Soccer By Ives Archives for January 2018

USL Week 3: A Look Ahead

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Week 3 of the 2018 USL season promises to showcase attacking talent from coast to coast with some big early season matchups.

The last game of the weekend could be the best, as Las Vegas Lights FC and Swope Park Rangers. The Rangers have been scoring at will thanks to big performances from Kharlton Belmar.

MLS Week 5: A Look Ahead

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The busiest weekend of the Major League Soccer season to date gives a full slate of 11 games.

Saturday's 10-game slate begins with a bang, as Sacha Kljestan faces the New York Red Bulls for the first time as an Orlando City player.

The inaugural clash between LAFC and the LA Galaxy follows with a packed night schedule behind it.

The SBI Soccer Podcast: Episode 7 (USMNT vs. Paraguay, Zlatan, and El Trafico)

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It's another edition of the SBI Soccer Podcast and this time hosts Joe Hojnacki, Ryan Tolmich, and Joe Tansey review the U.S. Men's National Team friendly against Paraguay before they discuss the arrival of Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

They also look ahead to a very busy week in MLS, especially the rivalry match between Los Angeles FC and the LA Galaxy.

Americans Abroad Weekend Preview: Christian Pulisic, DeAndre Yedlin, and more

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Bayern Munich has had the last laugh against Borussia Dortmund in their last two meetings, downing them in both league and cup action. Now, Christian Pulisic and his side will look to pull a major upset on Saturday, traveling to the league leaders in Bundesliga play.

Dortmund is sitting in third place in the table, fighting with Schalke and a few others for a second-place finish.

This Weekend's Soccer on TV

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Club soccer is back after a week of international action and the world has gifted us several great matches.

The Premier League's return is headlined by two London rivals battling for a spot in Europe for next season. Sunday's finale features Chelsea and Tottenham looking to get themselves into the Champions League next fall, with the loser more likely looking at Europa League play.

Friday Kickoff: Real Madrid to keep Isco, Ben Arfa to leave PSG and more

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While one midfield playmaker is set to remain at his current club, another announced an impending departure.

Zinedine Zidane insists Isco will remain with Real Madrid despite ongoing transfer speculation. (REPORT)

Midfielder Hatem Ben Arfa confirmed that he will leave Paris Saint-Germain.

Kellyn Acosta, Jesse Gonzalez back to training with FC Dallas

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FC Dallas continued their bye-week training for the second time in 2018, but received some good news for the weeks ahead.

After missing the start of the new campaign, midfielder Kellyn Acosta and star keeper Jesse Gonzalez returned to training on Wednesday. Both players had been dealing with injuries which kept them out of the team's opening three matches of the season.

NCAA considering making referees official timekeepers, other changes

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The NCAA is taking steps to better align itself with FIFA standards for it's soccer programs.

The main change being considered is allowing referees to be the official timekeepers for matches, as they are throughout FIFA level competitions. The alteration was recommended at the NCAA Men's and Women's Soccer Rules Committee's annual meeting in Indianapolis last week.

SBI Question of the Day: What would you call the LA Galaxy-LAFC rivalry?

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This weekend gives us the first ever derby between the LA Galaxy and Los Angeles FC. It will be the first time to Southern California based clubs will face off since the demise of Chivas USA in the 2014 season.

A new rivalry match like this one gives us a chance at some creativity as soccer fans.

Mark Geiger, Jair Marrufo named as World Cup officials

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The United States may not have any players in the 2018 World Cup, but they will have two referees.

Mark Geiger and Jair Marrufo were both named to the list of officials to work the upcoming World Cup in Russia.

Geiger will be working the second World Cup of his career. He was in charge of three matches during the 2014 tournament in Brazil, including a round of 16 clash between France and Nigeria.

A look at how the Galaxy could line up with Zlatan Ibrahimovic

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic has come to conquer Los Angeles. What's left to be determined is how exactly to fit a player and personality as large as Zlatan in the already-existing Galaxy.

Though, the Swedish star could debut as soon as Saturday's clash with rivals LAFC, it remains to be seen just how fit Ibrahimovic.

Dynamo extend contracts for head coach Wilmer Cabrera, GM Matt Jordan

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Houston Dynamo ownership must have liked what they saw when their club made a run to the Western Conference Final last year, because they've rewarded the guys who got them there.

Head coach Wilmer Cabrera and general manager Matt Jordan both saw their contracts extended on Thursday and both will remain with the club through the 2020 season.

Kljestan looking forward to first match against former team when Red Bulls visit Orlando

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Sacha Kljestan and Orlando City are still very much in an adjustment phase. The veteran midfielder is still getting familiar with his new home after missing the season's opening matches due to suspension while the Lions have struggled to find much cohesion on the field.

But now, as Orlando looks for its first win, the club's star midfielder will come face to face with a familiar club.

Thursday Kickoff: Messi injury, Reus to miss Bayern clash and more

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Two stars are dealing with injury issues as we march down the home stretch.

Lionel Messi is set to undergo tests on his hamstrings Friday after an injury kept him out of Argentina's loss to Spain. (REPORT)

Marco Reus will miss Borussia Dortmund's match against Bayern Munich due to injury.

USMNT vs. Paraguay: A Look Back

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The U.S. Men's National Team scored their first win since October when they took down Paraguay by a 1-0 score on Tuesday night.

It was a match that featured many young faces that can contribute to the future of the team, as well as a few veterans mixed into the lineup looking to get that youth off the ground.

Lack of creativity puts slight damper on otherwise solid USMNT win

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The U.S. Men's National Team got the job done on Tuesday night. A young group put in a strong performance against Paraguay and, when the whistle blew, the U.S. had captured a much-needed win.

Still, for a friendly, there was a noticeable lack of creativity, in more ways than one.

Given the roster at hand, the USMNT emerged in a 4-1-4-1 formation featuring three central midfielders.

Investor purchases minority share in Orlando City

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Orlando City received a small injection of capital funds this week when they announced a new minority owner.

International investor Albert Friedberg has bought a minority ownership stake in the club for the price of $42.33 million. He now owns 8.63% of the club.

Majority ownerFlavio Augusto da Silva still holds well more than a controlling share of the team.

USL Midweek Preview Week 3 - Energy and Sounders 2 look to bounce back

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Week 3 of the 2018 USL season kicks off with two midweek games for a four western conference teams sitting in the bottom half of the standings.

Both OKC Energy FC and Seattle Sounders FC 2 have three points after wins in week 1, but their follow-up performances were a disappointment for fans.

Highlights: USMNT 1, Paraguay 0

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MLS-based midfield shines in USMNT win

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Entering Tuesday's friendly, much of the focus was on the U.S. Men's National Team's young European-based stars, and for good reason. The roster was littered with talented young prospects plying their trade at noteworthy European clubs.

But, when the final whistle sounded on Tuesday night, it was a trio of MLS regulars that stood out as the biggest key to victory.

Bobby Wood scores confidence-boosting goal to cap unsteady performance

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Entering Tuesday night's friendly, Bobby Wood needed something to go right in the worst way. Mired in a relegation-threatened campaign with Hamburg, Wood had scored just two goals in 21 appearances entering U.S. Men's National Team camp.

For a striker, confidence is key, and goals are the key to confidence.

Peru keeps rolling with win over Iceland

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There is just no slowing Peru down right now.

Peru extended its current undefeated streak to 12 games on Tuesday night by defeating Iceland, 3-1 in a friendly at Red Bull Arena. Renato Tapia, Raul Ruidiaz, and Jefferson Farfan were the three Peruvian goal-scorers, while Jon Fjoluson netted for Iceland.

Miazga, Carter-Vickers benefit from chemistry in USMNT win over Paraguay

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CARY, N.C. Matt Miazga and Cameron Carter-Vickers have a combined age of 42 and have seven appearances for the U.S. Men's National Team.

While some young center backs may be overwhelmed by the moment at the senior level, the 22-year-old Miazga and 20-year-old Carter-Vickers treated Tuesday's 1-0 win over Paraguay as another step in their pairing.

Mexico falls to shorthanded Croatia

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Facing off with a Croatian team missing a number of stars, Mexico came out flat on Tuesday night.

A second half penalty proved enough for shorthanded Croatia, who toppled Mexico, 1-0, at AT&T Stadium. The result comes just days after Mexico cruised past Iceland, 3-0.

While the loss will sting, the main takeaway for Mexico involved injuries.

International Friendly Rewind: Brazil edges Germany, Spain trounces Argentina, and more

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International friendlies came to a close on Tuesday with many of June's World Cup sides in action. For most countries that qualified for this summer's tournament, this international break allowed coaches another chance to make decisions for their rosters. For teams that are did not qualify, it was a chance to start a period of transition as they look towards the future.

After overcoming early nerves, Timothy Weah satisfied with USMNT debut

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CARY, N.C. As the fourth official prepared the board signaling Timothy Weah's U.S. Men's National Team debut, right back DeAndre Yedlin jogged over to the touchline to give the 18-year-old a high five.

When the board went up, Weah took his first steps in a USMNT jersey with the crowd at 10,000-seat Sahlen's Stadium cheering in anticipation.

Wednesday Kickoff: Pogba to stay at Man United, Russian fans accused of racism and more

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Manchester United's manager has reportedly made a big decision while Russian fans have been accused of racism.

Jose Mourinho has reportedly decided to keep Paul Pogba at Manchester United. (REPORT)

FIFA has been urged to review claims that Pogba and Ousmane Demebele were racially abused in Russia.

SBI USMNT Man of the Match: Wil Trapp

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Wil Trapp wasn't flashy, but he sure was effective on Tuesday night.

Named captain for the second straight match, Trapp provided plenty in the heart of the USMNT midfield in Tuesday's 1-0 win over Paraguay. The performance was key in the USMNT's possession game, earning Trapp SBI USMNT Man of the Match honors.

Bobby Wood penalty kick pushes USMNT past Paraguay

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It wasn't the prettiest performance in U.S. Men's National Team history, but there were plenty of positive moments on Tuesday night in what ended up as a USMNT win.

Bobby Wood scored a penalty kick just before the halftime whistle in what ended up as a 1-0 win for the USMNT in North Carolina.

USMNT vs. Paraguay: Live Commentary

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For the second time in 2018, the U.S. Men's National Team is set for friendly action.

The U.S. faces off with CONMEBOL representative Paraguay on Tuesday at Sahlen's Stadium in North Carolina looking for some excitement from a crop of young players. Nine players could earn their first caps for the USMNT, while veterans like DeAndre Yedlin, Wil Trapp and Bobby Wood lead the charge.

Official: LAFC acquires Andre Horta from Benfica

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LAFC's persuit of Benfica's Andre Horta has finally become a done deal.

The expansion club announced on Tuesday, that the 21-year-old has officially been signed as the team's third designated player. Horta spent eight seasons with Benfica's youth system, before moving to Vitoria Setubal in 2012.

USMNT vs. Paraguay: The Pregame Tailgate

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The latest step in the U.S. Men's National Team's rebuild comes on Tuesday night against Paraguay.

After a dull January camp draw with Bosnia & Herzegovina, the USMNT returns to action against Paraguay in Cary on Tuesday featuring a very young squad. It's a roster that features five newcomers and just five players with double-digit caps, providing plenty of intrigue heading into the third match of what is effectively the 2022 cycle.

Must-See Goal: Vako

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San Jose Earthquakes midfielder Valeri "Vako" Qazaishvili unleashed a ridiculous individual effort while playing for the Republic of Georgia against Estonia on Tuesday.

Vako took the ball through a few defenders in the middle of the field and hit an incredible shot into the top-left corner of the goal from just outside the box.

Mexico faces depleted Croatia in World Cup tune-up

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Mexico's preparation for a difficult 2018 World Cup opener against Germany continues on Tuesday, as they take on Croatia.

El Tri is coming off a 3-0 victory over Iceland on Friday in which Juan Carlos Osorio's side didn't come alive until the second half. A pair of second-half strikes from Miguel Layun created separation between El Tri and Iceland, and they gave Mexico a good amount of confidence heading into another test.

Young centerbacks come into focus for USMNT

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The entire U.S. Men's National Team is undergoing a changing of the guard, but some of the biggest changes are coming at the centerback position, even if the names coming in are pretty familiar.

Cameron Carter-Vickers, Matt Miazga and Erik Palmer-Brown headline the USMNT squad for Tuesday's clash with Paraguay, and each is a name that has been in the U.

Youthful USMNT given freedom to shine ahead of clash with Paraguay

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Dave Sarachan's job is a complicated one. As the U.S. Men's National Team's caretaker head coach, he's preparing a team for a future without him. His job is to integrate new faces to a national team that will look very, very different when he is inevitably replaced.

But, while Sarachan's job is an unusual one, his approach for Tuesday's friendly is pretty simple: have fun with it.

MLS Ticker: Movsisyan loaned by RSL, Quintero 'close' to joining Minnesota, and more

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Yura Movsisyan's whirlwind of a month looks to finally be calming down once and for all. After being waived by Real Salt Lake earlier in March, the 30-year-old is heading on-loan to Swedish outfit Djurgarden.

According to MLS, Movsisyan is expected to join Djurgarden through the end of July with the club holding an option through the end of the 2018.

Tuesday Kickoff: Messi injury; Bayern, Dortmund chase Hasenhuttl and more

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One of the game's big stars will miss a big-time friendly while two top teams have reportedly set their sights on the same manager.

Lionel Messi will reportedly miss Argentina's friendly against Spain due to a muscle issue. (REPORT)

Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund are reportedly interesting in hiring RB Leipzig bossRalph Hasenhüttl.

USL Week 2 Rewind - Rowdies on a roll, Belmar scoring for Rangers at will, and more.

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Week 2 of the 2018 USL season is in the books, and the early conference favorites are starting to stand out.

The Tampa Bay Rowdies improved to 2-0-0 on the year with a victory over Bethlehem Steel FC. The Rowdies impressed in 2017, and made some key additions in the offseason that are paying off with early season results.

Antonee Robinson looks to provide answer at left back for USMNT

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Just one year ago, Antonee Robinson was far from the U.S. Men's National Team radar. The English-born fullback was pushing his way through the Everton academy, fighting for his chance with a senior team.

Now a Championship regular following a move to Bolton Wanderers, Robinson faces a similar fight with the USMNT, and the 20-year-old fullback is ready to prove himself as he takes another step up.

Christen Press signs for Goteborg FC

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Christen Press has finally settled on a club, signing for Swedish side Goteborg FC.

The long time U.S. Women's National Team forward has elected to sign a three-month contract with the club, refusing to join the Houston Dash after being traded there during the NWSL offseason.

Back in January, Press was part of a blockbuster three-way trade that saw her traded to Houston from the Chicago Red Stars, Carli Lloyd move from the Dash to Sky Blue FC, and reigning league MVP Sam Kerr head to Chicago from Sky Blue.

United 2026 World Cup hosting bid releases proposed 48-team match schedule

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The United 2026 World Cup hosting bid between the United States, Canada, and Mexico is beginning to take a more defined shape.

The group released a 530-page big book that contains all sorts of details about the logistics of the proposed 2026 World Cup, including economic data, political information, media and marketing matters, as well as a possible match schedule.

Who Should the USMNT Start vs. Paraguay?

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For the next few months and years, the U.S. Men's National Team will be in the midst a process of defining itself. As things stand, we have no idea what the best USMNT will look like when World Cup qualifying begins again. The next year or two are about figuring that out.

Knowing that, the U.

Report: Benfica's Andre Horta set to join to LAFC

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Los Angeles FC appear to have their final Designated Player.

According to Kristian Dyer of Metro NY, they are set to sign Portuguese midfielder Andre Horta from Benfica in a deal that includes a $1 million annual salary.

Hearing that Andre Horta has finalized a deal to MLS.

Ahead of first USMNT match, Timothy Weah ready to 'shock the world'

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The U.S. Men's National Team is at the start of a process directed at qualifying for the 2022 World Cup.

Timothy Weah, who is in his first national team camp, is more than embracing the process as a collection of younger players prepare for Tuesday's match against Paraguay.

"It's been a great week here with the guys," Weah said.

The Best of MLS Week 4: Bradley Wright-Phillips, Sebastian Blanco, and more

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It may have been an abbreviated week of MLS action thanks to the international break, but that doesn't mean the games were short on action.

From multi-goal games, to rookie debuts, to an impressive golazo, the six games of week four had quite a bit going for them.

Here is the best of the best from the smaller than usual slate:

PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Bradley Wright-Phillips scored twice for the New York Red Bulls as they cruised passed Minnesota United by a 3-0 score.

MLS Weekend Rewind: Week 4

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It was an abbreviated weekend in MLS, but there were several intriguing results throughout the league.

Ismael Tajouri fired two goals to earn a shorthanded NYCFC a come-from-behind draw with the New England Revolution. (READ)

FC Dallas settled for a split of the points with the 10-man Portland Timbers.

Alex Muyl makes his case with goalscoring performance

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As Alex Muyl raced away in celebration of his first goal of the year, he held his hands up to his ears. The message was clear.

"I hear you".

New York Red Bulls' fans have long been critical of the 22 year-old midfielder's play and inclusion in the starting lineup. Muyl's gesture was a clear sign that he has heard the feedback, even if he didn't want to admit it after the match.

Monday Kickoff: Mexico frustrated with Croatia squad, Lewandowski to remain at Bayern and more

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Mexico has been left frustrated ahead of a big friendly while the transfer rumor mill continues to push on.

Luka Modric, Mario Mandzukic, Ivan Perisic, Marcelo Brozovic, Danijel Subasic and Nikola Kalinic have departed Croatia's squad ahead of a friendly against Mexico, leaving El Tri boss Juan Carlos Osorio frustrated.

Red Bulls sing praises of Wright-Phillips following another big performance

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Against Minnesota United, the New York Red Bulls followed a formula that they perfected a while ago. A goal, or in this case two, from Bradley Wright-Phillips plus a few strong individual performance from his supporting cast lead to a Red Bulls win.

The forward, to little surprise, has garnered plenty of admiration out of his teammates and coach, who sang his praises once again post-match.

Ismael Tajouri proving a valuable addition to NYCFC attack

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. Although New York City FC's shiny new Designated Player, 20-year-old Paraguayan Jesus Medina, is widely considered the main replacement for former stud winger Jack Harrison, another newcomer has also made a big impact early on for Patrick Vieira's squad.

While it's likely true that Medina will play a primary playmaking role out wide, Austrian Bundesliga veteran Ismael Tajouri has show he's more than just a squad player with three goals over the previous two games.

Crew down D.C. United behind trio of first-half goals

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The Columbus Crew may have missed their chances a week ago at Philadelphia, but Gregg Berhalter's side showed a short memory on Saturday as they rolled to three points at home.

A pair of first-half goals scored two minutes apart broke the game open for the Crew as they cruised to a 3-1 home win at Mafpre Stadium over winless D.

Muyl, Wright-Phillips carry Red Bulls past Minnesota

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The New York Red Bulls made the most of their match against a depleted Minnesota United squad, as they earned a comfortable 3-0 win on Saturday.

The Red Bulls looked good for about a dozen on the night, but settled for a clinical win with goals from Alex Muyl and Bradley Wright-Phillips.

Muyl looked particularly impressive on the night, notching a goal and an assist in his return to the starting lineup.

Sporting KC use late equalizer to tie Colorado

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Sporting Kansas City kept its lead atop the Western Conference thanks to a pair of second-half goals at Dick's Sporting Goods Park.

Felipe Gutierrez and Diego Rubio scored a goal each to level Sporting KC and the Colorado Rapids 2-2 on Saturday night.

Anthony Hudson's Rapids broke into the lead early, as they pounced for a pair of goals in a three-minute span.

Galaxy hold Whitecaps to scoreless draw

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Vancouver couldn't have asked for a more frustrating result in its attempt to rebound from its rough loss in Atlanta.

The Whitecaps were held scoreless by a weakened LA Galaxy side in a 0-0 tie at BC Place on Saturday.

Carl Robinson's men, who themselves were dealing with a few absences, failed to break down an organized Galaxy setup led by Perry Kitchen and Servando Carrasco.

FC Dallas splits points with 10-man Timbers

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Both FC Dallas and the Portland Timbers entered Saturday's clash in need of some momentum, but the two Western Conference contenders settled for a split of the points instead.

Roland Lamah and Sebastian Blanco each scored a pretty goal apiece, leading their teams to a 1-1 draw at Toyota Stadium.

Shorthanded NYCFC ties Revolution behind Tajouri brace

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. Playing without three key starters, New York City FC rallied back from a road deficit twice on Saturday afternoon to come away with a 2-2 tie against the New England Revolution at Gillette Stadium.

Newcomer Ismael Tajouri continued his strong start with goals in the 51st and 75th minute to keep NYCFC unbeaten through four matches.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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It may be an international weekend, but there's plenty of MLS matches on the schedule to headline Saturday afternoon and evening.

The day starts in New England as the Revs play host to a surging NYCFC. The action that moves out West as FC Dallas plays host to the Portland Timbers in a match of two teams that could certainly use a win.

Peru blank Croatia in first World Cup tune-up

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MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. Peru's good run of form has carried over into 2018.

Goals from Andre Carrillo and Edison Flores on each side of halftime pushed Peru to a 2-0 victory over Croatia in a friendly at Hard Rock Stadium on Friday night. Carrillo's winner came off an 11th-minute deflected effort from just outside the penalty area following a bad Croatia turnover, and Flores netted three minutes after halftime on a rebound.

U.S. Soccer unveils 2018 national team jerseys

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U.S. Soccer officially unveiled the 2018 jerseys for both national teams on Friday afternoon.

The home strip is white with red and blue horizontal stripes, while the away uniform is navy blue with horizontal stripes.

United we stand #OneNationOneTeam

Our 2018 #USMNT and #USWNT kits are here at last » https://t.

Galaxy announce signing of Zlatan Ibrahimovic

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It's now official: Zlatan Ibrahimovic is coming to Los Angeles.

Following Thursday's reports, the Galaxy announced the signing of the Swedish star on Friday. Ibrahimovic was signed using Targeted Allocation Money and could feature as soon as next week's clash with rivals LAFC.

"Coming to play in the United States, it is only fitting for me to join the most successful team in Major League Soccer, the LA Galaxy," said Ibrahimović.

MLS Week 4: A Look Ahead

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Major League Soccer's shortened Week 4 slate may be overshadowed by the international break and the countdown to Zlatan Ibrahimovic's debut next week, but there's still some intrigue surrounding Saturday's games.

The trio of Western Conference matchups faces a striker reuniting with his old team, a hot attack looking to extend its fantastic start and a club attempting to bounce back after a tumultuous trip down South.

USL Preview Week 2: Adu's return, Indy Eleven debuts and more

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Week 2 of the USL season is set to kick off this Saturday with a number of great matchups in store.

First up, the Las Vegas Lights FC made a lot of noise heading into the weekend, signing Freddy Adu. Adu has not played a match in the U.S. since 2016 when he spent time with the Tampa Bay Rowdies.

International Weekend Preview: Germany hosts Spain, Mexico faces Iceland, and more

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With only three months until the World Cup kicks off in Russia, the time for teams to start preparing their rosters begins this weekend. Domestic action takes a break as international fixtures take centerstage across the globe, beginning with a huge slate on Friday. Familiar foes will duke it out in Europe, while some other intriguing fixtures will also occur in both North and South America.

This Weekend's Soccer on TV

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The countdown to the World Cup is on as this weekend, featuring an international break full of nations tuning up for this summer's marquee event.

The weekend opens with Russia and Brazil, the last two World Cup hosts, playing each other on Friday afternoon, and continues with the last two world champions, Germany and Spain squaring off.

Friday Kickoff: Mourinho confused by criticism, 'Chicharito' eyes World Cup success and more

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One top manager is confused by recent criticism while a Mexican star has his sights set on Russia.

Jose Mourinho says he does not understand the criticism that has come at the manager and the team following the club's Champions League exit. (REPORT)

Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez says Mexico is targeting a World Cup trophy in Russia as El Tri isn't looking to limit expectations.

MLS Ticker: Villa still in doubt, Impact add a defender, and more

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David Villa is unlikely to see the pitch for New York City FC when they take on the New England Revolution on Saturday.

The Spanish forward missed last weekend's match against Orlando City after suffering a calf strain in their 2-1 win over the LA Galaxy two weeks ago.

Villa is yet to resume full training with the squad, but is practicing on the side during full team sessions.

In first camp since USMNT World Cup failure, Nagbe looks to integrate himself with future stars

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The last time we saw Darlington Nagbe in a U.S. Men's National Team jersey, panic had already set in. It was the 84th minute of the USMNT's now infamous loss in Trinidad & Tobago and Nagbe was taken off in favor of Benny Feilhaber. It was a last-gasp substitution from a team that had realized that the possibility of missing a World Cup was very, very real.

Christian Pulisic set to testify in Dortmund bus attack trial

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U.S. Men's National Team and Borussia Dortmund midfielder Christian Pulisic will testify in the trial against Sergei W., the man who bombed the team bus on its way to a Champions League match last April.

Pulisic will be joined by teammates Nuri Sahin, Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Raphael Guerreiro, Shinji Kagawa, Lukasz Piszczek and Julian Weigl in a Dortmund court on May 14.

Juventus named as opponents for 2018 MLS All Star Game

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The MLS All Stars will take a stab at the six-time defending Italian champions in their annual contest against a world power.

The 2018 MLS All Star game will feature Juventus FC of the Serie A, marking the second time an Italian club has taken on the league's best. AS Roma defeated the All Stars 3-1 in the 2013 contest.

Miami expansion group examining "five or so" possible stadium sites

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Just when it looked like David Beckham's Miami expansion team was on the fast track to a soccer stadium, things take a turn.

Beckham's group owns nine acres of land in the Overtown neighborhood of Miami, but is still examining several potential sites for a 25,000 seat soccer specific stadium in the city.

The SBI Soccer Podcast: Episode 6 (MLS Player Survey, USMNT vs. Paraguay and more)

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Joe Hojnacki, Ryan Tolmich, and Joe Tansey are back for another episode of the SBI Soccer Podcast with plenty

The trio tackle the ESPN-run MLS Anonymous Player Survey, particularly the part that focuses on overrated and underrated players. They also look forward to the U.S. Men's National Team's upcoming friendly against Paraguay and the abbreviated weekend of MLS action.

Jurgen Klinsmann eyes return to coaching following World Cup

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Jurgen Klinsmann has enjoyed his time away from the game since his U.S. Men's National Team tenure ended, but a return to the sidelines is expected soon.

Speaking to German magazine Socrates, Klinsmann says he is expecting to return to coaching some time after the World Cup. Klinsmann has been out of a job since leaving the USMNT in Fall 2016.

Report: Zlatan Ibrahimovic nears long-awaited MLS move

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic has reportedly played his last match for Manchester United as a long-awaited MLS move beckons.

According to ESPN, Ibrahimovic is close to finalizing a move to MLS with the LA Galaxy remaining the most likely to sign the Swedish star. Ibrahimovic has just months remaining on his Manchester United deal and has been told by manager Jose Mourinho that he is free to make his move stateside.

Thursday Kickoff: Real Madrid prefers Lewandowski, Wilshere free to leave Arsenal and more

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While Real Madrid prepares for another big summer, a longtime Arsenal stalwart could soon leave the club.

Real Madrid would reportedly prefer a move for Robert Lewandowski over Harry Kane. (REPORT)

Jack Wilshere says Arsene Wenger told him he could leave Arsenal at the end of the season.

Sauerbrunn returns to the fold ahead of friendlies against Mexico

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The U.S. Women's National Team is set to face Mexico in a pair of friendlies in April with the same group of standouts, plus a few notable changes.

The biggest headline from Jill Ellis's 22 player roster is that team co-captain Becky Sauerbrunn is set to make her USWNT return. The center back missed all of this year's matches, including the SheBelieves Cup, with a foot injury.

LAFC acquires U.S. youth international Shaft Brewer Jr. from FC Dallas

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Los Angeles FC added a U.S. youth international forward to their squad on Wednesday, acquiring Shaft Brewer Jr. from FC Dallas.

Dallas received a fourth round pick in the 2019 Draft and $50,000 in General Allocation Money if certain playing conditions are met.

Brewer Jr. most recently played for German side RB Leipzig's U-19 squad, appearing in three contests.

MLS players touch on USMNT World Cup failure, Pro/Rel in anonymous poll

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MLS players touched on some of American soccer's biggest topics in ESPN's recent anonymous survey.

A total of 75 percent of those polled said a combination of players, coaches and U.S. Soccer are to blame for the U.S. Men's National Team's failure to qualify for the World Cup. The players and coaches each received nine percent of the vote as individual entities while the coaching situation received seven percent.

Sounders looking for DP forward this summer

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Let's just say last week was not the prettiest for the Seattle Sounders, but it appears the club is set to make a big move in the coming months.

The defending Western Conference champs first were eliminated from the CONCACAF Champions League following a 3-0 second leg loss at Chivas, then fell 3-0 to FC Dallas on Sunday in MLS action.

A look at the Top 5 international matches involving MLS players

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Fifty-five players on Major League Soccer rosters received call-ups to their respective international teams for games to be played over the next week.

The matches featuring MLS players begin Thursday, with Albert Rusnak and Slovakia taking on the United Arab Emirates and the stretch of matches ends with Mexico and the U.

Toronto FC re-sign midfielder Victor Vazquez

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Toronto FC's Spanish midfield wizard will stick around with the club a bit longer.

The club announced they've re-signed Victor Vazquez to a multi-year contract. The 31-year-old had 16 assists in 2017, which was good for second in the league. He also had ten goals in all competitions last year.

SBI Question of the Day: Who is the most overrated MLS player?

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It may be early in the MLS season, but a recent poll of players has once again sparked a major debate.

ESPN released part of its annual anonymous player poll on Tuesday featuring the league's most underrated and overrated player. While Ignacio Piatti was recognized as the league's most underrated star, it's the latter portion that warrants a larger discussion.

NYCFC signs 15-year-old Joe Scally to Homegrown contract

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New York City FC have made a historic Homegrown signing.

The club signed 15-year-old Joe Scally to an MLS contract on Wednesday, making him the second youngest player to sign a professional contract with the league. Only Freddy Adu was younger when he first went pro.

Scally is a product of the NYCFC Academy, where he joined in 2016.

Eric Lichaj embracing USMNT leadership role as team undergoes transition

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Every team needs a bit of leadership and every team needs one or two elder-statesmen to set a tone. With the U.S. Men's National Team admittedly in a period of "transition", Eric Lichaj is one of several players looking to step in and guide the next generation towards the next World Cup cycle.

At 29, Lichaj is the oldest player called into USMNT camp ahead of next Tuesday's clash with Paraguay.

Wednesday Kickoff: Griezmann's future, Neymar injury and more

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While one star's future will be decided soon, another's recovery remains a talking point heading towards the World Cup.

Antoine Griezmann says his club future will be decided before the World Cup. (REPORT)

Brazil team doctor Rodrigo Lasmar says he and the medical team at PSG have been in "total harmony" over Neymar's injury treatment.

Whitecaps appeal to review Kendall Waston red card from Atlanta defeat

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The Vancouver Whitecaps did not need much time to make a decision regarding Kendall Waston's red card from last Saturday's 4-1 loss to Atlanta United.

On Tuesday, Vancouver has requested a review of the red card to the 30-year-old defender, which occurred in the 13th-minute of their loss at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

USMNT take advantage of ability to call in European prospects for Paraguay friendly

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The U.S. Men's National Team kicks off every year with the annual January camp, a gathering designed to identify and develop the next group of domestic stars. It's far from sexy and the 2018 gathering, in particular, was from from the most consequential.

With a friendly against Paraguay looming, the focus turns away from the group of MLS-based prospects and towards a group littered with players plying their trade abroad.

Matt Polster to miss 5-6 weeks with knee injury

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The Chicago Fire will be without a key piece for the next month-and-a-half.

Defender Matt Polster is set to miss five-to-six weeks with an MCLsprain, the club announced on Tuesday. The injury occurred during training on March 16.

Polster played 89 minutes while picking up an assist in the Fire's season opener, a loss to Sporting KC.

Nick Taitague trains with Schalke first team

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Schalke has a number of talented Americans scattered throughout the club's system, and one joined the first team for training on Tuesday.

Nick Taitague was one of five Schalke youth team players to join the first team for Tuesday's training session. A total of 13 Schalke players are currently on international duty, including the U.

Gedion Zelalem targets preseason return from U-20 World Cup injury

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It's been a long road back from injury, but Gedion Zelalem has set his sights on a return.

After tearing his ACL in the first match of last summer's U-20 World Cup, Zelalem took to Instagram to reveal that he expects to be healthy in time for preseason this summer. The midfielder began running again this past December, but a winter setback pushed his return back from the initial nine-month timeline.

Report: Sarachan to remain USMNT interim coach through June

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As expected, Dave Sarachan will remain in charge of the U.S. Men's National Team through the summer.

According to the Washington Post, U.S. Soccer has extended Sarachan's contract as interim coach through the end of June. Sarachan's contract was set to expire at the end of March, but the interim boss recently signed a new contract with the federation lasting through the summer, keeping Sarachain in charge for four additional friendlies.

Tuesday Kickoff: Liverpool to keep Salah, Icardi expects new Inter deal and more

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Two of European soccer's biggest stars look set to remain with their current clubs.

Liverpool will reportedly not sell Mohamed Salah under any circumstances, and the star winger reportedly does not have a release clause in his contract. (REPORT)

Mauro Icardi's wife/agent is confident that he will sign a new deal with Inter Milan.

Impact sign Uruguayan midfielder Alejandro Silva

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The Montreal Impact's midfield got even deeper on Monday, with the acquisition of Uruguayan international midfielder Alejandro Silva.

Silva was acquired from Argentine club CA Lanus via the use of Targeted Allocation Money, and the 28-year-old has signed a three-year deal with the club.

He has four caps with the Uruguayan National Team, most recently last Summer in friendlies against Ireland and Italy.

Giovani, Jonathan Dos Santos out for upcoming Mexico friendlies

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Mexico will be without the services of both Giovani and Jonathan Dos Santos for their upcoming friendlies against Iceland and Croatia.

The team announced Sunday night that both of the Galaxy players will miss out on the friendlies, which take place on March 23rd and 27th.

Giovani had already been excluded from the Mexico squad due to an injury suffered in the Galaxy's 2-1 loss to New York City FC back on March 11th.

SBI Question of the Day: Which first-time USMNT call up is most exciting?

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The U.S. Men's National Team has a friendly against Paraguay on the horizon and a bunch of young names have been called in to prove they deserve a spot on the team when they finally return to competitive action in the summer of 2019.

Five players, Andrija Novakovich, Antonee Robinson, Erik Palmer-Brown, Shaq Moore, and Timothy Weah, are looking for their first appearances with the senior team.

The Best of MLS Week 3: Josef Martinez, Graham Zusi, and more

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It was another excellent week of MLS action featuring memorable goals and memorable performances.

Everything from an electric goal scorer creating more headlines to an unexpected taly from a third round rookie showed up in the league this week. But that wasn't all it had to offer.

Here's our staff picks for the Best of MLS Week 3:

PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Josef Martinez has taken MLS by storm.

MLS Weekend Rewind: Week 3

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Another week of the young MLS season is in the books. Penalties, red cards to big name players, and late goals told the stories in nine matches over the weekend.

Here's a look back at all of Week 3's action.

D.C. United salvaged a point with a late goal in a 2-2 draw against the Houston Dynamo at Maryland SoccerPlex.

Forward position comes into focus as USMNT heads towards camp

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For the U.S. Men's National Team, position battles will be the norm for the next several years. It's a consequence of missing the World Cup. New faces come in, older faces are ushered out and the status quo is changed over a period of time as young stars are integrated.

There is perhaps no position quite as open as the forward position, though, and several youngsters will have the chance to stake their claim in an upcoming friendly against Paraguay.

Kekuta Manneh added to USMNT squad for Paraguay friendly

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The U.S. Men's National Team will have an additional attacker join the squad for the upcoming match against Paraguay.

U.S. Soccer announced on Monday that Kekuta Manneh has been called up to join the USMNT squad for the March 27 friendly in Cary. With the addition, the squad now stands at 23 players.

USL Recap Week 1: NYRBII comes from behind, Lights win debut, and more

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Week 1 of the 2018 USL season provided fans with plenty of great matchups and show-stopping goals.

First, New York Red Bulls II came from behind to see off Toronto FC II to win their opening game of the season for the first time in the team's four-year history.

Swope Park Rangers traded blows with Reno 1868 FC in the snow, and came out on top with a late winner to see the visitors steal three points after 1868 FC had equalized in the 89th minute.

FC Dallas cruises past 10-man Sounders following Dempsey dismissal

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Fresh off their CONCACAF Champions League loss to Chivas de Guadalajara, the Seattle Sounders laid an egg against FC Dallas.

An early Clint Dempsey red card and a ruthless FC Dallas performance were more than enough in a 3-0 win over the reigning Western Conference champions. The win is is FC Dallas' first of the young season while the Sounders slump to 0-2 in MLS play.

Americans Abroad Weekend Rewind: Terrence Boyd, Joe Gyau, and more

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After seeing time in German's top flight with Darmstadt last season, Terrence Boyd is looking to help his side stay relevant in the second tier. Darmstadt, who are currently in the bottom three of the 2. Bundesliga, used a goal from the American forward to draw 1-1 with Nurnberg on Sunday. Boyd headed home Wilson Kamavuaka's assist in from close range after 18 minutes in to give his side a 1-0 lead on the road.

Monday Kickoff: Messi eyes final World Cup chance, Man United plan overhaul and more

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One of the game's great players sets his focus on the World Cup while one of the sport's top coaches eyes a massive overhaul.

Lionel Messi says this summer's World Cup is probably his last chance at glory with Argentina. (REPORT)

Jose Mourinho is reportedly planning a major shakeup with Manchester United that could see as many as 10 moves this summer.

Sunday European Rewind: RB Leipzig defeats Bayern, PSG comebacks against Nice, and more

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RB Leipzig may have seen 2017-18 as a much more difficult season than last year, but that did not stop them from handing league leaders Bayern Munich their third league loss of the season.

Ralph Hasenhuttl's side came back from an early deficit to defeat Bayern 2-1 at Red Bull Arena on Sunday.

Orlando City still 'a little bit off' but not hitting the panic button quite yet

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Orlando City's results have been way below expectations. For a team widely expected to compete for a playoff position, the Lions have grabbed just one point from their first three matches, digging a slight hole to start the 2018 season.

Still, despite the mistakes and the frustration that has come because of them, Orlando City isn't ready to panic.

Weah, Novakovich, Palmer-Brown headline young USMNT squad to face Paraguay

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The focus remains on youth as the U.S. Men's National Team heads towards a friendly with Paraguay.

A total of five newcomers will join the USMNT squad for the upcoming friendly, which takes place on March 27 in Cary. Defenders Shaq Moore, Erik Palmer-Brown and Antonee Robinson, midfielder Tim Weah and forward Andrija Novakovich join the USMNT squad for the first time, headlining a young squad featuring European-based players for the first time since the fall.

Borek Dockal gets taste of MLS in Union debut

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Many teams in Major League Soccer would love to have an international midfielder come in and start as their No. 10 immediately. However, the quest to try to find one that will last can be very tough.

The Philadelphia Union felt they got their man earlier this year, acquiring Czech Republic international Borek Dockal on loan from Henan Jianye of the Chinese Super League.

Rod Fanni impresses in Impact debut despite ten-month absence

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The last time Rod Fanni played in a competitive soccer game was on May 20, 2017 in Ligue 1 with Olympique Marseille, who beat SC Bastia 1-0 at the Velodrome and Fanni had played the full 90 minutes.

It took ten months, but the 36-year-old Frenchman finally stepped on the pitch again, this time in Montreal's Olympic Stadium, only 12 days after officially signing for the Impact.

Early red card, Martinez hat trick help Atlanta cruise past Whitecaps

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An early red card made things pretty easy for Atlanta United against the Vancouver Whitecaps in their second home match of the year.

Kendall Waston was sent off just 14 minutes into the match, forcing Vancouver to play a man down for the overwhelming majority of the game. The infraction also set up Josef Martinez for the opening goal from the spot as Atlanta cruised past the Whitecaps by a 4-1 score.

Sporting KC defeat Quakes for first home win of 2018

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Sporting Kansas City got blanked in their season opening match at home to begin the 2018 season, but put in a much-stronger performance in their second.

Peter Vermes's side used a 56th minute blistering strike from U.S. international Graham Zusi and an insurance goal by Felipe Gutierrez to claim all three points in a 3-2 home win against the San Jose Earthquakes on Saturday.

Petke, RSL defeat Red Bulls on first half penalty

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Mike Petke and Real Salt Lake were able to right the ship after a poor showing in their home opener by defeating the New York Red Bulls at Rio Tinto Stadium.

It was Petke's first match against his former club, and RSL came prepared. Compact defending, a big performance by Nick Rimando, and a bit of luck helped see the home side through by a score of 1-0.

Second half goals lead NYCFC past sloppy Orlando City

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It wasn't the prettiest win of the season but, with David Villa out of the lineup, NYCFC will be just fine with Saturday's result.

Ismael Tajouri and Maxi Moralez provided goals on Saturday as NYCFC topped Orlando City, 2-0, at Yankee Stadium.

The first goal finally came in the second half, and it was a calamitous one.

Saturday European Rewind: Salah propels Liverpool, Gladbach ties Hoffenheim, and more

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Mohamed Salah's return to the Premier League has been nothing short of amazing, scoring 24 league goals in his 29 appearances. The Egyptian continued his stellar form scoring four goals and adding an assist to propel the Reds to a 5-0 trouncing of Watford at Anfield on Saturday. Salah's opener came four minutes in as he finished Sadio Mane's assist into the bottom-right corner.

Nicholson's 66th minute header gives Minnesota United a 2-1 win over Chicago

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A year ago, Minnesota United opened their home slate by getting blown out in a blizzard. This year, the sun shone on a chilly TCF Bank Stadium and the home side delivered a much better performance.

The Loons made this season's home opener count as a Sam Nicholson goal in the 66th minute capped off a crazy 11 minutes of action in a 2-1 Loons win.

Vargas opens account, Impact take first win over rivals Toronto FC

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Mission accomplished for the Montreal Impact.

Back at home after losing their two first games, the Impact managed to win their first three points of the season against none other than arch rivals Toronto FC.

Jeisson Vargas's first ever MLS goal combined with a solid performance defensively allowed the Impact to ink the latest chapter of the Montreal-Toronto rivalry in their favour with a 1-0 win.

D.C. United rescues late point with dramatic equalizer against Dynamo

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D.C. United picked up a point in the most dramatic of ways, grabbing a late equalizer in the last minute of play against the Houston Dynamo at the Maryland SoccerPlex, where the match finished 2-2.

The equalizer came in the seventh minute of stoppage time, when Yamil Asad's freekick landed in the penalty area.

Crew, Union share points in drab draw

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In any sport, early season matches could see teams on their game from the get go or still working out some kinks. Saturday's clash between the Philadelphia Union and Columbus Crew was more of the latter.

Both the Crew and Union lacked the final product on Saturday, tying 0-0 in a lackluster draw at Talen Energy Stadium.

Andrija Novakovich continues stellar form in Telstar draw

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Andrija Novakovich has had a sensational campaign for Eerste Divisie side Telstar.

The 21-year-old Reading loanee had tallied 17 goals on the season coming into Friday's showdown with Go Ahead Eagles. Novakovich found the back of the net yet again, helping his team to a 1-1 draw on the road.

MLS Week 3: A Look Ahead

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Ten straight hours of Major League Soccer action comes your way on Saturday, as Week 3 presents a wide array of intriguing showdowns.

The first 401 derby of the season takes place north of the border, while a handful of inter-conference matchups provide intrigue.

There's also a renewing of hostilities for one of the league's top players against a club he ravaged at his former home, and a reunion between one of the league's top coaches and the team that ditched him a few years back.

European Weekend Preview: RB Leipzig hosts Bayern, Lyon travels to Marseille, and more

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RB Leipzig had a dream campaign last year, finishing second following their promotion into the German Bundesliga. This season has been a struggle for the club, though, as they currently sit in sixth place ahead of Sunday's showdown with Bayern Munich.

The hosts are unbeaten in their last three matches, but have drawn their last two in league play.

Cosmos, Miami FC respond to U.S. Open Cup exclusion

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The field and format for the 2018 U.S. Open Cup was finalized this week, and three notable clubs are absent from the list of participants.

The three teams remaining in the NASL despite the cancellation of the 2018 season, the New York Cosmos, Miami FC, and the Jacksonville Armada, were not included in the field of 94 teams competing for the U.

This Weekend's Soccer on TV

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It's another weekend, therefore another weekend full of soccer on your TV.

This weekend sees a pair if German Champions League contenders highlighting a packed Sunday. Bayern Munich travels to Leipzig to take on the young Bundesliga upstarts at RB Leipzig. Munich is marching towards yet another league title, but RB Leipzig is fighting hard for a spot in the Champions League next season.

Americans Abroad Weekend Preview: Weston McKennie, Geoff Cameron, and more

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FC Schalke look to be finding their form again in the German Bundesliga, and it couldn't be happening at a better time.

In the race for a top-two finish, the team has won four in a row and has one of their young starters back in the starting lineup. 19-year-old Weston McKennie returned to the squad earlier this month, and played all 90 minutes in last Friday's 1-0 road win at FSV Mainz.

Friday Kickoff: Ibrahimovic discusses return, AC Milan to keep Donnarumma and more

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Hampered by an injury for most of the season, Zlatan Ibrahimovic is staying patient when it comes to his return.

Ibrahimovic, who hasn't played for Manchester United since December, says he will return to the field when he is "ready to perform". (REPORT)

Gianluigi Donnarumma will stay at AC Milan according toMassimiliano Mirabelli, the club's sporting director.

Juventus-Real Madrid, Liverpool-Man City headline UCL quarterfinal draw

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The UEFA Champions League quarterfinals are set.

Following Wednesday's conclusion of the Round of 16, eight European sides learned their fate for the next round of the competition.

The top draw features a rematch of last season's final as Serie A giants Juventus as they face off with defending champs, Real Madrid.

Host cities announced for 2026 united World Cup bid

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Twenty-three cities in the United States, Canada and Mexico are included in the bid book presented by the three nations for the 2026 World Cup.

Philadelphia, New York/New Jersey, Boston and Los Angeles are among the 16 American cities that made the final cut, while it was announced earlier Thursday that Chicago wouldn't be involved.

USL Week 1: A Look Ahead

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The 2018 United Soccer League season kicks off Friday with an expected sellout in a Cascadia rivalry, last year's champions taking on a southern newcomer, and a face off between two intriguing expansion teams.

Seattle Sounders 2 welcome Portland Timbers 2 for a match that should set the tone of each team's season.

Danny Williams out for the season

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An injury suffered in Wednesday's training is going to cost U.S. Men's National Team midfielder Danny Williams the rest of his season.

Williams suffered a fracture to the distal fibula while preparing for Huddersfield Town's weekend Premier League clash with Crystal Palace.

The 29-year-old made 20 appearances for the Terriers in their first season in the English top flight.

USMNT announces May friendly against Bolivia

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The United States Men's National Team will play Bolivia on Memorial Day in Chester, Pennsylvania.

Before embarking on a trip to Europe to face the Republic of Ireland and France, the USMNT play host to the South American side at Talen Energy Stadium on May 28.

"With the addition of the Bolivia game, we have a great set of experiences on the table for our young players this summer," USMNT head coach Dave Sarachan said.

David Villa is making the most of his time in New York, on and off the field

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NEW YORK — David Villa is a busy man and, as he sat backstage at the SoHo Apple Store on Monday, his phone buzzed and buzzed. Text messages flew in, illuminating an NYCFC logo even as he was surrounded by friends, partners and confidantes. The vibrating phone sits on the long conference table in front of him, and it serves as an obvious reminder of the fact that there is barely a moment's rest for New York City's biggest soccer star, even on his off day.

Injuries derail Sounders' hopes of joining Red Bulls, TFC in CCL semifinals

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The Seattle Sounders appeared to be in a good position to join the New York Red Bulls and Toronto FC in the CONCACAF Champions League semifinals, but injuries did them in Wednesday night against Chivas.

Already dealing with the absence of Nicolas Lodeiro, the Sounders couldn't afford any other big knocks.

Chicago, Vancouver pull out as potential hosts in 2026 World Cup bid

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Two MLS markets have pulled out of hosting duties for the 2026 World Cup bid.

Chicago and Vancouver have removed themselves from consideration for hosting the 2026 tournament, which features competing bids from the U.S., Mexico and Canada against Morocco. The two were on the list of 32 potential venues to host matches.

Report: Keaton Parks to join Benfica for preseason

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Keaton Parks has earned some chances with the Benfica first team this season, and he'll have a cahnce to seal a more regular spot this summer.

According to reports out of Portugal, Parks will spend this summer's preseason with the Benfica first team. The midfielder has reportedly impressed manager Rui Vitoria during his time with the senior team and with several standout performances with Benfica B.

San Jose Earthquakes, Inter Milan form partnership regarding youth development

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The San Jose Earthquakes have formed a partnership with Serie A giants Inter Milan in regards to both youth development and sports science.

This collaboration was the second that the Quakes have been included in after partnering with the German Football Association last July. Inter, who celebrated its 110 year anniversary last Friday, was the only Italian club to attend last Wednesday's Stanford Innovation Conference.

Chivas cruises at home to knock Sounders out of CCL

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The Seattle Sounders edged Chivas de Guadalajara in the first leg of their CONCACAF Champions League clash, but the MLS side had few answers in Wednesday's second leg in Mexico.

A trio of second half goals proved more than enough for Chivas, who overcame a 1-0 deficit with a 3-0 home win over the Sounders at the Estadio Akron.

Thursday Kickoff: Iniesta to decide future, Conte favored to take over PSG and more

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One veteran star's future remains up in the air while one big-name coach appears to be on the move.

Andres Iniesta says he will decide his future with Barcelona before May. (REPORT)

Antonio Conte is reportedly the favorite to coach PSG next season. (REPORT)

Conte's job is reportedly safe with Chelsea, but the Italian coach is still expected to leave this summer.

UCL Wednesday Rewind: Barcelona downs Chelsea, Bayern eliminates Besiktas

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Barcelona knew that returning to the Camp Nou would be huge for their second leg match in the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 against Chelsea. Following their 1-1 draw in London, the Catalan side advanced to the quarterfinals after a dominant 3-0 second leg win at home on Wednesday.

Lionel Messi provided the opener for Barcelona after three minutes, squeezing a right-footed effort underneath Thibaut Courtois for a 1-0 lead.

Format revealed for 2018 U.S. Open Cup

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U.S. Soccer released the details for this year's edition of the U.S. Open Cup.

A total of 94 teams ranging from MLS all the way down to local amatuer clubs will participate in the tournament. The competition will begin on May 9 and end with the final some time in the month of September.

Of the 94 participating clubs, 52 are amateur teams from the Premier Development League, National Premier Soccer League, and various local amateur leagues throughout the country.

Caleb Stanko to undergo surgery following knee injury

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An American midfielder is set to miss an extended period of time following surgery.

Freiburg announced that Caleb Stanko suffered ameniscus injury in his right knee in a recent training session. Stanko is set to undergo surgery in the near future and will be out for "a long time".

The 24-year-old midfielder, who has one senior cap with the U.

'Supernatural' Wright-Phillips stands out as Red Bulls advance in CCL

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As the New York Red Bulls confirmed the club's first ever semifinal appearance in the Concacaf Champions League with a 3-1 victory over Club Tijuana on Wednesday, the story was similar. The young players shined, and so did the team's long-time goalscorer, Bradley Wright-Phillips.

He grabbed both goals in the Red Bulls' 2-0 win Tijuana last week, showing off his widely-known talents in the process.

CCL Preview: Sounders enter second leg against Chivas with confidence despite slender lead

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The Seattle Sounders did enough in the first leg of their CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal matchup with Chivas de Guadalajara to feel a little comfortable heading into Wednesday's second leg.

Brian Schmetzer's team hold a slim 1-0 advantage going into the Estadio Akron. The Sounders achieved a key goal of not conceding an away goal to the Mexican side at CenturyLink Field, but they know Chivas is going to have the same goal in mind as it looks to finish off the tie at home.

Xolos look towards Liga MX play after 'learning experience' against Red Bulls

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For a brief moment, Club Tijuana looked like they were in control. Following a 2-0 first leg loss at home, they scored early at Red Bull Arena and appeared to be pushing on for an equalizer.

Suddenly, the Xolos push all fell apart and, ultimately, their CONCACAF Champions League run ended with a whimper.

Americans Abroad Tuesday Rewind: Rubio Rubin, Landon Donovan and more

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It wasn't a good day for Americans Abroad in the CONCACAF Champions League, even if one did impress with an assist.

Rubio Rubin provided an assist on Club Tijuana's lone goal in a 3-1 loss to the New York Red Bulls. Rubin was making just his sixth appearance for the club after signing in Mexico over the winter.

Soccer Wednesday: Your Running Commentary

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It's another big Wednesday of continental action as Europe, South America, and North America all work towards crowning their confederation's champion.

Europe starts if off with the conclusion of the UEFA Champions League round of 16, followed by some Copa Libertadores action, with the end of the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals wrapping things up.

Toronto FC delivers a strong statement in CCL win over Tigres

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Toronto FC marched forward on their quest to capture every trophy in front of them on Tuesday night, but they did so while delivering a statement about not only themselves, but all of MLS. It's a statement that says the league is ready to compete with the best teams CONCACAF has to offer.

Over two legs of CONCACAF Champions League action, TFC, the defending MLS Cup Champions, took down Tigres, the defending Liga MX Apertura champions, putting the club into the CCL semi-finals for the second time in club history.

Florian Valot the unsung hero for Red Bulls in win over Xolos

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When you think about the New York Red Bulls' massive win over Club Tijuana, the "usual suspects" spring to min: Bradley Wright-Phillips, Luis Robles, and Daniel Royer.

While those players were a big part of the result in the series against the Xolos, one guy who deserves more credit for his performance is Florian Valot.

CJ Sapong signs new deal with Union

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After several solid seasons with the Philadelphia Union, CJ Sapong has signed a new deal to remain with the club.

The Union announced on Wednesday that Sapongwill remain under contract with the club through 2019 with a club option for 2020. Sapong's previous deal was set to expire following the 2018 season.

SBI Soccer Podcast: Episode 4 (LAFC's strong start, issues with the Galaxy, and more)

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Week two of MLS is in the books, which means Joe Hojnacki, Ryan Tolmich, and Joe Tansey are back to discuss a chaotic week of domestic soccer action.

The trio discuss the expansion side Los Angeles FC and their strong start led by Uruguayan Diego Rossi, the issues that could plague the LA Galaxy, the state of Minnesota United without Kevin Molino, and more.

CJ Sapong signs new deal with Union

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After several solid seasons with the Philadelphia Union, CJ Sapong has signed a new deal to remain with the club.

The Union announced on Wednesday that Sapongwill remain under contract with the club through 2019 with a club option for 2020. Sapong's previous deal was set to expire following the 2018 season.

Florian Valot the unsung hero for Red Bulls in win over Xolos

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When you think about the New York Red Bulls' massive win over Club Tijuana, the "usual suspects" spring to min: Bradley Wright-Phillips, Luis Robles, and Daniel Royer.

While those players were a big part of the result in the series against the Xolos, one guy who deserves more credit for his performance is Florian Valot.

Toronto FC delivers a strong statement in CCL win over Tigres

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Toronto FC marched forward on their quest to capture every trophy in front of them on Tuesday night, but they did so while delivering a statement about not only themselves, but all of MLS. It's a statement that says the league is ready to compete with the best teams CONCACAF has to offer.

Over two legs of CONCACAF Champions League action, TFC, the defending MLS Cup Champions, took down Tigres, the defending Liga MX Apertura champions, putting the club into the CCL semi-finals for the second time in club history.

Soccer Wednesday: Your Running Commentary

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It's another big Wednesday of continental action as Europe, South America, and North America all work towards crowning their confederation's champion.

Europe starts if off with the conclusion of the UEFA Champions League round of 16, followed by some Copa Libertadores action, with the end of the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals wrapping things up.

Americans Abroad Tuesday Rewind: Rubio Rubin, Landon Donovan and more

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It wasn't a good day for Americans Abroad in the CONCACAF Champions League, even if one did impress with an assist.

Rubio Rubin provided an assist on Club Tijuana's lone goal in a 3-1 loss to the New York Red Bulls. Rubin was making just his sixth appearance for the club after signing in Mexico over the winter.

Xolos look towards Liga MX play after 'learning experience' against Red Bulls

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For a brief moment, Club Tijuana looked like they were in control. Following a 2-0 first leg loss at home, they scored early at Red Bull Arena and appeared to be pushing on for an equalizer.

Suddenly, the Xolos push all fell apart and, ultimately, their CONCACAF Champions League run ended with a whimper.

CCL Preview: Sounders enter second leg against Chivas with confidence despite slender lead

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The Seattle Sounders did enough in the first leg of their CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal matchup with Chivas de Guadalajara to feel a little comfortable heading into Wednesday's second leg.

Brian Schmetzer's team hold a slim 1-0 advantage going into the Estadio Akron. The Sounders achieved a key goal of not conceding an away goal to the Mexican side at CenturyLink Field, but they know Chivas is going to have the same goal in mind as it looks to finish off the tie at home.

'Supernatural' Wright-Phillips stands out as Red Bulls advance in CCL

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As the New York Red Bulls confirmed the club's first ever semifinal appearance in the Concacaf Champions League with a 3-1 victory over Club Tijuana on Wednesday, the story was similar. The young players shined, and so did the team's long-time goalscorer, Bradley Wright-Phillips.

He grabbed both goals in the Red Bulls' 2-0 win Tijuana last week, showing off his widely-known talents in the process.

Caleb Stanko to undergo surgery following knee injury

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An American midfielder is set to miss an extended period of time following surgery.

Freiburg announced that Caleb Stanko suffered ameniscus injury in his right knee in a recent training session. Stanko is set to undergo surgery in the near future and will be out for "a long time".

The 24-year-old midfielder, who has one senior cap with the U.

Wednesday Kickoff: Neymar, Romelu Lukaku and more

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With transfer reports swirling, one star's agent/father came out to quiet rumors.

Neymar's father insists the Brazilian star has a future with Paris Saint-Germain. (REPORT)

Romelu Lukaku says some of his Manchester United teammates were "hiding" in the team's loss to Sevilla. (REPORT)

PSG is reportedly willing to let Marco Verratti leave in the summer.

Red Bulls swarm Xolos to seal blowout CCL win

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The New York Red Bulls made history on the back of Bradley Wright-Phillips on their way to defeating Club Tijuana in the Concacaf Champions League quarterfinals.

Wright-Phillips had a pair assists on the night to push the match out of reach for the Xolos after the Red Bulls defeated the visitors in the first leg of the series.

TFC tops Tigres on away goals to book spot in CCL semifinals

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Tuesday night's match began slowly for Toronto FC, but it ended up being one of the most memorable CONCACAF Champions League matches in Major League Soccer history.

After claiming the first leg, 2-1, TFC fell to Tigres by a 3-2 scoreline at the Estadio Universitario. The result sees TFC through via the away goals rule, pushing them to a semifinal match that will almost certainly be against another Mexican powerhouse in Club America.

UCL Tuesday Rewind: Sevilla edges Man United, Roma eliminates Shakhtar

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After not being able to find the back of the net in the first leg in Spain, Sevilla made sure to make their offensive chances count on Tuesday.

The La Liga side used a pair of goals from substitute Wissam Ben Yedder to down Manchester United 2-1 in their second leg matchup at Old Trafford. Ben Yedder who came on after 72 minutes, opened scoring two minutes later from a right-footed finish.

LAFC, Atlanta United headline SBI MLS Best XI (Week 2)

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Los Angeles FC and Atlanta United came into the season expected to have two of the best attacks in MLS in 2018 and we saw why in Week 2.

LAFC's 5-2 thrashing of Real Salt Lake helped earn Diego Rossi and Carlos Vela spots on this week's SBI MLS Best XI. Atlanta United also boasts two attackers in the Best XI, with Miguel Almiron and Hector Villalba having earned spots after their roles in Sunday's 3-1 win against D.

CCL Preview: Toronto FC nurses narrow lead ahead of visit to Tigres

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Toronto FC's meeting with Tigres was billed as a clash between two of the region's best and, when the dust settled in the opening leg, TFC stood victorious. Because of that, the Canadian club has a narrow advantage heading to Mexico for what is one of the most anticipated matches in CONCACAF Champions League history.

Americans Abroad Midweek Preview: Christian Pulisic, Timothy Weah and more

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Christian Pulisic and Borussia Dortmund will need to come from behind if the club hopes to keep its Europa League dream alive.

Dortmund fell, 2-1, at home against Austrian side RB Salzburg to open their Europa League Round of 16 clash. The bad news? The team will be forced to overcome Salzburg's two away goals.

CCL Preview: After winning first leg on road, Red Bulls look to hold on at home against Club Tijuana

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Going on the road and winning in Mexico has long been a near impossible task for MLS sides. The New York Red Bulls did just that last week, winning on the road at Club Tijuana to seal a massive advantage heading into the second leg.

Now, though, they face an even bigger challenge: holding on.

Report: Revs interested in loan move for U.S. U-20 midfielder Luca de la Torre

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The New England Revolution are reportedly interested in making a move for a U.S. youth international.

According to West London Sport, the Revs are interested in acquiring Fulham midfielder Luca de la Torre via a loan deal. Fulham is reportedly considering whether or not a loan move would be the best situation for the midfielder's development.

MLS, Liga MX to face off for Campeones Cup as part of new partnership

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A new partnership between MLS and Liga MX will see the leagues go head-to-head on a number of new occasions.

The two leagues announced on Tuesday that they have joined forces on a new partnership headlined by the introduction of a new "Campeones Cup". The annual match will put the winner of Liga MX against the MLS Cup champion in a September match.

Tuesday Kickoff: Griezmann turns down contract, Mourinho looking to keep de Gea and more

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While one Spanish club received a bit of good news over a potential transfer, another was told to find another target when the time comes.

Antoine Griezmann has turned down a contract offer from Atletico Madrid, opening the door for a potential move to Barcelona.(REPORT)

Jose Mourinho says Real Madrid should "think of another player" and end their pursuit of David de Gea.

Orlando City optimistic ahead of Sacha Kljestan's debut

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For an offseason of mass rebuild, with over a dozen faces coming in and out of the club, Orlando City's new-look lineup has brought in only the same old results.

While a draw and a loss, both at home to considerably weaker opponents, in their first two games has the Lions off to a poorer start than anticipated, the absences of several key starters including all three of Designated Players has highlighted the two disappointing affairs.

Kevin Molino suffers torn ACL

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A big injury will rob Minnesota United of the team's primary playmaker.

Midfielder Kevin Molino was diagnosed with a torn ACL, the club announced Monday. The midfielder willundergo surgery in the coming weeks to repair the injury.

The 27-year-old Trinidad and Tobago international was stretchered off in the 51st minute of the Loons' 2-1 win over Orlando City in Week 2.

Bocanegra, Friedel appear on National Soccer Hall of Fame ballot for first time

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Thirty-two individuals were named as finalists for the 2018 National Soccer Hall of Fame ballot Monday.

The first-time nominees include former U.S. Men's National Team defender Carlos Bocanegra, USMNT goalkeeper Brad Friedel and midfielder Stuart Holden.

Bobby Convey, Jay DeMerit, Eddie Johnson and Lori Lindsey are the other American newcomers to the ballot, while Thierry Henry and Juan Pablo Angel appear on the ballot for the first time.

Almiron headlines Paraguay squad to face USMNT

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On Monday, Paraguay released their final roster selection for their March 27th friendly against the U.S Men's National Team, and it features a familiar face to MLS fans.

Miguel Almiron headlines the Paraguay squad as the Atlanta United star has been a standout to start the season, registering a goal and an assist in the first two matches of the season.

Bobby Wood set to play under new manager as Hamburg fires Hollerbach

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Hamburg relieved Bernd Hollerbach of his managerial duties Monday after a suffering their third consecutive loss.

The team that features U.S. Men's National Team forward Bobby Wood sits 17th in the Bundesliga table, with a seven-point gap between itself and 16th-place Mainz.

Replacing Hollerbach is under-21 boss Christian Titz, who will take over for the remainder of the season.

The Best of MLS Week 2: Diego Rossi, Red Bulls and more

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Week 2 in MLS provided every twist and turn imaginable as it contained something for every soccer fan.

In nine games played Saturday and Sunday, only one team failed to score, while four teams came out of the weekend with road victories. Six players found the back of the net on two occasions, while a few rookies made impressive impacts on their respective sides.

MLS Weekend Rewind: Week 2

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The second week of the MLS regular season is in the books and there were plenty of standouts, some we have seen before and some that are new to the league spotlight.

Gyasi Zardes scored late from the penalty spot to give the Columbus Crew a 3-2 win over the Montreal Impact. (READ)

Chris Tierney struck with a free kick in the dying minutes to give the New England Revolution a 2-1 win over the Colorado Rapids.

NYCFC looking to better close out games following narrow win over Galaxy

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NEW YORK —The dash to the finish line could have been much easier, but New York City FC made things more difficult than they needed to be.

NYCFC won for the second straight week, defeating the LA Galaxy, 2-1, at Yankee Stadium on Sunday evening. While collecting three more points in the home opener was the biggest takeaway, NYCFC stressed after the match the need to close out games better.

Injury issues, slow start doom Galaxy against NYCFC

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Early chemistry issues were always going to be an issue for the 2018 LA Galaxy and, by and large, the club felt prepared to overcome them. What they weren't prepared to for, though, were several early absences and a slow start that doomed the team to a frustrating road defeat on Sunday at Yankee Stadium.

Matt Turner steps up after surprisingly earning job as Revs starter

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. Few goalkeepers have come as far in as short of time as the New England Revolution's starting goalkeeper Matt Turner, who went undrafted in 2016 after two seasons starting for Fairfield University.

Turner managed to latch on as the Revs' third-string keeper, and then got his first professional experience in 27 starts the past two seasons on short-term loan stints with the United Soccer League's Richmond Kickers.

Timothy Weah hails 'incredible' home debut with PSG

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Timothy Weah recently made his first team debut with Paris Saint-Germain, and the young American attacker was fortunate enough to experience another memorable moment over the weekend.

Weah came into Saturday's match against Metz with19 minutes left, making his home debut in PSG's 5-0 thrashing.

Monday Kickoff: Kane injury, Pogba misses training and more

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Two major Premier League stars are dealing with injuries heading into the home stretch.

Harry Kane suffered an ankle injury in Tottenham's win over Bournemouth. (REPORT)

Paul Pogba missed training ahead of Manchester United's match against Sevilla. (REPORT)

Arturo Vidal says he hopes Jupp Heynckes remains at Bayern Munich for many years.

NYCFC topple Galaxy for second consecutive win to open 2018

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After picking up a big road win to start the season, NYCFC put in another strong performance against a Western Conference foe to earn three points from their home opener.

Goals from Anton Tinnerholm and David Villa led the way for NYCFC, who toppled the LA Galaxy, 2-1, at Yankee Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

Sunday European Rewind: Dortmund edges Frankfurt, Inter ties Napoli, and more

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Michy Batshuayi has quickly made an impact at Borussia Dortmund since joining from Chelsea on-loan back in January. The Belgian international continued his productivity for the German club, netting a brace off of the bench including the gamewinner in Dortmund's 3-2 home win over Eintracht Frankfurt on Sunday.

Martinez, Almiron, Villalba power Atlanta United past D.C. United

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A club record crowd of 72,035 fans saw all of Atlanta United's centerpieces take control of D.C. United from start to finish.

Josef Martinez, Miguel Almiron, and Hector Villalba all found the back of the net as Atlanta took down D.C. by a 3-1 score. It was a perfect way to start their home campaign against a team that beat them thrice last season.

Americans Abroad Weekend Rewind: Julian Green, Christian Pulisic, and more

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Julian Green had found it tough to find the back of the net this season, scoring only once for Greuther Furth in the 2. Bundesliga ahead of Saturday's league fixture. The 22-year-old broke his goalless drought on Saturday, scoring the first of his side's two goals in a 2-1 home win against Kaiserslautern.

Timbers optimistic despite heavy defeat at Red Bulls

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The final score at Red Bull Arena was hardly pleasing for the visiting Portland Timbers. After 90 minutes, they had not just recorded another loss after losing their opening match at the LA Galaxy last week, but were on the back end of a 4-0 drubbing by the New York Red Bulls. There was only one way for Timbers head coach Giovanni Savarese to react at the scoreline.

Ben Mines big night no surprise for Marsch, Red Bulls

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When the New York Red Bulls released their decidedly inexperienced starting lineup Saturday night ahead of the season opener against the Portland Timbers, it raised a few eyebrows. The biggest head scratcher was the start given to the Red Bull's 17-year-old homegrown player, Ben Mines.

One person not concerned over the selection of Mines was head coach Jesse Marsch.

Christian Pulisic provides assist as Dortmund beats Frankfurt

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It was another excellent outing for Christian Pulisic as he started and went the full 90 minutes for Borussia Dortmund in their 2-1 victory over Eintracht Frankfurt.

Most importantly, Pulisic provided the assist on Michy Batshuayi's go ahead goal in the 77th minute.

Frankfurt briefly equalized, but Michy Batshuayi puts Dortmund back ahead!

Sporting KC outlasts Fire in seven-goal thriller

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A wild final 20 minutes at Toyota Park featured five goals, two lead changes, and a 4-3 Sporting Kansas City victory by way of a late finish from a new designated player.

Felipe Gutierrez capped of a two-goal night with a simple finish in the 85th minute to give Sporting KC three points after letting a 2-0 lead slip into a 3-2 deficit.

Kamara, Shea score as Whitecaps topple the Dynamo on the road

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Kei Kamara bagged his 100th career MLS goal and Brek Shea scored as a substitute as the Vancouver Whitecaps traveled to Houston and got out with all three points.

Both teams exchanged half chances before Kamara opened the scoring in the 28th minute. He was shoved over in the box by Philippe Senderos as he rose to reach a cross, forcing the referee to point to the spot.

Ethan Finaly's brace earns Minnesota United three points in Adrian Heath's return to Orlando

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ORLANDO, Fla. Ethan Finlay gave his head coach the perfect homecoming gift.

Finlay bagged a brace a goal in each half to help Minnesota United to three points in Adrian Heath's first game in central Florida since being fired by Orlando City in 2016 with a 2-1 victory over the Lions at Orlando City Stadium on Saturday night.

Shorthanded Red Bulls cut down Timbers in home opener

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The New York Red Bulls pulled off an impressive win over the Portland Timbers while resting a majority of their first choice players to open Red Bull Arena in style in 2018.

Goals from Ben Mines, Bradley Wright-Phillips and Carlos Rivas cut the Timbers down on the way to a 4-0 victory. For the second straight season, the Red Bulls opened the year with a victory.

LAFC picks up second win in as many games with lopsided road victory over RSL

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After toppling the Seattle Sounders in the club's debut, LAFC continued to roll in their sophomore effort with another road win over a Western Conference contender.

Diego Rossi, Latif Blessing, Benny Feilhaber and Carlos Vela provided the goals for the expansion club in a 5-1 victory over Real Salt Lake at Rio Tinto Stadium.

Tierney's last-gasp goal helps Revolution top Rapids in home opener

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The New England Revolution only put two shots on goal on Tuesday afternoon, but that was a good enough to beat the Colorado Rapids in their home opener as Chris Tierney's 93rd-minute free kick deflected in off the wall to give the Revs a 2-1 win at Gillette Stadium.

The 32-year-old left back used his seniority to take the shot instead of Diego Fagundez, and he caught goalkeeper Tim Howard wrong-footed as his volley deflected left and into the upper center part of goal to seal the result.

Saturday European Rewind: Man United edges Liverpool, Ronaldo bags brace, and more

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Knowing the Premier League title looks to be going to the blue side of Manchester, Manchester United's next best goal is to finish as league runners up behind city rivals Manchester City. The Red Devils boosted their chances of that, downing visiting Liverpool 2-1 at Old Trafford. Marcus Rashford led the way with a brace for Jose Mourinho's side, scoring both in the first half.

Late Gyasi Zardes penalty helps Crew get past Impact

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The Columbus Crew were bailed out in stoppage time as a late penalty handed them their second win to start the 2018 season.

Gregg Berhalter's Crew used a penalty from Gyasi Zardes in the 94th minute to beat Montreal 3-2 on Saturday.

The Crew were far from deserving of the result, as the Impact controlled the contest for throughout the second half, as they made up a two-goal deficit.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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Week 2 of MLS play kicks off on Saturday with a full slate of seven matches.

It all starts in Columbus as the Crew host the Montreal Impact to kickstart the day. The afternoon slate also sees a clash between the Colorado Rapids and New England Revolution while LAFC faces another tough road test at Real Salt Lake.

Julian Green bags goal in Greuther Furth victory

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22-year-old American Julian Green has found it tough to net goals over the last few seasons, scoring only two in the past two goals.

The struggles in front of goal however have not dampened the forward's work ethic, as Green scored the opener for Greuther Furth in their 2-1 league win against Kaiserslautern on Saturday

It was an easy finish for Green who tapped home Khaled Narey's assist from close range in the 17th minute.

MLS Look Ahead: Week 2

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March is a month for overreactions and not much else when it comes to establishing who is going to succeed in Major League Soccer.

With most of the focus on the CONCACAF Champions League at the moment, some of Week 2's results won't give us a proper look at certain teams.

The Chicago Fire, Colorado Rapids and New York Red Bulls make their 2018 MLS debuts in Week 2, while FC Dallas, the Philadelphia Union, Seattle Sounders, San Jose Earthquakes and Toronto FC have the weekend off.

Americans Abroad Weekend Preview: Timmy Chandler, Christian Pulisic and more

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Outside of the top spot in the German Bundesliga, the race for the top four has been brutal to say the least. Schalke, Borussia Dortmund, and Eintracht Frankfurt are currently holding the final positions and are separated by one point.

Frankfurt faces a tough road test at Dortmund this weekend with a pair of American players set to duke it out.

European Weekend Preview: Man United hosts Liverpool, Napoli travels to Inter, and more

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Two of the Premier League's historic clubs will duke it out this weekend with both fighting for a runners-up finish in the league table.

Two points separate Manchester United and Liverpool ahead of Saturday's clash at Old Trafford, with the Reds holding a slight edge in better form at the moment.

Friday Kickoff: Neymar misses Barcelona, Kimmich signs new deal and more

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After leaving the club this summer, Neymar reportedly regrets his move away from Barcelona.

Neymar reportedly has a desire to return to Barcelona after joining PSG this past summer. (REPORT)

Joshua Kimmich has signed a new deal to remain with Bayern Munich until 2023. (REPORT)

Barcelona has reportedly finalized the€40 million signing of Gremio midfielder Arthur.

This Weekend's Soccer on TV

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A pair of Italian Champions League challengers highlight a Sunday to keep you on time after shifting your clocks forward for Daylight Savings Time.

Napoli continues their title challenge as they face Inter Milan at home on Sunday afternoon. Napoli will look to keep up with a surging Juventus, who will surely have points in the bag from earlier in the day, as they look to hold onto the top spot in Serie A.

Substitute Pulisic provides assist in Dortmund's Europa League loss to RB Salzburg

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Christian Pulisic made an impact as a substitute on Thursday, but it wasn't enough to lead Borussia Dortmund to a win in the opening leg of their Champions League clash of Red Bull Salzburg.

Brought in as a second half substitute, Pulisic assisted Andre Schurrle in the 62nd minute. However, it wouldn't be enough to overcome RB Salzburg, who held on for a 2-1 win at Dortmund in the opening leg of their quarterfinal clash.

Alex Morgan makes FIFPro World XI

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FIFPro announced their Women's World XI on Thursday and one American international made the cut in the squad

Alex Morgan, fresh off of Wednesday night's SheBelievesCup win over England was named as a member of the squad voted by top female players.

Morgan was one of four players who played domestically for Olympique Lyon last season after joining on loan from the Orlando Pride in the NWSL.

Tim Ream nominated for EFL Player of the Month

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The nominees for February's EFL Player of the Month are out and there's an American name on the list.

Fulham's Tim Ream is a candidate for the honor after a strong month that saw him help his side keep three clean sheets while making several stellar defensive plays.

The 30-year-old center back has 34 appearances in the Championship this year, all of them starts in central defense.

Clint Dempsey steps up in yet another big game to earn advantage for Sounders

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After one of the few dark days in Liga MX's CONCACAF Champions League history, one familiar face stood out. For years, Clint Dempsey has been a player familiar to Mexican fans, a player that has come to symbolize the U.S. Men's National Team's attitude and effort throughout his international career.

Soccer Thursday: Your Running Commentary

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A handful of competitions across the globe resume on Thursday with the UEFA Europa League Round of 16 taking centerstage.

Things begin this afternoon with several intriguing first legs kicking off in the Europa League, starting with AC Milan's home showdown against Arsenal. The pair have not squared off in competitive action since 2012, after the pair shared wins in the UEFA Champions League second round.

MLS Ticker: Alessandrini out, Revs reportedly shopping Nemeth and more

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Romain Alessandrini will miss the LA Galaxy's match against New York City FC this weekend thanks to a hamstring injury suffered in the second half of Sunday's clash with the Portland Timbers.

"He has a little bit of a hamstring strain," head coach Sigi Schmid said. "He went back to the doctor today, so we'll have a better idea what the long-term prognosis is.

Hertha manager, sporting director defend Jonathan Klinsmann following criticism from goalkeeper coach

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Hertha Berlin's goalkeeping coach Zsolt Petry took some shots at Jonathan Klinsmann on Wednesday, and now his bosses are unhappy about it.

"First thing is that I will have a talk with our goalkeeper coach about internal and external communication," said Michael Preetz, the club's sporting director.

TFC embrace statement win over Tigres while looking ahead to difficult return leg

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Wednesday's clash between Toronto FC and Tigres was billed as a clash of heavyweights. It was a match pitting a team almost unanimously viewed as Mexico's best over the last few seasons with a team widely regarded as one of the best in MLS history. It was a meeting of two of North America's elite and, by and large, it lived up to the hype.

Americans Abroad Midweek Rewind: Joe Corona, Cameron Carter-Vickers and more

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It was a very mixed week for Americans Abroad, especially those plying their trade in Mexico.

Joe Corona headlined CONCACAF Champions League play with his stunning goal, but the midfielder's Club America was the only Mexican side to emerge victorious in CCL play this week. Rubio Rubin was the only other American to see the field in CCL competition, entering as a second half substitute in Club Tijuana's home loss to the Red Bulls.

USWNT 1, England 0: The SBI Breakdown

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The U.S. Women's National Team are once again the winners of the SheBelieves Cup, beating England, 1-0, on Wednesday to claim the title.

The U.S. dominated possession for a majority of the match, though struggled to find a goal until a cross from Megan Rapinoe deflected off of England goalkeeper Karen Bardsley in the 58th minute.

USWNT prevails over England to reclaim SheBelieves Cup

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The U.S. Women's National Team closed out the SheBelieves Cup on Wednesday with a 1-0 victory over England at Orlando City Stadium, making them the 2018 champions.

The game's only goal came in the 58th minute, courtesy of yet another England own goal. A Megan Rapinoe cross found English defender Millie Bright, and with a deflection, the ball was in the back of the net.

Late Osorio goal leads TFC to home win over Tigres

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With time winding down and the two teams deadlocked, a stunning finish from Jonathan Osorio pushed TFC past Tigres to open their CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal series.

After conceding the opening goal to Eduardo Vargas, TFC battled back through a Jozy Altidore finish to level the scoreline at BMO Field.

SBI USWNT Woman of the Match: Mallory Pugh

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It was a return to strong form for Mallory Pugh, who managed once again to dominate as the U.S. Women's National Team beat England 1-0 in the final match of the 2018 SheBelieves Cup.

The teenager did not get on the scoresheet, but it was not for lack of trying. Pugh won the ball frequently, and made impressive runs into the box either in an attempt to score herself or assist her teammates.

Late Dempsey goal lifts Sounders past Chivas

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SEATTLE Shorthanded and playing their third game in seven days, the Seattle Sounders dodged a few early bullets on Wednesday night. They then slowly bent a fast-paced match to their will in front of 42,885 at CenturyLink Field, putting visiting Chivas de Guadalajara under ever more pressure as the second half wore on.

Thursday Kickoff: Low favorite to replace Wenger, PSG interested in Conte and more

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Two major jobs could reportedly be up for grabs this summer, and candidates are beginning to emerge before a move has been made.

Germany's Joachim Low is reportedly the favorite to replace Arsene Wenger at Arsenal should the club make a move. (REPORT)

PSG has reportedly contacted Antonio Conte to discuss the club's managerial position.

UCL Wednesday Rewind: Juventus shock Tottenham, Man City advance.

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After allowing a two goal lead to slip away in their first leg matchup against Tottenham, Juventus knew a stronger performance would be needed in London for a chance to advance into the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals.

Maximilliano Allegri's side used a quick pair of goals from Gonzalo Higuain and Paulo Dybala to defeat Spurs 2-1 in Wednesday's match at Wembley, and 4-3 on aggregate to advance.

Soccer Wednesday: Your Running Commentary

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It's a busy day of continental action across the globe as another Champions League Wednesday is upon us.

Things begin in Europe with a couple of UEFA Champions League round of 16 second legs as Manchester City looks to close out FC Basel while Tottenham and Juventus look to follow up their thrilling 2-2 first leg.

Hertha coach: Jonathan Klinsmann "way too American"

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Hertha Berlin head coachZsolt Petry had some choice words for his American reserve goalkeeper.

Jonathan Klinsmann has made one start for the German club after starting the season injured. He hasn't played since making that first appearance against Ostersunds in Europa League action after Hertha were effectively eliminated from the tournament.

CONCACAF reveals full Nations League format, new logo

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We now know how the inaugural CONCACAF Nations League will work.

After announcing the one-off qualification process on Monday, the confederation revealed the full competition format on Wednesday morning.

"The launch of the Concacaf Nations League, conceived over the last two years and guided by the ONE Concacaf principles of unity and access for our region's football, is the defining moment marking the completion of our transition into a new era for our 41-member Concacaf family," said CONCACAF President Victor Montagliani.

USWNT have chance at redemption against England

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The U.S. Women's National Team have more than just a trophy on the line when they take on England to close out the 2018 SheBelieves Cup. The final match of the tournament also presents the opportunity for the team to bounce back from a disappointing performance against France.

Sunday's 1-1 draw against France provided possibly the largest stumbling block for the U.

CCL Preview: Sounders embracing chance to carry MLS banner against Chivas de Guadalajara

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For years, Liga MX teams have dominated MLS foes. It hasn't been much of a secret that, when it comes to regional dominance, Mexico rules the land.

With the influx of money coming into the league and with an increased priority on CONCACAF Champions League play, MLS teams are expected to push Liga MX sides like never before in 2018.

U.S. U-17 international Chris Gloster signs with Hannover 96

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Another American youth international product is heading over to Germany to begin his professional career.

This time it's nine times capped U-17 international and New York Red Bulls prospect Chris Gloster. The full back signed a deal to join the club over the summer after a two week trial.

"He made a good impression," says Hannover 96 Academy Director Michael Tarnat, adding: "We hope for a lot from him, also with the perspective upwards.

Fabian Johnson returns to training with Borussia Monchengladbach

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It's been a while, but Fabian Johnson is back in training with Borussia Monchengladbach.

The USMNT midfielder hasn't played since early December and back problems have kept him out ever since.

"I have to put in one or two extra shifts before I could play, and then I'll have to see how things go" @FabianJohnson23 is back in team training, but he still has work to do https://t.

Toronto FC ready for test against Tigres in CONCACAF Champions League

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Wednesday's CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal first leg is the perfect test for Toronto FC.

The Reds, who won the treble a year ago, face defending Liga MX champion Tigres at BMO Field in the first of two legs played in a six-day span.

With a weekend off from MLS action, Greg Vanney's side set its full focus on the upcoming clash with the Mexican side.

Robles, Wright-Phillips and 'a little bit of luck' make the difference in Red Bulls' CCL win

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The New York Red Bulls knew it would take something special to take any sort of positives from Tuesday's CONCACAF Champions League visit to Club Tijuana. Instead, they received something more than special: a goalkeeping performance bordering on superhuman and, ultimately, a massive advantage heading into the second leg.

The SBI Soccer Podcast: Episode 4 (MLS Week One Review, Week 2 Preview)

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Joe Hojnacki, Ryan Tolmich, and Joe Tansey are back for another week of the SBI Soccer Podcast. This week, the crew look back at the first week of MLS action and find every overreaction possible.

They also take stock of the CONCACAF Champions League, the state of the Columbus Crew relocation, and more.

Cordeiro replaces Gulati as World Cup bid chair

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The united bid for the 2026 World Cup from the United States, Canada and Mexico has a new face at the front of the bid.

After being elected U.S. Soccer president in February, Carlos Cordeiro replaced Sunil Gulati as chair of the bid. Cordeiro now sits alongside Canadian federation president Steven Reed and Mexican federation president Decio de Maria as co-chairs of the 2026 bid.

Joe Corona stunner pushes Club America to rout of Tauro FC

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An American midfielder kickstarted the party in what turned into a CONCACAF Champions League rout in favor of Club America.

Joe Corona scored a stunning goal to open the scoring in the 19th minute, leading Club America in a 4-0 beating of Tauro FC at the Azteca. Corona's goal came from range, as the U.

Robles stands tall as Red Bulls upset Xolos

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Luis Robles carried the New York Red Bulls to victory over Club Tijuana in the first leg of the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals.

The captain faced pressure all night from a crafty Xolos side that seemed like they were moments away from an equalizer throughout the match. Robles held firm, making 13 saves on his way to an important clean sheet and victory.

Wednesday Kickoff: Bale frustrated with Real Madrid, Draxler angry at PSG tactics and more

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Following Real Madrid's win over Paris Saint-Germain, there's a bit of fallout involving two top stars.

After not featuring in the UCL clash with PSG, Gareth Bale reportedly wants out at Real Madrid. (REPORT)

Julian Draxler says he was"surprised and a bit sour" at Unai Emery's tactics in PSG's loss to Real Madrid.

UCL Tuesday Rewind: Real Madrid ousts PSG, Liverpool eliminates Porto

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Defending UEFA Champions League holders Real Madrid knew they could play more conservatively in their Round of 16 second leg match at Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday after a dominant first leg performance.

Zinedine Zidane's men booked their place into the quarterfinals after a 2-1 second leg win and a 5-2 aggregate score line against the Ligue 1 leaders.

Miami officials suggest local golf course for MLS stadium site

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Miami has officially been granted an MLS team, but the stadium search appears anything but finalized.

According to the Miami Herald, owner Jorge Mas met withcity manager Emilio Gonzalez to discuss stadium locations on Monday. Gonzalez suggestedthe city-owned Melreese golf course as a potential alternative for an MLS stadium site afterMas stated last week that he would prefer a larger stadium site than the long-discussed nine-acre location in Overtown, which has seen considerableopposition from the local community.

Soccer Tuesday: Your Running Commentary

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It's a Champions League day as both the UEFA Champions League and CONCACAF Champions League continue with intriguing matches.

In Europe, the action is headlined by Paris Saint-Germain's clash with Real Madrid as the French side looks to overcome both the loss of Neymar and a 3-1 aggregate deficit heading to the Parc des Princes.

Houston Dynamo trio, Tyler Miller headline SBI MLS Best XI for Week 1

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The Houston Dynamo delivered the most stunning win of the opening weekend of the MLS season, and their leading contributors headline the SBI MLS Best XI for Week 1.

Forwards Mauro Manotas and Alberth Elis lead the way in Houston's 4-0 trouncing of Atlanta United, and each earned places in the week's Best XI.

SBI Question of the Day: Which MLS team impressed you most in Week 1?

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It's hard to judge too much off of the first week of the MLS season, but it's impossible to deny that several teams made strong first impressions to kick off the campaign.

A number of teams provided big wins, surprising results and statement performances over the weekend to kickstart the domestic campaign.

Americans Abroad Midweek Preview: Christian Pulisic, Joe Corona and more

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It's a week for continental action in both Europe and North America.

Christian Pulisic leads the way this week as Borussia Dortmund returns for the Europa League Round of 16. Pulisic and co. face off with RB Salzburg on Thursday after tying the Austrian side's sister club, RB Leipzig, over the weekend in Bundesliga play.

CCL Preview: Red Bulls travel to Tijuana to tangle with Xolos

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The New York Red Bulls will return to CONCACAF Champions League action Tuesday night against Club Tijuana in the first leg of the home and home series.

The Red Bulls are coming off of a 2-0 win over C.D. Olimpia in the Round of 16, advancing by an aggregate score of 3-1 in the series. Xolos present a much stiffer challenge for the Red Bulls who are still very much in early season form.

Report: Pulisic linked with Real Madrid as potential Bale replacement

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Christian Pulisic's name is one that routinely pops up in transfer rumors, and that likely will not change for quite some time. This time, the Borussia Dortmund star has been linked with an unlikely move the reigning European champions.

According to Spanish outlet Don Balon, Real Madrid president Fiorentino Perez has been tracking the American midfielder for months and has high hopes of one day signing him.

UEFA Champions League Preview: PSG hosts Real Madrid, Juventus faces Tottenham, and more

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As Major League Soccer returned this past weekend in the United States, Europe's top club competition continues this week with the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 second legs kicking off.

Ligue 1 leaders Paris Saint-Germain have it all to do on Tuesday, welcoming Real Madrid to the Parc Des Princes.

Ohio attorney general, City of Columbus sue Crew ownership, MLS

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The Columbus Crew's potential relocation to Austin has prompted a lawsuit from the state and city the club currently calls home.

Major League Soccer and Crew owners Precourt Sports Ventures are being sued by the Ohio attorney general and the city of Columbus. A suit was officially filed on Monday, citing the "Modell Law," which was passed in response to Cleveland Browns owner Art Modell moving the team to Baltimore in 1995.

Tuesday Kickoff: Fiorentina to retire Astori's number, Serie A rescheduled and more

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The fallout from Davide Astori's tragic death continues in Italy.

Fiorentina will retire Davide Astori's No. 13 jersey following the defender's death over the weekend. (REPORT)

All Serie A fixtures postponed in the wake of Astori's deathhave been rescheduled for April 3 and 4. (REPORT)

N'Golo Kante reportedly fainted during a Chelsea training session ahead of the club's clash with Manchester City over the weekend, but was cleared to play by doctors.

USWNT 1, France 1: The SBI Breakdown

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The U.S. Women's National Team's undefeated run may be intact, but a three-match winning streak was snapped after a 1-1 draw with France in the SheBelieves Cup.

The team went ahead first with a goal from Mallory Pugh, but a Eugenie Le Sommer tally cancelled out their lead only two minutes after obtaining it.

Aron Johannsson eyes starting spot at Werder Bremen

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Aron Johannsson had himself a great weekend. He may have come on as a substitute in Werder Bremen's 2-2 draw against Borussia Monchengladbach, but he was the one who scored the late goal to secure a point for his side.

Now, Johannsson, who has struggled with injuries during his time witheclub, is looking to use that performance as a launching point into a regular place in the starting XI.

MLS Week 1: The SBI Breakdown

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Let's get it out of the way early: it's only Week 1. There are so many ways to react and overreact to the first game of an MLS season but, at the end of the day, the "overreact" part is usually the most prevalent.

You can certainly learn some things, though, from a season debut, even if those things many not necessarily be true for the long haul.

Best of MLS Week 1: Tyler Miller, Diego Rossi, and more

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Week one was a banner week for the newest team in MLS.

Los Angeles FC faced a difficult away test for their MLS welcome party and they didn't disappoint. Their 1-0 victory over the Seattle Sounders at Centurylink Field featured a stellar goalkeeping performance, a rookie having a strong debut, and a wonderful goal from a Uruguayan teenager.

CONCACAF Nations League Qualifying set to begin in September

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The new CONCACAF Nations League is beginning to take shape.

On Monday, the confederation announced the qualification process for the new competition, which will involve 34 of the regions 40 eligible men's national teams.

After featuring in the for the Hexagonal Round of World Cup qualifying, Costa Rica, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, the U.

Timothy Weah thrilled with 'birthday present' of PSG debut

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Making your debut at 18 years old is quite an accomplishment. Making your debut for a club the size of Paris Saint-Germain while still in your teenage years? That's an achievement of another level altogether.

Timothy Weah did just that over the weekend, coming on as a second half substitute in PSG's 2-0 win at Troyes on Saturday.

MLS Weekend Rewind: Week 1

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It was a chaotic week of MLS season openers as title contenders started the year with setbacks while a new club marked a perfect debut.

The Columbus Crew spoiled Toronto FC's title celebration with a win at BMO Field. (READ)

Anthony Fontana and C.J. Sapong combined to lead the Philadelphia Union to a win over the nine-man New England Revolution.

USWNT midfield sputters in tie with France

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It frequently seems like a charmed life for the U.S. Women's National Team, who frequently roll past the many opponents they face, but their SheBelieves Cup against France presented a different challenge. Sunday's match, the second of a three match tournament for each team, was tougher than usual and resulted in a 1-1 draw between the two teams.

Justin Meram shines in Orlando City debut

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ORLANDO, Fla. While Stefano Pinho stole the show on Saturday night with his game-tying goal in the 93rd minute, Justin Meram was arguably the talk of the town after the match following his debut for Orlando City in the Lions' 1-1 comeback draw against D.C. United at Orlando City Stadium.

Monday Kickoff: Davide Astori, Arsene Wenger and more

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It was a tragic weekend with the passing of Davide Astori, whose passing from an apparent heart attack sent shockwaves throughout the soccer landscape.

In the aftermath of Davide Astori's death, Fiorentinapresident Andrea Della Valle says the defender was set to sign a new contract with the club.

Kamara, Davies open their accounts in Whitecaps win over Impact

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Two star players opened their respective Vancouver Whitecaps accounts in the team's season opener at home against the Montreal Impact.

Kei Kamara scord his first goal for the club while Alphonso Davies scored his first MLS goal in a 2-1 win over the visiting Impact.

The first half remained scoreless however the Whitecaps counted on a few chances.

LAFC strikes early, holds on for win in debut match

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SEATTLE Los Angeles FC looked lethal for 20 minutes, held on for dear life for much of the remaining 70 minutes, and escaped with victory in the first match in franchise history, topping the Seattle Sounders 1-0 in front of40,070 at a raucous CenturyLink Field.

The visitors were outshot 22-5 on the afternoon.

NYCFC earns road win over Sporting KC on goals from Moralez, Medina

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A familiar face and a newcomer led the way as New York City FC opened the 2018 season with a statement road win.

Maxi Moralez and Jesus Medina provided the finishes for NYCFC, who went to Children's Mercy Park and emerged with a 2-0 win over Sporting KC to open the 2018 campaign.

Two of the team's veterans combined for the opening goal in a half that saw the visitors' attack prove smothering.

Kamara, Alessandrini LA Galaxy over Portland

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Ola Kamara started his LA Galaxy career right and he got some help from last year's team MVP in a winning cause.

Kamara scored his first goal with his new team and Romain Alessandrini added the would be winner a couple minutes later as the Galaxy took down the visiting Portland Timbers by a 2-1 score.

Americans Abroad Weekend Rewind: Andrija Novakovich, Aron Johannsson, and more

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Andrija Novakovich has made the biggest impact of American strikers overseas, tallying up goals left and right for Dutch second-tier side Telstar. The Reading loanee continued that trend with a brace in his side's 3-2 win over FC Dordrecht on Friday. After falling down 1-0, Novakovich scored in the 23rd and 50th minutes respectively to put the visitors up 2-1.

Sunday European Rewind: Barcelona edged Atlético, Man City defeats Chelsea, and more

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Lionel Messi has broken many records for Barcelona during his time with the club, and the Argentina reached another milestone on Sunday. Messi scored the winning goal in Barcelona's 1-0 home triumph against Atletico Madrid, giving him 600 combined goals for club and country. Messi's cool free kick after 26 minutes was all Barcelona needed to extend their lead at the top of the La Liga table to eight points.

USWNT, France draw in second match of SheBelieves Cup

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Two quick goals for either side provided the highlights in Sunday's first SheBelieves Cup match at Red Bull Arena, but meant that the U.S. Women's National Team were held to a draw against France on Sunday.

The U.S. were on the scoresheet first, thanks to Kelley O'Hara winning a free kick on the left side of the penalty area.

SBI USWNT Woman of the Match: Alex Morgan

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She may not have gotten on the scoresheet in Sunday's draw with France, but Alex Morgan recorded a strong performance for the U.S. Women's National Team.

The forward was lively at the head of the U.S. attack, particularly in a second half that saw many opportunities but no goals. As Morgan frequently has throughout her career, she managed to get into important positions, sometimes aiding teammates and other times got close to scoring herself.

Union homegrown players Anthony Fontana, Auston Trusty take huge steps in debut

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In any professional soccer league, getting off to a strong start to the season is crucial. Gaining confidence and momentum throughout the season can only lead to great things, and can help a team avoid any dramatic endings come Fall.

This adage is especially true for young players, who are taking the next step in their professional careers.

Hoesen, Vako power Quakes past Minnesota

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In San Jose Earthquakes manager Mikael Stahre's first match in Major League Soccer,Valeri "Vako" Qazaishvili and Danny Hoesen proved to be too much for Minnesota United.

Hoesen and Vako were involved in each of the Quakes goals on the night, linking up well, and finding space between the Loons centerbacks.

Ellis relishing chance to build depth through USWNT injury crisis

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Lately, things have gone swimmingly for the U.S. Women's National Team. The team has been on an undefeated streak since July, with their most recent result being an impressive win against Germany. Yet, they currently find themselves without four players that were standouts last year, all of them potential starters.

Fontana, Sapong propel Union to comfortable win over nine-man Revs

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The Philadelphia Union made a few splashes this offseason bringing in some attacking talent, but it was an academy product and an MLS veteran who made the biggest splash in Saturday's 2018 opener.

Academy product Anthony Fontana and star striker C.J. Sapong each netted goals to give Jim Curtin's side a 2-0 home win over the New England Revolution at Talen Energy Stadium.

Orlando City's late equalizer steals a point from D.C. United

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ORLANDO, Fla. Orlando City has a history of game-tying goals in stoppage time on opening day, and Saturday night was no different.

A 10-man Lions side came back at the death to steal a point from D.C. United with a 93rd minute goal finish 1-1 at Orlando City Stadium.

Yamil Asad scored the only goal of the night for the visiting side, which didn't arrive in central Florida until about eight hours before kickoff due to bad weather up north delaying their flights.

Ahead of SheBelieves Cup rematch, USWNT a different side from the one that lost France in 2017

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The U.S. Women's National Team started off the 2018 SheBelieves Cup much like they did last year, with a 1-0 victory against Germany. Yet, this U.S. team seems like quite a departure from the one that finished last in the 2017 edition of the tournament ahead of facing France on Sunday at Red Bull Arena.

Following midweek CCL elimination, FC Dallas finds late goal to seal home draw against RSL

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Following a midweek CONCACAF Champions League elimination, FC Dallas was bailed out by a late goal in a season-opening draw.

Real Salt Lake came into Toyota Stadium led for a bulk of the match thanks to a goal from Joao Plata. However, a late deflected goal from Maxi Urruti saw the hosts seal a 1-1 draw.

Dynamo thump Atlanta United behind four first half goals

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Atlanta United made several big splashes this offseason, but it was the Houston Dynamo that started the season with a flurry of goals and a lopsided win.

Behind four first half goals, the Dynamo blew out Atlanta United, 4-0, at BBVAA Compass Stadium to open the MLS season with a blowout victory.

Saturday European Rewind: Juventus edges Lazio, Dortmund ties Leipzig, and more

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The Serie A title race looks clear that it is down to two teams for the remainder of the season. League leaders Napoli are now just one point clear of defending champions Juventus following the Old Lady's 1-0 dramatic win at Lazio on Saturday. With both sides failing to have many shots on goal in the match, Paulo Dybala played the role of hero again for Juve scoring the winner after 93 minutes.

Higuain, Zardes score as Crew spoil TFC's title celebration

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The defending champions didn't quite open their title defense how they wanted to.

Thanks to goals from old talisman Federico Higuain and newcomer Gyasi Zardes Toronto FC's first league game after lifting MLS Cup ended in a 2-0 defeat to the Columbus Crew.

Towards the end of a first half mostly devoid of scoring chances for either side, Higuain opened the scoring in the final two minutes of the frame.

Timothy Weah makes first team debut in PSG win

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Saturday was a day to remember for U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team forward Timothy Weah.

Weah made his first team debut for Paris Saint-Germain on Saturday, coming on in the 79th minute of the team's 2-0 win over Troyes. Weah, a member of the U.S. team at the 2017 Under-17 World Cup, has been a fixture with the club's youth teams for several years and is reportedly in the process of negotiating a new contract with the club.

MLS Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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The MLS season is here, and it begins on Saturday with some intriguing matchups.

It all starts at BMO Field as the defender MLS Cup champion Toronto FC host the Columbus Crew to open the season. Action then moves to Houston as the Dynamo host Atlanta United in a clash of two of the league's top attacks.

Red Bulls acquire Parker from Whitecaps in exchange for Felipe, TAM, international spot

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On the eve of MLS kickoff, the New York Red Bulls and Vancouver Whitecaps have combined for a blockbuster trade.

The Whitecaps have traded defender Tim Parker to the Red Bulls in exchange for Felipe, 500K in Targeted Allocation Money and an international slot.The Red Bulls will send Vancouver $225,000 of TAM for 2018, and $275,000 of TAM for 2019.

Aron Johannsson’s equalizer helps Werder Bremen draw versus Gladbach

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Aron Johannsson has found it tough finding the back of the net this Bundesliga season, but still has had some strong performances for Werder Bremen.

The 27-year-old's offensive effort a week turned into an Hamburg own-goal in Bremen's 1-0 win at home.

His impact a week ago carried over to this week as Johannsson netted his first league goal of the season on Friday in Bremen's 2-2 league draw at Borussia Monchengladbach.

The SBI MLS Fantasy League is back for 2018

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The start of the MLS season is just hours away and with it comes the start of the 2018 SBI MLS Fantasy League.

The SBI MLS Fantasy League is back in action for the upcoming 2018 season, giving the readers a chance to compete throughout the MLS season.Consider yourself a fantasy expert? Ready to show off your MLS knowledge?

Charlie Davies announces retirement

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Charlie Davies announced his retirement from soccer on Friday after over a decade in the professional game.

Davies posted a message on Twitter with an explanation of his decision.

Thank you! pic.twitter.com/NVX9egaOvF

- Charlie Davies (@CharlieDavies9) March 2, 2018

The 31-year-old played for Hammarby, Sochaux and Randers in Europe and he most recently played in MLS with D.

European Weekend Preview: Man City hosts Chelsea, Inter faces AC Milan, and more

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Manchester City have been one of Europe's best teams this season, rolling to a 24-1-3 mark so far in the Premier League campaign. Pep Guardiola's team will look to inch closer to the league title with a home date this weekend against defending champions, Chelsea.

City is coming off back-to-back 3-0 wins against Arsenal in both the Carabao Cup final and a make-up league fixture, and are clear 16 points in the league table.

The SBI Soccer Podcast: Episode 3 (MLS Western Conference preview, season predictions)

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It's the final week before the beginning of the MLS regular season, so the SBI Soccer Podcast is back and ready to get you primed for the Western Conference.

Co-hosts Joe Hojnacki, Ryan Tolmich, and Joe Tansey break down the good and the bad of the West, but they also give their bold predictions for the major MLS award categories.

MLS Week 1: A Look Ahead

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Our wonderfully chaotic and unique domestic league is back.

Major League Soccer kicks off its 2018 campaign Saturday afternoon, when defending champion Toronto FC takes to the field to face the Columbus Crew.

The Saturday slate spans almost 12 hours, with a late-night West coast kickoff to finish off the night.

The 2018 SBI Season Preview

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The Major League Soccer season begins Saturday afternoon, as Toronto FC hosts Columbus Crew in a rematch of the 2017 Eastern Conference final.

The opener headlines a weekend full of intriguing action, but before you settle in for a weekend full of MLS, catch up on everything you need to know for the upcoming campaign.

Red Bulls' tactical flexibility leads to victory in CCL

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The New York Red Bulls recorded a relatively rare win for MLS teams in the CONCACAF Champions League, as they managed to advance to the quarterfinals of the tournament. Beating Honduran side C.D. Olimpia over two legs was not an easy task, but the team's tactical flexibility played a big part in their victory.

SBI's 2018 MLS Predictions

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The 2018 MLS season will almost certainly take plenty of twists and turns but, with kickoff looming, it's time to look ahead and predict where those twists and turns will lead us when all is said and done.

With the first match of the season set for Saturday, the SBI Staff offered up predictions on a variety of topics, ranging from Most Valuable Player and Rookie of the Year to this season's MLS Cup champions.

USWNT 1, Germany 0: The SBI Breakdown

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The U.S. Women's National Team got off to a winning start in the SheBelieves Cup, recording a 1-0 victory over Germany.

The task was not an easy one. The Germans, with the likes of Alexandra Popp and Sara Dabritz, are a young and dynamic team with talented attacking players. While this may have been the toughest test for the U.

TFC face Tigres, Red Bulls take on Club Tijuana to headline CCL quarterfinals

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The CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals are set with some intriguing two-legged matchups pitting MLS powerhouses against Mexican foes.

A clash between Toronto FC and Mexican side Tigres is likely the most intriguing of the round, which kicks off on March 6 and 7. TFC heads to the quarterfinals after breezing past the Colorado Rapids, while Tigres topped Herediano, 5-3, over two legs.

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

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Borussia Dortmund seems to have found daylight in the German Bundesliga after a poor close to 2017.

The team has gone unbeaten in eight matches straight, winning three of their last four league fixtures while also advancing in the UEFA Europa League. Christian Pulisic's numbers may be down from a season ago, but the American has a lot to prove in the final months of the current campaign.

This Weekend's Soccer on TV

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There are plenty of rivalry matches throughout the world to get you warmed up for the beginning of the MLS regular season this weekend.

Opening things up is a classic Portuguese rivalry. The battle ofDragões vs Leões between FC Porto and Sporting CP takes place on Friday night. Often seen as a battle between the northern and southern halves of the country, these two are always amongst the elite in Portuguese football.

Friday Kickoff: Osorio turns down Mexico extension, Tottenham eyes Reus and more

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Mexico's manager remains undecided on his future ahead of the World Cup.

Juan Carlos Osorio says he has turned down offers to extend his contract with Mexico as his future with El Tri will depend on the team's results at the World Cup as well as what other offers he receives. (REPORT)

While the Borussia Dortmund star has been linked with a new contract, Marco Reus has reportedly emerged as a target for Tottenham.

USWNT takes down Germany to open SheBelieves Cup

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The U.S. Women's National Team opened up the 2018 SheBelieves Cup on a high note, recording a 1-0 victory over Germany on Thursday at MAPFRE Stadium.

Megan Rapinoe was the game's only scorer, tallying after seventeen minutes. A long ball ended up at the feet of Rapinoe after she dashed for it, and she quickly shot from an angle.

Davis, Wright-Phillips score to lead Red Bulls in CCL victory over Olimpia

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HARRISON The New York Red Bulls leaned on the play of Sean Davis for a convincing win in the second leg of the Round of 16 CONCACAF Champions League series against C.D. Olimpia.

Davis did it all for the Red Bulls, providing stellar defensive play, creating chances, and scoring a highlight reel goal to power the Red Bulls to a 2-0 victory and a spot in the Quarterfinals.

USWNT Woman of the Match: Mallory Pugh

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On a day when the U.S. Women's National Team came up against a tough Germany side, the young Mallory Pugh stood out.

Playing on the right side of a front three, Pugh was incredibly active as the U.S. dominated the match. She was dangerous throughout the 90 minutes, showing simple and fancy skills along the way.

Sounders ride dominant second half to CCL quarterfinals

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SEATTLE It wasn't always the prettiest of two-legged ties, but the Seattle Sounders eventually routed El Salvadoran side Santa Tecla on Thursday night, advancing to the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals with a 4-0 victory.

The Sounders won the series 5-2 after dropping the first leg 2-1 last week in El Salvador.

Felipe exit seems a foregone conclusion after Red Bulls CCL win

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HARRISON, N.J. — The New York Red Bulls said hello to the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals on Thursday. They also seemed to say goodbye to Felipe.

The Red Bulls advanced to the next round of the Champions League on a rainy Thursday night by defeating Honduran side CD Olimpia, 2-0, at Red Bull Arena to take the series via a 3-1 aggregate score.

Following European rollercoaster, Perry Kitchen ready to step up for rebuilt Galaxy

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It's hard to believe Perry Kitchen wasn't even in Europe for two whole years. The American midfielder's time abroad had enough ups and downs to pack a career squeezed into a period comprised of just about 21 months.

Those 21 months saw Kitchen break through in Scotland before being named captain just months after joining Hearts.

Jesse Marsch: Developing American talent "more vital than ever"

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"In the current U.S. climate, I think that developing young American talent is more vital than ever."

Jesse Marsch launched into what many have considered the Red Bull manifesto of recent years when asked about his responsibility towards developing young players in the wake of the USMNT's failure to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup at the team's media day event on Tuesday.

A look at the top 10 newcomers to watch in MLS

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Major League Soccer's 23 clubs added a wide variety of players to their respective rosters in the offseason.

The sexy trend for some was to pick players out of Scandinavia and untapped South American nations like Venezuela.Argentina and some big European leagues were once again mined by MLS in an attempt to improve the quality of each squad.

A look at the Top 10 familiar MLS faces in new places for 2018

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It was a busy winter for MLS transactions and plenty of big MLS names were on the move.

Players fans have been plenty used to seeing in one uniform will be plying their trade in another city with another club this season. From members of the U.S. Men's National Team to former MVP candidates, it was a busy offseason of trades and sales throughout MLS.

A look at the most hopeful, hopeless teams in MLS ahead of the 2018 season

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The offseason is all but over, and the 2018 MLS campaign is upon is. Roster moves have been made, and all 23 clubs that will compete this year, including the new expansion side, are eager and excited to get the ball rolling.

Some with good reason. Some without.

The 2018 MLS season will kick off this weekend, and all the teams and their fans are heading into the year with that offseason twinkle in their eyes.

CCL Preview: Sounders look to come from behind against Santa Tecla

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The Seattle Sounders have work to do.

After falling, 2-1, to Santa Tecla on the road, the reigning MLS Cup runners-up will need to handle business at home to continue their run through the CONCACAF Champions League.

But, as the team heads to CenturyLink Field, the Sounders feel more prepared, more energized and, ultimately, more confident than they did a week ago in the opening leg.

Following Diallo injury, Impact face questions in defense with season looming

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A few days away from the first game of the season, yet another tile fell on the Montreal Impact's heads.

During practice Tuesday morning, center back Zakaria Diallo reportedly tore his Achilles tendon, ruling him out for an eight to ten-month period. All this without having played a single regular season game with his new club.

CCL preview: Red Bulls feeling confident heading home with away goal advantage

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The New York Red Bulls head into the second leg of their CONCACAF Champions League series against C.D. Olimpia with a strong feeling of confidence to see themselves through the Round of 16.

Despite giving up a one-goal advantage in the first leg, the Red Bulls currently lead the series on away goals after the first leg finished 1-1.

SBI 2018 Preseason MLS Power Rankings

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With a new MLS season set to begin over the weekend, it's time to officially take a look at where each team stands heading into Saturday's kickoff.

It was a busy offseason throughout MLS as teams in both conferences made big moves following an influx of more disposable money. A number of teams made big plays in South America while some pursued the domestic route via big-time trades for proven stars.

U.S. Soccer clarifies role of GMs as hiring processes continue

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U.S. Soccer is set to hire general managers for the U.S. Men's National Team and U.S. Women's National Team, and now we know a bit more about what that process will be like.

Speaking on a conference call on Wednesday, U.S. Soccer CEO Dan Flynn offered a bit of clarity on the hiring process as well as the role the GMs will play with each national team.

FC Dallas tops Tauro FC but is eliminated from CCL via away goals

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FC Dallas' comeback attempt fell just short, ending the club's CONCACAF Champions League hopes prematurely.

Following a 1-0 defeat in the opening leg against Tauro FC, FC Dallas battled back to earn a 3-2 victory on Wednesday at Toyota Stadium. However, due to away goals, FC Dallas falls on aggregate as Tauro FC advances to play Club America in the CCL quarterfinals.

Thursday Kickoff: Neymar surgery, Lewandowski confronted by Hummels and more

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An injury will keep Neymar out right up until the World Cup while two other stars were involved in a training incident.

Neymar will undergo surgery on his injured foot and could miss up to three months. (REPORT)

Robert Lewandowski was reportedly involved in a training ground confrontation with Mats Hummels over the former's lack of defensive effort in practice.