Soccer By Ives Archives for January 2017

MLS releases list of players eligible for MLS All-Star fan vote

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Just several months away from the MLS All-Star game, the league has unveiled a list of players eligible to participate in this summer's big match.

MLS unveiled an 176-player list on Tuesday featuring eight players from each team eligible for a fan vote.

Zimmerman set to miss four-to-six weeks with knee injury

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After earning his first U.S. Men's National Team cap in January, Walker Zimmerman appears to be a candidate for a Gold Cup call-up. However, a knee injury has cast a bit of doubt on the status of the FC Dallas defender.

FC Dallas announced on Tuesday that Zimmerman will miss four-to-six weeks with awith a MCL strain in his left knee.

Canadian Championship Preview: Impact host Whitecaps, Fury FC looks to shock TFC

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Four teams remain in the 2017 Canadian Championship race as the semifinal round continues on Tuesday and Wednesday with second leg action.

After a stunning win in the opening leg, Ottawa Fury FC looks to pull off the upset against a surging Toronto FC side, one fresh off a 5-0 demolition of the Columbus Crew.

The Best of MLS Week 13: Almiron, Plata, TFC, and more

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Week 13in Major League Soccer featured several surprising results across the fixture list.

11 matches between Thursday and Sunday saw the likes of expansion sides Atlanta United and Minnesota United gain important home wins over tough visiting competition.

Wagner eager for Premier League challenge after leading Huddersfield Town to promotion

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Even as the match wore on, David Wagner remained confident. His team, Huddersfield Town, was battling for an incredibly unlikely promotion, facing with a Reading side that had bounced between the Championship and the Premier League several times in the past decade.

Yet, when the final penalty kick was taken, it was Huddersfield Town that was bound for the Premier League for the first time in club history, and they had Wagner to thank for guiding them there.

Chandler withdraws from USMNT camp due to injury

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Timmy Chandler recently earned his first U.S. Men's National Team callup under Bruce Arena but, just days after playing in a German Cup final, the fullback has been forced to withdraw.

U.S. Soccer announced on Wednesday that Chandler has withdrawn from camp due to a hamstring injury.

SBI Americans Abroad Player of the Week: Christian Pulisic

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Christian Pulisic capped off a strong season with Borussia Dortmund by helping his side to victory in the DFB-Pokal final on Saturday.

Pulisic came on as a substitute for Marco Reusat half time and had a strong impact up front. He helped provide the key moment of the match in the 66th minute by earning the penalty that set up Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang'swinning goal.

American-born striker Bjorn Johnsen called up to Norway senior squad

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Born in New York City and raised in North Carolina, Hearts forward Bjorn Johnsen looks set to lose his eligibility for the U.S. Men's National Team.

The striker has earned his first Norway call-up following a season that saw him make 37 appearancesfor Hearts, netting six goals. It was Johnsen's first season with the team following a move fromPFC Litex Lovech in the Bulgarian third division.

U-20 World Cup Rewind: Venezuela edges Japan; Portugal advances past South Korea

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The knockout rounds of the 2017 U-20 World Cup have begun.

There weren't many goals in the early game between Venezuela and Japan, as the two sides needed extra time to sort out their differences after failing to find a goal in the opening 90 minutes.

The hosts, South Korea, took center stage in the second game of the day, but ran into a menacing Portugal side that carved them up twice within the first half hour.

Report: Local minor league baseball owner to lead investment group to bring USL to Omaha

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According tothe Omaha World-Herald, efforts to bring a USL team to Omaha are taking shape.

The owner of the minor league baseball Omaha Storm Chasers, Gary Green, has tentativelyagreed to lead an ownership group to bring USL to Omaha. The group would also be tasked with building a soccer specific stadium as well.

Report: Wolfsburg set to make big-money move for Brooks

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John Brooks, when healthy, is a firmly-entrenched fixture in the Hertha Berlin lineup, but it appears another Bundesliga team is set to come in with a big offer to secure the U.S. Men's National Team defender's transfer.

According to Kicker, Wolfsburg is set to offer Hertha Berlin at least €20 million to sign the USMNT defender.

Tuesday Kickoff: Tuchel, Marquez, 'Chicharito' and more

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Christian Pulisic will be playing under a new manager next season as Borussia Dortmund moves on from Thomas Tuchel.

Borussia Dortmund announced that the club has parted ways with manager Thomas Tuchel. (REPORT)

Rafa Marquez is set to return to the Mexico lineup for an upcoming friendly with Ireland.

Arena names Howard USMNT starter

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For the past several years, Tim Howard and Brad Guzan have gone back and forth as U.S. Men's National Team starter. With both in camp for the first time under Bruce Arena, though, it was time for the head coach to make his initial decision ahead of World Cup qualifiers.

Timbers showed improvement, but left frustrated by loss in Seattle

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The Portland Timbers' hot start is a thing of the distant past. After beginning the season with three emphaticwins, the Timbers are now winless in their last five matches with three losses in that time. They have sunk from the top spot in the Western Conference to fifth place, where they cling to a playoff spot by two points.

MLS Weekend Rewind: Week 13

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Week 13 in MLS provided plenty of entertainment, with some rivalry matches and plenty of high scoring games.

The action got underway on Thursday, as the Chicago Fire beat FC Dallas, 2-1, with all of the goals coming in the first nine minutes. (READ)

Toronto FC continued their strong run of form with a dominant performance against the Columbus Crew, putting five goals past them.

USL Week 10 Rewind: Red Bulls II gets out of funk, Fury FC rolls, and more

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The first double game week of the USL season brought some interesting results.

New York Red Bulls II ended a three-game losing streak in impressive fashion. A game-winning goal from Derrick Etienne saw Red Bulls II topple the Charleston Battery who came into the weekend leading the Eastern Conference.

Wagner's Huddersfield Town wins English promotion playoff final

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It certainly wasn't pretty, but David Wagner and Huddersfield Town are heading to the Premier League for first time in club history.

Following a 0-0 draw through 120 minutes, Wagner's Huddersfield Town outlasted Reading to win 4-3 in a penalty kick shootout. The win sends Huddersfield Town to the Premier League, where they will join Newcastle and Brighton & Hove Albion as the promoted sides.

Dos Santos, Alessandrini tandem continues to pay off for high-flying Galaxy

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SAN JOSE, Calif.- On Saturday night, the Cali Clasico'ssixth and final goal served as a testament towhy the LA Galaxy's lucrative financial investments on Giovani Dos Santos and Romain Alessandrini have been worth every penny.

Curt Onalfo's men have now grabbednine straight points on the road, and haveyet to taste defeat in their last five games.

Revs come up short against Red Bulls in game of two halves

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The New England Revolution, after two consecutive wins, headed to Red Bull Arena on Saturday, facing a New York Red Bulls side winless in four. At first, recent form served as a decent predictor of the events, as the Revolution took the lead after a ninth minute penalty, but with each passing minute, the match began to slip away from them, resulting in a 2-1 loss.

For first time under Arena, USMNT heads into camp with full-strength squad

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Bruce Arena has already been in charge of the U.S. Men's National Team for roughly six months. During those six months, Arena has taken charge of two friendlies and two World Cup qualifiers as the USMNT jumped back into the picture following a rough qualifying start.

Now, with two more vital matches looming, Arena gets his first taste of a full roster, one which is among the strongest USMNT squads put together in quite some time.

NASL Week 9 Rewind: Cosmos tie Deltas, Armada top North Carolina FC and more

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Week 9 was not the busiest NASL week ever, but if there was any take-away, it is that the race for the Spring Season is still hotly contested.

There were two draws on the weekend, with the New York Cosmos and the San Francisco Deltas blanking each other out in a 0-0 tie and league leaders Miami FC fighting to a 1-1 draw with Puerto Rico FC.

Pro/Rel Monday: Your Running Commentary

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Two leagues will determine their promotion/relegation races today with two Americans headlining the day's action.

First off, the English Premier League welcomes it's final member for next season as David Wagner's Huddersfield Town will take on Danny Williams' Readingin the final game of the promotion playoff.

Americans Abroad Weekend Rewind: Pulisic, O'Neill, Chandler and more

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While one young American captured a premier cup title, another helped lead his side to promotion to the top flight.

Christian Pulisic helped lead Borussia Dortmund to a win in the DFB-Pokal final, drawing the game-winning penalty kick in a 2-1 win over Timmy Chandler and Eintracht Frankfurt.

Dynamo ride Deric to draw with FC Dallas

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It wasn't pretty, but the Houston Dynamo found a way to earn a road point against their in-state rival.

The Dynamo played FC Dallas to an entertaining 0-0 draw Sunday evening at Toyota Park in Dallas. Mauro Diaz's return for Dallas left something to be desired for the home team.

Monday Kickoff: Liga MX final, Borussia Dortmund, Perisic and more

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A Liga MX champion was crowned on Saturday as Chivas de Guadalajara won the club's first title since 2006.

Chivas de Guadalajara took down Tigres, 2-1, in Sunday's second leg to win the Clausura title. (REPORT)

Borussia Dortmund manager Thomas Tuchel insists he wishes to remain with the club.

Sunday European Rewind: Roma clinches UCL spot, Crotone guarantees safety, and more

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AlthoughJuventus clinched itssixth consecutive Serie A title a week ago, the final weekend of top-flight football in Italy still had teams with alot to play for.

Roma guaranteed a spot in next season's UEFA Champions League after a 3-2 home victory against Genoa on Sunday. Luciano Spalletti's side used a 90th-minute winner from substitute Diego Perotti clinch a top-two finish.

Trio of quickfire goals push Atlanta United past NYCFC

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Atlanta United always has the potential to score in bunches, and they did just that on Sunday to stun New York City FC.

Three goals in quick succession helped push Atlanta United to a 3-1 victory over NYCFC at Bobby Dodd Stadium. Two of those goals came from Miguel Almiron, who now has five goals in his past two matches.

Sean Davis shows positive signs in Red Bulls victory

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Kemar Lawrence may have grabbed the headlines in the New York Red Bulls victory over the New England Revolution on Saturday, but it was the renewed confidence of Sean Davis that quietly shone brightest on the evening.

Davis returned to the lineup following Tyler Adams call-up to the U.S. Under-20 Men's National Teamfor World Cup duty.

Arena calls in 27-man squad for USMNT camp ahead of June qualifiers

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Bruce Arena has called in a stacked 27-man squad for the U.S. Men's National Team's training camp ahead of the June World Cup qualifiers against Trinidad and Tobago, and Mexico.

Christian Pulisic, Clint Dempsey, Michael Bradley, Geoff Cameron and Jozy Altidore lead a group that will train at altitude in Colorado this week in preparation for the looming trip to Mexico City to face El Tri.

U.S. U-20s overcome red card to tie Saudi Arabia, win World Cup group

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The U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team didn't exactly get the result itwas looking for, but Sunday's effort proved just enough to finish atop their World Cup group. However, it didn't come without a major loss along the way.

Despite Cameron Carter-Vickers' dismissal, the 10-man U.S. U-20s held on to earn a 1-1 draw with Saudi Arabia in Sunday's group stage finale.

Highlights: U.S. U-20s 1, Saudi Arabia 1

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Controversial penalty leads D.C. United to road win over Whitecaps

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It wasn't quite peak Benny-ball, but it got the job done, albeit controversially.

A controversial penalty call proved just enough for D.C. United, who escaped Vancouver with a 1-0 win over the Whitecaps. The win was D.C. United's first in four games while the Whitecaps settled for their second loss in three matches.

Red Bulls down Revs to snap four-match winless slide

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After four matches without a win, the New York Red Bulls looked ready to make it five on Saturday night after an early Lee Nguyen penalty kick put them in a hole after just nine minutes.

Rather than fold, the Red Bulls proceeded to put together one of their better matches in recent memory,rallying with two second-half goals to beat the New England Revolution, 2-1, at Red Bull Arena.

Plata's first goal of season pushes RSL past Union

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Joao Plata's form was cooled at the surface for his first nine appearances of 2017,but the dormant forward erupted in the first half on Saturday night to power Real Salt Lake to a 1-0 win over the Philadelphia Union.

The diminutive Ecuadorian beat Andre Blake in the 36th minute to hand the Claret and Cobalt their fourth win of the season and end the Union's unbeaten run at six matches.

Heath gets revenge as Minnesota United edges Orlando City

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Adrian Heath got his revenge while Christian Ramirez got his redemption.

Minnesota United snapped a two game losing skid on Saturday evening, defeating visiting Orlando City, 1-0, at TCF Bank Stadium.A 56th-minute goal from in-form striker Christian Ramirez lifted the Loons to their fourth victory of their debut season.

Saturday European Rewind: Arsenal lifts FA Cup, Dortmund wins German Cup, and more

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Arsenal ended the domestic season on a high note, defeating Premier League champions Chelsea, 2-1, in Saturday's FA Cup final at Wembley Stadium.

A 79th-minute winning goal from Aaron Ramsey clinched Arsenal their 13th FA Cup trophy, and the goal came just minutes after Chelsea drew level.Diego Costa brought Chelsea level at 1-1 after 76 minutes, scoring from inside the box.

Young Croatia team holds on to friendly win over Mexico

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Javier Hernandez may have left Los Angeles with the record on Saturday night but Croatia left with the win.

In a tune up forWorld Cup qualifiers, the Mexico fell, 2-1, to Croatia. While it wasn't a first choice lineup for El Tri, Croatia also played a B squad in the friendly.

Rapids bunker their way to one-goal win over Sporting KC

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The Colorado Rapids have relied on defense for the past several years and, on Saturday, it was the backline that once again won Pablo Mastroeni's side a match.

A single goal from Homegrown rookieKortne Ford was all that was required for the Rapids to top Sporting KC, 1-0.

Galaxy dismantle Earthquakes in Cali Clasico

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It took a Giovani Dos Santos show to finally bring the San Jose Earthquakes' unbeaten home streak to an end.

The Mexican's brace helped propel the Los Angeles Galaxy to a thrilling 4-2 victory over the Earthquakes at a hostile Avaya Stadium in this season's first Cali Clasico.

Dos Santos' first goal of the night came from the spot in the 35th minute after teammate Bradley Diallo drew contact inside the box.

Pulisic draws game-winning penalty to lead Dortmund to DFB-Pokal victory

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In Saturday's DFB-Pokal final, it was Christian Pulisic and Borussia Dortmund that came out on top to close the season with a trophy.

Pulisic drew the game-winning penalty kick on Saturday, leading Dortmund to a 2-1 victory over Eintracht Frankfurt in Saturday's DFB-Pokal finale. The win sees Dortmund win their fourth German Cup trophy while Pulisic sangs his first major professional honor.

Sounders strike early to top Timbers

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SEATTLE The Portland Timbers and Seattle Sounders archrivals in sundry leagues for parts of five decades met for the 96th time on Saturday afternoon. The defending champion Sounders struck early and held on with a certain steely desperation against an opponent heavy on possession but light on creativity, delivering a fraught 1-0 win in front of 47,362 at CenturyLink Field.

U.S. U-20s looking to take care of business against Saudi Arabia in group finale

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The U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team knows the stakes. Their fates are in their hands. A spot on the knockout stage awaits, but they'll have to go out and take it.

On Sunday, the U.S. returns to action for one final group stage game as the young Americans take on Saudi Arabia. Entering the match, the U.

Vazquez, TFC thrash Crew to extend unbeaten streak

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TORONTO No Sebastian Giovinco, no Jozy Altidore, no problems.

Toronto FC was missing its two top scorers, but it still managed to extend its unbeaten streak as it shut out the Columbus Crew 5-0 at BMO Field on Friday night.

A sixth-minute penalty opened the scoring early for TFC after Jonathan Mensah hauled down Tosaint Ricketts in the box.

As he leaves for USMNT duty, Bradley thinks TFC is in good hands

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TORONTO It's never easy to lose key players on international duty. It's especially painful for Toronto FC, riding high on an eight-game unbeaten streak and leading MLS by five points heading into the weekend.

TFC was missing Sebastian Giovinco due to injury and Jozy Altidore to suspension, but the Reds managed to crush the Columbus Crew, 5-0, on Friday night without their top scorers.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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Trophies are on the line on Saturday as several of Europe's top teams look to lock up one final piece of silverware before the season ends.

Action is headlined by the FA Cup final, which pits Premier League champions Chelsea against Arsenal. Spain's Copa del Rey finishes up with a David vs.

European Weekend Preview: Arsenal meets Chelsea in FA Cup final, Dortmund faces Frankfurt in DFB-Pokal , and more

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Chelsea concluded itsrun towards another Premier League title a week ago, lifting the trophy at Stamford Bridge. This Saturday could see the Blues do the double, by lifting the FA Cup at Wembley Stadium.

Chelsea comes into this match on a seven-game winning run in all competitions. The Blues have had a tougher road to the final, eliminating the likes of Wolverhampton Wanderers, Manchester United, and Tottenham.

U-20 WC Rewind: Venezuela tops Mexico, England wins Group A and more

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Friday's U-20 World Cup matches saw groups A and B complete their opening rounds with two high profile teams clinging to hope for Round of 16 play.

Argentina scored in bunches in their big win over Guinea, but it may not be enough after failing to win in their first two matches of the group stage.

MLS Week 13: A Look Ahead

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Some of Major League Soccer's best rivalries take center stage this weekend, with a Cascadia clashfront and center on the national landscape.

The Seattle Sounders and Portland Timbers renew hostilities for their first Cascadia Cup contest of the season on Saturday, but that isn't the only rivalry match that will gain attention.

USL Week 10: A Look Ahead

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A busy week for the USLkicks off Friday night in Kansas City with last year's western conference champions, Swope Park Rangers, taking on current leaders, San Antonio FC.

Reno 1868 FC's match against the Colorado Springs Switchbacks headlines the Saturdayslate of games. Reno is one of the hottest teams in the league right now, and a winwould give it a chance to move up six spots in the standings.

Americans Abroad Weekend Preview: Pulisic, Chandler, Torres and more

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An American will lift the DFB-Pokal on Saturday as Christian Pulisic and Timmy Chandler go head-to-head in the final of Germany's premier cup competition.

The two collide on Saturday as Borussia Dortmund faces off with Eintracht Frankfurt at theOlympiastadion Berlin. The two Americans will be looking to seal their first career trophies, with Eintracht Frankfurt also making a push for the club's first major top flight honor since 1988.

NASL Week 9: A Look Ahead

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It's been a busy week in the NASL as a clubparted ways with their coach, a new club announced their president and yet another club traveled over 6,000 miles to play in a friendly in Saudi Arabia.

Puerto Rico FC announced last Friday that it parted ways with coach Adrian Whitbread as well as their Technical Director Neil Sillett.

Vieira responds to 'personal attack' from Kreis

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Following Orlando City's loss to NYCFC, Jason Kreis made his feelings known. He wanted to see more respect from Patrick Vieira, especially in the aftermath of defeat.

On Thursday, Vieira responded to what he believes was a personal attack.

Speaking at NYCFC training on Thursday, Vieira said that he could not sit idly and not respond to Kreis, who he replaced as NYCFC manager before the 2016 season.

This Weekend's Soccer on TV

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Following the conclusion ofleague play, cup finals in England, Spain, France and Germany join a Liga MX final to headline this weekend's soccer action.

Just a weekafter lifting the Premier League trophy for a sixth time, Chelsea, once again, looks to add to their silverware collection. The Blueswill have to rally past Arsenal, who are desperateto lift a cup after a lamentable season.

Cameron signs new deal with Stoke City

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Geoff Cameron is set to remain with Stoke City for the foreseeable future.

Stoke announced on Friday that Cameron has signed a new deal that will keep him with the club through 2020. Cameron had one year left on his previous deal before re-upping with the club, which finished 13th in the Premier League this season.

Early goals lift Fire past FC Dallas

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The goals came early and fast at Toyota Park on Thursday night, as the Chicago Fire powered past FC Dallas. 2-1.

Nemanja Nikolic and David Accam found the back of the net for the victorious Fire, who have won their last four games and are unbeaten in five contests.

MLS Golden Boot leader Nikolic opened the scoring with his 11th tally of the campaign from close range in the third minute.

Friday Kickoff: Liga MX, Bale, Man City and more

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The first leg of a star-studded final ended all square while one star returned ahead of European soccer's big match.

Andre-Pierre Gignac's brace led Tigres to a 2-2 draw with Chivas de Guadalajara in the first leg of the Liga MX final. (REPORT)

Gareth Bale has returned to training with Real Madrid ahead of the Champions League final.

U.S. U-20s pass major test with shutout win over Senegal

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Tab Ramos knew that his team would be challenged once again on Thursday. Facing off with group leaders Senegal, the U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team was set to have their mettle tested in their second group stage match against a team that had the ability and the speed to batter them.

Ramos was right.

USL Rewind: Rochester rolls on, Reno stays hot and more

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With midweek action in full swing, there were some interesting results around the league.

By downing the Tampa Bay Rowdies, the Rochester Rhinos were able to move into fifth place in the Eastern Conference. They have only played seven games on the season while most teams have played at least nine so they could climb even higher in the near future.

MLS Spotlight: Steffen evolving as he handles ups and downs of first season as a pro starter

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Sometimes in life, you need to just admit you have made a mistake. You need to acknowledge that things went wrong and own it. Things happen, and sometimes those things aren't entirely in your control. What you can control, though, is how you bounce back, how you respond in the face of adversity.

Highlights: U.S. U-20s 1, Senegal 0

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SBI MLS Power Rankings: Week 12

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It was a week of big moves in the latest SBI MLS Power Rankings, with the red-hot Chicago Fire and Philadelphia Union making major moves, and the San Jose Earthquakes being rewarded for handing FC Dallas its first loss of the season.

Toronto FC may have had its six-match winning streak snapped, but a road draw against the New York Red Bulls was enough to maintain a hold on the top spot.

Union Notes: Consistency remains key, Yaro close to returning

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If isn't broke, then why try fixing it?

That saying rings true almost every time Philadelphia Union manager Jim Curtin puts together his starting XI during a decent run of form.

In past years, it's been a flaw of Curtin's because eventually the run of form would end, usually faster than hoped, and the Union would be back to square one.

NYCFC Notes: Ring emerging as leader, Lopez "fantastic" in Sunday start

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Alex Ring prefers to provide leadership through his industrial work ethic. Considering the team response from a demoralizing loss at Real Salt Lake last Wednesday, it is likely Ring utilized his voice as well.

"I hate losing, it pisses me off," the New York City FC midfielder said following the 2-1 defeat to RSL.

U.S. U-20s 1, Senegal 0: The SBI Breakdown

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Following an up-and-down draw with Ecuador in their opener, the U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team took care of business on Thursday. It was a game that featured nervy moments, albeit much fewer than in Monday's draw, but it was also a game that demonstrated just how good the Americans can be when healthy.

SBI U.S. U-20 Man of the Match: Tyler Adams

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The U.S. U20 Men's National Team put together a comprehensive team performance in their 1-0 victory over Senegal on Thursday morning. Among all the standout showings from front to back, one player stood out the most.

New York Red Bulls product Tyler Adams commanded the middle of the park for 90 minutes as the U.

Report: Kitchen on his way out of Hearts

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Perry Kitchen has gone from captain to player on the way out at Hearts in a short amount of time.

After being stripped of his captaincy in favor of thereturning Christophe Berra, the U.S. Men's National Team midfielder is expected to find a new club this summer, per the Edinburgh Evening News.

Sargent goal leads U.S. to top of group with win over Senegal

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After scoring two goals in the U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team's World Cup opener, Josh Sargent scored yet another on Thursday, and it ended up being a game-winner.

Sargent fired the game's lone goal on Thursday, leading the U.S. to a 1-0 win over Senegal in the Americans' second match of the competition's group stage.

Thursday Kickoff: Totti, Manchester, Iniesta and more

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One of the game's legends is set to move on while two of the world's elite clubs have come together to support their city.

Francesco Totti confirmed he will leave Roma at the end of the season. (REPORT)

Manchester United and Manchester City combined to donate £1 million to victims of the Manchester bomb attack.

Man United tops Ajax to win Europa League final and secure UCL berth

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After an up and down season in England, Manchester United booked a spot into next season's Champions League after a 2-0 Europa League final victory over Ajax on Wednesday.

Jose Mourinho's side used goals from Paul Pogba and Henrikh Mkhitaryan to defeat the young Dutch squadat Friends Arena in Stockholm.

U.S. U-20s prepared for physical World Cup match vs. group leader Senegal

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The U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team's World Cup opener was quite a ride. There were goals, six of them in fact. There were blunders, plenty of them. But in the end, there was also a point, one which could be vital as the group stage continues.

Tab Ramos is hoping for something a bit less up-and-down when the United Statestakes the field for their second group stage match, but the head coach is also prepared for another tough challenge against another difficult opponent.

MLS Ticker: John Terry discusses MLS, Atlanta United send trio on loan, and more

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Following the end to his Premier League career last Sunday, Chelsea defender John Terry discussed Major League Soccer in Sirius XM's 'The Football Show'.

The 36-year-old's 19 year career willcome to an end this weekend as Chelsea face Arsenal in the FA Cup final at Wembley. The Blues lifted the 2016-17 Premier League title under new boss Antonio Conte, clinching the title in a 1-0 victory at West Bromwich Albion back on May 12.

Canadian Championship Rewind: Fury upset TFC; Whitecaps triumph at home

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The first legs of the Canadian Championship semi-finals provided one big upset. Ottawa Fury FC's pair of second half goals gave them a 2-1 advantage over Toronto FC in the first ever match between the two clubs. Toronto's wasted possession combined with Fury FC'sshocking efficiency provided the first leg upset at TD Place in the Canadian capital.

Hearts replace Kitchen as club captain

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Perry Kitchen's time as Hearts captain has come to an end.

According to the official Hearts Twitter account, manager Ian Cathro has named the returning CristopheBerra captainfor next season. Berra, a Scottish international,is making his return to Hearts after spending four years with Ipswich Town in the English Football League Championship.

U-20 WC Rewind: Costa Rica ties Portugal, Zambia blows past Iran and more

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Wednesday's action at the U-20 World Cup in South Korea saw the teams in Groups C and D take to the field.

The most dramatic of the matches came in Group C, as Zambia clinched a come-from-behind victory over Iran, securing passage to theRound of 16 after winning both group stage matches. Costa Rica and Portugal, meanwhile, drew 1-1, both recording their first points of the tournament.

Europa League Preview: Ajax, Man United collide in tournament final

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The 2016-17 UEFA Europa League final is finally upon us with Ajax facing off against Manchester United in Wednesday's final match.

Solna, Sweden will play host to the final, which started off with qualifying back in June 2016. A total of 188 teams have taken part in this year's tournament, with two historic sides looking to lift the trophy.

Report: Sargent agrees to deal with Werder Bremen

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Josh Sargent has caught plenty of eyes during his run with the U.S. Under-20 and Under-17 Men's National Teams, and it appears the young forward has finally settled on a club to sign with when he turns 18.

According to Goal USA, Sargent has agreed in principle to sign with Bundesliga club Werder Bremen in a deal that will take effect on Sargent's 18th birthday next February.

Report: Bobby Wood set to sign new contract with Hamburg

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With their Bundesliga future secure, it looks like Hamburg will also be retaining striker Bobby Wood next season.

According to a report from Hamburger MorgenpostWood seems ready to commit his future to Hamburg by signing a new contract. With rumors swirling about potentialtransfers to the Premier League or larger Bundesliga clubs, this is good news for Hamburg.

USL Week 10: A Midweek Look Ahead

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With USL sides involved in the U.S. Open Cup, the first double game week of the season is upon us.

The Rochester Rhinos match against the Tampa Bay Rowdies will headline the midweek slate as the USL Game of the Week on ESPN 3. ESPN picked a good one as the Rowdies will look to take sole possessionof the top spot in the East.

Report: U.S. U-20 midfielder Zelalem to miss nine months after rupturing ACL

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Gedion Zelalem's Under-20 World Cup is reportedly over, and it appears the injury sustained in the U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team's opener is much, much worse than originally feared.

According to Football.London, Zelalemruptured hisanterior cruciate ligament in the Americans' 3-3 draw with Ecuador on Monday.

Tuesday Ticker: Real Madrid lands Brazilian teen sensation, Barca target Valverde leaves Bilbao, and more

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It was a busy Tuesday for managerial moves throughout Europe, while the latest Brazilian sensation appears set to head to Spain in a blockbuster transfer.

Recently crowned La Liga champions Real Madrid hasofficially landed 16-year-old Brazilian wonderkid Vinicius Junior from Flamengo for a reported 46 million Euros, beating out Barcelona for his services.

Wednesday Kickoff: Messi, Griezmann, Toure and more

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A pair of La Liga's most prolific goalscorers headline Wednesday'snews.

The Spanish Supreme Court rejected Lionel Messi's appeal against his conviction for tax evasion although it remains unlikely the Barcelona forward ever serves time. (REPORT)

Atletico Madrid is set todemand that Manchester United pays more than half of Antoine Griezmann's $100 million transfer fee up front.

Red Bulls Notes: Working to halt winless skid, new formation yields mixed results, and more

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With more thana third of the season gone, the New York Red Bulls are still a team in flux. Inconsistency presents itself in the lineup and the performances alike.

Despite halting a three-game losing streak, Jesse Marsch and the Red Bulls know they have a long way to go as they prepare for this weekend's match against New England Revolution.

Sargent continues impressive run with two goals in U-20 World Cup opener

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From the moment Josh Sargent was announced as a member of the U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team's World Cup roster, his inclusion raised several questions. Was he, at just 17 years old, ready for the U-20 level after a grueling U-17 World Cup qualifying campaign? Would Tab Ramos be bold enough to even use him and, if he was, could heprovide answers at a position that was previously a weakness for this age group?

T&T names 17-player squad for camp ahead of WCQ against USMNT

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The Trinidad &Tobago national team chose 17 players for an upcoming camp ahead of World Cup qualifiers against the U.S. Men's National Teamand Costa Rica.

The 17 players were brought into the team to start training in Boulder, Colorado, ahead of Trinidad and Tobago's June 8 World Cup qualifier against the United States.

Kreis happy to be settled in Orlando City after several whirlwind years

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On Sunday night, New York City FC celebrated their fourth founding day anniversary with a convincing 3-0 win against Orlando City – their first conquest in four tries against the coach who initially guided the nascent franchise.

On December 11, 2013 – a little less than six months after New York City was founded Jason Kreis was selected head coach of the MLS expansion side.

U.S. U-20s looking at up-and-down WC opener as 'learning experience'

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For the first 10 minutes of itsUnder-20 World Cup opener, the U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team looked shellshocked. After recovering from a series of blunders, though, the U.S. should have plenty to takeaway from what turned out to be a match full of lessons.

Tuesday's draw with Ecuador certainly wasn't pretty, and it certainly wasn't the best case scenario.

U-20 WC Rewind: Mexico draws Germany, Venezuela thumps Vanuatu and more

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Groups A and B played their second matches of the U-20 World Cup in South Korea in the wee hours of the morning as the Under-20 World Cup is in full swing.

A comical own goal headline England's 1-1 draw with Guinea while South Korea topped Argentina, 2-1, in their second group stage match. The big winners, though, were Venezuela, who poured a whopping seven goals on Vanuatu.

SBI Americans Abroad Player of the Week: Ethan Horvath

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It took some time for Ethan Horvath to crack the Club Brugge starting lineup, but it now appears the goalkeeper has claimed his role as No. 1 with a Champions League campaign looming.

Horvath started twice last week, leading Club Brugge toidentical 2-1 wins of Oostende and Gent in the Belgian Championship Playoffs.

Video: England concedes long-distance own goal in U-20 World Cup draw

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Video: Ethan Horvath discusses initial appearances with Club Brugge

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ClubTV sprak vorige week met @HorvathEthan over zijn debuut, kijk even mee! pic.twitter.com/umcORx2D4S

- Club Brugge KV (@ClubBrugge) May 22, 2017


Tuesday Kickoff: Sampaoli, Griezmann, Mbappe and more

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While Argentina looks to finalize a move for a big name coach, a trio of French forwards headline Tuesday's news.

Sevilla president Jose Castro will hold talks with the Argentine Football Association over manager Jorge Sampaoli's future. (REPORT)

On a scale of 1-10, Antoine Griezmann says a move to Manchester United is at a six while a stay at Atletico Madrid is at a seven.

NASL Rewind: Miami FC snaps Indy Eleven streak, Armada rout Deltas, and more

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It was not the busiest week in NASL, but all three visiting sides earned three valuable points on the road.

Play kicked off on Friday, as the visiting Jacksonville Armada comfortably cruised past the San Francisco Deltas, 3-0, at Kezar Stadium. Saturday offered a double header, North Carolina FC held off Puerto Rico FC, 2-1, while Indy Eleven folded, 2-0, at home against league-leaders Miami FC.

USL Rewind: Rowdies, Battery keep battling atop East; SLC, San Antonio shine in West

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The ninth week of USL action saw the Real Monarchs and San Antonio FC continue to rule the roost in the Western Conference. The Charleston Battery and Tampa Bay Rowdies also kept their dogfight atop the East going strong. Reno 1868 got themselves another blowout win and a wild finish in New York gave Ottawa Fury FC a massive win over an MLS reserve side.

Boyd admits USMNT call-up 'won't get easier' after relegation

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Just as Terrence Boyd appeared to be working his way back into the U.S. Men's National Team picture, he believes he's hit a setback with Darmstadt's relegation to the 2.Bundesliga.

The 26-year-old forward, who has dealt with injuries throughout his career, moved to Darmstadt from RB Leipzig in January in order to get more playing time.

Koffie "fit like a glove" in return to Revolution midfield

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FOXBOROUGH After six successful seasons in MLS, defensive midfielder Gershon Koffie tried his luck in Europe and latched on with Swedish side Hammarby IF over the offseason, signing a three-year contract in what he hoped was the next step in his professional career.

Four months later, after just one appearance, Hammarby loaned Koffie back to his most recentMLS team, the New England Revolution for the remainder of the 2017 season, and he made his second home debut at Gillette Stadium in as many seasons on Sunday afternoon.

The Best of MLS Week 12: Almiron, dos Santos, Union and more

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Week 12 was the busiest stretch of the Major League Soccer season to date. A quintet of Wednesday games started the week before a normal slate of weekend contests took the spotlight.

There was plenty of quality displayed across the 16 matches, including some spectacular finishes from the league's best forwards, but one from a high-profile designated player stood out the most.

Kreis takes shot at Vieira following Orlando City's loss to NYCFC

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For a variety of reasons, Orlando City and New York City FC have developed into natural rivals after coming into MLS as expansion partners. After Sunday's match, that rivalry saw a bit more fuel added to the fire.

Orlando City head coach Jason Kreis, who managed NYCFC in the club's inaugural season, took exception to several comments from current NYCFC boss Patrick Vieira.

MLS Weekend Rewind: Week 12

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The weekend action in Week 12 produced a good amount of blowouts, but there were a few close affairs across North America as well.

Luis Robles' penalty save helped the New York Red Bulls earn a home draw with Toronto FC. (READ)

The Montreal Impact dominated the 10-man Portland Timbers at Stade Saputo.

Americans Abroad Weekend Rewind: Horvath, Wood, McKennie and more

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Ethan Horvath and Club Brugge are bound for the Champions League, headlining the list of Americans Abroad that took the field as European leagues move towards a close.

The U.S. Men's National Team goalkeeper made his fourth consecutive start on Sunday, helping lead Club Brugge to a 2-1 win over Gent.

SBI U.S. U-20 Man of the Match: Luca de la Torre

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With just seconds remaining and his side in need of a goal, Luca de la Torre fired the U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team to a must-needed point to start the Under-20 World Cup.

The U.S. midfielder provided the equalizing goal in stoppage time, leading the U.S. to a come-from-behind 3-3 draw with Ecuador in their group stage opener.

Highlights: U.S. U-20s 3, Ecuador 3

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Monday Kickoff: Sanchez, Arsenal, Aubameyang and more

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The fallout begins following Arsenal's fifth-place finish while several big-name stars hinted at their club futures.

Arturo Vidal says he has urged Alexis Sanchez to join him at Bayern Munich. (REPORT)

Arsenal owner Stan Kroenke reiterated that his shares of the club are not for sale.

Villa brace helps NYCFC end Orlando City's home unbeaten streak

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A comprehensive performance by New York City FC ended Orlando City's home unbeaten streak.

NYCFC extended their unbeaten streak to four behind a brace from David Villa, beating Orlando City, 3-0. With thewin, NYCFC also jumped Orlando to move into third place in the Eastern Conference.

De La Torre's late equalizer helps U.S. U-20s tie Ecuador

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The U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team looked to be on the way to an opening-match loss at the Under-20 World Cup, but Luca De La Torre had other ideas.

The Fulham midfielder raced onto a failed headed clearance and volleyed home an equalizer in the final minute of second-half stoppage time to help the U.

Sunday European Rewind: Real Madrid seals La Liga crown, Juve clinches sixth Serie A title, and more

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Real Madrid clinched its 33rd La Liga crown on Sunday, defeating Malaga 2-0. A second-minute goal from Cristiano Ronaldo gave the visitors an early lead, after the Portuguese international finished off Isco's through-ball assist.

Karim Benzema doubled the Real Madrid lead in the 55th-minute, finishing from close range.

Late own goal dooms Minnesota United in loss to Galaxy

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Minnesota United was just moments away from sealing a hard-fought home point, but a late own goal ensured the LA Galaxy earned a much-needed road win on Sunday afternoon.

A late Christian Ramirez own goal doomed Minnesota United on Sunday as the LA Galaxy escaped TCF Bank Stadium with a 2-1 win.

Fagundez brace pushes Revs to come-from-behind win over Crew

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FOXBOROUGH New England Revolution winger Diego Fagundez has quietly been heating up over the past month and it finally paid dividends with his first brace since May 2014.

After scoring his first goal of the season in last weekend's win over Real Salt Lake, Fagundez had both tallies to rally the host Revolution back from an early deficit to beat theColumbus Crew, 2-1, in front of a crowd of 18,651 on Sunday afternoon at Gillette State.

Bandaged Fisher cleans up on both sides of field for Impact

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MONTREAL Hockey analogies are popular in Montreal so it was only fitting Impact head coach Mauro Biello had a great one about Kyle Fisher when he spoke—in French—in his post-game press conference following a 4-1 Impact win over the Portland Timbers.

"He had a Gordie Howe evening," Biello said.

Union recover from "unacceptable" first half for 4th straight win

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CHESTER, PA Saturday night presented the Philadelphia Union with a perfect concoction for a letdown.

The last-place Colorado Rapids were in town, the Union were playing their third game in seven days and Jim Curtin's men were riding the high of a three-game winning streak.

The letdown was ready to happen after 45 minutes as well, something the players even owned up to after their 2-1 come-from-behind victory over the Colorado Rapids.

Sounders snap losing streak against shorthanded Real Salt Lake

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SEATTLE It was a discombobulated, unlikely thing, the goal that snapped a three-game losing streak on Saturday afternoon as the Seattle Sounders defeated Real Salt Lake 1-0 in front of 40,588 at CenturyLink Field.

After the Sounders dominated the first half, Harry Shipp delivered the game's lone goalin the 42nd minute on a play that saw no fewer than three deflections.

Union hit franchise record winning streak with win over Rapids

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CHESTER, PA Eight seasons, a hot streak of form and a little help from the worst team in Major League Soccer.

That's how long it took the Philadelphia Union to win four games in a row. Jim Curtin's men downed the Colorado Rapids, 2-1, on Saturday night to achieve the longest stretch of consecutive wins in the team history.

Whitecaps stifle Sporting KC attack in shutout win

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The Vancouver Whitecaps captured their fourth win in six games on Saturday as they look to climb into the Western Conference race.

Facing off with a fellow contender, the Whitecaps stepped up in a big way,defeating Sporting Kansas City, 2-0, at BC Place on Saturday.

Almiron hat-trick leads Atlanta United to rout of Dynamo

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Two of the league's top attacks collided on Saturday, and it was playmaker Miguel Almiron ensured his side emerged victorious with his first MLS hat-trick.

Almiron fired a trio of goals while Julian Gressel added a goal of his own in a 4-1 rout of the Houston Dynamo.

Earthquakes' late magic puts an end to FC Dallas' unbeaten streak

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After 10 matches, FC Dallas is unbeaten no more. The San Jose Earthquakes1-0 victory at Toyota Stadium marked Dallas' first home defeat since September of last year.

After a game of exchanged blows, the Earthquakes persistence finally paid off in the 81st minute.

Accam strike lifts Fire past D.C. United

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The Chicago Fire continued their recent strong run of form by defeating D.C. United, 1-0, at RFK Stadium on Saturday.

A 52nd-minute winner from David Accam proved to be enough for Veljko Paunovic's side to earn their first three points away from Toyota Park this season, andthe visitorssure looked like the more dominant side in the opening 45 minutes, having three efforts on goal.

Saturday European Rewind: Hamburg clinch safety, Napoli trounce Fiorentina, and more

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Hamburg knew a victory on Saturday over visiting Wolfsburg would see them retain their German top-flight status for another season.The hosts did just that by defeating their visitors, 2-1, at the Volksparkstadion in dramatic fashion.

A 88th-minute winner from Gian-Luca Waldschmidt earned Hamburg a massive three points which pushedthem out of relegation playoff place, and dropped Wolfsburg in.

Impact dominate 10-man Timbers in home win

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The Montreal Impact made their string of disappointing home results disappear, at least for oneafternoon's time.

Two goals by Ignacio Piatti and two others by Kyle Fisher and Ambroise Oyongo gave the Impact a 4-1 win over a 10-man Portland Timbers team, who saw their Montreal unbeaten streak end at three games.

MLS Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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It's been a busy week in MLS following a series of midweek games, but Saturday provided plenty of matches on the schedule throughout MLS.

The day begins in Montreal as the Impact host the Portland Timbers and their standout attack before Eastern conference foes lock horns as D.

American teenager Weston McKennie makes Schalke debut

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18-year-old American international Weston McKennie became the second-youngest player to feature in a Bundesliga match, coming on as a second-half sub in a 1-1 draw at Ingolstadt on Saturday.

The midfielder entered the match in the 77th minute, replacing Donis Advijaj in Schalke's midfield. However, the youngster couldn't help 10-men Schalke earn more than a point in the season-ending draw.

Robles penalty save helps Red Bulls tie TFC

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The penalty call was just, but the sequence leading up to it wasn't. Toronto FC drew a penalty call that threatened to give the Canadian club a winning goal, even as New York Red Bulls players protested against what appeared to be a clear foul by Jozy Altidore on Red Bulls defender Aaron Long.

The referee got that one wrong, but Luis Robles made it right.

MLS Weekend Look Ahead: Week 12

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A double dose of Major League Soccer Week 12 action continues this weekend, with a full slate starting on Friday with a mouthwatering clash between a pair of Eastern Conference foes.

Mixed in the crowded Saturday slate are some intriguing matchups that may not seem interesting on paper, but recent history suggests you keep a closer eye on the games, especially the one in Frisco, Texas.

USL Week 9: A Look Ahead

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Week 9of USL action features a few top of the table match-ups to keep you entertained.

The big clash out East comes as the Pittsburgh Riverhounds and Louisville City battle it out in a showdown between third and fourth. Meanwhile, out West, the Real Monarchs sit in second place as they face the fourth-place Colorado Springs Switchbacks.

Americans Abroad Weekend Preview: Wood, Guzan, Horvath and more

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The Bundesliga season comes to an end over the weekend as Bobby Wood and Hamburg battle for the right to stay in the top flight.

Wood and Hamburg enter Sunday's season finale against Wolfsburg knowing that a win will keep them in the Bundesliga for another year while a loss would send the club towards a relegation playoff.

This Weekend's Soccer on TV

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The final match days are coming in numerous leagues around Europe, and with final match days comes simultaneous kickoffs.

The Bundesliga and the English Premier League are two leagues in particular who will have televised kickoffs on Saturday and Sunday respectively and they'll be handling them in different ways.

Americans Abroad Thursday Rewind: Arriola, Horvath and more

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Club Tijuana may have finished atop the regular season table, but the club will now have major work to do to dig themselves out of a semifinal hole.

In Thursday's Liguilla semifinal first leg, Tijuana fell, 2-0, to Tigres in the opening leg. Failing to score any away goals, Paul Arriola and co.

Friday Kickoff: Wenger, Oblak, Terry and more

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Controversy continues to surround Arsene Wenger, and the Arsenal manager is planning on making an announcement in due time.

Arsene Wenger says an announcement about his future will come after the FA Cup final. (REPORT)

Manchester United is reportedly eyeing Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Jan Oblak as a potential David de Gea replacement.

European Weekend Preview: Real Madrid pushes for title, Liverpool looks to seal UCL spot, and more

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The La Liga title race comes down to this weekend's matchups as Real Madrid and Barcelona both remain in the hunt for the trophy.

Los Blancos leaped into top spot midweek after winning, 4-1, over Celta Vigo in their game in hand. All Real Madrid needs is a point at Malaga, and they will clinch their 33rd La Liga crown.

Late goal extends Earthquakes' unbeaten streak at home

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SAN JOSE, Calif.-Splitting points with Orlando City at Avaya Stadium on Wednesday night prolonged the San Jose Earthquakes' bittersweet trend. Th Earthquakes have yet to drop three points in front of their home crowd since week 31 of last season, but thanks to several undesirable come from behind last-minute draws, they haven't always secured maximum points either.

NY Derby, Sounders-Timbers headline U.S. Open Cup fourth round matchups

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MLS sides are set to enter the U.S. Open Cup, and several big-time matches have already been drawn for the competition's fourth round.

A New York Derby and Cascadia clash between the Portland Timbers and Seattle Sounders headline the list of fourth round pairings drawn on Thursday.

Early season road struggles continue for Dynamo with loss to Union

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Now 11 matches into the MLS season, the Houston Dynamolook like a top contender in the Western Conference, that is if we're just considering their home form.

The second-placed Dynamo have recorded all 19 of their points so far at BBVA Compass Stadium, but remained winless on the road following a 2-0 defeat against the Philadelphia Union on Wednesday evening.

Payne moves from Groningen to Excelsior in search of more playing time

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The silly season in Europe is upon us, and one of the first Americans to move is a prospect plying his trade in the Eredivisie.

Right back Desevio Payne has moved from FC Groningen to Excelsior pending a physical with his new club. The move comes after the fullback made sporadic appearances with Groningen, featuring just six times this season.

Melia, Fernandes step up to lead Sporting KC to big victory

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A high-power second half made for a Gerso Fernandes hat trick, clean sheet and table-topping win over the Seattle Sounders for Sporting KC on Wednesday night at Children's Mercy Park.

Fernandes emerged as Sporting's engine on the night a night in which usual scorer Dom Dwyer received few meaningful touches.

Report: PSV Eindhoven, Feyenoord possible loan landing spots for Miazga

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Matt Miazga shined during his loan spell at Vitesse, and it appears his performances will produce a temporary move to a bigger club.

According to Goal, Miazga will spend the 2017-18 season on loan away from Chelsea, although he is reportedly set to depart Vitesse. According to the report, fellow Dutch clubs PSV Eindhoven and Feyenoord are both among the options.

MLS Midweek Rewind: Week 12

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A handful of league matches took place on Wednesday as week 12 in MLS kicked off with some midweek action.

The Philadelphia Union continued to cruise as Fafa Picault and Chris Pontius led the hosts to a 2-0 win over the Houston Dynamo. (READ)

Nemanja Nikolic continued his hot streak as his brace plus David Accam's goal gave the Chicago Fire a 3-0 win over the Colorado Rapids.

Wright, McKennie called up to Schalke first team

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With the Bundesliga season coming to a close, two American youngsters may get a chance to impress on the final matchday of the campaign.

Schalke has called up Haji Wright and Weston McKennie from the Under-19 side to the first team ahead of the club's game against Alfredo Morales and Ingolstadt, which has already been relegated.

Three PDL sides record shock upsets in second round of U.S. Open Cup

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The second round of the 2017 U.S. Open Cup just wrapped up, and there have already been some major upsets in the early stages of the tournament.

Reading United, the Philadelphia Union's PDL affiliate, recorded one of the biggestupsets of the night as they defeated the defending NASLchampions, the New York Cosmos, 3-2, on Wednesday night.

Pontius 'comfortable' in new midfield role with Union

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CHESTER, PA The Philadelphia Union's resurgence over the last month has been nothing short of remarkable, and most of that is credit to the tactical shifts made by Jim Curtin.

With Alejandro Bedoya dropped back to his natural No. 8 position and Roland Alberg and then Ilsinho at the No.

Beckham group reveals new Miami stadium plan

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MLS in Miami received a big boost on Wednesday night, as Tim Leiweke unveiled a new stadium planat a town hall in the Overtown neighborhood.

The plan has been slightly retooled, but it will not include parking facilities asthe group wants to encourage the use of the metro system, water taxis and ride-sharing.

Wagner proud of 'ridiculous' Huddersfield Town run to promotion playoff final

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David Wagner can't even actually believe it. Sure, he had faith throughout the season and he certainly never doubted the character of his Huddersfield Town group. But, on the precipice of promotion, the former U.S. Men's National Team midfielder still finds it all a bit surreal.

"I'm sure we will enjoy and we know that we are now one game away from the Premier League," Wagner said, according to the Yorkshire Post.

Wondolowski rescues point for Earthquakes against Orlando

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SAN JOSE Like many games at Avaya Stadium this season, thedying minutes called for a San Jose Earthquakes' game-changing goal.

Chris Wondolowski tallied his fifth goal of the season on Wednesday night as the Earthquakes salvaged a point witha 1-1 draw against Orlando City at Avaya Stadium.

Thursday Kickoff: Sanchez, Griezmann, Herrera and more

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One Premier League star bashed critics of his manager while one La Liga star insisted he won't be leaving any time soon.

Alexis Sanchez hit out at "Wenger Out" protests, calling the movement to fire the Arsenal manager "very bad". (REPORT)

Antoine Griezmann says he has "no reason to leave" Atletico Madrid despite the reported rumors of his departure.

Union continue to cruise with victory over Dynamo

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CHESTER, PA There's no stopping the red-hot Philadelphia Union.

That's a line no one around Major League Soccer expected to say a month ago, but the Union are now on a four-game unbeaten run after a 2-0 win over the Houston Dynamo on Wednesday.

Fafa Picault scored for the second consecutive week and Chris Pontius dished out a pair of assists as the Union moved within one spot of the red line in the Eastern Conference.

Fernandes hat-trick sends Sporting KC past Sounders

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A new star attackerfor Sporting KC continued the team's home dominance and sent the Seattle Sounders even further down on the Western Conference table.

Sporting KC forward Gerso Fernandes fired a hat trick past the Sounders in a span of only 13 minutes as Sporting came away with the 3-0 win thanks to Fernandes' performance.

Nikolic continues to score as Fire cruise past overmatched Rapids

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The Chicago Fire picked up a statement win over the weekend, and they followed it with yet another resounding victory.

Facing off with a Colorado Rapids team that was coming off a win of their own, the Fire cruised en route to a 3-0 win at Toyota Park on Wednesday evening.

Real Salt Lake ends losing streak, scoreless streak with win over NYCFC

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Real Salt Lake ended their four-match losing streak, and their scoreless streak, Wednesday night in their 2-1 win over New York City FC.

NYCFC scored the opening goal off of the foot of Sean Okoli in the fourth minute, putting RSL in an early hole.

Atlanta United announces rescheduling of three matches at Mercedes-Benz Stadium

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Expansion side Atlanta United has announced the dates for matches at the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

The stadium, a joint venture between Atlanta United and the Atlanta Falcons, is slated to host Atlanta United on September 10. The team has announced that three of their matches near the end of the season will be rescheduled to be played at the stadium.

Omar Gonzalez training with Galaxy ahead of expected USMNT call-up

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Omar Gonzalez needs to stay in shape with World Cup qualifiers looming, and the Pachuca centerback has found a temporary training spot in a familiar place.

The LA Galaxy revealed that Gonzalez is training with the club ahead of an expected call-up to the U.S. Men's National Team for World Cup qualifying.

Soccer Wednesday: Your Running Commentary

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While a slew of midweek MLS matches headline the afternoon slate, European action kicks off Wednesday's schedule as several heavy-hitters take the field.

In Spain, Real Madrid continues the club's title push with a visit to Celta Vigo, knowing three points are necessary in the back-and-forth race with Barcelona.

Report: Orlando City open to potential Larin transfer

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Orlando City may be willing to cope without one of its star players if, and only if,the circumstances work out for all involved.

According to a report from Goal.com, Orlando is open to a potential transfer involving Cyle Larin, but only if the the dealis enticing enough. Larin hasreportedly drawn two formal bids in recent days,although the Canadian is not moving any time soon.

Trusty replaces Fossey on U.S. U-20 roster

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Shortly after announcing his roster, U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team head coach Tab Ramos said Auston Trusty would serve as an insurance policy. Due to a key injury, Ramos will use that insurance policy ahead of Monday's Under-20 World Cup opener.

U.S. Soccer announced on Wednesday that Trusty will replace fellow defender Marlon Fossey on the U.

San Diego State University ends negotiations with San Diego MLS group

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With San Diego State University pulling out of negotiations, San Diego is the latest MLS candidate to experience a surprise shift in their stadium landscape.

The University announced on Wednesday that negotiations had ended with the group behind the proposed Soccer City development on the current Qualcomm Stadium property.

U.S. Open Cup Look Ahead: Round 2

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The U.S. Open Cup jumps to 72 teams once again in round two as the NASL and USL join the fray.

After half of the Open Division teams were eliminated by their counterparts in round one, another 36 will be sent packing while a mix of 36 Open and Division Two teams advance to round three. The NASL and USL, as the joint-Division Two representatives, started their match-ups against their lower-division oppositionon Tuesday night and continue throughout the night on Wednesday.

MLS Week 12: A Midweek Look Ahead

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Major League Soccer opens up Week 12 with a battle of East versus West, starting in Philadelphia and ending in San Jose.

Four of the five clashes on Wednesday night feature teams from the East squaring off against Western foes with one key Western Conference matchup mixed into the bunch as well.

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

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In a clash of Americans with Premier League hopes, Danny Williams and Reading came out on top to continue their push for promotion.

Williams and Reading edged past Tim Ream and Fulham, 1-0, on Tuesday, booking their spot in the promotion playoff final. Both Americans played a full 90 minutes, but it was veteran strikerYann Kermorgant who buried a penalty kick early in the second half to send Reading through.

Wednesday Kickoff: Rodriguez, Lacazette, Falcao and more

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James Rodriguez continues to be at the center of transfer rumors, headlining Wednesday's news.

Despite reported links, James Rodriguez is reportedly not Manchester United's top transfer target. (REPORT)

Alexandre Lacazette acknowledged interest from Atletico Madrid while adding he is interested in leaving Lyon.

SBI MLS Power Rankings: Week 11

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FC Dallas is still the lone undefeated team in Major League Soccer, but Oscar Pareja's men have lost their grip on the top spot in the latest SBI MLS Power Rankings.

That spot belongs to red-hot Toronto FC, which pushed its winning streak to six matches to put a stranglehold on first place in the Eastern Conference.

Soccer Tuesday: Your Running Commentary

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On Wednesday the focus turns to England as teams face do-or-die matches across the top two divisions.

In the Premier League, Arsenal faces a must-win match against Sunderland as the Gunners hope for one final push for a Champions League spot. Entering the day, the Gunners trail Liverpool by four points with one game in hand.

Mexico names preliminary squad for World Cup qualifying, Confederations Cup

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Mexico faces several vital matches in the coming months as El Tri take on World Cup qualifying and the Confederations Cup. With that in mind, Juan Carlos Osorio unveiled an expanded squad featuring many of the national team's regulars.

Osorio revealed a 32-man squad on Tuesday as Mexico looks ahead to a pair of vital World Cup qualifiers.

Americans Abroad Midweek Preview: Williams, Ream, Corona and more

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Danny Williams and Tim Ream's push towards the Premier League continues on Tuesday.

After drawing, 1-1, in the first leg of their promotion playoff clash, Williams' Reading faces off with Ream's Fulham on Tuesday to determine who will head to Wembley Stadium with a Premier League spot on the line.

SBI Americans Abroad Player of the Week: Joe Corona

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Club Tijuana was in need of a spark, and it was Joe Corona who stepped up and provided it.

As the top seed entering the Liguilla, Xolos were down a goal to Morelia on aggregate following a 1-0 first leg defeat. With just three minutes until the halftime whistle, Corona provided the equalizing assist, earning him honors as SBI Americans Abroad Player of the Week.

SBI Spotlight: After overcoming career-threatening injury, Garza thriving with Atlanta United

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Throughout the many months he was away from the game, Greg Garza had one thought in mind. He was in agonizing pain, physically as well as mentally. A hip injury was set to rob him of at least a year, maybe more, putting his very livelihood at stake at one of the most important points in his career.

Hyndman expected to be fit in time for Bournemouth preseason

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Emerson Hyndman's recent injury caused a premature end to his time at Rangers, but Bournemouth is confident he'll be ready to go when it comes time to join up for preseason.

Cherries manager Eddie Howe says he is confident that Hyndman's foot injury will be properly healed in time for the start of preseason.

NYCFC Notes: McNamara, Pirlo, RSL and more

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It was an important night for Tommy McNamara. A regular in the starting XI the previous season, McNamara had been relegated to reserve duty with the additions of Rodney Wallace, Maxi Moralez, Alexander Ring and emerging teenager Yangel Herrera. With Herrera departing for the U-20 World Cup and Andrea Pirlo back home in New York, head coach Patrick Vieira plugged McNamara into the starting group at FC Dallas on Sunday night.

Tuesday Kickoff: Terry, Borussia Dortmund, Manchester United and more

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While he may have offers on the table, John Terry hasn't ruled out ending his career sooner than expected.

John Terry says he hasn't ruled out retirement after scoring in Chelsea's win over Watford on Monday night. (REPORT)

German federal prosecutors says they have determined that the attack on Borussia Dortmund's team bus was not done with a terrorist motive.

USL Rewind: San Antonio FC remains unbeaten, Battery top East, and more

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The busy USL weekend action washeadlined by both conference leaders remaining atop of their respective tables.With a goalless-draw against Seattle Sounders FC 2, San Antonio FC continues their unbeaten run nine games into the season to remainatop of the Western Conference table. In the East, Charleston Battery remained locked at the top of the table with their 2-0 victory over Saint Louis FC.

NASL Rewind: Miami FC stays atop table, Cosmos smash four past Puerto Rico, and more

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Home field advantage definitely proved to be a factor this past weekend as the top four teams all recorded victories in NASL action.

In Saturday's action, the North Carolina FC rolled to a comfortable 3-1 home win over the visiting Jacksonville Armada, while Miami FC held on for a 3-2 win over the Indy Eleven.

Sacramento MLS bid receives boost as ownership group acquires USL club

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Sacramento's MLS hopes took a giant step forward on Monday asSac Soccer & Entertainment Holdings, the ownership group who launched the city's bid, officially acquired the Sacramento Republic.

This deal means that the Republic will be a part of the MLS bid. Kevin Nagle, who leads thepurchasing group,revealed that the next two expansion cities will be chosen in September.

Red Bulls turn in uninspired performance in lopsided loss to Galaxy

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May has not been a kind month to the New York Red Bulls. They have played three games and have lost all of them, but this latest 3-1 defeat to the LA Galaxy at home was especially devastating.

Head coach Jesse Marsch referred to the loss as "the worst performance" at Red Bull Arena since he was hired by New York in 2015.

Report: Boston attorney Gans considering challenging Gulati for U.S. Soccer presidency

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For the past three elections, Sunil Gulati has run opposed for the role of U.S. Soccer president, but it appears he may finally face a challenger in the next election.

Speaking to the Washington Post,Steven Gans, a Boston attorney who has worked in soccer in a variety of different roles, says he is considering running in the next election.

LA Galaxy correct course in win against the New York Red Bulls

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Curt Onalfo's tenure as coach of the LA Galaxy did not get off to a splendid start. With two wins in their opening eight matches, the team was putting in lackluster performances, a crisis emerging for the five-time MLS Cup champions.

Yet, after scoring two second half goals in a come-from-behind draw against the Chicago Fire last week, the Galaxy were finally able to get back to winning ways with a dynamic 3-1 win over the New York Red Bulls on Sunday, their first win since beating the Montreal Impact on April 7.

The Best of MLS: Week 11

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In a busy week across MLS play, a Toronto FC forward stepped up to earn his side six points while one of the league's big stars scores a sublime goal.

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

PLAYER OF THE WEEK

With two late game-winning goals in as many games, Tosaint Ricketts deserved plenty of credit for keeping Toronto FC's six-game winning streak alive.

Giovinco, Hagglund set to miss time for Toronto FC

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Toronto FC's depth has helped the club earn six straight wins, vaulting the club to the top of the Eastern Conference. Now, that depth is about to be tested in a major way due to a pair of big injuries to crucialstarters.

Sebastian Giovinco is set to miss three weeks after being diagnosed with a quad strain, depriving TFC of the club's top goalscorer and creator.

MLS Weekend Rewind: Week 11

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There was plenty to see across a busy week in MLS, as plenty of goals were scored across the league.

The Houston Dynamo continued to roll with a 2-1 win over the Vancouver Whitecaps. (READ)

Toronto FC edged Minnesota United, 3-2, as Tosaint Ricketts played hero once again.

Americans Abroad Weekend Rewind: Ream, Williams, Horvath and more

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The English Championship playoffs kicked off over the weekend as a clash betweenAmericans ended in a draw.

Tim Ream and Danny Williams both went a full 90 minutes as Fulham and Reading played to a 1-1 draw in the first leg of their promotion playoff clash. David Wagner and Huddersfield Town also earned a draw in their semifinal match, playing to a scoreless tie with Sheffield Wednesday.

Rare Caldwell goal provides spark for slumping Revolution

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FOXBOROUGH Defensive midfielder Scott Caldwell doesn't score often, but his fourth-minutegoal for the New England Revolution in Saturday night's 4-0 victoryover Real Salt Lake was a rallying cry for a Revs team that entered the match mired in a four-game winless streak.

Monday Kickoff: Sanchez, Coutinho, Toure and more

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A trio of Premier League stars headline Monday's news.

Alexis Sanchez is questionable for Arsenal's must-win clash with Sunderland on Tuesday. (REPORT)

Phillipe Coutinho sayshe is "happy" with reported interest from Barcelona, but remains focused on leading Liverpool to the Champions League.

Atlanta United grabs road draw with Timbers

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Heading into Providence Park is always a tough task, but Atlanta United proved up to it by snagging a difficult away point.

Julian Gressel and Liam Ridgewell provided goals on Sunday afternoon as Atlanta United earned a 1-1 draw with the Portland Timbers at Providence Park.

Alessandrini leads Galaxy to resounding victory over Red Bulls

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The LA Galaxy's rough start has been widely discussed but, on Sunday, they became the first team to go into Red Bull Arena and emerge with three points in hand thanks to their major offseason signing.

The Galaxy became the first team to record a win at Red Bull Arena, beating the New York Red Bulls, 3-1, on Sunday.

Sunday European Rewind: Tottenham edges Man United, Roma tops Juventus, and more

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Since 1899, Tottenham called White Hart Lane its homewinning their only top-flight title there in 1951. On Sunday, the Spurs played their final match there, defeating Manchester United, 2-1.

A 48th-minute finish from leading scorer Harry Kane proved to be the difference between the two sides.

McNamara goal secures NYCFC a draw against FC Dallas

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Both teams were tough throughout but a strong second half performance from New York City FC assured that the points would be shared between themselves and FC Dallas on Sunday.

While there were goals in the 1-1 tie, this was a night for the goalkeepers in Dallas.

Arena hopes to bring in Dwyer before the end of the summer

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Dom Dwyer just recently became eligible to represent the U.S. on the international level, and it didn't take long for Bruce Arena to reveal his plans for the Sporting KC forward.

Speaking at a press conference in Orlando, the U.S. Men's National Team coach says he'd like to bring Dwyer in by the end of the summer.

Onyewu continues to prove doubters wrong in return to field

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WASHINGTON D.C Everything has gone against Oguchi Onyewu over the last few years. On Saturday night, inside a stadium that holds plenty of significance to the player, those fortunes were finally reversed.

The 35-year-old center back scored his first goal in three years on Saturday night in the Philadelphia Union's 4-0 trouncing of D.

Union trample D.C. United for second straight win

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WASHINGTON D.C. This is the Philadelphia Union team manyexpected to see at the start of the season.

The Union continued to put their early-season struggles behind them with a 4-0 win over D.C. United at RFK Stadium in Saturday that handed them a two-game winning streak and four-game unbeaten run.

Blessing double earns Sporting KC a draw in Orlando

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Some Orlando City fans were probably disappointed to see suspended Sporting KC striker and one-time Lions loanee standout Dom Dwyer miss Saturday night's clash between Orlando City and SKC. Far more Lions fans left Orlando City Stadium dejected at what Dwyer's replacement was able to do.

Latif Blessing scored both goals, including a 73rd-minute equalizer, to help Sporting KC earn a 2-2 draw.

Revolution score four in first half to trounce Real Salt Lake

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FOXBOROUGH The New England Revolution hadn't won in a month entering Saturday night and the Revs offense decided enough was enough.

Lee Nguyen, Kei Kamara and Diego Fagundez each had a goal and an assist to power the hosts to a 4-0 victory over Real Salt Lakeat Gillette Stadium.

Fire thump Sounders with three second half goals

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The first half was back and forth to say the least, but the second half left little doubt in a massive Chicago Fire win.

Led by a trio of second half goals, the Fire thumped the Seattle Sounders, 3-1, at Toyota Park on Saturday night. The win is just the Fire's second over the Sounders since the latter's entry into the league.

Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

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Spain's two title challenges both take the field on Sunday while English action sees two of the league's elite collide with major implications for one side.

Tottenham's title hopes ended on Friday as Chelsea clinched the league crown, but Manchester United has plenty to play for when the two collide on Sunday.

Meram hat-trick lifts Crew to thrilling win over Impact

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After losing to Toronto FC on Wednesday, the Columbus Crew managed avenge their loss by defeating a different Canadian opposition.

Despite an electric comeback by the Montreal Impact in the second half, Justin Meram had a hat-trick afternoon with a third goal in stoppage time to beat the Canadian side, 3-2.

Rapids end losing streak in big win over Quakes

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The Colorado Rapids ended their five-match losing streak on Saturdaym and they did so in a big way.

The Rapids picked up a much-needed win on Saturday, defeating the San Jose Earthquakes, 3-0, at Dick's Sporting Goods Park. The win marks the first for the Rapids since they defeated the New England Revolution in their season opener back on March 4.

TFC tops Minnesota United in five-goal thriller

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Toronto FC and Minnesota United have proven their attacking chops at various points throughout the MLS season but, on Saturday, it was the former that emerged victorious in a five-goal shootout.

Tosaint Ricketts scored once again, his third goal of the week, leading Toronto FC to a 3-2 win over Minnesota United at BMO Field.

Saturday European Rewind: Chelsea clinch title, Bayern stuns RB Leipzig, and more

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Following a disappointing 2015-16, Chelsea clinched their sixth top-flight title on Friday, defeating West Bromwich Albion 1-0 at the Hawthorns.

Asit looked the Blues would have to wait a little while longer to lift the crown,Michy Batshuayi had other ideas, scoring after 82 minutes to give Chelsea the win.

Dynamo continue to roll with home win over Whitecaps

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It got a bit dicey at the end, but the Houston Dynamo did just enough to keep their hot home start rolling.

Goals from Alberth Elis and Erick 'Cubo' Torres paved the way for the Dyanmo in a 2-1 win over the Vancouver Whitecaps at BBVAA Compass Stadium.

MLS Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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It's a busy Saturday of MLS play, headlined by a clash between one Eastern Conference contender and one Western Conference contender.

Mired in a bit of a funk by their standards, Orlando City plays host to Sporting KC in an enticing matchup of two of the young season's best teams.

This Weekend's Soccer on TV

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The title race continues inSpain, headlining this weekend's soccer action.

In Spain, Barcelona and Real Madrid continue to jockey for the top spot in La Liga with just a few games remaining. As things stand, Real Madrid is level with Barcelona with a game in hand as they face Sevilla while Barca take on Las Palmas in their weekend match.

European Weekend Preview: Tottenham hosts Man United, Juventus travel to Roma, and more

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Even with a few weeks remaining across Europe's top domestic leagues, that doesn't see the mouth-watering fixtures come to an end.

In England, Tottenham welcomes Manchester United to White Hart Lane on Sunday. Mauricio Pochettino's side isstill look for a top-two finish and would like to continue their recent dominance at home.

Le Toux still 'disappointed' over Union exit

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At a club where little success has been had, there is one legendary player who made a mark with the Philadelphia Union.

Unfortunately, Sebastien Le Toux was not treated with the same respect by the organization itself last year, as he was shipped off to the Colorado Rapids in August for allocation money.

USL Week 8: A Look Ahead

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The spotlight is on the top third of the Eastern Conference this weekend in the USL, as the Tampa Bay Rowdies and Louisville City FC face off on Saturday night. Also in the East is a pair of bottom-of-the-table clashes that could help the winning side gain momentum.

Out in the Western Conference, it's all about San Antonio FC right now.

NASL Week 8: A Look Ahead

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The week's NASL news was headlined by the announcement of a new expansion team, but there are some big games to be played over the weekend as one second-year club looks to keep their hold on first place.

Miami FC sits atop the table heading into a home match against Indy Eleven. The Eleven have drawn each and every match played thus far, but they'll certainly face a test in the form of Miami FC's high-powered attack.

MLS Look Ahead: Week 11

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There's plenty of juicy Major League Soccer matches to satisfy your palette this weekend, with high-profile clashes littered across Saturday and Sunday.

Bastian Schweinsteiger takes the national stage on Saturday night at home against the Seattle Sounders and Sunday's triple-header features some of the best national TV matchups of the year to date, with New York City FC's trip to FC Dallas concluding the weekend.

Wood playing on with aid of painkillers as Hamburg faces relegation threat

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Bobby Wood is doing his best to lead Hamburg's attack, but it's certainly not easy for the U.S. Men's National Team forward.

Hamburg manager Marcus Gisdol revealed that Wood is playing through a knee injury, requiring the aid of painkillers as the club faces a relegation fight. With just two games remaining, Hamburg currently sits in 16th, which would see the clubface a relegation playoff.

Friday Kickoff: Ibrahimovic, Hazard, Barcelona and more

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News continues to emerge about the potential playing future of Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic's doctor says the forward can play on for "many years" despite his recent surgery. (REPORT)

Eden Hazard says it is his goal to win the Ballon D'Or while at Chelsea. (REPORT)

Barcelona announced a collaboration with Georgetown University as they look to find new ways to grow their brand in the U.

Earthquakes riding boosted confidence into latest road trip

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SAN JOSE, Calif.- In a young season that has already seen some ups and downs, the San Jose Earthquakes are in the midst of another high, and head into the weekend confident this one will last longer than the last one.

The Earthquakes have had a pair of two-game winning streaks book-end a six-match winless slide, and after their impressive win over the Portland Timbers, the Earthquakes are looking like a different team.

League rescinds Alonso yellow, suspends Delem following case of 'mistake identity'

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The Seattle Sounders will be without Jordy Delem when they take on the Chicago Fire this weekend thanks to a mixup in their last match.

Delem'sretroactive suspension was issued by the MLS Disciplinary Committee Thursday. During the Sounders' game against Toronto FC, a yellow card was mistakenlyissued to midfielder Ozzie Alonso instead of Delem in the 46th minute.

Americans Abroad Weekend Preview: Ream, Williams, Wood and more

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It's a weekend of playoffs as Americans in England and Mexico battle high-stakes and, in some cases, familiar faces.

The English Championship promotion playoffs begin on Saturday as Danny Williams and Reading face off with Tim Ream and Fulham in the first leg of their semifinal clash. David Wagner, meanwhile, leads Huddersfield Town on Sunday for a match against Sheffield Wednesday.

Galaxy fullback Robbie Rogers placed on Season Ending Injury list

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Bad news simply got worse for Robbie Rogers and the LA Galaxy.

According to the Galaxy, Rogers has been placed on the MLS Season Ending Injury list. The defender has undergone three foot surgeries in the past 16 months but sustained nerve damage due to an injection used in the latest operation.

NYCFC Notes: Finding balance; Herrera departs for U-20 World Cup and more

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Patrick Vieira revealed at the beginning of the season that he is adjusting his principles and will permit more direct service out of the back to counter the unwieldy pressure supplied by some of their opponents – especially in the undersized confines at New York City FC's home, Yankee Stadium.

Europa League Semifinals: Your Running Commentary

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The UEFA Champions League final is officially set, and on Thursday, the two finalists for the UEFA Europa League will be determined in a pair of semifinal second legs.

After earning a narrow 1-0 win over Celta Vigo in the opening leg of their semifinal clash, Manchester United returns home to Old Trafford as they look to seal advancement past the Spanish side.

Report: NASL files suit against the Fort Lauderdale Strikers' ownership

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The woes continue for the Fort Lauderdale Strikers.

According to Empire of Soccer, the NASL filed a crossclaim against Miami FC, LLC, the corporate entity of the Strikers' ownership group for any excess in the club's assets. The crossclaim is part of a lawsuit from Tampa Bay Rowdies owner Bill Edwards to recoup loan fees extended to the club.

SBI MLS Power Rankings: Week 10

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An upset victory marked the moment of the weekend in week 10 of MLS action, while a few top teams had terrible weeks.

The Philadelphia Union are the story of the week after seizing their first win of the season against the New York Red Bulls.

USL D3 VP visits five potential expansion cities in Southeast

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There's no doubt there's interest in the recently announced USL Division III and the league's brass has wasted no time exploring potential expansion candidates.

USL Division 3 vice president Steven Short recently took a trip to the Southeast to take a look at five potential franchise candidates.

Report: Galaxy target Jonathan dos Santos' father won't rule out move

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Jonathan dos Santos could be on the move this summer and there is much speculationas to where he may go.

The versatilemidfielder featured relevantly for Villarreal scoring three goals and collecting three assists across 44 appearances in all competitions. dos Santos is under contract untilJune 2019, accordingto the midfielder's father,a move away from the club isn't out of the question.

Schalke 'surprised' by Ramos criticism

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Following the release of the U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team roster for the upcoming World Cup, many were left surprised by the absence of Weston McKennie and Nick Taitague. The two Schalke stars figured to be key members of the squad, but neither was on the roster.

On Tuesday, head coach Tab Ramos let his feelings be known, revealing that Schalke refused to let the two join their national team.

Six matches go to penalty kicks in first round of U.S. Open Cup

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The U.S. Open Cup began this week with teams from the lower divisions fighting for a chance to become giant killers in the second round.

PDL side South Florida Surf won the only game on Tuesday by a 4-2 scored over Red Force from Florida. The majority of Wednesday's clashes featured clashes from the teams in the same state or region.

Gulati 'pleased' as FIFA approves fast-tracking of 2026 World Cup process

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North America won't have exclusive bidding rights to the 2026 World Cup, but FIFA did approve the fast-tracking process to determine hosting duty, making the path a bit easier for the combined bid from the U.S., Canada and Mexico.

At Wednesday's FIFA congress, FIFA officially approved the fast-tracking process with ninety-three percent of the 209 members voting in favor of the plan.

Must-See Goal: Alex Harlley

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- Atlanta Silverbacks (@ATLSilverbacks) May 11, 2017


Thursday Kickoff: Rooney, Coutinho, FIFA and more

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Transfer rumors continue to swirl as the season winds to a close while two older stars aren't looking to far into the future.

Wayne Rooney reiterated that he wants to remain at Manchester United. (REPORT)

FIFA president Gianni Infantino hit out at the "fake news and alternative facts" that continue to swirl around the organization.

Fabian Johnson signs new deal with Borussia Monchengladbach

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Fabian Johnson has found plenty of success with Borussia Monchengladbach, and the U.S. Men's National Team star won't be leaving the club any time soon.

Monchengladbach announced on Thursday that Johnson has signed a new deal that will keep him at the club until 2020. The move comes just a few days after the winger said he was hoping to extend his stay with the German club in pursuit of European glory.

Late Ricketts goals lead TFC to comeback victory over Crew

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Toronto FC entered Wednesday's match with the Columbus Crew winners of four straight and, for about 80 minutes, it didn't look possible that that streak could get to five. Then, Toisiant Ricketts struck.

The TFC forward fired a pair of goals within the last 10 minutes, leading his side to a 2-1 win over the Crew on Wednesday at MAPFRE Stadium.

UCL Wednesday Rewind: Real Madrid closes the door on Atletico, return to final

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Defending UEFA Champions League winners Real Madrid booked their spot back inthe final with a 2-1 losson Wednesday to claim a 4-2 aggregate victoryover rivals Atletico Madrid.

Zinedine Zidane's side used a first-half goal from Isco to pull away from their city rivals at the Vicente Calderon.

NASL expands to Orange County in 2018

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The NASL has made it's first expansion move since the departure of several teams and the addition of the San Francisco Deltas this year.

The league announced the addition of Orange County to the fold, with the team set to begin play in the Spring of 2018. The expansion franchise will be owned and operated by Orange County-based entrepreneur Pete Capriotti, owner of Cotti Foods, and will make its home in the 10,000 seat Titan Stadium at California State University, Fullerton.

MLS Midweek Preview: Crew, TFC face off in battle of Eastern Conference contenders

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Toronto FC has lost just once this season and now, in the midst of an overwhelming run of games, the MLS Cup runners-up get a chance at some revenge against a fellow Eastern Conference contender.

Winners of four straight, TFC visits the Columbus Crew on Wednesday in the Canadian club's third match in an eight-day run.

Soccer Wednesday: Your Running Commentary

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While a UEFA Champions League semifinal headlines the day, it's not the only big match on the schedule.

Real Madrid's spot in the UEFA Champions League final is all but safe following a 3-0 first leg win over crosstown rivals Atletico Madrid, but Cristiano Ronaldo and co. will need to take care of business in the return leg.

SBI Spotlight: Maryland star Williamson ready to represent U.S. at U-20 World Cup

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Surrounded by some of the top young professionals in the U.S. Soccer pool, it's easy for U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team midfielder Eryk Williams to be overlooked. It's something he's been dealing with his whole life as he grew up battling some of the country's most highly-touted prospects in the pressure-cooker that is the D.

USWNT to host Australia, Brazil, Japan for 2017 Tournament of Nations

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The U.S. Women's National Team has a new plan for empty summers, starting with a 2017 tournament featuring several heavy-hitters.

U.S. Soccer announced Wednesday that the USWNT will host a Tournament of Nations in non-World Cup/Olympic summers.

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

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The 2017 Clausura Liguilla quarterfinals begin midweek as several Americans look to help push their club towards a Liga MX crown.

After finish atop the table through the 17-game Clausura campaign, the American contingent at Tijuana will look to make a push through the Liguilla. Paul Arriola, Joe Corona and co.

SBI Question of the Day: Which MLS newcomer is off to the best start?

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We are more than a quarter of the way through the 2017 MLS season. As always, there are some surprise teams and standout players, many of whom are new to the league this year.

Atlanta United and Minnesota United have provided the league with some extra attacking quality.

Report: Liga MX vs. MLS competition to be approved this month

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Liga MX and MLS teams could be playing each other a lot more in the near future.

According to ESPN, Atlas president Gustavo Guzman says that Liga MX owners may approve a new competition between the two leagues this month. Both leaguescurrently play in the CONCACAF Champions League, but sinceMexican clubs cannot participate in the Copa Libertadores anymore, there is a hunger for more meaningful games.

Lichaj recognized as Nottingham Forest Player of the Season

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Eric Lichaj helped Nottingham Forest stave off relegation, and the American defender's efforts have been rewarded with a special honor.

The club announced on Wednesday that Lichaj has been honored as Nottingham Forest Player of the Season for his contributions. The fullback collected over 40 percent of the fan vote, beating out Ben Osborn and David Vaughn for the honors.

Wednesday Kickoff: Pogba, Dortmund, Wenger and more

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Paul Pogba's move to Manchester United has drawn the attention of FIFA several months later while one big-name manager could be on the move.

FIFA is investigating Paul Pogba's transfer from Juventus to Manchester United. (REPORT)

Borussia Dortmund manager Thomas Tuchel offered no guarantees on his future with the club.

Despite key absences, Ramos happy with U.S. squad bound for U-20 World Cup

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Tab Ramos understands the frustration better than anybody. He knows there are several players, several big names, missing from his U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team roster. He's fought the usual battles, made the usual concessions but, even still, the U.S. is missing some potential contributors.

But, make no mistake: Ramos is as confident as ever in the group he has been able to assemble for the upcoming Under-20 World Cup.

UCL Tuesday Rewind: Juventus defeats Monaco to book spot in final

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After a strong first leg showing in Monaco a week ago, Juventus took care of business on Tuesday to book a spot in the UEFA Champions League final.

Juventuscruised to a 2-1 victory over Monaco on Tuesday, sealing a 4-1 aggregate triumph that books the club's spot in the tournament finale.

FIFA rejects exclusivity for U.S., Canada, Mexico World Cup bid

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The joint 2026 World Cup bid from the U.S., Canada and Mexico remains the favorite to earn hosting rights, but the North American countries experienced a minor hurdle on Tuesday afternoon.

At Tuesday's FIFA Council meeting, it was decided that other nations would be given until August to bid on the right to host the 2026 World Cup.

Carter-Vickers, Zelalem, Sargent headline U.S. roster for U-20 World Cup

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Several big names have joined the U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team ahead of the upcoming U-20 World Cup.

Cameron Carter-Vickers, Gedion Zelalem and Josh Sargent headline the crop of new faces joining the U.S. U-20s for the upcoming World Cup, which runs fromMay 20-June 11 in South Korea.

Juventus vs. Monaco: Your Running Commentary

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A spot in the UEFA Champions League final is on the line Tuesday, but Monaco will surely need something special if they hope to overcome a big deficit heading into the second leg of their clash with Juventus.

Monaco will look to turn around a 2-0 deficit to Juventus in Tuesday's second leg clash at Juventus Stadium.

U.S. Under-17 Men's National Team: The SBI Breakdown

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The U.S. Under-17 Men's National Team's run through World Cup qualifying ended in an odd combination of both success and heartbreak. On one hand, they accomplished their goal of qualifying for this fall's tournament. On the other, the lost the regional crown in heartbreaking fashion, falling in penalty kicks to rival Mexico.

MLS Ticker: Dzemaili joins Impact, Revs bring back Koffie and more

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The final day of the transfer window produced a light amount of news, but there was one significant signing announced, one that came from the Montreal Impact.

The Impact officially announced the loan of Swiss international Blerim Dzemaili from Bologna. The 31-year-old will take up a Designated Player spot on the Impactroster.

Jermaine Jones sidelined with knee injury

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With World Cup qualifiers looming, Jermaine Jones is set to miss extended time with a knee injury.

The LA Galaxy announced that Jones is set to miss three-to-four weeks after suffering an MCL sprain in a 2-2 draw against the Chicago Fire over the weekend. The timeline would see him return just before the U.

UCL Preview: Atletico look for comeback against Real Madrid, Monaco travels to Juventus

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Following an exciting weekend in Europe's domestic action, four sides resume their fight this week for a place in the UEFA Champions League final.

In the first leg at the Santiago Bernabeu, Cristiano Ronaldo propelled defending champions, Real Madrid to a first leg win over Atletico Madrid.

Tuesday Kickoff: Wenger, Costa, Cavani and more

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Rumors continue to swirl around one of the Premier League's top managers while one striker insists his future has yet to be decided.

Arsene Wenger ruled out working with a sporting director at Arsenal. (REPORT)

Diego Costa insists it's not a foregone conclusion that he will sign in China this summer.

Report: USL looking to expand in Baltimore and other markets

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The rapid growth of the USL doesn't seem to ending anytime soon.

According to the Washington Post, eight markets have submitted applications to join the USL by either 2019 or 2020 at the latest. Those markets include Las Vegas, Birmingham, Baltimore and Fresno. Nashville applied and has already earned a spot in the league for the 2018 season.

Guzan, Middlesbrough relegated from Premier League with loss to Chelsea

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For the second straight season, Brad Guzan finds himself on a team relegated from the Premier League.

Middlesbrough wasguaranteed relegation to the EFL Championship after suffering a 3-0 defeat at league-leaders Chelsea on Monday afternoon. Guzan started in-goal on Monday, seeing efforts from Diego Costa, Marcos Alonso, and Nemanja Matic beat him to the back of the net.

SBI Americans Abroad Player of the Week: DeAndre Yedlin

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DeAndre Yedlin faced plenty of questions heading into his debut season with Newcastle and, even long before this past weekend, the U.S. Men's National Team fullback answered many of them. But on Sunday, Yedlin and Newcastle secured something remarkable: a league title.

Yedlin provided an assist on Newcastle's first of three goals in what ended up as a 3-0 win over Barnsley.

Report: Miami Beckham United ready to move forward with Overtown site

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Since the proposed Miami MLS expansion team led by David Beckham announced the addition of Dodgers co-owner Todd Boehly, the cogs have started to turn for the long-stalled franchise.

After the addition of Boehly, the team finally closed its search for investors and is reportedly in good shape financially, reports the Miami Herald.

MLS Week 10: The SBI Breakdown

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Week 10 was one of those odd weeks in Major League Soccer where almost every victorious team recorded a clean sheet. New York City FC was the only winner to concede a goal over the weekend, while Toronto FC gave up one tally on Wednesday night. Other than that, all the losers were shutout, although there was one draw on Saturday night between the LA Galaxy and Chicago Fire.

Soccer Monday: Your Running Commentary

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It's a quiet Monday afternoon this week in worldwide soccer, but not a silent one.

In the Premier League, Chelsea look to solidify their hold on the title as they take on Brad Guzan and Middlesbrough. The Blues currently sit four points clear of Tottenham and can expand that to seven with just three left to play with a win.

CONCACAF announces new Scotiabank CONCACAF League

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In continuation of their expansion of the CONCACAF Champions League, the confederation announced a new tournament to serve as qualification for smaller countries in Central America and the Caribbean.

The newly announced Scotiabank CONCACAF League will be a 16-team tournament, the champion of which qualifies for the next year's Champions League.

Canadian Premier League with teams in Winnipeg, Hamilton officially announced

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After long speculation, it has officially been announced that Canada will be getting its own professional soccer league.

While MLS, the USL, and the NASL already have a presence, there was has been no Canadian top flight league since the collapse of the Canadian Soccer League in 1992.The Canadian Premier League was approved by a unanimousvote at2017 Annual Meeting of the Members of Canada Soccer and will seek to begin play with a truncated schedule in August 2018.

Sargent, Durkin, Garces among U.S. players named to CONCACAF U-17 Best XI

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The U.S. Under-17 Men's National Team lost Sunday's CONCACAF U-17 Championship final to Mexico but there group left a big impression on the tournament's Best XI.

A total of five Americans were named to the Best XI following the completion of the 2017 CONCACAF Under-17 Championship, which saw Mexico top the U.

Timbers 'missed' Valeri and Nagbe in shutout loss to Earthquakes

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SAN JOSE, Calif.- Diego Valeri and Darlington Nagbe were missed as the Portland Timbers crumbled at Avaya Stadium on Saturday night against the San Jose Earthquakes, suffering their second shutout of the season in the form of a 3-0 defeat.

After falling down a goal in the eighth minute, the incomplete Timbers' were unable toshowcase any attacking cohesion against the Quakes on Saturday night.

Orlando City Stadium to host USMNT- Panama in October WCQ

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Long rumored, now official. The U.S. Men's National Team is coming to Orlando City Stadium.

The USMNT will host their Oct. 6 World Cup Qualifier against Panama at Orlando City's new stadium, the team officially announced. The stadium, which has rapidly gained a reputation as one of the best in MLS, will host its first major external event and the first, but likely not last, USMNT appearance.

After feeling sting of late loss to Mexico, U.S. U-17s look forward to World Cup

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The U.S. Under-17 Men's National Team met their goal. After cruising through the first five games of the CONCACAF U-17 Championships, the U.S. is bound for this fall's World Cup, where they can now test themselves against the very best in the world.

Still, that doesn't make Sunday's defeat any easier.

Best of MLS Week 10: Toronto FC, Sapong, Danladi and more

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Week 10 of the MLS regular season produced somesurprising results, and some powerful performances.

The Houston Dynamo took on Orlando City on Saturday as the Lions entered as the league's hottest team. That didn't stop the Dynamo from running all over them en route to a 4-0 victory.

MLS Weekend Rewind: Week 10

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Week 10 of MLS action provide a few surprises, including one team earning their first win, and the league's hottest team dropping two on the road.

Sporting Kansas City opened the action in midweek play with a 2-0 victory over the New York Red Bulls thanks to Dom Dwyer.

Atlanta United facing first true period of adversity

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Through the first month or so of the MLS season, Atlanta United lived up to, and perhaps even exceeded, the hype. They played free-flowing soccer thanks to their trio of South American Designated Players and as goal after goal soared in, the results followed.

Now, those goals have dried up and the wins have rapidly turned to losses.

USL Rewind: Orange County SC wins big, Sounders 2 roll in Cascadia clash and more

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The weekend of action in USL washeadlined by quite a few lopsided results. Out of 10 games, six were won by two goals or more. The other four resulted in two draws and a pair of 1-0 wins. Three teams were able to win by three or more goals as the playoff contenders began to establish themselves.

Americans Abroad Weekend Rewind: Yedlin, Brooks, Ream and more

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While one American was able to get his hands on a title on Sunday, two others sealed their spot in a playoff with statement wins.

DeAndre Yedlin and Newcastle United wrapped up the English Championship title on Sunday in what proved a busy day for Americans within the league. Tim Ream and Fulham sealed their spot in the promotion playoff with a win while Danny Williams and Reading locked up a third-place finish with a victory of their own.

Slumpbusting win just the first step for the Union

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CHESTER, PA With every goal C.J. Sapong scored on Saturday night came a bigger sigh of relief from the forward himself, his Philadelphia Union teammates and the crowd at Talen Energy Stadium.

Sapong bagged his first-career hat-trick over an 11-minute span to power the Union to a 3-0 victory over the New York Red Bulls.

Highlights: U.S. U-17s 1(4), Mexico 1(5)

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Monday Kickoff: Ibrahimovic, Dortmund, Club America and more

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The recovery process is in full swing for Zlatan Ibrahimovic while one major club could be experiencing a divide between coach and front office.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic's agent, Mino Raiola, says doctors are stunned by the forward's progress following knee surgery. (REPORT)

Borussia Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke revealed a "disagreement" with manager Thomas Tuchel following the attack on the club's bus, furthering rumors of a rift between the two.

Sunday European Rewind: Arsenal beats Man United, Roma stomps AC Milan, and more

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Arsenal improved their hopes of a top-four finish in the English Premier League after a 2-0 victory over Manchester United on Sunday.

Arsene Wenger's side used a pair of second-half goals to defeat the Red Devils at the Emirates Stadium. Granit Xhaka's long-range attempt after 54 minutes put the Gunners ahead, 1-0, following a scoreless first half.

U-17s fall to Mexico in penalty kicks in CONCACAF final

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The U.S. Under-17 Men's National Team was just moments away from winning the CONCACAF U-17 Championships. A late equalizer and the ensuing penalty kicks saw ended that dream, as the team's biggest rival completed a late-game push to end the U.S. team's perfect run through the tournament in Sunday's finale.

Rapid-fire goals lead NYCFC to win over Atlanta United

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NEW YORK Sunday's match between New York City FC and Atlanta United was billed as a clash of two of the most potent attacks in MLS. It lived up to the hype in that regard, at least for one team.

NYCFC rode second half goals from Rodney Wallace and Maxi Moralez to a 3-1 win on Sunday at Yankee Stadium, earning the club their second straight win.

Minnesota United stuns Sporting KC for home win

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Minnesota United has provided plenty of ups and downs to start their MLS tenure, but Sunday's effort may have been the biggest surprise yet.

Led by a pair of assists from Miguel Ibarra and a goal from highly-touted rookie Abu Danladi, the Loons took down Sporting KC, 2-0, at TCF Bank Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

Hyndman could miss rest of season with foot injury

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Emerson Hyndman's time at Rangers has been largely successful, but it appears that time could end on a sour note thanks to a recent injury.

Rangers manager Pedro Caixina revealed on Saturdaythat Hyndman could miss the rest of the season due to a foot injury. The midfielder sat out Rangers' 2-1 win over Partick Thistle on Sunday.

Yedlin, Newcastle top Barnsley to win Championship title

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DeAndre Yedlin's first season with Newcastle ended with a return to the Premier League and a title in hand.

Newcastle defeated Barnsley, 3-0, on Sunday to claim this season's Championship title. The club had already sealed a return to the Premier League and Sunday's win saw the club finish top of the table, edging Brighton & Hove Albion by one point.

FC Dallas cruises to comfortable road win over RSL

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FC Dallas went into Rio Tinto Stadium on Saturday night and thoroughly dominated Real Salt Lake, earning their second road victory of the season, 3-0.

Maxi Urruti knocked home a pair of strikes for Oscar Pareja's men, while Matt Hedges chipped in a tally of his own in the rout.

The visitors did not waste any time to get on the score sheet—not without a dose of controversy however.

Pair of goals from Wondo helps Quakes past Timbers

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The San Jose Earthquakes carried the momentum from their road win over Minnesota United a week ago into Saturday night to down the Portland Timbers 3-0.

The win extends San Jose's unbeaten home streak to five matches (3-0-2). Portland's recent struggles continue as it has now won just one of its last four.

Saturday European Rewind: Borussia Dortmund edges Hoffenheim, Barcelona cruises past Villarreal, and more

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The must-watch match across Europe on Saturday took place in Germany, as hosts Borussia Dortmund held off Hoffenheim 2-1 at Signal Iduna Park.

Thomas Tuchel's side knew a victory on Saturday would leapfrog them into third place over their opponents, in the race for next season's Champions League.

Sapong hat-trick helps Union snap long winless slide with rout of Red Bulls

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CHESTER, PA The Philadelphia Union's 16-game regular-season winless streak has ended.

C.J. Sapong recorded a second-half hat-trick to lead the Union to a 3-0 victory over the New York Red Bulls on Saturday at Talen Energy Stadium. The win is the Union's first sincea 2-0 over Sporting Kansas City onAugust 27, 2016.

Tabla strike lifts Impact to win over D.C. United

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The Montreal Impact bounced back from a tough 2-1 loss against Canadian rivals Vancouver a week ago, to defeat D.C. United 1-0 at RFK Stadium Saturday night.

A 13th-minute goal from BallouTabla proved to be the difference as the visitors left the nation's capital with all three points. The 18-year-old's long-range strike was the first shot on goal for either side, as it beat D.

Kamara and Steffen shine to help Crew top Revs

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The Columbus Crew went back to their winning ways on Saturday, beating the New England Revolution, 2-0, at MAPFRE Stadium on Saturday.

The game's first goal went the home team's way, with Justin Meram finding Ola Kamara outside of the penalty area. Kamara then darted into the penalty area, sending the ball into the top right corner of the goal to give his team the lead in the 13th minute.

No Cubo, no problem as Torres-less Dynamo trounce Orlando City

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When Erick 'Cubo' Torres was ruled out of the Houston Dynamo's match against Orlando City on Saturday, the initial thought was that the Dynamo might struggle without the leading goal scorer in MLS.

Nothing could have been further from the truth, as the Dynamo rode two goals from Torres' replacement, Mauro Manotas, along with sterling performances from Honduran wing forwards Romell Quioto and Alberth Elis to roll to a 4-0 victory on Saturday.

Toronto rides penalty, defense to road win over Sounders

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SEATTLE No Giovinco, no problem.

In a rematch of the 2016 MLS Cup, a shorthanded Toronto FC side visited the Seattle Sounders on Saturday afternoon and left town with a 1-0 win in front of 41,468 at CenturyLink Field.

Forward Jozy Altidore delivered the game's lone goal with a 23rd-minute penalty kick, driving a low shot into the corner netting as goalkeeper Stefan Frei dove the wrong way.

U.S. U-17s topple Cuba to book spot in World Cup, CONCACAF final

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The U.S. Under-17 Men's National Team knew even a draw would be enough to book their spot in the U-17 World Cup and the CONCACAF U-17 Championship final, but they made sure to take care of business in a big way in what turned out to be a goalfest.

The U.S. cruised past Cuba, 6-2, on Friday, booking their spot in this fall's World Cup in India.

Shea's late winner hands Whitecaps road win over Rapids

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There was nothing beautiful about the beautiful game on Friday night at Dick's Sporting Goods Park, where the Vancouver Whitecaps stole three points from the Colorado Rapids with a late winner from Brek Shea to win 1-0.

Shea knocked home the game-winner in the 84th minute on a counter that caught most of the Colorado defense up forward chasing a goal.

Horvath makes Club Brugge debut in win over Royal Charleroi SC

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Ethan Horvath had to bide his time as he awaited his debut for his new club. Finally, the U.S. Under-23 Men's National Team goalkeeper earned his chance on Friday, and he helped his team earn a win in the process.

Horvath made his debut for Club Brugge on Friday afternoon as he helped the Belgian club earn a 3-1 win overRoyal Charleroi SC.

NASL Week 7: A Look Ahead

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Another week, another full slate of NASL action as the teams atop the table look to create some sort of separation.

The Jacksonville Armada remain atop the NASL table as the head into a big-time clash with the New York Cosmos. Their lead is just one point, with the Cosmos, North Carolina FC and Miami FC lurking just behind.

MLS Week 10: A Look Ahead

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The MLS Cup rematch we've all been waiting for headlines a full weekend slate of action across Major League Soccer. Toronto FC and the Seattle Sounders will be front and center on Saturday afternoon before a slew of games kick off at night.

The weekend begins with Vancouver's trip to Colorado in what might not be the most exciting of contests, but Week 10 is almost certainly guaranteed to end on a high note when New York City FC takes on Atlanta United at Yankee Stadium.

U.S. U-17s look to book World Cup spot against Cuba

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The U.S. Under-17 Men's National Team is all but certainly going to this fall's World Cup, but first they'll have to take care of business with a spot in the CONCACAF final on the line.

After dispatching Honduras on Wednesday by a 3-0 scoreline, the U.S. faces off with Cuba on Friday as they look to seal a spot in India.

USL Week 7: A Look Ahead

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A busy weekend schedule headlines Week 7 of the USL regular season, with several Friday night matches and a double-handful of Saturday games to sate your soccer appetite.

Highlights of the weekend include a Cascadian clash between the Seattle Sounders 2 and Portland Timbers 2 late on Friday night, while a pair of former NASL teams meet once more to open the Saturday slate as the Ottawa Fury welcome the Tampa Bay Rowdies.

European Weekend Preview: Man United travels to Arsenal, Dortmund hosts Hoffenheim, and more

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As we head into the first weekend of May, means domestic action across Europe is slowly coming to end as races heat up.

In England, the top-four race continues as six teams fight for four places, and a spot in next year's UEFA Champions League. On Sunday, Arsenal welcomes Manchester United to the Emirates Stadium as both sides continue their fight for a top-four finish.

Earthquakes Notes: Building on road results, Cato impresses at right back, and more

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The San Jose Earthquakes concluded their three-game road stretch with avictory over Minnesota United, the team's first road win since August, and first victory after a six-match winless slide..

On Saturday, the Quakes will be back at Avaya Stadium to facethe Portland Timbers, and though facing one of the league's top teams is a daunting task, the Earthquakes' recent results have the team feeling confident.

Friday Kickoff: Bartra, Aubameyang, Messi and more

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Borussia Dortmund headlines Friday morning's news and notes.

Marc Bartra returned to training for the first time since the attack on Borussia Dortmund's team bus. (REPORT)

Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke says Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has not approached him about a transfer. (REPORT)

Argentina is "hopeful" that Lionel Messi's four-match ban for World Cup qualifiers could be reduced after the latest appeal.

This Weekend's Soccer on TV

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La Liga is the place to watch this weekend as Spain's final UEFA Champions League participant will be determined.

Sevillacan secure the fourth and final UEFA Champions League place with a win and a loss or tie by Villarreal. Barcelona, Real Madrid, and Atletico Madrid have already clinched their places, while Sevilla is looking to make itsthird straight appearance in the competition.

NYCFC Notes: Pirlo's role, Herrera's development and more

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With an empty MAPFRE Stadium and select flood lights extinguished following New York City FC's come-from-behind victory over Columbus Crew SC, Andrea Pirlo was running sprints. The midfield maestro with no goals and no assists through eight matches joined teammates in the post-game fitness ritual for those who had contributed limited minutes or none at all.

Americans Abroad Weekend Preview: Johnson, Gonzalez, Ream, Lichaj and more

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One U.S. Men's National Team regular could return to action over the weekend while several others look to leadlate-season pushes.

Following an extended absence, Fabian Johnson returned to training this week and could return to the Borussia Monchengladbach lineup for a match with Augsburg.

Union need more than small positives to end winless run

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For the first time in two months, the Philadelphia Union have a performance to build off in preparation for a game.

In a season where very little has gone right for Jim Curtin's men, they must cling on to the fact that they earned one point at the StubHub Center and drew the LA Galaxy, albeit a struggling titan under Curt Onalfo.

Sporting KC corrects mistakes against rested Red Bulls for home win

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Sporting KC midfielder Benny Feilhaber remembers exactly what happened last time a visitor trotted out a weak lineup at Children's Mercy Park, his team's home turf.

"It was our only game we hadn't won at home," Feilhaber said, recalling a 0-0 draw against FC Dallas weeks earlier.

Johnson hopes to stay at Monchengladbach, push for Europa League

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Fabian Johnson, after a six-week long stint on the sidelines due to a hamstring injury, is back in training and ready to help guide Borussia Monchengladbach back up the table into aEuropa League spot. He also hopes to keep battling with his Bundesliga team for years to come.

Johnson expressed a desire to remain at Monchengladbach into the far future, as he discussed his contract situation with German paper Westfalische Rundschau.

Lead MLS Nashville investor Ingram takes over Nashville SC

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With Tampa/St. Petersburg rising and St. Louis falling, Nashville and lead investor John R. Ingram are ramping up their push for one of the two open expansion spots in MLS.

Previously, the Nashville MLS bid and the new USL franchise Nashville SC, set to begin play in 2018, were completely separate entities in ongoing discussions about how to unify their efforts.

Bournemouth boss Howe insists club won't sell Hyndman following loan spell

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Emerson Hyndman's performances at Rangers have caught the eye of several teams, but his parent club insists he remains a part of their future plans.

Speaking to the Bournemouth Echo, Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe insisted that the club is looking to bring Hyndman back at the conclusion of his loan spell.

Highlights: U.S. U-17s 3, Honduras 0

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Late goal gives Fury FC lead in Canadian Championship opener against Eddies

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The Canadian Championship started on a subtle note but a 90th minute goal fromRyan Williams gave Ottawa Fury FC the 1-0 win over FC Edmonton at Ottawa's TD Place.

Jimmy Shammar-Sanon crossed the ball from his left flank into the 18-yard box.

Thursday Kickoff: Costa, Sanchez, Mbappe and more

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Several star forwards could be on the move, headlining Wednesday's news.

Diego Costa has reportedly signed a pre-contract with Tianjin Quanjian that will see him earn €30 millionper year. (REPORT)

Paris Saint-Germain is reportedly looking at Alexis Sanchez as the club's No. 1 summer target with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang also an option.

Dwyer brace powers Sporting KC past resting Red Bulls

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The New York Red Bulls' bid to rest starters in a midweek road match fell short Wednesday night as Dom Dwyer powered Sporting KC to another home victory.

Jesse Marsch and the Red Bulls deployed key starters in the second half, but Dwyer's scoring quality was too much to handle.

Toronto FC takes down surging Orlando City on Giovinco brace

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There's little anyone can do to stop Sebastian Giovinco when he's at his best and, on Wednesday, even the often-dominant Orlando City backline fell victim to the Italian star's magic.

Giovinco scored a brace on Wednesday, firing hisfourth and fifth goal of the young season, in an impressive 2-1 win over Orlando City at BMO Field.

Sargent brace leads U.S. U-17s to dominant win over Honduras

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The U.S. Under-17 Men's National Team took a major step towards this fall's Under-17 World Cup with a thorough beatdown of Honduras on Wednesday.

Josh Sargent bagged a brace, his fourth and fifth goals of the tournament, leading the way in a 3-0 win in Wednesday's classification stage match.

Euro Rewind: Higuain brace propels Juventus over Monaco, Ajax rolls past Lyon

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Real Madrid all but booked their spot in the UEFA Champions League final with a resounding win on Tuesday. On Wednesday, Juventus took a major stepof their own.

In Wednesday's semifinal first leg, Juventus used a brace from striker Gonzalo Higuain todefeat Monaco, 2-0, at the Stade Louis II on Wednesday afternoon.

Report: Union midfielder Jones cleared to represent U.S. U-20s

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Tab Ramos has the option to call in one more midfield weapon for the Under-20 World Cup.

Sports Illustrated reported on Wednesday that Philadelphia Union midfielder Derrick Jones has been cleared to feature for the U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team.

Report: Crew legend Schelotto emerges as coaching candidate for LAFC

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Los Angeles FC is less than a year away from taking the field, and the club is reportedly zeroing in on an MLS legend as a potential head coaching candidate.

According to Sports Illustrated, former Columbus Crew star Guillermo Barros Schelotto has emerged as a candidate to take over the upcoming expansion club.

SBI Question of the Day: Which candidates lead the expansion race?

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As we near the midpoint of 2017, and presumably the midpoint of MLS' consideration of expansion candidates for slots 25 and 26, several bids have seen public votes go in different directions.

Out in St. Louis, SC STL's proposed bid for a downtown stadium in St.

A look at the USMNT centerback options in wake of Brooks injury

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John Brooks certainly made a leap at the Copa America. He was previously viewed as an up-and-comer, one that was still forging his game with both the U.S. Men's National Team and Hertha Berlin. The tournament was a coming out party but, in the months that followed, Brooks' time on the field has been anything but consistent.

Soccer Wednesday: Your Running Commentary

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Wednesday's schedule begins across the Atlantic in European continental competition, and ends back in the Americas with MLS, USL, and the CONCACAF U-17 Championship.

Kicking off the day's slate is a UEFA Europa League semifinal showdown as Dutch regulars Ajax take on Alexandre Lacazette and Lyon in leg one of their match-up.

U.S. U-17s look to push toward World Cup against Honduras

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The U.S. Under-17 Men's National Team completed step one, and they did so perfectly. Their first goal has been met as they exceeded many expectations throughout the group stage.

Now, the focus turns towards step two, the classification round, with a berth in the World Cup now actually within reach.

MLS Midweek Preview: Orlando City faces TFC, Sporting KC hosts Red Bulls

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The top two teams in the Eastern Conference will look to create some separation at the top of the standings during a rare midweek slate in Major League Soccer.

Orlando City tops the East after two months of play, but the Lions face their toughest test yet with a trip to BMO Field to take on MLS Cup runner-up Toronto FC.

David Villa signs one-year contract extension with NYCFC

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David Villa will be spending at least one more year in the Big Apple after being signed to a one-year contract extension.

The team's first signing, captain and record goal scorer shows no signs of slowing down following winning the MVP last season.

Wednesday Kickoff: Totti, Eriksen, World Cup 2030 and more

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One of the game's best appears close to retirement while one star's agent discussed ongoing transfer rumors.

New Roma sporting director Monchi says Francesco Totti will retire at the end of the season and take up a new role with the club. (REPORT)

Christian Eriksen's agent says the player's sole focus is on Tottenham, not on reported interest from Barcelona.

Tampa Bay Rowdies stadium referendum passes, boosting MLS expansion bid

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The Tampa Bay Rowdies movedone step closer to their goal of bringing Major League Soccer back to the Tampa-St. Petersburg area after the passing of a public referendum to allow the St. Petersburg city council to negotiate a long-term lease with the Rowdies. The referendum, which will all negotiation for extending the lease to Al Lang Stadium for up to 25 years, passed with87 percent of thevote.

MLS Ticker: Mancosu out 6-8 weeks, Asad suspended, and more

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Montreal Impact will be thin at forward for the next two months after losingstriker Matteo Mancosu to what has been diagnosed as a muscle tear in his thigh. He will be sidelined for between 6-8 weeks.

Mancosu, in his second season with Montreal, was substituted off the field in Saturday's loss to Vancouver after suffering an apparent thighinjury justfive minutes into the match.

UCL Rewind: Ronaldo's hat trick sinks Atletico in first leg

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ReigningChampions League winners Real Madrid took a huge first step to booking their spot in this year's final viaa 3-0 first-leg victory against Atletico Madrid.

Cristiano Ronaldo's hat tricklifted Zinedine Zidane's side to a first legwin at the Santiago Bernabeu on Tuesday, against their local rivals.

Report: Orlando City Stadium, Red Bull Arena to host USMNT Hex matches

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Two of the top soccer-specific stadiums in MLS are reportedly set to host what could be a pair of vital Hexagonal matches.

Sports Illustrated reported on Tuesday that Orlando City stadium and Red Bull Arena will host a pair of U.S. Men's National Team World Cup qualifiers in the fall.

SBI MLS Rookie of the Month: Alex Crognale

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With all the upgrades the Columbus Crew made in defense during the offseason, a rookie like Alex Crognale wasn't expected to get a ton of playing time.

But the 22-year-old Homegrown player has worked his way into Gregg Berhalter's starting XIand made an instant impact on the field for the fourth-place team in the Eastern Conference.

SBI MLS Power Rankings: Week 9

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It was a high-scoring week in MLS this time around, as all but two matches saw at least two goals, with three matches seeing four or more!

One of the latter such matches saw FC Dallas and the Portland Timbers battle to an inconclusive 2-2 draw at the top of the Western Conference and our Power Rankings.

SBI MLS Player of the Month: Tim Melia

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Sporting Kansas City may have come up short in the Team of the Month voting, butone of its players is still gettingrecognition.

Goalkeeper Tim Melia conceded just two goals in April, recording 12 saves and two clean sheets in the process.

Soccer Tuesday: Your Running Commentary

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Tuesday's slate isn't too loaded, but there is one can't-miss match on tap for the afternoon.

The semifinals of the UEFA Champions League begin with a Madrid derby between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid at theSantiago Bernabeu. This is a rematch of the 2014 and 2016 finals, with Real succeeding in both.

SBI MLS Team of the Month: Orlando City

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Orlando Citybegan the month of April with a loss to the Columbus Crew, but they rebounded in a big way with four straight wins to top the Supporters' Shield standings with 18 points.

Most impressive of all isOrlando's defensive record during their streak.

Report: MLS in talks with Real Sociedad over Vela

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One of the highest profile players from North America has once again been linked with Major League Soccer.

ESPN reported on Tuesday that the league is in talks with Real Sociedad over the 28-year-old Mexican international.

Vela was last linked with a move to MLS in 2016, with the San Jose Earthquakes, Colorado Rapids and Chicago Fire reportedly in line for his services back then.

Fabian Johnson returns to training for first time since suffering thigh injury

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Borussia Monchengladbach and the U.S. Men's National Team received a boost on Tuesday.

Fabian Johnson has returned to training with 'Gladbach following a thigh strain he suffered in March against Schalke in the Europa League.

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A look at several potential World Cup call-ups for the U.S. U-20s

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With the Under-20 World Cup around the corner, Tab Ramos faces some tough decisions when it comes to selecting a U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team roster. His team ran through qualifying back in March, winning the first CONCACAF crown in the age group's history.

Still, there were some heavy-hitters left off of the qualifying roster, and several of them are suddenly available with the World Cup looming.

SBI Question of the Day: What is Pirlo's best role with NYCFC?

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Even the most talented stars are at the mercy of their body's ability to perform at a high level. All the technique in the world can't prolong a career if your legs simply can't carry you, and that holds true for everyone on a long-term scale, though some rebel against it longer than others.

UCL Preview: Real Madrid hosts Atletico, Juventus travels to Monaco

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Asthe month of May begins,that also means the UEFA Champions League semifinal round begins across Europe.

The first semifinal matchup featuresa rematch of the 2013-14 and 2015-16finals as Real Madrid entertain local rivals, Atletico Madrid. Zinedine Zidane's side are the current holdersin this competition, and would like nothing more to eliminate their rivals to make the final in Cardiff.

Tuesday Kickoff: De Gea, Alba, Ibrahimovic and more

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Two current Manchester United stars headline the day's news while one Barcelona regular reaffirmed his commitment to the club.

David de Gea is reportedly not pushing for an exit from Manchester United. (REPORT)

Jordi Alba says he wants to stay at Barcelona despite the difficulties faced this season.

Gedion Zelalem departs VVV Venlo to join up with U.S. U-20s

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The U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team took care of business in CONCACAF play without several big-name stars, and at least one of those stars is set to join the team for the upcoming World Cup.

VVV Venlo announced that Gedion Zelalem has departed for training camp with the U.S. U-20s with the World Cup looming.

Must-See Goal: Emre Can

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SBI Americans Abroad Player of the Week: Matt Miazga

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Several Americans Abroad sealed major achievements during the week, but there's certainly something special about winning a trophy, especially when that trophy is the first in club history.

Matt Miazga helped Vitesse seal the club's first ever major trophy on Sunday, leading the way in a 2-0 win over AZ Alkmaar in the Dutch Cup final.

Soccer Monday: Your Running Commentary

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The schedule is light to begin the week, but a pair of European matches comprisethe Monday slate.

Watford iswell within the realm of safety, and they'll look to keep it that way as they take on Liverpool, who are battling it out for one of the Champions League positions. The Hornets currently sit eight points above relegation-threatened Swansea City and sit in strong position with just four matches left to play in the Premier League season and a match in hand on the Swans, leaving them able to clinch safety this afternoon.

U.S. U-15s win Torneo Delle Nazioni with victory over England

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The U.S. U-15 Boy's National Team have had an impressive run at the Torneo Delle Nazioni, and closed out the tournament in perfect fashion.

The U.S. U-15s have captured the tournament title as they defeated the England U-15s in the championship match by a final score of 2-1. With the match level late in the 73rd minute New York City FC academy midfielder Gio Reyna, son of former USMNT star Claudio Reyna, burst through the English back line on the end of a through ball and calmly slotted his finish into the lower-left corner past the outstretched English keeper.

MLS Week 9: The SBI Breakdown

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Roughlytwo months into the MLS season, we all have an idea of where things stand. We know the Portland Timbers and FC Dallas are good. We know that, at the moment, the LA Galaxy and Philadelphia Union aren't. It's been long enough to make some determinations, even if there's still a long season ahead.

USMNT set to face Ghana in pre-Gold Cup friendly

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It's now official: the U.S. Men's National Team will take on a very, very familiar foe in the build up to this summer's Gold Cup.

U.S. Soccer announced on Monday that the USMNT will face familiar World Cup rival Ghana onJuly 1 in East Hartford, Connecticut.

Best of MLS Week 9: Altidore, D.C. United, Jacobson and more

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Week 9of the MLS regular season produced some strong team performances and a solid handful of legitimate goal of the week candidates.

While it seemed like every single match had a stunning goal in consideration, one effort by Andrew Jacobson simply stood out above a strong crowd.

NASL Rewind: Cosmos top Deltas, Miami FC cruises past Eddies and more

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Things were fairly eventful in the NASL this weekend as four matches were played and a total of six goals were scored.

The New York Cosmos and North Carolina FC both battled to 1-0 victories while Miami FC cruised to a 2-0 victory. Meanwhile, the Jacksonville Armada and Indy Eleven split points in a 1-1 draw.

Sporting KC depth to be challenged in upcoming matches

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Coming off a dominant 3-0 home win over Real Salt Lake on Saturday, Benny Feilhaber and a surging Sporting KC face another test.

It's a task Sporting KC has failed at in previous years. As matches grow closer together, Sporting's depth will be tested.

Americans Abroad Weekend Rewind: Guzan, Miazga, Morales and more

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With his time at Middlesbrough moving towards its end, Brad Guzan has found some time in goal for the Premier League club.

Guzan started his fourth Premier League match in a row and seventh of the season in a 2-2 draw with Manchester City. The U.S. Men's National Team goalkeeper made three saves on the day, but couldn't do enough to prevent Manchester City from earning a late point on a finish from Gabriel Jesus in the 85th minute.

MLS Weekend Rewind: Week 9

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Week nine of the MLS regular season is in the books, and the marquee clash of Saturday's slate ended without resolution as FC Dallas and the Portland Timbersleft Toyota Stadium even at the end of 90 minutes. Dax McCarty also returned to Red Bull Arena and D.

USL Rewind: San Antonio FC keeps rolling, Sounders 2 win thriller and more

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The weekend's USL slate saw San Antonio FC continue their dominance by blanking Portland Timbers II. With the win, San Antonio continues their run as USL's only unbeaten team. The victory by the Western Conference leaderwas one of two 4-0 victories, with the Rochester Rhinos also blanking the Charlotte Independence by that score.

Sunday European Rewind: Tottenham beats Arsenal, Chelsea blanks Everton, and more

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Tottenham Hotspur continued their recent dominance at White Hart Lane on Sunday defeating Arsenal, 2-0, to end the latter's reign of dominance over theirLondon rivals.

Looking to keep pace with EPL leaders Chelsea, Mauricio Pochettino's side received goals from Dele Alli and Harry Kane to earn the win.

Monday Kickoff: Simeone, Dybala, FIFA and more

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An Argentine player and an Argentine coach headline Monday's news

Inter Milan has reportedly arranged a meeting with Diego Simeone where they will present him with an offer to take over as manager. (REPORT)

Paulo Dybala's agent says that "half of Europe" has registered interest in the Juventus forward.