Soccer By Ives Archives for January 2018

Europa League Rewind: Atletico ties Arsenal, Marseille downs Salzburg

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Sometimes when your back is pushed up against the wall it brings the best out of you as a player. Atletico Madrid were up against it on Thursday but fought their way against all odds to earn a positive result.

Diego Simeone's side used an 82nd-minute equalizer from leading scorer Antoine Griezmann to draw 1-1 at Arsenal in their semifinal first leg of the UEFA Europa League.

Americans Abroad Weekend Preview: Weston McKennie, Bill Hamid, and more

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With only three matches remaining in their Bundesliga campaign, Schalke knows that it will need to be strong in order to finish second behind champions Bayern Munich. After an impressive derby win over Borussia Dortmund, Schalke did lose a bit of momentum as they were eliminated in the German Cup semifinals and were pegged back for a 2-2 draw against Koln last weekend.

Marky Delgado: I take responsibility following CCL loss

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Wednesday's evening did not go as planned for Toronto FC and their fans, watching Chivas de Guadalajara celebrate as CONCACAF Champions League winners.

After fighting their way back for a penalty kick shootout at the Estadio Akron, the defending MLS Cup champs ultimately lost 4-3 on PK's finishing second best in the tournament.

MLS Ticker: Red Bulls re-up Royer, Dynamo sign Swedish defender and more

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Experienced players are becoming few and far between on the New York Red Bulls' roster, but one veteran that will apparently not be going anywhere for the foreseeable future is Daniel Royer.

The Red Bulls announced on Thursday morning that they have re-signed Royer to a new multi-year deal.

Sarachan ready to welcome Pulisic back to USMNT after long club season

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Christian Pulisic's return to the U.S. Men's National Team comes at the end of an arduous year at Borussia Dortmund.

The combination of the tough season at Dortmund and the importance of bringing in young players to evaluate kept Pulisic away from the USMNT since the loss to Trinidad and Tobago in October.

CCL final loss stings for TFC team that had every chance at glory

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Toronto FC has experienced unprecedented success over the past year, clearing every hurdle while assuming a place among the best teams in MLS history. On Wednesday, though, they experienced heartbreak, and that feeling is going to linger for quite some time.

After erasing a 2-1 deficit from the opening leg to force penalty kicks, TFC fell just short in Wednesday's Concacaf Champions League finale against Chivas de Guadalajara.

Report: USMNT lining up friendlies against Brazil, Mexico

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It appears the U.S. Men's National Team isn't done lining up heavy hitters for 2018 friendlies.

According to ESPN, the U.S. is in the process of finalizing deals to play Brazil and Mexico during the September international window. The matches would be played between Sept. 3-11 in the U.S., according to the report.

Sweden FA rules out World Cup return for Zlatan Ibrahimovic

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Swedish star Zlatan Ibrahimovic will not be joining his nation at this summer's World Cup.

The Swedish Football Association announced on Thursday that Ibrahimovic will not be playing for the national team in Russia.

The 36-year-old who currently plays for the LA Galaxy in MLS, represented Sweden at the World Cups in 2002 and 2006.

Giovinco, Osorio earn honors following conclusion of CCL

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It's little consolation for Wednesday's penalty kick defeat, but two Toronto FC stars earned recognition for their performances throughout the Concacaf Champions League.

Jonathan Osorio was recognized with the Golden Boot as leading scorer while Sebastian Giovinco earned Golden Ball honors as the best player throughout the Concacaf Champions League.

Highlights: Chivas 1 (4), TFC 2 (2)

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Thursday Kickoff: Liverpool to offer Salah new deal, Boateng considers Bayern exit and more

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While one defensive star admitted he could be on the move, one of the world's best attackers appears likely to stay in England.

Liverpool reportedly will to sell Mohamed Salah at any price as they prepare to offer the star a new deal. (REPORT)

Jerome Boateng says he could leave Bayern in search of "personal challenges" after achieving all there is to achieve with the club.

Chivas vs. TFC: Your Running Commentary

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It all comes down to Wednesday night, and Toronto FC will need to pull off a stunner.

Following a 2-1 first leg defeat, TFC will need to score at least twice against Chivas de Guadalajara on Wednesday in the second leg of the Concacaf Champions League finals. Due to the two away goals, Chivas is in firm control, and they're facing a weakened TFC team missing several key pieces.

Toronto FC falls to Chivas on penalty kicks in CCL finale

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Toronto FC's Concacaf Champions League dream ended on Wednesday night in heartbreaking fashion.

After erasing a 2-1 deficit via a 2-1 away push of their own, TFC fell short, 4-2, in penalty kicks in Wednesday's final. Goals from Sebastian Giovinco and Jozy Altidore pushed TFC through regulation, but TFC fell short from the spot when it mattered most.

Wednesday Ticker: Wenger could join PSG, Oxlade-Chamberlain to miss WC, and more

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Arsene Wenger's regime as Arsenal manager may be coming to an end, but the Frenchman could very well be joining the Ligue 1 giants in some capacity.

According to ESPN, Wenger could join PSG in the future but it will not be in a first team coaching role.

The 68-year-old Wenger recently stated last week that he will be leaving the Emirates Stadium after 22 years of service.

Real Madrid edges Bayern for first leg victory

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Two of European Soccer's heavyweights squared off on Wednesday afternoon with the defending UEFA Champions League champs getting an early advantage in the two legged semifinal tie.

Real Madrid fought their way back for a 2-1 first leg win over Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena. Marco Asensio came off the bench at halftime to grab the winner for Los Blancos, while Marcelo also got on the scoresheet.

Christian Pulisic, Josh Sargent to headline 'blend' of USMNT players called in this summer

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We know two young stars that will join the U.S. Men's National Team for an upcoming friendly against Bolivia as Dave Sarachan offered a little bit of insight into the upcoming roster.

The interim USMNT manager says Christian Pulisicand Josh Sargent will join the USMNT for what is expected to be a busy summer.

Bayern Munich vs. Real Madrid: Your Running Commentary

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Liverpool seized a major advantage in Tuesday's UEFA Champions League semifinal. On Wednesday, Bayern Munich and Real Madrid will look to forge their own path the he tournament finale.

The two heavyweights collide in Germany on Wednesday in a clash of what is likely the competition's two remaining favorites(2:45 p.

Fox announces mostly American broadcast team for 2018 World Cup

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The Fox Network revealed its broadcast teams for the upcoming 2018 World Cup and it will have a strongly American voice, despite the U.S. Men's National Team not being in Russia.

John Strong and Stu Holden will headline the unit. The two of them have worked many MLS and UEFA Champions League matches together in recent years.

Chivas focused on CCL Final despite discontent at the club

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Things aren't all sunshine and rainbows at Chivas de Guadalajara.

The club are 90 minutes from winning the CONCACAF Champions League, but many players at the club are unhappy with how things are unfolding in the backroom and the lack of bonus payments promised to them.

Several players took part in training on Tuesday with inside out shirts while others donned white protest shirts saying "Directors fulfill your part, Players and fans united.

Sebastian Giovinco wants a new contract with Toronto FC

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Sebastian Giovinco has been the best thing that's ever happened to Toronto FC, and he's getting vocal about wanting to stay there for the long term.

"I already talk, but they said it's not the moment (for contract talks)," Giovinco told the Toronto Sunwhen asked about a potential contract extension.

Christian Pulisic to join USMNT for Bolivia friendly

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Christian Pulisic is set for his first U.S. Men's National Team call-up in quite some time.

Interim head coach Dave Sarachan revealed on Wednesday that the Borussia Dortmund attacker would rejoin the USMNT for an upcoming friendly against Bolivia. The U.S. is set to face the South American side on May 28 in Pulisic's home state of Pennsylvania.

TFC ready to 'go for it' in CCL final second leg vs. Chivas

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Toronto FC has made some real progress through their CONCACAF Champions League run. They took down Tigres, widely seen as the region's best team. They went into the Azteca, held on, and moved past Club America, cementing one of the biggest wins in MLS' CCL history.

But all of that will lose a little shine if Wednesday night doesn't produce what would be TFC's biggest achievement yet.

Report: FIFA Secretary General reported to ethics committee over links to Morocco's 2026 World Cup bid

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A top FIFA executive is under fire for undisclosed links to Morocco's bid to host the 2026 World Cup.

According to the BBC, FIFA Secretary General Fatma Samoura has been reported to the organization's ethics chiefs over an undeclared familial link to someone working for Morocco's bid.

Samoura, whose full name isFatma Samba Diouf Samoura, is related to former Liverpool forward El Hadji Diouf, who serves as an ambassador for the bid.

Patrick Vieira: 'Anything can happen' but no contact with Arsenal

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Patrick Vieira continues to be the target of media speculation as Arsene Wenger gets set to step down at Arsenal. However, the NYCFC manager says there is nothing to worry about, at least not yet.

Vieira has emerged as a candidate for the Arsenal job since Wenger's announcement last Friday but the man himself says he has not been in contact with anyone at Arsenal.

Wednesday Kickoff: Arsene Wenger, Real Madrid after Kane and more

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Following the announcement that the legendary coach is stepping down, Arsenal remains the focus of the soccer world.

Arsene Wenger says stepping down from Arsenal was "not really my decision" while adding that Luis Enrique is a manager he enjoys following. (REPORT)

Former Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon believes Harry Kane is the club's main target this summer.

Dominant attacking performance earns Liverpool a leg up on Roma

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Mohamed Salah's dominance continues as Liverpool took down Roma in a goalfest.

Salah propelled Jurgen Klopp's men to a 5-2 UEFA Champions League semifinal first leg win over Roma at Anfield on Tuesday. The 25-year-old scored two goals and added two assists in the dominant win, which saw Roberto Firmino add a brace and Sadio Mane also score.

The SBI Soccer Podcast: Episode 10 (Patrick Vieira, TFC/Chivas, and more)

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Joe Hojnacki, Ryan Tolmich, and Joe Tansey are back for another week of the SBI Soccer Podcast and this week the crew focuses on London to speculate on the future of Arsenal and if it includes current New York City FC head coach Patrick Vieira.

They also discuss whether or not Toronto FC has what it takes to overcome a 2-1 deficit heading into Wednesday's second leg of the CONCACAF Champions League Final against Chivas.

Must Watch Goal: Mohamed Salah

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Mohamed Salah has been a one-man wrecking crew for Liverpool this season, banging in goals left and right for the club.

The Egyptian star continued his magical season for the Reds with his 42nd goal in all competitions, giving Jurgen Klopp's men a 1-0 first-half lead against Roma in the UEFA Champions League.

Liverpool vs. Roma: Your Running Commentary

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The UEFA Champions League Semi-Finals kickoff on Tuesday afternoon, as Liverpool play host to Roma at Anfield.

Both sides are coming off of impressive victories in the quarter-final round of the tournament. Liverpool knocked Manchester City out of the tournament, winning both legs of the tie, and Roma came back from a three-goal deficit to out the giant Barcelona from Champions League play.

Ethan Finlay out for season with ACL tear

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Minnesota United will be without a key attacker for the rest of the season.

The club announced on Tuesday that Ethan Finlay has suffered a torn ACL of his right knee during this past weekend's loss to the Seattle Sounders. Finlay will undergo surgery in the coming days. He is expected to miss the rest of the season.

NYCFC shows off the brand new Etihad City Football Academy

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New York City FC will have no excuses for lax training sessions anymore as the club is set to move into a brand new training complex in Orangeburg, New York.

The club revealed their new first team training facility, the Etihad City Football Academy on Tuesday with a video posted to Twitter.

Regular folks take penalties on Tyler Miller, mostly fail

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Tyler Miller has made some strong saves against MLS opponents this season, but Los Angeles FC and BuzzFeed decided to see how he would do against some random people plucked off the streets of Los Angeles.

The club brought in five lucky individuals to try their feet at penalties on LAFC's number one.

Report: Potential Crew buyer wouldn't sign non-disclosure agreement

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The Columbus Crew saga continues.

A prominent member of the Columbus community was handed a non-disclosure agreement in December to scan the Crew's financial informationafter the potential buyer expressed interest in purchasing the team. However, the document was never signed and returned.

SBI Question of the Day: Who do you want to see win the UEFA Champions League?

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Just four team remain in Europe's premier club competition as the UEFA Champions League continues with first leg clashes on Tuesday and Wednesday.

The action kicks off on Tuesday as Liverpool hosts Roma before Wednesday brings Real Madrid's heavyweight clash with Bayern Munich. Both matches are loaded with storylines and matchups to watch, and each team has taken a unique road this far in the competition.

Dynamo acquire Luis Gil on loan

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Luis Gil is on his way back to MLS.

On Monday evening Houston Dynamo announced that they had acquired Gil on loan from Queretaro FC in Mexico. The Dynamo acquired Gil's Major League Soccer rights through the 2018 season in a separate transaction with Real Salt Lake which included a fourth-round pick in the 2019 MLS Draft.

UEFA Champions League Preview: Real Madrid travels to Bayern, Liverpool hosts Roma

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The UEFA Champions League is always good for some surprises or two along the way. Heavyweight clubs are expected to make a deep run in the competition, with some Cinderella sides looking to spoil the party.

The 2017-18 edition of the tournament moves to the semifinals this week as Bayern Munich faces off with Real Madrid in the mouth-watering draw, while Liverpool and AS Roma face off in the other after some huge wins in the last few rounds.

Tuesday Kickoff: Arteta emerges as Arsenal candidate, Ancelotti offered Italy job and more

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Managers serve as headliners for Tuesday morning's news.

Arsenal CEO Ivan Gazidis reportedly wants to hire Mikel Arteta as the club's next manager, but meetings are reportedly set for this week to discuss candidats. (REPORT)

Ernesto Valverde is reportedly considering stepping down at Barcelona.

Sweden coach to Zlatan Ibrahimovic: Call me if you want to play at the World Cup

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic's World Cup hopes appear to rest on a phone call.

Speaking to German outlet Kicker,Sweden coach Janne Andersson says the LA Galaxy star must pick up the phone and give him a call if he hopes to play at this summer's World Cup. Ibrahimovic has repeatedly discussed this summer's tournament after retiring from the international game following Euro 2016.

Attacking efficiency, defensive discipline lead Timbers over NYCFC

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Statistics don't always tell the full story, and a cursory glance at the raw numbers from the Portland Timbers' performance against New York City FC would suggest they got crushed.

Portland held only 24.6% of possession, the lowest total for a home team in MLS since Opta began tracking stats for the league back in 2010.

Tim Ream named to Championship Team of the Week

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Fulham got one step closer to returning to the Premier League this weekend, as the Cottagers picked up a 3-0 win over Millwall, and U.S. Men's National Team defender Tim Ream once again shined for the third-place team in the Championship.

Ream made a goal-line clearance to keep the game scoreless and helped the defense pick up a clean sheet to defeat the sixth-place team in the English second flight.

The Best of MLS Week 8: Johnny Russell, Chris Mueller, and more

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Week 8 in Major League Soccer produced a wealth of excitement, as the league tied a single-weekend record for goals scored as 46 strikes flew in over three days.

During the full 11-game slate, plenty of players stood out with remarkable performances and memorable goals, but one star and a single spectacular strike stood out the most.

NYCFC take first loss of season as valuable 'wakeup call'

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Not much has gone wrong for New York City FC this season.

Even with injury issues plaguing the first month or so of the Major League Soccer campaign, NYCFC has largely cruised, asserting itself as one of the league's deepest and most dangerous teams.

On Sunday, NYCFC experienced its first setback of the young season.

USL Rewind - Week 6

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Week 6 of the 2018 USL saw eight draws from the eleven matches on hand.

Louisville City FC and Real Monarchs SLC each dropped their perfect record with a draw and a loss respectively this past weekend.

On the other end of the table, the final team without a point in 2018, the Ottawa Fury, finally earned one with a draw.

Chivas players criticize club's front office ahead of CCL final second leg

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Chivas de Guadalajara isn't just in the spotlight for the on-field preparations for the second leg of the CONCACAF Champions League final.

Twenty-one players at the club came together for social media posts once again criticizing the club's directors.

"Wednesday is for us, the badge and you, the best fans," the players wrote on social media.

MLS Week 8: A Look Back

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It was a busy weekend in MLS with goals aplenty scattered throughout the three-day stretch.

The Seattle Sounders topped Minnesota United while the Portland Timbers took down previously-unbeaten NYCFC on Sunday. (READ)

Saturday's action was headlined by Atlanta United's big win over the LA Galaxy and LAFC's comeback victory over the Montreal Impact.

Monday Kickoff: Real Madrid targets Salah, Sane; Navas to remain in Madrid and more

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Following their victories as PFA Player and Young Player of the Year, respectively, Mohamed Salah and Leroy Sane are reportedly drawing attention from an expected suitor.

Real Madrid is reportedly looking to pursue moves for Mohamed Salah and Leroy Sane this summer. (REPORT)

Paul Pogba says he has no problems with Jose Mourinho.

LAFC set to return home after successful six-game road stretch

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For the first six games of its inaugural season, Los Angeles FC had to travel a whopping 14,066 miles.

Even for MLS standards, that type of mileage is a tough pill to swallow, but it was the expansion team's harsh reality of having to wait for the Banc of California Stadium. For players like Carlos Vela who are used to the ease of transport European leagues offer the thought of finally playing at home is a great one.

FC Dallas continuing to gel as unbeaten run continues

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FC Dallas seems to have gone under the radar in the Major League Soccer's Western Conference during the early parts of this new season. This despite being the lone remaining unbeaten team in the West.

With the arrival of LAFC, Zlatan Ibrahmovic to the Galaxy, and the fast start by Sporting Kansas City, Dallas hasn't caught the eye like other teams may have.

Defense powers Atlanta United to second road clean sheet of season

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The first thing that comes to mind when you think of Atlanta United is its offense.

In fact, it takes you a while during a conversation about the Five Stripes to even bring up their defense because of the star power galavanting throughout the field.

While the attack has once again shown signs of being deadly on multiple occasions, the defense took the spotlight in Saturday's 2-0 win over the LA Galaxy.

Sunday MLS Scoreboard: Sounders host Loons, NYCFC faces road test at Timbers

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A busy weekend of MLS action concludes on Sunday with a pair of intriguing fixtures on Sunday out west.

The early showdown comes from Seattle as the host Sounders welcome Minnesota United to town. Brian Schmetzer's team are seeking their first win of the season, following a 2-2 draw at Kansas City a week ago.

Americans Abroad Weekend Rewind: Christian Pulisic, Romain Gall, and more

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Borussia Dortmund climbed back into the race for a runners-up spot in the German Bundesliga with a 4-0 demolition of Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday. Following their disappointing defeat at Schalke a week ago, the hosts cruised to three points and Christian Pulisic was a part of the action. The American winger's lovely assist in the 13th minute set up Jadon Sancho for Dortmund's opener in the triumph.

Romain Gall scores equalizer in Sundsvall draw at Dalkurd

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A little over a week ago, Romain Gall registered his first assist of the season for Swedish outfit Sundsvall.

The 23-year-old's good run of form continued on Sunday as Gall netted the equalizer for his team in their comeback 2-2 draw at Dalkurd.

Sundsvall had to fight back from a 2-0 deficit after conceding twice in the opening 16 minutes of Sunday's Allsvenskan match.

Galaxy looking to 'move forward' after lackluster attacking effort against Atlanta

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Since the arrival of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, the LA Galaxy's attack has been one of the biggest talking points in MLS. On Saturday, that attack experienced a down game.

In a highly-anticipated battle of attacking heavyweights, the Galaxy were shut out by Atlanta United in a 2-0 defeat. It was the third time this season the Galaxy were shut out as part of an inconsistent start to the 2018 campaign.

Richard Sanchez key to Fire taking three points out of Red Bull Arena

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For several years, a trip to Red Bull Arena has meant defensive tests for visiting teams against a home side that frequently finds ways to score goals and pick up wins. This was almost the case once again on Saturday, when the Chicago Fire visited the home of the New York Red Bulls, but with a twist.

Orlando City continues to roll with dynamic attack leading the way

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It took some time for Orlando City. The first few weeks were admittedly rocky due to a combination of injuries, chemistry issues and calamity. For a while, there were questions about what the Lions had built and what it would take to get it to click.

Over the past few weeks, that doubt has all but disappeared as the Lions have looked like a legitimate contender.

Laurent Ciman tops 'perfect day' in Montreal with first LAFC goal

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It was without a doubt the most celebrated goals an away team ever scored in Stade Saputo history.

As a center back, the opportunities for goal scoring are slimmer than most but Laurent Ciman not only managed to score, but pulled off a screamer free kick in his return to Montreal.

The goal kick-started LAFC's 5-3 comeback win against the Montreal Impact and for Ciman, he could not have asked for more.

Saturday European Rewind: Man United edges Tottenham, Barcelona faces Sevilla, and more

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Both Manchester United and Tottenham were two sides expected to do great things this season but have underachieved big time. However, one of those two clubs will be playing for England's biggest trophy this May. Manchester United will make their 20th appearance in the F.A. Cup final after a 2-1 semifinal win over Tottenham on Saturday.

Christian Pulisic provides assist in lopsided Dortmund win

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Christian Pulisic had a big day on Saturday as Borussia Dortmund cruised to a win.

The U.S. Men's National Team star assisted on Saturday's opening goal before drawing a penalty kick later in the match, helping Dortmund to a 4-0 win over Bayer Leverkusen. Pulisic's assist came early, as he found Jadon Sancho for the game's opener in the 13th minute.

Must-See Goal: Laurent Ciman

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On his first return to Montreal, who thought @LaurentCiman23 would do THIS?

Absolutely stunning. #MTLvLAFC https://t.co/KtLmtNgLwi

- Major League Soccer (@MLS) April 21, 2018

Saturday MLS Scoreboard: LAFC visits Impact, Atlanta takes on Galaxy and more

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It's a busy Saturday across the MLS landscape with a star-studded evening matchup serving as a worthy main event.

Atlanta United's clash with the LA Galaxy will conclude the day, but there's plenty of action all over the league in the build-up to the heavyweight clash. The day starts with LAFC's clash with the Montreal Impact, while a Eastern Conference battle between the Chicago Fire and New York Red Bulls highlights the afternoon.

Johnny Russell bags hat trick as Sporting KC demolish Whitecaps

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When a new player arrives to a club, players and fans alike are wondering what to expect from them. Sometimes it can turn out good while for others their decision to go may not have been the best. Johnny Russell's move to Major League Soccer looks to be paying off for Sporting KC.

The Scottish winger netted his first MLS hat trick to propel Peter Vermes' side to a 6-0 beatdown over the Vancouver Whitecaps at Sporting Park on Friday evening.

John Brooks subbed off in first half of Wolfsburg return

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This season has not gone the way that Wolfsburg defender John Brooks had hoped for. After a big move from Hertha Berlin, the U.S. international has seen injuries dampen his chances at consistent playing time for his new club.

Brooks made his first start on Friday for Wolfsburg since Dec. 12th after returning from a knee injury.

Klinsmann: USMNT would have qualified for World Cup if I remained in charge

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Former U.S. Men's National Team manager Jurgen Klinsmann is more than confident the team would've qualified for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia had he stayed on as manager.

After losing the first two games of the Hexagonal round of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying, Klinsmann was let go in November 2016.

MLS Week 8: A Look Ahead

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Once again the Major League Soccer spotlight will be on StubHub Center in Week 8, as the Zlatan Ibrahimovic-led LA Galaxy return home.

This time around Ibrahimovic won't be the only star on display, as Atlanta United comes to town for what should be an electric Saturday night affair.

Also on the Week 8 slate is a top-three clash in the Western Conference, the renewal of the Rocky Mountain Cup and a Sunday night test for the early favorite to win the Supporters' Shield

Game of the Week

Atlanta United at LA Galaxy (Saturday, 10:30 p.

A closer look at the Revs-Lee Nguyen situation

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The New England Revolution are off to a better-than-expected start to the 2018 MLS season, but instead of talking about new coach Brad Friedel's intriguing high-pressing strategy, attention is squarely back on the Lee Nguyen saga.

Despite a knee injury to Kelyn Rowe during training last Friday, Nguyen did not make Friedel's 18-player squad for the Revs' 1-0 home loss to FC Dallas.

USL Week 6: A Look Ahead

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This week, USL will feature a some cross-conference matches as the season continues to roll on.

LA Galaxy II welcome the New York Red Bulls II out west in a mini-version of the former 1% derby. Both teams are headed in opposite directions with the former struggling for relevance and the latter looking like eastern conference finalists again in the early season.

European Weekend Preview: Juventus hosts Napoli, Sevilla faces Barcelona, and more

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For most of this season it looked like Napoli would run off with the Serie A title after a dominant start. However, the script has been changed with defending champions Juventus currently leading the table by four points over their opponents this weekend.

The Old Lady defeated Napoli, 1-0, at the San Paolo back in December, handing Maurizio Sarai's men their first league loss of the season.

This Weekend's Soccer on TV

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The FA Cup has reached its semi-final stage as the scene shifts to Wembley Stadium for a pair of marquee matches.

Manchester United looks to make their second FA Cup Final in three years when they face Tottenham on Saturday afternoon. Spurs are looking to end a lengthy trophy drought and they want to make up for last year's semi-final defeat to Manchester City.

Arsene Wenger to step down as Arsenal manager at end of season

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One of the game's iconic managers is set to step down at the end of the season.

Arsene Wenger announced on Friday that he will leave Arsenal at the end of the campaign, ending a 21-and-a-half year tenure as manager of the Premier League club.

#MerciArsène pic.

Friday Kickoff: PSG after Pogba, West Ham look to keep Hart and more

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Paul Pogba continues to be the subject of transfer rumors, while another familiar Premier League star could see his loan deal extended.

Paris Saint-Germain has reportedly been in contact with Paul Pogba's agent over a potential move. (REPORT)

West Ham is reportedly looking to keep Joe Hart beyond the end of his loan deal, which concludes at the end of the season.

Thursday European Rewind: Real Sociedad defeats Atletico, Chelsea edges Burnley, and more

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Atletico Madrid's chances of fighting for the La Liga title took a major hit on Thursday after suffering their third loss of the new year. Diego Simeone's men fell 3-0 to Real Sociedad, being shutout in league play for the first time since March 4th. Willian Jose's right-footed finish in the 27th minute opened scoring for Sociedad as he slotted home Adnan Januzaj's assist in.

With Kaku ready for bigger role, Red Bulls have plenty of options in midfield

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The New York Red Bulls 2018 MLS campaign is well underway, but is just now becoming their main focus following their Concacaf Champions League exit.

While the Red Bulls have relied on its depth to handle the extra workload, an unexpected, though welcome problem has emerged. How will Jesse Marsch set up the midfield to maximize the emerging young talents who have contributed so far this year?

Struggling Fire looking to rediscover what made 2017 a success

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Dax McCarty revealed a bitter truth this past weekend. Following the Chicago Fire's third loss in five matches, the veteran midfielder said the results revealed a simple fact: the Fire, at the moment, are "below average".

It's hard to argue with that statement. The Fire currently sit second to last in the Eastern Confernece, ahead of only the Toronto FC B team that has routinely been thrown out in between Concacaf Champions League clashes.

SBI 23 for 2019 (April 2018 Edition)

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The Concacaf Women's Championship may still be six months away, but with the World Cup coming in little more than a year, the sport's biggest tournament is in sight for the U.S. Women's National Team.

The next year and change will see players, on the fringes or frequent starters, compete intensely to ensure that they will be in France in the summer of 2019.

Americans Abroad Weekend Preview: Christian Pulisic, Rubio Rubin, and more

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Derby defeats are always the ones that can linger for a team, especially if it's a derby where both teams are fighting for the same goal. Christian Pulisic and Borussia Dortmund suffered their second defeat out of their past three Bundesliga fixtures, and now need to dig in if they want to have a chance at a second place finish.

USL Midweek Rewind: Week 6

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The midweek slate of games for the sixth week of matches in USL offered late fireworks and a new leader in the west.

The Western Conference has a new leader with Sacramento Republic staying unbeaten through six matches, and compresses the top of the table with Orange County SC and Real Monarchs SLC all looking strong in the early goings.

Sweden goalkeeper: Zlatan World Cup call-up could disturb chemistry

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic insists it wouldn't be a World Cup without his presence, but one of his potential teammates has his doubts about the LA Galaxy star's inclusion.

Sweden goalkeeperKarl-Johan Johnsson says the style has changed a great deal since Ibrahimovic's retirement form the international game.

Sweden goalkeeper: Zlatan World Cup call-up could disturb chemistry

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic insists it wouldn't be a World Cup without his presence, but one of his potential teammates has his doubts about the LA Galaxy star's inclusion.

Sweden goalkeeperKarl-Johan Johnsson says the style has changed a great deal since Ibrahimovic's retirement form the international game.

SBI MLS Power Rankings (Week 7)

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If you spent the first six weeks of the MLS season wondering where SBI's MLS Power Rankings were, wonder no more.

The staff at SBI decided to wait until we had a good sample size to work with when evaluating how all 23 MLS teams stack up, and now it's time to see how teams measure up.

New York City FC opens the first rankings of the season on top, with their impressive showing in last Sunday's 2-2 tie with Atlanta United solidifying their place as the early leaders.

Thursday Kickoff: Arsenal interested in Benzema, Juventus open to bringing back Pogba and more

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The transfer futures of two French stars headline Thursday's news.

Arsenal is reportedly interested in signing Real Madrid's Karim Benzema. (REPORT)

Juventus CEO Beppe Marotta says he isn't a fan of resigning former players, but the club would make an exception for Paul Pogba or Alvaro Morata.

Wednesday Ticker: PFA Team of Year announced, Barton named manager, and more

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Manchester City ran away with the Premier League title this season, dominating their competition under second-year head coach Pep Guardiola. The Citizens dominated in another category on Wednesday, with five of their players being named in the PFA Team of the Year.

Defenders Nicolas Otamendi and Kyle Walker made the list, while attackers David Silva, Kevin De Bruyne, and Sergio Aguero rounded out the five selections.

Americans Abroad Midweek Rewind: Erik Palmer-Brown, Kenny Saief, and more

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Erik Palmer-Brown's consistent playing time has been a nice sight to see for Belgian outfit KV Kortrijk. For a team that may not get as much notoriety as some of the others in the division, Palmer-Brown has taken advantage of his place in the backline. The 20-year-old made yet another start for his team in their 2-1 league win over Oud-Heverlee Hueven on Wednesday, playing the full 90 minutes.

Wednesday European Rewind: Frankfurt ousts Schalke, Real Madrid ties Bilbao, and more

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Eintracht Frankfurt haven't been in the best form in Bundesliga action lately, but Niko Kovac's answered their critics on Wednesday in the German Cup. The visitors used a 75th-minute finish from Luka Jovic to eliminate Schalke 1-0 in their semifinal clash at Veltins-Arena, and book their spot in the German Cup Final against Bayern Munich.

Report: Atlanta fails to come to terms with midfielder Stephane Mbia

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Atlanta United was reportedly after an addition to the midfield, but it appears one target has been ruled out.

Reports from Cameroon state that the club has failed to come to terms with midfielderStephane Mbia, who reportedly was in attendance for Atlanta's 5-0 win over LAFC last week.

Mbia, who has 67 caps with Cameroon, was seen as a potential No.

U.S. U-20 Marlon Fossey signs new contract with Fulham

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A young American defender has signed a new contract.

Fulham announced on Wednesday that Marlon Fossey has signed a new deal with the club. Fossey was a member of the U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team's squad for last summer's CONCACAF World Cup qualfying tournament, where he played every minute through the team's run.

Chivas take 'important step' with first leg win over TFC

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Chivas de Guadalajara entered Tuesday's match as underdogs, thanks in large part to their defensive style and less-than-inspiring form in Liga MX play. They left Tuesday's match winners, and are now certainly favorites to claim the CONCACAF Champions League crown.

The Mexican side went into BMO Field and stunned Toronto FC on Tuesday night, earning a 2-1 win on the road.

England confirms fall friendly against USMNT

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The United States Men's National Team will get a chance to renew their age old rivalry against their former colonial overlords this fall.

The English Football Association announced a pair of autumn friendlies, including a match at Wembley Stadium against the USMNT on November 15. The friendly was originally reported by Goal USA last week.

TFC left to rue mistakes that led to CCL final hole

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In some ways, Tuesday night went as Toronto FC expected it would. The reigning MLS Cup champions expected a cagey, physical Concacaf Champions League first leg, one featuring a lot of man-to-man coverage and few clear-cut chances.

What they didn't expect, though, was the hole they now find themselves in following a 2-1 defeat at BMO Field.

Highlights: Chivas 2, TFC 1

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Video: Zlatan Ibrahimovic appears on Jimmy Kimmel Live

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic's takeover of America continues.

The LA Galaxy star appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live on Tuesday in the wake of this past weekend's game-winner against the Chicago Fire. The Swedish star has now scored three times in as many games since joining MLS.

During the interview, Ibrahimovic talked about a variety of topics, including his World Cup future.

MLS still mulling over expansion decision following Board of Governors meeting

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Three cities continue to await an expansion decision from MLS, but, following a recent meeting of league executives, a final choice has yet to be made.

MLS released a statement on Tuesday following a Board of Governors meeting, revealing that Sacramento, Cincinnati and Detroit all remain in play to be the league's 26th team.

Wednesday Kickoff: Aguero unlikely to be fit by World Cup, Neymar ready for Russia and more

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The World Cup is coming into focus for several big stars.

Argentina Football Association doctor Homero D'Agostino says he does not expect Sergio Aguero to be fit for the start of the World Cup. (REPORT)

Neymar says he expects to be "better than I was before" by the start of the World Cup after missing extended time due to foot injury.

Chivas seizes advantage with first leg win over TFC in CCL final

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Toronto FC will have a lot of work to do in the second leg of the Concacaf Champions League final.

Chivas de Guadalajara came into BMO Field and emerged with a 2-1 win, putting TFC in a major hole heading into next week's second leg. As a result, TFC will need to score at least twice in Mexico to have any chance of winning the Concacaf Champions League.

Concacaf Champions League Final: Your Running Commentary

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The Concacaf Champions League final kicks off on Tuesday as cold temperatures and plenty of excitement await Chivas de Guadalajara at BMO Field.

Toronto FC has made a habit of starting hot in opening legs, and they'll need to do so again in Tuesday's first leg (8 p.m., Univision Deportes). Chivas is expected to come out and defend with strength, as the Liga MX side looks to put the tie on their terms heading back to Mexico.

Tuesday European Rewind: Bayern cruises past Frankfurt, Barcelona ties Celta Vigo, and more

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Bayern Munich could not ask for an easier performance in their German DFB Pokal semifinal tie. The current Bundesliga winners cruised last Bayer Leverkusen 6-2 on Tuesday at the BayArena to book their place in the finals. Thomas Muller led the way with a hat trick while Robert Lewandowski scored a brace.

U.S. U-17’s defeat Norway at Sportchain Cup

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The United States U-17 Men's National Team grabbed a 2-0 win against Norway at the Sportchain Cup in Spain on Tuesday morning.

John Hackworth's team received goals from Gianluca Busio and Adam Saldana to pick up the win.

Saldana's goal was from a toe poke inside of the box, while Busio scored off of a cross by substitute winger Ray Serrano.

Brad Friedel: I have no issues with Lee Nguyen

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We are seven weeks into the 2018 Major League Soccer season and New England Revolution midfielder Lee Nguyen has yet to make an appearance.

The U.S. international had reportedly hoped to seek a trade away from New England ahead of the start of this current season, but is under contract through 2018 with options for 2019 and 2020.

Report: NYCFC stadium could be part of Bronx development project

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There are many hurdles to clear, but it appears NYCFC has set sights on a new location for a potential stadium.

Accordingto a report from urban development website New York YIMBY,NYCFC is eyeing a stadium on theSouth Bronx waterfront. The report says a 26,000 seat MLS stadium is part ofa $700 million proposal called Harlem River Yards that has been submitted to the city.

MLS Ticker: NYCFC's Herrera 'ready for Europe', Union sign defender and more

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Yangel Herrera has been one of the best young players in MLS since making the move to NYCFC, but the Venezuelan midfielder's eyes are now set on a move elsewhere.

"I am ready for Europe," Herrera said, according to AS. "I feel good and I would really like to make the jump."

Herrera is on loan to NYCFC from Manchester City and has started all seven of NYCFC's games this season.

Keaton Parks: I want to win titles with Benfica before moving on

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Someday, Keaton Parks expects to move on from Benfica. He'd like to someday play for one of the world's elite clubs and he'd also like to one day ply his trade back home.

But, for now, the young American is setting lofty goals for his time with the Portuguese giant.

"I would like to play in Barcelona or Liverpool, but for now I only think about Benfica," Parks said, according to the Record in Portugal.

Dortmund-Man City, Man United-Liverpool headline International Champions Cup schedule

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Christian Pulisic and Borussia Dortmund headline the International Champions Cup's U.S. schedule, but there are a number on interesting matches set to take place stateside this summer.

Pulisic and co. are set to face Manchester City in Chicago, Liverpool in Charlotte and Benfica in Pittsburgh, headlining the ICC schedule.

Americans Abroad Midweek Preview: Weston McKennie, Timothy Weah and more

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It's a busy week for Americans Abroad with some young U.S. Men's National Team stars playing on big stages in Europe.

In Germany, Weston McKennie and Schalke sit second in the Bundesliga heading into a midweek match against Eintracht Frankfurt. McKennie and co. currently hold a four-point lead on both Bayer Leverkusen and Borussia Dortmund.

CCL Preview: TFC look to seize advantage in home leg against Chivas

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Toronto FC is one step away from a CONACAF Champions League crown. After vanquishing Mexican powerhouses Tigres and Club America, TFC is now set to take on another historic side in Chivas de Guadaljara, who booked their own spot by taking down the New York Red Bulls.

Throughout TFC's run through both MLS and the CCL, the reigning MLS Cup champions have been able to set a tone through home legs.

Tuesday Kickoff: Neymar expected to remain at PSG, Russia charged over racist chants and more

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One of the game's big stars is expected to remain with his current team while this year's World Cup host faces charges from FIFA.

Unai Emery says he is confident that Neymar will remain at Paris Saint-Germain next season. (REPORT)

FIFA have charged the Russian Football Union with fan racism afterPaul Pogba and Ousmane Dembele claimed they were targeted by racist chants in a friendly.

Timbers owner Merritt Paulson fined for comments on officiating

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The Portland Timbers may have got their first victory of 2018 this past weekend, but their owner received discipline from Major League Soccer following his comments earlier in the season.

Timbers owner Merritt Paulson was fined an undisclosed amount by MLS on Monday following his negative comments towards referee Baldomero Toledo.

Tim Ream eyes promotion with Fulham as Championship season winds down

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Fulham is one of many sides in the EFL Championship fighting for automatic promotion back to the Premier League. With Wolverhampton Wanderers sealing their promotion last weekend, Fulham is hoping to join them in a runners-up place.

U.S. defender Tim Ream has a had a strong season for Fulham, making 41 appearances which is the most of any centerback in the squad.

Monday Ticker: Guardiola set for new extension, Batshuayi to miss rest of season, and more

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Pep Guardiola has taken Manchester City to new heights in 2017-18, helping the Citizens to both the Premier League title and League Cup. The Spaniard is reportedly set to sign an extension with the club, as he years his second year of a three-month contract, according to ESPN.

After earning a pair of trophies in his second season with the club, Guardiola would like the team to take the next step and win the UEFA Champions League.

SKC, Seattle both left disappointed with Sunday's result

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Draws are fickle things in soccer. Sometimes a team is happy to scrap out a point against a superior opponent on the road. In other instances, a team will feel they played well enough to earn a point and will leave the pitch disappointed.

Neither Sporting Kansas City nor the Seattle Sounders were exactly pleased with how Sunday's 2-2 draw against each other turned out.

The Best of MLS Week 7: Alvas Powell, Alexander Ring, and more

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Week 7 of the MLS season is in the books and it was another week where picking the best of the best was rather difficult. Several players produced standout performances all week long, a lot of excellent goals went in, and more than a few teams had big weeks.

Here is the best of a jam packed week of MLS action.

Vieira: Atlanta-NYCFC match shows how far MLS has come

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Patrick Vieira has seen much of the European soccer landscape. His illustrious career saw him feature for clubs in England, France and Italy while playing in countless matches against Europe's biggest clubs.

On Sunday, Vieira coached one of MLS' biggest clubs against another pushing the boundaries and, when all was said and done, what he saw was progress.

Klinsmann: U.S. set back several years without World Cup qualification

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Former U.S. National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann spoke about the state of the national team program in a wide ranging interview with Kicker magazine.

The former U.S. and Germany boss thinks that missing the World Cup will have long lasting effects for the Americans as they try to rebuild off a failure that's slowed the program's growth.

Ezequiel Barco feels 'comfortable' after making long-awaited Atlanta United debut

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After an extended wait, Ezequiel Barco is finally ready to contribute for Atlanta United.

The Argentinian Designated Player made his long-awaited debut on Sunday, coming on to play the last 20 minutes of Atlanta United's 2-2 draw with NYCFC. Barco's first MLS appearance was a highly anticipated one, as the league record $15 million signing finally took the field after a preseason quad strain took him out of action for the first month of the season.

USL Weekend Rewind: Week 5

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The USL season continues on with some intriguing results in week 5.

First up, the New York Red Bulls II absolutely stomped the Tampa Bay Rowdies. NYRBII made the most of their chances, but their defensive effort should be the focus. The Rowdies high flying offense was smothered on the day, and the NYRBII earned their first shutout of the season.

MLS Weekend Rewind: Week 7

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It was a busy weekend in MLS that included some big goals, some impressive efforts and even more Zlatan.

First half finished led Orlando City to a comfortable win over the Philadelphia Union. (READ)

LAFC's stars stepped up to lead the way to a win over the Vancouver Whitecaps. (READ)

The Portland Timbers took down Minnesota United while the LA Galaxy toppled the Chicago Fire to headline Saturday's action.

Monday Kickoff: Vidal doubtful for UCL semifinals, Dortmund coaching search continues and more

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While one German club received some bad news ahead of a Champions League semifinal, another continues to look ahead to next season.

Arturo Vidal is doubtful for the Champions League semifinals against Real Madrid after undergoing knee surgery. (REPORT)

Borussia Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc did not rule out the idea of keeping Peter Stoger as coach going forward as the club has yet to confirm a coach for next season.

NYCFC remains unbeaten, earns draw with Atlanta United

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The top two teams in Major League Soccer's Eastern Conference squared off on Sunday and they certainly did not disappoint.

New York City FC pegged Atlanta United back twice at Mercedes-Benz Stadium grabbing a point in a 2-2 draw.

Greg Garza bagged his first goal since September 2017, breaking the scoreless deadlock for Atlanta in the 29th minute.

Must-Watch Goal: Alexander Ring

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It's been a long time since Alexander Ring found the back of the net. The Finland international hadn't scored a goal yet in Major League Soccer or since May 2016 professionally.

However, that all changed on Sunday night as Ring's blistering right-footed effort snatched a point for New York City FC in their 2-2 road draw at Atlanta United.

Report: USMNT to face England in November friendly

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Italy recently announced a November friendly with the U.S. Men's National Team, and it appears the Azzurri aren't the only high-profile European squad on the USMNT schedule this Fall.

Goal USA reported on Sunday that the U.S. is finalizing a deal to face England in a November friendly. The match would be the first between the two teams since the 2010 World Cup.

Jacori Hayes showing he's more than just a Kellyn Acosta fill-in

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. When FC Dallas announced in late February that Kellyn Acosta would miss up to two months following a sports hernia surgery, the big question was question was whether 2017 first-round pick Jacori Hayes could bridge the gap until the star midfielder returned.

The 22-year-old Wake Forest graduate has been more than adequate over FC Dallas' unbeaten five-game stretch to start the 2018 season, starting every game and going the full 90 minutes in four of them.

Sporting KC fights back for draw against Sounders

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Sunday's showdown between the Seattle Sounders and Sporting KC saw two teams on different ends of the spectrum in Major League Soccer's Western Conference. Seattle have underachieved in the opening month struggling for consistency, while Sporting were unbeaten looking to stay atop the West.

Sporting KC started and finished the action at Children Mercy's Park pegging the Sounders back for a 2-2 draw.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic hinting at Sweden return for World Cup

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic has already made a huge splash in Major League Soccer, scoring two goals in his first three appearances for the LA Galaxy. However, the Swedish striker is eyeing up an even bigger splash involving his national team.

Ibrahimovic hinted on Sunday that he could be a part of Sweden's World Cup roster for this summer's tournament in Russia.

Sunday European Rewind: West Brom clinches EPL title for Man City, Schalke defeats Dortmund, and more

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Manchester United have gone for the highest high to the lowest low in a matter of one week. A week after coming back against rivals Manchester City for a 3-2 derby win, the Red Devils were upset 1-0 by West Bromwich Albion on Sunday which clinched City the 2017-18 league title. The lone goal came from a West Brom corner as Jay Rodriguez headed in from close-range for the winner.

Americans Abroad Weekend Rewind: Theoson-Jordan Siebatcheu, Rubio Rubin, and more

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Stade Reims have been pushing hard for promotion back into the French top flight, sitting atop the Ligue 2 table for some time now. Reims rolled their way to another three points this weekend, defeating Paris FC 3-0 away from home thanks to two goals from French-American forwardTheoson-Jordan Siebatcheu.

Timbers relieved for first win, but still struggling to close games

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The Portland Timbers returned to Providence Park for the first time this season after a long five-game road swing to open the season. Behind the energy of their home crowd, they were able to earn the first victory of 2018, but they still struggled in the dying minutes as Minnesota United pressed forward and made things close at the end.

Crew making zero excuses after losing third straight

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Sometimes in Major League Soccer, teams expected to do successful things will hit road bumps along the way. The nature of the sport poses challenges to teams that will only make them better for the future.

For the Columbus Crew, they are one of these teams not making any excuses for the rocky road they are currently on.

Olsen: Hard work key to first win of 2018

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D.C. United breathed a deep sigh of relief Saturday night after finally getting their first win of the 2018 MLS season over the Columbus Crew.

For Ben Olsen, it was the product of the hard work that the team has been putting in through the early months of the season.

"You want to get the first three points because the guys have put in a lot of hard work," said Olsen following the win over the Crew.

Darwin Quintero makes strong first impression in Loons debut

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Minnesota United will be left frustrated by Saturday's performance in Portland, but the Loons can take solace in their new star's debut effort.

Making his first appearance with the club, newly signed Designated Player Darwin Quintero fired his first MLS goal while creating another in the Loons' 3-2 loss to the Timbers on Saturday night.

Saturday European Rewind: Man City edges Tottenham, Barcelona makes history, and more

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Manchester City has had a rough couple weeks after falling out of the UEFA Champions League and failing to clinch the Premier League title against their biggest rivals. However; the Citizens showed a short memory and got back to winning ways as they defeated Tottenham Hotspur 3-1 at Wembley on Saturday.

Omar Gonzalez provides assist in Pachuca's win over Santos Laguna

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Omar Gonzalez's had only made two appearances in league play coming into Saturday's clash with Santos Laguna. Gonzalez made the most of his time on the pitch, though, playing the full 90 minutes and grabbing an assist in Pachuca's 3-1 home victory.

An opening strike from Keisuke Honda put Pachuca ahead 1-0 in the 25th minute as Gonzalez was credited with the assist.

Schweinsteiger's inexperience in new role shows in loss to the Galaxy

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Bastian Schweinsteiger has been placed in an unfamiliar role over the Chicago Fire's last two games.

Head coach Veljko Paunovic has deployed his experienced German midfielder in a central defense position to start each of his side's last two matches, something he has very little experience with throughout his long career.

Must-See Goal: Alvas Powell

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The run. The moves. The finish.
What a goal from Alvas Powell! #RCTID #PORvMIN pic.twitter.com/Snud8cwEOI

- Portland Timbers (@TimbersFC) April 15, 2018

Kaku stands out with first MLS goal in Red Bulls win

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The arrival of Alejandro Romero Gamarra required a lot of patience out of the New York Red Bulls faithful, as did steady minutes with the team's mainstays. However, on Saturday against the Montreal Impact, on a day Gamarra scored his first MLS goal, it was finally his time to shine.

"I think more than anything, this was Kaku's best game by a mile," Red Bulls head coach Jesse Marsch said post-match.

Rubio Rubio scores first goal for Club Tijuana in win over Chivas

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Rubio Rubin has seen his his playing time go and up and down since joining Liga MX outfit Club Tijuana, but the22-year-old made the most of his time on Friday, scoring the third goal in Tijuana's 3-0 home victory over Guadalajara.

Rubin came off the bench in the 73rd minute and made an impact in the final minutes.

Must-See Goal: Jeisson Vargas

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VARGAS #IMFC | #RBNYvMTL pic.twitter.com/d314Dp9KpN

- Impact de Montréal (@impactmontreal) April 14, 2018

MLS Live Scoreboard: Red Bulls and Impact tied at halftime, Fire set to face Galaxy

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Following a busy midweek period headlined by Champions League action, MLS is back this weekend with some intriguing clashes.

Action began on Friday night, as Orlando City took down the Philadelphia Union while LAFC toppled the Vancouver Whitecaps. On Saturday, there are seven additional games on the schedule, starting with the New York Red Bulls' clash with the Montreal Impact.

Following first two setbacks, LAFC shows ability to rebound in win over Whitecaps

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Setbacks happen in MLS and, sometimes, even the league's best teams slip up. It's the nature of the league.

It's too soon to tell if Los Angeles FC is among the league's best teams and we're not far enough into the season to get a full read on how good the expansion team truly is. However, we did get a good look at how they handled adversity thanks to a bounce-back performance on Friday night.

'Fantastic' Chris Mueller continues strong start with Orlando City

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Orlando City know that they have talent in their attacking front that can change a game in any moment. Veteran striker Dom Dwyer and playmaking midfielder Sacha Kljetsan are two pieces to that puzzle.

This past January, the Lions added another goalscorer in the 2018 MLS Draft, drafting Wisconsin forward Chris Mueller with the sixth overall pick.

First-half finishes lead Orlando City to comfortable road win over Union

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CHESTER, Pa. Orlando City had to fight for every inch a week ago to claim all three points at home against the Portland Timbers. On Friday, they made their few opportunities count as they pounced on the Philadelphia Union for a comfortable victory.

A pair of clinical first-half finishes by Dom Dwyer and rookie Chris Mueller propelled the Lions to their third consecutive victory, easing past the Union 2-0 at Talen Energy Stadium.

LAFC stars lead bounce-back performance in win over Whitecaps

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The last two weeks were part of the growing pains that an expansion club like Los Angeles FC were sure to endure at some point. However, the Western Conference club shrugged off those pains and tasted victory for the third team in their debut season on Friday.

Bob Bradley's team used a pair of second-half goals to defeat the Vancouver Whitecaps 2-0 at BC Place.

Italy announces November friendly against USMNT

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While U.S. Soccer has yet to make it official, it appears the U.S. Men's National Team will face off with one of the world's usual elite this fall.

Italy announced a November 20th friendly clash with the USMNT on Friday, although U.S. Soccer has yet to make an announcement of its own. A venue is set to be announced in the coming weeks

#Azzurri

Two friendlies have been confirmed with the side set to play #Ukraine on 10th October and the USA on 20th November.

USL Week 5: A Look Ahead

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The USL season rolls on this week with an intriguing group of matchups in both conferences.

On Wednesday night, the Real Monarchs maintained their perfect start defeating Seattle Sounders FC 2, 3-1, on the road. Masta Kacher's brace proved to be too much for the Sounders 2, and Chandler Hoffman added onto the lopsided scoreline.

Romain Gall registers equalizing assist as Sundsvall tie Malmo

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Romain Gall got his first taste of Swedish Soccer in 2016-17, making 26 appearances in all competitions for GIF Sundsvall.

The 23-year-old American wasted no time earning his first point of the season, registering the game tying assist in Sundsvall's 2-2 draw with Malmo on Friday.

After seeing their 1-0 second-half lead disappear, the hosts had to fight back for any chance at a point.

European Weekend Preview: Tottenham hosts Man City, Monaco travels to PSG, and more

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The last two weeks have not been the prettiest for Premier League leaders Manchester City.

Pep Guardiola's side has seen themselves eliminated from the UEFA Champions League and also defeated by their closest rivals, Manchester United in the latest Manchester Derby. The Citizens will look to get back to winning ways this weekend as they travel to Tottenham.

MLS Ticker: Josef Martinez ready for Sunday clash with NYCFC, Fire eyeing Fernando Torres, and more

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After suffering a finger injury on Wednesday, Atlanta United forward Josef Martinez returned to training with a brace on his hand.

According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Martinez is available for selection for Sunday's showdown with New York City FC.

Martinez has five goals in five games for Tata Martino's side.

Arsenal-Atletico, Marseille-Salzburg drawn in Europa League semifinals

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The 2017-18 UEFA Europa League is down to four sides, with one tie headlining the upcoming semifinals.

Atletico Madrid and Arsenal will square off with one another in the two legged semifinals, starting on April 26th. Both teams are the favorites to win the competition, and for sure are the two biggest clubs remaining.

USMNT, Mexico move up in latest FIFA world rankings

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The U.S. Men's National Team moved up a spot in the FIFA World Ranking to 24th, but it still sits nine spots behind Mexico.

El Tri jumped to 15th, as Colombia, Croatia and Italy dropped out of the top 15. Costa Rica is the third-best CONCACAF nation in the rankings, as the Ticos sit one spot behind the USMNT in 25th.

MLS Week 7: A Look Ahead

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As we continue to come down from the excitement of the CONCACAF Champions League, it's time to look ahead to the Major League Soccer weekend slate.

Eleven games over three days produce a bevy of intriguing matchups, including a showdown of international superstars at Toyota Park.

New York City FC and Sporting Kansas City sit atop the standings in each conference and both are in the national spotlight Sunday.

Bill Hamid has strong Midtjylland debut in thrilling cup victory

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Bill Hamid's FC Midtjylland debut was filled with plenty of excitement and, when the final whistle eventually blew after 120 minutes, Hamid and co. sealed a back-and-forth cup victory.

Hamid andMidtjylland booked a spot in the semifinals of the Danish Cup on Thursday via a 2-1 win over Hobro IK in the quarterfinal round.

This Weekend's Soccer on TV

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It's another week jam packed with soccer and another week where you can watch a team play to clinch a title.

Last week, Manchester City failed to get the job done against Manchester United, but they get another shot on Saturday when they head to Wembley to take on Tottenham. City is in an unusual low point in their season having lost three consecutive matches in all competitions, but a single win this weekend can put that all to bed and result in them lifting the Premier League trophy.

Bayern paired with Real Madrid, Liverpool gets Roma in UCL semifinals

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The UEFA Champions League semifinals are set, and the competition's two favorites will collide in a clash of the world's elite.

Bayern Munich was paired with Real Madrid on Friday while Liverpool will take on Roma in the upcoming UEFA Champions League semifinals. The firstlegs are set to be played on April 24 and 25 with second legs on May 1 and 2.

Friday Kickoff: Bayern hire Niko Kovac, PSG after Karim Benzema and more

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While one superclub has picked out a new head coach, another is reportedly targeting a big name striker.

Bayern Munich has hired Eintracht Frankfurt's Nico Kovac as the club's new manager. (REPORT)

PSG is reportedly interested in signing Karim Benzema. (REPORT)

Manchester City is reportedly set for a busy summer as the club targets three more big players to join the team.

Europa League Rewind: Arsenal eliminates CSKA Moscow, Marseille edges Leipzig, and more

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After a dominant first leg win in London last week, Arsenal knew they could sit back some in their second leg tie against CSKA Moscow. Arsene Wenger's side received an early scare but held on for a 6-3 aggregate victory against the Russian Premier League side on Thursday to advance to the semifinals.

The SBI Soccer Podcast: Episode 9 (UEFA Champions League fallout, CCL and more)

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It's time for another edition of the SBI Soccer Podcast and this week, hosts Joe Hojnacki, Ryan Tolmich, and Joe Tansey hop across the pond to talk about the madness that was the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals. From Gianluigi Buffon's outrage to AS Roma's stunning comeback, they leave no part of Europe untouched.

Americans Abroad Weekend Preview: Lynden Gooch, Christian Pulisic, and more

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In the Championship, the tough and grueling schedule each and every week will see frequent changes in the table. Sunderland are one of those teams struggling to find momentum and avoid being relegated for the second consecutive year.

The Black Cats are six points from safety and need to turn things around quickly with four matches to go.

Clint Dempsey handed additional suspension for red card incident

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Clint Dempsey will miss two total matches for a recent red card.

The MLS Disciplinary Committee announced on Thursday that Dempsey has been suspended an additional match for a red card incident of a March 18 match against FC Dallas. Dempsey already missed the Sounders' last match, a 1-0 loss to the Montreal Impact on March 31, and will now miss this weekend's clash with Sporting KC.

Kickoff times announced for CONCACAF Champions League Final

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We now know when Toronto FC and Chivas de Guadalajara will battle for continental supremacy in the CONCACAF Champions League Final.

CONCACAF announced the kickoff times for both legs of the two-legged affair on Thursday.

The first leg at BMO Field will be played on Tuesday, April 17 with an 8:15 p.

Report: CONMEBOL asks FIFA to expand 2022 World Cup to 48 teams

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If one confederation gets its way, the expanded 48 team World Cup could be coming sooner than we think.

According to the Associated Press, Alejandro Dominguez, president of CONMEBOL, the South American confederation, has asked FIFA to expand the 2022 World Cup in Qatar to 48 teams.

As it stands, the World Cup is set to expand for the 2026 tournament, which the United States is hoping to host with Mexico and Canada.

Ventura Alvarado, Necaxa win Copa MX thanks to stunning Toluca own goal

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Wednesday night's Copa MX was a wild one and, when all was said and done, Ventura Alvarado and Necaxa had claimed a trophy.

In a match featuring three red card and a decisive own goal, Alvarado and Necaxa outlasted Toluca in a 1-0 win to claim the Copa MX title. The trophy is the club's first top-division title since 1998, a span that has included a pair of relegations.

RSL stress need for defensive improvement after ugly loss to NYCFC

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BRONX, N.Y, Dishing out three, four or five goals feels good. Eating three, four, or five goals does not.

Just ask Real Salt Lake goalkeeper Nick Rimando.

"We've got to look in the mirror," said Rimando, "and see what we've got to do better defensively and stop letting in goals because I'm tired of picking the ball out of the net.

NYCFC continues to prove itself as one of the elite teams in MLS

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It's almost impossible for NYCFC to go under the radar. It's just the nature of the club. Big city, big stars, big expectations and, ultimately, big eyeballs on the team week in and week out.

Yet, somehow, NYCFC has somehow, someway quietly kickstarted the season in historic fashion, and the hot start has at least one coach believing Patrick Viera's side is the best MLS has to offer at this point in time.

Wednesday Ticker: Kane wins goal appeal, PSG to meet with FIFA, and more

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The race for the Golden Boot in the Barclays Premier League looks to be down to two.

Liverpool's Mohamed Salah and Tottenham's Harry Kane have been neck and neck in the race for the EPL's top scorer, with only four goals currently separating them. Salah has had an amazing return to England, with 29 goals in 31 matches for the Reds.

NYCFC pastes helpless RSL to extend undefeated start

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BRONX, N.Y. — The goals came early and they came often, and the end result was yet another victory for a New York City FC side that is enjoying the best start of any club this year.

NYCFC extended its undefeated run in 2018 on Wednesday night by mauling a listless Real Salt Lake team, 4-0, at Yankee Stadium.

Thursday Kickoff: Gianluigi Buffon reacts, Mohamed Salah 'at home' with Liverpool and more

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Following Wednesday's controversial call, Gianluigi Buffon and Juventus remain the focus across world soccer.

Gianluigi Buffon says referee Michael Oliver has a "garbage bin instead of a heart" following the Englishman's decision to award a penalty kick and dismiss the Italian goalkeeper in Wednesday's Champions League loss to Real Madrid.

UCL Wednesday Rewind: Real Madrid edges Juventus, Bayern eliminates Sevilla

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Following Barcelona's elimination from the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday, Real Madrid was looking to avoid any slip-ups at home against Juventus in their tie. For 90 minutes it looked like that was going to happen at the Santiago Bernabeu.

However, Los Blancos used a 97th-minute penalty kick from Cristiano Ronaldo to eliminate Juventus 4-3 on aggregate after the hosts had given up a 3-0 lead.

MLS Ticker: Atlanta's Martinez injured in training, Galaxy's Kamara signs new deal, and more

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One of the league's best forwards picked up an injury in training on Wednesday.

Josef Martinez reportedly left practice early with an apparent injury. Little is known about the issue, but Martinez's absence would pose a big problem for the second-year side. Martinez has scored five goals in as many games this season after scoring 19 in his debut 2017 campaign.

Soccer Wednesday: Your Running Commentary

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The final matches of the UEFA Champions League's quarterfinal round headline Wednesday afternoon before an MLS nightcap closes the day.

After administering a 3-0 shellacking in the opening leg, Real Madrid will look to avoid a collapse like Barcelona's on Tuesday. After seeing their heated rivals blow a 4-1 lead to Roma, Real will now look to hold off Juventus in Madrid while pushing towards a threepeat.

U.S. Open Cup second round pairings released

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The initial draw for the U.S. Open Cup's first round was made last week, now we know who the winners of those amateur matches will play when the pros enter the fray in round two.

The USL makes its appearance into the tournament in the second round and each eligible side from the United States will take on an amateur club that gets through the first round.

Report: Kathy Carter interested in joining the NWSL

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Kathy Carter came up short in her bid for president of the U.S. Soccer Federation, but that doesn't mean she is done with the American soccer world.

Since resigning from her post as president of Soccer United Marketing, Carter has been reportedly pursuing other career opportunities both in and out of soccer.

SBI Question of the Day: What does TFC need to do to be the best MLS team ever?

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Toronto FC has already accomplished quite a bit over the last couple seasons, and the club's place in history remains an ongoing debate.

The club has gone to back-to-back MLS Cup Finals. They won the second of them after setting the record for the most points in the regular season. Now, they've become the third MLS team to reach the CONCACAF Champions League final in the last ten years.

Minnesota United acquires Peru international Alexi Gomez on loan

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Minnesota United had added a versatile midfielder from Peru to bolster their ranks.

The Loons have signed Alexi Gomez on loan for the 2018 season with an option to buy at the end of the year.

"We are delighted to bring a player of Alexi's quality to the club," said Minnesota United head coach Adrian Heath.

Miazga set for new manager as Vitesse fires Fraser

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Matt Miazga will be playing under the watch of a new manager for the rest of the Eredivisie season.

Vitesse announced on Wednesday that the club has fired manager Henk Fraser with just four games remaining in the campaign. Fraser, who had announced earlier this season that he would leave the club this summer, was leading the club through a rough patch that saw just one win in seven matches.

Highlights: New York Red Bulls 0, Chivas de Guadalajara 0

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Americans Abroad Tuesday Rewind: Mix Diskerud goal, Tim Ream stands out and more

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Tuesday was a big day for Americans Abroad as several turned in standout performances in Europe.

Mix Diskerud registered the only goal of the bunch, scoring IFK Goteborg's first and only goal against Hammarby. However, after Diskerud was taken out in the 89th minute, his side was undone by a 90th minute winner, as IFK Goteborg fell, 2-1, in Allsvenskan play.

Highlights: Toronto FC 1, Club America 1

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Following goalless series, Marsch defends decision to play Wright-Phillips deeper

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After 20 shots from the New York Red Bulls and more than 40 clearances from the Chivas Guadalajara defense, Tuesday's Concacaf Champions League semifinal second leg ended 0-0 at Red Bull Arena. Somehow, the home side, for all of their efforts and offensive firepower, did not score a single goal not just on the day, but over the two legs.

Wednesday Kickoff: Guardiola critical of referee, Atletico push to keep Griezmann and more

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One manager was highly critical of a referee following a Champions League exit while one of La Liga's biggest stars remains the subject of transfer talk.

Pep Guardiola criticized referee Antonio Mateu Lahoz after being sent to the stands in Tuesday's Champions League defeat to Liverpool, stating that the referee "likes to be special".

Chivas hold off Red Bulls to advance to CCL final

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Chivas de Guadalajara is moving on the in Concacaf Champions League after holding onto their slim aggregate lead to leave the New York Red Bulls asking "what if" yet again.

After winning the first leg of the semifinal series against the Red Bulls, Chivas had to stop the Red Bulls at Red Bull Arena, a task that no team had yet accomplished in 2018.

Bono goalkeeping, Early Osorio goal power Toronto FC over Club America

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For the second time in four years, an MLS team from Canada will play for the CONCACAF Champions League title.

Bringing a 3-1 aggregate lead into the second leg at Estadio Azteca, Toronto FC only needed to keep Club America at bay in order to move on to the final. Not only did they keep the Mexican giants off the scoreboard, but they grabbed a goal of their own on the 12 minute from Jonathan Osorio to calm their nerves and allow them to defend their way to a 1-1 result and a 4-2 aggregate victory.

UCL Tuesday Rewind: Roma shocks Barcelona, Liverpool ousts Man City

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Barcelona had one of the most historic comebacks in Champions League history ago ousting PSG. This year the Catalan side got a nightmare of their own as they let a 4-1 aggregate lead fall apart, being eliminated by Roma on Tuesday.

Roma used a trio of goals at the Olimpico to eliminate Barcelona 4-4 on aggregate, advancing on the away goals tiebreaker.

Report: Potential new D.C. United owners eye Balotelli as part of double DP additions

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As D.C. United reportedly nears a sale that would see a new majority owner, that potential owner would apparently help open the doors for some serious reinforcements this summer.

According to Sports Illustrated, the proposed sale would pave the way for D.C. United to add two new designated players, and the club has recently been in contact with super agent Mino Raiola regarding Italian forward Mario Balotelli.

Soccer Tuesday: Your Running Commentary

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Four massive matches take place in Europe and North America in Champions League competition on Tuesday.

Premier League rivals Manchester City and Liverpool face off in the headlining clash of the UEFA Champions League, while Barcelona and Roma square off in the other quarterfinal.

At night, the New York Red Bulls and Toronto FC look to boost Major League Soccer's stock in the CONCACAF Champions League by defeating Mexican side Chivas de Guadalajara and Club America.

USWNT April Friendlies: SBI Player Grades

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At the end of another set of friendlies, the U.S. Women's National Team has recorded another two victories to continue its undefeated start to 2018.

The matches against Mexico this month saw some of the same for the U.S., with an offense that simply will not stop scoring. The USWNT managed to score ten goals over the course of the two games as some members of the team continue to enjoy some of the greatest form of their national team careers.

Toronto FC banking on experience, first-leg advantage heading into Azteca

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The Estadio Azteca is one of the most intimidating stadiums in all of soccer. The atmosphere mixed with the altitude of Mexico City make the Azteca a place where dreams go to die.

Up by two goals in its CONCACAF Champions League semifinal with Club America, Toronto FC is hoping it can earn a rare result in Club America's home cauldron.

Dortmund, Man United, Tottenham headline first five clubs announced for International Champions Cup

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Christian Pulisic is coming stateside this summer for the International Champions Cup.

Pulisic and Dortmund will be joined by Manchester United, Tottenham, Bayern Munich and Atletico Madrid this summer as the tournament organizers announced the first five teams set to come to the U.S. this summer.

Americans Abroad Midweek Preview: Tim Ream, Joe Corona and more

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It's a busy midweek period for Americans Abroad, especially in the Championship.

English action features a number of Championship regulars, including Cameron Carter-Vickers as Ipswich Town takes on Barnsley. Tim Ream and Fulham face a clash with Reading while Eric Lichaj's Nottingham Forest faces Brentford.

Novakovich scored 19th of the season in vital Telstar win

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Andrija Novakovich can't stop scoring, and Telstar is in a good position because of it.

The U.S. Men's National Team forward scored his 19th league goal of the season on Monday, leading the club to a3-2 win at Emmen. The win pushed the club into a three-way tie for fourth place in the Eerste Divisie, four points ahead of Emmen.

UEFA Champions League Preview: Man City hosts Liverpool, Real Madrid travels to Juventus, and more

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After a thrilling round of quarterfinal first legs last week, four teams will punch their tickets into the UEFA Champions League semifinals at the conclusion of this week's second legs.

Barcelona, Liverpool, and Real Madrid comfortably took control of their ties with lopsided wins while Bayern Munich leads Sevilla by a slim 2-1 margin.

CCL Preview: Red Bulls ready to 'push the game' in second leg

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With C.D. Chivas de Guadalajara holding a one-goal advantage after winning the first leg of their Concacaf Champions league semifinal matchup against the New York Red Bulls, the ball is firmly in the home team's court Tuesday night.

The Red Bulls did not have their best showing in Guadalajara, and return home needing a win by at least two goals if they are to advance to the CCL final.

Tuesday Kickoff: Bale's agent dismisses Real Madrid exit talk, Rashford considers Man United exit and more

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One British star's agent denied reports of a move while a young British star is reportedly considering one of his own due to a lack of playing time.

Gareth Bale's agent says the winger "is a Real Madrid player and loves Real Madrid and Real Madrid love Gareth" while dismissing rumors of a departure.

Monday Ticker: Salah, Aguero train ahead of UCL clash; Japan fires coach ahead of World Cup and more

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With the UEFA Champions League looming, two stars are in full training despite injury issues.

Mohammed Salah trained with the Liverpool first team on Monday ahead of Tuesday's UEFA Champions League match against Manchester City. (REPORT)

Following a hard foul from Ashley Young over the weekend, Sergio Aguero also trained as normal ahead of the match against Liverpool.

Kathy Carter leaves role as president of SUM

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After running for U.S. Soccer president earlier this year, Kathy Carter is leaving her role with Soccer United Marketing.

MLS announced that Carter has resigned from her role as president of SUM as she has decided to "pursue her next challenge and career opportunity". Carter's final day at SUM will be April 13, ending an eight-year tenure as president of the company.

Jason Kreis hails 'incredible' Orlando City comeback

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With just 10 minutes remaining, Orlando City found themselves in a dire spot. Down a pair of goals on home turf, and in the midst of a frustrating run to open the season, the Lions were in need of some positive vibes as they looked to build some momentum from a win over the New York Red Bulls last time out.

Galaxy in need of all-around improvements to contend in West

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The shine of Zlatan Ibrahimovic's LA Galaxy debut wore off fast Sunday night.

Although the audible gasps still rung throughout StubHub Center when the Swedish superstar entered the field and got on the ball, his presence on the field wasn't enough to cover up a poor showing by Sigi Schmid's side in a 2-0 loss to Sporting Kansas City.

USL Weekend Rewind: Week 4

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Week 4 of the 2018 USL season provided some tightly contested contests from some of the top teams in both the Eastern and Western Conferences.

Louisville City FC continued their perfect start to 2018 with a win over another team looking to unseat them at the top of the eastern conference in FC Cincinnati.

The Best of MLS Week 6: Julian Gressel, Johnny Russell, and more

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Week 6 may not have had a full slate of MLS matches or a high profile European import making a stunning debut, but it did provide its fair share of memorable performances.

Here's the best MLS Week 6 had to offer:

PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Julian Gressel had a standout performance as Atlanta United smashed Los Angeles FC, 5-0, at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

Giovanni Savarese takes responsibility for Timbers collapse in Orlando

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Portland Timbers head coach Giovanni Savarese knows exactly where to look after Sunday afternoon's 3-2 defeat at Orlando City.

"I have to take responsibility for the result," he told reporters after watching his team give up three goals in the final ten minutes of a match his team had a 2-0 lead in.

Christian Pulisic credits 'a little bit of luck' for stunning goal in vital Dortmund win

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Christian Pulisic's speed and technical ability are generally enough to get him involved in plenty of attacking sequences but, on Sunday, he provided a stunning goal thanks to some assistance from Lady Luck.

Pulisic provided the opening goal of Sunday's clash with Stuttgart via a perfectly-hit shot/cross that worked its way off the post and into the back of the net.

Americans Abroad Weekend Rewind: Christian Pulisic, Lynden Gooch, and more

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Borussia Dortmund fans have been wondering where Christian Pulisic's production has gone after a fine 2017 campaign. The U.S. international answered those critics with a goal in Dortmund's 3-0 win over VfB Stuttgart on Sunday. Pulisic was bombing down the right flank and looked to cross into the box towards Michy Batshuayi but instead found the top-left corner.

MLS Weekend Rewind: Week 6

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There were plenty of big goals and some even bigger saves through the MLS weekend as several results surprised and stunned throughout the league.

Tim Melia shined to lead Sporting KC past the LA Galaxy. (READ)

Despite being down two goals in the 80th minute, Orlando City stormed back to earn a win over the Portland Timbers.

USWNT 6, Mexico 2: The SBI Breakdown

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The U.S. Women's National Team recorded their second victory against Mexico in four days, and in thrilling fashion.

The U.S. was up after three minutes, but after some errors in defending, were down, 2-1, before the half hour mark. They rallied back and scored three more to end the first half on top.

2018 CONCACAF Women's Championship to be held in North Carolina, Texas

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The 2018 CONCACAF Women's Championship is now set for this coming fall.

CONCACAF announced on Sunday that three locations have been chosen to host the tournament, which runs from Oct. 4-17 in the United States. Cary, N.C., Edinburg, Texas, and Frisco, Texas are the three locations that will host the matches which, will have eight teams divided into two groups.

Sporting KC shuts down Galaxy

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Tim Melia shattered his previous career best in saves in Sporting Kansas City's 2-0 win over the LA Galaxy.

The 2017 Major League Soccer Goalkeeper of the Year denied 10 scoring opportunities to preserve a clean sheet against a second-half onslaught influenced by Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Daniel Salloi and Johnny Russell provided the cushion for Peter Vermes' side, as they scored five minutes apart in the second half.

Monday Kickoff: Griezmann denies Barca links, Salah questionable for Man City clash, and more

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While one star denied a transfer move, another's immediate future is up in the air with a gigantic match looming.

Antoine Griezmann says reports linking him with a Barcelona move are "not good information". (REPORT)

Jurgen Klopp says he is "not sure 100 percent" if Mohamed Salah will play against Manchester City in this week's Champions League quarterfinal second leg.

Timbers capitulate in Orlando as Lions seal late win

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The Portland Timbers looked well on their way to their first win of the season, but a late collapse saw the Western Conference side fall to a stunning loss.

Up two goals through 80 minutes, the Timbers conceded three times in the final 10 in a 3-2 loss to Orlando City. With the loss, the Timbers remain winless on their five-game season opening road trip.

USWNT caps off two-game series with Mexico with high-scoring win

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The U.S. Women's National Team wrapped up a two-match series against Mexico in entertaining fashion, recording a 6-2 victory on Sunday at BBVA Compass Stadium.

Once again, the first goal of the match came in its opening minutes and from Mallory Pugh. In the third minute, Megan Rapinoe found the 19-year-old just outside the penalty area.

SBI USWNT Woman of the Match: Megan Rapinoe

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As the U.S. Women's National Team and Mexico scored eight goals between them, Megan Rapinoe stood out amongst the rest, as she was directly involved in five of them.

The midfielder assisted four of her team's goals, getting close to Tiffeny Milbrett's record of five in one match. She got started early, assisting Mallory Pugh's second minute goal, and frequently helped out her teammates on the day.

Sunday European Rewind: Real Madrid ties Atletico, Torino edges Inter, and more

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Cristiano Ronaldo has put himself atop of Europe's top scorers list with a dominant start to 2018. On Sunday, Ronaldo set another milestone with his 650th career goal between club and country helping Real Madrid to a 1-1 Derby draw against Atletico Madrid.

Following a scoreless first-half, Ronaldo broke the deadlock scoring in the 53rd minute.

Quakes disappointed following Union draw, eager to improve

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Any time you're able to grab a point on the road, it should be listed as a win for your team.

The San Jose Earthquakes absorbed a lot of pressure in Saturday's 1-1 road draw against the Philadelphia Union, but ultimately left Talen Energy Stadium disappointed with the end product.

Mikael Stahre's men may have ended a two-match losing run in the process, but they were unable to hold onto a first-half lead and could've been dealt a much more different ending.

Fafa Picault grabs assist, helps Union to draw in return

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Since their season-opening victory against New England where they bagged a pair of goals, the Philadelphia Union have found it tough to find the back of the net. A scoreless draw versus Columbus was followed up by a dismal 3-0 road loss against the Colorado Rapids a week ago.

In Saturday's date with the San Jose Earthquakes, Jim Curtin's side had the majority of both possession and offensive chances but against lacked the ability to score.

Christian Pulisic opens the scoring for Dortmund against Stuttgart

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It's hard to tell if he meant to score. but Christian Pulisic did put one in the net in rather impressive fashion.

In the 28th minute of Borussia Dortmund's clash against VfB Stuttgart, Pulisic was barrelling down the right flank, as he is wont to do, and he appeared to be playing in a cross for Michy Batshuayi, but the ball found the upper corner of the net instead.

Who Should the USWNT Start vs. Mexico?

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The U.S. Women's National Team are looking to make it back to back wins against Mexico, next facing their regional rival on Sunday at Houston's BBVA Compass Stadium.

The first of the two friendlies on Thursday happened in the midst of an injury crisis, and saw plenty of rotation. Some of the selections were expected, like right back Emily Sonnett and left back Crystal Dunn, both filling in for the injured Casey Short and Kelley O'Hara, respectively.

Bedoya, Union battle back for draw against Quakes

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CHESTER, Pa. — For a team finding it hard to score goals, the best answer is to keep creating chances and opportunities. It may be frustrating but eventually your determination can lead to positive results. The Philadelphia Union did not claim all three points on Saturday but they did fight their way back for a much-needed point.

Nikolic bags winner as Fire claim first win of 2018

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The Chicago Fire may have been on the hot seat after the first few weeks of the regular season, but certainly those have cooled off a bit following Saturday's result at Toyota Park.

Veljko Paunovic's side used a first-half strike from star forward Nemanja Nikolic to edge the Columbus Crew, 1-0, for their first win of 2018.

FC Dallas snatches late draw against Rapids

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For most of Saturday's Western Conference showdown at Toyota Stadium, it looked like FC Dallas was going to see their unbeaten run to the start of the MLS season come to an end. Cristian Colman had other ideas, playing the hero off the bench.

The 24-year-old Paraguayan came on as a second-half substitute and headed in an equalizer in the 89th minute to give FC Dallas a 1-1 draw against the Colorado Rapids.

RSL holds off Whitecaps for home win

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It may have gotten a bit nervy late, but Real Salt Lake did just enough to hold off a fellow Western Conference contender on Saturday night.

Goals from Luis Silva and Jefferson Savarino pushed their side to victory on Saturday as RSL topped the Vancouver Whitecaps, 2-1, at Rio Tinto Stadium.

Gressel goal and assist lead Atlanta United over LAFC

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After surviving a very early scare, Atlanta United continued their blistering hot home form with a strong showing at home against Los Angeles FC.

Josef Martinez headed home a 67th-minute goal that created some breathing room for Atlanta United, making the score 2-0, before a barrage of goals very late in the match resulted in a 5-0 romp.

Saturday European Rewind: Man United edges Man City, Bayern clinches Bundesliga, and more

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For one half of Saturday's Manchester Derby at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester City looked like they would claim their third title out of the past seven seasons. Rivals Manchester United had other ideas and rolled their way back for a 3-2 come-from-behind win to spoil the party.

Vincent Kompany and Ilkay Gundogan each netted goals in the opening 45 minutes to give City a 2-0 halftime lead.

Cyle Larin scores first goal for Besiktas

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Cyle Larin's made his first appearance for Besiktas since his move from Orlando City, and he wasted no time making an impact.

The Canadian international forward scored his first goal for the club on Saturday, mere minutes after coming on as a late game substitute. He found some space in the penalty area and broke free to bang home a feed from Mustafa Pektemek.

Revs smash four past 10-man Impact

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Anytime you can take control of a match in its early stages, you're putting yourself in a great position to earn positive results, and the New England Revolution did just that on Friday night.

The Revolution used a pair of first-half goals and added another pair after halftime to roll past the 10-man Montreal Impact, 4-0, at Gillette Stadium.

Concacaf fines TFC, Club America; suspends Chivas player

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Concacaf handed out some punishments on Friday stemming from this week's Concacaf Champions League action.

The Disciplinary Committee has fined Toronto FC and Club Americafor general team misconduct during halftime ofTFC's semifinal first leg win over the Mexican side.The two teams engaged in a halftime confrontation on the way to the locker room, with Club America boss Miguel Herrera later accusing Toronto police of assaulting his players.

Alyssa Naeher: The USWNT's calm number one

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If there is one thing Alyssa Naeher prides herself on, it is consistency. After all, she has been one of the team's few constants since the 2016 Summer Olympics when she began her run as the team's first choice in goal. Players have come and gone and the lineup has changed quite a lot in that time, be it for reasons related to injury or tactics.

MLS Week 6: A Look Ahead

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Just because there isn't a high-profile Major League Soccer derby occurring in Week 6 doesn't mean the matches won't be great.

A week after El Trafico and Zlatan Ibrahimovic's debut captured our imaginations, both LA teams are back in the spotlight.

Unlike last week, there is a smaller schedule in Week 6 due to Toronto FC and the New York Red Bulls' presence in the CONCACAF Champions League.

European Weekend Preview: Real Madrid hosts Atletico, Manchester Derby, and more

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The Manchester Derby may take centerstage on Saturday, but there's also another historic rivalry match that will grab your attention on Sunday.

Sunday's lunchtime kickoff comes from the Santiago Bernabeu as Real Madrid entertain rivals Atletico Madrid. The hosts defeated Juventus, 3-0, in their UCL first leg quarterfinal draw, thanks to a pair of beautiful goals from Cristiano Ronaldo.

USWNT 4, Mexico 1: The SBI Breakdown

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The U.S. Women's National Team recorded another victory on Thursday with this one coming against Mexico.

The scoring started early, as Mallory Pugh put the U.S. up, 1-0, after six minutes. The home team truly put the game out of reach at the beginning of the second half, as the U.S. scored three goals in a four-minute span.

This Weekend's Soccer on TV

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Big European rivalry matches highlight the televised soccer slate this weekend as some of the world's biggest and most storied clubs face each other in important contests.

The biggest of these games sees the top two teams in the Premier League cap off a fun Saturday of English action. Manchester City can lock up the club's third Premier League title with a win over their arch rivals Manchester United.

Report: Ali Curtis, Earnie Stewart interviewed for USMNT GM position

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Two more candidates have emerged for the U.S. Men's National Team's General Manager position.

According to MLSSoccer.com, current Philadelphia Union sporting director Earnie Stewart and former New York Red Bulls sporting director Ali Curtis have interviewed for the position. Carlos Bocanegra and Garth Lagerwey have previously been linked to the role, although Bocanegra has since withdrawn himself from contention.

Friday Kickoff: Bale hopes to remain with Real Madrid, Kane nears return to lineup and more

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While one ex-Tottenham star's future remains up in the air, a current Spurs striker could soon return to the starting XI.

Gareth Bale reportedly wants to remain at Real Madrid despite ongoing reports that he could leave the club. (REPORT)

Mauricio Pochettino says Harry Kane is nearing a return to Tottenham's starting XI.

SBI USWNT Woman of the Match: Alex Morgan

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The U.S. Women's National Team recorded another victory on Thursday night against Mexico, with Alex Morgan leading the way.

The forward wore the armband once again for the U.S., scoring twice on the night. The second of the team's goals in their 4-1 victory came from Morgan winning a penalty, which she then promptly scored in the 51st minute.

Morgan, Pugh score as USWNT beats Mexico 4-1

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The U.S. Women's National Team continued their undefeated start to 2018, beating regional rivals Mexico 4-1 at EverBank Field on Thursday.

The U.S. got on the boardearly, as Mallory Pugh scored after six minutes. The play involved the front three, and started with Alex Morgan's weighted ball to Megan Rapinoe in the box.

SBI MLS Best XI of the Month (March)

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New York City FC enjoyed an outstanding first month of the 2018 season, even with David Villa sidelined for a chunk of it, and a trio of standouts helped lead the way to an unbeaten March.

Midfielders Maxi Morales and Yangel Herrera and left back Ben Sweat were excellent last month, earning them each a place in SBI's Best XI for March.

Americans Abroad Weekend Preview: Tim Ream, Christian Pulisic, and more

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Fulham like many other second tier sides, is looking to make it back to the big show in England, fighting for an automatic promotion spot into the Barclays Premier League. The London club is currently sitting in third place in the EFL Championship on 75 points, five points back from the second automatic promotion spot in the league.

Giuseppe Rossi's agent: No MLS move for at least two years

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Giuseppe Rossi has been linked to MLS many times throughout his career. The forward is currently playing for Italian club Genoa, but his agent recently discussed the possibility of an MLS move, even if it is some time away.

Rossi's agent, Andrea Pastorello, says the American-born forward will reflect on his situation with Genoa at the end of the Serie A campaign.

'Chicharito' cannot guarantee future at West Ham

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Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez came close to leaving West Ham during the winter transfer window, and it appears the Mexican star could still leave the club this summer.

The Mexican star has scored seven goals since joining the Premier League club and has a contract with the team through 2020.

Who Should the USWNT Start vs. Mexico?

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As the U.S. Women's National Team gets prepared to face Mexico in the first of two friendlies, it marks the first time in several months that the team will be testing itself against a regional rival. They will have to do it, though, without a lot of the team's mainstays.

An injury crisis has his the reigning world champions, only getting worse as the year has progressed.

Red Bulls look ahead to Leg 2 following 'combative' loss to Chivas

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Wednesday night's result wasn't ideal for the New York Red Bulls, who emerged from the Estadio Akron with a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Chivas de Guadalajara. The result ensures the MLS side will be at a disadvantage heading back into the second leg, and the lack of an away goal will make matters difficult if Chivas was to get on the board in Game 2.

Ellis has plenty of decisions to make ahead of USWNT friendlies versus Mexico

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With a pair of friendlies against Mexico, the first one coming on Thursday at Jacksonville's EverBank Field, the U.S. Women's National Team has the opportunity to vet depth even further than it has to start the year.

By 2017's end, it seemed like a starting lineup was close to being settled, with only right back and the most advanced player in a midfield three remaining question marks.

France to support Morocco's 2026 World Cup bid

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At least one European nation is throwing its support behind Morocco's bid for the 2026 World Cup.

French Football Federation president Noel Le Graet says France will vote for the African country's bid over the one presented by the U.S., Mexico and Canada.All of FIFA's 211 member nations vote on the host on June 13.

Josh Sargent earns post-tournament recognition for efforts with Werder Bremen U-19s

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Josh Sargent put in a heck of a performance during the CRB U-19 Champions Trophy tournament, and now the forward has earned a little recognition for his effort.

The U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team forward scored three goals for Werder Bremen throughout the club's run, leading the way in a third-place finish in the U-19 tournament.

Thursday Kickoff: Salah injury, Chelsea to offer Hazard new deal and more

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While one star Premier League winger deals with an injury, another is reportedly set for a new contract offer.

Liverpool's Mohamed Salah says he is"all fine, all good" after picking up an injury against Manchester City, but the winger is unlikely to feature against Everton this weekend. (REPORT)

Chelsea is reportedly set to offer Eden Hazard a much-improved contract to keep him with the club.

Chivas edges Red Bulls in CCL semifinal first leg in Mexico

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The New York Red Bulls may have finished the match with 10 men, and watched Bradley Wright-Phillips miss a golden chance for an equalizer, but they will feel good about leaving Mexico down by just a goal heading into next week's decisive CONCACAF Champions League semifinal second leg.

Chivas punished the Red Bulls for their biggest mistake of the night, scoring a first-half goal that held up in a 1-0 victory at Estadio Akron in Guadalajara.

UCL Wednesday Rewind: Liverpool rolls Man City, Barcelona defeats Roma

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Liverpool already claimed the scalps of EPL leaders Manchester City at Anfield once this season, defeating them 4-3 back in January.

Jurgen Klopp's men continued that trend on Wednesday, rolling past City 3-0 in their first leg quarterfinal matchup in the UEFA Champions League.

Mohamed Salah was at the heart of the action once again for Liverpool, scoring their opener after 12 minutes.

Must-See Goal: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

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Timbers struggling to find midfield consistency in early season

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The Portland Timbers are off to a rough start in 2018. Through their first four matches they have two draws and have only scored four goals while conceding nine. They sit down in 11th place in the Western Conference on two points, ahead of only the pointless Seattle Sounders.

A number of factors have contributed to the slow start in the Rose City.

Soccer Wednesday: Your Running Commentary

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Wednesday is a day for the Champions League in both Europe and North America.

Action kicks off in Europe with the continuation of the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals. Barcelona hosts AS Roma in their first leg clash while Liverpool faces Manchester City in a meeting of two of England's elite.

U.S. Open Cup play-in, first round pairings announced

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The U.S. Open Cup is only about a month away and now we will know which amateur clubs from the United States Adult Soccer Association, the National Premier Soccer League, and the Premier Development League are facing off against each other to open the competition.

The 105th edition of the tournament opens up on May 6 with three play-in matches featuring the NPSL sides associated with NASL clubs Miami FC, the New York Cosmos, and the Jacksonville Armada.

Highlights: Toronto FC 3, Club America 1

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The SBI Soccer Podcast: Episode 8 (Zlatan's arrival, USWNT, and more)

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Joe Hojnacki, Ryan Tolmich, and Joe Tansey are back to discuss the triumphant and glorious arrival of MLS's new Swedish overlord: Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

They also talk the inaugural LA Galaxy-Los Angeles FC match in general before SBI's U.S. Women's National Team correspondent Pardeep Cattry joins the show to look head to the team's friendlies against Mexico.

CCL Preview: Red Bulls up for "exciting game" in Guadalajara

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The New York Red Bulls' dominant victory over Club Tijuana is in the rear view mirror according to coach Jesse Marsch. A date with C.D. Chivas de Guadalajara awaits in the CCL semifinal, and the task at hand is larger than ever.

"Playing at elevation. Playing in front of these fans in this stadium, I think it's a bigger task," said Jesse Marsch ahead of his club's semifinal matchup in the CONCACAFChampions League.

Arena: I don't think there is much I would do differently with USMNT

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Bruce Arena's autobiography is coming out soon and, like any publication from a big controversial name, it reveals some interesting secrets, including what Arena would do differently if given the chance to do it all over again.

"I knew when I took the job that we had a steep road ahead of us," he wrote in an advance copy of the book provided to the Washington Post.

Toronto FC has a lot of work ahead despite two-goal advantage

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Things are looking good for Toronto FC in the CONCACAF Champions League after a 3-1 home win against Club America. They have a big two goal lead, but they know that there is a lot of work left to do if they want to become the first MLS side to play in the final since 2015.

"I think we can be happy with where we're at," head coach Greg Vanney said in the post-match press conference.

Toronto FC shrug off Herrera's pregame comments after win over Club America

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Club America head coach Miguel Herrera took a few shots at MLS in the lead-in to his team's CONCACAF Champions League semi-final showdown with Toronto FC, but the home team didn't allow his harsh words get in the way of their preparation for a big match.

"It is what it is," said defender Drew Moor after the 3-1 TFC victory.

Wednesday Kickoff: Eden Hazard, James Rodriguez and more

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The future of two global stars headlines Wednesday's news.

Eden Hazard's form reportedly has Real Madrid reconsidering their interest in the Chelsea star. (REPORT)

James Rodriguez says he is happy at Bayern Munich, but is unsure of his future with the club. (REPORT)

Former Barcelona coach Luis Enrique has said he has had several offers to return to coaching but a proposal must "excite" him if he is to accept a new job.

TFC takes down Club America to seal multi-goal advantage in CCL semifinal clash

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Toronto FC couldn't preserve a clean sheet, but the Canadian club scored enough to secure a nice advantage heading into the second leg of the CONCACAF Champions League semifinals.

Goals from Sebastian Giovinco, Jozy Altidore and Ashtone Morgan earned TFC a nice first leg advantage over Club America via a 3-1 win at BMO Field.

Miguel Herrera acuses Toronto police of attacking his players at halftime of CCL loss

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The CONCACAF Champions League fireworks in Toronto were not confined to the pitch on Tuesday night.

During halftime, there was reportedly an incident in the tunnel involving Toronto FC and Club America players. Club America manager went so far as to accuse two Toronto police officers of attacking goalkeeper Agustín Marchesín, defender Bruno Valdez, and assistant coachGiber Becerrain the tunnel.

UCL Tuesday Rewind: Real Madrid defeats Juventus, Bayern edges Sevilla

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Defending Champions League holders look to have already placed themselves in the semifinals, after a dominant performance on Tuesday.

Zinedine Zidane's men cruised their way to a 3-0 first leg win over Juventus at the Allianz Stadium. Cristiano Ronaldo carried the load with two goals including a masterful overhead kick to double Los Blancos lead.

Paxton Pomykal undergoes successful knee surgery

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FC Dallas midfielder Paxton Pomykal will miss some time after a knee operation.

Pomykal underwent successful surgery on Tuesday to remove damaged tissue in the meniscus of his right knee.

He is expected to miss four-to-six weeks as he recovers.

The 18-year-old FC Dallas Academy graduate has appeared in one match this season as a substitute.

Red Bulls defender Kyle Duncan has a torn ACL

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New York Red Bulls defender Kyle Duncan is likely done for the season after this latest injury update.

Duncan went down with a serious looking knee injury in Saturday's 4-3 loss in Orlando, and the club announced today that it is indeed a torn ACL. He will have surgery to repair the damage in the next few weeks.

MLSPA releases statement supporting former FC Cincinnati forward Tommy Heinemann

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FC Cincinnati is in hot water regarding a shaky player contract situation and their refusal to live up to the terms of said contract.

Some quick background first: FC Cincinnati signed forward Tommy Heinemann over the winter. After the contract was signed, Heinemann took a preseason physical with the club, which he reportedly failed.

Miguel Herrera: Liga MX competes with Europe, not with MLS

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Miguel Herrera has seen his seen plenty of the rivalry between the U.S. and Mexico, and the current Club America boss says that he believes the premier American league is still playing catch-up.

Speaking ahead of Tuesday's opening leg against Toronto FC, the Mexican manager said he doesn't necessarily see a competition between MLS and Liga MX.

SBI MLS Player of the Month: Bradley Wright-Phillips

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The start of the season has been fast and furious for the New York Red Bulls, and the goals have come fast and furious for Bradley Wright-Phillips.

Wright-Phillips has shined for the club throughout the first month of the season, providing a spark and, more importantly, goals in both MLS and CONCACAF Champions League play.

SBI MLS Rookie of the Month: Joao Moutinho

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There was a lot of excitement surrounding Joao Moutinho going into the 2018 MLS Draft, and even more when he was selected first overall by LAFC. Some first round draft picks thrive under the pressure, while others unfortunately crumble, and Moutinho has certainly done the former through the first few weeks of his professional career.

SBI MLS Team of the Month: New York City FC

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NYCFC was predicted to be an elite team in MLS this season, but what they have done so far in 2018 has exceeded even the most optimistic of expectations.

NYCFC currently sits atop both the Eastern Conference as well as the Supporters' Shield standings early in the season, recording an impressive four wins and one draw in their opening five matches.

CCL Preview: TFC face another tough test in opening leg against Club America

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Toronto FC's victory over Tigres was certainly a statement heard all across North America. But now, the Canadian club faces their reward: a clash with another of Liga MX's contenders in CONCACAF Champions League play.

Following a victory over Real Salt Lake in MLS over the weekend, TFC hosts Club America on Tuesday in the opening leg of their CCL clash.

UEFA Champions League Preview: Juventus hosts Real Madrid, Man City faces Liverpool, and more

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The UEFA Champions League returns this week with eight teams remaining in this year's competition.

Tuesday's action gets underway with a rematch of last June's final as Juventus hosts Real Madrid in Turin. Los Blancos rolled past the Old Lady. 4-1, to win the tournament last year, and the hosts will look to pull a shock against Zinedine Zidane's men.

Monday Kickoff: 'No chance' Lewandowski moves to Madrid, Allegri eyes move abroad and more

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While one coach insisted his big star won't leave, another coach's eventual departure will see him switch countries.

Bayern Munich boss Jupp Heynckes says there is "no chance" Robert Lewandowski will join Real Madrid. (REPORT)

Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri says he will leave Italy for his next coaching job.

Earthquakes to play Manchester United at Levi's Stadium in July

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The San Jose Earthquakes will take on one of the biggest clubs in the world in a friendly over the summer.

On Monday, the club revealed they will take on Manchester United at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara on July 22.

"Having an opportunity to face a renowned club such as Manchester United is both a great source of entertainment for our fans and an exciting challenge for our team," said Earthquakes President Tom Fox.

Back in Sunderland lineup, Lynden Gooch provides assist in frustrating defeat

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With the season winding down and the club still in a dire position, Lynden Gooch has battled his way back in the Sunderland lineup.

Gooch made his second consecutive start on Monday, providing an assist for the club in his second appearance in three days. However, the contribution wasn't enough as Sunderland fell, 3-1, to Sheffield Wednesday.

Seattle Sounders win 2018 Generation adidas Premier Division

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With their 2-1 defeat of the New York Red Bulls on Sunday, the Seattle Sounders youth academy took home the 2018 Generation adidas Cup Premier Division for the first time.

The Red Bulls went in front early with an eighth minute penalty kick buried by Scott Taylor, but that would be all the scoring they would find, even after Seattle went down a man in the 29th minute.

Rafa Marquez still hoping to be part of Mexico's World Cup squad

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Rafa Marquez is 39 and hasn't featured for the Mexican national team since the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup, but he's still hoping to join El Tri in Russia for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

"I still have the same dream as always, hope dies at the end, so I'm still hoping, continuing to work with the same desire I've had to be there," Marquez said.

USL Rewind Week 3 - Louisville stop Rowdies, Red Bulls II top Battery, and more

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Week 3 of the 2018 USL season is in the books, and some big victories peppered some surprising results on the weekend.

First up, New York Red Bulls II set the tone for the weekend, crushing the Charleston Battery 5-2, spreading the scoring around to 4 players and kickstarting an offense that his sputtered through their opening two matches.

Must-See Goals: Zlatan Ibrahimovic

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic announced himself to Major League Soccer with one of the best goals you'll see in the world this season.

The newly-acquired LA Galaxy man hit a blistering shot from distance straight into the back of the net to tie the game at three goals apiece.

AMAZING.

SBI Question of the Day: How far can Zlatan Ibrahimovic lead the LA Galaxy?

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic produced one of the most memorable debuts in Major League Soccer history on Saturday, as his two goals led the LA Galaxy to a 4-3 win over LAFC.

While Saturday's game won't soon escape our memory, it is only the start of the impact the Swedish international hopes to have on MLS.

Best of MLS Week 5: Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Montreal Impact, and more

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Week 5 of the 2018 MLS season provided many things. It had high scoring games featuring arch rivals, outstanding comebacks, and quite possibly one of the most impressive volleys the league has ever seen.

But, let's face it, this week belong's to one man, and one man alone, and it wasn't Dominique Badji.

Josh Sargent stars as Werder Bremen finishes third at U-19 tournament

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Josh Sargent had a big week for the Werder Bremen U-19s, who captured third at a youth tournament behind several goals from their American star.

The U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team forward fired three goals in five games, leading Bremen to a third-place finish at the U-19 Champions Trophy tournament.

MLS Weekend Rewind: Week 5

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In a week headlined by Zlatan Ibrahimovic, there was plenty of action all around across MLS.

Jozy Altidore pushed the LA Galaxy to a 3-1 win over Real Salt Lake. (READ)

Second half goals propelled the Vancouver Whitecaps past the Columbus Crew. (READ)

Orlando City edged the New York Red Bulls, 4-3, in a back-and-forth thriller.

Monday Kickoff: Porto frustrated with El Tri, Pardew leaves West Brom and more

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While on European manager took aim at El Tri, another saw his time end at a club destined for relegation.

Porto manager SergioConceicao says he is frustrated with Juan Carlos Osorio and Mexico after Hector Herrera, Diego Reyes and Jesus Corona all returned to the club with injuries. (REPORT)

West Brom has parted ways wit manager Alan Pardew, who was hired by the club in November.

Americans Abroad Weekend Rewind: DeAndre Yedlin, Emmanuel Sabbi, and more

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Newcastle United breezed past Southampton 3-0 ahead of the March international break, and hoped they could carry momentum over into the remaining matches of the season. DeAndre Yedlin continued his strong campaign for Rafa Benitez's men helping them to a 1-0 win against Huddersfield on Saturday. Yedlin made his 27th appearance of the season in the win, and continued to impress down the right wing.

Kelly O'Hara withdraws from USWNT squad

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Jill Ellis has been forced into making some roster changes ahead of the U.S. Women's National Team's friendlies against Mexico this week.

Out comes defender Kelley O'Hara, who picked up a hamstring injury while on club duty with Utah Royals. This comes after fellow de

Defender Casey Short withdrew from the squad as she is still dealing with the ankle injury she picked up during the SheBelieves Cup.

Sunday European Rewind: Tottenham defeats Chelsea, Bremen edges Frankfurt, and more

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Tottenham Hotspur handed Chelsea a heavy home defeat on Sunday, defeating their London rivals 3-1. The Blues thought they would hold a lead at halftime, thanks to a goal in the 30th-minute from Spanish striker Alvaro Morata. Christian Eriksen had other ideas rifling home a goal of the year contender past Thibaut Courtois in first-half stoppage time.

10-man Atlanta holds on for win over Loons

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Atlanta United FC made their second trip to "the land of a thousand lakes", and once again they returned home with all three points.

While Minnesota United FC played the majority of the match with a man advantage, they couldn't make it count, losing, 1-0, to Atlanta on an own goal.

The Loons struggled to take their chances, but held advantages over Atlanta in possession, shots, and number of passes complete.

Revs topple 10-man Dynamo for road win

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Following a frustrating start to the MLS season, the New England Revolution have found a bit of an early-season groove.

Goals from Teal Bunbury and Cristian Penilla led the Revs in a 2-0 win over the 10-man Houston Dynamo. With the win, the Revs have now won two of three and remain unbeaten since a season-opening loss.

Moralez shines as NYCFC fight back for victory over Quakes

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Anytime you can remain in the game especially on the road, you're setting yourself up for good results. New York City FC kept their heads up at Avaya Stadium on Saturday night and it helped them to three points.

NYCFC bounced back from an early deficit and scored a pair of second-half goals to defeat the San Jose Earthquakes, 2-1, for their fourth win of the season.

Brillant own goal lifts Sporting KC to victory over D.C. United

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Sporting Kansas City made it three wins in a row, beating D.C. United 1-0 on Saturday at Children's Mercy Park.

The game's lone goal came after only three minutes after D.C.'s Frederic Brillant scored an own goal. The home side's in form midfielder, Felipe Gutierrez, won the ball yards from the penalty area, and made his way to the left side of the box.

Impact pick up road win over 10-man Sounders

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SEATTLE It was not the prettiest 90 minutes, but the Montreal Impact exploited a red-card advantage and managed to escape the Emerald City on Saturday night with a 1-0 victory over the Seattle Sounders in front of 39,469 at CenturyLink Field.

The Impact (2-2-0, 6 points) opened the scoring in the 60th minute, courtesy of a Waylon Francis turnover, a bit of class from captain Ignacio Piatti, and a simple finish from Jeisson Vargas.

Badji's hat trick lift Rapids past Union

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Coming into Saturday's showdown at Dick's Sporting Goods Park, both the Colorado Rapids and Philadelphia Union knew the stakes at hand. Colorado was seeking their first win of the season, while Philadelphia was looking to keep their unbeaten run alive.

The Rapids made the most of their offensive chances as Dominique Badji bagged a hat-trick to hand Philadelphia a 3-0 defeat.