Soccer By Ives Archives for January 2017

Morris misses another USMNT training session ahead of Honduras clash

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Just two days stand between the U.S. Men's National Team and a vital World Cup qualifier against Honduras, but Jordan Morris' status remains up in the air.

The USMNT forward missed trainingon Wednesday afternoon as he worked out alone in the last full session before Friday's World Cup qualifier against Honduras.

U.S. U-20s Wright, McKennie, Taitague train with Schalke first team

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A trio of United States Youth National Team players are getting some serious looks in Germany.

Haji Wright, Weston McKennie, and Nick Taitague all trained with the Schalke 04 first team on Wednesday as they got some serious work and looks from the coaching staff. The three young Americans abroad all play for Schalke's U-19 team as they try and further their hopes of playing for their European club.

Martinez, Lodeiro, Ciman headline MLS players set to join their national teams

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The international break is here, and a slew of MLS stars are set to step up and contribute to their respective national teams in a variety of competitions.

While North and South America focus on World Cup qualifying, Europe and Africa take on friendly matches during the March break. In total, 52 MLS players earned call-ups heading into the international window, representing 15 different nations.

A look at potential Jones replacements for USMNT match against Honduras

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The U.S. Men's National Team will be missing several key contributors when they take on Honduras on Friday, and one of the biggest gaps that needs plugging is in the midfield.

Jermaine Jones will miss Friday's match due to suspension, leaving a gap in the central midfield.

SBI MLS Power Rankings (Week 3)

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The last week of play ahead of the international break saw a mixed-bag of results for the top teams in the power rankings.

There'll be movement at the top and bottom, as several teams earned their first wins of the year, including the LA Galaxy, Toronto FC, Sporting Kansas City, and the Columbus Crew.

Report: Liverpool, Everton, Leicester among six Premier League clubs scouting Wood

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Bobby Wood has reportedly caught the eye of some big-name clubs.

According to reports out of Germany, Wood has drawn attention from several English clubs looking to take advantage of his buyout clause. For a fee of€12 million, Wood would reportedly be free to leave Hamburg in the summer, prompting the club to look towards negotiations on a new deal.

NASL announces broadcast deals with beIN Sports, ESPN 3

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Just several months ago, the NASL was all but dead. On Wednesday, the league announced a return to national television.

The NASL announced on Wednesday that the league will continue to broadcast matches on beIN Sports. Matches will be broadcast on beIN Sports and beIN Sports en Espanol throughout the 2017, following up on a broadcast deal that began with the 2016 campaign.

Barcelona, Man United, Real Madrid headline International Champions Cup field

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The International Champions Cup is set to return to the U.S. this summer, bringing some of the world's top teams stateside for friendly action.

Barcelona, Manchester United and Real Madrid headline an eight-team field set to play across the U.S. from July 19-30. Joining the field are Italian sides Juventus and Roma, French giant Paris Saint-Germain and English contenders Tottenham and Manchester City.

Wednesday Kickoff: Mexico, Costa, Lacazette and more

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Mexico manager Juan Carlos Osorio stated one of his preferences for the national team while Atletico Madrid saw links to two strikers shut down.

Osorio says the national team would benefit from more players moving to Europe. (REPORT)

Diego Costa says he is open to a move to China while also adding that he attempted to seal a return to Atletico Madrid.

USMNT not thinking about past stumbles, focused on crucial qualifier against Honduras

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After two losses to start the final round of World Cup qualifying, the U.S. Men's national team enter Friday night's World Cup qualifier with one goal in mind: a desperately-needed three points.

"We understand the position we're in," Bradley said after training at Avaya Stadium on Tuesday. "Because we didn't start the Hex the right way, we put ourselves behind the eight ball.

Rodriguez confident Schweinsteiger can make impact with Fire

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Chicago Fire general manager Nelson Rodriguez is aware of the skepticism that comes with the signing of 32-year-old German midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger as a Designated Player, and he's also ready to combat the critics that the former Bayern Munich and Manchester United man will be a success with the club that has a not-so-great history with DPs.

Morris day-to-day with an ankle injury

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The forward position is under a microscope at U.S. Men's National Team camp in San Jose this week, as injury questions are circling around the key contributors to the squad.

Jordan Morris picked up a knock in the Seattle Sounders' 3-1 win over the New York Red Bulls on Sunday, but he continued to play at CenturyLink Field.

Recovered from injury, Howard ready to lead USMNT into vital World Cup qualifiers

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As Tim Howard hobbled off the field, you could see the disappointment on his face. There was a notable agony as he left the field with the U.S. Men's National Team down a goal to rival Mexico in a match that would set the tone for the Hexagonal round of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying.

A look at potential candidates for the RSL head coaching job

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Real Salt Lake jolted the MLS landscape on Monday night with the announcement of the dismissal of head coach Jeff Cassar after three matches. A season-opening draw with Toronto FC and losses to the Chicago Fire and LA Galaxy extended the club's regular-season winless run to 10 games, tied with the Philadelphia Union for longest streak in MLS.

Report: Freddy Adu linked with move to Indonesia

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Freddy Adu remains a free agent and another potential landing spot has popped up for the former U.S. Men's National Team midfielder.

According to CNN Indonesia, Adu is in talks with Indonesian clubPersija Jakarta. The report states that there has been an offer made for Adu although talks remain preliminary.

SBI Question of the Day: Which position is biggest concern for USMNT heading into March qualifiers?

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Bruce Arena's roster has been ravaged by injuries as World Cup qualifiers loom. Several players, most of which were presumed starters, will not be joining camp as the U.S. Men's National Team faces a pair of vital World Cup qualifiers.

Naturally, there are some concerns.

Bobby Wood, Fabian Johnson and DeAndre Yedlin headline the notable injury absences for the U.

New questions arise as Schweinsteiger makes long-awaited move to Fire

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After what felt like years of reports and rumors, Bastian Schweinsteiger has finally joined the Chicago Fire. It's a move long in the making, one that finally sees one of the league's premier franchises make a push towards something big.

Still, one question remains, and it's a big one: now what?

U.S. U-20 goalkeeper Jonathan Klinsmann training with Stuttgart

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In his young career, Jonathan Klinsmann has followed a vastly different path than his superstar father. However, the goalkeeper is set to take a step towards his father's historic past by temporarily joining up with a familiar club.

VfB Stuttgart revealed on Tuesday that Klinsmann has joined the team for training as he looks to earn a spot on the U.

Wondolowski added to USMNT roster ahead of World Cup qualifying

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A U.S. Men's National Team camp in San Jose wouldn't feel quite right without Chris Wondolowski involved.

U.S. Soccer announced on Monday that the San Jose Earthquakes forward is set to join the team for camp ahead of a pair of crucial World Cup qualifiers. Wondolowski is set to begin training with the team Tuesday at Avaya Stadium.

Fire sign German star Bastian Schweinsteiger

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A long-rumored, major roster move in Chicago has moved from the realm of wishful fantasy to reality.

Former Bayern Munichand German National Team legend, and current Manchester United midfielder, Bastian Schweinsteiger has reportedly officially agreed to join the Chicago Fire effective immediately pending a physical and visa application, reports the Chicago Tribune.

Tuesday Kickoff: Guardado, Simeone, Nainggolan and more

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One of Mexico's biggest stars is set to miss vital matches due to injury while a top head coach stated he will never coach at Real Madrid.

Andres Guardado is set to miss Mexico's World Cup qualifiers due to a leg injury. (REPORT)

Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone says he could one day coach another Spanish team but also added that he will never manage Real Madrid.

RSL dismisses head coach Jeff Cassar

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Real Salt Lake closed 2016 with a whimper and, after a less than ideal start to the 2017 campaign, the club is set to move in a new direction.

RSL announced on Monday that the club has parted ways with Jeff Cassar just three games into the 2017 season.

Dempsey, Altidore headline five USMNT call-ups to score ahead of World Cup qualifiers

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The U.S. Men's National Team needed some positive news this weekend after Fabian Johnson and Bobby Wood were removed from the roster for the upcoming CONCACAF World Cup qualifying matches with Honduras and Panama due to injuries.

The good news came from in front of nets worldwide, as some of the players headed to California this week struck the back of the net in their respective club matches.

MLS Week 3: The SBI Breakdown

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The international break is now upon us, but before players departed for their respective national teams, Week 3 of MLS play provided plenty of talking points.

In a week dominated by goals, and lots of them, several teams stood out above the rest.

Best of MLS Week 3: Larin, Timbers and more

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We're down to five undefeated teams in Major League Soccer after Week 3.

The Portland Timbersleads the pack after picking up the club'sthird win of the season on Saturday over previously-perfect Houston Dynamo. FC Dallas and Sporting Kansas City picked up wins at home to also remain without a loss out West.

Hertha Berlin clears Brooks to join USMNT despite minor knee injury

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The U.S. Men's National Team has been crippled by injuries to several big stars ahead of World Cup qualifiers, but it appears Bruce Arena may have dodged a bullet when it comes to a likely starting defender.

After undergoing an MRI on Sunday, Hertha Berlin announced that John Brooks has been cleared to join the USMNT for qualifiers against Honduras and Panama.

Americans Abroad Weekend Rewind: Brooks, Cameron, Hyndman and more

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In the final match before the international break, a pair of Americans Abroad found the back of the net over the weekend.

John Brooks and Emerson Hyndman scored goals on Saturday, although their club fortunes differed drastically in terms of result. Brooks' headed finish wasn't enough to help Hertha Berlin overcome Cologne in a 4-2 defeat while Hyndman's finish began a Rangers rout of Hamilton Academical.

MLS Weekend Rewind: Week 3

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With week three all wrapped up, several teams continued to establish themselves as the real deal, while others have fans bracing for the long season ahead in unfulfilling fashion.

New York City FC missed several key opportunities as the Montreal Impact battled from behind at Yankee Stadium en route to a 1-1 draw.

Monday Kickoff: Arsenal, City Football Group, Totti and more

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Rumors continue to swirl regarding Arsene Wenger while a major ownership group in club soccer could be set to expand into South America.

Arsenal reportedly denied reports of approaching Thomas Tuchel to replace Arsene Wenger just hours after reports emerged linking the Borussia Dortmund manager to the job.

Sunday European Rewind: Man City draw with Liverpool, Atletico defeat Sevilla, and more.

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In themouth-watering match of the day across Europe, Manchester City fought back for a 1-1 draw against visiting Liverpool.

Pep Guardiola's side receiveda 69th-minute equalizer from Sergio Aguero to earn a point at the Etihad Stadium against Jurgen Klopp's Reds. After a fast and exciting opening half, Liverpool opened the scoring as former Manchester City midfielder James Milner scored a 51st-minute penalty kick.

Sounders cruise past Red Bulls in home opener

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SEATTLE — Everything the Seattle Sounders have become, everything they hope to be yet again come December, was brilliantly displayed in Sunday's 68th-minute, game-winning goal. That blend of resolve and skill that helped hoist a championship banner a little over an hour earlier in front of 45,600 at CenturyLink Field.

Kljestan, Besler added to USMNT roster, Wood out with injury

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A few days after losing Fabian Johnson to an injury for the upcoming CONCACAF World Cup qualifiers against Honduras and Panama, the U.S. Men's National Team was forced to drop another German-based start from its roster.

U.S. Soccer announced on Sunday that Bobby Wood was removed from the roster due to a back injury.

Beckerman red card dooms RSL in loss to Galaxy

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Real Salt Lake looked well on theway to points on Saturday against the LA Galaxy. Up a goal and threatening, RSL was in control and looked ready to hand the Galaxy their third straight loss.

Just before halftime, though, the match suddenly changed as RSL was reduced to 10 men, giving the Galaxy just enough room for a second-half comeback and their first win of the 2017 season.

Sporting KC holds off Earthquakes for first win of 2017

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Sporting Kansas City tasted victory for the first time in 2017, and have David Bingham to thank for it.

The San Jose Earthquakes goalkeeper committed an 89th-minute blunder that gifted Sporting KC an insurance goal it wound up needing on the way to a 2-1 victory at Children's Mercy Park on Saturday night.

Timbers remain perfect with four-goal outburst vs. Dynamo

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There's no stopping the team with Major League Soccer's best record at the moment.

Caleb Porter's Portland Timbers moved on top of the Western Conference and Supporters' Shield standings with an electric 4-2 victory over the Houston Dynamoat Providence Park on Saturday night.

Diego Valeri, the catalyst of almost every host streak the Timbers have been on in recent years, struck twice for goals in the 11th and 58th minutes.

Atlanta United rolls in beatdown of Fire

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After a dominant showing in Minnesota a week ago, Atlanta United cruised yet again, claiming the first home win in club history.

Following a 5-1 thrashing of Minnesota United, Atlanta made it back-to-back victories witha 4-0 home win over the visiting Chicago Fire at Bobby Dodd Stadium on Saturday.

Crew drop D.C. United to earn first win of 2017

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The Columbus Crew recorded their first win of the MLS season, beating D.C. United 2-0 on Saturday at RFK Stadium.

The scoring began when Columbus was awarded a penalty following Steve Birnbaum's foul on Ola Kamara in the 38th minute. Federico Higuain stepped up to take the penalty, and though Bill Hamid dove the right way, the Argentine still managed to score his first goal of the season.

Two strikes from Larin push Orlando City past Union

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Two home games, two wins at Orlando City Stadium.

Orlando City used a pair of tallies from Cyle Larin, and last-minute heroics from Joe Bendik, to earna 2-1 win over the Philadelphia Union on Saturday.

Larin's goals in the 39th and 73rd minutes sandwiched C.J. Sapong's 52nd-minute equalizer.

Saturday European Rewind: West Brom shock Arsenal, Real Madrid win at Bilbao, and more.

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In the final weekend of domestic action before the upcoming international break, plenty of high-quality matchestook place across Europe's top five leagues.

In England, Tony Pulis' West Bromwich Albion earned a huge 3-1 home win against struggling Arsenal in the opening game of the weekend in England.

Urruti scores twice in second half to lead FC Dallas to comeback win over Revs

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Three days after their CONCACAF Champions League comeback win against Pachuca, FC Dallas served the same medicine to the New England Revolution by coming back for a second 2-1 win this week.

It took six minutes for Maximiliano Urruti to score anequalizing and a game winning goal.

10-man Minnesota United hangs on for draw in Colorado

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Following back-to-back humiliating defeats to start their season, Minnesota United held onfor a 2-2 draw against the Colorado Rapidson Saturday.

The Loons were relegated to 10 men in the 70th minute, when Justin Davis stuck a high boot into the leg of Marlon Hairston. Despite facing a disadvantage for 20 minutes, the much-maligned Minnesota defense held firm to earn the first point in club history.

Altidore shines as TFC topples 10-man Whitecaps

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With World Cup qualifiers looming, Jozy Altidore stepped up in a big way to lead Toronto FC to a win over a Canadian rival.

The U.S. Men's National Team striker fired a goal and provided an assist, leading TFC to a 2-0 win over the 10-man Vancouver Whitecaps at BC Place.

NYCFC punished for missed chances in tie with Impact

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New York City FC squandered opportunity after opportunity to put away the Montreal Impact on Saturday at Yankee Stadium. Shot after shot went wide of the mark as NYCFC failed to properly seal what should have been a runaway home win.

Eventually, the Impact made NYCFC pay for their missteps, stealing a hard-fought point at Yankee Stadium.

U.S. U-17 residency program set to close after 18 years

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Throughout the program's 18 years, the U.S. Under-17 residency program has helped develop some of the top players in U.S. Men's National Team history. However, with the rise of academies throughout the country, the program is set to close its doors.

The U-17 residency program is set to complete its final semester after 18 years in Brandenton, Fla.

Brooks scores as Hertha Berlin falls to Cologne

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John Brooks and Hertha Berlin were far from their best on the defensive end on Saturday, but the U.S. Men's National Team defender found a way to make an impact on the attacking end in the final match before the international break.

Brooks scored his team'ssecond goal of the match on Saturday as Hertha Berlin slumped to a 4-2 defeat to Cologne.

Hyndman continues run of form with another goal for Rangers

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Emerson Hyndman's success at Rangers continued on Saturday with another goal.

The midfielder opened the scoring for Pedro Caixinha's side in the Scottish club's4-0 league victory over Hamilton Academic in leagueaction. The finishwas Hyndman's fourthleague goal of the season Rangers, and his second in his last three matches for the club.

Canada name Octavio Zambrano CANMNT coach

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The Canadian Soccer Association has named a new head coach for the Canada Men's National Team as the federation enters a new era.

The CSA announced that Octavio Zambrano would be taking over the head coach role for the CANMNT, taking over an integrated program from the U-14 age level to the senior team.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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It's another loaded Saturday of soccer, with leagues from Europe to North America to Australia in action.

The English Premier League sees Geoff Cameronand Stoke City take on league leaders Chelsea, while a resurgent Leicester City heads to West Ham.

In the Bundesliga, second place RB Leipzig takes on relegation contenders Werder Bremen, featuring Aron Johannsson.

The SBI Show: Episode 270 (Talking USMNT, previewing MLS Week 3, and more)

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The U.S. Men's National Team's crucial March World Cup qualifiers are fast approaching, and the latest SBI Show looks at the players chosen to take part in those decisive matches, and much more.

Episode 270 of The SBI Show breaks down the USMNT roster for the qualifiers against Honduras and Panama, including the changes made after the initial squad was announced.

Zusi replaces Johnson on USMNT roster

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One of the few players the U.S. Men's National Team could ill afford to lose ahead of the CONCACAF World Cup qualifiers against Honduras and Panama is officially off the roster due to an injury.

Fabian Johnson, who was injured in Borussia Monchengladbach's UEFA Europa League match against Schalke on Thursday, was taken out of the 24-man squad on Friday with a hamstring injury.

Soccer Friday: Your Running Commentary

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The weekend's soccer begins today, with several leagues in play, featuring multiple Americans.

Fresh off securing a spot in the Champions League quarterfinals, Borussia Dortmund and Christian Pulisic host FC Ingolstadt, featuring fellow American Alfredo Morales in Bundesliga action. Meanwhile, in the English Championship, German-American manager David Wagner continues in the hunt for promotion with Huddersfield Town as they face a Bristol City side looking to avoid relegation.

MLS Look Ahead: Week Three

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After two MLS teams engaged in some midweek CONCACAF Champions League action, every team returns to league play for week three this weekend.

The bulk of the action takes place on Saturday, kicking off in the afternoon at Yankee Stadium as New York City FC look to build on last week's big win as they take on the Montreal Impact.

This Weekend's Soccer on TV

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With their European conquest coming to an abrupt end earlier this week, Pep Guardiola and Manchester City now return their primary focus to the English Premier League for the remainder of the season.

Regaining their footing after crashing out of the UEFA Champions League's round of 16 won't be easy for City, however, as it will host a top-four tilt at Etihad Stadium on Saturday when Liverpool comes to visit.

Americans Abroad Weekend Preview: Cameron, Pulisic, Wood and more

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With World Cup qualifiers approaching rapidly, several U.S. Men's National Team call-ups face vital matches in league play.

In England, Geoff Cameron and Stoke City can play spoiler in a clash with league-leader Chelsea. Cameron continues to push towards full fitness after recently returning from a long-term knee injury to rejoin the Stoke XI.

European Weekend Preview: Man City host Liverpool, Sevilla visit Atletico, and more

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In the final European domestic action for two weeks, there are some teasing matchescoming up this weekend across the top five leagues.

Manchester City host Liverpool in the English Premier League on Sunday as both sides try to inch closer to the fop-four. Pep Guardiola's side are coming off a Champions League exit midweek in Monaco, while Liverpool are coming off a 2-1 home league win against Burnley last Sunday.

Friday Kickoff: Mexico, Atletico Madrid, Toure and more

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Mexican soccer headlines the news on Friday morning as a one of the world's top clubs joins the fray by investing in a Liga MX team.

Giovani dos Santos, Jesus "Tecatito" Corona, Marco Fabian and Hirving Lozano all missed out on Mexico's World Cup qualifying roster.

Real Madrid-Bayern, Barca-Juventus headline UCL quarterfinal draw

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There are few teams in the UEFA Champions League that know each other better than Real Madrid and Bayern Munich, so perhaps it was fitting that the two juggernauts were drawn together in the UCL quarterfinals.

Carlo Ancelotti will lead Bayern against the same club he most recently managed, taking on former assistant Zinedine Zidane in a clash with plenty of subplots, from Toni Kroos facing Bayern to Xabi Alonso squaring off against Real Madrid in what will be his final UEFA Champions League tournament.

Bingham replaces Guzan on USMNT roster

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San Jose Earthquakes goalkeeper David Bingham has replaced Brad Guzan on the U.S. Men's National Team for the upcoming training camp, U.S. Soccer announced on Thursday.

Guzan will miss the camp as he and his wife await the birth of their second child.

Bingham joins Tim Howard and Nick Rimando in the 24-player camp, which convenes in San Jose, California on Sunday.

Fabian Johnson leaves Europa League match with apparent hamstring injury

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Bad news for U.S. Men's National Team fans, as one of the team's best players appears to have picked up ainjury ahead of World Cup qualifiers.

USMNT midfielder/defender Fabian Johnson was forced to leave Borussia Monchengladbach's UEFA Europa League match against Schalke 04 on Thursday, as he pulled up with an apparent right hamstring injury.

Dom Dwyer secures U.S. citizenship

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Dom Dwyer has made no secret of his desire to one day play for the U.S. Men's National Team. He has cleared a major hurdle toward making that dream a reality.

Dwyer has secured his U.S. citizenship on Thursday, moving him a step closer to becomingeligible to play for the USMNT. The 26-year-old striker, and husband of U.

Soccer Thursday: Your Running Commentary

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European continental action headlines the soccer slate on Thursday.

The UEFA Europa League returns with continued round of 16 action in the mid-late afternoon, as leg two of all eight matches take place with teams seeking to book their places in the quarterfinals. Manchester United will hope to distance themselves at Old Trafford as they enter even on aggregate with Rostov at 1-1.

With U-20 World Cup looming, Lewis looking to transition to pros with NYCFC

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Rookies inevitably feel pressure to begin their professional career. There's pressure to perform, pressure to acclimate themselves to a new environment. The game stays the same but the stakes are immeasurably higher as the sport suddenly becomes so much more than it once was.

Like any professional newcomer, Jonathan Lewis is experiencing that level of pressure for the first time as he sets himself up for what should be a big year for club and country.

Johannsson open to leaving Werder Bremen to escape 'most difficult period' of career

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Every player simply wants to play, including U.S. Men's National Team forward Aron Johannsson. However, Johannsson has found playing time hard to come by, causing him to rethink his future in the wake of "the most difficult period" of his career.

Johannsson says he could leave Werder Bremen in an effort to "be happy again" as he battles to rise up the club's depth chart.

Thursday Kickoff: Ibrahimovic, Middlesbrough, Terry and more

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One MLS target's future remains up in the air as he continues to hint at new destinations.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic hinted that he could be tempted with a move to Napoli but added that he's happy at Manchester United. (REPORT)

John Terry denied that there is any rift between himself and Chelsea manager Antonio Conte.

Acosta's stunner hands FC Dallas advantage over Pachuca

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There's little Kellyn Acosta can do wrong at the moment.

The FC Dallas midfielder, who was called up to the U.S. Men's National Team earlier Wednesday, delivered a fantastic free kick golazo to hand FC Dallas a 2-1 advantage over Pachuca in the CONCACAF Champions League semifinals.

The 21-year-old blasted a free kick into the top right part of the net in the 58th minute to capitalize on a strong start to the second half by the home side at Toyota Stadium, one that almost produced a Carlos Gruezo stunner in the 49th minute if the ball was a few feet lower than it ended up.

'Invaluable' Dempsey joins several new faces as USMNT faces vital qualifiers

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Just days ago, Bruce Arena said he didn't expect Clint Dempsey to join the U.S. Men's National Team for World Cup qualifiers. After several months away from the field with an irregular heartbeat, Dempsey simply wasn't expected to be ready and the USMNT boss was in no rush to throw him right back into the fire.

Chara fined, Torres suspended by MLS Disciplinary Committee

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The controversy that took Major League Soccer by storm during Week 2 and after the conclusion of play last weekend was settled by the league's Disciplinary Committee on Wednesday evening.

Portland Timbers enforcer Diego Chara was fined an undisclosed amount for simulation/embellishment for the 31st-minute incident on Sunday at StubHub Center that led to Jelle Van Damme's first of two successive yellow cards.

Must-See Goal: Kellyn Acosta

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GOAL Dallas, Kellyn ACOSTA No. 23 | @FCDallas @Tuzos #SCCL #SoyAficionado https://t.co/mWJqk6z9gf

- THE CHAMPIONS (@TheChampions) March 16, 2017


Bedoya welcomes "clean slate" ahead of World Cup qualifiers

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On paper, the U.S. Men's National Team is in a hole after two disappointing losses to start the Hexagonal round of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying. However, with a new coach, Bruce Arena, in charge, one of the team's veteransis welcoming a clean slate entering next Friday's clash with Honduras at Avaya Stadium.

Wednesday UCL Rewind: Monaco seals comeback vs. Man City, Atletico advances past Leverkusen

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After letting a lead slip in their first leg in Manchester, AS Monaco fought back for a place in the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals with a 3-1 second leg victory over Manchester City on Wednesday.

Even withoutstar stiker Radamel Falcao due to injury, Leonardo Jardim's side started off excellent at the Stade Louis II, as 18-year-old Kylian Mbappe rifled home after eight minutes for a 1-0 lead.

Dempsey, Howard, Cameron headline USMNT squad for World Cup qualifiers

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Facing a must-win scenario, Bruce Arena turned to a group of U.S. Men's National Team regulars for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers. Included in that group is a bit of a surprise: Clint Dempsey.

Dempsey joins Tim Howard, Geoff Cameron and Michael Bradley to headline a 23-man roster that includes 19 players with World Cup qualifying experience.

Soccer Wednesday: Your Running Commentary

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Wednesday is full of Champions League action, spanning several continents.

In the afternoon, the UEFA Champions League continues play as Monaco battles Manchester City while Atletico Madrid take on Bayer Leverkusen as each seeks to earn a place in the quarterfinals. Monaco have a hole to dig themselves out of, as Man City lead, 5-3, after leg one, as do Leverkusen, who trail Atletico, 4-2.

Wednesday CCL Preview: Well-rested FC Dallas, Pachuca face off in semifinals

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After watching MLS counterparts fall to Mexican oppositionlast night, FC Dallas will hope to avoid a similar result tonight against their own Liga MX challenger.

FC Dallas enters their midweek CONCACAF Champions Leaguesemifinal match well-rested after sitting a fair few starters during the weekend's draw against Sporting Kansas City.

SBI MLS Power Rankings (Week 2)

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A few teams had their surprising week one performances carry over to week two, while a few others bounced back or fell down to earth.

The big winners of the week were Atlanta United and New York City FC. The former dispatched expansion rivals Minnesota United with a thorough 6-1 victory in the cold and snow up north.

MLS Ticker: Giovinco set to miss match, Sjoberg undegoes surgery, and more

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Toronto FC has yet to win a match in 2017, and finding that first win just became significantly more difficult.

According to the Toronto Sun, Sebastian Giovinco has been ruled out of Toronto FC's clash with the Vancouver Whitecaps due to a leg injury, specifically a contusion to his illiotibial band.

Report: Hamburg set to offer Wood new contract as teams eye release clause

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Bobby Wood is, understandably, a wanted man, and his current club is looking to lock up the forward's future despite the interest from outside parties.

Hamburg sporting director Jens Todt told Bild that there have been no formal or concrete offers for Wood quite yet, but the club is looking to get ahead of the game.

Americans Abroad Tuesday Rewind: Pulisic, Arriola, Ream and more

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Christian Pulisic stole the show on Tuesday, but several other potential U.S. Men's National Team call-ups also took the field for their respective clubs.

The Borussia Dortmund star led the way with yet another goal, his third in four games, as Borussia Dortmund toppled Sportfruende Lotte, 3-0, in DFB-Pokal play.

U.S. U-20s draws Ecuador, Senegal, Saudi Arabia in World Cup group

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After sealing the title of CONCACAF champions,U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team is bound for South Korea and the Under-20 World Cup. On Wednesday, their road through that World Cup became a bit clearer as they learned their group opponents.

In Wednesday's World Cup draw, the U.S. was paired with Ecuador, Senegal and Saudi Arabia in Group F of this summer's tournament.

Wednesday Kickoff: Gotze, Lukaku, Kane and more

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A Borussia Dortmund star is set to miss the rest of the season while Everton begin damage control over the potential loss of the face of their attack.

Borussia Dortmund midfielder Mario Gotze will not play again this season due to a metabolic disorder. (REPORT)

Everton shareholder Farhad Moshiri says recent reports stating Romelu Lukaku will not re-sign with the club are "not an issue".

Second-half goals set Whitecaps back in CCL semifinal

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Tell me if you've heard this one before.

A Major League soccer club went down to Mexico for a knockout-round clash in the CONCACAF Champions League, played strong for 75-80 minutes and then gave up a dagger late in the contest.

The Vancouver Whitecaps followed that formula toperfection on Tuesday night in their 2-0 loss to Tigres in the first leg of their CCL semifinal at the Estadio Universitario.

Tuesday UCL Rewind: Leicester shock Sevilla, Juventus beat Porto.

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Leicester City's dream debut in the UEFA Champions League continued on Tuesday after they erased a 2-1 first leg deficit to defeat Sevilla3-2 on aggregate.

Craig Shakespeare's side knew a strong second leg at the King Power Stadium could see itadvance to its first ever quarterfinal appearance.

Miami-Dade commissioner 'hasn't heard anything' on MLS stadium

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As the weeks and months tick by for David Beckham and his ownership group,city and county officials are growing restless with the team's search for a stadium.

According to the Miami Herald, Miami-Dade commissioner Audrey Edmonson "hasn't heard anything" regarding a stadiumsite proposal, with another commissioner wondering if the county can build affordable housing in its place.

MLS Ticker: Trapp inks new deal with Crew, Rapids sign defender and more

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Since signing with the club as a homegrown player, Wil Trapp has been one of the faces of the Columbus Crew, and the midfielder is set to remain one for at least the next several seasons.

The Crew announced Tuesday that Trapp has signed a new multi-year contract with the club. Targeted Allocation Money was used to sign the midfielder, who was named the team's captain prior to the start of the season.

Pulisic scores again to lead Borussia Dortmund to DFB-Pokal win

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Another day, another goal for Christian Pulisic.

The Borussia Dortmund winger scored his third goal in four games on Tuesday afternoon, helping lead the way in the club's DFB-Pokal clash withSportfreunde Lotte. The goal is Pulisic's sixthin all competitions this season.

Following a surprisingly difficult first half with the third division club, Pulisic fired Dortmund into the lead with a 57th minute.

Tuesday CCL Preview: Whitecaps against the odds vs. Tigres in semis

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The CONCACAF Champions League semifinals begin on Tuesday with the first leg between Liga MX Apertura champion Tigres and the Vancouver Whitecaps at Estadio Universitario.

The Whitecaps knocked off the New York Red Bulls, 2-1, on aggregate in the quarterfinals to reach their first-ever semifinal in the competition.

Soccer Tuesday: Your Running Commentary

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It's a Champions League-packed day in socceras several continental competitions resume on Tuesday.

The round of 16 in the UEFA Champions League continues with Leicester City trying to overcome a 2-1 deficit at home against Sevilla. A 1-0 win at the King Power Stadium would be enough for the Premier League champions to advance to the quarterfinals.

UEFA Champions League Preview: Leicester City, Monaco look for second-leg comebacks

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Barcelona's historic comeback against Paris Saint-Germain last week showed that no tie in the Champions League Round of 16 is safe until the final whistle. Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, and Real Madrid all punched their tickets to the UCL quarterfinals last week, while eight teams fight for the remainingfour spots this week.

Projecting the USMNT March World Cup qualifying roster

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It's never easy to select a national team roster, especially one prepared for a must-win situation. That's the task Bruce Arena faces as he calls in a full U.S. Men's National Team roster for the first time for a pair of vital World Cup qualifiers.

Report: Dos Santos set to miss Mexico's upcoming World Cup qualifiers

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Mexico will be without one of their stars forthe upcoming World Cup qualifiers.

According to Telemundo, Dos Santos will be missing the upcoming match against Costa Rica after being forced out at halftime of the LA Galaxy'smatch against the Portland Timbers due to a right leg injury.

Report: Johannsson considering move away from Werder Bremen

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Aron Johannsson's timewith Werder Bremen has been far from ideal, prompting the U.S. Men's National Team forward to reportedly consider "different options".

According to ESPN, Johannsson could leave the Bundesliga club in the summer if his situation does not improve. The USMNT forward has made just eight appearances this season after recovering from a lengthy injury over the summer.

Americans Abroad Midweek Preview: Pulisic, Johnson, Gonzalez and more

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World Cup qualifiers are just around the corner as several Americans take the field for midweek action.

In Germany, Christian Pulisic and Fabian Johnson take the field as they look to advance their side in non-league competitions. Pulisic and Borussia Dortmund face DFB-Pokal action on Tuesday against Sportfreunde Lotte while Thursday brings Johnson's Europa League clash with Schalke.

Tuesday Kickoff: Liga MX, Courtois, Can and more

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Following this past weekend's strike, Liga MX referees are set to return after a satisfying punishment was handed out to the players that caused the dispute by threatening officials.

Liga MX handed one-year suspensions toToluca's Enrique Triverio and Club America's Pablo Aguilar, ending the referee's strike that saw this past weekend's games postponed.

Wood heating up at right time for Hamburg, USMNT

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Bobby Wood admits that Saturday's win came down to a moment of luck, but there's nothing lucky about the form he's in heading into World Cup qualifiers.

The U.S. Men's National Team forward scored an 80th minute game-winning goal on Sunday, leading Hamburg to a vital 2-1 win over Borussia Monchengladbach.

Najar, Espinoza, Ellis headline Honduras roster to face USMNT

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Honduras has called in several familiar faces for the upcoming World Cup qualifier against the U.S. Men's National Team.

Former MLS star Andy Najar is joined by Sporting Kansas City's Roger Espinoza and Houston Dynamo forward Alberth Ellis to headline Honduras' 26-man squad for World Cup qualifying.

MLS Week 2: The SBI Breakdown

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The second week of MLS play was supposed to be headlined by a clash between expansion sides but, while one of them brought the attacking heat, it was quite apparent that it was the cold that would take center stage in the teams' sophomore efforts.

Winter conditions affected several MLS matches, with the most obvious coming in New England as the Revolution canceled their match with Orlando City.

The Best of MLS Week 2: Martinez, NYCFC and more

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The cold in the northern half of the United States wasn't enough to stop two of the hottest performances of MLS Week 2. Atlanta United dismantled Minnesota United's back line for six goals, while New York City FC downed D.C. United with ease in frigid temperatures at Yankee Stadium.

Elsewhere, a Western Conference rookie continued to impress and a few unexpected sides extended their perfect records into Week 3.

MLS Weekend Rewind: Week 2

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Week two of the 2017 MLS season is now in the books, as one expansion team clearly established their superiority over their cross-conference counterpart with a serious beat-down.

The Chicago Fire scored two quick strikes, courtesy of Nemanja Nikolic and Arturo Alvarez and never looked back en route to a 2-0 victory over Real Salt Lake.

European Weekend Rewind: Deportivo upsets Barcelona, Juventus tops Milan and more

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Barcelona overcame all odds to secure a historic Champions League result midweek, but the Spanish giant couldn't quite muster enough energy to role that momentum into league play.

Deportivo earned the result of the weekend witha 2-1 home win overleague-leaders Barcelona. Alex Bergantino's 74th minute header put Deportivo in front for good after the visitors had leveled the score early in the second half.

Americans Abroad Weekend Rewind: Wood, Rubin, Guzan and more

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While a referee strike saw the postponement of Liga MX play, a pair of Americans Abroad made their mark by scoring goals in European action.

Bobby Wood scored the game-winning goal late in Sunday's clash with Fabian Johnson and Borussia Monchengladbach, leading Hamburg to a 2-1 win that pushes them closer to safety.

Monday Kickoff: Kane, Leicester, Falcao and more

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One Premier League star could miss an extended period of time while the club that beat him to a title last season has appointed a new manager.

Mauricio Pochettino says Harry Kane's injury is similar to the one he suffered in September, which saw him miss seven weeks. (REPORT)

Leicester City has appointed Craig Shakespeare as manager for the rest of the season.

After years with Fire, Johnson embracing challenge of anchoring NYCFC backline

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The cities of New York and Chicago have always been just a bit different, even if they have plenty in common. They're two of the most recognizable metropolitainsin the world, but both present an entirely different vibe. They aren't traditional rivals by any means, except when it comes to pizza, even if their respective sports franchiseshave collided for plenty ofmemorable momentsin the past.

Atlanta United earns first MLS win in beatdown of Minnesota United

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Following a tough home defeat last weekendagainst the New York Red Bulls, Atlanta United bounced back on Sunday with a 6-1 road victory against fellow expansion side Minnesota United.

Playing in a snow-covered TCF Bank Stadium, it was Atlanta United that looked more at home, running circles around Minnesota's leaky defense, withstriker Josef Martinez netting a hat trick andmidfielder Miguel Almironscored two goals of his own to secure the team's first win.

Early Chara strike powers Timbers past Galaxy

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A moment of pure brilliance in a match that flaunted grit and controversy gave the Portland Timbers a 1-0 win over the LA Galaxy on Sunday at StubHub Center.

The Galaxy played down a man for nearly two-thirds of the match, but improved after Jelle van Damme's ejection, and nearly snatched a late draw, only to have Jake Gleeson deny Jose Villarreal with a stunning late save.

First half onslaught leads NYCFC to lopsided win over D.C. United

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NEW YORK New York City FC was held relatively quiet in their season opener, but there was little D.C. United could do to prevent an attacking onslaught on Sunday afternoon.

A trio of first half goals proved more than enough for NYCFC, who cruised past D.

FC Dallas successfully rests key starters for CCL clash in away draw

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An MLS club has never won the CONCACAF Champions League. In fact, only one has even made it to the final.

Before FC Dallas starts its attempts to be the second Wednesday night against Pachuca, the team got an away MLS clash out of the way. FCD left Children's Mercy Park in Kansas City on Saturday night still undefeated in league play after a 0-0 draw with Sporting KC.

Lima scores first goal, continues to impress for Earthquakes

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It was only a matter of time before the second-ever Homegrown signing for the San Jose Earthquakes, Nick Lima, scored a goal.

He's taken shot after shot throughout the preseason, and in last week's season-opening win against the Montreal Impact. However, each shot has either gone just wide of thenet or just high.

Etienne impresses in first start for Red Bulls

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Bradley Wright-Phillips has been partnered with a few different players already in the New York Red Bulls' four-game long season. The newest of those partners is Derrick Etienne, Jr.

The 20-year-old Haitian international made his first MLS start against the Colorado Rapids on Saturday andwas very active in his 61 minute shift as his team recorded the 1-0 win.

Wood scores late winner to lead Hamburg past Borussia Monchengladbach

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With time ticking down, Bobby Wood stepped up, earning his side three points that could be vital in a relegation battle.

Wood scored an 80th minute winner on Sunday, leading Hamburg to a 2-1 win over Fabian Johnson and Borussia Monchengladbach. With the win, Hamburg moves into a tie on points with 15th- place Werder Bremen although Aron Johannson and co.

Curtin laments poor officiating, defensive lapse in otherwise strong Union performance

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CHESTER, PA Philadelphia Union manager Jim Curtin thought his side produced one of the best halves in his tenure with the club on Saturday, but there were still a few things that hampered the final result at Talen Energy Stadium.

The Union showed no fear against arguably the best team in the Eastern Conference, as they attacked the wings of the Reds' 3-5-2 formation from the start.

Bedoya, Altidore exchange words following Union's draw with TFC

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With World Cup qualifiers on the horizon, two U.S. Men's National Team regulars had a heated exchange on Saturday evening.

Following the Philadelphia Union's 2-2 draw with Toronto FC, Union midfielder Alejandro Bedoya stated his displeasure with a penalty kick awarded to Jozy Altidore and TFC.

Giovinco deemed "okay" after leaving Union-TFC with minor injury

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Sebastian Giovinco needed plenty of assistance to leave the field right before halftime at Talen Energy Stadium on Saturday night, but it appears the Toronto FC forward is going to be fine, according to TFC head coach Greg Vanney.

"He's okay," Vanney said. "He's sore. It was a contusion on the IT band around the side of the leg.

Last-gasp Bruin finish fires Sounders to draw with Impact

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The Seattle Sounders and Montreal Impact were two teams looking for their first points in 2017 after a rough start in week one. However, the two had to settle for a share of the points in a 2-2 draw in the Impact's home opener and only regular season game in Olympic Stadium.

FC Dallas frustrates Sporting KC in ugly goal-less draw

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KANSAS CITY, Kansas — When the FC Dallas lineup for Saturday's match against Sporting Kansas City was unveiled, the home fans at Children's Mercy Park might have thought their team was in for an easy win.

FC Dallas had other plans.

Oscar Pareja chose to rest several key starters ahead of Wednesday's CONCACAF Champions League semifinal against Pachuca, and went with a young lineup, a lineup that frustrated Sporting Kansas City on the way to a 0-0 draw on Saturday.

Quick start propels Dynamo to another win as Crew fall again

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The Houston Dynamo made it back-to-back league wins to kick off 2017 after a convincing 3-1 victory over the visiting Columbus Crew on Saturday evening.

After an impressive 2-1 home victory at BBVAA Compass Stadium last weekend over the defending MLS Champions Seattle Sounders, the Houston Dynamo got goals on Saturday from all three of their attacking forwards to keep their strong start going.

Tim Howard impresses in return from injury

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After four months on the sidelines, Tim Howard made his long awaited comeback, playing in his first match of the year in the Colorado Rapids' 1-0 loss to the New York Red Bulls on Saturday.

Howard made seven saves and looked sharp, raising the likelihood that he will be able to return to the U.

Earthquakes rally from two-goal deficit to overwhelm 10-man Whitecaps

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An imperfect start doesn't always mean an imperfect finish. The San Jose Earthquakes proved that at Avaya Stadium Saturday night.

The Earthquakes clawed back from an early two-goal deficit, taking full advantage of a David Ousted red card to score three unanswered goals on the way to a 3-2 win over the Vancouver Whitecaps, with their comeback capped off by a long-range winner from Anibal Godoy.

Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

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Several of Europe's top teams will take the field on Sunday while one of the world's premier rivalries takes centerstage in Scotland.

In English action, both the Premier League and FA Cup feature one game on Sunday as two heavy-hitters headline the schedule. Tottenham kickstarts the day with a clash with Millwall in FA Cup action while Liverpool faces Burnley in the lone game on the Premier League schedule.

Howard returns as Rapids fall to Red Bulls

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With World Cup qualifiers looming, Tim Howard made his return for the Colorado Rapids, but the U.S. Men's National Team goalkeeper's star performance wasn't enough to lift his side to a result on Saturday.

The New York Red Bulls recorded their second win of the season, beating the Rapids, 1-0, on Saturday at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey.

Union, TFC play to thrilling draw

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CHESTER, PA The match took every twist and turn possible was left without a final happy ending for either side on Saturday at Talen Energy Stadium, as the Philadelphia Union and Toronto FC played to a 2-2 draw.

The first half featured a debut goal, two penalties and a pair of injuries to starting forwards, while the second half included goals a minute apart in the battle of Eastern Conference foes.

Fire blitz past RSL with pair of early goals

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After a lackluster first half in their season opener, the Chicago Fire turned on the jets in the second half to earn a pointon the road. On Saturday, the Fire took the field for their second match of the season, and, unlike last time out, they didn't waste any time.

Liga MX matches canceled due to referee strike

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Several Americans were set to take the field in Liga MX play this weekend, but a sudden referee strike has caused a change of plans.

The Mexican league will not play this weekendafter the referees union said it would not provide its services for Week 10 of Liga MX play.

The strike was caused by a pair of incidents midweek which saw referees threatened by players.

MLS Week 2: Your Live Commentary

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The second week of MLS play begins on Saturday and weather is certain to be a major factor.

Inclement weather caused the cancellation of the New England Revolution's clash with Orlando City and several more matches should be affected by frigid conditions.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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Saturday provides another full day of soccer action as league and cup competitions continue throughout the world.

The action begins in England as Premier League scheduling is joined with matches from the FA Cup. In league action, the day is headlined by Everton's clash with West Brom while Hull City and Swansea City collide in a clash of teams near the bottom of the table.

The SBI Show: Episode 269 (with special guest Kellyn Acosta)

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From MLS Week 2, to Christian Pulisic's heroics, and much more, the latest episode of The SBI Show has you covered.

Episode 269 looks ahead to the weekend's MLS action, previewing all 10 matches, while also catching up with special guest and FC Dallas standout Kellyn Acosta. The former U.S.

MLS Look Ahead: Week 2

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The most talked about topic heading into Week 2 is the weather, and it will continue to be talked about all weekend as cold slams the Northeast. One match, the New England Revolution's home opener against Orlando City, has already been postponed to September 2, and the games in Philadelphia, New York and Minnesota will be played in frigid conditions.

European Weekend Preview: Dortmund faces Hertha Berlin, FA Cup continues and more

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After a thrilling week of UEFA Champions action, domestic leagues and cup fixtures look to continue the excitement this weekend across Europe.

The Bundesliga's top fixture this weekend sees third-place Borussia Dortmund traveling to fifth-place Hertha Berlin on Saturday. Six points separate the sides, as both look to advance their way up the table.

Revs' clash with Orlando City postponed due to inclement weather

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Inclement weather has forced MLS to alter plans for one of this weekend's matches.

The New England Revolution announced on Friday that Saturday's match against Orlando City at Gillette Stadium has been postponed due to weather conditions. Saturday's forecast is calling forextremely cold temperatures along with wind chills that are expectedto take temperatures below 10 degrees.

Jones, Union ready for tough Toronto task

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The first 90 minutes of Derrick Jones' Philadelphia Union career couldn't have gone any better. The 20-year-old defensive midfielder churned out an impressive performance in the club's 0-0 draw with the Vancouver Whitecaps in Week 1.

Week 2 presents a different challenge for the homegrown player as Toronto FC comes to Talen Energy Stadium for the Union home opener on Saturday.

Diskerud officially joins Swedish side IFK Goteborg on loan

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The next stage of Mix Diskerud's career has officially begun.

IFK Goteborg announced on Friday that the club has signed Diskerud on loan from NYCFC through Aug. 27. The U.S. Men's National Team midfielder has already joined the club for two training sessions under Jorgen Lennartson, who previously managed Diskerud at Norwegian side Stabaek.

MLS, Univision partner to broadcast matches live on Facebook

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MLS is set to unveil a whole new way of watching the league.

The league announced a new partnership with Univision and Facebook on Friday that will seeAa least 22regular season matches broadcast live on the social network. Matches typically broadcast on Univision in Spanish will be availableto live stream in English in the U.

Friday Kickoff: Wenger, Hart, Fabian and more

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An Arsenal executive released a statement regarding Arsene Wenger while Joe Hart's future remains undecided.

Arsenal chairman Sir Chips Keswick issued an official statement saying that a decision on Arsene Wenger's future with the club "will be made by us mutually and communicated at the right time in the right way.

Americans Abroad Weekend Preview: Pulisic vs. Brooks, Johnson vs. Wood, and more

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The German Bundesliga and EnglishLeagueChampionship both feature multiple matches that will have Americans facing off abroad over the weekend, as do Liga MX and the 2. Bundesliga.

Germany provides the bulk of the action for Americans this weekend, with a trio of face-offs to keep an eye on.

This Weekend's Soccer on TV

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Juventus may be running away with the Italian Serie A title this season, but they will have a chance for a little payback this weekend against the only club that has handed them multiple losses this season.

Massimiliano Allegri's men have been defeated just four times this season in league play, and one of themcame last October at the hands of AC Milan.

MLS Ticker: Gulbrandsen set for Red Bulls move, Meram signs long-term deal, and more

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The New York Red Bulls partnership synergy is off the charts, as another player is set to arrive from a European partner team.

Norwegian forward Fredrik Gulbrandsen is reportedly set to join the New York teamon loan from Red Bull Salzburg, after being forced to wait for three weeks while formalities of the transfer were wrapped up, reports VG Sporten.

Soccer Thursday: Your Running Commentary

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UEFA Europa League action leads the way on Thursday, and the Round of 16 is promising some juicy matchups.

Perhaps no match is more exciting than a clash between Lyon and Roma as the two highly-ranked teams within their own leagues match up in continental competition.

An all-Bundesliga clash also features, as Schalke 04 meet Borussia Monchengladbach on the European stage.

Infantino: Travel ban could hurt U.S. 2026 World Cup bid

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FIFA President Gianni Infantino hasn't outright stated the Trump administration's travel ban on Muslim countries would stop the U.S. from winning a 2026 World Cup bid, but the implication of his statements are fairly heavy.

Speaking in London on Thursday, Infantino made clear that a country wishing to host the World Cup must be accessible for all participating nations.

MLS releases list of TAM players

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In the era of increased transparency, MLS took a major step forward by unveiling a list of players whose contracts include Targeted Allocation Money.

The list reveals each player on every team that has had their contract bought down below DP threshold with the TAM mechanic, designed to increase the mid-range depth on rosters around the league.

USMNT drops one place to 30th in FIFA International Rankings

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The gap between the U.S. Men's National Team and CONCACAF rivals Mexico and Costa Rica widened slightly as the team dropped one place in the latest FIFA International Rankings.

A three-place rise from Senegal leaped the African team over the USMNT, bumping the latter down one notch on the ladder to 30th in the world.

Thursday Kickoff: Alonso, Wenger, Conte and more

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A star midfielder is set to call it quits while a pair ofPremier League managers head towards opposite futures.

Bayern Munich midfielder Xabi Alonso announced that he will retire at the end of the season. (REPORT)

Arsene Wenger says fan protests will influence his decision on remaining at Arsenal.

CONCACAF president Montagliani: Joint Copa America talks 'beyond preliminary'

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The Copa America Centenario was a financial success, and it appears CONCACAF and CONMEBOL could be on their way to another tournament.

CONCACAF president Victor Montagliani says talks for another joint Copa America are "beyond preliminary" with the earliest potential joint tournament coming in 2020.

Americans Abroad Wednesday Rewind: Arriola, Pulisic, Cameron

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While Christian Pulisic tore Benfica apart in Portugal, another young American netted a game-winning goal back in Mexico.

Paul Arriola scored Tijuana's lone goal in Wednesday's Copa MX action, leading his side to a 1-0 win over Club America. Arriola was joined in the Tijuana lineup by Joe Corona and Michael Orozco, who both logged 90 minute shifts in the win.

MLS Disciplinary Committee suspends Jones, Romney

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Just one game into his LA Galaxy career, Jermaine Jones has been hit with a suspension. Unfortunately for the Galaxy, he's not the only player that earned the MLS Disciplinary Committee's scorn.

MLS announced on Wednesday that Jones and Dave Romey have been handed one game suspensions, which will knock them out of the Galaxy's clash with the Portland Timbers on Sunday.

The SBI Show: Episode 268 (w/special guests Brooks Lennon and Nick Lima)

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The first CONCACAF Under-20 championship in USMNT history and the opening week of the 2017 MLS season take center stage in the latest episode of The SBI Show.

Host Ives Galarcep looks back at the U.S. Under-20s triumphant tournament in Costa Rica, and is joined by U.S. Under-20 winger and Real Salt Lake loanee Brooks Lennon to discuss his return to the USA and the U-20 CONCACAF triumph.

UCL Rewind: Barcelona makes history against PSG, Dortmund pummels Benfica

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After being dominatedat the Parc Des Princes three weeks ago, Barcelona made history in Wednesday's second leg to eliminate Paris Saint-Germain, 6-5, on aggregate.

Luis Enrique's side chipped away at PSG's lead, and were able to come up with the goods in the final moments at the Camp Nou.

Pulisic scores goal, sets up two more to lead Dortmund to UCL quarterfinals

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With star winger Marco Reus sidelined, Borussia Dortmund turned to Christian Pulisic for what was certainly the biggest game of the season. The U.S. Men's National Team provided in a big way, leading the German club the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals.

After assisting Dortmund's first goal of the evening, Pulisic scored Dortmund's second goal of a 4-0 win over Benfica.

USMNT Notebook: Arena assesses March roster, Dempsey, Johnson and more

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World Cup qualifiers are looming for the U.S. Men's National Team and, for Bruce Arena, that means a roster is beginning to take shape.

According to Arena, the upcoming weekend will be vital for players both domestic and abroad to stake their claim to a potential roster spot. Arena is expected to announce a roster of 23-25 players some time around March 15with players reporting at some point between March 18-20.

Soccer Wednesday: Your Running Commentary

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Two teams booked their places in the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals on Tuesday and two more can seal a spot in the final eight on Wednesday afternoon.

Barcelona will have to overcome quite the odds to battle their way to the next round. Facing off for a second leg clash with Paris Saint-Germain, Barca must overturn a 4-0 deficit from the opening leg, making them a longshot for a quarterfinal berth.

MLS Ticker: Goossens out for months, Glad doubtful for Saturday

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The mess in the Chicago Fire midfield got worse on Wednesday, as the club announced central midfielder John Goossens will undergo surgery on Friday for a defect of a deltoid ligament sprain in his right ankle. He is expected to miss five to six months because of the surgery.

"John's injury is cruel, particularly given the effort he was making on the play in added time,"said Fire general manager Nelson Rodríguez.

Lloyd, Morgan, Solo, Krieger named to FIFPro Women’s World XI

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FIFPro unveiled their Women's World XI on Wednesday and it featuresthree current members of the U.S. Women's National Team and one that remains in exile.

Carli Lloyd, Alex Morgan, Ali Krieger and Hope Solo headline FIFPro's Women's World XI, which was selected by3,200 votes from female playersworldwide.

Americans Abroad Tuesday Rewind: Ream, Williams, Bornstein and more

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Tuesday was an unfortunate day for Tim Ream, even if his team was able to overcome an early deficit to earn a dramatic point.

The U.S. Men's National Team defender scored a fifth minute own goal in Tuesday's match against Leeds United, but a 94th minute equalizer from Tom Cairney earned Fulham a 1-1 draw in Championship action.

Hamburg insistent on keeping Wood despite outside interest

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It's only natural given Bobby Wood's form and the nature of the European transfer market that the U.S. Men's National Team forward is gaining interest from around the continent. Despite the growing attraction to Wood in Europe, his current club is insistent on keeping him past this season.

No specific clubs have been linked with the 24-year-old forward as of now, but another impressive season in front of net has put Wood further into the spotlight, and the light on him could grow if he shines for the USMNT in the coming weeks against Honduras and Panama.

Yedlin set to miss time with thigh injury

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Crucial World Cup qualifiers loom, and the U.S. Men's National Team has reason to be concerned with an injury to a star defender.

Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez says DeAndre Yedlin could be out one or two weeks after suffering a slight tear in his thigh. Yedlin was kept out of Tuesday's draw with Leeds United as a result of the injury, which was picked up in Newcastle's win against Brighton and Hove Albion last week.

Wednesday Kickoff: Arsenal, Chapecoense, Torres and more

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Arsenal continues to unravelwhile the story of Chapecoense provided a happy moment on Tuesday.

Theo Walcott says Arsenal can't keep fighting each other if they are to break out of their recent slump. (REPORT)

Arsene Wenger was highly critical ofreferee Tasos Sidiropoulos for what he called an "inexplainable and scandalous" performance in Tuedsay's 5-1 loss to Bayern Munich.

SBI MLS Power Rankings (Week 1)

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Part of the beauty of MLS is that for all the offseason predictions, once the matches begin, anything can happen.

Just ask the Houston Dynamo and Seattle Sounders. The reigning MLS Cup champions had their thrones rocked by a team that finished next-to-last in 2016, as the Dynamo captured a 2-1 victory thanks to Erick 'Cubo' Torres beautiful free kick and a debut goal from Romell Quioto.

Tuesday UCL Rewind: Bayern thumps Arsenal, Real Madrid tops Napoli

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Thanks to a comfortable 5-1 aggregate victory at the Allianz Arena three weeks ago, Bayern Munichwere very much in the driver's seat against Arsenal. On Tuesday, they simply added insult to injury for an Arsenal team that continues to flounder.

Bayern was able to cruise their way into aquarterfinal berth of the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday after a 5-1 second leg victory.

USWNT loses to France, finishes last in SheBelieves Cup

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The U.S. Women's National Team's run through the SheBelieves Cup ended in a major disappointment.

After losing against England in the second match of the tournament, the U.S. lost to France, 3-0, on Tuesdayat RFK Stadium,in itsfinal match of the SheBelieves Cup.

The USWNT went down early when Alyssa Naeher tookdown Eugenie Le Sommer with a slide tackle in the penalty area.

USMNT paired with Panama, Martinique, Haiti/Nicaragua winner in Gold Cup

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The 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup draw was held on Tuesday afternoon as the U.S. Men's National Team learned which teams they will face in this summer's tournament.

Panama, Martinique and either Haiti or Nicaragua will join the U.S. in Group B of the 2017 Gold Cup, which is set kick off July 7.

Soccer Tuesday: Your Running Commentary

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UEFA Champions League returns on Tuesday, plus the U.S. Women's National Team aims for a bounceback performance in the SheBelieves Cup.

The day begins with the second legs of the round of 16 in the Champions League. Napoli hosts Real Madrid and will try to overturn a 3-1 deficit. Elsewhere, Bayern Munich takes a commanding 5-1 lead into London as it faces Arsenal.

A look at 5 young players who shined on MLS opening weekend

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Every MLS season brings in a crop of youngplayers and 2017 is no different. Over the weekend, as MLS kicked off the 2017 season, several of those youngsters shined bright on the big stage.

Young players both new and familiar stepped up across MLS over the weekend as the league kicked off the new season.

Arena set to be cautious with Howard, Dempsey, Cameron as USMNT prepares for WCQ

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The first two competitive matches of Bruce Arena's second time around as U.S. Men's National Team manager are two weeks away. With time ticking down before the renewal of the Hexagonal round, Arena is trying to figure out the availability of three of his biggest players.

UEFA Champions League Preview: Arsenal, Barcelona look to overcome first-leg deficits

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On paper, the four matches set to take place in the UEFA Champions League round of 16 this week don't seem too exciting as three of the four features teams with large advantages.

However, nothing is impossible on Europe's biggest stage, even for perennial underachievers Arsenal. The Gunners, Barcelona and Napoli are all looking to reverse poor away legs into memorable comebacks on home soil.

Vieira remains committed to seeing NYCFC build from back even as principles change

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New York City FC center back, Maxime Chanot, was on the edge of the box in position to build out of the back and received a firm pass from his new goalkeeper, Sean Johnson. His teammates had created a large attacking shape on either side and in front of him.

Americans Abroad Midweek Preview: Pulisic, Johnson, Yedlin and more

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It's a big week for Americans Abroad, especially for a pair of U.S. Men's National Team regulars looking to fight on in European competitions.

Christian Pulisic and Borussia Dortmund face a 1-0 deficit against Benfica as they head into the second leg of theirUEFA Champions League Round of 16 clash on Wednesday.

Report: Klinsmann, Wagner candidates for Bayer Leverkusen job

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Jurgen Klinsmann has always been a popular name in the coaching rumor mill and, just a few months after leaving the U.S. Men's National Team, his name has resurfaced again with links to a major job in his home country.

According to German outlet Bild, Klinsmann is one of three contenders to become manager of Bayer Leverkusen.

Tuesday Kickoff: Ibrahimovic, Xavi, Lewandowski and morei

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One of the game's biggest stars is set for suspension while a former midfield maestro is looking for a return to his old club.

Former Barcelona star Xavi says he hopes to someday serve as the club's head coach. (REPORT)

Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Bournemouth defender Tyrone Mings have been charged with violent conduct by the England FA for incidents in this past weekend's match.

Rapinoe says she will respect new U.S. Soccer national anthem policy

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Megan Rapinoe made waves last fall as she opted to kneel during the national anthem before matches for both club and country. However, with a new U.S. Soccer policy in place, the U.S. Women's National Team midfielder says she will respect the federation's decision.

"It is an honor to represent the USA and all that we stand for — to be able to pull on the red, white and blue to play a game that I love," Rapinoe said in a statement.

Report: Diskerud nearing move to Sweden

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Mix Diskerud's contract with New York City FC was bought out last week, and it appears the midfielder could beset to resume his career back in Europe, at least temporarily.

According to ESPN, the U.S. Men's National Team midfielder is close to securing a loan to Swedish side IFK Goteborg.

Orlando City's strong defensive outing paves way vs. frustrated NYCFC

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ORLANDO, Fla. — New York City FC was the better side in terms of keeping possession.New York City FC was the better side in terms ofcreating chances. New York City FC was the better side in terms of keepingits players on the field.

None of that was enough to ruin Orlando City's festive night, though.

Report: Kaka to miss six weeks with hamstring injury

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While Orlando City emerged victorious from Sunday's match against New York City FC, it came at a steep price.

Star DP midfielder Kaka will reportedly miss up to six weeks with a grade 1-2hamstring injury. Kaka was forced off the field early in Sunday's match, just before Cyle Larin put the hosts up in a match they'd eventually win, 1-0.

Americans Abroad Monday Preview: Green, Zelalem

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Two young American take the field Monday as they look to aid their respective teams' promotion pushes.

In Germany, Julian Green and Stuttgart face off with fourth-place Eintracht Braunschweig in a clash of promotion hopefuls. Stuttgart enters Monday with a three-point lead and a game in hand on second place Union Berlin, and a win against a fellow 2.

MLS Week 1: The SBI Breakdown

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They say to never underestimate the importance of a first impression. There's no more important moment than an introduction, the instantwhere you announce to the world who and what you are. It's an impression that lingers, one which is hard to erase from memory until time has worn on and on.

Don Garber thrilled with 'energy' behind Rowdies MLS expansion bid

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With a board meeting looming in April to narrow down MLS expansion candidates, commissioner Don Garber seems to be excited about one market in particular.

Speaking to reporters in Orlando on Sunday, Garber was asked about an expansion bid involving the Tampa Bay Rowdies. While there is a lot of work left to determine which cities will join the league, the commissioner is pleased with what he's seen from the Rowdies.

Kreis afraid Kaka injury could be serious

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Very little could've dampened the spirits of Orlando City and its supporters on the opening night of the club's new stadium, but one of the things that could occurred in the 11th minute: an injury to Kaka.

The Brazilian midfielder had to be taken out of the Lions' 1-0 win over New York City FC at Orlando City Stadium with a left hamstring injury.

Lloyd, Ellis respond to new U.S. Soccer policy requiring players stand for national anthem

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At the U.S. Soccer Federation's Annual General Meeting on Saturday, March 4, a controversial policy was revealed regarding the national anthem.

The policy states that "all persons representing a Federation national team shall stand respectfully during the playing of the national anthems at any event in which the Federation is represented.

The Best of MLS Week 1: Valeri ,Godoy and more

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The opening weekend of the 2017 Major League Soccer season delivered adecent amount of surprises with wins by the Houston Dynao and San Jose Earthquakes over the Seattle Sounders and Montreal Impact, respectively. Some of the league's top franchises also made statements with impressive victories over the last three days.

MLS Weekend Rewind: Week 1

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With the first slate of matches in the new MLS season completed, both expansion teams found themselves on the losing ends of their first ever matches, though in markedly differing styles.

Minnesota United found themselves on the wrong side of a Portland Timbers freight train on Friday, with Diego Valeri and Fanendo Adi both contributing two goals each in a 5-1 thrashing.

Americans Abroad Sunday Rewind: Wood, Brooks, Rubin and more

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Hamburg has struggled to score goals this season as the club has drifted down into the relegation zone, but Bobby Wood and co. were able to muster just enough to aid the team's fight with a win over a fellow American star.

Wood and Hamburg slipped past John Brooks and Hertha Berlin on Sunday via a 1-0 scoreline.

USWNT Says Goodbye to Christie Rampone

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Before the U.S. Women's National Team lost 1-0 to England on Saturday, they said goodbye to former captain Christie Rampone, who was honored with a ceremony at Red Bull Arena.

Following the ceremony, which included Abby Wambach bringing her former teammate flowers, Rampone spoke to the media about her career and her future.

Larin's early goal stands as Orlando City opens new stadium with win

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Orlando City suffered a big blow early on, but refused to let anything ruin its housewarming party.

After losingKaka just 11 minutes into the match, Orlando Citygot a goal from striker Cyle Larin and hung on for a 1-0 victory over New York City FC in the Lions' stadium opener on Sunday night in front of a sold-out crowd of 25,527.

Red Bulls rally to spoil Atlanta United's MLS debut

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A dream start for Atlanta United seemed to be in the cards on Sunday night at Bobby Dodd Stadium, but a tactical switch by Jesse Marsch and an equalizer soon after ruined the expansion side's MLS debut.

A Daniel Royer header, and an own goal from Anton Walkes, in the final 15 minutes handed the New York Red Bulls a 2-1 victory on Sunday night.

Union, Whitecaps play to goalless stalemate

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One of the speediest attacks in MLS was held scoreless at home by a team with questions in defense on Sunday night to conclude Week 1. The fast core of the Vancouver Whitecaps could not get past the stout back line of the Philadelphia Union, which led to a 0-0 draw at BC Place.

The Whitecaps were the brighter of the two sides in the opening 45 minutes, as they used a few strategies to work around the Union back line.

Monday Kickoff: Wenger, Ozil, Gotze and more

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Bad news continues to surround two of Arsenal's biggest stars.

Arsene Wengerdismissed reports of a fallout with striker Alexis Sanchez, who was benched for this past weekend's loss to Liverpool. (REPORT)

Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil has been ruled out of Tuesday's Champions League clash with Bayern Munich due to illness.

Sunday European Rewind: Tottenham defeat Everton, Udinese hold Juventus, and more.

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Tottenham pulled to within seven points English Premier League leaders Chelsea after a 3-2 home win against Everton on Sunday.

Mauricio Pochettino's side got a brace from leading scorer Harry Kane as well as a late goal from Dele Alli, which proved to be the difference. Kane's long-range effort had Spurs up 1-0 at halftime, before doubling his tally in the 56th minute.

U.S. U-20s top Honduras in penalty kicks to win first CONCACAF U-20 Championship

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For the first time ever, the U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team earned the title of CONCACAF's best.

The U.S. U-20s toppled Honduras, 5-4, in penalty kicks following a scoreless draw, winning Sunday's CONCACAF U-20 Championship final. The win is the first U-20 championship in U.S. Soccer history.

MLS Week 1: Your Running Commentary

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Sunday is a day for new beginnings as one team begins its MLS life while another opens its new home.

Action begins in Orlando as Orlando City opens the club's new stadium against New York City FC. The matchup of 2015 expansion partners is their second opening-week clash in three seasons as Jason Kreis faces off with his former club.

U.S. U-20s vs. Honduras: Your Live Commentary

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The U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team is bound for the World Cup but first, there'sa chance to secure CONCACAF bragging rights.

After toppling El Salvador on Friday, the U.S. faces Honduras in the final of the U-20 CONCACAF Championships. With a potential regional title on the line, Sunday's match offers the U.

Americans Abroad Saturday Rewind: Johnson, Pulisic, Williams and more

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Christian Pulisic stole headlines with a goal and an assist for Borussia Dortmund, but the young midfielder didn't even provide the best Bundesliga performance on Saturday.

That distinction belongs to Fabian Johnson, who provided a pair of goals in Borussia Monchengladbach's win over Schalke.

England grabs late winner to topple the USWNT in SheBelieves Cup

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The U.S. Women's national team lost on home soil for the first time in more thana year, as England bagged a late goal to earn a 1-0 victory in the SheBelieves Cup at Red Bull Arena on Saturday.

The only goal of the match came in the 90th minute, when England's Ellen White scored off a rebound.

Rapids start season with shutout win over Revs

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Throughout the 2016 season, the Colorado Rapids defense proved to be the league's best en route to a shocking playoff berth. In the first match of 2017, the Rapids backline lived up to its billing, preserving a clean sheet to open the campaign.

Once again, the Rapids backline stood tall, shutting out the New England Revolution on the way to a 1-0 victory on Saturday at Dick's Sporting Goods Park.

Saturday European Rewind: Liverpool drops Arsenal, Napoli beats Roma, and more

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Arsenal and Liverpool entered Saturday's Premier League clash in need of a spark and, when all was said and done, it was the latter that found it in the form of a much-needed win.

Liverpool toppled the Gunners, 3-1, on Saturday to temporarily move up into third place in the Premier League standings.

Sporting KC earns road tie with D.C. United

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Sporting KC secured a road point for its first match of the 2017 MLS season, a physical battle against D.C. United that produced a match full of attacking chances.

Instead of a shootout,though, both defenses had strong showings in what turned out to be a 0-0 draw, one featuring plenty of action on both ends.

Dynamo attack impresses in statement victory vs. Sounders

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Clint Dempsey and Erick 'Cubo' Torres each found the back of the net in their returns on Saturday night, but it was the latter who saw his team emerge victorious with a shocking opening weekend win.

Despite a disappointing campaign last year, the Houston Dynamo started off the 2017 season with a 2-1 win Saturday evening over the defending MLS Champion Seattle Sounders.

New-look Earthquakes open 2017 with shutout win over Impact

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If Saturday night is a sign going forward, the San Jose Earthquakes may just surprise a lot of people this season.

Propelled by Anibal Godoy's 17th minute goal, the Earthquakes opened the 2017 season with a 1-0 victory against the Montreal Impact on Saturday night at Avaya Stadium.

"(I) thought we played really (well)," Earthquakescoach Dominic Kinnear said.

Rimando penalty kick save leads RSL in draw with TFC

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Toronto FC's 2016 season ended scoreless, as the team's high-powered attack was shutout to rob the team of an MLS Cup. In Saturday's season opener, they were held quiet again as the Eastern Conference powerhouse settled for just one point against a Western Conference foe.

FC Dallas opens season with win over new-look Galaxy

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Curt Onalfo's first game as LA Galaxy head coach saw his team fall to a mighty FC Dallas offense.

Kelyn Acosta's goal in the 69th minute lockedup three points for FC Dallasin the 2-1 win over the Galaxy at StubHub Center. The new-look Galaxy were missing a few key players on the day, and FC Dallas took scoring chances well to seal a season-opening win

The Galaxy pressured late, but their last great scoring chance went begging as Ariel Lassiter couldn't get his head on a well-placed cross in the 90th minute.

Accam equalizer helps Fire earn draw vs. Crew

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The Chicago Fire looked like a work in progress on Saturday afternoon, but the rebuiltsquad did just enough to earn a come-from-behind point. Outplayed for a majority of the match, the Fire benefited from a late David Accam equalizer en route to a 1-1 draw with the Columbus Crew on Saturday at MAPFREStadium.

MLS Week 1: SBI Live Commentary

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The MLS regular season opened on Friday night, but the action truly heats up with a full Saturday schedule.

A total of seven games are on the schedule on Saturday, headlined by a clash between FC Dallas and the LA Galaxy. The two Western Conference powerhouses collide at StubHub Center as the new-look Galaxy take on last year's double winners.

Geoff Cameron goes 90 minutes in Stoke City win

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Geoff Cameron's road to recovery took a major step on Saturday.

After returning as a substitute last week, Cameron started and went a full 90 minutes in Stoke City' 2-0 win over Middlesbrough on Saturday. The start was Cameron's first since suffering a knee injury on Oct. 22.

A pair of Marco Arnautovic goals were enough for Stoke City, who sent Middlesbrough into the relegation zone with Saturday's win.

Miguel Almiron hoping to deliver as Atlanta United's playmaker

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There is always a little bit of added pressure for a player wearing the No. 10 jersey, soccer's traditional symbol for a team's best or most influential player. That pressure is ramped up a bit, however, when you are the very first one to do so for a team.

Pulisic provides goal, assist off bench in Borussia Dortmund win

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Christian Pulisic didn't start Saturday's match for Borussia Dortmund, but he sure did finish it.

After entering as a 44th minute substitute for Marco Reus, the U.S. Men's National Team winger scored a second half goal, pushing the Borussia Dortmund lead to 4-2 in Saturday's clash with Bayer Leverkusen.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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With dreams of an English Premier League title now dashed for both Liverpool and Arsenal, the goal for both squads is securing a place in the UEFA Champions League. As things stand, the Gunners and Reds are both battling to secure a place in the top four.

Only one of them will be in the top four after today's showdown at Anfield, with Arsenal looking to hold onto its place ahead of Liverpool.

Americans Abroad Friday Rewind: Corona, Orozco, Gonzalez and more

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Friday was an eventful day for Joe Corona for reasons both good and bad.

The Tijuana midfielder provided an assist on his side's opening goal before being sent off in the second half of Xolo's 3-2 loss to Pachuca. Corona's big day started in the 42nd minute as his cross found Damián Pérez for a headed finish to open the scoring.

U.S. U-20s book World Cup berth with win over El Salvador

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The U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team is going to the World Cup, and they'll have a chance to claim CONCACAF supremacy on the way there.

In need of a win or draw to clinch their group, the U.S. defeated El Salvador, 2-1, to book their spot in this summer's World Cup in South Korea. In addition, the win sees the U.

SBI U.S. Under-20 Man of the Match: Eryk Williamson

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Eryk Williamson continued his excellent play for the U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team with a dominant performance, leading the U.S. to victory and helping the team earn a World Cup bid to South Korea.

The D.C. United academy product began his stellargame with an assist to Emmanuel Sabbi in the 18th minute.

Valeri, Adi score twice as Portland breezes past Minnesota

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The unit some have hyped as the best front six in the league showed plenty of brilliance in the Portland Timbers' 5-1 win over Minnesota United at Providence Park on Friday night. Diego Valeri and Fanendo Adi bagged a pair of second-half braces to propel the Timbers to their first three points of the season.

U.S. U-20s vs. El Salvador: Your Running Commentary

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The U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team can book their spot in the U-20 World Cup on Friday night.

Following Monday's win over Mexico, the U.S. head into Friday's clash with El Salvador with a stranglehold on a World Cup spot. The U.S. can seal a spot in South Korea with a win, draw or loss by less than two goals, while a win or a draw would be enough to send the U.

SBI's 2017 MLS Predictions

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It's almost impossible to predict the twists and turns that will come with an MLS season, but the SBI staff took their best crack to lay down some predictions ahead of the 2017 campaign.

Editor-in-Chief Ives Galarcep joined Managing Editor Ryan Tolmich, Assistant Managing Editor Joe Tansey and Assistant Editors Colton Coreschi and Peter Galindo to forecast the 2017 MLS season.

The SBI 2017 MLS Season Preview

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The offseason is over, and the 2017 MLS season is upon us.

Following a busy offseason, the 22nd MLS season is set to kick off as all 22 of the league's teams take the field this weekend.Withcountless new players and storylines to keep track of, and two new expansion teams in the fray, the 2017 MLS season hasbeen a busy one, but SBI has you covered if you need to catch up on the offseason dealings.

MLS Week 1: A Look Ahead

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The 2017 MLS season is upon us, and with it comes an exciting slate of matches featuring all 22 teams over an action-packed weekend.

The season kicks of Friday night in Portland, as the Timbers welcome new expansion team Minnesota United in their first ever MLS match, nationally televised on Fox Sports 1.

The SBI Show: Episodes 266 & 267 (Previewing the 2017 MLS Season)

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The 2017 MLS season is here, which means it's the perfect time tobreak down all 22 teams in the long-awaited return of The SBI Show.

Host Ives Galarcep is back with not one, but two episodes previewing the upcoming MLS campaign. Episode 266 breaks down the MLS Eastern Conference, while also touching on the U.

SBI's MLS Fantasy League is back for 2017

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The start of the MLS season is just hours away and with it comes the start of the 2017 SBI MLS Fantasy League.

The SBI MLS Fantasy League is back in action for the 2017 season, giving the readers a chance to compete throughout the MLS season.Consider yourself a fantasy expert?

Americans Abroad Weekend Preview: Cameron, Wood, Brooks and more

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The Bundesliga once again provides some interesting matchups of Americans abroad, but U.S. Men's National Team fans will have eyes fixed on England this weekend.

After making his return as a substitute last weekend, Geoff Cameron looks to rejoin the Stoke City XI for Saturday's clash with Brad Guzan's Middlesbrough.

This Weekend's Soccer on TV

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For two teams that were once at the heart of the title contention this season, staying in the top four is now the primary goal.

With both Liverpool and Arsenal reeling in league play, the two sides will meet at Anfield on Saturday, battling to hold on to a potential UEFA Champions League spot.

European Weekend Preview: Liverpool hosts Arsenal, Napoli travels to Roma, and more

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Withcup fixtures taking center stage across Europe midweek, the domestic leagues resume this weekend with some intriguing fixtures to keep an eye on.

In England, Liverpool welcome Arsenal to Anfieldon Saturday, as Jurgen Klopp's men look to bounce back from a disappointing performance at Leicester City on Monday.

Friday Kickoff: Torres, Bale, Sampaoli and more

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A La Liga striker is in good health after suffering a frightening injury while one of the Spanish league's top players is set to miss time due to suspension.

Fernando Torres was released from the hospital after suffering a gruesome head injury in Atletico Madrid's draw with Deportivo. (REPORT)

Gareth Bale has been hit with a two-match suspension for his red card in Real Madrid's draw with Las Palmas.

NWSL commissioner Plush steps down

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As the NWSL enters its fifth season of play in April, the league will be searching for a new commissioner after current leader Jeff Plush stepped down.

The league announced on Thursday that Plush has opted to leave his position as commissioner in order to pursue new opportunities. Plush had been in charge of the NWSL since taking over inJan.

Davies, Montero power Whitecaps into CCL semis

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Theoffseason acquisition everyone has been talking about and the youngster ready to captivate a league powered the Vancouver Whitecaps into the semifinals of the CONCACAF Champions League on Thursday night, with a 2-0 (3-1 aggregate) win over the New York Red Bulls at BC Place.

Sixteen-year-old phenom Alphonso Davies, who looked like a player with years of experience under his belt out on the field, handed the home side an early lead in the fifth minute on a shot from close range.

SBI MLS Preseason Power Rankings

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The 2017 MLS season is upon us as each team enters the new campaign with the hope of capturing an MLS Cup.

Following an offseason that saw massive roster overhauls, the MLS campaign begins on Friday, kicking off a year that sees the introductions of two new teams.

A look at five MLS sophomores poised for bigger roles in 2017

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The development of young players continues to be a point of focus for MLS. The league confirmed as much with its recent announcement regarding the homegrown initiative as more resources are being pushed towards finding the game's top young players.

Several young players took advantage of their chances in 2016, leaping from prospect to MLS regular with ease.

A look at new Designated Players in MLS ahead of 2017 season

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Eleven teams signed a total of13 Designated Players during the MLS offseason. Unlike the past few seasons, these signings are either in their prime, or have yet to hit it.

The average age of the new acquisitions is 25.3 years. The oldest player is New York City FC's Maximiliano Moralez at 30, but he just recently celebrated his birthday.

NYCFC exercises buyout on Diskerud

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The offseason saga of Mix Diskerud has come to a close, at leastthe chapter at New York City FC. The castoff midfielder, who was not a part of Patrick Vieira's plans in the preseason, is now free to find a new home.

While announcing its 2017 regular-season roster, NYCFC also made it public that it exercised the one allotted buyout of a guaranteed contract on Diskerud's deal.

CCL Preview: Whitecaps take on Red Bulls for spot in semis

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CONCACAF Champions League action continueson Thursday, as the Vancouver Whitecaps and New York Red Bulls duke it out for the last spot in the semifinals.

With Tigres and FC Dallas having already secured their advancement to the next round, one of Thursday's two contestants will attempt to join them in an all-MLS showdown on Thursday night.

Video: Emerson Hyndman discusses game-winning goal

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Americans Abroad Wednesday Rewind: Hyndman, Wood, Villafana and more

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Emerson Hyndman has become an integral part of the Rangers lineup since making his temporary move to Scotland, and on Wednesday, the young American midfielder stepped up yet again when the team needed him most.

Hyndman scored a stoppage time winner on Wednesday, leading Rangers to a 3-2 win over St.

Thursday Kickoff: Enrique, Wenger, Ibrahimovic and more

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One of the game's top managers is set to leave his club after several successful seasons.

Barcelona manager Luis Enrique is set to step down at the end of the season. (REPORT)

Arsene Wenger insists he isn't interested in the soon-to-be-vacant Barca job even as rumors concerning his job security continue to swirl.

USWNT opens SheBelieves Cup with win vs. Germany

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The U.S. Women's National Team kicked off the SheBeileves Cup on Thursday night with a hard-fought 1-0 win over Germany at Talen Energy Stadium in Chester, Pennsylvania.

U.S. forward Lynn Williams delivered the games lone goal in the 56th minute, pouncing on a loose ballto score her second goal in five matches since making her USWNT debut in October.

Wednesday European Rewind: Man City advance in FA Cup, Real Madrid earn comeback draw and more

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Manchester City booked their place into the Emirates FA Cup quarterfinalsafter a 5-1 replay victory over Huddersfield Town.

Pep Guardiola's sidecruised to a home victory after going down early against the second-tier side. Sergio Aguero's 35th minute penalty kick goal proved to be the game-winner as the hosts led 3-1 at halftime.

SBI MLS Season Preview: San Jose Earthquakes

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There's something different surrounding Avaya Stadium this year. For the first time since their return to Major League Soccer, there's electricity and excitement surrounding the San Jose Earthquakes.

It's a bit strange, considering the drop-off the team suffered last season – finishing in ninth place in the Western Conference in 2016, scoring a league-low 32 goals, seven worse than the MLS-worst Houston Dynamo.

U.S. Soccer announces format for 2017 U.S. Open Cup

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With questions surrounding how the USL's new Division II status would affect the tournament, U.S. Soccer announced the format and list of participating teams for the 2017 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.

The first round of the tournament is set for May 10th as 28 matches will be played by 56 Open Division teams from the PDL, NPSL, and local qualifiers.

Wood scores as Hamburg falls to Johnson, Borussia Monchengladbach in DFB-Pokal

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Bobby Wood's Hamburg was knocked out of theDFB-Pokal by a fellow American Abroad on Wednesday, but the U.S. Men's National Team forward did fire one final parting gift before departing the German cup competition.

Wood score a late goal on Wednesday as Hamburg fell, 2-1, to Fabian Johnson and Borussia Monchengbladbach.

SBI MLS Season Preview: Sporting KC

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Each and every year, theSporting KC lineup seems consistent as theclub seems to make only slight changes each season. However, after two straight exits in the MLS Cup playoffs first round and transfer windows that left something to be desired, Peter Vermes looks forward to the 2017 season with new energy.

Denis Hamlett ready for new challenge as Red Bulls sporting director

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Talk about a promotion.

The New York Red Bulls appointed assistant head coach Denis Hamlett as their newest sporting director on Tuesday, filling the role that was curiously made vacant on Feb. 16 when the club parted ways with Ali Curtis for unknown reasons.

SBI MLS Season Preview: Montreal Impact

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For the first time in franchise history, the Montreal Impact qualified for the MLS playoffs in back-to-back seasons. The Impactalso reached its first-ever Eastern Conference final. If not for a few monumental comebacks by Toronto FC, Montreal would have beenthe firstCanadian team to make an MLS Cup final.

Soccer Wednesday: Your Running Commentary

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Wednesday provides a full slate of soccer action, offering everything from cup clashes to international matches to CONCACAF Champions League deciders.

The day starts in Spain as both Barcelona and Real Madrid take the field in an effort to further their push for the La Liga crown. Barcelona is in action first for a clash with Sporting Gijon before Real Madrid plays host to Las Palmas.

Americans Abroad Wednesday Preview: Johnson, Wood, Wagner and more

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Wednesday is a busy day for Americans throughout both Europe and Mexico.

Two U.S. Men's National Team regulars combine in the headlining match of the day, which comes in German DFB-Pokal action. A spot in the competition's semifinal is on the line on Wednesday as Bobby Wood and Hamburg face off with Fabian Johnson and Borussia Dortmund for the right to join Timmy Chandler and Eintracht Frankfurt in the next stage.

Rowdies sign Wolfsburg legend Schäfer

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Given the Tampa Bay Rowdies desire for an MLS expansion slot, a big-name signing could be just what the doctor ordered to boost their bid.

The Rowdies announced on Wednesday that they have acquired Wolfsburg legend Marcel Schäfer from his long-time club. The signing should prove as a massive boost to the Rowdies, as the veteran Bundesliga winger brings huge experience in a top European flight to south Florida.

SBI MLS Season Preview: Toronto FC

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Fresh off its first-ever MLS Cup final appearance, Toronto FC is locked and loaded for another run in 2017. This time around, it may be MLS Cup or bust for the Canadian side.

The club did not make a lot of significant moves during the offseason, and for good reason.

CCL Preview: FC Dallas visits Arabe Unido, Pumas welcomes Tigres

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CONCACAF Champions League action returns with a pair of second leg matches set to determine two of the four semifinalists on Wednesday night.

FC Dallas enter leg two with a commanding 4-0 advantage over Arabe Unido, led by abrace from Kellyn Acosta, as theyseek to hammer home their dominance as they travel to Panama.

Porposed MLS-Liga MX tournament held up due to scheduling issues

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Like many ideas, a proposed tournament between MLS and Liga MX teams is fantastic in theory, but proving difficult to implement in practice.

While reaffirming that discussions are ongoing for the proposed inter-league tournament, MLS technical director Alfonso Mondelo has stated that scheduling difficulties are keeping the competition from being finalized, reports ESPN FC.

Americans Abroad Tuesday Rewind: Gonzalez, Yedlin, Chandler and more

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While one American secured advancement in CONCACAF Champions League play, another guided his team towards automatic promotion to the Premier League in English action.

Following a scoreless first leg, Omar Gonzalez and Pachuca took it to Saprissa on Tuesday night, thumping the Costa Rican powerhouse, 4-0, in Mexico.

Tuesday European Rewind: Juventus beats Napoli, Frankfurt advance in German Cup, and more

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Juventus took a huge first step to advancing to the Coppa Italia final with a 3-1 first leg home victory over Napoli.

Gonzalo Higuain's 64th-minute strike gave Juve the 2-1 lead and doomed Higuain's former club to a first-leg defeat.

Paulo Dybala's 47th minute penalty drew the hosts level, after Jose Callejon's 11th goal in all competitions had Maurizio Sarri's side up 1-0 before halftime.

Wednesday Kickoff: Leicester, Benzema, Queretaro and more

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A surprising candidate could be set to take over at Leicester while Karim Benzema could return to his national team despite all of the controversy.

Roy Hodgson is reportedly a candidate to fill the vacant Leicester City manager position. (REPORT)

France coach Didier Deschamps says he could call in Karim Benzema for the first time since the forward was charged with conspiracy to blackmail teammate Mathieu Valbuena.