Soccer By Ives Archives for January 2017

Hamid, Acosta lead D.C. United to comeback win in Atlanta

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After just nine minutes on Sunday, it looked like it would be a good day for hosts Atlanta United at Bobby Dodd Stadium.

D.C. United had other things to say about that, turning around an early deficit for a 3-1 road victory.

D.C. playmaker Luciano Acosta and goalkeeper Bill Hamid were key to the victory, which didn't look like it would come for the visitors considering how well Atlanta United started the match.

Sounders rally, but still frustrated by falling behind

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SEATTLE On paper, Saturday night's match against the New England Revolution looked like a chance for the Seattle Sounders to build on last week's dominating 3-0 road win over the LA Galaxy.

The Revs missed the playoffs in 2016, managing only two road victories the entire year. They were off to a slow start this season as well, winless in four road matches and earning just two wins from eight games.

Miazga helps Vitesse win Dutch Cup final

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Matt Miazga went to the Netherlands in search of experience, with the hopes of developing well enough to break through at Chelsea. On Sunday, Miazga picked up the type of experience that should help him in that quest.

The American defender started in Vitesse Arnhem's Dutch Cup final victory over AZ Alkmaar on Sunday, a win that gave the club the first major trophy in its 125-year history.

Jacobson delivers slap-worthy performance in Whitecaps win

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MONTREAL — Vancouver Whitecaps captain Kendall Waston has a rather unique way of celebrating: Slapping teammates in the face.

"It's part of the excitement of the game," Waston said. "It's part of the chemistry that we have in the locker room and obviously sometimes in the games I get very excited and I do it.

McCarty both underwhelmed, overwhelmed after return to Red Bull Arena

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For the better part of five years, Dax McCarty called Red Bull Arena home. He made the midfield his own as he helped lead the Red Bulls to unprecedented success. He long held down the corner locker, helping build a nucleus that would lead the Red Bulls to the club's most successful run.

Rivas, Kaka score as Orlando City dominates Rapids

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There's nothing stopping Orlando City in their new homethis season, and the return of the club's captain certainly provided an even bigger boost on Saturday afternoon.

The Lions extendedtheir lead at the top of the Eastern Conference with their fifth win at Orlando City Stadium, a 2-0 triumph over the Colorado Rapids on Saturday.

U.S. U-17s top El Salvador to remain perfect at CONCACAF U-17 Championship

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The U.S. Under-17 Men's National Team's spot in the next round of World Cup qualifying was sealed midweek, but there's certainly no harm in building a bit of momentum along the way.

A goal fromZyen Jones proved all the U.S. would need on Saturday in a 1-0 win over El Salvador in the final group stage game of the CONCACAF U-17 Championship.

Harrison lifts NYCFC to road victory over Crew

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Early into the second half at MapfreStadium, it looked as if the Columbus Crew would earn a huge three points at home against New York City FC.

However, With 15 minutes left to go, NYCFC forward Jack Harrison had other ideas as the 20-year-old scored the game winner in a 3-2 comeback win for Patrick Vieira's men to complete a two-goal performance.

Jungwirth's scrappy goal sends Quakes past Minnesota

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Winning on the road in MLS doesn't have to be pretty. The San Jose Earthquakes were the latest to prove that on Saturday in their 1-0 win over Minnesota United at TCF Bank Stadium.

Florian Jungwirth's scrappy goal from close range and a little bit of luck throughout the second half propelled the Quakes to their first road triumph of 2017.

Feilhaber, Dwyer lead Sporting KC rout of Real Salt Lake

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Sporting Kansas City's attacking stars shone bright in yet another home match on Saturday night, as they jumped back on track in the Western Conference with a 3-0 win over Real Salt Lake at Children's Mercy Park.

Benny Feilhaber, Dom Dwyer and Gerso Fernandes all scored a goal each in the club's third home win of the season.

FC Dallas, Timbers share points in four-goal thriller

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No separation was created between the Portland Timbers and FC Dallas in the Western Conference standings on Saturday night after the two sides played to a 2-2 draw at Toyota Stadium.

The back and forth affair ended with a Tesho Akindele's 80th-minuteequalizer that pegged the Timbers back for the second time in the match.

Red Bulls down Fire in McCarty's return to Red Bull Arena

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The New York Red Bulls capped off a three match stretch at home with a third consecutive win, this time beating the Chicago Fire 2-1 on Saturday at Red Bull Arena.

The match's opening goal came in the 37th minute, as Daniel Royer found Bradley Wright-Phillips in front of goal. The Englishman coolly finished from close range, scoring his fourth goal of the season.

Sounders earn draw with wild rally against Revs

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SEATTLE Never underestimate the heart of, well, you know.

For 75 minutes on Saturday night the defending champion Seattle Sounders could not catch a break. They had bossed possession, controlling roughly75 percent of the ball for most of the night.

Struggling Union, Galaxy play to scoreless draw

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The Philadelphia Union and LA Galaxy both entered Saturday night in need of three points after their respective rough starts. Instead, neither team got the best result possible and the match at StubHub Center ended 0-0.

Curt Onalfo's Galaxy were the better team in attack, but a bad bounce in the first half and a few missed chances in the second half forced them to drop two more points at home.

Whitecaps snap away losing streak with victory over Impact

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After three straight losses on their travels, the Vancouver Whitecaps finally got themselves a point on the road in the form of a 2-1 comeback win against the Montreal Impact at Stade Saputo.

The first brick fell on Montreal's heads early in the game, as Matteo Mancosu was tackled in midfield and was unable to continue.

Saturday European Rewind: Sunderland relegated, Bayern wins fifth straight Bundesliga title, and more

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After several recent years of last-minute survivals, Sunderland suffered relegation for the first time since 2005-06, losing, 1-0, against Bournemouth on Saturday.

David Moyes' side knew a positive result could see them outlast relegation for at least another day, but ultimately fell at the end.

TFC continuing to emphasize a faster possession-based game in midfield

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TORONTO — Games are often won and lost inthe center of the field. The midfield battle is constantly referenced as a point of emphasis in the game, because controlling that areausually leads to a positive result.

This was the case for Toronto FC after its 2-0 win over the Houston Dynamo on Friday night.

Jozy Altidore scores twice to lift TFC over Dynamo

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TORONTO Jozy Altidore became Toronto FC's second all-time leading scorer, as TFC defeated the Houston Dynamo, 2-0, at BMO Field on Friday night.

Altidore grabbed a brace in the victory, recording his 33rd and 34th goals in all competitions with TFC to move past Dwayne De Rosario on the team's all-time scoring list.

The SBI Show: Episode 276 (Talking Americans Abroad, Previewing MLS Week 9, and more)

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It was a big week for Americans Abroad, with winner's medals, league promotion and secured places in upcoming finals among the accomplishments for Americans playing overseas, and the latest episode of The SBI Show tackles all the topics and more.

Episode 276 of The SBI Show takes a look back on a week that saw a pair of Americans book places in the DFB Pokal final, Omar Gonzalez win a CONCACAF Champions League final, DeAndre Yedlin secure a place in the English Premier League with Newcastle next season, and more.

U.S. U-18s fall to Russia in Slovakia Cup final

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The United States U-18 Men's National Team's run the to final in the Slovakia Cup ended with a loss to Russia on Friday morning.

Though the US U-18s battled admirably, and pulled a goal back late in a 3-1 final loss, the Russia U-18s proved to be too much to handle as the young Yanks settled for second place.

European Weekend Preview: Arsenal travel to Tottenham, Roma hosts Lazio, and more

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Following some important league and cup fixtures midweek, European action continues this weekend with some mouth-watering fixtures on display.

The premier fixture this weekend takes place in North London as Tottenham Hotspur host rivals Arsenal at White Hart Lane on Sunday. Mauricio Pochettino's side come into the weekend four points behind league leaders Chelsea, and will hope to shorten that gap with a win paired with a Chelsea defeat at Everton.

MLS Week 9: A Look Ahead

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Once again, FC Dallas is involved in the marquee match of the weekend as they face another high-profile opponent.

FCD will play host to the Portland Timbers in a battle of No. 1 vs. No. 2 in the Western Conference. The league's last remaining unbeaten team sits two points behind the visiting Timbers, but with two matches in hand, they seek to seize control of the West.

NASL Week 6: A Look Ahead

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As the NASL's newest club and most successful club collide, it's the former that has proven one of the more successful to start the season.

Saturday's clash between the San Francisco Deltas and New York Cosmos serves as a headliner for Week 6 of NASL play. The league's top team, the Jacksonville Armada, is also in play as they look to extend their lead atop the table against last year's runners up, Indy Eleven.

NYCFC Notes: Defensive struggles for Wallace, Shelton remains hamstrung and more

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Following the acquisition of Rodney Wallace nearly three weeks into the pre-season, New York City FC coach Patrick Vieira suggested that he considered Wallace a winger – not a fullback.

Although Wallace has performed both roles in his nine years as a professional, Vieira welcomed the Costa Rican international into the NYCFC fold with one positional intention – left wing in a three-man front.

Report: Revs-UMass joint stadium proposal will not proceed

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The New England Revolution had hopes for the latest plan to get a soccer-specific stadium, but they'll unfortunately be left wanting as their joint proposal with UMass has reportedly fallen through.

Representative Nick Collins has stated that the proposal to build a professional soccer stadium in the UMass-owned Bayside area of Dorchester, MA will not move forward, reports the Dorchester Reporter.

USL Week 6: A Look Ahead

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A 13-game week and a 10-game Saturday is what can be expected of week 6 in the United Soccer League. Highlighting week 6 are the Keystone Derby between the Pittsburgh Riverhounds and Harrisburg City Islanders as well as San Antonio FC's tour of the Pacific Northwest with a second game in four days after their week 5 game in Seattle.

This Weekend's Soccer on TV

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With Premier League fixtures dominating the weekday slate more of the same will likely happen this weekend.

With the title race heating up, Tottenham will look to close the gap with Chelsea but it won't be an easy road. While only four points separate the two teams, the gap could easily shift this weekend.

Friday Kickoff: Argentina, Sturridge, Ancelotti and more

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Argentina continues to push for their new manager while one English star has a Premier League suitor.

Argentine Football Association (AFA) president Claudio Tapia says Jorge Sampaoli is the "chosen coach" for Argentina. (REPORT)

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic admitted that he is interested in signing Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge.

Americans Abroad Weekend Preview: Wood, Miazga, Hyndman and more

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Following an abundant amount of midweek matchups, severalU.S. Men's National Teamregulars transitionback to league play after successful domestic league cup results.

Christian Pulisic and Borussia Dortmund seek to remain thirdon the Bundesliga table asthey faceFC Köln, who siteighth on the table.

Hamburg coach Gisdol: 'Good chance' club holds on to Wood

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As Bobby Wood's future at Hamburg remains in limbo, Bruce Arena is hoping he can help clear the air.

According to ESPN, the U.S. Men's National Team coach will visit Wood in Hamburg to discuss the forward's future with the club. The club, meanwhile, is pushing to keep Wood despite continued interest from outside clubs.

Report: Aron Johansson leaving Werder Bremen at end of season

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It looks like Aron Johannsson's time with Werder Bremen is coming to a close.

According to German publication Kicker, Johannsson will leave Bremen at the end of the season as the club has begun a search for replacement forwards in the summer.

The U.S. international has had little playing timeafter suffering a season-ending injury last year.

Soccer Thursday: Your Running Commentary

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It's derby day in both Manchester and the Basque region on Thursday, as the Premier League and La Liga take center stage on Thursday.

The Manchester derby between Manchester City and Manchester United highlights the day as both sides square off in a massive game with top-four implications. A win could move United into the top four, while a City victory moves them one step closer to a Champions League spot.

U.S. U-18s defeat Slovakia on penalties to reach Slovakia Cup final

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It took extra time and penalties, but the U.S. Under-18 Men's National Team will play in the 2017 Slovakia Cup final.

The U-18sdefeated the host Slovakia, 4-3, on penalties following a 1-1 draw andextra time. The U.S. clinched Group B with the victoryand will defend its Slovakia Cup title against Russia in the final on Friday.

U.S. U-17s find success, revenge in statement win over Mexico

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They say that success is the best revenge, and the U.S. Under-17 Men's National Team got to feel the joy that comes with a bit of both on Wednesday afternoon.

As Wednesday'smatch against Mexico drew closer and closer, the U.S. U-17shad all of the motivation they needed. A spot in the next round of the CONCACAF was on the line, and a win would move the U.

Highlights: Pachuca 1, Tigres 0

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2019 Copa America set to include 16 teams

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Copa America is slated for 16 teams yet again.

CONMEBOL announced that the 2019 Copa America in Brazil will include 16 teams, up from the usual 12-nation format in previous tournaments.

Sixteen teams participated in the Copa America Centenario held in the United States last summer, but it appears as if CONMEBOL was enticed enough to reintroduce the format for 2019.

Report: Beckham group adds new investor to Miami project

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David Beckham's Miami project reportedly has a new partner involved

According to ESPN,banker Todd Boehly has been added to Beckham's Miami MLS push, adding another investor to the ownership group. Boehly, a part-owner of Major League Baseball's Los Angeles Dodgers with a net worth in the billions, joinsBeckham, Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure, Oak View Group CEO Tim Leiwekeand Beckham's business partner, Simon Fuller, as investors.

Highlights: U.S. U-17s 4, Mexico U-17s 3

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Thursday Kickoff: CONMEBOL, World Cup, Manchester United and more

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Controversy has once against struck one of the world's major federations.

CONMEBOL executives transferred$128.6 million between 2000 and 2015 to personal accounts, suspicious accounts, or unauthorized accounts according to an audit. (REPORT)

FIFA president Gianni Infantino confirmed that video assistant referees will be used at next year's World Cup in Russia.

Gonzalez, Pachuca shutout Tigres to win CCL final

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Omar Gonzalez has racked up quite a collection of trophies throughout his career, and he added yet another major one on Wednesday night.

Following a 1-1 first leg, theU.S. Men's National Team defender became the third American to win the CONCACAF Champions League on Wednesday night as he helped anchor the Pachuca backline to a 1-0 win over Tigres in the second leg of the CCL final.

U.S. U-17s advance to next round of World Cup qualifying with thrilling win over Mexico

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Wednesday's match between the U.S. Under-17 Men's National Team and the Mexico U-17s certainly lived up to the hype and, when all was said and done, it was the U.S. that emerged victorious from a legitimatethriller.

Forward Josh Sargent provided two goals and an assist for the U.S., helping lead the way in a thrilling 4-3 win over their biggest rivals in Wednesday's CONCACAF U-17 Championship group stage match.

Wednesday European Rewind: Dortmund advances to German Cup Final, Tottenham squeaks past Palace, and more

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Borussia Dortmund booked itsplace inthe German Cup Final with a 3-2 road win against reigning champions Bayern Munich on Wednesday.

Despite being down, 2-1, at halftime, Thomas Tuchel's side fought their way back as Ousmane Dembele scored the winner after 74 minutes.

Marco Reus opened the scoring after 19 minutes, finishing from close range.

The SBI Show: Episode 275 (with special guest Dax McCarty)

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Ever since the stunning trade that sent Dax McCarty to the Chicago Fire, the clock started ticking on his inevitable return to Red Bull Arena. That return is coming this weekend, and the U.S. Men's National Team midfielder joins The SBI Show to discuss what is sure to be an emotional return.

Episode 275 of The SBI Show features McCarty, who joins host Ives Galarcep to discuss facing his former team, and returning to the stadium he called home for six seasons.

Soccer Wednesday: Your Running Commentary

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A clash of German heavyweights takes centerstage on a busy Wednesday as Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich battle to reach a cup final

The two powerhouses face off in Wednesday's DFB-Pokal semifinal. Awaiting them are Timmy Chandler and Eintracht Frankfurt, who took down Borussia Monchengladbach on Tuesday to book their spot in the tournament finale.

Marsch excited to see, embrace McCarty in first match since trade

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On Saturday, for the first time since thecontroversial offseason trade that sent him to the Chicago Fire, Dax McCarty will return to Red Bull Arena, and New York Red Bulls head coach Jesse Marsch is very much looking forward to it.

He's not looking forward to the prospect of going head-to-head against his former player or proving his team is better off without him.

CCL Final Preview: Tigres, Pachuca battle for CONCACAF crown

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A Mexican club will leave Wednesday night with the CONCACAF Champions league title, but which team it will be remains to be seen.

Club Pachuca and Tigres will square off in the second leg of the final at 10 p.m. ET inside the Estadio Hidalgo. The teams tied, 1-1, at the Estadio Universitario a week ago, with Pachuca earning a slight advantage heading into the second leg after earning an away goal.

Timbers set to expand Providence Park

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One of the best environments in North American soccer is about to get better.

The Portland Timbers announced on Wednesday that the club is going forward with an expansion of approximately 4,000 seats at Providence Park. The project, which is set to cost $50 million, will be privately funded and it will expand the east side of the stadium.

A look at the biggest bargain players in MLS

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The Major League Soccer Players Union salary database was released on Tuesday, and as always, there was plenty to dissect in terms of player compensation.

Most people react right away to those being overpaid by certain clubs, and while there are plenty of them, we opted to look at those on the other side of the coin.

U.S. U-17s ready for first real taste of Mexico rivalry

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No matter the age group, there's a certain level of emotion evoked by any clash between the U.S. and Mexico. It's a different type of game for all involved, one loaded with history on both sides that's not easily forgotten.

The U.S. Under-17 Men's National Team and Mexico Under-17 Men's National Team likely won't remember a lot of that history.

Chandler provides assist to help push Eintracht Frankfurt to DFB-Pokal final

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Timmy Chandler and Eintracht Frankfurt are headed to a cup final.

The U.S. Men's National Team fullback helped push Eintracht Frankfurt to a penalty kick win over Borussia Monchengladbach in Tuesday's DFB-Pokal semifinal. Following a 1-1 draw through 120 minutes, Frankfurt edged the opposition, 7-6, on penalty kicks.

Still eligible for both nations, Jesse Gonzalez feels 'more Mexican' than American

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Jesse Gonzalez's international future has yet to officially be decided, but the FC Dallas goalkeeper's decision appears to be all but made.

Speaking to AS, Gonzalez said he views himself as Mexican and hopes to someday represent El Tri on the senior level.

U.S. U-18s earn late victory over Belarus at Slovakia Cup

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The U.S. Under-18 Men's National Team left it late, but they got the job done.

The U.S. earned a late 2-1 victory over 10-man Belarus at the 2017 Slovakia Cup on Tuesday afternoon.

Belarus was leading 1-0 in the closing stages of the match, but the U.S.

Wednesday Kickoff: Ibrahimovic, Sanchez, Russia and more

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One Premier League star is having surgery in the U.S. while another's future remains in doubt.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has come to the U.S. to undergo surgery on his knee. (REPORT)

Arsene Wenger says he is confident Arsenal won't sell Alexis Sanchez to a Premier League rival. (REPORT)

Russia's deputy prime minister, Vitaly Mutko denied claims that journalists will be censored during the Confederations Cup.

Tuesday European Rewind: Chelsea defeat Southampton, Villarreal shock Atletico Madrid, and more

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Midweek action across Europe kicked off on Tuesday with Premier League leaders Chelsea edging Southampton, 4-2, at Stamford Bridge.

Antonio Conte's side used a second-half brace from Diego Costa to pull away from the visiting Saints. The hosts started quickly as Eden Hazard scored five minutes in for a 1-0 lead.

Kaka, Giovinco remain highest earners in latest MLS salary data

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On Tuesday afternoon, MLS Players Union announced the league's 2017 salaries, andOrlando City's star Kaka tops the listfor a third straight season, while Paraguayan Miguel Almiron isAtlanta United'shighest-paid player.

The Brazilian star is making $7,167,500 in guaranteed compensation in 2017, but Toronto's Sebastian Giovinco is not too far behind at the number two spot, making a guaranteed $7,115,555 in 2017.

USL unveils Division 3 league to begin play in 2019

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U.S. Soccer's divisional structure continues to be a hot topic, and the USL is set to expand in a big way in 2019 with the introduction of a new league.

The USL announced on Tuesday that the league will launch a third-division professional league to begin play in2019. The league will be a follow up on the USL's current second-division structure, which currently features 30 teams.

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Soccer Tuesday: Your Running Commentary

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The Premier League favorite can further their title push on Tuesday afternoon while a pair of German sides collide in an effort to book their spot in a cup final.

Tuesday's action is headlined by Chelsea's clash with Southampton as the former looks to open up a seven-point gap atop the Premier League table.

SBI MLS Power Rankings: Week 8

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With week eight of MLS action wrapped up, things remain at the status quo at the very top and very bottom of this week's SBI MLS Power Rankings.

FC Dallas secured their top spot with gusto, dispatching their immediate competition in second-place Sporting Kansas City in a strong, defensive 1-0 win.

Timmy Chandler named to Bundesliga Team of the Week

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Timmy Chandler played a big part in Eintracht Frankfurt's win over the weekend, and the U.S. Men's National Team defender was recognized for his efforts on Tuesday.

Chandler was named to the Bundesliga's Team of the Week on Tuesday for his efforts in a 3-1 win over FC Augsburg. Chandler provided an assist in the victory, feeding Marco Fabian for the game's opening goal.

Redding stepping into bigger role with Orlando City as U-20 World Cup looms

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All Tommy Redding could do was smile and laugh. There he was, seated at his locker deep in the bowels of Yankee Stadium. He was just moments removed from another standout performance, another win anchored by the Orlando City defense.

Suddenly, from the neighboring locker, Giles Barnes butted in, and he had a point to make.

MLS Ticker: Diaz back in training, Crew linked to Brazilian midfielder, and more

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FC Dallas is on a roll so far this season, and it has gone unbeaten without one of the team's key players.

However, that may soon change because midfielder Mauro Diazhas returned to training and is participating fully in team drills.

Mauro Diaz back in near full training with @FCDallas tonight.

Donovan looking to help make Swansea City 'America's club'

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For years, Landon Donovan was viewed as America's player. He was the most recognizable face on the U.S. Men's National Team, a player credited with helping bring the game to the forefront of the U.S. eye.

Now, with his playing career finished, he's looking ahead to helping a Premier League club make waves in the country he calls home.

Brooks set to miss time due to hip injury

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Another U.S. Men's National Team regular looks set to miss time due to injury.

Hertha Berlin announced that John Brooks is set to miss out "for the time being" due to a hip issue. According to German outlet Kicker, Brooks complained of muscular issues before a more thorough examination revealed a muscular issue in the hip region.

Tuesday Kickoff: Barcelona, Real Madrid, Hazard and more

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Spain's top two clubs headline a busy Tuesday of news.

Barcelona sporting director Robert Fernandez says there's no update on when the club will name Luis Enrique's successor as coach, adding that he is currently "working on it". (REPORT)

After playing in El Clasico despite a calf injury, Gareth Bale is set to miss Real Madrid's Champions League semifinal first leg against Atletico Madrid.

Yedlin, Newcastle secure promotion in win over Preston North End

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All Newcastle United needed to earn promotion and their return to the English Premier League was a lone point in their Monday night match against Preston North End.

They got that and a whole lot more, defeating Preston North End, 4-1, and securing their promotion back into the Premier League for the 2017-18 season.

MLS Week 8: The SBI Breakdown

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Each and every week, MLS play leaves plenty to ponder. The league is notoriously wacky, and this past weekend was no exception.

It was a weekend filled with stunning goals, lopsided wins and long-awaited returns. It saw a perennial contender thumped on home turf and a recent punching bag beaten back after seizing an early lead.

U.S. U-18s open Slovakia Cup with draw against Hungary

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After seeing the U.S. Under-19 Men's National Team win a trophy at the tournament last year, the U.S. Under-18 Men's National Team kicked off the 2017 Slovakia Cup on Monday in Trnava.

Omid Namazi's side earned a 1-1 draw against Hungary in their opening match in Group B. Despite being down, 1-0, at halftime, the U.

Yallop resigns as Phoenix Rising FC head coach

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Over the last few weeks, Phoenix Rising FC has gained plenty of attention for its newest player, and it could garner more headlines as a coaching search begins.

Frank Yallop resigned as head coach and president of soccer operations on Monday to rejoin his family in Northern California.

"Helping set the stage for success at Phoenix Rising FC has been among the most enjoyable accomplishments in my career," Yallop said.

SBI Americans Abroad Player of the Week: Christian Pulisic

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Christian Pulisic may not have gotten a goal over the weekend, but he sure did contribute in a big way to a vital derby win.

The U.S. Men's National Team winger drew a penalty kick while also drawing a foul on what turned out to be the decisive free kick in Borussia Dortmund 3-2 win over rivals Borussia Monchengladbach.

USL Week 4: A Look Back

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All eyes were on Arizonathis weekend, as Phoenix Rising FC played their first match since their stunning acquisition of Didier Drogba as owner/player for the MLS hopeful team.

Drogba should have fun as a part of the Phoenix Rising attack, as his future teammates put on a show against the Swope Park Rangers.

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

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Several U.S. Men's National Team regulars face big-time cup matches in a busy week for Americans Abroad while one can seal promotion to the Premier League.

DeAndre Yedlin and Newcastle can seal a spot in the Premier League with a win on Monday against Preston North End. A result on Monday would see Newcastle bounce right back, joining Brighton & Hove Albion as the two sides automatically promoted to the Premier League.

Best of MLS Week 8: Sounders, Giovinco, Nagbe and more

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Week eight of the MLS season produced a spectacular goal in Portland, but the Timbers' Cascadian rival put on the performance of the week down south in California.

The Seattle Sounders put together a comprehensive performance to take down the LA Galaxy at the StubHub Center.

New-look Orlando City defense leading the way to early season success

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NEW YORK On paper, it doesn't make sense for Orlando City's defense to be this good this soon.

The unit features two new faces, players learning the quirks and oddities of MLS on the fly. It features an expansion draft selection and subsequent piece of trade bait, a player adjusting to a new club and a new system under what still feels like a new coach and a 20-year-old centerback, one still finding his place on the professional level after spending preseason away from his new teammates.

MLS Weekend Rewind: Week 8

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With week eight of the MLS season wrapped up, we learned that even the leakiest defense in the league can pull it together and that royal purple rules the East a fifthof the way through the year.

The New England Revolution couldn't put away a number of chances against the San Jose Earthquakes in a scoreless draw in midweek action.

Americans Abroad Weekend Rewind: Corona, Chandler, Pulisic and more

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While the European season winds down, one Liga MX star helped fire his team to a big victory with a goal over the weekend.

Joe Corona scored second goal of the Liga MX campaign on Friday, helping lead Tijuana to a 2-0 win over Toluca. The win sees the club continue its hot start as Xolos currently sits in first place atop the Liga MX table with a one-point gap over Edgar Castillo and Monterrey, who earned a 1-0 win over Tigres.

In return to Yankee Stadium, Kreis 'couldn't be happier' with Orlando City performance

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NEW YORK —Jason Kreis sat in a familiar spot on the podium on Sunday afternoon. He fielded questions from the New York media following a statement win at Yankee Stadium, sitting in front of an NYCFC logo felt likehis own just over a year-and-a-half ago.

Ibarra header leads Minnesota United to shutout win over Rapids

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Minnesota United's defense has been awful to start the season, but on Sunday, the Loons came together for the club's first MLS clean sheet.

A header from Miguel Ibarra would prove all the Loons would need en route to a 1-0 shutout win over the Colorado Rapids at TCF Bank Stadium.

Sunday European Rewind: Messi lifts Barcelona over Real Madrid, Arsenal advance to FA Cup final, and more

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Following a midweek Champions League exit to Juventus, Barcelona bounced back in the biggest way possible on Sunday.

A 92nd-minute winner from Lionel Messi lifted Luis Enrique's side past 10-man Real Madrid in a 3-2 El Clasico win. Most importantly, the victory propelled Barcelona to the top spot in the La Liga table, holding an edge on Los Blancos due to goal-difference.

Monday Kickoff: Ibrahimovic, Griezmann, Kante and more

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One of the game's biggest stars spoke out after his injury, headlining Monday's news.

Following his season-ending injury, Zlatan Ibrahimovic took to Instagram to state that "giving up is not an option". (REPORT)

Yaya Toure hit out at the referees following Manchester City's FA Cup loss to Arsenal, adding that he hopes City's derby match against Manchester United can be played without refs.

Sounders crush Galaxy from start to finish

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Call it a drubbing, a demolition, an annihilation or whatever word you choose.

The Seattle Sounders thrashed the LA Galaxy on Sunday afternoon, 3-0, at StubHub Center to jump back into the top six of the Western Conference. The attacking trio of Jordan Morris, Nicolas Lodeiro and Clint Dempsey had their way for the majority of the match against the porous Galaxy, who dropped their third home game of 2017.

U.S. U-17s thrash Jamaica in CONCACAF qualiying opener

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The U.S. U-17 Men's National Team opened up its CONCACAF qualifying campaign with a 5-0 thrashing of Jamaica on Saturday.

The U.S. looked strong out of the gate, pressing far up the pitch and putting numbers forward in the attacking third. The U.S. midfield looked strong as it controlled the tempo of the match, and did well to keep the shape of the 4-4-2 formation that coach John Hackworth deployed.

Larin brace leads Orlando City to road win over NYCFC

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Cyle Larin continuously brings his best when he faces off with New York City FC. The Canadian star has made a habit of torturing Orlando City's expansion partner, and he did so yet again on Sunday afternoon en route to a statement road win.

The Canadian international scored yet another brace against NYCFC, leading the Lions to a 2-1 road win at Yankee Stadium.

Red Bulls back in form after formation change

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With their victory over the Columbus Crew on Saturday, the New York Red Bulls have now recorded two wins in a row, their first wins since their home opener on March 11. In addition to a return to Red Bull Arena, where they enjoyed both last week's win against D.

Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

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Whileone cup match headlines the early-morning schedule, El Clasico returns to take centerstage on Sunday afternoon.

Real Madrid and Barcelona face off in Sunday's premier contest, one with plenty of title implications. Barca enters the day three points behind their rivals with an extra game played, making Sunday's match a virtual must-win over Lionel Messi and co.

Atlanta United impress on road again, take down RSL

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Atlanta United hasmade plenty of statements in their first year in Major League Soccer, but their most important may have come at the end of their four-game road swing.

Tata Martino's men ended the road trip with a 3-1 win over Real Salt Lake at Rio Tinto Stadium on Saturday. United picked up five points during their current swing, and already have eight overall road points in 2017 in a league where positive results on the road are hard to come by.

Red Bulls seal statement victory over Crew

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The New York Red Bulls rose to the top of the Eastern Conference standings as they beat the team level on points with them at the top, the Columbus Crew, 2-0 at Red Bull Arena on Saturday.

The first goal of the match came just 11 minutes in, when Sacha Kljestan found Kemar Lawrence running into the penalty area.

D.C. United, Revs, share points in four-goal draw

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In a four-goal thriller at Gillette Stadium on Saturday evening, the New England Revolution fought back for a point in a 2-2 draw against D.C. United.

The Revolution were coming off a midweek home draw against the San Jose Earthquakes, while D.

FC Dallas stays undefeated with home win over Sporting KC

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It took plenty of time to break through a solid Sporting KC defense, but, in the end, FC Dallas found the goal and remainedthe only undefeated team in MLS.

FC Dallas finished off an onslaught late to defeat previously-unbeaten Sporting KC at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas.

Errors, not lack of breaks, add to Union's misery

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CHESTER, PA Jim Curtin continues to preach that the Philadelphia Union are a break or two away from ending their now 15-game winless streak.

Well, on Saturday the Union received exactly that on two of their first three goals in the 3-3 draw with the Montreal Impact in which the club blew a three-goal lead and ended its three-game homestand with one point.

Saturday European Rewind: Chelsea ousts Tottenham in FA Cup, Dortmund fights back, and more

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Premier League leaders Chelsea booked theirplace into the FA Cup final with a 4-2 thumping of London rivals Tottenham at Wembley Stadium.

Antonio Conte's side used two second-half goals to pull away from their rivals, who had previously pegged them back twice. Willian's fourth-minute free-kick gave Chelsea a 1-0 lead as the Brazilian beat Hugo Lloris to the bottom-right corner.

Mattocks, Nagbe lift Timbers over visiting Whitecaps

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Following a 1-0 home loss a week ago against Sporting Kansas City, the Portland Timbers bounced back in a huge way on Saturday afternoon.

Caleb Porter's side used a pair of first-half goals to defeat the visiting Vancouver Whitecaps, 2-1, on Saturday afternoon at Providence Park.

Dynamo remain dominant at home with win over Earthquakes

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After five matches at home, Houston Dynamo haveyet settle for defeat, and a pair of goals from the club's stars made sure that would remain the case on Saturday afternoon.

The Dynamo's 2-0 victory over the San Jose Earthquakesat a humid BBVA Compass Stadium showcased the home sides forceful attack.

Morgan, Lyon edge Lloyd, Man City in UCL semifinal first leg

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In a battle between two of U.S. Women's National Team's top stars, current UEFA Champions League holders Lyon defeated Manchester City 3-1 in Saturday's semifinal first leg.

The match featured Alex Morgan and Carli Lloyd, as both players are on loan from their respective NWSL clubs, and it was the former's club that emerged victorious to open the semifinal tie.

Jackson-Hamel leads three-goal comeback as Impact draw Union

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CHESTER, PA As the ball rolled away from the body of Andre Blake in the 87th minute, the positive feelings created by the Philadelphia Union throughout Saturday's match were instantly taken away and replaced with the normal grief thatthat the club has been used to feeling.

Giovinco, TFC beginning to thrive with faster attacking tempo

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TORONTO Major League Soccer is one of the most intricate leagues on the planet. One side can be the team to beat, and then it is mired in a losing streak within a few weeks.

Notoriously slow starts can also bedisregarded. One look at the Seattle Sounders, Portland Timbers and LA Galaxy's respective MLS Cup-winning campaigns back up that theory.

USL Week 5: A Look Ahead

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Saturday is a busy day in USL, with a total of 10 games across the day and two additional contests set for Sunday. Three teams enter the weekend atop the Eastern Conference with 10 points. The Tampa Bay Rowdies come into Week 5 with a slight edge over Louisville City FC and Saint Louis FC on goal differential.

Giovinco brace guides TFC past Fire for first home win

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TORONTO Sebastian Giovinco's 2017 has not been kind to him thus far, but it took a turn for the better on Friday night as Toronto FC toppled the Chicago Fire 3-1 at BMO Field to earn its first home victory of the season. It's also the Fire's first defeat since Bastian Schweinsteiger's arrival.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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Chelsea and Tottenham are preparing for a fierce battle in the coming weeks for the English Premier League title, but first they must settle things in the FA Cup.

The London clubs square off in the FA Cup semifinals on Saturday at Wembley Stadium, with the winner taking on the winner of Sunday's Arsenal-Manchester City semifinal.

The SBI Show: Episode 274 (with special guest Kekuta Manneh)

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This weekend features a stacked schedule of top soccer action, both in the USA and abroad, and the latest episode of The SBI Show covers it all.

Episode 274 of The SBI Show takes a close look at MLS Week 8, and welcomes special guest Kekuta Manneh, who was recently traded from the Vancouver Whitecaps to the Columbus Crew.

Tim Howard issues first public statement following suspension

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Almost two weeks following the incident that earnedhim a three-match suspension, Tim Howard has issued his first statementon the situation.

Howard addressed the incidenton his Facebook page in a post that began withan apology.

"I let myself get too worked up after being provoked and said some things I shouldn't have," the goalkeeper wrote after issuing a formal apology.

European Weekend Preview: El Clasico in Madrid, FA Cup Semifinals, and more

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Sunday's El Clasico at the Santiago Bernabeucouldhave huge implications on this year's La Liga title race.

League-leaders Real Madrid host Barcelona on Sunday which sees the two sides separated by three points in the table. Zinedine Zidane's side booked their place in the UEFA Champions League semifinals after an impressive second-leg victory over Bayern Munich earlier this week.

NASL Week 5: A Look Ahead

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Saturday features the second full slate of matches across the NASL. Three of the top four teams in the Spring Season table take to the road to defend their respective strong starts.

Three of the four home teams this weekend have a strong chance of closing in on the top of the table with victories, while the other clash is a bottom of the table showdown.

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

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Few rivalries in world soccer rival the Old Firm, and, on Sunday, Emerson Hyndman will once again take part in the historic clash with a spot in a cup final on the line.

Hyndman and Rangers are set to face off with Celtic as the Old Firm will decide a finalist in the Scottish Cup. Hyndman has been a revelation since moving to Rangers via a winter loan move, butthe American midfielder will face his toughest test yet as his side faces a Celtic team that cruised to an early lockup of the Scottish League title.

MLS Week 8: A Look Ahead

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It shouldn't come as a total shock that FC Dallas is involved in a marquee match this weekend because its been featured in plenty of top-notch contests early in 2017. This time, Oscar Pareja's men face Sporting Kansas City in a top-of-the-table clash that highlights the weekend's action in Major League Soccer.

This Weekend's Soccer on TV

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After Tuesday's triumphant Champions League quarterfinal victory against Bayern Munich, Real Madrid will remain on the center stage as they take on visiting Barcelona for El Clasico.

With only three points separating the Merengues and Barça from first place,title implications will be on the line at Santiago Bernabeu.

Nutmegs: Fan has Schweinsteiger take photo of her with Fire players

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Professional athletes are asked to take pictured with fans all the time, but very rarely is that picture taken by a World Cup winner.

Former Chicago Fire defender and current assistant coach Eric Gehrig took to Twitter on Thursday night to reveal a hilarious airport interaction with a fan.

Friday Kickoff: Dortmund, Mbappe, Neymar and more

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More details continue to come to light following last week's bombing of Borussia Dortmund's team bus.

German officials say that a German-Russian citizen took out a five-figure loan to bet on shares of Borussia Dortmund's stock dropping before bombing the team bus last week. (REPORT)

Monaco sporting director Antonio Cordon says it would take "a lot of money" to trigger Kylian Mbappe's release clause.

Madrid Derby, Juve-Monaco set for UCL semifinals

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The UEFA Champions League's final four is now officially set for the semifinal round.

UEFA conducted the Champions League's semifinal draw on Friday as Atletico Madrid was paired with rivals Real Madrid in a rematch of the 2016 finale. Juventus, meanwhile, booked a pair of dates with Monaco in the other semifinal pairing.

NYCFC Notes: Matarrita injury, Reyna and more

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When the league MVP crumples into a ball while grabbing his ankle in severe pain, it can bring practice to a halt. While his New York City FC teammates stood silent and motionless while in the midst of an energized training exercise, David Villa was unable to get up.

Soccer Thursday: Your Running Commentary

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The UEFA Champions League semifinals dominated the midweek slate, but Thursday turns towards eight Europa League sides looking to lock up a semifinal berth of their own.

Europa League action is headlined by Manchester United, who take on Anderlecht in Thursday's quarterfinal headliner. Jose Mourinho's side earned a 1-1 draw with the Belgian club as they now return to Old Trafford for the second leg.

Las Vegas negotiating with USL for use of Cashman Field for expansion team

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While the city of Las Vegas did not submit an official bid for MLS expansion, despite rumors, professional soccer may be coming to the city in the very near future anyway via the USL.

City officials will meet with the owners of Las Vegas Soccer, LLC., led by former Orlando City COO Brett Lashbrook, to engage in negotiations regarding the use of Cashman Field for a USL expansion team set to begin play in 2018, reports the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Hyndman targets Gold Cup, Bournemouth return following Rangers loan

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Since making his loan move to Rangers, Emerson Hyndman has shined. Given a starting role, the young midfielder has stepped up in a big way once given the stage to do so.

Now, as his loan move nears its conclusion, Hyndman has set several targets for himself, starting with this summer's Gold Cup.

MLS Ticker: Adi suspended, Hamid negotiating new contract and more

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The first Cascadia Cup showdown of the season on Saturday will be without a star forward due to a suspension from a Week 7 incident.

Portland Timbers forward Fanendo Adi was handed a one-game ban and an undisclosed fine by the MLS Disciplinary Committee on Wednesday for violent conduct in the 26th minute of the loss to Sporting Kansas City.

Cody Cropper gaining a foothold as Revolution goalkeeper

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FOXBOROUGH The New England Revolution made a decisive move to improve their goalkeeping performance in February when they traded theirstarter of the past four seasons, Bobby Shuttleworth, to Minnesota United FC.

Revs coach Jay Heaps opted to give 24-year-old former U.

Europa League Preview: Man United hosts Anderlecht, Lyon travels to Besiktas, and more

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The UEFA Europa League quarterfinal round concludes on Thursday as eight teams look to continue their fight for a semifinal berth.

Manchester United hosts Belgian side Anderlecht at Old Trafford, while Lyon travels to Turkey for a battle with Besiktas.

The other two matches are Schalke-Ajax and Genk-Celta Vigo.

Thursday Kickoff: Terry, Bonucci, Bale and more

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Thursday news is headlined by transfer news involving two well-known central defenders.

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic hinted that the club could be interested in signing John Terry. (REPORT)

Manchester City is reportedly hoping to sign Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci. (REPORT)

Gareth Bale returned to training for Real Madrid with El Clasico looming.

Must-See Goal: Marcel Schafer

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Revs squander chances in scoreless draw with Earthquakes

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FOXBOROUGH After winning their first two home games of the season, the New England Revolution let two points slipaway in a 0-0 draw against the visiting San Jose Earthquakes on a cold, drizzlynight at Gillette Stadium as the Revs controlled possession, but went scoreless on 15 shots.

UCL Wednesday Rewind: Juventus holds Barcelona, Monaco eases past Dortmund

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Juventus advanced to itsthird UEFA Champions League semifinal appearance in the past four years, holding Barcelona in a scoreless second leg draw at the Camp Nou on Wednesday.

Massimiliano Allegri's side exacted revenge on the Spanish side after Barcelona defeated Juventus, 3-1, in the 2014-15 UCL final.

Soccer Thursday: Your Running Commentary

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The final two Champions League semifinalists will be decided on Wednesday as two perennial powerhouses look to overcome deficits in their respective second legs.

After suffering a 3-0 beating against Juventus in the opening leg of their quarterfinal tie, Barcelona has its back against the wall once again on Wednesday.

SBI Question of the Day: Which American is under the most pressure as the club season winds down?

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Just several weeks remain in Europe's domestic campaigns, and the hope and ensuing threat of promotion and relegation loom large. A series of Americanssee themselves in major battles across some of the continent's top leagues, facing loads of pressure to help secure the best possible outcome for their respective clubs.

A look at what McInerney brings to the Galaxy

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Jack McInerney started out his Major League Soccer career as a budding prospect ready to become one of the league's top scorers. Instead, he's turned into a nomad at 24, one who is rapidly catching up to Dominic Oduro for most teams played with.

The LA Galaxy came into the 2017 campaign with plenty of expectations under new boss Curt Onalfo.

Mexican legend Blanco fears for life, denies ordering assassination

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The life of Mexican legend Cuauhtemoc Blanco has taken a twisted turn.

Blanco, who is currently the mayor of Mexican town Cuernavaca, spoke out publicly on Tuesday to deny allegations that he ordered the assassination ofJuan Manuel García Bejarano, who was shot dead in April. Speaking at a city hall meeting, the former Chicago Firestar says he now fears for the safety of himself and his family.

Namazi names U.S. U-18 squad for Slovakia Cup

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The U.S. Under-18 national team is in the preparation stages for defending achampionship at the Slovakia Cup, and manager Omid Namazi named 23 players to the squad for the tournament that takes place from April 24-28.

Three FC Dallas prospects headline the roster, as Shaft Brewer, Paxton Pomykal and Brandon Servania were named to the team.

MLS Midweek Preview: Earthquakes look to end road woes in visit to Revs

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The San Jose Earthquakes' recent Goonie-like comebacks have been quite a spectacle, but the task at hand isn't about late comebacks in front of the home faithful. Rather, it's about getting something meaningful from a road match, something they've struggled to do for quite some time.

Hamburg opens contract talks with Bobby Wood

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Bobby Wood continues to be linked with a series of clubs, but Hamburg has taken the first step towards locking down the forward's future.

Hamburg sporting director Jens Todt revealed that the club has opened talks with Wood over a long-term contract extension. Talks have been rumored for some weeksas teams have reportedly eyed a release clause in his current deal.

Wednesday Kickoff: Bayern Munich, 'Chicharito', Dortmund and more

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Following their controversial defeat to Real Madrid, several Bayern Munich players took things a step too far.

Police reportedly intervened after three Bayern Munich players, Robert Lewandowski, Thiago and Arturo Vidal, stormed into the referee's lockerroom following their elimination from the Champions League on Tuesday.

UCL Tuesday Rewind: Ronaldo hat-trick lifts Real Madrid over Bayern, Atletico hold off Leicester

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Real Madrid booked a record seventh consecutive appearance to the UEFA Champions League semifinals after a 6-3 aggregate victory over 10-man Bayern Munich, with Cristiano Ronaldo's hat-trick helping Real Madrid get past the Bundesliga leaders, despite needing extra-time to do so.

After missing the first leg due to injury, Robert Lewandowski returned for Carlo Ancelotti's side who needed a spark offensively, following scoreless league draw this past weekend.

NCAA announces sites of 2018-21 College Cups

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The College Cup is returning to Santa Barbara.

The 2018 and 2020 men's soccer championships will be played atUC Santa Barbara's Meredith Field, the NCAA revealed on Tuesday. WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, NC will host the 2019 and 2021 College Cup.

Santa Barbara hosted the 2010 championship, which was won by Caleb Porter's Akron Zips.

Oceania Football Confederation supports U.S., Mexico, Canada joint World Cup bid

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The joint CONCACAF bid for the 2026 World Cup between the U.S., Mexico, and Canada has received its first public support from a fellow confederation.

The Oceania Football Confederation and its President, David Chung, publicly announced that it backs the proposed joint-bid from CONCACAF that 'makes sense on a number of fronts'.

LA Galaxy sign forward Jack McInerney

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Jack McInerney has finally found a team.

The LA Galaxy announced the signing of McInerney on Tuesday after the 24-year-old forward cleared waivers following his release by the Portland Timbers.

"Jack is a young and experienced player in MLS who has shown that he can score goals in this league," said general manager Pete Vagenas.

SBI MLS Power Rankings: Week 7

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With Week 7in the books, several teams continue to make their case for moving up the table, while a few others continue to languish near the bottom.

Sporting Kansas City provedthe big winner of the weekend, as a 1-0 victory over the Portland Timbers sees them catapult into the top two with a showdown against No.

MLS Ticker: Birnbaum diagnosed with concussion, Atlanta United stadium, and more

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D.C. United could be without a key player for a while.

United revealed that defender Steve Birnbaum has been diagnosed with a concussion after he was stretchered off in Saturday's game versus the New York Red Bulls.

Update: Tests are negative.

Soccer Tuesday: Your Running Commentary

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Tuesday is a Champions League day in both Europe and North America.

Following last week's first legs, the UEFA Champions League returns on Tuesday with a pair of quarterfinal matchups. Action is headlined by Bayern Munich's match against Real Madrid as the German side looks to erase a one-goal deficit from the opening leg as the two heavyweights collide at the Bernebeu.

CCL Preview: Tigres and Pachuca clash in all-Liga MX final

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While this year's CONCACAF Champions League ended in disappointment for MLS teams, the competition carries onward into the final in an all-Liga MX affair.

Tuesday night marks leg one of the CCL final, as Tigres play host to their domestic rival Pachuca and seek to seize an advantage ahead of leg two next week.

U.S. U-17 head coach Hackworth confident in player pool ahead of World Cup qualifying

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The U.S. Under-17 Men's National Team has long been seen as a starting point, a level that bridges the gap between up-and-coming prospect and young professional.

In 2015, Christian Pulisic and Tyler Adams were a part of a U-17 squad that traveled to a World Cup and now, just two years later, both are vital to their respective clubs despite their tender age.

SBI Americans Abroad Player of the Week: Christian Pulisic

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The past week was an emotional one for Christian Pulisic, but the 18-year-old winger certainly didn't show it with his play on the field.

In a week headlined by an attack on Borussia Dortmund's team bus, Pulisic was one of the team's best performers in what proved to be an up-and-down series of two games.

UCL Preview: Bayern travels to Real Madrid, Barcelona hosts Juventus, and more

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For several teams this week, they will book their place to the UEFA Champions League semifinals, while others will see their dream of reaching Cardiff for June's final come to an end.

Out of all four quarterfinal first legs a week ago, Juventus easily had the most-surprising result, defeating Barcelona 3-0 in Turin.

Americans Abroad Monday Rewind: Guzan, Yedlin, Ream and more

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English action featured plenty of Americans Abroad with one making a rare start and another making his return to his side's starting XI following a recent return from injury.

Brad Guzan earned the starting nod for Middlesbrough on Monday, but the U.S. Men's National Team goalkeeper couldn't lead his side to a point in a 2-1 loss to Arsenal.

Mallory Pugh leaves UCLA to begin professional career

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One of the brightest U.S. Women's National Team stars is set to begin her professional career.

UCLA announced on Monday night that Mallory Pugh has left the school to pursue the next stage of her career. Pugh enrolled in UCLA in the winter and was set to begin her college career this fall.

Tuesday Kickoff: Lukaku, Henriquez, Iniesta and more

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Transfer rumors continue to swirl around Romelu Lukaku while authorities continue to pursue justice following the murder of a Panamanian international.

Everton is prepared to hold out for a£100 million transfer fee for start forward Romelu Lukaku. (REPORT)

Panamanian authorities say they've arrested seven people following the murder of Panama midfielder Amilcar Henriquez.

Report: MLS teams not interested in Terry

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John Terry will soon be free to choose his new club, but the English star apparently be making a long-rumored move to MLS.

Goal.com reported on Monday that MLS teams have shown little to no interest in Terry, whowill leave Chelsea at the end of the season. The club confirmed Monday that Terry's future was elsewhere, but MLS clubs are reportedly unwilling to meet the salary demands of the aging defender.

MLS Week 7: The SBI Breakdown

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Week 7 of MLS play featured a stunning finish and a highlight reel save, but there was plenty more to take away from a busy holiday weekend.

David Villa and Tim Melia stole the show with their individual moments of brilliance, headlining the week that was in MLS.

Carleton, Weah, Sargent headline U.S. U-17 roster for CONCACAF U-17 Championship

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With just under one week to go until the CONCACAF U-17 Championships kick off, head coach John Hackworth has named his 20-player roster that will join him in Panama.

The tournament, which doubles as qualification for the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup taking place in India this October, sees the U.

Herzog: MLS didn't listen to advice from Klinsmann

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Though Jurgen Klinsmann's time in charge of the U.S. Men's National Team is over, residual drama from his time in charge remains.

Former USMNT assistant coach Andy Herzog elaborated on the relationship between Klinsmann, MLS, and commissioner Don Garber, stating that the latter groups had no interest in taking advice from Klinsmann, reports ESPN FC.

Best of MLS Week 7: Villa, Montero, Sporting KC and more

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Week seven of the MLS season produced some spectacular moments and standout performances, leading to highlights flourishing all around the league.

While Sporting Kansas City may have had the best total performance of the weekend, all eyes were on a pair of absurd highlight-reel playsfrom SKC's keeper Tim Melia and New York City FC's David Villa.

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

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Both the UEFA Champions League and CONCACAF Champions League return this week as several Americans look to guide their team in their continent's premier competition.

In Europe, Christian Pulisic and Borussia Dortmund will need to overcome a deficit as they visit Monaco for the second leg of their Champions League quarterfinal.

SBI MLS Best XI: Week 7

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Week seven of the MLS season is wrapped up and it held good news for the Chicago Fire up front and Sporting Kansas City in the back.

The Fire's Nemanja Nikolic and Bastian Schweinsteiger make the cutfor this week's SBI MLS Best XI, as Nikolic's brace and Schweinsteiger's goal led to a 3-0 victory over the New England Revolution.

Impact can thank Homegrown players for first win of the season

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The Montreal Impact had its goal scoring leader in Ignacio Piatti back from injury to take on Atlanta United on Saturday afternoon. Piatti did score from the penalty spot but the winning goal and last minute push came from two Homegrown players: Anthony Jackson-Hamel and Ballou Jean-Yves Tabla.

MLS Weekend Rewind: Week 7

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With week seven of the MLS season in the books, some surprising results headlined the action around the league.

New York City FC took down the struggling Philadelphia Union, 2-0, capped by a stunning 50-yard David Villa chip over Andre Blake.

Sunday European Rewind: Man United beats Chelsea, Firmino lifts Liverpool over WBA, and more

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One of the English Premier League's bigrivalries saw another chapter take place on Sunday as Manchester United edged league-leaders Chelsea, 2-0, at Old Trafford.

Jose Mourinho's Red Devils earned an important victory against his former side in their chase for a top-four finish. Marcus Rashford gave the hosts an early 1-0 lead asthe 19-year-old forward netted his fifth goal of the season in the seventh minute.

NASL Rewind: North Carolina FC tops Eddies, Deltas tie with Armada

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The light schedule in the NASL this weekend didn't produce too many headlines, with one game ending in a scoreless draw and the other being a fairly easy victory.

The Jacksonville Armada and San Francisco Deltas split the points on Saturday, while North Carolina FC exploded for three goals to down FC Edmonton.

Americans Abroad Weekend Rewind: Arriola, Pulisic, Hyndman and more

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A trio of young Americans provided assists over the weekend while one U.S. Men's National Team defender was hit with an unfortunate own goal in defeat.

Paul Arriola, Christian Pulisic and Emerson Hyndman each provided an assist over the weekend, helping to lift their respective sides to victory.

USL Rewind: FC Cincinnati wins big in home opener, Lousville tops Rowdies and more

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Offensive explosions headlined a busy weekend of soccer in the USL. Not only did three teams find the back of the net four or more times, they all recorded shutouts in the process.

The weekend also produced a five-goal thriller in Pennsylvania, and the clubs atop both the Eastern and Western Conference changed following some tight clashes involving the best sides in both conferences.

Monday Kickoff: Dortmund, Hazard, Ozil and more

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More details continue to emerge from last week's attack on Borussia Dortmund's team bus while several stars stepped out to discuss their futures.

An investigator says that Borussia Dortmund's team bus was just seconds away from severe injuries or even potential death in last week's explosion.

Panama international Henriquez shot and killed

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Panamanian midfielder Amilcar Henriquez, a veteran of 75 international caps, was shot and killed on Saturday.

A veteran of 75 caps, Henriquezwas reportedly hitby a drive-by shootingin his home country and was rushed to the hospital but was unable to be saved.

Nikolic, Schweinsteiger lead Fire to lopsided win over Revs

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The Chicago Fire's two big acquisitions combined to overwhelm the 10-man New England Revolution on Saturday.

Nemanja Nikolic fired a brace while Bastian Schweinsteiger addeda goal of his own in a 3-0 Fire win at Toyota Park. The win is the Fire's second-straight victory and third-straight match without a loss.

Red Bulls get back on track with win over D.C. United

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It took the presence of the club's fiercest rival to get the New York Red Bulls back on track.

Previously on a four game winless run, the Red Bulls bounced back in a big way on Saturday via a 2-0 win over rivals D.C. United. The win is just the Red Bulls' third of the season, while the loss sees D.

Crew rallies at home to topple TFC

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Two of the most offensive-minded teams in MLS combined for an exciting match at MAPFRE Stadium in Columbus, Ohio, as the Crew bested Toronto FC in a comeback 2-1 win.

Jozy Altidore struck first, but his goal was answered by strikes from Ola Kamara and Justin Meram, who helped the Crew move into

The Crew fought off a steady barrage of attacks from TFC.

Second-half surge leads Minnesota United to draw in Houston

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Minnesota United took a huge step in shrugging off the dismal stigma around the club in its first year by coming back from two goals down to earn a point at BBVA Compass Stadium against the Houston Dynamo.

The Loons, who have lacked a bit of punch when going down this season, used two second-half strikes to force a 2-2 draw against the dangerous Dynamo.

Lennon's late strike lifts RSL past 10-man Rapids

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The second week of the Mike Petke era produced a galvanizing comeback that proved Real Salt Lake's first win under their new boss wasn't a flash in the pan.

Yura Movsisyan and Brooks Lennon scored in the final five minutes of the second half to power the Claret and Cobalt past the Colorado Rapids, 2-1, on Saturday night.

Saturday European Rewind: Draw in Milan Derby, Real Madrid earns late win, and more

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With a slew of European action taking place on Saturday, it was the Milan Derby which took center-stage in Italy. It was a tale of two halves from the Giuseppe Meazza as AC Milan battled back to earn a point against rivals Inter in a 2-2 draw.

Inter Milan opened the scoring in the 36th-minute as Antonio Candreva's right-footed finish made it 1-0.

Sporting KC edges Timbers on Dwyer goal

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Through the first few games of the regular season, the Portland Timbers' attack has been dominant, but on Saturday they were held in check by a team that looks to be finding its stride.

Sporting KC received a goal from Dom Dwyer and it proved all that was needed in a 1-0 win over the Portland Timbers at Providence Park.

Larin plays hero as Orlando City wins late against Galaxy

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Orlando City claimed their fourth-straight win since opening their new stadium, but the Lions certainly needed every last second to secure victory on Saturday afternoon.

In a thrilling match at Orlando City Stadium, host Lions received a 92nd-minute winner from Cyle Larin to defeat the LA Galaxy 2-1 on Saturday.

Despite series of late goals, Quakes not embracing 'Goonies' comparison just yet

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Jahmir Hyka isn't great with movie titles. So, if you ask him if he's seen the mid-1980's cult classic "The Goonies," chances are he either doesn't remember it or never seen itat all.

However, after the new San Jose Earthquakes midfielder scored the game-tying goal at the death in the Earthquakes' 1-1 draw against the unbeaten FC Dallas Friday night at Avaya Stadium, chances are he'll learn about the Earthquakes' version of "The Goonies" soon enough – especially with a current, familiar trend the Earthquakes' are following.

MLS confirms Real Madrid as All-Star Game opponent

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Major League Soccer announced on Saturday that this year's MLS All-Star Game will feature one of the world's most successful clubs: Real Madrid.

The MLS All-Stars will take on Real Madrid on August 2 at Solider Field in Chicago, marking the 13th straight year that the league's best will take on one of the world's top clubs.

Late goal give Impact its first win against 10-man Atlanta United

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With Ignacio Piatti back in the lineup, the Montreal Impact were poised to take on Atlanta United but it was Canadian homegrown player Anthony Jackson-Hamel who stole the show with a stoppage time goal.

The Impactgrabbed the team'sfirst win of the season with a 2-1 win against an Atlanta United team reduced to ten men on Saturday at Stade Saputo.

MLS Players Union criticizes security measures in wake of Howard suspension

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The MLS Players Union acknowledged Tim Howard's responsibility in last week's incident, but also called for the league to take responsibility for how the situation was handled.

Following news of Tim Howard's three-game suspension for an altercation with a fan, the MLS Players Union called for the league to take more preventative measures going forward.

Kellyn Acosta's growth vital to FC Dallas' unbeaten run

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SAN JOSE, Calif.-On Friday night, Kellyn Acosta continued to showcase his booming value after FC Dallas' 1-1 draw against San Jose Earthquakes at Avaya Stadium.

The 21-year-old's lone goal in the 78th goal was indicative of his sensational performance,which was partially lost in the spotlight due to Quakes' Jahmir Hyka's heroic last-second game-tying goal.

Curtin trying to focus on positives after another tough loss

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It's hard to even believe Philadelphia Union manager Jim Curtin had the word positive left in his vocabulary after his team lost its fourth consecutive game and its winless run jumped to 14 games.

However, that's the word Curtin used to describe a few of the performances put in by his players in the 2-0 loss to New York City FC.

Villa, teammates in awe over 'perfect' long-distance strike

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David Villa is no stranger to scoring magnificent goals. He's also familiar with attempting to chip Philadelphia Union goalkeeper Andre Blake.

In the last meeting between New York City FC and the Union on June 18, 2016 at Yankee Stadium, the Spanish legend barely missed a chance to score a stunning goal against the Jamaican goalkeeper.

Pulisic provides assist as Borussia Dortmund tops Eintracht Frankfurt

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Following an emotional midweek defeat, Christian Pulisic wasted little time in making his impact on Saturday's match against Timmy Chandler's Eintracht Frankfurt.

Pulisic provided an assist in the second minute, helping guide Borussia Dortmund to a 3-1 win over Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday at Signal-Iduna Park.

Howard suspended three games for altercation with fans

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Less than 24 hours before the Colorado Rapids are set to play Real Salt Lake, they learned they'd be without their starting goalkeeper for three games.

Major League Soccer announced on Friday night that Tim Howard has been suspended for three games for foul language directed at a fan at Children's Mercy Park on Sunday in his team's loss to Sporting Kansas City.

Montero's brace propels Whitecaps over Sounders

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From 2009 to 2012, Fredy Montero was leading the Seattle Sounders line netting 47 goals with the club in that span. On Friday evening, it was Montero'stwo goals that helped put away his old club in a Western Conference showdown.

The Vancouver Whitecaps earned their second victory of the Major League Soccer season, holding off Seattle 2-1 at BC Place.

Jahmir Hyka's last-second equalizer helps Earthquakes tie FC Dallas

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For the second straight match, the San Jose Earthquakes found a way to score in the final minute. On Saturday, it was in the final seconds of stoppage time.

Jahmir Hyka's last-second goal helped the San Jose Earthquakes save a point in their 1-1 draw against unbeaten FC Dallas Friday night in San Jose.

Harrison, Villa punish porous Union in NYCFC win

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All it took was one major defensive mistake and a moment of total brilliance for New York City FC to leave Talen Energy Stadium with a 2-0 victory.

Jack Harrison made Keegan Rosenberry pay for a mistake on the left wing in the 52nd minute to give Patrick Vieira's side its first road points of the season.

USL Look Ahead: Week 4

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The Week 4 slate in the USL is highlighted by a top of the table clash in the Eastern Conference. It'll be second against third in Louisville on Saturday, when the Tampa Bay Rowdies square off with Louisville City.

Saint Louis FC, the top team in the East, faces a difficult road trip in Cincinnati, while the top side in the Western Conference, Real Monarchs, makes a trip of their own in Week 4.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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With the European seasons winding down and MLS season in full swing, Saturday features a full slate of soccer action.

Action begins in the Premier League, where several contenders take the field to continue their push up the table. Tottenham takes on Bournemouth in the early match as Spurs look to close in on league-leaders Chelsea while Manchester City pushes for top four in a clash with Southampton.

Lefevre suspension rescinded by MLS

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The week-long saga involving an Instagram post from Montreal Impact defender Wandrille Lefevre has come to an end.

Days after being suspended by the Montreal Impact for his anti-Donald Trump post, the player issued an apology and the league rescinded his suspension.

Lefevre was remorseful in his apology, which he posted on Twitter, stating that the post was supposed to come off as humorous, but it did the exact opposite.

NASL Look Ahead: Week 4

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Week 4 of NASL play is an abbreviated one, but there are a pair of extremely intriguing matchups that could certainly impact the Spring standings.

The weekend's slate is headlined by a clash between the league's top two sides to date as the San Francisco Deltas face off with the Jacksonville Armada.

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

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Following a midweek headlined by continental play, domestic action returns over the weekend as the league season winds down.

German soccer serves as the headliner as several Americans go head-to-head. Bobby Wood and Hamburg continue to battle relegation as they take on Aron Johannsson and Werder Bremen while Christian Pulisic and Borussia Dortmund face off with Timmy Chandler and Eintracht Frankfurt.

MLS Look Ahead: Week 7

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A quartet of rivalry showdowns highlights a busy Week 7 schedule in Major League Soccer that begins with three games on Friday night.

The Cascadia Cup, Atlantic Cup, Trillium Cup and Rocky Mountain Cup will take place this weekend, and there are a few other storylines worth watching.

Can the struggling teams at the bottom of each conference finally break through and earn a win?

This Weekend's Soccer on TV

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Antonio Conte's Chelseaare well clear at the top of the English Premier League table, but Manchester United will try to spoil The Blue'sfurther separation at the top as the Red Devils try to inch their way into much demanded Champions League play.

Jose Mourinho's men find themselves four points behind fourth place rivals Manchester City with little to no room for error with the end of the season around the corner.

European Weekend Preview: Chelsea visits Manchester United, Inter faces AC Milan, and more

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Following an entertaining first round of UEFA Champions League quarterfinal matches earlier this week, domestic action resumes across Europe's top five leagues.

The headlining match across Europe this weekend seesPremier League leaders Chelsea travelto Manchester United on Sunday. Chelsea holds a seven-point lead at the top of the EPL and would like to add to that margin.

Friday Kickoff: Lukaku, Dortmund, Sanchez and more

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Contract updatesheadlines Friday's news while one origination hit out at the treatment of Borussia Dortmund in the wake of Tuesday's attack.

Ronald Koeman says that Romelu Lukaku, who has been linked with a move away from Everton, will not sign a new contract with the club. (READ)

Koeman also says he wants midfielder Ross Barkley to sign a new contract by the end of the season.

Arena not planning any surprises for next set of World Cup qualifiers

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Bruce Arena is still getting used to his second stint in charge of the U.S. Men's National Team. Even after his first round of World Cup qualifying, there's still so much going on for the longtime head coach.

Qualifiers against Trinidad & Tobago and Mexico loom, and the U.S. find themselves sitting in a much better place than they did when Arena first took charge.

Arena believes USMNT can start "talking about winning a World Cup" by 2026

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Bruce Arena is the first to admit that there's work to be done in the present as the U.S. Men's National Team looks to qualify for the 2018 World Cup. However, given all of the recent headlines, the USMNT head coach is looking ahead a bit to what could be a defining moment in U.S. Soccer.

On Monday, the United States, Mexico and Canada announced that the three have submitted a bid to host the 2026 World Cup.

SBI Roundtable: Which MLS team should be worried the most by its slow start?

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The MLS season is almost impossible to predict, especially in the early going. There are so many variables, so many offseason changes, that each and every team comes in with a clean slate to mold as the season goes on.

However, to date, several projected contenders have underachieved in a very big way.

Curtin sticking to his guns despite Union's rocky start

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Jim Curtin's loyalty and trust in his players is what's made him such a likable coach in Philadelphia.

Those same qualities could also get him into hot waterin the next few weeks if the Union continue to stumble out of the blocks in a season where they were expected to take a leap forward, not slide backward into the basement of the Eastern Conference and Major League Soccer as a whole.

Lefevre suspended over anti-Trump Instagram post

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Voicing an opinion on the political climate is nothing new for professional athletes, but Montreal Impact defender Wandrille Lefevre may have taken things a bit too far with his latest Instagram post that's landed him in hot water.

The 27-year-old posted a now-deleted image of him with a gun with the caption "Since Donald is in power, better safe than sorry.

NYCFC Notes: Adjusting formations, Pirlo's free kicks and more

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Of the 75 matches that New York City FC has played since its berth in the 2015 season, the contest against D.C. United on March 12 at Yankee Stadium is noteworthy. The 4-0 thrashing of DCU was arguably the top performance in club history.

NYCFC played a 4-3-3 system and created the illusion of large spaces at Yankee Stadium where the pitch appears smaller than many of the greens at Augusta National.

SBI Question of the Day: Which MLS team should be most concerned with poor start?

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The first month or so of MLS play is behind us and, while it's hard to judge too much so early in the season, there is certainly cause for concern for several teams across MLS.

Late-season runs are commonplace in MLS, and the Seattle Sounders' run to the 2016 MLS crown serves as a major reminder of what a bit of late mojo can do.

Americans Abroad Midweek Rewind: Pulisic, Arriola, Villafana and more

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While a young star headlined the week in Champions League play, several Americans put together strong performances in Liga MX action.

Christian Pulisic and Borussia Dortmund faced a tough task emotionally in coming back for Wednesday's UEFA Champions League quarterfinal clash against Monaco, and they fell just short in a 3-2 defeat.

Thursday Kickoff: Tuchel, Argentina, Messi and more

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In the wake of the bus explosion that rocked the club, Borussia Dortmund's manager hit out at UEFA for what he saw as a "lousy" decision.

Borussia Dortmund manager Thomas Tuchel ripped UEFA for the quick turnaround following the attack on the club's bus that injured Marc Bartra. (REPORT)

Sevilla released a statement warning Argentina not to pursue hiring head coach Jorge Sampaoli, who has been linked with the job in recent weeks.

Drogba sings with Phoenix Rising FC as player and co-owner

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Following his departure from Montreal Impact back in November, former Chelsea talisman and Ivorian international Didier Drogba will continue his career with USL side Phoenix Rising FC.

On Wednesday, following months of speculation,Phoenix Rising, official announced the arrival of the forward.

UCL Rewind: Ronaldo lifts Real Madrid, Monaco defeats Dortmund, and more

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In years past, Cristiano Ronaldo has always been a thorn in the sides of Bayern Munich. On Wednesday, that trend continued as the Portuguese forward netted a brace in Real Madrid's 2-1 first-leg victory at the Allianz Arena.

Ronaldo's 77th-minute finish, his 100th goal in European competition, proved to be the match-winner for Zinedine Zidane's side on the road.

SBI MLS Power Rankings (Week 6)

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Week six of the MLS regular season is in the books, and it brought some shakeups to this week's power rankings.

Several teams at the top struggled, as just three of the top ten managed to earn victories this weekend, while the likes of New York City FC, the New York Red Bulls, the Houston Dynamo, and the Columbus Crew all lost to lower-ranked opposition.

SBI MLS Best XI (Week 6)

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With every MLS game in Week 6 producing at least one goal, Albert Rusnak had a week to remember by finishing or setting up all three of Real Salt Lake's scoring efforts.

Rusnak was stellar in the snow as he helped guide RSL to their first victory of the season, under the leadership of new head coach Mike Petke, as his goal and two assists led the way to a comprehensive 3-0 victory over the Vancouver Whitecaps.

U.S. Soccer announces pairings for first two rounds of U.S. Open Cup

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The start of the U.S. Open Cup is just weeks away, and the tournament process truly began on Wednesday with the unveiling of the first and second round matchups.

On Wednesday, U.S. Soccer unveiled the pairing and hosting scenarios for the first two rounds of the U.

Bob Bradley 'angry' with Swansea City owners

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Bob Bradley's tenure with Swansea City lasted just 85 days, but it appears that his emotions remain several months after his dismissal.

The American coach says he is "angry"with the Swansea owners Jason Levien and Steve Kaplanfor what he perceives as an admission that his hiring was a mistake.

Soccer Wednesday: Your Running Commentary

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Following Juventus' win over Barcelona on TuesdayUEFA Champions League quarterfinals continue on Tuesday with a trio of first leg matches.

In the wake of Tuesday's explosion and subsequent postponement, Borussia Dortmund is set to host Monaco in what should be an emotional first leg in Germany.

Pulisic, Carter-Vickers among nominees for Golden Boy award

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Two young Americans Abroad have been racking up strong performances in Europe and now have been nominated for one of the most prestigious youth awards around.

Christian Pulisic of Borussia Dortmund and Cameron Cater-Vickers of Tottenham have both been nominated for Tuttosport's European Golden Boy award for 2017.

Louisville City unveils stadium location, renderings

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Another USL team is getting a soccer-specific stadium as the league continues its push for permanent Division 2 status.

Louisville City FC has announced the location of its new soccer-specific stadium and has released several renderings of the anticipated finished product. The stadium will have a capacity of 10,000 and will be developed in the Butchertown neighborhood of Louisville and is expected to open in 2020.

Suspect detained in Dortmund bus bomb investigation

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German authorities are moving quickly to resolve the scary incident that took place yesterday in Dortmund.

After three small bombs detonated outside of the Borussia Dortmund team bus while the team was traveling to the stadium ahead of it's UEFA Champions League match on Tuesday, police rapidly mobilized to gain control of the situation.

Must-See Goal: Miguel Gonzalez

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Wednesday Kickoff: Dortmund, Dybala, Rossi and more

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Fallout continues from Tuesday's explosion while the star of Tuesday's Champions League action reaffirmed his commitment to his current club.

Borussia Dortmund defender Marc Bartra underwent successful surgery on his arm and hand following Tuesday's explosion. (REPORT)

Real Madrid will have an extra police escort ahead of Wednesday's match against Bayern Munich.

UCL Rewind: Dybala propels Juventus past Barcelona, Dortmund vs. Monaco postponed

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The opening match of the UEFA Champions League quarterfinal round on Tuesday saw a slew of talent on display at the Juventus Stadium in Turin. However, it was an Argentinian forward not named Lionel Messi that stole the show.

Juventus took a huge first step to booking their place into the semifinal round after a convincing 3-0 victory against Barcelona.

MLS Ticker: Kennedy announces retirement, Perez Garcia suspended, and more

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Though the timing is a bit strange, LA Galaxy goalkeeper Dan Kennedy decided it was the right time for him to step away from the game.

The team announced Kennedy's retirement on Tuesday, taking effect immediately. The former Chivas USA and FC Dallas goalkeeper walks away after ten years in MLS, having appeared just 19 times over the past three seasons for FCD and the Galaxy after four years as the starter for Chivas USA.

Explosion reported on Borussia Dortmund team bus, Bartra injured

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Scary scenes in Germany as an explosion near the Borussia Dortmund team bus injured a player and threatens the team's UEFA Champions League match against Monaco on Tuesday.

An explosion just outside the Dortmundbusas it left the team's hotel left defender Marc Bartra injured, reports BILD.

SBI Spotlight: Meram enjoying personal form as Crew get off to fast start

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With six weeks gone in the 2017 Major League Soccer season, there's an unexpected name on top of the Eastern Conference. The Columbus Crew are one of three teams in the league with more than 10 points, and the only team in the East to have reached that milestone.

U.S. U-20 goalkeeper Marcinkowski training with Eintracht Frankfurt

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Another U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team goalkeeper is testing the European waters.

U-20 goalkeeper J.T. Marcinkowski is in training with German Bundesliga club Eintracht Frankfurt, the club revealed on Tuesday. The Georgetown goalkeeper was recently a member of the U.S. squad that won the U-20 CONCACAF Championship, with Marcinkowski appearing once during the team's run to the title.

Soccer Tuesday: Your Running Commentary

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The most prestigious club competition in soccer returns to our living rooms on Tuesday, with a salivating clash of European giants.

Barcelona's trip to Juventus highlights the return of the UEFA Champions League, which is now in the quarterfinal stage. Borussia Dortmund also plays host to Monaco on Tuesday afternoon.

UEFA Champions League Preview: Juventus hosts Barcelona, Real Madrid faces Bayern, and more

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After a thrilling Round of 16 back in March, eight teams remain with a chance to clinch a spot in May's UEFA Champions League Final.

Headlining this week's first legs isJuventus welcoming Barcelona to Turin on Tuesday afternoon. This is the first meeting between the two sides since they faced off in the 2015 final in Berlin, which Barcelona won 3-1.

Americans Abroad Midweek Preview: Pulisic, Villafana, Arriola and more

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Christian Pulisic is the last American remaining in European competition, and the U.S. Men's National Team winger will hope to continue his role as part of Borussia Dortmund's Champions League push.

The 18-year-old winger is set to join Borussia Dortmund for Tuesday's match against Monaco in the Champions League quarterfinals.

Report: Joint 2026 World Cup bid could be fasttracked

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On the heels of the announcement of the joint bid to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup in the U.S., Canada and Mexico, news came out that the trio of North American countries may be seeking an early stamp of approval from the FIFA Congress.

According to ESPN, CONCACAF is preparing a proposal that would expedite the process, giving the North American hosts a noncompetitive window to prove everything is in place already in all three countries for the prestigious sporting event to take place across the continent.

Gulati confident in joint bid following extensive negotiation process

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The process of putting together a World Cup bid is just that: a process. There are so many discussions, so many hurdles to clear to prepare for the decisions to come. Long before the formality of it all is revealed to the world, so much work is done behind the scenes, away from the bright lights that will hopefully come.

Tuesday Kickoff: Sanchez, Lewandowski, Argentina and more

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Two big clubs will push for Alexis Sanchez while Bayern Munich remains determined to keep Robert Lewandowski.

Manchester City and Manchester United are reportedly set to compete to sign Alexis Sanchez, who is interested in staying in England if he leaves Arsenal this summer. (REPORT)

Bayern Munich CEO Karl Heinz Rummenigge says that Real Madrid has no chance of signing Robert Lewandowski while adding that the two sides"have never discussed that name".

SBI Americans Abroad Player of the Week: John Brooks

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He may have missed out on a midweek match, but John Brooks certainly made his presence known over the weekend.

The Hertha Berlin defender scored a goal while helping maintain a clean sheet in his side's 2-0 win over Augsburg. The performance saw Brooks earn honors as SBI Americans Abroad Player of the Week recognition to go with the three points.

U.S., Mexico, Canada announce joint bid for 2026 World Cup

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After months of speculation, thefirst official bid for the 2026 World Cup has been unveiled.

The United States, Mexico and Canada officially announced on Monday their intention to launch a joint bid for the 2026 World Cup.

"This is a milestone day for U.S. Soccer and for CONCACAF," said U.

MLS Week 6: The SBI Breakdown

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Week 6 of MLS play offered a little bit of everything. There were flashy goals, coaching debuts and returns to form. There were ridiculous passes, snowballs and instant classics.What else can you ask for?

It was certainly a big week across MLS as all 22 teams took the field.

NASL Weekend Rewind: Week 3

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The first full weekend of action in the 2017 NASL Spring Season produced a dose of revenge and a landmark win for one of the league's new members.

For the second weekend in a row, the New York Cosmos and Miami FC squared off, this time in south Florida, with yet another shutout delivered by the road team.

USL Week 3: A Look Back

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The reigning USL champions, New York Red Bulls II, slipped up again, this time losing in a thrilling 3-2 match to St. Louis FC.

The scoring began very early on, as Christian Volesky scored the opening goal in the third minute. He won the ball on the left side of the penalty area, and scored on a tight angle, sending the ball into the opposite corner.

MLS Weekend Rewind: Week 6

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Another week of MLS is in the books as several teams got their attacks on track in statement victories.

The Sporting KC attack overwhelmed the Colorado Rapids en route to a 3-1 win. (READ)

Orlando City locked up another shutout in a 1-0 win over the New York Red Bulls.

Best of MLS Week 6: Rusnak, Lodeiro, Sporting KC and more

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Saturday provided a chance for one of Major League Soccer's struggling sides to break out in fantastic fashion and end the league's longest winless run.

In addition to the standout performance in the snow from Real Salt Lake, a few other showings caught our eyes and were in contention for the best of MLS Week 6.

Fernandes, Dwyer step up as Sporting KC attack begins to gel

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When Sporting KC coach Peter Vermes brought in Designated Player Gerso Fernandes to man the right wing, he knew Fernandes needed to provide something his reputation prior to MLS wasn't built on.

"When he came here, he didn't have much of a goal-scoring record and I think that had a lot to do with the way he played in the system that the played," Vermes said.

USWNT cruises past Russia in second game of friendly set

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The U.S. Women's National Team cruised past Russia in the first game of their scheduled friendly doubleheader. Sunday's match proved more of the same.

After winning,4-0, in the opener, the USWNT once again beat Russia in the second of the two friendlies, winning 5-1 on Sunday at BBVA Compass Stadium.

Americans Abroad Weekend Rewind: Brooks, Diskerud, Lichaj and more

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Two defenders provided goals to lead their teams to victory while another American opened his goalscoring account with his new club.

In German action, John Brooks scored what turned out to be the game-winning goal in Hertha Berlin's win over FC Augsburg. The U.S. Men's National Team defender's finish came just 12 minutes into the match and on a set piece situation, as Brooks deflected a rebounded shot from Vladimir Stocker for the game's opener.

Video: Chandler discusses USMNT, shows off football skills

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Orlando City locks up another shutout in win over Red Bulls

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The New York Red Bulls' struggles continued on Sunday as Orlando City snagged a home victory thanks to a goal from an unlikely source.

Servando Carrasco scored the lone goal at Orlando City Stadium, leading the Lions to a 1-0 win over the Red Bulls on Sunday afternoon.

Sunday European Rewind: Napoli edges Lazio, Lukaku lifts Everton past Leicester, and more

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Napoli showed a shortmemory on Sunday, defeating Lazio at the Olimpico Stadium, 3-0, in a top-four Serie A showdown.

Maurizio Sarri's side were ousted from the Coppa Italia semifinals earlier this week, but cruised against a top side in league play. Jose Callejon's 25th-minute opener had the visitors up 1-0, a lead which they would take into halftime.

Sporting KC attack overwhelms Rapids in home rout

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Sporting KC continued to solve problems in front of goal, adding threemore home goals in another win at Children's Mercy Park.

Key offseason signing Gerso Fernandes sealed a victory for a Sporting KC attack that has started slow in the 2017 season.

Monday Kickoff: Rossi, Costa, Griezmann and more

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American-born forward Giuseppe Rossi has been struck by injury once again while Diego Costa's future remains in doubt.

Giuseppe Rossi is set to miss at least six months after tearing his ACL in Celta Vigo's loss to Eibar. (REPORT)

Diego Costa says he is happy at Chelsea but unhappy living in London amid links to a potential departure from the club.

Wondolowski-Ureña tandem starting to click for Earthquakes

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SAN JOSE, Calif.—Even though the San Jose Earthquakes began the year with two straight victories, Chris Wondolowski and newly-acquired forward Marco Ureña didn't quite show real cohesion as an attacking duo.

It has taken some time, butSaturday's 1-1 draw with the Seattle Sounders may have been the match where Wondolowski and Ureña finally started to look like a tandem capable of working well together.

Joint CONCACAF World Cup bid set to be announced on Monday

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CONCACAF president Victor Montagliani's recent comments regardinga three-nation bid to co-host the 2026 World Cup appears set to become reality.

On Monday afternoon, Montaglianiis set to be joined by U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati andMexican Football Federation President Decio de Maria in New York City for what is being billed as a "historic announcement".

Sounders regret not coming away with road win at San Jose

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Nicolas Lodeiro's golazo that broke the scoreless deadlock in the 84th minute should've been it. In fact, the Seattle Soundersshould have walked out of Avaya Stadium with a road win and three important road points – especially against Western Conference rival San Jose Earthquakes.

But there were still more thanfive minutes left in the match.

Rusnak helps propel RSL to shutout win in Petke's debut

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Mike Petke's Real Salt Lake debut couldn't have gone much better.

In the team's first match under the former New York Red Bulls head coach, Real Salt Lake cruised to a 3-0 thrashing of the Vancouver Whitecaps at Rio Tinto Stadium. The win, played through tremendously snowy conditions, was RSL's first of the season and first since Aug.

Timbers continue to roll with win over struggling Union

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Throughout the first month of the MLS season, the Portland Timbers fired goal after goal with Diego Valeri leading the charge. On Saturday, the Timbers could muster just two finishes, but it was Valeri who once again set up what turned out to be the decider.

TFC, Atlanta United split points in exciting draw

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Toronto FC and Atlanta United have proven to be two of the most exciting teams in MLS, and they certainly lived up to the billing Saturday in a back-and-forth draw.

On Saturday, TFCFC hosted Atlanta United in what turned out to be a highly entertaining 2-2 draw at BMO Field.

FC Dallas bounces back from CCL exit with win over Minnesota United

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FC Dallas bounced back nicely after their midweek CONCACAF Champions League elimination, sealing yet another MLS victory.

Oscar Pareja's side fell in Pachuca midweek, but showed a short memory against a Minnesota United side coming off their first win of the season a week ago in a 2-0 win at Toyota Stadium on Saturday.

Late Wondolowski equalizer salvages draw for Earthquakes against Sounders

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For 83 minutes, the San Jose Earthquakes and Seattle Sounders played a rather lackluster match with few fireworks. The final seven minutes of regulation, and extra time, wound up offering much more.

Chris Wondolowski converted a Marco Urena pass in the 90th-minute for a last-ditch equalizer in what wound up finishing a 1-1 draw.

Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

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Manchester United's chancesof qualifying for the UEFA Champions League next season have taken hits recently due to a pair of draws, but with two matches in hand, Jose Mourinho's squad still has hope.

The Red Devils can boost their chances with a win on Sunday against basement-dwelling Sunderland, which sits in last place in the standings.

D.C. United controls NYCFC en route to home victory

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A breakaway goal at RFK Stadium disrupted the otherwise solid New York City FC defense and NYCFC's early surge as a top Eastern Conference team.

A lightning-quick sprint and shot after a NYCFC back line miscue from DC United's Lloyd Sam provided the breakthrough while Luciano Acosta added another as D.

Euro Rewind: Barca falls to Malaga, fails to capitalize in Madrid Derby draw; Bayern routs Dortmund; and more

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Real Madrid was just five minutes away from a precious derby day victory, and three points to maintain its lead on Barcelona atop the La Liga standings, but Antoine Griezmann had other plans.

Fire snap Crew's three-match winning streak with home victory

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Following a late draw against the Montreal Impact a week ago, the Chicago Fire made sure to earn all three points on Saturday with a win over an Eastern Conference contender.

The Fire took down thevisiting Columbus Crew, 1-0, on Saturday afternoon at Toyota Park, earning the club's second win and seventh point of the season.

Revs shut down dangerous Dynamo in shutout victory

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The New England Revolution and Houston Dynamo both possess attacks with big-time goalscoring potential, but only one of those attacks did enough to make an impact on Saturday.

Led by goals from Kei Kamara and Juan Agudelo, the Revs topped the shorthanded Dynamo, 2-0, at Gillette Stadium.

SBI Spotlight: Gressel making waves alongside big names in Atlanta United lineup

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There are plenty of big-name players that drive across the field with flair that could easily get the attention of Atlanta United fans, but there's one midfielder in particular who has captured their hearts one month into the club's first season.

Rookie midfielder Julian Gressel earned a spot in Tata Martino's first starting XI and has impressed alongside big names like Josef Martinez and Miguel Almiron.

Galaxy down 10-man Impact to grab first home win of 2017

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After two home losses in their first two games and a tough road loss to Vancouver last week, the Los Angeles Galaxy found their first three points of the season at home. Goals by Romain Alessandrini and Jermaine Jones gave LA a 2-0 win against a 10-man Montreal Impact.

Romain Alessandrini continued on his run from last week by scoring the opening goal for the home side.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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Real Madrid's hunt for the Spanish Premier League title could depend quite a bit on whether Zinedine Zidane's men can win Saturday's Madrid derby.

Atletico Madrid will look to play spoiler, while also solidifying its own hold on a Champions League place in La Liga.

In Germany, powerhouses Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund square off as Dortmund looks to climb into the top three in the Bundesliga table.

Earthquakes Notes: Advantage at Avaya, replacing suspended Bernardez, and more

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The San Jose Earthquakes endured a disappointing two-match road swing, suffering a pair of losses to offset a promising two wins to start the season.

Fortunately for the Earthquakes, they'll be back at home to take on Seattle on Saturday, and are 2-0 at Avaya Stadium this season.

The SBI Show: Episode 273 (with special guest Joe Corona)

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MLS expansion, USMNT talk and Americans Abroad action are just some of the topics covered in the latest episode of The SBI Show.

Episode 273 of the SBI Show takes a closer look at MLS Week 5, and the league's failed bid for a CONCACAF Champions League title as host Ives Galarcep breaks down the eliminations of FC Dallas and Vancouver from the competition.

NASL Look Ahead: Week 3

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Following abbreviated schedules in Weeks 1and 2, the NASL features a full docket on Saturday as the league's eight teams take the field.

Action is headlined by the New York Cosmos' trip to Miami FC, a match that pits two of the league's most talented teams. The match serves as a rematch of their Week 2 clash, one which saw Miami FC runaway with a win.

Report: USMNT set for summer friendlies against Venezuela, Ghana

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The U.S. Men's National Team has reportedly lined up a pair of competitive friendlies for the summer.

ESPN reported Friday that the U.S. will take on Venezuela on June 3 before facing off with World Cup nemesis Ghana on July 1. The match against Venezuela, which comes five days ahead of a vital World Cup qualifier against Trinidad & Tobago, is set for Rio Tinto Stadium, home of Real Salt Lake.

USL Look Ahead: Week 3

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Three weeks into the USL season, there are only a few teams fighting to hold on to perfect records. One of those teams is taking the league by storm after its arrival from the NASL in the offseason as the Tampa Bay Rowdies are one of six teams that enter the weekend with perfect records. Real Monarchs became the first team to hit nine points on Thursday night.

European Weekend Preview: Real Madrid hosts Atletico, Dortmund travels to Bayern, and more

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Following midweek domestic action across Europe's top leagues, weekend coverage rolls on as some mouth-watering fixtures take centerstage.

In Spain, the Madrid Derby is the premier showdown of the weekend with Real Madrid hosting Atletico Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday. Zinedine Zidane's squad remain atop La Liga and are 10 points ahead of their local rivals in the standings.

MLS Look Ahead: Week 6

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The first full slate of matches in April for Major League Soccer presents a wide variety of intriguing storylines and matchups.

Most eyes will focus on the star-studded showdown at BMO Field between Atlanta United and Toronto FC, but if you dig deeper, there are plenty of other matches that could steal the headlines.

This Weekend's Soccer on TV

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There will be plenty of ruckus in Madrid on Saturday, as Diego Simeone's Atletico Madrid will travel a walking-distance to face nemesis and La Liga leaders Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu.

The Merengues hold a slim two-point lead on Barcelona, but will hope to make it five in a must-win Madrid Derby affair.

Report: CONCACAF close to finalizing new 'League of Nations'

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UEFA's proposed Nations League looks like it will change the world of international friendlies, prompting CONCACAF to respond with their own international competition.

According to Reuters, CONCACAF is close to finalizing plans for a new "League of Nations" competition that would effectively eliminate friendlies.

Friday Kickoff: Griezmann, Mane, FIFA and more

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A number of the world's biggest teams continue their pursuit of one of the world's best forwards, headlining Friday's news.

Antoine Griezmann's adviser says the Atletico Madrid forward is a target of Chelsea, Manchester United, Manchester City, Barcelona and Real Madrid. (REPORT)

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says Sadio Mane is officially ruled out for the remainder of the season due to a knee injury.

USWNT gets back to winning ways with lopsided victory over Russia

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The U.S. Women's National Team ended their scoreless drought on Thursday night, and they did so in a pretty big way.

After sputtering through the SheBelieves Cup the last time the team took the field, the USWNT responded by winning, 4-0, in the first of two friendlies against Russia on Thursday at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas.

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

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Following a full slate of midweek matchups, several U.S. Men's National Team regulars face tough tasks in league play over the weekend.

Christian Pulisic and Borussia Dortmund likely face the toughest test in the form of a visit to Bayern Munich, who remain comfortably atop the Bundesliga table.

The SBI MLS Power Rankings (Week 5)

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The Houston Dynamo keep on rolling, and keep on climbing the SBI MLS Power Rankings.

Led by hat-trick hero Erick 'Cubo' Torres, the Dynamo cracked the top four for the first time this season on the strength of a 4-1 thrashing of the New York Red Bulls.

The Columbus Crew continued their climb up the list as well, making it three straight wins to settle into the Top 10.

USL strikes deals with ESPN and SiriusXM to expand league coverage in 2017

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The USLhas struck a deal with ESPN and Sirius XM for the expansion of the league's national media coverage for the remainder of the 2017 season.

According to USL, media platforms ESPN and Sirius XM have reached agreements with the league to boost its national coverage.

ESPN's telecast coverage of theUSL is now in its secondyear andwill aim to expand its coverage for the 2017 season.

NYCFC Notes: Embracing change, lessons for Lewis and more

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Change is a good thing. Change triggers progress. Not all change is pleasant but overcoming a tough period can make you stronger.

The transformation in year three of the New York City Football Club has illuminated the varying effects of a makeover.

On MLS: Gap between MLS, Liga MX closing but still looming large

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Every year, MLS clubs come up against Liga MX competition in the CONCACAF Champions League and almost every time, they come up short. In 30 series against MLS opposition, Liga MX sides have emerged victorious 27 times, signaling their dominance over the region on the club level.

Sapong taking new role in stride four games into Union season

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One year ago, C.J. Sapong was the unquestioned top forward on the Philadelphia Union depth chart, and he responded by rippingthe back of the net on five occasions in his first nine matches.

Despite the strong start, though, Sapong faded toward the back end of the season, much like the club as a whole, and the mission of Earnie Stewart and Jim Curtin to create depth at every position created a new challenge Sapong has welcomed.

CONCACAF president expects joint USA, Canada, Mexico bid to host 2026 World Cup

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The bidding process for the 2026 World Cup is set to begin in the coming months and CONCACAF's three biggest countries are set to come together in an effort to host the world's premier tournament.

According to the Guardian, CONCACAF presidentVictor Montagliani says that the U.S., Mexico and Canada are set to join together to submit a joint bid to host the 2026 tournament, the first to feature an expanded 48-team field.

Borussia Dortmund sets sights on USA due to Pulisic's potential

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Christian Pulisic's development has drawn a lot of attention over the past year or so and Borussia Dortmund is hoping to take advantage of that attention by making inroads into the United States.

Borussia Dortmund's marketing chief Carsten Cramer told Spox that he believes Pulisic has the potential to be " a global superstar" that could help the club's push into the American eye.

Americans Abroad Wednesday Rewind: Miazga, Green, Hyndman and more

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A trio of U.S. Men's National Team regulars missed matches due to injuries, but some younger stars stepped up for their club sides to headline Wednesday's Americans Abroad action.

In the Netherlands, Matt Miazgahad a big game for Vitesse, which topped Heracles Almelo, 1-0, in league play.

USMNT jumps up seven spots in latest FIFA rankings

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The U.S. Men's National Team's recent World Cup qualifying success produced a boost to the team's FIFA ranking.

FIFA's monthly rankings were unveiled on Thursday as the U.S. saw a seven-spot leap. Now ranked 23rd, the U.S. sits three spots behind 20th-ranked Costa Rica and seven spots behind 16th-ranked Mexico, which sits as CONCACAF's top ranked nation.

Thursday Kickoff: Blatter, Wenger, Rodriguez and more

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Sepp Blatter continues to loom large over FIFA while a Paris Saint-German executive shut down any links to Arsene Wenger.

Honorary FIFA Vice PresidentChung Mong-Joon says Sepp Blatter continues to have influence within FIFA. (REPORT)

Paris Saint-Germain director of football Patrick Kluivert says there is a "zero percent chance" Arsene Wenger could be hired bythe club.

Stunning strike from Gignac eliminates Whitecaps from CCL

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Every ounce of hard work put in by the Vancouver Whitecaps was undone by a masterful strike on Wednesday night.

The Whitecaps fell 2-1 on Wednesday night and 4-1 on aggregate to Tigres in the second leg of their CONCACAF Champions League semifinal, with Andre-Pierre Gignac'sbeautiful strike in the 63rd minute being the dagger in the continental hopes of the club and Major League Soccer.

Wednesday European Rewind: Chelsea tops Man City, Juventus beats Napoli and more

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Several of Europe's heavy-hitters took the field on Tuesday, providing plenty of action across the top leagues.

In the must-watch match of the day, Chelsea defeated Manchester City, 2-1, at Stamford Bridge. Following their home defeat to Crystal Palace last Saturday, Chelsea got back on track against fourth-place Manchester City.

Joe Gyau scores first goal with SG Sonnenhof Großaspach

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Joe Gyau has had a long road to recovery, but that road produced a wonderful moment on Wednesday afternoon.

The 24-year-old Americanscored in the second minute of Wednesday's clash with Vfl Osnabruck, leading the way in a 1-0 win. The finish put an end to his goal drought in Germany's 3. Liga (third division) after 11 appearances with the club.

MLS Ticker: Orlando City closes in on Gil, Jones attracting interest and more

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Orlando City may have lost a few players to injury, but it could be nearing a deal to bolster its midfield.

According to ESPN, Orlando is close to signing midfielder Luis Gil from Queretaro on a loan deal. The Lions will also reportedly send $50,000 in targeted allocation money to Real Salt Lake for Gil's rights and RSL could reportedly receive another $50,000 in TAM if the 23-year-old midfielder is signed permanently.

SBI MLS Player of the Month: Diego Valeri

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For years, Diego Valeri has been vital for the Portland Timbers, but the Argentine's run through March might just have been one of his best ever stretches.

Valeri scored two goals while providing four assists in the month of March, leading the Portland Timbers to the top of the Western Conference.

Must-See Goal: Luis Suarez

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GOOOOOOAL! @LuisSuarez9 with the opener! Brilliant improvisation, just WOW. #LaLiga https://t.co/aKjV8lbBaD

- beIN SPORTS USA (@beINSPORTSUSA) April 5, 2017


SBI MLS Team of the Month: Portland Timbers

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The Portland Timbers were projected to good in 2017. Their front four, on paper, was vicious, one of the best in the league, but it was up to their defense to hold up their end of the bargain if the team was to become a contender.

Thus far, they have, and that attack has flourished as the Timbers cruised through the month of March in impressive fashion.

Soccer Wednesday: Your Running Commentary

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Wednesday is a busy one in club soccer as several of Europe's biggest leagues boast matchups featuring top clubs.

The day is headlined by English soccer, and one particular match in particular. League-leaders Chelsea look to distance themselves even further from the pack on Wednesday, but they'll face a tough test against fellow contenders Manchester City.

CCL Preview: Whitecaps aiming to turn the tide against Tigres

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The Vancouver Whitecaps have an improbable task on Wednesday night in the CONCACAF Champions League against Tigres.

The second leg of their semifinal moves to BC Place as Tigres holds a 2-0 lead. That gives the Whitecaps an uphill climb as they look to reach the CCL final against Pachuca, who took care of FC Dallas on Tuesday night.

John Brooks out for Hertha Berlin with muscle injury

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Hertha Berlin will bemissing one of its key players on Wednesday against Borussia Monchengladbach.

The club announced that Brooks did not make the final squad and will miss out due to a muscle injury. Brooks started and played the full 90 minutes last weekend in Hertha's 3-1 defeat to Hoffenheim, so the injurycould just be a minor knock.

Highlights: Pachuca 3, FC Dallas 1

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USWNT, U.S. Soccer ratify new collective bargaining agreement

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The U.S. Women's National Team and U.S. Soccer have finally come to an agreement.

U.S. Soccer announced on Tuesday that the two sides have ratified a new five-year collective bargaining agreement after year-long negotiations.

"We are pleased to announce that U.

Americans Abroad Tuesday Rewind: Pulisic, Cameron, Gonzalez and more

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In a clash of U.S. Men's National Team regulars, it was Christian Pulisic and Borussia Dortmund that came out on top in resounding fashion.

The USMNT winger entered the fray as a substitute on Tuesday, helping Dortmund toppleBobby Wood and Hamburg by a 3-0 scoreline. Wood started and played a majority of the match, creating several chances in the process, but the Hamburg forward failed to score the vital goal needed to get his side back into what turned out to be a lopsided loss.

Wednesday Kickoff: Ibrahimovic, Lozano, Man City and more

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One current star continues to hint at his future while a future star says he's ready for his big move.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic says the Premier League is "begging me to stay" as his one-year deal nears its expiration. (REPORT)

Pachuca's Hirving Lozano says he is "prepared to get better and play in a more competitive league.

Tuesday European Rewind: Hoffenheim edges Bayern, Man United ties Everton, and more

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It was a memorableday for Hoffenheim, which saw it's impressive season reach a new high after earning itsfirst ever Bundesliga victory over Bayern Munich in a 1-0 home win. Julian Nagelsmann's side is havinga stellar season in 2016-17 after barely escaping a relegation playoff a season ago.

In Tuesday's showdown at the WIRSOL Rhein-Neckar-Arena, the hosts received a 21st-minute winner from forward Andrej Kramaric.

Pachuca stuns FC Dallas with stoppage time winner to book spot in CCL final

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For years, MLS teams have struggled to find much success on Mexican soil. On Tuesday, that trend continued as FC Dallas became the latest to fall to Liga MX opposition, and they did so in one of themost painful ways possible.

FC Dallas was eliminated from the CONCACAF Champions League on Tuesday night via a 3-1 win for Liga MX side Pachuca at the Estadio Hidalgo.

St. Louis sees MLS hopes take big hit after stadium funding bid fails

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Tuesday was going to be a monumental day for the future ofMLSin St. Louis, for better or worse.

Unfortunately for the fans, it was the latter asa city voters decided that public money will not be released to fund a soccer-specific stadium in St. Louis.

St. Louis needed a final go-ahead on the stadium to boost its expansion bid, but it required $60 million in public funds.

SBI MLS Rookie of the Month: Nick Lima

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It's not easy to step into MLS as a rookie defender. The league is loaded with attacking options, ranging from world-renowned veterans to up-and-coming stars. It's a lot to ask of a young defender, a lot to grasp for a player still learning their place.

MLS Ticker: Aja injury update, Red Bulls loan Abang, and more

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Injuries were a common theme last weekend in MLS, and Orlando City is the latest team to suffer.

According to Alicia DelGallo of the Orlando Sentinel, defender Jose Aja will miss two to four weeks with a hamstring injury, which he picked up against the Columbus Crew last Saturday.

SBI Question of the Day: What should Jermaine Jones' role be with the USMNT?

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Jermaine Jones caused shockwaves with comments he made on Monday about his standing within the U.S. Men's National Team. Now, those comments have reignited a debate that has been going on for quite some time.

Is it time for the U.S. Men's National Team to find a new starting option in midfield?

Soccer Tuesday: Your Running Commentary

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Tuesday presents us with a slew of European action, as well as a Champions League clash in CONCACAF to close out the day.

Manchester United headlines the Premier League slate with their home match against Everton. Also in England, Sunderland will try to take points away from Leicester City in a bottom half clash.

CCL Tuesday Preview: FC Dallas visits Pachuca for crucial second leg

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No Major League Soccer team in the history of the CONCACAF Champions League has taken the competition as serious as FC Dallas has this year.

Oscar Pareja's men took their preseason training to Argentina to prepare for the quarterfinal round and they've spent the last week in Mexico adjusting to the surroundings ahead of their second leg clash with Pachuca on Tuesday night at the Estadio Hidalgo.

Johnson to miss match against Hertha Berlin due to injury

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Fabian Johnson's injury issues have persisted as the Bundesliga campaign continues.

After missing a pair of U.S. Men's National Team World Cup qualifiers, Johnson sat out this past weekend's clash with Eintracht Frankfurt due to a thigh issue. That issue will also keep him out of Wednesday's clash with USMNT teammate John Brooks and Hertha Berlin.

Americans Abroad Midweek Preview: Pulisic, Wood, Brooks and more

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As club seasons wind down, several Americans abroad take the field for midweek clashes with the most intriguing coming in German Bundesliga play.

Several U.S. Men's National Team regulars collide this week in Germany's top division, headlined by a clash between Bobby Wood and Christian Pulisic.

Jermaine Jones hits out at critics, defends his spot with USMNT

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Jermaine Jonesunderstands that criticism is a natural part of playing for the U.S. Men's National Team, but the 35-year-old midfielder feels unfairly targeted and, at times, disrespected.

Speaking to ESPN FC, Jones said Monday that he "definitely" gets less respect then he deserves for his contributions to the USMNT.

Tuesday Kickoff: Sanchez, FIFA, Mane and more

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One Premier League star's future remains up in the air while FIFA took action against a former official.

Alexis Sanchez's agent has reportedly been in talks with Paris Saint-Germain after meeting with the "many times". (REPORT)

FIFA has banned formerpresident of the Guatemala football federation Brayan Hernandez for life for racketeering and wire fraud.

SBI MLS Best XI (Week 5)

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In a week where Major League Soccer's goalkeeping was pretty abysmal, Bill Hamid was a ray of sunshine in a storm of blunders.

The D.C. United goalkeeper was outstanding on Saturday against the Philadelphia Union, making several highlight-reel saves to earn his team its first win of the year, and secure a place on SBI's MLS Best XI for Week 5.

USMNT to host WCQ vs. Trinidad and Tobago in Commerce City

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With two more crucial World Cup qualifiers on the horizon for the U.S. Men's National Team, U.S. Soccer has unveiled the host venue for its next home match in June.

The USMNT will battle Trinidad and Tobago at Dick's Sporting Goods Park inCommerce City on June 8. The U.S. was expected to play the match athigh elevation in Colorado or Utah to prepare for the team's pivotal qualifier against Mexico at Estadio Azteca on June 11.

MLS Ticker: Irwin out for a month, Shuttleworth confirmed as starter and more

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It wasn't the best weekend for goalkeepers on the field in Major League Soccer, and one of the better netminders in the league also suffered an injury.

Toronto FC's Clint Irwin has been ruled out 4-5 weeks with a hamstring strain he suffered chasing an attack in the penalty area on Friday in the Reds' scoreless draw with Sporting Kansas City.

'Cubo' Torres back to his best after roughest stretch of his career

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Erick 'Cubo' Torres burst onto the scene in 2013 as a member of Chivas USA, scoring seven goals in his first 15 MLS games.A 15 goal campaign soon followed, sealing Torres' place among the top scorers in MLS.

But after that, poof, nothing. Torres went scoreless in his first 22 appearances for the Houston Dynamo, prompting an unsuccessful loan to Mexico.

MLS Week 5: The SBI Breakdown

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The first month of MLS play is complete, and the most recent round of games was most likely the weirdest one yet. Then again, a little bit of weird should be expected in MLS this time of year.

Week 5 of MLS play saw several high-scoring attacks sputter and several struggling teams see the light.

NASL Weekend Rewind: Miami silences Cosmos, Indy, Puerto Rico play to thrilling draw

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Week 2 in the NASL delivered 10 goals in three matches, with one contest in particular establishing itself as a contender for game of the season.

Asalivating clash between Miami FC and the New York Cosmos highlighted the weekend's action on paper. In the end, it wasn't even close as Miami brushed aside the Cosmos with a 3-0 victory.

Best of MLS Week 5: Torres, Valeri and more

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One of the top young forwards in Major League Soccer continued his resurgence in Week 5 with a hat-trick, while a struggling expansion side finally got put a crooked number in the win column.

There were plenty of terrific performances from around the league to choose from as the best of Week 5, but our editors narrowed it down to a select few to honor from the weekend.

MLS Weekend Rewind: Week 5

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Following the conclusion of the international break, MLS returned with a full schedule, one which included several surprises and plenty of duds along the way.

In a clash of early-season contenders, theSeattle Sounders and Atlanta United played to a 0-0 draw on Friday night.

Klinsmann, Barbir, Akale headline 25-player squad for U.S. U-20 camp

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The preparations for the U-20 World Cup in May continue this week as 25 players assemble in London for a week-long training camp led by head coach Tab Ramos.

European-based players Danny Barbir, Sebastian Des Pres, Emmanuel Sabbi, James Murphy, Mukwelle Akale, Stephen Paybe and Justin Vom Steeg join a group of players based in the United States to complete the 25-man squad that will all have a chance to impress Ramos.

Americans Abroad: Wood, Corona, Williams and more

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Bobby Wood may not have been healthy enough to join the U.S. Men's National Team for World Cup qualifying, but the Hamburg forward proved fit enough to help lead his club to a vital victory.

Wood provided an assist on Saturday, helping lead Hamburg to a vital win over Cologne as the club looks to battle out of the relegation zone.

Monday Kickoff: Hazard, Arsenal, West Ham and more

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While rumors continue for Eden Hazard, the Premier League coaching situation continued to prove a bit volatile.

Eden Hazard laughed off a question about Real Madrid, stating he still had business to finish with Chelsea. (REPORT)

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers played down links connecting him with the Arsenal job.

The SBI Show: Episode 272 (w/special guest Emerson Hyndman)

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The U.S. Men's National Team's recent World Cup qualifiers take center stage in the latest episode of The SBI Show.

Episode 272 takes a closer look at the USMNT's win against Honduras an draw in Panama, including Christian Pulisic's heroics and Clint Dempsey's renaissance.

Host Ives Galarcep also interviews special guest Emerson Hyndman, and discusses his time at Glasgow Rangers, his national team aspirations, and much more.

Sunday European Rewind: Arsenal and Man City share points, Napoli ties Juventus, and more

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Arsenal showed some fight in battling back from a pair of deficits on Sunday, but the hard-earned draw against Manchester City doesn't do much for the Gunners hopes of climbing back into the English Premier League's top four.

Leroy Sane's fifth-minute goal gave Manchester City an early 1-0 advantageafter the winger rounded David Ospina and tapped into an empty net.

Late Nguyen equalizer earns Revs draw with Timbers

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Throughout the early parts of the MLS season, the Portland Timbers established themselves as a goalscoring machine. On Sunday, they mustered just one finish en route to a disappointing draw.

An early goal from Diego Valeri looked to be enough for the Timbers on Saturday night before Lee Nguyen fired a late equalizer to steal a point from a 1-1 draw at Providence Park.

Second-half stops from Hamid hand D.C. first victory

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Sometimes it's better to have a little luck, and a tremendous goalkeeper, on your side to stop a slump.

D.C. United used a deflected shot and a penalty to score twice before Bill Hamid made a few key saves to preserve a 2-1 victory over the Philadelphia Union on Saturday night.

Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

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Arsenal's hopes for another top four finish in the English Premier League are fading fast, and anything but a win today against Manchester City would push the Gunners to the brink.

Arsene Wenger's men take on Pep Guardiola's squad in the match of the day, as the Emirates plays host to Arsenal's crucial showdown with a City team looking to jump into second place in the EPL.

Limited to substitute role, McNamara makes case with game-winning goal

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Despite playing less than 30 minutes in New York City FC's 2-1 win over the San Jose Earthquakes, Tommy McNamara dazzled many as he scored the game winner.

Entering as a second half substitute for Andrea Pirlo, McNamara led NYCFC to victory with a second-half winner, helping his side overcome an early deficit.

Minnesota United earns first MLS win with rout of RSL

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After four matches, and three bad losses, to start itstheir inaugural MLS, Minnesota United made history on Saturday night.

On the wrong end of some lopsided defeats through the season's first month, the Loons were the ones doing damage, battering Real Salt Lake, 4-2, at TCF Bank Stadium.

Laba's brace edges Whitecaps over Galaxy for first season victory

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For all the attacking options at the Vancouver Whitecaps' disposal on Saturday night, it was an unlikely sourcethat producedthe game-clinching goals.

Matias Laba had only scored two goals in more than four years in Major League Soccer, but he scored two goals 20 minutes apart tolead a second-half surge as the Whitecaps rallied from a 2-1 halftime deficit to post a 4-2 victory over the LA Galaxy at BC Place.

Torres' hat-trick propels Dynamo past visiting Red Bulls

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After failing to record a goal in his first two seasons in Houston, Dynamo forward Erick 'Cubo' Torres looks to have found his goal-scoring form early in his third season.

The Mexican international netted a hat-trickin his side's 4-1 victory against the visiting New York Red Bulls, Saturday evening at BBVA Compass Stadium.

Meram's brace sparks Columbus to victory against Orlando

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The Columbus Crew made it three consecutiveleague victories after a 2-0 win at Mapfre Stadiumover visiting Orlando City on Saturday.

Justin Meram did the majority of the damage for Gregg Berhalter's men in front of the home support in Columbus. The two-goal performance from the midfielder was his first multiple-goal showing since September 7, 2014.

Saturday European Rewind: Liverpool cruises past Everton, Chelsea falls to Crystal Palace, and more

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With the return of European domestic action this weekend, a lot of top matches were on display Saturday across the top-five leagues.

Liverpool cruised to a 3-1 victory over rivals Everton in Saturday's Merseyside Derby at Anfield. Jurgen Klopp's side defeated their local rivals for the second time this season thanks to a comfortable home victory.

Schweinsteiger scores early as Fire, Impact trade late goals in draw

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Bastian Schweinsteiger's Chicago Fire debut started in unforgettable fashion, but it was the ending of the match that left a lasting impression on Saturday afternoon.

The German star scored his first goal just moments into his MLS debut, but the Fireand Impact saved the fireworks for late in a 2-2 draw.

NYCFC comes from behind to defeat Earthquakes

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New York City FC went down early on Saturday afternoon, but David Villa and co. were able to muster a comeback on home turf to earn all three points.

NYCFC won their second match of the season, beating the San Jose Earthquakes, 2-1, on Saturday at Yankee Stadium.

The scoring got started early, when Sean Johnson's tame clearance found Alex Callens.

The SBI Show: Episode 272 (w/special guest Emerson Hyndman)

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The U.S. Men's National Team's recent World Cup qualifiers take center stage in the latest episode of The SBI Show.

Episode 272 takes a closer look at the USMNT's win against Honduras an draw in Panama, including Christian Pulisic's heroics and Clint Dempsey's renaissance.

Host Ives Galarcep also interviews special guest Emerson Hyndman, and discusses his time at Glasgow Rangers, his national team aspirations, and much more.

Sounders, Atlanta United settle for scoreless draw

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SEATTLE On paper, it seemedlike this marquee matchup had lost some of its luster, as stars on both sides sat with injuries, or began the game on the bench after playing for their national teams during the week.

But the players that took the field for the Seattle Sounders and Atlanta United delivered a fully entertaining if scoreless match in front of 40,182 at CenturyLink Field on Friday night.

Sporting KC, TFC share points in rainy, scoreless draw

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In the club's return to BMO Field, Toronto FC was only able to leave with a share of the points.

The defending MLS Eastern Conference Champions were held to a 0-0 draw at BMO Field against visiting Sporting Kansas City on Friday evening. Both sides were looking to make it consecutive league victories, while both were also looking to avoid sufferingdefeat for the first time this season.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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Saturday's action is headlined by amajor rivalry clashin the Premier League.

The day kicks off with a Merseyside Derby as Liverpool takes on Everton, providing an early-morning clash between two of the league's fiercest rivals. Several of the league's other heavy-hitters, like Tottenham and Chelsea, also take the field with the hopes of furthering their push atop the table.