Soccer By Ives Archives for January 2017

Eight markets submit applications to inaugurate NISA in 2018

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If there isn't one already, a new professional soccer team could be coming to a city near you.

The National Independent Soccer Association (NISA), the country's new third division professional soccer league which aims to inaugurate next year, announced the eight markets that have submitted applications to be a part of the league conditional to U.

USMNT Notes: Tim Howard's future; Michael Bradley, Bruce Arena reflect on transfer madness; and more

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Tim Howard is 38 years old, and it's not a stretch to say he's nearing the end of his U.S. Men's National Team career. The man himself admits it. Time waits for no man, even at the goalkeeper position.

For now, though, Howard remains a vital part of the USMNT.

SBI MLS Power Rankings (Week 25)

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With less than two months remaining in the MLS season, it's certainly crunch time across the league as the battle for the postseason continues.

The Columbus Crew helped their case in a big way with a pair of wins, giving them a little bit of room in the Eastern Conference race.

Michael Bradley determined to make 2017 special for USMNT, TFC

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By the time 2016 came to a close, Michael Bradley had reached a low point. The midfielder had been a part of two teams that ended the 2016 campaign with heart-wrenching moments, two groups of players in need of a spark to regroup, rebuild, and push on.

As captain of the U.S. Men's National Team, he'd been a part of a group that had failed to earn a point from the first two matches of World Cup qualifying, putting the team's chance at Russia in major jeopardy before that push even truly began.

Christian Pulisic continuing to grow into bigger roles after 'rollercoaster' year

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The world has moved mighty fast for Christian Pulisic. Just two years ago, he was largely anonymous. His name and accolades might have been known by the most die-hard of U.S. Men's National Team or Borussia Dortmund supporters, but the young midfielder from Hershey certainly wasn't viewed as a potential savior or superstar.

USMNT expecting home-field advantage at Red Bull Arena

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The U.S. Men's National Team has come to the New York metropolitan area for their next match, marking the first time a World Cup qualifier has come to the area.

Friday's matchup against Costa Rica at Red Bull Arena marks a departure from the team's usual venue for home World Cup qualifiers, held in smaller markets.

Wednesday Kickoff: Arsenal rejects offer for Alexis Sanchez, Andres Guardado backs Juan Carlos Osorio and more

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With transfer deadline day approaching, plenty of moves are left to be made while a few clubs finalized deals ahead of Thursday's deadline.

Manchester City midfielder Raheem Sterling is reportedly unlikely to be a part of a rumored swap deal for Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez. (REPORT)

Arsenal, meanwhile, has rejected an offer of£50m bid and insists on Sterling's involvement.

MLS Ticker: Galaxy hire Kinnear as assistant, Fire's Dean out for season and more

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A pair of teams have made some minor coaching hires as Dominic Kinnear returns to coaching in an assistant role and a couple former players take up jobs as academy coaches.

A couple teams also received some rough news n the injury front for newly acquired defenders.

Rodney Wallace expects confident Costa Rica heading into USMNT clash

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Over the past two years or so, the rivalry between the U.S. Men's National Team and Costa Rica has been back and forth, to say the least. Both teams have put together memorably dominant performances as the two continue to jockey for their spot in both the table and the CONCACAF hierarchy.

David Villa excited, nervous for return to Spanish national team

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David Villa, New York City FC forward, and the leading goal scorer in MLS, is making a shock return to the Spanish national team. He last represented his country in the 2014 World Cup, when Spain was bounced in the group stage after winning the whole thing four years earlier.

While the call-up is "a dream come true" for the reigning MLS MVP, he still feels the nerves from returning after such a long absence.

Las Vegas Lights FC chosen as new name for USL franchise

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The USL's Las Vegas franchise has itself a name.

Soccer Las Vegas announced their new franchise will be called Las Vegas Lights FC live on Fremont Street in downtown Vegas at 12:01 a.m. pacific time.

Fans cast more than 10,000 votes to select the name of the new team and Lights FC turned out the winner.

Bruce Arena confident in USMNT centerback group despite absence of John Brooks

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The U.S. Men's National Team is missing a key piece in the heart of the defense, but Bruce Arena is plenty confident with the group he has assembled to anchor the backline heading into two difficult World Cup qualifiers.

John Brooks' injury is certainly a big one for the USMNT.

DaMarcus Beasley competing for chance at fifth World Cup with USMNT

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"It's like having grandpa around, really," said Tim Ream

"He brings experience," said Bruce Arena.

DeMarcus Beasley is far from the qualifying age for AARP but in soccer years he is unique. The 35-year-old U.S. Men's National Team fullback is a candidate to start on Friday against Costa Rica in the World Cup qualifier at Red Bull Arena.

A look at the tactics on display in the Hudson River Derby

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The New York Red Bulls may want to hang their head's after this weekend's draw to New York City FC. The truth, though, is that the 1-1 draw between the teams represents a critical shift in the Hudson River Derby that will make it a compelling match for years to come.

Jesse Marsch and Patrick Vieira are proving to be worthy adversaries that are dissecting each other and each other's team to great detail, planning their every move.

Monday Kickoff: PSG set for Kylian Mbappe deal, Liverpool sign Naby Keita, and more

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One big transfer will see a young star officially join a new club on Tuesday while another major deal has been finalized ahead of next summer's move.

Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Adrien Rabiot says Kylian Mbappe told him that the Monaco star will be joining PSG officially on Tuesday. (REPORT)

Despite his absence for the start of the Premier League season, Liverpool midfielder Philippe Coutinho has been deemed healthy to featuer in World Cup qualifiers for Brazil.

Euro Ticker: Arsenal denies Sanchez transfer request, Oxlade-Chamberlain agrees with Chelsea, and more

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Monday saw several teams make splashes before the closure of the Transfer Window on Thursday. One team that is not making a splash is Arsenal F.C. who have denied claims that star forward Alexis Sanchez has handed in a transfer request.

The Chileanhas less than 11 months remaining on his current contract and is yet to sign terms on a fresh deal at the Emirates.

Giovinco's agent: 'Absurd' TFC forward hasn't earned Italy call-ups

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For Andrea D'Amico, Sebastian Giovinco's agent, the fact that Toronto FC's talisman is yet again absent from the Italian national team list ahead of the Azzurri's matches against Israel and Spainis "absurd."

Following his absence Giampiero Ventura's list, Giovinco continued to make his statement with another genius match as his brace led Toronto over the Montreal Impact, 3-1.

The Best of MLS Week 25: Sebastian Giovinco, Darlington Nagbe and more

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Toronto's big star continued to awe as he ran rampant in two matches, while an Eastern Conference side has full control of their playoff hopes after another impressive showing.

Elsewhere, this year's No. 1 draft pick propelled his side to their first away victory thanks to an exquisite performance.

DaMarcus Beasley keeping one eye on Houston flooding while in USMNT camp

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The U.S. Men's National Team will require focus in the coming days and weeks if the team hopes to lock up a spot in Russia. However, one of the team's most senior members can't help but worry about something much bigger than soccer and World Cup qualifying in the wake of Hurricane Harvey.

Jozy Altidore, Michael Bradley looking to carry TFC success to crucial USMNT matches

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Coming off of a four-game winning streak finishing with a big rivalry win for Toronto FC, Jozy Altidore and Michael Bradley now turn their attention to the U.S. Men's National Team.

Sitting in third in the Hexagonal stage standings, the U.

MLS Weekend Rewind: Week 25

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Rivalry Week produced plenty of thrills across Major League Soccer, even in some of the contests that weren't in the national spotlight.

The New York Red Bulls and New York City FC played to a tie in the third derby of the season. (READ)

Atlanta United used a late header to snatch a draw against 10-man Philadelphia.

Union still have confidence in Josh Yaro despite recent errors

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CHESTER, PA The sequel usually isn't as good as the original, especially if you feel like you've lived through the same movie over and over like the Philadelphia Union.

For the second time in three games, a silly mistake by second-year defender Joshua Yaro ended up costing the Union two points.

Bruce Arena looks to continuity ahead of vital matches for USMNT

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The next few weeks will determine whether or not the U.S. Men's National Team books a spot in the 2018 World Cup. There are just four games remaining in this qualifying cycle and, currently in third place, the U.S. will need to take care of business over the next month or so to lock up a spot in Russia.

Alex Bono shines in TFC’s rivalry win as club continues Supporters' Shield push

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The Montreal-Toronto rivalry is a blue and red affair, but one of the stars in Sunday's Toronto FC win was dressed in green.

Alex Bono, TFC's 23-year-old goalkeeper, was impressive in the Reds' visit to Stade Saputo. Within the first 15 minutes, he denied both Michael Salazar and Blerim Dzemaili to keep his team from conceding to the then-red hot Montreal Impact early.

Americans Abroad Weekend Rewind: Bobby Wood, Fabian Johnson and more

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With World Cup qualifiers looming, several U.S. Men's National Team stars made big impacts over the weekend, but none bigger than Bobby Wood.

The USMNT forward scored a goal in a Hamburg win, leading his side to a 3-1 victory over FC Koln on Friday. He was one of several USMNT regulars to step up over the weekend as Christian Pulisic helped lead Borussia Dortmund to a win while Geoff Cameron helped anchor Stoke City to a draw.

Earthquakes cruise their way to drubbing of Galaxy

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A great performance one night can easily wash away the thoughts from a miserable one, no matter how recent it was. The San Jose Earthquakes washed away the thoughts of a midweek drubbing at Real Salt Lake by defeating the LA Galaxy, 3-0, on Sunday evening.

Timbers earn draw with Sounders through Diego Valeri equalizer

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SEATTLE In the 99th all-time meeting in a rivalry that has spanned myriad leagues and parts of five decades, the Portland Timbers escaped the Emerald City with a 1-1 draw against the Seattle Sounders in front of 51,797 at CenturyLink Field on Sunday night.

Monday Kickoff: Zlatan Ibrahimovic on pace for January return; Liverpool after Thomas Lemar and more

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One of the game's top strikers is on schedule for his return to injury while several Premier League teams are looking to make big moves before the end of the transfer window.

Jose Mourinho says he expects Zlatan Ibrahimovic to be back in January, adding an "extra quality" to a dominant Manchester United attack.

Sebastian Giovinco scores two as Toronto FC burn Impact in Montreal

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In their first MLS game since the two teams met in the Eastern Conference final, Toronto FC took down the Montreal Impact on Sunday to continue their dominance atop the Eastern Conference.

After taking the Canadian Championship back in June, TFC took the first of two league games with a 2-0 win at Stade Saputo.

Sunday European Rewind: Liverpool thumps Arsenal, Chelsea blanks Everton, and more

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Liverpool capped a great week, drubbing EPL rivals Arsenal 4-0 at Anfield on Sunday. Jurgen Klopp saw four different players find the back of the net in a dominant performance on Merseyside. Roberto Firmino's 17th-minute finish opened the scoring for the Reds, before Sadio Mane's curled-effort doubled the lead before halftime.

Christian Pulisic, Fabian Johnson, Omar Gonzalez headline USMNT squad for September World Cup qualifiers

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With just four games remaining in the World Cup qualifying push, Bruce Arena didn't produce any surprises ahead of a pair of vital September matches.

Christian Pulisic, Fabian Johnson and Bobby Wood headline the 26-man USMNT squad for the upcoming pair of World Cup qualifiers against Costa Rica and Honduras.

Atlanta United use late header to snatch point at 10-men Union

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Sometimes when your back is against the wall, you're more likely to give that extra effort. Atlanta United did just that to steal a point on Saturday night.

Atlanta United used a 91st-minute equalizer from Tyrone Mears to snatch a point against the Philadelphia Union in a 2-2 draw.

FC Dallas' struggles continue with loss to Crew

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FC Dallas' struggles continued with yet another defeat on Saturday night.

Winless since July 22, FC Dallas fell once again on Saturday night via a 2-1 defeat against the Columbus Crew at MAPFRE Stadium. The win sees the Crew build on to a four-game unbeaten run, one which includes three wins.

D.C. United wins third straight by toppling Revs

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It took a while for fans at RFK stadium to see a goal but D.C. United finally got their third win in a row with yet another one-goal win.

After a long wait, Luciano Acosta's effort proved to be all United needed to get a 1-0 win against the New England Revolution.

Playoff-hungry Whitecaps seal three points in Orlando

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The Vancouver Whitecaps are on a march towards playoffs, and on Saturday, they gained good ground, while Orlando City took two big steps back.

Behind a goal from Brek Shea and an own goal early on, the Whitecaps edged Orlando City, 2-1, at Orlando City Stadium.

Abu Danladi brace lifts Minnesota to away win over struggling Fire

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Minnesota United collected their first away win of the season, beating an out-of-form Chicago Fire, 2-1, at Toyota Park on Saturday.

The opener came courtesy of Abu Danladi, who netted both of the Loons' goals on the night with the first coming in the 35th minute. The rookie played the ball back and forth with Ethan Finlay in the penalty area, eventually resulting with Danladi scoring from close range.

RSL thumps Rapids to claim Rocky Mountain Cup

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Real Salt Lake isn't dead yet when it comes to the playoff race and, if Saturday night was any indication, Mike Petke's side could make a major impact down the home stretch.

Entering Saturday, RSL had earned points in seven of eight matches, and they only added to it with a 4-1 thumping of the rival Colorado Rapids.

Saturday European Rewind: Dortmund edges Berlin, Inter downs Roma, and more

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Borussia Dortmund made it back-to-back victories to start the Bundesliga season, defeating Hertha Berlin 2-0. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang kicked off the scoring after 15 minutes, finishing Nuri Sahin's assist from inside the box. Sahin doubled Dortmund's lead in the 57th-minute rifling home from outside the box.

Despite lopsided statistics in tie with Red Bulls, NYCFC pleased with improvement of play

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The last of the regular season Hudson River Derbies took place on Friday night, and despite lopsided statistics favoring the New York Red Bulls, the two sides had a goal apiece at the end of the 90 minutes. New York City FC, though, did not see that as a problem.

Red Bulls, NYCFC play to tie in vital Hudson River Derby

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Friday night's clash between the New York Red Bulls and New York City FC had all of the features of a rivalry match. It had big goals, physical play and confrontations aplenty. What it didn't have, though, was a winner.

It was the first draw in Hudson River Derby history as neither New York City FC nor the Red Bulls will be satisfied with the 1-1 result.

David Villa relishing 'dream' return to Spain national team

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David Villa had largely given up hope of a Spanish national team return. Sure, part of him knew that the world of international soccer was always shifting, that there was some scenario that could see him return to La Roja. The optimist in him knew there was still a glimmer of hope that he could represent his country one more time, but the realist knew that chance became less likely day by day throughout his three-year absence.

College Soccer Weekend Preview: UNC-Providence, Creighton-Va. Tech headline opening weekend

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The 2017 college soccer season kicks off on Friday, and while some teams prefer to start their seasons off with easy openers, several of the nation's top teams are jumping right into tough challenges.

Providence College is one of those teams. The SBI No. 14 Friars are wasting no time diving into the deep end of competition, opening the season with matches against No.

SBI College Soccer Season Preview: Notre Dame relying on solid core of seniors

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No one truly knows how good their team will be in August, but Notre Dame head coach Bobby Clark has a good sense of where the Fighting Irish will be by the end of the season thanks to a strong group of upperclassmen in South Bend.

The Fighting Irish boast a strong senior core, led by forward Jon Gallagher, who was the top scorer on the roster last season with 14 finishes into the back of the net.

Cameron Carter-Vickers officially joins Sheffield United on loan

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American defender Cameron Carter-Vickers is heading to Sheffield United for next season.

Tottenham Hotspur officially loaned the 19-year-old youth international to the Championship club earlier today.

Carter-Vickers hasn't seen much time with Tottenham so far. He made four cup appearances last season, but is yet to see any action in the Premier League.

SBI College Season Preview: Michigan looking to make the leap into nation's elite

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The Michigan Wolverines are not yet counted among the nation's elite. Following a four-win season, it's impossible they could be. The Wolverines sputtered through the 2016 campaign, losing several close calls and overtime matches while missing the NCAA tournament altogether.

However, head coach Chaka Daley believes the Wolverines are on the right path, and the roster the team has assembled certainly has the ability to make some waves throughout the 2017 campaign.

This Weekend's Soccer on TV

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Two English giants collide in the big match of the weekend.

After sealing their Champions League spot midweek, Liverpool now returns to Premier League play to face off with fellow heavyweight Arsenal. The two teams have both sputtered a bit to start the Premier League season as Liverpool drew Watford to open the campaign before Arsenal fell to a stunning defeat to Stoke City.

MLS Week 25: A Look Ahead

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Rivalry Week is here once again!

Major League Soccer is going all out this weekend with most of the major rivalries taking center stage, starting with the New York derby on Friday night at Red Bull Arena.

Sunday's trio of nationally televised games feature the 401 Derby, California Clasico and the showcase piece of the Cascadia Cup.

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

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The mouth-watering match across Europe this weekend takes place on Merseyside as two of England's historic clubs face off. Arsenal travels to Liverpool looking for a bounce-back win following a 1-0 defeat at Stoke on August 19th. Arsene Wenger's side dominated at the Bet365 Stadium a week ago, but couldn't beat Jack Butland, who made six saves.

Dynamo's match against Sporting KC postponed due to hurricane

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Hurricane Rodney has claimed an MLS match before it even makes landfall on the Texas coast.

Houston Dynamo were slated to host Sporting Kansas City at BBVA Compass Stadium on Saturday, but the impending hurricane has postponed the match. The Houston Dash of the NWSL were supposed to play North Carolina Courage on Sunday.

Americans Abroad: Fabian Johnson, Christian Pulisic and more

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With World Cup qualifiers right around the corner, several U.S. Men's National Team stars will take the field one last time on the club level before moving on to international action.

Fabian Johnson may or may not be on the USMNT squad due to a lingering injury, but he could make his return for Borussia Monchengladbach on Saturday against Augsburg.

'Big chance' Zlatan Ibrahimovic's next step is MLS

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The dream of having Zlatan Ibrahimovic in Major League Soccer is on hold after he re-upped with Manchester United this week, but that doesn't mean the dream is dead yet.

Ibrahimovic, who was heavily linked with the LA Galaxy in past months, admitted there's still a chance he ends up in North America at some point.

Juan Carlos Osorio not concerned with recent influx of Mexican stars in MLS

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A lot has been made in recent years about Mexican players coming back to North American and playing in Major League Soccer and it affecting their spots on the national team.

But El Tri manager Juan Carlos Osorio doesn't think any player's standing will change with the team as long as the Mexican players approach MLS with the same responsibility as the returning U.

David Villa receives Spain call-up for World Cup qualifiers

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David Villa is returning to the Spanish National Team.

The NYCFC forward is set to join Spain for upcoming World Cup Qualifiers against Lichtenstein and Italy. Villa will take the roster spot of Diego Costa, who remains in self imposed exile from Chelsea.

Americans Abroad Thursday Rewind: Ethan Horvath, Aaron Schoenfeld

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One American will see his team continue on into the Europa League group stages while another saw his team's run end prematurely in the playoff round.

Ethan Horvath and Club Brugge were the latter as the Belgian club fell, 3-0, to AEK Athens in the second leg of their playoff round matchup. Horvath and Brugge sealed a 0-0 draw in the opening match, but were thoroughly beaten in the second leg to end their Europa League run.

Friday Kickoff: Barca near Dembele deal, Juve lose Marchisio to injury and more

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After weeks of pursuit Barcelona is reportedly close to signing a major target.

Barcelona is reportedly very close to a deal that will see the club payof €105m for Dortmund's Ousmane Dembele with an additional €40m potentially coming in add-ons. (REPORT)

Juventus midfielder Claudio Marchisio will miss a month due to a knee injury.

Report: Cameron Carter-Vickers set to join Sheffield United on loan

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Cameron Carter-Vickers is reportedly set to leave Tottenham on loan in search of more playing time.

According to ESPN, the 19-year-old American centerback is set tojoin Championship club Sheffield United on a season-long loan. The move comes in the aftermath of Tottenham's signing of centerback Davinson Sanchez from Ajax.

SBI College Soccer Preseason Top 25

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College soccer has boasted the same king for two straight seasons, and as tough as a three-peat seems, the Stanford Cardinal have the remaining firepower to make a third straight NCAA title a reality.

Stanford lost some key pieces to graduation, but with star defender Tomas Hilliard-Arce and midfielder Corey Baird spearheading the charge for a third title, the Cardinal can be considered fully deserving of the top spot in the new season's first SBI College Soccer Top 25.

Bruce Arena not expecting to have DeAndre Yedlin for September World Cup Qualifiers

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Bruce Arena is not expected to have DeAndre Yedlin in his side for the next slate of World Cup Qualifiers.

The U.S. Men's National Team manager told CBCSports.com that Yedlin will not be available for selection when the Americans face Costa Rica and Honduras over Labor Day weekend.

Yedlin injured his hamstring during Newcastle United's preseason and he missed out on their first two Premier League matches.

USL Midweek Rewind: Week 23

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Midweek games did not discourage fans from turning out in big numbers across the league Wednesday night. The large attendance numbers were rewarded with exciting matches and wild finishes.

USL attendance for 2017 has already eclipsed attendance for all of the 2016 season thanks largely to the big numbers turning out for matches in Cincinnati, Sacramento, Louisville, and Phoenix.

SBI College Season Preview: Syracuse looking for quick rebuild while competing in rugged ACC

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Every team in college soccer expects to lose key pieces from season to season. It's just the nature of the college game. Players move on, graduate, turn pro. Continuity is far from guaranteed as programs are consistently rebuilt on the fly from year to year.

NYCFC Notes: Jonathan Lewis emerges, Patrick Vieira Meets Joe Girardi and more

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Team can be defined as a group of people coming together to achieve a common goal. With contributions from myriad sources within the squad during the course of the season, New York City FC suits the description.

The most recent to emerge from the 26-member first-team is rookie Jonathan Lewis.

Fabian Johnson back in training with Borussia Monchengladbach

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U.S. Men's National Team midfielder Fabian Johnson is set to return to full training with Borussia Monchengladbach ahead of the upcoming World Cup qualifiers.

Johnson missed the tema's victory over Cologne last weekend with a back problems and has not trained with the team since Aug.

Real Madrid, Dortmund, Tottenham drawn to same group to highlight UCL draw

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Following the conclusion of an exciting round of playoff matches, the 2017/18 UEFA Champions League Group Stage is set.

Thursday's draw in Monaco saw the eight groups decided for the upcoming tournament's group stage which will begin on Sept. 13. Defending title holders Real Madrid lead Group H with the likes of Borussia Dortmund and Tottenham Hotspur, while runners-up Juventus face the likes of Barcelona, Olympiakos, and Sporting Lisbon.

Projecting the USMNT September World Cup qualifying roster

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Following this summer's Gold Cup triumph, the U.S. Men's National Team now looks ahead to World Cup qualifying, and Bruce Arena faces some decisions due to some injury issues.

The U.S. is set to face off against Costa Rica on Sept. 1 in the return of World Cup qualifying before visiting Honduras four days later.

SBI College Season Preview: Wake Forest looking to bounce back after College Cup defeat

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After losing on a heartbreaking penalty kick shootout, a team may use that loss as motivation the following year. Others may forget it entirely since it was in the past and not the present. Regardless if you want to think about it or not, more lessons can be taught from defeat than victory.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic re-signs with Manchester United

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Zlatan is heading back to Old Trafford.

The 35-year-old Zlatan Ibrahimovic signed a one year deal with Manchester United, the same club he provided 28 goals for last season, incuding the winning goal in the EFL Cup Final.

His extremely productive season was cut short when he went down with a serious knee injury during the Europa League semi-finals.

MLS Midweek Rewind: Week 25

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Between red cards, video reviews, and classy goals, this slate of midweek MLS games provided plenty of entertainment.

Ashley Cole was sent off after only 18 minutes, which allowed Ola Kamara and Justin Meram to score in a 2-0 Columbus Crew win over the LA Galaxy in a match dominated by the VAR.

Chris Goslin, James Sands lead U.S. U-17s past Russia in World Cup tuneup

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The U.S. Under-17 Men's National Team is doing quite well in its final tune up before this fall's U-17 World Cup in India.

A pair of MLS Homegrown players led the squad to the U.S. U-17s second victory in the International Youth Tournament of Vaclav Jezek group stage with a 3-1 win over Russia in Prague.

SBI College Season Preview: Stanford focused on defending national title with 'cautious optimism'

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Stanford is gearing up for a season filled with high expectations. As defending national champions, a layer of pressure was always set to arrive at their doorsteps.

But what if you are coming in as back-to-back national champions? Does that amplify the weight resting your shoulders?

Must-See Goal: Darlington Nagbe

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Americans Abroad Wednesday Rewind: Eric Lichaj, Jorge Villafana and more

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Wednesday was a solid day for a pair of U.S. Men's National Team fullbacks looking to make an impression ahead of World Cup qualifying.

Eric Lichaj played a full 120 minutes for Nottingham Forest on Wednesday as the Championship club upset Premier League side Newcastle United to advance in the League Cup.

Thursday Kickoff: PSG takes a shot at Barca, Alexis Sanchez fit for return and more

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The war between Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain continues while one of Arsenal's stars is in line for a return.

Parist Saint-Germain entered the race to sign Nice midfielder and Barcelona target Jean Michael Seri simply "to screw Barca over", according to the player's agent. (REPORT)

Alexis Sanchez is fit and set for a return this weekend against Liverpool.

Own goal propels D.C. United to another win over Atlanta United

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For the first time since early April, D.C. United made it back to back league victories, and Ben Olsen's side used a little luck to defeat visiting Atlanta United yet again.

A 46th-minute own goal by Atlanta's Michael Parkhurst sealed three points for the hosts, who captured a1-0 at RFK Stadium on Wednesday evening.

VAR steals the show as Crew take down Galaxy

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There were a couple of goals between the Columbus Crew and the LA Galaxy, but there were also two penalties called and three video replays in what turned out to be an entertaining 2-0 victory for the Crew at MAPFRE Stadium on Wednesday night.

The game's opening goal came in the last minute of the first half, with new signing Pedro Santos linking up with Ola Kamara.

TFC dismantle Union behind Sebastian Giovinco, Victor Vazquez

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Toronto FC earned their second winning streak of three games or more under the midweek floodlights at BMO Field by way of a 3-0 win over the Philadelphia Union.

Sebastian Giovinco, Nicolas Hasler and Jozy Altidore scored for the best team in Major League Soccer as the Reds extended their lead over New York City FC to seven points.

Second-half strikes from "Cubo" Torres force Texas derby draw

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Erick ‘Cubo' Torres put the Houston Dynamo on his back, scoring a second half brace to rescue the point for his team against Texas rivals FC Dallas.

Three unanswered goals on either side of halftime saw FC Dallas leading 3-1 heading into the 70th minute. The Dynamo clawed their way back into the match earning a 3-3 draw, the third draw this season in the Texas derby.

David Ousted's heroics lead 10-man Whitecaps to tie with Sounders

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The Seattle Sounders attacked in full force on Wednesday, but David Ousted's heroics helped the Vancouver Whitecaps earn a hard-fought point against their Cascadia rivals.

Ousted made a whopping seven saves on Wednesday, leading the Whitecaps to a 1-1 draw with the Sounders at BC Place.

Brilliant Albert Rusnak leads RSL to trashing of Quakes

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With playoffs imminent and both teams with dire hopes of punching a ticket, Mike Petke's men walked away with the last laugh from Rio Tinto Stadium.

With a fierce showing from their attack, Real Salt Lake trashed a visiting and 10-man San Jose Earthquakes, 4-0, in Utah on Wednesday night, earning the team three vital points that can go a long way in the next month.

Diego Valeri, Darlington Nagbe shine to lead Timbers past Rapids

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In need of a win to remain in the thick of the Western Conference race, the Portland Timbers' two stars stepped up.

Diego Valeri provided a goal in the fifth straight match while Darlington Nagbe scored a stunner of his own to lead the Timbers to a 2-1 win over the Colorado Rapids.

SBI MLS Power Rankings (Week 24)

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While Patrick Vieira may have already conceded first place in the Eastern Conference to Toronto FC, the race to top the Western Conference remains wide open.

Sporting Kansas City's victory over FC Dallas sent a clear message that Peter Vermes' squad is ready to fight for first in the East, even without Dom Dwyer or a replacement.

Nashville SC to play at First Tennessee Park for inaugural USL season

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USL expansion outfit Nashville SC announced they will play their 2018 home matches at First Tennessee Park in Nashville.

The park is currently home to the Nashville Sounds minor league baseball team. The dirt portions of the infield will be sodded over, as is standard for soccer matches on a baseball field.

MLS releases playoff schedule, broadcasts, and MLS Cup Final date

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Major League Soccer released the date and start time for every match of the 2017 MLS Cup Playoffs, and the Final to be hosted by the qualifying team with the best regular season record.

The MLS championship match will be played on Dec. 9 and kick off at 4:00 p.

SBI College Preview Spotlight: Mo Adams hoping to become latest Brit to take path from American college to pros

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Just a few short years after the club released him from its academy, Mo Adams returned to Derby County this past winter. It was one of several clubs he had stopped at during his childhood journey through the English academy system, and it was a journey that, like many cautionary tales, ended in tragedy and without a professional contract.

SBI Question of the Day: What should Julian Green's next move be?

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Julian Green appears to be in no man's land once again as the U.S. Men's National Team winger is reportedly out of favor at another club.

Reports recently emerged from Germany revealing that Stuttgart could move on from the 22-year-old winger. The reports come just eight months after Green moved to the Bundesliga club, giving up what always appeared to be an extended pipe dream at German giant Bayern Munich.

MLS Week 25: A Midweek Look Ahead

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Before Rivalry Week kicks into full gear this weekend, we get a brief preview of the passionate derbies across North America on Wednesday during a busy seven-game slate.

The third installment of the Texas derby is the headlining match on Wednesday night, but there's also a rivalry clash in Cascadia that will have major implications on the Western Conference standings.

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

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Lynden Gooch got a chance to shine in League Cup action on Tuesday, and he took that chance in a big way.

Gooch scored one goal while assisting another, leading the way in Sunderland's 2-1 League Cup win over Carlisle United. The American midfielder provided the assist on Donald Love's opener after cutting his way through the box in the 25th minute before his 80th minute shot from range proved a late game-winner for the Championship side.

Wednesday Kickoff: Philippe Coutinho welcome back at Liverpool, Barcelona hacked and more

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Liverpool are hoping to welcome back one of the club's stars while Barcelona's internet security took a major hit on Tuesday evening.

Jurgen Klopp says Philippe Coutinho will "absolutely" be welcomed back to the team despite reports he tried to force his way to Barcelona. (REPORT)

Barcelona's Twitter account was hacked, announcing a fake rumor that the club had signed Angel di Maria.

SBI College Preview Spotlight: Tomas Hilliard-Arce hungry to add to legacy ahead of final season at Stanford

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Not many players can say they have won it all at the collegiate level. Twice? Even fewer. For Tomas Hilliard-Arce, winning national championships has been as common as celebrating Christmas the past two years.

As PAC-12 Defensive Player of the Year and Herrman Trophy semifinalist, there's little doubt of Hilliard-Arce's professional readiness, more so after Stanford lifted its second straight Division I title in Houston this past December.

NYCFC forced to move September 23 against Dynamo game to Hartford

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New York City FC's September 23 home game will be played over two hours away from their home stadium.

The club was forced to change the venue of their game against the Houston Dynamo from Yankee Stadium to Pratt and Whitney Stadium in East Hartford, Connecticut due to a rescheduled New York Yankees game on the same day.

Report: Joevin Jones leaves Sounders without permission ahead of T&T Hex games

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Joevin Jones is already on his way out of Seattle at the end of the season, but it doesn't look like he's interested in leaving the Pacific Northwest on good terms.

The Sounders left back has reportedly left the club early to prepare for Trinidad and Tobago's upcoming World Cup qualifiers, according to theSeattle Times.

Maurice Edu taking small steps to return during 'year from hell'

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CHESTER, PA When Maurice Edu stepped on the field for the Philadelphia Union's USL affiliate Bethlehem Steel on Sunday, it was certainly celebrated after his long injury absence. However, that was just the first step for the midfielder in his full recovery.

The 31-year-old Designated Player, who joined the Union in 2014, has not played in a Major League Soccer game since September 20, 2015, when he played the full 90 minutes against the Houston Dynamo.

Hamburg investor refused to provide transfer funds unless club signed Bobby Wood long-term

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Hamburg investor Klaus-Michael Kuhne has a very high opinion of Bobby Wood, and the U.S. Men's National Team star's presence had a major effect on the club's transfer dealings this summer.

Kuhne said he informed club executives that he would refuse to provide money to finalize the transfer of forward Andre Hahn unless the club made sure to lock up Wood long-term.

SBI College Preview Spotlight: Michigan's Francis Atuahene is American soccer's next Ghanaian sensation

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Francis Atuahene remembers what it's like to feel starvation. He also remembers the day his life changed, and the frustration that preceded it. He remembers sitting on the sideline and waiting for his name to be called, wondering if it was all worth it. He thought about turning home, heading back towards the hunger while accepting his fate, but he also thought about what it could mean if he could simply find a way to push on.

Jonathan Lewis finding his goalscoring touch at the right time for NYCFC

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David Villa knows a thing or two about young players. A decade-and-a-half ago, he was one himself, fighting to break through at Sporting Gijon. He rose to prominence with a group of several young Spanish up-and-comers at Valencia, battled with eventual stars at Barcelona and led an upstart Atletico Madrid group to a UEFA Champions League final.

Americans Abroad Midweek Preview: Ethan Horvath, Geoff Cameron and more

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Ethan Horvath and Club Brugge face a massive Europa League match on Thursday.

Following a scoreless draw in the first leg of their Europa League playoff against AEK Athens, Horvath and Brugge face off with the Greek side once again with a spot in the group stages on the line. Aaron Schoenfeld and Maccabi Tel Aviv could also lock up a group stage spot following a 1-0 win over SC Rheindorf Altach in their opening leg.

Report: Stuttgart looking to sell Julian Green

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Julian Green's career appears to have hit another roadblock, and it could prompt a transfer in the near future.

Green was left off of Stuttgart's traveling squad for this past weekend's 2-0 loss to Hertha Berlin, the club's first match back in the Bundesliga. According to reports out of Germany, that decision was a sign that the club is ready to move on from Green just eight months after the young American signed with the club from Bayern Munich.

Tuesday Kickoff: Lionel Messi's buyout clause, Andres Iniesta's contract and more

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Two of Barcelona's most recognizable stars headline Tuesday's news.

Pep Guardiola says he believes that a club could activate Lionel Messi's €300 million buyout clause. (REPORT)

Andres Iniesta says he could leave Barcelona when his contract with the club expired at the end of the season.

Shane O'Neill signs with Dutch club Excelsior

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Shane O'Neill's European journey has brought him to the Eredivisie, but not with the club many expected.

Excelsior announced on Monday that the club has signed the former Colorado Rapids centerback to a one-year deal with an option for a second season. The move comes a season after O'Neill played a vital part in getting fellow Dutch club NEC Breda promoted to the first division.

The Best of MLS: Week 24

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With the playoff races heating up, one player and his team took Major League Soccer by storm throughout Week 24.

In addition to a big week from that Eastern Conference team, a few rookies stood out in the fiercest competition for Rookie of the Week yet.

Here's who our staff chose as the best of MLS for Week 24:

Player of the Week

No one is Major League Soccer is hotter than Ignacio Piatti.

MLS Weekend Rewind: Week 24

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Late-game heroics was the theme of Week 24, as there were plenty of meaningful goals scored in the closing stages of MLS matches.

Diego Valeri tied the Portland Timbers scoring record in the club's win over the New York Red Bulls. (READ)

Ignacio Piatti shined bright once again in Montreal's win over Real Salt Lake.

While Supporters' Shield may be out of reach, Patrick Vieira, NYCFC ready for playoff push

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Sunday's win was yet another statement for New York City FC. Down a goal and largely toothless for 70 minutes on home turf, NYCFC battled back and fired a stoppage time goal. It was a win that came in exhilarating fashion, one that seemingly vaulted NYCFC right back into the Supporters' Shield race.

USL Week 22 Rewind: NYRBII go big at home, Louisville City nearing top, and more

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New York Red Bulls II grabbed a statement win over a weary FC Cincinnati by scoring twice after going a man down for a convincing 4-0 win.

For Cincinnati, it was their second defeat to the Red Bulls organization of the week after dropping the U.S. Open Cup semifinal to the Red Bulls senior team.

SBI Americans Abroad Player of the Week: Christian Pulisic

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Was there any doubt?

Christian Pulisic wasted little time to start the Bundesliga campaign, providing a memorable performance highlighted by a goal and an assist. The U.S. Men's National Team star was far and away Borussia Dortmund's best player en route to a 3-0 win over Wolfsburg, earning Pulisic honors as SBI Americans Abroad Player of the Week.

Chris Wondolowski continues to bolster legacy by reaching another milestone

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SAN JOSE, Calif. Before the David Villas and the Sebastian Giovincos, MLS was spoiled by the consistency of Chris Wondolowski. They say that with times comes change, but the script the San Jose Earthquakes' captain has been written and rewritten for quite some time.

Americans Abroad Weekend Rewind: Christian Pulisic, Haji Wright, Geoff Cameron and more

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Christian Pulisic headlined Americans Abroad with yet another stellar performance featuring a goal and an assist, but he wasn't the only young American to make an impact in German soccer this past weekend.

Haji Wright fired his first senior goal over the weekend, leading Sandhausen to a lopsided win over Dynamo Dresden.

Jonathan Lewis scores stoppage time winner to lead NYCFC past Revs

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For a majority of Saturday's match against the New England Revolution, NYCFC played some pretty uninspiring soccer. However, with a vital three points on the line, a rookie and a veteran stepped up to lead NYCFC to a come-from-behind win.

A David Villa finish was followed up by a late Jonathan Lewis goal as NYCFC pulled out a 2-1 win against the Revolution on Saturday at Yankee Stadium.

Clint Dempsey converts late penalty, Sounders win third straight

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SEATTLE Three minutes of stoppage time had ticked down to just 30 seconds on Sunday night, leaving the expansion Minnesota United arguably the worst team in all of MLS mere moments from earning a most unexpected road point against the defending champion Seattle Sounders.

Monday Kickoff: Neymar blasts Barcelona, Lionel Messi contract and more

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Barcelona headlines news once again this Monday with reports involving the club's current star, a departed star and a potential future star.

Former Barcelona executiveJoan Laporta suggested Lionel Messi could leave the club ifpresident Josep Maria Bartomeu is not removed from his position.

After exciting but drama-free win, Impact turn focus to playoffs, Toronto FC clash

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The Montreal Impact were free to simply celebrate their fourth straight win on Saturday night.

With transfer rumors and Ignacio Piatti's direct comments to Impact fans regarding contracts tensions, the bleu-blanc-noir always had something rain on their parade in recent weeks.

Ignacio Piatti shines yet again as Impact topple RSL

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The Montreal Impact were hot from having won their last three games, and they did not stop on Saturday night.

The visiting Real Salt Lake, who were looking a franchise record fourth-straight road win, had their hopes crushed by the Impact, who ran away with a 3-1 win.

Orlando City, Crew tie in showdown of East playoff hopefuls

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The Orlando City fans could sense the second loud roar of the night coming, especially with the circumstances in front of their club. However, it wasn't meant to be as the Lions tied the Columbus Crew 1-1 on Saturday.

Jason Kreis' men were energized by the entrance of Dom Dwyer, which led to a Giles Barnes equalizer, but they failed to score a second on a night in which they needed three points.

TFC take down Fire to extend lead atop Eastern Conference

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If Toronto FC wasn't already a heavy favorite to roll through the Eastern Conference, Saturday's result all but sealed the Canadian club's conference supremacy.

Behind a trio of different goalscorers, TFC topped the third-place Chicago Fire, 3-1, at Toyota Park.

Bounce-back win over FC Dallas puts Sporting KC atop Western Conference

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The best way to bounce back from a tough loss is to knock off a close competitor in your conference. Just ask Sporting KC, who did just that on Saturday evening, defeating FC Dallas 2-0 at Children's Mercy Park.

Peter Vermes' side remained undefeated at home in league play using goals from Diego Rubio and Gerso Fernandes to edge its Western Conference opponents one week after losing in Seattle.

Calamitous own goal dooms Rapids in loss to D.C. United

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Saturday's clash between the Colorado Rapids and D.C. United was a match of two cellar-dwellers, and it was fittingly decided in calamitous fashion.

Jared Watts' first half own goal proved the game's lone goal as D.C. United snapped an eight-game losing streak dating back to late June.

Wondolowski's stoppage-time penalty saves draw for Quakes

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As they have all season, the San Jose Earthquakes once again managed to pull themselves out of a would-be loss to save a point, this time, against the Philadelphia Union on Saturday night.

San Jose's 2-2 draw came after Shea Salinas was taken down by Union defender Joshua Yaro inside Philadelphia's 18-yard box in the final seconds.

Yordy Reyna stunner leads Whitecaps past Dynamo

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Yordi Reyna wowed the crowd inside of BC Place with a magnificent curling goal from outside of the box to lead the Vancouver Whitecaps to a 2-1 victory over the Houston Dynamo.

The first-year Designated Player Reyna took advantage of a lapse in concentration during a Dynamo throw in. Fredy Montero pressured Boniek Garcia into committing the turnover and Reyna looked up and fired the shot to the far post, curling over Tyler Deric in the 32nd minute.

Saturday European Rewind: Stoke shocks Arsenal, Dortmund cruises past Wolfsburg, and more

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In the late fixture of the day in England, Stoke City used a goal from newly acquired Jese to defeat Arsenal 1-0. The PSG loanee finished off Saido Berahino's assist after 47 minutes to the bottom right corner.

It was his first goal for the club since signing. Arsenal created six shots on goal, but Jack Butland kept all six out in the home clean sheet for the Potters.

Valeri ties Timbers scoring record in win over Red Bulls

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It took a while for the Portland Timbers to take advantage of a weakened New York Red Bulls squad, but when they did, it was their top playmaker who made the difference.

Diego Valeri provided a goal and an assist in the 2-0 victory at Providence Park on Friday night. The Argentinian tied teammate Fanendo Adi atop the club's all-time MLS scoring chart with his 65th-minute tally.

Christian Pulisic scores in Dortmund's Bundesliga opener

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It didn't take Christian Pulisic long to find the back of the net in Borussia Dortmund's Bundesliga opener.

The 18-year-old scored his first goal and his club's first goal of the season on Saturday, as he hit a confident shot off a Mario Gotze pass from the right side of the box off the left post and into the net.

Soccer This Weekend

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With the return of the final three major leagues, this weekend sees the true return of European action.

The Bundesliga, La Liga and Serie A all kick off their seasons this weekend to headline a hectic period of soccer action. With MLS in full swing and Europe's top leagues back in action, the soccer schedule is sure to be loaded day and night with intriguing matches all over the world.

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

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The Bundesliga kicks off on Saturday as several Americans in Germany look to kickstart their club campaigns on a high.

U.S. Men's National Team stars Bobby Wood, Christian Pulisic and Fabian Johnson could all see the field throughout the weekend as the German league kicks off. One notable name missing will be John Brooks, who is set to miss the first three months of the season due to injury issues.

European Weekend Preview: Tottenham hosts Chelsea, Bundesliga begins, and more

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As three of Europe's top league begin this weekend, the top match comes from Wembley Stadium on Sunday.

Tottenham Hotspur welcomes London rivals Chelsea to Wembley, looking to make add more misery to the Blues start of the season. Mauricio Pochettino's side used a pair of second-half goals on the opening weekend at Newcastle in a 2-0 victory.

2017/18 SBI La Liga Season Preview

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Zinedine Zidane's first full season in charge at Real Madrid led to a dominant campaign by Los Merenguesen route to their first La Liga title in four years and a second consecutive UEFA Champions League trophy to top. With some major shuffling transpiring at rival Barcelona, Real remain the favorites heading into the upcoming season.

MLS Week 24: A Look Ahead

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It's not even September yet and we're tossing around the phrases "playoff contender", "six-pointer", "must-win" and "watch the standings" like a baby rejecting vegetables for the first time.

Those phrases will be repeated ad nauseam from now until the conclusion of the regular season, especially in Week 24 as the tables could turn in an instant, especially the crowded Western Conference.

This Weekend's Soccer on TV

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The remaining European Leagues get started this weekend with La Liga, Serie A, and the Bundesliga all seeing their first action of the new season, which leads to another Saturday of dawn til dusk soccer on your TV.

Bayern Munich's title defense kicks off Friday night against Bayer Leverkusen on FS1, which also broadcasts an MLS tilt between Portland Timbers and New York Red Bulls that night.

Friday Kickoff: Borussia Dortmund unsure on Ousmane Dembele; Lionel Messi nearing new deal and more

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With the transfer window winding down, Barcelona continues to be the summer's big story.

Borussia Dortmund manager Peter Bosz has "no idea" where Ousmane Dembele will be end up at the end of the transfer window due to Barcelona's interest. (REPORT)

Barcelona vice-president Jordi Mestre says he is confident Lionel Messi will finalize a new deal with the club soon.

SBI MLS Power Rankings: Week 23

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There were some shakeups at the top of this week's SBI MLS Power Rankings, even if the league's top team remained atop the list for yet another week.

Toronto FC held onto the crown as the league's top ranked team thanks to a 4-1 shellacking of the Portland Timbers, but the Chicago Fire and Sporting KC fell to defeats just behind them.

Sargent, Weah, Carleton headline U.S. U-17 roster for upcoming trip to Czech Republic

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U.S. Under-17 Men's National Team head coach John Hackworth announced a 22-player roster on Thursday afternoon that will head to Prague, Czech Republic for the 2017 International Youth Tournament of Vaclav Jezek from August 21st-27th.

Headlining the roster are Andrew Carleton, Josh Sargent, and Timothy Weah.

Report: Citizens group opposes taxpayer money for new stadium, urges MLS to accept Nippert Stadium

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After a strong showing throughout the U.S. Open Cup, a group of Cincinnati fans want to MLS on their own terms

A Cincinnati-based citizens' group is calling for MLS to accept Nippert Stadium should FC Cincinnati join the league in the coming years while dismissing a new soccer-specific stadium stemming from taxpayer wallets.

Carli Lloyd nominated for 2017 Best FIFA Women's Player

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Carli Lloyd is one step closer to retaining her title as the world's best female soccer player.

The U.S. Women's National Team midfielder is one of ten finalists for the Best FIFA Women's Player award, which she won last year. Lloyd is the only USWNT player among the top 10.

D.C. United signs goalkeeper Steve Clark

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Steve Clark is heading back to MLS.

The former Columbus Crew keeper has signed on with D.C. United.The 31-year-old goalkeeper left the Crew last year for AC Horsens in the Danish Super League. He started 17 matches in Denmark before returning to the States.

DeAndre Yedlin returns to Newcastle training

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An injury caused DeAndre Yedlin to miss the start of the Premier League season, but the Newcastle fullback appears to be nearing a return at the most opportune time for the U.S. Men's National Team.

Yedlin returned to Newcastle training on Wednesday after missing the start of the season with ahamstring injury.

MLS to incorporate fourth substitute rule during playoffs

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When the MLS playoffs kick off, there will be a new rule in place for any match that heads to extra time.

MLS announced on Thursday that the league will implement a fourth substitute rule for any postseason match that goes more than 90 minutes. Following several experiments, the fourth substitution rule received approval from theInternational Football Association Board allowing teams to make a fourth substitute may only be used if a game goes to extra time.

2017/18 SBI Serie A Season Preview

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As we near the beginning of another Serie A campaign, the main question is simple: can anybody stand in the way of Juventus' quest for a seventh consecutive league title?

Massimiliano Allegri's men have kept a lot of the same faces, while bringing in a slew of new talent as well. Juventus won the title by four points, just beating out second-place Roma, and third-place Napoli.

Ignacio Piatti reveals contract tension following Impact win

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The Montreal Impact won their third straight game in 3-0 blowout of the Chicago Fire but celebration was cut a bit short after a big reveal from the club's biggest star.

After a two-goal performance, Ignacio Piatti was named player of the game and had a little post-game conversation with Stade Saputo's PA announcer.

Ignacio Piatti scores two goals as Impact blow out Fire

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For the second time this season, the Montreal Impact scored three goals in the first half, helping lead the Canadian side to a blowout win over the struggling Chicago Fire.

On a Wednesday evening at Stade Saputo, the three early goals were all the Impact needed to conquer the third-place Chicago Fire in a 3-0 win.

Thursday Kickoff: Barca 'close' to signings; Kylina Mbappe undecided and more

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Transfer sagas continue to surround Barcelona while Real Madrid's big target remains undecided.

Barcelona's general manager Pep Segura says the club is "close" to signing Philippe Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele. (REPORT)

PSG youth academy sporting director Luis Fernandez said that Kylian Mbappe has "two or three teams" in mind: Real Madrid, Paris Saint Germain and possibly Manchester City.

LA Galaxy tops Forbes list of most valuable MLS teams

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Forbes released their list of the most valuable MLS teams based on data from the 2016 season.

The LA Galaxy are on top of the list with an overall value of $315 million, thanks in large part to their lucrative broadcast and stadium naming rights deals. That represents a 19% increase over their value from the previous season.

A look at the USMNT's defensive options following John Brooks injury

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The European season is just beginning, but the U.S. Men's National Team has already been hit hard by injury issues.

John Brooks will once again miss out on crucial USMNT matches as a recent injury will rob him of three months. DeAndre Yedlin, the USMNT's starting right back, might be joining him when September qualifiers roll around as he's battling back from an injury of his own that has kept him out of the start of the Premier League season.

2017/18 SBI Bundesliga Season Preview

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As we near the beginning of another Bundesliga campaign, the main question is simple: can anybody stand in the way of Bayern Munich and their quest for a sixth consecutive league title?

Carlo Ancelotti's men have kept a lot of the same faces, while bringing in a slew of young talent as well.

Blerim Dzemaili finding transition to MLS easy as Impact chase playoffs

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Adjusting to the rigors of Major League Soccer can be difficult for even some of the game's best players, but that's not been the case for Blerim Dzemaili of the Montreal Impact.

The 31-year-old Switzerland international was loaned to the Impact from Bologna at the tail end of the Serie A season.

John Brooks out three months with thigh injury

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VfL Wolfsburg confirmed fears that John Brooks's injury was a bad one.

The club tweeted out Wednesday morning that the U.S. Men's National Team defender will miss around three months after tearing a tendon in his thigh during their German Cup win over the weekend.

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Aron Johannsson hoping to stay in Germany as Werder Bremen departure looks imminent

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Aron Johannsson isn't happy with his situation at Werder Bremen.

The American international striker was an unused substitute for Bremen's 3-0 German Cup victory overWürzburger Kickers on Saturday afternoon and he spoke out about his status at the club this week.

"It was a clear signal that I do not get a chance here anymore," he said on Tuesday, according to DeichStube, "but as it looks, I'm no longer wanted here.

Christian Pulisic reiterates commitment to Borussia Dortmund amid Liverpool interest

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Christian Pulisic remains a transfer target of one of England's biggest clubs, but the U.S. Men's National Team star isn't looking for a move any time soon.

Speaking to Sport Bild, Pulisic reiterated that he's committed to Borussia Dortmund despite rumored interest from Liverpool. Pulisic signed a new deal with the club in January that will keep him in Germany until 2020, and Pulisic says he's determined to hold up his end of that contract at a club he sees as home.

U.S. Open Cup atmosphere provides another big push for Cincinnati's MLS expansion hopes

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CINCINNATI Minutes after their victory in the U.S. Open Cup semifinals, the New York Red Bulls players went out of their way to applaud the fans in blue and orange who remained inside Nippert Stadium.

Every player in red and white, their manager and the traveling support tucked into the right corner of the stadium was quick to point out how impressive Cincinnati's soccer culture is.

Red Bulls take 'huge step' toward bringing home elusive trophy

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CINCINNATI Everyone who puts on a New York Red Bulls shirt is more than aware of how empty the franchise's trophy case is.

And over the past few years, the supporters of the club have been less than positive about the drought ever ending, but that could all change on Sept.

Red Bulls overcome two-goal deficit to advance to Open Cup final

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CINCINNATI After nine years of waiting, the New York Red Bulls are back in a final.

The Red Bulls advanced to their first final in nine years and first U.S. Open Cup championship match in 14 as they came back from two goals down to defeat FC Cincinnati 3-2 in extra time on Tuesday night.

Bradley Wright-Phillips scored the equalizer and the game-winning goal for the Red Bulls, who didn't come alive until the middle of the second half.

Wednesday Kickoff: 'No progress' on Alexis Sanchez deal, PSG pushing for more moves and more

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Arsenal seems set to prioritize on-field success over finances with Alexis Sanchez while Paris Saint-Germain has some more financial moves to make.

Arsene Wenger says there has been "no progress" on a new deal for Alexis Sanchez while admitting the forward could leave for free next summer. (REPORT)

Paris Saint-Germain is reportedly set to sell Blaise Matuidi, Lucas Moura, Serge Aurier, Hatem Ben Arfa and Grzegorz Krychowiak in an effort to sign one or two more big players before the end of the transfer window.

MLS Ticker: Matias Laba tears ACL, Nick Hagglund out 6-8 weeks and more

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The Vancouver Whitecaps suffered one of their most deflating losses of the season on Tuesday, as they learned midfielder Matias Laba will be out for the remainder of the season.

The Canadian club announced the 25-year-old Argentine is set to be away from the pitch until next spring, following an ACL tear in the midfielder's right knee suffered last Saturday at Gillette Stadium against the New England Revolution.

Report: Pablo Mastroeni out as Rapids head coach

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Pablo Mastroeni has reportedly been fired by the Colorado Rapids, according to the Denver Post.

The fourth-year head coach, who guided the Rapids to second place in the Western Conference in 2016, has struggled to get his team going in 2017, as they sit in 10th place in the West with 22 points.

United Bid Committee reveals potential host cities for 2026 World Cup bid

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Forty-four cities across the United States, Mexico and Canada have been contacted by the United Bid Committee to declare their interest to serve as potential host cities for the 2026FIFA World Cup, according to a press release by U.S. Soccer.

The Bid Committee sent Requests for Information (RFIs) to each city, asking for its interest in the bidding process by Sept.

Report: Proposed MLS stadium unveiled by Nashville group

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The proposed Major League Soccer stadium at The Fairgrounds Nashville.

The Music City is dancing closer to an MLS team of their own, with only a couple of months of hard work putting them outside of being leading contenders for one of the four expansion spots.

The good thing: a proposed 30,000 spectator soccer-specific stadium has been unveiled byNashville's Soccer Club Holdings chairman and leading bid figure, John Ingram.

Weston McKennie impresses in 'very good' Schalke start

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Weston McKennie earned his first senior start with Schalke on Monday, and coach Dominic Tedesco came away impressed with the young American midfielder.

McKennie started and played 58 minutes in Schalke's2-0 DFB Pokal win at Dynamo Berlin on Monday. McKennie's start comes in the aftermath of a senior debut to close the last campaign as the midfielder made a substitute appearance in the final match of the club's 2016-17 campaign.

U.S. Open Cup Semifinal Preview: FC Cincinnati looks to continue Cinderella run against Red Bulls

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FC Cincinnati has had a Cinderella run for the ages, bringing the USL club to the precipice of a U.S. Open Cup final. To get there, though, they'll have to go through a perennial MLS heavy-hitter that's still looking for the club's first ever tournament crown.

Americans Abroad Midweek Preview: Ethan Horvath, Eric Lichaj and more

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Ethan Horvath and Club Brugge may have suffered Champions League elimination, but the American goalkeeper's run through continental competition isn't over yet.

Horvath and Club Brugge face off with AEK Athens on Thursday for the first let of their Europa League playoff. A two-legged win would send Brugge to the Europa League group stages, and Horvath will not be the only American involved.

UEFA Champions League Preview: Liverpool travels to Hoffenheim, Napoli hosts Nice, and more

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The playoff round in the 2017/18 UEFA Champions League begins on Tuesday with five matches taking place across Europe.

Liverpool's trip to Hoffenheim headlines the draw, as the Reds look to advance to the group stage of the competition. Jurgen Klopp's men are coming off a 3-3 opening weekend draw at Watford last Saturday in the English Premier League.

This Week's Soccer on TV

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There is plenty of soccer to watch this week as the Champions League, MLS, the U.S. Open Cup, and the lower leagues of American soccer all have something to offer.

Europe takes center stage on Tuesday and Wednesday as the big clubs join the Champions League for the first leg of the playoffs.

UEFA Champions League Preview: Liverpool travele to Hoffenheim, Napoli hoste Nice, and more

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The playoff round in the 2017/18 UEFA Champions League begins on Tuesday with five matches taking place across Europe.

Liverpool's trip to Hoffenheim headlines the draw, as the Reds look to advance to the group stage of the competition. Jurgen Klopp's men are coming off a 3-3 opening weekend draw at Watford last Saturday in the English Premier League.

Tuesday Kickoff: Cristiano Ronaldo gets five match ban, Premier League reassessing transfer deadline and more

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Cristiano Ronaldo is facing a lengthy suspension following the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup.

The Real Madrid star received two yellow cards, one for taking off his shirt and another for diving, and shoved the referee following his eventual red card. He will miss five matches, though has ten days to appeal the decision.

USWNT to face Korea Republic in pair of October friendlies

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The U.S. Women's National Team added two more matches to their fall schedule on Monday afternoon.

Jill Ellis' side will face off with the Korea Republic in two friendly matches, with the first taking place on Oct. 19 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. The second will take place on Oct.

Weston McKennie starts for Schalke in DFB-Pokal opener

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One of the young Americans waiting to make his mark on the first team in Germany earned his first chance of the new season to impress on Monday.

Weston McKennie, who was promoted to the Schalke first team at the end of last season, made his first start for the Bundesliga club on Monday in the DFB-Pokal opener against BFC Dynamo from Berlin, a team from the Regionalliga Nordost in the fourth tier of German soccer.

Mitch Hildebrandt, FC Cincinnati not ready for 'special' Open Cup run to end

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Before Mitch Hildebrandt joined FC Cincinnati, he wasn't aware of how much of a soccer hotbed the Ohio city was.

Each and ever time Hildebrandt puts on the blue and orange of the USL club, he's captivated by the support the team has generaged. And now, the nation has been captivated as well by the large crowds the club has produced for its U.

The Best of MLS Week 23: Justin Morrow, Columbus Crew, Jonathan Lewis and more

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This week saw players and teams not normally in the spotlight come through with big goals and big results.

We saw a rookie score his first career goal in impressive fashion for one of the league's top teams on national television. One team still clawing for a playoff spot scored a huge victory over one of the best in the Eastern Conference.

SBI Americans Abroad Player of the Week: Tim Ream

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Just moments into Saturday's match against Reading, Tim Ream and Fulham were in big trouble. Ream's central partner, Tomas Kalas, was dismissed in the opening minute, paving the way for 89 minutes of Reading attacks. When those attacks were done, though, Ream and Fulham had a point to stand on thanks to the defender's strong performance.

MLS Weekend Rewind: Week 23

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Both playoff races in Major League Soccer experienced shake ups during a busy weekend slate that featured 10 games.

Clint Dempsey once again stepped into the starring role for the Seattle Sounders in a win over Sporting KC. (READ)

Toronto FC thumped the Portland Timbers with four second-half goals.

EA Sports unveils updated MLS presentation for FIFA 18

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MLS is set to undergo a serious upgrade in FIFA 18.

EA Sports revealed on Sunday that the league would receive all new presentation including an exclusive new broadcast package. The game will also feature facial scannings of many more MLS stars while the LA Galaxy's StubHub Center will join the Vancouver Whitecaps' BC Place and Seattle Sounders' CenturyLink Field as playable stadiums.

Americans Abroad Weekend Rewind: Bobby Wood, Timmy Chandler, Geoff Cameron and more

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While an injury to a U.S. Men's National Team regular headlined the weekend, there were some positives to take away from the contingent of Americans Abroad.

John Brooks' thigh injury put a damper on the American view of DFB-Pokal action, but goals from Timmy Chandler and Bobby Wood served as positive highlights throughout the opening round of the German Cup.

Resurgence of Teal Bunbury has Revolution back on track

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FOXBOROUGH Despite the New England Revolution's struggles this season, there has been a general consensus that the Revolution are not lacking in offensive talent especially so after the team's summer transfer window acquisition of Hungarian forwardKrisztián Németh.

Report: John Brooks could miss Bundesliga opener due to thigh injury

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John Brooks suffered an injury in his competitive debut for Wolfsburg, and the issue could keep him out of some vital matches.

The U.S. Men's National Team defender suffered a thigh injury just 37 minutes into Saturday's DFB-Pokal win at Eintracht Norderstedt, and ccording to German outlet Kicker, Brooks could be out for the club's Bundesliga opener this Saturday against Borussia Dortmund.

RSL edges D.C. United on Luis Silva goal

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It took a whole day longer than expected, but Real Salt Lake departed RFK Stadium with all three points via a narrow win on Sunday.

Luis Silva fired the lone goal on Sunday, leading RSL to a 1-0 victory over D.C. United in the nation's capital.

Monday Kickoff: Cristiano Ronaldo faces ban, Coutinho left out of Liverpool squad and more

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One of the game's top stars faces a massive ban while a Barcelona target has been left out of his current team's Champions League squad.

Cristiano Ronaldo is facing, at minimum, a four-game ban for pushing the referee after being sent off with his second yellow card in Sunday's Super Cup win.

Sunday European Rewind: Man United roll to victory, Neymar scores in PSG debut and more

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Manchester United rolled their way to three points in their Premier League season opener on Sunday, blanking West Ham United 4-0.

Romelu Lukaku scored a brace in the home victory, while Anthony Martial and Paul Pogba also added goals. Lukaku's 33rd-minute strike opened the scoring at Old Trafford which saw the hosts lead 1-0 at halftime.

Samuel Piette produces "excellent" performance in Impact debut

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If you ask anyone across Major League Soccer, the No. 6 position can be vital to a team's success.

Samuel Piette may have just played one game for the Montreal Impact, but he showed on Saturday just how much of a role he can play down the stretch for the Canadian club.

The 22-year-old, who was signed from Izarra in Spain during the summer transfer window, bossed the space in front of the back four in the Impact's 3-0 win over the Philadelphia Union.

Controversial red card for Kaka causes VAR debate

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By the time the fourth official had indicated that there would be four minutes of stoppage time, the crowd at Red Bull Arena had already been entertained. They had already seen four goals, one of which was a curler from distance by Sean Davis, and with the New York Red Bulls up 3-1 on Orlando City, the match seemed to be just about over.

Sean Johnson steps up to help NYCFC topple LA Galaxy for road win

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The LA Galaxy's home issues continued while NYCFC continued their ascent up the Eastern Conference table.

Goals from David Villa and Jonathan Lewis led NYCFC to a 2-0 win on Saturday at StubHub Center. The win is NYCFC's third in four matches while the Galaxy have not won a home game since an April 7 win over the Montreal Impact.

TFC thumps Timbers with dominant second half performance

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After a slow first half, three goals scored in the span of 18 minutes were enough for Toronto FC to run away with a ninth home win in 2017.

TFC was far from deadly in the first 45 minutes, but a dominant second half saw the Canadian side cruise past the Portland Timbers, 4-1.

Crew pick up big win over struggling Fire

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With just 10 games remaining entering Saturday, the Columbus Crew remained in the heat of the playoff race, but Saturday's effort against an MLS Cup contender made a major statement heading into the season's home stretch.

Justin Meram's second half goal proved the game-winner as the Crew toppled the Chicago Fire, 3-1, at MAPFRE Stadium.

D.C. United-RSL postponed due to weather

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Paul Arriola's D.C. United debut was cut short due to weather.

Saturday's match between D.C. and Real Salt Lake lasted just 28 minutes before being delayed due to a massive rainstorm. The pitch quickly became flooded, forcing the eventual decision to postpone the match.

Red Bulls come from behind to beat Orlando City

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The New York Red Bulls logged their third consecutive win at home, this time in a 3-1 come from behind victory over Orlando City at Red Bull Arena on Saturday.

The match winner came courtesy of the club's all-time leading goalscorer, Bradley Wright-Phillips, who scored his fifth goal in four games.

Impact fire three second half goals en route to road win over Union

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Coming into Saturday's Eastern Conference showdown at Talen Energy Stadium, both the Philadelphia Union and Montreal Impact knew the importance of the match at hand. Three points separated the sides in the table, as both looked to climb up towards the playoff positions.

Teal Bunbury sends Revolution past Whitecaps for third straight home win

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FOXBOROUGH The unlikely catalyst who broke the New England Revolution out of a four-game losing streak struck again on Saturday night as a revitalized Teal Bunbury scored the only goal in a 1-0 victory for the Revs over the Vancouver Whitecaps in front of 19,911at Gillette Stadium.

The Revolution staged a quick counterattack off a goal kick by Whitecaps newcomer Stefan Marinovic in the 53rd minute as Kelyn Rowe headed it forward to Kei Kamara and then got the ball back on the right wing.

VAR overturns goal as FC Dallas settles for tie with Rapids

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Following two lopsided losses, FC Dallas was in need of a bounceback result. The good news? The Western Conference contender kept a clean sheet. The bad? They couldn't find a goal of their own either thanks to a Video Assistant Referee decision.

FC Dallas played the Colorado Rapids to a 0-0 draw on Saturday at Toyota Stadium.

Vicente Sanchez helps guide Dynamo to thrashing of Quakes

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The Houston Dynamo had an unusual hero hdlp propel them to their 10th win of the season.

With a goal from Alberth Ellis and a goal and assist from 37-year-old Vicente Sanchez, the Dynamo rallied over the San Jose Earthquakes, 3-0, at BBVA Compass Stadium on a humid Saturday night.

Clint Dempsey does it again as Sounders top Sporting KC

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SEATTLE For much of the spring and early summer, the defending champion Seattle Sounders found themselves looking up at the so-called red line as makeshift defenses struggled to keep the ball out of the net and the attack struggled to find chemistry.

European Saturday Rewind: Chelsea shocked by Burnley, Huddersfield wins PL debut and more

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It only took two days for the first shock of the 2017/18 English Premier League season.

Defending champs Chelsea suffered a shocking 3-2 home defeat against Burnley on Saturday at Stamford Bridge. Antonio Conte saw two of his players sent off, while the Clarets held a 3-0 lead at halftime.

Soccer This Weekend

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With the English Premier League kicking off at last, and several other European leagues continuing their early seasons or league cups, there's no shortage of entertainment set for display this weekend.

Arsenal and Leicester City kicked off the Premier League campaign with a Friday afternoon showdown.

MLS Ticker: Fire sign Richard Sanchez, Carlos Gruezo earns additional suspension and more

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The Chicago Fire have added another reinforcement, this one being goalkeeper Richard Sanchez.

The goalkeeper was acquired through MLS' Allocation Process, after the club got the No. 6 spot from the Portland Timbers. In exchange went the No. 19 spot and the Fire's third-round draft pick in next year's draft, but if Sanchez plays five or more times for Chicago, the Timbers will instead receive Chicago's second-round draft pick.

Gulati: U.S, Mexico, Canada 'prepared' for World Cup bidding process in wake of Morocco competition

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On FIFA's deadline for competing bids, North America has moved one step closer to hosting the 2026 World Cup, even if there is a new competitor in the fold.

As expected, the U.S. Soccer Federation announced their official bid to formally going the competition of hosting the 2026 World Cup on American, Mexican and Canadian soil.

Report: Mix Diskerud in talks to extend loan with IFK Goteborg

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Mix Diskerud's initial loan deal is set to expire in the near future but the American midfielder is hoping to extend his stay in Sweden.

According to ESPN, Diskerudis in talks to have his loan to Swedish club IFK Goteborg extended through the end of 2017. The midfielder initially joined the club back in March on loan from NYCFC but the original loan agreement is set to expire on Aug.

Americans Abroad Weekend Preview: Geoff Cameron, Danny Williams and more

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The return of the Premier League sees several Americans return to action while the DFB-Pokal headlines a German schedule featuring plenty of U.S. Men's National Team regulars.

Premier League action begins on Friday, but the American contingent begins their season on Saturday as Danny Williams, David Wagner and Huddersfield Town face off with Crystal palace.

European Weekend Preview: Premier League season begins, Neymar expected to make PSG debut, and more

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After close to three months of waiting, the English Premier League is back starting on Friday.

Community Shield winners Arsenal kick off the new campaign, hosting Leicester City at the Emirates Stadium. It is the first time in its history that the season opener will take place on a Friday, and both teams are looking to make it a winning one.

USL Midweek Rewind: Week 21

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Toronto FC II is becoming a troublesome team in the late stages of the USL season.

After picking up points sparingly for most of the year, TFC have now scalped points from the Charleston Battery and Charlotte Independence in consecutive matches. The impressive results are a testament to TFC's stout defense of late that is keeping teams from running up the score, allowing the young Reds to remain in matches longer, and stay dangerous throughout.

MLS Week 23: A Look Ahead

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Get your popcorn ready for Saturday, and make sure you have plenty of replenishments because it's going to be a long, packed day of Major League Soccer action.

There are no Friday or Sunday games this week, just 10 matches spread out over nine hours. The opening and closing contests of the weekend are probably the most intriguing with four of the league's heavy hitters squaring off against each other.

Morocco officially submit 2026 World Cup bid

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August 11 was the deadline for any competing bids to arrive at FIFA for 2026 World Cup hosting rights, and one country has decided to throw their hat in the ring against a unified North America.

Early on Friday morning, the Royal Moroccan Football Federation officially submitted their bid to FIFA in competition with the joint U.

Haji Wright goes on loan to Sandhausen

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Haji Wright was in need of more playing time after finding himself in limbo at Schalke, and that playing time will come via a loan spell in the 2. Bundesliga.

SV Sandhausen announced on Friday that the club has signed Wright from Schalke on a season-long loan. With the move, Wright links up with fellow American Andrew Wooten, who has been with the club since 2014.

This Weekend's Soccer on TV

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The European season is beginning to get rolling as the Premier League, Ligue 1, and more can keep you watching soccer from the crack of dawn to the stroke of midnight this Saturday.

The English Premier League is back. The 2017-18 campaign kicks off on Friday afternoon at Emirates Stadium when Arsenal takes on Leicester City.

Friday Kickoff: Liverpool firm on Coutinho; Wenger unsure on Sanchez and more

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Philippe Coutinho won't be leaving Liverpool any time soon if club ownership is to be believed while the same can't be said for Ousmane Demebele or Alexis Sanchez.

Liverpool's owners released a statement saying the club's "definitive stance is that no offers for Philippe (Coutinho) will be considered".

Thursday Ticker: PSG linked with Mbappe move, Dembele suspended by Dortmund and more

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Paris Saint-Germain might not be done spending big in the transfer market, while Barcelona is inching closer to signing Neymar's replacement.

Weeks after luring Neymar with record-breaking sums of cash, Paris Saint-Germain is reportedly set to complete a blockbuster£162 million move for French starlet and current AS Monaco man Kylian Mbappe.

SBI Spotlight: Ethan Finlay looking to rediscover form with Minnesota United homecoming

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There's something special about going home, especially in professional sports. So often, athletes travel far and wide to find their professional home, a city and club where they feel truly at peace both on and off the field.

Ethan Finlay found that throughout his six seasons in Columbus, growing from first round MLS Draft Pick to MLS All-Star.

Kenny Saief hospitalized after infection from hernia surgery

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The hernia injury Kenny Saief suffered during the U.S. Men's National Team Gold Cup tune-up against Ghana has taken an unfortunate and scary turn.

Although Saief successfully underwent surgery to repair the hernia he suffered in early July, complications have arisen as the surgery site has become infected, leading to Saief's hospitalization, reports Israeli news site One.

After battling through tough summer, Timbers hoping to fly under the radar toward playoffs

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With just 10 games remaining, the Portland Timbers have reached a turning point. That fact isn't really a surprise. At this time of year, virtually every team with playoff aspirations is now staring themselves in the mirror, trying to figure out their own path to the postseason.

D.C. United focuses on youth, potential with roster overhaul

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No MLS team was busier at the tail end of the secondary transfer window than D.C. United.

Two players left the club while four new ones came into the fold. They took a roster filled with old, familiar MLS names on the wrong side of 30 and replaced them with younger players brought in from foreign leagues that many fans may not recognize right away.

Americans Abroad Wednesday Rewind: Omar Gonzalez, William Yarbrough, Edgar Castillo, and more

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A trio of U.S. Men's National Team contributors saw the field Wednesday night in Mexico, as Copa MX play continued with five group stage matchups.

It was a quick night for Omar Gonzalez, as the centerback was subbed off after just 24 minutes in Pachuca's clash against Queretaro after suffering a knock.

A look at the winners and losers of the MLS summer transfer window

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The Major League Soccer summer transfer window brought us surprise after surprise and ended with a fireworks show that rivals anything you'd see on a summer holiday.

Some of the typical spenders were involved in making deals, but it was the unexpected clubs splashing around cash that really caught our attention, mainly D.

MLS Transfer Deadline Day Recap

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With the secondary transfer window now closed, a few MLS teams made key moves to strengthen their roster for a late-season push to the playoffs. Here's a look at all of the completed moves from yesterday's deadline, along with past transfers from this window:

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USMNT moves up nine spots in latest FIFA rankings

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The U.S. Men's National Team's run through the Gold Cup helped propel a major jump in the latest FIFA rankings.

After winning this summer's Gold Cup, the USMNT jumped nine places to 26th in the August FIFA rankings. The move is the biggest move in the top 50.

Sporting KC tops Earthquakes in penalty kicks to advance to U.S. Open Cup final

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Wednesday's U.S. Open Cup semifinal went all the way to penalty kicks but, when all was said and done, Sporting KC booked a spot in the tournament finale.

Sporting Kansas City reached the final of the 2017 U.S. Open Cup after winning penalty shootout over the San Jose Earthquakes.

Thursday Kickoff: Liverpool reject Barca's Philippe Coutinho bid, Manchester United after Serge Aurier and more

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Despite continued Barcelona interest, Liverpool is holding firm on not selling one of the team's top stars.

Liverpool reportedly rejected a second Barcelona bid for Philippe Coutinho, one totaling€100 million. (REPORT)

Paris Saint-Germain fullback Serge Aurier is reportedly set to join Manchester United.

2017/18 SBI English Premier League Preview

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Chelsea's dominant debut season under Antonio Conte was sealed with a Premier League title in 2016/17, and the Blues are among the contenders to repeat this season while other top sides look to spoil the party.

With major additions like Alexandre Lacazette at Arsenal, Romelu Lukaku to Manchester United and Manchester City's acquisition of a quartet of young stars, Chelsea will have their hands full beginning opening day as 19 other teams gun for the top spot in England's top-flight.

A look at how the Red Bulls can cope with Daniel Royer's absence

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When Daniel Royer's diagnosis was delivered Tuesday evening, you could almost hear an audible sign of relief from New York Red Bulls fans. Royer's recent run of form for the club has coincided with a midsummer revival the team desperately needed after a run of poor results.

Union inactive during summer transfer window as offseason moves loom

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CHESTER, PA The Philadelphia Union have been quiet during the transfer window, and unless you count the addition of their Chief Tattoo Officer, they won't be doing any business before the Wednesday night deadline.

Both head coach Jim Curtin and sporting director Earnie Stewart confirmed that the Union won't be doing much before midnight, and it probably is for the good of the club.

Report: USMNT winger Paul Arriola nearing D.C. United move

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Paul Arriola has recently been linked with an MLS move, and now it appears the U.S. Men's National Team winger is set to become a major part of a D.C. United rebuild.

According to Goal USA, the Club Tijuana winger is nearing a move to D.C. United.

Rafa Marquez among 22 sanctioned for ties to Mexican drug trafficking ring

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Mexican National Team captain Rafa Marquez is in a bit of hot water with the United States government.

The 38-year-old Atlas defender was sanctioned by the U.S. Department of Treasury in connection with a large drug trafficking organization based in Jalisco.

Ballou Jean-Yves Tabla apologizes for skipping Impact practice

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Montreal Impact midfielder Ballou Jean-Yves Tabla has issued an apology for skipping practice yesterday. The message, written in French, reaffirmed his desire to reach the highest level of play possible while also recognizing his commitment to his current club.

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U.S. Open Cup Preview: Red hot SKC hosts Earthquakes in first semifinal

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The U.S. Open Cup semifinals kick off on Wednesday as San Jose Earthquakes head to Children's Mercy Park to face the 2015 winners, Sporting Kansas City.

These two have met twice in MLS play thus far this season. Sporting KC scored a 2-1 win at home back on March 18 and they played out a scoreless draw in San Jose on June 18.

USL team set to return to Austin in 2019

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After a three-year hiatus following severe stadium damage from floods in late 2015, the USL is set to return to Austin, Texas.

On Wednesday, the league announced the return of its Austin franchise after a three-year wait due to stadium damage during the 2015 Memorial Day floods.

Americans Abroad Tuesday Rewind: Eric Lichaj, Gboly Ariyibi, Duane Holmes and more

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Only one U.S. Men's National Team contributor saw the field on Tuesday but a pair of younger Americans did score goals to help lead their sides to cup wins.

Eric Lichaj started and played all 90 minutes for Nottingham Forest in Tuesday's League Cup win over Shrewsbury Town, while MK Dons winger Gboly Ariyibi and Scunthorpe United's Duane Holmes stole the show.

USL announces expansion franchise in Birmingham

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USL officially announced Tuesday afternoon that it would add an expansion franchise in Birmingham, Alabama. The franchise would join the league in 2019 but will play in the PDL starting in 2018.

The owners of the Birmingham team include Jeff Logan, co-owner of the minor league baseball team Birmingham Barons, James Outland, founding and managing partner of New Capital Partners and Lee Styslinger, III, chairman and chief executive officer of Altec, Inc.

Wednesday Kickoff: Man United give up on Gareth Bale, Dortmund open to Ousmane Dembele sale and more

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Big name transfer rumors continue as the summer window marches towards its end.

Jose Mourinho says it is "game over" when it comes to a potential Manchester United move for Gareth Bale. (REPORT)

Borussia Dortmund is reportedly set to enter negotiations with Barcelona over Ousmane Dembele.

MLS Transfer Deadline Day: SBI Live Commentary

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As we approach the end of the 2017 regular season, today represents the final day for MLS teams to make adjustments to their rosters before the push to the playoffs begin in earnest.

Several teams have been active already in the secondary summer transfer window, much to their fans pleasure or chagrin, and many others have yet to make significant moves, again to varying fan reaction.

Clock is ticking and no transfer news for NYCFC

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If the clock strikes midnight on Wednesday evening without additions to the New York City Football Club, there is a former French international who will not be pleased.

"Three," said NYCFC head coach, Patrick Vieira after training on Tuesday.

Real Madrid edges Man United in UEFA Super Cup

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Defending UEFA Champions League winners Real Madrid added another trophy to their ever-growing trophy-case on Tuesday evening.

Zinedine Zidane's men edged Jose Mourinho's Manchester United, 2-1, in the UEFA Super Cup in Skopje, Macedonia.The Super Cup title was Real Madrid's fourth all-time, and their third in the last four seasons.

USL Week 21 Midweek Preview: Orange County eyes playoff spot, TFC II looks to play spoiler and more

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USL midweek action kicks off with two exciting matches Tuesday night with heavy playoff implications.

First, in Harrisburg, the City Islanders will welcome the Rochester Rhinos. The Rhinos have been an Eastern conference power over the last three seasons, and even with a loss on the weekend, look set to continue to frustrate teams and poach road points.

NASL's Orange County-based expansion team to be called California United

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The North American Soccer League's Orange County based expansion team will be called California United FC, according to the club's website. The franchise was awarded back in early May and had filed a trademark claim for the name shortly thereafter.

They've also launched their official Twitter account:

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MLS Ticker: Russell Canouse set to sign with D.C. United, Bobby Boswell to Atlanta United and more

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Things are heating up in the nation's capital as it appears that a young American is set to be the latest addition to Ben Olson's restructuring side.

Hoffeinheim's 22-year-old midfielder Russell Canouse, currently on loan with Vfl Bochum, is reported set to join D.C. United.The former U.S.

SBI Spotlight: Whitecaps defender Tim Parker thriving in 'second home' of Vancouver

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In his third season as a professional, Vancouver Whitecaps center back Tim Parker has established himself as a starter, but he wouldn't be in that position if it wasn't for the advice he received as a rookie.

Parker made one of the tougher transitions in North American soccer going from his native New York to Vancouver after being selected by the Whitecaps with the 13th overall pick in the 2015 MLS Draft out of St.

Report: Ballou Jean-Yves Tabla skips Impact practice

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Early Tuesday morning, there was a missing face in the Impact's practice.

Highly-touted 18-year-old winger Balo Jean-Yves Tabla, was absence at the Nutriliat Center in stance against the team's officials decision to reject a European bid for his services.

Columbus Crew sign DP midfielder Pedro Santos

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After a few days of teasing a major upcoming announcement, the Columbus Crew finally dropped some big news on Tuesday.

The team officially announced the much-rumored signing of 29-year-old Portuguese midfielder Pedro Santos to a DP contract on Tuesday morning. The team stated that they paid a club record transfer fee for the talented mid, though terms were not disclosed.

Report: Carlos Vela set to become LAFC's first DP signing

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Carlos Vela has been one of the most sought after MLS transfer targets in recent windows and now it looks like one of the league's new teams has finally captured the Mexican star.

The Los Angeles Times reported on Tuesday that LAFC has captured the signature of the midfielder and the club will him its first Designated Player.

Quakes praise depth and competition within locker room on eve of Open Cup semifinal

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SAN JOSE, Calif. In certain cases a locker room can be a toxic place. It can drag a team's morale and quality to unprecedented lows, it may be the barricade between glory and despair, and ultimately, the reason behind a supporter's disappointment.

At the moment, that is fortunately not the case in San Jose.

Hope Solo hopeful of return to field, 'unlikely' USWNT return

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Though her time with the U.S. Women's National Team is likely through, Hope Solo does not believe her playing career is over.

After being suspended and eventually having her contract terminated by U.S. Soccer last year following the Rio Olympics, Solo is eyeing a potential return to the field, according to the New York Post.

SBI MLS Power Rankings: Week 22

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With several surprising results, and one big clash in New York City, week 22 in MLS was certainly eventful.

The obvious leading headline was New York City FC's victory in this season's second edition of the Hudson River derby. David Villa and Bradley Wright-Phillips battled out a titanic clash, in which the former emerged victorious with his first MLS hat-trick.

UEFA SuperCup Preview: Real Madrid takes on Manchester United

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The UEFA SuperCup is often an exciting clash to start the season, but this year's is especially interesting with two huge names meeting up in Macedonia.

Two-time consecutive Champions League winner Real Madrid will clash with Europa League victor Manchester United on Tuesday afternoon in what is sure to be a fascinating match.

Americans Abroad Midweek Preview: Paul Arriola, Omar Gonzalez, Tim Ream and more

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Before the major European seasons kick off this weekend, cup action takes centerstage in England and Mexico to headline the midweek schedule.

In Mexico, it's time for the next round of Copa MX play as the tournament's group stage continues. After scoring the lone goal in Club Tijuana's opening win, Paul Arriola will look to lead the way again as Xolos face second division side Atlante.

Nashville MLS ownership group adds Vikings owners Wilf family

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The bid to bring MLS to Nashville just gained some major additional firepower.

The Wilf family, owners of the NFL's Minnesota Vikings, have joined forces with majority owner John Ingram and the Nashville bid as minority owners, reports the Tennessean. Mark Wilf, along with his brother Zygi and cousin Leonard, bring additional capital to the bid, though the terms of the agreement remain undisclosed.

MLS Ticker: Philippe Senderos signs with Dynamo, Sounders trade for Lamar Neagle and more

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There will be a new face in Wilmer Cabrera's flat back four.

The Houston Dynamo have announced the signing of 32-year-old Swiss center-back, Philippe Senderos, who joins the Western Conference side on a free transfer, after a brief stint with Scottish side Rangers last season. The former six-year Arsenal defender, has featured in four World Cups with Switzerland on top of his 15 years in some of Europe's top flight leagues.

Tuesday Kickoff: Liverpool determined to keep Philippe Coutinho, Virgil van Dijk requests transfer and more

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With the transfer window heading towards an end, Liverpool remain active as the club looks to sign one player while holding onto another.

Liverpool is reportedly holding firm on their stance that Philippe Coutinho is not for sale amid Barcelona interest. (REPORT)

Virgil van Dijk, who remains a Liverpool target, handed in a transfer request in an attempt to force a move from Southampton.

Americans Abroad: 2017/18 Season Preview

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The European season is upon us, and it's an especially important season with a World Cup looming. Several U.S. Men's National Team regulars enter the club season looking to continue on as planned but, for some, the next year will be make or break for both club and country.

Following a busy summer, the top European leagues began to start up this weekend.

USL Week 20 Rewind - Drogba dazzles, several teams snatch late goals, and more

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Didier Drogba stole the show with a thunderous free kick for Phoenix Rising this past weekend. The Ivorian veteran continues to make headlines in the USL scoring some audacious goals, even if the results haven't been there for Pheonix.

In the rest of this weekend's matchups, six results were the product of goals scored after the 80th minute.

The Best of MLS: Week 22

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One of Major League Soccer's biggest superstars rose to the occasion in the biggest game of the weekend, while an Eastern Conference side surprised many with a victory at home over one of the top Western Conference clubs.

In addition to those performances, a rookie center back continued his stellar season and one of the best playmakers in MLS unleashed another stunning strike.

MLS Weekend Rewind: Week 22

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It was a big weekend of a few surprising results and one hugely compelling match between New York rivals in MLS during week 22.

D.C. United kicked off the weekend with a surprising 1-1 draw against the Eastern Conference-leading Toronto FC. (READ)

The Philadelphia Union stunned FC Dallas with a strong 3-1 victory behind big days from C.

Report: Werder Bremen set to sell USMNT forward Aron Johannsson

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A U.S. Men's National Team forward may be set to depart his team in the coming weeks.

USMNT striker Aron Johannsson is reportedly ready to leave his Bundesliga club Werder Bremen in search of more playing time, reports ESPN FC. Johannsson, who has been struggling to find time on the field after his return from injury, could be out in the next few days or weeks.

Report: Ballou Jean-Yves Tabla wants to leave Montreal Impact

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After a summer full of interest, Ballou Jean-Yves Tabla is reportedly ready to depart from Montreal.

The 18-year-old Impact winger has reportedly told the team that he wants to leave, according to ESPN FC. The Impact rejected several offers for Tabla this summer, as the young talent has picked up some serious interest, and Tabla is supposedly unhappy at the team's limiting of his opportunities.

Super-sub Anthony Jackson-Hamel a savior for Mauro Biello, Montreal Impact

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In Montreal, you could argue that the last 10 to 15 minutes of a game should be called 'Jackson Time'.

Once again, the Impact's young striker scored a crucial goal in the latter stages of a game. It was Antony Jackson-Hamel's second game-winning goal with the Impact in Saturday's 2-1 win over Orlando City—he also added one with the Canadian National Team in a friendly at the very same Stade Saputo.

Following four-game win streak, Red Bulls frustrated by letdown against NYCFC

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NEW YORK Up a goal in the second half of Sunday's Hudson River Derby, the New York Red Bulls were riding mighty high. They entered Saturday on a four-game winning streak before finding themselves with a lead in Sunday's rivalry match. At worst, a point would have sufficed, especially on the road.

David Villa continues to carry NYCFC in derby victory

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There's a certain stigma when it comes to the older, star players from Europe coming over to Major League Soccer: they're just coming for one last big check. It's a stigma that has given MLS the unfair appearance of being a retirement league, especially when those big names don't perform and don't play hard.

Union hope Saturday's performance leads to more consistency

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The Philadelphia Union's season has had enough peaks and valleys to create the world's steepest rollercoaster.

Saturday's performance at Talen Energy Stadium saw the Union speed at 100 miles per hour to the top of the fastest curve on the track.

There was dazzling brilliance from Ilsinho, who produced a goal and two assists, including a crafty flick to set up the first goal, one that will go down as one of the most creative team combinations in franchise history.

Americans Abroad Weekend Rewind: Christian Pulisic, Andrew Wooten and more

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Christian Pulisic started his club season off with a goal, but it wasn't enough to lift Borussia Dortmund to a season-opening trophy.

The U.S. Men's National Team star opened the scoring of Saturday's German SuperCup with a finish following a Bayern Munich mistake. However, it wouldn't prove enough for Dortmund, who surrendered a late lead before falling in penalty kicks to the reigning Bundesliga champions.

Monday Kickoff: AC Milan interested in Zlatan Ibrahmovic, Barca pursues Ousmane Dembele and more

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While one veteran striker has been linked with an old club, a young winger remains a Barcelona target following the Neymar sale.

AC Milansporting director Massimo Mirabelli said Zlatan Ibrahimovic "could come back" to the club when fully healthy. (REPORT)

Borussia Dortmundsporting director Michael Zorc says he is "not aware" of the reported agreement between Ousmane Dembele and Barcelona.

David Villa hat-trick leads NYCFC to derby win over Red Bulls

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New York City FC has come from beind several times throughout the 2017 season, but they've never come back against their Hudson River rivals, the New York Red Bulls. That was untilSunday evening in the Bronx.

David Villa's first hat trick in New York City guided the Blues back from a one-goal deficit tolead NYCFC to a 3-2 victory, marking the first time in the club's short history that the Blues will take the annual three-match series from the Red Bulls.

Second consecutive NYCFC derby win takes New York rivalry up a notch

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NEW YORK CITY The crowd inside Yankee Stadium fell silent for the first time on Sunday night in the 75th minute as David Villa approached the penalty spot.

What followed was an eruption of emotion that bellowed through Yankee Stadium, all five boroughs and the tri-state area confirming New York is blue.

Late Peterson equalizer salvages a point for Atlanta United against Sporting Kansas City

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Sporting Kansas City was minutes from anotehr win in the aftermath of trading striker Dom Dwyer, but a defensive failure at a critical time ruined those plans.

SKC looked to be cruising to a win thanks to a Benny Feilhaber goal from the penalty spot. but their defense failed them at the wrong time.

Timbers earn first home win since June by taking down Galaxy

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An 11 a.m. start was an early morning rise for the Portland Timbers, but they made the best of it. The hosts gathered their first win at Providence Park since June 10 in a 3-1 victory over the LA Galaxy.

It didn't take long for the Timbers to get on the scoreboard by way of a corner kick. In the sixth minute, David Guzman's ball drove through the six-yard box and ended up at Liam Ridgewell, who ran toward the far post, and headed into the Galaxy net.

Chris Wondolowski lifts Earthquakes past shorthanded Crew

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The San Jose Earthquakes picked off right where they left off last week, and earned a hard-fought victory over a Federico Higuain-less Columbus Crew.

With goals from Chris Leitch's first-choice forwards, the Quakes edged past the Crew, 2-1, at Avaya Stadium on Saturday.

Union stun FC Dallas behind C.J. Sapong, Ilsinho

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CHESTER, PA Don't count the Philadelphia Union out of the playoff hunt yet.

The Union revived their season once again on Saturday night with a stunning display in a 3-0 win over FC Dallas at Talen Energy Stadium.

C.J. Sapong scored his 11th and 12th goals of the season, while Ilsinho tallied a strike of his own and recorded two assists.

TFC shares points with 10-man D.C. United in lackluster draw

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Sometimes in soccer the ball may not always roll in your favor. For D.C. United, that trend continued on Saturday night as they drew with Toronto F.C. 1-1 at RFK Stadium.

Ben Olsen's side may have snapped a six-match losing run in the process but a mistake paired with an unfortunate bounce cost them a chance at three points over one of Major League Soccer's best sides.

Anthony Jackson-Hamel scores late for Impact in comeback win over Orlando

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Rain or shine, the Montreal Impact relied on their usual late goal-scorer to get what they need.

Anthony Jackson-Hamel was subbed in at the 79th minute and five minutes later scored the game-winning goal, leading the Impact to a 2-1 win over Orlando City on Saturday night in Montreal.

Sounders dominate in victory over Minnesota United

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The Seattle Sounders handed a hefty defeat to Minnesota United on their home turf, beating them, 4-0, on Saturday at TCF Bank Stadium.

The reigning MLS Cup champions got their start early, with Will Bruin scoring after nine minutes. The forward received the ball from Clint Dempsey, and from close range cleanly scored past goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth.

Fire get back on track with lopsided win over Revs

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The Chicago Fire ended July with the team's first real cold streak of the season. They began August with yet another comprehensive victory.

Following a two-match losing skid, the Fire bounced back in a big way with a 4-1 win over the New England Revolution.

VAR still a dividing issue after first usage

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CHESTER, PA Whether you like it or not, VAR is here to stay in Major League Soccer.

Saturday night was a perfect example of how the polarizing viewpoints across the league will respond to VAR in the coming days, weeks and months.

In the 79th minute of the Philadelphia Union's 3-1 win over FC Dallas, referee Ricardo Salazar was notified by the booth to review a play that resulted in an FC Dallas goal scored by Maxi Urruti.

Must-See Goal: Didier Drogba

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Whitecaps fight back to earn draw at Rapids

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It's like the old saying goes: it's not how you start a match; it's how you finish.

The Vancouver Whitecaps used that saying to the fullest on Saturday evening, earning a point in a 2-2 draw against the Colorado Rapids at Dick's Sporting Goods Park.

Real Salt Lake earns tie with short-handed Dynamo

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Real Salt Lake and the Houston Dynamo couldn't provide a goal, but each earned a point and extended their current unbeaten streaks to five consecutive matches.

The scoreless draw was heavily tilted in RSL's favor, but they failed to take the chances they created throughout the match, failing to hit the target on any of their 21 shots in the match.

European Saturday Rewind: PSG opens with win, Bayern edges Dortmund in Super Cup and more

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Paris Saint-Germain used a goal in each half to open the Ligue 1 campaign with a win.

Edinson Cavani opened the scoring after 42 minutes, before Javier Pastore doubled the lead late in the second-half to defeat newly-promoted Amiens, 2-0 at the Parc Des Princes.. Newly acquired winger Neymar was not in the 18-man squad, while defender Thiago Silva left with a halftime injury.

Christian Pulisic scores as Borussia Dortmund fall in German SuperCup

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Christian Pulisic kept a strong preseason going with a goal, but he misses out on a trophy.

The American teenager provided Borussia Dortmund's opening goal and strong play throughout the night, despite falling against Bayern Munich in penalties after a 2-2 draw in the German SuperCup.

Pulisic opened the scoring in the 12th minute in spectacular fashion.

European Weekend Preview: Bayern faces Dortmund in SuperCup, Ligue 1 resumes, and more

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European action kicks off this weekend with a German SuperCup showdown featuring two of the Bundesliga's best sides.

Reigning Bundesliga winners Bayern Munich travel to German DFB Pokal winners Borussia Dortmund on Saturday, in a rematch of last year's SuperCup. Munich used a 2-0 victory over Dortmund in the 2016 edition, and are tied with Dortmund for the most SuperCup victories with five apiece.

Rubio Rubin signs with Norwegian club Stabaek

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Another young American is on the move in Europe, this time en route to Norway.

After departing Silkeborg IF of the Danish Superliga, 21-year-old forward Rubio Rubin has signed with Stabaek, the team announced Friday. Rubin joins De Blaa, formerly managed by Bob Bradley, during the club's fourth campaign since being promoted back into the top flight after the 2013 season.

Greg Garza out 7-10 days with shoulder injury

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Atlanta United received the best news possible while evaluating Greg Garza's shoulder injury.

The U.S. Men's National Team defender exited the MLS All-Star Game on Wednesday in the third minute, and it appeared Tata Martino's men might have been without the full back for quite some time, but that's not the case.

Americans Abroad Weekend Preview: Christian Pulisic, Matt Miazga and more

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Big time European soccer returns over the weekend as two young U.S. Men's National Team stars look to seal an early season trophy.

Christian Pulisic leads the way as Borussia Dortmund faces off with Bayern Munich in the German Super Cup. Matt Miazga also faces a Super Cup match in the Netherlands as Vitesse takes on Feyenoord after the former claimed the club's first ever trophy in their last campaign.

Hoffenheim vs. Liverpool headlines Champions League, Europa League playoff draws

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With a new season of Champions and Europa League soccer set to begin soon, the draws for the final playoff round have been set.

Leading the Champions League playoff draw are a pair of big-name matches. First, Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool take on Hoffenheim of the Bundesliga in a top-level showdown.

MLS Week 22: A Look Ahead

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Major League Soccer is moving into a brave new world this weekend, one that some players are reluctant to enter.

Whether you like it or not, the VAR era is upon us, and it could have an effect on the 11 top-flight games across North America this weekend.

The biggest match on the schedule is the penultimate contest of the weekend at Yankee Stadium, where the New York Red Bulls and New York City FC partake in this season's second edition of the New York derby on Sunday.

This Weekend's Soccer on TV

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Another weekend, another busy slate of soccer on television.

MLS rolls on after the All Star game with the debut of the Video Assistant Referee system. The first competitive matches to use instant replay go down on Saturday night on MLS Live, but ESPN and FS1 have a trio of matches on TV this Sunday so you can check out how this system works.

USWNT cap off Tournament of Nations with victory over Japan

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The U.S. Women's National Team finished the Tournament of Nations on a high, beating frequent foe Japan, 3-0, on Thursday at the StubHub Center.

The first goal came only 12 minutes, courtesy of Megan Rapinoe with her second goal in as many games.

Friday Kickoff: Dortmund not worried about Ousmane Dembele, Kylian Mbappe given No. 10 and more

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The Neymar deal is set to send shockwaves through the game, and those shockwaves could stretch from Monaco to Dortmund.

Borussia Dortmund boss Peter Bosz says he is not concerned about losing Ousmane Dembele to Barcelona in the aftermath of the Neymar sale. (REPORT)

AC Milan general manager Marco Fassone says the club could sign Radamel Falcao or Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Report: Hopes for MLS in St. Louis could be restored by private investors

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After being voted down for a soccer stadium back in April, St. Louis' aspirations to be an MLS city are still in reach.

The city's journey to MLS expansion has reportedly taken an alternative route: relying on a rumored buyer's group instead of unproved tax-payer money, which was denied by a slight margin earlier this year.

USL set to expand regular season in 2018

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Starting in 2018, the United Soccer League is set to expand its regular season play.

On Wednesday, the USL Board of Governors approved the decision to upsize the league's regular season games from 30 to 34 and to extend the season to 31 weeks. With the season expansion and the addition of three new clubs set to join next season, the USL is projected to exceed 500 games played within the regular season alone, a league record.

SBI MLS Power Rankings: Week 21

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It was a week of mismatches in MLS, as multiple teams won big.

Four teams won by an astounding 4-0 scoreline over the weekend. Toronto FC, the New York Red Bulls, Minnesota United, and the Vancouver Whitecaps all emerged victorious by that massive result.

'Surreal' MLS All-Star Game continues to be a fun mid-summer spectacle

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There will always be debates surrounding the MLS All-Star Game, and the 2017 iteration of the midsummer showcase was no different. Every summer, the suggestions and critiques resurface. Is this the best format to display the best MLS has to offer? What can change?

MLS Ticker: D.C. linked with Gary Medel, David Accam linked with Hannover and more

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D.C. United seems to be ready to make a splash in the transfer market with a defensive enforcer.

A few days after being linked with Nigel de Jong, the Washington Postlinked the Black and Red with midfielder Gary Medel.

The Chilean center back is under contract with Inter Milan until the end of 2018 and he would presumably have to be bought with a transfer fee, and D.

SBI MLS Player of the Month: Daniel Royer

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July was nothing short of perfection for the New York Red Bulls. The team went undefeated in all five games, registering 16 goals with only three against in those bouts while earning a spot in the U.S. Open Cup semifinal. Propelling the Red Bulls to a quintessential month was their goal-scorer up top, and for the first time in quite awhile, it wasn't just Bradley Wright-Phillips carrying the scoring load.

Garber "confident" Miami deal could happen by end of summer

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Major League Soccer is closer than ever to announcing the long-awaited Miami franchise.

After meeting with the league's board of governors on Wednesday before the All-Star Game against Real Madrid, commissioner Don Garber told reporters the deal is at the finish line for the Miami MLS team.

DeAndre Yedlin to miss start of Premier League season due to injury

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DeAndre Yedlin's return to the Premier League will take a little longer than expected.

Newcastle manger Rafa Benitez revealed that the U.S. Men's National Team fullback will miss "two or three weeks", leaving him out of the picture for the start of the Premier League season. Yedlin is certain to miss Newcastle's opener against Tottenham after suffering a hamstring injury in the team's recent friendly against German side Mainz.

Miami FC, Kingston Stockade file claim to take pro/rel issue to CAS

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The fight to institute promotion/relegation in the United States is being taken to the Court of Arbitration for Sport

NASL side Miami FC and NPSL club Kingston Stockade FC filed a claim on Thursday with CAS to require the U.S. Soccer Federation to adopt promotion and relegation across all levels of U.

NYCFC Notes: Patrick Vieira looks to upgrade team, playing Andrea Pirlo and more

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The aspiration for Patrick Vieira is singular: win MLS Cup in his sophomore season as a first team coach with New York City FC. The Arsenal legend is also pragmatic and has resolved that there is little chance NYCFC can hoist the Cup in early December without roster reinforcements.

Thursday Kickoff: La Liga rejects Neymar payment, Kylian Mbappe wants to leave Monaco and more

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The Neymar transfer saga continued on Thursday with a new development and a medical test.

La Liga has refused to accept the transfer sum offered for Paris Saint-Germain's transfer of Neymar as the league doesn't believe the payment is in accordance with Financial Fair Play. (REPORT)

Neymar reportedly passed his medical with PSG on Thursday.

Ethan Horvath, Club Brugge eliminated from UEFA Champions League

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American goalkeeper Ethan Horvath's UEFA Champions League run ended prematurely.

Horvath's Club Brugge was eliminated in the third round of Champions League qualifying following a 5-3 aggregate loss to Turkish outfit Istanbul Basaksehir.

Horvath started both legs of the tie. He conceded three goals in the first leg at home and allowed an additional two when the team traveled to Turkey yesterday.

MLS All-Star Game: Live Commentary

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The reigning European champions are set to face a collection of the biggest stars in MLS in Wednesday night's All-Star Game.

Soldier Field plays host to the annual midsummer match which pits Real Madrid against the MLS All-Stars. Real Madrid's starting XI features some of the world's top stars, such as Tony Kroos, Sergio Ramos, Isco and Keylor Navas, and, even without Cristiano Ronaldo, Zinedine Zidane's side should give the MLS team all they can handle.

FC Cincinnati uses second-half winner to edge Miami FC in U.S. Open Cup quarterfinal

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Coming into Wednesday's Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup quarterfinal at Riccardo Silva Stadium, both sides knew what was stake. The winner of the all second-tier showdown would host the New York Red Bulls in one of two semifinals slated for August 9.

It was the USL side that got the job done in Miami as FC Cincinnati used a 68th-minute winner from Djiby Fall to snatch a 1-0 victory at Riccardo Silva Stadium.

Real Madrid emerges victorious in penalty kicks to win MLS All-Star Game

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It took penalty kicks to decide a winner in Wednesday's MLS All-Star Game and, when the dust cleared, Real Madrid was crowned this summer's victors.

Following a 1-1 draw in regular time, Real Madrid topped the MLS All-Stars, 4-2, on penalty kicks to win Wednesday's MLS All-Star Game at Soldier Field.

Wednesday Ticker: Neymar set to make £515,000-a-week with PSG, Barca pursues Coutinho and more

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Recording-breaking figures have drawn Neymar out of Barcelona and on his way to PSG, while it will take the Catalonian side half of that to lure the Brazilian's replacement.

Money won't be a problem for Neymar in Paris as the Brazilian star is set to earn£515,000-a-week for five years. (REPORT)

Barcelona is waisting no time to find Neymar's replacement as they prepare to launch alucrative €120 million bid for the Brazilian's longtime friend and Liverpool ace, Philippe Coutinho.

LA Galaxy II make history by signing 15-year-old Efrain Alvarez

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LA Galaxy II has made USL history with the signing of 15-year-old Efrain Alvarez, the youngest player to pen a contract in the league's six-year existence.

Alvarez, who was once a member of the U.S. U-14, and U-15s and is now a current Mexican Youth National Team player, edges Alphonso Davies' record set back in February of 2016 and Los Dos' own Eric Lopez in 2014 by a margin of months.

Red Bulls Notes: U.S. Open Cup focus, Dilly Duka trial, and more

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The New York Red Bulls left no questions of how the team will prioritize the U.S. Open Cup this season after reaching the semi-final for the first time since 2003.

"As big as the [NYCFC] game is, we are all excited about the semi-final, so we want to make sure that whatever we do, that we put a team on the field, come whenever that date is, that is really ready to do everything to win that match," said Jesse Marsch at training Wednesday.

SBI MLS Rookie of the Month: Jack Elliott

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The Philadelphia Union's season has certainly seen some ups and downs, but Jack Elliott's presence at the back has certianly exceeded all expectations.

Elliott continued to be a vital piece of the Union's backline throughout July, starting all six of the club's matches throughout the month.

U.S. youth international Juan Pablo Torres signs in Belgium

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American youth international Juan Pablo Torres has signed a three-year deal with Belgian club Sporting Lokeren.

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With Andre Blake out, Union's John McCarthy sees himself improving as a goalkeeper

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CHESTER, PA When Andre Blake went down injured during the CONCACAF Gold Cup Final, John McCarthy was one of the few players left in the Philadelphia Union locker room that gasped at the play involving Blake and Kellyn Acosta.

Although Blake's injury meant McCarthy would be starting at least another two games in net for the Union, he felt bad for the Jamaican netminder, who has become one of his closest friends during his time at the club.

Report: Adidas extends MLS sponsorship with six-year, $700 million deal

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An excellent sign of growth for any business is how much other businesses are willing to pay to put their name on your product. By that measure, MLS just received a significant boost to their rate of growth.

After signing an eight-year, $200 million sponsorship deal with MLS in 2010, Adidas has extended their partnership with the league for an additional six years and $700 million, reports Yahoo Finance.

SBI MLS Team of the Month: New York Red Bulls

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There's likely no hotter team in MLS than the New York Red Bulls, and that form was on full display during the month of July.

From their opening match on July 5 against the New England Revolution to their July 29 game against the Montreal Impact, the Red Bulls played four matches in league play and left with a full 12 possible points.

Ahead of Real Madrid match, MLS stars find plenty of meaning in All-Star Game experience

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Wednesday's MLS All-Star Game isn't simply a friendly, but it also isn't a pure demonstration of how far the league has come. Rather, it's somewhere in between. An MLS win over Real Madrid won't send the Spanish club into a tailspin and an MLS defeat doesn't serve as a sign of the league's inferiority.

U.S. Open Cup preview: Miami FC, FC Cincinnati square off in second division quarterfinal tilt

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While Major League Soccer is celebrating its brightest stars on Wednesday night, two teams from the lower leagues of American soccer will square off for a chance to make the final four of the U.S. Open Cup.

Miami FC of the NASL and USL's FC Cincinnati face each other at Riccardo Silva Stadium at 7;30 p.

Paul Arriola scores lone goal in Club Tijuana's Copa MX win

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In his first appearance since returning from Gold Cup duty, Paul Arriola made quite an impact for Club Tijuana.

The U.S. Men's National Team winger scored the game-winning goal on Tuesday night, leading Club Tijuana to a 1-0 win over Puebla in Copa MX play. The win moves Xolos to the top of their group in the first game of the Apertura tournament.

Freddy Adu: Sandecja Nowy Sacz interest was 'a recipe for disaster'

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While Freddy Adu's search for a new team continues, he departs Poland confidant he made the right decision to walk away from his latest possibility.

The 28-year old American was recently on trial with Polish first-division newcomersSandecja Nowy Sacz, but quickly found that he was unwanted, at least by the team's manager Radoslaw Mroczkowski, reports Goal.

Late Kortne Ford header earns MLS Homegrowns tie with Chivas U-20s

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It took until the last possible minute, but an unlikely goalscorer did just enough to lead the MLS Homegrowns to a draw in Tuesday's annual showcase.

Kortne Ford scored a stoppage-time equalizer to earn the MLS Homegrown side a 2-2 draw with Chivas de Guadalajara Under-20sin the 2017 MLS Homegrown Game.

Wednesday Kickoff: Neymar decides to leave Barca, 'Chicharito' gaining fitness and more

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Neymar's move to Paris Saint-Germain now looks all but official.

Barcelona released a statement revealing Neymar and his father have officially asked to leave the club for the contracted buyout clause of 222 million euros. The club has given Neymar permission to miss out on training until his future is resolved.

Tuesday Ticker: Alexis Sanchez returns to Arsenal training, Kalechi Iheanacho undergoing Leicester medical and more

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Pep Guardiola is set to lose two players in the coming days, with one staying to compete against him, while the other seems to have wrapped his Premier League journey. One of Manchester City's targets, meanwhile, has returned to training with his current club.

Following an illness, Alexis Sanchez returned to Arsenal training amid links with a move away from the club.

MLS Homegrown Game Preview: Can MLS topple Chivas U-20s?

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Major League Soccer's All-Star festivities truly begin on Tuesday night with the Homegrown Game, as the best homegrown players in MLS battle the Chivas U-20s.

This will be the fourth edition of the MLS Homegrown Game. It began in 2014 with the homegrowns drawing 0-0 with the Portland Timbers U-23 side.

MLS Ticker: Sounders set to sign Victor Rodriguez, Robbie Keane linked with Indian club and more

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The Seattle Sounders are set to add another player to their roster, with Victor Rodriguez close to joining the reigning MLS Cup champions.

The midfielder participated in training on Monday, the Sounders announced, ahead of a move that should soon be finalized. Rodriguez has spent all of his nine years as a professional playing in his native Spain, most recently playing for Sporting Gijon, one of the teams relegated from La Liga at the end of the 2016-17 season.

SBI Spotlight: Matt Polster stepping up as a right back for resurgent Fire

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Heading into the season, Matt Polster looked like the odd man out with the Chicago Fire. He was nursing an injury as preseason got underway and the acquisitions of Dax McCarty and Juninho added two strong veteran presences to the Fire's midfield.

Report: MLS 2 teams hot topic at USL league meetings

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A source of conflict in the United Soccer League features at the center of league meeting debates this week.

With the USL set to launch a division three league in 2019, there has been much debate about the fate of 'MLS 2' reserve teams in the now-division two partner league. That conversation has reached a head at this week's league meetings, reports NewsOK.

SBI Question of the Day: How much can MLS grow within the next decade?

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There's little debate that MLS has made significant progress over the last several years. New teams have been added, with several more on the way. Big name players have joined the league in their prime, adding to a number of aging stars. The introduction of TAM has seen a rise in quality as younger, more talented players have been brought in to help fill out rosters.

Bastian Schweinsteiger believes MLS can be on 'same level' as European leagues in 10 years

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MLS isn't comparable to its top counterparts in Europe quite yet, but Bastian Schweinsteiger can see a day where the American league could be even with some of the best leagues in the world.

Speaking to ESPN, Schweinsteiger said that he believes MLS can be on par with some of the top European leagues within the next 10 years.

Don Garber: MLS Miami bid 'at the finish line'

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After several years of steps both forward and backwards, MLS Miami is getting closer to putting all of the pieces in place, according to MLS Commissioner Don Garber.

Speaking to ESPN, Garber said that he expects a vote on Miami to occur at Wednesday's MLS Board of Governors meeting.

Tuesday Kickoff: Neymar future remains in doubt, Man United set to re-sign two, and more

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Neymar continues to generate headlines as his future remains in doubt.

Following stops in China and Dubai, Neymar is headed back to Barcelona and is expected to join training on Wednesday despite the ongoing links to Paris Saint-Germain. (REPORT)

If Barca does sell Neymar, the club will reportedly target Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann.