two years after retirement.

Wambach details alcohol, prescription drug abuse in new memoir

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Abby Wambach is set to release a new memoir detailing her career, and the former U.S. Women's National Team star's look back will include some details of several darker moments in her professional life.

In her new book, "Forward", Wambach saysshe abused alcohol and prescription drugs for years, leading to her arrest for driving under the influence back inApril.

Terrance Boyd returns to the field with RB Leipzig reserves

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After nearly two years away from the field, Terrence Boyd took a major step on Sunday as he continued his road back from injury.

Boyd featured for the RB Leipzig reserves on Sunday againstLok Leipzig, marking his from an ACL tear suffered nearly two years ago. Boyd featured for 75 minutes before being substituted in his first match in 643 days.

Red Bulls hold no qualms about attacking mentality despite latest blown lead

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HARRISON, N.J. Hindsight is 20/20, but the New York Red Bulls may have been better off knocking the ball around and keeping possession rather than attacking relentlessly en route to blowing another lead.

Regardless, the Red Bulls had little to no qualms about their approach late in the game.

Video: Josh Gatt discusses return to the field following lengthy injury layoff

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The Best of MLS Week 27: Dos Santos, Rapids and more

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While the return of Landon Donovan stole headlines, Giovani dos Santos was the LA Galaxy star that shined brightest throughout the week, leading the way with a massive haul of goals and assists. Elsewhere, a Western Conference contender made a statement, while Roger Espinoza dazzled with a long-range strike.

After easing into return match, Donovan looking to contribute more as season continues

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Carson, Calif. When asked under what scenarios he planned to play Landon Donovan, Bruce Arena did not hesitate: "A4-1 lead with less than ten minutes left."

Arena, and the sell-out Galaxy crowd, both got their wish, when in the 82nd minute, with a three-goal lead against a hapless Orlando City side, the man they call "Legend" entered the match.

College Soccer Weekend Rewind: UNC tops Clemson,

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SBI No.1 North Carolina shut out No. 5 Clemson, 1-0, in Chapel Hill. With three minute remaining, Zach Wright scored his second goal of the year to secure the win for the Tar Heels. North Carolina's win over Clemson keeps the Tar Heels perfect at 4-0 with a +8 goal differential.

No.2 Syracuse and No.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

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As players all over the world rejoinedtheir clubs following the international break, four Americans sealed big returns with goal-scoring performances.

In the Bundesliga, both Aron Johannsson and Bobby Wood found the back of the net in losses. Johannsson's tally came from the penalty spot, although it wasn't enough to overcome Augsburg in a 2-1 loss.

Dos Santos leads Galaxy romp over Orlando City

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CARSON, Calif. Giovani Dos Santos continued his torrid streak of form, netting two goals creating a third, and assisting on the fourth, as the LA Galaxy stormed past Orlando City, 4-2, before a sold out crowd of 27,167 at the Stub Hub Center on Sunday.

Dos Santos' first tally came courtesy of qualityplay from Galaxy center back Jelle Van Damme, who fired off a long pass down the left flank to the speedy Ema Boateng.

Monday Kickoff: Messi, Koscielny, Icardi and more

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Several stars appear ready to shake off injuries in time for Champions League action, while one of Serie A's top forwards looks set to extend his stay with his current club.

Lionel Messi has been kept out of Barcelona's starting lineup by a groin injury suffered during the international break, but the star forward could return to the team's XI in Tuesday's Champions League match against Celtic.

D.C. United pull off late rally to tie New York Red Bulls

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HARRISON, N.J. The New York Red Bulls were on the brink of securing a comfortable win, but D.C. United mounted an impressive comeback in the dying moments to share the spoils.

D.C. United scored two late goals en route to picking up a road point in a 2-2 draw with the Red Bulls on Sunday afternoon.

Adi goal, Gleeson's heroics help Timbers edge RSL

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The Portland Timbers are finding their form at just the right time, and have created some space in the MLS Western Conference standings as a result.

Fanendo Adi slotted home a shot off a deflected Darlington Nagbe blast, and Jake Gleeson made that goal stand up with a plethora of excellent saves to help the Timbers earn a 1-0 victory over Real Salt Lake at Providence Park on Saturday night.

Mancosu's late equalizer hands Impact key point against Union

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CHESTER, PA The Montreal Impact stole a point from the Philadelphia Union late in the second half at Talen Energy Stadium on Saturday night.

Matteo Mancosu leveled the score at 1-1 in the 88th minute after the Union appeared to have the lead in safe keeping.

Pair of second half goals fire Whitecaps past Crew

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After nearly two months, the Vancouver Whitecaps are finally back in the win column.

Led by second half goals from Andrew Jacobson and Eric Hurtado, the Whitecaps toppled the Columbus Crew, 3-1, in a game delayed by inclement weather. The win is the Whitecaps first since July 13, snapping an eight-game winless run.

Revolution take down East leaders NYCFC

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The New England Revolution locked up a big win as the playoff picture comes into focus.

A 3-1 home victoryon Saturdayagainst East leaders New York City FC boosted spirits at Gilette Stadium after a difficult run of form.The Revs' loaded attack made its presence known in the match with goals from Juan Agudelo, Lee Nguyen and Diego Fagundez.

Altidore continues hot streak to lead TFC past Fire

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After shining for the U.S. Men's National Team during the international break, Jozy Altidore's recent hot streak continued on Saturday with Toronto FC.

Altidore provided a goal and an assist on Saturday night, leading the way in a 2-1 win over the Chicago Fire.

Union frustrated with dropping points at home again

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CHESTER, PA The look on the faces of the Philadelphia Union players after their 1-1 draw with Montreal said it all.

The Union were frustrated with conceding an 88th-minute equalizer and a potential penalty call that wasn't given in their favor in the middle of the second half.

Jim Curtin's men went ahead right before halftime on a Tranquillo Barnetta goal, but the win was taken from them by Matteo Mancosu's late equalizer.

Howard comes up big as Rapids edge FC Dallas

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FC Dallas could have clinched a playoff berth with a win on Saturday night, but the Western Conference powerhouse saw their push for the postseason delayed largely due to the play of Tim Howard.

It took just one goal to topple FC Dallas on Saturday night, as Dominique Badji provided a second half finish to lead the Colorado Rapids to a 1-0 win at Toyota Stadium.

Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

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Sunday isn't the busiest day of soccer action, but several of the game's heavy hitters take the field on a day that features plenty of interesting matchups.

In England, Premier League contenders Chelsea return to action for a visit to Wales to take on Swansea City. Sunday could see the reintroduction of centerback David Luiz, who could see the field for the club after recently joining from Paris Saint-Germain.

Americans Abroad: Yedlin scores first Newcastle goal in win over Derby County

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DeAndre Yedlin may not have started on Saturday, but the U.S. Men's National Team fullback played a big part in Newcastle's win over Derby County.

Yedlin scored his first goal for his new club as a second-half substitute in the Magpie's 2-0 victory away at Derby County. The goal putNewcastle up by twoin second half stoppage time, all but sealing the win.

Barrett proud of fight and character in last-gasp Dynamo draw

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Immediately after earning a last-gasp 3-3 draw over Sporting KC, the Houston Dynamo back line huddled up around a laptop.

The team wasn't checking for a replayof Raul Rodriguez's late equalizer. Instead, the Dynamowanted to see what had gone wrong in surrendering three goals. Defenders contemplated, mostly in Spanish, how their shape broke down and what to do better next time.

Americans Abroad: Bobby Wood scores his second Bundesliga goal

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Bobby Wood is on a roll, having carried over his excellent Copa America form into continued stellar play for club and country. Fresh off solid showings in World Cup qualifying, Wood returned to German side Hamburg and continued his goal-scoring ways.

Wood scored his second goal in as many matches for the German club, beating Bayer Leverkusen goalkeeper Bernd Leno to a ball before slotting into an open net.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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The international break is over, asclub soccer returns on Saturday with some spectacular matchups.

Saturday's action is headlined by a derby clash between Manchester United and Manchester City. Featuring longtime rivals Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho at the helm, the two Manchester clubs have been the best in England thus far, even if City will be without Sergio Aguero for Saturday's clash due to suspension.

Dynamo shock Sporting KC with last-second equalizer

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A delay for lightning loomed over Children's Mercy Park during Sporting KC's win over the Houston Dynamo Friday night. The delay never came, and neither did a winner in the match thanks to a late goal.

Raul Rodriguez scored a last-second equalizer to earn a 3-3 draw against rivals Sporting KC.

College Weekend Preview: Conference powers collide, Radford looks to remain perfect, and more.

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Conference play opens this weekend in the ACC and Big 10. On Friday in the ACC, SBI No.1 North Carolina visits No. 9 Clemson, No. 2 Syracuse hosts North Carolina State, Louisville squares off against Pittsburgh, and No. 6 Notre Dame look to remain perfect against No.

Borussia Dortmund's Tuchel praises Pulisic, explains lack of playing time

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Christian Pulisic is the name on everyone's lips these days, including his coach Thomas Tuchel at Borussia Dortmund.

Speaking ahead of Dortmund's match against Red Bull Leipzig (Saturday, 12:30 p.m., Fox Sports 2/Fox Sports GO), Tuchelpraised the young American and explained thathis late arrival after the Copa America Centenariois the reason why Pulisic has not played in the early stages of the season.

MLS Look Ahead: Week 29

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There is a full slate of games this weekend in MLS following the international break,and an American soccer legendcould return to the pitch on Sunday.

Landon Donovan is back with the LA Galaxy after announcing that he is coming out of retirement to finish the 2016 season in light of the injury problems at the club.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Preview

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Following the end of both the transfer window and the most recent international break, the contingent of Americans Abroad are finally settled in with their clubs. Now, a swift return to club action is on the schedule as several U.S. Men's National Team regulars face big games over the weekend.

Headlining the weekend's slate is Bundesliga action, which could see several Americans take the field.

European Weekend Preview: Manchester derby, Liverpool-Leicester and more

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Finally, football is back after the always-too-long international break, and it does so with a bang.

All eyes will be on England this weekend as the marqueematch of the Premier League season headlines the action in Europe. United welcome City as the two face off in the fabled Manchester Derby in a showdown with more storylines than you can count.

Friday Kickoff: Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid, FIFA and more

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Two of Spain's powerhouses appear set for transfer bans, while FIFA has opened corruption charges against a trio of former executives.

The FIFA Appeal Committee rejected appeals from Real Madrid and Atletico Madridfor breaking rules regardingunderage players. The two clubs will now serve a one-year transfer ban, although both clubs plan to lobby further appeals throughthe Court of Arbitration for Sport.

After nearly two years away, Donovan looking to help injury-plagued Galaxy with return to field

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Prior to Thursday, Landon Donovan was anything but a professional soccer player. He was an analyst, one seemingly becoming more comfortable in a suit and tie after a career incleats and shorts. He was a coach, one charged with guiding the next generation of American stars hoping to emulate even a chunk of his success.

The SBI College Soccer Top 25: Sept. 9 Edition

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Several of the nation's top programs have endured rough opening weeks of the 2016 season, but North Carolina has managed to avoid that on the way to the top spot in the SBI Top 25.

The Tar Heels held onto the top spot after posting their third straight victory, beating VCU to stay perfect on the season.

This Weekend's Soccer on TV

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The first chapter of the Jose Mourinho-Pep Guardiola edition of the Manchester derby takes place this weekend.

The two world-class managers will lead their respective English powerhouses in a battle to remain perfect on the English Premier League season on Saturday at Old Trafford.

Missing from the action, however, will be City's Sergio Aguero, who is serving a three-match suspension, and United's Henrikh Mikhitaryan, who is nursing a thigh injury.

SBI MLS Power Rankings (Week 27)

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It was a slow week in MLS as World Cup qualifiers had many teams taking time off during the international break. Those who played did so definitively, as the week passed without a single draw as a result.

FC Dallas staked their claim to remain on top of the rankings by dismantling a dreadfully bad road team in the Portland Timbers.

Report: Landon Donovan 'close' to return with LA Galaxy

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The LA Galaxy are ravaged by injuries these days, but they could get reinforcements in the form of an American soccer legend.

According to reports, Landon Donovan is nearing a return that would see the forwardcome out of retirement to join the Galaxy as a player for the remainder of the season.

DeAndre Yedlin ready to prove himself at Newcastle despite competition

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DeAndre Yedlin has only been at Newcastle United for a couple of weeks, but he's already feeling right at home in Tyneside.

The American defender is returning from international duty with the U.S. Men's National Team this week, and is eager to prove himself under manager Rafa Benitez as he faces competition for a spot in the starting XI.

NASL Notes: Racial slur investigation, Klute, Strikers and more

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The NASL announced that it will take no disciplinary action as a result of aninvestigation into allegations of a racial slur being used against Puerto Rico FC's Chris Nurse in an Aug. 28 match with FC Edmonton. In a statement Wednesday, the league said that "While the NASL in no way questions the validity of the claim, upon finishing its in-depth investigation, the league was not able to find conclusive evidence to corroborate the claim.

Rapinoe rips Spirit owner after club prevents national anthem protest

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Washington Spirit owner Bill Lynch thwarted Megan Rapinoe's plans of a continued protest of the national anthem, and the U.S. Women's National Team star is far from happy about it.

Ahead of a clash with Rapinoe's Seattle Reign, the Spirit staff held the national anthem ceremony before teams took the field.

Thursday Kickoff: Ronaldinho, Ronaldo, Neymar and more

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One of the game's biggest stars is set to retire, while several elite players look to make their first league starts over the weekend.

Ronaldinho says he will soon retire from professional soccer to begin new projects involving both the sport and music. (REPORT)

Cristiano Ronaldo says he will return to action Saturday against Osasuna after recovering from a leg injury suffered during the Euro 2016 final.

Orlando City cruises past 10-man Impact to earn first road win since March

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Two runs of futility ended on Wednesday night at Stade Saputo, and two legends struck for their respective sides. However, it was Orlando City who overcame an early goal to earn its first road win since March 18 after defeating the 10-man Montreal Impact 4-1.

Juan Manuel Martinez's late equalizer sees RSL, Galaxy split points in thriller

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Giovani dos Santos and Joao Plata went blow-for-blow, but it was Juan Manuel Martinez who landed the final punch.

Real Salt Lake and the LA Galaxy played to a thrilling 3-3 draw at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah, on Wednesday night after Martinez found a last-gasp equalizer in the 94th minute.

Maurice Edu making progress in return to Union lineup

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Maurice Edu took an important step in his recovery on Sunday as he played 33 minutes in a USL match between Philadelphia Union affiliate Bethlehem Steel FC and New York Red Bulls II.

Union manager Jim Curtin wasn't concerned with how Edu played on Sunday, he was just happy to see his designated player back on the pitch.

Garber hints at possible cap on expansion

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Could MLS be nearing the end of its expansion era? The commissioner thinks its possible.

In an interview with Forbes on Wednesday, MLS Commissioner Don Garber stated that he believed the current round of expansion to 28 teams could be the league's last.

While discussing the success of recent expansion teams such as Orlando City and New York City FC (rated 3rd and 5th most valuable in MLS) as well as Atlanta United's reported 22,000 season tickets already sold and Minnesota United FC's blazing ticket sales, Garber discussed how the growth of the league has evolved from earlier days.

Matt Miazga 'excited' to further development at Vitesse

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It's only been a week since Matt Miazga joined Dutch club Vitesse on loan from Chelsea, but he's already feeling comfortable in his new environment.

The U.S. international participated in his second training session on Wednesday, when he was interviewed by VitesseTV about his new team, his move from the New York Red Bulls and his development.

Alejandro Bedoya and Eric Wynalda clash on Twitter

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Alejandro Bedoya has never been one to withhold his thoughts, especially on social media.

Wednesday was no different, as Bedoya got into a Twitter altercation with former U.S. Men's National Team forward Eric Wynalda. The spat began when Wynalda stated that he believed there are"many [players] who are better" than the Philadelphia Union midfielder.

USMNT 4, T&T 0: The SBI Breakdown

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The U.S. Men's National Team knew what they needed to do. Just a draw, or even a not-too-lopsided loss, would earn thema spot in the Hexagonal round. Instead, they dominated a good Trinidad & Tobago team for 90 minutes, entering the next stage of World Cup qualifying on a high.

After years away, Kljestan cements USMNT spot with standout performances

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It was an iconic pose. Stood several feet above his teammates, arms raised into the Jacksonville sky, Sacha Kljestan's finally had his moment. It was a split-second reaction to a goalseveral years in the making, one which Kljestan believed would never come.

CONMEBOL WCQ Rewind: Brazil impresses, Uruguay goes top, and more

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Tuesday provided another drama-filled evening in CONMEBOL World Cup qualifying.

The eighth round was highlighted by Brazil, who won for the second time in as many games under new coach Tite. The Selecao won, 2-1, over Colombia thanks to Neymar's strike in the 74th minute, following up on its huge 3-0 win in Ecuador last Thursday.

CONCACAF Hex schedule finalized as USMNT opens against Mexico

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Six teams have advanced to the Hexagonal round of CONCACAF 2018 World Cup Qualifying, and it begins with a bang as several key matches headlinethe early schedule.

Matchday 1 features the home leg of the clash everyone wants to see as Mexico visits the U.

Wednesday Kickoff: 2026 World Cup, Chicharito, Messi and more

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The 2026 World Cup could be coming to North America, while two stars have returned to training with their club teams.

FIFA president Gianni Infantino hinted thathe is open to a40-team 2026 World Cup co-hosted by the U.S., Mexico and Canada. (REPORT)

Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez has returned to Bayer Leverkusen training after breaking his hand falling down the stairs.

CONCACAF WCQ Rewind: USMNT, Honduras reach Hex, Ruiz scores five and more

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The fourth round of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying concluded on Tuesday night, and the stage is now set for the Hexagonal phase beginning in November.

The U.S. Men's National Team cruised into the Hex as Group C winners after a dominant4-0 victory overTrinidad & Tobago in Jacksonville.

Altidore, Pulisic lead USMNT to dominant win over T&T

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Christian Pulisic is among the newest faces with the U.S. Men's National Team, while Jozy Altidore is one of the moreexperienced. On Tuesday night, the two combined masterfully to lead the U.S. to a dominant win over Trinidad & Tobago.

Led by Altidore and Pulisic, the USMNT cruised past T&T, 4-0, on Tuesday night in Jacksonville.

SBI USMNT Man of the Match: Christian Pulisic

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The U.S. Men's National Team delivered a complete performance in its dominant4-0 win over Trinidad & Tobago on Tuesday night, andit was the team's youngest starthatstole the show.

Christian Pulisic, who became the youngest-ever American starter in World Cup qualifying, assisted Jozy Altidore's second of the night after a brilliant solo run before crossing it for Altidore's tap-in.

USMNT vs. Trinidad & Tobago: Your Running Commentary

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The U.S. Men's National Team is one step away from the Hexagonal round heading into a clash with Trinidad & Tobago. Barring a historic self-destruction, the U.S. is through, but there's still plenty on the line in the final game of the World Cup qualifying stage.

MLS Cup announces Dec. 10 MLS Cup, full postseason schedule

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For the first time in the league's 21-year history, the MLS Cup will take on primetime Saturday night.

MLS announced on Tuesday that the 2016 MLS Cupwill be televised on FOX broadcast network, UniMás, TSN and RDS on Dec. 10 at 8 p.m. For the first time since 2008, the MLS Cupwill air live on English-languagenetworkTV.

The SBI Show: Episode 265 (Previewing USA-Trinidad & Tobago, talking Christian Pulisic, and more)

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The U.S. national team will look to book its place in the Hex on Tuesday night and The SBI Show is back to go over the possibilities, along with much more.

Episode 265 breaks down Tuesday's USMNT clash with Trinidad & Tobago, as well as looks back at last week's blowout win over St. Vincent & the Grenadines.

CONMEBOL WCQ Preview: Neymar, Rodriguez collide in Brazil-Colombia, and more

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Two of the world's biggest superstars will face off on Tuesday night, and they will do so in amouthwatering showdown that many fans around the globe will be tuning in to watch.

Neymar and James Rodriguez are set to do battle when Brazil welcomes Colombia for a World Cup qualifier that highlights CONMEBOL's eight round of action.

USMNT vs. Trinidad & Tobago: What to watch for

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Trindad & Tobago has proven to be a tricky opponent throughout World Cup qualifying, which sets up Tuesday's clash with the U.S. Men's National Team to be one of the more intriguing heading into the Hexagonal phase.

The USMNT's spot in the Hex is not yet secure but, barring a miraculous comeback from Guatemala, the U.

SBI Question of the Day: Should Christian Pulisic start for USMNT?

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Heading into Tuesday's clash with Trinidad & Tobago, just one spot in the U.S. Men's National Team lineup is guaranteed. Tim Howard will be making the start in goal for the U.S. after missing out on the prior game, but it is the status of the team's 17-year-old star that has been the topic featuring the most debate.

With spot in Hex still not sealed, Klinsmann, USMNT taking T&T challenge seriously

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It was a bit more of a roller-coaster than many expected, but the U.S. Men's National Team's ride through the fourth round of World Cup qualifyingis all but guaranteed for success. The only things standing in the USMNT's way are Trinidad & Tobago and, in some ways, themselves.

The U.S.

Tuesday Kickoff: El Salvador, Messi, Gotze and more

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Ahead of World Cup qualifiers, El Salvador has brought an apparent bribe to light, while Lionel Messi appears set for a bit of time on the sidelines.

El Salvardor's national team has claimed that players had been offered bribes from a Honduran businessman to win, draw or lose by a small margin ahead of Tuesday's World Cup qualifier against Canada.

Following Copa America exclusion, Gonzalez ready to fight for USMNT spot

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Throughout his career, Omar Gonzalez has seen several notable highs and several agonizinglows. He's seen good games and bad games, great spells and poorspells. However, following a trying summer that saw him miss out on a major tournament, the defender is ready to step forward into another productive period with theU.

Who Should the USMNT start vs. Trinidad & Tobago?

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The U.S. Men's National Team's spot in the Hexagonal is all but sealed, but Jurgen Klinsmann faces several lineup decisions heading into the team's final match of the current World Cup qualifying round.

Barring an epic collapse that would require the teamto throw away a +12 goal differential, the U.

Sunday College Rewind: Syracuse survives OT thriller, Notre Dame dominant, and more

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Credit Syracuse Athletics.

The SBI No. 2 ranked Syracuse Orange held off a resilient St. John's squad, 3-2, in double overtime on Sunday night at SU soccer stadium. It's the second time in a week the Orange were pushed to the brink following last Sunday'sdouble overtime win over Loyola-Marymount in the Central New York Classic.

CONCACAF WCQ Preview: USMNT, Honduras look to seal spots in the Hex

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Costa Rica and Trinidad & Tobago joined Mexico in the hexagonal phase of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying. The U.S. Men's National Team is very close to joining them.

The fourth round of qualifying culminates on Tuesday, when the final three spots in the Hex will be confirmed.

The Best of MLS Week 26: Lampard, Fire and more

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Despite the international break, the weekend provided a thrilling slate of MLS games that included some very memorable performances.

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

PLAYER OF THE WEEK

On a day recognized as Frank Lampard Day, the NYCFC midfielder stepped up late to seal a dramatic three points for the Eastern Conference contender.

Megan Rapinoe kneels during national anthem before NWSL match

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Following an example set by the San Francisco 49ers' Colin Kaepernick, Megan Rapinoe made her opinions known by protesting during the National Anthem.

The U.S. Women's National Team star took a knee during the anthem during Sunday's clash between the Seattle Reign and Chicago Red Stars.

Monday Kickoff: Honduras, Griezmann, Campbell and more

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Ahead of a World Cup qualifier, Honduras has voiced their concerns with Mark Geiger, while Antoine Griezmann has committed his future to Atletico Madrid.

Honduras hasformally requested a change of referee for Tuesday's World Cup qualification match against Mexico after voicing concerns with Mark Geiger due to the official's performance at the 2015 Gold Cup.

Saturday College Rewind: Radford remains unbeaten

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Credit Radford Athletics.

After jumping into the SBI rankings last week, No.25 Radford advanced to 3-0 for the first time since 1994 after defeating Davidson at home 2-0, on Saturday night. The Highlanders tallied a goal in each in half, despite totaling 21 shots with seven on target.

Radford's seventh shot of the match found the back of the net as sophomore forward Sivert Daehlie knocked in a rebound shot off the Davidson keeper for his second goal of the season in the 22nd minute.

Arena reaches rarified air after earning 200th career MLS coaching win

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CARSON, Calif. — In the fledgling years of Bruce Arena's coaching career, he had to take a gig as an assistantwith the University of Virginia lacrosse team to make ends meet, as hisjob as the school'ssoccer coach paid too little, and he wasn't sure if soccer was the right sport for him anyway.

Galaxy drop Crew to hand Arena his 200th win

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CARSON, Calif. The LA Galaxy left it late, but finally unlocked the offense that had been missing for most of August, pulling away from the Columbus Crew, 2-1, on a pair of gorgeous goals by Baggio Husidic and Giovani Dos Santos.

Husidic's wonder strikecame fourteen minutes after being subbed on for an ineffective Mike Magee.

Wright-Phillips goal pushes Red Bulls to win over Whitecaps

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The New York Red Bulls' hot streak continued on Saturday thanks in large part to the play of the team's star striker.

Bradley Wright-Phillips fired his 17th goal of the year, leading the Red Bulls to a 1-0 win over the Vancouver Whitecaps at BC Place.

Revs halt losing streak with upset of Rapids

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Heading into the weekend, the New England Revolution had been one of MLS' coldest teams. Their opponents, the Colorado Rapids, had been one of the best. However, Saturday night presented a bit of role reversal via an upset win.

Goals from Juan Agudelo and Chris Tierney came in either half, as the Revs toppled the Rapids, 2-0, on Saturday at Gillette Stadium.

Dynamo loan Erick 'Cubo' Torres to Cruz Azul

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Erick 'Cubo' Torres' tenure with the Houston Dynamo never quite reached expectations, and the forward is set for a fresh start with a move to Liga MX.

The Dynamo announced on Saturday that Torres has joined Cruz Azul on loan for the remainder of 2016.

MLS Week 26: Your Running Commentary

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The international break is in full swing, but the MLS schedule features five matches to make up a busy Saturday night.

Headlining the action is a clash of Western Conference contenders as the Portland Timbers visit FC Dallas. Joining them in action are the Colorado Rapids, who will look to keep pace atop the conference against the struggling New England Revolution.

CONCACAF WCQ Rewind: Panama eliminates Jamaica, Mexico rebounds, and more

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The Hexagonal round of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying is just two months away and the picture of which six teams will be participating got much more clear on Friday night.

Panama booked its place in the final round of CONCACAF qualifying by handing Jamaica a 2-0 defeat in Panama City. Gabriel Torres' 28th-minute strike proved to be enough, with Abdiel Arroyo netting one in the final moments to start the party at Estadio Rommel Fernandez.

Friday College Rewind: Maryland edges Georgetown late, San Diego State upsets Akron, and more

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With 44 seconds remaining in regulation, sophomore transfer Gordon Wild scored for Maryland to help give the SBI No. 4 Terrapinsa dramatic 2-1 victory over No. 14Georgetown on Friday night.

Eryk Williamson scored the first goal of the match in the 55th minute for Maryland, but Georgetown's Achara equalized in the 83rd minute.

SBI USMNT Man of the Match: Christian Pulisic

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Christian Pulisic's efforts came against a beaten team, but that doesn't make what the U.S. Men's National Team winger did look any less impressive.

Given just 23 minutes to work with after being introduced in the second half, Pulisic provided two goals and an assist in the USMNT's 6-0 win over Saint Vincent & The Grenadines on Friday afternoon.

USMNT cruises to lopsided win over St. Vincent & The Grenadines

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The U.S. Men's National Team needed three points from Friday's match against St. Vincent & The Grenadines. Mission accomplished, and in emphatic fashion.

Goals from five different players, including two from Christian Pulisic, ensured a lopsided victory on Friday as the U.

USMNT vs. St. Vincent & The Grenadines: Your Running Commentary

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Just two games stand between the U.S. Men's National Team and the next stage of World Cup qualifying, andJurgen Klinsmann's men must start that two-game schedule by navigating a tricky trip to St. Vincent & The Grenadines.

The Caribbean minnow is by far the lowest-ranked side in group play, but an early Oalex Anderson goal put a scare into the U.

College Weekend preview: UNC in action, Notre Dame faces Stanford and more

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A loaded weekend of college soccer action features 20 of the SBI top 25 teams in action in Friday, with five fixtures featuring ranked opponents squaring off against each other.

The newly ranked SBI No.1 North Carolina Tar Heels (2-0) host local rival, North Carolina State Wolfpack (1-1), Friday night, 7:30 pm, in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

CONMEBOL WCQ Rewind: Messi scores winner in return, and more

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Drama, excitement, and golazos. World Cup Qualifying in South America returnedwith a bang.

So too did Lionel Messi.

The seventhround of CONMEBOL's qualifying campaign took place on Thursday, and it was Messi who stole a healthy portion of the headlines around the world. A 10-man Argentina side edged Uruguay, 1-0, at home, and it was none other than the superstar forward who scored the winner in his first game for his country since ending his brief international retirement.

MLS Week 28: A Look Ahead

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This weekend may be dominated by the international break, but there are still plenty of games in MLS as the regular season begins to wind down.

A key showdown in the Western Conference between the Portland Timbers and FC Dallas highlights Week 28.

Report: Sporting KC reject Hapoel Beer Sheva bid for Benny Feilhaber

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One of Sporting Kansas City's biggest stars is reportedly the subject of interest from abroad.

A report from BBCstated that Israeli side Hapoel Beer Sheva made a bid for star Sporting KC midfielder Benny Feilhaber on Thursday. The reports also claim that Feilhaber was interested in moving to Israel but that the club "weren't willing to entertain the offer"on the table, according to MLS.

Altidore, Wood ready to step up and lead USMNT attack in Dempsey's absence

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Foreach of the pastseveral tournaments, the U.S. Men's National Team has had to cope without Jozy Altidore. As hamstring injury after hamstring injury knocked the forward out of big game after big game, the U.S. leaned heavily on Clint Dempsey to provide the goals needed to lift the U.S. through major competitions.

This Weekend's Soccer on TV

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After a disappointing summer, Mexico looks to regain some poise with another positive result in the CONCACAF World Cup qualifying stage this weekend.

As the only team to have already secured advancement to the final Hexagonal stage of the CONCACAF qualifiers, El Tri will travel to take on El Salvador on Friday night.

Lampard truly makes Thursday his own with another standout performance

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According to Mayor Bill de Blasio, Thursday was Frank Lampard Day in New York City, even if the man himself wasn't quite sure what it meant. It was perhaps the most unusual honor bestowed upon a player that has had a career full of them, but it was one that Lampard himself admitted was a bit foreign to an Englishman still adjusting to the American way of doing things.

Friday Kickoff: Messi, Schweinsteiger, Gabigol and more

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Despite scoring a vital goal on Thursday, Lionel Messi's status is in doubt for Argentina, while Bastian Schweinsteiger is a part of the Manchester United squad following the close of the transfer window

Lionel Messi is questionable for Argentina's World Cup qualifier against Venezuela due to a groin injury.

Late goals from Villa, Lampard seal dramatic NYCFC win over D.C. United

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With just several minutes remaining in what had been a sleepwalk of a performance, New York City FC was en route to a disappointing home loss. Then, in a span of moments, the club's Designated Players turned the game on its head.

Four goals poured in after the 79th minute, with David Villa and Frank Lampard accounting for three of them as NYCFC erased a 2-0 deficit to earn a 3-2 win over D.

SBI College Soccer Top 25 (Sept. 1 Edition)

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The opening weekend of the college season is always a tricky one, and every year we see national powers tripped up at the starting blocks.

This year was no different, with defending national champion Stanford failing to win either of its opening matches and highly-regarded Georgetown losing a pair of matches to start the season.

Soccer Thursday: Your Running Commentary

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It's the start of the international window, and there are tons of pivotal World Cup qualifiers taking place on Thursday.

In South America, all 10 nations are in action as the seventh round of matches begins. Key among them is Brazil against Ecuador, where Tite makes his debut as the Selecao's coach, along with Argentina versus Uruguay.

Klinsmann hints at starting XI for World Cup qualifiers

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Though he stopped short of revealing the entire lineup, Jurgen Klinsmann answeredseveral questions about who would start on Friday night, particularly in goal.

The U.S. Men's National Team coach told reporters on Thursday that Brad Guzan would start between the posts for Friday night's qualifier against St.

USMNT vs. St. Vincent and the Grenadines: What to watch for

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Given some of the titans that the U.S. Men's National Team tangled with at this summer's Copa America, it would be easy to dismiss a trip to St. Vincent & The Grenadines as little more than a nuisance. However, given what will be at stake, Friday afternoon's clash with the small Caribbean nation will be one of the more important clashes of the World Cup qualifying cycle.

Heather O'Reilly announces retirement from international soccer

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It's the end of a 15-year era for the U.S. Women's National Team, as31 year old midfielder Heather O'Reilly has announced her retirement from international football.

"I have spent nearly half my life in a U.S. Soccer uniform, so making the decision to retire from international play was incredibly hard and emotional," said O'Reilly.

Who should the USMNT start vs. Saint Vincent and the Grenadines?

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Just two games stand between the U.S. Men's National Team and the next round of World Cup qualifying, and the process of getting there begins Friday with what could be a bit of a trap game.

St. Vincent & The Grenadines are far and away the least dangerous opponentin Group C play, but the USMNT cannot take Friday's task lightly.

Matt Miazga sent on season-long loan to Vitesse Arnhem

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Not England. Not Spain. Not Germany. Not Belgium.

Matt Miazga's immediate future lies in the Netherlands.

After weeks of rumors linking him to numerous clubs throughout Europe, Miazga was loaned from Chelsea to Dutch club Vitesse Arnhem on Wednesday. The deal runs through the end of the 2016-17 campaign, meaning the 21-year-old centerback will spend his first full season abroad in the Eredivisie.

CONCACAF WCQ Preview: Costa Rica eyes Hex berth, and more

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Mexico was the first team to reach CONCACAF's final round of World Cup Qualifying. Costa Rica is hoping to be the second.

The road to Russia 2018 resumes for the remaining North American, Central American, and Caribbean nations on Friday when Matchday 5 takes place, and a few could lock up spots in the Hexagonal with victories in their respective matches.

Thursday Kickoff: Pogba, Hart, Witsel and more

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One of the world's giants says they could have signed Paul Pogba, while Joe Hart is set to retake the role of England's No.1, at least for the time being.

Barcelonasporting director Albert Soler says that the Spanish club had first priority on Paul Pogba, but could not justify spending the money required after bringing in several other players.

Matt Miazga sent on season-long loan to Vitesse Arnhem

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Not England. Not Spain. Not Germany. Not Belgium.

Matt Miazga's immediate future lies in the Netherlands.

After weeks of rumors linking him to numerous clubs throughout Europe, Miazga was loaned from Chelsea to Dutch club Vitesse Arnhem on Wednesday. The deal runs through the end of the 2016-17 campaign, meaning the 21-year-old centerback will spend his first full season abroad in the Eredivisie.