Soccer By Ives Archives for January 2017

Ventura Alvarado makes move to Necaxa

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Ventura Alvarado is making a move to a familiar club.

Necaxa announced on Wednesday that the club has signed the American defender, who moves to the team from Santos Laguna. Alvarado previously featured for the club on loan in the Mexican second division during his time at Club America.

"Club Santos Laguna and Club Necaxa have agreed to the permanent transfer of defender Ventura Alvarado," Santos Laguna said in a release.

U.S. U-17s fall to England to open Nike International Friendlies

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The U.S. Under-17 Men's National Team's first match of the Nike International Friendlies ended in defeat.

Following the U-17 World Cup, the U.S. is beginning a new cycle with the U-17 team, and that new group fell to England, 1-0, in a back-and-forth match in the first match of the Nike International Friendlies.

Timbers looking to name coach by end of 2017

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Caleb Porter's departure from the Portland Timbers opened up one of the league's premier coaching vacancies. It appears that vacancy won't be open for too long.

Speaking on a conference call on Wednesday, Timbers owner Merritt Paulson says he expects to name a coach by the end of the year. Paulson added that he has seen a lot of interest from coaches since Porter's departure, and that the club is evaluating a variety of potential candidates.

Crew rue missed opportunities after narrowly falling to Toronto FC

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Wednesday night was an opportunity for the Columbus Crew. It was an opportunity to go into a hostile environment, score a goal and book an MLS Cup berth. It was an opportunity to continue a magical run punctuated by big moments and stunning results. It was an opportunity to put relocation's rumors and franchis uncertainty behind them, a chance to keep the focus on that field.

MLS Playoff Preview: Seattle Sounders vs. Houston Dynamo

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The Seattle Sounders have one foot in the MLS Cup Final. They may even have a few additional toes in there as well. But there's still work to be done on Thursday night if the club hopes to defend last year's crown in the very same building in which they claimed it.

Following a 2-0 win in Houston, the Sounders enter Thursday night's clash with the Dynamo in a very good place.

Toronto FC vs. Columbus Crew: Your Running Commentary

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The MLS Conference Final second legs get underway on Wednesday with a pair of Eastern Conference teams squaring off.

Tonight's action comes from BMO Field as defending Eastern Conference champs Toronto FC welcome the Columbus Crew to town. The sides played out a 0-0 draw at Mafpre Stadium last Tuesday, with the Crew having the majority of the attacking efforts towards goal.

Jozy Altidore goal sends TFC to win over Crew, second straight MLS Cup Final

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TORONTO One of the best teams in Major League Soccer history will have a chance to finish off a fantastic season with a championship and earn revenge at the very same time.

Toronto FC defeated the Columbus Crew, 1-0, on Wednesday at BMO Field to clinch a trip back to MLS Cup, which it will host for the second straight year on Dec.

Thursday Kickoff: Real set de Gea deadline, Lacazette out with injury and more

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With the January transfer window looming, Real Madrid headlines Thursday's news.

Real Madrid has reportedly set a deadline on signing goalkeeper David de Gea as the club will move on from the Manchester United star after this coming summer. (REPORT)

Real also has reportedly registered interest in Inter Milan forward Mauro Icardi.

Jozy Altidore overcomes injury, criticism to put TFC on brink of title

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When Jozy Altidore left BMO Field on December 10, 2016, there was only one thing he and his teammates were fixated on.

Altidore gave Toronto FC an opportunity to avenge its loss from last season back in front of the boisterous red-clad supporters that packed BMO Field to the gills on Wednesday night for the second leg of the Eastern Conference Final and will again for MLS Cup.

Atlanta United sign defender Greg Garza to multi-year deal

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26-year-old Greg Garza spent the 2017 Major League Soccer season on-loan with Atlanta United, making a huge impact with the club.

On Wednesday, Garza signed a permanent multi-year contract with the club, joining from Liga MX outfit Club Tijuana, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

Wednesday European Rewind: Man City edges Southampton, Lille defeats Lyon, and more

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Manchester City used a 96th-minute winner from Raheem Sterling to down Southampton 2-1 at the Etihad. Oriel Romeu's smooth finish in the 75th-minute leveled the score for Saints who missed several good chances early. Kevin De Bruyne's opener came in the 47th-minute as the Belgian's cross beat Fraser Forster to the bottom-left corner.

Report: Columbus offers two public parks as sites for new Crew stadium

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Columbus leadership continues to try its hardest to keep the MLS club from bolting the city for Austin.

According to the Columbus Dispatch, Mayor Andrew Ginther and Alex Fischer, president and CEO of the Columbus Partnership, offered up two public parks as potential stadium sites for the Columbus Crew.

The state of the other eight MLS expansion bids

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While MLS named four finalists for its next round of expansion teams, there were eight other markets who applied for what will be whittled down to two teams.

Commissioner Don Garber made it clear that the remaining eight markets are still under consideration for the second round of expansion teams to be announced at a later date.

Rapids officially announce hiring of Anthony Hudson as head coach

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After weeks of reports, the Colorado Rapids confirmed Anthony Hudson as the club's new head coach.

The Rapids announced on Wednesday that the club has hired the 36-year-old manager fresh off his job as manager of New Zealand. Under Hudson, the All Whites made it to the intercontinental playoff round of World Cup qualifying, where they fell to Peru earlier this month.

A look at the four MLS expansion finalists

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Major League Soccer announced four finalists for the first round of two expansion slots to be announced next month. Sacramento, Nashville, Cincinnati, and Detroit will all make their final pitches to the league on Dec. 6, before the Board of Governors meets to discuss each city's credentials eight days later.

Field set for upcoming 2018 CONCACAF Champions League draw

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The CONCACAF Champions League has undergone some changes ahead of the 2018 competition, and now the field is set ahead of the upcoming draw.

A total of 16 teams will compete in the 2018 CCL with the official draw set for Monday Dec. 18. The new-look tournament will feature a knockout format from the start with teams playing a home-and-away series all through the tournament.

MLS Playoff Preview: Columbus Crew vs. Toronto FC

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There are few guarantees in soccer, but one thing is for sure: Wednesday's Eastern Conference final decide will be more engaging than the opening leg between the Columbus Crew and Toronto FC. It's a winner-take-all 90 minute battle with the right to host MLS Cup on the line.

Without Seabstian Giovinco and Jozy Altidore available, TFC was able to secure a 0-0 draw in Columbus in the opening leg in a match highlighted by few chances and fewer reasons to get excited.

MLS names Cincinnati, Detroit, Nashville, Sacramento as expansion finalists

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The MLS expansion list has been narrowed down to four.

MLS announced on Wednesday thatCincinnati, Detroit, Nashville and Sacramento have beennamed finalists for the two expansion slots set to be handed out in December. Owners and officials from all four bids are set to make a presentation to Don Garber in New York on Dec.

Americans Abroad Tuesday Rewind: DeAndre Yedlin, Shaq Moore

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Tuesday was about the fullbacks when it came to Americans Abroad, and one had an up and down performance while helping his team earn a solid draw in Premier League play.

DeAndre Yedlin started and played all 90 minutes for Newcastle on Tuesday in what ended as a 2-2 draw with West Brom. The U.

Wednesday Kickoff: Everton reportedly hire Allardyce, Luiz linked to Real Madrid and more

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A manager once linked to the U.S. Men's National Team job is officially set for a Premier League gig.

Everton has reportedly agreed to a deal to hire Sam Allardyce as manager with former Leicester boss Craig Shakespeare set to join his staff. (REPORT)

Real Madrid is reportedly interested in signing David Luiz following the Brazilian's fall down the Chelsea depth chart.

Tuesday European Rewind: Leicester edges Tottenham, Man United downs Watford, and more

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Leicester City looked like their 2015-16 form as they triumped 2-1 over Tottenham Hotspur on Tuesday. Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez, both influential pieces in Leicester's title-winning campaign each netted goals at the King Power. Vardy's opener came in the 13th-minute as the forward chipped Hugo Lloris from a tough angle.

Victor Bernardez bids farewell to the Quakes in heartfelt Instagram message

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It's the end of an era for Victor 'Muma' Bernardez and the San Jose Earthquakes.

The 35-year-old sent an emotional goodbye message to Quakes supporters via Instagram, thanking them and everyone for their support during his six year spell at the club.

Bernardez, 35, announced that the 2017 season was his last at Avaya Stadium on the same day the Bay Area outfit announced that they had opted from exercising the option on the Honduran's contract.

Report: Wesley Sneijder linked with LAFC

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One of the most-rumored targets of MLS is back in the transfer speculation news.

Dutch midfielder Wesley Sneijder, who has been linked to MLS on countless occasions, has interest from expansion club LAFC, per AD in the Netherlands.

The report states Sneijder's agent has flown to Los Angeles to meet with officials from LAFC.

Bakero, Hilliard-Arce, Lillard headline semifinalists for MAC Hermann Trophy

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The most prestigious award in college soccer has narrowed its field of potential winners to 15.

Wake Forest's Jon Bakero, Stanford's Tomas Hilliard-Arce and North Carolina's Cam Lindley were among the 15 semifinalists for the MAC Hermann Trophy announced on Tuesday.

Eleven of the players on the men's list are seniors with two juniors, a sophomore and a freshman also included.

A look at the most interesting MLS players out of contract

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For the teams out of the MLS postseason, it's time to start looking ahead to the offseason, and the first step in looking ahead is moving on and making moves.

The league's non-postseason teams were required to make roster decisions on Monday, with many teams opting for pretty big overhauls.

Julian Green receives recognition for weekend performance

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Julian Green's name hasn't come up in the news much since making the U.S. Men's National Team World Cup squad in 2014. However, it appears Green is finally finding some comfort at what is now his fourth club.

Green has bounced around in different parts of the German soccer pyramid and ended up at Greuther Furth in the 2.

Americans Abroad Midweek Preview: Jonathan Gonzalez, DeAndre Yedlin and more

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While a full slate of Premier League action headlines the midweek schedule, Jonathan Gonzalez will look to lead Monterrey one step closer to a Liga MX crown.

Gonzalez and Monterrey take on Morelia on Thursday in the first leg of the Liga MX semifinals. Monterrey took care of business against Atlas with a 6-2 aggregate win in the quarterfinals as Gonzalez earned honors in the round's team of the week.

Tim Leiweke: 'I have my fears' on if MLS Miami comes together

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Tim Leiweke has been aiding David Beckham's push for an MLS team in Miami, but the longtime executive admitted there is still some doubt surrounding the project.

Leiweke joined up with Beckham's group in 2015 in an advisory role and has helped aid negotiations between the ownership team and the city of Miami.

NYCFC set for another roster overhaul following offseason departures

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After evaluating his first season at New York City FC, head coach Patrick Vieira elected to introduce 12 new faces to his program in 2017. Six fresh members in the starting XI and a deeper bench helped NYCFC to the second best regular season record in Major League Soccer.

However, another playoff disappointment left an acrid taste.

Tuesday Kickoff: Colombian official testifies on Qatar bribes, Everton after Allardyce and more

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A South American official testified regarding 2022 World Cup bribes while Everton is reportedly closing in on a manager.

Former president of Colombia's football federation Luis Bedoya saysthat an executive told him up to $15 million in bribe money was available for South American officials ahead of the vote to award Qatar the 2022 World Cup.

MLS Contract Deadline Day Roundup

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Monday was the deadline for teams eliminated from the MLS Cup Playoffs to announce their 2018 contract options. Four clubs, Atlanta United. Montreal Impact, Orlando City, and Philadelphia Union already made their announcements earlier in the month.

Here's the roundup for each of the teams;

Atlanta United (Announced November 20)
Exercised Options:Alec Kann, Mikey Ambrose, Julian Gressel, Andrew Wheeler-Omiunu,andRomario Williams
Declined Options:Alex Tambakis,Mark Bloom,Zach Loyd,Harrison Heath,and Jeffrey Otoo.

MLS Ticker: Vanney wins Coach of the Year, Red Bulls buy Murillo, and more

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Greg Vanney has been named the MLS coach of the year, beating out Gerardo "Tata" Martino and Veljko Paunovic for the honor. The Toronto FC boss won with an average of 37.07 percent of the player, club, and media votes.

Vanney, who was also named SBI's MLS Coach of the Year last week, led Toronto FC to the best record in MLS regular season history with 69 points.

Report: Expansion presented as option for Columbus should Crew move to Austin

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A recent meeting between Columbus Crew ownership, MLS leadership and Columbus officials left all involved frustrated. Now, details have begun to emerge regarding one potential possibility for what happens if a move to Austin goes through.

According to the Columbus Dispatch, it was suggested that the city of Columbus could apply for a new expansion team if the Crew were moved to Austin during a November 15 meeting between the parties.

U.S. Club Soccer to host U.S. Soccer President candidate forum on Tuesday

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U.S. Club Soccer, a division of U.S. Soccer responsible for fostering the growth of soccer clubs in the country, will host a forum of candidates for the U.S. Soccer presidential election Tuesday in Chicago.

Paul Caligiuri, Steve Gans, Kyle Martino, and Eric Wynalda are all expected to attend.

Report: Anthony Hudson to Rapids a 'done deal'

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The New Zealand Herald reports that recently resigned All Whites head coach Anthony Hudson is set to take over the Colorado Rapids.

Hudson was first linked to the job in late October, when he was tipped as their preferred candidate. At the time, Rapids sporting director Padraig Smith said, "We know who we want, and I'm very happy to say that we're in the final stages," after committing to a global search, including looking for candidates in Oceania.

This Week's Soccer on TV

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It's a busy soccer slate as the Premier League invades your work week and some European cups slip in there with them.

The Premier League has a full round of matches on Tuesday and Wednesday, highlighted by Leicester City hosting a struggling Tottenham squad. Spurs only have one point in their last two matches after falling to archrivals Arsenal and following that up with a lackluster 1-1 draw against West Bromwich Albion at Wembley.

Report: Peru could play USMNT or Mexico in March friendly

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Peru's preparation for its first World Cup appearance since 1982 could involve the U.S. Men's National Team or Mexico.

According to El Tiempo, Peru could play one of the CONCACAF nations during the double-friendly date in March.

"In March there is a double FIFA date where we have specific matches with the U.

Robert Lewandowski, wife eye 'dream' move to Los Angeles

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Robert Lewandowski and his wife, Anna, have set their sights on Los Angeles.

Speaking to Business Insider Poland, the wife of the Bayern Munich star says the two are hoping to move to Los Angeles before the end of the forward's career. Anna Lewandowska is a health food blogger that owns her own company, Foods by Ann.

Americans Abroad Weekend Rewind: Matt Miazga, Terrence Boyd, Julian Green and more

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It was a very busy weekend for Americans playing abroad, with goals and disappointments coming in equal measure throughout Europe and Mexico.

Terrence Boyd, Matt Miazga and Julian Green led the way in terms of goals, with Boyd proving the headliner with a pair of finishes in a thrilling 3-3 draw against Union Berlin.

Monday Kickoff: Dortmund sticking with Bosz, AC Milan appoints Gattuso and more

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Changes won't be coming to Borussia Dortmund just yet while AC Milan made a massive move to appoint a club legend.

Despite this past weekend's collapse against Schalke, Borussia Dortmund is set to stick with manager Peter Bosz. (REPORT)

AC Milan announced the departure of managerVincenzo Montella, who will be replaced by Gennaro Gattuso.

European Weekend Rewind: Chelsea draws Liverpool, Gladbach defeats Bayern, and more

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Two of the English Premier League's historic clubs took centerstage on Saturday as Liverpool faced Chelsea at Anfield. Despite several chances from each team, the sides had to share the points in a 1-1 draw. Mohamed Salah continued his dominant run, scoring Liverpool's opener after 65 minutes. The Egyptian finished off Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's assist for his 10th league goal of the campaign.

Miazga's winner gives Vitesse shutout home win

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Matt Miazga's main goal for Vitesse Arnhem is to help his side keep clean sheets and limit their opponents chances offensively.

On Sunday the 22-year-old American played the hero, scoring the winning goal in Vitesse's 2-0 triumph over ADO Den Haag.

'87 GOAL #Vitesse: 1-0!

Earthquakes appoint Swede Mikael Stahre as head coach and call him a 'great leader'

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The San Jose Earthquakes have confirmed Mikael Stahre as their new manager on a multi-year contract. The 42-year old replaces Chris Leitch, who will regain his position as technical director following a sixth month spell at the helm of the first-team.

The former BK Häken boss will have the likes of Steve Ralston on his technical staff, who has been a mainstay in San Jose since 2015.

Pulisic, McKennie ready to square off in Revierderby

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Christian Pulisic and Weston McKennie are two of the USMNT's brightest young stars. The two teenagers are mere weeks apart in age, and, for the first time ever, will play a competitive match against each other on Saturday.

This weekend's big rivalry match in Germany is the Revierderby between Pulisic's Borussia Dortmund and McKennie's Schalke 04.

European Weekend Preview: Chelsea travels to Liverpool, Monaco hosts PSG, and more

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Following an action-packed week of UEFA Champions League matches, domestic action continues this weekend with some top matches taking centerstage. Two historic clubs in England's top-flight will duke it out in the race for the top four. Liverpool, coming off a 3-3 draw against Sevilla midweek, will welcome Chelsea to Anfield on Saturday.

USMNT up to 24th in latest FIFA rankings

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Despite not qualifying for the World Cup and only playing a low-stakes friendly against Portugal, the U.S. Men's National Team is on the rise through the FIFA ranks once again,

The USMNT climbed three spots up to 24th in the world in the latest batch of FIFA Rankings released on Thursday. That has them second overall in the CONCACAF region, behind only Mexico at 16, where they also were last rankings period.

Americans Abroad Weekend Preview: Christian Pulisic, Weston McKennie and more

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Two young Americans could go head-to-head in one of German soccer's best rivalries.

Christian Pulisic and Weston McKennie face off over the weekend as Borussia Dortmund takes on Schalke in Bundesliga play. Pulisic's status remains a bit questionable after the midfielder missed out on Champions League action due to injury.

This Weekend's Soccer on TV

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France takes center stage in what's another busy week of soccer on your television.

Fresh off thumping Celtic in the Champions League, Neymar and Paris Saint-Germain face their toughest test in France to date. The French leaders travel south to face AS Monaco on Sunday, the defending Ligue 1 champions, in a match that will put their unbeaten record to the test.

Friday Kickoff: Hazard states 'admiration' for Real Madrid, Thiago injured and more

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After recently praising Zinedine Zidane, Eden Hazard has spoken about Real Madrid yet again.

Eden Hazard says he has "admiration" for Real Madrid while adding that he is currently focused on his time at Chelsea. (REPORT)

Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago is set for an extended layoff due to a torn thigh muscle.

Happy Thanksgiving from the team at SBI Soccer

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Hello everybody. It is Thanksgiving Day, that day of the year you come to SBI looking for a soccer fix and find this familiar waving turkey greeting you.

It's been a rough year for American soccer fans, so some of you might feel like there isn't much to be thankful for. As painful as it was for many to see the USMNT miss out on the 2018 World Cup, there is still plenty for us to all be thankful for.

Sounders still seeking improvement after first leg win

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Anytime you can put in a strong performance on the road in the postseason, you're putting yourself in a great position to contend for a championship.

The Seattle Sounders took a huge step in making their second consecutive MLS Cup final appearance with a 2-0 first leg victory over the Houston Dynamo at BBVA Compass Stadium on Tuesday evening.

Sources: Quakes set to hire Mikael Stahre as head coach

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The San Jose Earthquakes are set to hire Mikael Stahre as the club's new head coach, sources with knowledge of the situation have confirmed to SBI.

The hiring of Stahre, first reported by Expressen, is yet to finalized, but is in the final stages, one of the sources tells SBI. An announcement from the club is expected in the coming weeks.

UCL Wednesday Rewind: Juventus draws Barcelona, Atletico defeats Roma, and more

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Matchday 5 of the UEFA Champions League concluded on Wednesday as 16 teams were in action across Europe.

The top fixture featured Juventus welcoming Barcelona to Turin as both looked to remain in the hunt for the top spot in Group D. Barcelona had defeated Juve 3-0 earlier in this competition, and the Old Lady was looking for revenge against the Catalan side.

Shorthanded TFC takes care of first leg business in Columbus

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First legs can usually be described as drab affairs. More often than not, opening legs feature two teams afraid to make a mistake and throw away an entire series with one costly moment.

"Drab" is one way to describe Tuesday's clash between Toronto FC and the Columbus Crew. However, TFC would probably describe the 0-0 draw as something entirely different.

Christian Pulisic returns to Dortmund training ahead of Schalke clash

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After missing two vital matches, Christian Pulisic could be back in the Borussia Dortmund lineup in time for a rivalry clash with a fellow American star.

Pulisic returned to Dortmund training on Wednesday after missing defeats to Stuttgart and Tottenham due to a muscle issue. The latter loss saw Dortmund crash out of the Champions League group stage, although a third-place finish and a Europa League berth are still on the table.

UEFA Champions League Wednesday Preview: Juventus hosts Barcelona, Roma travels to Atletico, and more

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Matchday 5 in the UEFA Champions League continues this week with several mouth-watering fixtures on display.

The premier match comes from Turin as Juventus hosts Barcelona in a rematch of last year's quarterfinals. Barcelona defeated the Old Lady 3-0 earlier this group-stage and is one of the in-form sides in all of Europe.

Americans Abroad Tuesday Rewind: Omar Gonzalez, Lynden Gooch and more

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Tuesday was certainly an up and down day for Americans Abroad.

While Christian Pulisic missed out on a UEFA Champions League loss due to injury, Omar Gonzalez scored the game-winning goal just moments into Pachuca's Copa MX semifinal win over Atlante. Gonzalez and co. will now face Jonathan Gonzalez's Monterrey in the tournament final, ensuring a trophy win for an American.

Wednesday Kickoff: Courtois not pushing for new deal, Arsenal after Goretzka and more

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Chelsea's goalkeeper will wait for a new contract while Arsenal is after a midfield star.

Thibualt Courtois says he is in no rush to finalize a new deal with Chelsea. (REPORT)

Arsenal is reportedly hoping to sign Schalke midfielder Leon Goretzka in January. (REPORT)

Sevilla coach Eduardo Berizzo has been diagnosed with prostate cancer.

Crew shake off criticism of missed opportunity at home

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Everything appeared like it was lining up for the Columbus Crew to take an advantage in the Eastern Conference final on Tuesday night.

However, the Crew left Mapfre Stadium with a 0-0 draw against Toronto FC with 90 minutes to be played next Wednesday at BMO Field.

Despite the critiques that would call Tuesday a missed opportunity, the Crew feel comfortable with their position going into the second leg.

MLS Playoff Tuesday: Your Running Commentary

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After an extended break, the MLS playoffs return on Tuesday with the start of the conference finals.

Tuesday night's festivities begin in Columbus as Toronto FC visits the Columbus Crew for the first leg of the Eastern Conference final (8 p.m., ESPN). The Supporters' Shield winners enter Tuesday's match shorthanded with both Jozy Altidore and Sebastian Giovinco out of action due to suspension, while the Crew possess a full complement of players after holding off NYCFC in the conference semifinal round.

Crew, TFC play to tepid draw to open Eastern Conference final

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COLUMBUS The first game of the MLS playoffs after a 16-day layoff failed to create separation between Toronto FC and the Columbus Crew.

The two sides played to a 0-0 draw in front of a sold out crowd at Mapfre Stadiumon Tuesdaynight where the loudest noise from the crowd came from expletive-laden chants directed at Crew owner Anthony Precourt and MLS commissioner Don Garber.

Sounders pick up dominant away win over 10-man Dynamo

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The Seattle Sounders took a major step towards returning to the MLS Cup final with a near-flawless performance in Houston.

Gustav Svensson and Will Bruin provided a pair of away goals for the visiting Sounders, who topped the 10-man Houston Dynamo, 2-0, at BBVAA Compass Stadium on Tuesday night.

Michael Bradley: Columbus has "fallen behind" and "hasn't keep pace" with growth of MLS

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The situation in Columbus has not gotten better since an MLS game was last played on November 5.

Despite the raucous crowd at Mapfre Stadium on Tuesday night for the first leg of the Eastern Conference final, one of the league's biggest names didn't shy away from a harsh, but honest critique.

USL set to bring team to Chicago in 2020

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Chicago is set to be the latest American city with two professional men's soccer teams.

Starting in 2020, the Windy City's north side will be home to a new United Soccer League expansion club, the league announced on Tuesday.

The to-be second division outfit was purchased by Sterling Bay, a developing company based out of Chicago, and will play in a proposed 20,000-seat stadium that will be constructed alongside the Chicago River in the city's Lincoln Park and Bucktown neighborhoods.

UCL Tuesday Rewind: Tottenham edges Dortmund, Sevilla draws Liverpool, and more

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Matchday 5 of the UEFA Champions League got underway on Tuesday with several teams earning important wins in their quest for qualification into the knockout round.

Tottenham Hotspur fought their way back from a first-half deficit to down Borussia Dortmund 2-1 at Signal Iduna Park. Mauricio Pochettino's side, who had guaranteed a spot into the next round in their last match, currently top Group H after tonight's win.

Christian Pulisic left out of Champions League clash due to muscle injury

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Christian Pulisic will miss a second straight game for Borrusia Dortmund due to the same "muscle injury" that kept the American out of action against Dortmund's match against Stuttgart in league play days prior.

The German side, who have not announced how long Pulisic will be out of action for, take on Tottenham in a vital must-win Champions League match.

MLS Ticker: Kenwyne Jones retires, Rapids sign Swedish midfielder, and more

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Kenwyne Jones is hanging up his boots.

The former Premier Leaguer spent one last season of play with Atlanta United before calling it quits. The 33-year-old forward didn't produce much for The Five Stripes. He only appeared in 17 matches with five starts. He only had two goals on the entire season.

MLS Playoff Preview: Houston Dynamo vs. Seattle Sounders

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The Houston Dynamo stunned the Portland Timbers at Providence Park in the Western Conference semifinals, sealing a major upset of a team considered to be among the league's favorites.

Their reward? A clash with the reigning MLS Cup champions, a team that's beginning to find its stride at the right time.

MLS Playoff Preview: Columbus Crew vs. Toronto FC

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After holding on despite a furious NYCFC comeback, the Columbus Crew now face-off with a Toronto FC team that enters the Eastern Conference finals shorthanded.

The Crew, who have thrived on the field despite the relocation rumors of the last month, have everything set up for them to win the first leg in front of their home fans.

Americans Abroad Midweek Preview: Christian Pulisic, Jonathan Gonzalez and more

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It's a big week for Americans Abroad in a variety of competitions as Thanksgiving approaches.

In the UEFA Champions League, Christian Pulisic and Borussia Dortmund are fighting for their tournament lives heading into a clash with Tottenham, but it remains to be seen if the American will be healthy enough to take the field.

UEFA Champions League Tuesday Preview: Dortmund hosts Tottenham, Liverpool faces Sevilla, and more

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The UEFA Champions League returns this week with several teams looking to claim a spot in the tournament's knockout round.

A pair of EPL sides face tough tasks on the road, starting with Tottenham's visit to Borussia Dortmund. Spurs downed Dortmund, 3-1, at Wembley back in September, and will look to do the same this time around during the trip to Germany.

Tuesday Kickoff: Aubameyang set to return, Barcelona after 'finishing touch' and more

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While one star returns to his team's lineup, Barcelona looks ahead to adding a new star of their own.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is set to return to the Dortmund lineup following a suspension for disciplinary issues. (REPORT)

Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu says the club probably needs to add a "finishing touch" via a January signing.

Levante coach full of praise after Shaq Moore's La Liga debut

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American defender Shaq Moore received some praise from his manager at Levante after his first league start.

Moore made his first La Liga start on Sunday when Levante defeated Las Palmas, 2-0. The right back went all 90 minutes and was credited with a blocked shot and an intercepted pass throughout what proved to be a composed performance.

Young American prospects who could be the next to enjoy European first-team breakthroughs

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The past several weeks have seen several Americans make major leaps while featuring abroad. Keaton Parks recently made his Benfica debut while Shaq Moore appears to have locked down a more consistent role at Levante. Luca de la Torre is making waves at Fulham with several consistent appearances while future stars in Weston McKennie and Jonathan Gonzalez continue to be backbones for their respective teams.

SBI MLS Newcomer of the Year: Nemanja Nikolic

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Nemanja Nikolic took MLS by storm in his first season in the league. He tallied 24 goals, which led the league, while taking a Chicago Fire team that had the worst record in the Eastern Conference each of the past two seasons back to the playoffs in 2017.

His outstanding year has him recognized as SBI's MLS Newcomer of the Year for 2017.

SBI MLS Coach of the Year: Greg Vanney

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Winning the Supporters' Shield while finishing with the best record in the history of MLS will certainly earn a team a lot of recognition. While Toronto FC had the high end talents of Sebastian Giovinco, Michael Bradley, Jozy Altidore, and more available to them, it took a special head coach like Greg Vanney to get the team to gel together into one of the greatest forces the league has ever seen.

Orlando City heads into offseason with penty of room for improvement

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Jason Kreis' first full season in charge of Orlando City started better than most expected, and finished worst than most expected.

The Lions were cruising into May atop the standings and riding one of the best starts in MLS history. The new downtown stadium was a fortress, and visiting teams seemingly had no chance of leaving with points in hand.

MLS Ticker: David Villa not considering retirement, LAFC reportedly adds Egyptian international, and more

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David Villa has been a masterful player in Major League Soccer since joining New York City FC in 2015. In his three seasons in MLS, Villa has tallied 65 goals and added 14 assists in 98 league appearances.

The 35-year-old has continued to defy the odds despite getting older, and doesn't show any signs of stopping.

Joanthan Gonzalez's Monterrey, William Yarbrough's Club Leon headline Liga MX Liguilla field

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Several Americans will have hopes of leading their team to a major trophy as the Liga MX Apertura Liguilla field has been finalized.

Jonathan Gonzalez and Monterrey headline the field after cruising through the regular season en route to a first-place finish. Gonzalez appeared in 15 league matches this season, rapidly becoming one of the league's top midfield anchors.

Marcus Rashford: Tim Howard was my idol

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Tim Howard's time at Manchester United serves as an unlikely inspiration to one of the sport's brightest young stars.

Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford says the U.S. Men's National Team goalkeeper was his childhood "idol". Rashford, who played as a goalkeeper during his youth, looked up to and tried to emulate Howard, who made 77 appearances for Man United from2003 to 2007

"My first season, I went in net," Rashford told The Sunday Times.

This Week's Soccer on TV

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Continental action returns to the soccer world this week as the UEFA Champions League and Europa League both roll on with the penultimate round of group stage action.

Highlighting Tuesday's slate is Christian Pulisic's Borussia Dortmund fighting for survival as they host Tottenham Hotspur at Signal Iduna Park.

Americans Abroad Weekend Rewind: Shaq Moore, Keaton Parks and more

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It was a big weekend for young Americans Abroad as several experienced personal milestones while others put forth major performances.

Keaton Parks and Shaq Moore headlined the weekend's action as each made a memorable debut. Parks joined the Benfica first team for the first time, providing an assist in a 2-0 cup win.

Monday Kickoff: de Gea linked to Real Madrid again, Italian FA president resigns and more

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A long-discussed transfer rumor lives on while changes are coming to the Italian FA.

Real Madrid is reportedly still after David de Gea as the club looks to seal a move next summer. (REPORT)

Carlo Tavecchio has resigned as Italian FA president one week after the national team failed to qualify for the World Cup.

Sunday European Rewind: Sampdoria shocks Juventus, Schalke defeats Hamburg, and more

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Sampdoria provided the shock of the weekend across European action, as the hosts downed Juventus 3-2 at the Luigi Ferraris Stadium. The hosts held on for three points in a second-half which saw a five goal explosion between both teams. Duvan Zapata's opener came in the 52nd-minute for Sampdoria, before Lucas Torreira doubled the lead after 71 minutes.

American midfielder Keaton Parks makes first-team debut for Benfica

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Texas-born American midfielder Keaton Parks made his first-team debut for Portuguese giant Benfica on Saturday, coming off the bench in a 2-0 Taca de Portugal win against Setubal.

Parks came off the bench and played 21 minutes in is first match with Benfica since joining from Portuguese second-division side Varzim in the summer.

Saturday European Rewind: Arsenal edges Tottenham, Roma downs Lazio, and more

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European domestic action returned this weekend with several local derbies on tap for all. A North London Derby took place at the Emirates on Saturday with Arsenal defeating Tottenham Hotspur 2-0. The Gunners used a pair of first-half goals to down their rivals for a much-needed league win. Shkodran Mustafi headed in Arsenal's opener after 36 minutes, from a set piece situation.

Christian Pulisic out of match against Stuttgart due to muscle injury

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Christian Pulisic missed out on the most recent U.S. Men's National Team camp to remain with his club team, but the Borussia Dortmund attacker is set to miss the first post-international break match as well due to a recent injury.

Borussia Dortmund announced that Pulisic will miss Friday's clash with Stuttgart due to a "muscular problem".

A look at the biggest needs for the eliminated MLS playoff teams

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For eight teams, the MLS playoffs ended too soon, at least in their own eyes. Just four teams remain in the postseason chase but, for those that have fallen throughout the knockout and conference semifinal rounds, it is time to reassess.

The knockout rounds saw the Chicago Fire, Atlanta United, San Jose Earthquakes and Sporting Kansas City ejected from the playoffs, while the conference semis claimed NYCFC, the New York Red Bulls, Portland Timbers and Vancouver Whitecaps.

Americans Abroad Weekend Preview: Weston McKennie, DeAndre Yedlin and more

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Following the U.S. Men's National Team's draw with Portugal, several players that took the field on Tuesday face massive matches on the club level.

In Germany, Weston McKennie returns to Schalke for a clash of Americans against Bobby Wood's Hamburg. Christian Pulisic, who was not a part of USMNT camp, leads Borussia Dortmund against Stuttgar while John Brooks looks to build on a strong USMNT performance as Wolfsburg takes on Caleb Stanko and Freiburg.

European Weekend Preview: Atletico welcomes Real Madrid, Tottenham travels to Arsenal, and more

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After some thrilling World Cup Qualifying playoffs, domestic action returns in Europe this weekend with some top derbies on tap. The Madrid Derby takes place on Saturday as Atletico welcomes Real Madrid to Wanda Metropolitano in a battle of third vs. fourth. Atletico are unbeaten in their last eight matches across all competitions, but have drawn six of them.

Friday Kickoff: Zidane won't rule out Neymar signing, Aubemayang suspension and more

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The rumor mill is churning out some wild ones this time of year, but Real Madrid's manager wouldn't rule out one of the more outlandish reports.

Zinedine Zidane coyly refused to rule out a move for Neymar, saying "who knows" what moves Real Madrid could make in the future. (REPORT)

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang says he does not understand why he has been suspended by Borussia Dortmund after earning a punishment for "disciplinary reasons".

This Weekend's Soccer on TV

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It's a big rivalry week in Europe, with derbies in London, Rome and Madrid headlining an action-packed weekend.

The action gets started bright and early on Saturday morning when Arsenal welcomes their North London enemy Tottenham Hotspur into the Emirates Stadium. The Gunners are winless against Spurs since March of 2014.

Report: Caleb Porter out as Timbers head coach

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Caleb Porter's tenure as Portland Timbers head coach is reportedly coming to an end.

FourFourTwo USA reports the man who led the Timbers to the 2015 MLS Cup title is out of a job. The move was reportedly his decision.

Porter was hired as Timbers coach in 2013, when he led them to the top seed in the Western Conference before losing in the conference final to Real Salt Lake.

The SBI 2017 College Cup Preview

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The road to Philadelphia begins on Thursday for the 48 teams selected to play in the NCAA Men's Soccer Championship.

The action starts on Thursday with 16 play-in games with the winners taking on the 16 seeded teams in the second round on Sunday.

The final four will be played December 8 and 10 at Talen Energy Stadium, the home of the Philadelphia Union.

All look at the final field for the 2018 World Cup

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World Cup Qualifying officially ended Wednesday night when Peru knocked off New Zealand, 2-0, to seal the final open place in Russia.

All 32 qualified teams have been broken up into four pots for the group stage draw, which takes place at The Kremlin on Dec. 1. The first pot features Russia, as the host nation, and the top seven teams in the tournament based on their FIFA ranking.

Geoff Cameron still out for Stoke City with concussion problems

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Stoke City will once again be without the services of American defender Geoff Cameron, who remains unavailable for the Potters.

Cameron, 32, suffered a concussion in a Stoke training session over two weeks ago, and has not featured since Oct. 21 in a 2-1 loss vs. AFC Bournemouth.

Stoke boss Mark Hughes announced on Thursday that the U.

Report: CONCACAF agrees to launch new Nations League, starting September 2018

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CONCACAF appears to be adding a new tournament for North American, Central American, and Caribbean countries.

Reuters reports that the competition will be called the Nations League and will feature all 41 member countries of the confederation.

The tournament, slated to begin in September 2018, will see those nations split into three divisions, based on their "sporting level" with promotion and relegation to occur.

Jonathan Gonzalez picks up injury in Monterrey's Copa MX semifinal victory

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Jonathan Gonzalez has been a vital part of Monterrey's run through Mexican soccer this season, but, with big games looming, the young midfielder could be in danger of missing time.

Gonzalez picked up an injury in Monterrey's Copa MX semifinal win over Club America on Wednesday night. The 19-year-old midfielder was carted off the field in the 57th minute of a match that saw Monterrey emerge victorious in penalty kicks following a scoreless draw.

North Carolina FC departs NASL to join USL

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With the NASL season now officially complete, North Carolina FC has made a widely-reported move to the USL.

The club announced Thursday that it has moved to the USL with a move that is effective immediately. The move, according to the club, ensures the team will play in a league that "has a proven relationship with Major League Soccer and has experienced impressive growth in North America".

Columbus city leaders left 'disappointed and frustrated' after meeting with Crew ownership

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A meeting between Columbus city officials and members of Precourt Sports Ventures on Tuesday didn't end amicably as both sides appear far apart when it comes to keeping the Crew in town.

In a joint statement fromColumbus Mayor Andrew J. Ginther and Alex Fischer, president and CEO of the Columbus Partnership, the city leaders said that they were "disappointed and frustrated" by the events of Tuesday's meeting, which was attended by Crewowner Anthony Precourt and MLS commissioner Don Garber.

Cincinnati expansion bid hits snag day after announcement of privately-funded stadium

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With a month left before MLS announces the first two teams in the next round of expansion, things are heating up in Cincinnati.

A day after the FC Cincinnati ownership held a press conference to announce they'll fund 100 percent of a new soccer-specific stadium, the Hamilton County commissioners held a media briefing of their own on funding the infrastructure surrounding the purposed stadium.

Orlando City goalkeeper Mason Stajduhar set for bone cancer treatment

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Orlando City Homegrown goalkeeper Mason Stajduhar is set to begin treatment this week after being diagnosed with a type of bone cancer.

The club announced on Wednesday that Stajduhar has beendiagnosed with Localized Ewing Sarcoma. An exam by team doctors uncovered a cancerous lesion, prompting further examinations and the eventual diagnosis.

Thursday Kickoff: Italy after 'big name' coach, pressure on Dortmund and more

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After their World Cup failure, Italy is reportedly looking to make a splash.

Italian Football Federation president Carlo Tavecchio says he is looking to hire a "big name" successor to Gian Piero Ventura after Italy failed to make the World Cup. (REPORT)

Borussia Dortmund boss Peter Bosz says he feels increased pressure at the club following a poor run of form.

Peru downs New Zealand, clinches final World Cup spot

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After being held to a scoreless draw in their first leg playoff in New Zealand, Peru knew a much better performance was needed at home to clinch a World Cup berth.

A 2-0 victory in Lima by the hosts on Wednesday evening proved just that as Peru qualified as the final team for next summer's tournament.

San Francisco Deltas fold just days after winning NASL crown

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Just a few days after lifting the NASL trophy, the San Francisco Deltas have officially folded.

According to the Mercury News, the Deltas concluded operations on Wednesday after toppling the New York Cosmos, 2-0, in Sunday's NASL finale.

"It's hard to believe how far we've come in less than three years," Deltas founder Ricardo Geromel told the Mercury News.

Report: Clint Dempsey agrees to one-year deal to remain with Sounders

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Clint Dempsey and the Seattle Sounders face the Houston Dynamo in the Western Conference finals in the coming weeks but, win or lose, it won't be the forward's last season with the club.

ESPN reported on Wednesday that Dempsey has agreed to a one-year Designated Player deal to remain with the club.

Jozy Altidore suspension upheld by independent panel

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After an appeal process, it turns out Jozy Altidore is set for a suspension after all.

Toronto FC announced on Wednesday that an independent panel has upheld Altidore's red card from the second leg of TFC's Eastern Conference semifinal clash against the New York Red Bulls. Altidore was dismissed following an incident with Sacha Kljestan and the Red Bulls in the tunnel at halftime.

Scurry, Machnik elected into National Soccer Hall of Fame

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Former U.S. Women's National Team goalkeeper Briana Scurry and long time player, coach, referee, and broadcaster Dr. Joe Machnik are the newest members of the National Soccer Hall of Fame.

The pair will be inducted in a ceremony in Orlando on Feb. 10.

Scurry was the goalkeeper for the USWNT when they won the 1999 Women's World Cup in a penalty shootout over China.

Highlights: USMNT 1, Portugal 1

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Report: Memphis to join USL in 2019

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Memphis is next in the USL expansion process.

The Tennessee city will be host to a second-division club starting in 2019, according to the Memphis Business Journal.

"We have approved an ownership group.We have approved the stadium plan they have presented to us, and we have now approved moving forward with Memphis to have a USL club — professional soccer — starting for the 2019 season," USL president Jake Edwards said.

Australia advances to fourth straight World Cup with win over Honduras

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The 31st World Cup berth was handed out early Wednesday morning as CONCACAF saw its playoff representative fall.

Australia knocked off Honduras, 3-1, in the intercontinental playoff between Asia and North America. Mile Jedinak notched a hat-trick for the Socceroos in the second half to send the crowd in Sydney into a day-long celebration.

The SBI View: Proposed World Cup reject tournament makes little logistic sense

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Everyone seems to have an opinion on U.S. Soccer these days, especially after the failure to qualify for the World Cup.

But one thing most people are in agreement on is the USMNT needs to play the best competition in the next few years to help the new generation acclimate to the international game.

USMNT 1, Portugal 1: The SBI Breakdown

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By and large, the U.S. Men's National Team's friendly against Portugal was a success. Granted, it was a minor success in a year filled with a program-dehabilitating setback, but it was a success nonetheless.

The U.S. picked up a 1-1 draw against the reigning European champions on Tuesday afternoon in the final game of 2017.

Wednesday Kickoff: Atletico confident of Griezmann stay, Juventus eyes midfielders and more

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Despite rumors linking the club's star forward to Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona, Atletico Madrid is confident they can hold on.

Atletico Madrid presidentEnrique Cerezo says he believes Antoine Griezmann will remain with the club. (REPORT)

Juventus general manager Beppe Marotta confirmed that the club is interested in Leon Goretzka and Emre Can.

MLS announces 2017 Expansion Draft, key offseason dates

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With Major League Soccer Playoffs in full-swing, the league unveiled the 2017 offseason schedule on Tuesday afternoon.

Several key events such as the 2017 MLS Expansion Draft, the upcoming free agency period, the 2017 MLS Waiver Draft, and Re-Entry Draft all were announced via the league's website.

Eriksen propels Denmark past Ireland, into 2018 World Cup

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After being frustrated in a first-leg scoreless draw against the Republic of Ireland on Saturday, Denmark knew a better performance was needed to claim a World Cup berth.

Christian Eriksen led the way with a hat-trick on Tuesday as the Danes steamrolled Ireland, 5-1 at Aviva Stadium to book a spot in the 2018 tournament.

Arena 'would have bet on' Miazga, Brooks pairing at World Cup

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Former U.S. Men's National Team boss Bruce Arena made an appearance on Fox Sports 1's broadcast for Tuesday's friendly against Portugal, and he didn't shy away from projections from what could have been.

Arena stated that the center back pairing of John Brooks and Matt Miazga would've been his choice had the USMNT qualified for the World Cup in Russia next summer.

SBI USMNT Man of the Match: Weston McKennie

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Weston McKennie couldn't have asked for a better U.S. Men's National Team debut.

The 19-year-old Schalke midfielder found the back of the net in his first start in the USMNT's first game since failing to advance to the World Cup. The goal and McKennie's play in the midfield earned the young Schalke star honors as SBI USMNT Man of the Match.

Report: U.S. Soccer exploring idea of games against big-name teams to miss World Cup

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Don't get your hopes up yet, but there is a chance the U.S. Men's National Team could compete against some of the other big-name countries that missed out on the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

According to ESPN, U.S. Soccer and SUM are exploring matches between the USMNT, Italy, Chile, Ghana and the Netherlands.

Weston McKennie scores as USMNT earns tie with Portugal

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The U.S. Men's National Team's young guns got their first experience of senior action on Tuesday and it was one of the team's youngest players that provided a goal in a solid performance in Portugal.

Weston McKennie scored a first half goal from the USMNT, but an Ethan Horvath blunder saw Portugal come back and earn a 1-1 draw at theEstádio Dr.

USMNT vs. Portugal: Live Commentary

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The U.S. Men's National Team is set to close the 2017 campaign by beginning a new era.

Roughly a month after seeing World Cup dreams dashed, a very new-look USMNT squad is set to face Portugal in the final game of the 2017 season. The squad is a young one, and the starting lineup features young faces like Tyler Adams, Weston McKennie, Matt Miazga and Ethan Horvath.

Didier Drogba set to retire after 2018 season

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One of the game's legends is nearing the end of his playing career.

Didier Drogba announced that he is set to retire at the end of the 2018 season. The former Chelsea and Montreal Impact forward is currently a player-owner for Phoenix Rising of the USL.

"Do you want a scoop? I think next year will be my last season," Drogba told RMC.

American midfielder Keaton Parks training with Benfica first team

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While several young American stars take the field in Portugal with the U.S. Men's National Team, another young midfielder is making moves with one of the country's biggest teams.

20-year-old American midfielder Keaton Parks has been working with Benfica's senior team throughout the international break.

Highlights: Louisville City 1, Swope Park Rangers 0

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Brad Friedel feels excited, prepared for first professional coaching job with Revs

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New England Revolution head coach Brad Friedel and general manager Mike Burns are more than familiar with each other, but it wasn't just the close connection between the former U.S. Men's National Team players that brought Friedel to New England.

"Brad was one of my first calls, and he said it – not as a friend," Burns said at Friedel's introductory press conference on Monday.

Late goal gives Louisville City their first USL title

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Louisville City FC is the new USL champion.

It took 88 minutes for them to break the deadlock, but Cameron Lancaster's 88th minute header allowed them to lift their first ever USL Cup with a 1-0 win over Swope Park Rangers in front of a sellout crowd of 14,456 at Slugger Field on Monday night.

Tuesday Kickoff: Sweden boss dismisses talk of Zlatan return, Italy stars retire and more

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Italy's loss to Sweden has carried major ramifications for both sides.

Sweden boss Janne Andersson dismissed questions regarding Zlatan Ibrahimovic returning to the team after qualifying for the World Cup. (REPORT)

Daniele De Rossi, Giorgio Chiellini and Andrea Barzagli have joined Gianluigi Buffon in retiring from the Italian national team following Monday's defeat.

Italy draw Sweden, miss first World Cup since 1958

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The 2018 World Cup will be missing another global giant.

Italy have failed to qualify for the World Cup for the first time since 1958 after a scoreless draw against Sweden at the San Siro in Milan concluded a 1-0 aggregate loss in the UEFA qualification playoffs.

The Azzurri had their chances to draw level in this match.

Wake Forest, Indiana highlight 2017 College Cup bracket

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The NCAA regular season and conference tournaments have come to a close and we are left with 48 teams competing for the national championship this fall.

The first round of the 2017 Men's College Cup kicks off on Thursday. The top 16 seeded schools will have a bye for this stage, as they await the winners of the opening slate.

Who Should the USMNT Start vs. Portugal?

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For the first time since the disastrous day in Trinidad & Tobago, the U.S. Men's National Team is set to take the field against Portugal.

It's certainly not the USMNT of old. Familiar faces like Michael Bradley, Jozy Altidore and Clint Dempsey are absent as they continue on through the MLS playoffs.

USMNT to open 2018 against Bosnia and Herzegovina

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The next step in the rebuilding process for the U.S. Men's National Team program after Tuesday's friendly in Portugal will take place at a familiar site on Jan. 28.

The USMNT will host Bosnia and Herzegovina at the StubHub Center in a match that will most likely feature domestic-based players.

For first time in years, competition wide open for starting USMNT goalkeeping spot

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There are plenty of positional battles throughout the U.S. Men's National Team pool. It's only natural given the state of the team, which now faces a lengthy rebuilding process. Naturally, old stars are phased out and new stars are, hopefully, brought in, tested and ready to roll by the time competitive matches resume.

Next generation of USMNT stars ready for opportunity against Portugal

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A month of the heartbreaking disappointment of failing to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, there's a renewed sense of excitement in the U.S. Men's National Team camp.

Interim manager Dave Sarachan called in plenty of fresh faces, some of whom may have been valuable in October if given the opportunity, for Tuesday's friendly against Portugal.

World Cup Qualifying Preview: Italy travels to Sweden, Australia hosts Honduras, and more

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28 teams have already booked their place in the 2018 FIFA World Cup, with four other spots remaining. Eight teams will look to claim those spots this week with a quartet of qualifying playoffs taking place.

After a 1-0 shocking win in Stockholm last week, Sweden will look to stamp their first World Cup appearance since 2006 with a strong result in Milan against Italy on Monday.

Highlights: San Francisco Deltas 2, New York Cosmos 0

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USL Final Preview: Louisville City takes on Swope Park Rangers

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The hopes of lifting the USL Cup for both Louisville City FC and the Swope Park Rangers come down to tonight as the two square off in Kentucky.

Both teams are looking for their first ever USL Cup, as Louisville City are making their first appearance in the final. The top team in the 2017 Eastern Conference standings, is facing off against the fourth-place finishers in the West.

USWNT 3, Canada 1: The SBI Breakdown

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The U.S. Women's National Team closed out 2017 with a victory over rivals Canada three days after being held to a 1-1 draw.

It was a night for the USWNT's well-known veterans, with Alex Morgan, Carli Lloyd and Julie Ertz getting on the scoresheet. Additionally, Megan Rapinoe and Morgan tallied assists on Sunday night.

Switzerland, Croatia become latest teams to earn World Cup berths

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Two more teams locked up their spot in the World Cup on Sunday as the field nears completion.

Switzerland and Greece booked their World Cup spots as part of UEFA's qualifying playoff. Now, just four spots remain with those tickets set to be booked within the coming days.

The Swiss locked up their World Cup spot with a goalless draw against Northern Ireland, following up a 1-0 win in the first leg of their qualifying playoff.

Deltas beat Cosmos to lift NASL title

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The San Francisco Deltas face a grim future, but whatever happens to the club, the Deltas will be remembered for being crowned champions of the NASL in their first season.

Goals from Thomas Heinemann and Devon Sandoval lifted the Deltas to a 2-0 win against the defending NASL champion New York Cosmos in the league final, played in front of a sold-out crowd of 9,691 at Kezar Stadium in San Francisco on Sunday.

SBI USWNT Woman of the Match: Megan Rapinoe

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Many players put in strong performances in the U.S. Women's National Team's final match of the year, but Megan Rapinoe stood out the most.

The veteran capped off one of the better years of her career with a match that saw her play a crucial role in two of the three U.S. goals in Sunday's 3-1 win against Canada.

USWNT stars shine in year-ending win against Canada

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The U.S. Women's National Team ended 2017 on a high, collecting a 3-1 victory in its final match of the year, against rivals Canada on Sunday at Avaya Stadium.

Julie Ertz opened the scoring just 11 minutes into the match. As has been the case for all of her 14 international goals, she scored from a set piece, easily heading in Megan Rapinoe's corner at the near post.

Monday Kickoff: Cahill fit to face Honduras, Coutinho 'very happy' at Liverpool and more

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Australia's biggest star looks set to play a part in the Socceroos' biggest game of the World Cup qualifying cycle.

Tim Cahill announced that he is fit for the second leg of Australia's World Cup playoff clash with Honduras. (REPORT)

Philippe Coutinho insisted that he is "very happy" with life at Liverpool.

USWNT's year of experimentation comes to a close with another clash with Canada

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The U.S. Women's national team's clash against Canada on Sunday night (9 p.m., FS1) marks its final game in what has been a year of experimentation for the reigning world champions.

Head coach Jill Ellis has been in a constant process of integrating new players since winning the World Cup in 2015, with retirements forcing her hand at times.

UEFA WCQ Playoff First Leg Rewind: Sweden downs Italy, Croatia defeats Greece, and more

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The first legs of UEFA's World Cup Qualifying playoff round concluded on Saturday with several countries earning an advantage in the two-legged matchup. Sweden took a huge first step towards qualification after a 1-0 home win over Italy on Friday. Jakob Johansson's right-footed effort in the 61st-minute proved to the be the winning goal.

Converted forwards Ubogagu and Huerta trying to impress Ellis as USWNT fullbacks

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In the U.S. Women's national team's year off from major competitions, roster building has become a priority for Jill Ellis. The incorporation of younger players has been an expected part of the process, as has adding depth in certain positions. A surprising development in the last few months, though, has been Ellis's latest experiment: converting forwards into outside backs.

Tab Ramos discusses advancements and flaws in U.S. player development

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While poised to fill the vacancy of U.S. Men's National Team head coach if he is summoned in the future, Tab Ramos has a more immediate concern in his current position as Youth Technical Director of U.S. Soccer – improving the landscape for player development while elevating the status of the Youth National Teams.

Canada 1, USWNT 1: The SBI Breakdown

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The U.S. Women's national team's run of six straight victories was halted when they returned to the site of their World Cup victory two years ago, drawing 1-1 with rivals Canada on Thursday night.

Though it was a friendly, the rivalry match had the field of one with much more on the line. While the U.

SBI MLS Goalkeeper of the Year: Tim Melia

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Tim Melia has experienced a winding road through MLS. In 2017, he was the last line of defense in a Sporting Kansas City unit that allowed only 29 goals, fewest in the league and eight fewer than their nearest competitor. A lot of the team's success is thanks to the strong goalkeeping work of the 31-year-old from New York.

SBI USWNT Woman of the Match: Alex Morgan

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It has become custom again for the U.S. Women's National Team to expect Alex Morgan to score every time she steps on the field, which she did in the team's 1-1 draw against rivals Canada.

The forward notched her sixth goal in as many games for the national team, showing her newfound confidence could not be squashed even on a day when the U.

Brad Friedel faces daunting task with Revs job

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The New England Revolution have taken a risk by hiring Brad Friedel. It's a calculated risk, for sure, but a risk nonetheless. It's a move with a number of ramifications and challenges, especially as MLS continues to evolve and teams like the Revs appear to be falling further and further behind.

After reports broke earlier this week that Friedel was set for the head coaching gig, the Revs confirmed the appointment of former U.

MLS Ticker: Chris Rolfe, Justin Mapp retire; Galaxy appoint Kurt Schmid and more

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After being away from the pitch for 18 months due to a suffered concussion, Chris Rolfe has called time on his 14-year career.

Rolfe, 34, last played for D.C. United, but spent the majority of his career with the Chicago Fire which he appeared for 178 and scored 48 goals.

The forward made 10 apperances for the U.

USWNT held to a draw against Canada

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The U.S. Women's National Team was held to a draw against Canada in an entertaining affair at BC Place that ended 1-1.

Alex Morgan continued on her scoring run, tallying her team's lone goal in the 31st minute. The forward received the ball from Casey Short with her head at the edge of the penalty area and then proceeded to get away from a huddle of defenders to score from close range for the game's first goal.

Friday Kickoff: Jose Mourinho contract talks stall, German stars bash VAR and more

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A high-profile manager's contract talks have stalled while two German internationals bashed the use of Video Assistant Review.

Jose Mourinho and Manchester United have reportedly made little progress on contract talks. (REPORT)

Germany internationals Sami Khedira and Sandro Wagner called VAR "a catastrophe".

SBI MLS Defender of the Year: Ike Opara

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For years, Ike Opara has been held back by injuries, limiting a player that has always shown plenty of promise and potential. In 2017, he showed everything he can do when healthy while firmly establishing himself as one of the premier defenders in MLS.

He proved the anchor of a stellar Sporting KC defense in 2017, leading the way for a back fourthat was essentially unanimously seen as the league's best.

USWNT look to close challenging 2017 with strong efforts against Canada

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The U.S. Women's National Team is closing out the year with a pair of matches against rivals Canada, a test that fits with the theme of the year.

Canada, ranked fifth in the latest FIFA World Rankings, is the eighth opponent in the top 10 that the U.S. has faced this year in what has been unusual in the post-Olympics year.

Revolution announce hiring of Brad Friedel as head coach

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The New England Revolution are turning to an American goalkeeping legend with experience in the U.S. Men's National Team youth system as their next head coach.

The club announced on Thursday that Brad Friedel will replace the fired Jay Heaps for the 2018 season. The deal was originally reported by Goal USA on Tuesday.

Tab Ramos: 'We've got a lot of work to do' with young players

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Tab Ramos was the first player signed to a Major League Soccer contract in 1996 devoting seven seasons to the NY/NJ Metrostars before retiring from professional soccer. Now in his fourth year as the Youth Technical Director for U.S. Soccer, Ramos is responsible for the growth and development of the Youth National Teams.

After reflecting on 2017, Jesse Marsch looks to continue evolving as a coach

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Jesse Marsch is working on a project, one that has well publicized in his three years with the New York Red Bulls. It requires a focus on youth development, taking talented but inexperienced players moving from being prospects to becoming important to the core of the senior team. However, players, like Tyler Adams and Aaron Long, are not the only ones in the midst of developing their skills.

Remi Garde ready for new challenge as Impact manager

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After a search that started in the summer, back when former head coach Mauro Biello was still in position, the Montreal Impact have found their new head coach in Remi Garde.

In a press conference at Centre Nutrilait, the Impact's training ground, the former Lyon and Aston Villa manager was unveiled to the public on Wednesday afternoon.

Thursday Kickoff: Dortmund eyeing winter signings, Paul Pogba returns to training and more

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Borussia Dortmund's struggles could force the club's hand while one Manchester United star is nearing a return.

With the team currently struggling, Borussia Dortmund leadership says the club could make some big winter signings. (REPORT)

Paul Pogba is nearing a return as he reportedly began training with Manchester United's reserves.

UEFA WCQ Playoff Preview: Sweden hosts Italy, Greece travels to Croatia, and more

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The 2018 FIFA World Cup may be eight months away, but the qualification process continues starting with the UEFA World Cup Qualifying playoff round.

Eight teams will play over two legs, with four of those eight stamping their place at next year's World Cup in Russia. The top showdown kicks off on Friday from Stockholm as Sweden hosts Italy.

Impact appoint Remi Garde as new head coach

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After the departure of Mauro Biello last month, the Montreal Impact have found their new man.

Remi Garde, the former Lyon and Aston Villa boss, is taking the helm at Saputo Stadium ahead of the 2018 campaign. The appointment follows a low-performing year for the Canadian outfit, which failed to make playoffs for a first time since 2015.

A look at the biggest need for every MLS team that missed the playoffs

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Every MLS team is flawed. It's the nature of the beast and the facts that come from a league centered around parity. There's always room to improve, moves to make and bargains to find both domestically and around the world.

Currently, the MLS playoffs are in a bit of a hiatus during the international break but, thus far, there's been plenty to discuss throughout the MLS postseason.

Nashville Metro Council approves funding for MLS stadium

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Nashville continues to get great news on its MLS expansion efforts.

The Nashville Metro Council officially approved mayor Megan Barry's $275 million MLS stadium financing plan by a large margin. The council voted 31 to 6 in favor of the measure, which allows for $225 million in bonds to be issued to raise the necessary funds.

Report: CONCACAF nearing agreement on Nations League plan

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According to Reuters UK, CONCACAF is close to starting their own new Nations League.

The potential competition, which could begin in September 2018, would be similar to UEFA's Nations League beginning at the same time. There is no formal agreement, yet, but one could be announced soon.

The structure of the competition is still to be determined, but the idea is to replace friendlies with actual competitive matches.

Robbie Rogers leaves trailblazing legacy after retiring from soccer

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LA Galaxy left back Robbie Rogers announced his retirement on Tuesday, ending a career that spanned 11 years and three countries. He had stops atSC Heerenveen in the Netherlands, the Columbus Crew, Leeds United, a loan Stevenage, and, finally, the LA Galaxy.

"It is with mixed emotions that I announce my retirement from the game of soccer," said Rogers.

SBI MLS Rookie of the Year: Julian Gressel

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It's certainly hard to get noticed when playing alongside attackers like Miguel Almiron, Josef Martinez and Hector Villalba. Atlanta United's attack monster was loaded with young, exciting pieces, resulting in a swashbuckling run to the playoffs unlike any ever put together by an expansion side.

Through it all, though, Julian Gressel was as consistent a presence as any in the Atlanta United lineup as the German-born midfielder neared some attacking records in a standout rookie campaign.

Americans Abroad Midweek Preview: Jonathan Gonzalez, Omar Gonzalez and more

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While focus turns towards the U.S. Men's National Team, several Mexican-based American stars face major midweek matches.

The Liguilla is just around the corner, making a midweek match vital for Jonathan Gonzalez and Monterrey. The young midfielder, who stayed with his club in an effort to seal the top spot on the Liga MX table, leads Monterrey against Santos Laguna on Thursday.

Report: Revs set to name Brad Friedel as new head coach

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A U.S. Men's National Team legend is set to take over the New England Revolution.

According to Goal USA, the Revs have hired Brad Friedel as the club's new head coach. The job will be Friedel's first professional club head coaching job after previously coaching the U.S. Under-19 Men's National Team.

Wednesday Kickoff: Luis Suarez praises Philippe Coutinho, Mexico fined again and more

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A former Liverpool teammate praised Philippe Coutinho while Mexico was hit with yet another fine by FIFA.

Following a summer full of rumors, Luis Suarez says that Philippe Coutinho would bring "a lot" to the current Barcelona team. (READ)

Mexico was once again issued a $10,000 fine by FIFA for"improper conduct among spectators (homophobic chants)".

MLS Ticker: Robbie Rogers retires, David Ousted to leave Whitecaps, and more

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Robbie Rogers announced his retirement from professional soccer at the age of 30. He played for 11 seasons in three different countries. He most recently played four years with the LA Galaxy, winning the MLS Cup in 2014. He came out as gay shortly before signing with LA, making him the first openly gay player in one of the major American sports.

Timothy Weah chosen as part of select PSG youngsters to train with Brazil National Team

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A young American star was gifted a unique opportunity on Monday.

American youth international Timothy Weah was one of a select few Paris Saint-Germain players that trained with the Brazil National Team ahead of their friendlies against Japan and England.

Weah was joined by PSG reservesColin Dagda and Claudio Gomes as well as two players from the under-19 team, Moussa Sissako andLoïc Mbe Soh.

SBI Question of the Day: Which USMNT newcomer are you most excited to see against Portugal?

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The U.S. Men's National Team is in for several years of rebuilding from top to bottom, and that process begins in the very near future with a friendly against Portugal.

More than half of the USMNT's 21-man roster for the November 14 match is made up of players under 24 years old, signaling a generational shift as the focus turns all the way to 2022.

Opportunity calls for young USMNT squad ahead of Portugal friendly

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There's plenty of reason to be both somber and hopeful for the U.S. Men's National Team. The sting of missing the 2018 World Cup still looms large, and all of the promising young talent in the world won't guide the U.S. to Russia next summer.

Although that opportunity was missed, another now begins as the U.

Nashville expansion bid takes step forward with stadium vote

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Good news has been hard to come by at points in the MLS expansion race, but there's plenty of it in Nashville.

On Monday, the Metro Council's Budget and Finance Commission voted 10 to three to back a $225 million plan to issue revenue bonds for the soccer-specific stadium project required for the expansion bid, according to The Tennessean.

Sargent, McKennie, Adams headline USMNT roster for Portugal friendly

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The U.S. Men's National Team has called in the young guns ahead of the upcoming friendly with Portugal.

Budding stars Josh Sargent, Weston McKennie and Tyler Adams headline the list of 21 players called into USMNT camp by interim head coach Dave Sarachan ahead of the Nov. 14 match against Portugal.

Inconsistency proves theme of Red Bulls season

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The New York Red Bulls 2017 season could only be defined by inconsistency.

Whether it was the health of crucial players, the results, or offensive supremacy, the Red Bulls longed for a solution to their continued ineptitude in the biggest moments for the club. While that is nothing new for fans, the Red Bulls are victims of their own regular season success in recent years and fan expectations are impossibly high for the perennially suffering team.

Tuesday Kickoff: Arsenal eyes Keylor Navas, Everton after Diego Simeone and more

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English coaching searches headline the news while one Premier League club could be eyeing a CONCACAF star.

Arsenal is reportedly eyeing Keylor Navas as Petr Cech's replacement. (REPORT)

Everton's ownership reportedly wants to bring in Diego Simeone as club manager following the firing of Ronald Koeman.

Ethan Horvath benched as Club Brugge opens goalkeeper competition

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Ethan Horvath has been Club Brugge's No. 1 for quite some time, but the American goalkeeper now faces an open competition for the starting gig.

The 22-year-old goalkeeper was relegated to the bench this past weekend for Brugge's 0-0 draw with Andelecht. According to manager Ivan Leko, Horvath is now a part of a three-way competition for the starting role.

Timbers left to wonder 'what if' after injuries derail postseason campaign

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The Portland Timbers had been battling the injury bug for quite some time. Throughout the season, the team relied on depth and the superstar heroics of Diego Valeri en route to the top overall seed in the Western Conference.

On Sunday, though, the task was simply too great for the battered Timbers, and their season ended because of it.

Report: Christian Pulisic to remain with Borussia Dortmund during international break

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It appears that Christian Pulisic won't be joining the U.S. Men's National Team in Portugal this week.

Kagawa, Aubameyang und Pulisic bleiben während der Länderspielpause in Dortmund. #skyBuli pic.twitter.com/KG7FFV9amc

- Sky Sport News HD (@SkySportNewsHD) November 5, 2017

According to Sky Sports, Pulisic, Shiji Kagawa and Pierre-Emmerick Aubameyang are set to remain in Dortmund throughout the international break.

"Everything to gain" mentality helps Dynamo move into West final

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The Houston Dynamo appeared to have their backs against the wall entering Sunday night

Wilmer Cabrera's side won once on its travels in the regular season and was entering the cauldron that is Portland's Providence Park.

But even with the cards stacked against them, the Dynamo didn't feel a ton of pressure heading into the second leg of the Western Conference semifinal.

NASL Semifinal Rewind: Cosmos edge Miami FC, Deltas down North Carolina FC

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Four teams came into the NASL playoffs on Sunday night, knowing victories in their respective semifinal matches would book them a spot in the Championship Final next weekend.

In one matchup, the New York Cosmos faced the No. 1 seed, Miami FC, looking to book their third consecutive appearance in the final.

Andrea Pirlo announces retirement

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One of soccer's all-time greats is hanging up his boots for good.

Andrea Pirlo announced through his Twitter account on Monday morning that he is not only leaving New York City FC, but the game as a whole as a player.

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- Andrea Pirlo (@Pirlo_official) November 6, 2017

The final stage of Pirlo's career may not have gone as planned with New York City FC, but he did record one goal and 18 assists in 60 games played.

Crew dig deep to secure spot in East final

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For the Columbus Crew, Sunday was about maintaining a mentality and finding a balance. Thanks to a 4-1 win in the opening leg of the Eastern Conference semifinal, the Crew simply needed to keep things calm, prevent a flurry of goals and maybe score one of their own.

The Crew played with fire on Sunday evening at Yankee Stadium.

Kyle Martino joins race for U.S. Soccer presidency

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The push for the presidency of U.S. Soccer continues to add new candidates.

Kyle Martino has officially joined the list of candidates ahead of the upcoming election. The former U.S. Men's National Team midfielder revealed his candidacy on Monday and will take a hiatus from his broadcasting duties with NBC to enter the race.

TFC in precarious position following halftime brawl

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One week ago, Jozy Altidore was in the headlines for off the field incidents with New York Red Bull fans, calling them "classless" following leg 1 of the Eastern Confernce semi-finals. A week later, Altidore is in the headlines again.

During the second leg of the playoff series between the Red Bulls and TFC, Altidore played a part in two incidents, earning a red card during the halftime break.

First leg looms large for NYCFC following playoff exit

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Scoring twice, recording a clean sheet, dominating possession and posting 16 shots sounds like a good day at the office for any team. Yet, for New York City FC, it wasn't enough.

A 2-0 victory over the Columbus Crew at Yankee Stadium was met with disappointment, as it was not enough to overcome the 4-1 loss suffered days earlier in the first leg of the Eastern Conference Semifinals.

Americans Abroad Weekend Rewind: Christian Pulisic, Cameron Carter-Vickers and more

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Christian Pulisic put in a spectacular performance over the weekend, but it wasn't enough to lead Borussia Dortmund to victory.

The U.S. Men's National Team star earned praise from his manager and a German legend for his efforts, but it wasn't enough as Dortmund fell, 3-1, to Bayern Munich.

Monday Kickoff: West Ham fires Slaven Bilic, Tim Cahill battles injury and more

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A Premier League club has made a major change heading into the international break.

West Ham has fired manager Slaven Bilic and the club is reportedly set to hire David Moyes as his replacement. (REPORT)

Tim Cahill says there is only an "outside chance" he features for Australia in the upcoming first leg of a World Cup playoff against Honduras.

Crew hold off NYCFC comeback, advance to Eastern Conference final against TFC

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The Columbus Crew entered Sunday's second leg against NYCFC with a three-goal advantage, and they needed every one of those three goals to survive their trip to Yankee Stadium.

NYCFC mustered a pair of goals on Sunday, but it wasn't enough to overturn a 4-1 first leg beatdown. When all was said and done, the Crew narrowly held on, winning the Eastern Conference semi-final series, 4-3, to book a date with Toronto FC.

Dynamo stun Timbers in Portland to advance to Western Conference final

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The Houston Dynamo are one of the more unlikely stories in MLS, and that story will extend through at least the Western Conference finals.

After a 0-0 draw in the opening leg of the Western Conference semis, the Dynamo battled to a 2-1 win over the Portland Timbers at Providence Park. The win sealed advancement for Wilmer Cabrera's side, who now face the Seattle Sounders in the conference final.

Sunday European Rewind: Chelsea downs Man United, Man City defeats Arsenal, and more

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Chelsea extended their current home unbeaten run against Manchester United to eight matches, defeating the Red Devils 1-0 on Sunday at Stamford Bridge. Antonio Conte's side used a header from Alvaro Morata to claim all three points at home. The Spaniard headed home Cesar Azpilicueta's assist to the top right corner following a scoreless first half.

TFC survives Red Bulls push following Altidore, Kljestan red cards

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Emotional. Frantic. Tactical. Physical.

The second leg of the Eastern Conference semi-final between Toronto FC and the New York Red Bulls was everything you could ask for in a knockout match.

In the end, the Red Bulls won the battle, but lost the war with a 1-0 victory at BMO field Sunday afternoon following a 2-1 loss on home turf in the opening leg.

NASL appeals Saturday's court ruling denying preliminary injunction

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The NASL is continuing its legal battle as it pursues a preliminary injunction against U.S. Soccer's denial of their Division II application.

The league announced on Sunday they will be appealing Judge Margo Brodie's decision. Commissioner Rishi Seghal issued the following statement:

"Following the disappointing ruling issued by the U.

MLS Playoff Sunday: Your Running Commentary

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One team has booked a place in the MLS Conference Finals. On Sunday, three more will look to seal their own spots.

The action began on Thursday as the Seattle Sounders toppled the Vancouver Whitecaps out West. On Sunday, the action begins in the East as the New York Red Bulls head to BMO Field to face Toronto FC as they look to overturn a 2-1 deficit from the opening leg.

Christian Pulisic's latest display leaves Lothar Matthaeus believing Bayern should buy him

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Saturday may not have been a good afternoon for Borussia Dortmund, but Christian Pulisic was a lone bright spot for Peter Bosz's side.

Dortmund, which has only won one match out of its last seven across all competitions, fell 3-1 on Saturday against Bayern Munich in Bundesliga play.

Pulisic helped set up the lone goal for the hosts, dancing past Arjen Robben on the left-wing before passing off to Gonzalo Castro.

Saturday European Rewind: Bayern downs Dortmund, Barcelona edges Sevilla, and more

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Bayern Munich continued their league dominance over Borussia Dortmund, defeating their opponents 3-1 on Saturday at Signal Iduna Park. Josef Heynckes' side cruised their way to three points as three different players got on the scoresheet for the visitors. Arjen Robben opened the scoring in the 16th-minute as he slotted home with his usual left foot.

NYCFC faces long odds in second leg agaisnt Columbus

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"I expect them to sit back, have a deep block and go in to counter-attack," said NYCFC head coachPatrick Vieira.

"We think the best way to advance is by scoring a goal so we're going to be focused on attacking," Columbus Crew manager Gregg Berhalter told SiriusXM FC.

So, when the two teams square off in the second leg of the Eastern Conference final on Sunday with the Crew up 4-1.

Court denies NASL's request for preliminary injunction

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Judge Margo Brodie denied the NASL's request for a preliminary injunction suspending U.S. Soccer's denial of the league's second division sanctioning in a 43 page court decision this morning.

She felt that the league was "seeking to alter rather than maintain the status quo." See also didn't see USSF's professional league standards as inherently anti-competitive, as the NASL was asserting.

Cristiano Ronaldo left off Portugal's roster for USMNT friendly

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Portugal released their roster for their upcoming block of friendlies, including one against the U.S. Men's National Team, and one notable name is absent.

What should be a young USMNT squad will not face Cristiano Ronaldo, as the international superstar will not suit up with his national team next weekend.

Maturing Sounders grind path to conference finals

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The defending champion Seattle Sounders are returning to the Western Conference finals for the fourth time in the last six years, a feat currently unmatched in Major League Soccer. But it has not been the easiest title defense, not by any stretch.

"It has been a challenging season, to say the least," said Sounders head coach Brian Schmetzer after the Sounders knocked the Vancouver Whitecaps out of the Western Conference semifinals on Thursday night.

MLS Playoff Preview: Toronto FC vs. New York Red Bulls

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The coronation of the MLS king is already set in motion.

Based off Monday's first leg of the Eastern Conference semifinal, it's not wrong to pencil Toronto FC into the East final, but the reality is there's still 90 minutes left to play.

The New York Red Bulls haven't been completely cast off, but they'll need to benefit from all sorts of luck.

MLS Playoff Preview: Portland Timbers vs. Houston Dynamo

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To say the first leg between the Portland Timbers and Houston Dynamo lacked inspiration is being nice.

The scoreless draw on the rough field at BBVA Compass Stadium did little to separate the two sides and create excitement for Sunday's second leg at Providence Park.

With more on the line on Sunday, hopefully we'll see more than four shots on target as two teams with very good attacks collide with a spot in the Western Conference final on the line.

MLS Playoff Preview: NYCFC vs. Columbus Crew

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There's still 90 minutes of soccer to be played in the Bronx, but NYCFC faces what is, at best an uphill climb, and, at worst, an absolute impossible task against the Columbus Crew.

In the wake of relocation talk and a slew of off the field debate, the Crew thumped NYCFC, 4-1, in the opening leg of the Eastern Conference semifinals to seal a resounding advantage heading towards Sunday's second leg at Yankee Stadium.

Americans Abroad Weekend Preview: Christian Pulisic, Bobby Wood and more

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Christian Pulisic and Borussia Dortmund face a massive heavyweight clash this weekend, and the German title could be very much on the line.

Entering the weekend's clash with Bayern Munich, Dortmund sits three points behind their Bundesliga rivals despite a recent skid that has seen Pulisic and co.

This Weekend's Soccer on TV

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Another big European rivalry stands out as a must-see match this weekend.

It's Der Klassiker week in Germany as Christian Pulisic and a struggling Borussia Dortmund look to get back on track when they welcome in arch rivals, and current German leaders, Bayern Munich. That massive match highlights yet another jam packed weekend of televised soccer here in the United States.

European Weekend Preview: Chelsea hosts Man United, Bayern travels to Dortmund, and more

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This weekend may be the final action before an international break, but that does not mean the top competition takes a break. Chelsea faces Manchester United in the top fixture across Europe with both teams looking to remain in the league title race. Manchester United sits in second place with 23 points, while Chelsea is in fourth on 19 points.

Friday Kickoff: Bayern after Alexis Sanchez, Patrice Evra charged after kicking fan and more

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While one Premier League star remains a transfer target, one former Premier League defender is in hot water for kicking a fan.

Bayern Munich is reportedly set to resume interest in Alexis Sanchez this January. (REPORT)

Patrice Evra has been charged with violent conduct by UEFA after kicking a fan in the face prior to Marseille's Europa League match against Vitória de Guimarães.

Dempsey brace sends Sounders to Western Conference finals

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SEATTLE It rained, it poured, it thundered. And the soccer wasn't much prettier. But at the end of a damp night the defending champion Seattle Sounders were on their way back to the Western Conference finals.

Neither the Sounders nor the visiting Vancouver Whitecaps played attractive soccer in either match of this two-legged, aggregate-goal series.

Report: Ford family joins Detroit's MLS expansion bid, offers Ford Field as venue

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The Detroit MLS expansion bid already had the backing of two billionaires, and another appears to be joining the equation.

The Detroit Free Press reports that the Ford family, owners of the NFL's Detroit Lions, are throwing their financial weight into the city's bid to bring MLS to Michigan.

Report: Tata Martino turns down USMNT switch, remains keen on Atlanta United job

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It hasn't taken long for Gerardo "Tata" Martino to embrace his relatively new home in Atlanta.

According to TyC Sports' Cesar Luis Merlo, the Argentine and former Barcelona boss, has reportedly turned down an offer to manage the U.S. Men's National Team as he remains committed to return to Atlanta United for his and the club's second year in MLS.

A look at players who chose to play for the USMNT instead of Mexico

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The U.S. Men's National Team and Mexico have long been rivals on the field, and that rivalry has often stretched into recruitment. For many years, the U.S. and Mexico have duked it out when it comes to recruiting dual nationals, and it appears one of the more promising in recent memory is nearing a decision.

Christian Pulisic: 'It can only get better' for struggling Dortmund ahead of Bayern clash

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Borussia Dortmund has hit a bit of a rough patch, but Christian Pulisic is trying to keep things in perspective.

It's been a rough month for the 19-year-old star. After scoring the lone goal in the U.S. Men's National Team's disaster of a 2-1 loss to Trinidad & Tobago, Pulisic has returned to a Dortmund team that has struggled in recent weeks.

MLS Playoff Preview: Seattle Sounders vs. Vancouver Whitecaps

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After a dull but strategic first leg in Vancouver on Sunday, the Vancouver Whitecaps and Seattle Sounders return to the field on Thursday to determine the first participant in the Western Conference Final.

The away goals rule will play a role on Thursday, with any Whitecaps goals essentially counting as two.

Americans Abroad Wednesday Rewind: Christian Pulisic, Jonathan Gonzalez and more

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While one American and his team moved a step closer towards elimination from a major competition, another took a major leap with a resounding win in a domestic tournament.

Christian Pulisic's Borussia Dortmund is all but eliminated from Champions League play following a 1-1 draw with APOEL on Wednesday.

Mexican national team director: Jonathan Gonzalez chooses USMNT, but El Tri still pushing

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After breaking through as one of the brighter prospects in North American soccer, Jonathan Gonzalez is expected to join the U.S. Men's National Team over Mexico. However, El Tri isn't done pushing for the young midfielder

According toDennis Te Kloese, Director of National Teams for the Mexican Football Federation, the young Monterrey midfielder has made it clear that he wishes to join the U.

Thursday Kickoff: Philippe Coutinho pushing for January move, Cristiano Ronaldo contract and more

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One of the summer's big transfer rumors is heating up again while one of the game's big stars is content with his current contract.

Philippe Coutinho is reportedly set to push for a Barcelona move in January. (REPORT)

Coutinho is set to miss Liverpool's upcoming game against West Ham while Georginio Wijnaldum is doubtful.

Dynamo keeper Tyler Deric suspended by MLS following arrest

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With the heat of the Major League Soccer playoffs taking place, teams will look to avoid any drama or trouble that could get in the way of their goals.

The Houston Dynamo now has a problem on their hands, following the suspension of keeper Tyler Deric on Wednesday evening. The 29-year-old was arrested by the Houston Police Department on Oct.

Wednesday UCL Rewind: Tottenham shocks Real Madrid, Man City defeats Napoli, and more

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Matchday 4 of the UEFA Champions League concluded on Wednesday with some shocking results throughout Europe. The shock of the day came from Wembley as Tottenham Hotspur breezed past Real Madrid in front of over 83,000 fans.

Elsewhere, Manhester City brushed aside Napoli to book their place into the next round, while Liverpool shut out Maribor.

U.S. Soccer VP Carlos Cordeiro set to run for federation presidency

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Carlos Codeiro has thrown his named into the hat when it comes to U.S. Soccer's presidency.

The U.S. Soccer vice president announced on Wednesday that he will enter the election for the federation's presidency. Cordeiro,a former partner at Goldman Sachs, is a longtime colleague of current president Sunil Gulati, who is up for reelection in February.

Soccer Wednesday: Your Running Commentary

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Christian Pulisic returns to action in the Champions League for a struggling Borussia Dortmund as they bring Apoel Nicosia of Cyprus into the Signal-Iduna-Park. The American teen is yet to score or record an assist in the Champions League this season and his club has only one point in three matches in the competition.

Quakes Notes: Nearing winter signings, Anibal Godoy renews and more

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Following an arduous exit from MLS playoffs, the club's first appearance since 2012, the San Jose Earthquakes are wasting no time getting back on two feet.

But before jumping the gun, Quakes general manager Jesse Fioranelli wants to take his cautious, wholesome approach towards the Quakes newest additions.

Projecting the USMNT roster for the Portugal friendly

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It's been nearly one month since U.S. Men's National Team doomsday, and a lot has happened in that month. Bruce Arena has moved on, and a number of the players from that fateful day in Trinidad & Tobago will likely join him. There has been plenty of criticism and calls for reform in the past few weeks, and the reverb from the 2018 World Cup failure will ring out for a long time.

Crew not relying on momentum in playoff run

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Momentum is a fickle thing in soccer, and in all sports really.

The Columbus Crew certainly have a lot of it after demolishing New York City FC 4-1 in the first leg of their Eastern Conference Semi-Final at MAPFRE Stadium last night. It was the latest success in what is now a 12-match unbeaten run that sees the team awfully close to a berth in the Eastern Conference Final.

Following first leg shellacking, NYCFC still holding onto hope of unlikely home comeback

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Heading into the postseason, the big focus for NYCFC was to avoid the failures of last season. Their postseason debut, a 2016 clash with Toronto FC, was over in the blink of an eye thanks to naive defending and a vicious attack. It ended 7-0 on aggregate and, at times, it didn't even feel that close.

Following firing of manager Simon Grayson, Lynden Gooch faces uncertainty at Sunderland

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The English soccer system is notoriously cruel for up-and-comers, especially when it comes to the lower leagues. The threat of relegation, the constant turnover and the consistent pressure on short-leashed managers often leads to very short-term thoughts at the expense of nurturing some of the system's brighter talents.

UEFA Champions League Wednesday Preview: Tottenham hosts Real Madrid, Man City travels to Napoli, and more

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Following Tuesday's Champions League return, action continues on Wednesday with some top matches on tap.

Two of Europe's heavyweights will square off at Wembley Stadium as Tottenham Hotspur hosts Real Madrid. The sides played out a 1-1 draw earlier this month at the Bernabeu and the second time around should be just as good.

Hamburg coach Markus Gisdol: Bobby Wood in 'negative spiral'

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Bobby Wood has hit a poor run of form, and his club coach has hinted that recent slump could result in some time on the bench.

Hamburg boss Markus Gisdol says the U.S. Men's National Team forward has hit a "negative spiral" in recent weeks. Wood has scored just two clubs in the 2017 calendar year and his potential replacement,17-year-old Jann-Fiete Arp, scored just 17 minutes after replacing the USMNT forward over the weekend.

Americans Abroad Tuesday Rewind: Cameron Carter-Vickers, Tim Ream and more

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Tuesday was a day for Americans in the English Championship, but it certainly wasn't a positive one.

Cameron Carter-Vickers headlined the contingent on Americans Abroad as he played a part on the lone goal conceded in Sheffield United's 1-0 loss to Queens Park Rangers. The finish was far from Carter-Vickers fault, as Chelsea loanee goalkeeper Jamal Blackman came out for a punch and ran over the American central defender.

Wednesday Kickoff: Antonio Conte 'worried', big clubs after Thomas Lemar and more

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While Chelsea's run of form is concerning the club's manager, one of their London rivals faces stiff competition for a French star.

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte says he is obviously "worried" about his team lack of hunger in a 3-0 loss to Roma. (REPORT)

Barcelona and Liverpool are reportedly set to join Arsenal's pursuit of Monaco star Thomas Lemar.

Crew steamroll NYCFC in emphatic first leg win

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Following 120 minutes against Atlanta United in the knockout round five days earlier, many wondered how much energy the Columbus Crew would have on Tuesday against New York City FC.

Gregg Berhalter's side answered their critics with a emphatic 4-1 first leg victory at MAFPRE Stadium. The Crew received goals from four different players, while NYCFC played most of the second-half with 10 men.

Crew vs. NYCFC: Your Running Commentary

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After toppling Atlanta United in a stunning penalty kick win, the Columbus Crew return home to face NYCFC in what should be an emotion-filled clash.

The Crew have battled relocation talk for the past several weeks, but it did little to derail them in a Zack Steffen-led win over the favored Atlanta United.